Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Azerbaijan Offer Help To Search Raisi’s Helicopter

Iranian search and rescue teams were scouring a fog-shrouded mountainside after a helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi went missing in an “accident” on Sunday, state media said. Fears grew for the 63-year-old ultraconservative after contact was lost with the helicopter carrying him as well as Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in East Azerbaijan province, reports said. “An accident happened to the helicopter carrying the president” in the Jolfa region of the western province, state television said, while some officials described the incident as a “hard landing”. “The harsh weather conditions and heavy fog have made it difficult for the rescue teams to reach the accident site,” said one state broadcaster. More than 40 rescue teams using search dogs and drones were sent to the site, reported the IRNA news agency. Raisi was visiting the province where he inaugurated a dam project together with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, on the border between the two countries. Raisi’s convoy included three helicopters, and the other two had “reached their destination safely,” according to Tasnim news agency. Foreign countries were closely following the search effort …

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It’s Now Official, Two Members Of President Raisi’s Entourage Make Contact With Rescue Teams

By Chris Udochukwu Iran’s Deputy President for Executive Affairs Mohsen Mansouri has said that two members of President Ebrahim Raisi’s entourage have contacted rescue teams, and this shows that the air incident involving their helicopter has not been rough, reported the IRNA news agency. Mansouri said on Sunday that the helicopter of President Raisi and two more copters were en route to the city of Tabriz after the president and his Azerbaijani counterpart inaugurated Qiz Qalasi Dam at the border between the two countries. Half an hour into their flight, Raisi’s helicopter lost contact with the two other copters, which prompted them to search the area, Mansouri said, adding that two members of the president’s entourage contacted rescue teams, which shows that the incident has not been hard. Another promising point is that the Ministry of Communications has been able to determine the location of the accident within a radius of two kilometers, he added. Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has prayed for Raisi’s return. Ayatollah Khamenei reacted to the news of the …

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Plan to Sponsor mass marriage of 100 poor orphan girls abuse of fundamental rights – FIDA fumes

…Distances itself from the unauthorized Press Release purportedly issued by the Chairperson and Secretary of its Niger State branch By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria has described as ill-advised and abuse of fundamental human rights, the plans of the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, to sponsor a mass marriage of 100 poor orphan girls whose parents were lost to banditry attacks in Maringa Local Government Area, Niger State. This is also as the FIDA Nigeria clearly distanced itself from the unauthorized Press Release purportedly issued by the Chairperson and Secretary of its Niger State branch. It firmly place on record that as a non-partisan, non-religious and non-cultural organization, it shall continue to discharge its mandate of protecting, promoting and preserving the rights and interests of women and children without cowering to any political expediency. According to the statement signed by the Country Vice/National President FIDA Nigeria, Amina Suzanah Agbaje Mrs made available to Precise Post, while marriage is noble, and any humanitarian gesture that seeks to …

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Manchester City claim record fourth straight EPL title

MANCHESTER (U.K)- Phil Foden struck twice early on as Manchester City secured a historic fourth successive Premier League title with a convincing 3-1 win over West Ham on Sunday. There were few signs of last-day nerves from Pep Guardiola’s dominant side, although a spectacular effort from Mohammed Kudus just before half-time at the Etihad Stadium did give rivals Arsenal brief hope. Yet that was soon extinguished as Rodri drove home City’s third to complete their sixth league success in seven seasons under the inspirational Pep Guardiola on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The victory ensured they could not be caught by the second-placed Gunners regardless of their result against Everton. Foden told Sky Sports: “Its so hard to put into words what we’ve done today. I think now we’ve put ourselves in the history books. “No team’s ever done it and you see what it means to the fans and what it means to us. We’ve been working all year for this moment. It’s such a special feeling today. “You never get bored of it. I want this feeling every time. …

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Tinubu Appoints Ngelale as Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Change (See Full List)

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – President Bola Tinubu has appointed Ajuri Ngelale as the special presidential envoy on climate action. This followed the establishment of the presidential committee on climate action and green economic solutions. Tinubu will lead the committee as the chairman, while Balarabe Abbas, minister of environment, will serve as the vice-chairman. This was contained in a statement released on sunday (today) signed by the Director of Information in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Segun Imohiosen made available to Precise Post. Recall that Ngelale is the special adviser to the president on media and publicity. The committee is expected to “coordinate and oversee all policies and programmes on climate action and green economic development”. The statement added that the committee will also “identify, develop, and implement innovative non-oil & non-gas climate action initiatives”. The committee will coordinate the activities of relevant federal government institutions towards the “attainment of all agreed climate action and green economic objectives and non-oil/non-gas ambitions”. See full list: (1) President Bola Tinubu – Chairman (2) Balarabe Abbas …

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi health condition unknown as Helicopter carrying him crashes

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been involved in an incident while he was visiting neighboring Azerbaijan, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on X on Sunday. “Some of the president’s companions on this helicopter were able to communicate with Central Headquarters, raising hopes that the incident could have ended without casualties,” it added. It is unclear what the exact status is of Raisi’s helicopter. The helicopter was part of a convoy of three helicopters. Two of those helicopters were carrying ministers and officials who arrived at their destination safely, according to Tasnim. “Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Al-Hashem, Tabriz’s Friday Prayer Imam, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were also reportedly on the helicopter with the president,” Tasnim said on X. This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Gun duel as Congo military aborts coup attempt near President Tshisekedi’s office

The army spokesperson disclosed that the DR Congo military thwarted an attempted coup near President Felix Tshisekedi’s Kinshasa offices on Sunday, which reportedly involved both foreigners and Congolese. The attempted coup occurred in the early hours outside the residence of Economy Minister, Vital Kamerhe, situated in the Gombe area in the northern part of the capital city, adjacent to the president’s offices at the Palais de la Nation. General Sylvain Ekenge in a message broadcast on national television, said, “An attempted coup d’etat has been stopped by the defence and security forces.” He also noted that the group, which included both foreigners and Congolese, along with their leader, would no longer be able to cause harm. Ekenge did not offer any additional insights into the coup attempt. Despite AFP’s efforts to reach official sources, no response has been forthcoming. AFP journalists reported that the situation was calm in the city later in the morning. Reports started circulating on social media early in the morning, indicating an assault on Kamerhe’s residence by armed assailants, with some later moving towards the Palais …

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2024 Ardova Handball League: See how Tojemarine Academy Sustained Winning Streak

By Chris Udochukwu Lagos based Tojemarine Academy have defeated Sunshine Kings 30-20 at the ongoing Ardova Handball Premier League 2024 to continue in their great form in the season. Tojemarine Academy extended their winning streak with a victory against Sunshine Kings thereby leading the men’s category league. Other matches in the men category saw the defending champion defeat Correction Boys 31-24 while Rima Strikers earned a a 27-25 victory over Seasider Boys of Lagos. Former champion Kano Pillars’ newfound form saw them defeat Adamawa Warriors 30-22. Meanwhile, the Handball Federation of Nigeria will hold an Anti-Doping Workshop for all participating teams. According to the federation’s general secretary, Umar Lambu, the seminar is expected to update the clubs on the latest anti-doping rules. RESULTS OF MATCHES 1) Safety Shooters–Confluence Stars 10–00 2) D:Defenders–Benue Buffaloes 22–17. 3) Sunshine Kings–Tojemarine Academy 20–30. 4) Correction Boys–Niger United 24–31. 5) Rima Strikers–Lagos Seasiders 27–25. 6) Adamawa Warriors–Kano Pillars 22–30. (Channels)

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Police confirm 6 dead in Imo road crash

OWERRI- The Police Command in Imo has confirmed the death of six people in a road accident on  Saturday evening in Imo. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday,said the crash occurred in Owerri. Okoye said that  a citizen reported to  the police  that the accident ,involving a Mack truck and four mini buses, occurred at IMSU Junction, along Okigwe Road at about 7:00p.m. “On arrival at the scene, police operatives, in synergy with public-spirited individuals ,assisted in evacuating the victims to Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri for medical attention, where the medical practitioner on duty confirmed six dead on arrival,” Okoye said. According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of the articulated vehicle with registration number KWL857YE lost control of his vehicle and diverted to the other side of the road,where he ran over four mini busses and some pedestrians along the road which left many seriously injured. “Photographs and sketches of the accident scene have been taken and the accidental vehicles have been …

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Akpabio: A ‘Prophet’ Honoured At Home

By Anietie Ekong The people of Akwa Ibom State rewrote the scriptures penultimate week when they trooped out enmasse to celebrate their illustrious son, Senator Godswill Akpabio as the President of the 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Chairman of the National Assembly and the number three man of the country. The occasion was the civic reception in his honour by the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District. The Holy Book says “But Jesus said unto them, a Prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” According to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Umo Eno, himself a Pastor at the pre-event banquet to honour Senator Akpabio, “I wish we had a thermometer to measure the temperature of Akwa Ibom State tonight, you will understand that everyone is happy; happy because you have come home to see your people and that we can see you again in this facility that God used your hands to build many, many years ago. “We have just …

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Zamfara APC crisis: Group seeks Ganduje’s intervention 

GUSAU- A group of 12 APC state executive committee members in Zamfara has called on the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Ganduje, to intervene in the current crisis in the party in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the recent crisis in the party in the state has led to the purported suspension of the state party Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Danfulani by the Galadima ward APC executives in Gusau LGA. The state executive committee of the party had on Friday reportedly suspended a member of the House of Representatives, Aminu Jaji, over some alleged anti-party activities. Spokesman of the group, Mansur Khalifa, spoke to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday after the stakeholders’ meeting on the affairs of the party it organized. Khalifa, the Assistant State Secretary of the party, described the current situation of the party in the state as worrisome.. He condemned the recent suspension of Jaji, saying, “I believe a constitutional provision of the party does not allow such unlawful decisions. “This is a clear indication that the party in the state has …

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Kwara begins HPV vaccination May 27, targets 311,000 girls– Official

ILORIN- The Kwara Government says it has concluded plans to vaccinate 311,000 girls between the ages of nine and 14 against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Dr Michael Oguntoye, a Director at the Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated this in Ilorin on Sunday. Oguntoye told journalists on the sideline of an engagement with media stakeholders, on the introduction of the vaccine, that the exercise would begin on May 27 and would last for five days. The media engagement was organised by John Snow Incorporated (JSI), with support from HPV Vaccine Acceleration Programme Partners Initiative (HAPPI) Consortium, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Oguntoye said that the vaccination exercise was initiated by the Federal Government, with support from JSI, HAPPI and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He added that the five-day campaign, which would be inaugurated by the wife of Kwara governor, Dr Olufolake AbdulRazaq, would target both school and out-of-school girls. “The HPV vaccine will be available across all primary health care facilities in the state. “The vaccine is safe, efficacious and is not an attempt to reduce population or …

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Germany, Nigeria trade relations hits €3bn– Envoy

ABUJA- The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Annett Gunther, says trade relations between Federal Republic of Nigeria and Federal Republic Germany currently stands at about three billion euros. Gunther, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said that the trade relations between both countries had grown over the years. Specifically, she said the trade relations grew from two billion euros in 2022 to the current figure of three billion euros with balance of trade in favour of Nigeria because of crude oil export She said there was the potential for improvement on trade relations, which both countries were currently working on, especially in the area of agriculture. “I think agriculture is a very good area for cooperation, not only because we can help in the area of food security, which is important to Nigeria, but also in improvement of export of processed products. “Instead of selling more raw products, we will have more value creation within the country to creates more jobs . “As part of our development cooperation …

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NSCDC urges personnel to protect road, rail facilities in FCT

ABUJA- The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), FCT Command, has charged its personnel to ensure the protection of road reflective studs, railings, street lights and manhole covers. Dr Olusola Odumosu, FCT Commandant of the corps,  gave the charge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Abuja, on Sunday. Odumosu also charged the personnel to ensure adequate protection of facilities of all ongoing and completed projects in the territory as well a national critical infrastructure. According to him, it is of paramount importance that street lights, amenities of the newly constructed roads and bridges, Abuja metro line rail tracks and other critical infrastructure are protected. “Also road reflective studs, railings, manhole covers and other facilities must be properly secured from persons with criminal intentions.” He clarified that the directive does not exempt the coverage of already existing roads and projects in the territory. According to him, the yet to be inaugurated projects should be given priority attention because of its new components. “We have activated surveillance patrol in the FCT especially in the city center and …

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Mass Wedding: Women Affairs Ministry partners Niger State House of Assembly on girl child empowerment

By Chris Udochukwu In alignment with the interventions by traditional and religious institutions from Niger State on the matters surrounding the mass wedding of orphan girls, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has expressed its readiness to partner with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly on improving their lives through various initiatives. The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Barrister (Mrs) Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye disclosed this on Friday in her office while giving an update on the Ministry’s position about the mass wedding. She informed that the Ministry will ever remain steadfast in the implementation of its mandate, especially in the area of the protection of the lives of women, children and the vulnerable in line with the policy thrust of the present administration. According to the statement signed by the Head, Information and Public Relations, Mrs. Grace Njoku released via X account, Kennedy-Ohanenye informed further that the intervention has provided a solution to the court injunction earlier filed by the Ministry halting the marriage until thorough investigation is carried out on the children, especially their ages and preparedness for …

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Group campaigns against drug abuse, cultism, other vices in Taraba

By Sylvanus Viashima, JALINGO – In a move to curtail the rising cases of drug abuse and other vices in the State, the Taraba Youth and Women Mobilisation and Awareness Movement (TAYOWOMAM) has mobilised campaign against the vices to cultists temples, shanties, brothels and other hideouts. Mr Victor Bulus, coordinator of the group and convener of Taraba Youth and Women Submit scheduled to hold on Monday disclosed this at a press briefing in Jalingo on Friday. Bulus said that the group, with support from the state government is championing the campaign to create awareness and enlighten the youth on the need for more productive engagements rather than destroying their future by indulging in unhealthy behaviours. He noted that the future is only as bright as the character and disposition of the youth who will either make or mar the future. “TAYOWOMAM, in collaboration with Taraba State Government, vehemently condemns the issue of illegal possession of weapons, drug abuse and diverse criminal activities among our youth in Taraba State. As we all know, the prevalence of these vices poses a significant …

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