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How Freeman sexually harassed us –Women

How Freeman sexually harassed us –Women
Morgan Freeman

Multiple women have accused actor, Morgan Freeman, of inappropriate behaviour and harassment.

The allegations surfaced Thursday in a report from CNN, with eight individuals telling the network that they were victims of harassment and inappropriate behaviour by Freeman.

Sixteen people in total spoke to CNN about the actor’s alleged behaviour as part of the investigation.

An unidentified woman told the network she was harassed by Freeman in 2015 while working as a production assistant for the comedy “Going in Style” starring the famed actor.

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The woman said he often touched her inappropriately and made comments about her body and clothing daily.

Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear” at one point while they worked together, the woman alleged.

Actor Alan Arkin “made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”

Another woman told CNN that while working on the 2012 movie “Now You See Me,” Freeman sexually harassed her multiple times.

“He did comment on our bodies,” the second accuser told CNN. “We knew that if he was coming by … not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted,” she said.

Other inappropriate behaviour included staring at women’s breasts, massaging an intern’s shoulders, asking a woman how she felt about sexual harassment and asking women to twirl for him, according to CNN.

Freeman was not immediately available for comment.

Source:  Huffpost

Court declares Innoson Motors chairman wanted

Court declares Innoson Motors chairman wanted
Innocent Chukwuma

Justice Mojisola Dada of the special offences court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday, declared the Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd., Innocent Chukwuma, wanted over his failure to make an appearance in court for his arraignment for the fifth time.

Chukwuma, alias Innoson, is standing trial in a matter between his company and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Dada had declared the automobile boss wanted, granting the request of Mr. Anselem Ozioko, the lead prosecuting counsel of the EFCC.

Innoson had previously failed to make an appearance in court for his arraignment on January 17,February 9, March 14 and April 25.

His failure to appear before the court for five consecutive times informed the issuance of bench warrant.

During the proceedings of March 14, it was revealed that Innoson had petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over Justice Mojisola Dada, the judge trying the case.

Ozioko, in his submission seeking the declaration of Innoson wanted said: “This appears to be the fifth time this matter is coming up before your Lordship for arraignment.

“The learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria representing the second defendant (Innoson) is still insisting on taking his application without ensuring the defendant is physically present in court.

“The question is: Where is the second defendant? Is he too big for the court? Is he too big for the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Is he too big because he has money? Where is he?

“What my learned friends, the defence counsel are doing is contemptuous.

“We shall be applying for an order to declare the second defendant wanted.”

Acceding to Ozioko’s request, Justice Dada said, “The second defendant is hereby declared wanted and the case adjourned until June 22 for possible arraignment.”

Earlier, during the proceedings, Ozioko had informed the court that the anti-graft agency would also be taking some steps to ensure Innoson’s attendance in court on the next adjourned date.

Counsel to Innoson, Mr. George Uwechue (SAN) had requested that the court hear his application despite Justice Dada’s declaration that no application would be heard until Innoson was physically present in court.

“At the last hearing, the court maintained its position that it will not take its pending application unless the first defendant is arraigned.

“We were about to cite our position regarding the court’s declaration but we were interrupted by the prosecuting counsel and that interruption led to today’s proceedings.

 “Whatever we did that day, we sincerely apologise; we urge this court to allow us to continue our presentation.’’

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Prof. J. N Mbadugha, counsel to Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd., in his submission told the court that he had an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Mbadugha informed the court that he had made an appeal at the Court of Appeal over the case.

Justice Dada however maintained her position that the applications of the defence will not be heard until Innoson is physically present in court.

Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd., are to be arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretences, obtaining property by false pretences, stealing and forgery.

According to the charge sheet, the defendants committed the offences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos.

The EFCC alleged that the defendants with intent to defraud; conspired to obtain by false pretences containers of motorcycle, spare parts and raw materials, property of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) from Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., Apapa, Lagos.

They are alleged to have fraudulently induced staff of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line to deliver to them via their clearing agents the goods which were imported from China in the name of GTB by falsely pretending that they were authorised by the bank to clear the goods.

The prosecution claimed that the defendants in order to facilitate the fraud forged a bill of lading numbered 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mutsui O.S.K Lines by knowingly putting a false GTB stamp and signature of the bank staff.

The alleged forgery was in order that the forged documents be used or acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of any person within Lagos or elsewhere.

The offences contravened Sections 1(1)(b), 1(3), and 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2016 and Sections 309(9), 388, 465 and 467(1)(j) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State 2003.



Two-year-old stolen baby rescued, suspect arrested

Two-year-old stolen baby rescued, suspect arrested
Edgal Imohimi, Lagos State Commissioner of Police

A two-year-old girl who was stolen while her mother was busy selling yam tubers at Mile 12 Produce Market, Lagos, has been rescued.

The Lagos State police spokesman, SP Chike Oti, said in a statement on Wednesday that the child was rescued from one Elizabeth Ibezim who allegedly took her away without the consent of her mother.

“The incident took place at Mile 12 Yam Market, Ketu, Lagos, where the child was taken away from the stall of her mother who was busy selling her wares at the popular market.

“When she eventually noticed that her child was missing, she became frantic and a search party was immediately raised to help her find her child.

“Luck, however, ran out on the suspect when she was spotted with the child on her back as she was about to board a commercial vehicle at Ketu bus stop, a reasonable distance from where the child was taken.

“The desperate mum rushed to the suspect and struggled to collect the baby from her, raising the alarm which attracted a mob that nearly lynched the woman save for the quick intervention of a nearby police team,” he said.

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The police spokesman said that the case was currently under investigation at the Gender Section of the Lagos State Police Command.

In another development, the police was investigating a case of defilement against 73-year-old Pa Fola Olowoigbo of No 2, Fela Ahmed Street, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Oti said the suspect allegedly defiled the 14-year-old until she became pregnant.

“The suspect who hailed from Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, is a local taxi driver and next door neighbour to the child’s mother.

“It was said that the victim was always sent on errands by the suspect unknown to the mother that he had ulterior motives,” he said.

Oti, therefore, warned parents to be wary of whom they entrust their children with.



Ebola may spread nationally, internationally –WHO

Ebola may spread nationally, internationally –WHO

Speaking in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, Dr Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general, who heads Emergency Preparedness and Response, said that there were several reasons why the current outbreak – which has claimed 27 lives since it was declared on May 8 – had yet to be contained.

Epidemiology is the branch of medicine which deals with the analysis of the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases’ conditions in defined populations.

“It’s hard to recall a situation of an outbreak where a Government has responded more quickly and more decisively than in this outbreak,” Salama said.

The WHO official added that it was “a multi-partner effort and it’s not over yet. We’re really just at the beginning.”

“I used the phrase yesterday that we’re on the epidemiological knife-edge of this response, the next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak will spread to urban areas or if we’re going to be able to keep it under control,” he informed.

Unlike previous Ebola events in DRC – this is the country’s ninth since 1976 — the 2018 outbreak has been complicated by the fact that it involved rural and urban areas, he said.

“This has raised the chances that it might spread both nationally and internationally,” Salama said.

He noted particularly since the city of Mbandaka – where the disease was identified after first surfacing in the relatively remote Bikoro – is close to the Congo river, which acts as the main transport link to DRC’s capital, Kinshasa.

”With 58 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of the disease in the country as of Wednesday, effective tracing of anyone who had come into contact with the disease would “make or break” the response to Ebola,” Salama said.

He described the task ahead as “the detective work of epidemiology,” adding that medical personnel at a hospital in Wangata, Mbandaka, were tracing some 600 contacts from three separate chains of transmission.

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One of these chains was associated with a funeral in a neighbouring town of Bikoro; another was linked to a health-care facility in the small village of Iboko; and the third related to a church ceremony.

“Each one has the potential to expand if not controlled,” Salama said.

The WHO official confirmed that a selective, or “ring vaccination” programme had just begun and that efforts were ongoing to ensure that the Ebola drug could be stored in “ultracold” conditions at between -60 and -80°C.

WHO has repeatedly stressed that vaccination was only one measure among many in any outbreak response.

That message was repeated in Geneva by Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, who praised the commitment and sacrifice of the communities and health workers on the front line, as “the most important element in fighting this outbreak.”

The WHO chief also underlined that the coordination among international health partners was essential, too, before highlighting that even he had problems in accessing rural Bikoro to see the problem first-hand, during his visit to the area shortly after the beginning of the outbreak.



Three Ebola patients escape quarantine

Three Ebola patients escape quarantine

Two of three Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in the Congo river port city of Mbandaka have died, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) mission in the city said on Wednesday.

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The third patient was found alive and is currently under observation by MSF and the World Health Organisation, Henri Gray said.

Unai Emery is new Arsenal manager

Unai Emery is new Arsenal manager
Unai Emery

Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach, Unai Emery, as the new manager of the club, with the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble.

The 46-year-old had previously guided Spanish side Sevilla to three Europa League titles.

“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.

“He has also developed some of the best young talents in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement.

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“His hard work and passionate approach and his sense of value on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward,” Gazidis said.

Wenger departed the North London club at the end of last season after nearly 22 years at the helm, helping the team capture three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.



Strike: JOHESU plans mass rallies, picketing

Strike: JOHESU plans mass rallies, picketing

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) on Tuesday urged its members to get ready for series of nationwide picketing and mass rallies to press home their demands.

The General Secretary of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Mr Silas Adamu, dropped the hint in Lokoja during a sensitisation meeting with members of JOHESU in the North Central zone.

Adamu told them that the options of picketing and mass rallies following government’s refusal to accede to their demands were on the table.

While commending them for steadfastness, he said that the strike which was embarked upon over a month ago was just and a veritable tool to get government to implement their agreements aimed at improving the health sector.

In the event that government decided to arrest all leaders of JOHESU, the secretary general urged them to remain courageous to keep the strike on.

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On the recent order of the National Industrial Court asking them to return to work within 24 hours, Adamu said that the national headquarters of the union was yet to receive the notice.

He urged them to be wary of government propaganda which, he said, were aimed at disrupting the strike and causing confusion among members.

“Members are urged to remain calm and resolute in demanding for their rights,” he said.

In their contributions, states chairmen of JOHESU from the zone unanimously voted for the sustenance of the strike until all their demands were met by government.

They also resolved not to betray the leadership of the union and remain resolute on their demands.


NiMet predicts cloudy skies, thundery, rainy activities for Wednesday

NiMet predicts cloudy skies, thundery, rainy activities for Wednesday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy morning conditions over the Central states of the country on Wednesday with prospects of localised thunderstorm over Yola, Jos, Lafia, Ibi, Makurdi and Abuja.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Tuesday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 30 to 37 and 23 to 25 degrees Celsius respectively.

It added that localised thunderstorms were probable over Jalingo, Mambilla, Makurdi and Minna axis in the afternoon and evening hours.

The agency predicted that the Southern states would experience cloudy conditions with day and night temperatures of 31 to 34 and 22 to 26 degrees Celsius respectively.

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It also predicted localised thunderstorms over the entire region in the afternoon and evening hours.

According to NiMet, Northern states will experience cloudy conditions with chances of localised thunderstorm over places like Kano, Kaduna, Zaria and Gombe axis in the morning hours.

“Later in the day localised thunderstorms is expected over the Northeast with day and night temperatures in the ranges of 34 to 41 and 18 to 29 degrees Celsius respectively.

“With high influx of moisture into the country and heating, conditions are favorable for thunderstorms activities within the country in the next 24 hours,” NiMet predicted.



Police confirm arrest of over 47 BIM, MASSOB members

Police confirm arrest of over 47 BIM, MASSOB members

The Nigerian Police have arrested 47 members of Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Aba.

The Abia State Police commissioner, Mr  Anthony Ogbizi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aba.

Ogbizi explained that the persons arrested included men and women and were being held in Aba.

He said that although they were peaceful during their march, they were arrested because they wore army camouflage uniforms and had Biafra flags and insignia with them.

On whether or not BIM and MASSOB were proscribed like the IPOB, the commissioner said that they would vet the persons arrested to see if they belonged to IPOB to know what next to do with them.

“We are profiling them and when we finish they would be charged accordingly.

“The legal department is there. They will advise us before we know what else to do,” he said.

However, the leadership of BIM and MASSOB in Aba said the police arrested 115 of their members in the commercial city.

The Zonal Leader of the group for Abia South, Mr Fredrick Onyenucheya, disclosed this to newsmen at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) office on Tuesday.

Onyenucheya was accompanied by Chief Obi Anyanwu, the Zonal Leader for Abia Central.

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He said about 200 members gathered at Umuorieoma junction near Osisioma junction by 9 a.m. and were peacefully marching to No 154 Faulks Road to celebrate the 18th anniversary of hoisting the Biafra Flag in Aba.

“At a point on Faulks Road, at about 10.10 a.m., the Nigerian Police came and began to shoot tear gas canisters at us and many of our members were injured and they arrested over 115 members.

“They came with over 20 Hilux vans with which they took our members. We want to say that it is unfair for the police to be intimidating and harassing innocent and peaceful citizens moving on the road without disturbing anybody.

“We were only going there to celebrate our anniversary and nothing more. We did not ask anybody to sit at home but to go about their businesses.

“We want to tell the Nigerian Police to release our members they arrested unconditionally because we were on peaceful demonstration,” he said.

He said that the celebration was a programme going on in all the South East zone of Nigeria and wondered why members in Aba were being singled out for arrest and molestation.

Onyenucheya said that they would want the Nigerian Police to know that they could not  be cowed, adding that “no amount of intimidation and harassment can stop us until Biafra is actualized,” he said.



Don’t expel Sub-Saharan migrants –UN

Don’t expel Sub-Saharan migrants –UN

The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has advised the Algerian Government to stop collective expulsion of thousands of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa.

Spokesperson for OHCHR, Ms Ravina Shamdasani, said the action by Algeria violated international human rights law.

In early May, an OHCHR team visited several towns in neighbouring Niger where they interviewed 25 expelled migrants and other witnesses, who described how Algerian authorities had been carrying out mass round-ups.

“What is particularly worrying is that most of the people we spoke to said that they were not subjected to individualised assessments.

“We were not informed of the reasons for their detention, nor were they allowed to pick up their belongings, passports or money before they were expelled.

“Many had to leave behind everything they had,” Shamdasani said.

She detailed roundups that had taken place in the towns of Oran and Boufarik, as well as the Duira neighbourhood of Algiers, in March and April 2018.

“Raids are reportedly carried out on construction sites in Algiers, as well as in neighbourhoods known to be populated by the migrants.

“Some also reported having been stopped in the street and detained,” she added.

While some were transferred rapidly to Niger, others were held in military bases and compounds, where detention conditions were reported to be “inhuman and degrading,” OHCHR said.

Continuing, Shamdasani said: “From Tamanrasset, Nigeriens are transferred by bus to Agadez in Niger.

“The others are crammed into big trucks to be transferred to the Nigerien border where they are abandoned and left to walk hours in the desert heat to cross the border into Niger.”

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Migrants who remained, were fearful and concerns had also been raised that what appeared to be organised expulsions could increase racism and xenophobia locally, against sub-Saharan Africans.

“The collective expulsion of migrants, without individual assessment or any due process guarantees, is deeply alarming and not in line with Algeria’s obligations under international human rights law, including the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, which Algeria has ratified.”

“We urge Algeria to implement the recommendations made by the Committee on Migrant Workers in April, including to explicitly prohibit collective expulsions and establish monitoring mechanisms to ensure that expulsions of migrant workers are carried out in strict compliance with international standards,” she continued.

“The Committee also called on Algeria to ensure respect for the right to seek asylum and the principle of non-refoulement,” Shamdasani concluded, referring to the practice of forcible return to migrants’ countries of origin.