Government releases names of Nyanya explosion victims at Abuja hospitals


  

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The Nigerian Government has released a list of names and contacts of 126 persons receiving treatment in various hospitals after a powerful explosion occurred in Nyanya, Abuja, on the morning of April 14, Monday.

The authorities report that over 75 people were killed in the blast at the crowded bus park in Abuja’s suburb.

The list was made public by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Some of the victims may have already been discharged.

The FG had earlier given approval for hospital authorities to release the remains to the families.

Names, details of injured persons currently receiving medical treatment in hospitals

Nyanyan General Hospital

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Asokoro District Hospital

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Maitama District Hospital

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Pan-Raf Hospital

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National Hospital

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Mararaba General Hospital

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Customs Hospital

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Abuja Clinic, Karu & Garki Hospital

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8 sex/photo scandals that rocked the Nigerian entertainment industry… Photos


Pastor Fatoyinbo and Ese Walter. Photo: Dailypostng

Pastor Fatoyinbo and Ese Walter. Photo:

Dailypostng Entertainers and celebrities are always in the public eye. With the media watching their every move and the spotlight beamed on them, rumours or news of aberrations in their private lives are often sensationalised and blown out of proportion. When sx is involved, it threatens the victim’s career and everything around them, including their families, friends and colleagues. Whether it’s in the form of alleged sx tapes, rumoured infidelity or rumoured extra-marital affairs, the Nigerian entertainment industry has had its fair share of s*x scandals. NET highlights some of the famous scandals that have ensnared Nigerian entertainment personalities in the past.

Wizkid’s alleged s*x tape… 

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 Wizkid. Photo: Instagram

With the release of his debut album, ‘Star Boy’ in 2011, a star was born. Singles off the album were chart-toppers and radio hits, and had the singer raking in shows by the hour. But fame had its price. On the road to fame, he waddled through a pool of infamy, including a sx tape scandal that almost obliterated his budding career. Few months after he was falsely reported to have been arrested in Scotland with drugs, a sx tape appeared on the internet. The sx tape, which went viral, showed a Wizkid look alike in a sxual act with an older white woman. The Ogun State born singer later denied being in the video. ‘I think you are either blind or stupid if you ask me about the tape,’ he wrote on Twitter. Wizkid also released a song titled ‘It wasn’t me’ to clear up all the rumours about him. From his relationship with Banky W, the drug rumours and of course the s*x tape scandal, in the ‘No church in the wild’ by Kanye West and Jay Z cover, the singer rapped: ‘Them say I was caught hands down in a video, them dey run their mouth everyday like radio; nor be me dey the video, (It wasn’t me) dem just put me for gbege na bad man way, only jah go judge their ways.’ The song also featured former EME label mate Skales. Some years later, all seems to have been forgotten and this scandal never had an adverse effect on his career….

Mo’cheedah and Eldee’s Twitter nud* drama

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Eldee (Left) and Mo’cheedah. Photo: Griffin Okuchukwu

This came like a thief in the night. The deed was done in the dead of the night, but by morning it blew up, threatening the career of then princess of hiphop, Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi, popularly known as Mo’cheddah, and the home of married music veteran Lanre Dabiri A.K.A Eldee the Don. This is what happened. In the early hours of Monday, October 3, 2011, a funny conversation between Mo’cheedah’s Twitter account and that of Eldee’s occurred. ‘If people here with us see it, just say one of the guys also in the hotel posted it to you,’ tweet from Eldee’s Twitter handle to Mo’cheedah, read. What followed after was shocking: a unclad picture of a Mo’cheedah look alike was posted by her Twitter account to Eldee’s handle. It sparked up a whirlwind of controversy the next morning as it became a trending topic on social media and the entertainment blogsphere. Was Eldee having an extra-marital affair with Mo’cheedah? Why was she sending him n*de photos? Who hacked their accounts? The questions came from everywhere. It was alleged that those tweets were intended for the secrecy of the Direct Message feature on Twitter, only for it to leak to the public eye. The two stars denied these allegations, insisting there were hacked. ‘Pls tweeps my acct has been hacked. Disregard my tweets, I’m working on securing my acct. And of cos THAT is not me!,‘ Mo’cheedah later wrote on Twitter. ‘Someone is fking around with my account!! If I fkin catch you!!!,’ an obviously furious Eldee also wrote on Twitter. Mo’cheedah went quiet musically after this scandal, but just made a comeback last week with an impressive single which featured reigning rapper Phyno. Keep your Twitter password safe, Mo! Please….

9ice, Toni Payne and Ruggedman’s rumoured love triangle… 

9ice (Left), Toni Payne and Ruggedman. Photo: Griffin Okuchukwu

9ice (Left), Toni Payne and Ruggedman. Photo: Griffin Okuchukwu

This started with just a song. After separating from his wife of almost two years in 2010, 9ice, in a song titled ‘Once bitten twice shy’ (the ninth track off his album ’Tradition’), sang about catching his lover giving his friend ‘nodding’ — a term often used for oral sx. This brought about media frenzy and another sx scandal in the Nigerian entertainment industry that can never be forgotten in a hurry. A deluge of allegations and rumours followed. Ruggedman was featured in the drama, with many alleging that he was the friend mentioned in the song. Those familiar with the situation continue to allege that Ruggedman had an on-off affair with Payne before and during her relationship with 9ice. An averment Ruggedman and Payne have since insisted was false. Though this particular scandal has been forgotten, the true story about the song by 9ice is yet to be known. Frustrated with the negative publicity which the scandal brought upon her, Toni Payne, via a Facebook post on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, pleaded with 9ice to come out with the truth about his song. The plea was supported by Ruggedman. ‘#justsayin #FEDup A song I heard n loved months b4 it came out is causin sme minor issues so I will address dis issue by simply stating that its not my job to clear d air but I also think its time the person who sang the song ‘once bitten’ comes out and tells the truth to every1 and let us no who he sang it for,’ Toni Payne wrote on her Facebook wall. ‘TONI PAYNE My advice to you is you get 9ice to step up and clear this thing about this song once and for all so all this bullshit can stop. HE SANG THE SONG,ONLY HE CAN SAY WHO HE WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE SONG. SO 9ICE WHERE ARE YOU?’ Ruggedman added. Four years later, 9ice where are you?…

Wizkid’s baby mama drama… 

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Wizkid‘s numerous shenanigans since he hit stardom ensure that he makes a second appearance on this list. NET exclusively reported in August 2011 that the EME pop star Wizkid had fathered his first child at 21. The singer, according to that NET exclusive report, had impregnated a certain Shola who was an undergraduate at the time. Wizkid, who was rumoured to be dating Tonto Dikeh back then, vehemently denied the fatherhood claims. ‘No, I don’t. It’s just a rumour, I’m not thinking about that right now,’ Wizkid denied having a child in an exclusive interview with NET. The reports, however, shattered many hearts with many fearing that their darling young and enchanting singer had fallen into the hazardous circus of the entertainment industry. To his fans and the public, he had lost the good boy image which initially made him a child star. Fast forward to 2014, and Wizkid is no longer that fresh faced young singer we saw in 2010. Now a record label owner and ladies’ man, he lives up to being a father. NET report was proven to be true and now Wizkid hardly goes a week without showing off his son Boluwatife on Instagram….

The Wande Coal unclad that caused a little stir

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Award winning singer Wande Coal has not been left out of the controversies, as he once trended online for the wrong reason when an alleged unclad photo of him popped up on the internet in 2010. His then record label, Mo’hits Records, released a statement insisting that the photo was fake and altered by an ‘enemy’ trying to bring down the singer. Yet not many people believed that, not even his fellow industry mate Olamide. ‘Oloso (prostitutes) thinking of how to ruin me, but I know what I’m doing/they want to Wande Coal me,’ Olamide rapped on a track about not letting his guard down when it comes to interacting with obsessed female fans…

Chidinma Ekile’s rumoured s*x tape… 

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Sweet, beautiful and talented singer, with her petite church girl looks, Chidinma has endeared herself to the hearts of many since her emergence in the Nigerian entertainment industry. This is why fans were stunned when a sx tape of a Chidinma look-alike leaked on the internet in 2013. ‘The girl in the video cannot be Chidinma,’ was the popular sentiment expressed by many fans on social media and entertainment websites across the country. The girl in the sx tape displayed top notch sxual performances… too top notch for our own church chorister music star, Chidinma, we thought. In a later interview with HipTV, rapper Illbliss, who is a friend and mentor of the singer, revealed that the sx tape scandal brought her tears. ‘All she did was cry her eyes out, saying ‘I’m only a small girl; I’ve not wronged anybody, why will anyone do this to me?’ I told her that we will speak when we want to and it will not be to defend the s*x tape issue but to communicate her success; and indeed it worked,’ Illbliss revealed….

Ese Walter and COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s s*x affair… 

Pastor Fatoyinbo and Ese Walter. Photo: Dailypostng

Pastor Fatoyinbo and Ese Walter. Photo: Dailypostng

This allegation of infidelity from blogger and Radio Presenter Ese Walter, was made in a 3000-word article in which she detailed her affair with her pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Abuja branch of Common Wealth Of Zion Assembly. Ese accused the pastor of manipulating her sexually and also spiritually. Here is an excerpt from what she wrote: ‘He asked me to kiss him and all I could think about was seeing him preach on the pulpit back in COZA Abuja, Nigeria, which was my home church. He again said ‘feel free Ese.’ And asked again, that I kiss him. A few hours later, let’s just say, we were rolling under the sheets. It felt as though my mind had paused. I am not saying I was jazzed, (although it’s possible I was in some trance-like state and didn’t know it but I just was so afraid that I couldn’t say or think otherwise.) That was the beginning of this affair. A sxual affair that went on for a little over a week, DAILY.’ Less than a month after Ese’s revelations, another lady, Franca E, also wrote an open letter alleging that the Pastor asked her for sx. This scandal was beyond the entertainment industry; it was huge and controversial. Yet, the accused, Pastor Fatoyinbo remained mute on the issue. ‘I can assure you my wife and I love each other and at the right time we shall respond. Read my lips, we are going to release a robust reply to all the allegations,’ he said in a church service after the allegations made headlines across the country. It has been almost one year since these allegations were made. Ese Walters has moved on. She has found love and gotten married. The world is however still waiting for a reply….

 

Obesere r*pe scandal…

Obesere. Photo: Filed

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Obesere is yet to recover from the most recent sx scandal to besiege the entertainment industry. After being accused of rpe by his lover Olanike Olaiya, Obesere had to prove his innocence to the police, the law, his fans, his family and the general public.  This was a shock to many Fuji fans and followers as Obesere had been known as a scandal- and controversy-free Fuji singer. The singer, however, insisted he was innocent, a claim which has fortunately been verified by police investigations. ‘As far as we’re concerned, and based on the investigations carried out so far on the matter, most of the allegations by Obesere’s accuser, Olanike Olaiya, were fabricated. Although, they both admitted having carnal knowledge of each other, there was absolutely nothing to show that Nike was defiled as she claimed,’ Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson Ngozi Braide confirmed last week….

Fayemi Denies Ownership Of Foreign Varsity, Tuition Fee Increment In EKSU


fayemiThe Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described as untrue the rumours making the rounds that he owns a university in Ghana and that he has increased tuition at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.

The governor made this known at an interview with journalists.

Fayemi attributed the false report to the handiwork of the opposition.

“I don’t have a university anywhere in the world and I don’t even intend to have one. Instead I am picking up a lecturing job at EKSU come next session.

“My name is important to me. I am a Catholic and as someone who takes the Holy Communion, I won’t do anything that will desecrate this state and the Catholic Church”, he said.

Speaking further on the purported claim that government had increased tuition fees in EKSU, the Governor said the rumour is a clear ignorance on the part of the peddlers who do not know that the school management does not review fees in the middle of an academic session.

Fayemi added that rather than increase school fee, the university management was planning a downward review of tuition in some departments.

On the alleged non-payment of pension and gratuity, the Governor said the non-completion of some processes by some pensioners was responsible for the delay in payment of gratuity to some category of pensioners.

He said government does not owe pension but instead, we have increased pension by six per cent in order to help the pensioners meet the economic realities of the present time.

Easter: NNPC Floods Market With 293m litres Of Petrol


NNPC-Mega-Station-AbujaThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its downstream subsidiary, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, on Thursday said it has flooded the market with 293,326,011 litres of petrol in a bid to ensure a hitch free Easter celebration across the country.

The corporation said major and independent marketers were also scheduled to supply additional 142,913,189 litres into the system to further boost product availability.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, in a statement, said the corporation, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Independent Petroleum Company, and all other importers of petroleum products were all trucking out petrol from their various marine and inland depots to stabilise the situation.

“The NNPC/PPMC is collaborating with relevant stakeholders in the hydrocarbon value chain to wet the nation with PMS before, during and after the Easter celebration”, he said.

According to the NNPC spokesperson, there was approximately 17 days petrol national sufficiency at 40 million litres per day consumption, adding that efforts were on to add up the stock to guarantee energy sufficiency for the country.

Alegbe assured that the NNPC was partnering with other stakeholders to restore normalcy to the fuel supply situation in the country and advised motorists and filling station owners to desist from panic buying, hoarding and other sharp practices.

Court Sends 24-yr-old Accused To Psychiatric Home


A 24-year-old accused was yesterday ordered to be taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation by a Tinubu magistrate’s court in Lagos.

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Auwal had been arrested on April 10 at 3:00pm with army uniform and counterfeit dollars at Osapa Bus Stop.

The magistrate, Mrs Tokunbo Omoyele, gave the order after Auwal, who was on trial on April 11 pleaded guilty to a two count charge of possession of army uniform and counterfeit dollars.

The magistrate’s decision was as a result of the accused imbalanced behavior .

The prosecutor, Daniel Ighodalo, told the court that the accused was found in possession of two “Ghana Must Go” bags, containing various military uniforms and large quantity of counterfeit dollars.

“Auwal could not give a satisfactory reason for being in possession of the items, as well as how he got to Lekki and where he lives,” Ighodalo said.

Magistrate Omoyele adjourned hearing in the case till May 15 for facts and sentencing.

PHOTOS: Singer Davido Shows Off His 24 Carat Gold iPhone 5


Singer Davido shows off his new 24k diamond gold-plated iPhone 5 at social network which he waited for almost two months to be delivered.

On his official Instagram page, Davido posted a photo of his new luxurious phone saying “24k gold diamond iPhone finally delivered!! @malivelihood thanks bro!”

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Two months ago, February 25, the singer has already shared photo of his gold-plated iPhone. But now he can hold his new expensive toy himself.
Davido isn’t the only one among Nigerian celebrities to have 24k diamond gold-plated iPhone 5. Not too long ago, Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji showed off her phone and singer D’Prince as well.

Why They Can’t Probe Me – Sanusi


Former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Sanusi Lamido has today attacked the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) saying they are bias in their investigation.

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Sanusi’s Lawyer  Mr. Kola Awodein (SAN) said that FRCN doesn’t have the power by law to probe Sanusi Lamido.

Mr. Awodein was arguing his Originating Summons before Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Lagos and prayed the court stop its nvestigation by the council.

He joined FRCN and its Executive Secretary as respondents. According to him, FRCN’s declaration in a Briefing Note dated June 7 and submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan were ultra vires (outside) its powers as contained in the FRCN Act, 2011.

The applicant is urging the court to hold that the defendants, having reached a conclusion as to his culpability as Governor of CBN, as indicated in the briefing note and newspaper publications, can no longer conduct any investigation on the same matter.

Awodein said the defendants do not have the power to conduct the wide-ranging investigations as reported in a news medium and as contained in an invitation letter sent to Sanusi.

He added that the defendants cannot, therefore, conduct that kind of investigation regarding the period that the plaintiff was the CBN governor.

According to Awodein, the defendants reached conclusions and made far reaching recommendations without giving Sanusi a fair hearing. “In those conclusions and decisions they have taken, they have breached his fundamental rights to natural justice, because the plaintiff was not given any opportunity to defend himself before they reached those decisions,” Awodein said.

For instance, the lawyer said FRCN wrongly accused Sanusi of misappropriating N20.2billion in legal and professional fees. He said had the defendants given Sanusi the opportunity to defend himself, he would have shown how the money was spent.

Source: The Nation

Nigeria Police Force Is Getting Close In Finding Nyanya Bombers


Nigeria Police Force expressed optimism, declared that they now have links that would possibly lead to the arrest of the perpetrators Abuja bomb blast, which rocked Nyanya motor park in the morning of April 14, 2014, Monday.

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This disclosure was made by Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 7, Suleiman Abba, during a press briefing in Abuja.

He admitted that no arrests have been made so far, but assured that “with the links we have, investigation will lead us to the culprits and they will be arrested”.

The AIG expressed condolences to the families of the victims, stated that the police was making efforts to re-strategise and come out with better approaches towards ensuring that such occurrence never happens again.

He further noted that the logistics and arrangement to prevent a vehicle from gaining access to the motor park premises was there. The scene of the tragedy was “very well fenced, supported by a strong gate for control and checking of vehicular movement” in and out the park.

However, the AIG described the utilisation by the operators as “poor”.

Speaking about the course of the investigation, AIG Abba said:

“After the incident, the IGP, Mohammed Abubakar set up a high-powered team of experienced and highly trained investigators to unravel those behind the dastardly act.”

Replying to the question about why closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras showed themselves useless in capturing suspected bombers, the AIG said:

“Majority of the CCTV cameras in the FCT is working. Not long ago, I took students of the National Defence College on study tour to the control centre and we saw its workability.

“The only challenge is that the installation processes have not been completed. However, let me say that nowhere in the world are installations of CCTV cameras left in the hands of government alone.”

It would be added that the police investigating both local and foreign routes, suspects that a global terrorist ‘White Widow’ may be the mastermind of the attack.

Source: Vanguard

Conmen Steals N2.4m From Man By Claiming They Are Spirits


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a couple of days ago intensified its arrest of alleged fraudsters and conmen and a couple of days back arraigned the duo of Isiyaku Ibrahim and Alhaji Mallam Usman Hussain before a Federal High Court in Kano state on 14-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.
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The complainant Haruna Bello alleged that he came to know Isiyaku Ibrahim in November 2012 when Isiyaku Ibrahim begged him for a place to sleep and N400 for transport fees.

A couple of days after, Bello reported that he received a call which he couldn’t trace and the person claimed to be Isiyaku Ibrahim. The voice at the other end of the call told Bello he was a ‘spirit’, who appeared to him in human body. The caller told Bello that his thankfull and appreciates his favour in housing and giving him money that night and asked him to liaise with a certain Mallam (Usman Hussain) whom, he said, understands the workings of the spirit realm.

Bello met with the Mallam and the Mallam began demanding money from him to buy things such as perfumes, Qur’an Horse and so on.

Bello said when he got tired of their demands; he sought to severe the relationship but that they threatened to destroy him and his family. One of the count reads: “that you Isiyaku Ibrahim on or about 13th February 2013 in Kano within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from one Haruna Bello Madaki through your First Bank Account No; 3066211531, by presenting yourself to be spirit (Jinn) and that he assisted you with shelter and transport fare while in human form some days ago and as such revisited him with a view to reciprocating the kind gesture by granting him protection because he has a lot of enemies and providing him business fortune which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 2(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 2(c) of the same Act.”

The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

However, Justice Riman adjourned the case to April 28, 2014 for ruling on the bail application of the defendants and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Nigerian Army Soldiers Accuse Army Generals Of Embezzling Security Funds


Nigerian Army soldiers deployed to the northeastern region of Nigeria to curb the activity of the Boko Haram terrorist sect have accused their superior officers of embezzling huge parts of the funds allocated for counter-insurgency.

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Speaking anonymously, the soldiers stated those at the forefront of fighting the insurgency live in abominable conditions and suffer from lack of basic facilities while the top officers enrich themselves.

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A special operations battalion, Army Headquarters Special Operation Battalion (AHQ SOB), was formed to fight the terrorists. The unit’s headquarters and base camp are in Mubi, Adamawa State. Soldiers and officers of yet another battalion, Forward Operation Battalion (FOB), have been posted to the same barracks in Mubi. One might wonder: why would two battalions with the same area of responsibilities and different command structures given the same location to operate in, and why were they located in the same camp?

Furthermore, in November 2013, the Nigerian Army made up a unit, Task Force Mike (TFM), and posted it to Izge Village in Gwoza local government area of Borno State. The unit was comprised of soldiers from SOB and FOB, 232 Armored Battalion, Yola, Adamawa State, 20 Battalion, Sariti Baruwa, Taraba State, and partly from Sokoto State. Now, the military sources have disclosed, SOB, FOB and TFM are the same set of troops spread aimlessly across just one area of responsibility with different budgetary allocations.

According to the sources, duplicating tasks allow commanding officers to lay hands on the money meant for the war with Boko Haram. They receive funds for two separate operations and two separate bases even when in reality, it is the same operation and only one area of responsibilities.

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Because of someone’s greed, the welfare of soldiers and supply of adequate weaponry have suffered greatly as Boko Haram continue to raid their bases. The insurgents are equipped with first-grade warfare weapons and devices, such as night vision goggles, armored personnel carriers, Browning machine guns, assault rifles, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades. Sources have indicated that troops of Nigerian Army in a defensive location had none of such sophisticated and advanced weapons, adding troops in Izge do not even have an anti-tank weapon, let alone an APC.

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Hungry, thirsty, tired

Several soldiers lamented their spare diet and poor water supply even in the hot desert temperature. As there are no sleeping kits provided to them, they are forced to sleep on the ground, under the scorching sun and the night stars. Some were able to construct makeshift shelters made of shrubs and grass, though.

The soldiers have also wondered why the newly formed and built barrack within the same base camp in Mubi, Adamawa State, have not yet been commissioned.

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Source: Sahara Reporters

Abducted Students Narrate How They Escaped From Boko Haram


Some of the abducted students of Girls Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State yesterday narrated how they escaped from the terrorists.

The terrorists suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, numbering more than 100 stormed the school wearing army uniforms and deceived the schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers who had come to evacuated them from an impending attack, unknown to them that they were being abducted.

The students, who had returned to sit for the on-going West African School Certificate (WASC) exams at their school despite a state-wide closure of educational centres in Borno because of recent Boko Haram attacks in the state, initially obeyed the armed visitors, thinking they were government troops there to protect them.

One of those who managed to escape the abductors, 18-year-old Godiya Isaiah told Reuters that “When we saw these gunmen, we thought they were soldiers, they told all of us to come and walk to the gates, and we followed their instructions.”

But when the armed men started ransacking the school stores and set fire to the building, the terrified girls being herded at gunpoint into vehicles realized they were being kidnapped.

“We were crying,” Godiya said, recounting how she later jumped from a truck and ran away to hide in the bush. Other girls were packed into a bus and some pick-ups.

Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima said at least 14 girls had managed to escape and reach safety.

Borno state education commissioner Inuwa Kubo said other girls told the same story as Godiya.

“They went into the bus unsuspecting,” he told Reuters.

“They were lured into the vehicle because they were told that the school was going to be attacked,” he added.

The attackers also raided nearby Chibok town, ransacking stores and offices there and killing several people, witnesses said.

The Military authorities announced last night that most students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok have been freed in the ongoing Search & Rescue operations to free the abducted students.

A statement issued by Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said: “With this development, the Principal of the school has confirmed that only eight of the students were still missing. One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school has also been captured.”

Tell Nigerians Who Stole $20bn Before Accusing Kwankwaso Of Embezzling Campaign Funds – Oyegun To Jonathan


Goodluck-Jonathan-John-Odigie-OyegunGovernor of Edo State during the aborted Third Republic, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday, described the allegation of embezzlement of campaign funds levelled against Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State by President Goodluck Jonathan as ridiculous.

Information Nigeria reports that the president had at a rally organized by the Peoples Democratic Party to officially receive ex-Kano Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau to the ruling party on Tuesday, accused Kwankwaso of attempting to scuttle his presidential bid in 2011 by pocketing the money provided by his presidential campaign team for delegates from Kano State, during the party’s primaries in Abuja.

This, Jonathan alleged, was aimed at unsettling the delegates so they could vote for another aspirant, who he did not name.

But Oyegun said that rather than accuse the governor of embezzlement of campaign funds, President Jonathan ought to have first ordered the arrest of those who were involved in the pension fund saga and the alleged missing $20 billion from the Federation Account.

Speaking with Vanguard, Oyegun said: “In politics, when you want to hang somebody, you accuse him of stealing money. But first the President should tell us who stole our $20 billion and they should ensure that all those who stole pension funds are arrested and prosecuted.

“Campaign funds are not public funds. It is a case of misplaced priority. It looks like the President is more concerned with campaign funds than with public funds. We had been told how many kilometres of road $20 billion can tar, let him punish those who are stealing public funds before talking about private campaign funds. The President’s outburst is ridiculous”, Oyegun insisted.

On the resurgence of Boko Haram activities in the North by the Boko Haram sect, the running mate to Shekarau in the 2011 presidential elections said: “There is no way to describe what is going on in the name of Boko Haram in this country. The Muslims are supposed to be extreme Muslims, here they are kidnapping Muslim children, what part of their struggle for God can justify such a dastardly act.

“Secondly, how can those children be abducted and the kidnappers are not be apprehended by security forces? How many pick up vans were required to transport them? How was it that those who abducted the kids travelled to the schools, fired shots, and abducted them, yet we did not hear of any response from any of the security agencies?

“I wonder how safe we are in this country. I am really sad for this country, none of us is safe in this country”, he said.

Nigeria Has Been Destined By God To Break Into Smaller Units – MASSOB


MASSOBThe Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has lambasted politicians, who introduced the no-go area clause in the on-going National Conference in Abuja, saying they did so out of selfish reasons and against the wishes of the people who wanted everything about Nigeria discussed.

In a press statement signed by MASSOB’s zonal leader for Anambra North, Mazi Chris Mocha, after its zonal meeting yesterday, the group insisted that nobody, not even President Goodluck Jonathan, could stop God’s plan for Nigeria, adding that the country had been destined by God to break up into natural units, of which Biafra was one.

According to Mocha, “God hardened the heart of Pharaoh in Egypt and used it for good purpose in favour of the Israelites”, adding that even the mighty Soviet Union with all its military prowess, was broken into 15 independent sovereign nations and yet the heavens did not fall.

Noting that the ongoing Confab provided the best opportunity for Nigerians to freely discuss how they intended to either live together or separate, but for selfish politicians who said the unity of the country should not be negotiated at the conference.

Suspected Port Harcourt ‘Bomb’ Was Engine Part, Says Rivers Police Commissioner


Tunde-Ogunsakin-600x330The Rivers State Police Command has doused tension over a suspected bomb that sent traders and commuters in Port Harcourt, the state capital scampering for safety on Tuesday, saying it was an “engine mechanical part”.

The Police Commissioner, Tunde Ogunshakin, in a statement on Thursday, said that after the requisite technical examination and analysis was carried out on the object, it was discovered that it had no connection whatsoever with an explosive device.

The presence of the leather bag, dropped by an unidentified man along the ever busy Ikwerre Road, on Tuesday afternoon, caused a stampede in the area as people ran for dear lives.

Within the next 45 minutes, Ikwerre Road, Railway Road, and adjoining areas were empty as residents hurriedly ran out of their homes for safety.

“I wish to draw your attention to the news print media and some selected news agencies on alleged Bomb Scare in Rivers State”, Mr. Ogunshakin said.

“This situation which will no doubt have instilled fear in the minds of inhabitants of the state does not represent the true position of things”, he added.

According to the CP, the Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Department, EOD, received a distress call, at about 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday, through the Control Room that a dangerous object suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device was found in Diobu Market.

“Our EOD Team moved to the scene and identified the object to be an Engine Mechanical Part. After the requisite technical examination and analysis was conducted on the said mechanical part, it was found not to have any nexus whatsoever with an Improvised Explosive Device or related equipment.

“The item was, however, evacuated from the scene in order to douse tension. I am using this medium to appeal to everyone to ensure that all items that are no longer needed are properly disposed-off in the appropriate Waste Disposal Centres”, said the police boss.

“Consequently, I want to further advise everyone to go about his or her lawful business as the Rivers State Police Command has put in place adequate security to ensure that no attempt is made to disrupt the present peaceful atmosphere while any suspicious move should be reported to the Police and other security agencies.

“I also want to appeal to the media to endeavour to find out useful and relevant information before going to press”, he added.

Insecurity: National Mosque Well Guarded By Security Agencies, Says Official


National MosqueAlhaji Ibrahim Jega, the Executive Secretary, National Mosque Management Board, Abuja, said on Thursday that the National Mosque was highly protected by security agencies.

Jega told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the security organs had been giving adequate cover to the mosque, within and outside.

“I can tell you that security measures are reasonably and adequately in place, and taken care of by the security agencies responsible for it.

“In short, all the staff, people coming to worship in the mosque are giving the security operatives the necessary support to make their work much easier.

“Sincerely speaking, the issue of security had been our watchword and only recently we decided to increase our security network owing to the lingering insecurity in the country”, he said.

According to him, “if you come around the mosque, you will discover that security personnel are everywhere monitoring and checking cars, buses and even people passing on the streets”.

Jega said that the measures were to thwart any attempt by anybody to breach the peace of the land.

He said that the security agents were always around the mosque to ward off suspicious movements.

“To be sincere, they have given adequate protection to the National Mosque and its surrounding environment.

“We have not heard any instances of security breach, both within and outside the mosque, for whatever reason”, Jega said.

He commended the security personnel for their professionalism and dedication to duty.

The scribe also lauded the complementary role provided by the local security personnel in the mosque, saying that they measured up to expectations.

However, he said that they were also intensifying efforts to ensure that the mosque was much more secured for worshippers.

He urged the staff and Nigerians to supply useful information to security agencies, to tackle the current security challenge threatening the country.

He said Nigerians should take security as a collective responsibility, irrespective of socio-political, religious and economic background, and should not be left in the hands of the government alone. (NAN)

Another Suspected Female Kidnapper Lynched In Kwara


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For the third time in a week, a mob in Ilorin, Kwara State lynched a suspected female kidnapper on Wednesday night.

While the first incident occurred last Friday near the Emir’s Palace Road in Ilorin, the second and the latest one occurred near Oyun Bridge along the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

Sources, who witnessed Wednesday’s incident, said deceased was dragged to a spot on the bridge where she was lynched by the mob on the suspicion that was a kidnapper.

The rate at which jungle justice is being carried out by members of society in Ilorin has made the Kwara State Police Command to dispatch undercover agents to apprehend anybody who tries to lynch any suspect.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the latest episode of lynching in the state, noted that the command was now prepared to enforce its earlier warning against lynching of people, who may later be found to be innocent.

He stated that the command would not hesitate deal with perpetrators of jungle justice.

His position was earlier strengthened by the Police Commissioner in Kwara, Mr. Ambrose Aisabor, who Wednesday, warned residents against taking laws into their hands.

Mr. Aisabor also warned the residents against attacking people, who may be having mental challenges, but could be mistaken for ritualist.

Our Governors Didn’t Boycott Security Meeting With Jonathan – APC


jona-apcSequel to media reports that its governors shunned a security meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has released a statement denying the reports.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, had in a State House press release on Wednesday, said Jonathan had summoned state governors to an enlarged National Security Council meeting on security developments in the country.

Abati had said members of the council and the state governors would review the security situation as well as the ongoing measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

All the three North-East states where Boko Haram has strong presence are controlled by the APC, so it came as a surprise to most political observers why the APC governors or least of all, the three governors of the affected states, would shun a meeting that aims at finding lasting solution to the insecurity situation in the states especially, and the nation in general.

But the opposition party in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the truth of the matter was that its governors were given the impression that the meeting had been called off by a source it traced to the Presidency, hence they stayed away.

The statement partly read “On Wednesday, the Presidency called the Chief Detail of the Kwara State Government to say that the meeting had been called off.

“On the basis of this information, which apparently got to other governors under the aegis of the APC, our governors did not attend.

“Now that the meeting has been held, it is incumbent on the Presidency to launch an investigation into the source of the call to the Kwara State Government and what the call was meant to achieve.

“Irrespective of the totally unfounded and absolutely irresponsible allegation that the APC is behind the escalating security situation, our party will not shy away from any serious effort to end the terrorist attacks in our country. Therefore, it is not true that our Governors shunned the meeting with the President”.

Confab: List Of Heads Of Standing Committees Released


ConfabThe leadership of the 20 standing committees of the National Conference has been released with Ibrahim Coomasie, Florence Ita-Giwa, Bola Shagaya, Olu Falae and Rasheed Ladoja heading various committees.

A document released by the conference secretariat on Thursday in Abuja shows that five committees are headed by co-chairmen, while each of the remaining 15 has a chairman and a deputy.

The Committee on Devolution of Power has a former Akwa Ibom governor, Obong Victor Attah, and a former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, is co-Chairmen.

The committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government has Mr Mohammed Kumalia and Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (retd), as co-chairmen.

Similarly, the committee on Politics and Governance has Prof. Jerry Gana and Chief Olu Falae, as co-chairmen.

Mohammedu Gambo Jimeta, a former IGP, and a former Chief of National Intelligence, Chief Albert Horsefall, are chairman and deputy chairman respectively for the Committee on National Security.

Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa, heads the Committee on Environment, while Bukar Mandara, is the deputy chairman.

Justice Gabriel Oguntade (rtd) is chairman of the Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Reform, while Prof. Auwalu Yadudu is the deputy chairman.

Iyom Josephine Anenih is chairperson of the Committee on Social Sector which has Prof. Ruqaiyatu Rufa’I, as deputy chairperson.

The Committee on Transportation has Sen. Musa Adede as chairman, while Ralph Osanaiye, a retired IGP, is the deputy chairman.

Dr Daniel Maddo is the chairman of the Committee on Science, Technology and Development, while Chief Raymond Dokpesi is the deputy chairman.

The Committee on Agriculture has Umaru Hadeija as chairman, while Mrs Ifeoma Idigbe is the deputy chairperson.

The Civil Society, Labour and Sports Committee is headed by Mrs Bola Ogunrinade, with Issa Aremu, as her deputy.

The Committee on Public Service is headed by Mrs Ebele Okeke, with Amb. Adamu Aliyu as deputy chairman.

The Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters is headed by Dr Iyorcha Ayu, while Sen. Ken Nnamani is his deputy.

The Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters Committee is chaired by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, while Prof. Lawrence Ekpebu is his deputy.

Land Tenure Matters and National Boundary Committee has Gen. A. B. Mamman (rtd) as chairman, and Oba Michael Adedeji as his deputy.

The Economy, Trade and Investment Committee has Bola Shagaya as chairman, and Fola Adeola as her deputy.

The Committee on Energy is headed by Sen. Rashid Ladoja, while Mr Bello Suleiman is his deputy.

The Committee on Religion is chaired by both Bishop Felix Ajakaiye and Alhaji Nurudeen Lema.

A former Kebbi State governor, Sen. Adamu Aliero and Sen. Azu Agboti head the Committee on Public Finance and Revenue Generation as chairman and deputy respectively.

The Committee on Citizenship, Immigration and Related Matters is headed by Dr Muhammed Abdullahi, while Chidinma Uwajumogu is his deputy.

The Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd), told the delegates shortly after adjourning plenary indefinitely on Thursday that committee work would begin on Tuesday after the Easter break.

The submission of the list of committees members and their leadership generated complaints at plenary from most delegates.

Kutigi told the delegates that 10 of the 20 committees would hold their sessions at the National Judicial Institute, while the other 10 are to sit at the Sheraton Hotel.

The conference agreed through a voice vote that delegates with genuine complaints on the composition of the committees and their leadership should sort it out with the secretariat. (NAN)

Confab: Falana, Agbakoba, Okei-Odumakin, Others Kick Against Committees’ Composition


Confab-DelegatesDelegates representing Civil Society Organisations at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja on Thursday protested the composition of the 20 standing committees, saying that it did not reflect the wishes of delegates.

The group, in a protest letter to the secretariat, said the leadership composed the committees “arbitrarily and in total disregard to the choice and preferences of most delegates”.

The letter signed by the 24 CSOs delegates, said they were included in committees where they did not have the required expertise and consequently, would not be relevant.

“Before the composition of the committees, the leadership circulated papers wherein delegates are asked to indicate in order of preference, the committees they wished to serve in.

“We believe that if the committees of first, second and third choices are not available, the honourable thing to do is to inform delegates and give the option of choosing a fresh committee.

“We note that majority of CSOs delegates did not get placed in any of their preferred committees.

“We feel this is deliberate and an attempt to exclude CSOs from contributing across the board to the important issues to be discussed in the various committees.

“We argue that the leadership erred by not getting back to the delegates in relation to their preferred committees’ choices before placing and lumping them into committees they had not indicated interest”, the delegates said.

They, therefore, called on the leadership to completely review the list in line with the national outlook of the conference.

They also called on the leadership to henceforth conduct the activities of the conference “in an open, transparent, fair and equitable manner.

“We wish to place on record that this conference is a National Conference of the Nigerian people from all walks of life.

“It is neither a conference of ethnic nationalities nor a conference of regions or states. Furthermore, we totally reject the list of committees’ leaders that have been released.

“We find it very disturbing and unacceptable that CSOs are not represented at all on the committees’ leadership.

“This is so even on the committee on Labour and Civil Society, Social Sector or Environment where CSOs’ competence is not in doubt.

“Furthermore, we find it equally untenable that CSOs are not represented on the committees on political parties and electoral process; politics and forms of government; national security; devolution of powers, among others”.

According to them, members of CSOs have requisite competence and years of experience on the aforementioned committees and their thematic areas, and indicated interests in serving on them.

The delegates, include Femi Falana, Olisa Agbakoba, Hauwa Shekarau, Festus Okoye, Abiola Afolabi, Jaye Gaskiya, Steve Aluko, Ezednwa Nwagwu, Dudu Manuga, Olabisi Aina, Nnimmo Bassey and Naseer Kura.

The others are, Auwal Rafsanjani, Yazed Yau, Joe Okei-Odumakin, Wale Okunniyi, Bisi Olagbegi, Isaac Osuoka, Kyauta Giwa, Shetu Alfa, Abubakar Ibrahim, Femi Obayori, Mahmud Aminu, Ibechukwu Ezeike and Olabisi Aina.

Tchidi Chikere’s Ex-Wife, Sophia Chikere Moves On! Floats Perfume Line (PHOTOS)


Sophia Chikere the former wife of Tchidi Chikere who is now married to Nuella Njubigbo seems to have put her marriage crash behind her and has now moved on. Sophia just launched her own line of perfumes, ‘Sophia’s Secret’ which was unveiled today. But will be officially launched on Saturday in Port Harcourt. See more photos below:

OMG!!! US rapper castrates himself then attempts suicide


According to reports, US rapper and Wu-Tang affiliate Andre ‘Christ Bearer’ Johnson tried to jump to his death from a 2nd-storey window after cutting off his penis with a kitchen knife…

From TMZ:

A rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony in what police believe was a suicide attempt … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say … cops were called to an apartment building in North Hollywood at around 1:00 AM and found Christ Bearer — aka Andre Johnson — on the sidewalk critically injured.

Christ Bearer is a member of the rap group Northstar … a group discovered by members of Wu-Tang Clan. Two members of a group Bearer collaborates with live in the same apartment building and tell TMZ they were there early this morning when Christ Bearer suddenly — without warning — cut off his penis and jumped off the balcony. They say they were not on “any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing.”

The two men say they rushed downstairs and Christ Bearer had already jumped up and began screaming incoherently.

New reports reveal the penis will not be able to be re-attached.

Military Retracts Earlier Statement About Rescue Of Girls Abducted From Secondary School In Borno


 Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defense Information, DHQ

Nigeria’s armed forces have formally issued a retraction to the unfolding story of the kidnapping of more than 100 female students in the country’s northeast Monday.
The statement, issued by Chris Olukolade, a Major General who also serves as Coordinator, and the Director of Defense Information, centers on a discrepancy of fact, and concerns a mis-quote from the School Principal whose students were abducted in the Monday siege. In an attempt to set the record straight, Olukolade’s statement reads as follows:

The controversy that has been generated around the efforts at securing the lives of the abducted students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok is unfortunate. The ongoing frantic efforts of security forces along with vigilante groups including hunters working to locate and free the abducted students have continued to be keenly monitored at the Operation Centre of the Defense and Army Headquarters as regular progress reports are being received from troops on the ground.
In this regard, a report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in
the search. There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately. Surprisingly however, the school principal, one of the sources quoted in the report has denied all that was attributed to her for whatever reasons. This is an unfortunate development indeed, yet the Defense Headquarters would not want to join issues with anyone.
It has to be reaffirmed however, that the report forwarded to the public on this issue was in good faith and not intended to deceive the public as is being interpreted following the denials by the School principal and Government of Borno State. Like all other citizens, the military is deeply concerned to ensure that the students are safe and freed alive. There is indeed no reason to play politics with the precious lives of the students.  The number of those still missing is not the issue now as the life of every Nigerian is very precious.
In the light of the denial by the principal of the school, the Defense Headquarters wishes to defer to the school principal and Governor’s statement on the number of students still missing and retract that aspect of earlier statement while the search continues.

CHRIS  OLUKOLADE
Major General
Director Defence Information/Coordinator

Indeed, the search does continue, with the Nigerian military’s retraction of quotes extraordinary in its timing. The story of the still missing female students remains a top priority for all military personnel, school officials, and the parents of the students.
Boko Haram’s attack on the school has generated world-wide attention, including a recent statement from the UN, that calls for anyone with leads on the whereabouts of the missing students, to step forward.

Source: SaharaReporters

Woman accuses Lagos DPO of rape


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A 31-year-old cook, Idowu Akinwunmi, has narrated how the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Onikan Station, SP Adekunle Awe, allegedly raped, extorted and threatened her life.

The victim told PUNCH Metro that the incident occurred on April 15, 2014.
She explained that  on April 14 she was arrested by the police for “spurious” reasons.
She said, “I work at an eatery on Keffi Street, Obalende, as a cook. The eatery also has a tailor’s shop in the compound and it belongs to the same person. There is also a quarters where we all live in the compound.
“Most of the workers are from Cotonou, Benin Republic. On Monday, a popular customer, known as Friday, came to eat. He later left, but some moments later, he returned to say he could not get a bus home.
“Friday had been making advances at me, but we were not a couple. I allowed him to sleep over.”
Akinwunmi said around 1am, her boss, who discovered that someone was sleeping over, called the police to arrest her and Friday.
She said two other people, who slept over at the tailors’ quarters were also rounded up.
She said, “My madam called policemen to arrest all of us.  I had only a pair of shorts, a shirt and a wrapper

on. I had N11, 000 in my pocket and my phone was not with me. On getting to the station, I got the phone of a policewoman and used it to call one of the tailors to come and help.

“In the morning of Tuesday, two tailors, Ben and Matthias, arrived to bail out their friends, but they were also arrested, bringing our total number to six.”
The victim said a few hours later, she felt sticky and pleaded with a policewoman on duty to allow her have a bath.
She said she could not use the shower because it was too filthy, adding that on her way out, she met the DPO for the first time.
She said, “I met the DPO along the corridor. He asked me what happened and I explained everything to him.
“Around 10pm on Tuesday, the DPO sent a policeman to call Friday and I. I was wearing boxers and a top. I stayed at the counter and Friday went in to see the DPO. A few minutes later, Friday came out and the DPO called me in.
“The DPO said he could make sure that I spent the rest of my life in jail, but I begged him. He then came close to me and started rubbing his hands all over my body but I rejected his advances.
“He said my boss had told him that he could do whatever he wanted to do with me. He said since I was from Benin Republic, if he killed me, nothing would happen.
“He said he would also make sure that the remaining five suspects would be sent to prison. At this point, the DPO had already taken off his clothes. Since I was afraid for my life, I allowed the DPO to have his way.
“I begged him to use a condom, but he refused. He pushed me to a smaller room in his office and put me on the bed and had sex with me. Immediately after he had finished, he told me to shower in a bathroom inside his office.”
The mother of two told PUNCH Metro that the DPO promised to ensure that she was released the next morning and ordered a policeman to take her back into the cell.
Akinwunmi said when she returned to the cell, she cried through the night. She said the following morning, she told some female police officers about the incident.
She said when her people came to bail her from the station, the DPO asked one Inspector Taiwo to bring her to his office.
 “The DPO gave me his telephone number and asked for mine, but I didn’t give it to him. He then said I could leave and promised that no one would collect bail money from us. However, on getting to the counter, the policemen on duty collected N30, 000 from us,” she said.
Our correspondent learnt that the victim immediately went to the Lagos Island Maternity Clinic to do a test.
A copy of the medical report, signed by one Dr. R. A. Seriki, stated, “A complaint of sexual assault: General clinical condition satisfactory; no laceration, no bruises, no areas of hyperemia, negative for HIV 1 and 2, pregnancy negative. Has been placed on PEP and emergency contraception.”
The matter was said to have been reported at the Area A Police Command, Lion Building, after which the Area Commander, ACP Imohimi Edgal, invited the victim for interrogation.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the matter had been transferred to the office of the Commissioner of Police.
The Director, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Dr. Josephine Effah-Chukwumah, urged the police to handle the matter seriously.
She said, “The fact that there were no bruises does not mean that rape did not occur. The moment there is a direct threat to life on the condition of sex, the offence is rape. It is unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over the alleged rape of Akinwunmi.
The petition, dated April 16 2014 and signed by NOPRIN’s National Coordinator, Mr. Okechukwu Nwagunma, read in part, “We were informed that she (Akinwunmi) was detained in the cell…
“She said that Awe forcefully had carnal knowledge of her without protection after which he threatened to send her to prison.”
The petition added that Akinwunmi was released after some policemen at the Onikan police station had extorted money from her.
It was gathered that  the Police Service Commission had received copies of the petition, while the Lagos Office of the NHRC had been directed to investigate the complaint.
When contacted, the Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mr. Henry Obe, said, “Yes we received a petition concerning the rape of a woman by a Lagos DPO.
“The case was forwarded to the NHRC Lagos office today for investigation.”
When Awe was  contacted, he denied the allegation, saying it was all falsehood.
He said, “That allegation is totally false; I am aware of it. But I cannot talk now because I am driving.
“I am on my way to the Lagos Police Command. I will call you when I am through.”
The  state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, could not be reached for comment.
Calls made to her phone were not answered.

Also text messages sent to the phones were not responded to as of the time of going to the press by 9pm.

Source: The Punch

Boko Haram: Retract accusation against me or face legal action, Buhari tells PDP


 

A former head of state and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammad’s Buhari, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the PDP to retract its wild accusation linking him with the Boko Haram terrorist acts, tender an unreserved public apology to him or face a legal action.

In a statement he personally signed in Kaduna on Thursday Gen. Buhari said: ”I
cannot sit back and allow my image, and that of my political party be smeared by falsehood in the name of politics.”

He said the widely publicized and very serious allegations made against him by the PDP and its spokesman, Olisa Metuh, to the effect that his utterances were responsible for the current state of insecurity and terrorism bedeviling Nigeria, were absolutely without
basis

”To support his claim, Mr. Metuh engaged in twisted logic and outright distortion – which he called facts – in which he said that I, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, beckoned on my ‘supporters to go on lynching spree’ should
I lose the 2011 presidential election, as a result of which ‘an unprecedented violence broke out claiming the lives of
hundreds of innocent people.

”I take very serious exception to this grave accusation against me by the PDP Publicity Secretary. It is a false allegation aimed at tarnishing my image and reputation in the hope of destroying my political and electoral standings, and that of my party, the APC, in the country.

”Firstly, it is public knowledge that Boko Haram as a terror organization long preceded the 2011 presidential elections. My utterances or lack of them on the 2011 presidential election could not therefore have created nor sustained the Boko Haram insurgency.

”Secondly, the PDP Government of President Goodluck Jonathan constituted the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu Panel of Inquiry to investigate and report on the post-election violence in some parts of the country. The panel discharged its duties within its terms of reference and submitted its Report to the President. This Report was accepted by government and a Whitepaper issued. Nowhere in that Report, a product of thorough investigation of that unfortunate incident, was I mentioned in the remotest way to have uttered a word or acted in any form or manner that sparked off the violence. If I had, certainly that
investigation would have uncovered it. The truth is that I had not.

”Thirdly, 2011 was not the first time I contested a presidential election and was declared defeated, it was the third! If I had had no cause to ‘beckon on my supporters to go on lynching spree’ in the two previous occasions, I would have had no cause to change in 2011 – and I did not,” Gen. Buhari said.

The APC chieftain sald the PDP National Publicity Secretary also deliberately misquoted the interview he gave in Hausa on May 14, 2012 in which he said the opposition was determined to fight in the 2015 elections.

”I used the Hausa idiom ‘Kare jini, Biri jini’, which is a metaphor for a very tough fight. But, like the Islamic fundamentalist toga they falsely put on me because they cannot impinge on my personal and professional integrity, PDP apologists deliberately twisted this idiom to mean I called for violence.

”I am not a violent person and, other than my professional calling as a soldier, I have never associated with violence, I abhor violence and have never advocated it. I have always been a law abiding person who insists on due process and the rule of law in all my private and public affairs.

”It is therefore a grave infraction to my person, personality and integrity that such a false and malicious accusation is being leveled against me by the PDP. This is dangerous politics by the ruling party and it must stop forthwith,” Gen. Buhari said.

Source: Vanguard

Actress Uche Iwuji Loses Dad


The actress who just separated from her husband, Juwon Lawal is bereaved. She lost her dad on, 17th of April, 2014.

Fashion Designer, Estella Ogbonna Shares Her Terrible Domestic Violence Experience


Estella Ogbonna says she’s only sharing this because she is so pissed that a lady her parents and pastor encouraged to stay in her abusive marriage and pray for her husband to change has finally been killed by him. She says she’s pained, and even though a lot of people have told her to share her own experience while her marriage lasted, she feels she would be revealing too much, but not withstanding told us a little and hopes to tell us more in the nearest future. Her words after the cut. 17 months ago, I quietly walked away from an abusive marriage after just 8 months that felt like my whole lifetime! I was ashamed that I ended up making the ‘wrong choice’ after all the other suitors I thought were wrong and said no to. SO, I hid away to heal in USA…. God healed me to get back on my feet again to face my career! I had to summon up courage to even sketch and sew! I was verbally, emotionally and physically abused till I lost faith in myself and abilities. I found God in a different way and HE led me back to my former goals, dreams and purposes that the hellish marriage robbed me of. I have been told my many to tell my story to encourage other women (especially the ones in entertainment and arts industry that its best to leave the violent, insecure man and stay alive)….but that would be laying bare my privacy too. Maybe, some day I would tell the whole hell I went through! From being slapped in public, to being pursued outside [late at night] in my torn night gown and beaten, kicked and punched on the ground with demonic rage! Or the verbal abuses??? Called ‘useless’, ‘ugly’, ‘fat’ and so many unprintables! Why I am daring to even post this now is that I am soooooo pisssed off at seeing another story of a young lady that was killed by her husband. Because her parents and church told her to keep praying that he would ‘change’!!! Now they are planning her funeral!!!! Another Mrs. Somebody DEAD! IF HE HITS YOU, RUN!!!!!!! Just run!!!! Don’t listen to no pastor or family member to ‘stay’ or that God hates divorce!! God hates SUICIDE too! Staying back with a violent spouse is suicidal! You will be OK when you walk away! And walk to safety! Cut off all connections! Stay far away! Because when you leave a violent man, he gets even more evil! He gets petty. vindictive, malicious, angrier because you ‘dared’ to walk away! Statistics have shown that the number of women that died in violent relationships/marriages are those that went back even after leaving! IF I went through all that hell so that I can have the experience, survive it and be able to tell YOU [in that abusive marriage or relationship right now] to walk away…. to stay alive…..then ….all my fears, tears, blood, pains, hope lost, hurt etc of the past were NOT in vain for your sake! On Judgement Day, God ain’t judging Mr. and Mrs. It’s jut you alone! Parents, please teach your boys NOT to grow up into abusers, and your girls to know they can run back home on their feet instead of in a coffin! And yes, love can find you again!! Never give up! One bad man cannot make you judge all men as evil, there are good men out there! Get over your hurt and be open to love again! I have! So can you! Shalom

Fashola To FG: Use Missing $20bn To Provide 20,000mw Of Electricity


BRF-GEJGovernor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has told the Federal Government to recover the purportedly missing $20bn and use the money to fund projects that would generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity.

He made this known on Thursday during the inauguration of Addo – Kekere, Lagbasa and Ajah Badore roads in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.

The governor wondered why it was taking the Federal Government a long time to recover the money that could solve the perennial problem of electricity permanently in the country.

He said, “If the Federal Government finds the missing $20bn, we will have constant power supply. I know that if we have $1bn, we will have 1,000 megawatts of electricity in the country. So $20bn is equivalent to 20,000 megawatts”.

The governor also urged residents of the nation’s commercial capital to be vigilant and cooperate with relevant agencies to keep the state safe. He added that security had been beefed up in motor parks across the state.

Fashola said, “This is holiday period, we have to be vigilant. I know a larger per cent of residents of Lagos will be travelling out of the state to celebrate the Easter with their relatives. Others will also be coming into the state.

“I have met with the leaders of the motor parks in the state and we will improve security in motor parks and other public facilities.

“These are difficult times; it is tough and sensible people that survive. Every family and community go through some tough times. And I know that we are tough people and we will survive.

“It is not enough to be tough, we have to be vigilant, sensible and security conscious. We are doing everything that we can to ensure that there is adequate security in the state”.

He also enjoined the residents to continue to co-exist in harmony.

Fashola, who also used the opportunity of the roads’ commissioning to inspect some ongoing housing projects in the area, advised the residents to “raise the alarm whenever we discover any strange car in our community”.

Don’t tell Anyone You Are Married To Me – Actor Warns Wife


This gist is according to YES International magazine. But I thought they were in the news few months ago and the guy said he was about to divorce her. Well YES Magazine is saying they are still together but has warned her not to tell outsiders he is married to her. Except if it’s not the same actor you and I are thinking about (and YOU means the people who have their ears on ground, lol, no dulling). The description is the same, so I think we are all talking about the same person. Read the story first to understand what I am talking about. And in case you decode who he is, just code his name, lol. Here goes… This, no doubt, sounds crazy. But guess what? It’s nothing but the truth, like they say in the law court. One of the dashing and dazzling actors who is making serious waves in Nollywood at the moment, YES International! gathered, is not proud of his wife. And because of that, he has warned the woman who has given him about two children never to tell anyone that he is her husband. The reason for his weird action is because he feels the woman does not befit him. The star actor, very handsome and currently rolling in money and picking awards here and abroad, married the woman, who is older than him, when he had nothing and was struggling to be somebody in life. But now that the Almighty God has blessed him, he is no longer proud of her, even though both of them still live under one roof. We gathered that in spite of being regularly invited to some of the biggest events in the country, not even for once has he attended any with the woman, an action she is no longer finding funny. The situation became so bad recently that the woman had to cry out to one of her friends who shared the ‘info’ with us. The woman, by the way, besides being older than the actor, is also not particularly good looking. She was occupying a lucrative position and rolling in serious money when the actor who was then jobless decided to pitch his tent with her. But now he’s trying to ‘unpitch’ it – even though their union was consummated in one of the popular Pentecostal churches with headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos. The actor is dark skinned, dresses well and of average height. The 2nd alphabet begins his first name. He has anchored a couple of prominent programmes and has always operated ‘codedly’. Yet to be encircled by a scandal, this raging issue may ultimately dent his Mr. Clean image. Except he does something fast and also finds a way to pacify his hurting wife and mother of his children.

Chelsea, Bill and Hilary Clinton’s Daughter, Is Pregnant


Chelsea Clinton, The former first daughter made the announcement that she’s pregnant in New York City while hosting an event with her mother, Hilary Clinton, former first lady, secretary of State and one-time presidential aspirant. Chelsea said at the event,

“Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year, and I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong female leaders,”

Chelsea Clinton later updated her status on Facebook that she’s due in the fall.
Chelsea Clinton married her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, in 2010. The couple met as students at Washington’s Sidwell Friends School and attended Stanford University together. Here’s wishing them a
happy and healthy pregnancy.

The elder Clintons are overjoyed and shared their happiness on Twitter

Why APC Govs Didn’t Attend Security Meeting With Jonathan – Akpabio


400f700d5f761cd5de084039d0e30296President Goodluck Jonathan has again summoned all the 36 state governors for an emergency security meeting scheduled fornext Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This is sequel to the “expanded” security meeting held Thursday with governors elected on the platforms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA and Labour Party as well as members of the National Security Council.

Those in attendance at Thursday’s meeting were the governors of Ondo, Anambra Katsina, Taraba, Cross River, kogi, Kaduna, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe, Plateau, Jigawa, Deltan, Enugu, Benue, Abia and Akwa Ibom.

None of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors was in attendance.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting that lasted for two hours, Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Godswill Akpabio, said only governors of the ruling party were invited for yesterday’s meeting.

When asked why Governors Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo) and Willie Obiano (Anambra), who belong to LP and APGA respectively were at the meeting, Akpabio said he had the right to invite anybody he wanted to the meeting.

According to the Akwa Ibom governor, the president informed them at the meeting that the current security challenge is a national issue and insisted on meeting with all the 36 state governors next Wednesday.

He said, “This is a fallout of our meeting which we held with the PDP governors and we felt that there was a need for us to also meet with security chiefs.

“Mr. President has listened to us and even said that since it is a problem that involves all the states of the federation, it is better for all the state governors to be in attendance. Because of that, he has graciously agreed to meet with all the governors of the 36 states of the federation on Wednesday by 4pm.

“Of course, you know we are very much concerned  first as  the PDP governors and the centre belongs to the PDP and so we felt that we should see our  President, and if need be, with some of the security chiefs.

“He has graciously listened to us and he said since it is a national issue, we must have all the 36 governors in attendance.

“So I believe strong notice will be going out and all governors will be at the meeting with Mr. President and service chiefs next week Wednesday so we can sit and discuss and proffer solutions to the current insecurity in the country. I believe it will come to an end”.

Akpabio added that president did not disclose his next line of action on the state of emergency declared in three states which runs its course on Saturday.

He said since the governors of the affected states were not invited to the meeting, having such discussions would amount to shaving their heads in their absence.

Akpabio’s position, however, contradicts the State House Press Release signed by presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, who said that Jonathan would have an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country, to which he had invited state governors.

The statement did not specify that only PDP governors were invited.

Abati, in the statement, added that members of the National Security Council and the state governors would review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Earlier, Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji told journalists that yesterday’s meeting was initiated by PDP governors, thereby affirming Akpabio’s position that APC governors were not invited.

Ondo REC Recants, Says ‘I Didn’t Indict Obanikoro Over Aborted Ilaje/Ese-Odo By-Election’


musuliu obanikoro ghana high commisionerThe Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, has clarified that his statement on the conduct of the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the April 5 Ese-Odo/Ilaje by-election was in “the context of the malpractices generally perpetrated by political parties”.

In a statement he personally signed and issued to journalists on Thursday, Orebiyi denied saying that the minister “was in Ese-Odo/Ilaje Federal Constituency on Saturday April 5, and was seen going round disrupting the conduct of the election”.

According to him, “This statement is not true. What was meant simply was that the presence of the Honourable Minister (who had been in the constituency earlier and left before the election day) led to some agitated youths mistaken one of our Supervising Honourable Resident Electoral Commissioners for Hon. Minister and nearly lynched the said Hon. Commissioner on Sunday, April 16”.

The REC explained that the intention of his comment was to denounce the near-lynching of a colleague of his, who was mistaken for the minister and not to denigrate his (Obanikoro) person or imply that he was responsible for the mob action.

It would be recalled that Orebiyi, during a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday, berated political parties for their misconduct during the election and insinuated that Obanikoro, who is from Lagos State, was also involved in the breach of the electoral process.

His recanting might not be unconnected with reports that he was summoned to Abuja by his employers at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who felt embarrassed by Orebiyi’s daring accusation.

Reps ‘Uncover’ Plot To Slander Tambuwal Over Alison-Madueke Jet Scandal.


Some members of the House of Representatives said they have uncovered a plot to slander Aminu Tambuwal by conducting a media campaign that would link the Speaker and other officers of the House with the jet scandal involving Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Daily Trust reports.

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A source in the Public Accounts Committee said that the publications would show that the Speaker is spending public funds to hire private jets for foreign and local travels even though he has access to the presidential fleet.

It is not know who stands behind the alleged plan.

The source added that sponsored protests would be staged at the National Assembly the day the committee is to begin a public hearing on of the jet scandal.

The Public Accounts Committee will on April 28 begin an investigation into alleged spending of N10 bn on chartered aircraft by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Alison-Madueke.

Tambuwal’s spokesperson could not be reached by telephone for comments on the matter.

House spokesperson, Zakari Mohammed, however, said the House does not give credence to speculations.

Inordinate Political Ambition Of Cabal Cause Of Taraba Crisis – Senator


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The senator representing Taraba South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, on Thursday traced the violent clashes between the ethnic groups in Taraba State to “the ambition of some powerful cabal to prevent power shift to the southern part of the state”.

Bwacha, who stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, also fingered the current leadership of the state in a plot to run the state ‘aground’ through indiscriminate borrowings and bond issues.

He noted that the plan for a power shift to the south, which was being championed by the recuperating Governor Danbaba Suntai since 2007 when he assumed office, was being thwarted by those he alleged were behind the crisis plaguing the state.

He said, “The crisis in the state is not actually unconnected to the position of the governor who has been maintaining to prevent political crisis.

“However, after the air crash, that involved the governor there has been crisis because the thinking of those who are causing this crisis is to create an impression that the southern zone is crises ridden so does not deserve its fair share of the power equation being sought for”.

Bwacha, who is a staunch loyalist of Governor Suntai, alleged that the state government under the leadership of Acting Governor Garba Umar, was borrowing money in order to actualise its mission to frustrate power shift to the south in 2015.

“Those cabal in charge should know that God has his own plan for the state, I have some appeals to make to those in charge of the affairs in the state to please in the interest of future Tarabans, the generation yet unborn, put on hold their indiscriminate borrowing.

“They should put on hold, their plans for indiscriminate borrowing we are aware that the N30bn bond is being negotiated with the UBA and there is also a N4bn loan sought from Skye bank, this is outside the monthly borrowing that is done to pay salaries.

“In essence, the state is being ran aground. I feel for the state, we are praying for them, we are asking God to give them wisdom, otherwise, the future of our children is very bleak”.

Bwacha, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, noted that Suntai, before the crash that incapacitated him, had put in place necessary mechanisms to address the problems in the state.

According to him, “The group that is causing crisis is headed by a cabal, who I will not mention. The move to borrow money and run the state aground, is to gather money for political reasons, especially towards 2015”.

He said the crisis in the state was no different to what has been happening in other states and that it had nothing to do with the Fulani herdsmen.

He, however, said there were efforts to make sure that there is presence of security operatives in the troubled spots.

Chris Brown’s Mug Shots Released


Popular singer, Chris Brown, is no doubt having one of the toughest years of his life since his arrival to stardom.

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Ranging from rehab, to court appearances for assault, having to do jail time and suffering heartbreaks, life is really not taking it easy on the hollywood star.

With his trial for assault just day away, the mugshots taken from his arrest in October has been leaked online, showing the star looking way different from what his fans are used to.

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The jail photograph, which has come out four days before Chris’ trial in Washington D.C. begins, shows the R&B singer at one of his lowest points to date.

The shots were reportedly taken following his arrest in Washington D.C back in October 2013 after he and his bodyguard assaulted a male fan who attempted to photo-bomb Chris while he was taking a picture with two women. The victim’s nose was broken in the attack.

His bodyguard, Chris Hornsby, who was also arrested, is expected to take responsibility for punching the fan during his trial which was set to begin yesterday April 17th.

Kano Commissioner For Agriculture Resigns


kano-stateThe membership of Kano State Executive Council was depleted on Thursday following the resignation of the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Baraka Sani from the cabinet.

Sani, however, did not give reasons for resigning from her position.

It was learnt through a reliable source that Sani threw in the towel on Wednesday following disagreement with the state Governor, Engr. Rabi’u Kwankwaso over selection of some candidates for the forthcoming local government election.

“The commissioner was not happy because the governor had refused to consider one of her candidates for the election in the state”, the source said.

It would be recalled that the former Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Faruk Iya, resigned last November in protest against moves by Kwankwaso to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Shun Political Pressures, Mukhtar Charges New Court Of Appeal President


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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar on Thursday charged Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, new President of Court of Appeal, to shun political pressures while in office.

The CJN gave the charge during the swearing-in of Bulkachuwa as the substantive president of the appellate court at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

According to Mukhtar, judicial service is a noble calling, which is exemplified in the judge’s personality, hence, the need for Bulkachuwa to exercise the highest level of professionalism.

She stressed the need for the new president to discharge her responsibilities in line with the oath of office she had taken.

“In reality, the idea of citizens submitting their failings, vulnerabilities and frailties for determination before a human arbiter, underlines the need for the exercise of the highest standard of professionalism.

“I, therefore, enjoin you as a custodian of this sacred position, to shun all forms of political pressures and discharge your responsibilities in consonance with the oath of office you have just subscribed”, the chief justice said.

Mukhtar stated that Bulkachuwa’s appointment as the Appeal Court’s 6th President and first female since inception in 1976, came at a critical time when the judiciary was undergoing sweeping reforms.

The CJN also advised Bulkachuwa to reposition the court in order to restore public’s confidence in it.

“The office of the President of the Court of Appeal is very tasking and arduous, the task ahead is also enormous and demanding.

“You are charged to demonstrate purposeful leadership and ensure proper coordination of all the justices and activities of the court in order to foster greater efficiency in the dispensation of justice.

“The judiciary no doubt has come a long way and we cannot afford to fail in this crucial point in our nascent democracy”, Mukhtar said.

Bulkachuwa’s swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by justices of the Supreme and Appeal Courts as well as other dignitaries.

Nollywood Actress Uchenna Nnanna Share Pre-wedding Pictures


It’s all smiles, cuteness and love in the life of Nollywood actress Uchenna Nnanna and her significant other this Easter period.

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The actress is getting ready to tie the knot with her fiance, Richard Uchechukwu Maduka, on Easter Monday, April 21, 2014.

The wedding of the two love birds is reportedly holding in Port Harcourt.

In preparation of her big day, Uchenna has decided to share a sneak preview of the union by releasing prewedding shots of herself and her husband to be.

We wish them a happy married life.

Check out more photos below;
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Banky W, Kate Henshaw & Takes Selfie With Samsung Galaxy S5


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‘Madness Gave Me Money’ – Terry G Reveals



Popular singer Terry G has said he made no money when he started singing because he started with R&B songs. He said but soon as he changed his style of music to what people have termed madness, he began to make a lot of money. His words;

“What gives me inspiration is frustration. I was frustrated; I used to sing r’n’b songs just like my fans that were following from the beginning would know. I tried to do good music but it didn’t put food on my table, so frustration came up and frustration gave me a sign a sign that you have to make money through frustration. Right now I’m being termed a mad man because I make money through madness”.

Muslim-Muslim Ticket Is Political Arrogance


THE rumour has been making the rounds that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is plotting to unfold a presidential ticket made up of a Muslim for President and another Muslim for Vice President in the impending 2015 elections.

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The rumour has it that retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari will be the presidential candidate while his co-leader of the Party, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will be his running mate. Some unnamed top officers of the party have been quoted as dismissing the rumour, as it is already kicking up storms that might threaten the fragile fabric of the newly amalgamated patchwork of three parties.

The Presidency is being blamed for this rumour, because the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its supporters have often demonised the APC as the “Janjaweed” and “Muslim Brotherhood” due to the overwhelming dominance of its commanding heights by Muslims from Arewa North and Yorubaland.

The APC has always rebuffed this labelling, accusing the PDP of playing the religious card against it because it has long sensed its imminent downfall at the party’s feet. Political sabre-rattling apart, I do hope, for its own sake that the APC will not dream of such double left-handed pairing for presentation to the Nigerian electorate.

It will result in one of the most comprehensive defeats in the annals of Nigeria’s presidential votes. It is not just a Muslim-Muslim ticket that will meet this sort of electoral waterloo. Any attempt to concoct a Christian-Christian ticket will fare no better.I do not think that any Christian presidential candidate will even contemplate it because Christians in Nigeria are far more sensitive to fair balancing of political scales than Muslims. Many Nigerian Muslims often assume, without any credible or proven shred of evidence, that their population is more than those of Christians.

They are always eager to take daring unilateral steps in favour of their religion, such as the enlistment of Nigeria in the Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC, in 1996 without the matter being debated at the Supreme Military Council. Other instances include the design of the Presidential Villa with Muslim architecture, the design of Nigeria’s flag in Sokoto Caliphate (Usmaniyya) Muslim colours, the naming of Barbeach road in Victoria Island, Lagos after Ahmadu Bello signifying that he dipped the Koran into the Atlantic as he had boasted he would do, the inscription of Islamic messages in ajami in our currency notes, as well as the recitation of Koranic verses by Muslims before speaking at official public functions, without regard to the multi-religious complexion of such gatherings.

In April 1993 after the Social Democratic Party, SDP, convention in Jos, the winner of the Party’s presidential ticket, Alhaji Moshood Abiola, picked his closest rival, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, as his running mate, thus creating the first Muslim-Muslim ticket for a presidential contest by a major national political party in Nigeria.

The ticket defeated its Muslim/Christian rival of the National Republican Convention, NRC, led by Alhaji Bashir Tofa with Dr Silverster Ugoh as running mate. Emboldened by the apparent magnanimity of the Nigerian Christian community in overlooking the anomaly because of the special circumstances of that time, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, created another Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket with Malam Nuhu Ribadu as presidential candidate and Alhaji Fola Adeola as his running mate in the 2011 presidential poll contest.

The ACN only got 2.1 million votes, while the more balanced tickets of President Goodluck Jonathan/Vice President Namadi Sambo won with 22.5 million, followed by Muhammadu Buhari/Pastor Tunde Bakare (12.2 million). It is important for politicians to note that the Abiola/Kingibe winning ticket was a mere fluke. Prevailing factors made Nigerians to put aside ethnic, religious, regional and other divisive factors aside to vote for that ticket. Top among these was the fact that both Abiola and Kingibe were popular all over the country and had grassroots appeal each on his own steam.

Their cult images transcended primordial borders. Secondly, their opponent, Tofa was a dark horse, and his running mate, Ugoh, lacked popular support even among his Igbo people. Buhari is only popular among the rabble of the Muslim Arewa North, with little horizontal appeal among the elite even in the North. Tinubu is the prevailing political leader of the Yoruba people, but many are beginning to doubt his hold in the zone after the way he imposed family members and cronies in high places in the defunct ACN. Murmurings are getting louder over the marginalisation of Christians in his political fold.

The APC has to do something extraordinary to disprove the Muslim-domination tag developing around it or it will become a drag on its electoral fortunes. The truth be told, Nigeria is a multi-religious society. It is a country created to give ethnicity, region and religion their special places of pride. The original founding fathers of Nigeria’s independence, such as Dr Herbert Macaulay and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe set out to make Nigeria more than a mere geographical expression by fomenting a nation united by common citizenship like the US and other progressive multi-racial societies.

But Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his Action Group brought tribalism into the country’s politic, while Sardauna Ahmadu Bello brought Islamic imperialism and Arewa fundamentalism. Between these two, Macaulay and Zik’s nationalism was defeated and Nigeria has lived for ever unhappily after. Political parties that seek to win elections in Nigeria must carefully and strategically balance their tickets between Christianity and Islam and between North and South, East and West. It is not only equity; it is the right thing to do.

There will be no shortage of talents from any corner of Nigeria to carry out the balancing act. To say it does not matter is self-deceit. If a section of Nigeria will not accept a Christian/Christian ticket, what makes it think the others will accept a Muslim/Muslim one? The sectarian violence masquerading in Sharia riots, Boko Haram attacks, Fulani militia strikes on Christian-dominated hamlets at night and places of worship in Northern Nigeria cannot promote a political society where religion does not matter. Those who ignore the Nigerian reality and present “single-cell” presidential tickets must be ready to accept the defeat that awaits them.

Photo:- Man Beheads 2-Year-Old Boy, Rapes Mother In Ogun State


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The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a middle aged man, for raping a woman and beheading her two year old boy in Ofada town in Obafemi/Owode local government area of the State.

The suspect, identified as ‎Mamodu Bashir Ibrahim, reportedly trailed the woman into the bush where she had gone to ease herself, pounced on her despite the baby tied to her back and dragged both into an uncompleted building. Police believe the man then raped the woman and stabbed her. He was also alleged to have severed the boy’s head.

PMNews reports that someone who smelled foul play, trailed the suspect and his captives into the building. The suspect was said to have initially escaped. The woman was rescued. But the effort came too late for the boy. He was dead and his severed head had been taken away.

When he was arrested, the suspect led men from the Criminal Investigation Department, CID of the State Police Command to the scene to locate the head, but it could not be found again. Only the knife with which the suspect perpetrated the act was discovered at the scene.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the suspect was arrested through the help of some community leaders, who monitored him after he fled the area to Ibafo, a nearby community, immediately he committed the crime.

Adejobi added that further interrogation of the suspect revealed that he had sold the head of the boy to a woman in Ibadan, adding that the detectives from the State Police Command are on the trail of the buyer.

Speaking with journalists at the scene of the crime, which was filled with blood stains, the suspect confirmed he raped the woman, killed her son and severed his head which he claimed he threw away into the bush. He also informed the detectives that he has an accomplice who resides in Ibadan.

Senate C’ttee On FCT Pledges CCTV In Abuja Parks, Commercial Areas


GEJ-NyanyaThe senate committee on the Federal Capital Territory yesterday promised to make available adequate funds in the current fiscal year for the FCT Administration to make it provide enough Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in all the motor parks in the city.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Smart Adeyemi (PDP/Kogi) made this known in a parley with reporters after he led a team of other senators on a visit to the scene of Monday morning’s bomb blast in Nyanya, which left over 71 persons dead.

Adeyemi, who also visited the injured at the various hospitals where they are currently receiving treatment, described the incident as unfortunate and assured Nigerians that government would continue to do its best to secure their lives and property.

He said, “Abuja has been relatively safe in the last one year so to speak. It is unfortunate that this has happened. On our part we would look at the possibility of ensuring that now that we are still working on the FCT Statutory budget.

“We hope to make enough funding for security. We are going to ensure that virtually in all parks and commercial centres of the city would have cameras that can capture movement of people.

“Cameras that would be far above what people can tamper with. In essence we are going to ensure that good cameras are purchased. We are going to purchase CCTV’s that are of international standard that can really do the job for us.

“We must realise now that we are faced with a very serious problem. I sympathise with the families whose loved ones died in this blast. It is so painful. It is inexplicable. These are things that about a decade ago we read about happened in faraway nations of the world”.

The senator expressed concern that majority of those who died on Monday were Nigerians struggling to earn a living and could not afford three square meals.

He said, “I feel moved when I saw shoes and motorcycles. These were real people struggling to survive who have to die this way. My appeal to all those who may be involved in these attacks is to please have mercy on us and let us live in peace”.

The Chairman, Governing Council of the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr.Tony Okam, who also spoke with reporters, said “despite the tight environment, the staff have been doing their best”.

He also denied speculations that the hospital was over-stretched as a result of the blast.

Check Out MBGN 2013 In Her Nollywood Acting Debut [PHOTOS, VIDEO]


The winner of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2013, Anna Banner, has reportedly made her acting debut into the Nigerian film industry.

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The beautiful Miss Banner, who represented Bayelsa state in the contest last year, beat a long line of contestants to cup the crown and emerge winner of the night in a glamorous event held in Bayelsa.

Breaking her way through the movie industry during her reign, Anna is starring in a new season of ‘Super Story’ captioned ‘Too Blind To See’, directed and produced by Wale Adenuga Productions, and set to hit our tv screens by the end of this week.

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Fans of the beauty queen are waiting with anticipation to see if she can match her glamour in the pageantry world with great acting skills needed to thrive in Nollywood.

As to whether she will be pursuing a career in acting after all, we would just have to keep our fingers crossed.

30-Year Old Chinese Blogger Jailed For 3 Years For Spreading Rumour


A Chinese blogger Qin Zhihui, 30,who was accused of spreading rumours about the governmentand celebrities has become the first blogger to be jailed since the government decided to crackdown on online bloggers .He was slammed with a 3 year jail sentence for ‘rumour mongering’. According to China Post,they claim Qin & his 3 colleagues spread false reports that a foreign victim of the 2011 train crash received a £24million in compensation while denying equal payment to Chinese families. The post was reposted more than 11,000 times with over 3,000 comments all lashing out at the government.
They also claim he sensationalized his headlines to drive traffic to websites,targeting public figures, such as retired major general Luo Yan, television personality Yang Lan , and Zhang Haidi, an advocate for the disabled.During his final judgement, he said “I don’t want to defend myself .I just want to say that I hope my experience is a lesson to other micro-bloggers.”

8 Things You Should Know About Yaya Toure’


Professional Ivorian footballer Yaya Toure’ has made quite a big name and a good success story over the years in the world of football.
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Known for his versatility and power on the field, the Manchester City player has won African Footballer of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013).
While he may be a favourite for a lot of fans on the field, his football skills aren’t the only things worth knowing about him. Here are 8 things you may not know about Yaya Toure’;

He got his first pair of football boots at the age of 10: A natural talent, he played football with friends and family in the streets of Abidjan from a young age. He soon followed in his older brother Kolo’s footsteps to become a key player for the local youth team, ASEC Mimosas.

He is a practicing Muslim: Frequently named Man of the Match during his time in the Premier League, Touré has turned down the English tradition of champagne after league games in accordance with his religious beliefs.

He almost joined Arsenal in 2003: While playing for the Belgian team, Beveren, Touré trialed with Arsenal in 2003. While the manager was interested in signing him, he had difficulties getting a work permit to play in England. Rather than waiting, Touré took a contract with the Ukrainian team Metalurh Donetsk instead, where he played for more than a year.

His two brothers are professional footballers: Most are familiar with older brother Kolo Touré, Yaya’s teammate both on the Côte d’Ivoire national team and Manchester City, before Kolo was transferred to Liverpool in 2013. Few may be able to name Yaya’s younger brother, Ibrahim Touré, however, who plays for Al-Safa Sporting Club in Lebanon.

He is one of the few midfielders to win African Footballer of the Year: Before Yaya’s first African Footballer of the Year award in 2011, the previous 12 years’ awards had gone to African forwards. As forwards receive more scoring opportunities, they occupy higher-profile positions on the field and receive recognition more often.

He has a history of being targeted by racist mobs: Yaya has commented several times on his love of playing football in England, where racist mobs targeting black players is a rare occurrence. The worst incidents occurred while he was playing in Portugal and Moscow.

He stays behind after training everyday: A strong believer that practice makes perfect, Yaya stays behind after practice in order to continue to improve his free-kick technique in particular.

He is a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Environment Program: After joining a campaign against elephant poaching in October, Yaya was named a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. and helps to raise awareness about the problem, along with other environmental issues.
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Photos:- 21 Year Old Femi Otedola’s Daughter Becomes Nigeria’s Tourism Ambassador


  Ife Otedola popularly known as DJ Cuppy is a UK based celebrity DJ and music producer. She was  dressed as a tourism ambassador for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja

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We Were Misled On Missing School Girls, DHQ Admits


soldiers-The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday admitted that troops were still searching for majority of the girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram gunmen at the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

As at the time of going to press, the whereabouts of about 99 out of the 129 missing school girls remains unknown.

There was controversy on Wednesday when the Borno State Government contradicted the DHQ, which said troops had rescued 80 of the school girls, saying only 30 of them have been found.

The DHQ said the report forwarded to the public on the purported rescue of 80 girls was done in good faith and not intended to deceive the public or play politics.

Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made the clarifications in a statement following the controversy over the fate of the abducted girls.

The statement said: “The controversy that has been generated around the efforts at securing the lives of the abducted students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok is unfortunate.

“The ongoing frantic efforts of security forces along with vigilante groups, including, hunters working to locate and free the abducted students have continued to be keenly monitored at the Operation Centre of the Defence and Army Headquarters as regular progress reports are being received from troops on the ground.

“In this regard, a report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search.  There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately.

“Surprisingly however, the school principal, one of the sources quoted in the report, has denied all that was attributed to her – for whatever reasons.

“This is an unfortunate development, indeed, yet the Defence Headquarters would not want to join issues with anyone.

“It has to be reaffirmed however, that the report forwarded to the public on this issue was in good faith and not intended to deceive the public as is being interpreted following the denials by the school principal and government of Borno State.

“Like all other citizens, the military is deeply concerned to ensure that the students are safe and freed alive.  There is indeed no reason to play politics with the precious lives of the students.  The number of those still missing is not the issue now as the life of every Nigerian is very precious.

“In the light of the denial by the principal of the school, the Defence Headquarters wishes to defer to the school principal and governor’s statement on the number of students still missing and retract that aspect of earlier statement while the search continues”.

You Must Find These Girls! – NLC


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The Nigeria Labour Congress is outraged and appalled by the abduction of over a 100 female students from a school at Chibok in Borno State in the early hours of Tuesday who were said to have been roused from sleep and forced into waiting trucks and driven to an unknown destination. This is disgusting, repugnant,

nauseating, chilling and totally unacceptable. This is a heinous crime ag0ainst our children, our women, the Nigerian nation and against humanity, and must not be allowed to stand.

The Nigerian security forces must restore their honour and dignity by speedily finding and rescuing these young and innocent girls before any more harm befalls them. It is mind-boggling that in spite of repeated assaults on schools in the North East, no appreciable effort has been made to secure the schools where these students have had to study under the most hostile conditions.

It is equally amazing that in spite of the supposedly innumerable security checkpoints in the region, truck-loads of young girls could disappear into thin air in a Sahel region! 

Although we at the  Nigeria Labour Congress would not want to be sucked into the raging arguments of duplicity and complicity surrounding the anti-terror campaign in the North East,  we wish to express our concerns. 

We fear that except there is a fundamental change of strategy that involves the people and reflects basic security initiatives, we will pay a heavy price in the North East.

It is absolutely important that neither the insurgents nor government contractors be allowed to take control of this war. 

Meanwhile, we commend the fighting spirit, the  resourcefulness and the staying  power of the people of the North East who have put up with unspeakable losses and indescribable violations and deprivations

We salute their courage and patriotism and their sense of self-worth.

Chris Uyot

Acting General Secretary

DEATH OF BOB MIGA – 1949 – 2014 (PREPARATION FOR HIS TRIBUTE)


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The death of Bob Miga has been announced in London since 2nd of April,
2014 after a brief illness.

Bob Miga was instrumental to the Rock Music Explosion in the Eastern
Part of Nigeria at the end of the Nigerian Civil War. The groups he
worked with were the Hykkers, Strangers, One World Black Children and
Part of the wings. These groups no doubt provided soothing effects on
the harsh conditions of the end of the war arid kept people happy
particularly the youths who are currently on the lists of Senior
Citizens worldwide today.

A show is being packaged in his honour tagged Bob Miga’s Flag stop in
Owerri slated for 16th May, 2014. This tribute concert will bring
together veteran musicians, Radio/TV personalities and contemporary
musicians in Owerri and beyond to honour this great awesome music icon
who could not conclude his vision for the music industry before the
fangs of death caught up with him. As a way to support this event, the
organizers hereby call for support to give Bob Miga a heroic funeral.
Please send your tribute to e-mail alanbproducts@vahoo.com
Best regards. ALAN B. ONYEMAECHI ——08033403305Displaying PICTURE OF BOB MIGA - 1949 - 2014.jpg