Confab Committee Rejects Emergency Rule Extension


Committee on National Security at the ongoing national conference has rejected President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposal to further extend the one-year state of emergency imposed on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Describing the move as “undesirable”, the committee asked the president to explore other avenues of tackling the insurgency plaguing the northern part of the country, saying emergency, since its declaration a year ago has rather strengthened the activities of the insurgents.

Chairman of the committee and former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta (rtd), at a news briefing at the National Judiciary Institute, NJI, said the state of emergency has outlived its usefulness.

Gambo, who insisted that the state of emergency was no longer desirable in any state of the world, said there was no total breakdown of law and order to necessitate the president’s action.

“It is not desirable in any state in the world,” he said.

“A reporter asked me yesterday why Chief Awolowo’s Western Region government was put under emergency, why did Obasanjo declare emergency in Plateau. These are circumstances that happened. In the case of the Western Region, I was alive and I knew what happened.

“There was a total breakdown of law and order, people were being burnt in their cars, houses and so on, it was necessary for the Federal Government to step in and stop that and it did not last more than necessary,” he recalled.

“We have been under emergency rule for how long now? One year in the three states affected, and there is no improvement. So we have to now review the whole thing, reassess the whole thing, there is something more than just declaring emergency rule.

“If you declare an emergency rule in such disturbed states, you should have enough resources to revamp the architecture of security in those states immediately and for a long time to come while you also bring the other states into consideration so that this thing will not happen again,” he said. [Vanguard]

Tiwa Savage Signs Fresh New Deal with MTN


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Tiwa Savage proves yet again that she may be the reigning queen of endorsements in the Nigerian music scene.
Mrs Tee Billz is back as an ambassador for telecommunications company – MTN.
She signed the deal a few minutes ago at the Upfront & Personal Office in Lagos. Also a brand ambassador for Pepsi, Tiwa uses the opportunity to endorse the product in this Instagram photo.

We Now Have 1,500 Orphans, Courtesy Of Boko Haram – North-east Catholic Church


The Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri has said that it has so far lost more than 500 of its members as well as property worth over N400 million due to the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, Very Rev. Father John Bakeni Bogna, Diocesan Secretary disclosed yesterday.

“We have records right from 2006 and we have met with the government and we are still discussing the issue of compensation in collaboration with other Christian brethren,” said Bogna at a news conference in Maiduguri.

The Diocesan Director, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, also gave details of the loss from 2009 to date, saying more than 500, including 170 children of their members were killed, while over 50 churches were burnt and 90,000 people displaced, with about 300 women made to become widows.

According to the church, 1,500 orphans had also been recorded within the period while 34 parishes were completely destroyed in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

Speaking further on the destruction, Project Manager of the diocese, Rev. Fr. Bature Joseph said that education and health sectors were also badly affected.

“33 schools, including 23 primary and 10 secondary were destroyed with three completely burnt down.”

He said nine schools were also closed down in Madagali, Michika, Shuwa and Mubi, stressing that the massive exodus of teachers was affecting the stability of education in the diocese.

Joseph further said health facilities owned by the church in Pulka, Bazza, Shuwa, Potiskum and Mubi were vandalised.

He therefore urged everybody to pray for the sustenance of unity schools because their existence was one of the things binding the country together.

On the abducted Chibok girls, the Rev. Father said the church had never been silent as it was constantly praying for their release.

Lecturer loses 4 teeth after Immigration officers brutalised & accused him of being Boko Haram (PHOTO)


A lecturer in the Department of Business Management, University of Calabar, Mr. Okon Effiong Ekpenyong, has lost four teeth after he was allegedly brutalised by some officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Cross River State command, for traffic offence.

According to Punch, his vehicle developed a minor fault on Bassey Oqua Street in Calabar, near the NIS headquarters. He said after fixing it, he was leaving the area when the officials accosted and assaulted him, saying he made a U-turn at an unauthorised point

“After the car developed a fault, I called some people to help push it off the road and I went home to get my two sons to buy fuel in a jerry can because I suspected it might be petrol since the gauge was faulty.I tried to start the car after refueling, but it did not start. We had to push it down the Bassey Oqua Street, which is close to the NIS residential quarters.Immediately the car started, two NIS officials flagged me down; I obeyed. They said I had just made a U-turn at an unauthorised point and they concluded that I was a Boko Haram suspect, adding that they would not waste time in dealing with me.Immediately, about 10 other officials joined them, they forced me out of the car and started hitting me with gun butts and other weapons. I passed out in the process.”

Ekpenyong said before he became unconscious, he was able to identify four persons – a deputy comptroller, a chief superintendent and a male and female junior officials.

He said when he later regained consciousness in a cell, a senior NIS official, who identified himself as the provost, pleaded with him and released him to take care of himself in a hospital.The lecturer said he proceeded to the Airport Police Division in Calabar to report the incident from where he was taken to the Police Clinic for medical attention.
A report, which was issued by an investigating police officer, Edwin Jenuwa, confirmed that Ekpenyong was taken to the clinic at about 6pm with fresh blood stains after suffering assault and grievous harm.

How Augustine Tochukwu Kidnapped And Raped A House Wife


Officers of the Abuja Police Command on Thursday, arraigned a 38-year-old applicant, Augustine Tochukwu, before an FCT High Court for allegedly abducting and raping a house-wife.

The accused, who hails from Umudioka Awka, Anambra State, is standing a four-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnap and rape before Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf.
Corporal John Ijagbemi, the prosecutor, told the court that Tochukwu kidnapped the woman on January 18, 2013, and later phoned her husband, Nzota Chidi, asking him for 40 million naira as ransom to secure the release of his wife or lose her forever.
The prosecutor said when the victim was in the accused custody, he raped her.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Baba-Yusuf, in his ruling granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.
He directed the sureties to provide title deeds of landed property within the FCT, adding that if the accused
fails to meet the bail conditions, he would be remanded to Kuje Medium Security Prison.
The judge then adjourned the case to October 13, for trial to commence. 
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#MovingOn: US born OAP, Dan Foster quits radio gig


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Nigerian-based, US-born radio presenter Dan Foster is set to quit his radio job for good.
According to the NET, the seasoned OAP who joined Inspiration FM station in 2009 has turned in his resignation.
“He also has not been on air this week. He has resigned,” an OAP at Inspiration disclosed.
However in a telephone chat with NET, Dan Foster explained saying, “I’m thinking of leaving but I’ll still be consulting for them. I’m currently negotiating with management”.
Foster says the one thing he still wants to handle is the very popular ‘Praise Jam’ Sunday show which he says he’s grown very fond of. “It’s more like a ministry for me. It’s touched so many lives, I want to continue it there, and even if that’s the only thing I get to do. I started the show back at Cool FM and did it for free. I was only paid to work on weekdays there.”
He further revealed that he is starting his ‘Dan Foster Academy’ pretty soon. “I’ll be teaching broadcasting
there,” he said.

8 Doctors, 5 Nurses, Others Contract Lassa Virus Operating On Victim


At least eight doctors, four nurses and five health workers were, yesterday, feared to have contacted Lassa fever after they participated in operating a pregnant woman at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, FETHA.

The disease was said to have later killed the pregnant woman and her baby days after the operation.

State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Dr. Chidi Esike, stated at a press conference that the affected medical personnel had been moved to Specialist Hospital, Irrua, in Edo State for diagnosis and immediate medical attention.

According to him, the refusal of the Federal Government to provide a virology centre in the South East geopolitical zone of the country, in the face of overwhelming evidence of the need for such facility, had threatened the gains in the health sector.

“The sad aspect of this whole saga is that since all these times that this woman and her child were managed with several doctors, nurses and all kinds of health workers exposed to the risk of the deadly Lassa fever virus, we are still suspecting that we have cases of Lassa fever in our land.

”It is not sheer insensitivity to the plight of not just the medical doctors, but also other health workers in Ebonyi State that today, 15th May, 2014, 17 health workers in the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki are suspected to be affected by Lassa fever; out of this number, we have eight doctors, four nurses, seven others have been rushed to Edo State for treatment,” Esike said.

NANS Delegates To Boko Haram: Forward Grievances To Confab


Delegates representing National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, at the ongoing national conference have asked Boko Haram members to forward their grievances to relevant committees of the Conference.

They also condemned the abduction of some female students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok by members of the dreaded sect.

In a statement yesterday, in Abuja, signed by Comrade Clifford Abur, The NANS delegates, called on Nigerians to join hands to secure lives and property through what they called “the neighbourhood watch.”

NANS also advocated the establishment of vigilante club in all universities and other schools to report issues on security to appropriate agencies.

Queen Latifah Dedicates Today’s Show To #BringBackOurGirls Campaign


Talk show hostess Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, has dedicated today’s episode of the show to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Everyone in the show took a #BringBackOurGirls placard, including those who were in the production room.
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Ini Edo Flaunts Sexy Legs On Set Of TV Show


Nollywood star Ini Edo amazed her fans with a sophisticated look as she has recently appeared on Jara TV show.

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Photo: Ini Edo for Jara TV

She is talented, she is beautiful, she is happy. What else has this fabulous Akwa Ibom-born actress got to wish for?

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Photo: Ini Edo for Jara TV

The 32-year-old Nollywood diva started her acting career in 2000 and has featured in more than 100 movies since.

In 2008 she married businessman Philip Ehiagwina, who admires his wife and even organized a surprise party for his beloved’s birthday on March 23.

6 Women Arraigned Over kidnap Of Kogi Speaker’s Children


Six women were, yesterday, arraigned before a Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court over their alleged involvement in the kidnap of two children of Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal.

The accused persons include Bilikis Lawal, Raliat Musa, Rabiyat Mohammed, Zainab Ismaila, Aminat Ibrahim and Nafisat Abdullahi.

They were charged with criminal conspiracy and kidnapping contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code Law and Sections 3(a) and 7(a) of the Kogi State Kidnapping, Thuggery and other Related Offences (Prohibition) Law 2010.

The prosecution led by Mohammed Abaji told the court that a gang of four persons armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the residence of the Speaker on April 15, 2014, and kidnapped two of his sons, Hafiz
Lawal, 3, and Ogirima Lawal, 6. The two children are yet to be recovered.

He said the abductors forcefully took the children away in their mother’s car, a dark-blue Toyota Yaris with number plate, Lagos AKD 224 AY, and latter demanded N200 million ransom for the release of the children using the hand set and telephone number of the first accused, Mrs Bilikisu Wahab.

He further said investigation carried out by security agencies led to the arrest of five other suspects, even as some other suspects were still at large.

Lead counsel to the accused persons, Miss Safiya Abdullahi, orally applied for bail of her clients but Abaji opposed the application, asking the court to take cognizance of the severity of the offence.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Hussain refused to grant the accused persons bail, saying: “These offences are by no means weighty, pandemic and on a steady rise of late. I refuse this application and it is hereby refused.”

Hussain, therefore, ordered that the accused be remanded in the Department of State Services, DSS, detention facility in Lokoja and adjourned the case to June 4.

#BringBackOurGirls: Drones deployed to Nigeria – US Confirms


The Pentagon has confirmed that the US military is flying both surveillance drones and manned aircraft over Nigeria to help in the search and rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist sect, Boko Haram on April 14.

According to reports from AFP, the data hasn’t been shared with the Nigerians because Washington is still working out an agreement to govern the sharing of intelligence, Colonel Steven Warren said. A defense official who preferred to speak in anonymity told AFP that the United States has deployed the Global Hawk, which flies at high altitude, and the manned MC-12, a turboprop plane heavily used in Afghanistan, for the mission.

The Pentagon declined to publicly state if drones were being used in the mission. “I can confirm that we’re using both manned and unmanned aerial ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets in the search for the kidnapped girls,” Warren said, without identifying the plane models. Both types of aircraft are “unarmed” and being used strictly for surveillance to help track the location of the schoolgirls, he added.

The unmanned Global Hawk, designed to succeed the U-2 spy plane, can survey a vast area of about 40,000 square miles (100,000 square kilometers) in a day with its sophisticated radar and sensors. But the Americans insist on precise protocols on how intelligence can be passed on to other countries, fearing that sensitive information could fall into an adversary’s hands.

The commander of US forces in Africa, General David Rodriguez, paid a two-day visit to Nigeria this week to discuss how Washington can aid the government in the kidnapping crisis, including an accord on intelligence sharing.

Boko Haram extremists abducted 276 girls from the remote northeastern town of Chibok, Borno state on April 14, and some 223 are still missing. The kidnapping has triggered global outrage and the militants on Monday, May 12, released a new video purporting to show some of the girls. “We are continuing to work with the Nigerians to help locate the girls. We really don’t know where the girls are,” said a senior State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The area to be searched was “vast” and ideas about what may have happened to the girls remained “speculation,” the official said.

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Joke Silva, Ireti Doyle, Bimbo Akintola Taiwo Ajai-Lycett Perform FlashMob Drama titled “Hear Word” At Mushin Market


We brought you a story about the stage drama ” Hear Word”. The stage drama directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa features our veteran Nollywood sweethearts Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Iretiola Doyle, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, Kate Henshaw, Dakore, Ufuoma McDermott, Rita Edwards, Zara Ejoh, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike and several other actresses.
The cast, yesterday staged the play, Hear Word, at Mushin Market in Lagos on Wednesday. The show attracted a large audience despite the rain.
“Hear Word” will be staged at the MUSON Center in Lagos on May 17th 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st 2014.
“Hear Word” the title of the stage drama is an exhilarating show which would showcase true stories of triumph from 20 different Nigerian women from all walks of life.
According to Fafunwa  “We are working towards pure art and Nigerian excellence as we highlight these real and difficult issues facing Nigerian women,” she said.
“It is a celebration of the Nigerian woman to be shared with the world. As the characters reveal themselves, you may recognize your sister, your mother, your friend, your wife and perhaps even yourself,”
Getting to see the women we love and admire, all on one stage is thrilling.
See more photos below:

Pregnant woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian!


A Sudanese court who gave a 27-year-old  pregnant until Thursday to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam has been slammed with a death sentence.
The judge said at the ruling

“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,

According to Daily Mail, on March 4th, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim  who is eight-months was charged with apostasy as well as adultery for marrying a Christian man, something prohibited for Muslim women to do and which makes the marriage void.A relative had turned her in to the police. According to the Sudan’s Public Order Criminal Code,Meriam is a Muslim by default because she was born in Sudan.Thus, her marriage to a Christian is a criminal act. On February 7, 2014, Meriam was arrested, with her 20-month-old son, and put in a women’s prison. She had not been charged nor did she receive a fair trial.
The adultery charge came with a punishment of 100 lashes.The apostasy charge came with a punishment of death. As it stands, Meriam will be put to death following the birth of her second child.

Meriam’s husband, Daniel, is not allowed to care for their child, Martin, because he is a Christian. Therefore, Martin, almost two years old, is in prison with his mother. Daniel is not allowed to visit or see his son.

 

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Borno Releases Names Of 23 More Chibok Girls Identified By Parents


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The Borno State Government has released the list of 23 more students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, whose identities were confirmed by their parents in the video clip released by Boko Haram on Monday. A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Alhaji Isa Gusau, also said the identification of the abducted girls was ongoing at press time. The statement said: “Please find the names of the additional 23 girls that had been identified. The names are 1. Fibi Haruna; 2. Laraba Mamman; 3. Saraya Yanga; 4. Hauwa Mutan; 5. Deborah Abari; 6. Hauwa Nkeki Mbalala; 7. Rejoice Musa8. Yana Joshua; 9. Esther Ayuba; 10. Helen Musa; 11. Mwa Daniel; 12. Hannatu Ishaku; 13. Yayi Abana; 14. Mary Ndamah; 15. Monica Enoch; 16. Amina Ali; 17. Ashe Ezekiel; 18. Lydia Simon; 19. Na’omi Bitrus; 20. Kawuna Lalai; 21. Kawuna Luka; 22. Lydia Habila; 23. Margaret Watsai “The exercise is continuing with a new set of parents, teachers and students. The three sets of people (parents, teachers and students) were brought to Maiduguri in batches. Another set is to continue the identification exercise tonight and we will get back to you with any update”.

Mutiny: Army To Institute Board Of Inquiry Into Maimalari Shooting


State of emergency in three states of NigeriaThe newly established 7 Division of the Nigerian Army is to institute a military board of inquiry into the remote and immediate causes of the mutiny by soldiers in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, a statement by the Defence Headquarters yesterday said.

Information Nigeria reports that angry soldiers fired some shots into the air when the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Maj. Gen. Ahmadu Mohammed, visited the barracks located within the metropolis to calm frayed nerves over the killing of some soldiers.

A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, however, said the situation had been brought under control.

The statement said: “The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army is to institute a military board of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the conduct of soldiers who fired some shots today while the General Officers Commanding was addressing troops in Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri.

“The incident occurred when the bodies of four soldiers who died in an ambush while returning from patrol duties in Chibok were being conveyed to the morgue.

“There is calm in the cantonment and all normal operations activities are ongoing”.

Meanwhile, there were indications last night that the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, sent a team to Maiduguri for preliminary stock-taking of the mutiny.

A source said: “The CDS has sent a team of senior officials to the 7 Division for preliminary findings. This is without prejudice to the board of inquiry which will be set up”.

Layole Oyatogun releases hot new pics as she turns a year older


TV personality Layola Oyatogun turned a year older yesterday and released some sexy new pics to celebrate the day. She also launched her new project, her entertainment, fashion and celebrity lifestyle blog – Layoleoyatogun.com. See more photos below:

Midas Touch-Rihanna’s ‘cracked selfie phone’ reaches a staggering bid of N9.4million ($58,000)


Now this is got to be the most expensive selfie ever..Last week, Rihanna was seated next to LA Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, and as she tried to take a selfie with him, the phone fell cracking the screen.She then made up for it by donating &25,000 to the LAPD charity and signing an autograph on the damaged phone.

He decided to put it up on Ebay for sale and to his surprise this morning, he has had a $58,100.00 bid on the phone which is probably not up to 200 dollars.The bid may go up with 8 hours left to close the bid..

Now that’s a star..Everything she touches turns to gold..
Soon some people will be looking out for a Nigerian celeb to mistakenly break their phone lol
See the bid below:

 

Akunyili In India, ‘Touched’ By Outpour Of Love And Affection Over Health Relapse


Dora AkunyiliFormer Minister of Information and delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Prof. Dora Akunyili, whose health relapsed weekend and had to be flown to India on Sunday, May 11th, has reportedly started her treatment.

In a statement released by her Media Advisor, Mr. Isaac Umunna, Prof. Akunyili expressed gratitude to Nigerians for the outpouring of prayers and goodwill towards her since reports of her deteriorating health emerged on Sunday.

The statement reads in part:

“I am touched – indeed, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection by my fellow countrymen and women, as well as numerous other well-wishers around the world, many of whom have not only been praying for me but have also been mobilising through the various social networks for God’s healing hands to come upon me. I am confident that Almighty God will hear our prayers and grant me quick recovery. I love you all and pray that Almighty God blesses you all”.

The former minister was accompanied to India by her husband, Dr Chike Akunyili and is said to be responding well to treatment.

It would be recalled that the former NAFDAC DG, whose appearance at the Confab – looking frail and emaciated – after a long absence from public glare, had generated concerns over her state of health, confirmed reports that she took ill but only needed some time to bounce back to her boisterous self after recovery.

Nothing Bad In Negotiating With Boko Haram On Chibok Schoolgirls – Northern Leaders


Contrary to the position of many Nigerians, two northern groups have said that there is nothing wrong with the plan by the government to negotiate with Boko Haram in order to secure the freedom of the girls seized by the terrorists from their school in Chibok, Borno State, over a month ago.

Boko Haram released a video showing the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all their members in prison were freed.

Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, NEC, Alhaji Tanko Yakassi, and the National Coordinator of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, NPAPB, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, in separate interviews with Vanguard yesterday, threw their weight behind the plan by the Federal Government to dialogue with the sect in a bid to free the girls.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the idea of a swap of Boko Haram prisoners for the schoolgirls, Britain’s Minister for Africa said after talks with him in Abuja, yesterday.

“He made it very clear that there would be no negotiations with Boko Haram that involved a swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners,” Mark Simmonds told a news conference.

The northern leaders, who are delegates to the ongoing National Conference, said the Federal Government had no option than to negotiate in good faith with the sect to return the children to their parents and end their agony.

“As far as we are concerned, discussion with the group is a step in the right direction. There is no substitute to dialogue. What we want in this country is peace.”

The leader of NPAPB, Mohammed, said that despite the provocation by Boko Haram, the Federal Government should seize the offer made by the sect and dialogue in utmost good faith to free the children.

According to Mohammed, the attention of the Federal Government and men of goodwill should be focused on securing the release of the children unharmed and returning them to their parents.

The Second Republic politician, who described Boko Haram as a repugnant group that does not represent the interest of anyone, asked the government to learn lessons from what the sect had done in recent years and bring it to an end.

Voting Fayemi, APC, Another Four Years Of Hunger, Deceit – Fayose


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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Ayo Fayose has described the volte face by Governor Kayode Fayemi on the conduct of competency test for teachers and the implementation of the 27% teachers allowance as “voodoo, gimmick, deceit  and a mere political statement”.

Fayose, who was reacting to the development, urged the teachers not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by Fayemi’s promises, which he said are fake, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) which emerged from Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was not known to be upright or faithful to promises.

Speaking through his media aide, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose, who is a former governor of the state, advised the teachers and people of Ekiti that returning Fayemi and APC to power “is another four years of hunger, deceit, retrogression, capital flight, re-introduction of political competency, sack and humiliation of teachers, retrenchment of local government workers and ban of okada operation”.

The PDP candidate told Ikere people to ask Fayemi why he had to wait until he (Fayose) had said that he would continue with the work.

According to Fayose, “this is a deceit of the 21st century and only a fool would believe Fayemi, but Ikere people and Ekiti in general are wiser”.

He, therefore, implored the people to reject APC totally and vote for him to return the state to an era of economic boom and progress.

Nollywood Loses Another Actress


The Nigerian movie industry called Nollywood, has been thrown into mourning yet again as another veteran actress, Margaret Umanah, died few days ago in a ghastly motor accident along the Lagos-Benin Expressway.
Margaret, who was one of the biggest actresses in the South-East, was based in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, and was a very popular and active member in the industry and would be remembered for her roles in some Ibibio indigenous movies like ‘Eka Abasi’, a blockbuster epic local movie.
According to foremost movie producer and director in the state, Moses Eskor, a condolence meeting will be held in her honour tomorrow, Friday, 16 May, 2014.
Margaret Umanah’s death brings to five, the number of movie practitioners who have died since the
beginning of this year.
May her soul rest in peace, amen.

 

IG of police MD Abubakar goes on terminal leave


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The Inspector of Police Mohammed Abubakar has been asked to proceed on compulsory leave by president Jonathan allegedly because of the rising insecurity in the country under his watch and police under-performance under his leadership.
The Secretary to the Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, issued a letter signed by the president on Monday May 12th asking the IG to hand over to his immediate subordinate, Suleiman Fakai, who is the Deputy Inspector General of Police  (DIG) in charge of Finance and Administration.
MD Abubakar became Inspector General of Police on January 25, 2012. His tenure was supposed to expire in July 2014, as he’s due to retire July 30th 2014 based on mandatory retirement age after serving in the Nigerian Police Force for 35 years but had applied for extention of his tenure, but was turned down by the presidency.

Fakai will step in an acting capacity, until a new Inspector General is announced.

Source: LIB

‘Jonathan Is Overwhelmed By Boko Haram’ – Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said President Goodluck Jonathan is overwhelmed by Boko Haram and needs a new approach in handling the insurgents.

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Speaking on a BBC programme, Focus on Africa, which aired a special edition on Nigeria’s insecurity yesterday night, Obasanjo said there’s nothing wrong in trying a new approach to end the Boko Haram menace.

If you had tried stick and stick alone and it has not worked, is there anything wrong to try something along with the stick,” he said.

According to Obasanjo, in 2011, he took upon himself to investigate Boko Haram when they were getting out of hand in order to be a mediator and also find out if it was an organisation with aims and objectives and if they have foreign backing.

He said he met with people who knew the sect and he found out that Boko Haram has leaders and they had somebody acting as their lawyer.

The lawyer, who was acting in proxy told me: ‘Mr President if you want to meet their leaders give me three hours. I will gather their leaders, not in Nigeria but outside Nigeria. Obviously, they have leaders,” Obasanjo said.

Meanwhile, human rights activist Shehu Sani said Obasanjo has a list of the leaders of Boko Haram sect which has a theocratic agenda.

He warned the Federal government against using force to fight Boko Haram as it has not been able to yield any results.

He added that the federal government should first get the girls back home safely before using force on the Boko Haram insurgents.

Obasanjo had some days back condemned the President Goodluck Jonathan administration on how they handled the issue of the abducted Chibok School girls, saying they couldn’t have acted immediately the news broke to save the girls but they didn’t.

 

Source: The Nation

“Thank God I found my daughter”: Parents identify 23 more girls in Boko Haram video


Twenty three more abducted Chibok girls have been identified in the newly released video by the Islamic sect,  Boko Haram.
“I thank God that I saw my daughter Aisha Zannah in the picture. They are our girls abducted one month ago. We want our girls to return home safely now that we know that they are still alive”’ Mr Lawan Zannah, one of the parents said.
Shettima Haruna, another parent, said all the girls shown in the video were those abducted from the school.
“The lady reciting the Quran is from Kubur Bula village; she had been of a good Christian background, but I wonder what they did to her. Her name is Rebecca but she looked like a true Muslim in the video,” he said.
Meanwhile the Borno State Government released the list of a further 23 students whose identities were confirmed by their parents in the video clip of Boko Haram.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication, Alhaji Isa Gusau, also said the
identification of the abducted girls was continuing at press time.
The statement said:
“Please find the names of the additional 23 girls that have been identified. The names are
1. Fibi Haruna; 2. Laraba Mamman; 3. Saraya Yanga; 4. Hauwa Mutan; 5. Deborah Abari; 6. Hauwa Nkeki Mbalala; 7. Rejoice Musa 8. Yana Joshua ; 9. Esther Ayuba; 10. Helen Musa; 11. Mwa Daniel; 12. Hannatu Ishaku; 13. Yayi Abana; 14. Mary Ndamah; 15. Monica Enoch ; 16. Amina Ali; 17. Ashe Ezekiel; 18. Lydia Simon; 19. Na’omi Bitrus; 20. Kawuna Lalai; 21. Kawuna Luka; 22. Lydia Habila; 23. Margaret Watsai
“The exercise is continuing with a new set of parents, teachers and students. The three sets of people (parents, teachers and students) were brought to Maiduguri in batches. Another set is to continue the identification exercise tonight and we will get back to you with any update,” he assured.

Prof Dora Akunyili begins treatment in India


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Ailing ex-minister of Information and former NAFDAC boss, Prof Dora Akunyili who reportedly left for India on Sunday May 11th after her health deteriorated, is said to have started her treatment.
According to a statement she released through her Media Advisor, Mr. Isaac Umunna, Prof. Akunyili expressed gratitude for the outpouring of prayers and goodwill towards her since the information of her deteriorating health emerged on Sunday. The statement reads in part;

“I am touched – indeed, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection by my fellow countrymen and women, as well as numerous other well wishers around the world, many of whom have not only been praying for me but have also been mobilising through the various social networks for God’s healing hands to come upon me. I am confident that Almighty God will hear our prayers and grant me quick recovery. I love you all and pray that Almighty God blesses you all.”

Akunyili left for India in company of her husband, Dr Chike Akunyili. She is said to be responding well to treatment.

Source: LIB

Photos: Caleb University Students Riot. Once Again, Religion is Involved


 

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There was serious riot at Caleb University, Imota Lagos this evening. Unconfirmed reports say the riot started when a Muslim student who was saying his prayers was disrupted by one of the porters in the male hostel … plus other irregular enforced school rules and security misunderstandings. The students went on a rampage destroying school property. The school according to its website is a Christian University. See more photos after the cut…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Nyanya bus station bomber arrested


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Another Nyanya bomber has been arrested. Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche (pictured above) was arrested yesterday in Sudan where he was hiding after the Federal government placed a N25m reward on his head. He was arrested by Interpol with help from DSS and will be extradited to Nigeria to face charges of terror. This makes it a total of six suspects so far arrested. DSS on Monday paraded five suspects.

Ogwuche is said to be a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan. He is British born and is the son of retired Col. Agene Ogwuche. He served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army at Child Avenue, Arakan Barracks, Lagos, between 2001 and 2006 and was arrested in 2011 for being involved in terror activities but was released on bail to his father.

Popular American Rapper Jailed For Three Years


Radric Davis, popularly known as Gucci Mane, has pleaded guilty to firearms charges and therefore has been sentenced to 39 months in prison.

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Gucci had initially faced 20 years of jail time and $500,000 fine but a plea agreement was worked out with the prosecutors.

Gucci was arrested on September 12, 2013 in possession of a firearm even though he was on probation at that time.

Then again, just two days, later he was again caught with another firearm, The federal prosecutor said: “Then, just two days later, on September 14th, he again possessed a firearm different from the earlier gun. On both occasions, Davis displayed the loaded firearm, acted erratically, and made threats to individuals, including police and his attorney.”

Gucci has always had problems with the law, having been charged with battery in 2012, when he hit a man with a bottle.

In 2005 he had killed a man, shooting him to death in what people said was self defence but a lack of evidence made the charge to be later dropped.

Aladino Ortiz of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said: “The criminal history of the defendant, Radric Davis shows a complete and utter disregard for the lives of others as well as for their personal pursuits”.
Source: CNN

Actress Stella Damasus Is Angry With Anti-#BringBackOurGirls Supporters


Nollywood actress Stella Damasus is angry with people who attacked and insulted her when she joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and doubted that there was any abduction of the female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

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Stella Damasus like other Nigerian and foreign celebrities joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and spoke passionately about the need to rescue the girls but a lot of people went to war with her as some expressed their doubts saying that the kidnap saga was just a political gimmick. However, after the video with the girls abducted by Boko Haram was released, the mother of two called out to those who disparaged her.

Read what she said below:

“Where are all the cowards, ignorant, uneducated and uniformed twerps who went on a rampage to insult me and tell me how stupid I was for talking about the Chibok girls?

“Where are those that have been leaving comments and calling me names? Those that were trying to prove that the whole thing was a hoax and that I was spreading lies?

“I hope you have seen the released video of Boko Haram and you have heard their demands.

“Maybe now you will wake up and join the campaign, #BringBackOurGirls.”

Source: Pulse

Heavily Pregnant Ciara Pictured Working Out Close To Delivery Date


Popular singer, Ciara, is known to have one of the most fit bodies in Hollywood and apparently being pregnant is not going to stop her from working out.

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The 28-year-old singer who is currently heavily pregnant with rapper fiance, Future’s child, is not about to quit her routines as she was spotted taking a jog with a gal pal along the streets of Beverly Hills.

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The energetic mom-to-be also seems favoured by pregnancy, she is pictured looking really good, healthy and ready to welcome her child into the world anytime soon as her pregnancy is almost 9 months along.

Check out more photos below:

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Source: Dailymail

#BringBackOurGirls: Former CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi Shows Support For Missing Chibok Girls (PHOTO)


Sanusi Lamido Joins #BringBackOurGirls Campaign

As demonstrations in support of the missing Chibok school girls are being held around the world, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has joined millions of people in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

The bring back our girls campaign which has gone worldwide has been backed by the likes of US First Lady Michelle Obama, Pope Francis, foreign and Nigerian celebrities.
On Monday, 12th May, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu joined the campaign on social media but they were lambasted as their placards had the naira sign instead of the hashtag (#).
The #BringBackOurGirls campaign which has gained momentum started in order to bring the issue to the
fore and let the world know about it so that something can be done to secure the girls’ release.
The abduction of over 200 school girls from Chibok community in Borno has raised a lot of controversies. Some people like Asari Dokubo are of the opinion that no girl is missing and this whole issue is just a scam.
Meanwhile, people have been protesting in South Africa, England, Ireland and Turkey, Washington DC, New York, Lagos, Abuja and many other cities and countries worldwide for the release of the abducted girls.
It’s been a month since the girls were kidnapped and their parents who are still in pain were thrown into further grief when Boko Haram released a video on Monday, showing the girls in an undisclosed area reciting a chapter from the Qur’an. Some of the girls in the video have been identified by their parents who are still keeping hope alive.
The leader of the dreaded sect, Abubakar Shekau also asked the government to release its members in custody in exchange for the girls, but the government has said they will not accept Boko Haram’s proposal.
As the search for the girls continue, the Nigerian government is working hand in hand with foreign experts to secure the safe release of the girls.
READ MORE:  http://news.naij.com/66379.html

More details on how civilians staved off Boko Haram attack, killed dozens


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An update by Dr. Peregrino Brimah of ENDS.ng

More details are coming in on how the Civilian-JTF, civilian vigilantes staved off a Boko Haram attack and possible abduction in Kalabalge local government, northeast Borno state, near the Cameroonian border.

The villagers who were prepared for the Boko Haram attack had dug out trenches for the purpose. The Rann village, located in the middle of a Boko Haram strong-hold, had been attacked by Boko Haram in the recent past. In that attack they had allegedly acquired two light-weight armored tanks and some AK47 rifles. They refused to turn in this ammunition to the government in an increasingly common response as more villages in the north are determined to take up arms to defend themselves in the current state of deadly insecurity. Continue…

The invading terrorists who launched an early Tuesday morning attack on Rann, Shuwa and neighboring villages, were met by a strong and determined villager resistance. Over 200 terrorists were killed. The full number of the dead is not yet known as the villagers ran in pursuit of the escaping and injured terrorists into the bushes to continue their extermination.

More than 35 Boko Haram terrorists were captured. One APC and more than four hilux trucks and several motorcycles were captured from the terrorists.

At the time of this report, about 20 villagers were said to have lost their lives in the fierce, brave battle.

Nigerians in the worst affected regions are seeking the formal right to bear arms and defend themselves. The Borno Civilian-JTF sent this request to Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in a meeting with security agents this month. The ENDS civil activist group also sent a formal request for Executive Authorization of the people to bear arms, supported by the government to defend their territory and hunt and eliminate Boko Haram terrorists. The government is yet to officially respond to the open letter delivered to the State secretary on April 25th, 2014.

In related news, there was Mutiny in the military today as soldiers reportedly attacked a General officer commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian army 7th division, Major General Abubakar Mohammed, who was accused of sabotaging the military mission and not reporting to a particular mission he was requested to. He was said to have fled as he was fired upon when he came to his office at the Maimalari barracks. The soldiers went in pursuit of the commander, whose whereabouts are not known as at the time of this report.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah for http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something]

EFCC arraigns two for defrauding a South African of $60,000


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Read the EFCC press release below…

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the duo of Nnanna Kalu, 26 and Ukaegbu Arisa Oti, 27, before Justice F. A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court Umuahia, Abia State on a 28-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and forgery.

The two are alleged to be part of a five-man syndicate that defrauded one Michael J. Firm (a South African) of the sum of $60,000 (sixty thousand dollars) under the pretense of registering his company with National Agency for Foods Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to enable it supply the Federal Ministry of Defence with pre-cooked meals in sachets. Continue…

One of the charge reads: “That you Nnanna Kalu, Ukaegbu Arisa, James David Njoku (at large), Lekwauwa David Emeragh (at large) and Anyaso Okoro  (at large) on about 3rd June 2013 in Aba Abia State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with the intent to defraud obtained the sum of ($37,827,00) thirty Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and twenty Seven United States Dollars from Michael J. Firm (a South African Citizen) through United Bank of Africa (UBA) account number 3001510615 of Adimigiri Nigeria Limited under the false pretence that the money is meant to register his company with NAFDAC for the purpose of supplying Federal Ministry of Defence with pre-cooked meals in sachet, from South Africa, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable Under Section (3) of the same Act.”
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

Thereafter, the prosecuting counsel, Mainforce Adaka Ekwu asked the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the accused person in prison custody. Counsel to the accused persons, Saint Moses Ogbonna asked the court for a short date to enable him file an application for bail.
Justice Olubanjo adjourned the matter to 15th May 2014 for the hearing of bail application and 19th June 2014 for trial while the accused persons are to be remanded in prison custody.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media and Publicity
May 13, 2014

Chibok: US Will Not Share Intelligence With Nigeria, Says Boko Haram Has Infiltrated Nigerian Military


Obama-500x271The United States military has said that it will not share raw military intelligence with their Nigeria counterparts as both sides work to rescue over 250 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

This declaration came amid concerns over corruption in the Nigerian military and infiltration of the force by Boko Haram.

Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren who disclosed this in a website, military.com, said  while the U.S. will be sharing commercial satellite imagery with Nigerian officials, raw military data will be withheld.

“At this point, we are not sharing raw intelligence data,” Col. Warren said.

Mr. Warren declined to give reasons for holding back the information, but the defence website said there are concerns within the U.S. military about corruption in the Nigerian military and its infiltration in Boko Haram.

A U.S. army general and head of the U.S. Army, Africa Command, General Rodriguez, met with the Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh, and the Defence Chief on Tuesday to work out protocols in sharing available data.

General Rodriguez’ presence in Nigeria had been previously planned and he was now working out of the American Embassy in Abuja to coordinate an inter-agency team on assisting in the search for the missing school girls.

“Other U.S. troops currently in Nigeria include 50-60 assigned as staff officers to the Embassy and about 20 Marines who were finishing a brief mission advising Nigerian Navy personnel in Calabar on amphibious operations,” Col. Warren said.

Ex Gov Ikedi Ohakim escaped death, house bombed in Owerri



Barely few hours after news filtered that the immediate past governor of Imo State Chief Dr Ikedi Ohakim  has joined  the 2015 guber race in Imo State  and will be declaring officially on Saturday 18th  May 2014 , news has emerged that his private house at Prefab housing estate  Owerri  has been bombed .The Former Governor came into Owerri yesterday. The explosion happened at about 1am .  There were no reports on possible casualties in the attack but the house was totally in ruins

Occupy Africa: Drones Cannot Capture Boko Haram Generals


By Farouk Martins Aresa
Africans have been stung many times in the past, but must not give in to advice of Boko Haram Generals. Only Nigerians can capture Boko Haram Generals, not foreigners. Army has proved worthy in world peace and war missions; only confused and paralyzed from mixed messages of traitors at home, Boko Haram Generals. No matter how Nigerians feel about President, they are courageously and fiercely independent. Armed Forces are noted as opposing Africom since they understand what it can turn into. It is why the President resisted foreign aids before now.

Report is that there was a mutiny. It sounds like a house is divided within itself between officers in high command affiliated with Boko Haram and soldiers whose lives are placed at risk, starved of equipment to fight back. Nobody would send Zaki Biam commander to Zaki Biam, which is the advantage of different ethnic groups. This must not be swept under the carpet because we have been hearing stories for a while. Another story was that soldiers in hot pursuit into the evil forest were ordered back. By whom, why and do we need foreign technology to find that out?

Boko Haram has become an opportunity for all kinds of countries to occupy Nigeria. It is déjà vu again at the table of amalgamation of African countries. Which in reality, is the disintegration of Africa by western influences, languages and culture. They have colluded and collided in the past and it will happen again at the expense of their hosts, if Africa is not discrete. We already have some mercenaries from France and Israel in full control of some African presidential guards.

One message that must be sent to terrorists is that negotiation with them is fruitless because it only encourages them to take more hostages for future negotiations. It is the same governors in the North and in the South-south of Nigeria that have been negotiating for terrorists. Once they are released into the custody of their Emirs and governors with stipulation that they would never repeat such crimes again, they grow wings and repeat worse crimes.

The best way to send the message to terrorists that we will not negotiate is to break promises made to them under duress during negotiations. That is, negotiate carefully and make sure you can shadow their movements, their dens and collaborators. If possible, plant devices in their     gadgets, clothing or vehicles so that they can be watched, traced, located, and apprehended. When this is repeated often enough, they will realize you do not negotiate, you set them up.

If Africa has a say in what technology they prefer, where and how it can be deployed, fine. But do not hold your breath. Beggars have no choice. Each time a country or continent is occupied, you can bet the roof over your head that the place will never be the same again. Be careful now you may get more than what you ask for. Look before begging for local solutions, from abroad.

Africa was easily occupied by missionaries and adventurers with best intention not in their self-interest, by exchanging mirrors for gold. The rest is history. Since the occupation of Libya, their terrorists have dispersed into Africa south of Sahara. We have called on the super powers for help in dislodging these unwelcome adventurers from Sudan. Moved to Nigeria and Cameroon, we have no need to for massive troops on the ground since technology helps African-trained.

Well, is it time for verification by drone space intelligence? We do not want drones in airspace killing indiscriminately as collateral damage. We also have sensitive intelligence that others claim have already been sold to super powers in Russia, China, Europe and Americas for visa. There are differences between Wiki-Leaks, direct involvement in senseless self-destruction of lives, eradication of ideologies and properties ranging amongst different beliefs and cultures.

There are people of goodwill worldwide, sincere and willing to share. Unfortunately, they come wholesale with the bad and the ugly looking to exploit every situation for their selfish interest. We see how they pointed fingers to one another in Ukraine and destabilized the Country. All Ukraine was looking for was economic aids by joining European Economic Market. Libya is now worse than when Gadhafi was in power cooperating; and Syria is in ruins as was Lebanon.

There are extreme views out there whether this occupation was deliberately planned so that African countries can ask for help: invade under the disguise of supplying technology. Whatever the case, the discretion of these countries must be respected and accommodated as they have suffered greatly in the past from colonialism and its counterpart, neo-colonialism. We are yet to recover from either, and some Africans are so naive, they are asking for return to colonialism.

Our greatest Empires Ghana, Mali, Songhai and Kanem-Borno were destroyed by barbarians from the Northern continents, some of who still occupy the Northern part of Africa today. We are students of history, even when our destructive behavior indicated otherwise. Africans are generally very friendly and accommodating. However, through history it has worked to our disadvantages. We need to open a new chapter and be very sensitive and suspicious of aids.

Actually, it is ironic that United States included some hostage negotiators in the team of experts sent to Nigeria. In the first place, U.S claims it does not negotiate with terrorists. Then, African hostage takers, if they are really Africans, they would respond better and culturally to African negotiators than to Americans, not every time. Unless there are some Nigerian/Niger/Sudanese Americans in the team since USA can boast of most natives from most part of the world.

The victims of most of their crimes are the poor and defenseless women and children. Instead of waiting for the Army to defend them, they got sick and tired and resort to defending one another anyway they can. So far, they have driven some terrorists back, seized their weapons and killed some of them. Instead of seizing the opportunity to fortify grassroots effort, Major General took to his heels. Either Major-Gen. Ahmed Abdullahi or others are Boko Haram.

Justin Bieber allegedly attempts to rob a woman


 

The LAPD is currently investigating a situation which points fingers at troubled pop star Justin Bieber for allegedly attempting to rob a woman.
A yet-to-be identified woman claims that she was at an entertainment complex called Sherman Oaks Castle Park in California when she spotted Bieber with a group of his friends. He and his crew were apparently arguing with some people near the batting cages facility and the woman decided to whip her phone out to snap photos. Bieber saw this and rushed over, insisting that he see the phone so he could delete any pics. She denied his request and he reacted by diving into her bag to get it and the two began to wrestle over it. He eventually got his hands on the phone but it was locked.
The woman gave up the fight and showed Bieber that there were no photos of him on the device and told him that her 13-year-old daughter, who was there to witness this all, wanted to say hello. His response: “You’re humiliating yourself in front of your daughter. Why don’t you just get out of here.” She told TMZ that
her daughter began crying and then Justin turned around to scream at someone else.

‘How I got into the oil business’ – Billionaire, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija


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One of the world’s richest black women, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija has opened up on how she got into the oil business that has made her a billionaire. Speaking during the Women Inspiration & Enterprise WIE event that held two weeks ago, the chairman of Famfa Oil & Gas, said she got into the business through perseverance and hard work

“It was not a planned thing at all. A friend actually contacted me that some people wanted to buy crude oil and she was wondering if I will be able to get them to make the purchase. I got an appointment with the Minister of Petroleum and he told me that it’s not the way to go because there wasn’t much profit in selling it and because it’s a foreign company that Nigeria is imposed at selling its crude to international market. That it will be better to look at other things. I went back to my friend and told her what the Minister said. Then it seemed as if that door was shut but something else came up. I chose not to walk away so I went back to offer another service which was catering services. And yet again I was shut down. I did not give up, I just knew that something had to come out of it. I spoke again to some friends in the oil industry and I was told to ask to be able to supply transportation services for those who are purchasing crude within the country but I was shut down again by the minister.

Then the last time I went to see the Minister, he told me that the government wants Nigerians to be involved in Nigeria’s exploration and production. That it has been the multinationals that have been taking advantage of the oil business in Nigeria. So I was like OK…probably this is not the likes of me. I felt like there was no point coming back but honestly, I’m not the type to take no for an answer. So I began to ask questions, I began to knock on doors, I began to seek information and in the long run, I applied for an oil bloc. But all through that time, the ministers have been changed 3 times so each time they are changed, it takes me back to the bottom of the ladder and I will have to start all over again but I still did not give up. The whole thing started in January 1991 till the end of 1993. I kept going, kept going, kept praying, in-between I became a born-again Christian. That was when I knew the lord. When I was 40, I decided to enter a covenant with the lord that if he blesses me, that I will serve him for the rest of my life and then I got the oil license. It eventually came after 3years but I did not get the one I wanted.” she said

On her husband’s role in all her business pursuit, she said
“My husband was solidly behind me. There were many times that I will go back home crying and he would tell me to stop crying and he would tell me to stop crying that after all, we are not starving, we are very comfortable. I had his support financially, morally because I had a settled home. I had a balanced relationship with my Husband and my children. All that helped me to dare to make a difference” she said
Source: LIB

‘I was a bus conductor in Ilorin’ – Ex-Sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi


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Former Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi said he was once a bus conductor as he struggled to make ends meet. Alhaji Abdullahi revealed this while delivering a paper at the annual public lecture of the Association of Business and Social Science Students, University of Ilorin on May 8th.

“I was a bus conductor in Ilorin because I didn’t have money to go to school and I know what poverty means because I grew up with it. We must stop pretending about our problems,” he said.

He urged students to see themselves as economic changers and advised that they become skillfull in any craft that they desire as this would go a long way in solving the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria. “I want to call on our youths to be skilful because you are winners,” he said.

British Newspaper Mocks President Jonathan, See What They Did….


Cartoonist of London Times newspaper mocks President Jonathan in a picture that has rapidly become viral.

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President Jonathan was recently mocked by a cartoonist in a British newspaper, read the report below:

With over 200 girls being abducted by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, the whole world has started paying very close attention to the government of Nigeria, as well as President Goodluck Jonathan.

*Cartoon by Peter Brookes, London Times

One of the cartoonists of London Times newspaper, Peter Brookes, has published a cartoon depicting President Jonathan with a new version of a popular hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. In this cartoon the President is holding a sign #Bring Back My Credibility.

Source: Times UK

Unclad Woman Drew Crowds By Dancing On 11th Floor Windowsill


A unclad Chinese woman drew a huge crowd of onlookers after she climbed on the windowsill outside the 11th floor of a hotel and started dancing.

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[Warning: indecency]

While waiting for the police and firfighters to come to the scene the excited crowd warily watched the woman’s actions and took photographs. After the rescuers came into her room the woman abruptly moved on to the air conditioning unit making it clear – she doesn’t want to negotiate.

PHOTOS: Crazy unclad Dance On The Edge of Windowsill (18+ ONLY)

Fortunately, initial assumptions about suicide were not confirmed as it turned out later she was under the influence of drugs and was not able to control her actions. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to distract the unclad woman from her dance and entice into the room with water and food.

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When all possible options failed to work an elderly hotel cleaner appeared who surprisingly found a common ground with the crazy dancer. While the cleaner was trying to persuade the young woman to come back inside, a fireman attached to a rope approached the window and suddenly grabbed her.

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Despite the woman’s resistance she was forcefully dragged inside by other rescue workers and kept away from windows. It was learnt before the incident she has spent the night with a man with whom allegedly took drugs found in her room later.

Source: DAILY STAR

Policemen Encountered Death While Transporting Suspects From Kaduna To Lagos


Two policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos, have been reported dead on Sunday, while they were coming from Kaduna.

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According to PUNCH Metro, the policemen lost their lives in an auto crash while they were conveying some suspects to Lagos from Kaduna.

It was learnt that three other people were wounded as a result of the accident and were in critical conditions in a hospital.

According to a police source, the tragic accident happened around Onigare Village along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway after one of the front tyres of the vehicle burst while on speed.

The vehicle was said to have somersaulted, killing two of the policemen, while two other policemen and some suspects sustained injuries.

The deceased policemen were Sergeant Nuru Aliyu and Inspector Evbouan Aigbokhai.

“On May 11, around 2.30pm, men from SARS team while on investigation from Kaduna had an accident at Onigare Village along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The front tyre of the vehicle burst and made the car to somersault.

“ASP Ugueze Cyprian and Corporal Kasiari Ambrose sustained serious injuries and are receiving treatment. Sergeant Nuru Aliyu and Inspector Evbouan Aigbokhai were pronounced dead at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State,” an official statement announcing the incident stated.

Source: Punch Nigeria

Smuggler Arrested With About 4kg Of Drugs At MMIA


A 51-year-old man was arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for smuggling 3.870kg of methamphetamine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

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The suspect, Odeyemi Ademola Ayodeji, who was a passenger of a Kenyan Airways flight, confessed that he attempted to carry the drug to generate money to clear his debts.

The agency’s Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, stated that the drugs were found during outward screening in a white transparent polythene and hidden inside his bag containing soup ingredients like pepper, melon and crayfish.

According to the Osun State-born suspect, he would have made a profit of $15,000 (N2.4 million) had he succeeded in selling the drug in Nairobi. His intention was to pay debts and start a business with the drug money.

He also added that because of his inability to cater for his family one of his two wives had to move in to her parents’ house.

Methamphetamine, often called ‘ice’ or ‘meth’, is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in large rock-like chunks. It is odourless, bitter and dissolves easily in water or alcohol.

Rihanna gives $25,000 to charity after smashing Police Chief’s phone at NBA game (PHOTOS)


Rihanna is just adorable.Last week at an NBA game, she was seated next to 65 year old L.A. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff. So while she attempted to take a selfie with his phone, she mistakenly dropped the phone,cracking the screen.
She decided to make up for it by handing over $25,000 to a charity fund for officers.She then shared a friendly Twitter exchange with Steve afterwards, saying:

 ‘Sorry I broke your phone @SteveSoboroff :)’

He then tweeted:

 ‘BIG @rihanna news: she’s donating $25,000 to @LAPoliceFdtn for cadets & families of fallen officers.’

He is also auctioning the phone to raise more money for the good cause, after getting her to autograph it writing: ‘Sorry! I ♥ LAPD. Rihanna.’

How sweet…See More photos below:

Steve said: ‘

 I asked her to take a selfie with me wearing LAPD wristbands to show support for our officers. Rihanna took the phone from me and wanted to take the selfie herself! While she was taking our selfie, she dropped the phone and the screen cracked!’

The phone, which still works despite having a cracked screen, is currently for sale on eBay, with a current top bid of $1,375.

Uche Jombo Flaunts Her Growing Baby Bump (See Photo)


Gorgeous Nollywood actress c*m producer, Uche Jombo is glowing with her pregnancy.

The actress and her husband, Kenny Rodriguez who got married in 2012 are expecting their first child.

Uche Jombo is not letting her pregnancy get in the way of her acting as she was spotted on the set of an unidentified movie with her colleague, Van Vicker.

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Van Vicker & Uche Jombo on set in Lagos

According to report, she might be 6 months gone.

Nigerian Keeper Vincent Enyeama Speaks On New Award


Vincent Enyeama is greatly proud of becoming the 1st goalkeeper to be French League 1 African Player of the Season.

Being the first Nigerian to be named French league 1 African Player of the Season, he is also the first of Nigerian to win the Prize Marc-Vivien Foe, that was named after Cameroon midfielder, after his unfortunate death of a heart attack in 2003 at the age of 28.

Vincent Enyama was voted to win ahead of players like defender of Toulouse’s Ivorian – Serge Aurier, defender of Lyon’s

Cameroom Henri Bedimo and even winner of last year from Gabon – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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The people who vote in this award are 60 journalists from various media branches and the sponsors of the award are RFI – Radio France Internationale and TV news channel – France 24.

Enyeama revealed in his interview to BBC Sport: “It’s amazing, a great honour and I deeply appreciate it. I must first give glory to God, my team-mates, family and our beautiful fans for their remarkable support.”

He added later on; “It’s a reward for team effort and having great people in front of me. Together we’ve endured a tough but interesting season.”

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The player of Super Eagle in this season played all 37 of league games for his club Lille and conceded only 25 goals.

He claimed also that he has hopes that this award will lead to more recognition for goalkeepers. Enyeama claims that it is not easy for any goalkeeper to win this award and is hoping that this will help ‘open the doors’ for others.

However, Vincent Enyeama, a goalkeeper that managed to stay 1,062 minutes without conceding a single goal in French top flight, did not win the French Ligue 1 award Goalkeeper of the Year. While he was a great performer for team Lille this season, another great player, Salvatore Sirigu claimed the prize.

Enyeama commented on this saying that it would have been great if he won, still he was not going to let it disappoint him.

Enyeama is supposed to be among first choices for Super Eagles at Brazil tournament.

North Using Boko Haram As Cover To Reclaim Presidency – Ex-Rep Member


Salvador Adegoke MoshoodA South-West delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Salvador Adegoke Moshood, has accused the North of using Boko Haram attacks to destabilize the President Goodluck Jonathan administration with a view to reclaiming the Presidency.

Moshood, who made this known in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, noted that the declaration by certain northern leaders to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan was almost becoming a reality with the raging war being waged by the North’s Boko Haram insurgents.

The delegate, who represents Ethnic Nationalities at the confab and a former House of Representatives member from Lagos State, warned the president not to rely on the core North to realize his re-election bid in 2015 but to make efforts to clinch the votes in the South and North-Central parts of Nigeria as well as those of some Northern Christian communities.

Moshood said: “If he thinks the northerners are going to get him 2015 Presidency, I would tell Mr. President that he is making a big mistake.

“Even if President Jonathan gives the North all the appointments in Nigeria, they would still not back him because they are looking for his seat. So he should know that for now.

“All the President’s political strength is in the South and North Central. He has to work hard on that and think of how to get more support from the remaining Christian parts of the North. There is nothing, I repeat; there is nothing the North can do for him: the North cannot stop him from getting to where God had designed for him.

“So, why is Jonathan wasting his time and allowing sacred cows to flourish in the midst of Boko Haram assault? Why would known financiers of Boko Haram be left to go unpunished?

“Why should we allow Boko Haram supporters and sympathisers who have infiltrated the administration to go free and exert negative impact on the security?” the delegate asked.

The delegate argued that the president would earn the sympathy and votes of more Nigerians if he took concrete steps to end the evil being perpetuated by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“What I am saying that the President does not want to step on toes; he does not want to hurt anybody. But he cannot get to the root of this problem if he does not step on toes. They had said that they would make his administration ungovernable and they have done so.

“Therefore, let Mr. President stand firm and confront the monster staring Nigeria on its face. It is even the courageous action of Mr. President that will even endear him more to the people of Nigeria”, Moshood said.

Top 5 Nollywood Actresses Of All Time



We have so many  ever beautiful veteran actresses  who have been in the picture since the inception of Nollywood. We can’t list all of them but we will have a countdown of our Top 5.
Here we go:

Liz Ameye ( Nee- benson)
She began her acting career as a kid and graced the cover of so many home videos back in the days. She is one of the most respected Nollywood actresses.
She has featured in movies like “Scores to settle, Izaga, Evil Men, Chain Reaction, Elastic Limit” and so many other movies. Liz Benson is a name that cannot be forgotten in Nollywood.

Joke Silva
The Nigerian actress and director is respected among colleagues and loved by her fans. Joke is known for her proper diction and excellent acting skills. She has featured in numerous movies and stage drama.
Joke Silva is married to veteran actor Olu Jacob. Her movies include: Women’s Cot, Letters to A Stranger,
White Waters and so many others.

Ngozi Ezeonu
She is popular for her royalty movies, Ngozi Eseonu is one of the pretty mother figures in Nollywood.
She has featured in movies like : Love Alone, Before Marriage, When God Says Yes, Save My Soul and so many other movies.

Patience  Ozokwor
Popularly known as Mama G, the Nollywood actress won the hearts of many with her roles as the ” wicked step mother & wicked mother-in-law”. Patience has featured in over 200 movies.
Patience Ozokwor has featured in movies like Ukwa, Indian Doctor, Husband My Foot, After The Proposal, Naked Wrestler among others.

Hilda Dokubo
She was popular for her crying parts, she was always on the offended part. The actress took a leave from the movie scene into politics and we all miss seeing her on our screens.
Hilda Dokubo’s movies include : Evil Forest, World Apart,  Havoc, Crisis, The Hour Has Come and so many others.