Covenant University student kidnapped and murdered by friend in Lagos


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A 300 level Electrical Engineering student of the Covenant University, Otta in Ogun State, John Chinedu Okere, has been murdered and left in the pool of his blood by friends, who demanded for ransom from his parents.

According to reports, Chinedu, 20, left home Wednesday morning, August 6, 2014, to a Hospital in Yaba, Lagos for medical reasons and never returned.

He reportedly left home with about N6000 and that was the last time he was seen alive.

The mysterious disappearance of Chinedu caused tension as the parents ran helter-skelter in search of him to no avail.

They gathered from some family members that one of his friends called on phone earlier that morning to tell him to meet him at an undisclosed hotel.

At about mid-day, the victim’s father, Jude Okere, received an SMS notifying him that Chinedu had been kidnapped.

Later, he received a phone call from a hidden number demanding N10 million ransom for the release of his son. The caller allegedly threatened to kill the victim if the parents refused to comply as the line went dead.

Chinedu’s father said “At about mid-day, I received an SMS that John had been kidnapped. Later, I received a phone call from a hidden number. The caller said they had my son, Chinedu and demanded N10 million as ransom threatening to kill him if we refuse to comply. Immediately, I inquired who the caller was, the line went dead. My wife and I quickly reported the case to the Divisional Police Station at Sabo, Yaba.”

After the case was reported to the Police at Sabo, Yaba, it was later transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja the next day where investigations commenced.

It was learnt that initially when the whole issue started, the family of the victim felt it was a kidnap that would just be resolved but unfortunately, as events continued to unfold, it turned out to be a premeditated murder. Shockingly, the decomposed corpse of Chinedu was discovered in one of the rooms at ‘DE Homes Hotel’ located in Ejigbo by one of their staff, two days later.

According to reports, the Manager of the hotel went to Ejigbo Divisional Police Station on Friday, 8, 2014, to report the case of murder and investigation began.

A reliable source in the hotel told Vanguard that early Wednesday morning, the prime suspect, Okorocha Michael along with another young man simply identified as Okey, checked into the hotel with the name Christian. “He booked the room for three days with the name Christian. He claimed he was a youth corps member who wanted to write exams and would be there from that Wednesday to Friday. He also said he was expecting his Cousin to join him in the hotel.

‘After booking, Michael left his friend Okey in the hotel and returned an hour before the victim, Chinedu arrived the hotel, which was at about 3pm that day. As soon as Chinedu arrived the hotel, Michael took him to the room. We don’t know what happened inside the room. However, it was later gathered that during their stay in the room, the suspect reportedly confronted the victim on some personal issues. The confrontation eventually led to a heated argument, which later led to the suspect strangulating the victim to death. On Friday, a hotel staff discovered the lifeless body of the young man and alerted the police.

The 24-year-old suspect, Okorocha Michael, who was arrested on Sunday, in a friend’s house around Ajah area in Lagos, is a graduate of Lagos City Polytechnic, Ikeja. He has been unemployed since he completed his youth service in February this year.

The Lagos state Police Command is currently investigating the case.

2014 Confab Chairman Kutigi Gives Jonathan Report


National Conference chairman, Idris Kutigi has yesterday described the recent National Conference he precided as the most arduous in the country’s history.

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Mr Kutigi was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Conference in Abuja as he presented the report to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The chairman said: “In the post-independence history of Nigeria, there have been four Conferences, including this 2014 National Conference; however, Mr. President, our own task has been the most arduous”.

“The following statistics graphically illustrates this. The 1978 Constituent Assembly had a membership of 230 people and met for 9 months.

The 1995 National Constitutional Conference had a membership of 371 people and met for twelve (12) months. The 2005 National Political Reform Conference was made up of 400 delegates and met for 5 months. We are 494 in membership and you made us do all this work in four and half months.”

He continued and noted that the Confab debates were robust and hot tempered as he expected but “we overcame all the obstacles in our way.”

“Mr. President, we did not try to ignore or bury our differences. We addressed these differences while respecting the dignity of those holding these differences and sought to construct solutions which would become building blocks for a just and stable nation,” he said.

“Mr. President, we approved over 600 resolutions; some dealing with issues of law, issues of policy and issues of constitutional amendments. These resolutions did not deal with frivolous or inconsequential issues. We showed courage in tackling substantial and fundamental issues.”

He added, “Not once did we have to vote or come to a division. This is a message that we wish the world to hear loud and clear.

Nigerians are capable of not only discussing their differences but are also capable to coming up with solutions to these difficulties.”

Mr. Kutigi is a former Chief Justice of Nigeria and he lost his wife to the cold hands of death during the National Conference but he still pushed on and did his work.

He also gave tributes to four of the delegates who died during the pendency of the Conference.

He listed them as Hamma Misau who died on March 27; Mohammad Jumare who died on May 5; Dora Akunyili, on June 7; and Mohammad Nur Alkali, on August 1, 2014.

Chile Forward Vargas Joins QPR on a Season-Long Loan


Queens Park Rangers have signed Chile international forward Eduardo Vargas on a season-long loan from Napoli.

Vargas, 24, helped his country reached the knockout stages of this summer’s Fifa World Cup and, even scored the winning goal against Spain in the group stages.

He scored 5 times in 25 appearances while on loan at Valencia.

“I’ve come here to do as much as I can and I’m very happy to play for QPR,” Vargas told QPR’s official website.

“My biggest characteristic is one of speed. I’m always looking towards goal. My intention is to give 100% and not let myself down and to work hard for the team.”

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The player, who has scored 15 times in 32 international caps, becomes the Hoops’ sixth signing of the summer following Isla, Rio Ferdinand, Jordon Mutch, Steven Caulker and Leroy Fer.

“Eduardo Vargas had a great World Cup and when the opportunity came to loan him, it was too good to miss,” said manager Harry Redknapp in his press conference ahead of this weekend’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

“He is a busy, strong player and is going to be good. He has to get his work permit so he won’t be available this week.”

Falana Kicks: ‘Council Of State Has Nothing To Do With Confab Recommendations’


Femi FalanaLagos lawyer and a delegate to the just concluded National Conference, Femi Falana (SAN), has kicked against President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to refer the recommendations of the conference to the Council of State and National Assembly.

According to the rights lawyer, the Council of State had nothing to do with the conference’s recommendations as it was merely an advisory body to the president.

The council consists of governors, former presidents or heads of state, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Jonathan had while declaring the conference closed yesterday and receiving the report of the conference by its chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi (retd), said: “The discourse reflected our latest challenges. We shall send the relevant aspects of your recommendations to the Council of State and the National Assembly for incorporation into the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. On our part, we shall act on those aspects required of us in the Executive”.

In his reaction, Falana explained that the recommendations of the conference were in three stages – policy implementation, amendment of some laws and rewriting of the 1999 Constitution.

He said the first stage was meant for the President and his cabinet members to effect while the second and the third stages are bills to be forwarded by the Executive to the National Assembly for incorporation into the Constitution.

After the incorporation, he added, a referendum would be held.

He said, “The first stage has to do with policy implementation and that is for the Executive; the second one involves amending certain laws while the third one pertains to rewriting the Constitution. For the second and the third stages, the President has to present bills to the National Assembly for them to pass them into law after which the Constitution would be presented to Nigerians for a referendum.

“The Council of State has nothing to do with the recommendations of the conference. It is just an advisory body”.

Ebola: Obanikoro Hails Fashola, FG


Babatunde FasholaThe Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has applauded the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for the state’s responsiveness and collaboration with the Federal Government in tackling the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak since it was first reported in July.

Obanikoro, who hails from Lagos, also lauded the commitment of the Federal Government in curbing the spread of the Ebola virus. This he noted is evident in President Goodluck Jonathan’s N1.9bn Ebola intervention fund, which is aside Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council’s (FEC’s) approval of N200 million to support the Lagos State Government to contain the EVD.

Senator Obanikoro expressed his profound sympathy to the families of those who were infected by the Ebola Virus Disease especially the medical personnel who paid the supreme price fighting to keep infected victims alive.

Four other people, including Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, a senior consultant physician and Endocrinologist at the First Consultants Hospital, Lagos, where the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer was diagnosed with the disease, have died.

“At a time like this when our shared humanity as Nigerians is faced with the challenge of the Ebola scourge, Senator Obanikoro expresses strong faith in the ability of Lagos State Government and the Federal Government to work together in containing Ebola and giving Lagosians in particular and Nigerians in general, the hope of an Ebola free society”, a statement issued by the minister’s media aide said.

FG Pensioners Want Maina-Led Pension Reform Task Team Reinstated


Abdulrasheed-Maina1pThe Association of Federal Public Service Retirees on Thursday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately reactivate the Pension Reform Task Team led by Abdulrasheed Maina, to manage their affairs.

Chairman of the group, Chief Emmanuel Omoyeni, who made the appeal at a press briefing in Abuja, also cautioned the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners to stop interfering in the affairs of federal government retirees because they are not in the same association.

The group noted that the PRTT impressively transformed the pension system while it was still functioning until it was stopped in controversial circumstances.

Omoyeni said, “The president should reclaim these most impressive transformational achievements of the pension system because it is the only permanent solution to the pensioners’ plights in Nigeria”.

He lamented that the Pensioners authentic Biometric database which the federal government had expended huge resources to create, has been jettisoned at the moment because it is in the custody of the PRTT.

He noted that the smart cards produced by the PRTT with the intention of stopping the incessant verification that usually resulted in the death of pensioners, would serve as proof against further mismanagement of pension funds.

According to him, “There are over 142, 000 pensioners’ files painstakingly produced and converted into electronic filing system by the task team. These are very important assets without which the Pension system could not be documented for efficient management.

“The Electronic Pension Management System developed by the PRTT, is a platform through which the pensions funds could be transparently monitored by the EFCC, ICPC, SSS, police and equally serves as an effective mechanism against corrupt practices, has not been concluded by the PRTT”.

Omoyeni also added that the record of pension arrears payment for over 52, 320 pensioners of which referring to it, the Pension Transition Arrangement Office may repeat payment, is in the custody of the task team.

He insisted that a successful pension transition would not be achieved without the conclusion of the pension offices restructuring which was initiated by the PRTT.

He said, “The pension reform task team is still in force based on the court judgment because if the court says that the sitting of the National Assembly on the matter was illegal that means that nobody has dissolved the pension reform task team”.

2015: APC To Hold Primaries In October, Opts For Modified Direct Primaries


apc-logoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) will commence the process of picking its candidates for various elective offices in next year’s general elections by October, using modified direct primaries, the party revealed yesterday.

This formed one of the major decisions taken at the inaugural meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja.

The party also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to lift the state of emergency in Adamawa State to enable residents to exercise their civic rights in the October 11 governorship by-election.

National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting, also accused the president and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of violating electoral guidelines.

Apart from the national officers of the party, five governors and former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, attended the meeting. Also present was former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Mohammed said: “This is the inaugural meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party since it was elected. This is because immediately after the national convention, we had to battle with the election in Ekiti, we had to contend with the impeachment threat in Adamawa and Nasarawa and we had to face the election in Osun.

“Of course, this is not to say that we have not been meeting informally.

“In today’s meeting, we discussed the forthcoming elections in Adamawa, Niger and the local government elections in Delta State. We also discussed the guidelines for the primaries of the party.

“We had the governor of Osun (Rauf Aregbesola) who came not only to thank the party for its support, but also warned that the party must be prepared for the monstrosity and viciousness of the opposition political party in subsequent elections.

“The party discussed guidelines on primaries and principally, the party has decided that the primaries will start as early as October. We would want to ensure the participation of a large section of our people and so, we have opted for what we call a modified direct primary.

“INEC says that you either do a direct or indirect primary and we have opted for the direct. In other words, we have opted for a method that will ensure the participation of the largest number of our members.

“We call it modified because we are also aware of certain constraints of getting all our 20 million members or thereabout to queue for election, especially in areas where we have security challenges, like Yobe, Adamawa and Borno. We are working out a formula that will still enable the largest members of our party to participate.

“But I want to say that we are not settling for delegate elections. We want to get people from the grassroots to be involved in our primaries because we want to show the world that we are different and that our party and our primaries would not only be grassroots inspired, it will be transparent and free.

“Don’t forget that we are going to have more than one primary election. Everybody seems to be focussing on the presidential primary. There will also be primary for members of state Houses of Assembly, National Assembly and for the governorship election. We are going to have separate primaries staggered over a period of time.

“The party did not discuss anything about zoning”.

He added: “The highlight of the discussion with regard to the elections in Adamawa is that the party is very worried and concerned about the neutrality of certain public officials.

“I think that one thing the party insisted on is that with the state of emergency in Adamawa state today, for an election to be free and fair, the party will insist that the curfew imposed on the state be lifted temporarily during the elections.

“I don’t want to be misquoted, I don’t want to be misunderstood. We are not saying that they should lift the state of emergency. We are saying that the curfew must be suspended for the period of the election.

“In the northern part of Adamawa for example, by 6.00pm, the curfew is on. We are not confident that under such a condition, you can have a free and fair election. So, we are asking the Federal Government to lift temporarily for the period of the election, the curfew in all parts of Adamawa State”.

The APC spokesman also reacted to the recent defection of the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Malam Nuhu Ribadu, to the PDP, saying that the party was unperturbed and had since moved on.

“You see, the beauty of politics is the freedom of association. No party would want to lose any of its members. But we believe that the APC is such a strong brand with a strong followership in Adamawa and all over Nigeria that the defection of one person will not adversely affect our fortune and we have moved on since his defection”, he said.

Mr. Mohammed said the party was convinced that the PDP had already chosen its presidential candidate for the elections, stressing that the clamour for President Jonathan to come out and declare for the election was a gimmick.

He said: “I think that the PDP has already come out with its candidate. I think we must be fooling ourselves if we consider all these orchestrated drama about asking Jonathan to come and run.

“But one thing we are saying is that Mr. President and the PDP are violating the electoral guidelines with impunity, with nobody to stop them. I can assure you that we in the APC are not threatened by the emergence of any candidate.

“The only thing that threatens us is the absence of a level playing field. If a free and fair election is conducted in Nigeria today, we are very confident that we are going to defeat PDP. But we will insist that a level-playing field is procured”.

Speaking on the renewed move by members of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Mohammed said: “I think that the constitution of the country is very clear on this issue.

“You cannot try a person twice for the same offence and the members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly should know that they are a product of a constitution and that it is the same constitution that they invoked in trying to impeach the governor.

“So, they can’t go outside that constitution again to impeach him. What they can do in law is very simple. They should find a new set of allegations, if there are any, follow the same procedure. Most importantly, they have no liberty to ask a vacation judge to go and set up a panel.

“They must go back to the same Chief Judge to empanel the impeachment committee. I think that they should understand that Nigerians are tired of this era of impunity because what they want to embark upon is just impunity.

“They are saying that they are going to resubmit the same set of allegations which has been dismissed and they are going to take advantage of the vacation and ask a vacation judge to come and set up a panel; that will be blatantly illegal. For us, it is nothing but noise”.

On the conduct of public officers, he said: “Honestly, we are concerned about the neutrality of certain public officials in the last couple of months. Institutions which ought to be neutral have today taken partisan roles in elections.

“We are very concerned that institutions which ought to be for the entire country have in recent times behave as if they are for a particular political party. We would in a few days elaborate on this because we are going to come out with a very powerful statement especially on the role of security agencies.

“We are encouraged by the statement of the INEC chairman yesterday that hooded security personnel are not needed for any election. It is a sign of transparency for a security man who is coming to enforce laws to be transparent and the citizens have the right to know who he is, and the organisation he represents and to also see his face.

“Jega was quoted as saying that some INEC officials were arrested by some overzealous security officials. The story of Osun election has not been told completely because the kind of monstrosity and viciousness the PDP embarked upon is better imagined”.

UN Rehabilitates Escaped Chibok Schoolgirls


escaped chibok girlsSome of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect but later escaped, are currently being rehabilitated, the United Nations has said.

In a statement on the UN website, the United Nations Population Fund said, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children’s Fund, it was setting up clinics and providing health screening for any of the girls coming back, as well as educating those who had escaped.

The representative of the UNFPA in Nigeria, Ms. Rati Ndhlovu, was quoted as saying, “The girls are running from home and they have no menstruation pads and have nothing to use. They need water. They need the basic things that keep a woman dignified”.

The statement further said the UNFPA had distributed much-needed essentials including “dignity kits” that include sanitary napkins.

The UNFPA added that it was educating the girls about healthy timing of pregnancies.

Ndhlovu added, “The girls are asked to question becoming pregnant during times of insecurity. It may not be the best time to be pregnant when you can hardly sleep in your house, when you are running all the time.

“With most health clinics closed and a shortage of health workers, the UN and its partners are leading and supporting coordination efforts to ensure synergies around interventions. In that regard, the UN is working with local non-governmental organisations and engaging the Red Cross on logistical matters”.

The fund also said it was training traditional and religious leaders on how to work with their communities to address certain challenges. It added that the programmes are aimed at changing attitudes so that the returning girls are not stigmatised and ignored based on their experiences.

“Initially, the girls didn’t want to hear about school or go back to school because they were at school when this happened to them, but then they attended a vigorous psychosocial clinic programme, and at the end, they all wanted to go back to school. Now, they are ready to go back to school”, the UN official said.

According to the statement, another session was held for men and boys of the communities to involve them in creating a safe space for the girls to return to.

The male folks were said to have discussed ways to ensure that girls are not abused and that when they come back they are fully integrated. Also, a separate group of men were reportedly championing for the rights of the girl child in terms of education and health.

Ndhlovu said, “The UN family has not forgotten the girls”.

She added that restoring the dignity and integrity of the returning schoolgirls is instrumental in reintegrating them back into a “safe space” in society.

NFF General Assembly Set for Warri on Tuesday


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will hold a general assembly in Warri on Tuesday to propose a new road map for the forthcoming congress.

Elections into the executive committee was earlier due for Tuesday’s congress, but has been moved further till not later than two weeks after the general assembly, to allow the football family address some pressing issues that greeted the electoral process.

World football governing body Fifa has endorsed the gathering of the supreme body of Nigeria football in Warri already and also expresses its support for a free and fair electoral process.

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In a letter dated Thursday, 21 2014, to the NFF and copied to the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Fifa says it has “taken note of the decision of the NFF executive committee to ask the members of the upcoming congress on 26 August 2014 to consider a new roadmap for the elections, which should be held not later than two weeks after the congress.”

Fifa also took time to commiserate with the NFF over the fire incident which razed part of their office on Wednesday.

Fifa observers are expected at the Warri general assembly.

Meanwhile, the persons expected in at the general assembly will be the same delegates in attendance at the previous gathering, which also took place in the same city on November 2013, except where there have been changes that comply with the statutes.

ROLL–CALL FOR 2014 NFF GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Abia State

Chairman: E. C. Chukwuemeka

Secretary: Ikeme Kalu Daniel

Adamawa State

Chairman: Musa A. Duhu

Secretary: Umaru Hamidu

Akwa Ibom State

Chairman: Effiong Johnson (Menyene Nkwo)

Sceretary: Mathew Peter Udoh

Anambra State

Chairman: Mike Umeh (Jude Obikwelu)

Secretary: Emeka Ralph

Bauchi State

Chairman: Yahuza Adamu Ningi

Secretary: Hussaini Ibrahim Garba

Bayelsa State

Chairman: Lucky Gospel Ewa

Secretary: Ebiegberi Hans-Egbe

Benue State

Chairman: Margaret Icheen

Secretary: Nongu –Philip Terwase

Borno State

Chairman: Kalli Babagana

Secretary: Baba Sani

Cross River State

Chairman: Essien Ayi (Oswald Atuake)

Secretary: Greg Abang

Delta State

Chairman: Amaju Pinnick

Secretary: Friday Onothoja

Ebonyi State

Chairman: Obinna Ogba

Secretary: Ome D. Chukwuemeka

Edo State

Chairman: Abel Ehigie

Secretary: Victor Edokpayi

Ekiti State

Chairman: Isaac Ayodele

Secretary: Mercy Adegbuji

Enugu State

Chairman: Chidi Ofor Okenwa

Secretary: Ugwu Francis Sunday

FCT

Chairman: Musa Talle

Secretary: Ibrahim Abdullahi

Gombe State

Chairman: Auwalu Umar Sani

Secretary: Ahmed Binanu Sada

Imo State

Chairman: Amanze Uchegbulam

Secretary: Ndudi Godfrey

Jigawa State

Chairman: Sabo Abdullahi Dutse

Secretary: Abdullahi A. Ringim

Kaduna State

Chairman: Magaji Abdulkadir

Secretary: Ahuwan Elisha

Kano State

Chairman: Sharif Rabiu Inuwa

Secretary: Usman Yahaya

Katsina State

Chairman: Bello Saidu

Secretary: Sani Tinua

Kebbi State

Chairman: Abubakar C. Ladan

Secretary: Atiku Magaji

Kogi State

Chairman: Adams Yahaya

Secretary: Austin Ogunmola

Kwara State

Chairman: Busari Ishola

Secretary: Oke Mohammed Jimoh

Lagos State

Chairman: Seyi Akinwunmi

Secretary: Damilola Morakinyo

Nasarawa State

Chairman: Mohammed Alkali

Secretary: Yakubu Galadima

Niger State

Chairman: Yabagi Alhaji Baba

Secretary: Jagaba Saidu Egwa

Ogun State

Chairman: Ganiyu Majekodunmi

Secretary: Leo Oyenekan

Ondo State

Chairman: Dele Ajayi

Secretary: Fagite Babatunde

Osun State

Chairman: Taiwo Ogunjobi

Secretary: Afolabi K. Segun

Oyo State

Chairman: Olaleye Adepoju (James Odeniran)

Secretary: Kehinde Ojelowo

Plateau State

Chairman: Sunday Longbap

Secretary: Yakubu Dalyop

Rivers State

Chairman: Chris Green (H. I. Omineokume-Kile)

Secretary: Ibigoni Benjamin-Akobo

Sokoto State

Chairman: Mohammed Nasir Saidu

Secretary: Garba Hassan

Taraba State

Chairman: Hussein Modibo

Secretary: Yosie Daniel Ayuba

Yobe State

Chairman: Mohammed Garba

Secretary: Ahmed Asabe

Zamfara State

Chairman: Ibrahim Musa Gusau

Secretary: Hashim Yusuf Maru

Elite League

Chairman: Nduka Irabor

Secretary: Salisu Abubakar

National League

Chairman: Emeka Inyama (Nuhu Tanko)

Secretary: Lawrence Katken

Women’s League

Chairman: Dilichukwu Onyedinma (Adeoye Adebowale)

Secretary: Isaac Ajisafe

Nationwide League

Chairman: Ahmed Muazu Kawu (Joseph Akwa)

Secretary: Shola Ogunnowo

Coaches Association

Chairman: Bitrus Bewarang

Secretary: Solomon Ogbeide

Referees Association

Chairman: Ahmed Maude

Secretary: Moroof Oyekunle Oluwa

Players’ Union

Chairman: Dahiru Sadi

Secretary: Austin Popo

Al-Makura Impeachment: PDP Warns APC Spokesman, Lai Mohammed, Against “Unguarded Utterances”


Al-MakuraThe Nasarawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned that the unguarded utterances of the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, was capable of truncating the country’s nascent democracy.

The state chairman of PDP, Yunana Iliya, in a statement issued in Lafia and made available to journalists, said the recent comments by the APC spokesman over the planned impeachment of Governor Tanko Al-Makura could cause confusion in the state.

He, therefore, cautioned Mr. Mohammed to always consider the atmosphere in the polity before making such utterances to avoid creating unnecessary tension in the country.

“Lai is fond of making unguarded utterances and statements which ordinarily are supposed to be handled with caution so as not rubbish the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, Mr. Illiya said.

Mr. Mohammed had earlier this week alleged that huge sums of money were being moved as inducement for the House of Assembly members in a renewed bid to unseat Governor Al-Makura even as he accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP of being the masterminds of the latest plot.

”This latest move by the legislators, who are now marooned in Abuja instead of their base in Lafia, is being instigated by the PDP; this is not in doubt, irrespective of the unconvincing and tepid denial from the party. That this illegality is being contemplated under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan is clear for all to see. In fact, it is in line with the culture of lawlessness and impunity for which the Jonathan administration has now become infamous”, the APC spokesman was quoted as saying in a statement.

However, Mr. Illiya said impeachment was a constitutional matter and what the lawmakers did was not alien to the constitution.

“We expected Lai to have thoroughly consulted the provision of section 188 of the Nigerian constitution before issuing such statements knowing fully that what the lawmakers did is not alien to the constitution,” he said.

“Does Lai want to say that the APC will legalise corruption if given the opportunity to rule this country?”

He urged Mr. Mohammed to crosscheck how government funds were spent in Nasarawa, whether it was in line with due process especially as it regards contract award and execution.

“We equally challenge the APC publicity secretary and his sponsors to come out and tell the world of any contract executed by the present APC administration in the state if that was done in line with due process of advertising such contract and bided for before execution”, Mr. Illiya said.

Orji To Okorocha: Stop Wasting Imo Resources On Your “Imaginary” V/Presidential Ambition


Theodore-OrjiThe Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has lambasted his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, saying Mr. Okorocha’s All Progressives Congress [APC], cannot win a polling booth in Abia State in the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Orji said APC does not exist in Abia.

The Abia governor was reacting to a remark by Mr. Okorocha that the APC will take over Abia State in 2015. Mr. Orji dismissed the Imo State governor as “suffering from acute malaria” and said the governor should seek medical attention.

While addressing a meeting of the South East chapter of APC held in Umuahia, Mr. Okorocha had said that APC will sack PDP from the seat of power in the state come 2015. The governor spoke through his deputy, Eze Madumere.

In a statement Thursday, Mr. Orji reminded the Imo State Governor that “Imo people are still regretting their mistake of 2011 when he was voted into power under false pretence as a political messiah which he has proved not to be”.

Mr. Orji said most of Mr. Okorocha’s policies and programmes “are neither here” and have rather taken Imo State backwards while he parades himself as a progressive leader.

“Your rescue mission has failed to rescue Imo and how do you think you can deceive Abians with your political rhetoric and gimmicks? People are now wiser, your tricks in 2011 cannot work for you again. Stop deceiving yourself because South-east has no space for you and your APC in 2015”, Mr. Orji said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ajunwa.

Mr. Orji asked the Imo State governor to “stop wasting Imo resources on his imaginary Vice – Presidential ambition but instead deploy them on projects that will benefit the ordinary man as exemplified in Abia”, adding that “very soon it will dawn on Okorocha that he has travelled deep into a political wilderness accompanied by sycophants who will soon desert him”.

Governor Orji said that in 2015 PDP will repeat the victory it recorded in 2011.

Boko Haram Not In S’East – Minimah


lt_general_kenneth_minimahThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, has allayed the fear of Nigerians living in the Southeastern part of the country over possible infiltration of the region by members of the Boko Haram sect.

He said that the few security threats recorded in the region may not be the handiwork of the insurgents, who have maintained a stronghold in some parts of Northeast Nigeria.

The COAS, who made this known during his visit to the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, as part of his familiarization tour of 82 Division, Enugu, on Thursday, noted that the two incidents in Imo and Abia States allegedly linked to the terrorist group may have been the handiwork of some mischievous elements within the zone, who wanted to take advantage of the insurgency in the country to foment trouble.

“What happened at the Winners Chapel Church in Imo and the arrest made in Abia cannot be totally blamed on the insurgents because some mischievous elements can be making bombs to cause trouble and make it look like Boko Haram.

“Some elements within the states may want to cause problem, some mischief makers might want to take advantage of the insurgency in the country to foment trouble but the Military is ready to check all forms of security threat”, Minimah said.

The Army Chief, who seized the opportunity to commission the modern officers’ mess at the barracks, affirmed that his tour to all the army divisions across the country would help strengthen the morale of his men as well as provide ideas for the protection of the nation.

Jonathan Leaves For Germany On Private Visit


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President Goodluck Jonathan will any moment from now depart Abuja for Germany on a private visit.

Jonathan, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, will be accompanied on the trip by some of his principal aides.

He is expected back in the country early next week, according to the statement.

No Referendum As Jonathan Forwards Conference Report To Council Of State, NASS


Jonathan-and-KutijiThe far-reaching resolutions of the just concluded National Conference may not be subjected to a referendum after all, if the words of President Goodluck Jonathan, who declared the conference closed on Thursday, are anything to go by.

Instead, the president, who received 22 volumes of the conference report yesterday in Abuja from the chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi (retd), said the recommendations would be presented to the Council of State and the National Assembly for incorporation into the Constitution.

He also said the Executive would appropriately act on relevant aspects of the report.

In his speech while declaring the conference, which he inaugurated on March 17, closed yesterday in Abuja, Jonathan explained that he refused to interfere in the work of the conference at its dicey moments because he believed that the 492 delegates and six conference officials who, in their individual rights are qualified to lead, could find solutions to whatever challenges they encounter.

The president assured that the report would not be a waste of time and resources.

He said: “The discourse reflected our latest challenges. We shall send the relevant aspects of your recommendations to the Council of State and the National Assembly for incorporation into the Constitution.

“On our part, we shall act on those aspects required of us in the Executive.

“Let me reaffirm this: Nobody has a monopoly of knowledge. We in government need to feed from the thoughts of those who elected us into power. You have done your patriotic duty; we, the elected, must now do ours.

“As I receive the report of your painstaking deliberations, let me assure that your work is not going be a waste of time and resources. We shall do all we can to ensure the implementation of your recommendations, which have come out of consensus and not by divisions.

“In this regard, I appeal to all arms of government and the people of Nigeria to be ready to play the different roles that the volumes of reports you have produced would assign to you.

“It is my hope that with what you have done, our country is on the right road to getting the job of nation-building done.”

Jonathan noted that the report, coming 100 years after the Amalgamation, “promises to be a landmark in our history”.

He added: “I have always believed that dialogue is a better way of driving change in the community. I am happy that this dialogue has gone very well.

“With the far-reaching recommendations touching on several areas of our national life, I am convinced that this will be a major turning point for Nigeria.

“We have gone through many challenges in our first centenary. Now is the time to hit the track and take our proper lane for the race of progress. Our moment for national rebirth is here.

“We have to rekindle hope not only within our country but on the African continent where collectively our leadership is acknowledged”.

President Jonathan pointed out that one of the main reasons for convoking the Conference had been achieved: to create a platform for a genuine and sincere dialogue among Nigerians.

He noted that even when things seemed ready to boil over, it was apparent that the delegates were only disagreeing to agree.

He said: “It is now very clear that as Nigerians, we have devised a way of addressing and resolving our differences amicably: we dialogue and dialogue until we agree! This is most heart-warming indeed!

“On the occasion of the 53rd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria last year, I made a promise to set a National Conversation in motion to advance the course of nation-building. The agitation had been there for a while and we could no longer ignore it or delay the process. I was motivated by a genuine desire to make our country a better place where we can build consensus in the evolution of a new Nigeria.

“When I was inaugurating the Presidential Advisory Committee in December last year, I made it very clear to the committee that it was a sincere and fundamental undertaking, aimed at realistically examining and genuinely resolving, longstanding impediments to our cohesion and harmonious development as a truly united nation”.

Pay me my 15k USD – Toyin Lawani to Tonto Dikeh + Tonto Replies


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The fight between former BFFs, Tonto Dikeh and Toyin Lawani continued yesterday after Toyin claimed Tonto owes her $15,000 for a birthday dress and for that she would continue to use photos of Tonto wearing looks she styled.

Well, Tonto slammed her back..see below

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Ruggedman Romances Maheeda


The name ‘Maheeda’ is not new to many. In fact, the name is synonymous with posting of compromising photographs on the internet. Many have even joked that the singer is well known for this more than her music.

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On the part of Ruggedman, he is known for his music, rap in particular. Though he also gained fame through controversies, but he has over the time shown to be a respected artiste in the music industry. Apart from music, the rapper is into fashion and anchoring corporate events.

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Maheeda paid the rapper a visit and the two couldn’t help but shower affection on each other, posting pictures of their time together on Instagram and Twitter

THROWBACK: Flavour N’abania & Patoranking Before The Fame


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Flavour N’abania and Patoranking Before Fame. Poverty Is a Curse! Seeing pictures like this is one of the many reasons you have to thank God for life.

Targeting Mr. President?


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Our security operatives are busy looking for bombers across the country, not knowing ‘The Bomb’ has entered the Villa.

Poor Goodluck Jonathan His head is about to explode!

Her chest wide open.Cropped for destruction… Targeting Mr. President.

‪#‎DressHowYouWantToBeAddressed

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Imo police guns down 4 armed robbers


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On Thursday night, officers of the  Nigeria Police Force, Imo State Command made a tremendous breakthrough in a gun battle with a 7 man armed robbery gang at World Bank Housing Estate, Owerri.

The gallant police men shot dead four of them, caught one alive, while two escaped.

The gun duel, i learnt lasted for a long time, but the men of the underworld fell to the superior fire power of the police.

David Nwankwo who was caught alive confessed to the crime but said that their operational area is Enugu.

Nwankwo, 23,who says he hails from Ebonyi State, stated that he is a novice in the job, pleading with the  CP for pardon.

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Jim Iyke & Nadia Buari’s relationship still waxing stronger


Nadia congratulated her best friend  who just ventured into bottle water business and her boo also replied.
Please why are they confusing us, well its not their fault its the fault of us who pork nose into their affairs. Their love seems to be waxing stronger.

COMMUNITY REJECTS ‘OKOROCHA’S MONARCH’


 

The ripples generated by the purported installation of a new traditional ruler for Obinugwu Community in Orlu local government area of Imo State is rising up, as the people yesterday rejected Mr. Stanley Nwangwu, Governor Rochas Okorocha’s appointed monarch.

They also vowed to fine any indigene of Obinugwu seen exchanging even greetings with Nwangwu the sum of N50,000.

Some members of the community who spoke to National Mirror said the interim sanction against Nwangwu, whom they claimed was from Arondizuogu in Ideato local government area of Imo State, would be extended to other members of his family.

Speaking to newsmen, the youth leader of Obinugwu Community, Mr. Uchenna Ohaonu, wondered why Okorocha was bent on setting Imo State on fire, saying, “It is callous and irresponsible on the part of the governor to foist a foreigner on us. We will resist it.”

According to him, “an enlarged Obinugwu Community meeting of her indigenes at home and in the Diaspora will soon be converged to impose tougher sanctions on Mr. Stanley Nwangwu until he returns Governor Okorocha’s poisonous gift and probably relocates to Ogboko Community in Ideato South.”

The youth leader queried: “Have you ever seen where a man and his wife alone goes to receive Ezeship staff of office, without any indigene of his community accompanying him?

“Governor Okorocha never gave any Eze in Imo State a jeep, but he bought one Tokunbo Jeep for Stanley Nwangwu. This explains the whole charade,” he stated.

Ohaonu maintained that Ilomuanya remained their revered traditional ruler. “He remains our Obi of Obinugwu in whom we are well pleased. Okorocha cannot tell us who our monarch is.

“Eze Ilomuanya brought autonomy to us, tarred our roads; gave us water and light. What has Okorocha done for us to warrant this wicked act against us?

“We advise Stanley Nwangwu to stay off Obinugwu Community in his own interest because when the chips are down I wonder if Okorocha can save him,” he warned

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“Dont compare my boobs to that of upcoming artists” – Cossy Orjiakor warns


#Noted……….

Political Intolerance and the saints go on rampage in Imo


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Billboards erected by loyalists of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP have been reportedly destroyed by unknown persons in in Obowo and Njaba local council areas of Imo state. However, the billboards erected by All Progressive Congress, APC, party faithfuls were left untouched.

Emperor Iwuala, the aide of Emmanuel Ihenacho, governorship aspirant of APGA in Imo state, said the act of vandalism and political intolerance is a “most unfortunate and a very crooked way of expressing power”.

He said, “The destruction of bill boards erected for gubernatorial aspirant of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, in Obowo and Njaba local government areas of the state, is not only most unfortunate, but a very crooked way of expressing power”.

Iwuala also said that the unprecedented destruction proves that the other aspirants are intimidated by his boss, “the destruction of the billboards is a strong indication that his principal has an intimidating political profile.”

He added that such acts can only make Ihenacho more popular. “The destruction the billboards cannot deter our principal in his call to run for the 2015 Governorship Election in Imo State, and it is attracting sympathy to him and invariably, making him more popular,” he added.

The Imo state governorship elections will hold in 2015, and the incumbent, Governor Rochas Okorocha of the APC, is facing stiff competition for his seat by a long list of potential aspirants in the persons of Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, former Minister of Transport, Mrs. Kema Chikwe, Senator Chris Anyanwu, immediate past governor of the state, chief Ikedi Ohakim, a former senator, Ifeanyi Ararume and Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde’s producer son, ‘Captain E’ celebrates birthday in SA


Yesterday, Nollywood superstar, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde‘s first son M.J. Ekeinde turned 16 and celebrated in South Africa.

M.J. Ekeinde was very excited as he was all smiles while being photographed with his mum as well as dad Matthew Ekeinde and 3 siblings — Princess, Meraiah and Michael Ekeinde.

The young music producer popularly known as Captain E also got a  remote control helicopter.

Proud momma Omosexy took to social media to pour out sweet words, “May your talent take you before kings. We love you dearly. Happy sweet #16 . With love Mimi, dad, mickyboy, moi and princess”, she wrote.

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American Doctor Treated For Ebola Discharged From Atlanta Hospital


An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has been released from a U.S. hospital.

Atlanta, Georgia’s Emory University Hospital, officials said on Thursday in Atalanta that Kent Brantly was released after receiving the ZMapp treatment, the experimental drug.

“Kent Brantly is given ZMapp, a trial drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak, and flown to the U.S. this month,’’they said.

The hospital said it would hold a news conference to discuss Brantly’s case and that of a second American, Nancy Writebol, being treated there with ZMapp.

Mapp, the supplier of the drugs has said that the drugs have been exhausted due to high demand.

Samaritan’s President Franklin Graham said Brantly would leave Emory hospital after the news conference.

“I have marveled at Brantly’s courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital.

“We have more than 350 staff in Liberia, and others will soon be joining them, so please pray for those who have served with Brantly ,’’he added.

Graham said the other doctors, aid workers and organisations that are at this very moment desperately trying to stop Ebola from taking any more lives, should also be put into prayers.

Brantly and Nancy Writebol were flown out of Liberia earlier this month and have been getting treatment for the deadly disease in an isolation unit at the hospital.

The two were infected while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia’s capital. [Reuters /NAN]

Jarule And Ashanti Are Coming To Nigeria


American rap star Ja Rule, and R&B singer Ashanti,will be coming to Nigeria for a show on October 1, an event to mark this year’s Independence celebration.

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The ‘Always On Time‘ crooners will be  will be performing live at the show tagged, ‘Warri Again: The Flagship’, which will be holding in Warri, Delta State on Independence day.

Other Nigerian acts who will be performing alongside the American stars are Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Dr Sid, Daddy Showkey, Flavour, Pantoranking and Oritsefemi.

There will be comedy from top Nigerian comedians like, AY, Bovi, IGoDye, Okey Bakasi, Gordons, Buchi, Baba Kome, Frank De Don and Young Chief.

Ali Baba and Omawumi will be hosting the event, with a guest appearance from Don Jazzy, while Denrele Edun and Eku Edewor would be hosting the red carpet.

 

It will be recalled that a duet entitled ‘Always On Time’, by both artistes set the music scene on fire years ago; they may rekindle the energy that song oozed years back.

`Warri Again’ is a show aimed at rebranding Warri and making it a destination for entertainment.

FIFA U-20 W’Cup: Jonathan Commends Falconets Over Qualification For Final


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated Nigeria’s under-20 female football team, the Falconets on their qualification for the final match of the ongoing FIFA tournament in Canada.

In a message through his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, the President applauded the Falconets’ scintillating display which earned them a 6-2 victory in Wednesday’s semi-final encounter with North Korea as well as their very commendable performance in earlier matches.

The Falconets defeated Korea DPR in the first semifinal of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to reach their second final ever in the history of the competition.

Asisat Oshoala scored four out of the six goals, Courtney Dike and Uchechi Sunday scored one apiece to seal a place in the final for Nigeria. Korea DPR’s only goal came through a penalty by R. Un Sim.

“As the Falconets prepare for the final match of the tournament against Germany on Sunday, President Jonathan urges them to put in their very best effort to win the under-20 Female World Cup for Nigeria and Africa for the first time in the history of the competition,” the statement read.

The president therefore assured the Falconets and their handlers of the Federal Government’s the full support and the prayers of all Nigerians for their triumph on Sunday.

Boko Haram Takes Over Police Training College In Gwoza


Gwoza town has been lost to the Boko Haram insurgents, who invaded a well-known Nigerian Police training college in the Borno town

Gwoza town is located 183 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

A security source revealed to journalists in Maiduguri that the training camp was finally overrun by the insurgents on Wednesday after running battle a day earlier.

The militants, who numbered several hundred, stormed the police college with five armoured tanks they had earlier seized from Nigerian soldiers who had had made several unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the sect from Gwoza over the last two weeks, reports Sahara Reporters, citing police sources.

Another source disclosed that numerous trainees were either killed or seriously injured by the militants who carried out the assault.

“Those who survived the attack had to run to the mountains nearby,” said the source. He added that some of the trainees managed to escape to neighbouring Adamawa State.

A police source told SR that the surging militants blew up an armored tank stationed at the gate of the training camp before gaining entrance into the school and wreaking havoc.

Boko Haram had two weeks ago seized much of Gwoza town, hoisting the sect’s flag and appointing an Emir to administer the town, in an action similar to the activity of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The town’s traditional ruler and several of his subjects had escaped the town following attacks by the insurgents.

Student Suspended For Saying “Bless You” To Sneezing Classmate


No one would think it was wrong to say “Bless you”, until a schoolgirl in Tennessee was suspended for saying ‘bless you’ to a classmate who sneezed.

Kendra Turner was suspended from Dyer Country High School, TN. after saying “bless you” when her classmate sneezed. Her teacher told her that kind of talk was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Ms Turner told WMC.

Ms Turner says she was standing up for her religious beliefs, but when she defended her actions she was sent to see school officials, who sent her to in-school suspension.

The teacher’s whiteboard has a list of banned expressions, including “bless you”, “boring”, “I don’t know, “my bad” as well as banning “other peer expressions”.

School officials told Ms Turner’s parents that she shouted “bless you” across the room, and it was a disruptive outburst.

However, the Turners believe the teacher is anti-religion.

“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” said Ms Turner’s pastor Becky Winegardner, who says she reminded the students of their rights.

Some students have since come to class wearing #BlessYou t-shirts to show their support.

Ms Turner’s family met with school authorities this week, and the teacher told them the Year 12 student had been disruptive.

“It’s all right to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” Ms Turner told WMCA.

FG Yet To Justify Its 52% Share Of Allocation – Fashola


Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday said the Federal Government was yet to justify the 52 percent revenue allocation it received monthly from the federation account.

Fashola spoke at the flag-off of the expanded Lagos State Economic and Empowerment Programme (EEP) at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

The governor, who described the central government as the big brother, lamented that the inability of the central government to deploy the larger percent of the allocation it received from the federation account to provide the basic social amenities like power and adequate security, had made “life not too meaningful for the citizens.”

“There are three governments in the Nigeria family-the Federal, State and the local governments. The federal government gets 52% of the total income of the country; the 36 states governments’ share 26%, while the local governments share 22 percent. This is how our family is run. The big brother (the federal government) has taken more than half of the total revenue.”

“We get income from three major sources; there are other ones but these are the main sources. One is oil, the other is charges and import duties. On imports duties, the central government in 2013, made an income of N1.4 trillion in six months. And this was from the Apapa Ports alone. We do not collect taxes from companies; all the companies in Nigeria, once you declare your profit, certain percentage is paid to the federal government. What we collect is personal income tax on the employees of the companies.

“Yet, the federal government has failed to provide constant electricity for its citizens. If there is power today, many companies will pick up.

“In Lagos State, we are looking at an alternative to national failure because we would soon start to hear a lot of stories. Just remember that we used to have Berec batteries, where hundreds of people were employed.”

Earlier, Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said over 10,000 women were targeted for empowerment through the training and vocational skill acquisition programme under the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA.

She said the empowerment programme was open to all women in Lagos State, urging unemployed women to register for the programme beginning on August 25.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has lauded the Lagos State Government on the flag off of its EEP for the unemployed in the state.

The party said that the programme adds to a rich list of the laudable and effective programmes the Lagos State government “uses to deal with the great challenges of hosting the largest concentration of Nigerian educated and non educated youths in the face of the aggravating problem of poverty in the country.”

In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, APC said by this welfarist attention to the plight of the unemployed and the disempowered, the government and the APC were demonstrating readiness to deal with the problems of poverty being exacerbated by the anti-people’s policy of the PDP federal government. [Vanguard]

Police Bust Human Parts Dealers, Arrest 3


Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos have smashed a syndicate that specialised in selling human parts, arresting three of its members.

The suspects are two popular herbalists in Sagamu area and a mother of two whose husband was alleged to be a supplier of the human parts.

Recovered from the suspects were two human skulls suspected to have been procured from a graveyard.

Their arrest, according to Police sources, followed an intelligence report received by the Lagos State Police Command on activities of human parts dealers, which made the Commander SARS, Abba Kyari, to embark on a manhunt, that led to the arrest of the three suspects, Mustapha Muritala, Sunday Oluyeba and Adenike Olanrewaju, with others still at large in Ojumerin area of Sagamu, Ogun State.

Customs Intercept 15 Bags Of Ammunition In Ogun


The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 1,480 cartridges of live ammunition concealed in 15 bags of rice from smugglers along the Abeokuta-Igboora bush path.

Controller of the state command, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, on Monday said his men, working on intelligence reports of the illegal movement of the ammunition, laid an ambush for the criminals, who appeared to have got wind of their plan, as they fled.

Mamudu explained that the smugglers abandoned the ammunition cleverly stuffed into the bags of rice while they fled into the bush.

According to him, the command also made a seizure of nine sacks of Indian hemp at the Imeko area of the state.

“This is one of the tactics being adopted by smugglers, which we are already aware of. Recently we made the same type of seizure of ammunition at the Imeko area.

“Given the security challenges in the country occasioned by insurgency, the command has re-arranged its anti-smuggling strategy and the result is what you are seeing today.”

The area controller said the command would hand over the ammunition to the police, the appropriate government agency concerned with arms and ammunition.

Genevieve Nnaji Joins Ice Bucket Challenge (Photos)


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

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

Mbu, 18 Others Promoted To Rank Of AIG


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

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

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

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

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

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

Actress Ruth Kadiri Releases Sultry Photos


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

IG Appoints New Police Spokesman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Rapper Gucci Mane Sentenced on Federal Gun Charge


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Oshoala Celebrates With Team-Mate Osarenoma Igbinovia After Scoring Her Fourth Goal of the Fifa U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. Image: Getty Image.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama Condemns Beheading Of Journalist By Islamic State


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sotloff was abducted in Syria in August 2013.

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

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

Keshi Explains Why He Dropped Stoke Duo from Afcon Qualifiers


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

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

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

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

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

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

Mysterious Fire Guts Part of NFF Office, Leaves Accounts Intact


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

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

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

NFF Office in Abuja on Fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Article written by journalist, Cheta Nwanze…

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Photos from actress Sola Kosoko’s baby dedication


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

 

Fifa Rejects Barcelona Transfer Ban Appeal


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R.kelly sued for 1 million $


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

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

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

Things soured last year … and Kelly and

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

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

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

McDavid’s suing for the $1M balance.

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


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

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

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

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

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

He then added with a smile:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Her tweets below: -