Monthly Archives: May 2011

The need to control Cattle rearing in Edo State

The  Fulani  when they travel to graze their cattle in Edo state which hosts the largest sex market in the world is not doing the North any good. They would likely contract HIV/AIDS from the place and bring to the North. There should be law by the Federal Ministry of Health to ban them from rearing their cattle or entering  Edo state and if they enter, they must be quarantined for 30 days upon leaving the state against communicable diseases which they could bring back.

Salihu Mustafa(Malam Wane )commenting on the need to control Cattle rearing in Edo State

Sahara Reporters numerous goofs


Sahara Reporters owe  Nigerians  big  apology   for their numerous goofs against  the good people of Nigeria, especially the people of Southern Nigeria. Many are already viewing this  news medium  as  junk and sectional  news site  that lacks the basic ethics  of investigative journalism. SR will extract selectively what it wants to publish, a case study is  the Prof Itse  Sagay saga. SR selected  some parts of his speech that  were caustic to the  election of President Jonathan and left out other parts of the speech that favoured the election. Also, SR eclipse the views of other speakers who spoke favourably of the election.

Dr Chris Ilogho commenting on Sahara Reporters goof on Bankole

President GEJ should set up a panel to investigate EFCC



Waziri and her agency (EFCC) have always been agents of intimidation and oppression from their time in Special Fraud Unit (SFU). President GEJ should set up a panel to investigate all their activities with an invitation to the public to make submission of allegations against the agency. EFCC is the worst corrupt institution in Nigeria and it is being used by men in high places to destroy others. I am bringing my litigation against them which the world will hear very soon

-Prince Osuji commenting on torture chambers in EFCC

Singer Sean Kingston hospitalised after a jet-ski accident in Miami

Singer Sean Kingston has been hospitalised after a jet-ski accident in Miami, Florida on Sunday, according to a report. The Beautiful Girls hitmaker is said to be in a critical condition after his water vehicle crashed into a bridge, reports Kingston and his female passenger were rescued from the water after the smash, which officials from the Miami Fire Department attended to, and the singer was taken to a local hospital. Kingston’s injuries are so severe he is being treated in the trauma ward, according to His representative tells the website, “Sean Kingston was in an accident today. No further details are available at the moment. He and his family thank everyone for the well wishes.” Officials are investigating the cause of the crash


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One of the survivors of last Monday killing of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) and other policemen at Badagry, Lagos by irate soldiers from Ibereko Military Cantonment, has opened up on how they were attacked.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, Afolabi Taofeek, the Crime Officer at Badagry Police Station who was in the same vehicle with the slain officers told Vanguard at the intensive care unit of a hospital (name withheld for security reasons) where doctors are battling to save his life that the people that shot him were in military camouflage and that they came out from the main gate of the Ibereko Military Cantonment.
Monitoring of events
Afolabi (44) who disclosed that both himself and the DCO were in mufti while the DPO was in full Police uniform, said: “It was around 11.30am on Monday. We were going round to monitor events in our jurisdiction. We had earlier met with the Commanding officer of the Cantonment after we witnessed how some soldiers matcheted a police Inspector at Badagry roundabout.
ASP Afolabi Taofek battling for survival at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos, yesterday
“So, we were going round to ensure that there was peace. I was in mufti together with the DCO while the DPO was fully in uniform. When we got close to the gate of Ibereko Military Cantonment, we saw a group of armed soldiers fully on military camouflage. They quickly came towards our car and before we knew what was happening, they started releasing volleys of bullets into our car. I also noticed that a senior officer from the cantonment was also among the soldiers at the gate.

The first person that was hit by their bullet was the DCO. The last word the DCO uttered was “they have shot me.” Then the DPO rushed out of the vehicle and started running. The soldiers went after him and caught up with him. They immediately descended on him with machetes. They later shot him at pointblank. Then, I rushed out from the vehicle.

“As soon as I alighted, one of the soldiers accosted and shot me and the bullet pierced through my lungs. I then dived into the bush and crawled far away from them. While I was inside the bush, I noticed that I was bleeding profusely and I reasoned that I might die inside the forest. Then, I decided to crawl out where my corpse would be seen.

See photos of those killed here

As soon as I crawled into the open space facing the military gate, I saw the Commanding Officer and the Adjutant. They offered to take me to the military hospital with an OP Messa vehicle. I objected telling them to take me to a private hospital. I was afraid soldiers will kill me inside any military hospital. Then they left me bleeding there.

I managed to limp towards a nearby filling station where some people recognized me. They then offered to take me to the hospital”.

The 44-year-old father of four lamented the fate that befell him and his colleagues. In fact, while he was straining to speak with our reporter, he was anxiously asking after the whereabouts of his DPO and his DCO. He kept on asking whether they survived the attack or not.

Officials of the hospital including doctors who were on hand to attend to him advised earlier that we should not tell him that his colleagues were dead. However, the badly injured police officer who doctors said his survival still remains a miracle as the bullets pierced his ribs from the back, meandered very close to his heart and ended up around the chest area, kept on thanking God for his survival while also asking why the soldiers went that far.

“I don’t know why they started shooting at us. They were all on military camouflage and their Commander and Adjutant were there with them when they started the shooting and even after that. I pray God will save my life”, he stated

Bloodbath: Commandant arrested, flown to Abuja
on MAY 26, 2011 · in NEWS

LAGOS — THE Officer Commanding 242 Recce Battalion, Ibereko Barracks, Badagry, Colonel Nabasa, has been arrested in connection with Tuesday’s bloody clash between his soldiers and policemen attached to Badagry Division.

The clash led to the death of the DPO, DCO, and eight other policemen.

Vanguard gathered from impeccable sources that the OC was arrested, Tuesday night, by military policemen and handcuffed on the order of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ihejirika. He is presently being detained at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

But as early as 9 a.m. yesterday, another group of armed soldiers were reported to have stormed the premises of a second generation bank where two mobile police men were on guard duty, overran and shot them dead.

Nigerian Actress Mercy Johnson Heads Down the Aisle! Confirms Her Engagement & August 2011 Wedding

Yes, you heard that right. And, no, she’s not answering an altar call. After intense media speculation, Mercy Johnson has finally doused all tension by declaring, “Yes, I am getting married, officially, from the horse’s mouth – on the 27th of August 2011. It’s a 4-day event, the court wedding on the 25th, the traditional on the 26th, the white wedding on the 27th, and the Thanksgiving on the 28th.“

Addressing previous rumours, she says, “I did mention that I was getting engaged and I did mention that I was getting married and I said that I wanted the wedding within my birthday period, but I didn’t specify on the date. I got engaged in November 2010, so I couldn’t have mentioned that I was getting married in August 2010. So I really never came out on an interview to say I was getting married; it was just speculation, because most of my friends knew I always wanted to have a wedding on my birthday (August 28th), in a joint manner.“

Still speaking with the BN interviewer, she also reveals, “He is Prince Odianose Okojie, from Esanland (Uromi), Edo State. He is a prince from Esanland, he’s just (a) simple young person.“

Wedding Dates
Court Wedding – 25th August 2011
Engagement – 26th August 2011
Church Wedding & Reception – 27th August 2011
Thanksgiving/Bride’s Birthday – 28th August 2011

The Church
Mercy and her fiance, Prince Odianose Okojie are members of Christ Embassy and hope to get married there. Final confirmation is expected from the church.

The MC
Comedian AY Makun will be the MC for the reception.

The Dress!
Mercy has picked her dress but will keep major details under wraps until the day.

The Star Studded Bridal Train
Nigerian stars including Goldie, Chike Ike, Queen Nwokoye, Waje, Empress Njamah and Kefee are set to have an official role in the wedding as bridesmaids.

The Cake
Lagos-based confectionery Cakes & Cream have been commissioned to create Mercy Johnson and Prince Odianose Okojie’s wedding cake

Congrats Mercy! Click back for more details…

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Hard time for Rochas, Ohakim and Imo State

I do not envy Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha. This is really a difficult time for him. He has to come to terms with his victory in the Imo gubernatorial election. The combined forces that helped him win will come back to extort their ransom. That is the nature of Imo politics. And the challenge for him will be whether to placate all of them or face his “rescue mission”. To ignore them will turn them to enemies. To indulge them will be at the expense of his promise to Imo people. Udenwa’s eight years tenure was stymied by propitiating the godfathers in Imo to the extent that it was difficult to even remove refuse from the streets of Owerri!

Already newspaper reports indicate that an army of sycophants is already camping at the gate of Okorocha’s Ogboko country home. It is pay back time for people who will come with all manner of claims for compensation through appointments and contracts. Some will tell him, “I am the one who tore Ohakim’s posters in my local government”. “I am the one who abused Ohakim in that newspaper article” “Owelle, did you see the congratulation message I placed in the newspaper?” “Owelle, I coordinated for you in my booth”.

People are already falling over themselves to catch Okorocha’s attention. This, unfortunately, includes some of Governor Ikedi Ohakim’s appointees who, with indecent haste, are crowing loudest to congratulate Okorocha. They go to Okorocha with all manner of stories denying Ohakim, their master, even before the cockcrows once! Some have already taken positions in Okorocha’s Transition Committee. Such behaviour tends to give credence to the conspiracy theory afloat in Imo. I have read some articles laced with wild conjectures, vacuous claims and innuendos, which make the articles mere applications for appointment in Okorocha’s government.

Okorocha himself has to show that he can manage power as Governor. His first steps have shown that he may have difficulty understanding the nuances of governance. His order to banks in Imo from the “office of the Executive Governor-Elect” purportedly freezing Imo State accounts was a clear product of infantile hubris. He has eight years to be “Executive Governor”, a prefix Ohakim never used. The use of thugs to chase Permanent Secretaries out of their offices and intimidating calls to some key officials asking them to go into hiding so that they don’t sign cheques should embarrass his supporters.

You don’t cripple government and deny Imo civil servants their April and May salaries and out-going public officers their severance benefits just because you have won an election. It suggests that Imo may be spinning into a rule of the mob. Governor Adebayo Alao Akala of Oyo State lost election. Yet, neither the Oyo Governor-elect nor his supporters have resorted to “agbero” tactics. Behaviours like this breed do-or-die politics, which we all condemn.

This is also a difficult time for Governor Ohakim. It is indeed a lonely time for him. I have been in similar circumstance. I know how it feels. This is a time when everybody, including those who dined with him till 7 May 2011 when the final result was declared, becomes an “expert” on why Ohakim lost the election. In this country, people are impatiently flippant about what they are ignorant of! People hardly respect facts. There is no rigour in interpreting facts and figures. It is not helped that Imo State has earned itself an unflattering place as the rumour capital of the nation.

This was effectively deployed against Ohakim for four years. It is so bad that, only two days in Imo for the Supplementary Election, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, INEC Supervisory Officer, while addressing the world why election could not hold in Oguta, lamented how insidious rumour mongering is in Imo! That is something that should worry Imo citizens.

I have read many expert “reasons why Ohakim lost” that simply recycled fanciful rumours. The Imo governorship election result was in no way an overwhelming victory, a landslide, a tsunami, a battering or a humiliating defeat. The figures are there for any objective commentator to make an informed conclusion. Given the forces ranged against Ohakim, we should acknowledge that on 26 April he fought them to a standstill. Those who witnessed what transpired during the Supplementary Election know that it was no longer the normal election that we all know. Some commentators have resorted to personal abuse that has nothing to do with governance. My people say a bloodied lion is a prey to even a lizard!

Ohakim has nothing to be ashamed of. I am sure he will remember that this is typical Imo behaviour. Both of us were victims of similar treachery by friends when the military overthrew Enwerem’s government of which he was a member of cabinet. Soon, the smokes will clear and the truth will be told. The truth we know for now is that Ohakim’s problem was not lack of performance. A government is judged by its promise to the people. Commentators will be forced to acknowledge that in four years, Ohakim raised the bar of leadership in Imo, perhaps too high, for the comfort of some. A few objective commentators like the Chairman of ANPP in Imo State, Chief Vitalis Ajumbe, has testified to that (Daily Independent, Tuesday 17 May page 27).

In the weeks ahead, there will be futile efforts to rubbish Ohakim using the rumour machine in Imo State. Uncritical commentators will aid an obvious witch-hunting. I know. I have been there before, as I said. At the end, I am sure that many commentators will discover that they have been swindled; people will realize how badly they have misunderstood Ohakim. The Ohakim I know is not anything they have said about him. There is still time to re-examine the totality of Ohakim’s mystique and his four-year tenure.
As for Imo, it is either that there is a collective effort to sanitize the state of the corrosive rumour mongering or the state convulses into a state of anomie. A people who cannot run their lives on truth and facts cannot think right and therefore cannot act right.
Emenike N Emenike is a businessman/politician in Owerri

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Behold, the senators

Nigerians would be seeing senators, from different backgrounds, who would collectively make law for the good governance of the country. The question, however, is: Do you know your senators?
In this report, our reporters profile the senators.

Nkechi Justina Nwaogu (Abia Central)
She represents Abia Central on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and will be a two-time senator when the Senate is inaugurated in June. Born in 1956, Nwaogu, who is the first female senator from her state, was first elected in 2007. She boasts of not only creating job opportunities for people of the constituency but also sponsored a number of bills, for the good governance of the country.

Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe (Abia South)
Born on March 3, 1955, he was elected to represent Abia South Senatorial District in 2007. He became Abia State’s deputy governor in 1999 and leftoffice in controversial circumstances. He contested the state’s governorship election in 2003 on the ticket of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) but lost. In 2007, he contested for a seat in the Senate and won, PDP ticket.

Uche Chukwumerije (Abia North)
He was first elected to the Senate in 2003 to represent Abia North. Born in November 1939, he had served as minister of information in the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He was also as minister of information in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan. He was member of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) He joined the Senate in 2003 and dumped the party this year, first for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and in then the PDP.

Bindow Jibrilla (Adawawa North)
A member of the PDP, he’s an industrialist and has established three companies in Mubi, where he employed about 400 people.

Bello Mohammed Tukur (Adamawa Central)
He is 50 years old and hails from Fufore LGA of Adamawa State. He was former Chief of Staff to Governor Murtala Nyako and is coming to the Senate for the first time which party?

Ahmed Hassan Barata (Adamawa South)
He’s 50 years old and member of the PDP.

Aloysius Akpan Etok (Akwa Ibom North West)
Born on February 15, 1958, he joined the Senate in 2007. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Calabar. He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1999, where he served as minority whip. He’s a member of the PDP.

Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom North East)
He was elected member into the House of Representatives in 1999, representing Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State. And graduated to the Senate in 2007. He’s an alumnus of the University of Calabar, where he read Law, graduating in 1984. He attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. He’s a member of the PDP

Helen Esuene (Akwa Ibom South)
A former civil servant, she has served as minister of state for health, and later minister of environment and housing during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2005 and 2007. She’s a member of the PDP.

Chris Ngige (Anambra central)
Born on August 8,1952, he was declared winner of Anambra State governorship election in 2003 and was subsequently sworn in. His election was, however, annulled by the Court of Appeal and he left office in March 2006. He contested for the office of governor on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2010 and lost to the incumbent governor, Mr. Peter Obi, before vying for the Senate seat in the last elections.
A medical doctor, he retired in 1998 as a deputy director in the Federal Ministry of Health.

John Okechukwu Emeka (Anambra North)
A former minister of water transportation, he’s a prince in Anambra State. He’s a member of the PDP.

Andy Uba (Anambra South)
Born December 14, 1958, he was special adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He contested Anambra State governorship election in 2007 and was declared winner. Seventeen days, after he was sworn in, the Supreme Court nullified his election, declaring that the tenure of Governor Peter Obi, who assumed office in 2005, after the election of Dr. Ngige was annulled, had not expired. He contested for the post again in 2010 as candidate of Labour Party (LP) and lost.

Abdul Ahmed Ningi (Bauchi)
He was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Ningi/ Warji Federal Constituency of Bauchi State. He was reelected in 2003, but lost the seat in 2007 election. He went to the tribunal and won the case, to return to the federal house. He was House leader, among other membership of committees. He contested for Senate last April and won on the platform of the PDP.

Alhaji Babayo Garba Gamawa (Bauchi North)
He’s deputy governor of Bauchi State. Before assuming the office, he was Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly. He won the post senatorial election to represent Bauchi North.

Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa West)
Lokpobiri was first elected into the Senate in 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Before joining the Senate, he was Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly. He is a member of sports, public accounts, police affairs, Niger Delta and millennium development goals (MGDs) committees.

Clever Ikisikpo (Bayelsa East)
He’s a member of the House of Representatives representing President Goodluck Jonathan’s constituency in Bayelsa. He is also the chairman, House Committee on Petroleum (downstream), and was instrumental to the fight against fuel scarcity in the country. He was elected into the state’s House of Assembly in 1999, from where he was elected to the House of Reps. He will represent Bayelsa East senatorial district in the Senate.

Emmanuel Paulkar (Bayelsa Central)
Born in 1955, he is a member of the PDP senatorial candidate. He is going to the Senate for the first time. He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

David Mark (Benue South)
Born in April 1948, he’s the Senate president. A member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he was first elected into the Senate in 1999, making him one of the longest serving senators. He retired from the Nigerian Army as Brigadier-General. While in the military, he was military governor of Niger State and later, minister of communications.

George Akume (Benue North West)
He was governor of Benue State from 1999 to 2007, from where he was elected senator on the platform of the PDP. Born in December 1953, he defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to contest for the senatorial seat which he won.

Chief Barnabas Gemade (Benue North East)
He is former national chairman of the People’s Democratic party (PDP) and has a Master of Science degree. Born on September 4, 1948, he’s going to the Senate for the first time.

Khalifa Ahmed Zanna (Borno Central)
Aged 55, he will represent Borno Central in the Senate. A member of the PDP, he’s a successful businessman and a member of the boards of many federal establishments. He made history by defeating the incumbent governor of the state, Alhaji Bunu Sheriff Musa.

Hon. Mohammed Ali Ndume (Borno South)
He’s a member of the PDP and was born on November 11, 1959. He hails from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State and currently the minority leader in House of Representatives, having won election on the ticket of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Computer from the University of Toledo, USA.

Maina Maaji Lawan (Borno North)
Born on July 12, 1954, he was governor of Borno State. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was a member of House of Representative from 1979-1983. In 1992, he was elected governor of Borno State and served till 1993 when the military took over government. In 1999, he was elected into the Senate on the platform of PDP. He lost re-election in 2003. In 2007, he contested yet again for a senatorial seat as a member of ANPP and was elected. He will retain his seat still on ANPP platform.

Benedict Ayade (Cross River North)
A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and Delta State University, he was born in March 1969. He worked as university teacher, before venturing into consultancy as an environmental expert. He had served as chairman of the Ecological Fund, chairman of the International Institute of Environmental Research and a member of SPAC. He later joined politics, on the platform of the PDP and serving on Governor Liyel Imoke’s strategy committee.

Akpor Pius Ewherido (Delta Central)
He was in the state’s House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007, during which period he served as speaker, and deputy speaker. He is a member of the PDP. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Benin.

James Manager (Delta South)
He’s a serving senator, who represents Delta South on the ticket of the PDP. He holds a LLB degree in Law from Ahmadu Bello University and an LLB in Law from the University of Lagos.

Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta North)
Born in July 1959 at Owa-Alero, Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He was secretary to Delta State government (SSG). Before joining politics, he was a medical practitioner and had set up Victory Medical Centre, in Owa.

Patrick Igwe Nwagu (Ebonyi Central)
He’s currently a member of the House of Representatives, where he’s a member of various committees. He’s going to the Senate for the first time.

Chris Nwankwo (Ebonyi North)
He’s Governor Martins Elechi’s brother-in-law. He’s 69 years old.

Soni Ogbuoji (Ebonyi South)
He was commissioner on poverty alleviation in Ebonyi State, a post he left to contest? The senatorial election. He was also campaign director, Jonathan/Sambo presidential campaign organization. He once headed the state primary education board.
Ogbuoji was the chairman of the old Afikpo LGA in 1990 and pioneer chairman of Edda (Afikpo South LGA) in 1991.

Ehigie Edobor Uzamere (Edo South)
A member of the PDP, he joined the Senate in 2007 and is now returning for the second time

Odion Magnus Ugbesia (Edo Central)
He has held various positions in government. He was minister of solid minerals. Born on January 28, 1949, he holds a bachelor of arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois, United States. He also holds an MA degree in International Relations from Northeastern Illinois University, USA. He was elected into the Senate in 2007, representing Edo Central on the ticket of the PDP. With his victory at the polls, he is returning to the Senate for the second time.

Domingo Obende (Edo North)
He was a member of the PDP before defecting to the ACN, where he contested the senatorial election and won.

Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West)
A lawyer, he’s the current deputy Senate president. He was elected into the Senate in 2003 after serving as Enugu State secretary to government (SSG). Born in 1962, he attended University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, where he bagged bachelor’s and master’s degree. His first elective position was local government chairman in Enugu State.

Ayogu Eze
Born on November 23, 1958, he was commissioner for information in Enugu State as well as special adviser to ex-Governor Chimaroke Nnamani on communication before contesting the senatorial election in 2007. He was also chief press secretary to ex-Governor Okwesilieze Nwodo of Enugu State. Before venturing into politics, he was news editor in The Guardian and also held other senior editorial positions. He’s chairman, Senate Committee on Information. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu North)
He’s a member of the House of Representatives. He has been in the House of Reps since 2003 and won reelection in 2007, before contesting the senatorial election last April and defeating ex-Governor Chimaroke Nnamani. He was deputy leader of the House of Representatives (2003-2007).

Hon. Philip Tanimu Aduda (FCT)
He’s member of the House of Representatives, from where he contested the senatorial election to represent the Federal Capital Territory. He’s a member of the PDP.

Mohammed Danjuma Goje
He’s the out-going governor of Gombe State, having served two terms. Born in October 1952, in Kashere, Akko, Gombe State, was elected governor in 2003 on the ticket of the PDP. He was a minister before winning the governorship election.

Joshua M. Lidani (Gombe South)
Born on January 1, 1968, is a member of the PDP.

Chris Anyanwu (Imo East)
Born in October 1951, she is a journalist, publisher and author. First elected into the Senate in 2007 on the platform of the PDP. She defected to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) this year in her quest to retain the senatorial seat. She was a commissioner in Imo State. She was one of those arrested and jailed by the late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha for alleged coup-plotting.

Matthew Ifeanyi Nwagwu (Imo North)
A member of the PDP, he’s going to the Senate for the first time. He was born on September 28, 1943

Abdullahi Danladi (Jigawa West)
He is 57 years old and a member of the PDP.

Abdulaziz Usman (Jigawa North)
Aged 49, he’s a member of the PDP.

Abdulmumini M Hassan (Jigawa South West)
He’s 50 years old and a member of the PDP.

Mohammed Saleh (Kaduna Central)
He is a member of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and is going to the Senate for the first time.

Esther Nenadi Usman (Kaduna South)
She was minister of finance in the Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime. In politics, she was a member of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC). She was a member-elect of the House of Representatives, representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party in 1998.

Bello Hayatu Gwarzo (Kano North)
He was elected into the Senate in 1999 and won reelection in 2003. In 2007, he lost the senatorial election only to contest again last April and winning the election. He’s a member of the Senate committees on Police Affairs, Millennium Development Goals and Appropriation.

Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (Kano South)
He was born in June 16, 1952 and attended Gaya Central Primary School, Kano between 1961 and 1968. He was elected governor in 1992 and lost the position when the military took over in 1993. He contested the governorship election in 2003 on the ticket of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and lost. In 2007, he won the senatorial election and was deputy minority whip. He’s a member of the ANPP. He obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University. He was awarded honorary doctorate degree by the University of Science and Applied Management, Porto-Novo, Benin.

Basheer Lado Garba Mohammed (Kano Central)
He’s a businessman and attended Bayero University, Kano and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He’s a member of the PDP.

Abdul Umar Yandoma (Katsina North)
He was elected into the Senate in 1999. In 2003, he lost his reelection bid to Alhaji Kanti Bello. With his victory in last April polls, he’s returning to the Senate, having also defeated Kanti Bello on the ticket of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Ahmed Sani Stores (Katsina South)
He is a member of the CPC and going to the Senate for the first time.

Abu Ibrahim (Katsina Central)
He was elected into the Senate in 2003 on the ticket of ANPP and served till 2007. He was chairman of the Katsina branch of the PDP, before being elected to the Senate. In 2007, he contested the governorship election in the state and lost to Governor Ibrahim Shema. He’s staging a return to the Senate.

Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi Central)
Aged, 49, he’s a member of the PDP. He’s known for his philanthropy and generosity.

Isa Galaudu (Kebbi North)
A former banker and managing director of Galaphone Nigeria Ltd, an MTN Nigeria trade partner, he is a member of the PDP.

Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West)
Born in August 1960, he was first elected to the Senate in 2007 on the ticket of PDP. He was National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) from 1999 to 2006. He is a member of the Senate committees on privatization, industry, federal character & inter-government affairs, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and appropriation.

Nurudeen Abatemi Usman (Kogi Central)
Aged 39, he’s the son of a former deputy governor of old Kwara State, the late Alhaji Usman Abatemi. He’s a member of the PDP.

Simon Ajibola (Kwara South)
He joined the Senate in 2004 and was reelected in 2007 on the platform of PDP. His journey to the Senate started in 2003, when he contested but lost to Suleiman Makanjuola Ajadi of the ANPP. He went to the tribunal and won in 2004. In the Senate, he serves on water resources, upstream petroleum resources, security & intelligence and agriculture committee.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central)
Born in December 1962, he is the outgoing governor of Kwara State, where he served two terms on the ticket of the PDP. He studied at the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London, from 1982 to 1987, and obtained M.B.B.S (London). He worked as a medical officer at Rush Green Hospital, Essex from 1988-1989. He was a director of Societe Generale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990-2000.

Alhaji Sha’aba Lafiaji (Kwara North)
He was governor of Kwara State between 1992 and 1993 on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). A member of the PDP, he’s going to the Senate for the first time.

Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon (Lagos West)
Born in December 1959, was elected into the Senate in 2007, after contesting for the position of governor in his party, the Action Congress (AC). Before that, he served as chairman, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State on the ticket of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). In 2003, he was elected to the House of Reps, representing Mushin Federal Constituency 1.

Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central)
She’s the wife of the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As First lady of Lagos State, she touched the lives of many women. One of the programmes she initiated as first lady was the Spell a Bee competition, which produces a one-day governor in the state, from among Lagos secondary schools students. She was one of those who worked in the defunct SDP for the victory of the late Chief MKO Abiola in June 12, 1993 presidential election. She was also a member of the national Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which opposed the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha
Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East)
Born on Lagos Island on July 22, 1955, he attended Morgan State University, Maryland, USA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). He joined the political team, which assisted the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become governor of Lagos State in 1999.

Suleiman Asonya Adokwe (Nasarawa South)
Born February 15, 1954, he was elected into the Senate in May 2007 on the ticket of the PDP. In the Senate he has served on various committees, including Senate committees on Security & Intelligence, Navy, National Planning, Downstream Petroleum and Capital Markets.

Yussuf Musa Nagogo (Nasarawa North)
He’s a member of the CPC and aged 54 years old.

Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa Central)
Born in July 1946, he was elected governor of Nasarawa State in 1999 and served till 2007. He is a member of the PDP. He joined entered politics in 1977, and was elected to the Constituent Assembly, which drafted the constitution for Nigeria’s short-lived Second Republic (1979–1983). He’s founding member of PDP.

Ibrahim Musa (Niger North)
He’s a member of the CPC in zone ‘C’ area of Niger State.

Alhaji Adegbenga Sefiu Kaka (Ogun East)
Alhaji Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka was born May 1952. He was the deputy governor of Ogun State. He’s a member of the ACN.

Odunsi, Akin Babalola Kamar (Ogun West)
A member of the ACN, he’s 60 years old. He’s a veteran advertising practitioner and chairman of Rosabel.

Robert Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North)
He worked at the University of Ibadan as a lecturer in 1975 and became professor of zoology at the Lagos State University in 1986. He is the pioneer director general of the National Space Research and Development Agency. He’s a member of the Labour Party (LP).

Akinyelure Patrick Ayo (Ondo Central)
A banker of note, he was group executive chairman, Allover Group, a microfinance lender, from 1994 to 2010. He’s a member of the LP.

Mudashiru Oyetunde Husain (Osun West)
He’s a two-term member of the House of Representatives (1999-2007). In the April 2011 elections, he defeated the sitting senator Isiaka Adeleke of the (PDP). He’s a member of the ACN.
Babajide Christopher Omoworare (Osun East)
Aged 45, he was a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ifako-Ijaiye State Constituency from 1999-2003. He’s a member of the ACN.

Sola Adeyeye (Osun Central)
He’s a scientist, pro-democracy activist and renowned human right activities. He’s a member of the ACN.

Hosea Ayoola Agboola (Oyo North)
A member of the PDP, he was commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters in the state. He’s a member of the PDP.

Ayoade Ademola Adeseun (Oyo Central)
Born in January 1953, he’s a member of the ACN. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2003. He defected to ACN in 2010, on whose platform he contested the senatorial election.

Olufemi Lanlehin (Oyo South)
Aged 58, he was commissioner in the administration of former Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State.

Wilson Asinobi Ake (Rivers West)
Born in September 1955, he was elected to the House of Reps in 1999 and left in 2003. He’s a member of the PDP.

George Sekibo (Rivers North)
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He was local government chairman in the state.

Magnus Abe (Rivers East)
Born in May 1965, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Law. He was called to the Bar in 1987. He joined active politics in 1999 and was elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly, where he served as a minority leader. He also served as commissioner of information between 2003 and 2007. He was secretary to the state government before contesting for Senate. He’s a member of the PDP.

Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal (Sokoto South)
Born in June 1952, he’s a member of the ANPP. He was elected into the Senate in 2003 and reelected in ,2007 as a member of the PDP. When the National Assembly is inaugurated, he will be a three-term senator.

Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir (Sokoto East)
He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit. He’s a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, UK and the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

Favour Aisha Alhassan (Taraba North)
She was chief registrar of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court and a member of the PDP.

Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South)
He served as commissioner of agriculture for Taraba State between 1999 and 2003 in the Jolly Nyame administration. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the Donga/Ussa/Takum Constituency, serving from May 2003 to May 2007.

Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe East)
Born in October 1950, he was governor of Yobe State from 1999 to 2007. He also served as governor of the state from January 1992 to November 1993. He is a member of the ANPP.

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan (Yobe North)
He’s a serving senator, having been elected in 2007. Earlier, he was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999, where he chaired the House committees on education and agriculture.

Alkali Abdulkadir Jajere (Yobe South)
Born in January 1964, he’s a journalist turned politician and a member of the ANPP. He was variously commissioner of agriculture and commissioner of works in Yobe State.

Ahmad Sani Yerima (Zamfara West)
He was born on July 22, 1960 and was governor of Zamfara State from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, he was elected into the Senate. He holds master’s degree in Economics. He’s a member of the ANPP.

Sahabi Alhaji Yaú (Zamfara North)
He was first elected into the Senate in 2007 on the ticket of ANPP. A member of the ANPP, he would be in the Senate for the second time, with his victory in the last election.

via Daily Sun

Legendary US Wrestler Killed In Car Crash

The wrestling world is in mourning after legendary star Randy Savage died following a car crash near his home in Florida.

The popular 58-year-old, who was known as ‘Macho Man’ in the ring, rose to fame in the 1980s and was twice crowned world heavyweight champion.

Florida Highway Patrol crash investigators said he appeared to have lost control of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for unknown reasons at 9.25am local time.

Reports suggest the star drove over a concrete central reservation into oncoming traffic lanes before crashing head-on into a tree, close to his home in Seminole.

He died of his injuries at a nearby hospital and the crash was not alcohol-related, officials said.

The cause of death will not be confirmed until a post-mortem is carried out.

Savage and his wife, Barbara Poffo, who was with him in the car, were both wearing seat belts.

His 56-year-old partner suffered minor injuries and was assessed at a nearby hospital.

Under contract with the WWE from 1985 to 1993, Savage, born Randall Mario Poffo, was known for both his colourful style and success in the ring.

He clinched two WWE championships, two world heavyweight championships and held a 14-month reign as intercontinental champion, according to a biography on the WWE website.

A statement posted on the WWE site read: “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest superstars of his time.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.”


Shocker! Siasia drops Osaze for Ameobi

Why I dropped Osaze – Siasia

By Fidelis Ebu
Coach Samson Siasia has left out Osaze Odemwingie from his squad for June’s double header against Argentina and Ethiopia.

Instead, Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has been called up to take part in the high-profile friendly against the South Americans in Abuja and an African Nations Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa.Siasia also handed a recall to defender Yusuf

Mohammed to plug the hole at right-back, with Heartland’s Chibuzor Okonkwo the only available right-back following the tragic loss of Adefemi Olubayo early this month.

Also recalled is Karabukspor striker Emmanuel Emenike.

List for Argentina, Ethiopia

Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda, Israel), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petah Tikva, Israel)

Chibuzor Okonkwo (Heartland FC, Nigeria), Yusuf Mohammed (Al Hilal, Sudan), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille, France), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine), Dele Adeleye (Metalurh Donetsk, Ukraine), Efe Ambrose (Ashdod MS, Israel).

Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England), Joel Obi (Inter Milan, Italy), Fegor Ogwude (Valerenga, Norway), Kalu Uche (Almeria FC, Spain), Nosa Igiebor, Lillestrom FC, Norway), Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan, Italy), Isaac Promise (Manisapor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (VVV Venlo, Netherlands), Victor Anichebe (Everton, England), Peter Utaka (Odense Boldklub, Denmark), Obinna Nsofor (West Ham, England), Ikechukwu Uche (Real Zaragoza, Spain), Ekigho Ehiosun (Warri Wolves, Nigeria), Emmanuel Emenike (Karabukspor FC, Turkey)

Standby: Victor Moses (Wigan FC, England), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle, England)

Why I dropped Osaze – Siasia

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia, who left out  Osaze Odemwingie from his squad to face Argentina and Ethiopia next month, has explained why the West Brom striker was sidelined from the two crucial matches.

Siasia said last night that Odemwingie was dropped as punishment after missing the friendly against Kenya last month without permission.

“He [Odemwingie] broke camp rule by leaving without seeking permission during our last match,” said Siasia.
“Until he comes back to explain why he did that, the national team doors are not open to him.

“It was an act of indiscipline and we don’t condone that.”

Odemwingie was not included in the team despite scoring 15 goals in his debut season in the English Premier League.

USA: Trump’s school sued for fraud

 Add questions about Trump University to the growing list of potential scandals for which Donald Trump may have to answer if he decides to jump into the 2012 presidential race. Last year, the real estate mogul’s school was forced to change its name from Trump University after the New York Department of Education took issue with its title, claiming the word “University” was misrepresentation. At the time, Trump was marketing his seminar program as an “Ivy-League quality” school. But a current class action lawsuit against the learning institute–now known as the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative–begs to differ, the Huffington Post reports. The program continues to face accusations it’s nothing more than a scam preying on individuals hoping to make it rich in the real estate business,

purporting to make participants into “apprentices” of Trump and offer insider secrets. More specifically, the lawsuit claims that the for-profit institution is a poff that pressures individuals into spending money, especially on ventures in which the “school’s” mentors and associates have a financial stake. (Trump has filed a $100 million counterclaim for defamation.) In addition to the class action suit, state attorney generals in six states are also investigating complaints against Trump’s program, as is the Better Business Bureau, which in the past has issued it a poor rating, HuffPo reports. Trump has faced increased scrutiny since floating his name for president. Recently, he appeared to contradict documentation that he sought draft deferments during the Vietnam war. Trump also faces questions for employing Chinese companies to manufacture Trump goods, for donating to Democrats and for failing to release his financial statements and settle long-disputed claims about his actual net worth.


Rooney threatens to put Twitter abuser ‘asleep’

MANCHESTER (AFP) – Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney warned a Twitter follower who threatened him, “I’ll put u asleep within 10 seconds”.
England forward Rooney found himself drawn into an angry exchange after the follower, who appeared to be a fan of Liverpool, United’s arch-rivals, taunted him by saying: “Rooney ya fat whore ill smash ya head in with a pitchin wedge an bury ya with a ballast fork…”
Rooney dared the follower to meet him at United’s training ground to carry out his threat, replying: “I will put u asleep within 10 seconds hope u turn up if u don’t gonna tell everyone ur scared u little nit. I’ll be waiting.”
The 25-year-old United hero later tried to laugh off the situation by posting: “Haha bit of banter and people go nuts chill all people.”

Alleged rape of corps member: Oba docked, released on bail

The premises of the Osun State Magistrate Court, Osogbo, was tensed yesterday at the resumed sitting of the court on the case of rape of a corps member levelled against Alowa of Ilowa town, Oba Adebukola Ali. Oba Alli was arraigned before Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode on March 30, for allegedly raping a 23-year-old corps member (names withheld), at his Osogbo residence on March 25. The monarch, who was arraigned before Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode, was, however, released on bail. But when the case came up for mention yesterday, legal personnel from the Legal Aid Council, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) stormed the court to hold watching brief for the complainant. Legal Adviser to the NYSC, Mr. Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim, led the teams from the NYSC and Legal Aid Council while Mr. Abdul-Mumin Khalid from the attorney-general’s office, represented the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. The rape victim was also in the courtroom alongside her colleagues, who were also serving in the state. She wept intermittently as glances were passed at her. Interestingly, when the case was called up, the presiding magistrate, Justice Ijiyode, announced his decision to transfer the case to the chief magistrate, saying the laws setting up the Magistrate Court gave him no jurisdiction to handle the case. “The best for me is to have a transfer of the case. The complainant and the accused need not be disturbed with this development. I am constrained by the jurisdiction and laws that set up the court,” Magistrate Ijiyode stated. He lamented that he would have loved to handle the case in view of the uproar it had generated in the media and also sure of where the case would end. By 11.35a.m, the case came up before the Chief Magistrate, Justice Akinwumi Makanjuola, where a one-count charge of rape was levelled against the monarch. The charge sheet read thus: ‘That you, Oba Adebukola Ali, on or before 25th March, 2011 at Rasco Housing Estate, Osogbo, did unlawfully have canal knowledge of one Helen Opara without her consent by means of threat and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 357 and 358 of the Criminal Code, Vol 11, Laws of Osun State 2003.” After taking the plea of the monarch and a fresh oral bail application filed by his lawyer, Mr. Tewo Lamuye, the presiding judge released the monarch on bail. But the three hours ordeal was not a palatable experience for the Alowa as he was sweating profusely in the courtroom and occasionally wiping his face with his handkerchief. At the Ijiyode’s court, the monarch experienced the embarrassment of his life as the judge ordered him to remove his cap while heading for the dock. He promptly complied. But at the Chief Magistrate Court, all efforts by the police orderly to the judge to make the accused monarch remove his cap fell on deaf ears. He bluntly refused the police order. In his brief ruling, Magistrate Makanjuola granted the bail application of Oba Ali’s lawyer in the sum of N250,000 and two sureties in like sum. The sureties, the court stated, must sign to affidavit of means and produce tax receipt of three years while the police must investigate their residential and official addresses. Further hearing into the case was adjourned to August 11. via Daily Sun Read more:

Delta chief killed, 16 houses burnt

THE Elema of Obi-Anyinma community in Ika South local Government Area of Delta State, Vincent Chinyere Aminomwan, was shot dead while over 16 houses were burnt following a bloody fight in the community over sharing of royalty from an oil prospecting company.

Meanwhile, the entire community has been deserted.

Also, the recurring communal crisis between Umuebu and Amai communities in Ukwuani Local Government Area, which originated since 1914 assumed an alarming dimension with several persons killed and property destroyed.

Member representing Ika South constituency, Mr. Martin Okonta and his counterpart representing Ukwuani constituency in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Alphonsus Ojo, had brought separate motions under matter of urgent public importance on the floor of the House, seeking the State Government’s intervention. And the two motions were unanimously carried.

Speaking to Vanguard, Okonta who was a former Speaker of the House, said “what actually happened is that one company Pan Oceanic Oil Services was trying to clear the site give award of contract for grading of the road and were expanding the site to enable them prospect for oil.

As a result of that there was power tussle between Chief Vincent Chinyere Aminomwan who is the Elema of Obi-anyinma, the traditional custodian of the Obi-anyinma and some other interest groups and some chiefs within the locality; Obi-anyinma is a subsidiary of Abavo community. So the Obi of Abavo invited them to resolve the matter.

“During the amicable resolution”, he went on, “it was agreed that the youth leadership should cast their votes in the palace to determine who becomes the youth leader and the Secretary and that was done in the palace. It was when the Elema of Ob was going home that he was shot down.

About 16 houses have been burnt and they are still burning as I speak to you. Although a detachment of mobile unit has been sent there but I don’t think it has helped matters. The town has been deserted and is now a ghost to set up a panel of Inquiry to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the crisis”.

via Vanguard

Donald Trump : I’m Worth Whatever I Feel

Everyone knows it: Donald Trump is rich. Really rich. Forbes magazine has ranked him among its 400 richest Americans nearly every year since it started keeping track in 1982.

And in his own media blitz, Trump — who is acting like a candidate, even though he hasn’t officially become one — has been boasting about his wealth.

But just how much Trump is actually worth remains the subject of debate and even a lawsuit.

Last week, Trump told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his net worth is “many, many, many times Mitt Romney,” making him a better-suited contender for president. And on Thursday, he reiterated the claim on CNN’s American Morning.

“Forbes says $2.7 billion. I can tell you that’s a very low number. It’s much more than that,” Trump said, adding if he decides to run, he would provide a financial statement. “I think people will be extremely impressed.”

For its part, Forbes magazine says it relies on a variety of sources, including “employees, rivals, attorneys, ex-spouses and securities analysts.” It includes all assets, from stakes in companies to art to yachts.

But because many of Trump’s holdings are private companies, their value is not publicly disclosed. Other properties, such as the Trump Soho in New York City, are not actually owned by Trump; instead, he gets a licensing fee for allowing them to brandish his moniker.

In addition, Trump is involved in many complicated deals — making calculating his wealth tricky.

In recent years, he’s expanded his empire to include the NBC reality show “The Apprentice” and its spinoff “Celebrity Apprentice.”

At least one reporter who has challenged Trump’s value of his opaque pool of assets has ended up in court.

Timothy O’Brien, then a reporter at the New York Times, disputed Trump’s net worth in his book, “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald,” which Warner Books, then owned by CNN’s parent company Time Warner, published in 2005.

O’Brien put Trump’s wealth somewhere between $150 million and $250 million, attributing the figures to people with direct knowledge of Trump’s finances.

“None of these people thought that he was remotely close to being a billionaire,” O’Brien wrote in an excerpt published in the Times.

Trump sued O’Brien and Warner Books for libel. The case was dismissed but Trump appealed. A decision is pending. CNN has obtained a copy of a deposition of Trump that was conducted on Dec. 19-20, 2007. (Read excerpts from the deposition)

In the deposition, Trump insists he’s a bona fide billionaire.

“I am a billionaire,” he said. “Of course, if you read Tim O’Brien’s writings and what was then transposed into the The New York Times, you would certainly not think that. But I am a billionaire, many times over, on a conservative basis.”

And the book has cost him business, Trump says.

“I’ve lost deals. I’ve lost specific deals because of it,” he said.

Throughout the deposition, Trump sparred with O’Brien’s lawyer, Andrew Ceresney, over how the real estate tycoon determined what he was worth.

Trump: My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with the markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings, but I try.

Ceresney: Let me just understand that a little. You said your net worth goes up and down based upon your own feelings?

Trump: Yes, even my own feelings, as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day …

Ceresney: When you publicly state a net worth number, what do you base that number on?

Trump: I would say it’s my general attitude at the time that the question may be asked. And as I say, it varies.

But the deposition shows Trump’s valuation of his properties can be at odds with others’ views.

“Donald owns 40 Wall Street, which he spent about $35 million to buy and refurbish in 1996,” lawyer Ceresney read from O’Brien’s book. “The building has about $145 million in debt attached to it, and New York City assessors value it at $90 million. Donald values it at $400 million.”

Trump reacts to the passage by saying: “Anybody would understand that a city assessment is 15 and 20 percent the value of a building.”

When questioned about the return on his investment from several golf courses, Trump said he does his own math.

Ceresney: Have you ever done a projection as to how much you anticipate you will profit on these courses over time in light of the contributions that you’re making in cash?

Trump: Yes, I’ve done mental projections.

Ceresney: Mental projections?

Trump: Yes.

Ceresney: These are projections that you’ve done in your head?

Trump: Yes.

Though Trump acknowledged that he provided O’Brien with financial statements showing his wealth at $3.6 billion, he said the actual figure is closer to $6 billion.

“These statements … never included the value of the brand. And there are those who say the brand is very, very valuable,” Trump said in the deposition.

O’Brien’s book tainted his name, The Donald said.

“My reputation was severely hurt. It was damaged and therefore my brand was damaged,” he said.
Story by Kiran Khalid, CNN producer. CNNMoney senior writer Tami Luhby contributed to this article.

Inside Story of How Osama bin Laden’s Trusted Aide Gave Him Away

WASHINGTON – When one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

That monitored phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden’s personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death.

The violent final minutes were the culmination of years of intelligence work. Inside the CIA team hunting bin Laden, it always was clear that bin Laden’s vulnerability was his couriers. He was too smart to let al-Qaida foot soldiers, or even his senior commanders, know his hideout. But if he wanted to get his messages out, somebody had to carry them, someone bin Laden trusted with his life.

Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, detainees in the CIA’s secret prison network told interrogators about an important courier with the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti who was close to bin Laden. After the CIA captured al-Qaida’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, he confirmed knowing al-Kuwaiti but denied he had anything to do with al-Qaida.

Then in 2004, top al-Qaida operative Hassan Ghul was captured in Iraq. Ghul told the CIA that al-Kuwaiti was a courier, someone crucial to the terrorist organization. In particular, Ghul said, the courier was close to Faraj al-Libi, who replaced Mohammed as al-Qaida’s operational commander. It was a key break in the hunt for in bin Laden’s personal courier.

“Hassan Ghul was the linchpin,” a U.S. official said.

Finally, in May 2005, al-Libi was captured. Under CIA interrogation, al-Libi admitted that when he was promoted to succeed Mohammed, he received the word through a courier. But he made up a name for the courier and denied knowing al-Kuwaiti, a denial that was so adamant and unbelievable that the CIA took it as confirmation that he and Mohammed were protecting the courier. It only reinforced the idea that al-Kuwaiti was very important to al-Qaida.

If they could find the man known as al-Kuwaiti, they’d find bin Laden.

The revelation that intelligence gleaned from the CIA’s so-called black sites helped kill bin Laden was seen as vindication for many intelligence officials who have been repeatedly investigated and criticized for their involvement in a program that involved the harshest interrogation methods in U.S. history.

“We got beat up for it, but those efforts led to this great day,” said Marty Martin, a retired CIA officer who for years led the hunt for bin Laden.

Mohammed did not discuss al-Kuwaiti while being subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding, former officials said. He acknowledged knowing him many months later under standard interrogation, they said, leaving it once again up for debate as to whether the harsh technique was a valuable tool or an unnecessarily violent tactic.

It took years of work before the CIA identified the courier’s real name: Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait. When they did identify him, he was nowhere to be found. The CIA’s sources didn’t know where he was hiding. Bin Laden was famously insistent that no phones or computers be used near him, so the eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency kept coming up cold.

Ahmed was identified by detainees as a mid-level operative who helped al-Qaida members and their families find safe havens. But his whereabouts were such a mystery to U.S. intelligence that, according to Guantanamo Bay documents, one detainee said Ahmed was wounded while fleeing U.S. forces during the invasion of Afghanistan and later died in the arms of the detainee.

But in the middle of last year, Ahmed had a telephone conversation with someone being monitored by U.S. intelligence, according to an American official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. Ahmed was located somewhere away from bin Laden’s hideout when he had the discussion, but it was enough to help intelligence officials locate and watch Ahmed.

In August 2010, Ahmed unknowingly led authorities to a compound in the northeast Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where al-Libi had once lived. The walls surrounding the property were as high as 18 feet and topped with barbed wire. Intelligence officials had known about the house for years, but they always suspected that bin Laden would be surrounded by heavily armed security guards. Nobody patrolled the compound in Abbottabad.

In fact, nobody came or went. And no telephone or Internet lines ran from the compound. The CIA soon believed that bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, in a hideout especially built to go unnoticed. But since bin Laden never traveled and nobody could get onto the compound without passing through two security gates, there was no way to be sure.

Despite that uncertainty, intelligence officials realized this could represent the best chance ever to get to bin Laden. They decided not to share the information with anyone, including staunch counterterrorism allies such as Britain, Canada and Australia.

By mid-February, the officials were convinced a “high-value target” was hiding in the compound. President Barack Obama wanted to take action.

“They were confident and their confidence was growing: ‘This is different. This intelligence case is different. What we see in this compound is different than anything we’ve ever seen before,’” John Brennan, the president’s top counterterrorism adviser, said Monday. “I was confident that we had the basis to take action.”

Options were limited. The compound was in a residential neighborhood in a sovereign country. If Obama ordered an airstrike and bin Laden was not in the compound, it would be a huge diplomatic problem. Even if Obama was right, obliterating the compound might make it nearly impossible to confirm bin Laden’s death.

Said Brennan, “The president had to evaluate the strength of that information, and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.”

Brennan told CNN Tuesday that “there was no single piece of information that was an ‘ah-hah’ moment.” He said officials took “bits and pieces” of intelligence gathered and analyzed over a long period of time to nail down the leads they needed.

Obama tapped two dozen members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six to carry out a raid with surgical accuracy.

Before dawn Monday morning, a pair of helicopters left Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. The choppers entered Pakistani airspace using sophisticated technology intended to evade that country’s radar systems, a U.S. official said.

Officially, it was a kill-or-capture mission, since the U.S. doesn’t kill unarmed people trying to surrender. But it was clear from the beginning that whoever was behind those walls had no intention of surrendering, two U.S. officials said.

The helicopters lowered into the compound, dropping the SEALs behind the walls. No shots were fired, but shortly after the team hit the ground, one of the helicopters came crashing down and rolled onto its side for reasons the government has yet to explain. None of the SEALs was injured, however, and the mission continued uninterrupted.

With the CIA and White House monitoring the situation in real time — presumably by live satellite feed or video carried by the SEALs — the team stormed the compound.

Thanks to sophisticated satellite monitoring, U.S. forces knew they’d likely find bin Laden’s family on the second and third floors of one of the buildings on the property, officials said. The SEALs secured the rest of the property first, then proceeded to the room where bin Laden was hiding. A firefight ensued, Brennan said.

Ahmed and his brother were killed, officials said. Then, the SEALs killed bin Laden with a bullet just above his left eye, blowing off part his skull, another official said. Using the call sign for his visual identification, one of the soldiers communicated that “Geronimo” had been killed in action, according to a U.S. official.

Bin Laden’s body was immediately identifiable, but the U.S. also conducted DNA testing that identified him with near 100 percent certainty, senior administration officials said. Photo analysis by the CIA, confirmation on site by a woman believed to be bin Laden’s wife, who was wounded, and matching physical features such as bin Laden’s height all helped confirm the identification. At the White House, there was no doubt.

“I think the accomplishment that very brave personnel from the United States government were able to realize yesterday is a defining moment in the war against al-Qaida, the war on terrorism, by decapitating the head of the snake known as al-Qaida,” Brennan said.

U.S. forces searched the compound and flew away with documents, hard drives and DVDs that could provide valuable intelligence about al-Qaida, a U.S. official said. The entire operation took about 40 minutes, officials said.

Bin Laden’s body was flown to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian sea, a senior defense official said. There, aboard a U.S. warship, officials conducted a traditional Islamic burial ritual. Bin Laden’s body was washed and placed in a white sheet. He was placed in a weighted bag that, after religious remarks by a military officer, was slipped into the sea about 2 a.m. EDT Monday.

Said the president, “I think we can all agree this is a good day for America.”

Story by ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press. writers Kimberly Dozier, Eileen Sullivan and Ben Feller in Washington and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

Switzerland Freezes Laurent Gbagbo’s Millions

Authorities in Switzerland say they have frozen assets worth 70m Swiss francs (£49m; $81m) linked to former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. The government ordered the freeze in January, after Mr. Gbagbo refused to cede power despite losing an election.

Ivory Coast must prove the assets were gained criminally if it hopes to reclaim them. Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council has ratified the election victory of Mr. Gbagbo’s rival, Alassane Ouattara.

The top court sparked a four-month stand-off in December by overturning the electoral commission’s finding that Mr Ouattara had won. The council, headed by Gbagbo ally Paul Yao N’Dre, annulled thousands of votes cast in favour of Mr. Ouattara in rebel-held areas of the north, where Mr. Gbagbo had alleged fraud.

The UN, which helped organise the elections, says it found no evidence of widespread fraud. Mr. N’Dre says he now accepts Mr Ouattara’s victory.

He met Ivory Coast’s new leader last month but refused to accept blame for the crisis, saying all sides shared responsibility.

Mr. Gbagbo was arrested in April after a four-month stand-off following last November’s elections.

Mr. Ouattara’s government says the former president is being investigated for alleged human rights abuses committed while he was in power. Some 3,000 people are believed to have been killed during the unrest.

BBC News

Cry all You Want, We Are Looting the National Treasury – Nigeria Lawmakers

by Dele Ajaja

The Nigerian lawmakers appear so obstinate, viciously unyielding, and so hard of hearing. They continue to turn deaf ears to the repeated calls by the people for them (the lawmakers) to lower their budgetary allocation for the Year 2011. The lawmakers are sticking to the increment of their allocation from N111.24 billion in 2010 to the outrageous amount of N232.74 billion in 2011. That is a massive 109.2 percent increment over last year’s allocation. This is happening at a time when majority of Nigerians are reeling in unforgiving poverty and the nation’s economy and foreign reserves are being threatened by the lawmakers’ voracious ways of life.

The civil groups in the country, including labor, lawyers, students, bankers, and business have made repeated calls on the Nigerian lawmakers at different points in time to slow down the allocation of heavy salaries, benefits, allowances, and emoluments to themselves, as the nation’s economy struggled under the heavy spending of the government. More organizations are speaking up against the Nigerian lawmakers’ attunement to heavy spending.

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture, NACCIMA, has joined the long line of groups denouncing the astronomical budgetary allocation to the law-making branch of the Nigerian government. Speaking at a recent forum organized by the organization, Dr. Ademola Ajayi, NACCIMA President, requested the Nigerian National Assembly to review its budget downward.

“We are concerned that in spite of public outcry and repeated reminders, the issue of national budget is yet to be satisfactorily resolved… This issue has once again resurfaced with the 2011 federal budget that was recently passed by our lawmakers.” Dr. Ajayi said about the National Assembly, NAAS.

Dr. Ajayi called on President Goodluck Jonathan to return the NAAS approved 2011 budget to the national assembly for downward review. He also linked the national assembly’s disposition to spending to the current cost of governance in Nigeria. The NACCIMA president deplored the national assembly for generating a recurrent expenditure that revolves around 70 percent of the nation’s budget, leaving only about 30 percent for national development.

It should be recalled that the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Sanusi Lamido, warned in the past that the nation’s economy cannot sustain the unrestrained parasitic activities of the country’s lawmakers. The head of the nation’s highest bank indicated that it was a matter of time before the Nigerian economy crumbled under the weight of the excessive wages, emoluments, and the gluttonous lifestyles of the Nigerian lawmakers.

It is a known fact that the Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid government officials in the world. A Nigerian senator reportedly takes home close to N250 million – about $1.7 million per annum. A member of the Federal House of Representatives earns around N205 million – that translates to about $1.4 million a year. The Nigerian lawmakers are the world leaders in the looting of their nation’s treasury. Additionally, the lawmakers allocate generous “constituency allowances” to themselves. The money was meant for providing basic amenities for the constituencies, but many of the lawmakers usually convert it to their personal use.

“Those who have ears among the lawmakers should listen to their people’s warnings. Nigerian voters are changing noticeably. People no longer vote dogmatically in many parts of Nigeria. They vote for individuals who have something to show for the votes they received from the people. Those who stick to heavy spending instead of standing with the people will find themselves in the cold next election. The Yorubas say that the dog that will get lost doesn’t listen to its owner’s warnings.” A new member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, who wished to remain anonymous, cautioned fellow lawmakers.

Igbo after 2011 elections: What next?

By Orji Kalu []

I have known a long time ago that Nigerian politicians, no matter how you choose to look at them, are not yet grounded in the art of diplomatic and political fineness. They still play politics of the stomach and are not always ready to keep to promises reached. You could recall that before the 2011 elections, Igbo were in the forefront of the campaign for a Goodluck Jonathan Presidency. They threw their hat into the ring with so much confidence and faith that a Jonathan in Abuja would serve their interest best. They consulted widely and built bridges of friendship with other geopolitical zones in an effort to realize this lofty dream. They went a step further to bar any Igbo from contesting the presidency until 2015.

In difference to this collective call, I subsumed my own presidential ambition and supported it. Even though I had felt differently at the initial stage about the whole project, I chose not to play the spoiler’s role. For those who know me personally, I have always chosen a seemingly unpopular cause whenever issues of national consideration come to play. In this instance, I was a bit sceptical because of the outlandish approach our people adopted. They were a bit hasty and naïve. In truth, whenever any issue that concerns a people’s future crops up common sense and wisdom should take the centre-stage, rather than undue pandering to emotionalism.

And so Igbo queued behind their ‘son, brother, in-law, and kinsman.’ They stood stoically behind him and even attempted to disown whoever had a contrary view. Then came April 9, 2011 – all Igbo resident everywhere in Nigeria came out in their numbers to ensure that the dream came to reality. And truly it did. Their votes – running into millions in each of the five states that make up the South East geopolitical zone – gave the president the much needed respite to clinch a massive electoral victory. The whole place was agog with celebration – at least for the first time in the far-flung past somebody related to them would control the reins of power in Abuja.

But gradually that dream seems to be evaporating. Some other interests are beginning to undermine the collective expectation of Igbo, who have suffered unmerited chastisement since the war ended. Don’t mind the daily sing-song of ‘no victor, no vanquished,’ Igbo are still systematically and systemically ethnically cleansed. Who will convince me there is no secret agenda to continue to impoverish and degrade Igbo?
I am not amused by the ongoing intrigues to sideline Igbo again. Of the five key political positions up for grabs, none is suitable for an Igbo man or woman to occupy. I read a very disgusting story in one of the national dailies about the distribution of these offices, aided by the usual hanky-panky of a former president who has continually bestridden the corridors of Aso Rock as if he is still in power. He is said to have masterminded a secret plot to deny Igbo any of the positions that might lift them politically and economically.

If what I read is true, then the Igbo should bid farewell to their dream to reassert themselves more forcefully in the nation’s political life. I read that it has been agreed in principle by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that while the Senate Presidency should go to the North Central geopolitical zone; the Speakership should be occupied by somebody from the South West; while the North East should get the party chairmanship position. As consolation the zone has been slated to be given the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). What this means, in concrete terms, is there is nothing substantial for the South East.

The question then is: where then lay all the toils of Igbo these past months? Why should Igbo be used as a pawn in the chessboard by politicians to actualise their selfish plans and dumped? I find this situation inexplicable, especially when I consider the pivotal role they have played in uniting and developing Nigeria.
Those who witnessed the enthusiasm of Igbo to vote in the last presidential election would see the desire of a people committed to positive change. They trooped out to make ‘one of their own’ president with the hope that it would benefit them. Some critics are already blaming Igbo for over-trustworthiness, while others see the decision to back South-South for the presidency without a formal agreement as the height of political naivety and amateurishness.

In any case, my thinking about the current subterranean moves to sidetrack Igbo from reaping the fruit of their labour is that there is a well-orchestrated plot to make Igbo more politically irrelevant. I have never believed that those who talk about courting the support of Igbo ever have any regard for them save for what they stand to benefit in the end. This attitude has always guided the way other tribes treat them. In every engagement with other ethnic groupings in the past Igbo had come out short-changed. Yet, they have learnt no lesson from their misadventures.

I still recall with deep pain the way Ohanaeze and other Igbo groups worked for the success of PDP in the last presidential election. They staked their hard-earned resources and reputation to ensure that Jonathan won. Analytically, there is no geo-political zone that voted for the president as holistically and sincerely as Igbo did. Should they, at all, go cap in hand begging to be given the speakership or Senate presidency as they currently do? Should anybody despise, cajole or humiliate them just because they are seeking some recognition in a nation their forbears laid down their lives to find?

I find it even more worrisome that nobody from other tribes has uttered a word in support of the genuine agitation of Igbo to be duly recognized in the sharing of key political offices in the land. Everybody seems to be satisfied with the ding-dong game playing out. Before the elections, Igbo were seen as the beautiful bride, with almost everybody that mattered seeking their support. They made all kinds of promises to them. For instance, they promised them the presidency in 2015. And naively Igbo believed them. How would it be possible for them to get the presidency in 2015 when they could not get even the speakership or Senate presidency in 2011? I think 2015 is a more complex matter than 2011. The emergence of Jonathan as president has upset whatever equation that had existed that would have produced a president of Igbo extraction in 2015. It would have been easier for Igbo to fight for the Presidency in 2015 if the result of 2011 presidential election had gone the other way. The interest of the North is already skewed towards 2015. The happenings around the country point to their desire to reclaim the presidency in 2015.

Perhaps, what Igbo should do, in the interim, is to rearticulate their strategies and see how they can redefine their collective aspiration as a people with a view to presenting a more united front in future. The present crop of leadership in the geopolitical zone lacks the dexterity and deftness required in such a sophisticated political game of survival. The type of leadership we require in Igbo land is one that is upstanding, focused and proactive. It is not the lax, lackadaisical, whimsical trumpeting of a few individuals who masquerade as messiahs when, in actual sense, they are a bunch of desperadoes and ideologues on a mission to satisfy their self-aggrandizement. Forget the Ohanaeze and its cohorts! They lack tact and diplomacy. In fact, they are responsible for the current quagmire Igbo have found themselves in. Imagine taking a people of a population of about 48 million on a wild-goose chase without any concrete subsisting agreement? Tufiakwa!               
I have often avoided the temptation of being drawn into unnecessary conflict with anybody or organisation. But I am forced to do so in this circumstance because of the buffoonery and chicanery of a few persons that have outlived their usefulness and yet have refused to quit the stage. Should Igbo, with their retinue of egg-heads and wealthy and rich sons and daughters, still allow themselves to be led by blind, visionless leaders? Our effort will pale into nothingness if we continue to live this way. Certainly, our forbears will be kicking in their graves when they see the insults being heaped on our people.

How did Igbo get themselves into this mess? This question has become necessary in order to be able to locate the crux of the matter. The problem dates back to the time of the great Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as ceremonial president. He devoted his time and energy to the unity of Nigeria and paid little attention to the welfare of his own people. This deviated sharply from the approach the sagacious Obafemi Awolowo adopted. The place of prominence Yoruba occupy in Nigeria is traceable to the visionary leadership Awo offered them.

I do not want to be misunderstood: Dr. Azikiwe was a great man, nationalistic and patriotic, but he was too trusting and pan-Nigerian.     
I am appalled by the way Igbo are being treated after the elections, having stood in the forefront of the campaign to elect Jonathan President. I am certain many Igbo feel the same way. The burden of the whole thing will rest squarely on Igbo leaders that championed the cause of Jonathan’s Presidency. How would they be seen by the majority of Igbo that trusted them and voted for Jonathan? In fact, it will be better for them to fight it out by ensuring that Igbo get one of the juicy national offices at stake. Anything in the contrary will not be acceptable to our people.

It is important at this juncture to dismiss some of the reasons being adduced for not zoning the senate presidency or speakership to the southeast geopolitical zone. One of the reasons is to balance the equation of power through religion. What is wrong if Christians occupy the positions of Speaker of the House of Representatives and president of the Senate? There are precedents. In 1979 Joseph Wayas was Senate President, while Edwin Ume-Ezeoke was Speaker of the House of Representatives. Both are Christians. In 1993, Moshood Abiola, a Muslim, and Kingibe, a Muslim, were elected President and Vice President, respectively. In 2007, David Mark was elected Senate President and Ike Ekweremadu his deputy, while Patricia Etteh occupied the position of Speaker of House of Representatives. Three of them are Christians. Why then the lame argument about electing two Christians as Speaker and Senate President this time round?
I wish to associate myself with the agitation of Igbo to produce the Senate President or Speaker of the House of Representatives. It is a fair and equitable demand, considering the pivotal role they played in stabilising the polity and ensuring the emergence of Jonathan as President. Let it be said anywhere that Jonathan probably would not have become President without the support of Igbo. This is why I expect the president to personally show interest in what is going on. He should not sit aloof and allow things to play out on their own. If he is apathetic, definitely, Igbo will lose out and it will not do any good to his image.

There is no doubt that the enemies of Igbo are at work to frustrate their dream. But the God who has always fought for them will not allow them to succeed. Their destiny lies in the hands of God who has brought them thus far. But Igbo themselves should rethink their role in the national life of Nigeria by being more assertive and diplomatic. They should avoid undue sentimentalism and view every issue with the seriousness it deserves. They should not be carried away by what they hear or see; rather they should consider every matter purely on its merit in line with the realities of the times.

Unlike Yoruba with a definite political identity, Igbo are like sheep without a shepherd. Since the death of the Great Zik, it has been everybody to his tent. Awolowo is dead long ago but his spirit still looms colossally among his people. They revere him even in death, and have never deviated from the principles for which he lived and died. “Awoism” has gradually become an integral part of the life of Yoruba. The 2011 elections brought out the best in Yoruba unity and political suaveness. With Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), they are better placed to negotiate political power. As for Igbo, they are just ‘follow-follow’ people, having traded their rights for a pot of porridge.

As stakeholders in the Igbo project, it behoves us to stand up and seek our rights. Generations unborn will not forgive us if we allowed our self-centred inclinations becloud our sense of reasoning to such a level as to lose our identity permanently. It is very instructive that these things are happening at this time of our national life. I remember how much I was vilified by my own people just for standing up to fight for what belonged to us. They called me all kinds of names, thinking that I had a personal agenda. Sincerely speaking, I feel deeply traumatised that we failed to grab precious opportunities that came our way in the past to make ourselves more respectable and visible in Nigeria’s political space.

It is not yet late. We can still redeem the situation by standing united and, in one accord, approach the president and other relevant personalities and argue our case objectively. I am, all the same, happy with the consciousness our people have displayed so far since the whole horse-trading and subterranean manoeuvrings started. Those who win battles are those who fight consistently and fearlessly.
There is no place for lily-livered, jaundiced leaders in the life of Igbo nation. Our people have been known for their bravery, sagacity and ingenuity. And this is the time to show it in large doses.

A labourer is, indeed, entitled to his wages; and one good turn deserves another. I know Mr. President is listening. Let him do something fast before it becomes too late.

Okorocha freezes Imo accounts

Tension is rising once more in Imo State following reports that the campaign office of the state Governor-elect, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has frozen all the state government accounts with banks in the state.

Investigations reveal that Chief Okorocha’s Chief of Staff, Prince Eze Madumere, wrote a letter to all the banks dealing with the state government placing embargo on the accounts until the governor-elect, is sworn in on May 29, 2011.

Investigations further reveal that this move, which many analysts have described as an illegality is wrecking havoc in the state especially as civil servants in the state are yet to receive their April salaries. Sources close to some of the banks in Owerri reveal that cheques issued by the state government for the payment of workers salaries were dishonoured by the banks.

The latest development, according to investigations, is once more raising the political temperature in the state which dipped following a statement by the out-going governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim accepting the outcome of the election and declining going to court to challenge it despite some perceived irregularities. Some observers wonder why the governor-elect, whose aides are no signatories to the said government accounts would allow such a move that has the potentials of grounding the state or indeed jeopardizing his own swearing in ceremonies which will have to be midwife by the sitting administration.

Israeli rabbi jailed for fondling sleeping woman on plane

By Aman Ali
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Orthodox Jewish rabbi and father of 11 was sentenced to 60 days in prison on Thursday for groping his sleeping female seatmate, an Israeli soldier, aboard a transatlantic flight.
Gavriel Bidany, 48, an Israeli citizen, remained silent in federal court in Brooklyn as a Hebrew interpreter informed him of the punishment meted out by Judge Ramon Reyes.
“He is a well respected man and a well valued person in his community,” the judge said. “That said, the need for the sentence imposed is great because this is a serious offense.”
Bidany was convicted of fondling a 23-year-old lieutenant in the Israeli Army. She testified against him in court earlier this month.
The victim did not appear at the sentencing but issued a statement saying she expected more from Bidany considering he’s an Orthodox rabbi.
“Whatever was taken away from me cannot be returned,” she said. “This cannot be learned any other way. A burn leaves a scar that cannot be removed.”
According to court documents, Bidany was on a Delta Airlines flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to John F. Kennedy airport in New York in March, seated next to the woman. Bidany placed a blanket over his head, appearing to fall sleep, and that’s when the victim decided to place a blanket over herself too and sleep, the court documents said.
About 30 minutes later, the victim woke up to find Bidany groping her genital area and jumped back before the rabbi pulled his hands back, the documents said. The victim then placed the blanket back over herself before Bidany tried to grope her again, this time reaching for her breasts.
When the woman questioned the rabbi about what he was doing, the rabbi replied, “It’s a mistake, I’m asleep,” the documents said.
She immediately reported the incident to a flight attendant, leading to Bidany’s arrest.
Many of Bidany’s 11 children wrote letters to the judge pleading for his release and about a dozen of the rabbi’s friends appeared in court at the sentencing and said they valued his for his spiritual counseling.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)

Cossy Orjiakor Exposes Boobs In Nightclub

Story by dimokokorkusstella
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This picture above  was taken in a nightclub where the ex actress(turned musician)went to have fun.she was approached by fans who wanted to take pics of her boobs and the (maybe drunk cossy)gladly obliged them.The lady who is in the picture with her used her blackberry phone to snap and later circulated it,this picture made the cover page of a softsell publication this week in Nigeria…do you like what you see?

God has not decreed me dead now- Nzeribe

 Says Iam hale and hearty

By Henry Umoru
SENATOR Francis Arthur Nzeribe Wednesday denied reports that there was anxiety with regard to his health, just as he said that he is hale and hearty.

According to him, the report was politically motivated against the backdrop that a particular medium had reported severally that he was dead.

The Oguta-born politician also described comments by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of Cross River State, Mike Igini on the politics and voting style of the Oguta people as alarming and disturbing.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Public Affairs, Emeka Oraetoka, Nzeribe noted that it was sad for a newspaper, (not Vanguard) to report such a story on his state of health.

Iam hale and hearty, not dead. I pray God to give the entire staff of the newspaper (not Vanguard), which is hell-bent in seeing me dead despite God’s intention to the contrary, long life and good health. It is my wish that God will make it possible for you people to attend my 90th birthday on earth.

“While it is not my style to question the newspaper’s idea of investigative journalism, I must hasten to add that this recurring rumour of my death in the same medium is politically motivated. The manner of presentation of this latest report on my health speaks volumes of the level of mischief of the writer.

“The coincidence of my death rumour and the unguarded statement made by Mr. Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of Cross River State, in Sun Rise programme on Channel Television, 10th May, 2011 where he cast aspersions on the people of Oguta, that ‘Oguta people have never voted before, that the tradition there is for Nzeribe to write results anytime there is election there’, in justification of a deliberate effort by anti-democratic forces to disenfranchise and cut off the desire of the people to select who should rule them as others in Imo State; is rather alarming and disturbing.

“It is my sincere hope that the newspaper is not in league with anti-democratic forces in Imo State in their desperate task of giving the Nzeribes political bad name in order to hang him.”

Nico Gravity now faces tough times

Story by Olaitan Matti/

 Advice No Be Curse

 Can you remember Nico Gravity? He sang “I wan Finish Timaya”, it is depressing to let you know that he is experiencing tough times as he squat  with a friend in a one room apartment.

Our source came across the one hit artiste around Olodi Apapa, Lagos.He was looking so wretched as compared to last year when he released his debut track “I wan Finish Timaya”

Close source also revealed that Nico Gravity was spending money as he like until he had misunderstanding with his record label after he released his album. He  is also a first-class patron to nite clubs and hotels .

Surprisingly, nearly all his friends are avoiding him as they accused him of arrogance and selfishness.

Osama’s sons: our father’s killing was ‘criminal’



Osama bin Laden’s adult sons have denounced their father’s killing as “criminal” in a statement released in the New York Times. They also said his burial at sea had humiliated the family. The New York Times said the statement was prepared at the direction of the al Qaeda leader’s fourth eldest son Omar bin Laden who has publicly denounced his father’s terrorism. The statement was provided to the newspaper by an American author who helped the younger bin Laden write a memoir “Growing up bin Laden.” In the statement, the bin Laden family asked why the al Qaeda leader “was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world.” The statement also cited the trials of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and former Serbian leader Slobadan Milosevic and added that “we maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems… justice must seen to be done.” A similar statement appeared on jihadist websites on Tuesday. That statement, attributed to Omar bin Laden, said the al Qaeda chief’s children reserve the right to take legal action in the United States and internationally to “determine the true fate of our vanished father”, the SITE Intelligence Group said. There was no independent confirmation of the authenticity of the letter, published on the website of Islamist ideologue Abu Walid al-Masri, although several specialists on militant propaganda said the text appeared genuine. Omar bin Laden, who has been based in the Gulf in recent years, did not immediately respond to emailed and telephoned requests for comment on the website statement. Read more:

Nigerian Mayor of Southwark Borough dies in London

THE Nigerian Mayor of the Borough of Southwark, in London, Mr Tayo Situ, is dead.

His colleague and fellow councillor representing South Camberwell, Peter John, announced that Situ died on Monday night at the age of 56 years.

“It is with great personal sadness that I have to inform you of the death of our Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Tayo Situ, on Monday, May 9, 2011 at about 11.00 pm.

“Although Tayo had been ill for a number of weeks, his passing is a grievous blow to his family, his friends and our borough,” John said.

Situ was educated at The Polytechnic in Ibadan and studied Economics before leaving Nigeria for the United Kingdom (UK) in 1985.

He studied accountancy at South Bank University, London and ran his own business.

As a councillor, his priorities were to see more jobs for local people and better services for the young and vulnerable.

Mayor Situ died of cancer and was survived by wife, Abike, five children and grandchildren.

via Tribune

SEX ROMP: Mystery over woman’s death in hotel


• Body dumped inside gutter • Family demands justice


The police are yet to unravel the mystery behind the death of a woman, Chikodili Njebu, whose body was found naked in a gutter at Ichi, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state.
Her family members is accusing her lover, Chimezie of being the mastermined.

The family claimed that it was Chimezie that last called her phone, and the deceased told them she had an appointment with him in a hotel. However, the police have declared a manhunt for the lover boy and have arrested some staff of the hotel where the love birds allegedly met before her death.

A police source told Daily Sun that preliminary investigation has shown that the two lovers actually met in the hotel where they allegedly paid N700 for a short time stay. The source disclosed that the deceased actually died in the hotel room before her lover ran away, leaving the corpse, but the staff in order to avoid arrest, allegedly dumped it in the gutter.

The police source said the questions they are still trying to find answers to, are whether the woman was poisoned by her boyfriend or that she died out of exhaustion during sex. Her younger sister, Susan Cardrin, told Daily Sun that the deceased was allegedly murdered by Chimezie. Cardrin alleged that on the fateful day, Chikodili received a phone call believed to be from Chimezie who asked her to meet him in a hotel.
She said her sister, a London returnee, left the house immediately but few hours later, the news started filtering the town that her sister’s corpse was found in a gutter.

She claimed that some people who saw Chimezie in company with her sister told her that they saw her entering the hotel with Chimezie. She said she was reliably informed by a staff of the hotel that Chimezie paid for the service. According to her, she believed Chimezie poisoned her sister. She decried the callous attitude of the staff of the hotel who she accused of allegedly dumping ther corpse in a gutter.
She is appealing to the police to arrest Chimezie, who is on the run and the hotel staff.

A staff of the hotel who confinded to Daily Sun alleged that after the expiration of the shot time.
“My colleague went to knock on the door to inform the love birds that their time was over, but no one replied. So, when he forced the door open, he could not stand what he saw.”

The staff further hinted that the lover boy was in a better position to explain what happened to the deceased. “Because, after committing the act, he sneaked out and told us that he was going to buy suya.
The Area Commander for Nnewi, John Nwele, confirmed the incident, saying that investigation would soon reveal what happened.

via Daily Sun

Tears as drowned corpers are buried in Bayelsa

Tears flowed freely yesterday during the open air service for Stephen Oluwasegun Aremu, one of the corps members who died in a boat mishap along the Nembe/Brass waterways.

Aremu, from Kwara State and Adamu Isaiah Barau from Bauchi State were among the victims who died in the boat mishap involving a 20-passenger boat. Two female corps members who were also involved in the mishap survived because they were putting on life jackets. The deceased were, however, unlucky as they drowned in the water with their bodies floating two days later. Barua was immediately buried according to Muslim rites in Nembe, while Aremu’s family were contacted after explanation that because of the circumstances in which he died, he would be buried in the state.

At the funeral service held for Aremu, a graduate of Geology from the University of Ilorin, at the Yenagoa Local Government Area, the Special Assistant to Governor Timipre Sylva on National Youth Service, Mr. Lawrence Ikati and the state Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Nnena Ukoha and other sympathisers broke down in tears.
In his sermon, the officiating priest, Pastor Friday Azubike of the Evangelistic Church of West Africa (ECWA) lamented that the nation had lost a potential leader. He, however, added that people should be prepared for the day of death and judgement.

Reading from the books of 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4, verse 13-18 and Hebrew Chapter 9, verse 27, he encouraged Christians to embrace Christ and shun indecent lives to inherit the Kingdom of God.
Ukoha, in her speech through the state Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Pius Iyama, stated that though corps members were allowed to move from one part of the state to the other, henceforth the state office would no longer tolerate indiscriminate travelling without official permission. He said preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased died because they were not putting on their life jackets while the two female survivors escaped death because of the life jackets.

Emotions further ran high when Iyama recollected how the deceased who had put on the life jacket went back shortly before the boat took off to drop the jacket and embarked on the ill-fated trip. Ikati in his remarks condoled with the families of the deceased and the NYSC, pleading with corps members to always seek official permission before travelling.

Aremu’s father, Mr. Tunde Aremu who was represented by his younger brother, David Aremu, expressed the appreciation of the family to the Bayelsa State government and the NYSC for making efforts to recover the body of his son and for his interment. In an emotion-laden voice, he lamented the pain the deceased would have gone through before eventually giving up the ghost.

via Daily Sun

CIA to let some senators see bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA has informed two Senate committees that their members can view post-mortem photos of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden if they wish, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.
The CIA invited members from the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Armed Services committee to make an appointment with the intelligence agency to see the photographs, the aide said.
President Barack Obama last week ruled out making the photos available for public viewing because it could incite violence and be used by al Qaeda as a propaganda tool.
Bin Laden was killed by a U.S. strike team that surprised him at his Pakistan compound a week ago. He was buried at sea.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jackie Frank)

Jimoh Ibrahim acquires Newswatch magazine

LAGOS — As part of measures to save the moribund Newswatch magazine, business mogul and Publisher of National Mirror titles, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, and his turn-around team, Thursday, concluded arrangement for the final acquisition of the magazine when it signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the former owner and the new management.

Under the new arrangement, the backlog of seven months staff salary being owed are to be paid by the new management while all debts being owed will also be offset by the new owner.

Addressing members of staff of the magazine yesterday, Ibrahim, who introduced the principal members of his turn-around team, explained that his turn-around mission in Newswatch magazine would not tamper with the editorial build up of the magazine but would be greatly concentrated in the managerial aspect of the company to ensure that the vision of the founding fathers of the magazine does not “go under, but survive.”


Speaking further, Ibrahim who expressed confidence in the ability of the editorial departments to deliver also stated that though he has not done a proper diagnosis of the paper but he was relying on the reports submitted by members of his acquisition team who stated that the principal problem of the magazine was that of finance and not incompetence, hence his readiness to invest in the magazine.

While assuring the employees of having no plans of sacking anyone, he explained that those that may be affected are those who joined the company without following the due process or those that have fraudulent promotion or those that are owing the company’s money and have not reconciled their accounts.

To demonstrate his readiness to ensure a speedy take_off of the magazine under the new management, Ibrahim explained that the new management has resolved that all the employees of Newswatch magazine will as from today (Friday) commence a training and orientation to upgrade and refresh their knowledge to conform with the realities and aspirations of the new management of the company.

Towards this, all employees of the magazine were directed to report at Nicon Hotel and Suites, Ajah by 8:00 a.m Friday 6th May, 2011for the orientation course that will take them through to Sunday 8th, May, 2011.

While promising a cash injection to take care of the outstanding salary arrears as well as to offset the debt incurred by the company, Jimoh Ibrahim also told the employees to be ready to swap job to any of the companies already in his conglomerate if they so desired.

Among the principal officers that make up the turn_around team for Newswatch magazine is the editor of the magazine, Bala Dan Abu who is saddled with the editorial build_up portfolio, while the position of Mr Ray Ekpu as the C.E.O of the magazine was said to be altered to a higher pedestal.

Hilda Dokubo’s ex-husband, Karo Mrakpor remarries

Story by linda

The actress and politician’s marriage to screenwriter and movie director, Karo, ended quietly in 2008. The ex-couple had been dating since their days at the university. They broke up, reconciled, got married and broke up again. The news now is that Karo has re-married. He is believed to have a married a lady called Ibiware on Sat. 30th of April in a traditional ceremony at her home town of Bonny Island, River State


My dear brothers and sisters, as you all know The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct a supplementary election in four local government areas and one ward in Imo State tomorrow. The Commission, said in a statement in Abuja that the affected areas are our areas of Ngor-Okpalla, Mbaitoli, Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema as well as Orji Ward in Owerri North Local Government . I know you are all ready for tomorrow’s supplementary election. The moment of truth is here. We will be going to the polls to elect who rules our state. We are down to the last critical hours of what has been one of the tightest and most hard fought gubernatorial race. The two front -runners in tomorrow’s election are Chief Ikedi Godson Ohakim (PDP) and Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha (APGA).

Ikedi Ohakim was Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Imo State from 1992 to 1993 during the tenure of former governor Evan Enwerem. He later ran for the governorship of Imo State on the platform of the Progressive People’s Alliance in April 2007 and won from where he decamped to PDP. Rochas Okorocha is a former Special Adviser on Inter Party relations to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He contested the governorship elections in Imo State in 1999 but was unsuccessful. He also contested the presidential primaries of the PDP in 2003 but lost to Obasanjo.

My brothers and sisters, we should all march out to vote for Ikedi Ohakim tomorrow. Ohakim is the incumbent governor of the state and we all know that he is putting smiles on the faces of the people. Ngor Okpalla has a commissioner and some media aides serving in Ohakim’s government, Mbaitoli has two commissioners while Ohaji/Egbema has about four aides working with the governor. Ohakim has also embarked on various developmental projects in these our areas. He is also calm, calculative, meticulous and altruistic. Even in the face of scores of litigations and smear campaign against him, he is neither deterred nor derailed from pursuing the vision of a new face of Imo. He has demonstrated unparallel zeal and commitment in the development of Imo State. He is courageous, sober, competent, and concerned with the welfare the people. Ohakim deserves re-election. It is reasonable to ask for more 4 years for him ,to enable him nurse to fruition many of the projects he initiated.

Also, you all should remember that in Imo State there is a peace agreement that governorship position be rotated on an 8 year tenure between three geo-political zones in the state, namely Orlu, Okigwe and Owerri. Orlu with twelve local governments; Owerri with nine local governments and Okigwe with six local governments. In 1998, the elders and political leaders sat and agreed that Orlu should be allowed to produce the governor first. Hence at the 1999 governorship election, the two dominant parties, APP and PDP fielded an all Orlu candidates, namely Dr Ezekiel Izuogu for APP and Chief Achike Udenwa for PDP. Udenwa emerged governor and served for eight years. It was further agreed that after Orlu zone, Okigwe will take its turn from 2007 to 2015 while Owerri will call the shots from 2015 to 2023. It was also on that account that Ikedi Ohakim was supported to emerge governor in 2007 .

My brothers and sisters, Okigwe zone is expected to govern Imo State between 2007 and 2015 for an Owerri man to take over in 2015. But Rochas Okorocha from Orlu Zone has refused to abide by the peace agreement of the state and is contesting the gubernatorial election in total defiance to wish of the people .This is a deep embarrassment to the people of Imo State. Although Orlu zone by its population and natural endowments is the largest and most viable, it made it clear that it would abide by the zoning arrangement, hence its massive and unwavering support for Okigwe zone in 2007.
Rochas Okorocha hails from Ideato South local government area of Orlu zone. Yes,one will acknowledge that the constitution of Nigeria confers on him the right to seek election into any political office in the land but one should be disturbed by the implications of his actions as regards the political stability of Imo State. He is triggering ethnic conflicts by insisting on challenging the rights of Okigwe people to complete their eight years just like Orlu did between 1999 and 2007.

One is also worried by the strange politics played by Rochas Okorocha, politics of violence. He is a man with penchant for violence and total disregard for constitutional authority. He wants to disrupt the political system in Imo State so that crisis will become the lot of the state .How can we allow such a man to rule Imo state. Anyone who is unaware of Rochas penchant for violence should remember last month when his supporters unleashed mayhem on Nigerian Horn Newspapers. The newspaper had published a news-story that Rochas was a member of Ogboni secret society. They quoted their sources and even spoke with Rochas’ men. Yet the APGA chieftain could not hold himself and his supporters. By the time his thugs left the premises of Horn, destruction, desolation and near death reigned supreme.
Also Rochas out of frustration for not securing a venue for a hurried rally, took laws into his hands and barricaded four major roads in Owerri including the one leading to Government House. He instigated his supporters to attack the convoy of Governor Ohakim who was with former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.What about the way he and his supporters hold Imo state hostage ,beating up people and destroying properties when we were expecting the April 26 election results from INEC? What about when he and his supporters went to Ngor Okpalla, destroyed Ohakim’s billboard that was mounted there and clashed with the people of the area that are supporting the governor?

Can a man with such temperament be entrusted with enormous powers of a governor? Do we allow him to bring the violence notable in Jos where he resides to Imo State? The level of security breach that Rochas is introducing has never been witnessed in Imo State . If such a man takes over the leadership of the state, can’t we see that he will use brute force to crush anybody that tries to oppose his government? One wonders why somebody who aspires to be governor does not have respect for authorities. He is showing us that when he becomes governor he would make sure the people sleep with their two eyes open. When a man sleeps with his two eyes open, it means there is insecurity and violence in the land.

Why will any one see him as a messiah ? Is it not the same Rochas that was humiliated out of office as Chairman of Nigerian Airspace management Agency (NAMA) during the regime of President Obasanjo. His tenure was the shortest tenure as the chairman of a federal government’s agency in the history of Nigeria. There were allegations of contracts being awarded to Rochas’ company at highly inflated rates. Is that not corruption at the highest level? Up till today, Rochas has not told us why OBJ sacked him. But what is glaring is that he was not sacked for competence and probity.
My brothers and sisters,let us vote for Ikedi Ohakim tomorrow. Let us give him the chance to do more for the state. Ohakim already has a road map for solving some of the problems of the state, as he has so far demonstrated. Imo State needs to work with the incumbent governor for as a member of the ruling party, he will continue to draw federal attention to the needs of the people of the state. It will only be fair for somebody who initiated projects to see them to maturity. Four years is not enough to plan and execute such projects. Ohakim needs more than four years.Imo is in the hands of God.
Kenneth Uwadi
Imo State

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Multiple award winning musician, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, might be getting knocks from some of his fans over his involvement in President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign, but we can’t deny the fact that the Koko Master, as D’banj is fondly called, is one of the top five richest Nigerian Hip pop artistes.

For three years now, D’banj has been consistent in the list of highly rated entertainers in Nigeria. Apart from music, which has earned him fame, D’banj is an entrepreneur.

Though D’banj was reported to have parted way last year with Glo, he was once the highest paid Glo ambassador before the P-Square’s deal. It’s about N70 Million. He has several other brand endorsements that earn him millions of naira. He has several other brand endorsements that earn him millions of naira.

He has a multimillion naira endorsement with an energy drink, power fist, a multimillion dollar partnership with the makers of Virgin Colour soft drink and a multimillion naira deal with popular jewellery icon, Chris Aire as the face of his watches.

Mr Endowed has other businesses under his label christened Koko which include Koko Mansion, a TV reality show, Koko Lounge, an upscale hangout in Lagos and the UK, Koko Foundation, a charity organisation and recently launched Koko Mobile.

D’banj is at the moment, one of the hottest and highest paid artists for gigs. With the release of his much anticipated album, Mr Endowed, the Kokomaster has become a hot cake for events especially on weekends.

Sources close to the artist said he collects between N 5 million and N 7 million as performance fee for local gigs, $ 80,000 to $150,000 for African shows, £40,000 to £60,000 for the UK shows and $50,000 to $60,000 for American shows.

Last year, he emerged the highest paid Nigerian artist. He was reported to have earned close to N 15 million for 3 slots of Star Trek Concert organized by Nigerian Breweries Plc.


For Peter and Paul, the Okoye twins popularly known as P-Square, 2010 was great year. Not because they released a new album, they were very fortunate to have got several contracts that earned them Hundreds of Millions of Naira. Today, the duo are proud to be part of the richest Nigerian hip pop artists.

First they won KORA award for Best Africa Artist 2010. The award came with $1 million (N 150 million). Shortly after, the E no Easy crooners got the biggest endorsement deal with Glo, which we learnt is worth N 240 million for four years.

The Anambra State born R n B, hip pop artists had one of their greatest international gigs last year. Their American tour of about seven cities earned them a whopping sum of $ 1 million (N 150 million).

They also had many African musical concerts. We learnt that P-Square moved into their N 300 million wondrous Omole, Lagos mansion with four brand new wonder-on-wheels worth N 65 million.

The award winning musicians have investments that are fetching them millions of naira. They have two multi million naira factories in Jos, where they built a multi million naira bakery and sachet water companies for their dad and mum.

Their investment on property is earning them millions of naira


Innocent Ujah Idibia (2face) has always been on top of his game and at the moment one of the top five  Nigerian hip pop musician to get a mouth watering endorsement with Guinness Extra Stout.The deal, we learnt earned the Benue State born artist N 20 million.

Even when people thought it’s over for the African Queen crooner, he surprised his critics with the release of the international edition of Unstoppable last year and for the first time in the history of Nigeria’s music; the CD was sold for N 1,000. We reliably gathered that it was a huge success as many other artists started emulating the idea.

His last year endorsement deal with Airtel, one of Nigeria’s telecommunication companies made the Enter The Place crooner to find his place in the list of top five richest Nigerian musicians. The deal, we gathered gives him N 22 million in year. Just like other artistes, 2face has pocketed millions of naira from all his songs used as caller tunes by subscribers.

He’s always busy doing gigs both local and international. 2face has toured an appreciable number of African countries performing. He collects between N 4 million and N 5 million depending on the show. We learnt that the charge for a gig of 500 to 1000 capacity is different from that of a massive arena like a stadium.

We reliably gathered that the artist has invested heavily on property, real estate and stock, where he earns big bucks.


Olubankole Wellington, better known as Banky W, may not like publicity but the Ebute – Metta crooner is actually one of the richest Nigerian hip pop artist at the moment.

Like his colleague, Wande Coal, Mr. Capable, as Banky W is fondly called by his fans is making millions of naira from gigs both local and international. Source close to the artist said he charges between N 2.5 million and N 3 million per show, performing three to four time in a week. Banky W has no endosement but has done a lot of projects that earned him huge money. He has a brand association with Estisalat, one of Nigerian’s telecommunication giants, where he featured in their popular commercial 0809ja for life.

He also featured in Cocoa Cola-Nigeria’s World Cup theme song and Microsoft’s Anti-cyber Crime Initiative.

Like D’banj, Banky W is also an entrepreneur and has invested heavily in businesses that are fetching him good money.

As a philanthropist, Mr Capable Foundation where he provided tuition fees for poor and brilliant students.


2009 and 2010 was a turning point for wande Ojosipe, better known as Wande Coal. His debut album Mushin 2 Mo’Hits was huge success and since then, the Bumper – to – Bumper crooner has been the toast of many both locally and internationally.

His astonishing wealth shortly after he came to limelight has booked him a place in the list of top five Nigerian richest hip pop artists. Wande coal is making millions mostly on gigs. At the moment, he does shows more than any other hip pop artist.

Findings have shown that he does gigs four to five times a week. For instance, Wande performed at AMAA Award in Bayelsa on Sunday, March 27, 2011, Ilorin on Monday (March 28), Abuja on Tuesday, March 29, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, March  30 of the same week where earned between N 2.5 million and N 3 million per show.

He charges between $ 15, 000 and $ 20, 000 for international gigs. Wande Coal is one of the top music act at the ongoing Glo Rock ‘n’ Rule Concert, in 10 cities across Nigeria. He has no endorsement deal but hi s song, Bumper to Bumper is being used for the commercial of Devon soap, a product of Orange Drugs Ltd. He’s also making his money from real estate.

Obama: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead

WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan Sunday in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.

“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said in a dramatic late-night announcement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd of thousands gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden’s death. Hundreds more sang and waved American flags at Ground Zero in New York — where the twin towers that once stood as symbols of American economic power were brought down by bin Laden’s hijackers 10 years ago.

Another hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon on that cloudless day, and a fourth was commandeered by passengers who forced it to the ground — at cost of their own lives — before it could reach its intended target in Washington.

The United States attacked Afghanistan within months, pursuing al-Qaida, and an invasion of Iraq followed as part of the Bush administration’s global war on terror.

U.S. officials said the CIA tracked bin Laden to his location, then elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counter-terrorism unit, flew to the hideout in four helicopters. Bin Laden was shot in the head in an ensuing firefight, these officials said, adding that he and his guards had resisted his attackers. U.S. personnel identified him by facial recognition, the official said, declining to say whether DNA analysis had also been used.

The U.S. team took custody of bin Laden’s remains, which American officials said were being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition. Obama said neither Americans nor civilians were harmed in the operation.

Three adult males were also killed in Sunday’s raid, including one of bin Laden’s sons, whom officials did not name. One of bin Laden’s sons, Hamza, is a senior member of al-Qaida.

Bin Laden’s death marks a psychological triumph in a long struggle that began with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and seems certain to give Obama a political lift. But its ultimate impact on al-Qaida is less clear.

The greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. is now considered to be the al-Qaida franchise in Yemen, far from al-Qaida’s core in Pakistan. The Yemen branch almost took down a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 and nearly detonated explosives aboard two U.S. cargo planes last fall. Those operations were carried out without any direct involvement from bin Laden.

Obama provided few details of the operation beyond to say that he had personally ordered it be carried out. Other officials said it was so secretive that no foreign officials were informed in advance, and only a small circle inside the administration was aware of what was unfolding half a world away.

But within hours of the announcement, Pakistani officials and a witness said bin Laden’s guards had opened fire from the roof of the building, and one of the choppers crashed. The sound of at least two explosions rocked the small northwestern town of Abbottabad, where the al-Qaida chief made his last stand.

Flames were visible after the attack on the building, which was located about 100 yards from the gates of a Pakistani military academy — certain to raise questions about al-Qaida’s ability to build a custom-made hideout in such close proximity.

Abbottabad, surrounded by hills and with mountains in the distance, is less than half a day’s drive from the border region with Afghanistan, where most intelligence assessments believed bin Laden was holed up.

The White House said Obama convened at least nine meetings with top national security officials in the lead-up to Sunday’s raid.

The president spent part of the day on the golf course, but cut his round short to return to the White House for a meeting where he and top national security aides reviewed final preparations for the raid.

Two hours later, Obama was told that bin Laden had been tentatively identified.

CIA director Leon Panetta was directly in charge of the military team during the operation, according to one official, and when he and his aides received word at agency headquarters that bin Laden had been killed, cheers broke out around the conference room table.

Halfway around the world, in Abbotabad, one witness described a military raid carried out under darkness.

“I heard a thundering sound, followed by heavy firing. Then firing suddenly stopped. Then more thundering, then a big blast,” said Mohammad Haroon Rasheed. “In the morning when we went out to see what happened, some helicopter wreckage was lying in an open field.”

A Pakistani official in the town said fighters on the roof opened fire on the choppers with rocket-propelled grenades. Another official said the four helicopters took off from the Ghazi air base in northwest Pakistan.

The U.S. and Pakistani officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

Obama said he gave the order for the operation after receiving intelligence information that he did not further describe.

Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on the day of the attacks, issued a written statement hailing bin Laden’s death as a momentous achievement. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done,” he said.

Senior administration officials said the terrorist mastermind was found inside a custom-built compound with two security gates. They said it appeared to have been constructed to harbor one high-value target and that for undisclosed reasons, officials believed the hideout was bin Laden’s.

The stunning end to the world’s most widely-watched manhunt came just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by al-Qaida, that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The attacks a decade ago seemed to come out of nowhere, even though al-Qaida had previously struck American targets overseas.

The terrorists hijacked planes, flew one of them into one of Manhattan’s Twin Towers — and, moments later, into the other one. Both buildings collapsed, trapping thousands inside and also claiming the lives of firefighters and others who had rushed to help them.

A third plane slammed into the Pentagon, defacing the symbol of America’s military night. Officials have speculated that the fourth plane had been heading for the U.S. Capitol or perhaps even the White House when it crashed in Pennsylvania.

Based on statements given by U.S. detainees, intelligence officials have known for years that bin Laden trusted one al-Qaida courier in particular, and they believed he might be living with him in hiding. In November, intelligence officials found out where he was living, a huge fortified compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad. It was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet high, topped with barbed wire. There were two security gates and no phone or Internet running into the house.

Intelligence officials believed the $1 million home was custom-built to harbor a major terrorist. CIA experts analyzed whether it could be anyone else, but time and again, they decided it was almost certainly bin Laden.

Obama spoke with Bush and former President Bill Clinton Sunday night to inform them of the developments.

The president struck a less than boastful tone in his brief announcement, although he said the death of bin Laden was “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida.

“His death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al-Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant,” he added.

Moments after Obama spoke, the State Department put U.S. embassies on alert and warned of the heightened possibility for anti-American violence. In a worldwide travel alert, the department said there was an “enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan.”


Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier contributed to this story.


I drove into Easy Gate Hotel in Owerri,Imo State of Nigeria, last week Friday with burning anger  in my heart, hot, bitter anger. I have good reasons to be angry. It tears out my heart. The governorship election conducted on April 26, 2011 in Imo State was declared inconclusive by the Imo State Chief Returning Officer. The Chief Returning Officer said there were no results in four  local government  areas of the state as elections were either not conducted there or that they were inconclusive.

He said he took the decision to declare the governorship poll inconclusive because the race was very close between the two front runners; incumbent Governor Ikedi Ohakim (PDP) and main rival Chief Rochas Okorocha (APGA). The Areas declared inconclusive by INEC  are Ohaji/Egbema, Mbatioli ,Oguta  and Ngor-Okpala . It is so sad. I am from Ohaji/Egbema and i,like every other person in the area ,voted for Ohakim and  for Goodluck Nanah Opiah with my heart and soul.These areas are Ikedi Ohakim’s  base and catchment areas and votes from there would have given him a clean victory .

I entered the bar of the popular Hotel  to have a  drink so as to cool my temper. I sat at a table in the bar. A  Waitress came to me .I ordered for a bottle of beer. She kept staring at me and smiling. I noticed her. Her skin was brown and she has  big rosy cheeks and big boobs. Her bangs were cut around her face to rest on her wide cheeks that stood high, giving her a proud look. She looks petit, compact and tight.

She smiled with a gleam in her eyes. Everyone seemed to smile at her as they passed her on the way back and forth but she kept her eyes  on me .She has small hands, round palms and short fingers tapering into gentle points. Her palms  from every  look , must be  rough. I got that feeling having shaken many hands just like hers. Women with hands like hers must have spent years  in the open air,  doing the manual labour  on the farm. I thought she was  a farm girl that moved to the big city, like so many of them do.

I was about finishing my beer when she came to my seat  and said “hello, Ken!”

Ken ? God ! it was shocking to notice that she know me. Do I know her? “Hello,” I said

“Do you remember me, Ken? Don’t tell me you don’t remember Chioma .We   were  in the same University in Port Harcourt together, the Ohaji  girl ”

Hmmmh, the mention of the name brought me back from outer space .My  mind went off from anger and bitterness to the fact that Chioma,old school friend, Chioma, was standing right  in front of me. She has changed a lot. Now a Waitress in a big hotel.

“What is happening?  I just heard from NTA  that  INEC, after its meeting in Abuja  has  decided to hold fresh elections on Friday May 6th, in four local government areas of Imo State where the conduct of the last gubernatorial election was ruled inconclusive. INEC decided that there would be repeat election in Orji ward in Owerri North Local Government Area where there was problem during Tuesday’s election, Ngor-Okpalla, Mbaitoli, Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema” She said

“You mean it? “ I answered

“My brother,they think they can rob KIM-KIM his victory by cancelling the election in the areas where they know he won greatly. KIM-KIM won them and he will win them again.What they do more is propaganda and name calling.  Imagine Ararume and Rochas that are contesting election, yet they cannot conduct themselves with sense of responsibility expected of those vying for leadership. Using thugs and miscreants to hold Owerri  hostage. They want to get into power by crook “she said

“My sister, no be small thing-o. The flame of propaganda genocide that is unleashed on Imo state and on Ikedi Ohakim by the duo of Ararume and Okorocha  is very alarming . They have  reduced  political contests to  do-or-die affair .Instead of addressing issues critical to the lives and well-being of the people  of Imo State ,they are unleashing thugs and hoodlums  on us” I replied.

“We will vote for KIM- KIM  again and again. All of us have to go back home to enlighten our people of the latest development. Our people and families will have to come out in large number  again to vote for KIM-KIM. Ohakim deserves re-election.It is reasonable to ask for more time to enable him nurse to fruition many of the  projects he initiated” Chioma said

“Don’t talk of Ohakim loudly here Chioma,before thugs of  Rochas will skin you alive.Thugs  of Rochas are all Owerri” A Waiter said.

The Waiter came out from God knows where with a  deep plastic container . It was full of dishes. Couldn’t tell if they were clean or dirty as I spent my time wondering where he came from and why he was listening to our conversation. His face was a dirty mess of unshaven scraggly facial hairs.As he came closer my energy changed. And my appreciation of food did too. And then he spoke again.

“We are down to the last critical hours of what has been one of the tightest and most hard fought gubernatorial race.To me ,i want Ohakim to win but i can’t say it loud here.Thugs  of  Rochas  are all over  Owerri  harassing and intimidating people “

“We must be bold.We must go home and educate our people on the need to vote Ikedi Ohakim again. Ohakim has done well for the state. Ohakim  has  tried to keep  very faithfully to  the agenda of peace and security, infrastructure development and human development in Imo State .He has created  employment in all tiers of governments,in the health sector, education and even in the civil service he has  offered employment to  various Imolites.More than fourteen thousand (14, 000) have been employed ‘ I said

“But why the bad publicity about him.?’ The Waiter asked.

“Do not judge Ohakim by how much   his adversaries dislike him. Do not judge Ohakim by the propanganda of his opponents. Rocha’s camp and the Udenwa-Ararume camp are responsible for smearing the name of Ohakim and the negative propaganda that clouds his efforts and achievements because they want to wrestle power from him. Ohakim is not only the most qualified, he is also the only more  experienced in the race. It will  be a big, big mistake if the people of Imo State would choose another person from another political party at this time to lead them. Presently PDP in Imo State is leading with 18 House of Assembly seats,APGA has 7 .PDP has 8 House of Representative  seat, APGA has only 2.PDP has 2 Senate seats,APGA has just one.Above all,PDP won the presidency. Don’t  you see that  Imo people will  benefit more  if they  have a PDP Governor? Let us join hands to re-elect Ikedi Ohakim “   I said

I noticed that everyone in the bar have  stopped mid sentence, their glass cups, static outside of their mouths and their mouths wide open  as they listen to our conversation.

“Ohakim already has a road map for solving some of the problems of the state, as he has so far demonstrated. A new leader will use at least the first four years to settle his or her costs of the election. Imo State needs to work with the incumbent governor for as a member of the ruling party, he will continue to draw federal  attention to the needs of the people of the state.”

“My brother, I will vote again for Ikedi Ohakim in Ohaji my area on Friday 6th May. It will only be fair for somebody who initiated projects to see them to maturity. Four years is not enough to plan and execute such projects. Ohakim  needs  more than four years .Moreover  this  Rochas ,is he not the one Obasanjo sacked  as  Board Chairman of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)  in 1999 over allegation of inflation of a radar contract? Is he not a confirmed looter? Why is he trying to spoil the zoning system in Imo State. “Chioma said

The Waiter mistakenly dropped a glass while trying to clean the table. The cup shattered into thick white pieces across the floor.One piece clipped my blue jeans and spun on the floor. I noticed the dirt on the floor  for the first time.But the Waiter held himself together and smiled cheerfully

-Kenneth Uwadi  writes from Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

FLASH BACK:The Full Story of Maurice Iwu’s Fraudulent Life

By Sahara Reporters

The debunking of Prof. Maurice Iwu’s claim of having obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Bradford as revealed by Saharareporters that has now been topped by the University spokesperson indicating that Prof. Iwu’s “undergraduate degree or certificate” from Cameroon as presented to the University was neither verified nor was Prof Iwu graduate degree earned through in-class work. In essence, Prof. Iwu’s study at University of Bradford , as Saharareporters discovered was earned via research work (M.Pharm by research). However discrepancies in Iwu’s backgrounds appear to extend beyond his escapades in masking gaps in his educational qualifications. New information discovered by Saharareporters reveals the shady activities surrounding  Maurice Iwu and his non-profit organization – Bioresources Development and Conservation Inc {BDCP} which Prof. Iwu founded and piloted as his research outfit since 1993.

In 1999 at the 16th International Botanical Conference, Maurice Iwu made the announcement that he has found the cure for Ebola following his groundbreaking research under the auspices of his non-profit outfit-BDCP. Maurice Iwu indicated that Garcinia kola extract stopped the replication of the Ebola virus. Maurice Iwu followed his proclamation with the call that “Our limiting factor is funds. If we have a sponsor, we can do it in no time.” Judging from available information, Prof. Iwu received lots of monies towards the development of his findings. As Saharareporters discovered, Prof. Iwu received millions of dollars. BDCP financial earnings as stated in Form 990 which BDCP presented to the United States Internal Revenue Service {IRS}. According to the form, BDCP amassed through grants and donors the amount of $425,947 in 1999, $367,870 in 2001, $640,917 in 2002 and $980,771 in 2003– totaling over $2.4million. It also stated clearly on the form that all of the monies were spent for the purpose of “medical research on the use of African herb for medicine”. However till date there appears no mention of further development of Garcinia kola extract to cure Ebola or any significant discoveries beyond some patents of which one of them was an “Alkaloids of Picralima Nitida used for treatment of Protozoal diseases” invented by Maurice Iwu et al., and assigned to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, Washington , D.C. U.S. Patent 5,290,553 issued March 1, 1994. Interestingly, neither U.S. nor European pharmaceutical houses have shown interest in following the leads.

In the Form 990 tax documents submitted to the United State Government, Prof. Iwu and his partners made a deliberate effort to hide the members to their Board of Trustees by avoiding to list their names in the form as expected. In the Article of Amendment of Bioresources Development and Conversation Program – completed in November 1994, it listed five members as members to the Board of Directors as Prof. Maurice Iwu, Dr. Lisa Messerole, Cosmas N. Obialor, Thomas F. Tata, and Dr. Chris Okunji.    

It becomes automatic the obvious quandary over Prof. Maurice Iwu’s research outfit, the services it really provided and the money raised. This is as the tax forms for the year 2004, 2005 and 2006 appears missing and all attempts to retrieve them from principal officers of BDCP met a brickwall. Attempts at contacting Prof. Maurice Iwu and his partner D. Chris Okunji did not yield results, messages were left for Dr. Okunji that was not returned including e-mails messages to him, the only time our investigators spoke to him at his office in Maryland he promised to call back after a “crucial meeting” but never did.  However, this dodgy behavior meshes with what a source who is a PhD holder in Pharmacy and a former colleague of Prof. Maurice Iwu at University of Nsukka told Saharareporters. The source stated, “I know that Iwu is not a Pharmacist! Knowing Iwu’s penchant for publicity, he would have been featuring in all activities of Pharmacists but no, he does not because he is not one of us.”  The source continues that “Prof. Maurice Iwu is not registered with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). Maurice Iwu couldn’t have his way in the Faculty of Pharmacy, UNN, to be Dean (the rules are clear on who qualifies to be Dean of a School of Pharmacy in Nigeria ; you must hold a 1st degree in Pharmacy!). The reason Prof. Maurice Iwu left to set up the Bioresources Conservation non-profit outfit that concentrated on herbal aspect of pharmacy is because it attracted a lot of funding from the US which he used to feather his nest”. Also, Saharareporters discovered that Prof. Iwu suspicious stints while at UNN reverberated in a manner that caused his promotion to be postponed still the year he was scheduled to leave UNN.  

As discovered by Saharareporters, the BDCP no longer have a physical address in the United States . Even more interesting is that the address and telephone number previously stated in BDCP’s official website as their physical address and telephone number was suspiciously changed immediately following the first publication by Saharareporters on Prof. Iwu. The new telephone number was found to be an answering service and the address fictitious one; this is according to the telephone operator who answered the call. Also raising the bar of suspicion is the manner the address for BDCP has constantly changed. The latest change of address from Maryland to a doubtful address in Washington DC as Saharareporters have discovered is an attempt to avert further prosecution by the District Court of Maryland. This is because Department of Assessments and Taxation for Maryland State has barred Prof. Maurice Iwu’s BDCP from doing business in the State of Maryland since October 3, 1995 – confirmed by a letter signed by Paul Anderson of the Department of Assessments and Taxation for State of Maryland . Also, other documents obtained by Saharareporters’ investigators from the District Court of Montgomery County for State of Maryland shows that Prof. Iwu’ BDCP has thus been sued by Montgomery Court on charges of non-payment of taxes under case number 060100257832006. This is according to an affidavit signed by Robert Hagedoorn – the Chief, Division of Treasury, and N. Pedersen – Assistant County Attorney that states that the “defendant and BDCP owe personal property taxes, interest and penalties”. BDCP is scheduled to appear in court on April 4, 2007.

Sources intimately familiar with Prof. Maurice Iwu’s activities while in the United States confided in Saharareporters and revealed that Prof. Maurice Iwu did not only utilize his research outfit for research purposes alone, that he used the outfit as a cover to engage in what a source called “immigration activities” for friends, acolytes and coleagues. According to the source who also indicate that she was also a benefactor, revealed that Prof. Iwu used the research outfit to as a vehicle to bring in so-called researchers into America under the guise of research work. Another source who also spoke to Saharareporters in confidence disclosed that Prof. Iwu used his research outfit to bring her into the country and that she has co-authored a few of Prof. Iwu’s research publications. She goes on to add that she still resides in America illegally because she has not been able to change her status.      

New reports also unearthed by Saharareporters indicate that Prof. Iwu’s BDCP have had its share of financial dishonesty.  As gathered through Court records, Prof. Maurice Iwu may have deceived the US based Citibank in the amount of $45, 000 which he used to finance The International Congress on Industrial Utilization of Tropical Plants and Conservation of Biodiversity Conference held at Enugu in February 14-20, 1993 hosted by his non-profit corporation – Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme.

According to official documents obtained from Circuit Court of Montgomery, on Monday, August 10, 1992, Prof. Maurice Iwu’s son deposited a Check drawn on the United States Treasury Department in the amount of $5,000 payable to Prof. Iwu – into his father’s Citibank checking account {Acct. number XXXX2549}. Instead of crediting Prof. Iwu’s checking account with a $5,000 deposit, Citibank erroneously credited Prof. Iwu’s account with a $50,000 deposit on August 11, 1992. The error resulted in the erroneous overall credit to Prof. Iwu’s account in the amount of $45,000. Prof. Maurice Iwu who noticed the error on the following Monday August 17, 1992, acted immediately to transfer the sum of $20,000 into his savings account on the same day. Three days later which was on Friday August 21, 1992, he transferred the remaining $25,000 out of the checking account into the same savings account. On the same day of August 21, 1992, Prof. Maurice Iwu withdrew $35,000 from his savings account and converted it to a Cashier’s Check that was then transferred to London through Chevy Chase Bank in Maryland to National Westminster Bank in London . The $35,000 was then transferred to Bioresources Development and Conservation Program {BDCP} in Nigeria “to pay for expense connected with the International Congress being hosted by BDCP”.   

According to the BDCP financial statement prepared for the event and signed by Dr. Chris Okunji – the Conference Treasurer, the transferred amount of $35,000 was recorded in the document as “Donations from Overseas through Prof. Iwu”. Prior to traveling to Enugu for the conference, Prof. Maurice Iwu was approached by the bank to repay the overage. He told the bank that he has completely spent the money because he thought that the money came from one of the grants he had applied for – this is before Prof. Iwu testified in court that he brought the overage to Citibank’s attention immediately he noticed it.

But before Prof. Iwu was dragged to court, Citibank and Prof. Iwu had reached an agreement on a repayment plan both verbally and in writing from Mr. Ruppert – Vice President of Citibank in a letter addressed to Prof. Iwu and dated December 23, 1992. The letter acknowledged Prof. Iwu’s initial payment of $5,000 and outlined the agreed repayment plan as requiring Prof. Iwu to repay $10,000 in January 1993 and the balance of $30,000 in March 1993. But Prof. Iwu stopped repaying and left for Enugu to facilitate his BDCP Conference.

Upon returning from his trip to Enugu, Prof. Iwu was informed by Citibank of the laps in payments in a letter by Mr. Ruppert dated March 18, 1993 which stated in part that, “on February 3, 1993 you called and left a voice mail message indicating that you had just arrived home from an overseas trip and you would not be able to make the $10,000 payment until the end of February 1993. To date we have not received this payment.” The Vice President of Citibank, Mr. Ruppert continued in the same letter to state that, “your unwillingness to commit to a satisfactory repayment schedule implies to us that you do not intend to repay your debt.”  To this, Prof. Iwu became defiant in his refusal to repay the bank as agreed.  This he stated in a letter dated March 29, 1993 and addressed to the Vice President of Citibank – Mr. Patrick Ruppert. He states, “I was never indebted to you and that this whole transaction arose because Citibank messed up my project account which I operated at the bank”. In this same letter, he states, “I have been away to Europe and Africa since December 18, 1992 on previously scheduled travel in connection with my work. I returned to the USA briefly in the first week of February and promptly informed you of my inability to make any payments to you by the end of February and that I was traveling. I discussed with you during the meeting, I will pay $5,000 on or about November 15, and make subsequent payments in February, May, September and December 1993”. If, however, I receive a reimbursement from UNIDO {based on the request I have submitted} then I will pay the entire amount in full by March 1993. Prof. Iwu however made additional payments that total up to $17,000 before being dragged to court by Citibank seeking reimbursement of the remaining $28,000. Following nearly two years of litigation, both parties reached a settlement agreement and mutual release on February 22 1995 that mandated Prof. Iwu to repay the said amount. The details of the agreement stipulated for Prof. Maurice Iwu to make a first repayment to Citibank in the amount $4,000 no later than March 10, 1995, and then a second repayment of $4,000 on April 15, 1995. The remaining $20,000 owed will be repaid through monthly automatic debits of $750 into a new Prof. Maurice Iwu’s checking account which the courts stipulated that Prof. Iwu must open no later March 10, 1995. The debits were said to begin March 10, 1995 to be fully repaid in May 1997. Saharareporters has no information that indicates whether the amount was eventually repaid. Saharareporters placed calls to Samuel Iwu and left messages that have not been returned.

Also, Saharareporters discovered from official documents obtained from the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County that on October 19, 1998, Prof. Iwu and Dr. Okunji both serving as President and Treasurer respectively to the BDCP received a $25,000 loan on behalf of Bioresources Development and Conservation Program Inc {BDCP} from Riggs National Bank. Prof. Maurice Iwu who acted as the personal guarantor for BDCP failed to repay the loan within the stipulated timeframe allocated. The bank in turn dragged Iwu’s BDCP to court. Interestingly, a Cashier Check drawn out of Chevy Chase Bank in Bethesda, Maryland was presented on December 4, 2006, by Samuel Iwu {Maurice Iwu’s son} in the amount $25,619.08 for repayment of the loan. Why the loan was suddenly repaid after Prof. Iwu mounted the throne of INEC becomes the obvious question, one may responsibly ask. As sources who to Saharareporters state, it points suspicion to the origin of the money and nature of dubiousness surrounding the activities at Prof. Maurice Iwu’s BDCP.

Careful examination of the character exhibited by Prof. Maurice Iwu from both his backgrounds and current activities as the INEC Chairman strongly points to a man who habitually makes false promises and failed promises. His grandiose utterance that he has found the cure to Ebola messes with his latest promise to have the candidate register available to the Nigerian public on Monday February 5, 2007. Both have turned out to be broken promise. Other indicators such as his dubious escapades with Citibank and his other creditors point to the same trait of making promises that he can fulfill. For the elections of 2003, INEC registered about 60million voters but in 2007 was only able to register 57million. The concern is whether Prof. Maurice Iwu would be able to deliver a free and fair election as promised. The ball is now in the court of everyday Nigerians to determine.

NATO strike kills Gadhafi’s son but leader escapes

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli on Saturday, but his youngest son and three grandchildren under the age of 12 were killed, a government spokesman said.

The strike, which came hours after Gadhafi called for a cease-fire and negotiations in what rebels called a publicity stunt, marked an escalation of international efforts to prevent the Libyan regime from regaining momentum.

Rebels honked horns and chanted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” while speeding through the western city of Misrata, which Gadhafi’s forces have besieged and subjected to random shelling for two months, killing hundreds. Fireworks were set off in front of the central Hikma hospital, causing a brief panic that the light would draw fire from Gadhafi’s forces.

The attack struck the house of Gadhafi’s youngest son, Seif al-Arab, when the Libyan leader and his wife were inside. White House spokesman Shin Inouye declined to comment on the developments in Libya, referring questions to NATO.

The alliance acknowledged that it had struck a “command and control building in the Bab al-Azizya neighborhood” Saturday evening, but it could not confirm the death of Gadhafi’s son and insisted all its targets are military in nature and linked to Gadhafi’s systematic attacks on the population.

The commander of the NATO operation, Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, said he was aware of unconfirmed reports that some Gadhafi family members may have been killed and he regretted “all loss of life, specially the innocent civilians being harmed as a result of the ongoing conflict.”

Seif al-Arab Gadhafi, 29, was the youngest son of Gadhafi and brother of the better known Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who had been touted as a reformist before the uprising began in mid-February. The younger Gadhafi had spent much of his time in Germany in recent years.

Gadhafi’s children had been increasingly engaged in covering up scandals fit for a “Libyan soap opera,” including negative publicity from extravagant displays of wealth such as a million-dollar private concert by pop diva Beyonce, according to a batch of diplomatic cables released by the secret-spilling WikiLeaks website.

But Seif al-Arab remained largely in the shadows, although he had a penchant for fast cars and partying when outside Libya.

Moammar Gadhafi and his wife were in the Tripoli house of his 29-year-old son when it was hit by at least one bomb dropped from a NATO warplane, according to Libyan spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.

“The leader himself is in good health,” Ibrahim said. “He was not harmed. The wife is also in good health.”

Ibrahim would not give the names of the three children killed, except to say they were nieces and nephews of Seif al-Arab and that they were younger than 12. He said they are not releasing the names yet to protect the privacy of the family.

He said the compound that was hit was in the Garghour neighborhood.

“It seems there was intelligence that was leaked. They knew about something. They expected him for some reason. But the target was very clear, very, very clear. And the neighborhood, yes of course, because the leader family has a place there, you could expect of course it would be guarded, but it is a normal neighborhood. Normal Libyans live there,” he said.

NATO warplanes have been carrying out airstrikes in Libya for the past month as part of a U.N. mandate to protect Libyan civilians. Saturday’s strike marked the first time Gadhafi’s family was being targeted directly.

Armed rebels have been battling Gadhafi loyalists for more than two months in an attempt to oust Libya’s ruler of nearly 42 years. Standing outside an improvised triage unit in a tent in the parking lot, rebel fighter Abdel-Aziz Bilhaj, 22, welcomed the attack, saying it would make Gadhafi think twice about how he dealt with his people.

“It could make him more willing to back down on certain parts of his plan,” Bilhaj said.

Medic Abdel-Monem Ibsheir considered the strike a form of justice.

“Gadhafi was not far away, meaning he’s not safe,” he said as occasional explosions could be heard throughout the city. “It’s just like our children getting hit here. Now his children are getting hit there.”

Eleven dead had reached the hospital morgue by midnight, including two brothers, ages 11 and 16. Two more had arrived by 1:30 a.m., and four more at another hospital.

On Tuesday, British Defense Minister Liam Fox and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters at the Pentagon that NATO planes were not targeting Gadhafi specifically but would continue to attack his command centers.

Ibrahim said Seif al-Arab had studied at a German university but had not yet completed his studies.

Seif al-Arab “was playing and talking with his father and mother and his nieces and nephews and other visitors when he was attacked for no crimes committed,” Ibrahim said.

Journalists taken to the walled complex of one-story buildings in a residential Tripoli neighborhood saw heavy bomb damage. The blast had torn down the ceiling of one building and left a huge pile of rubble and twisted metal on the ground.

Dust and smoke rose from the rubble, which included household items including smashed toilet bowls, bathroom sinks and furniture among the broken walls and demolished floors. The mirror of a dressing table remained intact in the middle of a bedroom although the walls around it were demolished.

Libyans called in to a late-night television talk show to proclaim Seif al-Arab a martyr. A live shot from Gadhafi’s compound Bab al-Aziziya showed dozens dancing, chanting pro-Gadhafi slogans, waving green flags and clapping in unison.

The government spokesman said the airstrike was an attempt to “assassinate the leader of this country,” which he said violated international law.

Heavy bursts of gunfire were heard in Tripoli after the attack.

Gadhafi had seven sons and one daughter. The Libyan leader also had an adopted daughter who was killed in a 1986 U.S. airstrike on his Bab al-Aziziya residential compound, which was retaliation for the bombing attack on a German disco in which two U.S. servicemen were killed. The U.S. at the time blamed Libya for the disco blast.

Seif’s mother is Safiya Farkash, Gadhafi’s second wife and a former nurse.

The fatal airstrike came just hours after Gadhafi called for a mutual cease-fire and negotiations with NATO powers to end a six-week bombing campaign.

In a rambling pre-dawn speech Saturday, Gadhafi said “the door to peace is open.”

“You are the aggressors. We will negotiate with you. Come, France, Italy, U.K., America, come to negotiate with us. Why are you attacking us?” he asked.

He also railed against foreign intervention, saying Libyans have the right to choose their own political system, but not under the threat of NATO bombings.

In Brussels, a NATO official said before Saturday’s fatal strike that the alliance needed “to see not words but actions,” and vowed the alliance would keep up the pressure until the U.N. Security Council mandate on Libya is fulfilled. NATO has promised to continue operations until all attacks and threats against civilians have ceased, all of Gadhafi’s forces have returned to bases and full humanitarian access is granted.

Rebel leaders have said they will only lay down their arms and begin talks after Gadhafi and his sons step aside. Gadhafi has repeatedly refused to resign.

“We don’t believe that there is a solution that includes him or any member of his family. So it is well past any discussions. The only solution is for him to depart,” rebel spokesman Jalal al-Galal said.

Associated Press writers Ben Hubbard in Misrata, Libya, Hadeel al-Shalchi in Cairo and Slobodan Lekic in Brussels contributed to this report.

Tears as bodies of slain corps members return home

They came alive to Bauchi State to serve the nation, but yesterday when it was time to leave, they left as dead heroes.
The remains of the nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members killed in the state in the aftermath of the April 16 election violence were yesterday moved from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) mortuary to their various places of birth for onward commitment to mother earth.
It was not a beautiful sight to behold as sympathizers, friends, compatriots and relatives who were at the morgue to bid them goodbye could not control their emotions as the reality of the tragedy dawned on them.
The murdered corps members were evacuated by officials of the National Directorate Headquarters of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Abuja led by Mr Yakubu Jok, a Deputy Director of NYSC. The officials got to the mortuary as early as 6 am and waited for the corpses of the fallen youthful and energetic heroes to be dressed in their full NYSC attires before they were loaded into the nine ambulances line up for their transportation amidst wailing and prayers.
The nine corps members, among whom seven were murdered at Giade Police Station had a female corps member who was pregnant, but was raped by her killers. The murderd corps members were Adewumi Seun (Ekit Statei), Teidi Olawale Tosin (Kogi), Adowei Elliot (Bayelsa), Okpokiri Obinna (Abia), Gbenjo Ebenezer Ayotunde (Osun), Ukeoma Ikechuwku Chibuzor (Imo), Nwazema Anslem Chukwuonyerem (Imo), Adeniji Kehinde Jehleel (Osun) and Akonyi Ibrahim Sule( Kogi).
The seven killed in Giade Police Station had run there for safety but the killers overpowered the policemen on duty, also beheaded a woman police corporal and the corps members with machetes and sticks before setting the police station on fire.
Adowei Elliot, Ukeoma Ukewchuwu Chibuzor and Aknoyi Ibrahim Sule were of Batch A who were supposed to leave the Wailo NYSC Orientation Camp at the end of March 2011 but were not allowed to go home to proudly show off their NYSC colours to their parents and siblings because they were engaged as INEC ad hoc staff for the general elections.
Barely few hours after NYSC officials ferried the nine corpses away enroute their states of origin, another female corps member who also sustained serious injury during the same post-election violence at Dambam Local Government Area and was hospitalsed, gave up the ghost, thus bringing the death toll to 10.
Last week, Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda had said the corps members were destined to experience what they got.” Yuguda who spoke to reporters at Government VIP Lodge shortly after casting his vote, recalled that he had a similar experience in Ibadan, Oyo State in 1979 when President Shehu Aliyu Shagari was declared winner of the election then.
Yuguda who condoled with parents and relatives of the deceased, however, absolved himself of any blame over the death of the corps members. .He blamed the NYSC authority for exposing the corps members to danger. He, however, did not say what his government will do for the families of the slain corps members and those who sustained injuries and lost their personal effects.

via The Nation

Nigerian footballers desert Chicago over murder of kinsman

Sequel to the gruesome murder of a Nigerian footballer, Kabiru Adewunmi who was killed in Chicago’s Chatham neighbourhood on Tuesday, other Nigerian footballers resident in the town are moving out of the city for fear of being attacked.

Some of them, who are teammates of the slain rising star deserted the city and moved to the North Shore for protection.

Our sister newspaper, the Nigerian Compass on Saturday had reported the story yesterday giving graphic details of the dastardly act.

Chicago police are still searching for the killers of the 16-year-old boy. Adewunmi and his friends were in the 800 block of East 82nd Street Tuesday night when the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m.

One of the several adult caretakers for the soccer players said the boys had been confronted many times in the past.

Tina Hudson-Owodele says the boys passed a group of men, one of whom asked whether they were “those African soccer players.”

“The kids were laughing at them, (the Nigerian teens) didn’t feel good about that, so we said stop talking to them,” Hudson said. “So they did that and they thought that would be OK, and it didn’t turn out OK for them.”

via Compass

Uba invades residence of returning officer with policemen

By Nwanosike Onu

Self styled political godfather of Anambra politics, Chief Chris Uba, yesterday invaded the residence of Returning Officer for Onitsha South 11 Constituency, Dr Steve Ibenta, along Esther Obiakor estate in Awka, with no fewer than 20 red -eyed mobile and conventional policemen.
Ibenta’s sin, it was gathered, was his refusal to declare Uba’s sister winner of the Onitsha south II constituency.
Ibenta instead declared Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)’s candidate Dr Emeka Aniebonum, winner of the contest.
What would have been an ugly scene was averted as Ibenta had gone into hiding, saving him from Uba’s wrath.
Sources said the policemen started pounding on Ibenta’s gate as soon as they arrived.
But he quickly escaped, it was learnt, to save his head.
Last Thursday, Ibenta was arrested by the State Police Commissioner on the orders of Uba, after which he was reportedly forced to alter an earlier statement made at B-division of the command in Awka.
Ibenta’s first statement, sources said, would have nailed several INEC staff had it been forwarded to Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Meanwhile, Dr Ibenta, who is a lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, has raised alarm his life is in danger for sticking to the truth.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, it was gathered, has been working in tandem with some politicians to manipulate results of inconclusive elections in the state.
Onukaogu, sources said, had declared 5 State House of Assembly seats inconclusive despite clear winners emerging.
This has raised tensions in the state.
Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Emeka Chukwuemeka, yesterday that the matter was with the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
He added that Ibenta is being investigated for allegedly falsifying results in favour of a candidate.
Chukwuemeka assured Ibenta of his safety, saying no one was going to harm him.

via The Nation

APGA, PDP sure of victory in Imo guber race

By Emma Mgbeahurike
AHead of the May 6 rescheduled supplementary election, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party leaders in Imo State yesterday expressed confidence of carrying the day.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the election will hold in Ngor Okpala, Ohaji Egbema, Oguta, Mbaitoli and Orji Wards following the inconclusive governorship election in the state.
Governor Ikedim Ohakim is the standard bearer of the PDP while Owelle Rochas Okorocha is the governorship candidate APGA.
Chairman of PDP in Imo State, Barrister Eze Duruiheoma praised INEC for accepting to conduct the supplementary election.
He said to declare results of the election when voting did not take place in the wards which he described as PDP’s strongholds would have robbed the part of victory.
He told The Nation “These areas are our base and catchment areas. Anybody thinking of denying us of the votes from these areas is not being fair to us. That is what we demanded for, we commend INEC for having a listening ear and we are happy about it”.
Duruiheoma vowed that PDP would emerge victorious in these areas.
He urged the electorate to keep faith with the party, urging them to troop out and vote for PDP like they did in the National Assembly and Presidential elections.
He said: “We urge them to keep faith with the PDP, the way they elected PDP National Assembly members and the President Goodluck Jonathan.
However, the Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prince Cletus Nwaka, stated that the party was expecting outright declaration of APGA as winner of the election.
He, however, said the party was not afraid of election, saying it would win even if elections were held ten times.
Nwaka said: “We had expected a pronouncement by INEC confirming us as the winner of the governorship election. If election is done the way it is expected, we can go into election as many times as possible and emerge victorious.
‘’INEC has to look inward, so as to make sure that they are doing the right thing”. He charged INEC to rise above board and resist any temptation to manipulate the process.

via The Nation

Again, Buhari dares Jonathan

Former Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has for the second time in one week challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to arrest him if he could.

Buhari’s daring statement came even as leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari, called for his arrest and prosecution over the riots that claimed lives and property in the North.
Dokubo said: “People like Buhari should not be allowed to be moving freely after that carnage. They should be brought to book to show they are not above the law. The President must assert his power and arrest the man. Nothing will happen. I repeat, nothing will happen.”

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, made a similar call fror Buhari’s arrest last Sunday.
Speaking through his spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, Buhari said after all the killings and bombings the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for, it took the intervention of a Nobel Laureate to negotiate for them before the President of Nigeria.

“Now, a man for which no crime has been established against, they want him arrested. So, for the last time again, we dare them. Let them go and arrest him,” Odumakin said. He further said that Dokubo-Asari’s call was not surprising as it confirmed the plan for secession of the Ijaw nation.“When there was bomb blast in Abuja on October 1, 2010, MEND claimed responsibility, but the Commander-in-Chief absolved MEND and said he knows those who carried out the bombing. Till date he has not told the nation who those bombers are. Now a man who has condemned violence, who has condemned the killings and went on air to condemn the unfortunate incidents, they are calling for his arrest.

“Nigeria should be aware that there is a small group in this country today that is bent on breaking up this country and they want to use the office of the President of Nigeria, which they have captured by hook or crook, and their antics should be noticed by the Nigerian people.” Responding to the violence that trailed the presidential election, former Deputy Senate President in the botched Third Republic, Albert Legogie, said Nigerian leaders should be held responsible instead of individuals.

According to Legogie, those involved in the violence were mainly street urchins, adding that the violence was unnecessary since it was the best thing that happened to Nigeria since the June 12 presidential election.“I am of the opinion that the violence that followed the presidential election was unnecessary and uncalled for in the sense that the election was reasonably credible, transparent, free and fair. I think it is probably the best we have had in the country since the presidential election of 1992. So, when people started fighting and killing themselves over it, I felt very disappointed.
“I think Nigerians should learn to accommodate themselves; accommodate other people’s religion, other people’s differences and we should learn to live together as members of one big family.

“If you go back again, you find that we still have to hold our leaders responsible for the violence, in the sense that most of these people who sped into the streets and started maiming and killing people are urchins. People that have no homes, people that have no jobs.“They are street urchins. If we had created jobs for these people, if we had created welfare facility for these people, if we had accommodated them in our system, they would not have gone the way they went.

“I listened to a friend who told me that most of them would say oh, look at this one, he is very well-fed, he must look like a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) man. Anybody that was well-fed was a PDP man and they descended on the person.
“So, one of the challenges the President should face right now is to create massive job opportunity for the large number of youths roaming the streets of this country. We can no longer defend it and unless we do it now, we are heading for a major disaster. The killings were just a warning,” the Edo State-born Legogie said.

via Daily Sun