NUDITY IS BAD , PLEASE DRESS PROPERLY. AVIOD SCANDAL. DON’T TAKE NUDE PICTURES. PROSTITUTION IS EVIL. SHUN PROSTITUTION.THIS MESSAGE IS FROM FAMOUS NAIJA
NUDITY IS BAD , PLEASE DRESS PROPERLY. AVIOD SCANDAL. DON’T TAKE NUDE PICTURES. PROSTITUTION IS EVIL. SHUN PROSTITUTION.THIS MESSAGE IS FROM FAMOUS NAIJA
Afrocandy just posted a raunchy picture of herself claiming she was getting ready for a movie role.
This is just a day after her daughter got admission into the University and she flaunted the pictures yesterday on her Twitter page, saying everyone needs to hustle hard in whatsoever way they can, because a lot of people have told her she will fail in life, and her daughters will even get pregnant before they are 15. But today, they are not pregnant but in school and she’s living her life too.
See the raunchy picture she posted this afternoon. Warning Something big below……………….
Nollywood actress Shan George was robbed over the weekend in her house in Calabar.
The actress said the thieves stole almost everything in the house, from her electronics to jewelry, shoes,watches, cash and also went away with some of her car parts, after they broke it’s side window to have access to the car.
But shockingly, everyone who has been consoling her, have called it a blessing to her. But she wonders how a thing like that can be called a blessing.
See her Facebook message below: -
These days, it’s a norm for celebrities, especially musical acts to have at least one tattoo; but the Hypertek singer — Dammy Krane in a new interview with HipHopWorldMagazine revealed he’s never going to get one.
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HHW: You said sometimes ago that when you and your mum reunited after ten years, she was proud to see that you hadn’t got any tattoos nor piercings, what’s your take on body piercings and tattoos?
Dammy Krane: When people ask me that question, you know what I always tell them? You can’t intentionally scratch a Bentley!
HHW: Pretty interesting. So that means there’s no possibility of Dammy Krane ever getting a tattoo?
Dammy Krane: At all, Never!
After her bitter heartbreak with Nollywood actor and producer — Fred Amata, it seems the AGN president — Ibinabo Fibersima has found love again.
The veteran actress wrote on facebook, ‘I think I’m in love with someone what should I do?’
The singer shared the photo on the left, introducing his new business venture, Terry G pure water.
Nollywood movie director, Tchidi Chikere, who got married to actress Nuella Njubigbo this past Saturday in an interview with Encomium magazine said Nuella is his missing rib and that members of his family have accepted her as a wife.
“I have the support of my family, who have fully accepted Nuella. Having concluded all the traditional rites, she is now with me in Mbaise. My people have given her wrappers and taken her to the farm. We are so, so happy. This looks more like my first marriage. Infact, Nuella is my missing rib ” he told the mag
Fashola while speaking in Lagos at the sixth Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos, tagged ‘The Summit of the Common man’ made his opinion known, thereby urging Nigerians to choose wisely those who will rule saying:“You must pay critical attention to the people you vote for.
“I know that we have employed somebody for the top job in this country but when we asked him about his qualifications and experience, he said he had no shoes.
You must decide whether you want someone who spends most of his time in church or mosque, or the man who is ready to spend his time on the job,” he said.
The Football Association (FA) has cleared Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini over an alleged spitting incident during last week’s derby loss.
Fellaini was pictured standing over Manchester City’s defender Pablo Zabaleta and had faced a three-match ban pending evaluation.
But the Belgian player will be up for selection for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, after the FA verdict.
“Having reviewed all available footage, the FA has decided that there is no case to answer,” an FA source was quoted as saying by the BBC Sport.
Fellaini, who joined the Old Trafford outfit from Everton for £27m last summer has struggled to make an impact at his new club.
He is expected to feature against European champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals first-leg home tie on Tuesday night.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray says he will name his new coach on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old and his former coach Ivan Lendl agreed to end their two-year partnership last month.
The number 8-ranked ATP player tweets: “To avoid confusion like last time I will be announcing my new coach tomorrow.”
And 2 avoid confusion like last time i will be announcing my new coach tomorrow #pumped
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) April 1, 2014
Murray won his maiden Grand Slam at the 2012 US Open, the Olympic Gold (at the London 2012 Games) and last year’s Wimbledon under Lendl.
The only Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side in the ongoing Orange Caf Confederations Cup, Bayelsa United, have been pitted against Sewe Sport de San-Pedro of Cote d’Ivoire in the Playoff round (1/8th round).
Bayelsa United progressed to the third round of the 2014 campaign with a 3-1 aggregate win over Zimbabwean outfit, How Mine, after losing 2-1 in Bulawayo and sealing a 2-0 win in Yenagoa.
The Ivory Coast title holders were relegated to Africa’s second tier club competition after losing on away goal rule to TP Mazembe of DR Congo in the second round of the Caf Champions League.
They beat the Congolese outfit 2-1 at the Stade Auguste Denise San-Pedro, before losing by a lone goal in Lubumbashi last Saturday.
Caf confirms that the first leg Play-off fixture comes up on the weekend of 18, 19 and 20 April in San Pedro and the second leg games on the weekend of 25, 26, and 27 April in Sapele.
The winner of the two-legged tie advances into the money-spinning Group Stage of the 2013/14 campaign.
‘The Restoration Boys’ finished third place in the previous NPFL season.
Barcelona must deal with Atletico Madrid’s wit and strength, if they hope to progress in this season’s Champions League, says coach Gerardo Martino.
Both La Liga outfits meet at the Nou Camp this evening in a Champions League quarter-finals first-leg tie.
“We need to match Atletico’s intensity,” said Martino. “Our strength is playing as Barcelona always do, but we need to cope with their intensity.
“We need to try to win and not concede to give ourselves a margin for the second leg.”
The ‘Los Roji Blacos’ are top of the Spanish La Liga, one point ahead of their opponents. The two teams meet at the Nou Camp on the final day of the league season in a potential title decider.
The Argentine boss is however not stunned by coach Diego Simeone’s side’s rise to form. He added: “They have sustained a great level all season and last season too. They are in the final stages fighting for two competitions and it is clear how strong they are.”
Barca’s Pedro and Alex Song could return for the game after illness and injury but goalkeeper Victor Valdes is out with a knee ligament injury that will keep him sidelined until October. Jose Pinto, who manned the goal post in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Espanyol, is expected to fill in for the injured Spaniard.
Atletico will be without suspended midfielder Raul Garcia and injured defender Javi Manquillo.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has sympathised with his counterpart at Manchester United, David Moyes, on a torrid first season in charge of the reigning Premier League champions.
United have blown hot and cold this season and, have failed to impress its supporters, who seem to be fed up with their new manager. A fly-by helicopter campaign calling for the sack of the 50-year-old Scot before the kick-off of Saturday’s win over Aston Villa underlined their waning patience.
Sitting seventh in the league table (ten points behind fourth-placed Arsenal) with six games left, they risk missing out on next season’s European Champions League.
Moyes and his side could avoid such ordeal by clinching the ongoing tournament, but not without beating the reigning Bundesliga and European champions in a two-legged tie- starting with Tuesday night’s cracker at Old Trafford.
“I could also be in his situation one day,” said Guardiola, in his pre-game news conference on Monday. “Football is a fast-moving business these days.”
Guardiola was asked if he was ever approached by Sir Alex Ferguson as a potential successor as manager of United, and he joked that the retired Scot spoke too quickly.
“Maybe I didn’t understand if I received an offer,” he added.
The Spanish boss, who became the sixth man to win the European Cup as a player and as a coach, clinched the Bundesliga title in record time last week and is highly favoured to win Europe’s top tier club football competition for a third time in his managerial career.
The ‘Red Devils’ lost a glorious opportunity to win back to back European titles ( in the Champions League era) under Ferguson to a fired-up Guardiola’s Barcelona team in the 2008/09 season, and now in his first season at the Allianz Arena; Bayern are poised to break the same record.
The manager admits United remains a force in the European football circuit.
“United are one of the world’s most important clubs. They have great players, it’s an honour to be here,” he noted.
The 43-year-old stressed he would continue to keep up the high standards of the Bavarians, who won a treble- in the Bundeliga, German Cup and Champions League- in ex-boss Jupp Heynckes last season.
“The Champions League is not the most important title in the season. The local title is the most important. The Champions League is the most prestigious. We will try but we know how difficult it is. As a coach, it’s important to maintain the success. We won it last season and we look to progress. To do it against Manchester United is a real honour,” he added.
By Sri Harold Klemp
Often the only analogy I can make to the love of God is in a poor human
way. Many people get married because that’s the way of life. They fall in love,
and they fall into karma.
Two people recognize each other from their mutual past, and they have something
to work out. There is a very strong attraction between them. So they work
out their karma through the ways society has approved of: marriage or a relationship
or something like that.
When two people fall in love, I see two Souls on the journey to truth unconsciously doing what
they need to do to balance their own books of life, to balance the scales with each other. Sometime in
the past, their balance sheets became full of either too many pluses or too many minuses. They’ve got
to get together to balance the books just a little bit.
As they get together, each couple takes on
the entire karmic background of the other
person’s family, if you can imagine. Not quite as
strongly as the person himself or herself, but in
varying degrees, depending on the closeness of
the family to the couple that has become one
through the marriage union.
The people may continue their entire life
without having ever known the true meaning of
love, although they think they know what it is.
This relationship of falling in love or falling
into karma goes on. Then at some point, things
There are the rare cases where two people
come together with a higher form of love than
this karmic bond. When they have this higher
form of love, they live for each other because
they live for God and they live for life. They live
with humility, with the spirit of service which
says, “What can I do for you?”
People with the highest form of love are
always serving each other without ever—or very
seldom—saying, “Why do I always have to pick
up your laundry off the floor, just so you can
throw it down again?” This is earth, after all. But
basically what exists between them is love.
Everything they do in their relationship, the way
they split the chores or whatever, is built upon
love. It’s entirely different from a relationship
built purely on karma. If you’ve had the ordinary
relationship and then you find love, you will
recognize those few other people on earth who
also know the meaning of love.
The Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor Sir Jude Ejiogu is scheduled to appear before an Owerri High Court this morning over a divorce case initiated by his wife, Mrs Ejiogu .
According to report, Mrs Ejiogu’s decision was informed by alleged infidelity on the part of the COS.
She is believed to be fed-up and tired of the excessive suspicion of her husband’s continued infidelity and have decided to call it quit.
Famous Naija is still following development and will keep readers updated
Floyd might have his business adviser, the one-time music mogul Al Haymon, doing the deals and signing fighters behind the scenes, but it is the 37-year-old champion, unbeaten after 45 fights over 18 years, who not only picks his opponents and the undercard but pays for them too.
No fighter has ever had so much influence – and there are a lot of boxers cheering for Floyd. “I think it’s great for boxing, what Floyd’s doing,” James DeGale told me recently. “Fighters should be more in charge of their lives.” George Groves, who is taking out a manager’s licence and has no ties to a promoter, agrees. Fighters are tired of being told what to do, he says.
“I don’t want to manage other fighters,” Groves says, “but I want to try to look after myself. I’m at the stage now where I can negotiate myself a world title fight. When I become world champion, what do I need? I need opponents, I need someone to pick a venue, negotiate a date, work with a promoter, not for him.”
Promoters will say, correctly, the fight does not happen without their expertise. Managers will argue they are there to check contracts and negotiate purses. TV executives say television is God. They all have a point. But it is the fighters who bring the show, and none makes the numbers click like Mayweather does.
Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, reckons Mayweather’s fight on 3 May against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand will be “the most expensive pay-per-view card we have ever put together and I believe the most expensive card ever put together in the sport of boxing”. He adds pointedly: “I want to thank Floyd Mayweather for making this card happen.”
Espinoza, who runs boxing for Showtime, Floyd’s late-career paymasters, agrees. “I’ve got to thank Floyd for making the investment, and truly it is a financial investment, because, as Richard said, this is the most expensive undercard that we are aware of, possibly in history, and that money has to come from somewhere.”
The last time Mayweather fought – against Saúl Alvarez nine months ago – celebrities such as Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson asked for “comps”, then offered the promoters $40,000 and more for a ticket. They all got knocked back.
While the buzz is not as big this time, they still expect to hit a sell-out gate of $15.4m (£9.2m). The pay-per-view will be substantial, too.
Nevertheless, when Amir Khan and his opponent Luis Collazo did their promotional bit in Las Vegas the other day to pump up Floyd’s big day, there were 283 $1,500 tickets left, two at $1,000 and 188 at $750. The “cheap seats”, at $550 and $350, were gone. There is a bit of slack there.
Is Amir happy playing second fiddle to Mayweather – especially after Floyd went back on his verbal commitment to make Khan his next opponent, then threw it open to a social media vote?
No. But he is bearing up. He will probably earn north of $1m against Collazo and then Mayweather will put him back in the queue for one of his three fights before he retires in September, 2015. There is nothing Khan or anyone else can do about this – except Maidana.
If the Argentinian were to do to Mayweather on 3 May what he did to Floyd’s self-appointed successor Adrien Broner in his last fight, the entire boxing world would be thrown into confusion. Stranger things have happened.
The two scariest knockout merchants in boxing are Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. In any sane sport, they would fight each other. But, as we all know, boxing does not pass that test.
Kathy Duva is a feisty defender of her fighter Kovalev, whose first language is violence. She comes from New Jersey, part of the Duva dynasty once driven so loudly by her father, Lou, and she is not happy that Stevenson spoiled the plot by signing a month ago with Al Haymon. That effectively nixed a showdown with Kovalev, steering Stevenson instead towards Bernard Hopkins.
Krusher, who ripped Nathan Cleverly’s title away from him in three rounds, calls Stevenson, “a piece of shit”. Superman calls Kovalev “a bum”. Some things in boxing are set in stone.
Tough luck for Martin Ward, denied a proper go at Stuart Hall’s world bantamweight title when a bad cut on his right eyebrow forced the referee, Marcus McDonnell, to stop their bout in the second round in Newcastle on Saturday night. Ward, bidding to become the first gypsy to hold a world title, deserves another shot but might have to wait. Paul Butler, who also fights on BoxNation and is in cracking form, would love to challenge the champion. However Ward, the most gracious of athletes, says of Hall: “He is the best bantamweight in the world. Paul Butler is far too small in my opinion, Stu will keep his belt for longer.”
Ward has to defend by 21 June.
In the course of researching a book on Muhammad Ali, it has been a pleasure to watch tapes of the great man’s fights for the umpteenth time.
In coming weeks I will look back at a few of Ali’s most important contests and how boxing history might have been considerably different but for a simple twist of fate here and there.
When he fought Doug Jones at Madison Square Garden in March, 1963, everyone wanted a ticket. Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney and James J Braddock were introduced in the ring. More than 18,000 fans filled the famous venue – “for the first time in years”, according to the late boxing historian Bert Sugar. Ali was as hot as Cuba. And there was not even a title on the line.
Jones was a good New York light-heavyweight, coming off the upset of 1962, a seventh-round stoppage of the heavyweight contender Zora Folley. He was a stone lighter than Clay. The myth has lingered for more than 50 years that Jones gave his celebrated opponent nightmares, and he did land a long right that caught Clay off-balance in the first round and hit him with some solid shots later on (they wore 8oz gloves). Certainly it was a tough night for the 20-year-old pup, the first real struggle of his young career, but it was not World War III.
Chris Schenkel at the microphone did not give Clay a break. Jones, he told viewers, took solid shots “like water off a duck’s back.” Some water. Some duck. Nor were the guys at ringside impressed with the unbeaten loudmouth from Louisville in his 18th pro fight. In a poll of 25 writers UPI reported that 13 had it for Jones, 10 for Clay, with two even. Their wire service rivals, AP, polled 15 of the writers. Curiously AP’s result was 7-5-2 in Clay’s favour.
The referee, Joe LoScalzo, gave it to Clay 8-1-1, while the judges, Frank Forbes and Artie Aidala, each saw it 5-4-1 for him. The crowd vehemently disagreed. I was still in school and did not see film of the fight until many years later, but even now, from the video, it is hard to make an argument for Jones winning more than a few rounds. What is as interesting as the result and the controversy is the social sub-text.
This was the first time Ali could not deliver on one of his famous stoppage predictions and the fans did not let him forget it at the end of the designated fourth. Boos filled the arena most of the way to the final bell.
Clay/Ali more or less had fight fans with him in his early career, but only as long as he lived up to his own hype. He was pure showbiz – just like the pro wrestler from whom Cassius borrowed his schtick, Gorgeous George, who was huge on American TV in those days. The fans could put up with “uppity” Cassius if he delivered but New Yorkers that night judged him to be a fraud when their hometown boy took him the full 10. After the Jones fight, the honeymoon was over. White America – as Ali would come to call his critics – would find other reasons to turn him into a villain.
George Chuvalo, who would give Ali a hard time over 12 rounds in 1972, told ESPN years later: “A lot of people thought Jones won the fight but maybe they just wanted him to win because they were from New York, or maybe they just didn’t like Ali/Clay at the time. But I think Ali pulled it off in the late rounds.”
Jack Nilon, Sonny Liston’s manager of record and a front for the Mob, said after the Jones fight, “Clay will be Liston’s next title opponent at Philadelphia in June or July – after we get rid of Floyd Patterson on April 10.”
Liston destroyed Patterson – but Ali’s next fight would not be against the champion. Henry Cooper was the next fighter to come within a bruised whisker of wrecking the Ali fairytale.
A final tribute to the late Mickey Duff by Bob Mee, who compiled his autobiography for him when another, frustrated ghost-writer lost patience with the gig. Bob finished the job in less time than it took Mickey to place a bet and it was still a terrific read.
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Games / Schedule (2014 – Nigerian Men Nigeria)
|Regular Season – Round 1|
|biQ. 3, 8965 61:99||oslijdRQs-CusUIBs (viDIs)||30 – 56|
|biQ. 3, 8965 61:99||PluFIlR W.-OIlaZR miUIj (oMidij)||698 – 12|
|biQ. 3, 8965 62:99||g.WiQQaIQs-eIFil HIIpRQs (viDIs)||89-99 (W/P)|
|biQ. 3, 8965 61:99||KijI OalliQs-GIBMR (KijI)||31 – 15|
|biQ. 3, 8965 61:99||OliURiu ORiVs-miuZha XRUs (zIs)||32 – 71|
|biQ. 3, 8965 61:99||biQV bRjUIQs-XaDRQ OIUURQs (SMuni)||662 – 53|
|biQ. 0, 8965 61:99||Kidi AUiQs-oBBaDQiUaIj||40 – 17|
|Regular Season – Round 2|
|biQ. 65, 8965 61:99||eIFil HIIpRQs-PluFIlR W. (OIQU HiQZIuQU)||45 – 47|
|biQ. 65, 8965 61:99||OIlaZR miUIj-oslijdRQs (viDIs)||70 – 52|
|biQ. 65, 8965 62:99||CusUIBs-tjaIj mijV (viDIs)||16 – 47|
|biQ. 65, 8965 61:99||biQV bRjUIQs-GIBMR (SMuni)||20 – 46|
|biQ. 65, 8965 61:99||XaDRQ OIUURQs-OliURiu ORiVs (bajji)||46 – 14|
|biQ. 65, 8965 61:99||miuZha XRUs-Kidi AUiQs (miuZha)||12 – 15|
|biQ. 65, 8965 61:99||oBBaDQiUaIj-KijI OalliQs (Viduji)||53 – 10|
|Regular Season – Round 3|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||tjaIj mijV-OIlaZR miUIj (viDIs)||38 – 42|
|biQ. 86, 8965 62:99||oslijdRQs-eIFil HIIpRQs (viDIs)||18 – 54|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||PluFIlR W.-g.WiQQaIQs (oMidij)||06 – 21|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||KTiQi yilZIjs-CusUIBs (olIQaj)||42 – 47|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||KijI OalliQs-miuZha XRUs (KijI)||660 – 44|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||Kidi AUiQs-XaDRQ OIUURQs (Kiduji)||12 – 70|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||OliURiu ORiVs-biQV bRjUIQs (zIs)||54 – 45|
|biQ. 86, 8965 61:99||GIBMR-oBBaDQiUaIj (GIBMR)||38 – 57|
|Regular Season – Round 4|
|biQ. 84, 8965 61:99||tjaIj mijV-KTiQi yilZIjs (viDIs)||47 – 43|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||PluFIlR W.-KTiQi yilZIjs (oMidij)||08 – 16|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||g.WiQQaIQs-oslijdRQs (viDIs)||10 – 40|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||eIFil HIIpRQs-tjaIj mijV (viDIs)||17 -12|
|biQ. 82, 8965 62:99||OIlaZR miUIj-CusUIBs (viDIs)||44 – 53|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||OliURiu ORiVs-GIBMR (zIs)|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||biQV bRjUIQs-Kidi AUiQs (SMuni)||04 – 49|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||XaDRQ OIUURQs-KijI OalliQs (bajji)||18 – 24|
|biQ. 82, 8965 61:99||miuZha XRUs-oBBaDQiUaIj (miuZha)||14 – 39|
|Regular Season – Round 5|
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|Regular Season – Round 6|
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|Regular Season – Round 7|
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|Regular Season – Round 8|
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|Regular Season – Round 9|
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|Regular Season – Round 10|
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|biF. 61, 8965||oBBaDQiUaIj-miuZha XRUs|
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|Regular Season – Round 11|
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|biF. 87, 8965||g.WiQQaIQs-tjaIj mijV|
|biF. 87, 8965||eIFil HIIpRQs-CusUIBs|
|biF. 87, 8965||OIlaZR miUIj-KTiQi yilZIjs|
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|biF. 87, 8965||biQV bRjUIQs-KijI OalliQs|
|biF. 87, 8965||XaDRQ OIUURQs-oBBaDQiUaIj|
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Nigerians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week’s number one is an international forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (29-42) in their last game. Despite Aminu’s very good performance the New Orleans Pelicans lost 100-107 on the road to the Toronto Raptors. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 64.2% in the 66 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). Ere was the major contributor in a Cimberio Varese‘s victory against the league outsider VL Pesaro (6-17) 86-79 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night’s game. He scored 15 points in 34 minutes. Cimberio Varese (9-14) is placed 12th in the SerieA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Ere has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 79.5% in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ere played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.
#3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Melvin Ejim (198-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Iowa St. to a victory against the Kansas State University (5-13) 91-85 in the conference tournament last Thursday. Ejim recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Iowa State University has a solid 12-7 conference record this season. It’s Ejim’s fourth year with the team. Ejim is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 79.5%. Ejim has both Canadian and Nigerian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Ejim played also for the Nigerian national team in 2012.
#4. Power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in a victory against the sixth-ranked Lottomatica Roma (14-9) crushing them 85-61 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (18-5) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team’s 12th consecutive victory in a row. This year Lawal’s overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 4.2rpg in the 19 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Lawal is also Nigerian national team player.
#5. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Yokohama BC (18-22) crushing them 87-62 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. He recorded 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in 23 minutes. Aomori Watts (20-20) are placed sixth in Eastern group. It’s Kuso’s first season with the team. Kuso is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 11.0rpg. This year he also averages: 9.9ppg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg in the 40 games. Kuso used to play for the Nigerian national team seven years ago.
#6. Center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League was not able to help VOO Verviers-Pepinster (6-18) in their last game. Despite Akingbala’s very good performance VOO Verviers-Pepinster was crushed 81-58 in Antwerp by the higher-ranked (#6) Giants. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was VOO Verviers-Pepinster’s fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Akingbala’s total stats are: 5.8ppg and 6.2rpg in the 12 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team five years ago.
#7. Former international forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Paris-Levallois‘ victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (14-9) 90-87 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. Paris-Levallois (14-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. Anagonye has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.7rpg in the 22 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Anagonye used to play for the Nigerian national team five years ago.
#8. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Buducnost (15-9) in their game against Cedevita (18-6) in the Adriatic League. Akindele scored 9 points and blocked 2 shots. But Buducnost was defeated 76-71 in Zagreb by the second-ranked Cedevita. It was Buducnost’s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Akindele is currently sixth on the league’s list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4bpg. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.
#9. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League couldn’t help Bnei Hasharon (6-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 66-75 in Nes Ziyona to the higher-ranked (#6) Ironi Nes-Ziona. Umeh scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Bnei Hasharon’s fourth consecutive loss in a row. Umeh is currently seventh on the league’s list of top scorers with 15.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.
#10. Forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Irkut Irkutsk (2-21) 84-68 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Saturday night. Ogide scored 10 points in 31 minutes. Universitet-Yugra Surgut (13-11) is placed eighth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ogide has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 5.9rpg in the 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.
#11. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, also represented by Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) led Monaco to a victory over the 14th-ranked Cognac BB 75-66 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Obasohan was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Obasohan is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 16.9ppg. This year he also averages: 4.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 25 games. Obasohan holds both American and Nigerian passports. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.
#12. Former U18 international forward God’Sgift Achiuwa (203, currently studies in the States) couldn’t help the St.John’s in their game against the Providence College in the conference tournament. Achiuwa cannot count Thursday’s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 74-79. Achiuwa has averaged so far, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Nigerian U18 national team back in 2008.
The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:
#1. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Tofas (10-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Elonu’s very good performance Tofas was defeated 95-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Trabzonspor (#11). He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. It’s Elonu’s first season with the team. Elonu is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
#2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (14-59) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo’s good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 110-115 in Oakland to the Golden State Warriors. He scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. It was Bucks’ sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Antetokounmpo averages: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.0apg in the 64 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Despite Antetokounmpo’s Nigerian passport, he currently plays for the Greek U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.
#3. Trevor Mbakwe (207-F-89, college: Minnesota, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Lottomatica Roma (14-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mbakwe’s good performance Lottomatica Roma was crushed 85-61 in Milano by the leading Armani. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 15 rebounds. Mbakwe belongs to league’s best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he averages: 9.6ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.7bpg. Mbakwe is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite his Nigerian nationality, Mbakwe previously played for the USA university national team and probably cannot be called to the Nigerian team.
#4. Ike Joseph Udanoh (203-PF-89, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Finland) led Loimaan Korikonkarit to an easy victory against one of league’s weakest teams LrNMKY (10-27) crushing them 83-52 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Udanoh’s second season in pro basketball. Nilan Bisons Loimaa (32-4) is placed second in the Korisliiga. It was his team’s ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Udanoh averages: 10.0ppg and 6.5rpg in the four games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.
#5. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn’t help VL Pesaro (6-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Anosike’s very good performance the bottom-ranked VL Pesaro was defeated 86-79 in Varese by the higher-ranked Cimberio (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Anosike is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Anosike averages: 16.0ppg, 12.5rpg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.
#6. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Udoh couldn’t help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the New York Knicks. He scored only 4 points. His team were crushed by 21 points 115-94 in the NBA. This season Udoh averages: 3.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1bpg.
#7. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn’t help Granarolo BO (8-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Granarolo BO was edged 71-70 at home by the higher-ranked Trenkwalder RE (#7). Ebi scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. He has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6bpg.
#8. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford, currently plays in Turkey) led Vestel to an overtime victory against the 12th-ranked Final Genclik 102-100 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Wednesday. Adeleke recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 20 rebounds. Adeleke is currently first on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Adeleke averages: 15.5ppg and 13.2rpg.
#9. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Germany) couldn’t help Cuxhaven BasCats in their game against Ehingen/Urspringschule in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night’s game Alawoya recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Alawoya belongs to league’s best rebounders and is ranked #7. This season he has very good stats: 12.1ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3spg. Alawoya holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
#10. Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-F/G-84, college: Arkansas, currently plays in NBLCanada) couldn’t help the Halifax Rainmen in their game against the The Island Storm in the NBL Canada, despite his very good performance last Thursday. He scored 21 points, had 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. But his team was edged 106-103. Famutimi has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3spg in the 21 games. He holds both Nigerian and Canadian passports.
National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS) on Monday, March 31, 2014 besieged office of the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola in Alausa, Ikeja to protest hike in school fees at the Lagos State University (LASU).
Led by their South-West Coordinator, Mr. Sunday Ashefun, members of NANS barricaded the entrance to the governor’s office, urging him to reduce the Universities school fees to the barest minimum with immediate effect.
The students called on the Federal Government to honour 2010 agreements entered with Academic Staff Union of Colleges of Education (COASU) and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic(ASUP).
As part of the national re-engineering project of the Federal Government, President Goodluck Jonathan is set to unveil a new national flag design at the on-going National Conference, The Trent has learnt exclusively.
According to our sources in the Presidency, the new national flag takes into account the aspirations of Nigeria’s 250 ethnic groups.
“For sometime the issue of our boring green-white-green national flag has been on the President’s table,” a senior member of the President’s aides told The Trent. “Frankly, speaking our national flag lacks character and does not take into account our rich diversity as a country.”
The new design, which adopts a rainbow theme and which has been made available to The Trent, was designed by a team of the best graphic artists in the country.
“We have been on this for a while, it is absolutely brilliant,” another source in the Presidency said. “This is the dawning of a new sense of pride in Nigerians.”
The new national flag has been ready for the past three months, but it was being kept secret for a grand reveal at the National Conference.
So, why doesn’t the President present the flag to the National Assembly? “The National Conference is a better platform because the event is hoisted on the nation’s unity, and this new flag is about uniting Nigerians which is a topic that the President is very passionate about,” our source revealed.
The current national flag was designed in 1959 and first officially hoisted on October 1, 1960. The two unique sea-green bands represent the forests and abundant natural wealth of Nigeria while the white band represents peace and was designed by a student, Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi.
Feuding Benue farmers and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, an umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen have signed a peace accord to end all hostilities currently going on in parts of Benue State.
This was even as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, has said that substances suspected to be chemical weapons were used in the killing of over 200 farmers in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Orhii spoke, yesterday, in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, shortly after donating relief materials to victims of the crisis at various camps in Makurdi and Guma local government areas of the state.
However, the truce was brokered at the end of a peace meeting between the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, (Operations), Mike Zuokumor and his team, the Chairman, Benue State Reconciliatory and Peace Building Committee, led by General Atom Kpera and members of his committee as well as the National President Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, Alhaji Bello Modejo and his team at the Banquet Hall of the Government House.
Reading the resolution of the meeting to newsmen, General Kpera, who was flanked by Alhaji Modejo, said both the Tiv/Agatu and Fulani have agreed to immediately cease hostilities, and also set up a task force to implement the peace agreement.
They vowed to fish out all criminal elements that were fuelling the dispute in order to effectively tackle the crisis.
”We also agreed that the Fulani have not been chased out of Benue; they should feel free to remain and co-exist peacefully with Tiv/Agatu rural farmers.
”We have agreed to meet from time to time to build confidence and keep track of the implementation of the peace agreement.”
The meeting also cautioned the feuding parties against taking laws into their hands, advising that all illegal road blocks set up my the parties for the purpose of searching vehicles to harass individuals be dismantled forthwith
The murder of two lawyers, H. E. Eguno Dafiaghor and Samuel Ekuwangi by gunmen along Ozoro Asaba Expressway, Delta State, last Thursday, has generated fresh controversy in the state.
Dafiaghor, the principal partner of Whytfort Jurisconsult Law Firm at Ovwian, and Ekuwangi, his junior in chamber, were on their way to High Court, Ozoro, for a ruling when they were assassinated.
There was an unconfirmed report, yesterday, that the legal practitioners were killed by security agents, while a source said the killers were gunmen dressed in mobile police uniform.
National coordinator of the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, FJHD, Delta State, Oghenejabor Ikimi, told Vanguard, “there are many versions to the murder.
“Some persons say the duo were murdered by gunmen dressed in mobile police uniform. What is clear to me in the above saga is that they were assassinated.
“I wonder why some persons would offer to kill an innocent lawyer performing his professional duties. It is senseless, barbaric and satanic.
“If the theory that they were murdered as a result of the high profile case they were handling at the High Court, Ozoro, is anything to go by, I believe that eliminating them was senseless.
“Common sense would have dictated that at their deaths, another lawyer could possibly be briefed to take over the case.”
ABUJA – Alarming disclosures were made during a Press Conference by political and opinion elders in Borno and Yobe states on the problem of Boko Haram in the Northern states.
The elders came together under the aegis of Borno, Yobe People’s Forum on Monday, March 31, 2014 and raised several questions, which they want the government to provide answers for.
They alleged that helicopters drop arms and ammunition, food and medicine to areas known to be strongholds of the members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in the North-East.
They also said the authorities in the states could not claim ignorance of this development and that it was a bad omen if a convoy of about 20 to 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles could move freely without being detected despite the curfew in place.
The elders, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, also asked the government to provide answer to the attack on the Maiduguri Air Force Base by insurgents, who reportedly de-mobilised and set ablaze aircrafts and other military facilities even with the existing state of emergency and curfew in the town.
Speaking under the aegis of Borno, Yobe People’s Forum, the elders also asked those in authorities to tell Nigerians those that authorised the withdrawal of security personnel from the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, few hours before the recent attack that claimed the lives of 59 innocent children.
A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Al-amin Dagash (retd.), spoke on behalf of the forum at the press conference.
Dagash was flanked at the press conference by a former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma; a former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; an elder statesman, Shetima Mustapha and other political leaders from the two states.
He said, “Are the authorities unaware of helicopters dropping arms and ammunition, food and medical supplies to areas well known to be strong holds of the insurgents?
“How were the insurgents able to attack the Maiduguri Air-Force Base and demobilise as well as burn planes and other military installations despite existing state of emergency and curfew in the town? How could 20 to 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles move in a convoy freely with subsisting curfew and still go undetected?
“How did a little band of rag-tag misguided youths metamorphose into a well-kitted, well-armed killing machine moving freely in convoy of vehicles and supported by helicopters.
“How did the Shilka Tank, a multipurpose self propelled anti-aircraft artillery weapon, positioned to secure Giwa Barracks, fail to function resulting in heavy loss of lives of both civilian and military as widely reported in the media? Are we dealing with fifth columnists in this crisis?”
He wondered how the insurgents were able to kill Gen. Mohammed Shuwa, whom he described as a civil war hero, despite the presence of a military detachment in front of his home.
The retired Air Force chief asked the Federal Government to unmask those behind the “online media campaigns of calumny stirring ethno-religious intolerance in the country.”
He also asked the Federal Government not to extend the state of emergency declared in the three North-East states, saying that the action had failed to achieve its purpose.
The state of emergency, originally declared in May last year and renewed for another six months in November, expire on April 19, 2014.
Dagash said that about 18 communities had been attacked by insurgents in the last one month with heavy civilian casualties, adding that rather than abate, the insurgency had continued to escalate and daring.
He said, “The continuous bloodletting has led to the loss of over 17,000 lives. Official statistics released by the National Emergency Management Agency revealed that over three million people have been displaced by the insurgency and terrorist attacks in the affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in the first three months of 2014 alone.
“Most of the victims are women, children and the elderly. These developments underscore the urgent need for the government, the international community, as well as all Nigerians to arrest the brewing humanitarian crises in the area.”
KATSINA – Violence broke out in Funtua on Monday, March 31, 2014 when fundamentalists burnt a church and destroyed a school as they protested the alleged blasphemy of Prophet Mohammed by a schoolteacher.
The mob attacked Ideal International School, located in Tudun Wada Quarters in Funtua, where a teacher had allegedly set a question considered by some to be offensive to Prophet Muhammad and his mother.
It was learnt that some students of the school had raised an alarm over the issue on Friday and the atmosphere had been restive since then.
Katsina State Police Command spokesman, Aminu Abubakar Saddiq, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), who confirmed the incident, said the burnt church was near the school, whose classrooms were destroyed in the attack.
It was gathered that tension started building up in Funtua over the weekend when some fundamentalists attempted to burn the school on Sunday but they were repelled by security personnel drafted to guard the institution.
Sources told THISDAY that the tension was aggravated by the sermons of some Islamic clerics at last Friday’s service who demanded that government must take an action as the teacher accused of blasphemy would not go unpunished.
It was learnt that the situation worsened yesterday when the mob mobilised in a fresh bid to attack the school, but they were resisted by a combined team of army and police personnel drafted to the area.
The source said the security personnel dispersed the mob that later relocated to lit bonfires on major roads in the town.
The district head of Funtua, Alhaji Idris Sambo Idris, and some community leaders were seen going round the town to urge the people to eschew violence and allow peace to reign. They also urged them to allow government to resolve the issue.
Obesere released a video CD, titled ‘Rpe Scandal to prove his innocence about the rpe allegation, it has been in circulation since its release on Monday, March 17, 2014.
Reports have it that the CD has sold thousand of copies since its realese!!!
“Obesere has released the video CD which explains better what actually transpired between him and his accuser, Nike Olaiya. I learnt the CD has sold thousands of copies. Everybody wants to see the face of the girl. I also learnt that some music promoters and marketers have been lobbying Obesere for the musical video of the incident, which I learnt may be released before the end of the second quarter of the year. But I think Papa is just waiting for the outcome of the police investigation before going to the studio for the album.” a source tells Encomium.
On the reason he churned out the CD, Tosibe king, as Obesere is fondly addressed, told Encomium that “I want people, especially my fans, to get a clearer picture of what really happened between myself and Nike Olaiya.
Also, the inclusion of Alhaja Bola Omo Owo’s interview in the video is to let the public know that I have nothing to hide. I am sure everybody can recognize me, but I want people to also see the face of Alhaja Omo Owo so that they will all know she’s not a fake person. Rpe Scandal was produced to explain everything in detail. It wasn’t for monetary reason, but all of a sudden, everybody keeps requesting for a copy.
“By now, Nike should just come out and defend herself. Her picture is also on the jacket of the CD. Everybody knows that Papa can never rpe and that will never happen. I believe that won’t be the first time Nike will be swindling men. It’s God that exposed her. That’s why she is running up and down. Everybody has seen the face of a scammer. Very soon, she would show up or be fished out.”
Pandemonium broke out early hours Sunday when Boko Haram militants detained at the State Security Services facility in Abuja took over the complex for over six hours after disarming SSS agents guarding the facility.
It was gathered that the audacious action of the detainees led to prolonged negotiations that later resulted to shootings at the complex for over 4 hours, an SSS sources told newsmen.
The gunfight at the complex known as “Yellow House” caused panic in Abuja as the complex sits close to the Presidential Villa and one of the most fortified area in the national capital.
Below are some of the photos taken today during and after inmates at the State Security Services overpowered operatives of the agency and staged a jailbreak:
No fewer than 18 suspects were reported to be killed in the ensuing battle while about 20 were re-arrested with two rifle recovered from them. Two SSS operatives were also said to have been critically injured.
Source: Sahara Reporters
Beckham, who used to play for the French side, believes former club Paris Saint Germain would spring a shock and knock Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea out of the Champions League.
The retired midfielder spent the final six months of his career in the French capital, and reckons the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva can inspire the Ligue 1 champions to victory over the Blues in Wednesday’s quarter final.
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“The owners that run the club, they want to best and they’ve got the best. Thiago Silva, for instance, is the best defender in the world.
“I think they’ve got a real chance in the Champions League this year. They’re coming up against a Chelsea team, with Jose Mourinho as manager, he takes the team to a different level but I do think that they (Chelsea) have a good chance.”
The leadership of the opposition All Progressives Congress may have decided on Major-General Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Bola Tinubu as party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates, This Day reports citing ‘reliable party sources’.
This information comes a week after Sunday Independent gathered that the APC settled on Buhari as its presidential candidate as, allegedly, he could guarantee vast support for the party from the North-West and North-East.
The former head of state obtained an APC membership card in February 2014. However, the first indications that Buhari might contest the party’s presidential primary emerged in August 2013.
According to This Day’s sources, the party’s decision was informed by the massive votes that the pairing of Buhari and Tinubu could gain during the election as Buhari is very popular at the grassroots level in most parts of the North-West and North-East, while Tinubu comes from the South-West.
The APC estimated that Buhari will be banking on some 44,848,911 registered voters who accounted for 61 per cent of total registered voters of 73,528,040 in the 2011 election.
This is in contrast to the 27,735,678 registered voters in the North-Central, South-South and the South-East zone combined, who accounted for 39 per cent of total registered voters in the 2011 election.
APC’s strategists also suppose that with Tinubu as Buhari’s running mate the duo will be able to secure the bulk of the 2,941,214 votes cast for President Goodluck Jonathan in the South-West and Edo State in 2011.
“With Buhari and Tinubu as presidential and vice-presidential candidates respectively, our goal is to secure the core north and South-west, which are the most populous sections of the country and can guarantee us at least 50 per cent of the total votes in the country during the presidential election,” an APC source told This Day.
A compromise : Muslim-Muslim ticket and ‘new PDP’ chairmanship
On the impact of the Muslim-Muslim ticket on the electorate, especially with the insurgency in the North-East, the source said the party had decided to forge ahead with the ticket because it is certain that it has a winning formula, “ irrespective of the accusations by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that APC is a Muslim party“.
“Like most South-Westerners, Tinubu is quite liberal and we hope this would persuade Christian voters that they have nothing to fear. So Buhari and Tinubu have reached a quiet agreement to contest on a joint platform, with the latter already setting up structures nationwide,” the source added.
The source said that by fielding Buhari and Tinubu, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar – who joined APC recently – has effectively been left out in the cold.
Another party source, when asked how Rotimi Amaechi who has been against a Muslim-Muslim ticket reacted to the pairing of Buhari and Tinubu, said that the issue had been discussed and the party had decided to handover the party leadership to the members of the so-called ‘new PDP’.
To recall, seven PDP governors – Amaechi among them – had announced their decision to join the APCon November 26.
“Our plan is to ensure Amaechi secures the senatorial ticket on our platform and wins the election to go to the Senate. “But before this happens, we shall immediately make Sam Jaja, who is his kinsman, the chairman of APC. Then when Amaechi becomes a senator, our goal is to see him emerge as the senate president, following which Jaja will be asked to step down as the party’s chairman to ensure ethnic balancing,” the source said.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) today took staged a protest at the Lagos State Government secretariat, Ikeja over hike in fees of the Lagos State University (LASU).
Students numbering about 200 stormed the governor’s office chanting songs and carrying placards with various inscriptions, some of which read “What has the poor done wrong?” and “Fashola Reduce LASU fees’’
After attempts by security details at the governor’s office gate to prevent the students from entering almost failed, Governor Babatunde Fashola ordered that the protesters be allowed to come and express their grievances.
Sunday Ashefon, NANS South-West Zone Coordinator, who led the protest, described the increase in LASU fees from N25,000 to N250,000 as prohibitive.
According to him, the increase had affected students of the institution who have had to drop out because they could not afford to pay.
“The fees are not just affordable; some of our colleagues have opted out of LASU simply because they cannot pay from N250,000 to N350,000 school fees.
“These prohibitively high fees are some of the highest paid by any university in the country. Children of the poor can no more attend LASU and this is sad.
“What Nigerian students want therefore, is nothing but reversal of the fees to the initial N25 000. APC as a political party promises change, we want that change in LASU too,’’ he said.
Nurudeen Yusuf, LASU Student Union President, also noted that the hike in fees in the institution had resulted in many problems in the school.
He noted that the hike had not only forced out some students because they could not pay, it had also resulted in falling standards.
“The glorious days of LASU are disappearing and we can’t really see any justification for the new fees,’’ he said.
In his response, Fashola said the decision of the state government to increase fees was to reposition the university and make it a centre of academic excellence.
He said the N25,000 paid before now by students will not guarantee the kind of high quality education they deserve to get, noting that the high fees were part of efforts to create a university where the children of the poor and the rich could learn and achieve together.
“It is not right to keep a university only for the children of the poor. That doesn’t make a university anymore,” Fashola said.
The last words spoken by one of the pilots of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane to the control tower were “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”, Malaysia’s civil aviation authority said, changing its previous account of the last message as being a more casual “All right, good night”.
The correction of the official account of the last words was made as Malaysian authorities continued to face heavy criticism for their handling of the disappearance, particularly from families of the Chinese passengers on board Flight MH370 who have accused Malaysia of mismanaging the search and withholding information.
“We would like to confirm that the last conversation in the transcript between the air traffic controller and the cockpit is at 0119 (Malaysian Time) and is “Good night Malaysian three seven zero,” the Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement on Monday, according to the Reuters news agency.
Malaysia’s ambassador to China told Chinese families in Beijing as early as March 12, four days after the flight went missing, that the last words had been “All right, good night.”
“Good night Malaysian three seven zero” would be a more formal, standard sign-off from the cockpit of the Boeing 777, which was just leaving Malaysia-controlled airspace on its route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Minutes later its communications were cut off and it turned back across Malaysia and headed towards the Indian Ocean.
More than three weeks later, a huge international search effort is taking place in the southern Indian Ocean,off western Australia, but has so far failed to turn up any wreckage.
The statement from the aviation authority came after Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was questioned at a news conference on Monday about the last words from the cockpit and fended off demands to release the official transcript.
The statement said authorities were still conducting a “forensic investigation” to determine whether the last words from the cockpit were by the pilot or the co-pilot.
Previously, Malaysia Airlines said the words were believed to have come from the co-pilot.
The civil aviation department said the investigating team had been instructed to release the full transcript at the next briefing with relatives.
Malaysia says the plane, which disappeared less than an hour into its flight, was likely to have been diverted deliberately far off course.
Investigators have determined no apparent motive or other red flags among the 227 passengers or the 12 crew.
About two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese nationals.[Reuters]
The Federal Government, yesterday, said it was investigating suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on suspicions of being a major financier of terrorism in the country.
This was revealed by the Department of State Services, DSS, in a counter-affidavit to the suit filed by Sanusi before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, in which he is seeking to restrain the Police and operatives of DSS from arresting, detaining or otherwise harassing him.
The DSS told the court that it impounded Sanusi’s international passport because of on-going investigations over alleged terrorism financing.
Further in the counter-affidavit, DSS argued that it was absurd for Sanusi to say that an interaction with DSS for less than an hour amounted to a violation of his rights.
It argued that the provisions of Section 6 of the National Security Agencies Act empowered the service to impound the international passports of suspects pending conclusion of investigations.
It would be recalled that upon Sanusi’s arrival at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on February 20, the DSS impounded his international passport.
However, Sanusi has denied being a financier of terrorists, insisting that the Federal Government had failed to substantiate the allegation of terrorism financing levelled against him.
Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Sanusi, who spoke through his counsel, Mr Kola Awodein, SAN, at the resumed hearing in his fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, said that apart from the mere allusion to the allegation of terrorism financing, the Federal Government never produced any evidence before the court to back up such claim.
The court adjourned till April 3, 2014 to rule on the fundamental rights suit by Sanusi.
Respondents in the suit are the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Inspector-General of Police, IG and DSS. [Vanguard]
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has warned the party leadership against presenting Muslims as both its presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2015 general elections, saying doing so would make the party lose the elections “woefully”.
Mr. Fani-Kayode made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
His statement might be confirmation of a report by a national daily that APC had settled on former military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as its presidential and vice-presidential candidates respectively for the polls next year, citing their political value as reason for purportedly picking them.
While Buhari is seen as a hardline Muslim, Tinubu is considered to be a liberal Muslim. This, the APC strategists, according to the report, should swing Christian votes in their favor as they have nothing to fear.
But the former minister declared: “I have said it privately in countless political meetings and I will say it publicly today. Please mark it – the biggest mistake that my party, the APC, can make is to field a Muslim/Muslim ticket in the 2015 Presidential election. If we do that we will not only offend the Christian community, but we will also lose the election woefully”.
He warned that it would be foolhardy for the APC to assume what happened in the 1993 presidential elections, where the Social Democratic Party, SDP, fielded M.K.O Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe – both of them staunch Muslims – and still cruised to a landslide victory in the annulled election.
Likewise, the APC chieftain said it would be wrong also to field an all-Christian ticket for the polls.
“This is not 1993 and whether we like it or not we must accept the fact that religion plays a major role in our politics today”, Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
He added, “Our party must have both a Christian and a Muslim on the ticket if we want to be taken seriously in the Presidential election. I implore those that think otherwise to sit down and think this through properly”.
Mr. Fani-Kayode further argued that presenting a Christian/Christian ticket would be as insensitive to the feelings of Muslims as an all Muslim ticket would be insensitive to the feelings of Christians.
“I for one would never support a ticket that presents two members of the same faith no matter what the consequences would be.
“This country belongs to both Muslims and Christians- we are all one and we must ensure that we do not hurt the feelings or the sensitivities of one another either advertently or inadvertently. As they say ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’.
“Let us be mindful of our actions, deeds and words, no matter how well-intentioned they may be, and let us ensure that we do not confirm the terrible stereotyping that those that are against us are trying to label us with.
“The APC is the only hope for Nigeria. Let us not mess it up by making the wrong choices. A word is enough for the wise”, he concluded.
Prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik (Dr) Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi has described the ongoing National Conference as futile, null and void as it is not recognized by the constitution.
The outspoken cleric, in a statement titled “Anything short of a free and fair election in 2015 is a declaration of War”, posted on his Facebook page, also warned the Nigerian Armed Forces against staging a coup, saying it would be consumed in such attempt as the people would resist any forceful take-over of power.
The post read: “We are already witnessing an undeclared War against the constitution the binding force of our unity. The constitution is the treaty and covenant that binds together in the country called Nigeria the north and south, Muslims and Christians the Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba and the Igbos, the main contentious belligerent blocks to live in peace based on charters that cater for peaceful coexistence.
“In this treaty, any party that wants to secede, has to get the approval of 2/3 of Nigerians in the senate, fed house of reps and the states house of reps. Any short cut to this process is a breach of this treaty.
“Any forceful take-over of government is a breach of this treaty. If in the past people succumbed, today people will fight back. The armed forces itself will break up – we can see Syria as an example.
“The outcome of any national conference is futile and null and void since it’s unconstitutional.
“Therefore it remains only one option that is constitutional, if people want power; A free and fair Elections.
“If anybody or any group of Nigerians will use force or coercion or dubious manipulations and threats to stick to power or wrangle it, that is a clear breach of the constitution and a declaration of War against the peace loving people of this nation. There is no other option but to fight them until they are subdued. Biafra as precedence!” he wrote.
Sheik Gumi prayed for peace in Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday launched a veiled attack on the Governor Rotimi Amaechi-led Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, saying it almost constituted itself into what he called a “monster”.
He said if 50 per cent of the governors in the country talk and behave the same way some of these governors do, the president’s seat would have become too hot for him and somebody else would have come and managed the country.
Jonathan spoke when he received a delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders from the North-Central zone, who paid him a solidarity visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The president, however, singled out governors from the zone for helping to stabilise the NGF.
He also lauded the zone for producing great leaders, including the present President of the Senate, David Mark, who was part of the delegation and who has been able to ensure stability in the National Assembly.
He said, “We thank you for this solidarity visit and for giving us a Senate President that has been able to stabilise the National Assembly.
“The governors from the zone have not been stabilising the country because of the way some of the governors talk and behave. If 50 per cent of the governors behave that way, probably, we would have vacated this place and allow others to come and manage it for us.
“But they have been able to help to stabilise the whole country. When the governors forum became a monster and we had a lot of challenges, it was the North-Central that came on board to stabilise the governors’ forum.
“So, the zone has been able to produce very great leaders, not just hat leaders but they are patriotic leaders, so, we will continue to work with this zone, we will continue to encourage you. As we approach elections next year, let us know the problems on time. We will work with you to ensure PDP continues to maintain the zone”.
Jonathan used the occasion of the visit to reassure Nigerians that the nation’s security architecture was being repositioned to conform to the present security challenges in parts of the country.
“The security personnel are moving in to strengthen the conventional security; that is the police. But we are working very hard with the National Security Adviser’s Office to make sure that the security challenges that we have across the country, whether in Borno State or the kidnapping in Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia and so on. We are coming up with different architecture that will deal with this insurgence. As we progress, we will begin to bring the situation under control”, he added.
Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, again tabled before the president the activities of cattle rearers and insurgents, who he said are now camouflaging as Fulani men.
He said going by recent happenings, those responsible for the attacks on citizens are well-trained, with a mission to kill and destroy, describing the manner of destruction as massive and unimaginable.
He listed the states most affected in the zone to include Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue.
The governor urged the president to concentrate more on the zone because if it is disorganised, his presidency would also be disorganized because that is where he has his stability base.
He said, “You have just directed the military to move in, they have started moving in between Nasarawa and Benue. As of last night, there were lot a security movement between Benue and Nasarawa States and we hope that the same thing will be applicable in Plateau State because the state has had a longer history of this than any one of us.
“Mr. President, what has worried us as governors who are also leaders is that in spite of the magnitude of destruction, no one person has been arrested and these destroyers move in large numbers.
“We are worried that without appropriate sanctions, they will continue with impunity because once people are not sanctioned, they don’t take that serious and I think the appropriate example must be shown.
“Mr. President, you must insist that your security must arrest these people, if you see the level of destruction and the fact that no person has been arrested, it becomes worrisome.
“Mr. President, how these people get their arms, because they are carrying very sophisticated weapons, is also an issue that we are worried about and I believe that Mr. President is also very worried because all of us swore to the constitution to protect lives and property”.
As preparations for the 2015 general elections gather momentum, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Bamidele Olawunmi, has called on politicians in the country to educate their supporters against attacking corps members participating in the conduct of elections in the country.
He made the call at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Ede, Osun State, on Monday while speaking with journalists.
He also warned corps members against collecting any form of gratification from politicians or any other person or group apart from their employer – the NYSC.
Olawunmi warned that any corps member, who disobeys the directive would be arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution.
“We are all aware that corps members have been part of electoral process since 2011 and their involvement has brought some credibility to the elections”, he said.
Olawunmi added: “Politicians should talk to their supporters to avoid any form of violence against these corps members. These are young people who have been called to serve their nation and as such they are only contributing their quota to the development of the country. I know Osun State people are peace-loving, they should avoid any form of violence against these youths”.
He noted that since the declaration of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, the NYSC had moved its orientation camps from the three affected states to ensure security of the corps members.
While assuring corps members of adequate security at the orientation camps and during their service year, the NYSC boss advised them against embarking on unauthorized travels as road accidents have been identified as one of the challenges to corps members’ safety.
He said, “We care so much about your safety and that is why we have put up adequate security at the orientation camps. We also assure you of safety after your departure from the camps.
“We know you are the future of the nation but you also need to assist us by not embarking on unnecessary travels. Don’t travel except it is very important. We have discovered that road accident is one of the challenges to corps members’ security. What you are traveling to look for in Lagos, Abuja and other cities are right there at the camp”.
It would be recalled that in the aftermath of the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan as winner of the 2011 presidential elections, purported supporters of a particular politician went on a violence spree in the North killing 10 corps members in Bauchi State leading to calls then for the scrapping of the NYSC.
In an act that looks like a scene from a horror movie, a boy in Daya Village, Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State, on Monday, killed his younger brother and removed his eyes and tongue.
According to a PREMIUM TIMES report, the younger brother had gone missing for three days and following a search mission in the village, the older brother was found to be in possession of a tongue and eyes, which turned out to be the victim’s.
Both the alleged killer and his victim are believed to be minors.
A resident of Daya, Ishmail Daya was quoted as saying: “He killed his younger brother and buried him on his father’s farmland”.
According to Ishmail, there had been no prior quarrel between the siblings until the ugly incident took place.
“There was no fight, he just killed his brother. Though investigation is still going on, but there was no fight”, he said.
The district head and Galadima of Fika, Fika LGA, Garba Daya, confirmed the incident.
“Yes, it actually happened in Daya”, he said, adding that the killer was currently cooling his heels in police custody.
The Yobe State Police Command could not be reached for comment on the incident as the police commissioner, Sanusi Rufai, was unavailable.
The Chairman of Public Petitions Committee in the House of Representatives, Mr. Uzo Azubuike, yesterday, insisted that the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro and authorities of the National Immigration Service, NIS, must refund the N1000 paid by each applicant that participated in the botched recruitment exercise where more than 18 died across the country.
Azubuike, who spoke at an interactive meeting that was organized by Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, working on rights and governance issues, yesterday, described the recruitment tragedy as a national disgrace.
“It was very unfortunate that the applicants were not only exploited, but ended up losing their lives. How can they ask the applicants to pay N1000 each to participate in the recruitment exercise when funds needed for such exercise was already provided for in the budget.
“You cannot ask a poor Nigerian who has no job and is applying for a job he or she may not even get, to pay. It is a disgrace to the nation that people who came for the exam were struggling for the question papers and not answer sheet,” said Azubuike.
“They were treated like mere objects and not human beings. The National Assembly is already on the matter and we will make sure that justice is done for both the living applicants and the dead ones,” he added.
Azubuike disclosed that the National Assembly had commenced the process of amending the laws that established the Public Complaints Commission with a view to empowering it to fight for the rights of Nigerians.
He regretted that till date, the PCC, still operates under Decree No. 31 which was made by the military in 1975.
“Though that Decree has since been incorporated into the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Public Complaints Commission Act Cap. P 37, LFN, 2004, however, we are going to amend that Decree so as to reform the agency and bring it to conform with the present realities in our current democratic dispensation, without tampering with the security of the Commission in the Constitution”, he added.
Chief Commissioner of the PCC, Justice George Idenyi Uloko, while speaking, stated that the Commission is empowered to conduct proactive and reactive investigation into complaints lodged before it in respect of administrative actions of the Federal, States, Local governments, public institutions and companies incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, section 5(2) of the PCC Act.
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The Director-General of National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, has confirmed the allegations that chemical weapons were used by suspected gunmen in the recent attacks on a community in Benue State and has called on the Federal Government to urgently look into the allegation.
Orhii said he saw for the first time, the canister shells used to conceal the chemical that was used in the attack.
Information Nigeria reports that the suspicion was raised that chemicals were possibly used in the recent attack on Sengev community in Gwer West Local Government of Benue when 10 persons, including women and children, were found dead foaming in the mouth, with no gunshot wounds or bruises to their bodies.
“Chemical weapons have been used on our people and for the first time, I saw it yesterday. It was concealed in canister shells”, the NAFDAC DG said.
Orhii, who donated relief items worth over N20 million to internally displaced persons within Makurdi, said that the crisis needed to be nipped in the bud before it poses a major problem to the entire country.
He however sued for peace among the warring factions to enable peace prevail for the positive development of the state.
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Sunday’s attempted jailbreak at the heavily fortified headquarters of the Department of State Security by detained members of the Boko Haram sect in which a shoot-out ensued resulting in the death of 21 insurgents and serious injury to two Service operatives, has been described as an act of sabotage by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).
The umbrella body for Ijaw youths worldwide also called for a massive overhaul of the security agencies.
In a statement issued by its Spokesman, Eric Omare, the IYC said the reported gun-fight between the insurgents and security operatives few kilometres away from the nation’s seat of power was a joke taken too far.
The IYC said though there were conflicting accounts of the incident, it insisted that there were saboteurs within the security circle, aiding the insurgents.
The statement reads in part: “There is no explanation for Boko Haram members having the effrontery to confront security agencies for more than three hours at the heavily fortified DSS headquarters very close to the Presidential Villa, nation’s seat of power.
“The IYC notes that there have been reports of countless cases of security agencies taking positions on Boko Haram and before the plans are carried out, the security information would leak to Boko Haram members.
“Furthermore, there have also been reported cases of military checkpoints being removed few minutes to Boko Haram attacks without any response from the security agencies until Boko Haram members would have completed their attacks. The Yobe attack on the Federal Government College easily comes to mind”, the statement said.
The game might be up for armed men and criminal gangs perpetrating violent crimes in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States as the military said on Monday that it had begun a major operation to bring their reign of terror to an end.
Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja that the operations would end the wanton killing and destruction of lives and property.
The Defence spokesperson said that troops had already been deployed for a major offensive which covered the three states of the North-Central.
He added that the internal security operation was meant to capture and neutralise all the enclaves of criminal gangs.
“The Nigerian Air Force, Police and other security agencies are also participating in the operation, designed to restore peace in the affected states”.
Olukolade charged law abiding citizens to cooperate with the military by providing timely and useful information to facilitate the operation as it affected their localities.
Alhaji Hadi Al-Mustapha, younger brother to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha has said operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF), who raided his house on Friday in Kano were misled into carrying out the operation as nothing incriminating was found there.
He said they suspected a sinister motive in the raid.
It would be recalled that the residence, located in the Bompai area of Kano metropolis, was raided for hours by the JTF in rather unclear circumstances.
Following what he termed an ‘embarrassment’ to the JTF, Al-Mustapha said they should probe whoever misled them into carrying out the operation so as to avoid a future recurrence.
“They were misled because somebody gave them false information about the house. They should investigate the person that misled them in order to know the motive for it”, he said.
He also debunked media reports that the house belonged to his elder brother, who was recently released from prison, saying the house belongs to him instead.