How God Saved Winners Chapel Members From Time-Bomb, Other Explosives Today In Owerri


If not for the intervention of God there would have been another mass killing today in Winners Chapel church, Owerri branch, but God took control.

The Police in Imo state have arrested six suspects over the discovery of two Improvised Explosive Devices in a church in Owerri, the state capital, the spokesperson for the command, Andrew Enwerem, has said.

Mr. Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, told PremiumTimes the police was alerted to strange objects at the entrance of thePort Harcourt Road branch of Winners Chapel around midnight on Saturday.

He said bomb experts were promptly drafted to the church to sweep the area.

“During their check, it was discovered that Improvised Explosive Devices in forms of refrigerator compressor concealed in sack bags were discovered,” Mr. Enwerem said. “One was promptly detonated at the scene because it was on a timer. The other one was dis-alarmed and then taken away for detonation.”

The police spokesperson said those arrested have not been directly linked to planting the deadly explosives.

“They were arrested because we believe we might be able to obtain information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators from them,” Mr. Enwerem said. “Investigations are ongoing.”

The police believe the explosives were planted on Saturday night and timed to explode after worshippers had gathered for worship on Sunday.

Worshippers at the church were full of thanks to God for sparing their lives.

A worshipper, Onumara Onyekachi, told Premium Times, “I was about getting ready for the second service when a friend posted this “Breaking News!!!!!! Police Anti Bomb squad has just detonated two bomb explosives planted at Winner Chapel PH road Owerri”.

“I made a few calls and confirmed that it was true.”

Northern Elders Blasts: Jonathan is a Christian, he has no power to stop Sanusi as the new Emir


The Northern Elders’ Forum has flayed the federal government for allegedly interfering in the enthronement of the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano.

The forum strongly faulted the presidency for wading into an ethno-religious tradition that is over 1000 years old.

The Deputy National Chairman, NEF, Dr. Paul Unongo, alleged that the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had been hard on its critics and often rejected advice given to it. He said the President was being misled by his advisers.

He said, “Such is happening in Kano after somebody who was supposed to be the government’s enemy was chosen by the traditional people to be their Emir. I saw the government reacting to a purely traditional and religious matter.

“He is a Christian president but people are pushing him to go and stop a religious and traditional leader. I don’t think they know the meaning of an Emir. An emir is both like a pope; like an archbishop and at the same time, he has traditional powers.

“He is not like a chief in Tiv or Yorubaland or Igboland; this is the head of Islam in Kano. Kano has a history that dates back to about 1000 to 2000 years; and this people can trace their traditional rulers. How will the government stop them?”

Speaking further, Unongo said, “there are so many things happening in this country that I don’t understand anymore. I don t know if the Federal Government is interested in people’s ideas. The government gives the impression that it knows everything and how to solve problems. And what it needs is for everybody to shut up.”

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Terrible: Body of unidentified woman causes panic in Edo


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There was panic among residents of Ezoti street, Benin city on Friday when the corpse of an unidentified half-naked woman was discovered lying face-down close to the Central Hospital.

 

Reports say the woman was found with her hand bag placed behind her and a foamy liquid oozing from her mouth at a location opposite the Edo State Ministry of Justice,  .
Her mobile phone and charger were also lying on the ground as motorists and pedestrians passed by wondering what could have killed the victim. 

A passersby told Punch that she had seen the body very early in the morning.
“The dead body has been there since 6:45am. The police have been called to remove the body so that it can be identified by relatives or friends. But I do not know why it is taking them more than two hours to get here.”
Another resident said, “You will hardly find anybody on this street by 8pm or 9pm because it is usually dark

and scary. A similar incident has happened before, when a young person was seen lying dead on this same street.”

It is not clear exactly how the women met her end but many people believe she may have been killed by unknown assailants.

Brazillian Girl Causes Havoc Inside Stadium With Hot Breasts Exposed!!MORE PICS


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One female Brazilian fan has become an online sensation after she was seen spilling out of her top at the World Cup.

The 20-something brunette showed no signs of embarrassment of shyness as her tiny yellow top failed to give her much cover as her fleshed was exposed for all too see.

Pictures of the revealing Brazilian fan in the stands at the World Cup are below.

 

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BOMB SCARE IN IMO.


 An explosive improviced device(EID) suspected to be a bomb was discovered this morning ,at the winners chapel church located at port harcourt road.
The police anti bomb division was called in immediately to defuse the object.
Comfirming the incident,in a statement to the press, the commissioner of police in Imo state CP Ali Abdujamid stated that the bomb was hidden in a polythine bag at the church gate waiting to be detonated before it was discovered.
He said his men has cordoned off the area and has successfully defused it.
He enjoined Imolites to go to their normal businesses and report any suspected moves around their area

SAMUELSON IWUOHA WRITES OKOROCHA’S WIFE


The Wife of the Governor of Imo State,

Government House

Owerri

14/6/14

 

You’re Excellency,

ARE YOU REALLY A MOTHER?

My heart is very heavy and bitter over the continued  detention of my wife by the police in Owerri.  For the first time in the history of Imo state, a First Lady now goes by the title “Nneoma”.I  am therefore baffled that you don’t want to  live up to this name this time around because Samuelson is now involved.

 My own wife Mrs. Chioma Ikenna Samuelson was illegally arrested and detained over a frivolous allegation of murder since the 3rd of June 2014. You know the whole story because you have been  reading your emails. Your email address is one of my mailing receivers but you have refused to ensure that your fellow woman, an innocent woman and mother of my 2 children is released. Everybody knows we are 100 percent innocent of the allegation against us and that we are being framed because of my stand against corruption.

I will never beg you to effect my wife’s unconditional release moreover your husband the executive governor has on the 06th June 2014 through his chief of staff sir Jude Ejiogu instructed that  I and my wife and all those illegally arrested and detained over the frivolous allegations of murder be released but the speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Mr. Benjamin Uwajumogu sat on the matter and allegedly compromised the police to thwart that order.

My wife’s children need her urgently because they are out there without her. May the Almighty God judge your conscience as Imo people awaits your reaction.

Yours truly

Citizen Dr. Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha writing from his police cell

Singer Kefee Is Dead


Nigeria born entertainer, Kefee is dead. Latest updates show that Kefee, who went into coma on her way to Chicago,United states didn’t survive the ordeal. She was pregnant when she went into coma.

The plane in which Kefee was travelling made an emergency landing in Los Ageles so that she could get urgent medical attention.

The death of Kefee is coming days after her radio presenter husband,Teddy Esosa made a call to Nigerians to pray for her survival.Doctors said her chance of survival depends on a miracle.

Nigeria entertainment industry mourns Kefee.

Ghanaian Actor Majid Michel In Adultery And Fraud Scandal!


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Ghanaian/Nollywood actor, Majid Michel, has allegedly been caught in a messy adultery and fraud scandal that is threatening his marriage and credibility.

According to Ghana’s ghanacelebrities.com, a Ghanaian based in the United States of America claims that Majid is dating his sister while claiming to be divorced from his wife.

The man also claimed that Majid allegedly collected

the sum of $10, 000 from the lady with the intention of producing a movie but ended up pocketing the money.

According to the USA based Ghanaian, the sister believed what Majid told her and the guy wanted to find out if indeed Majid Michel is divorced as he claims.

The exchange was made via the social media and the site reproduced the conversation here

RMD reacts to bad health rumour, says I’m in th best shape of my life


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There have been rumours both online and on entertainment magazines that Nollywood icon and Delta State Commissioner for Culture & Tourism, Richard Mofe-Damijo, has health issues probably because of his recent weight loss. I saw him a while back and he looked more handsome than ever!

Anyway, RMD has reacted to the rumours, saying he’s better than ever.

“What else do you need? You saw me on stage, did I look sick? People are probably so disappointed to see me looking so much better they want the news to be true. Unfortunately for them, I am in the best shape of my life.

“Have you not taken photos of me. It amazes me how people cling to bad news. I am a public servant in Delta State, I go to work every day. I am not sick. I changed my lifestyle and lost weight and I am looking better than I have ever looked in my adult life. For the records, I am not on Facebook and my colleagues that they used their names as those who posted the stories have all denied it.”RMD told Weekend Groove

Left is RMD at Amaka Igwe’s Tribute night on Monday and right is RMD at the Delta Entertainment Awards in Asaba two days ago where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

National Confab Delegates Reject Honour for Abiola


Nigeria is a country without regards for her heroes and this explains why politicians now prefer to thief public money and live large rather than make sacrifices for the advancement and development of the country.

Echoes of the June 12, 1993, presidential election reverberated at the National Conference on Thursday when a motion seeking national recognition for the presumed winner of the poll, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, was moved at the confab. The motion, which was moved by Orok Duke, saw the delegates divided along regional lines as those from the southern Nigeria favoured the motion while those from the North rejected it.

Those who were opposed to the motion, led by a representative of the civil society, Mallam Nasir Kura, were shouting “no!, no!”

The anti-June 12 delegates, which included Umaru Mohammed Hadejia, representing Jigawa State, continued their opposition to the motion, but Duke refused to be intimidated.


The reaction led to a rowdy session, which attracted the attention of security men outside the plenary.

The mover of the motion, Duke, said that apart from Abiola, others that died as a result of the annulment of the election deserved to be honoured. He specifically asked for the permission of the plenary to pay tributes to all those who died, including Abiola, who he described as the one who spearheaded Nigeria’s democracy.

Duke added that the conference should cause the authorities to always remember “June 12 as a watershed in the history of Nigeria. I suggest that a monument in tandem with what the conference had proposed for other heroes and heroines should be recommended in honour of MKO Abiola.”

According to Punch, his motion did not go down well with some delegates as they continued with the shouts of no, no! But for the quick intervention of the Chairman of the conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, the disagreement might have probably led to a free-for-all among the delegates.

Duke argued that the country could not afford to carry on as if June 12 never existed, and further stressed that many Nigerians died on that day.

“June 12 is a preamble as to why we are here today, it is for the continuation of an unfinished business of 1993 that we are here. Moshood Abiola paid that ultimate sacrifice and it is not something we can wish away and assume that it never happened to us.

“I was an active participant, and some of the delegates here were victims of June 12. If we forget history it will repeat itself as a tragedy. Those who fell for the sake of June 12 should be remembered today.”

Dbanj’s Secret Lover Jennifer Obayuwana Looking Cute & Busty


Some say D’banj has dumped Jennifer Obayuwana, others say they are doing their things secretly

IBB warns Jonathan on Sanusi; Police Finally Vacate his Palace


Several powerful Northern leaders are angry that President Gooodluck Jonathan is attempting to undermine the position and office of the respected Emir of Kano currently being occupied by Sanusi Lamiso Sanusi and they are set for a serious showdown if the nonsense is not stopped.

Ex-Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) has warned that the Presidency has absolutely no role to play in the picking and appointment of the Emir of Kano even as he said that it is the responsibility of the state government to appoint the Emir and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has taken the action.

Warning that no harm must happen to Emir Sanusi, IBB said: “God made him the Emir and so I don’t see why people cannot come together and support who is the Emir in the interest of the state and for the interest of this country”.

IBB, who congratulated the new Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in an interview in his uphill residence in the capital of Niger State, Minna, said the alleged involvement of the FG in the siege on the Emir’s Palace is not acceptable and said he wants to believe that such never happened.
Responding to a reporters question, he said, “I am glad you used that word alleged, as an elder statesman, I don’t work on allegation. Fortunately, I have ask them both the federal and state government to know exactly what is happening”.

“I think everybody has a particular function. I don’t believe the federal government has a role to play in the appointment of the Emir or something as long as the due process is followed by the state government. We have no option than to accept the outcome of the process. I appeal to the people in the name of this country to give peace a chance. Nothing can be settled if peace did not reign”.

On the protest against Emir Sanusi, IBB said, “for someone like me I think it is a normal tradition. We found this happening in quite a number of places; there was a case like that before back in the 60s. I think what is most important is that we need to realise that whatever you don’t get in the peace time you can’t get it when there is no peace.

“Well, I also want to congratulate the new Emir who happens to be from the same family with the former Emir; they are all children of Malam Ibrahim Dabo so I want to congratulate the present one and to pray that he should live up to the expectation of the majority of the people”.

He stated that his prayer for the new Emir of Kano is for God to grant him the wisdom and knowledge to perform or even supersede his grandfather and his late uncle Alhaji Ado Bayero who performed well.

Meanwhile, Policemen who had laid siege on the palace of Emir Sanusi for days have been withdrawn…

Nollywood Is Now Boring ––Jim Iyke Speaks On His Next Move


Nollywood bad boy and reality TV star, Jim Iyke, speaks with Punch’s Jayne Augoye about his adventures in recent times and important issues. Getting Jim Iyke for the interview has been a long chase. In-between movie sets abroad and running his foundation and some other business ventures, the actor has been busy.

Speaking on the controversies hunting him, Jim said: “I’ve heard that I deem myself something of a puppeteer and that I orchestrate these media maelstroms to maintain relevance and news. I wish I was that creative! The other side of the debate – the more discerning would argue – I’m a victim of PR machinery gone wrong. Perhaps my handlers in the earlier stages of my career saw a need to create an unfathomable media being that was as audacious as the characters I played in films. 

“It caught on. Caused quite a stir, then quickly spiralled out of control. There were days when I wondered if I could have done something about it; like a campaign to state I was a different person. But then, the media loved it too much. It sold millions of movies. It sold papers. It also sold my privacy and peace of mind. I struggled for years to understand what it was doing to my psyche, my relationships, my family, my spirituality.”

On why he has been out-of-touch with Nollywood of late, he says…

He is simply seeking for new challenges. He says of Nollywood, “Nothing was challenging anymore. It was too easy and too perpetual. It was too boring and too predictable. I had no room to pursue or hone other skill sets I had. I didn’t have time for extra curriculums like hobbies, family, and friends, personal and social advancements. Something had to give! After all, I was the guy that made 38 films in a year,” he boasts. With his reality TV Show, Jim Iyke Unscripted, which is set to run for the third season, he declares, “It is the biggest celebrity reality show on the continent with over 10 million viewers. We did 12 countries in season one, another 10 in two. It’s the story of a man’s journey through his eyes and his words. If for nothing, to whom It may concern, I would have gained perspective and hopefully a better understanding of the idiosyncrasy that rules my day.” Nollywood is said to be a major contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, Iyke says the feat is not translating to progress in the long run. “Ours, if it isn’t oil and politics, then it isn’t attainable. They tie up funds in bogus and outlandish conditions and make bold and futuristic propaganda-driven statements as to how it is accessible to every practitioner that simply has to ask for the taking. “The sad part is that the practitioners do not even recognise the most basic of their fundamental rights. How can you ask, when you don’t understand what you’re asking for? The ones that do understand and fight to the helm of affairs are busy fighting each other and developing schemes to enrich their shallow pockets.” So will he ever consider vying for the Presidency of the Actors Guild of Nigeria? He said, “I’ve had occasion where they tried to drag me into this unpredictable territory. I assure you categorically Nollywood politics holds no iota of interest for me.” A conversation with the actor is incomplete without his lover, Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari, whom he refers to as Skittles. Asked about the current status of the affair, he waxes philosophical, saying, “She (Nadia) is a solid down-to-earth woman. I’m a man that translates variables in ways many people find incomprehensible. We have embraced who we are and learnt to create our own world and expectations. We have ups and downs like every other couple. “We have our strength and weakness as well. At the end of the day, rumours of break ups and make ups ought to abound. It really doesn’t matter. A relationship is a continuous work. Those that give up, perhaps weren’t committed enough. Those that go in for the long haul suck up and square up to the variables life throws at them. The people that judge harshly are obviously the ones that live far from their desired lives. We just live the best way we know how and leave the rest to the author and finisher of all things.” The future is already looking good as far as Iyke is concerned. Having just featured in a Hollywood film, titled There Comes Love alongside Hollywood actors, Brian White and Gracie Beauvis, Jim Iyke is diversifying into other areas of interest already.

 

President Jonathan Plotting To Kill Me- Kano State Governor


Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Wednesday accused President Goodluck Jonathan of plotting to eliminate him, in a fresh twist to a longstanding row between the two leaders.

In an exclusive interview with Premium Times Wednesday, Mr. Kwankwaso said the president was after his life and had ordered the withdrawal of half of his security details in a ploy to open him up to physical attacks.

“I have told my friends, and people of Kano, Nigerians and indeed the international community to hold Jonathan responsible for whatever happens to Kwankwaso, his family or even the people of Kano state,” Mr. Kwankwaso said at Kano State governor’s lodge in Abuja.

He accused the president of igniting crisis in Kano State after a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, emerged the emir of Kano Sunday.

Presidential spokespersons, Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe, did not respond to Premium Times requests for comments Wednesday.

The relationship between President Jonathan and Governor Kwankwaso, which for months had been all but warm, deteriorated in 2013 after Mr. Kwankwaso decamped from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Since then, both men have openly accused each other of corruption and ineptitude.

Mr. Sanusi’s emergence, Sunday, as emir of the powerful Kano emirate, revved up the squabble.

The presidency and the PDP were clearly opposed to the candidacy of the former CBN boss, who was removed from his post by Mr. Jonathan in February.

Protests broke out in Kano shortly after the announcement of the new emir, as his supporters clashed with those of his opponent, the son of the former emir, Ado Bayero, who died Friday.

Mr. Kwankwaso told Premium Times he has “credible information” the president instructed his supporters in Kano to unleash “mayhem” on the state.

“We don’t know his intention, but, certainly the intention is not good,” he said. “We have to tell him that igniting crisis in Kano is not in the interest of anybody. We have enough crisis already in the country, and now they are funding their stooges in Kano to protest and burn government properties.”

The governor accused the president of igniting crisis in Kano because the state is controlled by the APC.

“Recently, we also lost an esteemed Emir in Gombe and they basically followed the same process to elect a new emir, but they did not say anything because it is a PDP state.

“Now they are funding crisis in our state, I have never seen something like this,” the governor said.

Siege on emir’s palace

Mr. Kwankwaso said the new Kano emir is unable to move to the palace due to a police siege on the building- a development he blamed on the presidency.

He accused the presidency of planning to arrest Mr. Sanusi to stop his appointment as emir.

“We got information that they were planning to arrest him, so, we moved him to the Government House. I don’t want to imagine what would have happened if they succeeded,” he said.

The governor said his government and the APC enjoy overwhelming support in the state and was only bidding their time before reacting to the “intimidation” from the federal government.

“By the recent survey we just had and the local government election we held, we enjoy about 92 per cent support of the population, and the remaining 8 per cent are brewing and supporting crisis. There will come a time when this 92 per cent will be on the offensive, that is when they will realise that they are making a mistake.

“A sitting president brewing a crisis in a state like Kano? Everybody in this country knows that it is Jonathan that is creating this problem in Kano. I am yet to know why, but posterity will clearly show what his intentions are,” he said.

On the siege on the Emir’s palace, Mr. Kwankwaso said his government was just “watching and seeing how far they can go”.

Ekiti Deputy Governor Loses Son-In-Law


Ekiti State’s Deputy Governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu’s son-in-law, Dr. Oluwaseun Oluyomi Fasawe who dashed out of the country last month in May to London for a corrective surgery but died on the 29thof May before the scheduled June 2nd surgery will be buried today in London.

A service of song was held for him on Sunday, June 8that Memorable Gatherings, Alausa, Ikeja, led by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo’s led Trinity House and other activities carried out in London.

His remains will be laid to rest today at St. Pancras & Islington Cemetery Chapel, 278 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9AG, United Kingdom, after a short funeral service will be held in his honour. Dr. Oluwaseun was 43 and was married to Prof. Adelabu’s first daughter, Dolapo. May his soul rest in peace.

 

Photo: Man Boldly Tattoos 666 On Forehead


An aspiring dancehall artist by the name Lee 2 Sparta has said he does not give a damn about anyone or what 666 means. The artiste who already has numerous tats on his body added a new one- a giant inscription which reads; 666 and posted the picture with the caption;

“My name is Lee 2 Sparta. I am a Sparta. I come from Mobay. Big up to the Sparta King Tommy Lee. Big up the whole Mobay we dont Fear people noday. You see my face tattoo, i got that because im a Sparta for life. I dont give a dam about anybody.”

Fiancée Allegedly Dumps Islamic Musician After Six Years Of Being Together Because He Is A Muslim


Popular Islamic Hip Hop Artiste, Ibrahim Adebayo Oje, known as HYB Addis’ fiancée calls it quit with him because he is a devoted Muslim, and she is a Christian, after 6 years of togetherness. This is a lady he picked up in Makoko, a slum neighbourhood located in Lagos, Nigeria. Cleaned her up and sent her through the university with his hard earned money, without her family support.

And a few days ago, the family that never knew her came to the house, packed her things all because Addis is a Muslim. During the 6 years of their stay together, they never had a fight, or even argue. He even accepted marrying her in the ‘Christian way’. In fact married couples look up to them as role models. Please, are we in 2014?

End of story. Apparently this happened last month and dude has been sick.

Soldiers Intercept Ballot Papers in Ekiti


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Men of the Nigerian Army deployed to monitor the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State yesterday arrested a truck loaded with ballot papers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at an undisclosed location in the state.

Briefing journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday on the development, the Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, Brig-Gen. Aliyu Momoh, who made the disclosure, also threatened that anybody caught with dangerous weapons would be brought down by his men.

Momoh, who said his men are on ground to maintain peace and order during the election, added that since it is not possible to vote with guns, cutlasses or any other offensive weapons, who so ever is caught armed would be brought down.
During the briefing, the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, was present to have a brief chart with the commander.

While speaking further on the seized materials, Momoh said at about 1.30p.m. his men intercepted a truck loaded with materials meant for the conduct of election.
According to him, some of the materials in the truck included, INEC reflective jackets,  2014 INEC robber stamps, 2008, 2009 and 2011 expired materials.

He, however, added that although those materials were considered expired, but they were curious about them because of the 2014 stamps used on the materials.
The truck used to convey the materials with registration number APP952XL(Lagos), was accompanied by three young men, Oluwafemi Ose, Segun Akanbi and Biodun Erinfolami.

Momoh said during interrogation, the young men told his men that they were waste materials.
The commander said his job was to arrest and later hand over to the men of the State Security Service (SSS) for further investigation.

Although, he did not disclose the location where they were arrested for security reason, Momoh, however maintained that the army was in the state to ensure that the election was not disrupted.

Jonathan: anti-democratic forces working against 2015 polls


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President Goodluck Jonathan has said there are some anti-democratic forces working to truncate the 2015 elections.

The President spoke yesterday at the All-Political Parties Summit at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. The summit was organised by the Office of the Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi.

Jonathan urged Nigerians to ensure that such forces do not exploit the system’s weaknesses to perpetrate evils.

He said: “There are still very remorseless anti-democratic forces operating in the political system. They are ever ready to exploit lapses in the management of our political and electoral processes.

“Some of these forces may, indeed, during the forthcoming elections use their lifestyle to truncate the nation’s hard-won democratic liberty.

“But dear compatriots, with respect to the 2015 elections in particular and our journey as a nation in general, we must never allow these negative forces to prevail.”

Jonathan said the conduct and utterances of some prominent politicians were heightening tension in the land.

According to him, the security situation in Nigeria will better be addressed by a united political class.

He said: “The current national political outlook, with regards to inter-party collaboration, is less than salutary. Indeed, the conduct and utterances of leading politicians at home and abroad are rapidly creating and spreading unnecessary tension in the country.

“Such unguarded utterances, on their part, fester the embers of discord, bitterness and rancour. Such unfortunate developments play into the hands of extremist elements waging a vicious campaign of terror against the state.

“The recent mindless bombings and killings of innocent Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); in Jos, Plateau State; the killings in Adamawa State, including that of the traditional ruler as well as the heartless and criminal abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, are better addressed by a political class united in its commitment to defend the polity, irrespective of political differences.

“We must never politicise the fundamentals and core imperatives of defending the state. Doing so can only embolden the terrorists and other enemies of our republic to employ any perceived political and social division for their nefarious ends.

“We must never give them such opportunity. Our political parties must remain positive and constructive in their engagements as we seek to build virile and stable nation that can compete with other states in the world.”

I didn’t forge any certificate, says Suswam


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Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam has said he did not forge any certificate to secure his seat or occupy any political office.

The governor said some people were plotting to discredit him because they opposed his senatorial bid in 2015.

Suswam said despite the “blackmail”, he would win the senatorial election any time.

The governor, who addressed reporters yesterday in Abuja, assured that teachers’ six-month-old in the state would soon end.

He said: “I have never forged any certificate in my life. I attended schools in Nigeria; anyone can go to and verify my studentship there. I am not a dubious person and I have never been.

“I will fight to the last to protect my integrity and name within the ambit of the law. I will not do anything outside the law. Some people are just out to rubbish me and bring me down politically.

“It all started in 2005, when I applied for admission for my Master’s. I was then in the House of Representatives. The university needed to see my original certificates before it could give me admission. So, I gave my Special Adviser (SA) then, who is still my SA, all my certificates. It was not only me; the former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Sam Ode, also gave my SA his certificates. We applied for admission together. We gave him all the certificates to take the university.

“But armed robbers took his vehicle and left with all my certificates. They were in one envelope; I lost all of them.

“I quickly applied to all the institutions: I applied to the Law School, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Of course, the certificates from Harvard, there was no way I could apply for those ones. So, those ones I did not bother myself about. I had photocopies; I made a police report to apply.

“The Nigerian Law School said they don’t reissue a certificate but they gave me a statement to any person who cares to know.

“Luckily, I had photocopies of all my certificates that I had sent to the University of Jos (UNIJOS) for another programme that I also applied. I applied there to read Master’s in Law. So, I had photocopies.”

Emir Of Kano: I Chose Sanusi Because The Kingmakers Recommended Him – Kwankwaso


Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has explained that the choice of the former Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, became imperative following his selection as the first choice by the kingmakers.

According to him, his emergence had nothing to do with politics as erroneously imputed by the enemies of the state and its people.

“The truth is that the more I think of the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the more I feel comfortable and happy because all the people who are friends to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, the government and the good people of Kano State are very happy with his selection.

“He is qualified by all standards— Western education, Islamic education— and a proud grandson and son of an emir. He has all the qualities needed to be appointed an emir.

“I believe he is the best. The truth is that some few people may not be happy with him and they want to do everything possible to create tension and crisis in the state, but they seem to forget that crisis is not good for anybody especially leaders, because you can start it but you do not know how it will end.”

Kwankwaso accused the Presidency of using the selection of Sanusi as the new emir to witch-hunt him and the people of the state just because he was no longer in PDP.

The governor, who wondered why the Presidency and PDP did not show interest in the recent selection of the new Emir of Gombe, which is a PDP state, asked those causing trouble in his state to steer clear or be ready for the consequences of stoking avoidable violence.

Explaining how Sanusi emerged, Kwankwaso said: “In all, six people showed interest, three were recommended and presented and Sanusi was on the top of the list. As a result, we picked him.

“But that is not even the issue. The governor has the right to take number one, two, three or reject all and call for a fresh list. That is the position and nobody under the law can go and dictate to the state what it should do in appointing an emir.

“The problem we are facing is that we are not in PDP because recently there was vacancy in Gombe for a new emir and nobody instigated any violence when the new emir was chosen. What they do not know is that they are the absolute minority in Kano.

“I believe that what they did in Kano, following the announcement of Sanusi as the new Emir, is wrong. But the fact of the matter in my opinion is that the current President does not know where the powers of Mr. President begin and end.

“It is not the duty of PDP or the Presidency to approve the appointment of an Emir in any state and it cannot do so in Kano. But if there is the post of the Emir of Nigeria let them appoint that one and leave us alone.”

Asari Dokubo Calls New Emir Of Kano A Dog


Ex- Niger Delta militant and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) Mujahid Asari Dokubo has described the new Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as a dog.

 

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Asari took to his Facebook page to post a photo of a turbaned dog with the caption, “This is how I see Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.”

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He also tweeted a congratulatory message to the All Progressive Congress, APC on their new Emir while also wondering if the late Emir died a natural death.

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Asari is one of the supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, which Sanusi is at loggerheads with.

It could be recalled that in February, the leader of the outlawed Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force said that his kinsmen in the oil-rich belt would foment trouble if President Jonathan failed to secure a second term ticket in the 2015 presidential election.

Asari is always in the news for one thing or the other, from declaring there will be war if Boko Haram sect dares him and his men, to declaring that the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls is a scam. He even staged an anti #BringBackOurGirls protest to show he’s not convinced about the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok community, Borno by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14 2014.

20 Kidnaped Women: Boko Haram Demands 40 Cows Per Hostage


 

Boko Haram terrorists are reportedly asking for 40 cows as a precondition for the release of each of the 20 abducted Fulani women, whom they had held in captivity for about a week now, husbands of the abducted women and security sources have said.

The insurgents who picked up the women in Garkin Fulani, a nomadic settlement near Chibok town last week Thursday are now reaching out to the husbands of the kidnapped women with what could be described as ransom.

A police official in Maiduguri who spoke to LEADERSHIP under strict condition of anonymity said many Fulani herdsmen had reported cases of abduction to them in various police Divisional headquarters and outposts around Damboa and Kaga local government areas of Borno State.

The police source said, the husbands and fathers of the abducted women were not ready to part with even a single calf as ransom for the release of their wives and daughters.

‘You know the Fulanis hold their herds more dearly, because without it they have no means of livelihood”, said the police Sergeant. “Most of them have come to report the incident at our offices but they are all saying such demands are not tenable”.

The officer said they were presently handling a particular case at the police Divisional Outpost in Jakana town of Kaga local government, about 50km away from Maiduguri, where the Fulani man said he would rather stay without his wife than giving out what he does not even have.

“This man in question has a son delivered to him by his abducted wife and presently the man and his son are at the police station in Jakana; he said he was asked to provide 40 cows as ransom for the release of his abducted wife, but the man said he has his son with him; and that if God wills that his wife would return to him, he doesn’t need to part with his means of livelihood to secure her back”.

The Fulani man’s concern was that “what if he gave out the cows, which are not even up to 40 and then his wife was not released; it means he would lose in both ways. So he would rather keep his herds and his son and pray that his wife returns safely home one day”.

There are a lot of concerns being expressed around Borno State as to the increasing impunity of the Boko Haram, whose activities were gradually becoming unchecked.

Borno State police command has hitherto not been able to officially issue any statement in respect of the abducted Fulani women, even though the police public relations officer of the state police command had on Monday promised to get back to journalists once he could confirm the veracity of the abduction itself.

Garkin Fulani is situated not very far from Chibok town, where the 219 schoolgirls still in the captivity of the Boko Haram were picked alongside 57 others that had escaped back on the 14th of April this year.

Source: The Leadership

Nigerian woman sentenced to 25 years in jail in Cambodia for drug trafficking


A Cambodian Municipal Court yesterday June 11th sentenced 36 year old Nigerian woman, Collin Seniola Bosede to 25 years in prison for international drug trafficking after being found with 1.5kg of methamphetamine in her bag at the Phnom Penh International Airport in August 2013.
Bosede, who was travelling to Cambodia from Nigeria on August 4th made a stop at Qatar where according to her confessional statement, she met with a Canadian man named Amad who handed her a bag containing cassette players, the drug, clothes and a laptop and asked her to give it to an unidentified man in Cambodia. She was arrested as she landed at the Phnom Penh Airport.
During her trial on May 27th 2014, Bosede said she did not know the bag contained any drug as what she saw was only the laptop and the clothes in the bag. As the court read the verdict yesterday, she began crying. “It was very unjust. I was not the drug trafficker. Please release me. I want to go back home,” Bosede said.

PHOTOS: Omo London strips down to wish Super Eagles World Cup win in Brazil


6 foot 4 model, Cool FM OAP, actress and presenter Mercy Ajisafe teases the Super Eagles to victory in a series of football themed images. In the images, ‘Omo London’ as she is best known flaunts her endless legs as a special gift to the national team. Mercy cheers the Super Eagles on in one look with a Nigerian jersey & white hot pants, in her other look, she simmers down with a sultry halter bikini top and black bikini bottom waving the Nigerian flag. See more photos below:

Man kills his 86-year-old father after argument over family land in Lagos


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A 41-year-old man, Yusuf Akinbiyi, has been remanded by an Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos at the Ikoyi Prison for allegedly killing his 86-year-old  father, Agboola Akinbiyi.
Akinbiyi is facing a one-count charge of murder and has been ordered to be kept in prison custody pending legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.
The accused was said to have killed his father after an argument over a piece of land which the victim owned. Akinbiyi wanted to sell the land to enable him travel out of the country but his father refused.
PM News reports:

The court did not take the plea of the accused.
The prosecutor, Inspector Frank Inah, said that the crime was committed on May 21 at about 11.05 p.m. at the deceased’s residence.
Inah said that the deceased and the accused lived together, adding that the deceased had provided for the accused as he was jobless.
“The accused wanted to sell his father’s land to enable him travel out of the country, but

his father held on to the documents.

“The accused and the deceased had an argument during which the accused beat the deceased with his hands and covered his mouth and nose with pillow.
“This made the accused to suffocate to death, adding that the accused was later arrested by the police.
Inah said that the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital mortuary for autopsy,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Komolafe adjourned the case till August 11 for mention

Halimia Abubakar shares new sexy photos as she marks her birthday


Nollywood actress Halima is a year older today and she released new set of photos to celebrate herself. She also shared a message about her growing up and her haters………
Read it below

Photos:- Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah Conferred With Chieftaincy Title


 

 

On the 7th of June, The Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah was honoured with a chieftaincy title “Ada Eze Chukwu” for her outstanding service to Nigeria from her community, Ogbaru LGA, Anambra state by her kinsmen.

 

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Photos:- Actress Omoni Oboli without makeup


Serving senator, Dahiru Kuta, dies at 65


Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, a serving senator representing Niger East Senatorial District has died.
A member of PDP, Senator Kuta assumed office as the Senator for the Niger East constituency of Niger State, on 29 May 2007. May his soul rest in peace…amen.

Spiritual attack suspected as 4 family members die mysteriously in Ondo


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There was pandemonium in Aule area of Akure, Ondo State capital on Wednesday as a grandmother, her three grandchildren and a family member were found dead at their home.
The grandmother, who was a mother-in-law to the father of the dead kids and the family member who was writing his National Examination Council (NECO) examination all died mysteriously.
The father of the kids, Kehinde Ajayi, 33; his wife, Banke and one of the children, Samuel are said to be in critical condition at the State Specialist Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo.
Investigation by the detectives from the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Nigeria Police have commenced  investigation to unravel the cause of the multiple deaths.
Nigerian Tribune reports:

There were, however, divergent views over the cause of their death, as some people believed it was food poison, while others claimed it was spiritual.
Residents of the area, in Akure South Local Government Area, woke up in the early hours of the day to find the lifeless bodies of the deceased. They also rushed those found unconscious to hospitals.
Narrating the development to newsmen, one of the neighbours, Muyideen Raheem, said
the father had, last week, rushed to his house seeking assistance for some of his children who were found unconscious in the house.
“Myself and another neighbour rushed to his house and we found the children lying on the floor and we began to pray till they woke up.
“Kehinde also prayed into water and sprinkled it in the house and on the children and they got up. We advised him to take the children to the hospital for medical attention, but he said it was not hospital matter.
“On Sunday, my wife told me Kehinde came to the house to show his appreciation, but just yesterday (Tuesday), we began to hear noises. When we got to the house, we discovered that the wife’s mother, three of the children and the wife’s nephew who had come to sit for the ongoing NECO exams were already dead, while Kehinde, his wife and Samuel, their son, were still alive but unconscious,” he said.
He gave the names of the dead children as Mary, Abigael, Dara, Michael and Samuel.
At the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Dr Ikuomola Ayodele, said five members of the family were brought in dead while the rest were in critical condition.
He said the husband and the son had been referred to FMC, Owo, while the wife, who has regained consciousness, “is receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the hospital.”
The CMD, however, noted the cause of their death had not been ascertained, adding that all the symptoms indicated that it could be food poisoning.

PHOTOS: J Lo’s Sexy Outfit for 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony


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Now that’s how to open a show. The World Cup officially begins folks.
Jennifer Lopez brought her J Lo WOW factor for the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Performing with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte, Jenny was definitely not from the block in this shimmering green number with cut outs and plunging neckline.
At 44, it is amazing how youthful she still looks.


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Pope Francis Reveals What He Wants At 2014 World Cup In Brazil


As the world await the 2014 FIFA World Cup to begin in Brazil in few hours time, Catholic’s Pope Francis has revealed what he wants from the football showpiece.

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According to the head of world Catholics, he hopes the world cup which takes place once in four years will be played in a spirit of fraternity and fair play, and be a sign of solidarity among people.

The archbishop of Buenos Aires, who was a keen supporter of the San Lorenzo soccer club, made this statement in a video message in Portuguese he sent to fans and organisers in Brazil.

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The Argentine pope said that sport was not only a form of entertainment but, above all, a means to promote the good and build a more just, fraternal and peaceful society.

“My hope is that, besides being a sporting feast, the World Cup can become a feast of solidarity among peoples,” he said in the message.

“Sport is a school of peace. It teaches us to build peace.”

The pope is an honorary member of the club nicknamed the Saints of Boedo for the barrio where they were founded by a group of young men that included a priest in 1908.

Host country, Brazil will take to the field against Croatia in the opening match of the football showpiece.

Spain is the current defending champions and the Europeans are among bookmakers favourites to lift the trophy in Brazil come 13 July, 2014.

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Others tipped to win the 20th edition of the Mundial are Brazil, Germany and Italy.

Nigeria’s best performance in the world cup was second round finishes in 1994 and 1998.

In 2010 in South Africa, the Super Eagles were ousted in the group phase.

 

Source: Supersport

Police ordered to arrest new Emir of Kano, Sanusi, for ‘Fraud’


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The President Jonathan vs Sanusi war has begun! According to a report by Sahara Reporters, police have been ordered to arrest the new Emir of Kano for ‘Fraud’. Below is how SR is reporting it..

The Nigerian police have been ordered to arrest the newly-crowned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on fraud-related charges stemming from his tenure as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to reliable sources at the Presidency in Abuja, the team of policemen at the Emir’s palace in Kano received the order from the Nigeria police headquarters to place Mr. Sanusi under arrest if he leaves the Kano Governor’s lodge.

The sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Sanusi was to be arrested at his private home on Sunday night after his appointment was announced by the Kano State Governor.

It would be recalled that the presidency embarked on several frantic measures to frustrate the former CBN governor’s emergence as Emir, including the premature congratulations of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to one of the candidates before the choice was announced.

Since becoming Emir, Mr. Sanusi has been inside the Kano State governor’s lodge, receiving visitors and undertaking traditional rites.

The source also told SaharaReporters that some notable northern leaders have already warned President Jonathan to avoid such a reckless action so as to avoid setting fire to the already volatile situation in the city of Kano. It is not known if President Jonathan is favoring back channel dialogue aimed at resolving the mess. Observers point out that he has yet to offer congratulations to the new Emir despite the PDP doing so.

Lady Gaga’s prettiest look ever? Rocks natural hair & shaves the back of her head (PHOTOS)


Lady Gaga switched up her look by dyeing her natural hair jet black and getting rid of the extensions.She also shaved the back of her head..
I think she looks really beautiful. See more photos below:

Injection fear cost Ribery, says doctor


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The Bayern Munich man was withdrawn from Didier Deschamps’ squad in Brazil, after failing to overcome a back injury.

Ribery, 31, missed three weeks in the latter part of the Bundesliga season, and France’s doctor Franck Le Gall claimed Bayern were at fault for rushing him back for their DFB-Pokal final win over Borussia Dortmund on May 17.

“He was out for more or less three weeks and played a match which he probably shouldn’t have played because he played through pain,” Le Gall said.

Le Gall added that Bayern’s method of dealing with injury – via needle – had worn off on Ribery, who was no longer open to injections, which potentially cost him a spot in Brazil.

“Franck belongs to a club where the treatment of every injury, whatever it is an ankle sprain, bruises, muscular pain, spasm, muscle tear, it’s injections,” Le Gall said.

“And he got 10 by injury, so 20, 25, 40 per year or more. So after a while, he’s tired of injections.

“If for a moment we thought we could fix it like that, we did not do it because he’s afraid of injections now.”

Le Gall said while he discovered the reason for Ribery’s pain, he could not find a solution outside of injections to solve it in time for their Group E campaign against Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland.

“The diagnosis of lower back pain is really vague, I heard some journalists trying to figure out the cause, it can be a slipped disc, it can be muscular strain,” Le Gall said.

“Ribery had a bit of everything but the medical exam he had was really reassuring.

“So we know why he got this pain, but…we did not find a way to stop the pain or to make him play with this pain.”

Gospel sensation Sinach set to wed


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Gospel sensation Sinach is set to wed. The ‘More Of You” crooner is set to wed her beau Joe on June28th. Congrats to them…

NCC Clamps Down On Viewing Centres As World Cup Begins


The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Thursday raided  a shopping centre at the One-Man Village in Karu, Nasarawa State, for suspected items with copyright infringement.

The NCC officials, who carried out the raid in company of security officials, arrested some persons suspected to be using the Multichoice Cable Television and Network illegally.

They also confiscated digital television equipment suspected to have been installed against copyright laws.

The suspects were taken to the commission’s office at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Mr Offomnbuk Ekwere, NCC’s Assistant Director, Enforcement, said that the suspects would be handed over to the police and arraigned.

He said they carried out the exercise in line with the commission’s mandate to protect the rights of copyright owners.

Ekwere said that the raid was sequel to intelligence information that several fun spot owners in the shopping centre were involved in house-to-house connection of the DSTV decoders.

He said the practice denied Multichoce the opportunity of optimising financial benefits from its intellectual property.

“Our statutory responsibility is to enforce copyright in the creative industry and to ensure that right owners get optimum benefit from their products.

“We got information that many of the shop owners at the shopping centre were involved in illegal house-to-house connection of Multichoice cable and that is what informed today’s raid,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the shopping centre, Mr Thomas Agada, said that most of those apprehended were ignorant of the offence they allegedly committed.

He advised the commission to intensify efforts on sensitisation of consumers to actions that constituted copyright infringement.

“Many of these people do not know anything about copyright; NCC should intensify effort on sensitisation.

“I know my people, if they know the law they will obey,’’ he said. [NAN]

Finke: Eto’o and M’Bia are fit


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Eto’o and M’Bia missed Cameroon’s final pre-tournament friendly against Moldova due to fitness concerns – although some had claimed they were on strike due to a disagreement with the Cameroonian Football Federation (FCF) – but Finke claimed they would be ready to play Mexico.

With hosts Brazil overcoming Croatia 3-1 in the other Group A encounter on Thursday, any winner from Cameroon against Mexico would take a significant step towards the round of 16.

Finke underlined the importance of striker Eto’o and defensive midfielder M’Bia ahead of Friday’s clash at Natal’s Arena das Dunas.

“I’m happy that Stephane M’Bia and Eto’o are back in the team – that’s very important for us,” Finke said at his press conference on Thursday.

“They give a lot to the team and they’re the kind of players that can make the difference.”

Finke was also relieved that the pay dispute between his 23-man squad and the FCF had been resolved.

Reports had suggested the likes of Eto’o, M’Bia and Alex Song had been the ringleaders of the players’ strike and that players had threatened not to get onto their flight to Brazil if their demands for pay bonuses had been ignored.

But Finke declared the situation had been resolved.

“Here (in Africa) we have traditions, there are certain relationships with the football federation and the government. You have to respect certain ways,” the German coach said.

“It’s not like in France or Germany. From my point of view, I see a team that is working very hard. For everything else, I say we have to step back and respect their ways.

“We have found a solution, and that is the most important thing.”

Cameroon – at 56 – are the lowest-ranked team in Group A and have only reached the knockout stages at one of their six previous appearances at World Cup finals.

The African nation failed to claim a point in South Africa four years ago and defender Nicolas N’Koulou said Cameroon are desperate to show the world they can compete this year.

“We’re coming here with a feeling of revenge, that’s for sure,” the 24-year-old said.

“We totally failed in 2010 but things are different now. We’re a cohesive group and have a good mix of experience with some younger players.

“We’re like a family. We’re in good spirits and determined to give it everything to make the nation proud.”

Petroleum Minister Loses Bid To Become OPEC Sec. General


 

Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke Wednesday had her hope of becoming Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) dashed as members of OPEC decided to extend the tenure of the incumbent Secretary General, Abdullah al-Badri till June 30, 2015.

The initial proposal to have Alison-Madueke occupy the position was to solve the deadlock over the post created by opposing candidates from Saudi Arabia and Iran, Iraq’s Oil Minister, Abdul Kareem Luaibi, said.

OPEC had on Wednesday agreed to renew its oil production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day for the second half of the year in a widely anticipated decision.

The 12-member organisation is satisfied with the $110 Brent crude oil price a barrel, which is above its preferred price of $100 a barrel, the ministers said.

Two member countries, Libya and Iran, are producing well below capacity because of civil conflict and sanctions respectively, helping to support prices.

In its end of meeting communique confirming the decision, OPEC also said the next meeting would take place on November 27.

Croatia’s Kovac labels penalty ‘a disgrace’


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Kovac’s men had led Brazil in the 11th minute at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo thanks to Marcelo’s own goal, although the hosts equalised before half-time through Neymar.

Croatia had been widely expected to be brushed aside by Brazil in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup but gave the home side plenty to think about before Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a penalty in the 69th minute.

Dejan Lovren was judged to have held Fred in the box, although replays indicated there was minimal contact, and Kovac was furious with the decision after the game, as it had allowed Brazil to take the lead through Neymar.

“If that was penalty, than we should play basketball, not football,” Croatia’s coach told HTV.

“This is a disgrace.

“If you continue like this you will have 100 penalties. I think 2.5 billion people watching on TV saw this was not a penalty.

“This was ridiculous and if we continue in this way we will have a circus.”

But the 42-year-old former Croatia international did not blame Fred for going down in the penalty area.

“The referee was well placed, he was not unsighted. He saw everything,” Kovac said.

“I don’t blame Fred at all. I blame the referee.”

Kovac continued by arguing the referee had treated his team harshly throughout the 90 minutes.

“If that’s how we start the World Cup, we better give it up now and go home,” he said.

“We talk about respect, that wasn’t respect, Croatia didn’t get any.”

Match Review: Brazil 3-1 Croatia – Neymar makes the difference


After a very colourful opening ceremony that had Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte singing the official song, we got down to the business that has gathered the world in Brazil. The Brazilian anthem was heartily sung and the crowd continued to sing the national anthem even after the music stopped. Neymar was the saviour for his country once again as he scored the equaliser and then the winner – one in each half to bring his international record to 33 goals in 50 appearances. Croatia made a game of it but Brazil probably merited the win with the amount of possession.

Croatia kicked off and got off the first shot through Mateo Kovacic then David Luiz replied with a tame header on five minutes. Then the first real chance came on seven minutes when Ivica Olic bullied Dani Alves but his header went marginally wide.

This was the warning sign for the Selecao, but it was not heeded. Another run down the left in the 10t minute by Olic and a his cross was marginally touched by Jelavic and that took it into Marcelo’s path and the defender diverted into his own net. That was the first own goal by a Brazilian in 20 editions of the World Cup.

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Brazil thereafter tried to step up the pressure but Croatia were well organised behind the ball with Oscar the most potent outlet on the right flank. The Chelsea ran at Vrsaijko at every opportunity and whipped in crosses.

His persistence finally paid off in the 29th minute when he won a ball in midfield and Neymar took it on and scored with a left-footed shot that crept in off the post. But just seconds earlier, Cesar had to hold on to a well directed header from Jelavic.

There was lift off at the Arena Corinthians but the Croatians weathered the storm till half time to regroup.

The second half was a dour affair with both teams very cagey as they probed for openings. Oscar continued to be the main offensive lynchpin for the Selacao with Croatia’s right-back, Vrsaijko giving away free kicks on that right flank. But the game burst into life in the 69th minute when Fred bought a penalty off Dejan Lovren for the slightest of tugs in the box.

The Southampton defender was shown a yellow card for his hot protestations. Neymar stepped up to the plate and fired to Pletikosa’s right and the goalkeeper got his hand on the ball but could not prevent it going in.

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That was Neymar’s 33rd goal in 50 appearances for his country and that goal proved to be the winner of a tightly contested match. The fans will hope that it sets the tone for the whole spectacle.

Referee Yuichi Nishimura caused some controversy

Oscar added gloss to the win in the 91st minute after Cesar had to make a save off Brozovic and then Brazil broke off up the pitch and after Ramires won a tackle cleanly in midfield on Rakitic for Oscat to advance on and toed one in to make the result emphatic and make it a perfect start to the World Cup.

Man of the Match: Oscar

Key Moments

01 mins – Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic shots wide from 20 yards

07 mins – Ivica Olic heads wide from an Ivan Perisic assist after some fine work from Modric in midfield

09 mins – Pauliho’s shot saved by the Croatia keeper

11 mins – Marcelo diverts Olic’s low cross into his own net for the opening goal of the World Cup

15mins – Oscar’s inviting cross eludes Fred and Neymar for a goal kick

20 mins – Stipe Pletikosa makes another save, this time from Paulinho’s shot

23 mins – Pletikosa makes a better save from Oscars left footed curler from 25 yards

27 mins – Neymar receives the first yellow card of the World Cup for a foul on Luka Modric

32 mins – Neymar makes up for that with his 32nd goal for Brazil at just 22 years of age to level scores at 1-1

41 mins – Neymar’s free kick is deflected for a corner and Croatia defend well yet again

45 mins – Fourth official adds 2 minutes

HT: Brazil 0-0 Croatia

2nd Half

53 mins – Croatia had just 7% possession at this stage of the game

62 mins – Substitution for Croatia: Mateo Kovacic off, Marcelo Brozovic on

63 mins – Substitution for Brazil Paulinho off, Hernanes on

66 mins – Vedran Corluka committed a professional foul on Neymar 25yards from goal

67 mins – Dani Alves takes the free kick but it went just wide

68 mins – Bernard came on for the ineffective Hulk

69 mins – Referee Yuichi Nishimura from Japan gave Brazil a debatable penalty after Fred threw himself on the floor after receiving a slight tug from Dejan Lovren

70 mins – Neymar stepped up and slotted the ball home from 12 years

77 mins – Oscar delivers a beautiful cross which was met by David Luiz’s header from four yards but he misses target

79 mins – Croatia replaces Nikica Jelavic with Ante Rebic

83 mins – Croatia had the ball at the back of the net but it was ruled out by the referee for a foul by Olic on Julio Cesar

86 mins – Luka Modric hits a brilliant shot from 25yards but Julio Cesar beats it away

88 mins – Neymar replaced by Ramirez and receives a standing ovation

89 mins – Julio Cesar makes a fine save from a long range shot from Perisic

90 mins –  Oscar side foots a right foot shot pass Stipe Pletikosa in goal for Croatia

Full time: Brazil 3-1 Croatia

 

Scolari: It was a penalty


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With the score locked at 1-1 in Sao Paulo, referee Yuichi Nishimura pointed to the spot as Dejan Lovren was adjudged to have brought Fred down in the 69th minute.

Replays indicated Lovren only brushed his opponent’s arm, with Fred falling dramatically, and Nishimura awarded the spot-kick, which Neymar converted to complete a brace and give Brazil the lead.

Scolari said he believes it was a foul inside the area.

“For me it was a penalty, there are things that everyone interprets differently. It is the interpretation of the referee,” Scolari said.

“I have seen it repeated 10 times on TV.”

Scolari heaped praise on midfielder Oscar, who laid off the pass for Neymar’s long-range equaliser before scoring the sealing goal himself late-on with an opportunistic effort.

“He was the player who stole balls and created chances,” the Brazil coach said.

MBGN Anna Banner shows support for the Super Eagles


In a bid to show her support for the Super Eagles during the World Cup in Brazil, MBGN 2013 Anna Ebiere Banner decided to do a shoot in their honour. Not as sexy as Omo London, but it will do…:-). See more photos below:

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Woman Fools Zara Salesgirl, Steals Goods Worth N2,079,000 In Port Harcourt [PHOTO]


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Ifeoma Willams Iheanacho, who is a resident of Mbieri in Imo state, southeast Nigeria, was detained by the policemen after she fraudulently pilfered goods from Zara shop at No. 4 Mbonu street, D Line.

The business woman winded salesgirl round one little finger by texting her a message on behalf of  Zara shop owner, Madam Oroma Amadi, who allegedly allowed the woman to collect needed goods for free.

Mrs Iheanacho took everything she could carry out at once – male and female bags, wrist watches, shoes and shirts valued N2,079,000. The incident came to light only when Mrs Oroma Amadi came back to her shop and was informed by the salesgirl about the transaction.

She denied authorizing anybody to collect any item in her shop and reported the matter to the police. The woman was tracked down and caught up with the stolen goods on her way to Lagos state.

The suspect was taken back to the Rivers State Police Command, Port Harcourt, where she is currently undergoing interrogation. According to CP Tunde Ogunsakin, the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, the suspect will be charged to court after thorough case investigation.

World Cup: Brazil Ready for the World, Says Dilma Rousseff


Brazil is ready, on and off the pitch, for the 20th edition of the Fifa World Cup, according to president Dilma Rousseff.

The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, with the hosts nation involved in an opening day clash with Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in the outskirt of Sao Paulo.

In a TV address, President Rousseff said “the pessimists” had been defeated by the determination of the Brazilian people.

Sepp Blatter and President Dilma Rousseff During the Opening Ceremony of Last Year's Confederations Cup.

The country has witnessed torrents of protest from its citizens over claims of mismanagement of public funds for the hosting of the tournament, a notion she rejected, stressing that the showpiece will leave a lasting legacy of infrastructure.

She defended the $11bn expenditure on the tournament, calling it a “false dilemma” that World Cup spending somehow diminished investments in health and education.

According to Mrs. President, Brazil’s budget between 2010 and 2013 exceeds the investment in stadiums in the excess.

However, works at the Itaquerao Stadium, venue of the opening ceremony/match are currently ongoing with less than 24 hours to kick-off.

Local resident had criticised government for failing to deliver development projects on time, while some never materialised.

Meanwhile, union leaders are threatening to resume strike in Sao Paulo’s metro lines to disrupt the opening game if their demands are not met.

They are calling for staff threatened with dismissal for their involvement in strike-related disturbances to be reinstated.

A five-day warning strike, which was suspended on Monday, caused widescale traffic chaos, leading to fears that a repeat of such industrial demonstration could prevent fans and employees from reaching match venues during group games.

Rousseff promises she won’t allow demonstration to disrupt the tournament.

Mancini Quits Galatasaray


Galataray have confirmed that Roberto Mancini has left the club by mutual consent, eight months after his appointment.

The Italian, 49, led the Istanbul club to a second-place finish behind champions Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig and won the Turkish Cup in his first season in charge.

“Our relationship with the coach Roberto Mancini and his contract of employment, which was signed on 1 October, 2013, has been terminated by mutual agreement,” Galatasaray said.

Roberto Mancini Leaves Galatasaray By Mutual Consent.

“We wholeheartedly thank him for his success and achievements and wish him happiness in his next mission.”

Media speculations have linked the former Manchester City boss with a move back to the Serie A, as a prospective replacement for Edy Reja at his former club Lazio.

Lazio finished eighth in the Italian championship last season.

“It is with sadness that I leave Istanbul and the club’s fantastic supporters,” Mancini is quoted as saying on Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mancini won three successive Italian league titles during his time with Inter Milan from 2004 to 2008.

He guided Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years in the 2011-12 season, before being sacked last summer.

Flavour and Phyno Tease The Ladies In New Collabo Video Shoot of ‘Authe’


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Definitely the two biggest music names in the Eastern part of Nigeria presently, Phyno and Flavour have started working on the video for the song together from Phyno’s album.

The two have maximized their trip to Durban (for the MAMAs) by shooting a video for Authe (Authentic) off Phyno’s NGNG Album.

‘Authe’ is one of the tracks on Phyno’s debut album, No Guts No Glory and it features Flavour on the joint.

While we anticipate the video, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the video below: -

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