Photos: Imo police arrests 25 undergraduate cult students, parades them


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The Imo state Police command yesterday July 6th paraded 25 suspected and prospective cult members of some polytechnics in Imo state, including the Alvan Ikoku College of Education and Imo state Polytechnic. 

The Police acting on a tip off from residents of Emi village in Owerri North local government area stormed the Emi river at about 3.30am when initiation process for new members was being carried out. The young men were arrested after a gun battle with the police. Marijuana, weapons and all manner of charms were found with them. Continue…

However, some of the students who were arrested said they were being initiated against their will. One of them, Emenike Lawrence (pictured above) said he followed one of his friend out to see another friend who had promised to buy them drink and it was when they got to the bar that he was beaten and taken to a forest for initiation

“I went out with one of his friend who said I should follow him to go and see someone, a friend of his. I escorted him because he said that his friend is going to buy us drink and that if we drink we would come back, that is at Mission side. We reached there, some boys came out and started beating me. They took me inside a very big forest and then started beating us. That was their form of initiation before the police came and started shooting gun.” he said

Speaking about the arrest, the Imo State Commissioner of police said Abdulmajid Ali said;

“They call them cult but I see them as potential armed robbers, kidnappers. These are guys that are being initiated into this kind of horrendous crime. We are trying to see if we can link them to the robbery, kidnap and murder cases that we are investigating at the moment. Although some of them will be identified by some of the victims.

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Nigerian troops clear terrorists bases in Balmo forest: capture foreign mercenaries (PHOTOS)


The Nigerian military released a statement on their website today saying that they have cleared and taken over terrorists bases in Borno state and also captured mercenaries. Read the statement below

Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.  Prior to the operation, Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.

Terrorists and armed gangs operating in the forests were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation.  Among those captured were two foreigners who are suspected to be mercenaries. Also captured are several weapons and equipment including power generating sets, communication equipment, vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff and kitchen utensils. (See the items from the terrorists’ den below):

In another development, over 44 terrorists have died in Kerenoa and adjoining communities, following an encounter with troops who repelled their attack on the communities.  Armed with IEDs and other high caliber weapons, a large number of terrorists had carried out a predawn attack on the communities but met with stiff resistance of the troops.   During the operation, several of them were captured as well as weapons and ammunitions of various calibre.

Meanwhile, troops on routine patrol around Banki and Miyanti in Borno State during the weekend fought through an ambush laid by terrorists resulting in casualties on both sides.  Altogether, a total of 6 soldiers were lost in the various encounters with terrorists during the weekend while those wounded are receiving treatment.

Mike Omeri says FG is Close to Rescuing Chibok Girls


 

While briefing reporters in Abuja on Monday, Mike Omeri, the Coordinator, National Information Centre, said that security agencies are close to finding the abducted Chibok girls.

Omeri said that security agencies were working on leads that would soon lead to the rescue of the school girls from Islamist militant sect Boko Haram.
He said that the arrest of chief intelligence operative of Boko Haram, has helped security get closer to finding the girls. And stated that the Presidency was working hard to end insecurity and to prevent crisis from spreading other parts of the nation
He also cautioned landlords to track identities of their tenants, as some of the members of the group will be moving from the north to other parts.
On viral reports of the 60 abducted girls and women who escaped from the Boko Haram hideout, Omeri said he cannot confirm the story but he has reached out to officials in Borno to deliver the right information.

Rwandan president welcomes Davido at airport as he performs to 60k fans (PHOTOS)


 

On July 4th, Rwandans celebrated their annual Liberation Day celebrations at Amahoro national stadium in Kigali. Davido was the headline act for this year and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda welcomed the BET winner with his wife and children at the airport. Wow! You go, Davido. See more photos below:

 
The concert which started that night was headlined by Africa’s biggest act Davido. The 21 year old hit maker performed to 60, 000 excited fans. When it was time for his back to back hits Gobe, ‘Skelewu’ and ‘Aye’, the crowd went ballistic. There were 9 East African presidents at the show that night; Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta were among the presidents at the show.
 
After the show Davido was invited to perform Aye at the President’s home, however, no cameras were allowed during that time.

Boko Haram reportedly recaptures 45 out of 63 women and girls that escaped?


They escaped last week and they’ve already been recaptured? Makes no sense to me but according to new reports, 45 out of the 63 women and children who reportedly escaped from Boko Haram men on Saturday July 5th have been re-abducted by the sect men.

Vanguard reports that a member of the Chibok Vigilante Group, Abbas Gaya in a telephone interview confirmed the recapturing of the women who fled the Boko Haram camp when the men attacked a military base at Damboa village in Borno state.

“It is very unfortunate and shocking to tell you today (yesterday) that 45 of the 63 escaped women and children were kidnapped again on Sunday night, leaving only 18 that ran into this forests.” he said

Police Arrest Ekiti APC leader, Others for Robbery


The suspects (far right, Odeyemi).

The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, Adeniji-Adele Street, Lagos, on Monday paraded a chief of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Itunnu Odeyemi, and eight others, saying they were notorious for snatching exotic cars in the country.

Punch reports that the police said Odeyemi was also an APC Local Government Area executive in Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State. Other members of the nine-man gang are Omoniyi Ajewole, Oluseye Jacob, Oluwadamiliare Rasaki, Ajisafe Olawale, Ogunniyi Sunday, Tolani Babatunde, Abubakar Umar, and Ayodeji Olumudi.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, said the suspects were arrested after a victim, who was robbed of two vehicles and other valuables on June 27, 2013 in Ile-Ife, Osun State, reported to the police. He added that the case was later transferred to the FSARS.

It was gathered that the arrest of Ajewole, a 28-year-old man from Ilesha, Osun State, had led to the arrest of other members of the gang which included Odeyemi, who Ajewole also claimed was his political godfather.

While speaking with journalists, Odeyemi denied being a member of the gang. He said he provided Ajewole with a locally-made gun, which the police have recovered, to protect him during the period of the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.
He said:

Omoniyi (Ajewole) is my political thug. I brought him to my place and gave him a gun to secure me. I have never participated in any robbery operation, but he used to escort me with the gun. Having an escort was part of the gains of being a political leader. All APC leaders were working for the government during the election.

Every political party, including ours has factions. That was why I gave him the gun, so that he could always protect me wherever I went. I also told him to be with me, particularly as the Ekiti election was approaching then. I had seen the gun on the ground during the 2007 elections violence in the state and had kept it.”

Ajewole, who was first caught by the police, confessed during interrogation that he had been working as a political thug for the APC chieftain.
He said:

“He had given me the gun to use in protecting him during campaign violence. But I had not yet used the gun before I was arrested in September 2013. I am not a robber. I prefer to be called a political thug. I was the only one the honourable (Odeyemi) gave the gun, and he also paid me salary.”

Punch correspondent learnt that after the arrest of the gang, the FSARS were able to recover 17 stolen cars in different parts of the country, most of which were Toyota and Honda brands. Three assorted guns were also recovered from them.
Mba said the suspects would soon be arraigned in court.
He said:

“This is a case that started on June 27, 2013 when a Nigerian was robbed of two vehicles and other valuables and he reported the incident to the police. This arrest is one of the achievements of the FSARS. It led to the arrest of nine suspects who were clearly linked with not just the armed robbery reported, but a series of such in the country.

An interesting aspect of the arrest is that Ajewole confessed to the police that he was not an armed robber, but also a political thug working for Odeyemi Itunnu from Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State. We want to warn politicians to steer clear of actions that are capable of posing a threat to the security of the country.”

Redeemers University VC says Dad Killer was Facing Disclipinary Committee before Incident


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Prof. Debo Adeyemo, the Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, revealed on Monday that the 21-year-old student who murdered his father was facing the institution’s Disciplinary Committee before the incident.
According to Punch, the 300-level student of History Department slaughtered his father who was a lawyer, with a knife and butchered him afterwards. His remains were dumped in a bush along the Canaanland street area.
The student revealed to reporters that his action was prompted by his late father who slapped him for not responding to all prayer points he was raising. The VC stated the student had been facing the disciplinary committee before he committed the murder.

“We have committees who counsel and discipline erring students. We do not hesitate to take the necessary actions against any student found wanting after verifications. We also partner with organisations who help in rehabilitating those that are on drugs. A lot of them have been
rehabilitated and become better persons in the society. I can tell you the youmg man has been under disciplinary committee before the incident but we cannot reveal his allegations for now for the sake of the family who are in pains.
We frown on the way the media went into publication without verification from the school. It was by chance that the incident happened on campus. If the father does not have a house here, it would have happened outside the school because the school is on holiday.” the VC said.

IMPEACHMENT: Governor Nyako on the brink


 

Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State is fighting for his political life as his determined political opponents move to shove him out of office

The impeachment drama playing out in Adamawa State took another turn yesterday after the embattled governor of the state, Murtala Nyako declared a two day public holiday purportedly to enable the citizenry to pray over the issues that have recently bestirred the state.

The declaration of the two day public holiday was, however, largely seen as a masterstroke on the part of the governor to cripple the move against him given that the Chief Judge of the state who belatedly constituted the impeachment panel was due to retire today. By declaring the public holiday it was expected that the inauguration of the impeachment panel would be delayed.

However, the panel waved away the machination as it commenced sitting yesterday in a private hotel, J & J Holiday Villa in Yola.

The decision of the panel to proceed with its duties it was learnt had demoralized the governor and fueled
suggestions that the governor was considering resigning from office.

Remarkably those who have positioned themselves for the governor’s jugular have remained undaunted despite the seeming conciliatory gestures of Nyako. Nyako was first elected as governor in 2007 and reelected for a second term in 2011. He, however, decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP the party on whose platform he won his two elections folloing strong disagreements with the mainstream of the party led by the immediate past national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

Nyako had in the past proved to be pugnacious against the president and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and even against former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who had in the past come out to save him in difficult times.

The 20 point allegations against Nyako

1.  Fraudulent diversion of N2.3 Billion Adamawa state worker’s salaries for September and October 2011.

  1. Illegal deductions and diversion of the sum of N142 million employment of Adamawa state workers in May 2014.
  2. Diversion of N120 million public funds to sponsor fictitious visits of General Muhammadu Buhari to Adamawa sate to commiserate with flood victims of insurgents attacks in Madagali and Michika local government areas.

  3. Extra-budgetary expenditure of N1, 740, 785 on fictitious special assistants and another N166, 230, 536.88 on personal assistants in 2013.

5.  Fraudulent award of contract of over N8 Billion through SNECOU Group of Companies Ltd allegedly to siphon public funds without delivering any service to the people of Adamawa state.

  1. Corrupt siphoning of the sum of N300 million public funds through a company, Hydrosources Resources Ltd in the name of Mubi By-pass without mobilising to site or any construction carried out long after collecting the N300 million from Adamawa state funds.
  • Gross violation of the oath of office by outrageous patronage and dominance of family and friends in the discharge of government such as MGDs office, the SPPU and ministry of Health.

  • Gross violation of section 120 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and gross misappropriation and diversion of internally Generated Revenue for personal use to the detriment of the people.

  • 9.     Squandering the sum of N4, 805, 216, 538 and N7, 114, 590.85 in 2012 and 2013 respectively through the office of the SSG against budgetary approvals.

    10.   Expenditures of exorbitant sum of N2.5 billion as other miscellaneous expenses through the internal affairs and special services units.

    1. Extra budgetary procurement of fertiliser and diversion of proceeds from the sales of same from 2007 to date.

    12.  The MDGs office is managed by the governor’s close relations and has squandered N220 million and N786, 644.94 unbudgeted funds in 2013 for the implementation of MDGs programme.

    13.   Diversion of over N400 million out of the N500 million federal government intervention funds for flood victims in 2011.

    14.     Diversion of government funds through illegal importation of hospital equipment to the tune of N156 million while the state still owes the contractor and illegal acquisition of containerized mobile workshop for vocational training centers.

    15.  Corruption and extra budgetary award of contracts for the construction of Army Barracks road, Mayo Belwa Road; Pella to Maiha Road; Gombi to Ga’anda to Fotta Road; Rumde to Yolde Pate Road; construction of mubi bypass, contrary to section 120 (2), (3) and (4) of the construction of the Federal Republic of Nigerian 1999.

    1. Squandering of N1 billion Adamawa German Hospital, managed by close a relation to the Governor.
  • Shoddy conception and operation of Adamawa German Hospital, managed by close relation to the Governor.

  • 18.  Abuse of office and violation of Adamawa state law by the appointment of his wife, Dr. Halima Nyako as chairman, Adamawa state action committee on Aids, (SACA) contrary to SACA law.

    1. Over bearing strangulation of the local government areas and extortion of local government funds in the name of joint account projects and security challenges in mubi and other parts of the state.

    20.     Alleged of corrupt practices.

    Seven steps to the removal of a governor:                                                                                                 Date done

    1- An allegation signed by at least one-third of the members of the House of Assembly          June 18, 2014

    1. Speaker serves notice on governor and members of House of Assembly                                                                                                    within seven days of receiving  notice                                                                                                       June 28, 2014

    3 – House resolves by motion whether or not to investigate the allegations                                  June 26, 2014

    4 – Speaker directs Chief Judge to appoint a seven man panel to investigate                                                                                                   the allegations within seven days of adoption of motion to investigate governor.                           July 4, 2014
    5- Panel submits its report within three months to House of Assembly.                                            ???????

    6- House of Assembly votes on panel report within 14 days of submission of report.
    The governor stands removed if two-thirds of the House votes that the allegations
    against the governor have been proved.                                                                                                             ??????

    1. The governor loses his position is turned to an ordinary citizen.                                                               ??????

    Constitutional provisions on the removal of a governor

    1. (1) The Governor or Deputy Governor of a state may Removal of Governor be removed from office in accordance with the provisions or Deputy Governor of this section. from office.

    (2) Whenever a notice of any allegation in writing signed by not less than one-third of the members of the House of Assembly.

    (b) stating that the holder of such office is guilty of gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office, detailed particulars of which shall be specified.

    the speaker of the House of Assembly shall, within seven days of the receipt of the notice, cause a copy of the notice to be served on the holder of the office and on each member of the House of Assembly, and shall also cause any statement made in reply to the allegation by the holder of the office, to be served on each member of the House of Assembly.

    (3) Within fourteen days of the presentation of the notice to the speaker of the House of Assembly (whether or not any statement was made by the holder of the office in reply to the allegation contained in the notice-, the House of Assembly shall resolve by motion, without any debate whether or not the allegation shall be investigated.

    (4) A motion of the House of Assembly that the allegation be investigated shall not be declared as having been passed unless it is supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of all the members of the House of Assembly.

    (5) Within seven days of the passing of a motion under the foregoing provisions of this section, the Chief judge of the State shall at the request of the speaker of the House of Assembly, appoint a Panel of seven persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation as provided in this section.

    (6) The holder of an office whose conduct is being investigated under this section shall have the right to defend himself in person or be represented before the panel by a legal practitioner of his own choice.

    (7) A Panel appointed under this section shall -

    (a) have such powers and exercise its functions in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed by the House of Assembly; and

    (b) within three months of its appointment, report its findings to the House of Assembly.

    (8) Where the Panel reports to the House of Assembly that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter.

    (9) Where the report of the Panel is that the allegation against the holder of the office has been proved, then within fourteen days of the receipt of the report, the house of Assembly shall consider the report, and if by a resolution of the House of Assembly supported by not less than two-thirds majority of all its members, the report of the Panel is adopted, then the holder of the office shall stand removed form office as from the date of the adoption of the report.

    (10) No proceedings or determination of the Panel or of the House of Assembly or any matter relating to such proceedings or determination shall be entertained or questioned in any court.

    (11) In this section -

    “gross misconduct” means a grave violation or breach of the provisions of this Constitution or a misconduct of such nature as amounts in the opinion in the House of Assembly to gross misconduct.

    EFCC arraigns 3 suspected impostors for N141.7m securities scam


     

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday July 7, 2014 arraigned three suspects: Mohammed Rabiu (65 centre), Raphael Olorunfemi Okomoda (50 – left) and Adegbesan Theophilus (38 -right); before Justice Lawal Akapo of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on different criminal counts, all bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false presence, stealing, impersonation, forgery, using false document and money laundering. While Lawan was charged with 19-counts, Okomoda and Theophilus were charged with 7-counts each.

    Mohammed Rabiu LawanRaphael Olorunfemi Okomoda
    The defendants got into trouble, when they were arrested by operatives of the Commission, following a report of fraudulent sale of shares of two deceased shareholders who had shares in several blue chip companies including, Agip Nigeria Limited, Total Oil, Union Bank Nigeria Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc and Nigeria Breweries Plc.

    The stocks originally belonged to Alhaji Shande Ako Dzungwe and Alhaji Isa Koto (both deceased) but were fraudulently claimed, converted and sold by the three defendants. Lawan allegedly forged identity cards, drivers licenses; school certificates and international passports of both Dzungwe and Koto, to perfect the scam.

    The total value of shares converted and sold by the three defendants  was N141,652,951( One Hundred and Forty One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty One Naira)

    Mohammed Rabiu LawanRaphael Olorunfemi Okomoda
    In view of their plea, prosecuting counsel, Fadike Giwa, prayed the court for a trial date and the remand of the defendants in prison custody. Giwa informed the court that she had filed a 22-paragraph counter-affidavit and a written address urging the court to deny the defendants bail in favour of accelerated hearing of the suit.

    Counsel to the three defendants, J. H. Bashir, informed the court of his bail application and a written address, urging the court to grant the defendants bail. He specifically prayed the court to admit the defendants to bail “owing to their fragile health condition,” but Giwa countered that the EFCC had been taking good care of the medical needs of the defendants.

    Justice Akapo, after listening to both counsel, adjourned the case till July 8, 2014 for ruling on bail applications and ordered that the defendants be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos.
    One of the charge reads: “Mohammed Rabiu Lawan (alias Shande Ako Dzungwe), Raphael Olorunfemi Okomoda, Adegbesan Theophilus and others (still at large) on or about the 16th day of May, 2013 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain the sum of N11, 493,137.83 (Eleven Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira, Eighty Six Kobo) property of late Shande Ako Dzungwe”.

    Another count read: “Mohammed Rabiu Lawan (alias Isa Koto) on or about the 16th of May, 2013 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud posed as Alhaji Isa Koto and fraudulently instructed Fidelity Security Limited to sell 216,625 units of Guinness Plc shares valued at N44,092,048 (Forty Four Million, Ninety Two Thousand and Forty Eight Naira) and transferred the proceeds into a Fidelity Bank account you opened in the name of the said Alhaji Isa Koto and withdrew same”.

    Wilson Uwujaren
    Head, Media & Publicity
    7th July, 2014

    LASTMA Official Beat Epileptic Man To Convulsion in lagos ( Photos)


    According to Linda Ikeji ,a LASTMA official by the name Asorona stopped a car he claimed had violated traffic rules, removed the man from the car and allegedly assaulted him around 7.30 am this morning in front of BRT yard at Ketu bus stop. He and his colleagues also seized the man’s car. And before anyone knew what was happening, the young man fell down on the road into convulsion, shaking, according to eye witnesses, like an epileptic patient. As the LASTMA official tried to leave the scene, he was surrounded by passersby who insisted he must stay there to see what happens to the man. See more photos after the cut…

    Capt Tunde Demuren Sends His Lady, Toolz A Romantic Birthday Message


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    Yesterday was Beat FM Oap, Toolz’  birthday and she has been on vacation in Marrakech with her beau, Captain Tunde Demuren.

    The lover man shared the romantic photo collage above which he captioned:

    “Thankful to God for your life and very thankful to God for you in my life. Have a blessed today and forever. Happy birthday Tolu” aka Toolz

     

     

    Jude Okoye and Fiancee Ifeoma Umeokeke To Tie The Knot Traditionally on July 17th


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    Psquare Manager, Jude Okoye, and his fiancee MBGN Tourism 2012 Ifeoma Umeokeke, will be having their traditional wedding on the 17th of July, 2014.

    The wedding will hold at the bride’s home town in Nnewi, Anambra state. The date for the white wedding will be announced later

     

     

    SAFA furious over reports on Keshi deal


    The South African Football Association (SAFA), has angrily denied that it has offered Stephen Keshi the job of Bafana Bafana coach.

    Keshi’s future as handler of the Super Eagles remains in the balance and the Big Boss has been linked with the vacant South Africa job. However, SAFA has emphatically refuted media reports that they have given Keshi an offer.

    “There is no iota of truth in this statement. SAFA has not offered any coach the Bafana Bafana coaching job and we don’t take kindly to such rumours,” SAFA president Danny Jordaan said.

    “It is not true because SAFA has not entered into a discussion with any coach or a representative of any coach.”

    Asamoah Gyan finally speaks on Castro’s sad incident


    Ghana’s richest footballer, Asamoah Gyan has finally spoken about Castro’s jet ski which happened on sunday.

    Asamoah Gyan is broken hearted but had to gather courage and post a few words on his Facebook page. Look below at what he wrote:

     

    If tears could build a stairway,And memories a lane,I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again..

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure..

    RIP bro,I will forever miss you..I just can’t stop crying..

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    Adamawa Impeachment Update: Why Nyako might resign


    Barring any last minute change of heart, Governor Murtala Nyako is set to resign from office.

    Mr. Nyako alongside his deputy, Bala Ngilari, is presently facing impeachment moves from members of the state assembly over allegations of gross misconduct.

    A seven-member panel set up by the state acting Chief Judge, Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate the allegations, commenced sitting in Yola on Monday.

    In what observers said was a move to stall the impeachment process, the governor declared Monday and Tuesday as public holiday.

    His Chief of Staff, Abdulrahman Abba, who announced the holiday on Sunday, said it was to enable indigenes of the state pray for the return of peace to the state.

    Dspite the holiday, the panel began its sitting at J & J Holiday Villa at Karewa GRA amidst tight security.
    Also, although the Assembly in its directive to the Chief Judge to set up the panel said the sitting should be made in public; security operatives denied Journalists access to the venue of the sitting.

    A source close to Mr. Nyako, who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to talk to the media, informed PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Nyako, who left Yola for Abuja on Sunday, is on his way back to the Adamawa capital to tender his resignation letter.

    “His Excellency is on his way back to resign so that his Deputy can take over,” our source said.
    We also gathered that Mr. Nyako decided to resign and pave the way for his deputy to be sworn-in; a move that would force the Speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, to also leave office.
    “You know the speaker and the deputy governor come from the same town and local government, so once the Deputy Governor is sworn in, he (the speaker) will have to resign too,” our source said.

    Last minute efforts to save governor

    While Mr. Nyako contemplates resignation, PREMIUM TIMES also gathered that a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, flew into Yola Monday and is reportedly making moves to stop the impeachment from materialising.

    “Turaki (Mr. Abubakar) still enjoys the loyalty of some of the lawmakers and the plot now is to use his might to ensure that the required 2/3 majority is not achieved to remove the governor,” our source added.
    He also said the former VP already had a meeting with Nuhu Ribadu, another All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwart from the state in order to perfect the plan.
    Mr. Nyako’s spokesperson, Ahmad Sajoh, could not be reached for c. comments on the planned resignation. Calls to his mobile phone were not returned.

    Source: PREMIUMTIMES

    National Conference: The Proposed 18 New Nigerian States And Their Capital


     

    Details of the 18 new states proposed by the ongoing National Conference t be created in addition to the 36 already in existence have been identified.
    This was contained in the documents obtained Saturday.

    Edu state – Bida

    For the proposed Edu State, which will be created out of the present Niger State, it will be made up of Agagie, Bida North, Edati, Agbakoba, Katcha, Lapai, Labun and Mokwa Local Governments with its capital in Bida.

    Apa state – Otukpo

    Apa State will be carved out of the present Benue State and made up of Agatu, Apa, Otukpo, Oju, Obi, Obi, Ohimini, Okpokwu and Ofbadigbo Local Government Areas with capital in Otukpo.

    Kainji state – Zuru

    If Kainji State is created, it will be created from the present Kebbi and Niger states and it will be made up of
    Danko/Wasagu, Fakai, Zuru, Shanga, Sakaba, Nhaski, Yauri, Rijau, Mariga, Magama, Kontagora, Agwara, Borgo and Mashefu Local Governments. Its capital is proposed to be in Zuru.

    Katagun state – Azare

    For the proposed Katagun State, which is recommended to be created out of Bauchi State, it will be made up of Gamasa, Dam-an, Misau, Giade, Shira, Jama’re, Itas/Gadau, Zaki with the capital in Azare.

    Savanna state – Biu

    If Savanna State is created as recommended, it will be from the present Borno State and it will be made up of Gwoza, Chibok, Askira/Uba, Biu, Hawul, Shani, Kwaya-Kusar, Bayo and Damboa Local Governments with its capital in Biu.

    Amana state – Mubi

    Amana State is expected to be created from Adamawa State from Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South, Hong, Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas with capital in Mubi.

    Gurara state – Kachia

    The conference also recommended that Gurara State be created out of Kaduna State, with Sanga, Jama’a, Jaba, Kargako, Kaura, Zango Kataf, Kachia, Kajuru, Chikun, Lere Local Governments as constituent parts. Its capital will be Kachia.

    Ghari state -

    If Ghari is created from Kano State, it will be made up of the following local governments:Bagwai, Bixhi, Dawakin Tofa, Dambatta, Gwarzo, Kabo, Kunchi, Makoda, Rimin Gado, Shanono, Tofa and Tsanyawa. Its capital has not been decided.

    Etiti state -

    Also, the capital of the proposed Etiti State has not been decided, but it will consist of Orumba North, Orumba South, Agwu, Animi, Oji River, Ivo, Afikpo North/South, Okigwe, Onuimo, Ehime Mbano, Umunneochi and Isiukwuato Local Government Areas.

    Aba state – Aba

    The proposed Aba State will have its capital in Aba town, which is part of the present Abia State. It is expected to be made up of Isiala, Isiala Ngwa South, Obingwa, Aba South, Ugwunagbo, Aba North, Ukwa West, Ukwa East and Osisioma Ngwa Local Governments.

    Adada state – Nsukka

    Adada State, which is expected to be created from the present Enugu State, will have its capital in Nsukka. It will consist of Igbo-Etiti, Igbo-Eze North, Igbo-Eze South, Isibor-Uzochukwu, Nsukka, Udenu and Uzo-Uwani.

    Njaba/Anim state – Orlu

    Njaba/Anim State is recommended to be created from Imo and Anambra states with the capital in Orlu. Local governments expected to be under it are Orlu, Orau, Oru East, Oru West, Ohaji/Egbema, Ogut! Njaba, Isu, Nwangele, Mkwere, Ideato Nirth, Ideato South and Ihiala.

    New Oyo state –

    The New Oyo State has no capital yet, but local governments that are expected to be part of it from the present Oyo State are Irepo, Olorunsogo, Oorelope, Saki East, Saki West, Atisbo, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola, Iseyin, Afijio, Oyo East, Atiba, Ogoja Oluwa, Surulere, Ogbomosho North, Ogbomosho South and Orire.

    Ijebu state – Ijebu-Ode

    The proposed Ijebu State from the present Ogun State will have its capital in Ijebu-Ode, and made up of such Local Government Areas like Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-North East, Ogun Waterside, Odogbolu, Ijebu East, Shagamu, Ikenne and Remo North.

    Ogoja state – Ogoja

    Ogoja State, which is expected to be carved out of the present Cross River State, will have its capital in Ogoja. It will be made up of Bekwarra, Bokki, Etung, Ikom, Obanliku, Obubra, Obudu, Ogoja and Yala Local Government Areas.

    Anioma state – Asaba

    The expected Anioma State to be created from Delta State will also have its capital in Asaba, if the proposal scales through. Local Government areas expected to be under it are Aniocha North, Aniocha South, Ika North-East, Ika South, Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West, Oshimili North, Oshimili South and Ukwaani.

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    Orachi state, from Rivers State

    Source: ParadigmNG

    Graphic Photo:- BRT bus crushes three men to death in Lagos



    This terrifying incident happened this afternoon and might still be happening as you read this post.
    A police van chased a bike man and his two passengers at Awoyaya bus-stop  along the Lekki-Epe Express way in Lagos and unfortunately they were crushed to death by a BRT bus

    While trying to escape from the police who were chasing them to seize their bike for riding on the express, the Okada, which was in high speed, collided with a BRT bus that crushed them to death.

    According to an eye-witness, area boys gathered and burnt the police van. The army had to be brought in to calm the situation.
    See photos from the incident after the cut.. warning – graphic content

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    Jailed Robbers return 10 years later to kill victim’s Son in Ebonyi


    Double misfortune has befallen Okorie Orie, a native of Ibenda Effium in Ohaokwu Local Gov­ernment Area of Ebonyi State, whose son was killed by an unrepentant gang of robbers that had robbed him 10 years earlier.

    A decade ago, 37-year-old Uchenna Okereke, led six other robbers to rob Okorie Orie, dispossessing him of millions of naira and successfully escaped.
    But the victim was able to recall the face of Okereke and he correctly identified him to the police, who acted on the information and arrested him. During interrogation, he revealed the identity of the other six members of his gang.
    They were all tried, convicted and slammed with 10-year jail term, which they served and were subsequently released. For the duration of the jail term, Okereke nursed a grudge, vowing to take vengeance against Orie.

    Not long after his release from prison, Okereke assembled his gang for the long nursed revenge mission.Sunday Sun gathered from the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Maigari Dikko that the
    gang stormed the home of Orie at about 8.30pm.Recalling the horrible memory of that night his 28-year-old son, Onyekachi Orie was killed in cold blood, Orie told Sunday Sun:

    “It was a shock that I can never forget in my life. The suspect, Uchenna Okereke and his gang robbed me of millions of naira 10 years ago and ran away. I was able to remember his face and reported to the police. He was arrested with members of his gang and remanded at Abakaliki Prisons. They were tried and sentenced to jail for 10 years.

    “Then one night, I was in my house when a dog started barking immediately I sensed danger. I came out and hid myself in a near­by bush. The suspect, Uchenna Okereke and his gang came into the house. I heard him asking my neighbours where my room was and they were shown my room. They saw somebody sleeping on the bed and thought I was the one. They didn’t know it was my son who was sleeping on the bed. They just shot him.
    “From my hiding place, I heard one of the suspects say that the person who they shot was not me but my son. I summoned cour­age when I heard the gunshot and flashed my torchlight at them. I was able to identify the suspects, namely, Uchenna Okereke, Chuk­wuma Ozoemena and Nwabueze Nworu, who killed my son. Immediately I reported to policemen, who promptly arrested the suspects.

    Commenting on the case, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Mrs Tina Ogbo­dos said it was a pathetic case of mistaken identity:

    “Uchenna Okereke and his gang robbed the victim, Okorie Orie 10 years ago. They came back to kill the victim but his son was mistaken for him and they killed his son, Onyekachi Orie. They are now in our custody.”

    The alleged chief culprit, Uchenna Okereke toldSunday Sun:

    “The man sent us to Abakaliki Prison 10 years ago. After we were released from prison, we came to retal­iate. When we got to his house, we thought he was the person we saw sleeping on the bed in his room. We didn’t know it was his son before we shot him. It was a member of my gang who later said it was not Okorie Orie that we killed,that it was his son; we just had to escape from the scene. Later the man we wanted to kill identified us again to the police.”

    Abuja Emab Plaza Bomb Blast: How Boko Haram killed Robert before he could bury his mother


     
    Robert Onwuegbuchulam Ekeh

    His mother named him Onwuegbuchulam, and that was the name he was known by everyone, until he became a young man and began to project his second name, Robert.

    The name, Onwuegbuchulam, is deep in meaning. It is an affirmation against untimely and horrible death. A direct English interpretation of Onwuegbuchulam will equate: Death, don’t kill me wrongly. To be killed violently, untimely, and for what one knows not, is to be killed wrongly. What manner of evil forces could have so conspired against a mother, to subvert her wishes and aspirations, and bring her fears for her son to a reality?

    Robert Onwuegbuchulam Ekeh had been the only hope of her mother and sibling. Her mother’s prayer had been that God would raise a son that would give her a befitting burial when she dies and then take care of her younger children. And God had answered that prayer by raising Robert.

    With his flourishing business in security doors installation in Abuja, Robert had shouldered well, his mother’s and sibling’s upkeeps. Robert’s mother, therefore, must have died a happy woman last May 2014, with the
    thought that God had answered her prayer by raising Robert.

    He was sent for at her mother’s death, and when he came, he wept bitterly for his mother, and took her corpse to the mortuary, without the slightest premonition that in less than one month from that day, people would be weeping bitterly for his own death, and that his body would similarly be deposited in the deep freezer of death.

    After depositing his mother’s dead body in the mortuary, Robert returned to Kubwa, Abuja to look for money in preparation for the burial.

    On that fateful Wednesday 25 June, 2014, Robert must have woken up with some heaviness of heart and deep desire for purification, for he decided to start fasting from that day, probably telling his wife, Favour, not to bother to prepare breakfast for him. Perhaps, telling his wife and his 5-year old daughter (his only child) that he would be back in the evening at close of business, he bade them goodbye and went to his office at Emab Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja.

    Around 2 PM, according to a close family source, Robert called his wife, Favour, and told her that he would be coming home a little bit earlier in order to break his fasting for the day at home. So he closed for the day a few minutes before 4 pm, and walked out to the Emab Plaza Car Park, right into the bomb explosion of June 25 around 4 pm!

    Most reports say the bomb was planted in a car, but an eyewitness insisted that the men who brought the bomb came on a power bike; that as soon as they got to the busy gate of the plaza they dropped two bombs and ran off. One of the bombs exploded immediately, but the second one could not detonate. According to the observer, soldiers chased the men on the power bike and caught one of them, while the other one escaped.

    That was how Robert died, bombed to death by Boko Haram, while his mother’s corpse was still lying in the mortuary, and his wife, Favour, and his 5 years old daughter, were still at home waiting for him to come back. As soon as the news of the blast had spread, his relatives who knew he had office at Emab Plaza started calling his GSM phone, which rang for long without any answer. Eventually, someone answered the phone and asked the relatives to come to the Maitama General Hospital. When they got to the hospital they saw Robert’s corpse. A piece of iron from the explosion had pierced his chest and killed him on the spot!   Asked how people feel at home now in Robert’s village, Chima Emmanuel Edinburgh, a polytechnic college student, said: “grief, anger, and pain, all channeled against Boko Haram and the Hausas.”

    Before Robert’s death, Boko Haram was a mere story to the villagers, heard of far away. But now, Boko Haram has come to roost right in a remote village of eastern Nigeria. “Boko Haram has come home to us in eastern Nigeria,” says an elderly woman.

    While some people believe that Boko Haram is politically motivated and a fulfillment of the promise some northern politicians made to make Nigeria “un-governorable” for President Goodluck Jonathan, others believe that Boko Haram is a product of corruption, and therefore can only be defeated if corruption ends in Nigeria. One such people who hold this view is Enza Guccio, an Italian nun who has been living in Southern Nigeria 18 years.

    Speaking in an interview with International Business Times, UK, Enza said: “I believe Nigerian politics, infamous for its great corruption, does not aim at promoting the country’s development. Politicians’ only interest is to get rich by exploiting the country’s oil. There is a continuous fight over oil production.

    “To defeat terrorism,” she said, “leaders must build a solid future for the nation, by providing education for everybody, creating jobs for the youths, using the country’s natural resources to help Nigerians and guaranteeing the recognition of basic human rights to all the citizens.”

    But Boko Haram is opposed to Western education in northern Nigeria and wishes to impose the Sharia law in that geo-political zone.

    From all indications, however, it is clear that Boko Haram is a terrorist group with links to Al-Qaeda, and has since been declared as such by United States and international agencies. One of their strategies is to make people believe that they are fighting a religious war, but fortunately, Nigerians and the international community have not bought into that fallacy.

    “If it was a religious war,” says Enza Guccio, Boko Haram would have focused their attacks on the Southwest of Nigeria, instead of the North, mainly inhabited by Muslims, and which is close to Muslim-majority countries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.” While these arguments rage, Onwuegbuchulam’s kits and kin are not only mourning. They are very, very angry. By some twist of fate, death ended up not only killing Onwuegbuchulam wrongly, but also horribly.

    Source: Vanguard

    I Can Act N*dé, It’s Not A Big Deal – Award Winning Nollywood Actress


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    Nollywood actress, Sylvya Oluchy, who won the Most Promising Act of the Year award at the 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards, once said she was ready to act n*de if need be, prompting so many people to criticise and label her a desperate

    Reporters again cut up with her to know if she really meant what she said or if she has probably changed her mind following all criticism. Read excerpt from interview below….

    You recently said you could act n*de in a movie?
    There was a bit of mix-up in that story. They asked me what I think of indecency in movies and I said it depends on the movie. If you’ve watched The Gods Must Be Crazy, the indecency in that movie was done for accuracy because people then went about nudé.

    So, when they asked me I said it depends on the script. It depends on the director I’ll be working with because it’s all about the director’s picture, it’s the director’s story. If I know I’m working with a director who I trust, who I know will make everything tastefully done, where it won’t end up looking like some badly made p****graphy and it’s a good script, I’ll make my decision.

    Can you do a sx scene in a movie?
    Yeah. I mean in Lekki Wives I have a couple of kissing and romantic scenes, no indecency but there was a lot of k
    ssing and lots of making out so it comes with the job.

    What’s the craziest thing you can do in a movie?
    You never know what’s going to come your way or you never know I might just see myself in Hollywood one day, you never know so I never say never. N*dity is not a big deal.

    You released some semi-n*de pictures on the beach…
    It depends. There’s a level you’ll get to in your modeling career that you just have to do things like that. The highest paid models, the ones you see on Victoria’s Secret runways, I’m sure they do stuff like that. It comes with the territory so before you go into a career like that, you have to prepare yourself.

    Even though that’s not really where I’m channeling myself to, it depends on why you’re doing it and the outlet. Gisele Bundchen is like the highest paid model in the world today and I’ve seen a lot of her unclad photos for Vogue and other things, she’s just doing her job.

    APC Accuses Omisore Of Planning Terror In Osun


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    The All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State chapter, has expressed worries over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Iyiola Omisore’s use of masked armed guards.

    The party in a statement issued on Saturday, by the Director of Publicity and Strategy Kunle Oyatomi, alleged that Omisore, wants to cause terror by going about with masked armed guards, adding that they know its aim was to intimidate the electorate.

    The Nation reports that, the party in the statement claimed that Omisore, and his armed masked guard have been spotted at various campaign rallies.

     

    “While President Jonathan fights armed and masked terrorists in the North with Nigerian soldiers, the reverse is being done in Osun by Jonathan’s man, hiding behind security cover to intimidate the electorate with masked and armed suspect terrorist guards,” the party said.

    The party in the statement challenged security agencies to investigate the development if they claimed to be unaware of it.

    This potentially dangerous dimension of electioneering violence is a high risk factor that can derail democracy and threaten Nigeria’s corporate existence,” the party said.

    It further alleged that the PDP has delivered lots of fake police uniforms and arms with the intention to replicate what happened in Ekiti State governorship election as well as enact the bombing experience in Ile Ife, and other cities of the state.

    The party while condemning the manner in which the PDP and Omisore are operating in the state said: “As the August 9 election approaches, PDP’s desperation to win by force of arms rather than the votes of the people is manifesting ever so clearly. Political terrorism has arrived in Nigeria’s democratic space by the evil construct of the PDP”.

    APC went ahead to quote Omisore at his rallies as saying: “Arrangement has already been made to remove Aregbesola from office no matter whatever he is doing” pointing out that he failed to mention any plan of governance for the people of Osun State.

    Similarly, in another statement issued by Oyatomi on Saturday, PDP, Omisore and others were warned against breaching the peace of the state by causing chaos in the guise of political campaigns. It said the warning became necessary following the rising wave of planned violent, political attacks on APC supporters across the state.

    The party in the statement said, it cautioned agents and promoters of conflicts and chaos to refrain from such acts or face the wrath of the law as it cited the political violence said to have been averted by the State Police Command in Obokun Local Government Area of the state on Friday.

    According to the statement, there were attacks on the supporters of the APC at Ila-Oragun, Iwo, Ikirun, and the destruction of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s campaign billboards along Osogbo-Ilesha Road and Ibokun and Ile-Ife.

    “Since PDP’s exit from power, however, peace returned to Osun. Our people have from 2010 embraced the peace and harmony that Aregbesola’s government heralded. It has been shown to the whole world that this state values, enjoys and promotes harmonious living among its various peoples. This is one of the cardinal programmes of the APC government. Ours is not a government that fans the embers of disquiet, discord and chaos,” the party said.   

    Sources: The Nation

    I Will Stay Only On One Condition – Stephen Keshi To NFF


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    Stephen Keshi has come out and finally said he will stay if the Nigerian Football Federation will pay him more and on time.

    The soon to be out of Contract coach had led the Eagles to its third round of 16 finish at the 2014 World Cup appearance in Brazil.

    Keshi also revealed that South Africa and some other teams have been trying to get him for long now, but South Africa seems to be his next likely destination if the NFF doesn’t give him a better contact and better condition.

    He also revealed he would love to continue with his project:

    “But if the offer isn’t good enough for me, then I will explore other options and possibly move on to another challenge, It’s always a good thing when you experience other climates.”

    Keshi has been always been worried with the way he was treated by the NFF, said that there also needs to be changes in the way the Nigerian Football Federation relates to coaches under its employ.

    He said: “Well for starters, my previous contract was never respected. I was paying one of my assistants (Valere Houandonou) for over a year, my former assistant Sylvanus Okpala was sacked without my consent and those things just never made sense. “I mean Nigeria is my country and I love my country, but I’m out of contract now so I have to move on.

    “I have spent over two years as coach of Nigeria, and Nigeria flows in my veins but I just have to move on. “If the offer comes, we will sit down and talk and if there’s something concrete, then we’ll see how it goes. I have several offers but it’s South Africa that have been very vocal about their offer, so that’s the way it is.

    “I’ve given my heart to Nigeria, I have done it for the country for years. I played as a captain of the national team for 14years so this isn’t about heart anymore. It’s now about professionalism, I am a professional football coach and that is all I do.

    “I have kids in the university that I have to feed and I can’t do that by ‘heart’. Doing the ‘heart’ thing cannot work anymore, because that isn’t going to put food on my table,” Keshi told SL10.

    Sources: Vanguard

    Over 50, 000 Displaced By Taraba Crisis, Says NEMA


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    No fewer than 50,000 persons, mainly women, children and the aged, have been displaced from their homes in various parts of Taraba following the recent crisis in the area, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.

    Zainab Umar, NEMA’s Operations Officer in Gombe State office, said this on Sunday in Bali, Taraba State, while distributing relief materials at one of the camps occupied by victims of the recent communal conflict.

    She explained that NEMA had donated 20 trucks of relief materials and had commenced distribution of assorted materials comprising food, non-food items and medical supplies to the displaced persons.

    “No fewer than 9,000 displaced persons have taken refuge in some places of worship and residences in Bali, headquarters of Bali council area and its environs,” she said.

    “At least another 16,000 persons displaced by religious violence in Wukari and Ibi are in Mutum-Biyu, Gassol Local Government Area of the state. Similarly, about 10,000 displaced persons mainly from Wukari, have taken refuge in Jalingo, the state capital”.

    She added that there were more than 20,000 displaced persons in Wukari and Ibi towns, and their environs, who were in dire need of assistance.

    Ms. Umar noted that the Federal Government had, after each crisis and natural disaster, dispatched several relief items to Taraba through NEMA. She, nonetheless, called on wealthy individuals and state governments to also to assist the victims.

    Wukari has witnessed four religious crises since the beginning of the year, resulting in wanton destruction of lives and property.

    In Bali area, the ethnic conflict between farmers and herdsmen has resulted in the loss of several lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

    For fear of losing their lives, residents in the affected areas have deserted their homes to take refuge in camps and worship places in the council headquarters. (NAN)

    NADCEL 2014: We’ll Win The War Against Terrorism – Army Chief Assures Nigerians


    nigerian-army-emergency-ruleThe Nigerian military is acquiring new equipment and undergoing more training to face Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country, the head of the army said Sunday.

    The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, assured that the military will put an end to terrorism in Nigeria, and canvassed collective support for the fight.

    He spoke Sunday at the Inter-Denominational Church Service held at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja.

    The service which was to mark the 2014 Nigerian Army Day Celebration, NADCEL, had the “Combating Current National Security Challenges through Collective Effort”.

    “We are going through troubled times, but they will soon come to an end, and we shall be glad at the end. I promise you it will come to an end and we will be victorious, Mr. Minima, a Lieutenant General, said.

    “The war against terrorism is a collective effort of all Nigerians and I appeal to all Nigerians to join hands in fighting this new war of terrorism”, he said.

    Lt.-Gen. Minimah thanked Nigerians for their perseverance despite a deadly spell of terror by extremist group, Boko Haram.

    “I also appeal to them (Nigerians) that terrorism is a new warfare. It requires time and patience for us to defeat it”, he said.

    “I am very much optimistic that we will deliver. We will win the war.

    “What we have in the North-East will certainly come to an end soon.

    “Our job is to continue to protect and preserve the unity of this country and making it stable for prosperity.

    “Our job is also to uphold our constitutional role, which is to defend the country’s territorial integrity from insurgency and external aggression, and provide aid to civil authority. That, we will continue to do”, the Army chief said.

    Using the Niger-Delta, Abia and Benue States as examples, Lt. Gen. Minimah said peace had returned to these places and everywhere there were peaceful.

    He said the army would prevail over insurgents as it used to be in the past, saying they would win the war against terrorism.

    Lt. Gen. Minimah said the army was acquiring new equipment, training its personnel and providing welfare for the troops, all in a bid to end terrorism.

    He however said the army decided to have a low-key celebration for NADCEL 2014 because of the current security challenges facing the country.

    “A man does not celebrate his birthday if he is bereaved. He has to just mark his birthday.

    “I want to salute the gallantry of our troops, who have paid the supreme price in the course of defending their fatherland.

    “These officers and soldiers had died in their duty posts and we will not forget them”.

    In his sermon, Rev. Dawuk Danfulani, the Director, Army Chaplain (Protestant), said Nigerians must unite to faithfully seek God’s support if they were to end terrorism.

    Mr. Danfulani urged all Nigerians to collectively condemn and expose evil deeds in the society, even if the person perpetrating it was a close relation.

    “If a person is pulling down the system that is supposed to stand, you have the right to expose him or her.

    “If we condemn collectively and expose evil-doers, they will be afraid to do evil”.

    Taking his text from the second book of Corinthians, chapter 2 verse 11, Danfulani said Nigerians should not be ignorant as children of God.

    “So, we should unite and fight these perpetrators of evil.

    “As Nigerians, as Christians and as members of the Armed Forces, since we have known the source of our problem, we should unite spiritually to fight the enemy.

    “We must patriotically defend what God has given us, and God will ask us and punish us if we fail to defend it”, he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that prayers were offered for the country, President Goodluck Jonathan, the Armed Forces and deceased military officers and men.

    The Nigerian Army, which celebrated its 151 years of existence, was established in 1863.

    However, the name Nigerian Army was first used 100 years later when Nigeria became a republic in 1963.

    (NAN)

    Impeachment Saga: Adamawa Speaker Raises Alarm Over Presence Of Killer Squad


    FintiriThe Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has raised the alarm over the importation of mercenaries into the state, whose job he alleged, was to either kill or kidnap members of the legislature following the impeachment move against Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Barrister Bala Ngilari.

    The speaker raised the alarm in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Solomon Kumanga, yesterday in Yola, the state capital.

    Kumangar said as a result of threats against members of the House of Assembly, each member was attached a security detail.

    “Some people who are not happy with what is going on in the state have brought in mercenaries to either kill or abduct our members; as such, each member was attached a security detail to safeguard him.

    “We have it on good authority that those mercenaries have been given the photographs of all our members for them to carry out their nefarious activities”.

    The speaker also denied knowledge of the two-day public holiday declared by the state government, saying the House of Assembly would continue its legislative activities unperturbed.

    We had earlier reported that Gov. Nyako declared today, Monday 7th and Tuesday, 8th July, work-free days to according to him, “reflect on the current happenings in the country and to use the period to offer special prayers for peace in the country”.

    Photos from Richard Mofe Damijo’s 53rd birthday party


    Yesterday RMD clocked 53rd and he had a get together at his residential home at Omole estate, Lagos state. In attendance were his close family and friends.
    see more photos below

    Osun Election: APC Condemns INEC’s Slow Distribution Of Permanent Voter Cards


    APCINECThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over the delay in distributing the permanent voters cards (PVCs) to registered voters in Osun State ahead of the August 9, 2014, governorship election in the state.

    “INEC has been painfully slow in processing the permanent voters cards, and one can only hope that the electoral body is not doing this deliberately to disenfranchise voters, especially in opposition strongholds”, APC said in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

    “The slow processing of the permanent voters cards has in particular hit the central senatorial district of the state, and has affected those who had earlier registered as well as those who registered this year”, it said.

    Mohammed said the electoral body has continued to inform those who throng its offices in the state to collect their permanent voters cards that the cards were not ready, without giving an indication of when they would be ready for collection.

    The party explained that it was worried over this development because of the reported announcement by the Electoral Commissioner in Osun State that whoever does not have a permanent voter’s card would not be allowed to vote in next month’s election.

    MASSOB Members’ Arrest: No Amount Of Intimidation, Provocation Will Stop Actualization Of Sovereign State Of Biafra – Uwazurike


    massob_leader[1]The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has vowed that no amount of intimidation, provocation or arrest of its members would stop it from pursuing and actualizing its objective of a sovereign state of Biafra, no matter how long it takes.

    Leader of the movement, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, who made this known in an interview with Channels Television in Imo State, while reacting to the recent arrest of 26 members of the group in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State by the Army, said that for over 16 years, the MASSOB had remained a non-violent and non-terrorist group, whose conduct has not in any way caused chaos or fomented trouble in the South East.

    He described the arrest of the 26 persons as childish and uncalled for just because they were seen wearing the Biafran uniforms.

    Uwazurike said that the arrest was illegal because they were not found in any form of misconduct but were arrested on their way to Okigwe town where they accompanied him on an award ceremony in his honor.

    Meanwhile, the Commander, 34 Brigade Artillery, Obinze, Brigadier-General Lanre Bello, has confirmed the arrest of 26 members of the MASSOB, who he said were in full regalia of the Biafra uniforms.

    He said that in order not to cause breach of peace in the state, they were arrested by his men, who noticed some disposition, which was not properly defined.

    Fashion University To Be Sited In Bayelsa Named After Jonathan


    GEJThe World Fashion Organisation (WFO) has named the proposed World Fashion University, which is to be located in Bayelsa State after President Goodluck Jonathan.

    The state governor, Seriake Dickson, who made the announcement in a statement signed on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said WFO took the decision in recognition of the president’s achievements despite the current security challenges.

    The organisation was said to have announced the development at the closing ceremony and Gala Night of the Africa Fashion Reception, held at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital.

    The statement added that the Goodluck Jonathan World Fashion University, GJWFU, will be equipped with a research centre, amphitheatre, faculty of social sciences, conference centre, textile plant building and sports complex, among other facilities.

    President Jonathan, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, expressed gratitude for the honour.

    He noted that the African continent has produced notable designers in the creative industry and must be given its pride of place in the world.

    Mr. Jonathan further noted that the industry contributes 40 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across the continent.

    Police arrest Redeemer student for killing his father at RCCG Camp (PHOTO)


    The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 21-year old Tolani Ajayi (pictured above) a student of the Department of History and International Relations, Redeemer University, RCCG Camp Ogun State for killing his father on Tuesday July 3rd.

    According to PM News, the shattered body of Barrister Charles Ajayi, 60, a  Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was recovered in a box at a nearby bush at Canaanland Street at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Camp, Km 46 Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

    The suspect who is a biological son of the slain lawyer was arrested same day in his fathers residence, at the scene of the incident, aroun 5:30 p.m. after the discovery of the corpse and Police preliminary findings. Redemption Camp DPO, Olaiya Martins who led a team of detectives and some members of the community traced ground marks of the box from where it was dumped to the house of the suspect. The corpse was traced to the house of late Barr. Ajayi,where they met the suspect in a relaxed mood in the house.

    Upon interrogation, the suspect who had earlier lied that his dad had gone on evangelism, however, confessed to the crime when he was taken to the Redemption Camp Divisional Headquarters.

    He stated problem arose when his father confronted him for not responding to all the prayer points he raised, forcing his father to slap him. He said he went mad and went straight to the kitchen to pick up a knife to stab him and later a cutlass to cut his throat.

    The exhibits including the knife and cutlass he used in killing his father had been recovered by the Police and the corpse of the SAN had been deposited at a morgue in Sagamu.

    Ikemefuna Okoye, Commissioner of Police Ogun state has since sent a team of detectives led by the officer in charge of Homicide section of the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta to further investigate the murder.

    Okoye sympathised with the family of the deceased, particularly his wife, who is also a legal practitioner and other children to take solace in the Lord. He admonished other members of the community in RCCG to be watchful, adding that, such incident will not occur again as the Command will improve on the synergy between the police and the Internal Security Operatives of the RCCG.

    Culled from PM News

    Security Operatives Barricade Gate As #BringBackOurGirls Group March On Aso Villa


    former_minister_ezekwesi_leads_bringourgirlsback_protest_in_abuja_06Security operatives at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Sunday, prevented the BringBackOur Girls group from entering Aso Rock, where the seat of power is located, as they barricaded the entrance.

    The BBOG is an advocacy group dedicated to drawing and sustaining attention on the fate of over 200 Chibok Schoolgirls abducted on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

    The BBOG group had marched during an impromptu protest to the villa to further highlight the issue of the Chibok girls, who are still being held captive 82 days after their abduction.

    The group, which organised the protest in the middle of its 68th sit out, stated that the continued stay of the Chibok girls in the hands of the sect members is no longer acceptable and hence, the need for the march.

    Members of the group, who were worried that the girls were still being held in the dreaded Sambisa Forest, started singing solidarity songs until their leaders came back with the report that their message will be conveyed to the necessary authorities as no one was on ground to attend to them.

    “The people here said the ministers or any other senior officer were not on ground to speak with us. They have collected our numbers and have promised to convey our message to their superiors. They promised to get back to us”, the group added.

    The BBOG, which expressed indifference to the outcome of the protest, however, noted that its members will continue to sit out and protest until the girls are rescued.

    Soldiers Kill Boko Haram Kingpin, Brother In Shoot-Out


    soldiers_cordnNigeria’s security forces have killed a suspected Boko Haram kingpin and his brother in an early morning raid on their hide-out in Kaduna State.

    Reports say soldiers traced the house of the suspect, identified as Usman, who had escaped from Borno, in Kinkinua GRA, Ungwan Mu’azu area of Kaduna metropolis.

    Residents say the security operatives, comprising plain cloth personnel and armed soldiers, broke through the wall to gain access into the house, got his family out, and engaged him in a gun battle that reportedly lasted for about three hours before he was killed while trying to escape.

    The district head of Ungwan Muazu and Cikasauron Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Idris, after visiting the scene, asked landlords and residents to be security-conscious and always try to ascertain the identities of tenants in their houses.

    Rapper Kel: ‘Being a female rapper in Nigeria puts you under so much pressure’


    Rapper Kelechi Ohia aka Kel in a new interview with Punch explains why she has been off the music scene for a while and denied claims that she was broke……..The rapper was popular with her singles like, Wa Wa Alright and You too fine, and Give it to me featuring W4.

    Read Excerpts below:

    “I am working on other projects which are all entertainment related. Although I haven’t recorded any new song lately, I am working to release a come-back album before the year runs out. I have only stepped aside to take care of my education and to sort out pending issues with my former records label. I want to work on my music and myself, physically and mentally. But I am still in touch with the Nigerian music scene. Also, I am a brand ambassador for SOULMATE Industries.”

    “Rap will always be a looked down upon as a music genre in Nigeria. The truth is that only two percent of the country’s population really appreciates rap music for what it is. Being a female rapper in Nigeria puts you under so much pressure, but I won’t be switching genres when I return. I just want to release my new album as a surprise. I am not signed on to any records label because I run my own label and won’t be signing on any artiste for now,” she said.

    For now the artiste who made her last public outing as the co-host of ‘One Mic Naija’ in February, confessed that she was in love with the music style of fellow rapper c*m producer whom she describes as the ‘new’ Jesse Jagz. She seemed to have grown wiser when she spoke about learning some lessons during her absence from the music scene.

    “I used to read what was written about me, become saddened and sometimes cry. But I have moved on. Now I read and laugh a lot, shake my head, and sometimes share jokes with friends. I have grown wiser and stronger and more comfortable and honest with who I am. Experience has taught me a lot and I have learnt that nobody will look out for you like you can.

    “Right now, I will make music that is raw and real.. I miss performing on stage. Some people said I left because I was broke and started a family somewhere. But they are all wrong. I am dedicated to my work and music for now. I won’t be releasing a double album because that will be too much music at once. Nigerian artistes are doing well especially on the international

    Exclusive Photos from Juliet Ibrahim’s movie premiere in Lagos


    Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim premiered her debut flick as a producer, ‘The Number One Fan’ at Silverbird Galleria in Lagos on Friday July 4th. The movie is now in various cinemas across the country. It features Yemi Blaq, AY Comedian, KC Ejelonu, Kofi Adjorlolor, Prince David Osei, Juliet Ibrahim and a host of others. See more photos from the premiere below:

     

     

     

     

    President Obama’s daugther gets a car from her parents as she turns 16


    US President Obama’s oldest baby girl Malia who just turned 16 few days ago was gifted with her a car from her parents.
    According to Daily Mail :

    “First daughter Malia Obama received a brand new car for her sweet 16 birthday on Friday, according to sources close to the first family, but unfortunately for her she won’t be able to drive it alone for at least another year.

    Drivers in the District received fair warning in February that Malia may soon be behind the wheel of a car – from her mother no less.
    ‘Ladies and gentlemen in DC, watch out!’ first lady Michelle Obama joked at the time. ‘Malia Obama on the road – kinda frightening.’

    Details of the make, model and color weren’t immediately available, or even how she spent the day, which happens to coincide with the date the US celebrates its independence.
    President Barack Obama has striven to keep his family out of the spotlight, and staffers have remained mum about any planned festivities.

    We do know that rapper Pitbull performed on the South Lawn of the executive mansion, though it wasn’t clear if that was for Malia or just part of the White House’s 4th of July celebrations.
    In any case, Malia may now have her own wheels but driving on her own is out of the question – let alone without her Secret Service escort.

    Washington requires teens to be at least 17 to drive a car without an adult present, and that’s only after holding a provisional license for six months, according to the Daily Caller.

    At 16, she can acquire a learner’s permit, but an adult must be in the front seat at all times, and she can only be on the road from 6am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 6am to 11:50pm on Fridays and Saturdays.”

    Tafawa Balewa’s Son Joins 2015 Presidential Race


     

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    As the All Progressives Congress (APC) prepares for its national convention to choose its standard bearer in the 2015 presidential election, indications are rife that one of the sons of the late Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa may emerge as the party’s presidential candidate.
    Saturday Newswatch gathered that a new political movement that cuts across party and religious sentiments in the northern part of the country has decided to scout for a neutral candidate that has the goodwill to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.
    It was further gathered that some key members of the APC are no longer comfortable with idea of picking General Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s flag bearer, despite his popularity.
    While some have argued that age is no longer on the side of the General, others say he is no longer sellable, having run for the exalted office three times in a row.
    Those opposed to his candidature, based on the age criteria, said he may not fit in, in the contemporary world, citing examples in younger presidents like Barack Obama of the United States, and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
    The group, which Saturday Newswatch learnt had met several times in Abuja, Kaduna, Dubai, Saudi
    Arabia, USA and Britain, was said to have drafted Dr. Abduljelil Balewa into the presidential race as an alternative.
    Balewa, a United States of American-based medical doctor, is said to be in his 50s and described as highly cerebral.
    Besides being cosmopolitan, Balewa’s mother was said to have hailed from the South West, while majority of his business associates are from the South East geopolitical zone.
    One of his political associates, Dr. Oladele Ojo, who confirmed the development during a telephone interview yesterday in Abuja, said the group brought tremendous pressure on Dr. Balewa, who felt humbled and honoured to have been called upon to rescue the nation at this time.
    According to him, apart from infrastructural development, the group and Dr. Balewa agreed that the nation’s education, energy and health sectors deserved a thorough surgical operation.
    The leading opposition party had for sometime been involved in controversies over the emergence of its standard bearer.
    There have been insinuations that Buhari may run with former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Although, the rumour was not confirmed by the duo of Buhari and Tinubu, the former Lagos State helmsman was quoted last week to have said that he was eminently qualified to run, hinging his position on his fundamental human rights.
    Buhari, who shortly after losing the 2011 presidential election declared that he was through with the nation’s electoral process, has not formally declared interest in the 2015 presidential race.
    Saturday Newswatch also gathered that the choice of the northern political elite, would next week, address a press conference during which, he would unfold his programmes.

    Yvonne Nelson Turns On The Heat As She Expose Her Body


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    S*xy actress Yvonne Nelson, sure does know how to make people talk, and many call it attention seeking.

    The actress Yvonne Helson recently took a new photo for Sheramag and she’s showing off too much skin. See the photo below….

    Boko Haram: Igbo Group Attacks Soyinka Over Comments


    Igboeze, a socio-political association of the Igbo people has asked Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka to tender a public apology to the Igbo people for what it termed his denigration of the people.

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    Prof. Soyinka had last Thursday said that the Boko Haram war was worse than the Biafra/Nigeria war in 1967-70, when a secessionist attempt by the Eastern region nearly tore the country into ethnic regions.

    According to Daily Trust report, the group accused Soyinka of abusing the sensibilities of Ndigbo by his statement.

    In a statement by the national leader of the group in Abuja, Chief Chekwas Okorie said Soyinka could have captured the essence of his statement on the unity of Nigeria without digressing to compare the Biafra war which lasted for 30-months and captured the attention of the whole world with the Boko Haram insurgency that is plaguing the nation.

    Describing the statement as insensitive, reckless and irresponsible, the group said it is unfortunate that someone like Soyinka could open old wounds and provoke Ndigbo unnecessarily by reducing Biafra to a sole Igbo agenda that “could have torn Nigeria up into ethnic regions.”

    Boko Haram, which means ‘western education is a sin’ in Hausa language, was designated as a terrorist group by the US government in 2013. The terrorist group has launched several attacks across the nation, especially in the Northern region, which has left scores of people dead.

    Recently, reports surfaced that a key suspect in the abduction of Chibok girls, Babuji Ya’ari, was arrested after Nigerian security reportedly busted Boko Haram intelligence cell.

    Following his arrest, three female Boko Haram suspects, identified as: Hafsat Usman Bako, Zainab Idris and Aisha Abubakar were also nabbed.

    Popular Musician Dies Trying To Rescue Drowning Girlfriend


    Popular Ghanaian Hiplife musician, Castro (a.k.a Theophilus Tagoe) reportedly drowned yesterday in the Aqua safari beach while trying to rescue his girlfriend yesterday, according to Ghana web.

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    Reports say Castro, his girlfriend and a close friend (who is also a footballer for the Black Stars), Asamoah Gyan, had gone to Ada on a weekend rendezvous.

    The trio went jet-skiing and the unfortunate incident happened – Castro’s girlfriend fell into the river.
    In a bid to save her, Castro dived into the ocean but ended up drowning with her at Aqua safari beach.

    Castro’s body and his girlfriend’s are yet to be found but his ski has been found.

    Asamoah Gyan owns Baby Jet Promotions which is the label Castro works under. They have been friends for over 10 years.

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    Castro’s girlfriend

    Castro hails from Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana. He was born in 1982 to Lydia Tagoe, a trader, and Mr Coffie, an accountant, at the Takoradi Harbour.

    Before he launched his debut album in 2003, he had featured on hip-life group 4×4 hit track, “sikletele” which officially introduced him into the local music scene.

     

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    Castro minutes before he drowned trying to girlfriend

    Mario Ballotelli all loved-up at the beach with his sexy fiancee Fanny (PHOTOS)


     

    The Italian football star was all romantic with his fiancee,Fanny Neguesha who he proposed to before the start of the World cup..The 23 year old striker looked very much inlove and only had eyes for her,..
    Power stunning couple. See more photos below:

     

    OSUN ELECTION: I’m Ready For PDP Forces – Governor Aregbesola


    With the Osun state governorship election coming up on August 9, Governor Rauf Aregbesola says he is confident he will win the election by popular votes as he is prepared to face Peoples Democratic Party forces.

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    Governor Aregbesola

    Governor Aregbesola, who gave this assurance while speaking in Osogbo, on Saturday, also warned the PDP against rigging the governorship election.

    Aregbesola, who also said he will win the election because the PDP does not have the support of the masses like him said:

    “I’m a product of the popular forces, by popular forces, I mean the people, I emanated from them, I’m a product of their struggle. I’ve interacted on a daily basis with the people from the outset of my administration. They know me and I know them. I have affected their lives through populist programmes.

    “I’m from the street and it is easy for me to go back to the street because that’s where my people are. Can they (PDP) go to the street?

    “They don’t know who they are facing; my real home is the street. Look at me, do I look like a governor? That’s why I call my administration government unusual because we need to bring passion and vision into governance and break away from stagnating ways of doing things.

    “Let’s meet on the street. My administration has the full support of the masses.”

    It was reported on June 25 that the Governor Aregbesola had warned security agents of misbehaving during the election saying:

    “We are ready to co-operate with the security agents before and during the election. Any security officer who, however, misbehaves during the election will know that we are children of Oduduwa.”

    Meanwhile PDP Candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore who is also confident he will defeat Governor Aregbesola in the forthcoming governorship election said:

    On August 10 after declaration of results, we would all be jubilating across the state, while all our enemies will be crying in their closet.”

    The Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, however said the PDP would stop the APC from rigging the election.

    He said: “We are not here to capture Osun. We want people to come out without any fear or intimidation and cast their votes. The noise, the hullabaloo that you are hearing is because they want to rig. We know them too well with their capacity to rig election. They are not for one man, one vote. They have been importing people into the state.”

    Man Killed While Testing His New Anti-Bullet Charm


    A 25-year-old man was killed by his friend in Benin on Saturday while testing his new anti-bullet charms known as “Africa Insurance”.

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    The victim of the incident identified as Osamame Isekhuere (alias Black Arrow) asked his friend to shoot him because he was sure his newly acquired charm was effective enough to protect him.

    PM News reports that the tragedy occurred at the Oba Market and immediately caused panic among the youths, with many traders having locked up the stores following the shooting.

    The late victim was said to have shot first at his friend, and the bullet failed to penetrate. However when his friend shot, Osamame was fatally injured in the chest and died at the scene.

    Meanwhile Edo State Police Command Uwoh Noble, when contacted by the correspondent, said he was yet to be informed about the incident.

    Singer Ciara now rocking dreads (PHOTOS)


    Ciara is now rocking the same hairstyle like her man future..She unveiled her new look today..Who’s feeling it! I think it suits her better than weaves….

     

    Adidas Suspends Nigeria Over Removal Of Aminu Maigari


    A major sponsor of Nigerian football, Adidas, has reportedly suspended its cooperation with the country over the current crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

    Since the news broke last week that the president of NFF, Aminu Maigari and the entire members of his board, had been removed by a court in Jos, peace has not returned to Nigerian football.

    According to a report published online by Supersport.com on Monday, 7 July, 2014, the sports wear giants have suspended it’s involvement with Nigeria with immediate effect and has also expressed displeasure with the furore pervading the NFF.

    It was gathered that Adidas, who have been kitting Nigerian national teams for about a decade now, are also towing the line of the world football governing body, FIFA, who have given Nigeria a Tuesday, 8 July, 2014, deadline to revert the decision on the removal of Maigari or be suspended from all football activities.

    It could be recalled that last week, a court injunction in Jos, Nigeria asked the NFF to step aside, while the Sports Ministry appointed Lawrence Katken to serve as the Sole Administrator while new elections are conducted.

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    A few days later, an extra ordinary emergency congress sat in Abuja and “unanimously endorsed” the removal of the NFF executive committee.

    It also terminated the employment of the football federation’s management staff.

    Maigari was also accused of high-handedness as members expressed their displeasure at what transpired during the World Cup as players sat out training to demand for their appearance fees.

    An electoral committee has also been set up ahead of elections into the NFF board.

    With the decision of Adidas to suspend the NFF, critics are already speculating other sponsors of the NFF, that includes Adidas, Guinness, Peak Milk among others, might tow the same line with the German Sportswear firm, as FIFA’s Tuesday deadline looms.

    This is not the first time that FIFA would be threatening to ban Nigeria over interference in the running of the round leather game in the country.

    The world football governing body had few years ago threatened to ban the NFF after the Nigerian Federal Government wanted to withdraw the country from all football related activities for two years. A decision that was later rescinded after intervention from stakeholders.

    With this latest threat of another ban by FIFA, football lovers are hoping the NFF and the Sports ministry would put everything in order before Tuesday’s deadline.

    Ghanaian Singer Castro Dies In Jet Ski Accident While Trying To Save His Girlfriend


     

     Ghanaian singer, Theophilus Tagoe aka Castro has been reported dead after a jet ski accident while trying to save his girlfriend yesterday morning, Sunday, July 6. 2014.

    The musician, who together with Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, have been holidaying with friends at the Aqua safari resort in Ada since Saturday, drowned Sunday morning. 

    The five friends including Castro hired 5 jet skis (with life guards), on Sunday for a ride and were all riding until the girl fell into the water.

    Castro was then reported to be seen trying to save the girl from the waters when the electronic trackers on Castro life jacket went off, signifying he was off his Jet Ski.

    The girl he was trying to save was rescued but Castro’s jet ski was found without him.

    A  search was later  mounted and his lifeless body found.

    Castro and Black Stars of Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan are best friends and have a single together titled ‘Odo Pa’.

    May His Soul Rest In Peace!

    Vincent Enyeama Reportedly Received $130,000 As World Cup Reward


    Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who showed brilliant performance as part of the national team at the 2014 World Cup, reportedly received $130,000 (over N20 million) as appearance fee for the Mundial.

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    Photo: Vincent Enyeama makes save in Nigeria vs Iran match

    Nigerian Tribune refers to the words of one of the officials:

    “It was not a flat rate, but some of the players like Enyeama, who were involved in both the qualifiers as well as the World Cup in Brazil got as much as $130,000.”

    The mentioned amount is said to be the one apart from the match bonus and daily allowances provided to the Super Eagles players.

    AfricanFootball.com also reports with reference to several top team officials that players who qualified Nigeria to a fifth World Cup got a share of the FIFA largesse.

    According to the disclosed data, team officials were also not deprived of the largesse, which corresponded at least $25,000.

    The source added however:

    “There was a big issue among the senior players whether those who were part of the qualifiers should also get something. At the end of the day, skipper Joseph Yobo prevailed that they also have to be included. So, even some players like John Utaka and Raheem Lawal, who played a couple of qualifiers, will also get something.”

    It would be recalled that throughout the tournament Vincent Enyeama was ranked first among the goalkeepers in two June ratings due to the numerous close-range saves.

    Days after the Super Eagles elimination from the World Cup, information surfaced that the victorious Lille goalkeeper quit the team.

    Muslims Want Sultan To Dialogue With Boko Haram Terrorists


    Muslims under the aegis of Concerned Muslim Professionals want Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to lead the dialogue with members of the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

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    Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

    The concerned muslims wants Sultan to use his position as the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, to dialogue with Boko Haram in order to put an end to the deadly attacks by the sects as there’s been no efforts by the Muslim leadership in the country to put an end to the crisis, according to Punch.

    The President of the organization, Alhaji Mohammed Saidu, in the letter to the Sultan, said the activities of Boko Haram were regrettable and that they constituted an embarrassment to the Islamic religion while saying failure of the Sultan rising to the occassion would become doubtful

    Part of the letter read: “If the family of billionaire Umar Mutallab could have a terrorist in its midst, then such a disease could be everywhere; it can only take the effort of the Sultan and the other Muslim leaders to mobilise compliance by parents and relatives, which is part of the actions being demanded by well-meaning Nigerians.

    Oshiomhole is Jittery – Olisa Metuh


    Following the popularity of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has been said to be inciting violence in the state.

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    Oshiomhole’s actions, according to the ruling party, is in a bid for his administration to escape the official investigation which the opposition party claims might open a can of worms. Worms which include: squandering the state’s resources, including huge levies and taxes to finance his campaign for Vice Presidency instead of settling down to develop the state.

    The party also made it known how agitation over the high acceptance of the PDP in the state and has  made Oshiomhole to use the “pull down” plan to stop the spirited trend.Olisa Metuh,the PDP National Publicity Secretary,  in a statement, said Oshiomhole was also embittered by the acceptance of his followers including his aides, top government functionaries, legislators and influential All Progressives Congress leaders into the PDP. In his words… “Having lost the confidence and support of the people due to his despotic, anti-people and undemocratic tendencies, coupled with his colossal administrative failures, Oshiomhole has resorted to violence and blackmail to intimidate and subdue them in line with the agenda of his party,”.

    “This frenetic effort to subvert the will of the people is foolhardy and compares to a fabled tale of a man attempting to eclipse the moon with hands. The fact that Edo is home to the PDP has never been in doubt. In fact, what is happening in Edo State is clearly a case of water finding its level.” PDP alleged that the APC and its government in Edo State have since disconnected from the people. “They have refused to be accountable and that is why the people have abandoned them for the PDP where they found a level playing ground to canvass and fully realize their aspirations and yearnings as a people and individuals.” Olisa revealed.

    However,The people Democratic Party urged well-meaning Nigerians to hold Oshiomhole and the APC, who could not be reached to comment, responsible in the case of any break down of law and order in the state. It would be recalled that just recently Governor Oshiomhole Cancelled the Proposed Teachers’ Competency Test due to the need to reassure Edo workers that the government has no intention to sack anyone but only has the interest of the future of the state’s educational sector at heart.

    Dino Melaye’s wife Alero denies he ever laid hands on her, says they are still together


    Last week, the internet was agog with leaked chats between Dino Melaye’s ex -wife Tokumbo and his current wife, Alero..In the chats,Alero claimed she was tired of being beaten and has left him..She was apologetic to Tokumbo saying she has now felt what his ex went through..Now, she has changed her story saying her never beat her….Her is what she told Stelladimokokorkus

    ‘’Yes,Stella i exchanged SMS with Tokunbo but i only did that because i thought it would remain between us and besides i needed to connect with someone who might understand where i was coming from. Tokunbo sent me a long mail earlier this year detailing all the bad sides of Dino and what she had lived with.At the point i contacted her,some of what she said made sense and because of my state of mind,i stupidly thought i could talk to her about some of her experience which i could relate with.The experience i refer to has nothing to do with violence in any form.The mail she sent me had a phone number and at the time i contacted her i needed to talk.I deeply regret contacting her and I feel bad that she made the contents of our exchange public even though i asked her not to and assumed she would be private about it.
    I also needed her to know that i wasn’t the reason her marriage ended,at the time i met Dino,he told me he was divorced and i believed him.

    On Domestic violence:

    Let me state here now that Dino might be a lot of things but he never beat me and thats the truth.there were just some things i couldn’t handle and that was what i referred to as living in Tokunbo’s hell for six months.i did not say he beat me.saying anything of such would be a big lie.I am not saying this because anyone asked me to, i am only trying to correct a wrong impression that has been blown out of proportion.Dino has never laid a finger on me.keeping quiet on this means consent to the falsehood being spread and I am speaking up now to correct the wrong impression my chat with Tokunbo might have caused.

    On why she left:

    ‘’I left for reasons best known to Dino and i which had nothing to do with any form of Violence towards me. I just needed some space and quiet to think but regardless of my actions and his imperfections,i still hold him in high regard and still love him very much.Dino is a good man but like everyone else he is not perfect and he is still my husband’I said a lot of things concerning Dino to Tokunbo out of anger which i deeply regret but never say never.Life is always full of surprises”.

    My dad made me to join robbery – Suspect


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    The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a gang of armed robbers who specialised in robbing traders and commuters in the early morning hours at the Iyana Oba and Badagry areas of Lagos.
    Members of the four-man gang are Bode Oladejo, who is said to be the ring leader, Christian Opene, Matthew Nwachie, and a yet-to-be identified member, who the police said was still at large.
    Our correspondent learnt that the police received a tip-off about the gang, and the Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, directed the Special Anti-Robbery Squad team, led by Abba Kyari, to go after them.

    It was further learnt that the gang members were arrested on Sunday, June 15, in the Ajegunle area of Lagos after they had returned from an operation.
    The gang, our correspondent gathered, had raided a house on Tona Eradiri Street, Ajegunle, the previous day and dispossessed a man, Mr. Godwin Perebor, and two ladies of N285,000, two Automated Teller Machine cards and their company’s Identity cards, among other valuables.
    It was learnt that the suspects told the police that they usually went to people’s houses at night with weapons such as guns and cutlasses to rob them. They also confessed to have been preparing for another operation on the Sunday they were apprehended by the police.
    Twenty two-year-old Oladejo, who hails from Oro, Kwara State, said, he took to armed robbery because of his father’s irresponsible attitude at home which had also frustrated the family.
    He said, “Since I was 11, I have been tearing people’s nets at night and breaking in to steal their property. I started to do this because my father had been irresponsible at home. Then, we were staying at Ikorodu, Lagos.
    “At a time, the landlord sent us out of the house because my father did not pay up the rent. He travelled to Ibadan. My mother stayed back in Ikorodu. I became a street boy, trying to fend for myself. Since 2003, I have been robbing. It is all because of my father’s irresponsible attitude.
    “I was initially using machetes to rob until I got a gun from one Monday. He sold the gun to me for N30,000. I usually robbed around the Iyana Oba and Okokomaiko areas. But I came to Ajegunle for an operation on that fateful day on the invitation of a gang member, Christian.”
    Oladejo also confessed that he made about N50,000 on each robbery operation he participated in with the gang.
    The second member of the gang, Opene, from Oghara, Delta State, said he invited the gang to rob Perebor, who was also his co-tenant, because the latter offended him.
    He said, “Godwin (Perebor) and I used to work in a factory in the past before I joined the gang. At that firm, one of his friends poured hot water on me during a quarrel. I asked Godwin to take me to his house, but he refused, joining sides with his friend against me.
    “When I joined the gang, I remember the incident and decided to teach him a lesson. That was why I arranged for them to rob him and two other ladies.”
    The third gang member, Nwachie, a 20-year-old from Isele Ukwu, Delta State, said he took to stealing since he was 16, and had robbed several passengers and traders.
    He said, “I was only using cutlasses. It is only Bode who carries a gun. With the money I realised, I took care of myself. But I also used my loot to smoke, drink and to have sex with women.”
    The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, had yet to reply a text message sent to her telephone number as of press time.
    Source:- Punch