Dino Melaye and His Certificate Scandal

Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West constituency is involved in another scandal.  There are allegations that he did not graduate from ABU Zaria with a B.S.C in Geography as he claimed. The controversial senator is known for constantly butting heads with people including his feud with Senator Remi Tinubu and a fallout with the governor of his state Yahaya Bello.

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Like, three ABU Zaria Lecturers allege that Senator Dino’s name was not on the  graduation list and further accused him of bribing his head of department, BT reports

Wikipedia reports that Dino Melaye graduated with a Bsc in geography from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria adding that about 30 undergraduates are currently enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund.

Wikipedia reports that Dino Melaye graduated with a Bsc in geography from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria adding that about 30 undergraduates are currently enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund.

Causes of Hiccups (Hiccoughs) and How to Stop it

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Hiccups are caused by a sudden contraction of your diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle under your lungs that helps you breathe in. The top of your windpipe (your glottis) closes immediately after your diaphragm contracts which makes the typical ‘hic’ sound.

A hiccup is an automatic action of the body that you can’t control (a reflex). However, unlike other reflexes, such as coughing and sneezing, hiccups do not seem to have any useful purpose.

Hiccups are very common. They affect women and men equally, although persistent hiccups occur much more commonly in men. They happen mainly in the evening.

Most people have bouts of hiccups from time to time. In most cases they start for no apparent reason, last a short while, then stop. Sometimes they are due to:

  • Sudden excitement or emotional stress.
  • A temporary swollen stomach caused by overeating or eating too fast, drinking fizzy drinks, or swallowing air.
  • A sudden change in temperature (very hot or cold food or drinks, a cold shower, etc).
  • Alcohol.
  • Excess smoking.

Most cases need no treatment, as a bout of hiccups usually soon goes.

There are many popular remedies that are said to stop a short bout of hiccups but they are based on people’s individual experiences. It is not clear how effective they are, as they have not been tested by research trials. They include the following:

  • First, block off all airways by putting fingers in your ears and blocking your nostrils. Then, take a sip or two of water from a glass. It is possible to do this alone (looks a bit silly – but is possible) but you may find it easier with an assistant.
  • Sipping iced water.
  • Swallowing granulated sugar.
  • Biting on a lemon or tasting vinegar.
  • Breath holding, breathing fast, or breathing into a paper bag.
  • Gasping after a sudden fright, or sneezing.
  • Pulling your knees up to your chest and/or leaning forward to compress the chest.
  • Using a technique called the Valsalva manoeuvre. (The Valsalva manoeuvre means trying to push your breath out while you hold your throat and voice box closed.) The way to do this is to take a deep breath in, then keep the air inside you while pushing with your muscles as if to force the air out. This is like pushing in childbirth or straining on the toilet.
  • Persistent hiccups are rare.

    • In some cases, persistent hiccups are caused by an underlying disease. Over 100 diseases have been reported to cause hiccups. Some are common, such as acid reflux and some are rare. You would normally have other symptoms apart from the hiccups.
    • In some cases of persistent hiccups there is no apparent cause. However, the persistent hiccups can become exhausting and distressing.

    Examples of conditions which can cause persistent hiccups are:

    • Certain medicines – examples are steroids, tranquillisers, painkillers containing opiates (such as morphine) and methyldopa (for blood pressure).
    • Changes in blood chemistry such as from alcohol, high blood sugar, or lack of calcium or potassium in the blood.
    • Gut problems such as acid reflux, stretching (distention) of the stomach, infection of the gallbladder or infection under the diaphragm.
    • A general anaesthetic.
    • Conditions affecting the neck, chest or tummy (abdomen). For example, surgery, infections (such as sore throat or pneumonia), swellings or tumours in these parts of the body.
    • Some heart conditions – a heart attack or inflammation around the heart.
    • Brain conditions such as stroke, head injury or brain infection.
    • Hiccups sometimes occur in the late stages of a terminal illness such as when a person is very ill with advanced cancer.
  • What is the treatment for persistent hiccups?

    Firstly, try any of the popular remedies used to treat short bouts of hiccups (explained above). Also, treat any underlying cause, if possible.

    Secondly, medication is sometimes needed to stop persistent hiccups. Various medicines have been used for this. The following medicines may be used for treating adults with hiccups (for children, specialist advice is recommended):

    • Chlorpromazine or haloperidol are medicines which can relax the diaphragm muscle or its nerve supply and may stop persistent hiccups.
    • For stomach problems such as acid reflux or a stretched (distended) stomach: anti-acid medicines (various types, such as omeprazole or ranitidine) or medicines which help the stomach to empty faster (such as metoclopramide).
    • Baclofen – this a medicine which helps to relax muscles.
    • Gabapentin – this can help to relax the nerve supply to the muscle under your lungs that helps you breathe in (the diaphragm).
    • Ketamine – an intravenous anaesthetic – is sometimes effective when other treatments have failed.
    • Giving a medication called metoclopramide by intravenous injection has been reported to cure hiccups occurring after anaesthetic.
    • For people with a terminal illness, sedatives such as midazolam can help to control hiccups and relieve the stress they cause.

    Referral to a specialist is often advised for persistent hiccups, either to look for a cause, or to offer more treatment options. Some examples of treatments that have been successfully used for persistent hiccups are:

    • Acupuncture or hypnotherapy.
    • A device similar to a pacemaker. This is used to stimulate or pace the nerve to the diaphragm (the phrenic nerve) or to stimulate another important nerve in the neck, called the vagus nerve.

    For hiccups that continue despite treatment, a phrenic nerve block is occasionally used. This involves interrupting the phrenic nerve – for example, by injecting a local anaesthetic near the nerve. However, this treatment needs to be considered carefully: it carries risks because the phrenic nerve is important in breathing.

Nigerian lawmakers to pass 2017 budget by end of March – Bukola Saraki

Nigerian lawmakers aim to pass the 2017 budget by the end of March, the president of the upper house of parliament said on Tuesday.

“This month is our deadline to finish work on the budget and return it to the executive,” Senate President Bukola Saraki said after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the head of parliament’s lower chamber.

Buhari presented his record 7.298 trillion naira ($23.21 billion) budget to lawmakers in December. The budget must be agreed by lawmakers before being passed back to the president and passed into law. ($1 = 314.5000 naira) (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Snoop Dogg Should Be ‘Very Careful’ With Trump Mock-Assassination Video

Marco Rubio isn’t clowning around — he thinks Snoop Dogg might have crossed a line with his new video “Lavender,” in which the Doggfather pretends to assassinate a clown-faced Donald Trump stand-in with a toy gun.

The Republican senator and self-avowed hip-hop fan — one dubbed “Little Marco” by Trump — took the rapper to task on Monday.

“Snoop shouldn’t have done that … You know, we’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something that you should be very careful about,” Rubio told TMZ.

The senator continued, “I think people can disagree … [but] you’ve got to be very careful about that kind of thing, because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you can have a real problem. So I’m not sure what Snoop was thinking, he should think about that a little bit.”

In the video, directors Jesse Wellens and James DeFina depict an America where everyone’s a clown, including president “Ronald Klump.”

After Klump holds a press conference to announce the deportation of all dogs, Snoop chains up the Clown-in-Chief and shoots him with a toy gun.

In an interview with Billboard, Wellens explained the concept behind the video: “When I originally wrote the idea of the video, the video of [Philando Castile] getting shot came out online and it was causing riots. We just kind of wanted to bring the clowns out, because it’s clownery — it’s ridiculous what’s happening.”

“As America, it just doesn’t seem like we’re very respected right now,” he added.

The Wrap

BREAKING: President Buhari to Return to Nigeria From London this Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back to Nigeria tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017.

This contained in the statement made available by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Before leaving the country, Buhari handed over powers to the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, who has been Acting as President ever since.

Naira Appreciates Against Dollar at Parallel Market

The Naira on Thursday marginally appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market.

The Nigerian currency gained three points to exchange at N462 to a dollar, after it closed at N465 on Wednesday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N550 and N477, respectively.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N399 to a dollar CBN controlled rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N550 and N500, respectively. The Naira exchanged at N305.80 at the interbank market.

However, An economist, Mr Harrison Owoh has attributed the instability in the exchange rate in spite of liquidity boost in the FOREX market to excessive demand for dollars.

Owoh said that the injection of 1.14 billion dollars by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the interbank market were majorly at the service of letters of credits and invisibles.

According to him, it is the cash at hand that brings down the exchange rate not mere letters of credit.

He explained that China, which is the seat of importation business, was on holiday for a full month, adding that the vacation slowed than importation activities by Nigerian importers.

The economist said that since the resumption in importation, the demand for FOREX had outstripped its supply.

 

Four Men Jailed for possession of fake Naira notes

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday secured the conviction of  four  counterfeit currency dealers before Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court, Kebbi, on a four-count charge of conspiracy and possession of counterfeit currency.

The convicts, Usman Ahmed, Isiyaku Mohammed, Mohammed Badadi, and Rilwanu Abdullahi were arrested by  officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at Birnin Kebbi while in possession of a sum of N583,000 in fake one thousand Naira notes.

The case was eventually transferred to the commission for further investigation.

After listening to the charge, all the accused persons  pleaded guilty to the four count charge.

In view of the plea of the accused persons, prosecution counsel,  N. K. Ukoha, urged the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Amobeda  convicted all the accused persons as charged.

Before sentence was delivered, the counsel to the defendants, S. B. Ka’oje, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy given that the convicts are first time offenders with no criminal record. He added that the convicts are all family men with children and many defendants.

In his ruling, Justice Amobeda sentenced the convicts to five years imprisonment on each of the four count charge.  The sentence is to run concurrently and also to begin from the day of their arrest.

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Apostle Suleiman’s wife react to sex scandal

The wife of the senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has finally break the silence on the

alleged sex scandal involving her husband and a certain Stephanie Otobo.

Suleiman is being accused by Miss Otobo of impregnating and abandoning her.

In a video posted on her Facebook wall, she said Nigerians were gullible and could believe anything.

She said, “I don’t like media appearance but for the purpose of clarity, I have to speak.

“I have known my husband for the past 19 years and if you are living with a man who is promiscuous or adulterous, you will know, especially if you are an intelligent woman.

“I have heard all kinds of rubbish and the nonsense this lady has been talking about that has gone viral on the internet.

“For the 19 years that I am married to my husband, even while we were courting, we had never had any issue over any woman.

“For all the pictures that have been released, you can release more but it will never replace the picture of my husband in my heart.

Ondo State Governor’s Wife Said Shes 3 Years Older Than Her Husband

The wife of Ondo State governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu says she met her husband, Rotimi Akeredolu during her time at the National Youth Service Corps.

The present Governor of Ondo State Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, who took the mantle of the state leadership couple of weeks ago.

Mrs. Akeredolu, who stated this during an interview with This Day said she was attracted to his broad shoulders.

 She revealed that it was love at first sight and that she is three years older than the new Ondo governor.
“It’s a long story. Actually my husband was a youth corper then in Enugu. I was also posted to Enugu. So a friend of mine visited me and then she came along with her boyfriend who also came along with my husband. That was how we met and it was love at first sight. I think people frown at love at first sight but it worked for us.

“I fell in love with his broad shoulders. Then he was really looking very cute. I can still remember what he was wearing that day. I won’t forget – a red shirt, long sleeves, and jean trousers. He was really looking great and then we were very young and restless. That was like 37 years ago. He couldn’t even take me out because he didn’t have money as a youth corper. It was quite magnetic and that was it. And besides I have always said that whoever that was going to marry me must be able to sweep me off my feet completely and that was exactly what happened.

There is a three-year age difference between us. I am older than him anyway. I was like 25 then while he was 22. It was love that really endured. I had graduated and in my place when a girl graduates from the university, suitors come from left, right and centre. And your parents would expect you to go for a self-made man with everything. But I have always known that there was no way I could have married a self-made man. I will rather build a home from the scratch with you because I want to have a say in my home.

“My parents were educated and so they didn’t see a reason to obstruct us. My father understood what modernity is all about when it comes to relationship and also understood the fact that when a young girl falls in love, it is always difficult to talk her out of it. And knowing that I was strong opinionated right from time, he knew that this one that I have brought was the right man.”