Ohakim Declares for Imo guber 2015

Ohakim Declares to kinsmen
• Solicits for full support
• Says not projecting any body
The immediate past governor of Imo state Chief Ikedi Ohakim, led to rest yesterday the tension and anxiety surrounding his political interest by publicly notifying his people of Isiala mbano of his intension to contest the 2015 guber election in the state.
Chief Ohakim made this declaration at his ‘Burma’ Country home at Osuh- Owerre in Osuh clan in Isiala Mbano LGA.
Chief Ohakim, who postponed his highly planned declaration a few weeks ago after his Owerri residence, was allegedly bombed barely 48 hours to expected event.
The meeting which attracted party stalwarts, political leaders, youths, present and past political office holders of Isiala Mbano extraction.
Ohakim in his emotional packed speech, appealed to his Isiala Mbano people to rally round him in support of his efforts to complete his second term in office as executive governor of Imo state. He maintained he is strongly into the guber race to finish the unfinished programs which he initiated in the state as the governor which probably may have been abandoned by the present government.
He also confirmed he is not projecting anybody for the deputy governorship position as he was wrongly perceived by detractors.
He used the opportunity to eulogies of his achievements while in office and reiterated that he has been vindicated by the revelation that the malicious accusations leveled against him were false. He also clarified the allegations on dredging of Nworie River, flogging of the priest and other financial issues.
In a swift reaction by some of the party chieftains who were present, Ohakim was advised to be weary of sycophants who pulled him down in the last election.
The meeting ended by a general decision to constitute a three man committee from each of three clans in the LGA to assist in realizing the project. The committee was inaugurated immediately.
Some notable dignitaries present include Hon. Barr. Simon Iwuneze, High Chief Sam Osuji, Nze Law Dike, Senator Agunanne and a host of other well meaning sons of Isiala Mbano.

President Jonathan Visits Victims Of Emab Plaza Bombing

The president of the federal republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan, today, visited the scene of the Emab bomb blast that ocurred on wednesday.The visibly pertubed head of Nigeria also visited some victims of the blast at a hospital in Wuse 2, Abuja




Video :Abuja Emab plaza Bomb Blast June 2014


Musa Predicts Super Eagles Fate In Ongoing World Cup

Ahmed Musa, has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles has what it takes to go beyond the second round of the ongoing FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil.

Iran v Nigeria: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

The Eagles forward made this known in Porto Alegre after the Super Eagles booked their passage to the Round of 16 after 2-3 loss to Argentina.

The CSK Moscow international star, however, noted that the team needs hard work and dedication in order to advance to their next game.

He commended the team, and expressed believe that the African champions would get to quarter-final and even get a semi-final berth.

Musa acknowledged that his team put up a brave fight against Argentina in the second half of the game, and revealed that he was very happy to have scored two goals against a big team like Argentina featuring the likes of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria.

“That game was very important in my career and I am very happy that I was able to score two goals in the match. They (Argentina) had the game in the first half and created more chances but we came back in the second half to put up a great display against them” he said. “We have the players and a great bench to go beyond the second round of the competition, but we must work harder in subsequent matches to achieve our target”.

The super eagles will play their next match on Monday against France.

Ja Rule Says He Beat 50 Cent With A Bat In 2000


Veteran rapper — Ja Rule who was released from jail a couple of months ago claims that he beat 50 cent with various objects, including a bat, a speaker, and a crutch.

Ja Rule is set to drop a new book, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Being a Man , next week, and it may just bring an old beef back from the dead.

The book details much of the highly-publicized feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent, but most notably, gives us a look behind the scenes.

Two interesting excerpts of the novel, acquired by New York Daily News, describe physical altercations between Ja and 50, both of which involve the former hit the latter with various blunt objects.

“50 tried to swing on me, but I dipped, then I hit him with the baby Louisville Slugger,” Ja writes of a 2000 incident in Atlanta that began as a peace summit. “Bam! I dropped the bat. I pulled the shirt over his head. I started catching him left, right, uppercut.”

Later that year, 50 was stabbed at the New York Hit Factory studio, an event in which Ja goes into further detail.

“I hit him with the crutch,” writes Ja, a weapon which he allegedly acquired from a crew member with a broken foot. “We proceeded to whip his a*s. I was putting in my work. 50 was crunched in the corner. I slammed the big Tannoy speaker down on him.”

So far, 50 has not reacted to the claims, but you can be sure it’s only a matter of time.



Cossy Finally Does It: Takes Off Top and Bra , Says B00bs Are For Super Eagles’ Ahmed Musa (18+)


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You are unfit to govern Ekiti – Aregbesola tells Fayose


Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has no business in government. 

Aregbesola said this in a statement issued on his behalf by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon.

A copy of the statement was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday.

The governor said this while reacting to a statement where Fayose described him ( Aregbesola) as a danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

Aregbesola said the Peoples Democratic Party’s victory in Ekiti State on Saturday was a fluke and such could not be repeated in Osun State.

The governor stated that he did not ask the people of Osun State to dare soldiers, saying he only asked the people to vote and defend their votes from being stolen.

According to Aregbesola, the PDP did not win the election in a clear manner, adding that what transpired during the election would be known before long.

The statement read in part, “We think that after his so-called victory, Fayose should be busy with and worry more on how his government hopes to contend with sustaining and surpassing the huge achievements recorded by the Kayode Fayemi administration before the people of Ekiti get impatient with him.

“But for the lopsided democracy entrenched in this part of the world, individuals like this, who have no business in front of a Government House, would have today through a sleuth of hand find themselves in position of responsibility, which they once had and frittered away.

“Whatever transpired during that election may be hidden today. Nothing can be hidden permanently from the people.”

15 men gang rape 16-yr-old girl in Rivers


PORT HARCOURT — POLICE have arrested members of a 15-man gang that allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in Gbuga area of Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, told newsmen, yesterday, at the Police headquarters in Port Harcourt that the girl allegedly attended a party organised in the area, adding that she took a glass of strong drink offered her by one of the rapists which made her pass out before she was allegedly raped by 15 men.

He said: “The victim reported that she attended a party at Ogbuga Street in Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt organised by one Tina.

“While at the party, she was given a glass of strong drink by Tambari Dumlesi. That was the last memory she had before she was raped by 15 men. She woke up to find herself in torn boxers and with swollen privates.

“The victim has since been taken to the Police clinic for check up and treatment while three suspects have been apprehended. Investigation is still on.”

Police nab ritualist

He said his men also arrested a ritualist and kidnapper in Igwuruta area of the state, adding that a human skull was among items recovered from him.

According to the Police Commissioner, the suspect confessed that the human skull was that of a lady he allegedly murdered for money rituals.

He said: “The Special Anti Robbery Squad responded to a tip-off and led a combined team to arrest a suspect of cultism, kidnap and ritual killing in his home in Igwuruta, Rivers State on June 24, 2014.

“At the point of his arrest, the suspect was discovered to be in possession of two locally made pistols, live ammunition and a human skull. These were recovered from him.

“Upon subsequent investigation, it was revealed that the skull was that of a lady murdered by the suspect and his gang. The suspect also owned up to using the skull as a medium to get rich, claiming that the skull speaks to him and provides him with 10, 20, 50 Naira notes after special sacrifice.

“The suspect has since confessed his membership of the brutal cult group, Dey‑well.”

Corrrected: ….claiming that the skull speaks to him and provides him with 10,20, 50 Naira notes after special sacrifice.


Terrorism: UN sanctions Shekau, Ansaru; bans extremists from international travels

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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday sanctioned Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and a splinter group, Ansaru , Reuters has reported.

Report says Shekau is the first individual while Ansaru is the first terrorist group to face such disciplinary action since the Islamist militant groups were termed terrorist organisations.

With this development, the two groups have been banned from international travel while their assets would be frozen under the UN al Qaeda sanctions list.

It would be recalled that last month, the Security Council of al Qaeda Sanctions Committee blacklisted Boko Haram at the request of Nigeria, following abduction of over 250 girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.

The Islamist militant group was described in the UN listing as an affiliate of al Qaeda and the Organisation of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. It is subjected to a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

Ansaru broke off from the Boko Haram sect in protest after it killed 186 mostly Muslim civilians in Kano in 2012.

Shekau is the purported leader of Boko Haram. A year ago, US Secretary of State, John Kerry authorised a reward of up to $7m for information leading to his location.

Actress Uche Ogbodo’s Marriage CRASHES After 10 Months

The actress who opened up on her ill luck back then on why she chose a secret traditional wedding ceremony to Ato Ubby, an ex-american footballer who was based in the United States, has now confirmed to SDK that the solemnisation which was based on lies is now over.
Read the interview below


Hello Uche,i have a few quick questions for you.I heard your barely a year old marriage has crashed,is this true? 

.. Well that may be true but what isn’t true is that it wasn’t really marriage yet because it wasn’t fully formalised, we were still in the process of formalising it when all hell broke loose, so I was merely Engaged to be married to Ato Ubby.

It was just an introduction?why didn’t you clear that impression all this while?

…I just felt there was no need to do so because the wedding plans was to follow shortly,unfortunately it didn’t because things didn’t work out the way it should.i walked into a no-win situation.

What happened?

This is really a hard question to answer, but all I can say Is that barely one month into the Engagement and in the process of planning a formal wedding I realised I had made the greatest mistake of my life.The Foundation of the Union was based On lies and Deceit..shocking lies.we had been dating for a almost year and i thought i knew it all but nothing prepared me for what unfolded.

Is he married already?

…No,he isnt married to anyone else

You got pregnant in the process?

On the verge of trying to salvage the situation I found out I was expecting a child. I kept quiet to the Rumours Making the rounds because I was left with the option of thinking for my child and trying to salvage a dead situation but now I have finally made up my mind to break off the Engagement and my Reasons are Irreconcilable…

Uche so you are saying you never got married and the engagement is off?

I just want to be left alone to take care of my Child. Stella I wasn’t married I was engaged to be married but as things stand now, the engagement is officially broken due to irreconcilable differences and since I am having my baby soon, my Doctors has advised me to rest as my health and that of my Baby is the most important thing right now..

So you are the one walking away and not him?you want to go into details?

..Yes i am the one walking out on the pack of lies,I am not going to pretend because i want to be married,i am not desperate and i would rather swallow my pride and accept i made a big mistake than forge ahead in lies.I am sorry i cannot go into details because i do not want to trade words or run my ex down because he is the father of the child i am carrying.

I am sorry if keeping quiet misled people into my status was already married.

The excitement of looking forward to birthing my child kinda numbs the shock and disappointment but i will be fine.

So,after the introduction,the planned marriage was dead on arrival?

…exactly and all this while,we have been trying to settle the issues, thats probably how you got hear of it.

Here’s wishing you all the best Uche, we look forward to hearing the good news. God bless you.

..Thank you Stella for calling to confirm.thanks to everyone who has been understanding on this…for now,let me channel all my energy into positivity for my baby.

Actress Juliet Ibrahim say I Married My Husband Because He Impregnated Me; I Regret It


I told you guys that actress Juliet Ibrahim’s marriage to her handsome husband has packed up, right? Well the séxy babe has come out to give her side of the story and why she regretted her once happy marriage.

She claims that the marriage was a big mistake in the first place that should never have happened because she only married her Kwadwo after he got her pregnant when they were into “rough playing” things.

As a result of the unplanned pregnancy, Kwadwo agreed to marry her so that they can give the child a home and start a family together. But to her dismay and constant agony, Kwadwo’s family never supported the marriage and even failed to show up during the marriage ceremony in open display of their disapproval and lack of support.

What further made the whole issue worse was that about a year ago, Kwadwo got involved with another lady who also had fair complexion and she started competing with her for the love and affection of her husband…

Juliet got very angry at her husband because the fair complexion of the said lady was as a result of bleaching and she wondered why her husband would fall for somebody like that. LMAO!! Men are unpredictable!
They couldn’t manage the crisis that followed hence the marriage collapsed. It was also after the breakup with her husband that her relationship with Nigerian actor IK Ogbonna started.
Juliet Ibrahim’s affair with IK Ogbona is kind of shaky but the guy is hoping that they will get along in a bit.

Kevin-Prince Boateng denies insulting Ghana coach, insists it was a joke

Kevin-Prince Boateng Ghana June2014

Kevin-Prince Boateng has denied stories that he abused Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah and insisted it was a “joke”.

The duo of Boateng and Sulley Muntari were expelled from Ghana’s World Cup for indiscipline and suspended indefinitely, but the Schalke 04 midfielder has come out to defend himself from the allegations.

“Everything started with jokes that the Coach didn’t take well,” Boateng told German publication Sport Bild.

“He told us that nothing would happen, but sent us back to the changing rooms.

“At the end of training I asked him what he had against us and he started to insult me.

“I knew I was suspended and I accept it, but I want to clarify that I never insulted Appiah.”

The Black Stars have been eliminated from the tournament, after they were beaten 2-1 by Portugal, leaving them at the bottom of Group G.

“Suarez did not kill anyone, the ban is a disgrace” – Maradona

Suarez bit June2014

Argentina legend Diego Maradona, has criticized the four-month ban FIFA has slapped on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, labelling it “a disgrace”.

Suarez has been handed a nine-game suspension from international football and banned from all anything related to football for four months, for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

It is the third time the striker will be punished for biting another player, but Maradona says he has been treated like someone who committed murder.

“This decision is a disgrace,” he said on TV show, De Zurda. “I can’t understand this. Who did Suarez kill to get this kind of ban. Why don’t [Fifa] handcuff him and send him to Guantanamo [Bay]?

“A player works hard the whole year to be able to play at the World Cup, and Luis scored 29 goals and they kick him out of the World Cup like this. It’s unbelievable.

“Remember [Zinedine] Zidane and what he did in that [2006] World Cup final? Fifa then gave him the Golden Ball

Fayose vows to chase APC out of South-West

imageMr. Ayo Fayose, Governor-elect, has promised to chase the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress out of the South-West.

Mr. Fayose spoke after receiving his certificate of return at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday. He said he will use his position as the new leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West to achieve his aim.

He received the certificate alongside Dr. Olusola Eleka, his deputy, amid cheers from his supporters and well-wishers within and outside the state.

“God has today, by this certificate turned me to a leader in the South-West. I will go from here to begin to energise our people from one state to another until we take back our inheritance,” he
said in his speech.

“When you are running a race of life, you don’t look right or left. You must go for the goal and attain it. I am going for the goal like Awolowo. My target is the common people while I will respect the elite.”

Fayose disclosed that he would patronize politicians in his administration and not technocrats of no political background.

He said, “There are many technocrats in the PDP. I won’t bring any technocrat from anywhere. If you are technocrat come back and do politics with us. Suffer like us, when we don’t sleep, you don’t
sleep, don’t go and stay somewhere and say because you are a doctor, you are a professor, we should come and give the post of politicians to you.”

Emab Plaza blast: Bombs, stop-clock recovered from dead suspect


More explosives were seized from 2 suspects believed to have coordinated the bombing of Emab Shopping Plaza in Wuse, Abuja on Wednesday 25th June 2014.

Bystanders at the scene of the explosion alerted soldiers on patrol to the two suspects who were speeding off on a power bike.

The soldiers swung into action engaging the escaping suspects and fatally wounding one of them who fell with his bag as the motorbike rider still made efforts to escape through the crowd.

The bag recovered from the suspect was later confirmed to contain a package of IED and other accessories including stop clock, mobile phones and other materials used for setting off explosives.

The suspect who was shot by the soldiers finally died in the hospital as he defiantly yelled “people will die! people will die!!”.

Th incident killed 22 persons, while the wounded are receiving treatment in various hospitals. Two other suspects also arrested at the scene of the explosion are currently being interrogated.

In another development, a makeshift camp of terrorists in Miyanti and Bulungu have been sacked during a raid on terrorists’ hideouts, in the area. Over 50 terrorists died in the clash.

A fuel dump used for storing fuel for their operations as well as vehicles including Toyota Hillux trucks, Peugeot cars, and 7 motorcycles were destroyed in the raid, while 15 rifles, 11 machine guns and hundreds of ammunitions were captured by the troops.

In a separate encounter around Duguri near Nigerian – Nigerien border, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force stormed a terrorists’ hideout in a raid operation and recovered 18 rifles, 5 General Purpose Machine Guns, 25 hand grenades and IED making materials. A total of 53 terrorists died in the encounter while the troops lost 2 men and 5 others suffered varying degrees of injuries.

Meanwhile a suspected gun runner is presently undergoing interrogation in Plateau state. He was apprehended during a cordon and search operation by troops tasked to mop up illegal arms in the state.

15 suspects have also been taken into custody in Abuja after a raid that resulted in the recovery of 7 rifles, pistols, swords and other weapons. Military operations to track armed gangs will be sustained in various locations.

“Suarez has been excessively punished” – Chiellini

Chiellini bite June2014Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, has voiced his support for Luis Suarez surprisingly and said the four-month ban imposed on him by FIFA is “excessive”.

Chiellini was the target of the bite incident and blasted Suarez after the game, which the Azzurris lost 1-0, sending them out of the 2014 World Cup.

However, after the world football body announced the punishment for the striker, Chiellini has said that it is a bit too much and Suarez might be left alienated.

“Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done,” he said in a statement on his official website.

“There only remain the anger and the disappointment about the match.

“At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period.

“I always thought that official judgements are unquestionable, but on the other hand I believe that Suarez has been excessively punished.

“I sincerely hope that he will be allowed, at least, to stay close to his team mates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player.”



We can authoritatively report that the explosion that happened yesterday at Folawiyo Energy group at Creek road, Apapa was a bomb blast from a female suicide bomber and not a gasoline explosion as stated by the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Kehinde Adebayo, who brazenly lied to reporters that the explosion was from a gasoline tanker.
According to a witnessed who saw all that happened “the explosion came from a Toyota Sienna car right in front of Enterprise bank almost opposite the depot and it happened just next to a loaded gas truck. The explosion was so powerful it ripped open a 40-foot container on the other side of the road and affected buildings with 50meter radius. I saw 3 mangled bodies near the scene with. This second explosion happened within 10mins of the first at about 8.53pm. The explosion actually tore the sienna to shreds and drilled an unbelievable hole on the road”.
We gathered from an authentic source that the female bomber dashed into the depot after receiving a phone call, where she attempted to bomb a loaded truck of petrol, which didn’t happened before she exploded but died alongside a safety officer in the depot whose name we are still trying to get as at press time. Our source was able to get the picture of the female suicide bomber.

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 Aboh Mbaise is a Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Aboh. It has an area of 184 square km and a population of 195,652 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 462.Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area is one of the Local Government Areas created in 1976. Aboh Mbaise L.G.A. is bounded on the North by Ahiazu Mbaise and Ikeduru LGA’s on the North-West and South-West by Ngor-Okpala and Owerri North LGA’s while on the North-East and South East it is bounded by Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA and Isiala-Ngwa South LGA of Abia State. Aboh Mbaise LGA lies between two state capitals, Owerri and Umuahia along Owerri-Umuahia express road. From Owerri, the Imo State Capital Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area is about 23km while from Umuahia it is 25km. From Eke Ahiara Junction, Ahiazu Mbaise, the Local Government Headquarters, Aboh is just about 10km. A huge con game is taking place in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State. The quantity and quality of life for the Aboh Mbaise people in the grassroots of the state vis-à-vis the basic means of living have drastically plummeted. This, it must be stressed, is due to the unprecedented looting of the local government funds of Aboh Mbaisi by Governor Rochas Okorocha and his handpicked local government care-taker officials for 3 years now.

From May 2011 to December 2013  Aboh Mbaise  LGA in Imo State  received N5,592,911085.45 ( five billion five hundred and ninety million nine hundred and eleven thousand eighty five naira forty five kobo) as allocation from FG. Where are the monies?  Imagine how  Aboh Mbaise LGA would have  look like today if five billion naira was invested into development of the LGA?

Governor Rochas Okorocha is looting our LGA allocation and  is spending millions of our money junketing the globe and entertaining his friends and political associates in Nigeria and abroad while  the poor and working people of Imo State are  made to go through excruciating austerity – a case of more meat for the big fat few, and dried bone for the  hungry majority.

It is all over the news that Governor Rochas Okorocha and 171 others comprising Commissioners, political appointees and CGC officials left Imo state for Turkey at the weekend for another political jamboree. The Governor claims he is on a trip  to woe investors. The money used to fund this irresponsible and embarrassing  trip comes from LGA funds such as that of Aboh Mbaise.

For a State  in Nigeria like  Imo State  where  Governor Okorocha  has made  virtually all the 27 LGA’s  in the state to be in  comatose, the idea of  his  flying   to Turkey with 117 members of his cabinet is another  grand design by this  capitalist politician and his  cohorts  who severally and unapologetically have  debased the Imo economy to the rotten state it has found itself in the first place to find another ‘vista’ for haemorrhaging the already pale economy of Imo State.

as I write the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State are in  comatose  whereas 132.3 billion Naira  sent as allocation  to our LGA’s  from  May 2011- December 2013  has already developed wings and found homes  in Germany, Turkey and  England  where the Governor, his family and cronies have deployed it to build edifices, Hotels and Homes for themselves. Okorocha  has refused to organize LGA  elections  in Imo State for 3 years now  because  he is looting our LGA funds.

From May 2011 to December 2011 the 27 LGA’s of Imo State received as allocation the sum of  N33,237,734,409.59. where is the money? From  January  2012 to December 2012 Imo LGA’s received as allocation the sum of N47,399,708,917.13 while from  January 2013 to December 2013 Imo LGA’s received as allocation the sum of N51,735,979,734  making a total of  N132,373,423,060 received for our LGA’s from May 2011 to December 2013. Where the money? Okorocha has looted all these monies.Yet some persons want us to clap for him. No developmental project have been carried out in any community by the Local Government  councils in Imo State since 2011, the result, a comatose rural area begging to be attended to. ? Yet Governor Okorocha wants us to vote for him again  as governor of Imo State in 2015. What moral right has Governor Okorocha to ask for votes from Imolites when he deprived the same Imolites democracy at the grass root of Imo State?

Find below the monthly breakdown of the  N5,592,911085.45 LGA funds that came from FG to Aboh Mbaise LGA alone from May 2011 to December 2013 which has been squandered.

May 2011 N 111,576,461.64

June 2011 N 148,741,574.34

July 2011 N 263,625,869.86

August 2011 N 154,079,856.67

September N 155,664,335.35

October N 181,481,512.43

November 2011 N 248,286,430.53

December 2011 N 156,159,740.95


January 2012 N 176,303,663.06

February 2012 N 156,260,595.70

March 2012 N 195,346,184.45

April 2012 N 157,830,822.34

May 2012  N 146,173,748.12

June 2012 N 146,406,416.97

July 2012 N 139,457,717.14

August 2012 N 179,986,045.59

September 2012 N 139,772,487.98

October 2012 N 137,805,275.10

November  2012  N 182,287,788.76

December 2012 N241,600,117.54


January  2013 N181,098,305.17

February 2013  N 148,259,467.40

March 2013 N 195,346,184.45

April 2013 N 185,576,150.59

May 2013 N 197,338,332.39

June 2013 N 203,458,208.11

July 2013 N 155,697,952.69

August 2013 N 182,421,472.02

September 2013 N 155,330,937.17

October 2013 N 139,772,487.98

November 2013 N 181,481,512.43

December 2013 N 248,286,430.53

Do we continue to allow the governor of Imo State to deprive local governments of the funds needed to build schools, roads, motor parks, markets etc.? Do we continue to herald him with the title “His Excellency” when he has made us beggars and impoverished us in a perpetual state of squalor?

Do we continue to clap for Owelle Rochas Okorocha at the commissioning of petty projects, which is far below the commensurate allocation given to him? Are we going to vote Okorocha again in 2015? Let’s ask questions now ,otherwise we shall continue to cry aloof with no one to beckon on us. We shall bear the pains of our parents been rejected in the hospitals for our inability to pay their medical bills, our siblings shall continue to be denied admission because of free education on paper while schools are denied developmental funds. Next week we will talk about Ahiazu Mbaise LGA funds.


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

2014 World Cup: Super Eagles can defeat France – Elochukwu

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Former Captain of the tennis section of Port Harcourt Club Chief Ernest Elochukwu, says the Super Eagles can defeat France in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

Elochukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Thursday that although Nigeria lost to Argentina in the last Group F match, the Eagles played well.

“It is on this premise that I believe that the Eagles can stand on their own against France when they meet in the round of 16 match.

“The Eagles fought gallantly against Argentina. If they improve on their next match against France, they will win that match.’’

Elochukwu urged the eagles to play France with more determination because no team is invincible in the world cup.

“Playing against France will not be a big problem because no team is invincible in global soccer now.

“I urge Nigerians to support the Eagles and cheer them to victory. We have a team and a good coach.

“My humble advice to the team is to take the battle to their opponents; be determined and focused.’’

The former tennis captain said the Eagles had the ability to take the initiative and maintain their standard of game.

‘’ They should prove that being African champions is no fluke.’’ (NAN)

Emab Plaza explosion: Casualty figure increases to 22


Dr Tayo Hasstrup, spokesman of the National Hospital, Abuja, on Thursday confirmed the death of one of the victims of Wednesday’s Emab Plaza bombing in Abuja.

Hasstrup told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the victim, a male, died on Wednesday night as a result of severe burns he sustained in the explosion.

“We had eight who were receiving treatment, and two of them were in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

NAN reports that this brings the number of deaths from the bombing to 22.

Meanwhile, family members of some of the victims were seen in the hospital on Thursday enquiring after their loved ones.

Some of the victims who were taken to Garki Hospital, Abuja, are said to be receiving treatment and are in stable conditions.

Dr Joel Danjuma, Consultant, Accident and Emergency Unit, told NAN that the hospital was able to treat and discharge some of the victims at the emergency ward on Wednesday.

“Five of the victims were attended to as soon they arrived.

“Four victims with different types of injuries were discharged immediately after they received emergency treatment. One is still in the ICU and is being monitored.

“The one at the intensive unit is very serious as both of her legs were cut off; she has buns all over her body, including her upper limbs.’’

Danjuma said that the hospital treated the patients without collecting any fees as directed by the Federal Government. (NAN)

FIFA hands Suarez four-month ban for biting Chiellini

Suarez bit June2014

FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for four months from all football-related activity, after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their Group C game on Tuesday.

The Liverpool player was also fined 82,000 euros and handed a nine-match international ban.

This means that Suarez will miss the rest of the World Cup and the start of the new Premier League season.

“The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches,” a Fifa statement read. “The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on June 28, 2014.

“The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team (remains in the competition), and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches.

“The player Luis Suarez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four months.

“A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suarez in accordance with article 21 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code as follows: the player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban.

“The player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension.

“The player Luis Suarez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of 100,000 Swiss Francs.”

Court bars Adamawa lawmakers from impeaching Governor Nyako

Governor Murtala Nyako

A High Court sitting in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, Thursday threw out the application by the state House of Assembly seeking to impeach Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy.

The acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mamadi, who presided over the case also barred the legislators from going ahead with the impeachment process against the embattled governor.

The state legislature had earlier served notice of impeachment on Governor Nyako and his deputy, Bala Ngilari over alleged financial recklessness.

But the executive arm insists that due process was not followed, saying the purported notice was served through the media.

Jonathan reportedly gives Mimiko one month to decamp to PDP

Governor Mimiko

Following the emergence of Mr. Ayodele Fayose as the governor-elect in the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti State, the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko may soon decamp from his party, Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party in the next one month.

The decision was taken in a meeting held at Aso Rock in Abuja.

In attendance were some PDP leaders from South West and Mimiko.

Mimiko, who reclaimed his mandate in 2009, after a legal battle, is believed to have secured his second term with the support of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The governor is seen as one of the major beneficiaries of Jonathan’s administration to the extent he is regarded a PDP bigwig in South West.

A source, who is also the major financer of PDP in the South West, said the pressure is now on Mimiko to dump his party and join PDP since it won Ekiti election.

The time frame, according to the source close to the PDP, became imperative due to President Goodluck Jonathan’s readiness to declare his intention to run for second term soonest.

Mimiko is expected to be part of the those that will grace the official declaration of the president.

Continuing, the source said “delegates are very important to congress, if Mimiko refused to declare for the PDP and properly decamp openly, how will he be parts of the delegates selection process?”

“That means that Mimiko must decamp to the PDP because if he doesn’t , Olusola Oke and other leaders will be the one to nominate delegates and take charge of the party in Ondo state”

He said if the governor refuse to join PDP openly , leaders like Oke will take over the leadership of the party in the state and Mimiko will only be floating even if he decamps later.

The PDP leader said “given the situation at hand, if Mimiko refuse to decamp with the one month ultimatum given to him, he may likely face the wrath of the Presidency or be ready to fight real hard with the federal might”.

When contacted on this issue, Mimiko Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola did not pick calls.

A chieftain of LP, who preferred anonymity, said it is a sensitive matter that can only be reacted to by Governor Mimiko.

He, however, added that the body language of Mimiko has shown that he is working closely with the PDP.

2014 World Cup: Germany, USA qualify from Group G

Ronaldo-Ghana June2014

Thomas Muller scored a cracking winner, to ensure Germany finished on top of Group G, with a 1-0 win over USA.

APGA Dissolves Imo Executive

The leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yes terday announced the dissolution of the executive of the Imo State chapter of the party, explaining that the of­ficials have lost focus.

National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, said the state executive was dis solved to breath a new life into the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Umeh, who also an nounced the appointment of some members into the Na tional Working Committee (NWC), said the party would stop at nothing to win more states and Assembly seats in the next elections. Umeh stated that the dissolution of the Imo State executive of the party was part of efforts to reposition APGA for the general elections in 2015 and to ensure a level-playing ground for all its can didates.

He expressed happiness that Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, would not be AP GA’s candidate in the next gen eral elections, saying the gov ernor had allegedly desecrated all the norms that Ndigbo were known and revered for.

He named the new NWC members as Uchenna Okagbuo (acting national vice chairman, South East), Okwukwe Ibiam (acting national publicity sec retary), Ikechukwu Chukwunyere (acting national youth leader) and Ezinne Amaka Agbiogwu (acting national women leader).

They have killed him! They have cut short all his proposals in life

They have killed him! They have cut short all his proposals in life, all he had planned to achieve in life…this little life. What a barbaric treatment meted out on an armless and ebulient young Onyebuchi Okeke (Etiokwe), from Isiamaigbo village Agulu in Anaocha LGA in Anambra State, in the hands of our Nigeria policemen in Onitsha.

He took his bike last Saturday, 21st June, to go and meet with a fellow club member and friend to harmonize the activity of their coming club meeting which would be his turn to host. He finished with his friend and decided to go home. Due to the brutality nature synonymous with the Inland Town policemen whose axis he would pass to his house, his friend advised him to wait untill it’s about 9pm when they must have reduced their presence on roads and the coast become clear for easy passage, but as an innocent fellow who believed in freedom of movement in his fatherland, he decided to ride quitely home since it could become more late if he keep waiting to avert some other risky and night’s unforeseen circumstances.

Onyebuchi did not know what was in stock for him in the hands of these waiting cruel security officers as he approaches. They stopped him, in the process he was massively beaten by the men entrusted with the protection of lives of Nigerian citizens with the butts of their guns as they were forcefully dragging his motorcycle away from him. With the strenght of a man that was still left in him, he managed to call his friend to tell him what has happened to him. He actually confessed to him that his strenght was drifting away from the beating. Few people around the area could not help as they weren’t mobile to take him to the hospital. They took him to their own house against when the day break for a hospital treatment since Onyebuchi was said to had later later recuperated with some energy after some first aid care. But alas, it wasn’t as they thought as Onyebuchi did not live to see the next day! His corpse has been deposited in the morgue for a postmortem to be carried out.

This killing is outrightly barbaric and this injustice must be addressed.

Onyebuchi, we mourn your painful demise with heavy heart..

Etiokwe, sleep in the Lord..

Good night


Femi Aribisala: A Muslim/Muslim Presidential Ticket disaster for the APC

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.  The APC plan for a Muslim/Muslim ticket in this day and age in Nigeria is nothing short of madness.  It will not fly.  It will not only be rejected outright by Nigerians, it will tear the APC apart. 

Bola Tinubu is standing on the horns of a dilemma.  He became the godfather of the APC out of burning personal ambition to seek greener political pastures for himself in Abuja.  The APC calculus is to present a Northern presidential and Southern vice-presidential ticket against the PDP’s Jonathan/Sambo ticket in the 2015 presidential election.  If that APC vice-presidential candidate is not Tinubu himself, then all bets are off as far as Tinubu is concerned.  However, the prospect of a ticket with Tinubu as vice-president is already ensuring that the APC is badly in need of aspirin.
An APC vice-president that is not Tinubu poses grave political danger to Tinubu.  It means Tinubu has been sowing for somebody else to reap.  If that person happens to be Yoruba, he or she could quickly become a contender for Tinubu’s much-vaunted position as the Asiwaju of South-West politics in Nigeria.  That is the reason why Tinubu schemed against Mulikat Akande  becoming the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Therefore, all systems are “go.”  Tinubu must be APC’s vice-presidential candidate by hook or crook.  If not, it is most likely Tinubu will end up by scheming against the APC in the coming
presidential election.

Truncated democracy
The first imperative is to ensure that the chairman of the APC must be someone Tinubu can manipulate.  Therefore, he insisted that Bisi Akande, the former ACN chairman well-schooled in Tinubu’s gamesmanship, must be retained as APC chairman.  Those were the days when Tinubu’s word was law in ACN.  But now in APC, he got into a shouting match with Tom Ikimi, who insisted the APC chairman must come from the South-South.  Tinubu lost out to the new power-brokers of the APC governors.  Bisi Akande resigned and the post was zoned to the South-South.
Then phase two of the battle began.  Tinubu needed to ensure that the APC chairman is not his new arch-enemy, Tom Ikimi, a known Atiku Abubakar man.  So he shopped for a more malleable alternative.  He finally settled on John Odigie-Oyegun, former governor of Edo State.  But when the permutations were done, Odigie-Oyegun could not be assured of victory in a democratic poll.  The answer, therefore, in typical Asiwaju fashion, was to truncate democracy in APC.
Tinubu engaged in backroom deals whereby, instead of electing a new APC chairman, Odigie-Oyegun was rigged into the office.  APC governors went along with this charade out of fear Tinubu might otherwise lose interest in the APC and deny it of valuable South-West support.  The lie was sold to the convention that all other candidates had agreed to step down for Odigie-Oyegun.  As a result, he was declared the new consensus chairman of the party.

Ikimi’s exposure
However, Tom Ikimi refused to play ball.  He not only boycotted the convention, he announced that the whole thing was 419, ACN style.  Ikimi declared that the election was rigged principally by Tinubu, who he claimed “unilaterally” appointed Odigie-Oyegun as party-chairman.  Said Ikimi: “I did not step down for anybody. When it became clear to me and many others, including my supporters, that the outcome of the contest would not be determined by a free and fair vote at the convention, most of the delegates, tired and weary after waiting for more than 24 hours for accreditation all day at Eagle Square, departed.”

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.  The APC plan for a Muslim/Muslim ticket in this day and age in Nigeria is nothing short of madness.

Ikimi went further to reveal that the entire scam is designed to pave the way for a Muslim/Muslim APC presidential ticket with the Asiwaju himself as Muslim vice-presidential candidate.  Hear Ikimi: “I felt strongly that if we were bound to proceed on the basis of zoning that both party offices as well as key offices in government such as President, Vice President etc., should be put on the table and zoned at the same time. My suggestion was motivated by strong information I had received of plots being hatched to steamroll a Muslim/Muslim Presidential and Vice Presidential ticket for the APC in the 2015 election and with specific individuals in mind as the beneficiaries.”
This plot is not just thickening: it is also unraveling.  Tom Ikimi is not just an ordinary member of the APC.  He is one of the founding-members.  As a matter of fact, he presided over the negotiations leading to the merger of the different parties that make up the congress.  So what we have here is more than speculative.  It is coming from one of the APC insiders.

APC delusion
Femi Fani-Kayode also left the APC for the same reason.  Stating publicly the reason for his departure, Fani-Kayode declared: “I am a devout and committed Christian and I cannot remain in a party where a handful of people that have sympathies for Boko Haram and that have a clear Islamic agenda are playing a leading role. This is made all the more untenable when some of those people are working hard silently and behind the scenes to impose a Muslim/Muslim ticket on the party for the Presidential elections next year.”
Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.  The APC plan for a Muslim/Muslim ticket in this day and age in Nigeria is nothing short of madness.  It will not fly.  It will not only be rejected outright by Nigerians, it will tear the APC apart.  Indeed, it is already beginning to do so.  Bola Tinubu cannot be elected vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  He cannot even win a free and fair election in Lagos today.  That is how unpopular he has become in his South-West heartland.  It did not help matters that he was quoted as insulting virtually all Yoruba traditional rulers.  The defeat of sitting APC governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, by opposition PDP candidate, Ayo Fayose, is surely handwriting on the wall.  Tinubu cannot deliver the South-West to the born-to-rule Northern cabals of the APC.
It is amazing how the political ambitions of some individuals can completely blind them to the political reality of present-day Nigeria.  A situation where some terrorists are holding the country and 219 Christian girls hostage by insisting that Nigeria must become an Islamic Republic does not permit the scheming of a political party that insists power must return to the North to present a presidential ticket where both the president and vice-president are Muslims.  This would surely be interpreted by Christians and Muslims alike as capitulation to Boko Haram.  It would also confirm the suspicions of some that the APC is sympathetic to the Boko Haram cause.

Abiola/Kingibe precedence
The argument that the Muslim/Muslim ticket of Abiola/Kingibe was accepted by Nigerians in 1993 is disingenuous.  That ticket was accepted because the presidential candidate, Abiola, was from the South; and he was running against Bashir Tofa, another Muslim but from the North.  2014 is not 1993.  A Muslim/Muslim APC ticket today would combine the insistence that power must return to the predominantly Muslim North, with yet another political incendiary; the Islamisation of Nigeria according to a Boko Haram agenda.
This would not only fail, it would be politically disastrous.  It would ensure that the 2015 election will be fought on religious grounds.  It would then become apparent to everyone, Christian and Muslim alike, that Nigeria needs to be protected from the APC.  The very fact that major power-brokers in the APC are even seriously entertaining this idea is eloquent testimony that the APC is up to no good.  The religious situation in Nigeria today is particularly delicate, especially given the malicious bombing of churches and killing of Christians by Muslim insurgents in the North.  How then can a political party that aspires to rule the entire country be so insensitive to the prevailing situation?
Elections are not about choosing between the best alternatives.  Most times, they are about choosing between bad alternatives.  The PDP and the APC are both lousy options.  If we had the druthers, we would say “a plague on both their houses.”  Unfortunately, they are the only viable choices available to Nigerians in the coming elections.  Forced to choose between the two, there can be no question that the PDP is by far the lesser evil.

APC sectarianism
APC is a party of convenience.  It is the party of autocratic political masqueraders pretending to be democrats.  It is the party of power-hungry politicians with regional agendas.  It is a party of those inclined to plunge Nigeria into sectarianism because personal ambition is given greater saliency over the national interest.  It is the party of those who have remained largely silent and complicit in the face of Boko Haram insurgency.  It is the party of those who are inclined to use the national tragedy of the kidnapping of innocent Chibok schoolgirls for party-political gain.
The very fact that Fani-Kayode felt the need to protest to the powers-that-be in the APC that “the APC is not an affiliate of Al Qaeda and neither is it a Boko Haram party, a Janjaweed party or a Muslim Brotherhood Party” shows it is beginning to be perceived as one or all of the above.  In life, perceptions are often more important than reality.  It is a testament to the disdain with which the APC holds Nigerians that it is doggedly refusing to address these growing perceptions.  On the contrary, it seems inclined to confirm them.

The APC is in a catch-22 situation.  If it does not field Buhari as presidential candidate, it will lose invaluable Northern support that only Buhari seems able to guarantee.  If it does not field Tinubu as its vice-presidential candidate, it will lose Tinubu’s ostensible South-West coattails.  The answer is the political suicide of a Buhari/Tinubu ticket, since both politicians are Muslims.  Whatever the permutations, an APC presidential ticket that includes Tinubu will end up as a Muslim/Muslim ticket, because the APC does not have a viable Northern Christian presidential candidate.
In the meantime, the APC is going to provide the political Nollywood of the coming months.  The upshot of these shenanigans is not only that the APC will come to grief in the coming presidential elections, but that Bola Tinubu will lose his meal-ticket in the South-West.

“I’m not a thief, I’m catholic” – Ex-bank PHB MD standing trial says


Francis Atuche, the former Managing Director of the defunct Bank PHB now Keystone Bank, who is standing trial for allegedly embezzling N25.7 billion from Bank PHB told Justice Lateefat Okunnu of an Ikeja High court today June 25th during cross examination that he’s never stolen in his life as he is a devout Catholic.

“I am a Catholic. I cannot be a thief. I was baptised in the church and before I left primary school, I have started receiving Holy Communion which I do every day. I cannot receive Holy Communion when I am not in the state of grace. I cannot be a thief because God has been gracious to me,’’ he said.

Atuche and his wife Elizabeth are both facing theft charges. Atuche is accused of usinge bank funds to set up companies using other people as fronts. One of such companies is Platinum Oil and Gas Ltd.

Woman gives birth after 14 years pregnancy in Lagos (PHOTO)

After 14 years of being pregnant, Mercy James delivered a baby girl on Saturday June 7, 2014 – she  named the baby ‘her miracle’.

Mercy, a single parent, narrated the ordeal she experienced during the 14 years to Vanguard below:

“When I first took in, I knew that I was pregnant with signs and test that confirmed that I was. Four months later, I went to hospital for another test, the result showed that I wasn’t pregnant, but had fibroid.

Subsequently, I began to experience bleeding, at least once a day. Sometimes, my tummy would protrude in the semblance of pregnancy. I went to different hospitals, and I kept on receiving the same result that nothing was wrong with me. But deep down inside , I knew that all was not well with me.
So I was taken aback when a midwife told me I was pregnant. But considering the test which showed I had fibroid, I was angry with the midwife for giving me what I felt was a false prophecy of hope. Thereafter, I started going from one church to another and from one native doctor to the other. The results that I got from them all remained the same. I became more feeble and confused that I prayed for death to come.

“I went again to the midwife two years after and complained to her about the pains that I was going through, she told me again that it was not fibroid but pregnancy; she advised me to be more prayerful so that God will deliver me from the hands of the devil. I kept on praying and at the same time asking myself that if truly I’m pregnant, why is it that the baby was not kicking?I bought many concoctions that they said could cure fibroid and drank them. I even drank 12 bottles of a local cleanser but to no avail. This went on for years. Then God took pity on me and decided to wipe my tears.On the day I gave birth to my baby girl, I initially thought that worms were trying to come out of my body not knowing that it was a baby. This was what I told the midwife when we came to her. But after examining me she told me to push.

I ignored her. I became unconscious for about 15 minutes and when I regained consciousness, I heard the cry of a baby. I was surprised and confused seeing my baby. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Hmm,I thank God for my life and that of my baby Miracle. I named her Miracle because she is truly a miraculous child”.

The midwife at the Celestial Church of Christ, Kadoso Parish, Ajegunle where Mercy gave birth confirmed the development, especially the role she played.

The woman who simply gave her name as Mrs Ajetima said:

 “She was pregnant for 14 years and was unable to give birth during this period. Then on Saturday around 6:30am I saw two persons carrying her to this place. When she came inside, I laid her down and asked one of my daughters to examine her, after the examination, I found out that it was a baby that was about coming out and not worms. I asked her to push and she refused. My daughter gave her a hard slap on her laps since she refused to push.

Behold a baby with placenta came out! I started shouting, calling on people to come and see for themselves that Mercy was truly pregnant, because if not, people will start to say that that Celestial woman has given Mercy a baby. Within a twinkle of an eye, the whole place was filled with people. God is wonderful”.

Also affirming the happy development, Mercy’s closest friend, Odunayo Odeyemi said:

“I have known mercy for over nine years now. I met her with the pregnancy . In fact, she did not know that she was pregnant. I followed her to many places but her problems kept on increasing. Merely looking at Mercy then before she gave birth, you will notice that she wasn’t okay. I kept advising her to have faith in God because I had experienced the same thing. I was pregnant for three years and three months and God delivered me.
“Mercy came to me on that fateful day around 4am begging me to give her a pain reliever, that she was having pains all over her body. I dressed up and took her to a man that sells drugs. After taking the drug, on our way home, she started having serious pains. I called her brother and we both took her to the midwife. Hours later, she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. We all were surprised because we never expected such a miracle to happen. She had a complete baby.”

On the father of Baby Miracle, Mercy informed that they got separated on account of the ordeal that attended her pregnancy.

 “Friday is the name of my baby’s father. Actually, we are not married. He just proposed to me and I became pregnant for him. He knew about the pregnancy. He always gave me money for tests and scans but he got tired and left me after waiting for me for over a year without seeing any sign of a baby. I have no option than to go my own way,”

Abuja Explosion: Soldiers Kill Suspect, Arrests Another

82b829eb27171db60c5df4aa148045f7The Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said on Wednesday that soldiers killed one of the suspected bombers of EMAB Plaza in Abuja and arrested another.

Omeri told newsmen in Abuja that the attackers came on a power bike and planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by the entrance of the shopping mall.

He also confirmed the death of 21 persons and 17 others injured in the blast which also damaged several vehicles.

NAN gathered that the suspects, who attempted to flee the scene of the incident, were shot and arrested by personnel of the Guards Brigade on patrol duty in the area.

One of them later died from wounds sustained from gunshots while a bag containing IEDs was also recovered from the suspects.

NAN correspondents reported that some of the victims were receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Wuse General Hospital and Maitama General Hospital, where movement had been restricted.

FCT Minister Bala Mohammed gave an assurance during a visit to the Maitama hospital that the Federal Government would foot the medical bills of the victims.

Mohammed advised residents to be very vigilant at all times and report suspicious movements to security agencies for prompt action to check such attacks.

New Telegraph’s Managing Editor died in Emab Plaza bomb blast yesterday

Yesterday’s shopping mall blast took the life of New Telegraph’s managing editor, Suleiman Bisala and 20 other people.

Bisala recently joined New Telegraph as managing editor (North) from Daily Trust Newspaper.

According to The Cable, he had gone to Emab Plaza to repair a faulty mobile phone when he was caught in the blast. His passing has been confirmed with deep sadness by a senior member of staff of New Telegraph which is owned by former Abia Governor Orji Uzor Kalu.

The Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 that soldiers killed one of the suspected bombers of EMAB Plaza in Abuja and arrested another, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Omeri told newsmen in Abuja that the attackers came on a power bike and planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by the entrance of the shopping mall.

He also confirmed the death of 21 persons and 17 others injured in the blast which also damaged several vehicles.






“We sell human parts to Christian and Muslim clerics ,” ─ Suspect Reveals

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a gang of human parts traders who were allegedly plying their “business” in several markets in Lagos.
The four-man gang, who were arrested by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, are Olakunle Ogunsola, Oyebamiji Olalekan, Rasheed Opeyemi and Akorede Wasiu.Olakunle, 26-year-old who hails from Ilaro in Ogun State, confessed that he had sold human parts to Christian and Muslim clerics in the past.He told Punch…

“I usually sell herbs at the Ile Epo Market. It was one Waheed Ajigbotoloun that introduced selling human parts to me. That was just last year October. He was my supplier too, and he told me he used to get them from Joju Cemetery in Sango Ota, Ogun State.
“I didn’t always buy the human parts except when there was a request for them from my customers. Upon request, I have bought human skulls and meat from him for my customers. Some of them are pastors, imams, and native doctors too.

I have sold human parts to two pastors this year, but I cannot remember the names of their churches.”The first pastor I sold to is based in Sango Otta, Ogun State. He paid me N24,500 for the parts. The clerics use these to make their congregations move forward. I also use some of the parts to make charm powder.I am not the only seller in the market. There is also one Lukman, who we popularly call Oosa. But since I started, I have bought only six human skulls.”

Olakunle claimed to have finished from the Lagos State University in February 2013 where he studied Accounting. He added that he financed his university education with proceeds from the sale of herbs and human parts
Forty-year-old Oyebamiji who hails from Ibadan, Oyo State, also confessed to have sold human parts to many people.

“I have been a trader at the Oja Oba Market for the past three years. It is not that I sell only human parts. However, each of the part I sold went for between N6,000 and N7,000. The supplier told me he was getting them from the cemetery. I have sold five to six pieces. I know it was wrong to do this, but I was looking for money.”

For Opeyemi, who is a 51-year-old native doctor from Ikirun, Osun State, he bought the human parts to cure one of his patients in the past.

“I am an Alhaji and also a star reader. I had called prayers several times at a mosque in the Ajegunle. I used the human parts only once for the treatment of one of my patients. The boy was cured and I never bought human parts from anyone again,” he said.

Mysterious Snakes, Bees Fight Boko Haram Members In Sambisa Forest – Arrested Insurgent Reveal


Boko Haram members are reportedly fleeing Sambisa forest to areas across Borno state owing to what they they believe is spiritual attack as they are being attacked by mysterious snakes and bees.
This was revealed by one of the insurgents, Kolo Mustapha who was arrested yesterday at Mairi ward behind University of Maiduguri by members of the Civilian JTF vigilante group, Vanguard reports.
Kolo said, “most of us are fleeing because there are too many snakes and bees now in the forest. Once they bite, they disappear and the victims do not last for 24 hours. We were told that the aggrieved people who had suffered from our deadly mission, including the ghosts of some of those we killed, are the ones turning into the snake and bees.”
He added that some of their leaders have fled to Cameroon because they could easily be identified by security agents in Nigeria if they flee to any part of the country.
Another arrested sect member, Umar Abor, said they have fought in Marte, Bama, Buni Yadima and Gwoza but they were not part of the Chibok attack and they have not seen the girls though they have heard about it
because their leaders have been talking about it and they’ve been following all news on radio.
They (our leaders) told us that it was our enemies and aggrieved people that are hunting us through diabolical means. We were in the forest in 2010 and 2011. We left and came back last year but we have never experienced such attacks. That is why they believe the Chibok people are using juju to pursue us because of their children said to have been taken by our leaders,” Umar said.
According to one of the leaders of the Civilian JTF, many of the insurgents had been fleeing the Sambisa Forest in the past two weeks and most of them are being arrested and taken to the authorities, except when they resist arrest, in which case they are left with no option but to kill them.
Sambisa forest is notorious for serving as a perfect hide-out for Boko Haram fighters. Some days back, the Nigerian army killed no fewer than 70 suspected Boko Haram members fleeing into Sambisa after their deadly attack on three villages in Borno.

Suarez In Another ‘Bite’ Controversy As Italy is knocked Out Of World Cup In Brazil


* Luis Suares
* Luis Suarez

Uruguay’s top striker, Luis Suarez has finally spoken on his alleged biting of Giorgio Chiellini in the match between Italy and Uruguay at the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The Liverpool striker was caught on camera biting the Italy defender during the match the South Americans won 1-0 courtesy of a solitary goal scored by Diego Godin.
While commenting on the incident in an interview conducted by local reporters after his country’s win which took them through to the knockout rounds, Suares played down the latest incident as ‘just something that happens on the pitch’.
The player who plays in the English Premier League, and who has twice been banned for biting an opponent, said: “These situations arise on the pitch, I’ve collided with his shoulder. It drove me a little crazy too, but these things happen on the pitch. There’s no need to make a story out of it.”

Also, Suarez’s lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, has blamed England and Italy for the hype surrounding the
Uruguayan striker’s latest controversy.
However, Balbi has confirmed that they are working on a defence and has insisted the confrontation has been blown out of proportion as a result of the Liverpool man’s history.
Football governing body, FIFA, has confirmed disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Uruguayan forward, who could be banned for up to two year over the incident.
FIFA is expected to give a verdict on the alleged Suarez biting incident on Thursday, 26 June, 2014.
Meanwhile, many football fans and pundits are united in their view Suarez should receive a lengthy ban for yet another apparent biting offence.
Former England defender Danny Mills has gone a step further – insisting the Uruguayan should be ‘thrown in jail and locked up forever’.

* Suares captured biting Chiellini
* Suares captured biting Chiellini

He said: “It has to be the longest ban in football ever. A worldwide ban, not just an international ban,’ he said.
‘It is the third time it has happened and it is a clear bite this time, in a tournament of this magnitude, the most watched tournament in the world. They have got to throw him in jail and lock him up forever.”


Niger East Senatorial Seat: I’d No Quarrel With Late Senator Kuta – Gov Aliyu

gov Muazu Babangida AliyuGovernor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State yesterday said there was no disagreement between him and late Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta over the Niger East Senatorial District seat.

Kuta, who died on June 12, 2014, was the senator representing the senatorial district and would have clashed with Gov. Aliyu, who is reportedly eyeing the PDP ticket for the seat after his tenure as governor elapses in 2015.

Aliyu, who led a delegation of the state government officials and family of the late lawmaker to the Senate chamber yesterday for a valedictory session, denied having any quarrel with the deceased before his demise.

Speaking to newsmen after the session, the Niger governor described Kuta as a prominent indigene of the state who would be sorely missed.

“There was never a running battle with the late Kuta. When I went to the House of Representatives, I didn’t seek for it. When I also contested the governorship election, I did not also contest for it.

“People want to play politics with everything.  I had never declared to anybody that I want to run for any office yet. Whatever you might have read in the papers is the attempt by some people to play politics but I had never had any problem with the late senator”, Aliyu added.

He expressed happiness that the Senate recommended that the HYPPADEC Secretariat be named after the late senator.

The Senate had called on the federal government to immortalise the late Senator by naming the Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) Secretariat in Minna, Niger State after him.

Jonathan Says Boko Haram War Is Worse Than Nigeria Civil War

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said the activities of the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram is worse than Nigeria’s civil war.

Speaking with a delegation of the College of Bishops of African Church led by the Primate, Most Rev. Emmanuel Udofia, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president noted that insurgents live among the people contrary to the case of the civil war where enemies and their territories could easily identified.
Jonathan, however, expressed optimism that the sect’s activities would soon come to a permanent end, but urged the clerics to continue to pray for Nigeria.

“I have to thank you for your prayers because this country is facing challenges that we never expected. I always say it that apart from those of us from the then Eastern Region who witnessed the effect of the civil war, others   may have not witnessed this kind of insecurity in the country” Jonathan said. “In the North-East, it is almost like a civil war, it is even more than the civil war because in a civil war you know the battle line. As a Biafran then or Nigerian, you know where to run to. But this one, you don’t even know where to run to because the enemies are in your sokoto (trousers) pocket. So, it is a problem. But with your prayers ,God
has been kind and whatever the enemy contemplates, he will never get there”.
Jonathan, who recalled that the church and government were very linked in the past, lamented that in modern day, the separation of the two bodies had brought about controversies on moral issues in the society.
The president also frown at the fact that moral and religious education was being neglected instead of it to be the vanguard national development. He insisted that creating a society that is peaceful for the people to interact was more important than the physical infrastructure that are provided.

“The challenge of Boko Haram will surely come to an end because everything about terror is evil. Terrorism represents negative forces on earth and in human history, negative forces only terrorise people for a while but the light always subdues them with time. The light will surely subdue the darkness of Boko Haram. The prayers of our religious men and women will surely bring this country out of the dark stages of our history” Jonathan said.
Speaking earlier, Udofia alleged that some officials were being sympathetic to the terrorist group which he described as “the most unfortunate affront to this present administration”.

An eyewitness narrates the story of yesterday’s bomb blast at Emab Plaza inAbuja

An eyewitness who was at the scene of the bomb blast which, according to the police, killed twenty one people and injured seventeen others today has given an account of the deadly incident via the social media network, Twitter.
The witness tweeting from the handle @LuchyLuccious  explained the terrifying incident below:
“The bomb blast was from a Red Volkswagen Golf. Driver and passenger parked between Banex and Emab, ran out and moments later, explosion occurred.
“Met this guy that helped pack bodies. According to him the car with the bomb couldn’t get into the plaza, because a learner blocked the entrance of the plaza. The driver of the said vehicle parked at the exit and took off in a waiting power bike.” She continued, “The zenith bank, diamond bank, pizzarama, pathcare windows and buildings around there all affected by the impact.”
Read her tweets:


Heavily pregnant actress Uche Ogbodo Confirms ‘Marriage’ Break Up (Juicy Details Here)

On Saturday October 5, 2013,actress Uche ogbodo had what was termed a quiet traditional wedding to a Norway based ex footballer Ato and barely after few months into the wedding the couple had  a lot of issues because of lies and deceit.

Rumours have been going around that the actress marriage was broken and a popular blogger ‘Stella’ called her to confirm the news.
According to Stella,
She finally decided to respond after a few questions and in tears and breathing heavily explained how she made the mistake of her life but is forging on for the sake of her baby.
-Hello Uche,i have a few quick questions for you.I heard your barely a year old marriage has crashed,is this true?
 .. Well that may be true but what isn’t true is that it wasn’t really marriage yet because it wasn’t fully formalised, we were still in the process of formalising it when all hell broke loose, so I was merely Engaged to be married to Ato Ubby.    
-it was just an introduction?why didn’t you clear that impression all this while?
…I just felt there was no need to do so because the wedding plans was to follow shortly,unfortunately it didn’t because things didn’t work out the way it should.i walked into a no-win situation.
-What happened? 
 This is really a hard question to answer, but all I can say Is that barely one month into the Engagement and in the process of planning a formal wedding I realised I had made the greatest mistake of my life.The Foundation of the Union was based On lies and Deceit..shocking lies.we had been dating for a almost year and i thought i knew it all but nothing prepared me for what unfolded.
-Is he married already?
...No,he isnt married to anyone else 
-You got pregnant in the process?
On the verge of trying to salvage the situation I found out I was expecting a child. I kept quiet to the Rumours Making the rounds because I was left with the option of thinking for my child and trying to salvage a dead situation but now I have finally made up my mind to break off the Engagement and my Reasons are Irreconcilable…
Uche so you are saying you never got married and the engagement is off?
 I just want to be left alone to take care of my Child. Stella I wasn’t married I was engaged to be married but as things stand now, the engagement is officially broken due to irreconcilable differences and since I am having my baby soon, my Doctors has advised me to rest as my health and that of my Baby is the most important thing right now..  
-So you are the one walking away and not him?you want to go into details?
..Yes i am the one walking out on the pack of lies,I am not going to pretend because i want to be married,i am not desperate and i would rather swallow my pride and accept i made a big mistake than forge ahead in lies.I am sorry i cannot go into details because i do not want to trade words or run my ex down because he is the father of the child i am carrying.
I am sorry if keeping quiet misled people into my status was already married.
The excitement of looking forward to birthing my child kinda numbs the shock and disappointment but i will be fine.
-So,after the introduction,the planned marriage was dead on arrival?
…exactly and all this while,we have been trying to settle the issues,thats probably how you got hear of it.
-Heres wishing you all the best Uche,we look forward to hearing the good news.God bless you.
..Thank you Stella for calling to confirm.thanks to everyone who has been understanding on this…for now,let me channel all my energy into positivity for my baby.
Source:-  SDK

Assemblies Of God Church Crisis Worsens As Members Clash In Enugu

Embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka

The crisis in the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria, yesterday took a different turn as members of two camps clashed leaving some people wounded.
The major cause of the clash was said to be as a result of the meeting slated to hold yesterday by the faction loyal to the Assistant General Superintendent, Rev. Chidi Okoroafor against the embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka to review the crisis that engulfed the church at Isiagu Street, Achara Layout branch of the church.
It would be recalled it was reported in March 2014, that there was tension in the church over the suspension of Assemblies of God Church’s General Superintendent Rev. Paul Emeka over allegations of misconduct, highhandedness and financial misappropriation in the administration of the church.
The embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka and some top members of the church had engaged in a protracted dispute over issues relating to lack of accountability and conspiracy in the church’s leadership.

The District Pastor incharge of Isiagu street branch of the church, Pastor Isaac Ochu, who is in the anti-Emeka faction, accepted to host the meeting, even when some leaders of his branch, including the deacons, were opposed to the meeting.
Pastor Ochu was said to have announced the meeting last Sunday but his members who were sympathetic to the GS, told him point-blank that the meeting of the alleged renegades should not hold in the church.
Pastor Ochu was said to have ignored their advice and went ahead to convene the meeting in his church but unknown to him, the deacons in the church had mobilized their colleagues from other branches to barricade the entrances to the church.
The anti-Emeka group sensing that there could be danger at the meeting venue, reportedly invited soldiers to the church Monday night but were withdrawn in the early hours of yesterday.
However, when the participants who were mostly pastors from different branches of the church in the state arrived for the meeting yesterday morning, they met a stiff resistance by the pro-Emeka group and as they tried to force their way into the church, a fight broke out between the two groups.
The anti-Emeka group, according to an eyewitness, was overpowered as the pastors ran for their dear lives and later moved to an undisclosed place in Trans-Ekulu to hold the meeting.
The pro-Emeka group remained at the church premises until yesterday evening but declined to speak with newsmen.
But some of the deacons were heard threatening that Pastor Ochu would not be allowed to preside over the affairs of the church, henceforth, for identifying with the renegades who they accused of trying to destroy the church.

Chris Brown rejects plea deal in D.C case, headed for trial

Chris Brown has tasted jail and no longer seems afraid of it. He was in Washington D.C yesterday for his assault trial and rejected a plea deal with prosecutors…and now he’s headed for trial.

TMZ reports that Chris was close to copping a plea but the deal fell apart because the prosecutor and Chris’ lawyer couldn’t agree on a statement of fact about the events leading to the alleged assault.
Chris has always denied assaulting a fan in 2013 outside a hotel in D.C. If he’d pled guilty, he would not have to serve any additional time in jail. Now that he’s going to trial, jail time is on the line again. His bodyguard has already been convicted of the assault. A trial date has been set for September.

Sagna: “Am not Greedy”

Former Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna has launched an attack to the Arsenal faithful naming him “Greedy” because of his imminent move to Manchester City.

The French defender believes he’s not joining the Citizens because of financial reasons.

“I’m going to clear everything up because I keep reading that I did it for money and I’m greedy,” said Sagna following France’s World Cup draw with Ecuador at the Maracana.

“What I want to say is I stayed with Arsenal with the same contract since 2008 and I never asked for more money.

“For people who think it’s for money, it’s not. I just wanted to change. I needed a boost in my career and I think it was about time.”

“It was not an easy time because we were still involved in the FA Cup and it was hard to stay focused,” he added.

“I stayed focused on my team because I have a lot of respect for Arsenal.

“I believe Arsenal are a great team. I believe we have great quality and [am happy that] we won a trophy finally. It’s not even about that because Arsenal have quality.

“It’s just that, personally, I wanted a boost. I needed to start from the bottom again.”

Bacary Sagna is on international duty for the France National team at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil, and his country is set to battle Nigeria on Monday in the next round.

Aftermath Of Ekiti Poll: Aregbesola Is One Of The Dangers To Democracy In Nigeria —Fayose

Ayo Fayose-victoryThe Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO) has described the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as “one of the dangers to democracy in Nigeria”, in reference to his recent utterances, specifically, his call on the All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters to attack security agents with charms and amulets during the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the state.

The organisation described Aregbesola’s allegation that last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti, which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, won convincingly, was fraudulent, as “a function of fear of an impending defeat on August 9″.

The Director-General of the organisation, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said Nigerians should not be surprised that Governor Aregbesola could describe an election that was applauded by the whole world as the best in the history of electioneering in Nigeria as fraudulent, adding that the governor was only expressing his fear of losing the power that he got through judicial manipulation.

While urging Nigerians to ignore Aregbesola, Anisulowo said; “It is shameful that some people whose mouths should naturally be padlocked still speak on elections in Nigeria”.

He continued; “Isn’t it funny that Aregbesola, who has never won any election in Osun State, but was imposed through a court judgment that cancelled results in 10 out of 30 local councils in Osun State, is the only one talking about Ekiti election being fraudulent?”

Speaking further, Anisulowo said; “It is obvious that Aregbesola is afraid, having seen the failure of reliance on thugs to rig election during last Saturday’s election.

“We are aware of his thugs known as ‘State Boys’ that he brought to Ekiti, last week, but were rendered useless by the heavy presence of security agents.

“We have also heard the governor openly encouraging and inciting violence by openly saying that ‘any security officer who misbehaves will know that we are children of Oduduwa while asking members of his party to come to their polling units with charms and amulets”.

FG Forwards Umeh, Shinkafi’s Names As Delegates To Confab

Confab-Delegates-in-sessionSequel to the Court of Appeal ruling, Abuja Division, which af­firmed Chief Victor Umeh as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alli­ance (APGA), the Federal Government has forwarded Umeh’s name and that of the party’s National Sec­retary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi as APGA’s nominees to the National Conference .

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal last week, affirmed Umeh and Shinkafi as the National Chairman and National Sec­retary respectively, of APGA and set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which had sacked them and the entire leadership of the party.

In a letter dated June 23, 2014 with reference No SGF.32/S.44/C.297 addressed to the chairman of the National Con­ference, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi (rtd) and seen by our correspondent, Secretary to the Government of the Federa­tion, Anyim Pius Anyim stated that the letter was induced by the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal on the leader­ship of APGA.

144 of 486 Northern Travellers Arrested In Abia Freed As FG Debunks Report Of Fresh Mass Abduction In Borno

wpid-unnamed-1.jpg.jpegThe Federal Government Wednesday, said that 144 of 486 intercepted travellers to Abia State, have been released.

The coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, stated this yesterday while briefing the press on the current security situation in the country.

He said one of the suspects connected with Boko Haram had been named and investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances.

Speaking on the alleged abduction of 60 women and children in Borno, last week, Omeri disagreed, pointing out that there was no sufficient evidence to prove the abduction actually took place.

He said: “Our findings also corroborated the position of the Borno State government, as conveyed by Governor Kashim Shettima, who said that there are no sufficient facts on the alleged abduction of 60 persons”.

Stephen Keshi confirms Babatunde is Out due to Injury


Stephen Keshi, head coach of the Nigerian football team – Super Eagles, has confirmed in a post match interview that Michael Babatunde will likely not participate in the remaining matches at the ongoing FIFA World Cup .
Keshi said the midfielder will be undergoing surgery and may not be feature in the rest of Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup matches. Nigeria will meet France in the next match.
Babatunde sustained an injury on his hand after blocking a shot by Ogenyi Onazi which was goal bound, and he twisted his arm.
“It is sad that we may not see him play again in the World Cup. He is going for surgery. It is bad.” said Keshi.

Photo Credit: Goal.com

Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Doris Simeon Get Scholarships to Study at National Open University

These stars are heading back to school!
In May 2014, Ini Edo made headlines when she was offered a scholarship to study Law at the National Open University.
Now 4 more stars have also been offered scholarships. Today, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Francis Duru, Doris Simeon and Sani Danja were announced as ambassadors for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
All 4 were presented by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Vincent A. Tenebe, with scholarships to study their courses of choice.

Doris Simeon

Francis Duru

Sani Danja

I Prefer to have a friend with benefit than to be in a relationship – Joselyn Dumas

Joselyn was on a radio programme last Friday where they discussed the topic ‘Can A Man And Woman Be Just Friends?’ and Joselyn came all out and said she prefers friends with benefits.

Here is what she said;

As friends sometimes sex could be needed to test if a relationship is possible. Then she continued;
“I think that when there is a tag in a relationship, it becomes a problem, then the expectations are quite high. But when you have a friend with benefits you see how it goes. If it goes well, and we eventually decide that we are going to take it a step further, Kudos. But once this is my boyfriend, this is my girlfriend or I’m married, there is that pressure, I don’t personally like that, so I will have a friend with benefit” she said.

Who else prefers a friend with benefit?

AASEP to Bury Ozoemena Nsugbe Amidst Fun Fair


The Movie stars from Anambra State, the talented, star studded musicians from Anambra state and Entertainers

from Anambra state ,all grouped under the banner of Association Of Anambra State Entertainment Practitioners (AASEP)) ,they are all in town to pay respect to an iconic musician Ozoemena Nsugbe A.K.A Ayaka Nsugbe  who will be buried on the 27th of June 2014.

In town ready for the 27th June  outing includes Yul Edochie,Oby Edochie ,Rita Edochie,Clarion Chukwura ,Ifeanyi Ikpoenyi,Gozie Atuanya,Obi Madubuogwu,Jenifer Chioma Eliobu,Bob Manuel Udokwu ,many gospel artistes, and many will arrive to town tomorrow.

This is the first State burial AASEP will be going to as an umbrella organisation.

The Chairman of AASEP Burial committee Mr Obi Madubuogwu said that everything is in top gear to make sure that Ozoemena will be greatly honored for his contribution toward traditional music in Igboland.

Ozoemena Nsugbe (a.k.a) Ayaka Igbo died around 7.30 pm on January 28th 2014.

By Mazi Odera

Match Preview: Nigeria vs. Argentina


Argentina and Nigeria will today, Wednesday, clash in the final group stage match of the Fifa World Cup

at the Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre Brazil.

Argentina, having won their first two matches over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran are through to the knockout stages. For Argentina, the hard part is over, now it is just about positioning.

Lionel Messi scored a late goal to beat Iran last week, securing a spot in the round of 16 for Argentina. A win or draw against Nigeria puts then atop Group F and at the same time avoiding a French side that looked quite a hard nut giving its first two matches.

Nigeria could be knocked out of the competition if Iran defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Nigeria Lost to Argentina.

Nigeria, having beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina and tied with Iran, are also in a good shape to move through but have not yet clinched their spot in the next round. A win would put the Eagles in the No.1 spot in the group and a draw would also see them through to the knockout round for the first time since 1998.

In any event, this match holds some significance, even though it seems likely both sides will go through. The top side in Group F should probably have a slightly easier road through the knockout stage, given that they will Ecuador or Switzerland ran than France in their first match.

Results from recent six matches played by the Super Eagles shows them draw 4, lost 1 and won 1, while Argentina from theirs won 5 and tied 1.

Argentina will likely have a decided advantage in the stands. Porto Alegre, where the match will be played is quite near the Argentina-Brazil border. According to Associated Press, more than 50,000 Argentina fans are expected to make the trip.

Aside from that edge, the talent is obviously more on the Argentine side. But again, all Nigeria needs is a draw to lock up a spot in the knockout stage.

Possible Stating Lineups

Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Oshinawa, Omeruo, Yobo; Mikel, Onazi, Babatunde; Musa, Odemnwingie, Emenike.

Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Rojo, Mascherano, Garay; Fenandez, Gago, Di Maria; Messi, Lavezzi, Higuain.

Written By Kodili Ejiofor