You Must Find These Girls! – NLC


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The Nigeria Labour Congress is outraged and appalled by the abduction of over a 100 female students from a school at Chibok in Borno State in the early hours of Tuesday who were said to have been roused from sleep and forced into waiting trucks and driven to an unknown destination. This is disgusting, repugnant,

nauseating, chilling and totally unacceptable. This is a heinous crime ag0ainst our children, our women, the Nigerian nation and against humanity, and must not be allowed to stand.

The Nigerian security forces must restore their honour and dignity by speedily finding and rescuing these young and innocent girls before any more harm befalls them. It is mind-boggling that in spite of repeated assaults on schools in the North East, no appreciable effort has been made to secure the schools where these students have had to study under the most hostile conditions.

It is equally amazing that in spite of the supposedly innumerable security checkpoints in the region, truck-loads of young girls could disappear into thin air in a Sahel region! 

Although we at the  Nigeria Labour Congress would not want to be sucked into the raging arguments of duplicity and complicity surrounding the anti-terror campaign in the North East,  we wish to express our concerns. 

We fear that except there is a fundamental change of strategy that involves the people and reflects basic security initiatives, we will pay a heavy price in the North East.

It is absolutely important that neither the insurgents nor government contractors be allowed to take control of this war. 

Meanwhile, we commend the fighting spirit, the  resourcefulness and the staying  power of the people of the North East who have put up with unspeakable losses and indescribable violations and deprivations

We salute their courage and patriotism and their sense of self-worth.

Chris Uyot

Acting General Secretary

Revealed: Why Jonathan Attended Political Rally A Day After Abuja Bomb Blast – Maku


  

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The Federal Government has come out defend President Goodluck’s Jonathan visit to Kano few hours after the Abuja bomb blast which killed many on Monday.

Speaking at the end of the weekly Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, the Information Minister, Labaran Maku, said Jonathan had to attend the rally to prove to the terrorists that they cannot cripple the activities of government and they also cannot stop the administration of this country which, he said, was their fundamental aim.

According to Mr. Maku, it is incorrect for anyone to say the President is insentitive as he called off his trip to Ibadan and visited the site personally after the incident, adding that the criticisms of the president’s actions were coming from politicians who are trying to use the issue to their advantage.

I think that this is very bad… We should not be exploiting the emotion of citizens for a cheap political point,” he said.

He added that government was doing everything possible to ensure that anywhere Nigerians are attacked, relief items are provided promptly and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has been strengthened tor espond to such attacks promptly.

He however condemned the media reportage of the blast, saying the FEC were disturbed at the way gory pictures of the blast were being published and circulated and called for a restraint in the reporting of such incidents.

Yes, we must report, but in reporting, we must be sensitive to the psychological state of our people,” he said.

He therefore called on Nigerians to not allow the spate of terrorism dampen their spirit but rather, they should be united in committed to kicking out terrorism from the country.

The president had faced harsh criticisms from Nigerians for attending a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, politically rally in Kano State, a day after a terrible blast in Nyanya park in Abuja.
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Photo: APGA Chieftains In Physical Combat At Party Headquarters In Abuja


Some members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) engaged in fisticuffs at the party’s headquarters’ secretariat at Librevile Street, Wuse, Abuja.

According to report, the party’s national chairman Chief Maxi Okwu,  the governorship candidate in the Anambra 2013 election, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, and other members of the party’s National Executive Committee,NEC yesterday arrived at the party’s headquarters only to meet a stiff resistance from former Secretary of the party Alhaji Sani Shinkafi and few of the personal aides of the former National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh.

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A verbal war then ensued between Shinkafi and some APGA faithfuls, leading to a physical confrontation.

However, the party’s national chairman intervened before the matter escalated warning that anybody that engaged in fights stand the risk of prosecution, adding that as a disciplined political party, APGA should not be seen as behaving as hooligans.

Speaking to journalist after the incident, Chief Okwu explained that they had come to make sure Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi obeyed court orders.

We are here to serve form 48 on Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, which is the first proceeding in contempt of court. They have evading service which we decided to come and paste at the premises of the APGA headquarters,” Okwu said.

The national chairman explained that the resistance by Umeh’s aides was their way of obeying last orders pointing out that “we are not here to fight, that is what I have made those with us to understand, this is a peaceful party; they are obeying last orders.”
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Gas Explosion Took Lives Of Three Workers In Imo


Three employees have died after a gas explosion that destroyed a section of a vegetable oil and bottled water production company in Orlu, Imo State.

It was gathered that after early morning gas explosion three employees of the company, Sea Master Industries Limited at Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area died and two were injured.

According to a source, the gas tank has exploded in the early hours of Tuesday, while production was in progress. The impact of the explosion shattered glasses and screens in the surrounding buildings.

The cause of this explosion was yet to be ascertained.

Anonymously a top management staff of the company described the incident as sad and unfortunate. When the explosion occurred, the members of staff were on routine maintenance services on top of the gas tank cleaning and opening blockages from the nozzles.

It was said that the injured workers are receiving treatment at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu.
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There’ll Be More Bomb Blasts, Buhari Will Quit’ – More Prophecies From Primate Ayodele


photoFounder, Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke Afa, Isolo, Lagos, Primate Ayodele whose predictions are said to always come to pass has revealed in a recent interview that there will be more bomb blasts in the nation.

He said since security intelligence does not recognise prophecy, bloodletting will continue.

According to him, there are moles in the Presidency, the Senate, House Of Representatives, SSS, Nigeria Police Force, the Army, Air Force and the Navy who give information to these terrorists and President Jonathan knows who they are but is afraid to stand up to them, adding that their next targets are shopping malls and markets.

He explained that with prayers, these problems can be solved but the nation’s leaders have soiled their hands in evil acts and they derive pleasure in the shedding of blood.

He said, “If Jonathan comes back 100 times to rule this country, he won’t be able to solve the problems. He does not listen to the voice of God, flattery and deceit are good music to him. When you praise him he is always happy. Most of the pastors he goes to are afraid to tell him the truth. There is red signal all over the country.”

On the confab, he said they will speak the mind of the people and make recommendations but the government will not listen.

On the political situation in the country, he said members of the All Progressives Congress, APC will defect to PDP before the 2015 elections and if APC refuses to give Muhammadu Buhari the ticket to contest the presidency he will quit, adding that there will be no elections in some state.

He called on all governors to pray so as not to lose four of their own to the cold hands of death.

On the abducted students, he said they will come out unhurt.

Speaking on Super Eagles and the world cup, he said they will try but they won’t get to the semi-final and Coach Stephen Keshi will quit coaching them after the World Cup.

On the missing Malaysian flight, he said the Malaysian government should be held responsible because they know its whereabouts.

Nollywood Actress, Laide Bakare’s Ex-Hubby Blasts Her


Nollywood Actress/Producer, Laide Bakare’s ex-husband, Olumide Okufulure in a recent interview lambasted her over her marriage to her new husband.

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Laide Bakare’s ex-husband, Olumide Okufulure

This is coming few weeks after Laide’s new hubby, popular Lagos businessman, Alhaji Tunde Oriowo was declared wanted by the EFCC for fraud

The ex-husband, Olumide in an interview with 247 magazine:

“You see, Laide has just started. She hasn’t even reached where she’s going. She will soon leave this Alhaji because she likes a comfortable place. I heard she claims that I don’t have money. Now she’s where she can get money. When I met her, she was driving a Celica. I bought her a 2 million Chrysler car. When she had our child, I bought a first-class ticket for her to bring our baby.”

“I later bought Infinity Jeep that she gave her younger sibling. When she was about to marry me, it was the money she saw. When she came to America, I bought her a 4matic Benz. Laide isn’t a good person, she is yet to see God’s wrath.”

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Laide and new hubby, Alhaji Tunde Oriowo 

Meanwhile the mother of two in a statement defended her husband saying: “I’m standing by my husband on this matter, believing that the EFCC publication was meant to destroy his hard-earned reputation as a philanthropist who derives joy in helping people. He is my hubby and I would stand by him through thick and thin. The story was also a calculated attempt to smear my own name as a celebrity and irrespective of whoever is behind it, I stand by my husband and we shall come out victorious.”

It would be recalled that Laide Bakare’s last year had a messy marriage separation with her ex-husband, Olumide, the father of her first child, Similoluwa after the latter accused her of using him to get a green card and dumping him afterwards for her new hubby, Alhaji Oriowo.

Laide Bakare now married to Tunde Oriowo has a son for him, she gave birth to last year.

The two were at it for a while, with the estranged husband claiming he’s the father of her second child and not the new husband, also threatened to have her arrested. Of course Laide Bakare did not keep silence on the issue while exonerating herself, lambasted her ex, revealed some shocking details about their marriage.
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Insecurity In Nigeria – APC Governors Absent At Meeting With President Jonathan


All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have shunned the meeting President Jonathan summoned on Wednesday with the all state governors, service chiefs and members of the National Security Council to discuss the current spate of insecurity in the country.

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The meeting started at 2.00pm at the First Lady Conference Room in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday and the APC governors were obviously absent at the meeting.

After the President met the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar in his office earlier, they all moved to the First Lady Conference room where governors were already seated.

Governors present at the  meeting were: Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi) Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Isa Yuguda(Bauchi), Theodore Orji (Abia) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe).

Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Idris Wada (Kogi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu).

And Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Garba Umar (Acting Governor Taraba), Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, John Jonah and Deputy Governor of Kebbi State.

Others who attended the meeting are the Defence Minister, Brigadier-General Aliyu Gusau (rtd); Director-General of State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong; Minister of Interior, Abba Moro; National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
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2015: ‘Nobody Can Stop My Presidential Ambition’ – Tinubu


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Former Governor of Lagos State and a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has declared that nobody can stop him from contesting for the post of Presidency in 2015 elections if he decides to run.

Speaking yesterday at the APC secretariat in Lagos, Tinubu said he has every right to be the President of Nigeria regardless of his religion and state of origin adding that the APC will field the best candidate in 2015 election, whether the person is a Christian or a Muslim.

We must choose the right person to lead the battle, and nobody, no one under the sun, under the United Nations Human Rights Charter can stop Bola Tinubu’s ambition,” he said.

According to Tinubu, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Christian or Muslim, as long as you are a good person, the APC will support you.

The solution to the suffering of the masses is not about the prayer of a pastor or about the Islamic cleric. What we are talking about is not an election of a vicar or bishop not of a Muslim Imam or cleric; it is about individual with the character and the brain and the capacity to govern. “If you are a Christian and you are good, you will win our support,” Tinubu said.

He advised those opposing his political aspiration to find something else to do.

Speaking on the state of the nation, he said Jonathan’s administration had failed Nigerians, adding that at the time of need, Nigerians must choose the right leaders to face the battle and confront the challenges facing the country.

On whether the successor of Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola should be a Muslim or Christian, Tinubu urged the party’s faithful to shun those promoting Muslim or Christian agenda in Lagos.
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‘We Informed Security Agents Ahead Of Attack But They Fled’ – Chibok Resident Opens Up


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A resident of Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State have said they informed security officials about impending attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the community but no action was taken.

According to the resident who is an uncle to one of the abducted girls, they had gotten information from a reliable source that the Boko Haram members had plans of Attacking Chibok after wrecking havoc on other neighbouring communities.

He said rather than take action, the security men in Damboa told their colleagues in Chibok to run away since they did not have the weapons to fight the Boko Haram members.

“So, the soldiers ran away on Monday around 8.pm and left only mobile policemen and one soldier. The Boko Haram people killed one mopol, the soldier was killed when he was trying to jump a fence,” the resident said.

He explained that the insurgents divided themselves into two groups, one group going to Chibok town and the other to Government Secondary School where they abducted over a hundred girls, adding that apart from the girls who were said to have escaped, he had no information about any other girl that returned yesterday.

He said security has however been beefed up in the area.


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The Annual Penis Festival just Happened – in Japan! (SEE PHOTOS)


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This has to be one of the weirdest festivals ever! During spring in Japan, every year, people flock to Kawasaki to celebrate Kanamara Matsuri aka the “Festival of the Steel Phallus.”

Held this year on April 6, the festival is a celebration of the penis and fertility in a no-holds-barred kind of way. And it is carried out in a carnivalesque, friendly atmosphere that puts a smile on the face of every visitor.
People parade gigantic phallic-shaped mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) down the streets during the event, as revelers suck on penis lollipops, buy penis-themed memorabilia and pose with sculptures in the shape of — you guessed it — penises. See more photos below:

According to the BBC, the festival is believed to have roots in the 17th century, when prostitutes are said to have prayed for protection from sexually transmitted infections at Kawasaki’s Kanamara shrine. But today, the festival reportedly raises awareness about safe sex practices and fundraises for HIV prevention.

Scroll down to see the (somewhat NSFW) photographs of this year’s Kanamara Matsuri:which attracts both masses of locals and a considerable tourist contingent.

Photos: Heidi Klum Exposes Her Old Saggy Boobs As She Romances Her 27-Year-Old Boyfriend On Mexican Beach!


The super model who also happens to be a mother  of four, was spotted frolicking on the beach ofMexico with her 27 Year old Boyfriend Vito Schnabel. Wonder why she hasn’t done a breast lift like many of her counterparts! See the full picture where she bared her bosoms after the break.

 

 

 

 

NAMES OF THE 96 VICTIMS OF NYANYA PARK, ABUJA BOMBING


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  1. Nweze Uche Silas Male Enugu
  2. Bankera Julie Female Benue
  3. Abubakar Kano Nyaya
  4. Madu Peter Male Benue
  5. Emmanuel Ocuna Male C/River
  6. Pius Nwaonuan Male Ebonyi
  7. Clifford Nwafor Male Ebonyi
  8. Attah Friday Male
  9. Chidozie Iyake Male Mopo Qaurter
  10. Peter Ameh Male Ebonyi
  11. Ibrahim salihu Male Kaduna
  12. Shamsu Hussein Male Nyaya Market
  13. Adamu M Bello male Plateau
  14. Osaretin Male
  15. Precoius Samuel Female Imo
  16. Monday Oshile Male Ebonyi
  17. Pat Umar Male
  18. Simon Peter Male Kaduna
  19. Vera Ojochide Jaja Female Kogi
  20. Chibuzor Oshouagwe Male Kaduna
  21. Gabriel Peter Ibrahim male Kaduna
  22. Olowokere Taiwo Male Ondo
  23. Yahanna Ibrahim male Kaduna
  24. Gabriel Enyinnaya Male Abia
  25. Paul Tanko Male FCT
  26. Mustapha Abdullahi male Kastina
  27. Oke Adedaya Stephen Male Oyo
  28. Esther Paul Female benue
  29. Mohammed Shehu Male sokoto
  30. Njoku Victor male Imo
  31. Victor Habilla Male Kaduna
  32. Christain Ogbuji Male Back of City Rock
  33. Suleiman Abdullahi male gwagwalada
  34. Samuel Opara male Imo
  35. Abba Umaru Male Nyaya
  36. Daniel Williams Male Edo
  37. Idris Somaila male Jigawa
  38. John Alice Female Benue
  39. Rabiu Umaru Male Kastina
  40. Gift Godwin Female River
  41. Dorcas Opawoye Female Kwara
  42. Abigal Female Nasarawa
  43. Hamza Ibrahim Male Kastina
  44. Rakiya Suleiman Male Kastina
  45. Saidu Ayinde Female Kebbi
  46. Adomu Abbisi Male Kogi
  47. Inuwa Musa Male Kogi
  48. Arimiyawa Saidu Male Sokoto
  49. Ebele Ibezim Female Imo
  50. Oguike Charles Female Imo
  51. Samson Udo Male Enugu
  52. Soni Ismaila Male kastina
  53. John Atanyi Male benue
  54. Blessing Aghi Female Benue
  55. Auwal Harun Male Adamawa
  56. Sani Nafiu male Kastina
  57. Usman Yinusa Male Kano
  58. Dada Je-Ogbade Male Osun
  59. Umar Murtala Male Sokoto
  60. Isiaka Abdul Male Kogi
  61. Adeoye Busayo Oyo Kogi
  62. Jim Anthony Male Imo
  63. Jab Daniel Male Benue
  64. Aungwa Saater Male Delta
  65. David Igho Male Delta
  66. George Ediae Male Edo
  67. Exra Gowimina Male Nasarawa
  68. Baby xxxx female
  69. Goodness John Female
  70. Dasmaila Shaibu Male Kastina
  71. Abdullahi Nuhu male Kastina
  72. Audu Joseph Male Nasarawa
  73. Daniel Musa male
  74. Damashi Alias Male
  75. Celestine Annaigbom male Imo
  76. Mary Modu Female Kaduna
  77. Victoria Female enugu
  78. Ogonna Ani Female
  79. Fila Samuel male Benue
  80. Cosmos uswuanyi male
  81. Jeremiah Juripe Male Adamawa
  82. Adams female nasarawa
  83. Helen female
  84. Jerry Mako Male Plateau
  85. Idoko Onyekozi
  86. Stephen Chukwuma Male Enugu
  87. Bello Mohammed Ali male
  88. Salome Emezue Jim Female Abia
  89. Irera Ibrahim Male Kaduna
  90. Samuel Abudu male Wuse
  91. Abdullahi male Masaka
  92. Rayiamu Ayuba Male One man village
  93. Gamba Gamba male Maraba
  94. David Mayaki Male
  95. Usman Abibu Male
  96. Nfua Anumise Female.
    MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE, AMEN!!!

Female Student’s Nudé Photos Leaked by Boyfriend for Cheating


 

NUDITY IS BAD , PLEASE DRESS PROPERLY. AVIOD SCANDAL. DON’T TAKE NUDE PICTURES. PROSTITUTION IS EVIL. SHUN PROSTITUTION.THIS MESSAGE IS FROM FAMOUS NAIJA

 

 

Nigerian Arrested In India With Heroine Concealed In Lady shoes.


A Nigerian, Odeomenan Kenneth Ozioma, has been reported to have been arrested in New Delhi, India with heroine concealed in a lady’s shoes.

It was said that the 23-year-old Nigerian kept the heroine weighing 330grammes in specially made cavities in the shoes, meant to be sent by courier to the United States.

According to additional commissioner, crime branch, Ravindra Yadav: “The heroin weighs 330 grams which is worth Rs 70 lakh(about $120,000) in the international market. The arrested man has been identified as 23-year-old Odeomenan Kenneth Ozioma. He was nabbed by a team led by DCP Bhisham Singh and ACP Zile Singh.”

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Reports stated that Indian police received a tip-off on April 14 about a Nigerian drug trafficker coming to Janakpuri Metro station.

“A team laid a trap and apprehended him. During investigations, 330 grams of heroin, cleverly concealed in the specially made cavities in the soles of women’s sandals, was recovered from his possession. He disclosed he was heading to Mahipalpur to courier the drugs to the US,” DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh said.

Drug traffickers have been befuddling Indian security with their changing tactics, concealing drugs in ordinary objects. Drugs sometimes are hidden in piston shafts or golf kits. The modus operandi keeps changing.

According to reports, Kenneth completed high school education in South Africa and had come to India in November 2009. He started a business of exporting ready-made garments and women’s shoes to Nigeria. But he was not earning much. When his visa expired, he moved to Mumbai where he met another Nigerian, Ike, at a party.

Ike showed him how to peddle heroin and other party drugs. He soon closed his business and devoted himself completely to his new occupation. He sent the money earned to his parents in Nigeria and started living a good life.

Nollywood actress, Chrisphina Adinusor Passes On


The death of Nollywood actress, Chrisphina Adinusor has thrown the movie industry into mourning.

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According to report, Chrisphina Adinusor a member of the Rivers State Chapter of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) died of cardiac arrest at about 2am on March 28th 2014.

This is coming just few months after the movie industry lost a popular Nollywood actress, Ijeoma Perpetual Okorie who died during childbirth in Rivers State.

Her death has shocked many of her colleagues as she was said to be an active member of AGN in the state and was loved by many.

Chrisphina Adinusor who passed on at the age of 39 is survived by her children and husband.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.

IBB Engages Orji Kalu In A Closed-Door Meeting


A former military president, General Ibrahim  Badamasi Babangida, yesterday held a closed-door meeting with former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.

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Speaking to journalist after the meeting which lasted for about 2 hours, Kalu said he and IBB were having a heart-to-heart discussion on national issues and the future of Nigeria.

He said their discussion bordered on the insecurity in the country and how to put a stop to it.

This is my home and I am always here. I always come to seek advice and have a talk with Babangida on issues that matter a lot. I came here to discuss the level of insecurity in our country. It is a thing of national concern to all of us,” Kalu said.

Kalu, who said he could not divulge all they discussed, explained that Babangida will relay their discussions to the president, ministers, security agencies and others.

Kalu countered insinuations that the killings in the North-East were targeted at the Igbos, saying the attacks should be viewed as an attack on all rather than on any group of people.

Kalu explained, “The killings are not about the Igbos. Remember I told you people when it started. It started with the Igbos, after that, Christians became the target. Now they are after Muslims. Now they are after everybody. It is no longer about Igbos, Christians or Muslims. We are all involved”.

The former governor had earlier paid a visit to Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu where he insited that Nigeria needed a two party system.

My Music Is Inspired By Frustration – Terry G


Popular Nigerian singer, Gabriel Amanyi popularly known as Terry G known for his energetic, weird performances  in an interview revealed what inspires his kind of music.

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Here’s what the ‘Akpako Master’, crooner told HipTV:

“What gives me inspiration is frustration. I was frustrated; I used to sing r’n’b songs just like my fans that were following from the beginning would know. I tried to do good music but it didn’t put food on my table, so frustration came up and frustration gave me a sign a sign that you have to make money through frustration. Right now I’m being termed a mad man because I make money through madness”.

Terry G, father of one although not married to his baby mama, Mimi Omoregbe is reported to be engaged to her and they are set to marry.

The self-titled King of Ginjah who said he should be called Lucifer in a interview has some hit tracks like ‘So high’, chop chicken and die, run mad etc.

Aside singing, Terry G recently shown his fans his Business side as he has ventured into the ‘Pure Water’ Business.

Terry G who has obviously carved a niche for himself has hit songs like ‘So high’, chop chicken and die, run mad, the list goes on.

Terry G was born in Lagos, Nigeria on the 17th of March. He is the first child in a family of four. A very talented and successful entertainer, instrumentalist, singer and music producer. His breakthrough came when his ‘Free Madness’ song gained heavy rotation played both locally and internationally. He has received several awards, too numerous to list but note worthy is his HIP HOP WORLD AWARD for ‘best street hop’

Principal Of GGSS Reveals: Military Lied About Rescue Of Abducted Female Students


Today, April 17, the Principal of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok claimed that the rescue of 107 abducted school girls in Borno is false.

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The principal Asabe Kwambura said: “There is nothing in the military statement that is true about our abducted girls. Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students; all I know is that we have only 14 of them, and the security people especially the Vigilante and the well meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them.”

According to her, the military people are still searching the girls. She said that the management of the school haven’t received any information about rescued students. She underlined that “all the information passed on the media by the military concerning 107 girls is not true.”

Mrs. Kwambura confessed she was contacted by the military headquarters in Abuja yesterday and some person was asking her to confirm the number of girls released.

However, the principal admitted that what Borno State Governor said (about 14 girls that escaped and N50m for any info) is still the true picture of the whole issue.

“I told them that I don’t want to be seen to be contradicting myself on that because what the governor said was what we know about; and I told them there may be additional rescue of the girls, but up to this moment we have not received any of them apart from what we had before,” the principal added.

On Wednesday, the military spokesperson at the Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, stated that 107 abducted girls were freed, that only eight of the girls were still missing. He added that the Boko Haram sect that participated in the abduction was nabbed by the military.

The Defence Headquarters Nigeria also posted a message on Facebook about rescue of the abducted girls.

A top official of the Department of State Service (DSS) in Maiduguri also admitted that they don’t have any information about rescued girls apart from the 14 that escaped.

A female senior Civil Servant with the Borno state government, who requested not to be named said, “What kind of nonsense is this for God sake? Why are they playing politics with the lives of these innocent girls; I had just called some of my relatives in Chibok and they told me none of the girls had been released apart from the 14 that escaped back to town. We hope the military is not doing some thing funny with this very sensitive issue.”

When contacted late last night, Mr. Olukolade insisted it was the principal of the school who told the military that only eight girls were now missing.

Nollywood Actor Jim Iyke Shares New Photos


 

We’re Hungry”- Abuja Bomb Blast victims In General Hospital Cries Out



According to report by Premium Times;

Some victims of Monday’s bomb blast receiving medical attention at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja are currently facing hunger as no one is providing them with food.

One of the survivors, Salome Jim, told Premium Times that she’s only received drugs and drips from the hospital management but no one has given her anything to eat.
“I have been sitting down here waiting for surgery. I am in pain, I am very hungry. No one has come here to give me food, I can neither walk nor move, the nurses and doctors are nice to me but they didn’t give me food. The nurse said she will come and attend to me at 9:30 am this morning and this is 9 o’ clock so I am waiting, but when I came here yesterday they took care of me, I didn’t pay for anything, but they didn’t give us food. I went to bed with an empty stomach, the woman inside the ward over there (she pointed) shared her food with me at midnight, as I am here my relatives don’t know I am here as I couldn’t find my phone.” She said.

Another survivor, Shuaibu Abubakar, who suffers psychological imbalance and pains in his legs said he had not eaten since Monday when he was brought to the hospital.

“I did not eat anything I was too weak to eat but at midnight I couldn’t sleep out of hunger. The last time I ate was on Sunday evening, but there was no food provision. Some people from the mosque came here to give me bread and tea this morning, the hospital only gave us injections and drips. I am still hungry, broke and with no money.” he said

The Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu during his visit to the Asokoro Hospital was asked by reporters why the victims had not been fed by the hospital. He denied knowledge of that and said the Hospital management would look into it

“The management of the hospitals will go back after my departure to find the true situation and sort it out. All hospitals have been very cooperative this is the main situation.” he said.

An official of the Asokoro General Hospital who spoke anonymously to Premium Times confirmed that the victims were being administered drugs on empty stomachs.

“Some of the victims cannot eat just yet, but some of them who can eat do not have the money to eat, the government can’t only be administering drugs on empty stomachs it can lead to other serious cases. We all tried yesterday but not even a single word of commendations from the government. You people should let Nigerians know the bomb blast victims are hungry and are not fed,” the official said.

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Wizkid Sacks His Manager, Godwin Tom


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Wizkid has parted ways with his manager, Godwin Tom.

According to industry sources who spoke with Us, the two ended their business relationship after a disagreement. Wizkid has since removed Godwin Tom’s contact from his social media pages and replaced with another name.

Godwin has also removed Wizkid from his page.
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A Month After Child Birth, Kay Switch’s Baby Mama Flaunts Sexy Post Baby Bod


Kay switch’s baby mama ‘Meenakshi Monica Subramani’ gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on the 14th of march 2014 and today made it exactly a  month she put to bed. Check out her sexy post baby body

Photo:- Mentally Challenged woman allegedly caught with BlackBerry, 100K & ATM cards in Lagos


A woman who is pretending to be mentally-challenged escaped being lynched by angry mob on Wednesday in Lagos after she was allegedly caught with N100,000, two BlackBerry phones and an android phone.

According to report from the scene of the incident around Onabanjo Street, Oworonshoki, Lagos, it was learnt that the incident occurred around 10am. The woman has been arrested and taking to station.

 

A policeman who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said attempts to verify the allegations were fruitless. He said, “I have been asking the woman questions all day, but she has just been incoherent. She has even refused to tell us her name. At some point, she just started crying, so I let her sleep. I don’t even know if she is a mad woman.”

 

Some residents of the area told Punch that two ATM cards were also found on the woman. A resident, James Ogunkoya said when some youths saw the woman with some money, they trailed her into a compound.

The youths, who suspected her of being a ritual killer, pounced on her and beat her to a pulp.

Ogunkoya said, “Around 10am, I saw a crowd around an unkempt woman. Some of the youths picked up sticks and were beating the woman. When I asked what was wrong, they said they found three phones and N100,000 with the her. They said the woman was not mad, but was only pretending to be mad so that she could easily perpetrate evil acts.”

Another resident said the youths started suspecting her as she was overheard speaking like a normal person with somebody two days ago. “Some guys were convinced that the woman was only pretending because they overheard her talking with a man on Monday night. They also wondered where a mad woman could have found the phones,” he added.

“The notorious cannibal, Clifford Oji, used to parade himself as a mad man as well. We have also seen cases in our neighbourhood where supposed mad people kidnapped children. We want the government to support the community in setting up a task force that will evacuate mentally-challenged people,” a leader said.

 

 

Anyway, Nigeria Police say they are not making any conclusions yet until they conclude their investigations.

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I Won’t Allow Smoking In My Club – Top Comedian, AY


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 Popular comedian, Ayo Makun, is full of excitement as he is set to officially open his new club, MVP, in Lekki area of Lagos. AY explained that MVP is an all-new luxurious and premium class club, lounge and restaurant located in the heart of Lekki at Ommission Emporium, Lekki Phase1, Lagos.

“It’s a strictly non-smoking nightclub, set up to be the entertainment home and official recreation centre for moguls, superstars, leading lights, and ‘Most Valuable Players’ of all walks of life, resident in Lagos, in other parts of Nigeria, and in other parts of the World.”

AY added that he will be opening the club after his Easter Sunday show, which is on the 20th of April, 2014.

I Can’t Cut My Hair For Any Amount—Phyno Declares


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 Showstopper and Nigerian indigenous rapper, Phyno, who just released his debut album, has disclosed that he can never have his hair cut for any amount or reason because, according to him, it is his identity.

The artiste said that someone had actually approached him, offering him a hundred thousand naira to cut the hair, but he declined.

According to Phyno, ”someone has actually begged me with a hundred thousand to have it cut. It’s my identity, I’m a Rastafarian. I believe in living natural, the way God made me.

“I feel nakd without my dreadlocks. When I was younger, my mum used to cut my hair and I used to feel so shy and nakd. It gives me a lot of confidence.”

Actress Monalisa Chinda Confirms Break Up From Lanre Nzeribe, Releases Official Statement


The beautiful Nollywood actress has released an official statement through her publicist confirming reports that she has ended both her personal and professional relationship with Lanre Nzeribe.

Read below.

We regret to officially announce the resignation of Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda from Monalisa Magazine, which also marks the end of her partnership with Mr. Lanre Nzeribe, due to irreconcilable professional differences.

Over the past few months, both parties have made concerted efforts to retain their partnership, to no avail, which led to their mutual agreement that a separation would be the best course of action.

Though she has, so far, committed so much time, energy and resources into the project, it is high time she moved on as she pursues renewed ethos to raise her standards of professionalism and focus on projects closer to her heart.

Monalisa Chinda extends her sincere appreciation to the entire staff of the company for the great working experience during the time being. She wishes Mr. Nzeribe and the staff all the best in their future endeavours.

She also wishes to express her profound gratitude to her wonderful fans for their unreserved support through the years. Thank you for your continued support as the Monalisa brand promises greater things to come.

Signed,

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Patience Jonathan Calls For Release Of Abducted Girls, Borno Govt. Offers N50M For Any Info


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Dame Patience Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria

In a statement signed by Ayo Adewuyi, Media Assistant to the First Lady in Abuja, Jonathan appealed to the perpetrators to release the innocent girls and embrace dialogue to settle their differences.

The first lady was pained as a woman and mother by the reported abduction of the girls.

She said the action was “inhuman and needless perpetration of evil against innocent school children.

It has again become necessary for us to strengthen the advocacy for resolving differences in our society in a peaceful manner, to avert violence and wars in our country.

No nation profits from a regime of fear and insecurity because where there is no peace, there cannot be development,” the statement said.

She said that Nigeria had suffered enough severe loss due to violence and destruction.

“There is the need to put a stop to all these, in order to put the nation back on track and enable our leaders to focus on development,” she stated.

Jonathan called on Nigerians to intensify their prayers for God to touch the hearts of the evil perpetrators, to enable the nation to overcome acts of terrorism.

Meanwhile Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State promised to give N50 million to any individual or group that would volunteer credible information on the whereabouts of girls abducted at GGSS Chibok on Monday.

The visibly shocked governor addressed a press conference at the government house today.

“Even in Islam, women and children are spared during war,” he said.

Shettima said 14 of the abducted girls have returned and he is in touch with the principal of the school and the district head of Chibok.

As reported earlier today over 80 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State who were abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram sect were rescued on Tuesday and Wednesday morning by a group of vigilante, local hunters and soldiers.

 

Nigerian Comedian, Bovi Shares New Photos Of His Daughter


Top Nigerian Comedian, Bovi posted lovely photos of him and his adorable daughter having fun, posing for a selfie.

Bovi is married to Christabel and they are blessed with two kids.

The couplewelcomed their cute daughter on September, 25th.

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PHOTOS: Nollywood Actress Belinda Effah Poses In Wedding Dress


A fast rising Nollywood star, Belinda Effah, wore this beautiful wedding dress as part of her role in a new movie.

Belinda Effah together with actress Yvonne Nelson will reportedly star in movie called ‘Folly‘ directed by Alex Mouth.

In her Instagram page, Belinda posted photos where she poses in white wedding dress saying “Still on set of #FOLLY @iamelizabethd production. Love my job, love my bridal dress. @alexxekubo set bride. #peace!”

She and Yvonne play the role of Joke Silva’s daughters. The movie which is filmed in Lagos features such artists as Joke Silva, Uche Jombo, Joseph Benjamin, Yvonne Nelson, Belinda Effah, and Alexx Ekubo.

Recently, Yvonne Nelson also shared photo from the set of this movie.
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Nigeria Declare Public Holidays For Easter Celebrations


The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 18th and Monday 21st of April, 2014 as Public Holidays to mark “Good Friday” and Easter celebrations.

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The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro

The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Fatima Bamidele on Wednesday, 16 April.

He enjoined all Christian faithfuls and Nigerians in general to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity in the country.

The statement further urged Nigerians to continue supporting and co-operating with President Goodluck Jonathan in his efforts to build a peaceful, united and virile nation

NDLEA Arrests 64 Suspected Drug Dealers In Abuja


Officers of the Federal Capital Territory Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Wednesday said it arrested 64 suspected drug dealers between January and March.

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This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Adegbe.

Adegbe said the command also seized 2.5kg of various illicit drugs during the period.

He said the suspects comprised 61 males and three females.

According to the statement, the agency also confiscated 12 vehicles allegedly used for conveying drugs as well as the sum of N184, 720 suspected to be profits from illicit drug business.

The statement further revealed that the command also secured the conviction of 32 persons at Federal High Court, Abuja, and forfeiture of four vehicles and N52, 970 in court.

Dennis Obiefule, the FCT Commander of the agency urged dealers to shun the illegal business and embrace a legitimate one.

Fulani Herdsmen Dressed In Army Uniform Killed 15 Villagers In Taraba


Fifteen people were killed and eighteen others injured in Nwokyo, Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State yesterday following another attack by Fulani herdsmen reportedly dressed in army uniform.

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A security officer claimed that the killings occurred in Nwunkyo-Kura, where 8 people were killed, and Wukari town where 7 died.

The source further disclosed that the clashes led to the imposition of a 24-hour curfew following consultations between the state government and security agencies operating in Taraba State

The attack in Nwokyo village of Wukari Local Government Council has also led to massive destruction of property including the only Millennium Development Goals (MDG) project in the village as well as worship centres.

On the average 40 houses were burnt, property worth millions of naira was destroyed.

According to witnesses, invading herdsmen were dressed in military uniform and were over 300.

“The herdsmen who were dressed in military uniforms caught the villagers unaware.

Some were burnt beyond recognitions in their houses,” said a villager.

“An MDG Hospital in the area was razed down as health workers were attending to patients,” another eyewitness said.

State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the disturbances.

“It had been confirmed that there is crisis there but as for now, we do not have full information on the numbers of casualties and the numbers wounded.

As I am talking to you now, we have already drafted our men to the area,” Kwaji added that security personnel had been drafted to the area.

It was noted that the marauders came from neighbouring Plateau State.

The reaction to the incident

The former governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said:

“In some states when there is crisis, government visits affected areas and gives relief materials to survivors.

But in Taraba, the government has not deemed it fit to visit these areas.

It is the responsibility of government to protect lives and property so that people can live with each other peacefully.

No house is standing there now. It is unfortunate that lives are no longer valued in Nigeria.

Now, there is no difference between us and Somalia. The government must take the issue of security very serious.

Members of the House of Assembly and National Assembly from Taraba must do something to end the attacks because the people they claim to be representing are being killed daily.”

Security Challenges: Jonathan Summons Govs, Members Of National Security Council To Emergency Meeting


Jonathan warnsPresident Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

The meeting is coming on the heels of recent events and developments in the country.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Mr. Jonathan would chair the meeting that kicks off at 11am after which he would hold an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to be attended by all the state governors by 1pm.

The statement listed those expected at the meeting to include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The statement reads in part: “President Jonathan, members of the National Security Council and the state governors will review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

“President Jonathan reassures all Nigerians and persons living in the country that the Federal Government remains very mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and properties in all parts of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity.

“The President is particularly concerned about the plight of the young Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their school in Borno State on Monday night and has ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all of the girls and returning them safely to their parents. He welcomes reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some of the girls”.

According to Abati, the president deeply regrets the pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families in recent days as a consequence of recurring security challenges which the nation is contending with.

The statement added that President Jonathan was convinced that with the patriotic commitment and support of all Nigerians, the country will ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength.

“In this regard, President Jonathan will be pleased to see all politicians in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots”, the statement concluded.

Wada Dissolves State Executive Council


Idris-Wada.jpgKogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada on Wednesday dissolved the state executive council.

This is contained in a statement issued in Lokoja by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi.

According to the statement, the cabinet was dissolved shortly after the weekly executive council meeting.

The statement quoted Gov. Wada as thanking the 16 commissioners for their services to the government and people of the state since 2012.

It also directed the commissioners to hand over all government property in their possession to their permanent secretaries.

According to Edi, the governor advised the affected officials to be prepared to render further services anytime they were called upon to do so.

Police Foil Attempt To Raze Traditional Ruler’s Palace In Bayelsa, Arrest 32 Suspects


policeThe Police in Bayelsa on Wednesday arrested 32 suspects in connection with an attempt to raze the palace of the traditional ruler of Oruma Community in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Hillary Okpara, told newsmen that 14 of the suspects were apprehended for alleged cultism while 18 others were arrested over the alleged attempt to burn the palace of the traditional ruler.

“These arsonists plotted to raze the palace over allegations bordering on mismanagement of oil money belonging to the community.

“They were on their way to execute the plot when a team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) rounded them up”.

He commended the squad for thwarting the planned arson and called on the public to give timely and useful information to the police to effective crime prevention.

Okpara also said that the command had arrested two notorious suspected robbery kingpins, who had been on the wanted list of the police.

He said that the feat was achieved following sustained raid of the Swali area of Yenagoa by the state anti-robbery squad, adding that the area had been turned in to a criminal hideout by hoodlums.

“The SARS has been doing a nice job. It has been sanitising Swali. Right from time, the area has been notorious.

“The area has been giving us problems especially with the completion of the market and the subsequent allocation of stalls by government to traders who refused to occupy them.

“So, hoodlums converted the place to a safe haven from where they operate. But we raid there every night. That is why the place is a bit sanitised. Generally speaking, the town is safe.

“There are night clubs booming and people are moving around without molestation”. (NAN)

Sultan, JNI Condemns Abduction Of 100 Schoolgirls In Borno


Sultan-JniThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has condemned the Monday’s abduction of 100 schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan in a statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, on Wednesday in Kaduna State, described the incident as unfortunate.

While calling on Muslims to intensify prayers to expose the perpetrators of the evil act and other similar crimes in the country, the JNI tasked the relevant authorities to put in all the needed efforts to ensure that the innocent schoolgirls were freed unharmed.

The umbrella body for Muslims in the northern part of the country, however, lamented that despite the emergency rule in place in Borno, such atrocities could still be committed at will.

It said, “The abduction of about 200 final year secondary school female students in Chibok as reported by the media is another shocking story regarding the unfortunate happenings in Nigeria, especially the north.

“It is quite unfortunate and, in fact painfully confusing, that despite the state of emergency imposed on Borno State for a long time with the attendant huge amount of resources earmarked for security operatives, and despite the presence of uniformed security men at checkpoints which are strategically located at closed intervals, this horrific act could still happen.

“JNI condemns this act of barbarism in the strongest terms and calls on the authorities concerned to put all the needed efforts to free these innocent girls and get them continue with their studies.

“We sympathise with the victims and their teachers and families at this traumatising moment and pray that Allah will end their agony in the shortest possible time”.

World’s Most Wanted Woman Linked To Abuja Bomb Attack


Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the White Widow, has been linked to the horrific attack in Abuja on Monday, which left 74 dead and hundreds wounded, according to UK-based newspaper, Daily Star.

Also known as Sherafiyah, Lewthwaite is the widow of 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay and one of the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects.

She had been accused of being involved in several terrorist attack in the past, including a mall siege in Kenya last year.

A huge explosion Monday ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, during the peak morning rush.

The enormous blast destroyed 40 buses and left a sickening trail of death and destruction as fuel tanks on nearby vehicles also exploded amid the heat of the blast.

According to Daily Star, while nobody has officially claimed responsibility, security sources fear the bombing may have been a revenge attack for the death of al-Shabaab terror chief Makaburi, aka Sheikh Abubakar Shariff Ahmed – Lewthwaite’s mentor – just two weeks ago.

Lewthwaite is an alleged member of the Somali radical Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.

She has been accused of orchestrating grenade attacks at non-Muslim places of worship, and is believed to have been behind an attack on those watching football in a bar in Mombasa during Euro 2012.

The infamous widow of 7/7 bomber, Lindsay, is on the run in Africa with three children.

The daughter of a British Army soldier, she is already on Interpol’s Most Wanted list in connection with seven murders as well as the siege of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September last year which left 67 dead and nearly 200 injured.
She was known to be “extremely close” to Makaburi, who coordinated the Westgate atrocity.

According to Daily Star, a senior security source said agents across Africa were on high alert after the assassination of Makaburi – reportedly by the UK and US-funded Kenyan Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) 14 days ago.

The source said: “Makaburi was always believed to be at the very top of the hierarchy of terror organisation al-Shabaab.

“Intelligence suggests he introduced Samantha Lewthwaite to many influential figures within the al-Shabaab network. He guided her on her path to Jihad.

“His murder was seen as yet another act of war.”

The source added that Lewthwaite and her associates “wanted revenge”.

Lewthwaite, 30, is believed to be in Nigeria, Kenya or Somalia, where Islamist terror networks are closely linked, making it far easier for her to evade detection than in Europe.

The world’s most wanted woman was reportedly caught at a checkpoint in Nigeria just six months ago – but managed to bribe her way to freedom.

It is thought she commands enormous loyalty and power as a white convert, female jihadist, having proved her worth in previous attacks.

Terror Attacks: Jonathan Summons Security Chiefs, Governors


Following increased frequency of terror attacks in the country, especially the recent events in Abuja and Borno State, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting which will be presided over by President Jonathan is scheduled for 11:00 am., a statement from the State House signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said.

Expected at the meeting are Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The meeting of the National Security Council will be followed at 1:00 pm. by another meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.

President Jonathan, members of the National Security Council and the state governors will at the second meeting review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Terrorism: Jonathan Reassures Nigeria On Safety


President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured Nigerians and persons living in the country that the Federal Government remains very mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and properties in all parts of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity.

The President said this in a statement signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

He expressed concern about the plight of the young Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their school in Borno State on Monday, saying he has ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all of the girls and returning them safely to their parents.

He welcomed reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some of the girls, but expressed deep regrets over the pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families with the spate of attacks in recent days.

The President said he remains convinced that with the patriotic commitment and support of all Nigerians, the country will ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength.

He therefore tasked politicians in the country to exhibit greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots.

Communications Mast Owners Get April 30 Deadline For Upgrade


The Lagos State Government has given owners of communications masts made of hollow-pipes until April, 30, 2014  to replace them with galvanized steel masts.

The General Manager, Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit (UFRU), Mr. Joe Igbokwe, issued the deadline Tuesday in Lagos after the early morning rainstorm last Sunday that , pulled down several communication masts, which destroyed buildings and cars worth billions of naira.

He said that after the April 30th, 2014 deadlines, the UFRU would commence dismantling and evacuation of all hollow-pipe masts in the state, while their owners would take full responsibility of the cost of the dismantling and evacuation.

The areas mostly affected, according to him, were Gbagada, Ojuelegba, Kirikiri in Apapa, Apapa-Oshodi Express Way, Ilupeju, Ikorodu, Ikoyi, Surulere, and Alaba International Market.

MTN, Visafone, Reltel, Diamond Bank, Union Bank, Addoser Microfinance Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, Brain & Brace Security and 13 other unknown operators that were detected immediately after the windstorm, according to him were affected.

Igbokwe  noted that although the affected MTN mast was made with galvanized steel, it was erected on the top of a building and was not properly fitted.

“After we must have removed all hollow-pipe masts in the state, their owners must replace them with galvanised steel masts, if they so wish to do so,” he said.

He also warned all operators using towers and masts to comply with the Lagos State infrastructure laws, or be prepared to face the wrath of the law.

Although no life was lost during the latest incident, the torrential rainfall, accompanied by heavy windstorms brought down trees and mostly hollow-pipe masts belonging to telecommunications companies and banks.

Igbokwe, while giving details of the damage said the havoc would have been more, if not for the timely intervention of UFRU in sensitizing masts owners to evacuate all hollow-pipe masts and to replace them with galvanized steel masts.

According to him, the agency had in the past dismantled several masts belonging to banks and insurance companies that were threats to lives and property in the state.

Narrating the incident, he said that the windstorm was so severe that it pulled down roof tops, trees, houses, electric poles, sign posts and telecoms masts, damaging property worth billions of naira.

Attributing the damage to the weakness of hollow-pipe masts used by most banks and insurance companies, Igbokwe said Lagos government had severally warned that all weak and hollow-pipe masts be dismantled and replaced with galvanized steel masts, but that most banks and insurance companies had refused to obey the laws of the state, which seeks to save life and property of the good people of Lagos.

He further disclosed that the state government had since 2006 issued several warnings to owners of the affected masts to replace them and even provided specifications for building new ones, but they failed to comply with the directives.

Providing update on the incident, Igbokwe, who said property worth billions of naira were damaged, attributed it to weakness of hollow-pipe masts used by most banks and insurance companies, who he said had refused to obey the laws of the state, which seeks to save life and property of the good people of Lagos.

He said the agency had in the past dismantled several masts belonging to banks and insurance companies because they constituted threats to lives and property in the state. [Vanguard]

Boko Haram Attacks Borno Again, Kills District Head, 19 Others


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The spate of attacks by Islamic terrorists continued yesterday; the fourth time in three days, as they killed 20 people, including a traditional ruler in Borno State, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

Gunmen had yesterday morning attacked the village of Wala, in Gwoza district, killing 18 people, and injuring several others, according to a local government official and intelligence agent, who both spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to reporters.

Wala village is in Gwoza Local Government Area, some 130 kilometres southwest of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

“We are in difficult times in Gwoza Local Government; deaths and killings have become a daily affair; 18 people were killed in Wala this morning by the Boko Haram gunmen,” the local government official said.

A senior officer of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) also confirmed the killing in Wala, but asked not to be quoted.

“We have just received the report from our officers in Gwoza that the Boko Haram gunmen attacked Wala village and killed 18 poor souls there; it is a rather an unfortunate and sad development despite our efforts up here,” he said.

The DSS officer also confirmed that some 12 hours earlier, another set of gunmen attacked Sabon-Kasuawa village in Hawul Local Government Area, 210 kilometres south of Maiduguri, where they killed a district head and his guard.

“They simply walked right into the palace of the monarch and shot him in his bedroom, and on their way out they also shot his guard before fleeing,” said politician Hyeldi Bwala.

Gwoza is the one of mountainous countryside of Borno State that shares borders with Cameroun in its south and Sambissa in its north. Gwoza’s rocky mountains have served as a hideout for Boko Haram terrorists and the peopleof the area have suffered multiple attacks in recent times.

The five-year-old Islamic uprising has resulted in the death of more than 1,500 people this year, almost half of the deaths recorded from the sect’s attacks from 2010 to 2012, which was estimated as 3,600.

US Warns Citizens In Nigeria Over Security During Easter Holidays


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Following the frequency of attacks in Nigeria in the past few days, the United States Department of States has warned American citizens living in Nigeria over possible attacks that might be carried out by extremists in the Northern parts of the country during the Easter celebration that will begin tomorrow through Monday.

The warning came on Wednesday, barely 48 hours after the US issued a fresh travel alert for Nigeria as a result of the bomb blast that reportedly claimed several lives and properties in Nyayan area of Abuja.

“The Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, public holidays, and given the history of bombing attacks on weekends (some associated with holidays), as well as the recent bombing in Nyanya on April 14, the US Mission in Nigeria urges all US citizens living and travelling in Nigeria to take extra precautions for your personal security and safety”, according to a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The US advised all American citizens to be particularly vigilant around churches and other places of worship, locations where large crowds may gather, government facilities, and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers during the upcoming holiday weekend.

In the warning, the US noted that security measures in Nigeria remained heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, stressing that its citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country during the holiday weekend.

The Department, however, recommended that US citizens travelling to or residing in Nigeria enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Travelet Enrollment Programme (STEP) which it said would give Americans the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest US consulate to contact them in case of an emergency.

Sturridge Faces Late Fitness Test for EPL Leaders’ Trip to Carrow Road


Liverpool have confirmed Daniel Sturridge may yet be fit to play at Norwich City’s Carrow Road on Sunday.

The striker limped off in the 66th minute of the 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend.

The Anfield club said in a statement: “Sturridge has since undergone further assessment with the club’s medical team at Melwood and a small strain was detected following a scan.

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“The 24-year-old will now undergo a treatment programme in order to try and be available for the trip to Carrow Road.”

Sturridge, who joined the ‘Reds’ from Chelsea in 2013, is the second highest Premier League goal-scorer this season with 20 strikes. He trails teammate Luis Suarez by nine goals.

Boko Haram: 121 Abducted Secondary Girls Regain Freedom, 8 Still Missing


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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) last night announced that 121 of the female students abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on Monday night, had been freed by the military.

The principal of the school confirmed the release, adding that eight of the students were still missing, but DHQ spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade said efforts were underway to locate them.

One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school was also captured, he added.

The DHQ spokesman, Olukolade maintained that a total of 129 students were abducted by a group of terrorists. He however assured Nigerians that the security forces were working together with the locals to ensure that all the students regained their freedom.

A security source also said that some of the abductors are well known to the members of the community who were making frantic efforts yesterday to ensure that the girls were freed, Thisday reports.

In his reaction to the kidnapping of the schoolgirls, former British Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, UNICEF said it was time for the world to wake up to the threat to girls and boys who simply want to go to school in Nigeria.

Drawing the attention of the world to the plight of school children in the North-east, Brown said: “Over 100 girls were abducted in an attack on a school in North-east Nigeria earlier today. A few weeks ago, over 40 children were murdered in an attack on their school.

“The abduction from the school in Chibok, Borno State, follows the bombings yesterday, which killed more than 70 people in the capital, Abuja.

“The attacks are blamed on the same group, Boko Haram, whose name means, ‘Western education is forbidden’.

“The threat to children who simply want an education has led to hundreds of deaths in the last three years. Massacres of innocent boys and girls are not uncommon. This year alone, the group’s fighters have killed more than 1,500 civilians, hundreds of them children, in three states in North-east Nigeria.

“Boko Haram condemns what they say is a ‘Western-style education’, and its militants frequently target schools and educational institutions.

“Approximately one dozen girls escaped last night’s (Monday) attack. Running into the bush and wandering until daybreak, they returned to Chibok to find over 170 houses burnt down from the attack.”

Brown pledged the commitment of the UN to continue to support the Nigerian government to ensure that violence against children is stopped and all Nigerian boys and girls have the right to go to school safely.

Similarly, China yesterday condemned the girls’ abduction and voiced its firm support for the Nigerian government.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, was quoted by the country’s news agency Xinhua, in conjunction with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as saying: “In reference to the raid on the girls’ college in Chibok Town in northeastern Nigeria, China strongly condemns and opposes terrorism in all forms.

“We urge the immediate release of those innocent students and assurance of their safety.”

She said China, as Nigeria’s strategic cooperative partner, would continue to firmly support the Nigerian government to safeguard its national security and stability.

On the same note, UNICEF yesterday condemned in strong terms the abduction of the schoolgirls from their school hostel and called for their immediate and unconditional release.

In a statement issued by UNICEF and signed by Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine, the UN body said it “is deeply concerned about the persistent trend of attacks on schools in Nigeria. Most recently, unidentified gunmen killed 53 children between 13 and 17 years old at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, in February”.

“Such brutal acts of violence are unacceptable. Attacks on schools deny children their right to learn in a safe environment and can rob them of their future. Wherever it takes place, abduction of children is a crime and illegal under international law,” Fontaine said.

While expressing its solidarity with the communities affected by the horrific acts, UNICEF assured the affected communities that it “stands with the families of the abducted children in these difficult times” as well as called for greater efforts to protect all children throughout Nigeria.

Fontaine added: “The Nigerian government should urgently take steps to make sure that the children are returned to their families unharmed and that they can continue their education in a safe environment.”

Photo:- Gov Kwankwaso & Officials Sweeps President Jonathan Out Of Kano


The ongoing political ‘war’ between President Goodluck Jonathan and Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso took a comic dimension on Tuesday when the governor alongside his cabinet swept off the venue where Mr. President held his rally few hours after he had left.
Kwankwaso, who outrightly snubbed Jonathan and his entourage had earlier asserted he regretted voting for President Jonathan during the 2011 presidential election, saying that the President has failed the whole nation
“I regretted voting for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 Presidential Election, as he has done nothing to move the nation forward. Only a few people are enjoying in Nigeria at the expense of the generality of the citizenry,” he said.