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It seems that the center would not hold much longer for the current Minister for Culture and Tourism Chief Edem Duke. As information reaching

Society Reporters NG reveals that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, is not happy with the minister and has

even gone as far as making moves to replace him. The president has asked members of his inner cabinet to shop for a replacement for Chief

Duke because according to a competent source, ‘the President is crossed with the always faltering Minister of Culture for the manner the minister

misled him into approving the sack of a serving Director General of a parastatal under his ministry, so as to pave way for the appointment of the

son of his close friend and business associate’.

Society Reporters NG gathered that the minister on Thursday 11 Sept 2014, announced the removal of the artistic director of the National Troupe

Mr Martin Adaji and in his place appointed Akin Adejuwon, son of his bosom friend Mr. Franklin Adejumo, as Artistic director.
Akin, a fine artist, is based in the UK and his father Dr. Franklin Adejuwon according to same source, has been a longtime associate of Edem Duke,

their friendship spans over 3 decades, and Dr. Adejuwon has pressurized Duke to use his influence and connections to secure a job for his son who

is not known to any theatre practitioner in Nigeria. In fact when the news was relayed on NTA news two days ago, none of the theatre practitioners

knew or have heard about their new Director, Akin Adejuwon, who has taken over a job meant for a theory and practically oriented theatre


We gathered reliably that Akin Adejuwon is a fine artist, and also a head of a performing arts agency when there is a national gallery of arts. And

that he infact teaches at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.

Mr Adaji, the sacked Artistic Director, is a play creation major from the University of Ibadan, and has held many artistic positions before his

National Troupe appointment in 2011. Mr Adaji would have served out his first term in June 2015, and was even looking forward to a renewal of his

appointment because of the giant strides he has reportedly recorded, before his hasty ouster by Duke on Thursday night. Akin, his successor has

not shown up for work since his appointment, and that only means that Duke bowed to the ‘external’ pressure. Adejuwon, is said to be the brain

behind the drafting of the Miribound Tourism master plan, being spear-headed by Edem Duke. Currently, there is confusion in the arts community,

and among staff of the National Troupe. Some of them who spoke to our reporter say they will resist the attempt by Duke to appoint a non

practitioner as head of the National Troupe.

They said the minister owes them an explanation as to why a serving DG will be removed without reason. They want the President to reverse the

decision, as the troupe is a specialized agency that does not need a crony as CEO. They also said they will protest this and other appointments

the minister has made in the last two weeks. Last week, the minister appointed his Special Assistant, who is alleged to be a former staff of his

tourism agency Ms Chika Balogun, as DG of National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Studies. He also appointed a 60 year old retired civil

servant Mrs Dayo Keshi, as DG of National Council for Arts and Culture. Mrs Keshi will be 68 by the time she serves out her tenure.

Efforts made by Society Reporters NG to reach the minister on phone proved abortive. His two lines have remained permanently switched off. But

an aide to the Minister said the appointment of Akin Adejuwon, is with immediate effect and that ‘even President Jonathan cannot reverse it, as

he is the one who authorized the removal of Mr Adajih’.

We promise to bring you more reports as soon as we lay our hands on more information.

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment



Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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China and Russia Gets Biden warning on Hedges on Seeking Reelection



US President Joe Biden arrives at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. – Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country’s longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP)

President Joe Biden issued forceful warnings to China and Russia on Sunday and expressed optimism over the US economic rebound, but surprised many by hedging on whether he’ll seek reelection.

In a rare, wide-ranging interview with the CBS “60 Minutes” program, Biden went back on repeated assertions by the White House that he is sure to run in 2024.

Biden, who turns 80 in November, told interviewer Scott Pelley that reelection is his “intention.”

“But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” he said.

“It’s much too early,” Biden said, calling himself “a great respecter of fate.”

Surveying the state of the world’s largest economy, Biden was optimistic.

He declared the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States “over” and predicted that his administration would tame inflation — the main reason for his weak approval ratings and the reason Republicans believe they can take control of Congress in the upcoming November midterms.

“We’re going to get control of inflation,” he said.

– Troops to Taiwan? –
In another surprise moment, Biden once again appeared to challenge decades of US policy on Taiwan with a vow that he would send troops to defend the self-ruled island if China tried to invade.

“Yes,” he said, adding that this would happen if there was “an unprecedented attack” — possibly referring to something beyond the frequent saber rattling conducted by Chinese military forces around Taiwan.

While Washington does arm Taiwan, it has long maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on whether it would intervene militarily if Beijing were to invade. The policy is designed to dissuade both China from invading and Taiwan from formally declaring independence.

The White House said that Biden’s latest remarks did not indicate a change but Beijing condemned the comments on Monday during a daily foreign ministry press briefing.

“The US remarks… severely violate the important commitment the US made not to support Taiwan independence and sends a seriously erroneous signal to Taiwanese separatist independence forces,” spokesperson Mao Ning said.

However, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its “sincere gratitude” for Biden’s support.

“In the face of China’s military expansion and provocative actions, our government will continue to strengthen self-defence capabilities to firmly resist the expansion and aggression of authoritarianism, and at the same time deepen the close Taiwan-US security partnership,” the ministry said in a statement.

– ‘Consequential’ nuclear response –
In another tough message to the United States’ biggest economic and geopolitical rival, Biden said he had warned President Xi Jinping not to support Russia militarily in its invasion of Ukraine.

He said he told Xi that US and other foreign investments in China would be disrupted and to think otherwise would be “a gigantic mistake.”

He also said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses nuclear or other non-conventional weapons against Ukraine the US response will be “consequential.”

When asked what he would tell Putin if the Russian leader was mulling such a move, he said: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.”

Biden praised the Ukrainians for their gritty fight against the huge Russian invasion and said “they’re defeating Russia.”

Asked how to define victory for Kyiv, he said “winning the war in Ukraine is to get Russia out of Ukraine completely.”

– ‘More to give’ –
Despite his poor ratings and polls showing Democrats likely to lose control of at least one chamber of Congress, Biden said he is upbeat.

Noting that employment is booming and the economy is strong, Biden said “we hope we can have, as they say, a soft landing.”

On whether at his age he is physically and mentally able to continue in the gruelling job, Biden said: “watch me.”

“It’s a matter of, you know, that old expression — ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating.’”

When asked his source of inspiration when times get tough, Biden mentioned his son Beau who died in 2015 but also his parents’ exhortation to “just get up.”

Biden said he had “a lot more to give.”

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC



…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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