Afeez ‘Saka’ Oyetoro’s Office In AOCOED Razed


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Popular Nollywood actor who is also a lecturer in the department of theater arts at the Adeniran Ogunsaya College of Education, AOCOED, Afeez Oyetoro, also known as Saka, was one of the lecturers affected by a midnight fire that razed the department’s building. There was no casualty recorded in the fire incident.

“We cannot categorically say what caused the fire incident as investigation is still ongoing,” Mr Oyetoro said.

“But from the information I received, it started at about 2am and the fire service came late. By the time they came, the fire had already done much havoc,” he added.

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The building affected housed the Dean of the department’s office, senior lecturers’ offices, audio and visual studio, hall for presentation, costumes, props and others.

Although investigation is still ongoing, Vanguard gathered that the fire incident may have been caused by electrical surge in one of the several offices.

“I was called at 5:30am. By the time we got there, officials of the fire service from Ojo and Badagry divisions were still struggling to put off the fire. By the time they were through, the whole place was in ruins, ” said Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Femi Adedina.

NEMA Reports Pipeline Explosion Behind Redemption camp


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The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said yesterday, that there has been a pipeline explosion at Ogijo-Ilara, behind the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

In a statement by NEMA made available in Lagos, the agency said that the explosion occurred around 3.25 a.m. when suspected vandals broke the pipelines and installed two valves which they used in siphoning fuel into tankers.

The statement said that the fire was brought under control around 10.30 a.m. by the Ogun State Fire Service, NNPC’s safety agents and NEMA’s safety officials. [Vanguard]

DEADLY RECRUITMENT: Interior Minister Moro Bribes Journalists With N500,000 To Restore Battered Image?!


According to Sahara Reporters, Minister of Interior Abba Moro has on Thursday offered a N500,000 reward to those journalists who would work to whitewash his image.

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Minister Moro is blamed by many Nigerians for a tragic outcome of a recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigeria Immigrations Service across the country, when dozens of people died in the ensuing stampede and others were injured.

The multiple accidents prompted calls for the sack of the Minister, while he blamed the deaths and injuries on the impatience of the applicants. Among those who demanded his sack are Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

A highly-positioned reliable source disclosed that Minister Moro had a meeting with a select group of jornalists to persuade them to ease the tension currently surrounding his name. According to the source, the Minister offered a N500,000 reward to each of them.

Don’t Expect Steady Electricity Supply In 2014, Minister of Power Says


Nigeria’s Power Minister Professor Chinedu Nebo acknowledged it is highly improbable that Nigerians will experience steady power supply this year.

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He spoke in Lagos at the annual Power Investors Summit hosted by EnergyNet in conjunction with Nextier Capital Limited.

Minister Nebo noted that Nigeria is struggling to come out of the state of dilapidation, a state of total disrepair of infrastructures and decay.

“Most of the plans are not going to be ready by the end of the year. What we think from all study and framework right now is that by the end of the year, we will be able not only generate but have the transmission capacity to wheel out 6000 megawatts. That’s what we are projecting from a very technical and realistic point of view.”

The Minister added that much of the funds have been put aside for various projects that will continue to grow transmission capacity by 2015 to 2017.

He also noted that the distribution companies need a proper monitoring by the BPE and National Council on Privatization, as they tend to conceal the real state of affairs and hide the financial gaps that they have.

Boko Haram Threatens To Attack Maiduguri Barracks


Borno State – Boko Haram have issued a written warning to the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army alleging they would attack Maimalari Barracks on Friday, March 21 (today).

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According to sources, the insurgents sent the letter to the military through one of the drivers who managed to get through tight security. The letter was written in the Hausa language.

The security measures are beefed up in the Maimalari Barracks that accomodate the 7th Infantry Division of the Artillery Corps, the Ordinance, the Signal, Engineering and other crucial units of the Army in Maiduguri.

Although some security agents described the letter only as a means to instill fear among the soldiers, they are battle-ready to retaliate if need be.

It would be recalled that over 350 insurgents were killed and a number of Nigerian Army soldiers injured in the latest Boko Haram attack Giwa Barracks, the Headquarters of the 21 Artillery Brigade on March 15, 2014.

Stella Damascus Completely Leaves Facebook? Read More Here


Nollywood actress, Stella Damascus, has decided to opt out of Facebook social media due to the activities of online fraudsters.

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The actress announced this afternoon that she has shut down all her Facebook accounts because of impersonators swindling innocent people of their hard earned money through the accounts.

She says she prefers to shut down the accounts, than for her fans to be cheated.

Check out her message below; stella-damascus-tweet

Mast Collapses, Crushes Little Girl, Man, Injures 3 Others [PHOTO]


A telecommunication mast erected in a residential area in Odukpani, near Calabar, has collapsed, killing two persons and injuring three others.

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The fallen mast also destroyed several houses on its path on March 19.

Eyewitnesses told journalists on Thursday that 11 years old Miss Lawrencia Asuquo, and businessman, Adindu Fynecountry, from Abia, died on the spot when struck by the falling mast.

Eyewitnesses said the mast fell shortly after a brief stormy rain.

Secretary of Odukpani Local Government Area, Mr Eyet Eyibio said: “we are yet to conduct a study of the situation. We will come out with a comprehensive report on the disaster.

“But I will describe the incident as quite unfortunate.

“Relevant departments of the council will do a study of the disaster in concert with other agencies of government and the mast owners and take steps to forestall further occurrence.

“We will also plan a remedial measure that will help to ameliorate the plight of the victims’’, he said.

Owners of the mast declined to comment but top sources in the company confirmed the incident, saying they have sent emissary to the families of the victims.

“This is to ensure that they have temporary palliative while awaiting instructions from the company’s headquarters in Lagos.

Missing N24bn Police Pension: “Okonjo-Iweala Forged And Faked Documents”


On Thursday, Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was accused of brandishing fake and forged documents in her defence in the case of the N24bn missing from Police pension fund.

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts argued that the Minister had falsely claimed the money was not missing but paid into bank accounts.

Members of the Committee included Director General of Pension Transitional Arrangement Department, Mrs. Nellie Mayshak, and representatives of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

Chairman of the committee Mr. Solomon Olamilekan maintained there are no verifiable documents before the committee to track the N24bn to any bank accounts.

Moreover, Olamilekan noted, instead of honouring the Committee’s invitation to discuss the issue, the Minister opted to make a press statement on the ongoing investigation.

The Committee, therefore, challenged Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to a public debate which would be broadcast live, with all media representatives present, and inform Nigerians on the fate of N24bn.

Why We Must Defeat The Eagles In World Cup Games – Iran Striker


Iran striker Ashkan Dejagah has said that Iran must concentrate on coming out victorious when they go against the Super Eagles in 2014 World Cup games.

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Iran have been drawn against Nigeria, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group F of the competition in Brazil

Iran will play Nigeria in Curitiba on June 16.

“All three matches in the group stage are important but we have to defeat Nigeria since it’s our opening match,” Dejagah said.

Dejagah scored a crucial winner to help Fulham to a much needed win over Newcastle United last weekend.Despite the positive result, the Cottagers remain four points adrift of safety in the Premier League table with eight matches left to play.

“We now have to fight for the rest of the season and take some more points. The whole of the team fought on Saturday  and the fans and the staff also played a big part. We’re all together in this,” Dejagah told the club’s official website.

“We have to fight every week. We can’t just play good football, you have to battle, and this is what the manager says to us every day. The team showed the manager and the fans against Newcastle that we’re ready to fight together.”

Fulham are back in Premier League action tomorrow when they make the trip to Manchester City.

POMP AS IMO GOVT REOPENS COMMUNITY SCHOOL IN MBAISE


Idi nma, Eeeeh Idi nma, onye nwe anyi idi nma…that was an Igbo song thunderously rendered  by everyone present to grace the occasion of re-opening Community Secondary School, Lagwa-ukwuato Autonomous Community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government of Imo State by the Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere as directed by the Rescue Mission Maestro, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. That song raised by His Excellency, Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere who was overjoyed that his children were back to school was sung by the happy and ever ready to sing members of the community for it was a song of miracle indeed. That song rendered in Igbo language means Our God is good, the creator of the universe, the creator of all men, our creator, the one who was never created… He is good, he is wonderful and a miracle working God. Lagwaukwuato, a once peaceful agrarian community known for its revered tradition of palm wine tapping in Mbaise Nation before now was known for her hospitable niceties among one another and her visitors. Natural are its serenity, sanity though with some rustic life but could be said to be in lack of great traders traders and leaders of thought and learned personalities. It was not until 1999 when the people were plunged into Ezeship tussle over their resistance against overlord and self imposition. Since then peace seemed to have eluded this one time community of peace. From those who spoke praying for non disclosure of their names, they said the man in question terrorizing their community is linked to Imo based Abuja politicians who have had to rely on the said feudal persona for their electoral proceeds with his termed hoodlums. The said  ballot box carrying gangs are said to be shielded from arrest by the Abuja based politicians. It was revealed that Rescue Mission Government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha has made frantic effort to solving the puzzle to the extent that the said assailant against the community was suspended while the matter over his true status is being investigated. This has actually fallen on deaf ear as the man in question continues in his impunity while still acting as de-facto Warrant Ruler of Mbaise Nation. The last of this rape against the people of Lagwaukwuato was the declaration of a Public Holiday by the said self crowned Eze for which the Principal of the School, Mrs. Egwuatu  Adanma allegedly questioned the authority to so do. Our impeccable source opined that was at that point that the ruler of the community let out his human trained dogs to pounce on the principal. For fear of their lives, the one time lively school was left deserted as everyone scampered for safety. Parents fearing for the lives of their children stopped them from going to that school coupled with an order from the said Eze of Lagwa Community. And the school remained shut since November 15, 2013. It was until recently the history was made as Community Secondary School Lagwa was not only reopened but numerous Imo Children who had been shut out of school since November 15, 2014 resumed back to school. It was said that Imo Deputy Governor had elected to lead the emissaries of peace when the matter was brought to the floor during Security Council Meeting, after Governor Okorocha had expressed worries over the development. While addressing the mammoth crowd at the occasion, Prince Madumere said he visited the said school in Lagwa Community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government about a week ago. He called on the leaders of the community and the entire people of good conscience from entire Lagwa Community and Aboh Mbaise in general. His case was that whatever it was, the peaceful coexistence of the people and the future of the children were more important that ephemeral issues that have little or no connection to the future of the community, Aboh Mbaise and Imo State in general.

Arrival of Imo Deputy Gov. Prince Eze Madumere, MFR, at the Community Secondary School, Lwgwaukwuato as he is being welcome by the teachers of the school
Imo Deputy Governor wondered why a people should decide to inflict such an eternal injury by the community by agreeing to put the children out of school even when Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has made education free including uniform, shoes and other materials. He wondered whether those behind the dastardly act are aware of the consequences of their action and the consequent negative impact it would have on their children and their future. He  revealed that the largesse, which the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been given to other schools is yet to reach the children becaus ethenscholl was not in session.He promised the children to expect their materials in their various schools in two weeks as he directed the Commissioner for Education to so carry out. However, Imo Deputy Governor said the event is very symbolic for him. He called on the people to always stand for the truth and nothing but the truth.  “You would not go wrong to defend what is right be it a fight against impunity, a fight for preservation of your right, a fight to defend democracy. The matter was raised at the security council meeting. I elected to go and see myself. I promised to work with the stakeholders and leaders of thought from the community for re- opening of the school.  The crises ought have been prevented if there were an interface between the school management and the community. I believe we have learnt our lessons and that never again shall we toil with the future of our children”, he enthused.
Imo Deputy Governor in a photo pose with the Principal of the school, Mrs. Egwuatu and the students of Community Secondary School, Lagwa, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area
The students who were affected by the incident could not hide their feelings. Speaking with young Chineze Okereke, A Junior Secondary Student of the said school, in his words; I am very happy that we are back to school. Help me great our Daddy, Governor Okorocha, tell him we love him. I was tired of staying at home and my parents cannot afford to put me in private school. Today, I am back to school. I am every very happy. I thank our Deputy, what they did is ‘sharp’.
Young Chineze Okereke For Onochirionye Chibueze, she was seen singing and jumping tirelessly while the song was going on… She simply said I am happy to come back to school. Everyday you wake up and see your friends dress up and you will be looking at them. I thank God that our Governor, Owelle, Deputy and Commissioner have opened our school again.
Miss Onochirieze Chibueze Mrs. Egwuatu Adanma, the principal of the school could not help betraying a mind full of joy as she busted into tears of joy. She could not say much than appreciated the the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his Deputy whose love of peace has been his trade mark. She further called on the community to know the no go areas when it comes to local politics. For Transition Committee Chairman, Dr. Victor Ukpabia, he described the outing as the strongest political goodwill in the anal of history of governance. He said the people of Lagwa had given up hope since those engaged in the brawl that led to the unfortunate shut down of Community Secondary School Lagwa are the elephants of the community while the children of the poor masses are suffering the effects. Special Adviser, Inter Party Affairs, Chief Alan B. Onyemaechi, called on the people to realize that Owelle Rochas Okorocha government is for the poor while extolling the virtue of humility of Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere. He said the government has demonstrated in many ways that it is for the down trodden saying if it were in the past, having a person of a Deputy Governor coming so low to a community for an issue considered to have no electoral value. He called on the people protect that, which is theirs by supporting the government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha. Barrister Aliribe Iheukwumere, Commissioner for Transport said he has never seen a thing like this. He averred that Owelle Rochas Okorocha administration is for the poor and would always be own the side of the poor. He recounted Imo Governor’s fate with the poor even before he became the Governor of Imo State. He also called on the people to stop hiding as Commissioner for Education, Dr. Uche Ejiogu in speech promised the students to make available all that is he needed to aid study while assuming the of roving all that thy need for their silence laboratory while assuring them of getting their furniture, school uniforms and other school materials already provided by Imo State Government. However, like Imo Deputy Governor promised that the State government will wade into the core issue that led to the closure of the school, it will be the wish of every average Lagwa indigenes for peace to be returned while people no longer walk and talk with fear of molestation or attack from attack from the warring camps.
Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, MFR, with members of the Peace Committee, Exco members of Imo Govt and other stakeholders of Lagwa Autonomous Community during the reopening of Community Secondary School, Lagwaukwuato, Aboh Mbaise LGA
A cross section of people of Lagwaukwuato Autonomous Community in Aboh Mbaise LGA of Imo State.

MBA OGBONNAYA writes from Owerri

PHOTOS: Davido, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya Meet Their Look Alike


MTN Ambassadors are generating excitement among the youth, as the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Iyanya, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Praiz, Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, iMike and Harrysong  go in search of their look-alikes.
 
Supported by the largest ICT company in Africa, the initiative will give the over 70,000,000 youth population an opportunity to share the spotlight with some of the finest musical superstars in the country.
In addition, a VIP treat and invitations to exclusive youth parties, with the celebrities in attendance, are already in place for the look-alikes and fans.
In a bid to generate more excitement, the artistes have decided that the top two most look-alikes, for each of the artistes, will be selected for an all-expenses paid VIP day with the full perks of being a star at an exclusive location before a once-in-a-lifetime party at three clubs spread across the western and eastern regions of Nigeria. Information gathered further reveals that the parties which will take place on the same day will have an even spread of the superstars and their look-alikes.
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UEFA Trophy Excites Fashola, Nigerian Breweries Distributors


The excitement generated by the recently concluded Heineken/UEFA champions’ league trophy tour is still reverberating in football circles.

When the trophy train made a well deserved stop at the Lagos State Government House Alausa, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, showered encomiums on World’s leading international premium lager beer, Heineken® for availing Nigerians the rare opportunity to feel and experience the actual Trophy live.

He made the commendation when ex-international football star and Coach Ruud Gullit, who is also the Heineken brand ambassador, paid the governor a courtesy visit with the League Trophy.
“Nigerians are extremely passionate about football. The UCL is a favourite amongst a very large section of Nigerians. The trophy is coming at a time when the Champions League is at a critical stage. Heineken’s gesture of giving Nigerians an opportunity to actually feel the real UCL trophy live here in Lagos Nigeria this period is indeed laudable. It is a gesture that most Nigerians, including myself would not forget in a hurry”, the governor said.
While appreciating Heineken for finding Lagos worthy of being included as part of the destinations where the UCL trophy would berth, Governor Fashola also used the occasion to call on the youths across the nation to embrace sports to engage themselves meaningfully. He said “Nigeria is a country full of talents. We want our youths to challenge themselves and embrace sports, not just football but other sports as well. We want to see Nigerian sports men and women compete with the best and excel at the global stage. Sports is a viable tool for national development and those of us in government would do all we can to support sports development.”
Commenting on the rationale behind bringing the UCL Trophy to Nigeria, Marketing Director Nigeria Breweries Plc, Mr. Walter Drenth, said Nigeria would always be an important part of Heineken’s® activities. “It is the objective of Heineken to open the world of its consumers by ensuring they get the very best experiences from Heineken wherever they are in the world.”
He pointed that The UEFA Champions League has a long and distinguished heritage and is the pinnacle of European club football. “Heineken® strives to ignite fans conversations. This year’s UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour brings football fans around the world closer to the action in an unexpected and surprising way enabling them to interact with Heineken® and the tournament. As we get closer to the final, we will continue to engage with fans by offering legendary brand experiences.”
It would be recalled that the trophy arrived the country with the brand ambassador Ruud Gullit on March 13, 2014 was also show case to the Nigerian Breweries Plc Management and other members of staff as well as the distinguished distributors.
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PHOTOS: Dbanj Launches His Packet Garri ‘Koko Garri’


Popular musician, D’banj, ventured into the agricultural sector of the economy recently and he is evidently not holding back.

The koko master has brought his packaged product to the public eye, producing one of the most essential commodities in Nigeria food market, garri.

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D’banj unveiled his new product, Koko Garri, at the One Do Agric Campaign launch which held today at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

He showed it off as the first intended product to come out from his company, Koko Holdings; Koko garri is expected to hit the markets soon.

Fulani Herdsmen Attack: House Urges FG To Deploy Troops To Benue


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The House of Representatives Thursday urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and Chief of Army staff, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Minimah to urgently despatch soldiers to Benue state to curb the incessant attack on villages across the state by Fulani herdsmen.

Hon. Benjamin Aboho, who moved a motion of urgent national importance, informed the House that the violence occasioned by the herdsmen has spread to the neighbouring states of Nasarawa and Plateau, thereby constituting threat to national security.

According to him, since April last year, some villages in the Moon council ward of Kwande local government area of Benue state have been under siege by herdsmen who killed many people and destroyed property worth millions of naira.

Why We Were Soft On Boko Haram – Counter-terrorism Chief


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The Coordinator of Counter-terrorism in the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Zaki Yaki Bello, has explained why the federal government chose to employ a new strategy in its anti-terror campaign against Boko Haram insurgency.

In an interview with Arise Television, a sister organisation of ThisDay, Bello said this was necessary because the government had come to the understanding that it needed “a whole societal approach” to be able to contain the scourge of terrorism.

“The programme, which is the practice all over the world, in all the countries of the world that are encountering terrorism, is what we call the soft approach to countering terrorism. Most people think Nigeria is only doing the hard core one, that is, the military and the law enforcement aspect of counter-terrorism,” he said.

“But we have the understanding that we need a whole societal approach for us to be able to really contain the scourge of terrorism. Countering terrorism is actually an aspect of our present stream of counter-terrorism strategy.

“This entails: How do we stop people from getting recruited into Boko Haram ideology? How do we counter the narrative of Boko Haram that they use in recruiting people? The various precursors that gave rise and support to terrorism, how do we counter them? How do we improve the economic empowerment of or the economic situation of the states that are ravaged by the scourge of terrorism? How do we revive nationalism?

“So all aspects that have not got anything to do with fighting or the operational aspects of terrorism are packaged under countering violent extremism – how do we strategically communicate with communities? How do we have community-based programmes that will really make terrorism unattractive to young people? How do we provide employment to the teeming unemployed youths so that they do not take to terrorism?

“The programme that we have rolled out is addressing all of these issues. To counter terrorism involves many things. We are revamping the criminal justice system and we are revamping the prison system. We are even improving on our techniques of even investigating IED attacks to find out the precursors of the IEDs, so we can counter them and we’ve being successful to a large extent.”

Bello also spoke on efforts being made by the government to get Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroun to give Nigeria more support to defeat the terrorists.

He described the insurgents as a sect, which draws its membership from the Kanuri tribe that is found in Niger, Chad and Cameroun, adding that that is why the federal government needed the support of the nation’s neighbours to end the insurgency which has been confined so far to the North-east.

Bello therefore called for more support from Nigeria’s neighbours, particularly Cameroun, for the federal government to end the insurgency.

“Boko Haram has established bases in Cameroun. There are citizens of Cameroun who are members of Boko Haram. The far north of Cameroun has also been the corridor where arms and ammunition for the sect are coming from southern Libya.

“We will need more cooperation; we will need Cameroun to enter into an agreement with Nigeria to support efforts to dismantle Boko Haram camps in its territory – to say no, an attack on Nigeria is an attack on Cameroun. This is what we are calling for. We need more cooperation. We are getting part of it now from Cameroun, but we need more; we can do with more,” he added.

He disagreed with the suggestion that the Boko Haram crisis has unleashed on Nigeria a humanitarian crisis that has displaced millions of people, saying the figure of the internally displaced people is in tens of thousands.

According to him, even if the number of those that have been forced to become refugees in neighbouring countries is added to that of the internally displaced people, it will not be in the millions.

Bello also denied allegations that the military has been engaged in human rights abuse in its operations in the North-east, saying that human rights observance has been a cardinal aspect of the expedition against the terrorists.

RIP Juliet Igbinoba:She Died In An Accident, A Month To Her Wedding


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29 year old Juliet Igbinoba (pictured above with fiance) died in a fatal motor accident on Monday, 17th of March along the Lagos-Benin road just a month before her wedding. Juliet was planning to get married on April 19th; invitation have been sent out and preparation was in top gear before she met her untimely death while going home to meet her people over her forthcoming wedding. …

Juliet was a staff of Fouani Nig Limited and an Accounting graduate of Auchi Polytechnic Edo State. Burial arrangements for her would kick off today with service of songs and then interment tomorrow. May her soul Rest in peace..

Ekiti commissioner arrested for beating up NYSC member


Police in Ekiti State has arrested the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Kayode Olaosebikan, for questioning over the beating up of a National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, member at a registration unit in Otun Ekiti, Moba Local Government Area of the state.
Olaosebikan, who is also the Chairman, NYSC board in the state, was seen at the  Criminal Investigation Department, CID, making his statement.

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Olaosebikan allegedly beat up a youth corps member, Mr. Thompson Enobong, NYSC  number EK/13c/1859, who is one of the NYSC members assisting INEC in the just-concluded registration.
Enobong was subsequently rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Ido Ekiti, where he is said to be receiving treatment.
Olaosebikan, however, denied beating up the corps member, saying he merely protected him

Defection: Court gives PDP ‘rebel’ govs 7 days….


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, gave the five  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governors, who defected to the All  Progressives Congress, APC, seven days to reply to a fresh motion that  was filed by their former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, asking  that it should be allowed to serve copies of the suit seeking to declare their seats vacant on them through their various state liaison offices  in Abuja.

In the motion, which it filed through a consortium of three Senior  Advocates of Nigeria led by Dr. Alex Iziyon, SAN, PDP, maintained that,  in view of the refusal of the five governors to accept previous copies  of the suit that was served on them at the national secretariat of the  APC in Abuja, “We have filed a motion to serve them by their liaison  offices, which is also recognised by law.”

DP insisted that the court should compel Governors Murtala Nyako of  Adamawa State, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Alhaji Magatakarda Wamakko of  Sokoto, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano and Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed of  Kwara State, listed in the suit as 2nd to 6th defendants, respectively.  to vacate their offices.

I am not pregnant, just fat- Toke Makinwa


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Radio personality and red carpet regular, Toke Makinwa-Ayida, has said that she is not pregnant.
The host of Hip TV show, ‘Trending’, recently appeared in a picture which showed what looked like a slight baby bump.
It prompted comments, and a fan even congratulated her on Instagram, saying, ‘Congrats on being preggers.’
Toke, who married fitness expert, Maje Ayida, a little over a month ago in a super-secret registry wedding, said she has just added some weight.
She said, ‘Gosh No! I’m not pregnant. It was probably a bad angle. I had too much to eat. Its just fat. The picture was taken on the set of Trending.’
She would subsequently joke about it on twitter, saying she would be calling her personal trainer immediately.

I am still a virgin, not ready to lose it-Kuchi Kuchi’ Singer J’odie


‘Kuchi Kuchi’ Singer J’odie has hinted that she is still a virgin, without any sexual experience. She made the disclosure in an interview with the NET

Excerpts:
Has the nature of your job as an entertainer affected your relationships?
I am not in any relationship and I don’t think I want to be. I want serious people around me. Not just sexual relationships.

What is wrong with a sexual relationship?
Personally, to me, it is wrong because I am not married. I am not condemning those who do it; this is just my personal opinion. I really should not have an opinion on sex because I don’t have any experience. Sex means nothing to me, so I can’t get into a relationship just because of that.

Crack in Rivers PDP over Wike’s 2015 governorship ambition


Crack in Rivers PDP over Wike’s 2015 governorship ambition

There is a crack in the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the 2015 governorship ambition of the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike.

The Rivers PDP Third Force Movement, through its General Secretary, Oprite Amachree, yesterday in Port Harcourt, declared that the ruling party would lose Rivers State, if Wike was imposed on the peace-loving people as its standard bearer, with his purported endorsement described as null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

First Lady Dame Patience, an indigene of Okrika, headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area, is pushing for the candidature of Senator George Thompson Sekibo, who represents Rivers East Senatorial District.

Sekibo, who hails from Ogu, headquarters of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, also the hometown of the self-acclaimed Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, Evans Bipi, is banking on the First Lady’s support, since Okrika and Ogu people speak the same language, but separated by a river.

In the Rivers PDP, besides Wike and Senator Sekibo, the then representative of the Rivers Southeast Senatorial District, Senator Lee Maeba, an Ogoni and former Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara and Chibudum Nwuche, among others, are also aspiring to be governor in 2015.

PDP Chairman Felix Obuah prefers Wike, who supported him to emerge as the party’s helmsman, through the judgment of an Abuja High Court of April 15, last year, which the sacked Chairman, Chief Godspower Ake, is challenging at the Court of Appeal.

Wike, who is also the grand patron of the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), reacting through the Secretary-General of the socio-political organisation (GDI), Samuel Nwanosike, who is also the Rivers Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said persons behind the movement were not members of the party, but impostors.

No right-thinking member of the PDP would want to bring the leaders of the party to disrepute, he said, stressing that National Chairman Adamu Muazu had indicated that there would be no imposition of candidates.

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I’ve Not Made Up My Mind On Partisan Politics – Ihejirika


azubuike ihejirikaThe immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.), on Wednesday said that he was yet to decide whether to participate in partisan politics or not even as he declared that he was committed to the progress of the country.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen in his country home at Ovim in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia, State, the ex-Army chief denied rumors that he was being tipped for the governorship of the state come 2015.

“It has not filtered into my ears; I have just heard it for the first time today”, he said with a feeling of modesty.

Ihejirika added that “Well, I want to just say that I have not taken any decision yet along the line of politics. That is the current situation. But one thing you must know is that I am somebody committed to the progress of my state and I am also committed to the progress of my nation”.

The retired general maintained that he was open to serving his state and nation in any capacity as a private citizen, having received the best education and opportunity to serve the nation as the army chief.

“I received the best of education in Nigeria and the best of opportunity to serve the nation, thanks to President Goodluck Jonathan, who appointed me the Chief of Army Staff”, Ihejirika said.

He expressed joy that on retirement, he was honoured by the Abia State Government, the traditional rulers in the state and the people of Isuikwuato people.

“To whom much is given, much is expected”, he said.

Nigeria Indeed Sick And It Didn’t Start Today, Says Al-Mustapha


Ayo Oritsejafor-Al-MustaphaMajor Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late head of state, General Sani Abacha, has attributed the current unrests in the country to institutional decay, saying only institutional revolution would restore sanity in the system.

He spoke yesterday evening during the secon Christian/Muslim interactive engagement on Peace, Unity and Justice organised by the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

On the occasion, Pastor Oritsejafor stated that with Muslims and Christians resolving to tolerate and respect each other’s faith, the ongoing national conference had great potentials of providing lasting solutions to the problems bedeviling Nigeria.

Al-Mustapha, who was at the one-day conference, at the invitation of CAN, stressed that people had to understand that the country was not like it used to be when some disgruntled elements used religion to cause problem and got away with it.

He said, “Nigeria is indeed sick and it did not start today. Our faith speaks and that is the anchor point. Our problem is that of mutual suspicion, lack of understanding and in a way, greed, naira speaks.

“Whether we like it or not, Nigeria deserves institutional revolution for it to be. Revolution in what sense? Tolerance, knowledge, understanding, statemanship, commitment and honesty irrespective of who and where. We must learn to speak the truth, it does not matter who is involved”, he said.

While expressing satisfaction with the ongoing national conference, Oritsejafor said Nigerians were all pursuing justice, equity, love and understanding “which will ultimately usher in lasting peace in Nigeria”.

The CAN president expressed the optimism that the confab would usher in lasting peace in Nigeria, if all people including the duchess He said the confab would usher in lasting peace in Nigeria, if all people including the delegates work for its success.

He also said having a clear understanding of the wrong perceptions on how Muslims or Christians view each other with a view to taking the correction that “we are one”, would go a long way to put the country back on track.

NIS Recruitment: Board Disowns Moro, Says Only Minister, Consultant Can Explain What Happened


Abba MoroMinister of the Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, on Wednesday was left to his own fate as the Board of the Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Prisons and the Fire Service, denied being part of Saturday’s ill-fated Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment test, which claimed the lives of 21 Nigerian youths and left several others injured.

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts heard from members of the board how the minister sidelined them in the recruitment exercise, which has been canceled by President Goodluck Jonathan.

A Commissioner on the board, Mr. S.D. Tapgun, who led some members and heads of agencies to the committee in Abuja, said only Mr. Moro and his team of consultants could explain how they came about the exercise.

Tapgun added, “The‎ Interior Minister and the consultant he engaged for the exercise can tell Nigerians exactly what happened.

“Even the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service was not involved; he was not part of the recruitment at all and there was no board resolution to recruit anybody.

“When we, the members of the board, learnt about the recruitment, we wrote the minister that we are not in support of engaging the services of a third party to conduct recruitment for the Immigration service but he ignored our letter and went ahead to engage the consultant.

“The consultant fixed everything including a N1, 000 fee, which they claimed was administrative charge”, Tapgun added.

He further informed the House committee, which is chaired by Mr. Solomon Olamilekan, that the board members were prepared to face the minister any day to disprove any claim that he had board approval for the exercise.

According to him, 693, 000 youths applied for the jobs and paid N1, 000 each.

After listening to his submission, the committee resolved to summon Moro to explain how and where he got the approval to conduct the exercise.

Embrace FG Dialogue Option Now Or Get Crushed, Minimah To Boko Haram


Kenneth-MinimahBoko Haram insurgents have been advised to embrace the dialogue option tabled by the Federal Government or get crushed by the might of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, said on Wednesday.

Minimah gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen shortly after an unscheduled visit to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and epicenter of the war against the insurgents.

“The dialogue table is still open, or else the federal might is available to the armed forces to crush the insurgency”, he stressed.

Minimah was accompanied on the visit by his counterpart in the Air force, Air vice Marshal Adesola Amosu.

The army chief, who described the visit as “routine”, noted that it was aimed at assessing first hand, the condition of troops on ground as well as boosting their morale in the fight against the insurgents.

“We are here on routine visit to assess the condition of our troops, to visit the injured and the wounded in the hospital”, Minimah said.

He also called on Nigerians to trust the capability of the military to bring an end to the insurgency.

On his part, the Chief of Air Staff, AVM Amosu, said the role of tactical air support is not to destroy but to convince the enemy to have a rethink of what they are doing.

“Essentially, we are here to harass the enemy and to convince them that they need to come either to the table or drop their guns”, Amosu said.

He expressed satisfaction with the situation on ground.

“We are happy with the morale of soldiers on the field, we are also happy about the damage we have already inflicted on the insurgents.

“The soldiers are in high spirit. I am sure our coming today has further lifted them up”, Amosu said.

He added that the Nigerian Air Force was to complement the role of the military in the fight.

Ezekwesili Calls For Focus On Early Child Care Education


Former World Bank Vice President for Africa, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, on Wednesday said focus on early child education would help the development of young generation in Nigeria.

Ezekwesili made the observation in a keynote address at the ongoing 20th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja. The theme of this year’s summit is “Transforming Education through Partnerships for Global Competitiveness’’.

The former World Bank vice president called for permanent structural change that would enhance the quality of education and develop skills in Nigerian children.

She said that Nigeria had a lot to do to catch up and meet up globally.

“That catching may be difficult except if it is strategic, the fastest way to do the catching up now is to make early child care education, put it on the front burner of the education system.

“Countries like Finland had shown clearly that countries that emphasised early child care education and expand access to both the poor and the rich alike make huge success’” she said.

According to her, country that bridges the inequality down and begin the process of getting the child before they go bad also achieve positive results.

Ezekwesili, now, Economic Advisor, Open Society Foundation, said that the best time of formation of a child was between the age of three and five when the neurons could stimulate well.

She said that the public and private sectors must work together in area of vocational, innovational and institutional building.

Ezekwesili said this would help to bring the private sector in building skills and capacity of the young ones.

“Government has never had a great record in building skills for industry.

“Education needs intelligent champions. If society fails to bring intelligent champions for inclusion, the intelligent champions themselves will have act in an intelligent way,” she said.

Ezekwesili therefore canvassed need for good governance in the education sector as well as the need to intensify effort in training and re-training of teachers.

The former vice president urged government and stakeholders to ensure the employment of qualified hands into the education system.

On achieving Millennium Development Goals on education, she said it was unfortunate that Nigeria was not among the countries that would achieve the goal by 2015.

Ezekwesili, however, urged government to focus seriously on basic education to help build better society. [NAN]

Immigration Recruitment: Dead Candidates Get 3 Job Slots Each


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President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, directed that three job slots each be reserved for families of those who lost their lives during the Nigeria Immigration recruitment exercise.

Jonathan also directed the immediate cancellation of the recruitment exercise. Instead, a special committee headed by the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Mrs Joan Ayo, will conduct the employment test to fill existing vacancies in the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The presidential directive was given at yesterday’s Federal Executive Council meeting where the President further directed that those who lost their loved ones would have automatic slots for three applicants, one of whom must be a woman.

He also warned that henceforth, ministers and heads of government agencies where any death is recorded in the course of recruitment exercise would be tried for culpable homicide.

Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who addressed State House correspondents after yesterday’s FEC meeting said the President further directed that only the armed forces and the police are allowed mass recruitment exercises.

According to Maku, President Jonathan promised to personally pay condolence visits to the families of those who lost their loved ones while those who sustained injuries during the botched exercise were also to be given automatic employment.

“The President also took certain measures which he announced to Federal Executive Council. The first is that the Immigration recruitment exercise has been completely cancelled and he has directed that a new exercise will be conducted by a special committee under the chairmanship of the Chairman, Civil Service Commission to conduct the recruitment exercise to fill the vacancies of the Nigerian Immigration Service,” Maku said.

“Other members of the committee as announced by the President are the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigrations Service, representatives of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commandant-General of Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, Comptroller-General of Prisons Service, Director General, Directorate of State Service (DSS) and the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

“This committee will proceed to conduct the exercise to fill the vacancies in the Nigerian Immigration Service.

“The President also directed that for the families of those who lost their dear ones, three spaces be provided for three young people one of which must be a woman in the new recruitment exercise.

“Also, all those who were injured during the exercise across the country will be given automatic recruitment into the service.

“He instructed all MDAs never to embark on exercises of this nature in recruiting people into the public service because what happened could have been avoided.

“So, Mr. President directed that outside the armed forces and the police, who usually recruit people through this exercise, no other MDA is allowed to embark on this kind of exercise that we witnessed on Saturday.”

The minister said members of the Federal Executive Council “noted with grief and deep regrets, the tragic loss of young Nigerians who died in different centres across the country in the ill-fated Nigerian Immigration Recruitment Exercise.

“The FEC in sending condolences to the families of the deceased and also in sending special wishes to those who are injured and still undergoing treatment in hospitals in parts of the country, expressed total regrets that this tragedy took place at all.

“Council noted that it is regrettable that this took place at a time that every effort was being made by government to increase spaces available for employment. For example last year, we were able to get 1.6 million employed in the various sectors of the economy and the public service. However, this incident that took place is so painful and we will not want to see in this country young job seekers losing their lives in the process of seeking for job after school training.

“We assure the nation today that every step will be taken to look into the various lapses in recruitment exercises into the public service to ensure that all those who are qualified get access to employment without going through this kind of experience” he said.

Recruitment Exercise: Interior Minister Acted On His Own – Immigration Service Board


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The Board of the Immigration Service, National Security and Civil Defence, Prisons and Fire Service Board, yesterday, indicted the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, over the recruitment mishaps, saying the Board was sidelined.

A member of the Immigration Board, Mr S. D. Tapgun, who led the Board members and Heads of other agencies under the Board to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives said there was no Board approval for the failed exercise.

“Only the Interior Minister and the consultant he engaged for the exercise can tell Nigerians exactly what happened.

“Even the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service was not involved, he was not part of the recruitment at all, there was no Board resolution to recruit anybody.

“When we, the members of the Board, learnt about the recruitment, we wrote the minister that we are not in support of engaging the services of a third party to conduct recruitment for the Immigration Service but he ignored our letter and went ahead to engage the consultant named Rexel Technical Global Nigeria Limited.

“The consultant fixed everything including N1,000 fee which they claimed was administrative charge. Members of the board are ready to confront the minister any day, any time to prove to the entire nation that the Board was never part of the botched exercise,” said Tapgun.

He said by the records at the disposal of the Board,693,000 applicants registered for the recruitment exercise and paid N1,000 each to designated banks by the consultant.

Following the revelation by the board, Rep. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, head of Public Acounts Committee therefore summoned the Interior Minister and the consultant to appear before it and explain to the whole nation where they derived their powers to conduct illegal recruitment exercise without passing through the Board, how much was collected from the applicants and where the money was being kept.

According to him, they had summoned the Board before the unfortunate incident occurred when it was brought to its notice that applicants were being charged N1,000 each by the Nigeria Immigration Service for recruitment so that the board would account for the money so far collected.

“This is fraud, our children have been defrauded to the tune of a billion naira. The minister and the consultant must tell us the whole truth,” Olamilekan said.

Woman Burns Herself to Death Outside Police Station After Her defiler Was Released


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A Pakistani woman has died after setting herself on fire outside a police station when her alleged defilers were declared innocent.

The Pakistan Tribune reports that Aamna Bibi, 23, died from her critical injuries at Nishtar Hospital Multan on Friday.She set herself ablaze in front of several policemen at a police station in Bet Mir Hazar Khan in the Muzaffarghar district of Punjab province in protest over the release of her alleged defiler, Nadar Khan.Investigating officer Zulfiqar Ahmed declared Khan innocent after receiving 70,000 rupees (around £700 ) as a bribe.She was returning home from college when Khan and four others allegedly gang-defiled her on 5 January

Amna’s mother said: ” My daughter was so dejected after her defiler got bail that she decided to end her life.”

None of the policemen present reportedly tried to stop the woman from committing suicide. Doctor Shaukat Malik of Nishter Hospital Multan said: “The girl had 80 per cent burn injuries. We tried our best to save her life but couldn’t.” District Police Officer Usman Akram Gondal has suspended Ahmed and three other officials

Pastor Drives Self to Hospital, Shouts Halleluyah, Then Dies


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In what many would tag as glorious transition, a 55-year-old cleric, simply identified as, Timothy Elugbemi,reportedly drove himself to a hospital in Sango Ota, Ogun State, shouted ‘hallelujah’ and passed on.

It was gathered that the late cleric was attended to by Dr. Ayo Adeoye, proprietor of Lolade Clinic and Maternity Home, where he checked in for medical attention before he died.

Confirming the incident, Dr. Adeoye said the clergyman complained of feeling unwell and was subsequently attended to.

He said that after being confirmed medically fit, the pastor exchanged pleasantries with the nurses at the reception, but suddenly started saying “halleluyah.”

Adeoye said: “I cannot believe this. This was a man who drove himself into the hospital and was attended to and equally found fit.

“He suddenly started saying ‘halleluyah,’ ‘halleluyah’ and before we knew it he lost consciousness and died. I have never witnessed this type of incidence since I started my medical practice,” he said.

Boxing: The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Returns June 4 in a Prizefighter Journey


Former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter has been announced as one of the contestants in the $500,000 Prizefighter-style “Super 8″ tournament slated for June 4 in Aukland, New Zealand.

The boxer, nicknamed the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ joins Kali Meehan, Michael Sprott and Martin Morgan in a Super 8 lineup, of which applications are yet open for four more contestants.

It will be the 33-year-old’s first fight in three years, after he was overwhelmed by Finnish prospect Robert Helenius in round nine of their bout in Germany.

Samuel Peter Returns June 4 in Auckland.

Samuel Peter Returns June 4 in Auckland.

The winner of the tournament will collect $200,000, the runner-up receives $100,000, semi-finalists earn $30,000, and opening round losers bank $15,000.

There would be bonuses for KOs, best fights and fight of the night.

Peter defeated mandatory contender Oleg Maskaev on March 8, 2008, by TKO to claim the WBC heavyweight crown, but lost the title in his first defence against Vitali Klitschko.

CONFAB: Jonathan Has Hidden Agenda – Northern Muslims


The apex body for Islamic organisations in the North, the Jama’atul Nasril Islam, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of having a hidden agenda with the convocation of the National Conference. Capture

The JNI, led by the Sultan  of Sokoto, Alhaji  Sa’ad Abubakar,  said despite the concerns expressed by well-meaning  Nigerians, the President had gone ahead to inaugurate the conference, in Abuja on Monday.

It also said that Moslems were short-changed in the selection of delegates to the conference.

The JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, at a news conference on Wednesday in Kaduna, said no amount of conferences would solve the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria, except “when our leaders lead with justice and equity in the country.”

He said the process of selecting delegates to the conference negated  the spirit of democracy as majority of delegates to the conference were Christians.

According to him, 62 per cent of the delegates to the conference are Christians while the remaining percentage is shared by Muslims and other religions in the land.

The Secretary-General said that of specific concern to the JNI was the representation of the security exports in the conference, noting that out of the 18 security exports at the conference, only 22.2 per cent were Muslims.

He said, “What is most disturbing  is that the Muslim leadership and Islamic groups have called the attention of the President  to this matter but he has paid no attention to the concern of the Muslims

“Let me comment on the conference, which the Federal Government has convened. It is on record that many Nigerians, including the leadership of the Muslim community in the country, have expressed various concerns regarding the confab.  Nigerians have warned that the confab is ill-timed given that electioneering is about to begin. Even with all these cries, the conveners have gone ahead to host the conference.

“We are however worried that the process of selecting participants to the conference has been observed to have thrown away all known dictates of fair representation in a democracy, which will no doubt affect the credibility of the outcome of the conference. Although, democracy is a game of number, this has not been respected.

“We find it a great disregard and disrespect  to the conscience of the Muslims that of the 20 delegates of the Federal Government, only six are Muslims. No Muslim is deemed fit to make the list of the Nigerian Economic Summit

“In fact, in the representation of the security agencies, Muslims have been so unimaginably short-changed with only one Muslim out of the  six retired  military and security personnel.”

The JNI boss also touched on the increasing number of attacks in the north, noting that the region was drifting into destruction.

He said, “One needs not to be told that almost the whole north is on fire.

“In the north today, police stations and military barracks,  which are supposed to be the most secure have become the most vulnerable to attacks.”

He then appealed to all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious and ethnic affinity to come together to address the problem of insecurity in the country   in order to safeguard the future of the nation.

 

Source: Punch Nigeria

MASSOB Office Raided By Police


The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) office was on tuesday raided by the Anambra State police Command. Capture

The police had on Monday raided another MASSOB office at Oyeagu-Otuocha Road, Umudiani village and took out their rising sun flag.

The police where said to have taken some members phones and chairs and also arrested a Chidi Igboba, Mike Ojukwu and Uchenna Okeke.

A MASSOB member said that the police have been raiding their Anambra offices and arresting people.

One Okechukwu Udeogu was arrested and was ordered by the police to climb a tree and remove the Biafran flag.

He unfortunately fell and was unconscious, then the DPO told his men to put the unconscious man in their car and take to the hospital.

MASSOB’s Deputy National Information Officer, Mazi Chris Mocha said that the accident is incredibly childish as the police can not  stop their agitation for Biafra’s independence.

US Lawyers Want Abacha $458m Loot Returned


Two senior lawyers from the United States of America have asked the Attorney-General of the country, Eric Holder Jr., to without delay repatriate the $458m assets stolen by a former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, and his accomplices to Nigeria. Capture

Alexander Sierck and Nicholai Diamond of Cameron LPP in Washington DC sent the letter of request dated March 18, 2014 to the attorney-general as volunteer counsels for the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

In the letter entitled: ‘Re: Abacha Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action’, which SERAP made available to our correspondent on Wednesday, the lawyers said, “SERAP respectfully requests that the US Department of Justice establish a general process for the repatriation of assets seized as part of its Kleptocracy Initiative.

“SERAP’s request arises in the specific context of the department’s March 6, 2014 announcement that it has frozen more than $458m in corruption proceeds, which have been hidden in bank accounts around the world by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and conspirators, to implement the civil forfeiture complaint filed in federal district court here in Washington.

“As the department stated in its press release announcing the seizure, these seized funds properly belong to the citizens the kleptocrats ostensibly served.”

According to the lawyers, even though the department has only recently filed the civil forfeiture complaint regarding the Abacha-related assets, SERAP respectfully submits that its request is nonetheless timely in regard to such assets.

They said, “This is because in many such cases, the kleptocrats owning the seized property do not appear in the US to contest the seizure because they would then subject themselves to personal jurisdiction in the underlying criminal case that might be filed against them. Thus, at some point, perhaps by the end of 2014, there will be a default on the Abacha asset seizure, consequently freeing up the assets for repatriation to or for the benefit of Nigeria and its citizens.”

“SERAP notes that in a September 19, 2011 interview with the Main Justice blog, Jennifer Shasky, speaking on behalf of the Kleptocracy Initiative, stated that the department has no [legal] obligation to repatriate assets subject to civil forfeiture, but that the department is committed to finding ways to repatriate or otherwise use such funds for the benefit of the victim country. SERAP assumes that this is still the department’s position.”

Source: Punch Nigeria

SEE The Difference: How Bosom Size Of Popular Actress Changed (PHOTOS)


An American actress and singer Naya Rivera, known for musical comedy-drama television series Glee, might have undergone chest enlargement surgery.
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27-year-old Naya, who is also a fiancée of the renowned American hip hop recording artist, Big Sean, has shared a picture of her in black bikini on her Instagram profile, titled “Beach days…”.

The difference is striking. Check out the images of the actress below.

How chest Size Of Popular Actress Changed

How chest Size Of Popular Actress Changed

 

Source: LIB

How 2-Year-Old Girl Died Inside Her Father’s Car In Abuja


A 2-year-old girl reportedly died from suffocation inside her father’s car in their residence at Kubwa in Bwari Area Counci, Abuja.

According to report, the father forgot to lock the car after he came back from the hospital and dashed into the house to take a nap.

The little girl had gone into the car with another boy of about three-years old to play. The windows of the car were winded up and the car automatically locked so they could not get out of the car.

When the father came out later, he was shocked to find his daughter dead in the car while the boy had fainted.

He quickly rushed them to the Kubwa General Hospital where the daughter was confirmed dead, while the boy was later resuscitated.

Confirming the incident, Paul Olise, head of Accident and Emergency unit of the hospital described it as unfortunate.

Source:  Daily Trust

OMG: Lupita Nyong’o Shows Off What Could Be Worn “Under The Oscar Dress” (PHOTOS)


Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is in the centre of attention now. More and more fans follow every move of the brilliant Kenyan actress via her accounts on social networks, and Lupita does not intend to disappoint them, behaves like a typical celebrity there.

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Thus, the actress took her Instagram to share her look with sparkling panties, which could have fitted perfectly under her dress for Oscars ceremony:

“#tbt #sparkly #scratchy Everything That Glitters For The Gold #UnderTheOscarDress @theellenshow,” she wrote.

Check out the image below:

Lupita Nyong'o Shows Off What Could Be Worn

Does it look like appropriate or inappropriate underwear for screen divas?

It Would Be A Grievous Mistake To Allow Jonathan Continue In Office Beyond 2015 – Ex-Minister


Alhaji Inuwa AbdulkadirA former Minister of Youths Development, Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir, has said it would amount to a grievous mistake for Nigerians to allow the present administration to continue beyond 2015 against the background of insecurity and corruption in the country.

The former minister harped his assertion on the daily killings of innocent Nigerians, increase in kidnapping cases and other crimes as well as huge amount of money being diverted, saying these vices expose the present Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led administration’s inability and lack of capacity to lead the country on the path of peace and tranquility.

“How could people trust that that man (Goodluck Jonathan) is capable of preventing the menace crossing over some part of the country”, he said.

Speaking to Daily Trust, Abdulkadir, who was sacked last August and is currently the interim chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, added: “One has to exhibit the capacity and willingness to show that clearly he is capable of leading the country to peace and tranquillity”.

He also said that Nigerians are not convinced that the suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, was not political no matter how hard the Presidency tried to justify what he called its “unconstitutional” action.

The suspension, according to him, was in flagrant disregard to the CBN Act.

“It is a clear lack of capacity, lack of political will to stamp out corruption on the part of the President and I assure you that this action is politically motivated. No matter how the President wants to demarcate this issue, you cannot separate them.

“Assuming that Sanusi had not blown the whistle, it would have been a different matter. I am glad that the Minister of Finance was bold enough to ask for forensic examination of the allegation which is a good development because if that is not done, Nigerians will continue to doubt the integrity and willingness of Mr. President to fight corruption”, he said.

2015: Wamakko Can’t Defeat Me In Sokoto North Senatorial Elections – Maccido


BallotBoxVote_0Following his alleged interest in the Sokoto North Senatorial District seat in the National Assembly come 2015, Governor Aliyu Wamakko has been advised by the current occupier of the seat, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Maccido, to look elsewhere because his “time is up” and his “ideas are no longer needed”.

Maccido, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Wednesday, told journalists in Abuja that he refused to defect with Wammako to the All Progressives Congress because the governor was no longer popular among the electorate, hence he could pose no threat to his return to the Senate next year.

He said, “If you see that your time is up in a particular place and your ideas are no longer needed I don’t think there’s any need for you to stay there anymore. You have, as they say, overdone your stay.

“As far as I am concerned, if this particular institution that is in place now in Sokoto is no longer in need of my services, So, I don’t think I need to stay with them”.

Maccido claimed that he represents the Sultanate in the Senate, and that the institution had been in existence for more than 200 years, stressing that even if he does not make it to the senate, the Sultanate would still remain relevant.

He added, “I am not here as Ahmed Maccido. I am not sitting here as Ahmed Maccido. I have an institution that remains relevant and has remained relevant for the past 200 years.

“Even if I am not there now, that institution would still be there. Whoever is in this position would still be relevant”.

Asked whether he had consulted the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, on his 2015 ambition, he said, “I will not tell you that”.

He added,  “One thing you should understand about my institution is that it’s an institution I told you earlier has remained relevant for the past 200 years and I was chosen by that particular institution, by the people involved in that particular institution.

“They told me to go and contest and I said okay. So, when I choose to do what I do, in most cases, I am not telling you that I’ve spoken with the Sultan and he told me to go back to the PDP, you won’t hear that from me but I have made contacts in that institution and I realised that the best bet for that institution was to remain in the PDP”.

Bakare Explains Criticism Of Justice Kutigi’s Islamic Prayer, Denies Allegations Of Islamophobia


Pastor-Tunde-BakareThe Convener of Save Nigeria Group, SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said his remarks on the first day of plenary at the National Conference that Chairman, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi should refrain from starting his speeches with a short Arabic phrase should not be misinterpreted as disdain for Muslims and their faith.

Mr. Bakare had on Tuesday drawn attention to the short Arabic phrase that usually precede Justice Kutigi’s speech at the Conference’s sessions and instead called for a uniformed prayer at all meetings of the Conference.

“Mr. Chairman, yesterday you said something at the inauguration of the Conference and I did not understand”, the clergyman started, “Today again, you said it. I think you should pray in the way all of us understand because if I stand up and say, ‘Praise the Lord somebody’, we will turn this place into a church service”.

While the representatives of Christians at the Conference have since distanced themselves from Bakare’s comment, saying it does not represent their official position, a group – Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC – on Thursday morning derided the now defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, former vice-presidential candidate’s “attack” on Justice Kutigi, alleging that it was a premeditated demonstration of his hatred for Muslims and Islam.

But Bakare has now denied the charge, saying he made the comment in the interest of national unity, cohesion and mutual co-existence at the conference.

Speaking in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Bakare said: “What we are saying is that let us adopt one simple language so that no one reads any religious connotation into anything we say or do. We are not here for regional or religious issues. We must not be divided by tribal sentiments and religious prejudices. We must focus on building a new Nigeria”.

According to him, there was no way he could hate Muslims having been born and raised a Muslim himself with many of his relatives, friends, associates and even workers staunch Muslims. “If I hate Muslims, I would not have accepted to be a running mate to a Muslim in the last presidential election”, Mr. Bakare explained.

“I was born and raised a Muslim. I’m well versed in the Qur’an having graduated from Islamic school on April 16, 1967. “Many of my relatives are still Muslims. My older cousin was recently made the Are Adinni Musulumi of Egbaland and my family was well represented at the ceremony.

“I have no Islamophobia of any kind. Even in my businesses, I employ Muslims and non-Muslims and even those who don’t believe. I was born in the South but raised in Sokoto. My father was known as Sani Arewa and that is what is written on his tombstone. My uncle was Sarki Yoruba in the Sultan’s palace.

“So, you can see that I’m in no position to hate Muslims. All I’m saying is that we should be fair to one another. God created only one race. And that is the human race. We should not let religion or tribes to divide us”, he stressed.

Confab: Christian Delegates Deny Accusing Kutigi Of Religious Bias, Say Bakare, Ozekhome Spoke For Themselves


confabChristian delegates to the National Conference on Wednesday denied a report in a national daily that they accused a retired Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi of promoting Islamic prayers on the first day of plenary.

The delegates said the contributions of the Serving Overseer of the Lagos-based Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) did not represent the views of Christian delegates.

A joint statement by the six delegates entitled: “Misleading media report on conference – Re: Christian delegates accuse leadership of bias” said they “did not find anything unusual in the comments or conduct of the said personalities at the conference to be clothed with the cloak of controversy and contention as the reports seek to do”.

The statement reads: “The attention of the ‘Christian Leaders’ delegation to the national conference has been drawn to misleading media reports on the goings on at the national conference.

“A national Newspaper of instant date has this caption: ‘Conference in shocking start: Christian delegates accuse leadership of bias’. This was in apparent reference to the contributions of Pastor Tunde Bakare, who introduced himself as a Nigerian on the delegation of Ogun State and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who humorously introduced himself as ‘a Federal Government Addendum’ delegate.

“None of these two eminent Nigerians represent Christians at the ongoing Confab. For clarity and avoidance of doubt, the Christian delegates to the Confab are J. D Bagobiri, J. A Achimugu, Andrew Haruna, Kate Okpareke, Emmanuel Olatubosun and Godswill Iyoha Iyoke”.

While stressing that “none of our six-member delegation made any contribution on the floor of the conference or on those issues under reference”, the Christian delegates said they are therefore worried as to “how clear unambiguous introductions and contributions by others” could be attributed to them.

FG To Confab Delegates: Let Your Debates Be Guided By National Interests


f5f77151bccdc35eb8b23efd3d5962b8The 492 delegates to the National Conference taking place in Abuja have been called upon to conduct their debates in a manner that will produce the best possible outcome for Nigerians.

The call was made on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku, who made this known while addressing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, said the call became necessary as the government sought to reform the country.

The minister said members of FEC commended Mr. Jonathan over the successful inauguration of the national conference on Monday and noted that not only had the content of his speech united Nigerians, but had also given the nation a clear direction “as to where our leaders believe this country should be heading to in the next century of its existence”.

“We urged delegates to do everything possible to ensure that they conduct the debates in the conference in such a way as to bring out the best for the people of Nigeria as we seek to reform our country, as we seek to do our best in improving public service, improving governance and delivering services to the people of Nigeria”, Maku said.

According to the information minister, the Federal Government also reassured Nigerians that not only will it continue to do its best for the nation’s corporate unity, development and the harmonious existence of its diverse people, it will also do everything to carry out necessary reforms that will make Nigeria run better, make the government produce better services and “increase the unity and development and prosperity ‎of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Gobe !!! Davido Bought His “Aye” Song From Upcoming Artiste Runtown


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According to sources , this promising act wrote ‘Aye’. As a matter of fact, ‘Aye’ was originally his. When Davido heard the song, he persuaded Runtown to sell the song to him, which he did. As a matter of fact, Davido also wanted to buy ‘Gallardo’, but Runtown refused. Instead Davido got featured on the track.

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This totally makes sense. I’ve always wondered why the word ‘emergency’ was in the track. I guess Runtown was leaving his artistic DNA on the song. Yeah, no wonder Runtown was in the ‘Aye’ video…

Both Songs were produce by same T.spice

Davido and his team can deny it,,,, But Its the Truth Because i know this Shii …

GIST: Maheeda Again— Says ‘No One Can Stop Me…Not Even God!’


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Caroline Sam, popularly known as Maheeda, is not one to give up on her ways anytime soon. She rather gets tougher everyday.

Despite criticism she has received for posting her nak*d photos on social media and Instagram banning her from using their medium, the self-confessed one-time prostitute and ‘born again gospel singer’, is not ready to rein on her wild ways as she still find time to indulge in her passion, which is to inundate us with more of her indecency.

The married mother of one has even taken the name Goddess of X and says that she loves to have s*x every day and that it relaxes her.

She also blasted anyone who tries to talk sense into her head by changing her ways.

This is what she told them: “When I started posting pix, U did not ask me to. I did it cos I want to; so don’t think you can make me stop or make me do anything rather than what I want to do. I do what makes me happy. No one can stop me… Not even God.”

Now what do you make of this insubordination..

Bukky Wright and Yvonne Jegede spotted on movie set – Photos


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Nollywood Actress Bukky Wright doing what she knows how to do best……

The single mother of two was recently spotted on a movie set – she played the character of a rich Iyaloja.

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Yvonne Jegede played her daughter in the movie, see more photos below: 

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Rapper Turned Pastor — Mase Secretly Files For Divorce From Wife


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Popular 90’s rapper turned pastor, and writer of several successful marriage books —  Mason Betha has secretly filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years — Twyla Betha.
Mason is also asking for the full custody of their two kids.
TMZ reports they have obtained Mase’s divorce filing in Georgia dated January 2nd, citing irreconcilable differences.
Jason is also seeking full custody of their two kids and wants Twyla to pay him child support.
He claims they separated August 2013 — after 12 years of marriage, but just over a month later — the day before Valentine’s Day — Mase inexplicably had a change of heart, filing to dismiss his divorce petition,’ TMZ reports
Mason founded El Elyon International Church and co-authors successful marriage series ‘What to do after I do?’ with his estranged wife.

Actress Bisola Badmus Says K1 Is Her Husband And Son’s Father


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Years after keeping slient over the paternity of her son, sultry actress, Bisola Badmus has revealed that  Fuji king — Wasiu Ayinde Marshal is indeed the father of her 2-year old son.
The actress who denied the rumor linking the ace musician to her son in 2012 also says K1 is her husband; she tells Encomium  in new interview: -
On the rumour that K1 is the father of her son she says…
Yes, he is the father of my son. That’s not a lie. My son is not a bastard. He is Abdulmalik Ayinde Marshal. I have never regretted having a baby for K1. He has been a wonderful father to my son. He is taking good care of Him
On why she decided to open up after denying the singer was the father, Bisola says…
I thank God for giving me a wonderful son, a cute one at that. I am happy as a mother let me correct the impression by the public and some press men that may be because K1 had denied the paternity of my son, that’s why I kept quiet since. That’s not true; I only do not want to talk because I hate noise, most especially on my son because he is too young for that. Everybody knows I am naturally a very quiet person. That’s why I refused to talk about or even grant any interview on the matter. I know who the father of my son is. It’s not controversial
Is there any misunderstanding between the two of you at the moment?
We never had any misunderstanding. He still pays his bill as a father. And my son will be happy knowing that K1 is his father. He has been so caring to us. I can’t fight the father of my baby. K1 has been a very good father and I love him for that.
How long have you been in relationship or it was just a one night stand?
It wasn’t a one- night-stand. We had a good relationship. We agreed that we should have a baby, not that I forced my child on him.
When asked if she’s married to him, Bisola says…
Of course I don’t have any other husband.
But we learnt you’re afraid of his new wife, Titi Masha. That’s why you remained silent on the issue. What’s your comment on this?
I told you I kept quite because I don’t like noise, especially about my little boy. Besides, no one has ever been a threat to me. My husband is my husband. I don’t believe I owe anybody any explanation for marrying him. Nobody was there when we met. Then, how can anybody become a threat to me or my marriage to K1? That’s not possible. So, that’s all.

Anyway, leave my marriage for me for me for now. That’s not the real reason I decided to grant this interview. It’s just a kind of digression.

Truth Behind Why Karrueche Tran Dumped Chris Brown


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Apparently, all the reports claiming Karrueche dump Chris Brown because of his obsessions for Rihanna are false?!?
It also has nothing to do with the girl Chris Brown banged in rehab.
According to a new report from TMZ, Karrueche called it quits after discovering inappropriate texts in his phone.
‘Karrueche saw Chris’ phone during her visit — and it was filled with inappropriate texts from other girls. It was the last straw.
We’re told Karrueche was especially pissed because she’d been nothing but supportive to Chris throughout his ordeal, even going to court with him.
We’re told Karrueche wasn’t even aware Chris had allegedly been getting down with girls in rehab until long after the break-up,’ TMZ reports.

Chimamanda Adichie Explains Why She Wrote The Controversial Anti-Gay Law Article


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The award winning writer wrote a controversial article ‘’Why can’t he just be like everyone else?,’  after Nigeria’s government passed the anti-gay law. Chimanda Ngozi Adichie in an interview with NPR reveals why she decided to pen down the article…
I wrote because I was angry. I was upset. It was very personal, my reaction to it. And you know, it’s easy to say, “I have people I love who are gay,” which is true, but if I didn’t, I would still have been outraged by it, because I felt it was deeply unjust. And I recognize that I have a voice now in Nigeria, and so I wanted to write it, and I wanted to write it specifically for a Nigerian audience, to say, “let’s actually think about this, let’s talk about this.” And the responses I got, I wasn’t surprised to get … people who said I used to love you but now that I know you support gays, I no longer love you. And when somebody told me this, that this is what her cousin had said, I said, “tell your cousin I don’t want her love, if that’s the condition for her love.”
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I will call him Sochukwuma. A thin, smiling boy who liked to play with us girls at the university primary school in Nsukka. We were young. We knew he was different, we said, ‘he’s not like the other boys.’ But his was a benign and unquestioned difference; it was simply what it was. We did not have a name for him. We did not know the word ‘gay.’ He was Sochukwuma and he was friendly and he played oga so well that his side always won.

In secondary school, some boys in his class tried to throw Sochukwuma off a second floor balcony. They were strapping teenagers who had learned to notice, and fear, difference. They had a name for him. Homo. They mocked him because his hips swayed when he walked and his hands fluttered when he spoke. He brushed away their taunts, silently, sometimes grinning an uncomfortable grin. He must have wished that he could be what they wanted him to be. I imagine now how helplessly lonely he must have felt. The boys often asked, “Why can’t he just be like everyone else?”
 
Possible answers to that question include ‘because he is abnormal,’ ‘because he is a sinner, ‘because he chose the lifestyle.’ But the truest answer is ‘We don’t know.’ There is humility and humanity in accepting that there are things we simply don’t know. At the age of 8, Sochukwuma was obviously different.  It was not about s*x, because it could not possibly have been – his hormones were of course not yet fully formed – but it was an awareness of himself, and other children’s awareness of him, as different. He could not have ‘chosen the lifestyle’ because he was too young to do so. And why would he – or anybody – choose to be homosexual in a world that makes life so difficult for homosexuals?
 
The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust. Even if this was not a country of abysmal electricity supply where university graduates are barely literate and people die of easily-treatable causes and Boko Haram commits casual mass murders, this law would still be unjust.  We cannot be a just society unless we are able to accommodate benign difference, accept benign difference, live and let live. We may not understand homosexuality, we may find it personally abhorrent but our response cannot be to criminalize it.
 
A crime is a crime for a reason. A crime has victims. A crime harms society. On what basis is homosexuality a crime? Adults do no harm to society in how they love and whom they love. This is a law that will not prevent crime, but will, instead, lead to crimes of violence: there are already, in different parts of Nigeria, attacks on people ‘suspected’ of being gay. Ours is a society where men are openly affectionate with one another. Men hold hands. Men hug each other. Shall we now arrest friends who share a hotel room, or who walk side by side? How do we determine the clunky expressions in the law – ‘mutually beneficial,’ ‘directly or indirectly?’
 
Many Nigerians support the law because they believe the Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible can be a basis for how we choose to live our personal lives, but it cannot be a basis for the laws we pass, not only because the holy books of different religions do not have equal significance for all Nigerians but also because the holy books are read differently by different people. The Bible, for example, also condemns fornication and adultery and divorce, but they are not crimes.
For supporters of the law, there seems to be something about homosexuality that sets it apart. A sense that it is not ‘normal.’ If we are part of a majority group, we tend to think others in minority groups are abnormal, not because they have done anything wrong, but because we have defined normal to be what we are and since they are not like us, then they are abnormal. Supporters of the law want a certain semblance of human homogeneity. But we cannot legislate into existence a world that does not exist: the truth of our human condition is that we are a diverse, multi-faceted species. The measure of our humanity lies, in part, in how we think of those different from us. We cannot – should not – have empathy only for people who are like us.
 
Some supporters of the law have asked – what is next, a marriage between a man and a dog?’ Or ‘have you seen animals being gay?’ (Actually, studies show that there is homosexual behavior in many species of animals.) But, quite simply, people are not dogs, and to accept the premise – that a homosexual is comparable to an animal – is inhumane. We cannot reduce the humanity of our fellow men and women because of how and who they love. Some animals eat their own kind, others desert their young. Shall we follow those examples, too?
 
Other supporters suggest that gay men sexually abuse little boys. But pedophilia and homosexuality are two very different things. There are men who abuse little girls, and women who abuse little boys, and we do not presume that they do it because they are heterosexuals. Child molestation is an ugly crime that is committed by both straight and gay adults (this is why it is a crime: children, by virtue of being non-adults, require protection and are unable to give s*xual consent).
 
There has also been some nationalist posturing among supporters of the law. Homosexuality is ‘unafrican,’ they say, and we will not become like the west. The west is not exactly a homosexual haven; acts of discrimination against homosexuals are not uncommon in the US and Europe. But it is the idea of ‘unafricanness’ that is truly insidious. Sochukwuma was born of Igbo parents and had Igbo grandparents and Igbo great-grandparents. He was born a person who would romantically love other men. Many Nigerians know somebody like him. The boy who behaved like a girl. The girl who behaved like a boy. The effeminate man. The unusual woman. These were people we knew, people like us, born and raised on African soil. How then are they ‘unafrican?’
 
If anything, it is the passage of the law itself that is ‘unafrican.’ It goes against the values of tolerance and ‘live and let live’ that are part of many African cultures. (In 1970s Igboland, Area Scatter was a popular musician, a man who dressed like a woman, wore makeup, plaited his hair. We don’t know if he was gay – I think he was – but if he performed today, he could conceivably be sentenced to fourteen years in prison. For being who he is.) And it is informed not by a home-grown debate but by a cynically borrowed one: we turned on CNN and heard western countries debating ‘same s*x marriage’ and we decided that we, too, would pass a law banning same s*x marriage. Where, in Nigeria, whose constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, has any homosexual asked for same-s*x marriage?
 
This is an unjust law. It should be repealed. Throughout history, many inhumane laws have been passed, and have subsequently been repealed. Barack Obama, for example, would not be here today had his parents obeyed American laws that criminalized marriage between blacks and whites.
An acquaintance recently asked me, ‘if you support gays, how would you have been born?’ Of course, there were gay Nigerians when I was conceived. Gay people have existed as long as humans have existed. They have always been a small percentage of the human population. We don’t know why. What matters is this: Sochukwuma is a Nigerian and his existence is not a crime.