married man pours acid on lover in Delta State (Graphic Photo)


Paulina before and after the acide burnt

August 28, 2010 Paulina, an indigene of Kokori in Ethiope –East Local Government Area of Delta State, was bathed with acid by   Mr. Difference Ogba,  her lover who knocked on her door at 5 a.m. Ogba is now serving a ten- year jail term in Okere prison in Warri after he was convicted by the High Court at Otu-Jeremi. – Read her story

How I met my ex-lover’
I divorced my husband with whom I had three kids after irreconcilable differences and incompatibility . I relocated to Ujevwu   in Udu Local Government Area of Delta   State. There, I   began selling meat at the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, area, a business which sustained and provided for my needs as the kids were with their father.
“After about six months, my church members alerted me that Ogba whom I was dating was married with wife and four kids. I trailed   him and got the truth and I told him to leave me alone, but he refused. His wife got wind of our relationship and started coming to abuse me at home.   I   told Ogba to leave me alone, but he refused. He went to disturb my pastor. The pastor asked him to leave me alone, but he would not listen. They beat me up and took my money (N30,000).   I reported to the leadership of Egini community. They reprimanded him but he would not change his mind. This started the    he, as a motorcycle rider(okada) conveyed me home. He identified himself as Mr. Difference Ogba, and   told me   he was resident in Egini, a neighbouring community to Ujevwu. He said he was not married. He picked interest in me and I told him I   was   a divorcee. He said he did not mind.

Escape to Ekrokpe
I had to leave where I was staying just to escape from him. He found out where I was and continued making trouble. He said that I must marry him. He would not leave me alone. I had    packed out to Ekrokpe Community in Ughelli-South Council area.
After about three months, he found out where I moved to and he came again. I chased him away but he continued disturbing me until my landlady got tired and   threatened to give me a quit notice. I continued to chase him away any moment he came around and my landlady later joined me in chasing him away, till he stopped.
On August 27, 2010, I didn’t go to   the market. I fasted and went for our Wednesday prayers in my church (Church of God   Mission). I   prayed to God to chase away Ogba completely from my life.
I went to sleep early that evening as I had my plans for the next day. I wanted to go to the market and sell and, on return, cook and eat my choice soup (banga). But very early in the morning, August 28 , at 5 a.m, I heard a sharp knock on my door and the voice of a woman I knew. I was shocked because she resides in Egini. I was wondering how she came to Ekrokpe that early.
Immediately I opened the door,   I was poured something (acid) on my head and face.  I shouted for help and fainted.   I woke up two days later at UBTH to discover that Ogba was the one who knocked on the door and poured me acid.” Ogba fled after the incident.
“I have gone through excruciating pains as I had to undergo three different surgeries. Flesh was cut off from my lap to patch my head and lip. My skull was operated on.   I weaved my head a night before but the acid that soaked on my head burnt it. I saw death but God did not allow me to die. I cursed the day I met Ogba.    I regret meeting him and I am still baffled that he did this to me. He neither drinks nor   smokes. I am not aware that he had or has mental problem. So, it is like a bad dream. How I wish it is a dream. I can’t see. I’m almost blind, I need help, I want to see again.  Please, I need help.”
-Vanguard

President Jonathan, AY, Namadi Sambo, Lepacious Bose at Private Screening of Omoni Oboli’s Movie at the Villa


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Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli was invited by President Goodluck Jonathan for the private screening of her movie – Being Mrs Elliot.
The screening took place yesterday Thursday 14th August at the Presidential Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
At the private affair, the movie star dressed in blue met with other dignitaries including Vice President Namadi Sambo.
AY Makun, Lepacious Bose, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, and Chioma Ude were also invited.

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Photo Credit: Reuben Abati

Basketmouth finally opens up on love child


Ace comedian Basketmouth has two kids, a boy and a girl, with his wife Elsie. What most of you do not know is that he has another daughter with an ex. Basketmouth talks about his love child for the first time in this exclusive interview with LIB. Find it below…

There’s this story that won’t just
go away that suggests you have a love
child?

Basketmouth “I wouldn’t refer to her as a love
child. She’s my child that people didn’t know of. Yes I have a daughter with my
ex-girlfriend. Its not a comfortable topic to discuss because I wouldn’t want to
put anybody under pressure. As long as my family is happy and I’m on the same
page with my wife, my siblings, my mum, my pastor and the family of my daughter, that’s all that actually
matters.

When did you have the
child?
Basketmouth: years ago, a while before my
wedding. Continue…

How did your wife react to the
news?

Basketmouth: You can guess.

Why did you wait till now before
choosing to come clean?

It’s
never been a hidden issue. That its private doesn’t make it hidden.

How Ghanaian Singer, Joyce Narte Was Infected With HIV + How God Has Been Upholding Her


It’s such a sad story, but at the end she’s trying to live through it. Her story particularly touched me because she got it through s*x. Hmm, maybe she might have avoided it, if only she didn’t spend the night at a male church member’s house. Please ladies, I beg you, don’t ever, and I mean don’t ever spend the night with a man alone, except a man you have known so well. It’s just risky, there’s no fun in spending a night or two at a man’s place, it just takes away your dignity. Spend the day with him with another of your friend, in fact invite him to your home, let him come and spend time with you and your family.

Joyce story just breaks my heart. Joyce went to church on this particular day in 2007 and ended at a church member’s house who knew fully well he had HIV and insisted in making love to her without a condom. That was how her story changed. Though she’s living through it and married at an HIV carrier, not everyone will be as lucky as Joyce. Read her story below as narrated by her on DSTV’s AfricaMagic channel.

Living with HIV virus

I have lived with HIV/AIDS virus for seven years now. I contacted the disease in 2007. But I’m just a normal person. When people meet me and tend to find out how I’m feeling, I always tell them I’m a normal  person.

As a matter of fact, I visited a school to educate the students. After talking to them they were keen to test for HIV. I also joined the queue and got tested but it was negative. It means one must stay with one’s medication forever. Regular medication can make it read that way. It doesn’t mean such a person is no longer a career.

How I got the disease

I contacted the disease in 2007, through a member of my church. I was to spend a night with him in his house. When he removed his clothes, I saw some kind of rashes all over his body. I was terrified, as I innocently asked him why he was like that. He covered up, saying it was a minor skin infection and that it was nothing serious. But when he wanted to make love to me, I insisted that he must use condom. He told me that he didn’t like using condom.

However, when I insisted, he agreed but he never used it. He removed it while entering into me. We did it several times that night.  After few weeks, I became pregnant for him. When I told him, I was pregnant, he advised me to abort the baby. But I refused, insisting on keeping the baby.

He later warned me that if insisted, I would have myself to blame in future. I never knew what he meant until I was diagnosed HIV positive. He also infected other ladies in the church before he died.

Growing up

Growing up was in a very poor background.  I discovered my love for music and dance. I was very ambitious, passionate about my dance skills. All efforts to get help to go to school failed. I was vulnerable, most times raped. I had to attend all kinds of events in my neighbourhood to exhibit my  skills in dancing. In my case,  there was no one to confide in. I hawked all kinds of things to make ends meet’.

Why she became HIV/AIDS Awareness advocate

I was driven by the need to help other carriers of the HIV/AIDS virus. This is because most AIDS patients are brought to the hospital when they are almost dead. Victims find it difficult to undergo medical test to determine their HIV/AIDS status.

I realised when people get to know about their HIV status at the early stages and they are put on medication, they wouldn’t die. They would live their normal lives.  So, I decided to use myself as an example. That was what motivated me to begin the campaign against HIV/AIDS virus.

Platform and the benefits

I started sensitising the people on the streets. I went to a business district in Accra, and my purpose of going to the area was to share my story, as well as sell some copies of my music which I had on CD to enable me realise some money to feed myself.

The first person I approached when I got there shouted, and never allowed me to utter a word. The moment I mentioned I was HIV positive, he shouted at me, and warned me to leave the place immediately. But I wasn’t discouraged.

Later, I went to Dacuma, another area. At the place, whenever there was traffic congestion, I would start to tell my story, “I’m HIV positive, you have to be very careful with your life,” I would start.

In addition, I had copies of my CD, but nobody was buying them from me. Some people thought I was lying, and that was when I met a certain pastor in the a traffic. I was moving from one vehicle to another, sharing my story with who cared to listen.  When this pastor heard me, he parked and was ready to listen to me.

Then, he was running a TV programme in Amsterdam. At that moment, he took my contact, and later, he sent me some money to process my International Passport. He told me that he had a TV station as well as a radio station in Amsterdam, and he would want me to come over there and share my story the way I did in the traffic. Without hesitation, I applied for visa and travelled to Amsterdam in 2010. That was how my story changed.

When she returned from Amsterdam

I returned from Amsterdam to continue what I started in Ghana. I was invited by different organisations. Later, I travelled again to speak on the topic “30 years of HIV, the way forward.”In 2012, I went for the AIDS conference in America.

Recently, I was in the UK, where I premiered my movie, “My Cross Roads” which captures my story. The movie was first premiered at the National Theatre in Ghana and it recorded a huge turn out of dignitaries. The storyline of the movie is basically about me. It’s a true life story of Joyce Dzidzor Nartey but currently, I have a new movie in the market titled, “Jewel of the water.”

HIV Husband and wife

Before we got married, my husband was educated about the deadly disease. But he is also a carrier of the disease. At the moment, medically both of us are negative to HIV virus. This is because we have been put on medication for long.

But that does not mean, we should stop taking our medication. Even though we test negative now, we keep taking our medication. We had one child together who did not test positive to HIV because of the medication.

Life after contacting HIV/AIDS virus

That’s not the end of the world for any carrier of the HIV/AIDS virus. There is life after contacting the deadly disease. The HIV virus can be found in the semen in the man, and not in the sperm because the sperm is what goes to form a baby. It doesn’t carry the HIV virus, but the semen is what contains the HIV virus.

So, HIV positive man who is on medication can share sexual activity with an HIV negative woman, and they both can produce an HIV negative baby. You can see that there is life after contacting the HIV virus.

HIV positive man can marry an HIV negative woman, and they can still make babies without him infecting the wife or the baby, just as an HIV positive woman can also marry an HIV negative man. There are a lot of couple today who wouldn’t come out to share their stories, but who are living with HIV/AIDS virus. They are keeping the secret to themselves.

Marriage life

Marriage for me was normal but they say, in every marriage there are challenges. Things have happened in the past which I wouldn’t want to talk about here. Talking about the stigma, there was one day, my seven-year old son came from school and told me to stop that HIV thing that I am doing. According to him, his friends said, they wouldn’t play with him because his mum is HIV positive. There are challenges but life must go on.

 

Ebola: See Heartbreaking Photos Detailing Outbreak in Liberia


Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than a 1,000 people. Every day, at least one person dies.
In Monvoria, Liberia, where the outbreak is extremely severe, a photographer John Moore risked getting the virus by heading down there to take images of the sad state of the nation.
The United Nations has also revealed that it will send food to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as the outbreak has collapsed the economies. They will bring in the food items with their own aircraft to each of the countries.
It is expected to feed 1 million. See exclusive photos below:

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Photo Credit: Getty Images/John Moore

Ebola: Deceased Nigerian nurse met Sawyer on her first day at work – Sister


On the 14th of August, 25 year old Justina Obioma Ejelonu, a nurse who came in contact with the late Patrick Sawyer,died of Ebola. Her sister spoke to Punch

“The day she met the infected Liberian was her first day at work at that hospital. She just got that job. She was the one that called me and ‘gisted’ me about Ebola and told us how she met and attended to Patrick Sawyer. Later on, she told me she was having fever. I asked her to go back to the hospital so that she would be tested and she did so that night. She was moved back into the hospital that night as she started throwing up and I kept in touch with her until the last day.”

I spoke to Obioma two days ago (Wednesday). She said, ‘My sister, I am better now. Don’t worry, I am okay.’ I felt she was doing better. I didn’t know she was going to die.”
“It was through Facebook that I got to know that my sister was dead. Nobody from the state government called us. Nobody from where she worked called us either. It was from blogs on the Internet that I heard the story.”

She also says they are being stigmatised:

We have been stigmatised. Some people called some of my colleagues in the office and told them my sister, Obioma, was the one that came down to Enugu. They said she ran to her sister’s house in Trans Ekulu and also mentioned my office name, Women for Women International.
“Apart from that, my parents are also being stigmatised. The story going round in the village is that my parents came to Lagos to see Obioma and contracted the disease as well. My parents have been staying with me. I invited my father to come over to Enugu when this story about a nurse being infected with EVD broke on the internet.” “My sister knew the implication. She was a nurse. She mistakenly and ignorantly got infected and she knew the disease was deadly. There was no way she would have run to us in Enugu, knowing that the disease is highly contagious. Once bitten, twice shy. She wouldn’t have wanted us to get infected. That is why I am saddened with this rumour that she came to see me in Enugu.

How I was tricked into selling my kidney – Nigerian Victim (PHOTO)


He emerged from his room in a red T-shirt and blue denim on Sunday, August 3, 2014 in a state of despair and sober reflection. Slowly settling down in a white plastic chair in the hotel lobby where he had agreed to speak with our correspondent, he told a rather unusual story of his ordeal in the hands of his close friend who lured him into selling one of his kidneys for just $7,500 (N1.2m).

When I was tricked into selling my kidney for money, it was even a close friend of mine that introduced me into the trade. And I did not doubt him for a second. I wanted my life to change positively. I did not know he would eventually betray me due to the trust I had in him. Things were a bit tough for me then and I was desperate to make a change in my life.
“Sola was looking for someone to donate a kidney to a person, and since I had been living in penury, I decided to take a chance. I thought it was a little issue. He told me the huge amount of money that was usually paid to donors. I told him I would do it.
“The client I was to sell my kidney to was in Port Harcourt at that time, so I travelled there and was lodged in a hotel, the name of which I cannot remember now. The following day, I was taken to the General Hospital in the city for medical tests.”
To be tested by the doctors in the General Hospital, Port Harcourt, Martins said he had to pretend as if he was a relative of the patient, and that he did it ‘gladly.’ All he was hoping for was the money.

I had to pretend as if I was a family member of the client who needed my kidney so doctors could allow me undergo the tests.“I was made to undergo different medical tests ranging from HIV, to blood group, and whether my kidney matched with that of the sick.
“That was just the beginning, and everything seemed to work perfect. I was made to understand that assuming I had any disease like gonorrhoea or others, I would be treated here before I travelled out of the country, as far as my kidney matched with the sick’s.“The second stage was the processing of visa and other travelling documents for me. The agent was to take care of all this. My own responsibility as the donor was just to obey all their commands.
To process the visa, I took pictures with the family of the patient, which made the officials at the embassy believe I was really a relative of the client. I was also made to bear the name of the family of the client so that there would be no suspicion by the officials at the embassy.”Meanwhile, as all these were going on, I never knew that negotiations between the client and the agent were also ongoing, I was just obeying

their bidding; at least I thought my friend could be trusted.
“Before we travelled and because everything seemed to be working according to plan, my agent told me I had to get new clothes to travel with to India, so I borrowed some money from them, to be repaid from the money they would pay me.
“Normally, the client would not pay the agent the money until the day of travelling and the agent would not pay the donor until he was sure the operation was successful.
“I never knew all these until I experienced it. My friend was the agent and that was why I did not bother asking for the money before I travelled to India.“On the day I was to travel with the family of the patient, we were lodged in a hotel in

the Ketu area of Lagos. We got to the airport around 5am and I was thinking all through the journey. I was hoping my life would be better if everything was
successful.”

MIOT Hospitals in Chennai, India was the destination. Everything had worked very well in Nigeria, but that was just the first step.

Martins continued, “We got to the hospital and we were lodged there. The following day, I began another series of medical tests. The medical personnel, who attended to me there, Doctor Tashir, sat me down and asked who I was to the patient.

“I told the doctor she was my niece. He asked me if I knew the consequence of what I was about to do, and I told him there was no problem. For the next one and a half months, I underwent another series of medical tests. The doctors at the hospital trashed the ones I did in Nigeria.

“While in the hospital, I was just not comfortable with the way things were going. I wanted to be sure if the money I was expecting to do this would really come, so I decided to call my friend who arranged the whole thing how much I was going to be paid.“But before I called my friend, I called the client to find out how much he paid my friend. He (the client) was in Nigeria; it was only the lady, her mother, and me who were in India. He told me he had paid them on the day we travelled to India, and that was where the trouble began.I called the agent (my friend) and asked him why he did not tell me the client had paid him.My friend (the agent) had even seized my phone to act as a collateral in case I failed to come back to the country after the operation. When I heard he had been paid, I had to remind him that it was my life I was playing with, and he assured he would pay me once I returned to the country.The last stage after the medical tests was that I was taken to their local council to face a panel. They asked me again if I was ready for the operation that would last for 27 hours, and to know if I was ready for death in case it came. To all these I said yes“Unfortunately, the patient’s mother started treating me unfairly. She believed I had been paid. At a point, I had to tell my friend that I would not do it again if I was not paid. I even told him to go and give the money to my mother, though she did not know anything about it. But he kept assuring me the money was safe.”

After the removal of my kidney, I called the agent again to tell him to send me some money for my flight home. That was when I knew I had been used and dumped.

“He changed the tone of his voice and told me to stay in India. He started asking me what I was coming to do in Nigeria. I had planned to use the N900,000 to buy a bus for transport business here in Lagos, to start life afresh. That had been my thought all along.

“On December 2, 2008, after about three months of being in India and 10 days after the operation, I said I was going home. With no money and no good treatment from the patient’s mother, I was stranded. Even though I had the opportunity of stealing their dollar notes in their wardrobe, I did not do so. I could never do such a thing. I felt pity for the lady.

On December 3, 2008, Martins eventually got a ticket to be flown to Nigeria and could not believe that he had been made to pass through the horrible situation for nothing.

He said, “I tried all I could, and from the money I had borrowed before leaving, I came back to Nigeria.

“My parents never knew where I went and stayed for almost three months. Things were really pathetic. I met a lot of problems at home which I hoped I could solve with the money I would get. On this same matter, I lost my elder sister who was pregnant because it was her money that I took from home, hoping that I would settle her when I return.“The baby died, she too died, my world collapsed. Out of the N900,000 I was expecting, my friend paid me only N250,000. That was after I had threatened him. I could not involve the police because I knew it was one of those hard choices I made. That was how I was duped in the process of selling my kidney.”

From the amount he could collect from his agent, Martins
was able to set up a football viewing centre, which has since collapsed.

Culled from Punch

He emerged from his room in a red T-shirt and blue denim on Sunday, August 3, 2014 in a state of despair and sober reflection. Slowly settling down in a white plastic chair in the hotel lobby where he had agreed to speak with our correspondent, he told a rather unusual story of his ordeal in the hands of his close friend who lured him into selling one of his kidneys for just $7,500 (N1.2m).

When I was tricked into selling my kidney for money, it was even a close friend of mine that introduced me into the trade. And I did not doubt him for a second. I wanted my life to change positively. I did not know he would eventually betray me due to the trust I had in him. Things were a bit tough for me then and I was desperate to make a change in my life.
“Sola was looking for someone to donate a kidney to a person, and since I had been living in penury, I decided to take a chance. I thought it was a little issue. He told me the huge amount of money that was usually paid to donors. I told him I would do it.
“The client I was to sell my kidney to was in Port Harcourt at that time, so I travelled there and was lodged in a hotel, the name of which I cannot remember now. The following day, I was taken to the General Hospital in the city for medical tests.”
To be tested by the doctors in the General Hospital, Port Harcourt, Martins said he had to pretend as if he was a relative of the patient, and that he did it ‘gladly.’ All he was hoping for was the money.

I had to pretend as if I was a family member of the client who needed my kidney so doctors could allow me undergo the tests.“I was made to undergo different medical tests ranging from HIV, to blood group, and whether my kidney matched with that of the sick.
“That was just the beginning, and everything seemed to work perfect. I was made to understand that assuming I had any disease like gonorrhoea or others, I would be treated here before I travelled out of the country, as far as my kidney matched with the sick’s.“The second stage was the processing of visa and other travelling documents for me. The agent was to take care of all this. My own responsibility as the donor was just to obey all their commands.
To process the visa, I took pictures with the family of the patient, which made the officials at the embassy believe I was really a relative of the client. I was also made to bear the name of the family of the client so that there would be no suspicion by the officials at the embassy.”Meanwhile, as all these were going on, I never knew that negotiations between the client and the agent were also ongoing, I was just obeying

their bidding; at least I thought my friend could be trusted.
“Before we travelled and because everything seemed to be working according to plan, my agent told me I had to get new clothes to travel with to India, so I borrowed some money from them, to be repaid from the money they would pay me.
“Normally, the client would not pay the agent the money until the day of travelling and the agent would not pay the donor until he was sure the operation was successful.
“I never knew all these until I experienced it. My friend was the agent and that was why I did not bother asking for the money before I travelled to India.“On the day I was to travel with the family of the patient, we were lodged in a hotel in

the Ketu area of Lagos. We got to the airport around 5am and I was thinking all through the journey. I was hoping my life would be better if everything was
successful.”

MIOT Hospitals in Chennai, India was the destination. Everything had worked very well in Nigeria, but that was just the first step.

Martins continued, “We got to the hospital and we were lodged there. The following day, I began another series of medical tests. The medical personnel, who attended to me there, Doctor Tashir, sat me down and asked who I was to the patient.

“I told the doctor she was my niece. He asked me if I knew the consequence of what I was about to do, and I told him there was no problem. For the next one and a half months, I underwent another series of medical tests. The doctors at the hospital trashed the ones I did in Nigeria.

“While in the hospital, I was just not comfortable with the way things were going. I wanted to be sure if the money I was expecting to do this would really come, so I decided to call my friend who arranged the whole thing how much I was going to be paid.“But before I called my friend, I called the client to find out how much he paid my friend. He (the client) was in Nigeria; it was only the lady, her mother, and me who were in India. He told me he had paid them on the day we travelled to India, and that was where the trouble began.I called the agent (my friend) and asked him why he did not tell me the client had paid him.My friend (the agent) had even seized my phone to act as a collateral in case I failed to come back to the country after the operation. When I heard he had been paid, I had to remind him that it was my life I was playing with, and he assured he would pay me once I returned to the country.The last stage after the medical tests was that I was taken to their local council to face a panel. They asked me again if I was ready for the operation that would last for 27 hours, and to know if I was ready for death in case it came. To all these I said yes“Unfortunately, the patient’s mother started treating me unfairly. She believed I had been paid. At a point, I had to tell my friend that I would not do it again if I was not paid. I even told him to go and give the money to my mother, though she did not know anything about it. But he kept assuring me the money was safe.”

After the removal of my kidney, I called the agent again to tell him to send me some money for my flight home. That was when I knew I had been used and dumped.

“He changed the tone of his voice and told me to stay in India. He started asking me what I was coming to do in Nigeria. I had planned to use the N900,000 to buy a bus for transport business here in Lagos, to start life afresh. That had been my thought all along.

“On December 2, 2008, after about three months of being in India and 10 days after the operation, I said I was going home. With no money and no good treatment from the patient’s mother, I was stranded. Even though I had the opportunity of stealing their dollar notes in their wardrobe, I did not do so. I could never do such a thing. I felt pity for the lady.

On December 3, 2008, Martins eventually got a ticket to be flown to Nigeria and could not believe that he had been made to pass through the horrible situation for nothing.

He said, “I tried all I could, and from the money I had borrowed before leaving, I came back to Nigeria.

“My parents never knew where I went and stayed for almost three months. Things were really pathetic. I met a lot of problems at home which I hoped I could solve with the money I would get. On this same matter, I lost my elder sister who was pregnant because it was her money that I took from home, hoping that I would settle her when I return.“The baby died, she too died, my world collapsed. Out of the N900,000 I was expecting, my friend paid me only N250,000. That was after I had threatened him. I could not involve the police because I knew it was one of those hard choices I made. That was how I was duped in the process of selling my kidney.”

From the amount he could collect from his agent, Martins
was able to set up a football viewing centre, which has since collapsed.

Culled from Punch

How we kidnapped & Killed former Deputy Governor – Suspects (PHOTO)


Recently, the Lagos State Police Command paraded three suspected members of a deadly kidnap gang who confessed to have masterminded the kidnap of the wife and daughter of a sitting Supreme Court Judge, Justice, Bode Rhodes Vivour and the gruesome murder of a former Deputy Governor of Anambara State, Chudi Nwike.

They further confessed to have worked for the dreaded Delta State born kidnap kingpin Kelvin Oniarah, Kelvin who was rumored to have maintained and coordinated over 50 kidnapping and robbery cells within the 12 states of these regions, as well as declared himself a freedom fighter in 2013, formed a movement called the ‘Liberation Movement of the Urhobo People, LIMUP, demanding for amnesty for himself and members of his gang.

One of the suspects, 32-year-old Monday Odiete, told Crime Guard during an interaction, that Kelvin was elusive because he had trusted surbodinates. Odiete who said he operated one of the cells in Benin, Edo State, disclosed that Kelvin coordinated his gangs from any part of these regions.

“ He did not always show up at the scene of operations but he usually coordinated our operations on phone. For instance, anytime a victim is kidnapped , it was his responsibility to negotiate and arrange how the ransom would be paid.”

Narrating how they kidnapped and killed the ex Anambara Deputy Governor and the two men who brought the ransom, Odiete told Crime Guard 

“ I am a native of Kokori and Kelvin is my brother. We are both age mates. I joined in 2012 and I reside in Lagos. But when Kelvin became a ‘don’ in kidnap, he invited me to join him. Because we were very close, he told me that I won’t be going out for operation with them but that my job would be to look after victims at our camp at Upper Saopa Road, Benin.

I was also responsible in providing registered sim cards which members of the the gang used for negotiation. After I joined, we did a couple of kidnappings but some of our victims were not too prominent and it didn’t make much headlines in newspapers and television stations.
But in March 2013, Kelvin started communicating with one of our members known as Rufus who was in prison. I was toldthat Rufus introduced kidnapping in Kokori and that he was the one who trained Kelvin and others but was arrested by the Police in Delta State and was taken to prison in 2012.
One night ,I over heard Kelvin discussing with Rusfus on the phone .Kelvin assured that he would rescue Rufus from prison. He asked Rufus when he would be taken to court and Rufus gave him the date and the route they usually took. Two days before that day, he called some of our boys in Edo state including one of Rufus younger brothers and briefed them on his plans to free Rufus from prison. They left Benin in two vehicles a day before the attack and I was told that they ambushed the prison warderson their way to court and killed seven of them before rescuing Rufus and Big Frank, who is another member of the gang.
They brought them to our base in Benin the next day and Rufus called a meeting and briefed us on how to stay away from arrest. He advised us to make sure we used two mobile phones.
He said one of the phones would be for our family and friends while the other would be for the job. He also told us to be very careful of issues we discussed on the phone because our calls could be tapped.
After that, Rufus took charge of the entire cell in Benin,while Kelvin went to Port Hacourt. Rufus then led the team to Benin Bypass one day, where they kidnapped a man, his driver and an estate agent based in Porth Harcourt.
When they brought them to our camp we didn’t know he was an ex deputy governor, until 24 hours after, when it was all over the news.While he was in our custody, he received an alert of N50million deposit on his mobile phone and Rufus asked him to give us N30 million out of it.

He agreed and wrote a cheque of N30 million on his wife’s name, with a letter informing his wife that he has been kidnapped and that she should hurriedly get the money to him. We gave the letter and cheque to his driver and asked him to go along with their car, to deliver it to his boss’s wife.
The estate agent on his part, said he had no money . But he wrote a N3million cheque with a letter, which we took to his house and gave it to his wife. Three days later, they sent the money to us and we all shared it. I got N100,000 out of it.
But the deputy governor’s wife was so stubborn that she refused to comply. Rufus pressurised her for close to one week , before she managed to send just N5million,which infuriated Rufus.
Rufus drove the two men who brought the money , with the former deputy governor away. While he drove, he called the deputy governor’s wife on phone and threatened to kill her husband.
At a point, he told the driver to pull up in a narrow street on Agbo road. When we got to the spot, he ordered the errand men and their boss to get down from the car. He thereafter, took them to a corner.
Ggunshots followed. When he came back to the car, he called the deputy governor’s wife and told her to go and bury her husband with the money she refused to give to us. When Kelvin heard about this, he wasn’t happy with Rufus.

According to them; After the quarrel between Kelvin and Rufus over the deputy governor’s killing, Kelvin came back to Benin and led his boys to another operation, where they kidnapped two white men who were expatriates working at Port Harcourt, a woman and her daughter who were going for a wedding ceremony and a Pastor.

As usual , we waited for news of missing persons to know the status of our victims. The expatriates told us whom they were and Kelvin took them to Port Hacourt to negotiate their ransom, while the Justice’s wife and daughter were taken to Kokori, Delta state,where Rufus took charge of the negotiations. On the day they brought them to the camp, the Justice wife offered to give us N5million in order to allow her go but Rufus refused. He called her husband on the phone and made his demands. After a while they agreed on a price and Rufus asked the man to bring the money to Benin. “Rufus was in a car trailing the man with the money while one other member and I were on a motorbike taking instructions from Rufus. After a long trail to ascertain that the man with the money was alone, Rufus asked the man to wait inside a fillings station very close to the University of Benin,where he told me to collect the money from him. I drove straight to the man who saw me and tossed the bag containing the money to me. I collected it and rode straight to Ekosodi Village,where I brought out the money which was in foreign currency and spread them on the ground to check for tracker, before putting them back into a bag and took it to Rufus.

That operation didn’t go well with us because after their release security operatives invaded Kokori in search of us and in the process, Rufus was killed at a check point by policemen,while on his way to Delta State from Benin.Kelvin at that time started receiving calls from security operatives to surrender but he refused. But after a while, he called the DPO in charge of Isokolo Police Station and told him that he wanted amnesty. The DPO gave his number to an Army officer who called him and he told them that he wanted amnesty. When I saw the situation on ground, I relocated to Lagos “

On how he was arrested Odiete, said:

I never knew that the police in Lagos were on my trail. They tracked the number Rufus used in the negotiating with the Justice’s wife to a man who registered the sim card for me, at Oba Market Ring Road, Benin city. The man sold over 50 registered sim cards to me for N1,000 each and they were all registered in fake names and photographs. He called me to see him at his shop . I thought it was to buy sim cards. But when I got there, I discovered he was with some policemen. That was how I was arrested”, he said remorsefully.

Gov. Raji fashola Commisions new Tejuosho Market (Photos)


Lagos state Governor, Raji Fashola today August 15th commissioned the newly refurbished Tejuosho market in Yaba Lagos, 7 years after the old market structure was completely gutted by fire.
The refurbished market, which used to have 1,484 lockup, has been increased to 2,640. Facilities in the new market complex includes banking spaces, 8 lifts to enable goods, services and people move up, two escalators for up and down movement of people, two ramps designed to assist physically handicapped people to get into and out of the building and a crèche where nursing mothers can attend to and keep their children while they are trading.

There is also a dedicated Fire Service Station within the complex with fire fighting systems built in the market to forestall any incident of fire disaster as well as a dedicated 800-vehicle capacity car-park unit. See more photos after the cut…

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£20k cash withdrawn from accounts of 4 passengers on missing Malaysian plane


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According to new reports, approximately £20,916 has been withdrawn from the accounts of four passengers aboard the missing Malaysian plane which disappeared on March 8th while on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A bank in Kuala Lumpur, claim that they noticed the discrepancies in their accounts on July 18 and lodged a complaint to the police. The management of the bank said money from the accounts of three passengers was transferred to the account of a fourth passenger before the money was removed.

Assistant Commissioner to the crime investigation department, Izany Abdul Ghany, confirmed getting a report from the bank.

“We are investigating the case as unauthorised access with intent to commit an offence. We are getting CCTV footage from the bank to identify the suspects involved,’ Izany said, according to the Mirror.

‘We believe the suspect withdrew the money through the fourth victim’s account via several automated teller machines (ATMs) in the Klang Valley.’

Flight 370 disappeared mysteriously five months ago with 239 people on board after diverging from its planned route.

Presidency distances itself from press release in which Jonathan allegedly revealed location of Chibok girls


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Reuben Abati, special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on media and publicity, has urged all media organisations and persons on his mailing list to disregard the press release purportedly issued by him earlier Friday entitled: “PRESIDENT JONATHAN REVEALS LOCATION OF CHIBOK GIRLS AND EXPOSES BOKO HARAM MASTERMINDS”.

He said, “No such press release was written or circulated by me. It is clearly the work of fraudsters who have hacked into my email account in an odious attempt to mislead the public at the expense of the credibility of the Jonathan Administration,.

“We totally condemn this criminal resort to political dirty tricks which seeks to cynically play on national concern and emotions about the Boko Haram insurgency and fate of the abducted Chibok girls.

“Aspects of the fraudulent press release, such as its incoherence and invitation to click on a link, would have alerted discerning persons who are conversant with the style and format of my press statements to the possibility of skulduggery.

“I find it necessary, however, to issue this disclaimer for the benefit of the unwary”.

Trouble in MASSOB as members accuse Uwazurike of fraud


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There is palpable tension in the Headquarters of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Okwe, Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State, following a marching order given to some key officers of the movement by the leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.

DailyPost gathered that the officers, National Chief Security Officer, Chief Security Driver, National Secretary, Chief Intelligent Officer (four National Commanders) and over two hundred Security men camped at MASSOB headquarters, since 2006 were by the announcement of Uwazuruike given one week to vacant Okwe or external force would be used against them.

The National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu on Friday raised alarm that by the action of the MASSOB Leader, the Movement was “about to collapse as its leader seemed to have compromised”.

Madu described the affected officers as being diligent, loyal, faithful and committed to the MASSOB struggle, adding that “they have been arrested, tortured, detained, persecuted and even abandon by their families in the cause of MASSOB struggle; many are living with their wives and children”.

In a statement, Madu, who expressed worry over the possible outcome of Uwazuruike’s announcement said, “As national Security men, they have followed our leader to almost all his official and personal engagements. They are more confided with Uwazuruike than other administrative officers.

“Now our leader has ordered for their forceful exit from MASSOB because they advised him to reduce the monthly national dues of N10,000.00 minimum from each Area Administrator. In MASSOB set up, each Local Government Area, as a region, consists of at least 20 Area Administrators, who paid their dues into Uwazuruike’s personal Account in first Bank Plc.
and they told Uwazuruike that since millions of naira are flowing into MASSOB as leverage and financial support from external sources including the money from Igbo politicians who sought for MASSOB members vote and political support and also funds from other sources seeking MASSOB support for 2015 General Election, he should stop or reduce the MASSOB members’ monthly dues paid to him.

“They also reminded Uwazuruike that the money he assured members that will be paid into their special bank accounts, has been released to MASSOB but he refused to distribute the money to members. They also reminded him that some dead members are still in mortuary in Onitsha as abandoned corpses, some that were shot dead by security agents without seeing their corpses, they have not been accorded proper burial rites, the families of dead members have been forgotten without proper care.

“He was also reminded that some members who died in Onitsha at old spare parts market was as a result his order to regional administrators to take full charge and operate like governors as parallel government to Governor Peter Obi.

“During our last National meeting at Owerri, Uwazuruike in his usual way of blackmailing me before the members claimed that he spent N400,000.00 during the burial of my late father, Mazi John Ejimchukwu Madu but I see this proud talk as an insult to my late father and late step mother whose deaths were caused by my long incarceration between 2005 and 2009 as a result of psychological trauma. I was arrested, persecuted, detained because of Uwazuruike, MASSOB and Ndigbo in general not as a criminal.

“Uwazuruike is not happy with us because we supported and voted for APGA during the last governorship election in Anambra State. We ignored his directive to vote for labour party because of our great Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who always reminded us that APGA and MASSOB are children of the same parents and we must support APGA. We decided to obey Ojukwu even in death and will continue to support Igbo interest in Nigeria.

“Instead of our leader to make some corrections or clear himself from these allegations of embezzlement of money, he started blackmailing his officers, who have suffered for him as saboteurs and enemies of Biafra.

“Now the security men and other administrative officers at MASSOB Headquarters, Okwe have vowed that they have no other place to go after spending over 14 years in MASSOB, and they will resist any attempt by Uwazuruike to dislodge them from MASSOB Headquarters, which was built with MASSOB Money.
Any attempt to push them out of Okwe may result to MASSOB members going into all sorts of criminalities in Igboland”.

It was gathered that the aggrieved members, who Uwazuruike has asked to leave have vowed to liberate thousands of members that had been brainwashed and hypnotized.

Madu in his statement, therefore, called on Ndigbo to stand up and save MASSOB.

He said, “We appeal to patriotic Igbo leaders including the Governors, members of parliament, traditional rulers, religious leaders, Ohaneze Ndigbo and well meaning Igbos to intervene now and save MASSOB from total collapse and imminent bloodshed at Okwe before two weeks.

“We love MASSOB and Igbo land. As other ethnic regions have their own political pressure group, MASSOB is our own, the pride of Ndigbo, MASSOB belongs to Ndigbo.

“As a result of this development, the zeal of the Biafran struggle has waxed cold, thousand of members are confused, many have lost confidence on possibility of Biafra actualization. Ndigbo should rise now or our enemies will laugh at us”, he said.

Ebola Not Airborne, WHO Reiterates


The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low.

“Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne,” says Dr Isabelle Nuttall, Director of WHO Global Capacity Alert and Response in a release on Thursday.

“It can only be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with the disease.”

According to the UN health agency, on the small chance that someone on the plane is sick with Ebola, the likelihood of other passengers and crew having contact with their body fluids is even smaller. Usually when someone is sick with Ebola, they are so unwell that they cannot travel. WHO therefore advised against travel bans to and from affected countries.

“Because the risk of Ebola transmission on airplanes is so low, WHO does not consider air transport hubs at high risk for further spread of Ebola,” says Dr Nuttall.

In early August, after the meeting of the Ebola Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations, WHO provided advice to countries to help contain the current Ebola outbreak and prevent it from spreading further. The body therefore recommended that no ban should be placed on international travel or trade; that countries be prepared to detect, investigate, and manage Ebola cases, including access to a qualified diagnostic laboratory for Ebola virus and, where appropriate, the capacity to identify and care for travellers originating from known Ebola-infected areas who arrive at international airports or major land crossing points with unexplained fever and other symptoms.

WHO therefore said countries across the globe should provide their citizens traveling to Ebola-affected countries with accurate and relevant information on the Ebola outbreak and measures to reduce the risk of exposure.

Soccer star Samuel Eto’o buys fiancee £500K (N81.5m) engagement ring


etooIts no news that soccer stars have very deep pockets.

Cameroonian footballer, Samuel Eto’o proven that not to be a mere speculation but a solid fact.

The professional footballer has reportedly acquire a ring  said to be worth £500,000 (approximately N81 million) to seal his engagement to his long-time partner, Georgette Tra Lou.

Eto’o popped the the question last month in Ivory Coast, native country of  Tra Lou.

The couple who have been dating for  nine years have two children together.

They were married in the traditional way in 2007 but have now decided to make their union official

“Some need 10 years to win trophies, some inherit glory” – Mourinho takes swipe at Wenger, Pellegrini


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Ahead of the new Premier League season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reopened old wounds with fresh jabs, claiming that rival managers Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini, are left off easily.

The Portuguese failed to win any silverware on his return to England last season, following another barren campaign at Real Madrid. When reporters insinuated at his Friday press conference that he was under pressure to win this time around, he asked: “Why?” before adding: “Some they have 10 years to win something, I have only two.”

Mourinho was obviously speaking about Wenger, who had not won a trophy since 2004, but clinched the FA Cup this year. He had previously been branded a “specialist in failure” by the Chelsea boss.

Speaking about his lack of trophies, Mourinho stated that he does not achieve success by taking easy jobs or accepting positions where he can “collect the fruit off [others’] trees”. This is an allusion to Pellegrini, who took over after Manchester City finished top and second in the two years before he arrived.

“I’m not a very intelligent guy to choose teams,” Mourinho said. “I like to work. I like to build. I don’t like easy jobs. I don’t like to get clubs worked by other managers before me. I don’t like to arrive on time to collect the fruits off their trees.

“When I went to Porto, the season before they had been fifth. When I went to Madrid, where was Madrid? Where was Inter before I went there? And I came to Chelsea [last season] at a moment when one team was over and another needed to be born – and at the same time I came to the only league where four, five, six can compete for the title.

“At the end of the season you, the supporters and the players will judge my work. And most important, my boss, my owner, my board will judge my work.”

Actress Foluke Daramola’s father-in-law passes on


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Actress Foluke Daramola’s father-in-law, Engr Olatunde Israel Salako  has passed on.

Kayode Salako, Foluke’s husband lost his father on Wednesday, August 13.

He was aged  71.

He will be buried on Saturday, 25th October 2014, as announced by the family.

Yaya Toure unlikely to get new Manchester City deal


 

Manchester City might not offer Yaya Toure a new deal, despite the storm he and his agent raised all through the summer.

Toure’s unhappiness was seen by many, as a ploy to improve his current £220,000-a-week contract, but the Premier League champions are not ready to be bullied.

However, Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart are expected to agree new deals next week, joining Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany and David Silva in tying their futures to the club.

“Yes. I think it is very important for the club to retain the best players,” Pellegrini said, referring to Agüero, Kompany and Samir Nasri, who have all signed fresh contracts this summer.

“I think it is also important for the club that they want to stay here because they are working very well and this is a club that has a lot of ambition for the future. They understand that and maybe you will know in the next few days about other players who extend their contracts.”

After So Much Trouble, Justin Bieber Finally Seeks God’s Face! Attends Church With Selena


After hitting headlines following a scuffle with Orlando Bloom in Ibiza this month, it looks like Justin Bieber is seeking solace at his local church and in the arms of his ex.

The wild hitmaker was reportedly seen attending bible study with former girlfriend Selena Gomez on Wednesday night, at the City Church, in Los Angeles.

The 20-year-old born-again Christian is thought to have arrived after

the service had started, before sharing a photo of the pair looking loved-up on his Instagram page.

'Right now everything else is a blur': Justin Bieber shared this snap of himself and ex Selena Gomez as it is reported they attended bible study together on Wednesday evening

‘Right now everything else is a blur’: Justin Bieber shared this snap of himself and ex Selena Gomez as it is reported they attended bible study together on Wednesday evening

A source told the Daily Mirror: ‘The pair sat next to each other while partaking in Bible study and seemed very close. They then left together in Bieber’s car.

‘Justin looked really comfortable with Selena as he still thinks their bond is unbreakable and knows that Selena will always love him.’

He took to Twitter later to post: ‘God is good’, which was retweeted by his fans 68,000 times.

Changing his ways? The 20-year-old born-again Christian is thought to have arrived after the service had started, while his on/off partner was accompanied by a pal

Changing his ways? The 20-year-old born-again Christian is thought to have arrived after the service had started, while his on/off partner was accompanied by a pal

The publication goes on to say that Bieber and Gomez are rumoured to be giving things another go, after first dating in 2010.

There was no mention of the reported visit on Selena’s social media pages.

The MailOnline has contacted a spokesman for the stars following these reports.

'God is good': A source told the Daily Mirror: 'The pair sat next to each other while partaking in Bible study and seemed very close. They then left together in Bieber¿s car'

 ‘God is good’: A source told the Daily Mirror: ‘The pair sat next to each other while partaking in Bible study and seemed very close. They then left together in Bieber’s car’

The reports come just two months after the Beauty And The Beat crooner was baptised in a New York bathroom.

Pastor Carl Lentz told TMZ at the time that he had spent a week with Justin doing intense Bible study, which culminated in the ceremony.

Justin initially attempted to find a church for the ceremony but wanted to keep it private, the website added.

Culled from Dailymail

Susan Peters Advises Young Ladies On Achieving Success Through Misusing Their Bodies


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In a recent interview, Nollywood actress, Susan Peters advises young ladies who succumb to pressure and do all manner of things to achieve cheap social status.

She said:

First, I will say that we (women) are like flowers that blossom for sometimes, but after a while go down. If you misuse your body when you are growing up, it will definitely tell on you when you are ageing….
I advise young women not to misuse their body for monetary reasons. Secondly, I will advise them to go to school and try to complete their education. They should be well focused on a particular vocation and develop on it.
Although in our country today, you do not get jobs based on merit, but if you keep trying, you will definitely find a place. It is quite true to say that the frustration is very high at some point because of the way and manner people live their lives in the country, which sometimes affect young women negatively.
Due to what happens, sometimes they try to go out of the ways of their parental upbringing.Some of them would say, ‘my friend has a human hair, I must have a human hair too.’ But neither have a job that can fetch you the money to buy the human hair nor do you even know how she got her human hair.But in a bid to seem to belong, some people tend to go out of their way to do things that they are not supposed to do, which is very wrong. I will strongly advice that they wait until their time, when they will be able to afford all these things.”

Culled from the SUN

“The two graduates at the helm of affairs have ruined Nigeria” – Fashola blasts Jonathan, Sambo


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Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State governor, on Friday scored the President Goodluck Jonathan’s led government low.

The governor noted that the country was worse than it was four years ago when President Goodluck Jonathan assumed office.

According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), when Jonathan assumed office a few years back, many Nigerians had expected him, being a university graduate, to have salvage Nigeria from its many challenges, but he failed.

Fashola who spoke in Abuja at the birthday lecture of former Bayelsa Governor, Timipre Sylvia, declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled states had been performing better than states governed by the PDP, adding that there was more to leadership than having university degrees.

Delivering a lecture entitled, ‘The Challenge of Democratic Governance’, the Lagos governor lamented that the Jonathan administration had perpetually been lying to the people of Nigeria on sensitive national issues such as the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls and the alleged missing money from the federation account.

He implored Nigerians to ensure that the PDP was voted out in the 2015 general polls.

“Until recently, we all used to think that our national development was inhibited by the fact that we never had a university graduate as leader of any national government in an executive capacity.

“We now have two graduates, a zoologist and an architect, at the helm of our national affairs, and I think majority of Nigerians will tell you today that their lives are worse off today than they were four years ago. The event has been followed by other round of lies. The abduction of the girls have been enmeshed in lies. They have also lied about the economy”” he said.

Iyabo Ojo To Feature Two English Speaking Actor N Actress In Her Movie


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Yoruba actress Dayo Amusa dared to make a bold move and featured English speaking actors like Desmond Elliot and Mike Ezeruonye in her movie Unforgivable and it was a huge success.

Iyabo Ojo has followed suit and will be featuring

the likes of Desmond Elliot and Ini Edo in her movie, Beyond Disability, watch out for it!!

Ebola: Lesotho U-20 Refuse to Travel to Nigeria for AYC Qualifier


Lesotho have pulled out of Saturday’s 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) final qualification round against Nigeria, after expressing their fears over the Ebola virus crisis in the region.

The government of the Sotho people is understood to have placed travel ban on people arriving from areas affected by the deadly disease outbreak.

Lesotho FA general secretary Mokhosi Mohapi told BBC Sport that the government order would automatically prevent the country’s squad from “returning back into the country if they left for the game.”

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The LFA added that they “won’t forfeit the match” and have written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) about the chances of postponing the AYC qualifier, billed for Kaduna.

Caf are yet to comment on the recent development.

If Lesotho were forced to forfeit the qualifier, the Flying Eagles advance to the group stages of the tournament, which comes up in Senegal in March.

Ebola: Prison health workers express fear of vulnerability


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Deputy Director of Health Services at the Nigeria Prison service in Rivers State, Doctor Paul Wakama has expressed fears that inmates at the Port Harcourt prisons are vulnerable to contacting the Ebola virus if it finds its way into the Rivers.

Doctor Wakama expressed the fear during a stakeholders meeting with medical practitioners held at the Rivers State Ministry of Health.

He said health workers at the prisons were under-staffed, adding that less than ten health workers were managing over four thousand prison inmates in the state.

He pleaded for support from the state government.

Meanwhile, stakeholders in the health sector in Rivers State have expressed readiness to combat the infiltration of Ebola virus in the state.

Permanent secretary of the state Primary Health Care Board, Nnesochi Offor revealed that the state Government had placed order for quarantine materials from the United States of America.

She assured that the state government was prepared to stop the spread, if it entered the state.

On their part, Director of Public Health of the state Government, Doctor Nnanna Onyekwere, and a cross section of the stakeholders told DailyPost that a lot was being done in preparation to control the spread of the virus when it eventually comes into the state.

The paramilitary, aviation and port authorities, medical practitioners and other health stakeholders were present at the meeting.

Woman Tested For Ebola In Scotland


A woman who fell ill at an immigration facility centre in Scotland is being tested for the Ebola virus, health officials said Friday.

It is thought to be “highly unlikely” that the woman, who British media reported is from Sierra Leone, would test positive, a Lanarkshire health authority spokesman said.

The woman was being held at the Dungavel House south of Glasgow, which is used to house asylum seekers before they are deported from Britain. The facility has a capacity of up to 200 people.

“We are currently investigating a possible case” of Ebola, the spokesman said.

“This is a precautionary measure and it would appear at this stage to be highly unlikely the patient will test positive for Ebola.”

The Ebola outbreak has so far claimed more than 1,000 lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

The medical charity MSF has said the outbreak is moving faster than aid organisations can handle while the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated. [AFP]

Germany Defender Mertesacker Retires from International Football


Per Mertesacker has called time on his ten-year journey with the Germany national team, which culminated with winning the World Cup trophy last month.

The Arsenal defender has told the Suddeutsche Zeitung that Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina at the Maracana Stadium, was the “end” of his international career.

The 29-year-old has shifted his attention to winning more silverware at Arsenal, after last season’s FA Cup glory.

Per Mertesacker Quits International Football.

Speaking about the two month he spent with ‘Die Nacionalmannschaft” in Brazil, Mertesacker added: “They were the eight best weeks of our lives.”

After coming through the U-20 and U-21 national team’s ranks, he made his senior debut in October 2004. The ex-Werder Bremen centre-back went on to score four goals in his 103 Germany caps.

He is the third member of Germany’s World Cup-winning team to retire from international duties, heading towards the same direction as captain Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose’s.

Colombian Midfielder Sanchez Joins Aston Villa


Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Carlos Sanchez from Elche for an undisclosed fee.

The attacking midfielder, 28, who impressed at the 2014 Fifa World Cup with Colombia, has penned a four-year deal at Villa Park, subject to international clearance.

“I’m delighted to be here. It was always my aim to play in this country and this league,” he said.

Sanchez spent six years at French Ligue 1 club Valenciennes before joining Elche in 2013.

Carlos Sanchez Vies for the Ball With Brazil's Hulk During their Quarter-Final Clash at the World Cup.

The man nicknamed ‘The Rock’ becomes manager Paul Lambert’s fifth signing in the close season, following the arrival of Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho.

“Carlos is a very experienced professional who played a prominent role in a Colombian team which captured everyone’s imagination at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil,” Lambert said.

“We’ve beaten other teams to bring him here to Villa.”

Colombia lost to hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Villa kick off their league campaign at Stoke City on Saturday.

Moses to Link Up With Odemwingie On Loan at Stoke


Stoke City are set to beat off competitions from Premier League rivals to the signature of Chelsea winger Victor Moses.

According to Sky Sports News, Stoke are close to securing the services of the Nigeria international winger on a season-long loan.

Moses is set to undergo medical at the Britannia, where he will join forces with his compatriot Osaze Odemwingie.

Aston Villa are keen to hijack the ex-England U-21′s move to Stoke-on-Trent, as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho plans to settle the winger’s future before September 1st.

Victor Moses Has Scored 10 Times in 41 Appearances for Chelsea Since Joining from Wigan in August 2012.

Moses is yet to force his way into the Portuguese boss’ plans, since his return last summer. He spent last season on loan at Liverpool, starting just six Premier League games.

Mourinho is understood to be weighing up his choices about Moses whom he counts as a home grown player in the Premier League and Champions League. However, the Stamford Bridge boss intimated in his pre-Burnley match presser that the Nigerian is once more into the fray of a potential departure, after admitting the 23-year-old could be surplus to requirements on his preferred position.

“Victor’s best position is on the wings where we have many solutions. We have (Eden) Hazard, Willian, (Mohammed) Salah and (Andre) Schurrle but he (Moses) is English and at this moment we have one foreign player who has to leave.

“So until the end of the month, we have to make that decision and Victor is involved in this process. Maybe he stays or maybe he leaves. Because he is English, it is something we have to analyse as well.”

Mark Hughes is believed to have hit bottleneck in his summer-long pursuit of Liverpool’s Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi, 25, who impressed on-loan at the club last time out. His recent £6m bid for Norwich’s Nathan Redmond was rejected.

The Welshman has turned to Moses to secure the natural pace he wants on the forward line.

The ex-Crystal Palace winger joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Wigan for £9m.

On completion of transfer formalities, he will be Stoke’s sixth summer signing, after Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley, Dionatan Teixeira and Bojan Krkic.

Moses featured for the Super Eagles at the 2014 World Cup and started against Iran and France, as the African champions lost 2-1 in the last 16 to the latter.

Surulere: See A Presidential Throwback Photo


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From very humble beginnings, he rose to become the leader of the most populous nation in the African continent.

What you see above is a photo from way back of the present President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria — Goodluck Jonathan.

Police Stop APC Rally To Celebrate Aregbesola’s Re-Election In Ondo


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The Ondo State Police Command yesterday stopped a rally organised to celebrate the re-election of Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The rally was organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo Central Senatorial District.

Excited party loyalists stormed the Arcade Ground in Adegbemile, Akure, the take-off point for the rally, around 7am, but battle-ready policemen, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Kunle Akinwale, ordered them to move the rally to the APC secretariat.

He said: “The command will not entertain any public procession, either political or whatever. You should confine yourself to your party secretariat”.

Akinwale said the directive was in light of the nation’s security challenge.

Addressing a crowd at the party’s secretariat, APC Vice-Chairman in the senatorial district, Prince Adegboyega Adedipe said: “We expected the disruption of the rally. We know we are dealing with adult minors, but people are determined to ensure a positive change, both in Ondo and at the centre in Abuja.

“We thank God for what happened in Osun State. That is why we are celebrating Aregbesola. We are a matured party and we know light will overcome darkness soon in Ondo State”.

The Chairman, Planning Committee for the rally, Otunba Olubunmi Alo, hailed members for turning out largely for the event.

Police spokesman, Wole Ogodo said the rally was halted to prevent a breach of the peace.

2015: Ekwueme, Anyim, Nnamani To Grace Pro Jonathan Rally In Awka


TANFormer Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, are some of the dignitaries expected to join a rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election bid.

The rally, which is being organised by a pro Jonathan campaign group, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), is scheduled to kick off in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Saturday.

The group’s Director of Public Communications and Strategy, Dr. Udenta Udenta, who addressed a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, confirmed that the three prominent politicians had accepted to attend the rally.

Udenta added that the rally would be held in the six geopolitical zones, to be crowned with a grand finale in Abuja on September 30.

Udenta said: “The rally, scheduled to take place in the six geo- political zones of the country, will debut in the South-East at the popular Ekwueme Square, Akwa, Anambra State in a blaze of fun-fare.

“Important dignitaries expected at the Akwa rally include former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former Senate Presidents Chief Adolphus Wabara, Senator Ken Nnamani and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim”.

According to Udenta, serving members of the National Assembly and political appointees from the South-East are also expected to attend the rally.

“At the rally, the people of the South-East zone, who are already overwhelmed by the unparalleled achievements of Mr. President in varied spheres of human endeavours, including massive social and physical infrastructure, human capital development, employment generation and appointments, would place a demand on Dr. Jonathan”, Udenta stated.

The rally is expected to move to Ibadan for the South-West edition on August 23, while that of the South-south zone will come up in Port Harcourt on August 30. The rally will then move to the remaining geopolitical zones at a weekly interval.

Boko Haram Was Created By Power Hungry Politicians, Says ACF Chieftain


boko haramA chieftain of Arewa Consultative Forum and delegate in the just concluded National Conference, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed (rtd), has attributed the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges bedeviling the nation to the actions of desperate politicians, who want to hold on to power in the country at all cost.

He stated this on Thursday during a conference of the Arewa Research & Development Project held in Kaduna.

According to Mohammed, the Boko Haram crisis festered so long because those who are at the helms of affairs lacked political will to tackle and nip the problem in the bud at inception but it has turn to “a monster which will consume even the creators themselves if care is not taken”, he warned.

He also added it was time for the North to think upright and go back to the region they received from their founding fathers in order to salvage it from numerous problems of insecurity and poverty.

“We have to come to our senses and know that our enemies thrive on our disunity and we can only stop them if we unite as a people for the benefit of our region and our country.

“The recent happening in the National Conference where some groups try to smuggle in a new constitution which would have upturned the political landscape of the country is an example. Those of us in the conference know that at no time have we mandated any group to draft any new constitution for the country.

“The leaders of the northern delegates at the confab rose up and mobilize the delegates who spoke in one voice and disassociate ourselves from the new drafted constitution. As I am talking to you, I just receive breaking news from the confab center that the leadership of the confab has seen reason and has treated the drafted constitution as rubbish.

“This shows that when we are united as a people, we can go a long way to fight for our right”, he said.

Presidency Faults Fashola On Rating Of Jonathan’s Administration


Doyin-OkupeThe Presidency on Thursday faulted the position of the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on his rating of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Fashola, at a lecture in Abuja to mark the 50th birthday celebration of former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipreye Sylva, on Thursday, had rated Jonathan’s performance below average in various critical sectors.

Fashola had described the present administration as ‘inactive’ in its first three years and in the fourth year, intends to distribute kerosene, rice and money to the electorate for the purpose of seeking their votes

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, described Fashola’s statement as “blatant and obvious lies, deliberate and skillful misinformation”.

Okuoe said: “Nothing can be further from the truth than this. We admit that Governor Fashola may have been too occupied in Lagos and that may have narrowed his vision or precluded him from appreciating lofty developments by this administration all over the country.

“The government of President Goodluck Jonathan has never lied about its achievements, programmes, commitments and even challenges within the Nigerian context.

“In the last three years, through the execution of its transformation agenda, this administration, contrary to the assertions of Governor Fashola, has made significant achievements in all sectors of the economy.

“We do not disparage any of our great erstwhile leaders, but what we say is that President Jonathan operating on the solid building blocks erected by them has carried developments in Nigeria to global acclaim”.

Ebola: FG Okays Experimental Drug Developed By Nigerian To Treat Patients As Another Nurse Dies


WORLD-NEWS-CONFERENCE-ON-EBOLA-IN-ABUJAAs the total number of deaths from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country rises to four, the Federal Government has disclosed that it is treating eight confirmed cases of persons infected with the virus disease with an experimental drug known as Nanosilver, which it said was declared fit for use by Nigerian scientists.

At a press briefing which had in attendance, the ministers of Information, Interior, Environment and Women Affairs, the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the experimental drug was confirmed fit for use and provided by Nigerian scientists for the treatment of the EVD patients in Lagos.

The Minister of Health, said that they “will follow all the medical research ethics code of Nigeria in administering the drug which includes the patient’s consent”.

Prof. Chukwu also used the opportunity to clarify media reports that 21 persons had been quarantined in Enugu, saying that “only six persons are quarantined in Enugu. Some people assume that merely seeing the lady from a distance will make them to contact the virus, that’s not true”.

He said that the Enugu Ebola case was as a result of one of the nurses who made primary contact with the late American-Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who though quarantined, travelled against the advice of the Incidence Management Committee to Enugu.

“The newly married woman went to visit her husband in Enugu. She did not infect anybody on her way to Enugu as she had not developed any symptoms. You cannot transmit Ebola if you don’t have the symptoms”, he said.

“One of the primary contacts to the Index case disobeyed the incident manager in Lagos and left for Enugu but when she developed symptoms, she immediately contacted a health facility”, said the minister, adding that though the husband of the newly wedded nurse does not have symptoms but because of the intimate relationship, he had to be quarantined also.

According the minister, the nurse and her husband were ferried back to Lagos in special ambulances while insisting that nobody has been confirmed to have Ebola in Enugu for now.

Prof. Chukwu also said that the 21 primary contacts of Mr. Sawyer had been released as they did not show any sign of Ebola after the maximum incubation period of 21 days.

He said currently, 11 persons had tested positive to Ebola, three had died; the Liberian, a nurse and a protocol officer of ECOWAS while 169 were under surveillance.

Chukwu said all of them were secondary contacts to the index case, the American-Liberian, Sawyerr.

‘Let me clarify issues on Ebola scare in some states. The disease is still only in Lagos. None of the contacts in Enugu have tested positive. They’re still under close watch. So all the cases are still confined within Lagos State.”

“The Abia case was a Steven Johnson syndrome, the lady reacted to some antimalarial drug she took and we tested and confirmed that it was not Ebola.

“The Imo corpse from abroad died of gastroenteritis, not Ebola; the Anambra case was not Ebola too and the Abuja case was a diabetic patient who also was HIV positive. It was not Ebola”, he said.

Chukwu continued: “the federal government has prohibited the repatriation of corpses from abroad to Nigeria. We have also prohibited the inter-state transportation of corpses without waiver from the government

“But if you feel differently, you can apply for a waiver accompanied with death certificate and if we are satisfied, we can give a waiver”.

He disclosed that the ministry had granted two waivers so far; two Nigerians who were brought in from India and Kenya.

Boko Haram: Soldiers Intercept 51 Youth Traveling Under The Cover Of Night From Borno To Abuja


ngr-troopsafpThe Nigerian military on Thursday said it had intercepted about 51 youth traveling from Maiduguri, Borno State, to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This was disclosed via an unsigned statement on its website.

According to the statement, the convoy was intercepted around 3 a.m. along Babale, Plateau State on Wednesday.

The youth, travelling in three 18-seater transit buses, were led by a woman, it said.

It added that officers of the Special Task Force were currently trying to unravel the motive of the mass movement of the youth in light of the current security challenges and their suspicious claims.

The statement disclosed that during interrogation, the youth claimed they were being conveyed to Abuja on the orders of a Borno State Government official to meet their relatives for assistance in an economic empowerment programme. It also said the youth had made contradictory statements regarding sponsorship of their mission to the nation’s capital.

The military, however, added that the said official was yet to respond to series of efforts to verify the claims, even as the issue was being investigated to ascertain the genuine mission of the youth.

Emir Of Kano Disowns Facebook, Twitter Accounts


emir-of-kano-sanusi-lamido-sanusiThe Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has distanced himself from any Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account opened and operated under his name.

The emir’s position was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Kano Emirate Council.

The statement, signed by the Dan Majen Kano, Munnir Sanusi, urged people to desist from posting statements on social media using the emir’s name.

The Dan Majen lamented that fraudsters open social media accounts in other to demean the person of the emir by posting provocative and misleading statements.

“Recently, the people operating the Facebook account announced to the public that the emir is issuing free Hajj seats to some four hundred Nigerians which is not coming from neither the emir nor the Kano emirates”, he said.

He also said a twitter handle in the name of the emir was frequently used to publish libelous statements in Mr. Sanusi’s name.

Osun Guber Poll: Marilyn Ogar Is A Great Embarrassment To DSS – APC


Lai-Mohammed2304The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of crass partisanship and unprofessional conduct over its actions and comments on the August 9, governorship election in Osun State.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC also said the spokesperson for the DSS, Ms Marilyn Ogar, should be given proper training and all the necessary exposure so she can speak with knowledge and facts, instead of making baseless and incautious statements.

“It is sad that a spokesperson for the DSS does not know that there is no offence called ‘loitering’ under Nigerian laws. For her to now go on national television to say the APC’s national publicity secretary was arrested for ‘loitering’ in Osogbo on the eve of the state’s governorship election is the height of ignorance and constitutes a great embarrassment to DSS.

“It is even worse that the so-called spokesperson, ever so glib, would make a joke out of such a faux pas by an agency that is supposed to be non-partisan and highly professionalized. How on earth will any human being not be disoriented when 15 hooded gunmen arrest him/her and point their weapons at his/her head as they did to me on that night in Osogbo?

“How can a spokesperson for such a sensitive government agency not understand that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for freedom of movement? On what basis is Ms Ogar questioning what the APC’s national publicity secretary was doing in Osun, when the same fellow has not questioned the presence of Musiliu Obanikoro, Chris Uba and the likes in the same state, or are those people from Osun State?

“Was it not publicly announced that the APC was moving its headquarters to Osun to give support to Governor Rauf Aregbesola? Why didn’t Ms Ogar question the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan or Vice President Namadi Sambo in Osun when they came too, if she was being fair? It is sad that Ms Ogar has turned herself to the spokesperson of the PDP by echoing what that party has said on the Osun election. This is unprofessional and irresponsible”, it said.

Amaechi, Wamakko To Nigerians: Vote Against Bad Governance, Poverty In 2015


Amaechi-AliyuGovernors Rotimi Ameachi and Aliyu Wamakko of Rivers and Sokoto States have called on Nigerians to vote wisely if they want to bid goodbye to poverty, insecurity and bad governance that have marred development in the country in the last four years.

The duo spoke separately in Rimawa town, Sokoto, Thursday at the inauguration of a modern agricultural skills acquisition centre constructed by Wamakko’s administration.

Wamakko said Nigerians should not only be clamoring for change but make it a reality through their votes.

The governors, who are of the All Progressives Congress, described the current leadership at the centre as weak, inefficient and has failed to deliver in all aspects.

According to them, the APC is ready to change the direction of Nigeria and Nigerians to a secure and better nation in the interest of the citizens.

In his remarks, Ameachi said there was need for a total departure from where Nigerians are now, adding that “the only treatment that can cure Nigerians of the Peoples Democratic Party is APC.

“If you remember your childhood days when you have headache, doctors prescribe APC for you and you don’t need any alternative today than APC to bring back the country to life”, he said.

Amaechi, who is chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, described Wamakko as a governor who dispassionately works with honesty and detests corruption to a fault.

Wamakko said APC as a party was built and focused for a better Nigeria, stating that “myself (sic) and Ameachi are like mind with similar ideas aimed at promoting and projecting the party in good light.

“APC is about Nigeria and not ourselves in the interest of transparency, accountability, good governance, food, lives and property security of Nigerians and affordable housing for all”, he stressed.

Nigerians Are Worse Off Today Than They Were Four Years Ago, Says Fashola


Raji-Fashola3-448x336Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State lashed out yesterday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government, saying it has failed Nigerians.

Fashola, who spoke while delivering the former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylvia’s birthday lecture in Abuja, said that Nigerians are worse off than they were four years ago before the present administration came into office.

In the lecture titled “The challenge of democratic governance”, the Lagos governor noted that the present administration continued to lie to Nigerians on many issues, including the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls and the alleged missing oil revenue funds from the Federation account.

According to him, the election of a university graduate as president has not helped to develop the country in the past three years.

He pointed out that All Progressives Congress (APC) states are performing better than the PDP-controlled states.

The governor, therefore, urged Nigerians to vote out the PDP in the 2015 election.

In the lecture, Fashola spoke on political parties, party ideology, people and members of the party, and leadership of government among other sub-topics.

He said: “Until recently, we all used to think that our national development was inhibited by the fact that we never had a university graduate as leader of any national government in an executive capacity.

“We now have two graduates, a zoologist and an architect, at the helm of our national affairs, and I think majority of Nigerians will tell you today that their lives are worse off today than they were four years ago”.

According to Fashola, there is more to leadership than university degree.

“There are needs for more attributes that you can’t find in a classroom or in a school”, he added

Fashola said he found it strange for the government to invite parents of the abducted Chibok girls to the Presidential Villa for commiseration, which he said was un-African.

“The event has been followed by other round of lies. The abduction of the girls have been enmeshed in lies.  They have also lied about the economy, within the same household, within the central bank and the federal ministry of finance, we had very clear difference, whether $48 billion or $20 billion.

“The ideas of the freedom to think, to sleep and to ask questions is too valuable for me to exchange for development under an autocratic or democratic government.

“If the only options left for me to choose were between freedom and development, I for one will rather surrender development than freedom. So, I worry when I hear some people say today that it is part of their achievement that they allow us to express ourselves. I think that is utter rubbish.

“I am really convinced beyond doubt that democracy can still deliver development”.

On political parties, he said: “If we must achieve development in democracy, the vehicle of politics, the political parties must first be developed as first class institutions. The first thing to seek is the idea behind governance and this is often contained in the programme of political parties”.

He said there is clear unmistakable difference between the APC and ruling PDP.

He said: “If you look at the level of progress and development in the states govern by the old and new opposition parties and government, there is a clear daylight in terms of development.

“For example, it is no coincidence that only two states, Lagos and Rivers, governed now by APC governors are executing rail projects on their own mass transit.

“The party in government has lied about when there will be stable electricity for 16 years. An APC state, Lagos has led the way, in showing what is possible. There is power initiative in Egbin, Akute, Lagos Island, Alausa, Ikeja and Lekki to be delivered later this year.

“The party in power decides to continue importing fuel with the attendant disruptions and monumental …, Lagos believes that in a partnership, it is possible, if you provide land, for Nigerians to produce enough petroleum products for consumption and still export within a four year period”.

He continued: “They have lied on security. The first thing they said was that those who are undermining security were in government. Now the story has changed, they say it is the opposition. This is not quite the same thing as bringing down the country because government can be removed by legitimate and constitutional means; that is the ballot box”.

Stressing that the manifestos of political parties across the globe change from elections to elections and need not be cast on stones, he said that there is misunderstanding between endorsement of a candidate and god-fatherism by the ruling party.

According to him, democracy is a participatory government where everyone have a say whether he or she voted or not.

Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Bello Masari, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai.

Others are former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Audu Ogbe, Senator Olorunmibe Mamora, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni and Senator Chris Ngige.

JTF burns down pirates’ camp in Bayelsa


The Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta has disclosed that troops under its ‘Operation Grand Slam’ have set ablaze a pirates’ camp at Meibegbemo, near Lobia and Furopa communities in the creeks of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Armed youth, who occupied the camp, are said to be responsible for robbery attacks on vessels, passenger boats and ferries plying the Furopa channel, while their kidnapped victims were kept in the camp.

The JTF’s joint media co-ordinator, Lieutenant Colonel Mustapha Anka, pointed out in Yenagoa on Thursday that the hoodlums also extend their criminal activities to neighbouring communities of Azuzama and Ekeni in Ekeremor area of the state.

While informing that the criminals cash in on the difficult terrain in the region to perpetuate crimes in the waterways, Anka noted that the camp was set ablaze after it was dislodged by the anti illegal-bunkering squad of the security outfit, which recovered arms and ammunition from them.

According to him, the camp operators are believed to have perpetrated the recent kidnappings and attacks on the Bayelsa waterways, which culminated in the death of some of their victims.

His words: “During a shootout, miscreants escaped to the creeks with several gunshot wounds sustained during the exchange of fire. No arrest was made but caches of arms and ammunition were recovered.

“Other items include six fiber boats with 75hp bow-out engine mounted on them, seven pieces 65hp engine, 12 pieces of mattress, two generating sets, four smoke grenade and five cell phones with 15 sim cards belonging to different communication companies, were recovered.

Also recovered from the hoodlums are foodstuff, refrigerators, freezers and video camera with microphone belonging to African World Web Television presumed to belong to one of their victims.

Kwankwaso accuses presidency of plotting lifetime tenure for Jonathan


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Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has accused the presidency of plotting a lifetime tenure ambition for President Goodluck Jonathan.

The governor while speaking to newsmen in his office on Wednesday described plans to impose a new constitution on the country as a very dangerous development that could trigger serious catastrophe.

According to Kwankwaso, “From the information I have, backers of the new constitution are saying that those who are opposing the idea, who are mostly from the North are a minority, which is not correct. So, tomorrow, they will force it down the throats of Nigerians by all means and the next thing is to start a kangaroo referendum, cook up the figures like they did in Ekiti and force themselves on us. I don’t think that is good enough,” he said.

Speaking further, the governor said it was unfortunate that the presidency and its supporters were busy plotting ways of elongating the president’s tenure when ordinary Nigerians were languishing in poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.

Hear him, “Everyday, people are being killed and maimed, property are being destroyed and as we are sitting, the people of Borno are now living on hills, rocks and in forests while many of them are in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But we are not talking about them, what we are talking about here is how to extend the duration of Mr. President’s term to a lifetime presidency. I am sure that some parts of this country now have flags other than the green-white-green. This is terribly unfortunate,” he added.

“We want to make our position very clear to them and to the entire world that we believe just like they do that what is happening now is so dangerous not only to Nigeria but to our neighbours and I believe the consequences will cut across the continent. That is why we are appealing to the delegates whether from the North, South,
Christians, Muslims, Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and any other tribe to help this country by rejecting this new constitution, because it won’t help the country, its authors and anybody in the country,” he said.

“All people who love this country and clearly understand the situation we are in today, know the likely consequences of the new constitution which the Villa wants to use to start eight years from 2015”, he added.

“We a have seen some of the provisions in it, especially the issue of the seven-year single term which has resurfaced after it was kicked out like polio and Ebola by the National Assembly; the issue of 50 percent derivation, the scrapping of 774 local governments, the listing of 18 additional states and the limiting of the ministers to 18,” he said.

Peter Obi resigns as APGA BoT chairman, cites personal reasons


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Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has tendered his resignation letter as Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Chairman of the Party’s Board of Trustees, BoT.

In a resignation letter addressed to the National Secretary of the Party and submitted at the Party’s Abuja office on Friday, quoted Mr. Obi as saying that he was resigning as Leader and BoT Chairman; an appointment he got in January 2014. He was inaugurated by the National Executive Council of the Party. According to Obi, the appointment was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the party as stipulated by the constitution.

Former Governor Obi cited family and personal reasons, but did not give further details on why he resigned. He however wished the party well in her future endeavors while reiterating the fact that he remains an ordinary APGA member.

Widely acknowledged as the man who kept APGA alive over the past decades, Mr. Obi had recently been denied appointment as a Minister by President Goodluck Jonathan because he refused to defect from APGA to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When contacted, his Media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem confirmed the development. In his words: ” If you recall, my boss was nominated the Leader of the Party and the Chairman of her Board of Trustees in January. The nomination was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the Party, when he submitted his letter of resignation”

“Since the convention will take place next year, people have found it convenient to blame him for the woes of the Party on the reason that he had failed to intervene on matters affecting the party, not knowing that without ratification of his nomination, he had no platform under which to intervene. ”

Mr, Obienyem further said that his boss will remain an APGA member, and would continue to support the Party at all times.

Katsina Governor marries Musa Yaradua’s daughter


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Ibrahim Shehu Shema, the present governor of Katsina state, will today- August 15 tie the knot with Maryam Yar’Adua, the first daughter of former Nigerian president and elder sister to Nafisa who got married to the Bauchi state governor, Isa Yaguda in 2009.

The wedding ceremony is slated to take place at the new Usman Dan Fodio mosque this afternoon.

Recall that in 2009, The Bauchi state Governor, Isa Yuguda also got married to the late Musa Yar’adua daughter, Nafisa

Nigeria rise to 33rd in latest FIFA rankings


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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are now number 33 in the world, according to the latest FIFA rankings released today.

Other African nations also made significant rise, after 13 of the 23 international ‘A’ matches accounted for in the current edition, were 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games.

Such countries include Lesotho (105th, up 26 places), Malawi (106th, up 15 places), Sierra-Leone (50th, up 14 places), Benin (77th, up 14 places), Botswana (86th, up 13 places) and second round losers, Guinea-Bissau (123rd, up 13 places).

Germany still remain the top-ranked team in the world, followed by Argentina and Holland.

FIFA Rankings (Top Ten CAF Zone)

24 1 Algeria
25 2 Côte d’Ivoire
33 3 Nigeria
36 4 Ghana
38 5 Egypt
42 6 Tunisia
50 7 Sierra Leone
54 8 Cameroon
58 9 Burkina Faso
59 10 Senegal

FG orders indefinite suspension of Resident Doctors in Teaching Hospitals


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Resident Doctors in Nigerian Teaching Hospitals have been suspended by the Federal Government starting yesterday August 13th. According to a letter sent out by the Permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, the indefinite suspension is meant to help the Federal Govt ‘appraise the challenges facing the health sector’.

Girl reveals horrific injuries she suffered after assault by boyfriend


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A South African lady took to Twitter to reveal injuries she suffered after a brutal assault by her boyfriend. But why?

 

Primary school teacher defiles 10year old pupil [PHOTO]


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Adeniran Adebayo, (pictured above) a primary school teacher has been arrested and arranged in court by the Lagos state police command for defiling a primary 4 pupil inside the toilet of their private primary school located on Olateju Ilesanmi Street, Baruwa, Ipaja area of Lagos, Punch reports.
Testifying before a Lagos State Chief Magistrate Court in Ebutte Metta yesterday August 13th, the Investigating Police officer from the state Criminal Investigation Department Yaba said he interrogated the little girl three times in which she affirmed that her teacher, Mr Adeniran, who is married with two children, had lured her to the school toilet and forced himself into her and then threatened to flog her if she screamed. Continue…

The police officer investigating the case said;

“I interviewed the victim after the matter was brought to the SCID. She said on the fateful day, she was in school after the closing hours and was waiting for her younger brother, who attended the same school, so they could go back home together. While waiting, she decided to get busy with her assignments. She said it was while she was doing the assignment that the teacher came and said she should follow him. He then took her to a toilet within the school premises and threatened to cane her if she screamed, unzipped himself, undressed the pupil and made love to her. The girl said she was crying while this was on. It was a female teacher, who was passing by that heard her cry. The female teacher came closer to have a better look and immediately the suspect saw her, he quickly zipped up. The pupil said the female teacher told him that being a teacher, he should never have taken advantage of the girl.”

The accused, Mr Adeniran, while narrating what happened to the Chief Magistrate, denied the claims, saying he never defiled the girl

“I am the health teacher of the school. I married five years ago, and have two sons. There are six male teachers in the school. On that day, I didn’t call the girl. I only stood at the gate and asked her and her brother to go home. That was all. I was surprised that after four days, they came to my office and arrested me. The toilet in question has never even been used by anybody.” he said

The Chief Magistrate, O.O. Olatunji, was however not satisfied by his own account, stating that children between the ages of 6-11 never tell lies

“Kids hardly lie, especially when they are between the ages of six to 11. And that’s why I find it hard to believe the account of the defendant. People like you should not be in the society. If like you said there were six male teachers in your school, why did she decide to pick only you? It’s such a big shame,” the Chief magistrate said

The police prosecutor advised the court to remand the accused in prison but he was granted bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum. The judge ordered Adeniran should be remanded in Prison until the bail conditions have been fulfilled. The case was adjourned till October 15th.

Aliko Dangote donates N150million to fight Ebola in Nigeria


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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has donated N150million to help in the fight of the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Foundation, Mrs Adhiambo Odaga announced this at a media briefing at the Ministry of Health, Abuja on Monday. She said the money will be available for the establishment of an Ebola emergency operation centre in Lagos.

“After bilateral discussion with the honourable minister and his team, Dangote foundation has funded the establishment of the Ebola emergency operation in Lagos, that is being done through grant from the foundation of just a little over N150 million,” she said. Continue…

“The strategy that our chairman is deploying is the strategy to respond and to commend government for the effort, and to show that all Nigerians are concerned. We will continue to discuss with the ministry about what additional support can be offered.

“And we also have been approached by several parties who are interested in partnering with the government, and we would continue that discussion.”

Odaga relayed Dangote’s call to all Nigerians to join the federal government in the fight against Ebola, expressing optimism that the disease would be contained.

“The choice of the emergency operation centre as an investment for Dangote Foundation is based on the fact that is the critical platform through which the government is coordinating all that is happening to ensure that the crisis is contained,” she added.

FIFA reinstates Maigari as NFF president


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FIFA has overturned the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was impeached as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation.

This was communicated in a letter signed by Markus Kattner, who is FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General.

“The NFF Congress will exercise its sovereign power through the electoral process which shall be open to everybody and managed by the electoral committees elected by the Congress in their entirety,” the letter read.

“Furthermore, we advise you that President Maigari must preside over the NFF Congress on 26 August.”

Maigari was removed after eight member of the NFF executive board, signed a document on July 24

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan Becomes Highest Paid African Footballer


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He might not be the most famous African soccer star but stats show that he’s raking in the biggest bucks.

The Ghanaian Black-Stars striker Asamoah Gyan has surpassed Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure to become Africa’s highest paid sportsman as indicated by ESPN Magazine’s Money Issue salary survey project.

Gyan who moved from EPL’s Sunderland to UAE’s Al Ain in 2013 on loan – will make a whopping $16 million annually as profits from salaries, endorsements, and private businesses.

Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure comes in second place with a total earning of $322,000 a week and an expected aggregate of $15. 4 million per annum.

*Togo and Tottenham Hotspur star Emmanuel Adebayor, comes in third place with an aggregate earning of $13.3 million per annum.

*While three-time African Footballer of the Year superstar Samuel Eto’o earns approximately $13.337 million per annum.

Nigerian midfielder  John Mikel Obi didn’t make the list – but his modest £75,000 per week salary, fetches him an estimated £4,160,000 pay annually at Chelsea FC

Imo 2015: Ararume Sets Campaign Ball Rolling, Appoints Ogunewe Campaign Director


ifeanyi araraumeAhead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Imo State, one of the major contestants, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, has appointed Hon. Independence Ogunewe as his campaign director.

Ararume also appointed a former senatorial candidate and businessman, Chief Okey Ikoro, as the deputy director general, to ensure his victory at the 2015 general election.

Ararume, in a statement signed by his political adviser, Mr Chinedu Nwogwugwu and made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, said the appointment of Mr. Ogunewe had sent shock waves down the spine of other aspirants from Mbaise clan, which comprises three local governments.