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The European Union on Monday said 7,436 Nigerians crossed into Europe from Nigeria illegally in the second quarter of 2015.
Mr Richard Young, EU Deputy Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, made this known on the side line of a news briefing on migration in Abuja.
Young explained that the figure was the number of irregular migrants that were officially recorded by the EU Border Agency, Frontex.
He said that out of the 7,436 immigrants, 7,124 illegally crossed through the sea borders into Europe during the period.
He said the agency recorded a total of 170,155 migrants that illegally crossed the borders into Europe from various countries in the period.
“In this situation, they are referred to as irregular immigrants in the sense that they crossed the border illegally but may have a right of asylum.
“After all investigations are done and it is found that they do not have the right of asylum, then they are referred to as illegal immigrants,’’ he explained.
The envoy disclosed that EU had earmarked 1.8 billion pounds to set up an emergency trust fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.
According to him, the fund is set up to address the crises in the regions of the Sahel and Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa and North Africa.
In an earlier address with newsmen, a senior EU official said the fund made available by member states was aimed at fostering stability and contributing to better migration management in Africa.
The official, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said that the forthcoming 2015 Valletta Summit on Migration would bring EU and African countries together to enhance partnership and find common solutions to illegal migration.
He said that the meeting would build on existing frameworks of cooperation to address the root causes of migration, establish and organise legal migration channels.
He said that the meeting would also focus on ways to enhance the protection of migrants and asylum seekers as well as tackle exploitation and trafficking of migrants.
The official added that the meeting would also improve on policies on the return and re-admission of illegal migrants.
He also confirmed attendance of the 34 African countries invited to participate in the summit.
“We have invited African countries we have agreements with on migration; half of them would be represented at the levels of Heads of State and Government while the others would be represented at the ministerial levels.
“Out of 28 EU member states, 22 will be represented at the Heads of States and Governments,” he said.
He added that the African Union, ECOWAS and other regional economic communities across Africa would also be represented at the summit.
The official reiterated the commitment of EU to assisting African countries in building stronger migration policies and addressing root causes to migration
Ivory Coast’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for instigating the deadly violence that rocked the West African country after presidential elections in 2010.
The 65-year-old wife of Ivory Coast’s former president, Laurent Gbagbo, was sentenced in court on Tuesday on charges of having a hand in the unrest which led to the deaths of some 3,000 people following the presidential poll in late 2010 and 2011.
“The jury members retained all the charges against her, including disturbing the peace, forming and organizing armed gangs and undermining state security,” Rodrigue Dadje, the ex-first lady’s lawyer said.
She was sentenced for twice as long as the prosecutors had initially asked for. Simone’s lawyer said they will appeal.
Simone also said she was humiliated, adding that the prosecution had failed to prove her guilty.
The former president’s wife was tried along with 82 other supporters of her husband. General Bruno Dogbo Ble, who headed the elite republican guard as well as former navy chief Admiral Vagba Faussignaux, were also sentenced to 20 years in prison.
This is while the former Ivorian president is also facing four charges, including crimes against humanity, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his alleged role in orchestrating the post-election violence.
Simone was arrested along with her husband in 2011 after troops stormed a bunker following a military assault on their residence in Abidjan.
Ivory Coast was engulfed in chaos after the former president refused to concede defeat in the November 2010 presidential election and remained in power until being driven out in April 2011 by the supporters of Alassane Ouattara, the country’s current president !!
Britain’s Prince William on Sunday made a pilgrimage to port communities devastated by a huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, receiving origami paper cranes from survivors before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.
Winding up his first trip to the country, the second-in-line to the British throne visited the northeastern city of Ishinomaki, one of the areas hardest hit by the gigantic waves which killed around 19,000 people.
William, 32, placed a bouquet at a hilltop shrine and quietly bowed his head in the direction of a now-vacant area where hundreds of people lived before their houses were swept away on March 11, 2011.
Following the prayer, local children presented him with red paper cranes — a symbol of good luck in Japan — which had been made by tsunami survivors still living in temporary .
A beaming William, in a navy-blue blazer, offered an “arigato gozaimasu” (“thank you very much”) in response — the latest of a number of Japanese phrases he has attempted during his four-day stay.
“When we handed him the cranes, he told us that he thinks his son (George) will be pleased if he takes them back as souvenir,” a young girl told national broadcaster NHK.
“I will remember this day forever,” she added.
William also visited a tsunami museum in central Ishinomaki, which has on display handwritten editions of the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, a newspaper whose printing presses were destroyed by the waves, and whose staff battled the odds to deliver the news.
The then-chief editor guided William around the museum, which was also engulfed by the tsunami, and explained the difficulties the paper faced in gathering news and distributing copies after the catastrophe.
Later in the day, the prince saw a temporary shopping venue in Onagawa east of Ishinomaki, the final stop on his four-day tour.
Against the backdrop of the prefabricated shops, he was welcomed with a lion dance, a traditional performance in which actors wear a lacquered wooden head and cloth dyed green with white decorations.
A smiling William proved he was game by pretending to put his head in the lion’s mouth.
“Thanks to the prince’s visit, we can let the world know that our region is still affected by the tsunami,” said Hikaru Sato, a local high school student.
Radiation levels normal
William’s visit to the disaster-afflicted area was important to Japan, with many locals keen to remind the outside world of the difficulties they still face four years after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that it caused.
Others pointed to the tour as proof that the region is open for business and safe for tourism, despite the ongoing problems at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where three reactors went into meltdown after their cooling systems were swamped.
Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes in the area around the plant because of elevated levels of radiation, with scientists warning that some settlements may have to be abandoned.
However, officials insist, the affected region is relatively small, and radiation levels in most of northeastern Japan are normal.
On Saturday William, whose pregnant wife Kate has stayed at home, dined in a ryokan — a traditional Japanese inn — with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The prince and the prime minister posed awkwardly for pictures wearing green yukatas — light cotton dressing gowns — before sitting down to a feast on low chairs, still wearing the robes.
William had earlier Saturday donned a samurai helmet and coat during a tour of the set of a period drama.
The young prince is immensely popular in Japan, where people speak of his warmth and his easy manner with the public, in marked contrast to the country’s own staid imperial family.
The media here has closely followed his travels, with many broadcasters showing library footage of William’s mother, the late Diana, during her trips to Tokyo.
Visits by the Princess of Wales set off so-called “Diana Fever” as tens of thousands flocked to meet her, and women styled their hair to be like her.
William was due to leave Japan Sunday afternoon on his way to Beijing, another first for the young prince !
Ronda Rousey has stopped every opponent she has faced in her meteoric mixed martial arts career, so a first-round victory is no shock for the UFC’s bantamweight champion.
Except nobody had ever finished a UFC title fight this quickly, and hardly anyone had done it with this much flair.
Rousey stopped Cat Zingano with an acrobatic armbar 14 seconds into the first round, dramatically defending her 135-pound title at UFC 184 on Saturday night.
Rousey (11-0) earned the most impressive victory of her career with jaw-dropping speed, taking out the previously unbeaten Zingano with her signature armlock from an unlikely position.
Rousey landed on her head after Zingano (9-1) charged her at the opening bell, but the champion gracefully flipped Zingano onto her back, got up and scampered into position to wrench Zingano’s arm grotesquely.
Just like that, Rousey forced the challenger to tap out, ending her fifth title defense before the sellout Staples Center crowd could process what it just witnessed.
Rousey’s last three fights have lasted a total of 96 seconds, including two bouts against previously unbeaten opponents. Her 14-second finish was a record for any UFC title bout, but she thought it only went to plan.
“We were expecting that she might come out and do something flying at me right away,” Rousey said. “That’s not usually how you land an armbar at that angle, but it works. … It was a lot like judo transitions, where you scramble the second you hit the ground.”
Champion boxer Holly Holm made her much-hyped UFC debut with a split-decision victory over Raquel Pennington in UFC 184’s penultimate bout. Jake Ellenberger also earned a second-round submission of Josh Koscheck as the world’s dominant mixed martial arts promotion ended a two-year absence from Southern California, the home base of Rousey and numerous fighters.
But the hometown crowd got what it wanted from Rousey, the Olympic medal-winning judoka who has become one of the UFC’s most prominent fighters just two years after the promotion added women’s bouts. Zingano was considered the most daunting active threat to Rousey’s reign, but proved to be no match for the best female fighter on the planet.
Immediately after the finish, Zingano was as stunned as the fans. Zingano chose the dubious strategy of charging and grabbing onto Rousey, whose judo skills make her practically unbeatable in a clinch.
“I want to do it again,” Zingano said. “I just … (The armbar) was in, but it wasn’t in. She did it. She won. She did good.”
For the first time in UFC history, two women’s fights headlined a pay-per-view event. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman originally was slated to fight Vitor Belfort on the Los Angeles card, but when Weidman’s injury forced a postponement, the UFC promoted Rousey and Zingano to the main event without adding a major men’s bout.
Although partly created by necessity, that spotlight is the latest affirmation of Rousey and women’s MMA. Just two years after Rousey’s debut, the UFC has two busy women’s weight classes featuring more than 50 fighters — and Rousey is a movie star, a model and a celebrity who can sell out a large arena in her hometown.
Zingano earned this title shot two years ago with an upset victory over Miesha Tate, but personal upheaval delayed it. After a serious knee injury knocked her out of the matchup and a high-profile coaching spot opposite Rousey on the UFC’s long-running reality television show, Zingano was rocked last year by her estranged husband’s suicide.
The 33-year-old Holm (8-0) ended an 11-year pro boxing career in 2013 to concentrate on MMA. The Albuquerque native and former kickboxer went unbeaten through minor promotions before joining the UFC last year.
Holm did enough to win her UFC debut, but didn’t blow away the scrappy, undersized Pennington (5-6). Both fighters landed big shots during a standup fight, and while Holm finished with a bloody nose, she left Pennington with a swollen left eye.
Holm won the fight 30-27 and 29-28 on two cards, and Pennington won 29-28 on the third.
Holm could be the next contender in line for Rousey’s belt later this year, and Rousey has said Holm’s boxing credentials outweigh her lack of MMA experience. But UFC President Dana White has suggested veteran Jessica Eye will get the next title shot, and Eye demanded her turn in interviews before Saturday’s show.
Southern California fighters Tony Ferguson and Alan Jouban kicked off the pay-per-view card with dynamic first-round stoppage victories. Ferguson has won five straight bouts, while Jouban bounced back from a debatable loss with an impressive striking performance.
Although Los Angeles is the largest U.S. city that allows MMA competition, the UFC hadn’t staged a card in the area since Rousey’s debut with the promotion in Anaheim in February 2013. A mediocre card scheduled for Staples Center last summer was canceled when champion Jose Aldo was injured !
The House of Representatives has yesterday issued a one week ultimatum to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to submit the report of the forensic audit on the alleged missing $20bn
The mandate followed a resolution, passed last week by the House at plenary which directed its Committee on Public Accounts, to investigate the matter.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan (APC, Lagos) while briefing Journalists on the matter stated that the report “must include the Initial Draft Report, the Executive Summary and Management/Internal Control Letters.”
Olamilekan noted that the “condensed version” of the report released to the public through a press conference addressed by the Auditor-General of the Federation with the highlight that Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should remit a minimum of $1.48 billion to the Federation Account had rather prompted the demand for complete report.
He said: “Given the weighty allegation of possible loss of $20 billion to the Federation Account arising from alleged non-remittance by NNPC through the ministry of finance, it is curious that the forensic audit was commissioned and appointment of auditors was made by the minister of finance, an indictable official, if allegation is proven, without the involvement or at least input of the Auditor-General, whose office is eminently and exclusively empowered for the duty by the 1999 Constitution.”
He noted that “the report has been unduly delayed and its submission also side-stepped the Auditor-General. It is a professional best practice that such reports first come in draft, discussed, fine-tuned before the release of the final report, usually accompanied by the more detailed Management Letter !!!
The ‘Bad Romance’ hitmaker and her fiance have celebrated their Valentine’s Day engagement with ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago P.D.’ co-stars including Sophia Bush.
Lady GaGa celebrated her engagement to Taylor Kinney with his co-stars on “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”. Sophia Bush took to Instagram on Wednesday, February 25 to share a photo of her and the “Poker Face” hitmaker at the celebration.
In the black-and-white photo, Bush is seen holding GaGa’s hand while the “Born This Way” songstress wraps her other hand on Bush’s shoulder. She captioned it, “#wcw @LadyGaga, naturally. She SLAYED the #Oscars and now she’s snuggled up with the #ChicagoFam celebrating love. ‘The Oscars were amazing, but this!? This is everything.’ Oh #TaylorKinney you’re a lucky man!! #love #congrats.”
#wcw @LadyGaga, naturally. She SLAYED the #Oscars and now she’s snuggled up with the #ChicagoFam celebrating love. “The Oscars were amazing, but this!? This is everything.” Oh #TaylorKinney you’re a lucky man!! #love #congrats ?�¢ï¿½?�¤?�¯?�¸ï¿½
A photo posted by Sophia Bush (@sophiabush) on Feb 25, 2015 at 10:44am PST
In related news, GaGa allegedly will tie the knot with Kinney at her $23m Malibu mansion and will have Tony Bennett there to sing “Cheek to Cheek”. A source told Life & Style, “The estate is set in the hills above Malibu and is surrounded by undeveloped mountains. She calls it the ‘closest thing to heaven.’ ”
According to the source, flowers for the ceremony will be ordered from Sea Lily Malibu and cases of champagne will be brought in. Besides Bennett, other celebrity friends who are also invited to the nuptials are Donatella Versace and Kelly Osbourne !!!