Pele’s Son Sentenced To 33 Years In Prison For Laundering Drug Money


The son of legend footballer, Pele, Edinho, 43, has been sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for laundering drug money.

He admitted to being a drug addict but protested saying he was innocent of other charges.

Edinho who played for Santos two decades ago is a goalkeeping coach at Santos and has served time in jail for drug trafficking before now

Nigerian Agent Caught On Camera Charging To Fix Matches


The  Sun                                                             Henry Okoroji Just few days after the National Crime Agency (NCA), looked into match-fixing allegations that surrounded the international friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Tartan Army of Scotland, Agent Henry Chukwuma Okoroji has been caught on camera claiming he could arrange a yellow card for more than £41,000 and a penalty for £81,000, during the 2014 World Cup games in Brazil to an undercover reporter of The Sun.

He told the reporter, he could fix matches and organise certain outcomes at the tournament which kicks off this month.

To convince the reporter he invited Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onzai to the meeting, though reports say Ogenyi isn’t involved in the scam) to confirm his authenticity.

Police are currently investigating the video.

I Will Definitely Re-Marry- Toni Payne


Music promoter, Toni Payne whose marriage to 9ice hit the rocks barely two years of living together has agreed to re-marry after shying away from this question for a long time. Toni in a new interview with Thisdayagreed she would get married in the nearest future and even though she denied she is presently not in a relationship, her answers suggests she is in one. She also spoke about her son, who she said is fine and surrounded by love. Find the interview after the cut.

How do you cope as a single mum, taking care of your son alone?

My son is fine. He has an excellent support system around him. Lots of love and care and I am grateful to God for his blessings.

Would you consider re-marrying anytime in the future?

Yes of course.

Are you in a relationship at the moment?

I have always joked that no one will know if I am in a serious relationship till after years together.

There is an element of truth in that joke. I may change my mind as my spirit moves me but for now, I’ll keep that to myself

So that implies that you are in a relationship?

No, it implies I am not ready to share that information.

Is the person in the entertainment industry as well?

I don’t know oh! If he is short, tall, fair, dark, cute or ok I don’t know.

Since you said you’ll surely re-marry, what qualities do you look out for in a man?

The beautiful thing about growth is it helps you further learn what you want from life or in this case a partner. Top qualities for me would be compassion, care, love, ambition, hard working and honesty. Someone who loves me and everything that is mine genuinely and to a certain degree unselfishly. I am so romantic so he has to be too.

How A Male Nurse Was Allegedly Duped By A Designer & Nollywood Director


Steve Ugo                                                               The Designer A male nurse, Steve Ugo based overseas has been posting several pictures of a Nigerian designer on his Instagram page alleging that he was duped by him. He claimed he sent the designer, King_Unic the sum of $1000 to make him clothes. According to him, he didn’t get the clothes and instead King denied he ever collected a penny from him.

To prove he knows what he was saying, he posted the western union papers to buttress his point. But in another post when some commenters who knew King got involved, King said he never collected any money from him, and his case was laughable. That made Steve really upset and cursed him the more. Some of what he said to him after the cut.

DRESS SO NICELY BUT U GAT A CRIMINAL BLOOD RUNNING THRU UR VEINS. THIEVES ARE D FIRST PERSON TO PUT GOD FIRST ON THEIR PAGE. GOD FIRST AND U SCAM ME OF 1000$ and u r lieing on it. SMH

SCAMMMMMMMMMERRRRRRRALERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTT$1000,$1000,$1000 and he is lieing that he owe me nothing. This is the last time I will place orders on the IG

Look so innocent but he has a criminal blood flowing through his blood, arteries, capillaries, veins. I can’t work for 12 hours in the hospital and let my money go like that. SCAMM ALERT: @king_unic_dailystyle

In UK: is very difficult and challenging to owe a job. Here in NA: I can’t work for 12 hours at the hospital, clean ass, bath myself with both infected and uninflected blood, wash dishes, cook at the restaurant under thick firewood that comes from d gas and let my money go like that. Coming from wonderful service but u r a scammer. Thank God am not perfect but am working towards perfection. THIEF SCAMMER LIEING U DONT OWE MEAs if that was not enough, Steve Ugo also accused a Nollywood director, Vincent Da Anointed of abducting him and his friend, when he came to Nigeria to discuss a movie deal with him, stole his Iphone 5, Gold neck lace, rings, bracelet, shoes and N20,000 cash.

Steve Ugo has been tagging popular actors and actresses on Instagram, telling them how dubious Vincent is.

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Boko Haram Kills 60 In Today’s Adamawa Brothel Bomb Blast


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Another bomb blast have occurred today in Adamawa around 6pm in a bar and brothel located very close to a major military base in Mubi, Adamawa.

Soldiers and civilians usually sit there to eat, drink and have fun at the brothel named Kabang.

No fewer than 60 people were killed in the blast.

‘Chibok Girls May Return With Strange Orientation’


A renowned human rights activist and former negotiator, Comrade Shehu Sani who recently urged the Federal Government to take the path of honour and accept Boko Haram’s deal to swap the abducted Chibok girls with Boko haram prisoners on May 31 raised the alarm on the fate of the victims.

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Sani said that the prolonged abduction of over 200 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram sects on April 14 could dramatically alter the fate and orientation of the girls.

According to Sani, the longer the girls were kept by their captors, the higher the potential of their being hypnotised and brainwashed to accept radicalism and terrorism.

”But the danger of keeping these girls, without either using negotiation or force to free them, is that, everyday these girls are being brainwashed by the insurgents,” the former negotiator said.

” If we are not careful, the Chibok girls that would come out of captivity would not be the same girls that went into captivity. They would be indoctrinated, they would be hypnotised and brainwashed to the point that they would be transformed into insurgents themselves. And of what use will they be then?

”These are very young girls in their teens with very open and vulnerable minds but open to dangerous ideas. You can see how a man would abduct a girl, whose parents don’t like him and by the time the girl comes back she is ready to fight with her parents.
”So, the danger is that as the clocks ticks, it is ticking for us , for the girls and for our reputation and integrity as a country.”

Asked if the insurgents were ready to take the window of the opportunity provided by the Federal Government to lay down their arms and accept amnesty, Sani said the government was unserious and insincere over amnesty for the insurgents.

The President of Civil Rights Congress said it was not possible for President Goodluck Jonathan to give amnesty and also declare full scale war against the insurgents.

He asked:” How can the insurgents come out and enter the open door of the amnesty when there is a price tag on the head of the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, by the United States, which was also supported by the Nigerian government?

”How can the insurgents enter the open door of the amnesty when already there is an anti-terrorism law that outlaws the group and criminalises any form of communication with its members?

”How can the insurgents embrace the open door provided by the amnesty when there is a state of emergency in place and forces to go after any insurgent that rears his head up?

How can the insurgents embrace the amnesty when Nigeria sponsored the resolution at the United Nations that blacklisted the group?

How can the insurgents avail themselves of amnesty when Nigeria invited the United States, Israel, France and Britain, whose drones are already hovering over their heads? I think what we have is a President that is confused and does not know how to handle the Boko Haram situation.

Tinubu Set To Join Presidential Race?


Former Governor of Lagos State and a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who declared in April that nobody can stop him from contesting for Presidency in 2015 elections if he decides to run is said to publicly make his intentions to seek the party’s presidential ticket known after the party’s national convention slated for June 13 and 14 in Abuja.

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Tinubu who was accused of imposing a candidate on Lagos is said to have changed his plan to serve as the running mate to General Muhammadu Buhari if the latter gets the nomination, according to sources within the Party.

This development may not be unconnected to the resounding objections against a Muslim-Muslim ticket which the Tinubu-and-Buhari ticket would reflect.

Meanwhile another inside source said that the change of plan by Tinubu is to serve as a bargaining power for him, as the party is said to have already zoned the presidential ticket to the north in principle while the vice-presidential candidate is to therefore come from the south.

“The former Lagos State governor wants a chance to be picked as the running mate to whoever emerges as the party’s presidential flag-bearer,”. Those close to Tinubu said he wants to hold the south-west votes as a bargaining chip to force whoever may emerge as the favoured candidate to discuss with him.

The APC Governors are said they want Tinubu and other elders of the party to lead them instead of contesting because of the challenges in the country which they have described as a generational one.

Well aside Tinubu who has interesting in contesting in 2015 elections, other aspirants who may also declare include General Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and Governor Rochas Okorocha. So far, only Sam Nda-Isaiah has publicly declared his intention to run for president on the platform of the APC.

Tinubu is however yet to make any comment on the new development.

Cameroon Kills 40 Boko Haram Militants, Frees Three Foreign Men Of God


Cameroon’s armed forces liquidated at least 40 Boko Haram fighters in the North-western part of the country during the weekend. This has been confirmed by a government radio on June 1, 2014, Sunday.

The gunfight, which led to killing of suspected insurgents, took place in Kouserri town, close to the border with Nigeria and Chad.

This development came shortly after freeing a Canadian nun and two Italian priests from suspected Boko Haram abductors, May 31-July 1, 2014.

The information about a successful anti-terrorist operation emerged on the next day after Nigeria criticised Cameroon for its insufficient efforts in fighting Boko Haram.

The Federal Government considers Cameroon as not so cooperative, in comparison to Niger and Chad. The declarations were made on May 31, 2014, Saturday, despite Cameroon’s decision to send 1,000 troops to fight insurgents.

According to agreements reached at a security summit in Paris, Nigeria and its neighbours declared war on Boko Haram sect, agreed to intensify efforts aimed at fighting against insurgency and rescuing over 200 kidnapped GGSS Chibok girls.

Some of the actions would include sharing intelligence data, improving border patrols and coordination of actions.

Niger approved crossing its borders by Nigerian military in case it pursuit the militants. Similar agreement has been reached with Chad, while the situation with Cameroon remaines more complicated.

The two Italian priests Gianantonio Alllegri, Giampaolo Marta and a Canadian nun, Gilberte Bussier, were kidnapped by suspected Islamists in Northern Cameroon in April 2014.

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  • The two Italian priests Giampaolo Marta (R) and Gianantonio Alllegri (L), Vicenza’s Bishop Beniamino Pizziol (2ndR) and a resident during visit in Jericho, Maroua, northern Cameroon, in January 2014. Photo credit – AFP

The foreigners have regained freedom under undisclosed circumstances and were flown out of Maroua airport aboard a military plane in the morning of June 1, 2014, Sunday

Sudan Authorites To Free Meriam Ibrahim, Who Is On Death Row


An official of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry informed that a woman and a mother of the newly-born daughter, sentenced to death by hanging for abandoning Islam, would be freed in the coming few days.

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  • Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani Wedding Photo, 2011.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, who gave birth to her second child being in custody on May 28, 2014, Wednesday, will not be executed because, according to the under-secretary of the ministry, Abdullahi Alzareg, Sudan was a country committed to protecting the women and that guaranteed freedom of religion.

Khartoum has bowed to pressure put up by the U.K., other Western countries. Previously, the international community condemned the death penalty for Meriam, threatened to stop financial aid to Sudan, in case the judgement would not be reconsidered.

The 27-year-old woman, whose father was a Muslim, was raised as an Orthodox Christian. She got married to a US citizen born in South Sudan, Daniel Wani, in 2011, according to Christian traditions.

However, according to a Sudanese court, Ms Ibrahim must be regarded as a Muslim, as Islam had been the faith of her father. The court paid no attention to the fact that Meriam’s mother was a Christian and that the Muslim father was absent during convict’s childhood.

The court had annulled her Christian marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law.

The woman, however, refused to renounce her Christianity and, thereby, was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy. The court further delayed the execution for two years, in order to allow Ms Ibrahim to give birth and to nurse the baby.

The Islamic law, Shari’a, is in force in Sudan since 1980s.

The case sparked heated debates on the issue of converting from one religion into another, and whether abandoning the Islamic faith should be punished

Lagos Prophet Gives His Reason For Sleeping In Coffin


Spiritual leader and founder of ‘The Holy Michael Church of The Lord (Aladura) Cherubim and Seraphim along the Ikotun/Ejigbo area of the state, Pa Samuel Olawale has revealed his reason for sleeping in a coffin and grave.

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The Pastor who was a long time a police officer, is in his 80s who said he has been in evangelisation since 1957 when God called him said:

“Yes, it is true that I have a coffin covered with a black cloth in the church, it is in a big van. Not only this, I have a big hole dug by the altar. You can go and see it, take the picture. But for the grave or the hole, it is by the altar. And next time, I will open it for you while I am there. The two strange objects are pregnant with meanings. I have reasons why I am keeping them there.” he told The Nation

Pa Samuel Olawale (a.k.a Kogberegbe) who also goes out to preach with coffin gave his reason saying:

“Yes it is true that I am carrying the coffin about while preaching and what I am trying to point out is that no matter how wealthy you are you will not leave this world with these money, it all ends here. You will not go into the grave with your wealth or with money, be you a civil servant who stole money, be you an armed robber, be you a landlord or a caretaker, your money and wealth ends here the moment you are dead.”

“Any time I go out, I would at times sleep in the coffin, telling everybody that that is how we will end. Yes, we should remember this. If you are buried with expensive coffin, clothes and jewelleries, all will be stolen from you in the night and your carcass will be left. To me, life has no meaning until we come to God. Things are going wrong in this world and we should mend our ways.”

“Yes, I even sleep there (in the coffin and the grave) at times too, to let us know that we will all end up in the grave!” he said. Smh.

On what it is in the grave, the prophet said, “Nothing , it is empty , nothing.

School Children In Edo Hail Oshiomhole’s Free Bus Services


adams_oshiomhole_455297545Pupils and students in Benin, the Edo capital, have commended the state government for its free bus services for them.

The school children, who spoke in Benin, said that the gesture had made less their financial burden and should be sustained.

Miss Mary Osaro, a primary five pupil in Iwogban Primary School, Benin, said the gesture would enable more children to attend school.

“Most of my friends don’t go to school every day because their parents don’t have enough money to give to them as transport fares. But since Gov. Adams Oshiomhole has provided school buses for us free, I believe my friends will now be able to go to school every day”, she said.

Some of the school children, however, appealed to the operators of the buses to adjust their departure time in the morning to prevent them from going late to school.

They also called on the bus operators to cover more routes to enable majority of the school children to benefit from the services.

Some of the pupils and students in public schools also appealed to the state government to also renovate their dilapidated school buildings.They also urged the government to provide desks, chairs and tables in the schools and introduce more services such as free meals and use of computers.

Reacting, a staff of the bus company, who pleaded anonymity, said that “we are scared that this policy might affect our business, especially the marketers who formerly sold our tickets. But since it just started, we will wait for more directives from our management”.

NAN recalls that Oshiomhole on May 27 introduced the free bus services for school children in the state.

The governor said the gesture was part of measures to ensure the security of children in the state. (NAN)

APC Condemns Murder Of Emir, Insists Boko Haram Not Northern Response To Jonathan Presidency


apc-logoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has flayed the killing of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Friday, saying the act confirms the terror group as the enemy of the whole of Nigeria, rather than a group set up by some imaginary opposition political party or elites to destabilize the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the atrocious killing of the Emir is the clearest indication yet that the present administration has misdiagnosed the Boko Haram menace right from the beginning.

The opposition party recalled that when the indiscriminate activities of Boko Haram are placed side by side with others facts: that the group came into existence in 2002 when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was President and grew wings in 2009 when late Musa Yar’Adua was President, one would realize how deceitful and diversionary it is for anyone to portray the sect as an attempt to make Nigeria too hot for Jonathan to govern.

The statement said: “Boko Haram is not a northern response to a southern presidency, as some would have us believe. Boko Haram is an enemy of Nigeria; whether Christians or Muslims, southerners or northerners, the lowly or the elite, the young or the old, the poor and the rich. They must be seen for what they are: fringe elements who happen to have linked up with other terror groups around the world to acquire training and weapons which they are now using to terrorize a whole nation.

“That Emirs, who are Muslims and symbols of power in the north, can be so dastardly attacked, with deadly consequences, should convince those who would rather engage in blame game than fight the bandits that what the country faces is neither a strictly religious nor elite war, and make them to change their jaundiced mindset.

“If indeed Boko Haram was sponsored by the so-called northern elites against Jonathan, how come they are not even sparing the same elites? If indeed Boko Haram is sponsored by the north against Jonathan, why are their deadly attacks concentrated in the north, where they have killed thousands and destroyed facilities and infrastructure worth billions?

“Let us all see Boko Haram for what it is, and come together as a people to fight the insurgents, rather than engage in denial, blame game and finger pointing that can only weaken our resolve as a nation to tackle this fringe group squarely”, APC said.

Mohammed said the insurgency has festered because the government started off by not seeing it for what it is, thus losing valuable time to combat it, adding that when it started dawning on the government of the day that the nation was staring a monster in the face, it fumbled by seeking to make political capital out of the problem.

“Those who saw Boko Haram, erroneously, as a political trump card have now suffered a boomerang, and today the Jonathan Administration is seen globally as incompetent, clueless and rudderless largely because of its inept handling of the Boko Haram insurgency, especially the unfortunate abduction of innocent school girls which has lingered. This is what you get when you play politics with a serious national problem”, it said.

The opposition party reiterated its call for a summit on national security as against a gathering of all political parties to help adopt a common ground against Boko Haram.

“We also reiterate our offer to join hands with the government in a non-partisan effort to battle the menace of Boko Haram, even though the government has yet to reach out to us since we made that offer”, the party said.

2015: MASSOB Denies Spokesman, Declares Support For Jonathan


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The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has thrown its weight behind the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 general elections, expressing the hope that he would win re-election to the shame of his detractors.

The movement was reacting to a publication yesterday by its National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, who advised President Jonathan to forget victory in 2015 because of the lingering strike embarked upon by polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.

MASSOB Leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike who denied the publication as coming from the group, said its director of information did not have the mandate of the movement in making the publication and described same as the personal opinion of Mr. Madu.

In the said publication, MASSOB had purportedly condemned what it called the insensitivity and carelessness of the federal government on the plight of members of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Staff Union (COESAU) and queried, “How can President Goodluck Jonathan win next year’s election without the support and votes of the students? Why must the President’s wife keep quite when millions of students are on the street rotting away with their brilliance?”

But Uwazuruike, who spoke to Sunday Sun on phone yesterday in response to the statement, said “the publication is not the position of MASSOB on President Jonathan. As a matter of fact, MASSOB advises Jonathan to go ahead and contest the 2015 election and MASSOB hopes he will win.

“MASSOB feels that all the security challenges in Nigeria today are all geared to stop Jonathan from contesting the election because the North sees Jonathan as an Easterner”.

The MASSOB leader further claimed that “Both the so-called strike, Boko Haram etc are man-made gang up against Jonathan, to make the country ungovernable as they threatened in the past”.

PDP Petitions Chief Justice Of Ekiti, Expresses Concern Over ‘Controversial Judge’


pdpdey (1)The National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, has petitioned the Chief Judge of Ekiti State over “cases assigned to one Justice M. O. Abodunde of High Court 4, Ado Ekiti,” saying, “we believe it is in the interest of Ekiti State Judiciary not to allow a controversial judge to decide these volatile political cases”.

The cases, according to the PDP scribe are: Mr. Adeniyi Ajakaiye and Mr. Olufemi Ajayi vs Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose and two others; and Citizens’ Popular Party and two others vs PDP and three others.

He said: “In as much as we have implicit confidence in our judiciary to dispense justice in accordance with the rule of the law, we shall not however hesitate to object to an established convincing likelihood of bias on the part of the Presiding Judge”.

He, therefore, prayed the Chief Judge to, “graciously transfer those cases with clear intention of disqualifying our candidate (Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose) in the forthcoming gubernatorial election”.

Given reasons for the concern so expressed, Oladipo said: “The suit between Mr. Adeniyi Ajakaiye and Mr. Olufemi Ajayi vs Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose and two others was instituted by members of E-Eleven, a socio-political group sympathetic to the ruling APC government in Ekiti State. The case between Citizens’ Popular Party and two others vs PDP and three others, also before the same judge, is the same in content and relief sought.

“Mr. Banji Abodunde, the husband of Justice M. O. Abodunde is a principal member of the E-Eleven group who are the sponsors and originators of the two cases. (See the affidavit in support of the originating summons where the two claimants claimed to be members of E-Eleven).

“Mr. Banji Abodunde, the husband of Justice Abodunde is a consultant and contractor to the ruling APC government. He is also in the management board of Fountain Motel assigned to the E-Eleven to manage on behalf of the state government.

“The first son of Justice Abodunde, Mr. Abodunde (Jnr) was recruited from Glo, Ghana to work in the I.T. section of the governor’s office by Governor Kayode Fayemi. He is working directly with Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the gubernatorial candidate of APC.

“The marital relationship between the presiding judge in these cases and the E-Eleven member in the person of Mr. Banji Abodunde is likely to generate bias which we as a political party consider too risky to enjoy our confidence.

“It is a common fact in Ekiti State today that members of E-Eleven of which Justice Abodunde’s husband is a member, is already celebrating their ‘assured’ victory over these cases.

“Justice M. O. Abodunde is reported to have sworn to assume jurisdiction over this matter which is clearly a case for the Federal High Court in view of the Federal agency (INEC) involved in the matters and deliver judgement in record time before June 21, 2014”, the PDP scribe said.

Amaechi Dissolves 21 Out Of 23 Rivers LG Councils


Amaechi-360x2251Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Saturday dissolved 21 out of the 23 local government councils in the state, just as he later in the day swore in caretaker committee members for the affected councils.

The two other LGAs, Degema and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, where elections were recently conducted, were however, not affected by the dissolution.

With the expiration of the tenure of the 21 council chairmen, the governor forwarded the names of the caretaker committee members, who were expected to serve for a period of three months, to the state House of Assembly for screening.

It was learnt that four chairmen in the affected councils were retained as members of the new caretaker committees which comprises seven members each across the 21 local councils.

Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Honourable Dan Otelemagba Amachree, told journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that the state legislature had to convene on Saturday to enable lawmakers screen the caretaker committee members nominated by the governor.

Sultan Cautions Traditional Rulers Against Getting Involved In Politics


sultan-of-sokoto-alhajiThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has cautioned traditional rulers in the country to steer clear off the murky waters of politics.

He gave the warning Saturday in Sokoto at the turbaning of three new district heads and two traditional title holders in the state.

Sultan Abubakar, who was represented by the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Ilyasu Bashar, said traditional rulers should be fathers to all, irrespective of any religious, ethnic or political differences, adding that “leadership in any form is a trust and all leaders will be accountable for their stewardship”.

The foremost monarch noted that the new traditional rulers and title holders were selected based on merit and their wealth of experience, urging them to focus on the welfare and comfort of their people.

The Sultan also warned against greed, moral decadence, corruption and vices, which he said were the bane of the contemporary Nigerian society.

He also appealed to Nigerians to collectively and fervently pray for sustained peace and unity in the country.

Those turbaned include: Alhaji Bala Abubakar III, the state’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Commissioner for Budget, who became the Durunbun Sokoto and Alhaji Sa’idu Maccido, the immediate past Director of Information in the state’s Ministry of Information, who was turbaned as the Dan-Buram Sokoto.

Wike Denies Using Children’s Name To Swear Oath Before Amaechi, Challenges Gov To Vie For 2015 Senatorial Election


Amaechi vs WikeThe Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike has challenged Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State to contest for the Rivers East Senatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015 to test his perceived popularity in the state.

Wike, who threw the challenge at the Obirhe-Ehie, Apara Kingdom Secretariat Complex, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, while addressing traditional rulers, elders and women of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality at the weekend, also denied using his children to swear an oath of loyalty to Amaechi when the governor forwarded his name as a ministerial nominee from the state.

Wike said: “The only thing Governor Amaechi can do for me to forgive him is to contest for the Rivers East Senatorial District election in 2015. He will be hiding behind someone if he contests for the vice presidency.

“If Amaechi vies for the Rivers East Senatorial District election, I will forgive him. If he can summon the courage to contest for the Rivers East Senatorial District election, I will definitely forgive him. But, he will fail woefully in the four Ikwerre local governments. Some people are deceiving him. The earlier Amaechi realises that the better for him. We are waiting for Governor Amaechi and the APC at the polls in 2015.

“The reason Amaechi decamped to the APC is to be in control of the party structures. Now that he is in charge of the structures of the APC, let him summon the courage to contest for the Rivers East Senatorial District. We are ready and waiting for him”.

Speaking on the 2015 presidential election, the minister, who is believed to have his eyes on the Rivers governor’s seat, said Amaechi could not determine who would be the next president or governor of the state.

“The people of Rivers State will vote for President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term rather than vote for a vice president from the South-South, which Governor Amaechi is interested in”, Wike said.

While dismissing a statement credited to Amaechi, who reportedly said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led federal government is corrupt, Wike stressed that Amaechi’s administration is stinking of official sleaze and cited an instance.

His words: “Governor Amaechi’s government is very corrupt. Amaechi’s claim to the theories and doctrines of Karl Max is not beyond his throat. Now and then, he will say the federal government is corrupt. If there is one government that is unclad and stinking, it is Amaechi’s government. I have told him several times to stop pretending. When the time comes we will talk, and you will be shocked to hear how corrupt his government is.

“The former Commissioner of Sports gave Emeka Beke, a contract to develop a small field for N50 million.  He did not execute the contract to the satisfaction of the Rivers State government.  Governor Amaechi shouted when we inspected the project, saying, ‘I will deal with you, this is corruption. This is unacceptable to my government’.

“Then Governor Amaechi awarded a construction contract at the Greater Port Harcourt for $50 million. He asked us to join him to inspect the project. We got to the place and there was nothing on ground to show that a project is ongoing. $50 million dollars was gone. That is about N7 billion.

“When we got back to Government House, the then Commissioner for Environment asked Governor Amaechi: ‘You accused the young man who did not properly execute the development of the field contract awarded at the cost of N50 million of corruption. What do you think of this man who has abandoned a contract of $50 million?

“Governor Amaechi replied that the contractor was naïve. We were all shocked. When N50 million was involved, it was corruption and he threatened to deal with the young man, but when $50 million was involved, Amaechi said it was naivety. That is Governor Amaechi’s anti-corruption crusade for you”, Wike disclosed. Speaking further, the minister cautioned: “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. At the appropriate time we will talk. We will talk when electioneering campaigns starts. When we start to talk, believe me you will be shocked at the revelations that we will make. Governor Amaechi is putting up a façade. He is not what he claims to be in public. He is very corrupt. Please, I want the press to quote me on that”.

On the allegation by the governor that he swore with the names of children not to betray him if he pushed for his appointment as minister, the Supervising Minister of Education challenged Gov. Amaechi to state publicly what oath he (Wike) took for standing for him (Amaechi) in securing his governorship mandate in 2007, adding that his former boss spoke out of frustration.

Ex-Kogi Gov, Ibrahim Idris’ Wife Slumps, Dies


kogi_state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, is dead.

She reportedly slumped and died as she was about performing the early morning Islamic prayers on Saturday.

It was learnt that Hajiya Zainab’s death came as a rude shock to both her family members and residents of the state as she appeared to be in good health by those who saw her on Friday night before she passed away on Saturday of an undisclosed ailment.

As a mark of respect and mourning for the deceased, the current state governor, Capt. Idris Wada, his wife, Halima and the state’s deputy governor, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi, all cancelled their official engagements.

It was also gathered that the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.

In her tribute to the late Mrs. Idris, the current first lady in the state described her predecessor’s death as a big loss to the state, the entire nation, and womanhood in general.

According to a statement issued by her media consultant, Abubakar Yusuf, Halima noted that the death of Hajiya Zainab had created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.

Meanwhile, a condolence register has been opened at the office of the Kogi First Lady for the deceased.

Accept FG’s Amnesty Offer, ACF Pleads With Boko Haram


boko-abducted-girlsThe pan-northern socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, on Saturday pleaded with the Boko Haram sect to accept the amnesty offer by the Federal Government in the interest of peace and reconciliation.

ACF, in a statement issued in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said the sect must cease further hostilities and shedding of innocent blood.

The statement also condoled with the government and people of Borno State over the murder of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, by the insurgents on Friday.

“ACF appeals to the Boko Haram members to accept and embrace the amnesty proposal of the Federal Government, and stop the wanton destruction of lives and property of innocent people.

“The Forum further calls on governments at all levels to show transparency in the execution of the amnesty programme in the interest of peace and reconciliation”.

The statement noted that the insurgents were killing innocent people for no just cause, adding that the group must stop the carnage and embrace peace.

The ACF prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Emir of Gwoza, who was buried on Saturday and for his family to have the fortitude to bear the loss.

How FG Bungled Opportunity To End Insurgency – Sen. Makarfi


Ahmed Mohammed MakarfiA former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi has revealed that the Federal government had the opportunity to put a stop to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents at the onset but bungled the opportunity by not implementing a road-map provided by the Barr. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki-led Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North.

Makarfi, who is now a Senator and was a member of the committee inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, said a key element in the report they submitted to the federal government was for the establishment of a permanent body to continuously engage the insurgents in dialogue.

Speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, Makarfi said: “You don’t just stop dialogue abruptly; dialogue is a long process. Look at the Arab-Israeli; is there any time they said they have stopped dialogue? So, it is a continuous issue. Security matter such as this is not an issue you set up a committee for just a few months, it solves the problem, it goes, and that is all.

“We brought out a road map to be followed for sustained dialogue to bring the matter to an end. But no action has been taken in that regards. If it was taken, I am not aware. But security issues like this are not resolved by a committee that works for a few months and winds up and gives you recommendations”, he added.

I Don’t Have Any Rift With Amosun, I’m Old Enough To Be His Father, Says Osoba


Amosun-OsobaFormer Governor of Ogun State and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has denied the existence of bad blood between him and the incumbent Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

According to Osoba, he was old enough to be Amosun’s father, hence there could not be any rift between them.

The former governor was reacting to the alleged internal wrangling in the Ogun State chapter of the APC, which led to the party having parallel excos in the state with one faction loyal to Osoba and the other loyal to Amosun.

The celebrated journalist noted that rather than see him as a threat, Gov. Amosun ought to approach party members in the state for amicable settlement of any perceived rift.

He said, “Where did you hear in Yoruba land that a father would be taken to his son to settle a rift? I am 75 years old. He is 56. I am old enough to be his father. Would I now sit down and be exchanging words with someone young enough to be my child?”

He added, “I have no problem with him. He only has to make peace with the party members; not me. I have said it, let nobody moot the idea that they are bringing him to me. Let him go to the party members whom he is joining issues with”.

Osoba, who governed the state from 1999-2003, stressed that he was not the issue in any political calculations in the state as he neither had political ambitions nor was he seeking any elective office.

He said, “I am not the issue. What else do I want to be? Is it president or Vice-President? By the special grace of God, I am 75 years old. If at 75 I am still relevant politically, shouldn’t I be thanking God? How many of my peers in journalism are still relevant, save Alhaji Lateef Jakande? I have cause to thank God. I am not contending with anybody over anything”.

On why the state chapter of the APC was divided into factions, Osoba, who is a delegate at the ongoing national conference representing former state governors, said, “It is the party members who know why they did that. You should speak with them, not me. I am thankful to God for bringing me this far. In journalism, politics and social circles, people still give me respect. What else do I want? I should not press it too much. We have all the senators in the state, House of Reps members, and other party stalwarts. We have Odunsi, Gbenga Kaka who is also a former deputy governor. There are a lot of good people you can speak with”.

Information Nigeria had earlier reported that Osoba had vowed not to reconcile with Amosun even as his loyalists have reportedly opened a fresh register in all the wards of the Gateway state to accommodate their members.

Insecurity: NLC Urges NASS To Probe Budgetary Allocation To Military


nlc_president_omarPerturbed by allegations from security agents that they lack adequate motivation and equipment to fight the Boko Haram insurgents, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the National Assembly to immediately beam its search light on how the huge amount of budgetary allocation to security agencies in the country was being spent.

The labour union noted that Nigerians are worried with the ease at which the insurgents carry out their attacks unchallenged despite claims of heavy budgetary allocation spent on security, especially on the military.

In a statement signed by its President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, NLC said that it was extremely disturbed by the continued wave of bomb attacks, which are mainly on soft targets such as crowded markets and recreational centres and urged President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately declare a state of emergency on security.

The NLC president also decried the growing attacks on schools and villages which have led to untimely death of several thousands of people, mostly young people, who are still in their prime.

The statement read in part: “The recent Jos bomb attack, which occurred at the biggest market in the city patronised mainly by workers, students and farmers who bring their products for sale at the market is particularly more devastating as over 150 people, among them seven students of the University of Jos who were in their final year in the University, were killed.

“The last attack in Kano was also as provocative, targeted at social centres where workers and poor residents live and also relax. Several lives and property were massively destroyed in that incident.

“In all these attacks, several thousands of workers, especially teachers, health workers and other civil servants and informal sector workers have lost their lives and property”.

Jonathan Condemns Killing Of Emir Of Gwoza, Calls For Unity Of Purpose In Fight Against Insurgency


president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitPresident Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the government and people of Borno State and Northern Traditional Rulers over the killing of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Shehu Timta.

The president also condemned the brazen attack on the Emir’s entourage by suspected Boko Haram gunmen, which resulted in his death.

Jonathan, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr.Reuben Abati, said  that  “the brazen attack and the wanton slaying of the respected traditional ruler reinforces the vital need for all patriotic Nigerians respective of where they come from, their religions or political loyalties, to come together and work with urgency and complete unity of purpose to quickly end the murderous attacks by terrorists and insurgents that continue to threaten the security, cohesion and well-being of the nation”.

The president vowed that the Armed Forces and security agencies will continue to “receive all the empowerment and support they require from the Federal Government to speedily give maximum effect to his orders that they take all necessary action to stop the insurgency in the country”.

He prayed that Almighty Allah will receive the soul of the slain Emir and grant his family and subjects the equanimity to bear his loss.

Slain Emir Of Gwoza Buried Amidst Tears, Eulogies


Emir-of-Gwoza-Alhaji-Shehu-Mustapha-Idrisa-Timta-burialThe remains of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Shehu Mustapha Idrisa Timta, who was killed by Boko Haram gunmen on Friday, were committed to mother earth yesterday in his domain amidst eulogies and tears.

Though the first-class traditional ruler was killed in an ambush while on his way to attend the funeral of the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, none of his colleagues from the region and even from the state were able to attend his own burial as a result of the unpredictable security situation on the way to and around Gwoza town.

Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who was accompanied by his deputy, Zanna Mustapha and Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume, who is from Gwoza, were the highest public officials at the burial of the slain Emir.

It was learnt that Gov. Shettima and his entourage departed the state capital, Maiduguri, amidst tight security circle, which included a combined force of about 150 soldiers of the 7 Division, Maiduguri, the police special squad and the Civilian JTF, who actually led the entourage through the 135km deserted Maiduguri-Bama road.

Aside the presence of local vigilante personnel, who were seen in couple of places manning the road, a Nigeria Air Force fighter jet was also deployed to provide aerial support for the governor’s motorcade until they finally got to Gwoza.

The Maiduguri-Bama road had been a no-go area for months now as Boko Haram gunmen turned the route into a slaughter slab where travelers were attacked, killed or robbed on a daily basis.

The governor’s convoy reportedly arrived Gwoza about 1pm after which he drove to the palace and immediately took part in the funeral rites of the monarch an hour later.

The Islamic funeral, which was witnessed by a mammoth crowd, was led by the chief imam of Gwoza, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad Bamanga.

The atmosphere was emotionally charged as the monarch’s remains were being placed into the royal grave dug next to that of his late father, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, within the confines of the palace.

Bearing witness to the final departure of the monarch, who was severally described as a man of unquantifiable tolerance and peaceful disposition, to the great beyond, the skies opened up in a heavy downpour as his remains were being placed in his final resting place. The rains abruptly stopped shortly after his grave was covered.

Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume, an indigene of Gwoza, wept profusely when he addressed mourners shortly after the interment. 

“Today is a sad day for us”, said Ndume.

“The only baobab tree that casts its royal shade upon all of us has fallen; but if we could all be patient and very patient in our plight, another branch will sprout from its deep roots and cast even a bigger shade upon us.  We in Gwoza have lost a father, a leader and a man of peace. We shall miss His Royal Highness, but we pray God should give us yet another illustrious and kind king that will even promote the esteemed virtues for which we remember the late Emir. Gwoza has been distressed, our people have suffered serious attacks and displacements but our father remained with us and stood for us, until he eventually passed away. May he rest in peace”, the senator said.

Ndume also commended the Borno State governor for defying all odds on the road to Gwoza to attend the Emir’s burial.

Gov. Shettima, who also battled to control his emotions as he read a tribute to the deceased monarch and condolences, described the late Shehu Idrissa Timta as “a man who spent the better part of his reign preaching peace and tolerance”.

Shettima continued: “This is not a day for long speeches; it is a day of mourning of our late father and monarch. May Allah give us yet another monarch that will love his people in the manner the late Shehu Idrissa Timta did; in his lifetime, he was being eulogized as one king that can keep a venomous viper in his pocket, because of his superlative love for peace and tolerance; he was known as a monarch who never showed discrepancy whether of religion or tribe.

“The late Emir has lived an exemplary life; he was a paragon of everything that is good in a leader. Those that assassinated him may have done their worst, but they should know that, as they would continue to wallow in their tormented guilt, the Emir is being celebrated to have died on a Friday, which in accordance with the Islamic belief is a day of blessing for any one that dies naturally, talk more of one whose life was brutally taken by another person on that blessed day. We pray that, in the next seven days when the next Emir of Gwoza will emerge, we shall have yet another Emir that will even be celebrated more than the late Shehu Idrissa Timta”. 

The governor noted that “We are in difficult times, we are challenged by insecurity, but what is very sure is that we will not remain in this condition for ever, because everything in life is a passing phase”.

The late Emir was survived by his centenarian mother, four wives, 28 children, 14 grandchildren and 14 siblings.

Obasanjo Attacks Jonathan Again, Says President Lived In Denial, Reacted Slowly To #BringBackOurGirls


GEJ-OBJDid foot-dragging on the part of President Goodluck Jonathan lead to the intricacy surrounding the location and rescue of the Chibok school girls, who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on the night of April 14?

According to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, the initial lethargic response of the Presidency for more than two weeks led to the withholding of valuable decisions that would have led to the over 200 school girls’ rescue.

‪The former president, whose views on national issues in recent times have seemed not to go down well with the current administration, gave the damning verdict in an interview with Bloomberg TV Africa, aired on Saturday.‪

“The president did not believe that those girls were abducted for almost 18 days”, Obasanjo said in the interview.

He added that “If the president got the information within 12 hours of the act and he reacted immediately, I believe those girls would have been rescued within 24 hours, maximum 48 hours”.

‪The ex-president lamented that rather than spring into action after receiving security briefings about the abduction, “the president had doubts”.

According to him, Jonathan’s initial action was to ask: “‘is this true, or is it a ploy by people who don’t want me to be president again?’”

‪President Jonathan’s slow response to the kidnapping was the “most unfortunate aspect of the whole issue”, Obasanjo stated.

‪Recall that the female students, who were sitting for their WAEC at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, were tricked into leaving their hostels in Boko Haram trucks, whose members disguised as military personnel in the early hours of April 14. Although the over 200 school girls’ abduction became national news almost immediately, the president remained aloof until 20 days after the incident before he even acknowledged that they might have been missing.

It was widely believed that Mr. Jonathan only reckoned with the uproar generated by the girls’ abduction after international pressures mounted, ahead of the World Economic Forum for Africa, which was hosted by Nigeria in Abuja.

‪The first time he ever mentioned the issue of the girls’ abduction was in a media chat in which he blamed the parents of the school girls for not volunteering information about the victims and the incident.

‪But his predecessor would have none of it as he recalled that an equal lethargy by President Jonathan thwarted his earlier efforts to mediate in a bid to end the insurgency three years ago.

‪Boko Haram, whose violent campaigns have led to the death of more than 4,000 people since it started in 2009, with the highest number of killings taking place in 2014 alone, is believed to be waging a war for the enthronement of Sharia law in most of Northern Nigeria.

‪The Boko Haram insurgency has also been explained as a political tool especially by members of the President Jonathan administration, who often postulate that it was set up with the sole aim of destabilizing the regime and help to return power to the North, despite the fact that the group’s history pre-dates the current administration.

This much was affirmed by Mr. Obasanjo, who said the sect was in existence during his administration but did not pose any problem because he did not interfere with their Sharia.

‪On the president’s performance, Mr. Obasanjo said in the Bloomberg interview: “I don’t believe he has performed to the expectations of many Nigerians, not just me”.

Former Osun Governor Isiaka Adeleke Dumps PDP for APC


A former senator and the first civilian governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke, was welcomed by his new party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the capital city of the state, Osogbo, on May 31, 2014.

The defector tagged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the one which supports and cultivates violence and thuggery.

 

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Adeleke’s move was followed by dozens of ex-PDP Chiefs and by thousands of supporters. He explained that had no longer felt safe in the PDP following an alleged assault on by the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan.

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  • Sen. Isiaka Adeleke along Osun PDP Deputy Chairman, 8-PDP Osun elders, 5 ex-PDP lawmakers, 31-PDP Chairmen and over 3000. Photo credit – @bolailori

The former senator revealed that the leaders of the ruling party offered him to run the guber race in Osun, as they had realised that Iyiola Omisore had no chance to beat the current Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola.

But then Adeleke was allegedly betrayed and hounded:

“I was asked to come and vie for governorship that Omisore is not capable, I accepted, but a day to the congress I got to the hotel in Osogbo. The people I sent there were on the floor with guns pointed at their heads and I told the police that they are members of our party‎ from Ede.

“I then moved towards the room where I met Sogo Agboola, Jelili Adesiyan, Iyiola Omisore, Gani Olaoluwa and others. As I was about explaining what happened outside to the Minister, he descended on me with blows. So also was Omisore and others.”

The aggrieved former governor further said that working for Omisore would equal working for a criminal.

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  • Another photo from a welcoming ceremony by APC on May 31. Photo credit – Premium Times

In his speech at the event, governor Aregbesola stated Omisore lacked the mental capacity to govern the state. By this he meant the values the candidate is notorious for are alien to the people of Yorubaland.

The Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, expressed happiness over Adeleke’s defection, Omisore, his team and political campaign became jittery, and more of it would emerge before the election.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, of Ekiti State declared that Adeleke’s move was not really surprising, noted that the ex governor was coming home.

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  • Gov Kayode Fayemi joins the event to welcome Sen Isiaka Adeleke into the Progressives family. Photo credit – ‏@OsunForOgbeni

Defection of such a significant political figure gives another boost to Aregbesola’s chances to secure a victory at August 9 polls. The APC thinks PDP would not be able to get more than 5% in August election in Osun.

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  • Crowd welcomes the newcomers. Photo credit – @bolailori

Celebrity Dinner: Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz Dine With The Idibias


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It was an all celebrity affair when the Baloguns visited the Idibias.

The family of the Baloguns (Tiwa & Teebillz) took time to dine with the Idibias (2face & Annie).

After their dinner, Tiwa took shots with Isabella and baby Olivia (Annie’s kids).

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Maheeda Finds Her Clothes In New Set Of Photos


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After sharing unclad photos days ago, the controversial mother and singer decided to try out new clothes in her new released photos.

Don’t be fooled though, there is still a lot of se*uality in these photos.

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Dr Sid Stunting In Versace Sneakers, A Gift From His Fiancée


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Mavin’s Dr. Sid was obviously present at the MTV Base Africa‘s Road to MAMAs party and was spotted rocking his red Versace sneakers that his fiancée Simi Osomo gave to him on his 34th birthday.

If you recall, he shared photos of the gift when she gave him the gift.

The “Surulere” singer rocked the Medusa Hi-Top sneakers with a black-and-red checkered jacket, a white T-shirt, and black pants.

The event leads up to the MAMAs taking place at the ICC Center, Durban, on Saturday 7th June 2014.

The designer shoes retail for $1,295 in Versace USA stores.

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Website Launched In Honor Of Amaka Igwe


A tribute website has been launched in honour of late Nigerian filmmaker Amaka Igwe, who died of asthma attack in Enugu.

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The website http://www.amakaigwe.ng has been created for goodwill messages and pictures. The site will also contain comments from Twitter and Facebook celebrating the late movie icon, as well as pictures, videos and speeches of the prolific film-maker, who passed away last month.‎

Fans of the late movie director have already started paying tributes on the comments section of the website.

A visionary and pioneer of modern Nigerian Television TV, drama and movie production. “R.I.P. Ma. U lived a life worth of emulations,” one of the 50 plus comments posted on the website reads.

“U promised me u were goin 2 put CHECKMATE on CD and i was hopin n waitin patiently 4 dat day! Then 4rm d blues d news came dat u were gone 2 glory! My hopes were shattered! I cried dat anoda legend was gon! RIP Amaka Igwe! God wl grant ur family d strent 2 bear ur loss! Sleep on Stallion until d resurrectn mrnin! ADIEU!,” filmmaker and writer Uduak Isong wrote

Davido Hangs Out With Beautiful Girl At Soccer Event


The socialite, Huddah Monroe, was super excited after chilling with Davido in Ghana this weekend.

She hung out with the ‘Aye’ singer and his HKN gang at the first edition of the Ghana celebrity soccer event at the Lizzy’s Sports Complex.

Afterwards, Huddah Monroe posted photos with the next capture: “Can’t get over the craziest weekend ever with the baddest crew! I took this pic with Davido for my fans and for my pals who love him. Thank me later!”

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President Jonathan Disowns Minister Over Amnesty To Boko Haram


President Goodluck Jonathan has dissociated himself from Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna’s claim that the presidency is ready to grant amnesty to the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

The Minister had on Thursday stated that the President has granted amnesty to the sect members who are willing to embrace peace by dropping their arms and ammunitions.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect.

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“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,” Mr Haruna said at a programme organised for the country’s youths.

But Jonathan, speaking through his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Saturday, dismissed Haruna’s claim.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents, Abati, insisted the President never used the word ‘amnesty’ in his speeches either in the Democracy Day broadcast or at the International Conference Centre where the Minister spoke.

When asked about the amnesty offer, Abati said he wouldn’t want to say anything about that, preferring to align himself only with the President’s broadcast.

He said, “Let me refer you to the speech by the President. If you read the speech line by line, you will see that it contains the very message that the President wanted to put across and in that speech if you look at it I don’t think the President used amnesty.

“Instead, he spoke about those who are willing to renounce terrorism, those who are willing to embrace peace, opportunities have been created for them through the fact-finding committee, through the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolutions of Conflict in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.”

It could be recalled that President Jonathan in his May 29 broadcast said: “For our citizens who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists in the misguided belief that violence can possibly solve their problems, our doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation, if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.

Boko Haram Terrorists Kill Over 40 Villagers In Borno


A large group of Boko Haram members raided the troubled Kala Balge community in Borno State on May 31, 2014, Saturday, killed over 40 people and left multiple building destroyed.

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The insurgents, numbering about 500, drove to the area in multiple vehicles. The group was armed with assault rifles, petrol bombs and improvised explosive devices. They were targeting local hunters and vigilante members, who killed about 200 Boko Haram terrorists in a battle on May 13, 2014.

A source of SaharaReporters revealed that the attack started in another infamous place in Borno State, Gamboru Ngala, a town located close to border with Cameroon and which was nearly destroyed in multiple attacks during May.

 

The source further noted that the Islamist militants have been seeding chaos for several hours in 8 communities, including Izge, Ankulkule and Chekobe.

According to the source of Vanguard, Nigeria-Cameroon border villages of Gula, Kanari and Wazarde and Gula were also affected. The security agent further told the reporters that most of survivors from the burnt villages were fleeing either to Cameroon or to Ngala town.

A resident of Kalabalge community confirmed that the vigilantes were prepared to fight Boko Haram, as they knew the soldiers would not protect them. What the villagers did not expect is that the insurgents would launch such a massive vengeful attack.

The fierce battle between Boko Haram members and the residents were registered during the whole last month.

At least 310 people, including 16 police officers, were killed in a bloody attack in Gamboru Ngala town on May 5, 2014. However, terrorists suffered a bitter defeat in another part of the state, when Kala-Balge vigilantes killed about 200 Boko Haram members, captured up to 40 of them. The real soldiers of the Nigerian Army may be among those in captivity by the locals.

US Soldier Freed In Taliban Prisoner Swap After Being Held For 5 Years


The only US soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed as part of a swap deal with the Taliban, brokered by the government of Qatar.

Bowe Bergdahl’s release was part of a negotiation that included the freeing of five high-profile Afghan prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, statements from the US government said.

The US president, Barack Obama, thanked Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his commitment to the mediation between the US and the Taliban.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl, a sergeant in the US army, had been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed to US troops by the Taliban on Saturday evening in an area of eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border

Officials said the exchange was not violent and Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk.

The Taliban prisoners were to be handed over to authorities in Qatar. They were named on Saturday as Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq.

All were high-ranking members of the Taliban government toppled by the US in 2001. Fazl was the deputy defence minister, while Noori was the governor of Balkh province.

The Taliban said in a statement that their release brought “great joy”.

In a statement, Obama said: “The American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.”

“On behalf of the American people, I was honoured to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal.

“For his assistance in helping to secure our soldier’s return, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Emir of Qatar.”

A senior White House official told Al Jazeera that the US administration would not transfer any prisoners from Guantanamo “unless the threat they may pose to the US can be mitigated”.

He added that the Taliban prisoners would be “subject to restrictions on their movement and activities”.

The deal was agreed through indirect talks with the Taliban’s political commission, the official said.

Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jan Bergdahl, in a press conference with Obama, thanked everyone domestically and internationally involved in their son’s recovery.

“The complicated nature of this recovery will never be comprehended. We can’t communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president,” Bob Bergdahl said. [AlJazeera]

Ozekhome Urges FG To Negotiate With Boko Haram For The Sake Of Abducted Chibok Girls


Lagos Lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has called on the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram with a view to bringing back the Chibok abducted school girls.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said in a statement, yesterday, that Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution mandates the Federal Government to ensure the security and welfare of the citizenry.

“The controversy over whether or not the Federal Government should negotiate with Boko Haram with a view to releasing the abducted Chibok school girls is nauseating and demeaning to our humanity, to say the least. Let it be made clear that the security and welfare of Nigerians are the primary purpose of Government (Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution).

“It is unthinkable that some people would want the lives of these innocent future of Nigeria to be wasted on the altar of Government grand standing and engagement niceties. There are times when a Government stoops to conquer. The international odium, obloquy and embarrassment the abduction is causing Nigeria, whose image is being serially battered, should be halted immediately through negotiation with these insurgents,” he said.

Recalling that former US President, J.F. Kennedy once promulgated the concept of negotiation, Ozekhome said Nigeria cannot continue to experience the orgy of bloodletting which has claimed over 12,000 lives amid wanton destruction of schools, churches and mosques.

“It was J.F. Kennedy, former American President, who once declared that we should never fail to negotiate, just as we should never negotiate out of fear. Negotiating with Boko Haram will not amount to negotiating out of fear. It is simply an irritating sacrifice to be made to justify the sanctity of the lives of these young, innocent souls. I dare say that the Federal Government should negotiate even with satan, if that would bring back our girls. Even satan would be humbled and diminished by such an unprecedented strategy”, Ozekhome, who is also a delegate to the National Conference in Abuja stressed.

“Recall that part of the main brief of the Turaki Committee was to negotiate with the Boko Haram group, an offer it had imperiously rejected. Now that the same Boko Haram has thrown up the “Olive branch”, for that is what it clearly is, the Federal Government should seize it, and make gains out of it.

“It affords a golden opportunity, not only to negotiate the release of the Chibok girls, but to holistically negotiate amnesty and halting of the horrific insurgency and bloodletting that have claimed over 12,000 lives and wanton destruction of houses, schools, churches, mosques, public buildings, bus stops, etc.

“The Federal Government should, for once, think of the trepidation, unease, cries, tension, suspense, psychological trauma and mental torture, that the abduction of these children is causing their parents, teachers, siblings, friends and loved ones.

“I call upon the Federal Government to immediately set up the machinery (even if discretely, clandestinely, surreptitiously), to enter into dialogue with the Boko Haram group, with a view to bringing “back our girls”.

ACF Urges Boko Haram To Embrace Amnesty


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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACFM) on Saturday appealed to the Boko Haram insurgents to accept the amnesty offer by the Federal Government.

A statement issued in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said the group must stop further destruction of innocent lives.

The statement was issued to condole the government and people of Borno over the murder of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, by the insurgents on Friday.

“ACF appeals to the Boko Haram members to accept and embrace the amnesty proposal of the Federal Government, and stop the wanton destruction of lives and property of innocent people.

“The Forum further calls on governments at all levels to show transparency in the execution of the amnesty programme in the interest of peace and reconciliation.”

It noted that the insurgents were killing innocent people for no just cause, adding that the group must stop the carnage and embrace peace.

The ACF prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Emir and for his family to have the fortitude to bear the loss.

Timta ascended to the throne as a third class chief in Oct. 1981 and was elavated to first class status in Jan. 2014. [NAN]

YOUTHS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION AND CORRUPT PRACTICES(YAHVCP)


YOUTHS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION AND CORRUPT PRACTICES(YAHVCP)

What We Stand For

Since its establishment IN 2012  YAHVCP  has demonstrated an expansive capacity to tackle issues of human rights through various activities, ranging from public enlightenment and education, investigation of complaints, mediation and conciliation, conflict resolution, peace building, research advocacy and training programmes on contemporary issues in the field of human rights.  These were given effect through an effective complaint treatment mechanism, regular hosting of enlightenment seminars, workshops, rallies and continuous reengineering of strategies

Anti-Military Rule

YAHVCP is against military rule and fights for  democratic rights

Our Work in the Labour Movement

YAHVCP plays important role in general strikes and mass struggles against fuel price rises, privatization and deregulation and for a living wage for workers. YAHVCP members have played prominent roles in the Labour And Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) and Joint Action Front (JAF) – as well as protest, rallies and demonstrations called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC)  arguing for determined action to stop fuel price rises, fight for a living wage and put a halt to privatization and deregulation plus a wider mobilization to remove the rotten and unjust capitalist government and replace it with a workers’ and poor peasants’ government committed to carrying out transformation of Nigeria.

 

YAHVCP campaigns  against casualization, poor working conditions, and demands for  a living pension and wage and defends  the rights of workers victimized while protecting their rights. YAHVCP  stands for democratic trade unions, with no privileged leaderships, that fight for their members’ interests.

 

Our Work in the Student Movement

YAHVCP  campaign for provision of a free, functional and democratically-managed education. We campaign against fee hike, poor studying and living conditions. We are against victimization of student activists, ban of unions and other attacks on democratic rights. We stand for adequate funding of education. We also argue for the nationalization of the commanding heights of the economy under workers’ control and management. We support education workers in their demands on pay and conditions. We campaign for students to build their unions as a democratic and mass-based fighting organ with a bold leadership that is accountable to students. We campaign for students to reclaim NANS as their own platform under their control unlike its current status as the youth wing of anti-poor political parties. Our method of campaigning includes lobbying, petitioning, media campaign, rallies, protests, boycotts and demonstrations.

We Stand For the Unity of the Working Class and Poor Masses

With the rising wave of ethnic and religious tension and violence in the country, YAHVCP  also campaigns for the unity of the working people and youth of different ethnic and religious backgrounds while defending the right of all ethnic groups to full self-determination. Standing opposed to sectarian strife, the organization advocates joint struggles by the working people for better living and working conditions and against capitalist attacks on jobs, wages, education, health and other social services.

YAHVCP  stands in full solidarity with the struggles of workers and the oppressed around the world. YAHVCP  strives to build strong links between and, where possible, joint struggles by workers and the oppressed not just in Africa but internationally.

YAHVCP  works alongside all activists seeking to defend and improve the position of working people and the poor

Join us to Fight for the Following:

DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS:

Immediate and unconditional reinstatement of all victimized workers, trade unionists and student leaders.

Immediate repeal of all undemocratic and anti-labour laws.

Abolition of discrimination against women. Equal political, civil, property and social rights for women. Equal pay for work of equal value. Tax relief for women as for men.

Freedom of expression, association and assembly. Full freedom and independence for trade unions and student bodies without any interference from the state or the management.

Opposition to restriction on the press

POLITICAL RIGHTS:

A genuine multi-party democracy with the right of every individual and group to organize political parties without registration by the government. The right to stand for elections as independent candidates.

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LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

Free education at all levels

Free medical care for all

Provision of decent and affordable public housing

Provision of welfare benefits for the unemployed, the sick and the elderly

A monthly minimum wage of N50, 000 with periodic increase to match the rate of inflation.

Opposition to retrenchment. A job for every unemployed person.

For democratic and campaigning trade unions with leaderships regularly elected by and accountable to their memberships.

ENVIRONMENT

Provision of adequate and efficient drainage system to prevent flooding.

Development of well-planned housing policies that do not only guarantee affordable and decent housing but also prevent flooding.

Investment in research and technology on the mitigation of effects of climate change and on alternative sources of clean energy

Immediate and comprehensive clean-up as well as adequate compensation when there is pollution.

Development of policies to confront the challenges of desertification and deforestation.

Maximum utilization of gas and stoppage of gas flaring.

Environmental policies that will not be at the expense of safety and food security or driven by profit interests of corporate organizations.

ECONOMY:

Abolition of all anti-poor capitalist/imperialist policies of privatization, deregulation and commercialization.

For democratic public ownership and management of the energy sector and a crash programme funded by government to improve electricity generation and supply

Nationalization of all oil companies, banks and industry under democratic control and management of the working people with compensation paid to their former private owners only on the basis of proven need.

A public programme to build more refineries and rehabilitate existing ones to improve Nigeria’s local refining capacity.

For a programme funded by the state to improve agricultural production through provision of cheap credits, equipment, fertilizers and technical assistance to small and medium scale peasant farmers. For the establishment of state farms and agro-allied industries across the country to be managed by elected committees of farmers, trade unions and government representatives.

Abolition of the yawning distinction between the rural villages and cities through electrification of all rural areas across the country, provision of decent public housing, standard schools, hospitals, recreation centres, job opportunities with wages in line with the national minimum and all other basic amenities needed for comfortable living.

Public ownership of the country’s vast resources and wealth under the democratic management and control of the working people.

Democratic planned management and control of public companies and parastatals by committees comprising elected representatives of workers, consumers, trade unions, NLC and the government.

A massive public works programme to build roads, houses, railways, schools and hospitals and to generate employment.

Repudiation of the fictitious foreign debt combined with appeals for fraternal support to the working classes of the imperialist nations.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Open declaration of assets by public officials with the right of the public to investigate and initiate prosecution of officials found to have illegally acquired assets in excess of their legal income.

All political, trade union and public officials to live on a wage not exceeding that of the civil service pay structure i.e.an average wage of a skilled worker – aside reasonable and proven expenses incurred in the process of performing their duties.

Confiscation as public assets without compensation, of all wealth acquired through corruption.

Democratic management of all public departments, agencies and companies. Management committees to comprise elected representatives of workers and the government with right of immediate recall of the elected by the electors if found wanting.

Democratically elected public tribunals comprising elected representatives of workers, peasant farmers, students, professionals and the government to determine cases of corruption.

JOIN YAHVCP  TODAY

If you are dissatisfied with government anti-poor capitalist policies the organization to join is the YOUTHS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION AND CORRUPT PRACTICES YAHVCP

KENNETH UWADI

NATIONAL COORDINATOR

08037982714

Anwuri252002@yahoo.co.uk

YAHVCP CALLS FOR THE ARREST OF JUDE EJIOGU OVER IMO LGA PENSION SCAM


Dated 1/6/14YAHVCP CALLS FOR THE ARREST OF JUDE EJIOGU OVER IMO LGA PENSION SCAM

The Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP) hereby call on the Governor of Imo State ,His Excellency ,Rochas Okorocha to sack and order the prosecution of Sir Jude Ejiogu, the Governor’s Chief of Staff over alledged stealing of 1 billion naira Imo LGA pension funds when he (Ejiogu) was the Chairman of Imo Local Government Service Commission.

For YAHVCP, it is sad for the Governor of Imo State to still have men like Ejiogu in his cabinet, men that condemned Imolites to penury after retirement. Men who stole the sweat, the entitlements of our old men and old women who are looking up just to that little pension appreciation from their state.The condition of LGA pensioners in Imo State aptly demonstrates the heartlessness of some public office holders – a system which benefits a few on the bones of the mass majority must be condemned. It  is sad that the life of the working masses under this present government is one of poverty and penury from cradle to grave. How can a man who stole 1billion naira being funds meant for our retired mothers and fathers at home still be in government.

YAHVCP is angry that Instead of paying pensioners their due, the pension fund has become a slush fund for government officials to loot and for some thieving vampires in the state to gamble with. Many pensioners have died after years of waiting for their pensions. Those that were paid little, the amount was not enough to sustain the pensioners. Despite this, the government owe several types of arrears to LGA pensioners. In this same Imo State where poor men and women are locked up in prison for many years for committing small criminal offences, a pension thief Jude Ejiogu who allegedly stole 1 billion naira LGA pension funds is rewarded with political appointment upon political appointment in the state. The same Jude Ejiogu when he was the Special Adviser to the Governor on IGR collected millions of naira from commercial banks in the state as tax but diverted the monies into his own pocket. The State government later demanded the same tax that Ejiogu had already collected from the banks and the banks had to go on strike for excessive taxation.

YAHVCP believes  that it is only Governor Okorocha that is unaware that the same Jude Ejiogu allegedly defrauded Hall mark Bank and Progress Bank and ran to USA some years ago. Yet this same man is jostling to represent Owerri zone for elective position in 2015.They say Imo government does not have money to pay good salary for workers in the State but just look at how politicians are stealing our money every day.The politicians and their business men and women friends are living big in Imo while the workers and ordinary Imolites who work daily to survive are suffering. We demand for the arrest and prosecution of Jude Ejiogu (Chief of Staff to Governor) now

Signed

Mr Kenneth Uwadi

YAHVCP National Coordinator

Amaka Didanda

YAHVCP Media Affairs

“I don’t have anything to prove to anyone, reaching 100 caps is not a priority” – Yobo


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Super Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo, has said he is not interested in proving any point to anybody on his return to the national team fold.

The Fenerbahce defender has not featured for Nigeria, ever since he lifted the 2013 African Cup of Nations with the team, but was recalled for the 1-1 draw against Scotland this week.

“No, I don’t have anything to prove to nobody. Critics are always going to be critics,” he told KickOffNigeria. “I don’t owe anybody anything. I’ve only said one thing and that is that I thank my bosses for believing in me, for believing that I can still do this and this is very important for me.

“I played until the second phase of the season until I got injured. I only need to prove something to myself. I have nothing to prove to them. This is my career and I know what I need to do to be at the top.

“I’m just thankful to the coach for believing in me, and I’m going to reciprocate that by what I do on the training pitch and on the Match Day to help this team.

“But for people out there, I have nothing to prove to them. I respect everyone’s opinion but at this moment, I just want to concentrate on this team that I left after the Nations Cup. When the time is right, I will respond to everyone.

The game against the Tartan Army, was Yobo’s 96th cap for Nigeria, but he insists reaching 100 caps is not a do-or-die affair.

He said: “Yeah, it will be special if it is achieved but it’s not my priority right now. Getting back in the squad for the World Cup is more important.

“This team needs to do well at the World Cup and if I can help with my leadership and my experience, that is what I want to do. If the 100 caps will come, it will come. If not, God knows best.”

Odemwingie takes blame for fallout with Keshi


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Stoke City forward Osaze Odemwingie, has accepted the blame for the breakdown in his relationship with Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, which saw his frozen out of the national team for over a year.

Odemwingie admitted that he did not adapt properly to the change in management and wrongly interpreted some of Keshi’s decisions as personal.

“Coach Keshi took over and in the first game (against Rwanda) I was subbed quite early, which I’ve never been used to because I always played 90 minutes, both for club and national team,” Osaze told The Guardian UK.

“So I felt: ‘OK, he’s probably not sure about me.’ I thought I should leave the national team for now. It could be that I misjudged the situation, and after watching how he does it … he made a lot of early substitutions during the qualifiers and the African Cup, so then I was like: ‘OK, I shouldn’t have taken it in the way I did.”

After realising his mistake, Odemwingie says he immediately decided to mend fences with the Big Boss, who has since handed him a recall.

“I’m humble enough to admit that, because when the same things happen to other players, then clearly it’s not personal to you. So for me it was then a case of coming to him and saying: ‘Let’s hug it out and move on.’ He was happy to do that.

“The Nigeria team psychologist also played a big part. He came to see me in January, spoke to the coach and explained: ‘Peter’s an honest guy and, most importantly, he’s a good player who can help your team.’ The coach agreed with that and gave me a chance again.”

The 32-year-old confessed that he was disappointed to miss out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria emerged African champions.

He said: “In the past few years my only regret is that, as I’ve become a better player, I probably would have got more goals for myself and the country but I missed out a bit. I’ve missed a year and a half, missed out on the cup they won, unfortunately.

“I wish I was part of that squad because I’ve played in four Africa Nations and got three bronze medals, never a gold. But I can’t look back. This is another opportunity for me.”

Boko Haram’s Vulcanizer With N36 million in his Bank Account Arrested in Abuja.


C-O-N-F-U-S-I-O-N!!!<br /> Boko Haram's Vulcanizer With N36 million in his Bank Account Arrested in Abuja.</p> <p>"I am sure not many people in Mararaba a suburb close to Abuja know that a threat to their lives was removed yesterday by men of the SSS. A vulcaniser belong to the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, was traced to the front of Mama Cass in Mararaba yesterday by SSS officials all the way from Borno state.<br /> Those who know or live in Mararaba should know where Mama Cass is located. It is opposite orange market. People around there know the vulcaniser as a very gentle man. The SSS however showed a different side of him.<br /> They said Vulcaniser had in his tool box not just vulcanising equipment but explosives. People around there were surprised when the SSS handcuffed him until the content of his tool box was revealed to be explosive."<br /> It seems he has been stationed to detonate those explosives either at the orange market or at Mararaba junction. Two most populated place. May God save us all oh!<br /> These lunatics seem to be everywhere. Innocent people will just be living with the animals. The men of the SSS told people around that the "Vulcaniser" has N36 million in his Bank account." - Hope For Nigeria.</p> <p>LIKE www.hopefornigeriaonline.com/LikeUs Page, if U have not done that already.</p> <p>Feel FREE to SHARE & TAG Yourself<br /> ***************************<br /> Join Hands To Win The fight Against Terror: Report any suspicious activity to the law enforcement agencies, as that will save lives.</p> <p>SHARE/Tag your friends!<br /> Join Nigeria's First Facebook Community Page!</p> <p>http://www.hopefornigeriaonline.com/onfacebook</p> <p>http://www.hopefornigeriaonline.com/LikeUs
“I am sure not many people in Mararaba a suburb close to Abuja know that a threat to their lives was removed yesterday by men of the SSS. A vulcaniser belong to the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, was traced to the front of Mama Cass in Mararaba yesterday by SSS officials all the way from Borno state.

 

 

Those who know or live in Mararaba should know where Mama Cass is located. It is opposite orange market. People around there know the vulcaniser as a very gentle man. The SSS however showed a different side of him.
They said Vulcaniser had in his tool box not just vulcanising equipment but explosives. People around there were surprised when the SSS handcuffed him until the content of his tool box was revealed to be explosive.”
It seems he has been stationed to detonate those explosives either at the orange market or at Mararaba junction. Two most populated place. May God save us all oh!
These lunatics seem to be everywhere. Innocent people will just be living with the animals. The men of the SSS told people around that the “Vulcaniser” has N36 million in his Bank account.” 
 
 
 
 
BEFORE……..

Boko-Haram : Orange Seller Arrested With N600m -

He was arrested in Kawo area of Kaduna by soldiers and N600 million was found in his account after he was investigated.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General Garba Wahab, disclosed this at the weekend in the wake of an offensive against insurgents in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
According to the GOC, “When we stop those who are hawking and carrying wheelbarrow, and we said we want to check, people will shout, ‘why are you disturbing the average person?’ And I give you example; we arrested somebody called mai lemu (orange seller) in Kawo here. And in three months when we checked through his account, over N600 million  has passed through that man’s account, and he sells orange here by Kawo bridge.
“He is there as a lookout. He is like a spy. He looks around, gets information and feeds these guys, says this is what is happening. That is why I said we are not dealing with idiots. We are dealing with people who have one or two guys working and thinking , and giving them information. And we know that before they attack they must look at the softest locations.”
 

 Kano bombers disguised as fruit sellers

Hide bombs inside wheel barrows laden with bananas, oranges
…My escape was divine, says motorist who went for car keys at drinking bar
From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
More details emerged yesterday on Monday’s twin explosions by Boko Haram in Kano metropolis even as survivors recounted how they cheated death. The Joint Security Task Force (JTF) and the police said 12 people died while 12 others were injured. Ohanaeze Ndigbo disagreed with the figures, saying 45 people lost their lives.
It was confirmed yesterday that the lone bomber hid the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a wheelbarrow, disguising as a fruit seller before they were detonated at New and Enugu/Igbo Road, all in Sabon-Gari, populated by non-indigenes, mostly the Igbos.
One explosion went off at 41 New Road, the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church at the peak of evening worship.
An eyewitness, Mazi Columba Ndubuisi, told Daily Sun that the Boko Haram bomber arrived in  Enugu Road, with a wheelbarrow, adding that the terrorist pretended to be selling watermelon, oranges and bananas. According to him, the attacker hid the IEDs inside the wheelbarrow under the bananas and oranges, adding that after roaming innocently for a while, he parked the wheelbarrow near the shop of one Mama Ejima by the side of a parked Mercedes Benz car. Ndubuisi said he trades on fire -fighting equipment very close to the scene of the blasts, when the boy parked his wheelbarrow casually, some people were actually calling him to come and sell to them, but they surprisingly noticed that the boy, rather than selling, made his way to the main road, leaving his wares.
He said barely a few minutes after, the bomb exploded killing the woman (Mama Ejima) and several other people.
Another witness, who is simply called Mr. Eddy, said typical of the fellowship, worshippers separated themselves from their children, adding that the kids were roaming about the scene when the first device exploded near their play-point.
The witness, who was watching football in a nearby bar when the first blast occurred, recalled that following the shocking explosion, the whole scenario was thrown into confusion, with several people sustaining injuries, while many more died of the first blast.
He said that just minutes after the first blast, when they were trying to escape, the second exploded, trapping some people who had dared to run in the direction of the first blast.
Mr. Eddy, who resides in the same building where the church is located, said several people died on account of the blasts, including three persons who sat close to him at their drinking table.
“There was smoke everywhere. People were running everywhere, people were lying on the ground, many motorists jumped inside their cars and sped off. They came here with four pick-up vans to carry the bodies. I did not count them, but I know that they were many,” he added.
Meanwhile, several families were yet to discover the whereabouts of their relatives. Daily Sun learnt that at least, eight wounded persons were hospitalized.
Speaking from his hospital bed at the Emergency Unit of the Armed Forces Hospital in the state capital, Mr Chika Ekenne said the blasts took them by surprise, adding that but for the mercy of God, he would have died from the explosion.
Ekenne, who had deep wounds on his left shoulder in addition to several sharp cuts, said that he was hit by the second explosion that occurred in New Road area of Sabon -Garri Area.
According to the victim, who was wreathing in pains at press time, he was a resident of Abuja, who had come to the state to finish a business, adding that he went to the particular scene in the company of a friend to give some money to his daughter, who was to transfer the same to another of his children, who is  in school.
Mr. Ekenne, who hails from Etiti in Mbaino in Imo State told Daily Sun that when the first bomb exploded by the side of the church, a number of people at the drinking bar escaped, adding that unfortunately, he forgot his keys when he fled in fright.
He recalled that in the midst of the thick billowing smoke, thinking that it was a single blast, he ran back, only to be hit by the second explosion which stuck him and threw particles at him.
While pleading that they should not tell his wife about his current state and tragedy, he noted that his wife may not be able to stand the shock.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by JTF spokesman, Capt. Ikedeche Iweha, said Boko Haram detonated the bombs which killed 12 people and injured 12 others, while 19 vehicles were destroyed.
According to the JTF, the incident could have been avoided if the residents had maintained vigilance by reporting to the authorities, strange objects. Capt. Iweha recalled that the task force had urged people to keep an eye on their environments as there was a tip-off that the terror group had planned to attack Kano.
Also, the state police command, in a statement by Mr. Magaji Magiya, confirmed the JTF’s casualty figures.
Reacting to the attack, president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano State Chapter, Chief Tobias Michael Idika, claimed that 45 people were killed even as he called on President Goodluck Jonathan to take urgent steps to strengthen security of lives and property of residents in the northern parts of the country.
In a statement, the apex Igbo group said: “Ohanaeze account can confirm 39 deaths in New Road and six in Enugu/Igbo Road,  and an unspecified number of people who got injured. The terrorists invaded Sabon-Gari, an enclave carved out for non-natives and planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which exploded almost simultaneously at Enugu/Igbo Road, near International Hotel and on New Road, directly opposite the popular Ado Bayero Square precisely at Nos 38, 39, 40 and 41.
“At 41 New Road, the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church was also bombed at the peak of evening worship.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), through its state chairman, Bishop Ramos Bello, condemned the attack. He prayed God to receive the departed souls and comfort the wounded. He appealed for deployment of more troops in the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has condemned the attack. Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who visited the scenes, described the attack as devastating. He promised to pay for the treatment of the injured victims.

Photos:- Patience Ozwokor Leads Nollywood To Cry Out For The Release Of Chibok Girls.


Here are pictures of Patience Ozokwor ,Chinedu Ikedieze and other nollywood actors and actresses at Lagos State House Of Assembly yeaterday been Democracy Day .They walked from Allen Avenue to Alausa and delivered their #BringBackOurGirls
message of solidarity to the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

Update on Nigerian girl murdered in SA: Body to arrive Nigeria for burial on June 3rd


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The body of 20 year old Naizi Evah from Edo state who was stabbed to death in her hostel at the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa willd arrive Nigeria on Tuesday June 3rd for interment, family sources have revealed.
Her Zimbabwean boyfriend, who is the chief suspect in the murder, was earlier arrested by South African police but has been granted bail pending the outcome of investigations.
At a tribute ceremony in her honor at the University premises this week, friends were seen weeping as they shared their experiences with the deceased young lady. One of her friends, Ripfumelo Mukhavele said late Naizi and her boyfriend had a turbulent relationship as they were always breaking up and making up but they never suspected it would end like this. Niazi’s elder brother, Michael Evah who was present at the tribute night for Naizi said a case has been filed with the South African police but is hoping that the case is not swept under the carpet.
Source: LIB

‘Prof. Dora Akunyili is not dead’ – media aide refutes the rumours


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The rumours of Professor Dora Akunyili’s purported death has been really strong since yesterday but thankfully it’s not true. Her media aide Isaac Ummuna took to her Facebook page this evening to refute the rumours. May she live long. 

Update on Chibok girls: Presidency accepts Obasanjo’s mediation


Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday got the Presidency’s green light to proceed with peace talks with Boko Haram on the release of the abducted 223 girls.

But the go ahead is on the condition that there will be no swapping of the girls with detained terrorists.
Chief Obasanjo was scheduled to meet President Goodluck Jonathan last night either in Lagos or Accra.

Government, The Nation gathered, believes that swapping the girls for the terrorists will not only violate the spirit and letters of the Terrorism Prevention Act but  also hurt its allies – US, UK, France and others- which have joined in the search for the girls.

It was also gathered that the offer of amnesty to the insurgents by the President on Thursday has allayed the fears of Boko Haram.

A reliable source,familiar with the talks said: “The government does not see anything wrong in Obasanjo’s
talks with Boko Haram. He is going to get clearance to do so.

“The talks with the sect would have to be within the template already put in place by the government. “One of the conditions unacceptable to the presidency is swapping of the girls with Boko Haram members.

“We will not adopt swapping  because the struggle to rescue the girls is now global, it is beyond Nigeria. All of us have agreed that there is no point swapping but we can accommodate many things especially ceasefire and reintegration of the insurgents.”

He siad the  insurgents should ceasefire within the framework of the amnesty window being provided by the Federal Government as unfolded by the President on Thursday.

He also spoke of  an existing dialogue committee through which the Presidency had reached out to Boko Haram contacts. “There are many issues vital to the rescue of the girls and the end of insurgency than swapping,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who spoke with our correspondent from Ghana, said: “The President welcomes any initiative on how to address this insurgency. He has always said that tackling insurgency is a collective effort.

“ I am not aware of any objection to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s initiative; we do not mind anyone assisting the government. As an elder statesman , the government welcomes his intervention.”

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo were expected to meet last night either in lagos or Accra,Ghana.
A source privy to the talks said: “At least the President has agreed to meet with Obasanjo on his proposal. The two leaders will use the session to rub minds on the fate of the girls.

“Obasanjo is also expected to present his idea to the President on how things should work out.”
Investigation by our correspondent showed that the Boko Haram contacts, who visited Obasanjo last Saturday in Abeokuta, has given feedback to the sect’s leadership.

Another source said: “The contacts are trying to persuade the sect to send a three-man delegation to Obasanjo for preliminary talks.

“If the initial stage of the talks is successful, then the two parties may swing into action for renunciation, rehabilitation and reconstruction.”

EXPOSED: Boko Haram’s Sources Of Funds


Following the unabated acts of terrorism perpetrated by the Islamic religious sect, Yusufiyya – which later became Boko Haram, since 2009, many questions have been asked by Nigerians and the international communities.

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Prominent among these questions is how the militant group is raising funds to procure sophisticated weapons which they use to carry out their heinous attacks across Nigeria?

However, Premium Times reports that since 2009, the deadly sect has continued to deploy various tactics to sustain its resolve in undermining the Nigerian state.

 

It was gathered that in the onset, the sect began to embark on selective killings and maiming of politicians and security agencies.

Later on, according to the report, the terror group acquired the know-how on how to make Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, which it used mostly on security operatives, security formations and churches within and around Borno State.

In a bid to “promote the Jihad of God,” as they claim, the Islamist sect went from terror attack to attacking banks and other financial institutions, as well as the robbery of bullion vans in which millions of Naira were at different occasions stolen.

Between 2010 and 2012, the group resorted to extorting high personalities in Nigeria by sending text messages with threats on their lives if millions of Naira were not delivered to them at a designated rendezvous or harassing their victims by dropping sealed threat letters with a piece of live bullet asking for money.

When the presence of the Joint Task Force, JTF, continued to grow and increased development of counter intelligence by the Department of State Security, DSS, the Boko Haram sect resorted to kidnapping.

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*Boko Haram attack in Jos

On January 30, 2012, the late spokesman of Boko Haram, Abul Qaqa had in a teleconference with journalists threatened that they would soon embark on abduction of spouses and children of security operatives and public office holders, for allegedly detaining their (Boko Haram) family members.

The terrorists did not start their threat until early this year, when the sect embarked on a ransom-driven kidnap of civilians. Most of their targets often gained their freedom after the payment of huge money by either government or relatives of the captives.

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* File photo of Boko Haram attack at Nyanya garage in Abuja

The spokesman of JTF, Sagir Musa, on April 28, issued a caveat warning to residents of Maiduguri and environs that the Boko Haram had resort to kidnapping prominent citizen with the aim of getting money from their relatives.

Mr. Musa’s statement read, “Intelligence available to the Task Force has indicated that Boko Haram Terrorists have resolved to concentrate more on kidnappings than robbery. They alleged that kidnapping is more lucrative, less dangerous and requires short time to plan and execute. Similarly, a special kidnapping squad has been earmarked and tasked by the Boko Haram sect to kidnap persons who could be wealthy relations, politicians, business women/ men, traditional rulers, senior civil servants and foreigners alike.”

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* Leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (in the middle)

The above statement was made after the Boko Haram sect had carried out several successful kidnaps for ransom.

Prominent personalities in Nigeria and many other people, private civilians, are believed to have been kidnapped by the militants and likely paid heavy ransoms to gain their freedom without anyone knowing. While those who could not afford such heavy ransoms are alleged to have been killed.

The belief in security circles in Borno is that the sect increased its kidnap activities to fund its various violent operations across Northern Nigeria.

Many had hoped and are still hoping that the declaration of a State of Emergency in Borno and the subsequent massive deployment of troops there would halt the kidnap and other criminal activities of the sect.

 

Source: Premium Times

Emir Of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, Is Buried


The late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, was laid to eternal rest in his palace in Gombe on May 30, 2014, Friday, at 7.20pm. 

 

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* Alhaji Shehu Abubakar on his throne

A large crowd has gathered at the emir’s palace struggling to see the remains of the emir. Security operatives did their best to control the crowd. No serious incidents were reported.

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* People gathered to wait the arrival of monarch’s body to the Emir’s palace in Gombe. Photo credit – @aaramz 

The funeral prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Gombe Central Mosque, Aminu Pindiga.

The event was gloomed by the death of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrisa Timta, who lost his live in an attack by suspected Boko Haram members in the morning of Friday. The Emirs of Askira and Uba, who were also in the same convoy en route to Gombe, had survived.

The security was beefed-up because of the mentioned incident and because some of the top Nigerian politicians and stakeholders were in attendance.

The list included Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Adamu Mu’azu, the Governor of Gombe State Ibrahim Dankwambo, the FCT Minister Bala Mohammed, the Minister of Transport Idris Umar.

The Deputy Governor of Gombe Tha’anda Rubainu and the Deputy Governor of Bauchi Alhaji Sagir Aminu-Saleh were also present.

The people of Gombe state prayed God to send another Emir that would continue with the good works of late Alhaji Shehu Abubakar.

The Emir passed away at the age of 76 on May 27, 2014 in a London hospital. Alhaji Shehu Abubakar was one of those who fought for creation of Gombe State and had contributed immensely to peace and harmony in the state.

Rest in peace.

Keshi Already Knows World Cup Squad


Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has already conceived his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in his mind, but will wait two days before the warm-up match against Greece to unveil the names.

The African champions have started training sessions in Philadelphia ahead of Wednesday’s game against Brazil-bound 2004 European champions at the Union Stadium in the USA city, and the ex-Mali and Togo tactician says he has a blueprint of those to make the Brazil trip.

“Yes I have an idea of those who will go with us to Brazil but we will still wait till the last minute before we announce the list,” Keshi is quoted as saying by the team’s spokesperson Ben Alaiya.

Stephen Keshi Already Has World Cup Squad on His Mind.

Alaiya also disclosed Keshi had decided to delay the announcement of his final World Cup squad to enable him “have a second look at those who are not measuring up.”

Nigeria play their final World Cup warm-up against USA on June 7 in Jacksonville.

Nollywood Stars — Ini Edo, Uche Jombo-R, Desmond Elliot And Monalisa Chinda Help Fight Diabetes


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In a positive move to help combat diabetes, super Nollywood stars Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot and Monalisa Chinda have signed on as ambassadors for New Nation‘s “Kill the Killers” initiative

The campaign is to raise awareness as well as help fight against Diabetes and Blood Pressure.

The deal was signed on Friday 30th May 2014 in Port Harcourt.

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