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Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 20, 2018
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Hundreds of Canadians have taken to the streets to celebrate the legalization of recreational marijuana following a nearly century-long ban.

Canada officially became the first industrialized nation to legalize the drug on Wednesday following a two-year push by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which hopes to bring dealers out of the black market and into a regulated system.

Cannabis connoisseurs appear to have embraced the new system as massive queues formed outside many of the 111 legal pot shops now open around the country.

Eager consumers were pictured spewing smoke on the sidewalks, using up products almost certainly purchased on the black market as they waited to get their hands on the legal version.

Celebrations are being held across Canada on Wednesday following the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Cannabis connoisseurs are seen parading through Montreal with a Canadian flag bearing a pot leaf in place of a maple one.

A man fights the frigid weather by dancing on the sidewalk as he waits in line to purchase legal cannabis at a store in Montreal.

Hundreds of cannabis-loving Canadians lined up to get their hands on legal marijuana at over 100 stores across the nation.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018
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A legal practitioner to human rights has declared a Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mr. Adeola Austin Oyinlade, winner of the International Bar Association (IBA) award for outstanding contribution for 2018.
The prestigious award was presented to him at this year’s IBA conference in Rome, Italy.

Oyinlade, the first Nigerian and second in Africa to win the award, emerged winner ahead of other finalists from many countries across the world.

Each year, IBA presents the award to an outstanding lawyer in the field of human rights law.

The IBA has a membership of over 80,000 lawyers and 195 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents across the globe.

Oyinlade has distinguished himself through his courageous stand for human rights and his pro-bono legal services to the poor in Nigeria.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 9, 2018
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A mild drama occurred on Saturday afternoon in the heart of Reggio Calabria, a town in Italy after a Nigerian immigrant decided to create a public scene.

The man was allegedly seen damaging an entrance door to the offices of the city’s cathedral.

According to reports, police officers in San Francesco da Paola, a few meters from the main entrance of the building, chased him before he reached a square and climbed a building through some service pipelines.

Armed with a knife, he threatened to cut the wires as he asked the police and officials who surrounded him to get away so he can escape. But eventually, the knife slipped from his hand and he was left unarmed as can be seen in the trending video posted online.

Meanwhile, the square was filled with onlookers who witnessed the scene.

The man later came down after the police set up a ladder for him before he was taken to the station.Watch the video below,


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 9, 2018
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The United States Department of Justice has denied having any record that indicates that Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has a pending lawsuit in the US.

In an email to our correspondent on Friday, a spokesperson for the US DOJ, Peter Carr said, “Thank you for reaching out to us. I have checked the public court records, and they do not show cases filed against a defendant named Atiku Abubakar.”

This was stated as a response to
SUNDAY PUNCH’s request for information on whether Abubakar is wanted in the US in connection with any issue of money laundering.

The mail also asked the department to confirm whether Abubakar has been banned from entering the US and if there is any court case against him concerning the Halliburton scandal which resulted in the conviction of a US lawmaker, William Jefferson.

Asked if it is true that the ex-vice president (now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress) was banned from entering the US, the American official said the issue was confidential.

He said, “Visa issues are confidential under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If your question is specifically about entry – not about visas per se – I would refer you to the US Customs and Border Protection.”

Last week, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, had implied that Abubakar was avoiding a visit to the US because he might be charged with a case of money laundering.

He reacted to Abubakar’s interview which he granted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s quarterly publication, Zero Tolerance, where he had accused the Kaduna governor of corruption by offering him Transcorp’s shares.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 9, 2018
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Okay the PDP presidential primaries have come and gone and a winner and Presidential flag bearer for the party has emerged. He is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

I am happy for PDP for choosing to field him as the opponent to President Buhari because in so many ways, it clearly sets us back to the scenario of 2015 which is the issue of Corruption vs Integrity.

Under same scenario in 2015, we know how that played out especially with the help of card readers which ensured that PDP no longer were able to inflate vote figures.

Same PDP in the form of Bukola Saraki the senate president recently tried to eliminate the card readers from the new modified electoral act but Buhari insisted it should be clearly included in the electoral act before he would endorse it. After much back and forth, it was included.

PDP in the past has been tagged as a party with a religion of looting and Nigerians were hoping that this time around, after being given 4 years break from power they would come back refined and more appealing to the many decent Nigerians who abhor all forms of corrupt practices but sadly they seem to have failed in this regard.

Right from their Primaries, it was evident that they just did not care about what people thought about them as they brazenly bribed delegates with large sums of dollars out of desperation and this speaks badly of where they are headed and why.

Between $2500 and $10,000 was shared per delegate by the aspirants of which Atiku was the largest bribe giver.

It is also on record that Atiku had been indicted on money laundry charges by the United States of America in conjunction with Homeland security. Anyone who knows how the homeland security works in USA would know that they are directly responsible for who is allowed in or out of the United states.

Once you are on their radar and red flagged, you have absolutely no hope of getting into the United States of America until your charges have been dropped and they have cleared you.

Atiku for many years (since 2008) has refused to step a foot in the united States based on the reason above. His partners in the money laundry crime have all been arrested, charged and jailed except him. Even his 4th wife resident in the USA who was an accomplice was arrested and jailed.

As it stands, Atiku is a wanted man in the United States of America.

His case was so deep, it became a case study on Corruption for homeland security in the USA.

For a party like PDP to still brazenly want to frolick with a known wanted man and a prolific looter of Nigerias Commonwealth, it shows that this party is far from turning over a new leaf and are still hell bent on continuing with their looting religion but this time, under a new ATM with no pin code called Atiku.

Obasanjo had his fair share of his thieving ways and has never forgiven him till date, now PDP have embraced this internationally known thief as their figure head for 2019 presidential polls. Talk about bad image laundering.


Akeem ReachnaijaSeptember 25, 2018
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The US House of Representatives of the commonwealth of Kentucky honors His Majesty, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri with a Citation of Honor.

His Majesty, Eze Eri is currently in the United State as he officiates the historic coronation of a new king in Kentucky who happens to be of an African American descendant with Igbo ancestry.

The Mayor of Lexington officially declares September 23, 2018 as His Majesty, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri Day in Lexington.

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Akeem ReachnaijaSeptember 21, 2018
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This is the amazing moment a USS Hartford Los Angeles-class nuclear submarine breaks through several feet of ice in order to surface in the Arctic Circle north of Alaska.

The fast-attack submarine together with the UK Royal Navy submarine were participating in the multinational maritime Ice Exercise to train and validate the warfighting capabilities of the submarines.

Unlike the conventional diesel or battery powered submarines that needs to surface frequently to refuel, this nuclear submarine can operate at high speed while staying below the water(or extreme cold-water in this case) surface for several months.

The power generated by their reactors is large enough to power a small city for many years.

The Russian Typhoon Class,the Borei Class-the second largest Sub and several U.S nuclear submarines will never be refueled throughout their lifespans.


Akeem ReachnaijaSeptember 15, 2018
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The former New York City mayor, best known for his liberal-Republican-turned-Independent stance, is reportedly planning to run for president in the next election.

Bloomberg, who also considered Independent runs for office in 2008, 2012, and 2016, will run as a Democrat in 2020 and challenge Donald Trump, The Times of London reports.

A source close to the British publication confirmed that the 76-year-old billionaire is allegedly making a run for the White House.

“Mike Bloomberg told me he is going to run in 2020,” the source told the newspaper. “He has the money to see it through while other candidates knock themselves out.”

Representatives for Michael Bloomberg did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

In a separate report by The New York Post, Bloomberg announced in June during a fundraiser that he would be returning to this polls, but this time, for the Oval Office.

“Before you leave I want to get your cell phone number,” he told attendees at the end of his speech, “because I’m thinking of getting the band back together.” His comment was well-received, reports the publication, as the audience applauded for the man who they believed was expressing interest in a presidential run.

In 2016, Bloomberg announced on his website that he would not move forward with his run for the presidency, claiming that “an independent candidacy would split the Electoral College and allow Congress to elect an extremist.”
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Added the three-term mayor: “When I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

Following the announcement, Bloomberg remained closely tied to the election and showed support for Hillary Clinton during her campaign. At the Democratic convention in July 2016, Bloomberg poked fun at Trump’s The Apprentice background, claiming that this was “not reality television; it was reality,” The New York Post reported.

He went on to refer to President Trump as “a dangerous demagogue” and a “risky, reckless, and radical choice,” advising the audience to vote Clinton who he claimed was a “sane competent person with international experience.”

Although Bloomberg has vocally disagreed with the current president, a representative from Trump’s team reportedly admitted to the New York-based publication in August that the former mayor would pose the biggest threat for a re-election.

“If I were a Democrat strategist and somebody said to me, ‘Who do you want to be the Democrat nominee for president of the United States?’ there’s only one name I would choose and his name is Michael Bloomberg,” former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski said.

“Mike Bloomberg created tens of thousands of jobs over the course of his lifetime,” he continued. “That is a story the American people like and he’s an outsider. I think it would be a very competitive race.”