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Nigerian-Born Canadian Justice Minister Suspended From Office. Here’s Why



Nigerian-Born Canadian Justice Minister Suspended From Office

Nigerian-born Canadian Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu’, has been suspended from office pending the finalization of his ongoing investigation.

The Nigerian has been accused of asking for revocation from Edmonton’s police chief of his ticket fine for a driving violation.

Jason Kenney, the18th Premier of Alberta, revealed the suspension via a tweet, adding that Sonya Savage will act as the Justice Minister in his place.

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“In the interim period, I have asked Minister Madu to step back from his ministerial duties,” Kennedy tweeted on Tuesday.

“Minister Sonya Savage will act as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General during Minister Madu’s leave of absence,” he said.

According to the official reports, Madu was fined on March 10, 2021, $300 for being on his cell phone while driving in a school zone.

The reports said he allegedly called Edmonton police, Chief Dale McFee to discuss the ticket.

Madu said he was pulled over by an Edmonton police officer, who alleged he was driving while on his phone. But disagrees with the offense, saying his phone was in his pocket.

Court records showed that Madu was issued a ticket for operating a vehicle while using a cell phone for which he paid the $300 fine two days later.

Madu insists that he did not commit the offense and suggested that the issue could be linked to matters of racial profiling happening at that time.

“To be abundantly clear, at no point did I request that the ticket be rescinded. I would never do that. However, in that particular call, I regret raising the issue at all with Chief McFee,” Madu said.

“Due to the timing of the incident, I wanted to ensure that I was not being unlawfully surveilled following the controversy surrounding the Lethbridge Police Service. I also raised concerns around profiling of racial minorities that were in the media at the time,” he added.

But Alberta opposition party NDP justice critic Irfan Sabir said Madu’s actions were “wholly unacceptable” and called for his resignation.

Sabir accused Madu of using “his position as minister to initiate this conversation, and regardless of whether he asked the chief to cancel the ticket, it is political interference for him to have discussed it all.”

Kennedy said he “will appoint a respected independent investigator to review the relevant facts and to determine whether there was interference in the administration of justice in this case.”

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Sheikh Khalifa: UAE President Dies After Prolong Illness



Sheikh Khalifa: UAE President Dies After Prolong Illness

The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE),  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has died at the age of 73,

This was announced by the UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs, stating that the country will observe 40 days of mourning.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half-mast and three days closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels and the private sector,” the agency disclosed.

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Sheikh Khalifa had suffered a stroke in 2014 and has not really been active since then.

His brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (known as MBZ), had taken to Twitter to express his grief.

“We belong to God and to Him we shall return. MBZ wrote.

“The Emirates lost its righteous son, the leader of the “empowerment stage” and the trustee of its blessed journey.

“His stances, achievements, wisdom, giving, and initiatives in every corner of the country. Khalifa bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor, and my teacher, may God have mercy on you with his vast mercy and enter you into his good pleasure and paradise.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice-President and Prime Minister, would act as president until the federal council meets within 30 days to elect a new president.

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Swiss System: UEFA Increase Teams Participation To 36, Introduce League Phase



Swiss System: UEFA Increases Teams Participation To 36, Introduce League Phase

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced the adoption of the “Swiss system” for European club competitions, increasing team participation from 32 to 36.

The Europe football administrative body disclosed this in a statement released on its website, stating that the new system will commence in the 2024/25 season.

The Swiss system will also see clubs play league phase instead of the conventional group stage, as the matches will be increased to 8 games per club.

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Below is a summary of the new swiss system format, according to the UEFA statement;

“Taking the total number of teams from 32 to 36 in the UEFA Champions League, the biggest change will see a transformation from the traditional group stage to a single league phase including all participating teams.

“Every club will now be guaranteed a minimum of 8 league stage games against 8 different opponents (four home games, four away) rather than the previous six matches against three teams, played on a home-and-away basis.

“The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout stage, while the teams finishing in ninth to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16 of the competition.

“Similar format changes will also be applied to the UEFA Europa League (8 matches in the league stage) and UEFA Europa Conference League (6 matches in the league stage) and both will also include 36 teams in the league phase.”

The President of UEFA, Aleksander Čeferin, speaking on the development, stated that the football body is fully committed to respecting the fundamental values of sport and to defending the key principle of open competitions

“We are convinced that the format chosen strikes the right balance and that it will improve the competitive balance and generate solid revenues that can be distributed to clubs, leagues, and into grassroots football across our continent while increasing the appeal and popularity of our club competitions,” Čeferin said.

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UK Says Monkeypox Patient Travels From Nigeria



UK Says Monkeypox Patient Travels From Nigeria

The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that an individual diagnosed with Monkeypox had a travel history from Nigeria.

The agency said the patient was admitted at the expert infectious disease unit of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, where he was being treated.

The Director of Clinical and Emerging Infections, UKHSA Dr. Colin Brown disclosed this in a statement on the agency’s website on Sunday.

The statement read, “UKHSA can confirm an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England.

The patient has recent travel history from Nigeria, which is where they are believed to have contracted the infection, before travelling to the UK.

The patient is receiving care at the expert infectious disease unit at the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.

Brown, however, said measures had been put in place to contain the spread of the disease in the country.

As a precautionary measure, UKHSA experts are working closely with NHS colleagues and will be contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to provide information and health advice.

This includes contacting a number of passengers who travelled in close proximity to the patient on the same flight to the UK.

People without symptoms are not considered infectious, but, as a precaution, those who have been in close proximity are being contacted to ensure that if they do become unwell, they can be treated quickly.

If passengers are not contacted, then there is no action they should take.

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