Dangote, Okonjo-Iweala Make Time 100


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From Aliko Dangote to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerians have made their mark and have left a long-lasting impression on the society which has been impacted by either their successes or their policies.

It’s a noble cause UK’s Time magazine has taken up, to celebrate people like this every year and acknowledge the big influence they wield in our world as a result of what they have done.

The Time 100 is the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and the issue features tributes written by high-profile guest contributors.

The list of 100 is categorised into 5; some of these influential people are regarded by Time as Titans. Other categories include: pioneers, artists, leaders and icons.

The beauty of the list is the fact that it stuck by its theme; ‘the most influential people’, which means it doesn’t matter what they do, but the influence they wield.

A well deserved recognition for Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote, who was tagged in the magazine as ‘Africa’s richest man who does good in addition to doing well’.

Who better to write a tribute for Dangote than founder of Microsoft who has now thrown himself fully into philanthropy, Bill Gates.

Here’s what Gate wrote about Dangote:

“A year ago, I gave a speech in London about the fight to eradicate polio. It included a section on Nigeria, one of just three countries where the virus still circulates. The organizers told me Aliko Dangote had been invited. I thought, I’d like to see him, but he’d end polio faster by staying in Nigeria and doing the work he does every day. Fortunately, Aliko thought the same thing. He skipped my speech, and the children of Nigeria are better off for it.

“Aliko is Africa’s richest man, and his business activities drive economic growth across the continent. That’s impressive, but I know him best as a leader constantly in search of ways to bridge the gap between private business and public health. It’s for that reason he helped create the Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance. And it’s for that reason he is an advocate for agricultural research and malaria control.

“All of this is in addition to Aliko’s leadership on polio and other diseases. The last time I was in Nigeria, we met with dozens of people, from government leaders to front-line health workers. After I left, Aliko followed up with them to make sure they were doing the work they said they would do. This year, Nigeria is on pace for its lowest number of polio cases ever. Aliko is a big reason why,” said Gates.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also deservedly sits among 99 other influential people in the world, with a tribute by Bono, lead singer of U2. Tagged as the guardian of Nigeria’s public funds, Iweala saw Nigeria become the largest economy in Africa following years of hardwork as Nigeria’s Finance minister.

According to Bono, who first met economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala when she was campaigning for Nigerian debt relief; “We’d been fighting our way through capitals around the world trying to get Cold War–era debts canceled for the poorest, most heavily indebted countries. During her first term as Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi arrived at her desk to find a weighty $30 billion owed.

“With oil prices on the rise, she stopped having to plead with her creditors and bought a massive chunk of her own debt so she could cancel it herself. As if to make a point. She became a legend in that moment.

“Humor and joy spill out of her, which can belie the fact that she’s got one of the toughest jobs on the planet — how to ensure that the tens of billions of dollars earned each year in oil receipts go into productive usage, like agriculture, infrastructure, health and education. Ngozi has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal. She is fiercely intelligent; everyone wants her to work with them. I couldn’t be prouder to work for her,” said Bono.

Other Africans who made the list include: Kenya’s Ory Okolloh, ex-policy director for Google and South Africam Public advocate, Thuli Mandosela.

Beyonce graces the cover of this year’s edition of the magazine and her name appears first on the list of the titans, but the magazine claimed the 100 names in the list were not arranged based on the influence they wield when quizzed by CNN on the criteria for choosing Bey as the most influential person in the world.

The magazine is expected to hit the shelves on Friday.

Terry G, Hotel Manager Exchange Blows In public


Terry G, has again been involved in a messy fight at a hangout in his Iju neighbourhood.

The fight, which later resulted in a free-for-all, took place at the Treasures Exclusive Garden, off Bola Tinubu Road, Iju, Lagos at about 6p.m. Wednesday.

A source told P.M.NEWS that Terry G and his boys stormed the hotel to relax but things later turned awry between some staff of the hangout and the music star with his crew.

According to the source, when Terry G arrived the club, one of his boys forcefully jumped into the swimming pool without paying.


One of the hangout’s attendants asked the boy to come out of the pool but he refused. When he was dragged out, his colleagues reportedly reacted with violence. The ensuing free for all, the source said, saw Terry G raining blows on the hotel manager.

“When Terry G and his crew arrived the hotel around 6p.m., one of his boys just jumped into the pool without paying. The security guard called him to come out but he refused. Even the owner of the hotel, Mr. George Obot, shouted at him but he refused. Terry G further messed up the whole issue when he started abusing Mr. Obot, telling the man what did he think he has and all sort of things,” the source narrated.

He continued: “His boys started beating the security guards, while Terry G himself slapped the hotel manager who was trying to calm him down.”

Mr. Obot, the owner of Treasures Exclusive Garden, in a phone chat with our correspondent, confirmed the incident. He said that he was disappointed in Terry G who came and messed up his place.

Obot said he wouldn’t want to comment further since he was still assessing the matter and would get back to P.M.NEWS.

A patron of Treasures, who claimed he witnessed the incident, however had a slightly different story to tell.

The patron, who did not want his name mentioned for fear of reprisal from the relaxation centre’s management, said when Terry G and two others arrived the club, they hurriedly undressed and were about to jump into the swimming pool when the club manager told them that they couldn’t.

The ensuing noise from the altercation between the manager and Terry G’s crew brought the proprietor to the scene. The proprietor, too, insisted that it was inappropriate for the singer to dive into the pool. When Terry G stuck to his guns, the proprietor, the source said, threw a punch at him. Then bedlam ensued

When P.M.NEWS contacted Terry G, it was his manager who picked the call. While confirming the brawl between his principal’s crew and some staff of the hotel, he however denied the claim that Terry G physically assaulted anyone there.

“It is not true. Terry G witnessed the whole scenario but never engaged anyone in a fight. When the whole issue happened and it was getting messy, he just walked away from the place since he was aware of his celebrity status,” Terry G’s manager said.

Felix Alonge, the club supervisor, said yesterday was not the first time Terry G would come to the hangout and rupture its peace.

“Anytime Terry G comes to this place, he will surely cause trouble,” Alonge said.

When P.M.NEWS visited the resort this morning, Mr. Obot was not there. He was said to have gone to the Iju Ishaga ‘Red House’ Police Station.

Though the club manager declined to speak on developments on the matter, a staff said Terry G’s mother had been invited to the police station, presumably to vouch for her son’s civility should he decide to visit the club in future.

Terry G has earned notoriety over his uncivil behaviour. Sometime ago, he was reportedly engaged in a public brawl with fellow musician, Side One, in Benin City.

A Decent President Should Not Celebrate When 200 School Girls Are Missing; APC Tells Jonathan


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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to cancel the political rally being planned for him by the Adamawa PDP for Tuesday, saying the President cannot and should not be celebrating when over 200 school girls are missing.

Jonathan had attended a similar rally in Kano just a day after a bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja killed over 70 commuters at a motor park. From all indications, Jonathan may attend the Adamawa rally despite the security situation in the country and the abduction of over 200 secondary school students who remain missing. The opposition has therefore moved to caution him.

“We hope and pray that our daughters are released safely even before Tuesday, April 29th when the rally is to be held, but until then, it is insensitive and indecent for anyone, least of all the President who is the father of the nation, to engage in any celebratory outing under any guise,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

It said the President must not repeat the faux pas he committed less than 24 hours after 75 of his compatriots were killed in the Nyanya bombing.

“All decent men and women were riled that President Jonathan went dancing at an illegal campaign stop in Kano and popping champagne corks at a birthday celebration in Ibadan when the smoke was yet to clear from the scene of the Nyanya bombing

“The President should not repeat the same mistake, if indeed he considered that to be one. He should see the missing girls as his own daughters and stop forthwith his illegal campaign rallies,” APC said.

The party said the ongoing bickering over the site of the rally in Adamawa, close to the scene of the sad abduction of the girls, is distracting from what should be a concerted national effort to find the girls and reunite them safely with their families.

“For a President whose grovelling aides have likened to Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and other great leaders in a patently blasphemous campaign, he should take time to ask himself how Obama would have reacted to one missing girl from any school in the US, not to talk of over 200 missing girls.

“Does President Jonathan honestly believe that Mandela, in his days as President, would have been campaigning when his compatriots are being daily bombed or abducted? Sycophancy has no limit, especially in an environment where many will disown even their children for pecuniary gains, but President Jonathan must rise above those who are justifying his insensitivity by saying the government cannot shut down so as not to give victory to Boko Haram.

“We are not saying the government should shut down. But the President must shut down all celebratory public outings and all political campaigns until our missing daughters are safely found and returned to their homes,” it said.

Ronaldo Makes List Of Time’s Most Influential People In The World


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Cristiano Ronaldo has made it into this year’s Time 100 issue of Time magazine — with a tribute inside written by football legend Pelé.

The Time 100 is the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and the issue features tributes written by high-profile guest contributors.

Ronaldo is the only footballer who made it into the list.

Here’s what Pelé had to say about him:

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Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most influential athletes in sports today. I greatly respect his competitive mind-set on the field, and it’s no surprise that he is currently considered the best soccer player in the world.

I had the opportunity to share his joy onstage at this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich.

Cristiano never ceases to give his best for his national team. He reminds me a bit of my late friend and Portuguese soccer legend Eusébio. They have the same elegance and creativity.

Back when I played, I would have loved having a teammate like Cristiano to play with up front.

I would like to encourage him to keep up the hard work and to continue to fuel the passion for the sport among today’s youth. Also, I wish him the best this summer at the World Cup in Brazil. But if Portugal goes to the final against Brazil, I’m sorry, Cristiano, but I want Brazil to win.

Osita ‘Pawpaw’ Iheme Exited Over Release Of His Book, Inspire 101


Nollywood actor Osita Iheme, popularly known as Pawpaw, has concentrated on writing, contracted Africana First Publishers Plc to print and distribute copies of his new book called INSPIRE 101.

osita-iheme-inspired1011Pawpaw, who has recently received an endorsement from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), will become a nationwide author. His books will be delivered to different schools in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to form part of their library and research materials.

The book has passed checks by the Nigeria Educational Regulatory Commission (NERDC), Prof Pat Utomi, Mr Dimgba Igwe and top comedian Ali Baba.

Pawpaw is really exited on the development, hopes his new book would have a direct positive impact on readers, especially students.

Inspire 101 includes Osita’s thoughts and beliefs which explain how he was elevated from ‘not too comfortable background’ to the present status.

“Inspire 101 is a compilation of my original quotes, is a peep through the window of my soul,” the author concluded.

The Imo State-born entertainer was raised in Aba, Abia State. Iheme was the last kid in a family of five, four boys and a girl. In 2002-2003 he became a mega Nollywood star after his superb role as Pawpaw in the monster hit movie Aki na Ukwa. The actor is still single, though rumours on his planned marriage emerge on the web from time to time.

Meet captured Fulani herdsmen who confessed to being Boko Haram members


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These are the faces of some of the people causing terror in Nigeria. These 17 men you see above are Fulani Herdsmen who were recently captured by the military. They were part of the group that terrorized residents in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara recently. They also took part in the recent killing of hundreds of people and burning of houses in Wukari, Taraba state. After their capture, they confessed to being members of the Boko Haram sect.

The military released the pic above and a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade. Find it below…

“A group of terrorists operating under the guise of herdsmen from a camp in the outskirt of Wukari have been arrested, while others died after an attack on military check point at Gindin Dorowa, a suburb of Wukari in Taraba State”.

 

Other members of the group were sighted in the course of air surveillance and later trailed to their camp where they engaged the troops in a battle.

The terrorists were clad in the usual pattern of dress of their counterparts operating in Borno and Yobe States”.“One of the apprehended armed men confessed that he had been fighting for the terrorist group in Borno State and was recently brought to Wukari area in furtherance of their mission”.“Assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

Meanwhile, the curfew imposed on Wukari and its environs is expected to be relaxed as normalcy returns to the town. Troops have maintained patrol of the area while a house-to-house search for arms is ongoing”.“In another development, troops on patrol of the Lake Chad Islands have made some arrests”.“Among those arrested was a boat operator who ferries terrorists across the Lake Chad while another confessed to being a supplier of hard drugs to the terrorist groups in the area.

In the meantime, the search for the abducted students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok is also being intensified”.

Psquare’s Elder Brother, Jude Okoye Proposes To His Boo


Psquare’s elder brother Jude Okoye is officially engaged. Today is his birthday and he got the ultimate gift when his girlfriend Ifeoma Michelle Umeokeke said yes to his proposal. Cynthia Morgan, an artiste signed to his record label , Northside Records broke the news on Instagram few minutes ago. Michelle is MBGN Tourism 2012.

Photos:- Actress Omotola dazzles in outfit by iconic Invanity @ Nigeria Ent. Conference



The sexy star actress looked elegant in a dress by Nigerian designer Iconic Invanity as she attended the Nigerian Entertainment Conference at Eko Hotel two days back.

N4m Found On Ritual Killer Assumed To Be A Mad Man In Benin


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In what has come as a mind blowing revelation to locals in the area of upper Sokponba in Benin where an assumed ‘mad man’ lived for almost two years were shocked when they discovered that the man who they thought was mad, was not actually mad but a murderer.
When he was arrested, a gun, different human parts and a sum of N4m was found on him.
Residents of the area claims the man lived in a make-shift apartment and usually takes his bath outside unclad and they never suspected he was a ritual killer.
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A suspected ritual killer who specializes in selling human parts has been arrested by security operatives in Benin City, the Edo State capital, southern Nigeria.

 
The man, whose identity is yet to be revealed, was allegedly arrested at the Upper Sokponba road area of Benin with cut to size gun, different human parts and N4 million cash.
 
It was reliably gathered that the man had lived in a make-shift apartment for close to two years, pretending to be a madman.
 
According to one of the landlords in the area simply identified as Pa. Onaiwu, who spoke to journalists, the suspected ritual killer was in the habit of behaving funny especially when it is getting dark.
 
“This man sometimes behaves funny. In the afternoon, you will see him bathing unclad, behaving like a real madman.
 
“What really disturbed us are the dead bodies found around almost the same area. The most serious issues is that if a dead body is that of a woman, the head, the br**sts and the private part would have been removed. Same also goes for a male dead body.
 
“The last person that died around the area was a woman whose head, br**sts and private part was cut off. Nobody will ever believe that the man is not a madman, the way he behaves, not knowing that he is responsible for all the killings in that area.”
 
He suggested that someone might have seen the suspect dumping the headless body on the express road and informed the security operatives.
 
When contacted on phone, Edo State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, said he was aware of the rumour but that he was yet to be briefed by the DPO of Ugbekun division in charge of the area, but added that he is making frantic effort to confirm the incident from his men on ground.

World Cup Preparation On Track- Maigari


The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has assured the nation that preparations for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil are in top gear.

Speaking during Tuesday’s meeting with Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi, Maigari, also revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the NFF budget for the football showpiece.

NFF President Aminu Maigari Says World Cup Preparations are in Top Gear.

“For our preparation, we are very muc on track and we have received the president’s approval for the World Cup funding,” Maigari said.

“We are not under any form of pressure and it is our belief that the Eagles will do well at the World cup and we need everybody’s input to actualise it.

Banky W Set To Play Host And Best Man Role For ‘Tee Billz And Tiwa Savage’s Wedding’


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Mavin first lady — Tiwa Savage and her husband/manager, Tunji Balogun aka Tee Billz are set to have their white wedding this weekend, in Dubai.

Banky W revealed that apart from being the host at the pre-wedding party, he will also be the Best man to Tee Billz.

Here’s what he captioned to a post on Instagram page:

“This Friday night in Dubai… come and rock with us as we celebrate @teebillz323 & @officialtiwasavage.. #TurnUp #WeddingTingz #BestManDuty #HostwitTheMost.”

Sani Kaita- I Joined Enyimba for “Football Reasons”


Former Super Eagles midfielder Sani Kaita has refuted claims that his move to reigning Federation Cup holders, Enyimba FC, signal a decline in the player’s status.

The ex-AS Monaco and Lokomotiv Moscow playmaker returned to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last week, and is believed to have penned a loan deal with the ‘People’s Elephant’, following his failed expedition in Cyprus where he was on loan to Olympiakos Nicosia.

In a telephone interview with Daily Trust, the former Kano Pillars playmaker, 27, dismissed claims that he is a finished footballer.

Sani Kaita Pictured at the Enyimba Stadium During Midweek's Glo Premier League 3-0 Win Over Lobi Stars. Image Credit: LMC.

“People are wrong about my transfer to Enyimba, it is purely for football reasons, I still have a lot to offer as a player that’s why I came to the place where they’ll have confidence in me to perform,” Kaita, famous for his red card in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Greece at the 2010 World Cup, following a ridiculous lunge at Vasilis Torosidis, said.

“After my surgery, the only thing on my mind at the moment is to get back to playing as soon as possible.”

Globacom Threatens To Terminate P-Square’s Contract If They Split


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As the drama continues between the P-Square brothers, it’s beginning to threaten their business deals too.

Apparently, a P-Square split would mean the end of their endorsement deal with Globacom, according to a source.

Stories have emerged about the impending split of the eccentric duo, reportedly over finances and a case instigated by Peter Okoye’s wife, Lola Omotayo.

P-Square have been with Globacom since 2010, and the Vanguard revealed that a split would to the termination of the contract.

“Since Glo has a contract with P-Square, and not with Peter or Paul, their breakup will definitely lead to the termination of the contract,” a source told the newspaper.

Genevieve Nnaji Rocks $4100 Boy Chanel Flap Bag To AY Live Show


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Veteran Nollywood screen goddess might not be the most common face in Nigerian movies these days but she is still ballin hard as she has paid her dues.

The beautiful Genevieve Nnaji rocked the $4100 Boy Chanel Flap bag pictured below to Ay live concert days ago (The price ranges between $3,700,small size and $6,700- $7,300 for exotic).

Hers’ is the limited edition bag from their Cruise 2014 collection.

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Abducted Child Set Free After Annoying His Kidnapper by SINGING Gospel Songs


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A child was saved from abduction after annoying his kidnapper with a gospel song so much he was let go.

Youngster Willie Myrick was snatched outside his house in Atlanta, Georgia and bundled into a car for three hours.

He had apparently been enticed to the vehicle with the promise of cash, before being taken by a man who is now the subject of police investigations.

But his ordeal was cut short because he refused to stop singing a popular gospel song.

Willie sang Every Praise over and over, annoying the driver of the car to such a degree he was forced to let him go.

Lyrics to the song include “Sing hallelujah to our God, Glory hallelujah is due our God, every praise every praise is to our God.”

The 10-year-old told WXIA-TV: “He opened the door and threw me out – he told me not to tell anyone.”

Father Nabbed Smuggling 8-year-old Daughter In Suitecase


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A desperate Moroccan father, Ayham Kanaan, has been arrested by Spanish custom officers after he was allegedly found hiding his 8-year-old daughter, Haniya Kanaan, in a suitcase.
According to police reports, Ayham, 38, was caught trying to smuggle his daughter into Spain so that she can stay in the country.

It was gathered that Customs officials found Haniya curled up inside a small suitcase after her single father entered Spain on a legal work permit through the Andalusian port of Tarifa.

Although Kanaan faces a fine for trying to smuggle his daughter into the country in the hope of giving her a better life, a judge has ruled that she can live with her father for as long as he works in Spain

The judge also added that she will also be allowed to enrol at a local school.
Reports said that Customs officers were shocked to find the little girl hidden inside a suitcase while searching her father’s car following his return to Spain after a family visit to Morocco.

Husband Beats Up Wife Inside The Court


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An Ikeja Magistrate’s court was turned into a battleground when a man, Olufemi Ogbiyele engaged his wife, Bola Ogbiyele, in a fight. The incident, which generated a lot of attention inside the court premises, was alleged to have begun when a friend of the divorce-seeking couple pleaded with the husband, to settle out of court but the plea fell on deaf ears.

Instead, Ogbiyele was said to have grabbed the wife’s handbag, while demanding custody of their three children, and beat up his wife to the chagrin of court attendants.

Counsel to the estranged wife, Barrister Shittu Oladeyinde, who spoke with P.M.NEWS said, “I am also the embattled woman’s friend and was aware that a friend called them to settle out of court. Unfortunately, this fell on deaf ears and the man flared up, demanded custody of his children.

Oladeyinde then explained the genesis of their problem. “It actually started on 11 February last year when the woman locked herself up in the children’s room after he beat her up. She then left for her mother’s house afterwards to avoid being lynched.”

The counsel further disclosed that “another lawyer, Barrister Taiwo and a pastor had met with the husband, asking him to resolve the matter amicably and take his wife home but Ogbiyele agreed to do so on the condition that the wife stopped working, which the woman blatantly rejected.

“It was after this meeting that the man sent a text message to the wife, asking her to prepare her lawyers for a divorce,” he explained.

The petition for divorce with suit number ID/377HD/13, filed at the Ikeja High Court last year September read, “failure of petitioner to comply with the provisions of section 15, sub-section 2(d) of matrimonial cause, act caption 220 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1990″.

While narrating his story, Ogbiyele told the court that his wife was sleeping with different men when she travelled to the United Kingdom in March 2012.

He further stated that on 12 February last year, his wife slapped him when he accused her of stealing his properties and solicited the support of her lovers to beat him for bringing up such an allegation against her.

In response to the allegations levelled against the man, the second counsel to the wife, Akin Aroyewo stated that, “In the first place, she did not abscond from her matrimonial home on 1 September, she ran for her dear life when the husband wanted to kill her with an iron belt.

“They have not lived apart for two years but the husband is the one who is frivolous and temperamental. This he even showed by abusing court proceedings.”

Another Prophetic Warning Of T.B. Joshua Fulfilled


T.B. Joshua Makes Another Prophetic WarningThe words of the leader and founder of the ministry organisation The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, have turned into reality again after a terrorist attack in Kenya.

A car bomb went off outside a police station (pictured) in the capital city of the country, Nairobi, killing four people on April 23, 2014, Wednesday. The Islamist militants of Somali al-Shabab group are allegedly behind the attack.

T.B. Joshua Makes Another Prophetic Warning

During Sunday’s service (April 20) the prophet warned Kenya that strange people were in the town to make big headlines. He further advised the nation to be prayerful and tighten its security.

T.B. Joshua further predicted that France may also become the next target for the terrorists.

It would be recalled that T.B. Joshua’s broadcasting network Emmanuel TV released a video on April 14, 2014, in which the prophet warned about a possible Abuja bomb blast. The prophecy was dated November 10, 2013.

Popular Nigerian Pastor Defends Evangelist And ‘Witch Hunter’, Helen Ukpabio


Nigerian Evangelist Helen Ukpabio, the founder of Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries who is being labelled a ‘witch hunter’ was deported some days back from the UK by the British government over her threat to the lives of children in the country.

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She was deported after citizens urged the Home Secretary Theresa May to ban her from returning to the UK as a result of her weird beliefs in witchcraft.

Well, it seems like Helen still has the support of some people.

General Overseer of Revival Assembly, Apostle Anselm Madubuko has risen up in defence of his colleague in the Ministry.

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Do you agree with Apostle Anselm?

Tonto Dikeh Drops Advice On The Impending P-Square Split


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Controversial Nollywood actress and singer — Tonto Dikeh has dropped her own piece on the P-Square war.

She warns about the negative consequences of the break-up, stated that wives must play an important role for resolving the situation:

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“When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It is like death. The love of twins is undisputed, Paul and Peter. You have been together for years, making great songs like Senorita, Do me, Story, More than a friend, Omoge mi, Busy body, Alingo, Personally, Testimony; the list is endless! Why break it up now?

“Please learn. Two heads are better than one. Mrs Lola and Anita, they say a woman makes a home. This is the time to show the world that both of you are women with great substance, which I believe you are.”

We all know that Tonto is a close friend of Peter and Paul and takes their problems in a very serious and personal way.

It would be recalled that some of the reasons Peter wants out is that he claims his brothers do not respect his wife and that their brother, Jude, has been disrespecting Lola for years.

Peter is especially bitter, and it is still possible that Jude and Paul stay together, while Peter dumped them.

The described deadlock prompted his packing out of Squareville mansion in Omole where he lived with his brothers for years to Lekki Phase 1 with his wife Lola Omotayo and their children.

Photos: Ogun state politician allegedly batters wife


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Just got this mail from an NGO that deals with domestic violence cases. According to their story, the woman above is the wife of an Ogun-state politician named Bashorun Bayo Awosanya. He allegedly attacked her at their residence in Sagamu on Easter Sunday April 20th around 8.30pm after an argument. The lady was saved by their gateman who heard her cries for help from his station. 

She’s currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Sagamu. Her people figured it won’t hurt for people to see what the man did, so they sent the pics to the press. This madness has got to stop! You have to be the lowest of the lowest scum to hit a woman so bad she lands in the hospital. Continue to see more photos…

Mob Set Man Ablaze In Ogun


There was chaos in Saje area of Abeokuta, Ogun State  yesterday, after an unidentified man, suspected to be a ritualist was set on fire by angry mob.

Man-on-fireThe suspected ritualist who was not a resident of the area was set ablaze at about 6:35pm following his suspicious loitering around and allegedly pretending to ask directions from a school girl who was in company of her elder sister and in turn charming her with a substance he sprayed into her eyes, thereby making her loose her senses.

An eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Godwin, who said the suspect had been roaming the street for some days prior to his death was attacked by some boys, who had accused him of spraying perfume into the girl’s face, who was writhing in pain, and acting abnormal.

But when he refused to give the girl the cure to stop the pain, this angered the boys saying:

“The action infuriated the boys who were still worried over  the arrest of some boys yesterday by the police at Ijaiye area. So, they decided to deal with him before the arrival of the policemen.”

Meanwhile the suspect’s whose body was still burning when the police arrived the scene has been deposited at the General Hospital Mortuary, Ijaiye, Abeokuta while his victim is yet to regain her consciousness as she was taken away by some relatives.

UNBELIEVABLE: Lupita shares baby pic day after she’s named People Most Beautiful


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Wow, she really grew into a beauty! Proud of her!

Vybz Kartel caught on video committing murder; video leaks online


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On April 3rd Jamaican dance-hall star Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a former associate, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He just filed an appeal against his sentence but it’s unlikely he will make any headway with that because his murder video just leaked online.

When he was arrested back in 2011, the center piece of the murder case was a video tape made at the crime scene (Vybz’ own home) implicating Vybz and his co-defendants. Well, someone just leaked that video footage…and it’s chilling! They chopped the guy into pieces…that’s why a body has never been found. This guy is ruthless, OMG! Continue…

The murder victim, Clive Williams

From Urban Islandz

An anonymous source sent Urban Islandz several video footage, some of which allegedly played in court during the high profile murder trial.

In the video you can see several men in a house that sources say is Kartel’s house by Havendale where the murder took place on August 16, 2011.

One of then men was seen with a pick axe, while another man has what appears to be blood stain on his shirt.

The language in the video is very chilling.

“Yow hear weh mi a say.. mi want yo hold him with a knife and stab him in a him neck and slow him down…,” one man said in the video.

“Hold down and make mi cut him throat,” another man said in the video.

“You affi swing it hard and no mek it ketch mi,” one man told the man with the pick axe.

There is also another video and a photo of a headless man rumored to be the body of Clive “Lizard” Williams. But these are too gruesome to be published.

Watch Video >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGu7-z9C-jY

Juliet Ibrahim’s H&M shopping bags causes storm on her page


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Aye people! You show off expensive things, wahala, you show off H&M things…more wahala…lol. Actress Juliet Ibrahim showed off her H&M shopping bags on her instagram page and it caused some sort of debate on her page. Some fans felt she was too big to be shopping at H&M, while others felt she was being real. Is anyone too big to shop at H&M though? Continue…

 

 

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Aftermath of Nyanya blast: Military checkpoint causes traffic gridlock


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In the wake of the Nyanya bomb blast which occurred on Monday April 14th, which killed over 80 people, military checkpoints have been mounted at various strategic road junctions to check human and vehicular activities in the FCT.
Motorists/workers say these checkpoints have become a big problem for them as they lose many useful hours in traffic with some of them getting late to work and receiving queries.
According to a report on Channels TV, residents in Abuja say their fear is in the manner in which the military men carry out their search operations. They say the traffic opens them to a possible attack from Boko Haram men who can take advantage of the gridlock and strike again. They pleaded with the military to seek more effective ways to carry out their search…

ALL The Exciting Photos From The AY Live Show


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Yes, this is the same show that Genevieve rocked the infamous expensive Chanel bag to.

The AY Live Show took place on Sunday the 19th of April 2014, at the Eko Hotel & Suites Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

This edition was tagged “The Happiness Edition” and all the stars were in attendance.

Here are all the spicy and juicy photos from Sunday, right from the red carpet to all the  magical performances and tiny details.

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Pastor Chris Okafor’s wife accuses him of assault [PHOTOS]


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Pastor of Mountain of Liberation Miracles Ministries, Dr. Chris Okafor, has been accused of beating up his estranged wife, Bessem Okafor, at their home in Magodo, Lagos.

Speaking to Punch, Bessem who left her home in 2012 claimed she was beaten a few weeks ago during her visit to her four children who were in the custody of their father.

“I have not seen my children for nine months and our lawyers – a lawyer from the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, and her husband’s lawyer, Mr. Onyechukwu Ubani agreed that I could come and see them at home after school hours by 5pm. I went to the house at the appointed time, but my children were not there.

I had to wait outside in the compound until 10pm before my husband arrived; the children were not with him. They were later brought home by the driver about 12am. By then, it was clear I couldn’t leave again, I had to spend the night.

The following morning, I bathed and dressed them for school. They pleaded with me to stay back until they returned since I hardly spend time with them, I agreed.” She explained.

However, a few hours after her children had left for school, Bessem allegedly received a phone call from Chris who had also left the house.

He allegedly questioned her presence in the house and ordered her to leave, however, Bessem insisted on staying till her children returned from school.

In anger, Chris allegedly sent a policeman who was part of his entourage to the house.

“The policeman told me to leave the house. At that time, I was wearing only my dress. I had washed my undies and spread them to dry since I didn’t come with extra. I told the policeman that I would leave after my children returned from school. Later, Chris came in and on seeing me; he started beating me and dragged me out of the house.” Bessem claimed.

After lodging her complaint at the Isheri Police Division, she was hospitalised at the Solid Rock Hospital, in the Ojodu/Berger area.

Chris, has not responded to Bessem’s claims yet.

Oko crisis: Youths insist Ekwueme should be sacked as monarch


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Youths of Oko community in Anambra State have demanded the sack of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Laz Ekwueme.

This followed the alleged killing of a youth in the community by soldiers engaged by the monarch to stop masquerades during a festival in the community.

Placard carrying youths, who arrived the government house Awka Wednesday in protest asked the state governor to sack their traditional ruler.

Led by the president of Oko Youth Movement, Evangelist Toochukwu Hilary Ezeokafor, the youths said that the monarch had lately constituted himself into a torn in the flesh of his subjects, saying that his latest was to engage soldiers to stop the carrying of masquerade in the popular Afia Olu festival.

“Our monarch is supposed to be the one to protect us, but he has turned into something else. He has been giving his subjects stones instead of bread, and we members of the community continue to live in fear everyday.

“We are here at the government house to ask the governor to look into the matter and to also dethrone Prof Laz Ekwueme as the traditional ruler of Oko community.

“We believe that the whole crisis that has engulfed the community is because he is unhappy that members of the community are on the side of the Rector of Oko Polytechnic, who he has been instigating his sack.

“On our part, we have insisted that we will continue to stand with the rector because he has done well in the institution, and we cannot call for the sack of a man who did not do anything just because our monarch does not like him”, they stated.

Some of the placards carried by the protesting youths read- Igwe Oko is feeding us stones, Your Excellency please use your good office to restore peace in Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme is a traitor, Laz Ekwueme is not fit to be our King, Laz Ekwueme is a rascal, please dethrone him, among others.

Reacting to their myriads of complaints, the senior Special Adviser on Media to Governor Willie Obiano, Mr James Eze, who addressed the protesters on behalf of the governor, promised that government will look into the matter.

He said, “We already know of the crisis in Oko community, and that a masquerade was shot dead. It is an aberration in the entire Igboland, but I can only promise you that the governor will attend to this.

“He is a very kind person, and a listening governor, and he would have been here himself to address you people, but he is in a security meeting right now. I urge you to go back, articulate your demands in a letter and bring it through representatives and I assure you he will treat it speedily”.

2015: A new government will emerge in Nigeria – Prophet Fakolade


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Popular cleric and leader of Divine Intelligence Ministry, Prophet George Fakolade, has predicted that Nigeria will experience a change of government in 2015.

According to him, a new regime that will take Nigeria to its promised land would emerge.

Prophet Fakolad who revealed this during his visit to the Headquarters of Leadership newspaper on Wednesday, said that the suffering of Nigerians is coming to an end, adding that the new regime is going to bring about abundance.

He said that Nigeria is the richest country in the world in everything as created by God, but bad leadership is against it, adding that the end has come for bad leadership in the country.

“Lt. General T. Y Danjuma would be part of the government; God has decreed it since the year 2000, and it is going to be a divine appointment of a divine regime. It is an unchangeable decree from God. People asked me why T. Y. Danjuma; I told them that God has a covenant with him. God is a covenant keeping God; when He says something, it is going to happen; we just have to be prepared,” he

Borno Women Plead With Boko Haram To Release School Girls


Borno WomenComing on the heels of the abduction of about 234 female students at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State women yesterday arose in unison to demand the unconditional release of the girls, more than a week after they were seized from their hostels and taken to unknown location.

The concerned women in Borno – BAOBAB for Women Rights – demanded that the insurgents should unconditionally release the girls if they truly believe in God, on whose behalf they erroneously claim to be fighting for.

Prof. Hauwa Biu, spokesperson for the group, while addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said that the abduction was a violation of the girls’ human rights and crime against humanity.

“Women in Borno are calling on the insurgents to please release all the girls in their custody without harming them”, she said.

Prof. Biu also pleaded with the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace the dialogue option proposed by government.

“We assure them of our motherly support toward rehabilitating them when the need arises”, she said.

After the abduction of the girls on April 15, many of their parents hit the road on a fruitless journey to the Sambisa forest near the border with Cameroon where they are believed to have been taken to by their captors, accompanied by members of the Civilian JTF.

“We are ready to embark on another search in the forest with the parents of the abducted girls if we can have enough security backing”, Mrs. Biu said, adding that “Our target is not to fight the abductors but we want to beg them to release the girls in the name of the God that we all worship”.

Mrs. Biu called on security agents to use sophisticated weapons in detecting the location of the abductors even as she strongly condemned other violent campaigns by the insurgents especially in recent times.

“Women in Borno also condemn violent attacks on schools which deny children their rights to learn in safe environment, thereby jeopardising their future.

“We commend the efforts of Borno and Federal Governments as well as youths/ vigilantes in addressing the current insurgency in the country.

“However, bearing in mind the continuous attacks on schools, we appeal for the provision of adequate security to all schools so as to have a safe learning environment for our children”.

Amaechi’s wife denies being a maid to former Governor, Peter Odili


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Rivers State First Lady Dame Judith Amaechi has dismissed reports that she served as maid to the former Governor of the state, Peter Odili.

While reading to some school children during the Opening day of the UNESCO-Port Harcourt World Book Capital, a pupil posed the question, asking if Mrs Amaechi had ever been a maid.

For the first time since the stories filtered into the public in 1999, Dame Judith Amaechi had this to say: “I have never been a housemaid, my mother died when I was 4 and my Aunty, Mrs. Ndukwe took care of me, I got the best education, I began my education in the North, attended Port Harcourt Primary, FGGC Abuloma and then studied Urban and Regional planning at RSUST.

“My aunty and her husband are disciplinarians and educationist, my mum is from Ndoni in Rivers State and I married my husband in 1993, I was never a maid to anyone”.

JUNGLE JUSTICE: Tenants Mistakes Landlord’s Son For kidnapper, Beats Him To Death In Lagos [GRAPHIC PHOTO]


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Some tenants and members of the Odua People’s Congress have lynched a 41-year-old man in the Ajelogo area of Mile 12, Lagos State.

Journalists learnt that the deceased, Tolulope Olajuwape, was beaten to death by residents of Fasanya Street near his father’s house after being wrongly accused of being a kidnapper.

The elder sister of the deceased, Mrs. Oluwakemi Adesanya, told correspondents that her brother had been away from Nigeria for many years.

She said on the fateful day, the deceased had gone to the area to visit their mother, who he did not know was dead.

An unidentified woman was said to have raised a false alarm, after which Olajuwape was beaten to death.

She said, “My brother has been away from Nigeria for about 24 years. He spent five years in Sierra Leone while he has spent the last 19 years in Guinea Bissau.

However, four years ago, he came briefly to Nigeria and we discussed how we were going to renovate our late father’s house on Fasanya Street and let it out.

“We begged him to stay in Nigeria, but he refused. After he returned to Guinea Bissau, we lost touch because he lost his phone and my elder brother, who had his phone number, had misplaced his own phone as well. So, when our mother died over a year ago, Tolulope did not even know.

“On April 9, 2014, I received a phone call from one of my elder brothers in Kaduna, who told me that he heard that Tolulope was in Nigeria and was being beaten up near our father’s house. It was quite late in the evening and I was very far away, so I could not do anything that night.”

Adesanya said the following morning, she visited the area where she was informed that a suspected kidnapper had been lynched.

The matter was then reported at the Mile 12 Police Post after which investigations began.

Adesanya said, “My aunt told me that my brother had gone to my father’s house around 7pm and did not like the condition of the house. He went inside the house and threatened to evict some people, but none of the tenants knew him because the house had been given to a developer.

“Maybe because my brother was on dreadlocks, he looked suspicious to them. I learnt that a woman raised the alarm and accused him of being a kidnapper and a thief. People immediately gathered around him and one OPC man descended on my brother.

“My brother ran to the next street – Fadare Street – where my mother’s house was situated. He entered the house and started knocking on doors, shouting ‘Iya Kemi e gba mi’ (Iya Kemi, help me). He did not know that Iya Kemi, our mother, was deceased and the house had been rented out.”

It was learnt that the irate mob traced Olajuwape to the house and tortured him for about four hours.

The developer of the said property was said to have called the tenants of the house on the telephone to inform them that the person being lynched was indeed the landlord’s son, but by then it was already too late.

After killing him, his corpse was thrown into the main road and was crushed by oncoming vehicles.

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“After killing my brother, someone explained to them that he was indeed the landlord’s son. When the mob noticed that they had made a mistake, they threw my brother’s corpse into the main road so that it would be crushed beyond recognition,” Adesanya said while fighting back tears.

Adesanya wondered how the lynching took place without the knowledge of the police despite the fact that the scene of the incident was just two streets away from the Mile 12 Police Post.

She, however, called on the police to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

When correspondents visited the house on Fasanya Street, all the rooms were locked and the house was deserted.

However, it was learnt that some of the tenants, including the woman who raised the false alarm, had been arrested.

A landlord on Fadare Street, who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity, said many of them could not do anything to save the victim.

He said, “As you can see, I am very old and I have lost my sight. I knew the victim’s mother, Iya Kemi. I heard when somebody was shouting Iya Kemi’s name for help, but I cannot even walk without being aided.

“It was later in the morning that I was informed that it was her son that was killed. Before her death, Iya Kemi used to cry that she missed her son, Tolu. It is unfortunate what happened.”

Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, had yet to reply to text messages sent to her telephones as of the time of going to the press.

ASUP Plans Nationwide Protest For April 29


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), on Wednesday, said it had concluded plans to stage a nationwide protest over what it described as government’s insensitivity to its lingering strike.

The National President of the union, Dr Chibuzo Asomugha, told newsmen in Abuja that the protest would take place on April 29.

This is coming on the heels of Kebbi State chapter of the union’s decision on Tuesday to call off the 10-month old strike.

Asomugha said failure by the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUP and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the consequent shutdown of the nation’s public polytechnics and colleges of education was worrisome.

“In fact, we are planning for the protest on April 29 and if it doesn’t come up on the 29th, then it would be immediately after May Day.

“We have been waiting for the federal government. The strike should have been suspended about three weeks ago but we haven’t heard from them.

“So, with this kind of development we do not even think there is any measure of sincerity on the part of the government,’’ he said.

According to him, the strike has lingered and members are beginning to give in to pressure.

“Ten months into the strike, some chapters are coming under pressure but there are provisions in our constitution to take care of such betrayals.

He expressed confidence in the resilience of ASUP members,
He said the union would hold final meeting on the proposed strike with the Nigeria Labour Congress and other stakeholders.

Nyesom Wike, Supervising Minister of Education, had in a meeting in February with the union, accused it of thwarting government’s efforts at resolving the strike.

The government later set up another committee, headed by the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, and was yet to convince the striking lecturers. [NAN]

Kano: Sharia Court Sentences Man To Death By Stoning For Defiling Minor, Infecting With HIV/AIDS


stoneAn Upper Sharia Court sitting at Nomansland of Sabon Gari area in Kano State has sentenced Ubale Saudi Dutsa, a 63-year-old man, to death by stoning, following his involvement in the defilement of a 12-year-old girl, Shamsiyya.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Farouk Ahmad held that he relied on Sharia law guided by Quran to sentence the convict accordingly.

Dutsa had pleaded guilty seven times before the sentence was handed down.

The minor was said to have been medically examined at the state-owned Murtala Muhammad Hospital while it discovered that she was infected with HIV/AIDS as a result of the convict’s carnal knowledge of her.

The convict was brought before the court on the charge of defiling Shamsiyya from a small part of the state known as Gezawa town.

Confab: Kutigi Denies CAN Allegation, Says No Plot To Undermine Christians


national conferenceChairman of the National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd), yesterday denied the allegation that there is a grand plot to undermine the interest of Christians at the ongoing conference.

Kutigi, who spoke through his Assistant Secretary (Media and Communications) Mr. Apandem James, described as misleading, the protest of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the composition of the conference’s committee on religion.

CAN in a statement on Tuesday faulted the composition of the committee on religion, saying “We hereby express our reservations on the composition of the members of the National Conference Committee on Religion and without fear or contradiction state that the Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, has done his wish to ensure that the leadership of the committees favours Muslims in Nigeria”.

The umbrella body for Christians in the country specifically said that Kutigi tactically chose Alhaji Nurudeen Lemu, his kinsman from Niger State, as Chairman of Religion committee in order to control the committee through the back door.

But the retired Chief Justice of Nigeria denied the charge, saying there was no iota of truth in it.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a misleading statement issued by Mr Sunny Oibe, who signed as the Director (National Issues) in the Secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). There is no truth whatsoever in the unfortunate alarm raised in the press statement which tends to give the impression of an attempt to undermine Christians in the National Conference.

“In trying to whip up unnecessary sentiments, Oibe claimed that the Committee on Religion is made up of 12 Muslims and eight Christians. That is not correct. The Committee has 21 members – 11 Muslims and 10 Christians.

“It must be noted that delegates were asked to submit names of three committees they would prefer to serve, in order of preference. Seven Christians indicated Religion as their first choice, four as second and two as third choice.

“That brought the total number of Christians to 13. Three Muslims made Religion their first choice, seven made it their second choice and eight made it their third choice bringing the total number to 20.

“However, some of those who had other committees as first and second choices were placed in the primary committees of choice leaving the Committee on Religion with a lesser number than was required to form a full Committee.

“It must also be noted that the official list of delegates showed that both Muslims and Christians have six representations each; which means that only 12 out of the 492 delegates are at the conference as Christian and Muslim leaders”.

Osun, Ekiti Polls: We’ll Not Go To Court, This Time It Is ‘Rig And Roast’ – Tinubu


bola-TinubuAlthough the audience was made up mostly of academics, former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, could not help but delve into politics, as he warned against any attempt to rig the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

The elections are slated for June 21 (Ekiti) and August 9 (Osun).

Speaking at his investiture as the Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, and award of honorary Doctor of Science in Management Science yesterday, Tinubu said “it will be rig and roast”.

Apparently reacting to an earlier statement credited to the Vice President, Arc Namadi Sambo that the elections in the two states would be a warfare for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the APC chieftain warned: “We are prepared not to go to court but to drive you out. We will not take it anymore. If you mess up in Ekiti and Osun states, you will see our reactions. For every action, there must be a reaction”.

Tinubu called on the electorate in the two South-West states to guard their votes, saying that no government that wants people’s votes to count would behave the way the current government was doing.

“They are planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes. It is going to be rig and roast”, he added.

Reacting to President Goodluck Jonathan’s comments in Kano last week, where he accused the state Governor, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso of mismanaging the money meant for his presidential campaign in 2011, Tinubu asked the president where he got such huge amount of money, having used ‘I’d no shoes’ as one of his many campaign slogans.

The APC chieftain, who spoke on the topic, “Two Faces of Despair: State of the Nigeria Nation”, also faulted President Jonathan’s administration on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that was recently rebased.

He said: “Nigeria has magically leaped over South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa. Too bad the magical statistics do not translate into a magical improvement in the people’s economic condition. While the GDP grew, the people’s wellbeing tumbles.

“The recent rebasing putting Nigeria ahead of South Africa has raised more doubts about the objectives of those in charge of economy. From a modest of $305 billion, Nigeria’s GDP ballooned to $488billion.

“The GDP mathematics is an offensive sideshow, given the real hardships Nigerians face. This is another variant of the vision 2020 gimmick and to make the government look good prior to the world economic forum meeting in Abuja next month. It is propaganda not progress”, Tinubu asserted.

The investiture ceremony was attended by APC chieftains from across the country, including National Leader Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Interim Chairman Bisi Akande, Interim National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and presidential flag bearer of the defunct ACN, Malam Nuhu Ribadu.

Others are Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, who came with his wife Sherifat, host Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife Florence, as well as senators and other top party officials. They were Senators Gbenga Ashafa, Olorunimbe Mamora, Femi Ojudu and Sola Adeyeye.

Also there were House of Representatives Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, frontline scholar Prof. Adebayo Williams, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Lagos Commissioner for Information Mr. Dele Alake.

The Governors of Lagos, Ekiti and Ogun were represented by their spouses – Dame Abimbola Fashola (Lagos), Erelu Bisi Fayemi (Ekiti) and Mrs. Olufunke Amosun (Ogun).

The ceremony was also graced by royal fathers from Oyo and Osun states, which jointly own the institution. The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewunmi Ajagungbade, was there

Amaechi Not Planning PDP Return – APC


amaechiThe All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has denied claims by the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, that Governor Rotimi Amaechi is staging a comeback through the back door to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The party also denied being afraid of the PDP in next year’s governorship polls in the state.

Amaechi dumped the PDP on whose platform he became governor for the APC last November, alongside four of his colleagues.

Wike had while speaking at the ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Felix Obuah-led Rivers PDP, claimed that Amaechi and his supporters were making frantic efforts to return to the party.

“The Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and his supporters are jittery and afraid and the governor and his supporters are making efforts to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress”, the minister was quoted to have said.

But a statement from the office of its chairman in Rivers State, Davies Ikanya, on Tuesday, the APC said it wondered what would make the governor and his supporters to be jittery of the PDP, which was not only in disarray, but also cursed.

“This, to say the least, is a lie from the pit of hell. It is really unfortunate that a man holding a high office as a Federal Minister could lie so brazenly and without compunction in his desperation to raise the morale of his fast depleting followers in the Rivers PDP”, the statement signed by Mr. Ikanya’s media aide, Chukwuemeka Eze, said.

“If we may ask, what will make Governor Amaechi and APC in Rivers State to be jittery and afraid; afraid of PDP that is in disarray and cursed with a rudderless leadership without any sound vision; afraid of a party whose founding fathers are leaving in droves and a party that has virtually ceased to function in Rivers State?

“This is nothing but the ranting of a drowning man. We would ordinarily not have bothered to respond to Wike if not for the need to put the records straight”.

The ruling APC said it was ridiculous for the minister to claim that Amaechi and the party leaders were planning to rejoin the PDP through the backdoor, saying “What he does not understand is that Gov. Amaechi has left PDP for good, without any intention of returning to the
sinking ship which PDP has become as of today”.

The party then asked Wike to continue with his vision and mission, “which is to run down Nigeria’s educational system”.

“It has gone on record that he supervised and ensured that Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education are permanently closed pending when he leaves office as the Supervising Minister of Education.

“His plot to render our University system comatose failed after he ensured that the Universities were closed for six months. The people of Rivers State are wise enough not to allow such a failed politician and administrator to govern the State even for one second to avoid him destroying all the enviable legacies of Governor Amaechi”.

APC declared that it was proud of Gov. Amaechi’s feats saying he has become “a political institution whose sandals Wike is unfit to untie”.

PDP Has No ‘Stolen Mandate’ To Recover In Kwara, Says State Govt


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The Kwara State Government has described as a huge joke, the “quit notice” served on the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the state by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The newly elected state chairman of PDP, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, formerly of the APC, had called on PDP members to begin preparing for another election before the 2015 general elections, because APC was ruling the state on a stolen mandate.

But the state government, in a reaction through the Special Adviser on Information, Prince Deji Oni, expressed concern that the statement credited to Oyedepo was similar to what President Goodluck Jonathan also said when he visited the state over a month ago, promising that the PDP would recover its ‘stolen mandate’.

Oni condemned the statement and described the PDP as a party of political jesters, adding that it was worrisome that PDP could be making such statements instead of dealing with the series of petitions arising from its congresses.

The statement added that contrary to the PDP chairman’s comment, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was overwhelmingly voted for “and for the likes of Iyiola Oyedepo to call it a stolen mandate is not only laughable but condemnable by all right thinking people”.

“It is crystal clear that at a time the country is battling with security and economic challenges with the unfortunate abduction of school children, the only agenda of the ruling party remains the 2015 general elections.

“We advise the PDP to put its house in order by addressing the tons of protest letters from aggrieved members of the party arising from its controversial marathon state congress held in the dark of the night!”

Stop Spreading Bomb Rumours, Police Warn FCT Residents


The FCT Police Command on Wednesday appealed to residents spreading rumour of bomb blasts in the territory to desist from such habit.

The spokesperson of the command, DSP Altine Daniel, made the appeal while reacting to another purported bomb scare at the Federal Secretariat.

Daniel advised anyone with useful information on suspected persons, movement or objects, to call the police instead of spreading rumour, thereby causing panic.

“Don’t spread rumour, anyone with useful information on suspected explosive object should call the police.

“Those spreading rumour of bombs do not have experience to handle explosive devices; they only cause panic.

“It is the police and other security agencies that are trained to handle suspected bombs. If there is any, please call the police and stop spreading rumour,’’ she appealed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appeal followed a bomb scare at the Federal Secretariat at about noon on Wednesday.

Daniel, however, said that the rumour was about a car allegedly laden with explosive devices and parked at a section of the Federal Secretariat.

It was learnt that following the rumour, personnel from the anti-bomb squad, supported by sniffer dogs, were immediately deployed to comb all nooks and crannies of the secretariat.

However, they did not find any object.
Some workers at the secretariat, who spoke to NAN, claimed ignorance of the rumour.

Normal official activities have resumed at the secretariat.

However, a security officer, who pleaded anonymity, said personnel from the police bomb disposal unit had been visiting the secretariat on daily basis.

The source said that during the visit, they combed everywhere for suspected explosive devices, adding that this was one of the proactive measures adopted recently to forestall any eventuality.

It would be recalled that there was a bomb scare at the secretariat last week. [NAN]

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GLO To Terminate P-Square’s Ambassadors Contract After Break Up


A source close to the telecoms operator told Vanguard yesterday on telephone that Glo may terminate the endorsement deal, which it has with the pop twins since 2010, should they go ahead with the break-up. According to the source, the telecoms giant entered into a contract with P-Square and not with any of the twins. “Since Glo has a contract with P-Square, and not with Peter or Paul, their breakup will definitely lead to the termination of the contract,” the source explained. Meanwhile, when Vanguard visited the Squareville residence of the pop twins at Lola Holloway Street, Omole Phase 1, Lagos, the place was a shadow of its old self.

Calmness and silence pervaded the vicinity, even as cars were seen parked outside the compound, indicating that there were people inside the house.

Source: Vanguard

Fulani Herdsman Confesses To Boko Haram Membership


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Groups alleged to be Fulani herdsmen that have unleashed terror on middle belt states of Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, including those that recently killed scores of people in Zamfara state, are Boko Haram sect members, indications have emerged.

This became known following the confessions of some arrested Fulani herdsmen that took part in the killings and burning of houses in Wukari, Taraba state, who told security forces that they took part in many Boko Haram attacks.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade; “A group of terrorists operating under the guise of herdsmen from a camp in the outskirt of Wukari have been arrested, while others died after an attack on military check point at Gindin Dorowa, a suburb of Wukari in Taraba State”.

“Other members of the group were sighted in the course of air surveillance and later trailed to their camp where they engaged the troops in a battle”.

“The terrorists were clad in the usual pattern of dress of their counterparts operating in Borno and Yobe States”.

“One of the apprehended armed men confessed that he had been fighting for the terrorist group in Borno State and was recently brought to Wukari area in furtherance of their mission”.

“Assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them”.

“Meanwhile, the curfew imposed on Wukari and its environs is expected to be relaxed as normalcy returns to the town”.

“Troops have maintained patrol of the area while a house-to-house search for arms is ongoing”.

“In another development, troops on patrol of the Lake Chad Islands have made some arrests”.

“Among those arrested was a boat operator who ferries terrorists across the Lake Chad while another confessed to being a supplier of hard drugs to the terrorist groups in the area”.

“In the meantime, the search for the abducted students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok is also being intensified”.

Normoreloss Blasts Nigerian Bloggers On Twitter Says they trade good name for cheap publicity


Normoreloss seems to be pissed with Nigerian bloggers, may be a particular blogger annoyed him which led to him going to twitter to rant about the person and actually generalizing it.

Aregbesola Tasks FG Over Rescue Of Abducted Students


Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday in Lagos, called on the Federal Government to prioritise the rescue of the remaining abducted Government Secondary School girls in Chibok, Borno State and stop other acts of violence by insurgents in parts of the country.

Aregbesola, spoke at the public presentation of a book titled, “Giants of history: Making of our world”, authored by Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba.

The governor, who was the Keynote Speaker, lamented the lacklustre attitude of the Federal Government towards the abduction incident, saying; “The implication of the abduction on national security psyche and image are enormous. I am so depressed about what is happening in the country and I do not know how to put it.

“I cannot understand the rationale behind the kidnapping of school girls; girls who left their homes with sole ambition of acquiring knowledge only to end up as companions to criminals and sycophants. It is frightening.

“I urge everybody to do everything humanly possible to put an end to this sad development.

“The Federal Government must rise up to this; everyone in authority must act now. As horrible as Afghanistan is, we never read of abduction of human beings, let alone school children,” Aregbesola said.

Missing Flight MH370: Object Suspected To Be Debris Of Plane Found On Australian Beach


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Investigators looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have expressed caution about debris found washed up on a West Australian beach.

The debris was discovered on a beach 10km east of Augusta and was reported to police.

Authorities say the 2m x 2m item is now at Bussellton police station where it has been photographed.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said it appeared to be a piece of sheet metal with rivets.

Although Mr Dolan said the debris was “sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs”, he added that “the more we look at it, the less excited we get”, CNN reported.

The Australian-led Joint Agency Coordination Centre said the photos were being examined “to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search for missing flight MH370”.

However, Malaysian officials appeared puzzled by suggestions any part of the plane could possibly have been found on a WA beach.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Department, said the debris had “not been verified yet as a part of the aircraft”.

The debris was found by an unidentified man who told local farmers about it before reporting it to police.

Australia’s Nine News earlier reported that three objects had washed up, one believed to be the length of a car with “distinct rivets”.

The latest find came as Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted Australia won’t be abandoning the search even if no wreckage was located during the underwater hunt.

“Australia will not rest until we have done everything we humanely can to get to the bottom of this mystery,” Mr Abbott insisted.

The hunt for the jet has focused on a search area about 1500km north west of Perth after pings believed to be from the plane’s black boxes were detected there.

So far nothing has been found and the air search was suspended yesterday for the second day in a row due to heavy seas and poor visibility.

The Prime Minister said he had “no advice whatsoever” to suggest there is any truth in claims the plane may have landed somewhere.

His words came in response to a report in the New Straits Times quoting sources close to the investigation saying that they were considering revisiting the scenario that the plane had landed at an unknown location.

“Our expert advice is that the aircraft went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean, we have identified a probable impact zone, which is about 700km long, about 80km wide,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

South Korea Ferry Disaster: Anger, Anguish As Mourners Pay Respect At Memorial


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Thousands of mourners have paid tearful respects at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea’s ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week.

The confirmed death toll stood at 150, but 152 were still unaccounted for, their bodies believed trapped in the inverted, submerged ship that sank a week ago in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained.

As the relatives of the missing began their daily vigil at the harbour on Jindo island, where bodies recovered from the disaster site are brought, others converged on a temporary memorial to the victims in Ansan, 320km to the north.

Ansan has become a focal point of national mourning. The city is home to the Danwon High School which had 352 students and a dozen teachers on the Sewol when it capsized.

Nearly 280 students are among the dead and missing.

The memorial, set up in an indoor sports stadium, was opened Wednesday and comprised a giant altar in the form of a terraced bank of flowers – white, yellow and green chrysanthemums – among which rested the framed pictures and names of students whose funerals have already taken place.

Above the floral wall a large banner carried the message: “We pray for the souls of the departed.”

Mourners, clutching single white chrysanthemums handed out by volunteers, wept, bowed and prayed as they stood before the altar before placing their flowers below the students’ pictures.

There was anger as well as grief. One woman railed tearfully against the authorities for not saving more people, while one large floral tribute carried a sash with the simple message: “I hate the Republic of Korea.”

Among the mourners were many schoolchildren in uniform, some of whom broke down and had to be helped out of the stadium.

In Jindo harbour, the latest bodies recovered from the ferry were taken to a small tented village set up to manage the process of identifying the bodies.

“I’m here to help you recognise the dead,” a forensic official told a group of relatives called to the site because ID documents or distinguishing features indicated their family member might be among those brought ashore.

“We have cleaned the bodies, but did not take their clothes and socks off so that you can recognise them more easily,” the official said, before leading them into a separate, closed-off section.

Each positive identification was marked by a piercing cry of anguished recognition and an outpouring of grief from the family members – most of them middle-aged parents.

The Sewol’s captain, Lee Joon-Seok, and six crew members are under arrest with two other crew taken into police custody on Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, prosecutors raided a host of businesses affiliated with the ferry operator, the Chonghaejin Marine Company.

The raid was part of a probe into “overall corruption in management”, Kim Hoe-Jong, a prosecutor on the case, said.

More than 70 executives and other people connected with Chonghaejin and its affiliates have been issued 30-day travel bans while they are investigated on possible charges ranging from criminal negligence to embezzlement.

Captain Lee and his surviving crew members have been pilloried in the media for abandoning the ship while hundreds remained trapped inside.

President Park Geun-Hye has described their actions as being “tantamount to murder”.

There has been particular criticism of Lee’s decision to delay the evacuation order until the vessel was listing so sharply that escape had become almost impossible.

Boko Haram: Soyinka Tasks FG On Release Of Abducted Girls


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Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to ensure the release of 230 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Professor Soyinka, who gave the keynote address in Port Harcourt at the opening ceremony of declaration of Port Harcourt as UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, said the focus of the event was for the Federal Government to ensure the safe release of the students.

He said he had expected President Goodluck Jonathan to convene an emergency security meeting over the ugly development in the school after the abduction of the students.

He noted that the ongoing book fair in Port Harcourt was a national rejection of Boko Haram, adding that the Islamic sect does not reflect the teachings and values of Islam.

Minutes after his address, former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and the Project Director, Rainbow Book Club, Mrs Koko Kalango led the gathering to make a collective demand for the girls’ release.

Jonathan Lauds Buhari’s Patriotic Call For National Unity Against Terrorism, Insecurity


CENTENARY-BUHARI-GEJPresident Goodluck Jonathan has commended former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari for his very statesman-like views on terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria as expressed in his recent article which was widely published by the media.

Buhari, who is a national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, had in a statement, in reaction to the bombing of a motor park in Nyanya, Abuja, said masterminds of the dastardly act had declared war on all that is decent and good.

“They have declared war not against the state or even the government. They have declared war on Nigeria and all Nigerians because this murder took men and women, old and young, Christian and Muslim alike”, the former military ruler said.

His stand, as expressed in the article, according to President Jonathan, is that of a true patriot, respected former Head of State, revered elder statesman and nationalist.

Jonathan in a State House Press Release signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, Wednesday, welcomed Buhari’s call on all Nigerians to remain steadfast and work in unity to overcome terrorists and other merchants of death who currently threaten national security.

The statement reads in part: “President Jonathan fully shares General Buhari’s view that a minority must never be allowed to ‘bring the nation to its knees through terror’.

“He has noted General Buhari’s recommendation that the nation’s counter-terrorism strategies be further fine-tuned and welcomes his kind offer of support and co-operation in dealing with the challenge of terrorism”.

While further assuring the APC chieftain of his preparedness to work with him and all other patriotic Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to strengthen national security and end the scourge of terrorism, the president reiterated his administration’s commitment and dedication to the successful prosecution of the fight against terrorism and all other threats to national security.

Boko Haram: Women Group Vow To Embark Search For Abducted School Girls In Sambisa Forest


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A coalition of women’s rights in Borno yesterday expressed their readiness to mobilise thousands of women to embark on a voluntary search and rescue mission into the notorious Sambisa forest, to ensure the release of the abducted students.

The Borno women, under the auspices of BAOBAB Women’s Right, have said they were ready to storm the major hide out of the insurgents in Sambisa forest, where the abducted girls were believed to be held.

Spokesperson for the group, Professor Hauwa Biu, told newsmen that they resolved to embark on the rescue mission when it was evident that no reasonable progress was being achieved in the rescue efforts.

“We are ready to go into the forest and search for the girls. In fact, we are prepared to risk our lives and get up to Boko Haram camp and appeal to them to release the children to us so that they can reunite with their parents.

“There is nothing extraordinary in our quest to enter the dangerous forest. We learnt that some men in Chibok had earlier embarked on such mission, which later turned out to be fruitless.

“We felt that as mothers, we are in a better position to have the sympathy and concern over the fate of the missing girls.

“Our target is not to fight the abductors, but we want to beg them to release the girls in the name of the God that we all worship.”

The group also urged security forces to expedite action in their search and rescue mission of the students so that their parents can have rest of mind.

Biu described the abduction of the school girls as inhuman, abuse of human rights, capable of scuttling efforts for enhanced girl child education in the state and the country at large.

“The abduction of the innocent girls violates their human rights, and it is a crime against humanity and prohibited under international humanitarian law.

“Women in Borno strongly condemn this act in its totality as it deprives children their right to learn in a safe environment, thereby jeopardising their future.”

Biu also appealed to the insurgents to lay down their arms and hold dialogue with the government.

“We wish to appeal to the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue. We assure them of our motherly support toward rehabilitating them when the need arises

“We condemn all other attacks in form of bomb blasts and serial killings all over the country and commiserate with the families of those who lost their relations during the unfortunate incidents.

“We commend the efforts of Borno and Federal governments as well as youths and vigilantes in addressing the current insurgency in the country.

“However, bearing in mind the continuous attacks on schools, we appeal for the provision of adequate security to all schools so as to have a safe learning environment for our children.”