Glasgow 2014: Adesanmi Edges Okoli to 63kg Women’s Weightlifting Gold


The early camping of Team Nigeria’s weightlifters look to be paying much dividend at the Commonwealth Games as the pair of Oluwatoyin Adesanmi and Obioma Okoli claimed the women’s 63kg Group A gold and silver medals respectively after lifting a joint total weight of 207kg on Sunday.

Prior to Day four of the 20th edition of the Games, the country had already claimed gold, two silver medals and one bronze all in weightlifting.

But with the race to equal the National Sports Commission’s 14 gold medal ambition ahead of the team, 22-year-old, Adesanmi, and her training partner Okoli took the competition in their own strides, leaving India’s Poonam Yadav in third place.

Team Nigeria Have Won Six Medals So far In The Commonwealth Games.

Okoli, 22, who began her weightlifting career in Akure and has named former Nigeria weightlifter Sunday Mathias as her hero, mounted pressure on her partner but was disappointed by a no-lift decision at 123kg in the end of the clean and jerk.

She was, moreover, contended with the silver awarded her by the officials owing to her inferior performance in the snatch phase of the final, where she lifted just 90kg as against Adesanmi’s 92.

As at time of report, Team Nigeria are ranked ninth in the medal standings, with two gold medals, three silver medals, and bronze.

My Husband Named Me Omosexy — Omotola Jalade Ekeinde


When CNN dubbed superstar actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde ‘Queen of Nollywood’ the Cable News Network people knew exactly what they were talking about.

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With more than 300 movies to her name; being mentioned by Time magazine as one of the Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and others, and currently holding the honour of having appeared in the most grossing film in West Africa ‘Last Flight to Abuja, beating American blockbuster movies like Spiderman, Ice Age and others, Omotola stands head above her peers and rightly deserves her place as the ‘Queen of Nollywood’.

Omotola told newsmen that her popular nickname was actually a pet name given to her by her husband of almost twenty years. “That’s my husband’s pet name for me,” she says, “and the fans love it and now people call me Omosexy almost more than Omotola’.

Explaining what ‘Omosexy’ means the mother of four and social activist said the name is self-explanatory. “You can judge easily from the name. I must be sexy, at least, to my husband to have warranted the name” she says. Omotola, no doubt remains one of the most curvaceous women ever to grace the African cinema screen.

Female Suicide Bomber Dies In Failed Attempt To Bomb University


A female suicide bomber attempting to bomb Northwest University in Kano state on Sunday, July 27 is died, according to the Nigeria police.

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The female bomber suspected to be 16 years of age was said to have walked towards the gate of the University when policemen guarding the University became suspicious of her motive, according to Sahara Reporters.

Not comfortable, the policemen decided to isolate her and called for reinforcement from female police officers.

Apparently the female bomber who had a bomb concealed inside her hijab, killed herself by detonating her explosives, while injuring five policemen in the suicide mission.

This is coming a day after, a suspected bomber allegedly connected to the Kaduna twin explosion who disguised asa woman was caught by the Military in the state.

Kano state has been under serious attacks in the past few days.

On July 24, a bomb explosion hit the New Road Motor Park in Sabon Gari, Kano, around 3pm reportedly killing about 5 people, according to Channels TV

Just today, July 27, a bomb explosion occurred in at the premises of St. Charles Catholic Church in Sabon gari area of Kano, killing five people in the explosion.

Married Man Attempts Suicide Over Girlfriend


A 40-year-old man, Ediekan on Friday morning, July 25 at Bay Bridge road, Yenagoa attempted to commit suicide over his girlfriend’s refusal to have s*xual intercourse with him.

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Apparently the married father of two was said to have been in a long relationship with his girlfriend, one Favour who lives within the same neighborhood had been spending money on her just to woo her to go to bed with him.

But Favour who was not moved by his spendings, rather than succumb to his pressure, resisted all entreaties and kept on promising that she would eventually marry him.

However, on Thursday night, Ediekan could no longer hide his frustrations when he discovered that Fa- vour was going to bed with another man.

Sources told Sunday Sun that Ediekan immediately became emotionally depressed and began the plot to commit suicide within the compound. In an inter- view with our correspon- dent, his wife, Florence, confessed that her husband woke her up in the night complaining that all the people he loved did not re- ciprocate his love. According to her,he was such in a bad mood that he asked if she could take care of their two children if he dies.

She said: “I was alarmed when he came in complain- ing that all the people he loved did not reciprocate his love. As his wife, I re-iterated my love to him, but he said he wasn’t re- ferring to me, but one Favour whom he had spent so much money for and yet refused to return his ges- tures with love. He then asked if I could take care of our two children if he dies.

At that point, I became worried and tried to discourage him from such negative thoughts. Early in the morning, as he stood up from the bed, I tried to hold him back but he broke loose and went outside. Even then, I didn’t know that he had already got a rope and some chairs where he intended to hang himself. But after a while, I saw him with a rope around his neck and his legs dangling in the air. I immediately raised the alarm and neighbours came around and used cutlass to cut off the rope.”

Meanwhile some of his neighbours expressed disappointment over the incident but Ediekan who was unremorseful insisted that he would commit suicide, as he could not watch another man sleeping with Favour.

Subsequently, Favour was persuaded to openly confess her love to him. Amidst the crowd of people, she obliged and even promised to marry him.

Following the assurance, Ediekan angrily told his neighbours to leave him alone to face his problems, adding that if he dies, people would take care of his children.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ekeki on hearing the news deployed some of his men to the scene to investigate the incident, The Sun learnt.

Bomb Explosion At Catholic Church Kills 5 In Kano


Five people were killed in bomb explosion at the premises of St. Charles Catholic Church on Zungeru Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

According to SaharaReporters, shortly after the church service today, July 27, a bomb was thrown into the premises of the church.

Nigeria Police public relations officer, Frank Mba, confirmed the attack, saying that 5 people were killed including a soldier guarding the premises of the church.

According to Frank Mba, police operatives have arrested five male suspects for their complicity in the attacks.

Two were arrested in connection with the foiled bomb attack at Isyaku Rabiu Mosque, while three were arrested in connection with the attack at St Charles Church. All suspects are currently undergoing interrogation.

As the Nation reports, four of the dead persons, included the husband, identified as Ugochukwu Okoli, 32, wife, father and maid were among the victims, who had gone to the church for thanksgiving.

About 16 people were said to have sustained varying degree of injuries, while tree suspects, including a cripple were arrested by security agents.

The bombing of the church today is the third bombing incident in Kano. Two previous attempts on a Mosque and a university were thwarted by the police in the city.

Sabon Gari residents spilled onto the street to protest the attack:

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“I’m disappointed no secular artiste came for Kefee’s burial’ – Daddy Showkey


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In an interview with Leadership newspapers, Daddy Showkey expressed his disappointment at many Nigerian artists who didn’t bother to attend Kefee’s burial. He also talked about the time he was sick, and how none of his colleagues bothered to see how he was doing. He says he has no friends in the entertainment industry. Find below…

“I was disappointed that artistes did not come to show love to their own. It is not a good thing. The lady died and it is sad for her family. Musicians ought to have showed up and rallied round her people, to show that they care. It was only the gospel musicians that showed up, meaning there is no love in this industry. Nobody cares about you if you drop dead tomorrow. I told you I was away for 3 years because of my spinal cord injury. Nobody came to visit me during that time. No one from my generation of singers came to identify with me and that is bad for a man who has given much to the industry. This makes me think that we don’t care about ourselves in this industry. As the Yoruba people say, Oju aaye ni a nse o meaning, na eye service we dey do to oursefu!”he said. Continue

He said that in the industry, he doesn’t have any friend

“I don’t have a friend oh. This life wetin my eyes don see, no be small thing oh! That experience is enough to make you cut-off, because when they see me with money they associate with Showkey; but when Showkey had a challenge, an accident- no one could call or say we feel your pain. So me, I no get friend. My friends are those in Ajegunle that we can say the truth to ourselves. It is only Pasuma that I can call my friend- he comes to my house anytime and we chat about things” he said.

“I don’t have step kids, they are all my kids’ Annie Idibia opens up in new interview


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In this very revealing interview with Sunday Sun, mother of 2 Annie Idibia opened up about life before the fame and money; how her mother coped after they were abandoned by their father, her acting career, marriage to 2face Idibia, her relationship with his other kids and much more.  Excerpts from the very interesting interview below….

Ordinarily, people would expect to see the pompous wife of a big star like Tuface but that does not seem to be the case with you. You’re so humble?
Thanks for the compliment. I am a very playful and down-to-earth person though, there are times I prefer keeping to myself in order to avoid people taking advantage or abusing me. However, I am a very simple person. I am from Eket, Akwa Ibom State. I am from a family of four children; three brothers and myself, the only daughter of the family. My mum and dad divorced 20 years ago. Continue…

Your parents separated 20 years ago. How did it affect you?
My mother bred us from childhood to adulthood because of the divorce. I was almost a tom boy growing up with my brothers. It’s heartbreaking when you live with your parents happily and suddenly, they part ways. Sincerely, we were terribly affected emotionally. It was especially tough where it was only our mother that was attending functions in school and taking care of our needs. It was emotionally sapping and my brothers have their own fair share of memories. It affected me so much while in secondary school because I was always sad going home after school hours to see my mother living without my father. But mum tried her best to make life meaningful for us; she is my hero. And I appreciate God for being there for us.

How old were you when your parents divorced?
Maybe, nine or 10. I was in primary school when it all happened and I remember everything but it is irrelevant talking about it now because we have moved on.

Could you talk about the sacrifices you made as a kid to support your mother financially?
I was always running home during lunch break to prepare lunch for my younger brother but unfortunately, we lost him at 15 years of age. It was really tough! I had to assist my mother in her shop which was very close to our house after school. She was also working to make ends meet.

How did your brother die?
We don’t like talking about it in the family because we miss him dearly. He was an intelligent and brave boy; he died of tuberculosis.

Where did you grow up?
We lived in Ibadan with our parents when my father was working with Mobil and my mother was a house wife. She remained a house wife until they separated. I was born with a silver spoon but I didn’t grow up with it. After their divorce, my mother got a job with Mobil working as a cook to support us. Thereafter, we moved to Jakande Estate, Lekki, Lagos. From there we moved to Thomas Estate, also on the Island. After the entire struggle, God has blessed us tremendously. I am the last child. My eldest brother is married and my elder brother lives in Atlanta; he is also married.

How did that experience shape you?
It made me stronger and independent as a woman. As the only girl, my mother taught me to do domestic chores. Today as a married woman, I have domestic staff but I still cook and do house chores. I started working immediately after I graduated from secondary school at age 15. I worked as a sales girl in a boutique and two other places before I got admission to study, leading up to my diploma. I also worked part time as an undergraduate of Computer Science at the Lagos State University when I was 18-years-old. Thereafter, I got admission into the University of Lagos where I bagged a degree in Theatre Arts. Growing up wasn’t easy, my sister. I have never shared this before in the media but I think God wants His name to be exalted in my life.

What is your advice to couples on divorce?
Honestly, divorce is the worst punishment any parent could subject children to because it’s the children that will face the consequences of their actions. Divorce shouldn’t be considered as an option when couples face-off. It is advisable to settle rather than divorce. Why did you get married if you cannot forgive and reconcile with your partner? I don’t wish my kids to pass through my experience regarding divorce. I always use my parents-in-laws as an example and I try to emulate them in my marriage. After all these years, they are still deeply in love with each other. Even at their age, they still enjoy each other’s company and that is amazing.

Have you reconciled with your father?
I have reconciled with him. I did seven years ago. Our mother always encouraged us to forgive our father and love him regardless of the past. I have a very good relationship with my father now.

Let’s talk about the industry that brought you to limelight. How did you come into Nollywood?
I attended so many auditions after my secondary education and I also did some modelling jobs for a while earning as little as N2000. The highest fee I ever earned was N5000 but I wasn’t discouraged. I worked with Dakova and KC Jabari and I also did ushering jobs at events. I was an usher at Queen Onokala’s first album launch. I was also second runner-up of Queen of All Nations Beauty Pageant. It was after the beauty pageant that I made my Nollywood debut.

How long have you been in the industry?
I have spent over four years as a professional. I came into Nollywood in 2009. Before then I had featured in minor roles while in the University. After graduation and the birth of my first baby, I got deeply involved in acting.

What do you enjoy most about being an actress?
I love stepping into other people lives, living it and depicting it to the best of my abilities and it’s always been a delight.

Have you ever played a role you later regretted?
I wouldn’t play it if it’s not acceptable to me.

Are you saying that even if you are paid a huge amount of money, you wouldn’t play if it’s not acceptable?
Sometimes I actually accept scripts because of the character and not the amount involved. I also consider the energy and intellectual ability that the character demands because I love playing roles that challenge my ability and skills. Basically, I act for the passion and not just for the monetary gains.

Have you ever been embarrassed by a fan?
I learned a lot from my husband who became a superstar before my foray into Nollywood. So, mine is a piece of cake. I don’t tag them embarrassing because it’s a price you have to pay for fame.

How has motherhood been so far?
I enjoy being a mum. God has blessed me with two wonderful kids. It’s wonderful though, tasking, stressful and sometimes depressing, especially when you are a working mum. But I try to create time to be with my kids no matter my busy schedule. I make sure I am always involved in my daughter’s school activities. It would interest you to know that I am my daughter’s lesson teacher. And I must appreciate my lovely mother for making life meaningful for me by teaching me so much; she has been a wonderful mother and grandmother.

What do you enjoy most about being a mother?
I admire watching my little baby bubble with life. Watching my first daughter grow is nothing short of a blessing from God. They give me joy and I celebrate motherhood whenever my daughter calls me mama. It’s a wonderful feeling looking at this creatures God has blessed me with; in fact, they are the best things in my life.

You are presently on set, could you tell us about the movie you are working on?
We are working on a movie entitled Perfect Snake. I am actually playing female lead. I love the role because it is one of my most challenging roles. In fact, the character is my direct opposite. She is a girl that doesn’t smile and is mean. She is a rich kid who does all her father’s dirty deals and is sexually involved with her brother. It’s been fun coming on set in the morning and driving home in the middle of the night.

Who is the perfect snake in the movie?
You will find out after watching the movie when it is released; I wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag.
There is this popular saying ‘no pain, no gain’. Have you had any experience in life that actually made you cry?
I actually cried the day I gave birth to my first child, Isabella. They were tears of joy. I held her and kissed her to appreciate the mercy and grace of God upon my life. And I also cried the day I lost my younger brother. And of course, I cried on my wedding day.

Why did you cry on your wedding day which should be your happiest?
Indeed it was a long journey. We dated for years before we got married on that fateful day, which was my happiest moment in life. My mother was filled with joy seeing her only daughter getting married to her soul mate. In fact, both families were elated.

When did you meet Tuface and how long have you been married?
I met my husband in 1999 and we started dating in 2002. We dated till we got married. Though, there were times we had differences during courtship but the bond we shared and our love for each other took us to the altar. We have been married for over two years and I feel like it’s been forever.

Your husband has been linked with rumours concerning women. How do you handle those moments, especially the recent one about him impregnating a banker?
I really don’t pay attention since I am married to a man that understands me. In fact, most times we laugh over these rumours. Any time such rumours come up in the media, my husband calls me immediately on the phone asking if I have seen what was written. And I reply that I have and we laugh over it and move on because we know that those rumours will not tear us apart. On the recent rumour about him impregnating a banker, I don’t know what they stand to gain with idle gossip. I had just delivered my baby, Olivia. She was barely two months old but we overcame it.

Could you share some of your labour room experiences?
The coming of my first baby was easier but my second baby was not easy. I was screaming and calling on God. I had my babies through caesarean section. I appreciate God but I wish it was through normal delivery. I always remember the pains I had after their delivery because it’s not the normal way of giving birth but the major pains that go with CS. However, regardless of the process, I give God all the glory.

Have you ever felt like having your husband present in the labour room?
He was around during the delivery of my first baby though, he was not allowed into the theatre. He was 24 hours late for the delivery of my second baby. I was so angry with him but he apologised and I forgave him.

Which of the rumours published about your husband hit you hardest?
None, I just want gossips to leave us alone to enjoy our blissful lives together. We don’t disturb them, why are they disturbing our peace? And I also want to appreciate our fans for being there for us.

Most celebrities’ marriages break up. How are you able to enjoy a stable marriage?
I married my friend and we trust, love and respect each other so much. And that has remained the bed rock of our marriage.

Your husband has admitted that you are his African Queen. What actually attracted you to him?
I was very young when we started dating. Honestly, I can’t explain what it is but I just want to be around him always and it just grew into what it is today.

Was he your first love?
I wouldn’t answer this question but I think so.

Tell me what I want to hear, is he?
(smiles) He is my love.

How does your husband react after watching some of the romantic roles you acted including those where you had to kiss another man?
They are two different things but my husband has asked me not to act in bad movies. I am g lad to express my ability as a professional. And concerning playing romantic roles, my husband always say to me, ‘if you have to act a romance scene, you have to do it well or you don’t do it at all.’

Are you saying he is not a jealous guy?
(laughter) No. He is actually a very jealous husband.

How are you coping living with your step children?
I don’t have step children; they are my kids. They are innocent, smart and adorable kids. We have a good family relationship with our kids in America and Nigeria. Zion has a great sense of humour, he is always attached to his sister, Isabel; they are age mates and they always disagree to agree in love. It’s fun watching them stay together whenever they come to their family home. Honestly, we want our children to enjoy their childhood by the grace of God in unity and love. And I really appreciate their mothers for their great understanding and their father, for making our children his priority in life.

Your husband stated in an interview that he is done making kids. Do you still wish to have more kids?
(Smiles) That’s funny. God has blessed us with seven children so I think we have enough. But if God blesses us with one more child, who am I to say no.

Are you planning to produce a movie like your colleagues?
I am working towards producing a movie soon but aside that, my NGO would soon be lunched. I am working presently with a colleague and friend, Tana Adelana. Our first project will be in Jakande Estate schools, located in Lekki. The objective is to assist pupils to have a comfortable environment for learning.

Do you also consider acting beyond Nollywood?
I will if the opportunity comes but I don’t have American accent and I don’t like pretending. If I am given an African woman’s role to play, why not? After all, Rita Dominic is now in Hollywood, which is a commendation for Nollywood.

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister


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The wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, was kidnapped this morning July 27th after men of the Boko Haram sect stormed her home in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon’s information minister and government spokesman revealed.

Mrs Ali was kidnapped alongside her domestic staff and one other person. The insurgents also killed 3 people in the attack on Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria

Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters of Maroua, said the sect members are believed to still be in the town fiercely engaging military officers

“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers. Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister have succeeded in taking him out of the town to Mora,” Formekong said, adding that there could be more casualties” he said

Police Avert Major Bomb Blast In Kano


The Police in Kano state yesterday evening, July 26th averted what could have been another fatal bomb blast in the ancient city.

Police operatives averted the calamity after discovering a Peugeot 406 car with registration number AA 513 ZAK, loaded with explosives at the mosque of Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu at Goron Dutse.

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Bomb experts neutralized the explosives immediately and no casualty was recorded.

Below is a statement from the official website of the Nigerian Police force

On Saturday, the 26th July which is an eve to this year’s Eid Fitr celebration by Muslims all over the world, the Kano State Police Command wishes to inform the general Public that at about 10:40pm a distress call was received from the members of the community that a Peugeot 406 white in colour with reg. No AA 513 ZAK was discovered abandoned at the gate of Isiayaku Rabiu Mosque located at Goron Dutse Qtrs Kano.

 

On receipt of the information, our men led by the EOD Personnel were mobilized to the scene and discovered the said vehicle was loaded with IEDs primed to be detonated during today’s Eid Fitr’s Prayers. We immediately disconnected and dislodge the EIDs safely without causing any injury or damage. If you recall that, the Command is always on air and sometimes physically going round to sensitize the general public on security tips, public awareness and sensitization which result to this success. I urge all citizens of this Country to join hand and support the Command and all the security agencies in fighting terrorism and all forms of criminal activities In the State and the nation in general.

On our part we would continue to give our very best in providing adequate security of lives and properties as well as maintaining law and order in the State.

On behalf of officers and men of the Command, I wish all the good people of Kano State a Happy Eid Fitr. Thanks and God bless you all.

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister


The wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, was kidnapped this morning July 27th after men of the Boko Haram sect stormed her home in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon’s information minister and government spokesman revealed.

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Mrs Ali was kidnapped alongside her domestic staff and one other person. The insurgents also killed 3 people in the attack on Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria

Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters of Maroua, said the sect members are believed to still be in the town fiercely engaging military officers

“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers. Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister have succeeded in taking him out of the town to Mora,” Formekong said, adding that there could be more casualties” he said

Governor Akpabio Denies Threatening To Kill Anyone


Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has reacted to reports making rounds of his alleged plans to kill governorship aspirants.

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The Governor described the report as another smear campaign by his traducers.

Governor Akpabio who reacted to the report through his Chief Press Secretary, Pastor Anietie Ukpe expressed shock at the comments allegedly made by the Nigeria Ambassador to Russia, Chief Assam Assam SAN, in a letter to the Secretary to Government, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and published in newspapers and the Internet.

Akpabio proverbially cautioned his political sons with a rebellious spirit not to seek the destruction of their father in order to achieve their ambition like Absalom tried to.

He said it was regrettable that Chief Assam would resort to a deliberate misrepresentation of his comments during the ground breaking ceremony for the Permanent PDP Secretariat, insisting that he did so out of mischief and to shed crocodile tears and curry public sympathy.

The governor further charged politicians to engage in constructive idea and desist from destructive pronouncements meant to incite people, create disaffection and fan the embers of disunity”.

It was reported on July 17 that Governor Akpabio had said sudden death will be the portion of those who plan getting to power through the backdoor.

He also appealed to his people, asking to support Jonathan-led administration, as that is the only thing that can help encourage the troubled president saying: “Let us not only support, but pray for the President.”

MFM Pastor Close To Blindness Cries Out


A 61-year-old Pastor Lawrence Okechukwu Amuruche of the MFM who is close to being blind has narrated his ordeal while crying out for help.

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Amuruche, who pastors the Alakija, Satelite town branch of the MFM, said for over a year, he has been battling with eye cataract which has already grown on one eye and threatening to start growing on the second eye if medical help does not come fast.

The father of two who narrating his ordeal to The Sun said the problem started when he noticed his eyes were always itching him, a which development degenerated into blurry sight later.

According to him: “I noticed my eyes always scratch me and at a point my vision changed, my sight became blurring. I told my wife about it, she looked into my eyes and told me there was a growth forming in my eyes. So, we sought medical advice.”

The optician they visited, for medical advice, informed him that he had developed an eye cataract and that the only way it can be treated is surgery. “I went to an optician in the estate where I live who told me that it is cataract and that the only way out is surgery. Initially, I didn’t know what the problem was because I have not experienced it before and it is not in my lineage. So, we went to Eye Foundation Hospital, Ikeja, for treatment.”

“At the hospital”, Pastor Amuruche continues, “they said I should provide N450,000 per eye. That is N900,000 for the two eyes but I cannot afford it. I did an eye test for which I paid N130,000 pending the time I will get money for the surgery.  But I have not been able to raise money and my situation is getting worse by the day.”

In his quest to seek alternative treatment for his eyes at no cost, Pastor Amuruche embarked on a journey to Isiukwuato LGA, Abia State, when he heard that a group of opticians flew in from the United States to help people with eye problems free-of-charge.

Unfortunately, his effort to get cured was frustrated by the mammoth crowd that besieged the venue. “I spent five days there but I could not do the surgery because the crowd was much. That is how I have been going around for assistance and now it is moving to the other eye”, he stated.

“I have gone to my General Overseer for money to do the surgery. To get him was a problem. It was just last week that I was able to get him. But instead of giving me money to do the surgery, he gave anointing oil, prayer points and water to be washing my face. I told him that I have prayed. I have been doing fasting and have been doing vigils concerning the eyes. But it has been deteriorating. If my coming out to seek for help will lead to my sack, let him sack me and I will go instead of losing my eyes in the name of ministry. And I will not be able to minister, I will not pastor and I will be in the house and they will not pay me.”

Appeal Court Ratifies Obiano’s Election As Anambra State Governor


The Enugu zone of the Court of Appeal today, July 27, dismissed the appeal brought before it by Chris Ngige, and ratified the election that brought Mr. Obiano into office.

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Mr. Ngige, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had asked the appeal court to overturn the verdict of the Anambra State Governorship Election Tribunal that had earlier upheld the election of Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the Anambra governor.

Mr. Obiano was sworn in in March 2014 to succeed former Governor Peter Obi, also of APGA.

Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba led a panel of five justices in considering the appeal filed by Mr. Ngige who sought a ruling setting aside the verdict of the tribunal and a determination that the election had failed to comply with electoral laws.

Today’s verdict marks the final stage of any legal challenge to the election of Mr. Obiano.

Eaglets Edge DR Congo to a Narrow Win in Kinshasa


Nigeria Under-17 men’s national team defeated the DR Congo by 1-0 margin in an Africa Junior Championship second round qualifier on Saturday.

On-form Victor Osimhen scored early into the encounter played at the Tata Samuel Stadium.

Osimhen headed directly into the net from Usman Abbas’ one-time pass on 13 minutes following the latter’s superb run on the left wing.

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The Golden Eaglets could have scored more goals, but couldn’t take their chances.

Nigeria almost doubled their lead three minutes to the interval, when skipper Kelechi Nwakali’s well struck free-kick ricocheted off the woodwork.

The return leg will be played in Calabar in two weeks’ time and the winners of the tie face the overall winners of the game between Ethiopia and Gabon.

Gabon forced the East Africans to a goalless draw in Addis Ababa.

The 2015 Africa U-17 Championship is billed for Nigeria in February.

Glasgow 2014: Ndidi Winifred, Yinka Ayenuwa Claim Weightlifting Silver


Team Nigeria’s Ndidi Winifred claimed silver in the women’s 58kg weightlifting event as Yinka Ayenuwa claimed the country’s first men’s individual event medal, all on Day 3 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Asaba-born athlete, 25, looked to have built an early momentum in the snatch phase after seemingly successfully lifting at 95kg, which unfortunately was deemed a no-lift, but finished another 116kg effort in the clean and jerk to complete a total 206kg lift.

England’s Zoe Smith,20, won the event’s gold as well as setting a Games Record of 210kg total lift.

Two-time champion and Wales’ Michaela Breeze, who came out of retirement for the Glasgow games, won bronze with her total 202k lift.

Ndidi Winifred Claims Silver in the 58kg Women's Weightlifting Event as Nigeria Moved 10th.

Despite being denied the lead halfway into the contest having being adjudged a no-lift twice, Ndidi mounted pressure on the Londoner and was unfortunately denied the third time her second clean and jerk attempt of 115 which should have left her just 2kg adrift of Smith.

Moreover it was Team England’s smith who mustered strength to finish with a flourish with a Games Record 118kg lift to clinch gold.

Breeze, 35, offered less in her third attempt at 113kg- enough to have had her finish runners-up- only for Winifred to leapfrog her after lifting 116kg to clinch silver.

Later on Saturday, Ayenuwa was elated to have won team Nigeria’s fourth medal of the championships, as his final attempt at 171kg in the men’s 69kg Group A weightlifting class hauled him into runners-up position.

Ayenuwa, 28, clinched Nigeria’s second silver medal of the day after lifting a total of 301kg.

Malaysia’s Mohd Hafifi Mansor claimed gold with a total of 305kg. Indian Omkar Otari won bronze having lifted 297kg.

Team Nigeria have won four medals (1 gold, 2 silvers and a bronze) in the third day of the Commonwealth games and sit eleventh on the medal standings (as at time of report).

Killers Spared Death Penalty Because Of Judicial Error


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The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned death sentences for two brothers convicted in the 2000 execution-style murder of four people on a snowy soccer field in Wichita, ruling that the trial judge erred in refusing to conduct separate penalty phases for the two men.

Jonathan and Reginald Carr were sentenced to death in 2002. Their December 2000 crime spree, known as the Wichita Massacre, included the kidnapping of three men and two women in a home invasion that included rpe and sxual humiliation.

The five victims were shot in the head; one survived.

The court affirmed some of the convictions against the two brothers, including murder, but vacated the death penalty for both of them, sending the case back to district court for new sentencing.

“The Eighth Amendment was violated in this capital case when the district judge refused to sever the penalty phase of the proceedings,” the court wrote in the ruling.

The Supreme Court said the mitigation cases of the two men were at least partially antagonistic, so they should have been treated separately, and said the joint treatment allowed evidence against both of them that might have been excluded in separate proceedings.

Six judges on the seven-member court joined the majority opinion on overturning the death penalty, while one dissented.

CheckOut The MBGN 3rd Runner Up


Gorgeous Endurance Akpoyibo represented Osun State in the just concluded Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and came 3rd. She was also crowned Miss Ecowas Nigeria. It takes a really bold and confident woman to go for a pageant in low-cut hairstyle. See more pics below…

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Omawumi’s Plan On Getting Married


While answering questions about her baby’s father and her daughter on Channel’s TV Sunrise programme this morning, singer Omawumi revealed she will most likely get married next year.

“I will probably get married next year. We might do a location wedding or a local wedding. Warri is a good destination” she said

I don’t think Omawumi has ever shared a pic of her man, but I hear he may be in the pic above…:-). I kinda like the way she keeps her private life private

Runtown: “It’s Nobody’s Business If Davido Bought ‘Aye’ From Me”


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It’s quite obvious that the controversy surrounding this ‘Aye’ song isn’t going to end soon.

Just days ago, Davido was asked again by a journalist if he wrote the song himself and he answered, now it has come up again.

Runtown has come out of the lot of controversies surrounding Davido’s hit tune, ”Aye” , with reports claiming that the song was actually written by him.

However, the fast rising indigenous singer Runtown has come out to rebuke the claims.

Reacting to the rumours, the Garllado hitmaker said, “Davido has had a number of interviews where he addressed how the song came about. So if you want to learn more about Aye ask David or read his interviews.”

The singer when asked further if he sold the song to Davido retorted, “The first time I heard about that, I felt it was nobody’s business to raise issues like that. I know we are in Africa and people like to ask questions, but it is certainly not my business.

“Maybe the song sounds like something I would have done myself, perhaps that is why people are saying so.” He said.

CITIZEN SAMUELSON MOVED TO ANOTHER POLICE CELL


Now that the people of Imo state, Nigerians and the World have known the truth that the detained socio-political crusader, Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha and his wife Chioma are 100% innocent of the murder of Architect Franklin Okoli , the Imo State Police Command led by Mr Abdulmajid Ali  are  in a state of confusion. They have realized that they have exposed themselves to public ridicule. Abdulmajid Ali the Imo State Commissioner of Police has exposed himself as a corrupt politician in police uniform. He has shown the world that he is a  senior police man that is a bad influence to the junior officers.Imagine a Police Commissioner protecting criminals and murderers in Imo State but holding an Activist and his wife illegally in detention for 2 months now.

While they are grappling with the disgrace and shame they brought upon themselves by colluding with the equally disgraced and humiliated Imo state government led by Mr Rochas Anayo Ethelbert Okorocha and Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu to wrongly and unjustly accuse Citizen Samuelson of a crime they knew he never committed, the Imo Police Commissioner and his corrupt Deputy Police Commissioner Mr Folawiyo  have been busy moving the activist from one cell to another. Within the last 96 hours, they have moved Citizen Samuelson from cell 7 to cell 5 to cell 7 again to cell 5 again and now to cell 1 where he is presently in an uncomfortable and painful position.  This is different from the fact that they banned him from seeing visitors and relations who troop daily to visit him.

The question which the commissioner of police Mr Ali must answer Nigerians, apart from other numerous questions already posed to him is: why has he refused to arrest the 5 young men whose names, addresses and phone numbers were submitted on the 5th(Thursday) of June 2014 during the Security/Peace meeting at government house, who are indeed responsible for the heartless murder of Architect Franklin Okoli on the 3rd of june 2014? Could it be that arresting the young men would finally unveil Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu as the one who sponsored them to come on that day to assassinate the social crusader-Citizen samuelson  Iwuoha  for daring to exposed his corrupt practices to Imolites and Nigerians?

No matter the pretences, Imo Police Commissioner must respond to this simple question. The story of Lawrence Anini, Monday  Osunbor  and DSP George Iyamu of the old Bendel State is still fresh in our minds. Is Imo Police Commissioner (Mr Ali)  the new George Iyamu? Is Benjamin Uwajumogu the new Lawrence Anini? Is Rochas Okorocha the new Monday Osunbor? Details will be provided soon.

 

Jackson Reporting for Imo Initiative

27-07-2014

SATURDAY WETNESS AND WEEKEND SWEETNESS – FUCK A BITCH TODAY


Kaduna Bombing: Police Investigative Team In Kaduna, Meets Buhari


Buhari-kaduna-blastA four-man investigative panel set up by the Inspector General of Police to unravel the masterminds of the twin bomb blasts targeting former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Islamic cleric, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, arrived Kaduna Saturday.

The team, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Legal Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Nwadibo Ekechukwu, earlier visited the scenes of the blast before meeting with the former Nigerian leader at his residence behind closed doors.

Mr. Ekechukwu later appealed to the public to assist the team with useful information and appealed for caution.

The twin bomb explosions on Wednesday, killed over 40 people and injured 37 others.

The two bombs which exploded at different times, were apparently targeted at Buhari and Bauchi.

The two men, however, escaped unhurt.

Mark, Tambuwal, Greet Muslims On Sallah


NASSThe Senate President, Senator David Mark has congratulated the Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, which he said the nation desires most at this trying times.

This was contained in his goodwill message to Muslims in Abuja on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri.

In a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark decried the unabating security challenges the country is facing at the moment and called for collective action of all citizens against the terrorists with a view to ending the menace.

Similarly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Muslims in the country to use the period of the Eid-el-Fitr to reflect on their spiritual lives as individuals and how they can contribute more meaningfully towards the unity, stability and progress of Nigeria.

The speaker also urged Nigerians to be conscious of their health by strictly adhering to instructions issued by health professionals, saying the outbreak of Ebola virus in neighboring countries is a cause for concern in the country.

In a Sallah message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, Speaker Tambuwal said all Nigerians should be more dedicated to the Nigerian project, adding that with unity of purpose, building a virile and strong nation is achievable.

Eid-el-Fitri: Don’t Despair Over Terrorist Attacks – Jonathan Tells Nigerians


president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitNigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday urged citizens to remain strong and resolute in defence of freedom, unity, law and order, peace, security and progress of the nation.

The call was contained in a message to the nation on the 2014 Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Regretting that some parts of the country experienced terrorist attacks during the month of Ramadan, the president hoped that the spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s  teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty learned during Ramadan, will remain with Nigerians towards greater benefit and glory for the nation.

He said: “I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

“I congratulate all of our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the purifying Ramadan fast.

“May the lessons and blessings of the holy month also permeate into us all and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of their religion or places of origin and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation”.

The president added: “Although the observance of the Holy Month was sadly tainted in parts of the country with the continuing atrocities of extremists and terrorists in our midst, I urge all patriotic Nigerians to remain strong and resolute in defence of freedom, unity, law and order, peace, security and progress of the nation.

“I feel the pains and anguish of all our compatriots who have experienced the harrowing impact of terrorism unleashed on them by brainwashed and misguided agents of evil and disunity, but we must never throw up our hands in helplessness and despair as the terrorists and purveyors of anarchy want”.

President Jonathan also urged Nigerians to continue to show solidarity with security agencies and give them the full support they require to succeed against terror.

He said: “I assure all Nigerians, once again, that we are totally committed to winning that war, putting the scourge of terrorism and insecurity rapidly behind us and giving the fullest possible attention to the urgent task of improving the living conditions of our people in all parts of the country.

“We cannot and will not be deterred from our goal of positively transforming our nation into a strong, united, progressive, stable, secure and prosperous nation in which all citizens will live in peace in spite of our immense diversities”.

Anambra Election: Obiano Again Floors Ngige, Nwoye At Appeal Court


willie_obianoThe Appeal court sitting in Enugu on Saturday dismissed all the four appeals against the judgment of Anambra Election Tribunal, which upheld the election of Willie Obiano as duly elected governor of Anambra State as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, leading four others, while pronouncing the lead judgment on the appeal filed by All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Sen. Chris Ngige, resolved the 11 issues sought against the appellant and subsequently dismissed the appeal for incompetence and lack of merit and awarded N50, 000 cost against the appellant.

On the second appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Tony Nwoye against INEC and Governor Willie Obiano, another member of the panel, Justice Ejembi Eko who read the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal for lack of merit and awarded N50, 000 cost in favour of the respondent.

The third appeal filed by PDP suffered the same fate of dismissal as Justice Akeju I. O in his lead judgment awarded N30, 000 cost against appellant.

On appeal number four filed by Chike Obidigbo of All Progressives Grand Alliance, Justice Tijani Abubakar in his lead judgment dismissed the petition for not being meritorious and awarded N50, 000 cost against the appellant.

The five man panel were unanimous in the four judgments, thereby affirming the ruling of Justice Ishaq Bello led Anambra Election Petition Tribunal, delivered on 24th June, 2014.

One Dies, 15 In Coma As Generator Fume Suffocates Worshippers


Fifteen persons have collapsed as a result of suffocation caused by fumes from a generator during an inter-denominational fellowship at the Young Peoples Christian Fellowship located along Eziukwu, by Milverton road Aba, Abia State, reports have said.

The victims of the fellowship are said to be all indigenes of Arochukwu Local Government Area in the state.

A report has it that out of the 16 persons inside the hall of the fellowship, 15 who were in various hospitals receiving medical attention as at the time of this report are responding positively to medical attention, while a boy of 6 years, a child to one of the victims, was already dead before police could gain entrance into the scene of the incident.

11 persons are currently receiving medical attention at Austine Grace Hospitals while 4 were also admitted at Goodness and Mercies hospital at Faulks Road, Aba.

Dr. Mark Iwuagwu, a medical doctor at one of the hospitals where the victims were rushed to for immediate medical attention (Austine – Grace Hospitals located at Okigwe road) speaking to reporters at the end of the Abia State Deputy Governor’s visit to his hospital, attributed the cause of the incident to suffocation as a result of carbon monoxide poison they inhaled from a generator set outside the hall where the tarry night was hosted.

“When I was invited to the place by the police, the generator they used as their source of power supply was still on, but the glasses to the hall were all locked. It was police that came and opened the place with metal equipment. It was one of the victim’s brothers that alerted the police after efforts to reach his sister he said he escorted to the fellowship failed to yield any result,” the doctor said.

No member of the fellowship could speak to the press as at the time of the report, but the General- Secretary of pastors from Arochukwu, Dr. Phillip Richard and Senior Pastor Word Alive Assembly, Aba confirmed that the victims were all from Ututu, Arochukwu. [Vanguard]

Military Bans Vehicular Movement In Maiduguri During Sallah


7 Division, Nigerian Army has said that no vehicle, motorcycle, tricycle or any other vehicular movement will be allowed in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, and environs for security reasons.

This warning was contained in a press statement by the spokesman of the Division, Colonel Muhammed Dole.

“The report at the disposal of the security agencies reveals that terrorists have perfected plans to launch multiple bomb explosions in Maiduguri metropolis,” the statement said.

“Their main targets include sallah praying grounds, markets and other public places by using vehicles such as Volkswagen Golf, pick up vans, Keke NAPEP, motorcycles and bicycles.

“In view of this, all vehicular movement within the Maiduguri city is banned from Monday, 28th to Wednesday, 30th July, 2014. Members of the general public are advised to perform their Eid-El Fitri prayer at prayer grounds nearest to their residences. While necessary security measures are being put in place, people are requested to comply fully with this ban as defaulters will be severely sanctioned”.

Kaduna Bombing: PDP, APC Continue Trading Blame


The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), weekend clashed over the bomb blast which targeted a former head of state, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), in Kaduna.

The PDP leadership, yesterday, said the APC could not exonerate itself from insurgency incidents in some parts of the country, while an APC senator, Professor Olusola Adeyeye, was blunt in declaring that the PDP should take responsibility for what he called “the assassination attempt”on Buhari.

Asking the PDP to accept responsibility for the attack on Buhari, the APC Senator representing Osun Central, Adeyeye said, yesterday, that no one else could have been responsible for the attack but the ruling party.

Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo, Osun State capital, Adeyeye, the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, stated: “Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the attack on Buhari. From all indications, Muslims were not the ones who attacked him, neither were they Christians.

“I am sure those who attacked Buhari were sponsored by the PDP.

“Anyone who knows Buhari will know that he is a devout Muslim. So, Muslims could not have launched any attack against him. He was not attacked by Christians too. The only people that could be suspected are the PDP,” said Adeyeye.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the APC had been promoting insurgency through the actions of some of its leaders on the grounds that the insurgents were after President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP.

“If the APC leaders had joined other well-meaning Nigerians in condemning acts of terrorism at the early stage, those behind them would not have been bold enough to get to the current alarming level,” the statement adds.

The ruling party described as laughable and lame the attempts by the APC to use the Kaduna bomb attacks to absolve itself of blame for encouraging insurgency in the country.

According to PDP, the statements by the APC and its governors were failed attempts at image laundering. It claimed that APC’s true identity as a party supportive of violence and disunity in the country was already well known.

“Nigerians will recall that when the news of the attack broke out, the PDP took the high moral ground of condemning the development and sympathized with General Muhammadu Buhari while at the same time calling for a thorough investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“We are therefore shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the APC leaders chose to use the ugly development to embark on image laundering. However, their hasty attempts to indict the Presidency and our great party while exonerating themselves from the widely held notion that they have been promoting insurgency have raised issues regarding what really happened, especially now that a suspect has been arrested.

“Nigerians now ponder; they ask, was the attack a setup aimed at scoring some political points? If indeed it was an assassination attempt, was it engineered by internal frictions and crisis of ambition within the APC? Has it to do with some other presidential aspirants in the APC seeing General Buhari as a threat and obstacle to their ambitions? Or could it be APC’s desperate strategy of trying to disentangle itself from the internationally acknowledged link with terrorists and possibly undermine the planned probe of their involvement by the United Kingdom?

“These questions have become completely pertinent considering the fact that General Buhari poses no threat whatsoever to any candidate that the PDP might project. He lost three times to our great party in Presidential elections and will lose the fourth time if he emerges the candidate of the APC. Our advice to APC is that they might as well consider looking inwards if they believe it was an assassination attempt.

“The PDP reaffirmed its commitment to peace and the welfare of all Nigerians and its leader, President Goodluck Jonathan remains a peace-loving, godly and humble man who has continued to reiterate that no political ambition is worth shedding of blood.”

Anambra braves up against Ebola, warns against bush meat


Following the recent discovery of Ebola virus victim in Lagos, Nigeria, the Anambra State government is taking steps to ensure that any threat of the virus is blocked or detected and dealt with immediately.

Dr Joe Akabuike, the commissioner for Health in Anambra State who briefed newsmen on the preparation of the state government said it was necessary because Anambra people are the most traveled in the country and Africa.

While tracing the historical antecedent of the virus, he said it was first discovered in a village in Zaire called Ebola in 1976, and has since been spreading to several other countries.

He stated that animals are the major carriers of the virus, but that what is most intriguing is that the virus, when it lives in animals, does not pose any harm, but in man, it is deadly, and so far no cure has been found for it.

According to Akabuike, Anambra State has always been proactive, and hopes to replicate such proactiveness in the fight against Ebola virus.

The state government, he said, is doing this through sensitization on universal precaution like hand washing after touching a person.

“The virus can be contacted by merely touching an infected person, their stool, urine or blood, so we need to encourage our people to wash their hands regularly after touching people, and also disinfecting surface touched by others”, he said.

The Commissioner also disclosed that a rapid response team has also been inaugurated, and there are plans to set up mobile clinics which will help to respond to cases, and the team will also procure personal protective equipments for health workers and also embark on public enlightenment in churches and schools.

Some of the symptoms of the disease Akabuike said include malaria, typhoid, muscular pains, bleeding and diarrhea among others.

The commissioner warned lovers of bush meat, saying that eating a not-well-cooked meat can lead one to contacting Ebola virus, while admonishing that if one must eat bush meat, like monkey, rats and others, it must be well cooked, and to prevent risk, he advised that it be fried too.

Kaduna bomb attack on Buhari is APC’s image laundering strategy – PDP


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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has advised APC leadership to consider looking inwards, if they believe the July 23 bomb attack on retired Gen. Mohammed Buhari was an assassination attempt.

According to NAN reports, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, gave the advice in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

However, the spokesman noted that the attack affected Buhari’s convoy.

The statement described as laughable attempts by APC leaders to use the bomb attacks to absolve itself of blames of encouraging insurgency in the country.

It further described earlier statements by the APC and its governors “as failed attempts at image laundering’’.

“Indeed, they have failed in this laughable and condemnable attempt to launder their horrible image”, the statement quoted the PDP spokesman as saying.

It added that APC’s true identity “ as a party supportive of violence and disunity in the country is already well known to all’’.

“Nigerians will recall that when the news of the attack broke out, the PDP took the high moral ground of condemning the development and sympathised with Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

“We also called for a thorough investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“We are therefore disappointed and disgusted that the APC leaders chose to use the ugly development to embark on image laundering’’, the statement said.

It added that APC`s hasty attempts to indict the Presidency and the PDP while exonerating itself had raised issues regarding what really happened.

This, it added, was especially so now that a suspect connected to the bombing had been arrested.

The statement wondered if the attack was a set-up aimed at scoring some political points.

It added that if it was indeed an assassination attempt, it may have been engineered by internal frictions and crisis of ambition within the APC.

It alleged that it may have to do with some other presidential aspirants in the APC who see Buhari as a threat and obstacle to their ambitions.

“Or could it be APC’s desperate strategy of trying to disentangle itself from the internationally acknowledged link with terrorists and possibly undermine the planned probe of their involvement by the United Kingdom’’.

It held that these questions had become pertinent considering the fact that Buhari pose no threat whatsoever to any candidate the PDP might project for 2015 elections.
It stressed that Buhari lost three times to the PDP in presidential elections in the past and would lose the fourth time if he emerged as APC candidate in 2015.

The statement maintained that the APC cannot in anyway exonerate itself from the insurgency ravaging the country.

According to it, the APC had been promoting insurgency through the utterances and actions of its leaders, thinking that the insurgents were after President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP.

It noted that if APC leaders had joined well-meaning Nigerians in condemning acts of terrorism earlier, those behind it would not have been bold enough to get it to the current alarming level.

The statement reaffirmed PDP`s commitment to peace and the welfare of Nigerians, adding that Jonathan remained a peace-loving, godly and humble man.

It held that Jonathan as PDP leader had continued to reiterate that no political ambition was worth shedding of blood

South Africa snubs Keshi, appoints Mashaba as new coach for Bafana Bafana


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Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has been named the new Bafana Bafana coach by the South African Football Association (SAFA).

His appointment to replace Gordon Igesund, puts an end to speculations linking Stephen Keshi with the post.

It is Mashaba’s second stint in charge of the team and he has spoken of his delight to be SAFA’s choice.

“My first work would be to thank Mr Jordaan as well as the entire national executive. Words fail me. I’m sure I won’t disappoint,” Mashaba said.

“I will pull out all the stops to make sure that our people become part and parcel of our national team. The only way to do that is by bringing results.”

President of SAFA Danny Jordaan explained why the 63-year-old was picked as their new national team manager.

“Everyone spoke in support of the national executive,” Jordaan said. “We eventually had a list of 16 people who indicated their interest in taking this job. Ultimately that list was submitted to our technical team.

“We asked them to reduce the list to a short-list of names to be placed before the NEC, for the NEC to take a final decision. They placed before the NEC two names… that of Carlos Queiroz and Shakes Mashaba.

Keshi is reportedly in talks with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over a new deal.

Don’t negotiate with Boko Haram – Islamic Council warns Sultan of Sokoto


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The council asked the traditional ruler to be careful not to delve into any kind of dialogue with the sect until he receives an official approval from President Jonathan as he may regret such action later.

Their reason is founded on the ground that the Monarch might be blackmailed by the government if he goes ahead to negotiate with the terrorist group, especially on the over 200 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School abducted by the sect on April 14, without seeking government’s permission and approval.

Recall that some Muslim leaders, under the aegis of Concerned Muslim Professionals wrote to the Sultan earlier in July, asking him to lead the dialogue with the Boko Haram sect.

The group told the Monarch, who doubles as the President-General of the NSCIA, to use his position and engage members of the sect in a dialogue that would make them stop their campaign of killings.

However, the Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, told Punch that the President-General of the council should not be forced into taking up the task of negotiating with the terrorists.

He said, “The Muslim community had always been taking action; it had always been appealing to the people (Boko Haram) but Muslim leaders are also cautious because in your process to go out to look for these people; if in the process you’re caught talking with them, the government can even turn against you and say you’re part of part of Boko Haram.

“No matter the level of the Muslim leader, he has to think twice before he begins to communicate with these people (sect) because the same government that you want to work for can turn against you and accuse you of complicity; and you will be on your own.

“They (government) have enough machinery to present you as a devil such that members of your family will believe that you’re a devil.”

He added thus: “I am not the Sultan but fortunately, the Sultan has dual status; traditionally, he is the Sultan of Sokoto; religiously, he is the leader of the Muslim community. I relate with him as far as his mandate as the leader of the Muslim community is concerned.

Nollywood Actor Jnr Pope Odonwodo gets married [PHOTOS]


Nollywood Actor, Jnr. Pope Odonwodo got married to his heartthrob, Jennifer Okpuno in an intimate ceremony in Asaba on Saturday.

The two got engaged in September 2013.

The Actor who shared photos from their wedding on his Instagram page said: “And it is done, to God I owe all the glory”

A few personalities in the entertainment industry as well as Nollywood were present at the ceremony.

See photos below:
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Jnr-Pope-Odonwodo wedding

Man spends 23 years in prison for refusing to bribe policeman


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An ex-convict, Calistus Ike who was in prison for 23 years, has sadly revealed how he was sentenced for failing to bribe a Policeman with N200 in 1989.

He spent twenty three years as an awaiting trial inmate and was due to spend another 16 years on the death row, but for the intervention of a France- based human right group, Avocats Sans Frontieres, ASFF, also known as ‘Lawyers Without Borders France’.

Through the human right group, the Edo state government, pardoned him and approved his release from prison.

Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard, Calistus Ike counted himself as a “lucky-survivor”. He added that so many innocent Nigerians were currently languishing in various prison facilities across the federation.

“The unfortunate thing is that some of the people I left in prison did not even have a case-file. Some of them had stayed as awaiting-trial inmates for more than 10 years. It happened to me in the year 1989. I was resident in Benin, the Edo state capital. There was a man that lived in the same compound with me. His wife had stomach problem and he asked me to lead him to somewhere to collect a root(herbal medicine) for his wife.”

“We went there about 5pm. After escorting him to the place where he collected the medicine, I returned to my house. The next day, I went to do my business. I did not know that the same man had engaged police to look for me and the other man that gave him the root, a man I didn’t even know. When I heard that police came to look for me, I inquired about the station they came from and went there myself. ”I reported myself and asked why they came to look for me.

“They told me that there was an allegation that I conspired with the man we collected medicine from his house and broke into my neighbour’s house- who was the same man I accompanied to get the roots for his wife- and stole his properties.

“I never knew that they had equally arrested the man that gave us the root.

“Thereafter, the policeman handling the case insisted that I must write a confessional statement otherwise he would deal with me. I refused to write anything. I told him that I would only narrate the exact thing that happened.
It was at that juncture that he started beating me with ‘Koboko’. He flogged me mercilessly that day. I was tortured until the D.P.O in charge of the station asked him to stop and just take my statement.”

“After I gave them my statement, the same policeman that flogged me, came back and said that he could not find any evidence to pin the alleged crime on me. He said that he had concluded all the investigations and found nothing against me.

”However, he said I should give him N200 so that he would drop the case and allow me to go home. Remember, we are talking about 1989. As at that time, that amount was big money to me.
So, I told him I had no such money to give out. I stood my ground that I was innocent of the charge and even asked them to take me to court if indeed they thought that I had a case to answer.”

“Within two days, the policeman took the matter to court. We went to court, at the Magistrate court, the policeman freed the other man I was accused with and pinned the whole charge on me. From the Magistrate court, he took me to the Military Tribunal where the case changed overnight. From the original allegation of ‘burglary and theft’, I was charged with armed robbery. Whereas the Policeman and that my compound man whose properties were allegedly stolen, as well as his wife, testified before Tribunal, I had no one to testify for me. I was left with only God and no one else.”

“After a long run of the trial, I was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime I never committed or even imagined. I never for once had such dream for my life, but I was condemned to death. Nonetheless, my faith in God never wavered, I kept asking him to vindicate me. I was in death sentence cell in Edo state for over 14 years. After then, I was transferred to Enugu prison.”

“One day, I was there, inside the prison with other inmates when information got to me that there were some people from France that were helping inmates in Benin prison. I quickly called my brother and asked him to take my plight to those people, maybe they could help me to regain my freedom. By the special grace of God, within three months, I was let loose from the grip of the wicked of this world and I thank God for it. What I however want Nigerians to know is that there is great level of injustice in our judiciary and because of that, many innocent people have died for crimes they never committed.”

“Some of our lawyers are not helping matters. All they are interested in is money. Some cases they know they don’t have the capacity to handle they will just force themselves into them and their clients will be condemned and killed. Before my very eyes, I witnessed executions that took the lives of over 48 young and energetic men and women . It is a painful thing to experience.”

“I was released in 2012. After I was arrested in 1989, I stayed as awaiting trial inmate for seven years, and stayed on death row for 16 years. My case did not go up to the Supreme Court. It was tried by the military tribunal so I didn’t even have the opportunity to go on appeal. My experience in the prison was very traumatic. That place is hell on earth! Some of the prison warders are very wicked- even though there are some good ones too. The bad ones are tormentors. They torment inmates at will. The food inside there is nothing to write home about. Roofs of some of the cells leak badly when it rains.

“It hurts me when I see them on TV claiming that they are reforming the prisons. I am telling you today that they are doing nothing. Anyone that is so convinced that our prisons are better now should volunteer and spend a weekend inside any of our prisons. The hardship inside there is better imagined than experienced. I saw hell! If the government gets up now and say they are reforming prisons, they are doing nothing! I am saying this because I experienced it for 16 years on the death row,” he concluded.

KICC’s Matthew Ashimolowo’s son weds in London [PHOTOS]


The first son of the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, London (KICC), Tomi Ashimolowo got married at the KICC Prayer City Tent on Saturday, 26 July 2014.

In the presence of close friends, family and acquaintances, Tomi Ashimolowo, exchanged his marital vows with his Sierra Leone heartthrob, Dorothy Jeneba Kamara

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo as well as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye were present at the ceremony.

See photos from the ceremony below:
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Northern leaders have failed us – Arewa Youths


President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, recently took a swipe on all former heads of state from the North when he accused them of contributing to the backwardness of the region.

The youth leader also blamed some delegates at the ongoing national conference who kicked against establishing a special fund to rehabilitate the North-East.

Shettima told Punch that all northern leaders who had ruled the country as well as other northern elites failed to lift the region when they had the opportunity to do so. According to him, they have plunged northerners into poverty.

The AYC leader said, “What they have been able to bequeath to the region is backwardness, illiteracy, poverty and lack of employment. There’s poverty all over the northern region as a result of their bad stewardship; lack of accountability and transparency.

“For more than two decades of their being in power in Nigeria since independence and having the opportunities to transform the North, they failed to lift up the region. That’s why today the northerners receive all types of insults from their southern counterparts.

“None of the leaders -name any of them -has been exceptional. They have not done anything.

But on the contrary, a the National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Mohammed flayed Shettima for apportioning blame on norther leaders.

According to him, many of the northern former heads of state are men who want the best not only for northerners but for the whole nation.

The ACF chieftain said, “We are worried about Nigeria. It’s not really time to apportion blame. It’s true northerners had ruled the country more than any other regions. Nonetheless, I will tell you these leaders are good men. They are not the cause of the North’s problems.

“I won’t say they’re the cause of our woes. What he (Shettima) said is grandstanding; he’s only doing political grandstanding. Young people like him like to make all the noise. They’re not aware of the tricks and intrigues of politics,” he added.

Corpse of first Ebola patient in Lagos burnt


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The remains of the first victim of Ebola Disease in Nigeria, who died in Lagos on Friday, has been cremated.

Vanguard reports hat the cremation was witnessed by officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, led by its Project Director, Professor Abdulsalam Nasidi, among others.

No reason was however given by the State government at the moment, but DailyPost observed that it might not be unconnected with the deadly nature of the virus.

Recall that in 2013, the Lagos State Government introduced its Voluntary Cremation Law under which a person may signify interest to be cremated at death or a deceased’s family members who must attain the age of 18 years, can decide to have the corpse of his or her family member cremated.

Refuge camp: Picture Of Delta State North Asaba Area During The Civil War



Tips on how to prevent Ebola Virus Disease


The fast killer, Ebola virus, has been confirmed in a hospital near Obalende in Lagos on a 40years old Liberian. There is panic in the air but you can stay free from the deadly virus. Check out the details below…

WHAT IS EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE?
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by ebola viruses. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease has a
case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent, this means about 90 per cent of individuals that suffer from the disease could die.

TREATMENT
No vaccine for EVD is available. Several vaccines are being tested, but none are available for clinical use. TRANSMISSION

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.
Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.
Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.
Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.
Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD.

 

PREVENTION:
Wash your hands frequently. As with other infectious diseases, one of the most important preventive measures for Ebola virus is frequent hand-washing. Use soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water aren’t available.

 

Avoid bush meat. In developing countries, wild animals, including nonhuman primates, are sold in local markets. Avoid buying or eating any of these animals.

 

Avoid contact with infected people. In particular, caregivers should avoid contact with the person’s body fluids and tissues, including blood, semen, vaginal secretions and saliva. People with Ebola are most contagious in the later stages of the disease.

 

Follow infection-control procedures. If you’re a health care worker, wear protective clothing — such as gloves, masks, gowns and eye shields. Keep infected people isolated from others. Carefully disinfect and dispose of needles and other instruments. Injection needles and syringes should not be reused.

 

Don’t handle remains. The bodies of people who have died of Ebola disease are still contagious. Specially organized and trained teams should bury the remains, using appropriate safety equipment.

 

Avoid traveling to areas of known outbreaks.
Watch out for people with flu-like symptoms and sudden fever.Those who notice “strange feeling or symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus, which ranges from fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and joint pains, which are all symptoms of other ailments, are urged to visit competent health facilities.

I’ve Been Managing Diabetes Since 1996 – Veteran actor Jide Kosoko


At the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Lecture Series, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, on Tuesday, some entertainment practitioners spoke about their most intimate struggles health-wise. One of such revelations came from popular actor and a national leader of the Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners, Prince Jide Kosoko. While commenting on what he described as the nonchalant attitude of actors to healthcare, Kosoko shocked the gathering with a tale about his struggle with diabetes.

He said, “I have been living with diabetes since 1996 and I don’t look ill or take my health for granted. I am very close to my doctors. I keep the relationship sacred because they have really helped me in many ways. I have never fallen ill or had an emergency because I pay special attention to my diet and body.
“Many of these artistes don’t take their health seriously and it is a serious challenge for us. Sometime ago, an insurance company came to institute an insurance cover for the association and because they had dropped a huge amount of money, we simply asked all the members to pay a token of N1,000 each to have access to unlimited healthcare.
But you won’t believe that out of over 12,000 members, less than 800 indicated interest in the scheme and paid the money. Since it was not up to what was invested and required of us, so we had to jettison the idea. The government can also assist by ensuring strict compliance in line with enabling laws.”
On her part, Nollywood actress-turned singer, Jennifer Eloigu, expressed displeasure over what she described as her colleagues’ apathy to healthcare and other ‘serious issues’. She noted that the turnout was poor because it was not all about showing off shoes and bags or popping champagne the turnout is poor.
She said, “It’s unfortunate that artistes are seen as not being interested in serious issues that require intellect. We are not the most hit by the situation or ailment, but because we are in the public domain everything that concerns us is in the open for public scrutiny.
“The next man does not have genuine love or concern for you and you are scared to tell him when you have a headache. If we take insurance as we have been advised to do, artistes can save themselves the embarrassment whenever they need a life line to treat themselves.”
The session – organised in partnership with the National Health Insurance Scheme of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Medical Association – initially witnessed a large turn-out of Nollywood personalities, including Saidi Balogun, Kene Mkparu, Charles Novia, Kenneth Okolie, Yomi Fabiyi, Aishat Abimbol, Jennifer Eliogu and Bayo Alinko Bankole.
Hosted by comedian Julius Agwu, the evnt also had in attendance some music stars and stand-up comedians, such as Nikki Laoye, Gbenga Adeyinka, DJ Jimmy Jatt, OJB Jezerel, Audu Maikori, Cally Ikpe, Omawumi, Sunday Are, Chris Ubosi, Koffi, Adewale Ayuba, Daddy Showkey, Terry G, Lami Phillips, Tee A and Sheyman.
However, no sooner had the event started than some of the guests began to leave, while others simply resorted to granting interviews on the red carpet while the host, Agwu, begged them to return to the hall.
Some of the subjects discussed at the convention include the health implications of celebrity life styles, benefits of health insurance policies, and the role of government in health insurance policies.
In her remarks, the Managing Director of Avon HMO, Adesimbo Ukiri, said, “In recent times, the Nigerian entertainment sector has lost a number of its members due to health complications. The unfortunate thing is that some of these health complications are treatable. In some cases, the entertainers are forced to appeal to the public for funds to treat themselves. I think the entertainment and health insurance industries should work together to proffer solutions to this problem. Collaboration between the industries will surely put a stop to the needless deaths.”
On his part, the initiator of the project, Seun Apara, said, “Many newspapers and journals have written several degrading stories about our entertainers because of the much undignified and demeaning acts of soliciting funds whenever they are down with critical ailments. This act of begging has actually helped keep most of them alive, as it has culminated into generous donations from fans and government alike.Source Punch

meet the new lady in Dbanj’s life ‘Adama Indimi’ (Photos)


Dbanj and Jim Iyke seems to have similar traits which is dating very rich and influential ladies, well Dbanj is better in the game than Jim.lol. Bangalee is no longer dating A list actress Genevieve Nnaji neither is he dating Jennifer Obayuwana, the daughter of a rich businessman.
Dbanj is now dating the gorgeous billionaire daughter Adama Indimi whose dad is the chairman of Oriental Energy Resources, they once dated in 2012 but they are now back together for real about three months back. Adama was present at D’banj’s mum’s birthday last weekend in Lagos.
Dbanj’s parents are in support of their relationship, seems we would hear wedding belles very soon.

Adama at Dbanj’s mum birthday (The arrow points at her in the picture)

 

West Brom boss says he never watched Ideye play before buying him for £10m


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West Brom manager Alan Irvine, has confessed that he never watched Brown Ideye play, before splashing a club-record £10m on the striker.
Ideye completed his move to the Baggies from Dynamo Kiew this week, with the Premier League team almost doubling the £6m they paid for Stephane Sessegnon – their previous biggest spend.
Irvine admits he also saw a DVD of the Nigeria international, but is optimistic he can replicate the form of his compatriot Peter Osaze Odemwingie at the Hawthorns.
“It would be fantastic if he could have the same impact as Peter Odemwingie did,” Irvine said.
“I don’t know much about Brown Ideye – I’ve not seen him live, but people we trust have done.”
“It’s not necessarily something that is detrimental to me not to have seen him live, though ideally I would like
to because that’s how I like to do my work.
“But we’ve done our research on him and what we have done is found decent players in the past in this way.”

“Ibinabo is a small girl, she doesn’t know anything ” – Mr Ibu


Last week, AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima fired shots at John Okafor for telling her to step down and not run for 2nd term .She said “Replying Mr. Ibu would be trading intelligence with ignorance “..Mr Ibu has fired back in a new interview with Punch 

“I was the chief coach for AGN for four years. If I’m not a member, why would I be appointed? She is just looking for something to hold. The issue is that she is a small girl, she doesn’t know anything and I was trying to correct her but she was seeing it as if I was abusing her.
“I am not abusing her; she is a good person, I must tell you. But she does not know what administration is all about, she should leave it. I’m only respecting her because of the people who are connected to how she became the president of the Guild, otherwise I would have told her straight that she can’t do it.

“How can she be the president of AGN and all the states have two chairmen each and she cannot resolve the conflict and the Board of Trustees is not in order. They are not one and she cannot resolve it?
“She selects people and gives them post. It is not proper and she is killing herself the more. If she cannot rule, let her come down. Everything about this Guild is what you know.”

On her allegation that he goes to Aso rock to beg

“I have never been to Aso Rock before, so I don’t even know how the buildings are. If she wants to go for second term, no problem but I told her instead of going there to make more enemies for herself, let her stop. If she wants to go, it’s not my business. Was I the one that took her to court? She has about three cases lying in the court as I speak to you. I’m not the one that took her to court. I don’t pretend.”

60 students escape death on Thursday as Enugu Shuttle bus got burnt


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About 60 students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), narrowly escaped death on Thursday, following a mysterious fire that engulfed a Shuttle bus conveying them from the institution to the city.
The bus caught fire, few metres away from the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), Enugu and the Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA), Enugu.


Although there were no deaths, many of the students and other passengers sustained serious injuries in the near stampede that resulted while escaping to safety through the widows and other exit available spaces in the bus.
Valuables including Laptops and handsets belonging to the students were also completely destroyed by the fire.
According to reports, the timely alert by detached policemen from Independence Layout, Enugu, saved the lives of the students.
One of the survivors, Vivian, narrated how the security operatives suddenly stopped the driver, raising the alarm that fire was oozing out from the vehicle.
“We were saved by God through the policemen who were coming behind us. They stopped our vehicle and shouted to us to come down quickly. We jumped out. I thank God nobody died in the inferno,” she said.
Another survivor, Ebere Okechi said “I lost my Nokia phone, all the passengers inside the vehicle did not know that the shuttle bus was burning,  outsiders were shouting fire, fire before we started jumping out from the bus.”
Confirming the incident, the coordinator of the Coal City Shuttle Bus, Nnaemeka Ojibe, said the fire was caused by faulty battery.

Controversial Singer Maheeda States Reason Why Prostitution Should be Legal in Nigeria


 

She’s been there, done that, and thinks it is okay for it to be legal.

In an interview with Vanguard, rising singer Maheeda who often makes headlines for her racy photos, and unfiltered statements says prostitution should be legal in Nigeria.
Maheeda states since it is everywhere, she sees no reason why the government should delay in making it a way of life.
“…I think prostitution should be legalised. I have been there, I have been with these girls .
I have been to Holland where I think it’s legal. It won’t be bad if it is legalised because it’s everywhere anyway. So it’s better if it’s legalised.” she said.

“It was a stunt.I’m a star..I can’t be broke” – Afrocandy on why she begged Nigerians for money


Recall when Afrocandy was crying in social media and asking Nigerians to help her pay her daughter’s school fees? Some people like Derenle even contributed..Well, she claims it was a stunt. She told Vanguard

A university in Connecticut gave her full scholarship and she turned it down because it was four hours drive from home. She’s an Honours student. She had an Honour group and they all agreed to go to Connecticut together, later the others opted out.And because she doesn’t want to be lonely, and that’s why she wanted to go to another school. But she didn’t have a scholarship for that one. So, I decided to pull a stunt…..

it wasn’t that I was broke. I can’t be broke. I’m Afrocandy, I’m a star.When you have an Abraham as a father, you can’t be broke. I only need to make phone calls and I get all the money I need. Am I not Afrocandy, why would I beg? When I posted the request online, my fans were mad at me. I explained to them that I just wanted to pull a stunt.I wanted to make my daughter accept the scholarship. I wanted to use one stone to kill two birds. I felt that if I did it and raise money, fine. If I don’t, no problem. I could use the money to buy wigs.

Human Rights Activist/Lawyer Bamidele Aturu Laid to Rest in Ondo


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Earlier this month, Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer Bamidele Aturu passed away at the age of 49.
On Friday 25th July 2014, he was laid to rest in his country-home of Ogbagi Akoko in Ondo state, with friends, family and admirers in attendance.
His body was briefly laid at the Ajatu High School in Ogbagi Akoko. Also present at the ceremony were Aturu’s deputy Chisa Anyanwu and actor Babatunde Omidina (Baba Suwe)
His wife Bimpe Aturu and children Erioluwa and Tobiloba were also in attendance
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President Jonathan: 2015 Elections Will Surprise the World


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On Thursday evening, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan assured Nigerians that the 2015 general elections would be transparent, and peaceful despite the security issues presently facing the country.
He made the statement when senators, ministers, former government officials and diplomatic corps, visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to break the Ramadan fast.
“I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next year.
But let me use this unique opportunity to reassure you and I am conveying this to my brothers, your heads of government, that our elections next year will be free and fair. It will be peaceful in nature that will even surprise the whole world.” he said.
Jonathan is yet to declare his interest in running for Presidency, but from this statement, it can be assumed he will be running again.
Photo aboveHRM Lamidi Adeyemi III Alaafin Oyo & Lagos Deputy Governor Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire welcoming President Jonathan on his arrival in Lagos on Friday 25th July 2014 | Credit: Reuben Abati

“For failing to bribe policeman with N200 I was sentenced to death”


                          Calistus Ike… freed after 23 years in prison and 16 years on death row

Narrating the story of his life, Ike said: “It happened to me in the year 1989. I was resident in Benin, the Edo state capital. There was a man that lived in the same compound with me. His wife had stomach problem and he asked me to lead him to somewhere to collect a root(herbal medicine) for his wife.

”We went there about 5pm. After escorting him to the place where he collected the medicine, I returned to my house.

”The next day, I went to do my business. I did not know that the same man had engaged police to look for me and the other man that gave him the root, a man I didn’t even know. When I heard that police came to look for me, I inquired about the station they came from and went there myself. ”I reported myself and asked why they came to look for me.

They told me that there was an allegation that I conspired with the man we collected medicine from his house and broke into my neighbour’s house- who was the same man I accompanied to get the roots for his wife- and stole his properties.

”I never knew that they had equally arrested the man that gave us the root.

Thereafter, the policeman handling the case insisted that I must write a confessional statement otherwise he would deal with me. I refused to write anything. I told him that I would only narrate the exact thing that happened.

”It was at that juncture that he started beating me with ‘Koboko’. He flogged me mercilessly that day. I was tortured until the D.P.O in charge of the station asked him to stop and just take my statement.

”After I gave them my statement, the same policeman that flogged me, came back and said that he could not find any evidence to pin the alleged crime on me. He said that he had concluded all the investigations and found nothing against me.

”However, he said I should give him N200 so that he would drop the case and allow me to go home. Remember, we are talking about 1989. As at that time, that amount was big money to me.

So, I told him I had no such money to give out. I stood my ground that I was innocent of the charge and even asked them to take me to court if indeed they thought that I had a case to answer.

”Within two days, the policeman took the matter to court. We went to court, at the Magistrate court, the policeman freed the other man I was accused with and pinned the whole charge on me.

”From the Magistrate court, he took me to the Military Tribunal where the case changed overnight.

From the original allegation of ‘burglary and theft’, I was charged with armed robbery.

”Whereas the Policeman and that my compound man whose properties were allegedly stolen, as well as his wife, testified before Tribunal, I had no one to testify for me. I was left with only God and no one else.

”After a long run of the trial, I was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime I never committed or even imagined. I never for once had such dream for my life, but I was condemned to death.

”Nonetheless, my faith in God never wavered, I kept asking him to vindicate me.  I was in death sentence cell in Edo state for over 14 years. After then, I was transferred to Enugu prison.

”One day, I was there, inside the prison with other inmates when information got to me that there were some people from France that were helping inmates in Benin prison. I quickly called my brother and asked him to take my plight to those people, maybe they could help me to regain my freedom.

”By the special grace of God, within three months, I was let loose from the grip of the wicked of this world and I thank God for it. What I however want Nigerians to know is that there is great level of injustice in our judiciary and because of that, many innocent people have died for crimes they never committed.

”Some of our lawyers are not helping matters. All they are interested in is money. Some cases they know they don’t have the capacity to handle they will just force themselves into them and their clients will be condemned and killed.

”Before my very eyes, I witnessed executions that took the lives of over 48 young and energetic men and women . It is a painful thing to experience.

”I was released in 2012. After I was arrested in 1989, I stayed as awaiting trial inmate for seven years, and stayed on death row for 16 years.

”My case did not go up to the Supreme Court. It was tried by the military tribunal so I didn’t even have the opportunity to go on appeal.

”My experience in the prison was very traumatic. That place is hell on earth! Some of the prison warders are very wicked- even though there are some good ones too. The bad ones are tormentors. They torment inmates at will.

”The food inside there is nothing to write home about. Roofs of some of the cells leak badly when it rains.

Getting good medication is rather a luxury too big to imagine, except in critical cases or upon an order of the court.

In the prison, every inmate is left to his own fate. Inmates are suffering badly even the awaiting trial inmates too.

”It hurts me when I see them on TV claiming that they are reforming the prisons. I am telling you today that they are doing nothing. Anyone that is so convinced that our prisons are better now should volunteer and spend a weekend inside any of our prisons. The hardship inside there is better imagined than experienced.

I saw hell!

”If the government gets up now and say they are reforming prisons, they are doing nothing! I am saying this because I experienced it for 16 years on the death row”.

There is no doubt that it is the case of men like Ike that has continued to sustain the debate for the abolition of the death penalty in Nigeria, in view of the seeming legal loopholes that have made the call justifiable.

In a recent conference it held in conjunction with the European Union, EU, in Abuja over the swelling number of inmates facing the capital punishment in Nigeria, the ASFF, said it had since 2011, launched a project with the aim of restricting the pronouncement of capital punishment in the Nigerian justice system.

The ‘Saving Lives’ project which is being run in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and Access to Justice, has offered pro-bono legal services to over 140 detainees facing capital punishment.

The project is currently running in seven target states: Abuja, Benue, Edo, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau and Lagos.
The legal manager of the project, Mr. Kola Ogunbiyi, said the group was able to engage prerogatives of mercy committee members in the target states.

“One of the cases that was profiled, thanks to our intervention, is the case of Lasisi Yusuf, a Kogi state indigene who had been on death row for over 16 years in Kaduna prison and was pardoned by the Kogi state governor. So far, out of the 19 requests tendered before the committee, seven have been granted.

“In recent times, specifically in May 2014, ASFF set a precedence in the enforcement of the rights of detainees on death row in the case of Maimuna Abdulmummi and Thankgod Ebhos.

“Maimuna Abdulmumini was a child bride who was alleged to have killed her husband at the age of 13. She was tried and sentenced to death by a Katsina state high court.  ASFF was able to secure judgment for Maimuna at the ECOWAS community court of justice which ordered that she be awarded damages for the violation of her rights as contained in regional and international legal laws.

“Thankgod Ebhos, who was the fifth inmate of the inmates of Edo prison, had an order from the same court for stay of execution granted to him and the government was also instructed to strike out his name off the death row list.

“While these cases are far from over, it is important to note that with our intervention in matters like this, we expect maximum adherence to due process in the prosecution of death penalty related cases. In all, 35 inmates facing death penalty have been released on court order and 88 cases are still ongoing before different courts across the target states.

“We are not saying that someone who committed an offence should not be punished, our argument is that the execution of death penalty will never be a solution or serve as a deterrent. We also know that some innocent persons have been erroneously tried and executed.

“90 per cent of cases in criminal matters are based on confessions. It stands on record that it is usually the indigents, illiterates or ignorant people that are mostly executed. Sometimes, they don’t even have anyone to defend them”, he added.

Investigations by Saturday Vanguard revealed that statistically, there were about 700 inmates on death row in Nigeria in 2003. The number almost doubled within a spate of 10 years, with a total of 1223 inmates condemned to death by 2013. In fact, four condemned prisoners were executed in 2013 after a suspension that started in 2006.

More so, from 1970 until 1999, there have been 2600 executions in Nigeria, with an average of 87 executions per year. And since 1999, 26 condemned inmates have been executed in the country.

Research has further shown that 98 per cent of condemned prisoners in Nigeria are people accused of armed robbery and/or culpable homicide (murder). Legally, such offence ought to be proved beyond every reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction. But how well this burden of proof which is usually on the state has been effectively discharged, remains a story for another day.

Remarkably, death penalty has been part of the Nigerian justice system for centuries, even prior to the colonial era.

We need not forget that the movement towards the abolition of capital punishment in the country started in response to the unprecedented rate of executions of Nigerian citizens by it own government under the military regimes that preceded and followed the civil war.

This unbridled usage of death penalty as legal punishment reached a climax on November 10, 1995 with the gruesome execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and some of his companions by the late Sani Abacha’s military regime.

That particular incident drew flakes for the country from notable world leaders, including the late Nelson Mandela, and also culminated to the banishment of Nigeria from the commonwealth.

In spite of the outrage that trailed the executions, the Supreme Court in December 1998, in its judgment in the case of ‘Kalu vs The State’, went ahead and upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty.

However, in 2003-2004, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed the then Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Akinlolu  Olujimi, to set up the National Study Group on Death Penalty- which eventually conducted a debate on the maintenance or the abolition of death penalty in Nigeria.

Even though the consensus backed the abolition of capital punishment in the country, with the result of the national debate published in various newspapers, yet, the status-quo has remained.

Woman’s Face Gets 26 Stitches After Husband Battered Her Over Piece of Fish (PICTURED)


 
Alhaji Kamoru, she details, delivered several punches to her face. She said she bled for hours and was further locked up in a room for three days before she escaped.
Mrs. Fatima Bankole, 34, was battered by her husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, for taking piece of fish from the pot to break her fast.

The victim is first of three wives of Alhaji Kamoru, at residing at Hasan Close, Alasia, Ijanikin in Lagos State.
The bruising attack happened on  the 16th of July, when the third wife reported to their husband that their senior wife took fish from the soup to break her fast. The husband, according to witnesses, did not listen to her excuse before attacking her.
According to the victim, Mrs. Fatima Bankole, their husband had always physically abused her, but the incidence of  July 16th was more brutal.
She narrated that they had made a roster between two wives, due to the absence of the third wife who was away at the period, to cook for 15 days each. The victim said she had completed her period, and it was turn
of the last wife. She said they would normally serve the husband first, followed by the children before the wives would serve themselves.
On the day she was to be attacked, Mrs. Fatima said the last wife had finished her cooking and served their husband and the children. She then went for her own meal.
But soon after, the last wife complained to her husband that Fatima took a larger chunk of the fish in the pot. Their husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, queried her, but she said that she only took a little out of it, stating that the fish was in pieces and mixed in the stew. Her explanations, however, got her in trouble with their husband. Alhaji Kamoru, she details, delivered several punches to her face. She said she bled for hours and was further locked up in a room for three days before she escaped.
She said neighbors then took her to the hospital for treatment. That was the cruelest from her history of experience of assault by their husband, Mrs. Fatima said. From experiences she recounted, she recalled how her hair was pulled out of her head, which resulted in grievous head injuries.
Saharareporters learned that police have now arrested the husband, following outcry and petitions by the Women Arise civil group in Lagos. He will be arraigned in court next week.