POWA Ameliorating Plight Of Policemen’s Widows, Children—IG’s Wife

The President of the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), Hajiya Asmau Ibrahim-Idris said on Monday that POWA was taking measures to ameliorate the plight of policemen’s widows and children.

Princess Asmau Ndayako K. Idris.

The association president, who is the wife of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

IGP’s wife said that policemen’s widows and vulnerable children required support and assistance, while assuring that association would do everything possible to empower them to alleviate their hardship.

She assured that the association under her watch will come up with measures that would address the plight of police officers wives, widows and vulnerable children as well as incentives that will boost their morale.

Mrs Ibrahim-Idris also revealed that relieve materials, scholarships and skills acquisition programmes are among measures put in place to assist POWA across the country and as part of her contribution to alleviate the plight of the widows.

“I will like to assure POWA that because of my passion for lower cadre of the police, rank and file, I will ensure their rights and well being are catered for”, she opined.

IG’s wife however charged women police officers and POWA members to always be in fore front of championing the cause of peace and unity in Nigeria.

PHOTOS: Traditional Rulers At UNIABUJA’s Convocation

Prominent northern traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zazzau and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi, were at the convocation of the University of Abuja on Saturday.

From left: Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; Uniabuja,Vice Chancellor,Prof. Michael Adikwu; Uniabuja registrar, Mrs Rifkatu Swanta and the university’s bursar, Alhaji Ahmed El-Yakub, during the 21st convocation ceremony of the institution on Saturday (25/2/17).
Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi; and Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu at the conferment of honorary doctorate degree on the Emir of Kano.
From left: Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zazzau and Chancellor, University of Abuja; Awardee, Emir of Kano,

Oscars: Full List Of Winners

The Academy Awards ended in an awkward note Sunday, when screen legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly crowned La La Land the year’s Best Picture. Moments later, it emerged that the actual winner of the top prize was the coming-of-age story Moonlight.

The cast and creative team behind La La Land had taken  the stage and begun giving their acceptance speeches when the error came to light.

Several moments of confusion ensued before host Jimmy Kimmel appeared and confirmed: “This is very unfortunate what happened. Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this. … Warren, what did you do?”

African-American Steve Harvey went into the books in December 2015 when he hosted the annual Miss Universe pageant. He mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, as Miss Universe 2015. The Family Feud host then came back on stage and corrected the error, giving the crown to the real winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, as stunned contestants and audiences looked on.

Anyway, Oscars did a Steve Harvey correction.

The La La Land stars, clearly embarrassed, handed over the statuettes and vacated the stage.

“I wanted to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said, ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty said, stepping up to the microphone and insisting he had been given Stone’s Best Actress envelope instead of the Best Picture notice.

Holding up another card, he read, “This is Moonlight, the Best Picture.”

Writer-director Barry Jenkins, who earlier won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, then accepted the night’s biggest award.

“Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true. But to hell with dreams. I’m done with it because this is true,” Jenkins said. “Oh, my goodness!”

The film also earned the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Mahershala Ali.

Before the more than 3-hour-long ceremony closed, Jenkins praised the La La Land family he had gotten to know on the awards circuit this season.

“I have to say — and it is true, it’s not fake — we’ve been on the road with these guys for so long and that was so gracious and so generous of them. My love to La La Land. My love to everybody,” the filmmaker concluded.

Despite the night’s awkward ending, La La Land still earned numerous accolades with the 32-year-old man who helmed it, Damien Chazelle, becoming the youngest filmmaker in history to win the Best Director Oscar.

The feel-good flick also picked up the prizes for Best Production Design, Cinematography, Original Score and Original Song for “City of Stars.”

Chazelle first thanked his fellow nominees, as well as stars Stone and her co-star Ryan Gosling.

“I want to thank my family — my parents are in the crowd, my sister Anna — thank you for always believing in me. And finally, I want to thank Olivia, my love, sitting there,” he continued. “This was a movie about love, and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it. And it means the world to me that you’re here sharing this with me. Thank you. Thank you so much.”

In accepting her own trophy, Stone told Chazelle she appreciated what she called a “once-in-a-lifetime” role.

“I’m so grateful to have been involved in this film. And thank you for your faith and your patience and such a wonderful experience,” she said. “And Ryan Gosling, thank you for making me laugh and for always raising the bar, and for being the greatest partner on this crazy adventure. To our whole crew, everyone that put their heart and souls into this film, I’m gonna find you all individually and I’m gonna thank you, along with my friends who I love so much — I’m gonna hug the hell out of you when the feeling re-enters my body. I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey, and I’m so grateful for that.”

The Best Actor honor went to Casey Affleck for the family dramaManchester by the Sea, which won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan, as well.

“That means so much to me,” Affleck said as the crowd applauded and he scooped up his prize.

“One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington and I just met him tonight for the first time, thank you. And to all the other nominees for your great work, I’m proud to be in your company. You guys are very brave and I admire what you do. I’m only here, really, because of all the talents and good will of so many people, they’re impossible to name. But most of all, Kenneth Lonergan, who made this part and without this part and without his writing, I wouldn’t be here for sure. And he directed it. … Thank you also to Matt Damon for creating this opportunity. … Of course, my mother and my father, for mostly, usually, believing in me, in doing this. Ben, I love you, you ain’t heavy. Thank you all very much, appreciate it.”

Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Fences.

“O, captain, my captain, Denzel Washington. Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God. And they served you well,” Davis said to her director and co-star in the screen adaptation of August Wilson’s classic, stage drama.

Davis and Washington previously won Tony Awards when they starred in the play version of Fences.

The Salesman won for Best Foreign Language Film, O.J.: Made in America was deemed Best Documentary Feature and The White Helmets was declared Best Documentary Short.

The Best Animated Feature title was bestowed on Zootopia and the Best Animated Short statuette went to the team behind Piper.


Here’s the complete list of 2017 Oscar winners:


Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Actress in a Leading Role
Emma Stone, La La Land

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences

Original Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

La La Land

Documentary Feature
OJ: Made in America

Documentary Short
The White Helmets

Live-Action Short

Foreign-Language Film
The Salesman, Iran

Animated Feature Film

Animated Short Film

Original Score
La La Land

Original Song
“City of Stars,” La La Land

Production Design
La La Land

Visual Effects
The Jungle Book

Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Makeup and Hairstyling
Suicide Squad

Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge

Sound Editing
Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival

Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge

*From report by UPI

#Bbnaija: Bisola, Bally Go To Paradise; Ese, Jon Ejected

Game host Ebuka Obi Uchendu talsk with Ese and jon

Only the two fake housemates, Jon and Ese got ejected from the Big Brother Nigeria House on Sunday, in a night of drama and intrigues. They only spent two weeks and they have been sent packing.

Bisola and Bally also got bounced out of the house, temporarily  for good though, as they are being sent to ‘paradise’, ‘a place where everyone will admire to stay’.

The ‘paradise’ remains a mystery, setting followers wondering whether it will be a place where the matched couple’, would have the licence for just any game!

Bisola and Bally going to paradise

Biggie also did not settle matters when he did not say how long the couple will be in their ‘paradise’ vacation.

One puzzled fan asked on Twitter:

Will we be able to see bisola and Bally @BBNaija and when will they come back 



Another expressed the possibility that the unintended can happen between the two housemates while on vacation:

 who else thinks nothing can happen between Bisola and Bally while they on vacation… Lol



The developments were not only the highlights of Sunday’s show. All the housemates, Efe, Uriel, TBoss, Kemen, Marvis, Debie-Rise, Bassey and ThinTallTony,  save the paradise bound Bisola and Bally,  are up for Week 6 eviction next  Sunday.

This followed an intriguing game introduced by Biggie to replace the Live nomination. All the housemates were asked to pick an envelope. But all the eight picked “Red Envelopes’, which signified  nomination for eviction.

However, one of the housemates may still be saved from being ejected from the house, following the public voting. That is if he or she wins the Head of House Challenge, which will replace the Nomination Show.

The survival of the other seven lies with the voting public.

Oscars: The Best And Worst Dressed

Halle Berry: beautiful, Confident pose

Halle Berry was a stunner on the Red carpet at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday night in Hollywood, California.

The 50 year old beautiful actress and former model rolled back  the years with her hairdo and  Versace gown.

No wonder, her appearance was the Twitter talk on Sunday.  Said she about her look: “It’s romantic and feminine and makes me feel good.”

She was not the only head turner on the Red carpet. Here are some of our picks on the other well dressed ladies:

Priyanka Chopra
Busy Phillips
Aullil Cravalho: Good outing
Luciana Barroso shines here beside Matt Damon
Actress Taraji Henson : In a killer pose

Some of our worst dressed picks:

Octavia Spencer: too conservative in this dress
Naomi Harris does not quite jell here
Blanca Blanco: not a good fashion statement
Dakota Johnson’s gold not quite glittering on Oscar night


Sheriff Is Authentic Chairman Of PDP – Senator Raji-Rasaki

Sen.  Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District in the Senate, has differed from the Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose and declared that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff is the authentic national chairman of the PDP.

Fayose, who chairs the PDP Governors Forum supports Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party.

Senator Raji-Rasaki  made her position known on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti while speaking with newsmen at the end of a three-day capacity building training on ICT she organised for 100 beneficiaries in Ekiti Central senatorial district.

Rasaki, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, also declared that the era of impunity was dead in the PDP.

She said that the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Sheriff as the national chairman of PDP had afforded the party an opportunity to put its house in order.

She said that recent developments in Ekiti and at the national level, would enable the PDP prepare ahead of the 2019 general elections.

She described the Court of Appeal judgment as a “new lease of life’’ for members of the party.

The senator, who distributed free laptops to participants who attended the training, stressed that anybody that wants to make impact in today’s world must be empowered technologically.

She urged the beneficiaries to put into practice what they learnt at the training.

Rasaki expressed sadness that impunity, lawlessness, violation of the PDP constitution and abuse of power by people whose names she did not mention, had negatively affected the party’s fortunes before the judgment.

She expressed hope that the PDP would emerge stronger from its crises to be a party that would allow equity, justice, fair play, adherence to due process and the principles of democracy to thrive.

The senator expressed satisfaction that the judiciary intervened and resolved the protracted crises rocking the party.

She lauded the Ekiti chapter of the party for affirming Chief Williams Ajayi as the authentic state chairman.

She alleged that some individuals in the PDP had turned the party into their personal property where party congresses and primaries elections to elect candidates were hijacked.

She added that members of the party were not allowed to choose candidates of their choice.

She said: “Crisis in any political party is part of democracy because we disagree to agree.

“We, the authentic PDP, are being led by Ali Modu Sheriff and we thank God that the court judgment has put an end to impunity in our party.

“Impunity is one thing that destroys any organisation or association where people decide and subscribe to rules and regulations guiding them.

“It is a pity that some people turned the PDP to a place where one person will corner everything and turn it to PLC.

“A party is supposed to be where everybody has a say because we are in a democracy

“In Ekiti, the authentic executive has won in court as well. So in the PDP, we have no option than to obey the rule of law.

ISIS: Pentagon To Change Tactics

The Pentagon will this week present the White House with options for accelerating the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the first step toward President Trump’s campaign pledge to change the current strategy and crush the global terror group.

Instead of a major overhaul, military leaders will likely recommend adjustments that could expand bombings and quicken the pace of ground operations, several analysts said.

The Pentagon will likely stick with its current policy of backing local forces to lead the fight against the militants in Iraq and Syria.

Trump has voiced skepticism about sending conventional American troops to the region.

“That doesn’t change,” said Michael Rubin, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.

The new proposal will probably amount to a “supersizing” of the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State, said Jennifer Cafarella, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.

Pentagon officials have declined to discuss details of the plan before it is presented to the White House.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said only that it will include “options” for the president to consider.

Last month, Trump gave the Pentagon and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat the Islamic State.

On the campaign trail he repeatedly criticised the Obama administration for its inability to stop the militant group.

The Pentagon might recommend a number of strategy adjustments that would intensify the battle against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

For example, the Pentagon could make the current rules of engagement less restrictive and perhaps find ways to boost support for local ground forces in Iraq and Syria, according to the analysts.

Approval for some airstrikes can take weeks under the current process. And the Obama administration’s rules on limiting civilian casualties went beyond what is required by international law, Cafarella said.

Trump “is not going to worry quite as much as about collateral damage,” Rubin said.

Read more: www.usatoday.com

UN Goes Offensive, Disperses CAR Militia

UN has dispersed heavily armed militiamen in the remote Central African Republic town of Bambari few days after the militiaattacked and wounded its peacekeepers.

A UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) carried out the air operation which dispersed the militia.

According to a statement on Monday by MINUSCA, about 40 fighters from the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades had gathered in the town, but UN forces intervened to prevent them carrying out an attack.

MINUSCA spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said that the action was in keeping with the peacekeeping forces’ mandate to protect civilians and its aim to “prevent a war” between the militia and the rival Union for Peace in Central African Republic (UPC).

“The toll of this air operation is not yet known.

“MINUSCA warns the coalition FPRC against any attempt to bring war to Bambari,” he said.

Monteiro told Reuters in an email that the operation had “engaged one helicopter,” but gave no further details.

The FPRC and UPC are former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance that united to oust then-President Francois Bozize in 2013, sparking backlash from Christian “anti-balaka” militias and plunging the country into tit-for-tat ethnic and sectarian killing.

But they fell out over competition for territory and control of illicit tax revenues. The FPRC are now allied with the anti-balaka militias.

According to Human Rights Watch rebels killed at least 32 people in clashes with the FPRC in December 2016.

In January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a $400 million humanitarian response plan for Central African Republic (CAR).

The money is directed to meet the basic needs of estimated 2.2 million people in the country.

Dr Michel Yao, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, said in a statement that the UN-backed humanitarian plan aimed assist million who urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

According to him, the response plan is for a two-year period, from 2017 to 2019 and a budget of $399.5 million, would cover three strategic objectives.

Pope, Anglican Leader To Visit South Sudan

Pope Francis said he wants to make a trip to South Sudan together with the head of the Anglican Church to bring attention to the suffering of people stricken by civil war and famine.

Francis made the disclosure in impromptu comments during a visit to Rome’s Anglican church, the first to the parish by a pope, to mark the 200th anniversary of its opening.

“My aides and I are studying the possibility of a trip to South Sudan,” the pope said in response to a question about Christian Churches in Africa.

He recalled that in October 2016 the Catholic, Episcopalian and Presbyterian bishops came to Rome to discuss the situation in their country and invited him to visit.

Francis said they told him “but don’t come alone, come with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury”. Welby is spiritual head of the worldwide Anglican communion, which counts about 85 million members and is the world’s third-largest Christian denomination.

“The situation is a bit ugly down there but we have to do it because the three of them (the local bishops from different churches) together want peace and they are working together for peace,” Francis said.

Oil-producing South Sudan, which became independent in 2011, descended into civil war in December 2013 when a dispute between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar ended with fighting, often occurring along ethnic lines.

Both sides have targeted civilians, human rights groups say.

Kiir’s government declared a famine in some part of the country last week.

South Sudan has been hit by the same east African drought that has pushed Somalia back to the brink of famine, six years after 260,000 people starved to death in 2011.

Francis said the trip would likely last just one day, which Vatican sources have said would be for security reasons.

Francis gave no indication when it could take place but sources have said it would be this year.

The Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches have been split since 1534 when King Henry VIII broke with Rome to start the Church of England.

The UN says it has been unable to reach some of the worst hit areas because of the insecurity.

South Sudan has been hit by the same east African drought that has pushed Somalia back to the brink of famine, six years after 260,000 people starved to death in 2011.

The UN children’s agency UNICEF on Tuesday said nearly 1.4 million children were at “imminent” risk of death in famines in South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen

Trump’s Navy Secretary, Bilden Withdraws

Philip Bilden, President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of the Navy withdrew from consideration on Sunday, the second time a Trump nominee to lead one of the armed services bowed out because of government conflict-of-interest rules.

Trump last month nominated  Bilden, a private equity executive and former military intelligence officer, to lead the Navy, which the president has pledged he will expand.

In a statement on Sunday, Bilden said that “after an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.”

The development leaves Trump and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis without nominees to head both the Navy and Army.

Vincent Viola, whom the president had picked to be secretary of the Army, withdrew earlier this month.

In a statement, Mattis said he was disappointed but understood Bilden’s decision.

“In the coming days I will make a recommendation to President Trump for a leader who can guide our Navy and Marine Corps team as we execute the president’s vision to rebuild our military,” he said.