2015: Dr. Muiz Banire, the man to succeed Fashola in Lagos State


By Habeeb Adeniji

Though coming almost belatedly, I find it extremely expedient to share with fellow Nigerians, especially Lagosians what was supposed to be a birthday tribute to a brilliant personage I admire a lot but which I have now redirected after I laid my hand on a copy of Dr Muiz Adeyemi Banire’s profile. Though Banire clocked 47 last October when I wasn’t in the country, I find it

irresistible to share with others my peep into his life which reveals a lot in such a short period.

 

After almost 26 years in politics, Dr Banire, does still not talk, act or relate like a conventional politician. Fearlessly outspoken and downright forthright to the discomfort of an average professional politician, he would fit in perfectly into the “professional-in-politics” cocoon. Maybe because he has been a professional all his adult life as a lawyer, teacher, advocate and solicitor and even as a politician.

 

With a Ph.D in Law, with a thriving legal practice and fulfilling teaching engagements, many may be wondering what “is this fellow looking for among hyena”. It must be his love for the people which saw him, manning two different people-based ministries under the leadership of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and another such ministry under incumbent Governor Babatunde Fashola. About three years after he opted out of public service, his enduring imprints are everywhere in the Ministries of Environment, Transportation and Special Duties.

 

Arguably, no Commissioner  affected Lagosians so positively since this republic debuted. Every street in Lagos today has a touch of Banire, from traffic light to well thought-out and laid-out canals, from well-planned environmental beautification to the establishment of LASTMA, BRT to strategically-sited pedestrian bridges,  it is little wonder that without him declaring an ambition to be governor, his name has kept coming up as a front-runner at every gubernatorial discourse.

 

You wonder if his choice of areas of specialization as a lawyer is not deliberate. Everything revolves around people and their needs; Land Law, Equity and Trusts, Secured Credit Transactions, Planning and Compulsory Acquisition.

 

To back this passion up, he has diverse publications in learned journals and published books as well as teaching experience in the Department of Private and Property Law, University of Lagos since 1991.

 

His academic journey appears deliberately tailored at achieving his passion of service to the people. Starting from his Ph.D (Property Law), University of Lagos, 2005 with Thesis entitled: Evolving Alternative Legal Framework for Land Management in Nigeria, LL.M (Master Of Laws) Degree, University of Lagos, 1990-1991 in Secured Credit Transactions; Jurisprudence And Legal Theory; Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure; Sentencing And Treatment Of Offenders, B.L. (Barrister -At – Law) The Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. 1988-1989, L.L.B. (Hons) Bachelor of Laws University Of Ilorin (1984-1986) and University Of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos (1986-1988). Lower Six (A level) 1983-1984 Federal School Of Arts & Science, Victoria Island, Lagos, West African School Certificate (WASC) (1976-1983) 1979-1983 Archbishop Aggey Memorial Secondary School, Mushin, Lagos, General Certificate Of Education (GCE Ordinary Level) 1983 First School Leaving Certificate 1970-1972 Lousa Soares Nursery School, Mushin, Lagos and St. Jude’s Primary School, Mushin, Lagos. (1972-1977) the future of service has been long secured.

 

Home-grown all the way and Lagosian through and through, nothing would be hyperbolic in calling Banire “Mr. Lagos” with the requisite international clout. There are certain politicians who make attempts at intellectualism which comes out ludicrous, for Banire, intellectualism oozes out of his deliberate trivial.

 

Thought-provoking reasoning has become a second nature, not after numerous international and local seminars presenting papers on issues affecting humanity, with critical acclaim as well as publications that could simply earn him a professorship soon.

 

Here are some conferences attended; International Bar Association Conferences 1998-Till Date, Nigerian Law Teachers Association’s Conference 1992-Till Date, The 27th Study Session of the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, July 1996, The Seminars of International Centre for Teaching Human Rights Strasbourg, France, July 1996 and The First Ever 3-Month Short Course in International Human Rights Law, The University Of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K. Running through Banire’s publications are like a journey, confirming the saying that a teacher is a breathing library.

 

A trial will confirm this assertion; Bibliographical Data, The Nigerian Law Of Trusts Excel Publications Services, Lagos, February 2002, The Blue Book: Practical Approach To The High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2004, Second Edition, 2012 Third Edition, Muiz Banire Ph.D, Ajibola Basiru and Kunle Adegoke & Ecowatch Publications (Nig.) Ltd., Lagos, 2008, The Blue book law Report: A Compilation of cases on Lagos State Rules of Practice and Procedure. Citation [2008] BLR (Pt. 1) Muiz Banire Ph.D, Ajibola Basiru and Kunle Adegoke. Published by M. A. Banire & Associates, Land Management in Nigeria: Towards a New Legal Framework,  Ecowatch Publications, 2005, The Limit Of Consent Provisions: A Review Of Savannah Bank Ltd. V. Ajilo. The Lawyer, Vol. 18, 1988, published by the Law Society, University of Lagos, p. 18. Customary Tenancy and the Land Use Act: A Review, Fundamental Legal Issues in Nigeria: Essays in Honour of Justice Andrews Obaseki, published by the Nigerian Law Research and Economic Development Projects, 1995. Pp.230 – 243, Juxtaposition of the Land Use Act and the Urban & Regional Planning Decree, 1992: A Critique LASU Law Journal. Vol. 1v 1994/97 Pp. 68-81, Critical Appraisal of the Democratic Principles Enshrined in the Management of Corporate Real Property under Customary Land Law, Current Themes in Nigerian Law, Published by the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos , 1997, (pp. 257-275), Legal Aid in the Administration of Justice in Nigeria. Current Themes in Law, published by the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, pp. 5372, Positive Planning Per Excellence under The Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Decree, 1992, Readings in Planning Law, published by the Department of Private & Property Law, University of Lagos, Pp. 117 – 133, Criminal Justice Administration and the Question of Legal Assistance; The Nigerian Journal of Contemporary Law (N.J.C.L) Vol. 18, 1994-1996, (pp. 88-108), Documentation and Perfection of Security in Nigeria, Unilag Readings in Law, published by the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, (pp. 121 -140), The Relevance of the Certificate of Occupancy to Estate Development in Nigeria, Lagos Journal of Environmental Studies, published by Faculty of Environmental Science, pp. 130-140, Impact of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women on the Concept of Advancement which was presented at the University of Nottingham, Law Department Seminar Series, 1997, published in The Judicial Voice, Law & Practice Journal, an organ of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Branch, 1999, p. 28. Arbitration and Enforcement of Securities in Nigeria. Secured Credit in a Global Economy, Edited By I. O. Smith, 2003, a publication of Department of Private and Property Law. University of Lagos, pp. 248- 266, Trusteeship Concept under the Land Use Act: Mirage or Reality, The Land Use Act – Twenty Five Years After, Edited By I. O. Smith, published by the Department of Private and Property Law, University of Lagos, pp. 90-115, Overcoming the Difficulties in Registering Caution on a Certificate of Occupancy, The Journal of African Law, Vol. 47, 2 (2003), School of Oriental Studies, University of London, Overhauling the Presumption of Advancement in the Law of Trusts and The Journal of Private and Property Law, University of Lagos, 119 – 133 Concept and Function of Leases. Others include, Journal of Private and Property Law,  (2003) Vol. 22, JPPL pp. 59 -78, The Social Significance of the New Lagos State Rent Control and Recovery of Residential Premises Edict No. 6 of 1997, The Rent Control and Recovery of Residential Premises Edict (No. 6) 1997, Report of a Workshop, (Prof. Uzodike ed.) Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, pp. 38 – 60, Towards Effective Control and Management of Land in Nigeria: A re-evaluation of the Land Use Act, (1978), Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, Page 257, Socio-Legal and Regulatory Issues in Corruption Control in Nigeria, Current Perspectives in Law, Justice and Development, in Honour of the Honourable Justice Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore, Ed. Ademola Adedotun and Ademola Popoola, Demm-Dit Projects, 2007, page 239, The Frontloading Requirements under the New High Court Rules and the Effect on Subpoenaed Witnesses: Resolving the Conundrum, Law, Democratic Governance and Justice Administration in Nigeria – A Tribute to Honourable Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, GCON, (ed. Bolatito Ajibade, Mrs.), Lifegate Publishing Company Limited, December, 2009, Constitutional Framework for Planning Regulations in Nigerian Federalism: A Review of A.G. Lagos State v. A.G. Federation, Contemporary Issues in Nigerian Constitutional Law – Essays in Honour of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (ed. Professor Oyelowo Oyewo) Evans Brothers (Nigeria Publishers) Limited, Ibadan, 2010, The Concept of Licensed Development Under The Law of Lagos State, and Law, Politics & Development: The Challenge Of An Emerging Mega-City – Essay in Honour of Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN Published by Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, 2010, pp 361-374.

 

There are also the yet-to-be published Papers read at Conferences/Seminars: Negotiation and Drafting of International Contracts, presented at Potomac Seminar on Negotiation, Drafting and Enforcement of International Contracts  Sponsored by Centre Point Merchant Bank Ltd., Lagos, 1993, Corporal Punishment under The ICCPR & The U.N. Torture Convention: African & Religious Perspectives, presented  to the Law Society, University of Nottingham, 1997, The Legal Aspects of Trans-border Movements: Implications for Refugees  In Commemoration of the World Refugee Day of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, 1996.

Both in academia and politics, Banire has been in service of humanity as; Founder and Principal Associate, M. A. Banire & Associates, Commissioner for Environment, Lagos State, August 2007 to May, 2011, Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, August 2000 to May 2007, Commissioner for Special Duties, Lagos State, July 1999-August 2000, Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Matters, June 1999, Senior Lecturer, Department of Private and Property Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, 1991 to 2010,  Principal Partner, Akinbiyi, Banire & Co., Firm of Solicitors located on Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos (1991-1995), Counsel, Seun Akinbiyi & Co., Lagos (1990-1991), National Youth Service Corps with Legal Aid Council, Abeokuta, Chambers Attachment, Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, 1989, Assessor/Examiner, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Moderator, Chartered Institute of Insurers.

 

Other positions of responsibilities include; Legal Adviser of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP in Ojo local government, 1990; Returning Officer, Lagos Mainland Local Government, 1998 Gubernatorial/House of Assembly Elections, Member: Ojo Local Government Planning Authority. He was also the National Legal Adviser of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and today the interim National Legal Adviser of the mega opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

 

Faculty Examinations Officer:University of Lagos, Faculty of Law, 1993 to 1995, Coordinator of Diploma in Land Administration: University of Lagos, Faculty of Law, 1993-1994, Business Manager: Journal of Private and Property Law, University of Lagos, 1991 – 2008, Secretary: University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor’s Committee on Bank Project, Member:Nigerian Universities Network Management Committee, Appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Member:Vice-Chancellor’s Land Verification Task Force (University of Lagos), Member:University of Lagos Bookshop Management Board, Member: Faculty of Law Taylor Lecture Committee, Member:Car Park Inspectorate Committee, University of Lagos, Member:University of Lagos Legal Committee, Member:Faculty of Law, University of Lagos Fund Raising Committee and Member:Editorial Committee Nigerian Journal of Contemporary  Law.

 

He is a fellow and member of Professional Bodies which include Registered Foreign Lawyer: Law Society England, Member: Nigerian Bar Association, Member: International Bar Association, Fellow: Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, Associate Member:Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member: Nigerian Institute of Management and Member:Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

 

Banire has packed so much into an eventful 47 years having been born on October 6, 1966 and given his scholarship in academia and glittering career at the Bar, the coveted title of Silk may not be far away and his referees could only be a fitting testament to this; Former NBA President ,Chief ‘Wole Olanipekun, SAN, Mr. Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, SAN and former ICPC Chairman, member of the National Judicial Council and retired justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (Rtd). Indeed, only the deep can call to the deep.

 

ENDS…

 

By Habeeb

Oshiomhole Approves Of Child Hawking; Buys Plaintain From Her


 

Written by Fejiro Oliver
 Controversial Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has engaged in another blunder after the ‘go and die’ scandal. The governor who was doing inspection round Benin City yesterday stopped midway and called a young girl of about eleven years old, selling plantain chips and bought from her amidst displeasure from Benin residents.

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Residents who spoke to us condemned the governor for such action. “That girl is a small girl who ought to be in school. Instead of him to frown at it, discourage it and probably send her to school; he is busy buying plantain from her. He wants to show humility but this one failed him”, expressed one of such residents. Others who spoke to us also towed the same line of thought.

The governor has become notorious of late, since his ban on okada through executive fiat.

I Ddid not Speak To Sahara reporters About Stella Oduah”. – St Pauls College, President, Mr Petter Stith.


**as Senate released the CV which Stella Oduah the Aviation Minister used in securing her appointment, and declared that she did not lie to them.

The members of Nigerian Liberation Movement engaged a private investigator in the United States of America to unravel the alleged forgery of certificate leveled against the Minister of Aviation Princess Stella Oduah by Sahara Reporters and Premium Times. We also decided to investigate the alleged falsification of certificate by Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Results of the investigation.

Princess Stella Oduah:

  1. The president of Saint Pauls College Mr. Peter Stith has denied ever telling Sahara Reporters that Stella Odua did not attend his university. When our agent contacted the University, the Registrar informed him that Sahara Reporters would need a “court subpoena” for them to release any information on a student, and since they did not bring any, no information was released to them.
  2. St Pauls University was first accredited by The Commission of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate degrees but they lost the accreditation on June 21, 2012.

If you want to undertake your own personal investigation contact the following institutions.

Commission of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: +1 404-679-4501
The President of Saint Pauls College: (+1) 434-848-3111
The registrar of Saint Pauls College: (+1) 434-848-1800

Bolla Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu:

  1. In the same vein, the Registrar of Chicago State University was frustrated that another inquiry is coming on the case of Bola Tinubu and indicated that they already sent a report to one Gani Fawehinmi in the past and we should refer to him.
  • To be able to give our investigator a response, we need to give provide a “court subpoena” also.

  • If you want to undertake your own personal investigation please contact the following office:

    The Registrar Chicago State University: (+1) 775-995-3521

    Our people, we promised to get you real and authentic information on this matter and we have. We spent a total of $2,000 in gathering these information and these are donations made by truth loving Nigerians to ensure that truth and freedom is achieved in this country. We do not have any more money to pay the private investigator for the court subpoenas but we will do so in due course.

    There are lessons to learn from this incident:

    1. Sahara Reporters are evil and must be disgraced as they take money from politicians to tarnish other people’s image.
    2. Stella Oduah did not say she attended Saint Paul College for her masters but that she stayed back in the USA for her graduate studies.
    3. We must say the truth in our fight for freedom otherwise we will become like the evil people we want to liberate ourselves from.
    4. Lastly, beware of newspapers that don’t have address. Sahara Reporters and Premium Times are Newspapers without Address.

    God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    SAHARA REPORTERS AND PREMIUM TIMES ACCEPT LYING AGAINST THE AVIATION MINISTER PRINCESS STELLA ODUAH.

    After the senate released the Curriculum Vitae (Resume) which Princess Stella Oduah the Aviation Minister used in securing her appointment, some aggrieved Nigerians have warned the online news outlets Sahara Reporters and Premium Times to stop giving out false and malicious information.

    Concerned Nigerians argue that their initial anger on the Minister of Aviation for claiming to have an MBA has now been directed at Sahara Reporters and Premium Times for leveling false allegations against the woman. The released CV does not have an MBA from Saint Pauls College on it nor did it have an MBA from any college anywhere.

    Sahara Reporters and Premium Times earlier claimed that Stella Oduah included in her CV that she obtained an MBA from Saint Pauls college USA but the CV released shows that she did not.

    Our people, the lesson to learn here is to always remain on the side of truth and it will set you free. Do not collect money from people to bear false witness against others.

    Senate Releases Stella Oduah’s CV.


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    The Nigerian Senate have released the Curriculum Vitae (Resume) which Princess Stella Oduah the Aviation Minister used in securing her appointment.
    According to the release, they confirm that the Aviation Minister’s CV was in line with her claims, against what some media outfits have been writing in the last few days.
    They warned that the online news outlets Sahara Reporters and Premium Times should stop giving out false and malicious information that might lead to breakdown of law and order.

    Sahara reporters have already accepted misleading Nigerians and still refuse to apologize for their malicious allegations and frivolous claims.

    **A MILLION NAIRA FOR REWARD!** #1000,000.00 (Million Naira) Reward To Find Perpetrators Of Ejigbo Sodomy Case


    Lagos State House Assembly lawmakers frustrated over the lack of information about the perpetrators of an alleged sodomy of tw…o Ejigbo women, is today offering a reward of N1.25M for any information.
    The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Ajibayo Adeyeye announced the reward of N1 M for information leading to an arrest, and said he would personally add N250,000.
    The reward is offered following a public hearing today at the Lagos State House Assembly where testimony was heard from the Chairman of the Ejigbo Local Government, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the Police Department, civil society leaders, community leaders and market women.
    Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of the Women Arise for Change asked that the video of the sodomy be played at the hearing, which it was.
    The video first aired on the internet in February 2013, and shows a faceless gang attacking two women, unidentified, stripping them naked, and thrusting ground pepper and hard sticks into the genitals of one of them and covering her in a heavy liquid.  A second victim, a teenage girl, was tortured as well.
    Dr Odumakin lead a protest to the House Assembly on December 23, 2013, to demand a proper investigation into the alleged sodomy case, concerned that no one knows whether the women survived the torture.
    Odumakin has accused Bamigbetan and the police of doing little to bring the perpetrators to justice.
    Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan said in his testimony, which included a long Facebook thread, that he had done everything he could to find the culprits.
    Ejigbo police and members of the community also added nothing about who the gang members might be.
    SaharaReporters said in their report from December 12 there were conflicting reports from police and local government about the controversial case.

    PDP Challenges APC To Name Its 35 Interim Officials And Their Offices


    January 8, 2014   Press Statement
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it stands by its statement that APC is promoting religious divisions, even as it “challenged …the party to be bold enough to publish the list of its 35 interim officials and state their offices.” The ruling party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh on Wednesday said “it is shocking that the APC would attempt to hoodwink Nigerians even in the face of incontrovertible facts exposing its religious inclinations and plots to divide the nation along religious lines.” The PDP said contrary to the denials posted by the APC in a hollow statement on Wednesday, “the revelations by an Islamic cleric, Ambassador Yusuf Garba and the Religious Equity Promotion Council (REPC) that APC seeks to impose an agenda like the Egypt Muslim Brotherhood remains a fact that cannot be brushed aside.” Counter to clams by the APC that the PDP was playing a religious card to overheat the polity, the ruling party said it decided to “buttress an alert to Nigerians on the evil machination of the APC with every sense of duty to ensure that Nigeria remains united as one and not fall to the evil plot of the APC.” The ruling party reiterated that it “remains committed to the interest of all Nigerians irrespective of religious, tribal, ethnic or regional affiliations” adding that it will continue to expose and resist anything that seeks to cause divisions among the people and balkanize the country. It therefore called on Nigerians not to succumb to the antics of the APC which is now bitter that its plans have been exposed, but to be alert and ensure that the enemies of the nation are not allowed to have their way.   Signed   Chief Olisa Metuh   National Publicity Secretary

    Rivers CP, known PDP member – Amaechi


    By JIMITOTA ONOYUME

    PORT HARCOURT — GOVERNOR Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, yesterday, described the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu as “ a known politician of the PDP,” noting that  he was among those that wanted to stop the state lawmakers from performing their legislative functions in the state.

    The governor spoke while assenting the 2014 Appropriation Bill passed by the state House of Assembly at its sitting in Government House, Port Harcourt.

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    He said: “The Commissioner of Police is not a complete policeman, he is a known PDP politician, who attends meetings with them and carries out illegal action. Yesterday, you were able to assert that democracy is about people and that when you talk about democracy, it begins with the legislative arm of government for the reason that you represent each unit of our people and you actually go down to the people.”

    Thanking the state lawmakers for the passage of the bill, the governor said the initial plan of  those he styled ‘our Abuja brothers’ and the Commissioner of Police in the state  was to stop the passage, adding that the passage would empower his administration to  effectively provide dividends of democracy to the people.

    “Let me thank the House (of Assembly) for your action, yesterday. There was the need to defeat those who wish the state evil and I am sure the whole state is extremely pleased with the level of patriotism you displayed.

    “The initial plan of those led by our so-called ‘Abuja brothers’ and the Commissioner of Police was to stop you (lawmakers) from discharging your legislative functions. I heard that one of them is telling people that he has been able to stop the House from sitting and that he has been able to stop the judiciary from functioning,” he added.

    Leader of the House of Assembly, Mr Chidi Lloyd, who has been granted bail by the Police, said the lawmakers were satisfied with the performance of the governor so far in the state.

    He said: “May I, by leave of Mr. Speaker (Otelemaba Dan-Amachree) invite Your Excellency to kindly assent to the 2014 Appropriation Bill, as passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly. Your Excellency, we urge you to continue to deliver on the dividends of good governance as you have done.”

    It will be recalled that Governor Amaechi had on Tuesday,  presented the proposed 2014 budget of  N485.524 billion to the state Assembly, which it passed same day.

    The Felix Obuah-led faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state on its part, had faulted the lawmakers for the passage of the appropriation bill, describing the presentation of the bill by the governor before the lawmakers as criminal.  Obuah said the action of the lawmakers and the governor was nothing short of impunity, adding that it destroyed the tenets of popular democracy

     

    Ex-AAU registrar’s wife commits suicide


    BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

    BENIN CITY— THE University town of Ekpoma, in Edo State was thrown into mourning yesterday, when the wife of the former registrar of the Ambrose Alli Unversity, Mrs. Kate Edokpayi, was found dead after committing suicide.

    Her dangling body was discovered by her husband, Mr. Larry Edokpayi, in one of the rooms in their boy’s quarters. Although she did not leave any suicide note, it was, however, learnt that she might have been frustrated over her health challenges. It was gathered that she had repeatedly expressed frustration over her inability to get cure for her diabetic condition.

    Vanguard learnt that the husband, who recently retired from the service of the university, had suspected kidnapping after a long search before he was advised to check the boy’s quarters. On getting to the quarters, he was said to have observed that the door was bolted from behind and forced  it  open. He was shocked to see the dangling body of his wife at the ceiling. She was an Assistant Director with the Edo State Ministry of Education, overseeing the ministry’s office in the Ekpoma before her death.

     

    PHOTOS: STAFF THANK GOD FOR IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR’S RETURN FROM MEDICAL TRIP


    The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere and his entire staff yesterday, January 6, 2014, took time to praise and worship God for his mercies upon the Imo Deputy Governor and His intervention upon his life.

    The thunderous praise and worship session, which took over one hour witnessed a large turn out of members of the staff of the Deputy Governor’s office who were also joined by visitors to the Deputy Governor of Imo State.
    Prince Madumere narrated the goodness of God upon his life and the successful treatment of his knee injury saying it is the Lord’s doing and that it is marvelous in his eyes.
    He, however, called on them to discard the rumours making the round in his absence that he has any rift with his boss.  He reminded them that  had he not told them where he was traveling to and what he was traveling to do, it would have been a Cause for worry to them. “It was God who brought us together and that was never by an accident. I am number one apostle of Rescue Mission. My relationship with my Oga, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, OON, is intact.
    He told his workers to go about their day to day work diligently without any fear. He charged them to even double their effort to contributing their quota to making Imo better.
    The high point was the coming of Rev. Fr. Damian Ezeani who crowned the praise and worship session with verses in the bible encouraging those who help to build rather than destroy. He prayed for the good of the loans and for God’s abundant wisdom, good health and prosperity for the leadership of Rescue Mission Government and the people of Imo State.

     

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    Cross section of the staff of the office of the Deputy Governor singing and clapping

     

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    Cross section of the staff singsong unto the Lord for His wondrous work of love

     

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    Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Adumere leading out in worship

     

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    His Excellency, Dep. Gov. Of Imo State giving testimony for God’s mercies upon him to  his staff and other guests

     

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    Rev. Fr. Damian Ezeani speaking the word of God to the congregation

     

    “My Pastor Asked Me To Kill The 12-Yr-Old Girl & Take Her Faeces” – 18 year old Boy Confesses (PICTURED)


    This is so shocking!!! The police in Lagos State, yesterday, said they have arrested an 18-year-old boy, Ikechukwu Friday, who allegedly killed a 12-year-old girl for money ritual.
    The suspect, who is currently being interrogated at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, was paraded before newsmen.
    According to him, a pastor he asked for money instructed him to kill a young girl and obtain her faeces. He said the pastor promised him N100,000 if he was able to accomplish the task.
    He said,

    “I attend a popular church around Ketu Street, Aguda but I live with my parents in Badagry. I just finished secondary school and I have been very broke so I approached the pastor for money but he told me that I should strangulate a little girl.
    “He said when strangulating the girl, she would pass out faeces. The pastor said I should obtain the faeces and bring it to him. He said if I could do this, he would give me N100,000.
    “So, on December 30, 2013, I approached a young girl, Bose Ogoja. Her mother sells food in Badagry and I usually patronise them, so she trusted me. I told the girl that I wanted to show her something and that she should follow me. So I took her to an abandoned NITEL building and locked the door. I pressed her neck tightly and she passed out faeces. I was, however, not able to get the faeces because I was caught before I could escape.”
    The suspect, an indigene of Onitsha, Anambra State, pleaded for mercy, adding that this was his first crime. State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the boy was arrested by neighbours in the area and handed over to the Badagry Police Division.
    Braide said the pastor, who allegedly gave the boy the instruction, had been arrested and was already cooperating with the police.
    While displaying the gruesome picture of the slain girl, Braide said:
    “He was arrested in an uncompleted building. The security guard manning the building told the police that he saw the boy entering the building with the girl. He said a few minutes later, he heard the girl screaming and later saw the boy leaving. The security guard raised the alarm and the neighbours were alerted and they arrested the boy.”
    On entering the building, the discovered that the girl was dead.
    “The picture of the girl’s corpse shows that the girl was unclad and defecated on the floor.”

    Ex-Premier League player reveals he is gay


    Everton

    Former Aston Villa, Everton and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed that he is gay, according  to German magazine, Die Ziet. He was capped 56 times for Germany and he scored six goals.

    Known to Villa fans as ‘Der Hammer’ has said it just dawned on him that he would prefer to live with another man.

    The German international who retired in September due to a recurring knee injury, explained that he was coming out so that the issue of homosexuality would be discussed openly.

    “I’m making my homosexuality public because I would like to advance the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes,” Hitzlsperger said.

    The man with the explosive left-footed shots said that coming to terms with being gay was “a long and difficult process” and that “only in recent years has it dawned on me that I would prefer to live with another man.”

    The 31-year-old enjoyed a career which spanned 12 years  playing in Germany, Italy and England and stated that he has “never been ashamed” of his sexuality, but had chosen to wait until after retirement to reveal the news because homosexuality “is a topic that is ignored in football”.

    “In England, Italy and Germany being a homosexual is no big thing, at least not in the dressing room,” he added.

    “I was never ashamed of being who I am but it was not always easy to sit on a table with 20 young men and listen to jokes about gays. You let them get on with it as long as the jokes are somewhat funny and not too insulting.”

    Hitzlsperger is the highest-profile footballer to come out to declare that he is gay following his retirement.

    Former Leeds winger Robbie Rogers also revealed that he was gay last February and echoed the German’s sentiments that homosexuality in football is still a taboo subject.

    Ondo Lawmaker Survives Assasination Attempt (SEE PHOTOS)


     

    An Ondo State House of Assembly member, Soji Akinkurolere, survived an assassination attempt on Monday January 6th at his home in Okitipupa in Ondo state thanks to one of his trusted aides.
    Sahara Reporters reports that Mr Akinkurolere’s aide foiled the assassination attempt when 5 gunmen raided the lawmaker’s private residence. Akinkurolere escaped with his family, without harm.
    “I was on the other side of the road when I saw a vehicle parked some distance from the residence with men inside,” a neighbor in Okitipupa told SaharaReporters. “I was surprised when I saw a man, whom had been sitting in the front seat of the car, come down from the residence and start making phone calls. Immediately he dropped the calls, he tapped the other guys seated in the back seat and they headed to the home of Honorable Akinkurolere. The last thing I heard was sporadic gunshots.”

    The five gunmen turned up at residence Monday evening demanding to see the Assemblyman. An argument broke out with his aide, and gun shots were fired. The noise and call from the aide alerted Akinkurolere and his family who escaped out of the backdoor.
    Gunmen searched the residence for an hour and caused property damage to buildings and vehicles with their random shooting.
    SaharaReporters called the lawmaker and his family for comment, but calls were were not returned. Okitipupa Divisional Police Station would not comment on the assassination attempt, but vehicles belonging to the Assemblyman, marked with bullet holes, could be seen parked outside.
    A source said the case had been turned over to the criminal investigation department at Command Headquarters in Akure.
    Ondo State Police Spokesman, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the case had been transferred, and a business man has been arrested in connection with the assassination attempt, and is helping police with their inquiries.

    Sahara Reporters read the statement given by the suspect in which he wrote he did not send anyone to kill the lawmaker.
    In the same statement, the suspect said he was both a supporter of the lawmaker, helping him win his assembly seat, and a frequent critic of the lawmaker on social media.
    Source: Sahara Reporters

    IMO DEPUTY PRINCE MADUMERE UNITES YOUTHS IN A MEGA CONCERT(SEE PHOTOS)


    Mbaitoli local government council went agog over the weekend as the deputy governor of Imo state, His Excellency Prince Eze Madumere organized a beauty contest and music concert for Mbaike youths.
    The contest which is the fourth in the show series as been organized and powered by PEZE foundation which is also in the philanthropic virtue of establishing the youths in business and other spheres of life and which also empowers the poor, destitute and the down trodden in the society.
    The event which was also a talent hunting outing witnessed a large turn out of up and coming artistes from Mbaitoli-Ikeduru where over thirty talents were discovered  having got opportunity to showcase heir God given talents.
    Among the 9 contestants who contested in the beauty contest, Miss Ukwunna emerged the Mbaike queen for the year 2014 and was crowned by the wife of the governor His Lordship Adaego Madumere.
    Speaking at the occasion, the deputy governor said that his foundation (PEZE) is concentrating on human development, adding that the essence of 2014 beauty contest and music fiesta is to hunt for talents among Mbaike youth, adding that the youths would be given the necessary support and leverage to achieve their God given talents.  He hammered on the set strategy to reach out to the youths through their fellow age mates as such, the Mba-Ike queens will have a lot of work to do and believes such responsibility will even bring out their leadership qualities to the fore.
    Madumere avered that the programme is also targeted to revive and define Igbo culture which is at the verge of eroding while encouraging youths to get committed to their talents, pointing out that discovering ones talent and utilizing it is simply a short cut to achieving success.
    He advised Imo youths to shun drug addiction, cultism, robbery and other social vices that are capable of truncating their future while encouraging them to get engaged to their talent assuring them that success would be theirs.
    Deputy Governor’s wife, His Worship, Adaego Madumere charged the youths and the Queens not to betray trust that have been bestowed on them saying hey have been taught and instilled with qualities of good leadership.
    In his words, Hon Maxwell Nwokeji former SOLAD Ideato South and now a Commissioner in ISIEC said that the show will help in discovering young talents that will be able to contest with prominent stars thereby becoming useful to themselves and the society.
    The organizer, Mr. Philemon Nnaji-Ibe aka Yellowmouth, averred that when Deputy Governor of Imo State came up with the idea of hosting up and coming artistes is starting from his home, Mbieri, it looked almost an utopia. Today, the event, which is usually held during the festive seasons, has produced and showcased huge number of talents and they are beginning to have confidence to stand the big names, he enthused. He further explained Prince Eze Madumere passion to installing the cloture of hardwork, patience, humility and patriotism to the youths through this medium. He said Imo Deputy so far has consistently hosted four times.
    The winner of Mbaike Beauty Contest went home with One Hundred thousand Naira with a laptop and is expected to come up with a pet project,  First runners-up, Chinaekezi Princess Nkiru was rewarded with flat Scree LCD Television with Sixty thousand Naira cash while the second runners-up went home with. Refrigerator and Forty thousand Naira cash.
    The event witnessed the performances of national and international singers and dancers like Phyno, Slow Dog, scatter and sons dance group and host of others. As it were, virtually all political appointees and legislators in the state were present at the event.
     

    Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, the sponsor of Mba-Ike Mega Concert and Beauty Pageantry, in a photo pose with the Deputy Speaker, Imo House of Assemb. Pharm. Odoemena Donatus after the emergence of the three Queens of Mbaike

    Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, the sponsor of Mba-Ike Mega Concert and Beauty Pageantry, addresses the audience after the emergence of the three Queens of Mbaike
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    Wife of the Deputy Governor, His Worship, Adaego Madumere adorns Princess of Mbaike, Princess Nkeiruka Chinekezi after she emerged the first runner-up
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    Slow Dog thrills Mba-Ike Youths
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    Scatter and sons dancing group doing their unconventional hooked style to the amazement of the  audience
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    The Mba-Ike Artistes thrilling their home audience
    The overall winner of the pageantry, Miss. Chinaza Ukwunna smiles to the crowd
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    Yellowmouth the organizer of the event with April Jennifer, the chaperon of the pageantry mooting some words to IMO Deputy

    Singer Banky W caught Sucking a Girl’s Breast in a pool?


    This picture of a man, who shares exact resemblance with singer Bankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington and a woman sucking on another woman’s bobbi whilst in a pool/Jacuzzi has been making rounds on micro-blogging site Twitter, with some insisting the man in the picture is no doubt Mr. Wellington.
    If his major facial features – light skinned, bald and exact beard carvings, are anything to go by, it’s understandably tempting to say it’s the EME boss in the photo. Abi na photo shop?

    The singer, who said in a recent interview that he’s still single, hasn’t reacted to the picture.
    In sex terms, the position is called a Ménage à trois or a threesome.

    ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES 11/1/14


    Sat, 11 Jan 2014
    Hull City : Chelsea 13:45pm
    Southampton : West Bromwich 16:00pm
    Tottenham : Crystal Palace 16:00pm
    Fulham : Sunderland 16:00pm
    Everton : Norwich City 16:00pm
    Cardiff City : West Ham 16:00pm
    Manchester United : Swansea City 18:30pm
    Sun, 12 Jan 2014
    Newcastle : Manchester City 15:05pm
    Stoke City : Liverpool 17:10pm
    Mon, 13 Jan 2014
    Aston Villa : Arsenal 21:00pm

    Eneramo back on Esperance radar


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    Bulky Nigerian forward Michael Eneramo is said to be on the wish list of his former Tunisian club Esperance.

    According to reports in the Turkish and Tunisian media, Eneramo has given the green lights to a possible return to Tunisia where he is touted to be wanted by the Blood and Gold team.

    Since his headline move to join Turkish giants Besiktas, Eneramo has not enjoyed much playing time; managing just three substitute appearances and a solitary start which has produced just a goal so far.

    Also, Besiktas who only recently recruited Brazilian legend Ronaldinho are still very active in the market and there are speculations that Eneramo may be axed by his team to sign another player.

    In his first stint with Esperance, the 28-year old striker was in the books of the Tunisian giants for six years from 2004 till 2010 before making a switch to Sivasspor and then to Besiktas in 2013

    REVEALED: Why Comedienne Princess Marriage Crashed


     

    More facts have emerged on why the marriage of Nigerian comedienne, Damilola Adekoya popularly called Princess crashed.
    Princess got married to movie producer/ Director Adeshola Jeremiah sometime in May and barely 2 weeks into the marriage the couple started having problems.
    Princess had revealed that her marriage crashed due to irreconcilable differences which they could not work out.
    However, close friends to the couple are pointing accusing fingers at Princess high profile lifestyle.
    According to a source, her husband got tired of Princess high profile, party/show going lifestyle at the early stage of their union and attempts to curtail these excesses led to the failure of their marriage.
    It was also alleged that Adeshola married Princess for her money,thinking she had plenty of it and wanted to use her as a means to gain prominence in the showbiz industry, not knowing that she was only a struggling woman trying to make it in life.
    Unable to bear his excesses anymore, Princess decided to quit the marriage though its not known if she will file for divorce.

    Akwasi Appiah not bothered by Technical Director reports


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    Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah insists he has received no word from the Ghana FA or the Sports Ministry of engaging the services of a technical director – reports he describes as a ‘distraction’ that he wouldn’t allow to alter his plans for the World Cup. Several reports have been published in the Ghanaian media of ongoing talks to convince the ex Ghana captain to agree to the unwarranted technical support being sought for by authorities. Ghanasoccernet Reports first shot up of a link with German coach Klaus Topmoller after which former Chelsea coach Avram Grant to a technical director job which is currently occupied by Francis Oti Akenteng. Rumours still circulating have thrown other names into the plot but the Ghana FA have remained consistent in their denial of such plans. Coach Akwasi Appiah has finally broken his silence on the issue – describing it as a distraction to his focus of assembling a strong team for the World Cup finals in June. “Personally I believe everyone has a premeditated destiny and for that my focus is fully in the job at hand,” he told Metro FM. “I have had several meetings with the Ghana FA and they have never raised such an issue. “The [Sports] Ministry have also made no indication of the sort so for me these reports are just to distract me. “But I will remain focused on my job and will not be deterred by such rumours.” Ghana will be making just its third appearance at the World Cup in this summer’s edition in Brazil. The Black Stars a drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

    SHOCKING: South African Pastor, Lesego Makes Members Eat Grass Like Goats (SEE PHOTOS)


     

    Pastor Daniel, who is the founder and Head Pastor at Rabboni Centre Ministries, situated at Zone 2 Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, said he was basically trying to prove that humans can be controlled by the spirit and they can eat anything to feed their bodies.

     I thought the bible says give to the poor not convince them to act like cows and eat grass. More pics after the cut:
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    Soku Oil Well Controversy: Bayelsa Government Accuses Amaechi Of Inciting Crisis


    The Bayelsa State government has accused the Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, of deliberately distorting facts on the Soku Oil wells to blackmail President Goodluck Jonathan and incite crisis between Bayelsa and Rivers State.

    Addressing the press in Abuja on the controversial oil wells, the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson frowned against the inflammatory statements of Amaechi who he said was bent on politicising the matter to score cheap popularity.

    Governor Amaechi had severally spoken vehemently against the ceding of the Soku oil wells to Bayelsa State, which he said rightfully belong to Rivers state.

    He accused President Jonathan of complicity to favour his state Bayelsa and deny Rivers people monies accruing from the exploration of the oil wells. Amaechi also said that the whole action was targeted at him for being critical of President Jonathan’s administration.

    Reacting to Governor Amaechi’s vituperations, Dickson said that although the issue of the rightful owner of the Soku oil well had long been resolved by the Supreme Court, further facts on the oil well were still being resolved through constitutional channels. He therefore cautioned the Governor of Rivers State against promoting hatred and inciting violence.

    “…the said statement of the Rivers State Governor on the issue was obviously intended to create crisis amongst the peace-loving Ijaw people in Rivers and Bayelsa States and indeed attract undue public sympathy without regard to the security implications and the integrity of national institutions

    “Contrary to what the Rivers State Governor is doing by way of promoting hatred and inciting violence, the Bayelsa State Governor on his part has been pursuing the need for peaceful resolution using existing constitutional channels”

    He thanked the Chiefs, elders and youths of Kalabari kingdom for their maturity in seeking for a peaceful resolution of the dispute which records show began since 1920s between the Kalabari and Nembe clans both of the Ijaw nation.

    “ The people of Kalabari and Nembe are one. We should henceforth desist from making inflammatory statements. As a government we urge Nigerians to ignore the remarks by the Rivers state government to gain cheap popularity. We urge the Ijaws not to allow to be used by Amaechi to inflame them into crisis.

    “We would continue to pursue peace while relevant agencies address the issue. Why don’t we wait until the issues are fully resolved before crying out loud?”, Dickson admonished.

    Jude Okoye Begs Fans Over Gun Pictures


    jude gunJude Okoye, who is the elder brother of multiple award-winning singers, P-Square, has apologised for posting pictures of some guns online.

    The talented music video director was put under attack for putting the photographs on the internet. He was tagged by fans as being a violent man, while others said with the pictures, it shows Jude would be hard on women. Disturbed by reactions generated by his act, the manager of the sensational singers took to twitter to beg for mercy and to also state in clear terms that he’s not a violent man as some may have interpreted him to be by the pictures.

    He wrote, “abeg o. Am not a violent person. Just a pic and a line frm a song. Sorry for the post. My bad.”

    Nigeria’s existence no longer legal —MASSOB


    THE Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Wednesday, said Nigeria’s existence as an entity no longer legal, adding that it has expired.

    According to its national director of information, Uchenna Mmadu, in a document issued to newsmen on Wednesday, the group said the expiration of Nigeria as an entity was based on the expiration of the amalgamation of Southern and Northern protectorate by the then British colonial masters in 1914.

    Mmadu said the amalgamation by the British was to be experimented for 100 years, to know if it was going to work or not, adding that now, people of Southern and Northern Nigeria must come together to enter a new agreement under their own terms.

    He said though the document was kept secret, it was generally known to the ruling class, scholars of political science and law, as well as the government of the United Kingdom.

    “There has been consistent efforts by the Nigerian government to keep the knowledge out of the public, as it may lead to agitation for breaking the country into two.

    “The awareness of the document and the closeness of 2014 has been causing panic among the Northern elite; this panic was behind the previous comment by the Senate President that Nigeria will not break up when the late president of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, called for break-up of Nigeria.

    “It was also behind the warning by NBA president in Benin this week that Nigeria may break up. Even President Goodluck Jonathan is nervous about this fact; remember that he kept on saying that Nigeria will not break up.

    “Also, it was the real reason behind the Northern governors’ security meeting in Kaduna, according to our secret intelligent agencies.

    “All these sudden talks about Nigeria breaking or not breaking up by the political leaders, including the president, show how anxious they are about the implications of the document and the closeness of 2014,” Mmadu said.

    Mmadu recalled that the knowledge of the document was behind the prediction by American diplomats that Nigeria would break up before 2015, adding that the United States (US) army was also preparing on how to respond to the possible break-up of Nigeria.

    He said Nigeria leaders were hypocrites, as no ethnic group believed in the existence of Nigeria.

    “How can we continue to deceive ourselves that we love Nigeria while about 12 northern governors introduce Islamic religions law (Sharia) as their state constitutional law?

    “Some state governors have introduced their coat of arms, flags, anthem and other ethnic identities. Some persons in Nigeria are more powerful than Nigerian constitution and the law.

    “Corruption is being celebrated in high and low places of Nigeria and the judicial system is so weak that it has become a willing tool for witch hunting,” he said.

    He maintained that the implication of the expiration of Nigeria’s amalgamation was a clarion call to all ethnic pressure groups to rise in defence of their people, culture, tradition and future, in order to be free from mental slavery.

    Ekiti guber poll: Police warn politicians


    Mohammed Abubakar, police igFrom EMMANUEL ADEYEMI, Lokoja

    The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8, Mr. Christopher Dega, has warned politicians in Ekiti State to conduct themselves within the ambit of the law to ensure a crisis-free, fair and credible governorship election.

    Dega gave the warning in Lokoja yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen on the achievements of his zone in combating crime in 2013.

    The Zone A police formation comprises Ekiti, Kwara and Kogi states with headquarters in Lokoja.

    The police boss, who appealed to politicians not to use any foul language that may overheat the polity or constitute a breach to the law, said the police would not hesitate to deal with anyone who breaks the law, no matter his position in the society.

    He warned political thugs to vacate the state before the governorship election coming up later this year saying, the stringent measures put in place by the police were capable of fishing out any hoodlum any where he may be hibernating in the state On the achievements of his zone, he said the police had achieved monumental success in the prevention of crimes and apprehension of criminals in 2013

    Denga said the successes recorded were as a result of strategies put in place by his zone, which he said, included constant town hall meetings between the police and their host communities, full security coverage of bridges in the zone, fortification of worship centres and prisons, among others

    While giving a breakdown of the crime rates in the three states that made up the zone, he said Ekiti had the lowest crime rate, slightly followed by Kogi state while Kwara state had the highest crime rate in the zone.

    However, the AIG said the over all statistical data of the crimes in 2012 was higher than that of last year, due to the new incentives introduced by the Inspector General of Police and enforcement of discipline among the officers.

    While soliciting for the co-operation of members of the public to provide useful information to the police. He expressed readiness to continue to protect lives and property of law abiding citizens in the zone.

    The Sun

    Woman Who Died in Aliyu’s Office Had Heart Problem, Says Family


    By Aisha Wakaso

    A daughter  of Hajiya Bilikisu Bello, the woman who slumped in the Government House,  Minna,  died of   a heart disease. The deceased, aged 53,  was said to have died of asthma.

    Her second daughter, Aisha Mohammed, told THISDAY in Minna Wednesday that her mother had been diagnosed with a heart disease more than five years ago.

    She said she dropped her mother off at the Government House on Monday where  she had gone to see the governor and she had no premonition that she would never see her mother again. Recounting how the news of her mother’s death got to her, Mohammed said she had gone back to the Government House to pick her mother  when she was told to go to the hospital that her mother had taken ill and was rushed there.

    “I was to pick her up after I had dropped her off at the Government House but on getting there about 20 minutes after we had spoken  to pick her up, I was told to rush to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Minna General Hospital.

    “On getting there, people were trying to hide her death from me because at the time I got there, she had died but my dad eventually called me from Kaduna to tell me of the death. He said that his younger brother who was there when she died called to inform him,” she added.

    According to her, she passed out and that was the last she knew until she woke up in their family house to see people already gathered to condole with the family.

    Aliyu and his entourage also visited the family later and condoled with them. Aliyu  narrated to the family what happened when the woman came to the hospital and how she was rushed to the hospital before he was called upon by his medical team to inform him that she had  died.

    Thisdaylive

    The Chosen Church and the Lazarus Miracle that didn’t happen


    li-nigeria-churchP.M. NEWS shares here a pathetic story about a Lazarus like miracle, promised by prophets of The Chosen Church, but which did not happen in a community in Nigeria’s Imo state. It is a wake-up call to all gullible Nigerians who believe everything their pastors tell them, hook, line, and sinker.

    Victoria Ohaeri

    The book of Matthew 24:24 says: “For false christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25“Behold, I have told you in advance”.

    This Biblical injunction freely and clearly offers an advance warning that many Christians are yet to heed. It warns about the rise of false prophets masquerading as men of god that use God’s name to swindle, deceive and hypnotize the gullible. That was exactly what happened in Umuezii, Nguru Mbaise where the Chosen Church of God prophets embarked on a failed mission to resurrect the dead. This is not the first time the Chosen Church is directly fingered in fake miracles and spiritual hocus-pocus.

    A young man, from Umuezii community died in Burkina Faso in November last year under mysterious circumstances. A month after, his sealed body was brought back to Nigeria and was buried the same day in his family compound in Umuezii, Nguru Mbaise, Imo State.

    Trouble started when prophets and seers of the Chosen Church of God prophesied that the dead-and-buried young man was still alive (six feet beneath the earth) as his soul has persistently approached them via telephone calls and other spiritual means, requesting immediate exhumation. His elder sister, who is a member of the Chosen Church, communicated this prophecy to the entire family, leading to a family resolution insisting on the “divinely ordered” exhumation.

    The decision to exhume the dead body did not go down well with the community as such act was considered an abomination both under the native tradition and under the prevailing Catholic norms deeply established within the community. All entreaties to the family made by the traditional ruler and parish priest of the St. Luke Catholic Church, Umuezii to refrain from such religious charade fell on deaf ears. It got to a point that the deceased family representatives openly accused the church and community leaders of killing their late brother, and preventing his “god-ordained” resurrection.

    As a lasting solution to the impasse, the traditional ruler of the community invited the Chosen Church seers and prophets to sign an agreement of performance failing which they will be handed over to the police authorities for prosecution. The second condition was that the miracle will be performed in full public glare and in the presence of other independent witnesses. Proudly beating their chests and boasting deafeningly about their “majestic powers”, the seers and prophets signed the agreement and a date was mutually agreed for the resurrection miracle.

    On the appointed day, a horde of prayer warriors, choristers, singers, speaking-in-tongue experts, seers, prophets and the like stormed the village as early as 6 a.m. The traditional ruler also invited the police, radio commentators, reporters and correspondents from local newspapers and the state-owned Imo Broadcasting Corporation. Chosen Church of God seers boastfully started with an early morning prophecy that the dead young man will “resurrect” by 12 noon prompt. The digging up of the grave followed immediately until the body was exhumed.

    Then the singing, violent shaking, screaming, cursing, loud yelling and other theatrical displays in the name of deliverance prayers ensued while the large crowd of keen onlookers watched with deep interest. From 6.a.m till 12 noon, there was no sign that the young man was preparing to wake let alone resurrect. Seeing that the 12 noon deadline had passed, the seers quickly issued another prophecy shifting the hour of resurrection to 3.p.m. By this time, the prayer and singing sessions became even more intense and violent. 3 p.m came and went. No sign of life. The Chosen Church prophets again, quickly handed down another prophecy declaring 6.p.m as the divine resurrection hour. 6.p.m also went by, and the dead man remained still, lifeless and unresurrected till this day!

    Understandably impatient and angry after the 6p.m deadline, the policemen on standby arrested all the prophets, dancers, singers, clappers and everybody that accompanied them to the community. But before then, the Chosen Church prophets had forwarded messages to their head office requesting for spiritual reinforcement. Undeterred by the arrest of their team members, an additional team that arrived around 6 p.m continued with the prayer sessions even more aggressively and vociferously. They prayed and sang all through the night till the following morning. Still, no sign of resurrection! The police officers, who had then totally run out of patience, arrested the remaining Chosen Church members, and everyone connected to the resurrection miracle including the deceased’s family representatives.

    Some of the arrested Chosen Church members are currently on bail, while a lot more are still in custody till date. The dead body was deposited at the morgue at the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, as exhibit, pending further police investigations and prosecution of the false prophets.

    I was present at the New Year church service held at St Lukes Catholic Church, Umuezii, Mbaise where the parish priest’s sermon harped on the infiltration of false prophets into the Christendom, warning parishioners to be wary of them. He then invited the members of the deceased family to tender an unreserved apology to the community for the abominable acts they committed. (PICTURED ABOVE) The deceased’s elder sister tendered what seemed like a half-hearted apology on the family’s behalf.

    What happened in Imo State is reminiscent of the stories that feature on Nkan ‘Nbe, a popular Yoruba TV Program that features latter-day mystical occurrences. The Imo incident provides a compelling and cogent rationale for the effective regulation of the nefarious activities of churches whose stock in trade is to constitute public nuisance and to deceive and hypnotize the gullible. As a direct result of this incident, some Mbaise communities have proscribed the activities of Pentecostal churches in their localities.

    All eyes are on the Imo State Police Command to see how they would handle this issue, and ensure that measures are put in place to deter future sinister activities perpetrated under the banner of religion. Perhaps, its time to ban the churches and their abracadabra miracles. That time is NOW! Culled from the blog of Victoria Ohaeri 

    Rest in Peace Girlfriend


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    My heart is so heavy….My dear friend, My class mate, My sister from another mother….You left me/us so soon. Oshodi expressway(Ilasa) took you away from us today. She got knocked do…wn by a moving car on the 1st of January, she was seriously grounded by the car by Ilasa bus-stop, Oshodi. And was rushed to the hospital, She had serious brain damage that she could not recognize if someone was close to her. All she was saying is “Lord have Mercy”. And today, @ about 2am this morning, she passed away. Its so sad because she’s the only girl of the family and the shock really hit the dad so much.
    We almost lost her father today as well as he kept on screaming he wants to go join his daughter. So sad! Abigail, I thought we will gather to celebrate you this year but we are gathered in your house right now, mourning you my dear friend. Rest in Peace girlfriend. *Sobbing*.
    from: Admirable Amaka Linda:

    Access Bank Staff Dies As His Car Somersaults On Bridge.


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    An employee of Access Bank lost his life while the other sustained serious injury after a black Toyota Prado Sports Utility Vehicle somersaulted on the Third …Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.Traffic officials raced to the scene to evacuate the occupants of the vehicle confirmed, the vehicle with number plate, AGL102BU, was on high speed when one of its rear tyres burst suddenly.

    The driver of the vehicle was said to have applied the brakes immediately, causing the vehicle to somersault many times until it finally landed on the median.

    “The vehicle, which was inbound Oworonshoki, was on high speed when one of its tyres burst. The vehicle somersaulted many times before landing on the median. The driver of the vehicle died on the spot as his head was fractured, while his blood spilled all over the vehicle.

    “The second guy survived and people moved him into another vehicle.”

    It was learnt that the surviving victim was rushed to Gbagada General Hospital, while the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary.
    We wish the surviving victim a speedy recovery.
    LAST RESPECT To the dead Young Man : Plz Type RIP.

    Don’t divide Nigeria – PDP warns APC


    The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has advised the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, to stop dividing the country along ethnic and religious lines.
    A statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Met…uh, on Tuesday said the view of an Islamic cleric, Yusuf Garba and the Religious Equity Promotion Council, REPC, has exposed the plot by the APC to force Nigeria along Islamic line, like the Egypt Muslim Brotherhood.
    “The PDP wishes to make it manifest to all Nigerians to stand up and resist this evil machination by enemies of our dear country,” it said.
    PDP said recent observations has confirmed its belief that “the APC is a party of blood thirsty, religious and ethnic bigots averse to the unity of the country and the peaceful co-existence of our people”.
    “This is the reason why the APC has been promoting violence, divisions and blood-letting across Nigeria which are all aimed at making the people lose faith in the Nigerian project and set the ground for massive mayhem, bloodletting and ultimately balkanize the country.
    “Nigerians are now no longer at loss on the real reason the APC has been desperate to hold power. Nigerians now know why the APC has been moving round the country, organizing protests and investing heavily in planting seeds of discord and disagreements among the people using their stock-in-trade of propaganda, deceit, falsehood and doomsday prophesies.”
    The PDP also said the revelation by the cleric also explains why APC has been arming thugs to disrupt electoral processes.
    “A case in point being the importation of hundreds of armed thugs to disrupt the Anambra governorship election last December,” it said.
    “But for the police which arrested some of the thugs, the APC would have unleashed mayhem on the state and used it as a test for its larger plan in the 2015 general elections,” they said.
    The PDP said genuine Muslims know that Islam stands for peace, adding that “any attempt to use religion to divide the country must be resisted.”
    Metuh stated that the PDP remains committed to national unity as encapsulated in its manifesto and the ideals of founding fathers and on that note, will resist anything that seeks to balkanize the country and cause divisions among the people.
    “The PDP is a party that is built on the principles of freedom, equality, justice and service. In this great party, considerations are not made based on religious, tribal or ethnic interests.
    “Here, there are neither Christians nor Muslims; Hausas nor Yorubas; Fulanis nor Ijaws; Igalas nor Igbos and so on.
    “The PDP remains a large family with enough room to accommodate all opinions and interests without compromising national interest,” the statement said.

    Gunmen Invade Kwankwaso’s Home, Attack His Father


    Unknown Gunmen, Tuesday night, attacked the country home of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, leaving scores injured.
    An eyewitness revealed that the …incident occurred shortly after hundreds of Muslim worshipers rounded up their late evening prayers when  gunmen disrupted the serenity of the village with sporadic gunshots.
    Governor Kwankwaso’s father, Musa Kwankwaso, who is also the District head of the village  was said to be in the mosque attached to his palace during the attack.
    The account stated that Kwankwaso’s father  escaped unhurt, as one of his palace guards led him to safety during the shooting.
    Security sources told Vanguard that “troops have been mobilized to the village, 28 kilometres south of Kano to contain the situation.”
    When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer, Kano command, Magaji Musa Majia said that “yes, there is a problem in Kwankwaso village but details are very sketchy now.”
    He however assured to get across to our Correspondent as soon as details of the incident are made available to him.

    Am Not Bothered By Attacks From GEJ’s Kinsmen And Aides ‘What do you expect,Truth Is Bitter’ –Obj


    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo  on Tuesday  said  he was not losing sleep over recent attacks on him by presidential aides and a forme…r Federal Commissioner  for  Information, Chief Edwin Clark,  because of the letter he wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan.
    Obasanjo, who spoke  through his media aide, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, also said he was ready to meet with the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees members, over his reported feud with the President.
    Insisting  that he was not at war with Jonathan, Obasanjo said he  was unfazed by the letter written to him by Clark  and the rantings and abuse by the President’s aides.
    The  Ijaw national leader had in his letter  dated January 3, described the former President as an unrepentant troublemaker,   liar and manipulator.
    In the 10-page letter titled, ‘Let The Truth Be Told Before It Is Too Late,  Clark   said, “Mr. former President, I will also like to use the language of your daughter, Iyabo, to describe you to Nigerians.
    “You are ‘a liar, manipulator, two-faced hypocrite…. You  have egoistic craving for power and live a life only men of low self-esteem and intellect thrive.”
    But Oladunjoye said that Obasanjo was not disturbed by insults and abuses being hauled at him because of the December 2, 2013 letter to Jonathan.
    The media aide said, “I was with him (Obasanjo) this (Tuesday) morning in Abeokuta for about five hours. He received some visitors. He was full of life. He was in high spirits. He was playing  Ayo game.  He bears no one no grudge.
    “After being with him for about five hours, he told me, ‘Tunde I want to go and sleep.’ That means he has not lost sleep, regardless of abuse, rantings and insults. If I am to use his words,  I will tell you that Baba still dey kampe.”
    On the plan by the PDP’s BoT to settle the rift between Obasanjo and Jonathan, he said that the ex-President had received the BoT members in the past, adding that he was ready to receive them  again.
    Oladunjoye said,  “I want to tell you that Chief  Obasanjo   is not at war with anybody, including President Jonathan.
    “He has always maintained that his doors are open to all Nigerians, regardless of political affiliations. If members of the BoT decide to visit him, it will not be the first time. If he is in the country, he will receive them.”

    **UNCOVERED!** Boko Haram Plans To Bomb Abuja


    A suspected Boko Haram member, Mohammed Adamu (also known as Engineer), gave details yesterday of plans by members of the group to attack Abuja late last year. Adamu, 16, currently being held… by the Department of State Security (DSS) was arrested with two others in Abuja last September. Information got from them led security operatives to invade an uncompleted building on September 20 in Gudu, Apo area, Abuja in which no fewer than eight squatters were shot dead. Adamu testified yesterday at the public hearing being conducted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the September 20 killings. The suspect, who spoke in Hausa, was assisted by an interpreter. He admitted holding nocturnal meetings with 12 others in the uncompleted building at Gudu, near Apo with the intention to launch attacks against government’s interests in their determination to defend Islam. Adamu, who hails from Katsina State, said he worked as a commercial tricycle (Keke NAPEP) rider. He said he met Suleiman (R Kelly ) who introduced him into the sect. “Within the period, Suleiman told me of a meeting they attended in the uncompleted building and asked me whether I was interested in joining them, but I told him to give me a day to think over it. “A day after, I told him I was interested. Later, Suleiman warned me not to tell anybody, threatening to deal with me if I did so. Because of that, I became afraid. “At the meeting, we said we are defending our religion through war, using guns and other weapons. We agreed and wanted to fight with the government; we were holding discussions on ways and manner to carry out the operation. “We usually converged by 8pm and left by 11pm. Honestly, no policeman ever accosted us” Adamu testified. “One day, Suleiman came back with a bag and I enquired what was inside, he opened it and showed me four AK 47 rifles and a pistol. “I was the youngest in the group and Suleiman is a middle-aged man. On the day of the incident, I led the security operatives to arrest Suleiman and other members around midnight. “On arrival at the uncompleted building, while the security people approached the building, some people inside the building started shooting at us and I was instructed to lie down by the SSS official. “Soldiers then returned fire. I saw Suleiman and the others digging out guns where they buried them in front of the building,” Adamu said. He also said Suleiman is also from Katsina state, but denied knowing his whereabouts at the moment. He denied being compelled to indict himself and other members of the sect. “Nobody has told me what to say, Allah is my witness. What I said, is to the best of my knowledge.” He also explained how he was arrested. “Suleiman gave me a SIM card with an instruction that I should not use the line anyhow. He told me to always put the SIM on around 8pm. “I was at a mosque when the SSS operatives came, with the help of a machine, when it was my turn, they found the SIM in my phone and that was how I was arrested and taken to the SSS office.” Another witness, Mallam Gambo Idris, one of the surviving occupants of the building confirmed knowing Adamu as a Keke NAPEP rider. He denied knowledge of any meeting. Adamu identified Gambo as one of the squatters in the building. The Nigeria Army told the commission last month that the attack on the uncompleted building was informed by information it got from the DSS of a planned attack on Abuja by Boko Haram. An official of the DSS, whose name was not mentioned (for security reasons) told the commission that Adamu was among the three Boko Haram suspects arrested on September 18, last year, at Garki 2 near a Mosque before they were brought to the DSS office for interview.

    **REVEALED!**APC’s Evil Plot


    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have stated that the true purposes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been uncovered.
    The ruling party advised the APC to purge themselves of what they described a…s “evil machinations” against the unity of Nigeria.
    The PDP’s position is contained in a statement signed on Tuesday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.
    The PDP stated that its political opponents were promoting violence, divisions, and blood-letting across Nigeria to make the people lose faith in the Nigerian project.
    “Now that an Islamic cleric, Ambassador Yusuf Garba and the Religious Equity Promotion Council, REPC, have exposed the evil plot by the APC to balkanize our nation along religious lines by imposing an Islamic agenda just like the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the PDP wishes to make it manifest to all Nigerians to stand up and resist this evil machination by enemies of our dear country,” reads the statement.
    The ruling party said this revelation proved their earlier belief that the APC is “a party of blood thirsty, religious and ethnic bigots averse to the unity of the country and the peaceful co-existence of our people.”
    According to the statement, now all Nigerian got to know why they APC was staging protests and “investing in planting seeds of discord and disagreements among the people using their stock-in-trade of propaganda, deceit, falsehood and doomsday prophesies.”
    The PDP added that it also became clear why the opposition party was “arming thugs to disrupt the Anambra State governorship election.”
    Besides, the PDP believes that the “disrupt” of Anambra poll was a “rehearsal” before the 2015 general elections.
    “But for the police which arrested some of the thugs, the APC would have unleashed mayhem on the state and used it as a test for its larger plan in the 2015 general elections,” PDP stated.
    The members of the ruling party further thanked “the Nigerians, especially true Muslims” for “exposing and rejecting the APC and its devilish plot.”
    The PDP also advised the ‘disarmed’ APC “purge themselves of their evil machinations.”
    Describing their party as the one built on the principles of freedom, equality, and justice, the PDP urged all Nigerians to defend the unity the country and resist APC’s attempts to “destroy our common heritage as a people.”

    Officer Shot Driver & Passenger For Failing To Give Him Bribe (PICTURED)


    A police officer in Lagos has been arrested and charged to court after he allegedly shot and innocent driver and his passenger.

    Nelson Bassey, a corporal who has since been dismissed, is said to have injured one  Andrew Okoh and his passenger, Isaac Adesina, with his AK47 rifle due to their refusal to give him a  bribe.

    Bassey initially claimed that the victims were armed robbers until the truth was discovered and he was apprehended and charged with the crime.

    Reportedly, Bassey’s trial began Monday at the Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in  Ejigbo, Lagos State, western Nigeria.
    The shooting  led to protest by residents of the area who insisted that the victims were not robbers and were well known in Idimu area where the incident happened.
    Bassey was immediately  dismissed from the Nigeria Police for unjustly shooting the victims.

    Bassey

    He was consequently arrested and charged before the court with assault and inflicting injury on the victims under the Criminal Code.

    During the trial, Okoh told the court that Bassy shot their legs with an AK47 rifle after they explained to the police patrol team that demanded for a bribe that they had no money to bribe them.

    Okoh informed the court that he was the driver of the bus and Adesina was among the passengers in the bus when Bassey shot them.

    He narrated that they were not robbers but were in a traffic jam which made them get to their Idimu home late.

    He said that on their way home, a team of Rapid Response Squad, RSS, policemen stopped them and demanded for a bribe.

    Okoh explained that after politely telling them that they had no money on them,“the next thing we saw was Corporal Bassey pointing his AK 47 rifle at us and opening fire on our legs, claiming that we were suspected robbers and that we were trying to escape.”

    While testifying in the court, Adesina told the court that he boarded the bus as a passenger and was going home late because of traffic jam.

    •The victims: Okoh and Adesina

    Finally! Manchester City Signs Kelechi Iheanacho, Father Gets N95 Million


    Nigerian wonderkid and hero of  last year’s U-17 World Cup, Kelechi Iheanacho, is a work permit away from signing for Manchester City.
    The 17-year-old is set to join the Blues after starring in the Under-17 World Cup last summer, but it has proved to be a complex deal.
    City backroom duo Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have used their contacts in Barcelona to take him to Spain for training before he comes to England to start work with Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
    A £250,000 transfer fee had been agreed, with a further £300,000 for the Taye Academy in Owerri, Nigeria where he was educated and £350,000 to Iheanacho’s father, James.
    Iheanacho won the Golden Ball for tournament’s best player as his homeland won the U17s finals in the UAE this summer.

    He scored six goals in seven matches – including one in Nigeria’s victory over Mexico in the final and four in one match against the same opposition in the group phase – and also provided seven assists.

    Pastor Sign Fireman Arrested Over Rituals Scandal


    Sign Fireman has been implicated in a ritual murder scandal involving a boy in his church who strangled a 12 year old teenage girl while trying to obtain feces from her for ritual purposes.
    The disclosure of Pastor Fireman’s involvement in the scandal was made by an eighteen year old boy paraded by the police in Lagos. The teenage suspect stated during the parade that he was sent on the ritual mission by Pastor  Fireman.
    He said he had always dreamt of becoming rich and had approached the pastor personally, after years of attending the church without his own financial miracle happening, Mr. Fireman reportedly told him the way to get his Sign for finance was to get the feces of a virgin girl. The suspect said Pastor Fireman promised him a reward of N100,000 for the assignment.
    The suspect narrated how he sought and killed the 12 year old girl simply named “Bose”, the daughter of poor lady on his street.
    Confirming the incident to a Lagos correspondent this morning, Lagos Police PRO, Mrs. Ngozi Braide said Pastor Fireman was arrested on Tuesday five days after he was declared wanted by the police. She said investigation has commenced regarding his involvement.
    She also said the outcome of the investigation would  soon be made public.
    With his church receiving hordes of miracle seekers every weekend, Pastor Fireman’s church auditorium at Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos is reportedly notorious for using semi-unclad female ushers.

     

    Scandal hit Ekweremadu shelves Enugu governorship ambition


     

    Written by Ogbuefi Blogs

    A few days into the New Year, politicians in in Enugu State seem desperate to actualise their different political ambitions without further delay. However, one person seems to have shelved his political ambition for now – the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu last week dispelled insinuations in some quarters that he is nursing an ambition to

    succeed Enugu State Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime, during the 2015 general election. He, however, refused to disclose his next political ambition after a record time of 12 years in the Senate.

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    Deputy Senate President  Ike Ekweremadu

    Ekweremadu has been accused including phantom projects he claimed to have attracted to his senatorial zone in his pamphlet titled “Accomplishments & Constituency Projects Attracted By His Excellency Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR”. A good number of the projects listed in the pamphlet are do not exist and have never existed, according to Texas based Dr SKC Ogbonnia.

    “Even in some cases where the projects exist, they are uncompleted, poorly executed or totally abandoned”.

    Speaking on a programme tagged “Political Voices” aired by an Enugu-based radio station, Dream 92.5 FM, Ekweremadu, who is also the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, said he had made his position on the rumour that he was eyeing Chime’s position known severally even though  people were not ready to let the matter go.

    He, however, refused to react to his alleged disagreement with Chime, saying it would not be politically right for him to discuss his relation with the governor on a radio programme.

    He added that it would be in the interest of the state and the country at large for his relationship with the governor to remain cordial.

    Ekweremadu said: “On issue of governorship, I think I have said this thing severally and I recall that in June, I made it clear that I am not interested in governorship  position and nothing has changed since then. So I believe that all of us will work together to ensure that in 2015, we have a governor we will all be proud of.”

    As it is, several groups and associations have started springing up in the state with each canvassing support for different politicians who have various interests in the coming elections. While some are canvassing for support for candidates, a socio-political and cultural organisation, Enugu Unity Forum (EUF), has emerged with the sole intention of fostering and engendering good governance in the state by actively participating in the process of choosing leaders as well as positive interventions in the governance process.

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    Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime

    Initially, it was thought that the battle for Enugu was clearly between Governor Sullivan Chime and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who is the governor’s representative at the upper chamber of the National Assembly; emerging developments have indicated that many other gladiators are equally involved on the fray.

    According to Thisday writer, Christopher Isiguzo, “no less than ten persons from Nsukka zone are said to have declared their intentions to contest the governorship election. Also, the other two incumbent senators are also likely to lose their return bid to the senate as some prominent aides of the governor are already gearing up to take over their seats.

    In Enugu East, it will be much easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for the representing senator to return to the senate as the state machinery has been set in motion to rail-road the governor’s Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, in 2015.

    Isiguzo also wrote that the same scenario is likely going to play out in Enugu North, where the people are said to have positioned themselves for a possible showdown, should Senator Ayogu Eze decide to seek for a second term. It is said that most of those angling for the governorship from the area including the PDP chairman, Vita Abba, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the House of Representatives, Hon. Okey Ani and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. Ikechukwu Ugwuegede, among others are actually rooting for the senate.

    Those in the House of Representatives are not left out especially those who had remained in government since 1999 in various capacities. It is said that the governor had made it clear that the present crop of politicians who have been in government would retire by 2015.

    The people affected include Kingsley Ebenyi of Enugu-East/Isiuzo, Ofor Chukwuegbo of Enugu-North/Enugu-South and Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi of Ude/Ezeagu among others. The battle is therefore likely going to be fierce, moreso when it has been speculated that the governor who wants them to retire is himself eyeing the Enugu West senatorial seat at the expiration of his present mandate.

    Before the end of 2013, some aides of the governor and the senator had engaged in war of words, suggesting that the 2015 battle might be a fierce contest. The governor had himself come down hard of federal lawmakers from the state when he led campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for council election. He accused Abuja politicians for the deplorable road of Ozall-Agbani-Amagunze federal highway, which cuts across Nkanu West and Nkanu East local government areas of the state.

    Apart from what he said at Amagunze campaign ground, the governor also berated the lawmakers when he campaigned at Oji River where he lampooned some of them for their nonchalant attitude towards their constituents. Chime reportedly expressed dismay at the way Abuja politicians now parade themselves as bigger than their people. He reportedly declared that the era of people appointing themselves political godfathers and trying to lord it over others had long gone in Enugu State.

    Chime noted that even as Governor, he has no structure of his own because the structure belongs to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and wondered why some people who had found themselves in positions of authority now feel bigger than the structure that delivered them.

    “As Governor, I have no structure than the PDP. The era of one person trying to lord it over others and claiming to be a godfather is gone in Enugu State. It is unfortunate that some of my brothers who found themselves in some positions now feel they are bigger than the structure which delivered them.”

    The battle of wits started when the governor declared that the governorship of the state had been zoned to the Enugu North senatorial zone also known as the Nsukka zone in the spirit of equity, justice and fair-play.

    At that time, it was thought in some quarters that the Deputy Senate President was habouring a gubernatorial ambition irrespective of the fact that the position is presently occupied by his kinsman, Chime from Enugu West senatorial zone which he represents. Developments had since put a lie to that as Ekweremadu had consistently denied nursing any such intention.

    With the governorship clearly zoned out of his reach, it was also discovered that the senate seat which he has occupied for a record third time has also been zoned out of his reach by the party in the state. Enugu West is made up of five local government councils of Udi, Ezeagu, Oji-river, Awgu and Aninri.

    While Awgu, Aninri and Oji-river are crammed into one federal constituency where Ekweremadu hails from, Udi and Ezeagu on the other hand constitute another constituency where the governor belongs. It was gathered that the party under Abba has zoned the senatorial seat out of the Awgu/Aninri/Oji-river constituency and taken it to Udi/Ezeagu in what seemed like a move to truncate whatever political interest the Deputy Senate President might be nursing.

    There were also other steps believed to have been taken at the state level to further undermine his (Ekweremadu’s) interest. Though both the governor and Ekweremadu have not publicly commented on their cold political war, their body languages have left a whole lot to be desired.

    As if in a haste to welcome the much expected 2015, the governor at the recent inauguration of the newly elected chairmen of the 17 councils in the state and their deputies urged politicians to get ready for the battle ahead, noting that with the arrival of the 2014, series of activities would take place.

    “This year, we will be nominating our candidates from local to national elections. This is the time to start coming together in an organised and acceptable fashion. We know how we do it. We have established structure in Enugu. This is the time for us to start oiling the machines we use for elections. Members of the National Assembly from our state should start coming back home.

    “You must ensure that we work together in order to achieve common goal. We will not allow any National Assembly to break away even if the person wants to do so. You cannot run away because we are the ones that made you. You must all come back and we work together and salvage our problems together,” he told the mammoth crowd that thronged the Michael Okpara Square, venue of the event.

    The governor at the event which attracted all the members of the National Assembly from the state including the eight members of the House of Representatives and two senators, with the exception of Ekweremadu, made it clear that anybody attempting to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) might as well be committing political suicide as the party had no place in the Coal City State.

    “In Enugu, you must be a family member. You must identify with the people; you must make the people feel the impact of your leadership. We have performed so very well from local to state levels that we no longer find it difficult to win elections in this state and it is my hope that whoever will succeed me will perform much better that myself. By 2015, we will have a clean sweep because we don’t have opposition in the state. Everybody in Enugu, whether politician or not identifies with the PDP.

    “We want to pledge our total and unflinching loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan. We support him and his transformational programmes. So long as he remains in this business, we will continue to identify with him. If and when he decides that he wants to run again, he should count Enugu out of one of the states he will go for campaigns. We are healthy in Enugu State; we don’t need APC,” he boasted.

    On his part, the chairman of the Enugu Unity Forum, Hon. Ochi said the group has already been established in all the 17 local government areas of the state with a view to mobilising the people. He said the group had visited some major stakeholders including Governor Chime, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh, PDP chairman, Vita Abba, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the House of Representatives in order to acquaint them with their programmes and plan of action.

    According to him, while Chime and the Speaker declared their interest for the Enugu West senatorial seat and governorship respectively, other leaders they met simply said they were still consulting and would make their positions known in due course. However, while they still plan to meet with more leaders, he commended the governor and the leadership of the party in the state for zoning the governorship to the Nsukka zone, insisting that the development would go a long way in checkmating any possible threat to the peace that presently exists in the state.

    Tinubu, Sanusi, and now Oduah?


    Written by John Okiyi Kalu

    jonathan and oduah“You say Tinubu is your leader (referring to Professor Alabi), what he did was exactly what Hon Salisu Buhari did (forged certificate), but while we at the federal level got Buhari impeached, those on this side of the country covered him (Tinubu) up with his Toronto.” – Obasanjo

    Sometimes I wonder which certificate Senator Bola Tinubu, the over all leader of APC members, used in working at Chevron. Was it the Chicago certificate or his school certificate? Ex-President Obasanjo does not even agree the man had school cert. At least we know Ganiyu Adams who is a factional leader of OPC didn’t bother with certificates yet he led OPC so well that he is now a proud holder of “Otunba” title.

    Why do people forge certificates, especially when the minimum qualification for political office is WAEC attempted? Who told you that a degree holder is necessarily a better leader than a “NECO attempted” person? Apart from professional areas like medicine, engineering, accounting etc, you don’t need special knowledge to navigate in leadership, society, politics or business. Just interest and learning. After all I am a pure scientist (BSC to post graduate) and still I suspect that I know as much as a political science graduate about politics (with the exception of definitions) and others by simply paying attention and reading newspapers since age 9. May be the difference is that I didn’t learn the occult-centred and the blood of dogs and baboon brands with rituals and blood shedding as political tools. Only special political schools teach those and the practitioners hardly write about them in newspapers except during occasional anger induced “slip of tongue”.

    Please don’t ask me if Princess Oduah forged certificates. I don’t know and have no way of knowing the certificates she presented to the national assembly during screening. If the certificate presented to the national assembly is forged, she should be disgraced out.

    But once more let me point this out to Nigerians. The way and manner this woman is being hounded suggests to me that some people desperately want her out. History informed me that in Nigeria only good people are hounded by the agents of the status quo.

    It should be clear to all that there must be something good that woman has done or is doing for Nigeria and the cabal holding Nigeria to ransom want her out by all means. Nobody hounded all the past aviation ministers that played ball with the cabal. No bad minister has ever been hounded in Nigeria as long as they play ball with the controllers of the status quo. That’s why Nigeria is where it is today. Do the bidding of the controllers of the system and you will have it smooth, peaceful and leave with loads of cash and benefits. Go against them and be disgraced out, some times with huge applause from same Nigerians you are trying to help.

    Unfortunately certificate forgery is a criminal offense and I cannot say I stand with Princess Oduah on that. She will need to defend herself by herself for herself. But I remain proud of the great job she has done as a minister of the federal republic. In that respect she remains quintessential in my eyes. On allegation of certificate forgery, ometara buru applies….

    Yet, it will be very strange for an Igbo woman to forge certificate. Very very very strange…

    I siddon dey look…

    JOK 8/1/14

    Arthur Eze demands his N50m as Ngige Group Suspends Annie Okonkwo


    Written by Chibuzor Obiakor

    It is in the news that the Interim Executive of the Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has suspended  Sen. Annie Okonkwo and Barr. Chuks Chinwuba for anti-party activities. But is this Chinwuba even a member of APC, or is he just another hired gun by the elites in Anambra State who have vowed that Ngige “will never smell the

    Governor’s seat again” because they believe that he would not allow them near to the State’s treasury again like he did before.

    After several meetings, these few pinheads decided that it would be suicidal for them to allow Ngige to become Governor again after 8 years of Governor Peter Obi whom they claimed “ate alone without giving anybody” According to them, if they “allow this man, Ngige, to come in, he will not only not give us, but will send everyone to EFCC for the little ones we are getting”

    The likes of this Barrister Chinwuba and Senator Annie Okonkwo were, therefore, hired to do the hatchet job to stop Ngige by all means necessary.

    All of Annie Okonkwo’s moves against Ngige in the just concluded jaundiced Governorship election were all about this hatchet job to “stop Ngige” even if against the wishes of Ndi Anambra State.

    It is on record that Annie Okonkwo, as the Deputy National Chairman, South of APC, collected N50 million from Prince Arthur Eze to deliver all Idemili LGAs for PDP in the last Governorship election. And since he did not deliver Idemili, Arthur Eze has since been asking for his money back.

     

    The next game Annie Okonkwo now has set up is to use Chinwuba to arm-twist Peter Obi and APGA to make Victor Umeh step down his Senate ambition in 2015 for Annie Ookonkwo to go back to the Senate.

    The payment would be that the duo of Annie Okonkwo and Chinwuba would disrupt APC and tear Ngige down not just in the Governorship election, but also in 2015. In my book, all of those are possible, but those are the machinations of man, not the Will of God. If Ndi Anambra want Ngige to govern them again, no man can stop that. Until the legal processes allowed by law regarding the Governorship election are over and done with, Ndi Anambra and God have not finished speaking.

    The elites from Anambra State such as Emeka Offor, have added another notch in their foolishness and treachery by ganging up with Governor Peter Obi, APGA and Victor Umeh against Ndi Anambra by going to make passionate appeals to PDP big guns and President Goodluck Jonathan to stop or delay awarding all of Ngige’s 2013 Constituency Projects until after the Governorship election, because according to them “this man Ngige will hurt all of us in this election if those projects are awarded and executed”.

    So the 161 Transformers for 58 communities in Anambra Central Senatorial District that Senator Ngige put in the Federal 2013 Budget Appropriation, that were passed by the National Assembly and signed by the President were held up until after the election. Now the contractors are scrambling and falling all over themselves in attempts to finish the job within the 2013 fiscal year now scheduled to end on March 31, 2014.

    What a shame! What a disgrace that our own so called elites that were supposed to protect the poor and the weak among us connived to deny the same people they were supposed to protect the dividends of democracy. All because they believed, and rightly so, that Ndi Anambra will remember the good old days of Ngige’s dynamic performance in office once they see these Transformers rolling off the trucks and giving them better access to electricity! What a shame! Using a charge-and-bail and non-starter lawyer in the person of Mr. Chinwuba to cause distraction, confusion and stir dust in the peaceful Anambra State Chapter of APC is another low in their on-going game of charade and treachery against Ndi Anambra.

    But destiny awaits. The people are wiser now and the voice of the people is the voice of God. Anambra people have prayed that anyone, especially Anambra State sons or daughters, that take actions against us, that Anambra’s soil will hunt them forever! Such is their destiny.

    Chibuzor O. Obiakor, Awka.

    Two Close Friends Fight Bloody Over A Lady In Lagos (LOOK)


    Two friends have engaged each other in a bloody street fight over a girl at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
    The fight resulted in the stabbing of Saheed Hamza, with a broken bottle by his friend, Christopher Ugbeni. Ugbeni, a resident of Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island, and hails from Edo State, has been arrested by the police from the Lion Building Division, Campbell Street.
    He said he engaged Hamza in a fight because he was trying to snatch his girlfriend. Hamza was rushed to the General Hospital, Lagos Island, after he was stabbed. He is currently receiving treatment.
    Police investigation revealed that trouble broke out between the two friends when Ugbeni reportedly saw Hamza making love advances to his girlfriend. Ugbeni was said to have challenged his friend and that it degenerated into a fight during which the suspect broke a bottle and stabbed Hamza in the stomach.
    During interrogation following his arrest, Ugbeni confessed to the crime and said he had warned his friend on several occasions to desist from making love advances to his girlfriend, but he would not listen. “I stabbed my friend to teach him a lesson and stop him from romancing with my girlfriend,” Ugbeni allegedly told the police.
    After investigation by Corporal Afu Victor, the suspect was charged before a Tinubu magistrate’s court, Lagos on a two-count charge of stabbing and attempted murder. The offence, the prosecutor, Inspector I. Okeke said, contravened sections 228(1) and 243 of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2011.
    The accused pleaded guilty to the charge in the open court and Chief Magistrate Y. R. Pinheiro adjourned the matter till 14 January, 2014 for sentence.

    Gunmen kill 5 in Port Harcourt


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    No fewer than five persons were killed and many others injured when gunmen struck in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The casualties were recorded in  Adelabu Street, Chigbu and School Road, as well as Azikiwe Street, all  in Diobu. Daily Sun gathered that the bandits numbering over six, were fleeing from a robbery operation, when they clashed with policemen along Azikiwe Street at about 11:15 p.m. According to sources, the victims, especially those that died at one of the brothels located along Azikiwe Street, might have been hit by stray bullets, as the hoodlums shot sporadically.  One of the  persons, who survived by the whiskers, was admitted at a state-owned hospital situated along Emenike Street in the state capital. However, residents of the area, who spoke with the reporter, ruled out robbery incident. They described the gunmen as cultists, saying that there had been a rise in cult menace in Diobu since last December. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), when contacted, could not confirm the report. The suspected cultists shot dead two policemen, a civilian and wounded some people last December in the same Ikokwu/Azikiwe Road axis in Diobu. Daily Sun investigation revealed that the gunmen walked along the busy road, until they saw the policemen and shot them, before shooting the bus driver. It was gathered that after the killings, the armed men walked away unchallenged.

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    Gov Aliyu denies death of 46-year-old woman in his office


    Babangida-AliyuGovernor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, on  Tuesday,  debunked media  reports that a woman identified as Hajiya Belkisu Mahmoud slumped and  died in his office, stating that the woman died half an hour after being rushed to the hospital.

    Also, a medical doctor attached to the Government House, Minna, also corroborated the governor’s claims, saying that the woman was rushed to the hospital alive but died 30 minutes later at the Intensive Care Unit of the Minna General Hospital.

    Recounting the incident in Government House during the inauguration of the board of the Niger State Geographic Information Systems, (NIGIS) at Ladi Kwai Street, Minna, Aliyu said “the woman came into my office panting, I thought it was because of the staircase she climbed but she told me that she was sick and had a heart problem.

    “She came to lay some complaints  on some issues in the state and as she was speaking, she started coughing. When the coughing did not stop, I sent for an ambulance which came and took her to the hospital. Contrary to reports which said I left the office immediately, I want to state here that I was in the office till late in the evening waiting to hear report about her health,” Aliyu explained.

    He stated further that to honour the fond memories of the  late Hajiya Belkisu Mahmoud, he would look into the issues she had complained about and launch an investigation to get to the root of the matter.

    According to Aliyu, the issues she came to discuss was spread across the state urban development board, NSEMA, water board and revenue collection.

    The governor, thereby, sympathised  with the family of the late Mahmoud, urging the Head of Service to ensure all her entitlements were  paid to the family in due time.

    Confirming the incident, the Government House doctor, Dr Abdulmalik Ara, said the late Mahmoud had cardiac asthma, stressing  that her lungs was filled with fluids which made the oxygen being administered to her not to penetrate.

    He said that she was taken to the Intensive Care Unit where she was being treated but she passed on 30 minutes later.

    Man Set Ablaze in Ekiti for Killing Woman


    THISDAY - It was a case of double tragedy on Sunday evening in Ise-Ekiti area of Ekiti State when a young man simply identified as Austin was set ablaze by angry youths after he had allegedly shot to death his landlord’s daughter.

    The shooting incident was said to have caused tension in the community as the angry youths apprehended Austin and set him ablaze at a motor park.

    Also, it was gathered that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ise Police station was hit on the head by the angry youths for attempting to rescue Austin just before he was lynched.

    Austin said to be in his late 30s and a trader reportedly shot the girl in front of her father’s house at Iro Oraye area of the town.

    Before he was set ablaze, it was learnt that some sympathisers had taken him to the palace of the monarch of Ise Ekiti, Oba Adetunji Ajayi possibly to prevent him from being mobbed, before the irate youths later overpowered the palace guards and took him to the town’s main motor park where he was burnt.

    The remains of the slain girl and that of her killer, which had already been burnt beyond recognition, have been deposited at a mortuary in the town by the police.

    Meanwhile, all youths in the community have fled for fear of possible arrest by the police. Both incidents crippled the social and commercial activities in the community.

    Efforts to get more information from Oba Ajayi yielded no fruitful result, as he was not ready to speak on the matter.

    Also, attempts to extract a comment from the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Victor Babayemi, proved abortive, as he promised to call back, but failed to do so.

    Half-nude women protest against Shell in Bayelsa


    kelvin-women-protest nakedHundreds of half-nude women in Peremabiri community in Bayelsa State, Niger Delta, yesterday, staged a protest against non-implementation of an existing agreement by Shell.

    The women disrupted movement of workers into the oil platforms and boat houses operated by Shell in the area, alleging non-implementation of the memorandum of understanding Shell entered into with the community.

    The protesting women tied red cloth to block the entrance to the oil platform located within the community.

    They further alleged that Shell had failed to redeem the two-year-old promise to replace a faulty community generator, renovate existing community school and provide potable water for its host community.

    Some of the women carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Shell: Give us Light”, “Implement MoU or go”, “We need water, Light, School for our children” among others. The protesters claimed that the oil firm had adopted delay tactics to avoid providing the amenities which they said were time-bound.

    Reacting to the development, the spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Precious Okolobo, urged the aggrieved women to adopt the spelt-out channel of addressing their grievances.

    “The SPDC has continued to work with the Peremabiri community on the implementation of the MoU in their area. The MoU model has provision for addressing grievances.”

    On the broken down generator at Peremabiri, Okolobo said SPDC procured a new set that is being transported to the area for installation and commissioning. He said the set was twice the capacity of the bad one, and would be commissioned as soon as possible. “The Bayelsa State Government and MoU Cluster Development Board are aware of the situation and are engaging the Community Development Committee,” Okolobo said.

    Nigeria is one of the world’s major oil producers, but the oil- producing Niger Delta region remains one of the country’s poorest and least developed regions.

    Source: Vanguard

    Gunmen abduct monarch’s mother, grand daughter in Bayelsa


    Un-known gunmen have reportedly kidnapped the mother of the paramount ruler of the coastal town of Agrisaba in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and her grand daughter.

    The woman, identified as Mrs. Ikhiogha Walter, aged 74 and her grand daughter, Miss Yellow Tamuno Joseph were abducted Sunday at about 6.30 a.m.

    She is mother to the Obanema of Agrisaba, HRH, M.S. Walter Agiri, who was appointed some months back in the wake of the chieftaincy tussle that rocked the community.

    It was reliably learnt that the kidnappers were masked and stormed the community in two boats.

    “We learnt that the gunmen came in two boats and approached the aged royal mother to inquire on how permission could be obtained before the flag of the umbrella body of Ijaw youths council could be hoisted in the community,” a source said.

    It was gathered that immediately the woman identified herself and tried to seek one of her details to assist the visitors, she was abducted.

    “The grand daughter suspecting that the masked men were up to no good, tried to alert the people but was abducted,” the source added.

    Contacted, yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, confirmed he incident, saying the police are working round the clock to rescue the victims

    Angry reactions trail Clark’s letter to OBJ


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    The open letter of Elderstates man and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, opened a can of worms in the polity. Eminent Nigerians who reacted to the 10-page letter expressed mixed feelings. While some welcomed the letter others said it was not necessary. There were also those who berated Obasanjo for opening the flood gates of exchange of letters, which they argued portended grave danger for the polity.

    In the letter, Clark lampooned Obasanjo over his 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan where he accused the president of being clannish, lying over his re-election ambition, training snipers and listing 1,000 political opponents to be dealt with. Countering, Clark called Obasanjo a liar, hypocrite, unrepentant trouble maker, saying that the Jonathan Administration was not pro-Ijaw.

    Call Clark to order – Junaid Mohammed Northern political commentator, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, yesterday, asked President Goocluck Jonathan to call Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark to order before he plunges the nation into chaos with incendiary language. Mohammed, who was reacting to the open letter addressed to Obasanjo by Clark, noted with dismay the attempt by Clark to usurp the power of the presidency and act as if he was Nigeria’s President.

    According to the Second Republic federal lawmaker, Clark has no locus standi whatsoever to write the letter to Obasanjo since the former head of state did not address his letter to him.

    “Obasanjo raised relevant national issues in his letter to Jonathan and did not send it to Clark or made reference to the Ijaw leader. If I may ask, on what basis did Clark write to Obasanjo?

    “I find it extremely irresponsible and unbecoming of the likes of Clark to take it upon themselves to insult international leaders like Obasanjo for offering some pieces of advice that Jonathan should have taken quietly with humility and thanked the former president for his admonition,” Mohammed said, adding, “the letter written by Clark to Obasanjo exposes the weakness of President Jonathan’s Presidency and calls to question whether the president or proxies are in charge of the administration.”

    Clark has right to defend Ijaw — Ezeife Third Republic Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife said: ‘’Anyone who writes should be very sure of what he writes on national issues. It should involve going down memory lane to bring out relevant facts. That is what I think Edwin Clark has done. As a leader of the Ijaw people, he has no choice than to speak out when the Ijaws were mentioned in a manner that he did not find comfortable. He is only trying to put out the fire, since Obasanjo accused the President of being held hostage by his people. It is not good for us to be allowing anybody to be throwing darts at the nation. Such an act reduces the presidency. Not replying Obasanjo will mean an insult to President Jonathan.

    It’s time to unmask Obasanjo — Afenifere Also commenting on the letter, Afenifere’s Spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, commended Clark for writing the letter and blamed Obasanjo for the unending saga of open letters..

    He said: “Obasanjo opened the flood gate of letter writing and he should know that he is not the only one who has a pen in Nigeria. Others who are knowledgeable about the affairs of Nigeria like him are definitely going to comment. I have read through the letter by Chief E.K Clark and I think he has served Obasanjo good measures. I think the time has come for Obasanjo to be unravelled and for him to know who he really is. I give kudos to Clark for that wonderful letter.”

    Clark’s letter is welcome –Falae Former Finance Minister and presidential candidate, Chief Olu Falae said: “This is a democracy. If anything is topical, everybody should be free to comment on it. There should be no hide and seek about such matters. If it is topical and I feel like commenting, I should be free to comment. Comments are free, only facts are sacred.”

    OBJ provoked the Ijaws –Yakassai

    Elder Statesman and founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Alhaji Tanko Yakassi said that former President Obasanjo should be blamed because he started the open letters that seems to be heating up the polity.

    Arguing that Obasanjo provoked the Ijaw people in his letter to Jonathan, he said the former president should have sought audience with the President instead of resorting to writing an open letter.

    He advised Obasanjo to defend himself on the allegations against him in Chief Clark’s letter, saying: “I think it is expected because of the way General Obasanjo provoked all the Ijaws in writing his letter to the President. I think every Ijaw man is entitled to feel offended. It is none of their business but they were provoked. The contents are natural, allegations have been made, I think it is up to General Obasanjo to confirm or to deny. The responsibility for the heating up of the polity is that of Obasanjo, he should have sought to meet with the President instead of the open letter.”

    A terrible wind is blowing –Ikokwu

    Second Republic politician and one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Chief Guy Ikokwu, concurred that Obasanjo should not have written an open letter to President Jonathan because he also had his shortcomings.

    His words: “Obasanjo was living in a glass house. The proverb says he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. But Obasanjo has been throwing stones right from the civil war till date and it has become habitual. If you throw stones at people who live in the same house with you, they will find a way to retaliate. So, it is not surprising that his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo reacted and now Clark is reacting.

    “Obasanjo is having serious problems answering or rebutting the issues that have come up from these letters. A terrible wind is blowing and where and how it will end is not certain. Altogether, Obasanjo has ruled the country for about 12 years. He should have used the opportunity to transform Nigeria but he failed.”

    It’s time to halt the letters –Uwazurike

    President of Aka-Ikenga, an Igbo intellectual think tank group called for stoppage of the exchange of open letters to enable President Jonathan concentrate on governance.

    His words: “Chief Clark’s letter is one in a set of letters. Many of us were not happy with Chief Obasanjo’s open letter because it was bound to open floodgate of letter exchanges, which will not be about the nation but individuals. Clark and Obasanjo were ministers under General Yakubu Gowon. They are not strangers to themselves so Clark has the right to write Obasanjo. However, these letter writings should stop; let us allow the president to lead the country.”

    Obasanjo is a confusionist —Arunsi

    Asked his view on Clark’s letter, Hon. Arua Arunsi, (PDP, Ohafia/Arochukwu Federal Constituency, Abia), said: “I don’t agree that Obasanjo is a trouble maker but I can say he is a confusionist. He wants to bring confusion to this country by writing such letter to the present Head of State. When he was there, nobody wrote him that kind of letter but he keeps writing to others. To me, he is a confusionist. And as a statesman, that is not good for him. When I made my reactions last time, I said that Obasanjo told lies because you cannot talk about the economy being in shambles when this economy is growing at seven percent while his grew at three percent. So, in this case, that was a lie. That wasn’t the truth. So, if Edwin Clark calls him a liar, well, to some extent, that may be correct. Yes, I may not see him as a trouble maker, but as a confusionist. He wants to bring confusion to the governance of this nation. Ordinarily, what he wrote as an open letter could have been an advice even personally.”

    Clark is not helping Jonathan –Mbadiwe

    However, Hon. Eddy Mbadiwe, (APC, Ideato North and South Federal Constituency, Imo State), said Chief Clark was not helping President Jonathan with his defence..

    “ My reaction is that Chief Edwin Clark is not helping the President at all. I think he should keep silent and let time heal the wounds. I am not sure that making all these comments will help the matter in any way.”

    Source: Vanguard

     

    Eedris Abdulkareem Still in a Rented Apartment!


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     This is amazing. Gone are the days when rappers wears baggy jeans, over-sized shirts with bandana and sun-shades. Then, they seem to be living a rugged life but now, everything has changed. Even smoking of weeds is done in a more civilized fashion. Before we get it twisted, news making around town has it that popular rapper, Eedris Abdulareem still have not gotten his own personal house.

    Sources hint us that the rapper still stay in a two bedroom flat apartment with his family since he returned from his self-imposed exile few years ago. The house located at Aboderin Estate, Mangoro bus stop also firms his personal studio and we heard the house has also been a hid out for young chaps he has groomed to be his crew, smoking weeds almost every evening. We also heard that some artists in his good book has also worked from his home from time to time.

    But really it is unfortunate that some rappers that have come behind him with less fame are multi-millionaire and redefining the game. Eedris raise to fame with his “pass’ album after splitting from “Remedies”. He released his second album “Jaga Jaga” which got him into a serious faceoff with the former president “Chief Olusegun obasanjo. Also referred to as Mr. Lecture, Eedris is expected to have grown into an household name and racked in millions but was blank listed by major brands in the country due to his face off with American rapper 50 Cent. Those were troubled times that nosedived his career.

    He has since not been able to get his career back on track even with several attempt. Born into a polygamous family in Kano state, the rapper can be said to have reformed rap music in Nigeria
    -Aproko City

    Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Daughter, Uloma Okorocha & Hubby, Uche Nwosu Welcome Twins


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    There is rejoicing and merriment in the Imo state government house, as the first daughter of the governor Rochas Okorocha, Uloma Okorocha-Nwosu welcomes set of twins. Uloma married Uche Nwosu, a Commissioner in Gov Okorocha’s cabinet. Uloma Nwosu is the Director General of her father’s foundation, Rochas Okorocha Foundation while her husband is the Honorable Commissioner for Land Survey and Urban Planning.

     

    Actress Ayo Adesanya Reveals How She Was Beaten By Goriola


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    Dolapo and Bolanle aired last night and guests include Karen Igho and actress Ayo Adesanya who relieves her Domestic Violence experience, probably in the hands of her ex-husband Goriola Hassan.

    She confessed the information below:

    Ayo said she was in what she thought was a loving relationship.it was fun until the beatings started and got worse. She couldn’t let go because the same man touches her lovingly,caters to her needs and calls her baby…she says that’s when you get confused.

    She says the loving moments make you think that he will change and concludes that he will never change. Karen Igho opens that a man who suddenly hits you for the first time in the fifth year of a relationship,means he’s been an abuser all along,one who neatly hid his monster trait from you.

    Karen also had a word for the women who provoke men to anger and bring out the beast in them! Ayo says women must watch out for men who shove them here and there..she says if he is by the littlest chance violent,don’t go in,it only gets worse!

    Omoni Oboli Keeps Mum On Scarcity Of Movie Roles


    Omoni Oboli has been off screen of late and she has decided to keep quiet about it. She has not been getting the scripts in the last few months and nothing has been heard about her acting career. Gist making around town has it the actress husband is not happy about the industry and he has stopped encouraging his wife from continuing with acting except she gets international scripts.
    On why she stop producing movies also, the hovering bird heard that as much as the actress would love to produce more movies, she still needs the support of her husband who is not ready to fund any at the moment. Omoni needs all the permissions from her husband to do her job so please she doesn’t care what you … at least she got her first kiss from him so…
    Omoni Oboli, actress and producer started her career while still in school…University of Benin where she studied Foreign Languages and majoring in French. She shot her first film in 1996. She got married after graduating and return to her first love, movies ten years later. Too long or what do you think…
    In 2010 she won the award for Best Actress – Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the award for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival. She was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards. 2010 saw Oboli feature in the award-winning film The Figurine, also won her the Best Picture award at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards. Can’t wait to hear from you Omoni… -Aproko City

    The man who thinks he’s Jesus Christ ( Photos)


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    A 66-year-old Brazilian man has spent 35 years preaching the word of God – because he believes he is the reincarnation of Jesus.

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    Inri Christo has ‘hundreds of followers’ from around the world, including the UK, Britain and France, some of whom live with him at his ‘church’ compound outside Brasilia.

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    Since 1979 he has travelled for 27 countries to spread his word, however his controversial views has seen him expelled from the US, Britain and Venezuela.

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    Most of the disciples who live at his church – mostly women – have followed Inri for decades, the eldest, Abevere, 86, has been following him for 32 years.

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    His youngest disciple is now 24 years old and first met Inri when she was just a two years old. His Jesus-like dressing and unorthodox views on capitalism, abortion and even Christmas has seen him detained by police more than 40 times.

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