Illegal Arms Importation: NSCDC Deploys Undercover Operatives To Monitor Border


NSCDCThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) command in Sokoto has deployed security men in plain-clothes to the border between the state and Niger Republic to prevent arms importation into the country.

The corps Commandant in Sokoto, Alhaji Aliyu Yemal, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Saturday that the command was working with other security agencies to check arms importation and ensure those engaged in such acts were arrested.

Yemal said the command was also working with local government chairmen and community leaders that share border with neighbouring Niger Republic in that regard.

He added that “at the moment, we have deployed plain-clothes operatives to Illela, Sabon-Birni, Isa, Gudu and Tangaza local government areas of the state to arrest those who engage in arms smuggling.

“Some officers have also embarked on foot patrols around the borders”.

The commandant solicited for the support of the people, especially those in rural areas, to cooperate with the officers in efforts to prevent illegal importation of arms for the good of the country. (NAN)

Insecurity: Jonathan Invites Senegalese Clerics For Prayers In Aso Rock


Clerics VisitThe need to seek divine wisdom and guidance for President Goodluck Jonathan as he explores available options towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria received a boost on Saturday as some Senegalese clerics on Saturday visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja and prayed for him.

The Islamic clerics, ten in number, were led to the State House, Abuja, by Khalifah Sheikh Ahmad Tijani Inyass, the grandson of late founder of the Tijjaniya sect, Shehu Tijani Ibrahim Inyass, on the invitation of President Jonathan.

The clerics met with the president for about an hour inside the first lady’s conference room where they offered prayers for an end to the security challenges facing Nigeria as well as peace and stability in the country.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the spokesperson for the delegation, Ahmed Tijani Sanni Awalu said that the clerics, who were in Nigeria to attend the Maulud celebration of Ibrahim Inyass Gombe, were invited to the villa by President Jonathan for spiritual support.

According to Awalu, the meeting was symbolic since past Nigerian leaders like General Yakubu Gowon and Late General Aguiyi-Ironsi had also invited the sect to pray for the country in the past.

He said: “It is a historic visit because it has been done by his father with the then President, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Gen. Aguyi Ironsi.  So, the history is repeating itself and we come for the Maulud of Ibrahim Inyass Gombe and on his way going home, the President requested for a courtesy visit and Shehu granted that” (sic).

Speaking further, he said: “We put ourselves together; all Muslims and non-Muslims, in peaceful co-existence, prayers so that we can all fight this insecurity in this country.

“The main purpose of coming here is part of the prayers for peace in this country”, he added

Other clerics with him included Sheikh Muhammadul Makky Inyass, Sheikh Mansur Inyass, Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani Inyass, Sheikl Bashir Inyass, Inyass Mustapha Inyass, Abdullahi Muhammad Maigemu, Sheikh Ibrahim Dahiru Bauchi, Aliyu Ibrahim, and Khalifah Shehu Nasiru Hamisu.

Others present at the meeting were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Chief of Staff to the President, Brig-General Jones Arogbofa (rtd), Head of Service, Bukar Goni Aji; Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed.

Ghanaian footballer, Michael Essien, stretching before his Black Stars team’s friendly match


Ghanaian footballer, Michael Essien, stretching before his Black Stars team’s friendly match tonight against Holland….

19-yr-old, who Tested HIV-Positive after She was Gang-Raped in Lagos, Seeks Justice


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Like any lady of her age, Helen, 19, dreamt of a bright future. That dream brought her from her hometown in Benue State, to Bariga, Lagos State, where she stayed with her sister. But in her quest for a better life, her dream was shattered last January when she was gang-raped. The incident dramatically altered her life.

Helen, who is now living with the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), is seeking justice against those who violated her. She tells her story to Senior TheNation Correspondent, EVELYN OSAGIE.

HELEN (surname withheld) will be 20 years on October 10. But she now bears a burden that is too heavy for her age. She was gang-raped in January this year and was diagnosed with HIV last month.

After secondary school in 2008, Helen wanted to further her education, but being the fifth of 11 children comes with its own challenge. However, determined that she would return to school some day, she began working as a cleaner in a big firm at Lekki, Lagos,
from where she hoped to save for school. She had worked there for almost a year before the tragic episode that altered her life dramatically took place. It was with a deep emotion that she recounted her ordeal.

All was quiet and the street lonely early that Tuesday morning when the unsuspecting lady set out from her Bariga home to resume her morning shift at work. It was at exactly 5:05am, the same time she often left home everyday to board a bus some streets away to Lagos Island.

But that morning, something was not right. She noticed five young men lurking about as she got out of her street’s gate. On seeing their fearsome appearance, her heart skipped a beat. Consumed by fear, her first instinct was to turn and run back into the street, but it was too late. She had been spotted.

“They blocked and grabbed me. They pointed a gun at me and told me to be quiet and do everything they said I should do, or else they would harm me,” Helen said before she was overcome by emotion.

After a short silence that seemed ages, she added: “I tried to shout but when I looked around and did not see anybody except those guys, I was so afraid and did as they said… They, then, carried me to one corner by the side of the street… (She bowed her head). They asked me to lie down.”

Helen went silent again with head still bowed, to hold back tears. She said: “I begged them to release me, that I was on my way to work and that I didn’t have anything to offer them. They told me to shut up, saying they would waste me, if I didn’t like my life. I begged them to spare my life.” Her plea touched a member of the gang; he said she should be freed. But his statement fell on deaf ears, for Helen’s other attackers were determined to carry out their task to the letter.

Fighting back tears, she continued: “The others said he could leave if he wanted to; they then collected my handbag, my purse and the N5,000 inside with my two phones – one was in my hand. I used its torchlight; the other was in my Jeans pocket. They removed the phone, pulled off my trousers and started violating me (Silence)…They asked me to pull off my clothes. I begged them.”

Her face became contorted as the agony of the incident swelled her being. Helen became silent again. One could see she was fighting to hide several conflicting emotions as she recounted. “But was there no way you could have shouted for help?” the reporter asked in an attempt to douse the tension. “There was no way I could have shouted because there were five of them against only me… I was so scared. So, I just kept begging them to release me.”

As her attackers were beginning to enjoy their violent act, they spotted another young man and lady walking towards them. Helen’s attackers also pounced on the couple, robbing them of their valuables at gunpoint. Two of them also raped the second lady. By that time, Helen’s eyes were already swollen, from her trauma and obvious helplessness in the hands of the crooks. The two men raped the girl while the other three continued raping me,” she said in a subdued voice.

On how she felt when her violators had their turns, Helen, in tears, said: “I swallowed my scream, felt very bad and closed my eyes as each of them…(Silence). For my mind e be like say make I get knife take kill them, because it was a very painful thing to experience. Before they started, I had asked if they had condoms but they said ‘No’. ‘’After they finished, all I could think of was running to the hospital and getting some drugs or treatment that could wash everything away from my whole being: my physical body, heart, soul and all. (Again, she lapsed into another silence). I felt very bad and, somehow, dirty.”

After the incident, She ran back home to her sister. Both ladies cried in silence; they felt ashamed to share with neighbours what had happened. As if that was not enough, while nursing the psychological trauma of the assault she got, another shocker happened to her on the same day. Helen discovered that her violators were her neighbours.

“I recognised them: two of them live opposite my house. Before that time, I did not notice them. I see them every day and cringe; I’m always in fear each time I see them,” she said.

Three months after:

 Besides the traumatic rape, Helen has fallen into a worrisome medical condition. Last month, she was diagnosed with HIV at the General Hospital where she was rushed to after she was raped. Before then, Helen said she had been “negative”, adding that she knew through a test she did some time back. “When I went there when it first happened, they asked me some questions, gave me some drugs and told me to come back after three months for more tests.

The three-month period lapsed last month. The hospital did the followup test and found that I have become HIV-’positive’. ‘’I felt bad, very bad; and I cried. In fact, the doctor tried to calm my mind; but I kept on crying that ‘I’m finished’. I wanted to take my life because I never expected this to happen to me. They told me life still goes on and that I can still live my life to the fullest. They say people with HIV are can be healthier than those who are negative with the help of drugs. Before I left the hospital, I cried and begged them to help me because I did not plan to live on drugs for rest of my life,” she said.

With tears dripping freely and looking straight at the reporter as if to find answers on her face, she continued: “What kind of life can one live now? I feel so bad; I feel so weak and I am asking myself: what did I do wrong in this life to deserve this? What will happen to my dream of going to school? I have not been able to save for school, and I now am treating HIV.”

The news of her status has added more sadness to her family who were still recovering from the shock of her violation.

“When my parents heard the news, they were very sad and they all cried,” Helen said amid tears. The 20-year-old has since turned an advocate, seeking justice against her attackers.

After living in fear for months, the dread of the rapists forced her and her sister to relocate last weekend. The move has emboldened to seek for justice, feeling she is beyond their reach. “I want justice. I need help. I want those men to go to jail for what they did to me and perhaps many other ladies in the area. These people cannot be allowed to go free. Everybody knows them as thieves in the area; they do not go to work or school but just hang around all day doing nothing. Still nobody has done anything about it. It is almost as if they are using charms. Their father is a very aggressive landlord. I see them always and I’m always in fear; that’s why we packed out of the house last weekend. You won’t believe that till we packed, my attackers are still using my phone,” she said.

Helen’s sister, Stella, who was also in her 20s, said the whole incident has left the family heart-broken. Stella, who lent a comforting hand to her sister, said: “We felt so weak and very unhappy, but there is nothing else we can do but to support her and pray that those crooks would be made to pay and suffer for what they did to my sister.”

“When the time comes, the whole world would know my fiance” – Karen Igho


In a recent chat with Punch, Karen’s Publicist ‘Tayo Afolabi’ said
“Karen is really engaged now. We didn’t want everybody to know about it. It was our decision to keep the relationship under wraps. Nobody knows him yet. When the time comes, the whole world will know him.”

Actor Ali Nuhu shares photo of himself and his son


 

Actor Ali Nuhu shared a picture of himself and his son who recently turned 8. A fan said from the son’s pose we can sense he would love to be an actor like his dad….. Cute kid

Singer Kefee is now on life support


Singer Keefe is now in a coma…just yesterday she thanked her fans for their prayers on twitter and assured everyone that all is well….but it appears all is STILL not well with her.

SDK says she is now on a life support and her heart beat is fluctuating.
“I have been going back and forth with this info and confused whether to keep it to myself for fear of making this viral or calling on people to join hands and pray for KEFEE DON MOMOH. Kefee ALLEGEDLY has brain damage and is presently on life support with her heart beat flunctuating….she is in a hospital in Las vegas and is not responding to treatment just now. Her husband Teddy just arrived America yesterday to be by his wife’s bedside

David Oyedepo Tasks President Jonathan On Terrorism


Popular Nigerian clergyman, Bishop David Oyedepo, has advised the Federal Government on the wave of terrism being perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgents across Nigeria.

Punch reports that the founder and Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, told President Jonathan to find means of resolving the crisis rocking some states in the North so as to prevent the country from turning into a war zone during a workshop organised by the African Leadership Development Centre on the university campus early in the week.

Speaking on the theme: “The Leadership Imperative: Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution Demands for Inspiring Transformation and Driving Change”, Oyedepo stated that though conflict was unavoidable in any part of the world, it was important that the leadership of the country dealt with such in order to avoid a state of war.

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“War is a sucker. It sucks the resources of a nation. Only those who don’t know its cost propagate it. We must not have war in Nigeria. We should not even think of it. Its consequences are unimaginable. War is a crime against humanity. It erodes human dignity, destroys and devastates. It is staring at us in the face but we must avoid it.

“I once saw a family in Iraq who were feeding on leaves from graveyard. That is what war can do. It destroys the humanity in us. There is no life in war,” he added.

Commenting further, the religious leader said: “Nigeria must not see war again. This is not a prayer but a clarion call for a new way of thinking. Let us have real value for human lives. We are human beings. We need to start placing the appropriate value on human lives again.

 

“That is why we have to start to engage in a new way of thinking. Nigerians need to start building character, courage and capacity if we want to avoid war breakout.”

The Boko Haram insurgents have been reported to have claimed at least 4,000 lives since 2009.

The terror group are currently holding no fewer than 276 schoolgirls they abducted at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State on 14 April, 2014.

In spite of calls for the militants to release the girls, the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, said they would only free the girls in exchange for some of their members captured by the Nigerian military.

The Nigerian government has since stated that its not going to negotiate with the terrorists on the release of the schoolgirls, promising to do whatever it takes to rescue them.

With seven weeks elapsed since the girls’ abduction, Nigerians and the international communities are hoping that the girls would regain their freedom at the earliest possible time.

To Grant Amnesty To Boko Haram Is Wrong – Lawmaker Urges FG


Lawmaker Bitrus Kaze who represents Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives has described the reported efforts of the Federal Government to offer amnesty to Boko Haram sect despite its continued bombings and killings of innocent citizens as a step in the wrong direction.

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On Friday, in a statement issued in Jos, Hon. Bitrus Kaze stressed that such effort, coming at a time the international community has declared to support Nigeria to stamp out terrorism, will boomerang.

His stated, “I do not subscribe to any form of dialogue with terrorists; we will not grow weary of making the point resoundingly clear that no country the world over has succeeded in curbing the menace that way.

“Motivated by the tension, anxiety and sense of fear permeating the nation as a result of terrorism, those who canvass this awkward idea cannot be right. This should explain exactly why the Alhaji Kabiru Turaki dialogue committee was and will continue to be a perpetual failure.”

He recalled that Boko Haram members earlier rebuffed the attempt made by President Jonathan to offer amnesty to them in April 2013 adding that “the terrorists categorically declined and instead offered amnesty to Mr. President.”

This amnesty “coming shortly after securing a reluctant approval from both Houses of the National Assembly, and when global outrage against the abduction of about 200 school girls from Chibok gingered foreign collaboration, the renewed offer of amnesty to the Boko Haram can’t be a step in the right direction as they continue to bomb and kill people.”

Fashola Opens Yaya-Abatan Road, Asks Lagosians Not To Vote For PDP


The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, urged the residents to desist from voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 elections, stated that the ruling party had failed to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians, did nothing tangible for the people in the state.

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The governor made these comments while commissioning a 2.9 kilometre Yaya-Abatan Road in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government area and seven connecting inner-city roads on the Democracy Day, May 29, 2014, Thursday.

Fashola emphasised that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party was not bothered about security issues in Nigeria, preferred to focus on generating revenue for themselves. The All Progressives Congress (APC), on the opposite, was keeping its promises in delivering both development and democracy for the people.

“They (PDP) do not remember Lagos residents. But they are coming back to seek your votes. Will you give him? Please, do not give them your votes.”

It would be added that Fashola marked his seventh year in the office on the same day.

Commemorating the Democracy Day with completing the significant projects became a good tradition of his administration. Opening of the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge in 2013 had a great impact on the residents.

In 2012, the Lagos Traffic Radio was inaugurated, while the Democracy Day in 2011 was remembered by opening about 25 bus franchise holders, which have eased the transportation.

Not less than 209 road projects are in process across the state

Why Nigerian Military, Police Can’t Win War Against Terrorism


Since 2009 when the acts of terrorism being perpetrated by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, became more pronounced, concerned Nigerians and the international community have wondered why the Nigerian security operatives could not end the the impunity of the terrorists.

Recently, during his declaration of state of emergency in five northern states, President Goodluck Jonathan said, “extraordinary measures” would be brought to bear against the insurgents with a view to “restore normalcy” to the region in the shortest possible time.

The president gave orders to Nigerian troops to carry out all necessary actions within the ambit of their rules of engagement to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.

Weeks after the declaration of war against the terrorists, nothing has shown to indicate the country is winning the war against terrorism.

Rather, the terrorists have carried out more daring heinous attacks which indicate that all is not well within the Nigerian military.

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  • President Jonathan under pressure to win war against terrorism

Many reports, within and outside the country, have suggested that equipment needed, both for the Nigerian Air force and the Nigerian Army who are in the fore-front of the battle to dislodge the hoodlums, are lacking or not in sufficient quantity while the available ones are in comatose state.
It was also gathered that intelligence gathering mechanism which should play pivotal role in containing the terrorists has remained nothing to write home about.

According to Saturday Vanguard’s investigations, the reason for these shortcomings are not far-fetched.

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  • Boko Haram insurgents

Security experts believe what the Nigerian military have in stock as tools, modern military hardware, equipment needed to fight the type of terrorism we are facing are unbelievably short of the standard required.

A pilot told newsmen that what the Nigerian Air Force needed to clear the Boko Haram terrorists of f their camps and level those camps were attack helicopters fitted with sand proof facilities and night vision windscreens. These helicopters would fly into and land inside Sambisa Forest without noise. From the air and with the night vision, we can see through the jungle, map out our strategies without their knowledge. But this equipment is not there for us.

Not too long ago, while commenting on the lack of equipment in the Nigerian Military, the Army, Navy and the Police claimed that their budget has never received 100 per cent of the budgetary approvals. They claim that only about 60 to 70 percent is what they get at the end of every financial year.

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  • Nigerian soldiers

Stakeholders believe these amounts for modern equipment and hardware did not portray the nation as one ready or serious about fighting terrorism or insurgency considering the air equipment needed by the Air Force for instance, the type of armoured tanks needed by the army, artillery guns, surface to air demobilizers and other technical weaponry.

The challenges facing the military were recently summarized as “inadequate budgetary allocations”. And that’s how the military sees it. Others admit this but note that it also goes beyond budgetary allocations.

Reacting to journalists’ questions on the military budget, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that the Jonathan administration would give every necessary support to the troops who are hazarding their lives on behalf of all Nigerians.

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*File photo of Boko Haram attack in Jos

She admitted that calling for increased funding was normal for military prosecuting a war or any special operation and that Nigeria’s case cannot be an exception, she adding that military funding was being treated with dispatch.

However, many people, including diplomats believe that the fight against the insurgency has dragged this long owing to the corruption in the system.

The US Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall, said recently that corruption is hindering Nigeria’s efforts at ending insurgency in the North-East.

Sewall, who appeared before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, last week, alongside a Pentagon top Africa official, Amanda Dory, added that the military must overcome entrenched corruption and incompetence for it to rescue the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on April 14.

She said that despite Nigeria’s $5.8bn security budget for 2014, “corruption prevents supplies as basic as bullets and transport vehicles from reaching the front lines of the struggle against Boko Haram.”

According to the New York Times, Sewall told the committee that morale was low and that desertions were common among soldiers in the 7th Army Division fighting the insurgents.

Hence, Vanguard believes if the war against terrorism is to be won, the Nigerian security agencies must cleanse themselves of Boko Haram sympathizers who frustrate the efforts of their colleagues and endangering the lives all Nigerians who have become targets of the murderers. The military will need to be well funded to purchase equipment and train their officers. And the fund so provided must be judiciously spent

Boko Haram Insurgents Steal Food Items To Feed Chibok Girls


Recently, Boko Haram insurgents invaded a lot of villages close to Sambisa Forest in the North East in order to steal food items allegedly to feed the abducted girls.

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In the past weeks, the Islamic terrorist group stepped up the looting of villages, markets and food stores in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states for food items including grains and bread, according to Saturday Punch investigations.

Residents of these communities disclosed that the insurgents were usually satisfied when communities raised money for them towards “God’s work,” but lately they had stepped up their activities by invading the villages and carting away food items.

With the pressure on Nigerian soldiers to clamp down on the Islamic sect, it was learnt that the insurgents no longer felt safe to go to markets to buy food items for fear of being arrested.

Some of the insurgents recently met their waterloo in Madagali, Adamawa State, where they were given up by a local food vendor from whom they had planned to buy foodstuffs. Reportedly, members of a vigilance group pounced on them and killed over 70 of them while seven others were handed over to the police.

Residents of Limankara, Kamuyya, Kirenowa, Kimba and Makor communities in Borno State said the insurgents usually carried away food items and livestock after killing people in their areas in recent attacks.

The scenario of these attacks are always the same. The heavily armed terrorists invade the village, open fire into the crowd killing innocent residents, start burning houses, shops and vehicles and stealing foodstuff.

During these endless attacks, dozens of people were killed as the hoodlums were well armed with sophisticated weapons.

In Kamuyya village, Borno state, a resident, Bukar Umar, said over 20 insurgents, who must have emerged from the bush, stormed the Kamuyya weekly market when traders were conducting their businesses and opened fire into the crowd before setting shops and vehicles on fire. Twenty people were killed on the spot and almost all the shops were burnt in the market.

The insurgents on Sunday intercepted a vehicle loaded with bread, killed the four occupants and drove the vehicles towards Sambisa Forest. The vehicle, which was on its way to Polka from Gwoza, was attacked at Waraba village.

Recently, Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who is trusted by both the Federal Government and the Boko Haram leader as a mediator, allegedly visited the camp where the abducted schoolgirls were being kept.

According to Sakilda, who claimed to have seen the abducted schoolgirls, they are “well fed and adequately sheltered.”

It was gathered during the week that the insurgents resorted to stealing following the shortage of food to feed themselves and their hostages.

It was also learnt that the violent sect had begun to pile up food items in preparation for a long drawn battle with the military, especially as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel and other foreign collaborators are assisting the Federal Government to ensure the safe return of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

With the allied forces believed to be on the ground to help the Nigerian military rescue the girls, it was learnt that the insurgents did not want to be caught unawares by running out of strategic resources, especially food.

Unconfirmed reports had indicated that certain helicopters used to drop food items and other needs in the Sambisa stronghold of the Boko Haram group.

Security experts said the growing focus on the Sambisa forest must have disrupted the routine of the helicopters, thus putting pressure on the group’s supply chain and fueling more attacks on villagers in the North-East.

Find Out Why Singer, Mariah Carey Decided To Board A Public Train – Photos


American singer, Mariah Carey, decided to drop her superstar status, dropped her exotic cars and chauffeur and hopped on a public train with producer, Jermaine Dupri, then a cab to an event.

She captioned the photos she posted:

 

‘I figured as I’m under dressed I might as well take the subway’,it’s like sparkles against filth, i’m just walking, it’s been a while since I’ve taken the subway’.


The 44 years old singer and mother looked so at ease as she sat on the train.


More photos below

Music Sensation, Skuki REJECTS ‘Best New Act’ Nomination From 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards


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Music pop duo, Skuki who won Next rated artist at the Headies 2010 have been nominated in the “Best New Act” category at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2014. The popular group whose popular song, ‘Forward Ever’ is making waves right now have been on the entertainment scene for almost six years, so one can’t help but wonder why they were nominated in this category.
The group members, Peeshaun and Vavavoom individually took

 

to their twitter pages to express their disappointments……
See full list below:

Music
Best Album of the Year
Baddest Boy Ever Liveth – Olamide
Once Upon A Time – Tiwa Savage
Takeover – Kcee
Leaving an Impact For Eternity (L.I.F.E) – Burna Boy
Jagz Nation, Vol 1: Thy Nation Come -Jesse Jagz
Journey – Sean Tizzle
Blessed – Flavour

Hottest Single of the Year
Pull Over – Kcee ft. Wizkid
Double Wahala – Oritse Femi
Aye – Davido
Caro – Starboi ft Lax and Wizkid
Surulere – Dr Sid ft. Don Jazzy
Eminado – Tiwa Savage ft. Don Jazzy
Touching Body – J Martins ft. DJ Arafat

Best New act of the Year
Orezi
Patoranking
Runtown
Charass
Tekno Miles
Oritse Femi
Skuki

Gospel Artist of the year
Tim Godfrey and Xtreme Crew
Frank Edwards
Flo
Segun Oluwayomi
Niki Laoye
Sabina
Proverbs

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Oritse Femi
Reminisce
Sean Tizzle
Jaywon
Flavour
Timaya
Mc Galaxy

Best Pop/R&B artist of the Year
Praiz
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal
Ayoola
Banky W
Chidinma
Harry Song

Female Artist of the Year
Tiwa Savage
Yemi Alade
Seyi Shay
Cynthia Morgan
Eva
Chidinma
Niyola

Male Artist of the Year
Kcee
Davido
Iyanya
Wande Coal
Wizkid
Oritse Femi
Patoranking

Best Rap Act of the Year
Olamide
Phyno
Ice Prince
Eva
Show Dem Camp
Reminisce
Cynthia Morgan

Music Producer of the Year
Duncan Daniels
Dtunes
Don Jazzy
Blaq Jerzy
Pheelz
Del B
Malek Berry

Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director)
Jaiye Jaiye – Wizkid & Sesan
Personally – P-Square & Jude Okoye
Rands & Naira – Emmy Gee & Nick
Sitting on the Throne – Olamide & Kemi Adetiba
Skelewu – Davido & Moe Musa
Eminado – Tiwa Savage & Clarence Peters
Oh Baby! – Chidinma ft Flavour & Clarence Peters

Best Collaboration
Mofe Lowo Ju Daddy Mi – Reminisce ft Davido
Oluchi – Solid Star ft Flavor
WanDaMo – Burna Boy ft Dbanj
Oh Baby! – Chidinma ft Flavour
Emergency – Wizzy Pro ft Runtown, Skales & Patoranking
Gallardo – Runtown ft Davido
Allubarika – Patoranking ft Timaya

Most Promising Act to Watch
Di’Ja
Ayo Jay
Elphlex
Koko J
Sna-Z
Brain
DJ Mo

Diaspora Artist of the Year
Stlyzz
Wale
Bils
L.A.X
Lola Rae
Mr. 2Kay
Emmy Gee

African Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian)
Sarkodie
Mafikizolo
Shatta Wale
Micasa
Fally Ipupa
Uhuru
R2Bees

Film
Best Actor in a Lead Role
Joseph Benjamin (Murder At Prime Suites)
Nkem Owoh (Maja)
Chitewel Ejiofor (Half of a Yellow Sun)
Kanayo O. Kanayo (Apaye)
Tope Tedela (A Mile from Home)

Best Supporting Actor
OC Ukeje (Half of a Yellow Sun)
Rabilu Musa Ibro (Maja)
Desmond Elliott (Finding Mercy)
Yomi Fash-Lanso (Omo Elemosho)
Shawn Faqua (Lagos Cougar)

Best Actress in a Lead Role
Nse Ikpe-Etim (Journey to self)
Funke Akindele (Agnetta O’Mpa)
Damilola Adegbite (Flower Girl)
Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha (Accident)
Daniella Okeke (Lagos Cougars)

Best Supporting Actress
Rita Dominic (Finding Mercy)
Patience Ozokwor (After the Proposal)
Tamara Eteimo (Desperate Housegirls)
Genevieve Nnaji (Half of a Yellow Sun)
Bikiya Graham-Douglas (Flower Girl)

Best Director
Tope Oshin-Ogun (Journey to Self)
Sadiq Mafia (Maja)
Desmond Elliott (Finding Mercy)
Teco Benson (Accident)
Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun)

Best Picture
Journey to Self
Maja
Accident
Half of a Yellow Sun
Murder at Prime Suites

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Paul Okoye Shares Photo Of His Cute Son, Andre…..


Psquare’s Paul Okoye just shared a photo of his cute son, Andre. The cutie has his mum’s good looks……

Well, he captioned the photo ‘my boy’, but all we can really see is the other huge ‘boy’ behind his son…..

 

Ex Miss World, Agbani Darego Rocks A Striped Black and White Bikini – Photos


Ex Miss World shared these photos she took while vacationing in Greece……

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See Emmanuel Adebayor’s Multi-Million Mansion And Gold-Plated Phantom


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I came across the photo above days ago but I decided to confirm if the mansion and car really belong to the Togolese and Tottenham Hotspurs soccer star.

And as expected, everything you see before you belongs to Emmanuel Adebayor; let me give you a hint, when you have a son, teach him how to play soccer……………dazall!

 

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Tania Omotayo, Timaya And Dr Sid Having Fun – Photos


Wizkid’s Ex Tania Omotayo is slowly climbing up the entertainment ladder in Naija. She’s been spotted with various colleagues of her ex boyfriend at different events and shows. The pretty lady is seen here making faces with Timaya And Dr Sid.
More of Her Photos Below: 

Finally! Tiwa Savage Responds To Her ‘Wanted’ Video Critics


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Tiwa Savage has finally responded to all the mixed reactions trailing her recently released racy video. For those accusing her that her video preached ‘no message/moral lessons’ to the young ones at home, she tweeted:

 

 “not telling them nothing, the video is 18+” ! She then thanked her fellow celebs including 2face Idibia, Uti, Flavour, Ice Prince, Kaffy, OAP Gbemi and others who supported her musical expression and art in her latest video.

Funny thing is Don Jazzy has not made a single comment about the video other than the fact that he uploaded the video on his twitter page……..


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Yvonne Nwosu’s Ex-Bestfriend Bashes Her On Instagram


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Yvonne Couture Boss Yvonne Nwosu and her former BFF Isi seem to be at a loggerhead

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Wizkid Flaunts Gold Rolex, Diamond Earrings And Gold Chain


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Star-Boy CEO — Wizkid is obviously living the goodlife.

The young rich singer shared photos of his new blings, which include a gold rolex watch, a gold chain and diamond studded earrings.

All those blings together are worth over 3 million naira.

Nice, living large!wiz2

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Tragedy! Ex-Oyo State Governor’s Son, Adebola Ladoja Dies in Ghastly Auto Crash


One of the son’s of former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, simply known as Adebola Ladoja, died Thursday, 29th of May, 2014 in a ghastly motor accident on the Eko Bridge,Lagos.

He was driving a Golf saloon car and was said to be on his way to Lagos Island when a Daf truck rammed into his car.The driver of the truck was said to be on

top speed,and lost control of his vehicle, ramming into the median of the bridge, before crashing into the deceased’s car.

An eye witness said “It took several hours before the victim could be rescued from the wreckage of the vehicle. He was trapped behind the wheels with blood gushing out of his head.”

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide said:

 “At about 3.30pm on the Eko Bridge, Lagos Island, a Daf truck with number plate, JJJ 59 XA, driven by one Justice Oseghai, ran into a Volkswagen Golf saloon car, marked, AKD 107 CJ, driven by one Adebola Ladoja, the son of a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja.The victim died on the spot. The corpse has been removed to the Lagos Island General Hospitalmortuary for autopsy while the truck driver has been arrested.”

May His Soul Rest In Peace!

Is Beyonce Actually Cheating On Jay Z…


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According to recent reports, Jay Z is jealous of Beyonce’s close relationship with her bodyguard Julius(a divorcee with a kid) ,and thinks she’s having an affair with him.He is the same bodyguard who tried to protect Jay Z in the elevator attack.He is so close to her that, his hands are always on her most of the time..

It is understandable why Jay Z would feel uncomfortable. The guys knows too much ,has been there through it all (since 2009),and is the only one who knows the truth about that elevator fight..Lol..He protected Beyonce to the extent that, after the elevator fight, Jay Z wanted to enter her car with Solange but he directed Jay Z to enter another car…

According to Star Magazine

“Jay definitely thinks that there was and may still be something romantic going on between Bey and Julius.He wanted to fire Julius last February, but Beyonce said, ‘Julius isn’t going anywhere. ’Despite being subject to numerous cheating rumors himself, Jay is, nonetheless, “very jealous” of his wife’s friendship with Julius — and friends believe he may have a reason to be.They’ve spent a lot of time together behind closed doors,” He’s even stayed in her hotel room.”

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Emir Of Gwoza Dies In Boko Haram Ambush… Two Others Survive


wpid-emir-of-gombe.jpg.jpegThe Emir of Gwoza in Borno State, Alhaji Idris Timta is dead. He was killed by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members, who attacked his convoy Friday morning.

Two other Emirs – Emir of Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama and Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza – were however lucky as they survived what looked like a pre-meditated ambush on their convoy by the insurgents.

It was learnt that a policeman in the convoy, who was shot at by the gunmen, also survived the ambush.

The Secretary to Borno State Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, who gave a graphic account of how the Emir was killed, said the monarchs were on their way to Gombe State to attend the funeral of late Emir of Gombe.

The statement by Ambassador Jidda said: “The Emir was killed around 9am today following a bloody attack by some gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram along Tashan Alade on the way to Biu town, headquarters of Biu Lo‎cal Government Area in Southern Borno State.

“The late Emir was in company of the Emir of Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama and Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza, all of whom drove in the same vehicle as they headed to Biu to pick the Emir of Biu so they could all drive in convoy to Gombe ‎State to attend the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe who is scheduled for burial in Gombe on Friday.

“The late Emir of Gwoza had visited his counterpart, the Emir of Uba ‎on Thursday and passed the night in Uba ahead of their planned trip on Friday.

“The two Emirs were this morning, joined by the Emir of Askira. The three drove in the same vehicle with the intention of going to Biu to be joined by their counterpart in Biu.

“Unfortunately as they were driving in convoy to Biu, they were ambushed by gunmen around Tashan Alade, soon after passing Garkida.

“The gunmen came after the convoy, specifically targeted the vehicle conveying the three Emirs and opened fire.

“The Emir of Gwoza was unfortunately killed by the attackers while the Emirs of Askira and Uba escaped unhurt. A policeman in the convoy was shot by the attackers but he survived the attack.

“The late Emir was in the first class status following his recent elevation by Governor Kashim Shettima.

“The late Emir was indeed a great man who worked very hard to promote peace and progress in Gwoza. He was a pillar and one of the rallying points in Borno State. He visibly worked very hard in the search for peace in Gwoza since the insurgency began.

“Borno State Government is terribly shocked by this incident. The Government prays that Allah admits the late Emir into aljanna Firadaus and give family, members of the Gwoza Emirate Council, ‎the people of Gwoza, the State Council of Chiefs and the entire people of Borno State the fortitude to bear this very traumatic loss especially at a time the state is still dealing with equally disturbing issues related with security challenges in the State.

“May Allah grant us accelerated and lasting peace in Borno State and rest of Nigeria”.

It would be recalled that barely six weeks ago, the late Alhaji Timta had come out to condemn in very strong terms, the activities of the sect. His killing might be a response by the sect to his hard stance against them.

This would be the first time an Emir – of first class status – would be killed by the sect. Previous attempts by Boko Haram to kill the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi were unsuccessful.

Why I Sacked SUBEB Chairman, Others – Wada


wada-bag_of_troublesGov. Idris Wada of Kogi on Thursday said he sacked the chairman and members of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) over mismanagement and dishonesty.

Wada made this known during an interaction with newsmen in Lokoja as part of activities marking the 2014 Democracy Day.

He said he relieved the board members of their duties because “their cups were full”.

He explained that investigations into complaints of non-payment of salaries of primary school teachers’ emanating from SUBEB revealed widespread corruption.

“There was gross misappropriation and dishonesty; we gave them a long rope but they failed.

“One of the things I did was to give the SUBEB chairman time and I asked him to give me his own deadline to clear all the salary arrears.

“He said he would clear them before Easter period and I told him that I will hold him responsible if he failed and he said I should trust him.

“But after that, I was still getting complaints upon complaints that he still owed teachers’ salaries from January till date, and a responsible government cannot do that”, he said.

The governor noted that a critical element for quality education was quality teachers, adding that an unpaid teacher could not be a quality teacher “no matter how bright the teacher is”.

“You must pay teachers for the work they do and the money for SUBEB to do so is there as money is deducted every month for the payment of teachers’ salary.

“It is not about lack of money but mismanagement”, he said.

Wada said he gave members of the board enough time while collating evidence about the mismanagement going on at the board.

He said that a committee he constituted headed by Mr Steven Aku to investigate the board, cleared the arrears of teachers’ salary up to March.

The governor said the issue led to strike by members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state.

He said that though the strike had been officially called off, the teachers said they would not go back to their classrooms until the arrears of their salary were cleared.

He assured that the committee would likely pay the outstanding arrears till May in a fortnight to enable primary schools re-open. (NAN)

Nigeria Has Made Notable Progress In 15 Years Of Democratic Governance, Says Jonathan


GEJPresident Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday that Nigeria had made notable progress in the last 15 years of uninterrupted democratic governance.

The president, who made the assertion in a national broadcast to mark the 2014 Democracy Day, paid tribute to all those who played a part in restoring the nation to the true path of democratic governance.

He said that though, he had ordered a low-key commemoration in deference to the current mood of the nation, the past 15 years had been a blessing.

“As a result of our collective efforts since 1999, democratic governance is now entrenched in our nation and institutions.

“I wholeheartedly believe that our people are the better for it.

“The scope of fundamental rights and liberties enjoyed by our people over the past 15 years has been expanded beyond measure”.

Specifically, the president said that Nigeria under his watch had witnessed high national economic growth rates, steady improvements and expansion of national infrastructure.

He said there had been significant expansion in airports and roads, the restoration of rail transportation, the efficient implementation of a roadmap for improved power supply and a revolutionary approach to agricultural production.

Jonathan said that there were advances in education, sports, youth development, healthcare delivery, housing, water supply and other social services.

In the oil and gas sector, Jonathan said there had been promotion of a sustainable local content policy, better opportunities for Nigerian entrepreneurs and skilled personnel.

He said that significant increase in mobile telephone and national broadband penetration had made Information and Communications Technology (ICT) one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

“We have developed strong financial markets and regulatory institutions. Our banks now have regional and global footprints.

“Nigeria has also gained recognition as the largest economy in Africa, the most preferred investment destination in the continent, in terms of returns on investment, the fourth in the world.

“We are pleased that the world has noticed, as global leaders converged in Abuja early this month for the World Economic Forum in Africa”.

Jonathan said that the WEF brought the prospect of an additional flow of investment into the Nigerian economy estimated at over 68 billion dollars over the next few years.

He said the country had equally done well in foreign relations by establishing and strengthening strong partnerships with all ECOWAS countries and the rest of the world.

“This has helped to deepen Nigeria’s leadership role in multilateral institutions, including the United Nations”. he said.

The president said that under his administration, the nation made consistent progress in improving the standard of elections.

He said that the National Conference he initiated would make recommendations on the best ways of resolving the nation’s current political and socio-economic challenges.

“It is our expectation that its outcomes will help to further consolidate the gains we have made from democracy in the past 15 years, and place our dear nation even more firmly on the path to greatness”, he said. (NAN)

Nyako Fires 12 Aides


governor_murtala_nyakoGov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State on Friday announced the sack of five of his special advisers and seven principal special assistants.

This is contained in a statement issued in Yola by Mr Kobis Thimnu, Secretary to the State Government.

The statement read, “Gov. Murtala Nyako has approved the withdrawal of the appointments of 12 political appointees with effect from May 21”.

“While the government thanks you for the services you rendered, you are kindly requested to hand over government documents and properties in your custody to the appropriate authority”.

The affected special advisers included Sanusi Jauro, Abdur-rahman Bobboi, Kelvin Peter, George Moses and Chubado Babbi.

The affected principal special assistants are, Hadiza Kuto, Sadiq Haske, Danjuma H., Bello Njidda, Gidado Aliyu, Shehu Jacob and Usman Marafa.

The statement did not give reasons for the sack of the appointees. (NAN)

Northern Govs Laud Jonathan’s Amnesty Offer, Urge Boko Haram To Embrace Peace


Northern-governorsThe Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) on Friday commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect.

The president had in his Democracy Day nationwide broadcast reiterated his administration’s resolve to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and fully re-integrate members of the sect, who genuinely lay down their arms and embrace dialogue, which was still open.

In response to this statement by President Jonathan, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, also called on Boko Haram to embrace peace.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, Gov. Aliyu said the amnesty is a welcome idea.

He assured that governors from the region are ready to cooperate with the federal government to address the insurgents’ grievances, adding that steps would be taken to ensure that they are usefully re-integrated into the society.

Describing the president’s gesture as laudable, Aliyu noted that the amnesty would help restore peace and harmony in troubled areas of the country.

The NSGF chairman, therefore, insisted that until members of the sect lay down their arms, development and growth of the region will only be a mirage.

Gov. Aliyu lamented that insecurity has increased fear, encouraged suspicion and put national development in the reverse gear, adding that the essence of nationhood can only be revived when lasting peace, reconciliation and political harmony is propagated and sustained.

Oritsefemi Reveals How Much He Makes Per Show


Oritsefemi is having the time of his life professionally, after churning out hits after hits.

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The musician was speaking to reporters and revealed that he now charges 3 million Naira per show and nothing less.

HE says he could tour 20 states in a row and make N60m per brand-concert.

Oritsefemi said: “Things have definitely changed. Nowadays, I don’t charge less than N3m to perform at a concert. Sometimes the concerts are funded by multinational companies and we have to tour 20 states.

Multiply N3m by 20 states and you will understand what I am saying. The situation has indeed improved”.

Prophetess Deborah Arrested By Delta State Police For Kidnap Threats


Kidnap activities are being practiced even by prophets in Delta State. The police unit in the capital of the state, Asaba, confirmed the arrest of a prophetess for forwarding text messages to a woman with demands to get a sum of N1.5m or risk being kidnapped.

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The suspect, simply identified as Deborah, has sent the messages with threats to the victim, known as Caroline Nnakwe. However, Caroline was not intimidated, showed the messages to the police.

The officers in Asaba reacted immediately, which led to arrest of the prophetess, and the owner of the GSM line involved in sending the threat messages, Nkem Onyia.

The police command of the state refused to disclose any more details of the incident, stated that the matter was being investigated.

The public relations officer further briefed the journalist about another foiled case of abduction in the area.

A gang of three suspected kidnappers was neutralised on May 27, 2014, Tuesday. The hoodlums operated along Nnebisi Road in Asaba, made an attempt to abduct a person, identified as Idah Moses. The suspects used a Toyota Camry, plate number RSH 173 HY, for their operation.

Upon receiving the kidnap alert the operatives moved out and located the vehicles near one of the local offices of Zenith Bank, Asaba. The criminals tried to steal a vehicle parked within the bank premises. The operatives managed to seize all of them.

The trio of confessed kidnappers included Lucky Ochongor from Obiaruku, Frank Adigwe from Ibusa and Moses Eke from Kwale.

The police promised to bring all of the arrested criminals to justice.

LASU: Striking Lecturers Might Be Fired, University Closed


Striking Lagos State University lecturers might be fired, said the state governor’s special adviser on education Otunba Fatai Olukoga.

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The official also claimed that if the protest continued, they might be forced to close the Lagos State University.

Responding to the demand of LASU lecturers, who want 70 to be the retirement age, Olukoga was quoted saying by PM News it was not possible noting that lecturers cannot become Metuselahs in the system:

“If you are a good lecturer and you retire at 60, you would be reappointed by the government and be given more money than what you are getting before, that was the challenge we throw at them but they are not ready for that.”

The governor’s adviser also explained that early retirement would enable employment for young people.

Olukoga criticized the strikers over their unwillingness to grow professionally, to do research work and publish books to justify their demands for promotion and longer years of service.

“Today, we have N1 billion naira in the kitty for research in all our institutions, and we ask all the lecturers to come and access it. You won’t believe that we did not have any lecturer from LASU that applied. The majority of those who applied were from the University of Lagos and other institutions.”

Meanwhile one of the university lecturers, who pleaded anonymity, said:

“Let the school fees be reduced, attend to the issues of promotion decisively, and allow lecturers stay till 70 years, that is all we seek and we are not backing out either.”

13 Dead In Head-On Crash, 14 Hospitalized In Sokoto


A head-on сrash took lives of 13 in a road accident at Tudun-Dukiya village, Sokoto state, on 29 May.

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Two vehicles, Peaugeot J-5 bus travelling from Jos to Illela collided head on with a Toyota Starlet car travelling from Illela to Sokoto, and instantly both of the cars caught fire.

The accident that have occurred at about 9 p.m. claimed lives of 13 people, including women and children, while 14 others were seriously injured. Some of the affected persons have first-degree burns.

The injured persons were rushed to the Illela General Hospital and to the Uthmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) in Sokoto State, Dr Umar Gummi, confirmed the report. According to him, the deceased persons were burnt to ashes and their identities would be difficult to establish.

Bayelsa Speaker’s 90 Year-old Mother-In-Law Kidnapped


Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Kombowei Benson today was hit with the news that his 90 year-old mother-in-law Madam Ogboro Dark has been kidnapped by armed men.

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Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Kombowei Benson

The elderly lady popularly known as Obololo was taken by gunmen in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

She was taken in her hometown at around 2.00 am this morning, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the armed men were said to have entered her home community through the waterside in three speed boats.

A witness told the reporters: “the gunmen came at about 2.00 am.

“They shot sporadically before making their way to the woman’s home; we were all afraid because of the gunshots.“They seized her and took her away to an unknown place. “They showed no pity at the age of the woman,” the source said.

Police Commissioner in the state Mr Hilary Opara has confirmed the kidnapping saying his men have already started investigating the abduction

Terrible: 15-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped By 38 Men In Abandoned Hut


Terrible: 15-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped By 38 Men In Abandoned Hut

NAN – Malaysian police have detained 13 men and are still looking for other suspects following allegations that a 15-year-old girl was raped by 38 men in an abandoned hut, a report said on Friday.

The media reported that the assault took place in the Northern state of Kelantan on May 20 when the girl met a girlfriend and was lured to an empty hut reported to be a local drug haunt.

It said that the men took turns to rape her for hours.

Police said they were also investigating whether her 17-year-old friend was also raped.

Report says the alleged attack, which is one of several brutal cases this week underscoring the violence to which women are being subjected across Asia, sparked outrage among women.

Politicians from a Muslim party running in the region said that their proposal to introduce Islamic hudud law with harsh penalties would deter offenders.

State and federal police officers either declined comment or could not be immediately reached.

Media accounts, quoting information from district police chief, Azham Otham, said that 38 men were involved in the crime.

The reports said that several of those detained had tested positive for amphetamine.

It added that a man and his two teenage sons were among those detained.

However, police said action could have been taken had villagers reported the addicts’
presence.

“It is very disturbing to me that no one in the village was even suspicious when the closest neighbour was a mere 20 metres away,’’ police chief, Azham said.

According to police statistics, almost 3,000 rape cases were reported to the police in 2012, of which 52 per cent involved girls of 16 and below.

Convicted rapists face up to 30 years in prison and whipping, but many on internet sites wanted stricter punishment.

 

 

Kogi Gov Wada Fires Education Officials For Stealing Teachers’ Salaries


Kogi Gov Wada Fires Education Officials For Stealing Teachers’ Salaries

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State on Thursday announced the sack of the chairman and members of the State Universal Education Board, SUBEB, accusing them of diverting salaries meant for primary school teachers.

 

The officials were involved in widespread corruption, and had been removed over “mismanagement and dishonesty” the governor said Thursday.

He explained that investigations into complaints of non-payment of salaries of primary school teachers’ emanating from SUBEB revealed widespread corruption.

“There was gross misappropriation and dishonesty; we gave them a long rope but they failed,” the governor told journalists in the state capital, Lokoja.

“One of the things I did was to give the SUBEB chairman time and I asked him to give me his own deadline to clear all the salary arrears.

“He said he would clear them before Easter period and I told him that I will hold him responsible if he failed and he said I should trust him.

“But after that, I was still getting complaints upon complaints that he still owed teachers’ salaries from January till date, and a responsible government cannot do that,” he said.

The governor noted that a critical element for quality education was quality teachers, adding that an unpaid teacher could not be a quality teacher “no matter how bright the teacher is.”

“You must pay teachers for the work they do and the money for SUBEB to do so is there as money is deducted every month for the payment of teachers’ salary.

“It is not about lack of money but mismanagement,” he said.

Mr. Wada said he gave members of the board enough time while collating evidence about the mismanagement going on at the board.

He said that a committee he constituted, headed by Steven Aku, to investigate the board, cleared the arrears of teachers’ salary up to March.
The governor said the issue led to strike by members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state.

While the strike had been officially called off, the teachers have threatened to not go back to their classrooms until the arrears of their salary were cleared.

The governor assured that the committee would likely pay the outstanding arrears till May in a fortnight to enable primary schools re-open.

 

SAD: Body Of Emir Of Gwoza Killed In Boko Haram Ambush Recovered (PICTURED)


The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, in Borno state passed away on Friday, May 30, 2014 as members of Boko Haram terrorist group ambushed and attacked attacked a convoy of the Emirs of Gwoza, Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza II, and Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammed Askirama II, who were travelling to Gombe for the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe.

 


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Nigerian troops deployed in Garkida responded to the attack and the Emirs of Uba and Askira were secured, according to a statement from the defence headquarters spokesman, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade.

Troops are currently on aggressive patrols along the entire route with a view to apprehending the perpetrators and keeping the area safe.

Meanwhile, raids carried out by troops of the Special Task Force operating in the north-central part of the country have led to the  arrest of 23 members of armed gangs terrorizing the region.

The suspects including a hard drugs supplier were apprehended during raids on camps and criminal hideouts located in Bukuru, Jos South and Barkin Ladi general areas.  All the suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigation before they will be handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency.

Pictures Of Actress Queen Nwokoye In Action.


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If you are a lover of Nollywood movies then you most have come across the amazing actress Queen Nwokoye, She decided to share this fun pictures of her on set with her fans. see pictures below..

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Kwankwaso mediates as plot to impeach Nyako thickens


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Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and his Adamawa counterpart, Murtala Nyako, Monday held a closed door meeting with members of Adamawa House of Assembly over alleged rift between the latter and state lawmakers.

Newsdiaryonline reports that the meeting held at the Presidential Lodge of Government House, in Yola, started around 1600hours and lasted for several hours.

It was gathered that meeting was to be attended by Governor Magatakarda Wammako of Sokoto but the plane that conveyed him could not land at Yola Airport due to rainstorm.

Adamawa lawmakers were led to the meeting by the Speaker, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri. He, however, refused to speak to newsmen at the end of the meeting, rushing to a waiting car which sped off,

Kwankwaso, who is believed to have spoke on the need to allow peace to reign, appealed to the lawmakers to drop plans of removing his colleague from office.

Queried on his mission in the Northeastern state, the Kano chief executive simply replied: “I am here to see my senior brother. We had some good discussions that are very much relevant to Kano and Adamawa states.”

Last week’s defection of the only three All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in assembly to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has fuelled speculations that unless a miracle happens, it may only be a matter of time before Nyako is ousted.

It would be recalled that the trio of Kwankwaso, Wammako and Nyako, last year joined the APC, after dumping PDP, the platform that brought them to power.

Pregnant Kefee collapses mid-air on flight to Chicago, pilot makes emergency landing


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Gospel music sensation and Kokoroko crooner, Irikefe Obarike, famously known as Kefee, got everyone worried when she collapsed mid flight on her way to Chicago Thursday morning.

As a result, the plane had to make an emergency landing so she can receive medical attention in Los Angeles.

The singer, who is in her first trimester, is currently responding to treatments.

Recall that Kefee, last week dropped a single, ‘Them Go Talk’.

‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 players Keshi MUST drop after the friendly against Scotland


Joseph Yobo: Watching the game on Wednesday night, you are forced to wonder what the cry for Yobo’s return was all about. The Fenerbahce defender – who spent the last few months at Norwich – did not lok assured at the back and his position was suspect at times. It was great for him getting his 95th cap, but Keshi should not take him to Brazil.

Michael Uchebo: Blessed with looks like highlife crooner, Flavour, this striker does not quite attract any plaudits on the pitch. Erratic, indecisive and technically poor. Brown Ideye should be in the squad ahead of him.

Shola Ameobi: What is Ameobi doing in the Super Eagles squad really? Keshi needs to mend fences with Ikechukwu Uche and ditch the former Newcastle frontman. When presented with decent opportunities in the first half, the imposing striker squandered them.

Azubuike Egwueke: He spent his evening in company of Yobo. And what a terrible partnership they struck up. Credited with the own goal that put the Scots ahead for the second time, Egwueke always looked as if he was on the verge of an error. Oboabona and Omeruo should be first choice definitely.

Austin Ejide: Apart from Vincent Enyeama, what we have now have in the national team are fat, error-prone goalkeepers. Nigerians must start praying that nothing happens to the Lille stopper, or else it will be party time for Messi, Dzeko and Aguero.
P.S: It was great to see Osaze Odemwingie back in the green of Nigeria. Didn’t have much time, but he reminded us of the skill, pace and invention he brings to the team. Must go to the World Cup!

Osun lecturers’ pension fund: Omisore asks EFCC to probe Aregbesola


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Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) flagbearer in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, over the weekend, tasked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to immediately probe Governor Rauf Aregbesola over alleged non-remittance of contributory pension deductions of academic and non-academic staff in the state owned tertiary institutions.

He said this had become imperative to save the future of the workers, who he said had embarked on almost four months industrial action over the matter and other demands, which the state government had failed to address.

Students in higher institutions in Osun State had stormed the streets of Osogbo, in a protest last Thursday, halting socio-economic activities for some hours over the prolonged strike action by their lecturers.

Omisore, in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, decried what he termed gross insensitivity of Governor Aregbesola to the plights of the lecturers, which truncated academic activities for almost four months.

According to him, “it is only an illiterate governor that would allow the closure of four tertiary institutions in the state for about four months without attending to the agitations of the workers.

“The demands and agitations of the striking workers of the institutions are genuine, legitimate and just. It is criminal on the part of the governor to deduct the 7.5 per cent of the workers’ salary for Monthly Pension Contributions as established by the Federal Government without remittance to the Pension Fund Administrators’ (PFA) account for about 20 months”.

He further condemned non-implementation of 65 years retirement age for the academic staff as gazetted by the Federal Government and implemented by all institutions in the country except in Osun State.

Omisore added that it was only somebody who had never seen the four walls of a university that could be insensitive to the yearnings of educators in the state.

He challenged the governor to give detail accounts of what he had done with the lecturers’ pensions running to about N20 billion, urging parents and guardians in the state to prevail upon Aregbesola to listen to legitimate demands of the striking tertiary institutions’ workers.

Reacting over the PDP’s call on EFCC to probe Aregbesola, APC’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, in Osun, Kunle Oyatomi, said “Omisore has become notorious for telling lies about Osun, so much so that some PDP members themselves are becoming embarrassed that most people no longer see this man as a witness of truth on Osun matters.

“Everything Omisore has said about the teachers’ strike in Osun is false. He told similar heaps of lies about Osun debt until the PDP-led Federal Government confirmed that Omisore is not a witness of truth. As he lied about debt so he is lying about teachers’ pension”.

It would be recalled that academic activities have been paralysed in the four tertiary institutions in Osun State: Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; Osun State Colleges of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun, as a result of industrial action embarked upon by lecturers and non-teaching staff of the institutions over alleged non-remittance of their monthly Contributory Pension deductions to the Pension Managers since 20 months ago, and non-implementation of 65 years retirement age of the academic staff of the institutions.

Court upholds Obuah as PDP Chairman in Rivers state


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The Felix Obuah-led People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has expressed gladness over the Appeal Court judgment that favoured its Chairman and the Secretary, Ibibia Walter.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja had affirmed the judgment of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, which sacked Chief Godspower Ake as the Chairman of the PDP in Rivers State.

The Abuja High Court had returned Felix Obuah and Ibibia Walter as Chairman and Secretary of the party in the state.

Ake and another member of the sacked executive council had filed the appeal against the decision of the Abuja High Court.

In its ruling, a three-man panel of the appellate court Justices, led by Justice Ahmed Yahaya, upheld the arguments the respondents.

Three members of the sacked executive council, on whose behalf Ake had filed the appeal, had dissociated themselves from the case and sought that it be struck out because their consent was not obtained before the legal action was commenced.

The party’s Assistant Legal Secretary, Emmanuel Utchay, and an ex-officio member, Evelyn Weke, also objected to the appeal and prayed the court to strike it out.

The panel, in a unanimous ruling, held that the appellants were wrong to have filed the appeal in representative capacity without the consent of those, on whose behalf the appeal was filed.

Meanwhile, in a statement signed by Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser, Media to the Rivers State Chairman of the PDP said the judgment had proven that the emergence of Obuah as the Chairman of the party in the state was never a doubt.

In another development, the PDP in Rivers State says there was nothing to show for the celebration of Democracy Day in the state compared to the resources that had accrued to the state government under the present administration.

Jonathan declares amnesty for Boko Haram members – Minister


Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, on Thursday disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has announced amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect as parts of his administration’s youths-friendly programmes and policies.

Haruna disclosed this while giving an overview of youth’s position in the present administration’s transformation agenda at a special event tagged “A day with young leaders of Nigeria” to mark the nation’s Democracy Day in Abuja.

The minister said series of integration programmes have been lined up for members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.

He therefore called on them to embrace the government’s gesture.

The minister said, “President Goodluck Jonathan has also declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect.

“Series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.

“Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the Federal Government, to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key to amnesty programme.”

He recalled that in the wake of youth restiveness in the Niger Delta, the government came up with a development programme which provided an opportunity for the youth to express themselves and have a meaningful life.

Haruna said although the amnesty programme was a fallout of a bitter national security, its effect on the youth had been profound.

He disclosed that 30,000 youths have benefitted from the programme which has seen beneficiaries transforming from militants to wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens.

Jonathan, while answering questions from youths who attended the programme, said military alone was incapable of stopping terrorism or any kind of radicalism.

He said terrorism could not succeed in any community without local supports.

He stressed the need for people who are respected by the insurgents to join hands with government to persuade them to desist.

The President said, “Terror succeeds with local support. It will be difficult for terror to thrive where people reject it. It is a major challenge to all of us.

“Military alone cannot stop terror or any radicalism. Terrorists have people they respect, they have community, traditional and opinion leaders they respect. All of us can deradicalise them.

“We will through persuasive activities encourage people to shun violence.”

He said his government was already working out the modalities for reintroducing moral education into school curriculum.

This, he said, would assist in re-orientation the young people in order to distinguish between right and wrong things.

Jonathan promised that his administration would continue to encourage young people because they are no longer leaders of tomorrow but of today.

He said youths are already leading because they decide who rules at all levels of government by virtue of their population which he put at 60 per cent of the electorates.

The President also reiterated his position that the nation’s income distribution was skewed.

While saying that government was working hard to redistribute wealth, he added that one of the emphasis of the government is to encourage self-employment.

Responding to a question on the need to have a youth as the Minister of Youth Development, Jonathan said “the best person to take care of a child may not necessarily be a child.”

He added that the young ones needed to tap from the experiences of older ones.

He also stressed the need for political parties to give women more opportunities.

The event which was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja was nearly marred by interruption in power supply.

The ugly incident occurred at the time Jonathan mounted the podium to present a compendium of his administration’s achievements in the last one year and answer questions from youths who attended the event.

Jonathan remained standing in front of the participants with his security aides for about 15 minutes while the power failure caused by the generating set being used lasted.

He was at the verge of returning to his seat to give organisers time to rectify the fault when power was finally restored.

President of the Senate, David Mark; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, were among dignitaries who were conspicuously absent at the special event.

Among former Heads of State, only the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, attended the event.

He was joined by a former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme; and a former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya.

Jonathan attended the event alongside his wife, Patience; Vice President Namadi Sambo; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Maryam Mukhtar.

The tone for the event was set by the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, who narrated the circumstances leading to his appointment as a minister at a young age of 33.

The event featured the presentation of the third anniversary of the present administration’s transformation agenda in book form by the President, a video documentary of the third anniversary of the transformation agenda and the launching of Youth Entrepreneurial Mentorship and Empowerment Scheme among others.

Highlight of the event also included a motivational talk by the Chief Executive Officer, Mara Foundation, Mr. Ashish Takker, said to be the youngest African billionaire.

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Chibok Girls: 90% of #BringBackOurGirls Protesters are APC Members – Maku


The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, on Wednesday alleged that about 90 per cent of protesters campaigning for the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, Borno State, are members of the All Progressives Congress.

Maku said this while answering questions from State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Jonathan.

The minister took a swipe at the APC, saying a lot of the nation’s resources were being spent by the Federal Government on insecurity in states controlled by the party.

This notwithstanding, he alleged that about 90 per cent of protesters campaigning for the release of the over 200 schoolgirls were members of the APC.

He said, “The entire money we are spending is to maintain security in states controlled by that party. So why do you come back and start playing politics?

“We are busy spending money to maintain security in those states, what have they done about it? Because 90 per cent of all insurgency is in states controlled by that party, 90 per cent of those campaigning to bring back Chibok girls are members of that party.

“I think that honestly if we want this country to grow, we must ask the relevant questions. The Chibok girls remain our number one priority, we will never sleep, we will not rest until God brings them out.

“The Federal Government is a fire fighter. We did not create this insurgence or the structure that led to them, you know where they came from but you are now blaming the fire fighter for the fire.”

The minister said after reviewing the performance of the first implementation plan of Vision 20:2020, the council returned a verdict that the country was on the right course under Jonathan.

“We believe that the President needs to be congratulated and we did so because we believe what he has done in the last three years is a miracle if we look at the challenges, clear bottlenecks that were placed on his path by some of us the citizens of this country,” he said.

Maku said it was clear that Nigeria under Jonathan had done better than most countries in Africa despite the challenges confronting the nation.

He insisted that the killings, kidnappings and vandalism being recorded in parts of the country were planned to frustrate Jonathan and his administration.

Despite these, however, Maku said the President had been able to improve the nation’s economy with his various reforms.

He said after deliberating on the achievements and challenges of the vision between 2010 and 2013, the council returned the document to the Ministry of National Planning to rework some issues raised.

‘I Know Boko Haram Leader Shekau’s Hide-out’


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Controversial Islamic scholar and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly called Shiite Muslim group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has alleged that the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau was being shielded by the Nigerian military.

Zakzaky who spoke at the Movement’s 2014 Martyr day in Zaria on Sunday also alleged that the Boko Haram activities were part of covert operation by the developed nations to balkanize Nigeria and plunder its resources.

While claiming he knows the hide out of the nation’s most wanted man, Zakzaky said:

“Abubakar Shekau is presently being kept safe in a military camp. Let no one be fooled, there is nothing like Boko Haram. It is a covert operation to balkanize Nigeria and steals its resources in the name of search of Boko Haram insurgents. If you can fool others, we cannot be fooled.

“They have realised that there is gold in Zamfara and Zaria, Birnin-Gwari, gold and platinum in Sokoto and Borno. They did it in Iraq, as they went in search of weapons of mass destruction which they never found but plunged the country in chaos.

“The same thing was experimented in Afghanistan before our eyes. The Western countries are experimenting the second phase of scramble for Africa with great expectations from Nigeria.

“The U.S. and Israel see the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as the greatest threat to achieving their sinister objective, hence the constant clampdown attempt and arrest of our members.”

While alleging victimization of its members by the Nigerian authorities, he asked for the immediate release of two of its members Haruna Abbas and Ibrahim Hussain, who he said was arrested over a year ago for no just cause and “unjustifiably” detained without trial.

“No law or constitutional provision allows for such a lengthy detention without trial and without visitation by families and friends, especially in a democratic government Nigeria is claiming to operate,” Zakzaky said.

Meanwhile, an inter-religious group, Think-Nigeria Christian/Muslim Initiative wants Nigerians to work hard to expose activities of terrorist groups in the country and ensure religious harmony in the country.

While commending multi-billionaire businessman, Alhaji Umaru Abdulmutallab, who reported his son Faruk to the authorities when he became radicalized, the group in a communiqué at the end of a two day summit in Kaduna asked parents to pay more attention to their children and wards in order to protect them from activities of religious extremists.

 

$49.8bn oil fund: Sanusi lied – Senate


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The Senate, yesterday, said that the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi lied by saying that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, misapplied $49.8 billion accruing from crude oil sales. It said that only $20 billion or N3.26 trillion was missing.
It said that it could not see how Sanusi arrived at his allegations that the money was missing.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, PDP, Kaduna North, who made this known yesterday, said that contrary to Sanusi’s allegations, there was nothing like any unremitted $49. 8 billion.
This was contained in the report submitted by the committee at Senate plenary, yesterday.
Makarfi said that his committee made rigorous investigations into the allegation, but could not see how Sanusi arrived at the missing money.
“The committee could not see how the figure of $49.8billion was arrived at by the (former) CBN Governor in the first instance,” the Committee added.
It noted that the total crude oil liftings between January 2012 and July 2013 was $67 billion and not $65 billion as the suspended CBN Governor alleged.
“There was nothing like unremitted $49.8 billion. All the agencies-CBN, NNPC, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources had agreed after reconciliation meetings that $47 billion out of the $67 billion had been credited to the Federation Account. The amount to be accounted for, therefore was $20 billion,” the committee observed.
Sanusi had claimed in his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan that $49.8 billion from crude oil revenue was missing, prompting nationwide outrage.
However, the Makarfi Committee’s report cleared the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum of any shady deals and directed the NNPC and the Ministry of Finance as well as other relevant agencies to reconcile another $300 million.
The committee observed that $ 5.254 billion PMS subsidy claims certified by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, as part of the $20 billion to be accounted for was adequately covered by the Appropriation Acts of 2012 and 2013.
The committee’s report further noted that the “CBN Governor at the first hearing had put forward the figure of $12 billion as monies to be reconciled and changed his position to $20 billion at subsequent hearing. In the conclusion of his written submission, that it could be $20 billion, $12 billion, $10.8 billion or anything in between, the CBN Governor orally or in writing never outrightly submitted that monies were missing but that monies were not remitted to the Federation Account by the NNPC.
The report further recommended the immediate passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke continues to sanitise the industry.
It equally recommended the abolition of subsidy regime, saying, “there is the need for the subsidy regime to be totally discontinued with.
“All stakeholders should be consulted and carried along as much as possible before abolishing the subsidy,” it added.

Bank Manager Shot Dead In Port Harcourt


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Suspected armed robbers shot and killed four policemen and a middle-aged man identified as a regional manager of a new generation bank in Rivers State Wednesday.

It was gathered that the incident took place at about 9:45am at the Igwuruta Roundabout in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

The bank manager was said to be in a Toyota Hilux Van with the policemen conveying unspecified amount of money to another destination when the suspected robbers, who had laid ambush for them, attacked them, killing all five occupants of the vehicle.

PDP Already Looking Beyond 2015 And Even 2019, Says Anenih


Tony-Anenih-418x215Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT), Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday expressed the confidence that the ruling party would rule beyond 2019.

Anenih, in a statement titled: “Nigeria is stronger than it has ever been” issued in Abuja to mark Democracy Day, said the party is looking beyond the next election because it has kept faith with the Nigerian people in the last 15 years since the return to democratic rule.

Anenih praised the PDP-led Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, saying it has been upholding the tenets of democracy.

He said despite the security challenges bedevilling the country, Nigeria remains stronger than it has ever been.

The PDP chieftain while appreciating the support of Nigerians for the party over the years, noted that the democratic journey is proof that the ruling party has faithfully discharged its duty to the country.

“Indeed, in its 15 years at the helm of affairs of our great nation, the PDP has created an atmosphere that allows total freedom of expression, dissent and the greatest level of inclusive political participation ever recorded in our country.  A case in point is that never before has Nigeria seen the high number of women in senior elective and appointive positions as obtains today under the PDP’s leadership

“Moreover, it is to the credit of the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan-led PDP government that this ambience of democratic freedom has encouraged the most combative opposition rhetoric ever experienced in Nigeria’s history.  President Jonathan has also demonstrated respect for the rule of law by his non-interference in judicial, legislative and electoral matters.

“Ironically, our liberal and exceptionally tolerant president has been vilified for promoting and protecting the very democratic freedoms that others are using unfairly against the government”, he said.

The PDP BoT chairman said the party would, however, continue to be on the side of what is right by upholding the sanctity of unhindered democratic interaction and expression in our country.

“The PDP is looking beyond 2015 and even 2019 when the Fourth Republic will be twenty years old”, he stated, adding that the party would continue to strengthen the mechanism for internal democracy while urging other parties to follow suit.

Plot To Impeach Oshiomhole, His Deputy, Speaker Thickens


edo-state-governor-comrade-adams-oshiomhole-360x225A clandestine plot to impeach Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State, his deputy, Pius Odubu and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Uyi Igbe, has reportedly thrown the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into confusion.

The impeachment plot, spear-headed by four APC lawmakers, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is purportedly being bankrolled by an Abuja-based politician from the state.

According to LEADERSHIP reports, the lawmakers, who are expected to execute the plot, might have been paid N30million each with additional offer of N20million later.

One of the defected lawmakers, Hon Friday Ogierakhi, when contacted on the development, however, denied the allegation, saying they were never induced by anybody to dump the APC for PDP, stressing that the move was based on principle.

“We have heard the allegation; it is not true; it is a sign of a drowning party”, he said.

It was learnt that the plot was hatched with the aim of giving the PDP an easy ride to victory in the state House of Assembly and National Assembly elections come 2015.

Furthermore, if the plot to impeach the trio succeeds, one of the lawmakers, who recently defected to PDP, is expected to be elevated from Speakership position to governor.

In a swift reaction yesterday to the plot, the majority leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr Philip Shaibu, stated, “We are aware of their plots but they will fail. My joy is that we have lawmakers here who believe strongly in the developmental strides of the Comrade Governor, so they can never be part of such plot to impeach the governor.

“We are very much aware of all the moves they are making to destabilise the state, to ensure that the Comrade Governor does not continue his developmental efforts but they are wasting their time”, he added.

Deeper Life Bible Church Pastor Sentenced To Six Years Imprisonment For Fraud


Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo, a Pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church, has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by a federal court in New York.

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Deeper life pastor, Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo

The former Brooklyn-based civil attorney will be spending time in a United States prison in a case of defrauding banks, mortgage lenders, property owners, and property buyers.

Mr. Abakporo was sentenced on Wednesday, May 28 along with his co-defendant, Latanya Pierce, who received a lighter, 30-month sentence.

They were both found guilty of the federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and bank transfer fraud, involving at least two mortgage property lenders.

Abakporo will most likely be deported to Nigeria after he is done serving his sentence, with the likelihood of a three-year supervisory probation release waved.

The presiding judge in the federal case, US District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin immediately remanded the accused into custody.

His wife and two children wept openly in the courtroom as he was being taken away in handcuffs.

The legal fate of Abakporo and Pierce was never in doubt.  Both were convicted in 2013, in a wide-ranging series of illegal transactions in New York City defrauding banks, mortgage lenders, property owners, and property buyers over a nine-year stretch, dating back to 2003.