2015: Tambuwal’s men under watch


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…As PDP’s axe dangles on guber aspirants

Ten days to the close of pur­chase of nomination forms by governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there are fresh facts that some aspirants may be prevented from flying the party’s flag during the forthcoming general elections.

Daily Sun learnt that while some aspirants will be stopped at the party primaries, a few others who had been endorsed as consensus candidates by some outgoing state governors may be screened out. It was also gathered that the PDP hierarchy and the Presidency are op­posed to some persons who purport­edly worked against the interests and directives of the above organs to vie for the governorship elections. This, Daily Sun gathered, explained why the PDP made a public declaration against the endorsement of some aspirants by governors and the state PDP.

According to a source, “the time has come to show that loyalty to the party pays. The party is not going to reward someone or those people who worked against its interest in the past to become its candidates. Otherwise, what message are you sending to those who were loyal and carried out the party’s directives?

“I’ll give you just one example to buttress what I’m mean. You may say it belongs to the past but you see, during the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal), there were some PDP members in the House who worked against the party’s direc­tives and by extension, against the Presidency. Today, some of them are aspiring to contest governorship elections in their states. I concede it to them that it is their constitutional rights but we will, as a party, speak at the appropriate time on the sorts of people who will and will not fly the party’s flag,” the source affirmed.

It is against this backdrop and the need to ensure that their favoured candidates get both the party and se­curity clearances that has propelled some of the outgoing PDP governors who have been visiting Abuja to ascertain if their preferred successors have issues.

For instance, Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta and others espe­cially from the North have people they favour but have kept sealed lips on their preferred successors, while also working underground to ascertain if their anointed candi­dates would scale through party and security screening when the chips are down.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has mounted a strong cam­paign to win the Imo State governor­ship primary and has also won the support of some influential politi­cians. Sources revealed however, that the presidency has not forgiven him for his role during the election of Tambuwal as speaker.

Similarly, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi representing Udenu/Igbo Eze South federal constituency, who was re­cently endorsed as the PDP guberna­torial candidate for Enugu State also has the same problem with the presidency. He was said to be one of the strong supporters and financiers of the speaker’s emer­gence against the Presidency’s preferred choice and the party’s firm directive on the matter.

Though he, like Ihedioha, has been trying to reach out to the Presidency through emissaries, President Goodluck Jonathan is said not to have forgiven him for his alleged involvement in influencing how the lawmakers voted during that ill-fated elec­tion that dislodged the Presi­dent’s annointed candidate.

Our source further disclosed that Nigerians will be shocked by the outcomes of the party primaries across the states be­cause “it will be suicidal for us as a party to hand over our tick­et to people who worked against our party before now and whose allegiance is elsewhere. No mat­ter what they profess today, we are mindful of what they can do tomorrow.

“If the President and our party are disposed to our outgoing governors having a big role in deciding their successors, they must give us credible and acceptable candidates or alternatives. Otherwise, we are not obliged to accept their sole choices if they don’t satisfy our criteria, one of which is loyalty to the party.”

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JOIN HANDS TO SAVE IMO STATE, LETS KICK ROCHAS OKOROCHA OUT


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  1. Aboh Mbaise LGA 5,592,914,085.45 billion naira funds looted
  2. Ahiazu Mbaise LGA 4,893,694,597.34 billion naira funds looted
  3. Ehime Mbano LGA 4,725,559,182.63 billion naira funds looted
  4. Ezinihitte LGA 4,997,483,173.94 billion naira funds looted
  5. Ideato North LGA 5,093,265,185.62 billion naira funds looted
  6. Ideato South LGA 5,012,503,586.88 billion naira funds looted
  7. Ihitte Uboma LGA 4,626,105,741.15 billion naira funds looted
  8. Ikeduru LGA 4,995,560,424.90 billion naira funds looted
  9. Isiala Mbano LGA 5,577,420,777.89 billion naira funds looted
  10. Isu LGA 5,011,558,318.56 billion naira funds looted
  11. Mbaitoli LGA 5,900,278,353.78 billion naira funds looted
  12. Ngor /Okpala LGA 5,182,836,304.63 billion naira funds looted
  13. Njaba LGA 4,819,954,493.86 billion naira funds looted
  14. Nwangele LGA 4,659,850,212.82 billion naira funds looted
  15. Nkwerre LGA 4,085,707,232.35 billion naira funds looted
  16. Obowo LGA 4,462,812,258.27 billion naira funds looted
  17. Oguta LGA 5,014,875,269.83 billion naira funds looted
  18. Ohaji/Egbema LGA 5,373,005,346.51 billion naira funds looted
  19. Okigwe LGA 4,804,445,947.19 billion naira funds looted
  20. Onuimo LGA 4,371,098,781.40 billion naira funds looted
  21. Orlu LGA 4,759,790,822.05 billion naira funds looted
  22. Orsu LGA 4,547,088,244.85 billion naira funds looted
  23. Oru East LGA 4,706,100,105.04 billion naira funds looted
  24. Oru West LGA 4,646,145,112.23 billion naira funds looted
  25. Owerri Municipal LGA 4,622,099,470.68 billion naira funds looted
  26. Owerri North LGA 5,103,710,965.71 billion naira funds looted
  27. Owerri West LGA 4,782,559,065.16 billion naira funds looted
  28. ISOPADEC 16 Billion naira funds looted
    JOIN HANDS TO SAVE IMO STATE. LETS KICK ROCHAS  OKOROCHA OUT

Morocco denies pulling out as hosts of 2015 AFCON


 

Morocco has denied that it had withdrawn hosting of the 2015 AFCON.
The North African country however insists that they still want the tournament postponed, forcing a conflict with organisers.
The Confederation of African Football has maintained its stance that the tournament, to be held between January 17 and February 8, must go ahead as planned.
The ebola virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives since the start of the year, and with around a million spectators expected to travel to watch the tournament, Morocco sports minister Mohamed Ouzzine reiterated the country’s desire to for a postponement.
“Our concern is the health of Africa, and based on WHO [World Health Organisation] reports and guidelines, we have to listen,” he said.
“Zero safety does not exist, but one has to take the necessary precautions so that the coming tournament will be a football feast, bringing together our African brothers, but given the current ebola situation we don’t think
such a feast can take place as expected.
“I don’t think there is any state or any country that has the necessary capabilities to monitor, check and control the current ebola situation when faced with these numbers. This is our real problem. We don’t have a problem with visiting teams, we have a problem with visitors.”

 

Stars & Socialites flaunt their Genevieve Pink Ball Dresses


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Agbani Darego & Bola Balogun in Meena

The 2014 Genevieve Magazine Pink Ball is going on at the Dorchester Event Centre in Lagos right now! BellaNaija will bring you unparalleled access to all the juicy pics and gist.
Right now, here is your first look at stars and socialites showing off their Pink Ball looks via social media.
Enjoy and let us know your early style picks.
See more photos below:

Betty Irabor

Agbani Darego

Dolapo Oni in Elvira Jude

Ene Maya Lawani

Moet Abebe

Beverly Naya in Ejiro Amos Tafiri & Moet Abebe in Sally Bawa

Toke Makinwa

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Tonye Garrick

Yvonne Nwosu in Vonne Couture

Bolanle Olukanni in Elvira Jude

Mo'Cheddah shows off her look without the cape

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Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi

Vimbai Mutinhiri & Ugonna Omeruo in House of Nwocha

Fade Ogunro in Tresh Couture

Eku Edewor in April by Kunbi

Moet Abebe & Jumai Shaba

Seyi Shay in Poosh

Osas Ighodaro in Toju Foyeh

Titi Oyinsan

Funke Akindele

Ariyike Akinbobola

Liz Yemoja

Jumai Shaba

Bridget Awosika in Bridget Awosika

Julius Agwu

Mariam Adeyemi

Chris Attoh & OC Ukeje

Sharon Ojong

Lynxxx & DJ Xclusive

Kunbi Oyelese, Ugonna & Vimbai

OC Ukeje

Stephanie Linus

Photo Credit: Instagram

Outrage at Nigerian Law School as Over 3,500 Students Fail Bar Exam


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Thousands of law students are currently in anguish, as the Nigerian Law School recently released the poor results of 2013/2014 August bar examinations.
PM News reports that out of 6,000 candidates who took the exams, only about 2, 172 students passed. Which means about 3,828 students failed.
Many of the students are said to have blamed their failure on the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko, whom they have accused of plotting to destroy their careers by failing them. The students have subsequently demanded for a review of the exam and their results.
Some of the students reportedly communicated with PM News about the matter via text messages. Here are some of the alleged messages sent:
“Save Law School Students: The DG Olarenwaju Onadeko has come to destroy the future of over 70 per cent of students who wrote exams in August and has run to the United Kingdom to seek solace.”

“Please save the future of 5000 law school student, so that the results may be reviewed because some lecturers are in support of this movement as they know the DG asked for a lot of scripts to be marked down. Please this is the least you can do.”

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose really did throw open the gates of Ekiti government house (SEE PHOTOS)


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In his inauguration speech, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti promised to throw open the gates of his official residence, and we hear he did.
He had said, “That government house you are looking at, when we finish here, I am going to lead you there. You are going to sleep there tonight. Open all the rooms and sleep there.”
Fayose, who has been driving around in a vintage sky-blue Mercedes Benz, even allowed the people of the state take a dip in his swimming pool.
See a couple of photos below;

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Pray For 2015 Elections, Safe Release Of Chibok Girls, Jonathan Tells Intending Pilgrims


Goodluck-Jonathan-0912222-415x260President Goodluck Jonathan has called on all intending Christian Pilgrims to pray for a peaceful, successful conduct of the 2015 election as well as the safe return of the abducted Chibok girls.

Jonathan, who was represented by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, made the call on Saturday in Abuja at the inauguration of the 2014 Christian Pilgrimage.

The occasion coincided with the airlift of the first batch of 250 Christian pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, who would be visiting Israel, Greece and Rome.

The president urged them not to forget that the main essence of pilgrimage was to pray and be spiritually reborn in order to live better lives and to affect the lives of the people around them positively.

“Do not forget the significance of pilgrimage, we need a rebirth and this rebirth must first begin with us for true transformation.

“Let us all pray for the safe release of the Chibok girls and let us also pray for the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections”, he said.

Jonathan also expressed the hope that the ceasefire deal reached between government and Boko Haram insurgents would truly lead to lasting peace in the country.

He assured Nigerians that insecurity would not derail the Transformation Agenda from actualising its purpose, stressing that God himself was taking the lead in the fight against insecurity.

The president further admonished Christians not to view the pilgrimage as an avenue for doing business but should maintain a clean sheet without absconding as it had been recorded over the last few years.

In his remark, Executive Secretary of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), John Kennedy Okpara, said that the government of Israel commended Nigeria for having a good record of no absconding pilgrims in the last few years.

He expressed gratitude to God and the government for the support which the commission had received in conducting a successful pilgrimage.

Okpara expressed the hope that upon their return, the pilgrims would have become spiritually re-dedicated to God and would impart the good thing they had learnt to people around them.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of NCPC and Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, urged all contractors and handlers to treat the pilgrims with utmost respect.

“Pilgrims must also endeavour to be their brothers’ keeper during this pilgrimage; do not resist corrections, stay together as one”, he said.

30,000 pilgrims are expected to take part in the pilgrimage.

Speaker Ikuforiji Picks Gov. Form, Says Lagosians Deserve The Best


IkuforijiThe Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, on Saturday picked an Expression of Interest form of his party, declaring his intention to run for the Lagos State Governorship seat.

Mr. Ikuforiji, who picked the form at the All Progressives Congress, APC, state secretariat in Ikeja, told journalists that he believed that the state deserved the best, which he was willing to give, come 2015.

“I believe very much in the future of the state and I know that the best is what the people deserve”, he said.

The speaker said he had discharged his duties professionally and creditably at the legislative arm of government and he had begun a transition to the executive arm as he picked his form.

“It is the same best we are taking to the governor’s office so that the residents will have the globally accepted government”, he said.

On his chances, he said that it was not his first time of contesting an election and he had no fears.

According to him, the members of the party know the best person to choose among the aspirants.

As a Speaker of the House, I contested to get to the Assembly and contested to become the Speaker.

“To contest is not an issue and to go round the membership of the party; they know who is the best amongst the aspirants in the APC”, he said.

Mr. Ikuforiji, however, said that he did not rule out the possibility of a consensus candidate emerging from the aspirants.

“You talk of consensus candidate, it is all part of the game; there can be consensus candidate and we will not be the first.

“Even President Goodluck Jonathan is the consensus candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. So, there is nothing wrong in having a consensus candidate”, he said.

The speaker urged the residents to wait till he launches his campaign in a few days time when he would roll out his plans in key areas.

On his travails during the money laundering case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ikuforiji said he believed that leadership came with trials and tribulations.

“If the EFCC wants to appeal the case or whatever, it is the business of EFCC; it is not my business”, he said.

Mr. Ikuforiji said that he believed in the rule of law and was confident that he would always triumph.

“If they appeal, if I have won all over at the lower level, be rest assured that the appeal will amount to nothing”, he said.

(NAN)

Nigerian Kidnapper Jumps Out Of Window In Maylasia


A Nigerian student from Edo State jumped from a window of a 15-storey building trying to escape police in Maylasia.

According to the Malaysian Star, an online news portal, student simply identified as Osazuwe was staying with friends when police stormed the place and in a bid to escape, he decided to jump from the window instead of being caught and probably sent to jail.

Reportedly, the incident happened when another Nigerian student had lodged a police report in Puchong on Sunday, October 12th, claiming his girlfriend had been kidnapped by Osazuwa and his gang.

Criminal investigator Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah told local media:“The boyfriend said he received a call from a suspect who demanded RM40,000 (N2 million) for the release of his girlfriend, also a Nigerian student here.

“We suspected the kidnappers were people that the victim must have known. Police immediately tracked the victim and her kidnappers’ whereabouts.”

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Malaysia police said the victim’s boyfriend cooperated with the police in their investigations and he managed to coax the suspects into giving him more time and told them he was gathering the funds.

Investigator Mohd Adnan said when police ambushed the unit located at the condominium’s 13th floor, there were three Nigerian men and two local women.

The police managed to find the victim’s location on Monday. She was being held in a condominium unit in Taman Melati, Ampang.

“We formed a team to raid the condominium unit and moved in on the suspects at about 5 pm. Upon seeing the police, the suspects attempted to escape. The raiding team arrested two women and two men.

“The gang thought they could get money quickly by carrying out this crime, but look what had happened — it has just gone awfully wrong.

“The suspect who died was in his 20s and we are still trying to establish his full identity,” the police said.

Pro-Jonathan Group Says Jonathan Is Best President


The spokesman of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) who has been campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan in the current dispensation said he is the best President that Nigeria has ever produced.

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According to the Director of Media of TAN, Dr. Udenta Udenta, who addressed senior journalists in Abuja on Friday, no fewer than 12.2 million Nigerians had so far endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 Presidential election.

Dr. Udenta said that Jonathan’s highest support base comes from the South-South with 4.1 million signatories, followed by North-West’s 2.3 million and South-West’s 1.8 million signatories.

Others, according to Udenta, are South-East, 1.6 million, North-Central, 1.2 million and North-East, 1.1 million.

According to Vanguard, Udenta insisted that from available facts and figures, Jonathan had outperformed all other Nigerian leaders in all facets of development, adding that the figures so far released by the group on his achievements had not been countered by any group or individual because of their authenticity.

Udenta said: “President Jonathan has outperformed all other Nigerian presidents. We have the facts. We have so far carried out several messages in largest TV networks and no one has countered one of the messages and claims. None of the figures has been countered by even our critics.”

Highlight of the briefing was the presentation of TAN’s campaign material, which is a printed material with Jonathan’s photograph, PDP and TAN’s logos emblazoned on the wrapper.

TAN is wrapping up its nationwide rallies with what it calls grand finale rally at the Eagle Square in Abuja, where President Jonathan is expected to formally declare to contest the 2015 election having been given the ticket of his party on a platter through consensus arrangement that bars other contestants from picking the nomination form.

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill Nine In 2 Villages Despite ‘Ceasefire’


On the day Nigeria announced a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram jihadists, the militants attacked a Nigerian village, killing several people.

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On Saturday, they launched yet another attack on another village, all in Borno state.

According to Reuters, the insurgents attacked the village of Abadam on Friday night, killing at least one person and ransacking homes, while another attack on the village of Dzur on Saturday morning left at least eight people dead.

Nigeria’s armed forces chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, announced on Friday a deal with Boko Haram for a ceasefire that would enable the release of girls whose abduction in the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April caused international shock and outrage.

Nigeria had announced a similar agreement in the past, but it turned out government had struck the deal with the wrong people.

According to experts close to the conflict, any serious ceasefire would require having Abubakar Shekau or any other leader of the movement at the negotiating table.

Fayose Sacks 35 Ekiti LG Chairmen, Committees, Boards


Ekiti State Government on Saturday announced the dissolution of the 35 local government areas including Local Council Development Areas’ caretaker administrations.

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This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Ado-Ekiti.

According to the statement, all the 35 council chairmen along with their secretaries and other members of caretaker committees have been relieved of their appointments.

It stated that Governor Ayo Fayose had approved the immediate dissolution of all the councils.

The statement also ordered the immediate dissolution of all boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions.

The 35 local government areas involved were those of the original 16 and the 19 LCDAs in the state.

The statement directed all the affected caretaker chairmen to immediately hand over to the directors of administration in their respective council areas.

NAN recalls that caretaker chairmen had been in control of the 16 council areas throughout the four year tenure of the immediate past governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The former governor also appointed caretaker committees for the 19 newly created LCDAs few days after the June 21 governorship poll which he lost.

NAN further recalls that Fayemi’s attempted to hold council election in the 16 councils on February 4, 2011, but was halted by the state High Court ruling following a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

The PDP had alleged that some of the members of the State Independent Electoral Commission were card-carrying members of the then ruling Action Congress of Nigeria.

NAN reports that Fayose, at his inaugural speech on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, vowed not to recognise any illegal creation made by the immediate past administration.

(NAN)

Sambo Says Jonathan To Declare For 2015 Soon


TANPresident Goodluck Jonathan will soon formally declare his intention to contest for a second term in the forthcoming 2015 presidential elections.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, made the disclosure while representing President Jonathan at the grand finale of the nationwide rallies by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), held at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Saturday.

TAN, which had embarked on sensitisation and mass mobilisation of citizens at the six geopolitical zones of the country since August 16th, have been highlighting the achievements of the Jonathan administration, collecting signatories in his favour and urging him to present himself for re-election in 2015.

Unveiling the over 17.8 million signatures so far collected, the vice president commended TAN for its constructive engagement of the populace, which he said was in line with democratic tenets all over the world.

Sambo noted that the signatures were an eloquent testimony of the popularity of President Jonathan and his acceptance nationwide.

The event was attended by dignitaries including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim; Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Femi Adesina; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Governors Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) among others.

Fayose Faults Closure Of Ekiti Assembly For One Month, Denies Plot To Remove Speaker


AYO+FAYOSE1The newly inaugurated Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the All Progressives Congress-dominated state House of Assembly of plotting to frustrate his government.

He described the closure of the Assembly on Friday by the Speaker, Adewale Omirin, as the party’s Plan B to frustrate his administration.

Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Information and Social Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said the closure of the Assembly for one month was to prevent him from appointing commissioners and special advisers as well as presenting and passing of the 2015 budget.

The statement read, “After failing to realise his ambition of becoming Ekiti State Acting Governor (hoping that Fayose’s inauguration would not hold), Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr. Wale Omirin, has ordered the lawmakers to go on one month recess.

“The Speaker claimed that the seven Peoples Democratic Party members in the House were plotting to impeach him and for this, Ekiti must be held to ransom.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no plan by the state government to instigate the removal of the Speaker or anyone in the House of Assembly”.

According to the governor, the election and removal of the Speaker and other principal officers of the state House of Assembly was the prerogative of the lawmakers and not the duty of the executive.

It would be recalled that the speaker, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, announced that the 26 legislators of the assembly shall proceed on a month recess following the change of baton between one governor and the other coupled with the need to study the situation to move the state forward.

2015: Kalu Urges Jonathan Not To Drop Sambo, Picks PDP Form To Contest Senatorial Election


Orji-KaluImmediate past Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to bow to the antics of those pressurizing him to drop Vice President Namani Sambo as his running mate, ahead of his anticipated formal declaration to seek re-election in 2015.

Kalu, who disclosed that he had picked nomination form to run contest the Abia North Senatorial seat under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, described those angling for Sambo’s removal from the 2015 presidential ticket as political jobbers who were only out to create disaffection between the president and his deputy.

He said those throwing up the names of other persons as the running mate of President Jonathan were the enemies of the ruling party, adding that dropping Sambo  would amount to a disincentive for the loyalty the vice-president had demonstrated as a good deputy and ally, who was not ambitious to rock the boat.

The former governor spoke yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as he made to fly out of the country.

He was reacting to insinuations making the rounds that Jonathan was buckling under pressure to consider the Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu or the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido as his running mate.

Kalu said: “Considering the good working relationship between the duo of President Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo, the wise thing is to allow the same team fly the party flag. Not only that Sambo has been loyal to the President, he has also supported and added value to the transformation agenda of the present administration.

“In order to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in government, the President gave a mandate for the Vice President to oversee some government agencies and technical committees for which, Sambo has performed credibly well. In addition, he has also contributed to the party by maintaining peace and unity in PDP especially in the North. Forget what anyone says, give it to Sambo, he remains a seasoned professional and a consummate politician”.

On the insinuation that Jonathan was considering Muazu and others as possible running mate, Kalu said, “I see that as a rumour. Our national chairman, Muazu is busy running the affairs of the party ahead of the forthcoming general elections. Remember, PDP remains the largest party and as such, Muazu has a lot on his table. I know he is not thinking in the direction of political jobbers.

“Anyone proposing Muazu as running mate to President Jonathan is an enemy of PDP. Jonathan/Sambo ticket remains the best. I urge perpetrators of such rumour not to cause confusion between trio of Jonathan, Sambo and Muazu. God has placed everyone in his rightful position”.

On his ambition to vie for the Abia North Senatorial District seat, he said, “Last week I picked my nomination form at Wadata Plaza. I decided to run for Senate after several calls by the good people of Abia North for a better representation. I and Governor Theodor Orji are from different senatorial zones and more so, the mandate belongs to the people”.

Kalu said no one has monopoly of power to make anyone Senator except God and the aspirant’s constituents, saying that he believed that the beauty of democracy was fair play and President Jonathan had assured all aspirants of a level playing ground.

“Before venturing into politics I had been empowering my people; same when I was in public office, so based on this, I am assured of victory in the forthcoming election”, Kalu said.

Presence Of APC Leaders, Govs At Buhari’s Declaration Not Sign Of Endorsement – Odigie-Oyegun


Buhari declaresThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Saturday, dismissed speculations that the party has subtly endorsed the candidacy of former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) as its flagbearer in the 2015 presidential election.

He was reacting to the presence of high powered delegation from the national secretariat of the party and several leaders of the party across the country at the formal declaration of intention to contest for the party’s presidential ticket by Gen. Buhari.

Speaking with reporters yesterday at the party secretariat in Abuja, the Chairman said nobody should read meaning into the presence of several party leaders at the event, pointing out that it does not translate to the party endorsing the candidacy of the former Head of State.

Asked if the presence of the party’s leaders did not mean a subtle endorsement, he said: “It does not necessarily equate to that. I think the General was extremely well advised. He is extremely humble for a man of his age and his attainment.

“He went personally to each of those people who were there, the people you are thinking of, and delivered the invitation personally, and so, out of respect for his humility, out of respect for his age and what he has been, they felt obliged to go and I think that it is a very good thing. That does not translate to endorsement. It may still be, but for now, don’t read too much meaning to it”.

Gen. Buhari formally declared his ambition to contest for the presidency come 2015 on Wednesday at the Eagle Square, Abuja, with prominent party chieftains from across Nigeria and several APC governors in attendance at the epoch-making event.

OPC Members Won’t Be Used For Election Violence In 2015 – Gani Adams


Gani-Adams-480x300The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, has assured that none of the members of the congress will be engaged as thugs by politicians as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections.

The OPC chieftain spoke during a meeting with members of the group in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He added that necessary empowerment programmes would be put in place by the group to ensure that its members were meaningfully and economically engaged to earn a living.

Otunba Adams noted that substantial amount of money had been set aside for the programme tagged ‘Oodua Economic Empowerment Initiative (OEEI), which, according to him, would begin in December.

According to him, each beneficiary would receive a minimum grant of N250, 000, adding that the empowerment was part of OPC’s contribution towards ensuring that politicians did not find in OPC members, handy tools for election violence.

John Terry Reaches Landmark 500th Game For Chelsea


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Super strong Chelsea defender and skipper, John Terry celebrated his 500th game as captain of The Blues yesterday.

The former England international marked the landmark today, October 18, 2014, in the 1 – 2 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Immediately the final whistle was blown, Terry, who is also a former captain of England, walked towards Chelsea fans who traveled to the home ground of Crystal Palace to applaud them after he had changed into a yellow shirt with the words: ‘500 Thank You’ written on it.

John Terry joined Chelsea’s  youth club in 1995 and made his senior team debut three years later, in 1998.

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John Terry played his 500th game as captain of Chelsea against Crystal Palace on SaturdayTerry applauds the Chelsea supporters while wearing a shirt saying '500 thank you' after the game

Ritualists Shaved Our Private Parts, Cooked It – Woman Recounts Ordeal In Ogun Forest (PICTURED)


A middle-aged woman, Mrs. Patience Igho, recently narrated how she escaped from kidnapper’s den in Agbara forests at the outskirts of Ogun State.

Victim-pixThe traumatized Igho said she could not believe what she saw inside the forest after she was drugged inside a commercial bus on her way to Boundary Market in Ajegunle, Lagos.

The distraught woman, who sells frozen fish told Crime Guard that she saw no fewer than 200 victims, who were held hostage.

Consequently, she called on the relevant security agencies to quickly intervene and rescue the helpless people.

Narrating her ugly experience, she said:“The incident happened in the early hours of the day. I left my house with N130, 000 to be deposited in the bank. I boarded a commercial bus with four women and two men already seated.

I cannot rightly recall the registration number. I later found myself in Agbara forest. It was after I regained consciousness that I found myself with over 200 people. One of them told me that I was at Agbara forest.

The person told me that some of them have been there for over seven months.

Threats

“While I was still trying to ascertain where I was, our captors came and asked us to drink water from one dirty container which I refused. They threatened to kill me if I insisted but I vehemently refused prompting them to vow that I must be the first to be sacrificed.

Fortunately after the threats, they left me for another victim stating that nothing will stop them from sacrificing me. Later, they stripped all of us naked and shaved our hairs after which they placed them inside a pot.

“They also brought another set of victims into the forest at about 9:00am. I was able to know the time from a big wall clock that was placed before us. These new set included a young lady and a man and their hairs were already shaved. They later shaved also our private part and armpit in preparation for their ritual.’’

Another victim’s experience

“ Few hours later, I was surprised to see another victim, a woman, who said she had spent over months in captivity. She boldly commended me for not taking the water they offered me saying that if I had taken it, I would have been unconscious and accept every of their demands ,adding that she is a mother of four.

She said she was captured with her four children on their way to church on a Sunday morning. Three of her children, she said, had been slaughtered.’’

“What followed later was that they brought the boiling pot where our hairs were thrown into and tried to force us to recite some incantations.

Earlier before that, I had seen a young lady who was brought before the pot to recite such words bearing a tattoo of scorpion on her right arms but she screamed Jesus! When the man that was performing the incantation saw the tattoo on her body, he refused to perform the rites on her, saying her blood was contaminated already.

At this stage, we noticed that there were different buckets for sensitive parts like head, ears, private parts, etc. they were placed on top of a slab which butchers use in killing animals. The bold woman told us that politicians and ritualists thronged to the place to buy those parts.

My Freedom

“While all these were going on, I did not know that one of the ritualists was watching me. At some point when I refused to recite those words, the man who looked like their leader ordered that I should be beaten up which they did. While they were at it, I shouted severally, Jesus!

And I even called many names ascribed to God. Fortunately, on hearing my strident voice calling on the creator, their leader rushed out and ordered the boys to dispose me at the nearest Bus-Stop.’’

“The gang members threw me inside the bus and dropped me at the back of Agbara market. Still in shock, I trekked from that market to Federal Government College, Ijanikin to beg for money from my relatives who stay in that area.

It was like a nightmare but I experienced it and survived by the special grace of God. I will not wish my worst enemy to go through what I passed through because it was so traumatizing .

That is why I am passionately calling on security agencies to move into action and raid all those hide outs because some people are still there helplessly waiting to be rescued.”

Music : Evok – No Delay + The One


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“Natty Entertainment is proud to introduce Evans Okungbowa a.k.a Evok, a new sensation with a diverse blend of afro-pop. Evok has been singing for quite a while and has work with the likes of Runtown, Tspize just to name a few.
Influenced by Chris Brown, Bob Marley, 2face, Dare Art-Alade, Koffi Olamide, Petty Pay, among others; he makes his grand entry into the music industry with the D’tunes produced “No Delay” and “The One” produced by Koba. Listen and share your thoughts.”

Evok – The One (Prod by Koba)

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Evok – No Delay (Prod by D’tunes)

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Music : Kesse – FLAVA (Prod. by Genius)


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After the successful release of his hot single ‘Obiba’ some months ago, which garnered International acclaim, Kesse is at it again doing what he does best.

Ghana’s best male vocalist is out with another banger dubbed ‘Flava’. The song is a heavy jam for sure and has a lot of dance rhythms brought together perfectly by producer Genius.

While perhaps best known for winning the Male Vocalist in 2012 VGMA’s with his first official single ‘Oh Yes’ and for his work with the best in the industry, the ‘Obiba’ singer continues to build momentum, gaining respect among his peers.

As an entertainer, Kesse has graced many big platforms both in and outside of Ghana with recent performance in Milan at the FINAL GRAND GALA OF 27TH Grand Prix, the most important event of all Italian and European Companies of Communications, Productions and Advertising Strategies (ECCPAS) in Italy.

He has worked with many strong names in the music industry counting from Sarkodie, Okyeame Kwame, Guru, Raquel, Appietus, Efya, Edem, Kwaw Kesse and Tinny.

Kesse was nominated four times in 2013 VGMAs the Best Collaboration of the year 2013 for the song, Azonto Fiesta by Sakordie ft Appietus and Kesse. And also, the song Sika by Okyeame Kwame ft Kesse. Azonto Fiesta was nominated for the Hip Life song of the year and Treat Her Royal ft Sarkodie.

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Photos: Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Di’Ja, others land at Heathrow airport


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Mavins boss and artists landed at London Heathrow airport for the Mavins UK Concert happening in Manchester: 21st October and London: 23 October.

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Mercy Johnson, Mike Ezuruonye, others win at 2014 NMA


It was a night filled with glitz on Saturday, October 18, 2014 when some major stakeholders converged at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos for the 2014 edition of Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA).

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The event started with a red carpet and despite the rain in some parts of the city, many still thronged the occasion to catch a glimpse of it.

Hosts of the awards ceremony did not fail to deliver as they ensured the guests were entertained. Dakore Akande, Uru Eke, Kayla Oniwo of Cool FM, Gideon Okeke and Denrele Edun proved further why they are loved by many whenever they handle events.

Anxiety filled the air when list of winners were being announced for each category and those who emerged winners were cheered.

Mike Ezuruonye was announced as the Best Actor in a leading role for his part in the film, Unforgivable, while the producer of the same movie, Dayo Amusa, emerged the Best Actress Indigenous.

Iretiola Doyle won the Best Lead Female for her role in ‘Torn’, while Afeez Eniola was announced as Best Actor Indigenous for his part in ‘Alakada’. The Best Movie of the year award went to ‘A Mile From Home’

Here are the winners;

Best Lead Male—Mike Ezuruonye (Unforgivable)

Best Lead Female—Ireti Doyle (Torn)

Best Actor (Supporting Role)—Lucky Ejim (Render To Caesar)

Best Actress (Supporting Role)—Emem Udonquak (Itoro)

Best Actor Indigenous—Afeez Eniola (Alakada)

Best Actress Indigenous—Dayo Amusa (Unforgivable)

Best Movie—A Mile From Home

Best Director—Confusion Na Wa (Kenneth Gyang)

Best Editing—Flower Girl (Kunle Laguda)

Best Diaspora—Onye Ozi

Best Short Movie—Brave

Best Rising Star Male—Tope Tedela (A Mile From Home)

Best Rising Star—Ivie Okujaye (Make A Move)

Best Child Actor—Oyindamola Lapejo – Finding Mercy

Best Indigenous Movie—Onye Ozi

Best Sound Design—Flower Girl (Kayode Nero Ilelabayo)

Best Cinematography—Confusion Na Wa

Best Original Screenplay—Render To Caesar (Michael Odogwu)

Best Costume Design—False The Village Boy I Love (Ogoo Okechi And Doris Kalu)

Best Makeup—Honeymoon Hotel (Madeline Viijeon / Geordi Binstend / Kristy williams)

Best Set Design—Flower Girl (Derick Nwa-Jesus)

Best Soundtrack—Flower Girl (Efya; Best In Me)

NMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2014—Tunde Kelani

Popular Choice Actor—Ojulade Adekula

Popular Choice Actress—Mercy Johnson

Best TV/Web Series—Tinsel

Top Box Office—Weekend Gateaway

Nollywood Humanitarian Award—Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.

“Award Organisers Are Corrupt” – Actress, Toyin Aimakhu


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As various awards are being held across the country, some celebrities have begun to air their views about the way these awards are being organized.

First it was Nollywood actress, Clarion Chukwura, who frowned at the way some bodies have messed up the rewarding system for entertainers through awards.

According to her, award organizers walk away with the money while the award winners go home with nothing, but worthless plaques that make no difference to the Executive Producers.

Clarion stated that It has become necessary to withhold Guilds’ endorsements for these award events until stipulated requirements are met; such as obtaining a license from the Conference of Nollywood Guilds for a fee, proof of prize for award nominees and winners, and a verifiable document of agreement signed by the guild of producers, and the association of marketers endorsing the award as a basis for increased value of the recipients.

Another celebrity joining the train of tongue lashing the awards organisers is Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu Johnson. She stated that Award is supposed to be free and fair but not in Nigeria, when someone does not like the face of a particular actor in their office, then their hard work is in trouble.

Well, as yet another awards is to be held recently, let’s see how well the organisers will help prove a point in the entertainment industry (Nollywood) industry.

24 hours After Ceasefire Agreement; Boko Haram Kills Several People In Borno


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On friday 17th, October, Nigerian government had reached an agreement with insurgent group, Boko Haram and had agreed to a cease-fire. Barely 24 hours after this announcement was made, the insurgents have in their usual way attacked two small communities in Borno State.

20 Boko Haram fighters in two pick-up vans stormed Maikadiri in Abadam Local Government Area, on Friday evening, shooting into homes.

A member of the local vigilance group, Adam Kolo, said the sect had shown that there was no ceasefire with the latest attack.He stated that the insurgents killed the father of the former Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Goni Ali-Modu.

Another indigene of the attacked communities, Masta Ibrahim, said in Maiduguri that,
“My parents are there and my brother called from Monguno to inform me early this morning but we couldn’t get across to our aged parents.”

Also in a renewed attack on Shaffa, Hawul Local Government Area, south of Borno on Saturday morning, scores of Boko Haram insurgents rode to a village near the town in the early hours of the day, shooting indiscriminately.Eight people were killed, according to a resident, Elijah Msheliza.

Six factors that worked against Stephen Keshi


by Chris Maduewesi

On that fateful night in Johannesburg on the 10th of February 2013, Stephen Keshi appeared to have been the best thing to have happened to Nigerian football.

Fast-forward to October 2014, he speedily went from hero to villain, one that a lot of people wanted his see back.

At the expiration of his three-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) after the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil, Keshi getting a contract renewal was as herculean as it could get.

In fact it was like the biblical “camel passing through the eye of a needle”, because it never came till the NFF laid him off on Thursday morning.

Agreeing to work on an interim capacity, Keshi had hopes that the new NFF leadership when they settle down in their roles would sit on the negotiation table with him over a new deal.

Having gone the way that he did, the 52-year old will have a sour taste in his mouth knowing that he had numerous opportunities to walk away when he would have still had the ‘red carpets’ to walk on.

First was after the 2013 Nations Cup, when it took the intervention of the presidency to have him renege his decision; and then after the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament when the NFF weren’t forthcoming with a renewal.

He did miss some offers then, as most nations were uncertain about his commitment to Nigeria.

Looking back, he would definitely have a tinge of regret, being laid off the way he was, despite pulling all the strings he could to still have his job back.

Here we try to chronicle some of the things that worked against Keshi in the past 18 months.

Amaju Pinnick:
Even before he was elected president of the NFF, Pinnick after the 2014 World Cup tournament questioned Keshi’s capabilities to still lead the Super Eagles.

It is a known secret that Pinnick does not reckon with the coaching methods of Keshi, which does not come as a surprise when he was shown the way out.

Now, Pinnick’s comments after the World Cup have been fulfilled the way that he wanted it.

“I like Keshi as a person but the Eagles run up to the World cup and their first game has proven to me that Keshi has reached his limit” Pinnick said as a TV guest in a morning show,a day after Nigeria’s 0-0 draw against Iran.

“He is a national hero,I celebrate him for all he has achieved with the team in such a short time but it appears he can’t move the Eagles forward unless he improves on his abilities”

“We failed to go further in Brazil because our coaches did not adopt the scientific approach to winning matches. Football has gone beyond having a coaching crew on the bench. The trend now is to have the technical backroom staff, peopled by expert coaches, who win matches from the bench,” Pinnick told Vanguard Sports.

Pinnick has always had an admiration for foreign coaches,so it was evident immediately he came on board that he was only bidding his time before he appoints one.

Keshi must go:
There is a saying that a coach hardly saves his job when the fans turn against him, it is always a difficult situation to be in.

It was a bit surprising seeing how the fans at the Abuja Stadium hurled abuses at the direction of Keshi’s technical area during the 3-1 victory over Sudan

“All we are saying, Keshi must go” pervaded the atmosphere in the game against Sudan on Wednesday, with the fans clearly voicing their frustration.

Some of the fans threw missiles and pelted the Nigerian bench with what they could lay their hands on.

Even the NFF leveraged on this as a reason to sack him, famously claiming that he was fired to “save him” from being harmed by the fans

It defies belief seeing how Keshi, who used to be the toast of many people,fans alike, all of a sudden has fallen from grace and now the majority of those who once showered him with encomiums and adulation, have now turned against him.

Arrogance:
Ask most Nigerians what they think of Keshi, and the answer they will give you is that he is “arrogant.”

Whether that is really a true reflection of the former Togo and Mali coach is, the thing is that he didn’t give the impression that he isn’t.

Keshi constantly harped on the numerous countries that wants him, only waiting for his signal to join them.

Not once, not twice, he always bragged about the offers he had to coach elsewhere,alluding to not working with Nigeria as not being a:” do or die affair.”

And frankly it wasn’t, but his utterances always did not go down well with his employers who detested his gusto.

“If tomorrow they say Keshi leave, there is no shaking because other two, three countries are waiting (for me),”he was once quoted as saying.

Choice of players he invited to the national team:
When Keshi started giving players from the local league a chance in his team, he was applauded for having the balls to pick them in his squad, even when his precedessors rarely did.

However,when Keshi started inviting players from mediocre leagues, questions were being asked.

Perhaps one of his greatest undoings was ignoring some players who were in his bad books, at the expense of his own boys.

Ikechukwu Uche and Obafemi Martins have been in good form for their clubs, but no so for Keshi.

Especially Uche whom he fell out with last year, the Villarreal striker despite hitting the heights was never going to be in the Super Eagles, and an adamant Keshi stood his grounds.

There are players who on a good day would not have made the Super Eagles team,but they found themselves in the team.

He lost his players:
When early this week, Keshi made a damning remark about being “sabotaged”, he indirectly implied some of his players.

Some reports emerged that the players weren’t playing for him any more as they have lost faith in him.

Prior to the two games against Sudan, reports surfaced in the media about the fall-outs between Keshi and Emmanuel Emenike who said that he wasn’t trusted any longer by his coach.

“I have always treated Keshi like a father, and he has always lived in my heart to be a good father. Before now, we have been enjoying a smooth relationship and I see no reason why he should be holding grudges against me,” Emenike was quoted as saying by AfricanFootball.com.

“Everything changed after the Nations Cup, everything about him towards me changed and I decided to stay on my own,” he added.

So, is it surprising that the last time Emenike found the net for Nigeria was last year?

Results didn’t go his way:
What works for a coach, is if he keeps getting good results for his team, that way the hawks stays away.

However results of late didn’t favour Keshi. His track record in his last twelve games in charge wasn’t impressive.

Keshi only won two matches out of the twelve games and drew five,losing the remaining five.

Now that is a recipe for getting the sack, just two wins in twelve games does not inspire confidence that he has the ability going forward.

At the 2014 World Cup tournament, some of the games Nigeria didn’t win were those that they could have really won with good technical input coming from the bench.

For example the game against France was lost because Didier Deschamps out-foxed Keshi, throwing in Antoine Griezmann whose penetrating runs unlocked the Super Eagles.

And the way he started the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers was the final nail on the coffin for the NFF to push the button.

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Keshi’s running battles with the previous board of the NFF led by Aminu Maigari ensured that it was a just a matter of time before he was sacked, however his closeness to some powers that be,helped him stay till he eventually left.

But those his friends in high places didn’t have any option when the chickens came to roost, rather they assented to the NFF demands.

Make no mistakes, sacking Keshi wasn’t that easy for the NFF, it had to have the seal of some powerful figures before he was laid off.

But you know when the tides descends heavily upon a drowning man, even the best swimmers sometimes finds it difficult to navigate through the problem.

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Video of PDP Aluu Rally


Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Minister of State for Education and Leader of Rivers PDP has appealed to Aluu people in Rivers State to vote President Jonathan and PDP in 2015. This video faults the lies being peddled by APC.

 

 

Photos: Alaafin of Oyo and his Oloris step out once again


Photo: EFCC arrest Kingpin of fraudsters in Ondo state


Find the EFCC press statement below…

A deadly syndicate of fraudsters who virtually opened an office for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Akure, the Ondo State capital, from where they dispatch fake invitation letters to unsuspecting heads of government agencies purporting to be carrying out investigation activities against them, has been uncovered.
The kingpin of the syndicate, one Olubunmo Olalekan, who is currently in EFCC custody in Abuja, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, and handed over to the Commission.
At the point of arrest, Olalekan who parades himself as a Principal Detective Superintendent of the EFCC, had in his possession fake letter head papers of the Commission, 30 GSM sim cards, assorted complimentary cards, a laptop computer and printer from where he churns out the fraudulent invitation letters.
His modus operandi is to send out the bulk invitation letters to as many agencies as possible, via courier, claiming to have pending petitions alleging corruption against their heads.
Investigations so far revealed that the suspect has written and distributed over sixty letters purportedly from the Commission to several top officials of ministries, department and agencies. Among them are the chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Ibadan; Managing Director, NPDC Limited, Sapele Road, Benin City; Professor Idowu Odeyemi, Provost Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Jos; Managing Director/Chief Executive Office, Jebba Hydro Electric Plc, Jebba, Niger State; Medical Director, National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State; Dr. Iyela Ajayi, Provost Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State and a host of others.
He would leave a GSM number in the letters asking the agency heads to contact a PDS Adeniyi. Those who fall for the scam are asked to pay money for the purported case against them to be dropped.
The syndicate had gone to the extent of issuing clearance letters to those that met their terms.
But some heads of agencies that are sure they had done nothing untoward to warrant investigation by the EFCC have been bold to contact the Commission, which was how Olalekan was nabbed.
Dr. Asunyikanmu Pius, director of Technical Aids Corps, Abuja was one of the agency heads targeted by the scammer. But once he received the invitation letter with instruction to contact a PDS Adeniyi, Dr. Pius alerted the Commission. He was encouraged to play along and consequently paid the sum of N2 million into an Access Bank Account as demanded by the suspect to throw the case. A sting operation was planned, but Olalekan was arrested by men of the DSS before he could draw the money.
Investigation so far revealed that the suspect who operates from his home in Shagari Extension, Akure, Ondo State has obtained millions of naira from victims who were willing to pay his price to escape the ordeal of a phantom investigation. Unknown to them, they had enriched a fraudster.
Olalekan is not the lone player in this scheme of trickery. His two accomplices, a certain Ahaji Yero and one Mr Bako are currently at large even as the EFCC launches a massive manhunt to bring them to justice.
Olalekan’s arrest represents a major breakthrough in the effort of the EFCC to break the ring of fraudsters that specializes in impersonating officials of the agency to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
The Commission has repeatedly warned members of the public to be wary of invitation letters purportedly emanating from the agency with instructions to contact any supposed official through a GSM line.
No authentic EFCC invitation letter will request anybody to contact an official by telephone. Rather, you are asked to report at an EFCC office to be interviewed by a designated officer.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any suspicious invitation to the Commission’s Department of Internal Affairs by email: DIA@EFCCNIGERIA.ORG or call this number: 09- 9044758 between 8am and 5pm weekdays only.

Gov Rotimi Amaechi insults Nollywood practitioners to their faces, says they are products of circumstances


This would have been funny if it wasn’t pathetic. According to a few Nollywood practitioners who were present at the Best of Nollywood Awards, which held last night in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, the governor of the state Rotimi Amaechi practically insulted Nollywood practitioners to their faces.

According to a source who reached out to LIB, during his speech at the award after he gave veteran actress Liz Benson a Lifetime Achievement Award, Governor Rotimi said that people in Nollywood are products of circumstances/necessity. He said that the only reason they are in Nollywood is because they couldn’t find other jobs, that if they had, they won’t be actors. Rotimi said these actors studied sciences, law, medicine etc but because they couldn’t find jobs, they embraced Nollywood.

Present when he said this were Nollywood veterans including Liz Benson, Kenneth Okonkwo, Shola Sobowale, Desmond Elliot, Moses Inwang, Dickson Iroegbu, Bob-manuel Udokwu, Patience Ozokwor, Elvis Chuks, AY, Iyabo Ojo, Emem Isong and many others.

Governor Rotimi also put two veteran actresses on blast. He told the crowd that he gives Joke Silva and Kate Henshaw bags of money whenever they come to Rivers state. And then claimed he was the one who encouraged Kate Henshaw to go into politics.

Like that wasn’t enough, Governor Amaechi then said he went into politics for money.

Some of the Nollywood practitioners are angry about what the governor said and have asked the AGN to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

He’s sick but not dying – Mohammed Ali’s daughter says boxing legend is alive


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Mohammed Ali, the 72-year-old boxing legend, who has been battling debilitating Parkinson’s disease for years, is reportedly very sick and housebound.
After his absence at the premiere of his biopic, ‘I Am Ali’, last week in Hollywood, speculations emerged that he may be unwell, with rumours circling that he may have kicked the bucket.
At the movie screening, his 71-year-old brother, Rahman, told the ‘Sunday People’ that he had not been able to talk to his brother, because he is sick.
“He doesn’t speak too well. But he is proud that we are here for him. He has given this film his blessing,” he said.
However, in an interview with TMZ sports, Laila Ali, the 36-year-old daughter of Mohammed Ali says he’s
alive, but sick.
She said, “He is sick, but he’s alive. He’s good. Rumors about [his health] every year come out.”

How I escaped from Ritualist’s den in Ogun State – Woman reveals (PHOTO)


A middle-aged woman, Mrs. Patience Igho, recently narrated how she escaped from kidnapper’s den in Agbara forests at the outskirts of Ogun State.The traumatized Igho said she could not believe what she saw inside the forest after she was drugged inside a commercial bus on her way to Boundary Market in Ajegunle, Lagos.
The distraught woman, who sells frozen fish told Crime Guard that she saw no fewer than 200 victims, who were held hostage.Consequently, she called on the relevant security agencies to quickly intervene and rescue the helpless people.
Narrating her ugly experience, she said:

“The incident happened in the early hours of the day. I left my house with N130, 000 to be deposited in the bank. I boarded a commercial bus with four women and two men already seated.
I cannot rightly recall the registration number. I later found myself in Agbara forest. It was after I regained consciousness that I found myself with over 200 people. One of them told me that I was at Agbara forest.The person told me that some of them have been there for over seven months.

“While I was still trying to ascertain where I was, our captors came and asked us to drink water from one dirty container which I refused. They threatened to kill me if I insisted but I vehemently refused prompting them to vow that I must be the first to be sacrificed.
Fortunately after the threats, they left me for another victim stating that nothing will stop them from sacrificing me. Later, they stripped all of us naked and shaved our hairs after which they placed them inside a pot.
“They also brought another set of victims into the forest at about 9:00am. I was able to know the time from a big wall clock that was placed before us. These new set included a young lady and a man and their hairs were already shaved. They later shaved also our private part and armpit in preparation for their ritual.’’

“ Few hours later, I was surprised to see another victim, a woman, who said she had spent over months in captivity. She boldly commended me for not taking the water they offered me saying that if I had taken it, I would have been unconscious and accept every of their demands ,adding that she is a mother of four.
She said she was captured with her four children on their way to church on a Sunday morning. Three of her children, she said, had been slaughtered.’’“What followed later was that they brought the boiling pot where our hairs were thrown into and tried to force us to recite some incantations.
Earlier before that, I had seen a young lady who was brought before the pot to recite such words bearing a tattoo of scorpion on her right arms but she screamed Jesus! When the man that was performing the incantation saw the tattoo on her body, he refused to perform the rites on her, saying her blood was contaminated already.
At this stage, we noticed that there were different buckets for sensitive parts like head, ears, private parts, etc. they were placed on top of a slab which butchers use in killing animals. The bold woman told us that politicians and ritualists thronged to the place to buy those parts.

My Freedom

“While all these were going on, I did not know that one of the ritualists was watching me. At some point when I refused to recite those words, the man who looked like their leader ordered that I should be beaten up which they did. While they were at it, I shouted severally, Jesus!And I even called many names ascribed to God. Fortunately, on hearing my strident voice calling on the creator, their leader rushed out and ordered the boys to dispose me at the nearest Bus-Stop.’’
“The gang members threw me inside the bus and dropped me at the back of Agbara market. Still in shock, I trekked from that market to Federal Government College, Ijanikin to beg for money from my relatives who stay in that area.
It was like a nightmare but I experienced it and survived by the special grace of God. I will not wish my worst enemy to go through what I passed through because it was so traumatizing .
That is why I am passionately calling on security agencies to move into action and raid all those hide outs because some people are still there helplessly waiting to be rescued.”

Ceasefire: Boko Haram to release 218 Chibok girls on Monday


 
There are strong indications that the 218 schoolgirls abducted six months ago in Chibok, Borno State, by the violent Boko Haram sect may be released on Monday following a ceasefire agreement between the sect and the Federal Government.
The Federal Government, through the Nigerian military, had on Friday said that it had agreed to a ceasefire with the violent sect and that the Chibok girls would soon be released.
The deal was announced by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh.
The military has struggled to defeat Boko Haram sect which began attack against Nigeria since 2009.
The Islamist militant group sparked global outrage six months ago by abducting more than 200 girls from the town of Chibok.
Badeh said, “A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government and the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal Jihad (Boko Haram).”
The President’s Principal Secretary, Hassan Tukur, told BBC Focus on Africa that an agreement to end the Boko Haram hostilities had been reached after talks with the violent group.
He said the agreement was reached after one month of negotiations in Saudi Arabia. The negotiation was

said to have been headed by the Chadian President Idriss Deby.

Tukur said Boko Haram announced a unilateral ceasefire on Thursday and the government had responded.
He said, “The Boko Haram members have assured us that they have the girls and that they will release them. I am cautiously optimistic.”
Tukur and Danladi Ahmadu, who calls himself the Secretary-General of Boko Haram, told VOA’s Hausa-language service that the abducted girls would be released on Monday in Chad.
The girls are alive and “in good condition and unharmed,” Ahmadu said.
President Goodluck Jonathan has faced strong criticism over a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, with villages in the North-East Borno State inaccessible due to the threat from Boko Haram.
The group had demanded the release of detained extremists in exchange for the schoolgirls.
The Defence Headquarters, however, directed all service chiefs to stop further offensive against the Boko Haram sect.
The Chief of Defence Staff said that he had directed the service chiefs to comply with the ceasefire agreement.
Badeh stated this after a three-day bilateral conference between Nigeria’s military leaders and Cameroon which focused on the coordination of trans-border military operations between the two countries.
The Cameroonian military was led to the conference in Abuja on Wednesday by the country’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Maka Rene Claude.
Badeh said, “Without any prejudice to the outcome of our three days interactions, and the conclusions of this forum, I wish to inform this audience that a ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Allul Sunna Li Daawa Waj Jihad.
“I have accordingly directed the service chiefs to ensure immediate compliance with this development in the field.”
Decisions reached at the conference include joint border patrol, intelligence sharing and how to handle internally displaced persons.
The decision to suspend the counter terrorist operation followed a ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and representatives of the Boko Haram Sect at Ndjamena, the Chadian Capital.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, said that what the “ceasefire means is that there would be no fire.”
When one of our correspondents asked him if the current development would affect troop deployment in the North-East, he stressed that there would be cessation of hostilities in consonance with the terms of the agreement.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the Ministry of Special Duties led by Saminu Turaki and the Office of the National Security Adviser played a crucial role in the realisation of the ceasefire agreement.
An intelligence source said that the decision to negotiate in earnest with the Boko Haram was taken during the President Jonathan’s meeting with his Chadian counterpart, Mr. Idris Derby, in Ndjamena, on Monday, September 8, 2014.
It was learnt that the President visited Chad with his National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, because of the security dimension to the mission.
The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson; the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed; and the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, were also in the President’s entourage.
Meanwhile, some prominent Nigerians have expressed divergent views over the ceasefire agreement.
A Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Fred Agbaje, who hailed the agreement, said though the development was a little belated, it would save the lives of Nigerians and enhance the protection of their property.
He said, “I welcome the idea of ceasefire between the Federal Government and Boko Haram because we still have over 200 of our girls with the group. So, it will be foolhardy not to accept such an arrangement.
“It shows that force sometimes cannot bring the best solutions. If you check history very well, war has never completely solved any problem. Force could bring about temporal solutions, but not lasting and enduring reliefs. Fighting terrorism is very expensive and so it will be economically wise to sheathe the sword and embrace dialogue.
“But we have yet to see the terms and conditions of the agreement, so we must be careful how we thread. In my humble opinion, both the Federal Government and the terrorist group must be honest and honour the terms of the agreement so that peace can be achieved.
But the Spokesperson for the Catholic Church of Nigeria in the North-East, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, asked the Federal Government to be cautious and not trust the insurgent group totally.
“Terrorists will always be violent and they are not the type of people that should be trusted,” he said.
The cleric, however, asked the Federal Government not to rely on the agreement until the terrorists surrender themselves to the military.
Obasogie said, “We have to be cautious of this ceasefire agreement; terrorists are not a group of people to be trusted. Our people are still in the hiding, being displaced.
“Until they all return home safely and the insurgents surrender themselves, they should not be totally trusted.”
A Lagos-based security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, said it was not yet time to rejoice over the ceasefire agreement.
He asked the military to be cautious before it started jubilating because the insurgent group had not kept promises in the past.
He said, “They are not known for keeping their end of the bargain, but let us wait and see what happens. This agreement should be matched with action. These people should not be allowed to go free no matter what.
“Their flags should be burnt up. Their leader is dead and they could have agreed to ceasefire because of that. We have to take precaution. They should not take us unawares again.”
The leader of BringBackOurGirls campaign team, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, expressed hope that the ceasefire would be sustained.
She said in her Tweet, “Like many of you, I simply cannot afford another heart shattering episode and so we are praying that what we are all reading is true.”
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, said, “Whereas the authorities of the Armed Forces have already announced a ceasefire, we are yet to hear from the Boko Haram Sect. So, we hope it is not a unilateral ceasefire. I also hope that the ceasefire is total on the part of the Federal Government and the implication of that is that it should lead to suspension of further trial of soldiers for mutiny.
“If you are suspending further hostilities with the Boko Haram sect, that means there is no point any longer in putting the boys on trial for asking for more arms to fight the sect.”
But Nigeria’s Chief Security Spokesman told AFP on Friday that there was no deal with the Boko Haram sect for the release of Chibok schoolgirls after the Federal Government had said an accord had been reached.
Asked if a deal for the release of the girls had been finalised, the head of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, said, “No. That part has not been agreed but we are inching closer and closer.”
“Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace,” Omeri said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, had yet to make categorical statement over the ceasefire deal as of the time of filing this report.
The governor’s media associate, Isa Gusau, said the governor would make comments at the appropriate time.
A human rights lawyer, Wahab Shittu, had described the news of the ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram as a “welcome development”.
He expressed hope that the ongoing negotiations would lead to the release of the abducted Chibok girls.
He said, “Every option that can be explored in getting this insurgency to come to an end ought to be welcomed by all Nigerians. This is an insurgency that has destroyed valuable lives and properties. It has also impeded development and constituted a threat to the democratic process, so everybody is concerned. If there is ceasefire, it is something that all of us should celebrate because today, Nigerians live in fear.”
Meanwhile, parents of the abducted girls, represented by the BringBackOurGirls coalition, have expressed doubts over the ceasefire arrangement.
The parents noted that there had been similar promise of ceasefire in the past which did not amount to anything, but expressed the hope that the current efforts would yield results and lead to the release of the schoolgirls and other victims.
The Media Coordinator of the group, Mr. Rotimi Olawale, said the negotiation should also extend to every victim of Boko Haram abduction, including men, women and girls in the sect’s captivity.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, and activist, Shehu Sanni, who had been involved in negotiations with the extremist sect expressed doubt over the ceasefire deal.
Salkida, who doubted the deal on his Twitter page, said, “I guess Nigerians are tired and as such, any news that offers respite on this protracted war between Nigeria and Boko Haram is always welcomed. Sadly, anybody that despises such good news becomes Nigeria’s enemy.
“But the leadership of Boko Haram is said to be miffed that a nation of the size and magnitude of Nigeria, with high level of intelligent people is being easily encased in deceit and nobody seems to be asking tough questions.
“What is most worrying here is that the government at the highest level and intelligence has embraced this ‘good news.’ This shows lack of understanding of the reality that this is an ideology that can only be neutralised after long hard work that has yet to start.
“It also appears that the government is more interested in shadows and bubbles than in substance and clear-headed engagement with the group.”
Sani said his contacts told him Boko Haram members had denied Ahmadu as their representative.
He said on his Twitter page: “All my attempts to confirm the ceasefire deal did not produce any result. My sources are telling me that they don’t know who that person is. For Boko Haram to reach any ceasefire, such information must come from the leader of the group.
“Any statement that is not coming from the leader of the group cannot be said to be credible and will not be complied with by the group members. The leader is the only person they respect and listen to.”
An analyst for the BBC, Will Ross, said it was a surprising development given the fact that there had not been any indication of negotiations going on between the Federal Government and the militant group.
He said, “Nigerian officials had not given any indication that negotiations with Boko Haram were taking place. Even though there had been rumours of talks in neighbouring Chad, this is a very surprising development.
“Many Nigerians are extremely sceptical about the announcement especially as there has been no definitive word from the jihadists.
“The military has in the past released statements about the conflict in North-East Nigeria that have turned out to be completely at odds with the situation on the ground.
“So many here will only celebrate when the violence stops and the hostages are free.”
Source: The Punch

I refer desperate female fans to my unmarried friends – Tuface


Legendary singer, Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface, has explained how he handles female fans who do not want to respect his marriage.
In a chat with Saturday Beats, the singer said that when a lady is trying to be too familiar with him, he introduces her to any of his single friends that is around at the time.
“When I meet a female fan who is being unnecessarily familiar with me, I just greet her and move on with my life. If she is still being persistent, I would tell her that what she is looking for she cannot have. Then I introduce her to any of my single friends that is around,” he said.
The singer hinted that three of his children are already showing signs of being singers. He also said that marriage has really brought a lot of changes into his life.
“Three of my children are already showing signs of being good singers without my interference. I would say I am a natural coach. Marriage has made me calm and helped balance my life. I don’t do some certain things anymore because I am married,” Tuface said.
Recalling the death of his father recently, he said that it was a painful period in his life and it was the last time

he cried.

“The last time I cried was when my father died. When the doctor told me that he was dead, I could not believe it. It was then it dawned on me that I would not see him again,” he said.
However, the lanky entertainer told Saturday Beats that if he had not been a musician, he probably would have been a goalkeeper.

Boko Haram Members Have Denied Knowing Negotiator Of Ceasefire – Sani


Human rights activist and former Boko Haram negotiator Shehu Sani, has joined the long list of Nigerians who have expressed doubts over reports that the Nigerian military and Boko Haram have agreed a ceasefire.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Friday announced the ceasefire deal and called back all field officers prosecuting the war against Boko Haram.

The deal was said to have been agreed following a meeting between the two parties, where the Principal Secretary to the President Goodluck Jonathan, Hassana Tukur represented the FG, while Danladi Ahmadu represented Boko Haram.

According to Sani, sources have told him that Boko Haram members have denied knowing any Ahmadu as their representative.

“All my attempts to confirm the ceasefire deal did not produce any result. My sources are telling me that they don’t know who that person is,” Sani said.

Speaking further, Sani argued that such important information could only have been announced by the leader of the group.

“Any statement that is not coming from the leader of the group cannot be said to be credible and will not be complied with by the group members,” he said.

In tweets expressing his doubts,
Journalist, Ahmad Salkida also said the news was accepted with open arms by Nigerians, who are apparently fed up with the way things were.

“I guess Nigerians are tired and at such, any news that offers respite on this protracted war between Nigeria & #BokoHaram is always welcomed,” Salkida wrote.

“Sadly anybody that demised such good news becomes Nigeria’s enemy. But the leadership of #BH are said to be miffed that a nation of the profile
and magnitude of Nigeria, with high level of intelligent people is being easily encased in deceit & nobody seems to be asking tough questions.

“What is most worrying here is, government at the highest level & d intelligence formations in #Nigeria has embraced this ‘good news this shows lack of understanding of the reality that this is an ideology that can only be neutralised after long hardwork that is yet to start,” wrote Salkida.

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Chairman, Presidential Taskforce On Power Resigns, Joins Rivers Gov race


Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power, Reynolds Becks Dagogo-JackThe Chairman, Presidential Taskforce on Power, Mr. Beks Dagogo-Jack on Friday resigned his appointment and announced his intention to vie for the governorship of Rivers State come 2015.

He said he would contest for the position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Dagogo-Jack, who has been a member of the PTFP since its creation in 2010, said he decided to join the governorship race after “wide consultation” with his principals and relations.

Speaking with power correspondents at the PTFP headquarters in Abuja, he said: “I am resigning my position as the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power, effective October 19, 2014. I did so after wide consultations with my principals and with those I have relationship with. This was done in good faith because I shall be presenting myself as one of the aspirants for the office of governor of Rivers State on the platform of the PDP for the 2015 elections”.

INEC Begins Distribution Of Voter’s Cards In 13 States November 7


INEC-OfficalsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) will resume in 13 states of the federation between November 7 and November 9.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, INEC also said that there would be Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) in the affected states from November 13 to 17.

According to the statement, the affected states are to be covered under phase three of the exercise.

It listed the states as Adamawa, Borno, Edo, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Plateau and Rivers.

The commission advised voters in the states to check their names in the displayed voters’ registers as only those with Permanent Voter‘s Cards would be allowed to vote during the 2015 general elections.

It added that those who registered earlier but did not see their names in the displayed register were to re-register during the continuous voter’s registration.

“The CVR is not for those who wish to transfer.

“Those wishing to transfer should write to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in their new states of domicile, well before the election.

“No transfer will be approved less than 30 days to the election”, the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the commission as saying in the statement.

INEC stated those that had lost their cards or whose cards were damaged might apply for replacement.

“This can be done by writing to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) through the INEC Electoral Officer of the local government area where they registered for their replacement, well before the election.

“No replacement will be approved and no new card will be issued less than 30 days to the election”, it stated.

Aliyu Frowns At Removal Of Immunity Clause For President, Govs


Babangida AliyuGovernor of Niger State and Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, in Minna, the state capital on Friday, faulted the resolution of the House of Representatives, which approved the removal of immunity clause for President and Governors from the constitution, saying it would cause unnecessary burden for the leaders.

According to him, if the immunity clause is removed, it will distract the leaders, shifting their focus from issues of governance to court cases.

Aliyu said, “If governors and President have no immunity on certain issues, they may waste all government resources on cases that normally should not have gone to court. There are things that we should put into consideration, many at times, cases that could have been resolved outside court are allowed to go to court.

“If the immunity clause is removed, at every move, you will find people going to court on matters that have no bearing with the issue that have been taken to court”.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday recommended the removal of immunity clause for the President and Governors after the final process of the amendment of the 1999 constitution.

The amendment was made possible following the majority vote of 252 out of the 261 members present in favor of the amendment.

Gov. Aliyu recalled that though he was initially in favor of expunging the immunity clause from the constitution, but he has realized with the benefit of hindsight, that it should not be totally removed.

“This is a dicey suituation.  When I came newly (as governor), I was one of those who said the immunity clause should be removed but with the insight I have now, I think we should look at the issues properly, not simply to remove the immunity just like that but to look at areas where decisions would be taken straightforward without any court implication”, Aliyu said.

Pastor Rapes 19-year old girl during spiritual cleansing (PHOTO)


A pastor who has been arrested for alleged rape claims the 19 year old victim is his girlfriend .

The tearful victim said the 29-year-old cleric identified as Anthony Arogunmasa, popular­ly known as pastor at Ikere-Eki­ti community in Ekiti State , lured her into his Araromi Street, Ikere-Ekiti residence under the pretence of giving her spiritual cleansing. She said

“I was just meeting the pastor for the first time in my life. He approached me and told me that I needed some spiritual cleansing.
He said that God instructed him to ensure that the spiritual cleansing was done for me. I fell for him because I saw people calling him pastor. He took me to his house and gave me a candle and soap and asked me to start praying. He also brought out certain ob­jects which he said were prayer items for the spiritual cleansing. In the course of the prayers, he asked me to remove my cloth­ing and just tie a wrapper and I obliged. It wasn’t long after that he suddenly jumped on me and eventually had carnal knowl­edge of me forcefully.”

Though he confessed to having carnal knowledge of the victim, the suspect said that the victim is his girlfriend.

” It is true that I slept with her on September 23, but I didn’t do it forcefully because she has al­ways been my girlfriend”

The Police PPRO said:

“We have proved that it is a clear case of rape. We have a medical proof and during our investigation, we dis­covered that the victim couldn’t have been a girlfriend to the suspect as he (pastor) claims. You can imagine that he doesn’t know the names of the lady, nor where she lives or any of her friends or relations and he claims to be the lady’s boyfriend. How is that possible?”
The sus­pect, who confessed to committing the crime, accosted the victim on September 23 at about 2000 hours and lured her to his house to perform spiritual cleansing because he perceived that the victim was under a spiritual spell. On getting to his room, the victim was threatened and put under fear of harm before being raped. Medical report confirmed that the victim was actually raped by the suspect while preliminary investigation revealed that he is a serial rapist who lures hapless women with ‘spiritual cleansing’ to have unlaw­ful canal knowledge of them. He will be charged to court as soon as investigation into the case in concluded.”

Culled from The Sun 

Australian Negotiator Davis Objects Arrest Of Innocent Volunteers


Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, has raised the alarm over the arrest of innocent volunteers from the Shehuri Community in Borno State, who have been assisting in catering for widows, orphans and other internally-displaced persons by the Department of State Security Service, DSS.

Stephen Davis-Boko Haram

According to Davis who raised the alarm yesterday, the men Shehuri community had been arrested based on wrong information given to the DSS by one Aye Dee.

In a statement released to Vanguard, Davis said: “In Maiduguri there are small groups of young men and women who go out into the community each week to provide food to the widows whose husbands have been killed by Boko Haram. Others repair the humble shelters used by widows and orphans to shelter from the rain.

“One such group of community servants is the Shehuri North Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association in Maiduguri. It is a registered association with very admirable goals.

“I heard of this group while seeking the handover of Chibok captives in Borno State a few months ago. I met with the group in Maiduguri to learn more of their community work. I was convinced of the outstanding humanitarian work of this group with such meagre funding from their own private resources.

“This week we learn that the State Security Services has arrested many of these fine young community workers on the pretext that they are Boko Haram sympathisers.

“A tweet from someone known as Aye Dee posts a photo of me with the management board of the Shehuri North Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association whom Mr Dee says “were hired to play the part of Boko Haram fighters/commanders in the Stephen Davis saga of being in contact with the terrorist organisation”.

The Australian negotiator described the volunteers as honest and compassionate people, who had been helping out people displaced by Boko Haram insurgents in the state, while also calling for their release.

He said he has sent a message to the Director General of the DSS, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong but he was yet to get a reply.

Davis said that he had also made his objection to the arrests of members of the Shehuri Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association in Maiduguri, although he had not received any reply yet.

If the DG-SSS would care to check with the office of General (ret.) Danjuma and Ambassador Gana I am sure he will find these facts as I have set them out to be supported and thus enable the immediate release of the members of the Shehuri North Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association,” he said.

“I hardly Google myself to avoid heartbreak” – Chika Ike


Nollywood actress,Chika Ike has had her fair share of criticisms.However,she says she hardly reads things about her ..That’s how she keeps herself from being hurt .She told the Tribune..

At this point in my life, I hardly Google myself, because if you do, you may get heartbroken. I have a publicist and this keeps me from the stress of reading so much about myself. I don’t want to be thinking about what someone has written about me.  I don’t want anything to keep me from my goals in life. At this point in my life, I want to be more focused. That is why I have a publicist to tell me what I should do or shouldn’t do. I try not to let all those things distract me. We all have feelings. People say we don’t care, but we do because we have blood running through our veins

On Criticisms over lodging in the most expensive hotel in Abu Dhabi ..she said:

I like being happy. I do things that make me happy. I know there were lots of reactions; my publicist told me. If going to the moon would make me happy, I would go to the moon. If diving into the ocean would make me happy, I would do just that. That is the stage I am right now. I don’t need to let people’s opinions on how I live my life affect me. As long as I don’t hurt anybody in the process, nobody should feel bad about it

2015: PDP Governors, Senators Disagree


There appears to be heightened tension in the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) over Senatorial seats in 2015 as some of the incumbent Senators have vowed not to vacate their seats for the outgoing governors.

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The proposal from the leadership of the National Assembly that at least one experienced Senator per state should be retained to guide the incoming ones in 2015 and also avert starting afresh is also said to have caused ripples in the party, The Nation reports.

It was gathered that attempts in the last 72 hours to iron out the issue had left some of the governors stranded as they could not obtain nomination forms and they opted for automatic slots instead of facing the incumbent Senators in primaries.

The senators on the other hand have told the party leadership that they will not step aside for their governors who had been using state machinery to oppress them.

The most pronounced crises are in Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Niger, and Cross River where PDP leadership is insisting on the return of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, because of “good performance and quality representation.”

Other states in the ‘war’ fronts are Kebbi, Delta, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Plateau and Abia.

A party source said: “We have a challenge at hand because some incumbent Senators are resisting alleged moves to hijack their seats by governors who are seeking automatic senatorial slots.

“We have been managing this because about 10 governors are demanding automatic Senate tickets including from the districts where we know the Senators have performed. Some other governors have sought to impose Senatorial candidates.”

Asked of the alternative, the source added: “The PDP is discussing with these governors to avoid losing some Senatorial seats.”

As governors and Senators tried to iron out their differences, findings showed that all the eight members of the National Assembly have lost the battle to return to their seats in 2015.

The affected members of the National Assembly are Senators Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central); Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa West) and Clever Ikisikpo (Bayelsa East).

Others are Foingha Jephthah (Nembe/ Brass); Henry Ofongo (Southern Ijaw); Warman Ogoriba (Yenegoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma); Dr. Stella Dorgu (Sagbama/Ekeremor) and Nadu Karibo (Ogbia).

It was gathered that the affected senators felt “used and dumped” by the party.

Last week, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors and national leaders of the party reportedly clashed over the stoppage of consensus endorsement of their candidature and others in their states for the 2015 election.

Court Upholds Hijab Ban In Lagos Public Schools


An Ikeja High Court in Lagos on Friday upheld the ban on the wearing of Hijab (Muslim head scarf) in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.

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Justice Modupe Onyeabor dismissed the suit instituted against the
Lagos State Government by two 12-year-old girls under the aegis of the Muslim Students of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the government had banned the use of Hijab on the argument that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.

Following the ban, the students filed the suit on May 27, 2013, seeking redress and asking the court to declare the ban as a violation of their rights to freedom of thought, religion and education.

In her judgment, Onyeabor held that the prohibition of the wearing of Hijab over school uniforms within and outside the premises of public schools was not discriminatory.

According to her, the ban does not violate sections 38 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution as claimed by the plaintiffs.

The judge said Section 10 of the Constitution made Nigeria a secular state and that government must maintain neutrality at all times.

Onyeabor said the government therefore had a duty to preserve the secular nature of the institutions concerned as argued by the Lagos State Solicitor-General, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN).

She noted that since the public schools were being funded by the government, it was therefore competent to issue dress codes and other guidelines to the students.

According to her, the use of uniforms engenders uniformity and encourages students to pursue their mutual academic aspirations without recourse to religious or any other affiliations.

The judge, however, observed that the uniformity sought by the government in the issuance of the dress code would be destroyed, should the prayers of the plaintiffs be granted.

Justice Onyeabor added, “The non-Hijab wearing students will feel inferior to those who are putting on Hijab.

“The values of plurality and the respect for the rights of others who have subscribed to a non-faith based educational system cannot be breached.

“In that effect, the issue is resolved in favour of the respondents and the suit is accordingly dismissed.”

Reacting to the judgment, the plaintiffs’ counsel, Chief Gani Adetola-Kazeem, told NAN that his clients would file an appeal against the judgment.

“Well, the court has spoken, but there are still very many issues to be considered which invariably means that we will appeal the judgment,” he said.

Photo: Singer Waconzy spotted with P.Diddy


Waconzy who is still on his American tour was recently spotted with music mogul, P Diddy

PHOTOS: Check out Dino Melaye’s massive campaign truck


The former House of Reps member is going Senate and has started his campaign in Abuja…with this massive truck. See more pics below:

2015: TAN Endorses Jonathan, PDP Saturday, Expects 12m Supporters In Abuja


TAN North West RallyAhead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s formal declaration for a second term in office, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, will on Saturday (today) formally endorse him and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party for the 2015 general elections.

This was disclosed by the Director of Public Communications and Strategy of TAN, Dr. Udenta O. Udenta, at a pre-event press conference in Abuja, on Friday.

He also said about 12 million supporters, who are signatories to the TAN register, were expected to converge at the Eagle Square, venue of the grand-finale of the group’s nationwide rallies.

Udenta, however, did not specify whether Jonathan will make an appearance at the event to make a formal declaration as was being speculated.

According to him, TAN is a group of passionate Nigerians, who took it upon themselves to showcase the president’s achievements for all to see.

He noted that Saturday’s event would be a culmination of its efforts made within the last five to six months.

Udenta said, “We have a figure of 12.2 million Nigerians, who have endorsed the President to continue. They have signed their signatures, with a comprehensive database with their names, states, local governments, ward and telephone numbers.

“Tomorrow, therefore, will be a day that this number of Nigerians from the forest of the South-East, to the arid areas of the North, will endorse this incredible journey by Mr. President, who has not only deconstructed our colonial inheritance and is reconstructing our future”.

MURIC Welcomes Boko Haram Ceasefire Deal


MURIC DIRECTOR, ISHAQ AKINTOLA

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has welcomed the ceasefire deal reached between the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lil Da’awati wal jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram and the Federal Government.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Alex Badeh, on Friday confirmed that the Nigerian Government and Boko Haram insurgents had signed a ceasefire agreement and directed all field officers in theatres of operations to comply forthwith.

In a statement by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said it warmly welcomed the development.

“Boko Haram insurgency has cost Nigeria most dearly. Over 3,000 lives have been lost while properties worth billions of naira have been destroyed. The country’s image has also suffered worldwide while individual Nigerian citizens in diaspora have paid one price or the other”, it said.

MURIC also congratulated the Federal Government for achieving the historical feat.

“We affirm that no price is too high to bring peace to the Northeast and consequently to the entire country”, it said.

MURIC, however, counseled the Nigerian authorities to build on the achievement by going beyond the ceasefire deal.

“In particular, FG must push for the release of the Chibok girls from captivity”. it said. “This will definitely put smiles on the lips of the suffering parents once again. The release of the Chibok girls should be followed by serious dialogue with Boko Haram aimed at discontinuing the orgy of violence in the North East”.

The statement noted that since the origin of the insurgency has been traced to ignorance, idleness and joblessness, the next task for government should be to develop impoverished areas where extremism takes root and to extend the tentacles of education to all nooks and crannies of the North East.

“Thereafter, the youths of the sub-region must be engaged by giving them economic opportunities,” MURIC said. “It must be a total overhaul necessitating the creation of a North East development board as well as a ministry of North Eastern Nigeria”.

MURIC also charged the Federal Government to rigorously pursue these objectives because “it is always better to build peace because no matter how expensive the exercise, war is far more expensive, more painful, more destructive”.

EFCC Releases Edo Assembly Speaker, Two Principal Officers


efcc-chairman-ibrahim-lamorde1-360222345The Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe; Majority Leader, Philip Shaibu; and the Chief Whip, Folly Ogedengbe, who were held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have been released.

The three principal Assembly officers, who were invited by the EFCC to appear before it on Wednesday, were held by the anti-graft agency, whose officials grilled them over some financial transactions of the House.

But Chairman of the House Committee on Youths, Sports and Information, Adjoto Kabiru, on Thursday, raised the alarm over the alleged detention of the three lawmakers by the EFCC for purportedly forging the signature of one of their colleagues.

Speaking at the Benin Airport upon their return to Edo State, the speaker expressed dissatisfaction with the agency, which he accused of busying itself with affairs of the Assembly rather than focus its attention on investigating financial crimes.

He, however, assured the people that the House would not be cowed as it would continue to remain focused on its constitutional duties.

Igbe said, “I was under the impression that they were to investigate financial misappropriations, only for us to get there and issues that concerned the House of Assembly was what they (EFCC officials) were bringing up.

“What they were telling us was that somebody alleged that we forged the signature among the signatures that we used to impeach the former Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea.

“I was taken completely aback. Then again, I’m not too surprised because we all know that this is the systematic way they have been using to harass and intimidate us since.

“But I want them to know that this is only going to make us stronger. We will remain focused. We will not shake. We refuse to be intimidated”.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Police Command has announced the arraignment of 22 suspects before an Oredo Magistrate Court in Benin in connection with last Saturday’s attack at the Edo State House of Assembly Legislators’ Quarters.

2015: N’Delta Youths To Buy PDP Form For Jonathan On Wednesday


jonathan_2015A group of Niger Delta youths under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth for Jonathan, have sent a letter to the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, informing him of their intention to purchase Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for President Goodluck Jonathan to enable him contest the 2015 presidential election.

Leader of the group, Prince Ebile Dudu, who submitted the letter Friday at the national secretariat of the ruling party in Abuja, said the group would on Wednesday, pick the forms for the president, who was adopted by the PDP as its sole candidate for the elections in 2015.

The letter read, “We the Niger Delta Youth for Jonathan and our sister groups in the five geo-political zones, wish to appreciate your singular and collective support of the National Executive Committee of our great party, Peoples Democratic Party, towards the continuation of the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President, 2015.

“We want to purchase the Expression of Interest form and Nomination form for Mr. President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, at the National Headquarters of our great party, PDP on Wednesday 22nd October, 2014”.

Explaining the decision to pick the forms on behalf of the president, Mr. Benjamin Egbunike, who is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the group, told journalists at the party secretariat that Jonathan was however not informed of their intention to purchase the forms on his behalf.