2015: Group Alleges Plots To Blackmail Jonathan

A group, “We the People of Nigeria” has said there are plots to blackmail President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential election.

The group which is one of the organisations campaigning for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, claimed that there are plans by some individuals and groups to harass and blackmail the President and some of his Cabinet members so he could drop his re-election ambition.

Raising the alarm yesterday at a World Press conference in Abuja, National Co-coordinator of the group, Mr Elvis Agukwe declared that such evil plots was bound to fail as it was the entire Nigerian electorate that would determine Jonathan’s fate at the poll.

Aguikwe however appealed to President Jonathan to immediately declare his intention for the race so as to silence those behind such evil machinations and give rooms for all his supporters across the states of the federation to start mass mobilization ahead of the Presidential election.

“An orchestrated and well-funded campaign of calumny has of late been waged against President Jonathan and some of his star ministers, aided by a highly partisan media, this cabal wants to employ subterfuge, harassment and outright bully to stop President Jonathan from presenting himself for re-election,” Aguikwe said.

“Starting from the infamous open letter to defection of some governors and legislators and the false alarm from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, they have employed perfidious means to incite Nigerians against President Jonathan and the federal government,” he added.

He pointed out that “the current persecution of the president is not on account of non-performance on his part,” saying that “they see Jonathan as a hurricane threatening their stranglehold on Nigeria’s power level since Independence in 1960″.

According to him, “they see themselves as the owners of Nigeria who must determine the occupants of Aso Rock, they arrogate to themselves the sovereignty of the people, for the first time, they are now confronted with the stark reality that Nigerians themselves want to determine who presides over their affairs”.

Agukwe declared that those behind the plot to stop President Jonathan were afraid that four years of his administration might expose them as “frauds, incompetent and visionless with the possible consequence of Nigerians asking for their heads.”

IK Uche not sure of World Cup place

IK UcheIkechukwu Uche has admitted that he is not sure of his World Cup place in the Super Eagles squad, despite his rich vein of form for Villareal in La Liga.

The Nigeria international, is currently fourth in the Spanish League scoring chart, after he scored his 12th goal of the campaign against Almeria on Sunday.

Uche has not featured for the Eagles, ever since his poor displays at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and expressed his fears of missing out at Brazil 2014.

“I do not know if I will be included for the World Cup,” Uche told Spanish daily Marca.

“Many may think that getting goals in a league like Spain should get me into Nigeria’s World Cup squad but I can only say that it doesn’t depend on me. If they call me fine and if not, no problem.”

The 30-year-old however praised his Yelow Submarines team mates for his impressive form in front of goal.

“My consistent performance is down to the help I get from all my teammates because if it wasn’t for them it wouldn’t be possible to score those goals. I hope it continues. I’m going to keep working hard game after game,” concluded Uche.

Uche has scored 18 goals in 44 appearances for the Super Eagles since he made his debut in 2007.

About the lawyers protest in P’Harcourt

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Scores of lawyers on Thursday embarked on a protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, over the failure of the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, to appoint a substantive Chief Judge in accordance to the law.

The lawyers, who gathered at the main gate of the State High Court under the auspices of the Forum of Concerned Lawyers of The Nigeria Bar Association, Port Harcourt branch, said the absence of a chief judge in the state was affecting court processes.

The lawyers, converged on the State High Court premises around 7.20am, chanting solidarity songs. They displayed placards with inscriptions that read: “APC or PDP not our concern; Amaechi, appoint a chief judge”; “Even in the military, there was chief judge”; “Rivers State Govt, don’t play politics with the appointment of a chief judge”; “Judiciary not for sale”, and “Amaechi, remember the rule of law brought you to power”.

Addressing the protesters, the Chief Coordinator of the Forum, Reverend Chris Itamunoala, said that the vacuum created had made the annual reprieve granted to prisoners by a state chief judge impossible.

Itamunoala lamented that over 3,800 suspects in Port Harcourt Prison were still awaiting trial due to the absence of a chief judge that would assign cases to lawyers.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr. Lawrence Oko-Jaja, however, dissociated the NBA from the protest.

Why Jonathan issued a query to CBN Governor Sanusi

The presidency has issued a query to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, demanding an explanation for some of the donations the CBN has made under his watch to some universities and organisations.

A top presidency official, who sought not to be named, confided in THISDAY yesterday that the federal government was forced to issue the query as a result of its concern over Sanusi’s activities, which have portrayed him as working to undermine the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to him, Sanusi has engaged in what he described as unprecedented politicisation of his office as well as serial infractions of regulations governing the operations of the central bank.


He said the presidency was worried by the way and manner Sanusi had been donating to communities and institutions in the name of the central bank without adherence to due process and regard for the multi-cultural diversities of the Nigerian nation.

The CBN governor was accused of donating about N150 billion to some institutions and interest groups in states controlled by opposition political parties in what appears to be a clever way of channelling state funds to some politicians who in turn use them to attack the president and his government. The presidency source gave some of the questionable donations to include N4 billion to Bayero University, Kano; N10 billion to Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto; N500 million to the University of Benin, Benin; and N100 million to the Kano State Government.

Many of the donations, he added, were considered ultra-vires as they were outside the powers and functions of the CBN.

In addition, the source said in the last one year, security reports had indicted Sanusi of holding nocturnal meetings with politicians, especially with the opposition parties, making reckless statements capable of undermining the integrity of the nation’s financial institutions and violating global principles of public decorum expected of holders of such offices.

According to the presidency official, “The CBN governor has become more of a politician than a banker. He delights in political circus shows in the company of opposition political figures; making statements unbecoming of his office.

“The president has actually been very tolerant of these infractions in line with his personal convictions of allowing institutions operate their own independent checks on officers, but it appears the CBN governor is becoming a law unto himself.”

The recent allegation, in a letter to the president, by the CBN governor that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had not remitted $49.8 billion of crude oil proceeds to the Federation Account, has equally been seen as a deliberate ploy by the CBN governor to portray the federal government in a bad light.

This was seen as part of the larger plan by the opposition to discredit the government ahead of the 2015 general election.

The source said the allegation, which Sanusi later described as an “error”, sent the wrong signals to the international business community about the Nigerian economy and would not have been treated lightly in other climes.

As exclusively reported by THISDAY on January 9, Jonathan had demanded the immediate resignation of Sanusi on the grounds that the CBN governor had allegedly leaked the letter he wrote to him on the unremitted $49.8 billion to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

But Sanusi rebuffed the president, saying only the Senate could remove him from office by a two-thirds vote.

“This man is simply playing a dangerous political game. He openly romances the opposition and attacks the integrity of his employers. Do an analysis of the CBN governor’s speeches at a birthday colloquium of a notable opposition political leader in the South-west last year as well as what he said at the book launch of the spokesman of the main opposition party in Abuja, and that will show you the mindset of a man who is supposed to be the chief economic adviser of the federal government,” the source added.

Several People Hacked with Machetes as Fresh Violence Rocks Ogun APC

By Premium Times

Another round of political violence was on Wednesday recorded in Ogun State. The violence occurred at Ota Town, Ado/Odo-Ota Local Government Area where suspected political thugs unleashed terror on the secretariat of a serving senator, Akin Odunsin.


Several people were allegedly hacked with matchetes and are now receiving treatment in a hospital.

The suspects were alleged to be working for a factional leader of the troubled All Progressives Congress, APC, the ruling party in the state.

As at the time of filing this report, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, had raced to the troubled spot in the company of DCP operations, Muhammed Abdulkadri; Area Commander, Titi Kayode; and Divisional Police Officer of Ota, Gabriel Idibie.

Several people including police officers were injured in a similar violence in the state last week

The New APC (nAPC) Is Born

We hail the emergence of ‘New APC’ (nAPC)
- Press Release –
Members of the Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC wish to congratulate Mohammed Dele Belgore, (SAN) of Kwara State, former Governors Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano, Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto, M. Buba Marwa of Adamawa and other leaders across Nigeria for their wisdom in coming up with the idea of launching nAPC soon. This patriot action by founding fathers of APC will without doubt salvage our great party from imminent implosion. We hail these leaders who have resolved not to allow the ship of this Party to capsize. They deserve to be encouraged and appreciated.
We also want to specially congratulate our very own, Mohammed Dele Belgore SAN, for his resilience and steadfastness on the Kwara rescue project. We are convinced that he still symbolizes the change Kwarans seek. Premised on the strength of this powerful initiative, our appeal goes to our teeming supporters not to get stampeded into leaving the party.The State Interim Exco. will soon embark on a tour of our local chapters beginning from February 5th, to educate and sensitize them on how to move the party forward. We also warn our members not to participate in any membership registration exercise organized and supervised Gov. Fatai Ahmed led Government or that of their agents like Alh. Lai Mohammed. We rely on the promise of our National Vice Chairman (North Central) to organism a rancor free but all inclusive membership registration exercise in Kwara.
We share and hold on to this wise old saying that ‘after a long spell of darkness comes the light of hope’ we therefore appeal to our members to share in our optimism while they also remain steadfast within the party as we seek avenues for a peaceful, but reasonable resolution built on justice and fairness. Up till now, we have not lost hope that our party can be salvaged. We have this implicit confidence in the ability of the leaders of the APC to retrace their steps. No man has power to exercise any form of authority on another without his express consent.
Nigerians today are asking core but fundamental questions about the Nigerian political system. Are our political parties any more ideological? Who are the true progressives?
The twin questions on the lips of our members today are, a) what is progressive about our APC when the party is now peopled by the very enemies of this country! Is the APC truly different from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other political party in Nigeria for that matter? As it is now, the only difference is that they are the same!
Secondly, how morally correct is it for the new entrants to control both the ‘Government’ and the ‘Party’? As principled politicians, until our leaders correct these errors, setting up several committees by whatever appellation will not resolve the crises, It does not matter wether membership of such committees are drawn from another planet other than the one led by Chief John Oyegun of Edo State.
For the umpteenth time, we reiterate that any arrangement that cedes the structure of Kwara APC in favour of the new entrants will lead to the defeat and humiliation of the party come 2015. Any assumed peace predicated on injustice will breed tsunami like crises. Should the APC be allowed to implode on the alter of this so called political expedience, hope of millions of Nigerians would suffer.
Alh. Lying Mohammed does not represent Kwara APC, he has no electoral value here. Kwara people attach no importance to his press statements, here, he represents himself and a handful of people looking for political appointment from Gov. Fatai Ahmed and his boss. No one can be hiding somewhere in Lagos, deceiving Nigerians with press statements that does not reflect the actual state of affairs.
Kwara is one of the most backward State in Nigeria today, has he said anything about the state of affairs here in 8 years? What did he say about the day light electoral robbery at the Offa LG re-run ? How many protests did he or his hangers-on participate in? When hundreds were sacrificed during the induced annual sallah stampede at Senator Saraki’s house, rather than say anything, he looked the other way and discovered a Catholic Church stampede in far away Anambra State. What has he said about poor Nigerians who lost all their meager savings in Societe Generale Bank, and Kwara State owned Trade Bank. What of Intercontinental Bank Plc, where 21billon naira loan guaranteed by Kwarans was diverted for private business of his new boss. Nigerians are watching. We implore him to come to Oro and hold political meeting with just 20 people who are citizens of that community.
We make boast to say that we are the largest political family in Kwara of today, by the grace of God, wherever we move to, the pendulum swings in that direction.
Awi funi ko to dani, baba ijakadi. Eni awifun, Oba je o gbo. Abo oro lanso f’omo luabi, to ba de inu e, yio di odindi.

Rev. Bunmi Olusona Interim State Chairman, Kwara APC.

Money cannot buy leadership, stop wasting your time – Clark tells Tinubu


Frontline Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on national leader of the All Progress Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to stop parading himself as the leader of the Yoruba nation, saying that no one recognizes him as a leader.
According to him, since Obafemi Awolowo and Adekunle Ajasin died, the Yorubas have had no leaders, adding that former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu was wasting his time, moving about, calling himself the Yoruba leader, saying “money cannot buy leadership.”
Clark stated this when the Federal Capital Territory chapter of South-South community leaders, chiefs and elders visited him at his residence in Abuja.
The former Minister of Information said, those fighting President Goodluck Jonathan because of the 2015 second term ambition are actually fighting God who enthroned him as the leader of the country.
According to him, the Constitution permits Jonathan to run for the Presidency twice, adding that as a lawyer, who had practised for 50 years, he always laugh when educated people say Jonathan cannot run for the office on the basis that he had been sworn-in twice.
He therefore, averred that anyone planning to split the country would not succeed.
He disclosed that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo imposed former President ,Umaru Yar’Adua on Nigeria.

Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi with Imo Deputy Governor(LOOK)

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Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi with Imo Deputy Governor in a chat immediately after Governors’ Forum meeting yesterday night

Pastor caught sleeping with teenage girl during spiritual deliverance


Pastor and General Overseer of Zion International Christian Church, Idah, Kogi State, Pastor Kingsley may have landed trouble for his alleged uncontrolled sexual appetite

The pastor was alleged to have slept with one Mary, daughter of his sunday school teacher on the pretext that the lady was possessed with demons which could only be exorcised through sex. The clerk was said to have had carnal knowledge of the 18-year old girl

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Seidu Madawaki who paraded the suspect before newsmen, the bubble burst for Pastor Kingsley when his attempt to abort the pregnancy was refused by the victim.

“ After impregnating the girl, he attempted to abort the pregnancy by giving her some liquid substances mixed with olive oil which she refused to drink”, he said.

Speaking with Crime Watch, the victim said she came to join her parent from the village around November last year when the pastor spotted her in the church on the pretext that she had ‘a wild demonic spirit’ in her and then ordered her to see him after the church service for deliverance.

Frightened, she said she went to meet the pastor immediately after the service. “He told me that my waist and private parts have been ravaged by demons and until deliverance was carried out, I may not be able to have any child in life.  “ The Man of God’ frightened me and said he would only cast out the demons from me through sexual intercourse but he warned me not to tell anybody on the mode of deliverance.

“After praying into an olive oil, he asked me to undress while he  rubsed my waist and private parts with the anointing  oil mixed with some substances , he then undressed himself and used the same oil  on his private part before he descended on me and started to do the thing.”

“But I discovered that I was pregnant last week when my mother noticed my conduct and I had to reveal everything to her even though he warned me not to tell anybody,” She revealed.

However, the 37-year old pastor denied the allegation saying, that all he did was to cast out the demons in her, using the anointing oil

He said that some church members who were envious of his spiritual rise were the one who ganged up against him because his ministry was experiencing ‘exponential growth’

The CP warned parents to put more attention on their female children even in religious centres,  saying there are many fake pastors outside there.

The Sun


Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has described the appointment of former National Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Bamanga Tukur as Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation as well conceived and deserving of a man of his status.

While, commending President Jonathan for the appointment, he expressed the hope that, Dr. Tukur will bring his long standing experience in the private and public sectors to bear in his new position.

“The revival of the rail transportation is so dear to Mr. President and the transformation agenda of the Federal Government and with the massive investments in the sector and a capable hand like Dr. Bamanga Tukur, we are sure to have things working in record time”

Governor Dickson, who was speaking on the heels of his new appointment, noted that, the decision was not only a wise one, but one that will give the sector the needed boost and make life more meaningful for Nigerians and the economy in general.

The Bayelsa State Chief Executive also commended the Elder Statesman for his dedicated, selfless and committed services to the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and the nation in general, describing him as a faithful and progressive party man, who has at various times jettisoned selfish motives and worked diligently for the overall benefit and progressive of the PDP and the country.

According to him, in every circumstance and situation, the elder statesman has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the PDP and always placed it above every other consideration.

“It is a thing of joy that, as a political party, we have people like him, whose maturity and loyalty to the party has continued to endure over the years and as a person and as a State, we are very proud of him and our prayer is that, God Almighty continue to grant him good health and wisdom to continually render quality service the nation, even as Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation”

“He remains a father figure and a source of inspiration to majority of us and that is also why we will equally continue to appreciate him for his positive attributes”

The Bayelsa State Chief Executive was also full of gratitude to Alhaji Bamanga for always standing by President Goodluck Jonathan, even in the face of daunting challenges, adding that the Government and people of Bayelsa State will remain eternally grateful to him.

Lagos State University (Lasu) Riot Update

Last night, some students of the Lagos State University (LASU) barricaded a section of the Ojo road, which leads to the school.

Speaking with an eyewitness, who remained anonymous, it was learnt that in June 2013, before the six months ASUU strike that ended in late December, the school authorities closed down the school’s website, thereby preventing students from further registration.

“Now that we have resumed, it is still the same thing. Exam is starting today and some students haven’t yet registered. The Vice Chancellor said he is not going to open the portal which means all the students affected will have extra year after paying 250,000 as school fees.

Most of the affected students paid N250,000 as school fees. Normally, the web portal is closed down a week before exam. The affected final year students will have to get an extra year. It won’t cost the VC a dime to order the opening of the portal. That was the reason for yesterday’s protest,” one of them narrated.

The students have vowed to stop the ongoing exams and are ready for a showdown.

Veteran Nollywood Actor Francis Daramola Is Dead

Chief Francis Daramola  who is popularly known in the Yoruba theatre and film industry as Egbeji died on Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State.

The deceased was famous for his role in ‘Iku Jare Eda’ and he was the husband of late Ramota Daramola, the first popular Orisabunmi in the Yoruba movie industry.

The Ogun State chapter of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, ANTP confirmed Chief Daramola’s death.

May his soul rest in peace


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Lagos state university students protest, shuts down Lagos Badagry Expressway


Students of lagos state university, today demonstrated over the misunderstanding between the undergraduates and the vice chancellor of the university.


According to a reliable source the vc of the university denied the undergraduates from registering their courses online by shutting the online portal.

According to one of the protesting student,  the students were forced to protest due to the commencement of the 2nd semester exam, which comes up 23rd January 2014.

A student further revealed that the vc last shutdown the online registration portal last year 2013, due to late registration among students.


According  to reliable source, the art faculty pays 198,000 plus sundry fees,

Sciences 280,000, law faculty, 350,000.

The initial school tutions fee was increased from N25,000  to 150,000 to 350,000.

It was also recalled the Lagos state university who runs the institution increased the tuition fees, because the student complained of too much population inside the decaying infrastrutures within the university.


Russian Billionaire’s Partner Under Fire For Posting ‘Offensive’ Picture

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s partner, Dasha Zhukova  is under fire for posting a picture of herself sitting on a chair made to resemble a half-naked black woman, on Martin Luther King Day. A lot of people accused her of being a racist and insisted the picture was offensive.
FashionBombDaily.com editor Claire Sulmers was among the first to express her disbelief, claiming the photo’s message was startlingly clear: ‘White dominance and superiority, articulated in a seemingly serene yet overtly degrading way.’
Organizing for Women’s Liberation also tweeted, ‘This is incredibly racist,’ after news of the unbelievable picture spread and a lot of women organisations have condemned the act. She has since taken the picture down. Wonder why she did at first.

Meet billionaire businesswoman Deinde Fernandez’ Daughter Abimbola

Nigerian gemstone tycoon Antonio Deinde Fernandez is so rich, he has his own Island. He also owns a mansion in Larchmont, NY, a house in Brussels, a palace in Nigeria and a French hunting château that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. He owns three private jets and is said to be worth about $8.7 billion. And the lady above is his daughter, 25 year old Abimbola Fernandez, who recently joined the music business.

She released her first single ‘Let’s Take It unclad’, just yesterday and aspires to be the next Rihanna.

“I think that, unfortunately, everyone’s perception of socialites has been pretty accurate so far, which is what I want to change. People think I’m exactly like Paris Hilton, that I do nothing, I don’t work for myself, I don’t make my own money, I just spend my dad’s money, and I’m a spoiled brat. I hope they’re not right.” Bim as she’s called explains why she’s following her passion and going into music


Aki spotted with Mikel Obi and Victor Moses

Amaechi, Kwankwaso, others can’t be APC states’ leaders – Shekarau


A former  Governor of Kano State and a leader of  the All Progressives Congress, Ibrahim Shekarau,  said on Tuesday in Kaduna that there was no ‘agreement’ between the five Peoples Democratic Party governors that defected to the APC and his party to make them leaders of the party in their various states. Shekarau, on a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria

Kaduna’s Hausa programme, Hanu da yawa monitored  in the state capital, said there was no existing agreement with the G-5 governors and the leadership of the APC to become automatic leaders of the party in their states.

He challenged the leadership of the APC to produce such an agreement, saying that the governors could not lead the party in the states.

The G-5 governors that defected to the APC from the PDP are – Murtala Nyako(Adamawa); Musa Kwankwaso(Kano); Aliyu Wamako(Sokoto); Abdulfattah Ahmed(Kwara); and Rotimi Ameachi(Rivers).

He noted that there was no meeting where such an agreement was reached  that the defected governors from the PDP  should be automatically made leaders of APC in their states.

Shekarau, who is also a  presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party in the 2011 general elections,  added that he wouldn’t have disputed the idea if it had followed the due process or if all the party leaders had met to agree on it.

He said, “I challenged our northern APC chairman Bello Masari to tell us the time, date and at what meeting it was agreed that the said state governors should be made chairmen of the party in their states. Is it at a meeting of 35 party members which was never held or was it at a meeting of party elders?

“Our National Chairman, Bisi Akande, only went with a few APC governors to meet with some PDP leaders and now they are talking of an agreement. Let him (Masari) provide the copy of the said agreement to newsmen to enable the public to know the content of the agreement and where it was agreed upon.”

Shekarau, who expressed concern over the development, explained that before he and other aggrieved members of the party complained on the said agreement, he had sought clarification from some party elders who told him there was no such an agreement.

But when contacted, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there was a subsisting agreement, to allow governors drive the process in the states.

He said, “We did agree with the new PDP governors that whatever rights our APC governors enjoy they would enjoy and prior to their coming, we agreed that governor in our states would drive the process and that the governors in the states would appoint interim chairmen.

“To that extent whatever our governors enjoy as soon as they became APC governors they will enjoy them and nobody can deny that.”

Culled from PUNCH.

PDP a sinking ship, Adamu Muazu the undertaker

 Written by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

The defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) has formally ruled out a return of its members and leaders to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as a sinking ship whose new chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has been saddled with playing the unenviable role of an undertaker. “We ordinarily wouldn’t have commented on the ongoing macabre dance in PDP,

having left the torn umbrella since November last year for the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the good of our nation. We are, however, forced to set the records straight following speculations occasioned by President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that the G5 Governors and some of us that have left the party would return following the forced resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and subsequent appointment of Alhaji Adamu Muazu our good old friend as the new National Chairman of PDP,” defunct nPDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said in a statement released in Abuja today.

Continuing, Chief Eze said: “For the avoidance of doubt, let me state unequivocally on the authority of the departed Governors and other stakeholders of the defunct nPDP that none of us, including the G5 Governors, members of the National Assembly or any stakeholder of the defunct nPDP, has any intention of rejoining PDP no matter the level of manoeuvring, coercion or enticement. We are not interested as we have left with the soul of PDP and Muazu can have the carcass of the party to revive if he has the ability. We are, however, convinced that he is doomed to fail but would only end up playing the unenviable role of an undertaker as PDP is a sinking ship destined to completely go under sooner than later based on the prayers of the good people of Nigeria and approved by God.”

We truly sympathize with our good old friend, Alh. Adamu Muazu as the PDP National Chairman as his woes started the very minute he was appointed when President erroneously stated that some of the G5 Governors that have left the sinking PDP will soon be back except Governors Amaechi and Nyako as Mr. president is so frightened by the principled and intimidating democratic credentials of these two forgotten that in the defunct nPDP we are one united family that cannot be separated and who are so determined to see to the end of the political misfortune that PDP has imposed on our nation.

The second woe of our good friend the new National PDP Chairman was the booby trap set up on the same day of his appointment by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom in his usual double game aimed to ensure that Alh Muazu fails in this onerous task, according to Chief Eze, was when he awarded to President Jonathan an unconstitutional third term in office as President before the unsuspecting NEC Members of PDP. What a useless venture!

“These people that ensured that Tukur was disgraced out of office are hell-bent to ensure that Muazu also fails in the onerous task that has been entrusted on his shoulders,” Eze said.

The defunct nPDP spokesman expressed joy that “Bamanga Tukur has come to the realization, though very late, that none of us in the defunct nPDP hated him as we did all we could do to help him out of his present predicament but, sadly, he cooperated with his true enemies to turn against his true friends that made us to set up the nPDP. What he saw in the hands of his fake friends when we departed the sinking PDP can now help him to know who his true friends are.”

Eze advised Muazu, “Instead of wasting his time trying to rebuild the ill-fated PDP, to concentrate on the formal burial of the party as nine more Governors and more lawmakers of PDP extraction are billed to join other progressive and patriotic Nigerians in APC in order to salvage our dwindling democracy that has nosedived to despotism under this administration before the end of March 2014. If he doubts this he can take a clue from what is currently going on in the National Assembly where the PDP is now playing the second fiddle.”

Eze said “it is a shame that PDP that prides itself as the largest political party in Africa is afraid of allowing the majority party (APC) to take its rightful place in the leadership of the National Assembly.” He described PDP’s recourse to the court on the issue as “an exercise in futility and postponement of the evil day.”

As for President Jonathan, the defunct nPDP spokesman advised him “to try and become a statesman and concentrate on governance and provision of elusive dividends of democracy to Nigerians and forget about whipping back to life a dead horse (PDP).”

He further said: “Mr. President should please tell us where our $49.8bn alleged to be missing or unaccounted for by the NNPC is, as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum maintains that it was not paid into the Federation Account. Treating the disappearance of such a whopping sum not minding the cries of Nigerians including the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the CBN Governor with a kid glove is condemnable and not acceptable. This is our money and we are entitled to know not only how it was used but where it is.”

On the Rivers State political crisis, Chief Eze told President Jonathan: “The ongoing orchestrated impunity in Rivers State, where the Police Command is being used to harass the Governor and the good people of the State can never be a wise political strategy. Listen to the good people of Nigeria and do the necessary before it will be too bad late.”

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

Defunct nPDP National Publicity Secretary,


Abuja club manager attacked after resignation

Popular Abuja club Manager, Uyi Ogbebor, was on Friday morning attacked at Wuse 2, Abuja days after he tendered his resignation letter as Manager of Cubana Club, Abuja.

We gathered that Uyi tendered his resignation letter following alleged irreconcilable difference between him and his partner.

However, few days after his resignation, two Range Rover sports purportedly driven by suspected gunmen intercepted him around Wuse 2, shot at his new bullet-proof BMW. On noticing that his vehicle was bulletproof, the attackers swerved to the other lane, around Etisalat office, boycotting traffic and causing heavy gridlock.

Uyi who is prominent in the setting up of different clubs in Abuja had told journalists that his attack was not connected to his resignation.  He said, “they could be some people trying to snatch my car or something.” photo1 He however took to his twitter handle to announce his resignation from Cubana, disclosing further that his resignation has already taken him to another level.

He said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit! So much fun with Klub Vaniti, unto the next level! You will hear from me soon”

He however did not disclose the next level, but it’s obvious he is up to something bigger.

Uyi, a social media expert is also a professional club Manager who was instrumental in the setup of Grotto, Abuja. He equally played a key role towards the establishment of the Klub Vaniti brand.

EJIGBO PEPPER SODOMY: 12-Year-Old Victim Speaks, Wants Death Penalty For Attackers


Nike, a 12 year old girl who was one of the three victims of  suspected OPC members who tortured 3 pepper sellers in Ejigbo, Lagos  state, for allegedly stealing pepper worth 50 naira, has advocated death penalty for the suspects for causing her step-sister’s death.
Channels TV reports: Nike, who was the third and youngest of the victims, appeared at the public  hearing ordered by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate the  incident which occurred in February 2012.

At the hearing, she  identified three men as the ones who tortured herself and her step  sister for stealing pepper worth 50 Naira.

She further revealed that one of the suspects (who was without a shirt in  the viral video) had promised to set a trap for her because she rejected his advances.
She identified the man who wore  jeans as ‘Tirin,’ the man who wore native attire called ‘ankara’ as  Jibola, the third man, ‘Abolore’ and ‘Baba Oja.’

She also said  that she witnessed the murder of a certain individual by the said men at the same location where they tortured her family members.


Nike, who was unaware of her sister’s death as a result of the severe  injuries sustained, was asked what penalty she wanted for the criminals  and she said “the people that kill somebody, they use to kill them.”


At the hearing, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly,  Adeyemi Kuforiji, redeemed the 1 million Naira promise made by the ad-hoc  Chairman to the family who helped in locating the victims. Part of the  money was given to the victims.

The case has been handed over to the Office of the Public Defender.

My Wealth Just Started – Iyanya


Iyanya in a new interview has revealed he became wealthy not too long ago. He  said shortly before he shot his kukere video, he had no money and moved  around in Lagos in cabs. But today, he has fleet of cars in his garage. Indeed God is good and He’s changing people’s stories. His words; Let me tell you something, God has blessed me with a range rover of 2010  and I have also driven 2013 and 2014 cars, it’s a blessing to me but I  am not a car freak. I still have a prado jeep that was given to me  recently. i still have a fond memory of that my Rav 4 and I still  wish it were right there in my garage

Man caught impersonating Okonjo-Iweala, Fashola’s wife on Facebook (PICTURED)


A 38-year-old man has been arrested for fraud after reports that he opened accounts on Facebook purporting to belong to prominent citizens.
Anthony Ezechukwu, was apprehended by operatives of the Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for defrauding unsuspecting  citizens by cloning the Facebook accounts of Finance Minister, Ngozi  Okonjo-Iweala and the First Lady of Lagos, Abimbola Fashola among  others.
The suspect is said to have used these fake accounts to gain  monetary benefits by fraudulent means after promising his victims  connections with other influential Nigerians.

Uwujaren explained that Anthony cloned the facebook  accounts of Mrs. Fashola, Okonjo-Iweala, Aisha Bala-Mohammed, and the  Director of AGIS and used them to lure and swindle unsuspecting victims. The EFCC spokesman alleged that the suspect sent out messages  with the cloned accounts of the prominent ladies and directed  unsuspecting Nigerians, who tried to be

Uche Kalu Joins Adanaspor On Loan

Exclusive: Uche Kalu Joins Adanaspor On Loan
 Nigeria international Uche Kalu has joined Turkish 1 Lig club Adanaspor on loan for the remainder of the 2013 – 2014 season.

The 26 – year – old striker has seen his first team opportunities limited at Rizespor in the ongoing campaign, having made 8 out of a possible 17 appearances in the Super League.

He has now signed for Adanaspor to increase his chances of playing on a continuous basis.

But the former Enymba start still has to compete with Ergin Keles, Thiago Bezerra, Umit Tütünci and Omer Karancı for a spot in attack.

Adanaspor are currently placed 17th in the standings with 15 points in their kitty after 20 rounds of matches.

Photo Credit : @Adanasporweb Twitter account

Ex Golden Eaglet, Udo Fortune Returns To Singapore

Official : Ex Golden Eaglet, Udo Fortune Returns To Singapore
Indonesian Super League campaigners Persib Bandung has completed the signing of former Golden Eaglets attacker Udo Fortune.

The 25 – year – old has committed his future to the Blue Prince for the next one – year after rejecting the overtures of Albanian side Kukesi, who had offered him peanuts.

Shedding more light on the deal is Johnson Nwankpa, who mentors the former Balestier Khalsa star.

“Udo Fortune signed a one -  season deal where he will earn good money, twice as much as he earned in Israel with Ramat HaSharon.

“He made his debut in a cup game with Mitra Kukar yesterday and he was on target.

“You know he trained with Kukesi and the club from Albania offered him poor wages contrary to what we were told before he went there, so we turned down their offer,” Johnson Nwankpa told allnigeriasoccer.com.

Udo Fortune is not an unknown quantity in Singapore, having previously starred for Sporting Afrique, Thessenson Khalsa, Balestier Khalsa, Arema Cronous and Persikab Bandung .

He has been handed the number nine jersey for the 2014 campaign.

Photo Credit : persib.co.id

Thousands of protesters throw stones, disrupt Nigeria gay trial

Thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court in a north Nigerian city Wednesday, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11 men arrested for belonging to gay organizations.

Security officials fired into the air to disperse protesters in Bauchi city so the accused men could be safely returned to the prison. Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu closed the court abruptly.

“No one can be sentenced to death until confirmed without a reasonable doubt,” Aliyu said in response to calls for the men’s execution.


The court was arraigning seven of 11 accused men on Wednesday. Only three had given testimony when the mayhem began.

The defense counsel was unable to submit an application for bail, and the rest of the defendants were unable to give testimony. It was unclear when the arraignments would resume.

The same court last week convicted a young man of sodomy and had him publicly whipped with 20 lashes, and fined before being freed. The court said it was lenient, sparing him the sentence of death by stoning, as he had confessed to one instance of sodomy many years ago and had not committed any homosexual acts since.

Though he was tried under Islamic law, his was the first conviction of a gay man in Nigeria since the president signed a bill that further criminalizes homosexuality under the penal code. He was among 12 arrested in Bauchi the past few weeks.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act that President Goodluck Jonathan signed on Jan. 7 has resulted in a frenzy of arrests of gays. The law bans all gay associations, with penalties up to 14 years’ imprisonment for marriage.

Bauchi state has both a Western-style penal code and Shariah, or Islamic law, in which sodomy can carry the death sentence with a judge deciding whether it should be done by a public stoning or by lethal injection. Shariah law is implemented to different degrees in nine of Nigeria’s 36 states. About half of the country’s more than 160 million people are Muslims, the other half Christians.

The law has earned international condemnation.

How Militants’ Got N50,000, AK-47 Rifles to Disrupt Anti-Amaechi Rally


The rampaging militants, who disrupted the pro-Rotimi Amaechi’s Save Rivers Movement (SRM) rally on Sunday at Bori, Rivers State, each got N50,000. They were given AK-47 assault rifles by politicians, it was learnt yesterday.

Impeccable sources in Bori, the traditional headquarters of Ogoni land and the seat of Khana Local Government Area, yesterday indicated that the militants decided to wear masks, since they were mobilised from the area by desperate anti-Amaechi politicians.

The sources also revealed that brand new AK-47 rifles, with each costing almost N500,000 were given to the militants, who were familiar with the terrain.

It was also gathered that the militants, mostly youths between 20 and 35 years, were assured of more “operations,” with the intention of making Rivers state ungovernable and Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to completely lose focus.

An ally of Amaechi, also yesterday, raised the alarm that some ex-Niger Delta militants had concluded arrangements to commence massive protests in Port Harcourt today, to pave the way for the declaration of a state of emergency in Rivers state.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers council, condemned Sunday’s militants’ attack on journalists, especially those from the Channels Television, who were in Bori for the live transmission of the SRM’s rally lost valuable items.Their vehicles, including the Outside Broadcasting (OB) van, were vandalised.

The Council of Orashi Ethnic Nationality in Rivers state also demanded an apology from Amaechi and the people of Ikwerre ethnic nationality, for recommending the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, to President Goodluck Jonathan as a minister. Amaechi and Wike are Ikwerre.

The NGF chairman’s ally, who is a top Rivers government official, but would not want to be named, also confirmed in an interview in Port Harcourt yesterday that the protesting ex-militants intended to lock down the Rivers state capital and besiege government offices, for President Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in the Niger Delta state and force Amaechi out.

The Rivers governor’s associate said Wike and his supporters, in collaboration with the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, were behind the plot to cause a breakdown of law and order with the use of the ex-militants, to be coordinated by some “ex-Generals” (former warlords).

It was also learnt that part of the plot was that immediately after the declaration of the state of emergency, a retired soldier from Rivers state would be made a military administrator and the Presidency would make it difficult for Amaechi to return as governor.

The appointment by President Jonathan, for the first time, of a Rivers indigene, Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Bipiduonyeofori Minimah, as the Chief of Army Staff, according to the source, was part of the plan by the Presidency and the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to take over Rivers state in 2015 at all costs.

The associate of the NGF chairman said: “The anti-Amaechi protests in Port Harcourt may escalate into fiery street battles, between the anti-Amaechi demonstrators and the teeming supporters of the Rivers Governor.”

The NUJ, Rivers council, yesterday in a communiqué issued at the end of its emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, following incessant attacks on journalists in the state, and signed by the Chairman, Opaka Dokubo, and the Secretary, Stanley Job Stanley, described the ugly situations as unacceptable.

Rivers NUJ said: “Journalists are professionals carrying out their duties, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other International Charters, of which Nigeria is a signatory. Journalists are not interested parties in the political crisis, currently rocking Rivers State.

“We condemn the attack on journalists working for Channels Television on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Bori, during the botched SRM rally. We recall similar attacks on journalists working for TV Continental (TVC), The Sun newspaper, Rivers State Television (RSTV), and Rhythm 93.7 FM, Port Harcourt, among others.

“We find this situation unacceptable and urge political parties, groups and their followers to engage in their activities and leave journalists alone to practise their chosen profession. We also condemn a situation where policemen and other security agents attack journalists or even standby and watch, while journalists are being attacked by hoodlums.

“We call on the police and other security agencies to ensure the safety of lives and property of all Nigerians in Rivers State, irrespective of their political affiliations. We also call on the police and other security agencies to ensure the protection of journalists operating in the state, in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.”

The NUJ, Rivers council, also warned that should the incessant attacks on journalists in Rivers state continue, it would take appropriate steps, including the withdrawal of the services of its members.

While demanding an apology from Amaechi for recommending Wike as a minister, the council of Orashi ethnic nationality, through its Director, Media and Publicity, Ndu Nwobosi, declared that the ex-Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt (Wike) was not only a cog in Rivers wheel of progress, but a selfish and mischievous person.

The Orashi group noted that the quest for power by Wike, the Director-General of Amaechi Campaign Organisation in 2011 and two-term Chairman of Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers state, had turned him into a vessel for the destruction of the people and hijacking of their resources.

The council of Orashi ethnic nationality said: “We wish to advise the people of Ikwerre to request the removal of Wike as a minister, to save the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality from further embarrassment. With the turn of events, Rivers people would have been comfortable without an Ikwerre minister.

“Against the warning of President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Amaechi insisted that Wike must be made a minister. The option left for the Rivers State Governor is to apologise to the Rivers people, for the trauma his action has caused.

APC Govs Have Performed Better Than Their PDP Counterpart – Imo Deputy Gov, Madumere

His Excellency, Deputy Governor of Imo State flanked by Members of Rochas-Madumere Governorship Network 2015 when the group paid him a courtesy  visit

His Excellency, Deputy Governor of Imo State flanked by Members of Rochas-Madumere Governorship Network 2015 when the group paid him a courtesy visit

Imo Deputy Governor has called on Nigerians to be part of the revolution going in the country with emergence of the All Progressives Congress for the long desired change.

Addressing a group that paid him a courtesy visit, he said there is need for proper scrutiny on the performances of the the APC Governors vis-a-vis Governor Okorocha in comparison with the twelve years of PDP in Imo State.

He commended the group for their choice to support Owelle Rochas Okorocha led administration while requesting their prayers and promised to relate their entreaties to Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

Earlier, the leader of the group under the aegis of Rochas-Madumere Governorship Network 2015 said they have thrown their weight behind the re-election of Governor Rochas and his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere come 2015.

The Leader of the group, Mr. James Ononugbo said the group’s quest to work for the return of the duo is not unconnected to the monumental achievements of Rochas Okorocha led Rescue Mission Government.

The group however called on the Governor to drop his idea of going for the presidency saying they are happy worth he has done so far and would prefer having him complete the good work he has started.

The group recounted the rot in the system before the emergence of Owelle Rochas Okorocha led government. The Coordinator of the group, James Ononugbo who said he was of People’s Democratic Party enumerated the difference between the present government and the twelve years of PDP government.

Re-Governor Peter Obi’s Media Attack Against Governor Rochas Okorocha

Press Release

The attention of the Imo State government has been drawn to the media attack credited to the Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi which was published by some national dailies on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  Governor Obi had spoken through his Chief Press Secretary [CPS], Mr Mike Udeh.
In the media attack under scrutiny, Governor Obi’s Press Secretary described Governor Okorocha as Rabble – Rouser and an ingrate.
Governor Obi’s anger was that Governor Okorocha had, while addressing the South-East leaders of All Progressive congress, APC, said Anambra politicians have not been playing their politics to assist the Igbos to achieve their goals in the entity called Nigeria, a development he said, was encouraged by politics of cash and carry.
In reacting to that report credited to Governor Okorocha, one had expected Governor Obi to join that debate thrown up by governor Okorocha by saying whether what Governor Okorocha said was true or false.  He left such a healthy debate and resorted to insults and abuses.  Those who have what it takes to sustain a debate do not attack people over issues.  Again, truth is always bitter.
Governor Obi is an executive governor and an illustrious Igbo son, and I cannot follow the example of his Chief Press Secretary to insult him.  Insulting him would tell others that we do not respect our leaders.  But one fact remains obvious; Governor Obi needs a quite time to think aloud on Governor Okorocha’s claims.
It should also be stated that APGA was down until Governor Okorocha came.  Even APGA in Anambra could not breath well beside occupying the Government House, Awka until  Rochas Okorocha came and gave the party another governor, a senator, two House of representative members and majority of the members of the Imo state House of Assembly in a state APGA could not have a councillorship seat for years.
Governor Obi should rather be grateful to Governor Okorocha for bringing back APGA to life.  If Rochas didn’t come into APGA, the party would have continued to stagger, thinking about which leg to put forward first.
Governor Obi is serving out his second term of 8 years and Rochas is only less than 3 years in office as governor, he should look at the politics in Imo and Anambra, in the South-East and Nigeria in General and say between two of them who is “analogue” and who is “digital”.
Governor Okorocha had related and still relating well with most Igbo leaders than any other person in Igboland.  He was very close to Sam Mbakwe before he died.  He was also very close to Ikemba Ojukwu till his death.  Today, he might be the closest to Igbo leaders like Chief Mbazulike Amaechi and others.
And a man who has always identified with the less privileged in the society, the blind, the cripple, the poor, the widows, could not be said to be arrogant.  His vibrancy, doggedness and popularity were by governor Obi as arrogance.
Again, only those who have all it takes and see themselves qualified to run for the office of president nurse such ambition.  Lazy or analogue politicians do not nurse presidential ambitions.  That would mean taking more than they can chew.  One does not pursue or nurse ambition for a position he feels he does not qualify for.
Governor Okorocha had run for Mr presidency in the past and has continued with the ambition because he is qualified and the ambition is legitimate to the glory of God.  The presidency is not for “born-boys” or those always sucking political breast to survive.
In Imo State, the government has a culture.  The culture of not attacking people in the media.   Hence, for the two and half years of the Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration, it has not abused or insulted anybody in the media.  Governor Okorocha has also been known for blessing those who attack him and his government in the media.  And Governor Obi’s case now won’t be different.  May God also bless Governor Obi for attacking Governor Okorocha over an innocent comment.
Governor Okorocha or his government does not join issues with anybody
It should also be stated clearly that those who knew what transpired in 2011 would acknowledge that Chief Victor Umeh never supported the emergence of Governor Okorocha as APGA candidate in Imo.  And governor Obi  never came to Imo, as a sitting governor of APGA to campaign for governor Okorocha also
showing that he didn’t want him as the candidate of APGA.  They knew all these, but  success attracts a lot of friends.
It is also laughable that Governor Obi had talked about Governor Okorocha riding on the back of Chief Martin Agbaso to become governor.  Chief Agbaso is an illustrious Imo son and he has no personal problem with Governor Okorocha.  But for the sake of this debate, Chief Agbaso had run elections with the APGA ticket for the governorship in Imo but could not make it.  Rochas came and broke the long existing jinx to the glory of God.
Finally, the Chief Press Secretary to governor Obi should know that the man he is working for is a governor and that demands that he should be careful in the  choice of words to avoid words meant for touts; especially when writing about certain levels of people.
May God continue to bless Governor Obi.  We congratulate him on his new office as the National Leader of APGA.
Sam onwuemeodo
SSA Media to the Governor

“My Man Can’t Cheat On Me Because I Satisfy Him In Everything” – Angela Okorie


Ex Delta soap model cum actress, Angela Okorie in a chat with Sunday Express Entertainment speaks on the issue of husbands cheating on their women.

When asked if she can ever leave her matrimonial home on the bases of infidelity, the pretty actress responded:
“In the first place, it will take a lot before my husband can go for another woman. That can only happen when I don’t satisfy him in everything, which I do. It is only when a woman does not satisfy her man in everything that he goes in search of other women. I’ve never caught my husband with another woman, so I don’t believe all men are polygamous in nature. I don’t think so. There are good men and I married one.” Do you agree with Angela Okorie?

Soulja Boy ARRESTED For Possession of a Loaded Gun


Soulja Boy was arrested in L.A. early this morning after cops say he was packin’ a LOADED GUN.
Law enforcement says the 23-year-old rapper was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over in the San Fernando Valley for a running a stop sign early Wednesday morning.
During the stop, cops say they noticed that Soulja was in possession of a loaded gun and arrested him on the stop.
Soulja was hauled to a nearby jail — he’s currently being booked.
Soulja has a history of run-ins with the law — he was busted for weed back in 2011.

After 86 days in detention, court frees Bayelsa man accused of defaming Governor Dickson on facebook

Mr. Okio was imprisoned for criticizing the Bayelsa State governor on facebook

A business man, Tonye Okio, who was imprisoned for allegedly criticizing the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, on his Facebook account, has finally been released.

Mr. Okio, a former Abuja liason officer for Bayelsa State, was arrested on October 26 for what the police described as an “offence of seditious publications”.

His lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, numerous Nigerians, and civil rights activists described the charge as spurious and a show of the high-handedness of the governor of Bayelsa State.

Mr. Okio was detained without trial for 10 days and after a human rights abuse suit instituted by his lawyer, he was hastily charged to a Magistrate Court for defamatory publication against the Bayelsa governor.

The magistrate granted him bail on conditions described by a civil society activist as ‘ridiculous.’ Mr. Okio’s bail conditions included N5 million with one surety in like sum. The surety, the judge said, must be a permanent secretary in the state and resident within the court’s jurisdiction.  Human rights lawyer and the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Aturu, said the condition was “like granting bail with one hand and taking it away with another. “Given the subservience of our public officers today, unless a member of his family or acquaintance was a permanent secretary, it was clear that the conditions could not be met. And precisely that was what happened”.

Mr. Aturu said the defendant’s family searched in vain for a permanent secretary that would risk his position by offending Governor Dickson and standing as Mr. Okio’s surety.

Sources close to the Bayelsa State government had also told PREMIUM TIMES that no permanent secretary under the state’s employ dares stand as surety for Mr. Okio out of fear of the governor.

Mr. Okio’s legal team filed an application at the Nembe Division of the Bayelsa High Court to demand a variation in the bail conditions.

The court reportedly fixed three consecutive days for hearing and was unable sit on any of those days in what was seen as a deliberate attempt to delay justice for Mr. Okio.

But on January 21, after 86 days, numerous adjournments and several interventions by the civil society, Justice Buofini of the Bayelsa High Court quashed the bail conditions, rendering Mr. Okio a free man.

Mr. Aturu praised the Mr. Buofini’s decision, even as he expressed his initial disappointment with delay of the court’s decision.

“I commend the High Court judge for privileging citizens right over petty schemings of politicians, although we were initially disappointed that the case was not expeditiously treated, given that the liberty of a citizen was involved,” Mr. Aturu said.

He said he hopes the case would show public officers that they can no longer use their positions to intimidate Nigerians.

Mr. Aturu spoke about the importance of social media and online journalism in a democratic society.

“…the social media and Internet journalism has come to stay. It is technology’s contribution to democracy, openness and justice in our epoch. There is nothing anyone can do about that,” he said.


D’Banj is my boy-OJB Jezreel

dbanj ojbOJB jezreel the beat maker of 2Face’s ‘African Queen’ hit single who just completed his kidney transplant, lamented further that he, not Don Jazzy, made D’Banj as generally believed.

We can recall that during the ‘Save OJB Jezreel’ campaign championed by Nomoreloss, which was aimed at raising fund for OJB’s kidney treatment in India, there were reports that D’Banj donated an amount of money for the cause which OJB vehemently denied and implied that D’banj used his ordeal as a publicity stunt for the latter’s music career – an allegation D’banj neither accepted or denied! Speaking on Sunday during a thanksgiving service in Lagos to celebrate his successful kidney treatment.

In his words he said “quote me, we launched D’Banj’s music career and not Don Jazzy. D’Banj is my boy. He was always in my studio. Ask him when you see him and he won’t deny this. I knew about how he went to JJC in London. I also launched JJC. I don’t see the need to continue to celebrate him because he didn’t do anything to help me when the chips were down.”

Musiliu Obanikoro And 11 Others For Ministerial Screening Next Week

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The Senate may next week start the screening of the 12 ministerial nominees sent to it by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, stated this in a text message to our correspondent on Tuesday.

Asked to be specific on the exact day next week, Abaribe said, “I don’t have that information.”

Senate President David Mark, read two separate  letters  containing the names of the ministerial nominees, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs, shortly before plenary in Abuja.

The nominees are a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana,  Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos); ex-National Security Adviser,  Aliyu Gusau(Zamfara); former Adamawa State Governor Boni Haruna and Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Aminu Wali (Kano).

Also on the ministerial list are Mohammed Wakil (Borno);  Hadjia Jamila Salik (Kano); Lawrencia  Mallam (Kaduna);    Akon   Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom);     Abdul  Adesiyan (Osun);  Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto);   Tamuno Danagogo (Rivers) and Asabe  Ahmed (Niger).

Jonathan   explained that he sent the  letter containing the names of the nominees  to the Senate in accordance with Section 147 (2) of the  1999 Constitution   as amended.

In the  second letter,  the President also asked the Senate to confirm for immediate appointment,   Air Marsha Alex Badeh as   new CDS ;  Maj.-General Kenneth Minimah as  COAS; Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin as  CNS and Air Vice-Marshall Adesola Amosu as CAS.

The  Senate resumed  plenary on Tuesday after a month of Christmas and New Year holidays. Contrary to fears that there would  be  tension in the chamber  following   threats by some aggrieved PDP  senators to defect to the All Progressives Congress,  deliberations   went smoothly.

All the people behind the defection threat  like Senators Bukola Saraki   and Mohammed Jubrilla, maintained their seats in the two PDP rows in the red chamber despite their declaration that they had joined the APC.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe,  who briefed journalists after the  about two and a half hours session,  said there was no defection in the Senate as was being speculated.

He said, “We had our plenary without mention of defection,  but the point is that all matters that were  brought to the Senate would  be dealt with on the floor   according to the laws and rules guiding our  debates.”

Abaribe explained that the Senate President, David Mark, had enjoined his colleagues not to see politics as a do-or-die and pledged that the National Assembly  would  on its part, continue to see   the interest of Nigeria as a priority.

He said despite the fact that political activities  would  be heating up,  the Senate would  not allow itself to be carried away from its primary responsibility to Nigerians.


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Senator Magnus Abe,who is recovering after being shot at a rally in Rivers has condemned the attack against him and his supporters.

The senator expressed his outrage at the incident in a letter written to the Senate President, David Mark.

Senator Abe was hit with a rubber bullet when police officers invaded the rally organized by the Save Rivers Movement in the state capital, Port Harcourt, last week.

According to SaharaReporters:

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Honour Sirawoo, Senator Abe (Rivers South-East Senatorial District) lamented that instead of implementing the UNEP report on Ogoniland, the Federal Government choose to arm youths with guns worth millions to kill fellow human beings.

He expressed gratitude to friends, well-meaning individual Nigerians and groups for their support following his ordeal, and thanked them for their prayers, phone calls, solidarity messages and support, praying to God for their protection in these dangerous times.

Having faced violence before and emerged victorious, he called for forgiveness as well as focus on set goals, stressing that the law as impossible as it may look today, will one day take its course.

“Every gun has a life span of over a hundred years, our politics may change,” he said. “As today’s friends become opponents tomorrow, the guns will also change hands; but they will still remain lethal, even against their present owners.”

Abe, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) maintained that rather than encourage violence in order to gain relevance in politics, he will continue to arm his supporters, just like his children, with school fees, laptops, prayers and the fear of God.

See part of the letter below:

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Celebrates With Widows & Orphans

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and friends brought huge smiles to the faces of orphans and widows in Lagos, December 2013 to celebrate Christmas season.

The actress hosted her Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP) Give and Let Give Event.

Her husband Captain Matthew Ekeinde as well as OYEP Role Model 2013 Omowunmi Akinnifesi, widows from the OYEP 20 Widows Makeover were also present at the event. It was a double celebration for Omotola as the site of the event is a multi-million Naira property with two buildings on Mobolaji Bank Anthony, Way, Ikeja, which the actress recently acquired.

It was indeed a fun day, with dances from various groups and musical performances.

Check out the photos..



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Image Source – Sync Photos

It’s tougher here than in U-17 – Alampasu

By Jacob Ajom

Award-winning FIFA U-17World Cup goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu has described his stint with the Super Eagles as an eye opener but insisted that he is cherishing every moment of his stay in camp.

’’There is a big difference between the U-17 and the Super Eagles. It is tougher here in the Eagles, but I am happy with what I have learnt here although I know this is just the beginning for me,’’ he said.

The promising goal tender said he will remain patient until his moment will come when he will be asked to man the post. ‘’I am the youngest and I am happy learning from my seniors. But if the opportunity knocks, I will not disappoint,’’ he promised his fans.

He said he was stunned when he was invited to the national team and eventually got picked for the CHAN tournament. ‘’I know it is everybody’s dream to play in the national team but I never knew mine will be as fast as it turned out.’’

He regretted the absence of his two other colleagles from the U-17 team, Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi who were also invited to the Eagles camp. Alampasu believes Iheanacho would have made the team if he stayed iin camp. ‘’I am sure he would have proved his worth. But it was Awoniyi’s dropping that affected me so much because he is one player we understand each other and have played together for long. I felt sad the day he was  dropped but the coach knows best, it can’t be possible for everybody to be in the squad.’’


Remove Mbu, face more crises in Rivers, Ikwerre Assembly warns FG


From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

The political impassé in Rivers State is daily gaining momentum, with pro and anti-Governor Chibuike Amaechi groups organising rallies in the state. Yesterday, the four Ikwerre speaking local government areas (Emuoha, Port Harcourt City, Ikwerre and Obio/Akpor) in the state, shut down Port Harcourt in a peaceful protest, against calls by pro-Amaechi supporters for the removal of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu.

The protesters, who stormed the state capital as early as 6am in many buses, warned the Federal Government against heeding the demand of those perceived to be enemies of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, threatening that they would shut down government establishments in the state.

Inscription contained in some of their placards read: ‘Joseph Mbu, go ahead, restore peace in Rivers State’, ‘Amaechi’s government has failed’, ‘Wike, God bless you’, ‘A South-South man cannot betray his brother’, ‘Tinubu enough is enough’, ‘We will not support impunity’, and ‘Thank  you IG for leaving Mbu for us’.

All the protesters coming from different areas converged on the popular GRA Junction, by Port Harcourt-Aba Road in the state capital.

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Ndigbo Can’t Realise Their Dreams In APGA-Okorocha

Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum and the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has told Ndigbo that their dreams of making progress in the present political dispe…nsation in the country is not realisable in his former party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA).
Okorocha made the assertion over the weekend during the inauguration of the south east executive council of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Owerri.
According to Okorocha it is only Ndigbo who can redeem themselves from their present marginalisation in the country and enjoined them to join the APC to correct the situation .
“Progress of Nigeria is in the hands of Ndigbo, and it is only Ndigbo that can redeem themselves. We can never realise our dreams in APGA , they have kept us in the dark for too long, that is why I have said that APC is the best party for Ndigbo,” Okorocha stated.
The governor while appealing to his party members to work for the common goal of the Igbos urged them to disregard the notion that APC does not have notable names of Ndigbo in the hierarchy of the party, noting that the party is set to inject new generation of credible politicians into the party.
He stressed that lack of synergy among the old breed politicians in the south east has been responsible for the disregard of Igbos in the politics of the country.
“Essence of APC is to bring new generation change in the country. APC would produce new crop of Igbo leaders that would bring progress to the country, the disagreement of our past old leaders have put Ndigbo at the back seat,” Okorocha said.


**Party threatens to Cancel N480 million Contract contract with Channels, over Station Allowing Opponents to Appear on Channels..

Senator Kaka’s Interview with Channels TV have angered the leadership of APC and Ogun state Governor Ibikunle Amosun blasts John Momoh the Chairman of the TV station. The Governor is now threatening to Cancel… the N480m Retainer-ship Deal with Channels TV.

If feelers coming from Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta is anything to go by, it appears all is not well between the CEO of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

It was gathered that Governor Ibikunle Amosun, in the spirit of reading riot acts to all his opponents, was said to have called the Channel’s boss to give him tongue lashing over his approval to allow Senator Kaka appear on the television station inspite the multi-million naira deal between the Ogun State government.

Visibly angry Amosun, it was gathered had threatened John Momoh that he might have to cancel the N480 million deal being paid to the television station in instalments of N20 million every month to do hatchet job for his administration.

According to the source, although they could not tell the reaction of the Channel’s boss, but from the way the governor sounded, it appear that Mr. Momoh was humbled by the call, with a promise not to repeat such in the future.

Amosun was also quoted to have called the man an ingrate who does not appreciate all the assistance he has been rendering to the station including the tarring of the road that led to the company premises.

The source further said Amosun threatened that other stations have equally sought his assistance in similar deal but have chosen Channels out compassion for the MD.

His words, “I pay other stations far less to what I am paying you with the belief that you will publicise our activities and black out any of our opponents. Believe you me, when such happens again, I will cut off this deal which I believe your station badly needs at this time.
How much did Fayemi pay you in Ekiti? Just N20m to bring your programme to his state. And I pay you N20m every month, yet you give space to my enemies to come and start speaking rubbish against all the good works we have been doing in the state.

list of persons nominated for ministerial positions by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Here’s a list of  persons nominated for  ministerial positions by Pres.Goodluck Jonathan.

1.Mr. Boni Haruna from Adamawa 2. Mrs Akon Etim Eyakenyi from Akwa Ibom 3. Hon Mohammed Wakil from Borno 4. Lawrencia Labaran Mallam from kaduna 5. Ambassador Aminu Wali from Kano 6. Hadjia Jamilia Salik from Kano 7. Senator Musiliu Obanikoro from Lagos 8. Asabe Asmau Ahmed from Niger 9. Alh Abduljelili Oyewale Adesiyan from Osun 10. Dr T. W. Danagogo from Rivers 11. Dr. Khaliru Alhassan from Sokoto 12. General Aliu Gusau Mohammed (rtd.) from Zamfaralist

Reps In Free-for-All Over House Leadership


The House of Representatives chamber was thrown into confusion today as minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila referred to the deputy leader of the House, Rep Leo Ogor, as ‘deputy minority leader.’ The Daily Independent has reported


The lower chamber is still rowdy as members of PDP have risen to kick against that and rushed to Gbajabiamila’s seat, while APC lawmakers have also risen to his defence.

Stay with us for the updates shortly.

How Shomolu residents live in fear

For three nights running, a gang of 50 to 100 armed robbers have allegedly unleashed terror on residents of the Shomolu area of Lagos. The gang known as the EFCC Boys move from house to house robbing helpless residents at will.

Investigations revealed that the gang stormed a two storey building about 1.30 am last Wednesday at Moshalashi Street. They also attacked 42 Apata Road and a beer parlour at Dabira Street where they robbed patrons of cash and other valuables.

Residents, many who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, also said that the gang also carried out another robbery last Thursday morning at Bailey Street, Alafia Street, 54 Apata Street, and even on Adeola Street close to the Alade police station.

A witness said, “these boys are mostly teenagers and they move in droves of 50-100 at a time. Their modus operandi is that they rely on their large numbers. They will storm a house and rob from street to street without any hindrance from the police. For the past days we have been in their bondage and we are fed up.”

Attempts made to reach the police were unsuccessful as various calls went unanswered.

How Protesting Youth grounded Port Harcourt

Hundreds of youths of  the Ikwerre Youths Assembly  grounded the central area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital to a halt. The protest was centred along Aba Road, and we gathered that it was  as a result of the recent incident involving a current Senator, Magnus Abe

The youths  caused a traffic jam in protest at the alleged lies told by the Senator. They say that he was not shot as claimed, and some are demanding he step down from office.

Protesting youths gather on Aba Road in Port Harcourt. 21/1/14.

We Didn’t Mean To Hurt Jim Iyke – Helen Paul

Several month after actor, Jim Iyke, was allegedly ‘delivered’ at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos, the ripple has yet to die down, especially after comedian AY turned it to a skit.

Iyke reacted negatively to the scene, which also featured Helen Paul, saying, “People cross the lines sometimes for relevance. It disappoints if it comes from people you deemed to have self respect. Classless.”

However, Helen, commenting on the situation, said the skit was just a joke and not necessarily meant to hurt Jim Iyke even as the video has gone viral.

“It is just a joke. I am an actress and a senior colleague called me for a job. I was given the script and I acted my part. We did not mean to hurt Jim Iyke. In the skit, I was portrayed as a prostitute but that is not what Helen Paul is about,” she said.

According to her words, the alleged ‘deliverance’ was something that was highly discussed in the society and that was probably why he was mentioned in the skit.

The actress stressed the fact that the skit was purely for humour purpose and not malicious in any way.

Meanwhile AY refused to comment on the issue as he and Iyke are friends.

It has been provided by Saturday Beats that when the video went viral and the news broke early in the week, AY contemplated on a response but later said that he and the actor were friends and would settle their differences like friends do.

The said video had thousands of views on YouTube and Jim Iyke’s comment came a few weeks after the comedian’s channel was ranked as the number one most watched channel in Africa.

Gunmen Shot Dead APC Leader, Engr Akeem Jimoh

Gunmen Shot Dead APC Leader, Engr Akeem Jimoh

Gunmen Shot Dead APC Leader, Engr Akeem Jimoh

Gunmen have shot dead the ex-chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Lagos Engineer Akeem Arowolo Jimoh who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Our correspondent gathered that the late Jimoh was killed at his residence on Kelani Street, off Adealu Street, at Dopemu in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday.


A family sources revealed that the robbers stormed the area at about 2am ransacked his residence and demanded some money.

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Anti-Gay Law: US Threatens To Sanction Nigeria And Pull It’s Support Programmes

Leading western countries piled pressure on the Federal government, yesterday, following President Goodluck  Jonathan’s signing of the Same-Sex Prohibition Act 2014. The latest country is the United States of America, whose Ambassador to  Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle threatened that  the United States will  scale down its support for HIV/AIDS and anti-malaria programmes in  response to the Federal Government’s position on the gay rights issue. Member countries of the European Union and Canada have expressed their  objection to the law but United States Ambassador to Nigeria said he was worried about “the implications of the anti-same sex marriage law which seems to restrict the fundamental rights of a section of the Nigerian  population.” This came as a former Nigerian Ambassador to US,  Dahiru Suleiman, yesterday, described homosexuality and lesbianism as  “animalistic and degrading to humanity.” Also yesterday Christians in the northern part of Nigeria under the aegis of Christian  Association of Nigeria in the 19 northern states an Abuja,  hailed  President Goodluck Jonathan for signing into law the anti-gay bill,  urging him to ignore criticisms from Western nations, saying all  religions in the country are united in their condemnation of same-sex  marriage. In a reaction to the recent move of government to outlaw homosexuality from this country, the Public Relations Officer of  Northern CAN, Elder Sunday Oibe told Vanguard that Christians from the  North and their counterparts in other religions have unanimously  expressed gratitude to the president and the National Assembly for  passing the Anti-Same Sex Marriage despite opposition from Europe and  the US. Speaking to news men in Abuja, yesterday, the American  envoy said his interpretation of the new law was that “it could  negatively affect the nation’s fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic”.  Although the US envoy denied that his country plans to impose sanctions  on Nigeria, he said:  “We and other donors are looking at the issue of  funding for HIV/AIDS. As you know, we put millions of dollars in the  fight against HIV/AIDS. “Although I am not a lawyer, I read the  bill and it seems to me that it may put some restrictions on what we can do to help fight HIV/AIDS
in this country. These are the issues we are  looking at as we consider the law.” The signing of the Same sex  Prohibition Act by President Jonathan on January 7, 2014 has provoked  negative reactions from member countries of EU, Canada and now the  United States all of whom have alleged that the law is a violation of  the fundamental human rights of Nigerians with same sex orientation. Ambassador Entwistle said  he was aware that “the issue of same-sex marriage was  very controversial all over the world, including within  the United  States where 17 states out of 50 had endorsed it, but others still  reject its legality”. According to him, “the issue that we see and I am  speaking as a friend of Nigeria is that as I read the bill, it looks to  me that it puts significant restrictions on the freedoms of assembly and expression; in my opinion which applies especially in advanced  democracies, once government begins to say something in these areas,  freedom no longer applies. It seems to me that this is a very worrisome  precedent.”

“I am not a thief, my problem is spiritual” – Actress, Yetunde Akilapa



Upcoming Nollywood actress, Yetunde Akilapa was allegedly caught  trying to burgle a house located at 16 Ibitoye Street, Magado, Lagos on  Sunday, January 12. She was badly beaten by residents of the house and  photos from the incident sent to the press. (Pictures above)

It was her second stealing incident in one year. In February 2013, the  actress was involved in a home break-in incident in the  Shomolu area of Lagos for which she was allegedly arrested, prosecuted  and remanded  at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison for six months. Just two months after she was released, she was caught stealing again. But Yetunde says she’s not a Kleptomaniac, that her problem is spiritual.
“I am not a thief. I didn’t steal anything. I dont know what is happening to me. I  have every reason to believe my problem is spiritual. I can’t even  explain the circumstance I found myself. People should not ruin my life  and career. I am fed up with life. I am not what people think I am. I  have never been to Kirikiri Maximum Prison as alleged. God please help  me out of this mess! As I am speaking with you now, I am in Ibadan, Oyo  state seeking the face of God and I believe I would get out of this  dilemma one day. I am not a kleptomaniac. I have not stolen anything”  she told Encoimum magazine.
Yetunde was also rumored to have been banned from the Odunfa  Caucus of the Yoruba Movie Industry, an allegation she refuted stating  she had called her bosses and they said such a decision was never  taken.
She said ‘There is nothing like that. When I heard that rumor, I called all my bosses, and they said there was nothing like that. So it’s just a rumor. People are only interested in fueling issues because of  my situation. Nobody banned me from acting”.
Reacting to the ban allegation, Yomi Fabiyi who is a member of the  Odunfa caucus spoke on behalf of the group.

“My opinion is that the association has procedures. With the report highlighted on social  media, it looked half baked. To me, half truth is worse than a lie. I  want to believe if she was caught with stolen items, the items must have been stated. She said they found her with four keys and nothing suggest the keys fit into any of the doors there. The association would even  have to investigate the matter, especially when the reporter seem to be  filing his report on a third party account. If there was any ban  whatsoever, where is the proof? Then who banned her from acting? The  association does not condone crime in any form and will act on authentic information. So Yetunde Akilapa to me has not been banned, But that  will be investigated if necessary” Fabiyi told Encomium magazine

Counsel to Yetunde Akilapa, Barrister Bosun Osifowora released a statement on the issues about Yetunde’s theft story, her  alleged Kirikiri prison detention as well as her ban from the Odunfa  Caucus of the Yoruba Movie Industry.
His statement reads:

“We write to expressly correct the impression  that Yetunde Akilapa has been banned or suspended. She has not received  verbal or written notice to that effect. Yetunde is sorry and remorseful that her name is involved in such things. She has very much regard for  the industry and Odunfa Caucus, more reason she fights hard to always  clear her name. It is ridiculous to suggest she wil be expelled when it  is abundantly cleared that she has been cleared of any wrong doing but  needs physical and spiritual help. There is no dignity fighting someone  on the floor.

We also like to correct the following impressions:

* Yetunde was never in Kirikiri prisons during the first case. The matter was  charged to court and bail application was granted  and condition met  same day which the media was aware of. The case lasted three months and  she attended court from home, not from custody.

* There was nothing like master key and on no account did the  police say the keys found on her were compared to the key hole of the  rooms in the hosue and it opened. Why are journalist feeding people with stories so untrue? They were her keys, just four pieces.

* On this second case, whoever broke the news lied. Yetunde was  never accused of stealing. The accuser suspects she may have been sent  to drop some fetish substance. Must lies sell stories?

* The  case got a twist when in an effort to prove her innocence of diabolical  intentions, she confidently stated she is a budding actress. One of the  guys googled her name and found the previous story, hit her in a swift  reaction, hence she fainted. The guy has since apologized.

* It was on this note that the police was informed and the matter  was settled and it was abundantly clear her accusers were also at  fault. One thing now led to another until it dawned on her, after public accusation she began to realize she is in the wrong place.

* We are all Africans, efforts are in top gear to find a lasting  solution to this menace. She needs your prayers, not your persecution  now.