Jonathan Seeks Co-operation Among West African Countries Over Ebola Epidemic


President Goodluck Jonathan has called for strategic collaboration among West African countries to control and contain the Ebola Virus, with a view to checking its spread and further threat to human lives.

The president made the call on Tuesday, when he received the new Ambassador of Guinea to Nigeria, Mr. Gaoussou Toure, who presented his letters of credence to the president at the Presidential Villa.

Jonathan commended the containment measures so far taken by West African countries that have been affected by the disease.

“A problem that affects one of us affects all. We may need to come together as a region to strengthen our containment measures. I am however pleased that serious measures are being taken to control the spread of the disease,” Jonathan said.

Boko Haram: DHQ Warns Women Not To Meddle In Soldier Deployment


The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has urged women, especially the wives of the military personnel posted to the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri not to meddle with deployment of troops in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists.

In a statement on the DHQ website, the womwn were assured of the Army’s sensitivity to the needs of the family members of soldiers.

“The tension raised following the activities of a group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri earlier today has been addressed. The situation had attracted media attention and elicited a lot of concern from well meaning Nigerians.Although the Situation was quickly brought under control, the issues being raised by the women were clarified to them by the authorities of the 7 Division. It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.

“Furthermore, it was made clear that while the Army remains sensitive to the needs of the family members, it was not normal or proper for any Officer or Soldier to decide where he or she be deployed, neither will such demand be encouraged from spouses in a period of serious operation when the entire nation was depending on the Army to address the security challenges.

“They were however assured that no Officer, Soldier or unit would be tasked without the necessary means to accomplish their task. It was also stated that Troops were not being sent on operation without the necessary arms, ammunition and support as alleged. The recent operations at Bulanbulin and Damboa where terrorists were cleared without a single casualty on the troops was cited.

“The military authorities therefore reassure citizens that the situation has been brought under control, while appropriate action would be taken against any person found ti be involved in the heinous and cowardly acts or attempts to demoralise or discourage the troops by preventing them from obeying lawful orders and command in defence of the country,” the statement read.

We Were Offered N14m Bribe In Osun – DSS


The Department of State Service (DSS),Tuesday, has accused political parties of hunting the agency for rejecting the N14 million bribe offered to its officials in Osun State ahead of the state governorship election last Saturday.

DSS therefore appealed to politicians to desist from habit of dragging security forces into political matter.

Spokesperson for the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, who stated this during the routine security briefing at the National Briefing Centre, in Abuja said the service could not be induced with money.

“The director that was in charge of election duty for the DSS was asked to come and collect N4 million for himself and N10 million for the men. Because the money was declined, that is the offence that the DSS has committed.

“The rejection of the money is bringing up a lot of misunderstanding between political parties and the DSS, it is unfortunate. I want to tell you, there is a big man occupying a very sensitive position in Osun State, the man should thank his God that it is not the DSS that arrested him with the huge sum of money he was found with.”

Maintaining that agency cannot be induced with money, Ogar said, “We are well paid. I will say it categorically, our operations are well funded, N14 million as against N200 million that was spent, which one will you go for. People should stop using money to entice security forces. The federal government and the people of Nigeria who have engaged us have the capability of taking care of us.”

According to her, if security forces were not fully on ground during the period of the election, the story about Osun State would have changed while reiterating that political parties should as much as possible leave security forces out of politics.

“We thank God that APC won the election in Osun State. There was no bomb blast because there was enough security presence on ground. The security forces that assisted in the election in Edo State were the same ones that went to Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun,” she said.

‘How I wish I were still a virgin at 39′ – talking drum queen Ara says


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Queen of talking drums, Ara, in a recent interview said if at all she has any regrets in her 39 years of living, it would be that she’s no longer a virgin. She however said she looks beyond the regret because she lost it while still married to her now estranged husband and the father of her son, Saliu Olalekan, whom she later found out was still legally married with kids after tying the knot with her at an elaborate wedding ceremony in June 2009.

‘How I wish I were still a virgin. Yeah, but it’s a good thing I have a beautiful son from my previous marriage” she told Encomium.

On the state of her divorce from the father of her son, Ara said;
‘It is not even a divorce. As at the time we got married, he was still legally married to another woman. I wasn’t aware. So automatically our marriage was annulled. We lived together for three years. I don’t have any regret because a beautiful child came out of it. If I say I have a regret, then my son will be a regret. I don’t have to regret it because of my son.” she said

Photos: EFCC Arrests Two Bankers For N661million Fraud


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Find the EFCC press release below…

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two bankers for allegedly stealing the sum of N661,000,000 (six hundred and sixty one million Naira) from their employers.

The duo, Samuel Obende, a Branch Manager, and Rabiu Alhasan Dawaki, Head of Operations, both of the Bello Road Cash Center of Union Bank Plc in Kano, abused their positions to perfect the heist. They were saddled with the responsibility for the evacuation and supplying of cash to about seventeen branches of the bank in Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, and Jigawa States. Continue…

In the course of carrying out their duties, they fraudulently conspired and stole the sum N661, 000, 000 (six hundred and sixty one million Naira only).
In an effort to conceal the illegal act, they fabricated accounting entries, which deceitfully showed that all the monies were sent to the respective branches.
Investigation into the fraud continues.
Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
12th August 2014

8 year old Nigerian boy comes 2nd in UK Child Genius competition


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8 year old Tudor Mendel-Idowu and his sister 11 year old Hazelle Mendel-Idowu (pictured above) were the only Nigerians to take part in the Child Genius of the Year 2014 in the UK.
The competition consists of 20 highly gifted youngsters between 7-12 who face two grueling rounds: Logic and Reasoning and Memory Recall – where they have just one hour to commit 104 randomly shuffled playing cards to memory.Hazel Mendel-Idowu was out of the competition in the second round but Tudor Mendel-Idowu scaled through to the final stage on Sunday August 10th and made it up to 2nd position.

11 year old Sharon from Bolton won the competition. Tudor Mendel-Idowu is the son of Pastor and Mrs Tolu Mendel-Idowu from Nigeria. Congrats to him…

His parents…

Photo: Police arrest fake Assistant Commissioner of Police


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46 year old Alexander Ilesanmi (pictured above), an indigene of Akure, Ondo state has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command for parading himself as an Assistant Commissioner of Police and receiving stolen vehicles from robbery suspects.
According to police reports, Illesanmi, who goes about dressing in police uniform with the rank of a Deputy police commissioner displayed on his shirt, was arrested after an apprehended notorious car snatcher and supposed pastor of a church, Gabriel Asaolu, identified him to be one of those who bought stolen cars from him. Continue…
Investigations by the police revealed that Ilesanmi had bought two stolen cars, a Mitsubishi Montero and a Toyota Avalon from the suspect before he was arrested. The insignia of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), two photographs of the himself in DSP and ACP uniforms as well as an unregistered SUV believed to have been sold to him by another suspect was discovered at his home.
When interrogated, Ilesanmi said he got the DSP and ACP insignia from a friend, whom he identified simply as Segun. He said he used the police uniforms to help in clearing vehicles which he deals in
“I used to deal in cars. I usually travel to the Benin Republic to get vehicles. I would hang the ACP uniform on the backseat of my vehicle so that customs officials would not disturb me. With this trick, I smuggled in about six cars between 2011 and 2014. At checkpoints, the police and other security agencies would simply salute me, and let my vehicle go. I did not usually pay duties at the entry point. I sold the vehicles for prices ranging from N1.1m to N1.5m. I got the DSP and ACP uniforms from a friend named Segun. Till now, I don’t know where he got them from.”
When asked how he met Asaolu, Ilesanmi replied,
“I knew Gabriel (Asaolu) as a pastor in a church at the Oke Aro area in Ogun State. He told me he was also a car dealer, and that he could supply vehicles to me at cheaper prices. I had gone to the church for a revival. He also said he was an Ondo State indigene. Later, we went into car-selling deals. I never knew he was an armed robbery suspect. In August 2011, he called me that he wanted to sell some cars, but he sold only the Toyota Avalon to me. I bought it from him for N750,000. I was using the car. I did not sell it. Apart from smuggling, I also used the police uniform to attract consultancy jobs from companies in Lagos which sent their officials to me for training. I trained some security guards for many companies. I regret being a fake policeman, but it is just unfortunate.” he said

Son of American Ebola patient says she’s ‘smiling, even joking’ [PHOTOS]


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The American woman who was infected with the Ebola virus while working with a Christian aid group in Liberia is getting better and is even smiling, her son said today.

Speaking with NBC’s Today Show, Jeremy Writebol said his mother, Nancy Writebol, 60, who was evacuated from Monrovia last week and was wheeled on a stretcher into a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, has gotten physically better

“When she came in on Tuesday last week, we were really concerned that she wasn’t going to make it. To see her wheeled out of the ambulance and in, I was on the floor sobbing.”

“We’ve seen her get physically better, her eyes brighten up, smiling, even joking a little bit” he said.

Jeremy, who says he sees his mum twice a day through a hospital window, said doctors told him they are cautiously optimistic she’ll recover. Nancy is the second patient to use experimental drug, Zmapp

Ebola Death Toll Tops 1,000


The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1,000.

The UN health agency said in a news release on Monday that 1,013 people have died in the outbreak, which has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and possibly Nigeria.

Authorities have recorded 1,848 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of the disease, which causes a high fever, vomiting and bleeding. The outbreak was first identified in March in Guinea, but it likely started months earlier.

The updated WHO tally includes figures from August 7- 9, during which 52 people died and 69 more were infected.

Ebola is highly lethal and there is no licensed vaccine or treatment for the disease, but so far three infected people have received an experimental drug.

The news comes as a US company which makes an experimental drug for treating the virus sends all its available supplies to West Africa.

“In responding to the request received this weekend from a West African nation, the available supply of ZMapp is exhausted,” said a statement on the Mapp Bio website on Monday.

“Any decision to use ZMapp must be made by the patients’ medical team,” it said, adding that the drug was “provided at no cost in all cases.” The biomedical collaboration between US and Canadian researchers involves a drug that is manufactured in tobacco leaves and is hard to produce on a large scale.

The company did not reveal which nation received the doses, or how many were sent, though CNN reported that Liberia was to receive the sample doses.

The two American missionary workers who fell ill with Ebola while working in Monrovia last month were given doses of the drug. Both have been transported to an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where they are receiving continuous care.

A Spanish priest who was infected with Ebola has also been given a dose, but he died anyway, with virologists saying he probably got the drug a little too late.

The ethics of distributing experimental medications to some people but not others was the focus of a special meeting of the World Health Organisation on Monday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly stressed that the drug’s effects are unknown, since it has not been through a process of rigorous clinical trials.

In a statement released by the WHO on Tuesday, the UN agency stipulated that patients should give consent where possible to being treated with the drugs and all aspects of their care be transparent.

Saraki Denies Signing Report On Unremitted $49.8bn Oil Revenue


bukola sarakiThe Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, Dr. Bukola Saraki has denied the rumors that he signed the report of the Senate Committee on Finance investigating the alleged un-remitted $49.8bn oil revenue by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

In a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Advocacy, Mr.  Bamikole Omishore, the former Kwara State governor admitted that though he is a member of the committee and also participated actively in the investigation, he did not sign the report as reported by a national daily.

According to him, the published names are just members of the committee and not signatories to the report.

Omishore said, “While we are not denying the fact that Senator Saraki is a member of the  Senate committee on Finance, we also acknowledge that Senator Saraki participated actively in almost all of the committee’s assignment as it affects the investigation of the unremitted $48.9bn oil revenue by NNPC, the office of Senator Saraki wishes to state categorically and further deny that Saraki, representing Kwara central Senatorial District of Kwara State did not sign any committee report as it affects the said investigation contrary to the impression given in the said publication.

“It is pertinent therefore to correct the erroneous impression and insinuation that such publication might portray to the general public. The names listed in the report as published by the newspaper report are just the list of members of the Committee and nothing more”, he said.

Amaechi’s LG Tour Not Politically Motivated, Says Rivers Govt


Chibuike Rotimi AmaechiThe Rivers State Government has maintained that the tour of Local Government Areas by the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, was not a campaign strategy ahead of 2015 general elections.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said in a statement on Tuesday that the tour was for the purpose of accountability and stock taking.

Semenitari was reacting to a statement credited to the Rivers Police Commissioner, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, warning politicians in the state against embarking on political campaigns disguised as local government tours.

Mr. Ogunsakin had upon resumption in the state as police boss, placed a ban on all forms of political rallies and gatherings without permit from the police command.

But Semenitari explained that the town hall meeting or meet-the-people programme was not a strange exercise in the current dispensation, adding that the state government was concerned about the tone of the statement from the state police boss.

Acting IG Decorates Three Newly Promoted CPs


CP AMINCHI SAMAILA BARAYA BEING DECORATED WITH HIS NEW RANK BY THE IGP

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, Monday, decorated three (3) newly promoted Commissioners of Police namely: CP Aminchi Samaila Baraya, CP Alkali Baba Usman and CP Dan Bature.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the short but colourful ceremony was the first since Mr. Abba came on board as acting IGP.

While congratulating the newly promoted Commissioners of Police, Abba enjoined them to see their elevation to the new rank as a clarion call for higher dedication to duty, noting that to whom much is given, much is expected.

“The IGP further enjoins the Senior Police Officers to be alive to the happenings around them and to make themselves readily accessible not only to the Officers and men under them but also to the entire members of the public”, Mba said.

Elechi, PDP Move To Reinstate Impeached Ebonyi Speaker


Martin ElechiThe Governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi, said in Abakaliki on Monday that Chukwuma Nwazunku remained the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Mr. Elechi stated that the PDP had met with members of the House over the issue at the party’s secretariat in Abakaliki, adding that the speaker was never impeached.

“The issue that led to the said impeachment was not good enough to justify any attempt of impeachment”, he said.

In a swift reaction, the Minority Leader of the House, Enyi Enyi, described the party’s interference in the matter as unconstitutional.

“It is unconstitutional for anybody who is not the member of the House to interfere in its internal affairs. No person, except the court of law, can declare the impeachment of Nwazunku illegal”, he said.

Mr. Nwazunku was impeached on July 21 by 18 out of the 24 members of the House, but has continued to describe the action as illegal.

(NAN)

Ex-Militants Protest Exclusion From Amnesty Programme, Demand Payment Of Arrears Of Allowances


EX-MilitantsSome former militants in Edo and Delta, who were not captured in the third phase of the amnesty programme by the Federal Government, have protested their exclusion from the programme.

Their protest is contained in a petition addressed to the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Committee, Kingsley Kuku.

The letter was copied to Mr. Jonathan, both chambers of the National Assembly, the Police and the Department of State Security, DSS.

The former militants through their counsel, Ugha Kurumah, said they were from nine camps scattered in the two states. They alleged that some people close to some political appointees who were not registered in the programme were benefitting from the exercise at the detriment of “real militants”.

The petition said that Beni-Obiri Camp headed by Ojuemi Prediseghbofa keyed into the third phase of the amnesty programme with 1,300 persons and surrendered over 109 automatic weapons and several ammunition.

It said that only seven slots were allocated to them in the monthly stipend, while that of Pina-Ofini Camp headed by Saturday Ajemiri entered the programme with 1002 persons.

The camp was said to have surrendered 49 arms, but was given only five slots.

The petition said 800 persons from Oweikontei Camp headed by Emmaunel Aboh subscribed to the amnesty and surrendered 49 arms and several rounds of ammunition, but got only five slots.

It also said the Toruiyesinghan Camp headed by Ayefagha Yeriyemi surrendered 351 persons and handed over 55 arms and several rounds of ammunition, but also got five slots.

The Ukurisi Camp, it said, headed by Jacob Ikpi, keyed into the programme with 277 persons and surrendered 40 arms and several ammunition, received four slots.

On the other hand, Kala Osuwo Camp headed by Agama Peter with 219 persons surrendered 22 arms and several ammunitions, got only one slot.

According to the petition, Urhode Camp headed by Ovwighovie Ovayebewho entered the programme with 150 persons, surrendered several ammunition and 12 arms, but got only one slot for monthly allowance.

Okuku camp headed by Isaiah Ajemiri entered into the programme with 200 persons and surrendered several ammunition and 26 arms, got only three slots, among others.

It said that “these inappropriate engagements are making life after amnesty miserable and unbearable for all members of the entire camps.

“We are surprised that in the midst of these predicaments, we are aware that our friends, political thugs have got slots to themselves from which they receive fabulous monthly allowances”.

It said that affected militant camps should to be allocated slots that correspond with the number of persons in the camps.

The petition also called for the payment of arrears of allowances to the militants from February 28, 2013, being the date they entered into the third phase of the amnesty.

(NAN)

We’re Not Afraid Of Plans By FG To Probe Kano Finances, Says Kwankwaso


Rabi'u KwankwasoThe Kano State Government has reacted to the alleged moves by the Federal Government to beam its searchlight on the state’s finances, saying it is prepared for every politically motivated onslaught by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The state Commissioner of Information, Nuhu Abubakar, who made this known in an interview, said since the coming on-board of the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso administration, the state government had published every extract of its weekly executive council meetings.

He challenged the Federal Government to do same since most of its financial dealings are shrouded in secrecy.

“In fact it is the Federal Government that today is so afraid to let Nigerians know what they are doing with public money because nobody knows how much is approved in each of their council meetings”, Mr. Abubakar said.

According to the commissioner, the presidency’s problems stems from the fact that places like Kano and Lagos, two of the most populous states in Nigeria, were fully controlled by the opposition. He said the fact remained that no serious central government could afford to lose these states.

“That is why they are mad in trying to cause confusion in Kano thinking they will get what they want”, he said, adding that “When you are talking of a lack of probity and accountability, it is the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan that is not only nationally but internationally being questioned. Today, you have serious stealing of the nation’s oil, which has never happened in the history of Nigeria; the massive allegations of fraudulent acts among some of his ministers, which he intentionally blinds his eyes to”.

Mr. Abubakar stated that it was only in the Jonathan Government that when an allegation of fraud was raised, rather than giving it all the serious attention it deserves, the government would turn on the whistle-blower and ensure that he/she is dealt with.

“This is not speculation, not allegations, but fact. It happened with Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. It happened with so many other people who have since fallen apart with the government”, he said.

“That is why, like I told you earlier, we are not in any way afraid of them. We are fully ready for them because we have no skeleton in our backyard to hide. We do publish every single kobo we spend on a weekly basis, right from the day we assumed office. It is there for everybody to see, and this is probity and accountability – making people to know what you are doing with their money. Not, after your weekly meetings, unleashing the information minister to flash out some of what you have discussed and hide the major ones from the hearing and knowledge of the public, like they do”.

The Commissioner said, to his knowledge, there was speculation around the local government funds.

“They should go to every of the 44 local government areas of Kano and see what we did with the money. In fact, it is in Kano that, in every of these councils, you have 5 km roads, dualised ones with street lights, built with public money. You have schools of Arabic studies as well as Technical schools in all the councils. Beside these, we have employed hundreds of people, not mentioning our giant strides in agriculture.

“It is on notice that the Federal Government under President Jonathan is not happy with us, that we left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC. There is nothing they can do. We are not in any way afraid of their baseless and unfounded allegations, if there is any, because right not we have not received any official notifications from anywhere. All that is being said is on the line of allegations but it is good to react to it; not until you are been knocked down then you will be looking for who will sympathise with you”.

2015: “I don’t need his support” – Okorocha dismisses Nzeribe’s endorsement of Ihedioha


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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Monday stated that the reported endorsement of Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives as gubernatorial aspirant, by Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe was a sign of failure.

According to him, he is not worried by the development because Nzeribe is no longer relevant in state or regional politics and had never backed a credible candidate.

The Governor, who was reacting to media reports of the endorsement, said he did not wish to be endorsed by the maverick politician as it would be a sign of failure.

Addressing journalists at Government House, Owerri, Okorocha said Nzeribe had not been known to support a credible and masses-oriented candidate throughout his political career, describing his (Nzeribe’s) present political style as old-fashioned.

“I pray that Nzeribe does not endorse me, because he is bad news. He has never been known to endorse anybody in a better way. His song is old-fashioned and no longer in vogue. For those who have retired, may their political soul rest in peace,” he stated.

Okorocha also maintained that leadership comes from God and not from man, adding that his destiny could not be changed by any man if he decided to stand for re-election in 2015.

Ihedioha, during his consultation visit to Nzeribe’s Oguta country home at the weekend, received the latter’s blessings and endorsement to run for the governorship of the state next year.

PRESS RELEASE: PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO COMMISSION GAS PLANT IN AKWA IBOM


AKWA IBOM STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO COMMISSION
GAS PLANT IN AKWA IBOM

All is now set for the government and people of AKwa Ibom to host President Goodluck Jonathan, who is billed to visit the State on Thursday for the commissioning and inspection of completed and ongoing projects of the Akpabio administration

A release by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Aniekan Umanah said the president will commission the gas processing facility complete with 69 kilometers pipeline at Uquo, constructed under a public-private partnership arrangement between Septa Energy and the Akwa Ibom State government.

Mr. Umanah further hinted that Mr. President who is paying a fourth official visit to the state, will during the one-day visit, also  commission the Goodluck Boulevard on Ring Road III in Uyo (Ring Road III).

During the visit, according to the Commissioner, President Jonathan is also expected to perform the ground-breaking ceremony for a $1.8 billion Methanol Plant at Ibeno; inspect the dualization works on the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Federal Road, undertaken by the state government; inspect the first suspended bridge in the State currently under construction in Abak and thereafter inspect the 30,000 capacity Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, for which he laid the foundation stone in October 2012.

It would be recalled that during Mr. President’s visit to Akwa Ibom in October 2012, he also commissioned the new digital Governor’s office, alongside other completed projects of the Akpabio administration.

The Information Commissioner also said, during the visit, President Jonathan will meet with a cross section of Akwa Ibom people in a banquet, before departing for Abuja.

He therefore, enjoined Akwa Ibom people to come out en masse and accord President Jonathan a rousing and befitting welcome to the State.

Idris Mabadeje

Information Officer

Chidoka Begins Familiarization Tour Of Lagos Airport


Avuation MinisterThe Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, yesterday began an inspection of facilities at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, as part of his familiarization tour of airport facilities across the country.

Among the facilities he visited are; the General Aviation Terminal 1 (GAT1), the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria facility, the Navigational Aids Flight Inspection  & Surveillance, the Power House, the E and D fingers, among others.

In an interactive session with staff of the various departments and agencies he visited, Chidoka harped on air safety, adding that all staff must be properly trained and the right equipment provided to enable them function optimally.

He frowned at the lack of adequate training for airport firemen, after he was told that they had not undergone any major training in the past two years.

He also described as bad practice, the situation where the aviation firemen are only trained to respond to aircraft emergencies leaving out other emergency situations.

The minister stressed that training of firemen is critical to aviation safety and assured that they would undergo training conducted by bodies other than the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as is the case currently.

“The current practice where you train yourself doesn’t sit well with me. We would have to appoint a third party to train you and certify you fit. That should be the practice and your promotion will be based on your training”, he said.

The minister also directed that vehicles be allowed to drive through the departure halls so that travelers could alight close to the terminals rather than having them stop about one kilometre away and trek with their baggage the whole distance.

He also visited the abandoned underground car park.

The newly appointed minister continues his interaction with aviation heads and other industry stakeholders tomorrow.

Bring Back Chibok Girls By October Or Forfeit Your 2015 Ambition, North To Jonathan


NORTHERN-ELDERS-President Goodluck Jonathan has been given marching orders by the North to either bring back the abducted Chibok girls and put a stop to Boko Haram and other violent killings or forget about 2015.

To underscore their seriousness, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) issued a deadline – October – for the conditions to be met.

For over three months, more than 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect have been in captivity with reports that 11 parents of some of the girls have died from trauma.

While the military authorities claim to know the location where these girls are being held hostage, it has ruled out swooping in on them to avoid collateral damage. So, every day as the clock ticks and the government applies ‘caution’ in dealing with the situation, the Chibok girls are been exposed to radical indoctrination and extreme circumstances.

However, NEF believes most of the crisis plaguing the North is a deliberate ploy to weaken the region economically and politically.

“We are convinced that most of these conflicts are being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically by interests which intend to exploit such weaknesses for electoral benefits”, the NEF said yesterday.

The forum made its position known in Kaduna through two of the members, Solomon Dalung, a lawyer and a former Federal Permanent Secretary, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

The NEF said it had just concluded a major review of the state of the nation. It resolved to speak to help resolve current political, economic and security challenges facing the nation, and facilitate the emergence of a more united, secure and prosperous nation out of its present limitations.

Said the elders: “The security situation in our nation today represents the most serious threat to our individual and collective lives in our entire history. The reality is that the threats posed by what appears to be an insurgency that has many manifestations and defies a clear and consistent identity is growing due to the absence of a clear national consensus over its nature, and it solutions.

“The lack of a strong will at the level of the Presidency to fight it, as well as deep-seated corruption and incompetence in governments and in the management of our security challenges, has allowed a band of terrorists to take and hold vast parts of our land and populations hostage while every citizen lives in fear that they will be its next victim.

“We also reject the notion that multiple internal security challenges such as attacks on villages, ethno-religions conflicts and banditry springing up by the day in many parts of the North are all a coincidence. Indeed, we are convinced that most of these conflicts are being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically by interests which intend to exploit such weaknesses for electoral benefits.

“In the light of our firm conviction that the insurgency and related security challenges pose threats to the 2015 elections and the survival of our nation, we strongly advise President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to bring an end to the insurgency in all its manifestations and produce the Chibok girls before the end of October, 2014.

“The circumstances under which our fellow citizens in and around Gwoza in Borno State in particular live and die will not be tolerated by  any people who have a government and a leader sworn to defend them, and they must be reversed immediately.

“If President Jonathan fails to end the insurgency, Nigerians will be left with the only conclusion that he has forfeited his right to ask for their mandate beyond 2015”.

Continuing, the NEF lamented that in spite of its wealth of leaders and elders, the North has continued to experience a steady decline in its fortunes and called on them to either step up now and reverse the trend or be deemed to have abandoned their people.

Said the NEF: “The Forum notes that the state of security and economic challenges of the North are deteriorating, in spite of its wealth of leaders and elders who should use their God-given privileges, power and influence to affect a reversal of these dangerous trends. It is no secret that the vast majority of Northerners lament their marginalisation, insecurity and poverty, and blame it in large part on the inability or unwillingness of its past and present leaders to utilise all access to power which they enjoy, to bring us redress and relief. General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, General Abdussalami Abubakar, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Architect Namadi Sambo, General T.Y Danjuma and all retired Chief Justices of Nigeria from the North represent grossly under-utilised assets of the North.

“The NEF joins millions of Northerners in appealing to these leaders to raise their levels of involvement in the fortunes of our region in every endeavour or fora they are involved. In these difficult days when every hand must be on deck, if these leaders cannot visibly help to transform the fortunes of the North in the next few months, they will leave northerners with the damaging impression that they have abandoned the region and the people to its seemingly irreversible decline and ultimate destruction”.

The forum also called on all leaders and political parties to demonstrate highest levels of commitment to the rule of law and the demands of the electoral process. “At all cost, the 2015 elections must be free and fair. This means that any threat which may provide a cover for militarising the electoral process must be eliminated before the elections. Every part of Nigeria must participate in these elections, and no citizen should be deprived of his right to vote under any excuse”, the forum stressed.

On the alleged clash between soldiers and Shiite members in Zaria, Kaduna State, the NEF called on President Jonathan to set up a Judicial Panel to investigate the incident where over 30 members of the group, including three sons of its leader, were allegedly killed.

The forum said: “The internal investigations by the military in an event in which soldiers are involved will not meet the minimum standards of fairness and acceptability. The Forum reminds the nation that it was the murder of Muhammad Yusuf by the Nigeria Police in 2009 that formed the major point of escalation in the activities of the group(s) known today under the generic term of Boko Haram.

“We also call for a thorough investigation into the attempted assassination of General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, and the publication of the outcome of these investigations”.

Photos from actress Benita Nzeribe’s birthday bash in London


Long time actress Benita celebrated her birthday with a dinner over the weekend in London. The event was graced by her close family and friends. She still glows even after disappearing from the screen for so long.
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30 Marriage Crashes That Really Shook Nollywood!


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Below are list of top Nollywood stars whose divorce and separation shook Nollywood …..

1. SOLOMON AKIYESI
His case was filled with much drama, he left his estranged wife Lilian to marry another without proper divorce, and the drama that followed shook Nollywood.

2. KENNETH OKONKWO
His marriage to the only daughter of CPM General Overseer, Ogechi Ezekiel lasted barely for two years and it ended in 2002. The crashed marriage which produced a son shook the industry as Kenneth had turned born again even before they got married.

3. UCHE OGBODO
Uche, who was heavily pregnant and awaiting her delivery disclosed that her few months old marriage to Apo has crashed based on lies and deceit on the part of Apo, and this shocked her fans.

4. CHIEGE ALISIGWE
The very beautiful Chiege was once married to Tony Ebbe, a senior police officer. The marriage produced a daughter. Chiege disclosed that her marriage to Mr Ebbe lasted for just 3 months.

5. FUNKE AKINDELE
Funke’s marriage to Alhaji Almaroof crashed barely a year after it was contracted to the consternation of fans.

6. AYO ADESANYA & GORIOLA HASSAN
Their marriage crashed like a badly arranged cards as Ayo disclosed that she packed out of her marriage at midnight.

7. MONALISA CHINDA & DEJO RICHARDS
Monalisa shocked her fans when she announced years back that she has left her marriage over domestic violence and abuse. She practically ran out of her matrimonial home.

8. CHIKA IKE
Chika was married to Tony Ebieri but she later filed for divorce and won. She alleged that domestic violence was her reason for calling it quit with her marriage.

9. STEPHANIE OKEREKE
Stephanie was briefly married to Chikelue Iloanus but she left him. There were accusations and counter accusations of infidelity. Iloanusi also blamed his mother-in-law too.

10. LOLA ALAO
Lola Alao’s former husband attacked her severally in the media and said unprintable things about her when their marriage crashed.

11. DORIS SIMEON & DANIEL ADEMONIKAN
They surprised so many people with their separation and it generated so much drama.

12. LAIDE BAKARE
Her crashed marriage to Mr Okunfulire generated lots of noise as her ex said so many unprintable things about Laide.

13. MBONG & JETA AMATA
Their crashed marriage shook the industry and it crashed over Jeta’s alleged domineering attitude.

14. FRED AMATA
Fred and Agatha Amata’s crashed union shook the industry as well. The marriage produced two kids and Fred later moved over to actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima, and their affair, which produced a cute baby girl, also crumbled.

15. FOLUKE DARAMOLA
Foluke was married to Tunde Sobowale but the marriage crashed few years after.

16. EUCHARIA ANUNOBI
Eucharia was heartbroken years ago after her husband Mr. Ekwu dumped her and eloped. She later filed for divorce.

17. REGINA ASKIA
Regina Askia was briefly married to a money bag, Charles Orie, but she dumped him for American Ruddy Williams. Charles remarried only months ago.

18. FAITHIA $ SAHEED BALOGUN
Many fans of these actors were pained at their separation.

19. SHAN GEORGE
Shan has been married, but her union never lasted. Her divorce with Tony Nwosisi generated lots of controversies.

  1. CLARION CHUKWURA
    Clarion has been married and divorced at least twice.

21. STELLA DAMASUS
Stella and Emeka Nzeribe didn’t stay up to a year in their marriage to the consternation of fans. Stella rushed into that marriage and rushed out.

22. UCHE IWUJI
Uche’s marriage to Juwon Lawal lasted barely a year, but it produced a kid.

23. KATE HENSHAW
Kate and her British ex, Mr Nuttal shocked fans with their separation after about 10 years of marriage which produced a daughter.

24. ANNE NJEMANZE & SEGUN ARINZE
Fans were elated when the then very beautiful Ann married Segun but were shocked when Anne left the marriage, breaking Arinze’s heart. The marriage produced a daughter who is about 17 years now.

25. JIBOLA DABO & BINTA MOGAJI
Their union crashed over accusation of infidelity. Binta accused Jibola of bringing women into their matrimonial home.

26. ROBERT PETERS
Robert’s five-year-old marriage to his American wife crashed not too long ago, but over the weekend, he remarried in the US.

27. JACKIE APPIAH
Jackie’s marriage which produced a son crashed after three years to the amazement of fans.

28. JULIET IBRAHIM
Pretty Juliet’s marriage to pilot Kwadwo Safo ended a while ago and Juliet recently announced it. The marriage which produced a son crashed over Mr Safo’s alleged cheating habit and his family’s unnecessary interferences.

29. MIDE MARTINS & AFEEZ OWO
The marriage of late Funmi Martins daughter, Mide to actor Afeez reportedly crashed on alleged infidelity accusation by Afeez, but from the look of things, both are still living together and denied having issues in their marriage.

30. BUKKY WRIGHT
Rumour-mongers claim that Bukky is married to four other men aside her new husband. “We gathered that her first was to one Gboyega Amu with whom she had two children.
Shortly after separating from Amu, due to what she termed irreconcilable differences, she moved into the arms of fellow actor and one time NNPC top shot and current member of the House of Representatives, Rotimi Makinde, without officially divorcing Gboyega Amu.
The union lasted a few years before she moved on in the same fashion and found solace in the arms of society journalist and image maker, Femi Davies. Bukky and Femi got married at the Akodo Registry in Lagos without still dissolving her early marriages.
Her nuptials with Femi Davies followed the same pattern. It did not last up to a year before she also walked away without going to the courts to seek for a divorce, making her the wife of three men. Not done with the three and the numerous flings, she later got hitched with renowned music promoter, Bolaji Saheed aka Basia who was then based in Canada.”Within a short time, and true to type, they got married in a hush-hush Islamic Nikkai.

 

Culled from Icon Weekly Magazine

It Is Unfortunate That One Mad Man Brought Us Ebola – President Jonathan


 

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, described the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer’s visit that heralded the entry of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, into the country, as “pure madness.”

The man was said to have being under surveillance in Liberia for a suspected case of the Ebola Virus Disease, but evaded authorities in Monrovia and boarded a plane for Lagos in Nigeria, via Lome in Togo and Accra in Ghana.
His intention, according to reports was to connect to Calabar in Nigeria to attend a two-day retreat organized by the ECOWAS Commission, and later the same week to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.
Speaking at the Annual Interfaith Conference in Abuja, President Jonathan, however, assured citizens that the Federal Government was ready to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

“It is unfortunate that one mad man brought Ebola to us, but we have to contain it. As a government, we promise that we will do everything humanly possible to contain the Ebola virus,” said Jonathan.
He also hinted that the Federal Government had planned to rally the 36 state governors and their health commissioners to rescue the nation from further spread of the disease.
“On Wednesday, I will meet with governors of the states, and they must come with their commissioners for health. We must make sure that every state is prepared. Where they lack, the Federal Government will support them.”
He assured that his discussion with the head of the World Health Organisation, WHO, had given him more information about the virus, assuring the gathering that the virus will be stopped from causing more harm.
“My conversation with the WHO D-G, Dr Margaret Chan was revealing. She said 60 per cent of the transmission was spread during burials. That is why in my announcement; I’ve been saying that people should be careful about burials.
“Some people like burial ceremonies. This is not the time for burial ceremony, somebody is dead, he is dead, leave him there. This is not the best time for those ceremonies.
“If he is dead, he is already dead, Sawyer that brought this Ebola to Nigeria; his sister died of Ebola, and he started acting somehow, his country asked him not to leave the country, let them observe him, but the crazy man decided to leave and found his way here.”

‘I did not attempt to marry another woman while married’ – actor Solomon Akiyesi now claims


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This Solomon Akiyesi is a comedian. On April 13th 2013 he attempted to marry another woman in Lagos while he had a wife in Port Harcourt. But now Solomon claims he wasn’t attempting to marry another woman, that it was all blown out of proportion…

What happened to the lady you were about to wed in Lagos?
‘Let me explain this, I was not going to wed anyone. It is not possible to wed another woman when you have a subsisting marriage. My wife…my ex wife and the woman I was purportedly marrying knew why we did what we did on April 13 2013. But the story became so crafted to look like I was actually going to marry another woman. I took all the shame and shut my mouth. Maybe one day the truth will be revealed. But who would marry a woman in Africa without paying the bride price and other traditional rites? And maybe proper court process. I challenge anyone to come out and say I did any of those processes on another woman beyond my wife. Which of my family members was there at the so called wedding? Who can stand and say I gave them a wedding invitation for April 13 2013? I did not marry or attempt to marry another woman as overblown by idle minds. I am a man and if I felt my wife no longer served her purpose in my life, I would disengage through due process and marry somebody else. After all I have seen men who would bring in another woman even into their matrimonial home while the original marriage subsist. Did I do such? No I didn’t. What happened on April 13 2013 was a combination of factors, both spiritual and physical. Whoever will use that against me may as well do that a million times and perpetually dwell on that. I have no apology.’ he told Encomium. Continue…

Not long ago, you had issues with your estranged wife, has it been sorted out?

On that issue, let me say this is the first time I  will ever grant an interview. I was shocked to see a lot of Idle bloggers and magazines or newspapers claiming I said this and that in an interview with them. Okay yes, the issue has been sorted out.
Are you guys still living together as husband and wife?
Its not abnormal to have marital upset here and there but I guess being an actor made mine worse, giving room for wannabe bloggers, magazine and newspapers to feast on my misfortune. We are not married anymore, we have gone our separate ways.
How long were you married?
Our legal marriage was consummated in 2007, so we were together for six years
Why was it difficult to continue with the marriage?
I was not the one who opted out of the marriage. My father in-law pressurized my wife to leave the marriage or he would disown her. Her level of misunderstanding of marriage also made it worse. So she had to align with her father.
What is your relationship with the lady you were about to marry now?
Everybody went their separate way that day and I haven’t seen her or spoken with her since then.
Any regret with what happened?
I have no regret at all because a missed step can actually quicken your speed.
How did your family react to it?
I am not used to family fighting my course. I have been a one man riot squad for years. I was born a warrior. I fight my battles and I win. Besides, I cannot say I come from that family that is so bonded.
So when are you getting married?
I don’t really know.
What would you be looking for in your wife to be?
Friendship then understanding
So are you searching now?
I don’t know if searching is the word but you and I know I deserve a home and a family to run home to after work

Defence Headquarters warns soldiers’ wives to stop protests over troops deployment


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Nigerian military leadership late Monday announced that the tension raised following the activities some group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri earlier in the day has been addressed.

The situation which attracted media attention elicited a lot of concern from many Nigerians at home and abroad.

Although the situation was quickly brought under control, the issues brought up by the women were said to have been clarified to them by the authorities of the 7 Division.

It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.

Furthermore, it was made clear that while the Army remains sensitive to the needs of the family members, it was not proper for any officer or soldier to decide where he or she be deployed.

Defence Headquarters also stated that neither will such demand be encouraged from spouses in a period of serious operation when the entire nation was depending on the Army to address the security challenges.

The women were further assured that no officer, soldier or would be sent on a mission without the necessary means to accomplish their task.

It was also stated that Troops were not being sent on operation without the necessary arms, ammunition and support as alleged.

The Army cited as reference, the recent operations at Bulanbulin and Damboa where Boko Haram insurgents were cleared without a single casualty on the troops.

The military authorities therefore reassure citizens that the situation has been brought under control, adding that appropriate action would be taken against any person found to be involved in attempts to demoralise or discourage troops by preventing them from obeying lawful orders and command in defence of the country.

Hundreds of women and children at the weekend forcefully stopped military trucks from conveying their husbands and fathers to the Boko Haram-seized Gwoza by locking the exit gates of a barracks in Borno State, demanding quality fighting equipment for the soldiers.

Scores of soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram sect in Borno State in the last few months, and many blame the inferior weapons Nigerian troops are equipped with to fight brutal insurgents.

Witnesses say after locking the gates, the women and children lined up against the trucks that were to drive out of Giwa Barracks of the 21 armoured brigade Maiduguri.

The women and children also reportedly blocked the roads leading to the barracks with stones and sticks, while some sat in front of the barracks’ gate.

The protest came after more than 60 soldiers killed in Gwoza and Damboa were given a mass burial at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.

That incident led to a well-publicised mutiny, as colleagues of the deceased shot into the air and made attempts at their commander’s life, accusing him and other superiors of putting Nigerian troops’ lives in jeopardy

Akon hangs out with world smallest man (Photo)


Here is a picture of Akon and Guinness book of record world smallest man.

Official Photos From Damilola Adegbite’s Proposal From Her Beau, Chris Attoh


Damilola Adegbite got the loveliest public proposal ever from her beau, Chris Attoh on Friday Night on a boat in Manhattan, New York in the presence of their close friends. The couple met on the set of popular TV series, Tinsel.
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R.I.P: Kefee’s Husband Talks About Her Death and Bitter Sweet Memories


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The way time flies, it’s been 3 months now since Nigerian gospel singer Kefee passed on at the age of 34.

The sudden demise was a big blow to her fans, family and most especially her husband Teddy Don-Momoh.

In an interview with Encomium Weekly, he opened up about their life together.

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On what you will miss so much about Kefee: “I can’t say all I’m going to miss about her because there are uncountable things to miss. She was complete, Godly, highly intelligent and strong woman. All these I will miss, and also not having her by my side forever. She was a woman that knew what to say to me to keep me fired up.”

On the last memories they shared together: “The last memories we had together were shared between Nigeria and America. We shot our first video together here in Nigeria as certified video producers and directors. It was fun to see her contribute highly and creatively in the camera positioning, and I told her, ‘You are what the industry has been waiting for’. This happened just a day before she travelled back to America.”

On Kefee’s unfulfilled dreams and how he intends to carry them on: “Before her untimely death, she was working on her beautiful album from the best of both world compilation double CD and I would be putting finishing touches to the album. She had two projects for her foundation that she was working on before she travelled. But by God’s grace, the team would bring it to realization. Also, watch out for her video compilation that our team would be dropping soon. She left her legacy and I’m asking her fans to support her even now as we drop songs on iTunes and CD for public consumption.”

On heading back to work despite still mourning: “As much as I miss and adore her, ‘Life cannot be the same without her’ and the same applies to work. But as a professional, in my career with over 17 years of broadcasting experience, I will keep pushing and giving my best.”

See Rita Dominic, MUDI, Chidi Mokeme and Ituah Ighodalo Emerge Winners At Encomium ‘Black and White’ Party


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Thus year, the highly-anticipated Encomium Black and White Ball season five wasn’t as highly advertised due to the current state of affairs in the country, but the occasion still held.

The party honored 25 personalities on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Ruby Gardens, Kilometre 11, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House was named most stylish man at 50s and the most stylish leader of the faithful while Nollywood Celebrities Chidi Mokeme and Rita Dominic won the most stylish entertainer and most elegant entertainer respectively.

The first lady of Lagos, Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola was also decorated as the Most Adorable First Lady, as well as the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire who was honoured as the Most Elegant Deputy Governor.

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BEST OCCASIONS’ WEAR DESIGNER – House of Bunor (Mr.Frank Osodi)

BEST AFROCENTRIC DESIGNER – Mudi Africa (Mr. Mudiaga Enajemo)

MOST ELEGANT WOMAN (40s CATEGORY) – Mrs. Ndidi Obioha

MOST STYLISH MAN (40s) – Mr. Herbert Wigwe

MOST STYLISH MAN (50s) – Pastor Ituah Ighodalo

BEST CLOTHIER – Message (Mr. Ifeanyi Okonkwo)

FASTEST GROWING BRAND – Twice as Nice (Mr. Waheed Shonibare)

SKIN THERAPIST OF THE YEAR – Susan Chanel Beauty Skinline

MOST STYLISH ENTERTAINER – Mr. Chidi Mokeme

MOST ELEGANT ENTERTAINER – Miss Rita Dominic

MOST ADORABLE FIRST LADY – Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, Lagos’ first lady

MOST ELEGANT LEGISLATOR – Hon. (Mrs.) Funmi Tejuosho

MOST STYLISH SPEAKER – Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly

MOST STYLISH SENATOR – Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon

MOST ELEGANT DEPUTY GOVERNOR – Hon. (Princess) Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Lagos’ Deputy Governor

MOST STYLISH GOVERNOR IN NIGERIA – Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio,Akwa Ibom’s Governor

FASHION SHOW-PLACE OF THE YEAR – Mudi Africa (Mr. Mudiaga Enajemo)
MOST INFLUENTIAL FASHION BRAND – Vivid Imagination (Mr. Godwin Mekwuye)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, PACE SETTING DESIGNER – Vivid Imagination (Mr. Godwin Mekwuye)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, PACE SETTING CLOTHIER – Silky Touch (Ogbuefi Victor Okolie)

MOST STYLISH MONARCH – Oba Obateru Akinruntan, Olugbo of Ugboland

MOST STYLISH MAN CORPORATE NIGERIA – Dr. Alex Otti

MOST STYLISH LEADER OF THE FAITHFUL – Pastor Ituah-Ighodalo

ALL-TIME BEAUTY QUEEN – Mrs. Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, PILLAR OF ENTERTAINMENT – DJ Jimmy Jatt (Jimi Adewale Amu)

Singer 9ice to contest for House of representative seat in 2015 election


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He shared with thousands of his followers, a photo of himself on a white seat, stating that he wants a seat in the Federal House of Representatives for Ogbomosho North/Ogbomosho South/Orire Federal Constituency in 2015.

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9ice has now joined stars like Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, Julius Agwu and Dan D’Humourous who have made their political ambitions known.

Election observers flay use of masks by security operatives during Osun poll


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A group of election observers, under the aegis of CLEEN Foundation, have stated that the deployment of masked security operatives as it obtained during the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, if encouraged in future elections in Nigeria, will encourage miscreants to operate unhindered.

Speaking about their observation on the conduct of security agents during the Osun State gubernatorial election, the programme manager of the foundation, Mr Chinedu Nwagu, flayed the massive deployment of security operatives, stressing that security agents should rather plan ahead of each election and ensure adequate logistics because such deployment cannot be sustained especially when an election is nationwide.

He commended the performance of INEC while noting that the training and effective deployment of ad hoc staff and materials should be improved upon.

Nwagu added that there is the need to improve the quality of the voter register and minimise incidents of voter exclusion because of missing or inaccurate data, noting that; “the deployment strategy for security agencies on electoral duty should be revised and improved upon to ensure adequate coverage of polling units and flash point areas.”

He recommended that security agencies should work towards better coordination and synergy among their personnel on election duty, with identification tags given to those deployed, to ensure they are held accountability for their conduct, even as he urged INEC to prosecute electoral offenders to serve as a deterrent to people who might want to get involved in such actions in the future.

As regards the conduct of politicians, the group sued for caution in the use of inflammatory statements during electioneering, to avoid instigating people to violence.

Meanwhile, the European Union Election Monitoring team has urged the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to seek legal redress following alleged arbitrariness by the security agencies drafted to the state by the federal government.

The coordinator, EU Election Monitoring Group, Paul Edwards, gave the advice during a courtesy visit members of his team paid on the governor at his residence after the announcement of the election results.

Congratulating Aregbesola, Edwards said the most dependable way to deepen democracy in Nigerian is by strict adherence to the rule of law.

Aregbesola had complained to the EU about the reckless use of force, arrest without charges and total clampdown on party chieftains by the security agencies.

The EU envoy noted that the most acceptable and preferred way to challenge arbitrariness of opposition is to seek legal remedy.

His words; “We have observed the election all over the state and have our reports. In any election like this, there are bounds to be issues. But it is our opinion that whatever the complaint you have, you should choose the legal option to seek remedy.”

Reacting, Aregbesola commended the EU Monitoring Group for the organisation’s interest and commitment to the development of democracy in Nigeria.

While lamenting the show of brute force by the federal government’s security operatives, the governor observed that voting was a minute aspect of democracy, but that as tiny as it was, it should not be backed by force so that people can freely choose their leaders.

He further condemned the commando-like manner the security men operated on the streets in the state and the gale of arrests of members, chieftains and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Spanish priest infected with Ebola in Liberia dies in hospital


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The 75 year old Spanish priest who was infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia and evacuated to Spain to get better treatment has died, a Madrid spokeswoman from Madrid Health authorities said this morning.

Fr. Miguel Pajares, who was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after contracting the disease while working for a non-governmental organization in the African country started using the experimental drug, Zmapp last Saturday 9th August but sadly lost the battle to the deadly virus. He was being treated at Carlos III hospital Madrid where he had been quarantined since his return from Liberia.

This will be the first European that has died from the recent outbreak of the deadly virus.

Armed robbers can never rob me, they respect me – Daddy Showkey declares


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In an interview with Tribune, popular dancehall star Daddy Showkey said no armed robbers in Lagos can rob him because they respect him too much. He said he’s encountered many of them on the streets, but they immediately let him go and even apologize when they recognize him. See below…

You were said to have been attacked by those alleged to be gunmen in your Lagos home shortly after you returned, could you tell us what happened?
Yes, they were assassins. They came to my house and killed one of my boys. Thank God I was lucky. Those guys were not armed robbers because in Nigeria today, no armed robbers can come to my house. It can never happen.
Why?
I grew up in the street of Ajegunle. I have always been a street boy. Armed robbers can never rob me. I have met a lot of them on the streets of Lagos several times and they will tell me Showkey Baba, we didn’t know it was you. Please, no vex, dey go. That respect is always there.
Armed robbers respect you? Do you have any connection with them?
That is a story for another day, Mr reporter.

So who were the people that came to my house?
The people that came to my house saw my son and asked him about my whereabouts, he said I was not around. My son went back inside and told one of my boys to go and attend to the guys at the gate, when he got there, they thought he was my bodyguard, so they shot him. They were inside my house for hours and they did not take anything away. Armed robber won’t come to my house and start asking of Showkey, they will face what they have come for and leave. But these guys were asking for me and when they didn’t see me, they left. I am sad because they killed one of my boys.
You were said to have been shot few months after that incident at your house, is that true?
Yes. I was shot inside a filling station in Lagos.
Why would anybody want to kill you?
I don’t know. I can’t even explain what could be responsible for that but I thank God that I have overcome that now.

Before you had that accident that kept you out of active music for almost ten years, the impression people had about you was that you had reached the eclipse of your career. Many people did not even know you had an accident until you came back. What do you have to say?
First of all, let me thank God that I am back again. Because If I had died before, during or after the accident, this interview will never happen. Talking about my career before the accident, you will agree with me that I have come a long way in the music industry. Myself and other old generation musicians set the ground rolling for today’s musicians and I am proud to say that.
But you will agree that at some point, Showkey’s name was not as pronounced as it used to be?
You can’t remain on top of your game for the rest of your life. There will be a moment when you will be forced to take the back seat and observe things, but that does not mean you are no more relevant or music has nothing to do with you again. The mistake most people make is that when they don’t see or hear about you, they quickly conclude that your life in music is over. I am not surprised that people didn’t know that I had an accident because I didn’t come out to tell Nigerians that I am down ooo, please help me.
Why? Are you saying that because you have the wherewithal to handle your predicament?
It is not about having the resources to handle my problem, it is more of my decision not to bother people with my problem. Why should I disturb them in the first place? Because they are my fans does not mean they should know about every step I take about my life. I asked myself one question which was, would Nigerians not have known if I was arrested for drugs or something capable of tarnishing my image?.
It seems you are sad that despite your popularity, Nigerians did not know that Daddy Showkey had a life-threatening accident…
No. I am not feeling any sadness in my heart. I am even happy right now. I can’t be happier. I am not bothered whether they know or they don’t. What matters to me is that I was able to handle my predicament through the help of God and some people who God used to help me. I am grateful to these people and I wish them well in all they do. They are my people now and they are my friends.
You have new friends now?
I didn’t say I have new friends. What I am saying is that I have learnt new lesson about life and I now know what friendship is about.
So none of your friends in the music industry came to the hospital to look after you?
The fact is that how many of them knew that I had an accident? How many of them knew which hospital I was admitted to?. It was not the matter of who was there or not, it was the matter of how I was able to handle my situation and managed everything very well. Another thing is that even those who would have come didn’t come because of one reason or the other but I am not bothered about that. Life goes on my brother. You live to learn and you learn to live. When on my sick bed, I read a report about my accident published by one national newspaper in Nigeria, I wept. I wept because that was the only newspaper that reported it.
What single lesson did that experience teach you?
Not a single one but many lessons but the chief of them is caution. I have learnt how to approach life with extreme caution. You know why? If Showkey had died in that accident, I am sure that by now people would have forgotten about me. Perhaps when they listen to any of my songs, they may feel like ouch! that was Showkey’s song. We missed him so much. The bitter truth is that life goes on.
What was running on your mind when you were on that bed? Did you at any point remember music and your dreams which could have gone unfulfilled?
How do I start to describe the experience to you? It was a very bad one but I thank God that I am lucky. The only question on my mind was will I be able to walk again? I was so particular about that question that my doctors would tell me, Mr man you will walk again. The doctors told me I would not have been able to work again if I had delayed the operation for few more weeks. I still don’t believe I am walking again because what I saw in the hospital gave me a different impression about life and I am grateful to God.

Tonto Dikeh denies describing Genevieve Nnaji as ‘eternally single’


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Tonto Dikeh a few hours ago took to instagram to slam reports she recently said actress Genevieve Nnaji is ‘eternally single’. She denies saying this. See what she wrote after the cut…

Is this the biggest baby bump ever? Woman had 55-inch tummy


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It hasn’t been confirmed but there’s currently no woman on record in the UK who has had a 55-inch baby bump. 29 year Lara Carpenter-Beck, gained so much weight as her pregnancy progressed that she couldn’t even fit into normal maternity wear.

The first time mum gained weight at a rapid rate during her pregnancy because she has diabetes.

“At just 12 weeks people were asking me when I was due- I was that big. And my bump just kept growing and growing. It was my first pregnancy and so I had no idea what to expect- but I knew it wasn’t normal to grow at the rate I was- especially with just one baby.” She explained. Continue…

At 32 weeks a nurse informed Lara her baby already weighed 6lbs- the size of some full-term babies.
Just four weeks later, Lara was rushed in for a caesarean after her waters broke unexpectedly.

Lara and her partner welcomed baby Savannah into the world, who was born weighing a hefty 9lbs 5oz

“Chris and I always assumed we were having a boy because my bump was so big, so it was a massive surprise to find out we had a girl. She was a big baby and filled the weighing scales.

“We were so happy she was healthy though, we could cope with the fact she was a bit bigger than most newborns.” Lara said

 

“It is not compulsory to marry before having a child” – Grace Amah


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Few years ago, Nollywood Actress, Grace Amah welcomed a baby boy; she however kept the identity of her son’s father as a mystery.

In her latest interview with Encomium Weekly, the single mother talked about her son and addressed the issue of having a child out of wedlock. She further stated why she is unperturbed by the critics who said it was wrong that she now has a child without a ring on her finger.

“It is nobody’s business. It’s my life. I don’t know what you call a mistake. Who says I must be married before having a baby? Why is it an issue? And there is no compulsion for me to come to the world and announce who the father of my child is. It is about my life.” She explained

When asked when she intends settling down, she said “When the time comes, I will surely get married. There are many suitors. I am a beautiful girl. The father of my son is the most qualified.”

On her absence from the movie world, she said “I have been abroad. I travelled out to have my baby. I came back a long time ago and when I came back, I had to give my son enough time. It’s not all about having a baby, it’s about giving that baby your time to grow, bring him up in a good way.

Woman who was brutally beaten by her husband over fish gets her day in court


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Fatima got 26 stitches on her face after she was brutalized by her husband over fish she took. Hope he goes to jail for this. In case you missed it, read her story below.

For taking a piece of fish from the cooking pot, 34 year old Fatima Bankole (pictured above) said she got the beating of her life from her husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, on Wednesday July 16th and now has 26 stitches on her face as a result of the brutal assault.Narrating what led to the attack, Fatima, who is one of three wives, said as wives of the Alhaji, they had a roaster for cooking. She said on the day any of them cooked, they would first dish for their husband, then the children before serving themselves.

She said on the day of the attack, the last wife had finished her cooking and served their husband and the children. She, Fatima, then went for her own meal but as soon as the third wife saw her food, she immediately went to report to their husband that Fatimah had taken the largest chunk of fish in the pot. Continue…

Not listening to her explanation that she only took pieces of fish scattered in the pot, their husband descended on her with punches to her face. She said she bled for hours and was thereafter locked up in a room for three days before she found a way of escape.She said her husband had physically assaulted her several times in the past and even gave an account of a previous attack where her husband pulled her hair until it hurt so bad it gave her head injuries.

After her escape, Fatimah was assisted to the hospital by her neighbors. Her husband has since been arrested after a petition by a Women Arise civil group in Lagos. He is expected to be in court next week.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Akpala Completes Permanent Karabukspor Switch


Nigeria international striker Joseph Akpala has signed a thee-year deal with Karabukspor, after playing on loan at the Turkish club last season.

The 27-year-old joins from German outfit Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

Akpala scored six goals in 14 Super Lig games last season, to help Karabukspor gain promotion to the Europa League, where they will play St. Etienne in the play-off rounds.

Joseph Akpala Joins Karabukspor.

The Jos-born footballer signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen from Belgium side Club Brugge in August 2012, but made just 21 appearances- mostly as substitute- in his only Bundesliga campaign.

Akpala’s first Nigeria cap came in September 2008 and was part of the country’s squad at last year’s Confederations Cup.

Karabukspor had one-time featured another Nigerian Emmanuel Emenike (2009-2011).

Omisore reveals why he lost Osun governorship election


The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate in the just concluded Osun State gubernatorial election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has attributed his defeat to what he termed “clear partisan” actions of the former Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state.

Speaking at his first post-election briefing in Osogbo on Monday, Omisore noted that by the time the electoral Commissioner was removed, he had already done the damage.

Recall that the Osun State REC, Rufus Akeju, was replaced by Segun Agbaje, a few weeks before the election.‎

According to the PDP candidate, “It was not a race we came into unmindful of the odds stacked against us, for instance, we had a situation where a clearly partisan Resident Electoral Commissioner had opened the entire electoral system to our opponent from registration stage through data storage to personnel loading.

“Though the leadership of INEC eventually took him out of the state weeks to the elections, he already did a lot of harm in the system that would take years to rectify. In spite of this and the fact that all democratic structures in the state were in the hands of our opponent, our supporters still fought gallantly in every poling unit in the state to achieve the feat we posted in this election,” Senator Omisore added.

Omisore’s 292,747 votes were not enough to defeat his APC counterpart Rauf Aregbesola who is the incumbent governor, who polled 394,684 votes to emerge winner.

The PDP candidate called on his supporters to remain calm as the party was still studying the election results to determine their next line of action.

His words, “In the meantime, our situation office and party are presently analyzing the results of the elections against field reports. We shall be making public our findings and the appropriate steps accordingly,

“I however appeal to all our supporters to remain calm, law-abiding and peace-loving. Our abiding guide is that Osun state must not be governed in the old ways anymore and August 9 has given the demography of the change-seeking people,” he said.

Senator Omisore disclosed that his campaign strategy took him to the nook and cranny of the state where he saw the impact of “propaganda-led governance” on the people’s lives.

“We shared the daily experiences of a people traumatized and fervently hopeful of beneficial change that democracy has promised to them,

“It did not escape our notice that many of the everyday people in our towns and villages who trooped to meet with us, valued our presence and the regard we had for them, yet they bore with courage and hope, the scars of neglect, extreme poverty, and excruciating suffering.

“We were bold to reject financial recklessness, deform of our education sector, scams that deployed technology for profit rather than for learning, bastardized empowerment programs that only deny opportunities to our young people, partnership that mean our artisans are jobless, significant capital flight from the Osun state economy and the lack of transparency in public procurement process.

“We have been successful in raising the consciousness of every one in Osun state to these issues, enabling them to demand accountability that will enshrine good governance today and forever,” he said

Senator Omisore also said that the result of the election showed that the PDP would no longer be a push over in the South West, adding that the best man does not always win.

Jonathan Urges Nigerians Not To Panic As Health Ministry Confirms 10th Ebola Case


Nigerians have been urged to avoid panic and remain alert to check further spread of the Ebola virus in the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan said this yesterday in a speech delivered by his vice, Namadi Sambo, during the inauguration of the first National Trauma Centre at the National Hospital, Abuja.

He advised all Nigerians to take precautionary measures against the disease, saying that the government had put in place measures and facilities for detection and management of the disease.

“It will also be appropriate, at this time, to say a few words about the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, which has taken the lives of many in some West African countries and of which we have recorded two deaths here in Nigeria.

“It is regrettable that the emergence of the disease on our shores was due to migration and transmission.

“It is important that we avoid panic and take the highest possible care in hygiene and contact, and by adhering to guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health.

“We have put measures and facilities in place for detection and management and are working in concert with the international community to stem its spread. We must remain at high alert,” he said.

Jonathan said that the provision of the Trauma Centre was in fulfillment of the cardinal objective of the ongoing transformation agenda of his administration, as prioritised in the National Strategic Health Development Plan.

Meanwhile, a 10th case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in Nigeria, while 177 persons are being watched for symptoms, according to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chuwku.

“It has been 22 days since the virus first landed in Nigeria. As at today, 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation.

“The 10th case actually was one of the nurses who also had contact with our index case; when she got ill we brought her into isolation, we just tested her over the weekend and she tested positive,” said Chukwu.

“That is what made it 10 cases since the last conference on Friday. Between Friday and today, we have one additional case that brings it to 10.”

961 people have died as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease endemic in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and recently Nigeria.

The Secret Of My Success – Mercy Johnson


Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie in a recent interview taks about her journey to success and what she had to go through to achieve the success she’s enjoying now.

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The talented Mercy Johnson who has since become one of the most sought after and highest paid actresses in Nollwood said its hard work and you never just stop working.

She said: “While my mates were buying Brazilian hair and designer bags, I never knew what they were. I just wanted to be at a movie location and work, she said.

”Success is hard, it’s never easy. It takes more than luck to make the right decisions, and the right choices. A lot of people have actually been acting before me, but they are just nowhere close. It’s not because I am better, its grace.
 
But really success is hard. It takes a lot of hardwork. At the point when my mates were carrying designer bags, I didn’t know what designer bags were. At the point at which they were wearing Brazilian hair, I didn’t know what Brazilian hair was.
 
I was kind of laid back. I was a step behind or 2 steps behind, because I was working so hard. I didn’t take vacations; I didn’t have time for all of that. I just wanted to be on location, so I could sell what I had. I wanted people to see what I could do. So every point in time, I was busy. I was so excited to work at every time. So, it’s like success is hard.
 
You really have to work hard; you really have to sweat to achieve what you want. Its only when you set to achieve it, that’s when it lasts,” she said.
Meanwhile Mercy Johnson who is heavily pregnant with her second child has taken a break from acting and is currently in the United States.

The Kogi state born award-winning actress who got into the Nigerian film industry because she failed her University entrance examinations made her acting debut in the movie ‘The Maid‘ which brought her into limelight.

Mercy Johnson has since featured in over 100 movies.

She is happily married to Prince Odianosen Okojie and they are blessed with a daughter, Purity.

People Panic As Man Slumps And Dies In MMIA Lagos


Reports coming from Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos states that one mysterious passenger allegedly collapsed and died at the arrival hall throwing passengers and bystanders into a state of panic.

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With the recent outbreak of the Ebola viru in the nation, people got scared and starting running away to safety.

However report gotten from SaharaReporters say that the deceased passenger was treated for the virus and the result came out negative.

The man named, Akunne Osei was said to have been on his way to Ghana for a medical checkup after being sick in Nigeria this past week.
Police Use Teargas To Stop Protest At Lagos Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN released a statement which read: “FAAN wishes to inform the public that a Nigerian passenger residing in Accra who arrived Lagos for business transactions aboard an Arik Air flight on Friday August 8, 2014 has died at the Murtala Mohammad Airport, Ikeja on his way back to Accra.”

“The passenger, Osei, took ill on Saturday August 9 and started stooling. When the situation got worse, he called his doctor in Accra who instructed him to return to Ghana immediately for further treatment. During boarding formalities for his return trip to Accra, at the international terminal of MMA, Osei, who had obviously become weak at this time, was subjected to Ebola Virus test by port health officials, the result of which was negative. No further attention was paid to him after his Ebola Virus result read negative but the passenger later slumped and died around the port health office.”

WAEC Releases Results Showing Another Mass Failure


The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, recording mass failure in Mathematics and English Language.

Head of National Office, WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu, while announcing the result said “A total of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28 percent, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.”

According to him, when compared to the 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE diets, there was marginal decline in the performance of candidates as 38.81 percent was recorded in 2012 and 36.57 percent in 2013.

Eguridu said that the results of 145,795 candidates, representing 8.61%, are being withheld in connection with various types of examination malpractice.

“The cases are being investigated and the reports of the investigations will be presented in November to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).”

According to him, out of 1,692,435 candidates that sat for the examination, 791,227 candidates, representing 46.75 percent, obtained 6 credits and above, just as a total of 982,472 candidates representing 58.05 percent, obtained 5 credits and above.

FG To Employ 490 Environmental Health Officers To Man Border Communities


The Federal Government has approved the employment of 490 Environmental Health Officers (EHO) to man border areas to prevent further spread of Ebola disease.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam, made this known at the inauguration of the Governing Board of Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) in Abuja on Monday.

Mallam said that the action was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to boost staff strength to check further spread of the deadly disease.

She said that President Goodluck Jonathan had mandated the ministry to employ professionals to man border areas as well as ports, to ensure that those environments were kept clean.

She, however, acknowledged the fact that the number to be recruited was inadequate, adding that more would be recruited in due course with the approval of the President.

“Ebola is real and the Federal Government is ready to fight it.

“Mr President has made funds available to the Ministry of Health to control further spread of the disease.

“Nigerians, on their part, should be conscious of their environment and keep the environment clean all the time.

“Though the recruitment of additional 490 environmental health officers for this purpose is not even enough because Nigeria is very big and this number cannot reach out to all states.

“I believe that our President is committed to the prevention of this disease.”

Mallam said that the ministry was ready to work with the council to ensure the early return of EHO, with the aim of attaining the level of effectiveness witnessed in the past.

She stressed the need to key into the initiative by states and local councils for the prevention of diseases.

The minister urged the council to report all cases of breach of the code of ethics of the profession by some erring members for discipline.

“We want to re-introduce the environmental health officers’ cadre in our various communities in order to restore environmental sanity.

“My ministry is ready to work with the council to ensure the early return of the environmental health officers with the aim of attaining the level of effectiveness witnessed during the colonial era and beyond.

“I request the council to look into issues as well as reports of breach of the code of ethics of the profession by some members across the nation.

“I want you to carry out full investigation and ensure that integrity is the watchword of practitioners, and any person, no matter how highly placed, found to have compromised should be appropriately sanctioned.

In his remarks, Mr Augustine Ebisike, the Registrar of the council, commended the government for constituting the board.

Ebisike said that the council over 2,000 certificates of registration for practitioners yet to be signed, due to lack a governing board.

He said that the council would improve in its operational capability, to prevent outbreak of diseases in Nigeria.

He also expressed commitment of the council to tackle the outbreak and further spread of the Ebola disease.

Responding, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, the newly inaugurated board Chairman, urged every stakeholder in the health and environment sectors to play their roles in ensuring that the issue of Ebola was addressed quickly.

Afolabi, who was a former Head of Service of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the ministry, appealed to the Federal Government to employ more professionals to meet the WHO requirement of one EHO to 8,000 people.

He said that the council, under his watch, would not hesitate to discipline those who would bring the image of the profession to ridicule.

NAN reports that 11 members were sworn in as new members of the board of the council which operated without a governing board in the last two years. [NAN]

Ebola: Ivory Coast, Chad Ban Flights From Nigeria


All flights from Ebola endemic countries have been banned from entering the Ivory Coast, the West African country has announced.

The West African country said it has forbidden all “carriers from transporting passengers” from the affected countries and has also suspended flights by Air Cote d’Ivoire, its national carrier “until further notice”.

This, the country said was done as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the country.

In a move to ensure the Ebola virus does not enter Chad, the country also suspended all flights from Nigeria.

Preventive measures were also said to have increased at Abidjan airport, with all passengers being subjected to temperature evaluation using “an infrared thermometer.”

Although no country was named in the statement released by Ivory Coast, 1, 779 cases have been confirmed across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria – all West African countries – (as at August 6, 2014), with 961 dead.

A new case of Ebola was confirmed in Nigeria on Monday, making it 10 confirmed cases in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos.

Mauritanian authorities on Sunday also decided to deny citizens of Liberia and Sierra Leone entry as the country steps up health checks at its border with Mali and Senegal. Zambia has also announced it was denying entry to Ebola endemic countries.

Ebola virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids (sweat, semen, blood and tissue) of infected persons. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea and in extreme cases hemorrhagic fever.

SUNNY OFILI: A VERY PAINFUL LOSS


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On behalf of the governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, we regret to announce the sudden and untimely death of Mr. Sunny Ofili in a fatal motor accident along Benin-Asaba Expressway on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
A member of the State Executive Council, he was until his death the Special Adviser to the governor on information and communication technology (ICT) as well as the head of the Directorate of Science and Technology. His death comes at a time that the ICT Park project in Asaba which he initiated has revved into gear with many investors already setting up shop.
The Delta State Government is awaiting the conclusion of investigation by the police into the accident which involved a prominent traditional ruler in the state after which further pronoun cements will be made.
Ofili was an accomplished journalist and ICT expert. He worked in African Guardian magazine, a stable of Guardian Newspapers Limited, was a fellow of the US-based Centre for Foreign Journalists and publisher of The Times of Nigeria journal and was involved in the publication of Delta Herald, a newspaper based in Asaba.
As an accomplished ICT expert, he worked for blue chip companies such as Lockheed Martin, Bechtel and Symantec, an Internet software giant.
Ofili was an amiable, soft spoken gentleman and an avid family man with malice to no one. His cerebral contributions and passion for innovation will be sorely missed at the State Executive Council.
May the Good Lord rest his gentle soul. Amen.

Signed

CHIKE C. OGEAH Esq
Honourable Commissioner for Information

BRING BACK IKEDI OHAKIM (PART 2)


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BRING BACK IKEDI OHAKIM (PART 2)

I will never forget my friend Jenifer. I have told you this story before. Situation demands that i say it again. I remember the first day when she walked into my room drunk. That was in 2012. She sat down. ‘I’ve come’ she said, ‘to tell you the latest news about Rochas Okorocha ,your Governor in Douglas House, Owerri. He is sacking more workers. After the 10,000 workers, he has sacked another 30,000 workers ’

Everybody knows Jenifer in the neighbourhood. She was among the 10,000 Imo State Civil Servants popularly known as Ohakim 10,000 jobs that Governor Rochas Okorocha sacked on the 6th of June 2011. Today, she hates Rochas with a passion for making her and her sister unemployed. She took up the vodka drinking habit when she lost her job. She has dark skin, tiny boobs, long shiny dark hair, and brown eyes. She looks very athletic. Her cloth hugs her body; the lightest of cotton.

When Jenifer told me that day of another mass sack in Imo State, it shocked me. I quickly made phone calls and discovered that the news was true. Jenifer pulled her hair up and piled it on top of her head. She let her eyes look at my eyes, and then she dropped her hair and let it fall down in front of her face. When I saw Jenifer in that mood, I felt her pains of unemployment and the sadness was so great. Today Jenifer is still drinking. She and her sister are still unemployed.

On that first day that she entered my room, i stood up , touched her wrists and hands. I felt sorry for her. Okorocha overlooked the fact that the average Nigerian worker has four dependents – at least two living with him and he removed food from the table of the masses that voted him into power. Jenifer walked away from the mirror and said something that is true today. ‘’This is not what we bargained. All the things we were told during the election, all the love we chased, all the good campaign promises, what happened to them?’ ‘We now have an Imo state of unemployed youths; Imo state were minimum wages are denied workers, Imo state were workers are owed salaries, Imo state were the people are being denied employment in spite of their potentials; Imo state of escalating executive lawlessness, Imo state were LGA funds are looted, Imo state of disregard for constitutional rights. Government in Imo today is Owelle only . Those in government today are suffocating. The teachers are suffering. The civil servants are suffering. Business men are suffering. Even the traders are suffering. What we have now in Imo State is the more you look the less you see’ she said

Just like Jenifer pointed out, politically, economically and socially, the government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha has shown inability to move Imo State forward. With Imo’s huge resources and financial allocations from FG the present state of socio-economic and political paralysis and unimaginable underdevelopment and mass misery of the vast majority of Imolites in all the LGA’s and sectors, provide an irrefutable proof of failure of the rule of Governor Okorocha.

For example, pension in Imo which previously is automatic for any worker that has worked for a certain period is now a cash pot for some capitalist thieving elements to embezzle and become financially bloated while thousands of Imo citizens entitled to pensions in Imo live or die in penury due to a backlog of unpaid pensions under one spurious excuse or another. The governor recently said he is going to pay pensioners but na so we dey always hear. Retired workers of Imo Broadcasting Corporation are still crying. Retired primary school teachers are crying. Staff of General Hospitals and Imo Transport Company are crying. I can go on and on to mention them.

Youths like Jenifer today, are completely without jobs. Governor Okorocha sacked 10,000 Imo graduates in the civil service and another 30,000 workers in our LGA’s . Why,why, why? Today he claims to have employed 15,000 teachers and 25,000 public servants when it is all scam. The great improvement, which the Imo working masses had previously got in the last administration vis-à-vis their working conditions have been drastically rendered ineffectual under the current and vicious neo-liberal, capitalist, anti-poor policies and practices of Okorocha.

He is not interested in genuine effort at developing public infrastructures or the economy through which millions of jobs can be provided. To him, economic growth is defined by the amount of billions that he can amass so as to compete with elements within his class. For me, Imo with its allocation and mostly untapped wealth, can guarantee decent and secure jobs for Imolites without tears. I cry for the members of the House of Assembly Service Commission that Okorocha sacked. I cry for the members of the Civil Service Commission that he sacked. I cry for the members of the Local Government Service Commission, Local Government Development Areas, Judicial Service Commission and Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers that he sacked. These are statutory commissions with fixed tenures that he illegally dissolved before the expiration of their tenure of office. I also cry for the 10,000 workers, people like Jenifer.

Okorocha’s government has also earned its name in the corruption hall of fame. His government’s corruption is gargantuan. Aside superintending over massive looting, the Okorocha’s government has openly and unashamedly associated with every tom, dick and harry in the corruption business. Financial scam is now everywhere in Imo State. What happened to the N13.3 Billion Bond Proceeds out of the N18.5 taken by the Imo State Government during Ohakim’s regime? What happened to the N3 Billion SUBEB project account? What is happening to our Sure-P funds? What happened to the N2.5 Billion Local Government Joint Project Account? What happened to the N3.6 Billion left in JAAC Account by the previous administration? What about the N488 Million in VAT account? Who squandered the N132 Billion Local Government Allocations for 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State from May 2011 to December 2013? Who squandered the N16billion ISOPADEC funds? Who squandered N670 Million Imo children funds? Who squandered the flood assistance funds of Imo State?

Where is the money stolen in Connivance with Jpros Company Limited from the Construction of Warehouse-Orlu-Road Junction? Governor Okorocha’s administration paid JPROS a total of N1.35 Billion Naira for the above road. Where is the N458 Million Naira laundered to Dubai and Lebanon with the connivance of the Governor’s former Special Adviser on Project Monitoring and strong political associate Prince Macdonald Akano and Mr. Joseph Dina of JPROS International Limited? I can go on and on.

Today he claims to be paying monthly stipend to pupils and students in all the public schools in Imo State when the payment is occasional. He claims to have spent millions of naira procuring free school uniforms, bags, sandals, desks, books etc for pupils and students in all the public schools in Imo State but provided only few uniforms and canvass to few wards. What about the sale of ADAPALM to Roche Group(his company), the sale of Imo Transport Company (I.T.C.), Concorde Hotel, Children’s Park (opposite Concorde Hotel Owerri), state General Hospitals etc for many years.What about the Sale of Imo Road Maintenance Agency (IROMA) graders, bulldozers, pay-loaders etc to himself . What about the alleged auction of world-class Printing and Sword Machines worth over 200 million naira belonging to Imo Newspapers to his private printing press in Lagos. What about the borrowing of many Billions of Naira from banks and denying that no money was borrowed?

My brothers we must get Imo out of this one chance vehicle. The people of Imo must first and foremost remove from power this ruling capitalist thieving elite and in his place institute a workers and poor people’s friendly government whose central strategy would be based on the mobilization of Imo’s human and natural resources to meet the needs of full economic development and decent living for all Imolites and not just for a few thieving capitalist elements. We need someone to proffer genuine anti-capitalist, pro-masses economic and political alternatives to the ruinous policies of the present capitalist thieving cabal in Imo State.

Who is the popular candidate with grass root support that will help us out among the lot? I will desire that all aspirant will engage all Imolite as Ohakim is doing. It is better we pick Ohakim from this point, give him all our expectations of responsible future leadership in Imo State.Let us give him an audience and hear him. He has realised that power really belongs to the people and is ready to lead the people with uncommon service. Imo must learn forgiveness from Ekiti so that the fresh air in Ekiti can get to the virulent section of the South East. Yes we needs someone that is more popular at the grass root than the lot and only a popular and experienced candidate can defeat a sitting governor. Let’s take the step to support Ohakim. As I said before it is better to bring out the diamond in Ohakim. Imo state need strong leadership-Men and Women who are simple,wise,humble, creative and above all courageous. Let’s Bring Back Ikedi Ohakim to give our youths jobs and to make Imo better.

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

 

Charley Boy shares new photos


Charley Boy AKA Area father, the queen of all kings.
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I’m Available for Any Man Who Wants To Marry Me – Iyabo Ojo


Nollywood actress and single mother of two kids, Iyabo Ojo, has expressed that her heart is open to any man that comes knocking on it for marriage.

The actress revealed that she is currently in a relationship with a man that she and her kids loves, but there is no plans for marriage yet between them.

According to her, “If my better half comes knocking on my door, I will open my heart for him. I am in a relationship with a very wonderful man who loves me and my kids so much. I in return love him so much but we don’t have any plan for marriage yet.


“Honestly, I am very happy with him in my life. My ideal man is a God-fearing man, honest, handsome, very understanding, caring and giving. My man is an embodiment of all these but we are not planning marriage.”In all these I won’t still take nonsense from anyone. I don’t disrespect anyone and I never look down on anyone, so I won’t allow anyone to disrespect me,” she noted.

Genevieve Nnaji talks about why she never became a GLO ambassador & Her relationship with D’banj in a new interview


Genevieve Nnaji NL TRUE STORY! Why I Never Became A Glo Ambassador   Genevieve Nnaji Opens Up

 

In a recent interview with PM News, The screen goddess opened up about her career, her relationship with D’banj and her many brand endorsements.
Excerpts below:
What has been the challenge since taking up the ambassadorship of the Amstel Malt brand?
There has been none so far.
Thank God for that. It has been a smooth ride and a positive relationship. I have been working with  very competent people and agents. And Amstel has been very kind to me. It has been a blessing and an experience working with the brand.
You have also represented other brands as an ambassador. Can you tell us the difference between the latest one and the rest?
You can’t compare.


This is a drink and also a health drink. It is also a successful brand and it is something that I consume as well.
It is not that I am just being introduced to it. It is the same for every other brand. For every brand I represent as ambassador from Range Rover, Polo luxury brand or Etisalat, I am actually a customer or patron of such brands.
Talking about being a brand ambassador, many of your colleagues are part of a particular telecommunication brand as its ambassador. Why were you never considered for the deal?
You have to mention the brand.
Ok, Globacom
But you know I am an Etisalat brand ambassador.
Of course I know. But many people believe you ought to be among the main target when they were choosing entertainment persons for their brand?
Well, I don’t know about that.
Would you also clarify the insinuation swirling around then that Chief Mike Adenuga personally called you and you still referred him to your manager?
First of all, that is not true as I never spoke to Dr. Mike Adenuga. In fact, it will be a honour to speak with him.
However, let us face the subject of speaking with my manager. I think it is professional that managers should be contacted when issues about business are about to be discussed.
I am not saying that was the issue with that particular brand. But let’s assume it was; is there any problem speaking with someone’s management? Please tell me.
So, they never approached you?
Truly I was approached. We had negotiations but things didn’t work out and everyone moved on. It is simple.
Would you want to set the record straight concerning your relationship with the music star, D’Banj?
I have no comment at all on that subject.

Photos from Femi Otedola’s daughter ‘House of Cuppy’ Launch in Lagos


Last night, Nigeria’s billionaire Femi Otedola’s daughter, Florence Otedola launched her House of Cuppy compilation mixtape at Kudeta Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It was a star studded event.
Whose outfit caught your attention?
See more photos after the cut

Dabota Lawson
Papa Omisore & Tania Omotayo
Lola Maja
Munachi Abii
Eku Edewor
Sharon Ojong
Sasha P

Most people are saying that Tania Omotayo is gradually becoming Toke Makinwa because she is always at every event lol. It sure pays off though because that’s what made Toke so popular and she is sure enjoying every bit of the popularity.
Photo credit:- IG @Spicetvafrica