Legend: Williams Beats Wozniacki to Win Her Sixth US Open Title


Top seed Serena Williams put up a reassuring perfomance against Demark’s Caroline Wozniacki to win her 18th career Grand Slam title and a record-equaling sixth US Open title on Sunday.

The 32-year-old American cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over the tenth seed to claim her third successive US Open titles, becoming the first woman since Chris Evert to complete three-peat (the latter won four straight in the 70s), as well as tying her compatriot for most titles in the Open Era.

The world number one’s triumph comes a couple of days after becoming the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, slated for October. Suffix it to say, after a disappointing start to the season, it all clicked when it mattered for Williams, who received a record $4m payout- the largest payout in tennis history. Lets break it down $3m for her victory in Flushing Meadows and a bonus check of $1m for picking up the Emirates Airlines US Open Series on her way into the US Open.

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Williams came up with 29 winners to 23 unforced errors, while her good friend and opponent Wozniacki finished with eight-time fewer errors, but produced just four winners.

The victory also means Williams now ranks fourth on theWTA all-time career list, tying Evert and Martina Navratilova for the second most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era; only Steffi Graf currently has four more titles.

“It’s a pleasure for me to win No.18 here,” said Williams during the trophy presentation ceremony. “I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”

Back to the business of the day, facing a close acquaintance has never been a problem for Williams, who has had to battle it out with sister Venus on several occasions- 8 times in major championship matches.

But with a close friend standing in between her moment of history, it would always boil down to the player with the most hunger for success, while the former world number one on her own part was trying to banish the under-achiever tag; her odd attribute since her time at the top in January 2012 as her wait for a first Grand Slam title tarries.

She said to her friend: “I’d like to say congratulations to Caroline. She knows the struggles I’ve been through – we text almost every day. Caroline I know you’re going to win one very soon, maybe even in Australia, so I’ve got to go home and get ready for you there!”

An uncharacteristic start to Sunday’s final had both players struggle to assert early dominance. But it was the top seed whose desire started to reflect, after fighting off break points to hold in the first game, followed by five straight break of serve.

Williams’ early hold developed into a major boost, as she fashioned out 15 winners to take the first set in 40 minutes.

The error count diminished quite some more in the second set. After she broke Wozniacki in the opening game, both players held serves for seven straight games, with Williams emerging from that streak of games to move up 5-3, a game away from retaining her title.

Without wasting time, she broke the Dane to seal it 6-3 6-3.

Wozniacki was gracious in defeat. She said: “First of all, congratulations to Serena, you really deserved it today.

“You’re an unbelievable champion and an inspiration to me on and off the court.

“I would also like to thank the crowd for being so amazing these two weeks. You guys have been supporting me through everything, and it wouldn’t be the same without you. Thanks to all of you.”

Nigerians To Hear From Boko Haram Soon – Nigerian Negotiator


A Nigerian Boko Haram negotiator, who has chosen to remain anonymous for security reasons has revealed that the Islamist sect may this week comment on the claims of Australian negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis.

“Nigerians will soon hear from the sect leadership concerning all the issues raised by the negotiator, who, in any case was not hired by the Federal Government to dialogue with the group,” he said.

The move, according to the source, is to put the record straight and clear the air on several controversial issues contained in the interview by the Australian to the media last week.

Speaking to Vanguard last night, the source said that the leadership of Boko Haram was upset by most of the claims made by the negotiator and was set to make a categorical position on all the issues raised by Davis in the media.

“In fact, what the man has said has really infuriated the sect leadership and they are unhappy with him,” the Nigerian negotiator said.

“As far as the sect leadership is concerned, Davis is being used by some politicians to score some points and they are ready to clear the air on the issues.”

NSCDC Uncovers Illegal Refinery In Kogi


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has uncovered an illegal refinery in Achuze, a boundary town between Kogi and Edo States.

The refinery which has an administrative building and capacity to contain 150,000 litres of petrol, also has a restaurant in front as a decoy.

The Kogi State Commandant, Mr. Dayo Adesuyi, who led the operation, weekend, disclosed that at least 80 drums containing crude oil waiting to be refined were discovered.

He said the refinery had been set ablaze by his men, adding that one suspect was arrested, while others escaped after a gun battle.

He also said the illegal refinery could refine 10,000 litres of fuel per day, stressing that the command is determined to ensure that those behind the act are fished out. [Vanguard]

EFCC Declares Bauchi Governorship Aspirant Wanted Over N81.2m Fraud


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a gubernatorial aspirant in Bauchi State, Abdulahi Usman Adamu, alias Dan China, wanted for allegedly obtaining $500,000 from a Chinese company, Shengjia International (HK) Limited, by false pretence.

According to the commission, the suspect obtained the sum from the Chinese firm as part payment for the supply of 3000 metric tons of lead ore but failed to deliver.

Operatives of the agency, acting on a petition by the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, invited the suspect for questioning but he failed to honour the invitation.

The suspect is currently on the run as efforts to track him, including several visits to his home in Narabi, Bauchi proved futile.

In a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission enjoined anyone with useful information on the suspect’s whereabouts to contact its head office in Wuse 2, Abuja or zonal offices in Gombe, Kano, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Lagos or the nearest police station.

Adamu’s last known address, according to EFCC, was 1, Sabon Gari, Narabi in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Court Directs FG To Provide Loan To Poor Nigerians


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has directed the Federal Government to provide loans to under-privileged Nigerians through the Peoples Bank of Nigeria.

Trial judge, Justice M Idris in his judgment in a suit by rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, also held that the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 2004, has not been repealed by the National Assembly.

Falana had in the suit, asked the court to determine, whether the continuous refusal to give effect to the provisions of the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 LFN 2004 by the Federal Government was not illegal, null and void, having regard to section 1 of Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

He had also asked the court to determine whether the failure or refusal of the Federal Government to make loads available to underprivileged Nigerians was not illegal and unconstitutional, having regard to the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The court also directed the Federal Government to continue to give effect to the provisions of the Peoples Bank Act, Cap P7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. [Vanguard]

Boko Haram: Adamawa State University, Mubi, Closes Indefinitely


Adamawa-State-University-Mubi-Boko HaramThe authorities of Adamawa State University, Mubi, has announced indefinite closure of the institution due to the fear of possible attack from insurgents.

This is contained in a statement by Malam Hassan Tanko, Acting Registrar of the institution, in Yola on Sunday.

The statement, which directed students to go home, stated that the university was closed indefinitely for security reasons.

Meanwhile some students of the university, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that they were stranded due to residents rush to leave the town.

One of the students who identified himself as Ali said many commuters were now stranded in the commercial border town due to lack of vehicle.

“Motor park is now jam-packed with stranded passengers with no vehicle to move them out”, Ali said.

Borno Is Under Boko Haram – SSG


Secretary to Borno State Government (SSG) Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda has declared that a considerable part of the state is under control of Boko Haram.

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According to P.M. News, the official made this known while briefing journalists on September 7 in Abuja. He lamented that insurgents’ activities had paralyzed normal activities in Borno.

Jidda urged politicians to play down discussions about the 2015 elections as there is currently a more important issue in the country – flourishing terrorism.

“At this very moment, most parts of Borno State are being occupied by Boko Haram insurgents. Government presence and administration is minimal or non-existent across many parts of the state, with economic, commercial and social services totally subdued. Schools and clinics remain closed.

“Most settlements in the affected areas in the state have either been deserted or access to them practically impossible, thus majority of the political stakeholders cannot, in real fact reach their constituencies.

Thus, he added that it was simply impossible to provide environment for politics and polling in the state.

“In the view of many, the thought about politics and pursuit of political interest in this environment appears absurd, callous and morally repulsive.”

Jidda also criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) decision to conduct a bye-election for Jere LG House of Assembly Constituency on 3 October once again stressing that the environment is not conductive for it.

Insurgents take over Michika

Boko Haram militants meanwhile continue seizing new territories forcing thousands of people, so as soldiers, run away from home and take refuge in the neigbouring towns, states and even countries.

It was reported yesterday that insurgents had overrun the key town of Adamawa State, Michika. It is already the third large strategic town captured by the militants, after Gwoza and Bama. It is feared, based on the gathered intelligence, that Boko Haram will soon make an attempt to seize Maiduguri.

BOKO HARAM: What Prophet Wants Northern Leaders To Do


With the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram sect, the General Overseer, Kingdom of the Love Church of Christ in Lagos State, Prophet Felix Oluyemi has urged Northern leaders to initiate dialogue with Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, in order to end insurgency in the North.

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Prophet Oluyemi, who addressed journalists on the state of the nation, in preparation to mark his ministry’s 20th anniversary, said the war against terrorism would end with the intervention of northern leaders.

He said: “The Emirs of Sokoto and Kano, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd), Gen. Abdusallam Abubakar (retd) Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, among others must come together and seek ways of reaching out to their sons in the sect.

“As elders and leaders of the North, they are the ones that can appeal to their sons to end this insurgency. As leaders, they are the ones that can get information on how best to talk to Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Getting across to Shekau and appealing to him does not make them members of the sect. When there was Oodua Peoples Congress crisis in the South-West, Yoruba elders including the Ooni of Ife, intervened and called their sons to order.”

 

The cleric added that for dialogue with Boko Haram to be fruitful, it has to be initiated by northern leaders.

It would be recalled in July 2014, concerned muslims under the aegis of Concerned Muslim Professionals urged Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to lead the dialogue with members of the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

The dreaded Boko Haram sect have continued to carry out several attacks in the North, which has left thousands dead and several other injured and displaced from their homes.

“President Jonathan Is Afraid Of Boko Haram”


With the current spate of insecurity of insecurity in the country, a former Minister of Petroleum, Prof Tam David-West, has criticized President Goodluck Jonathan fot the terrible situation.

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David West who said he was convinced that the President was afraid of Boko Haram that was why he (Jonathan) refused to visit the parents of the schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State over four months ago made this remarks during an interview with Sahara TV.

David-West said President Jonathan inviting the Chibok parents to Abuja was wrong rather he should have gone to Chibok to visit them that would have helped the traumatized parents psychologically.

He said Jonathan had no right to seek a second term in office and urged Nigerians to rise against bad governance. He said it was unfortunate that more Nigerians were being abducted by terrorists.

Speaking on the takeover by the dreaded Boko Haram sect which he described as shocking he said: “Anyone that is complacent about the state of affairs in the country is an enemy of Nigeria. It is a terrible situation and we should be ashamed, President Jonathan should be ashamed. He is the Commander-in-Chief and the number one security officer and citizen of the state.

“Over 200 of your girls taken away from your territory for the past three months and you are still talking. First, you are not even sure, his wife said nothing happened, then he also did not believe that anything happened and later he changed and said he knows where they are. If you say you know where they are, why can’t you save them?

“With all the security forces in the country, you cannot bring them. Our President is afraid of Boko Haram. He claimed they have infiltrated his cabinet and isn’t he ashamed? Since you know they have infiltrated your cabinet, why don’t you expose them?

“Up till now, he has not gone to Chibok and when he made that cosmetic move to see them, he invited the parents to come to Abuja and when they were going, he gave them money which has now been exposed and that is why Boko Haram has been so because they know that the President is weak.”

David-West said even though he is Jonathan’s kinsman, he would not turn a blind eye to the incompetence of his administration.

 

On April 14, over 200 Chibok school girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Borno state. While there has been reports of some of the girls who have escaped the terrorists den, a large number of them a still being held captive.

The issue of terrorism in the country is now becoming very worrisome, as the Boko Haram sect have continued to carry out several attacks and take over towns in the Northern state.

On Tuesday, September 2 it was reported that the Boko Haram sect took over the second largest town, Bama in Borno state and some other towns in the state as they displaced soldiers and residents.

Yesterday, September 7, it was reported that Boko Haram sect have taken over the key town of Michika, Adamawa State.

However, the Nigerian Military have vowed to put an end to Boko Haram.

Gunmen Storm Training School, r*pe Female Students


Gunmen stormed the Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria, FRCN, Training School, Lagos State on Friday, defiled and robbed many of the female trainee journalists, according to Vanguard.

 

The latest attack by the gunmen was said to have been the third time, according to an eye witness in the school.

According to an insider narrating the latest attack said: “The armed robbers were many. They attacked the school last week, last two weeks and now this week. They always r*pe the girls and dispossess  others, including male students and workers on night duties of their valuables.

”The three attacks on the school have left many of the workers shocked, especially as policemen were supposed to be manning the school gate.The last attack occurred at about 2am, with the gunmen targeting the financial records offices.

Three of the gunmen wore masks and focused on the new BOND FM station, which has a lot of new expensive transmitting devices.“Many of them broke into our offices, remove burglar-proofs, defiled girls who were in training and living in our hostel.

They collected money, phones and laptops. This is the third time this will be happening,” said a staff.According to another insider, the school has male and female trainees drawn from across different radio stations in the country who are on special courses. There are also private students studying broadcast journalism.

The insider added:“The gunmen are usually many whenever they attack. The first time they came, they appeared to be searching for something as they ransacked all offices.This time, they came with three or four men wearing masks. They were apparently the people who wanted something from the school or offices.

When they came this time, they were the ones doing the frantic searching.Whether they succeeded in getting what they wanted this time around is what we don’t know.”

 

Meanwhile the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, however said only a case of burglary was reported.“I just got to hear today that the place has been burgled three times.

But they had never reported. It’s only today that an official complaint was lodged. No case of r*pe was reported. Nobody has come forward to say that she was defiled,” she said.

Why South-South Elders Vow To Arrest Goodluck Jonathan


The South-South Chiefs and Elders Council, SSCEC International, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, vowed to arrest President Goodluck Jonathan.

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The Executive Chairman of the Council, Ama-Opu Senibo of Opobo Kingdom, Chief Reuben Jaja, who made the declaration on behalf of other Chiefs, said the President would be arrested if he fails to declare for second term in the overall office.

Vanguard reports that Jaja made the assertion in Abuja during a Grand endorsement of President Jonathan for second term in office and the conferment of Transformation Excellence award on the Federal Ministry of Information and other outstanding Ministries.

Jaja explained that the event was designed to showcase their support for the President for serving the country right and doing the people of the country proud.

He insisted that Jonathan reserved the right to seek a second term in office in view of his performance in the last four years.  Jaja further threatened that the Council would arrest the President and compel him to run for the 2015 general elections should he ignore their call.

According to him, the group’s only goal was to support the President who has served the country right, and noted that they feel Jonathan is qualified to run by law and by way of performance.

Jaja, while lauding the President’s performance so far, said the country had witnessed tremendous progress in education, agriculture, transport, women affairs, youth development, entertainment and other important sectors of the nation’s economy.

If Confab Report Goes To NASS, It Would Be Treated Like Other Bills – Ekwueme


GEJ-KutigiSecond Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has called on the National Assembly to avoid delays and treat the report of the recently-concluded National Conference with all seriousness, unlike the way it does to other bills.

Ekwueme said that the National Assembly should go ahead and approve the report instead of “taking it sentence by sentence”, stating that it should have been agreed earlier how the report of the confab should be ratified – whether through a referendum or by the National Assembly.

The former VP warned that if it goes to the National Assembly, it would be treated the same way the lawmakers treat other bills.

Ekwueme spoke with journalists in Abuja during the inauguration and commissioning of “Citadel and Towers”, a multi-billion Naira mega church edifice of the House on the Rock Churches, which would be used as a centre of National Transformation.

His words: “The decision whether the report of the 2014 confab should be ratified by the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been taken before the conference itself started. During our time (1995), it was a military government and there was no National Assembly and the document setting us up specified that whatever decision we arrived at will be accepted without amendment by the military government.

“In this case, the issue of whether it should go to the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been agreed before it started. If it goes to the National Assembly, it would be done the same way they do with Bills.

“They will take each section one by one, clause by clause, phrase by phrase and they will start patching and patching. But bearing in mind that the final report was approved unanimously, I think if people are logical and if the National Assembly itself means well, they should go ahead and approve it and not taking it sentence by sentence”.

Speaking on the recommendation by the confab for the creation of more states in Nigeria, the elder statesman said what was inherited from the British colonial masters and the nation’s founding fathers was not a multiplicity of states.

He said, “Well, you know my attitude. In the 1995 Conference Report, I was of the view that each of the six geopolitical zones should become a federating unit because in fairness to our founding fathers, what we inherited from them and from the British government was not a multiplicity of states.

“What we inherited and what we agreed (in the 1960 conference) was a country made up of three regions. It was agreed by all our political leaders and given to us at independence. My argument has always been that there were two things wrong with the structure we had at independence and thereafter.

“The first pitfall of it was that it brought a situation where it seemed that the Northern region has a population that was bigger than all the other regions altogether. If the region decides to support a political party, that party automatically becomes majority in parliament and under the parliamentary system, will produce Prime Minister.

“Which was why they didn’t bother about what was happening elsewhere. There was the Northern Peoples Congress which only focused on Northern region. Secondly, within each region, we have the majority ethnic recognition”.

Adamawa: Michika Falls To Boko Haram As Troops Re-Position To Defend Mubi


Abubakar-ShekauAnother strategic town in Adamawa South senatorial zone, Michika, the headquarters of Michika LGA, has been taken over by Boko Haram insurgents as they continue to advance in their control of towns and villages in Adamawa State.

The seizure of Michika came less than 48 hours after Gulak, the hometown of the incumbent acting governor, Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri, was overrun by the insurgents.

Residents say that the insurgents have dislodged all the military checkpoints and chased out few Nigerian troops stationed there after which they hoisted their flag in the township.

Some of the residents, who are fleeing the town, said efforts by the Nigerian Air Force to dislodge the insurgents proved futile as the jets deployed to attack them just hovered around the town.

Military authorities were said to have deployed more troops and reinforced the armoury at Marraba Mubi to prevent the insurgents from capturing Mubi, another strategic town located less than 30km from Michika.

When contacted, the acting governor’s spokesman, who hails from the area, Mr Solomon Kumanagar, confirmed that several people were feared killed as the terrorists took control of Gulak and other border towns in Madagali and Michika LGAs of the state.

Kumangar said that already, Michika and other surrounding villages and towns had then been overrun by the insurgents, just as the effects of the insurgency such as displacement of whole villages and towns, had created multitudes of internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose management and welfare the government was left to cater for.

Dimgba Igwe: Killer Driver Must Be Found And Prosecuted, Says Amaechi


Dimgba-IgweThe Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the hit-and-run driver, who knocked down and killed the Vice-Chairman of The Sun Publishing Ltd, Pastor Dimgba Igwe, must be arrested and prosecuted by the police, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Amaechi, spoke yesterday in a condolence letter to the management of The Sun, addressed to Mr. Femi Adesina, the Managing Director of Sun Publishing Ltd.

Igwe was jogging near his Okota, Lagos home on Saturday morning, when he was hit by a car. The driver sped-off. He was later rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead following an unsuccessful emergency surgical procedure.

The NGF chairman said: “I received with shock, the news of the sudden passage of one of the leading lights of journalism, Pastor Dimgba Igwe. He was passionate and painstaking. He was a thoroughbred professional and one of Nigeria’s brightest and best.

“His demise at this time, when our nation is in dire need of men of honour and courage and when his younger colleagues need his steadying hands to guide their practice is most painful. We in Rivers State feel a deep sense of personal loss, because of our close relationship with him.

“We enjoin the police to ensure that the driver is brought to book. It is unfortunate that this great man was cut down in his prime, as life only begins at 40.

“While we wait for justice to be done, we assure the deceased’s family and his friends and colleagues that we share in this grief”.

Amaechi also expressed the sympathies of the government and people of Rivers State over the great loss and assured the Igwe family, his relatives and friends of the prayers and support of the Rivers people.

The World Should Pray For The Pope – T.B. Joshua


Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua gave another surprising revelation in his church service on Sunday 7th August 2014, specifically calling for prayer for Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, as well as prophesying an imminent hijacking of a plane by ‘militants’.

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“There is a very big religious leader,” Joshua began, describing the said person as a ‘father’ figure, widely respected across different religions.

“I have been praying for him,” he continued, adding that he received an alarming ‘vision’ concerning him the prior day.

“They should pray for him,” Joshua proceeded, although not specifying which area people should direct their prayer towards. “The clergyman I am talking about is the Pope,” he then clarified.

Continuing, Joshua prophetically warned of a plane being hijacked by ‘militant’ forces in a dramatic scene that would result in ‘breaking news’ worldwide.

“They will attempt to enter a plane,” the cleric declared. “You will hear ‘Breaking News’ of a hijacker inside the plane that carried the plane from its original direction to another direction.”

“We should pray so that it will not just end like that and we learn that there’s a crash,” he said, seemingly referring to the infamous Al Quaeda attack against America on September 11th 2001 where four commercial planes were hijacked by the terrorists.

“This is another big attempt they want to do,” Joshua warned, soliciting heightened security checks in airports worldwide to avert the impending disaster.

Last week, T.B. Joshua gave a widely reported prophecy concerning ‘approaching’ world events.

He said he had a vision of US President Barack Obama being rushed to hospital with a health challenge, another plane crash in the region around Russia and Ukraine and a political crisis in Nigeria sparked by the murder of a ‘bigshot’.

Joshua reminded congregants of the prophecy, adding that the killing of al-Shabab’s spiritual leader Ahmed Abdi Godane by US forces in an airstrike on Monday showed ‘God’ was involved.

Joshua had specifically called for prayer for Kenya related to a ‘militant’ plan in place to attack a presidential figure in Southern Africa.

Atiku Calls For Urgent Meeting Of Critical Stakeholders Over Adamawa By-Election, Security


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Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has called for an urgent meeting of critical stakeholders in Adamawa State to ensure a free and fair governorship election in the state on October 11.

The former Vice President made the call against the backdrop of the need to maintain security in the state and fears being expressed about the probable suffocation of the sovereignty of the people by the prevailing emergency rule in the state.

Atiku Abubakar noted that his call for an urgent parley of Adamawa critical stakeholders comprised of the major political parties, security agencies, Adamawa State Government, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), civil society and election observers and religious and traditional rulers followed the results of NOI Polls which revealed that 55% of adult Nigerians want the emergency rule imposed on three states in the North-east region lifted during the 2015 elections.

According to the former Vice President, 72% of those surveyed from the region, however, advocated for the lifting of the emergency rule for the purposes of the 2015 election in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Atiku said that the envisaged meeting will come up with modalities for ensuring a free and fair election in an emergency rule in Adamawa State. He said that the Adamawa situation could be used as a fore runner of the 2015 elections.

While expressing the imperative of providing adequate security in the state, especially with the peculiar situation presented by the emergency rule, he however observed that the prevailing emergency rule may pose difficulties, if not impossible for voters in the state to perform their civic rights of franchise.

He said that apart from hindering the people of the state the freedom to cast their ballots, the rights of free movement and association, which ordinarily afford people opportunity to attend political rallies and gatherings would be compromised under an emergency rule.

He observed further that the emergency rule in Adamawa State also calls to question, the expected level-playing ground, which the government is supposed to provide for all political parties participating in the election since the Federal Government is also an interested party in the election through the participation of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He stressed the need to balance all the conditions precedent in Adamawa ahead of the October 11 governorship election in the interest of democracy, justice and fair-play.

Signed:
Atiku Media Office

Nadia Buari steps out with mystery man in Atlanta (Photos)


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Nadia Buari shared these pictures of herself holding hands with some mystery guy on Instagram.
The Ghanain actress who is currently in Atlanta, tagged the pictures #thatkinglife.
Coincidentally, her ex boo, Jim Iyke is also in ATL with his alleged new boo Sandra Benede.
Seems Nadia has moved on and gotten her self her new best friend.

 

“I Need More Children, Four Is Not Enough” – Actor Desmond Elliot


Nollywood actor, Desmond whose marriage has lasted 11years, explained that he is a Nigerian man and as such would want to maintain that status. He says he plans of having more children after his four kids. Speaking about the Nigerian identity, the actor explained that Nigeria is a powerful country that is well respected all over the world but being faced with a major internal demon which is tribal sentiments.

He stated that the Nigerian entertainment industry and the country at large is not moving forward because it is being ruled by grandfathers who keeps calling him (Desmond) the leader of tomorrow.

“I am tired of having my great grandfathers still rule me till today, yet I am still the children of tomorrow. I will never grow, it’s terrible,” he stated.

I knew Super Eagles would Lose — Coach Stephen Keshi



Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has claimed that he saw his team’s 3-2 defeat to the Congo side in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, coming. In his words:

“I’m very disappointed. It was not just the result but the way we played in the first half. I was like a soothsayer because I saw it coming and I talked to the boys that they had to be aggressive and first to the ball.

“I’ve played against the Congolese team before and I know they play tip-tap football. We scored the first goal and that was it. It’s a shame that we had opportunities, mostly in the second half, but we could not score.

“I told them (players) they were not playing their game. They were not themselves, they were not playing, they were second to the ball and they needed to change the mentality. They came back in the second half and you could see the difference. But if you are playing a team like this, they are going to come hard and park the bus. And that’s what they did in the second half. Who won’t do it?”

The Super Eagles are now 3rd in Group A of the qualifiers behind South Africa and Congo.

Stephen Keshi Laments Congo Antics Adversely Affected Super Eagles Morale


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Under – fire Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi has admitted that the first half performance of his charges in their 3 – 2 loss to Congo was nothing to write home about, and has suggested that the antics of the opponents affected the composure of his team in the last 45 minutes.

Celtic utility man Efe Ambrose opened scoring for the African Champions, who then conceded three goals before a late goal from Warri Wolves Gbolahan Salami decided the game’s outcome.

“I told them they were not playing their game. They were not themselves, they were not playing, they were second to the ball and they needed to change the mentality,” Stephen Keshi told reporters.

“They came back in the second half and you could see the difference. But if you are playing a team like this, they are going to come hard and park the bus. And that’s what they did in the second half. Who won’t do it?

“I can understand the frustration, the Congolese team delaying the game, killing the game. It became an anger problem and its part of the game.”

Nigeria will clash with South Africa in Cape Town on September 10 in their second Group A fixture.

How Ali Modu Sheriff Was Arrested in Cameroon, Released on FG’s Demand – Falana


Lagos based human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, yesterday, revealed how Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff was arrested in 2012 by the Cameroonian government for the crime committed by the deadly Boko Haram sect.

Falana and other eminent personalities spoke at the 5th Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Lecture, titled; ‘State of the Nation and 2015 general elections: Issues, posers and challenges before us, held in Lagos.

“In October 2012, Sheriff was arrested in Cameroun on crime committed by the Boko Haram he sponsored. The state government pleaded with the Camerounian government to release him because he is a well known man here and he cannot be arrested.” Falana stated.

The Lagos based lawyer said that the former governor was not sincere in his relationship with the Boko Haram sect in the country.

He however, asked Sheriff to sue him rather than planning to seek redress in court by suing the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davies, even as he reaffirmed that Sheriff sponsored of the Boko Haram activities.

This came few days after Sheriff said he would seek redress in court by suing the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davies, who recently fingered him as one of the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency. According to Falana, “I am expecting Senator Ali Madu Sheriff to sue me. I heard that he wanted to sue an Australian (Dr. Steven Davies). He doesn’t need that. He should sue me. I am waiting for him to sue me. Not only did he fund that organization (Boko Haram), he also had a deal with them.” He noted that Sheriff cannot denial all the allegations made against him, saying. “In 2003, he had a deal with the Boko Haram leaders to help him win the election and that if he wins his re-election, he will compensate the organization.

When he won the election, he appointed one of them as Commissioner for Religious Affairs to implement Sharia in that state.”

He however, accused the Federal Government of shielding certain facts from its citizens.

Falana said “The Federal Government is yet to react to the statement by Dr. Stephen Davies against Sheriff. I expect the central government to have made its position known on the issue.”

The lawyer therefore, called for concerted effort to tackle the menace of Boko Haram, saying, “People’s Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC should stop politicizing the Boko Haram issue but what is important is unity to tackle the menace

Boko Haram Retreats from Bama After Facing Heavy Aerial Bombardment


The heavy bombardment of the bases set up by the Boko Haram Insurgent fighters in Bama after taken over the town few days ago has forced the insurgents to beat a full retreat from the strategic town.

Military sources confirmed yesterday that the aerial attack aimed at knocking off Boko Haram’s weapon installations in the town has been effective and yielding the desired results.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Friday, reportedly, ordered a full-scale war against Boko Haram.

NAF intensified its bombing campaign at the weekend to rid Bama of the terrorists, pockets of which were still said to be holding out in the town and its environs. But the battle took a heavy toll on civilian lives and property as the insurgents were said to be embedded with residents, locals said.

A source said, “The first attacks didn’t really make the expected impact but the second round of bombardment really injured those Boko Haram boys, which is why they are retreating now. They are no more deep into Bama, while our people are advancing and gaining territory. The Boko Haram boys are right now retreating.

“We are now dislodging them. You know, Air Force have intensified their efforts; they brought F-7 and different kinds of aircraft. They really bombarded them.”

Another military source confirmed the advances of the Armed Forces in the battle of Bama but cautioned that it was no time for celebration yet, as the operation was still ongoing in several parts of Borno State. He said the situation was “still very volatile” with Gwoza far from being liberated from the terrorists’ siege.

“We don’t want to say anything official but there are still fights going on in different places and on different scales, especially by air.  This is a critical and unusual time,” the senior military officer said.

A senior Air Force officer, who spoke from Borno State, said apart from the aerial campaign in Bama, NAF had been effective in support of the ground forces with the launch of air attacks with different aircraft types, including helicopter gunships.

He said, “We are very deeply involved. You know what we are having here is a joint operation of the services, even though the Navy may not be involved right now because of the terrain.

“First and foremost, apart from the airlift, we are equally supporting the ground forces; in most of the cases we even take the initiative. In modern warfare, Air Force normally does the first dirty job, clear the road for the Army to do the mop up operations.

“Like I said, all our platforms are participating fully here. We have Alpha Jets, we have F7, Beechcraft, Mi35, which is the gunships, and then all our transport planes: C-130, the G TripleT. So we are participating fully and playing a significant role in that place.”

However, the senator for Borno Central senatorial district, Ahmed Zannah, said the military might be playing right into the enemy’s hands by focussing on Bama. He said the reported retreat of Boko Haram from Bama might be a ploy to draw out the military from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, before launching a heavy onslaught on the town.

The warning came against the backdrop of recent Boko Haram seizure of towns that are just few kilometres from Maiduguri, which is already swarming with internally displaced persons said to be numbering over 100,000 who are housed in different camps.

With the recent attacks on Gwoza and Bama, those displaced since January in the North-east are estimated to have risen to over 500,000, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

Zannah said in an alert to the military, “At present, there are pockets of insurgents in Bama, men who are mainly indigenes of the town but left behind by their leaders to continue to terrorise the town. The leaders have left for their hideouts in Sambisa.

“It is believed that those left in Bama are to draw the military out of Maiduguri and when they are reclaiming Bama, the large number of insurgents in Sambisa will sneak into Maiduguri to take control of the town.”

Zannah said Maiduguri, from where the insurgents had been driven about a year ago, remained their ultimate target, saying there are indications that the sect is arming for a battle to capture the ancient town.

Sources within the military blame some of the difficulties being encountered in the fight against Boko Haram on what they term indiscriminate retirement of experienced officers.

One officer said, “The problem we are also having now is that the military retired the very ambitious and brave people from the service for the fear of coup without knowing that this kind of thing will arise. Some of these military officers, very courageous ones, should have still been in the system and by now they could have given the guidelines on how we can go about this.

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I fought Boko Haram, didn’t sponsor it — Ihejirika


Chief of  the Army  Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, said, weekend, that the nation was yet to come to terms with the fact that Boko Haram and its sponsors are out to bring down Nigeria,  pointing out that this is why citizens were buying into what he called the fourth dimensional media warfare being waged  in support of the insurgency.

Speaking at the quarterly re-union of the 18th  Regular Course Alumni in Abuja, Ihejirika, apparently reacting to the allegation of  an  Australian, Stephen Davies, said, “I want say it here that there is no reason whatsoever for me to be angry. I will however say that from the happenings in the country, it is obvious that we are yet to come to terms with the magnitude of the terrorists plot to bring down our nation and utterances like that only serve to assist them in their bid to bring down this democracy”.

He went on: “While I am not saying that sanctions or actions should not be taken against those who want to bring this nation down by engaging in acts inimical to its unity and existence, I am saying that the media should not allow itself to be deceived by those who see the fourth  dimensional front of using the media as the way to achieve their objectives.

“When this issue came up, I was wondering, but, today, I find myself having to give myself the same advice I have always given Nigeria over and over again, and that is that I will not join others in overheating the polity because they don’t know the implications of that on the peace and security of the country.

“What I know and want to assure the country is that the current Boko Haram challenge is one problem we will overcome and hopefully the country will grow stronger after it”.
“When in 2011, at the annual Chief of  the Army Conference, I spoke about the Boko Haram terrorism and said that the nation was at war,  my comments were not easily appreciated. Many people in government including some of my colleagues said these were just some people fighting for recognition and the issue will not take time to resolve.

“But I must thank President Goodluck Jonathan who understood the message and approved several steps that we took which, if they had not been taken, would have caused us greater danger today. The anti-terrorism dog centre is one, the establishment of the Counter Terrorism Centre in Kotangora is one, and the establishment of the Civil /Military Affairs Department at Army headquarters is another”.

 

Dimgba Igwe: “Please pray for me” – Mike Awoyinfa begs Nigerians


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Popular human interest journalist and former MD of The Sun, Mike Awoyinfa has called on Nigerians to pray for him over the death of his ‘twin brother’, Dimgba igwe.

Awoyinfa, who is currently in the UK, took to his Facebook page on Saturday to mourn his long time best friend and companion.

He simply wrote, ‘Please pray for me’.

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Dimgba, Associate Publisher of Entertainment Express was killed by a hit-and-run driver during morning exercise around Okota area of Lagos on Saturday.

Peterside blasts Keshi for leaving Emenike on the bench against Congo


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Former Nigeria goalkeeper Peterside Idah, has said coach Stephen Keshi should take the blame for the 3-2 defeat to Congo on Saturday.

The Big Boss chose to start the game in Calabar, with Uche Nwofor leading the attack and Emmanuel Emenike on the bench.

Emenike was eventually introduced in the second half and proved a real handful for the Congolese.

“I was surprised Emenike was on the bench for this game,” Peterside said.

“Keshi is the coach, he decides who plays and when, that’s why he is being paid. If his selection didn’t work or he decide a particular player will sit on the bench, he takes the blame for whatever happened.”

Peterside, who is also an analyst with SuperSport, also blamed the players for being over confident against Congo.

“Our players were over confident, Congo showed they wanted to win the game more than us, and they took the game to us and they were the better side on the day,” he stated.

‘I’m free from Ebola, but now I’m jobless’ fiance of late nurse says


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Dennis Akagha, the fiance of late nurse Justina Ejelonu who died from the deadly Ebola virus, says he’s currently being stigmatized for being associated with the deadly Ebola disease. In an interview with Punch, he said he’s faced stigma from people on his street, artisans and most recently his work place.

Dennis who was working as a marketing officer in an oil company before his fiancee contracted the disease, says he no longer works there. He said after he left the isolation center, his office refused to pick his calls or communicate with him. Excepts from the interview after the cut…

You’ve been certified to be Ebola Virus negative, for how long has that been?
It’s going to two weeks now. Saturday (today) will make it two weeks exactly that I’ve been certified negative. I’ve not had any of the symptoms since then. But I’m granting this interview basically for one reason; before I was quarantined, I saw it in the Bible that I would not die but live to testify the goodness of God upon my life. When God saved me, it is my responsibility to tell the whole world and Nigerians that God is still in the business of doing miracles. So I’m a living testimony of the goodness of God.
You said before you were quarantined, that means at that point, you knew you had Ebola Virus
Yes. But it was not that I was tested positive to it but I had started seeing the symptoms; I had started feeling feverish and having pains all over my body, my muscles, my waist. I was described as being symptomatic at the time. The symptoms came up for like three days. My temperature rose.
So what do you really think saved you? Did the doctors give you any drugs?
I will always tell the whole world that it’s a miracle because I met people who were at the isolation centre before me and I left the place before them. I stayed there for five days. It was a miracle. What worked for me was my faith and my belief because right from the day I saw the symptoms, I had been talking to myself. I found it in the Bible that the power of life and death is in my tongue which means anything I speak happens for me. At that point in time, I started speaking to my body, my blood system and doing the things you will ordinarily not understand. These are the things we call mysteries.
Would you like to share some of these mysteries?
I can share them but some people may not believe them. In the church where I worship, we believe in holy communion and feet washing. The Bible says that the life of the body is in the blood and I also found where Jesus was telling his disciples, if you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will have life abundantly and not die. With this understanding, I started taking the blood of Jesus and eating the flesh three times in a day. I started doing feet washing. These are the mysteries and they are the things that helped deliver me from the bondage of sickness. I got the bread from my church and I was blessing my water to do feet washing.
You were there for five days, what was your experience like within that period?
I was taken in on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and left there on Saturday night, August 23, 2014. The experience wasn’t funny, anyway. I really want to appreciate Lagos State. The state has done the best out of all the places where Ebola has been ravaging lives. Initially, there were no volunteers and the facilities were not there but it was because the virus came unexpectedly. Nobody expected it. But within a short time, the facilities improved, so the state tried. The first day I got there, I was just telling myself that I was not Ebola positive. When I got there, they took my blood samples and the results came out the following day. Then, I was kept in a ward meant for suspects. We had two wards: one is a ward for persons suspected to have the virus and the other was for persons confirmed to already have it. So once you are confirmed to have it, they will take you away from the ‘suspects’ ward’ to the other ward. When I was confirmed to have it, they took me to the ‘confirmed’ ward. I went in with them and I met others there. Immediately I lay down on my bed, I cried but nobody knew I was shedding tears. I just lay there and cried. I was crying to God because I already told him that I would not die but live. It took me five minutes to shed the tears and afterwards, I wiped my tears. One of the doctors came in to tell me that my results were not clear to them. She said the results were bulky; that was the language she used and that they could not understand it. In other words, I wasn’t meant to be there. So they took me back to the ‘suspects’ ward and said they would rerun the tests. That was on Wednesday. They reran the tests and the results came out on Thursday afternoon. It was positive. So they asked me to go back to the ‘confirmed’ ward. I told them I was not sick. They said that I was positive but I insisted that I didn’t have Ebola. We quarrelled for sometime so it took me time to go back to the ‘confirmed’ ward. It was after much pleading and also because they said I was a risk to others in the ‘suspects’ ward. So I went back to the ‘confirmed’ ward but I was still saying I was not sick. I was still taking my holy communion and doing feet washing and praying. I slept thereon Thursday night and then they came again to take my blood samples. I was there on Friday too. I was doing my regular exercise- press up and everything. Then on Saturday night, they called me that I had been discharged. I had even forgotten that my blood samples were taken for a test. They said my results came out negative. In that case, I didn’t have any business there anymore.
How did you feel when you were told you could leave the centre?
The first thing I did was to go back to my closet, knelt down and thanked God. I felt happy because I knew it was not just an ordinary miracle. When I was there, I posted on my Facebook wall that my case would defy all medical terminologies and theories. And a lot of people wrote ‘Amen’ to it. But some of them may not understand but I had this belief in myself and in the God that I serve. A lot of people were also strongly supporting me with their prayers. I will encourage people having health challenges or suffering from terminal illnesses not to keep silent, they should tell others. I had friends and relatives praying and fasting on my behalf. On Facebook, my Whatsapp group, they were praying for me and sending me messages and Bible portions on what to read and declare. Those things helped me to boost my faith.
How have your friends, relatives and neighbours been relating with you since you returned from the isolation centre?
The stigma will always be there and it will take some time for it to phase out. It happened when HIV and Lassa fever came out. So this is not the first and it won’t be the last. But I know that with time, it will phase out. I faced a lot of stigmatisation on my street.
Can you recall specific instances?
Yes. When I was symptomatic, because I had bushy hair, I went to a salon to have a haircut. Somebody who knew what happened to my fiancée ran away from the salon. Also, I went somewhere to buy toothpaste and the mallam (Hausa man) refused to sell to me. He said he was not selling. I said but you have toothpaste, he said yes, but that he was not selling. And where I worked as a marketing officer, it happened. I got a job this same month Justina got a job at the hospital (where Patrick Sawyer visited). Mine was an oil and gas company. Indirectly, I experienced it there. I no longer work there.
Were you told to stop coming?
They did it indirectly. It will be shameful for me to go back there. After I left the isolation centre, I said no, I won’t go back there. God has a reason for everything. A lot of people have told me to protest but I said no. For God to bring me out of this, He has very big plans for my life. The communication was no longer there; I was calling (the office) and they stopped picking my calls. So I didn’t bother to go to the office. It got to an extent that even after I came out, my mum travelled to the east (my hometown) for an August meeting and as soon as she got to the venue, everyone ran away. They were like, since your son had Ebola, then you will definitely have Ebola. That was the extent of the stigmatisation.
What was the quarantine centre where Justina was kept like when you got there?
As I said, Lagos State government didn’t expect it. So the environment wasn’t that conducive. The place she was, was a different facility from where I was. It was the same hospital environment but not the same facility. Justina and others were put there while government was preparing a better place for them. She was already there before some others were moved to the other facility. There was no water or oxygen where she was, and the environment wasn’t okay. Lagos State government tried and did its best to make sure that they improve the facilities later and I can testify to that.
Were you disappointed that there was no water or oxygen?
It still boils down to the fact that it was not expected. There was no oxygen available when she needed oxygen but one thing about her was that she lived a good life and was very friendly. She was loved by people and had good friends, so when she needed oxygen, her group of friends rallied round and came up with oxygen that day. In fact, they said they would provide more if she needed more. The situation took government unawares but those things are there now. I was there and I can testify to it. The facilities are superb and the environment is nice. There are a lot of volunteers now.
When you saw that the place was untidy, did you approach the health workers and what did they say?
Nigeria as a whole, we didn’t t expect this. It was not expected. So it took time for people to start volunteering to come and work. So those people who were there were scared so I didn’t blame them. Nobody wanted to take the risk of being infected. It was not until after a lot of awareness had been done that people understood more and started coming to volunteer to work there.
Do you think that the government could have saved her life if the facilities were better?
Well, I really don’t know. God knows best. I was discussing with someone recently and I said she shouldn’t have died. The person asked why and I said I saw a portion in the Bible where God said He would satisfy us with long life. She had not even lived up to 50 when she passed on. The person told me that a new born child that dies within a week has lived a long life. I wondered how and he said the day we die is the day our lives end which means we have lived a long life and have fulfilled our purpose. I’m still pondering over that but I came to a conclusion that God wasn’t sleeping so He must know about everything that happened. As much as people were praying for me when I was there, people were praying for her also.
So what are your plans now that you’re fine, but out of job?
I intend to look for another job. If it’s the will of God for me to work, I will get another job. Aside from that, I made Justina a promise. I spoke with her the night she passed on but I had to go there to confirm the next morning. I had to go inside there after wearing the kits. I was led in and I held her hands, I just wanted to know if she was truly dead. At that time, she was already dead. I told her that I would make sure I pursued those things she could not achieve that I knew about, in my own little way and with the help of individuals. I would make sure she fulfils the dreams. Before her death, she had a vision of a project that I don’t want to share here. If that is what will keep me busy for the rest of my life, I don’t mind to keep her memory alive. I wrote the plan and we were just waiting to complete our marriage plans before proceeding with the project. After her death, I had to go back to my system (laptop) to fetch out those things and start reworking them. I’m done with writing the plan and the next step is to register the business. Private individuals who may want to support the cause since she died while trying to save lives, are welcome. I don’t mind since it will be in memory of Justina Obioma Ejelonu. Yes, a lot of people have been asking me, after now, what next? You have lost a loved one, you’ve lost your job and you’ve come out negative, what next and I tell them that it boils down to God.
You said you held her hand after she had died. But can you recall the last time you saw her alive and what she said to you?
The last day I saw her alive was three weeks today because she died on a Thursday morning. She requested to see me and I went inside to see her, cleaned her and made sure her surroundings were clean and okay. She was on drips and I spoke with her. She requested for tea, hot or cold. There was no way I could get hot water around so I went to get beverage and two bottles of table water to prepare the tea (beverage) for her. I also bought bread for her. That was the last thing I bought for her. I remember she said she loved me; that was the last thing she told me. After cleaning her up, she called on one of the doctors, a WHO doctor, Dr. David. She said softly to the doctor, did I not tell you? The doctor asked what. She said did I not tell you that if my husband comes here, a miracle would happen. I laughed and the doctor said yes. I had to clean her up that day.
You took some risks taking Justina to the hospital and cleaning her up, didn’t you know the risks involved?
You see, if you love someone, you will do those things, except you don’t genuinely love the person. If you genuinely love someone, you can do anything for the person. I genuinely loved her; she was supposed to be my wife. And at that point in time, I saw no reason why I should abandon her. I know most men would do that but my conscience would judge me for the rest of my life if I had run away. So I had to stand by her. I took the risks because I loved her and at a point, I started being careful at the same time. The Bible says wisdom is profitable to direct. But I had been 100 per cent exposed already even before I started taking precautions. I started using polythene bags as gloves, which was not even safe. Not that I didn’t think of the risks, but love is a very powerful thing. I know she would have done the same thing for me. So why would I want to run away?
How did you receive news of her death?
Normally, I call her every morning but that morning , I called and called and she didn’t pick up. So I went to the hospital and I was supposed to get some things for her anyway. So I got the news when I got there. It was painful for me. Have you lost a loved one before? At that moment, I felt like going with her. I felt that I couldn’t stay behind (on earth). I felt like dying so that it would be like we both died, although it was not possible (for me to kill myself). But that was how I felt.
Did you receive government visits at home?
I didn’t encourage visitors; I didn’t want anyone to visit me. The only people that were visiting me were Lagos State government officials but they were not coming to my house. They would get to my street and call me to come out. They were only coming to monitor my temperature. I was given a digital thermometer to check my temperature and I would tell them the readings. I checked it every morning and I would meet them outside and tell them. They were the only people coming everyday until when they came to pick me; every other person had indirectly run away. They took me away when my temperature showed that it had risen.
Did they show up immediately Justina was confirmed to have had Ebola?
Normally, they were suppose to come and fumigate my house on that day but they didn’t come; they came two weeks after. I had already done it myself. I bought three bottles of JIK and mixed it water. I did the disinfection and cleaned my house by myself before they came.
Why did it take them two weeks to show up?
Well, I don’t know. I think maybe it was due to logistics. It’s none of my business.
Culled from Punch

Nigeria 2-3 Congo: Rudderless Eagles Stunned in Calabar


Nigeria began the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) title on a losing note following a shabby display against a well organised Congo in Calabar on Saturday.

Stade de Reim’s Prince Oniangue canceled Efe Ambrose opener within minutes before Thievy Bifouma’s brace increased the hosts’ deficit in front of the faithful gathered at the UJ Esuene Stadium.

Second-half substitute Gbolahan Salami grabbed a late consolation for the Super Eagles, but was too little too late to help avert a 3-2 disgrace.

Warri Wolves' Gbolahan Salami Scored a Late Consolation for Nigeria.

The win means Congo are joint top of Group A standings, leveled on three points with South Africa but trail courtesy of an inferior goal difference, after the Bafana Bafana’s 3-0 win in Sudan last night.

Nigeria will travel to Cape Town, to play group leaders South Africa on Wednesday, if the country’s administrative fracas is resolved and an impending Fifa suspension is averted.

The Red Devils host Sudan same day, with the opportunity to increase their advantage well in their hands.

Desmond Elliot denies calling for prayers over Ini Edo’s childlessness


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Nollywood Actor, Desmond Elliot has denied media reports that he was calling for prayers for Ini Edo to conceive before the year runs out.

The report quoted Elliot as saying that Nigerians should say amen to the prayer that the Actress who puts smiles on a lot of faces in the country would have a reason to smile before the year runs out.

The message reads, “We all know Actress Ini Edo has been married for a while now without any issue. Many of us have laughed at her, insulted her, judged her without knowing the pains she goes through indoors. She has entertained us, made us laugh and has inspired many of us. Today, let us come together and pray for her. Ini Edo, this year, 2014 will not pass you by. You will not only get pregnant, you will also give birth safe and sound. As you write AMEN to this, may God answer all your hidden prayers. Why not write amen? Your amen is so powerful, just type amen on her behalf. God bless you.”

However, when DailyPost contacted the Ondo State-born Actor on Saturday via twitter, he denied the report, saying he did not pray for her. The tweet we got from him in response to our finding says ” No Sir, I didn’t” apparently, he didn’t pray for Ini Edo as reported.

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Boko Haram Closing In On Maiduguri, Senator Zannah Warns


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A serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Borno Central at the National Assembly, Ahmed Zannah, on Saturday warned the military to be at alert, saying that the Boko Haram sect may soon attack Borno State.

He noted that the foot-soldiers had relocated fron Bama to their Sambisa forest stronghold and might launch a major attack on Maiduguri soon.

According to the senator, since the members of the sect were chased out of the state capital over a year ago, it had always been in their plan to return to recapture it.

The lawmaker hinted that insurgents made away with equipment and machinery from the military barrack in Bama.

He advised the military not to deploy soldiers in Bama to the detriment of the security of Maiduguri.

He said, “At present, there are few insurgents left behind in Bama, by their leaders to continue to terrorise the town. The leaders have left for their hideouts in Sambisa.

“It is believed that those left in Bama are meant to draw the military out of Maiduguri and when they are reclaiming Bama, the large number of insurgents in Sambisa will sneak into Maiduguri to take control of the town”.

Ekiti: Fayose vows to investigate last-minute transactions, appointments made by Fayemi


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Incoming governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has vowed to look into any last minute bank transactions and appointments made by the outgoing governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Fayose claimed that Fayemi was trying to leave behind financial burdens for the state.

He took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday to warn commercial banks against engaging in any illegal transactions with the state government.

According to him, “We are aware of last minute deals by the present government with spurious awards of contracts and payments made- this is unfair to our people. A transition committee is in place to work with the government (of Kayode Fayemi) for a smooth handover and also to monitor financial transactions that involve (his) government.

“Irregular expenditure and questionable financial transactions by the outgoing government should find no cooperation from commercial banks in Ekiti. Full legal action will be brought against bank found culpable of fraudulent financial dealings with the outgoing administration.

“Banks should continue to conduct government business with sincerity of purpose and compliance with the highest standards of banking integrity”, he said.

“A government that sacked workers on spurious grounds has now turned round to employ thousands through the backdoor – this will be looked into.

“My position on the issue of purported LCDA creation is explicitly stated: they have no constitutional backing and will not be funded. While I am mindful that my mandate does not start until October 16th, I am also mindful of the potential time bombs being put in front of me”, he stated.

Fayose however noted that he did not consider some of his opponents as enemies though they had unfairly criticised him.

He said, “We can’t fail to mention those who choose to denigrate us –we see them not as enemies but (as people who) spur (us) to greatness and humility. Not all opponents are enemies. Some are just too far from us to understand who we really are as humans.

“Those who however choose to deliberately misunderstand our position even when clearly stated are enemies of the collective good. Let me make this clear so that our opponents can hear: any landmine in my path as Gov-elect is a direct attack on our people in Ekiti State”, he said.

Shekau Changed The Ideology Of Boko Haram – Davis


Australian Boko Haram negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis weekend explained how Abubakar Shekau hijacked Islamist sect Boko Haram.

In an interview with Vanguard, Davis, who accused former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and an erstwhile Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika of being sponsors of Boko Haram said the group terrorising the country today was not the same as the one led by Mohammed Yusuf, killed by the police in 2009.

“The Boko Haram we see today is not the Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah Lih Da’awa wal Jihad (JAS) that was operational under Yusuf – former JAS leader killed by the police in 2009,” Davis said.

“Shekau formed Ansaru which he used for kidnapping and beheading victims. This behaviour was a major departure from the original mandate of the JAS which was to purify Islam and return it to the exemplary life of the Prophet. Many among the JAS leadership are no longer active and others have been killed. This has allowed Shekau to take the JAS to a more extreme action and expand the frontiers of kidnapping, bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram we have today is a much expanded Ansaru. What we see now is not the Yusufiya which wanted very much to settle a score with former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. It is Boko Haram as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab.”

Davis admitted that he came to Nigeria in April to facilitate the release of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram, but denied that he was engaged by any party and therefore had no obligation to report to anyone.

He claimed to have interacted with former commanders of JAS and others close to Boko Haram during his visit to Nigeria.

Yusuf had in a 2009 BBC interview, stated his belief that the concept of a spherical Earth is contrary to Islamic teaching and should be rejected, along with Darwinian evolution, and the concept of rain originating from water evaporated by the sun, as he sought to purify Islam and return it to the exemplary life of the Prophet.

Despite being against westernization, Yusuf was said to have had a graduate education, spoke proficient English, lived a lavish lifestyle and drove a Mercedes-Benz.

Groom, Bride Shot Dead On Wedding Eve


A man and woman set to be married in Enugu were Friday shot dead by gunmen suspected to be cult members.

Also killed were three other persons, including the manager of a filling station during the sporadic shooting by the unknown gunmen who had laid siege on Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu area of Enugu.

The incident occurred Friday night at a filling station close to Dhamija Bridge opposite Our Lord’s Chosen Church, Trans-Ekulu on the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway.

Gunmen were said to have trailed the couple, who were finalizing arrangements for their wedding yesterday, to the filling station where they were said to be buying fuel, shooting sporadically at the bride and groom who were in their car buying fuel. They reportedly died on the spot.

The manager of the filling station, a pump attendant and another person buying fuel at the time were also shot dead by the gunmen who immediately thereafter fled in their waiting vehicle.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident when contacted yesterday.

“There was an incident that led to the death of some people following sporadic shooting by suspected hoodlums before the arrival of security operatives and we have put measures on ground to unmask them,” he said.

Sheriff, Ihejirika Are Sworn Enemies Of Boko Haram – Nigerian Negotiator


A Nigerian Boko Haram negotiator yetserday claimed that former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff and former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika could not have been Boko Haram sponsors as alleged by Australian negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis, as the two men were actually sworn enemies of the Islamist group.

The negotiator, who pleaded anonymity for security reasons, told Vanguard that none of the two persons accused are actually sponsors of the sect.

The source, who has been assisting the government in finding a lasting solution to the insurgency in the North-east, pointed out that Sheriff was even one of the three most wanted enemies of the sect, although he did not say who the other two were.

“The statement credited to advise that Sherriff and Ihejirika are sponsors of Boko Haram is far from the truth because, as at today, the former Borno governor remains one of the three worst enemies of Boko Haram,” he stated.

“I can tell you that the group has not forgiven Sheriff over the killing of its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, who was arrested and killed during his tenure as governor.”

The negotiator also confirmed the claim by Davis that he was not hired by the Nigerian government to broker peace with the sect, saying that the Australian came on his own to secure the release of the Chibok girls.

He however said that Davis never met the real commanders of Boko Haram when he came to Nigeria, but only depended on information from a member of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Amnesty for information on the activities of the sect.

He blamed what is now playing out on the issue of Boko Haram sponsorship on the information given to Davis by the member of the presidential committee.

“We can say with all amount of seriousness that Davis did not meet the leadership and main commanders of Boko Haram during his visit to the North-east.

“If Davis insists that he met with any senior commander or leader of the sect, we challenge him to mention their names and ranks,” he said.

Adamawa bye-election: Acting Governor, Fintiri wins PDP primary


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The Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri, in the early hours of Sunday was declared winner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primary.

The development means that he will fly the party’s flag in the October 11 governorship election in the state.

Fintiri, Speaker of the state’s legislature, led the impeachment of former Governor, Murtala Nyako,

He contested the primary despite opposition by aspirants who described his ambition as morally wrong.

Earlier in the week, seven aspirants including Ex-EFCC boss, Nuhu Ridadu, withdrew from the contest after a meeting presided over by Senate President, David Mark, though at the instance of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Fintiri was voted by 60 per cent of the more than 878 delegates at the poll conducted by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole.

While a former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo came second, a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa was third.

DailyPost gathered that the power of incumbency worked for Fintiri who had secured the loyalty and support of statutory delegates like local government chairmen, councillors, and other political appointees.

A former Political Adviser to the President, Ahmed Gulak, also reportedly stepped down for the acting governor.

Meanwhile, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the October 11 governorship election is expected to emerge on Sunday.

Nigeria Has Not Yet Come To Terms With Boko Haram’s Plans – Ihejirika


Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, said, weekend, that the nation was yet to come to terms with the fact that Boko Haram and its sponsors are out to bring down Nigeria.

Ihejirika pointed out that this is why citizens were buying into what he called the fourth dimensional media warfare being waged in support of the insurgency.

Speaking at the quarterly re-union of the 18th Regular Course Alumni in Abuja, Ihejirika, apparently reacting to the allegation of an Australian, Stephen Davies, said, “I want say it here that there is no reason whatsoever for me to be angry. I will however say that from the happenings in the country, it is obvious that we are yet to come to terms with the magnitude of the terrorists plot to bring down our nation and utterances like that only serve to assist them in their bid to bring down this democracy”.

He went on: “While I am not saying that sanctions or actions should not be taken against those who want to bring this nation down by engaging in acts inimical to its unity and existence, I am saying that the media should not allow itself to be deceived by those who see the fourth dimensional front of using the media as the way to achieve their objectives.

“When this issue came up, I was wondering, but, today, I find myself having to give myself the same advice I have always given Nigeria over and over again, and that is that I will not join others in overheating the polity because they don’t know the implications of that on the peace and security of the country.

“What I know and want to assure the country is that the current Boko Haram challenge is one problem we will overcome and hopefully the country will grow stronger after it”.

“When in 2011, at the annual Chief of the Army Conference, I spoke about the Boko Haram terrorism and said that the nation was at war, my comments were not easily appreciated. Many people in government including some of my colleagues said these were just some people fighting for recognition and the issue will not take time to resolve.

“But I must thank President Goodluck Jonathan who understood the message and approved several steps that we took which, if they had not been taken, would have caused us greater danger today. The anti-terrorism dog centre is one, the establishment of the Counter Terrorism Centre in Kotangora is one, and the establishment of the Civil /Military Affairs Department at Army headquarters is another”. [Vanguard]

Goodluck Jonathan And Other Top Officials Pay Tribute To Dimgba Igwe


Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and other top officials expressed shock over the tragic death of the prolific journalist, vice chairman of Sun newspaper, Dimgba Igwe.

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The sad news broke out yesterday, as it was reported that Mr Igwe had been knocked down by a car while he was jogging. The victim died on the way to the hospital. The journalist was 58.

According to Premium Times, the country leader received the news with shock. As Jonathan paid tribute to Mr Igwe, the official statement read:

“As they mourn him, the president enjoins Mr. Igwe’s family, friends and associates to be consoled by the knowledge that he put his God-given abilities to the best possible … to the defense of truth and the public interest.”

Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar also condoled with the family saying that he grieved the loss of a friend:

“The demise of Dimba Igwe, who was a personal friend of mine will leave a huge hole in the spectrum of journalism profession in Nigeria.”

The opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) in an official statement released after receiving the news about Dimgba Igwe’s death urged the police to find the hit-and-run driver and prosecute him.

Osun State governor Rauf Aregbesola mourned the passing of an outstanding journalist:

“His death brought back to mind in a flurry our last encounter. Last year I met him and his professional twin brother, Mike Awoyinfa. And after launch, we had a profound and robust discussion about a new Nigeria of their dream.”

Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Ogun State, joined his colleague by recalling his last meeting with Mr Igwe:

“I recall the last time I saw him and Mike Awoyinfa, when they came to interview me. I feel so sad that such a thoroughbred journalist, who still had so much to give to the journalism profession and indeed the development of our country died in his prime.”

Late Mr Igwe was survived by his wife and 4 children.

Condolences to the family of Mr Igwe.

R.I.P.

REVEALED: Nigerian Police College Under Boko Haram Occupation For 3 Weeks


Investigations by NE revealed that the Police Training School in Gwoza, Borno State, is still under the occupation of the Boko Haram sect, weeks after it was attacked and overrun by members of the violent group.
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More findings indicated that about 27 riot policemen were yet to be found out of the 100 personnel that were receiving training at the school when the insurgents struck the place on August 20, 2014.

However, there is anxiety in the Force over the safety of the missing policemen, some of whom are suspected to have been injured or killed by the rampaging sect members.

Some policemen, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, believed that some of the affected personnel might not make it back to their squadron in view of the spread of the activities of the insurgents in Gwoza.

The Police High Command, however, said an operation to liberate the facility is underway, adding that a census of the policemen would be taken after the operation.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, told our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday that an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram members is ongoing, adding that the situation at the school would be clear after the insurgents might have been cleared.

He said, “We are yet to find other policemen that were in the school, but a census of all the men is being taken and an operation to clear the terrorists is ongoing. We will brief the press after the school might have been cleared of terrorists.”

Islamic Caliphate: Five Nigerian Towns Taken By Boko Haram In One Week, Hundreds Killed


The fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has seized five North-Eastern towns in less than one week, killing hundreds and leaving thousands of residents fleeing for safety as it continues its quest to establish a caliphate in the country.
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The towns captured within the last few days included Bara, Banki and Gulak in Borno State while Madagali  in Adamawa State, and Bama were also seized

Bama was seized by the rampaging terrorist group on September 1 and Banki overran the next day. By September 3, Bara, another town in the North-East was captured by the invading Islamist militants. Gulak and Madagali fell to the militants on Saturday.

Data from different population websites show that the five towns have a combined population figure of 170, 743 (Bama -118,121; Madagali -12,919; Bara -11,673; Banki -4,935; Gulaki -23,095).

Earlier in July, the sect had displaced thousands of people after it seized six other towns in Borno and Yobe states. The towns included Dikwa -29,026; Buni Yadi -4,768; Gamboru Ngala -240,000; Gwoza -15,176; Damboa -233,200 and Marte -15,707 with a total population of 537,877.

The Secretary to the Government of Adamawa state, Prof. Liman Tukur, on Saturday confirmed the capitulation of Gulak and Madagali.

During the attacks, the sect reportedly burnt down the residence of a former Special Adviser to the President on Politics, Dr. Ahmed Gulak in Gula.

A source also said on Saturday that the rampaging insurgents razed the residence of the acting Governor of Adamawa State, Adamu Fintiri in the town. Both Gulak and Fintirin are indigenes of Gulak community.

Reports from Michika, headquarters of Michika Council which borders Madagali local government area, showed that residents of some villages were fleeing to Uba, Mubi and Yola towns out of fear of possible attacks.

Tukur in a statement said the insurgents killed and displaced many people in the towns during their attacks.

He said, “It has come to the attention of the Adamawa State Government that insurgents are now in Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area and had killed and displaced scores of people.

“On behalf of the people and government of Adamawa, we deeply sympathise with the people of Gulak and other surrounding villages and towns whose areas have been overran by insurgents.

“The concomitant effects of the insurgency like displacement of whole villages and towns create multitudes of internally displaced persons whose management and welfare, the government is left to bear.”

Our correspondent could not get the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, to comment on the new developments in Adamawa as calls to his mobile telephone did not connect.

Also, Olukolade had not responded to a text message on the issue as of the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the heavy bombardment of Bama, Borno State’s second largest city, by the Nigeria Air Force entered its third day on Saturday.

It was learnt over the weekend that NAF fighter jets and bombers rained bombs on the city and Gwoza, another city held by the insurgents, in a bid to flush them out.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, had reportedly moved to Borno to supervise the ongoing aerial bombardment of the two towns.

A senior military source, who confided in one of our correspondents, said the Air Force had deployed ATR 42 aircraft, Alpha jets, Mi35 helicopters and F7 jets in the troubled region.

The military, the source said, is using the ATR 42 aircraft for visual surveillance.

Even as the bombs rained on these two cities, the military might be preparing to launch an onslaught against the insurgents in the two cities. It was further gathered on Friday night that the Army was moving equipment and personnel to Bama to battle the insurgents.

An indigene of Maiduguri, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw movement of military hardware and personnel on the road leading to one of the seized cities. He said, he saw Hillux vehicles in military colours, machine guns mounted on trucks and other military equipment on the Maiduguri-Bama Road.

Efforts to get the comments of the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, on the military operation did not succeed as calls to his mobile telephone did not connect.

Also, Olukolade had not responded to a text message on the issue as of the time of filing this report.

However on Friday, the Defence Headquarters had issued a statement to reassure Nigerians that the insurgents would be flushed out of Bama and Gwoza.

The statement says, “Everything will be done to reverse the situation and defeat the rampaging terrorists.

“It is necessary to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than ever determined and committed to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of any odds. It is not only the pride and reputation of the military that is at stake but that of the entire nation.”

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency has moved more of its officers from its headquarters in Abuja to Maiduguri.

The relocation of the officers to Maiduguri followed the displacement of thousands of residents of Gwoza and Bama following attacks on the towns by Boko Haram.

Thousands of residents, who fled Bama, are currently being quartered at Mai Mutari Day Secondary School and Mai Mutari Primary School near the Bama Park, Maiduguri.

Many of them were reported to have arrived with no food and few clothes.

One of our correspondents gathered that senior officers of the agency were directed to relocate to Borno to help the internally displaced persons in the state.

A senior official with the agency who pleaded not to be named due to the sensitive nature of the issue, said, “Hundreds of residents of Bama were displaced and most of them fled to Maiduguri, but their situation is under control because we have been on the alert since the insurgency started.”

When contacted, Senior Information Officer, NEMA, Mr. Datti Sani, told one of our correspondents that he did not know the actual number of displaced persons in the state but maintained that the agency was in Maiduguri.

He said, “Although I cannot give you the latest update as to what was done in Bama today, I can assure you that we have been on ground since the insurgency started and we have ensured that we take care of those that are displaced.”

Chibok parent alleges top staff of school moved their children before Boko Haram invasion


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Some parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls say they believe there is cover up in the events that occurred before the abduction of their daughters by the Boko Haram sect.

One of the parents of the girls, Bulama Jonah told Leadership Newspaper that some top staffers of Government Secondary School, Chibok, moved their wives and daughters out of the school premises less than 24 hours before the terrorists visited Chibok on the night of April 14.

“We still believe that there was an internal collaboration in the abduction of our daughters by the Boko Haram gunmen, because we have correct information that some of the teachers, who are very senior in the school, managed to move their own daughters and family out of the school premises before the attack”, he said.

“That is why we are insisting that government must provide our daughters and we would not take it lightly if they don’t produce our girls for us.

“The girls were in their custody, because school premises belong to government; and we believe they were aware of the attack but failed to provide security for them”.

He lamented that: “The (state) government can not pretend to us that they were not aware of the attack on Chibok that led to the abduction of our daughters”.

Jonah wondered why it took several weeks before the federal government started to act on the incident when it became an international issue.

Justin Bieber arrested


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Justin Bieber got arrested in Canada after crashing his ATV into a minivan driven by paparazzi TMZ has learned and he now faces charges of dangerous driving and assault.

Bieber was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Perth County, Ontario. Police say there was a physical altercation between Justin and a paparazzo in the minivan after they had the collision.

Justin was photographed riding the ATV with Selena Gomez, Fri­day, in Ontario, near his father’s home. Police say Justin was released and will have to appear in court later this month.

Meanwhile, he could have a big­ger problem on his hands though. Justin is on probation for two years after his egging case in L.A. Con­sequently this arrest could trigger a violation.

Justin’s attorney says Justin and Selena are fully cooperating with the police investigation.


Dimgba Igwe

Mr. Dimgba Igwe, Vice Chairman of the Sun Newspapers, 58, is dead. He died from injuries sustained in an accident, Saturday morning in Lagos.Mr. Igwe was knocked down by a vehicle while jogging near his residence in Okota area of Lagos. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery but died afterwards.Dimgba IgweDr Orji Uzor Kalu, chairman of the Sun Publishing Limited described the incident as the darkest day in the history of the organization.

Intending pilgrim slumps, dies in Ogun


Tragedy struck  in Abeokuta on Thursday  when an intending  aged Muslim  woman  identified as Oladokun Silifat Ajinni slumped and died during the seminar organised by the Ogun State

Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to sensitise the intending pilgrims on issues concerning the 2014 Hajj exercise.

The seminar  which was  held at the Secretariat Mosque, Oke-Ilewo area, Abeokuta was the last in the series of programmes held  to prepare the intending pilgrims from the state towards a hitch-free 2014 hajj.

Saturday  Vanguard  gathered  that the deceased had  been diagnosed of high blood pressure  during the medical screening held in August  and had  been advised to seek medical attention.

 

 

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How 72-yr-old Dutch Lost N40.6m ToA Nigerian in Romance Scam


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A 31-year-old internet fraudster, Adio Opeyemi Michael, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for defrauding a 72-year-old Dutch woman of €200,000 (about N40.6 million) in a romance scam.

The suspect, who is a native of Owu Local Government Area of Ogun State, was said to have met his victim, identified simply as Jeanet De Jonge, on Netlog dating site and pretended to be a 41-year-old American citizen working as a chef in a Nigerian restaurant and needs a wife.

Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, while confirming the report, told Vanguard that the suspect’s profile actually attracted Jeanet and she eventually began sending him money through Western Union and Money Gram.

He further disclosed that the suspect collected various sums on the pretext that he was going to use the money to perfect his travel plans and obtain the required documents that would enable him travel to Holland to join or visit Jeanet. But his inability or refusal to honour the invitation from Jeanet prompted her to write a petition to the EFCC.

Sources at the EFCC told Vanguard that operatives of the anti-graft agency used information provided by the victim in her petition to track and apprehend the suspect.

Meanwhile, the suspect in his confessional statement said: “She was sending me money monthly, ranging from $800 to $900 from June 2012, through Western Union Money transfer and Money Gram to the extent that Western Union blocked her access.

“So, she requested that I should go to London to enable her send more money there. I contacted a friend in London called Osas Odiah, who was supposed to receive the money and dispatch same to me in Nigeria.

“She first sent €2,000 to my friend’s account in London and he didn’t remit the money to me. I later opened a Keystone Bank Forex Trade account through which she sent me money.”

According to Wilson, the suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Boko Haram: Leave Davis, Sue Me Instead; Falana Tells Sheriff


Lagos based human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana has asked former Borno State Governor Ali Modu Sheriff to sue him rather than planning to sue the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davies.

Sheriff had threatened to sue the Australian after he accused him as one of the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency.

According to Falana, who spoke at the 5th Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Lecture titled State of the Nation and 2015 general elections: issues, posers and challenges before us, held in Lagos.

“I am expecting Senator Ali Madu Sheriff to sue me. I heard that he wanted to sue an Australian (Dr. Steven Davies). He doesn’t need that. He should sue me. I am waiting for him to sue me. Not only did he fund that organization (Boko Haram), he also had a deal with them,”said Falana.

He noted that Sheriff cannot deny all the allegations made against him, saying; “In 2003, he had a deal with the Boko Haram leaders to help him win the election and that if he wins his re-election, he will compensate the organization.

“When he won the election, he appointed one of them as Commissioner for Religious Affairs to implement Sharia in that state.”

Falana also ccused the Federal Government of shielding certain facts from citizens of the country.

“The Federal Government is yet to react to the statement by Dr. Stephen Davies against Sheriff. I expect the central government to have made its position known on the issue.”

The lawyer therefore, called for concerted effort to tackle the menace of Boko Haram, saying, “People’s Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC should stop politicizing the Boko Haram issue but what is important is unity to tackle the menace”

In his remarks, former petroleum resources minister, Prof Tam David-West lamented the nefarious activities of Boko Haram sect in the country, saying, “We do not have a nation. If we have a nation, the problem confronting the country will have been resolved earlier than now.”

“In fact, we are not at crossroad but we have missed the road. There is no road at the moment for the country to attain greatness.”

Speaking on why the country’s challenges seem endless, David-West said, “What do you expect from a country ruled by a Ph.d holder who said that 16 is greater than 19. The country when the president budget N1 billion for food in a year and cannot pay N18, 000 minimum wage. Daily, I have begun to lose faith in our election and leadership.

David-West dispelled the claim that the country will fail to exist after 2015 election, saying, “we will not break in 2015.”

But he said “The citizens need to wake up from their slumber. We are too complacent and this was the reason why the current public office holders take the citizens for granted.

He continued; “Election affords citizens the opportunity to change government which they do not like. I do not believe in revolution but the citizens must go on the street to stop bad government. If 2015 election will be selection rather than election, Nigerians must rise up to stop it. It has to be election and not selection.”

R.I.P: Joan Rivers Passes On At 81


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It’s is with a sad heart that the world moans the great American comdienne, writer, actress and TV show anchor — Joan Rivers, 81.

The longtime comedian, red carpet host and mother of one, passed away in New York City, USA, today September 4, 2014.

The comedienne had been brought out of a medically induced coma after her heart stopped beating during a vocal cord surgery last week.

Here’s a statement from her daughter and producer of Fashion Police, Melissa,

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.”

“She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mount Sinai for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”

“Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world.They have been heard and appreciated.”

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Incoming Governments Will Not Meet Electricity Challenges On Ground – Jonathan


Bwx0NoxCcAANXIhPresident Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that with his government’s holistic approach to tackling the issue of poor electricity supply in the country, subsequent administrations would not face any power challenges.

He also assured that the federal government was working tirelessly to restore Nigerian universities to their glory days and to ensure that they are rated among the top 500 varsities in the world.

Speaking when he received a delegation of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), led by his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Affairs, Jude Imagwe and NANS President, Yinka Gbadebo, Jonathan noted that Nigerian tertiary institutions should not just be big in population but top in quality of education services they render.

The president, who was also decorated as the Grand Commander of Nigerian Students (GCNS) during the visit, reiterated his commitment to free, fair and credible elections, adding that Nigeria will no longer become a laughing stock, as far as credible elections are concerned.

He said, “We must build Nigeria for the future of our children. We must build a Nigeria where, by the time one of you will be on this seat in the future, you should not be thinking of power supply. Nigeria is a leading country in Africa and we must show that leadership in every of our institutions.

“We want to return our universities to the winning ways. Our universities must be strengthened; our universities must have to be returned to the top…. Our universities must not just be big in population, but top in quality. We want our universities to be among the top rated in the world”, Jonathan added.

On his investiture as the Grand Commander of Nigerian Students, the president said “To whom much is given, much is expected”.

Sokoto PDP Cautions Wamakko Over Spending State’s Resources On Hosting APC Zonal Rally


Sokoto-State-Governor-Aliyu-WamakkoThe Sokoto State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the state governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, over what the party described as squandering of the state’s lean resources on the planned rally by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Sokoto, scheduled to hold September 8.

In a press statement yesterday, chairman of the party, Alh Ibrahim Milgoma, warned the governor to desist from spending scarce resources belonging to people of the state in hosting the APC North-West zonal rally.

He wondered why it was only the Sokoto state governor out of the three APC governors in the zone, namely Kano and Zamfara that always takes financial responsibility for the party’s programmes. He recalled that Wamakko chaired the APC convention recently in Abuja, hosted the North-West meeting of the party in Kaduna and is now about to host another programme of the party in Sokoto.

The PDP chairman said the party was aware that each of the 23 LGAs in the state have been instructed to bring to the rally 5000 people, who will be paid N1000 each for feeding.

“Thus on feeding alone, the 23 local government councils will expend the sum of N115, 000, 000. This when added to the cost of hiring vehicles to convey people to the venue will shoot the figure to over N300 million on the part of the local governments alone.

“The state on its part is going to spend huge sums of money on venue, the media, entertainment and accommodation of dignitaries from the eight states in the zone. The cost of this activity will therefore be enormous on the state”, Milgoma said.

Tambuwal Denies Presidential Campaign Posters In Ibadan


Aminu TambuwalThe Speaker of the Houhttp://www.informationng.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpse of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday shot down rumors of his 2015 presidential ambition.

Speaking with journalists when he paid a condolence visit to the leader of Accord Party (AP) and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, on the death of his mother, Alhaja Halima Sadia Ladoja in Ibadan yesterday, Tambuwal said he was not aware of the posters announcing his presidential ambition.

When asked about the appearance of his 2015 presidential campaign posters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Tambuwal simply responded: “you are the ones responsible for the posters”.

Condoling Ladoja, he noted that all human beings would taste death.

“We know all of us come from God and to Him we shall all return. We will leave one day and go back to Him.

“As a matter of fact, death is the ultimate and inevitable route we must pass through”, he said.

The speaker pointed out that the late Sadia Ladoja played prominent role in the political life of the former governor, adding that she also played significant role in the political emancipation of the old Western region. He described Ladoja as a great leader and veritable legacy of the deceased mother.

Tambuwal, who was in Ladoja’s Ondo Road residence, Bodija, Ibadan, in company of Hon Saheed Fijabi said, “I would have been here since yesterday but I had to travel to Kano to condole Magaji Aliyu Dambata. We thank God that as a Muslim and as our leader also knows, death is an inevitable thing which everyone of us must experience. But we thank God that our mother lived a very good life and left many legacies. One of them is our leader here (Ladoja), a formidable leader in Oyo politics”.

The Accord Party leader, Ladoja, thanked Tambuwal and his entourage for the visit.

He jokingly described the speaker as his senior “because you lost your own father very many years ago”.

Ladoja was joined by other AP chieftains such as Mr Bayo Lawal, Chief Dele Adigun, Dr Nureni Adeniran, former speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Abraham Adeleke and Lanre Latinwo, among others, to receive the speaker.

Prior to his arrival, Tambuwal’s posters had flooded the state capital announcing his intention to contest for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Although he openly flirts with the main opposition party, the speaker has constantly maintained that he is a member of the ruling PDP