Genevieve Nnaji and Agbani Darego at The Elite Model Nigeria Event – Photos


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Check out Genevieve Nnaji and Agbni Darego’s outfits to the Elite Model Look Nigeria event.
They totally rocked the blue carpet!
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Empress Njamah Shows Off Her Lovely Self On Instagram – Photos


 Nollywood actress, Empress Njamah who has debuted a new trim figure since relocating to Abuja has shared some lovely photos of herself and she is apparently about to go on a trip. The business woman’s fashion style continues to get better and better…….

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Zokora Retires from Ivory Coast Duty


Didier Zokora has called time on his international career with the Ivory Coast men’s national football team.

The 33-year-old defensive midfielder is currently his country’s most capped player of all time, with 121 caps.

After playing key roles in ‘Les Elephants’s’ first two World Cup campaigns in 2006 and 2010, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur man was recalled from his initial retirement by then-coach Sabri Lamouchi in their 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.

“After 15 years at the highest level, I think it’s time for me to end my international career,” Zokora, who now plies his trade at Turkish outfit, Akhisar Belediyespor, said on the sidelines of a football tournament organised in his honour in Abidjan suburb of Williamsville.

Zokora Passes Words of Inspiration to His Team-Mates Before the Start of the Second Half of a 2014 World Cup Group Game Against Colombia at the Estadio Nacional. Image: Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty.

“It is time to give chance to the younger ones. In the game against Sierra Leone, I saw some young players who can validly fit in.”

Since making his international debut in 2000, Zokora went on to feature in five successive Africa Cup of Nations tournament with his country.

The ASEC Mimosas product, who won the 1998 Caf Champions League, has had stints at other European clubs like; Racing Genk, Saint-Etienne, Sevilla and Trabzonspor.

He is the latest high profile Ivorian player to announce retirement, following former skipper Didier Drogba.

Meanwhile, in the absence of the retired duo, Cote d’Ivoire got their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers off to a winning start with a 2-1 win against Sierra-Leone over the weekend.

Kei Kamara (43′) scored the opening goal for the ‘Leone Stars’, but a second-half revival had Seydou Doumbia (63′) and Gervinho (68′) seal a comeback win in Abidjan.

Fifa President Blatter to Stand for a Fifth Term


Fifa president Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will stand for a fifth term next year.

The 78-year-old succeeded Joao Havelange in 1998 as the eighth president of world football’s governing body and was re-elected in 2002, 2007 and unopposed in 2011- at which time he had claimed would be his last.

The Swiss has made no secret over the past months of his intention to stand again and says he would officially inform the Fifa executive committee of his plans at the next meeting on 25 and 26 September.

Next Fifa Executive Congress Comes Up on 25-26 September.

“I will inform the executive committee. It’s a question of respect also to say then to the football family, ‘Yes I will be ready. I will be a candidate,” Blatter said in a video interview played at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.

President of the European football association, Uefa, has, last month, announced he would not contest for the Fifa post.

Meanwhile, delegates of the Uefa football confederation urged Blatter to stand down in next year’s election- amid corruption allegations- at the Fifa Congress in Sao Paulo two days before the start of the 2014 World Cup.

But the Fifa chief said the backing of the majority of the national associations at the aforementioned congress had convinced him to continue into the future.

Blatter said: “You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished.

“Then I got through the last Congress in Sao Paulo not only the impression but the support of the majority, a huge majority of national associations asking ‘Please go on, be our president also in future.”

The next election comes up at the Fifa Congress in June, on expiration of his current mandate. The deadline to register as a candidate is in January.

T.B. Joshua Prophecies About Plane Hijacking By “Militants”


Famous Nigerian pastor and the general overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), T.B. Joshua, came up with another warning message during the Sunday service, September 7.

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Speaking with his congregation, Joshua urged people to pray for Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and prophesied the upcoming plane hijacking by “militants”, Nigerian Eye reports.

The prophet with admirers not only among ordinary people, but also among politicians and celebrities, in Nigeria and worldwide, said he saw “a very big religious leader”, the one he characterized as a “father” figure respected by millions in different parts of the world.

Joshua continued that he had seen an alarming “vision” about him.

“I have been praying for him… They should pray for him,” Joshua proceeded, although not specifying which area people should direct their prayer towards… The clergyman I am talking about is the Pope.”

The Nigerian prophet also claimed he had seen the “Breaking News” about the hijacker, the militant capturing the plane:

“They will attempt to enter a plane. You will hear ‘Breaking News’ of a hijacker inside the plane that carried the plane from its original direction to another direction. We should pray so that it will not just end like that and we learn that there’s a crash.”

The last statement probably referred to the tragedy, which occurred in the United Sates on September 11, 2001, when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked  planes and crashed them into the towers of World Trade Center in New York.

“This is another big attempt they want to do.”

It would be recalled that last week Joshua prophesied a plane crash “in the unstable region near Russia and Ukraine” and urged people to pray for the US President Barack Obama, because the cleric saw him “being rushed to the hospital”. As for Obama, he said that the country leader would recover. He also spoke about a militant attack against a top official in Southern Africa, and in relation to this called for prayer for Kenya.

I Never Urged Sule Lamido To Run For President, Says Gov. Aliyu


Aliyu-LamidoIn the wake of newspaper headlines that he endorsed Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido to run for president next year, Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and self-styled Chief Servant of Niger State, Dr. Babanida Aliyu, has said he was quoted out of context.

Aliyu had while speaking during the 2014 Hajj operation at the new Dutse International Airport in Jigawa, weekend, told Lamido to be prepared for higher service following what he described as his remarkable achievement in the state.

“I’ve heard about what you have been doing and I have come to see it for myself. All I can say is that you should be prepared for higher office”, the Niger governor was quoted as saying.

However, Aliyu, in a statement by his spokesman Israel Ebije, said it is not part of his constitutional duties to anoint anybody as presidential candidate.

The governor said he only wished his Jigawa counterpart well in whatever endeavour he decides after the completion of his tenure as governor.

“What I told him was to prepare for greater responsibilities. We have a party with a structure and process in place for anybody who wants to go for any position. I respect the wishes and opinions of the governor on whatever he decides to do, but am not asking him to run for president. I did not say what some papers published.  After all, we have a president”, he said.

Aliyu continued: “Since we refused to leave PDP, people have been working hard to push us out of the party through unfounded insinuations. But we have resolved to remain in the PDP and that is regardless of our position on some issues which we have resolved already.  I am, therefore, strongly of the opinion that the party is stabilizing and in need of good hands. I have pledged to ensure that the PDP is strong and ready with the necessary political goodwill to win elections in 2015”.

APC’ll Rescue Nigeria From Misrule – Odigie-Oyegun


APC5-OyegunThe All Progressives Congress, APC, will salvage Nigeria from its current challenges and provide Nigerians with a true visionary and progressive leadership, National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has assured.

He stated that the party was poised to rescue the country from the precipice of underdevelopment and return it to the path of greatness.

While appealing to Nigerians to support the APC in the 2015 general elections, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun commended a former Governor of Kwara State now Senator, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for his efforts in nation building.

The APC national chairman spoke spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Saturday during the 50th birthday anniversary of Saraki’s wife, Toyin.

While eulogising the former Kwara first lady for supporting her husband, Odigie-Oyegun said Saraki took a good decision by dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC.

Odige-Oyegun said, “Your husband has the singular courage from a commanding position of a party with better federal might to come down to becoming a member of the APC; that is the opposition party with a very good prospect.

“And every day he works assiduously to ensure that he will be back in power as part of a new government that will bring change, prosperity and hope to Nigerians in 2015.

“He has passion for that vision and together with those of us here who have resolved to rescue this country, because we are the greatest black nation on the face of the earth with potential for greatness.

“With the people like Bukola Saraki, the ex-chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje here and another courageous man such as Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the legitimate secretary of the PDP, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the PDP is a party that is fast sinking into oblivion”.

In his remarks, Saraki said people who wanted to aspire to elective positions in the state should have track record of service to the community.

Reacting to Kwara APC’s statement that there would be no automatic ticket for any aspirant, the Senate Committee Chairman on Environment and Ecology, advised the aspirants to be reasonable in their aspirations.

Troops Raid Boko Haram Hideout, Kill Over 50 Insurgents


Over 50 insurgents were killed over the weekend as troops raided their hideouts in Kawuri, Borno State, shortly before their planned attack on Konduga community.

The Defence Headquarters revealed on its site, http://defenceinfo.mil.ng, that some hardware, weapons, food items and personal belongings were destroyed in the raid, while one officer and two soldiers were seriously wounded during the gun duel.

However, the trio are said to be in stable condition.

Items recovered from the raid include, one fabricated artillery gun, 2 Anti-Aircraft guns, an armoured vehicle and assorted types of ammunition.

This is coming on the heels of reports that indicated that Michika, a key town in Adamawa state was overrun by the insurgents over the weekend. It is already the third large strategic town captured by the militants, after Gwoza and Bama.

Earlier on Saturday, the Adamawa State government in a statement disclosed that Gulak town, another community that is neighbour to Michika was under the control of the insurgents.

Boko Haram militants have continued to wreck havoc, seizing new territories, forcing thousands of people to flee from home and take refuge in the neigbouring towns, states and even countries.

Meanwhile, the secretary to Borno State Government (SSG) Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda declared that a considerable part of the state is under control of Boko Haram.

Kano Govt Plans Big For Sanusi’s Coronation As Emir


emir-of-kano-sanusi-lamido-sanusiGovernor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State is leaving no stone unturned for the coronation of the new Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, which is expected to take place after this year’s Hajj exercise.

It was learnt that the event, which was earlier slated for last Saturday, was postponed due to construction works at the venue of the event.

A new hall is being built for the coronation of Emir Sanusi.

An aide to the governor on Emirate Affairs, Alhaji Tijjani Mailafia Sanka, said the initial date was changed to enable the state government organise an event that would befit the status of the emir.

“The last time Kano people witnessed the coronation of an emir was 51 years ago, so the state government is planning big for this event”, he said.

Sanka, who said a new date would be announced by the organising committee, added that the ceremony would attract dignitaries from across the world.

“The event would showcase the rich culture of the people of Kano. The event is not only for us, the people of Kano, North or Nigeria, but a global ceremony that would depict our cultural endowment”, he said.

Recall that Sanusi, a former CBN Governor, ascended the throne in June in rather controversial circumstances, following the death of the former Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who reigned for over 50 years.

Hajj: Shehu Of Borno Appeals To FG On Airlift Of Pilgrims Via Maiduguri Airport


SHEHU OF BORNOThe Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai, has appealed to the federal government to allow the airlift of intending pilgrims to this year’s Hajj from Borno and Yobe States through the Maiduguri International Airport.

Garbai made the appeal while speaking with newsmen yesterday in Maiduguri. He said the appeal was based on developments that barred intending pilgrims to the lesser Hajj (Umrah) from using the airport.

He said diverting pilgrims from Borno to other states would create disharmony in the exercise.

“We have about 5,000 intending pilgrims from both Borno and Yobe States, waiting to be airlifted.  Diverting these pilgrims to other states will no doubt cause enormous hardship on them”, he said.

The traditional ruler said he has already contacted the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Saad, on the situation.

“I have contacted the Sultan of Sokoto on the issue severally, but we are yet to receive information from the federal government”, Garbai said.

He added: “We are still making an appeal to government to make pronouncement on the issue, because we are running out of time. Government should consider the hardship that the pilgrims will face in travelling to other states for airlift”. (NAN)

Adamawa By-Election: Sen. Jibrilla To Fly APC Flag


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The Senator presently representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Mohammed Jibrilla, has won the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary ahead of the Adamawa State October 11 gubernatorial by-election.

Sen. Jibrilla emerged the winner at a primary conducted Sunday in Yola, the state capital.

He polled 2,718 votes to beat his closest rival, Ibrahim Mijinyawa, who got 2,268 votes, the chairman of the primary election team, Talba Abari, who announced the results at the party’s secretariat, said.

Boss Mustapha, who came third, polled 515 votes, while Ahmed Barata, also a serving Senator representing Adamawa South, polled 452 votes.

Yakubu Tsalla and Emmanuel Bello got 147 and 50 votes respectively, Mr. Abari said.

The APC adopted a modified open ballot system in which party delegates across the 21 Local Government Areas voted for the aspirant of their choice, after which the results were collated.

Mikel Obi Suffers From His Fans Again


Scandal with Nigerian fans and Mikel Obi continues. It is because of his marriage with his Russian girlfriend.

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More than half a year ago, back in January 20114, Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi already came under fire from some of his female fans. A sport star just posted a pic with his Russian girlfriend Olga Diyachenko. And then an attack on him had begun. Fans accused him severely for dating with a white Russian girl. They questioned him on who had he chosen a white chick if there are so many gorgeous black girls. Than he answered that they are not going to marry yet:

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But when a couple decided to get marry, angry fans continued to chase poor couple. Now it is because fans think that their relations can damage sport abilities of Mikel. And of course they say to Mikel not to marry with Olga.

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His poor girlfriend was also accused to be with him only for money. The truth is that her father is a millionaire. So she doesn`t need his money. Her father doing his business in London. Olga lives there in her own place. But some time ago she and Mikel started to live together.

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So, now Nigerian professional footballer and Chelsea midfielder, John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, popularly known as Mikel Obi is officially out of the market. Of course we don`t think it can stop his fans.

Mikel became a player of Chelsea by Jose Mourinho during his first fling when the Roman Abrahmovic owned Club. Mikel during his time with the club has won every title in the European circle and also won all English cups.

His Excellency Dr. Ikedi Ohakim addresses the people of Okigwe LGA


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IGP Releases Postings Of Command CPs


In line with the determination and drive to reposition the Nigeria Police Force for improved service delivery, the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba, NPM, NPOM, mni has released the posting of Commissioners of Police (CPs) to head Police Commands in 21 States. This followed the recommendation of the Commissioners to the Police Service Commission and its subsequent approval.

The CPs and their commands are as follows:

S/N RANK NAME POSTION
1 CP. USMAN YAKUBU TO CP NASARAWA STATE
2 CP. ISAAC GABRIEL ACHONG TO CP AKWA-IBOM STATE
3 CP. PAUL E. OKAFOR TO CP KOGI STATE
4 CP. HYACINTH M. DAGALA TO CP BENUE STATE
5 CP. IDRIS FARUK UMAR TO  CP JIGAWA STATE
6 CP. SALIHU GARBA TO CP KWARA STATE
7 CP. A. K SHODIPO TO CP OYO STATE
8 CP. ABUBAKAR MARAFA TO CP OSUN STATE
9 CP. CLEMENT O. ADODA TO CP BORNO STATE
10 CP. KAYODE C. ADERANTI TO CP LAGOS STATE
11 CP. USMAN A. BABA, fdc TO CP DELTA STATE
12 CP. DAN BATURE , fdc TO CP RIVERS STATE
13 CP. KARMA HOSEA HASSAN TO CP ANAMBRA STATE
14 CP. TITILAYO M. BUSARI TO CP CROSS-RIVER STATE
15 CP. VALESTINE U. NTOMCHUKWU TO CP BAYELSA STATE
16 CP. FREDERICK T. LAKANU, fdc TO CP EKITI STATE
17 CP. ADEMOLA OMOLE TO CP TARABA STATE
18 CP. OLUSOLA EMMANUEL AMORE TO CP NIGER STATE
19 CP. ADEJOH GABRIEL ADAJI TO CP ADAMAWA STATE
20 CP. ISHAKU BARAU TO CP KEBBI STATE
21 Ag.CP. WILSON A. INALEGWU TO CP FCT

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Imo Newspaper Headlines(monday) 8/9/14


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* Udenwa Group set to shock PDP : Insists on 40 percent stake in party structure

*Ohakim’s Deputy, Ada Okwuonu loses Husband

* Guber aspirants in Imo, others remove posters,billboards to escape INEC’s sledge hammer

* Abuja to take over the affairs of Imo PDP

* Imo Assembly set to resume Plenary tomorrow after annual recess

* Imo PDP Exco panic over fate…As Abuja battle with pressure to sack Anyaehie,others

* APC Aspirants in Okorocha’s Govt quit for Election….As INEC 2015 guidelines unfold

*Uche Onyeagucha turns emergency traffic warden

* Emeka Ihedioha moves to destroy Okigwe PDP

* Don’t Impose candidate on Imo PDP – group tells Jonathan

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MMIRI GA AMAGBU HA, COME 2015. NDI OSO CHI EGBU!!!


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Dr Ikedi Ohakim: The Man Of The People


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Fake Hulk Hogan storms Lagos, receives VIP treatment [PHOTOS]


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There is a fake Hulk Hogan in Lagos, Nigeria at the moment and he has successfully fooled everyone, including Police officers and celebrities.

A few days ago, Actor, Ik Ogbonna announced the wrestler’s arrival by posting a photo of himself with the alleged ‘Hulk Hogan’ saying “Time out with world famous veteran wrestler — Hulk Hogan”

This man sure looks like Hulk Hogan and was spotted with full police escort in Mushin, Lagos, treated like a star this morning.

However, we have just found out that the real Hulk Hogan hasn’t been to Nigeria – a fan tweeted at him asking if he was in indeed in Nigeria at the moment and he denied it.

He is in Montreal.

This is not the first time a big star has been successfully impersonated.

Last year, Psy (Ghangam style star) was impersonated by someone who fooled many celebrities at the Cannes film festival.

See tweets and photos below:

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“A popular actress introduced me to drugs” – Terry G


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Controversial musician, Terry G during a live programme on Channels Television on Sunday, opened up on controversies surrounding his music career.

He spoke on issues bordering on his packaged water business, personal life, usage of marijuana and more.

In his usual off-the-cuff manner, Terry G confirmed being a drug addict.

The Akpako master did not mince words in admitting his use of hard drugs and how he got the habit.

“I was introduced to drugs by a popular actress. I am clean now but I still do marijuana, there is plenty drug problems in the industry, those that know me, know me”, he said.

The artiste, however, did not mention the actress’ name.

Singer Simone Battle commits suicide after battling depression


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Beautiful singer Simone Battle best known as a member of girl group G.R.L has passed away. The 25 year old former X Factor contestant committed suicide in her home on Friday September 5th. Police say she was found hanging in a closet in her bedroom around 8:30am.

A family friend revealed Simone had been quietly battling depression for a while.

Simone came to prominence as a contestant on US X-Factor in 2011. She was a finalist on the show, making it to the top 17 before being eliminated by her mentor on the show, Simon Cowell. She joined G.R.L in 2012 and just recently, their single ‘Ugly Heart’ went platinum in Australia. Sad she didn’t find reasons to continue living. See more photos of Simone after the cut…

Keshi Expects Eagles to Bounce Back in Cape Town


Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has expressed his disappointments about his side’s lacklustre performance against Congo in the 3-2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier loss in Calabar on Saturday.

The Super Eagles’ lack of inspiration in the UJ
Esuene Stadium pitch cost them the chance to mount early pressure on Group A leaders South Africa, who won 3-0 in Sudan less than 24 hours earlier.

Keshi and his wards left the country on Sunday for the second of the group stage qualifier in South Africa scheduled for Wednesday and the 52-year-old insists Nigerians most continue to rally behind the team, as they bid to earn a vital 3 points in Cape Town.

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“It’s football. Brazil lost 7-1 and we lost (on Saturday). Everybody is going to lose someday. We cannot win all the games all the time. This is where we need the media and Nigerians. They have to be behind the team, so that we can go to South Africa and win,” said a disappointed Keshi.

“I’m very disappointed. It was not just the result but the way we played in the first half. I was like a soothsayer because I saw it coming and I talked to the boys that they had to be aggressive and first to the ball.”

The loss saw the ‘Diable Rouge’ tie Nigeria on head-to-head (W3, L3, D2), and also was the hosts’ first in a competitive home game since 1981.

The ex-Nigeria international was captain in the early 90s when the Green Eagles beat the same side in Point Noir and Lagos in a 1994 World Cup qualifier.

Keshi lamented his side’s poor tactical approach in the first-half as well as their inability to convert chances. Moreover, he says the Eagles were frustrated by the Congolese in the second-half, despite their new-found aggression on the forward line.

“I’ve played against the Congolese team before and I know they play tip-tap football. We scored the first goal and that was it. It’s a shame that we had opportunities, mostly in the second half, but we could not score, Keshi said.

“I told them (players) they were not playing their game. They were not themselves, they were not playing, they were second to the ball and they needed to change the mentality.

“They came back in the second half and you could see the difference. But if you are playing a team like this, they are going to come hard and park the bus. And that’s what they did in the second half. Who won’t do it?

“I can understand the frustration, the Congolese team delaying the game, killing the game. It became an anger problem and its part of the game.”

Bama Reclaimed From Boko Haram 7 Days After Capture


Boko Haram insurgents have fully retreated from Bama, which the sect that had taken over last Monday in Borno state.

The Islamist sect retreated following fierce aerial bombardments by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets, Military sources confirmed Sunday in Maiduguri, the state capital.

One of the sources said that the aerial bombardments to knockout Boko Haram’s weapon installations in the border town had recently overrun; adding that; “our tactical aerial attacks to reclaim this town had been effective and yielding the desired results. This will enable the fleeing residents and villagers to return within the shortest period of time.

“But the weekend battle however took a heavy toll on civilian lives and property as the insurgents were said to be embedded with residents, allegedly used as human shields if the military launches any attack on the occupied town,” said Mustapha Modu, now taking refuge in Maiduguri.

Explaining how Bama was reclaimed, the source told Vanguard: “The first attacks didn’t really make the expected impact but the second round of bombardment really injured those Boko Haram boys, which is why they are retreating now. They are no deeper into Bama, while our people are advancing and gaining territory. The Boko Haram boys are right now retreating.

“We are now dislodging them. You know, Air Force have intensified their efforts; they brought F-7 and different kinds of aircraft. They really bombarded them.”

Another military source also confirmed that the advances of the Armed Forces in the battle field of Bama but cautioned that it was no time for celebration yet, as the operation was still ongoing in several parts of Borno State.

He said the situation was “still very volatile” with Gwoza, Gambouru, Wulgo and one or two town in northern Borno, are far from being liberated from the terrorists’ takeover in the last three months.

“We don’t want to say anything official but there are still fights going on in different places and on different scales, especially by air. This is a critical and unusual time,” the senior military officer said.

He also explained that apart from the aerial campaign in Bama, NAF had been effective in support of the ground forces with the launch of air
attacks with different aircraft types, including helicopter gunships.

“We are very deeply involved. You know what we are having here is a joint operation of the services, even though the Navy may not be involved right now because of the terrain,” he said.

“First and foremost, apart from the airlift, we are equally supporting the ground forces; in most of the cases we even take the initiative.

“Like I said, all our platforms are participating fully here. We have Alpha Jets, we have F7, Beechcraft, Mi35, which is the gunships, and then all our transport planes: C-130, the G TripleT. So we are participating fully and playing a significant role in that place.”

A military intelligence source in Maiduguri Sunday also said: “Gwoza is still a no-go area, I must tell you the truth, as the town is firmly in hands of the Boko Haram terrorists. We are currently focusing on Bama before advancing to other areas in northern and southern parts of Borno state.”

Sources within the military also blamed some of the difficulties being encountered in the fight against Boko Haram on what they term indiscriminate retirement of experienced officers.

“Our capital city of Maiduguri is today facing a heavy influx of refugees from the local government areas in Borno. Borno citizens have been forced to take refuge in parts of Gombe and Adamawa states mainly on account of man’s inhumanity to fellow man in the gratuitous name of religion. These acts are absolutely condemn able in the strongest of terms,” said the military officer.

Aspirant Expresses Disappointment With Adamawa PDP Primary Election


Dr Umar Ardo, one of the aspirants who participated in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for Adamawa governorship by-election on Saturday says he is disappointment with the conduct of the exercise.

Ardo told newsmen on Sunday in Yola that in spite of the disappointment, he had accepted the outcome in good fate.

“I feel disappointed but I will abide by it. I even sent Fintiri a congratulatory message though he didn’t reply me,” Ardo said.

Ardo explained that his grouse with the primaries was that many people that were not supposed to participate as delegates were allowed to do so.

He said local government chairmen and their deputies who recently defected from APC to PDP took part in the poll.

“We also have some House of Assembly and House of Representatives members that just joined PDP that ought not to participate by virtue of Section 9 of the party constitution, but it was overlooked.

“We raised the point and submitted petition to the panel,” Ardo said.

The results of the primaries announced by the Election Committee Chairman, Mr Dimeji Bankole on Sunday, showed that the Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, won with 624 votes.

He was trailed by Dr Ahmed Modibbo with 197 votes.

Others are Buba Marwa, 54 votes; Umar Ardo, nine votes; and Jerry Kundisi, four votes. [NAN]

Sierra Leone Plans Nationwide Shutdown To Stop Ebola Spread


Sierra Leone says it will confine people to their homes in a nationwide three-day shutdown later this month aimed at containing the Ebola epidemic threatening west Africa.

Pedestrians and vehicles will be barred from the country’s streets, except on essential business, for 72 hours starting from September 19.

“This will be strictly adhered to without exception,” government spokesman Abdulai Bayratay told AFP by telephone as he announced the quarantine plan.

“We intend to ensure that the dreaded disease is checked.”

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola has claimed 491 lives in Sierra Leone, one of three countries at the epicentre of the epidemic which has so far killed more than 2,000.

Authorities in Freetown will use the three-day window to search out patients who have not come forward for treatment centres.

“Health workers as well as health-related NGO personnel will make house-to-house checks on homes for likely Ebola sufferers that relatives have hidden,” he said.

Bayratay said several new ambulances and up to 30 military vehicles would be arriving to help enforce, and make use of, the shutdown, which could be repeated if necessary.

A 7,000-strong patrol force including health workers, civil society activists and community members is to be set up to organise the quarantine plan, said a statement from the presidency in Freetown.

“Their mission will be to monitor and track contacts, as well as to identify people with Ebola symptoms in order to prevent its transmission,” the statement said.

“The decision was made to mobilise the entire population from September 18 to prepare for the confinement.”

The Sierra Leone quarantine plan was announced after the World Health Organisation said on Friday that the death toll from Ebola since the start of the year had topped 2,000.

The virus has so far claimed 2,097 lives out of 3,944 people infected in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the UN health body said. [AFP]

Legend: Williams Beats Wozniacki to Win Her Sixth US Open Title


Top seed Serena Williams put up a reassuring perfomance against Demark’s Caroline Wozniacki to win her 18th career Grand Slam title and a record-equaling sixth US Open title on Sunday.

The 32-year-old American cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over the tenth seed to claim her third successive US Open titles, becoming the first woman since Chris Evert to complete three-peat (the latter won four straight in the 70s), as well as tying her compatriot for most titles in the Open Era.

The world number one’s triumph comes a couple of days after becoming the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, slated for October. Suffix it to say, after a disappointing start to the season, it all clicked when it mattered for Williams, who received a record $4m payout- the largest payout in tennis history. Lets break it down $3m for her victory in Flushing Meadows and a bonus check of $1m for picking up the Emirates Airlines US Open Series on her way into the US Open.

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Williams came up with 29 winners to 23 unforced errors, while her good friend and opponent Wozniacki finished with eight-time fewer errors, but produced just four winners.

The victory also means Williams now ranks fourth on theWTA all-time career list, tying Evert and Martina Navratilova for the second most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era; only Steffi Graf currently has four more titles.

“It’s a pleasure for me to win No.18 here,” said Williams during the trophy presentation ceremony. “I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”

Back to the business of the day, facing a close acquaintance has never been a problem for Williams, who has had to battle it out with sister Venus on several occasions- 8 times in major championship matches.

But with a close friend standing in between her moment of history, it would always boil down to the player with the most hunger for success, while the former world number one on her own part was trying to banish the under-achiever tag; her odd attribute since her time at the top in January 2012 as her wait for a first Grand Slam title tarries.

She said to her friend: “I’d like to say congratulations to Caroline. She knows the struggles I’ve been through – we text almost every day. Caroline I know you’re going to win one very soon, maybe even in Australia, so I’ve got to go home and get ready for you there!”

An uncharacteristic start to Sunday’s final had both players struggle to assert early dominance. But it was the top seed whose desire started to reflect, after fighting off break points to hold in the first game, followed by five straight break of serve.

Williams’ early hold developed into a major boost, as she fashioned out 15 winners to take the first set in 40 minutes.

The error count diminished quite some more in the second set. After she broke Wozniacki in the opening game, both players held serves for seven straight games, with Williams emerging from that streak of games to move up 5-3, a game away from retaining her title.

Without wasting time, she broke the Dane to seal it 6-3 6-3.

Wozniacki was gracious in defeat. She said: “First of all, congratulations to Serena, you really deserved it today.

“You’re an unbelievable champion and an inspiration to me on and off the court.

“I would also like to thank the crowd for being so amazing these two weeks. You guys have been supporting me through everything, and it wouldn’t be the same without you. Thanks to all of you.”

Nigerians To Hear From Boko Haram Soon – Nigerian Negotiator


A Nigerian Boko Haram negotiator, who has chosen to remain anonymous for security reasons has revealed that the Islamist sect may this week comment on the claims of Australian negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis.

“Nigerians will soon hear from the sect leadership concerning all the issues raised by the negotiator, who, in any case was not hired by the Federal Government to dialogue with the group,” he said.

The move, according to the source, is to put the record straight and clear the air on several controversial issues contained in the interview by the Australian to the media last week.

Speaking to Vanguard last night, the source said that the leadership of Boko Haram was upset by most of the claims made by the negotiator and was set to make a categorical position on all the issues raised by Davis in the media.

“In fact, what the man has said has really infuriated the sect leadership and they are unhappy with him,” the Nigerian negotiator said.

“As far as the sect leadership is concerned, Davis is being used by some politicians to score some points and they are ready to clear the air on the issues.”

NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Refinery In Kogi


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has uncovered an illegal refinery in Achuze, a boundary town between Kogi and Edo States.

The refinery which has an administrative building and capacity to contain 150,000 litres of petrol, also has a restaurant in front as a decoy.

The Kogi State Commandant, Mr. Dayo Adesuyi, who led the operation, weekend, disclosed that at least 80 drums containing crude oil waiting to be refined were discovered.

He said the refinery had been set ablaze by his men, adding that one suspect was arrested, while others escaped after a gun battle.

He also said the illegal refinery could refine 10,000 litres of fuel per day, stressing that the command is determined to ensure that those behind the act are fished out. [Vanguard]

EFCC Declares Bauchi Governorship Aspirant Wanted Over N81.2m Fraud


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a gubernatorial aspirant in Bauchi State, Abdulahi Usman Adamu, alias Dan China, wanted for allegedly obtaining $500,000 from a Chinese company, Shengjia International (HK) Limited, by false pretence.

According to the commission, the suspect obtained the sum from the Chinese firm as part payment for the supply of 3000 metric tons of lead ore but failed to deliver.

Operatives of the agency, acting on a petition by the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, invited the suspect for questioning but he failed to honour the invitation.

The suspect is currently on the run as efforts to track him, including several visits to his home in Narabi, Bauchi proved futile.

In a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission enjoined anyone with useful information on the suspect’s whereabouts to contact its head office in Wuse 2, Abuja or zonal offices in Gombe, Kano, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Lagos or the nearest police station.

Adamu’s last known address, according to EFCC, was 1, Sabon Gari, Narabi in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Court Directs FG To Provide Loan To Poor Nigerians


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has directed the Federal Government to provide loans to under-privileged Nigerians through the Peoples Bank of Nigeria.

Trial judge, Justice M Idris in his judgment in a suit by rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, also held that the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 2004, has not been repealed by the National Assembly.

Falana had in the suit, asked the court to determine, whether the continuous refusal to give effect to the provisions of the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 LFN 2004 by the Federal Government was not illegal, null and void, having regard to section 1 of Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

He had also asked the court to determine whether the failure or refusal of the Federal Government to make loads available to underprivileged Nigerians was not illegal and unconstitutional, having regard to the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The court also directed the Federal Government to continue to give effect to the provisions of the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. [Vanguard]

Boko Haram: Adamawa State University, Mubi, Closes Indefinitely


Adamawa-State-University-Mubi-Boko HaramThe authorities of Adamawa State University, Mubi, has announced indefinite closure of the institution due to the fear of possible attack from insurgents.

This is contained in a statement by Malam Hassan Tanko, Acting Registrar of the institution, in Yola on Sunday.

The statement, which directed students to go home, stated that the university was closed indefinitely for security reasons.

Meanwhile some students of the university, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that they were stranded due to residents rush to leave the town.

One of the students who identified himself as Ali said many commuters were now stranded in the commercial border town due to lack of vehicle.

“Motor park is now jam-packed with stranded passengers with no vehicle to move them out”, Ali said.

Borno Is Under Boko Haram – SSG


Secretary to Borno State Government (SSG) Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda has declared that a considerable part of the state is under control of Boko Haram.

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According to P.M. News, the official made this known while briefing journalists on September 7 in Abuja. He lamented that insurgents’ activities had paralyzed normal activities in Borno.

Jidda urged politicians to play down discussions about the 2015 elections as there is currently a more important issue in the country – flourishing terrorism.

“At this very moment, most parts of Borno State are being occupied by Boko Haram insurgents. Government presence and administration is minimal or non-existent across many parts of the state, with economic, commercial and social services totally subdued. Schools and clinics remain closed.

“Most settlements in the affected areas in the state have either been deserted or access to them practically impossible, thus majority of the political stakeholders cannot, in real fact reach their constituencies.

Thus, he added that it was simply impossible to provide environment for politics and polling in the state.

“In the view of many, the thought about politics and pursuit of political interest in this environment appears absurd, callous and morally repulsive.”

Jidda also criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) decision to conduct a bye-election for Jere LG House of Assembly Constituency on 3 October once again stressing that the environment is not conductive for it.

Insurgents take over Michika

Boko Haram militants meanwhile continue seizing new territories forcing thousands of people, so as soldiers, run away from home and take refuge in the neigbouring towns, states and even countries.

It was reported yesterday that insurgents had overrun the key town of Adamawa State, Michika. It is already the third large strategic town captured by the militants, after Gwoza and Bama. It is feared, based on the gathered intelligence, that Boko Haram will soon make an attempt to seize Maiduguri.

BOKO HARAM: What Prophet Wants Northern Leaders To Do


With the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram sect, the General Overseer, Kingdom of the Love Church of Christ in Lagos State, Prophet Felix Oluyemi has urged Northern leaders to initiate dialogue with Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, in order to end insurgency in the North.

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Prophet Oluyemi, who addressed journalists on the state of the nation, in preparation to mark his ministry’s 20th anniversary, said the war against terrorism would end with the intervention of northern leaders.

He said: “The Emirs of Sokoto and Kano, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd), Gen. Abdusallam Abubakar (retd) Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, among others must come together and seek ways of reaching out to their sons in the sect.

“As elders and leaders of the North, they are the ones that can appeal to their sons to end this insurgency. As leaders, they are the ones that can get information on how best to talk to Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Getting across to Shekau and appealing to him does not make them members of the sect. When there was Oodua Peoples Congress crisis in the South-West, Yoruba elders including the Ooni of Ife, intervened and called their sons to order.”

 

The cleric added that for dialogue with Boko Haram to be fruitful, it has to be initiated by northern leaders.

It would be recalled in July 2014, concerned muslims under the aegis of Concerned Muslim Professionals urged Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to lead the dialogue with members of the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

The dreaded Boko Haram sect have continued to carry out several attacks in the North, which has left thousands dead and several other injured and displaced from their homes.

“President Jonathan Is Afraid Of Boko Haram”


With the current spate of insecurity of insecurity in the country, a former Minister of Petroleum, Prof Tam David-West, has criticized President Goodluck Jonathan fot the terrible situation.

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David West who said he was convinced that the President was afraid of Boko Haram that was why he (Jonathan) refused to visit the parents of the schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State over four months ago made this remarks during an interview with Sahara TV.

David-West said President Jonathan inviting the Chibok parents to Abuja was wrong rather he should have gone to Chibok to visit them that would have helped the traumatized parents psychologically.

He said Jonathan had no right to seek a second term in office and urged Nigerians to rise against bad governance. He said it was unfortunate that more Nigerians were being abducted by terrorists.

Speaking on the takeover by the dreaded Boko Haram sect which he described as shocking he said: “Anyone that is complacent about the state of affairs in the country is an enemy of Nigeria. It is a terrible situation and we should be ashamed, President Jonathan should be ashamed. He is the Commander-in-Chief and the number one security officer and citizen of the state.

“Over 200 of your girls taken away from your territory for the past three months and you are still talking. First, you are not even sure, his wife said nothing happened, then he also did not believe that anything happened and later he changed and said he knows where they are. If you say you know where they are, why can’t you save them?

“With all the security forces in the country, you cannot bring them. Our President is afraid of Boko Haram. He claimed they have infiltrated his cabinet and isn’t he ashamed? Since you know they have infiltrated your cabinet, why don’t you expose them?

“Up till now, he has not gone to Chibok and when he made that cosmetic move to see them, he invited the parents to come to Abuja and when they were going, he gave them money which has now been exposed and that is why Boko Haram has been so because they know that the President is weak.”

David-West said even though he is Jonathan’s kinsman, he would not turn a blind eye to the incompetence of his administration.

 

On April 14, over 200 Chibok school girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Borno state. While there has been reports of some of the girls who have escaped the terrorists den, a large number of them a still being held captive.

The issue of terrorism in the country is now becoming very worrisome, as the Boko Haram sect have continued to carry out several attacks and take over towns in the Northern state.

On Tuesday, September 2 it was reported that the Boko Haram sect took over the second largest town, Bama in Borno state and some other towns in the state as they displaced soldiers and residents.

Yesterday, September 7, it was reported that Boko Haram sect have taken over the key town of Michika, Adamawa State.

However, the Nigerian Military have vowed to put an end to Boko Haram.

Gunmen Storm Training School, r*pe Female Students


Gunmen stormed the Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria, FRCN, Training School, Lagos State on Friday, defiled and robbed many of the female trainee journalists, according to Vanguard.

 

The latest attack by the gunmen was said to have been the third time, according to an eye witness in the school.

According to an insider narrating the latest attack said: “The armed robbers were many. They attacked the school last week, last two weeks and now this week. They always r*pe the girls and dispossess  others, including male students and workers on night duties of their valuables.

”The three attacks on the school have left many of the workers shocked, especially as policemen were supposed to be manning the school gate.The last attack occurred at about 2am, with the gunmen targeting the financial records offices.

Three of the gunmen wore masks and focused on the new BOND FM station, which has a lot of new expensive transmitting devices.“Many of them broke into our offices, remove burglar-proofs, defiled girls who were in training and living in our hostel.

They collected money, phones and laptops. This is the third time this will be happening,” said a staff.According to another insider, the school has male and female trainees drawn from across different radio stations in the country who are on special courses. There are also private students studying broadcast journalism.

The insider added:“The gunmen are usually many whenever they attack. The first time they came, they appeared to be searching for something as they ransacked all offices.This time, they came with three or four men wearing masks. They were apparently the people who wanted something from the school or offices.

When they came this time, they were the ones doing the frantic searching.Whether they succeeded in getting what they wanted this time around is what we don’t know.”

 

Meanwhile the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, however said only a case of burglary was reported.“I just got to hear today that the place has been burgled three times.

But they had never reported. It’s only today that an official complaint was lodged. No case of r*pe was reported. Nobody has come forward to say that she was defiled,” she said.

Why South-South Elders Vow To Arrest Goodluck Jonathan


The South-South Chiefs and Elders Council, SSCEC International, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, vowed to arrest President Goodluck Jonathan.

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The Executive Chairman of the Council, Ama-Opu Senibo of Opobo Kingdom, Chief Reuben Jaja, who made the declaration on behalf of other Chiefs, said the President would be arrested if he fails to declare for second term in the overall office.

Vanguard reports that Jaja made the assertion in Abuja during a Grand endorsement of President Jonathan for second term in office and the conferment of Transformation Excellence award on the Federal Ministry of Information and other outstanding Ministries.

Jaja explained that the event was designed to showcase their support for the President for serving the country right and doing the people of the country proud.

He insisted that Jonathan reserved the right to seek a second term in office in view of his performance in the last four years.  Jaja further threatened that the Council would arrest the President and compel him to run for the 2015 general elections should he ignore their call.

According to him, the group’s only goal was to support the President who has served the country right, and noted that they feel Jonathan is qualified to run by law and by way of performance.

Jaja, while lauding the President’s performance so far, said the country had witnessed tremendous progress in education, agriculture, transport, women affairs, youth development, entertainment and other important sectors of the nation’s economy.

If Confab Report Goes To NASS, It Would Be Treated Like Other Bills – Ekwueme


GEJ-KutigiSecond Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has called on the National Assembly to avoid delays and treat the report of the recently-concluded National Conference with all seriousness, unlike the way it does to other bills.

Ekwueme said that the National Assembly should go ahead and approve the report instead of “taking it sentence by sentence”, stating that it should have been agreed earlier how the report of the confab should be ratified – whether through a referendum or by the National Assembly.

The former VP warned that if it goes to the National Assembly, it would be treated the same way the lawmakers treat other bills.

Ekwueme spoke with journalists in Abuja during the inauguration and commissioning of “Citadel and Towers”, a multi-billion Naira mega church edifice of the House on the Rock Churches, which would be used as a centre of National Transformation.

His words: “The decision whether the report of the 2014 confab should be ratified by the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been taken before the conference itself started. During our time (1995), it was a military government and there was no National Assembly and the document setting us up specified that whatever decision we arrived at will be accepted without amendment by the military government.

“In this case, the issue of whether it should go to the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been agreed before it started. If it goes to the National Assembly, it would be done the same way they do with Bills.

“They will take each section one by one, clause by clause, phrase by phrase and they will start patching and patching. But bearing in mind that the final report was approved unanimously, I think if people are logical and if the National Assembly itself means well, they should go ahead and approve it and not taking it sentence by sentence”.

Speaking on the recommendation by the confab for the creation of more states in Nigeria, the elder statesman said what was inherited from the British colonial masters and the nation’s founding fathers was not a multiplicity of states.

He said, “Well, you know my attitude. In the 1995 Conference Report, I was of the view that each of the six geopolitical zones should become a federating unit because in fairness to our founding fathers, what we inherited from them and from the British government was not a multiplicity of states.

“What we inherited and what we agreed (in the 1960 conference) was a country made up of three regions. It was agreed by all our political leaders and given to us at independence. My argument has always been that there were two things wrong with the structure we had at independence and thereafter.

“The first pitfall of it was that it brought a situation where it seemed that the Northern region has a population that was bigger than all the other regions altogether. If the region decides to support a political party, that party automatically becomes majority in parliament and under the parliamentary system, will produce Prime Minister.

“Which was why they didn’t bother about what was happening elsewhere. There was the Northern Peoples Congress which only focused on Northern region. Secondly, within each region, we have the majority ethnic recognition”.

Adamawa: Michika Falls To Boko Haram As Troops Re-Position To Defend Mubi


Abubakar-ShekauAnother strategic town in Adamawa South senatorial zone, Michika, the headquarters of Michika LGA, has been taken over by Boko Haram insurgents as they continue to advance in their control of towns and villages in Adamawa State.

The seizure of Michika came less than 48 hours after Gulak, the hometown of the incumbent acting governor, Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri, was overrun by the insurgents.

Residents say that the insurgents have dislodged all the military checkpoints and chased out few Nigerian troops stationed there after which they hoisted their flag in the township.

Some of the residents, who are fleeing the town, said efforts by the Nigerian Air Force to dislodge the insurgents proved futile as the jets deployed to attack them just hovered around the town.

Military authorities were said to have deployed more troops and reinforced the armoury at Marraba Mubi to prevent the insurgents from capturing Mubi, another strategic town located less than 30km from Michika.

When contacted, the acting governor’s spokesman, who hails from the area, Mr Solomon Kumanagar, confirmed that several people were feared killed as the terrorists took control of Gulak and other border towns in Madagali and Michika LGAs of the state.

Kumangar said that already, Michika and other surrounding villages and towns had then been overrun by the insurgents, just as the effects of the insurgency such as displacement of whole villages and towns, had created multitudes of internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose management and welfare the government was left to cater for.

Dimgba Igwe: Killer Driver Must Be Found And Prosecuted, Says Amaechi


Dimgba-IgweThe Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the hit-and-run driver, who knocked down and killed the Vice-Chairman of The Sun Publishing Ltd, Pastor Dimgba Igwe, must be arrested and prosecuted by the police, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Amaechi, spoke yesterday in a condolence letter to the management of The Sun, addressed to Mr. Femi Adesina, the Managing Director of Sun Publishing Ltd.

Igwe was jogging near his Okota, Lagos home on Saturday morning, when he was hit by a car. The driver sped-off. He was later rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead following an unsuccessful emergency surgical procedure.

The NGF chairman said: “I received with shock, the news of the sudden passage of one of the leading lights of journalism, Pastor Dimgba Igwe. He was passionate and painstaking. He was a thoroughbred professional and one of Nigeria’s brightest and best.

“His demise at this time, when our nation is in dire need of men of honour and courage and when his younger colleagues need his steadying hands to guide their practice is most painful. We in Rivers State feel a deep sense of personal loss, because of our close relationship with him.

“We enjoin the police to ensure that the driver is brought to book. It is unfortunate that this great man was cut down in his prime, as life only begins at 40.

“While we wait for justice to be done, we assure the deceased’s family and his friends and colleagues that we share in this grief”.

Amaechi also expressed the sympathies of the government and people of Rivers State over the great loss and assured the Igwe family, his relatives and friends of the prayers and support of the Rivers people.

The World Should Pray For The Pope – T.B. Joshua


Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua gave another surprising revelation in his church service on Sunday 7th August 2014, specifically calling for prayer for Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, as well as prophesying an imminent hijacking of a plane by ‘militants’.

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“There is a very big religious leader,” Joshua began, describing the said person as a ‘father’ figure, widely respected across different religions.

“I have been praying for him,” he continued, adding that he received an alarming ‘vision’ concerning him the prior day.

“They should pray for him,” Joshua proceeded, although not specifying which area people should direct their prayer towards. “The clergyman I am talking about is the Pope,” he then clarified.

Continuing, Joshua prophetically warned of a plane being hijacked by ‘militant’ forces in a dramatic scene that would result in ‘breaking news’ worldwide.

“They will attempt to enter a plane,” the cleric declared. “You will hear ‘Breaking News’ of a hijacker inside the plane that carried the plane from its original direction to another direction.”

“We should pray so that it will not just end like that and we learn that there’s a crash,” he said, seemingly referring to the infamous Al Quaeda attack against America on September 11th 2001 where four commercial planes were hijacked by the terrorists.

“This is another big attempt they want to do,” Joshua warned, soliciting heightened security checks in airports worldwide to avert the impending disaster.

Last week, T.B. Joshua gave a widely reported prophecy concerning ‘approaching’ world events.

He said he had a vision of US President Barack Obama being rushed to hospital with a health challenge, another plane crash in the region around Russia and Ukraine and a political crisis in Nigeria sparked by the murder of a ‘bigshot’.

Joshua reminded congregants of the prophecy, adding that the killing of al-Shabab’s spiritual leader Ahmed Abdi Godane by US forces in an airstrike on Monday showed ‘God’ was involved.

Joshua had specifically called for prayer for Kenya related to a ‘militant’ plan in place to attack a presidential figure in Southern Africa.

Atiku Calls For Urgent Meeting Of Critical Stakeholders Over Adamawa By-Election, Security


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Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has called for an urgent meeting of critical stakeholders in Adamawa State to ensure a free and fair governorship election in the state on October 11.

The former Vice President made the call against the backdrop of the need to maintain security in the state and fears being expressed about the probable suffocation of the sovereignty of the people by the prevailing emergency rule in the state.

Atiku Abubakar noted that his call for an urgent parley of Adamawa critical stakeholders comprised of the major political parties, security agencies, Adamawa State Government, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), civil society and election observers and religious and traditional rulers followed the results of NOI Polls which revealed that 55% of adult Nigerians want the emergency rule imposed on three states in the North-east region lifted during the 2015 elections.

According to the former Vice President, 72% of those surveyed from the region, however, advocated for the lifting of the emergency rule for the purposes of the 2015 election in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Atiku said that the envisaged meeting will come up with modalities for ensuring a free and fair election in an emergency rule in Adamawa State. He said that the Adamawa situation could be used as a fore runner of the 2015 elections.

While expressing the imperative of providing adequate security in the state, especially with the peculiar situation presented by the emergency rule, he however observed that the prevailing emergency rule may pose difficulties, if not impossible for voters in the state to perform their civic rights of franchise.

He said that apart from hindering the people of the state the freedom to cast their ballots, the rights of free movement and association, which ordinarily afford people opportunity to attend political rallies and gatherings would be compromised under an emergency rule.

He observed further that the emergency rule in Adamawa State also calls to question, the expected level-playing ground, which the government is supposed to provide for all political parties participating in the election since the Federal Government is also an interested party in the election through the participation of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He stressed the need to balance all the conditions precedent in Adamawa ahead of the October 11 governorship election in the interest of democracy, justice and fair-play.

Signed:
Atiku Media Office

Nadia Buari steps out with mystery man in Atlanta (Photos)


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Nadia Buari shared these pictures of herself holding hands with some mystery guy on Instagram.
The Ghanain actress who is currently in Atlanta, tagged the pictures #thatkinglife.
Coincidentally, her ex boo, Jim Iyke is also in ATL with his alleged new boo Sandra Benede.
Seems Nadia has moved on and gotten her self her new best friend.

 

“I Need More Children, Four Is Not Enough” – Actor Desmond Elliot


Nollywood actor, Desmond whose marriage has lasted 11years, explained that he is a Nigerian man and as such would want to maintain that status. He says he plans of having more children after his four kids. Speaking about the Nigerian identity, the actor explained that Nigeria is a powerful country that is well respected all over the world but being faced with a major internal demon which is tribal sentiments.

He stated that the Nigerian entertainment industry and the country at large is not moving forward because it is being ruled by grandfathers who keeps calling him (Desmond) the leader of tomorrow.

“I am tired of having my great grandfathers still rule me till today, yet I am still the children of tomorrow. I will never grow, it’s terrible,” he stated.

I knew Super Eagles would Lose — Coach Stephen Keshi



Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has claimed that he saw his team’s 3-2 defeat to the Congo side in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, coming. In his words:

“I’m very disappointed. It was not just the result but the way we played in the first half. I was like a soothsayer because I saw it coming and I talked to the boys that they had to be aggressive and first to the ball.

“I’ve played against the Congolese team before and I know they play tip-tap football. We scored the first goal and that was it. It’s a shame that we had opportunities, mostly in the second half, but we could not score.

“I told them (players) they were not playing their game. They were not themselves, they were not playing, they were second to the ball and they needed to change the mentality. They came back in the second half and you could see the difference. But if you are playing a team like this, they are going to come hard and park the bus. And that’s what they did in the second half. Who won’t do it?”

The Super Eagles are now 3rd in Group A of the qualifiers behind South Africa and Congo.

Stephen Keshi Laments Congo Antics Adversely Affected Super Eagles Morale


Stephen Keshi Laments Congo Antics Adversely Affected Super Eagles Morale
Under – fire Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi has admitted that the first half performance of his charges in their 3 – 2 loss to Congo was nothing to write home about, and has suggested that the antics of the opponents affected the composure of his team in the last 45 minutes.

Celtic utility man Efe Ambrose opened scoring for the African Champions, who then conceded three goals before a late goal from Warri Wolves Gbolahan Salami decided the game’s outcome.

“I told them they were not playing their game. They were not themselves, they were not playing, they were second to the ball and they needed to change the mentality,” Stephen Keshi told reporters.

“They came back in the second half and you could see the difference. But if you are playing a team like this, they are going to come hard and park the bus. And that’s what they did in the second half. Who won’t do it?

“I can understand the frustration, the Congolese team delaying the game, killing the game. It became an anger problem and its part of the game.”

Nigeria will clash with South Africa in Cape Town on September 10 in their second Group A fixture.

How Ali Modu Sheriff Was Arrested in Cameroon, Released on FG’s Demand – Falana


Lagos based human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, yesterday, revealed how Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff was arrested in 2012 by the Cameroonian government for the crime committed by the deadly Boko Haram sect.

Falana and other eminent personalities spoke at the 5th Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Lecture, titled; ‘State of the Nation and 2015 general elections: Issues, posers and challenges before us, held in Lagos.

“In October 2012, Sheriff was arrested in Cameroun on crime committed by the Boko Haram he sponsored. The state government pleaded with the Camerounian government to release him because he is a well known man here and he cannot be arrested.” Falana stated.

The Lagos based lawyer said that the former governor was not sincere in his relationship with the Boko Haram sect in the country.

He however, asked Sheriff to sue him rather than planning to seek redress in court by suing the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davies, even as he reaffirmed that Sheriff sponsored of the Boko Haram activities.

This came few days after Sheriff said he would seek redress in court by suing the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davies, who recently fingered him as one of the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency. According to Falana, “I am expecting Senator Ali Madu Sheriff to sue me. I heard that he wanted to sue an Australian (Dr. Steven Davies). He doesn’t need that. He should sue me. I am waiting for him to sue me. Not only did he fund that organization (Boko Haram), he also had a deal with them.” He noted that Sheriff cannot denial all the allegations made against him, saying. “In 2003, he had a deal with the Boko Haram leaders to help him win the election and that if he wins his re-election, he will compensate the organization.

When he won the election, he appointed one of them as Commissioner for Religious Affairs to implement Sharia in that state.”

He however, accused the Federal Government of shielding certain facts from its citizens.

Falana said “The Federal Government is yet to react to the statement by Dr. Stephen Davies against Sheriff. I expect the central government to have made its position known on the issue.”

The lawyer therefore, called for concerted effort to tackle the menace of Boko Haram, saying, “People’s Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC should stop politicizing the Boko Haram issue but what is important is unity to tackle the menace

Boko Haram Retreats from Bama After Facing Heavy Aerial Bombardment


The heavy bombardment of the bases set up by the Boko Haram Insurgent fighters in Bama after taken over the town few days ago has forced the insurgents to beat a full retreat from the strategic town.

Military sources confirmed yesterday that the aerial attack aimed at knocking off Boko Haram’s weapon installations in the town has been effective and yielding the desired results.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Friday, reportedly, ordered a full-scale war against Boko Haram.

NAF intensified its bombing campaign at the weekend to rid Bama of the terrorists, pockets of which were still said to be holding out in the town and its environs. But the battle took a heavy toll on civilian lives and property as the insurgents were said to be embedded with residents, locals said.

A source said, “The first attacks didn’t really make the expected impact but the second round of bombardment really injured those Boko Haram boys, which is why they are retreating now. They are no more deep into Bama, while our people are advancing and gaining territory. The Boko Haram boys are right now retreating.

“We are now dislodging them. You know, Air Force have intensified their efforts; they brought F-7 and different kinds of aircraft. They really bombarded them.”

Another military source confirmed the advances of the Armed Forces in the battle of Bama but cautioned that it was no time for celebration yet, as the operation was still ongoing in several parts of Borno State. He said the situation was “still very volatile” with Gwoza far from being liberated from the terrorists’ siege.

“We don’t want to say anything official but there are still fights going on in different places and on different scales, especially by air.  This is a critical and unusual time,” the senior military officer said.

A senior Air Force officer, who spoke from Borno State, said apart from the aerial campaign in Bama, NAF had been effective in support of the ground forces with the launch of air attacks with different aircraft types, including helicopter gunships.

He said, “We are very deeply involved. You know what we are having here is a joint operation of the services, even though the Navy may not be involved right now because of the terrain.

“First and foremost, apart from the airlift, we are equally supporting the ground forces; in most of the cases we even take the initiative. In modern warfare, Air Force normally does the first dirty job, clear the road for the Army to do the mop up operations.

“Like I said, all our platforms are participating fully here. We have Alpha Jets, we have F7, Beechcraft, Mi35, which is the gunships, and then all our transport planes: C-130, the G TripleT. So we are participating fully and playing a significant role in that place.”

However, the senator for Borno Central senatorial district, Ahmed Zannah, said the military might be playing right into the enemy’s hands by focussing on Bama. He said the reported retreat of Boko Haram from Bama might be a ploy to draw out the military from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, before launching a heavy onslaught on the town.

The warning came against the backdrop of recent Boko Haram seizure of towns that are just few kilometres from Maiduguri, which is already swarming with internally displaced persons said to be numbering over 100,000 who are housed in different camps.

With the recent attacks on Gwoza and Bama, those displaced since January in the North-east are estimated to have risen to over 500,000, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

Zannah said in an alert to the military, “At present, there are pockets of insurgents in Bama, men who are mainly indigenes of the town but left behind by their leaders to continue to terrorise the town. The leaders have left for their hideouts in Sambisa.

“It is believed that those left in Bama are to draw the military out of Maiduguri and when they are reclaiming Bama, the large number of insurgents in Sambisa will sneak into Maiduguri to take control of the town.”

Zannah said Maiduguri, from where the insurgents had been driven about a year ago, remained their ultimate target, saying there are indications that the sect is arming for a battle to capture the ancient town.

Sources within the military blame some of the difficulties being encountered in the fight against Boko Haram on what they term indiscriminate retirement of experienced officers.

One officer said, “The problem we are also having now is that the military retired the very ambitious and brave people from the service for the fear of coup without knowing that this kind of thing will arise. Some of these military officers, very courageous ones, should have still been in the system and by now they could have given the guidelines on how we can go about this.

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I fought Boko Haram, didn’t sponsor it — Ihejirika


Chief of  the Army  Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, said, weekend, that the nation was yet to come to terms with the fact that Boko Haram and its sponsors are out to bring down Nigeria,  pointing out that this is why citizens were buying into what he called the fourth dimensional media warfare being waged  in support of the insurgency.

Speaking at the quarterly re-union of the 18th  Regular Course Alumni in Abuja, Ihejirika, apparently reacting to the allegation of  an  Australian, Stephen Davies, said, “I want say it here that there is no reason whatsoever for me to be angry. I will however say that from the happenings in the country, it is obvious that we are yet to come to terms with the magnitude of the terrorists plot to bring down our nation and utterances like that only serve to assist them in their bid to bring down this democracy”.

He went on: “While I am not saying that sanctions or actions should not be taken against those who want to bring this nation down by engaging in acts inimical to its unity and existence, I am saying that the media should not allow itself to be deceived by those who see the fourth  dimensional front of using the media as the way to achieve their objectives.

“When this issue came up, I was wondering, but, today, I find myself having to give myself the same advice I have always given Nigeria over and over again, and that is that I will not join others in overheating the polity because they don’t know the implications of that on the peace and security of the country.

“What I know and want to assure the country is that the current Boko Haram challenge is one problem we will overcome and hopefully the country will grow stronger after it”.
“When in 2011, at the annual Chief of  the Army Conference, I spoke about the Boko Haram terrorism and said that the nation was at war,  my comments were not easily appreciated. Many people in government including some of my colleagues said these were just some people fighting for recognition and the issue will not take time to resolve.

“But I must thank President Goodluck Jonathan who understood the message and approved several steps that we took which, if they had not been taken, would have caused us greater danger today. The anti-terrorism dog centre is one, the establishment of the Counter Terrorism Centre in Kotangora is one, and the establishment of the Civil /Military Affairs Department at Army headquarters is another”.

 

Dimgba Igwe: “Please pray for me” – Mike Awoyinfa begs Nigerians


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Popular human interest journalist and former MD of The Sun, Mike Awoyinfa has called on Nigerians to pray for him over the death of his ‘twin brother’, Dimgba igwe.

Awoyinfa, who is currently in the UK, took to his Facebook page on Saturday to mourn his long time best friend and companion.

He simply wrote, ‘Please pray for me’.

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Dimgba, Associate Publisher of Entertainment Express was killed by a hit-and-run driver during morning exercise around Okota area of Lagos on Saturday.

Peterside blasts Keshi for leaving Emenike on the bench against Congo


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Former Nigeria goalkeeper Peterside Idah, has said coach Stephen Keshi should take the blame for the 3-2 defeat to Congo on Saturday.

The Big Boss chose to start the game in Calabar, with Uche Nwofor leading the attack and Emmanuel Emenike on the bench.

Emenike was eventually introduced in the second half and proved a real handful for the Congolese.

“I was surprised Emenike was on the bench for this game,” Peterside said.

“Keshi is the coach, he decides who plays and when, that’s why he is being paid. If his selection didn’t work or he decide a particular player will sit on the bench, he takes the blame for whatever happened.”

Peterside, who is also an analyst with SuperSport, also blamed the players for being over confident against Congo.

“Our players were over confident, Congo showed they wanted to win the game more than us, and they took the game to us and they were the better side on the day,” he stated.