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Confederations Cup: Ronaldo strikes as Portugal down Russia at tournament

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match against Russia June 21, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo said Portugal were worthy winners after scoring his first goal of the Confederations Cup to steer his country to a 1-0 victory over hosts Russia on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid star brushed off the tax storm clouding his club future by heading in the only goal in Moscow after just eight minutes to send the Euro 2016 champions above Russia at the top of Group A.

"We're very happy, it's the first time Portugal have won in Russia. The team played very well against a side playing at home with the support of their fans. But we were better, we had more chances," said Ronaldo.
"We won, we have four points and you have to congratulate our team," added the 32-year-old, named man of the match for the second time in the tournament.

Russia's forward Alexander Bukharov (C) vies with Portugal's defender Bruno Alves (up R) and Portugal's midfielder Danilo (bottom R) during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match June 21, 2017 Russia's forward Alexander Bukharov (C) vies with Portugal's defender Bruno Alves (up R) and Portugal's midfielder Danilo (bottom R) during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match June 21, 2017
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Group rivals Mexico and New Zealand meet later in Sochi.
The Portuguese camp had insisted ahead of this game that their skipper was focused solely on matters on the field in Russia despite the speculation surrounding his future at Real.
He has been accused by Spanish authorities of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner -- the world's highest-paid athlete according to Forbes magazine -- has said his "conscience is clear" in the matter but has reportedly threatened to leave Real.
Despite the off-field disruption, Ronaldo picked up the man-of-the-match award in Portugal's opening 2-2 draw with Mexico on Sunday.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) vies with Russia's midfielder Alexander Golovin (L) and Russia's defender Dmitriy Kombarov during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match June 21, 2017 Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) vies with Russia's midfielder Alexander Golovin (L) and Russia's defender Dmitriy Kombarov during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match June 21, 2017
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And he was all smiles escorting a young mascot in a wheelchair out onto the pitch in Moscow before he netted his first goal of the tournament inside eight minutes at the home of Spartak Moscow.
Raphael Guerreiro's towering cross from the left flank hung in the air and found Ronaldo, who rose at the far post to head back across Igor Akinfeev.
It was a miserable start for the Russian skipper, who was making his 100th international appearance.
Ronaldo's goal was the highlight of the first period, although he forced Akinfeev into a save from point-blank range with a shot midway through the half.
Soon after the break, Akinfeev kept Russia in the game with a one-handed reflex save from four metres out to deny Andre Silva's bullet header.
But Portugal then lost Guerreiro to injury, with coach Fernando Santos conceding the Borussia Dortmund player had been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.
The hosts were unlucky not to force an equaliser after a string of chances in a strong second-half display.
They started to shade the midfield battle after the break as Alexander Yerokhin was introduced in place of defender Roman Shishkin.

Portugal's defender Raphael Guerreiro (2nd R) is led off the pitch to receive medical attention during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match against Russia June 21, 2017 Portugal's defender Raphael Guerreiro (2nd R) is led off the pitch to receive medical attention during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match against Russia June 21, 2017
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Russia upped the pace and Fedor Smolov just failed to connect with an Alexander Samedov cross as the hosts attacked in waves with the home crowd urging them on.
Defender Georgy Dzhikia headed over the bar from the game's final corner in added time with Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov agonising on the sidelines.

Sanchez: Striker blanks Arsenal talk as Chile, Germany set for semis

Germany's midfielder Sebastian Rudy (R) vies with Chile's midfielder Pablo Hernandez during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Germany and Chile, a game that ended in a tie, at the Kazan Arena Stadium in Kazan

Alexis Sanchez refused to be drawn on his Arsenal future after becoming Chile's all-time top-scorer in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup.

The Gunners' star, voted man of the match, became Chile's all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal after capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence.

Sanchez has yet to sign a new deal with Arsenal and pointedly ignored a question about his future as he accepted the man-of-the-match award.
"I'm very happy to be Chile's top-scorer now, our dream is to win this tournament and we feel we have a chance," said Sanchez.

Despite falling behind, inexperienced Germany fought back as Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the tournament to equalise for the world champions just before the break.

The result leaves South American champions Chile top of Group B on goal difference from the Germans.
With both teams on four points, three ahead of Australia and Cameroon who drew 1-1 earlier, they are in pole position to reach next week's semi-finals.

Germany play Cameroon on Sunday in Sochi while Chile face the Socceroos in Moscow.
Despite leaving all his World Cup-winning stars at home, Germany's head coach Joachim Loew was delighted how his young team fared.

"I am very satisfied with my boys," said Loew. "It was a game of the highest standard.
"They all did well, with so little experience, so few international matches.

Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez refused to talk about his potential future with Arsenal, instead choosing to focus on his victory of becoming Chile's all-time top-scorer during the team's match with Germany during the 2017 Confederations Cup Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez refused to talk about his potential future with Arsenal, instead choosing to focus on his victory of becoming Chile's all-time top-scorer during the team's match with Germany during the 2017 Confederations Cup
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"Against a world-class team like Chile, you will always only get a few chances."
Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi started with an experienced side, including nine of the team which beat Argentina on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final.

After their opening 2-0 win over Cameroon, Chile took the lead with just six minutes gone.
Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen rolled the ball out towards Joshua Kimmich, but Arturo Vidal deflected the ball into Sanchez's path and the striker fired home.
Despite Loew's positive appraisal, Chile could have been 2-0 when Eduardo Vargas rattled the crossbar on 20 minutes.

Despite the early scare, Germany regained their composure and pushed forward.
When Can broke into the Chile half, his pass to the left wing found Hector, whose hard, low cross was stabbed by Stindl past goalkeeper Johnny Herrera on 41 minutes.
Both sides had no more than half-chances to break the deadlock with the group winners to be decided by the weekend's final round.

Earlier, Australia's captain Mark Milligan converted a second-half penalty as the Socceroos fought back to draw with Cameroon to leave both teams facing an early exit.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, 21, gave Cameroon a superb lead with a deft flick over Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan on the stroke of half-time in St Petersburg.
Milligan came to the Socceroos rescue by slotting home a spot-kick on 60 minutes as both sides picked up their first Confed Cup point.

"I am quite disappointed because we had the means to win the match," said man-of-the-match Zambo Anguissa.
"But nothing is over, we still have a match to go against Germany."

Just as happened against Germany, another lapse in concentration cost Australia for Zambo Anguissa's goal.
"We controlled large parts of the game and they were pretty dangerous, we lacked some composure in front of goal," said Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.
"I'm disappointed with the goal, these little lapses cost us, it was a sucker punch and we didn't give up."

Australia's midfielder Jackson Irvine (L) vies for the ball against Cameroon's midfielder Andre Zambo during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Cameroon and Australia, which resulted in a draw Australia's midfielder Jackson Irvine (L) vies for the ball against Cameroon's midfielder Andre Zambo during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Cameroon and Australia, which resulted in a draw
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Before Zambo Anguissa’s magical flick, there were few clear chances for both sides in an intense first-half.
The opening goal was worth the wait.

A beautifully weighted pass over 33 metres down the right from centre-back Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui was brilliantly scooped by Zambo Anguissa over the advancing Ryan and into the net.

However, with an hour gone, Milligan tucked away a penalty after Alex Gersbach was brought down in the area by Cameroon right-back Ernest Mabouka.
Tim Cahill, the country's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, came on as a substitute but the 37-year-old could not break the deadlock on his 99th international appearance.

Lionel Messi: Prosecutors not against replacing player's jail term with fine

Argentina's Lionel Messi is not the only football star to run into problems with Spain's courts, with Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo the latest to have been summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud

Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi's 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced Friday.

They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence -- an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed.

That would amount to more than 250,000 euros, although the court has the final decision over whether to go ahead with this option.

The daily fine would come on top of the 2.09-million-euro fine Messi was also given when he and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud in a trial last year and sentenced to 21 months in jail.

Both appealed, but Spain's Supreme Court last month confirmed the jail term for the Barcelona striker, although it reduced Messi's father's sentence to 15 months.

The pair used companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

The income related to Messi's image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.

Messi is not the only football star to run into problems with Spain's courts, with Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo the latest to have been summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.
 He is due to be questioned on July 31 on suspicion of evading 14.7 million euros in taxes.

New Music: Satty C - 'Ojogor'

Satty C impresses on his latest track, 'Ojogor'.

Fast rising Nigerian artiste, Satty C has released a new jam, 'Ojogor' and it is not even shabby.

The artiste who is signed to Mosadio Records follows up with a more recent effort, ‘Konko’
A bunch of other good performances has served as the prelude to this amazing track.
'Ojogor' is another certified dope track that fans are definitely gonna love.

Check it out!

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New Music: Tolu - 'Whereva'

Tolu provides a melodious tune titled 'Whereva'.

If you thought 'Shugarush' was something out of this world, then wait till you hear this brand new one from Alyhills Records artiste, Tolu titled 'Whereva'.  

The track is an upbeat infectious tune that will have you on your feet.
Its unique story will also take you on a journey you won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Enjoy!

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New Music: ClassiQ - 'Barka da sallah'

ClassiQ drops a new track, 'Barka da sallah' in the spirit of Ramadan.

ClassiQ celebrates with his Muslim fans worldwide with a new jam, 'Barka da sallah'. 

In his trademark Hausa mothertongue, the rapper effortlessly dropped sick flows once again thrilling his fans.
They can look forward to more of his impressive barz in his EP set to drop soon.
Download and listen.

King Solomon: See the Zimbabwe man with 108 children, 25 wives

Sekuru Tauzen Mujaji, the bedroom war horse

Mujaji of the Shangani tribe was born in 1930 and had traditional challenges that resulted in him only being able to have his first child in 1974 when he was 44.

Some of Sekuru Mujaji's children (iHarare)

The only child in his family, Mujaji told reporters that he a bedroom machine and that it always been his desire to have many children despite the challenges he has in raising them and giving them the good things of life.
With the record 108 children and boasting of having slept with more than 50 women in his lifetime, Mujaji says he does not use any enhancements or drugs to help him with his fertility, adding he still feels strong to have more children if he finds people to help him support his family.
Many of Mujaji’s wives also confessed he has such a strong man when it comes to sex and is still irresistible even at his age.

One of Sekuru Mujaji's wives (iHarare)

At the moment, Mujaji has ten wives and thirty-five children enrolled in school while many of the children have migrated to South Africa in search of greener pastures.

Sehuru Mujaji being interviewed with his brood in the background (iHarare)

A local member of Parliament representing Mujaji's constituency, Comrade Enock Porusingazi who donated an assortment of food stuff to the family with the help of the Manicaland Minister of State, Mandi Chimene, says the family needs financial support as well as land for farming.

Pulse Nigeria Poll: Readers say Amina should expose a man who got her pregnant

This sad woman needs advice

Amina, a 28-year-old single mother was in love with a top politician and member of the House of Representatives but the relationship became sour when he got her pregnant.

The politician immediately denied responsibility and refused to have anything to do with his child because he feels it will destroy his political career if it is known he has a child out of wedlock.
Amina has been struggling to raise her child all alone after her parents sent her out of the house for bringing disgrace to them.

Read her story here:

" My name is Amina, a 28-year-old single mother. I have a bitter story to tell and I also want to serve this as a warning to our politicians who think they are demi-gods and can mess the lives of young women and go free.

I know many of your readers will tell me to shut up and lick my wounds while others will say I am the architect of my own problems due to greed but I can tell you that not all ladies who go out with the politicians are greedy or after their money.

I met Alhaji at the age of 20 when I was in my second year in the university. He was still a struggling young man trying to find his feet in politics. He was a Personal Assistant to a top politician in out state and I fell in love madly with him.

He was one of my roommate's cousin and we met when he came to visit her. Within a short time, my life revolved around him as I saw in him the man of my dreams and the father of my children.
My friend often teased me, calling me her sister-in-law and I would smile shyly, hoping and praying that the wish could come true.

Alhaji too showed me he loved me so much and showered me with so much affection and gifts that I became the envy of my friends and other colleagues.
He was my first real love and before I knew it, he had introduced me to the world of sex. Sleeping with him was one thing that I always longed for as he had a way of making me want him more and more.

When the elections came around, he contested for a position in the state house of assembly and won with a landslide. My joy knew no bounds as I saw myself as the future wife of a top politician because he often dreamed of making it big in the career.

It was only when I became pregnant for him and told him that everything changed. I remember vividly how his countenance changed when I gave him the news.
I had expected that he would be very happy and come to meet my parents but when I told him, he became very angry and that was hen he told me he was married with three children and did not want to have a child out of wedlock.

I was shocked because he had never told me he was a married man. He confessed that he had been married for over seven years and did not want anything that would spoil his image and destroy his political career.

I was more petrified when he said I should go for an abortion, something I vehemently refused since a friend had lost her life while trying to terminate her baby and I told him I would never get an abortion.

He tried every means to convince me and even threatened me if I kept the baby but I stood my grounds and insisted on having his child.

That was when my once loving Alhaji became something else and started to avoid me. Anytime I called him, he would either refuse to pick the calls or when he picked, he would tell me he was very busy and would call me back, which he did not.

When the pregnancy became very obvious, I had to leave school and go back home only to face my parent's wrath. My father was so mad that he sent me out of the house. I had no option but to go and stay with an aunt till I gave birth.

Since I had my child six years ago, Alhaji who has become a top politician and is a member of the House of Representatives has not cared to take up his responsibility. The last time I reached out to him, he threatened to get me arrested for defamation of character.

I have slaved so much to take care of a child whose father is very rich and makes laws for Nigerians but he has not deemed it fit to take care of the child.

I am sending this as a warning to him as I will have not option but to expose him for what he is.
Amina."

The teaser for the day was:

What should Amina do to get Alhaji to take up his responsibility

How Nigeria voted:
Amina should expose the politician for who he is - 42%
Amina should petition the House of Representatives to call the man to order - 33%
Amina should do everything to disgrace Alhaji - 10%
Amina should see this as a lesson - 25%
How would you vote in this issue?

'Konji Na Bastard': Married father of 6 caught having sex with goat

Sex-starved Babangida Garuba was caught having an affair with a goat

A 42-year-old married man who has six children has been arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for allegedly having sex with a goat in the back of his house.

The suspect, Babangida Garuba, a Goldsmith who resides at the Kasuan Mata area in Funtua Local Government Area of the state, according to Daily Trust, was reportedly caught in the act by his wife who raised an alarm that attracted residents who apprehended him and handed him over to the police.

Garuba who was paraded at the State Command Headquarters confessed that he did not know what pushed him into the act but said he was sex starved following his wife's decision to deny him sex because of her pregnancy.

He also confessed that it was the second time he engaged in such an act and begged for forgiveness from the police, his community, his wife, and God as he would not go back to the act again.

“Yes, it’s true I had an affair with a goat. My wife caught me while doing it and she shouted. It would be the second time I would do it, but I don’t know why I did it; I have six children while my wife is still pregnant.
I want the police, my wife, my people and God to forgive me as I will not do it again," a tearful Garuba said.

The state Police Commissioner, Aliyu Abdullahi, who paraded the suspect, said he would soon be charged to court on a charge of bestiality.

Morning Teaser: 'I regret not having sex until my wedding night'

This worried woman needs advice (Illustration)

"Dear Pulse,

My name is Lauretta, a 28-year-old woman who just got married six months ago but now, I am regretting this marriage because my husband, Don, is definitely not the man I thought he was.

I met Don in our church after he was transferred to Lagos about a year ago. Don immediately became the cynosure of all eyes and the ladies went over the moon over him.

Apart from being very handsome and hunky, he was also very religious and quickly became a reference point and our pastor's favourite with his commitment to the things of the Lord.

He joined the choir and serenaded the congregation every day with his bass tone. He was a prayer warrior and led many prayer meetings. Above all these, he was one of the highest donors whenever a donation or sowing of seed was called.

I was surprised the day he told me the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that I was going to be his wife. It was the most lovely surprise I had ever received and while I pretended to be coy and shy, I was gloating inside.

However, I told him I will pray about it but deep down, I had already accepted his proposal. He told the head pastor about the revelation and when the pastor called me to his office and asked if Don had told me about his proposal, I also told him I would pray about it.

One thing in my church is that sex before marriage is frowned upon and any member caught in such an act is excommunicated, so we began a Christian courtship with the restriction in mind.

I now regret it all because I would have done everything to make sure we were compatible when it comes to sex. I mean, I am a young woman who had experimented with sex and sure know the sweetness of sex.

But I did all I could to abide by the rule, believing that we would have all the sex we want after getting married. But how wrong I was because I now know better?

The problem started on our wedding night when we retired to our bedroom. I had a dream of my newly wedded husband making love to me like it would go out of fashion having waited for that long.

But I was hugely disappointed when I first saw Don's manhood. It looked like the penis of a 10-year-old boy when fully erect. I was disgusted but then, I thought he would be able to use it but when he came into me and while I tried to adjust to the little thing inside me, Don grunted and was done within a minute.

When he rolled off me, I looked at him and saw satisfaction written all over him and that was when it dawned on me that I was in trouble.
Since that day, I have been frustrated with sex with my husband and I often wondered what the future of my marriage holds for me.

I am a woman and I need sex from my husband but from the look of things, it is not going to happen. I have talked with him, begged him to try some penis enlargement creams, see a doctor, just anything to improve our sex life but my husband believes that since he gives me everything, I should also cope with his inability to perform in bed.

I have thought of getting a man to satisfy me in bed but that is against my belief and our church frowns against a divorce.
I am seriously worried as I know I cannot cope with this frustration for long.
Lauretta."

Dear readers, we all know that sex in a marriage is very important and some of the problems couples have borders on sex. But on Morning Teaser today, what would you advise Lauretta to do?

  Source: Pulse

Menstrual Pain: UNICEF warns against use of herbs

Menstrual cramps
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday stressed the need for adolescent girls to avoid the use of herbs during menstrual pain.

Prof. Nkadi Onyegbegbu, the National Coordinator of UNICEF Wash In Schools For Girls Project (Wins 4 Girls) in Nigeria, said this at a 4-day Menstrual Hygiene Management Workshop organised for adolescent public school girls in Iragbiji, Osun.

Onyegbegbu said many adolescent girls in the country are becoming victims of kidney problem due to intake of herbs during menstrual pain.

She also warned against intake of pain relief during the pain, saying many of the pain reliefs are not potent.
She said that having intercourse as a palliative measure will not also stop the menstrual pain.

Onyegbegbu said many adolescent girls have contacted HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the process.
She advised girls to take fruits, vegetables, plenty water, engage in exercise and also visit a hospital if need be during menstrual pain.

Onyegbegbu said menstrual hygiene management involves articulation, awareness, information, confidence, safety and dignity using safe hygienic materials.

The UNICEF coordinator called on traditional rulers, governments, parents as well as schools to help the adolescent girls by addressing harmful traditions, customs and beliefs to improve healthy and hygienic practices during menstruation.

She warned girls against the use of tissue paper, perfume or powder during menstruation.
Alhaji Posi Adiatu, the Programme Manager, Osun Rural Water Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA), said the state government had provided 326 gender friendly latrines in public schools for effective menstrual hygiene management.

Adiatu was represented by Mr Olusegun Moyinoluwa, RUWESA Director of Sanitation and Hygiene.
He said 163 water facilities had also been provided in public schools towards effective health management.

Bode George: PDP chieftain warns against separation talks

Bode George

George warned that such talks will only lead to another civil war and asked for better cooperation for the sake of unity.

He said, "We must talk to each other. We must listen to each other. We must encourage an appreciation of each other's unique asset. There is no strength in disunity. There is no value in the rupturing of our national fabric.
"The last civil war which provoked millions of deaths and incalculable destruction both in physical and in the moral psyche of the survivors must never be repeated again. The American Philosopher, George Santayana told us that 'Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it'
"We must never repeat the darkness of our past. We must move forward with truth and certainty.
"There is no single nation in the history of the world that has survived two civil wars. We must stop and reflect. We must halt all these desperate agitations for mushroom ethnic colonies.
"The balkanization of our nation will not bode well for anyone. The former Yugoslavia and the defunct USSR are classic examples of ill-conceived peripheral pigmy states that can hardly survive on their own. Is this really what we want?"

He went further to condemn groups that have been the loudest on talks of separation, "There is a certain disturbing divisive temper across our nation today. Everywhere, there is an unfortunate passion of ethnic fixity. From the North to the South, there is that befuddled and reckless upsurge of ill conceived provocations towards the abyss.
"From every nook and cranny some people are hurrying and stampeding everyone else to a disruptive agitational campaign.
"From the Biafran young crusaders to the young Arewa reactive promoters of disunion and the Yoruba presumptive withdrawal into a fanciful Oduduwa republic, they are all wrong. We are all living in unpleasant economic season.
"We must all step away from the abyss. We must all sheathe our swords. Enough of this unrealistic war clamour. Enough of these provocations of national destabilization."

The PDP chieftain also commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo's intervention talks with region leaders after the heated debates of separation.
He said, "The current consultations that our government has embarked upon across the tribal divide is laudable and exemplary. But they should do more.
"They should widen the consultation efforts by inviting the formidable elders and statesmen who were active participants and managers of our Nation during the dark drama of our civil war.
“The chastening voices of General Yakubu Gowon, General Obasanjo, General T.Y. Danjuma, General Alani Akinrinade, General Alabi Isama, General IMB Haruna, General Babangida, General Abdulsalam, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Gov. Udenwa, Col. Iheanacho Rtd, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and many others on both sides of the divide at that time, will go a long way in tempering the flight of fancy of the intemperate agitators who have never heard a gunshot in anger."

After meeting with northern political and religious leaders last week, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo warned that those responsible for the ultimatum risked jail terms as they violated the country's laws.

In Cambodia: Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (C) denies being part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia's population

One of the top surviving leaders of Cambodia's ruthless Khmer Rouge regime on Friday denied genocide charges and rejected being labelled a "murderer" in forceful closing remarks at a lengthy UN-backed trial.
 The Khmer Rouge's former head of state, 85-year-old Khieu Samphan, spoke angrily to the Phnom Penh chamber trying him and another senior cadre, 90-year-old Nuon Chea, over the regime's killings of Vietnamese and Muslim minorities as well as for other crimes against humanity.

The men are the two most senior living members of the radical Maoist group that seized control of Cambodia in 1975 and carried out some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
The pair was already handed life sentences in 2014 for charges that focused on the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh into rural labour camps and murders at an execution site.

But Khieu Samphan, one of the Khmer Rouge's few public faces as its head of state, claims he was not part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia's population.
On Friday he denied responsibility for the murders and other abuses that were described in chilling detail by more than 100 witnesses throughout the trial.

"I didn't know about these issues," he said, adding that the "idea of Cambodian genocide" was invented by Vietnam.

At one point he made eye contact with civil parties and witnesses who had testified in court.
"I know that they really suffered. I also heard when they spoke to me sometimes referring to me as a murderer....But the term murderer, I categorically reject it."
Nuon Chea, known as "Brother Number Two," declined to deliver a closing statement and watched the proceedings from a court holding cell due to his frail health.

But his lawyer told the court that Nuon Chea believed he was part of a "show trial".
"Nuon Chea couldn't care less if you convict him again to a life sentence... he doesn't take this institution seriously," said defence lawyer Victor Koppe.

The judge has not said when the verdict will be delivered.

The hybrid court, which uses a mix of Cambodian and international law, was created in 2006 to try senior Khmer Rouge leaders.

The number of allegations against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan was so vast the court split their trials into a series of smaller hearings in 2011, fearful the pair might die before a verdict could be delivered.

Many key Khmer Rouge leaders have died without facing justice, including "Brother Number One" Pol Pot who passed away in 1998.

In China: Top diplomat holds talks with Trump on N. Korea

US President Donald Trump met with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi at the White House on Thursday
China's top diplomat told Donald Trump that Beijing was willing to keep working with Washington to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula -- days after the US leader implied that Chinese efforts had failed.

The meeting between State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Trump at the White House on Thursday also came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China to step up diplomatic and economic pressure on the North over its nuclear weapons.

The meeting was reported by China's foreign ministry. There was no White House statement on the get-together, which had not been mentioned in the president's daily schedule.
"China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties including the United States to ease tensions on the peninsula," Yang said, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

Trump told Yang he looked forward to "enhancing cooperation" with China on the denuclearization of the North, the ministry said in a statement.

On Wednesday Yang and top General Fang Fenghui met with Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the State Department to discuss North Korea and other regional issues.
Hours before the talks began, Trump sent a tweet that appeared to suggest China's President Xi Jinping had come up short on reining in its neighbor.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!" Trump tweeted.
Trump did not elaborate on what might happen next if China, by far the North's most important trading and diplomatic partner, is out of ideas.

Trump, who frequently denounced China on the campaign trail, has turned to Beijing to help pressure its ally North Korea, prompting concern among Asian partners that America might go easy on Beijing over its expansive claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Trump, who met with Xi at his luxury resort in Florida in April, also confirmed he would visit China later this year, the Chinese foreign ministry said.
Tillerson said Wednesday that China had a "diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region".

For their part, the Chinese envoys pressed for negotiations, proposing again a "dual-track approach" in which North Korea would suspend its nuclear and missile activities while the United States and South Korea would halt large-scale military exercises.

The meetings between the two sides followed the death of Otto Warmbier on Monday, the American student returned to the US last week in a coma after being detained in North Korea for 18 months.

Incredible: I beat my wife because she wears skimpy clothes - husband tells court

Divorce.

An Agege Customary Court, Lagos, on Wednesday dissolved the 10-year-old marriage between Adebisi and her husband, Olatunji Abiodun, over constant battering by the husband and his audacity to give their daughter tribal marks.

Adebisi had on March 31, 2016, approached the court seeking the dissolution of the marriage, also said the husband was unfaithful and irresponsible.
The President of the court, Mr Phillips Williams, who gave the verdict, said the marriage had broken down irretrievably.
“Once the two parties have consented to the dissolution of their marriage, then there is evidence that the relationship has broken down irretrievably.
“Therefore, the marriage between you is hereby dissolved and any party who may feel dissatisfied with this judgment can appeal within the next 30 days,” he ruled.

Adebisi had earlier told the court that her husband for 10 years had been harassing her everywhere.
l seek dissolution of this marriage so that my husband can stop harassing me anywhere he sees me.
“I want him to be responsible for the children’s upkeep and education.”

She described her husband as a drunkard and as a secret cult member.
He lured my daughter to his village on the pretext of visiting his parents and gave her tribal marks on her face without my consent.
“I can no longer bear the pains of constant beating and the hardships the marriage is going through.
“ l am fed up with his unfaithful and adulterous ways,” she said.

Olatunji, a middle-aged man and a father of two, also consented to the dissolution of the marriage.
He alleged that the petitioner was not submissive and lacked manners, saying she does not dress like a married woman.
My wife likes wearing skimpy and indecent clothes which l do not like and have complained several times, but she refused to change.”

Morning Teaser: 'A politician impregnated me, abandoned me with his child'

This sad woman needs advice

"Dear Pulse,

My name is Amina, a 28-year-old single mother. I have a bitter story to tell and I also want to serve this as a warning to our politicians who think they are demi-gods and can mess the lives of young women and go free.

I know many of your readers will tell me to shut up and lick my wounds while others will say I am the architect of my own problems due to greed but I can tell you that not all ladies who go out with the politicians are greedy or after their money.

I met Alhaji at the age of 20 when I was in my second year in the university. He was still a struggling young man trying to find his feet in politics. He was a Personal Assistant to a top politician in out state and I fell in love madly with him.

He was one of my roommate's cousin and we met when he came to visit her. Within a short time, my life revolved around him as I saw in him the man of my dreams and the father of my children.
My friend often teased me, calling me her sister-in-law and I would smile shyly, hoping and praying that the wish could come true.

Alhaji too showed me he loved me so much and showered me with so much affection and gifts that I became the envy of my friends and other colleagues.
He was my first real love and before I knew it, he had introduced me to the world of sex. Sleeping with him was one thing that I always longed for as he had a way of making me want him more and more.

When the elections came around, he contested for a position in the state house of assembly and won with a landslide. My joy knew no bounds as I saw myself as the future wife of a top politician because he often dreamed of making it big in the career.

It was only when I became pregnant for him and told him that everything changed. I remember vividly how his countenance changed when I gave him the news.
I had expected that he would be very happy and come to meet my parents but when I told him, he became very angry and that was hen he told me he was married with three children and did not want to have a child out of wedlock.

I was shocked because he had never told me he was a married man. He confessed that he had been married for over seven years and did not want anything that would spoil his image and destroy his political career.

I was more petrified when he said I should go for an abortion, something I vehemently refused since a friend had lost her life while trying to terminate her baby and I told him I would never get an abortion.

He tried every means to convince me and even threatened me if I kept the baby but I stood my grounds and insisted on having his child.
That was when my once loving Alhaji became something else and started to avoid me. Anytime I called him, he would either refuse to pick the calls or when he picked, he would tell me he was very busy and would call me back, which he did not.

When the pregnancy became very obvious, I had to leave school and go back home only to face my parent's wrath. My father was so mad that he sent me out of the house. I had no option but to go and stay with an aunt till I gave birth.

Since I had my child six years ago, Alhaji who has become a top politician and is a member of the House of Representatives has not cared to take up his responsibility. The last time I reached out to him, he threatened to get me arrested for defamation of character.

I have slaved so much to take care of a child whose father is very rich and makes laws for Nigerians but he has not deemed it fit to take care of the child.
I am sending this as a warning to him as I will have not option but to expose him for what he is.
Amina."

Dear readers, this is another case of betrayal and treachery and on Morning Teaser today, what do you think Amina should do?

Lassa Fever: 5 cases of disease confirmed in Ondo

Lassa Fever
In in Ondo State, five people have been reportedly infected with the deadly Lassa fever.

This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Taye Oni, who spoke with journalists in Akure on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
Oni confirmed that the disease had affected two people in Owo Local Government and two people in Akoko North-West Local Government.

Oni said, “Of the cases recorded by the state government, we have a 56-year-old  male, a 47- year-old female and another two people in Akoko South-West. This is not the usual time it occurs in Ondo State. It usually occurs during the dry season but limited to Owo and Ose local governments.
“Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread. We also embarked on aggressive contact tracing, sensitisation of the people not just in Owo and Ose but across the state on prevention and precautionary measures.

“Most times, we have always run to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State but the facility is already overwhelmed with so many cases across the country, that  is why we are collaborating with the Federal Medical Centre, Owo in handling the recorded cases.
The commissioner appealed to the people of the state to always visit the nearest government hospitals whenever they had recurring fever.
In the same vein, a student of the Achievers University in Owo has also contracted the disease and this was confirmed by the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi but refused to disclose the identity of the victim.

Inflight internet: Satellite surfing ready to take off

By 2021 more than 17,000 airliners are expected to be fitted with inflight internet facilities
Inflight internet access, a nascent market still hobbled by slow speeds, is set to take off as dedicated satellites make surfing in the skies a reality, experts say.

Even bans on bringing laptops and tablets on board imposed by Britain and the United States on flights departing from certain airports won't halt it, industry players and analysts gathered at the Paris Air Show believe.
"It is undeniably a trend. The main thing is to jump on the wave at the right moment," said Marc Rochet, chief executive of the low-cost airline French Blue, about the technology which is rapidly evolving but comes with a high price tag.

By 2021 more than 17,000 airliners -- or nearly half the global fleet of commercial aircraft -- will be equipped for inflight internet, according to a recent study by the Euroconsult firm. That is close to triple the 6,500 planes equipped in 2016.
The increase is being driven by a new generation of satellites that allow the use of smaller and lighter antennae on aircraft, as well as greater coverage by land-based systems.

This allows for higher data transmission speeds making the experience for users much as they get at home, and not the slow and spotty connections available so far.
It is a far cry from the early systems that began to be introduced around five years ago that allowed users to consult emails.

'Game changer'
The United States was the pioneer in developing a network of ground antennae for inflight internet. There, some 4,000 planes are equipped for inflight internet compared with just hundreds in Europe.
In 2016 new satellites capable of supporting video and television streaming, games and social media began to be deployed.

"The ability to support video streaming on a large scale shall be a game changer," said Euroconsult.
According to William Huot-Marchand, sales director at the inflight entertainment division at the aerospace firm Thales, there is also a generational change underway in airline passengers.

If previously most passengers accepted flights as a time to disconnect, younger generations, particularly millennials, don't appreciate the forced withdrawal from social media and online access.
Euroconsult estimates that revenues to suppliers for providing inflight internet connectivity topped $1 billion in 2016 and should reach $6.5 billion by 2026.
But the investment isn't negligible, with the cost of equipping each plane running up to half a million euros.

Captive audience
The airlines which have taken the plunge are using different pricing models. Some offer inflight internet as a free perk. Others charge by the hour, flight, or even offer longer subscriptions as a way to recoup their costs and avoid overloading the available bandwidth.
With passengers being in effect being a captive audience, some airlines are considering how to use it as a means to boost onboard sales.

It can also help reduce losses, helping airlines to recoup their investments.
"Today there are fraudulent transactions onboard" as card transactions for inflight sales are not verified, said Sebastien Maire, an aeronautics expert at the Olivier Wyman consultancy.
He put the annual losses at 90 million euros ($100 million).

Security is another worry for airlines and equipment manufacturers who want to make sure inflight internet access isn't used as a means to mount a cyber attack on an aircraft.
"The issue of cybersecurity is at the centre of our preoccupations. Every day there are new threats and every day you have to anticipate them," Huot-Marchand at Thales, one of the leading global firms in cybersecurity, said.

Even if the United States and other nations broaden a ban to bringing laptops and tablets, the widespread use of smartphones by consumers to watch videos, write emails and use social networks mean that there will still be growing demand for internet connectivity.
"And while the recent US and UK bans of personal electronic devices on certain flights might impact dynamics if extended, we believe that aero connectivity is poised for structural growth," Euroconsult chief executive Pacome Revillon said recently.

May: British PM to confront Brexit worries at EU summit

Theresa May will meet EU leaders for the first time since her Conservative party unexpectedly lost its majority
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Thursday to convince European leaders she can still push through Brexit despite being badly weakened by an election bet that turned sour.

The two-day Brussels summit marks the debut of French President Emmanuel Macron, the figurehead of a renewed confidence among the remaining 27 states that Britain's withdrawal can be a fresh start.

But talks on issues including post-Brexit defence plans risk being overshadowed by concerns that a disastrous election has left May so enfeebled that Brexit negotiations will be hampered.
 "There is an enormous insecurity among the Europeans: how long will she last? Has she got the majority to deliver?" a senior EU official said.

In Brussels, security has been stepped up after Tuesday's bombing at one of the city's main rail stations by an Islamic State sympathiser, following attacks in Britain and France.
Over dinner, May is expected to fill in some of the blanks for the other EU leaders on Brexit.

Possible Brexit options Possible Brexit options
(AFP)

It will be their first meeting since her Conservative party unexpectedly lost its majority in a June 8 election, leaving her in charge of a so-called "zombie government".
Britain's shock referendum vote to leave the EU was a year ago on Friday, and the country remains in a dark national mood after a string of terror attacks and a deadly tower block blaze.

May citizens offer
"The PM will give an update to the other member states on the UK's Brexit plans following the beginning of the negotiations this week," a Downing Street spokesman said.
During the dinner May will "outline some principles of the UK's paper on citizens rights which will be published at the beginning of next week," the spokesman said.

The Brexit timeline The Brexit timeline
(AFP)

The EU has made a priority of the rights of three million European citizens living in Britain, plus a million Britons resident in Europe.
At the first formal Brexit negotiations Monday, Britain accepted the EU's timetable that the exit bill, citizens' rights and the Northern Ireland border be settled before its request for a free trade deal be considered.

EU diplomatic sources said May will try to keep it simple, with no discussion.
"We believe that the warming-up round of last Monday did create a positive atmosphere ... I don't think that May will want to shatter that understanding," said one EU diplomatic source, who asked not to named.

After her comments, May will leave the room for the remaining 27 EU member states to discuss what she has told them, and the future relocation of key EU agencies from London.

'Turning the corner'
EU President Donald Tusk said the bloc appeared to have survived the worst of the anti-EU sentiment which drove Britain's shock vote to leave exactly a year to the day on Friday.
"The current developments on the continent seem to indicate that we are slowly turning the corner," the former Polish premier wrote in his invitation letter.

His upbeat assessment follows a series of election setbacks for populist and eurosceptic parties, including French far-right leader Marine Le Pen who lost heavily to newcomer Macron in last month's presidential poll.

Macron has joined forces with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pledging to put a post-Brexit EU back on track to deliver prosperity and security after years of austerity and crisis.

Macron and Merkel are expected to recommend another six-month rollover of tough economic sanctions imposed in 2014 against Russia over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed 10,000 lives.

The French and German leaders will brief their peers on the Minsk ceasefire process, which has seen continued clashes between Kiev forces and Russian-backed rebels.
Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker are also expected to report on recent meetings with US President Donald Trump.

Trump's "America First" approach and dismissive remarks about the EU and NATO have and bolstered calls for the European Union to take on an increased defence role, while his decision to pull out of the Paris climate pact infuriated Europe.

The EU leaders will also discuss plans to push internet firms to clamp down on online extremism, and Europe's migration crisis.

Macron: European champion gears up for first EU summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here during a G7 summit in Sicily, are the leaders of the EU's traditional twin engines.
France's new President Emmanuel Macron heads to his first EU summit on Thursday pledging to breathe new life into the bloc after Britain's shock Brexit decision and to bolster European defences in the face of Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

The 39-year-old takes his place among fellow European Union leaders in Brussels flush from emphatic electoral victories at home, although his post-election honeymoon was upset this week by a high-level cabinet reshuffle that saw the departure of his justice minister Francois Bayrou, a key ally.

Macron was quick to bond with the doyenne of the EU, Germany's Angela Merkel, making a point of visiting her on his maiden foreign trip the day after his May 7 election.
Early this month, Brussels unveiled a Franco-German blueprint for the creation of a European defence fund with an annual budget of 5.5 billion euro ($6.1 billion).

Macron's office said Paris and Berlin, traditionally the twin engines of European integration, hoped their partners would sign off on the defence plan at the two-day summit.
The idea for the fund, which would finance joint military hardware projects including drones as well as pooled research and development, is to help Europe stand alone as a global military power in the face of US President Trump's "America First" policy.

Trump berated his European partners on military spending at a raucous NATO summit in Brussels last month.
Macron has called for a permanent European defence headquarters that would plan and monitor defence operations in close cooperation with NATO command centres in the 22 countries that are both EU and NATO members.

Merkel, who herself faces elections in September, said the two core European powers would work to give "new momentum" to the Franco-German axis -- whose hand is strengthened by Britain's shock Brexit decision last year.

'Awakening ambitions'
On Tuesday, she said she was prepared to consider additional Macron proposals, which include a finance minister and parliament for the eurozone, "if the circumstances are right".
 "We could also consider a euro-budget if it is clear that we are really strengthening the structure of the economy and doing sensible things," she added, backing another suggestion by the French leader.

But Merkel's support comes at a price: she will expect Macron to adhere more closely to the EU's Stability Pact budget rules for countries in the eurozone.
Paris already on notice from the EU Commission that France is on course to overshoot its deficit limit once again in 2017.

The macro-economic straitjacket was all too familiar to Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande, whose attempts to comply helped make the Socialist leader one of the most unpopular French presidents in the postwar era.

During his electoral campaign, Macron put forward ideas for reforming the eurozone, noting that the 19-nation currency bloc cannot go on as it is if it wants to avoid falling prey to protest and populism.
"We need Europe, so we will remake it," Macron said on the campaign trail. "I will be the president of the awakening of our European ambitions."

With the European Union under attack from eurosceptics such as his presidential rival Marine Le Pen, Macron made support of the EU the cornerstone of his campaign.

In contrast, the far-right Le Pen, whom he defeated by a 20-point margin in May, had vowed to scrap the euro and call a referendum on EU membership.
The EU summit will be the third top-level international meeting for Macron after a NATO gathering and a Group of Seven summit in Sicily.

'High expectations'
The young new leader, a former Rothschild banker and economy minister, has impressed with self-assured appearances, including staring down Trump in a high-profile handshake.

"There are pretty high expectations among his partners (but) the wind is at his back," said Francois Heisbourg, president of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

A senior EU diplomat told AFP in Brussels that Macron was in a line of French presidents going back six decades who have "promised reforms and a total revamp".

He said if Macron succeeds, "the Franco-German engine will start running, and running very fast."
But he warned: "If the engine works too well, it is not always good for the EU... Let's hope Paris and Berlin know how to control their speed."

Wike: Politics is played without bitterness in Rivers - Gov

Governor Nyesom Wike 
Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said politics is played without bitterness in the state.

The governor said this when he hosted some lawmakers in his office on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
"In Rivers State, despite political differences, politics is played without bitterness and the interest of the people remains paramount to everybody,’’ he said.

Wike gave the advice when the House of Representatives ad hoc committee set up to investigate the health implications of installing telecommunications masts near residential homes paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt.

He advised telecommunications companies to obey laws on the installation of masts, to avoid causing health hazards to people.
 He said that the location of masts near residential homes was dangerous to the health of the people and, therefore, advised companies involved to desist from the act.

The governor expressed dissatisfaction that some corporate organisations were fond of flouting lawful orders, thereby endangering the lives of the people. 
“The way these companies instal masts near homes will definitely create negative health implications; I support the investigation by the House to change the situation.”

Wike expressed satisfaction that those representing the state at the National Assembly were cooperating with his administration in spite of their political affiliations.
He reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to execute meaningful projects and prudently utilize the state’s resources for the general development of the state.

Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Iboro Ekanem, said that the mission of the committee was to ensure that all necessary technical measures were adopted to address the challenges posed by  the act.
Ekanem said that the committee would work with the regulators and operators to ensure that the necessary procedures were adopted before presenting its report to the House.

He lauded the governor for implementing people-oriented projects in the state, adding that he merited the name, “Mr Projects’’, considering the quality infrastructure spread across the state.

Dino Melaye: Many people will go to jail for forgery over my recall - Senator

Senator Dino Melaye
Senator Dino Melaye has reacted to the move by Constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District to recall the representative of Kogi West Senatorial District.

Speaking to Seun Okinbaloye, anchor of Politics Today on Channels Television, Melaye said:
 “I continue to laugh at their efforts which I know is in futility. The whole exercise is a comedy of errors.

The Senator was further quoted to have said: “Nobody should take it seriously the whole thing is shrouded in money politics and cannot stand.
“We have discovered names of dead people on the list and a handwriting with similar signatures for several people on petition, the discrepancies are too much and it’s a total fraud. And I promise that many people will go to jail for forgery.”

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, constituents of the Kogi West Senatorial District submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding the recall of Dino Melaye from the Senate.

According to the electoral act, one-half of the number of registered voters in a constituency is required for the recall of a lawmaker.

There are 360,098 registered voters in Kogi west.

Leader of the constituents, Chief Cornelius Olowo, at INEC headquarters accused the senator of distancing himself from his constituents, saying that the lawmaker’s performance was low.

Wizkid, Davido: These two singers should go at it once and for all

Wizkid and Davido
Everyone knows both Davido and Wizkid are very ambitious young men who want to be the number one singer out of not only Nigeria but Africa. It is only natural that their hunger for international success will make them bump heads over and over.
The two pop stars will forever be pitted against each other whether they like it or not. One cannot make a move without being compared to the other. They have had their fair share of baby mama dramas and scandals. Importantly, these distractions haven't stopped them at all. They have only grown bigger creating larger than life personas for themselves. 

Davido & Wizkid Davido shows off his Yeezus with the Confiderate flag
(Instagram)

Davido and Wizkid are the only two stars on their playing field. It would take Tekno and Runtown two years of consistent hits to be at their level. The on and off pals are at the pinnacle of the Nigerian pop scene. The only person standing in Davido's way to becoming the undisputed number one is Wizkid and vice-versa. 

Tekno and Runtown Tekno and Runtown
(Pulse)

This is why the two have to slug it out on beats, music and celebrity lifestyle. It is nature, there is only one king in the jungle. There can't be two kings. It is only natural for them to have beef. It's the way of life, think Jay-Z, Nas. Jay-Z did not become the undisputed King of American Rap until he survived Nas' deadly onslaught. 

Jay Z, now JAY-Z. Jay Z, now JAY-Z.
(Matt Rourke/AP Images)

Wizkid and Davido should stop dragging their legs. Let them go and record a diss track or two. Whoever wins will be the better of it. It could even thrust the two to further greatness- competition breeds creativity. And we can all testify that Wizzy and OBO haven't been at their best in a long while.

Musiliu Obanikoro: Ex minister's defection to APC is a thing of shame

Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro.
So, it's official: Sen Musiliu Obanikoro has finally pitched tent with the APC. 
 
It was the worst kept secret in the land.
To make the switch, Obanikoro had to dump the PDP--a party on whose platform he's tried unsuccessfully to realise his Lagos governorship ambition.
Obanikoro has been flirting with the APC and showing the governing party plenty of skirt since the turn of the year--he attended the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium in March and he's been photographed hobnobbing with the 'Jagaban' and other APC stalwarts in the Southwest, in the last couple of weeks.
His defection was therefore a matter of when, not if. 

Obanikoro is now friends with Tinubu Obanikoro is now friends with Tinubu
(Daily Post)

Koro's (as the former minister is fondly called) defection therefore isn't a surprise.
His fall out with PDP Lagos' godfather, Bode George, only seemed to hasten his exit from the umbrella party.
When he initiated peace moves with former Lagos Governor Tinubu, we were only counting down the days to his eventual defection.
However, Koro's defection should be called what it is--political prostitution--a common phenomenon around here. This move is as much pragmatic as it is escapist--an escape from a dying PDP to an APC that now controls the resources of state and levers of power. 
Politicians in the opposition quickly trade places because they've since compromised their bottle for the battle. 

Former Lagos State Governorship aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro and PDP candidate, Jimi Agbaje Koro and Agbaje share a meal after a bitter contest (Twitter)

Like most politicians in Nigeria, Koro's politics is rooted in zero ideology and plenty of ambition; an ambition to become Governor of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and most populous city.
He's been consumed by that ambition since 2007 when he lost the race to Babatunde Raji Fashola.
In 2015, Koro was again kicked aside, but this time from within. Chief Bode George made sure Jimi Agbaje was the PDP flag bearer instead.
Koro licked his wounds before being hounded by the anti-graft agencies for allegedly looting N4.75B of funds earmarked for the procurement of arms during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Some of Koro's property were also seized.
Obanikoro spent a couple of nights in EFCC custody. It was a spectacular fall from grace for the former junior defense minister. 

From left: Former FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, former spokesman to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati;  former Minister of State for Defense, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister and spokesperson to Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode and Bashir Ushaq Bashir while they were in EFCC detention in November 2016 Koro, Fani-Kayode and Abati spent a couple of nights in EFCC custody (Punch)

In November of 2016, Obanikoro bought his freedom by returning N100M to the federal government under a plea bargain arrangement.
Since then, he's been weighing his options which weren't a lot, to be honest.
He had only two choices: join the APC and get the anti-graft agencies off his back or remain with the PDP and be hounded for allegedly looting the treasury in the past.
Obanikoro chose the former. He's a smart one. 

Gbolahan, Musiliu and Babajide Obanikoro Obanikoro and sons (Naij)

To rehash the point, this move further underscores the ideology deficit in Nigerian politics. Politicians swap parties in search of where their bread will be buttered. There are neither values nor principles to our politics. No policy moves propel party swaps. Zilch.
What becomes of Obanikoro's Lagos governorship ambition now that he's an APC member? Not much. That ship has since sailed. If he's lucky, he'll get to help choose who governs Lagos from this point and be handed the patronage that comes with joining the governing party at State and federal levels.
Obanikoro's defection won't move the needle in any direction in the politics of Lagos or the Southwest.
But here's one more proof that a politician who sought for refuge when badly in need of one; who embarked on a search for where and how to line his stomach, got exactly what he yearned for.

Otto Warmbier: US student evacuated from N. Korea has died

University student Otto Warmbier, who had been on a tourist trip to North Korea, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for removing a political poster from a hotel
 Otto Warmbier, the US student released by North Korea in a coma last week after more than a year in detention, has died, his family said Monday.

The 22-year-old, who had suffered severe brain damage, was medically evacuated to the United States on June 13. He died Monday at 2:20 pm (1820 GMT), surrounded by relatives in his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio.
"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home," his family said in a statement.
"The awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible," they added.
Pyongyang said that Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced in March of last year for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel. The regime claimed the young man fell into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.
Doctors treating Warmbier said he had suffered extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain, but showed no signs of physical trauma. Medical tests offered no conclusive evidence as to the cause of his neurological injuries, and no evidence of a prior botulism infection.
They said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely -- given his young age -- to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.
Warmbier's father, Fred, lashed out at Kim Jong-Un's authoritarian state last week, telling a news conference, "there is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long."
In their statement Monday, Otto's family said they believed he had found a peace of sorts after being flown home.
"When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable -- almost anguished," they said.
"Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed – he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that," they added.
"We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too."
The university student, who had been on a tourist trip, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, a punishment the US decried as far out of proportion to his alleged crime, accusing the North of using him as a political pawn.
President Donald Trump had urged the nation to pray for Otto Warmbier, describing his ordeal as a "truly terrible thing."
Warmbier's release came amid mounting tensions with Washington following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang, focusing attention on an arms buildup that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has dubbed "a clear and present danger to all."
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