First Lady says man who drowned at Abuja hotel wasn’t her nephew


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First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has disowned one Christopher Awai, who drowned at a swimming pool in a hotel in Abuja.

Christopher Awai drowned at Agura Hotel while swimming during a party held by Ijaw students at the University of Abuja to mark the end of Ijaw students week celebration.

He was said to be a nephew of Mrs. Jonathan.

The management of the hotel had said the deceased did not drown in the hotel pool, as autopsy result indicated his system contained alcohol and not water.

But in a statement on Wednesday, Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, Ayo Adewuyi said she has no link with the said Awai.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports linking one Christopher Awai who allegedly drowned in the swimming pool of Agura Hotel, Abuja to the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.

“This is to clearly state that the said Christopher Awai has no link whatsoever with the First Lady and as such, he is not a nephew of the First Lady.

“We also wish to state without any iota of equivocation that Madam Esther Ebiere Gbonkumor, who was mentioned in the news reports as the immediate ‘younger sister’ of the First Lady is not in any way related to Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.

“Madam Gbonkumor was said to have petitioned the Inspector General of Police on behalf of the family ‘demanding a full corona inquest into Awai’s death’.

“It is an unfounded rumour which the First Lady knows nothing about and we will like the public and well meaning Nigerians to note, for the purpose of accurate record and common good”, the statement added.

Heavily Pregnant Mercy Johnson Step out With Her Daughter Purity


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Veteran Nollywood diva, Mercy Johnson is said to be the highest paid actress in Nigeria at the moment but she’s currently on a forced work leave.

The movie star who is expecting her second child with Prince Odianosen Okojie, dressed her growing bump in an attractive white blouse, and white pants.

She styled the look for the outing with a white bag, white palm sandals, a selection of silver jewelry and dark shades.

Her daughter also looks adorable in a white T-shirt, jeans, and white shoes.

It’s official! Everton sign Lukaku from Chelsea for £28m


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Romelu Lukaku has returned to Everton, this time on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

The Belgium striker posted a picture of himself on his way to Merseyside today, where he has now signed a five-year deal with the Toffees, after both clubs agreed a fee around  £28m – a new club record for Everton, who previously paid  £15m for Marouane Fellaini.

Lukaku scored 15 times in the Premier League last season on loan at Goodison Park and Roberto Martinez has never hidden his desire to bring back the 21-year-old.

Jose Mourinho has decided to let the striker leave, after he brought in Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and Didier Drogba on a one-year deal.

Glasgow 2014: Maryam Defeats 75kg Weightlifting Champion to Win Nigeria’s 6th Gold


And the medals keep coming for Team Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games, as the women’s freestyle wrestling pair of Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi clinched gold in just a quarter of an hour of the day’s medal event.

Adekuoroye, 20, compensated for her first round loss to Canadian World and Olympic champion Canadian Carol Huynh in Delhi four years ago by defeating India’s Lalita Lalita 5-0 to clinch the first gold medal of the day in the wrestling competition.

And not quite a quarter of an hour long inside the wrestling arena at the SECC precinct, 21-year-old Adeniyi beat another Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik to win the women’s 58kg freestyle final.

Adekuoroye’s route to Wednesday’s final had had her eliminate Canada’s Jill Gallay, 27, and Cameroon’s Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio, 23, in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Adeniyi got the better of England’s Sarah Grundy, 23, and New Zealand’s Tayla Ford, 21, in her previous two rounds on the mat.

Hannah Reuben, 20, beat South Africa’s Refilwe Molongwana 4-1 in the women’s 69kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal final.

InformationNigeria’s attention then shifted to the Clyde Auditorium, where it appeared Kaduna-born Usman was going to hit another high in the women’s +75kg weightlifting after Samoa’s defending champion Ele Opeloge spilled her attempt to set a new Games record at 161kg in her final attempt on the clean and jerk.

Maryam Usman Being Presented With the Gold Medal After Winning Women's 75kg Weightlifting. Image: Twitter via @adamrangpr.

Usman, 23, hit the deck and finished off her best attempt in the second phase of the contest, lifting a 151kg weight to add to her previous 124 from the snatch stage and complete an overall score of 280kg.

Maryam Usman Celebrates Winning Team Nigeria's Sixth Gold Medal on the Podium. Image: BBC Via Getty Image.

As well as not drawing a single no-lift decision in both phases of the final, Usman was too good for the reigning champion, who at some point appeared to have been stretched by the Nigerian’s ability.

New Zealand’s Tracey Lambrechs took bronze after lifting a total weight of 237kg.

As at time of report, Nigeria have won six gold medals, five silver medals and eight bronze and climbed to eighth on the medal ladder

Elsewhere, Team England’s Leon Rattigan beat Nigeria’s Soso Tamarau in the bronze medal final of men’s 97kg freestyle wrestling 12-2.

Jonathan Condemns Kano Bombing


President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned today’s attack on Kano State Polytechnic and has therefore directed the Armed Forces, Police and other national security agencies to strengthen security around educational facilities in states prone to terrorist attacks.

The President also condemned the attacks on two mosques in Potiskum, Yobe State Tuesday.

“No amount of intimidation and violence would stampede the government into abandoning its goal of giving education a new lease of life and opening up access to all young Nigerians who wish to improve themselves,” said Jonathan in reaction to the suicide bombing of the Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies.

According to the president, “the callous attacks on soft targets fully affirm that the terrorists are nothing but bloodthirsty adherents of a warped and retrogressive ideology.

American Missionary With Ebola Fighting To Stay Alive


An American missionary who has contracted the Ebola virus in Africa is fighting for her life, her son says.

Missionary Nancy Writebol, 60, remains in quarantine after contracting Ebola in Liberia, where she and her husband David have been working with aid group Serving in Mission. She is one of two Americans battling the deadly virus.

“She’s stable,” Mrs Writebol’s son Jeremy told the US Today show.

“As dad put it, she’s fighting through it, and continuing to express a few symptoms, but she’s able to move around on her own, and they’re getting lots of fluids into her. She’s working real hard to get through this.”

Meanwhile, volunteers are not being discouraged from working in Africa despite the deadly Ebola virus with many believing they should go where God needs them.

Husband David has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and has only been allowed to see his wife through a window since she was placed in isolation, said Jeremy.

American Dr Kent Brantly, 33, is being treated at a hospital in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, after also contracting Ebola.

Police Arrest Pastor, Woman In Delta As Sanctified Water Kills 2


Men of the Delta State Police Command have arrested a man, said to be a pastor, and a woman, for allegedly killing two children with a deadly substance sold by the pastor for N1,850.

In a press release, the Command spokesperson, DSP Celestina Kalu, said the suspects are in custody helping the police with relevant information.

“On July 25, at about 4.00 am, the Police at Abraka Police Station received information that a woman, Ese Oghenevwe (25), of Urhuoka quarters, Abraka had killed her two sons namely, Prayer Clement (9 months) and Wisdom Clement (2 years) by giving them a liquid substance to drink.

“Based on the information, detectives arrested the said Ese Oghenevwe. The suspect revealed that the substance was given to her by one Apostle Austin Eduviere of Triumphant World International Church, Abraka for healing purposes as the Apostle claimed he had prayed over it.

“Meanwhile, the said Apostle Austine Eduviere has also been arrested and he is helping the Police in their investigation. The suspect disclosed that the said substance was a mixture of water and salt which he sold to people for N1,850.00 for healing of various sicknesses after praying for them,” the statement read.

Police explains why Boko Haram now use female bombers


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The Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Wednesday in Abuja said international terror organisations use female suicide bombers in attacks because they are less suspicious.

Mba, who spoke at the National Information Centre, said though unfortunate, the use of females in suicide attacks was not new.

“Established international terror organisations use female suicide bombers, the major reason is because women generally raise fewer suspicion.

“If you have been following the trend of terrorism worldwide, you will understand that the use of a female suicide bomber is not new.

“But, it is a new trend in our own part of the world”, he said.

The force spokesperson, however, said a new counter-terrorism strategy was being developed to address the new trend in the country.

“We are developing counter-terrorism strategies to deal with that. By our rules of engagement and by our culture too, male security operatives generally are not allowed to search females.

“You will see increase in female security personnel on roads and in other places where stop and search exercises are being carried out.

“Nigerians should be prepared to see more female police officers, bomb disposal experts, DSS operatives and soldiers in combat operations’’, he said.

Mba appealed to parents and local government authorities across the country to support efforts to stamp out street hawking by young girls, particularly among minors.

Earlier, the coordinator of the centre, Mike Omeri, said the insurgents had resorted to using young girls because something went wrong with their strategy.

“This trend of using young people clearly shows that there is something wrong with the main recruitment arm of the insurgents.

“Citizens are becoming more aware and so the tendency is to recruit those who do not know what they are doing, young people as young as 10 years.

“Boko Haram is so deadly and this underscores the seriousness of the campaign that our country is engaging in order to flush out the insurgents”, he added.

Edo Assembly declares member’s seat vacant after he dumps APC for PDP


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The Edo State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, declared the seat of one of its members, vacant.

The Speaker, Uyi Igbe, who made the declaration during the House plenary at old assembly complex in Benin, explained that the affected lawmaker, Abdulrazak Momoh, representing Etsako West 1 constituency, defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party without following due process.

He pointed out that session 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, authorised the Speaker to declare the seat of a lawmaker vacant upon defection from the party he was elected to another party.

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take necessary steps to fill the vacant position within 90 days.

Reacting, Abdulrazak Momoh, described the action as laughable, saying the 15 APC lawmakers’ action violate the court action he instituted against them for forging his signature.

Momoh said there was a subsisting court order stopping the House from declaring seats vacant, suspending and stopping the salaries of the defected lawmakers.

He recalled that the Speaker had in the past said he (Momoh) was not suspended because of a pending legal action he instituted against the Assembly.

Continuing he said, “The court restrained them from suspending and declaring my seat vacant. It is already a known fact that they do not obey court orders.

“What they have done today is null and void because the Government House is not the designated place for legislative activities”.

The lawmakers have remained disunited since June 9, when crisis broke out among them.

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“I told Suarez that Arsenal are not good enough for him” – Gerrard


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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, has revealed that he asked Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield last year, because Arsenal who were interested in signing him at the time, were not good enough for him.

Arsene Wenger famously sent in a bid of £40million plus one pound for Suarez, which was expected to activate the player’s release clause, but the Reds stood firm and refused to sell.

The Uruguay international has however sealed a £75m move to Barcelona this summer and Gerrard admits it is still a blow to the team.

“You know what I think of him, I love him to bits and I’m his number one fan as a player,” Gerrard said. “I spoke to him before he went, and he was so thankful to the club for all the times they stuck by him.

“His dream all along, from the first day he came, was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“Last summer, when he was out in the cold and training on his own, that’s the conversation I had with him. I said, ‘Don’t go to Arsenal.’

“With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal. I said, ‘If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the press Player of the Year’ – and believe it or not I knew he was going to win them – ‘they will come back for you.’”

Mourinho explains why he sold Lukaku to Everton


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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, has said that Romelu Lukaku lacked the professional commitment required, to play for the club.

The Belgian striker has sealed a £28m move to Everton and it is evident that he and his former manager did not get on well toogether.

“The thinking was, first of all, the fact that Romelu was always very clear with us that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea,” Mourinho said.

“He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker – and at a club of our dimension it’s very difficult to promise a player that status.

“That reduced, immediately, his desire to come to us. After that Everton came with an important offer and because we want to be inside the Financial Fair Play rules, you have to analyse these situations.”

Lukaku has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park, where he scored 15 league goals for the club on loan last season and will earn £75,000 per week.

Chibok group denies receiving N100m, says Jonathan’s aide only gave money to parents


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The leadership of the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), the group representing the Chibok people in Abuja, has denied knowledge of a reported N100 million presidential gift to the delegation that visited President Goodluck Jonathan.

The group explained that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties, Prof. Dan Adebiyi, after the Aso Rock meeting, visited the hotel in the night and told the girls, who escaped from the Boko Haram insurgents, that the presidency had sent them a token of N100,000 each.
“Of the 122 parents who visited, he gave 61 N200,000 each and 51 N100,000 each. The remaining 10 parents were told that the money was finished”, KADA said.

KADA stated that he got no money and neither did Adebiyi, who coordinated the visit.

He said the group was only bothered about the abduction of the over 200 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, kidnapped on April 14.

A statement by the KADA leadership, which was read to newsmen on Wednesday by its spokesperson Dauda Iliya, said the controversial cash was the N1 million given to the parents by the member of the House of Reps representing Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency, Hon. Biye Gumtha.

“It is noteworthy that our primary goal is the safe return of the girls that are still in captivity. It is sad that we are losing sight of this to the allegation of sharing money.

“We, therefore, want the world to understand that we, KADA stand by our earlier position and did not demand, receive or handle any finances throughout the process of the visit.

“On the night of the 22nd July, 2014 at about midnight, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties, who had been coordinating the visit on the side of the presidency, visited the hotel and told the 51 escaped girls that the President sent them a token of N100,000 each, and accordingly gave them the said sum without prior discussion with any KADA official or any other person in the community.

“He equally gave the sum of N200,000 each to 61 parents out of the 122 parents that came on the visit. 51 parents were given N100,000 each on the basis that the money given to him was not enough to go round at N200,000. The remaining 10 parents were not given any amount of money.

“As for the money given to some parents back home in Chibok, it was from the sum of N1,000,000.00 given to them by the Hon. Member of the House of Reps, representing Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency; that is the source of the alleged N7,000.00 given to parents in Chibok, who were not part of the visit.

“While we acknowledge that any well intended support for our suffering population, which has lost its means of livelihood since the events of April 14 and subsequent attacks could be welcome, however, the approach that the presidency adopted has brought reproach and dishonour to our community in the eyes of the public that has supported us since the abduction of our daughters.

“We hereby state categorically that no amount of money whatsoever was given to KADA leadership to share among the parents and escaped girls or for whatsoever reason and therefore the allegation is completely baseless, false and malicious.

“We clearly spelt out to the presidency through the office of the Chief of Staff that we shall not be involved with any financial transaction whatsoever, including payment of transportation from Chibok to Yola, flight by air from Yola to Abuja, hotel accommodation and feeding in Abuja, and intra-city transportation while in Abuja.

“When the presidency requested us to invite parents and escaped Chibok girls against 22nd July, 2014, we accepted the responsibility on the condition that we shall facilitate by way of contacting and mobilizing the parents and escaped girls, thereby playing the sole role of facilitators”, Iliya affirmed.

Bayo Adeyinka: 7 reasons why Governor Aregbesola will win


On Friday, May 24, 2013, 35 governors gathered to vote for the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). With the initial postponement and intrigues that surrounded it, it was going to be a night of long knives. With the Presidency interested in the outcome and with Governor Amaechi determined to give it another shot, in spite of his open confrontation with the President, it was going to take more than ordinary determination to navigate the treacherous waters. It would take grit, uncommon courage and the ability to outfox the henchmen of the Presidency.

At the entrance of the venue of the election, all the Governors were mandated to submit all their mobile phones. But one man particularly suspected there was going to be foul play so he sneaked in a pen camera. He recorded the vote counting surreptitiously until when Governor Godswill Akpabio noticed they were being secretly recorded. When controversy sprang up on the actual winner of the contest, he released the video to the public. The man who exposed the lie for what it was was Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun State.

Controversy is his middle name. For 9 months, he operated solely without commissioners. He renamed Osun State and gave it a new nomenclature called ‘State of Osun.’ He fashioned a new educational policy and called it reclassification of schools. In one fell swoop, schools were merged and bedlam ensued. In one school, we were treated to a picture of students dressed in choir robes, hijab and masquerade attires as uniform. Some suspected Muslim fundamentalists broke into a school and flogged a teacher. For the first time in the South West, religious embers were stoked. Then came the uniform controversy. All the public schools were mandated to adopt the same uniform all over the State. Fakunle Comprehensive School, Osogbo was demolished despite pleas that a school with such a grand tradition should be allowed to stand. He declared Hijra as a public holiday for Muslims, the only state to do so in Nigeria. Then he declared another holiday for traditionalists called ‘Isese Day’. Suspected of being a religious fundamentalist, he donated N35m for the burial of late Prophet Timothy Obadare. And then the ‘Opon Imo’ controversy. Then came the issue of the ‘Sukuk’ Islamic bond. His tenure could be appropriately termed ‘one week, one trouble’.

In spite of the unending controversies and despite the appointment of an Osun State indigene, Jelili Adesiyan as the Minister of Police Affairs, it is my carefully considered opinion that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will win the August 9 election. Here’s why I think he will trump Otunba Iyiola Omisore, the PDP’s candidate.
1. Omisore’s Poor Candidature

Iyiola Omisore is not Peter Ayodele Fayose. He lacks the charisma of Fayose. He is not a Jimi Agbaje. He lacks the character of Agbaje. He doesn’t have the mass appeal even though he has the notoriety. While you cannot deny that he has a semblance of structure, having been the Deputy Governor of the State and also a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his major Achilles heel is that he has been successfully tainted by the accusation of involvement in Bola Ige’s murder. This is one accusation that has refused to go in spite of his protestations. In addition, his campaign is a poor caricature of Ayodele Fayose’s. Whoever is his campaign director needs to get fired as he has run one of the most bizarre and lacklustre campaigns ever. His efforts to align with the masses fell flat- his handling of two roasted corn cobs in both hands, his ride to a campaign venue on an ‘okada’ and his absurd combination of two different ‘Ankara’ materials as cloth are images that have defined his campaign. He has not successfully exploited Rauf Aregbesola’s obvious weaknesses.

it was time to debate Ogbeni, he didn’t show up. That was an opportunity to redeem himself, but he failed to utilize it. Ayo Fayose challenged Kayode Fayemi for a walk on the streets of Ado-Ekiti but Iyiola Omisore claimed he didn’t come for the debate because he didn’t want Ogbeni to beat him up. Is it any wonder that the President has not attended any rally in Osun State even up till now? The President must have read the handwriting on the wall and there was no point dissipating energy in the wrong direction. PDP lost it when the ticket was given to Omisore because he is irredeemable. If he’s banking on federal might, he got it wrong this time because you can only rig successfully where you are popular. In fact, Ogbeni will be gifted this election not because of his superlative performance but primarily because of Omisore’s poor candidature.

  1. Disunity In The PDP House
    No situation exacerbated the looming disunity in Osun State PDP than the statement credited to the Minister for Police Affairs that he will beat Senator Isiaka Adeleke when he leaves office. Adeleke claimed he was assaulted during a party meeting and he subsequently defected to APC. Fatai Akinbade, a former Chairman of the State PDP and a man who served three different times as Commissioner under three different military regimes also defected to the Labour Party. Former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has not come out openly in support of Iyiola Omisore despite belonging to the same party. In fact, he was even courted by the top echelon of the APC. As a former National Secretary of the party and also a former Governor of the State, his body language speaks volumes. Oyinlola is a Prince of Okuku, the capital of Odo-Otin Local Government, one of the 30 Local Government areas in Osun State. It is instructive to note that Odo-Otin is one of the three local government council areas with the highest number of 15 wards in the state after Osogbo and Iwo.
  1. Ogbeni Aregbesola’s Above-Average Performance
    In spite of his controversies, only a blind man will ignore Ogbeni’s performance. He has built mega schools, many of them super infrastructures with commendable appurtenances. He has constructed over 20 intercity roads and more than 15 intra-city roads. This is apart from some very ambitious dualization projects embarked upon. The free festive inter-city train ride from Lagos to Osogbo has become a constant feature of his administration. I was informed that he has built 74 primary health Centres all over Osun State. He has increased IGR in Osun from N300m to N1.6b and has not been known to borrow from any financial institution, save for the Islamic bond he took. His O’Meals project is laudable. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the fact that he has improved the face of governance in the state.
  2. Ogbeni’s Massive Campaign Network
    Ogbeni has embarked on a blitzkrieg of a campaign. Maybe due to the lessons learnt from Ekiti’s recent election, he has left no stone untouched. This is the first time I’m seeing an incumbent campaign as if he’s the under-dog. He has run a very good campaign so far- both terrestrially and on social media. Going by his student unionism antecedents, one is not too surprised that he has at least 2 former student leaders in his cabinet and they are both active in running his campaign. Most of the controversial issues raised have been either effectively addressed or well mitigated by this team. When the issue of religious fundamentalism came up, they released the video of Bishop David Oyedepo’s visit. Ogbeni has been photographed genuflecting to Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. He attended a major night vigil organized by a white garment church. He has been dancing ‘skelewu’ at all rallies to show he can connect with the populace. He has run his campaign without Bola Tinubu being visible so the issue of the overbearing influence of the APC leader has been largely well managed. Ogbeni runs the best propaganda machinery in the South West and the effect can be seen in how he has successfully diverted attention from his controversies while making Omisore seem to be the controversial one.

  3. The Seeming Inconsequential Position of Osun In National Politics
    In the calculation of the PDP, Osun State may not really be worth the trouble. Like Ekiti, one would have expected a massive support from the centre but apart from the involvement of the Minister for Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan and party big wig Buruji Kashamu, no other major PDP political actor has been to Osun State. Not even the Vice President Namadi Sambo who usually represents the President on most occasions. The PDP Chairman has been missing in action conspicuously and in my opinion two major issues come into consideration here: firstly, the antecedents of Osun politics where the State was the only one won by the erstwhile ACN candidate Nuhu Ribadu during the 2011 Presidential elections without having any impact on the outcome of the full national election results. The resources are limited and they would rather concentrate such where they can get the greatest political capital- Adamawa, Nassarawa, Edo, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States.
    The second is the opportunity to take the wind out of the sail of APC’s complaint that Osun’s elections will be rigged by the PDP just like they suspected it was done in Ekiti. Furthermore, it is PDP’s calculation that APC will be misled to believe they have stopped PDP’s incursion in the South West. Consequently, if APC wins Osun, the party will be seen to be a bad loser anytime it complains after another loss. So PDP can afford to lose Osun State without batting an eyelid.

  4. Ogbeni’s Grassroots Support
    Rauf Aregbesola is well schooled in the art of politics. He has been able to successfully marry both politicking and governance which was one of the major issues Governor Kayode Fayemi had. You can accuse him of everything but you can never accuse him of not connecting with the populace. With the pupils, he has appeared in their school uniform on many occasions. He has held his health walk in several towns across the states. He has several mushroom groups such as De Raufs located all over the state and these ones project his ideology. He has given himself the identity of ‘Oranmiyan’, a progenitor that the Yorubas respect. His support base is not limited to a particular demographics – he has a broad base across all sectors in the state. Ogbeni is street smart and can fight dirty if need be. A veteran of many political battles, he is not a gentleman like Kayode Fayemi and can be very rambunctious. That was why he asked people to come to the polling units with charms on Election Day. If there is anyone who is a true protege of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is one. That is one of the reasons the Ekiti story cannot repeat itself in Osun State.

  5. The Geo-Political Demographics in Osun State
    The geopolitical demographics currently favour Ogbeni Aregbesola. Ogbeni is from Osun East Senatorial District, the largest district in the State.Though Iyiola Omisore also hails from the same district, Ogbeni is from Ilesa, one of the three biggest towns with the highest number of voters in the state while Omisore is from Ile-Ife. Osun East with a voting strength close to 500,000 comprises of 10 Local Government Areas- 4 in Ife and 6 in Ijeshaland. There are about 1.2m registered voters in the state. Ogbeni is expected to have a clean sweep of all the 6 Local Governments in Ijeshaland while Omisore will sweep his own 4 Local Government areas. However, Ogbeni’s deputy Mrs Laoye-Tomori is from the state capital, Osogbo and so he’s expected to pick up the votes in the town. Iwo, which is the largest town in the State is predominantly Muslim and this will also play to Ogbeni’s favour.
    Omisore’s deputy, ex-Speaker Adejare Bello hails from Ede, the same town Senator Isiaka Adeleke hails from. ‘Serubawon’ as the Senator and former Governor is popularly called has more grassroots support in Ede than Bello. His family even has a University called Adeleke University in Ede.

I present to you below my take on the electoral configuration that will arise during the August 9 election across the 30 Local Government Areas in Osun State.
Aiyedaade – Omisore
Aiyedire – Omisore
Atakunmosa East – Ogbeni
Atakunmosa West – Ogbeni
Boluwaduro – Ogbeni
Boripe – Ogbeni
Ede North – Ogbeni
Ede South – Ogbeni
Egbedore – Ogbeni
Ejigbo – Ogbeni
Ife Central – Omisore
Ife East – Omisore
Ife North – Omisore
Ife South – Omisore
Ifedayo – Ogbeni
Ifelodun – Ogbeni
Ila – Ogbeni
Ilesa East – Ogbeni
Ilesa West – Ogbeni
Irepodun – Ogbeni
Irewole – Ogbeni
Isokan – Ogbeni
Iwo – Ogbeni
Obokun – Ogbeni
Odo Otin – Ogbeni
Ola Oluwa – Ogbeni
Olorunda – Ogbeni
Oriade – Ogbeni
Orolu – Ogbeni
Osogbo – Ogbeni.

Female suicide bombers not Chibok girls — FG


By Caleb Ayansina -ABUJA

The Federal Government, Wednesday, took steps to douse anxiety over the possibility that Boko Haram insurgents are using the abducted Chibok girls as female suicide bombers. Female bombers have carried out series of attacks on Kano city in the last five days, fuelling fears that those involved could be some of the girls being held by the terrorists. Also, former education minister, and co-coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Professor Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed fears that the abducted Chibok girls may be indoctrinated or coerced into being used as suicide bombers. She said on her twitter page recently: “It feels like eternity since April 14 when our girls lost their freedom. How can we move on like that? This new trend and pattern of female suicide bombers surely should particularly worry us. Female suicide bombers are again and again becoming the trend and our Chibok girls are still in the enemy’s den. “It worries me stiff. Are we thinking? Our Chibok girls really need to be rescued from the clutches of evil. We must all not stop praying and demanding that the Federal Government acts for results. We have no apology for being agitated. We have nothing to defend for crying out for their rescue.” However, Co-ordinator of National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, during a routine security briefing, alongside representatives of security forces in Abuja, vehemently denied the insinuation. “The use of Chibok girls by Boko Haram is actually not true,” Omeri sharply responded to a question asked by a journalist at the briefing. Also, Omeri confirmed the arrest of a minor female suicide bomber in Katsina State by security forces. He said three Boko Haram suspects were arrested,Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at about 10p.m. along Zaria Road, Tudun Wada area of Funtua metropolis. The suspects, according to him, include a male, Iliya Dahiru, and two females, Zainab Musa, 18, and Hadiza Musa, 10. “The three suspects were arrested in a Honda CRV car. When they were directed to disembark for security checks, 10 year-old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and immediately, Iliya and Zainab attempted to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians, and subsequently arrested. The Police successfully unstrapped the explosives. “It is on this note that we appeal to parents to consciously observe and watch their children’s activities to prevent them from participating in unwholesome activities, particularly acts of terrorism,” he said. Vanguard

Osun 2014: Omisore will win convincingly — Fani-Kayode


Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has said that All Progressive Party (APC) could not defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Iyiola Omisore on Aug. 9, stressing that the party “ will win convincingly. Speaking with newsmen today on the upcoming gubernatorial election, the Ile-Ife-born politician said he was confident of PDP ‘s victory. He said the people of Ife would vote massively for PDP’s candidate, Omisore, who he described as a true son of Ile-Ife. “This is an opportunity for the people of Ife to have their own person at the executive level in the state. “Omisore was a Deputy Governor, my father was a Deputy Prime Minister in the old Western region. “This time around, we are going for the highest executive level in Osun because Omisore has what it takes to be governor,” he said. The former minister expressed the view’. (NAN)

NFF offer Keshi new contract worth N7m a month


 

According to new reports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has tabled a new deal for Stephen Keshi worth about N7m per month. Keshi, whose previous deal ran out after the 2014 World Cup, was earning N5m per month. The Big Boss was heavily linked with the South Africa job, but after SAFA chose a new manager, the Big Boss is expected to sign the new contract and continue with the Super Eagles. “We have had meetings with Keshi and the good news is that he is willing to continue as coach of the Super Eagles,” an NFF official told AfricanFootball. “He is only concerned that most of the fringe benefits in his contract were not provided and demands better treatment from the Federation. “I think the first step was a success and we will build on it because the (2015 Africa Cup of Nations) qualifiers are not far away.” The African champions will begin the defence of their title in September. They have been drawn against Sudan, South Africa and Congo/Rwanda.

2015: APC Presidential Ticket…See Presidential Candidate and Running Mate List


The outcome of the Ekiti Gubernatorial election was a shocker to many in the All Progressives Congress, APC. However, only few could have predicted how that election result was going to affect the party’s thinking on its presidential platform

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

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NEW permutations for the 2015 presidential ticket of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC have emerged following the defeat of the party in the Ekiti gubernatorial election last month. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing governor of the state who was defeated in that election, had according to party insiders, been in pole position to be projected as the party’s vice-presidential running mate in the 2015 election.

Fayemi was expected by many to run as the APC presidential running mate as the sitting governor of Ekiti State next year.
Fayemi’s prospects had brightened following serious objections to party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu taking that slot on account of religious balancing. Tinubu is a Muslim and suggestions of him pairing with any of the leading Muslim aspirants in the North, especially Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, had been a major issue of contention.

Major issue of contention
Though there were insinuations that Tinubu did not mind, many party enthusiasts bothered by inscriptions of the party as an Islamic party fought against such a pair of Buhari and Tinubu as formidable as it looked.
With religion putting Tinbubu aside, Fayemi before the election became one of those non-Muslims that had been factored as possible running mate to any of the leading presidential aspirants in the party.

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The Ekiti governor, according to sources, had been especially touted to run with Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State.
The increasingly powerful lobby of APC governors where Fayemi is believed to have a strong sway, and which was instrumental to many recent decisions of the party, Vanguard learnt, would have been used by the governors to project the Kwankwanso-Fayemi ticket.

Besides Fayemi, another prospective running mate had been Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former governor of Ekiti State. However, the defeat of Fayemi, Vanguard learnt, has led to a diminution of either options in a presidential ticket throwing up fresh permutations that have led to the emergence of new options. One of the increasingly toasted options is Senator Olurunimbe Mamora, former minority leader of the Senate.

Other permutations said to be especially favoured in the calculation of the Tinubu camp are Yemi Cardoso, a former commissioner for economic planning in Lagos, Prof. Yemi Osibajo also a former commissioner for justice in Lagos State and Senator Ajayi Borofice, presently representing Ondo State in the Senate.

Mamora’s emergence follows the illegibility of Governor Babatunde Fashola, also on religious consideration. The popular Lagos State governor is a Muslim.
Mamora, it was learnt, is especially being linked to the APC’s leading presidential aspirant Buhari by some party stakeholders who are drumming such a ticket as a win-win ticket. The former senator is being projected for his loyalty, integrity and popularity as factors that would sell the ticket in the Southwest and the rest of the country.

“He’s a Christian, popular and acceptable to Christian and Muslim communities,” a source canvassing the ticket revealed at the weekend.
Continuing, the source said of Mamora, “He is a highly respected liberal democrat and a professional; former Lagos Speaker, two-term Senator and well loved across party and religious lines. He can easily reach out to the National Assembly for President Buhari. “

Noting similarities between Mamora and Buhari, the source said:
“He’s highly principled and also has disdain for corruption like Buhari and he will be acceptable to the   Afenifere/Oodua Groups which will enable Buhari win not less than 80% of Yoruba votes.”

But a source close to Tinubu played down the Mamora option saying that Mamora was dropped from going back to the Senate in 2011 on account of his perceived disloyalty to Tinubu in the internal conflict between the Tinubu and Fashola camps ahead of that year’s gubernatorial election.

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Mamora was said to have sided with Fashola and thereby incurred the wrath of Tinubu leading to his being replaced with Senator Gbenga Ashafa in the 2011 election.
Cardoso who served in the Tinubu cabinet it was learnt, is also being seriously canvassed on the basis of his economic expertise and projected as one who could help a possible President Buhari to manage the economic affairs of the country.

The projection of Senator Borofice it was gathered is aimed at cutting from the votes of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ondo State.
The idea behind Borofice is that he could draw out votes for APC being that he is from Ondo State, a state that is now under the control of Labour Party and which had in the past thrown support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The calculation behind Borofice is that he is from a state that is not within the control of the APC, so by projecting him as a vice-president, he could draw votes that would ordinarily have been mobilised by the governor for the PDP,” a source privy to the permutations told Vanguard.
Such projections, however, are out of joint with other available factors in the contest.

Emergence of Sam Nda-Isaiah
The emergence of Sam Nda-Isaiah as one of the aspirants has also opened possibilities of a Muslim from any of the Southwest States emerging as a running mate. However, given the present lukewarm attitude of many party stakeholders in the region to the prospects of the newspaper columnist and publisher, not much thought has been made of the personalities that could fit the mould for a running mate for a Northern Christian presidential candidate.

Another permutation that some believe could electrify the party is the presentation of Adams Oshiomhole as a running mate or possibly a presidential candidate. Oshiomhole who has acquitted himself fairly in Edo State and won commendations for his infrastructural developments is considered as a possible weapon of mass destruction if put on the presidential ticket and could especially impede the PDP in its South-South base.

In the past, a matchup between Oshiomhole and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal had been projected as a serious challenge that for the PDP.
However, given the relative independent mindedness of the Edo governor, not many in the APC hierarchy seem to be giving much consideration to lifting him up.

Match-ups

Presidential candidate       Running Mate

Buhari                                     Mamora
Buhari                                     Cardoso
Buhari                                     Osibajo
Buhari                                     Borofice
Tambuwal                               Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole                            Tambuwal
Kwankwanso                          ???

 

Commonwealth Games Gold Winner, Blessing Okagbare Shows Off Her Se*y Side – Photos


Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is Africa’s fastest woman and is the Commonwealth Games gold medal winner in the women’s 100 metres race. She also set a new record running at 10.58 seconds.
Okagbare is the second African to win the Commonwealth Games Women’s 100m title since

 

Nigerian Mary Onyali-Omagbemi won in 1994.

Check out some of her photos

 

Photos From The Accident Scene Involving El Rufai’s Young Son


El Rufai’s son Hamza El Rufai died this morning in a fatal accident. Here are pics from the accident scene. Hamza was driving the black Lexus car (pictured above) when he ran into a stationery blue colored Volkswagen Saloon car around the Ningi Barrack along A.Y.A – Kubwa road aroudn  5.30am this morning July 29th.

Two persons were involved in the crash but only Hamza died. According to the Federal Road Safety Corps, his corpse was taken to the national mosque by his parents while the crashed vehicles were deposited at the Maitama Police station. Continue to see more pics and GEJ’s message commiserating with El Rufai ..

 

PRESIDENT JONATHAN COMMISERATES WITH MALLAM EL-RUFAI ON THE LOSS OF HIS SON

 

 

 

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with a deep sense of grief and shock, news of the sudden and untimely death of Hamza El-Rufai, son of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

 

 

 

On behalf of himself, his family and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends his heartfelt commiserations to Mallam el-Rufai and all members of the el-Rufai family.

 

The President says although no amount of words can fill the deep gap created by the loss of Hamza, he hopes that the outpouring of support at this moment by friends and associates will comfort Mallam El-Rufai.

 

President Jonathan prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and also for God’s blessing, comfort and protection for Mallam El-Rufai and the rest of his family.

 

Reuben Abati

 

Special Adviser to the President

 

(Media & Publicity)

 

July 29, 2014

Aston Villa Keen on Victor Moses


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen on a sensational move for Chelsea FC winger Victor Moses in a bid to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

The Telegraph reports Lambert would want to sign the Nigeria World Cup star on a season-long loan, but awaits Jose Mourinho’s decision.

Chelsea are believed to be willing to allow the 23-year-old out for another season, but would rather weigh the most suitable opportunity, after ending up playing second fiddle at Liverpool last season.

Victor Moses Was a Member of the Super Eagles Squad to the World Cup in Brazil. Image: Getty Image.

Moses is also a transfer target for a host of other Premier League outfits, such as: Everton, Newcastle United, former club Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

Villa returns from their tour of the United States on Tuesday. They have already landed former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, Phillipe Senderos and Kieran Richardson.

Glasgow 2014: Weightlifting Gold Medalist Amalaha Fails Urine Test


Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drug test.

The 16-year-old claimed Team Nigeria’s first gold medal in the women’s 53kg category on Friday at a combined total of 196kg.

Her ‘A’ sample tested positive for a combination of banned diuretics and masking agent- amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide (referred to as co-amizide in medical terms, and it promotes the loss of sodium and water from the body, but without depleting potassium).

The Rivers State-born teenager will have her ‘B’ sample tested tomorrow.

Chika Amalaha Won Gold in the 53kg Weightlifting Category. Image: Getty Image.

She stands the risk of losing her Commonwealth Games Gold and further charges according to the official anti-doping rules, should her ‘B’ sample highlights subsequent adverse findings.

Nonetheless, hydrochlorothiazide is not itself a performance-enhancing drug, it may be used to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and is classed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as a “specified substance”.

Russian cyclist Alexandr Kolobnev was banned from the 2011 Tour de France after Hydrochlorothiazide was detected in the urine, but later cleared of all charges of intentional doping.

Amalaha beat Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua, 30, and Santoshi Matsa, 20, of India, to Gold in Group A of the women’s 53kg class at the Clyde Auditorium.

She is the first athlete to fail at the ongoing Games, aside some few pre-competition anti-doping rule violations.

Ebola Virus: Pastor Ituah Ighodalo Defends Himself After Facebook Post Sparking Outrage


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If you don’t know  him, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo is the Senior Pastor of Trinity House Church and he got a little more than he bargained for after he got attacked over a Facebook post on the “Solution to Ebola“.

On Saturday 26th July 2014, Pastor Ighodalo posted this: -

I just saw this and I think will help many believers.

Solution to Ebola!

Several years ago, Ebola virus erupted in Africa, killing thousands without restrain or cure. The medical world was perplexed. A great man of God by the name John G Lake came to the rescue. Laying hands on infected people who were not to be touched.

The slightest contact with any secretion from an infected person is all it takes for transmission. But with bare hands, cleaning secretion and curing every victim, John G Lake along with his Holy Ghost filled team, brought to an abrupt end the spread of the deadly virus.

When asked by the medical world how he did it. He had this to say: I have the life of God in me, every virus that comes in contact with me dies. He asked them to get an innoculum from an infected person, observe same under a microscope to ascertain viral activities in it.

They did and confirmed living and multiplying virus. He then asked them to put the innoculum on his palm and observe under the microscope. This time there were no more activities. ALL WERE DEAD upon contact with him. What a life! Every child of God has this life! He that has the Son has this life! That higher life that put out Ebola in the days of John G Lake will do the same through you in your day! At the Name of Jesus, Ebola will bow out! Stop the fear!

Let this message of hope and faith go viral and the Ebola viral spread will stop! Don’t disdain the ever living words of Jesus: A

nd these signs shall follow them that believe, in my Name, they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing (Ebola virus included) it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hand on the sick (those already infected) and they shall recover – Mark 16:15-18.
John G Lake and team are long gone! But I am here, you are here! We can save our world!
We have the life of God in us!
Spread the faith!
Stop the fear!
Spread the life!
Stop the death!
Yes you can!
The world belongs to you!
Cause you belong to Jesus!
Halleluyah.

His post has since gone viral, with a few commenters accusing him of encouraging people who think or are anointed to go about laying hands on people infected with the virus.

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He later responded to the post.
Read here:

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Security Stepped Up In Abuja For Pro-Jonathan Rally


Security has been stepped up in Abuja in readiness for a youth solidarity rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan which will hold on Thursday.

Security operatives, mostly officers of the Nigeria Army have been stationed at strategic entry points and locations within the capital city, with every vehicle entering the metropolis subjected to series of security checkpoints.

Terror attacks suspected to have been perpetrated by Islamist sect Boko Haram have become frequent in the North in the past few days heightening fears in the region. A large gathering of people seem a possible target of suicide bombing which is becoming rampant in the country, hence the heavy security in the nation’s capital.

The youth rally being organised under the auspices of the Jonathan Youth Vanguard and Niger Delta Youth Leaders Council (NDYLC) is said to involve over

Nkiru Sylvanus Shines and Dazzles In New Promo Photos


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Famous veteran Nollywood actress and now producer made a complete 360 degree turn when she decided to jump back into the movie business.

The actress turned civil servant then actress again dropped new photo just after her first movie after her return.

The Nigerian actress who recently premiered her movie – The Voice in Lagos, rocks a sequined gold dress for some shots in the glam shoot.

She assisted the shoot too with a sequined green dress too.

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‘Please Help! I’m Dying’ – Nollywood Actress Cries Out!!!


For some time now, popular Yoruba actress, Omotunde Ogundimu, has been off the movie scene. But if you think she has found another passion, then, you are wrong. At the moment, the mother of three is battling a debilitating ailment that has since removed the shine from her acting career. In this interview with TheNationOnlineNg, she ventilates her pains and hope, among other issues.

You seldom appear in movies these days. So, what really is responsible for this?

I have been ill.

So, how do you feel now?

I am still very weak. I was at the clinic and the doctor revealed that, even if I have the money readily available, I can’t undergo the surgery now because I have lost so much blood. So, I was given some drugs to help boost the blood back to the level it should be.

Which hospital is that?

It is called Beachland Specialist Hospital in Arepo, Ibafo, Ogun State.

What is the nature of the ailment?

My period comes like 10 to15 days; then, it will stop and come again. I menstruate twice in a month. I noticed it last year before my husband passed away. Anytime we had intercourse, I would always bleed. I took it for something else, so I didn’t really pay attention to it. But when he became sick and we couldn’t have intercourse any more, it (the bleeding) stopped. Then, I didn’t have time to study it at that period too.

But what I noticed is that my menstrual circle changed, so I would menstruate twice in a month with very heavy flow. So, at that time, I just felt it was one of the signs of menopause because I am way above 40. But last year, I had to go to the hospital to complain and the doctor said I had fibroid, even before the tests and scan were conducted. When the scan was done, it was discovered that the fibroid was fully grown in my womb.

You said during the period your husband was sick, you were not having intercourse. But were you having the heavy flow at that time?

Then, it was normal. But the only time it became abnormal was when we had intercourse, so I thought I was approaching my period.

What do you think is exactly wrong with you? Don’t you think it might be a spiritual problem?

No; I don’t think so. You can only say something is spiritual when you don’t get a solution to your problem. But in my own case, I have been able to find out what the problem is and the remedy. Every woman has fibroid, but it is only when it is overgrown that it becomes a problem that needs to be attended to. When it started, I had people who shared their own experiences with me and I was directed to the hospital.

So, how have you been coping, financially?

Well, I am presently in Ibafo, Ogun State, which is close to my home town. When my husband passed away, my family asked me to come back home, so as not to be left alone in Lagos, where I don’t have anybody. So, I came home and rented an apartment. But my children are in one of the boarding schools in Lagos. I didn’t want to change their school.

Whenever they are on vacation, they come here and we spend time together. Sending them to one of the best schools in Lagos is part of my huge financial commitments. But I am glad that I can do that for them because I want them to have the kind of education that I didn’t have.

With your state of health, you definitely need some help. Is anyone living with you?

Some of my siblings do come over to help. But most of them are married and I cannot force them to come and stay with me. So, whenever they volunteer to come, I am always glad to have them around. If not that it went online, nobody knew I was sick. I am a very quite person.

Why did you have to make the ailment hidden for this long without going public with it?

I am just a private person and I just felt I could raise the money and go for the surgery before anybody could know that I was sick.

I don’t go to functions anymore because of the state of my body now-I am so lean. Nobody will see me without asking what is wrong with me. Even the last time I was on location, many of my colleagues felt I was dieting and they complained that it was too serious.

As a crossover actress and one who is popular in both the Yoruba and English sectors of Nollywood, one would expect that you would have a lot of people coming around you.

As I said, the news just got online some days ago and I have been receiving calls from every one of them, promising to do something in any way they can. Most of them didn’t know I was sick and the news going online has drawn their attention to my plight. I also got a call from the AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, asking me to send my details and home address; she promised that they will visit me.

How much do you need to undergo the surgery?

N500,000.

Are you sure the N500, 000 you are requesting for is just for the operation?

I pray the money will be enough. The actual money for the surgery is N350, 000. But I just feel I’ll need some money for my upkeep till I am able to stand on my feet and get back to work. That is the reason I summed up the whole money to N500, 000.

But do you think you need as much as that to undergo a fibroid operation?

Yes, that is true. But it is a private hospital and for someone like me to come out and say I need N350, 000, people will say I should be able to afford such an amount of money because I am an actress. But people do not know what I have been doing all the while. I have single-handedly been training my three kids and I have been struggling to ensure they go to the higher institution, which I did not attend.

Also, the treatment and drugs that I have been taking have cost me a lot of money. Right now, I don’t have any other business I am doing apart from my acting career. I was hoping I would be able to save some money and set up a business. But all that is on hold now.

Does that mean your in-laws were not in support of the union?

The circumstances that surrounded my husband’s death are best known to them. He was married to five wives and he died at the age of 41. After his death, they sold one of his property in Abeokuta and shared the money among us his wives and gave a whole building to my children. After that, no calls to even ask about the welfare of their children.

What is your position among the wives?

I am the second wife.

Didn’t you know he was married?

I never intended to go into the marriage. But sometimes in life, some things take place that you do not plan. You know when you are in love with a man, you believe everything he tells you. When we were courting, he only told me he had someone that bore him a child. When I was pregnant with my first child, he took me home to meet his father, who asked me if he had told me about my senior (the first wife); so, that was when I knew.

I didn’t understand what he was saying until he told me that the man I wanted to get married to already had a wife and a child living with him. I left and told him I was going for abortion. But he went to my mum in Ibafo to inform her about my decision and she came down with him to Iyana Ipaja that same day to plead with me. He knew I am the only child of my mother and that she was already looking forward to having grandchildren. That was how I found myself in a polygamous home. And then, I was working as a clearing and forward agency at NAHCO, Ikeja, Lagos. I had my own apartment, so he was always at my place. But he was a lovely man and a good man. He took care of me. But you know, when there are so many women involved, it is a different story.

Is it that you do not have friends in the industry because you said none has paid you a visit?

(Laughs) That was before! You know, it is said that no matter the multitude, there will always be a disagreement. But at the moment, I am not fighting anybody. So, I have been receiving calls and prayers from most of them, promising to come and pay me a visit. Most of them didn’t know I was sick. As I said, I am a very private person.

We have had cases of stars seeking help from the public. So, is it that you people do not save for the rainy days?

I understand what you are saying. But in my own case, I have been managing on my own all the while without asking anybody for assistance. But the truth of the matter is that the money we are paid here is nothing to write home about. It is all about helping your colleague, when he or she wants to shoot a movie. So, it is whatever the person has that you will collect. All the stories they tell about some people collecting N600, 000 for a roles are lies.

But most of you live flamboyantly; so, where do they get the money from?

I don’t know o! I only know about myself, my sister. Yes, some of them earn well and are into other businesses. As I said earlier, if I get back on my feet and start working, I will get something else doing aside my acting career. Some make money from the movies they produce, especially if the movies sell well.

Having been in the industry for over a decade now, what can you say about your experience as a producer?

I have done three movies: Temidun, Origun Meta and Abiamo Toto. I would have produced another one, but I don’t want to produce any movie that will be below the name and standard that I have been able to build for myself over the years. But my first three were hits in the market. That was when movies still had values. What we have now are marketers who always complain about low sales.

And I can proudly say I was able to make good use of the proceeds from those movies. I opened a wholesale wine shop, but that is history now because that was where I was collecting money when my husband fell sick. And you know how business is, once you don’t add more to it, it will collapse.

I learnt Tope Alabi brought you into the movie industry. Why have you not sought her assistance?

We were in the dance group, Sunny Wonders Performing Group, before she left. We were into dramas and stage plays. But after a while, we met again and I stayed with her at her parents’ home, which was not far from my uncle’s house where I was living then. But when we met, she started telling me about finding my way into the Yoruba movie industry, instead of wasting my time with the group that promised to take us abroad to perform. That was how she introduced me to Alade Aromire Group. But I don’t have her contact and that is the reason I have not been able to reach her for assistance.

I am someone who does not like to bother people. Sometimes, when you expect help from a particular person, you might end up being disappointed. And at the end of the day, you will feel bad. That is the reason I don’t like telling people about what is happening to me. I am a fighter, if not for the fact that Mr. Idris Bello of Shybellmedia got in touch with me and asked what was wrong. I told him I was sick and he came visiting the next day.

When he saw me, he told me not to keep mute on the issue. He said I should let people know about my state of health, stressing that those who would come to my aid will do and those who will talk will talk. I told him they would say, ‘Is she not an actress? Why wouldn’t she be able to afford such an amount? And he told me that I have my life to live.

BBA Winner Dillish Mathews Shares Hot Bikini Photos


The Big Brother Africa show winner, Namibia’s Dillish Matthews shared some stunning photos of herself with her fans.

The 24-year-old beauty took to her Twitter to bring a bit of fun to her fans. The girl is seen in a tiny blue bikini top and booty jeans shorts.

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Today she also posted a wonderful collage with the caption, “Good morning my angels! Remember to love YOURSELF first before you can love another. YOU ARE IMPORTANT”

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Dillish Matthews, a business person, model, and entertainer who represented Namibia in Big Brother Africa, is the one of the most recognizable persons in Africa.

Nigerian Table Tennis Player Strips To Celebrate Bronze At Commonwealth Games 2014


Team Nigeria on Monday went totally insane after they won third place at table tennis at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

It all went down when Nigerias’ Ojo Onalopop (ranked 488th in the world) beat India’s Kamal Achanta (ranked 50th in the world) to seal a bronze medal for the Nigerian team.

The team was so happy that their emotions began to overflow… and then the pants came off.

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Check out the video of how Team Nigeria celebrate their victory (story continues below):

Team Nigeria on Monday returned to the zenith of tennis at the Commonwealth Games after beating India 3-1 to claim the bronze medal in the men’s team event.

Though, in the rating of International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Nigeria had been seeded below India and most of the Indian players were rated higher than the entire Nigerian team, bookmakers were proved wrong. The youthful Nigerian side turned the table against the Asian giant to clinch Nigeria’s first medal in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games in the last eight years.

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An elated NTTF boss, Oshodi described the win as result of years of hard work, adding that Nigerian players are talented. “I think the gap between our players and some of these top players is not much and what our players need more is exposure and they will be up there,” he said.

Popular Actress Speaks On Her Alleged Affair With Genevieve Nnaji


Benoise actress and singer, Ella Martins, allegedly in a s*xual relationship with Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has cleared the air in a recent interview with Vanguard.

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The news went viral after an online magazine broke the reports last year that Benin Republic actress, Ella Martins, and Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji, were lesbians, sharing photo of the two k*ssing.

Speaking on the genesis of the allegation she said: “What happened is that Genny and I were in a club in Lagos and her phone got missing. Later, I think a paparazzi or someone got hold of it and started sharing some contents about me and Genny online. I don’t see anything abnormal in the pictures but people started talking that we must be lesbians and all. As normal persons and friends, we do take normal pictures at home and in other places, but I don’t know why the online magazine showed Genevieve and I kissing, I am surprised and don’t know where they got those pictures from. We kssed, but it was nothing extraordinary. It was normal kss between girls.

Boko Haram Kills 8, Blows Up Bridge In Yobe


Islamist sect, Boko Haram has continued unleashing terror on the northern part of Nigeria, with an attack on Katarko village, outskirts of Damaturu, the Yobe state on Monday, killing eight persons and blowing up an important bridge.

Katarko, which is 22 kilometers south of Damaturu the Yobe state capital, is a community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state, and believed to be one of the strongholds of the sect in the Northeastern state.

Residents told newsmen on phone that the insurgents stormed the town around 7:30 pm, first attacking the military base before moving to some houses where eight persons were killed. The insurgents operated unhindered until about 2.00am on Tuesday, it was learnt.

Boko Haram Is Being Sponsored By Northern APC Leaders – Fani-Kayode


Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has again alleged that Northern elements within the All progressives Congress (APC) party were the ones sponsoring operations of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram in northern part of the country.

The former Minister who spoke with Reporters in Osogbo shortly after attending the campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) noted that members of the APC could not be trusted on the operations of Boko Haram.

“The APC in the north is the political wing of Boko Haram in the Northern part of Nigeria. This, I have said before and no one amongst them was bold enough to challenge me. I will continue to say it again and again,” Fani-Kayode said.

MH17: Investigators Unable To Assess Crash Site As Fighting Intensifies


Dutch investigators have failed for a third consecutive day to enter the MH17 crash site amid a risky and deteriorating security situation in the eastern Ukraine.

The Australian Federal Police and their Dutch colleagues in the separatist-held city of Donetsk – having been twice repelled by heavy fighting on the road to the site – deemed it too risky to try again yesterday without firm commitments from warring Ukrainians and separatists to guarantee their safe passage to the site.

The investigative teams are now caught in the middle of a war that is surrounding them in the city of Donetsk, west of the crash site and now known as the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

There are still human remains in the crash zone, personal belongings and important ballistic forensic information that could give a definitive answer on how the Malaysia Airlines jet was brought down on the afternoon of July 17.

Despite attempts by monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to negotiate access to the crash site from the city, which is encircled by Ukrainian troops, the message to let them pass through to the search zone has not been heeded.

There is clear frustration on behalf of the Australians and Dutch as the Ukrainians and rebels intensify the fight, with foreign efforts to secure the area not seen as a priority.

Michael Bociurkiw, from the OSCE in Donetsk, said the warring factions had from the start been clearly informed of what the investigative team was trying to achieve and been given precise intended route movements, who was in the cars and number-plates of vehicles.

“We’ve been dealing with the separatists for three months and since the crash happened we’ve had access every day until this (fighting happened),” Mr Bociurkiw said.

“There’s no excuse for anyone not to know the stakes in this. They are huge. One third of the passengers’ bodies are still out there. There’s a lot of debris out there.”

The outskirts of Donetsk are guarded by tense pro-Russian rebel troops, who are protecting all points to the city in hastily constructed bunkers of earth and logs.

The crash site is only 60 or 70km from the Russian border, from where Ukraine has accused the rebels of sourcing their weapons. The rebels are pro-Russian but also seek to create their own state independent of the Ukraine.

The separatists, who have been accused of shooting down the airliner killing all 298 people aboard, counterclaim that the Ukrainian government destroyed the jet to drag the world into supporting them in a war with Russia.

There are now some short bursts of fire in central Donetsk, appearing to come from near the capital buildings close to where the foreign teams are headquartered.

Ebola: Australia Warns Citizens To Stay Away From Nigeria, Liberia, Others


Australia has warned its citizens to steer clear of parts of West Africa as the deadly Ebola virus claims more victims.

Nearly 700 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since March in what has been described as the most serious recorded outbreak yet of the virus.

One Liberian has also died in Nigeria, raising fears the disease could spread further across the region. Nigeria had since set up disease isolation centres at its international airports.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is urging Australians to avoid areas affected by the virus and be aware they could run into trouble if they venture into the region.

“Australians are also advised that borders in the region may be closed at short notice to contain the outbreak,” the department said in its travel bulletin.

Those in the region should closely monitor local health advice and maintain strict standards of hygiene.

Victims of the virus, or those suffering symptoms, should be avoided at all costs.

Ebola has a 90 percent fatality rate and can quickly kill once contracted. There is no known vaccine or cure.

Symptoms include high fever and weakness followed by external and internal bleeding.
Any traveller to the region showing these signs before or after visiting should seek medical attention.

Hamas Armed Wing Says No To Truce Until Siege Stops


The leader of the military wing of Hamas has said there will be no truce in Gaza unless Israel lifts its siege, in comments broadcast hours after an attempt at a 24-hour ceasefire stalled with disagreements.

In an audio statement on Tuesday, Qassam Brigades commander Mohammed Deif said the ceasefire “will not take place unless the siege is lifted and the border crossings are all open”.

The leader of the military wing of Hamas has said there will be no truce in Gaza unless Israel lifts its siege, in comments broadcast hours after an attempt at a 24-hour ceasefire stalled with disagreements.

In an audio statement on Tuesday, Qassam Brigades commander Mohammed Deif said the ceasefire “will not take place unless the siege is lifted and the border crossings are all open”.

Ebola Doctor Dies In Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor has died from Ebola disease, medical officials have said.

Sheik Umar Khan was infected earlier this month and died on Tuesday at a ward run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the far north of the country.

Miatta Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s health minister, called Khan a “national hero” and praised his “tremendous sacrifice” in working to save the lives of others.

His death comes days after Samuel Brisbane, a senior doctor at Liberia’s largest hospital, died on Saturday at an Ebola treatment centre on the outskirts of Monrovia.

Several other medics have been infected. The aid group Samaritan’s Purse said on Saturday that a US doctor, Kent Brantly, who was working in Liberia was also sick.

Health workers are at serious risk of contracting the disease, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids.

Ebola has killed hundreds of people in West Africa in the worst outbreak on record. The World Health Organisation says this 219 people in Liberia, 319 people in Guinea and 224 in Sierra Leone have died.

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The disease has also killed the Liberian husband of an American woman who had flown to Lagos, Nigeria.

The family of Patrick Sawyer, who died on July 24, had said recently returned to the US for a visit. Health officials said his family members were not affected.

Officials stressed people were not contagious until they showed symptoms, and the Sawyer family left Liberia days before he fell ill.

Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport. He was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende.

EU Agrees Tougher Sanctions On Russia


The EU has reached an agreement on the first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation with Moscow since the Cold War.

The measures agreed on Tuesday would shut state-owned Russian banks out of European markets and target the defence sector and sensitive technologies, including oil, but exclude the vital natural gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent.

The EU’s president, Herman Van Rompuy, said the sanctions were intended to be “a strong warning” but could be reversed if Moscow changed course in Ukraine.

The new sanctions were expected to be finalised on Wednesday, according to diplomats meeting in Belgium.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, also announced on Tuesday that the US was also drawing up fresh sanctions against Russia.

US Expands Sanctions On “Undeterred” Russia


U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the U.S. is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on Russia as a consequence for its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The new sanctions, which target the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy.

“The major sanctions we’re announcing today will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia,” said Obama at the White House.

“Today Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community, setting back decades of genuine progress. And it doesn’t have to come to this. It didn’t have to come to this. It does not have to be this way. This is a choice that Russia, and President [Vladimir] Putin in particular has made.”

He urged Russia to choose a different path, one of “de-escalation, the choice of joining the world in a diplomatic solution to this situation, a choice in which Russia recognizes that it can be a good neighbor and trading partner with Ukraine.”

In a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia’s actions “have not shown a shred of evidence that they really have a legitimate desire to end the violence and end the bloodshed,” as they say they do.

Russia however denies giving any form of support to the separatists in eastern Ukraine and said that the country remained undeterred by the sanctions.

“I assure you, we will overcome any difficulties that may arise in certain areas of the economy, and maybe we will become more independent and more confident in our own strength,” Reuters quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying in Moscow.

Tank Farms To Be Moved From Apapa-Oshodi Road


The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has disclosed that there were plans to relocate the tank farms along the Oshodi/Apapa expressway as a way of finding a lasting solution to the unending gridlock.

Obanikoro made this known yesterday in Lagos, during his visit to Oshodi/Apapa expressway. He also urged the Lagos State Government to provide a permanent parking bay for trucks, from where drivers could be reached.

The minister explained that the visit became pertinent following the security implication of allowing trucks to use the road as a park.

He, however, applauded steps taken by the Western Naval Command (WNC), to ease the flow of traffic along the expressway, including other areas witnessing gridlock but added that the WNC’s effort might not be a permanent one since it was not its constitutional duty to control traffic.

“I am here to familiarise myself with the activities of the Nigeria Navy around the Ports area because I know that for some time now, we have been looking at the security implication of allowing trailers and trucks to use the road as a park.

“There are plans and we are also working with all stakeholders to ensure that the threat to this corridor is kept under check. It is not easy to just close all these tank farms overnight. What is important now is to call for more vigilance on the part of all the operators.

“I want to assure you that all the security agencies in the country are aware and alert to what is at stake and everything humanly possible is being done to avert any calamity.

“I am happy that, so far, all those trucks have been moved and passage way created so that there could be free vehicular movement around the ports, thus eliminating the security implication of just having trucks and containers littering the entire road.

“This is largely due to the effort of the Western Naval Command’s ability to engage all the stakeholders.”

Obanikoro stated the federal government was doing its best to handle the situation, pointing out that part of its effort was the ongoing construction of a parking bay for trucks at Tin-Can Island Port.

He, therefore, said that this was not time to trade blames but a time for the Lagos State Government to partner with the Nigerian Ports Authority and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the situation.

“I am not going to join Lagos State Government in the blame game. What is important to me is that all of us have a responsibility to the good people of this country and particularly Lagos state.”

New IGP: Jonathan, Police Council Choose Suleiman Abba


Indications emerged, yesterday, in Abuja, that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Police council made up of the 36 state governors and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Mbama Okiro (IGP, rtd) have settled for the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7, Mr. Suleiman Abba as the next Inspector General of Police when incumbent, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar retires tomorrow after attaining the mandatory 35 years in service.

Suleiman AbbaIt was gathered that the authority settled for AIG Abba following convincing arguments that the leadership of the nation’s security forces will be concentrated in a particular zone of the country should the new IG be appointed from the list of names earlier submitted to the President.

Sources told Vanguard that President Jonathan was also under pressure by the North, who insisted that appointing the next IGP from the South-South geopolitical zone would be counter-productive, especially with the security challenges facing the nation.

They argued that with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General K. T. J. Minimah from South-South, Police Service Commission Chairman, Okiro from the South-South, an IGP from same zone would have been interpreted to mean deliberate ploy to use security forces to clamp down on the opposition expected from the North in the 2015 elections.

Five senior officers were said to have been considered as the new IGP and they include one Deputy Inspector General of Police from South-South, another DIG from North West, and three AIG’s, from North West, South –South and North Central zones.

During debates at the meeting for a new police boss, a group argued that Abba’s appointment will amount to favouring a particular zone since he is from the zone as his predecessor as well as former IGP Hafiz Ringim.

Another group, however, countered that during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former IGP Tafa Balogun and the Chief of Air Staff then came from the same zone. Eventually, everybody agreed on the choice of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new IGP.

Abba had served as the Commissioner of Police in charge Rivers State, Deputy Force Sec, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Deputy Force Sec), Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID, FCT Police Command.

He was also ADC to Mrs. Abacha during the tenure of General Sani Abacha as military head state.

The incumbent IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, whose tenure expires tomorrow, July 31, 2014, was appointed the 16th indigenous IGP in January 2012.

Vanguard was further informed that President Jonathan feels comfortable with the AIG zone 7, Suleiman Abba, having worked with him in Abuja for almost two years now. Abba is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPPS, Kuru.

The new IG will be announced today after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by President Jonathan. [Vanguard]

10-yr-old Boy Arrested For Witchcraft In Rivers


A 10-year-old boy said to have turned into a cat to witch-hunt a family in Iwofe, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has been arrested by the police, reports have said.

According to a resident of the community, a cat jumped into a room from nowhere while the occupants were wide awake. The cat was said to have transformed to a boy as they were planning on how to chase out what they thought was just a cat, he told Vanguard.

The occupants of the room had screamed to attract their neighbours who came to their aid after the cat turned into a boy.

The source also said the boy begged his captors that night not to kill him, naming his accomplice as a 48-year-old man said to have sponsored his evil mission to the family.

The Iwofe Divisional Police Headquarters had since arrested the boy and the 48-year-old man.

“Actually, two people have been arrested in connection to witchcraft activity,” a senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity told Vanguard.

The Rivers Police Command spokesperson, ASP Grace Koko, was later contacted, but said she was yet to be briefed on the issue.

N100m Gift: Community Leaders Cheating Us – Chibok Parents


Parents of the abducted Chibok girls have reportedly cried out that their community leaders have cheated them in the way an alleged N100 million cash gift from the presidency was shared.

The grieving parents were said to have been given the money when they met President Goodluck Jonathan on July 22 at the Presidential Villa.

The Presidency allegedly handed over the money to leaders of the Chibok community in Abuja for onward presentation to parents of the abducted schoolgirls.

According to a report monitored on Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, some of the parents are now alleging that the Abuja-based community leaders have shortchanged them.

One parent, who was among those who visited the President, told BBC that he got only N200,000.

“I got only N200,000 out of the said N100million allegedly received by our leaders in Abuja. Some of us got N300,000 and some less than that.

He also said that he was not comfortable with the way the money was shared among parents of the kidnapped girls.

“Our leaders in Abuja are using the girls to enrich themselves. In fact, some of the parents were screened out of the entourage by the Chibok leaders in Abuja. Many of them are residents of Abuja, not parents of the kidnapped girls”.

Another parent, who was screened out of the delegation that visited the President, said he got only N7,000 out of the money shared.

“I was at the farm when they brought the N7,000 to my house and I collected it. Some of us got even less, some got N300 and below,” he said.

The parents stressed that they were not selling their daughters and that the money from the President just came to them as they neither asked for, nor expected it.

One of the community leaders, Pobu Bitrus, who is also a member of the House of Representatives and was at the meeting with the President explained to the BBC that after meeting with the President, monies were distributed to the parents in envelopes.

“After we met with the president, the parents were given monies in envelopes and that’s all. All other things they are saying about N100million, I don’t know about that,” Mr. Bitrus said.

In its reaction, yesterday, the Presidency however said that it never gave N100 million to parents of the abducted school girls, who were at the Presidential Villa, Abuja last week, saying the story was absolutely false.

Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, yesterday told Vanguard that the government only took care of the parents’ accommodation and feeding and described contrary stories as “absolute falsehood.”

“The President did not give any N100m to the visitors from Chibok. Government took care of their accommodation, feeding and transportation.

“Government’s plan is robust rehabilitation and resettlement of the girls who have escaped so they can continue their education.

“The government also plans to rebuild the school and in general terms, repair damaged infrastructure as a result of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East,” Okupe said.

The abducted girls are still in their captors’ stronghold after being taken from their school on April 14, 2014. Although the government has announced several rescue efforts, including international support, the girls remain missing.

BPP Helping Rivers Save Billions


Director General of Rivers Bureau on Public Procurements, RSBPP, Mr. Franklin Nlerum, has said that the people of the state get value for money spent on projects and the provision of infrastructures, as Governor Rotimi Amaechi had made consistent and effective use of RSBPP, which has led to the state saving billions of naira.

According to Nlerum, huge savings were made following the Bureau’s insistence that projects pass through a rigorous test and due process before contractors could get the bureau’s ‘certificate of no objection’ to commence any project.

The RSBPP boss made this known during a media chat in Port Harcourt. Nlerum said that the Amaechi administration had saved billions of naira from projected costs for various projects across the state through the Bureau’s work.

RSBPP’s primary responsibility is to ensure that money for any project in the state is reasonable and adds value to the state.

“I am always reluctant to talk about savings not because we do not save, but because that is not primarily what the law set us up to do.

“The law set us up to ensure that there is value for money, that Rivers State does not pay more than it should pay for any transaction, that a procurement should be fit for purpose, that there should be competition.

“Now, when you follow the issues, which I consider as procedural regularities, you will find out that there will be savings,” Nlerum said.

He also said the process was part of the reasons the state acquired Automated Road Analysers (ARAN) vehicles, which uses technological means to determine road quality.

He noted that the ARAN vehicles would be used by the BPP in collaboration with the Rivers State Ministry of Works to ensure quality construction and completion of every project.

“We bought the Automatic Road Analyser because we wanted to address a particular problem that is bedeviling not just Rivers State but the entire country, which is roads failing: when do they fail? Do we have any empirical basis of determining when a road is about to fail? What should we do to remedy it?”

Akinwusi Slams ‘Propagandist’ Aregbesola


Candidate representing the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, ‘Segun Akinwusi has slammed the incumbent governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola over last Saturday’s live debate that featured only the governor.

“We have 20 governorship candidates in Osun State. I am the first person to have challenged Aregbesola to a live debate to let us discuss the state economy, the huge debt profile of the state and his so-called achievements.

“Information had it that the so-called international community said to have organised the debate never existed and my two co-contestants of Labour Party and PDP were invited on phone an hour to the programme.

“For the avoidance of doubt, if Aregbesola is manly enough, he should let us sit together to debate about his governance.”

The former Head of Service (HOS) further slammed the governor over the habit of announcing when he pays workers’ salaries.

“The civil servants have done their part by working and the state has the responsibility by paying them. When workers have fulfilled their part of contract, the state government must do theirs as well.”

N100m Presidential Largesse: Chibok Parents Weren’t Given Money After Meeting With Jonathan – Abati


Chibok-JonaThe Presidency last night denied giving any form of cash or monetary gift to some parents of the over 200 school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram sect in April.

Following the visit of Pakistani girl-child education activist, Malala Yousafzai to Nigeria about two weeks ago, where she met with some of the escaped girls, their parents and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group in Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan finally met with an expanded group of Chibok community including all the parents of the abducted girls at the Presidential Villa last week Tuesday.

However, it was reported yesterday that the community was torn apart following a disagreement on the sharing formula of a N100 million largesse purportedly given by the presidency to parents of the Chibok girls.

Reacting to the report, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati said: “The allegation is completely untrue. Nobody distributed any envelope after the meeting.

“The meeting was held in the Villa, a public place. After the meeting, the President left and the parents as well as the children went into their buses in the presence of the media.

“There was no time after the meeting when envelopes were distributed or money was given”.

Stressing that President Jonathan will never do anything to bribe anybody, Abati said: “This issue is not about money. We are talking about human lives here”.

“The allegation is completely wild. What they are claiming is unknown to the President. Whoever is claiming it should prove it because no such thing happened”, he maintained.

The commitment of the President, he said, is to get the girls back safely and not about bribing anybody.

“This is a very serious matter and we will like to appeal to those who want to play politics with it, using all kinds of tricks to ridicule the efforts of the administration, to always appeal to their individual conscience and realize that what we are dealing with here is a very serious matter and not a matter of mischief”, he stated.

Tinubu, Governors Condole With el-Rufai Over Son’s Death


HAMZA EL-RUFAIFormer Lagos State Governor and national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some governors yesterday commiserated with former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on the death of his son, Hamza, in an accident.

Hamza, a graduate of the University of Virginia and United World College of the Atlantic in the United States, died in a ghastly motor accident in Abuja early Tuesday morning.

In their separate condolences, Tinubu, Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) expressed shock over the death of the young El-Rufai.

They noted that no amount of consolation could fill the gap that his death has created and prayed God to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the loss.

A statement in Lagos said Asiwaju Tinubu called Mallam El-Rufai to commiserate with him on the death of his son.

The frontline opposition politician offered words of consolation from the Holy Qur’an and prayed Allah to grant El-Rufai the strength to bear the very painful loss.

Tinubu said: “The news of your son’s death came to me as a shock. It must have been most wrenching for you.  I feel your pain as a parent myself. I can only offer you words of consolation from Allah. He is the one who gives and takes away.

“Be assured that my family and I and the APC family are with you in prayers during this very sad and painful period. God will keep you all that are left behind in His full protection and prevent further danger and deaths in your family.

“You must never let this put you down. Please accept my heartfelt condolences”.

In a statement yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun described the demise of Hamzat as “most regrettable and unfortunate”.

Amosun added: “It is so sad that his life was cut short in a fatal accident at a time he would have been contributing his quota to the development of his fatherland after acquiring a good education.”

The governor prayed Allah to grant the soul of the departed Al-Janah Fridaus and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Gov. Ajimobi commiserated with El-Rufai through a statement yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.

He described the death of the son of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain as unfortunate and disheartening.

Ajimobi said: “It is with deep shock that I received the death of Hamza, a promising young man, in a ghastly motor accident that occurred in Abuja on Tuesday.

“It is even more painful considering the fact that he was snatched by the cold hands of death at the prime of his life”.

Ajimobi described the deceased as a rising star and potential leader of tomorrow.

He urged the former FCT minister to accept the incident as an act of God, adding that nothing could happen to any human being without the knowledge of God.

Ajimobi prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and prayed God to grant El-Rufai and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Yero expressed deep sadness over Hamza’s death.

In a condolence message by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, the governor said he received news of Hamza’s death with shock and grief.

He said: “The demise of Hamza, a young, intelligent young man with bright prospects, is a huge loss to the country, especially to us in Kaduna State”.

Yero urged El-Rufai’s family to take the irreparable loss as an act of Allah, who knows best.

He said: “I urge the entire El-Rufai family, their friends and associates to take solace in the fact that the late Hamza lived a short but eventful lifetime full of positive narrations”.

Yero prayed Allah to grant the soul of the late Hamza eternal rest.

The governor also prayed Almighty Allah to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the loss.

In his condolence message, Aregbesola said death, though the end of everything, came too early for Hamza.

In a statement in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor stressed that whatever comes a man’s way should be seen as an act of God, which every mortal has little or no control over.

Aregbesola said: “We are indeed saddened by the untimely demise of our dear son, Hamza. In as much as we have lost a gem in this young man, we, however, take solace in the fact that only Allah knows what is best for his creatures.

“We, the government and people of Osun, express our heart-felt condolences to the immediate and extended families of El-Rufai.

“We pray that Allah will grant the departed Al-Janah Firdaus”.

Suicide Bombing: Beware Of Strange Females Wearing Hijabs – Police


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Following the new dimension introduced by Boko Haram in its terror attacks, the Borno State Police Command has issued a statement calling on members of the public to beware of ladies covered with hijab and standing by the roadsides or asking to be assisted to find a direction to a particular place, as those ladies might have suicide bomb vests concealed under their dress.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Gideon Jubrin (DSP) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital stated: “the Borno State police command wish to congratulate the Muslim faithful on the celebration of the Ei-del-Fitri, which took place without any incident.

“The command however still cautions residents to be wary of strange females wearing hijabs and moving around crowded places as some of them may be hiding explosives in their under garments with the intention of causing harm to unsuspecting residents”.

DSP Jubrin said residents who sighted such persons should immediately alert the relevant security operatives for proper action.

The latest security warning is coming on the heels of suspension of vehicular movements in Maiduguri metropolis by the military based on intelligence reports that insurgents were planning on causing havoc by detonating cars rigged with IEDs during the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations. The ban was lifted yesterday.

Dokubo Berates Jonathan For Condemning Assassination Attempt On Buhari


Asari-dokubo-478x300A former Niger Delta militant, Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, has faulted his kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan, for condemning the attack on former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari.

Dokubo, who spoke yesterday in Abuja, also dismissed rumours that he paid those who executed the assassination attempt against Buhari in Kaduna last week.

President Jonathan had condemned the suicide bomb attack on the convoy of General Buhari, heaving a sigh of relief that had the assassination attempt succeeded, Nigeria might have been plunged into turmoil given the huge followership of the former military ruler.

But Dokubo disagreed, saying “I think it is unfortunate that the President made such statement. I do have the capacity to tell the President to apologize, but I still insist that he should not have made such a statement”.

“It’s very unfortunate that a President of a country will be promoting one or two individuals over and above 80 people and others who have been slaughtered by Boko Haram. For me, the President ought not to have made such statement”, Dokubo insisted.

On the alleged plan to kill Buhari and that he paid N5m to the perpetrators of the attack, he said, “I didn’t pay anybody. I have never paid anybody because I have no cause to kill Buhari. He is of no threat to me. He is of no threat to Goodluck. And I don’t operate a twitter account.

“I phoned the SSS Director of Operations immediately I got the report and drew his attention to what is going around. I told him that my lawyer and I are writing a petition. But he told me that there was no such thing. The person arrested never said so”.

Reacting to the allegations that he was working to destroy the North, Dokubo said, “We all knew that in 2011, Goodluck lost in all the North-eastern and North-Western states except Adamawa and Kaduna States. Politically, Goodluck is not expecting the votes of these states if he is going to calculate. These states can be referred to states that are hostile to him.

“I’m an Ijaw man. An injury to one Ijaw is an injury to all. I will continue to defend Goodluck Jonathan because I’m an Ijaw man. I have no apology. I’m an Ijaw nationalist. You can call me an Ijaw bigot. I don’t care. But to say I work for Goodluck is the highest form of stupidity. I don’t work for Goodluck. I don’t belong to the PDP”, he said.

Dokubo said he can prove how Gen Buhari was being funded by the late Libyan ruler, Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Pro-Jonathan Group Warns Against Desecrating President’s Office In The Name Of Politics


TANA pro-Jonathan group, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), has cautioned opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan against disrespecting the nation’s top office in the name of politics.

Co-ordinator of the legal department of the group, Mr Nureni Otutu, stated this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital yesterday.

He said:  “it is only in Nigeria that an individual or group of individuals will hurl insults on the person of the President. Yes there is freedom of speech, this freedom should be exercised with decorum, decency and respect”.

The legal practitioner stressed that the office of the president should be sacred, which must be respected and revered at all times.

He also commended President Jonathan for “the good job he has done”.

Otutu maintained that the outstanding performance of Dr Jonathan is the bond between TAN, the president and the Nigerian masses, because his group is out to promote good governance aimed at making life easier and better for Nigerians.

Otutu said: “President Jonathan is a personification of quality leadership in humility. He has brought decency into the administration of the country, the result of which is landmark accomplishment in almost all the sectors of the economy”.

Tinubu, Akande Visit Buhari In Kaduna


Tinubu and BuhariFormer governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, alongside former interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande and national publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday visited former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari in his Sultan close residence in Kaduna, to commiserate with him over the recent suicide bomb attack that was targeted at him.

The visit and discussions, which held behind closed doors, lasted longer than an hour.

Although Tinubu, who led the team would not take questions from newsmen after their meeting, he however shook hands with reporters present before leaving the Kaduna home of the former military ruler, who is also a national leader of the APC.

It was however gathered from an inside source that Tinubu and the other APC chieftains, who were there to commiserate with General Buhari, also discussed some burning national issues.

According to the source, “the visit is not unconnected with the recent attempt on the life of the general. You should know that the development had continued to attract dignitaries to Kaduna on sympathy visit to him”.

General Buhari too declined to speak to journalists. He simply said, “I have issued a statement before and I cannot say anything contrary to that”.

Nigerian Army To Get New Uniform


Chief of Army StaffThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, has said that officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army will soon be kitted with new sets of uniforms to differentiate them from impostors.

General Minimah, who made the announcement at the end of his official tour of army formations in Lagos State, his first since becoming Chief of Army Staff earlier this year, said the new uniforms which are currently being sewn at the Nigerian Army Tailoring Department in Yaba, will give officers and soldiers a smarter look.

“The Nigerian Army has decided to change the camouflage uniform of the service. We have also decided to make it ourselves so that it will have a uniform look. We will not allow anybody to make them for us. They are currently being made at the Nigerian Army Tailoring Department at Yaba, Lagos State. It will make us look smarter and better”, he said.

Why N/Assembly Turns A Blind Eye To Jonathan’s Impeachable Offences – Sen. Domingo


GEJ-Mark-TambuwalThe Senator representing Edo North, Domingo Obende, has said President Goodluck Jonathan has committed some impeachable offences but the Senate shunned the temptation to remove him from office because it wanted to avoid causing unnecessary chaos in the polity.

Domingo was reacting to the gale of impeachment by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against governors of states controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He argued that the PDP had not been tolerant as the APC.

According to the senator, had the APC been on the rampage like the PDP, Jonathan would have been impeached long ago for the glaring impeachable offences he had committed. Although he did not mention any.

Domingo, who is on the platform of the APC, warned that if the PDP does not soft-pedal on its intolerance and obsession with using impeachment to muzzle the opposition, the nation’s fledgling democracy would be in grave danger.

The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) addressed reporters at his home in Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.

He said: “What is happening is very surprising to some of us. There is danger around the corner. The danger is in the political arena. This is because a political system that ought to be stable, that thrives on impeachment threats does not augur well. What are we even talking about? Who is saying that the President has not committed an impeachable offence?

“The National Assembly ought to be looking at these. But for reasons bordering on the need for stability and because the leadership of the National Assembly is mature in handling issues, we look at Nigeria as an entity that must be salvaged. Of course, the whole of Africa is looking at us as the giant of the continent. Are we going to be a giant in rascality?

“To me, I see it as a clear parliamentary misbehaviour, where governors, who were given the mandate by their people, are not allowed to exercise their rights. And if they sure do, it is only the people who can call for their recall.

“I think if you asked me, there should be a total repeal of these sections of harassment of impeachment (from the constitution).”

While lamenting the flagrant abuse of existing laws before an impeachment can be said to carried out, Domingo posited “Let it go through the court process first and if you win in the courts you can now come to the house and seek for an impeachment and of course they must query the chief judges who will just set up panel without having to know if the cases are right if such a person should be impeached.

“For me, what is happening in Edo state, they know what they are doing now is illegal because the courts have told them to go and obey the law of the house because they are internal laws that govern what they are doing.

“I have never heard or seen two chambers sitting on a state matter. Some are legislating and transmitting to Abuja or to EFCC or wherever.

“We have a body and that is the state assembly commission”.