Chelsea Rejects Inter’s Offer for Mikel


Chelsea have dismissed Inter Milan’s bid for Nigeria international midfielder John Mikel Obi.

Inter have reportedly approached the Stamford Bridge club for the services of the 27-year-old, signed from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo in 2006.

The Nerazzurri have sought for a loan move for World Cup-bound Obi, but Chelsea have turned them down and have placed a 9 million pound price tag on the player, according to English tabloid, The Daily Mirror.

Chelsea Dismisses Inter's Loan Offer for John Obi Mikel.

Mikel, who has won 51 international caps, is on the verge of making his first World Cup appearance with the Super Eagles, currently camping in Philadelphia, USA.

Dance Queen Kaffy and Husband Celebrate Their 2nd Year Wedding Anniversary


Dance queen, Kaffy Ameh and her husband, Pappy J Ameh, who is a member of the Psquare band are celebrating two years of marriage bliss. They got married June 2nd, 2012. The two lovebirds took to their social media pages to share romantic messages….
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World Cup 2014: Uzoenyi, Mba Axed, as Keshi Names 23 for Brazil


Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi finally announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup, but not without springing out some surprises; as the duo of Sunday Mba an Chrisantus Ejike Uzoenyi were omitted.

It was a long but deserving wait for most soccer enthusiasts in Nigeria on Monday night and the coach finally trolled out the list of players boarding the flight to Brazil, with Norwich defender Joseph Yobo handed the privilege of taking a shot on his 100th international cap at last (presently on 96).

Stoke City striker and Nigeria returnee Osaze Odemwingie can now look ahead to making up for last year’s African Cup of Nations (Afcon) miss, partnering Fenerbahce hitman Emmanuel Emenike on the front-line.

Stephen Keshi Sprung Final Surprises In His 23-Man World Cup List. Image Credit: Twitter @NGSuperEagles

It was sad exits for Mba and Ejike Uzoenyi, scorer of the African champions’ winning goal at the Afcon 2013 and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) respectively.

Keshi however stuck to his confidence in home-grown talents, naming Warri Wolves’ Azubuike Egwuekwe (defender), Gombe United’s Chigozie Agbim and Kunle Odunlami of Sunshine Stars in his squad.

Keshi Names Final 23 Players for World Cup.

Daniel Akpeyi, Joel Obi, Nosa Igiebor, Nnamdi Oduamadi, and Victor Obinna Nsofor make up the rest of the seven players axed from Nigeria’s initial 30-man training squad.

The Eagles will start their campaign against Iran on June 16, before taking on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina in Group F.

Full Nigeria 23-Man Squad

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Norwich City, England); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City, England), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium); Victor Moses (Liverpool, England), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen, Holland).

Injury Cost Nsofor World Cup Shirt, Mba Had Few Tapeworms in His Belly-Keshi


On-loan Chievo Verona striker Victor Obinna Nsofor failed to make the trip to the World Cup in Brazil because of a resurgent knee problem. The forward alongside Sunday Mba, Joel Obi, Chrisantus Ejike Uzoenyi, Daniel Akpeyi, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Nosa Igiebor completes names of seven players excluded from the Super Eagles squad ahead of its fifth appearance on the biggest stage in world football. “Nsofor (has) a little bit of knee problem, but he was still pushing,” Keshi explained to AfricanFootball.com.

Sunday Mba Arrived Three Days After the Super Eagles Training Camp Had Resumed Due to a Much Publicised Visa Hitches.

The CSKA Moscow supporting striker, 27, whose beautiful free-kick against Ethiopia in Calabar sealed the 2014 World Cup berth for Nigeria in November, suffered a relapse of his “cruciate knee problem” prior to the friendly encounter against Scotland last week. He would later sit out training on Thursday and Friday, after scans were conducted to determine the extent of the injury and returned with the rest of the squad in Philadelphia, USA, on Saturday. The Beijing 2008 silver medalist will now wait to improve on his 12 goals in 47 international caps. Anther notable exclusion from the team’s final list Obi was also a victim of injury, according to the coach, while the scorer of Afcon 2013-winning goal Mba lacked the necessary bite and push, despite joining the team late in London due to visa hitches. “Joel (has) a little bit of ankle problem, but he was still trying,” added Keshi. “I just didn’t want to risk it. “But I am happy I spent a little time with him. “For Sunday Mba, his lateness to camp contributed but outside that he did not show hunger, the fight, we expected from him. “We had only two and a half weeks to prepare for the World Cup and he was not giving us what we wanted. He was very relaxed and it was unlike him.” Nigeria face Greece in the second of their three warm-up matches at the Philadelphia Union Stadium later in the day. The Eagles will face Iran (June 16), Bosnia and Herzegovina (June 21) and Argentina (June 25) in Group F of the World Cup.

Photos Of Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Lynxxx, Fade, Uti, Toke, Davido, Wizkid and Lots More At Lagos Party “Road to MAMAs”


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All the biggest stars in Africa came out to party at the big gala event.

With the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs), just days away, a host of nominees and Lagos party people turned up for the Road to Mamas party, held at The Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Hosted by Ehiz, the event saw performances by Mavin stars – Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, Di’Ja, Korede Bello, as well as Mafikizolo, Davido, Olamide, Phyno, Chidinma and Burna Boy.

Guests at the event include Lynxxx, May D, Fade Ogunro, Toke Makinwa, Ezinne Akudo, Jenevieve Aken, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Wizkid, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Zaina Balogun, Tekno, Ubi Franklin, Yaw, Stephanie Coker, DJ Caise, DJ Spinall, Ayo Animashaun and DJ Obi.

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Maheeda Releases another set of Sexy NUDE photos she calls it “Market Day”


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, naija bad girl Maheeda releases another fresh of sexy photos, which she tags market day, she actually posted on twitter for her so called honey fanz to see.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o “Matches” With The Carpet At The CFDA Awards


Lupita’s risk did not pay off as she donned Suno striped culottes at the CFDA Awards in Manhattan on Monday not realising she’d have to stand on a multi-coloured carpet that would be vying for her attention with her ensemble.
What do you think of her outfit. Hit or miss?

 

This Blonde Brazilian Man Had TEN Operations To Look Korean [Photos]


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This 25-year-old white Brazilian man with blonde hair and blue eyes was once named Max but he is now known as Xiahn after he underwent more than 10 operations, spending more than $3000 to look remarkably like a natural-born Asian man.

He has a love for ‘K-pop’ and Korean dramas and became obsessed with looking like the locals during his time as an exchange student in the country.
A year at Dongseo University in South Korea gave him the desire to have ‘slanted eyes’ and dark hair.

 

‘I put my fingers inside the eye and pulled. That was the way I wanted to have my eyes,’ he told Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora.
‘I guess now yes I’m there, I just need to wait for the swelling (to go down) for the end result,’ he said.

 

Take A Look At The Mansion Davido’s Producer Got Himself


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It’s pretty obvious that if you roll with Davido and his crew, you can’t go wrong……..at least  not financially.

The photo you see above is the new mansion acquired by the talented music producer with the HKN music label.

Newlyweds Spend Wedding Night In Cell After Hotel Brawl


A bride and groom ended up in police cells after they allegedly attacked security staff while trying to book into their hotel after their reception. The unnamed groom is alleged to have launched at a security guard cutting his face in the process.

Meanwhile, his wife still in her wedding dress is reported to have hurled racist abuse at the guards who were Asian. Staff at the Hilton on Deansgate in Manchester contacted police shortly before 11.30pm yesterday.

They rowed with hotel staff shortly before the alleged attacks and were arrested soon after, according to the Manchester Evening News. Nick Adderley, Chief Superintendent of Greater Manchester Police said:

“Police officers were asked attend and we did so.
“We then obviously had to pain over the decision whether it was right thing to do to arrest.
“But it absolutely was and I support the officers who made that decision.
“We can’t have a situation where, regardless of what ceremony they have been to, people are allegedly being assaulted and racially abused.”

Meet the world smallest man just 27 inches tall (photos)


Edward Nino Hernandez is in many ways a typical 24-year-old Colombian male. He loves to dance reggaeton, dreams of owning a fast car and wants to see the world.
Top on his list of people he would like to meet are Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone and former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
What sets Nino apart is his size.

He is slightly taller than a piece of carry-on luggage and weighs just 22lbs (10kgs).

And he has just been officially certified as the world’s shortest living man by Guinness World Records, measuring 27ins.
Nino, who works part time as a dancer, said:’I feel happy because I’m unique.’
He also reveals he has a girlfriend – an 18-year-old who is just under 5ft.
Although he has cataracts in both of his eyes that blur his vision and, require urgent surgery that the family can’t afford, the budding actor has won a part in a new film, playing a drug thief.
He may like being in the spotlight, but Nino said there are some drawbacks to being the world’s smallest man.
‘It bothers me that people are always touching me and picking me up,’ he said.
Nino’s mother, Noemi Hernandez, said of her oldest of five children: ‘He hasn’t grown since he was two years old.’
She added that doctors never could explain why Nino is so small.
‘They never gave us a diagnosis,’ Mrs Hernandez, 43, said from her home in Bosa, a poor district of southern Bogota.
She said Nino weighed just 3.3lb (1.5kg) when he was born and was just 15 inches long.
Doctors were at first intrigued as to why he was so small and studied him until he was three years old, but then ‘lost interest’.
She and her husband, a security guard, lost a daughter who was born similarly small in 1992.
Their youngest child, Miguel Angel, 11, stands 37ins tall. The other three boys are of normal height and appearance.
Nino is mentally sharp and laughs easily though it’s sometimes hard to understand his high-pitched speech and his stubby fingers make writing difficult.
He had to repeat several years of school before dropping out aged about 13.
His mother said he loves to travel – though he hasn’t been outside Colombia – and likes to play dominoes and checkers.
‘He only gets depressed when he’s shut in at home,’ she added.
However, it is unclear whether Nino’s fame will last long.
Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal is expected to take over after he turns 18 in October. He measures about 22ins and is currently recognized by Guinness as the shortest living teen.
The previous smallest man in the world was He Pingping of China, who was 1.5 inches taller and died in March.

SACK JUDE EJIOGU NOW


Dated 2/6/14

 

SACK JUDE EJIOGU NOW

 

The Youths  Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices ( YAHVCP ) have  read the  paid advertorials in 8 local newspapers in Imo State  by some  political sycophants sponsored by the LGA  pension thief Jude Ejiogu  dated 2/6/14   branding Kenneth Uwadi   all sorts of unprintable names for calling for  his  sack ,arrest and prosecution for stealing 1 billion naira Imo LGA pension funds when he (Ejiogu) was the Chairman of Imo Local Government Service Commission. Ejiogu  is currently  serving as the Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor as well as Commissioner for Special Duties in the  State.

 

For us at  YAHVCP, despite all harassment, name calling  and victimization by  the   thieving  political vampires  in Imo State, we will  remain undaunted. We will continue to tell those in government to stop looting our monies and to stop mocking us and calling us paupers and never do wells.

 

YAHVCP is angry that despite enormous human and material potentials, Imo’s crisis of poverty in the midst of plenty continues apace. Vicious attacks on living conditions, wages and social services have reduced the mass majority  of Imolites to a state of perpetual misery. According to statistics, about 70% of Imo estimated population exist on less than 6oo naira  per day yet only one man (Ejiogu) has stolen 1 billion naira meant for LGA retirees in Imo and no one is talking. The same   capitalist thieving  elite also  looted  the collective wealth of the state without remorse, millions of naira tax monies when he was Special Adviser to the Governor on IGR. This made banks to go on strike in the state. The  corruption scandal he was involved in when he was a banker underlines his  rapacious corrupt character . He allegedly defrauded Hall Mark bank and Progress bank years ago and ran to USA.

 

Our anger at YAHVCP  has particularly been fuelled by the continued wanton disregard of the ruling elites in Imo State  for the feelings, yearnings and aspirations of the ordinary Imolites  such that while, they, the ruling elites continue to amass fabulous wealth for themselves, albeit through, stolen public resources, the majority of the people of Imo State  continue to live in abject poverty while joblessness continue to rise. Although, the official unemployment rate in Imo State has been put at 53.9 percent, it could be much higher given the thousands of job seeking graduates roaming the streets of Owerri  apart from those who lost their jobs in 2011 to unnecessary politicking .

 

So contemptuous of the toiling Imo masses have the capitalist thieving  elites in the state become, that their self-indulgencies now include using state resources to acquire eye popping mansions all over , while failing woefully to provide functional mass transportation in the form of modern and fast rail network, dual carriage ways and ferry systems. When late last year, there were major floods in the state due to heavy torrential rains, thousands of Imolites  were stranded as most of the poorly constructed roads were simply swept away. This is aside from many, whose shelters, properties, farmlands etc were washed away by the floods without compensation. Yet, during the recent 3 year celebration speech of Governor Okorocha we heard that billions of naira  road contracts were awarded for the fixing of Imo  roads.  Yet, the more you look at the roads, the less you see the evidence of a functional infrastructure.

 

We say NO  to  Ejiogu’s  callous looting of 1 billion naira pension funds and inhuman treatment of  pensioners  . 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 them. 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  who stole 1 billion naira pension funds is rewarded with political appointment upon political appointment in the state.We demand for  his  arrest and prosecution now

 

Signed

 

Mr Kenneth Uwadi

 

YAHVCP National Coordinator

 

Amaka Didanda

 

YAHVCP Media Affairs

 

SEX Me UP


 

IKEJI’S NAKED SEX PHOTOS EXPOSED DAYS BEFORE HER WHITE WEDDING


 

NUDITY IS BAD , PLEASE DRESS PROPERLY. AVIOD SCANDAL. DON’T TAKE NUDE PICTURES. PROSTITUTION IS EVIL. SHUN PROSTITUTION.THIS MESSAGE IS FROM FAMOUS NAIJA

 

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Photos: President Jonathan, Obasanjo, Others At Sir Michael Otedola’s Burial


 

 

The remains of former Lagos State governor, Sir Michael Otedola who is also Femi Otedola’s father was laid to rest yesterday in his home town, Epe. President Jonathan, his wife, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and other dignitaries were all present at the burial ceremony

 

 

 

British Woman Sentenced To 20 Years In Iran For Facebook Comment


A British woman has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in a hellhole Iranian prison for posting comments on Facebook allegedly criticising the country’s leadership.

Roya Nobakht, 47, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was arrested last October when she was visiting the south-western city of Shiraz.

She was accused of gathering crowds, putting national security at risk and insulting Islam after criticising former Iranian supreme leader the Ayatollah Khomeini on the social media site.

She is thought to have described the government as being ‘too Islamic’.

Ms Nobakht had been held at the notorious Evin prison in the Iranian capital Tehran before being sentenced earlier this week.

It had been feared that Ms Nobakht could have faced the death penalty.

The part-time student at Stockport College has dual British-Iranian nationality and has been living with her husband for more than six years.

A source close to the family said: “Roya is devastated. She is not doing well.

“She is just a housewife and is not an activist. She has said she would rather die than be there for 20 years.

“She has been tortured and the conditions at the prison are terrible. She is under a lot of pressure.

“They have taken confession under duress that she has said something against the Iranian republic.”

Mrs Nobakht, who is among eight people jailed in Iran this week on charges of insulting the country’s leadership on Facebook, had been on a three-week holiday to Iran last year to visit friends and family.

A family friend said her husband, Daryoush Taghipoor, 47, had gone to meet her from Manchester Airport but she did not appear.

He spent two months in Iran searching mortuaries, hospitals and police stations.

He was eventually told his wife was in prison because she had not been respectful of Iran and he was allowed to visit her for 10 minutes.

Mr Taghipoor has not returned to Iran for fear of being arrested himself.

Negotiations between the UK and Iranian governments have been complicated since the British embassy in Tehran closed following the 2011 attacks by Iranian protesters.

Andrew Stunnell, MP for Hazel Grove, who has been fighting the family’s cause, said: “Unfortunately the Iranian justice system is pretty incomprehensible to us in the Western world.

“What we regard as fundamental human rights are regarded as crimes and Roya is in the midst of it.

“It’s absolutely preposterous. The Iranians have pounced on her and charged her with offences which would be laughed out of court here but they have gone on to impose an outrageously large sentence.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware that a British national has received a custodial sentence in Iran.

“We are seeking to establish the full facts and are following up the case with the Iranian authorities.”

The case is the latest in a growing row over internet freedom in Iran. Last week six young Iranians were arrested after they posted a video online of their version of Pharrell William’s song Happy.
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I Have A Crush On Flavour- Kannywood Actress


Kannywood actress (Northern actress), Nazareth Jesse Bako has said she has a crush on Flavour Nabania and she wouldn’t might dating him. She says she is single and presently waiting for the right man, but her crush for Flavour is real. She also spoke about being a Kannywood actress and also in Nollywood and how she has acted in over 63 movies till date. Enjoy.

Don’t you think you have added advantage as an Hausa actress to feature in both Nollywood and Kannywood?

It is a privilege and I thank God for it; I will always be delightful working with them.

How many movies have you featured in so far?

I have featured in over 63 movies since I joined Nollywood professionally.

Tell us about the man in your life now?

I wouldn’t lie about my relationship. Presently I have no man in my life. My career is most imperative for now.

Are you saying you don’t have a boyfriend?

I don’t have a boyfriend but I am expecting him to come along (laughter).

So you don’t have a lover?

Yes. I am looking for Flavour (more laughter).

Why Flavour among all the men in the world?

I have a crush on him.

If he asks you for a relationship will you jump at it?

I just like his person but I don’t know him intimately. That is the only way I could know if he is my kind of man but from afar I like him.

How do you hope to have him with all the ladies around him?

I don’t know about all the other ladies around him; I only know about my feelings for him.

Christ Embassy Denies Marriage Breakup Between The Oyakhilomes


After the many Facebook posts suggesting all might not be well with the marriage of Christ Embassy Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome and his wife Pastor Anita, and few reports online, a pastor from the church denied this allegation to Punch on the phone saying it is far from the truth. According to the pastor identified as Pastor Mercy, simple said the reports are FASLE.

Another member also confided in them and said; “It is not true; it is a rumour. All these things are make-up stories.”

Still investigating, another member of the church however said there are issues but the Facebook reports are mere fallacies. “There are issues, yes, but the Facebook post is an absolute fallacy,” the member, who pleaded anonymity, said.

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.

 

  • Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, Chief Bisi Akande, and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Photo credit – @Ayoappeal

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