Nicki Minaj married, Fire outbreak in Katangowa, Lagos market, Samson Siasia given life ban by FIFA and more. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
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1. Fire outbreak ravages Katangowa, Lagos Market
An early morning fire has engulfed Katangowa Market in Agbado/Okeodo Local Council Development Area, along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Monday.
The fire outbreak which started around 3.15am destroyed the entire stretch of fairly used clothes’ shops opposite the Central Mosque in the market.
As of the time of filing this report, men of the state fire service and officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency were on the ground to put off the fire.
Also on the ground are policemen from the Okeodo Divisional Headquarters to prevent the looting of unaffected shops.
2. Assassins set to kill Somali minister killed by police
Four would-be assassins have been killed by the police in Mogadishu, Somalia’s Deputy Police Commissioner Zakia Hussen has announced on social media. The three men and one woman were planning to target the country’s minister of education.
Last month, a bomb attack in the office of the Mogadishu mayor killed seven people, including the mayor. Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack. The group frequently carries out attacks in Mogadishu in an attempt to topple the government. Al-Shabab has not commented on Ms Hussen’s statement.
3. White House is expected to move forward with the plan to cancel foreign aid
The Trump administration is expected to put forward a plan to cancel billions of dollars in foreign aid funding by the end of this week, a senior administration official told CNN on Friday, teeing up a fight between the White House and Congress over the rarely used and controversial move known as rescission.
Bipartisan lawmakers and foreign policy advocates have spoken out publicly against the move to cancel funds to the State Department and US Agency for International Development, warning about their impact on US foreign policy priorities.
Behind the scenes, congressional appropriators from both parties and State Department officials have lobbied the White House to back off the planned cuts, which could be up to $4 billion.
The Trump administration has sought to decrease what it believes is wasteful spending and make foreign aid more conditional on support for US policies. White House officials believe they have the authority to cancel the funds without congressional approval.
4. Nicki Minaj might be married to ex-convict boyfriend, Kenneth Petty
Some of Nicki Minaj’s fans are convinced she has recently married her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, who is pretty controversial. She has been dating Kenneth since December, but they also dated for a bit when they were younger.
While Nicki was talking on her Queen Radio podcast earlier last week, she said that she and Kenneth re-filed for a marriage license after their first one expired. She explained, “We filed for the marriage license and we still had to pick it up and I was travelling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again. From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days.”
And last Friday, Nicki changed her Twitter name to Mrs. Petty. Naturally, her fans are freaking out and think this means that she got married before the license expired, again.
That said, Nicki won’t have a big wedding just yet because she’s working on a new album. On her podcast, she added, “We’ll do the big wedding later. I’ll be married before my album comes out, but will have my wedding after the album comes out.”
5. Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA for match-fixing
Samson Siasia has been fined $50,000 and banned for life by FIFA for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches’ for betting purposes. The former Super Eagles coach’s ban emanated from an extensive investigation into matches that Wilson Perumal attempted to fix.
In a statement from FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee, “Siasia was found guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches that Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.” Siasia’s action breaches art. 11 (Bribery) of 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international levels.
The former Nigeria forward becomes the third African to be banned by FIFA for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.
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