Impeachment Panel: Nasarawa Assembly Petitions NJC Over CJ’s Conduct, Suspends APC Lawmaker


NASARAWA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS IN SESSION

Members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly yesterday finally resumed sitting in Lafia, the state capital, after they fled the state at the height of plans to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

The members upon resumption, suspended an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Tanko Tunga, for six months just as they directed the clerk, Ego Maikeffi, to petition the National Judicial Council on the conduct of the State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko.

The motion for the suspension was moved at plenary by Baba Ibaku (PDP-Udegye/Loko) and seconded by Nathaniel Agyomesa (PDP-Lafia North), who accused Tunga of violating the Assembly’s rules.

Tunga was also accused of attempting to snatch the mace and insulting his colleagues.

Ibaku said Tunga should be placed on half salary for the duration of his suspension. The 24-member assembly is made up of 20 Peoples Democratic Party members while the remaining four are of the APC.

The directive by the Speaker, Musa Ahmed, to write the NJC, was sequel to perceived irregularities in the composition of a probe panel to investigate allegations of financial misappropriation and breach of constitution levelled against Governor Al-Makura.

Moving a motion to this effect at their first plenary after recess, the majority leader of the House, Hon. Godiya Akwashiki (PDP-Nasarawa Eggon West) said the step became necessary owing to what he termed the CJ’s deliberate breach of constitution by smuggling names of partisan politicians and a public officeholder into the membership of the probe panel, in breach of Section 188(5) of the 1999 constitution.

He craved the indulgence of the members to “write the National Judicial Council within 24 hours to investigate the chief judge in order to avoid the breakdown of law and order in the state”.

In his submission on the matter, Hon. Francis Orogu, representing Keana constituency, said “the CJ has abused his oath of office and derailed in the discharge of his duties by conniving with the executive to thwart the path of justice”.

Patience Jonathan Donates Relief Materials In Borno


Nigeria’s first lady,Dame Patience Jonathan has donated three truckloads of relief materials to displaced victims of insurgency from Damboa, Gworza, and Bama, among other areas.

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The first lady, who was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, distributed the items in the various camps he visited in Borno and Gombe state. He also delivered the goodwill messages of President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady.

The minister while delivering the goodwill message said: “The First Lady, as a mother of the nation, identified with my people in this trying time. She asked me to tell you she shares your pain and she prayed that Almighty God touches the hearts of the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace.”

Responding, the Emir, Mai Umar Aliyu, at his palace in Biu, thanked the President and the Federal Government for coming to the aid of the displaced people, adding that the materials were swiftly delivered.

“We commend our President for his speedy response in this emergency. We commend our son, the Minister of Power, who though made adequate provisions for the displaced. We appreciate their concerns for us in this trying period” Aliyu said.

Wakil commended the Emir and the Emirate Council for supporting the federal government in the fight against insurgency, and thanked the Biu people for accommodating the internally displaced persons.

The minister promised to continue the visitations to other camps on behalf of the Federal Government.

 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, NCFRMI, Hajia Hadiza Kangiwa, on August 18, 2014, revealed that the country has over 600,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, from the North Eastern part since the insurgency began in 2011, with several other people killed.

The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, in Hausa language meaning “Western education is sin”. The sect was designated a terrorist group by the US in 2013. The extremist reportedly took to arm struggle after police extra judicially killed its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, while in their custody.

Nigerian Politician Goes Down On His Knees Begging For Votes


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House of Reps member, Hon. Samson Osagie pictured above pleading with APC members to vote for him – in Edo state

Mixed Fortunes For Nigeria, 3 New Ebola Cases Discovered, 4 Patients Discharged


It was a case of mixed fortunes for the nation, yesterday, in the management of the Ebola Virus Disease as three fresh cases were discovered, while four of those earlier admitted at the isolation centre in Lagos were discharged.

Lagos State Health Commissioner, Dr. Jide Idris, who confirmed the emergence of three new cases, remarked: “As at yesterday, (Sunday), we had three new suspected cases. One of them is a blood sample from Kaduna State, while the two others are from Lagos and they are primary contacts. A reason for this was that they do not have the laboratory to test for the virus.
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“What we have now is that, there are four people dead, including the index (Mr. Patrick Sawyer). We have eight in the isolation ward before Saturday when we released the doctor, and this doctor was released after testing negative and going through the World Health Organisation, WHO and Centre for Disease Control, CDC, procedures for discharge.

Four more discharged

Four additional confirmed patients of Ebola Virus Disease have been discharged from the isolation centre of the Mainland Hospital in Lagos.

The discharged patients, including two male medical doctors, one female nurse and another patient, have been managed successfully and are now disease-free and ready to resume their normal life activities.
The development brings to five the total number of patients diagnosed with Ebola who have now been discharged from hospital, following the discharge of the first EVD patient over the weekend.

Announcing the development yesterday in Abuja, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the three participated in the treatment of the first case of Ebola in Nigeria, the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer while the fourth person was a female patient at the time the index case was on admission.
In Lagos, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who briefed newsmen along with the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, said the patients would be released yesterday (Monday).

“We have 12 confirmed cases and that includes the index (first) case and all the other cases that we have confirmed positive and those who have died. And today, we have four more patients ready for discharge, and they have gone through the same protocol — the protocol is that before we release anyone or certify him or her negative, he or she has to be symptoms-free for over three days. Also, we had to test their blood and the result proved negative of the virus.

“They will be released today (yesterday) after they have completed their counselling exercise being conducted by our psycho-social team, but they will come periodically for check-ups; though they are okay.”

Three others in Isolation

Assuring that everything was under control, the commissioner said the new cases were being closely monitored.

“The other three patients are still being monitored at the isolation centre. Once they get better, they will be released too.

“The lady who ran to Enugu is still in isolation and has tested positive to the virus. She is among the three still under isolation.”

Treatment of patients
On the nature of treatment being accorded Ebola virus disease patients, Idris explained that there was no specific treatment per se.

“We treat the patients based on the presentation. For instance, if the patient shows symptoms of diarrhoea, he or she has to be treated with electrolyte and others. If the person shows signs of pain, he or she will be given pain-relieving drugs. We have enough drugs to take care of them.

“If they require intensive care, we will do that. This is part of the equipment that has been brought in. They will be provided with such.”

More medical personnel

Giving an update on medical personnel available to care for the patients, Idris remarked: “At the moment, we have more medical personnel to care for the patients. We have eight doctors and nine nurses and some health workers who have gone through the training. We have also been joined by infectious disease experts from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH. All these people have gone through the training. Though the number is not enough; we need more.”

Expert reacts

Reacting to the development, the Director of Communication and Community Mobilisation for Ebola in Nigeria, Professor Adebayo Onajole said that the country has been able to contain the spread through increased surveillance at the country’s borders (air, land and sea), increased awareness and less disinformation about the disease in the country.

Onajole, a consultant public health expert noted that universal health precautions and personal hygiene are currently being encouraged, a situation which has helped halt the spread of the disease.

He said: “Efforts are currently ongoing to scale up and strengthen all aspects of response, including contact tracking, public information and community mobilization, case management and infection prevention and control, and coordination. There is now increased disease surveillance system in a bid to monitor, control, and prevent any occurrence of the disease,” he concluded.

Five committees have been set up in the country to halt the spread of the disease, investigations reveal. These committees include contact tracing – responsible for tracing contacts of infected persons; case management unit – responsible for managing established cases; and point of entry unit which is charged with the responsibility of examining persons entering Nigeria from various borders.

Three quarantined in Makurdi

Meanwhile, two missionary workers and their driver have been quarantined at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, Makurdi, the Benue state capital, on suspicion of infection with Ebola virus.
Chief Medical Director of BSUTH, Professor Orkurga Malu, who disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi, dispelled rumours that the quarantined persons were infected with the virus.

Malu explained that Benue indigenes who hitherto resided in Monrovia for a year where they engaged in missionary work, relocated from the Liberian capital in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.

“There is no truth that some Benue indigenes from Monrovia, Liberia are victims of the deadly Ebola virus. What happened is that since some airlines have shut down operations to Liberia, the couple and their driver had to take a connecting flight from their base to Accra, Ghana where they stayed for a week before travelling to Nigeria.”

While refusing to disclose the identity of the persons concerned, Malu said, on arrival in the state, they were quickly admitted in the hospital and have been kept under close observation.

“They have not shown any symptoms of the disease because at every stage their temperature is checked and tested right from Monrovia before they boarded the plane to Ghana and then Nigeria.
“Since they came in here on Thursday, we have been testing them on a daily basis and there is no evidence of temperature rise or any of the symptoms of the virus.

“So we are 99.9 per cent sure that they do not have Ebola virus. But just in the remotest case of 0.1 percent, we have kept them to ensure they do not have the disease,” he stated.

The CMD who urged the people of the state not to panic assured that the hospital has adequate facilities to cater for any victim of the virus.

“I am not married does not make me a single parent” Grace Amah


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Mother of one, actress Grace Amah, says being single does not make her a single mother. Grace, who has never revealed the father of her 3 year old son, says as long as she and her baby daddy are taking care of their son, she’s not a single parent. Grace made this statement in a recent interview with Yes! magazine.

“I hate when people refer to me as a single parent. That I am not married does not make me a single parent. The father of my son and myself are taking very good care of my son. So does that make me a single parent? No it doesn’t” she said

Grace also denied long standing rumours that she had her son for a married man, hence the secrecy, revealing that when she’s ready to get married, she will marry the father of her son.

“I’m not married yet. When I get married, obviously, its going to be the father of my son”

Photos: Funmi Iyanda ‘digging it’ at her surprise birthday party in London


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TV personality, Funmi Iyanda boogied hard at her surprise belated birthday party which held in London this past Saturday. Her birthday was in late July but her friends threw her a small intimate party over the weekend. She sure had fun. See more photos below.

 

Bride set on fire and killed by groom after she slept with ex-lover on wedding night


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A bride was doused with alcohol and set on fire by her new husband after she slept with an ex-lover on her wedding night, police say.

Mother-of-one Veronika Filippova had sought out her former partner after her new spouse fell asleep drunk at their wedding reception. The 27-year-old had 80% burns on her body and died despite frantic efforts by doctors to save her. Continue…

Ivan Kuzmin, 30, her new husband (pictured with Veronika, left, during happier times), has confessed to murder after being arrested by police in Volgograd in southern Russia, according to police,

News site Life News reported that the bride took ‘revenge’ on her husband after he passed out at their wedding party, but was later overcome with guilt and told him everything.
He responded by dousing her with neat alcohol – used to make homemade vodka – before igniting her in flames with a cigarette lighter.

‘He set her on fire when she was sleeping, pouring alcohol on her and our Veronica is gone,’ said relatives of Filippova’s in an online posting.

The relatives, Olesya and Yuriy Prosin, also claimed that Kuzmin had hidden from his wife a previous conviction for attempted murder and attempted r*pe involving an underage girl, which led to a ten year prison sentence.

‘He did not have enough of a conscience to confess to Veronika that he was in prison for trying to r*pe an underage girl and attempted to burn the apartment to hide the evidence. He is nothing but scum.’

Another version was that the couple went our for a beer the day after the wedding and this is when the row erupted leading to her being doused in alcohol and set alight.

The woman tried to escape, but her husband caught up with her and struck a lighter,’ it was reported.
 Police confirmed that Kuzmin had confessed to killing his wife.
The alleged lover she visited on her wedding night was not identified.
Sergey Domnyshev, an investigator in the Kirov district of Volgograd, confirmed to the media Kuzmin’s previous convictions and jail term.He now faces a possible 15 year prison sentence.
Filippova was previously married and had a ten year old son by her first husband.

Culled from UK Daily Mail

Students on FG scholarship begging for food in Russia [PHOTOS]


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Failure by the Federal Government to pay allowances of 322 Nigerian students on scholarship in Russia forces them into begging and illegal jobs, TEMITAYO FAMUTIMI reports

When Moyosore Ojuri lost her father at age 11, her world practically came crashing. Her father had promised to give her the best of education. Although he was not a millionaire, the man had struggled to enrol her in one of the top private secondary schools in Lagos.

But with the death, her mother, a retired civil servant, could not pay her tuition when due. Luckily, the authorities of her school recognised the young lady’s academic exploits and gave her family the concession to pay her tuition in installments. Even with that, her mother had difficulty doing so as she occasionally ran into debts.

However, on completion of her secondary education in 2010, Ojuri passed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, obtaining six distinctions and two credits. But accessing university education did not come that easy, due to lack of funds. Fortunately for her, in 2012 she came across the Bilateral Education Agreement Scholarship Awards advertised by the Federal Scholarship Board through the Federal Ministry of Education and grabbed the opportunity.

Ojuri passed the series of tests and interviews and was given admission to study Metallurgical Engineering at the Volgograd State Technical University, Russia. On touching down at the Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia on September 22, 2012, Ojuri concluded that her pains and frustration had come to an end.

Nigeria has BEA for undergraduate and post-graduate studies with Russia, Cuba, Morocco, Algeria, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Japan, Serbia, Macedonia, China, and Mexico. Under the arrangement, the Federal Government pays for the upkeep of the students, while the countries where the scholarship award is tenable provides the tuition.

Two years after, Ojuri has a different story to share. Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone from Volgograd, she says that the Federal Government has since abandoned the BEA scholars to starve to death.

According to her, for eight months running now, the over 322 promising Nigerian students on the BEA initiative in the former Soviet Union have not been paid a dime by the government. Each of the beneficiaries’ monthly stipends for feeding is $500, while their annual allowance for medicals and clothing is $450 each.

But from January till date, none of these allowances have been paid by the Nigerian government, despite repeated appeals and other forms of representations to the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow and the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja.

Following the non-remittance of funds, Ojuri and her Nigerian colleagues, of late, have no choice but to borrow money as a survival strategy from their fellow African students enjoying similar BEA.

The 20-year-old asks rhetorically, “We are not private students. We came to Russia on the bill of the Federal Government. Why haven’t the authorities paid our stipends and other allowances for eight months now? For how long shall we continue to borrow money?”

The youngster, who says she has a huge debt on her neck at present, notes that their colleagues from other countries are no longer comfortable lending them money.

She adds, “On many occasions, I have had cause to go to class on an empty stomach. Getting money for transportation from my hostel to school has become very problematic. More worrisome is the fact that I will soon be homeless as my hostel fees will expire at the end of August. We are grateful to the Federal Government for the scholarship opportunity, but there is no sense in leaving us here to starve to death in a foreign land.”

Findings by our correspondent reveal that the inability to get work permit by foreign students in Russia is further compounding their problems. So, how do they survive the starvation and hard times in the Eurasian country?

Another Nigerian, Akinola Akindamola, pursuing his Master’s degree at the Volgograd State Technical University, explains that they engage in all kinds of oddities to survive. According to him, the pressure is even more on his female colleagues.

Akindamola, a first class Mechanical Engineering graduate, says, “It is unfortunate that girls with exceptional academic brilliance are now forced to indulge in all manner of indecent lifestyles. These girls now go to clubs and dance semi unclad for a fee that could be as low as $20. For the boys, employers use us for odd jobs, such as clearing of snow and as labourers on construction sites. Even as we do that, there is this perpetual fear that the police will arrest us.”

A final year Medicine and Surgery student of the Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, David Ikenna, also admits that the failure of the Federal Government to remit their allowances exposes them to risks in the country.

Ikenna states, “We have been finding a way to survive by circumventing the laws, but it is at great risk to our personal safety and academic pursuits in Russia. Our situation is frustrating. My brother, we are suffering. How I wish I could bring you here to see how miserable our conditions are. The Nigerian government has failed us miserably.

“Even with the illegal jobs we do, we still find it hard to make ends meet. It is shameful that we have got no alternatives but to beg for food and money from Ghanaians, Namibians, Ugandans and Sierra Leoneans who are on the same bilateral educational scholarships like us.”

Besides welfare, some of the students who are to return to Nigeria for their mandatory internship programmes are also stuck in Russia, due to lack of funds.

Julfa Timkuk, a student of International Law at the Southern Western University, Rostov, Russia, wonders if they were indeed on a scholarship. The 25-year-old, who hails from the Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State, says he now lives on cheap white bread.

“My colleagues and I are tired of clearing snow, working at warehouses or helping to lift heavy equipment at night. Our suffering is no longer bearable. Please do us a favour and beg them to free us from this slavery in a foreign land,” he appeals.

But appraising the situation, a Professor of Microbiology, University of Ilorin, Poju Akinyanju, chides the Federal Government for sending the students overseas on scholarship without making proper funding arrangement for them. The experience, he says, is not only traumatising to the scholars but also a dent on Nigeria’s image.

He states, “It is unfortunate that they do not care about these youngsters. Are you telling me that the authorities cannot pay for the students’ stipends? There must have been some budgetary provisions for them. How can these traumatised students be loyal and patriotic to their fatherland when they eventually return home?”

Also, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Prof. Alani Ramoni, describes the condition of the students as unfortunate. According to him, even under the military regime he enjoyed his scholarship offer without any hindrance.

When contacted, the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Olu Lipede, confirmed that there were challenges remitting the money to the students. He nonetheless blamed their travails on the “budgeting process” and problems associated with “banking transfers.”

Prodded to be specific on when the students will be paid, Lipede states, “That I cannot say because I am not the Central Bank of Nigeria. There are processes between the Federal Ministry of Education and the CBN as well as between the CBN and Nigeria’s foreign missions.”

Lipede adds, “We do care about their welfare. Last year (2013), we went to visit them in Russia and we inspected where they sleep and we made known to the Russian Government those things we were not satisfied with. These students have been told that their money will be remitted to them. If there is any delay it should not be blamed on the ministry.”

But a source familiar with the administration of the scholarship scheme says the matter is beyond the Federal Ministry of Education.

According to the source, the students have yet to get their allowance because there has not been a release for their payments.

The source adds, “It is beyond us in the Ministry of Education. Their money is in capital allocation. How do we go ahead and circumvent the rules? Their stipends should be extricated from the regular budget. Unless this is done, they would continue to experience this problem every year.”

Jackie Chan’s son arrested for drug possession


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The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan has been arrested on drug-related charges, Chinese state media say.

Actor Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were detained last Thursday, Beijing police said in a statement on their official microblog.

Police said both men tested positive for marijuana, with more than 100 grams of the drug found at Mr Chan’s home.

Their arrest comes amid an ongoing crackdown on drugs which has already netted several celebrity figures.

In June Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “forceful measures” to tackle illegal drug use.

Gao Hu, 40, who appeared in the 2011 Zhang Yimou film “The Flowers of War”, was detained earlier this month for possession of marijuana and methamphetamines, state media said.

Beijing Municipal Anti-Drug Office deputy director Jin Zhihai said that police were not specifically targeting celebrities.

“If there is an increased crackdown on drugs, the number of celebrity offenders will also rise,” he told the Beijing Times on 14 August.

Last week, 42 artist management agencies in Beijing signed an agreement with police pledging not to recruit celebrities with reported drug use problems.

Queen Latifah And Her Lesbian Partner Share A Kiss During Romantic Getaway


Queen Latifah and her girlfriend share a sweet kiss together while relaxing poolside at the Hotel Cala di Volpe on Sunday (August 17) in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

The 44-year-old talk show host and her partner rocked colorful swimsuits as they went for a walk along the beach and soaked up the sun on their romantic getaway.

“Get some rest and have a great week Twitter fam!,. “Xoxo” – Latifah wrote on her Twitter account that day

Mourinho Keen to Keep Cech


Jose Mourinho wants goalkeeper Petr Cech to stay put at the Premier League club, despite the Chelsea manager favouring Thibaut Courtois in goal for the 3-1 win over Burnley.

Chelsea survived an early scare at Turf Moor to get their 2014/15 league campaign to a perfect start on Tuesday night. Diego Costa- the £32m close season recruit from Atletico Madrid- opened his ‘Blues’ account, drawing the visitors level after Scott Arfield had opened scoring for Burnley.

Andre Schurrle then finished off a sublime 25-pass move to put Mourinho’s men ahead before Branislav Ivanovic rounded off scoring and Chelsea secured the necessary points to climb top of the three days old league season.

Petr Cech Should Not Listen to Offers Says Jose Mourinho.

Courtois, 22, after a three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid, would not be happy to have conceded Arfield’s 14th minute opener, but otherwise his debut performance was enough reassurance for the Portuguese boss the Belgium first choice was ready for much sterner tasks ahead.

“I’d be delighted to have two of the best keepers in the world in my squad,” said Mourinho.

Cech, 32, was named on the bench for the first time in the last ten years.

He was signed by Mourinho during his first stint at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and has gone on to win three Premier League titles as well as standing in goal for both the Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich in 2012 and the Europa League victory against Benfica the following year.

“I hope Petr doesn’t want to go and I hope he doesn’t have offers to go and, if he does have offers, he refuses to go, Mourinho added.

“Obviously a goalkeeper is not a player you are changing match after match. You must give a bit of stability, but this is about performances.

“Ten years ago I had a very difficult decision to make when I had Carlo Cudicini giving fantastic performances in Chelsea goal for many years.

“The situation is similar. We have to think about the future of the club and I made a decision to give the goal to Courtois.”

Mourinho believed Chelsea should have had a penalty when Costa raced through on goal, but was booked for diving despite having his heels clipped by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

“We should have had a penalty and it wasn’t unlucky it was unfair, it wasn’t simulation but a clear penalty,” Mourinho said.

2015: Aminu Tambuwal set to dump PDP for APC


Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, speaker of the house of representatives in preparation for the 2015 presidential election is set to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress “in a matter of weeks”, a source has told TheCable.

It was also gathered that Tambuwal will defect just in time to indicate his interest in the presidential ticket of the APC.

 According to the timetable for the 2015 elections drawn up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), parties are scheduled to hold their presidential conventions in October.

Nollywood Bad boy, Jim Iyke set to launch his own brand of bottled water (PICTURED)


Jim Iyke took to his instagram account to announce that he and his partner are getting ready to launch their own brand of bottled water they call – ‘Burgeon Water’. #NICEONE

Suicide Bomber Arrested In Lagos (PICTURED)


According to latest reports reaching us, the man, who is a handicap was arrested by security operatives and handed over to the Airport Police headquarters along the Ikeja- Airport road.While reacting to the incidence, Mr Supo Atobatele, General Manager, Public Affairs, Nigerian Airspace Management Authority, NAMA, revealed how the suspect was caught.

“The attention of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency ,NAMA, has been drawn to insinuations that a suspected suicide bomber was arrested at one of the agency’s facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday.

“The basic truth however, is that the said suspect was on the ground making phone calls along the airport road close to CENTREX, an annex office of NAMA when the agency’s security personnel accosted him and questioned his presence.”

“His incoherent explanation exposed him to the security personnel who later found on him some devices suspected to be explosives. He was subsequently handed over to the Airport Police Command for further investigation.”

Policeman flees After Mistaking Eboka For Ebola


 

In what looks like illegal road block mounted by some suspected mobile policemen around Umunede new Road junction on the popular Asaba-Benin Expressway at the weekend created funny scenes when one of the policemen, believed to have hailed from the northern part of the country, ran and shouted for help after mistaking Eboka for Ebola.

Those who saw him running at the state of confusion also took to their heels, while those trapped in their vehicles that could not immediately run for their dare lives watched hopelessly for the worst to come.

It was gathered that the mobile policeman had demanded to check the particularly of a privately owned car and shouted at the owner of the car to bring his particulars.

With the threatening look on the face of the policeman and the gun he was clutching, the car owner was said to have told him Eboka, causing him to take off at a frightening speed and shouting for help.

Soon, other vehicles behind and his colleagues were also said to have run away as well, until they were told that the man’s name was Eboka, not Ebola

Expectedly, after being told that Eboka (which means family is supreme in Ika language) was different from Ebola by those who rushed to catch a glimpse of the unfolding drama, the fleeing police man returned.

Suarez Promises He “Won’t Bite Anymore


Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he has talked to experts about his behaviour and promises there will be no repeat of his biting incidents.

The Uruguayan striker, banned by world football’s governing body Fifa after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at this summer’s World Cup, appeared before the world’s media for the first time since joining the Catalans from Liverpool for a reported fee of £75m.

“I say to fans, don’t worry, because I won’t do that anymore,” Suarez promised.

Luis Suarez Speaks to the Press at Barcelona's Camp Nou. Image: Twitter@FCBarcelona.

“I am speaking to professionals- the right professionals. But it is a private matter and I don’t want to comment further on that.

The 27-year-old made his Barcelona debut last night in a 15-minute cameo as the La Liga giants sailed 6-0 past Mexican side Club Leon in a friendly.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) changed the terms of his four-month ban last week, allowing the striker to train and play in friendly matches.

Suarez received a rapturous reception from Barca fans, who will now have to wait until probably the first El Clasico fixture at Real Madrid to cheer their new number 9 in a competitive match.

Suarez must also serve the remaining eight games of his nine-match international ban, but will now train with Lionel Messi and co and go to match venues.

Addressing a media conference in the bowels of the Camp Nou on Tuesday, Suarez said he “was really depressed” after biting Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win in Natal on 24 June.

He said he feared for his career after the incident, but adds he is “now trying to concentrate on Barcelona.”

Meanwhile the club vice president Jordi Mestre has revealed it cost the Baulgranas less that the reported fee to land their summer transfer target.

“Negotiations started before the World Cup and we worked hard to come to a final figure of £65m,” said Metre. “We were originally quoted over €90m (£72m).

“He had much better offers than ours financially but he wanted ton come to Barcelona. He made a great effort- financially and personally- to be here.”

On sharing the limelight with Messi and Neymar, who scored a brace in Tuesday nights Joan Gamper Cup victory, Neymar added: “It is not about sharing the attack, it’s about sharing the dressing room with the squad- not just Leo or Neymar. It motivates you to play with such great players.

“I’m ready to play in any position. At Liverpool I played on the left and played on the right. When Sturridge wasn’t playing I had to cover his position. I’m always willing ton do whatever the manager asks me to.”

Messi, teenage striker Munir El Haddadi (twice) and Soldado also got among the goals at the Camp Nou last night.

Okorocha furious at Ihedioha ‘get set to handover’ comment, demands apology


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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has demanded an apology from the House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, for allegedly embarrassing him at Ahiazu Mbaise in Aboh Mbaise Local Government during the ‘Iri Iji’ Mbaise Festival at the weekend.

Ihedioha, when presenting kolanut to the governor, allegedly took a swipe at him for non-performance and neglect of Mbaise people.

At the event, Ihedioha had stated that: “My governor, we are happy to have you in our midst at this time. Mbaise people are peace- loving and hospitable. As our governor, who has graced this occasion for the first time since assuming office, we are glad that you will address issues of neglect of Mbaise people before handing over to Owerri Zone and particularly to me next year.

“It is our collective wish that the issues be addressed soon as the 2015 general election is approaching when you will leave office for my administration as the governor to address neglect and decay”.

Responding on Sunday, Okorocha in a statement signed by his senior special assistant on Media, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, described the deputy speaker’s outburst as an unwarranted, unnecessary and unprovoked verbal attacks on his person and office.

It reads: “After those attacks and the fruitless effort made to prevent the governor from addressing his people, we waited till August 17 to see whether the deputy speaker or leaders of the Mbaise nation could be guided by the rules of decency to apologise to the governor for those needless attacks and actions, but to no avail.

“It should be stressed that before the event, Okorocha and Ihedioha had no problem to the best of the knowledge of Imo indigenes and Mbaise people in particular, except that Ihedioha is aspiring to succeed Okorocha next year, which is not an offence. But this should not warrant verbal attacks against the governor, especially when the deputy speaker is not yet a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but only an aspirant.

”Mbaise people and indeed, Imo people, who were at the Iriji Mbaise festival, saw that Ihedioha began his verbal attacks against the governor when he was given the kolanut for the event to present to the visitors. Instead of performing that traditional assignment, he took on the governor, telling him how he would not return to the Government House in 2015 in a very disrespectful manner as if he is the mind of Imo people.

“As if that was not enough, when Ihedioha was called upon to address the people, instead of using the opportunity to tell the crowd what he has attracted to the area in the 12 years he has been in the House of Representatives or what the PDP-controlled Federal Government has done for Imo people, he opened another round of attack on the governor, telling the people that the projects of the Okorocha administration were inferior.

“Ihedioha began that speech and ended it with attacks on his governor. The number six citizen did not deem it fit to welcome his governor to an event he (Ihedioha) was listed as the chief host. That his governor attended such function should have been hailed by him.

“Although those at the event were disappointed at the attacks, it should not stop at that. Ihedioha should be honourable to apologise to his governor for the attacks. The leaders and traditional rulers of Mbaise should do same.

“It is important to use this opportunity to urge the governorship aspirants to appreciate the advantages of others over them. Okorocha has earned for himself an enviable popularity among the Imo populace. They admire him because of his sterling performance”.

However, Ihedioha, in a statement by his Media Assistant, Mr. Chibuike Onyeukwu, said: “It is the governor, who has embarrassed Imo people with his disrespect for traditional institutions, that should apologise to Mbaise people for desecrating their New Yam Festival, which has been held successfully over the years without his presence.

“He should also apologise to the Imo people for turning our once respected state to a laughing stock. The governor also acted similarly during the Oru Owerri Festival, where he disrupted the festival and turned it into a political event. He threw decency to the winds with his hired thugs, knowing that he has no support in Mbaise, being the strongest base of the deputy speaker”.

There’s Impressionistic Development in Imo


Most Rev. Anthony Obinna

In what looked like a bomb shell, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has expressed his disappointment at the Imo State Government, saying what is going on in the state is impressionistic development to attract attention and, not real development.

Speaking at the ordination of 11 priests at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, August 9, 2014, Archbishop Obinna said that “roundabout is not development” and advised the government to move into the semi-urban and rural areas that are totally neglected.

Drawing from his experience during pastoral visits to rural parishes in the Archdiocese, Archbishop Obinna regretted that our rural communities have been neglected by various administrations as they lack basic amenities like roads, water and electricity.

Recalling his experience during a recent Pastoral trip to America and Europe, the Owerri Local Ordinary said these amenities were taken for granted in every community – rural or urban in these countries.

“But here, in Imo and Nigeria, we beg government to provide road, beg government to provide water, beg government to provide basic things for which they were elected.  This is beggarly democracy”, he said, adding “we need governors who will be servants to the people; who will carry everybody along.”

Archbishop Obinna also cautioned against the use of public money to finance political parties, saying the money belongs to Ohanaeze (the entire people) and not to a political party or section of the people.

He reiterated his appeal to the Imo State Government to support mission schools and hospitals, as is being done in Anambra State, and condemned a situation where government “gives free education to some and ignores others”.

“There is discrimination for now”, he said, adding, “we all need to move forward together”.

On the 2015 elections, Archbishop Obinna said he would not be part of a public forum for governorship aspirants in the state as was done in 2011.  He however announced that such programme could be organized by the Justice Development and Peace Commission/Caritas (JDPC) of the Archdiocese.

He called on the lay people to speak out courageously against bad governance.  “Our lay people look like political toddlers, sycophants, afraid of the governor”, he observed.

He reminded those in authority – government and church – that “We are ordinary people; the difference is that we have been given position to serve.  So, let us forget this artificial importance and artificial security because the real security comes from God.”

Archbishop Obinna reaffirmed his readiness to continue to speak out courageously against bad governance and unjust policies. He said this approach dates back to the military era in the state, stressing that he would not give up.  “I will not be intimidated.  My confidence is in God who appointed me and I want you to draw from this confidence”, he told everyone.

Observers say the optimism that heralded the beginning of the Okorocha’s government has so quickly evaporated. Free education which the government says they are passionate about is so lopsided. The schools handed over to the missions have been abandoned in the free education policy

Archbishop Obinna noted that those who work with the governor at various levels are “yes members”, who are afraid to tell the governor the truth.

APC plans nationwide thanksgiving in Church and Mosques over Sheriff’s defection to PDP


 

Ali-Modu-SheriffThe All Progressives Youth Forum said it is planning a nationwide ‎thanksgiving with a special Sunday church service and Jumma’at prayers over the planned defection of former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff from the APC to the PDP.

Its Chairman, Barrister Ismail Ahmed, said the Forum received the news with so much joy as it considers his exit as the best thing that would ever happen to the life of the party, due to what it calls “strategic blackmail” of the APC by the PDP, using Sheriff’s alleged links with the Boko Haram sect.

The Forum noted that it has conducted very serious investigations about all the games in trying to attach a bad name to the APC locally and internationally.

“We found out that the PDP uses sponsored commentators in Nigeria to link Sheriff with Boko Haram, rightly or wrongly, and because he was a chieftain of the APC, it was easy to sell that to Nigerians using the media,” it said.

The Forum recalled that the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, and Femi Fani-Kayode recently said in public that Sheriff was behind Boko Haram and they openly used that to associate APC with Boko Haram.

It further recalled that the PDP in Borno State had, as far as 2011, sent a delegation to media houses and alleged that Sheriff was responsible for the emergence of a violent Boko Haram attack after a certain deal he struck with their late leader to support his bid in 2003 to be governor.

APC Youth Forum alleged that in return, Sheriff created a Ministry for Religious Affairs and made one of the Boko Haram’s major financial backbones, Buji Foi, as Commissioner for religious affairs.

It stated that Sheriff along the line, fell out with him, leading to the 2009 first major crisis, which led to Foi’s death and killing of the Boko Haram leader, whereas he was captured alive.

Continuing, “Boko Haram went viral over the extra-judicial killings of their members to the extent that the crisis has taken a confusing dimension.

“But the PDP-led federal government deliberately refused to arrest Sheriff; instead, the FG blackmailed him into working against the ANPP then and thereafter planted him as a spy in APC where he was able to report every strategy of the APC to the PDP since, as a national leader of the party, he was privileged to attend strategic and highly sensitive meetings of the party.

“Most importantly also, the PDP and the federal government are in the habit of telling the international community that APC had links with Boko Haram and in each of their meetings with representatives of foreign countries and international institutions, the PDP and the FG cited Sheriff’s membership of the APC as basis of APC’s false link to Boko Haram.

“At a point, two months ago, some agents working to satisfy the PDP wanted the British parliament to move a motion in session seeking to probe APC’s alleged link with Boko Haram principally on the basis of Sheriff’s membership of APC.

“By the time Sheriff leaves the APC, nobody will have any reason to further demonise the party locally or internationally. We had actually recommended his expulsion to the leadership of the party a while ago, if not for some people like the governor of his state and Alhaji Kashim Imam who intervened. We don’t want him one bit in APC.

“He was a big burden to us; we feel so relieved and this is why we will call on our members nationwide to attend special Sunday church service and Jumma’at prayers to offer thanksgiving to God almighty for cleansing the APC. His exit is the best thing that ever happened to the APC since it came into being.

“The APC was not happy with the departure of Shekarau and Bafarawa but Sheriff, we wanted him out and we say thank God he has left us. Let him go far, far away with his controversial history and antecedents. We don’t want any Hitler-related past around us.”

See The 3 Richest Nigerian Footballers And Their Mansions – SEE PHOTOS


These people are professional footballers worth millions of naira and whose investments amount to billions of naira. Check out the list of the top three richest footballers in Nigeria:

JOHN MIKEL OBI -

According to various sources, Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, is currently the highest earning Nigerian footballer. He joined Chelsea in 2006 from Norwegian club Fc Lyn Oslo on a US$25 million. He is currently on US$120,000,(N20m), per week excluding bonuses, and income from participating at the UEFA Champions League. The 25-year-old Jos born player owns mansions in Jos, Lagos and London worth about N800m. What is more, he owns shares in top companies and has recently launched a record label. Chelsea star once said that it is very hard for him to find a wife. Why won’t it be with all that cash…

OBAFEMI MARTINS -

He’s been everywhere. The on loan UD Levante of Spain forward has played for top clubs like Inter-Milan of Italy, Newcastle united of England , Birmingham City of England, Vfl Wolfsborg of Germany , Rubin Kazan of Russia and currently Seatle Sounders in the US. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Obafemi Martins is the fifth highest paid player in US Major League Soccer for the 2013 season, according to a players’ union release. The 28-year-old striker has 2 mansions at VGC Lagos worth N500 million, a massive home in Como, Italy valued at N800 Million, and top hotels in Italy. He has recently spent N400million on his charity foundation.

YAKUBU AIYEGBENI -

Yak, as he is popularly called, is still widely considered the most successful Nigerian footballer to play in England. His assets include a mansion on Manchester Road, London, a duplex in VGC, 2 massive buildings in Benin city and hotels in Auchi,Edo State. The former Boro man owns a petrol station in Benin City which is run by his brother Momo Aiyegbeni. In his garage back home in Nigeria are a fleet of cars including a Range Rover and a BMW.

Ebola allegedly hits Ekiti, corpers abandon sick colleague in orientation camp


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Ekiti state has allegedly been hit by the deadly Ebola virus as Corps members at its orientation camp at Ise/Emure Ekiti ran for dear life on Friday.

The corps members were carrying out an exercise at the orientation camp, when one of them, believed to have contracted the dreaded Ebola virus, suddenly slumped.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasuba, confirmed this at an awareness forum in Ado-Ekiti, saying:

“Information reaching my office from the Ministry of Youth and Sports confirmed that a particular male corps member collapsed at the orientation camp.
But, it was unfortunate that people around him ran away taking his sickness for the dreaded Ebola virus.

“Immediately I received the information, I swung into action by ensuring that the sick boy was immediately attended to by a team of health workers.

“They later discovered that he was suffering from chronic fever, the information they passed to me without wasting time.

“But, I did not stop at that, at least, to be sure of his correct state of health, his blood samples were taken and sent to Lagos.

“We received the results on Thursday indicating that he tested negative to the Ebola virus.

“The corps member has been taken away from the camp and is currently being kept at our isolated centre located within Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.

“As I speak, I assure residents that the health of the boy in question is already improving, while he continues to show signs of good health far from Ebola,” he explained.

Fasuba warned rumour mongers to desist from spreading false information that could mislead or scare people, saying that government had taken proactive measures to prevent the virus from spreading into the state.

Ohakim: the Best for a Better Imo State Mathias Mgbeafulu


OHAKIM

What we have seen so far with the scorecard of Governor Rochas Okorocha is less desirable.  Therefore, as many people are warming up for the governorship of Imo State, the issue of who carries the peoples mandate for the Imo Government House becomes very crucial, especially now.

The decisive issue here is electing the most credible candidate to run the affairs of our state in the next four years.  It is in this regard that we must clear our eyes and do the right thing for the good of our state.  Since no one disputes the continuing need for an effective and people-oriented leadership in the state, it becomes critical for us to evaluate the effectiveness and readiness of all the candidates interested in the Governorship of our dear state in 2015.  Besides, the electorate on their part needs to have the facts and understand the choices facing them in this 2015 election. Putting everything in perspective, Imo state citizens should without an iota of doubt consider Chief Ikedi Ohakim for election when they go to the poll in 2015.  After all, when the state found itself in a state of near anarchy some years ago, the appearance of Governor Ohakim on the stage helped resolve the predicament.  Now that the initial hurdles are cleared, Ohakim needs this time to fully embark on the part of progressive era that he envisaged for the state.  We ought to help him with the time of accomplishing fully on the dream of reinventing Imo State by bringing jobs, the example of which we saw in the 10,000 graduate job he created for the unemployed in the state; to keep alive the program of investing, and cleaning up the streets of our state as well as getting tough on crime, and addressing solutions of improving our schools and that of restoring trust and pride in our the state. No other candidate has the structure, executive leadership and wherewithal to defeat Rochas Okorocha other than Ohakim. This is not the time for on the job training for any candidate. The State is suffering by electing Okorocha ho lacked the leadership experience. PDP should not field anyone who lacks the experience. Ohakim is the only hope for PDP to regain Imo State.

Again, by all standards, Ikedi Ohakim has demonstrated that he is a leader who shares our values and hears our concerns. His administration met the difficult challenges facing the state.  He has remained a steady hand of calm and good judgments with fairness and compassion; actions that make real difference in people’s lives and protect the values we all hold dear in the state.   He is a man of perseverance with an inner strength. We admired his ambition for the state.  We are encouraged by his dream and we believe in his big future, for our dear state.

Some have argued in favor of continuity and stability, others prefer change and new direction.  Still when these are put together, with value, stability and change as key matrix for electing the next governor of Imo State, Ohakim again stands above other candidates in the race.  He is an embodiment of continuity, stability and the face of change and new direction.  Many of us who have been watching, listening and evaluating the top three PDP candidates warming up for the governorship primary contest have come to the honest conclusion that Chief Ikedi Ohakim is the best of them all and stands for everything that will make Imo better.  It is thus in the best interest of the state for all Imo voters to vote for him.  As it is, Ohakim knows where the shoe pinches Imo people and is putting smiles on the faces of the people.  Besides he is calm, calculative, meticulous and altruistic that even in the face of scores of litigations and smear campaign against him, he was neither deterred nor derailed from pursuing the vision in the best interest of the party.

The state needs a leader who can work well with the President and gets whatever we need from the center.  He is especially good at making right choices with dogged and tough calls whenever the need arises.  A man who believes that the ultimate goal of public service is to meet the need of the ordinary people, a man who sees the family as the ultimate legacy, a man who understands that tough times require that we do the right thing for the common good; now therefore, we need to partner with all well-meaning citizens in the state to return Chief Ikedi Ohakim to the government house and there will be no limit to what we can accomplish together.  He has learnt a lot, he has done a lot and he can still do more.

We know that Ohakim is a very nice and engaging person, pleasant, and friendly; a man committed to play well his part in reflecting the views of Imo populace in taking on hard issues. I enjoin all to return Ohakim to power because with him, we are on the right path. There are lots of reasons to elect a proven leader and not take a chance on moving backward with newcomers.  Gov. Ohakim’s extensive experience in public and private sectors of our economy stands him out above others in the race.  He has provided a focused, purposeful, proactive, energetic and above all God fearing leadership; servicing the people by effectively and efficiently harnessing the vast resources available to Imo and committing same to meaningful growth and development.

As governor, Ohakim consistently made strategic, cost-effective investments in education that will allow our kids to compete in tomorrow’s economy.  He passionately believes education is a powerful economic development tool. An educated work force attracts businesses that can grow and sustain the state economy.  There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.  By returning Ikedi Ohakim to office, Imo will continue to build a better future for her children’s education; besides renovating and rehabilitating our educational facilities, he did hand over some schools to their original owners, thus empowering parental rights to chose where their kids get the best possible education.  We need to retain the governor for the continuing enhancement of our existing clean and green initiatives; he has effectively combated the menace of armed robbery and kidnapping in the state and aggressively improved transportation and related infrastructure. Ohakim’s administration witnessed more job creation and development in health care delivery.  Rural and urban life will continue to be vigorously reinvigorated for the good of all in the state via improvements in road construction and rehabilitation, provision of water supply, electricity and banking with Ohakim in office.

Imo people appreciate Ohakim’s leadership style and need to pay him back by returning him to office in 2015 partly because of the laudable projects initiated and completed during his administration and much more he wanted to do.  Every available index of assessment points to the fact that Ikedi Ohakim scored far beyond the benchmarks and has performed creditably well to merit a return to office.  As the erudite Professor Ofonagoro has clearly said, ‘there is no need to change a winning team when there is opportunity for continuity’ and I agree with him.  What the state and PDP need to do now is to support the leadership of Ohakim—continuing on Ohakim’s leadership with their will guarantee PDP of Imo State as well as the consolidation of many of the laudable projects Ohakim envisioned.  By all standards, Ikedi Ohakim’s achievements in office are highly commendable and we have the responsibility of voting en-masse to retain him for another term.  The reality is Ohakim is the best candidate for Imo State at this time.  Ohakim brings innovative leadership, social transformation, economic boom, spiritual growth and general wellbeing of all in the state.  Imo people cannot afford less!

Mathias Mgbeafulu, an educator, author, and freelance writer on social issues writes from Detroit, Michigan USA.

APC Calls For DSS Spokesperson, Ogar’s Sack Over Comments Linking Party With Boko Haram


Marilyn-ogarThe All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday condemned the thinly-veiled attempt by the Directorate of Security Service (DSS) to link it with the Boko Haram sect without providing a shred of evidence to support its allegation.

The APC, therefore, demanded that the DSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, to resign or be fired.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital that his party has also decided to sue Ms. Ogar for attempting to blame the APC for the spate of bomb blasts in the country.

The move is to enable her present whatever evidence she may have of the party’s alleged complicity in a court of law.

The APC said the DSS “threw caution to the wind and exhibited its crass partisanship when the agency’s spokesperson, Ogar, said on national television that anytime the APC wins an election, there is no bomb blast, but that whenever other parties win, there is always a bomb blast.

“That this incredulous accusation could be made by the spokesperson of a security agency, without providing a scintilla of evidence to support such claim, has confirmed our fears that the nation’s security agencies have now constituted themselves into the enforcement arm of the PDP”, APC said.

The statement continued: “For the DSS spokesperson to echo the same capricious statement that has been made in the past by the spokesman of the PDP shows that the agency has dropped its toga of non-partisanship and has descended into the political fray. If the DSS has any professional ethics, if DSS is not an arm of the PDP, then the agency must publicly dissociate itself from the irresponsible and unfounded allegation by Ogar and disengage her from the service.

“Doing that will be the first step in restoring the credibility, or whatever is left of it, of the DSS. In the alternative, we challenge the DSS to present to Nigerians any evidence it may have linking our party to the spate of bomb blasts in the country. After all, it is trite that he who alleges must prove”.

The party said since it won the election in Osun, Ogar has been struggling hard to discredit it and its victory, including making a spurious allegation that the party offered N14 million to DSS operatives as a bribe and also trying to make a joke of the arrest of the party’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for no other reason than that he belongs to the opposition.

The APC said: “Institutions of state like the DSS must know that their responsibility is to the nation, not to any political party that may be having a transient hold on power that their loyalty is to the nation, not to any individual. This way, the institutions will keep their integrity intact and also serve the nation properly.

“Irrespective of the government in power, institutions of state must stay above the fray, in line with best practices”.

2015: Peaceful Democratic Revolution Key To Credible Election – Balarabe Musa


balarabe_musaAhead of the 2015 general elections, former governor of Kaduna State, Alh. Balarabe Musa has said that peaceful democratic revolution in the political system would be required to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in the country.

According to him, unless the electorates decide to tow the path of such peaceful revolution, the dream of having their desired leaders voted into office might never materialize.

The elder statesman, who is the national chairman of the deregistered Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), said PRP would continue to advance the cause of the downtrodden in society.

Musa, who spoke while fielding questions from newsmen yesterday shortly after meeting with members of the national executive committee of the party to find alternative political strategies for the party following its deregistration by INEC, lamented that the country’s political system has been hijacked by money bags, stressing that the hope of the people getting credible leaders through their votes is almost an impossible task.

Musa, who holds the unenviable record of being the first governor to be impeached in Nigeria, listed social, moral, coup staging, and constitutional types of revolutions Nigerians could choose from to ensure the enthronement of credible leadership in the country come 2015.

According to him, “I know in Nigeria’s situation, it is impossible to have free, fair, credible and transparent election leading to a democratic mandate. We need a revolution; peaceful democratic revolution or otherwise to bring about the condition that will bring about free, fair, credible and transparent election”.

Enemies Want To Destroy Nigeria Through Insurgency But They’ll Fail – Akpabio


GEJ-AkpabioGovernor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has called on Nigerians not to allow those he described as enemies of progress to destroy the country ahead of the 2015 elections.

According to the governor, the 2015 elections will offer Nigerians two choices: either to allow enemies of progress to triumph or to allow Nigeria to be transformed.

He spoke on Thursday at a town hall meeting in Uyo, the state capital after President Goodluck Jonathan turned the sod for the construction of $1.5bn Quantum Petrochemical Processing Plant Limited in Ibeno.

Akpabio alleged that it was the same set of people who threatened to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan that are opposed to his second term ambition.

“Let me say as 2015 beckons, the choice before Nigerians is whether they want transformation to continue or they want the enemies of progress to triumph. But for Akwa Ibom, we have taken our choice. We will give the President 100 per cent of our votes in the Peoples Democratic Party primary.

“What is happening to you is that the people who said they would make this country ungovernable for you decided that you should not succeed. But you made up your mind that God gave you this opportunity and that no matter the challenges placed in your way, you will succeed.

“Therefore, the people who want to destroy this country through insurgency, terrorism, and all sorts of things will not succeed”, the governor said.

Akpabio, who is chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, added that Jonathan had restored Nigeria to the true path of democratic governance, stressing that he is the only African leader that believes in true democracy.

He said, “Even though we lost an election in Edo State; though we lost one in Anambra State, he (Jonathan) is always overjoyed that the people’s votes count and would always congratulate them (the oppostion).

“I do hope that others will see the need to be good players of politics and continue to congratulate him, particularly in 2015 when he would have won over 29 states of the federation”.

Gulak Blasts Adamawa Acting Governor Over Guber Ambition


ahmed-gulakThe decision of the Adamawa State acting governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to pick the Peoples Democratic Party’s ticket to contest the October 11 governorship by-election in the state has generated ripples among stakeholders in the state, who have now questioned his moral integrity.

Following his picking-up of the declaration of interest form on Friday, there are speculations that the PDP may lose some of its members to other opposition political parties as some aspirants are jittery that the party primaries may be manipulated towards producing the Fintiri as the next candidate of the party.

The acting governor cited pressure he received from 13 of his colleagues from the state House of Assembly as reason for joining the race.

However, a former adviser on political affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, who is also interested in the Adamawa governorship race on the platform of PDP, has kicked against Fintiri’s decision to contest the governorship by-election.

“The acting governor has no moral justification to contest the polls, he ought to act as an impartial umpire to monitor and conduct a free and fair election.

“It’s on that note that I call on all the aspirants to make it known that all we need is a level playing ground and equal opportunity”, he said.

Gulak said the aspiration of the acting governor was a clear indication that he wants to use his advantaged position to the disadvantage of other candidates, adding that “Fintiri is desperate; many thought that he will justify the confidence reposed in him by being neutral and impartial, only to turn and show his interest”.

It was learnt that those who had so far indicated interest to contest the election under the platform of the PDP apart from Gulak were the former military administrator of Lagos State, General Buba Marwa; former Senator representing Adamawa Central, Abubakar Girei, and a former Minister, Dr. Idi Hong.

Others include Dr. Umar Ardo, former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission; Dr. Ahmed Modibo; Mr. Markus Gundiri and the son of former PDP national chairman, Mr. Awual Tukur.

Lagos Govt. Debunks New Death Of Ebola Patient


Lagos-State-Commissioner-for-Health-Dr.-Jide-IdrisLagos State government yesterday dispelled the rumour making the rounds that a person infected with Ebola virus disease died at a state-owned hospital in the state.

In a statement by the state commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, the government said the rumour is false.

He said, it is a ploy by certain individuals to label the hospitals in the state unsafe, adding that the government had before now assured residents of the state that the hospitals are safe and medically sound for them to patronise.

Ibirogba cautioned residents against sending panicky, unsubstantiated messages through the social media.

He added that the Ebola virus disease is being properly managed by the state government in collaboration with the federal government and other international partners.

According to him, the state has opened an isolation ward for the treatment of EVD-infected persons where they would be adequately managed by experts in line with World Health Organisation standards.

He explained that only four deaths, including the index case, have been recorded in the country since the deadly disease was imported by the Liberian, the late Patrick Sawyer, adding that all hands are on deck to get rid of the disease.

Doctors’ Sack: TUC Urges FG To Reconsider Action, Faults NMA’s Continued Strike Action


TUC1The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has appealed to the federal government to rescind its decision on the sack of about 16,000 resident doctors in the country over their involvement in the on-going nation-wide strike by the Nigeria Medical Association.

The federal ministry of health had last Thursday conveyed President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval of the suspension of residency training programme in all federal hospitals across the country, pending when all challenges in the health sector are addressed.

A statement by the deputy director (press) at the ministry of health, Alhaji Isiaka Yusuf, alleged that every effort by the federal government to contain the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) are being frustrated by the continued industrial strike action of the NMA.

But the TUC in a statement issued yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, called on government to reinstate the sacked doctors in the interest of the country, adding that two wrongs never make a right.

The statement, which was signed by the chairman of TUC in the state, Comrade Hyginus Chika Onuegbu, however, faulted the NMA for embarking on an indefinite strike even in the face of the challenges posed by the outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease and appealed to the association to call of its strike.

It reads in part, “The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Rivers State, appeals to the federal government to reconsider its decision on the resident doctors in the national interest, more so as two wrongs cannot make a right.

“We note that though the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as a professional association has not acted professionally by continuing with its strike even in the face of the Ebola virus disease outbreak, suspending the residency programme will not solve the problem”, it added.

N5bn Akwa Ibom Skills Acquisition Centre Project A Disaster – Minister


STEPHEN-ORUThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Stephen Oru, has expressed disappointment in the low quality of work on the N5 billion Akwa Ibom Skills Acquisition Centre project, Iwuoachang, Ibeno Local Government Area.

The minister also queried the project consultant, who he said did not only fail to inform government about the shoddy job being carried out at the site but also failed to strike a working relationship with the contractors, the host community and the local government.

Oru, who was inspecting projects under the ministry in the Niger Delta Area, on Friday and Saturday, warned that the ministry would not tolerate low quality jobs from its contractors.

The minister, who could not hide his anger with the three contractors handling the skills acquisition project and the consultants, Abuja-based Acres Turnkey Projects, said, “I am disappointed in the quality of work done here”.

He continued: “The work is poor and below standard; and therefore cannot be well done ultimately. There is no cordial relationship between you, the consultants, the contractors and the community at large.

“This job is a disaster”, he fumed.

The minister said he would not accept the explanations of the representatives of the contractors, Stegis International Limited, Enorasol Nigeria Limited and Y.S. Associates, that put the blame of poor quality materials on host community, which had to be involved in the project.

Meanwhile, the minister has directed contractors working on the Bayelsa State Skills Acquisition Complex project, Otuoke, to increase the tempo of work.

He also expressed dismay at the quality of some of the buildings within the centre.

Mr. Oru was accompanied on the working tour of projects by the minister of state in the ministry, Dickson Isiaku Dairius as well as top officials of the ministry including the directors of infrastructure, housing and information, Mr. Nelson Ovhiri, Mr. Jupe Jemide and Mr. Danbata Salisu respectively.

Nuhu Ribadu leaves APC, joins PDP


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According to Premium Times, former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, has dumped the APC and has joined the PDP.

Mr. Ribadu was the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011 and until his defection yesterday considered one of the presidential prospects of the APC in the 2015 presidential election.

A member of the executive committee of the PDP in Bako, Mr. Ribadu’s ward in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa state, told Premium Times that Ribadu has been registered as a member of the party and given a party membership card.

The source asked not to be named because he was not authorised to disclose the development to journalists.” – PM

Eedris Abdulkareem says his new album is in support of GEJ & his administration


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Rapper Eedris Abdulkareem was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise programme yesterday Aug. 16th where he revealed that his forthcoming album titled G2G or G to G is mostly about asking Nigerians to stop the attack on Pres. Jonathan and leave him to rule. He believes GEJ has done well for Nigeria

“Since I was born a Nigerian growing up, I have always known that propaganda is the issue and they just share the money up and down. This Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been there for fifteen years by the former Minister of Works, Baba Tony Anenih and they didn’t do anything .Goodluck is doing that road. That is the Federal government road, He is working on it. Our airport has been reformed. Thirdly our agricultural sector, farmers don’t get their fertilizer directly but today they get their fertilizer, fertilizer is now a big business. So it is important we say all these things because most people don’t know. We all know that the insecurity is propaganda. ” he said. Continue…

Asked if his new crusade for GEJ is because he hopes to get something out of it, Eedris replied;

“I was was the first person that came out in the rally when Pres. Goodluck Jonathan increased the fuel price at Ojota. I have never seen Goodluck before but what I know is going on with that guy is a big propaganda and they should leave him alone let him work. When I sang jagajaga, did anybody pay me? If opposition paid me, by now I go don get plenty billions. So its simple, the facts must be told. When I sang Nigeria jagajaga, it was 12 years ago and this is 12 years later, so why is everybody blaming the poor guy? because he is from Niger Delta or because the presidency has left the north?” he said.

Eedris also criticized Nigerian artistes who pay international acts to feature in their songs. He said it’s unacceptable and only happens because the Nigerian music industry is not regulated.

“The music industry is not regulated, it is an individual effort. People like Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Mr John Momoh and Kenny Ogungbe have sacrificed their personal money to take the music industry to this level. The music industry is not regulated. It is an individual effort. So it is important that the music industry be regulated so that our artiste would be paid their royalties, mechanical rights and all that. Don’t forget, everybody that plays their songs don’t pay them royalty. Some of them even go to the stations to pay people to play their music. International acts want to come because they know that their is money in Nigeria and we are not doing one thing right, we are not treating our artistes with respect and love. Why would you bring someone from America and you would pay the person $1.5m and you pay your own artiste here N10million and your artiste would be on stage for the next one hour and the person you brought from America would perform only 10minutes and he would leave. Why?

Because their industry is regulated out there and they get their mechanical rights. For example, do you know some of our artistes travel out there and they get to pay these international artistes money to feature in their album? Its not done. Americans don’t do that. They come together and do a duet and they leave the rest for the management to bring in the money on the table but our own people would take their own money to go do that. Its crazy! So it is an individual effort. Artiste in Nigeria are not united” he said

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Atiku Abubabkar, Abike Dabiri slam the sacking of resident doctors by FG


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Like many of us, former VP Atiku Abubakar and House of Reps member Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa do not approve the sack of 16,000 resident doctors by the Federal Govt after the doctors refused to call off their strike. See more tweets below.

 

Photo: Police recover, return N15m to Sokoto robbery victim


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The Sokoto state Police command has recovered and returned N15million which was stolen from an unidentified man by a 5-man armed robbery gang at the Ilela border market in Ilela LGA of Sokoto state onJune 1st.
Parading the suspects with the money recovered at the Sokoto state Police command headquaters,  DCP Douglas Agbonleni who spoke on behalf of the Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, Gambo Lawal, gave an insight on how the robbers were able to dislodge their victim of the money and how they were subsequently caught. Continue…

“The robbery operation was successful as they were able to dispossess their target of over N15 million cash at the Ilela border market, after firing into the air to scare people. We received the information at about 6pm on June 1 and instantly went on stop-and-search operation and our men at Rabbah local government found a black colour Volkswagen Golf car with registration number Jigawa AG 569 HJA along the forest route and apprehended three of the criminals while the other two escaped” he said.

The three robbers arrested were identified as Joseph Ohakin, ThankGod Sunday, Emmanuel Ugo (aka Ifeanyi). Apart from the money, other items recovered from them were weapons including locally made and foreign assorted rifles neatly concealed in the seats of the vehicle.

The Police said after they arrested the armed robbers in the bush, the robbers offered to give them the stolen N15million on the condition that they let them go, but the police men declined the offer. The police then launched a search for the remaining two robbers who escaped. A mobile phone which they used in communicating was used to track down the other two criminals.

“When the first three were arrested, we searched the vehicle and recovered the money, we discovered a GSM telephone and upon diligent investigation, we traced that phone to Kano and our detectives proceeded to Kano where we were able to trace the owner of that phone who was a member of the robbery gang and had escaped from Illela. We discovered that the telephone belongs to one Habibu Abdullahi (Alias 02). He is popularly called 02 in Kano. We picked him up and we knew that they were about five members in that gang. So after arresting and interrogating Habibu Abdullahi, the fifth member of the gang, Garba Ismail was traced to a suburb of Kano and picked up also. So all the five members of the gang that came here to rob at the Illela town have been picked up,” he said.

The owner of the N15m stolen who was present at the press briefing confirmed he had received his money.

Two Govs, 3 Govt Officials May Contact Ebola, Fayose Needs Prayers’ – Lagos Prophet


A Lagos based man of God and General Overseer of the Power of Miracle Ministries located in Ikorodu, Lagos; Prophet Dr. Kayode Adebiyi has predicted that some Governors might possibly become victims of the deadly Ebola Virus. He also gave other prophecies about some top government officials, Ekiti Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose and the United Nations.

In an exclusive chat with PorscheClassy Media, Prophet Dr. Kayode Adebiyi explained how God has used him to predict some notable happenings in the country. In his words he said “I prophesied the death of Gbenga Adeboye, i also prophesied about the death of Late Bola Ige. I gave predictions about Tina, the african oyinbo that died in South Africa years ago.

” I prophesied the victory of Oyinlola when he wanted to contest as Governor, I also predicted the fall of Wabara. Same as Obasanjo’s Presidential victory, the release of Gen. Oladipupo Diya, Death of Abacha and many others’.

Below is all Prophet Dr. Kayode Adebiyi told PorscheClassy Media and wants to share with Nigerians:

(1) Two Governors and 3 High rank government officials with their families need prayer against Ebola virus. According to the vision God has revealed to me about them, I therefore advise all Governors and government officials not to take this message for granted. They must warn their family members, they should intensify more prayers and medically safe guide themselves…. God will have mercy on them if they didn’t overlook my word from God.

God also said African countries should be calm, especially those that have submitted their country to Him, they will soon find Remedy to Ebola but He will use this Ebola to arrest the heart of some people. He also said some people will locate unexpected favour and be upgraded as a result of Ebola crisis and some people will be punished as consequence of the evil they have done against humanity and their country.

(2) Some people are really after Ekiti State Governor-elect Ayo Fayose about his victory, He needs to pray more for his household and he shouldn’t limit his security details to government agencies alone, God said he should be spiritually conscious as well. God said Fayose and the present Governor should join hands together to move Ekiti state forward, because there are some proposals which Gov. Fayemi wish to accomplish in Ekiti state, God said he will use the new Gov. Elect Fayose to perfect them if only he’ll submit himself to God’s will. He should join hands with Gov. Fayemi to accomplish them, the two of them should allow peace to reign to avoid what might appear like a Civil war in Ekiti.

(3) Nigeria needs to pray against the sudden death of some Celebrities that may occur from now till next year September, the Celebrities too need to be very careful and prayerful. They should be more closer to God, I see some of them as victims of Sudden death, especially Female and some of them from Ages 34 to 66 years. God also said within this period some hidden stars among them will be exposed and be celebrated…. I pray that God will have mercy on them.

(4) Some hidden politicians and some of those that has left some key posts in the government before will be back to assume important roles or appointments in 2015. I see some serving politicians/government officials losing their positions. Some of those who are still serving need to pray well, because they will be seriously and radically tempted by their political parties, the political career of some of them will be distabilised as a result of this but those who pray well and do not take this message for granted will be considered to move forward.

(5) UNO will launch new benefits and upgrade new security system that will cause more development in some Nations, but leaders of some Nations will not like some of the initiatives because of their selfish idea, meanwhile God is the one that will lead UNO…. According to what God has revealed to me, the Lord will fight against any antagonist that stands against the mission.

(6) Unexpected change of weather will occur in some Countries in the World, it will affect some countries for good and some countries won’t find it easy, so it’s advice able to pray well on it.

(7) God will save some countries from unbearable disaster that’s meant to happen to them, because God will quickly call their attention to it and show them the possible cause from now till the end of Year, but we should pray that they yield to the warning and signs on time, so as to save lives and properties.

(8) American Government will launch and approve some policies that will favour Residents and Citizens, but Residents and Citizens should pray against some antagonists that will delay those policies or attach unfavourable sentiments, I see President Obama struggling to accomplish this mission, but some opposition will give him tough time to achieve his aim….. I therefore advice all the Residents and the Citizens never to take this message for granted, rather they should pray well, God will have mercy at last.

(9) God will expose some terrorists soon, though they’ll be close to achieving their aim on a secret mission they are planing to carry out.

(10) Some Entrepreneurs will find favour before the end of this year in Nigeria.

(11) Nigerians should pray for peace during our forthcoming elections and I see Party to Party crisis that will claim some lives in some states. Therefore we as Nigerians should be praying against it and political leaders should calm their people down. God will have mercy.

(12) I see some Nigeria Armed Forces Personnel that will Receive honour, some will be placed on their rightful position, but some will need more prayer to sustain their position.

World Igbo Congress, Chairman, Joseph Eto Arrested and Charged for Fraud in the USA


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Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the upcoming election for the Chairmanship position at the World Igbo Congress [WIC] may unsettle the foundations of the Union in a manner that has not been witnessed by body. As gathered, the of WIC, Mr. Joseph Nzenwa Eto was arrested and charged for fraud by a Grand Jury in Marietta County, State of Georgia, United States of America. He is facing a two count charge of Racketeering.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, MDJ, Mr. Eto, a Nigerian naturalized USA citizen was recently charged along four others for stealing about $686,000 from the Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA.

The World Igbo Congress Chairman, according to the charges, accepted more than $200,000 in kick-backs through inflated costs or services never rendered.

Mr. Eto   used Soil and Environmental Testing Service (SETS), a business he owned and operated to bill KSU unreasonable fees for work done by SETS, according to investigators.  The investigators added that more than $61,000 of the money KSU paid to SETS was later transmitted illegally to another company, Shane Environmental.

The WIC Chairman’s Bond for Bail was set at $100,000. He was ordered to surrender his International Passport as a condition of the Bail.

If convicted, the embattled WIC Chairman will be facing 5 to 20 years in a United States prison.

Last year a member of the Executive of the World Igbo Congress Executive, Mr. Emmanuel Mekowulu, was sentenced to ten years in jail for fraud.

Mr. Eto is expected to contest for re-election.

Iyanya’s Manager And Singer Emma Nyra Involved In TERRIBLE CAR CRASH (SEE PHOTOS)


 

President of the Made Men Music Group, Ubi Franklin has survived a ghastly auto crash after a night out in three different night clubs. Ubi, who was in company of some friends, had attended three night clubs on Friday, August 15, 2014 and was on his way home in the early hours of Saturday, August 16, 2014 when his car tumbled and crashed on Victoria Island. Narrating his near death experience on his Instagram account early on Saturday morning, Ubi wrote:
‘In Every situation Give Thanks. I had a few friends who were celebrating Birthdays last nite and in was invited to party with them at a Club on Victoria Island.

I got into the car and was so tired to Drive to one of my friends Drove, on our way back I saw a friend I haven’t seen in a while at another club trying to park I stopped to say hi and we entered the second club after a few minutes I decided to leave, right outside the club is a shawarma spot I got some and then I and my friends were headed Home and I was trying to eat my sharwama while my friend drove us home. That’s the Last I could remember.

I found myself covered with Airbags and I came out of that car that tumbled and a good Samaritan took us to the Hospital. I am here asking anyone who can Pray or who is about to Pray!! To put me and my friends in Prayers God saved us all. Thank You and Good morning #ubifranklin’

See photos from the crash below……

IMO 2015: WHY WE WANT IKEDI OHAKIM BACK


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In 2011, soon after he was sworn in as Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha  promised Nigerians that he was going to be a brand new governor that will rescue Imo state from poverty ,joblessness and under development. More than three years  after that statement was made, the Imo masses now know for better what it means to have a con man as  “rescue” governor.

Rather than having a reprieve from poverty and hardship, the Imo working people and youths faced severe attacks on their living and working conditions by the Okorocha’s government.. Many working class people who had mistakenly voted for him in the 2011 elections for one reason or the other are now full of regret.

The party leaders, the financiers, the okada riders, the market women, the farmers, the students, the workers, etc that enthroned  Okorocha as Governor in 2011 are all weeping now in Imo State. Every group has its own painful story to tell. Even those working for him  in government today are suffocating. For self respect, endurance, suffering and smiling have  become their motto. Governance in Imo State has been reduced to  one huge con game.

The market women fought for him  in 2011. What is their reward today? They are being driven out of most of their market  locations. What affordable alternatives have they gotten up till now?  Their children  are  among the 10,000 workers that Okorocha sacked  and among the sacked 30,000 LGA workers. What have they benefitted from him  apart from tears and harsh conditions?

Teachers fought for this  man who they saw as a Messiah in 2011. Today, instead of bread, Governor Okorocha gave them stones and gravels .5000 teachers were among the 10,000 workers that he sacked. Teachers are owed salaries.  He sacked Education Secretaries in Imo State and  even made jest of teachers by saying that some of them will be drafted to teach the Hausa’s in Imo under contract.

Okada riders fought  for him in 2011. He   promised them so many things  when elected. Today, they know better. Where are the Okada’s in Owerri?. Even the disabled are crying. Owerri the once cleanest city in Nigeria is now very dirty. While Okorocha continues to amass fabulous wealth for himself, albeit through, stolen public resources, the majority of the people of Imo continue to live in abject poverty.

There is no gainsaying that Governor Okorocha  who never prepared for governance has ended up destroying Imo State and its economy with his clueless and inept administration. Today Imo as a state is presently run as an offshoot of  Rochas Foundation with his siblings and in-laws visibly milking the state dry with impunity. In Imo one man  has sold   80% of Imo  state  resources including choice lands   to himself  while 99% of Imolites wallow in abject and extreme poverty.

We are repeatedly being told that Nigeria  is practicing “democracy”. But what type of democracy is in Imo State in which  governor Okorocha  refuse to organize elections into local governments since 2011? Instead, he has, in contravention of the constitution and the democratic rights of the electorate, appointed his cronies into “caretaker committees” and they are  running  and looting our  local council funds with impunity. What a brazen rape on our democratic rights.

The ordinary Imolites on a daily basis,  suffer harassments, brutalities and other violations of their rights since Okorocha came into power. Permanent Secretaries and public Servants were illegally suspended, houses in Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe, Anara, Amaraku were demolished without due process and compensations to victims of demolition, plots of lands allotted to so many  persons were illegally revoked without due process, Area ‘K’ land belonging to Amawom Owerri people was illegally trespassed when the matter is still in court,  land belonging to Umuguma and Naze people in Owerri was revoked and acquired by him,  Town Unions in all the Autonomous Communities in Imo State were dissolved illegally  as against the provision of the Nigerian Constitution, the Companies and Allied Matters Act and the Imo state laws on town unions.

This same man sacked 10,000 Imo civil servants , sacked 30,000 Imo LGA workers, sacked elected councilors and chairmen, used  state fund and land to build private university at his  home town pretending to relocate Imo State University to the site, sold Adapalm  to his company ( Roche Group),sold  Imo Transport Company (I.T.C.), Concorde Hotel, Children’s Park and  state General Hospitals to himself  for many years, refused to pay severance packages to political appointees who served under him and who served under the last administration, illegally suspended Traditional Rulers of the 106 Autonomous Communities created by the Ohakim’s  administration but later approved staff of office to more than 103 new traditional rulers.

 

This same man stopped  overtime allowance to public servants, refused to pay minimum wage to Judiciary workers, deceived  Government Contractors into borrowing money to do government projects and refused to formalize and pay for the contracts done, created an   unconstitutional four-tier government in utter disregard to the three-tier government recognized by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, appropriated  state fund without recourse to budgetary provision,gave out  land meant for New Government House Complex in New Owerri to his  wife and associates as against the provision of the Owerri Master plan, refused to refund the sum of  5,000 naira  being fees collected from aspirants to the 2012 cancelled Community Governing Council election.

This same man illegally deducted salaries of civil servants for government Identity cards, sold all General Hospitals in Imo State to himself, refused  to re-instate Elected Local Government Councils in the 27 Local Government Area Councils in Imo State as against the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, used  Sole Administrators to run local government councils in Imo State as against Court of Appeal declaration of Sole Administrators as unconstitutional, refused to re -instate Sacked Members of the Imo State Judicial Service Commission against the judgment of an Owerri High Court, refused to obey the Court of Appeal judgment re-instating Eze C. I. Ilomuanya as the Chairman Imo State Council of Ndi-eze and legalized abortion in Imo State.

I can go on and on but  In Daniel, Chapter 5, we read that the Babylonian King, Belshazzar organized a great feast and commanded that the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar, his father had taken out of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem be brought so that his princes, wives and concubines could drink from them. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand and wrote the inscription: “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin”. When translated it meant God had numbered the kingdom, weighed the King on the balances and found him (the king) wanting. In other words, God had rejected him as King. Yes, God has rejected Okorocha as king in Imo and we the Imolites have also  rejected him as  our King. We must go away from the hands of this  Pharoah. We must be free from this locust in 2015.

One man among the lot contesting as governor  can beat Okorocha  in 2015 and deliver us from this mess. That one man is Dr Ikedi Ohakim. Let’s bring back Ikedi Ohakim to re introduce his vision that obviously led to massive job creation, youth and women empowerment, industrialization, solid road construction, rural development driven by democratically elected local government system and environmental cleanliness that made Owerri the cleanest state capital in Nigeria during his time  . Let the fresh air in Ekiti gets to Imo. Yes we need someone that is more popular at the grass root than the lot ,  that can defeat a sitting governor as was done in Ekiti.

Ohakim’s  chances of defeating Okorocha  are very bright, like a shining moon. Go to all the nooks and crannies of Imo, everybody is yearning for him, they want him back. The song on everybody’s lips at the grass root  in Imo  is that Ohakim  must come back. They know the good works  he did during his first term in office and they want him to come back and continue these good works. Let me tell you categorically that if he is given his Party ticket and based on one man one vote in the general election, Ohakim will win with at least 80 per cent of the votes in the election. Everybody wants to pay him back for the good work he has done before. The people have realised  that he’s one of their own, who would not hold them in disdain, someone who has respect for them, who has good plans for them.

What he has  done is enough credential for the people to expect so much. He is  a man that will go down to the grassroots and be part of them. He can identify at least 10 people per ward by their names. Some that he  cannot identify by their names, he will identify them in the crowd. He is the man to beat. What Imo should expect is  an Ohakim  that is more elderly, more mature, more responsible and who will listen to their plight and will work with them. He  will use the experience of the past, integrate it with this one and be a better Ohakim  for a better Imo. Yes, bring back Ikedi  Ohakim to make Imo better.

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

Nigerian Goal Keeper Vincent Enyeama Shows Off His Mansion And Luxury Cars (Photos)


He is living the life of a king
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‘Patrick Sawyer was an evil man on a mission’ Femi Fani Kayode


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Nigeria former Aviation Minister Femi Fani Kayode has also raised the same fears. FFK believes Patrick Sawyer was not working alone but was paid by some rich, powerful men to spread the virus in Nigeria in order to create a massive market for the vaccine. He shared his thoughts on his facebook page…
“I disagree with those who have described Patrick Sawyer as a madman. He was not mad at all but just evil. He was a man that was on a mission. That mission was to spread the ebola virus to Nigeria and to infect and kill as many people as possible with it.
He was an evil man with an evil intention and purpose. Worst still he was not working alone. Some people, and I mean rich, powerful and well-connected people, were working with him. As a matter of fact they sent him on the mission.
They cultivated him, took care of him, paid him, brainwashed him, gave him all that he wanted in life and finally asked him to go on a suicide mission to destroy the lives of others and spread the deadly disease.
This was a clear case of bio-terrorism and Sawyer was simply a pawn in a bigger game and a wider picture. The motive of those who sent him was to spread fear and panic, to kill as many people as possible, to create a need for a solution to the problem, to prepare the ground for a new wonder drug that could cure ebola, to create a massive market for that drug and to ensure that there would be massive profits from it’s sale.
As usual it is the unbelieving, unprepared, undiscerning and naive Africans that have been used as the prime guinea pigs. When will they stop destroying us and treating us with such contempt? When will they begin to see and treat us as human beings?”

check out Yvonne Nelson’s outfit to the premiere of her movie (Photos)


15th of August, Yvonne Nelson had the Lagos premiere of her much anticipated movie Single,Married and Complicated.
The stylish screen diva wore a pink peplum skirt which showed off her long legs  and a green turtle neck top.

“He is like a drug which relieves my pain” – Davido’s Gf showers him praises


Amidst all break up rumours, the Ghanaian model took to Instagram to share several photos of herself and her boo Davido. She captioned one of them *My master key* and another with *he like a Drug he relieves my pain*.

Annie Idibia glitters at the Premiere of Yvonne Nelson’s movie (Photos)


Yesterday, Annie graced the Premiere of YN’s movie in this black boobs revealing outfit, You like?
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“It will take six months to contain Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” – President, Doctors Without Borders


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Geneva (Reuters/NAN) – Joanne Liu, International President of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF – Doctors Without Borders), said in Geneva on Friday that it would take about six months to bring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa under control.
She said the situation was like “wartime’’ and required greater leadership from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Liu, after a 10-day trip to Liberia, stressed that there should be an upper hand on the epidemic over the next six months.
She insisted that more experts were needed on the ground to achieve this.

Photo Credit: McGill News

Nano-silver, The Nigerian Ebola Drug Is A Pesticide – USA


 

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola.
The FDA’s warning comes on the heels of comments by Nigeria’s top health official, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who reportedly said earlier Thursday that eight Ebola patients in Lagos, the country’s capital, will receive an experimental treatment called nano-silver.
Erica Jefferson, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said she could not provide any information about the product referenced by the Nigerians.
The FDA did not specify any products in its warning.
Silver has been used as an antibacterial for centuries. Tiny silver particles known as nano-silver have controversially been incorporated into a variety of consumer products such as socks and bedding to help block odors caused by bacteria and mold.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers nano-silver a pesticide. Manufacturers of products that contain it must register them with the agency.
Nano-silver is also sometimes sold online as a dietary supplement even though Danish researchers found in a
recent study that nano-silver can penetrate and damage cells.
The FDA regulates dietary supplements and said in its statement that “by law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease.”
The agency said it had received consumer complaints about the Ebola claims.
“Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action,” the agency said.
The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa has claimed 1,069 lives so far. Most have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Nigeria has confirmed 10 cases of the disease and four deaths.

married man pours acid on lover in Delta State (Graphic Photo)


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August 28, 2010 Paulina, an indigene of Kokori in Ethiope –East Local Government Area of Delta State, was bathed with acid by   Mr. Difference Ogba,  her lover who knocked on her door at 5 a.m. Ogba is now serving a ten- year jail term in Okere prison in Warri after he was convicted by the High Court at Otu-Jeremi. – Read her story

How I met my ex-lover’
I divorced my husband with whom I had three kids after irreconcilable differences and incompatibility . I relocated to Ujevwu   in Udu Local Government Area of Delta   State. There, I   began selling meat at the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, area, a business which sustained and provided for my needs as the kids were with their father.
“After about six months, my church members alerted me that Ogba whom I was dating was married with wife and four kids. I trailed   him and got the truth and I told him to leave me alone, but he refused. His wife got wind of our relationship and started coming to abuse me at home.   I   told Ogba to leave me alone, but he refused. He went to disturb my pastor. The pastor asked him to leave me alone, but he would not listen. They beat me up and took my money (N30,000).   I reported to the leadership of Egini community. They reprimanded him but he would not change his mind. This started the    he, as a motorcycle rider(okada) conveyed me home. He identified himself as Mr. Difference Ogba, and   told me   he was resident in Egini, a neighbouring community to Ujevwu. He said he was not married. He picked interest in me and I told him I   was   a divorcee. He said he did not mind.

Escape to Ekrokpe
I had to leave where I was staying just to escape from him. He found out where I was and continued making trouble. He said that I must marry him. He would not leave me alone. I had    packed out to Ekrokpe Community in Ughelli-South Council area.
After about three months, he found out where I moved to and he came again. I chased him away but he continued disturbing me until my landlady got tired and   threatened to give me a quit notice. I continued to chase him away any moment he came around and my landlady later joined me in chasing him away, till he stopped.
On August 27, 2010, I didn’t go to   the market. I fasted and went for our Wednesday prayers in my church (Church of God   Mission). I   prayed to God to chase away Ogba completely from my life.
I went to sleep early that evening as I had my plans for the next day. I wanted to go to the market and sell and, on return, cook and eat my choice soup (banga). But very early in the morning, August 28 , at 5 a.m, I heard a sharp knock on my door and the voice of a woman I knew. I was shocked because she resides in Egini. I was wondering how she came to Ekrokpe that early.
Immediately I opened the door,   I was poured something (acid) on my head and face.  I shouted for help and fainted.   I woke up two days later at UBTH to discover that Ogba was the one who knocked on the door and poured me acid.” Ogba fled after the incident.
“I have gone through excruciating pains as I had to undergo three different surgeries. Flesh was cut off from my lap to patch my head and lip. My skull was operated on.   I weaved my head a night before but the acid that soaked on my head burnt it. I saw death but God did not allow me to die. I cursed the day I met Ogba.    I regret meeting him and I am still baffled that he did this to me. He neither drinks nor   smokes. I am not aware that he had or has mental problem. So, it is like a bad dream. How I wish it is a dream. I can’t see. I’m almost blind, I need help, I want to see again.  Please, I need help.”
-Vanguard

President Jonathan, AY, Namadi Sambo, Lepacious Bose at Private Screening of Omoni Oboli’s Movie at the Villa


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Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli was invited by President Goodluck Jonathan for the private screening of her movie – Being Mrs Elliot.
The screening took place yesterday Thursday 14th August at the Presidential Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
At the private affair, the movie star dressed in blue met with other dignitaries including Vice President Namadi Sambo.
AY Makun, Lepacious Bose, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, and Chioma Ude were also invited.

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Photo Credit: Reuben Abati

Basketmouth finally opens up on love child


Ace comedian Basketmouth has two kids, a boy and a girl, with his wife Elsie. What most of you do not know is that he has another daughter with an ex. Basketmouth talks about his love child for the first time in this exclusive interview with LIB. Find it below…

There’s this story that won’t just
go away that suggests you have a love
child?

Basketmouth “I wouldn’t refer to her as a love
child. She’s my child that people didn’t know of. Yes I have a daughter with my
ex-girlfriend. Its not a comfortable topic to discuss because I wouldn’t want to
put anybody under pressure. As long as my family is happy and I’m on the same
page with my wife, my siblings, my mum, my pastor and the family of my daughter, that’s all that actually
matters.

When did you have the
child?
Basketmouth: years ago, a while before my
wedding. Continue…

How did your wife react to the
news?

Basketmouth: You can guess.

Why did you wait till now before
choosing to come clean?

It’s
never been a hidden issue. That its private doesn’t make it hidden.

How Ghanaian Singer, Joyce Narte Was Infected With HIV + How God Has Been Upholding Her


It’s such a sad story, but at the end she’s trying to live through it. Her story particularly touched me because she got it through s*x. Hmm, maybe she might have avoided it, if only she didn’t spend the night at a male church member’s house. Please ladies, I beg you, don’t ever, and I mean don’t ever spend the night with a man alone, except a man you have known so well. It’s just risky, there’s no fun in spending a night or two at a man’s place, it just takes away your dignity. Spend the day with him with another of your friend, in fact invite him to your home, let him come and spend time with you and your family.

Joyce story just breaks my heart. Joyce went to church on this particular day in 2007 and ended at a church member’s house who knew fully well he had HIV and insisted in making love to her without a condom. That was how her story changed. Though she’s living through it and married at an HIV carrier, not everyone will be as lucky as Joyce. Read her story below as narrated by her on DSTV’s AfricaMagic channel.

Living with HIV virus

I have lived with HIV/AIDS virus for seven years now. I contacted the disease in 2007. But I’m just a normal person. When people meet me and tend to find out how I’m feeling, I always tell them I’m a normal  person.

As a matter of fact, I visited a school to educate the students. After talking to them they were keen to test for HIV. I also joined the queue and got tested but it was negative. It means one must stay with one’s medication forever. Regular medication can make it read that way. It doesn’t mean such a person is no longer a career.

How I got the disease

I contacted the disease in 2007, through a member of my church. I was to spend a night with him in his house. When he removed his clothes, I saw some kind of rashes all over his body. I was terrified, as I innocently asked him why he was like that. He covered up, saying it was a minor skin infection and that it was nothing serious. But when he wanted to make love to me, I insisted that he must use condom. He told me that he didn’t like using condom.

However, when I insisted, he agreed but he never used it. He removed it while entering into me. We did it several times that night.  After few weeks, I became pregnant for him. When I told him, I was pregnant, he advised me to abort the baby. But I refused, insisting on keeping the baby.

He later warned me that if insisted, I would have myself to blame in future. I never knew what he meant until I was diagnosed HIV positive. He also infected other ladies in the church before he died.

Growing up

Growing up was in a very poor background.  I discovered my love for music and dance. I was very ambitious, passionate about my dance skills. All efforts to get help to go to school failed. I was vulnerable, most times raped. I had to attend all kinds of events in my neighbourhood to exhibit my  skills in dancing. In my case,  there was no one to confide in. I hawked all kinds of things to make ends meet’.

Why she became HIV/AIDS Awareness advocate

I was driven by the need to help other carriers of the HIV/AIDS virus. This is because most AIDS patients are brought to the hospital when they are almost dead. Victims find it difficult to undergo medical test to determine their HIV/AIDS status.

I realised when people get to know about their HIV status at the early stages and they are put on medication, they wouldn’t die. They would live their normal lives.  So, I decided to use myself as an example. That was what motivated me to begin the campaign against HIV/AIDS virus.

Platform and the benefits

I started sensitising the people on the streets. I went to a business district in Accra, and my purpose of going to the area was to share my story, as well as sell some copies of my music which I had on CD to enable me realise some money to feed myself.

The first person I approached when I got there shouted, and never allowed me to utter a word. The moment I mentioned I was HIV positive, he shouted at me, and warned me to leave the place immediately. But I wasn’t discouraged.

Later, I went to Dacuma, another area. At the place, whenever there was traffic congestion, I would start to tell my story, “I’m HIV positive, you have to be very careful with your life,” I would start.

In addition, I had copies of my CD, but nobody was buying them from me. Some people thought I was lying, and that was when I met a certain pastor in the a traffic. I was moving from one vehicle to another, sharing my story with who cared to listen.  When this pastor heard me, he parked and was ready to listen to me.

Then, he was running a TV programme in Amsterdam. At that moment, he took my contact, and later, he sent me some money to process my International Passport. He told me that he had a TV station as well as a radio station in Amsterdam, and he would want me to come over there and share my story the way I did in the traffic. Without hesitation, I applied for visa and travelled to Amsterdam in 2010. That was how my story changed.

When she returned from Amsterdam

I returned from Amsterdam to continue what I started in Ghana. I was invited by different organisations. Later, I travelled again to speak on the topic “30 years of HIV, the way forward.”In 2012, I went for the AIDS conference in America.

Recently, I was in the UK, where I premiered my movie, “My Cross Roads” which captures my story. The movie was first premiered at the National Theatre in Ghana and it recorded a huge turn out of dignitaries. The storyline of the movie is basically about me. It’s a true life story of Joyce Dzidzor Nartey but currently, I have a new movie in the market titled, “Jewel of the water.”

HIV Husband and wife

Before we got married, my husband was educated about the deadly disease. But he is also a carrier of the disease. At the moment, medically both of us are negative to HIV virus. This is because we have been put on medication for long.

But that does not mean, we should stop taking our medication. Even though we test negative now, we keep taking our medication. We had one child together who did not test positive to HIV because of the medication.

Life after contacting HIV/AIDS virus

That’s not the end of the world for any carrier of the HIV/AIDS virus. There is life after contacting the deadly disease. The HIV virus can be found in the semen in the man, and not in the sperm because the sperm is what goes to form a baby. It doesn’t carry the HIV virus, but the semen is what contains the HIV virus.

So, HIV positive man who is on medication can share sexual activity with an HIV negative woman, and they both can produce an HIV negative baby. You can see that there is life after contacting the HIV virus.

HIV positive man can marry an HIV negative woman, and they can still make babies without him infecting the wife or the baby, just as an HIV positive woman can also marry an HIV negative man. There are a lot of couple today who wouldn’t come out to share their stories, but who are living with HIV/AIDS virus. They are keeping the secret to themselves.

Marriage life

Marriage for me was normal but they say, in every marriage there are challenges. Things have happened in the past which I wouldn’t want to talk about here. Talking about the stigma, there was one day, my seven-year old son came from school and told me to stop that HIV thing that I am doing. According to him, his friends said, they wouldn’t play with him because his mum is HIV positive. There are challenges but life must go on.

 

Ebola: See Heartbreaking Photos Detailing Outbreak in Liberia


Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than a 1,000 people. Every day, at least one person dies.
In Monvoria, Liberia, where the outbreak is extremely severe, a photographer John Moore risked getting the virus by heading down there to take images of the sad state of the nation.
The United Nations has also revealed that it will send food to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as the outbreak has collapsed the economies. They will bring in the food items with their own aircraft to each of the countries.
It is expected to feed 1 million. See exclusive photos below:

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