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Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions.

The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state.

They stated that their resolve to remain in APC will not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s government.

Addressing journalists on Sunday in Sokoto, the spokesman of the SAs, Hon. Dasuki Haske, also said their decisions were hinged on their loyalty to the party.
“We deem it fit to state categorically that we are not ready to join Governor Tambuwal in his new party. That was what informed our decision. We will remain in APC and there is no going back.
“We are members of APC before taking up our appointments as SAs and it was based on the membership values that we were given such positions. Now, we have resigned because the governor has not performed well since inception to justify our support for him.
“We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC in the state come 2019 general election. We will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,” Haske said.
Another speaker, Abdullahi Ahmad Sokoto, said all the ex-aides will work for the success of APC in the state.

He added that the party remained the one to beat in any election.

Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, alleged that she and other aides of the governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an to secure their promise to defect from APC before they could be paid their August salary.

Hajia Tudunwada disclosed that some of them had refused to be part of the oath, which informed their decision to resign from their respective positions.

She posited that both PDP and Governor Tambuwal will be rejected in the forthcoming general elections by the electorate.

Responding, the state APC chairman, Hon. Isah Achida, thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party.

He also promised them rewards for their 
“steadfastness and commitment to the party.”
“We thank you for being loyal to the party and we are assuring you of equal treatment as loyal party members.
“We have taken cognizance of your loyalty and commitment,” Achida stated.
But Governor Tambuwal media aide, described their resignation as “a reaction and an after thought.”
Reacting to the mass resignation of Special Advisers and Special Assistants of his principal, Abubakar Shekara, the Director-General, Media and Publicity to Governor Tambuwal, disclosed to COLOSSUS GISTS that their positions were of no effect to the administration of Sokoto State.

Shekara said, 
“Their resignation was a reaction to their sacking, conveyed to them earlier in the day, which made them to rush to the press.
“They had earlier stormed the cabinet office, demanding for their August salary‎, which was being sorted out.
“Their appointment was terminated to enable them to get involved in partisan politics without ethical or moral dilemma.”



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The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has described Saturday’s by-election in Rivers State for Port Harcourt Constituency III State Assembly seat as “another sad reality that votes of Nigerians will not be allowed to count at the 2019 election as the elections will be held at gun-point to achieve predetermined results”.

INEC has suspended the election, citing “widespread violence”.

According to the Governor, despite the legacy of free, fair and credible conduct of elections bequeathed to the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria is in a state of anarchy, because of the desperation of a few people to retain power.
“Even INEC could not but point it out in its press statement announcing suspension of the election that miscreants and hoodlums accompanied by heavily armed security personnel in uniform stormed polling units, destroying and carting away electoral materials as well as holding electoral officers hostage.
“We thought that we have gone past this era of manipulated electoral process after the 2015 general elections, which brought the APC and President Buhari to power, the country has been taken back to the Stone Age by merging APC with INEC, police, military and other security agencies.”
The Ekiti Governor called for the arrest and prosecution of the policemen that took part in the shootings and snatching of election materials in Rivers State, saying 
“there are pictorial evidence of the policemen on the social media, the police authority must not sweep this under the carpet as usual.”
He said if an election in just 142 polling units was so militarized, with gunshots everywhere, 
“time has come for Nigerians to rise up to this challenge of making sure that the democracy that they fought for is not destroyed by those whose only interest is to retain power in 2019.”
The Governor said; 
“I warned Nigerians in 2015 and when this reign of tyranny started, I kept warning. Now; free, fair and credible election is dead in Nigeria and election has become what the ruling party must ‘win’ at gun-point.”
He challenged President Buhari to stop pretending as if he knew nothing about the electoral malfeasance going on under his watch, adding that 
“It is the interest of the President that is being protected and it is a disservice to a man who is close to 80 years to allow his country to be turned to a war zone just because he is seeking reelection.”
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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested some youths from Ajegunle for allegedly burning a disused police vehicle.

A statement from the command stated that some youths from Olumokun community in Amukoko area of Ajegunle, engaged the youths of Layinka street, Ajegunle, in a free for all on the streets of the sprawling community.
”Weapons of various descriptions were freely used by the hoodlums during the clash.
”In the melee, policemen from Ajeromi Police station, Ajegunle, quickly intervened but under a strict warning from the Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, not to use their firearms.
”However, the youths of Olumokun community, Amukoko while retreating, stumbled on a disused police patrol car parked under the bridge at Layeni and set it ablaze.
”To avoid reprisals, the Commissioner of Police directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to engage the traditional heads (Bale) of the various communities in Ajegunle in dialogue to ensure that the peace in the area is no longer breached by hoodlums masquerading as youths.
”The CP warns that henceforth attempts to burn police property will be viewed as arson and the police might be forced to use maximum force to prevent that from happening.
”The area is calm while a contingent of policemen from the Police Mobile Force and Op Mesa are on ground to ensure security.”
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Die-hard ultra fans of Italian top-flight side Lazio want women banned from their “sacred place” of the front rows in the stadium, according to reports in Italy on Sunday.

A flyer being attributed to Lazio ultras was circulated before the team’s opening Serie A game — a 2-1 loss to Napoli — at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.
“The Curva Nord for us represents a sacred place. An environment with an unwritten code to be respected,” read the flyer signed “Direttivo Diabolik Pluto”, which was circulated on the north stand which Lazio fans occupy in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.
“The first rows, as always, we experience them as if they were a trenched line. We do not admit women, wives or girlfriends, so, if this is the case, we invite you to position yourself from row 10 onwards.
“Those who choose the stadium as an alternative to the carefree and romantic day at Villa Borghese (one of the main parks in Rome), go to other areas.”
Lazio’s ultras fans have often courted controversy and the club was fined 50,000 euros last year after supporters displayed stickers showing Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma shirt along with anti-Semitic messages.

Bitter city rivals Lazio and Roma share the Olympic Stadium.
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A 33-year-old woman, Zainab Salisu, an internally displaced person in Maradun camp, Zamfara, has been delivered of a set of quadruplets — two males and two females.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Salisu, who hailed from Gidan Dan-Guntu village in Maradun District, gave birth on Sunday without complications.

Speaking on the delivery, the father of quadruplet, Malam Salisu Muhammad, told journalists before the delivery his wife only attended her antenatal care once at the Maradun General Hospital.
“Even then, her condition seemed normal but she could not get back to the hospital due to fear of attacks by bandits and so we managed her at home since this was not her first pregnancy
“We, however, noticed that this particular pregnancy was too big but since she has had seven deliveries including a set of twins, we paid less attention,” he explained.
He said the woman went into a brief labour in the early hours of Sunday and she was assisted by traditional birth attendants at the IDP, adding that when he reported the incident to the camp officials, they moved the mother and her quadruplet to Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau, the state capital.

A medical personnel from Maradun Local Government who pleaded for anonymity told NAN that they decided to bring them to the hospital because “we believe they will receive better care.

NAN reports that Zaynab and her husband were among more than 12,000 people displaced from nearly 20 communities in five local government areas of Maru, Maradun, Zurmi, Shinkafi and Anka following nefarious activities of bandits in the last three months.
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Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City swept Huddersfield aside with an emphatic 6-1 victory on Super Sunday.

City’s all-time leading goalscorer was on target twice in the first half (25, 35), either side of a low finish from Gabriel Jesus, as the champions took total control of their first home game of the new Premier League season.

Jon Stankovic tapped in a lifeline for Huddersfield two minutes before half-time, but David Silva’s sublime free-kick re-established City’s three-goal cushion on 47 minutes.

Aguero sealed the 13th hat-trick of his Manchester City career 14 minutes from the end, before Terence Kongolo’s own goal six minutes from time completed the rout as Pep Guardiola’s side laid down an early marker in the title race.

Goalkeeper Ederson was the architect of the opening goal in the 25th minute, hitting a goal-kick long into the path of Aguero who evaded the attention of Christopher Schindler and chipped the onrushing Ben Hamer from the edge of the penalty area.

The second came six minutes later when Mendy cut in from the left and exchanged passes with Jesus before the ball ricocheted back into the path of the striker and he shot low with his left foot past Hamer’s near post.

The Huddersfield goalkeeper was slow getting down, but Aguero’s second four minutes later was even more embarrassing. Hamer palmed Mendy’s left-wing cross back out into play and the Argentine was alert to tap into an empty net.

Pep Guardiola raised eyebrows with his team selection, leaving out Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. They were replaced by Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and David Silva with Kevin De Bruyne injured and Leroy Sane on the bench. Jon Stankovic made his first Huddersfield appearance since March 2017.

Huddersfield somehow found a way into the game on 43 minutes when Philip Billing’s throw-in was flicked on by Steve Mounie for Stankovic to prod in from close range, but the respite was only temporary as David Silva stepped up to curl a brilliant free-kick past Hamer two minutes after half-time.

With the result beyond doubt, Aguero chased his hat-trick and went close when his left-footed long-ranger fizzed back off the post in the 57th minute and he lashed over two minutes later after a one-two with Jesus.

But his third goal arrived with his last touch of the game in the 76th minute as he expertly back-heeled Mendy’s cross across Hamer before his replacement Leroy Sane engineered a sixth goal when his close-range effort was blocked by Hamer and bounced in off the unfortunate Kongolo.

The result puts City top of the fledgling Premier League table and will leave many wondering if they can possibly be stopped in their pursuit of back-to-back titles.

City have now scored 104 goals in 39 games at home under Pep Guardiola in the Premier League.
David Silva’s strike was his first ever direct free-kick goal in a league match in the top five European Leagues, in what was also his 250th Premier League appearance.

With his assist to Aguero for the opening goal, Ederson became the first goalkeeper to assist a Premier League goal for Manchester City.

Aguero has now scored nine hat-tricks in the Premier League (level with Robbie Fowler), only Alan Shearer (11) has managed more.
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Manchester United became the first of the Premier League’s top five last season to falter in the new campaign as shoddy defending saw Jose Mourinho’s men defeated 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday.

Ominously for United, their cross-city rivals and defending champions look in no mood to be caught as Manchester City thrashed Huddersfield 6-1, while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur maintained their perfect starts.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend.

No case for United’s defence
Mourinho’s pre-season predictions of doom if he wasn’t given the funds to strengthen United’s defence came true in a disastrous first 45 minutes for the visitors at Brighton.

Mourinho’s priority was to bolster his central defence, but it was the two centre-backs signed under his tenure for a combined £60 million, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, who were at fault.

Lindelof left Glenn Murray unmarked for Brighton’s opener, while Bailly chopped down Pascal Gross to concede a needless penalty just as United had got back into the game thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s header.
“We made incredible mistakes in some crucial moments. Mistakes that killed us,” said Mourinho.
Chelsea’s new commander in chief
Based on the Italian international’s start to life in England, had City beaten Chelsea to the signature of Jorginho, the champions would be even more of a terrifying prospect.

Instead, Jorginho has been charged with helping Maurizio Sarri impose his fine balance of possession and pressing that characterized their time together at Napoli.

The midfielder dictated the tempo of a thrilling opening period from the blues in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.

As he wilted so did his side as the Gunners roared back from 2-0 down to level just before half-time in a 15-minute spell which the chain-smoking Sarri said left him in need of a cigarette.

The break came at the right time for Chelsea as Jorginho regained control in the second period to help maintain a perfect start for Sarri.

Spurs’ World Cup stars still standing
Pep Guardiola suggested World Cup fatigue may have played a role in a knee injury for Kevin de Bruyne that will keep the Belgian sidelined for three months, but Tottenham’s World Cup contingent have hit the ground running despite barely a week of pre-season training.

Spurs’ players logged more minutes in Russia than any other Premier League club and while fatigue may yet undermine a title challenge, they have put their off-field troubles in the transfer market and delays in the completion of their new stadium to one side by beating Newcastle and Fulham.

Kieran Trippier repeated his World Cup heroics with a stunning free-kick and Harry Kane ended his August hoodoo to send Spurs in fine fettle for a huge clash at Manchester United next Monday.

Sealed with a kiss
Gone are the days when Pep Guardiola was happy to leave City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench.

The Argentine scored his ninth Premier League hat-trick in a 6-1 annihilation of Huddersfield.

Aguero’s goalscoring ability was never in doubt, but it is an improvement in his all-round game under Guardiola that has won over the Catalan coach.
“He feels free now. He just doesn’t score goals, he makes space and doesn’t stop and when he does that, he’s one of the best strikers in the world,” said Guardiola.
No wonder he planted a kiss on Aguero’s cheek when he came off to a standing ovation.

More woe for West Ham
A near £100 million investment in nine new players and a Premier League winning coach was meant to signal a change in fortunes for West Ham after a troubled couple of campaigns on and off the field.

Instead, there has been no immediate return on that investment as a 4-0 opening weekend thrashing at Liverpool was followed by a 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

Jack Wilshere is one of the new arrivals who is so far yet to live up to expectations and admits West Ham need to find their feet quickly under Manuel Pellegrini before his return to Arsenal next weekend.

“We have got a lot of new players and we need to gel,” he said. “At this level in this league, people aren’t given time, so we have to do it quick and all tuck in this week.”
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Kano State Government has disbursed N99 million to 6,600 women under its empowerment programme as start up capital to enable them establish their chosen businesses for self-reliance.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this on Sunday in Kano during the flag-off of the empowerment programme at the Government House, Kano.

He explained that the beneficiaries were selected from the 44 local government areas of the state.

The governor said that the sum of N99 million would be disbursed to the beneficiaries and each of them will collect N15,000 to start business.

He further said that the gesture was part of the state governments efforts to empower women to enable them become self-reliant and contribute to the economic growth and development of the state.

According to him, it is also to empower the women to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of their respective families and communities.

“We are doing this in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s spirit of human development. We believe that, any step taken by our dear President, deserves to be followed at any given time,” he said.

Earlier, the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule-Garo commended the governor for his efforts in empowering women and youths in the state.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the funds judiciously in order to become self-reliant.
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Whealth kelechi a gospel minister with a difference comes with a fresh fire as he releases his first official single for the year titled SUPREME GOD, Featuring Immanulkingz the "open my way" crooner. 

Immanelkingz who has minister in the same platform with Chris Morgan and other great gospel artist. Say's the song is set to bring a revival in the heart's of men, God is d the SUPREME ruler And no man can challenge or take his place. The song was produced by Favkeyz.  gospeltunesrecords producer.

Lyrics VIDEO produced by GOFIXEDMEDIA

Supreme God isn't just a song, it's a message that tells us God still remain and sits on the throne of heaven. Is a song the tell God supremacy over every situation in life. The world should know that there is no other God who can save, and make life fullfilinng than Jesus Christ. The song can be sang in choir, and different Christian meeting.

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Female gospel music singer and Psalmist Jennifer Adiele return with yet another spirit filled ethereal sound – CHIMARA, this time featuring female vocalist Ommoh Ge.

Chimara which literally translate to ‘’ The God that Knows” in Igbo language, is a spiritual love song, delivered partly in Igbo and English, declaring that God is one who knows our hearts and what we earnestly desire and is the only one who can meet those desires.  This song is better experienced than talked about.

Musically produced and interested by Tobass Adolphus.

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Sweet Entertainment presents The Long awaited Single of their Artist "Saint Saga" titled "BURN" Featuring "Mr 2Sweet" Like the Name of the song implies it is Fire.  Produced by Megabytez.

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Following the current trend, Award Winning Artiste and Grafton Records act Mr 2kay teams up with International footballer Aaron Samuel and blog Novice2STAR on a must listen song tagged “Dem Dey Rush Us”

Mr 2kay’s unique lyrics and style of music makes this song a MUST listen for everyone.

Produced by Idahams, Dem Dey Rush Us addresses “Small Girls With Big god” and “The Fine Boys Wey No Get Money”.

Fine song like this.. You need to rush am.

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Falola Samson, popularly known as DAT drops his debut single titled "Aanu"; a  song of plea requesting for God's mercy in all endeavors.

"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not" (2nd Corinthians 4:1).

In this song, DAT preaches that we need mercy not only when we have sinned against God, but in our daily life endeavors. We need His mercy in our career, marriage, ministry amongst others.

Falola Samson (D.A.T) is a minstrel who is passionate about the things of God, a worshipper with a difference. He is a former Music Director of one the largest campus fellowships, the Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF Olabisi Onabanjo University), he combines unction with dexterity to compose a powerful musical message of mercy that will never be out of season.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by two weeks.

According to information obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, the registration will be concluded at the end of August.

The extension is coming a few days after #TakeItBack Movement, #OurMumuDonDo Movement, as well as the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) initiative, and concerned Civil Society Organisations, met with officials of INEC to call for an extension of the deadline to enable more Nigerians to participate.
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After so many complaints of the abuse of power by the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to, with immediate effect, shut down the Squad.

The order follows persistent complaints and reports on the activities of SARS that border on allegations of human rights violations, which is after many months of online and street outcry of the #ENDSARS campaign.

In a statement signed on Tuesday by his Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, the IGP has been instructed to ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

A statement from Laolu Akande, the media aide of the acting president, reads;“Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more”.

Read the full statement below

The #EndSARS campaign Chief, Segun Awosanya who also confirmed the report, wrote;
“We WON Guys! #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG @julietkego @Tutsy22@DrJoeAbah Time to build a new. The #NewNigeria is real. Congrats to @PoliceNG as we begin to reform. Out with the Old and welcome the New.  #OsinbajoDelivers
“Thanks @yemusan1 @koredebello @RuggedyBaba @fodewunmi@ChubaEzeks @Iykepfs @DrArowoloAyoola @ikehiemma and all the great people out there that have been contributing daily in the past one year. Now to focus on monitoring sustainably #ReformPoliceNG
“The Devil is in the details. The implementation of the order is key. We will remain vigilant as we press on to ensure effective monitoring. Humans are weakest at the point of success but we must understand that success by itself is a journey & never a destination”.



Below are some Twitter comments COLOSSSUS GISTS gathered:
@Osascruz, ”As Acting President, first the sacked the DSS Boss for the invasion of National Assembly. Now ordered for the overhaul of SARS with immediate effect. 2weeks, 2 Great Actions.”
@YemieFASH, ”We should all commend Acting President @ProfOsinbajo on this one. He has given a Presidential Directive for the overhaul of SARS.”
@CACCOT1, ”He ordered the sack of DSS boss last week (Lawal Daura), he ordered the overhaul of SARS this week. He was able to achieve this feat because his boss went for 10 days holiday! May you not journey with people who will rubbish your intelligence because of money, fame or power.”
@Kelvin_Odanz, ”If you’ve ever tweeted for the #ENDARS campaign, your tweets were not in vain. The victory is finally here.Next is to get justice for those who lost their lives to rogue lawless members of the now “defunct” SARS.”
@sire_liljosh, ”Prof. Osibanjo sacked the DG of DSS for ‘abuse’ of power. He has also directed the IGP of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS. Everything always seems to work when Baba Bubu is not around.”
@kaybest, ”Am I the only one that thinks ending SARS now is just scope? Have we not been shouting for more than a year now? Why is it for months to the election? Stay as woke as possible.”
@RovielOG, ”My fellow Nigerians, it’s has gotten to the period of enjoyment, our suffering will reduce because they have started campaigning.
SARS would be scrapped. NEPA will give us light and forget to come for the bill
Fuel price will reduce, Salaries would be paid early. In all these Stay woke.”
@Virus_pluto, ”My people, brace yourselves and get ready for a new Nigeria. They’ll go from SARS to armed robbers….most of the SARS are going keep their guns.”
@iamwhunee, ”I’d have honestly preferred the Ag President to sack the current IG of Police, appoint another one and give him the task of overhauling the SARS because from past occurrences, this IG isn’t the one who obeys order giving to him but we move all the same. #EndSARS.”
@iam_bola, ”I refuse to fall for any of these. This government knows what They’re doing, Reform Sars, Increased NYSC allowance Allawee, plus minimum wage too. Its a scam for 2019.”
@sire_liljosh, ”Prof. Osibanjo sacked the DG of DSS for ‘abuse’ of power. He has also directed the IGP of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS. Everything always seems to work when Baba Bubu is not around.”
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