See Photos As Davido Shuts Down Philadelphia


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He has bagged 4 major awards this year already and with the way he’s going, I bet there are still more to come.

The multiple award winning artist, Davido is currently on his USA/Canada tour and last night he had a concert in Philadelphia.

You know what to expect with Davido has he blew his fans away and that left people asking for more.

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BTS Photos Of Ice Prince ft. AKA – ‘N Word (REMIX)’ Video Shoot


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Ice Prince has been recently criticized for sounding the same in all his songs, also weeks ago, the rapper was caught up in a s*x scandal; Ice Prince is determined to fight off all these negatives as he is soon to drop this video.

On the 6th of August – Choc City rapper, Ice Prince will be releasing the video for the remix to his Don Jazzy/Chopstix produced single “N-Word” featuring South African Rap-heavyweight, AKA. Directed by Mr Moe Musa

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Official Photos From Moet Abebe’s 25th Party With Lynxxx, Saeon, Lami Phillips and Others


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I already told you about Moet Abebe’s birthday party and even brought you photos, but the official photos have now been released.

On Friday 1st August 2014, the TV personality was a year older.

She celebrated her day with a dinner with celebrities including Lynxxx, Rekana Sharon Ojong, Lami Phillips, Saeon, Bizzle Oshikoya at Spice Route and later at Quilox Night Club in Lagos.

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Robbery suspects narrates how his brother recruited him into robbery


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20-year-old Morgan Udama, a member of a 4-man robbery gang arrested yesterday August 4th by police officers attached to Okota Isolo Police Station in Lagos, while confessing, said he was recruited into criminal life by his own older brother, Oche, who is the leader of the robbery gang.

Morgan, a native of Oju in Benue State said he came into Lagos last week Monday July 28th to live with his brother who had promised him a better job which unknown to him was armed robbery

“I finished Senior Secondary School 3 (SSS3) in 2010 at Otupo, after which I was riding commercial motorcycle (Okada) before my brother, Oche, phoned me to come to Lagos, pledging that he would find me a better work that would fetch me enough saving for my university education. He also told me he was living in a three-bedroom flat, unknown to me that the one-room apartment he inhabited with his elder brother belonged to the latter. When I arrived last Monday, he asked me to follow him to take up an employment. When we got there, he snatched a woman’s car with pistol. I was surprised. When I asked him if robbery was the work he found for me, he said “yes,” assuring that very soon, I would be counting millions of naira. The mistake I made was that I still entered the snatched car. I should have left them because I was standing at a very good distance. But I feared that people at the scene might later lynch me if I did not follow them.”

Morgan and the other gang members – Suleiman Abdullahi, 23, from Bida, Niger State; Samson Oyebanji, 23, from Oro in Kwara State and John Oche, 26, his brother, were arrested following a tip off.

According to the police, the gang had on Saturday night August 2nd snatched a Honda car belonging to one woman at Gbagada General Hospital Junction, Gbagada, Lagos and afterwards drove the car to an estate in Okota Isolo area.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Okota Isolo Police Station, CSP Adamu Ibrahim got wind of their presence in his territory and he immediately mobilized his men to trace them. On sighting the police men, the robbers sped off towards the Ire-Akari Estate, parked the car and took to their heels.

They were all eventually arrested at different locations in and outside the estate.

Oche, the brother to Morgan and a commercial driver who runs the Oshodi-Ajah route said his brother was lying, saying Morgan was a big criminal who ran to Lagos after committing a crime in Otukpo Benue state.

“My role was to drive the snatched car out of the robbery scene. My brother (Morgan) is a big liar. I did not invite him to Lagos. He committed a serious offence in Otrupo and ran to Lagos,” he said.

Suleiman one of the robbers said Oche was the owner of the pistol used in the operation, adding: “We did not shoot the woman; we just collected her Honda car.” he said.

World Bank Releases N32bn To Fight Ebola In West Africa


With the latest death toll from the West Africa Ebola epidemic now at 887, the World Bank Group yesterday pledged as much as $200 million (over N32 billion) in emergency funding to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone contain the spread of Ebola infections, help their communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout West Africa.

World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a medical doctor experienced in treatment of infectious diseases, said the new financing commitment was in response to a call from both the three African countries hardest-hit by Ebola and the World Health Organization (WHO) for immediate assistance to contain the outbreak.

He said the World Bank Group would also step up social safety net assistance for affected communities and families and help to build up public health systems in West Africa to strengthen the region’s disease control capacity more generally. Kim said he would brief the Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors as soon as possible on the latest state of the epidemic and seek their approval for the new emergency package.

“I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks,” Kim said. “I have been monitoring its deadly impact around the clock and am deeply saddened at how it has ravaged health workers, families and communities, disrupted normal life, and has led to a breakdown of already weak health systems in the three countries.”

“The international community needs to act fast to contain and stop this Ebola outbreak. I believe this new World Bank emergency funding will provide critically needed support for the response to stop the further transmission of Ebola within Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which would prevent new infections in neighbouring at-risk countries,” Kim added.

The World Bank Group president’s announcement came on the first day of the US-Africa Summit in Washington D.C, as he said that the new financial pledge would pay for urgently needed medical supplies, salaries for medical staff, and other vital materials to stabilize the health system, while also helping communities cope with financial hardship caused by the epidemic. The new Bank Group package will also help to build up the region’s disease surveillance and laboratory networks to guard against future epidemic outbreaks.

WHO leadership, he said, was vital to international and regional efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, which is West Africa’s first-ever outbreak of Ebola virus disease but has become the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. The World Bank Group he said would work in close coordination with the WHO and other partners such as ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States. The WHO has now set up an Ebola response center in Conakry.

“WHO welcomes this support from the World Bank, which comes at a time when concern about the Ebola virus disease is escalating,” said WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, in Geneva. “The demands created by this unprecedented outbreak outstrip the capacity of affected countries in West Africa to respond. So funding to increase national response capacities is a fundamentally important way to slow transmission and prevent spread to other areas.”

The World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, said the Bank’s latest emergency response will also include social safety net measures to help families and communities trying to cope with financial loss as a result of the outbreak.

“We will build up safety net protection measures for families and communities in the affected countries in light of the further hardship we expect Ebola will create for people who were already poor and vulnerable to begin with. They face the prospect of losing breadwinners and widespread disruption of their livelihoods which is why over and above containing the spread of the epidemic we also must help people in West Africa cope with its impact on their lives,” Diop said.

John Dumelo Says He Is Getting Married In 2015 + Gives Qualities Of His Type Of Woman


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Probably the hottest hunk in the Ghollywood movie industry at the moment, the tall handsome actor and philanthropist has been keeping his love life on ice.

But it seems like John Dumelo is ready as the actor has been linked with a couple of celebs including Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah, and Joselyn Dumas.

And he’s so tired of all the speculation, he’s planning to settle down.

While on ‘Hanging Out’ show with KOD last week, he said ‘I want to get married hopefully next year, the false stories are too much and I want to spare myself from heartbreaks’

‘I want a woman who understands my career, who is religious, very supportive and can take care of the house’

Tunde Obe’s advice to Nigerian celebs who live above their means


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In a recent interview with Encomium magazine, music artist Tunde Obe said any artist who owns a car that the quarter of its cost price isn’t in their account, is a failure. He made the statement when he was asked what his advise is to artists who pay millions to live in rented apartments.

“When Wunmi and I started, we could have afforded to rent an apartment on the Island considering the kind of money we were making that time but we were living in Gowon Estate, Ipaja, Lagos where we paid minimal rent so we can save for our basic needs. It wasn’t a day’s journey. Many artiste don’t get it right. You are driving a car you don’t have quarter of its total cost in your account, you are a failure. My advise is that they should not live above their means or income. And those who are doing very well now should invest wisely because no condition is permanent” he said

Al-Makura Impeachment: Lawyers Representing Nasarawa Assembly Make ‘Protest’ Appearance At Public Hearing


Nasarawa-impeachment-panelMembers of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, who earlier on vowed not to have anything to do with the seven-man panel probing allegations of gross misconduct it leveled against the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, have soft-pedalled on their stance and made an appearance at the public hearing of the panel in Lafia, the state capital.

The members, who are represented by a team of counsels headed by Barrister Oche P. Ulegede, said they were appearing at the hall of the Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lafia, venue of the public hearing, in protest.

The other members of the legal representative team are: John Mathew, P.A. Daffi, S.O. Idikwu, O.D. Obande, and A.O. Aruta.

“Our appearance this morning for the House, is on protest”, said Ulegede, lead counsel of the legislators.

He said the whole process about the impeachment is constitutional, but added that his clients (the lawmakers), the governor, the Chief Judge of the state, all swore to protect and defend the constitution.

Giving the grounds of his protest, Ulegede said Section 188 (5) of the same constitution has been violated by the CJ in the constitution of the panel, observing that members of the panel are either registered members of the PDP, or associates of the governor.

He said his clients are not running away from the panel, but feel strongly against the suitability of its members.

It would be recalled that the panel began public sitting on Monday and had to adjourn after it announced that the 20 signatories of the impeachment notice were absence. The panel decided to send a fresh notice of hearing to the members to appear today.

After making their ‘appearance’ protest, the lawmakers’ legal representatives took their leave, insisting that they would not be party to any act in breach of the constitution. Their decision to leave was not objected to by the governor’s legal team, led by Chief Udechukwu Nnoruka Udechukwu (SAN), who said they had the right to file out of the proceedings, if they so wish.

The panel chairman, Yusuf Shehu Usman informed Ulegede that the panel took note of their appearance, and the protest, but added that the panel was not the right place to vent such grievances.

Days Of Election Results Manipulation In Nigeria Over, Says Jonathan


GEJ-NORTH WESTPresident Goodluck Jonathan, in Washington D.C., United States, on Monday, said the era when a few politicians could manipulate election results are gone forever in Nigeria.

The president, who made this known at a meeting with Nigerian professionals in the United States, reaffirmed his commitment towards ensuring that electoral process in Nigeria are free, fair and credible.

The president assured that in keeping with the pledge he made in 2011, which had been fulfilled in recent elections in Edo, Ondo and Ekiti states, the Federal Government would take all necessary steps to ensure no individual, group or political party was able to thwart the legitimate choice of genuine voters in the governorship election in Osun State, on Saturday.

“The issue of credible elections must be institutionalised in Nigeria. Our electoral processes were not very good or credible when we came into office, but as I promised, we have been working very hard to change things and ensure that our elections are more credible, that every legitimate vote counts and that results are acceptable to the electorate.

“I promise you that the Osun governorship election will be very free, fair and credible”, President Jonathan told the gathering, while responding to questions and comments on topical issues in Nigeria.

Jonathan said the Federal Government under his leadership would continue to give the highest possible priority to policies and programmes that would lead to the creation of enough jobs for Nigerian youth.

“Job creation is a challenge to every government in the world. We are doing all that we can to tackle the problem in Nigeria, because we know that we have a very youthful population and if we do not create enough jobs to meet their needs, the country will be in trouble”, he said.

The president also spoke of his administration’s efforts to improve standards and access to educational institutions in Nigeria, address the national housing deficit and further empower women.

He thanked Nigerian professionals abroad for the patriotic support for his government and urged them to continue to show love and concern for the well-being of their fatherland.

President Jonathan later received and commended Nigerians who are participating in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a leadership programme sponsored by the US government to train young African professionals in American universities, government departments and private sector.

Out of the 500 available spaces on the programme, 45 were won by young Nigerians in a competitive selection process.

Keshi’s brother confirms Angola, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea want Big Boss


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According to Stephen Keshi’s brother, Emmanuel Ado, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are very interested in making him their new head coach.

Keshi has formally sent a message to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), indicating that he is ready to accept a new deal and continue as coach of the Super Eagles.

Ado also confirmed that Nigeria was Keshi’s top priority, despite the fact that the other countries can match the NFF’s new offer.

“Nigeria is my brother’s priority,” Ado said. “He wants to serve his country that is why he has responded swiftly to the NFF notice of intent.

“Keshi is not keen on the money, all he wants is for both parties to keep to whatever contract is entered. But like he has said there are some salient things he expects from the NFF in the new contract.

“So, the ball is in the court of the NFF. But if it is about offers, he still has others. There have been contacts from Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, but they all have to wait because my brother wants to serve his fatherland.”

Nasarawa impeachment: How Governor Al-Makura won the battle


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In what appears like a big blow to the Nasarawa state Assembly in the fight to unseat Governor Tanko Al-makura, the seven-member panel investigating the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the Governor has dismissed all the charges.

Even though the panel was given up to three months to conclude its report on the investigation, it sat for just two weeks and thereafter dismissed all the charges levelled against Al-Makura.

The panel concluded its finding after the Assembly members who had vowed not to appear before it made a surprise appearance today to prove all the allegations levelled against the embattled governor.

The House was represented by a legal team comprising Ocha Ulegede (lead), John Mathew, P. A. Daffi, Steven Idikwu, Ache Obande and Abraham Aruta. They had argued that the panel was breaching the Nigerian constitution as its set up was unconstitutional.

The lead lawyer, Ulegede, in a follow up, presented a protest letter written by the lawmakers. The letter had argued that the committee had members who were card-carrying members of a political party, making their appointments contrary to Section 188 of the constitution.

According to him, the constitution does not give the Chief Judge absolute power to make such an appointment without a confirmation by the state Assembly. “Section 188 of the constitution spelt out clearly how the panel should be composed. They are three fundamental issues among which is that member of the panel cannot be a card carrying member of a political party. They cannot hold government appointment and that the panel does not have the power to set the rules of proceeding guiding the sitting”. He had argued.

The legislators’ legal team argued further that two members of the seven-member panel, Abdul Usman and Mohammed Keana were members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while Joel Galadima was on the payroll of the state government.

Ulegede thereafter requested to leave the premises, telling the panel members that the Assembly does not recognize the panel.

The panel went on a recess shortly after the presentation by the legal team of the state Assembly and later reconvened to dismiss the 16 charges against the governor who had made his own presentation on Monday.

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Amnesty International releases video of Nigerian soldiers committing extra-judicial killings


The Amnesty international (A I), on Monday, released a video footage it claimed showed soldiers lynching men said to be members of Boko Haram. The soldiers were aided by members of the government sponsored militia commonly known as Civilian JTF and the remains of the killed men were buried into a mass grave.

The body said it got the footage, which may be evidence of war crimes committed by the Nigerian military, from several sources during a trip to Borno State.

“This shocking new evidence is further proof of the appalling crimes being committed but abandoned by all sides in the conflict. Nigerians deserve better. What does it say when members of the military carry out such unspeakable acts and capture the images on film?” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

He further added that “These are not the images we expect from a government which sees itself as having a leadership role in Africa. The ghastly images are backed up by the numerous testimonies we have gathered which suggest that extra-judicial executions are, in fact, regularly carried out by the Nigerian military and CJTF,”

According to Amnesty Interational, one of the footages allegedly taken on March 14, 2014, showed what appeared to be soldiers and members of the civilian JTF using a blade to slit the throat of several detainees and dumping their bodies into an open mass grave.

“The video shows 16 young men and boys seated in a line. One by one, they are called forward and told to lie down in front of the pit. Five of them are killed in this way; the fate of the remaining detainees is not shown on video, but eyewitness accounts confirmed that nine of them had their throats cut while the others were shot to death’’.

“Additional footage featuring some of the same perpetrators, taken earlier that day at the same location, shows two detainees digging a grave under armed guard before the killing is carried out. One is told to lie down in front of the pit, where his legs and head are held by what seem to be CJTF members. The individual, who appears to be the commander of the group puts his right foot on the man’s side, raises his knife, kisses it and shouts “Die hard Commando” and cuts the throat of the restrained young man. All other military and CJTF shout “Yes oga [boss], kill him,” Mr. Shetty said.

Amnesty explained that eye witnesses confirmed that the videos were taken on March 14, 2014, the day Boko Haram group attacked Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri and released their members being held in detention. The organisation also said that about 600 other prisoners who were set free by the Boko Haram group were rounded up at various locations in the town by soldiers and members of Civilian JTF and subsequently killed extra-judicially.

“The detainees in the video were rearrested by the CJTF in Giddari Polo, near the Barracks, where various sources have confirmed that a number of other recaptured detainees were shot and killed by soldiers after being handed over to the military. The military then took the corpses and the detainees to a location outside Maiduguri, near Giddari, where the executions are reported to have been carried out and recorded on camera,” a statement by AI explained.

More evidence from the video suggests that the extra-judicial killing might have been done by soldiers from the Support Company of the 81 battalion of the Nigerian army.

“No buildings, roads or other infrastructure can be seen in the video but the noise of cars confirms that it is near a road. Several of the armed captors are wearing military uniforms, one of which has the words “Borno State Operation Flush” emblazoned on the front. The ID number on one of the guns is also clearly identifiable (81BN/SP/407). According to military sources, the rifle belongs to the Support Company of the 81 Battalion and it has not been reported missing.”

Furthermore, AI claimed that it discovered evidence of mass killing in Bama, a town that has been in the midst of the insurgency. It claimed that after a “screening” exercise in a market on July 23, 2013, 35 men suspected to be Boko Haram members were beaten with sticks and machetes before being taken to the nearby barrack.

“At that time, everyone was aware that these people had been killed, started running to go take a look. We found our relative near Bama Bridge. Plenty of people were with us. They already shot five of them in that location alone. There were five bodies including that of my relative. He had a bullet hole in his chest and no clothes, only trousers. We took the body and buried it. There is no death certificate; Bama hospital is not functioning. There is no place to complain; the town has restricted movement. Everybody left what happened to God,” a relative of one of the men told AI.

Reacting to the revelation, the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, a Major General said: “The Defence Headquarters considers these accusations too grievous to be associated with Nigerian troops, considering the doctrinal and operational contents of the training imparted to personnel on a continuous basis; emphasising the importance of respect for Human Rights and dignity of human person as well as observance of humanitarian laws. Rather, the scenes in that video clip clearly depict a pattern consistent with the atrocious operations of the terrorists,” “Respect for the sanctity of life is always boldly stressed in our doctrinal teachings. Indeed, that level of barbarism and impunity has no place in the Nigerian military. It must thus be reiterated that the Nigerian military is a very well organized professional body of troops whose conducts in war and peace times are guided comprehensively by law,” he added.

Mr. Olukolade later in a press briefing pledged that the military would investigate the new video allegations.

 

 

Governor Okorocha accused of issuing bounced N50m cheque to Catholic Church


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The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha has been accused of issuing N50 million ‘dud’ cheque to a Catholic church in Owerri.

The Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, claimed that the Governor carried out such a derogatory act “even after voting massively for him in the 2011 governorship election”.

“Could you imagine that our cathedral in Owerri is almost collapsing and what this man (Rochas) could do was to give the church a N50 million bounced cheque? In fact, that man is not a blessing to Ndi Imo and I wonder the kingdom where he came from”, he revealed at the Christ the King adoration ground, Enugu.

Reacting to the allegation however, Okorocha’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said he would make available the serial numbers of the cheques and what they stood for by today.

“I will make the serial numbers of those cheques available to you by tomorrow (today). And you will know the type of priest Fr. Mbaka is made of”, he stated.

Boko Haram has rendered 650,000 Nigerians homeless – UN


No fewer than 650,000 persons have been displaced from their homes, in several attacks orchestrated by the outlawed Boko Haram sect, the United Nations humanitarian office said on Tuesday.

According to a report by the UN refugee agency, (UNHCR), about 1,000 people trying to escape the fighting had fled to an uninhabited island on Lake Chad, across Nigeria’s northeastern border.

“The group, mainly women and children, is in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medical care”, the UNHCR said.

They reached the remote island of Choua on Thursday after fleeing a Boko Haram attack in their hometown of Kolikolia, according to the refugee agency.

The refugee agency said it was sending staff to the area to coordinate the relief effort.

Thousands have fled over Nigeria’s borders into Cameroon, Chad and Niger seeking refuge from Boko Haram’s relentless violence, which has killed more than 2,000 civilians this year and left scores of villages destroyed.

The report said 436,608 people have been displaced in the three states- Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, which were placed under emergency rule in May 2013.

The agency put the IDP figure at 250,000 in May this year.

Another 210,085 have fled their homes in areas neighbouring the state of emergency zone, bringing the total number of people displaced by Boko Haram unrest to nearly 650,000, it reported.

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Anambra demolishes four houses belonging to kidnappers, Police parades suspects


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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, on Tuesday, ordered the demolition of four bungalows belonging to kidnappers.

The government also revoked the Certificates of Occupancy of the four buildings.

The buildings were all located in Awkuzu, Oyi local government area Anambra State.

Two of the buildings, a church and a residential building were located in Umuobi, Awkuzu, while others are located at Dusogu, and Ifite villages in Awkuzu.

Two of them belonged to Pastor Ifeanyi Nwaezeagu, the General Overseer, Unchangeable God Ministries Awkuzu.

This is coming as the Anambra State Police command paraded 15 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers with sophisticated arms and ammunition at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters, Awkuzu.

Arms paraded alongside the suspects included one Rocket Launcher, one Rocket, 50 magazines for AK 47, 300 rounds of 7.62 mm life ammunition, among others.

The officer in charge of SARS Anambra State, James Nwafor and the Deputy Commissioner of police, Anambra State in charge of Operations, Olafimihan Adeoye as well as PPRO Emeka Chukwuemeka led the team to the demolition sites and the parade.

Addressing newsmen during the parade, PPRO, Emeka Chukwuemeka said ten of the suspects were kidnappers while 5 were armed robbers and car snatching syndicate.

He commended the OC, SARS James Nwafor and his men for their due diligence and due process in investigation and smoking out kidnapers and robbers terrorizing the state but confessed that without the support of Governor Willie Obiano, and the Commissioner of police, Bala Nassarawa, the successes recorded would have been impossible.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on security, Chief Chikodili Anara confirmed that the robbers and the kidnappers were of high calibre, with sophisticated weapons based on evidences and confessions from them.

At the venue of the demolition, DCP Operations, Olafimiham Adeoye said the exercise was in compliance with a standing government edict, which stops kidnappers and robbers from benefiting from proceeds of crime and to discourage and dissuade people from involving in crime.

He confirmed that Pastor Nwaezeagu has generated several millions of Naira from kidnap proceeds and was involved in kidnap of many wealthy Anambra men, including a priest.

He disclosed that the General Overseer was fake and was engaging in kidnapping unnoticed, until he was caught in 2013 and his confessional statements led to the unraveling of his gang.

A man, who identified himself as Chukwuchebe Nweke, and another vigilant man who did not want to be identified, said Pastor Nwaezeagu started his church in 1999 but that they never knew he was into kidnapping and armed robbery until lately when police invaded his home and church.

Cholera outbreak in Borno: Over 1,000 persons treated, death toll hits 27 – Dr. Salma Kolo


The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salma Anas Kolo has confirmed that so far, a total of 2,924 cases of cholera have been recorded at the Biu displaced persons’ camp.

The commissioners said out of this number, 405 have been admitted at the Biu General Hospital, while 11 deaths have been recorded at the camps and 16 at the Biu General Hospital, totalling 27 deaths.

The commissioner, who stated this while speaking on phone from Biu where she had proceeded from Maiduguri to monitor the case, said 11 persons died at the camp while 16 others died when they were being taken to the hospital for treatment.

The camps were established by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for over 10,000 displaced persons from Damboa.

She also revealed that over 1,000 persons have so far been treated by the team of health personnel at the camp for cholera symptoms.

The comprises some medical personnel from Doctors Without Border, the Borno ministry of health and UNICEF.

She noted that they contacted the disease as a result of poor hygienic condition at the camp and that the state government in conjunction with UNICEF and Red Cross have moved into the camps with enough drugs and doctors to improve the situation at the camp.

She further revealed that the state government has so far provided drugs worth N10 million to combat the epidemic, while the Red Cross Society is expected to also provide relief materials and drugs at the camps.

Ebola: Jim Iyke apologizes for fleeing Liberia


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Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke has apologized for his recent comments on the Ebola Virus.

Recall that the actor fled Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, a few days ago, over the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

“Monrovia, unfinished biz (business); Leavin(g) tonite(tonight). Nt (Not) ashamed to admit. Tis ish(issue) scares the Jesus outta me. #Ebola!!!!”, he said on Instagram.

Following the heavy criticism the action received, Jim Iyke has just sent out a press release, saying “May I humbly apologize if my comments on Ebola – based on fear – were taken out of context.

“The last thing I wanted to do was to alarm anyone.
My heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by the Ebola virus – those who have lost their lives or loved ones, those who are still bravely fighting the disease and all of the communities who are battling to keep the infection under control.

“You are all in my prayers. As I travel constantly across continents, most recently USA, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, I have been screened where and when necessary along with the other passengers and I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to be vigilant and help contain the outbreak by following the advice of the local and international medical professionals and government officials”. He concluded.

Osun 2014: Oyinlola defects to APC, says Omisore cannot be trusted


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A former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Tuesday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

His defection came barely a week after he wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan to intimate him of his desire to leave the PDP.

“Mr. President, I may at this point, need to look beyond the party and take my destiny in my hands. I sincerely hope that this will solve the problem.

“Conclusively, Your Excellency, if I am doing the above and take further steps without telling you, I would be negating the pledge of loyalty which I had earlier made to you; hence this correspondence”, he said.

The former National Secretary of the PDP, made his intention known at the APC final campaign rally held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Oyinlola, who was sacked in January 2013 by a Federal High Court in Abuja, won an appeal but by then, the PDP had appointed an indigene of Lagos State, Remi Akitoye as acting national secretary.

Weeks later, the South West Chapter picked Wale Oladipo, from Osun State, as the party’s substantive secretary.

Although, Oyinlola attended a closed-door meeting with Jonathan, alongside the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu on July 1 at the presidential villa, Tuesday’s development shows the reconciliation talks didn’t work.

Speaking at the rally, Oyinlola, told the crowd of how Jonathan in 2010, invited him to inform him about his plan to run in the 2011 presidential election and that he (President) was going to consult PDP leaders.

The former PDP national secretary said he asked the President to first consult former President Olusegun Obasanjo because he (Obasanjo) would rally party supporters to back him in the election.

He regretted that despite the huge support from Mr. Obasanjo, the President has been trying to ridicule and humiliate the former General.

Oyinlola lamented how the South West Chapters of the PDP were dissolved without consulting the former president, an influential founding member.

He later asked the people of Osun State to vote for Mr. Aregbesola, who succeeded him when he was sacked by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan in November 2010.

The former governor said the PDP governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore, could not be trusted because he was “self-centred, greedy and selfish.”

On the murder of a former governor of the old Oyo State, Bola Ige in December 2001, Mr. Oyinlola said although he did not know how he (Ige) died, “what I know is that he (Omisore) was arrested in connection with the murder of Bola Ige”.

Oyinlola vowed to work with the APC to ensure the re-election of Aregbesola on August 9.

Impeachment: Nasarawa lawmakers, PDP reject panel’s verdict on Al-Makura


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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday rejected the verdict of the panel set up by the state Chief Judge to investigate 16 allegations of gross misconduct leveled against Gov. Tanko Al-Makura.

Mr Mohammed Ibaku, the House Committee Chairman of Information, gave the position of the house at a news conference in Abuja.

He said that the house had earlier expressed reservations over the composition of the committee and would therefore not recognise any decision taken by it.

“We want to bring to the notice of Nigerians that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly totally dissociates itself from the decision reached by the panel set by the Chief Judge of the state which has cleared the governor of allegations leveled against him by the house.

“As far as we are concerned, the governor is yet to be exonerated of charges leveled against him; we are not going to go to court because the matter is a constitutional matter that cannot be resolved by any court.

“We will take a firm position on the matter in due course but we will follow the constitution; we will not act outside the constitution but be assured that the impeachment process is still on course,’’ Ibaku said.

He said that the actions and activities of the panel were illegal and a gross violation of the constitution of Nigeria.

According to Ibaku, some people want to “cook and eat the law” and it will not be accepted.

The lawmaker dismissed reports that the house had dragged the governor to the EFCC, noting that he had dragged himself to the anti-graft agency.

He also said that the house would not join issues with the state chief judge on his refusal to reconstitute the probe panel on the request of the house.

“The governor has taken himself to EFCC already; the house does not need to drag him to the anti graft body; by his actions he has taken himself to court already.

“The house will not join issues with the chief judge; we will allow the law to take its course on matters relating to his conduct. For now we are focused on the issue of the impeachment and not the conduct of the chief judge,’’ he said.

In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Nasarawa State have expressed support for the position of the legislators.

Their position was contained in a communique signed by 84 members of the stakeholders’ forum after its meeting on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the leaders and members of the PDP in Nasarawa State, we strongly reaffirm our support and solidarity for the constitutional actions carried out by members of the House of Assembly in respect of the ongoing impeachment process,’’ the communique stated.

It called on security agencies to provide adequate security for the legislators in the course of discharging their duties and urged the public to remain law abiding.

It, however, stated that the party would resist attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to undermine the ongoing democratic process in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the panel, set up by the state chief judge, had at its sitting in Lafia on Tuesday quashed all charges leveled against the governor.

Jonathan will contest for President in 2015 – Anenih


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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, said on Tuesday in Calabar that President Goodluck Jonathan would contest the presidential election in 2015 on the party’s platform.

Mr. Anenih said this while addressing party faithful at the maiden zonal tour of the South-South by the new PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.

“I want the national chairman to go home with a word from the father that come 2015, Jonathan will run for presidency for the second term,” he said.
Although Mr. Jonathan is yet to formally declare his intention to run for a second term in office, it is believed he would be candidate of the ruling party.

Mr. Anenih said that the party was becoming stronger in the South-South, adding that “if we continue like this, the load in 2015 will be lighter than the load in 2011”.

The BOT chairman further said that the party had worked hard for next weekend’s governorship election in Osun, adding that PDP was sure of clinching victory in the election.

“We are working and we are sure that we will win Osun, come Saturday”, he said.

In his speech, Mr. Mu’azu said the party would ensure that internal democracy prevailed in its choice of candidates for various elective positions in 2015.

He said that the party would not entertain any short-cut or favouritism in selecting the candidates.

He added that as the ruling party, the PDP would set a good example on internal democracy.

He also advised PDP members and supporters to shun rumour mongering and falsehood because of their implications on party success and stability.

“The opposition has seen that we are winning in all fronts and they are ready to destroy us. Therefore, let us be careful as we are in a very trying time”, he said.

Governor Ibrahim Dankwanbo of Gombe State also said that the North-East PDP was in full support of Jonathan’s administration.

“I want to assure the people of South-South that we in the North-East are in solidarity with you and the President.

“I want to assure you that we, the PDP governors in the North East, will work to ensure that President Jonathan returns as president in 2015”, the governor said

IMO POLITICAL CABAL AND OBOWO COUNCIL FUNDS


The sense of self-congratulation and seeming detachment from reality of  Governor Rochas Okorocha   has left thousands of Imolites thunder-struck by the arrogance of  a man who is  determined to enslave Imo State further  to  his  ridiculous ambition to  continue to rule Imo  willy-nilly.  Even as respected and credible clergymen, Bishops and Archbishops in Imo State and outside the State have continued to attack the stupidity, undesirability and futility of  Okorocha’s   second  term enterprise he  is as shamelessly daring as ever. His confidence is curiously up because  he  believes   his  financial muscle and the weapon of state terror to intimidate  opponents either into retreat or submission is with him.

 

 The member representing Owerri Senatorial Zone at the Nigerian Senate, Senator Chris Anyanwu who spoke against his  looting of state funds  got a tiny dose of his  medicine recently at the 2014 edition of Oru  Owerri  Cultural Festival. She was publicly insulted. Okorocha told  the crowd that trooped out to the event  not to allow a woman who slaps her husband in public to govern the state. Referring to Anyanwu who was present at the occasion, Okorocha said ‘’ You must not allow a prostitute, ono na di acho di (a married woman who has pleasure in sleeping around with other men) to govern or represent you anymore. You must not allow a slippers thrower and a husband beater to be your governor in 2015’’. He simply exhibited barbarism by referring to the distinguished senator as a prostitute. This calls to mind the last time he made a blanket statement calling all Imo  women prostitutes at a rally in Orlu. Who knows, if Anyanwu was not a senator he probably would have sent his thugs after her as he did to Nigerian Horn Newspapers in 2011.

 

 Okorocha  went further to tell the crowed  that time has come for them not to allow criminals and 419’s to occupy leadership position in Imo  anymore. This statement is true for  we all know the thieves  and criminals  that can never   rule Imo  again . The cabal (Okorocha, Uwajumogu and Ejiogu) can never rule Imo  again. Some months ago, I told you that over 3 billion naira  was  looted and carted away by the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu. I told you that the Imo Speaker awarded fraudulent Road Contracts to himself in Imo State using his friends as fronts and used the money he got from the road contracts scams  to acquire eye popping mansions in Nigeria.

 

I shouted   because In the midst of abundant human and natural resources, the vast majority of  Imo  working masses live in abject poverty. The vast majority of Imolites are kept in unstable and difficult socio-economic conditions  while  a tiny fraction  have  exclusive access to things and comforts of life. I called Uwajumogu the International Thief Thief  number one of Imo State.The entire money stolen by Uwajumogu  alone is enough to begin to rebuild failed infrastructures in his Okigwe constituency.

 

The International Thief Thief  number two  that will never rule Imo  again, another VIP (Vagabond in Power) is Jude Ejiogu. I told you that he  stole 1billion naira  from the Imo State LGA  Pension fund when he was the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission. If your wealth is from people’s pensions then that is blood money. It is blood money because you cannot take away the sweat, the entitlements of an old man or an old woman who is looking up just to that little appreciation from his country and believe that you will live in peace. You cannot  live in peace because the prayers of those old men at home will fight you.. I cried out  because  most Imolites  but especially the poor, continue to suffer the effect of failing public health and education system as well as decrepit infrastructure and battered institutions. I highlighted what I saw as the dawn of naked impunity in Imo State.

 

I have also  been pointing out  how Governor Okorocha and his  cabal  looted   Imo local government councils with facts and figures. I have talked about how  they  looted  Ahiazu Mbaise council funds,Aboh Mbaise,Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma, Owerri West, Owerri North, Oguta and Mbaitoli LGA’s. I will tell you the figures they looted in each of  the 27 LGA’s of Imo State week by week  but today I am talking about the looted council funds of Obowo LGA. From my research of Imo’s political economy under Governor Okorocha   the quickest numerical comparison for Imo  is that of Ali Baba and the 40  thieves. With Okorocha’s style of treasury looting in combination with other thieving cabal like  Mr Uwajumogu and Mr Ejiogu   we have Ali Baba and   fourty thieves stealing  millions of Imo monies every day.

 

I am angry that the  quantity and quality of life for the vast majority of Obowo people   vis-à-vis the basic means of living have drastically plummeted. I am asking: where are the local roads, health care centres, modern schools and markets for Obowo people? Where are the projects  for  development in Obowo? Where is the N 4.4  billion  naira  that came from  FG  to Obowo LGA  from May 2011 to December 2013. They don chop am.

 

Note  also that during  the  building of city gates in  Owerri about 300 contractors involved had applied for executing the city – gates projects, each of them was compelled to tender for the job at the cost of N260, 000, thus generating a whopping Seventy-Eight Million Naira (N78M) only to Okorocha’s purse before the contracts were cancelled and Okorocha denied ever awarding or directing anyone to award such contracts for city – gates meant to control payment of rent taxes for owners of properties in Owerri and its environs.

 

What about the illegal sand dredging from Nworie river?  Okorocha had forced all road contractors to purchase sand from his secretly installed sand dredging machines at Nworie river, around Alvan Ikoku College of Education. When the authorities of the college complained bitterly of the menace his dredging machines were increasingly constituting, he threatened to cancel the certificate of occupancy given to the college long before it was converted to a federal institution and to annex their lands.

 

What about the mere 3km road that  was awarded to JPROS, a Lebanese associate of Rochas Okorocha previously living in Jos, Plateau state as agbata ekie. While other contracts were yet to be officially documented, Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha had ordered full payment for the project said to be over – valued at N1.3Billion naira

 

What about the agbata ekie contract  of  the sum of N500Million naira   of Imo funds to Chief Senator Annie Okonkwo for the construction of a shopping mall (shop rite) but there is nothing on ground to show for it in Imo state till date. What about another agbata ekie sum of N3.5Billion  which was  paid to the Managing Director of Homminpresa, another Lebanese for a contract awarded to it which has been abandoned  till today.

 

I still remember that the  contractor that handled  the N1.3billion  Imo state Judicial offices located almost opposite the Specialist Hospital, along Umuguma Federal Housing Estate road did  accused the state Governor of collecting about N22.4 Million as bribe before releasing the initial 15% of the cost of construction to his Company Nnutouch Global Ventures. The Governor was accused of collecting the N22.4 Million bribe upfront out of the initial advance payment of N150M , forcing the contractor to stop further construction work at the site. What about the 16 billion naira ISOPADEC funds looted? Find below the total breakdown of money from FG to Obowo from May 2011 to December 2013

 

May 2011 N80,086,786.98

 

June 2011 N110,338,486.63

 

July 2011 N202,957,026.16

 

Aug 2011 N114,765,292.67

 

Sept 2011 N116,779,487.15

 

Oct 2011 N137,873,989.53

 

Nov 2011 N210,887,059.01

 

Dec 2011 N136,483,140.43

 

Jan 2012 N133,533,961.39

 

Feb 2012 N117,304,053.55

 

March 2012 N148,921,547.10

 

April 2012 N128,321,718.66

 

May 2012 N119,045,216.45

 

June 2012 N119,170,425.79

 

July 2012 N113,549,751.81

 

Aug 2012 N146,152,644.28

 

Sept 2012 N113,753,981.15

 

Oct 2012 N112,118,354.91

 

Nov 2012 N148,236,740.65

 

Dec 2012 N195,936,964.99

 

Jan 2013 N147,042,120.76

 

Feb 2013 N120,742,920.54

 

March 2013 N148,921,547.10

 

April 2013 N150,978,337.62

 

May 2013 N160,298,894.97

 

June 2013 N164,883,954.85

 

July 2013 N126,652,759.93

 

Aug 2013 N148,325,110.35

 

Sept 2013 N126,234,953.17

 

Oct 2013 N113,753,981.15

 

Nov 2013 N137,873,989.53

 

Dec 2013 N210,887,059.01

 

-Kenneth Uwadi , Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

 

IMPEACHMENT: Gov. Almakura Is Too Soft For My Liking – Kwankwaso


Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has blamed the Nasarawa governor, Umaru Muktar Almakura political policies, saying it is responsible for the governors predicament.

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Kwankwaso said: “you cannot be a gentleman and hope to survive as governor under the present dispensation”.

He added, “A gentleman cannot be a good governor, you need to have so many faces because the game is rough and can’t accommodate a gentleman”.

The Kano governor said that Al-Makura was too soft for his liking and had multiple times rejected rejected intervention and expertise to assist him navigate troubled waters.

“On our volition, we suggested to him to allow us mobilise our foot soldiers. He refused. We also appealed to him to allow us come in physically. He refused; always distancing himself from such expertise that would assist him”.

Kwankwaso continued “the whole madness is a wicked calculations ahead of 2015 and It is not going to assist the PDP Federal Government retain power.

We have had enough of this impunity, ruthlessness and we are closing ranks to chase them out of power by 2015; it would be too late for them to hoodwink anyone again”.

Kwankwaso is the incumbent Governor of Kano State. He has been one of the top stakeholders of the opposition APC and has been campaigning against President Jonathan’s rumoured second term bid.

Charly Boy Shares Photos From 2014 Annual Gay Pride Festival


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We’ve always known Charly Boy be a bit different from your normal average male but he just proved us right again.

The Area Fada of Abuja entertainment shared photos of himself at the 2014 Stockholm Gay Pride – an annual gay pride festival held in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

Pictured above is Charly with his transvestite friends at the event.

I honestly think Charly Boy looks better without all the weird make-up and stuff.

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Nigerians Rain Curses At Juliet Ibrahim For Saying ‘EBOLA’ Is In Nigeria


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Reports filtered in that Ghana banned flights from neighboring countries because of the current pandemic in West Africa.

Ebola has currently affected patients in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia with a case recorded in Nigeria; Juliet had the message to her  fans:

 

And her Nigerian fans immediately responded:

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‘Apaye’, Odunlade Adekola, Omoni Oboli, Mercy Johnson and Even Dr. SID Get Nominations 2014 Best of Nollywood Awards


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I guess this is one of those award ceremonies that Davido cannot win, but don’t be surprised as he would probably be invited to perform at the gala night.

Anyways, Omoni Oboli, Joseph Benjamin, and Iyabo Ojo are some of the actors nominated in the 2014 Best of Nollywood awards.

The list which was unveiled at a nomination party held in Port Harcourt on Friday, August 1, 2014 has other actors and movies including Odunlade Adekola, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Bimbo Oshin, ‘Apaye’ and Femi Jacobs, ‘The Meeting’, as nominees in different categories.

Other nominees include Femi Adebayo, Ivie Okujaiye, Mildred Okwo, and Monalisa Chinda.

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Actor in Leading Role (English)
Kanayo O. Kanayo – Apaye
Joseph Benjamin- Don’t Cry for me
Gbenga Akinnade- Render to Ceaser
Tope Teleda- A Mile from Home
Femi Jacobs- The Meeting
Bob Manuel Udokwu- Dining with a Long Spoon

Actor in Leading Role (Yoruba)
Odunade Adekola- Ina Loju Ekun
Niyi Johnson- Oritoke
Yinka Quadri- Aremo Ite
Muyiwa Ademola- Eja Nla
Femi Adebayo- Fifehanmi

Actor in Leading Role(Hausa)
Yakubu Mohammed- Duniya Han
Sani Danja- Byrin Zuciya
Ibrahim Maishunk- Aduniya
Adam A Zango- Ruwan Jakara
Sadik Sani- Hadarin Gabas
Actor in Leading Role(Igbo)
Okey Bakasi- Onye Ozi

Actress in Leading Role (English)
Omoni Oboli- Being Mrs Elliot
Ivie Okubaye- Black Silhouette
Mary Lazarus- Don’t Cry for Me
Clarion Chukwura- Apaye
Ijeoma Grace Agu- Misfit

Actress in Leading Role(Yoruba)
Bimbo Osin- Feresisemi
Yewande Adekoya- Kudi Klepto
Bidemi Kosoko- Kori Koto
Sheyi Asekun- Fifehanmi
Iyabo Ojo- Silence

Actress in Leading Role(Igbo)
Ngozi Igwebike- Onye Ozi
Actress in Leading Role (Hausa)
Fati Washa- Bancik
Fati laden- Byrin Zuriya
Nafisat Abdullahi- Ruwan Jakara
Asmau Abubakar- Hadarin Gabas

Best supporting Actor (English)
Sidney Esiri- Last 3 Digits
Chidozie Nzeribe- A Mile From Home
Ayo Makun- Being Mrs Elliot
Kalu Ikeagwu- Blue Flames
Femi Jacobs- Dream Walker

Best supporting Actress (English)
Mercy Johnson- Hustlers
Uru Eke- Dining with a Long Spoon
Evelyn Sin- Seven Rivers
Rita Dominic- The Meeting
Nse Ikpe Etim- Dream Walker

Best supporting Actor (Yoruba)
Razak Olayiwola- Sanbe
Dele Odule- Kori-koto
Muyiwa Ademola- Oritoke
Tamilore Martins- Kudi Klepto
Jamiu Azeez- Orofo

Best supporting Actress (Yoruba)
Biola Segun-Willams- Silence
Fathia Balogun- Ina Loju Ekun
Biodun Okeowo- Orofo
Ayo Adesaya- Sanbe
Odunayo Agoro– Osunfunke

Most Promising Actor
Jamiu Azeez
Tamilore Martins
Temisan Etsede
Sidney Esiri

Most Promising Actress
Ivie Okubaye
Ijeoma Agu
Jackie Idumogu
Oyinka Elebuibo

Child Actor in Movie
Olamide Davids- Black Silhouette
Chisom Okusua- Mama Africa
D’Kachy Emelonye- Onye Ozi

Child Actress in Movie

Carol Micheal- Apaye
Toyin Eniola- Oritoke
Chinny Okemuo- Onye Ozi
Pricillia Ojo- Silence

Apaye
A Mile from Home
The Meeting
First Cause
Silence

Comedy of the Year
I come Lagos
Onye ozi
30 Days in Atlanta
Our lucky Day

Movie with the best Social Message
Oritoke
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Black Silhouette
Our Difference
Dream Walker
First Cause

Movie with the Best Special Effect
A Mile from Home
Aduniya
Seven Rivers
The Origin
Ina loju Ekun

Best Kiss in a movie
Gabriel Afolayan and Jackie Idumogu-First Cause
Majid and Beverly Naya – Forgetting June
Joseph Benjamin and Ini Edo – Perfect Plan
Monalisa Chinda and Lugo Tourton – Lagos Cougar
Blossom Chukwujeku and Ini Edo- Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Best use of Make up in a movie

Seven Rivers
Kudi Klepto
Cobra
Mama Africa
Aremo Ife

Best Cinematography
Osunfunke
Apaye
Being Mrs. Elliot
The Meeting
30 Days in Atlanta
Screenplay of the Year
A Mile from Home The Meeting
Secret Room
Render to Ceaser
Silence

Best Short Film
Brave
Wages
Not Right
New Morning
Living Funeral
Alpha Mum
Best Documentary
Fatai Rolling Dollar

Bad Budgeting for Development
Seeds of Growth
Best TV Series
Lekki Wives
The Johnsons
Dear Mother
New Horizon
Happy Family

Best Edited Movie
Apaye
A Mile from Home
Last 3 digits
Silence
Best Use of Food in a Movie
Being Mrs. Elliot
Apaye
Seven Rivers

Movie with the Best Sound
Osunfunke
Render to Ceaser
Apaye
Being Mrs. Elliot
The Meeting

Movie with the Best Production Design
Being Mrs. Elliot
Apaye
Seven Rivers
Iyawo Osun
Osunfunke

Director of the Year
Eric Aghimien- A Mile for Home
Desmond Eliiot- Apaye
Mildred Okwo- The Meeting
Dj tee- Osunfunke
Alex Mouth- Silence

Saeon: “Uti Nwachukwu And I Are Just Friends”


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Ok, are they just trying to confuse us or this is actually for real? Because I personally thought their romance was already official.

Sha, Nigerian fast rising pop singer Saeon says she and Model and TV personality Uti Nwachukwu are friends.

The ‘Boogie Down’ singer who previously said she and the Former Big Brother rep were in love in an interview with Punchng has said in a new exclusive interview that she’s just friends with Uti:

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‘I and Uti are friends; we have been friends for like 2-3 years. He featured in my first video, he is God fearing, an amazing worker and he is handsome; I support him in whatever he does.’

Saeon, whose real name is Seun Oni, got into the Nigerian music scene in 2012.

Top Five Players to watch in the EPL


As the new season is just around the horizon, here are highlights of  five players that would be highly influential for their various clubs.

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Jack Wilshere- Arguably one of England’s finest, unfortunately though, the dad of two has struggled to produce consistent performances on the field of play due to recurring injuries. He recently came under heavy criticism by Manchester United’s legend Paul Scholes who suggested that the player would never reach his full potentials. Realistic terms, they are mere speculations. A fit Wilshere is agile and gives a resounding output; a stalwart in all endeavors for both club and country.

Much waits to be seen on the role assigned to him when the season begins, especially with the Gunnners burgeoning Midfield options. If he remains fit, the 22-year old is capable of giving in mouth-watering displays that made former England boss Fabio Capello describe him as the ‘’The Future’’ of English football.

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Cesc Fabregas- Arsenal fans ostensibly went berserk when the news about Fabregas joining rivals Chelsea soared on the media hemisphere. The playmaker joins the blues at the back of a not impressive season at Barcelona. Despite the outward bearing of the previous season in Spain, the player not surprisingly, is proving to be worth every penny spent- scoring a sublime freekick in the thumping of Dutch side Vitesse in a pre-season friendly encounter. The Spanish International is a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming EPL season.

Juan Mata- Manchester United bought the diminutive Spaniard from the Special one for a fee believed to be around £37.1 million, and even though the former Valencia talisman didn’t show his goods in his maiden season for the red devils, his subsquent could produce surprises. Twice voted Chelsea’s player of the season, the player was sold to rivals for bewildering decision that left the faithful fuming on why Mourinho permitted such transfer. His poor defensive work rate was believed to be the reason for his stupefying exit.

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Unable to flourish under Moyes, however, under the tutelage of the experienced van Gaal, the 5ft 7 midfielder would fit in the new 3-5-2 being experimented in United’s US tour. Juan Mata would have the freedom to work his magic in Midfield. He would also be required to do more work in the final third, in contrast to Jose Mourinho’s philosophy.

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Adam Lallana- When the 26-year old was plying his trade in South East London, Southampton, the majority of the big teams visiting the St Mary’s stadium didn’t fancy playing against him. His vibrant runs, layoffs, and constant eye for goal was excruciating for away sides.

Now though, Lallana was part of the redundant summer release spree by Southampton. The English born is now moving to the Mersey side and expected to be given a major role in Liverpool. Another starlet to monitor.

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Ross Barkley- The Everton attack is probable to be spearheaded by this English footballer with a Nigerian descent. If you looking for a player with attributes of immense physicality, power and pace, Ross Barkely makes the cut. Last season, he was incredibly substantial in the Toffes quest for a top four finish, which was denied due to lack of experience. Still, with Roberto Martinez in the ranks, expect the club to try again, especially with Barkley orchestrating play.

Bagauda Bridge Collapse: Kano Govt. Cautions Motorists Coming From Jos


collapsed bridgeThe Kano State Government on Saturday in Kano advised motorists going to the state from Jos to divert to Kwanar Dangora through Rahama roundabout.

The Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr Yunusa DanGwani, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the diversion became necessary because of the near collapse of Bagauda Bridge.

He said that the heavy rain that fell on Friday seriously affected the bridge which he said could collapse at any time

NAN reports that the commissioner visited Bagauda dam on Saturday following report of the flood.

“Instead of following Tiga road, motorists coming from Jos should pass through Kwanar Dangora (Old Jos road) in order to avoid possible loss of lives and property”.

He explained that following the downpour, Bagauda dam was full to capacity, pointing out that flood submerged the entire area leading to the destruction of some portions of the road.

He, however, said that the state government had dispatched experts from the Ministry of Works to assess the damage done to the bridge by the flood. (NAN)

‘Chibok Girls Being Used For Suicide Bombings’


Abducted-Chibok-school-grilsThe over 200 girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, may have been exposed to radicalization by their captors, the Boko Haram insurgents, who are now using them for suicide bombings, Sunday Vanguard is reporting.

The newspaper quoted a source, who has contacts within the top hierarchy of the terrorist group.

The source spoke about the possibility that the girls had been indoctrinated by the terrorists in the last three months of their captivity, hypnotized and sent into various parts of Nigeria with a view to executing deadly missions.

The source spoke on the backdrop of the introduction of a new dimension to the terror attacks especially in the northern parts of Nigeria – the use of teenage female suicide bombers. Just last week, two of the attacks in Kano State were carried out by female suicide bombers even as the police in Katsina State arrested two girls between the ages of 10 and 18, alongside their male companion in Funtua. The girls had suicide bomb vests on them when they were apprehended.

The source, who argued that it may be difficult to change the radical orientation of the girls, pointed out that may now see their malevolent disposition as an act of righteousness.

“It may shock you to know that some of the girls being used for suicide bombings in parts of the North are among those taken from Chibok in April this year”, the source said.

Continuing, the source insisted that “it is rather unfortunate that government wasted precious time in rescuing the girls either through negotiation with Boko Haram or other means possible.

“It was clear from the outset that the girls would not come out the same, after being kept with their unwanted hosts for a long time”, the source told Sunday Vanguard.

Although the Federal Government said, last Wednesday, that the Chibok girls were not among the female bombers that attacked Kano in recent times, it did not provide any concrete evidence to prove this claim.

At a media briefing in Abuja, Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, shot down the suggestion that the 219 school girls still in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents, could have turned suicide bombers.

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER HELD HOSTAGE AT IMO POLICE COMMAND


These are not best of times for AWILO SHERIFF SUMA, a Sierra Leonean and an international footballer with a German Team. Sheriff Suma (born October 12, 1986 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) nickname Awilo, is a Sierra Leonean international footballer who plays as a winger or Attacking-Midfielder for Syrianska and the Sierra Leone national football team. He was a member of Sierra Leone U-17 team at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland. Suma made his senior international debut for Sierra Leone on September 3, 2006 in a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying match against Mali in Freetown.Suma is one of the most popular Sierra Leonean footballers and he is known for frequently changing his unusual and colourful hairstyles.Suma is widely known across Sierra Leone by his nickname Awilo

Awilo Sheriff Suma has been detained in the cell of the Imo State Police Command since the past two weeks. He came into Owerri, the  Imo state capital to have fun but ran into trouble at the Hotel he was lodged in. he lodged-in at the popular LINKS HOTEL near the Imo concord Hotel. However, according to the story, the Hotel Management on noticing that he has plenty of Dollars on him, allegedly played a fast one on him. It was alleged that some people broke into or opened his Hotel room in the night while he was fast asleep and took away his belongings and money. When he woke up the next morning, Awilo Sheriff Sumo discovered that his belongings were missing including cash of over $9,500. The problems that ensued thereon eventually landed him and the Hotel staff at the police command.

 

At the police station, the staff were bailed after spending two days in detention cell but Awilo Sheriff Sumo has remained in detention ever since then. According to a police officer who leaked this information to FAMOUS NAIJA, “Awilo Sheriff Sumo came into Owerri to enjoy himself but forgot to know how the terrain is”.

The same officer also confirmed that Awilo Sheriff Sumo alleged told them that the Deputy Commissioner of police (David Folawiyo) is holding his remaining belongings including money which he handed over to him for safety. According to the police officer, the belonging includes (1)$5,000 cash (2) Gold necklace worth $3,000 (3) Gold earring worth $7,000 (4) A box containing other items (5) One Laptop (6) two Ipad.

 

The good spirited police officer further informed that the player’s life might be endangered if nothing was done to bring him out and send him out of the country.

Meanwhile, the player has allegedly been asked to bring the sum of One million naira before he could be bailed. The good Samaritan police officer therefore pleaded that the information should be passed to the press for publication so as to attract the attention of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Force headquarters and other football players in West Africa. The officer pleaded that help should be urgent because the player does not speak English very well but only French. “Sheriff Sumo might be tricked into signing off his remaining belongings with the Police” the officer concluded.

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Fish Sellers Record High Patronage As Bauchi Residents Shun Meat Over Ebola Fears


fish_vendorFish sellers are now experiencing high patronage in Bauchi State following the alert over the deadly Ebola virus across the country.

It was learnt that residents now shun any type of meat as they fear they could contract the virus through the consumption of bush meat.

According to reports from Bauchi, yesterday, fish sellers at Wunti, Muda Lawal and Central markets, as well as those along the Maiduguri Road, confirmed high patronage over the last few days. The high patronage was also being extended to business owners who have fish ponds in the state.
Mrs. Bolaji Olorunwaju, a fish seller, said the Ebola alert scared people away from consuming bush meat, adding that they now patronize fish.
“Since last week, I have made great profit from the sale of fish. I now make between five to ten thousand naira a day unlike the former situation when I made five thousand a day”.

Another seller opposite the Bauchi stadium, Sani Maigari, said his fish business had boomed in the last two weeks because of the fear by residents that the Ebola virus could be contracted through the consumption of meat.

Reacting to the development, the Director of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, PHCDA, Umar Gamawa, said the state government had put in place measures to forestall the outbreak of the virus.

Check Out Photos From Dr Sid & Simi’s White Wedding


Nigerian singer Dr Sid and his soulmate, Simi Osomo now Mrs Esiri have been joined together in holy matrimony, today, August 2, 2014, in Lagos.

The lovely couple had their traditional wedding on July 27 at the Ark Event center, Lagos state.

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Boko Haram Desperate To Bomb S’East, Warns Igbo Leaders


Igbo Leaders have urged the Federal Government to ensure ‘desperate attempts’ by Boko Haram insurgents to bomb the South-East does not materialise, warning that a successful attack in the region portended grave danger for the country.

In a statement by Evang. Elliot Uko, Deputy Secretary of the Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), entitled ‘The calm before the storm’, the tribal leaders described as worrisome the Sallah day arrest in Borno State of a long trailer laden with bombs and IED’s disguised as cattle merchants headed for Onitsha and Port Harcourt.

“This simply tells us that those who are committed to bombing the east are very serious at their plans,” the statement said.

“We have two choices facing us. One is to keep quiet and look the other way until it happens. The other is exactly what we are doing now: Raise our voice in warning, praying and hoping that this avoidable catastrophe would pass us by. Truth is that Boko Haram is desperate to bomb eastern Nigeria. We don’t want that to happen because the implications are clearly frightening.

If you add this to the earlier attempt to bomb a church with 10,000 capacity at Owerri, the attempt to kill both General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheik Bauchi, nobody knows how many of such trailers have successfully transferred the deadly cargo to the east waiting for the time to strike.

“Had any of these three events exploded according to Boko Haram plan, Nigeria would have been history by now. Now, we know that the sponsors of Boko Haram are desperate to attack the South-East, let nobody pretend the grave implications of a successful Boko Haram attack on the South-East is lost on them.

“Since the Kano Riots of 1953, easterners have been killed every year in very gruesome manner in the North for 61 years; sometimes over introduction of Sharia Laws, sometimes because of a cartoon in Denmark, sometimes over beauty pageant…, sometimes because of election results. Pursuing easterners down home to bomb them in the name of Islamisation by force would be the last straw. Nigeria will not survive a Boko Haram attack in the East.”

“In this season, which could easily be described as the season of uneasy calm before the impending storm we remind the authorities that if Boko Haram does succeed in bombing the South-East with casualties, it would be impossible to stop the catastrophe that would follow; reprisals and counter-reprisals.

“A people pushed to the wall will react and the northern crowd will also react and no power on earth can hold Nigeria together again. As the enemies of peaceful co-existence are determined to twist the tiger’s tail, this is truly the calm before the storm.”

Boko Haram Threatens To Attack Akwa Ibom


The Akwa Ibom State Government said yesterday that there are threats by insurgents to bomb designated markets, churches and public places in the state.

Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, in a statement, said the threats were contained in “text messages from a terrorist group, Boko Haram threatening the peace and security of the state.”

The Commissioner therefore advised members of the public to be security conscious and be extra vigilant by promptly reporting suspicious movements of strange elements that constitute security threats to security personnel for action.

Umanah however assured all indigenes and residents of the state of their safety as government has already directed security agencies to step up surveillance to tackle the threat as well as ensure the safety and security of lives and property including sensitive and important installations.

In the same vein, Umanah urged all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses as government was on top of the situation, maintaining that government was poised to sustain the peace and stable environment which made Akwa Ibom a safe haven for visitors, investors and her indigenes.

“Associate Airline has refused to compensate me” – Hostess on ill-fated plane carrying late Agagu


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Oluwatoyin Samson, one of the hostesses and a survivor of the ill-fated Associated Airlines plane that crashed in Lagos State with the remains of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Olusegun Agagu, has told the media her ordeal in the hands of the management of the airline.

On 3rd October 2013, Akure bound Associated Aviation Flight 361, operated by an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashed on take off from Murtala Muhammed Airport.

Fifteen of the 20 people on board were killed..

The aircraft was on a charter flight taking the body of the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu for burial.

Oluwatoyin, who joined the company in 2000, was one of the people at the second Engr. Zakariya Haruna memorial lecture held in Lagos to recount her experience.

Dressed in a red gown and limping, due to injury she sustained from the crash, the middle-aged woman said the carrier omitted her name when they started paying the 30 per cent insurance to the families of the deceased and injured.

Oluwatoyin stated that she called the airline spokesman, Alex Emode, who advised her to get a lawyer because she granted an interview to the Accident Investigation Bureau upon her return.

“I told AIB nothing but the truth about the crash”, she said, adding that “In fairness to the crew and passengers that died, I don’t need to hide anything from AIB.

“My personal effect, recovered from the wreckage, has not been given back to me and it has been returned to Associated Airline by AIB”.

She disclosed that her lawyer wrote a letter to the company on her plight, adding that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, was copied.

“To my surprise, Mr. Alex Emode told my lawyer on phone that I’m not a staff of Associated Aviation. I now asked him to tell me what I was doing onboard if I was not a staff of the airline”, she said.
“Is it a crime to survive an air crash? If I had died in the crash, would they have told my family that I am not their staff?”

Oluwatoyin said that Emode told a journalist that she went on shopping spree in South Africa.

“I was furious and asked him if he gave me any money for the shopping in South Africa. All the money that was given to me by my family members and good Nigerians while I was on my hospital bed, were given to Mr. Alex in South Africa when he said that we have to cater for the accommodation and feeding of any family member accompanying us to South Africa.

“So, where will I get money to go on shopping spree as he claimed? Different false accusations because they don’t want to compensate me.

“He said that according to Geneva law, an obsolete law, I’m not going to be compensated because I am alive and I did not suffer any loss or permanent injury, that I will only be compensated on compassionate ground, if possible”.

She recalled, amid tears, the counsel by her doctor to stop hectic activities, adding that she can no longer function as a cabin crew because of her low physical and mental strength.

“My mobility is slow. I cannot stand for a long time, which disqualifies me for yearly medical/ditching/ evacuation exercise before my crew licence can be renewed.

“The indelible scars, burns behind my right arm are scary to behold. The psychological trauma I’m suffering now is as a result of the crash. I now have fear of aircraft during take-off.

“All these were not happening to me before the crash. I was very active. I walked straight. I do not limp, neither were I afraid of flight.

“The incident happened over nine months ago and the company has not done anything to take care of me. They neglected and humiliated me”, she cried.

Mortician Arrested Over Stolen Corpse In Enugu


The mortician in-charge of the Christ Specialist Hospital, Enugu from where the corpse of Chief Theodore Ezeobi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, was reportedly stolen last Thursday morning has been arrested by the State Police Command.

Some unknown persons were said to have broken into the mortuary and forcefully removed the corpse of the legal practitioner who passed on four months ago.

The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed to Vanguard that the mortician on duty when the corpse was stolen, was already being interrogated with a view to ascertaining how the corpse disappeared from the morgue.

“It is a true story that the corpse of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Anambra State disappeared from a hospital in Enugu and we are investigating the matter now.

“The mortician on duty that morning is in our custody and he is helping us in our investigations,” he said.

However, Vanguard learnt that the corpse may have been taken somewhere in Anambra State for the burial which was scheduled for last Thursday.

The funeral, which was well advertised was, however, aborted as security operatives were said to have stormed the village in search of those in possession of the controversial corpse.

Sources said the first son to the deceased, Theodore Junior Ezeobi, had placed a newspaper advertorial in which he fixed wake keep and the burial of his late father for last Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

But reports from the village said the wake keep did not hold Wednesday night though several canopies were set for the event at the family compound.

It was gathered that while the son was planning the funeral in line with the earlier announcement, the daughter of the deceased legal luminary, Chinelo Ezeobi, placed a counter announcement, a development that gave the villagers and the deceased lawyer’s friends and associates the impression that the family was in dispute.

The burial posters for the late SAN which was also signed by Theodore Junior for the family, was displayed in some locations within the town, including St. Theresa’s Catholic Church where a burial mass was billed to be held in his honour.

Chief Ezeobi hailed from Osikwu village, Awgbu, in Orumba North local government area of Anambra State.

Governorship Election: Deploying Soldiers To Osun Was The Rights Move – Ladoja


Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, weekend allayed fears raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State over the use of soldiers during the August 9 governorship elections, saying similar move had produced positive results.

Ladoja, national leader of Accord, who spoke at his Bodija residence, Ibadan, recalled that the same security measures were used in the 2007 elections.

He argued that the use of security agents gave people sense of security in Ekiti State, but however, warned that the deployment of massive security in 2015 to states would not be possible.

“Soldiers have always supervised elections in Nigeria. So there is nothing new. In 2007 the GOC gave evidence at election petition tribunals. The deployment of heavy security in Ekiti was due to the hype at that time between the forces of PDP and APC. Maybe if security had not been deployed people may not have come out to vote. The fact that the election recorded more voters than ever before shows that people had confidence to come when they knew security was in place.

“But whatever happen in Osun and Ekiti cannot happen in Oyo state. Where will you get five police, two soldiers to man one pooling booth during 2015 general elections? Also the deluge of people moving around will not happen because all politicians will be in their states fighting for survival. so this should not disturb us. They are used because they are available and to tell the world that Nigeria can conduct free and fair elections. But we should get to a stage where we can monitor our elections by ourselves.”

Osun Election: PDP Will Have Another Victory Dance This Weekend – Minister


Minister of State for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, weekend boasted that there would be another victory dance in the Osun State this week for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Ekiti State has through our Governor-Elect, Dr Ayodele Fayose opened the floodgate of victory for the PDP in the Southwest and nothing will stop the victory ship from berthing in Osun State on Saturday,” he said.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the Minister said Nigerians should ask Governor Rauf Aregbesola why he was contesting the August 9 election meant for Osun State, noting “it is funny that Aregbesola, who calls himself Governor of the State of Osun is contesting Osun State governorship election.”

According to him, “In Ekiti, cooperative funds running to several billions of naira deducted from March, April, May and June salary of the government workers are yet to be remitted into the accounts of the cooperatives societies. The situation in Osun is not different, as funds had to be mobilised from other APC controlled States before the workers could get May, June and July salary.

“The entire education system in Osun State has been destroyed with the merger of Muslim Schools with Christian Schools, and demolition of schools established over 50 years ago.

“Therefore, the people of Osun are eagerly waiting for Saturday to come so that they can put an end to the APC misgovernance in their State, and no amount of noise-making, propaganda and falsehood can stop PDP victory.”

Charly Boy supports the LGBT community at Stockholm Gay Pride [PHOTOS]


Veteran singer and song writer, Charlyboy has once again sparked up another ‘gay rumours’ by attending the 2014 Stockholm Gay Pride – an annual gay pride festival held in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden on Saturday.

He not only posed with his transvestite friends and members of the community but also shared highlights on his Instagram page.

Recall that in 2012, Charlyboy was accused of being gay after kissing media personality, Denrele in a controversial manner.

Reacting to the report, the maverick entertainer said “If I’m gay, I will fight for the right of homosexuals. I am not gay and I am not part of such organization in any way, shape or form.”

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Impeachment: Put A Stop To Legislative Recklessness In Nasarawa, Edo Now, Falana Tells Jonathan


Al-Makura-OshiomholeLagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to put an end to what he described as legislative recklessness following the move by Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to impeach the governor of the state, Tanko Al-Makura.

Falana said on Saturday that the wave of impeachment in some parts of the country was part of the “planned manipulation” of the ruling PDP to “rig the 2015 general election”.

He added that the Presidency could no maintain its innocence in the “legislative recklessness” currently on display in Nasarawa State.

The PDP-dominated Nasarawa Assembly in a sitting somewhere in Karu, close to Abuja, the nation’s capital on Wednesday, had passed a resolution asking the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to dissolve the investigative panel he earlier set up to investigate the impeachment allegations levelled against the governor.

However, many have condemned the call by the House of Assembly, saying once the Chief Judge set up a panel as required by law, the process could not be aborted except by a valid court order.

This much was confirmed by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who called on Jonathan to intervene in the developments in Nasarawa State as they portended grave implication for the stability of the country.

His statement reads in part, “It is no longer a secret that the wave of impeachment sweeping across the nation is part of the planned manipulation of the 2015 general election in favour of the ruling party.

“In the process, the dubious agenda of turning Nigeria into a one party state will be achieved.

“In view of the potential danger which the trend portends for political stability in the country the illegality which has characterised the ongoing impeachment of the governor of Nasarawa State, Governor Tanko Al-Makura, must be halted by President Goodluck Jonathan forthwith.

“It is no longer sufficient to distance the Presidency from the legislative recklessness being exhibited with impunity by the legislators. If the Presidency is not involved in what has become recurrent illegalities who stopped the Edo State police command from arresting four suspended legislators from conducting mock proceedings of the Edo State House of Assembly? Why is the Edo State police command helpless when both the high court and the court of appeal have ordered the suspended legislators to desist from treating court orders with disdain?”

He faulted the proceedings of the Nasarawa Assembly, which had been sitting at a venue outside the chambers of the House of Assembly in Lafia.

Guber Poll: Osun Will Be Well-Policed, Says Jonathan As He Dares Political Thugs To Attempt To Disrupt Process


Jonathan-Sambo-and-Osun-OmisorePresident Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday assured the people of Osun State that the August 9 governorship election would be peaceful.

Speaking tough, the president also dared those parading themselves as political thugs to attempt to disrupt the election and risk being dealt with by security operatives, who he insisted, would be deployed in the state for the election.

The president, who said this at the Peoples Democratic Party governorship campaign grand finale in Osogbo City Stadium, added that despite protests by some parties, he would make sure that Osun State was ‘well-policed’ during the election.

Jonathan, who walked round the pitch, alongside other PDP leaders, waving at a mammoth crowd of supporters, who had filled the about 30, 000-capacity stadium before his arrival, also restated his commitment to making sure that the votes of Nigerians count.

He said, “Some parties are even going to court saying that on the election day all the security operatives should be removed. We will recall that during the 2011 election, 10 youth corps members were killed. We will not allow that to happen again. So anybody to think that government would fold its hands and allow miscreants to take over the streets of Osun State, and cause havoc, that person is deceiving himself. We will make sure that Osun State is properly policed.

“Anybody who calls himself a thug or militant whatever name you call yourself, if you find himself in Osun State that day, be rest assured that the security operatives will deal with you according to law. Because we must show the world that we are capable of governing ourselves and that we are able to elect who will rule us.

“Our votes must count. One man one vote; one woman on vote; one youth one vote”, Mr. Jonathan said.

The president added that the Federal Government needed maximum cooperation from the Osun State Government to bring development to every part of the state and boasted that the PDP was the only party in Nigeria that had the credentials of a democratic party.

“Omisore and the government at the centre will work together to develop Osun State. All we need from you is your votes. We need you to elect Omisore on August 9. Bring Omisore to us as your governor and leave the rest for us”, he said.

The President, who had earlier congratulated Vice-President Namadi Sambo on his birthday which coincided with the rally, urged the people of Osun to ensure that PDP wins the governorship poll next weekend as a birthday gift to Sambo, who he called ‘my younger brother’.

To further express his assurance that the PDP would win the election, Jonathan referred to Omisore and his running mate, Adejare Bello, as governor and deputy governor-in-waiting respectively.

Sambo had said the mammoth crowd that received them in Osogbo was a sign that “the people of Osun State are ready to take back their mandate” just as he described the rainfall that ushered them to the state as a sign of divine endorsement.

Also speaking at the rally, the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, said the PDP had patiently waited for the Osun election, saying it’s an opportunity for the party to take back its mandate that was taken away through the court.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who boasted that he predicted Ayodele Fayose’s victory in Ekiti State two months ago and that there would be no litigation to his emergence as governor-elect, re-assured the people that the PDPGF has assembled a team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria to defend their votes in court should the need arise.

Prominent among chieftains of the party at the campaign were the vice president, Nnamadi Sambo; deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha; PDP national chairman Ahmed Adamu Muazu; chairman of BoT Chief Tony Anenih; chairman, Godswill Akpabio, and a number of his colleagues; Chief Bode George; Femi Fani-Kayode, ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; Ayodele Fayose; Otunba Alao-Akala, Chief Buruji Kazamu, and a former deputy governor of Osun, Erelu Olusola Obada.

U.S-Africa Summit: Jonathan Leaves For Washington Today


UN-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-US-NIGERIAPresident Goodluck Jonathan will on Sunday leave for Washington DC to participate in a three-day United States-African Leaders Summit.

This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja, by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

The statement said that the summit was at the instance of U.S. President Barack Obama, and it would focus on trade, investment, peace, security and good governance in Africa.

“The summit is the first of its kind between an American president and African heads of state and government.

“It is expected to greatly strengthen ties between the United States, Nigeria and other African countries.

“Jonathan will join Obama and about 50 other participating African leaders for discussions that are expected to lead to greater progress in key areas.

“They include expansion in trade and investment ties, promotion of inclusive sustainable development and expansion of cooperation on peace and security”.

According to the statement, the event will feature three special sessions on “Investing in Africa’s Future,’’ “Peace and Regional Stability”, and “Governing the Next Generation”.

“It will also feature side-events such as the United States-Africa Business Forum, aimed at boosting efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa.

“Others are creating partnerships that will accelerate job creation, and encouraging even more American investments in Nigeria and other African countries”.

It added that Jonathan would also hold meetings with key United States political, security and business leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

Among issues to be discussed at the meetings are expansion of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, and the war against terrorism.

The statement further said that the president would be accompanied to the summit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aminu Wali, and his Finance counterpart, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Others are the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga; Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, and the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.

The president will return on Wednesday. (NAN)

APC Raises Alarm Over PDP, INEC Collaboration To Rig Osun Guber Poll


Lai-Mohammed2304The All Progressives Congress, APC, has alerted Nigerians to a devilish plot involving an unnamed unscrupulous INEC official and PDP stalwarts to rig next weekend’s gubernatorial election in Osun State.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said under the plan, some INEC IT staff allegedly handed over the entire electoral register for the state to a Special Assistant to a top PDP national official, with a view to manipulating it to disenfranchise many voters. The PDP is yet to react to this allegation.

“For those who may see this as outlandish, they should recall that an INEC official tampered with the voters register used during the last gubernatorial election in Anambra State to remove the names of many voters”, it said.

APC said the plan to tamper with the electoral register for Osun, coupled with INEC’s delay in issuing Permanent Voters Cards to registered voters, especially those who are APC members in the state, highlight the desperation of the PDP to win the forthcoming governorship election at all cost.

“The truth is that the PDP knows it cannot win a free and fair election in Osun state. Everything so far points to the fact that our party will win by a landslide if the election is free, fair, credible and transparent. In fact, a highly-credible opinion poll carried out by the globally-recognized TNS-RMS shows that the APC leads among voters in the state by 73%, compared to a paltry 19% for the PDP.

“Apparently stunned by the reality on the ground, as against the propaganda by the PDP, the party’s candidate, Iyiola Omisore, quickly conjured his own opinion poll, purportedly carried out by USAID, showing that he is leading the APC candidate and incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

“Fortunately, USAID has denied carrying out any opinion poll in Osun State, thus putting a lie to the PDP’s claim. There is no better indication of desperation than this”, the party said.

APC, therefore, called on all the good people of Osun state in general and its party members and supporters in particular, to be very vigilant in other to thwart the evil machinations of those who are averse to credible and violence-free elections.

“As we have said repeatedly, we ask for nothing beyond a level playing field for all the candidates in the Aug. 9th election in Osun State. Also, we want all registered voters to be able to exercise their franchise without hindrance, since popular participation is the bedrock of democracy.

“If the voting is done in the best tradition of free, fair and credible elections, whoever wins or loses will have no problem accepting the outcome,” APC said.

Okorocha Lacks ‘True Igbo Spirit’, Says APGA National Chairman


Okorocha vs UmehThe decision of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to abandon the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on whose platform he won election, has made him to become a drowning politician, the national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh has said.

Speaking with journalists in Umuahia, Abia State capital, Umeh said Okorocha embarked on a “misadventure of leaving APGA for the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.

He also closed the door against any attempt by Okorocha to return to APGA, saying the Imo governor had become a political liability.

“Okorocha has been swallowed by his misadventure and it is normal that he will be saying anything. Of course, he has been sending people to me that he will like to return, but you see him quickly refuting it”, he said.

The APGA national chairman said he had always said no to Okorocha’s clandestine request to return to the party that made him, but because he “did not behave well, we can’t entrust him with APGA again to do anything”, adding that it was now obvious that Imo people have rejected Okorocha, hence his desperation to return to APGA in order to repair his battered image.

Umeh dismissed Okorocha’s rescue mission agenda as a ruse, noting that the Imo governor lacked the Igbo spirit to implement such a programme.

“We have capable people that can rescue Imo State. He said he is on a rescue mission but rather, he imprisoned Imo State. We have capable people in Imo who will rescue Imo people, people with true Igbo spirit that is lacking in him”, the APGA leader said.

He said that Okorocha’s brand of politics was against the interest of Ndigbo, “he’s not somebody you can describe as a proud Igbo man”, he added.

According to Umeh, APGA would in 2015, take control of Imo and hold Okorocha “accountable for his misdeeds”, and pay him back in his own coins for betraying the party after what he called “strenuous efforts” to make him governor.

Umeh also vehemently denied the insinuation that he collected $2 million to re-admit Okorocha in APGA, “I have proved myself in Nigeria politics as somebody who can’t be purchased by anybody no matter how much money you have”.

He added: “I am so focused and concerned on the affairs of this party and Igbo people and if you want to achieve that, you will not allow money to influence you”.

My Wife’s Last Wish – Late Dora Akunyili’s Husband


akunyili-husbandAhead of the burial of her remains on August 28, it has been revealed that the last wish of the late former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili, was the release of the abducted Chibok.

Her husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili, made the disclosure while briefing the media on the burial arrangements of his wife.

His words: “Akunyili’s last wish was the release of the abducted girls at chibok by the insurgent in Borno state and she was particular about the insecurity ravaging the country”.

While announcing the burial arrangement for the late wife on Saturday, Dr Akunyili announced that the late former Director General of National Agency for food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), would also receive another post-humous award from the United States of America on November 18, 2014 for pushing Pharmacy to a greater height.

The funereal of late Prof Akunyili, which would hold at Madonna Catholic Mission at Agulu, Anambra State, will be led by Cardinal John Onaiyekan.

Dr Akunyili told reporters that though his wife had died, her soul is still hovering around, adding “my heart is still heavy over her death”.

He said since his wife died, there had been a mass service at Enugu for her every Friday because she was prayerful.

“What has been happening since she died had been mysterious, we have never had any problem in everything we have planned”, he said.

According to Dr Akunyili, his late wife surrendered her green card for the love of her country, adding that she did not want disintegration of Nigeria but wanted a homogenous country.

According to him, “my wife said I will serve Nigeria with the last drop of my blood and as a result the federal government gave her all the support in everything she did”.

Tambuwal, Ihedioha’s Posters For President, Vice-President Spring Up In Abuja


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In what appears as a surprise combination for the 2015 general election, posters of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Emeka Ihedioha respectively, as President and Vice Presidential aspirants under the banner of All Progressives Congress (APC), Saturday, sprung up in major streets of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Although both men are members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, those behind the posters said “We have decided our choice 2015”.

But the spokesman for Mr. Tambuwal, Imam Imam, issued a statement last night distancing the speaker from the emergence of the presidential posters, just as he urged those behind it to beware of the nation’s laws as regards premature political campaigns.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has consistently warned politicians and political parties against abuse of campaign laws in the country, especially with regards to the 2015 election.

The statement by Imam reads in part: “While we thank them for deeming us fit for elective office in the country, let it be known that since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not given the go-ahead for those interested in elective positions to start mobilisation, it is inappropriate for any person or group to print campaign posters and have them placed in strategic areas all over the country.

“Laws of the Federation are meant to be obeyed by the high and mighty. The Honourable Speaker will make known the direction he will take with regards to his political future at the appropriate time”.

The 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), stipulates that campaigns should commence 90 days before any election.

Section 99 (1-3) of the Electoral Act says: “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day.

“A registered political party which through any person acting on its behalf during the 24 hours before polling day”.

“Procures for publication or acquiesces in the publication of an advertisement in a Newspaper for the purpose of promoting or opposing a particular candidates, commits an offence under this Act and upon conviction is liable to a maximum fine of N500, 000”.

By-Election: We’ve Enough Qualified Candidates, We Don’t Need Ribadu, Says Adamawa PDP


PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State says it is not interested in wooing or begging any one to fly its flag in the by-election to replace impeached Governor Murtala Nyako.

The party was reacting to media reports that it was wooing former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, to join the PDP and contest the election on its platform.

The state PDP chairman, Chief Joel Madaki, who spoke while addressing party stakeholders at Government House, Yola, on Friday, boasted that the party has many qualified people in its ranks to win the governorship poll.

He, however, declared the PDP’s doors open to all indigenes of the state interested in joining it.

He promised equal treatment for all.

He insisted that the PDP was not shopping for a governorship candidate.

Madaki said: “PDP is a fully loaded party with experienced politicians who have held many laudable national positions in different capacities and who have been tried and tested to occupy any office hierarchy in the country.

“Adamawa State PDP is blessed with an array of qualified politicians; there is no need to bring somebody from outside the party to run on its ticket for the 2015 race.

“We are not wooing or begging anyone to be our governorship candidate. Are there no qualified candidates among all of you sitting here? It is an insult to all of us to say that we are wooing any person to be PDP governorship candidate.

“I want to make it clear that our doors are open for people to come in. We will give those coming equal treatment and a sense of belonging”.

Madaki commended acting governor Umaru Fintiri and members of the state assembly for restoring what he described as “PDP’s stolen mandate” by removing former governor, Murtala Nyako.

2015: PDP Group Urges Jonathan, Mu’azu To Caution Wike Over Utterances


GEJ-WIKEA group known as the Rivers PDP Third Force, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, to call the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, to order over his utterances on the 2015 governorship election in the state.

The group faulted Wike’s claim that he remained the only politician that could win the 2015 election, insisting that the minister must be stopped from contesting the poll.

The minister had during an interaction with journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, last week, boasted that he would win the 2015 governorship election, if he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

A statement by the Secretary-General of the socio-political group, Mr. Oprite Amachree, said posterity would hold the PDP national leaders accountable, should Wike be allowed to breach the political order in the state, since he (Wike) came from Ikwerre, the same area the incumbent governor, Rotimi Amaechi, hails from.

The group said, “We urge the National Leader of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, to be wary of the new seed of destruction in PDP (Nyesom Wike), who has clearly shown with his utterances and unrestrained ambitions that he cannot be tamed.

“They (PDP leadership) must put an end to this endless hair-splitting in Rivers PDP and stop Wike from his inordinate ambition. Otherwise, posterity will hold them accountable for any political disorder that arises from Wike’s ambitions.

“As fathers of our great party, they ought to play their role when it matters most. We disagree with the views expressed by the minister on the Rivers PDP gubernatorial ticket, where he stated that he is the only person in the Rivers PDP and that there are no known or notable politicians of Rivers extraction who could deliver for the PDP, if given the mandate.

“We believe that his statement is in very bad taste, as it seeks to denigrate the entire members of our great party. This hegemonic stranglehold over the Rivers PDP portrayed by the Minister of State for Education has led to a breach in the ranks of the party”.

‘I’m Not Wanted’, Oyinlola Writes Jonathan, As He Offers To Quit PDP


GEJ-OyinlolaFormer governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola may have decided to take a firm stand once and for all on his political future as he has parted ways with his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Okuku-born retired army general hinged his decision to part ways with the PDP on his belief that his services are not wanted by the party, more so that President Goodluck Jonathan doubts his loyalty even after going the extra mile to prove otherwise.

Oyinlola in a July 30, 2014 letter to the president, said he would not be doing himself any good “if I don’t think seriously about my political journey and take a firm decision”.

The former PDP National Secretary, enumerated the various efforts he and others including his friend and former military colleague, Senate President David Mark, made to reconcile him with the party and the president said: “I may, at this point, need to look beyond the party and take my destiny in my hands”.

The letter, with reference number 00/PDP/5, reads in part: “Your Excellency, you are very conversant of all efforts made by me and very importantly, by respected leaders of the party to get this matter resolved and truly reconcile all aggrieved parties.

“I, however, learnt that you were not sure of my support for you, given my closeness to former President Olusegun Obasanjo hence the decision to disallow me from returning to my legally recognized position as the National secretary of the PDP.

“I have met you on several occasions on this matter to pledge my loyalty. At my last meeting with you, which was at the instance of the party’s National chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, you requested that I be part of the ongoing Osun State governorship campaigns. Mr. President would remember that I stated that the minimum the party leadership could do to get me to campaign was to instruct the Ogun State chapter of the party to withdraw its appeal at the Supreme Court; or alternatively, obey the Appeal Court order, and allow me to resume duty, the same way the party obeyed the faulty Federal High Court verdict that ousted me.

“To the foregoing, I wish to state that I was promised some positive response which never came, up till this moment. The Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih CFR, has also on several occasions, after discussing me, met with Your Excellency on this matter assuring you of my loyalty to you and to the cause of the party.

“I am also aware that the Senate President, Senator David Mark, GCON, has similarly met with you and made a case for my return to office. Senator Mark went to the extent of asking you to hold him responsible for all actions I might take as National Secretary.

“Mr. President, allow me to state with emphasis that what joins Senator Mark and my humble-self is more than politics.  The military family that binds us does not know double-dealing or disloyalty. A part of our training, we keep our words, hence we are called ‘Gentlemen Officers’. That precisely was why the Senate President could most frontally vouch for me.

“Your Excellency, allow me to also recall that on three occasions, Senator Mark informed that I had agreed to submit to you a pre-signed resignation letter, if that would allay all fears of insincerity; and all, in a bid to ensure that the injustice of my illegal removal from office is redressed.

“I wish to respectfully state that I do not go back on my words, just like I don’t abandon my friends, associates and leaders, no matter how hard the situation might be.

“That explains why as a State Governor, I remained very loyal to my boss, former President Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR, even when he had some issues with the government of former President  Olusegun Obasanjo, I wish to respectfully recall very respectfully, that Chief Obasanjo never made any attempt to move against me on account of these differences.

“The same spirit today drives me as I maintain my loyalty to former President Obasanjo, who may, or who may not have any relationship with your government. It was that same spirit that made me insist on your approval of my candidature, in your capacity as national leader of the party and president, before I agreed with my brother-governors’ request in 2012, to contest for the position of PDP National Secretary. I should like to state that I am not a fair-weather fellow. To my friends, the spirit is very similar to marital vow”.

The former governor expressed regrets that President Jonathan refused to listen to entreaties by party leaders on his behalf.

He added: “Mr. President, I wish to observe that with all these efforts by me and other credible leaders of our party, it appears clearly to me that you are not totally convinced that I am who I have always been in my journey through life.

“I have, therefore, come to the conclusion that it is this mindset that is at the root of my challenges in PDP. It seems to me that I am not wanted by the national leader of the party; and I know that.

“Therefore, I will certainly not be doing myself justice and good, despite everything, if I don’t think seriously about my political journey and take a firm decision.

“Mr. President, I may at this point, need to look beyond the party and take my destiny in my hands. I sincerely hope that this will solve the problem.

“Conclusively, Your Excellency, if I am doing the above and take further steps without telling you, I would be negating the pledge of loyalty which I had earlier made to you; hence this correspondence to Mr. President”.

2015: Ihedioha Dissociates Self From Vice-Presidential Aspirant Campaign Posters


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The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has dissociated himself, from posters in parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, portraying him as a vice-presidential aspirant on the platform the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.

The posters which surfaced in strategic locations in Abuja, suggested Ihedioha as a running mate to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who has also distanced himself from the campaign posters.

The deputy speaker, who represented the Senate President, David Mark, at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign rally in Osogbo, Osun State on Saturday, said that he remained a member of the PDP and asked the public to ignore the posters.

Speaking through his Press Sceretary, Mr. Oke Opia yesterday, Mr. Ihedioha said the pasting of the posters was the handiwork of mischief makers.

“The deputy speaker is fully focused on, and committed to rebuilding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nationally and in Imo State where he has remained a bulwark of the ruling party since the opposition took over the reins of government at that level in 2011”, Opia said.