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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lawyer sues President Muhammadu Buhari over controversial appointments

The uproar over the alleged lopsidedness in the appointments of persons into key positions by President Muhammadu Buhari has metamorphosed into legal action following a lawsuit against the president by an Abuja-based legal practitioner.

In the suit filed at the registry of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the plaintiff, Dim-Udebuani Marcel, prayed the court for: “an order compelling President Buhari (1st defendant) to reverse the appointments so far made to observe and comply with the principle of Federal Character as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

The recent appointments of the Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Comptrollers-General of Customs and Prisons Service among others by president Buhari has only gravitated the controversy as some sections of the country has tagged his administration as a ‘Northern enclave.’

Also joined with he President as defendants is the Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC) as 2nd defendant.

In his originating summons, the plaintiff posed the following questions for the court’s determination:

Whether the total of the twenty-five (25) appointments made so far by the 1st defendant (Buhari) is not against the spirit of Section 14 (3) of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Whether the exclusion of the South-East geo-political zone in the twenty-five (25) appointments made so far by the 1st defendant is unconstitutional and divisive, among others.
The lawyer further asked the court for an order compelling the 2nd defendant (FCC) to invoke paragraph 8 (1) (C) of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

In addition, he is seeking for an order of court declaring all the appointments so far made null and void for violation of the principle of Federal Character enshrined in our constitution aforesaid.

Marcel rooted his complaint on the premise that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country for all the citizens, South-East inclusive, and that “the entire five (5) States that make up South-East geo-political zone has no appointment yet.”

The lawyer argued that the North-East, North-West, North-Central, South-West and South-South have had representations in the appointments made so far.

In the affidavit in support of the originating summons, the plaintiff said he swore to defend and protect the nation’s constitution, contending that the suit bothers on constitutional breach.

The plaintiff observed that it is in the best interest of justice and promotion of rule of law that the lopsided appointments should be discouraged by granting all the prayers before the court.

No date has been fixed for a hearing.

Source: The Sun

New Ebola death confirmed in Sierra Leone

A woman who recently died in northern Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola.
It comes as a setback to the country's effort to eradicate the deadly disease.

Sierra Leone was celebrating last week when it discharged its last known Ebola patient from hospital.
News of the new case means the country is no longer Ebola-free. High-risk contacts of the woman have been identified, isolated and will now be watched for symptoms.
The National Ebola Response Centre is assessing whether to isolate the whole village of Sella in the Kambia district where the woman, who was in her mid-60s, died.

The end of the outbreak will only be declared six weeks after the last Ebola patient either dies or tests negative for the virus.
At the height of the outbreak, Sierra Leone was reporting more than 500 new cases a week.
Meanwhile, in Guinea there were three confirmed cases in the week up to 23 August.
The last known Ebola case in Liberia was discharged on 23 July.

Source: BBC

Photo : Beauty pageant contestants rehearsing in Rivers

CONTESTANTS OF THE SECOND QUEEN OF PEACE NIGERIA BEAUTY PAGEANT AT OKRIKA IN RIVERS ON MONDAY

Photo Credit:The Nation

Stop scoring cheap political points with my name –Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Former governor of Abia state and one of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu asked those using his name to score cheap political points to desist from doing so, saying Nigerians must continue to stand firm, resolute and work together in the overall interest of the country.

Onu who was reacting to reports in the social media quoting him as saying that Buhari had informed him of his intended actions and why he will not be chosen as the SGF prior to the announcement of the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chief of Staff.

He was also quoted as saying that his house became a Mecca as people seeking favours besieged his house in anticipation of being appointed as the SGF, with the same people deserting his house when he was not given the appointment.

A statement signed by his former Chief of Staff, Sunny Onyeukwu and made available to The Nation in Abuja reads; “The attention of His Excellency, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has been drawn to a seeming orchestrated campaign apparently originating from the social media to smear his hard earned reputation.

“On Saturday, August 28, this year, a Facebook broadcast titled “SGF; OGBONNAYA ONU AND VAINGLORIOUS NIGERIANS” allegedly at the instance of one Ajayi Temitope was circulated in the social media without his knowledge and consent.

“In it, Dr. Onu was falsely and perhaps maliciously credited as having told an unnamed friend of Mr. Ajayi Temitope in a 35minute telephone conversation that prior to the announcement of appointments into the offices of Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, among other positions, he (Dr.) Onu was informed by Mr. President of his intended action and why he would not be chosen for appointment as SGF.

“The Facebook broadcast further falsely credited Dr. Onu with expressing regrets about how his Abuja residence had become “a mecca of sorts” for those seeking patronage from him in anticipation of his appointment as SGF and lamented that soon after the announcement was made without his being appointed to serve in the exalted capacity, his residence became deserted.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it has become important to state in strong terms that Dr. Onu never expressed the views credited to him in the Facebook broadcast as no such conversation ever took place between him and our respected Mr. President.

“He could not have, therefore, communicated a non-existent conversation to another person, more so an unnamed individual on telephone. Accordingly, it is false, cheap and utterly in bad faith. Already, Dr. Onu has personally issued a rebuttal on the matter which has been circulated in the social media in a Press Statement dated August 30, 2015.

“However, it has become necessary to issue the foregoing clarification in view of ongoing efforts in some sections of the print and electronic media to further allude to the same phony Facebook broadcast without verifying the proof of its authenticity.

“Needless to say that such is capable of misleading the general public and by implication, injure the well-known integrity and honour which Dr. Onu holds sacred and guards jealously.  At this juncture, it is important to recall that soon after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015; the social media was awash with the purported “news” of his “appointment” as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“Specifically on May 31, this year, a spurious Twitter account surfaced in his name where he was quoted as having “thanked God and the good people of Nigeria for this opportunity to serve”. This was despite the fact that Dr. Onu does not own or operate a personal Twitter account, thus prompting him to disclaim the broadcast in a Statement dated June 1, 2015, which was circulated in the social media.

“As one of the founding National Leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC, it is his conviction that nothing should be done to injure the rights of citizens to free speech, especially in a democracy.

“However, in the exercise of such rights, care and respect must be observed to ensure that it is done within the ambit of the law, guided by respect for the truth, good conscience and sincerity of purpose.

“It is hoped that in all circumstances, more so in a democracy, the truth should not be twisted to serve pre-determined ends nor should the rights of individuals be muzzled to score cheap political points.

“Finally, Dr. Onu reaffirms his faith in our democracy as the immutable vehicle of popular choice for a new Nigeria, where though tribe and tongue may differ, as brothers and sisters, united in the pursuit of a common destiny, we must continue to stand firm, resolute and together.”

Source: The Nation

Why Buhari’s recent appointments amount to corruption – Civil Liberty Organisation


Pan-Nigerian human rights organisation, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), on Tuesday, criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent appointment of principal aides.
The CLO which said of the 30 sensitive political appointments made so far, including those on the strategic institutions and security, there is an absolute wide gulf between the North and the South, women and men, as well as Christians and Muslims, however described the President’s appointments as sectional, unacceptable and an act that encourage acrimony and condone denial of sense of belonging to certain sections of the Federation
In a statement signed by its President, Comrade Igho Akeregha and Executive Director, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, the CLO, added that the appointments amount to corruption and also a gross affront, violation and denigration of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights and a development which infringes on human rights and has grave consequences for peace, justice and respect for the rule of law and due process.
The CLO which enjoined the President to urgently review his appointments and ensure that the principle of federal character wisely put together by the makers of the nation’s laws to bind the country together is respected and implemented, however,  added that it views the abuse of the Constitution and due process as a huge infraction on human rights and a promotion of corruption because, corruption does not only mean stealing public funds but includes violation of the law, impunity and abuse of the human rights

Source: Vanguard

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Former National Security Adviser,Sambo Dasuki arraigned, granted bail on self-recognition

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, was arraigned on Tuesday morning before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Dasuki was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on illegal possession of fire arms, an offence punishable under section 27(i) (a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, following which the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, granted him bail on self recognition, upon an application filed by his lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN).

The prosecution lawyer, M. S. Diri, did not oppose the application for bail, but left the issue at the court’s discretion.

Justice Ademola ordered Dasuki to deposit all his international passports with the court’s Deputy Registrar, Litigation. He ordered that the passports should be retrieved, if they are currently being held by other government agencies, and handed to the named court’s official.

Further hearing has been fixed for October 26.

Kylie Jenner's Second VMAs Outfit Is Even Sexier Than Her First

Kylie Jenner never does anything halfway, so we were hardly surprised when her night celebrating the VMAs included a wardrobe change.  

After attending the awards show, the newly turned 18-year-old slipped out of one short, tight Balmain dress into another. From there, Jenner headed to dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, Craig's, alongside her mom, Kris (and Kris' love interest, Corey Gamble), her sisters Kourtney and Kim, her brother-in-law, Kanye West, and of course, her boo, Tyga. 

While this isn't what most people would wear to a family dinner, most people aren't Kylie Jenner. 

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No space for 9000 admission seekers at Federal University of Agric.(FUNAAB) Abeokuta

Out of the 12,500 candidates that wrote this year’s Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), conducted by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), only 3,500 of them would be admitted based on the current carrying capacity of the institution.

The Director of Academic Planning, Prof Olukayode Akinyemi, while reviewing the exercise, advised candidates who could not be admitted into FUNAAB not to be discouraged as the university could only admit about 3,500 applicants. He commended the efforts of the Federal Government in bench-marking the admission process, because it would allow many prospective students to have access to other levels of higher education such as the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

Akinyemi stated that it was imperative for universities to have their own bench-marks, to maintain high standards. He noted that there were still other ways of screening-out candidates with bad characters even though they might have met the basic academic requirements.

Also speaking, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the university, Prof Adekojo Waheed, described the screening exercise as a huge success in a bid to getting the best candidates for the university. He said the university was not prepared to start training and re-training half-baked candidates when admitted, as this could lead to a draw-back in attaining the set objectives of FUNAAB.

Prof Waheed listed the improvement recorded to include the adoption of fingerprints screening and biometrics by every candidate before being allowed into the examination hall.  He said this was made possible because every candidate’s data had been domiciled with the university with the relevant information, to guard against impersonation.  In addition, he noted that candidates were not allowed within the screening premises, to use their mobile phones, electronic devices, bags and luggage as part of preventive measures against cheating.

The Chairperson, Admissions Committee of the university, Prof Oluyemisi Eromosele, also gave a pass-mark to the exercise. She re-iterated the commitment of FUNAAB in encouraging students to study agriculture-related courses, when compared with other programmes run by the university.

The Head, Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, disclosed that the candidates were made up of both Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and direct entry candidates. He added that the examination was conducted using the Computer-Based Test (CBT) method, which had been in practice in the university for some years now.

Some parents and guardians said they chose FUNAAB for their children and wards because of its high academic standard and the moderate fees being charged, when compared with other institutions. One of the candidates, Mr. Adejuyigbe Oluwatobi, noted that the existing facilities and the way the screening was done was impressive, but wished that more time was allotted to them. Another female candidate, Miss. Akinola Opemititi, lauded the university for making cheating impossible, as she also canvassed for more time for them to answer the questions in future.

Source: The Nation

Bayelsa Gubernatorial Election: Alaibe, 7 others pick APC nomination forms

The former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Ndutimi Alaibe, and seven other people were yesterday, confirmed to have procured expression of interest and nomination forms from the national secretariat for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in the state.

Checks by Daily Sun revealed that the APC leader in the state and former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, has also paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms, but he had not picked them from the national secretariat.

Others who were said to have picked the forms to contest the party’s governorship primaries in the state, include a former member of the House of Representatives, Warman Ogoriba, the former PDP chairman in the state, Col. Sam Inokoba; former Commissioner for Housing, Autin Ogiowon, a former commissioner for Local Government, Chief Godknows Powell, and former Chief of Staff to Governor Seriake Dickson, Chief Dikivie Ikhiogha, former chairman of Ekeremor Local Government Council, Christopher Enai, and the immediate past senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, Senator Clever Ikhisikpo.

A reliable source said Alaibe’s forms were procured by party elders and stakeholders from the State under the aegis of Bayelsa Change Project.

The source said: “This afternoon, some elders picked up the nomination form for presentation to Chief Ndutimi Alaibe at the APC national secretariat. The group of over 48 persons, was led by Senator John Brambaifa. Others include, Chief Alex Ekiotenne, Hon (Dr) Stella Dorgu and High Chief O’Lord Michael Bassuo.”

Also speaking, Hon. Patterson Ogon,  who confirmed that the elders were led by Senator  Brambaifa, said the group commended the APC national leadership for organizing a hitch-free process for the selection of candidates and assured that the people of Bayelsa State were poised for change.

Source: The Sun

Amber Rose's VMA outfit has raised controversy

VMAs guest Amber Rose raised a few eyebrows by turning up in an outfit covered in bigoted slurs.

PHOTOSHOOTSTATEMENT: Amber Rose, right, and Blac Chyna in the controversial outfits

The model and her pal Blac Chyna, 27, wore skintight numbers with words including “Wh*re”, “Gold-digger”, “Slut” and “Hoe” on them.

Amber, 31, said all the insults were “Instagram comments” that had been hurled at her and her pals.

Even more controversial was their male friend, whose trousers were covered with the word “F***ot.”

Some tweeters blasted the “cringeworthy” get-up, but others insisted the group were trying to “own” the insults.

Source: UK Daily Star

Porn star travelcard released to 'cheer up' commuters sells out within hours

A RACY travelcard featuring a famous Japanese porn star sold out within hours of going on the market.

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OUTRAGE: The travelcard featuring porn star Yui Hatano, left, can be used on the Taipei metr...

The limited edition swipe card, featuring pictures of 27-year-old Yui Hatano, was released in Taiwan at midnight on Tuesday.

By 4.18am, all 15,000 cards had completely sold out.

Lin Hsiao-chi, spokeswoman for manufacturers EasyCard, said the new cards would "cheer up" weary commuters.

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RACY: The Taiwanese travelcard featuring porn star Yui Hatano

She added: "This set of cards is suitable to put in your wallet and collect.

"When you look at it, it will cheer you up."

“When you look at it, it will cheer you up”

Lin Hsiao-chi, EasyCard


But the cards attracted a storm of controversy, with critics claiming theydisrespect women and are damaging for children.

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je, whose government is a 40% investor in the company that produced the cards, demanded they were not "openly sold" at supermarkets or metro stations.

He added that he could not understand what had prompted EasyCard's chairman Tai Chi-chuan to "make that kind of business judgement".

Deputy city spokesman David Huang said: "The city government believes that because a controversy exists, there's no need to do this sale."

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ADORED: Yui Hatano on a recent visit to Taipei

EasyCard was forced to apologise after the backlash, despite the card's popularity.

In a statement, the company said: "EasyCard Corp. deeply apologises for setting off this massive public dispute.

"In the future we will continue to strengthen public service and social responsibility."

Porn star Hatano said she just wanted to show her appreciation to her many Taiwanese fans.

"Just because I am an adult video porn star, does it not mean that I cannot pay a debt of gratitude to my beloved Taiwan?" she said.

The actress, whose films include Immoral Trip on a Sleeper Train and A Nurse's Confession, was recently ranked the ninth most popular porn star in Asia according to Xvideos.com.

Source: UK Daily Star

Clothes are OFF: CBB Jenna in hot tub strip to expose porn's most famous boobs

THEY'VE not even been in there a week and already we're seeing body parts.

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NIP SLIP: Jenna flashed her boob to the cameras

During last night's Celebrity Big Brother, some of the housemates decided to have a hot tub party fueled by alcohol – what could possibly go wrong?

Well, it led to one star suffering from a wardrobe malfunction.Farrah Abraham and Austin Armacost – who had been involved in an explosive row just hours before – were joined by Apprentice star James Hill and X Factor's Stevi Ritchie.

Elsewhere, Natasha Hamilton and Chloe-Jasmine were discussing Stevi's, er, interesting choice of pink Speedos, as Chloe tells the housemates: "I think they're mine, I'm convinced."

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WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: Jenna gets her wire caught in her hair and t-shirt

Back in the hot tub, James turns to Stevie and tells him with a cheeky smile: "The lovely Jenna is on her way.

"She's gonna fulfil my fantasy of being in a hot tub with Jenna Jameson."

To which the X Factor alumni excitedly responds: "Really, oh my God, okay."

The camera then cuts to a conversation where Natasha asks Chloe if she would get concerned over her hubby being in the hot tub with two porn stars and she simply brushes it off.

CH 5

NOT QUICK ENOUGH: Jenna spun around from the cameras

Once the camera cuts back again, a braless Jenna is seen taking her microphone off and the wire gets caught on her seriously tiny cropped t-shirt and long blonde extensions – resulting in the star flashing her bare boobs for all to see.

Classy.

In the star's defence, she does instantly spin around away from the camera on the wall – but not quick enough.

Source: UK Daily Star

Take-off date for the mandatory use of National Identification Number (NIN) in Nigeria now January 9,2016


The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) yesterday shifted the take-off date for banks, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of federal government to commence mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for identification, from September 1, 2015 to January 9, 2016.

The commission had earlier directed that all transactions involving the identification of individuals as specified in Section 27 of the NIMC Act must be done with the NIN beginning from September 1, 2015. The date follows the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, that all MDAs should expeditiously harmonise their biometric databases.

The extension would enable NIMC progress further, ongoing efforts with the MDAs that have reached advanced stages of harmonisation including the CBN, FRSC, FIRS, PenCom, INEC, NHIS, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD).

This would help avoid the situation similar to what was experienced when the CBN wanted to enforce the cut-off date for the BVN, leading to a late rush to meet the deadline/massive turn out of citizens and the troubles they had to go through. It would also help ensure that the need for double enrolment is reduced to the barest minimum during this transition period when the harmonization is being implemented.

Abdulhamid Umar, general manager, corporate communications, NIMC said it is expected that with the planned harmonization which will effectively link all MDA biometric databases-INEC, FRSC, PenCom, FIRS/JTB, NHIS, FMARD, etc, citizens will not be required to have their biometrics taken every time by these institutions in the near future.

Furthermore, management has taken into consideration the fact that the CBN had extended by a few months, the deadline for the completion of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) exercise thus extending the time frame for the completion of the harmonization it has begun with the CBN on the BVN programme.

Also the MDAs will invariably act as valid agents to the NIMC, collecting their own data as well as providing data required for the issuance of the NIN by the NIMC, based on the minimum national standards for biometric and demographic data capture already set by the MDAs.

Umar said NIMC has concluded plans to provide pre-enrolment services on smart phones. This will ensure that citizens can start their enrolment using their smart phones, a development that would ensure that in the next couple of months citizens, of all ages, would have completed their demographic enrolment before they proceed to NIMC enrolment centres for their biometric data capture to complete their enrolment.

Umar said NIMC believes that this will help to decongest the enrolment centres as well as ensure that citizens enroll at their convenience as the cut-off date draws nearer. It will be recalled that a few months ago NIMC had announced that it would start to enforce the use of the NIN by citizens in the conduct of certain transactions as specified in Section 27 of the NIMC Act, 2007.

But the need to complete the initiation of the process of harmonization, to ensure that at least legacy databases of MDAs are linked is an important process that would facilitate citizen’s adoption and participation in the process.

The NIN is an 11 digit number assigned to an individual upon successful enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB). It is what represents the unique entry of persons personal information in the national identity database. Once issued to an individual that number cannot be used again.

Source: LEADERSHIP

President Muhammadu Buhari should invite looters for talks —Anthony Cardinal Okogie

Former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, to invite suspected looters of the country’s treasury for talks.

He said the President’s efforts to retrieve looted funds would be made easier if looters were allowed to return their loot without castigating them publicly.

Okogie, in an interview with PUNCH correspondent, said it was also cheaper to recover loot through dialogue than charging suspected public fund thieves to court.

He said, “I agree with the National Peace Committee that the President should tread softly and should set criteria that he is going to use. Corruption is endemic in Nigeria. That is why they are asking for caution: ‘Look at it properly,’” he said.

The cleric urged President Buhari to invite those suspected to have looted government treasury “to speak to their conscience.”

He warned that it would be difficult for the government to retrieve the loot as the suspects would use their financial resources to create legal hurdles for their prosecutors.

Okogie said, “People like that, when they go to court, they don’t look right and left before they do things. If I have a man like that and I know he has the money, I will weigh the options; ‘will it profit the nation if I take this man to court. If I take him to court, he is going to get a lawyer. The lawyer will be employed with part of the money I am looking for.

“The lawyer will now start to ask for adjournments and all what not. I may not get this money until after four years. And the judge too, in the mean time, is getting (part of the loot); you will not know. He won’t just adjourn anyhow.

“The lawyer will invite his brother (the judge) to come and get part of the cake until half of it will be gone. We have to look at the issue from that angle. And you may end up getting nothing.”

When asked if such would be possible in a sanitised judiciary, he asked, “Is it sanitised?”

According to Okogie, these are the areas the President ought to have started his anti-graft war by “sanitising and purifying” the judiciary first. “At least, you will know that three-quarters of the place is tight, and then you can start (the probe),” he added.

The fiery cleric, who decried the spate of moral decadence in the society, stated that it was the responsibility of the family to bring up the child well.

He lamented that parents were no more disciplined as before, saying, “These days, they don’t care anymore. That is not right; that is not how they were brought up.”

Okogie attributed the increasing spate of corruption in the country to declining moral upbringing of children.

He said, “Look at the probe that is going on now, for example; how can one person manage to get (steal) one-point-something billion; not even million but billion, and very soon you will hear of trillions? Where did he get it from? That is how it is going on, and he is from a family.

“And if his conscience worried him, he will run to his pastor to say ‘I want to pay tithe — 10 per cent; this is my tithe.’ The pastor collects the tithe. Seeing that it is huge money, the pastor will ask him, ‘what can I do for you?’ ”

Source: Punch

Sente President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu shun suit seeking their sack

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and three others yesterday in Abuja shunned the resumed hearing of a suit seeking their sack.

Although it was not mandatory for Saraki, Ekweremadu and the other defendants in the suit to attend proceedings in person, they were required to be represented by their lawyers.

Yesterday, none of the defendants was represented by lawyers when the case was called before Justice Adeniyi Ademola, to whom the case was transferred from Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who ended his sitting as the vacation judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Justice Ademola, who was uncomfortable that none of the defendants was represented in court, noted that the choice of Monday was with the consent of lawyers to parties in the suit.

The judge, following the decision by the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Mamman Osuman (SAN) to withdraw his motion for interlocutory injunction, struck out the motion.

Justice Ademola agreed with Osuman that the motion, which sought to restrain the Senate leadership from constituting ad hoc committees, had been overtaken by events, and that the prayers contained in the motion were similar to those contained in the plaintiffs’ ex-parte application which Justice Kolawole earlier refused to grant.

The judge, whose time as the vacation judge, will end soon, said he would return the case file to the chief judge for reassignment at the end of the court’s vacation.

Other defendants in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/651/2015, are the National Assembly, the Clerk of the National Assembly and the Clerk of the Senate.

Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi  Boroffice, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi are the plaintiffs.

It is their contention that the election of Saraki and Ekweremadu as president and deputy president was invalid on the grounds that the Senate’s Standing Orders 2015 used for the election was a forged document.

The plaintiffs argued that since the Senate’s Standing Order 2011, which was the valid Senate Rules as at the proclamation of the Eighth Senate on June 9, was not known to have been validly altered before the election, the 2015 Rules could not be said to be a legitimate document.

They stated, in a supporting affidavit,  that the Senate’s Standing Orders 2015 was “contrived” from the amendment of the 2011 version of the Orders without following its (the 2011 edition’s) relevant provisions and those of the Constitution.

The plaintiffs argued that the amendment was in breach of the “prescriptive procedures” stipulated by Section 60 of the constitution (as amended) and Rule 110(1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2011 (as amended).

They prayed the court for the following reliefs:

*A declaration that the Senate’s Standing Order 2011(as amended) is the proper, valid, constitutional and subsisting Rules/Standing Orders of the Eighth Senate.

*A  declaration that the Senate’s Standing Order 2015(as amended), not being a product of any legitimate amendment pursuant to Rule 110 of the Senate’s Standing Orders 2011 (as amended), is invalid, illegal, unconstitutional.

*A declaration that the election of the 1st and 2nd defendants as the president and peputy president of the Senate of the Eighth Senate pursuant to the Senate’s Standing Orders 2015 and contrary to Rules 3(3)(e) and (k), Chapter II of the Senate’s Standing Orders 2011, is illegal and unconstitutional.

*An order setting aside the purported election of the 1st and 2nd defendants as Senate president and deputy Senate president  of the Eighth Senate; an order setting aside the Senate Standing Orders 2015 and an order directing the Eighth Senate to elect its presiding officers in accordance with Section 54 of the Constitution and Rules 3(3)(e) and (k)of the Senate’s Standing Orders 2011.

Man allegedly dupes policemen with fake FACEBOOK account of former Lagos State Commissioner of Police

Policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command have arrested a young man, identified as Agubosin Ifeanyi Friday, for allegedly impersonating the former Lagos State Commissioner of police, Mr. Kayode Aderanti.
It was gathered that the suspect allegedly set up a false Facebook account in Aderanti’s name, where he allegedly defrauded unsuspecting policemen and members of the public.
Vanguard learned that the suspect allegedly posted a bank account on the Facebook account, urging policemen who wanted to get juicy posting to pay N30,000 and N50,000, while those seeking promotion were to pay much higher fees based on negotiation.
The Facebook page, according to a victim, also urged members of the public to part with money for petition signing and investigation of their cases.
It was learned that policemen fell for the fraud and paid the agreed money. However, the fraudulent deal was exposed when a policeman, who claimed he paid N30,000, went to report to the former police boss that he was yet to be posted.
Police investigation led to the arrest of the suspect through his bank details.
A policeman, who fell for the scam, said: “I thought it was an authentic Facebook page when I saw the CP Aderanti’s pictures on it. I did not know it was a scam.”
The suspect, a secon-dary school leaver, has been transferred to Force Headquarters, Abuja, for further investigation.
According to the suspects, “I am a secondary school leaver. I wrote the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, examination and I have written post-UME to gain admission into the university.
“I do not know anything about the Facebook account. It was my brother, a university under-graduate, that implicated me because the account he used is mine.
“It was after I was arrested that I got to know the crime he committed. He has been on the run since my arrest.”

Source: Vanguard

Nigeria’s first test-tube baby,Miss Hannatu Kupchi secures admission into Hungarian University to study Medicine


About 17 years after she was born through In Vitro Fertilisation, Nigeria’s first test tube baby, Miss Hannatu Kupchi, has secured admission into a Hungarian University to study medicine.

The medical doctor that supervised the first IVF experiment in Nigeria, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, said Hannatu’s birth on February 11, 1998, at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja, signalled a revolution in the practice of medicine in Nigeria.

Speaking on Sunday evening in Abuja during a brief reception and presentation of an award to Kupchi, he said, “When I was out of this country, I knew there were people who wanted babies. I made the decision to come back to Nigeria to help people. It happened on February 11, 1998 when this historic event occurred in this hospital.”

Responding, Kupchi promised to break barriers and become a doctor in order to help families and parents who are unable to give birth through the traditional means.

She said by her birth, misconceptions about IVF were broken and that many more children had been brought into this world as well.

“I barely made it beyond the cut off mark. God helped me. I am going to try my best and make everyone proud. I am studying medicine because I want to be a doctor. I want to study it because I want God to use me to help families who suffer what my parents went through,” she said.

In his remarks, father of Hannatu, Mr. Hosea Kupchi, said, “We had 13 years of marriage without a child and we went through the orthodox method without any success. But along the line, my sister-in-law told me that there was one Dr. Wada that had been helping couples. That is how we came.”

Source: Punch

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nigerians kick as APC disowns President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises


The Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress have come under fire for saying that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised Nigerians that he would achieve specific things within his first 100 days in office.

Nigerians on social media expressed disappointment at the party and Presidency’s excuses.

The protest on Twitter, which was titled, #100dayspromise, was directed at the APC and the Presidency for being insincere with Nigerians during the electioneering.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said during an interview on Channels TV on Monday that Buhari never promised to do anything within his first 100 days in office.

Mohammed said, “Buhari never promised to do anything in 100 days, that’s the honest truth. You see, when you are running a campaign, all kinds of literature will emerge from all sorts of groups but there are only two documents that you can judge a party with: That is the constitution of the party and the manifesto of the party.

“Those are the only two documents that are registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission; you can go to court or hold a party accountable for them.”

Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, distanced Buhari from the many promises that were made during the electioneering.

Shehu, who was the Director of Media of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, denied the authenticity of a document titled, “My Covenant with Nigerians”, which was purportedly signed by Buhari and posted on the APC’s website in March.

He also denied the authenticity of another list of promises titled, “One hundred things Buhari will do in 100 days.”

However, Kayode Ogundamisi, a social commentator, said on his official Twitter handle that it was hypocritical of the APC, having allowed the said documents detailing Buhari’s promises to be flying around on the Internet throughout the electioneering, only to rubbish the documents when it was time for reckoning.

He said, “The APC and President Buhari are telling us that they never saw the ‘100-day promise’ document; failing the integrity test so soon?

“Prof Yemi Osinbajo mentioned free meals as contained in the 100-day document during his US tour; is he also a loose organ?”

Another Twitter user, Okezie Moses, said, “If the 100-day promises are now ‘unrealistic’, it means votes were obtained by false pretences.”

Abdulrahman Muazu also wrote on Twitter, “The APC made a lot of unrealistic promises and all of us heard it directly or indirectly, so denying it now won’t work.”

Similarly, Obiogumu F. tweeted, “Buhari, APC and Lai Mohammed’s denials confirm lack of policy direction and a propaganda-based government.”

Nwachukwu Oluchukwu posted on his Twitter handle, “When will the APC and the Presidency stop lying? This is becoming childish.”

In the same vein, Akhehicols said, “Rather than deny the 100-day promises, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina should focus on highlighting the achievements so far.”

A commentator on an online news website, The Cable, wondered why the APC did not deny the authenticity of the documents before the elections.

The commentator, Yasin, said, “You did not disown those so called publications then because they suited your agenda. Now all we get from you is persistent use of the Peoples Domocratic Party as an excuse to cover your gross incompetence. We are not fooled.

“The PDP left a mess; an ex-minister stole $6bn, etc. When will you stop distracting the masses and sit down to govern? Has PDP/Goodluck Jonathan prevented you from naming any ministers?

“Your first 100 days will pass without any significant achievement to show, not even the quick wins recommended by (Ahmed) Joda committee. Your present press release and others to come are aimed at dampening expectations. How can you achieve anything significant without ministers, without policies? This is not the change we voted for”

A member of the APC Situation Room, Gbenga Olorunpomi, who was one of those in charge of issuing press statements and other Internet materials on behalf of the party, had in March, sent emails to news rooms, including The PUNCH.

One of the emails had the document titled ‘My Covenant with Nigerians’. Efforts to reach Olorunpomi, who also live tweeted APC’s activities during electioneering, on Monday failed as his phone was switched off.

Earlier, he had sent an email containing an article from Shehu to The PUNCH.

The article contained the denial of Buhari’s ‘covenant’ document.

Shehu, in the piece said he had no knowledge of the two campaign documents, which reportedly emanated from the party’s “many centres of public communication which, for whatever reason, were on the loose.”

Shehu stated, “Both pamphlets bore the authorised party logo but as the Director of Media and Communications in that campaign, I did not fund or authorise any of those. I can equally bet my last kobo that candidate Buhari did not see or authorise those publications.

“As a consequence of these publications, expectations have been raised unreasonably, that as President, Muhammadu Buhari will wave his hand and all the problems that the country faces – insecurity, corruption, unemployment, and poor infrastructure – would go away.

“That notwithstanding, President Buhari has given the job his best shot and the whole country is saying that we never had it so good. He has re-established the values of hard work and administrative efficiency. The President says times without number that this country needs to fix governance and that he won’t tolerate laziness.

“In the area of economic management, Nigerians are already seeing things happening that they thought were not possible in so short a time.”

It will be recalled that the Senior Special Adviser to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, had also warned Nigerians not to confuse Buhari’s promises with those of his party, the APC.

Adesina, while speaking with Ogundamisi, two weeks ago, said Buhari could not be stampeded into declaring his assets publicly when it was the APC and not him that made the promise.

He said, “You need to get his words right. Go and check all that the President said during the campaign. In no place would you see it attributed to him as a person.

“But then there is a document by his party, the APC, saying he would declare publicly. So, we need to set that right; it was a declaration by his party. The law requires public officers to declare their assets and he has done that.”

Apart from Twitter, Nigerians also lambasted the APC and the Presidency on different websites.

For instance, on Nairaland, a commentator, Kakameks, wrote, “We are in for it. The way this government is going is really mind blowing. Campaigns are over now, the reality of the work ahead is gradually setting in and the goal post is continually being shifted.”

Amazondepth also wrote, “It is really troubling to see the APC failing the integrity test so soon. In fairness to PMB, he has a monumental load of work on his hands but the promises hoodwinked the gullible masses and coming to deny that is shameful to say the least.”

Away from the social media, some lawyers who spoke with The PUNCH on Monday said Buhari needed to fulfil promises made during electioneering.

A Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, said, “If those promises were made in the course of the presidential campaign and they were made by the party for Buhari as the presidential candidate, then it is only proper that the President should deliver on those promises and Nigerians should hold him accountable regarding those promises.

“But then, I can vouch for President Buhari. I travelled with him and I was with him at Chatham House when he was asked a question on what he would do in the first 100 days; and Buhari’s reply was very simple. He said, ‘I consider all of these promises about my 100 days in office fraudulent. I am not going to commit myself to any 100 days promises.’

“That was what he said at the Chatham House in London.

“But if the party made any promises regarding 100 days, perhaps the President should have corrected them at that time.”

The Executive Director of the Socio-Economic and Accountability Project, Adetokunbo Mumuni, also said the party was like Buhari’s principal and the President was bound by the promises made by the APC.

“The party is more or less like the President’s principal and so it would not be out of place for Nigerians to hold the President accountable for the promises made by his political party, especially the promises made on the campaign train,” he said.

Another Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, said, “All the promises that the President made are anchored on a very clear agenda. He made promises on security, corruption, economy and infrastructure; those are clear promises based on his agenda and they are the template on which he would be assessed.

“Buhari contested on the platform of the APC and on the strength of that, he is obliged to implement the manifesto of the APC and the promises made to Nigerians. The promises he made as a presidential candidate are anchored on the manifesto of the party.”

Source: Punch

VMAs 2015: Best and worst red carpet looks at MTV's Video Music Awards


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Miley Cyrus made sure to shock viewers before the show even started! The host of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards donned a custom Versace outfit and boots paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels for the star-studded event on Aug. 30, 2015.

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Stunning! Singer Britney Spears looked incredible in a gold and silver Labourjoisie dress at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Taylor Swift looked stunning in an Ashish outfit while walking the red carpet at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Nicki Minaj sure made heads turn in this sheer gold Labourjoisie gown at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Rapper Kanye West (r.) and TV personality Kim Kardashian arrived together in style for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording arist Justin Bieber kept things simple in a pair of demin jeans paired with a leather jacket for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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TV personality Kylie Jenner attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Rita Ora looked stunning in a custom Vera Wang feathered gown at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress and singer Selena Gomez went for sheer black in this Calvin Klein dress for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Model Chrissy Teigen donned a super sheer Marcheasa Fall 2015 gown for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Bold and bright! Model Gigi Hadid donned a yellow Emilia Wickstead gown for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Vanessa Hudgens kept to her bohemian roots with this Naeem Khan gown for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski looked fierce in a Altuzarra top and matching skirt for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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TV personality Kourtney Kardashian went for a bold look in this hot pink jumpsuit for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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TV personality Kris Jenner went for a little black dress while supporting son-in-law Kanye West during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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As always, singer Ciara looked flawless in this strappy black Alexandre Vauthier dress at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 30, 2015.

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Recording artist Tyga attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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John Legend joined his leading lady Chrissy Teigen in a Dior Homme outfit for the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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Model and actress Cara Delevingne kept things simple in a shimmering Saint Laurent fress at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Charlotte McKinney showed up for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in this beautiful black and silver dress at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Rebel Wilson matched her hair in this simple black and hot pink dress for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Demi Lovato rocked this beautiful pale pink Nicolas Jebran dress for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Model Karlie Kloss kept things bold and beautiful in this Louis Vuitton dress during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer FKA twigs donned a sexy black Atelier Versace dress for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Leave it to Amber Rose and Blac Chyna to turn heads at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards! The pair donned figure-hugging outfits featuring the words "whore," "slut" and "bitch" all over them. "They call us sluts and whores all the time, so we just embrace it. I have slut written across my vagina...I wish I was a whore,� Rose told hostKelly Osbourne during the MTV pre-show.“My social life would be much more exciting."

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Model Lily Aldridge took the plunge in a Alexandre Vauthier gown for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Bella Thorne donned a beautiful mint green Maria Lucia Hohan dress to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artists Dinah-Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Model Martha Hunt shimmered in this Georges Chakra dress during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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The "bad blood" squad is all here! (L-R) Models Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, model Cara Delevingne, actress Selena Gomez, musician Taylor Swift, model Serayah, actress Mariska Hargitay, models Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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TV personality Kelly Osbourne went for a simple black and white pinstripe jumpsuit for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Hailee Steinfeld kept things simple in a white Stella McCartney jumpsuit for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Model Helen Lasichanh (l.) and recording artist Pharrell Williams both went for the demin on demin look during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Greer Grammer stunned in this plunging hot pink gown during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer and actor Nick Jonas was head to toe in Versace leather for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Kat Graham donned a colorful Versace dress paired with Casadei heels for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Z LaLa showed off her eccentric side as she walked the red carpet in a unusual gold dress, completing the look with matching gold eyelashes and an elaborately gelled quiff at the MTV VMAs on Aug. 30, 2015.

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Musicians Sean Waugaman, Eli Maiman, Nicholas Petricca and Kevin Ray of Walk the Moon attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Fitness trainer Jillian Michaels arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 30, 2015.

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Model Serayah attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Tori Kelly attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Frankie Grande sparkled on the red carpet in tons of body glitter! The entertainer was all smiled as he showed off hi glittering abs as he posed for cameras on Aug. 30, 2015.

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Rocsi Diaz arrives on the red carpet for the 32nd MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Aug. 30 2015.

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Actress Brandi Cyrus attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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"Teen Wolf" actress Holland Roden turned heads in a sheer Vivienne Tam dress which featured embellished flowers on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs on Aug. 30, 2015.

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Gabourey Sidibe looked royal in purple as she graced the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, 2015.

Source: New York Daily News