Genevieve Nnaji Joins Ice Bucket Challenge (Photos)


Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, Wednesday, took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or donating $100 to the ALS Association.
Genevieve Nnaji who is now in Cape Town was nominated by Togo and Tottenham Hotspur FC star, Emmanuel Adebayor.
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The actress took to her Instagram to share video of her participation. In her turn, Nnaji nominated R &B singing duo Peter and Paul Okoye (Psquare) and their elder brother, Jude Okoye for the challenge.The Ice Bucket Challenge started as a small idea to raise money for charity, has now gone viral online.
Everyone from David Beckham to the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the former U.S. president, George Bush, and the founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, have done it.

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The ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease) Association ‘created’ the challenge that dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. The participant also nominates two or three further people to undertake the challenge within 24 hours. Those who forfeit the challenge must donate a larger sum of money to a good cause.
But braving freezing water is not enough, a small donation is also expected and so far #icebucketchallenge has raised more than $22.9 million for charity.

Mbu, 18 Others Promoted To Rank Of AIG


Joseph MbuThe Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of controversial Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Joseph Mbu and 18 other Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors-General of Police.

The newly promoted officers are – Ambrose O. Aisibor, Adebayo Ajileye, Umaru Abubakar Manko, Joel Kayode Theophilus, Wilfred Eje Obute, Felix Osita Uyanna, A. J. Abakasanga and Jubril Olawale Adeniji.

Others are – Ibrahim M. Maishanu, Godfrey E. Okeke, Chintua Amajor-Onu, Lawal Tanko, Usman Akila Gwarry, Kalafite Helen Adeyemi, Yahaya Garba Ardo, Irimiya F. Yerima, Olufemi A. Adenaike and Patrick Dey Dokumor.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations of the PSC, Mr. Ferdinand Ekpe, said the promotions became necessary to fill the voids created by the recent retirements/promotions in the Force.

Ekpe added that the exercise was also aimed at re-invigorating and repositioning the various zonal and other commands headed by the AIGs, to help combat the current security challenges.

All the promotions take immediate effect from 20th August, 2014.

Actress Ruth Kadiri Releases Sultry Photos


Nollywood actress, Ruth Kadiri releases new photos and she looks really hot…..

IG Appoints New Police Spokesman


The Inspector General Police, Suleiman Abba, NPM, mni, on Thursday appointed DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu as the new Force Public Relations Officer.

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This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by CSP Abayomi Shogunle, Deputy Force Public Relation Officer, a copy obtained by Naij.com

Ojukwu replaces the former spokesman, ACP Frank Mba, who has been redeployed to Lagos State Command as an Area Commander, Area J.

ACP Mba was appointed the Force Public Relations Officer from February 2012 to August, 2014.

Meanwhile, DCP Ojukwu, before his new appointment was a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja.

The new spokesman is stepping into a familiar terrain, having distinguished himself as the Force PRO from December 2008 to October 2010. He holds B.Sc degree in Psychology (First Class Hons) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and M.Sc in Psychology from the University of Lagos. He is a member of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Chairman Association of Nigerian Authors, Abuja, President of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Abuja.

ACP Mba speaking at the handing over ceremony urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new spokesman.

Responding, Ojukwu promised to work to enhance the relationship between the Police and the public in line with the policy thrust of the Nigeria Police Force, and reiterated the slogan “The Police is your helper and friend.”

It would be recalled that the Police Service Commission recently promoted six Assistant Inspectors General of Police and two Commissioners of Police to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police. Two commissioners of police were also promoted to the ranks of AIGs.

The AIGs promoted to DIGs were Dan’Azumi Job Doma, former force secretary, Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe, former AIG Zone 2 Lagos, David O. Omojola, former AIG Zone 11 Osogbo, Solomon E. Arase, former AIG Force Intelligence and AIG Christopher K. Katso, former moderator, Nigeria Institute of Police and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

Others include AIG Zone 5 Benin City, Salihu Argungu Hashidu, while  CP Hilary Opara, former CP Bayelsa State and CP Sotonye L. Wakama, former CP Anti-terrorist Squad were elevated from the ranks of DIGs.

Mercy Aigbe and Her Kids On Vacation In The UK – Photos


Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe is currently on vacation in the UK with her two children. Check out lovely photos of the trio………  

Rapper Gucci Mane Sentenced on Federal Gun Charge


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Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with extra limitations on his travel during that time and to pay a $5,000 fine.

Federal prosecutor Kim Dammers said she believes the sentence outlined in the plea agreement is appropriate given the seriousness of the offense and Davis’ lengthy and violent criminal history, which includes convictions for battery and aggravated assault.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones told Davis he’s heard from his nieces and nephews that the rapper is a talented musician with a potentially bright future and warned him not to squander that.

“You’re still a young man, and you can still do a lot if you follow and abide by the law,” Jones said.

Davis’ lawyers asked the judge to consider recommending that he get credit for about 11 months served in the DeKalb County jail since his arrest in September. The judge said he would consider that but that he felt it was a matter for the Bureau of Prisons.

The lawyers said Davis has struggled with addiction to a mixture of cough syrup and soda known as lean and asked that the judge recommend that he be sent to a facility with a recovery program. Lawyer Drew Findling said Davis would prefer to serve his time on the West Coast to be away from distractions closer to home.

“He understands he has some work ahead of him, and his goal is to bring a resolution to this case through this sentence and to get back to something that is very important to him and his fans and that is to perform,” Findling said after the hearing.

A man who said he was a friend of the rapper’s called police early Sept. 14 to say Davis was walking down the street behaving violently, according to a police report. When police arrived, Davis smelled strongly of marijuana, cursed at them, called them names and threatened to shoot them, according to the report.

Police arrested him on a disorderly conduct charge and found a clear baggie with what they believe was marijuana and a loaded handgun, the report says. An ambulance was called, and Davis was sedated and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Korea DPR 2-6 Nigeria: Oshoala Fires Falconets Into Final


Nigeria defeated North Korea 6-2 to reach the final of the Fifa Women’s U-20 World Cup in Moncton on Wednesday.

Asisat Oshoala scored four times to increase her goal tally to seven, while Courtney Dike and Sunday Uchechi added a goal apiece.

The Super Falconets will play the winner of the second last four fixture between Germany and France at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, same venue venue for Sunday’s final.

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Ru Un-Sim and Jon So-Yon got DPR Korea’s consolations- each of the pairs’ third of the tournament. Korea will play for third place, also in Montreal on Sunday.

Aside scoring two of the fastest goals in the history of the U-20 World Cup in Canada, Wednesday’s rout of North Korea is the highest-scoring semi-final ever witnessed at the tournament.

Dike, whose goal against South Korea earlier in the month was adjudged the fastest, continued on that note with another opening goal just over a minute after kick-off. Oshoala released the Oklahoma State University footballer behind defender Chloe Sol-Gyong and the forward neatly slotted the ball inside the far post.

Rivers Angels’ forward Oshoala doubled Nigeria’s lead on 24 minutes, but North Korea’s goal pocher Un-Sim halved her country’s deficit via a solo run inside Falconets’ defence, releasing a powerful shot past goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii into the top corner.

Nigeria maintained a 2-1 lead into the break and increased the tempo of their movement up-front on resumption.

Second-half substitute, Uchechi, again doubled coach Peter Dedevbo side’s lead within a minute of coming on for Dike.

Oshoala tripled her side’s advantage with a terrific shot from 20- yards on the hour mark.

The North Koreans got some bit of leverage when Ugo Njoku handled the ball in the area, allowing So-Yon to convert from 12 yards.

Oshoala, 20, completed her hat-trick in the 68th minute, when she beat Song Kyong-Hui and outpaced goalkeeper Kim Chol-Ok to slot into empty net. She grabbed her fourth five minutes to the dead, tapping home from close range.

Jackie Chan Expresses Shame, Apologises For Son’s Drug Arrest


He’s known for catching the bad guys in his movies, especially busting drug syndicates, but Jackie Chan’s son has shamed his father as he was detained in Beijing over drug charges.

The actor has therefore apologised to the public, saying he’s ashamed and saddened by Jaycee Chan’s actions.

The Hong Kong film star wrote on his microblog on Wednesday that Jaycee would have to face the consequences of his actions, but that they would do so together.

“Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I’m very ashamed. As a father, I’m heartbroken,” Chan wrote.

Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were detained last Thursday amid one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan’s home.

“Jaycee and I together express our deep apology to society and the public,” Chan wrote.

Extending from his fame as an actor and singer, Jackie Chan is a high-profile public figure in mainland China and was named by Beijing as an anti-drug ambassador in 2009.

“I hope all young people will learn a lesson from Jaycee and stay far from the harm of drugs,” Chan wrote.

“I say to Jaycee that you have to accept the consequences when you do something wrong. As your father, I’m going to face the road together with you.”

Jaycee is accused of aiding and abetting other drug users, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment.

Obama Condemns Beheading Of Journalist By Islamic State


Barack Obama has confirmed journalist James Foley was executed as his parents say he would have volunteered to go ahead of other hostages.

“ISIL speaks for no religion,” he said, using the White House’s preferred name for the Iraqi militants. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”

“Not just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day,” he said. “Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL.”

Foley, 40, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, was forced to recite anti-American hatred before a masked ISIS killer put the knife to his neck.

John and Diane Foley fought back tears as they spoke of their son’s bravery.
“He was a martyr for freedom,” Mr Foley said. “His brother Michael and I are both sure he volunteered to go first.”

“I am sure he wouldn’t shrink from the situation and said someone has got to go first. That is who he was,” he said. “He met the most horrific end and it haunts me how much pain he must have been and how cruel this method of execution is as opposed to so many others.

“He was courageous to the end and he accepted his situation and he gathered his faith,” Mr Foley said.

Iraqi militants have threatened to behead Time journalist Steven Joel Sotloff next unless the US ends its air strikes.

In Foley’s execution video, the militants display Sotloff saying he would be next unless the United States backs off.

Sotloff was abducted in Syria in August 2013.

“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says.

ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — had warned the United States of the potential murder in an earlier video, saying, “We will drown all of you in blood” in revenge.

Keshi Explains Why He Dropped Stoke Duo from Afcon Qualifiers


Coach Stephen Keshi says he has left out Stoke City pair Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Moses of Nigeria squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) group stage qualifiers, to allow him try out other players and because the latter has lost form.

Nigeria hosts Congo on September 6 and travel to Johannesburg to face South Africa four days later, as the Super Eagles start the defence of the Afcon title it won last year.

Keshi, 52, recalled Odemwingie, 32, for this summer’s World Cup after missing out for over two years.

Osaze Scored His First Goal for Nigeria on Return from a Two-Year Break Against Bosnia at the World Cup in Brazil in June.

“For Osaze Odemwingie, I left him out of the games to give other players a chance,” the coach said.

Moses struggled to force his way up the pecking order on loan at Liverpool last season, starting just six Premier League games.

Mysterious Fire Guts Part of NFF Office, Leaves Accounts Intact


Part of the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was gutted by a mysterious fire at the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The inferno was said to have started around 9:40am with thick plume visible above the NFF Headquarters, Abuja Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Headquarters of NAFDAC in Zone 1.

It took more than an hour before the Federal Fire Service could put out the inferno, which caused pandemonium around the area.

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The office of the general secretary and those of other principal officers of the federation was gutted. However, the federation’s account are understood to be intact.

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire disclosed that the incident started with an electrical fault in one of the offices on the second floor.

“Some of us just arrived and were still outside the building when smoke started coming out of one of the offices on the second floor. The maintenance officers did their best to put it out but could not,” he narrated.

“We then started calling the Fire Service department and they came in good time. But then the fire had broken out and affected some offices on the left win, including the general secretary’s office and the IT Unit. However, the accounts department, which is on the right wing, as well as the president’s office, were not affected in any way.”

The incident comes on the back of a purported power tussle within the ranks of the football family ahead of the forthcoming Executive Congress.

NFF president Aminu Maigari just returned to office on Monday after Fifa had ruled his impeachment by some members of the executive committee as unlawful.

Maigari chaired an ExCo meeting at the office on Tuesday, with a faction of its members- led by vice-president Mike Umeh (acting president during Maigari’s absence- staying away.

That we may not forget – Dr Ameyo Adadevoh & Justina Ejelonu


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Article written by journalist, Cheta Nwanze…

There’s a statue in Yaba, Lagos, of a man, whom many in Nigeria have forgotten. His family never have. And now, we all have a chance to remember him, and in a way, to honour him. He is the man on our one Naira coin.

Herbert Olayinka Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay, had a daughter, Sarah Idowu Abigail, who would get married and give birth to a son, Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh. Babatunde would grow up to become a doctor, and have kids of his own. One of these children, Stella Ameyo, became, like her father, a doctor.

She would go on to work at a hospital in Obalende, Lagos, First Consultant Hospital, not very far from where her famous ancestor was once imprisoned by the British. Continue..

 

It was to be at that that place of work that Stella Ameyo was to perform an act that would save the lives of possibly hundreds of thousands, and sacrifice her own in return.

On July 20, 2014, a patient was wheeled in from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Patrick Sawyer, the patient, had shown signs of high fever during his flight from Monrovia, and was taken straight from the airport to the hospital. By the next day, his condition had deteriorated, and he was immediately placed under observation, while his blood sample was taken, and sent for tests. That same day, Mr. Sawyer insisted, with the help of officials of the Liberian Embassy, on being discharged. Stella Ameyo, as supervising doctor, stood her ground that he should not leave the hospital. It was at that point, while reinserting his needles, that she came in contact with him, and in effect signed her own death warrant. One of her junior colleagues, Justina Obi Ejelonu, who had the day before when Sawyer was brought in, helped in checking him, also assisted in placing him back in care. Like Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, Justina Obi Ejelonu, has passed away.

There is no other word to describe the actions of both women, and indeed their entire facility. In preventing the escape of this patient who had insisted on leaving, in his condition, for Calabar, 750 kilometres away, both women saved countless lives. What if Mr. Sawyer had decided that the best way to go to Calabar was to go to Jibowu and take a bus? Even if he’d chosen to go by air, which would have made his fellow passengers that much easier to trace, the potential damage is incalculable.

The most tragic part of the passing of both women is that they cannot even be buried decently, and with all the respect that their sacrifice demands. The very bug that cut them down is so virulent, so unforgiving, that even that honour, will be deprived them.

The sacrifice that Dr. Adadevoh and Nurse Ejelonu have made is the highest form of sacrifice that any man, or woman, can make for his, or her, fellow human being. It is said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friend. Both women, and their colleague, put their lives on the line for 170 million of their fellow citizens, many of whom do not even understand the concept of what it means to be a citizen. The very least that Nigeria can do in appreciation, is to honour them. I have a suggestion for such an honour, and not some meaningless title or coin which will soon fall out of use. Nigeria should declare August 19 each year a national holiday, and in the names of both women. That way, some Nigerian child in six decades can ask his parent, “Mummy, who is Stella Ameyo Adadevoh?” And the parent can reply, “That woman saved my life, and the lives of all of us”. It is the least we can do. It is the least we should do.

Kevin Hart lashes out after he’s accused of trying to steal ex-wife’s shine


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Actor/comedian Kevin Hart proposed to his girlfriend of five years Eniko Parrish on Monday night just as his ex-wife Torrei Hart’s reality show ‘Atlanta Exes’ premiered on VH1. When fans accused Kevin of proposing the same night just to steal Torrei’s shine, he lashed out on social media. See what he wrote on instagram below…

Photos from actress Sola Kosoko’s baby dedication


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Actress and daughter of veteran actor Jide Kosoko, Sola Kosoko Abina, recently dedicated her new born daughter. Family and friends were there to celebrate with her. See more photos.

 

Fifa Rejects Barcelona Transfer Ban Appeal


Fifa has thrown out an appeal by FC Barcelona and the Spanish Football Association in relation to transfer of minors.

This means Barcelona will not be able to buy or sell players until January 2016 once the current transfer dispensation is over.

The Spanish club was served a 14-month banafter being found to have breached rules relating to international transfer of minors. The Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (RFEF) were also sanctioned for the same offence.

It was suspended- for this summer’s transfer window- after they appealed.

Luis Suarez and Co Signings This Summer Will Not Be Affected By the Fifa Transfer Ban.

A statement by Fifa read: “FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015) given that the appeal of the club had been granted suspensive effect by the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee.”

The Catalan club will now head to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

They could add to their summer signings before the current transfer window ends on 31 August.

The club has said it would “continue defending its interest before the highest sporting authority, in this case the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

The RFEF has been given a fine of 500,000 Swiss Francs (£340,000) and told to “regularise its framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football” within a year.

R.kelly sued for 1 million $


R-KELLY-BONNAROO-2013-SAT-MARK-C-AUSTIN-SM-3633-600x400R.Kelly has been slapped with a million bucks law suit.

According lawsuit, R. Kelly is an ungrateful tightwad who screwed over the guy who made him a star.

Derrel McDavid says he’s managed R. Kelly for decades and helped him navigate from a nobody to a superstar.

Things soured last year … and Kelly and

McDavid parted company. According to the lawsuit they made a deal … Kelly would give

McDavid $1.3 million and they’d walk their separate ways.

McDavid says Kelly made the initial $300K payment, but the deal called for additional $40K a month payments for 18 months and he hasn’t received a cent.

McDavid’s suing for the $1M balance.

Pope Francis Reveals He Only Has 2 to 3 Years Left To Live


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He’ll go down as one of the most famous Papal heads of the Roman Catholic church, he was the first to be name most dressed man by t=Time magazine and many more awards.

The Catholic vicar — Pope Francis has said he might have only two or three years left to live.

DailyMail reports that while on a plane trip back from South Korea, Pope Francis told journalists he believed he only had limited time left to complete his reforms of the Roman Catholic Church.

When asked about how he copes with his popularity, he said:

I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, so as not to think that I am some- body important.’

He then added with a smile:

‘Because I know this is going to last a short time, two or three years and then… to the house of the Father.’

According to a Vatican source, 77-year-old Pope Francis has previously told those close to him that he thought he only had a few years left.

He also revealed that he would consider retiring if he felt he could no longer perform his duties.

You recall that his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February last year.

‘If you asked me if, in the future, I felt I could not go forward, would I do the same? I would do the same. Benedict has opened a door,’ Francis said on board the papal plane.

Toni Payne: “It’s Not Advisable To Stand By A Broke Man”


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This is one of those weird case scenarios where you aren’t sure if you should take her advice or not, I mean after all, she is a victim of a short lived failed marriage.

Anyways, according to the outspoken socialite, she was depressed after she read  mail from a fan yesterday.

Toni Payne came online to warn ladies to avoid dating broke men.

She says luckily for her she’s now wise enough to know dating broke guys aren’t the best.

According to her tweets, it seems the lady in question helped a guy through school, and the guy later dumped her when he graduated and got a job, saying she isn’t the best for him.

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Ebola: Stella Damasus Wants The ‘FG’ and ‘WHO’ To Give Posthumous Award To Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh


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The last time we heard any real news from veteran Nollywood actress — Stella Damasus, was when she released an emotional video, strongly supporting the #ChildNotBride campaign.

But she’s back again and it’s for another good cause.

We’ve all heard that on Tuesday, the doctor who treated the primary Ebola victim in Nigeria, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh passed on.

The brave medical practitioner lost her battle to the deadly virus.

Stella Damasus stongly insists that the Federal Government as well as the Cross River State Government, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations to give a National Posthumous award in memory of the doctor.

She has kicked off the petition on Change.org.

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On why is this important, she says, “Kind and beautiful Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh stood her ground to protect Nigeria. She refused to allow Mr. Patrick Sawyer (the Liberian-American infected with the Ebola Virus) leave First Consultant Hospital even when the Liberian Ambassador pressured her to release him.

Imagine what would have happened if she had let him go. Ebola would have been more widespread in Nigeria than what we are dealing with now. She died on the evening of the 19th of August 2014 and I strongly believe she deserves a National Posthumous Award.

If we don’t celebrate people like this who sacrifice their lives to save others then please tell me why any of us should do the same.

Give honor to whom honor is due”

Bow Wow Officially Becomes A Cast Of ‘CSI: Cyber’


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The rapper who has ventured into a lot of different things has spread his wings even more again.

Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, has been picked to play a hacker in CSI spinoff “CSI: Cyber.”

Bow Wow (who’s recently insisted on using his real name, Shad Moss) has been acting almost as long as he’s been rapping, with career-making roles in “Like Mike” and “Roll Bounce” already under his belt at this point.

These days, he’s most visible as the host of “106 & Park,” but it looks like he’s just booked another big role.

The Hollywood Reporter says Moss has been cast in an upcoming “CSI” spin-off entitled “CSI: Cyber.”

Allow THR to describe his role for you:

“Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody ‘Baby Face’ Nelson. A cyber-intrusion savant, he’s been ordered by a judge to work with Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) ‘on loan’ to assist with a cyber case. Growing up without any parental guidance, Nelson joined “hacktivist” groups to give himself an extended family. His dilemma will be working for the feds while trying to keep his fingers out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world.”

Moss tweeted the news earlier today:

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It’s OFFICIAL! i have joined the cast of @CSICyber. I will also continue to host 106&Park. Im excited and cant wait to get to work!

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Queen Latifah Caught Red-Handed Kissing A Woman


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See What El-Rufai’s Son Says Would Happen If His Dad Joins PDP


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This might not be a good time for the El-Rufai family as they are still mourning their son and brother — Hamza, who died in an auto-crash.

But things could get worse if El-Rufai ever considers joining the Peoples Democratic Party — PDP.

One of El-Rufai’s son, Bello, has come out to publicly say that he would leave his father’s side if he ever decamps to PDP.

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See Vincent Enyeama Helping His Wife Make Okro Soup


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He might be the best keeper in African but he is also a ‘Keeper’ for any wife!

The ace Nigerian Super Eagles shot-stopper has shown us that he has other skills than stopping hot shots.

Eagles and Lille Goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama uploaded a photo of him preparing okro soup to Instagram with the caption:

I am going to make it a little spicy. miss doing this.#okrosoupindemaking #dinnerloading

Toyin Lawani and Trigakess Alleged Break Up! Trigakess Speaks Up!


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Celebrity stylist, Toyin Lawani and her baby daddy, Triggakess got the rumour mills spinning this morning with an alleged breakup story! There were allegations that the lovers are no longer together and Triggakess even tried to escape with their 8 months old baby, before Toyin got him arrested.

 

Uti Nwachukwu Describes His First s*xual Encounter


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You all know Uti Nwachukwu, appeared twice in the BBA house and won the cash prize once. He’s also anchor of his own TV show, Jara. Still a model, actor and TV presenter.

The hunky model revealed his first s*xual encounter below, i won’t talk much.

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“I remember very well who I had it with but I won’t like to divulge that. It was a disaster, you know you find out that what you watch is different from practical and you had to learn and I can tell you it was a disaster that the girl kept looking at me asking are you sure you know what to do and I was so embarrassed but the second time was much better.’…Uti said

Tiwa Savage Tells How She Was Maltreated In High School In London


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We all know that Mavin’s first lady grew up in the UK, but we don’t know how hard it was for her.

The married and talented singer, revealed on her Instagram page how painful and difficult it was for her.

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Seun Kuti Suggest That Couples Should Remain Together Till Their Kids Are 18


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Seun Kuti has come out openly to tell us what he thinks of the sacrament of marriage. The Afro-beat legacy says he doesn’t believe in marriages so he would never get married but he says something else even annoys him more.

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I’m not married because I don’t believe in marriage – Seun Kuti


Seun-KutiSeun Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has said that he’s still single because he does not believe in marriage as an institution.

The father-of-one who also expressed displeasure at the increased rate of divorce witness in the society today observed that the action has adverse effect on kids.

He stated that if he is ever in a position to decide legislation, he would make it mandatory for couples to only file for divorce when their kids turn 18.

“I am not married now because I don’t believe in marriage as an institution but I am even more tired of those that use it to destroy the mentality of their own children. Children are strong and very fragile at the same time and they get their security from the type of relationship and foundations you establish with them.

“Before you divorce yourselves over every dumb little thing, can you please think about the effect on your child? Remove your selfish clothes and put on the garment of empathy. It really breaks the little ones and if I am ever in a position to decide legislation, it will be law that as long as a child has been brought into this world in a married institution; the said couple have to be married till the child is 18!

“I think people will then realize that children are more important than your ego! Love your kids people,” he said.

ISIS beheads U.S Journalist as retaliation for U.S airstrikes


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Islamic State insurgents released a video yesterday Tuesday August 19th purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley (pictured above), who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq.

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The video, titled “A Message To America,” was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible to verify its authenticity.

Foley, who has reported in the Middle East for five years, was kidnapped on Nov. 22, 2012, by unidentified gunmen. Steven Sotloff, who appeared at the end of the video, went missing in northern Syria while he was reporting in July 2013. Continue…

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A Twitter account set up by his family to help find him said early on Wednesday: “We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.”

The White House said that U.S. intelligence agents were working to verify the authenticity of a video.
The Islamic State had not previously executed American citizens publicly. The video was posted after the United States resumed air strikes in Iraq for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011.

The Sunni militant group has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria in areas it controls.
The video opened with a clip of U.S. President Barack Obama saying he had authorized strikes in Iraq.

“Obama authorizes military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims,” words appear in English and Arabic on the screen.
It showed black and white aerial footage of air strikes with text saying “American aggression against the Islamic State”

A person identified as James Foley and wearing an orange outfit is seen kneeling in the desert as a man in black dress with a black mask stands beside him, holding a knife.

“I call on my friends family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government, for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” the kneeling man says.

The man in the mask speaks in a British accent and says: “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen, of your country. As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State.”

“Today your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq. Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims. You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army, and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide.”

Following his statement he beheads the kneeling man.

At the end of the video, words on the side of the screen say “Steven Joel Sotloff” as another prisoner in an orange jumpsuit is shown on screen.

“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says.

Foley, a freelance reporter, had been covering Syria’s civil war for GlobalPost. In 2011, he was held for 45 days by forces loyal to former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaafi.

Sotloff is also a freelancer journalist with published stories in Time Magazine and Foreign Policy. He has worked in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity.
“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Islamic State also released another video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.

The video with the theme “breaking of the American cross” boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over “crusader” America.

It follows a video posted on Monday, warning of attacks on American targets if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Source: Reuters

press release by Ikedi Ohakim


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IKEDI G. OHAKIM
Burma Retreat Okohia, Isiala Mbano L.G.A, Imo State

PRESS STATEMENT

The last few months have witnessed an avalanche of newspaper publications, believed to have been sponsored by some governorship aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, targeted at running down their co-aspirants and ostensibly in a bid to enhance their individual chances at the forthcoming primary election. In the process, they also, knowingly or unknowingly, run down the party itself.

It is an incontrovertible fact that the PDP is now set to take over Douglas House, Owerri come 2015. Almost every politician of substance in Imo state today is in the PDP. The party in power, the All Progressives Congress (APC), cannot win an election in the state given the quality of its leadership and the suffering it has inflicted on the masses. The PDP therefore can only loose the next election if dirty politics against fellow party members does not cease forthwith.

Mudslinging is easy. Anyone can generate materials to taint. But where has it taken us? It has kept us out of power for over three years, in a state where we are dominant. It has allowed a rudderless leadership that has brought governance down to a comical level, in a state that was being carefully and methodically guided to prosperity.

Are we not aware that it has become the strategy of other political parties to wait on the PDP to fight, knowing that the house will be divided against itself and our platform weakened? At the last count, the PDP has the largest number of governorship aspirants, signaling an abundance of high quality candidates and the confidence to win. Each of these aspirants can provide high quality governance than the muddle we have been made to live with and endure since 2011.
As at today, the party in power has no single governorship aspirant in the field. Not even the sitting governor, (although he swore to a single tenure) has mustered the confidence to throw in the hat.

Defections in droves occur daily from their ranks, reflecting the rejection of the impunity with which the state and their party are being led. We will fail to take advantage of this scenario if we don’t stem mud- slinging. It is rather unfortunate that the government in power labours to rubbish the 12 years of PDP administration in the state. But the solid, well thought out, value driven, targeted and amplifying achievements of past PDP governors in the state cannot be compared with the flash in the pan, economically valueless, irrelevant, unplanned, poor quality, job- extinguishing, never finished “china” projects deliberately placed along federal highways by the present government to deceive unsuspecting masses.

For example. His Excellency, Chief Achike Udenwa, quietly built the massive Imo State secretariat, Imo State Teaching Hospital, the International Modern Market and roads, like Akanchawa and many others across the state, still in use today. Under my leadership, we buill the 29km Dikenafai-lsiekeneshi-Osina road; Umuaka-Amazano road; Ihube-Amagu-Ozara road; Nkume-Amucha-Eziama Obire road and the 32km Ngor-Okpala-Obike Road to Etche Rivers state, There were also major urban roads and drainages such as Owerri-Orlu road, Orji-Okigwe road, Owerri-Umuahia road and over 100 others. These roads are still in perfect condition today.

I will not fail to mention the new Governor’s Office, the Ahiajoku Convention Centre and over 1,000 water schemes across the state together with massive rural electrification. My heart bleeds for the 10,000 graduate jobs we created and sustained at a monthly cost of N450 million which have now been illegally terminated and the employees sent into unemployment. These are our youths. This N450 monthly salary is now been diverted to building empty halls and squares with no economic value, thereby fueling the severe cash crunch being experienced in the state today; while our youths are wasting away. My predecessor’s administration and mine submitted to the rule of law, maintained the integrity of institutions of governance and ensured they lived up to their statutory responsibilities unhindered. All these, including the State Civil Service, have been rendered irrelevant and destroyed in just three years by the present administration in Imo.

At the federal level, amongst other laudable programmes, the PDP government under President GoodluCk Jonathan is quietly transforming agriculture in the most sophisticated and commercial manner. Our aviation sector is now transmogrified; the second Niger bridge project is on. Under the PDP government, the national conference has recommended the balancing of states in the zones to bring the number in the South-east to six. Even a railway to pass through Owerri, Onitsha to Lagos is for the first time in the pipeline.

Against this backdrop, it goes without saying that drumming up support for the PDP should preoccupy the mind of every right thinking member instead of spreading hate by publishing falsehood in the name of ticket-chasing which inadvertently tantamount to de-marketing the party. The policy of the present national leadership of the PDP on the conduct of primaries, which is built on level playing ground, transparent process and free choice by the delegates, encourages rancor-free pursuit of party ticket. Shouldn’t we be taking advantage of this culture instead of the crab (nshiko) mentality? PDP primaries should be taken as a contest of brothers and like-minds and whoever emerges as the winner should be embraced by all.
If we dissipate all our moral and creative energy in a bid to destroy each other at the level of primaries, we might have no collective integrity left to face the party’s opponents at the main elections. If an aspirant emerges with a ticket after destroying other aspirants, with whom will he or she proceed for the main electioneering campaign?

To create the atmosphere of magnanimity in winning and dignity in defeat, we must discourage utterances that promote hate and discord. Anyone that sponsors or promotes hate politics does not wish the PDP well and such individuals must be avoided by civilized members of our great party.
Politics of ticket-chasing must be discouraged because it blinds anyone that sees it as the only reason to engage. Any political party infested by such characters must be mindful of its negative influence and checkmate such desperation as early as possible.

As a former governor and one of the leaders of the PDP in the state, my utmost interest and concern is to work towards ensuring that the party wins in Imo State. PDP as a party is bigger than all the contestants and saving the party from internal imbroglio should be of primary concern to all of us. The time, resources and energy being deployed to destroy ourselves and by extension the party can better be saved for the real fight; that of ensuring that the PDP wins the governorship election and indeed all the seats in the forthcoming general election in the state.

Media war and bashing ostensibly sponsored by aspirants or their fronts within the PDP in Imo state, do not speak well of the State, the people, the party and to a large extent the political character of potential leaders in it. Opponents are enjoying the naked dance and waiting to visit us with the weapons we provide. The Peoples Democratic Party in the State can ill-afford the destructive antics of a few members that have refused to be civil and sportsmanly in their pursuit of political ambition.

In my view, this type of negative behavior is a direct slap on the face of our party members and supporters who have remained faithful in the last thirty- nine months refusing to go to other parties in spite of the tempting circumstances. It is time we turned a new leaf and allow this turning point in our political characterization enable us work as a team in growing our great party to provide the leadership which is needed to salvage Imo State from the stranglehold of a political comedian in government.

I, Ikedi Ohakim, am in this governorship race with four of my friends and three members of my cabinet while I was the governor of the state. To be candid, they remain co-aspirants, with all the rights and legitimacy to slug it out with me at the primaries. If the need arises for concessions in the process – either way -1 have no doubt in my mind that we will all put the interest of the party above our personal and individual ambition. For now, I am under no illusion that I have any moral authority to query the ambition of anybody; just as I similarly believe that I have not gone against any particular rule by choosing to run.

I call on the state and national leadership of our party to be on the watch as this state must be delivered to the PDP in all the coming eloctions in the national interest. I urge the teeming members and supporters of our party in imo to remain steadfast and continue to maintain the high sense of decorum for which they are known.

By the Grace of God. the PDP will hoist its flag again at the Douglas House on Friday May 29,2015; after which all aspirants will remain in the best books of each other, work with the eventual winner and share brotherly love and companionship for the good of the people and the glory of God Almighty.

Long live the Peoples Democratic Party Long live Imo State!
Long live Nigeria!

Signed

IKEDI OHAKIM

IMO STATE GOVERNMENT AND CRISIS IN OHAJI/EGBEMA


IMO STATE GOVERNMENT AND CRISIS IN OHAJI/EGBEMA

Governor Rochas Okorocha’s second term ambition has thrown Imolites at the crossroads, thereby shooting the State’s political temperature to one of its most frightening levels in our political history. Obviously, the Governor is facing the biggest credibility crisis of his political life. A man who in 2011 was widely perceived as a unifying force by Imolites and enthusiastically elected to the State’s highest public office, is sadly today treated with distrust and detestation by fellow citizens. What could have been wrong that a governor who had enjoyed enormous support in 2011 is today more tolerated than loved by majority of Ndi-Imo ? The answer is simple. Imo people are not happy with the impunity going on in the state.

I have severally criticized this Governor for bad administration. I have also observed that a tiny minority is already busy casting aspersions on me for talking against the impunities of the Governor. Without a doubt, a tinier minority from this tiny minority are doing so either from pure ignorance of what is happening or just to force me to keep quite. Yet it needs to be said that anyone who takes seriously the name callings on me by this tiny minority needs a crash course in basic logic. Of course, those calling me names for speaking against the ills in government are only the government leeches who don’t enjoy the truth slimed down their faces. No doubt, they need to live in denial to justify their fealty to filth.

You can pummel truth with all sorts, but when things clear up, only truth will remain standing. As a bearer of truth, i need no encouragement to stand by it so those who continue to murmur grudgingly against me need not worry. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not mince words when it declares that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.Also section 39(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) reaffirms the above by recognizing every person’s right to freedom of expression, stating clearly that “this right includes freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”. Section 39(2) even upholds every person’s right to “own, establish and operate any medium for dissemination of information, ideas and opinions”.

Things are going wrong so i must talk. Take for example what is happening in Egbema where i come from. It is nauseating and mind boggling to observe that in spite of the many destruction done to Egbema environment due to oil exploration and in spite of the fact that we are part of the oil producing area in Imo state , the state government under Governor Okorocha is satisfied with our precarious condition of existence as unemployed, marginalized, impoverished and oppressed as well as exploited Nigerians.

Thirteen communities in Egbema form part of Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State. The area is one of the oil producing areas in Nigeria. Hot pressure pipeline criss-cross our landscape. Oil spillages have brought about the despoliation of our land, the destruction of biodiversity, flora and fauna. To worsen things, gas is being flared twenty four hours at very close range to our residential homes. Research carried out recently showed that our people have the tendency to die young as a result of poison from oil activities. Roofs easily leak in our area due to acid rain and this acid rain impoverishes our soil by rendering them infertile for cultivation. Heavy financial allocation from FG comes to Ohaji /Egbema for the development of the area through the council and through ISOPADEC but the money is looted monthly leaving the people to suffer.

The story of Ohaji/Egbema in the hands of the present Imo State government is like the story of Pharaoh that maltreated the Israelites in the bible. It is a sad, sorrowful and pathetic tale to be recalled with bitter memories. Okorocha should check his developmental drawing board in Ohaji/Egbema on the following scales: electricity, schools, health care, housing, agriculture, water, road, security and youth employment. The existence of the above mentioned indicators in an area is what development is all about. We want Okorocha to tell the world what developmental achievement he did in Ohaji/Egbema as regards to the above mentioned criteria since 2011.

Now that the governor is aware that Ohaji/Egbema will not vote for him again in 2015, he has been sponsoring crisis in the area to destabilize the place. Recall that youths are fighting in Egbema leaving on their trail, tears and blood. The entire villages of Obiakpu, Abacheke and Mmahu have been sacked. The three mentioned villages today look like ghost areas with eighty percent of the people running to neighboring towns and cities. Over 40 persons including prominent men have been killed, and others maimed for life. The youths operate with dangerous weapons like guns, machetes, axes, acids et cetera, and carry out their nefarious activities even in broad daylight. Prominent men killed include Chief Emmanuel Opara (Akurulo 1 of Egbema) who is from Obiakpu and Chief Anthony Aligbua (Ezeagu 1 of Egbema) who is from Mmahu. 18 other prominent politicians and chiefs have been pencilled for elimination.

After every attack, the youths would retire to the farms belonging to neighbouring communities from where they launch the second phase of their activities- raping women, both young and old, and harassing farmers. Like farmers in the North, who no longer access their farms because of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, those of Mmahu, Abacheke and Obiakpu in Imo State no longer go to their farms either to plant or to harvest.

Some concerned youths of Egbema community in Ohaji/Egbema local government area of Imo State have accused the Imo State Government of sponsoring the crisis in Egbema communities where many lost their lives and some houses were burnt. Comrade Maduagwu speaking on behalf of the youths made the allegations when briefing the members of the peace committee set up in Egbema. He and other concerned youths said that the State government and the security agents know the truth and the remote cause of the crisis which they alleged was because of 2015 election. They fingered Professor Anthony Anwuka (Secretary to the Imo state government) as the government agent fuelling crisis in Egbema .

We are appealing to Professor Anwuka and the Imo state government to stop sponsoring crisis in Ohaji/Egbema. We also appeal to them to stop calling us ogogoro drinkers and Indian hemp smokers. Okorocha told a church congregation that the reason for lack of development in Ohaji /Egbema is because we the youths of the area are ogogoro drinkers and Indian hemp smokers. Where are the people currently representing us at the Imo House of Assembly and at the Federal House of Representative? Where is Hon Luke Chukwu? Where is Hon Gerald Irona ? Where is the Mayor of Orlu zone? They are afraid to talk. They too want us to vote for them again in 2015. People in power from our constituency like Hon Chuwu, Irona and Goddy Obodo kept quite when Imo Poly courses were taken away from Umuagwo to other areas, Adapalm sold without consultation to leaders of the area, Umuokanne General Hospital removed, ISOPADEC in comatose, council funds looted and no state government road by the present administration.

What happened to the 16 billion naira ISOPADEC funds for 3 years now? What happened to Ohaji/Egbema council funds? ISOPADEC and the local government council that should serve as source of employment and award of contracts and minor jobs to the locals is in comatose. All the schools, basic infrastructure and amenities in the oil producing communities in Imo State are now in sub-standard conditions. Where our money? From May 2011 to December 2011 the sum of 1,356,992,310 came as allocation to Ohaji/Egbema LGA from FG, where is this money? In 2012 the sum of 1,924,401,821.95 came as allocation to Ohaji/Egbema LGA from FG, where is the money? In 2013 the sum of 2,091,611,213.59 came as allocation to Ohaji/Egbema LGA from FG making a total of 5,373,005,346.51. Where are the monies?

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

Adamawa guber poll: APC begins sale of nomination form


The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday in Abuja commenced sales of nomination form for the Adamawa governorship by-election scheduled for October 11.

The INEC had fixed October 11 for the election, following the impeachment of former Governor Murtala Nyako by the state House of Assembly in July.

The Electoral Act, 2010, mandates the commission to conduct a by-election into the office of a governor within three months of his removal.

Addressing newsmen shortly after picking his form at the APC National Secretariat, a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Emmanuel Bello, promised to provide basic infrastructure and good governance at the grassroots.

Bello, who decried the high level of youth’s unemployment in the state, expressed determination to create enabling environment that would attract local and international investors to the state within a short period.

He said the measure would further increase the quality of life of youths in Adamawa in particular and the North-East region in general.

“We in APC are determined to empower the women and create job opportunities to support the people, especially the youths in order to guard against unnecessary restiveness in the country”, Bello said.

He noted that job creation was a potent force in fighting poverty, youth restiveness, idleness and social unrest, adding that it was a key to ensuring security of lives and property.

“We are quite optimistic that when the youths are gainfully engaged and have meaningful sources of livelihood, the area will witness less anti-social activities”, he said.

Bello also expressed commitment to restore public confidence in governance by strengthening the rule of law and equal opportunities for the people, if given the mandate.

“I want to assure the people of Adamawa of my commitment and determination to be transparent in my administration by ensuring equity, fairness and judicious distribution of the state resources.

“My decision to aspire for the governorship office was out of my personal conviction, love for my state and zeal to assist the less privilege in the society, especially the youth, who are the most productive segment of any nation.

“I will give priority to the establishment of more basic health facilities, reduction in maternal mortality rate and other life threatening diseases”, he pledged.

Speaking earlier, the party’s Director of Organisation, Alhaji Kyari Abubakar, restated APC’s commitment to provide a level playing ground to all aspirants.

Other aspirants expected to pick the nomination form are Senator Mohammed Jibrila and Sen. Ahmed Barata.

PDP Makes N154m From Adamawa Governorship Nomination Forms


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to make up to N154 million from the sale of forms to contest for the primary election for the Admawa State gubernatorial election, where the party’s flag bearer would emerge.

The sale of forms closed yesterday and return of forms holds today, while the ward congress is fixed for September 1; Ward Appeal, September 3; State Congress September 6; appeal September 8, with screening of aspirants to hold September 28 and appeal, September 30.

The national leadership of the PDP had since the sale of forms for Anambra State governorship election held November 16, 2013, pegged the nomination form at N10 million while the Expression of Interest form was sold for N1 million.

Women are expected to purchase only the Expression of Interest form for N1 million while the nomination form is given to them free in line with the norms of the party, but in the case of Adamawa State, no woman picked either of the forms to contest for the most exalted position in Adamawa State.

Vanguard reports that as at the close of sale of forms, yesterday, at the PDP National Secretariat, 14 aspirants purchased the forms.

Those who bought forms, according to the record at the Mobilisation office in the office of the National Organising Secretary, obtained by Vanguard, yesterday, are the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri; a three time gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Umar Ardo; former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Senator Abubakar Girei; former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak; erstwhile Military Administrator of Lagos and Borno states, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa and former Minister of Statement Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aliyu Idi-Hong.

Others are: the immediate Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed; son of former PDP National Chairman, Awwal Bamanga Tukur; Marcus Natina Gundiri; James Shuiabu Barka; Jerry Kundusi; Engr. Brig. Gen. A.A.V. Kana and Andrawus Sawa.

18-Year-Old Confesses: ‘I have had s*x with five dogs’


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18 year old Ighodaro, an indigene of Edo state, was apprehended on Wednesday August 13th by the people of  Iguosa community in Ovia North East Local Government Council of Edo State and handed over to the police after he was caught having s*x with a dog in an uncompleted building in the area.

Ighodaro, who was paraded before newsmen at the state Police headquarters in Benin city, said he’s so far had sx with five dogs since he started in March this year..and doesn’t know what makes him do it. The trained welder told Vanguard that two dogs he’d attempted to have sx with before had bitten him but he succeeded in sleeping with five.

“I learnt welding around Iheya. I don’t know when I slept with the dog, I slept with dogs five times. Some of the dogs  bit me, I have been bitten two times and each time I have a dog bite my grand father will treat me”, he said.

On how he goes about getting the dogs to have s*x with him, Ighodaro said

“When I call them, I will be rubbing their head, petting them so that they will feel free with me. I will be playing with them and they will follow me. They will bark at me some times, and when I notice that it is serious I will leave them. Any one that is friendly with me, I take that one to an uncompleted building and have s*x”.

According to him, he had a girlfriend but they broke up last year

“I had a girlfriend last year but we are no longer together. I started sleeping with dogs this year around March. I don’t know what is wrong with me. None of my relations knows I sleep with dogs. In this particular case, the dog is very familiar with me; so it was easy to lure it away. While I was having s*x with the dog, one man saw me and ran to inform the Odionwere. They now came to pick me and they asked the police to go and check me and see if I have any disease. I don’t know what is wrong with me”. he said

Speaking on the incident, the state commissioner of Police, Folusho Adebanjo, condemned the act, saying that Ighodaro will be charged to court

“It was the people of that community that arrested the boy and called the police.He was taken to Owotubu Division before he was transferred to the state Police Command Headquarters. What he has done is classified under Unnatural Offences, Section 214 Sub-Section Two which says that any person who has carnal knowledge of an animal is guilty of a felony and he is liable for imprisonment for 14 years if he is found guilty. We are going to charge him to court. You can see that the guy is not denying anything. He made a confessional statement that he has been sleeping with dogs since March and he has done it five times. I was very worried because this is an unnatural offence and it can bring problem to any community. You can imagine a human being sleeping with a dog what will that dog produce in some months time; , you can see it is a bizarre situation. The boy looks normal unless if he has spiritual problem because I can’t imagine some body sleeping with a dog. He said he had a girl friend before; you can imagine if he decides to sleep with another woman what he will give the woman and that is how they spread diseases particularly now that we have different diseases, It is really shocking that we experience this type of issue every day in our country. I am very worried but thank God that the community people have killed that dog because they said what the boy committed was a taboo” the commissioner said

Omoni Oboli Speaks On Her Revealing Outfit


Nollywood actress, Omoni Oboli caused controversy after she stepped out in a cleavage revealing blue dress at the Presidential villa where she was on Thursday, August 14 invited by President Jonathan for a private screening of her new movie ‘Being Mrs Elliot.’

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Omoni who is the director of the movie, however caused mixed reactions among her fans as she was criticized for her outfit at the screening of her movie to President Jonathan and some members of his cabinet.

The married mother of three in an interview with Punch replied critics as she says she will focus on the positive and not the mixed reactions said:

“I styled myself and I thought the outfit was appropriate because there were no vital parts showing. Sometimes the angles with which pictures are taken can portray certain things you do not have intention of portraying. We have pictures from the event and you won’t see what people are seeing.

“The truth is that a lot of people are very bitter and when people are bitter they try to look for a lot of negative things in every positive thing. It is unfortunate that we are in the limelight because if someone else wears that outfit no one will say anything. I don’t even read blogs and see the comments. My true fans know who I am and my intention when I am doing things.”

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Addressing the issue that she was given any money by the President.

She said: “Before the screening, they asked me what I wanted and I said I didn’t want anything but that the President and his people should see the movie and give their blessings. For me that is good enough for the industry. The first time I ever saw the President was at his brother’s burial ceremony, which I attended. I don’t know him from anywhere or personally.

“During the event, President Jonathan said the government didn’t have money to give me and he said this in front of everybody. So if anybody is going aside to say something else, they are wrong. I returned to Lagos with the small purse I took to the event and after the event I went back to my hotel room and left for Lagos the next morning. I didn’t stay back in Aso Rock or sneak out to meet anybody. I am still hoping they will call us to come and take something, that they are impressed,” she explains.

 

Narrating how she got the ‘breakthrough’, she said,  The Film Producers Marketers Association of Nigeria actually wrote to the presidency.

Omoni said: “To our greatest surprise, they said they would do it. The event had the president, Vice-President, PDP chairman, some senators and ministers and two governors in attendance. It was huge and it is a big achievement for Nollywood. I sat on the high table with all these men and never expected that I would get to this point. The President said Nollywood had put Nigeria on the world map and contributed to our economy in so many ways and so could not be ignored.”

Omoni’s movie “Being Mrs Elliot” a romantic-comedy flick features Nigerian comedian, A.Y Makun, Lepacious Bose alongside Oboli and Majid Michel.

Oboli, who played two roles in the film, speaking on the cost of the movie said: “I did get some sponsors, but it cost quite a bit of money and the logistics took a greater portion of the budget. For me to give an honest estimate I have to cost the things I got for free and I spent over N20m. I didn’t know it would be this challenging, but, thank God, I am not owing any bank. I have shot two other movies, but they are not as big as this project.”

The movie was shot in and around major cities and tourist locations in Nigeria – like the Ikogosi Warm Spring, Ekiti, Lagos and Delta State, Oboli, who is clearly a stickler for perfection, is still in search of quality.

Oboli, who studied Foreign Languages at the University of Benin, majoring in French has featured in blockbuster movies the likes of ‘Render to Caesar’, ‘Figurine’ and ‘Anchor Baby’.

Its no wonder some producers praise her for work while describing her as a play maker.

Ex-Speaker Na’Abba jobless since 2003, turns MC


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A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Gali Na’Abba, on Tuesday said he had been jobless since he left the House in 2003.

Recall that the lawmaker, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, represented the Kano Municipal Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2003 during the reign of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

He gave the shocking revelation during a national stakeholders’ summit on gender-based violence affecting young people in Nigeria, organised by the Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin’s led Women Arise for Change Initiative.

Making a joke out of his situation, he said he was taking up a Master of Ceremony’s job because of its lucrative nature.

He said, “In the last 11 years since I left the House of Representatives, I have been trying to find what to do.

“I have looked and considered various things to do professionally. I still have not come out with something.

“But today, I have learnt how lucrative it is to be an MC. Without trying to take the market share away from people like Adesuwa, let me say that I have now found something to do.

“From today, I want to become an MC. May be, the next time the host is organising a programme, my name will feature as the MC.”

Ebola: Doctors In Liberia Recovering After Taking ZMapp


Three doctors in Liberia with Ebola who started taking an experimental drug last Thursday are showing remarkable signs of improvement, a minister says.
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ZMapp was first given earlier this month to two US aid workers, who were flown home for treatment from Liberia.

Ebola has no cure but the World Health Organisation has ruled that untested drugs can be used in light of the scale of outbreak in West Africa.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,229 people have died of the virus.

It is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas such as eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can cause organ failure.

The outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Health officials in Guinea say the country has suffered a setback in its fight against the epidemic, seeing a resurgence of cases in the town of Macenta.

The BBC’s Alhassan Sillah in Guinea says the town had not had any cases for two months, and the authorities had dismantled all Ebola facilities in that area.

The health authorities believe that Guineans returning from neighbouring Liberia are carrying the virus.

In Liberia, Information Minister Lewis Brown said the government only received a small number of ZMapp doses and gave them to one Nigerian and two Liberian doctors who had caught Ebola whilst helping save the lives of other victims of the virus.

Two US missionaries who received doses of the medicine are also reportedly recovering, but a 75-year-old Spanish priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia died in Spain last week despite being given the drug.

The US pharmaceutical company that makes the drug says it has for now run out of it, so the only way to stop the current outbreak is to isolate the victims and those who have come into contact with them.

Brown also said 17 suspected Ebola patients who went missing after a health centre in the capital was attacked have been found.

In Nigeria, which has had four fatal Ebola cases, health officials say five people have now recovered from the virus and have been discharged from hospital in Lagos. Another three are still being treated.

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