Maheeda recently shot the video for her new single ‘Lasgidi Chick’ and like her last video for ‘Naija Bad Girl’ she was also naked in this video shot Frizzle N Brizzle Films
Twin sisters, 28 year old Anna and Lucy DeCinque, decided they wanted to look so identical in order to be able to share everything in their lives: house, bed, boyfriend, Facebook account, phone, car and even a job. So they invested in a more than $200,000 plastic surgery to ensure that happens.
According to NewYorkPost, Anna and Lucy DeCinque have had countless procedures in their bid to look exactly like each other – breast implants, lip enhancements and tattooed eyebrows. The ladies also undergo weekly skin peels and infra-red sauna treatments, ensure they have the same diets, exercise routines and wear the same clothes and shoes.
Beauty school dropouts, the 28-year-old, devoted duplicates now share a job serving meals to the elderly. They split the shifts and the paycheck. And about their love life, Anna told the New York Post:
“We’re dating one boy at the moment. There are three people in our relationship. We’re sharing.”
Lucy added swiftly:
“It’s not really weird to us. We have one boyfriend and all of us share the same bed … We have the same taste in everything, so obviously we’re going to like the same boy, too. We’re all together when we have sex, and if we like the same guy, so be it.”
The sisters, who were born one minute apart, sleep together in a double bed at a home they share with their 71-year-old mom in Perth. The money they make goes to their shared beauty obsession, body-hugging mini-skirts and matching stilettos.
“We like looking after ourselves, what girl doesn’t? We never wear the same outfit twice when we go out. Everything has to be new. When we go out, we get so many guys saying they want to marry the both of us or date the both of us. We can’t imagine a day when we’re not in each other’s company. And, to be honest, I don’t think that would ever happen.”
So Maheeda was busy flexing muscles claiming naija bad girl =))
Afrocandy couldn’t take a sip of Maheeda’s Ra’unchy Photos as she took the competition to the next level by sharing her real b**bs!
OMG!! Afro Candy shared this;
“This is How I Roll Screenshot from my New Movie Flexible Sin Bit’ches Tryina be Like Me can U walk the Walk?”
Maheeda, then replied her with the tweets below;
A worrisome photo showing mistreatment of Nigerian nationals has appeared in the headlines on March 7, 2014, Friday.
According to Linda Ikeji, a group of Nigerians, representatives of other African nations studying in Malaysia were rounded up for not having complete papers.
Some of the students were arrested by immigration when they went to renew their visas, claiming they are living and schooling in Malaysia illegally. They want the Nigerian government to intervene and stop the harassment.
Is it humane to treat the students like that?
Two police officers have been filmed beating, throttling and kicking a naked man in the Cape Town, South Africa.
* Police brutality
According to the video of the incident uploaded on Facebook on Thursday night, it shows two police officers accosting a man dressed in a pair of briefs near the open boot of a Volkswagen Golf. An office worker filmed part of the assault from a nearby building.
A police officer and an officer from the CCID pull the man away from the car and into the street. The CCID officer pulls down the man’s briefs. The victim struggles to get away, but the two police officers grab his wrists. One of the officers throttles the man with his right hand before pinning the victim’s hands behind his back. The officer is assisted by the security guard.
At this stage, the second police officer punches the victim three times in the groin. The victim bends over in pain and the police officer holding him from behind jabs his elbow into the man’s back.
The officer who had thrown the initial punches then kicks the victim in the groin twice as a CCID officer holds the man’s arms behind his back. The man is pulled towards a waiting police van. He is kicked as he tries to get in. All the while he is bleeding from a gash at the back of his head.
The woman who filmed the assault spoke to newsmen on Friday morning saying: “What you see on the video is only a fraction of the assault. It went on for about half an hour in total.”
She added that she arrived on the scene before the police. At that stage she saw the man lying naked near the door way of Sky Sports Bar in Riebeeck Street, next to a pile of clothes.
The man’s identity could not be ascertained as at the time of writing this report.
Nigerian security forces operating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) repelled a dusk attack by terrorists in their bid to overrun markets in communities in the outskirts of Monguno and NNPC at New Marte, Borno State along Chadian border. The operation took place on March 6, 2014, Thursday.
The military recovered a cache of arms, comprising of at least 11 Kalashnikov rifles and over 50 assorted brands of grenades.
The area has been cordoned off, while the regular patrols have been set up.
Security forces were also able to get useful information from the terrorists being captured. One of them, a human butcher, narrated that he had never used firearms, but preferred daggers and cutlasses for killing innocent people.
The Army faces hard tasks as it advances deeper into the enemy’s territory. However, the troops have embarked on aggressive patrolling in the areas where fleeing terrorists have been spotted.
See some of the photos, uploaded by the DHQ, below:
Barely twelve months before Nigerians go to the poll to elect their president, former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) has said he would consider contesting for the presidency once more if his party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, picks him as their candidate at the party’s primary holding later in the year.
* Gen. Buhari
The former military head of state made this disclosure on Friday night while answering questions during an online interview with Sahara Reporters.
When asked if he would consider to contest during the upcoming 2015 Presidential Election after he once said he would never want to rule Nigeria again, Buhari said: “Since I made that statement, a lot of my people and many Nigerians have come to me to ask me to contest for the presidency. And I will only consider to contest for the presidency in 2015 if my party (APC) chooses me as their flag bearer during the primary.”
Commenting on whether he would campaign for the presidency before the APC primary scheduled to hold later in the year, the retired army general said: “No”.
Also, when he was asked why he thinks many rich men do not want him to become the president of Nigeria, Buhari said: “I think it is based on my principle on accountability.”
Popular fuji musician, Abass Akande, better known as Obesere, has denied the rape allegation leveled against him, claiming that he and the lady had a mutual sex.
Earlier in the week, one Olanike Olaiya, a National Diploma graduate of business administration from Ibadan Polytechnic, had reported to the police that the artiste forcefully had sex with her and in the process, inserted a ring into her private part which caused her to bleed.
Speaking to Saturday Beats later in the week, Obesere admitted getting to know the lady recently but said the sexual aspect of the relationship was consensual.
“A friend of mine, Alhaja Bola Omowo introduced Nike to me barely two weeks ago. Obesere Rising, a product, is coming to Nigeria, Alhaja told me that Nike would want to be one of the marketers. From there, we became friends.”
Obesere denied asking Nike to sleep over in his house as she reported in her petition.
“She spent two days in my house and she felt at home. So, how could I have raped her? Why didn’t she shout while I was ‘raping’ her? She was the one that went to the kitchen and cooked and I ate all she prepared in those two days.
“Why would I force any lady to sleep over in my house when there are so many other ladies begging to sleep in my house? I took her as my girlfriend and a sister. I even left her at home and went out the second day. She was the one that called me while I was away that she needed to get to Ibadan.”
Obsere said he was surprised when the lady called him to say she was ill.
“She said she was seeing something strange in her body. I told her to tell Alhaja that introduced her to me to take her to the hospital. She said she didn’t want to do that as Alhaja might broadcast it to everybody that she slept in my house. I called Alhaja and she told me nothing was wrong with Nike. Alhaja eventually asked me if I was a ‘mugu.’ Alhaja was the one that told me that Nike had suggested a plan for the two of them to blackmail me of N5m to N10m. I am a street guy; I am not a ‘mugu.”
Obesere said he took Nike to his doctor who also confirmed that nothing was wrong with Nike.
“My doctor however suggested she go for scan and my boys took her back to the hotel in order for her to go to the lab the next day. It was later that day that my gateman called me to say police had invited me to the police station. I told my lawyer to go. He was the one that told me the girl was set out to embarrass me.”
When Saturday Beats asked the singer where his wife was during the incident, he said she understood his kind of life and assured that the allegation wouldn’t affect his marriage.
“That is why God is God. It is only God that is perfect. My wife is aware of this mess. She understands the kind of job I do and she knows such things happen. My house is intact; nothing can destroy it. I am going to sing about it. This lady has already made me more popular,” he said.
Barely few months after they called off a six month industrial action, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government may clash again that could result into university lecturers embarking on another strike.
* ASUU President, Nasir Faggie
There is palpable tension in Nigerian universities, with ASUU boycotting the ongoing Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, seminar in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The university lecturers are threatening to down tools again if the government insists on getting them to join the new payment platform. Recntly, the Federal Government directed all its Ministries, Departments and Parastatals, MDS, to join the computerised payment platform to reduce corruption and human error in the payment of salaries. As part of measures to bring universities into the programme, the government distributed IPPIS forms to lecturers all over the country through the National Universities Commission, NUC. However, ASUU members in Port Harcourt, Rivers State did not turn up for the seminar which kicked off on Monday in Port Harcourt
Also, a similar programme that was held in other geo-political zones of the country is also said to have been boycotted by members of the union. A source from the University of Uyo told newsmen that ASUU had barred its members from attending the Port Harcourt seminar. “The vice chancellor had intimated us about the seminar but based on the directive from our union, we cannot honour the invitation for the programme. “ASUU is not against the computerised salary system but we are saying that the policy does not favour the peculiar nuances of the academia. “For instance, the IPPIS does not recognise the peculiarity of the academic environment and cannot meet our payment needs. Our members go on sabbatical, act as adjuncts and we engage in regular recruitment of staff which are not addressed on the IPPIS platform.” Having experienced the failure in the payment of monetisation, the source hinted that the union would not allow its members to be part of the new payment system. It would be recalled that the University of Ibadan chapter of the union had early in January barred its members from filling the IPPIS form. Attempts to speak with the National President of ASUU, Nasir Faggie, on the issue failed as he would not take calls or respond to a text message sent to his telephone
This year, a record 1,645 billionaires made it to FORBES’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people.
There are 29 African billionaires this year, up from 20 just a year ago. There are 8 South Africans & Egyptians on the list, 4 Nigerians, 4 Moroccans with Algeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Angola, Tanzania having one billionaire apiece on the list.
These are the 29 Africans who are worth $1 billion or more:
Nigerian, Cement, Flour, Sugar
Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa for the fourth year in a row. His Dangote Group is West Africa’s largest industrial conglomerate and has interests in cement production, flour milling, sugar refining and food and beverages. He is $9 billion richer than he was last year on account of the soaring value of the stock price of his publicly-listed Dangote Cement which is up 65% since last year. Dangote is aggressively expanding his Cement company across new markets in Africa, recently announcing plans to build new plants in Kenya and Niger. The company is now present in 15 African countries. Dangote also recently announced plans to construct a private oil refinery and is building a tomato paste factory in Nigeria.
South African, Luxury Goods
South Africa’s richest man sits atop publicly-listed Swiss-based luxury goods outfit Compagnie Financiere Richemont, which owns brands including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Montblanc. He also owns stakes in investment holding companies Remgro and Reinet. Other holdings include two of South Africa’s best-known vineyards, Rupert & Rothschild and L’Ormarins as well as the Franschhoek Motor Museum which houses his personal collection of over 200 antique vehicle.
South African, Diamonds
In July 2012, Oppenheimer sold his family’s 40% stake in his family’s diamond business, De Beers to Anglo American for $5.1 billion in an all-cash deal that marked the end of the Oppenheimer family’s multi-decade control of the diamond company. The Oppenheimer family invests through Tana Africa Capital, a $300 million private equity joint venture with Singapore state investor Temasek. Nicky also owns an estimated 1.8% stake in Anglo American.
Nassef Sawiris is the CEO of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), Egypt’s most valuable publicly-traded company. In January last year, he announced that OCI was exchanging all global depositary receipts of the company for newly issued shares of OCI NV on the NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam. Bill Gates was part of a consortium of U.S investors who provided $2 billion to help cover payments to shareholders who prefer to tender their OCI shares for cash.
Nigerian, Telecoms and Oil
The reclusive Nigerian billionaire is the founder of Globacom, Nigeria’s second largest mobile phone network which has about 24 million subscribers. He also owns Conoil Producing, an indigenous oil exploration company which holds the rights to some of Nigeria’s most lucrative oil fields. Notoriously private, Adenuga hardly grants Press interviews and travels around in with a retinue of bodyguards.
Africa’s richest woman owns substantial stakes in a number of blue-chip Angolan and Portuguese companies such as Angolan mobile phone company Unitel , Angolan bank Banco BIC SA, Portuguese media giant ZON Optimus and Banco BPI. Isabel is the eldest daughter of Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and is believed to hold many of these assets in trust for her father.
Issab Rebrab is Algeria’s richest man, thanks largely to his stake in Algeria’s biggest family-owned conglomerate, Cevital, which has interests in sugar refining, port terminals, auto distribution, mining and agriculture. His five children all work at Cevital and the group employs over 12,000 people.
South African, Retail
Wiese, a South African retail mogul is the chairman and the largest shareholder of Shoprite Holdings, a chain of low-price supermarkets with a presence across multiple African countries. He also owns a large stake in Pepkor, a private company that owns seven different discount fashion brands. His other assets include Lanzerac Manor & Winery, a five-star hotel and a significant shareholding in Brait, a private equity firm.
Swaziland. Real Estate
Nathan Kirsh, a Swazi national is the founder of Jetro Holdings, a cash and carry wholesaler of perishable and non-perishable food products, household goods, equipment, supplies and related goods for grocery retailers. Kirsch made his first fortune in Swaziland several decades ago when he founded a corn milling business in 1958. He subsequently expanded into wholesale food distribution in apartheid South Africa and commercial property development.
Along with his two brothers, Yasseen and Youssef (also on FORBES’ billionaires list), Mohamed runs the Mansour Group which owns the world’s largest GM dealership. The Mansour Group also owns the largest supermarket chain in Egypt, the country’s second largest real estate developer, Palm Hills, and the Philip Morris franchise in Egypt.
Othman Benjelloun is the CEO of BMCE Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Morocco, with operations in at least 15 African countries. He is also the chairman of holding company FinanceCom which has interests in banking, insurance, and telecom in Morocco.
Naguib Sawiris, scion of the Sawiris business family made his fortune in telecom. His Orascom Telecom Media and Technology owns a 75% stake in Koryolink, North Korea’s only cell network. He is still actively looking for opportunities in the industry through his listed telecom firm Orascom TMT (formerly Weather Investments) and investment fund Accelero Capital.
South African, Mining
South Africa’s first and only black billionaire is the founder and chairman of publicly traded mining conglomerate, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) which has interests in platinum, nickel, chrome, iron, manganese, coal, copper and gold. He also holds a stake in Sanlam, a publicly traded financial services company.
Nigeria’s first female billionaire built her fortune on oil. Nigeria’s former President Ibrahim Babangida awarded her company, Famfa Oil a lucrative oil prospecting license in 1996 – now OML 127, which is one of Nigeria’s most prolific oil blocks and produces as much as 200,000 barrels of oil per day on good days. Famfa Oil, which Alakija controls fully, owns a 60% stake in OML 127.
Onsi Sawiris is the patriarch of Egypt’s wealthiest family, and founder of the eponymous Orascom conglomerate, which is involved in construction, telecoms and hotels. The companies are all run by his three sons- Naguib, Samih and Nassef, all billionaires.
Youssef Mansour is a part owner of Mansour Group which owns Caterpillar dealerships in 8 African countries and General Motors dealerships in Egypt and Iraq, as well as supermarkets, McDonald’s and Philip Morris distribution. He maintains a lower profile than his billionaire brothers Mohamed and Yasseen.
In 2010 Mohammed Al-Fayed sold his Harrod’s department store in London to Qatar Holding for a reported $2.4 billion and last July, he sold Fulham Football Club, which he acquired in 1997 to American billionaire Shahid Khan for a reported $300 million. He now owns the famed Hotel Ritz in Paris which he closed in August 2012 to start construction on what will be the hotel’s biggest redo since it was built in 1898 and also owns Cocosa, a U.K.-based discount fashion website.
Miloud Chaabi got his start in 1948 developing housing, then expanded through his privately owned Ynna Holding into hotels, supermarkets and renewable energy. Chaabi has committed to building a university in Casablanca in partnership with Indiana State University.
Yasseen Mansour and his brothers Youssef and Mohammed run Mansour Group, a large Egyptian conglomerate which owns Caterpillar and General Motor dealerships, supermarkets, restaurant franchises, and Philip Morris distribution in Egypt.
Aziz Akhannouch is the largest shareholder in Akwa Group, a multi-billion dollar Moroccan conglomerate with interests in petroleum, gas and chemicals through publicly-traded Afriquia Gas and Maghreb Oxygene, as well as media, real estate development and hotels. His wife, Salwa Idrissi, runs a successful real estate development company in Morocco, and holds the Moroccan franchise for Gap, Zara, and Galeries Lafayette, among other fashion brands.
Along with business partner Gus Attridge, Stephen Saad founded Aspen Pharmacare in 1997. It is now the largest publicly-traded drug manufacturer on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Aspen is a supplier of branded and generic pharmaceuticals in more than 150 countries and of consumer and nutritional products in selected territories. The company has a market capitalization of $11 billion. Saad is the company’s largest shareholder.
Desmond Sacco is the chairman and largest individual shareholder of South African mining company, Assore Group which he inherited from his father, Guido Sacco. The company was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange over 60 years ago. Desmond, a trained geologist, joined the company in 1968 and was appointed to the group’s board in 1974. In his younger years, Sacco played cricket and hockey at the University of South Africa.
South African, Media
Koos Bekker who has run Cape Town-based media conglomerate Naspers since 1997 will be stepping down as CEO in April this year, and will be taking a year off to travel the world and explore new business opportunities for the company. He is expected to take over as chairman of the company from next year. Over a 17 year period, Bekker transformed the storied publisher into a new media powerhouse, with investments in China (Tencent), Russia (Mail.ru), Brazil (Abril) and other countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. Refusing to take a salary, Bekker has traditionally been compensated via stock option grants that vest over time.
South African, Investments
Moneyman Allan Gray founded Cape Town-based investment management firm, Allan Gray Limited in 1973, after earning his MBA from Harvard and spending eight years at Fidelity in the US. The company manages $34 billion, making it the largest privately owned asset manager in South Africa. He also owns Orbis Investment Management in Bermuda which manages $30 billion. Venerable philanthropist funds the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation which awards higher education grants to students in Southern Africa.
Egyptian, Property Development
Samih Sawiris is the youngest son of Egyptian construction magnate Onsi Sawiris. His company, Orascom Development develops integrated towns and operates resorts in Egypt. He also owns a minority stake in construction company, OCI N.V., which was founded by his father Onsi and is now run by his brother Nassef.
Anas Sefrioui made his first fortune by building low-cost housing units in Morocco. He now heads publicly-traded Groupe Addoha which develops housing in several French-speaking African countries including Ivory Coast, the Republic of Guinea and Cameroon. His daughter Kenza works with him at the company.
Nigerian, Diversified Nigeria’s newest billionaire is 54 year-old Abdulsamad Rabiu, the founder of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in sugar refining, cement production, real estate, steel, port concessions, manufacturing, oil gas and shipping. BUA Group’s annual revenues are estimated at over $2 billion. Abdulsamad got his start in business working for his father, Isyaku Rabiu, a successful businessman from Nigeria’s Northern region. He struck out on his own in 1988, importing rice, sugar, edible oils as well as steel and iron rods.
Ugandan, Property, Banking
East Africa’s richest man is the founder of the Ruparelia Group, Uganda’s largest conglomerate with interests in property, banking, education, insurance and agriculture. It owns a chain of hotels, hundreds of commercial and residential property in Kampala, a country club, a chain of forex bureaus, two Highbrow secondary schools and Crane Bank, one of the Uganda’s top 3 commercial banks.
29.:Rostam Azizi, $1 billion
Tanzania’s first and only billionaire owes the bulk of his fortune to his 35% stake in Vodacom Tanzania, the country’s largest mobile phone company with more than 10 million subscribers. He also owns Caspian Mining, a contract mining company that provides mining services to giants like BHP Billiton and Barrick Gold. Caspian Mining also owns several mining concessions for gold, copper and Iron ore in Tanzania. Other assets include a stake in Dar es Salaam Port in which he is a partner with Hutchison Whampoa and extensive real estate in Tanzania, Dubai, Oman and Lebanon.
It’s really sad when we look at all the killings happening in the country, kids being murder and kidnapped; it’s really a sad story.
Singer Kcee shared the above heartbreaking photo which shows a child victim of the recent killings in the north
He captioned the picture: -
“@iam_kcee:”Poor child�������� wicked world!!!! Put yourself in this little innocent child’s shoes, we need to embrace peace, stop the killing!!!!!!”
The rumors had been floating around for the past couple of days, and I can confirm now that K9 and Eldee (Trybe Records) have parted ways in their professional dealings, and K9 now floats his own label, Young Lion Entertainment.
K9 obviously didn’t get the right attention and package while at Trybe Records, and his hit single Kokoma never had a video worthy of the status of the song.
With K9 gone, along with Sojay, Sheyman, Sarz, Eva and possibly Aramide, you have to wonder if this spells the end of Eldee’s Trybe Records 2.0.
Over the past couple of weeks, rumours have surfaced around the entertainment industry that singer/producer “K9″ (@TheOfficialK9) has parted ways with his record label Trybe Records owned by eLDee the don.
In a recent interview with HipTv, the Kokoma master, as his fans call him, cleared the air on this issue and also gave an insight into what his plans for the rest of the year are.
According to him “At some point, all businesses have to part ways. I’m still cool with Eldee… I still hope to work with him in future but for now I’m doing things on my own… We are in the process of finalizing arrangements for me to leave”.
The multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer and dancer who recently released a new song “Celebration” with long-time friend and top producer “BeatsBySarz”, also dropped the name of his own entertainment outfit “Young Lion Entertainment”.
K9 revealed that his new single “Lord Have Mercy”, produced by himself, features industry colleague Olamide and drops in a few weeks, and that his fans should expect more B.A.N.G.E.Rs, more collaborations and videos this year.
The senator representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, has predicted electoral victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections.
The former Lagos State First Lady, who was speaking at the 10th Town Hall Meeting of the senatorial district held in Lagos yesterday, assured the audience that the APC would usher in the dawn of a new era and engineer development across the country in 2015.
Her position was reinforced by the party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was hopeful that APC would form the next government at the centre. He was a guest speaker at the event.
Mohammed based his assumption on what he termed the growing popularity of the party across the country in less than one year of its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
His words: “In 2007, they gave us only one governor. But six years after, we now have 16 governors. In the House of Representatives, we have majority. In the next two or three weeks, about eight or 10 PDP members will join the APC in the House of Representatives”.
Calling on Nigerians to reject the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls, Mohammed alleged that PDP members in government spent N49 billion alone on medical treatment abroad last year. This sort of reckless spending, the opposition party’s spokesperson assured, would not be tolerated under an APC-led federal government.
In her address on the occasion, Mrs. Tinubu stated that by the grace of God and with the active support of Nigerians, the APC will continue to gather momentum and lead Nigerians to a new democratic dawn.
She said: “As you are all aware, the wind of change from the APC is also blowing through the National Assembly and indeed, the entire country. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) granted our collective request for registration of the APC on July 30, 2013”.
The senator recalled that on September 17, 2013, a letter formally announcing the birth of the APC and the status of senators of merged parties was read on the floor of the senate.
“Now, there is no looking back as we strive towards building a strong and enduring democracy”, she said.
On her activities in the senatorial district, Mrs. Tinubu reported that “last year, we got constituency projects ranging from N15 million to N21 million in education”. She gave the names of the schools that benefitted as follows: Jibowu High School, N21m; Banjo Primary Scool, Otumara-Ilogbo in Ebute Metta, N20m; Ansar Ud Deen Primary School, Oke Popo, Lagos Island, N15m; and The Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute Ero, Lagos, N15m – the project was later transferred to Teslim Elias Primary School, Oja-Oba in Isale Eko due to space constraints at the former.
“The construction and furnishing of one block of three classrooms and VIP toilet at Ire-Akari Primary School, Orile, Apapa Iganmu and Christ Cathederal Church Primary School, CMS, Lagos have been completed and we expect that work should be concluded at other project sites in due course”, she said.
She added that the pioneer trainees under the Youth Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Scheme (YESAS) were given a business start-up kit and a sum of N20, 000 each to set up a business.
“In January, this year, the balance of N20,000 was paid to 160 beneficiaries and four additional persons were given N40,000 each, bringing the total beneficiaries to 164”, she said.
Mrs. Tinubu reported that the bank account of each of the 26 beneficiaries under the ongoing Post-Secondary School Scholarship (PSSS) was credited with the annual sum of N100, 000 on November 1, 2013.
She explained further: “Under our Good Boys’ Programme, my intention was to empower 80 of our young men who are at the crossroad of life. On Monday, July 22, 2013, we empowered 43 of the Good Boys in the Lagos Central Senatorial District to enable them have a steady source of income through various commercial activities”.
The senator also extended her kind gesture to another 37 of the Good Boys and Girls yesterday when they received financial assistance to enable them start a new lease of life as gainfully self-employed persons.
She told the audience that “constituency projects that I attracted to this senatorial district are ongoing, although I have drawn attention to the delays at the Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Gedegede and the ultramodern market project in Oke-Ira.
The event was graced by dignitaries including the Ojora of Ijoraland, Oba Fatai Aromire; wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola; Prince Abiodun Ogunleye; Chairman, Apapa Local Government, Mr Ayodeji Joseph; Alhaji Mutiu Are; Col Rafiu Are (rtd); Alhaja Abba Folawiyo and Alhaji Musiliu Folami. They also included white cap chiefs, market men and women.
Convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare has promised Nigerians that if he discovers the forthcoming National Conference is what he termed ‘a waste of time’, he would blow the whistle.
According to the former vice-presidential candidate of the now defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, “By the grace of God, I will wait to see the convocation or the inauguration of that conference, read and listen to Mr. President, read his body language and if I perceive that the conference is going to be a waste of my time or a waste of time of any of the delegates, I will blow the whistle”.
Bakare, who has been nominated by the Ogun State government, as one of the delegates to represent the South-West geo-political zone in the National Conference, urged Nigerians to work towards the success of the conference rather than setting their eyes on the 2015 general elections.
Speaking with Daily Independent, the fiery preacher noted that the conference provides a veritable platform for Nigerians to return to dialogue table and come up with resolutions that would right the wrongs of the past and restore the country to the path of greatness.
His words, “Truth be told, I think we have the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, to think critically of how to save our nation from disintegration. We must seize this opportunity with both hands and let the conference itself be people driven and that the reason we are there is for the ultimate interest and benefit of the people of this country.
“If we go there with elitist idea of how to continue to live in our secured land of prosperity while the rest of Nigerians dwell in the quick sand of poverty, then we are already pushing Nigeria to disintegration but a place where the rage of the poor can consume the rich, the wealthy, the elite and the upper class”, he said.
On a recent comment made by President Goodluck Jonathan to the effect that the resolutions of the conference will be sent to the National Assembly, Bakare said “we are going to find out whether the voice of the people is the highest law or whether those who are appointed, selected or elected by the people will overrule what majority of Nigerians will do”.
According to the cleric, anyone who tries to tamper with the resolution made at the conference “will be toying with his own personal destiny.
“By the grace of God, I don’t think all those going to that conference now as delegates are people who are desperately looking for job. Is it the likes of Justice Kutigi or Professor Bolaji Akinyemi that you want to call for a job or tell them this is what we want you to go and say there?
“I respect such men and I know they are respectable. And some of us are honourable to know that we are not seeking for job. If we are going there to midwife change for our nation, it will be seen that it is done thoroughly”, he added.
Prof Attahiru Jega, on Friday in Abuja, said the commission would provide better security for corps members and others engaged for electoral exercises.
Jega said this when he paid a courtesy visit on the NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi in Abuja.
According to him the commission was working hard to avert the sufferings of participants during future electoral exercises.
A statement signed by Mrs Bosede Aribigbe, NYSC Director of Public Relations said Jega acknowledged the commendable role the NYSC has been playing in the electoral process, in particular and the development of the country in general.
Jega, who was in company of some federal commissioners of the commission, called on government and the entire public to support and encourage the scheme.
The chairman pledged the commission’s commitment to the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between INEC and the scheme as the nation moves towards the 2015 General Elections.
He regretted the loss of lives of corps members during the 2011 post-election violence and condemned the calls from some quarters for scrapping of the scheme as a result of the ugly incident.
Responding, Olawumi said NYSC was adding credibility to national exercises and pledged the scheme’s readiness to educate and sensitise the public on the roles of NYSC in the electoral processes.
He also pledged total commitment and support to the existing MoU between the two organisations. (NAN)
GOV. TANKO AL-MAKURA TESTIFYIG BEFORE A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE KILLING OF SECURITY OPERATIVES IN ALAKYO VILLAGE, NASARAWA STATE (NAN)
More than 534 persons, including security personnel, were killed during different ethnic clashes in Nasarawa between December 2012 and September 2013, the Justice Joseph Gbadeyan Judicial Commission of Inquiry has said.
Mr. Gbadeyan is the Chairman of the Judicial Commission into the killing of security personnel at Alakyo Village in Lafia in May 2013. The killings were believed to have carried out by the Ombatse ethnic militia in the state.
Submitting the commission’s report to Governor Umaru Al-Makura, Mr. Gbadeyan said property worth over N2.3 billion were destroyed during the crises, adding that 40 persons sustained various degrees of injury.
According to him, the casualties included members of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security Services, SSS. He added that there were no available evidences on 143 others who were allegedly killed.
He said the commission received 22 memoranda from individuals, groups and communities and took evidences from 89 witnesses during its public sittings. He also said that 65 exhibits were tendered and admitted by the commission during the sittings.
Mr. Gbadeyan commended the support of the state government and all stakeholders to the success of the assignment. He expressed hope that the findings and recommendations of the commission would ensure justice and peaceful co–existence among all ethnic groups in the state.
Receiving the six-volume report, Mr. Al-Makura thanked the commission for a job well done, and assured that the report would be studied with a view to implementing its recommendations.
Mr. Al-Makura explained that the setting up of the commission became imperative following the killing of scores of security personnel and the incessant clashes in the state.
He said that the aim was to bring perpetrators of the killings to book to serve as deterrent to others, and to also dispel the aspersion being cast on the image of the state.
“No stone would be left unturned in the implementation of the commission’s recommendations,” he said.
The Nasarawa State Government inaugurated the nine-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry on June 26, 2013
The commission was to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the crises that led to the killing of scores of security personnel in Alakyo village in Lafia on May 7, 2013.
The commission conducted its public sitting between July 22 and November 11, 2013. (NAN)
A constitutional lawyer, Tunji Abayomi, on Friday approached the Federal High Court, Abuja asking it to stop the Federal Government from going ahead with the proposed National Conference.
It had earlier appointed its principal officers last Monday. But in a suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/167/204 dated March 3, Mr. Abayomi contended that Mr. Jonathan lacked the power to convoke or convene the National Conference without the backing of a law enacted by National Assembly.
The Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, were joined as defendants in the suit.
Mr. Abayomi asked the court to determine whether or not a national conference could be convened by the president and/or the federal government without an Act of the National Assembly.
In an affidavit deposed to by one Patrick Bisong to support the suit, the lawyer alleged that the Federal Government had already planned to spend billions of naira belonging to the public to finance the confab even though there was no law enabling the president to organise it.
The plaintiff also asked the court to restrain the government from convening the conference so that billions of tax payers’ money would not be spent unconstitutionally. He also asked for intense judicial scrutiny of the alleged deliberate speed with which Mr. Jonathan was convening the conference. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.
* Stephane Okereke-Linus
As women all over the world are marking today as International Women’s
Day, Nollywood’s actress, Stephanie Okereke-Linus took time out to write out her
wishes for women all over the world.
The popular movie star disclosed this in a long message she put up on her twitter account this morning.
Read her message below:
“There’s something really special about the way God created us – our thoughts, our emotions, our expressions, our strength, our determination to succeed that makes me so proud of women all over the world.
Today is a very special day for women. Celebrated annually on 8 March, today is the 2014 International Women’s Day with the theme: “Equality for women is progress for all”.
The theme is so apt at a time when women around the world are passing through difficult times as a result of domestic violence, unfriendly policies against women and more. While women have made great strides, a gender equality gap still exists.
On this special day, let’s not forget that countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.
The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.
To achieve their full potential, women must be allowed to participate actively as members of the society without any inhibitions. We must highlight the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.”
We can only hope and pray that all her wishes come to reality in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
The first female High Court Judge in Jigawa State, norther Nigeria, Justice Nana Abdullahi, died on Friday at the age of 54.
Her husband, Abubakar, Coordinator, National Open University of Nigeria, Dutse centre, confirmed her death on telephone on Friday.
Abubakar said she died during an illness at a private hospital in Dutse on March 5.
The deceased was Solicitor General, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice from 2000 to 2005 before her appointment as high court judge in 2010.
Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Muhammad Turaki, expressed heartfelt condolences to the family.
“We are proud of Nana Aisha Abdullahi as one of our prominent members; a dedicated member and mother of the association.
“The late judge served the judiciary and the State with diligence, courage and the fear of Allah.
“The association received the news of her death with shock and total submission to the will of Almighty Allah.
“Our condolences also go to the Jigawa judiciary, particularly the Chief Judge and Grand Khadi of the state.
“We pray to Almighty Allah to forgive her and bless her with Aljannatul firdausi and also give her family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss’’ a statement from the association stated.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Osita Chidoka, on Friday said the agency’s June 30 deadline for all motorists to change over to new number plates would not change.
The Corps Marshal told newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom that it would be a criminal offence for anybody to refuse to change over to the new number plate after June 30.
Chidoka, who was represented by FRSC’s Zone F Commander, Mr Nsebong Akpabio, said it would be punishable by the Federal Road Safety Act 2007 and the Highway Act of 1972 “The area we want members of the public to know is that June 30 is the deadline for full compliance.
We want the media to help us create awareness,’’ he said. The Corps Marshal also said it would be criminal for any person to refuse to give the complete data on his vehicle.
“It is criminal for any motorist to refuse to disclose the chassis number of his vehicle,” he said. Chidoka, however, expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance with road safety measures in the two states of Edo and Delta, which are in Zone F.
He also said there were 31 selling points and three centres for the issuance of driving licences in Akwa Ibom.
“I advise members of the public to make use of them,’’ the corps marshal said. Chidoka said the state government had also made a request for five more centres in the state.
He warned those going to neighbouring states to purchase driving licences illegally and sell to others to desist from the act. “Anybody caught in the act will be prosecuted,’’ the FRSC official said.
The Founder and Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Atedo Peterside, has said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation must give adequate explanations about the alleged missing money, which it was meant to remit to the Federation Account.
According to the renowned banker, the Central Bank of Nigeria and its suspended Governor, Lamido Sanusi, must also give appropriate response to the damning report against the apex bank and its embattled governor by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.
Peterside expressed this in a statement on Friday.
He said, “The NNPC’s assertions must be subjected to a proper forensic audit, while the CBN must provide satisfactory answers to the FRC’s queries.”
While acknowledging the suggestion of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who asserted that there was a need for an independent forensic audit of the NNPC’s account, he stressed that the fact that there was a shortfall in the first instance, needed to be thoroughly investigated.
He said, “If there is a shortfall, then there is a problem. Whether it is $49bn, or $10bn, or $20bn, is not the issue, even $1bn is a serious problem.
“Some conspiracy theorists argue that the CBN Governor was suspended because he blew the whistle on NNPC, while others argue that CBN only blew the whistle on NNPC in order to distract attention from their own travails with FRC.
“I don’t care about conspiracy theorists. If the CBN is able to provide satisfactory answers to FRC’s queries, then FRC must be made to tender a public apology to CBN and it’s Board.
“If NNPC ‘fails’ its forensic audit, then all relevant heads around there must also roll.”
Miss Omolade Ogungbamigbe, one of the 13 students of Ogba Junior Grammar School, Ojodu Local Council Development Area, LCDA, yesterday recounted how she and her mates escaped death after they inhaled poisonous fumes in their school.
The parents of the 13 pupils however asked the state government to conduct a thorough investigation to detect the source of the emission and to forestall future discharge of the poisonous fumes.
This came barely 24 hours after the anxiety among the parents and guardians of the 13 students of the school, who collapsed after inhaling an unidentified poisonous fumes discharged from one of the cottage factories in Ogba Shopping Arcade. Speaking to Saturday Vanguard, Ogungbamigbe, a JSS 2 student said the emission was discharged 30 minutes after their lunch break.
Explaining how her friends cheated death, Omolade said: “It was one of the students in JSS 2 who first inhaled the poisonous fume. Few minutes after he complained about the fume, it had enveloped the classroom block. First, we all thought the fume was from a canister because the Area G police command was few meters away from our school.
“While we all gathered at the ground floor of the building waiting for the fume to subside, one of the students in JSS 2A, identified as Lateefat collapsed. Few seconds later, other students began to follow suit; that was when we all raised the alarm.
“While others slumped, I didn’t but I had breathing difficulty and began to experience stomach ache,” she added. Omolade said that she woke up to find herself being fanned by some people before she was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
According to her, “I didn’t know when I slumped. But the last thing I remembered was the few minutes I spent at the Caterpillar Bus Stop, Ogba, while waiting for bus.” She added, “My friend told me that I fainted at the Bus Stop. It was my friends who hired a taxi that took me to the hospital.”
Another victim who simply identified herself as Adefisayo , said, “I was playing during the break. I perceived some odour I could not comprehend. I developed stomach ache and I suddenly fell and I woke up to find myself in the hospital.”
Aside Omolade who was discharged at the early hours of yesterday, others were still hospitalized. Some of the students still hospitalized were: Tijani Mariam, Subaidat Oladokun, Adebiyi Taiwo, Muiz Rodiat, Onaigbe Blessing, Karimat Akiode, Rasak Gbolahan, Modupe Idowu, Titilope Idimu, Alhassan Salamot and Yusuf Salamot. When Saturday Vanguard visited the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, sources said that doctors were still conducting series of tests on the students to determine their health status. They added that the students maybe released on Monday.
But that would be determined by how they responded to treatment. Speaking to Saturday Vanguard, Mr. Oladokun, father of Zubaidat Oladokun, said, “What the officials told me was that they cannot discharge the students now until Monday after they would have completed the necessary medical tests on the patients.”
He lamented that the result of the last emission which affected 25 students of the school was yet to be released by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, in the incident that nearly claimed the lives of the pupils.
Oladokun said, “some of the pupils who were affected by the chemical emission last year were also affected and are in still in critical condition following another emission from the same complex located beside the school premises. Mrs. Folashade Alhassan lamented, “The recurrent incident is becoming worrisome.
The incident happened almost the same time last year. The chemical reacts easily on our children. If this continues, it may damage something in their body. Governor Fashola must come to our aid. Why would the school expose our children to dangerous chemicals almost every time?”
Mbong Amata, one time wife of Nollywood director, Jeta Amata, has said she is not bothered with her crashed marriage to the renowned film mogul.
Mbong made this statement during an interview with newsmen while she was in the country recently for the shoot cum premiere of Emem Isong’s latest movie, Apaye: A Mother’s Love.
When asked if she was ever worried by negative stories that trailed her marraige crash, she said: “Never. I tried my best. I might not look strong but I’m very, very strong. If you are in show business or any business that put you out there, you have to build a solid, great wall of China around you. My wall is very tall. I only hear about it, but I’m not moved one bit. So, I have a huge wall around my person.”
On why she is still bearing Amata as her last name despite her separation from Jeta, Mbong says: “Yes, does it change anything? It doesn’t.”
“Jeta is a great man, fantastic dad but life has to move on,” she added.
Commenting on whether she would still like to star in her ex-husband’s film, She answered: “Why not? He was my friend before he became my husband. We had a great relationship. We are connected for life. We have a child together. If I see him, as often as I could, it doesn’t change anything.”
On whether she is ready to give marriage another chance, this is what Mbong, who says she is not in any serious relationship right now, has to say:
“I don’t really know, but I don’t want to say never. It is the future, I prefer to live in the now and see how that goes. But for now, it is about me doing more films, charity and raising my child. So, that is my priority.”
Rihanna is the Ultimate Diva. She shared these photos on Instagram and fans went hard at the guys preparing her up especially the one behind… Well, that’s why she is called Bad gal Riri .Besides….they are paid to do that and I know many guys would offer to do it for free lol… Another below;
Stephanie Henshaw, the ravishingly beautiful estranged wife of Rev. Chris Okotie was again spotted at a social event, the Glo Evergreen Series 2 Concert which held at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, February 28, 2014.
According to Encomium, at the event, Stephanie shared a table with her ex-husband’s church member, famous actor and Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD). But when they approached her for a chat, Stephanie barely acknowledged their greeting, RMD too politely signaled them to stay off her with his body language.
Encomium also reports that obviously hit hard by the unfortunate incident that robbed her of the life of luxury she reveled when the going was better, the Efik, Cross River born and twice married mother of three tactically withdrew from the public shortly after she returned from a UK holiday. Though her sister, Ms. Cynthia Henshaw insisted back then, she was not worried one bit by Okotie dumping her, busybodies who had been on her trail painted a picture of a distraught lady no longer at ease with her world. So, perhaps to prove she is cool and not in want of care and love, Stephanie has found her groove back as she now attends social events.
This would be the third time Stephanie has made a public appearance after her four-year old marriage to Chris Okotie crashed in June 2012. She was at RMD’s son’s wedding last year, the Classic FM valentine show on February 14, 2014, and now Glo Evergreen series.
One person has been reportedly killed while three others were injured when about 50 young men attempted to forcefully gain entrance into the Enugu State Government House, Enugu in the early hours of Saturday.
*Gov, Sullivan Chime of Enugu State
The unknown gunmen were repelled by security operatives attached to the Enugu State seat of power.
It was gathered that there was heavy shooting by the security operatives comprising policemen, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC and Soldiers who succeeded in preventing them from gaining entry into the Government House.
Apart from the one person killed and others who sustained gun shots injuries, several machetes were also recovered from the fleeing members of the gang.
Although the mission of the young men, who were armed with several machetes and flags with different inscriptions and insignia belonging to secret cults is yet to be known, an eyewitness said they arrived the Government House at about 4.30 am in buses.
The Chief Security Officer to Governor Sullivan Chime, Mr. Fidelis Ogarabe, DSP, who rushed to the scene after he was alerted by his men, immediately took control of the situation as the security operatives succeeded in repelling them after hours of shooting.
Confirming the incident, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sullivan Chime, Mr. Chukwudi Achife said: “the attack occurred when at about 4.30 am a group of young men numbering about 50 and carrying machetes and cutlasses invaded the Government House and tried to force their way in.
“The attackers were immediately engaged by the security personnel who shot dead one person and arrested three. One security personnel was injured in the attack.”
Achife added that the arrested persons along with some of the weapons recovered (matchetes) have since been handed over to the Enugu State Police Command for further investigations.
I don’t ask for it, they just give it to me and if the script I get has something new and my fans are anxious of what the role is going to be like, I can make it different from what I used to do. It is not easy to play bad roles at all times. Ask any artiste around you and they will tell you it’s not easy to cry and shout on set at the same time when it isn’t your normal self. It is not an easy task at all.
Nigerians have never had it so bad in a long time. Even the usual scarcity that characterizes the end of every year did not surface as expected last December.
But just when Nigerians were coming to terms with a notion that the issue of fuel scarcity has become history, the problem struck again, leaving Nigerians aghast and catching many unaware. For over one week now, Nigerians have been digging fuel out of ‘stone’.
In every state across the federation, long queues of vehicles at filling stations have become the order of the day. The prevailing fuel scarcity in the country has taken its toll on motorists, families and businesses across Nigeria. Nigerians are once again at the mercy of shylock marketers who feed fat at the expense of the ordinary people. Stranded passengers at bus stops are now common and transporters have hiked transport fare to the high heavens.
Commercial bus drivers are having a field day and fuel-pump attendants are having a swell time. Fuel hawkers have taken the centre stage, milking dry innocent motorists who are left with no option than to patronise them.
Although it was reported that NNPC has opened up its reserve to ease this crippling shortage that has caused long queues of vehicles at petrol stations across the country, little or no impact of this is being felt. Also, despite the claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it has sufficient stock of the product to meet consumers’ needs, the lingering fuel shortage has continued unabated.
Those who depend on fuel and electricity to run their businesses are biting their fingers as they cannot depend on generators anymore in the absence of electricity. In the same vein, companies that survive on generators are running at a loss, even as the scarcity has taken its toll on the economy of the country in general.
In Lagos,many filling stations are closed, selling only at midnight to black marketers , while the few that are selling have long queues. Almost every filling station dispensing the product is selling above the official pump price of N97 per litre, while others collect tolls before allowing motorists inside their premises. Five litres are selling at N1,250 while two litres are selling at N500 in the black market as at Thursday.
A colleague bought a keg of 25 litres at N8,000 from callous hawkers who were ‘doing business’ with the filling stations. Across Nigeria, it’s the same tales of woe as our correspondents report. Hard times for residents as marketers sell at N150 per litre By Tony Edike, Enugu Residents of Enugu State capital and other towns in the state are facing severe difficulties as a result of the rising cost of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol. Price of petrol has risen above the official pump price of N97 per litre to N150 in Enugu capital city and its environs.
Saturday Vanguard investigations revealed that apart from few major marketers that occasionally sell at the regulated pump price, all the independent marketers had since last week hiked the pump price to between N140 and N150 per litre. While the independent marketers are smiling to the banks, most stations operated by the major marketers have remained under lock and key as the pump attendants were seen playing games.
Several motorists who queued to buy the product at N150 per litre at a private station along Presidential Road, Enugu lamented that the price hike had imposed severe difficulties on them.The development has, however, compelled transporters to hike fares, pushing the effect of the hike to the commuters. For instance, transport fare from Abakpa to Obiagu which normally cost N50 has been jerked up to N100 instead of initial N50 while Enugu to Onitsha which hitherto cost N700 now cost N1,500.
An attendant at one of the stations who simply identified herself as Onyekachi, blamed the situation on the scarcity of the product. He said: “If the product is not scarce as NNPC is claiming, why are the DPR and PPPRA yet to force marketers to sell the product at the official price? “The product is scarce and because of the scarcity, we are no longer getting regular supplies.” An independent marketer who preferred anonymity said that “we are spending more to source the product from Lagos and other places and we should not be expected to sell below cost price.
All the trucks we sent to Lagos since the past two weeks could not lift as there is no product.” An official of the Tanker Drivers’ Union, Enugu State branch, who didn’t want his name in print said on phone that they stopped loading the product at the Enugu depot of NNPC for more than a decade running.
A motorist with God is Good Motors, Emeka Okafor, also expressed worry over the situationsaying, “I am disturbed by this situation because I thought that the Federal Government had solved the problem of fuel scarcity permanently in the country.”
Okafor appealed to the Federal Government and “appropriate agencies of government” to take immediate measures to arrest the situation.
“Government should do something fast to make the product available and save the poor masses from more economic hardship,” he urged.
IIham Anas is a 40-year old Indonesian photographer who bears a striking resemblance to the US president. According to reports this has made him a tv star in his country. See more pictures of him below;
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, denied bail to Dr. Mohammed Nazeef Yunus, a lecturer at the Kogi State University, accused of being the spiritual leader of a Boko Haram cell situated at Igala land in Kogi State.
This came as the Department of State Service, DSS declared that the Kogi varsity lecturer propagated terrorism across the federation by the teaching of virtues of Jihad (Holy war).
The accused lecturer who had been in the custody of the Directorate of State Service, DSS, since October 30, 2013, was on February 3, transferred to Kuje Prison, Abuja, on the order of the trial high court.
Others the court ordered should remain in prison custody yesterday were Alhaji Salami Abdullahi and Umar Musa, who were both accused of belonging to the Boko Haram sect. In a ruling, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said it would not be in the interest of justice to release the accused persons at this stage of their trial, stressing that in view of the prevailing atrocious acts of the Boko Haram sect in the North Eastern part of the country, it was safer to deny them bail.
Citing the wanton and mindless killing of innocent people, especially the recent massacre of students of the Federal Government College Buni Yadi by members of the Boko Haram, Justice Kolawole, said he was minded to exercise his discretionary powers to grant bail against the accused persons. He maintained that the court, in exercising its discretion, must do so judicially and judiciously, “The bail applications are hereby refused,” the Judge held, even as he okayed accelerated hearing of the charge against them.
Besides, the court dismissed plea by the 2nd accused, Salami, to be released on health ground. Meantime, the court yesterday slated their trial for March 18, 19, April 3 and May 6. Government had alleged in an eight count charge before the court that the trio, within the months of May and October, 2013, at Ayangba in Kogi state, engaged in an act in furtherance of acts of terrorism by not only acquiring weapons, but also recruiting new members for the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
According to the charge, some of the weapons recovered from the accused persons included 2 AK-47 Rifles, 2 Magazines and 60 rounds of live ammunition. By belonging and supporting the illegal activities of a proscribed organization, the government, said the action of the accused persons ran contrary to sections 4, 10, 12, 16(1) (4), 17 and 18 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013, as amended.
The accused persons had since pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Federal Government earlier disclosed its intention to call about six former students of the accused lecturer to appear as witnesses before the court with a view to establishing his complicity in the propagation of terrorism across the federation.
The prosecuting counsel, Mrs N.B Jones Nebo, told the court yesterday that there was a prima facie evidence to prove that Dr. Yunus, supervised the burial of weapons in the ground. “My Lord, we have also by way of evidence shown what the weapons were meant for. We have identified the ones we have discovered so far, which from all indications, were the case of keep this, we are getting more”, she added.
The DSS had maintained that the 44 years old lecturer and a graduate of Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia, confessed that he had over 80 adherents, and hitherto conducted preaching sessions every last Saturday and Sunday of the month at Ethosho Secondary School Ojiolo, Dekina, Kogi. He was said to have confessed that his adherents were specifically taught the virtues of Jihad (Holy war) and the sanctity of the Sharia system as an alternative form of governance.
However, in his application for bail, Dr. Yunus, argued that under the Nigerian Constitution, he ought to be presumed innocent until his guilt is established, contending that the same trial Judge earlier released Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume who was equally accused of having a relationship with the Boko Haram sect, on bail, pending the determination of the charge against him. According to counsel to the accused person, Mr Hassan Liman , SAN, “I urge my Lord to grant the accused bail considering that he has made a convincing and compelling case to warrant the exercise of discretion in his favour.
He is a family man, a University Don with PHD. His detention has in no small measure, affected his academic relationship with the students. More so, there is no evidence that he has ever committed any offence before. I plead the court to take judicial notice of the antecedents of the accused person”, he added.
On his part, Salami, who was fingered as the major financier of the terrorist cell in Kogi state, yesterday, begged the court to release him from prison detention on health grounds. Salami, through his lawyer, Chief James Ocholli, SAN, further tendered a medical report signed by one of his sons, Hayatu Abdullahi, a medical Doctor at Garki General Hospital, Abuja, which indicated that he has a critical medical condition that requires constant medical attention.
In the report, the 2nd accused person who was alleged to have hosted several nocturnal meetings that were held by leaders of the Boko Haram sect in Kogi state, was said to have at e point, went into coma for three months and was flown to London in an air ambulance.
Ocholli, told the court that his client received treatments at Wellington and London Bridge Hospitals in the United Kingdom, adding that there was no evidence linking him with any of the other accused persons.
Jeta Amata’s ex, Mbong in an interview with Encomium magazine has said she might not be strong facially, but she is a very strong woman. She says she already built a great wall like that of China around her so negative comments do not move her. She spoke about this and her marriage to former husband, Jeta Amata to Uche Olehi after the cut.
Life without your husband? Oh, life pushes me and I push it (lol). In fact, I push it with a smile.
Any regret? I try not to live in regrets. I’m very good at counting my losses and just keep the train moving.
The rumour months back was that you have found love again? That’s not true. That’s news to me.
So, you have not remarried? Remarried? No!
And you are not even in a fresh relationship? I’m not in a fresh relationship.
Won’t you give marriage another shot? I don’t really know, but I don’t want to say never. It is the future, I prefer to live in the now and see how that goes. But for now, it is about me doing more films, charity and raising my child. So, that is my priority. I don’t think marriage is my priority for now.
Some could be generous and sincere to admit they enjoyed their marriage or relationship while it lasted. Were you that lucky with Jeta Amata?
Of course, I had a lot of great and fond memories. I had more fun than bad memories with my former husband. I was first married to my friend before a husband. That was why we were very civil enough to know that even if the marriage didn’t work, we are still friends and that is the bedrock of whatever it is that we have. We are connected for life. We have a child together. Yeah, we are cool, he is my guy. Jeta is a great man, fantastic dad but life has to move on.
What really happened? Am I really going to say that? (Laughs) Life happened.
Were you ever worried by negative comments that trailed the crash of your marriage? Never. I tried my best. I might not look strong but I’m very, very strong. If you are in show business or any business that puts you out there, you have to build a solid, great wall of China around you. My wall is very tall. I only hear about it, but I’m not moved one bit. I really don’t care what people say about my broken marriage because no one knows me like I know myself. So, I have a huge wall around my person.
You still bear Jeta Amata’s name? Yes, does it change anything?
Nigerian famous Soul and Hip-hop producer, Harry Mordi, popularly known as HCode, is dead.
*The late Hcode
Hcode, who produced 2face Idibia and Vector’s ‘Get Down’, died on Friday night after suffering an Asthma attack.
According to a source, who used to be close to him, the late producer was in his mid 20s before his demise.
May his soul rest in peace, Amen.
Take a look at one of his video for Monster ft Olamide, Durella and Dammy Krane: