I no go criticize Drogba – Mourinho


Blues Oga koci, Jose Mourinho say hin no go criticize Didier Drogba for hin efforts for dia disaapointin 1-1 Champions League draw wit Schalke.

For hin fes start since hin return to Stamford Bridge, de strika endure frustratin evening as de Jamani klub cancel out Cesc Fabregas opener, hin dey unable to convert passes from Willian and Eden Hazard as Chelsea fail to follow up dia 100 percent start to dia Premier League campaign.

But Mourinho dey impressed wit Drogba, hin tell Amebo pipul: Hin get positive game. I no dey disappointed wit de strika one inch, hin sama goal or hin no sama goal. “I dey hapi wit wetin hin do. If hin sama goal for dis moment wey we dey yarn so e for be 2-0, not 1-1. We get beta chances to sama goal make e be 2-0 and we no do am. “Afta de 1-1 scoreline we get fantastic reaction and de chances to win de game but dat na football, dat na Champions League, e dey normal. “Congratulations to dem becos dem get dia objective. Yes, small frustration for us becos we do evrytin to win and we no fit.”

Van Gaal na de reason wey make me waka go Man United – Di Maria


New United signin Angel di Maria yarn say de chance to work wit Oga koci Louis van Gaal na one of de main reasons hin waka go Old Trafford. De Argentine midfida waka comot from Real Madrid las month to sign for United for British record fee of 59.7 million pounds and hin sama goal for hin fes match for hor home as dem bilala Queens Park Rangers wit 4-0 win on Sunday. “Van Gaal dey really important for me in order to com here,” Di Maria yarn so. “Hin na one of de fes people wey follow me yarn to bring me co m here. De koci dey always get de las word about de playas wey hin want. I dey really grateful to am, becos of hin, I dey play for United now.

“I go dey try to improve evry day and for dat reason I wan com United. I need to change mi life. I go try mi best to play de rite way. I go try mi best for evry match and show say mi arrival to Old Trafford dey worthy”. United spend almost 150 million pounds on new playas including Di Maria, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo for summer transfer window as dem attempt to improve on as season seventh place finish. -

AC Milan reveals why Balotelli left Italy


AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Mario Balotelli left the club and join Liverpool this summer so as to be able to play Champions League football. Balotelli, who moved to Milan from Manchester City in January 2013, completed a £16million switch back to the English Premier League through Anfield last month after a lot of speculation about his future. The 24-year-old was heavily linked with an exit from Milan following the team’s failure to secure European football and a number of Premier League clubs were reported to be keen. medianet_width=’250′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’280963351′; Balotelli scored his first Liverpool goal as the Reds beat Ludogorets in a 2-1 UEFA Champions League win and Galliani has wished him well for the future, believing he can continue to develop as a player. “We have a good relationship but at a certain point I understood he wanted to leave,” Galliani told Corriere della Sera. “I consider him to potentially be a really big player and I hope he continues to grow.” “I was very happy for his goal with Liverpool in the Champions League.” -

Late Rashidi Yekini Mansion Burgled


Late Rashidi Yekini  Mansion Burgled
A bandit on Wednesday broke into the palatial mansion left by the late goal-king, Rashidi Yekini and carted away many valuables before luck ran out on him and was nabbed by the residents of the area.

The marauder, Julius Johnson, 29 was nabbed around 6:pm with rugs mattress and some goods, neatly folded to be carry out of the compound of Yekini’s house located along Oni and Sons Hospital area, off Ring-road Ibadan by the watchful residents that
claimed to have been noticing his movement around the house since early hours of that day.

One of the residents who called the attention of the counsel to the late Super Eagles Striker, Jubril Mohammed who is in-charge of the estate of the deceased said the robber had carted away some goods earlier that day before he met his Waterloo on his second trip.

The legal practitioner who later handed the robber over to the Policemen from Oluyole Police Station said many valuable goods are still missing according to the inventory taken apart from the ones recovered from the burglar.

The palatial home where the late soccer legend was living before his untimely death on 4th May 2012 is in a state of desolation,  and has been taken over by weeds, causing serious apprehension for residents of the area where the house is situated.

Yekini lawyer said he’s on the verge of obtaining every necessary document that would enable him to take appropriate action on the estate.

Jubril Mohammed said the deceased left behind two daughters who would be the direct beneficiaries of wealth and properties his client left behind, not until all necessary papers is obtained before the will of the deceased can be carried out.

He added that all silverware such as medals, Golden boots, plagues and personal awards won by thelate former Vitória de Setúbal top scorer have been taken away from the house and kept in a safe place after the death of his client.

Full List of National Award Recipients


OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION

LIST OF 2013/2014 NATIONAL HONOURS AWARD RECIPIENTS

The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, has approved the award of National Honours to the following Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, in various categories as listed below:

2013 AND 2014 NATIONAL HONOURS AWARD

S/NO
NAMES
STATUS
CLASS OF MEDAL

AIR MARSHAL ALEX SABUNDU BADEH
CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF
CFR

MAJ. GEN. KENNETH MINIMAH
CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF
CFR

REAR ADMIRAL USMAN JIBRIN
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF
CFR

AIR VICE MARSHAL ADESOLA AMOSU
CHIEF OF AIR STAFF
CFR

ALHAJI SULAIMAN ABBA
ACTING INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
CFR

HON. JUSTICE BOLARINWA O. BABALAKIN
FMR. SUPREME COURT, JUDGE
CFR

HON. JUSTICE ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, (RTD)
CFR

HON. JUSTICE IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
CFR

HON. JUSTICE CHRISTOPHER M. CHUKWUMA – ENEH
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
CFR

HON. JUSTICE MUHAMMAD S. MUNTAKA COOMASSIE
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
CFR

HON. JUSTICE JOHN AFOLABI FABIYI
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
CFR

HON. JUSTICE OLUFUNLOLA OYELOLA ADEKEYE
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
CFR

MOHAMMED SAMBO DASUKI
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
CFR

BUKAR GONI AJI
FORMER HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE  FEDERATION
CFR

  1. DANLADI  I. KIFASI, OON, mni
    HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION
    CFR

AMB. AYO OKE
DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
CFR

HRM OBA DR. VICTOR ADEMEFUN A. KILADEJO
TRADITIONAL RULER
CFR

CHIEF PHILIP C. ASIODU
OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVANT
CFR

BRIG. GEN. JONES O. AROGBOFA (RTD)
CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT
CFR

HRH ALAYELUWA OBA (DR.) JIMOH OYEWUMI A.
TRADITIONAL RULER
CFR

CHIEF KOLAWOLE BABALOLA  JAMODU, OFR
FORMER MINISTER/ PRESIDENT OF M.A.N.
CFR

CHIEF OLUDOLAPO IBUKUN AKINKUGBE
ENTREPRENEUR
CFR

CHIEF (DR.) EMMANUEL C. IWUANYNWU
BUSINESS MAN
CFR

JIMOH IBRAHIM FOLORUNSHO, OFR
ENTREPRENEUR
CFR

ALHAJI IBRAHIM ADEJOH IDRIS
FORMER GOVERNOR
CON

HON. JUSTICE OLATOKUNBO ODUYINKA OLOPADE
CHIEF JUDGE, OGUN STATE
CON

HON. JUSTICE ALOY NWEKE NWANKO
CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE
CON

HON. JUSTICE ISUA IDONGESIT NFEM BASSEY
CHIEF JUDGE, AKWA IBOM STATE
CON

HON JUSTICE NASIRU A, AJANAH
CHIEF JUDGE, KOGI STATE
CON

HONOURABLE JUSTICE HAKILA YALAH HEMAN
CHIEF JUDGE, GOMBE STATE
CON

HONOURABLE JUSTICE KATE ABIRI
CHIEF JUDGE, BEYELSA STATE
CON

ALH. ABDULKADIR SAIDU TAMBUWAL
GRAND KHADI, SOKOTO STATE
CON

HON. JUSTICE AMINA ADAMU AUGIE
JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL
CON

HON. JUSTICE ABUBAKAR JEGA ABDUL-KADIR
JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL
CON

  1. PETER ODILI
    FORMER GOVERNOR
    CON

ENGR. MUHAMMED ABBA GANA
FORMER MINISTER
CON

CHIEF THOMAS IKEOKWUADEM AGUIYI-IRONSI
FORMER  MINISTER
CON

HM OBA (DR.) FREDRICK E. OBATERU AKINRUNTAN
TRADITIONAL RULER
CON

AMB. DAN SULEIMAN
FORMER AMBASSADOR
CON

OLOROGUN FELIX O. IBRU
BUSINESS MAN
CON

CHIEF OLUSEGUN OLADIPO OSUNKEYE
CHAIRMAN, NESTLE PLC
CON

HON JUSTICE ALI UMAR ERI
FORMER C.J. KOGI STATE/DG NATIONAL JUDICAL INSTITUTE
CON

HAMIDU GAMBARI ERUBU
RETIRED CIVIL SERVANT/ PROMINET EDUCATIONIST FOR OVER 50 YEARS
CON

JUSTICE OBANDE FESTUS OGBUINYA
JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL
CON

CHIEF JOHN E. KENNETH ODIGIE OYEGUN
FMR. GOVERNOR
CON

CHIEF TOM IKIMI
POLITICIAN/FMR. MINISTER
CON

AHMAD RUFA’I SANI
SENATOR /FMR. GOVERNOR
CON

HRH MUHAMMODU ISA MUHAMMADU
TRADITIONAL RULER/EMIR OF JAMA’A
CON

ERELU OLUSOLA I.A. OBADA
FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNOR/FORMER MINISTER
CON

  1. MUTIU OLANIYI A. SUNMONU
    M.D. SPDC
    CON

HON. JUSTICE P.D. DAMULAK
CHIEF JUDGE, PLATEAU STATE
CON

CHIEF (DR.) MICHAEL OLAWALE COLE
FORMER PRESIDENT, NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT
CON

CHIEF (DR.) MRS. ONIKEPO AKANDE
FORMER MINISTER
CON

SEN. NKECHI J. NWAOGU
SENATOR
CON

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BABAJIDE OMOWORARE
SENATOR
CON

DAME VIRGY N. ETIABA
FORMER DEPUTY / ACTING GOVERNOR/EDUCATIONIST
CON

SENATOR IYIOLA OMISORE
FMR.  SENATOR/FMR DEPUTY GOVERNOR
CON

SEN. MARAFA KABIR GARBA
SENATOR
CON

UMAR AYINLA SARO
BUSINESSMAN
CON

FUNSO K. LAWAL, OON
INDUSTRIALIST
CON

CHIEF (DR.) THEODORE AHAMEFULA  ORJI
GOVERNOR
CON

MALLAM ISA YUGUDA
GOVERNOR
CON

BARR. SULLIVAN IHEANACHO CHIME
GOVERNOR
CON

DR OLUSEGUN MIMIKO
GOVERNOR
CON

ALHAJI SA’IDU USMAN NASAMU DAKINGARI
GOVERNOR
CON

DA DAVID JONAH JANG
GOVERNOR
CON

SENATOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN
GOVERNOR
CON

DR JOHN KAYODE FAYEMI
GOVERNOR
CON

BRIG. GEN. RAJI RASAKI (RTD)
FORMER MILITARY ADMINISTRATOR
CON

MALLAM IBRAHIM SHEKARAU
HON. MINISTER
CON

PROF. CHINEDU O. NEBO, OON
HON. MINISTER
CON

MRS. SARAH RENG OCHEKPE
HON. MINISTER
CON

ARC. MIKE ONOLEMEMEN
HON. MINISTER
CON

  1. LABARAN MAKU
    HON. MINISTER
    CON

HAJIYA ZAINAB MAINA, MFR
HON. MINISTER
CON

ARC. MUSA MOHAMMED SADA
HON. MINISTER
CON

AMB. BASHIR YUGUDA
HON. MINISTER
CON

  1. EZENWO NYESOM WIKE
    HON. MINISTER
    CON

SENATOR FEMI OKUNRONMU
SENATOR
CON

  1. OLATUNDE JOHN AYENI
    CHAIRMAN,  SKYE BANK PLC
    CON
  2. GODWIN EMEFIELE
    GOVERNOR, CBN
    CON

SENATOR GEORGE THOMPSON SIKIBO JP
SENATOR
CON

MAJOR GEN. SURAJ ALAO ABDULRAHMAN
FORCE COMMANDER, LIBERIA ARMED FORCES
CON

  1. ABDUALLAHI UMAR GANDUJE
    DEPUTY GOVERNOR, KANO STATE
    OFR

AMB. (DR.) MARTIN IHOEGHIAN UHOMOIBHI
PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OFR

KOBIS ARI THIMNU
SSG, ADAMAWA
OFR

ALH. SAHABI ISA  GADA
SSG, SOKOTO STATE
OFR

PROF. MKPA AGU MKPA
SSG, ABIA STATE
OFR

GARVEY ACHEN YAWA
SSG, TARABA STATE
OFR

HANNATU INTI UGAH (MRS)
HEAD OF SERVICE, KADUNA STATE
OFR

MAJ. GEN. SHEHU USMAN ABDULKADIR
PIONEER FORCE COMMANDER, FIRST AFRICAN UNION AND ECOWAS PEACE MISSION IN MALI
OFR

BOLAJI AYORINDE, SAN
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
OFR

ENGR. (CHIEF) AMIN IBRAHIM MOUSSALLI
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR AIM GROUP LTD
OFR

CHIEF GAFAR KAYODE ANIMASAHUN
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR AIM GROUP LTD
OFR

  1. MICHAEL TAIWO AKINKUNMI
    DESIGNER OF THE NATIONAL FLAG
    OFR

MIKE AGBEDOR ABU OZEKHOME (SAN)
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
OFR

CHIEF SIMON NSUNNDU OKEKE
FMR. CHAIRMAN POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION
OFR

HRH. ABUBAKAR UMAR SULEIMAN
TRADITIONAL RULER
OFR

CHIEF VICTOR UMEH
POLITICIAN
OFR

ALHAJI BUHARI BALA
FORMER MINISTER
OFR

SENATOR UMAR ABUBAKAR ARGUNGU
SENATOR
OFR

PROF. OLOYEDE  IS-HAQ OLAREWAJU
FORMER VICE CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN
OFR

  1. GREGORY IKECHUKWU IBE
    VISITOR GREGORY UNIVERSITY
    OFR

CHIEF JOE KYARI GADZAMA, SAN, MFR
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
OFR

SIR EMMANUEL N. MADUEKWE
CHAIRMAN FIRST TARZAN MOTORS LTD
OFR

CHIEF ADENIGBA F. FADAHUNSI
RTD CUSTOM OFFICER
OFR

HRH. PRINCE AL WALEED BIN TALAL
FOREIGN INVESTOR
OFR

JUDE NNODUM, SAN
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
OFR

DAFE AKPEDEYE, SAN
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
OFR

  1. IGWE AJA-NWACHUKWU
    PRO. CHANCELLOR, EBONYI STATE UNIVERSITY
    OFR
  2. ERICO MONFRINI
    LEGAL PRACTITIONER
    OFR

PROF. PETER T. AKPER, SAN
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
OFR

ENGR. BEKINBO R. DAGOGO-JACK
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE ON POWER
OFR

AMB. GODSON ONYEMACHI ECHEGILE
FORMER AMBASSADOR
OFR

PROF. WILLIAMS BARNABAS QURIX
VC, KADUNA STATE UNIVERSITY
OFR

ALAHAJI SANI SIDI
D.G . NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA)
OFR

SHEIKH ABDULHAFEEZ ABOU
RELIGIOUS LEADER
OFR

BRIG. GENERAL NNAMDI OKORIE AFFIA
FORMER D.G. NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS
OFR

  1. HON. BATHEL NNAEKA AMADI
    SPEAKER, PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT
    OFR
  2. ALEX C. OTTI
    M.D. DIAMOND BANK PLC
    OFR

ENGR. M. A. K. ABUBAKAR, MFR
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT
OFR

  1. GEN. CHIKADIBIA ISAAC OBIAKOR
    CHAIRMAN UNITED NATIONS BOARD OF INQUIRY IN ABIYEI
    OFR
  2. MIKE OMERI AGBO-OMERI
    DG. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY
    OFR

UKURA SAMUEL TYONONGO, FCA
AUDITOR GENERAL FOR THE FEDERATION
OFR

  1. JONAH OGUNNIYI OTUNLA
    ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF FEDERATION
    OFR

BASHORUN SEINDE AROGBOFA
EDUCATIONIST/AUTHOR
OFR

  1. JOHN KENNEDY OPARA
    PUBLIC SERVANT
    OFR
  2. VALERIE AZINGE
    SECRETARY, NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    OFR
  3. DAVID SHIKFU PARRADANG
    COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION
    OFR

HONOURABLE ARUA ARUNSI
MEMBER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE
OFR

PROF. BARTHOLOMEW OKOLO
FORMER VC, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA
OFR

MRS. CATHERINE UJU IFEJIKA
MANAGING DIRECTOR, BRITENIA–U NIG. LTD
OFR

FAITH TUEDOR MATHEWS
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO MAINSTREET BANK
OFR

PROF. KIMSE AMAEBI BIYE OKOKO
CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE OF PRO-CHANCELLORS
OFR

PROF. EPIPHANY AZINGE
DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED LEGAL STUDIES (NIALS)
OON

DIG SULEIMAN DAUDA FAKAI
DIG
OON

ATIKU YUSUF KAFUR
DIG
OON

EMMANUEL ONYEDIKACHI UDEOJI
DIG
OON

PETER YISA GANA
DIG
OON

DIG. MARVEL ENAJERO AKPOYIBO
DIG
OON

ABDEL RAHMAN OLAJIDE AKANO
DIG
OON

PHILEMON IBRAHIM LEHA
DIG
OON

JALAL AHMAD ARABI
STATE HOUSE COUNSEL
OON

HON. JUSTICE GABZIU ADEMOLA BAKRE
RTD. JUDGE
OON

MAJ.  GEN. FELIX O. A. IORSHASE (RTD)
FORMER PROVOST MARSHAL NIGERIA ARMY
OON

ADAMU MUHAMMED GARIN GABAS
PERMANENT SECRETARY IN JIGAWA STATE
OON

CHIEF (DR.) FABIAN NWAORA
BUSINESS MAN
OON

PROF. OSITA OGBU
ACADEMICIAN
OON

  1. AKINSANYA SUNNY AJOSE
    RETIRED HEAD OF SERVICE, LAGOS STATE
    OON

MAJ. GEN. SUNDAY NLEMCHUKWU CHIKWE
FORMER GOC 81 DIVISION, NIGERIA ARMY
OON

PROF. ISRAEL OLATUNJI ORUBULOYE
ACADEMICIAN
OON

PROF ANDREW JONATHAN NOK
ACADEMICIAN
OON

PROF. CYPRIAN OGBONNA ONYEJI
VICE CHANCELLOR, ESUT
OON

PROF. OPEOLUWA OLADEINDE ADEKUNLE
MEMBER POST GRADUATE COMMITTEE, ACADEMIC HEALTH SERVICE COMPUTER OF EASTERN CAPS
OON

  1. OSCAR ONYEMA
    CEO, NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE
    OON
  2. PATRICK I. OKPAH
    BUSINESS MAN
    OON

AMB. ALIYU DALA HASSAN
DIPLOMAT
OON

FOLUSHO OLANIYAN (MRS)
MANAGING DIRECTOR, UTC NIG. PLC
OON

MOHAMMED SANI KALLAH
RESEARCHER
OON

OTUNBA THEOPHILUS OLUWOLE AKINDELE
ENGINEER
OON

BEN MURRAY – BRUCE (MR)
BUSINESSMAN
OON

HRM. OVIE RICHARD L. OGBON
TRADITIONAL RULER
OON

SIR STEVE B. OMOJAFOR
CHAIRMAN ZENITH BANK PLC
OON

  1. CHUKWUEMEKA GODSWILL ONWUKA
    CHAIRMAN ENTERPRISE BANK
    OON

ALH. SULEIMAN YAHAYA
CHAIRMAN NAHCO
OON

CHIEF (SIR) EMMANUEL UMEOHIA
CEO, EMABUMEH AND SONS LTD
OON

ABUBAKAR LADAN ZARIA
MUSICIAN
OON

  1. BERNARD O. N. OTTI
    GED FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS NNPC
    OON
  2. AMINU LADAN SHAREHU
    DG/CEO, NATIONAL TEACHERS INSTITUTE KADUNA
    OON
  3. JOSEPH OLUREMI AKANDE
    COMMISSIONER FCSC, ABUJA
    OON

AMB. CHUKWUDI N. OKAFOR
NIGERIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THAILAND
OON

  1. ADEYEMO M. TUNDE
    ACCOMPLISHED CIVIL SERVANT
    OON
  2. SHEHU YAHAYA
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)
    OON

CECILIA AKINTOMIDE
SECRETARY, ADB TUNISIA/   IVORY COAST
OON

MAHMOOD AHMADU
CEO. OLS SERVICES
OON

  1. ADO JIMADA GANA MUHAMMAD
    CIVIL SERVANT
    OON
  2. ABDULLAHI Y. SHEHU
    DG. INT. GOVT. ACTION AGAINST MONEY LAUNDRING IN WEST AFRICA
    OON

AMB. BINA CITIP SELCHUM
DIPLOMAT
OON

AMB.  ESTHER AUDU (MRS)
NIGERIA’S HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE GAMBIA
OON

MANU GARBA (MFR)
CHIEF COACH, UNDER 17 FOOTBALL TEAM
OON

MRS. BEATRICE E. JEDY-AGBA
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY NAPTIP
OON

OBONG MICHAEL A. AFANGIDEH
ENTREPRENEUR/ POLITICIAN
OON

HIS EMINENCE IME A. UMOETTE
RELIGIOUS LEADER
OON

HRM OFFONG (ENG) EFFIONG ROBIN ASABI
TRADITIONAL RULER
OON

ALHAJI MUHAMMADU NADADA UMAR
FORMER DIRECTOR-GENERAL SMEDAN
OON

ALHAJI GIMBA YA’U KUMO
MANAGING DIRECTOR, FEDERAL MORTGAGE BANK OF NIGERIA
OON

BOMA OZOBIA, LLM
FORMER PRESIDENT COMMONWEALTH LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
OON

PROF. SHEHU ARABU RISKWA
FORMER VC, USMAN DANFADIO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO
OON

  1. (CHIEF) DAVID OGBA ONUOHA
    ENTREPRENEUR
    OON

IBRAHIM MOHAMMED MERA
PUBLIC SERVANT/DCG CUSTOMS
OON

PETER DEDEVBO
COACH UNDER 20 NATIONAL  FEMALE FOOTBALL TEAM
OON

  1. AKILU NDABAWA
    SECRETARY PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    OON

PROF. ABDU IGANIYU AMBALI
VC UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN
OON

IDRIS ABIODUN JAWANDO
RETIRED DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CIVIL AND SANITARY INFRASTRUCTURE
OON

STELLA UGBOMA
PROMINENT LAWYER, FMR. PRESIDENT OF FIDA
OON

MRS.  KATHERINE PHILIP ADAMU
CHIEF CATERING OFFICER, STATE HOUSE
MFR

HAMALAI JUMMAI GWALEM
HOUSE KEEPER, PRESIDENTIAL WING, NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
MFR

  1. FELIX IKUMAPAYI, FDC
    DIRECTOR, DIRECTORATE OF STATE SERVICE (DSS)
    MFR

OLALEKAN ODUGBEMI, FDC
DIRECTOR, DIRECTORATE OF STATE SERVICE (DSS)
MFR

HON. FARUK MALAMI YABO
HON. COMMISSIONER  IN SOKOTO STATE
MFR

HON. GABRIEL HAMADAMA
HON. COMMISSIONER, IN ADAMAWA STATE
MFR

ELDER (DR,) MRS. HANNAH ODEPO-YAMA
RETIRED SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
MFR

  1. KNUT ULVMOEN
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DANGOTE GROUP
    MFR

ENG. YUVAL LEVY
GM. SCC NIGERIA LTD.
MFR

HAJIYA ZAINAB ABU BELLO
EDUCATIONIST
MFR

ALH. KABIR ALKALI MUHAMMED
ACCOUNTANT
MFR

PROF. HAFEZ ABUBAKAR
EDUCATIONIST
MFR

DOUKPOLA FRANCIS AMAEBI
BANKER
MFR

ALH. NUHU ABDULKADIR
TRADITIONAL RULER
MFR

  1. N. G. PATEL
    INDUSTRIALIST
    MFR

AMB. ADAMU SAIDU DAURA
POLITICIAN
MFR

CHIEF (MRS.) LEILA EUPHEMIA APINKE FOWLER
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
MFR

KENNETH EMEKA NWABUEZE (ENGR.)
CONSULTANT
MFR

BARR. JOEL SABO ANINGE
TRADITIONAL RULER
MFR

BLESSING OKAGBARE
ATHLETE, GOLD MEDALLIST 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
MFR

BISHOP DR. (MRS.) IREYEESORISEONE AKUMAGBA
CLERGY
MFR

CHHIEF (DR.) CHRISTIAN OBIDINNA OGEDAZI, BL
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
MFR

IDRIS IBRAHIM GINSAU
DIRECTOR IN JIGAWA STATE CIVIL SERVICE
MFR

CHIEF (MRS.) DOHERTY BOLAJOKO BIMBOLA
EDUCATIONIST
MFR

  1. UDEME ONOFIOK UFOT
    BUSINESSMAN
    MFR

PROF. OLUWOLE DANIEL MAKINDE
SCIENTIST
MFR

MRS. MAIDEN IBRU
PUBLISHER GUARDIAN NEWS PAPER
MFR

  1. IMEH USUAH
    TAXI DRIVER
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    HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVIST
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GOLD MEDALLIST 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
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GOLD MEDALLIST 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
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GOLD MEDALLIST 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
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GOLD MEDALLIST 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
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  1.     The Investiture holds by 9.00 a.m. on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
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Nigerian Security Probing Possible Death of Boko Haram’s Shekau During Konduga Battle


Indications have emerged that Nigerian security agencies are probing the possible death of the leader of the Boko Haram militant group, Abubakar Shekau.

A source privy to the investigation who asked not to be identified because a public statement hasn’t been made by the government revealed that Shekau may have been killed in a recent battle with the military in Konduga, a town located 35 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State.

The Boko Haram sect has suffered heavy defeat from the Nigerian troops in three separate to overrun Konduga with the overall aim of advancing on Maiduguri.

About 200 members of the Boko Haram group were killed and a variety of high calibre weapons seized from them in the first battle to take over Konduga as the Nigerian troops laid ambush for the insurgents

Ghanaian Pastor Accuses T.B Joshua Of Sacrificing Human Lives


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A building at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations Church collapsed and killed several people. Several people have been leaving their opinions on the tragic event and Isaac Owusu Bempah of Glorious Word Ministry International (GWMI) in Accra Ghana has come forward to accuse Prophet T.B Joshua of human sacrifice. The pastor while on Okay FM yesterday on the Morning show said;

‘This are evil hands at work because I know people who have to make human sacrifices in order to be promoted in the spiritual realm…I know some people will vilify me for making this known.’

He also accused the SCOAN prophet for coming to Ghana some time ago and causing the death of four people during a programme he held.

‘Look at what is happening to him. You came for a programme in Ghana and that led to the death of four people. You also woke up one day and a whole building collapsed, killing over forty people.’

Drogba: Legendary Lampard Remain a True Blue


Chelsea striker Didier Drogba can’t wait to reunite with Frank Lampard, with the latter set to welcome his former team-mates to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Drogba and Lampard were key components of the west London club’s generation which achieved a 50-year wait for a first championship trophy in 2005 as well as a first European Cup in 2012 among many other successes.

But the 36-year-old striker returned to the ground this summer after leaving for spells in China and Turkey since scoring the decisive penalty in the Uefa Champions League final in Munich, to discover that the locker which used to belong to the club’s record goalscorer in the dressing room had been re-allocated.

Lampard moved to New York City FC after the World Cup, before being loaned to the Major League Soccer (MLS) side’s part-ownership club, Man City. His solitary appearance for the Premier League champions came in last Saturday’s draw at Arsenal but chances of featuring against his old side cannot be completely ruled out.

“It is a pity that I come back and he is not here anymore but for sure I will be happy to see him again,” said Drogba.

“I know for sure that the reaction [from the Chelsea fans] will be good. It doesn’t matter the team he is playing for, he still belongs to us, he is a Chelsea player for what he did, he is part of the history of the club.

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“We are going to go there to try to win like we have been trying to win every game this season.”

Drogba has in the meantime backed Lampard to be at his usual best if selected to face his former side, where he played for 13 seasons.

“It’s going to be difficult,” Drogba added. “But I know Frank – he will do his best if he is playing.”

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Drogba is one of the few players in Chelsea’s current squad, who as expected will have to improve as best as possible to get starting roles. He only earned his first start in midweek’s 1-1 draw with Schalke as a result of the in-form Diego Costa’s hamstring problems.

The Ivorian himself overcame an ankle problem to earn his first start against Schalke in the midweek, but admits he has to “work hard” to feature in prominent roles in the aftermath of his below par performance against the Germans.

And with Costa, a £32m summer signing from Atletico Madrid, enjoying a “fantastic” start to life as a Chelsea player, Drogba opines tha the Brazil-born Spaniard, who has produced seven goals in his first four Premier League matches, has made a welcoming impact to the club’s title chase.

“Diego Costa is very good. For him to start the season having come from a different league and to recreate the same thing he was doing in Spain is fantastic,” Drogba said. “He is enjoying playing here and being with us and he is the striker we needed this season.

“When I look at him I can see the desire to win every challenge and to score goals. He is hungry for goals and that is the best thing for a team like us.”

He believes his experience could nonetheless become a vital component of the club’s current young crop of players.

Drogba said: “Even if the team is young, there are quite a lot of qualities and experience as well and I am here to help, and also to show them the spirit, even if I don’t have any doubt about their desire to win. I am here to help and give what I can.”

Synagogue: Death toll of South Africans increase to 84, 17 unaccounted for


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In an interview with AFP, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said the number of South Africans that died in the Friday September 12th building collapse at the Synangogue church has increased to 84 and that 265 South Africans survived the incident.

“The number has risen from 67 to 84, with more bodies discovered on Thursday, September 18th. The number of South Africans who were in the church might be higher, as we believe that some people organized the trip themselves without using travel agents.

“There are 265 South African survivors. Initially, there were 96 injured South Africans, but now there are only 29 still in hospital, including a three-year-old,” Mr. Mnguni said

H also said that 17 South Africans are unaccounted for. It is believed that there were about 349 South Africans visiting the popular church at the time of the collapse.

Extremely Graphic: See pics of Boko Haram militants killed by Nigerian troops


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Just got these exclusive but very graphic photos of Boko Haram members killed by the Nigerian troops at Konduga in Borno this week. The pic above is the new CS/VP3 MRAP that was recently purchased. It aided in the victory of the soldiers over the insurgents. Find the pics after the cut…but warning biko, it is very very graphic…

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Photos: Governor Fashola hosts some Ebola survivors


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Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, today September 18th, hosted some Ebola survivors at his office at the state Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja. Speaking with the survivors, the governor commended them for coming forward to share their experiences, saying that they are proof that the disease is not a death sentence.

The survivors in attendance included the widow of late Port Harcourt doctor, Dr Emenuo Kelechi (left), Dr Ibeawuchi Morris (second left), Dr Fadipe Akinniyi (centre), Mr. Dennis Akagha (late Nurse Justina Ejelonu’s fiance) and Dr Adaora Igonoh. See more photos below…

 
 
While sharing their experiences, one of the survivors and staff of First Consultant Hospital, Dr. Ibeabuchi Morris, said he was the first to receive late Sawyer at the hospital where he was first treated for Malaria.
He said after the patient continued to have high temperature, he took the blood sample and sent it to the laboratory, then contacted Dr. Stella Adadevoh who advised him to continue attending to the patient pending the arrival of the test result. He said when the blood result arrived it was confirmed that he was EVD positive. Sawyer died a few days later.
Dr. Ibeabuchi disclosed that he started manifesting symptoms of the disease 12 days later as his body temperature continued to rise beyond 38.5 degrees Celsius. He said when his condition continued to degenerate, he reported to the Lagos State Ministry of Health and was advised to restrict his contact with members of his family.
According to him, his body temperature got to an all time high of over 40 degrees at which point the Medical team from Lagos State came and took him to the isolation centre after decontaminating his house. He thanked the Lagos State Government and all the other agencies and individuals who took care of him and made it possible for him to survive.
Another survivor, Dr. Adaora Igonoh, thanked the Lagos State Governor and the Government for their dedication in the battle to contain the spread of the disease which, according to her, made it possible for some victims, including herself to survive the virus.
Dr. Igonoh, who is also a staff of First Consultants Hospital, commended the hospital and the staff for the risk they took to ensure that the disease did not spread beyond the limit it did. She also paid tribute to those who lost their lives, adding that without their sacrifice, the story would probably have been different.
Also giving his testimony, Mr. Dennis Akagha, fiancee to Justina Akagha, a nursing staff of First Consultants Hospital who died days after attending to Patrick Sawyer, said he got to hear about his fiancee’s contact with Sawyer when the death of the Liberian was announced on television. She later told him she’d treated Sawyer.
He said when the symptoms of the disease started manifesting in Justina, they first thought it was pregnancy induced or Malaria because she’d told him she wore protective gloves while attending to Sawyer. He said that on the 14th day, Justina’s condition worsened and he took her to First Consultants from where he was directed to the Isolation Centre in Yaba where she later passed on.
He disclosed that he did not immediately go to hospital when he started manifesting the symptoms until he started vomiting and feeling dehydrated. He said he was finally taken to the Isolation Centre where he was treated and discharged after he tested negative of the virus.
Other survivors who gave testimonies were Dr. Fadipe Akinniyi, also a staff of First Consultants Hospital and Dr. (Mrs.) Kelechi Emenuo, wife of late Dr. Emenuo, who treated one of Mr. Sawyer’s companions in Port Harcourt and later died of the disease.

U.S Judiciary Are Racist, I Will Fight On – Buruji Kashamu


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholder in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, has described the United States judiciary of racism.

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The court had earlier ruled that Mr. Kashamu be prosecuted for drug trafficking.

Kashamu had filed an appeal to quash his indictment for smuggling drugs into the U.S but it was dismissed by U.S. Court of Appeal had on September 15.

The court upheld an earlier ruling, in May, by a U.S. District Court which equally dismissed the motion filed by Mr. Kashamu, a close ally of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“I wish to provide an update to Nigerians on my efforts to obtain justice within the U.S. judicial system in regard to the false indictment made against me in the U.S. Courts, which the British courts have cleared me from unequivocally,” Mr. Kashamu said on Thursday, in his first reaction to the appellate court’s decision.

“As many may recall I had to take the battle to the U.S. authorities in their own country because, despite the British judgment and the defeats they have suffered in their attempts to place a false accusation on me they have neither attempted to extradite me again nor withdrawn the charges,” he added.

Mr. Kashamu and 14 others were, in 1998, charged by a federal grand jury for their alleged involvement in an international conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the US.

But the politician, a major campaigner for President Jonathan in the South West, allegedly fled to the U.K., where repeated efforts by the U.S. to extradite him failed, before he returned to Nigeria. In the decision on the appeal by Circuit Judge Posner noted that Mr. Kashamu did not want to be extradited to the U.S. to stand trial on the “very serious criminal charges” against him.’

In 2009, Mr. Kashamu had, through a local counsel in the U.S., filed a motion to quash the arrest warrant and to dismiss the indictment against him on the ground that the English court had found that he was not the one charged with smuggling drugs into the U.S.

“In that application to dismiss the indictment I requested that the findings and Conclusions of District Judge Tim Workman of the Bow Street Magistrates Court in London, be given collateral estoppel status by the U.S. court and his findings and conclusions be made conclusive on the issue of whether or not I was a party to the alleged crime,” said Mr. Kashamu.

“District Judge Norgle before whom the indictment was pending refused the application after ruling that I was not a fugitive from justice in the U.S.” Charles Norgle of the U.S. District Court, in his decision, last May, had held that Mr. Kashamu had done everything within his power, including document forgery as well as political pressure, to frustrate his trial in the U.S.

“Kashamu’s actions in the London extradition proceeding created a paper and testimonial trail that his brother, and not himself, was the defendant charged in the instant case,” Judge Norgle had said in his 17-page ruling.

“Kashamu’s ability to manipulate Nigerian officials, or at least his ability to create forged documents, was also apparent from the proceedings. This maneuvering, and the wall of protection Kashamu built around himself, made it clear that efforts to extradite Kashamu from Nigeria would be futile.

“It was testimony and evidence produced by the Nigerian government which led to Kashamu’s release in England. Furthermore, Kashamu’s status as a political figure in Nigeria and his relationship with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan likewise suggest that an extradition attempt would have been futile,” the judge had added. It was the Judge Norgle’s ruling that Mr. Kashamu had gone to the U.S. Court of Appeal to challenge. The appellate court’s decision, last Monday, upheld that of the lower court.

“If he wants to fight the charges, he has only to fly from Lagos to Chicago; there are loads of reasonably priced flights….,” said Judge Posner. “How then can he argue with a straight face that the failure of the United States to extradite him entitles him to dismissal of the charges? He can’t; and the petition for a writ of mandamus is therefore denied.”

Mr. Kashamu accused the judge of making some wide-ranging generalized statements, which were not borne out by the records. “In that judgment Judge Posner held that the decision of the English Courts were not equivalent to that of the U.S. courts and so could not be regarded as binding on the U.S. courts,” Mr. Kashamu said.

“However, as the lawyers noted, U.S. courts expect their judgments to be treated better by foreign courts,” he added.

Don’t Threaten Amaechi, APC Tells Jonathan


The All Progressives Congress, APC, South-south chapter, has announced that the party will do everything possible to stop the alleged threat to the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, by the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

This is according to Hilliard Etagbo Eta, the National Vice-Chairman of APC in South south zone, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, 18 September, 2014.

Eta alleged that at the beginning of the altercation between Governor Amaechi and President Jonathan’s wife, Patience Jonathan, agents of the federal government had used the then state Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, to harass Amaechi and his political associates.

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He added that Mbu few days ago bragged about how he was able to tame Amaechi when he was the police commissioner in state, claiming that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was fighting a lost battle against Amaechi.

Eta alleged further that the recent killing of Amechi’s uncle pointed to the fact that the sole aim of the killers was to get at the governor himself, adding that his opponents have been targeting people close to the governor for harassment and elimination.

The politician also condemned the handling of the gruesome murder of Chief Harry Marshall many years ago, adding that Marshall was before his sudden death, the National Vice Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

According to him, the murder should be addressed as the Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, has given a clue about his death.

“This is an illustrious son of our country and I want the government to reopen the investigations into his death,” Eta said.

He questioned why the former Minister of Transport, Abiye Sekibo, has not been invited to defend himself to the claim made by Davis that he knows about Marshall’s death.

According to the APC zonal chieftain, the recent allegation made by Davis that Boko Haram’s sponsors are close to the government and the fact that President Jonathan has not done anything about the claim is a confirmation of the unwillingness of the PDP-led administration to put a stop to the growing insecurity in the country.

It would be recalled that former security Adviser to one time Rivers State governor, Peter Odili, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe few days ago said that Nyesom Wike is the main reason why President Goodluck Jonathan and governor Amaechi is engaged in a feud.

Sara-Igbe alleged thatWike pitted the President against Amaechi  in a bid to realise his own personal political growth.

BBA Hotshots unveils first three housemates


Big Brother Hotshots, which will officially start airing on Sunday 5th October has unveiled three of its housemates, Alusa, Ellah and  Butterphly who hail from Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe respectively.

Read more about them below:

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Alusa. Age: 33.
Actor, Radio Drama Director and MC Alusa from Nairobi, Kenya, is married and has three children. His favourite food is ugali with chicken stew and traditional vegetables. His favourite book is TD Jakes’ He-Motions and he likes watching National Geographic, The Exes and Nigerian movies on TV. On the music front, he enjoys listening to Sauti-Sol, Mafikizolo, P.Square, YoussouN’Dour and Salif Keita. One of his favourite films, Training Day, features one of his favourite actors: Denzel Washington.

Describing himself as ‘ambitious, spiritual, out-spoken, generous and mysterious’, Alusa likes people who are ‘detailed’ and who have a good sense of humour, because he likes to laugh. He doesn’t enjoy people who ‘emit negative energy’.

He entered Big Brother Hotshots for the exposure, as well as the intrigue of living with total strangers in a closed environment and the desire to share his lifestyle with a huge audience. Alusa is looking forward to having the continent watching him: ‘I’m an artist, a performer, so I love attention. I’m not in the least bit intimidated, in fact, I’m thrilled’

Alusa lists Mombasa and his village of Kakamega as his favourite places in Kenya, because they’re both very exotic in their ways and rich culture. He says the best thing about Africa is the people. ‘Africans are both beautiful in form and diverse culture,’ he says. Outside of Africa, his favourite place is Brazil. ‘Rich culture, beautiful women, sweet samba music, festivals, food – I could go on and on,’ he says.

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Uganda Ellah – Age: 23 Ellahis a Sales Assistant with a BSc in Business Computing from Nsambya, Uganda. She lists her favourite foods as ravioli, rice and chicken and her favourite books as Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady, and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich. She enjoys watching Reality shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York and Orange County. Her favourite singers include India Arie, August Alsina, Beyonce, Rihanna and Sam Smith.

 Her favourite place in Uganda is the Lake Bunyonyi Resort and she says the best thing about Africa is ‘the warmness of the people’. Outside of her home country, she says Cambodia is ‘a hidden gem and somewhat a free country’. Ellah has 12 brothers and sisters and says her Mom is her role model: ‘her strength and character captivate me’.

Ellah is most proud of having become Miss Uganda 2013/14 because ‘it was a stiff competition and a strong test for me’. She was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots because of the fact that ‘it unites Africa and also is a platform for me to advance’. She says she’s ‘super excited and is looking forward to being on the show.

She describes herself as ‘charismatic, bitchy, outspoken, loving and sophisticated’ and says that she’s ‘strong and determined’. She values ‘honesty, charisma and joyfulness’ in others, but dislikes ‘lies and fakeness’.If she wins the grand prize, Ellah will buy cars for her mom and invest the rest in real estate.

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Zimbabwe – Butterphly – Age: 24 Butterphly is a Radio, Television Presenter and Producer from Harare. She lists her favourite foods as meat, pasta with cheese, black-eyed peas and eggs. Her favourite books include the Bible, The Firm, The Long Goodbye, and the Sherlock Holmes series. She likes to watch Chopped, 24, Intelligence and Big Brother Africa.

Butterphly entered Big Brother Hotshots because she’d always wanted to be part of a national sports team, but never got the chance. ‘Being on Big Brother Africa will allow me to take the opportunity to market myself and expand my brand’. She says she won’t use ‘backstabbing and cheating’ or immoral and unethical methods to get the prize. If she wins, she’ll send her sister, brother and kids to really good schools, start a chain of unique food, social and fashion hangout joints and take her mom shopping.

Describing herself as ‘unique, feisty, mysterious, fun-loving and witty’, Butterphly says that people are always shocked when they discover that she’s humble, compassionate and kind. She likes other people with a sense of humour, honour and truthfulness, and dislikes ‘dishonesty and people who pretend to like a person’.

Her mom is her role model: ‘she put her life on pause so ours could play. She’s the hardest working woman I know’. Butterphly says she draws influence from ‘all sorts of people’. ‘Ordinary, young, dead, legends – in everyone’s life story I try to extract important lessons like resilience, faith, strength etc. I learn as much as I can from the people I meet or read about,’ she says.

Toke Makinwa and Bovi unveiled as hosts of Headies 2014


TV/radio personality Toke Makinwa and popular comedian, Bovi have been unveiled as hosts for this year’s edition of ‘The Headies’.

The 9th season of ‘The Headies’ will hold on October 25th, 2014 and will feature some of the biggest performances and side attractions ever witnessed on the Headies stage.

See photos below:

 

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Tosyn Bucknor having a fabulous vacay in France


On-Air-Personality, Tosyn Bucknor is currently on vacation in France.

The dreadlock wearing presenter who has been in France since the 13th of September is obviously enjoying her time there as photos she has shared recently suggests.

Enjoying the weather and the cuisine, the Top radio presenter who only just recovered from a domestic accident not too long ago visited cities like Avignon and Corsica, all in the southern part of France.

See photos below…

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Miley Cyrus may go to jail for whipping her ‘b*tt’ with Mexican flag


US pop star, Miley Cyrus  caused a stir in Mexico after getting whipped on a giant fake buttocks with the country’s flag during a concert.

TMZ reports that, Miley’s dancer repeatedly whipped her b*tt with their national flag as she performed the Mexican Independence Day .

If found guilty she would be prosecuted for the crime of desecration which carries a 36 hour jail time or $1,200 fine.

Checkout the outrageous photos below:

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Chelsea Aiming to Extend Perfect Start- Mourinho


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are poised to continue with their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

The ‘Blues’ have won all four of their domestic games this season- scoring 15 times and conceding six goals- while Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to German outfit Schalke in the Uefa Champions League remain the only time they’ve failed to take maximum points.

“The perfect situation is to score lots and not concede; we have to chase that perfection. At the moment we are happy because we have had four matches in the Premier League and four victories.

Jose Mourinho Says Chelsea Want to Win at Manchester City on Sunday. Image: Getty.

“In the Champions League it was not a result we wanted but it’s not a result to make us panic. We are happy with what we are doing. We have a good balance and a good squad. However we are in September and we know we have a long run ahead so we need to try to improve every day.”

Jose Mourinho’s side ended the reigning Premier League champions’ run of 62 league games without a loss at the Etihad Stadium in last season’s corresponding fixture early February, but went on to lose on the same ground in the FA Cup less than two weeks after.

And unlike last term, when the ‘Citizens’ had proceeded to the clash on the back of 11 straight wins, they had endured a mediocre start to the current campaign, having won their first two matches; lost at home to Stoke City and drawn last weekend’s game at Arsenal in their most recent outings.

The Portuguese boss insists matches against presumed title favourites could make a huge difference in the end and reiterates Chelsea will be gunning for all points on Sunday.

“Obviously when matches are between title contenders every point makes a difference,” Mourinho analysed.

“Last weekend Arsenal and City got one point each, nobody got three. These matches in the end can be important, but if you analyse with a simple pragmatic view it’s one game, three points, no more than that.

“Last season we had the experience and we know what it is to win there and to lose there. I’m not exhaustively going through every second of these two matches with the players.

“But last season is last season; statistics belong to history, not to the future. What happened last year has no relation to this season. Can we go there and win like we did last season? Obviously we can. But we can also lose.

“We respect them totally because they deserve that respect. At the same time, we believe in ourselves and we want to win.”

Having said he was managing striker Diego Costa’s hamstring problem after Wednesday’s game, Mourinho disclosed the Brazil-born Spanish striker will return up front at City.

Costa only came in for the closing 15 minutes of the Champions League group stage opening draw, and the manager intimated in his post-game spin that the £32million summer signing from Atletico Madrid is not ready to play more than one game a week.

Mourinho told reporters on Friday: “Everybody is ready to play. Diego is not in the best condition but he will start the game. He plays this game, he won’t play against Bolton, and he plays against Aston Villa. Let’s see his evolution.

“The medical department are doing their best, the player is fantastic in trying to play and being available for the team. We have to try to protect him until he gets completely fit.”

Mourinho, however, feels it wouldn’t be anything out of the scope of football should Chelsea legend Frank Lampard done the sky Blue of Man City against his former club, where he earned reputation between 2005-2013.

“No. It’s football,” Mourinho said. “I wouldn’t imagine that if you ask me one, two, three, four, five years ago (it would be strange). Even a few months ago, when he signed for the New York team, I was not expecting that. I thought he was going to New York. It’s his life, it’s his decision.”

Dayo D1 Adeneye Unhappy With Artistes Who Leave And ‘Betray’ Kennis Music Record Label


Dayo Adeneye aka D1 of Kennis Music fame has made his opinion known about artistes they groom who end up turning back to bite the fingers that fed them.

He lamented the pain and heightened level of discouragement label owners have to bear when artistes turn around to betray record labels that groomed them from being regular artistes into music stars.

In a recent interview, he said,

“Well, it can be a bit painful at times. Sometimes, it’s discouraging, I can’t lie to you. It is like watching a child you’ve raised. He goes through college, university; then gets married, somebody takes them off you. It can be saddening at times. But you have to let them go, if you love them. Most of them show appreciation. It can be annoying when they don’t appreciate and don’t remember where they were coming from. But we try to play it down.
“But sometimes it can be a big deal. Fame and fortune are very difficult to manage. Somebody that didn’t see N20,000 yesterday starts seeing N4 million per show, he’s going to quickly forget Kenny and D-One. But we thank God we still remain relevant in what we do. And we will continue to do what we do as long as we love it.”

Golden Girl Blessing Okagbare, Vincent Enyeama Top List of Athletes of the Year Awards


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The 2014 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award has entered the voting phase as the top three nominees for each of the different categories of the award have emerged. The list of the top three nominees for all the categories of the award was unveiled at a Press conference on Thursday by the organisers of the Award.

Addressing the media, the General Manager, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu noted that the panel received overwhelming nominations for the 2014 editions of the award from members of the public adding that it was a tough job selecting the top 3 nominees for each category.

According to Idowu , Nigeria ‘s golden girl, Blessing Okagbare and Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama top the nomination chat as both of them were nominated in two categories. Blessing Okagbare who won double Gold medals at the just concluded Commonwealth Games was nominated for the Track & Field Star of the Year and SportsWoman of the Year Awards while Vincent Enyeama was nominated for the Sportsman of the Year and Footballer of the Year Awards.

Asisat Oshoala, who won the Golden Boot and Ball at the just concluded Women U-20 world Cup, is nominated alongside Desire Oparanozie and Dike Courtney for the Footballer of the Year (Women) category. Vincent Enyeama, Emmanuel Eminike, Ogenyi Onazi are nominated for the Footballer of the Year (Male)

In the Ball Sports category, high flying Table Tennis player Aruna Quadri, who won the award last year, is nominated alongside Segun Totiola and Onaolapo Ojo while Blessing Okagbare and Ese Brume are the only two nominated for the track and field award.

 Coach of the Falconets, Peter Dedevwo, Manu Garba and Stephen Keshi are the three nominees for the Coach of the Year Award. For the Team of the Year Award Falconet, Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets are the nominees. Vincent Enyeama, Ogenyi Onazi and Osaze Odewinge are the three nominees for the Sportman of the Year, while Blessing Okagbare, Asisat Osoala and Courtney Dike are to slug it out for the Sportwoman of the Year Award.

The three Governors; Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State and Liyel Imoke of Cross River State who were nominated for the Sports Governor of the Year Award last year still emerged the nominees for the 2014 edition.

For Boxing Star of the Year Award, Ekpo Isaac, Efe Ajagba and Efetobor Akpochi are the top nominees. Wrestler duo of Aminat Adeniyi and Odunayo Adekuroye were nominated with Teakwando Star- Chika Chukwumerije for the Combat Sports Star of the Year Award. In the Discovery of the Year category Asisat Oshoala battles Ese Brume and Courtney Dike for the honour while Maryam Usman and Oluwatoyin Adesanmi were nominated for the Weightlifting award of the Year.

Nominees for other categories include Aminu Maigari, Solomon Ogba and Waheed Enitan Oshodi (Administrator of the Year), Green Springs School , Lekki, Toybat international school, Lagos and ST Barnabas, Ilorin (School Sports Award) while Esther Oyeama, Loveline Obiji, and AbdulAzeez Ibrahim made the shortlist for the Special Sports Person of the Year Award.

 

Culled from AllAfrica.com

Spurs’ Assou-Ekotto Charged With Improper Conduct


Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been handed a three-match suspension by the Football Association, after being found guilty of improper conduct in relation to the Nicolas Anelkak ‘quenelle’ incident.

The Cameroon full-back has also been fined £50,000 and has from now until Friday, September 26 to appeal.

After an hearing by the Independent Regulatory Commission of the English FA, Assou-Ekotto is said to have breached FA’s Rule E3(1) following his social media postings relating to the quenelle gesture performed by Nicolas Anelka in December 2013.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto Charged By English FA.

Chairman of the FA body, Mr Peter Griffiths QC, in delivering the decision said: “Even though we have found that there was an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3 we are satisfied that when the Player sent the tweet on the 28th December 2013 congratulating Anelka, in his mind he believed he was congratulating Anelka on what he perceived to be an anti-establishment gesture as opposed to one associated with anti-Semitism.

“But we are also satisfied of two further factors relevant to his culpability:

1) That he was certainly aware before he sent the tweet that the quenelle gesture was very much associated with Dieudonne; and
2) That he had, by then, acquired at least some knowledge of the controversies surrounding Dieudonne in the Autumn of 2013 and that these had included, rightly or wrongly, allegations concerning anti-Semitism.”

Should his appeal fail, the 30-year-old could miss Spurs trip to Arsenal and Manchester City on September 27 and October 18 respectively, and Southampton’s visit to White Hart Lane in between both fixtures.

Assou-Ekotto was also warned as regard his future conduct and ordered to complete a compulsory education course. He was also ordered to take care of the cost accrued during the hearing.

President Jonathan to Confer MON On MVP Oshoala


Most Valuable Player (MVP) of last month’s Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup, Asisat Oshoala, is among a list of 305 Nigerians/friends of Nigeria set to be decorated with an national honour by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Fresh from winning the adidas Golden Boot and Ball courtesy of her 7 goals and two assists at the finals in Canada, Oshoala will be awarded the Master of the Order of the Niger (MON) at a ceremony scheduled for Monday, September 29 in Abuja.

“Well, I am really happy about it and I feel appreciated because it’s a good thing for one to be appreciated by her own nation” Super-Zee (as she’s fondly called by team-mates) said.

Asisat Oshoala Flanked By France's Pair of  Griedge Mbock Bathy and Claire Lavogez During the Fifa U-20 World Cup Award Presentation Ceremony. Image Getty.

Also included in the list is captain of the U-20 side which claimed silver in Montreal, Patience Okaeme.

Other recipients of the national award are members of the victorious Golden Eaglets, who claimed a record Fifa U-17 World Cup title in the United Arab Emirate last year, as well as coaches and members of their backroom staff.

Some of the award recipients and class of awards:

Asisat Oshoala – highest goal scorer, 2014 under 20 FIFA female football competition (MON)

Patience Okaeme – captain of U20 women’s team (MFR)

Manu Garba, OFR (OON)

Peter Dedevbo-coach, 2014 U20 women’s team (OON)

Emmanuel Amuneke-assistant coach, 2013 U17(MFR)

Nduka Ugbade-assistant coach, 2013 U17(MFR)

Emeka Amadi – Golden Eaglets goalkeeper trainer (MFR)

Egbaiyelo Temitayo – team secretary, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Ayodeji Olarinoye – team doctor, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Gabriel Oyenuga – team physiotherapist, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Morakinyo Abodunrin -team media officer, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Suleiman Abubakar – team coordinator, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Mohammed Kafa – equipment manager, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Musa Muhammed – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Sunday Alampasu – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Abdulazeez Abubakar – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Uzoho Odinaka – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Zaharadeen Bello – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Aliu Abubakar – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Obasi Chigozie – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Musa Yahaya – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Samuel Godwin Okon – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Chidiebere Nwakali – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Akinjide Idowu – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Salihu A. Baba – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Godwin Saviour – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Alfa Abdullahi – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Makanjuola Habeeb – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Chidera Ezeh – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Success Isaac – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Kelechi Iheanacho – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Awoniyi Taiwo – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Dennis Okon Nya – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

Japhet Raymond – player, 2013 national under 17 football team (MON)

TERROR: 15 Students Killed In Kano Attack. All you need to know about the attack…


KANO FCE attack

Yesterday was bloody in northern Nigeria. A flurry of gunmen attacks left no fewer than 73 people dead and hundreds injured in various parts of the region.

In Kaduna, four pregnant women, a soldier and 46 natives fell to gunfire from bandits who attacked three villages in southern Kaduna. In Kano, two suspected suicide bombers stormed the Federal College of Education with IEDs and killed 15 students, leaving 34 others with gunshot wounds.

Also, an aged uncle of acting governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Usman Fintiri, was among five people killed during a suspected Boko Haram attack in the state while 3 persons were reportedly killed during a clash between policemen in the Kebbi State command and villagers.

LEADERSHIP learnt that the gunmen who stormed the Fadan-Karshi villages of Sanga local government of Kaduna State also killed a pastor and many children.

Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen, who also ambushed Nigerian troops stationed at the Fadan Karshi, killed one of the soldiers and wounded four others.

The Tuesday attack followed several attacks that had rocked the area since April, leading to the killing of over 300 people, mostly women and children.

A resident, Mike Maikafi, told journalists that the attackers invaded Fadan Karshi Daji and nearby communities, burning houses including a church where several cars were parked.

The vice chairman of the local government, Pastor Bulus Mande Anzah, who confirmed the attack to LEADERSHIP, said the attackers, whom he identified as Fulani, stormed the villages about midnight on Tuesday.

“In our count, 12 people were killed in Fadan Karshi, 30 in Fada Karshi Daji, seven others in another community. A pastor and another person were also killed at Ungwar Ganye,” he said.

He said the soldiers were ambushed by the gunmen on their way to the villages to rescue the situation.

The vice chairman said pregnant women, the elderly and children were killed while hundreds of residents fled their homes to unknown destinations.

Anzah, who is standing in for the council chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Danzaria, said there were temporary camps set up for some of the displaced and called on the emergency agencies to support them.

“The attacks are getting worse every day. Some of the soldiers who attempted to repel the attack were also injured. Another soldier was killed,” he said.

“Many of the injured are now receiving treatment at the Gwantu General hospital,” Anzah added.

An official of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed that over 50 people were killed in the attack.

The official, who didn’t want his name mentioned because he was not authorized, said several houses including a church were burnt to ashes. He put the number of internally displaced persons at over 10,000.

The spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Amuni Lawan, who confirmed the violence, said he was yet to get the full brief of the latest incident.

Mr Bezard Wuyah, national president, Ninzom Development Youths, said: “We heard before now that Fulani were planning to come and attack us again. Last night, around 1am, they came around. They entered Fadan Karshi, Karshi Daji and Unguwan Ganye all close to one another in Sanga LGA.

“They first ambushed a military patrol van that was crossing a bridge from Fadan Karshi to Karshi Daji. They fired at the soldiers and killed one, and four were injured. But the soldiers repelled the attacks. The Fulani men then moved in three groups. One went to Fadan Karshi, where they killed 12 people and burnt down 20 houses and injured scores. They moved to Karshi Daji and killed 20 people and burnt down several houses. Those that attacked Unguwan Ganye are still in the place. Among those killed in Fadan Karshi were the wife of a very respectable retired reverend, Jacob Aku. His wife was burnt to ashes in the attack.

“We need serious protection and security from our government or we will be forced to protect ourselves.”

FCE Kano attacked

The Kano attack was said to have occurred around 2pm when the two suspected suicide bombers stormed the school in two tricycles. Bomb blasts followed by sporadic gunshots from the attackers killed many students

The first tricycle was said to have approached the gate of the school, with the second tricycle behind. While the occupants of the first tricycle were answering questions from the security men at the gate, a man from the second tricycle opened fire on them, and they forced their way in. As soon as they were in the school, they started shooting sporadically, using RPGs and hand grenade to bomb some structures in the school and some cars inside the premises.

Another eyewitness, who is a principal of a secondary school, told our reporter that he saw young men carrying guns and blocked the entrance of the college, shooting at anybody trying to escape.

He added that the gunmen invaded both the new site and the old site of the college that were opposite each other.

Our reporter who was at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital witnessed a large crowd of relatives who stormed the emergency unit of the hospital to check on their children among the injured; others were at mortuary to ascertain the whether their children were among the dead.

The police high command confirmed the Kano attack, putting the casualty figure at 15. A statement from the force spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the two armed men detonated the explosive device at the lecture hall of the school.

“Today at about 15:30hrs, two armed men detonated improvised explosive devices at the lecture hall of Federal College of Education, Zaria Road, Kano.

“Thereafter, they began sporadic shooting outside the premises. Police team from a nearby Tactical Operations Point responded and shot dead the two insurgents. Their AK 47 rifles were recovered.

“On examination of the scene of the explosion, 15 dead bodies were recovered, while 34 injured were taken to hospital for treatment,” Ojukwu said.

Insurgents kill Fintiri’s aged uncle, 4 others

The aged uncle of acting gvernor of Adamawa State Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Pa Wazimtu, along with four other old men were yesterday killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents who invaded Madagali, the home town of the acting governor.

Pa Wazintu, who was around 75 years of age before he was slain, and the father of the personal assistant to the acting governor, Mr Tanko Wazimtu, was one of the five aged people who were trapped and killed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the area, a development which sparked anxiety in the town as the five were among the most aged and respected in the town.

Reports indicated that Wazimtu was killed in the presence of his aged wife and daughter who watched helplessly in the dead of the night.

Boko Haram takes over Fintiri’s residence

It was similarly reported that the hometown residence of the acting governor has been taken over by the insurgents who made it one of their operational base. One of the Boko Haram commanders was allegedly residing in it.

As at the time of filing this report, the residences of Fintiri and his PA have become a mecca of a sort, as the two houses were inundated with sympathizers who trooped to condole with the families.

The son of the late patriarch, Tanko Wazintu, who looked pale and disheveled, said his mother and sister had resorted to burying the corpse of his father as no one could assist them after they had waited for more than 72 hours.

“My sister and step-mother were the ones that were forced to dig a hole to bury my father after being forced to sleep with his corpse for more than 72 hours,” he said.

Reports indicated that, in their drive to have more fighters, the insurgents have resorted to abducting able-bodied men whom they usually conscript into their army by force.

One of the youths forcefully recruited by the insurgents but was lucky to escape, Mr Onyebuchi Romanus, said his escape from the den of the insurgents was like escaping from the tiger’s mouth.

Police, community clash kills 4 in Kebbi

Four people were feared dead, 24 others injured and the residence of the divisional police officer razed down, as the police clashed with people from Kamba LGA of Kebbi State yesterday.

The violence, according to LEADERSHIP findings, started when people in the community tried to seize and kill a person arrested by the police on the suspicion that he had killed a 5-year-old girl and removed her vital internal body organs.

The situation became tense when the angry mob rained stones and burnt the divisional police officer’s house in an attempt to forcibly seize and kill the suspect. In the chaotic situation, the police were said to have opened fire which led to the death of three people and injuring of 24.

A visit by LEADERSHIP to Kamba hospital saw the injured being attended to; three had been referred to the Federal Medical Centre in Birnin Kebbi for further treatment. A nurse who spoke in confidence and didn’t want to be mentioned in print said, “One dead body was brought here and many were seriously injured.

All efforts by journalists who were in Kamba to see the state commissioner of police who was also at the Kamba police station proved abortive as they were barred by heavily armed policemen from getting into the premises of the station.

The force headquarters which also reacted to the clash in a statement signed by CP Ojukwu and made available to LEADERSHIP confirmed that four lives were lost while 89 persons were arrested for violence. IGP Suleiman Abba warned the citizens not to take the law into their hands.

“Today at about noon, a group of villagers in Kamba, Kebbi State, were about to lynch a national of Niger Republic named Adamu Gaya, on suspicion of involvement in an alleged ritual murder of a young girl.

“The Police rescued and brought him into protective custody. However, irate villagers attacked the Police station and destroyed the communication base. They also burnt two (2) Police vehicles, and nine (9) motorcycles. Also smashed were the windscreens of four (4) cars parked at the premises. The mob also burnt the official residence of the Divisional Police Officer. In the attack, four (4) persons lost their lives. Eighty-nine (89) persons have been arrested for the violence,” Ojukwu said.

We’re enhancing military, others – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday commiserated with residents of Kano State over the death of many people during the Boko Haram attack on the Federal College of Education, Kano, saying the federal government was beefing up the police, the military and other security agencies to tackle the terrorist group head-on.

In a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, the president who commended the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force for taking prompt action to confront the insurgents and minimize the number of casualties. He urged them “to be even more alert and proactive in the future to stop terrorist attacks in Kano and other parts of the country”.

Northern monarchs will end insecurity in the north – Sultan

Worried by the insecurity challenges bedevilling the country and the northern region in particular, traditional rulers from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday met in Kaduna to look into the issues and possibly identify and proffer immediate solutions that would bring insecurity to an end.

“We are not unaware of the developments in some of our towns, most especially in Bama, Gwoza, Danbua, Michika and other places. We want to assure all and sundry we are very concerned and, Insha Allah, we will find solutions to these problems and many more problems facing our country. But we cannot do so unless we come collectively and come together.”

Other issues looked into was the economic under-development of the northern region.

Before the meeting entered into a closed-door session, the chairman of the northern traditional rulers council, Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Sa’ad in his opening address said: “We are meeting this morning as the chairmen of the Councils of Chiefs from various states and as leaders of our people at various levels to discuss issues bordering on insecurity and the development of the north.

“As traditional leaders, we are very concerned and very worried about the happenings in the northern states, most especially the insecurity that is very prevalent in the north-east in particular and other states in general.

“We are also aware of the economic development or lack of economic development in our various states of the north. We therefore convened this conference of the chairmen so as to sit very closely and discuss all issues affecting insecurity and economic development of our region.”

The meeting was attended by Shehu of Borno Alhaji Garbai Ibn El-Kanemi, Emir of Kano Mohammad Sanusi II; Etsu Nupe Yahaya Abubaker; Gbong Gwom Jos Jacob Buba Gyang; Attah of Igala HRH Idakwo Ameoboni II, and Emir of Zazzau Dr Shehu Idris, among others.

ACF, Yero condemn Kano, Kaduna attacks

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday condemned the bomb attack in Kano and another attack by unknown gunmen in Sanga local government area of Kaduna State where scores of persons where reportedly killed.

In a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, the national publicity secretary of the forum, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, described the attacks as most unfortunate.

ACF said this again calls for urgent attention by the relevant government authorities and security agencies and the need to rise up to the challenge with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to book.

“ACF will continue to call on the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace, because ordinary Nigerians who fall victims of their attacks do not know the reasons for the attacks by the insurgents.”

15 soldiers court-martialed, get 4 years’ imprisonment in Yola

Reports from the 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola, has revealed that no fewer than 15 soldiers were court-martialed and each sentenced to four years’ jail following their refusal to go to the war front in the northern parts of Adamawa State.

The development came less than 48 hours after 12 soldiers were court-martialled and sentenced to death by firing squad after they staged a mutiny in the war-torn Borno State.

The soldiers, who were reported to have been in detention for over three weeks, were yesterday sentenced by the military command which claimed it found the men guilty of insubordination and refusal to face the Boko Haram insurgents currently ravaging the northern parts of the state.

A top military source said the affected soldiers were those who ran away when Boko Haram struck their duty posts and fled back to the cantonment.

The source added: “The soldiers had allegedly refused the orders of their superiors to draft back to the theatre of war.

“In the military tradition, a soldier is expected to obey the last order but the 15 soldiers convicted by the military command were adjudged to have committed acts of insubordination by their refusal to draft to the warfront.”

The source maintained that the decision of the military, which came a few days after some soldiers who staged a mutiny and attacked the GOC, 3 Division in Maiduguri, were sentenced to death, is intended to reinforce sanity and discipline in the Nigerian Army.

“The military has been grappling with soldiers deserting from their tour of duty only to re-surface with all manner of tales, and the development is gradually beginning to impugn on the integrity of the military establishment,” he said.

The development has caused disquiet within the ranks of non-commissioned soldiers as they express dismay over the punishment being meted to their colleagues for no fault of theirs.

A non-commissioned soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “Many of the soldiers were already disillusioned about the war which has claimed the lives of many.

“We felt that nobody cared about us anymore, as our concern, welfare and lives seemed to have no value in the eyes of our superiors,” the source noted. “So what do you do in a situation like this? You are asked to go into a war without the necessary weapons; whether you die in the process, nobody cares. Your colleagues who died in the process were not given a befitting honour,” the source concluded.

Soldiers kill 400 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno villages

At least 400 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group were killed in the last three days by soldiers during separate shootouts in different parts of Borno State, security sources said.

LEADERSHIP had on Tuesday night broken the story that Boko Haram terrorists were staging yet another attack, days after soldiers had successfully repelled their attack on Konduga village where over 250 of them were killed.

The insurgents who had suffered several defeats in the hands of soldiers were said to have recorded another bad outing on Tuesday when the soldiers stationed there effectively repelled them by killing yet scores more of them.

The terrorists who seemed confused, given the repeated failed attempts to march over Konduga in order to invade Maiduguri, had also met another disastrous end at Ngamdu village of Kaga local government area, about 100km from Maiduguri, when they attempted to take over the Kano-Maiduguri highway in the morning of Wednesday.

A civilian JTF official, Bashir Abbas, who usually follows the deployed troops of Nigerian soldiers during such attack, confirmed to LEADERSHIP in Maiduguri that the Konduga attack, just like the previous one that took place on Friday, was forewarned.

“The Tuesday night attack was expected and the soldiers really mobilised for an ambush attack on the Boko Haram members who divided themselves in three groups,” said Bashir. “They tactically sent the first group to face the military as they usually do, but, unknown to them, the soldiers had also strategically taken cover and were waiting for them. On getting to the middle of the town, the military opened fire on them, killing over 100 of them; they were able to recover one armoured personnel carrier, three vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft, several motorcycles and ammunition.”

Bashir added that “after the military had successfully crushed the first group, the second group appeared, followed by the third group but they were all crushed by the military assisted by our members”.

“On Wednesday morning, the gunmen mobilised some of their members from around Yobe axis with the intention of crossing over to Konduga but were intercepted by soldiers who acted on a tip-off, confronted them with yet another ambush attack that got about 150 of them killed in Ngamdu village.”

At Ngamdu, the military also recovered one Shell Car armoured tank, several Hilux vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft and many other ammunition from the Boko Haram sect. He added such successful operations had been recorded in the last nine days that caused many of the insurgents to die.

Some of the residents of Konduga who managed to arrive in Maiduguri were full of praises for the soldiers who, they said, showed rare gallantry.

A resident of the area said that the insurgents again attempted to attack Konduga from two directions with over 500 fighters while the military fought and defended the town, killing uncountable number of the insurgents.

Malam Abu’ar Yale, a local farmer, said during the second attack on Konduga, “the terrorists were successfully repelled by the troops of the Nigerian Army [who] killed scores of them, recovered armored tanker, vehicles, motorcycles, among others”.

A driver bus, Mallam Isa Garba, told journalists that on their way from Damaturu to Maiduguri yesterday in the morning, they were stopped by the military and asked to make U-turn back to Damaturu because the road was being attacked.

“But when we were later allowed to proceed with our journey to Maiduguri, we saw several corpses – up to about 100 — lying all over the sides of the road.”

An official of the State Security Service (SSS) in Borno, who spoke to LEADERSHIP but begged not to be quoted, confirmed the report even as he disclosed that the insurgents had returned to Konduga in the evening of yesterday in their untiring plot to take over the town. The attack that started about 6pm was ongoing at the time of filing this report.

Building Collapse: ‘T.B. Joshua Tried To Bribe Us’ – TV Crew


Workers clean up the aftermath of a building collapse in Lagos

As Nigerian authorities investigate the cause of a building collapse in which 67 South Africans died in Lagos, a local author has described the Synagogue Church of all Nations and “Prophet” TB Joshua as one of Africa’s most influential men, who tried to bribe him during an interview. The collapse occurred on Friday when three extra stories were being added to the existing two of a guest house of the church compound, where visitors from abroad flock to stay.

So far, 80 people have been confirmed dead. In a shock announcement on Tuesday night, President Jacob Zuma disclosed that 67 South Africans had died in the tragedy. The Lagos Pentacostal church attracts a global following of Christians who believe Joshua is able to perform miracles including curing the ill and raising the dead from the grave. There are mounting calls for someone to be held responsible for the deaths and all eyes are now on Joshua.

But the charismatic preacher insists the collapse was the result of a planned attack on him. Jacques Pauw, author of Profit of Doom, an expose on Joshua’s church, says the preacher tried to bribe his entire television crew. “He obviously realised that it was going to be bad publicity for him and then he handed an envelope full of $100 notes to me and the sound person. We told him we couldn’t accept it and he said it was a gift from God.”

The regular influx of visitors from abroad for the church’s services, which can last up to a week, creates demand for accommodation that the church’s own guest house has been unable to meet, and often spills over into local hotels. Several African leaders have traveled to Nigeria to meet with spiritual “healer” Joshua, including former Malawian President Joyce Banda and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.

Tragedy: Renown Musician, Elemure Ogunyemi Is Dead – Gov. Fayemi, Others React


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A leading traditional musician of Ekiti origin, Chief Peter Ogunyemi, popularly known nationwide as Elemure Ogunyemi, is dead. Ogunyemi, a septuagenarian, died in the early hours of Thursday. Sources close to the family told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the ace musician was said to have fallen ill a couple of weeks ago, and might have died of undisclosed ailment.

While alive, Ogunyemi traversed the length and breath of the country, thrilling his fans with his music usually laced with Ekiti dialect. His leading role in the promotion of Yoruba language made his fans living outside the country to sponsor his recent musical tour of America and Britain. His sudden demise on Thursday shocked residents of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, where his musical group was domiciled till death.

At Isaba town, his home town in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, residents expressed shock on hearing of the death of the musician. He left behind a wife and children, and arrangements for his burial would be unveiled soon, a family source told NAN.

Reacting to the news, Gov. Kayode Fayemi said in a statement that the death was shocking and devastating to him and the state government. He said the late Elemure was an “Ekiti music ambassador who will be sadly missed by all.” While consoling with the family to accept the loss, Fayemi promised that his government would immortalise him.

The Minister of State for Works, Mr Adedayo Adeyeye, also described the death of the Ekiti music maestro as a sad loss to Ekiti people. We have lost a great musician and philosopher. Those of us who love his brand of music cannot but grieve the loss of such a great and patriotic Ekiti son. He used his God-given talent to promote Ekiti culture, tradition,unity and development.

Elemure Ogunyemi’s song ‘a ti riun ka nwa o Ekiti Kete’ (we have gotten what we desired) celebrated the created of Ekiti State in 1996. It is an anthem of sort in Ekiti and anywhere Ekiti people can be found in the entire world. “His death is a painful loss to not only to the people of Ekiti State, but also the entertainment industry in Nigeria,’’ he said. Adeyeye said the people of Ekiti would continue to pray, trusting that God would grant his soul eternal rest.

2015 Is Settled: Jonathan Finally Accepts PDP’s Adoption As Sole Presidential Candidate, Gives Heart Touching Speech


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Ahead of his formal declaration for his return bid and the Party’s National Convention fixed for December 6, the National Executive Committee, NEC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Thursday adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole Presidential candidate for 2015 Presidential election. Rising from its 66th NEC meeting Thursday at Wadata Plaza, National Secretariat of the Party, the party’s highest body explained that the move became imperative because no serious party would change a winning team like President Jonathan who has performed with his transformation agenda which has changed the face and well being of Nigerians.

President Goodluck Jonathan who accepted the endorsement as the sole candidate by all the organs of the party which culminated in that of NEC, said that he was really humbled, overwhelmed and promised not to disappoint the PDP governors, the leaders, stakeholders and members of the party. He said, “Let me really say that the events of yesterday, starting with BoT meeting last night and what has just happened today, with the various motions adopting me as sole candidate of the party has really humbled me.”

“Let me specially thank our governors that initiated that action, let me thank members of BoT, let me thank the senate president and members of the National Assembly, let me appreciate the PDP women for their position and the NEC, because no matter whatever anybody does, without NEC, you will be on your own. Adopting me as the sole candidate of the party has humbled me. I am totally overwhelmed. When the governors came up in a jointly signed paper, though House of Representatives started it, governors intervention was like an atomic bomb, I commend all departments of the NEC.”

“I am so overwhelmed that I lack words to express myslef. I leave it for another day. For today, for you to have that kind of confidence, I am extremely challenged. It means that whatever we had done in the past three years, we tripple it. That is the only way Nigerians will appreciate it. I promise I will not disappoint you.”

Despite Our Mistakes, We’re Still the Best- Ohakim


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Former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, recently declared his intention to return to office in next year’s election. In this Interview with journalists, he situated in context the reason he is running. Amby Uneze presents the excerpts:

You have declared to run for the governorship election in Imo state and it is eliciting a lot of reactions. Are you surprised?
I am surprised. The massive buy-in of Ndi Imo is unprecedented. It surpasses my imagination and I am quite humbled by the way our people are reacting positively to it.

So why are you so determined to come back?
If I may borrow your word, I want to return to put Imo back to work and to put Imo back to the path of economic prosperity. There have been calls by well-meaning citizens of Imo state who have been worried about the economic loss of abandoning the key projects we started that would have laid a solid foundation for a take-off into sustainable economic growth.
If you recall, the thrust of my administration was to establish an economy for the state. That was why we went ahead to start some mega projects. But because such things like that take time to mature, some people did not have the necessary patience. Some of my colleagues who got their second term after 2011 are just completing some of their key projects.

But you lost the 2011 re-election even when the people or structures you are claiming were there?
We did not lose the 2011 governorship election and I know you know that. We won that election on April 26, but because there was a conspiracy to stop me by all means, one thing led to the other and there was a supplementary election on May 6, 2011.
I am sure you have read several accounts of what happened on April 26, when the State Returning Officer refused to admit the results from Ohaji-Egbema local government area which had already been declared at the LGA level and we got over 28,000 votes as against APGA which got a little above 3,000 votes. You know what happened at the supplementary election. Our party members and supporters were chased away by soldiers using armoured vehicles. I do not want to go into details but all I can say is that I am running to prove that if anybody thought that Ikedi Ohakim had been sent to political oblivion because of what happened in 2011, I am sorry they will be disappointed.
I believe my emergence as candidate of the PDP will bring down the political temperature both within the party and in the state. Without sounding immodest, I am the only fellow who will command the respect of other aspirants if I emerge.

But some of the aspirants are complaining that you gave them the nod to go ahead and now you have come out to contest?
Was I in a position to ask anybody to run or not to run? If somebody came to you to tell you that he wants to run for an election, what moral authority do you have to tell him not to run? Can I even tell my son not to run?
They came to me out of courtesy and courtesy requires that you encourage the fellow. Some of them came to me while I was still in court pursuing my case. It would be rude to tell a man who has gotten to the level of aspiring to become a governor not to aspire. I don’t think it is proper. It is possible that the situation at that point in time was such that some of them thought I will not be able to run. But politics is the most dynamic thing in human endeavour.
Having said that, I don’t think there is any problem yet. The aspirants are all my personal friends and political associates and we have one common objective, which is to make our party to get back to power in Imo State. When the time comes, we all know what to do. I don’t think there is any problem.

Some aspirants are insisting that they have the singular capacity to defeat the incumbent governor?
That’s the crux of the matter. You guys in the media should be the ones to educate the people on what constitutes capacity. Capacity is not only money or the claim to wealth. If you use only money to measure capacity then we will not go anywhere. Some aspirants boast of capacity because of their fabled wealth or that of their sponsors. With the highest sense of responsibility, if anybody has capacity in all its ramifications among the aspirants, it is Ikedi Ohakim. There can be no doubt that the next election will involve enormous resources but I can assure you that none of the aspirant in PDP including me will be found wanting if given the ticket. If it is about money, Imo people know what I am capable of doing.
But that is not even the issue. I have just told you that I am the only one amongst them that has a structure that cuts across the entire state by virtue of the fact that as immediate past governor, the people I worked with are still very much on ground.

But Owerri zone people argue that Okigwe has done a total of eight years, that is putting together your tenure and that of the late Mbakwe and that it has done only about 18 months?
With due respect, I do not think it is proper for me to argue about Owerri or Mbakwe regime which was in old Imo before the advent of PDP. If you trace the apparent indoctrination over the Owerri zone matter and the avalanche of media reports, you will discover that it is coming from the government in power. You may be surprised to hear this. That does not mean that Owerri people are not agitating. But the orchestration is coming from government because the people there now know that if the PDP is pressured into giving Owerri zone the ticket, Okigwe will vote Rochas Okorocha and he will continue. If you look at the age of the aspirants from Owerri zone, they are all in the same age bracket.
Therefore, there is peer-group jealousy among them. So, they will prefer somebody from outside the zone who will do only four years so that they can return to the ring in 2019. Another reason for that orchestration is that Okorocha is afraid of my candidature because that is the only one that can bring him face to face with somebody who has a record of performance; that will enable Imo people put both of us on the scale, project by project, quality by quality, income by income, economics by economics and in terms of affinity for democratic governance.
In spite of what people are sponsored to write in the newspapers, you and I know that Imo people have since seen that my administration was more focused and sophisticated. And that they have discovered the lies told about me. S
o, that is why the Okorocha’s camp is panicking over my candidacy. They have devised a way of secretly latching into the Owerri agitation.

There are some aspirants from Okigwe zone like you who are against zoning because they believe that a party in opposition does not zone?
First, go and find out what such people said about zoning before now. They supported it before but have only changed because of certain emerging factors. More importantly, the postulation that a party in opposition does not zone is utter rubbish. Which theory of political science is that?

Recently, there were media reports that a Catholic Priest in Enugu, Reverend Father Mbaka has said that you were falsely accused of assaulting a Reverend Father while you were governor and that he was misled into launching an attack against you. Do you feel vindicated?
It is the people that feel vindicated and relieved by the revelation. For me I never labored any worries because I know that God Almighty who knows everything knows the truth. The worst they did was to use it as an aspect of the conspiracy that rubbed me of the mandate I got from the people in 2011. Since God allowed that to happen who was I to query him? I know that at the appropriate time, He will make the people know the truth.

Do you think the new development would enhance your chances?
That’s not the issue. My happiness is that the people of Imo state now feel relieved that the truth has been revealed about that particular incident. Many Imolites knew earlier what Fr. Mbaka said but that was the first time he was making it public.

There was this question of 10,000 jobs created by your administration which was scraped by you predecessor. Some other governorship aspirants are saying they will restore the people sacked if they are elected. Do you think they want to reap what they did not sow?
Not at all. It is not a question of anybody reaping what he or she did not sow, it is a question of appreciating what is good and condemning what is bad. Governance is a continuous thing.
The laying off of 10,000 graduates we employed into the state civil service was an atrocity against the people not against Ikedi Ohakim. So any right thinking person who get to a position of authority would most likely reverse it.

You said earlier that other aspirants will have no difficulty in supporting you if you emerge as candidate, what about Senator Ifeanyi Ararume; it is no secret that both of you are not seeing eye to eye despite coming from the same locality?
It is absolutely not true that two of us do not see eye to eye. I have no problem with Senator Ararume. Most of these things are exaggerated by people who benefit from the imagined enmity between the two of us. If he emerges as candidate of the PDP, of course I will support him whole heartedly and I believe he will also support me if I emerge

Mourinho reveals why Costa cannot play three straight matches, defends Drogba’s display against Schalke


Remy-Costa benchChelsea boss Jose Mourinho, has revealed that Diego Costa cannot play three games in a row, because of his hamstring problems.

The in-form Spain striker was rested for the Blues’ Champions League opener against Schalke on Wednesday. Didier Drogba was handed a rare start – a move which backfired, as the Ivorian missed two good chances. But Mourinho explained that he doesn’t have a choice at the moment.

“Costa has a problem and he can’t play in this moment three matches in a week,” Mourinho said.

“If he has one week to let the muscle recover, he can start again like he has been since he had that problem with the national team. But three days, after Saturday, is not enough. It was not to protect him for the game for Sunday, but because today he was not in the condition after Saturday.

“He came to us and was completely fine. He had a problem again in the national team, not with us. And now we have a problem and now we have to resolve it as best we can. Today he was not in condition to play. Sunday we believe he is. Next week, against Bolton, for sure he isn’t. We have to manage the situation until the moment he’s completely fine.

“I don’t know [how long that will be]. If today he had started the game, for sure he could not play on Sunday. We have to go step by step.”

The Portuguese also praised the contribution of Drogba, who was evenutally pulled out in the second half, as Mourinho tried to win the game.

“Didier had a positive game,” Mourinho said.

“I’m happy with what he did. If he scores that goal we’d be speaking about 2-0, not 1-1, and him scoring a goal with fantastic movement and a great shot. I’m not disappointed with a striker because, one inch, he doesn’t score or not. He had a positive performance. I’m happy with that.”

I AM READY TO FUCK DAVIDO AND MAKE A SEX TAPE : SAYS MAHEEDA


South African coach arrested at Lagos Airport for drug trafficking


steven darlugarA 38-year old South African Football coach, Steven Darlugar has been arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, for trying to smuggle drug out of Nigeria to South Africa.

He had neatly packaged the drugs weighing 1.54 kilogrammes in a compartment before the officials at the airport unraveled his gimmicks during the screening of Arik Air passengers on board to South Africa. Upon interrogation, Darlugar, a married father of one confessed he was under financial pressure to cope with peers and he had worked hard to make it, but it all turned futile.

While confessing to the crime, the father of one said he took to smuggling to augment his income, adding that he would have made a proceed of $6,000 if he had succeeded in carrying out the crime.

I am married with a child and have lived in South Africa for about a decade. I coach a team in South Africa. I have worked very hard to attain financial freedom, but have nothing in return. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I was under financial pressure to cope with peers. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking as a way of making quick money. They promised to pay me $6,000 to take the bag containing the drugs to South Africa.”

The agency’s commander at the MMIA, Mr. Hamza Umar, confirmed the crime. He said, “Dalugar was apprehended on his way to South Africa. He was found in possession of 1.54kg of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine. The drug was concealed in a false compartment of the suspect’s luggage.”

Gospel Singer, ‘Only 1 Harmony’ Goes Half unclad To Perform In Her Church – Photos


Well, American Gospel singer, Only 1 Harmony wanted to entertain her church members with praise and worship songs and just decided that this outfit together with those of her back up dancers were just appropriate for a church environment. The Church is called Riverside Church in New York.
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An enraged member of the church shared the photos via Facebook and had this to say:

 

“It Is Shameful & Very Appalling That The PASTOR Of RIVERSIDE CHURCH In NEW YORK,Allowed Singer ‘ONLY1HARMONY’,To Sing In Their Church HALF-unclad..As A Matter Of Fact,I Don’t Call This PRAISE & WORSHIP,Rather I’ll Call It PERVERTED PRAISE & WHORE-SHIP..
They Are Just Rubbishing The CHRISTENDOM..If The SENIOR PASTOR Did Not See Anything Wrong In This,What About The ASSOCIATE PASTORS,DEACONS,DEACONESSES,MOTHERS & FATHERS Of The Church,When This SHAMELESS LADY Stepped On The Church Podium To Sing?..Do They Want To Turn The Church Into A RED-LIGHT NIGHTCLUB?..Hmm!,Its Really END-TIME,When All Kinds Of People Will Claim To Come In GOD’s Name,But In Real Sense,With Ulterior Motives..Just Too Bad,I MUST Say..SMH!..GOD Help Us All,AMEN!!! :..”

Well, we carried out our own research and found that Ms. Onlyone Harmony was part of the Adrian Alicea fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 runway at Riverside Church on September 10, 2014 in New York City.”that involved a number of people, both men and women, wearing different types of revealing costumes.

Dance Queen Kaffy Drops Her Own Clothing Line — ‘Yanga’


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Professional Nigerian dancer — Kaffy, has come to the realization that she can’t be dancing to make a living forever.

On that note, the acclaimed dance queen, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, otherwise known as Kaffy is excited at the moment as she has just birth of her own clothing line, Yanga.

She announced via her Instagram page earlier today, writing: ‘YaaaaaaY!!!!!! MY clothing line YANGA Will be in online stores soon.’

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The line will debut with the Ijoda collection expected to hit stores soon and is another feather of achievements for Kaffy, who is also the CEO one of the country’s foremost dance companies, Imagneto.

Lord Of Ajasa: “Today Musicians Do Not Deserve The Endorsements They Get, They Sing Rubbish”


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It quite obvious that veteran Nigerian rapper — Lord of Ajasa, has been provoked.

The one-time popular rapper in a new interview with Punch has said today’s musicians do not deserve the endorsements they get.

He went as far as saying they sing rubbish, stating that he should be praised and rewarded for being one of the pioneers of the music industry.

Read what he told Punch below: -

“I pioneered indigenous rap music and today it has become lucrative and fashionable. Yet, these young musicians shy away from that fact. They try to hide it. If I don’t blow my trumpet, nobody will do it. But I deserve an award, recognition and endorsement because a lot of people look up to me as their mentor…

“Look at Eedris Abdulkareem and 9ice, for instance. I’m saying they should take care of the pioneers, but what impact have these new artistes really made in the society to deserve all the endorsements they are getting? I mean, they sing nonsense songs while we (pioneers) do evergreen and clean music. Yet they keep discouraging us. 2face is an exception I am okay with his brand of music, because his endorsements are well-deserved.”

On why he left the music scene for a while;

“I left the music scene after I got married in 2009 to delve into other business. I started this movement long before these small boys emerged on the scene and I paved the way for many of them. When I began, I didn’t know anything about music and entertainment. I was simply making music for the love of it, while 9ice and Olamide were following my footsteps. Whenever I made a mistake, they learned from it and got better. I was just a naïve village boy who came down to Lagos from Ondo State with no guidance. I never knew the big names in Nigerian entertainment at the time,”

When asked why he dissed 9ice, Olamide and Seriki in his new song, ‘Otalenu’, he said,

“I did not yab them on the track, they are all small boys who all began their music career in my room in Bariga. I was only trying to draw them closer to myself and to let other people know that I am their Baba. The jabs are just part of the hip hop culture and they spice up the lyrics.”

Champions League E-H: Brahimi and Porto Off to a Flier


With 126 players engaged internationally during this summer’s transfer window among the 16 clubs that took part in Wednesday’s Champions League group opening fixtures, the outcome turned into goal galore from Porto to London Munich to Rome, wherever in Europe.

And a little less than 2 months that Yacine Brahimi penned a £5.1m move from Grenada,the Algerian midfielder is already carving out a unique niche for himself at the magnificent Estadio Do Dragao.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were the better of two English Premier League outfits on parade, but none claimed maximum points.

Cesc Fabregas Scores His First Competitive Goal for Chelsea Against Schalke. Image: Getty.

Ivory Coast winger Gervinho- many thought was a tired leg when he left Arsenal for Rome- but fresh from signing a new one-year contract extension, the sequel would entice you nevertheless.

Group E

Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester City

Tagged the battle of two European heavyweights and already a regular fixture in the group stages for quite as many seasons in recent times, even a standout performance from goalkeeper Joe Hart couldn’t deter the Allianz Arena hosts from claiming all three points.

Germany World Cup-winner Jerome Boateng stunned his former club on the nick of full-time, shooting home via deflection from 15 yards as the English champions failed to clear their lines from captain Philip Lahm’s deep cross.

Jerome Boateng Pumps His Fist After Sinking Man City.

Roma 5-1 CSKA Moscow

If it looked like the Bavarians had no liquor at their party; bet the Romans ordered for plenty rum at the Stadio Olimpicio, as Juan Iturbe, Gervinho (brace), Maicon and Sergei Ignashevich inspired a hugely impressive win over CSKA.

Nigeria international Ahmed Musa did well to scoop the ball into the net with 8 minutes left to full-time, but it was all muted celebration for the Russian champions, who next hosts 2013 champions Bayern.

Gervinho and Iturbe Pictured After Scoring for Roma.

Four years since they last competed in this competition and who would have thought they would get off to such a flying start, however; they did it and top the so-called group of death in early days.

Group F

Barcelona 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

Defender Gerard Pique’s lovely 28-minute header made all the difference, as Luis Enrique’s side got off to a quiet start at the Camp Nou.

The Spaniard snuck into space to head a free-kick into the far corner- his seventh Champions League goal and his 21st for the Catalans.

Ajax 1-1 Paris St-Germain

Edinson Cavani opened scoring for the Parisians within a quarter of an hour, firing a rebound from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shot into the net.

Lasse Schöne leveled for Ajax on 74 minutes, bending a lovely free-kick over the wall and the goalkeeper into the net.

Group G

Chelsea 1-1 Schalke 04

Jose Mourinho rested his on-form striker Diego Costa for this one, allowing returnee Didier Drogba to get at the Germans.

Diego Costa Started from the Bench Against Schalke. Image: Getty.

Cesc Fabregas converted his first competitive goal for the ‘Blues’ in the 11th minute at Stamford Bridge.

The ex-Arsenal man combined brilliantly with the soon-to-pen-a-bumper-deal Eden Hazard to slot home from close range.

The hosts’ firepower and verve dwindled while the match wore on, such that the late introduction of Costa and Loic Remy failed to translate into goal after Klas-Jan Huntelaar drew level in the 62nd minute.

Drogba missed a sitter on 60 minutes and the equaliser which came a couple of minutes after silenced Stamford Bridge.

Schalke- anchored by Julian Draxler- piled down the pitch and the midfielder found captain Huntelaar on his left for the Dutchman to drill home a low shot.

Maribor 1-1 Sporting Lisbon

Louis Nani brought sexy back with a superb opener in the 80th minute but Zlatko Zahovic injury-time header stole a point for the Slovenian champions.

Group H

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Athletic’s return to the Champions League group stage after 16 years was uneventful as the Estadio San Mame waited to no avail for genuine excitement.

Porto 6-0 Bate Borisov

What was lacking in Barcelona was aplenty at the Dragao with Brahimi captaining the cruise.

Brahimi Became the First Porto Player to Score a Champions League Hat-Trick.

The 1897 and 2004 champions struggled at home last season, but moved fast to discard those nightmares with a thumping win over Belarus outfit Bate.

Brahimi became the first Algerian and Porto player to score a hat-trick in a Champions League match- but only the fourth African after Samuel Eto’O, Drogba and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

Captain Jackson Martinez, Adrian Lopez and Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar completed scoring for the hosts.

The win saw the Portuguese equal the record for the biggest win in Uefa Champions League Match Day 1- same scoreline as Arsenal over Braga in 2010.

Daniel Is A Bastard From Delta – Amosun


Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was not an indigene of the state until he was helped by Ibikunle Amosun and others to claim indigeneship in 2003, as Amosun called him a bastard from Isoko, Delta State.

This was revealed yesterday by Governor Amosun, who claimed that Daniel hailed from Isoko in Delta State, but, requested for assistance from him and some other unnamed persons to get a family house in Sagamu ahead of his 2003 governorship ambition in the state.

Amosun made this known at Odeda Local Government in continuation of his local government tour which began on Tuesday.

The governor was reacting to allegations levelled against his administration by Daniel when the latter was at Odeda penultimate week.

Daniel had accused Amosun of selling off all the farmlands in the area to other states, claiming Amosun’s administration had short-changed the people of Odeda.

Amosun however said; “when they came into power, the farmlands were over 60, when we came in, it remains only five. Our forefathers will never forgive them and the generations coming will also curse them. They thought we were like them, we are not.

“We are not bastards from Isoko. They came to us then, we are the one they ran to and we helped them to get where they are claiming today as their home. Although, it was not time for political campaign, yet, I will not hesitate to respond to Daniel’s allegations which he levelled against my administration here in the same Odeda Local Government.

“He is envious of our achievements and successes recorded within the past few years. We need to let them know that we are not thieves like them. They will not be able to stand and campaign for vote here in Odeda by the time I start exposing them. They are treasure looters. If not for the type of the country we are, they ought to have covered their heads in shame rather than boast around the town.”

In a swift reaction, former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel described the statement credited to Amosun on his nativity status as diversionary.

Daniel in a statement by his media aide, Ayo Giwa said: “It is now glaring that the clock is fast ticking towards electoral defeat hence his attempt to stand history on its head by reverting to the same scenario that played itself out some 12 years ago. The statement that Otunba Gbenga Daniel is not from Sagamu is an insult on the entire good people of the historical town of Sagamu as well as a taboo and effrontery on the traditional institutions in the land especially the thrones of the Akarigbo of Remoland as well as the Ewusi of Makun in Remo Kingdom.

“Precisely on Saturday 23 February, 2002, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was made the Aare Asoludero of Makun Sagamu with traditional rites performed by the Late Ewusi, Oba Efuwape Ogunsowo, Inanuwa II. To all intents and purposes, Oba Ogunsowo declared that Otunba Daniel was a freeborn of Makun in Sagamu and of the Ojelobaye family origin. Prominent among those who were present on that occasion was the former Governor of Lagos State and the leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

“Has he quickly forgotten that Otunba Daniel also holds the traditional title of the Arole of Remoland as well as many across the state? If he has respect and honour for traditional authorities and customs how dare he challenge such authorities? That Otunba Daniel sold all the state’s patrimony is in itself cheap blackmail. Is concession not different from outright sale? What has happened to the companies since he came to power some three and a half years ago and why did he not attempt to revive them if they are viable? The outburst from the incumbent is belated and immature.”

Ebola: No Single Outbreak In One Week As FG Okays N200m For Rivers State


DR. SAMPSON PARKER, RIVERS COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of N200 million to the Rivers State Government as direct financial aid to the state towards the containment of Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.

This is just as the federal government assured that there has not been a single case of the virus in Nigeria for one week now.

These were contained in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Minister of Health, Dan Nwomeh.

Nwomeh disclosed that the South African woman who was taken from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and quarantined on suspicion of EVD, tested negative for the disease and other viral hemorrhagic fevers and has since been discharged from quarantine and has left the country.

The minister’s media aide added that a suspected case reported by NLNG also tested negative for EVD.

Part of the statement read, “The total number of confirmed EVD cases recorded in Nigeria remains 19, with 12 survivors and 7 deaths”.

According to Nwomeh, “a number of contacts are still under surveillance in Nigeria, 4 in Lagos State and 344 in Rivers State. So far, 347 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Lagos State while 182 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Rivers State”.

PDP Would’ve Been Extinct In Rivers Without Wike – Party Chief


nyesom-wike-3One of the opinion leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, has said the party would have died and gone extinct in the state if not for the timely intervention of the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike.

Alabraba explained that Wike’s decision to finance the state PDP has made it possible for the party to continue to survive and increase in strength.

He recalled that the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, left the party with the governorship mandate of the PDP to the All Progressives Congress.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Wednesday, Alabraba, who expressed support for the party’s ‘no zoning’ declaration for the governorship position, added that Amaechi took the structure of the PDP with him to the APC.

He pointed out that most members of the state PDP currently angling for the party’s governorship ticket, did nothing to ensure that the party was financed when Amaechi left it for the APC.

Accoridng to Alabraba, “Without Wike, the PDP would have been extinct in Rivers State. Governor Amaechi practically took the structure of the PDP with him to the APC. When it happened, most members of the PDP felt dejected but did nothing until Wike rose up to re-invent the PDP in Rivers State.

“Most of those who are angling to run for the sole ticket of the party in 2015 are identifying with the party today because of its popularity in the state.

“How can you show interest to run on the platform of a party without contributing to the growth and development of the party? They forget that we are running party politics. How can they achieve their ambition if they do not identify with the party?”

Atiku Writes Catholic Bishops, Calls For Prayers For Peaceful 2015 Poll


Atiku AbubakarFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on Catholic Bishops in Nigeria to pray for peaceful 2015 elections as well as the emergence of a God-fearing administration that will make Nigeria spiritually, morally and socially sanctified.

In a goodwill message to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and made available to the press, the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, told the clerics, who are holding their 2014 second plenary meeting in Warri, Delta State, to pray that Nigeria overcomes the many challenges which currently threaten security, freedom of religion and citizenship in many parts of the country.

According to the Turaki Adamawa, “God has given you a unique responsibility as spiritual leaders, and I urge you to guide our people on how to wisely discharge their civic rights to free Nigeria from the shackles of her present spiritual, social and economic predicaments”.

Atiku, who had attended the Bishops Conference previously as a sitting Vice President stated, “I wish, I could be with you personally in Warri during this your second plenary; but my previously fixed engagements outside the country makes this very difficult.

“However, I shall be grateful if I could be given the opportunity of meeting your conference or its representation at a not too distant date, to enable me discuss with you my plans on how to move our country forward”, he added.

TAN To Use N/East Rally To Offer Prayers For Nigeria, Challenges Lai Mohammed To Public Debate


TAN RallyOne of the major pro-Jonathan support groups rooting for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re- election, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, Wednesday, stated that rather than hold its North-East rally slated for this weekend, Saturday, it would instead put in place a prayer session for Nigeria because of the security challenge following the activities of Boko Haram sect.

According to TAN’s Director of Communications, Udenta O. Udenta, top clerics from the two main religions in the country, Christianity and Islam, from within and outside the zone, would be mobilized to Gombe, the Gombe state capital to offer prayers to God to put an end to the insecurity problem.

Meanwhile, the TAN spokesman has challenged the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alh. Lai Mohammed, to a public debate where they would face each other and brainstorm on national issues, adding, “Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, after due consideration of the developments in the polity as it relates to the continued deliberate misconception of the its activities and the mindless attacks on it, has on Wednesday challenged the main opposition party – All Progressive Congress – APC’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to a public debate with its spokesperson Dr. Udenta .O. Udenta to discuss issues of national importance”.

According to TAN, the challenge has become imperative to lay to rest what it called the opposition party’s belly aching over the ongoing nationwide rallies of TAN, adding, “the debate is to enable the two bodies, APC and TAN present to the public their various positions on raging political issues for their discernment. TAN said that as an advocacy group it would not shy away from its responsibilities just because some political nihilists are intent on sowing chaos and disorder in the polity.

“The feedback from TAN monitoring system shows that Majority of Nigerians are happy with our activities going by the turn out and enthusiasm that greeted four out of our scheduled six zonal rallies.

“The zonal rally scheduled for the North East this Saturday will take a unique shape different from the previous ones to reflect the prevailing situation in the troubled zone. The Saturday rally, the statement continued will be more of a prayer session for peace to return to the zone and indeed Nigeria.

“Top clerics from the two main religions in the country, Christianity and Islam from within and outside the zone would be mobilized to Gombe, the Gombe state capital for supplications to our creator for an end to the hostilities, prayer for members of the nation’s armed forces who are putting their lives in the line of fire to keep the nation safe, and distribution of relief materials to victims of terrorism and other internally displaced persons”.

Reps C’ttee Summons Deizeani, Others Over Looming Fuel Crisis


diezani alison-madueke and tambuwalThe House of Representatives Joint Committees on Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream) and Gas Resources on Wednesday summoned the Petroleum Minister, Mrs Deizeani Allison-Madueke over a looming crisis in the sector.

Others summoned are Dr Joseph Thlama Dawah, Group Managing Director of the NNPC and the leadership of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) was also invited.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Petroleum (Upstream), Mr Muraina Ajibola; Petroleum (Downstream), Dakuku Peterside, and Chairman, Gas Resources, Mr Bassey Ewa.

The statement said that the summons was due to the looming crisis in the oil and gas sector in the country.

It stated that the committees would not allow any strike to cripple the nation’s oil and gas sector.

“The Joint Oil and Gas Committee of the House of Representatives is concerned by the strike as reported in the media by staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“Our concern is driven by the major role oil and gas play in our economy and the enormous damage any disruption in the system will entail for the Nigerian people.

“Alive to our constitutional responsibilities, the joint house committees have decided to intervene in this matter with a view to resolving whatever the issues may be.

“Accordingly, we have invited the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, the affected unions and relevant stakeholders in the sector to a meeting for Thursday, 18th September 2014 at 11: 00 a.m. at the House of Representatives.

“Given the urgency of this matter, it is our hope that the relevant parties will attend this meeting.

“We enjoin the parties to work with us to resolve their differences in the overall interest of the nation”. (NAN)

2015: PDP To Select Presidential Candidate Dec. 6


PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday fixed Oct. 29 and Dec. 6 for its Governorship and Presidential Primaries respectively, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

This, was announced by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja.

The party spokesman also said that the primaries for the National Assembly would hold on Nov. 22, adding that the dates were proposed by the party`s National Working Committee (NWC).

According to him, the dates were proposals that were subject to the approval of the party`s National Executive Committee (NEC) scheduled to meet on Sept. 18.

“We expect all public servants, government appointees and elected party officials who are interested in contesting any position to resign their appointments seven days before the commencement of the ward congress election”, he said.

NAN, however, learnt from the party’s national headquarters that sales of nomination and expression of interest forms for various elective offices would be between Oct. 27 and 28.

This is to enable public office holders interested in elective offices to resign their appointments before Oct. 20 (NAN)

Amosun: Gbenga Daniel’s A Bastard From Isoko Claiming Sagamu Origin


Ibikunle-AmosunGovernor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his immediate predecessor in office, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Wednesday engaged in war of words over the latter’s state of origin.

Amosun, who was on a working tour of Odeda Local Government area of the state, had while addressing a crowd of party supporters, claimed that Daniel was not a native of Ogun State, but of Isoko extraction in Delta State.

He added that he was one of those who helped the former governor acquire the nativity of Sagamu.

But in a swift reaction, Daniel said such a remark was an insult on the entire good people of the historical town of Sagamu, where he hails from, as well as a taboo and effrontery on its traditional institutions.

Gov. Amosun was reacting to the allegations levelled against his administration by the ex-governor during a summit held at Odeda, in Odeda Local Government by the Labour Party a fortnight ago.

Daniel had accused Amosun of selling-off all the farmlands in the area to other states.

He had said, “When I came into power in 2003, the first place we visited was Odeda and we recognised that agriculture is the main stream here; we therefore established 13 farm settlements.

“Today, we are sorry that this present government has started selling our farmlands to other neighbouring states.

“He is busy constructing roads and bridges and Alabata road, which we did when we came in 2003, when I was coming today, I tried to check on the road, the road was very bad. I want to ask you people of Odeda: what has Amosun done for you here? He has been constructing bridges all over and nothing was done here for you, he neglected you”.

In his reaction, Amosun maintained that he assisted Daniel to claim Sagamu indigeneship when he wanted to contest the governorship seat of the state in 2003.

The governor described Daniel as a prodigal son, who sold off all the properties of the state under fake concession agreements.

He particularly mentioned Apoje Farm Settlement, which he said the former governor had sold to a former commissioner in Lagos State, at a ridiculous amount.

He said, “When they came into power, the farmlands were over 60. When we came in, it remains only five. They are rogues, thieves and bastard. God will punish them all. Our forefathers will never forgive them and the generations coming will also curse them. They thought we are like them; we are not. We are not a bastard from Isoko”.

Daniel, who reacted to the claim through his media aide, Mr. Ayo Giwa, said, “The statement that Otunba Gbenga Daniel is not from Sagamu is an insult on the entire good people of the historical town of Sagamu as well as a taboo and effrontery on the traditional institutions in the land, especially the thrones of the Akarigbo of Remoland as well as the Ewusi of Makun in Remo Kingdom.

“Precisely on Saturday February 23, 2002, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was made the Aare Asoludero of Makun Sagamu with traditional rites performed by the late Ewusi, Oba Efuwape Ogunsowo, Inanuwa II. To all intents and purposes, Oba Ogunsowo declared that Otunba Daniel was a freeborn of Makun in Sagamu and of the Ojelobaye family origin”.

Ex-Gov. Aspirant Blasts Kwankwaso Over Jonathan


GEJ-KwankwasoFormer Delta State governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has lampooned Kano State Governor, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso for describing President Goodluck Jonathan as lacking the political will to tackle Boko Haram insurgency and also witch-hunting All Progressives Congress, APC, governors due to his presidential ambition.

Reacting to Kwankwaso’s allegations in a statement, Onuesoke said the governor could not pull down Jonathan because of his ambition, stressing that if Kankwaso was in the president’s shoes, he would not have achieved one-tenth of what he had done in curbing security challenges in Nigeria.

“No one will handle Nigeria better than Jonathan in this very condition of self-inflicted virus that is bedeviling the nation”, Onuesoke noted.

Jonathan Commiserates With Kano People On Terrorist Attack, Assures Of Enhanced Security


president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitPresident Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with citizens and residents of Kano State on the loss of lives sustained yesterday when terrorists attacked the Federal College of Education, Kano.

The president also extended his sympathies and best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who suffered injuries in the dastardly attack.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents had on Wednesday thrown improvised explosive devices into FCE Kano while fleeing from security agents around the Kabuga area of Kano metropolis. The police confirmed 13 students dead from the explosions while two insurgents were killed in a gun duel.

The president, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, commended the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force who took prompt action to confront the attackers and minimize resultant casualties.

The statement reads in part: “He urges them to be even more alert and proactive in the future to stop terrorist attacks in Kano and other parts of the country.

“President Jonathan reassures the people of Kano and all Nigerians that the Federal Government continues to do all within its powers to further enhance the ability of the Police, Armed Forces and other security agencies to prosecute the war against terrorism to a successful conclusion and provide greater security of lives and property across the country”.

All Is Well Between Jonathan And Dickson, Says Bayelsa PDP


GOODLUCK-JONATHAN-AND-DICKSONThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State on Wednesday declared that there was no cold war going on between the Governor of the state, Seriake Dickson and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Bayelsa PDP Secretary, Mr. Godspower Keku, said members of the party were united and solidly behind the aspirations of President Jonathan and Dickson.

There have been speculations of frosty relationship between Dickson and the president, with the governor last weekend accusing an unnamed serving senator from the state of attempting to drive a wedge between him and Jonathan.

Members of the party were also said to be divided between the two blocs of Abuja-based politicians led by the First Lady, Dame Patience and a home-based camp led by the governor.

But Keku said: “As officials of PDP at the state level, we have never had any problem. There is unity of purpose in the party. PDP has grown to an extent beyond what you think because this is Mr. President’s state.

“There is unity between the Governor and Mr. President. There is unity between the Governor and the people of the state.

“All the projects are all around that is why the party is growing. There is no problem within the party. There is no problem and there shall never be any problem”.

The state PDP scribe also denied the existence of Abuja-based politicians, insisting that party members were working together to move the state forward.

Niger Schools To Resume October 10 – Gov. Aliyu


Babangida AliyuGovernor Babangida Aliyu of Niger has directed primary and secondary schools in the state to resume for the new academic session on October 10.

Aliyu gave the directive when he received a delegation from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, West African Examination Council and National Examination Council in Minna Wednesday.

The governor said the extension from the September 22 date given by the Federal Government was to allow the children to celebrate the Muslim Eid-el-Kabir festival with their parents and loved ones.

“It seems the time of resumption will coincide with the Sallah holidays. So, if  the Sallah is going to be October 4 which is a weekend, then the children can resume on October 10”, the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the governor as saying at the forum.

Aliyu also urged the educational bodies to be alive to their duties of improving the standard of education in the country.

He decried the poor performance by students in examinations, adding that efforts should be made to redress it.

“Everybody has a stake in reversing this ugly trend. Individually, we must contribute our quota towards making a change we want to see in our children and wards”, Aliyu said.

Responding on behalf of the delegation, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said they were in the state for a consultative meeting.

Ojerinde said the state was chosen as venue of the event due to its unique priority on education, especially the girl-child education.

FG Approves N147.4bn For Benin-Ore, Lokoja-Benin Roads, Others


FEC MEETINGThe Federal Government on Wednesday okayed the sum of N147.4bn for two major roads, the‎ Benin-Ore and Okene-Benin expressways.

The approval was granted at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

The breakdown of the projects includes the execution of Phase II, dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road Section I, II, III and IV in Kogi State and Edo State‎.

Also part of the projects is the reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Shagamu‎ dual carriageway Phase IV: Ajebandele-Shagamu KM162 + 586 (Ondo State to KM 261 + 000 (Ogun) in Ogun State.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, which lasted till 5pm yesterday, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, and his works counterpart, Mike Onolememen, said four sections of the road would gulp N75.8bn.

Onolememen said, “Council approved the award of contracts for the execution of Phase II‎ (dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road Section I, II, III and IV in Kogi State and Edo State‎ in the follow order:

“Contract No. 6135 for the dualisation ‎Lokoja-Benin Road Section I: Obajana Junction-Okene (40.00km) in Kogi State in favour of Messrs CGC (Nigeria_ Limited in the sum of N18,905,502,377.69 thereby revising the contract sum from N11.663,957,682.30  to N30,569,460,059.99 .

“Contracts No. 6136 for the dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road Section II: Okene-Auchi (26.70km) in Kogi and Edo states, in favour of Messrs Mothercat Limited in the sum of N10,227,820,541.42, thereby revising the contract sum from N11,086,276,140.35 to N21,294,096,681.78.

“Contract No. 6137 for the dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road Section III: Auchi-Ehor (29.20km) in Edo State in favour of Messrs Danata and Sawoe Construction Company Limited in the sum of N23,206,811,244.87, thereby revising the contract sum from N11,659,588,‎909.69 to N34,866,400,154.56”.

Fayose To Fayemi: Stop Using Workers’ Salaries To Pay Contactors


FAYEMI-FAYOSEEkiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has appealed to the outgoing Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, not to use the funds meant for the payment of workers salaries to pay government contractors.

He stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Wednesday, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi.

Fayose, who lamented that workers were owed months of salary arrears and entitlements, pleaded that workers should not be made to suffer the financial recklessness of the Fayemi administration.

“The governor does not need to rob Peter to pay Paul. He is owing workers in the state backlog of salary arrears and he has not paid them. Instead of paying workers, the administration is focusing on paying government contractors.

“The word of God says a labourer is worth his wages and those who are working for the state must not be denied their dues. The government must not waste further time in paying these hapless workers and save their families from hunger.

“If the government is using statutory allocations and other revenue to pay contractors and the severance benefit of the governor’s appointees, then what stops the state from paying workers”, he asked.

In a counter-response, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, said he was not aware of any contractor being given top priority adding that the Fayemi administration would ensure that it pays according to availability of funds at its disposal.

He said, “We have said it several times that we have paucity of funds because of dwindling money from the federal government. Besides, the arrangement we had with banks to pay salary was thwarted by the Peoples Democratic Party. But I can assure you that we will pay according to the available funds at our disposal”.

El-Rufai Goes For Oritsejafor’s Jugular, Calls CAN President, ‘Irresponsible’


Ayo Oritsejafor-El-RufaiA former FCT Minister and governorship aspirant for Kaduna State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday slammed the national president of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, describing him as an “irresponsible” leader, who has abused his revered office by involving himself in politics.

El-Rufai was reacting to a statement by CAN’s Director of National Issues, Sunday Oibe, Tuesday, who accused some APC chieftains, notably the ex-minister and the opposition party’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, of blackmailing Oritsejafor because of his support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

In his response Wednesday, Mr. El Rufai said the CAN president is becoming “jittery” because his private jet was identified as the aircraft impounded by the South African authorities for ferrying $9.3m cash into their country for the purchase of arms.

Mr. El-Rufai also said after being unable to shake off his connection to the aircraft, the CAN leader has resorted to abuse and vilification.

“Were he more reflective, he would be pondering how, of all the private jets available in Nigeria, it was his that came to be involved in a covert arms purchase scandal.

“Would he have managed any objectivity if the plane involved happened to belong to a prominent person of another faith or political persuasion”, a statement signed by the former minister’s media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, said.

Mr. El-Rufai also said the CAN President should explain if the jet involved in the scandal is the same one that was “donated” to him in 2012.

“Did he register it as a commercial aircraft or is the plane illegally moonlighting as one? Has he ever reflected on the impropriety of mixing his religious role with politics?

“Having strayed into politics, and an irresponsible variant at that, can he expect the veneration enjoyed by his predecessors such as Cardinals Olubunmi Okogie and John Onaiyekan?

“Why is he the first CAN leader to provoke pitiful mirth and amusement when he is not being derided as a tragedy, a sort of Ichabod, desperate to separate glory from a revered body?” Mr. El-Rufai said.

He also advised the cleric to “look beyond the bling to ask himself if it was any of the individuals he abused yesterday that asked him to make his aircraft available for monkey business, or get himself involved in the politics of division”.

The former Minister also advised the Nigerian government to act responsibly in its bid to procure arms to fight the on-going insurgency in the country.

“Our country needs to bolster its military and security forces with the material resources they need to defeat insurgency and restore security to every inch of its territory.

“This would require arms imports. But should Nigeria violate the arms export regulations of other countries in this endeavour?

“Should the FG recklessly impair and jeopardise diplomatic relations by conducting covert arms purchases in friendly countries without the consent of their governments? Such conduct invariably leads to suspicions that such covert arms procurement may not be for purposes of national security”, he said.

Mr. El-Rufai said arms procurement outside official channels amidst an escalating insurgency must concern every patriot.

Boko Haram Sponsorship: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Defends Ihejirika


Azubuike Ihejirika-NdigboThe pan-Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday in Abuja, dismissed the allegation linking a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika (retd) with sponsorship of the Boko Haram sect.

This would be the first time the apex Igbo organization would be reacting to the allegation, which was made by an Australian hostage negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis.

While advising President Goodluck Jonathan to “fast track the recommendations of the just concluded national conference because the resolutions were what the people wanted and it was in nobody’s interest to sit on them”, Ohanaeze Ndigbo also stated that it would soon make public its position on the Igbo Presidency in the 2015 general elections.

Speaking with journalists, President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Nnachi Enwo-Igariwey, stated that the allegation linking Ihejirika with Boko Haram sect was unrealistic.

He queried, “Why would Ihejirika sponsor people who said they want to Islamise the country? Why will he sponsor people who are killing people, including his own people? Why was he also accused of being brutal on the insurgents and that they were going to report him to the International Court of Justice?

“How can the same people who made the same allegations also accuse him of sponsoring the same people they accused him of killing? We are satisfied with Ihejirika’s service to the nation and we commend him. And we are asking those who are fanning these rumours to desist in the interest of this country”.

On the issue of a president of Igbo descent, Enwo-Igariwey said it is currently not on the agenda of Ohanaeze, however, he added that the decision of the group would be made known at the appropriate time.

According to him, there was no time the group said they haven’t pushed the idea of an Igbo man being President in 2015.

“We are not looking at Igbo Presidency in 2015. Our decisions would be made known at the appropriate time. There was no time we said we haven’t pushed the idea of an Igbo man being President in 2015”, Enwo-Igariwey said.

On the forthcoming general elections, the Ohanaeze president called on all Igbos to be registered for voting in their places of residence.

This, he noted, is a civic responsibility, adding that by so doing, Igbos all over the nation should be able to contribute to decisions in their areas of residence.