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• THIS COULD TURN REGIONAL WAR – IRAN WARNS •
Iran warns conflict could flare up into regional war
Further casualties among Armenia-backed troops reported
Claims of mass displacement amid ongoing clashes
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of the danger of the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict turning into a regional war.
“We must be attentive that the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan does not become a regional war. Peace is the basis of our work and we hope to restore stability to the region in a peaceful way,” Rouhani said in televised remarks.
• STOP FIGHTING! – PUTIN CALLS •
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for fighting to stop in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, saying the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years between ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces was a tragedy.
Speaking in a interview with state television, Putin said he was in constant contact with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the conflict.
• HALF OF KARABAKH POPULATION DISPLACED•
Half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population have been displaced since fierce fighting erupted more than a week ago between Armenian troops and Azerbaijan, ethnic Armenian officials in the breakaway region said.
“According to our preliminary estimates, some 50 percent of Karabakh’s population and 90 percent of women and children – or some 70,000-75,000 people – have been displaced,” Karabakh’s rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan told AFP news agency.
• DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 280 •
The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said it had recorded another 40 casualties among its Armenia-backed troops, pushing the military death toll to 280 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted, the Interfax news agency reported.
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Fighting in Nagorno Karabakh has continued for a second week as Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over the breakaway region.
Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said his country could make concessions over the region if Azerbaijan would do the same.
So far, the two rivals are ignoring international appeals for a ceasefire and have accused one another of causing civilian and military casualties since clashing on September 27.
Violence periodically flares up in the breakaway region, which is inside Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians, but the latest fighting has raised fears of an all-out war erupting.
“The precious confidence that the people of Kuwait have entrusted in us will be guarded with our lives,” the 83-year-old said after taking the oath of office.
He pledged to “serve the nation” in the address before lawmakers, who sat socially distanced and in masks, in line with coronavirus precautions.
The remains of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah are expected to arrive in Kuwait City later Wednesday, on a flight from Minnesota where he had been undergoing treatment in hospital since July.
According to the royal court, the funeral will be “restricted to the emir’s relatives” — a move likely designed to avoid large crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has already begun a 40-day period of national mourning.
Sheikh Sabah earned a reputation as a shrewd, unshakeable leader who helped steer his country through the 1990 Iraqi invasion, crashes in global oil markets and upheavals in parliament and on the streets.
World leaders and Kuwaitis alike have hailed the legacy of the late emir, architect of the nation’s modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf.
“This man was the safety valve of the Arab world, not just for Kuwait,” Bandar al-Dahani, a Kuwaiti citizen, told AFP.
“God willing, that goodness will be in Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf and he will follow the emir’s path.”
Generational transition looms Sheikh Nawaf, who has held high office for decades, takes over with Kuwait facing the repercussions of the coronavirus crisis, which triggered a sharp decline in oil prices and severe economic consequences for Gulf states.
The elder statesman, who was named heir apparent in 2006, served as defence minister when Iraqi troops rolled into the oil-rich emirate in 1990, and also as interior minister in the face of challenges from Islamist militants.
The new leader is popular within the ruling Al-Sabah family and is reported to have been a consensus choice for ruler. He also enjoys a reputation for modesty and has largely maintained a low profile.
Major policy changes are not expected during his reign, even after the Gulf underwent a seismic shift with Kuwait’s neighbours, the UAE and Bahrain, opting to establish relations with Israel.
Normalisation with the Jewish state is highly unpopular among the Kuwaiti public, which largely supports the Arab world’s historic position of demanding a resolution of the Palestinian cause before giving diplomatic concessions to Israel.
Despite expectations for a smooth succession, there could be more spirited debate over who the new crown prince should be.
Kuwait’s constitution stipulates that the ruler should be a descendant of the nation’s founder, Mubarak al-Sabah, but the throne has alternated between the descendants of his sons, Salem and Jaber, for four decades.
Contestants for the newly vacated role of crown prince include Sheikh Sabah’s son and former deputy prime minister Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, a Kuwaiti political heavyweight.
“Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed should be viewed more as a caretaker than as a watershed new leader,” said Cinzia Bianco, a research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
“Behind the scenes, however, younger princes would likely continue to compete to succeed him.”
Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Elisha Abbo who happens to be the youngest Senator in Nigeria, assaulted the owner of the shop he went to purchase some s*x toys by slapping and accusing her of poising her Air Conditioner.
This was because one of the ladies that accompanied him felt sick immediatly they entered the shop and she started throwing up.
The shop owner however replied the senator by saying that if the air conditioner was contaminated, others in the shop would have also taken ill.
This reply was said to have angered Abbo, and the two began exchanging words over the matter. The senator was said to have called a policeman who he then ordered to arrest the shop owner.
The shop owner quickly called her father to inform him that Abbo had called police over the matter and that she was about to be taken away.
The shop owner’s friend who had been standing nearby tried to intervene by pleading with the second man to take things easy but was slapped repeatedly by the lawmaker.
Senator Abbo however tendered an apology to the woman, days after the assault. He mentioned that regardless of the provocation, his action did not portray him a good ambassador of the Senate, the PDP and the youths of Nigeria.
In his words;
“It is with a deep sense of remorse and responsibility that I, Senator Ishaku Abbo profoundly apologize to all Nigerians, the Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party, my family as well as our mothers- the Nigerian women. “I personally apologize to Babra (the lady he reportedly assaulted) and her family for my action which has brought immense discomfort to our body polity.”
“l have never been known or associated with such actions in the past. Regardless of what transpired prior to my expression of anger, I am sincerely sorry and plead that all men and women of good conscience should have the heart to forgive me. To err is human, to forgive is divine.”
“To the Church of God everywhere in the world, I am sorry. As an Ambassador of Christ, much is expected of me. My family and religious upbringing do not give approval to such conduct and for this, as a leader, I seek forgiveness before God and all those who feel offended by my action. “
“Indeed, this episode has taught me a very great lesson both as a private citizen and a public officer particularly as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon whom public confidence is reposed.”
Sensational singer, Simi has revealed on Instagram the impact that her song “Duduke” has on her daughter, Adejare and how she usually reacts to the song anytime it comes on.
According to the mother of one, although her daughter can not say how much she likes the song but her reactions every-time the song plays is always priceless.
The 33 year old also mentioned that the song is the biggest song of her career and she is grateful to God and her daughter for inspiring the beautiful song.
Read all she wrote below;
“I had the biggest song of my career, so far, in the craziest year of all our lives. “God” is the only explanation I will ever accept!
I played this song just now as I was breastfeeding my child, and she had dozed off for abt 20 seconds, but she suddenly perks up, raises her head, looks in my eyes and smiles at me. She stays that way for a bit and I was confused, so I go “what happened baby?” My mum says “it’s the song.” My heart skips. I mean she loves it when we sing to her or play her music, but her reaction was so specific tonight.
She knows her song. I’ve always felt that way because it’s what my mum plays to get her to calm down, and she must have heard it a thousand times while I was pregnant – but her reaction hit different today. I shared that to say this song wasn’t only good for my career or my fans or for other moms – most importantly, it makes my baby happy. I wrote it for her and she knows it. I don’t know if I can really explain how giddy that makes me.
Duduke has exceeded my expectations x 10000000 and I’ve genuinely never felt that way about any one of my songs before. So I just wanna say “THANK YOU” to all the people that deserve the thanks, but especially to God and Adejare for inspiring me. And also to say we got 20 million views on Youtube. #GodisTheGreatest”
The Federal Government of Nigeria has honoured veteran Nollywood actress, Stephanie Okereke Linus with a special appointment.
The 37 year old ex model was appointed as the National OPS-WASH Ambassador.
Sharing the good news on her Instagram page, Stephanie wrote;
“Good Morning Amazonians and Warlords, I have been appointed as National OPS-WASH Ambassador by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources. -Details: In his address, Engr. Adamu charged Mrs Linus to inspire behavioral change among Nigerians for people to take responsibility for their environment in her role as OPS-WASH Ambassador. While applauding her efforts with the “Hygiene First campaign, he also implored her and her team to map out different activities that would encourage environmental sustainability across the nation. Also present is Dr Nicholas Igwe who is the National coordinated for OPS-WASH. The premise of OPS-WASH is based on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He thus expressed excitement for the involvement of the entertainment industry in the WASH sector in creating behavioral change. As the OPS- WASH Ambassador, Mrs Linus promised that she will use her role to challenge Nigerians to make good hygiene a culture, as well as inspire citizen participation and responsibility. This appointment comes as a public sector recognition of the Hygiene First campaign which she launched in May 2020.
Honourable Minster -Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, permanent secretary Min of Water Resources and Dr Nicolas Igwe ,National Coordinator OPS-WASH. opswash…CleanNigeria..endodf.. hygienefirst.. endopendefecation.. hygienefirstmynewhabit”
Big Brother Naija Lockdown Housemates, Nengi, and Vee on Friday predicted that rapper and fans favourite, Laycon will emerge winner of the grand prize of the show on Sunday (today).
In their separate diary session, Big Brother posed the question about who they think will emerge the winner of the show aside themselves.
Nengi said her reason for tipping Laycon was because aside from being a great guy and intelligent, his songs were enjoying massive airplay with DJs of their Saturday night parties and were a testament that he has lots of fans.
Corroborating her, Vee said she felt Laycon’s intelligence and his foresight on his career makes him a good candidate for the grand prize, saying it would please her if he emerges winner.
“He is real, he is intelligent and he wants the best for people and out of everyone, he has a strong plan of what he wants to do with the money. He deserves the money aside myself and if he wins I will be very happy,” Vee said.
Laycon on his part tipped Dorathy to win the star prize. He said her aura and attitude have placed her as a favourite adding that she is a likeable person.
Neo on his part tipped Nengi to win the prestigious prize if he fails to claim it.
Reacting to Biggie’s question, Neo said that Nengi will win the Reality Show due to her beauty and down to earth attitude.
Dorathy on her part, fancied Neo to win, adding that aside been a people person, his journey in the house has been smooth.
“I’m leaning towards Neo, I see him as an energetic person. I feel he has been lucky throughout the show. He is quite a people person,” she said.
On Sunday, the BBNaija reality show will come to a close as the ultimate winner will be announced for the grand prize of N85m, a breakdown of which includes N30million cash, a brand new SUV from Innoson Motors, a trip to Dublin, a trip to Dubai, plus other mouthwatering prizes
A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced two oil thieves, Jacob Momodu and Onutu Anthony, to three years imprisonment each.
The convicts were arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on dealing in petroleum product without appropriate license, after they were arrested by officers of the Nigerian Navy and handed over to the Commission for investigation.
“ That you, Jacob Momodu and Onutu Anthony, on the 21st day of January, 2020 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: dealing in 100 metric tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) without appropriate license and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(17) of the same Act,” one of the counts read.
They pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, I.A .Mohammed, reviewed the facts of the case and asked the court to convict the defendants as charged.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Oweibo found the defendants guilty of the offence and sentenced them to one year imprisonment each on counts one, two and three.
The Judge also ordered the convicts to enter into a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any economic and financial crimes, illegitimate or criminal act within and outside the shores of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Actress, Regina Daniels’ billionaire husband, Prince Ned Nwoko has finally opened up on rumors that he’s dating actress, Chika Ike and plans to make her his 7th wife.
A statement from his media directorate on behalf of the former member of the House of Representatives debunked the reports as fake news.
According to Ned Nwoko, the story is false and wicked.
Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the Nigerian social media lately has been awash with rumours of an engagement between Prince Ned Nwoko and Chika Ike. This is coming on the heels of his celebrated marriage to Nollywood sensation Regina Daniels in April 2019, both of whom welcomed a baby Boy in June 2020.
A statement from Ned Nwoko’s media directorate on behalf of the former member of the House of Representatives debunked the reports as fake news.
“I have not spoken to Chika Ike in two years. I have not seen her. This is wicked. People should leave me and my family alone,” Ned Nwoko said.
Recall with Noble Reporters Media that a particular blogger had appeared on a YouTube channel tagged “Pizzy Vibes” claiming that Regina’s mother, Rita Daniels, made a video where she expressed anger with Chika.
Shortly before the said blogger came on the screen, an anonymous female voice was heard, in Pidgin English, seemingly quoting from an alleged video made by Rita Daniels complaining thus “Chika Ike leave my pikin husband for me o. Leave my pikin husband, if not I go enter spiritual for you.”
Investigations have however revealed that the YouTube story was fictitious and concocted, as Regina’s mother never attacked or raised concerns whatsoever about Chika Ike over Ned Nwoko and her daughter’s marriage. It turned out that the original video by Rita Daniels was heavily manipulated.
The original was actually an Instagram video of Rita Daniels singing a folk song before the camera. An ethnic Ibo eulogy with the lines Chukwu na dim ekwenem Yali yo. Obunam yali onye ka mkpor oku oza, translated to simple English, this means “God my father, do not let me forget you. If I forget, who will answer my call.”
The YouTube channel had also claimed that Chika is pregnant for Ned Nwoko and they were expecting their first child together. Speculation found to be baseless.
It will be recalled that Rita Daniels had in a swift reaction expressed disappointment with the video, describing it as criminal manipulation of the original where she only sang an innocuous song of praise to God.
“May God equip us with wisdom knowledge, understanding, and common sense of reasoning with the way we judge people. Let God be my judge and judge those wey dey judge me wrongly…. Happy Sunday fam. God bless you all,” She wrote on her Instagram page.
Regina’s mother had granted an interview with the BBC pidgin network, repudiating the reports.
Chika Ike also reportedly got questioned by a fan and took to her Instagram page to expose the stories as nonsensical, urging the public to disregard the mischievous rumours.
Meanwhile, Ned Nwoko is said to have vowed to use all legitimate means to bring the perpetrators of the fake video to justice as a deterrence.
A Big Brother Naija Enthusiast, Mr Desmond Urama has predicted that finalist, Laycon will clinch the grand prize worth 85 million naira.
According to him, only Dorathy will pose a threat to Laycon, but the later will beat her to it.
Urama who operates a TV viewing centre for European League Football on Ogururu Road, Nsukka, made the prediction in an interview in Nsukka on Tuesday.
Laycon had been an interesting and intelligent team player among the BBNaija housemates. He said
“Laycon, since the commencement of the contest has been a good team player who relates to every member of the house freely as well as contributes meaningfully to every discussion and activity. “If you check viewers’ voting, Laycon has been receiving the highest votes since the TV show started.
“I have no doubt that Laycon will win that N85 million total package price of BBNaija TV show on Sunday’s grand finale,” he said. According to Urama, the only person that will pose a little challenge to Laycon is Dorothy who will come second during the grand finale.
“The only person I see that will pose a little challenge to Laycon is Dorothy because many people also like her performance and how she relates with other housemates,”he said. The enthusiast noted that the eviction of Ozo would affect the morale and performance of Nengi who derived much strength, love and courage from him.
“If Ozo is among the finalists, he will have posed a serious challenge to Laycon because, psychologically, Laycon respects Ozo and sees him as a big guy and public figure,” he said.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has said that Nigeria cannot afford a second wave of COVID-19.
It appealed to Nigerians to persuade their relations arriving the country to self-isolate upon arrival as required and test on the seventh day as prescribed.
Chairman of PTF/Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who stated this yesterday in Abuja, noted that despite appreciable progress recorded, Nigerians should be more vigilant than ever.
The SGF observed that over the last one week, the scientific community had tried to explain new manifestation of COVID-19 spread.
His words: “We continue to observe a reversal of gains in the battle, mostly in countries around Europe, which prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to express concern, as weekly cases have exceeded those reported in March 2020 when the pandemic peaked in Europe.”
Mustapha cited Israel, which has re-introduced a three-week lockdown, and the United Kingdom considering another lockdown, Spain enforcing a partial lockdown in Madrid, and France amid protests by its citizens.
TO better understand the burden of COVID-19 infection in the country, the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has announced that NCDC, Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and their partners were conducting household survey in four states.
He noted that the seroprevalence surveys in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states would provide the best evidence yet on the extent of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria.
The survey runs from September to November, while preliminary results are expected by December 2020. MEANWHILE, the Federal Government has asked the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to permanently call off its strike.
The call, according to government, will help sustain efforts to strengthen the nation’s health systems in the fight against COVID-19.
Mustapha, who spoke at the weekly briefing in Abuja yesterday, called on all sub-national governments to support the nation’s health professionals in carrying out their duties.
According to the SGF, the call for greater vigilance is underscored by the fact that the nation’s economy has been seriously affected by the pandemic “and we are pushing through our home-grown economic recovery strategies to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic.”
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that Western laboratories had found traces of a Novichok nerve agent in and on his body and demanded that Moscow return his clothes.
Navalny, who is recovering in Berlin’s Charite clinic, fell violently ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20. He spent two days in hospital in Russia before being airlifted to Germany.
“Two independent laboratories in France and Sweden and the Bundeswehr specialised laboratory confirmed the presence of Novichok in and on my body,” he said in his first blog post since emerging from a coma, referring to a German military lab.
He noted that Russia had still not opened an investigation and that Russian talk shows had suggested that Western intelligence officials or his own allies carried out the attack.
“I did not expect anything else,” he wrote.
He also demanded that Russian authorities return his clothes that were removed before he was flown to Germany — “totally naked” — saying they were important evidence.
“Taking into account that Novichok was found on my body, and poisoning through physical contact is highly likely, my clothes are a very important piece of evidence,” he wrote.
“I demand my clothes be carefully packed in a plastic bag and returned to me.”
In a separate post on Instagram, he published a picture with his wife of 20 years, Yulia, saying he remembered little of his illness but that she had helped his recovery.
“Now I definitely know from experience: love heals and brings you back to life,” he said.
“Yulia, you have saved me, and let it go down in neurobiology textbooks.”
Navalny supporters and European leaders have said that the poisoning using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, points to a state-sanctioned attack.