Ex Convict Nollywood Actor Uche Odoputa Now Driver To APC Chieftain


Uche Odoputa, who used to be a popular Nollywood actor before his arrest and conviction in 2007 for drug trafficking, now works as a driver and one of the aides to an APC chieftain – Emeka Ebekee in Port Hacourt.

Odoputa was spotted on several campaign grounds with the Ebekee. After each occasion the former actor took over the wheel.

According to the information provided by Movie Moments, the APC chieftain also launched a boutique for Odoputa, where he deals on men’s clothes.

Imo State born actor, who gained popularity for his lover boy roles, was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on March 23, 2007 with several grammes of cocaine on him.

Having served about 6 years in prison, he was released, but not much has been heard about his acting career since then.

Kate Henshaw On The Set of ‘The Juice’ TV Show – Photos


Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw on the set of ‘The Juice’ yesterday with presenter Toolz…..

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The 42-year-old  Rivers State born movie star has starred in numerous Nollywood movies and won the African Movie Academy Award in 2008 for Best Actress in a Leading Role. More Photos Below:

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Photos: Kcee, Ebuka, Niyiola, Others At The Season 2 Premiere of ‘The Juice’


Ndani TV launched Season 2 of ‘The Juice’ on Saturday April 5th at The Wheat Baker in Ikoyi, Lagos. The show, anchored by Toolz will now air on Africa Magic Entertainment Channel 151 every Sunday at 8pm.
  
Guests included Osas Ighodaro, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Tomi OdunsiToke Makinwa, Adebola Williams, Noble Igwe, Sasha P, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Yemi Black, Vector, Tunde Demuren, Niyola, and others.
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Performers included hit artistes Kcee, Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade. It was a fun-filled evening of surprise guests interviewed live and a dance competition anchored by Kcee with 1000dollars for the best dancer. Celeb contestants were Noble Igwe, Toke Makinwa and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why We Defected To PDP – APC Youths


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The All Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Frontier in Abuja, said it had defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) due to identified injustice and abnormalities in the APC.

Mr Usman Austin, the National Coordinator of the frontier, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

The frontier is a group associated with the APC with the objective of championing the party`s course, defending and preaching its manifesto to the youths in Nigeria.

“We identified with them because of the name progressives and progressives should be in action, not in words,’’ he said.

Austin, who led other youths of the frontier to defect to the PDP on April 6, said that they took the decision to fight the injustice meted out on some APC chieftains.

He said that the frontier before it defected to the PDP, wrote several proposals to the APC youth leader on identified anomalies but there was no redress.

He said that the anomalies bordered on issues from the merger of the party with the defunct new PDP.

According to him, it was wrong for the new PDP to merge with the APC in the first place because it was not a registered political party.

“How can a political party merge with a faction of another party, it is not done anywhere and we kicked against it and wrote to El-Rufa’I”, he said.

Austin also questioned the rational of making Sen. Bukola Saraki, the leader of the party in Kwara, while Gen. Buba Marwa, former Military Administrator of Lagos State was being sidelined.

He explained that Marwa had contributed so much to the advancement of APC in Adamawa and the inability to give him a leadership position in the state was an aberration.

“We are working for a formidable nation; the frontier cannot be part of injustice and abnormalities.

“It is not my personal decision but a collective decision. The reason we are defecting to the PDP is to fight the injustice meted on Buba Marwa, Shekarau and others.

“We were in PDP before; we are not new to PDP. The party has the mechanism to resolve its crises not snubbing or ignoring it”, Austin said. (NAN)

 

Gov. Nyako Swears In Acting Chief Judge


murtala nyakoGovernor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State on Tuesday swore in the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mammadi.

Nyako urged the acting chief judge to endeavour to reinvigorate the state judiciary by ensuring justice for all and sundry in the state, at the ceremony in Yola.

He said that the swearing in was timely and important considering the present situation people in the state found themselves.

“The state government is doing all it can and very careful to avoid unnecessary tribal, religion or political tension for the development of our people.

“I pray that the ideal working relationship between the executive and the judiciary will be sustained for the betterment of our state”, Nyako said.

Responding, Mammadi thanked the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the state.

The acting chief judge said he would carry out his assignments without fear or favour to every individual and institution in the state.

The state Grand Khadi, Justice Muhammad Mahmud, administered the oath of office on the acting chief judge. (NAN)

New Couple Arraigned For Adultery


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A farmer, Jafar Umar, and his new wife, Rukayat, were on Tuesday arraigned in a Kosubosu Area Court in Kwara for alleged adultery.

The duo were arraigned for adultery contrary to sections 387 and 388 of the Penal Code Law following a complaint by one Bashiru Haruna.

Bashiru said he married Rukayat on Jan. 5, 2013 at Kuburufu Village in the Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.

The complainant said sometimes after the marriage, Rukayat took permission to travel to Shiya Village and failed to return home since then.

“To my painful surprise, I learnt that Rukayat had remarried and had conceived for another man bearing Jafar without seeking a divorce from me,’’ he said.

The complainant sought the relief of the court to grant an order enabling him to claim the dowry and other expenses incurred in the marriage.

Jafar, on his part, admitted that a relationship existed between him and Rukayat, adding that she had a child for him.

Rukayat, however, denied the allegation.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Mallam Ahmed Yahaya, admitted the two accused persons to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with a surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case till April 15 for hearing. [NAN]

Man In Court For R*ping Another Man In Lagos


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A terrifying ordeal occurred in Lagos last month when a man held down another man and defiled him, a police prosecutor told an Abule Egba Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The prosecutor, Insp. Racheal Williams alleged that the accused had drugged his victim before defiling him.

“When the complainant woke up, his anus was paining him and there was some left-over semen in it,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused, 38-year-old Sali Malu, a gatekeeper, lives at 31, Peace Estate, Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos.

He is facing a two-count charge of s*xual assault and causing a breach of peace.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of defiling a fellow gatekeeper (names withheld) and breach of peace.

Williams said the offences were committed on March 23 in the house of the accused.

“The complainant (names withheld), who is also a gatekeeper in the estate, went to the room of the accused to charge his phone.

“The accused gave him food to eat. The man did not know that the food had been laced with drug.

“After eating the food, he slept off only to wake up to the reality that he had been defiled,’’ she told the court.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene Section 166 (d) and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Ruling on the bail application of the accused, the Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, granted the accused a bail of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case has been adjourned to May 5 for mention. [NAN]

“I’ve Made More Money Than You Have Ever Made In Life” – Wizkid Slams Fan On Twitter


A fan actually tweeted to wizkid saying that ‘all he has done this year was just to take photos and share them on instagram’. The tweet got to Wizkid and he replied the fan saying ‘ He has made more money that he has ever made in his whole life’ ouch that’s so bad of a reply to your die hard fan
Well, few minutes after the whole saga, wizkid and the fan were trending on twitter.
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See This Sexy Picture Of Actress Nadia Buari


 

 

Kate Henshaw Shares An Old Picture To Prove That She Was Once Fat


The ageless beauty shared this old photo of her self to prove to people that she was once fat and also to encourage people that they can remain in good shape if the keep fit. Wow, I think I prefer the new kate.

Nigerian Muslims Are Being Persecuted By The Military – JNI


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Nigerian Muslims under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III, have accused the country’s military of persecuting Muslims and carrying out indiscriminate killings without adhering to rules of engagement.

The allegation was contained in a statement distributed by the Islamic body, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). The Sultan of Sokoto chairs the body. The JNI demanded that the Federal Government and others concerned must urgently address the issue, adding that the mistreatment of Muslims was getting out of hand.

In a statement signed titled ‘MILITARY OPERATION AND THE PERSECUTION OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS; THE KILLING OF 15 MUSLIMS IN KEANA AND THE MASSACRE IN ZAMFARA STATE’ and signed by the group’s scribe, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the JNI stated:

“The dimension of extra judicial killing of Muslims by the military on a mere whim of unsubstantiated suspicion leaves much to be desired, which clearly depicts that Muslims have become endangered species, murdered and maimed indiscriminately in the guise of fighting terrorism. The sad incident of Keana 15 is another scenario where the settlements of innocent Muslims were mercilessly massacred. These are people who have been exonerated by the State Governor as being peace loving people and law abiding. It is questionable that an operation of this magnitude would be carried-out without the knowledge of the Chief Security Officer of the State, nor other relevant security bodies. JNI is concerned that the perpetrators of these genocidal acts against Muslims may go scot-free as it was the case with Apo Killings and other similar heinous acts.

“The Benue state governor and his deputy have recently exonerated the Fulani of Benue for the long outstanding relationship and social cohesion between them. The social joke between them lives for almost a century. How can all this suddenly change and the next neighbor is accused because of his simplicity and unsophistication?

“The various reports of human rights abuses and massacre of hundreds of Muslims in Maiduguri by the military, as reported by human rights groups, [are] painful and unacceptable. [There are] criminals on [the] one hand and the supposed protectors of the innocent on the other, in front is a lion and behind are wolves.

“We have found the usage of the term Fulani herdsmen, hiding their religious identity, an attempt to wipe out Muslims in the guise of fighting terrorism, as it suits the situation, and using Muslim terrorist as it suits the other situation as absurd. Why is it when a Christian commits a crime it is not called a Christian crime or terrorism? The fact remains, [a] crime is [a] crime[:] it is colorless, tribeless and religiousless.

“It is sad to note that a Muslim milk maid, a mother of five, was defiled and killed by a military man around Dei-Dei area of the Federal Capital Territory. We are not aware of any step taken by the military authority on the matter. As usual they will buy time and the case will die naturally.

“We can say without any fear of contradiction that there is a grand agenda to destabilize the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria. If any Nigerian is in doubt regarding the hidden grand agenda to destabilize Muslims in Nigeria, and cautiously reduce their rising human capital, then the Zamfara State incidence should have removed this doubt. An event where vigilante personnel working to restore peace would be the subject of a grand massacre, tells much about the chaos and insecurity some enemies want to push our states into. We call on all our Governors, politicians and indeed every well-meaning citizen to do something before it gets out of hand.

“Where is the human rights compliance and rule of engagement by the military personnel involved in maintaining peace and security? Why are the defaulting military personnel not brought to book for [deterrence] and forestalling future occurrence? The military should know that it is extremely dangerous to polarize security agencies along religious line. It will have far reaching negative effect in the country, especially at this material time, where the efforts of all are required to cushion the effect of the pains we are passing through.

“JNI unequivocally condemns the extra judicial killing of 15 Fulani Muslims in Keana, the defiling and subsequent killing of Binta Usman, the milk maid and all the human rights abuses on innocent Muslims in Maiduguri. We strongly call for bringing to justice the perpetrators of transgression against innocent citizens who have the right to practice the religion they choose.” [SR]

Delta Government Denies Paying N500m Ransom For The Release Of Ebikeme Clarke


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The government of Delta State has denied paying the sum of N500 million to secure the release of Edwin Clark’s son, Ebikeme Clark from his abductors.

In a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, the government said it did not part with such amount of money.

“The attention of the Delta State Government has been drawn to a release by a group called MEND, alleging that the Delta State Government parted with the sum of N500 million as ransom for the release of Mr. Ebikeme Clarke, son of Chief E. K. Clarke, who was kidnapped and released a few days ago.

“In the said statement, it was also alleged that the kidnap was stage managed by Ebikeme Clarke and the police to swindle the State Government of such an amount.

“The Delta State Government wishes to State categorically that it did not part with any money as ransom for the release of Mr. Ebikeme Clarke. It is the policy of the Government not to pay or encourage the payment of ransom by families as this encourages more kidnappings. The state government has had previous cases of high profile kidnappings where the victims had been kept much longer than Ebikeme. The government did not pay any ransom.

“What then is so special about Mr. Ebikeme Clarke that will make the State Government pay ransom?” asked the statement.

“Secondly the volume of money being mentioned, N500 million, makes the allegation very foolish for anyone who knows how government runs and the logistics of that volume of fund movement, considering the fact that there were only two working days during the period.

“From the statement by the so called MEND, it is obvious that they are out not just to blackmail the State Government but also Chief E. K. Clarke and the amnesty programme of the Federal Government.

“The Delta State Government wishes to advise the people of the Niger Delta especially those still hiding under the umbrella of MEND, that the tactics of blackmail, falsehood, rumour mongering and intimidation in the region are gone. The region is in a phase of infrastructure and human capital development catch up which will ultimately ensure peace in the region. Let all hands be on deck,” the statement read.

Photos from Julius Agwu’s birthday celebration yesterday


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Julius Agwu was a year older yesterday April 7th and marked his 10th anniversary celebrating with the kids at Heart of Gold Hospice. The ace comedian has been celebrating his birthday at the Hospice every year for the last 10 years. He later celebrated with his family. See photos below 

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“My thoughts on the Arik-Air flight debacle” – Banky W


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Banky W, one of the passengers on the Arik Air Lagos to New York flight on March 31st shares his thoughts on the incident that left passengers protesting on board. Find it below…

Recently, footage from a camera phone has surfaced online about the dire circumstances that passengers suffered prior to take-off, on board an Arik Air flight from Lagos to New York; I was one of the passengers. For anyone who has not seen the footage, it’s available on Youtube and various News Websites and Blogs. However, for purposes of this write-up, I will recount what happened.
The flight was scheduled to take off at about 1150pm on March 31st, 2014. Boarding was completed on time, and all the passengers settled in their seats and prepared for the flight to begin. However, there seemed to be a delay in operations because although the ground crew had exited the aircraft and the cabin doors were shut, we weren’t moving. The pilot announced that there was a small delay in the ground crew operations on the plane, and that we should be patient as the flight would depart “in a few minutes”.
 
The problem was, the air conditioning was not turned on. Midnight soon passed, and there was still no A/C, neither did it feel like we were going anywhere, anytime soon. Passengers were vigorously fanning themselves, asking for water and ice from the Crew, and doing whatever they could to stay cool and hydrated. The reality was that the heat in the plane was quite frankly unbearable.  It’s hot enough in Nigeria these days, and then you couple that with a cabin whose doors have been shut, and a bunch of people locked inside that enclosed space… suffice it to say it escalated from bad to worse very quickly.  The Captain made another announcement about how he’s “sorry for the delay, but it was due to the ground operations”, and that there was only one engine on and that was why the A/C could not be turned on yet. By now it was well past 12:30 and people were becoming extremely frustrated. Parents had begun taking the clothes off their children, children were crying, one lady looked like she would faint. Still, there was no further update on when we would take off and when the A/C would come on.
Almost an hour into this debacle, many passengers became justifiably irate. We were all drenched in sweat, burning hot, and it was hard to breathe properly.  Now, let me interject here to say this… I believe that up till now, it was actually Arik’s policy to not turn on the A/C on their Aircrafts until take-off. I’m not sure why, but I’ve flown on many of their local routes within Nigeria and 100% of the time, this is always the case. The difference though is that usually, once boarding has been completed, it only takes a few minutes before take-off begins, and the A/C comes on pretty quickly, so while it’s unacceptable, it has been… tolerable. In this case however, we had been on board for well over an hour, and now passengers that had surged up front into my section actually said people were fainting, and more people were going to pass out. It was disastrous, to say the least.
Just before the passengers surged into my section up front (I was in seat 1A), I actually saw the pilots pull the one foreign air hostess into the cockpit and lock the door behind them. I suspect that either the A/C may have been on in the Cockpit, or that he was concerned for his and her safety because the shouting from the back indicated that people were in a state of panic and riot. Either way, I thought his actions came off as incredibly ignorant and prejudice against the Nigerian Staff (who were doing their absolute best to try and calm people down), and against the very Nigerian passengers who he was employed to take care of. As the people surged up front and started banging on the cockpit door, the Captain made yet another announcement that people should be patient for a few more minutes, and of course it had been well over an hour so none of the irate passengers were having it. He also said that if people did not go back to their assigned seats, he would have to call the police. Of course this did nothing but provide further incentive for people to be angry, frustrated, irate… you name it.
By this time, the entire section around my seat was filled with screaming passengers, banging on the cockpit door and yelling at the Nigerian Staff who were still pleading with us. I actually feared for the safety of the Air Hostesses, and for the equipment on the plane; the captain was not saying anything to calm people down, and would not dare show his face, and was not hearkening to the cries of people that he should open the cabin doors and let us out until they were actually ready to take off.
I feared that more drastic measures were going to be taken by the irate passengers, which is why I stood up at that point to try and calm them down. My reasoning was that I’d been on enough Arik flights to know that this was their policy, so I didn’t feel like the plane was not fit to fly. I suggested that seeing as we’d already waited that long, we give them another 5-10 minutes, because if we disrupted the flight or caused damage, they would have to kick us off and begin the entire process from start. Some of the passengers calmed down after I spoke, while some were just intent on fighting or doing something drastic to express their displeasure… (one very short angry man actually tried to take out his anger on me, but I felt bad for him so I didn’t let that escalate).
In any case, soon after that, the Captain announced he was beginning take-off procedures, and I felt the A/C come on. This further helped me make my case to the passengers, and most of the people started going back to their seats. What further shocked me at this point was that the Captain actually started taxiing the plane on the runway, while people were still making their way back to their seats. This seemed to be both dangerous AND illegal, in my opinion. To be fair though, it did motivate people to quickly rush back to their seats. Including our short and irate friend who at this time was screaming at the top of his lungs, and unclad. After this though, the rest of the flight went on incident free, thank God.
Many news agencies, upon seeing me in the footage online, have contacted me asking for details of what happened, and my opinion on the incident. My thoughts are as follows: it was an avoidable disaster, and one that could have ended up much worse for the staff and equipment of Arik Air. This policy of enclosing passengers within a cabin with no A/C is senseless; I suspect that it saves them some money because they don’t need to rent/buy ground power units to power the planes while they finish their operations, but it is unfair, cruel and inhumane to the clients of the airline to subject their comfort and even health to such conditions, all in the name of cutting costs.
A few years ago, I took this flight route on Arik Air for the first time, primarily because I needed to be in NYC as quickly as possible on business, and they were the only carrier that went directly with no layovers. I was very impressed by pretty much every aspect of the flight. It was convenient and clean; the seats were big and comfortable; the staff was friendly and courteous; I was so impressed that for a short while, I stopped using my usual international Carriers. The one downside at the time, was that the food wasn’t quite the best, and there was no frequent flier mileage program. I remember filling out a suggestion form at the time, along with some other passengers, and we all commented that the food could be better. Shortly after that, I was beyond impressed to find that they had changed their menu and food supplier, and stepped up the quality to the point that it was as good, or better than most other carriers. It felt like they were really responding to the needs and expectations of their patrons, and I thought this was a great start for the Airline.
I’m a proud Nigerian… and I’m a fan of all things good that are Nigerian. We have many issues as a country, but I’ve always been of the opinion that we have to fix ourselves. We have to police ourselves, and play our part in changing Nigeria and making Her better. As such, whenever possible, I try to support Nigerian owned businesses. My suits, for instance, are made by Mai Atafo; he has impressed me so much that I now refuse to buy suits from anywhere else in the world, because of the quality of his craftsmanship; and it is a source of pride for me when I’m asked by colleagues, clients and fans around the world where I got my suit from, and I’m able to tell them that it was made by a Nigerian Designer.
Arik is currently our only airline that flies to international cities like London and New York; however instead of being a source of pride, they’ve allowed their standards to drop over time. There are 24 seats in my section, about 10 of them are not functional and have not been in months. The entertainment system is a joke; there are only a handful of tv shows and films available for viewing, and they are the same exact films/shows that were available years ago when they started flying to NYC. They literally have not changed the movies in YEARS. They just flat out refuse to upgrade what they have, and seem content to let it deteriorate. There is still no frequent flier program, even though for years they told passengers to hold on to their boarding passes, as it would soon commence. “Soon” has taken an eternity with no end in sight. Attention to detail is crucial, and very often, it is the difference between greatness and mediocrity; between growth and decline, success and failure.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out some of the positives that the airline still has. For one, I’ve found their Nigerian staff to be very polite, courteous and helpful. The food quality is still great – I have no complaints on anything I’ve tasted so far, other than the fish peppersoup – yuck! The duck however, was fantastic, as well as everything else I’ve eaten on board. Generally speaking, their cleanliness standards have not dropped either, thank God. And lastly, the direct flight to NYC remains as convenient as it gets for someone like me who sometimes needs to save time spent in European layovers.
I’ve witnessed them make positive changes before due to the suggestion surveys passengers filled out; my hope, in writing this, is that they do the same again, fix the issues and give us a Nigerian Airline that will be a source of pride, not pain.
-       B.W.
PS: Not everyone needs to be in NYC like myself; I suggest to the powers that be, to try and partner with an American carrier, so that once you touch down in NY, you can easily transition to a local flight to take you to your final destination.
PPS: I apologize for the extremely long article. I have even more to say but this will have to do.

My contract expired, I need to move on’- Singer Jaywon Speaks On Kennis Music Controversy


 Odun yi’ singer, James Oluwajuwonlo Edahi (Jaywon) is allegedly embroiled in a controversy surrounding his contract with Kennis Music with reports that Kennis Music has advised all broadcasters to desist from playing any of Jaywon’s material pending the resolution of the contract buy-out request.

But the singer has refuted rumours of a fight between himself and label boss Kenny Ogungbe in an interview with music station Nigezie saying he only wants to leave the Kennis Music since his contract has now expired.‘I feel this is the best time for me to actually be on my own. I appreciate Kennis Music and will always do. Kennis did it for me and I’m grateful for that but the thing is my contract has expired and I need to move on’, Jaywon said in the interview.

Singer Djinee makes a case for Juju/Fuji musicians


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Ego crooner Djinee took to twitter today to make a case for Juju/Fuji musicians. Continue to read his tweets… 

North Korean Official Executed Withh Flame Thrower – Report


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A North Korean official has been executed with a flame-thrower, South Korean media has reported.

He is one of up to 11 senior party officials with close ties to Jang Song-taek — Kim Jong-un’s recently purged uncle — who have been apparently executed or sent to political prison camps.

Jang was publicly tried and executed in December after being found guilty of corruption and activities that ran counter to the policies of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The regime has shut down the department within the Workers’ Party that Jang previously headed. O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the ministry of public security, was “executed by flame-thrower”, a source told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

O was executed because he had followed Jang’s instructions to turn the ministry into a personal security division to help safeguard his business dealings, the paper reported.

The report could not be confirmed, although previous executions have suggested that the North Korean leadership can be inventive when it comes to disposing of anyone who has fallen out of favour.

In 2012, a vice-minister of the army was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death in December of the previous year.

On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair”, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been targeted for a mortar round and “obliterated”, South Korean media reported.

With the purges apparently continuing, there is concern in Seoul at further possible instability in Pyongyang, coupled with a renewed belligerence being demonstrated by the North.

The South Korean military has launched an intensive search across large areas of the country after a third unmanned reconnaissance drone was handed into authorities over the weekend.

The aircraft was more than 80 miles south of the heavily fortified border.

WHO: Ebola Outbreak Among ‘Most Challenging’


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West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is among the “most challenging” ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago, the WHO said, as the suspected death toll from the virus hit 111.

“This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced,” said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organisation.

WHO said on Tuesday that it expected to have to confront an outbreak of the deadly virus Ebola in West Africa for the next two to four months, the Reuters news agency reported.

But the United Nations agency said it was not recommending any travel restrictions to Guinea, which has a total of 157 suspected and confirmed cases including 101 deaths, or Liberia which has 21 suspected and confirmed cases including 10 deaths.

“We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak the next two to three to four months before we are comfortable that we are through it,” Fukuda told a Geneva news briefing.

WHO medical officer Stephane Hugonnet, just back from Guinea, said: “In Guinea Forestiere, the outbreak is not over, this is the epicentre. As long as it is not over there, there will be cases exported to the rest of the country.”

Some 50 foreign experts have been deployed to help with infection control measures at hospitals and to trace 600 known contacts of infected patients, he said.

Most new cases were linked to known transmission chains, which he said was “reassuring”.

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Politicians Exchange Punches In Ukraine Parliament Over Secession


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A fight has broken out in the Ukraine parliament with rivals from the far-right nationalist party and communists exchanging punches.

Luckily for the brawlers the fight didn’t involve Vitali Klitschko, the former world heavyweight champion-turned politician.

Klitschko had just delivered a speech at the parliament in Kiev saying that the country risked a “real war” after recent upheaval in eastern Ukraine, Fox News reported.

His comments were followed shortly after by a speech from Petro Symonenko, the head of the Communist Party, accusing lawmakers of provoking the current unrest through their actions in bringing down the government of President Viktor Yanukovych.

The remarks caused a reaction among radical nationalists who rushed the podium and seized Symonenko. As Symonenko supporters came to his defence a fistfight ensued.

Symonenko wasn’t hurt in the fight though one of his deputies was seen later with scratches on his face, Reuters reported.

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The flare-up comes after increasing tension in eastern Ukraine between government forces and militants who want to follow the example of Crimea and secede to Russia.

On Sunday militants stormed a series of strategic government buildings across a swathe of heavily Russified eastern regions and demanded that Moscow send its troops for support. Ukraine mounted a counteroffensive on Tuesday by vowing to treat the separatists as “terrorists” and making 70 arrests in a night-time security sweep aimed at proving the Kremlin’s involvement in the secessionist movement.

Woman Nabbed By NDLEA With 686g Of Cocaine Concealed In Her Privates


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A food vendor, who allegedly inserted 685 grammes of cocaine in her private part, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, as she attempted to beat security operatives.

The suspect identified as Chinelo Okorom Lynnette, 36, was arrested during an inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nigeria.

NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mitchell Ofoyeju, who made the disclosure, yesterday, said the suspect concealed the drugs in a cellophane bag before inserting it into her private part and ingested some.

“The suspect tested positive for drug ingestion and vaginal insertion. She, however, expelled a total of 685 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine while under observation at the airport.”

However, the suspect, reportedly told NDLEA officials at the Airport Command headed by Mr Hamza Umar that she was deceived into the illicit business out of frustration by her landlord, following her in ability to pay her rent.

“My husband abandoned me with four children two years ago. Since then, I have been working hard to pay their school fees and also ensure their proper upkeep. I sell food at Ajagbandi to take care of my children.

“When my rent expired, I had no money to renew it. My landlord ejected us and I had nowhere to go with the children or who to talk to. I was crying like a baby when a man came to console me.

“He told me to wipe my tears and promised to introduce me to importation business. I felt he was God-sent when he sponsored my trip to Addis Ababa. Before leaving, he said I was to go into importation of female hand bags.

“But when I got to Ethiopia, he told me to take cocaine to Nigeria. Initially, I disagreed but he threatened to recover his investment at all cost. I am just a victim of man’s cruelty to man.”

NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, said the arrest was made by the eagle-eye operatives at the airport, who are familiar with different antics used by drug traffickers.

“Going to Addis Ababa to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria is one of the tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicates. Cocaine is not known to come from Addis but we were able to detect it because of our vigilance.

“We are prepared to counter activities of drug kingpins and bring them to justice. We look forward to fruitful progress in our investigation.”

He described the suspect’s action as shameful.

Zamfara Killings: Reps Invite Defence Minister, NSA, IGP


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Members of the House of Representatives, yesterday mandated its committee on security to invite the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, rtd, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before the House to explain what led to last week’s killings of Nigerians in Zamfara State.

In a motion sponsored by Representative Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, PDP, Zamfara, the House also appealed to the defence ministry to “consider locating an army barracks in the affected local governments to forestal the recurrences of such killings.”

The House in plenary also passed another motion sponsored by Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo ,PDP, Nasarawa, urging relevant authorities to hasten the construction of a military barracks in Doma Local Government of the state in view of last week’s killings of Fulani herdsmen allegedly by soldiers in the state.

On the Zamfara killings, the House directed security agencies in the country to “fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice to serve as deterrence to others.”

It also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to deliver relief materials to the distressed citizens of the affected villages, just as it resolved “to send a committee to sympathise, see first-hand, the damage done and report back to the House.”

Gusau in his motion said that the said killings in Zamfara were carried out by “suspected Fulani herdsmen” who “operated freely for about four hours, shooting at children, traders, vigilante, community leaders and clerics. [Vanguard]

EFCC Re-arraigns Three Oil Marketers Over Fuel Subsidy Fraud


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Three oil marketers: Adamu Maula, George Ogbonna and Emmanuel Morah, were yesterday re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N789.6 million fuel subsidy fraud.

The marketers appeared alongside their companies — Downstream Energy Sources Ltd and Rocky Energy Ltd — before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.

They face a 26-count amended charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and altering.

Earlier arraigned on Feb.26, 2013 on an eight-count charge, the defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted N50 million bail each, with two sureties in like sum.

The EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), alleged that the defendants had committed the offences between March 2011 and January 2012 in Lagos.

Jacobs alleged that the accused fraudulently obtained N789.6 million from the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF) for a purported importation of 14.2 million litres of petrol from Europe to Nigeria.

JAMB Blames Drop In UTME Applications On Boko Haram


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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has blamed the 35 percent drop in the number of students who registered for the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, on the activities of Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said this in Abuja, yesteray, while briefing journalists on the board’s preparation for 2014 UTME, stating that registration for 2014 UTME is 129,139 less than the 1,735,892 recorded in 2013.

According to him, the board had started investigation on reasons Nigerian universities admitted fewer applicants to their carrying capacities.

“We will not reveal our strategies to the public but we know there are security challenges in some parts of the country but of course we have made adequate arrangement to conduct examinations in such States and in everywhere in Nigeria.

“There are some areas full of insecurities and we have made adequate security arrangement and if the worse come to the worse we will result to CBT to such candidates.

“From the Northeast which is one of the troubled areas, the number of candidates coming from there is relatively lower than last year and therefore we had a shortfall and that is the reason why there were lesser candidates this year compared to last year. And you know why it is not only education that is being troubled even the economy of that areas are affected. So therefore not many people are coming out to do the exams.”

On the capacity of Nigerian universities to absorb applicants, Ojerinde said: “Recently, I setup a committee to find out why Nigerian universities admit less figures to their carrying capacities. Spaces are there, the federal government has created a huge access but no admission. Most of Nigerian institutions are not responsive to their carrying capacities”.

Speaking further on the 2014 UTME, he said: “This year’s examination will be in three modes: Computer based test, CBT, Dual Based Test, DBT, and Paper Pencil Test, PPT. This desire to go full-blown CBT has been the resolve of the of the Board, owing to the need to curb examination hitches of result ‘black-outs’ and other forms of malpractice that have been norm in the PPT.

Gunmen Kill 10, Raze 20 Houses In Taraba


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Gunmen, Tuesday killed 10 people in Jibu village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, State Police Command has confirmed.

ASP Joseph Kwaji, police spokesman, told newsmen in Jalingo, the state capital, that the suspected assailants also burnt more than 20 houses.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that at about 5a.m. today, a group of Jukun youths stormed Jibu village, opened fire at the inhabitants and killed 10 people,” he said.

According to him, the suspected gunmen killed everyone they saw in the area irrespective of the person’s ethnicity and religion, including Jukuns.

“I can also confirm to you that 15 people are badly injured and about 20 houses were set ablaze,” he added.

Kwaji said a joint patrol of Mobile Police and military had since been deployed to intensify security in the area.

He therefore appealed to people in the area to stay calm, saying security personnel were on top of the situation.

‘ I Brought Buhari Into Politics’ – Maryam Abacha Says In Recent Interview


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She hardly speaks to the press. Since her husband died in 1998, she has been living a very quiet life, at first in Kano and now in Abuja. In this rare interview with ABUBAKAR HASHIM, Maryam Abacha speaks on key national and international issues, paying tribute to the late President of Sierra Leone, Tejan Kabbah, whom her late husband, Gen. Sani Abacha, restored  to power in 1998
read the interview below

How has life been with you since the death of your husband?
We thank God for His kindness and love for us. We also thank those that have been around us in these moments of grief. We are still waiting for those that have distanced themselves from us to reconcile and come back. We are not angry with anybody. We are still friends to everybody. We look forward to the Almighty Allah to provide us the fortitude to bear this loss. So life has been quiet and peaceful with us. We are one and a happy family. Continue…

When you heard of his sudden death, how did you take it? How did you feel?

My husband’s death was like a coup. It was sudden and shrouded in confusion. General Abdulasalami [Abubakar] just called me, telling me to come and collect the dead body. We buried him like any other ordinary Nigerian. It was quite unfortunate the way he died. Allah knows best and unto Him we shall all return. May his soul rest in peace. I’m yet to fully recover from the shock of his death.

And how did you both meet?
Like any other would-be couple. He was a charming, handsome and likeable personality; a loving father who liked his children and loved ones. We became friends and got married. Here are pictures in the family album; before, during and after our wedding day. He was a caring husband, a dedicated father and an affectionate grandfather.

President Goodluck Jonathan awarded your late husband a centenary award. How did you feel receiving the award?
We felt happy. Maybe this is the beginning of good things to happen to Nigeria; maybe reconciliation… President Jonathan is a young man, he is using his time and energy to bring peace and reconciliation. I think it is high time we all come together to lift the country and stabilise ourselves. I hope it is the beginning of good things to come.

Do you still continue with the pet projects you embarked on when you were first lady?
I did those projects on government basis. They are still on there. Obasanjo did not change the names, neither did subsequent [Presidents]. The African First Ladies Peace Mission is still there, the Poverty Alleviation Programme, the National Programme on Immunisation, the Family Support Programme, the Family Support Basic Education Programme and the Family Economic Advancement Programme are all there. These are projects and programmes that touched the lives of the people, particularly women.

The National Hospital is there and so are the other hospitals around the country. I never did  any programme for my personnal benefit, but for the government and the people of the country. So today, in my personnal capacity, on whether I’m still embarking on these projects, I’m no longer in government so I’m not embarking on such projects. I tried my best as the then first lady to bring about all-round development, particularly for women in the rural areas. We did extensive reach-out to the rural populace and touched lives in the remote areas of the country.

Do you have any political ambition?
No, I don’t have any political ambition.

For the presidency, at least; the first woman President of Nigeria?
Not at all. I was a first lady. I just want peace for the country. Stability and development are not achieved by one person. There are governors, ministers, local chairmen, civil servants and the like. It is a cluster of people. The President alone does not make a government.

What is your assessment of General Muhammadu Buhari, and by extension, the All Progressives Congress, APC?
I brought General Buhari into politics; It’s not that I want to expose him. We did everything to support and encourage him. He called my son Mohammed to join Congress for Progressive Change, CPC. They rejected Mohammed by force during the governorship race. This was the trend, not only in Kano, but also in Katsina, Bauchi and other states. I think it is not healthy for democracy; not just because of Mohammed but for the smooth play of democratic norms and values. Democracy is the choice of the people. But when people put their own personal interest first and they interfere [in the process], then it is no longer democracy. It is unfortunate that elders like them could come belittle themselves in the race.
For the APC I cannot comment. It is not yet time for me to do so. However, it is good for democracy to have competition and opposition. It enhances democratic values, norms and stabilises the country’s image, and will eventually uplift our democratic credentials in the international comity of nations.

Your son, Mohammed, wanted to be governor of Kano State.
It is the people of Kano that wanted my son to be governor. They still want him to be governor. They’ve been calling us to come and intensify his campaign. In fact, they are even campaigning on his behalf. So it is people of Kano that want him as governor because they appreciate his father’s contribution to various fields of  endeavour.
They also appreciate the little projects and programmes I did in Kano and in the country. They say he should come and continue the projects and programmes in Kano.

The late General Sani Abacha contributed to the restoration of democracy in Sierra Leone. Could you comment on the role he played in the process.
I cannot tell you exactly how he played this role as I was not a soldier, I was just a housewife. But he tried his best for Sierra Leone and thank God it was a success and indeed, peace returned to Sierra Leone. The late Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was restored to power. It was indeed a tragedy to hear about  his death recently. He was an African statesman of international repute.
I remember one of his visits [to Nigeria] after he was restored to office; he was so calm, amiable and indeed, supportive of a just pan-African solution to African crises. He was indeed, a true democrat of continental proportion. My late husband honoured him and appreciated him.

What message do you have for the people of Sierra Leone on the death of Kabbah?
I send my sympathy, my condolence and my prayers. May God give them peace, may God give them the fortitude to bear the great loss of the father of democracy in that country. May God give the present president, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the power to emulate what the previous president had done, particularly entrenching stability, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. I wish President Koroma all the best. He is a young man.

I wish the people of Sierra Leone all the best. I have never been there but I hope to be there in my lifetime. I learnt it is a small and beautiful country with about six million people, with lots of natural resources including diamond and oil. May God Almighty grant the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah eternal rest. May Allah also grant my late husband eternal rest. Nigeria and Sierra Leone have a long, historical relationship.

We look forward to building on the strong ties that have cemented us for so long a period. That was why my late husband stood by Sierra Leone in the time of her crisis; to restore democracy, sanity and stability in the country. We couldn’t stand by and watch Sierra Leone fall into anarchy, because the entire West African region would have been affected. So we moved in to bring back normalcy and sanity to the country.
So my wish for Sierra Leoneans is that they maintain peace and stability, especially the peaceful democratic course we’ve seen in past elections. We want this to continue so that other countries will emulate it.

…Published in TheNEWS magazine

IMO HOUSE OF CORRUPTION


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In Singapore , September 16 2006 , a tumultuous events rocked Taiwan.. About 300,000 people literally took over the Capital, Taipei, to press their demand for Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to step down over allegation of corruption involving him, wife and relations. The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu will one day face such nightmarish experience in Imo State as his House of Assembly is stinking to high heavens.

Uwajumogu and his former Media Aide Mr Samuelson Iwuoha in their mudslinging, have been able to force open the can of worms of corruption in the Imo House of Assembly , the Imo legislative power house . The newspapers are awash with shocking revelations of how the Speaker with much celebrated “anti-corruption posture” during the Agbaso –Japros saga has been looting public resources to fund private concerns of Speaker and aides, satisfy the greed of his friends, relations and even concubines, and award inflated contracts to his companies and cronies.

For instance, Rt Hon Uwajumogu , whose House of Assembly , in line with its neo-liberal laws has literally supported the abandon of public education and the sale of government owned hospitals in the State has been diverting public resources through his proxies to purchase eye popping mansions like 750 million naira private hotel in Lagos, 500 million naira private hotel in Abuja, Jasmin Hotel Owerri,15 mansions in Owerri, mansions at Aba, Umuahia and Ihitte –Uboma, 200 plots of land in Owerri, Built an Asphalt factory in Owerri, Built a 760 Million naira crush rock industry in Ebonyi State, bought Imo State liaison office in Abuja for 70 million naira and converted it to his own private hotel.

The Rt Hon Uwajumogu’s buying of Imo Liaison Office in Abuja and converting it to his private hotel is the mother of all corruption. For him to abandon his responsibilities as Speaker to award road contracts to himself via his friends and to inexperienced contractors in Imo State is another corruption. For him to award contracts worth billions of naira without due process to the extent that some of his aides were equally awarded road contracts is corruption. The Uwajumogu led house is neck deep in corruption and I am bold to speak out. Four other members of the Imo House of Assembly are also involved in road contract scam. The members are Hon Stan Dara, Hon Ikechukwu Amuka ,Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo (OZ-B) and The Speaker’s Chief of Staff Kodichi Anamekwe.

Hon Stan Dara, Member Representing Osu Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly And House Chairman of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee with his own loot from road contract scam has built a multi  million naira Massive  Farm at Irete in Owerri West LGA. Dara is also presently from his loot building a multi million naira Asphalt plant in Owerri and also owns several duplexes at Egbeada Housing Estate in Owerri. Dara’s duplexes at Egbeada are painted  dark green.

Hon Ikechukwu Amuka ,Member representing Ideato South Constituency  and House member of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee with his own loot from road contract scam has built a multi million naira hotel (Eastern Emirate Hotel) located at World Bank Housing Estate in Owerri. Amuka is also building a second multi million naira hotel. Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo (OZ-B) of Nwangele LGA  has from his loot  in the contract scam turned his Kelvic Hotels Owerri of 12 rooms into a multi million naira Hotel while the Chief of Staff to the Speaker Kodichi Anamekwe has with his own loot from contract scam bought  30 plots of  land in Owerri and has built a multi million naira mansion at Achike Udenwa Estate near Concord Hotel. Anamekwe’s landed properties can be verified at the ministry of land and survey in Owerri.He is presently building a Hotel in Owerri. All the road contract papers of road  contractors in Imo State   were  signed by him. I have taken pains to show pictures of some of the mansions and mentioned some roads that Uwajumogu’s company Werdis Limited poorly executed in the state.

This congenital corruption endemic in the Imo House of Assembly along with its anti-poor, capitalist neo-liberal laws explains why the poor masses in Imo State suffer in the midst of abundance. Perhaps, more than any other periods in the annals of Imo , the state has received fabulous amounts from FG from sales of crude oil alone due to its increasing price. But the very neo-liberal economic policies and laws that entail privatisation, commercialization, cuts in social spending as championed by Uwajumogu provided enabling condition for him and his rapacious ruling cabals to loot the huge but loose resources accrued to the state and transfer Imo public properties to themselves at give-away prices to the detriment of the poor working masses of the State.

Why must we keep silent and watch one percent Imo thieving elite accumulates 80 percent of the state oil money leaving the 99 percent of Imolites to scramble for share out of the remaining 20 percent. What would it take to get Imolites hopping mad about this treachery and idiocy of its representative in the house? In fact, for all the attention this revelation of corruption in the Imo House has elicited, Uwajumogu might as well say it was mere three naira that he looted, not three billion naira, that went puff into thin air.

For Speaking against corruption in the State the Imo State House of Assembly has labeled me an enemy of the state that must be jailed at all costs. The Speaker had earlier sent police after me. The House has also set up a kangaroo probe panel to investigate himself  with the Speaker’s bosom friend as chairman of the panel. The house know I will not honour invitation from such comedy probe panel. No amount of blackmail and hate campaign will make me to appear before the already compromised Probe Panel of Ben Uwajumogu, which obviously has pre-determined purposes. The plan of the panel is to give the Speaker a clean bill of health and declare me wanted in the State and use the court to harass me. But I am not afraid. After all Nelson Mandela went to jail and came out to emerge president of South Africa. If saying the truth will send me to jail so be it.

We have today in Imo State a legislative house that supports corruption , incites hatred against activists and media men, threatens free media and is viciously opposed to the articulation of viewpoints contrary to its beliefs and actions – openly and with total impunity.My proof are verifiable,concrete,with wonderful clues to guide and assist any unbiased inquirer and investigator. Even two Aides of Ben Uwajumogu, namely Anamekwe, and Orji have been detained by the Security Agencies on the Orders of Governor Rochas over scams in Roads Contract Awards in Imo State.

I will like Imolites to note that I stand by my story that the Speaker and his cohorts have looted Imo dry.You can not cover the truth with state might and force. My activity is completely legitimate in a democratic society. Everywhere in the world, activists and columnists use the method of campaign which includes articles,distribution of leaflets, symposia, public meetings, boycotts and protests to fight against any form of injustice and corruption. It is therefore a misnomer that a House of assembly where the best democratic ideals are supposed to be cherished is carrying out a vindictive action which has the implication of completely criminalizing my democratic rights to campaign against acts of injustice and corruption.Ndi-Imo now is the time to stand against corruption . This is to make our leaders to use our money in implementation of adequate provision of basic needs like education, health care, water, electricity, food, housing, jobs, roads, public transport etc for the vast majority of the people. Aluta Continua.

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

 

 

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Jim Iyke Speaks On Mum’s Death


Click for Full Image Size Last week, the blogosphere was bubbling with the news of the death of the mother of popular Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke. The 67 years old woman died on Monday, March 24, 2014.

In a press statement made available to Nigeriafilms.com by the actor’s publicist, Mitch Ngaman, it was stated that Jim Iyke’s mother, “Mrs Ngozi Gladys Okelue Esomugha, was born on May 3, 1947, and succumbed to a long battle with illness.”

The statement also quoted Jim Iyke to have said, “she (her late mum) was a force of nature. My big sis, my 1st wife, my confidante, my rock, my critique, my greatest fan and regal leader.

“She was a radiant, gorgeous woman with a smile bigger than the sun and always ready to embrace anyone for all the good and even wrong reasons.

“My sun is gone. The dull numbing ache in my heart will never be pacified by any woman alive. Not my lover, sisters nor even a daughter I may one day bear.

“The relationship of a mother and an only son is uniquely eternal and spiritual, transcending human comprehension. Mine with Gladys is even far strangely beyond that.

“They say it’s a blessing if a son buries his mother and not the other way around. I’m not sure they’re entirely right.

“They also said one never recovers from the loss of their mother. I hope they are right! May I never recover from the memories of your celestial love, sacrifices, warmth, your contagious laughter and merciless wit.

“Your enthusiasm for life and service of others was infectious. I’ll miss you each and every waking moment of my life. I know you’re in a better place now.

“I’ll carry on everything you stood for ‘til my last days.

“You came and saw and conquered.

“Adieu Gladys from your boy Jim.

“I love you till the last breathe I take.”

Meanwhile, the family is yet to announce the funeral rites.

Atiku’s Son Abba Abubakar Weds In Dubai; See All The Photos Here


 

Former Ex VP Atiku Abubakar  was on ground in far away Dubai to see another son of his get hitched!.Abba got married to his American Beau in Dubai on saturday..

More photos when you continue..

 

 

 

Extremely Stunning And Curvy Pictures Of Ebube Nwagbo


Ebube Nwagbo is one of the few actresses with banging and curvy bodies.

Check out some of her pictures obviously depicting her lovely curves.

Exclusive pictures of Nuella Njudigbo and Tchidi Chikere’s traditional marriage


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Exclusive pictures of Nuella Njudigbo and Tchidi Chikere’s traditional marriage which took place on March 30th in Anambra State, the bride’s hometown.

SaharaTV Releases Video of Passengers Aboard New York Bound Arik Air Plane Without Air Conditioning + Banky W Aboard


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Yesterday, Sahara Reporters TV released a video of passengers stuck on an Arik Air plane bound for New York.

The air conditioning wasn’t turned on (or wasn’t functional – we’re unable to determine from the video) and as a result the passengers went berserk! People were fainting from the ensuing heat, others were taking off their clothes, It was really a messy sight.

The situation itself is really worrisome, as there have been several complaints on the issue of customer care with that particular airline.

However,there are some chuckle worthy moments in the video.

The cocktail of accents as well as the whipping off of clothing; and then of course there’s the look on Banky’s face when he realizes there’s a camera!

If you were on that plane, what would you have done?

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Injured Leon Balogun Recovering Fast


Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Leon Balogun says his recovery from a foot injury he sustained on international duty with Nigeria has been swift, but stressed he has been warned against any hasty return to training.

Balogun’s dream debut for the Super Eagles was cut short by injury when he collided with an advertising board within five minutes of coming on for the injured Efe Ambrose during the friendly encounter against Mexico on March 5th.

Speaking on his rehabilitation on Sunday, the 25-year-old said he will drop the Plaster Of Paris (POP) on the injured foot by the end of this week, adding he does not feel any pain on the broken metatarsal anymore.

Leon Balogun Says His Recovery from Injury is Swift.

“The recovery rate is perfect and by the end of the week I should drop the boot on the toe but I don’t want to make the mistake of many players who immediately rush back to training even when at the moment I feel no pain. I should be able to tell you my next move by the end of the week, but I will be ready when the Eagles are getting back to camp”, he said.

Balogun again praised the NFF leadership headed by Alhaji Aminu Maigari for the concern they have shown towards his recovery and promised to rededicate himself to the Nigerian cause when he recovers fully. “From the NFF, to the coach and all Nigerians, I am very grateful for all the concern they have shown me and I pray that I can repay them when I recover fully”, he declared.

Comic Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele Finds Love Again


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Famous Nollywood actress — Funke Akindele has found love again after parting her bitter divorce with her former husband, Almaroof.

According to reports, Funke met this new man late last year through a mutual friend and everything seems to be working very well and fast for them.

Though the man lives outside the country, he moved Funke to his duplex at Chevron Estate to ensure everything is fine with her; at least so I hear.

Actress Daniella Okeke Dazzles In New Photos


Nollywood actress — Daniella Okeke had these photos taken a few months ago for Ovation International Magazine but just released some of the behind the scene photos.

She looks quite stunning i must admit.

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Tunde Bakare: “Anointing oil is nothing more than mosquito Repellent”


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General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and former Vice Presidential candidate under the Congress for Progressive, Pastor Tunde Bakare while ministering in church this morning says anointing oil is like mosquito repellent.
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“I Am not against Anointing Oil. The thing is, its a Jewish Culture. They rub it on their bodies as Protection against insects like your Mosquito Repellents. It was used extensively in the old testament for Anointing …It is the Power of GOD that Heals, not the Oil!” 

State Govt’s Refusal To Permit Use Of Stadium Forces Jonathan To Cancel Campaign Visit To Ekiti


president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitPresident Goodluck Jonathan’s one-day campaign visit to Ekiti State, which was earlier slated for tomorrow has been postponed.

The President was billed to inaugurate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose’s campaign for the June 21 polls in the state.

The Director-General of Ayo Fayose Campaign team, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, and the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Pastor Kola Oluwole disclosed this at a news conference on Sunday.

They said the postponement was occasioned by the refusal of Ekiti State government to approve usage of the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado-Ekiti.

They also said the leadership of the party in the state had earlier written a letter of request to the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is seeking a second term in office, intimating him of the president’s visit.

However, they said the party was shocked to read a reply, dated April 2, 2014 with Reference No SS2 Vol. IV/08 and signed by one Mr P.O Dada, detailing the refusal of the State to allow use of the state Stadium.

“This action of the State government clearly shows the level of intolerance and unwarranted hatred for the opposition which is condemnable.

“The Ekiti State Stadium belongs to the Ekiti people and not APC, the public utility is being funded with Ekiti people’s money, it is, therefore, surprising that the people of Ekiti, who are members of the opposition party are being denied the use of the public utilities”, they said.

The party said the new turn of events had been communicated to President Jonathan, who would in due course set a new date.

2015: I’m Solidly Behind Wike For Rivers Guber, Says First Lady


Nyesom Wike-Patience JonathanWhat looks like a significant boost to the ambition of the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, to succeed his arch-political rival, Governor Rotimi Amaechi in 2015, came his way on Monday when the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan declared that she was solidly behind him.

Wike, who was once Amaechi’s Chief of Staff, but soon turned around to be his Achilles heel when the governor started having a running battle with President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, has been tipped as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for the state in the 2015 general elections.

But a report in a national daily today suggested that the First Lady had dumped Wike and has instead set her sights on getting the governorship candidate of the PDP from one of the riverine local government areas of the state, possibly Okrika, where she originally hails from.

The report also suggested that the president’s wife was scheming to install her favorites as the next governors of her husband’s state, Bayelsa, and Bauchi State in the North.

But Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, affirmed the supervising minister’s position as the leader of PDP in Rivers State even as she declared that people of the state are solidly behind him and are prepared to follow him anywhere he leads.

Though she claimed that she does not meddle in the process of selecting candidates for the ruling PDP, the First Lady, however, described Wike’s ambition as fait accompli.

The statement read, “While we consider this a figment of the imagination of the writers of the spurious story, it is also expedient to state clearly that the First Lady does not meddle in the affairs and selection process of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Consequently, there is no way she can dictate or install anybody into political offices.

“In the case of Rivers State, the First Lady wishes to state categorically that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike is the leader of PDP in Rivers State and he enjoys the followership of the people of the State. The First Lady is solidly behind Chief Wike.

“The people of Rivers State are also solidly behind Chief Wike and are prepared to follow him.

“It is therefore mischievous to insinuate that Mrs. Jonathan is working to ensure that the governorship candidate comes from one of the riverine areas of Rivers State which may not be where the people are going.

“It is also imperative to state that that First Lady is always with the people and will continue to go with the wish and expectations of the people.

“Mrs. Jonathan has not withdrawn her support for Chief Wike at any time and will always work for the interest and the good of Rivers people. As far as the First Lady is concerned, there is no shaking in Rivers State”.

She described the report that she has abandoned the minister as the handiwork of those she called mischief makers, who are bent on promoting bickering and animosity among people who have always being together working for the improvement of Rivers State, saying such should be discountenanced.

On her role in the selection of governorship candidates for PDP in Bayelsa and Bauchi states, Mrs. Jonathan described the report as an attempt to pitch the purported aspirants against their state governors.

“Dr. Waripomowei Dudafa is not only a son to the President but his staff and very close to the family. Dr. Dudafa is not ready to quit his job to contest governorship election. Similarly, the FCT Minister has been a competent and loyal appointee of Mr. President.

“Both of them are loyal to Mr. President and their governors. They are sons of the First Lady as the mother of the nation, who also has very cordial relationships with the governors in question and will never interfere in any process that will lead to the emergence of governorship candidates in the states.

“Mrs. Jonathan appeals to the governors of Bayelsa and Bauchi States to ignore the mischief makers who are bent on disrupting the peace prevailing in those states.

“The First Lady is a mother of peace who believes in the supremacy of the party and democratic principles at all levels and does not dump her friends because of politics, whether they are contesting or not.

“She therefore, urges all Nigerians to uphold the truth at all times, and not be swayed by actions of mischief makers”, the statement added.

Linking The Army To Boko Haram Unfair – Shettima


Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Monday described as unfair, unhealthy and dangerous to the continued unity and well being of the nation to link the military to the deadly Boko Haram sect.

The governor said to argue or claim that some elements in the military hierarchy were supporting Boko Haram will only add to undermine every Nigerian that supposedly should be in arms against the insurgents.

“Of all theories being alleged in connection with the Boko Haram, the most dangerous as far as I am concerned is to raise such grievous suspicion around our security forces,” said Shettima in apparent reaction to recent media reports quoting an unknown soldier that top military leaders were working in tandem with Boko Haram elements.

He said: “When citizens grow such suspicion and believe in it, I am afraid, Boko Haram can light fire works to celebrate a grand victory of setting up citizens against the security agencies.”

Edwin Clark’s Son Staged Own Kidnap To Defraud Delta Govt. – MEND


Son of Chief E.K Clark, Mr Ebikeme Clark, has been accused by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) of orchestrating his own kidnapping in order to defraud the state government.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, the group said it “was actually a clever orchestrated fraud masterminded by Ebikeme who stage-managed his own abduction.”

It said that “the ransom of 500Million Naira was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote and was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.

No word yet from Mr Clark denying MEND’s allegation.

Delta Govt Paid N500m For Clark’s Son… Kidnap Was Stage-Managed – MEND


MENDThe Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) on Monday claimed that Mr. Ebikeme, the son of frontline Ijaw leader, Chief E.K. Clark, masterminded his well-publicised abduction.

Curiously, the militant group in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, alleged that ransom of N500million was shared by persons involved in the purported kidnap, which it labelled a scam.

It was widely reported that the kidnappers had demanded ransom of N60 million to secure the release of the elder statesman’s son even though the police claimed no money was paid.

But MEND noted that the ransom was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote, insisting that Ebikeme stage-managed his abduction and went further to accuse the Delta Police Command of misleading the public on its claim that no ransom was paid.

The statement said: “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has confirmed that the kidnap of Mr Ebikeme Clark, the son of Chief E.K Clark, was actually a clever orchestrated fraud masterminded by Ebikeme who stage-managed his own abduction.

“A ransom of 500Million Naira was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote and was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.

“Mr Ebikeme is following in the footsteps of his father where the Senior Clark is amongst those that hatched the fraudulent Niger Delta Amnesty Programme which has only made billionaires of a few thugs and him, at the detriment of millions of impoverished indigenes and the peace and security in the region.

“It is rather unfortunate that in a desperate bid for relevance and extra funds to maintain a private jet, certain unscrupulous persons, including the Delta State Police will conspire to deceive Nigerians with a phantom abduction, release of the so-called hostage, influence over kidnapers and arrest of suspects and denying the payment of a ransom which has already been shared”, MEND said.

Boko Haram: Two Women Fleeing Attacks Give Birth In bush


Boko-Haramimages.jpgTwo women running from the recent Boko Haram attack on Buni Gari town, Yobe State, in which no fewer than 20 worshippers were killed in a Mosque on Saturday, have reportedly delivered their babies in the bush, an eyewitness has said.

An aged woman, who identified herself as Falmata, disclosed that they were running inside the bush when the pregnant women went into labour and later delivered.

“It was terrible my son. The sounds of the gunshots were just too much to bear. As if it was in front of our house. We started running to the bush when we observed that the boys were burning houses. As we were running, other women joined us. Two of them even delivered inside the bush”, Falmata disclosed.

Falmata and her sister Lubabatu, who was holding a three weeks old baby were trying to move out of the town when The NATION correspondent caught up with them.

Lubabatu under the scorching sun with her baby, stated that she has not drank water nor taken food since the attack occurred.

Falmata lamented that moving away from Buni Gari was also a problem because they have no means of getting out.

Wife Begs Court To Dissolve Her Marriage Over Husbands Rascality


A 29 year-old housewife, Memunat Wahab, on Monday, begged an Ilorin Area Court to dissolve her three-year-old marriage to Yusuf, for being a troublemaker.

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Memunat, who resides at Baboko area of the state, explained to the court that her husband was in the habit of causing trouble.

She alleged her husband had fought every member of their neighbourhood, adding that at times he get involved in street fights.

“My husband behaves like a thug and fond of constituting a threat to every member of our environment,” Memunat said.

The petitioner also accused her husband of keeping bad companies who influenced his behaviour in a negative way.

Memunat, who revealed that their marriage was contracted in 2011 and was yet to produce any child, further cited an instance when Yusuf was attacked and stabbed by thugs in March 2013 because of his hooliganism.

“My lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot afford seeing him implicating me with his thuggery behaviour,” she said.

The defendant did not object to his wife’s request, but prayed the court to grant it without any claim.

“My wife always complains, I need not to force myself on her since there is nothing to show for in our union,” Yusuf said.

The Presiding Judge, Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved their marriage and gave the plaintiff a certificate of divorce.

First Case Of Ebola Reported In Ghana


Ghana’s health authorities have announced the first suspected case of the deadly Ebola disease at the country’s second biggest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), in Kumasi.

The Deputy Director of Public Health in the Ashanti region, Dr. Joseph Oduro, said on Sunday evening that the case resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl.He said the health officials in the Ashanti Region held an emergency meeting over the case.

Oduro said the victim, who was admitted at the paediatric unit of the Teaching Hospital with symptoms of fever and bleeding, died and during a postmortem  it was detected she had internal bleeding.

He said the development was alarming since neighbouring countries like Guinea and Liberia had recorded cases of the viral infection.

Oduro said blood samples of the victim had already been sent for Medical Research in Accra, for testing, and the result was being expected within 72 hours.

The disease has already killed dozens of people in neighbouring Guinea, with reported cases in Liberia and Mali. [PANA/NAN]

Osun 2014: APC Warns PDP Flag Bearer, Omisore Against Violence


Aregbesola-and-Omisore-480x300The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the August 9 governorship election in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, against violence in the build up to the poll.

The warning was contained in a statement issued by the Osun APC Director of Media and Research, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, on Sunday.

The ruling party urged the people of the state to be wary of Omisore, who they claimed, had told all who care to listen that he would reverse all the works done by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The statement partly reads, “The emergence of Iyiola Omisore from a kangaroo primary of the PDP over the weekend is typical of a party whose hallmark for political engagement is gangsterism.

“We all expected it, even his co-aspirant has had to withdraw from the race because the candidate and his gang will stop at nothing including violence to pick his party’s ticket. And he already has it.

“However, that development makes things easier for the APC because with an Omisore, the PDP has a candidate that lacks pedigree, credibility, responsibility and focus.

“The APC welcomes Omisore to the race and expects him to be a lot less violent about political engagement this time around because he is unlikely to get away with it”.

Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former deputy governor of Osun State, who emerged the PDP flag bearer on Saturday, in his reaction to the APC’s statement, said that he would not join the party in trading abuses and character assassination, preferring instead to focus on the job at hand.

Speaking through his media aide, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the PDP guber candidate said that his emergence at a transparent primary had obviously unsettled the ruling APC in Osun State.

Constitution Amendment: Defection Bill Generates Ripples In Senate


senate-chamber_anti_terrorism_billThe decision of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution to modify sections 68 and 109 in the proposed amendments is currently causing disquiet in the Red chamber.

The committee, led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, last week submitted additional provisions which sought to alter certain sections of the constitution.

Specifically, the proposal seeks to alter sections 68 and 109 to empower the Clerk of the National Assembly and their counterparts in the states Houses of Assembly to notify the Independent National Electoral Commission in writing, within seven days of a vacancy in any of the chambers arising from resignation, death or defection.

However, members of the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, have vowed to block the passage of the bill, which they see as a clever attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to foreclose any attempt by some aggrieved senators in the upper chamber to dump the party.

The opposition senators argued that the proposed bill was a back door way of initiating the process of declaring vacant, the seats of defecting senators.

Senators Ganiyu Solomon and Kabiru Marafa urged their members to reject the bill because it was unnecessary since the Senate had passed an earlier proposal.

But Senators Ita Enang, Abdul Ningi, James Manager and Ike Ekweremadu, all of the PDP, however, said the passage of the bill was crucial to the strengthening of democracy in the country.

Enang said, “The constitution is not made for a person and could not be deemed to have been made for a person. This amendment is not being made with any person in mind.

“I am in agreement with the proposal and it is not in any manner restrictive and I pray that we adopt it. Secondly, there are lots of amendments proposed by the committee in this bill and they do not seem to attract enough attention as the first amendment”.

However, Senate President, David Mark, ruled that voting on the bill will take place on Wednesday.

2015: INEC Will Monitor Political Parties Campaign Funds – Jega


40e6a5a0078ce9056ce9f0fbf914a906Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said on Monday in Abuja that the commission would monitor campaign funds of political parties in the 2015 general election.

Jega, who said this at an interactive session with Editors and News Directors, said the commission would also monitor funds of candidates.

He said the commission would partner with non-governmental organisations to achieve this objective.

“We are setting a mechanism in place to monitor campaign funds of political parties and candidates”, he said.

On the call for conduct of elections in one day, Jega said the commission was not disposed to conducting elections in one day.

“We are hesitant to conduct election in one day in 2015, but we are thinking about it for the future. We in INEC do not believe we can do it in 2015”, he said.

The chairman said the logistics involved in holding elections in one day were enormous.

Jega said the country’s terrain could not be compared to countries like Kenya and Ghana where elections were held in one day.

He said that the 2015 elections timetable was not designed to favour any group of persons or political parties contrary to insinuations in some quarters.

The chairman said adequate planning and timing was critical to credible elections. (NAN)

Boy Cut-Off Friend’s Head [GRAPHIC IMAGES]


It’s so obvious the end time is near. The photo you are looking at, is of a boy who was arrested for beheading his friend. Reason for his action is yet to be uncovered. However, it’s so obvious it’s for ritual or been send by the politicians.The boy was arrested by the police and his picture was taken with the evidence…Your comment(s) people….