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A Ghanaian lady based in the US has revealed how controversial Prophet Obinim stickers saved her 13-year-old marriage from collapsing.

The lady identified as Nana Ama Morton made the claim on Facebook.

In a video that is making waves on social media, the lady said prior to the use of the “Obinim sticker,” her husband was unable to satisfy her in bed because he does not go beyond 1 minute 30 seconds during sex.

“Funny Face’s was better than my husband. He can last for 2mins but my husband does on 1min: 30secs. Eeiii Jesus Ewurade! Immediately I had the stickers, I called him honey babe, he said; yes hun and I told him honey let’s try this miracle on,” she said.

She added, “I put the sticker on his manhood and one on my private part too. That very moment my husband’s penis erected! Bishop Obinim’s sticker is performing miracles. My husband now goes for second round.”

Ghanaians started the ‘Obinim sticker’ challenge after followers of the controversial ‘miracle performer’, Bishop Daniel Obinim revealed that the stickers were performing miracles.

Members of the International Godsway Church (IGWC) testify that the Obinim stickers possess supernatural powers that solve almost every impossible problem they face.

These testimonies prompted the challenge which makes mockery of the claims of ‘Angel’ Obinim by claiming the inherent powers of the stickers could solve every spiritual and ridiculous situation they face.

Former President John Dramani Mahama also recommended the Obinim sticker to President Nana Akufo-Addo to enable the latter cure his ‘super-incompetence’ and be able to perform.

The former UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin has also joined in the ‘Obinim Sticker’ craze.

The former diplomat who claims he is at the Emirates Stadium to watch a game between Arsenal and West Ham United says even though he is uncertain about the outcome of the match, he hopes for a favourable outcome as he is in an Obinim sticker underpant.

Ghanaweb

The US Supreme Court appeared closely divided Wednesday over whether President Donald Trump had the power to block travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, in the biggest legal test of the administration’s contentious travel ban.

Five of the nine justices appeared convinced that Trump had not overshot his authority over immigration matters in the most recent version of the ban, which the administration claims is justified by national security concerns.

Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy — who often casts a swing vote — asked skeptical questions of those challenging the ban.

The court’s four liberal-leaning justices honed in on the policy’s focus on Muslim countries and Trump’s record of anti-Muslim statements during the 2016 election.

A series of lower court rulings last year highlighted those concerns and branded the measure unconstitutional, dealing what were then stunning setbacks to the new administration.

But the adjusted, so-called Version 3.0 of the travel ban issued in September that includes North Korea and Venezuela with six Muslim countries appeared to pass muster with most justices. A first measure was issued in January 2017.

“If you look at what was done, it does not look at all like a Muslim ban,” said Justice Samuel Alito.

– Campaign promise –

The hearing was the culmination of a 15-month battle over a policy that quickly became a hallmark of the Trump era.

It has triggered protests, including one outside the court that saw activists carrying signs that read “Proud American Muslim” and “No Bigotry, No Hate.”

Just one week into his presidency on January 27, 2017, Trump followed through with a campaign promise and announced a 90-day ban on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Prepared in secret, the sudden order created chaos as hundreds of travelers were blocked at airports.

Tens of thousands of legal visas were canceled and protesters took to the streets saying the president was banning Muslims in violation of the constitution’s religious freedom protections.

Courts in several states found the measure was illegal, and did so again in March 2017 after the Trump administration slightly amended the original order, with Iraq dropped from the list.

A furious Trump bashed the courts and his own Justice Department, but was forced to recast the ban again.

Issued in September, the latest version was open-ended, dropped Sudan, and added Chad, North Korea and a selection of Venezuelan officials.

Rights groups said those changes were cosmetic to mask the anti-Muslim nature of the policy.

Lower courts accepted their arguments and again froze the ban. But the Trump administration appealed to the Supreme Court, which allowed the policy to go into effect in October ahead of the hearing.

The result is an almost complete cutoff of travelers from the named countries.

– Ban ‘within president’s powers’ –

Neal Katyal, the attorney representing Hawaii, where the first challenge to the latest ban arose, said Trump had exceeded his authority.

“It’s a power no president in 100 years has exercised,” Katyal told the justices.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, from the court’s liberal wing, echoed the point.

“Where does the president get the authority to do more than what the Congress has set?” she asked.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, representing the Trump administration, defended the ban as justified on national security grounds.

“The exclusion of aliens is a political act,” he said. “It does fall well within the power of the president,” he told the court.

Francisco argued that Trump’s attacks on Muslims during 2016 were statements of “a private citizen,” and not Trump as leader or policymaker.

“This is not a so-called Muslim ban… It’s an order based on a multi-agency review.”

Apparently signaling where he stood, Alito noted that the policy was hardly a blanket ban on Muslims, affecting just some eight percent of the world’s Muslim population.

Justice Elena Kagan asked Francisco to consider what it would be like if a president ordered a ban on Israeli travelers after making anti-Semitic statements.

“If his cabinet were to actually come to him and say, Mr President, there is honestly a national security risk here and you have to act, I think then that the president would be allowed to follow that advice, even if in his private heart of hearts he also harbored animus,” Francisco answered.

The court is expected to review the case over the next two months before ruling in late June.

AFP

A federal court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded Peter Nwaoboshi, a Peoples Democratic Party senator representing Delta North, in Ikoyi prison.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned the lawmaker before Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on a two-count charge bordering on money laundering and fraud to the tune of N805million.

He is charged alongside two companies namely: Golden Touch Construction Project Limited and Suiming Electrical Limited.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Peter Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Projects Limited, between May and June, 2014, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did acquire a property described as Guinea House, Marine Road, Apala, Lagos, for the sum of N805million, when you reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N322 million out of the purchase price transferred to the vendors by order of Suinming Electricals Limited formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section (15)(3) of the same Act.”

The defendant, who represents Delta North in the National Assembly, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, M. S. Abubakar, asked the court for a trial date and remand the defendant in prison custody.

However, counsel to the first defendant, Dr. V. J. O. Azinge, pleaded with the court to grant her client bail in liberal terms.

Azinge, who said the defendant did not jump the administrative bail granted him by the Commission, further told the court that his client had a health challenge.
In his response, the prosecution counsel urged the court not to hear the application on the grounds that the Commission was served with the application only on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

“The prosecution is currently filling its process at the Registry of the Court,” he added.

When counsel to the first defendant told the court that the Commission was served on Monday, April 23 and that it refused service, Abubakar countered, saying ” such service, from the details of the charge, should have been served at the Abuja office of the Commission and not Lagos.”

The prosecution counsel, who said he was ready to proceed with the trial, further told the court that ” My Lord, even if the service was properly done, it is still not ripe for hearing because the rules provide for two clear days.”

The prosecution counsel, therefore, pleaded with the court to stand down the case.

Consequently, Justice Idris stood down the case for some hours to hear the bail application.

When the case was later called up, Justice ordered the defendant to be remanded in Ikoyi prisons and adjourned the case to Friday, April 27, 2018 for ruling on bail application.

Several thousand protestors marched through Johannesburg Wednesday to demonstrate against a proposed minimum wage, a new test for President Cyril Ramaphosa who took office in February.

South Africa, which is suffering record unemployment, is due to introduce the 20 rand ($1.60) hourly minimum wage, but it has been widely criticised as too low.

“It is a disgrace,” said Martin Kgaladi, a car industry worker wearing a T-shirt denouncing the pay level as “a salary of slaves”.

He accused Ramaphosa, a former trade union leader who supports the minimum wage, of being “captured by the capitalists and oppressing the workers he once defended.”

Ramaphosa has vowed to boost economic growth and tackle unemployment by attracting foreign investment and cracking down on government corruption.

He took over from scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma after nine years of weak growth, ballooning national debt and falling investor confidence.

SAFTU, the second biggest trade union, also held protests in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, but the strike was not backed by COSATU, the biggest union group, which is a government ally.

Employment has hit a high of 28 percent in South Africa, with the youth unemployment levels often peaking at over 50 percent in some areas.

Last week, Ramaphosa left a summit in London early to hold talks over violent riots against alleged government corruption and poor public services.

The House of Representatives during plenary, Wednesday resolved to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the spate of killings in Benue State and other parts of the country.

The decision was unanimously adopted by overwhelming majority of members after a Kano lawmaker, Baballe Bashir (APC, Kano) moved for the amendment of a motion moved by Mark Gbilah (APC, Benue).

The House, while adopting a motion by Mr Gbilah on the attack by army personnel on residents of Naka in Gwer-West LGA of Benue State and the inability of the army and other security agencies to quell the crises, the lawmakers also passed a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs and called for their immediate removal.

The House also resolved to suspend its plenary for three days (one week) in solidarity with victims of attacks across the country.

Contributing to the debate, another APC lawmaker from Benue, Dickson Takhigir, alleged that the killers connived with security agencies to perpetrate the act.

“Benue is under siege and if we don’t take the necessary actions, it will amount to abdicating the responsibility of government to protect lives and property of its citizens,” he said.

“It appears there is no moral will to tackle the matter because continuous complaints about the killings seem to fall on deaf ears.”

He said the provision of the law allows self-defence and called on Nigerians ”to do the needful”.

PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday reported how suspected herdsmen killed about 19 persons including two priests in a church in Ukpor-Mbalom, a community in Gwer West Local Government Area.

Terver Akase, a spokesperson to Governor Samuel Ortom, said the attackers also burnt 50 houses and sacked the entire community.

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi later confirmed two of its priests, Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, both reverend fathers, were killed in the attack.

The attack came barely a week after the murder of 10 persons by herdsmen in the same area, which has been one of the major scenes of carnage by suspects herdsmen since January 1.

It also comes barely a few days after Nigerian soldiers stormed Naka town in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state and set dozens of houses on fire.

The soldiers said hoodlums in the community killed one of their colleagues. At least one man was burnt to death in the reprisal attack.

In addition to the resolution to summon the president, the House also called on the Federal Government to declare killer herdsmen terrorists, while cattle rearers should be registered.

The invitation of the president is an unprecedented move by the lower chamber of the National Assembly. However the lawmakers have constitutional powers to summon all government appointees.

The House had recently invited the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who doubles as the board chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to explain his role in the suspension of six officials as well as other scandals rocking the agency.

The Vice President however sent a representative instead of appearing.

Lawyers recently told PREMIUM TIMES that neither the president nor the vice president is constitutionally exempted from summons.

A lawyer, Simon Ameh, told PREMIUM TIMES that an occupier of the office of the President or Vice President is not exempted from summons by the parliament.

He added that the Constitution gives the legislature power to oversight the Executive, hence the National Assembly has powers to invite ”any occupier of an executive position”.

Another lawyer, Ola Adeosun said the National Assembly is empowered under Section 88 of the Constitution to summon any government official, including the president.

Premium Times

Less than 48 hours after two Catholic Priests and 17 worshipers were killed by suspected herdsmen at Mbalon in Gwer East Local government area of Benue state, the marauders late Tuesday night and early Wednesday launched a coordinated attack on three communities in Guma local government area, killing no fewer than 39 persons, injuring scores and razing over 160 houses, huts and farmlands in the communities.

Vanguard gathered from sources in the affected communities that the death toll could be higher as more bodies were being recovered from communities. Among the communities and villages affected in the attack were Tse-Umenge, Mbadwen council ward, Mbakpase, Saghev council ward and Tse-Ali, Mbawa council ward.

Confirming the attack on his village Tse-Umenge a retired Permanent Secretary in the Benue state service, said close to 50 houses were burnt in his village by armed herdsmen.

He said, “in my village Umenge they did not kill anybody because the people had already fled but they raised over 50 houses.

“But in the council ward itself over 15 persons were killed in the attack which commenced late Tuesday till early Wednesday, though the number might increase because the search for more bodies is still ongoing.”

Another Source at Tomanyiin-Mbakpaase, Saghev Council ward who is also a Journalist said the invaders launched an attack on his community on Tuesday around 11pm.

“They came dressed in military fatigue shooting sporadically. They also burnt down several houses and huts numbering over 62 and our food barns. So far we have recovered three bodies in my village and everyone has fled the village because we don’t have even a Police post in the village.”

At Tse-Ali in Mbawa council ward, and indigene of the area said the well armed herdsmen besieged the community around 11pm and spent close to four houses ransacking the community and razing over 70 houses after they had killed over 21 persons whose bodies have been recovered from the bushes.

“It was like a war situation in Tse-Ali, the sound of gunshots were coming from every direction. People were running in all directions, they killed our people like animals who were mostly women and children.

“After the killing of close to 21 persons whose bodies have been recovered so far and injuring many, they burnt 49 houses in the village and carting away whatever food they could carry.”

“As we speak, Tse Ali has been deserted, our people do not know where to run to because every village and community is a potential target and nobody knows where will be the next target.

“We cannot tell why they are doing this to us. These people are killing our women and children and the federal government is watch while our people are being killed and butchered as if we do not have a government in Nigeria.” When contacted, the Benue State Police Commissioner.

Fatai Owoseni said he was yet to get details of the attacks. All effort to get the Chairman of Guma local Government area, Anthony Shawon was fruitless, though one of his aides who craved anonymity said, “chairman cannot pick any calls now because he is moving to the effected communities with medical personnel to salvage any life they could.”

“You know that several communities were affected in the attack and he is trying to get to the affected places which is obviously not easy,” he added.

As at the time of filing this report many recovered bodies and the injured were being moved to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, where appeals were being made for people to volunteer blood to save the lives of those in dire need of infusion.

Meanwhile, a former Member of the House of Representatives and Chairperson of the Benue Women Forum, Mrs. Rebecca Apedzan has lamented that the sustained attacks and killings in Benue by herdsmen was an indication that the invaders were bent on taking over Benue state.

She said, “Benue had been surrounded and we are all at the middle. Our people are bing killed everyday even the Tivs in Nasarawa state are facing the same fate.

“They have all been chased away from Nasarawa. I have cousins who are indigenes of that state who have been chased away from the state to Benue.

“Our pain is that the federal government is simply not doing anything to stop these killings. In fact they are enjoying what you see happening. Since this thing started happening the federal government has come out with different versions of those responsible for the killings.

“They are collecting arms from the people across the states but herdsmen are not being disarmed.

“It is only President Muhammadu Buhari that can stop this but he is carrying on as if nothing is happening. We have not heard him make a strong statement about this issue. He condemns and promises to get to the root of it and nothing happens.

“We are looking onto God to intervene in this matter because that is where our hopes lie at the moment.”

Vanguard

Nigerian President Buhari says a lot of young people are uneducated and waiting for free stuff.

Sex-for-mark scandal rocks Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

King of Swaziland renames his country as the “Kingdom of eSwatini”

Togo police cracks down on protesters demanding President Faure’s resignation

Ugandan police back babies, carry firewoods, walk in heels while marching in support of women

Jerusalem – Israel announced on Tuesday it has abandoned controversial plans to expel African migrants who entered the Jewish state illegally, after failing to find a country willing to host them.

The plan had targeted some 42,000 migrants of Eritrean and Sudanese origin currently living in Israel and denied refugee status.

Government legal advisers informed the Supreme Court of the plan’s cancellation after certain unspecified countries refused to host the migrants, a government source said.

“At this stage, the possibility of removal to a third country is no longer relevant,” the advisers said in a statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously mentioned Rwanda as a possible host country and, earlier this month, Uganda said it was “considering” an Israeli proposal to accept the deportees.

The deportation plan has attracted a wave of criticism, including from the UN refugee agency, Holocaust survivors, and parts of Israeli civil society.

The government originally announced a plan under which it would present migrants with $3,500 (2,800 euros) and the opportunity to leave on their own accord, or face indefinite imprisonment with eventual forced expulsion.

In early April, Netanyahu agreed to cancel the plan, saying a new agreement with the UN would allow 16,000 migrants to be transferred to “developed countries like Canada, Germany or Italy”.

In exchange, Israel would give residency to an equal number of migrants.

But the premier cancelled the plan several hours later, after caving to pressure from his right-wing base.

– ‘Reopen detention centres’ –

Shortly after news of Tuesday’s cancellation broke, Netanyahu tweeted that he had instructed Interior Minister Aryeh Deri “to immediately prepare for the reopening of the detention facilities to the infiltrators” and to set up “means to find a solution to the problem”.

The prime minister was referring to the February closure of the Holot detention centre in southern Israel.

The presence of migrants in Israel has become a key political issue, and Netanyahu is already under heavy pressure due to a string of graft probes.

He has repeatedly referred to them as “not refugees but illegal infiltrators”.

Some 200 migrants detained for refusing to leave Israel were released in mid-April following a Supreme Court ruling.

Israel’s highest judicial authority had ordered their release because of the government’s inability to conclude an agreement with third-party host countries.

Human rights groups have long condemned Israel for its immigration policy and treatment of Africans seeking asylum.

Most of the migrants arrived to Israel after 2007, mainly from the Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Security along the once porous border has since been signficantly tightened.

Many of them settled in a number of poor neighbourhoods in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, the country’s economic capital.

Amnesty International welcomed the cancellation, but voiced concern over the continued practise of “voluntary” expulsions.

“Israel is still conducting what it calls ‘voluntary’ deportations, though in reality there is nothing voluntary about them,” the London-based rights watchdog said in a statement.

“Israel remains under the obligation not to transfer anyone to a country where they would be at real risk of serious human rights violations,” it added.

The UN has accused the Eritrea government of committing “widespread and systematic” crimes against humanity.

AFP

Two priests were among at least 18 people killed in a dawn attack on a church in central Nigeria, police said Tuesday, in violence condemned by President Muhammadu Buhari as “satanic”.

Around 30 suspected herdsmen attacked Mbalom community in the volatile region killing the worshippers and the two priests, said Benue state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni in the state capital of Makurdi.

“They attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass,” said Owoseni.

“We were able to recover 16 bodies from the scene of the attack and those of the two priests.”

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari described the violence as “satanic” in a statement.

“This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable,” said Buhari.

“Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting.”

Worshippers were gathered for the daily 5:30 am (0430GMT) service at St. Ignatius Catholic church when they heard gunshots, said Mbalom resident Terhemen Angor to AFP.

“People started scampering and wailing,” said Angor, saying that scores were “gunned down in cold blood while many sustained injuries including bullet wounds.”

“After attacking the church, the invaders descended on the community and razed over 60 houses,” he said.

“The community is on fire and deserted, people are fleeing to neighbouring villages hoping to find a safe haven for their families.”

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi confirmed the death of priests Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha in a statement denouncing the violence.

– ‘Under siege’ –

Riots over the killings erupted in Makurdi, the epicentre of the violence that has thrown the state into chaos.

Police fired teargas to disperse a rampaging mob that took over a busy intersection and lit massive fires in protest of the latest attack.

“We are under siege,” said acting governor of Benue state Benson Abounu.

“We have been attacked from all corners and this is unacceptable.”

Central Nigeria is in the grip of a security crisis as nomadic herders and sedentary farmers fight over land in an increasingly bloody battle for resources.

The conflict is now more deadly than the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency that has ravaged Nigeria’s northeast and is becoming a key issue in the upcoming 2019 presidential polls.

Benue state lies in Nigeria’s so-called Middle Belt that separates the predominantly Muslim north from the largely Christian south.

The area has long been a hotbed of ethnic, sectarian and religious tensions between indigenous farming communities, who are mainly Christian and the nomadic cattle herders, who are Muslim.

The clashes over land have escalated into a rift that has deepened along nominally religious lines.

Buhari, who is seeking a second term, has been under pressure to end the violence and ordered in military reinforcements, but the killings continue in the absence of a strong police force and efficient judicial system.

“People are being killed regularly and nothing is being done in terms of bringing perpetrators to book,” Idayat Hassan, director of the Centre for Democracy and Development West Africa, told AFP.

“There is this belief that there is a conspiracy against the people,” Hassan said, speaking from Abuja.

“It is getting worse and it’s getting messier,” Hassan said, warning “we must quickly address this, before we get into a free-for-all war.”

AFP

The Nigerian police have re-arrested embattled Senator Dino Melaye at an Abuja hospital where he was taken to after he jumped out of a police vehicle.

A statement from the Force Headquarters, issued by Jimoh Moshood on Tuesday evening said at about 12.00hrs of Tuesday, Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force personnel and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying him around Area 1 Round About, Abuja.

Moshood said in the process, the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination.

“The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay.

“Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team.

“The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody,” he said.

Below is the full statement:

ESCAPE FROM LAWFUL CUSTODY AND
RE-ARREST OF SEN. DINO MELAYE.

At about 1200Hrs of today Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court Lokoja, from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja and in the process the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination.
2. The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay.
3. Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team.
4. The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody.

ACP JIMOH MOSHOOD
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

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