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An explosion at a gas station located in Ago Area of Okota in Lagos State has left many injured.

It was learnt that the incident occurred Saturday afternoon at Allen Gas company, Ago Palace Way, Okota.

A witness said the explosion occurred when the gas were being offloaded from the truck that brought them.

 

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A total of 86,365 candidates registered for the 2015 National Common Entrance Examination into Federal Government Colleges and Federal Science and Technical Colleges nationwide.
 
‎This was disclosed on Saturday by the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education, Dr MacJoch Nwaobiala while monitoring the conduct of the examination in some centres within Abuja.
 
He said that Lagos State topped the list with 25,437 registered candidates; Borno State kept the rear with 55 candidates.
 
His words; “The total number from the statistics we have for this year is 86,365 and we you break it down, you will see that Lagos state presented the highest number. Lagos presented 25,437 candidates and significantly, maybe because of the security challenge that we have, in a state like Borno state, we have a very low registration, but measures are being taken to ensure that something is done to sure them up.
 
The Permanent Secretary explained that adequate arrangements were put in place in Abia, Imo and Taraba, states to ensure that the supplementary elections taking place in such areas do not affect the conduct of the examination.
 
He also assured that adequate security measures have been put in place in all the 420 centers nationwide, especially in Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe and Borno to ensure a hitch free conduct of the examination.
 
“We believe that we should be looking at education from the rights perspective; every Nigerian child has the right to education and that is what we want to promote. We have made adequate arrangements to ensure that candidates are taken to safe centers in those states that have security challenges, particularly in states like Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and few other states
 
 
Addressing journalists, NECO Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Monday Tommy Joshua, disclosed that the examination was earlier postponed because of the anxieties of parents before the general elections.
 
“The entrance examination was supposed to have been taken before now, but because of the shift in the election date earlier given, we also had to shift until we have it today.
 
According to him: “Our men in those states have since last week been interacting with the Inspector General of Police and INEC and the have extracted promises of support and cooperation. Specifically, in a place like Abia, where we discovered that about six of our centres were also going to serve as pooling stations, we had instructed our men and we have secured alternative centres.

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A Deputy Inspector General of Police, Job Doma deployed to Imo state for Saturday’s rerun election in the state alongside deployed Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini has arrested a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission for allegedly mass thumb printing in Omuma, Oru east Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect were said to have been arrested at Osu primary school, Omuma where they were engaged in massive thumb printing for one of the political parties.

Also arrested were fake INEC officials who posed as Returning Officers at the Collation Centre.

The Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, who was among the INEC team deployed for the election, disclosed that the INEC officials were arrested at Umumma primary school Ward 10 Polling Unit 008, Polling Unit 003 and three others.

“myself accompanied by the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioner Police have arrested poll officials  in Oru East involved in mass thumb printing and are now taken to owerri.

“Upon my suspicion, an impostor who claimed to be lNEC staff  without proof acting as a presiding officer, l ordered his arrest and it was effected by the Police”.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Gabriel Ada has confirmed the arrest to LEADERSHIP, however, he said that the suspects were ad hoc staff.

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bomb blastTwo Nigerian soldiers have been killed accidentally in an explosion at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, three Armoured Division, Rukuba Barracks in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says some of the unserviceable ammunitions exploded in the process of moving them to the demolition site in the bush.

“The explosion heard in Jos, Plateau State this morning  was from an accident that occurred while troops authorized to destroy unservicable ammunitions were transporting the bad ammunition.

“Some of the unserviceable ammunition  exploded in the process of moving them to demolition site in the bush,” he said.

Colonel Usman in a statement added that the explosion did not affect the barracks or neighbouring communities.

He, however, said: “Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives and one sustained injuries. Normalcy has returned to the area”.

Panic spread through the Jos and Bukuru metropolis in Plateau State following the blast.

Plateau State has witnessed a series of deadly bomb attacks in recent months. A blast at a bus station in Jos, late February killed 13 people and injured 14 others.

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WiFi in LagosThe Lagos State government is working on making Wi-Fi accessible to every resident of the southern Nigerian State,  an official said.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the State’s ICT Ministry, Mrs Nike Animashaun, the first phase of the Wi-Fi connectivity would be deployed at parks located at different parts of the state.

She said the Wi-Fi would be deployed at parks in Oshodi, Alausa and Ajegunle.

“The Wi-Fi services will be in some of the parks in the state and when it is deployed, residents of Lagos State would be able to access Wi-Fi in some of the parks,” she said

Mrs Animashaun said that the state government came up with the idea to stimulate and encourage the interest of children in science and technology.

At a ’2015 Ministerial Press Briefing in Alausa’, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, said the ministry would continue to provide advisory services for all Ministries Department and Agencies on science and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr Mabadeje said the government was using ICT to strengthen the state’s E-governance capabilities in other to conveniently serve its residents.

“In line with our ministerial responsibilities and mission statement of employing science and technology in all activities towards improving the quality of life of Lagos residents and transforming Lagos into a developed industrial and modern city of international statute, the state has leveraged on science and technology to improve service delivery, especially leveraging on ITC to strengthen our government’s capabilities and enable the state to serve residents better,” he said

 

 

 

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Voting has closed in most places in the Imo governorship re-run election while counting is ongoing, correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report.

At Ossemotor in Oguta local government, voting ended around 3.40 p.m. while counting commenced immediately while it ended in most other places around 5 p.m.

The election has been characterised by violence and other electoral malpractice, especially in Oru East local government.

The election is holding in some polling units in 23 local government areas which were cancelled or inconclusive in the April 11 election.

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Marshall Anyanwu, complained that there were too many unaccredited observers at the election, especially in Omuma, Oru East local government.

Anyanwu, a former chairman of APC in the state, told newsmen at the Omuma Central School that state government officials, posing as observers, were all over the place in contravention of the electoral law.

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President-Elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo at the convention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President-Elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo at Guild of Editors’ convention

 

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A woman prepares to vote in a polling station.

There was a low turnout of voters in Ilejemeje Constituency in Ekiti State, where supplementary elections held in 20 polling units.

Few voters were at polling units for accreditation earlier in the day.

The same scenario played out at Polling Unit 007 Imose-Ise, Owakuta Polling Unit 003 and Ise Polling Unit 006.

The process was peaceful, as the voters that participated in the election at the affected polling units in Iludun, Obada and Iye conducted themselves in a peaceful manner during accreditation.

Voting materials arrived as early as 7:00am and accreditation commenced at exactly 8:00a.m.

At about 10:30am, 55 out of 139 registered voters have been accredited at Polling Unit 001 at the General Hospital in Iye.

Party agents of the two major political parties, the All Progressive Congress and the People Democratic Party were seen in all the polling units visited.

A restriction of movement declared by the Police on Friday was strictly obeyed, as security operatives patrolled the areas to maintain peace and order while some security officers manned each of the polling units, where voting was taking place.

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re-run election in abia stateVoting in several Local Government Areas in the governorship re-run election in Abia State has been concluded except in  Umunneochi Local Government Area.

Accreditation and voting did not take place at Umunneochi Local Government Area because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.

At some of the places visited, which include: Umuola at Aba, the commercial city, the turnout was massive and the voters expressed enthusiasm to cast their votes while the party agents commended the peaceful conduct of the election. In some areas, however, the turnout was low.

Channels Television correspondent in Abia State reports that the supplementary governorship election in Abia State took place under peaceful and calm atmosphere.

There was a huge presence of security officials to checkmate any lapses while vehicular movement were partially restricted at  places that  election was scheduled to take place.

At Ubakala, voting ended by 3:00pm. The electorates and party agents were hanging around for the votes to be counted while the unused ballots were cancelled by the INEC ad-hoc staff to avoid being tampered with.

Meanwhile,voters and residents also waited at the polling units to ensure that the votes are counted in their presence.

The electoral officials in the state are already sorting and counting votes cast in Ugwunagbo, Osisioma, Aba North and Aba South polling units.

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By NDUBUISI ORJI

Ahead of the May 29 inauguration of the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party(NCP) in March 28 election, Chief Martin Onovo has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form a unity government across party lines.
Onovo, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, after receiving a  Leadership Icon award from Pan African Students Congress(PASCON), said what the country needs at this time is a broadbased government.
Besides, the former presidential candidate said for the incoming   APC  administration to succeed, it must do away with recycled and failed politicians.
“The old and recycled politicians have  failed many times and must give room for younger people with brighter vision to push the developmental agenda of this nation.
“These group of old people have a lot self interest stopping them from fighting corruption.
“The new administration should be a merger between old and new. If we continue with business as usual then sorry to Nigeria”
On the need for a government of national unity, Onovo said:”If we keep fighting, four years will pass. Our objective should be national development.
“If we do not have synergy, our effectiveness will be compromised
“APC campaign priority, corruption which is number one is a good one as Nigeria cannot go anywhere without tackling it.
“There is need to improve on power generation. If we don’t power the economy it will not grow” he said.
He said that the nation owed it’s youth a clear direction and good education.
“You can do all theoretically but action speaks louder than voice.It is critical that we act right and show them good example.
He said he accepted thhe PASCON award because as a student in the University of Ibadan, he was a Student’s Leader and also to help him continue to contribute his quota in helping out the African Students who remain the most strategic group for Africa’s future.
“The youths here will be making critical decisions in the next five years. Am not excited by awards. I get a stream of offers but I decline.
“We must intervene with the youth, especially the undergraduates if we want out future to be great because they are critical to national development” he added.
Speaking earlier, the PASCON President, Mr Degboe Ayih from Malawi said that Onovo was chosen for the award for his contributions to the growth of Education and students in Nigeria.
According to him,”The Pan-African Students Congress Conference held at the University off Livingstonia, Malawi where Onovo’s contributions to education were brought to the front burner by PASCON Nigerian Representatives” .

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From PAUL OSUYI and EMMA OGOIGBE

 

Voter apathy characterized the re-run election for Delta

Central Senatorial District as most potential voters shunned the

exercise and went about their normal activities.

Main contenders in the race to replace Senator Emmanuel Agwuariavwodo

are Ighoyota Amori of the PDP, Halims Agoda of the APC and Ovie

Omo-Agege of the Labour Party

The election was conducted across 56 wards of the zone following of

cancellation of results in the affected areas by the Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the March 28

Presidential/National Assembly poll.

In polling units visited in Ughelli North, Sapele, Udu, Okpe, Ethiope

East, Ethiope West and Ughelli South council areas, the exercise was

peaceful as accreditation started in most of the centres at about 9am.

Although security agencies enforced the restriction of movement order

on the busy East/West road forcing travellers to be trapped in

gridlock, the situation was different within the communities as there

were movements as well as ceremonial activities in all the local

government areas visited.

At the Ughelli main market, traders were seen shedding their products

for commercial activities while others embarked on their social events

including weddings and funerals.

But there were pockets of protests at Abraka ward 02, unit 07 of

Ethiope East as some voters complained of disenfranchisement when they

arrived the centre at about 1:15pm with collation of result in

progress.

The Labour Party candidate, Omo-Agege who expressed optimism that he

would win, commended INEC and urged the electoral body to ensure that

the people’s votes would count this time around.

 

There were however alleged cases of financial inducement at Oviore

ward 05, units 01 and 02, where the Labour Party agent, Mr. Philip

Ogodo accused a particularly political party of buying votes with

N500.

Besides, at Ekiugbo-Ughelli where potential voters got N1,000 to vote

for a particular political party, as well as at Eku where voters

allegedly collected N500 to mortgage their consciences. In Ethiope

West, security agents were said foiled attempts by thugs to snatch

materials.

The PDP candidate, Amori who approached by newsmen to comment on the

exercise declined on grounds that he was not disposed to speak with

journalists.

Speaking on the low voter turn-out, the PDP House of Assembly

candidate for Ethiope East, Arthur Akpowowo attributed the situation

to voter apathy.

 

Former Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Sunday Onoriode

blamed the apathy on the cancellation of the March 28 result, positing

that the people had lost confidence on INEC.

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The supplementary elections scheduled for the Delta Central Senatorial District of Delta state were held on Saturday, largely characterised by low voters’ turnout, despite prompt dispatch of electoral officials and materials.

In Unit 9, 10 of Ward 9 and Unit 8, Ward 10 all in Ekpan community, the atmosphere was very calm.

In Effurun Ward 1, Unit 10, the same was the case.

Electoral officers complained of poor voters’ turnout, but added that there was no violence, as electorates who came out conducted themselves in orderly manners.

“We arrived here before 8:00am. The turnout is low but people are still coming for accreditation. The exercise is fair,” an Electoral Officer in Ekpan Ward 10, Unit 8, stated.

Agents of the three major political parties in the state, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) who spoke to journalists assured that the exercise was going smoothly and materials were intact.

Speaking with journalists at his country home in Jesse, Ethiope West council area, Hon. Halims Agoda, the APC senatorial candidate, said he was optimistic that he will come out victorious in the election.

“Every human being is incurably optimistic. Why shouldn’t I be when I know that out of the three of us, I am the most credible candidate to represent Delta central,” he stated.

“I spent 12 productive years of my life in the House of Representatives. I will continue to render services to my people. Whatever you hear is a masquerade of the PDP.

“There are currently 17 federal positions for Delta State. They won’t come through Okowa, those will come through APC.  Very soon, the PDP hierarchy will be looking towards APC.

“The inducement pattern is the carrot they are deploying to confuse innocent electorates”, he said.

He called for more research work and proper handling of the card reader system which he described as “not perfectly in order,” noting that even with its use, outrageous figures were collated for the recently concluded elections.

 

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By CHINELO OBOGO

 

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Dr Ikpeazu Okezie has said that he is optimistic that he would emerge victorious in the rerun governorship election which took place yesterday.

Speaking with journalists during the election, he said that his optimism was based on the fact that the PDP was already in the lead when the governorship election was held on April 11.

His words: “My optimism is based on the fact that after the governorship election on April 11, we were leading with about 83 thousand votes. A re-run was ordered in more than 99 wards which had up to 150 thousand registered voters, but what should be considered is that a lot of registered voters would have migrated or just develop apathy and the scepticism of Abians was that not many people that collected their Permanent Voters Cards would actually come out to vote just like it happened in the presidential elections. There are 150 thousand registered voters in the wards were the rerun was held and going by the precedence in the presidential and governorship elections, it is safe to assume that those who would actually come out to vote may be around 50 thousand and that is clearly below the number of votes in which we are leading.

“I am overwhelmed by the show of support and solidarity because 24 hours before the elections, some of the governorship candidates had canvassed for people to come out to vote and that that showed that our vision for Abia was well received. It also puts a huge responsibility on my shoulders to make sure that I don’t fail Abians. I I belong to the middle class and I an am like a bridge builder between the poor and the rich and my promise to Abians is that I would not fail them.

“The level of acceptability we have had all over Abia and even in Abia north senatorial district is because I am very sensitive to the needs of everyone. Even though I am from Abia south, I have done my best to make sure that no group of people in any of the local governments feels marginalised.

“The tension that was preceded the elections was artificial and my advise to those of us who are politicians is to always tone down the level of their desperation. If politics is to seek for power to serve, then we should put our selfish desires behind. If you don’t take a cue from what President Goodluck Jonathan did, the you don’t really love your people.”

 

 

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Nearly 1,000 are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.

A national police spokesman told the BBC that 970 people had died in the quake, and that more than 1,700 had been injured. At least 539 people were killed in the Kathmandu valley, he added.

Nepali Information Minister Minendra Rijal said there had been “massive damage” at the epicentre, from where little information is emerging.

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“We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now,” he said.

The US is sending a disaster response team to Nepal and has released an initial $1m (£0.7m) to address immediate needs, the US aid agency USAid has said.

Source: BBC

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BY MADUKA NWEKE
Saving money through the contributory pension scheme has saved a lot of Nigerians who hitherto are averse to the culture of leaving a little of their income for another day. More to this is the fact that at times this money saved with Pension Fund Managers/Custodians accrue some dividends that make such contribution another form of investment.
However, investors also at times get their fingers burnt when they fail to access their contribution when necessary or when their contribution, probably being invested could not increase in yield but depreciates due to prevailing market price.
The Union Home staffers who failed to access their money as and when needed have resorted to various means they deem fit to get their contribution back but regulatory rules that tie the administrator have not allowed the contributors to access their contribution and so investors who put their life savings in Union Homes, a subsidiary of Union Bank have raised the alarm that their savings in the mortgage company are no longer secured. Most of these investors who reacted to an earlier story in the Sun Newspaper about Aso Savings interest in the company are not happy that the company they invested in could not contact them to intimate them on the way their company is going.
One of the investors, Mr. John E. Okelue wrote The Sun Newspaper saying, “I invested my entire gratuity with the bank, after so many years of hard work. I had to invest with them because I had the belief that my money would be safe and secure there.
FUG Pensions became one of the managers of the scheme and desirous to expand its business frontiers and positively affect the lives of Nigerians, in 2010, prospected the management of the existing staff pension scheme of Union Homes Savings and Loans Plc in line with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2004 and relevant regulations issued by the National Pension Commission (PenCom).
FUG Pensions was appointed one of the managers of the scheme and received the total sum of N448.8 million in two tranches in 2011. The management of the fund commenced immediately the first tranche received and the fund management agreement was executed after receipt of the 2nd tranche.
PenCom’s contribution was sought and obtained in the preparation of the fund management agreement and same was prepared in line with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act. The execution of agreement by all parties was the second step towards the approval of the scheme.
While the management of the fund was being diligently carried out in compliance with investment regulations released by the Commission, Union Homes was asked to produce series of documents, in addition to the executed fund management agreement, to process the approval of the scheme as a continuing pension scheme. This was being handled mainly by Union Homes but the input of FUG Pensions was sought and obtained from time to time.
Sometime in 2012 and 2013, Union Homes notified FUG that it intended to wind down the fund. The notification was forwarded to PenCom for its information and further instructions. The request was declined and the management of the fund continued until January 2015 when it (FUG) started receiving letters from beneficiaries to the effect that amounts due to them be credited to their personal accounts. These letters the beneficiaries received from Union Homes informing them that the Fund Managers had been instructed to credit their retirement savings accounts with stated amounts due to them from the fund gave them strength.
FUG subsequently, on January 8, 2015, received a formal instruction from Union Homes to credit the individual RSAs based on PenCom’s approval dated December 9, 2014. The said letter from PenCom, while approving “disbursement of accrued rights to individual RSAs of beneficiaries who do not have issues with Actuarial Valuation report as carried out by HR Nigeria Limited” equally requested Union Homes to provide a progress report on the “yet to be resolved pension arrears and pension for life right for existing pensioners in line with the rules of the scheme”.
In view of the mounting pressure from beneficiaries of the fund, FUG commenced the distribution of the funds to retirement savings accounts and pension fund administrators of beneficiaries. The transfers were both cash and assets available as at January 26, 2015.
In the course of the transfers, it was observed that the realizable market value of the Government securities (FGN & State Bonds) was lower than the total value to be credited to individual RSAs, which was based on the value in the books.
Consequently, PenCom was notified at a meeting of the managing PFAs and a representative of Union Homes ex-staff at Abuja, that FUG was directed to recall all the transfers to pension fund administrators (PFAs) meant to be credited to the retirement savings accounts of beneficiaries; thus re-establishing the fund. At the same meeting, PenCom insisted that it was yet to receive the progress report requested in its letter conveying the conditional approval and therefore would not be able to proceed with the winding down of the fund. This position was conveyed to Union Homes and its former employees who are beneficiaries of the fund in question.
After the meeting, FUG had other series of meetings with the management of Union Homes and the former staff on the matter in the office of Union Homes, at FUG office and the office of PenCom. There has been assurance that the fund was intact but there was no way the disbursement could be done without the express and unconditional approval of PenCom. Consequently, FUG Pensions has been treated to many disruptive protests by some of the fund beneficiaries and it has been working under the constant threat and fear of a complete lock down of the Company.
As a concerned and responsible corporate citizen, it requested for another meeting with PenCom where position of all stakeholders would be put on the table in order to chart a way forward. PenCom, on receipt of the letter and further to previous meetings invited Union Bank Plc, the parent company of Union Homes to a meeting at its office on the subject matter. The outcome of the meeting was that Union Bank would review the matter and revert to the Commission with its own position on the matter. PenCom conveyed this outcome to FUG Pensions who subsequently informed all other parties. The Commission then asked that the request for an all parties meeting be put at abeyance until the receipt of Union Bank’s position.
FUG therefore wishes to state categorically that its duties as fund manager have been performed in strict compliance with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act and regulations as issued by the National Pension Commission. The fund value had increased by 50 per cent since 2011-2015, and it has not and cannot deliberately refuse or delay disbursement to beneficiaries as is being said by the beneficiaries. FUG Pensions cannot pay out any money from this fund without the express and unconditional approval of the National Pension Commission.

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US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner won praise Saturday from celebrities and activists for revealing he is transitioning from male to female, ending long-running speculation he identifies as a woman.

In a highly anticipated, two-hour television interview aired Friday — hailed by transgender rights’ campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family — the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid.

“I’ve always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big,” he told ABC’s celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer.

“Here I am, stuck — and I hate the word — (a) girl stuck in a guy’s body… As of now I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff.”

But asked point blank if he was a woman, Jenner said: “Yes. For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”

Speculation that the actor, race-car enthusiast and 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics decathlon gold medalist was undergoing a sex change has been rich fodder for supermarket tabloids for months.

Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt.

– ‘I am not gay’ –

Jenner said he identifies himself as “her,” but not by a specific name. The ABC interviewer used “he” and “him” throughout, without causing any apparent discomfort for the former Olympian.

He stressed the difference between gender identity and sexuality.

“I am not gay,” Jenner said. “I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. I’ve always been with a woman, raising kids.”

Just before making the long-expected announcement, Jenner symbolically let his hair down.

“Let’s take the damn ponytail out,” he told Sawyer, smiling.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group GLAAD welcomed Jenner’s announcement.

“Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world,” GLAAD head Sarah Kate Ellis said.

Singer Miley Cyrus gushed on Twitter: “I LOOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE Bruce Jenner!!!!!!!”

Born outside New York in October 1949, thrice-married Jenner became an American sports hero when he set a world record with his Montreal decathlon victory.

Leveraging his fame, he appeared on boxes of Wheaties, a popular American cereal known as “the breakfast of champions,” then tried his hand as a movie actor, with less than stellar results.

But it was through his marriage to the former Kris Kardashian that he once again became a household name in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” in which he appeared as the sometimes bemused stepfather of her flamboyant daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.

The couple have two daughters of their own, but they obtained a divorce in December, 14 months after separating — although he has been seen still wearing a wedding ring.

– Hero once again –

“Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero,” Kris Jenner tweeted.

Jenner’s 89-year-old mother Esther hailed her son’s announcement, comparing her pride to that when he won at the Olympics.

“I never thought I could be more proud of you. But I’m learning I can be,” she wrote.

Jenner’s son Brandon tweeted simply: “Proud son,” along with an Instagram picture of himself as a young boy perched on his smiling father’s shoulders.

Step-daughter Kim Kardashian trumpeted:

“Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter.”

Her sister Khloe wrote: “Bruzer, I’m soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros.”

National Center for Transgender Equality advocacy group executive director Mara Keisling called Jenner’s declaration “one of the most profound displays of bravery and courage I’ve seen.”

Jenner, clearly relieved to have finally come clean, said: “I’m saying goodbye to people’s perceptions of me and who I am.

“I’m not saying goodbye to me because this has always been me.”

 

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At least five soldiers from the Nigerian Army 3 armored division, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos, Plateau State, died in a blast which rocked the barrack on Saturday.

A source in the barrack revealed that the dead soldiers were working in the armory at the time of the explosion, while several others sustained serious injuries.

The deceased officers were reportedly re-parking bombs in the armory when incident happened.

The explosion which occurred at about 9:30am on Saturday morning was initially rumored to be Boko Haram attack and this thrown the entire city into pandemonium.

The barrack is about 20 kilometer from Jos, the state capital, but the impact of the explosion was felt in the entire city.

The Deputy Director of Army Public Relation, Col. Texas Chukwu, confirmed the incident, but he was not forthcoming on the number of victims.

 

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