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Witchcraft is a myth, it doesn’t exist – Advocacy for Alleged Witches says



















A group, Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) has said that witchcraft does not exist and that the concept is a myth.



In an interview with PM news, the leader of the group, Leo Igwe, said the act of killing women and children on suspection that they are witches is barbaric and must be stopped. He added that witchcraft and other forms of harms believed to have been caused by occultic activities, are based on hearsay and misinformation, panic and anxieties, fear and superstition.




“AFAW uses a secular, humanist, skeptical and human rights approach to examine witchcraft narratives and address related abuses. Our campaign is founded on the principles that witchcraft is a myth and an imaginary crime which no one commits.

“It is founded in the principles that attributions or causing harm through occult means are based on hearsay and misinformation, panic and anxieties, fear and superstition.

“Witch persecution, killings and trials are forms of human rights abuses that should not be tolerated in the name of religion, culture or tradition. I urge all Africans as well as none Africans, including all Africans in the diaspora to join efforts with us to achieve this important objective,” Igwe said

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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new criminal charges in Chicago









Jussie Smollett returned to court Monday morning in Chicago to enter not guilty pleas to new felony charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last year.



The actor appeared at the Cook County courthouse with his family members and lawyer Tina Glandian, who entered not guilty pleas to each of the six counts. She also requested Judge James B. Linn to stop the case, WGN Chicago reports.



Abel and Ola Osundairo, the two Nigerian brothers who claimed he paid them to attack him were also in court with their attorney.



Smollett had pleaded not guilty to 16 counts last year before the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office announced it was dismissing the case. But retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien later petitioned the court to appoint a special prosecutor to reopen the case and examine why charges against Smollett were dropped.







The case is now being handled by Special Prosecutor Dan Webb who was appointed to represent the state. Webb is also investigating Foxx’s office and how they handled the case.



Smollett, who is black and gay, told police that two masked men attacked him as he was walking home in January 2019. He said they made racist and homophobic insults, beat him and looped a noose around his neck before fleeing, and that at least one of his attackers was a white man who told him he was in “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”



Weeks later, police alleged that Smollett had paid two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo $3,500 to stage the attack.

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Atiku Abubakar calls for reform of SARS

















Former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has called for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), days after a Remo Stars player identified as Kazeem Tiyamiyu (Kaka) was allegedly killed by some operatives of the security outfit deployed to Sagamu-Abeokuta road.



In his tweet, the former Vice President stated that the reform of the Nigeria Police especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. He added that the police was created to protect the life and property of citizens and not to put them into harms way.



Atiku tweeted;




The reform of the Nigeria Police, especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. The@PoliceNG is meant to protect the life and property of our citizens and not to put them into harm's way. -AA



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Donald Trump stumbles on Indian names, Hindi word during speech at Motera stadium in India (video)









During Donald Trump's visit to India on Monday, February 24, the US President gave a special mention to cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. However, he stumbled over their names.



In a speech during a rally with the prime minister, Narendra Modi, at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad – the world’s largest cricket stadium – Trump incorrectly pronounced the name of India’s greatest ever player Sachin Tendulkar.



Viewers noticed this and took to Twitter to comment on it.



"Something about Donald Trump's pronunciation of Sachin Tendulkar tells me he isn't a huge cricket fan," @AndySilke wrote in reaction to the video.



The US President also has a problem pronouncing Virat Kohli's name, an error Twitter users feel a president shouldn't make, since he should have been prepared by practising the pronunciation of the names ahead of his speech.



Reacting to Trump's error, Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, jokingly asked on its Twitter account whether anyone knew if "Sooch-", "Sutch-", or other variations of Tendulkar’s first name were correct.







Trump also stumbled over other words, including Ahmedabad ( which he pronounced as Ahba-bard) and the word for tea-seller – chaiwalla –, which he pronounced as "cheewalla", and he himself chuckled at his attempt to pronounce the name of Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda ( which he pronounced as Swami Vivekamandan").



Watch the video below.








Andy Silke@andysilke




Something about Donald Trump's pronunciation of Sachin Tendulkar tells me he isn't a huge cricket fan

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"Thank you for being the best purpose partner" Lala Akindoju showers husband Chef Fregz with encomium on his birthday

















Actress Lala Akindoju took to Instagram to celebrate her husband Gbubemi Fregene, popularly known as Chef Fregz, with touching words as he marks his birthday today.



Sharing photos she took with Chef Fregz, she wrote:




Excuse me sir, why are you so fresh like today’s bread? I need to toast you! Please step into my office....
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Writing this post to declare that your path will keep shining brighter and brighter, your dreams will manifest quicker this year and your joy will be full forever. The whole world is awaiting your manifestion...
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I want the world to know you are so kind, dedicated and loving to everyone that crosses your path. You look out for me in ways I could never have imagined, you literally carry my whole matter on your head- my community have become yours, and you’ve become my strongest backbones after the the Holy Spirit. .
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Thank you for being the best purpose partner.
Thank you for always buying me hot baffs.
Thank you for all my photo shoots- sometimes you show up at events just to take my pictures.
Thank you for cooking for me- you make the best asaro and palm oil stew
Thank you for always bringing flowers to my plays- please don’t stop.

Thank you for always reminding me of God’s word.
Thank you for being my head of team.
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Happy birthday Mr A
#DaddyWa
#à?éw??r??ni???olúwa .
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You guys should help me celebrate the best chef in the world!


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Tyson Fury makes his first social media post since his sensational win over Deontay Wilder, and it's a classy one






Tyson Fury has made his first social media post since his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder, wishing the Bronze Bomber a quick recovery while also calling him 'dance partner' of the century.



Fury brilliantly beat the American fighter Wilder on Saturday night to become the new WBC world heavyweight champion in a much-anticipated rematch. He floored Wilder twice in a stunning display before the towel was thrown in by the Wilder's corner in the seventh round.







Fury instead of taunting Wilder like many fighters do after beating an opponent, rather sent him a message of love alongside a picture of him kissing Wilder's forehead.



Fury posting on Instagram, wrote: ‘Love and respect to the dance partner of the century, @bronzebomber #speedyrecovery’

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Damilola Taylor’s killer jailed again for four years after running over a police woman












Ricky Preddie, one of the killers of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor has been jailed for four years after driving into a female police officer.



Damilola, 10, was on his way home from a south London library on 27 November 2000 when he was stabbed with a broken beer bottle. He had only been in Britain for three months when he was killed after moving with his family from Nigeria.



Ricky Preddie was 13 and his brother Danny, 12, when they killed the young boy and left him to die alone in a concrete stairwell in Peckham. The pair were sentenced to eight years for Damilola's manslaughter in 2006.





Ricky Preddie, 32, also known as Ricky Johnson, has been jailed again after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop, and driving without insurance at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday.



In a statement, Scotland Yard said he was sentenced to four years imprisonment and banned from driving for 12 years, which will start when he is released from jail.



Preddie was driving an Alfa Romeo in Wembley, north London, when police tried to stop his car on the afternoon of November 6 last year. He stopped the car but reversed before crashing into a police vehicle, causing injuries to a female police officer who was getting out.



According to Metro UK, Preddie drove away from the scene but his car was found nearby shortly after, leading to his arrest on November 12.



Detective Superintendent Ray Keating said: ‘In escaping from officers who had pulled him over, Johnson’s driving was extremely reckless and resulted in an officer being seriously injured.



‘He then drove off from the scene, callously leaving the officer needing urgent medical attention. ‘The officer has since returned to full duties, and I would like to commend her courage and strength since the incident. ‘While she has recovered physically, the incident has taken an emotional and psychological toll. Sadly, officers are injured whilst protecting the public far too often.’

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Photos from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's nephew, Laolu's wedding












Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's nephew, Laolu Osinbajo tied the nuptial knots with his heartthrob Sekemi Braithwaite on Saturday February 22.



The couple already held their traditional wedding on Thursday, February 20. Their white wedding ceremony was attended by their friends, family and loved ones including the Vice President.



Laolu's cousin, Kiki Osinbajo who shared a photo from the wedding ceremony wrote;




Gained a sister today! So happy for you @laoluosinbajo she is everything you ever said You wanted in a wife. Although im going to miss you at home, stressing me out!!!!!! Love you both & God bless your home



























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Man dies in the middle of Jumat prayer at Sokoto Mosque









A 71-year-old man identified as Malam Ahmad Abdullahi died at Sultan Bello Mosque in Sokoto on Friday February 21, while observing the weekly Juma’at prayers along with other worshippers.



Abdullahi who went to a nearby shop to buy a blade to shave in preparation for the Juma’at prayers, prostrated to observe the second raka’at but he never got up to continue the rite.



The deceased who is survived by a wife and three children reportedly paid a condolence visit to his relatives at Filin Magaji area in Gidadawa community, few hours before his death.



Recounting her husband's last moment, Mallama Halima who was married to Abdullahi for 34 years said;




“He went to the mosque in the company of our grandchild, and that was my last interaction with him.

“A few moments after the Juma’at prayer, I heard some noise nearby and people struggling with something heavy. I was asked to go into the inner room and give them some privacy.

“I remained standing. People came in with his dead body and started asking me to leave everything to Allah. They said it was the will of Allah that he would die in such manner. I collapsed immediately.

“For the 34 years we spent together, we never quarrelled, even for a day. He meant everything to me.”



She also revealed that she woke up feeling sick and restless the day her husband died. Halima added;




“I woke up feeling feverish and couldn’t do anything. So I reclined in the bed and was wondering what could be wrong with me that day."

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Police confirm the death of Nigerian footballer Tiyamu Kazeem, orders arrest of officer involved in his demise












The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the death of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu 'Kaka' Kazeem, who was allegedly killed by a policeman from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) on Saturday afternoon.



Kazeem, who was the assistant captain and defender of Remo Stars Football Club was reportedly on his way to Sagamu from Abeokuta with one of his teammates when they ran into SARS operatives who labelled Kazeem as a 'yahoo boy.'



Despite presenting his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC, his club said in a statement that the officers insisted on taking them to a nearby station. While on their way, one of the officers allegedly pushed Tiyamiyu to a moving vehicle, leading to his death.



Confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi provided a contradicting statement, saying Kazeem was knocked down by a moving vehicle while trying to escape from Police.



He also disclosed that Kazeem’s arrest was ordered after he was suspected to be wearing a military outfit.



According to the Public Relations Officer, the Ogun State Police commissioner has ordered the immediate arrest of the officer involved in the footballer's death.



Read the full statement below.


“A Police Inspector attached to Zonal Intervention Squad Obada-Oko in Abeokuta said to have received information about the deceased that he always put on military apparel knowing fully well that he is not a military personnel.



“Based on the information, the Inspector went to Shagamu and saw the deceased putting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested.



“On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical fault and while the officer was trying to rectify the fault, the arrested person jumped down from the vehicle to escape.



“In his bid to run across the road, an oncoming vehicle which is on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot.”



“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Police Command, has ordered the immediate arrest of the officer for his unprofessional act of leaving an arrested person alone in the vehicle.



“A full-scale investigation into the case has commenced by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.”

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Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in brutal seventh-round KO to win WBC heavyweight championship (photos/videos)

















Tyson Fury has become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Deontay Wilder in the 7th round in the Heavyweight championship clash on Sunday morning Feb 23rd at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas







Fury who came in as the challenger, surpassed the odds, by getting a technical knockout over Deontay Wilder.







In the third round, Fury knocked out Wilder, making the American fall down to the canvas, his second time of touching the canvas in his career.







In the last round (seventh), Fury smashed Wilder in the face with a straight right, and Wilder was trapped in the corner, causing his people to throw in the towel after noticing that he had a bloody cut on his mouth and blood dripping out of his ears. The referee immediately called off the match, granting Fury the much coveted WBC heavyweight crown, and Wilder's first loss of his career.








After the match, Wilder said:

“I’m doing good. Things like this happen. The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.

“Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it. You just take it for what it is. I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications. But we’ll come back stronger next time around. This is what big-time boxing is all about, the best must fight the best. I appreciate all the fans that came out and supported the show, and I hope that everyone gets home safely.”







Tyson Fury, the new champion, said


“A big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight and he manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion. I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up. He is a warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again.

“But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!”



Fury now has the WBC , lineal and Ring Magazine belts. Congrats to him!!



Watch videos below...

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Twitter users react after Kelechi Iheanacho is ''hit'' by goalkeeper in Man City's win over Leicester (photos/video)












Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho was wiped out by Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson, five minutes before half-time in Leicester’s 1-0 defeat on Saturday, after he collided with the Brazilian as they both competed for the ball.



Iheanacho while trying to head home James Maddison’s pass, got hit in the face by goalkeeper Ederson, who was trying to reach the ball first. Leicester appealed for a penalty, but only a corner was given, and while Iheanacho continued after treatment, he was substituted at the break on the advice of the club medical staff.







No penalty or red card was given and now some football fans on Twitter have come out to blast referee Paul Tierney and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for not sending off Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, after the ''reckless challenge,'' with one user comparing Ederson's punch to that of heavyweight boxers Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.



Watch the video and see Tweets below.




Ederson on Iheanacho.

Absolutely ridiculous that this isn’t a foul and a red card.

Never understood why we send off field players for dangerous late challenges but goalkeepers are immune pic.twitter.com/a5tCdpcreE— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) February 22, 2020







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Odion Ighalo makes history as first Nigerian player to play for Man United since it's inception 142 years ago












Nigeria's Odion Ighalo made history on Monday night as he came on for new club Manchester United in the 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, replacing Anthony Martial in the 90th minute.



Ighalo wearing the number 25 jersey, broke two records on Monday night - He is now the fist Nigerian player to play for United since the creation of the club 142 years ago and the 200th player to make appearance for Manchester United in the Premier League.


Here comes @IghaloJude for his #MUFC debut ?

He's replaced @AnthonyMartial as we enter stoppage time.#CHEMUN pic.twitter.com/D2mbA5WwA2— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 17, 2020






200 - Odion Ighalo is the 200th player to make an appearance for @ManUtd in the @premierleague, and is the first Nigerian to do so. Cinematic. #CHEMUN pic.twitter.com/n5j9W2R7nf— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 17, 2020


The Nigeria ex-international and a former Premier League star with Watford, came back to the premier league having joined the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month deal in January.



Congrats to him.

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Amotekun commanders speak at Ekiti assembly in 'combat regalia' (photos)

















Photos of Amotekun commanders speaking at Ekiti state house of assembly in their combat regalia have gone viral on social media.



The commanders were at the assembly complex for a public hearing on the security outfit and also to give their submission on the security initiative.



This is coming after the Ekiti assembly passed the Amotekun bill transmitted by Governor Kayode Fayemi into law.



Here are photos of Amotekun Commanders below;









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Comedian Drew Carey's ex-fiancee Amie Harwick killed in Hollywood

















Amie Harwick, a Hollywood sex therapist, and ex-fiancée of comedian Drew Carey was killed over the weekend in Hollywood.



Harwick, 38, was found unresponsive in her home early Saturday with injuries consistent with a fall, according to a statement from the LAPD.



Police responded to reports of a "woman screaming" in Harwick's Hollywood Hills neighborhood, the statement said. They met Harwick's roommate in the street, who told them Harwick was being assaulted inside the home.



Officers found Harwick on the ground beneath a third-story balcony. She was "gravely injured" and unresponsive, LAPD said.







The Los Angeles Fire Department transported her to a local hospital, where she later died, the statement said.



An ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse, was arrested on Saturday afternoon as a suspect in her death the statement said. Mr.Gareth is being held on a $2 million bail.



Before Harwick 's death, she expressed fear about a former boyfriend and filed a restraining order against the man, the statement said, but the restraining order had expired.



The 38-year-old, who was a well-known therapist in West Hollywood became engaged to Drew Carey, the host of "The Price is Right," in 2018. But the pair split a year later.



Reacting to her death, Carey wrote in a statement on Monday: “Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”



CBS’ The Price Is Right, has postponed production following the death of host Drew Carey’s former fiancée Amie Harwick.

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Nigerian man found dead in his apartment in Indonesia (photos)












A Nigerian man identiied as Ogubie John Izuchukwu was reportedly found dead under mysterious circumstances at City Pak Apartment in Cengkareng, Jakarta, Indonesia.



According to Facebook user, Sylvester Nwodo, the man's body was discovered on Monday morning, February 17.


"This Person died this morning In City Pak Apartment Cengkareng Indonesia .Any body that knows him should indicate,so that the family can be contacted.Plz Keep sharing so it can get to the right destination.. thanks."













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