Nigeria Listeni/nˈɪəriə/, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. There are over 500 ethnic groups in Nigeria, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

The British colonization of the region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century resulted in emergence of Nigeria, an amalgamation of two of neighboring British protectorates in western Africa (the Southern Nigeria Protectorate & Northern Nigeria Protectorate). The British set up administrative structures and law while recognising traditional chiefs. Nigeria became independent in 1960. Several years later, it had civil war as Biafra tried to establish independence. Military governments in times of crisis have alternated with democratically elected governments.

Nigeria is roughly divided in half between Christians, who mostly live in the South and central parts of the country, and Muslims, concentrated mostly in the north. A minority of the population practice traditional and local religions, including the Igbo and Yoruba religions.

Nigeria, known as “the Giant of Africa”, is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.[10] Its oil reserves have brought great revenues to the country. Nigeria is considered to be an Emerging market nation by the World Bank.[11] Nigeria’s economy is the second largest in Africa, and the 37th largest in the world as of currently.[12] Nigeria has been identified as a regional power, it also has regional hegemony, and major influence within its region.[13][14][15] It is listed among the “Next Eleven” economies. Nigeria is expected to become the largest economy in Africa overtaking South Africa in the near future and become one of the world’s Top 20 economies by 2050.[13]

Nigeria is a member of both the Commonwealth of Nations, and the African Union.


Review of Might Of Guardian Prime #2 By DestructcodeGuardian Prime #2 By Jide Martin, Michael Balogun, toheeb Ipaye and Ozo Ezeogu. Art By Mart Balox. Published by Comic Republic Given the strength of the issue #1 as a standard (and impressive) teaser, I launched into this issue enthused. This issue is four pages of pure awesomeness. As usual, the artist (Mart Balox) delivers….

Review of Might Of Guardian Prime #1 By DestructcodeGuardian Prime #1 By Jide Martin, Michael Balogun and Ozo Ezeogu. Art By Mart Balox. Published by Comic Republic Recently I have heard the buzz about this comic and in tandem with all Nigerian comics I have perused Thus far, I was supremely pessimistic about what to expect from it. But I was pleasantly surprised….

Review of Taboo #1 By Destructcode.  Taboo #1 By A. Adeniji, Nsikak “Paps” Ifet, Dayo Animashaun. Published by Comic Bandit. The nature of this comic prevents me from being able to evaluate it as a whole, so I will have to fragment my revision of this comic. But, I can progress by stating that this comic has a couple of…

Urban Warriors/The Celtic Clan (Nigeria’s First International Comic Crossover!!)  Article by Micheal Morah. The Urban Warriors/ Celtic Clan (Special Cross-over Edition) is a limited crossover series based on characters created by Micheal Morah and Francis Morah (Urban Warriors) of Empire Comics Nigeria and Nigel Flood ( The Celtic Clan) of Punt Press, Ireland. The idea for the comic series came in the early part…

WELCOME TO THE ALL NEW CB PRESS!!!So the site is finally up, and the online Digital Download store is working and running smoothly (so far). Interesting isn’t it? It’s been a lot of work, but finally CB Press can proudly say that we have a platform for everyone. It’s what I have been working towards for a real long time and…

UHURU: LEGEND OF THE WINDRIDERS  UHURU: LEGEND OF THE WINDRIDERS  (THE ONE-SHOT ISSUE) The title was created by Adeniran Adeniji (Adeniji Jr. on the cover) and was written and lettered by Adeniyi Adeniji (A.Adeniji on the cover), with Art by Stanley Obende who also worked on the colors with Waliu Edu. The concept was originally developed by Adeniran Adeniji almost 20 or so years ago and the designs for the characters…

VERSUS: VOLUME ONE NIGIERIA’S FIRST SCI-FI ADVENTURE EPICIt’s been a long time coming, but finally VERSUS:Volume One is ready and online for purchase on DriveThruComics!!!   Get the 400 plus page Graphic novel now and begin the journey into a universe you never imagined! Buy it now in PDF or CBR format by clicking the link here:VERSUS: VOLUME I_PDF OR CBR Synopsis:The…

TABOO: Kayode “Kro” Onimole!Kayode Onimole, the prolific writer/creator/Ilustrator of the Crasher Comics (web-comic strip), is the Special Guest Artist on the Second Edition of CB Press’ Taboo anthology series to be released in digital format within the next two months!!! For those unfamiliar with the comic title, I created this anthology series which centers around popular Nigerian folklore…

TABOO II COMING UP!And here’s another announcement!! Taboo II (The Second Edition), is a book of Nigerian Urban legends and horror stories and will also be making its way to all ComicBandit fans come later this year!! If you haven’t picked up a copy of the first edition you can get your copy delivered straight to your doorstep…

VERSUS COMING SOON!VERSUS is coming 2013!!! Here’s a look at the major villains of the Title. From left to right (your point of view) Paschar, Jifunza, Zu (the little guy), Mahari (the big guy at the back), Iyan’Gura, Berhane and Lutalo.


Nigeria’s Captain Africa: THE GLOBAL GAZETTE COMIC STRIPS!Right, so after a long and ardous internet campaign to find something on the original work done by Andy Akman (the Writer/Artist and Creator of the character) , I finally happened on  this piece done several years ago by S. Dutton. I think it’s brilliant and quite frankly I lived through part of what- I’d…


BOOM SQUAD: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. DOWNLOAD FOR FREE NOW.You can now download a free copy of Boom Squad’s Christmas Special. Click here: Boom Squad: Christmas Special.  Enjoy! As always, CB Press appreciates your support. Free download also available on  You can also view the issue online on our Facebook Page.

VERSUS: Characters from the graphic novel!Here a few character drawings from my graphic novel. Artwork for the first volume is all done and lettering will be on the way soon! Versus is scheduled for a 2013 release, but the e-copy for it might be up a lot sooner! Created by Adeniyi Adeniji Art by Dayo Animashaun Colors by Stanley “Stanch”…

CB Press: Online Store now Operational!Well, it’s finally here! The CB Press’ online store is now operational and working smoothly. You can now buy either one or all of our four titles by going to the store and clicking on your prefered electronic file format  or ordering a “Print copy” off . We will be adding a couple more outlets over the…

Uhuru is Coming!August 25, 2012 is the date.  ”Uhuru: Legend of the Windriders” will be out. Also, on the same day, you will be able to get our other exciting titles: “Taboo”, a comic book, and “A Prince of Wolves” and “The Broken Pot”, both novels. Ciao….

Uhuru: The VillainsThe release date is drawing nigh….August 25, 2012 (Remember we have two books and two comics coming out simultaneously). Here’s a preview of the bad guys (members of the Black Cauldron would argue otherwise). Anyway, the Black Cauldron want to return Africa to its former glory (whatever that is) and the Horde are, well, a…

Remember all those stories our family and friends always told us when we were young? Many of them were scary anecdotes on things most people often swear really happened. Well every country has its Urban Legends and Nigeria is no different!  TABOO: The Anthology will be second of our two comic book titles coming this…

Uhuru: Making of the ComicbookAfter many months of development, the next logical step was to do the comic. Without the considerable resources required to commit to a monthly format, I decided on a “one-shot” issue that would introduce the Windriders to the world (a limited series telling the story of how the Windriders came to be is in the…

Uhuru: Chapter ThreeWorking with Elfworks was quick and easy (Uhuru: Chapter Two). Nnamdi wrapped the work up (with a little bow on top) by delivering the final drawings less than two months after we started the project. It was a welcomed conclusion to the constant back and forth, modifying this and trying that. With the character development…

Uhuru: Chapter TwoI started the journey with Yellowdog but our “partnership” eventually stalled (see Uhuru: Chapter One). Uhuru was still a work in progress and I wanted to see it through to completion. Enter Elfworks – a creative media company very much like Yellowdog. Nnamdi Nwoha is its founder and epicenter. After Nnamdi extracted my life’s savings…

Uhuru: Chapter OneThe idea for Uhuru: Legend of the Windriders came to me in 1989. In 2010, with the encouragement and support of Adeniyi Adeniji (Not related), I reprised it (I will account for the 21-year gap once I’m able to remember what happened). The first step involved enlisting the help of other creatives (I’m really big…







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Keshi Impressed By Yobo Comeback

Super Eagles boss Stephen Keshi has praised Norwich’s Joseph Yobo fitness and form as the skipper makes his return to the Eagles line up against Mexico.

Keshi told journalists that he hopes all goes well with Yobo and he does’t get injured, and the only way Yobo will make the brazil squad will be only if he continues his impressive form.

He said: “I’m happy he’s coming back, he’s playing well and it’s one of the respectable leagues in the world and he’s doing well.

Right now, I can’t ask for more but to pray that most of them stay in good health because that’s the major problem, if they’re not in good health, there is nothing you can do, so that’s all.

Keshi had previously excluded Joseph Yobo since after 2013 AFCON’s conquest to the dismay of many pundits who believes that the skipper still has a role to play in the National team.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi In Kidnapping Scandal

The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has accused the state Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, of masterminding the kidnap of the Chairman of the party in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechi Chinda, a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Chinyere Igwe and Mr. Allwell Ihunda.


The state Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, said the three members of the party were abducted by unidentified gunmen at about 8pm on Wednesday around Eagle Island axis of Port Harcourt.

Obuah, who spoke with newsmen at the state PDP secretariat on Thursday, alleged that Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress-led government were responsible for the kidnap of the party members.

He expressed surprise that the governor was playing politics with the security of lives and property and branding his political opponents his worst enemies.

Obuah said, “After a very careful examination of the circumstances surrounding the abduction of our party leaders, the party believes that the abduction was masterminded by Amaechi and the APC-led government in the state.

In her response, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, described the PDP as insensitive for playing politics with the lives of their members.

Semenitari said the state government condemned the abduction of three members of the PDP and appealed to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, to ensure the release of the victims and arrest of those behind the act.

Reacting to the abduction of the three PDP members, the state Commissioner of Police said the State Police Command was aware of the incident and was working round the clock to ensure the release of the victims and arrest of those behind the act.

Court Fixes Date On Sanusi Lamido’s Suit

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday fixed March 21 to hear a motion filed by the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, seeking enforcement of his fundamental right.


Lamido had filed the suit through his counsel, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo (SAN), seeking an order restraining the police and officers of the State Security Service (SSS) from arresting, detaining or otherwise harassing him.

Joined as first to third respondents in the suit are: The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector General of Police (I-G) and the SSS.

When the case was mentioned on Friday, Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned it to March 21 for hearing, following an application for adjournment moved by counsel to all the respondents.

Counsel to the AGF, Dr Oscar Nliam, holding the brief of Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), informed the court that his office had just been briefed on the matter.

He told the court that they were yet to receive all the processes filed by the applicant, and therefore prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable him collate all processes.

Counsel representing the I-G, Mr Chukwu Agwu, on his part, informed the court that he was only notified last night by his boss from the Force Headquarters that the suit will be coming up in court.

He said that the second respondent was yet to receive the processes and also prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him look at the processes when they arrive.

In the same vein, counsel representing the SSS, Mr Ahmed Musa, also aligned himself with the submissions of his colleagues, adding that an adjournment will be to their favour especially as parties were still within time of filing.

Counsel representing the applicant, Mr Kola Awodehin (SAN),, did not object to the prayers for adjournment, but noted that the suit bordered on fundamental rights enforcement and ought to be dealt with expeditiously.

Justice Buba, however, in a short ruling, adjourned the case to March 21 for hearing.

Pregnant Woman Runs Marathon 4 Weeks Before Her Baby Is Due

A young Chinese woman has run a marathon despite being pregnant.Pregnant Woman Runs Marathon 4 Weeks Before Her Baby Is Due

Xu Yunyan running the marathon at Beijing Olympic Park 

Xu Yunyun said: “I have always been an enthusiastic runner and I don’t see any reason why I need to stop just because I’m pregnant.”

Amateur runner Xu Yunyun, 28, took part in the competition at the Beijing Olympic Park where she ended up taking centre stage.

Xu is expecting her baby to arrive at the start of March and believes the training would also make the delivery easier.

She said: “I have always been an enthusiastic runner and I don’t see any reason why I need to stop just because I’m pregnant.

I took an easy pace and didn’t overstretch myself, and my doctor told me the carrying on exercising is the best way to ensure a healthy baby is born.”

The expectant mother took inspiration from Paula Radcliffe MBE who ran twice a day during the first five months of her 2006 pregnancy.

The US Department of Health and Human Services says women who are active runners could keep taking part in the sport during pregnancy.

Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh Talks About Girls, Lesbianism

Nollywood actress/singer, Tonto Dikeh has shared her opinion about girls, lesbianism and their constant fight over one snatching another girl’s lover.


Tonto Dikeh who recently released her second single posted the message below on instagram.


PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian Flashes Her ‘Asset’ At Vienna Opera Ball

Kim Kardashian was well and truly treated like a princess last night as she attended the Vienna Ball, but despite looking fabulous in a boob-baring glam dress, the celebrity didn’t look like she was having a great time as she failed to crack a smile on the red carpet.

Kim chose a two-tone dress for the evening, wearing a sheer cut-out, black top that had a sexy lace-up back, teamed with a champagne coloured satin skirt. She wore her hair sleek and down, with sultry eye make-up.

However, despite momager Kris Jenner attending the bash by her side, Kim still didn’t look happy as she posed next to billionaire Richard Lugner.

And Kim’s miserable face wasn’t the only issue that the 81-year-old faced, with the wealthy buisnessman apparently getting upset beforehand over the reality star not sticking to plans.

“Kim is annoying me because she’s not sticking to the program,” Richard is said to have told newsmen.

The star was reportedly paid $500,000 to be his date for the Vienna Opera Ball, an annual event that takes place in Austria and features some of the countries top socialites. It seems, however, that the billionaire did not get his money’s worth, as Kim reportedly ditched his dinner plans with her to film scenes for Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

“She’s filming and so she doesn’t want to have me around,” he explained. “The guest should be with me and not anywhere else that is not agreed upon.”

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Yoruba Adopts Positions For National Conference, Demand Nigeria’s Reconstruction

Yoruba Adopts Positions For Natinaol Conference, Demand Nigeria's Reconstruction

Nigeria’s Yoruba ethnic nationality today unanimously adopted its position to be presented at the proposed National Conference and stressed the need for unity among the Yoruba speaking people.

The position, which included regional autonomy within the united Nigerian federation, was arrived at the grand Yoruba Summit for formal presentation and verification of the Yoruba Agenda held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State.

The ethnic nationality also demanded for a new Nigeria consisting of a central union and six regional governments, based on the current six geo-political zones, operating federal and regional constitutions respectively.

The agenda, according to the Coordinator of the summit, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd.), would also request for a just and equitable taxation system that would make the federating units equal and coordinating at the federal level in order to eliminate the current rentier syndrome.

The Yoruba also wanted all elections organized and conducted by regional/zonal electoral commissions in the regions, with the electoral commissions composed of equal representatives of contesting political parties.

In view of the far-reaching fundamental reforms advocated in the agenda, the Yoruba also asked for the restructuring of the federation, system of government, security and defence which would lead to an autochthonous constitution, that is, a home-grown and all-inclusive draft that would only be submitted to the Nigerian electorate and be made to vote through referendum.

They also sought for informal roles for the traditional rulers, with each regional, state and local government establishing their respective traditional rulers’ council and that the roles of the council should be basically advisory to their respective authorities.

To take care of the interests of Yoruba minorities in Kogi, Kwara, Edo and Delta states and incorporate them to the mainstream, it was agreed that the Yoruba ethnic nationality may call for boundary adjustment, depending on the position of the experts that would work towards the final document.

Though, no list was announced as representatives of Yoruba at the National Conference, the gathering assured that only those who possess the mental capacity to marshal the positions would make the list.

Wale Osun, chairman, Afenifere Renewal Group, while endorsing the document, said it would be difficult for any Yoruba man who make the list of representatives at the conference to go against Yoruba interest, saying such person would not likely have the gut to return home.

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, Femi Okurounmu, advised state governors in the region to desist from sending separate positions from the one canvassed by the gathering to the conference.

Also speaking at the occasion, Governor Abiola Ajimobi urged the Yoruba to strongly canvass the return of the country to regionalism saying,

“We must ask that Nigeria becomes again a union of federated regions where each of us will be at liberty to restructure the current artificial state structure that we have.

The sub-set of this is that we must canvass a return of the regions of the federal union to their separate constitutions as was present in the 50’s and 60’s.”

According to the governor, there is also the need for the ethnic group to canvass that each of the regions should exercise control over their resources and only pay an agreed meager percentage to the federal government, adding that this way, the unbridled rat race for the centre and the parasitic approach to the government at the centre would be stopped.

He also advocated for a return to the regional policing system, adding that each region must be in control of its police apparatus while the armed forces that would make up the new Nigerian federation would be organized along strong regional commands.

In a 12-point resolution read by Gen. Akinrinade at the end of the summit, the ethnic nationality expressed preference for the Westminster model of Parliamentary System of government and fiscal federalism for the mobilization and management of the resources of the new union.

The Yoruba would also canvass for an appropriate budgetary provision that would be part of first line charge in the Federation Account for Lagos in view of its significance as the economic nerve centre of Nigeria as well as West African sub-region.

Part of the resolutions also was equal representation of each of the zones or regions in the composition of all judicial, legislative and executive institutions of the central government.

Gunmen Attack Adamawa State Governor’s Convoy


The convoy of the governor of Adama State, Murtala Nyako was attacked by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram insurgents earlier today.

The incident occurred at Shuwari area of the State, as the governor was returning from paying a condolence visit to victims of Boko Haram attacks two days ago.

The governor reportedly escaped in an escort vehicle and no casualties were recorded.

MTN, Airtel, Glo To Pay N678 MILLION In Fines For Poor-Quality Services

Nigerian Communications Commission has imposed N647.5 million (about $4 million) in penalties on Nigerian telecommunications companies MTN, Globacom and Airtel. According to the NCC, they breached key performance indicators and provided poor-quality services to customers.

Furthermore, the NCC has banned the aforementioned mobile operators from selling SIM cards in March, which, in the country with almost 170 million people, could be damaging for the companies’ business.

In their statement, the NCC said Globacom, owned by Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga, was fined 277.5 million naira. South Africa’s MTN and Airtel, owned by India’s Bharti Airtel, were each fined 185 million naira.

The NCC will charge each company 2.5 million naira for every day the fine is not paid after March 7, the statement added.

Company Boss Jailed For Sexual Assault On Teenager Seeking Job

A company chief has been jailed for nine months after trying to force himself on a 17-year-old girl job seeker he saw on the internet.


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Mohammed Khan, 37, responded to her advert on the Gumtree website and offered work delivering leaflets, Derby Crown Court heard.

But he was not interested in her CV and did not ask her questions, saying she did not need any experience. And after initially arriving in a van, he turned up the next day in a Mercedes car with blacked-out windows and said that he wanted “to doss” instead of delivering leaflets.

He asked the girl: “When are we going to bang?” She knew this was a reference to sex and replied: “We are not.” Khan told her: “I do want to help you. There is nothing wrong with a bit of fun.”

“She told him: ‘You are only doing this because I am young’,” said Noel Philo, prosecuting.

After driving her to Allestree Park, Khan asked: “Do you want a tester?”

Mr Philo told the court: “She knew he was referring to kissing her and she said ‘no, I don’t want to. It would be really awkward.’”

He briefly pressed his lips on hers before saying: “I should not have done that. You need more time.”

Khan of Molineux Street, Derby, admitted sexual touching on November 12, 2012. He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years.

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey praised the girl for resisting Khan and told him: “It was unnerving for her and she felt uncomfortable.

Apart from being jailed for nine months, a Sexual Offences’ Prevention Order was imposed on Khan, who runs a cleaning business. This bars him from being alone with any girl under 18 unless her guardian is present.

PHOTOS: Dead Man Wakes Up As Funeral Home Prepares To Embalm Him

A man who woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being pronounced legally dead in what the coroner described a ‘miracle’, USA.

Back to life: Walter Williams from Lexington, Mississippi, after being pronounced dead and waking up at a funeral home inside a body bag

Walter Williams from Lexington, Mississippi, was zipped up in a body bag while funeral home workers prepared to embalm him, but instead they soon found him kicking to get out.

The coroner suspected that Williams’ pacemaker had likely stopped for a brief period and then started up again.

The body bag that contained Williams for the duration of his ‘death’ which lasted a few hours. He shortly woke up in a shocked state

The coroner said that he had checked Williams’ pulse at 9pm that night, pronouncing him dead shortly after.

Williams’ nephew Eddie Hester said: “I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up.

That was at 10:30pm, and at 2:30am, my cousin called me and said “Not yet” and I said “what do you mean not yet?” ‘He said, “Daddy still here”.’

Williams was resting on the small trolley, inside the bag, and was found struggling to find his way out of the bag

Paramedics took Williams to hospital where he stabilised, and was said to be ‘happy to be alive’ by family members.

Hester said: “I don’t know how long he’s going to be here, but I know he’s back right now and that’s all that matters.”

Byron Porter, of Porter and Sons Funeral Home, said it was the first time he had seen anything like it.

The funeral home where Williams was being prepared for embalming by funeral workers

He said: “He was not dead. Long story short.”

Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said: “I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it’s a miracle.”

Williams had been a long time farmer and had worked for the local school board. He was described by his family as a ‘fighter’.



Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has averred that Imo  is All Progressives Congress State saying every other extraneous side talks about other political parties are mere usual political noise.

During a courtesy call on him by APC Youths Support Network on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Imo Deputy Governor observed that Imo State has witnessed like never before, except during the reign of Dr. Sam Mbakwe, the kind of monumental feat being witnessed in Imo State.

According a press release signed by Uche Onwuchekwa, the Chief Press Secretary to Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere regretted twelve years of locust under the rulership of PDP saying Imo people cannot afford to go through such gruesome experience.

According to the release, the most popular Deputy Governor in The South East described his APC Youths group as progressive minds who are patriotic who care less about their personal gain but that of general good.

Speaking earlier, the General Coordinator of the group for Obazu chapter, Emeka George Nosiri  described the group as the centre bone of APC in Obazu Mbieri. In the release, reading in part, “In view of the need for consolidation of the good works being witnessed in Imo State raging from free education at all levels, massive Road construction but in Urban and rural communities, 305 primary school buildings in 305 wards in Imo State and other numerous infrastructural facilities coupled with the establishment of Imo Foundation to help the needy and the poorest of the poor in their different areas of need.”

The group showered encomium on Imo Deputy for his life style of humility and his dispassionate adoption in treating every one that comes to home describing him as a rare  personality and a great role model to the youths.

The group assured Imo Deputy Governor of their commitment to mobilizing and achieving a ninety APC compliant youths at the grassroots while calling on Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere to plough into their movement by helping them with a vehicle for easy movement and tour of every community.

Obidinma Aku, one of the leaders of the group thanked Imo Deputy for his open door policy and for always being a source of motivation and inspiration for the youths as he averred the youths were more that ever charged to preserve and sustain the good work of All  Progressives Congress.

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Centenary Celebrations Inappropriate – Atiku

Atiku AbubakarFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denounced the centenary anniversary celebrations going on in Abuja, describing it as ‘inappropriate’.

Atiku was reacting to the decision of the Federal Government to go ahead with the celebrations despite the recent massacre of over 29 students in Yobe.

He, however, congratulated Nigerians and President Goodluck Jonathan on the occasion of 100years of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Atiku said: “I’m appalled by this obscenity showing on NTA in the name of Centenary Celebration. It is inappropriate!

“I’m proud of our history over the last 100 years. I congratulate our President and Nigerians for this journey so far.

“However, I totally denounce the party currently happening in Abuja. It is a symbolic dance on the graves of those murdered FGC children. It’s a slap on the faces of those FGC parents currently mourning their children, and those crying over their abducted children”.

Parrot Helps Police Nab Murder Suspect In India


Police in Agra, India say that a talking parrot helped them nab the man who killed the bird’s owner, according to the Times of India.

The body of Neelam Sharma, 45, was found at her home on February 20. Her dog had also been killed, but Hercule, Sharma’s pet parrot, was still alive.

Sharma’s husband, Vijay Sharma, told police that after the murder, he noticed whenever his nephew, Ashutosh, came over, Hercule would go berserk.

“During discussions too, whenever Ashutosh’s name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching. This raised my suspicion and I informed the police,” Sharma said, according to the Times of India.

Police said they investigated Ashutosh, who, police said, confessed to committing the crime with an accomplice, identified by the Press Trust of India as Ronny Massey.

According to the Press Trust of India, Sharma’s brother, Ajay, also said the parrot would squawk “Usne maara” (he has killed) when Ashutosh would pass. However, as a commenter on the Deccan Chronicle points out, parrots only repeat words that they’ve already been taught, so this particular claim is suspicious at best.

Homeless Man Uses His Last Few Coins to Buy Lottery Ticket, Wins $2.79 Million Jackpot


Now this is what you call a dream-come-true. No, scratch that. It’s more like the ‘wildest’ dream-come-true. When László Andraschek used his last few coins to purchase a lottery ticket, I’m sure he had no real hope of winning the jackpot – a whopping 600 million forint (US $2.70 million) – but it actually happened. The 55-year-old Hungarian went from being a homeless tramp to a millionaire, overnight.

For seven long years, Andraschek lived in a homeless shelter in the city of Győr. “It all happened to me, I remember it, but I don’t miss it,” he said about his experience of being homeless. He was also a recovering alcoholic at the time. “I had drunk myself out of the family by the age of 31. I was the last child at home and spent all my wages on drink. I worked on-and-off as an agricultural repairman. I lived the typical life of an alcoholic and I thought it was all right.”

It came to a point where Andraschek’s siblings were fed up of him and asked their mother to kick him out. This was in 1989; at age 31, Andraschek had become completely destitute. He tried to hang himself, but the rope snapped and he ended up losing a foot. “Even losing a foot didn’t make me mend my ways because I would blame everyone around me, anyone but myself.” In 1991, he registered himself as homeless.

Andraschek’s life was in a miserable shape when he received his wake-up call in 1995. He was so drunk that he couldn’t go home on Mother’s Day – a tradition he had never missed. By the end of that month, he signed up to get treated for alcoholism. He slowly began to put his life back together. In 1999, he met Aniko – his future bride – through a social worker. It took Andraschek another 10 years to get sober and the couple could barely make ends meet.

The night Andraschek bought the ticket, he was on his way to an alcoholics’ help center in Budapest. “I had only picked six numbers and the female shop assistant reminded me that I needed to pick a seventh,” he told the media. “I told her to make it 24 – it doesn’t matter anyway.” But it did matter, and how! That one number he picked out at random turned out to be a life-altering choice.

When he found out about the jackpot, Andraschek could barely contain himself. “As I cycled home, I thought: ‘It’s over. I don’t have to think about where to borrow more money to pay the debts. My life was a constant struggle of plugging holes, and I could only ever do that by creating new ones,” he said. At first he wanted to keep the news secret from his family, so he hid the winning ticket in his book of daily meditations – the last place anyone would look.

But it couldn’t remain hidden for long, because Andraschek’s excitement was too obvious. “When László came home and was dancing around the room, my first thought was maybe he had started drinking again,” said Aniko. When I watched him call the lottery company and heard them saying congratulations, I realized that he hadn’t lost his marbles after all. I was thinking, ‘I know what 600 means and I know what one million means. But I don’t know what 600 million means.’”

It’s actually been a year since the father-of-three won the lottery. Up until now, he chose to keep his story secret from the media. But it all came out in the open when he made a sizeable donation to a homeless shelter, late last year. He now owns six different properties and is planning a trip to Italy with his wife. Andraschek insists that he won’t let the money change him, at least not too much. “I have become rich but I have not become a different person,” he said.

And he really means it – ever since he won the jackpot, Andraschek has controlled his urge to spend it all and is instead creating awareness about the plight of Hungary’s 30,000 homeless people. His main fight is against last year’s ruling to grant local councils the right to ban the homeless from public spaces. “As long as there is no safety net for these people, it is pointless to fine them for being on the streets; it is not something you choose.”

“We were always being told to get out. It felt that we were always in the way and always on the move,” he added. “Around 200 of my peers have died since I was first homeless in Győr. Some of them froze to death; others were hit by cars while drunk.”

It’s heartening to see that despite all the struggles they’ve been through, the Andrascheks aren’t splurging all their money on luxury goods. They’re actually giving back to the community, and that’s amazing. They’re even planning to set up a foundation to help people who have lost their human dignity. “We don’t think of the win as something we’ve earned, we think of it as a divine miracle. We received this help at the very last minute. The world is opening up to us and it is beautiful. Of course, we also see the bad things, but life is beautiful.”

Police Arrests Boko Haram Kingin In Makurdi

Gabriel-SuswamA man suspected to be a Boko Haram kingpin on a mission to unleash terror in Benue State has been nabbed by men of the state police command in Makurdi.

A statement signed on Thursday by the special adviser to Governor Gabriel Suswam on media, Dr Cletus Akwaya, said the suspected terrorist was arrested on Tuesday.

It stated that “the Boko Haram agent (name withheld), a Fulani, who hails from Taraba State, was arrested by the police at the Kanshio area of Makurdi following a tip-off.

“The Police Command disclosed that the Boko Haram suspect was found with six blank cheques with the total value said to be in millions of naira. Also found on him were copies of maps of some parts of Benue State especially Makurdi, the state capital.

“The detailed description of the targets were contained in an exercise book which was found on the suspect. Some of the places included a high-profile hotel in the Nyiman area of Makurdi as well as some major infrastructural facilities central to the economic life of the state capital”, the statement said.

It further added that the suspect was whisked away to an undisclosed location where he is being interrogated by security operatives.

Boko Haram: Posers For FG, Military Authorities As Nyako Says Enough Is Enough

Murtala-Nyako-and-leader-of-the-DHQGovernor Murtala Nyako has called on the Federal Government and military authorities to expose the source of weapons being used by members of the Boko Haram sect to unleash terror on the land, saying Nigerians want to know.

He was reacting to the sects’ attack on Wednesday night in Madagli and Michika local government areas of Adamawa State, which left no fewer than 33 people dead, according to reports.

Nyako further lampooned the Federal Government for failing to foil an attack on a secondary school in Buni-Yadi, Yobe State, even though other schools in the state had been attacked previously, leading to the avoidable death of many students.

The governor added that the emergency rule clamped on the state and two northeastern states of Borno and Yobe had been totally defeated.

He also said that the frequent Boko Haram attacks on innocent civilians has ridiculed President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim of success in the fight against the insurgents.

“Enough Is Enough”, Governor Nyako said, stressing that the Boko Haram crisis is getting out of hand and needs new measures to tackle.

Nyako, who was visibly concerned by what he called the insincerity of the federal government in its fight against the insurgency, said: “There is no excuse whatsoever. We want to know more from the authorities.

“By now, the authorities should be able to know what is happening. We should be able to know where these arms are manufactured and even the signatures of the weapons. We ought to know who ordered them, who paid for them, how they came into the country. Where were they shipped? Which port in Nigeria did they arrive, who cleared them?”

To press home his point further, Nyako, a former Chief of Naval Staff, said it still beats his imagination that security checkpoints and roadblocks are springing forth in every nook and cranny of the nation, conducting stop-and-search but somehow, the insurgents managed to get their weapons transported across the nation.

He stated: “President, vice president, governors and the military are the only groups that pass checkpoints without being checked, and which of the two groups is conveying those arms to the scene of these actions we want to know.

“The other aspect is that the army withdrew from the checkpoint before the attack on Yadi-Buni. Who ordered the withdrawal? We also have a case where General Shuwa was killed by so-called Boko Haram. There were army units there but they didn’t respond during the incident. Who told them not to respond when Shuwa was being attacked?

“The Air Force base was being raided; there was a unit of army nearby; who gave them order not to respond until all the aircraft were destroyed?

“These are questions that need answers. So, either this thing is controlled by unknown fellows or unknown Boko Haram strategic commanders in the defence system, or stage-managed. We have reached a point to come out and tell them our displeasure over the way the situation is escalating”.


We’ve No Plan To Impeach Al-Makura – Assembly

Al-MakuraThe Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Thursday distanced itself from any plans to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura and advised the public to disregard rumors of the purported impeachment moves.

The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, gave the advice while reacting to the impeachment speculation in a chat with newsmen in Keffi.

He also denied reports in a section of the media that the Assembly has been holding nocturnal meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan or any other person over the impeachment plot.

“I want to make it clear that the Assembly had not in any quarter discuss with any person, even President Gooluck Jonathan, that the House will impeach Governor Al-Makura.

“The House must have a reason if it must impeach the governor. What is the reason? Can those who carry such false rumours come out and prove their allegation on such impeachment? People should stop that rumour mongering

“Such acts are capable of causing disharmony, disaffection, disunity as well as slow down the rate of the progress of the state and the country at large.

“The House did not hold any discussion with President Jonathan or with any other person in the country to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura”, the Speaker stressed.

Rivers PDP Gives Amaechi 72-Hours To Secure Release Of Kidnapped Members

amaechiblasts1The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has accused the State Government of being behind the abduction of a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Chinyere Igwe and two other chieftains of the PDP.

Igwe, who represented Port Harcourt 11 Federal Constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly from 2007 to 2011, was kidnapped with Chairman of the PDP in Port Harcourt City Local Council Area, Mr. Ikechi Chinda and Mr. Allwell Ihunda, at the Eagle Island area of Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Wednesday night.

As at the time of filing this report, the kidnappers have not made any contact.

The PDP Chairman in Rivers, Mr. Felix Obuah accused Governor Chibuike Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of masterminding the abduction of his three members.

Speaking with reporters in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Thursday, Obuah claimed that Amaechi’s agitation for the redeployment of the former state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, was primarily aimed at intimidating and oppressing his perceived opponents.

Obuah, who described the abduction of the party chieftains, by unknown gunmen as malicious, vindictive and well organised, warned that the PDP would mobilise the people of the state to embark on a mother-of-all protests against the governor if he failed to secure the release of the kidnap victims in the next 72 hours.

“After a very careful examination of the circumstances surrounding the abduction of our party leaders, the party believes that it was masterminded by Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state. We are shocked that Governor Amaechi is playing politics with the security of lives and property in the state, thereby branding his political opponents his worst enemies. It has now become very clear that Amaechi’s consistent and sustained propaganda for the redeployment of the former Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mbu Joseph Mbu, was for him to intimidate and oppress his perceived and imagined political opponents as witnessed by the abduction of Chinda, Igwe and Ihunda”, he said.

The PDP chairman further urged the state government to urgently ensure that the three abducted party members are released unharmed. He said as a political party, the PDP would by no means tolerate the oppression or victimisation of any of its members for whatever political reason.

“We give Governor Amaechi 72 hours to ensure that the abducted PDP members are released unhurt. At the expiration of that time, the PDP shall mobilise its members and the good citizens of the state to stage the mother-of-all protests against Governor Amaechi’s terrorist tactics”, he said.

But the Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ms. Ibim Semenitari, has dismissed the allegation and instead castigated the PDP for being insensitive to the extent of playing politics with the lives of its members.

Semenitari said the state government condemns the abduction and has pleaded with the Police Command to expeditiously work towards securing their release unharmed.

However, the Publicity Secretary of the state APC, Mr. Andy Nweye, has berated the PDP for linking the governor and APC to the abduction of the three politicians.

“The truth is very clear; the APC has never been volatile. We have never believed in violence in this business. We are never and will never be involved in such things, so we condemn the kidnap. What we are praying is for peace to reign in Rivers State so that we can express ourselves and carry out our programmes. So, we are not involved and we can never be involved. It is not part of us and it will never be part of our programme”, he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ahmed Mohammad, could not be reached to get his reaction to the development.

Jonathan’s National Confab A Sham – Northern Elders

NORTHERN-ELDERS-500x300The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Thursday, resolved not to be part of the forthcoming National Conference proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that it had been programmed to project the president’s re-election bid.

The elders, who met in Abuja to review the state of the nation, also decried the seeming inability of the Federal Government to tackle the escalating level of terrorism in the North, which they noted, had caused a lot of havoc and dislocation in the region.

Speaking with journalists, NEF Deputy Leader, Dr. Paul Unongo, made it clear that although the North was part of the agitation for a Sovereign National Conference, it became wary of a hidden agenda when the government suddenly opted to organize one with a premeditated agenda that could cause more confusion rather than provide solutions to the nation’s challenges.

Unongo pointed out that the impending conference would not be able to solve any problem for Nigeria because most of the delegates were selected by the president instead of allowing Nigerians to elect their delegates to the conference as proposed by the Senator Femi Okurounmu-led Presidential Committee on National Dialogue.

Unongo pointed out: “What they are going to do is not a national conference but a Jonathan conference because almost all the delegates were selected by him and his friends instead of an open election that was adopted for the previous exercises even during the military era.

“This is not fair. The manner of selecting only the friends and associates of the President for the conference does not represent the generality of Nigerians and we cannot be part of such a sham”, the former minister said.

While commiserating with the government over the killings in the North, Unongo called on the present administration to take whatever steps necessary to flush the terrorists, whom he said did not represent any religion in the country, as claimed by some ignorant persons.

$22.8bn Fresh Allegation: NNPC Decries Campaign Of Calumny

nnpc_886763518The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has decried what it termed as an orchestrated campaign of calumny to tarnish its image by some unscrupulous elements.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Dr Omar Ibrahim, Acting Group General Manager, NNPC Group Public Affairs Division.

The statement cited the deliberate misrepresentation of the presentation made by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) before the Rep. Muraina Ajibola-led Joint House Committee probing the Berne Declaration Report.

It stated that the report was an example of the well-orchestrated negative campaign targeted at the corporation.

“Some of the reports had sensational headlines alleging that NEITI had uncovered fresh unremitted $22.8 billion oil revenue by the NNPC.

“However, the body of the story was totally different from the headlines in terms of message and content”, it said.

It said after a careful perusal of the original presentation made by the NEITI Executive Secretary, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, it discovered that the sensational headlines were mere inventions.

According to the statement, this is a calculated attempt to cast aspersion on the image of the corporation and heat up the polity.

“We wish to state that there is nothing farther from the truth. NNPC has a copy of the presentation made by Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Executive Secretary of NEITI.

“And nowhere did she allege that NNPC failed to remit $22.8 billion to the Federation Account.

“We are convinced that there is a conspiracy by some groups or individuals to drag down the name of the corporation by whatever means possible”, It said.

It said that despite the obvious negative campaign against the corporation, the management of the NNPC under the leadership of Engr. Andrew Yakubu remains undaunted and determined to achieve its mandate.

No Shame! See Rihanna’s Ministry On Full Display

rihbodyThis is what Riri wore for Balmain fashion show after party.. More photos when you continue


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A time  bomb has hit the Office of the Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly as another of his aide Hon. Chukwunonye Irouno in-charge of protocols and special events  resigned yesterday  27th of February 2014.  Imo Initiative gathered that  intrigues at the Speaker’s office made him  to resign. Recall that popular activist Mr  Samuelson Iwuoha also resigned from the Speakers office two months ago.

There is still no response from the speakers’ office about Irouno’s resignation  but inside source told Imo Initiative   that plans are on  to “announce” that  he was “sacked” or “suspended” in order to save the  Speaker’s  face. In a telephone conversation, the former SSA on protocol/special events revealed  that he resigned to embark on a political voyage different from Speaker Uwajumogu’s political plans in 2015 and also to show disdain for  what has been happening in the Speaker’s office.”The Speakers Office which is a state office has now been converted to a constituency office” Hon. Irouno stated.

Meanwhile Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu reportedly sneaked out of the
country last night through Murtala Mohammed international Airport
Lagos to South Africa to cool off the pressure and tension at  his
office and  to also plan how to save his political career.
Speculations have it that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) have sent their invitation letter to  him  to respond and
answer to the allegations of fraud and corruption leveled against him
by his former media aide Mr Iwuoha.
He  is expected back on Wednesday 5th
March 2014. Indeed these are  not interesting times for him

→ Maheeda Confess She Still Pr*st:tute Daily Even In Marriage That She Does Not Pretend Like Tiwa Savage

In a recent interview with, she took time to shed more light on some strong secret aspect of her personal life people didn’t really know. She spoke about her, her choice of career and her s*x life.

Read her reply to strong questions she was asked below:

Do you feel by taking off your clothes at every chance you get, that you are sending a good message to your daughter?

I don’t know, because the way people take things are very different. My daughter is now 13, and I once sat my daughter down and asked her what she thought about my video, and she just said ‘Why did you take your clothes off’, and I said I wanted to get attention, and she was like, ‘Okay’. You know the orientation in Europe is completely different from around here.- Maheeda

What is wrong with Nigerian Mentality? The Nigerian mentality is very low. It made me look like a fool the first time I went to Europe.- Maheeda

What do you mean when you say the Nigerian mentality is low?

The way we see things, especially seeing s*x as evil and not even talking about it even though we desire it. Some people think I’m already possessed, but that’s not it. We are not taught honour and there’s just a lot we don’t know.- Maheeda

You seem to derive a lot of pleasure from flaunting your pr:v@te p@rts. Why?

Honestly, some years back, I wanted to start wearing bum shorts on the TV, but I was scared of what people would say. But all of a sudden, bum shorts were everywhere. I wanted to wear panties also, but was also scared of what people will say, and all of a sudden everyone is wearing it. And when I wanted to get n*ked in a music video, people were like I shouldn’t do it. But I had to do it, because I didn’t want anyone to do it before me. You know it is show business, and there are competitors.- Maheeda

Are you in your comfort zone now?

Yes! I would say that, because I’m a crazy person, I love s*x, I love attention, I love boys, I love music, I love attention, I love modelling. Everything that I love is what I’m doing.- Maheeda

You love s*x? How much do you love it?

A lot… I’m addicted to sx, and I have to have sx everyday.- Maheeda

How many times do you have s*x in a day?

At least once everyday, and if there’s no guy around me, I’ll help myself by m**turb@ting. I have a lot of s*xtoys; in fact, I’m a regular customer. It’s like food to me, and you have to eat. It is very healthy and it gives you the right curves and my body is used to it.- Maheeda

You mean your body needs s*x to function normally?

Yes! Sometimes I just squirt, like when am having s*x, and because I am used to it and my body needs it.- Maheeda

How has the acceptance been by your peers within the industry?

Just like I said earlier, some of them come to me and tell me they love what I’m doing, even though they can’t do it themselves. But I don’t know what they say behind me.- Maheeda You feel a number of them would like to do what you are doing but they can’t? Of course. I remember one Tiwa Savage’s video where she opened her chest and her brasts were almost out completely. I loved it, that was very sxy, but I know how much people criticised her, and ever since, we haven’t seen her do such a video again, which means she listened, but as for me, I’m not listening. My next video is going to get more raunchy, hot and n*ked.


ADAMAWA ATTACK: ‘They Came In 9 Toyota Hilux’ – Michika Residents Recount Ordeal


Some residents of Michika town in Adamawa said they slept in the hills and nearby bushes during Wednesday night attack on the town by suspected insurgents.

Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone on Thursday that the attackers arrived the town around 9p.m to unleash the mayhem for about five hours.

“They burnt three banks, police station, shops and part of the Michika Local Government Council secretariat.

“They came in nine Toyota Hilux vans firing guns and throwing explosives,” a resident who simply identify himself as Fide said.

Fide said he saw corpses of two victims whose remains were recovered this morning (Feb. 27).

“One of the dead body is that of a staff of Bank of Agriculture,” Fide said.

It was also gathered that the attackers raided Kirchinga, Kubla and Shuwa villages on their way to Michika.

“They burnt places of worship and the house of a  former commissioner Idris Nuhu in Shuwa village,” said a resident, Mr Sule Idris.

Confirming the report, the spokesman of the 23rd Armour Brigade, Yola, Capt. Ja’afaru Nuhu, said the insurgents attacked communities in Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas.

Nuhu also promised to give details of the attacks later.

TRAGEDY: 23-Year-Old Student On His Way To School Dies In Auto Accident

The life of a 23-year-old student of the Federal Polytechnic in Offa, Kwara State, Oladotun Alade, has been cut short by an accident involving a truck and a Volkswagen saloon car in Okuku, Osun State.


One of the eyewitnesses said that the accident occurred when the plank-carrying truck was overtaking the five-seater car.

“As the truck was trying to overtake the car, the planks got detached from it and fell on the car. The three passengers sitting at the back of the car died instantly,” the eyewitness said.

It was learnt that Alade, who was an ND 1 Civil Engineering student, was among the passengers sitting at the back.

It was learnt that the driver and the passenger sitting in the front survived the accident.

Alade’s relative, Adeyemi Oyeleke, said, “He was travelling to the school to submit an assignment since the polytechnic has resumed. His friends had earlier informed him that lectures had commenced. He had planned to travel next week Monday, but his mates called him that one of their lecturers demanded that an assignment he gave them be submitted.

“He was a friendly guy and always smiling. He was the only son and the second child of the family.”

The Osun Police Public Relations Officer, Sade Odoro when contacted said she had not heard of the accident, but promised to call the DPO of the Okuku Division.

Fear in Governor Chime’s camp as Chimaroke Nnamani returns to PDP


Former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani on Thursday announced his official return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, throwing fears to the camp of the Enugu Governor, Sullivan Chime.

The chairman of the PDP in the state, Vita Abba, had few weeks ago announced that the party would not accept Nnamani back into its fold.

However, DailyPost gathered that in line with the rebuilding function of the new national chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, the leadership of the Enugu PDP was cautioned from stopping anybody from rejoining the party, especially with the wave of defection, which hit the party in recent times.

Nnamani, the leader of the Ebe-ano political group announced his official return to the party, just as he dropped hints of his intention to represent his people of Nkanu in the senate come 2015.

The ex-Governor Nnamani who received the executive members of the PDP in Agbani Ward, Nkanu west Local government alongside other party stakeholders in his Agbani residence acknowledged the privilege and honour accorded him by the party and said he was ready to offer himself for the senatorial position of Enugu East Zone.

Chimaroke who was making his first public statement since the 2011 elections said; “I thank God for this opportunity. Clearly there are expectations of me, as former governor of the state, expectations of me as a senator but more importantly expectations of me as an Nkanu man and that is why I am here today.

“I come from a great nation a Clan Nation State, the Nkanu’s. And when you talk about Nkanu’s greatness, somewhere, I don’t know, maybe in bold prints, maybe in mild low prints, maybe in the first page, maybe in the last page, but when you talk about the greatest of Nkanu, as far as 2014 is concerned Chimaroke Nnamani will be somewhere on that list.

“So it is indeed expected that such a day like this will come that Chimaroke Nnamani will be here. All I can do is to pay respect to my ancestors, to pay respect to our fathers, our mothers, our women and children and to say that indeed Nkanu is great. Nkanu, we do not lack people, we have men and women of honour; a great nation, a great people that were never conquered.

“When I came back from America, Nkanu’s were busy acting as political chaperons, acting as political hustlers, looking for political assistanceship, none dreamt of being governor, none dreamt of being Excellency, until I came and by the grace o God I became governor of Enugu state; by the grace of God I became senator, and I served my people. It is not for me to judge, it is for history to judge; to judge between the Nkanu I met when I came back in 1996, 97, 98 and the Nkanu of 2014. It is left for them to judge the vibrancy, the dynamism, the confidence, the dignity of the Nkanu man. It is left for people to judge.

The PDP chairman in Agbani ward, Monday Ngene who announced the former governor’s return to the party said the revalidation of his membership was sequel to the party’s membership registration which took place between August 2013 and January.

He noted that about 3291 old and new members were registered in Agbani ward, explaining that precisely on January 4, 2014, the former governor was duly registered at the ward office and issued with membership card number 0276943 duly signed by the party’s National Chairman, National Secretary, National Organising Secretary, ward chairman and ward secretary.

Ngene who gave Nnamani’s ward number as 3259, said the former governor’s return to the party was received with great joy by all members in the ward and the entire Enugu state as his decision to return to his base was regarded as a great boost to the party not only in Enugu East senatorial zone but to the entire state which he successfully governed for eight years.

Veteran actor Jide Kosoko involved in accident

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Actor Jide Kosoko cheated death  on Wednesday  when he survived a ghastly accident around Ikeja Shopping Mall.

He was driving himself when his car lost control due to brake failure. The car was a write-off, but the leader of the Yoruba movie sector escaped death narrowly.

He was immediately given some medical attention by the Emergency unit of 7-Up with the kind support of LASTMA officials.

Efforts to reach the thespian proved abortive but the story has been confirmed to Dailypost by one of the Executives of the sector, Yomi Fabiyi.

‘Prayer request for my father Justice CA Oputa’ – Charly Boy

Written by Charles Oputa

Ever since I can remember, I have always admired my parents. Even in their old age, I still see them holding hands every day. As a young lad in the early 50s, I saw dad and mum dance a lot, as if they were rehearsing for a dance competition. They argued a lot and laughed a lot, I just couldn’t tell anymore when they were quarrelling or playing. There was a lot of love in my family, for a long time, my folks were like two teenagers in love, there was so much kissing between them that I came to accept that as a show of love and wanted to kiss every girl I fancied. They loved to entertain, so we continuously had guest come over. I grew up believing that every day was some ‘kinda’ celebration. Some of the things that molded me were not only my father’s regimental training and how he was always quick with the cane, but his love for my mum also had a great impart on me. This is the setting, the background of love I am coming from, my pedigree, my rich heritage. It is my pride.

All the years I lived with my folks, I rebelled against everything, eating on the table with my family, doing my homework when I should, doing my chores in the house etc. I was a handful and oh, so troublesome. All my siblings wanted to be in my dad’s good book, but I was the renegade. For some reason I always got into trouble, and my father would whip the living daylight outta me. I concluded he was wicked, overbearing, hash brash and insensitive. While I was still in elementary school, he would make me memorize all of Shakespeare’s work, heavy flogging would follow if I forgot my lines. Oh! The man was obnoxious or so I thought. Kai! Because of him, I hated school till I left to America, he made learning frightening. Every morning we would go to morning mass, you better be ready, I had so much religion that I wanted to be a Priest. As Catholics I went regularly to confessions, catechism, I was even an altar boy.  He reminded me every blessed day of who I am and how I must protect the “OPUTA” name, a good name is better than gold, he would always say.  Our house was like the court room, he was the judge and jury, and I never won a case. I was raised on an overdose of integrity, morality, honesty and to always take responsibility for my fuckups. He ran our home like a military barracks. Na wa. Even though I was such a big rascal, those values became ingrained in my medulla.
When I started molding the character we all know as Charlyboy, he finally blew a fuse. He was scandalized, and he warned me that nobody would understand.  He said I was too outlandish, that I was ‘living’ way before my time, as if I didn’t know that from the day I was born. He wanted me
to have a respectable job and a secured financial future, but that wasn’t to be. That was when I decided I would never live under anyone’s shadow, and the main reason I didn’t do Law like he would have wanted. For the first 15yrs out of the 32yrs of being Charlyboy we hardly talked to each other. I disliked my father; there was nothing I did that was good enough for him. However I went my own way taking charge of my life and doing my own thing without interference, but ever so determined to succeed. But guess what, the more I got popular, the more I did so many positive things with the youths, the more I was secretly admired and amazingly respected for my tenacity, focus, consistency, enhancing my environment, my never say die attitude and above all my love and service to humanity. Since we made up some 25yrs ago his respect for me has kept rising. The first time my father told me he was proud of me some 25yrs ago I almost fell off my seat; I didn’t believe what I was hearing. Oh boy, those were the sweetest words my father said to me, from then I never looked back. Sometimes, noble fathers have noble children. Like I would always ask, can an apple fall too far from its tree?
Over two and a half decades ago I have come to build such an unusual bond with my father. Unusual because it is not often you see male children taking care of their parents the way I take care of my parents. My parents are like my babies, and I love them no be small, also I’m very protective of them and care for them, it is one of my obligations that has continued to make me feel ever so useful. For the past 9yrs my parents have been living with me, I have learned to be patient. My fathers famous quote still remains my best amongst the many I often heard him say, “old age is a disease no doctor can cure”. Just so they don’t get bored, we regularly plan events for them, we take them to different shows, musicals, comedy shows, cinemas, parks. I even walk my pops some evenings. I guess I am paying restitution for all my sins as a wayward teenager and all the heart aches I caused them (I don’t see it as a task though), Kai! Dem see pepper for my hand sha, because I spoil from belle.
My father taught me respect for self, to be a person of value, from him I learnt how to work and stay devoted to my marriage. It has not been easy but I have managed for 37yrs. Mine won’t be different cause my father has lived with my Mum who is still alive for over 65yrs, wow! He taught me the art of contentment and to always be grateful. Many times I am asked who my real heroes are, or those that inspire me, until 5yrs ago it never dawned on me that besides all the other persons who may have inspired me, like Baba Fela and co,  my dad has always been my number one. When I think of my dad, I am thankful for how his guidance and teachings enriched my life, he molded me well. Thank God.
You can imagine how I felt when he took ill, as he was hit by stroke. I write this piece from his hospital bed, as I sit alone with my father watching over him and praying that he recovers in time so we can still have the kind of intellectual discussion we usually have most evenings in my sitting room, as I sip my coke whilst he drinks his small stout. Please join me in praying for his quick recovery, I know we live to die, but I wish God keeps him just a little bit longer so he does not only see my great grand child in the next 4yrs, making him a centenarian plus I can show him more love. What is the point of all of this? All I’m trying to say is this, no matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? Think about it.

Cynthia Osokogu’s murder: Defendants had it all planned – Witness tells court

A prosecution witness on Thursday told a Lagos High Court at Igbosere, that the alleged murderers of face book lover, Cynthia Osokogu, had it all planned, a few days before she was killed.

The prosecution witness, Joseph Edo, told the court how Olisaeloka Ezike (second defendant), went to Agboju Market at the instance of Okumo Nwabufo (first defendant) and purchased a chain and a cellotape, which they used in ‘killing’ Cynthia.

Led in Evidence by the state Attorney-General, Ade Ipaye, Edo told the court: “it is the defendants’ stock-in-trade to invite women to hotels, drug and rape them.’’

He told the court which was presided over by Justice Olabisi Akinlade, that Okumo and Ezike had it in mind to kill Cynthia on her arrival in Lagos.

“From my investigation, I discovered that the first defendant sent the second defendant to Agboju Market to buy the instruments they used for the operation, a few days before Cynthia was killed.

“The second defendant (Ezike), after getting the items and while still at the market, used his phone to snap them and forwarded the picture to the first defendant (Nwabufo).

“He equally sent Nwabufo a text message from his phone asking if this was the chain and cellotape you asked me to buy.

“Nwabufo replied Ezike that it will be okay for the job, the messages are all in their phones,’’ Edo said.

The witness also told the court that he discovered that the third defendant, Orji Osita, who is a pharmacist, aided the primary suspects to commit the crime by supplying them the Rohypnol used in subduing the deceased, before they carried out the killing.

He said the fourth defendant, Nonso Ezike, dishonestly received Cynthia’s Blackberry cell phone from his elder brother, who is the second defendant.

“It was discovered that it was not the first phone he (Nonso) bought from the second defendant and he has knowledge of the first and second defendants stock-in-trade.

“They specialise in bringing ladies into hotel rooms, enticing them with one or two things and then rape them,’’ Edo said.

Earlier, Justice Akinlade admitted in evidence the confessional statements and video evidence made at the Festac Police Station on Aug. 20, 2012 by Nwabufo and Ezike, admitting the murder.

In a ruling delivered on the admissibility of the statements made by the first and second defendants, after they alleged that their statements were gotten under duress, Justice Akinlade held that their allegations before the court were concocted as there was no evidence to buttress their claims.

Akinlade added that from her examination of the confessional statements, the handwritings of the defendant did not show they were under torture to write them.

“The defendants were questioned in an open place and were also asked by the Area Commander if they made their statements voluntarily, which they attested in the affirmative.

“Moreover, from the video evidence, the defendants looked well and untortured.

“It was when the Area Commander realised their narration was the same that he requested for a cameraman to video them,” she said.

She added that the prosecution had proven its case in the trial-within-trial to determine the admissibility of the confessional statements made by the first and second defendants.

“I hereby admit the confessional statements and video evidence made by the defendants and tendered by the prosecution as exhibits’’ Akinlade held.

Akinlade adjourned the case till March 13, for continuation of trial. (NAN)

Three PDP Members Abducted In Rivers State

The chairman of Port Harcourt local government chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ikechi Chinda and two other party members have been kidnapped on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

Chinda was kidnapped along with Chiyere Igwe, a former member of House of Representatives who represented Port Harcourt constituency 1 in Rivers, and Alwell Ihunda.

A member of Rivers House of Assembly, Victor Ihunwo told journalist that the three men were kidnapped while attending a PDP’s caucus meeting at the Eagle Island office of Port Harcourt local government.

According to Ihunwo, unknown gunmen invaded the PDP meeting and took away the party chieftain.

Ihunwo said the abduction of the PDP’s chieftain was politically motivated.

He called on the kidnapers to release the men unconditionally.

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UNIPORT MURDER: Police Beat And Threatened To Shoot Me To Obtain Statement – Suspect

On Thursday, February 27, a Chief Superintendent of Rivers Police, Mr Henry Njoku, denied torturing, Lawal Segun, a Port-Harcourt commercial taxi driver, to extract information from him about murder of four UNIPORT students in October 2012.

Mr Njoku denied the allegation while he was cross-examined by Mr Joshua Kehinde, Counsel to Segun.

Mr Njoku stated that the first accused person made a confessional statement without torture or any application of force. He also said that Segun made two statements: one when he was arrested in October 2012, and the second after watching the video clip of the murder of 4 UNIPORT students in Aluu village.

But Lawal Segun insisted that the police beat him and threatened to shoot him if he refused to sign the statement. The main injuries were on his head and back. He attempted to remove his shirt to buttress his point but was restrained.

He said he was given panadol tablet at the Port Harcourt prison clinic, but admitted that he was not treated by a doctor.

The first accused person also stated that the police tortured and inflicted body injuries on him.

Segun said he could not complain about the torture to any police officer because nobody could have listened to him under the condition he found himself

He, however, contradicted his allegation of torture when he said that all the facts contained in his statement he wrote were correct.

The solicitor-general said the onus of proof on the allegation rested on the shoulders of the defence in line with the Evidence Act.

According to him, Lagos State has banned `trial-within-trial’ because lawyers used frivolous allegation to delay court proceedings.

The judge, Justice Ledan Nyordee, warned lawyers appearing before him, to exercise caution, and said the court was not a market place or a town hall meeting.

He adjourned the case to March 13 and March 27, for continuation.

Geneva II: Relatives Of Opposition’s Peace Talks Delegation Arrested By Syrian Govt

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A US administration official said on Wednesday that the Syrian regime had arrested relatives of the opposition’s delegation to the peace talks in Geneva earlier this month.

The US was “outraged” by reports that the Syrian government “has arrested family members of the Syrian opposition coalition delegation to the Geneva II peace talks, designated delegates as terrorists, and seized delegates’ assets,” Jen Psaki, State Department spokeswoman, said.

“We call on the regime to immediately and unconditionally release all those unfairly arrested.”

Among those held was Mahmoud Sabra, the brother of Geneva delegation member Mohammed Sabra.

Through such actions the Syrian regime was “not only defying the international community but also seeking to suppress the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people”, Psaki said.

A second round of the UN-led talks in the Swiss city, dubbed Geneva II, broke down in acrimony on February 15, only weeks after the rival parties sat down in January for the first time in the three-year civil war to seek a political settlement.

So far no date has been set for the talks to resume.

Meanwhile, the international mission to rid Syria of its chemical weapons by June 30 said on Wednesday that a batch of sulphur mustard, widely known as mustard gas, was shipped out of the country.

Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint operation by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, called for Syria to continue its efforts to relinquish its arsenal “in a safe, secure and timely manner, through systematic, predictable and high-volume movements”.

The mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical stockpile said the Assad government has missed at least two deadlines in the past two months to remove chemicals.

Photos from Omotola’s surprise birthday party in Ghana

Friends threw a surprise birthday party for the sultry actress in Ghana on 26 Feb 2014  evening. Her husband Capt. Mathew Ekeinde was secretly flown into the country to surprise her and he even helped organize the surprise party. How sweet! Continue to see more photos…

Army Starts Special Operation To Eliminate Boko Haram

Abuja – On Thursday, the Defence Headquarters announced the beginning of a special operation in order to flush out insurgents of Boko Haram terrorist sect from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

This was disclosed by Director of Defence Information, Maj-.Gen. Chris Olukolade.

The new approach is being undertaken simultaneously in the three Northern States that have been under the emergency rule since May 2013.

The aim of the operation is to apprehend the terrorists and ensure that they do not escape out of Nigeria.

Olukolade condemned recent killings of innocent children and other cictizens in Yobe and Adamawa states. He, however, noted that by carrying out such acts, terrorists are trying to intimidate Nigerians and make them believe in their invincibility.

He said the most recent activities of insurgents are best showing that the renewed army offensive is working.

He also said that six terrorists believed to be behind the attack on the Federal Government College in Yobe State and other places were killed, two captured, nine their vehicles destroyed.

He explained the assailants were engaged in suicidal fighting desperate to attain martyrdom status, desperate for money and food as they headed for the Cameroon border.

He urged the citizens of the affected areas, particularly border towns, to assist security forces by reporting any suspicious movement in their locality. He said that this would enhance military operations and assist in apprehending or eliminating the terrorists.


Nigeria Football Federation unveils World Cup jersey for Brazil 2014

The Nigerian Football Federation on  February 27th unveiled a brand new jersey our national team would use during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The jersey, which is lemon green, will be officially launched on March 5th when the Super Eagles meet Mexico in a pre-world cup friendly which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to the Head Marketing of the NFF, Adama Idris, the jersey was designed to suit the weather condition in Brazil. See more photos after the cut…

Boko Haram: 300,000 Displaced In Northeast Nigeria


Nearly 300,000 people, more than half of them children, have fled their homes in northeast Nigeria since May last year because of violence linked to radical Islamist group Boko Haram, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Three states in the region have been under emergency rule since last May 14, when the military launched a massive offensive to stamp out the insurgency, which has killed thousands since 2009.

Credible figures, including for casualties, have been difficult to obtain, as waves of attacks across a swathe of remote territory have made it impossible for most rescue agencies to operate.

But the UN’s humanitarian office, OCHA, said a total of 290,002 people have been internally displaced in the three states under emergency rule — Adamawa, Borno and Yobe — as of January 1, 2014.

The OCHA said the aggregated figures were “verified and conservative estimates” based on reports from humanitarian, development and relief agencies working in Nigeria.

The population in Borno — the epicentre of the conflict and where Boko Haram was founded more than a decade ago — has been the hardest-hit, with 189,318 displaced.

In Yobe, the figure was 71,491, and in Adamawa, 29,193.

Citing figures provided by Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, the UN said 51 percent of those displaced were children.

The OCHA said that providing assistance to those affected has been a challenge because of the continuing unrest.

The UN has not collated figures for those displaced in 2014 but the violence has continued unabated.

But the International Red Cross said on February 6 that from August last year to the end of January, it had helped provide more than 18,000 people in Borno with shelter and essentials, including food.

More than 300 people have been killed already this year, including 43 students who were slaughtered while they slept at a secondary school in Yobe on Tuesday.

In Adamawa late on Wednesday, hundreds of suspected militant fighters besieged a town, destroying homes and businesses with heavy weaponry and explosives. [AFP

Governor Fashola renames hall to honour slain Yobe students

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday Thursday February 27th renamed a hall initially named after him, to “Peace Hall’’, in memory of slain Yobe school children.
Vanguard reports that the hall was constructed by the Lagos Zonal Council of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), located at Fadeyi in Lagos.
Fashola said at the inauguration of the hall earlier named after him by NUPENG that he changed the name to honour the slain secondary school students.

“I appreciate NUPENG’s gesture but I will rename this edifice `Peace Hall`, in memory of the lives of the children that were brutally slain in Yobe by insurgents. The Children will soon be forgotten but as a reminder to us and the need to stand up for what is right, I ask that the hall be re-named as NUPENG’s Peace Hall, as we all search for peace across Nigeria. While we pray for the repose of the souls of these young ones, it is also a moment we must stand up as a nation. Whatever language you speak, whatever faith you practise, whatever ethnic/tribe you claim, this is the time it will not show. No matter how diverse we are, we are still one people, this is a time when colours and flag do not matter and political ideologies mean nothing. This is the time we must show and respect the values of the lives of fellow Nigerians’’ The governor said.

Nigerians Should Be Granted Right To Defend Selves – Brigadier General

Sokoto State – In order to win the war against terrorism, Brigadier General Tasi’u Ibrahim of Nigerian Army insists Nigerians should be granted the right to defend themselves.

He addressed the 1 Brigade’s 2014 Officers Training Day in Sokoto, Sokoto State.

He noted that this measure, among others, is being practiced in developed nations of the world and should be adopted in Nigeria to win the ongoing war on terror.

Other measures, according to Ibrahim, are strict monitoring and severe restriction on the importation of certain goods that might prove to be useful to aid and abate such crimes.

For instance, insurgents are known for using motorcycles for their attacks. Also, town planners who allow the erection of illegal shops are of particular concern. Ibrahim called for urgent review of national planning system, settlement patterns and borders.

The brigade commander also suggested that national resources should be deployed in earnest to address the ugly situation, as the army is just but a fraction of the national powers.

Police Recover 2-month-old Stolen Baby In Kaduna

A two‑month‑old baby, Sulaiman Adamu, stolen from his mother has been recovered by men of the Kaduna State Police Command

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Aminu Lawan, disclosed this in Kaduna.

According to him, the mother of the baby, Marwa Adamu, had earlier reported the case at the Police Divisional Headquarters in Rigachukwu on January 31.

He said the mother had complained that a woman, Hassana Mohammed, had ran away with the child from Maraban Jos, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Lawan said the child was recovered on February16, when the woman who took away the baby called her friends on phone, who immediately alerted the police.

The police spokesperson said the woman was encouraged to return and on arrival in Maraban Jos, was arrested for child theft, adding that she would soon be prosecuted.

The mother of the baby, Marwa Adamu (28),while narrating the incident, said the suspect had ran away with the child on January 31, after she had finished plaiting her hair.

According to Adamu, Mohammed took the child on the pretext that she was going to call one of her friends to also get her hair plaited.

Adamu said she had to report at the police station when the suspect refused to return the baby few hours later.

Toyin Aimakhu and Husband Shared New Adorable Pics

Photo - MADLY IN LOVE: Toyin Aimakhu and hubby Shares New Adorable Pics

As today is Toyin Aimakhu’s Hubby birthday, an actress and her man shared some very romantic photos.

Earlier today Toyin her husband a lovely shout out:

“Happy Birthday Mr Johnson, My Hubby, My Boo, paddy of life, heartbeat, daddy Seun, My small god and my joy…till death do us part…no no we live and die together.”

See more photos below…

Photo - MADLY IN LOVE: Toyin Aimakhu and hubby Shares New Adorable Pics

Photo - MADLY IN LOVE: Toyin Aimakhu and hubby Shares New Adorable Pics

Photo - MADLY IN LOVE: Toyin Aimakhu and hubby Shares New Adorable Pics

Photo - MADLY IN LOVE: Toyin Aimakhu and hubby Shares New Adorable Pics

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Kannywood Actress, Rabi Mustapha Passes Away

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On Wednesday, February 26, popular Kannywood actress, Rabi Mustapha, died after a brief illness in Kano.

She has already been buried according to Islamic rites.

On Thursday, at her family house in Kano, friends and colleagues trooped in to condole with the deceased’s family.

A family friend, Aliyu Ahmed said Kannywood industry had really lost a talent.

“Rabi is among the best if not the best singer in Kannywood. She will surely be missed, no doubt about it. Everybody is here with the family; Kannywood has been at a standstill since yesterday (Wednesday) evening till this morning,” said Ahmed.

Singer Rabi would be remembered in Kannywood for her singing, especially in the movies Mujadala, Muradi and Ukuba.

One of her last public performances was at her colleague, Fati Musa’s, wedding in December 2013.

She was one of the first singers in the industry, performing alongside Yakubu Mohammed.

Families Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Gani Fawehinmi Rejects Centenary Awards, Soyinka Too

As part of the centenary celebrations, the Federal Government will today honour 100 persons with Centenary awards, but it won’t be honouring Gani Fawehinmi, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Wole Soyinka as their families have rejected the awards.

Professor Soyinka is on the list alongside the likes of Professor Chinua Achebe, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, among others, but the nobel laureate has hinted he would not be taking the award.

“I would have preferred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether. I’m even thinking favourably of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter-event,” said Professor Soyinka.

Professor Soyinka, however, said he will endeavour, to be at the centenary awards planned in London on June 27 during which diasporans will honour 100 outstanding Nigerians in the UK.

At a gala dinner due to take place at Waltham Forest Town Hall in East London tagged Nigerian Centenary Awards UK, diasporans will hand out honours to 100 Nigerians who have excelled in various fields in the UK over the last 100 years.

Also speaking, Femi Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti stated that the family would not accept any centenary award in his honour.

Femi who made the statement through a Twitter correspondence while stating that the family has not been officially informed about any centenary award for Fela, noted that the Federal Government should first apologise for killing his grandmother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and burning of Kalakuta Republic.

“We have not heard such but I can speak for myself, Federal Government should first apologise for the killing of our grandmother and the burning of Kalakuta,” he wrote.

Asked if the family would accept the award if the government apologised for the two wrongs mentioned, Femi said he doubts if the family would accept the award.

“Like I said we have not heard anything from the Federal Government. But I doubt if the family will accept the award.”

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is being honoured in the ‘Internationally Acclaimed Artistes, Literary Icons and Journalists’ category.

The family of the late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawheinmi has also turned down his nomination for a centenary posthumous award.

The family cited the nomination of the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, for the same award, the unbridled killing of students by insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country and the incessant corruption reeking across the country, including the alleged missing of $20 billion from NNPC as reasons for rejecting the nomination.

According to the letter sent to the presidency via the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, and signed by Mohammed Fawehinmi, for and on behalf of late Gani Fawehinmi family, the family said they acknowledged the receipt of the letter and commended the federal government for considering their father for the honour but cited the reasons above for turning down the offer.

“We want to thank the Federal Government for considering our late father for this honour. However, for reasons stated here under, our family has decided it would be inexpedient to accept the award.

“Our late father was empathetic to the sufferings of our people, particularly students. In the last 72 hours, 43 innocent students were mowed down by the blood- thirsty Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, while 20 other girls were similarly abducted by this same band of terrorists. These girls are still in captivity while their fate is unknown. If our late father were to be alive, would he be wining and dining with all the glitterati at a Centenary celebration under these circumstances? Certainly no.”

“In the past few weeks, the polity has been assaulted with putrid odour of corruption with the alleged $20 billion missing in NNPC, a development that became the Archilles heel of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the suspended Governor of Central Bank. As an anti-corruption activist, if he were to be alive, our late father would have confronted the issue head-long and possibly gone to court. With the issue still raging, would our late father have accepted this award at this critical moment? Certainly no,” the letter read in part.

The family explained that their late father always championed the unity of the country and would have opted for the money being spent on the celebration of the centenary to have been devoted to infrastructure development instead of deploying the fund to celebrating Nigeria’s centenary.

“Our late father was unrepentantly for the unity of Nigeria. However, with the level of profligacy in some of the events celebrating Nigeria’s Centenary, our late father would have preferred these multi-million Naira expenditures channeled to our decrepit Teaching hospitals, than unproductive razzmatazz that do not improve the socio-economic well being of our people.

“For these reasons, our family respectfully declines to receive the award about to be conferred on our late father by the government,” the family said.

The list of the awardees include Sir Samuel Manuwa, Professor John Edozien, Dr Moses Majekodunmi, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, Professor Latunde Odeku, Professor­ Nelson Oyesiku and Dr. Funmi Olopade. Others on the list include Professor Oyin Olurin, Professor Orishejolomi­ Thomas, Professor Bello Osagie, Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, Professor Ade Elebute, Dr Akinola Maja, Professor Femi Williams, Professor Ambrose Alli, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, Professor Ishaya Audu, Professor Oladele Ajose and Professor Tola Adebonojo.

Other awardees are the British monarch and Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Fredrick Lugard, Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Ex-Military Heads of State and Civilian Presidents, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Literary icons such as Prof. Wole Soyinka and the late Prof. Chinua Achebe.

Also to be awarded are Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed Dangote, Chief Mike Adenuga, Honourable Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, GCON, Sir Abubakar Sadiq III, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, amongst others.

The award ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.

At the ceremony, President Jonathan would be presenting awards in 13 categories to 100 distinguished personalities, either alive or dead, who eminently symbolise the tapestry of Nigeria’s first centenary.

Some of the categories include, contributors to the making of Nigeria, heroes of the struggle for Nigeria’s independence/pioneer political leaders, pioneers in professional callings/careers, promoters of democratic transition in Nigeria, internationally acclaimed artists, literary icons, journalists, etc.