Boko Haram: We’ll Defend Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity To The Last Mile, Says FG


labaran-makuThe Federal Government has assured that it will not allow any part of the country to be used as centre for an experimental terror state in West Africa.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, gave the assurance in Abuja on Monday while addressing officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at a workshop on Conflict Prevention, Peace Building and Election Monitoring ahead of the 2015 general elections.

According to Maku, the federal government had utmost confidence in the ability and capacity of the military to defend the honour and uphold the territorial integrity of the nation, warning rampaging insurgents in some states of the North-East that the Armed Forces would wholeheartedly defend the country to the last mile.

“Local and international adventurers that are contending with the destiny of our nation should know that we will defend our country to the last mile.

“We know our responsibility to this country, we know the responsibility of this nation to Africans all over the world and we will do everything within our powers to ensure that our country remains united, indivisible and continues to prosper as the leading state in Africa.

“Let me assure our country that no matter what forces of disunity would want to do, by the grace of Allah and the resolve of this administration and the people of Nigeria, no part of the Nigerian territory will become a centre for an experimental terror state in West Africa”, Maku said.

The minister noted that the current situation called for absolute commitment by the Armed Forces and the citizens of Nigeria to ensure they work together in unity to defeat the evil of insurgency, stressing that conflict prevention was the responsibility of all citizens, security forces, the civil society and all national institutions, adding that it costs much less to prevent conflict than to manage it.

Maku reasoned that most of the conflicts the nation was witnessing could have been prevented by being proactive, instead of waiting for conflict to erupt and fester, saying any human community was liable to conflict, which could be anticipated, hence the need to train people on conflict prevention and peace building.

Jega’s Comments On 2015 Elections Reassuring – APC


APCINECThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has said Nigeria may be able to organize truly free, fair, credible and transparent elections in the nearest future if the recent comments by INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega reflect the thinking of the electoral commission.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said three issues stand out in comments credited to the INEC boss: that hooded security personnel would no longer be allowed during elections, that the security paraphernalia in future elections should be under the control of INEC and that the Commission will use e-card readers for the 2015 general elections.

It said if indeed the INEC boss meant what he said, then it is a breakthrough of sorts in Nigeria’s long quest to hold elections that are not only free, fair and transparent, but are seen to be so by the local and international community.

APC however said it would hold Prof. Jega to his promises to avoid a repeat of the situation in the past when promises made by the electoral chief were not kept.

“During the voter’s registration exercise, Prof. Jega vowed that anyone who engages in double or multiple registration would be prosecuted. However, some parties who probably had an advanced knowledge that his statement was an empty threat apparently encouraged their members to engage in double or multiple registration, thus gaining undue advantage over others, yet they were never prosecuted.

“Also, during the last Ekiti Governorship Election, Prof. Jega announced that colour-coded ballot papers would be used in different local governments to prevent election fraud, but that never happened and no reason was given for the failure. This is why we intend to hold Prof. Jega to every word he said in connection with the key issues mentioned above”, the party said.

APC recalled that before the Osun governorship election earlier this month, the party warned that the use of hooded security personnel would encourage hoodlums with access to police or DSS uniforms to invade the state and perpetrate mayhem in the name of providing security.

“Sadly, that is exactly what happened during the election. In fact, media reports have said at least one person is now being prosecuted after he and others were found wearing black T-shirts with the inscription ‘Police’ in front and ‘DSS’ on its back during the Osun election. Is there any clearer evidence that some of those who came to Osun in hoods were actually fake security agents?” the party queried.

It also recalled that on May 26th, 2014, the APC issued a statement in which it tasked INEC to immediately commence the process that will lead to the use of the e-card reader for the elections in Ekiti and Osun States, if indeed the electoral body is committed to ensuring that the polls are free, fair and transparent.

“If that advice had been heeded by INEC, perhaps the allegations of electoral fraud, and the litigation following the elections in both states, would not have arisen.

“As we said in the May 26th statement, ‘Impersonation, multiple voting and endless altercations and associated tension will be eliminated at the voting centres with the use of e-card reader and not by any other means. Also, the e-card reader will ensure the automatic recording of all accredited voters with verified permanent voter’s cards in such a way that does not lend itself to manipulation, thus preventing the falsification of results at the collation centres’,” APC said.

The party challenged INEC to put its money where its mouth is by using October’s Governorship Election in Adamawa State to test the measures that will ensure credible elections in 2015, including barring hooded security personnel, taking charge of the security men and women to be deployed for the election and using e-card reader to forestall electoral fraud.

Adamawa Guber By-Election: I’m The Right Candidate To Complete Nyako’s Tenure – Ag. Governor


Ahmad-Fintiri-AdamawaDespite the decision by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Adamawa State to zone the governorship slot to the Central Senatorial District, the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has declared the zoning arrangement as a non-issue.

Fintiri, who emerged as acting governor following the impeachment of Murtala Nyako, is one of the aspirants for the PDP ticket ahead of the October 11 by-election.

Speaking to reporters yesterday in Abuja when he came to submit his nomination form, Fintiri said the proclamation of zoning by the party stakeholders for the forthcoming by-election was misplaced.

He argued that zoning should not apply because the October election was not a fresh election, but meant to complete the term of Mr. Nyako.

His words: “It is the turn of the Central in 2015, not 2014. What we are contesting now is 2014 election. What we are striving for now is to spend the rest of the tenure of the last governor, Murtala Nyako”.

When asked if he would make himself available in 2015 if he picked the party’s ticket and ultimately won the by-election, Fintiri answered in the affirmative.

“It is my wish that I wouldn’t contest the 2015 election, but if it is the wish of the Adamawa people, why not?”

The acting governor, who claimed to be on a restoration mission, further declared that the former EFCC chairman and fellow aspirant, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, was no threat to his ambition.

He said: “I am the right person to continue, because I am the leader of the rescue team. We need to consolidate, so that by 2015, we shall handover to a new government in 2015.

“I am not threatened by the ambition of anybody. They are the ones threatened. How can I be threatened by Ribadu? Where is his structure? What is his base in PDP that I will be afraid of him?”

Insurgency: NEMA Laments Increasing Number Of Displaced Persons In N’East


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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has decried the increasing number of displaced persons as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, saying it has been faced with growing challenges of handling the daily surge of internally displaced persons at established camps in the North-East.

Information officer of NEMA, North-East zone, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, said the weekend attack by Boko Haram on Madagali, Adamawa State, where many of the fleeing residents of Gwoza were already taking refuge, had led to another challenge for the agency.

The agency said it had registered about 12,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) already at the Madagali camp but with weekend’s attack, it is now faced with another challenge of establishing more IDPs.

Mr. Ibrahim said notwithstanding, NEMA has continued to provide succour for victims of insurgency at different IDPs camps in Adamawa, Borno and Gombe states.

He said a team, led by the North-East zonal coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Muhammed Kanar, had continued to take charge of the humanitarian crisis situation in the affected areas having relocated there for now.

The information officer assured that some IDPs who fled to Yola, the Adamawa State capital, would soon be registered and put in established camps, adding that the agency had started working with the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) to keep track of those trooping into the state for refuge.

“The team is working in conjunction with the ADSEMA which has also reported a new influx of the Gwoza IDPS to Yola, the state capital. The new IDP’s are camped at Karewa Primary School and the Labour house in Jimeta.

“The executive secretary of ADSEMA, Haruna Furo, had told NEMA that preparations are in top gear to transfer the IDPs to a central location at the NYSC camp in Yola, the state capital”, he stated.

Ebola: Nigeria private, public schools to remain closed till October 13


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The federal government yesterday suspended the resumption of both public and private primary and secondary schools in the country till October 13, 2014.

Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau made the announcement after meeting with states’ commissioners of education to discuss the risk posed by the dreaded Ebola virus disease in the education sector.

The minister said: “All primary and secondary schools, both public and private are to remain closed until Monday, 13th October, 2014, which is the new school resumption date for all schools throughout the federation.

“This is to ensure that adequate preventive measures are put in place before the students report back to school.

“All state Ministries of Education are to immediately organize and ensure that at least, two staff in each school, both public and private are trained by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola and also embark on immediate sensitization of all teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools on preventive measures. This training of staff must be concluded not later than 15th September, 2014.”

He further directed that, “ All state Ministries of education should establish a working and monitoring team for effective supervision of school activities before and after opening of schools. Each state ministry of education should appoint a designated desk officer not later than 1st September, 2014, who should also receive appropriate training and who must report on daily basis to the honourable Commissioner on situation in the schools. The names of such desk officers, their phone numbers and e-mail addresses should be communicated to the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Education not later than 1st September, 2014.

“All primary and secondary schools, both public and private, should be provided with a minimum of two (2) blood pressure measuring equipment by the state ministries of education. The state ministries should determine the number of such equipment required and forward same to the Federal Ministry of Education not later than 1st SWeptember. [They] will liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that appropriate equipment are procured.”

Shekarau stressed that all the above measures also apply in all federal government colleges. He directed that all ongoing summer schools in both public and private schools be suspended with immediate effect.

“All private primary and secondary schools must comply with the directives given under these preventive measures. State governments are called upon to support their state ministries of education with all necessary funds to ensure effective implementation of these preventive measures.”

The federal government also directed all states government to sanction any private or public school that doesn’t comply with the directives.

The Minister added that, “Our concern is for the children and we would go to any length to ensure both private and public schools comply. You can imagine if a child is infected in a boarding school of say about 600 children; it would be very dangerous.

“We are not saying there is Ebola in all states of the federation, but we are putting preventive measures in place.”

Chris Giwa emerge as new NFF president


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Chairman of Nigeria Professional League side Giwa Football Club, Christopher Giwa, has been elected as the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Giwa received 27 votes, to beat former vice-president Mike Umeh, who got only two votes. 29 members out of 44 participated in the voting exercise.

The elections were held, after some NFF chieftains including the Musa Adamu, the Secretary General were arrested by men from the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and detained.

After the storm calmed a bit, Frank Ike Chude then swore in the elected officials.

Juliet Ibrahim Speaks About Her Short-Lived Romance With Nollywood’s Ik Ogbonna


A romantic relationship existing between sexy Nollywood actor, Ik Ogbonna and curvaceous Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim became known when he apologized to her via youtube,

But it seems the apology was not accepted because fast forward to a couple of months later, it appears the relationship never existed…..In a recent chat, Juliet says of the ‘romantic relationship’:

“I have no reaction. I am in the public eye, I hear stories about myself every morning. You shouldn’t expect me to react to everything I hear or read.I believe the media needs to focus on more important issues at the moment such as the deadly Ebola virus, please, help create awareness and stop bothering yourselves about rumours.”

 

Culled from Encomium

Lampard Calls Time on International Football


Midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from England duty after 15 years.

The 36-year-old earned 106 caps since making his debut in October 1999.

He said in a statement released by his management company: “I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup.”

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Lampard ended his 13-year stay at Chelsea in the summer and is currently on loan at Manchester City from Major League Soccer side New York City.

He added: “I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.

“Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first – also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football.

“It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that, with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.

“I would like to thank all the managers that I have worked under, all the players that I have been fortunate enough to play alongside, and all the England fans for their support, not only at home, but particularly on their travels with the team around the world.

“I now look forward to continuing to support the team as a fan and wish them every success for the upcoming campaign towards France 2016.”

Lampard made his England debut in 1999 at the age of 21, but it was not until UEFA EURO 2004 that he played in a major championships. Since then he has appeared at every major tournament England have qualified for, including three FIFA World Cup finals. He is the joint sixth most-capped player in England history, level with Bobby Charlton, while his 29 international goals puts him joint ninth on the country’s list of top goalscorers.

The Londoner’s decision comes little more than a month after long-time central midfield partner and England captain Steven Gerrard ended his England career, marking the end of an era for the national team. Lampard’s final England game came against Costa Rica at the World Cup in Brazil, when he captained the already-eliminated team in a 0-0 draw.

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Major Facts About Gospel Singer Yinka Ayefele You Didn’t Know About


Sensational singer and entertainer, Yinka Ayefele needs no introduction to many Nigerians especially to those in the western part of the country.   Ayefele is considered to be one of the best Juju singers in the West, even though he became handicapped due to a fatal motor accident.

He hails from

Ekiti state, south western part of Nigeria.  He is the first born of his parents, born in 1968.  Ayefele completed his Primary and Secondary education at Ipoti-Ekiti in Ondo state.

He went further to Ondo state College of arts from where he got a diploma.

Ayefele worked as a broadcast journalist before venturing into music. He began his career as a freelance journalist with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria {FRCN}, Ibadan, Nigeria and later joined Radio Nigeria in 1990 or thereabout.

His music career did not begin until he suffered the fatal accident that nearly claimed his life in 1997. Although Ayefele has been confined to a wheel chair after a spinal cord injury, it didn’t stop him from developing his music talents and went ahead to become a household name.

Yinka Ayefele’s songs are dynamic in nature.  His songs are a blend of Gospel, Juju, Fuji and sometimes Makosa. His his first album was titled Bitter experience.

The album, Bitter experience, was said to have motivated his second album – Sweet experience.

He turned his ordeals to success within few years and soared higher as the years went by. He remains the most sought-after entertainer at parties. And he charges as much as N5-6m per event depending on the location.

He charges 2.5 million naira for events in Lagos and the environs and five to six million naira for events in Abuja, depending the time of the year. Ayefele is booked all round the year and has more than eight events per mouth. He charges about $10,000 for events abroad.

Properties

The sensational singer has a huge office complex, Yinka Ayefele’s Music House, which houses his office, studio, and other businesses. The Music House cost him roughly N150m to complete. He has another magnificent Penthouse building which caught fire only this August, but was put out before any damage could be done. The Penthouse is his second house in Ibadan apart from his Music House. The Penthouse is worth over 150 million naira.

Ayefele has a magnificent 32-room hotel in Ibadan called “the Downtown hotel.” He also has a world class house in his home town. He has succeeded in building a befitting apartment for his dad and another one for his mum which cost millions of naira.

Foundation

Ayefele has a foundation for spinal cord injuries. He has helped a lot of people get access to treatment and provided wheel chairs as well. He also has a scholarship scheme as he is sending a lot of impoverished children to school. In his own village, he has built and set up a computer school in his Alma Mater. His workers and band members are not left out on his charitable lifestyle as he has succeeded in empowering them to the extent that more than 50% of his workers have built their own houses. He shares the money ‘sprayed’ on him during his shows with his band members at the ratio of 2-8, taking the lesser part.

Cars, clothes and perfumes

Yinka Ayefele is a car frk.  Hs he has a lot of cars in his , arage mostly SUVs. He has a black Ford Explorer, 2014, worth 14 million naira. He also has a Land Cruiser worth 12 million naira and other cars too numerous to mention.  Ayefele spends a lot of money on clothes and expensive perfumes.

 

Culled from Vanguard

B-T-S Photos: Dammy Krane – ‘In Case Of Incasity’ Ft. Davido


get-attachment_aspx-171A few days after releasing the digital version of his debut album, “The Enterkraner”Afro-Pop sensation, Dammy Krane, shot the video for one of the breakout singles from the album, “In Case Of Incasity” featuring HKN Boss, Davido.

The music video was shot at Club Caliente in Victoria Island, Lagos by Clarence Peters and supported by Moet and Chandon & Digifon. The Video is expected to drop in a couple of weeks.

Here are some of the pictures from the video shoot.

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Di Maria Completes Manchester United Move In British Record Fee


Angel Di Maria has completed his move to Manchester United for a British record fee of £59.7 million.

“Angel joins on a five-year contract,” the club said in a statement.

The winger who had turned down the option of remaining with Spanish giants Real Madrid expressed delight at his move to Old Trafford where he is expected to help the team’s resurgence after last season bismal display.

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“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United,” said Di Maria.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for,” said the 26-year-old Argentine.

He was full of praise for Manager Louis van Gaal, whom he called “a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success.”

With the move shrouded in secrecy by the club over the past few days now done, Di Maria expressed readiness to help the team’s vision.

“I now just cannot wait to get started.”

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Van Gaal, who has refused comments on the transfer while negotiations lasted also expressed delight at Di Maria’s arrival.

Extolling the qualities of the former Benfica star, the manager said “There is no doubting his immense natural talent.

“He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence.

“His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.”

Free Agent Eto’O Joins Everton


Four-time Caf Player of the Year Samuel Eto’O has signed a two-year deal with Everton on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old Cameroon striker successfully completed a medical at Finch Farm on Tuesday and is in line to make his debut against Chelsea- his latest former side- this Saturday.

Eto’O said: “I am very happy to be here, I am looking forward greatly to putting on the Blue shirt of Everton.

“I have been very impressed by the style of play Everton adopt. I could see straight away that at this club I will have the opportunity to play football. I had the chance to speak with the manager over the last few days and we agreed that this was what we would do.

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“I was impressed with his enthusiasm but also by the knowledge of football that Roberto Martinez carries, his vision of football and how he reads football. I still think I can learn a great deal from him here.”

He was released by Chelsea at the end of last season after his one-year contract expired. He scored 12 goals in 35 appearances after joining the Stamford Bridge club from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala last August.

The four-time Caf Player of the Year recipient won the Uefa Champions League with Barcelona (3) and Inter Milan (1).

He also won the La Liga thrice at the Nou Camp, before he moved to Barcelona in 2009 as part of a deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move in the opposite direction.

He scored 53 goals in 101 appearances at the San Siro before joining Anzhi in a bumper deal.

Manager Roberto Martinez signed Belgian centre-forward Romelu Lukaku on a permanent deal and Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu on loan, both from Chelsea this summer. Eto’O will render more options in the ‘Toffees’s’ forward line alongside Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone.

Martinez said: “I met him and we had a very good chat about football in general and I was impressed about the hunger he still has.

“For someone who has achieved nearly everything, he still has the desire he had at 15 when he went to Spain and showed what he could do. For many reasons he has got a point to prove.

“We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him. The fans will make him ready and feel sharp but we have got to be a bit patient with the fitness levels and make sure he is back to his best.”

Eto has scored a record 56 goals in 118 international caps.

Jigawa: 1350 Traditional Rulers To Be Trained In Mediation


About 1,350 traditional rulers and other stakeholders will be trained in mediation known as ‘Sulhu’ at the summit on Justice System Reform Commission seen as a strategic effort towards strengthening the rule of law.

Jigawa State Governor Sule lamido has declared the summit open in Dutse, the state capital.

According to the governor, Justice for all is the ingredient for good governance which includes the rule of law in the society, tolerance, freedom of speech, integrity among others.

Chairman of the Commission, who is also the Chairman of the occasion, Honourable Justice Tijjani Abubakar said the Justice for all intervention has resulted in quick, fair and equitable dispute resolution under the traditional justice reform in two pilot districts of Dutse and Sakwaya both in Dutse Emirate.

According to him, Justice for all, in conjunction with the commission has trained 238 traditional rulers in two pilot districts on mediation. He stated that this was achieved through a strong collaborative effort of both state government and the chairmen of the 27 local government areas.

He informed the people that another batch of 191 traditional rulers comprising of Council members and district heads from the five Emirates of the state are being trained in “Nigerian legal system, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) ‘sulhu’, record keeping and other documentations”.

Others areasof training, according to him, are Observance of human rights issues under the law, and development of code of ethics.

FG Approves Dredging Of Calabar Channel


President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the dredging of Calabar channel to boost the economy of Cross River and the country.

The Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, made this known when he received South-South and South-East traditional rulers led by Edmund Daukoru, the Amanyanabo of Nembe, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Umar said the delay in the dredging of Calabar channel had impacted negatively on the economic activities of Cross River and the entire country.

“The delay had also affected the economic fortunes of the area and the entire country. Tinapa Resort, Calabar has been a little bit dormant because of the non-functionality of the channel.

“At last the matter has been concluded and President Goodluck Jonathan has graciously approved that work should commence at the channel.

“The remaining part of the channel that has not been dredged will now be dredged and the Calabar Channel Management Company will take charge of the capital and maintenance,” he said.

The minister thanked the council on the approval granted by the president for the commencement of work at the Calabar channel.

He said the present administration was determined to transform the transport sector, saying that government had revitalised the railway system, which had been out of operation for two decades.

The minister said that the Federal Executive Council had also approved development of additional deep seaports which included Lekki, Badagry, Ibaka and Warri seaports, in an effort to improve the maritime sector.

He said the present administration recognised the support and continuous cooperation of the council of traditional rulers.

Earlier, Daukoru commended the Federal Government over the contract, and described the approval of the presidency as gratifying news.

According to the monarch, the economic significant of the award of the contract is enormous.

“The Calabar port is of strategic importance because it links Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos and any effort made to open up the port will improve the country’s economic growth.

“Any kind of maritime activities in Cross River generally will be of immediate benefit to the entire geo-political zone,’’ he said.

The delay was caused by some controversial issues surrounding the award of the dredging contract since 2005. [Vanguard]

Boko Haram: Seizure Of Nigerian Towns, Fleeing Of Soldiers Embarrassing – APC


The increasing seizure of Nigerian towns by the terrorist group Boko Haram and the reported fleeing of 480 Nigerian soldiers to Cameroon during an attack on a military base in Gamboru-Ngala on Monday is a big embarrassment for the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has noted.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address Nigerians on the worsening security situation in the northern part of the country that has allowed Boko Haram to proclaim its rule over a part of the nation’s territory.

According to the party, Nigeria faces the biggest threat to its unity and territorial integrity since the country’s civil war. President Jonathan must therefore put partisanship aside and rally the nation against Boko Haram, which by all indications seems to be getting bolder and stronger, “to such an extent that the group is now hoisting its flag over parts of the nation’s territory.”

APC also restated its call for an urgent national stakeholders’ conference on security that will cut across party lines to help fashion a solution to what has now become a clear and present danger to the survival of Nigeria, while pledging its unalloyed support for any sincere effort by the Federal Government to end the insurgency as quickly as possible.

The opposition party suggested the first step: President Jonathan should immediately halt the “illegal electioneering campaign” by his Ministers, other appointees and supporters. Nigeria must survive as a nation before any party or individual can rule over it.

“These campaigns, ostensibly by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) but in truth being bankrolled by the Federal Government, offends national sensibilities at a time our citizens are being daily slaughtered and our troops are struggling against the terrorists who are bent on balkanizing our nation.

“Needless to remind Nigerians that over 200 school girls remain missing more than 130 days after they were abducted,” the party said, adding; “The President must put politics aside for now and lead the nation to defeat Boko Haram.”

APC also charged the military to fashion out ways of living up to its constitutional responsibility of maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity and quit politicking.

“Nigeria has never had it so bad. The country’s military that was being hailed worldwide for its sterling performance at global peacekeeping missions has now reached a level where its troops are deserting, engaging in mutiny or simply unwilling to fight.

“There is no way to spin what happened on Monday, when 480 Nigerian soldiers escaped to Cameroon. The Ministry of Defence called it ‘tactical manoeuvre’, but did not explain how soldiers fighting insurgents along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon will foray 80 kilometres into Cameroon! Also, if the Nigerian troops’ foray into Cameroon was in the spirit of the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the terrorists, as some spin doctors have said, why were the Nigerian soldiers disarmed and then herded into schools in Maroua, 80kms from the Nigerian border?

“The issue that should agitate the minds of Nigerians now is whether our troops are adequately equipped to battle Boko Haram and, if not, what has happened to the funds allocated for such in the past. As we said in our earlier comments on this issue, between 2010 and 2014, a total of US$14 billion was allocated for defence, security and the police. What has happened to these funds?

“Nigerians must start asking questions rather than just blaming soldiers. Nigerians must ask why the alarm raised by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno concerning the low morale and lack of necessary fighting equipment by the military was dismissed on the altar of partisanship. Nigerians must ask what next, if a rag tag band of marauders are now carving out territories for themselves in our nation. Things cannot and must not continue like this,” APC said.

Boko Haram: 8 Out Of 35 Missing Policemen In Gwoza Attack Found


Eight of 35 policemen missing during an attack on the Police Mobile Force training camp at Gwoza, Borno by Boko Haram insurgents, have been found, Police said on Tuesday.

Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Emmanuel Ojukwu, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said the officers were found in the last two days.

Insurgents had on August 20 attacked the training camp, having attacked it earlier on Aug. 7, but was unsuccessful as the policemen repelled the attack.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, had since ordered that security be tightened in and around all police facilities across the country.

Ojukwu expressed hope that more of the men would be found with the ongoing search and rescue efforts.

Sokoto Youth Leaders Okays Govt Borrowing, Slams Protesters


Coalition of Sokoto State Youth and Students Leaders (CSYSL), has called on youths in the state to stop further protest against state government’s plans to borrow money for developmental purposes, noting that the state is empowered by the law to borrow for such purpose.

It also described an earlier protest in the state as the handiwork of enemies of the government, advising that youths should avoid being used to achieve political ends.

“It is surprising that some youths are engaging in activities that are capable of tarnishing the image of Sokoto State over an issue that has constitutional backing.

“It is a known fact that constituted authorities are empowered by the law to borrow funds to finance developmental projects. And the Federal Government is the highest beneficiary of this constitutional backing.

“We the authentic youths and students are calling on those that are not in the know of the position of the law, to desist from sponsored and stage-managed activities in the name of protest capable of breaching the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” the CSYSL statement read.

The statement was signed by Messrs. Kassim Nakura, Deputy Coordinator Zone A, National Association of Nigerian Students,NANS; Abdulrahaman Aliyu, General Coordinator, Coalition of Sokoto Youth Associations; Abubakar Salame, Vice President, North-West, National Youth Council; Abdulrahaman Bawa, Deputy Speaker Northern Youth Assembly and Suleiman Mamud, Youth Initiative for Development and Accountability.

Celtic crash out of the Uefa Champions League


Celtic’s attempt in qualifying for the second time to the Champions League group stages ended in regret as a Marcos Tavares goal gave visitors NK Maribor a 1-0 win and 2-1 aggregate triumph in total

They were handed a lifeline when Legia Warsaw, who annhilated them in the third round match 6-1, fielded an ineligible player.

Celtic’s vibrant start almost saw them draw first blood as early as the fifth minute when Berget’s sleek cut-back was turned just wide of his own goal by Slovenia defender Marko Suler.

The Hoops came close to scoring again but van Dijk blew a chance by sending his header wide.

They were made to rue their missed opportunities in the 76 minute when Brazilian footballer Macros Tavares lofted a shot over a hapless Gordon and into the net

Benin Christian Group Protests Killing Of Pastor By Boko Haram


The Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF), Benin Chapter has condemned the killing of one its members in Bauchi State, Pastor Blessing Ehiorobo by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

In a statement by its President, Mrs. Uche Chiejina, the fellowship said that the murder of Pastor Ehiorobo, an indigene of Edo State, was “barbaric, vexatious and unacceptable to the Christian community.”

NCGF described as unacceptable, the seeming attempt to Islamise some parts of the North by some Muslim fundamentalists, which had led to the murder of thousands of Christians and destruction of churches in that part of the country.

The fellowship therefore Called on religious groups in the country to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, respect for the sanctity of life. It also charged security agencies and governments at all levels to live up to their duties of protecting lives and property in all parts of Nigeria.

It warned that the patience of Nigerian Christians should not be taken for granted by those who now take delight in attacking Christians and destroying worship centres.

NCGF also enjoined believers to be more prayerful, be supportive of missionary activities and to resist the “obvious annihilation of Christianity in northern Nigeria,” adding that holiness and righteousness should not be compromised for any material gain.

It appealed to members of the fellowship across the country to support the widows and children of the slain members and remember them in prayers.

Police Nab Two Beninoise With Human Skull In Lagos


Two nationals of Benin Republic, named Gerard Djassau and Sassau Djimon have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command after they were caught with a human skull in a box.

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Djassau, who claimed to be a herbalist in Benin Republic was nabbed with the human skull on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

He was first arrested by policemen from the Badagry Police Division before the case was later transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state command.

It was gathered by Punch that the duo confessed to the crime.

Upon interrogation, 32-year-old Djassau said he got the skull from one of his herbalist friend in his community in Cotonou, Benin Republic and he was taking it to the second suspect, Djimon, who is also a herbalist and lives at Owode Egba, Abeokuta, Ogun State and was expecting him to bring the skull from Benin to his house.

I have come to Nigeria only once, and that was last year. During that visit, I came to see a fellow practitioner in Abeokuta, Ogun State. That was also the time I met Djimon. I told him that I would come later to meet him.

Djassau, who is married with two children, said he needed more powers to treat more ailments and so got the parts which would be needed to seek these powers. He however said they don’t kill people in his community but get the parts from whoever was killed by mysterious means such as thunder, lightning and others.

The other suspect, 28-year-old Djimon said he was expecting Djassau to pay him a visit, but had no idea he was bringing a human skull.

I did not know he was bringing a human skull until I saw the police in my house to arrest me,” he said.

The former Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, AIG Umar Manko, has reportedly directed the SARS operatives, led by Abba Kyari, to take over the case and get to the root of the matter.

This is not the first time the police will be arresting people with human parts. Some days back, two popular herbalists, who deal in the sales of human parts, were arrested by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja.

Why I Dropped Presidential Ambition –Ribadu


Former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission boss,  Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has given reasons why he dumped his presidential aspirations for governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Adamawa State governorship poll.

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Punch reports that Ribadu who was once a former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, spoke to newsmen yesterday revealing that his intention to serve the people at any level was what made him change his mind.

While submitting his nomination form at the national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja yesterday,  Ribadu said: “Everything in my life has been about public service. I’m prepared to serve in any capacity. “If you ask me to come and be a sweeper of any street in any part of the country, I’m ready to do that. I don’t even have power of my own in any part.”

He further noted that he is not a bit disturbed about the fact that the PDP has not given all defected members a waiver which can give them them the chance to participate in the party’s primaries which is just by the corner.

”I am not worried about the waiver. I have followed the rules. I am a law and order person. I have done my own bit and I will wait for the party to do their own. That part is not my responsibility,” he noted.

Although the PDP’s constitution disallows new members and returnees from vying for any political posts until after two years, except there is a waiver, the EFCC boss and other new members who defected from APC to the PDP have however not been given a waiver, even after paying a huge fine.

The fine is the politicians’ only passport to participate in the primary, which will produce the party’s candidate for the October 11 election. Aspirants for the prestigious post include the former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Modibbo; Acting Governor of the state, Ahmed Fintiri; former Presidential Adviser, Ahmed Gulak; and the former ACN governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Marcus Gundiri. Others are former Lagos State Military Administrator, Buba Marwa; Dr. Umar Ardo, Senator Ahmed Girei, Gen. A.A.Kana (retd.), Awwal Tukur and Aliyu Idi-Hong.

However, Modibbo implored the party executives saying: “People should be allowed to contest. We should not pay too much attention to consensus. Our tragedy in the state was that we did not do the proper thing when we chose the past leader.”

 

It would be recalled that just recently, the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Working Committee had a meeting but surprisingly, the issue of waiver for the newly-defected  Adamawa State governorship aspirant, Malam Nuhu Ribadu and others was not discussed.

See Don Jazzy’s Sweet Message To His Parents As They Mark Wedding Anniversary


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Producer extraordinaire — Don Jazzy is a total replica of his mum; if you have seen her then you would know what I’m talking about.

Don Jazzy’s parents just celebrated their anniversary and their millionaire son has gone on his IG page to wish them a happy anniversary.

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Tiwa Savage Flies Into UK For Mother’s Birthday


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Superstar singer and Mavin records’ first lady — Tiwa Savage made a great gesture as she flew private to the UK to mark her mum’s birthday.

The talented singer’s mum was a year older recently and her family threw her a private birthday dinner in London yesterday.

Tiwa flew into the UK to surprise her mum.

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2Face Idibia’s Family Issues Official Statement On Father’s Death


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We’ve all by now heard of the sad demise of Tubaba’s father to prostrate Cancer. The family has officially released a report on his death.

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‘With sadness in our hearts, but with gratitude to God for a life well spent, we announce the passing on of our father, brother, uncle and in-law, Michael Agbo Idibia, a native of Okpokwu Idumoga in Benue State.

Born on July 25, 1946, Mr. Idibia is an alumnus of Kansas State University, USA, and retired from the Ministry of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State. Survived by wife, Mrs. Rose Owoyi Idibia, children: Steven Idibia, Innocent ’2face’ Idibia‎, Hyacinth Idibia and Oche Idibia, grand-children, and siblings.

Burial arrangements will be announced by the family. We plead with the media and the general public to respect the privacy of the family in this difficult time.

Thank you.
The Idibia Family’.

Ibinabo Fiberesima Gets African Woman Of Worth Award In Atlanta


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She might not be the most favorite AGN president the association has ever had but some people seem to recognized her worth.

Over the weekend, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Ibinabo Fiberesima was honored with the African Woman of Worth Award at the 6th edition of the Africa Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC).

The event took place at the Banquet Hall, Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia, Atlanta, Georgia.

For the event, Ibinabo selected this Rikaoto Ankara dress which features embellished sheer sleeves, a plunging neckline and a long skirt.

According to the organisation, Ibinabo was honoured for her tireless efforts she has put in the making of African film and entertainment and recognised for her leadership qualities which has helped in the development of women status in Nigeria.

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I Won’t Apologise To Defectors, Says Oshiomhole


Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has made his stand known against members of the All Progressives Congress who defected to opposition party.

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Punch reports that the state governor said he would not apologise in any way to former members of the APC at the presentation of staff of office to Alhaji Jackson Etokhana as the Oghieavhianwu of Avhianwu.

Oshiomhole who described how traditional rulers need to be at alert so as to identify politicians who do not have the interest of the people at heart, said:  “So, those who defect because I do not put money in their pockets, let them continue to defect; no apology. Everybody will be remembered when they write the history of politics in Afemai land.”

“We must use every opportunity to educate our people. This afternoon, your Royal Highnesses, I am not asking you to go and carry party cards. I only ask you and your chiefs to educate our people to distinguish politicians, who will stand only when it is good for their family, not when it is good for the larger community.

He further continued by saying: ”I want it to be said that when I left office, our people started distinguishing thieves from real politicians. Our people must learn to begin to interrogate all manners of political miscreants, who come wanting to cash in on the poverty of our people. I always say that to be poor is not to be crazy. So, we must be clear.

“Those who called for Afemai Agenda believing that when an Afemai man becomes the governor, he will carry state money and share to them. And once they do not get it, they abandon Afemai Agenda and now they have turned only to the agenda of their stomach infrastructure. “You will always be governed by politicians, whether you like it or not, but you must carefully select your politicians on the basis of those who understand that state power is not for the private comfort of those around the state operators.”

However, Oshiomhole promised that neither him nor his administration would interfere with traditional matters as he has great respect for the culture of the land. He further used the opportunity to clear himself saying he would not “sponsor anybody to write a petition against any royal father,” hence, the need for all traditional rulers in the state to be in harmony with his administration.

He assured the newly installed royal father, Alhaji Jackson Etokhana, as well as the entire people of Avhianwu Clan, of government’s continuous support in the provision of infrastructural facilities to the community.

 

It would be recalled that just recently, the Edo State government, in a bid to keep the people of the state in a healthy state, has set up a committee over the Ebola Virus Disease rampage in the  country.

Car Crushes Man To Death While Watching Football Match


There was pandemonium at a popular viewing centre along Sani Abacha Road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital in the early hours of yesterday, August 25, when a 26-year-old man was crushed to death while watching the Super Falconets of Nigeria and Germany Under-20  Female World Cup final.

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The incident occurred at about 1.30 a.m while he was watching the match alongside other viewers who scampered for safety.

Most of the eyewitnesses could not explain how the driver of the Honda Sports Utility Van, SUV crashed into the crowd of football fans and fun seekers in the bar.

It was gathered by Vanguard that the driver of the car rammed into the crowd as he attempted to drive out of the car wash section of the bar where the vehicle was parked.

“The driver must have stepped fully on the accelerator and drove straight at us. I and some other dived out of his path but the boy was unlucky. The vehicle crushed him and dragged him into the club,” an eyewitness said.

Another customer identified simply as Biggy escaped death by the whiskers while two other girls were said to have sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the hospital.

It would be recalled that during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, three Chinese football fans reportedly died after staying up all night to watch matches broadcast from Brazil.

Court Stops FG From Sacking Doctors


The National Industrial Court restrained the Federal Government yesterday from terminating the appointment of over 15,000 resident doctors.

The court restrained the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of 37 medical institutions across the country from sacking the suspended doctors.
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President Goodluck Jonathan, last week, in a memorandum through the Federal Ministry of Health, ordered the indefinite suspension of resident doctors and the employment of contract doctors for a renewable six-month period.

But the registered trustee of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in a Motion on Notice filed before Justice Babatunde Adejumon against the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Minister of Health, the 37 CMDs of university teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres, challenged the government’s action.

In his ruling, Justice Adejumon ordered that a status quo ante be maintained, pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed by the resident doctors. This means the doctors would also have to call off their strike and both parties return to the state at which things were before the strike.

On the suspension of training programmes for doctors, the court directed the claimant (the NMA) to put all the respondents on notice.

It said the issue would be better addressed when both parties joined issues before the court.

“On the second prayer (termination of appointment), it is the order of the court that since there is yet to be proof that the order has been carried out, the third to 39th respondents (Chief Medical Directors) are hereby restrained either by themselves, agents, privies or any other person from serving member of the Registered Trustee of the Nigerian Medical Association with any letter of termination if same had not been served on them before today (August 25, 2014),” the court ruled yesterday.

The resident doctors, in a Motion on Notice dated August 18, filed by their lawyer, Alex Akoja, brought pursuant to Order 14 Rule 1(1, 2and3) of the National Industrial Court Civil Procedure Rule, 2007, sought for an order restraining the respondents or their privies from executing or giving effect to the directive contained in the letter of August 13, suspending the Residency Training Programme for doctors, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

Besides, the resident doctors prayed the court for an interim injunction restraining the respondent, especially the CMDs of teaching hospitals across the country, from issuing letters of termination of residency training appointment to resident doctors.

In a 19-paragraph affidavit of urgency deposed to by Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki, the doctors averred that over 10 years ago, the claimant (NMA) has had several face-offs with the Federal Government on government’s failure to develop health care delivery system in line with global yearnings, poor work package and environments of medical practitioners in the country.

The claimant said it was surprised to see a letter, dated August 13, purportedly suspending the residency programmes for doctors.

The doctors added that a prototype letter of termination of employment of resident doctors was further forced on the third to 39 respondents (CMDs).

They said the letter was issued without the approval of the National Assembly and consultations with statutory bodies established to manage the residency programme.

The claimant added that if the respondents were not retained, it would affect and cause fundamental damages to the health care industry.

The matter was adjourned till September 17 for hearing of the Motion on Notice.

Presence Of Nigerian Soldiers In Cameroon A Military Tactic – DHQ


The Defence authorities on Monday explained that the Nigerian troops crossed over to the Cameroonian side of the border during the battle with the insurgents while making a tactical manouver.
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A statement on official website of the Nigeria military, defenceinfo.mil.ng, stated that the Nigerian troops had to submit their weapons to the Cameroonian authorities to show that they were not on any offensive against the country in line with standard practice.

It added that the troops were on their way to Nigeria after the matter was sorted out by the authorities of both countries.

The statement added that it was wrong to describe the presence of the soldiers in Cameroon as defection in view of discussions between the military leaderships of Nigeria and Cameroon and contacts made with the soldiers about their safety.

It said, “The Nigerian troops that were found in Cameroon was as a result of a sustained battle between the troops and the terrorists around the borders with Cameroon which saw the Nigerian troops charging through the borders in a tactical manoeuvre.

“Eventually they found themselves on Cameroonian soil. Being allies the normal protocol of managing such incident demanded that the troops submit their weapons in order to assure the friendly country that they were not on a hostile mission.

“Following necessary discussions between Nigerian and Cameroonian military authorities, the issues have been sorted out. Subsequently, the troops are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria.

“The reference to the incidence as a defection is therefore not appropriate considering the discussion between the two countries’ military leadership and the series of contacts with the soldiers who have confirmed that they are safe.”

The statement added that troops encountered a group of insurgents who were attempting to enter the country through Gamboru Ngala in a gun battle and were still in pursuit of them.

“Meanwhile, troops are repelling a group of terrorists who are trying to enter the country through Gamboru Ngala. A group of them who fizzled into the town are being pursued,” it added.

Everton Close in on Eto’O Deal


Everton are close to signing veteran Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’O, who was released by Chelsea at the end of last season.

The Goodison park outfit are believed to have reached a provisional agreement with the 33-year-old on a two-year-deal.

Eto’O’s contract expired early July and was not offered a new one by the Stamford Bridge club. He scored 12 goals in 35 appearances after joining from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala last August.

Samuel Eto'O Rues a Missed Chance During a Premier League Game Last Season.

Manager Roberto Martinez has moved to bolster the ‘Toffees’ attack, with the Mersey side club due to compete in Europe this season. They have already added Belgian centre-forward Romelu Lukaku on a permanent deal and Christian Atsu on loan, both from Chelsea this summer.

Liverpool and AC Milan are reportedly among a host of clubs to have shown interest in the 33-year-old free agent.

The four-time Caf Player of the Year recipient won the Uefa Champions League with Barcelona (3) and Inter Milan (1).

He also won the La Liga thrice at the Nou Camp, before he moved to Barcelona in 2009 as part of a deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move in the opposite direction.

He scored 53 goals in 101 appearances at the San Siro before joining Anzhi in a bumper deal.

I’ve No Apologies For APC Defectors – Oshiomhole


Adams OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that he has no apology to tender to those who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a rival party, saying he will never divert the state’s resources meant for development to the defectors.

The governor, who spoke at the presentation of staff of office to Alhaji Jackson Etokhana, as the Oghieavhianwu of Avhianwu, urged the traditional ruler to educate his people to support only politicians who have the interest of the larger population at heart, rather than personal interest.

“We must use every opportunity to educate our people. I am not asking you to go and carry party cards, I only ask you and your chiefs to educate our people to distinguish politicians who will stand only when it is good for their family, not when it is good for the larger community. I want it to be said that when I left office, our people started distinguishing thieves from real politicians.

“Our people must learn to begin to interrogate all manners of political miscreants who come wanting to cash in on the poverty of our people. I always say that to be poor is not to be crazy, so we must be clear”, he said.

The governor added: “So those who decamped, because I do not put money in their pockets, let them continue to decamp. I have no apologies for them and everybody will be remembered when they write the history of politics in Afemai land. Those who called for Afemai agenda, believing that when an Afemai man becomes the governor, he will carry state money and share to them; and once they do not get it, they abandon Afemai agenda. Now, they have turned only to the agenda of ‘stomach’ infrastructure”.

Oshiomhole assured that the government under his watch will never interfere with the traditional institution, just as he will not sponsor anybody to write a petition against any traditional ruler.

“This government believes that the foundation for peace and stability requires that we respect not only the traditional institution, but also the traditional rulers who sit on the various thrones”, he said.

PDP’ll Not Pick Wrong Candidate For Oyo Guber Poll – Alao-Akala


alao-akala_oyoA former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has said the Peoples Democratic Party will field the best candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the state, playing down suggestions that the party could be thrown into turmoil after its primary election.

With at least 10 aspirants signifying their intention to pick the sole ticket of the party for the governorship election in 2015, many have suggested that the party could face internal crisis that could arise from aspirants who would lose out.

He said, “The party will not make a mistake by picking the wrong candidate for the state governorship election in 2015.

“There will be free and fair primary in the party and as always, the best candidate will emerge from the exercise. There is danger in picking the wrong candidate because it will affect our credibility and chances of winning the election.

“If the right candidate is picked, others will work for the progress of the party. We are not worried about that right now because the national executive of the party knows the right thing to do”.

Alao-Akala noted that the PDP’s loss to the All Progressives Congress in Osun State would not have any influence in Oyo State, stating that it would rather strengthen the party members to work harder.

“What happened in Osun will not happen in Oyo State because the situation is different. It is painful that the election result did not favour us. Instead of allowing it to dampen our morale, it will strengthen the party and make us work harder. We will not allow any party to out-smart us again because we learn from every challenge we face as a political party”, he said.

The former governor, however, expressed dismay at the level of preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the distribution of permanent voter cards in the state and registration of new voters.

“INEC is not convincing us that there will be credible election in the state. It has failed in the state. The time frame is short and making excuse about logistics is not acceptable. How can the commission say that it lost our data, including my own? Something should be done about it because this is the foundation to a good election. INEC should wake up and provide the necessary materials for the voter registration. I hope this is not a sabotage or deliberate act to disenfranchise us”, he said.

Adamawa By-Election: Ag. Governor Has No Moral Right To Contest – Gulak


Ahmed-Gulak1A former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters and an aspirant for the Adamawa State by-election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Gulak, has called for the resignation of the state acting governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri before the October 11 poll.

Speaking in an interview with reporters in Yola, the state capital, Gulak argued that Fintiri is still the speaker of the House of Assembly and is expected to return to his seat after the election, saying Fintiri has no constitutional right to contest.

“First and foremost, Fintiri should know he is the speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly. It’s by that virtue of the post, that he is the Acting Governor as there was no Governor and Deputy”, he said.

“His position as speaker is reserved for him, meaning that he should midwife this election, after that he should resume his post as speaker.

“He has no moral basis to contest, that’s not the intention of the framers of the constitution, and it has not encouraged members to do so.

“The Constitution is clear. He is not supposed to contest this bye- election. Because apart from the letters of the constitution, by implication, he is suppose not to participate as he has no moral right.

“If he wants to contest, he should better resign to avoid inviting calamity”, the aspirant added.

Gulak further advised PDP against disregarding the laws of the land. “If it happens like this, members of the state house of assembly will just sit down and impeach the governor and his deputy, just to clinch into power, and that is not the intention of the framer of this constitution; it is an impeccable fact that
the constitution has reserved his seat as speaker, that is why the deputy speaker is acting and it is by the virtue of his position as a speaker that he is acting governor”.

Reacting to Nuhu Ribadu’s defection from the All Progressives Congress to PDP, Gulak said although the former EFCC boss is welcome to the party, President Jonathan has not anointed any candidate, saying he is confident the party will conduct free and fair primaries.

Nigeria Can Eradicate Ebola By First Week Of September – NCDC


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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has assured that Nigeria can eradicate the deadly Ebola Virus Disease from the country by September if it sustains its current containment efforts.

This was the position of the project director of the centre, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi, while making a presentation at a workshop organised by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) on Molecular Diagnosis and Treatment for Hemorrhagic and Zoonotic Viral Diseases, yesterday in Abuja.

“Let me say here that if the current efforts at tackling the disease are sustained, we should be able to defeat Ebola on or before September 6, 2014. But, that is not say the threat of reappearance will no longer be there”, he said.

Prof. Nasidi, who said Ebola was already on its way out of the country, urged Nigerians to stop panicking over the disease, saying it was not as deadly as it is being painted, adding that it is not also easily spread until the living host becomes visibly sick.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Babatunde Fashola and Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, for the support given to health workers to confront the virus.

“The president should be commended because he came back from a trip when the virus landed in the nation and swiftly went into action by championing the cause of containing the disease, and made funds available to that effect. The minister and governor are excellent people; their performance was excellent because they acted swiftly and decisively to bring the situation under control”, he said.

The NCDC project director, however, faulted the demand by some embassies for intending travelers to present an Ebola-free certificate, describing it as unnecessary.

According to him, “You only need to screen (the blood of) those who have come in contact with an infected person, not everybody. Asking everybody to screen their blood for Ebola is out of WHO’s recommendation”.

The federal government, he added, was already taking it up with embassies that now put this as one of the requirements for visa processing.

In her presentation, NABDA DG, Prof Lucy Agabadu said “the agency can now quickly detect Ebola before it blow to a full disease because we now do a molecular laboratory diagnosis of any sample”.

She said researchers from the agency “made the breakthrough in collaboration with scientists from South Korea”.

Earlier, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Abdu Bulama, urged experts at the workshop to explore treatment options for Ebola.

He said his ministry would continue to collaborate with ministry of health in finding lasting solution to the Ebola Virus Disease.

NLC Commends NMA For Suspending Strike


nlc_president_omarThe Nigeria Labour Congress on Monday commended the decision of the Nigerian Medial Association to suspend its 55-day-old industrial action.

The Acting General Secretary of NLC, Mr Chris Uyot, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Uyot said that it was needful for all hands to be on deck to effectively tackle the Ebola virus currently affecting the country.

“We want to commend the NMA for suspending its strike at this trial moment.

“All hands should now be on deck to ensure that this current health challenge is eradicated

“We want to appreciate the Federal Government for the proactive measures in making sure that every issue was resolved.

“I do not know what the terms are for the suspension but the good thing is that the strike is now suspended and the sector can move forward”.

Uyot said that the NLC was not part of the negotiation that led to the suspension of the strike because the NMA is not an affiliate of the congress.

Meanwhile, the Joint Health Sector Union has maintained that the NMA strike was illegal, selfish and uncalled for.

Mr. Ayuba Wabba, the National President of JOHESU, told NAN in Abuja that the association was not a registered trade union.

Wabba said that the union had challenged the constitutional rights of NMA to go on strike, thereby paralysing the activities in the health sector.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Medical Association began a nationwide strike on July1. (NAN)

Jovetic’s Fresh Start Delights Pellegrini


• Pellegrini happy Jovetic is off to a flier a 2nd term after miserable debut season
• Montenegrin scored twice, and Aguero added City’s third goal at the Etihad
• Win over Liverpool a psychological boost

Manuel Pellegrini is glad Stevan Jovetic has seized an opportunity to cement a starting role for himself at Manchester City, after scoring a brace in Monday night’s home win over title contenders Liverpool.

After featuring in most of the champions’ pre-season games, the rejuvenated Montenegrin wiped off memories of an injury-wrecked maiden season with a superb two-goal performance at the Etihad Stadium, in absence of the injured Alvaro Negredo and super-sub, Sergio Aguero, who grabbed his side’s third within 23 seconds of coming on for Edin Dzeko.

Manuel Pellegrini is Happy Jovetic is Leaving His Mark on His Selection Modalities Early Into the New EPL Season.

Asked whether the striker had finally started to deliver Pellegrini said: “Yes and not only on his goals.

“He was working the whole game, without the ball too. He was very unlucky last season but we never had any doubt about this quality. To start the season in this way after an unlucky new season is good but I don’t think it is like a new signing.

“We need four strikers. At this moment Stevan is doing very well but you cannot forget Negredo is injured. Edin Dzeko and Jovetic and Aguero are working well. It is important that they continue playing the way they did.”

Pellegrini’s side were all smiles in the end of a marathon title race last season, as Liverpool missed out on a glorious opportunity to win their first Premier League title after dropping points against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

The early Premier League heavyweight clash could be more of a moral booster and an unlikely title decider, two games into the new season.

The Chilean boss reckons such win are capable of shaping the remainder 36 games in the race for the title.

“For me these are games of six points – especially when you play at home,” he added. “Liverpool are an important team and one that will be fighting for the title. We have had a hard start to the season so it is important for us to win the second game.”

Enugu Deputy Governor impeached


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The Enugu State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, impeached the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi.

The House adopted the decision of the 7-man impeachment panel set up by the state Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezulike.

Congo Want Afcon Qualifier Against Nigeria Relocated


Congo have written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) requesting for a change in venue for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Nigeria.

The ‘Diables Rouges’ are scheduled to face the Super Eagles in an opening group stage qualifier on September 6 in Calabar.

Congo are concerned with the recent ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

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Caf has already ordered relocation of some of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers because of the spread of the virus, with the match between Guinea and Togo and Sierra Leone vs. Dr Congo slated for neutral venues.

“I think that would be difficult and risky to play in this area. As a matter of fact, neighbouring Camerron have closed their borders,” Congo coach Claude Leroy said on the possibility of traveling to Nigeria.

Congo grabbed a group stage qualifying series slot after Rwanda were suspended for fielding ineligible player.

The 2015 Afcon is slated for Morocco and will run from January 17 to February 8.

Family and Dignitaries Honour Dora Akunyili With Tributes Night in Abuja – Photos


Family, friends, former colleagues and dignitaries gathered together for a night of tributes to honour late Prof. Dora Akunyili yesterday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The ex Information minister died on June 7 after battling cancer. She will be buried this Thursday, August 28.

Among the dignitaries who gathered to honour the late amazon were;

the Honourable MInister of Information – Mr. Labaran Maku; Former CBN governor – Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo; Minister of Finance – Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Hon. Minister of Health – Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu; Director General, Voice of Nigeria – Mall Abubakar Jijiwa;, National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists – Mr Mohammed Garba; President National Council for Women Societies – Mrs Nkechi O. Mba; Hon. Minister of Solid Minerals – Arch. Musa Sada; Hon Minister of Labour and productivity – Chief Emeka Wogu, Madam Onyeka Onwenu, Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Former Minister of Health, Prof A.B.C, Retired General Yakubu Gowon , Dr. Chris Ngige, Chief Victor Umeh.

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Ebube Nwagbo Addresses Her Relationship Status And Talks Marriage


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Sexy Nollywood actress and most fashionable actress awardee, Ebube Nwagbo speaks about her current relationship status and marriage plans amongst other things in this chat….

Read Excerpts below:

On when she plans to get married

(Laughs) At the right time. I’m not in a hurry. It will happen at the right time.I’m very single but not searching.

On how she has managed to stay on top….

I try to be myself. I don’t try to get out of my way to be what I’m not. It’s not easy to be in the limelight. You just need to be yourself to survive. It’s a crazy world out there. So, I will sum it up this way: being yourself, remaining relevant and focused. Consistency matters a lot in what you do; hard work and determination too.

Culled from Encomium Mag.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Reveals Why Many Pastors Will Go To Hell!


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According to City People, while delivering the message titled ‘The lessons of Lot’, Pastor Chris explained to his members  why most pastors will not make heaven.

The Senior pastor of Christ Embassy said:

“Many pastors will go to hell for not obeying God, some are not called by God, some just called themselves for their personal reasons, some are in the ministry to serve their senses”, he stated.
The popular pastor said some churches started out of strife, some pastors left their churches where they were to go  and started another ministry because of anger, strife, misunderstanding or envy.
He said, “Sometimes it is between a pastor’s wife and an assistant pastor’s wife; you need to learn to obey God in all, I don’t any of you that is in this situation, make up your mind to obey God in everything”.

Amid Rumors Of Ill-Health, Jonathan Returns To Abuja From Germany


GEJNigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday returned to Abuja in style after a four-day private visit to Germany.

Dressed in a blue suit with pants to match, an inner white shirt and his trademark fedora hat, the president touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport at about 4.30pm.

He was received by his Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Jones Arogbofa (retd); FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed; Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba and other top government officials.

Jonathan headed straight to his Aso Rock Villa residence where he was also received by close aides and family members.

He is expected to lead the federal government delegation to a service of songs underway in honour of late former minister of information and communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja today.

It would be recalled that a national daily had reported that Jonathan’s trip to Germany was to seek medical attention for an undisclosed ailment, although the Presidency denied the reports.

Why I’m Contesting Adamawa Guber By-Election – Ribadu


Nuhu-Ribadu2A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday said he was unperturbed about his pending application for waiver to vie for the party’s ticket in the forthcoming Adamawa State by-election.

Ribadu, who spoke after submitting his nomination form at the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja, said “I am not worried about the waiver. I have followed the rules. I am a law and order person. I have done my own bit and I will wait for the party to do their own. That part is not my responsibility”.

The former cop, who was a presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2007 general election, also spoke on why he dropped his perceived presidential ambition

“I am old for service, I don’t know anything in my life other than public service. And I am prepared to serve in any capacity. If you ask me to become a sweeper of any street in any part of Nigeria, I am prepared to do so”.

On claims that he ate his vomit by defecting to the PDP, Ribadu said “No, I did not”.

On why he left the All Progressives Congress, APC, he said “today, I have submitted my forms to vie for the office of Adamawa because I am very passionate about my state.‎ I want to work towards addressing the challenges and difficulties facing people of Adamawa state and this is a very strong reason why I want to contest. I am in the forefront of finding solutions to our own problems”.

Ribadu, however, stated that questions over his political structure going into the election need not arise arguing that “I have been in politics in the last four years. And that is good enough. The same people of Adamawa will decide. Nobody will say I am a new person in politics. More so we are all same people. Adamawa is a homogeneous place. We know ourselves. We are more or less like a family”.

He however noted that his chances are bright noting “I will work hard. I will leave no stone unturned. I will go into all the town and villages ‎and meet as possible all the people of Adamawa and convince them that I am good for them”.

NMA Must Apologise To Nigerians For ‘Unpatriotic’ Strike – Reps


MINISTER OF HEALTH, ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU (LEFT), MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH, KHALIRU ALHASSAN (MIDDLE) AND CHAIRMAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, NDUDI ELUMELU GREETING EACH OTHER FROM AFAR DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING ON CURTAILING THE SPREAD OF EBOLA VIRUS AT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ABUJA

The House of Representatives Committee on Health has asked members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians for what it termed their “unpatriotic” strike.

The NMA suspended its nationwide strike on Sunday night after downing tools for 55 days.

The committee said the apology was necessary because scores of people died and many others put into hardship as a result of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that entered the country while the strike was on.

Speaking to reporters yesterday in Abuja on the suspension of the NMA strike, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu said the failure to obey the agreements between the parties was fundamental to the crisis.

He said: “The leadership of the NMA has been described as unpatriotic, even by other Nigerian doctors and the public because of various health challenges confronting the nation and the scourge of Ebola Virus Disease, which erupted during the strike.

“Patriotic Nigerians at home and abroad have passionately condemned the action of the current leadership of the NMA. The committee has a final word for NMA. The NMA has suspended the strike, but it has failed to do one thing: apologise to Nigerians. The NMA should apologise to Nigerians for all the inconveniences and lives that were lost during the strike”.

The lawmaker noted that although the suspension of the strike was commendable, it would have been avoided had the agreements between the two parties been obeyed and implemented.

He said obeying agreements was a lesson that must be learnt from the strike.

Elumelu said: “One of such lessons is the need to obey agreements. The law is pacta sunt servanda, meaning: agreements must be obeyed.

“If parties had obeyed previous agreements executed between the NMA and representatives of the Federal Government, the strike would have been averted. The lesson to learn here is that we must at all times obey contents of agreements freely entered into in order to avert crisis”.

Hon. Elumelu urged the federal government and the NMA to be mindful of the resolutions reached by the House Committee during its third stakeholders’ meeting on the suspended strike.

He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the committee resolved as follows: that the Federal Ministry of Health granted the request of the NMA for a new circular, as demanded by NMA; that the Federal Government shall pay two months’ salary arrears to members of the NMA on or before July 31, 2014; that the balance of salary arrears would be reflected in the 2015 Budget and paid to members of the NMA; that the new salary structure of doctors would be reflected in the 2015 Budget and doctors will begin to get the new salary structure effective from January 2015; and that in view of (1) and (4) above, the NMA is expected and requested to call off the strike immediately in the interest of Nigerians”.

According to him, at the committee’s meetings with representatives of the Federal Government, the NMA raised a 24-point demand, which includes the fact that Mr. President must appoint a Surgeon-General as Minister of Health.

“The question every Nigerian is asking is: was there anytime Mr. President abolished such appointment? Secondly, was there any bill that was passed at the National Assembly that Mr. President had refused to assent?” Elumelu queried.

Niger Govt Denies Intimidating APC Members


Babangida AliyuThe Niger State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Danladi Ndayebo, has denied the allegation of intimidation levelled against the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) led government in the state by the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The state chapter of APC had accused the Babangida Aliyu-led administration of intimidating and harbouring plans to arrest its members ahead of this weekend’s Niger-East Senatorial by-election.

According to the commissioner, “There is no truth in the alarm raised by the opposition that prominent members of the APC have been marked for arrest ahead of next week’s election. I therefore, urge supporters of PDP in the state to ignore the blackmail by the APC and work hard to defeat the opposition”.

Mr. Ndayebo added: “It is a mark of idleness for the spokesman of the APC to engage in raising false alarms instead of advising his party to put its house in order and strategise on how to win the forthcoming election. The PDP in Niger State is warning APC to desist from blackmailing the state government because no amount of shenanigans or blackmail will stop the party from defeating the opposition in the senatorial by-election scheduled for August 30, 2014”.

INEC Rules Out Extending Voters’ Registration


voter registrationThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it is ‘logistically impossible’ to extend the second phase of the Continuous Voter Registration, which ended on Monday.

It, however, said it would give a fair chance to legitimate registrants and would on a yet-to-be announced date, set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices where such people can go to register.

This phase of the exercise, which commenced on August 20, 2014, involved the Federal Capital Territory and 11 states namely Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo Delta and Cross River.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, in Abuja yesterday, the commission stated that old tendencies towards irregularity, such as partisans urging people to come out and do multiple registrations, largely accounted for the crowd clusters lingering at registration points set up for the CVR.

It said, “Much as the Commission is eager to ensure that all legitimate persons who are yet to register as voters have the opportunity to do so, it is logistically impossible to extend this phase of the CVR beyond its scheduled deadline ( August 25, 2014).

“But in order to give fair chance to legitimate registrants, the Commission will, on a date to be shortly announced, set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices where people yet to do so can go to register”.

The electoral umpire said that the registration process was further compounded by many people who had relocated since the last registration exercise, but turned up for fresh registration.

“But, unfortunately, these sets of people obstructed legitimate registrants from having their turn at the registration points”, it said, adding that when data are consolidated and de-duplication is carried out, all instances of multiple registrations will be eliminated.

The Commission also appealed to anyone who has previously registered and already has his/her records in the biometric register of voters, should avoid re-presenting themselves at any other place for registration.

According to INEC, if a previously registered person had relocated from where he/she registered, such a person should simply apply for transfer of the registration data to the new location, as provided for by the electoral law.

The statement further said, “If anyone found his name on the register displayed ahead of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, but was unable to collect his PVC during the distribution period, such a person should go to respective LGA office of INEC where the card will be awaiting collection by now.

“INEC again hereby urges all stakeholders in the electoral process to commit themselves to playing at all times by the rules in the collective quest to enthrone free, fair and credible elections”, the statement said.

Policeman Kills An Okada Rider In Lagos


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Linda Ikeji reports that a yet-to-be-identified  policeman gunned down an Okada rider which resulted into his death.

The exact reasons for this afwul alleged act of the policeman has not been confirmed as at the time this report was filed.

The body of the  local bike rider was however, reported to be lying on the road, causing serious traffic gridlock along Badore Road in Ajah.

Details later…

Ebola: US Donates Screening Equipment To Lagos Airport


The United States Government has donated equipment worth $5,000 to boost screening of the Ebola Virus Disease at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport so as to contain its spread in Nigeria.

The US Consul General in Nigeria, Mr. John Hawkins, made the donation at the airport on Friday, August 22, at the airport.

 

The donation of the equipment is a symbol of willingness on the part of the American Government to assist Nigeria in any way possible to combat the scourge,” he said.

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Known as infrared thermometers or non-contact thermometers, the portable handheld equipment has the ability to measure body temperature of in-bound and out- bound passengers for possible Ebola symptoms from a distance.

Hawkins, who expressed satisfaction with the timely response of the Nigerian Government to the contagious disease since its importation into the country by a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, a month ago, commended the measures already put in place at the Lagos airport.

According to Punch report, Hawkins pointed out that the deadly virus neither a Nigerian nor West-African problem but a problem to humanity as a whole.

He also applauded the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for providing the necessary infrastructure for the Port Health Services and collaborating agencies to effectively discharge their duties in the face of the threat posed by the Ebola virus.

 

After the first case of Ebola was reported in Nigeria which came into the country through Sawyer who flew in from Liberia, in-bound and out-bound passengers especially from West African countries where the virus is spreading have been undergoing screening at the airport.

The African Union (AU) Commission recently decided to deploy a joint military medical personnel and civilian humanitarian mission to help with the Ebola virus outbreak in parts of West Africa.

Since the outbreak began there have been 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

Ebola Experimental Drug ZMapp Fails, Liberian Doctor Dies


Liberian doctor Abraham Borbor, who had the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp administered, died in the country capital Monrovia.

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It was made known today, August 25, by Liberia’s information minister, BBC reports.

Dr. Borbor, one of the top officials of the county’s biggest hospital,  was among the first 3 Africans who received treatment by the unapproved drug.

It will be recalled that ZMapp is believed to have saved the lives of two Americans, who got infected while working in Liberia.

The minister told the Associated Press on Monday, Borbor “was showing signs of improvement but yesterday he took a turn for the worse”.

Meanwhile the deadly Ebola virus continues ravaging the West Africa, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The death toll gradually approaches 1,500.

As soon as the information about the unapproved drug reached the Nigerian officials, the Federal Government requested ZMapp from the US health authorities, however the request was turned down.

 

The most outrageous epidemic of Ebola started in Guinea and started quickly spreading in the West African region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 2,615 have been infected with the virus in area since March. Nigeria got affected as the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer landed at the Lagos Airport with Ebola-associated symptoms and later died in one of the hospitals.

I will probably be single forever and ever – Billionaire Heiress, DJ Cuppy


Dj-cuppy--600x450Billionaire heiress, DJ Cuppy might never be getting married according to a recent interview.

The fast rising Nigerian DJ, whose real names are Florence Otedola spoke briefly about her career, relationship status and dating in a chat with Ono Bello.

See excerpts below…

On what she’d be if she wasn’t a DJ

I would maybe be a trader, I definitely see myself in a high-pressure environment- I’m always up for a challenge!

On her relationship with her parents

I have the most supportive parents in the world… My parents are happy with me following my dreams, especially as I’ve recently graduated. I remember my dad saying to me- if you’re going to DJ, make sure you’re going to be the best DJ out there! Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

On trends

I love vibrant colors, hairpieces, and fashion jewelry… Always fun!

On distractions

I think assumptions rooted from my personal life. It’s so easy for people to get distracted by the background stuff and forget to focus on what really matters; which is the music.

On relationships

I’m single… And will probably be forever and ever, Haha! I think I’m a bit too career driven to date anyone. But if I did, baking together would be fun… and getting proposed to at Disneyland ofcourse! Haha!