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Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 2, 2018
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A bullied schoolgirl was full of so much excitement after about 127 bikers turned up with her to her prom in what can be considered as the most dramatic prom entrance ever.

Chloe Robson, 16, was made to feel “worthless” by her tormentors from the age of just seven and had been terrified about the event.

But the teen was stunned when the bikers showed up in their droves – revving their engines to applause from Chloe’s classmates and teachers.

Her uncle, Grant Robson, 42, had organised for his group Bikers Against Bullies to attend the prom at Lumley Castle in County Durham to support the teen.

Chloe said:

“I was really nervous about going to the prom and the reaction I’d get.

“It was a big shock when we heard the engines and all the bikers turned up – I wasn’t expecting that many but it made me feel supported and confident.

“They were surrounding the car all the way there and then escorted me to the school then there was applause from teachers and the families of other students.

“It was an indescribable moment – my friends all ran up and said ‘wow, that was an entrance’.”

Bullied schoolgirl shows up for prom with escort of 127 bikers lailasnews

Chloe said the bullying started when she first went to primary school with peers calling her names over how she looked and talked.

But the problems got worse at Hermitage Academy in Chester le Street when she was shoved around and had things thrown at her.

As a result, the teen has been left with low self esteem and said it will still have a “long-term effect” on her.

She added:

“The bullying had a bad effect – it made me feel left out and alone.”

Chloe, who who will join the sixth form next year to study media and photography, has now gone on to help Bikers Against Bullies’ social media accounts.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 2, 2018
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The United Kingdom, UK, House of Lords yesterday debated the continuing killing of innocent persons in communities by armed groups in Nigeria.

The debate concerning the killings and destruction of property was raised by Lord Alton of Liverpool who demanded to know Her Majesty’s Government assessment of situation in Nigeria.

Alton warned against genocide in the country, while recalling such concern “raised on 24 March, by the highly respected former Army Chief of Staff and Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Theophilus Y Danjuma, who stated that the armed forces were, ‘not neutral; they collude’ in the, ‘ethnic cleansing in … riverine states’, by Fulani militia.

“He insisted that villagers must defend themselves because, ‘depending on the armed forces’, will result in them dying, ‘one by one. The ethnic cleansing must stop … in all the states of Nigeria; otherwise Somalia will be a child’s play’.”

Lord Alton who raised the long debate added that he would like to hear, therefore, what practical steps the UK Government were taking to work with the Government of Nigeria in developing effective solutions to bring an end to this escalating violence.

“Can the Minister tell us whether there is a strategic plan and what representations have been made directly? I know that finding solutions is complex, but there is nothing to stop the Minister calling on the Government of Nigeria to recalibrate security arrangements and to resource their forces as a matter of urgency, in order to offer sufficient protection to vulnerable communities.

“As I close, I thank the noble Lords who are participating in today’s debate and go back to where I began: to the more than 200 people, mostly women and children, who were killed in sustained attacks on 50 villages by armed Fulani militia just this past weekend. People are dying daily.

“On 18 June, the Archbishop of Abuja referred in the Telegraph to what he described as ‘territorial conquest’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ and said:
‘The very survival of our nation is at stake’.

“This alone should serve as a wake-up call. Are we to watch one of Africa’s greatest countries go the way of Sudan? Will we be indifferent as radical forces sweep across the Sahel seeking to replace diversity and difference with a monochrome ideology that will be imposed with violence on those who refuse to comply?

“We must not wait for a genocide to happen, as it did in Rwanda. Ominously, history could very easily be repeated.”

Alton statement was backed by the rest of the Lords who took time to narrate the situation in Nigeria and vowed to commence necessary actions to stop what could escalate into Rwanda genocide.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 30, 2018
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The Nigerian Woman Who was Convicted days ago in the UK for Trafficking Was actually Contesting as a Lawmaker at the Edo state House of Assembly..
Remember Josephine Iyamu was sentenced to Jail after she was found guilty of Trafficking Young girls From Benin to Germany as Sex Slaves, Called the ‘modern slavery offences’ Where she forces the trafficked women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during “juju” ceremonies.

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Well, a new Photo going viral on the Internet shows she was Contesting as an Assembly Member in Edo state under the APC platform..
See below!


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 30, 2018
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French President, Emmanuel Macron, will visit the African Shrine next week to soak-in Afrobeat music, as he prepares to open the new-look Alliance Francaise facility in Lagos.

Macron is expected to touch down in Abuja on Tuesday and after a brief visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, would head to Lagos in the evening and would be hosted at the Shrine by Trace Tv, according to sources familiar with the itinerary.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, will be on hand to guide the visiting president and will use the occasion to promote Tourism in the state.

Afrobeat was specially created by the legendary Fela Anikulapo, originally known as Fela Ransome-Kuti, a radical artiste who fought against injustice and executive recklessness through his addictive brand of music. His sons, Femi and Seun have been able to sustain the popularity of the genre and President Macron will certainly have fun at the African Shrine.

Next day at 9am, President Macron is expected to open the magnificent Alliance Francais building, which is located in Ikoyi. It is the biggest and best such facility that blends modern innovative and classy design with the traditions of the past, according to the sources.

This scenic upgraded Chateau-style Alliance Francaise means more Nigerians can learn about French culture and language in Lagos, the commercial capital. This is a welcome development which is bound to promote greater interaction between Nigeria and France and expand business opportunities, cultural exchange and employment.

The Alliance Francaise Foundation is the premier cultural organisation in the world, founded on 21 July 1883, it now has 800 local associations in about 133 countries. It is supported by grants from the French Government and the generosity of patrons, including its founding fathers who are notable Frenchmen like the scientist, Louis Pasteur, the publisher, Armand Colin and writers, Jules Verne and Ernest Renan.

The renovated building, which is a villa, now has new additions which have transformed it almost completely. There are spectacular alterations done to the amphitheatre and the internal auditorium to give it a touch of timeless elegance.

The Lagos accommodation has been improved, increased and enhanced, and sure to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 30, 2018
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A househelp identified as Winfred Wangui, has dragged her former boss and Kiambu Senator Paul Kimani Njoroge, popularly known as Kimani Wamatangi to court in a child maintenance lawsuit.

According to househelp, the Jubilee politician defiled her in his residence about 10 years ago, after which she got pregnant and gave birth to their daughter, Lisa Wanjiku, on April 23rd, 2007.

“When I ask for child support, he erratically sends a sum of Sh3,000, which he sends after a long time and when he is pushed. I am jobless,” she said in court papers obtained by Standard Digital.

According to the lady, the Senator has only seen their daughter twice; when she was two months old and towards the end of 2007, and has sent a total of Sh70,000 for her maintenance, refusing to consistently pay Sh75,000 monthly upkeep.

“He came home to see my mother with Sh.20,000 and promised to pay for his daughter’s upkeep,” Winfred further states.

“The plaintiff avers that the defendant has a legal obligation to maintain his daughter in the following manners: Sh.20,000 for school fees, an equal amount for house rent, Sh.15,000 in medical care fee and Sh.20,000 in clothing and miscellaneous expenses. The total expenses comes to Sh.75,000,” Winfred says in another sworn affidavit.

Winfred disclosed that on May 28th the court ordered Wamatangi to take a DNA test to confirm paternity, but the senator refused to avail himself.

“This is to confirm that Ms Winfred Wangui Kimani presented herself to the Government Chemist on 28th day of May at 9:30am for DNA sampling. However the sampling could not proceed as the other party, Paul Kimani Njoroge alias Wamatangi, had not availed himself by 3pm,” a letter from the Ministry of Health to the Children’s Court signed by government chemist AW Nderitu reads.

The 32-year-old former househelp added that she is tired of fighting a losing battle, after several of her cases were dropped. She approached Kenya Human Rights Commission for help and was referred to Fida, who filed the new case at Kiambu Children’s Court on June 19th.

However the Senator who spoke to newsmen, said;

“I am not the biological father to the minor herein, I have never seen the minor and I do not know of her existence.”

“I have never employed the plaintiff. Her allegations are malicious and unwarranted and only meant to embarrass and cause me injury and damage,” Wamatangi said in a sworn affidavit.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 29, 2018
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A Nigerian doctor identified as Valentine, has revealed how he felt working in the same hospital with his mother in the United states. The young man who works at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, Los Angeles, California – also revealed how his m,other introduced him to almost all her co-workers with pride and joy written all over her face.

He shared the rare ‘mother-son working moment’ on his Instagram page two days ago.

Below is what he wrote;

I got slammed all night at this ER last night but you wanna know what the highlight of it all was?Calling my Mom at 3am and finding out she’s working the same shift, on the 4th floor. I had to endure her introducing me to every single one of her coworkers, but the joy written all over her face seeing her son literally at the same hospital has made my night.

-Have you ever worked side by side with your Mom? Man it’s not everyday I get this opportunity. It’s definitely a special feeling. She won’t be working that much longer soon so I’ll go ahead and cherish this small moment in time while it lasts.

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Akeem ReachnaijaJune 28, 2018
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A Nigerian journalist based in the United States has berated president Muhammadu Buhari following his ‘attitude’ to the killings of over 100 people recently in Plateau state.

The reporter identified as Joi John revealed she saw the humane side of president Barack Obama after she was a victim of the Hurricane Sandy (referred to as Superstorm Sandy) said to be the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.

She shared her thoughts via her Facebook page.

Read below;

Our African leaders give the impression they want to emulate governance in the western world but when we need them to take a stand, they fumble. These random killings in Nigeria have gone on for too long and I find it disturbing that the Buhari administration seems to be handling the matter with kid gloves. The approach and response of a leader in time of a disaster or security crisis says a lot.

Let me take you down memory lane to August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the United States. Former President George W. Bush was heavily criticized for his delayed visit to the Gulf Coast. He was on vacation at the time and the media roasted him for isolating himself. When he eventually visited, he muted all his critics with the empathy he showed the victims.

In 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, I was a victim of that disaster. It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. That tragedy was a defining moment for the Obama administration. We saw the humane side of Barack! He was swift to board the Marine One. Television cameras captured him flying over the Jersey shore with Gov.Chris Christie to obtain a first hand insight to the devastation. It didn’t end there. When Obama met with the victims on ground, there were no hidden emotions.

These two instances may not be the exact scenario we have in Nigeria but a tragedy is a TRAGEDY! President Muhammadu Buhari’s disposition to these herdsmen killings has been nothing to write home about. It is highly insensitive to show up in a place of mourning with fanfare. I would want to see President Muhammadu Buhari roll up his sleeves and go out there to interact with these victims. Let the people see the humane side of your leadership. Reassure them of the government’s commitment to combat this issue and mean what you say!!

Helpless citizens are being massacred frequently yet no crocodile dance, no lion dance …nothing. What we keep getting is Press releases upandan. How long are we going to continue like this? This matter must be tackled ruthlessly before things get out of hand across the country. ▪️ Joi John


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 28, 2018
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Nigeria has been named the ninth most dangerous country for women in the latest report released by Thomson Reuters Foundation, yesterday.

Nigeria made the list alongside India, which tops the list, DR Congo, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Somalia.

“NIGERIA – Ranked as ninth, with human rights groups accusing the country’s military of torture, rape and killing civilians during a nine-year fight against Boko Haram militants. Nigeria was named fourth most dangerous country along with Russia when it came to human trafficking. It listed sixth worst on the risks women face from traditional practices,” the report stated.

Other countries polled to have bad records in the treatment of women included the United States of America, which came last on the list, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen. Between March 26 and May 4, 2018, the Thomson Reuters Foundation said it surveyed 548 experts on women’s issues across the globe, including academics, health workers, policymakers, and NGO workers.

The respondents were reportedly asked to consider the following parameters: healthcare, cultural practices, discrimination, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, and human trafficking. While Nigeria didn’t rank in healthcare, discrimination, and non-sexual violence, Nigeria ranked sixth for (cultural) practices that are harmful to women, like acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage, forced marriage, stoning, physical abuse or mutilation as a form of punishment/retribution and female infanticide.

In cases of sexual violence, Nigeria is ranked fourth on the poll, with examples of rape as a weapon of war, domestic rape, rape by a stranger, lack of access to justice in rape cases.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 27, 2018
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The United States has reacted to the recent spate of killings in Plateau state. PoliticsNGR has been furnished with a statement from the US Consulate in Nigeria.

They condemned the attack and revealed that they join President Buhari to condole with the victims of the attack.

The letter read;

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of civilians and destruction of property in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region over the weekend.

We are concerned by the recent increase in armed violence against civilians and call on all political and community leaders to lend their voices to peace and to work together to find lasting solutions to these rural conflicts.

We join President Buhari and others in sending our deepest condolences to the affected communities, and in the desire to see the perpetrators brought to justice and to prevent further violence.