State creation will quell cry of marginalization in South East – Bishop Ezeokafor


The Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has commended the delegates at the on-going National Conference for approving the creation of more states in the country, especially for the South-East.

Ezeokafor, who spoke with journalists during a pastoral visit to St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Owerre Ezukala, Orumba South LGA of Anambra State, said the creation of an additional state in the South-East would put it at par with other zones and quell the cry of marginalization from the zone.

“State creation is something that has been in the air for quite sometime now, the larger the population of the people, the more need there is for state creation. The more states we have, the more we can cut down on ethnic differences and problems”, Ezeokafor said.

He said that the population of the people of the South-East was growing rapidly, and as such there was need for more states, without regards to the land mass, which seems to be small.

“There is need for more states in the South-East, if we have the same number of states with other regions, the cry of marginalization from the people of the zone will be less”, he added.

Speaking on the call for amnesty for members of the Uwazuruike led Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) and the Biafra Zionist Federation, (BZF), Bishop Ezeokafor stated that as much as he was not in support of the attempt by the members of BZF to forcefully seize a radio station in Enugu, they were still not the main threat of the country.

“I do not support their style by trying to seize a radio station forcefully, but I also believe that it is their right to ask for anything they desire. They have not done well, but they are still not a threat to this country.

“The biggest headache of Nigeria is the Boko Haram sect, and I think the federal government should channel more energy into fighting them and leave MASSOB and BZF alone. I support amnesty for them, and I think the federal government should look into this”.

NULGE Flays Confab Over Scrapping Of LG


The South East zone of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has slammed the delegates to the ongoing National Conference for recommending the scrapping of local government system.

The union noted that the decision will not only drag the country to a dark era but also work against the poor.

Rising from a zonal meeting in Umuahia, the union expressed concerns that delegates to the Confab were trying to upturn the decision of Nigerians who voted for the autonomy of local government councils.

In a 4-point communiqué signed by the National Vice President, Comrade Eze Idima and 10 other officers, NULGE, South East zone condemned in its entirety the recommendation by the Confab to scrap the local government system.

According to the union, such an action will throw away all the gains already made in the Local Government system from 1976.

It also blamed the recommendation of the Confab on state governors accused of handpicking delegates to annul the system, so they could continue to r*pe local councils by hijacking their allocations from the federal government.

The union also condemned in strong terms the use of transition committees to administer local government councils by some states, describing it as an aberration.
“This recommendation, apart from being retrogressive, will drag the country to the native administrative era, with its attendant disadvantages,” the union lamented.

It also frowned at the proposed takeover of revenue windows of local government councils by Abia State government,.

The union contended that the practice ran contrary to the government’s position that councils’ internally generated revenue be increased. [Vanguard]

No Explosive Found On Man In OAU Hostel, Says Osun Police


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The Osun State Police Command have denied reports that a man, identified as Rasaki Adebayo, was found with explosives at the Awo Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Adebayo was reportedly apprehended by some students of the university and handed over to the police on Wednesday, July 9.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, the Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Folashade Odoro, affirmed the development but denied reports in a section of the media that the suspect was caught with explosive substances.

“It is true a man was arrested but he was found with a gallon of kerosene- not petrol mixed with chemical as reported – and stove which he says he wants to use and cook. No IED was found on him”, Mrs. Odoro, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, told the online newspaper in a telephone chat.

The police spokesperson said Mr. Adebayo was still in custody but could not say when he would be released.

It would be recalled that an explosion was recorded in Ile-Ife, which residents first feared was a bomb, but police later confirmed to be caused by fireworks.

Military Re-opens Maiduguri Airport For Sheriff As Ex-Gov Dumps APC For PDP


Ali-Modu-SheriffAfter weeks of speculation, former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, on Monday in Maiduguri, the state capital, confirmed that he was defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The ex-governor, who arrived in Maiduguri alongside several members of the National Assembly and was received at the airport at about 2 p.m. by a mammoth crowd of supporters from both the PDP and ruling APC.

He was thereafter accompanied by a convoy of hundreds of cars from the Maiduguri airport to his Giwa Barracks Road home.

Confirming his exit from the APC to journalists who interviewed him in his house, SAS, as he is fondly called, said he also came to pull his “people” out of the APC.

“There is nothing to hide as you can see, I have come to consult with my people on our resolve to pull out of the APC and join the PDP. But this is just a private visit which turned out to be some kind of rally because our supporters wanted it that way”, the former governor said.

“We are still consulting with the national officers of the PDP on how to go about it, because the pull out is going to be big, and we hope to organise it after fasting. Presently, as you can see, majority of our people are fasting and praying for peace to return to our dear state. But after the Ramadan we will come back and pull our people out of the APC”.

Asked why he was dumping a party he helped built, Mr. Sheriff, who was one of the chieftains of the party reportedly schemed out at the just concluded national convention of the party, said the APC was not inclusive.

“The game has changed both in Borno and at the national level. APC has no solid foundation; a party cannot be built around an individual”, Mr. Sheriff said.

“I have taken time to study the package called APC and came to realise that it won’t work. And any serious politician, who knows his onions would not want to be in a ship that is bound to crash”.

“For now we are in high-level consultation with our people and also with the PDP national officers. It is sad that our people here are in serious want; I came and saw many of them in serious difficulties, and we feel pained that we have to do something fast to assist them. We have no option now than to come and tell them that we are sorry, that we brought them a wrong party, but now we have come to correct our mistakes”.

Speaking on how he helped make his erstwhile political godson, Kashim Shettima governor of the troubled North-East state, Sheriff said: “Kashim Shettima was my commissioner for four years before God gave us the opportunity of assisting him become the governor of Borno state in 2011. It cannot be doubted that I took him round the 27 local government councils of Borno and sold his candidature to the people before he was accepted and voted as governor.

“But now the game has changed, and we have no choice than to do what the people of Borno State want; we know there was too much sufferings but we call on the people to be patient. We all pray that God should bring us peace so that Borno state can regain its name once again as the home of peace”, he added.

Sheriff’s visit to Maiduguri by air comes barely 24 hours after the Governor Shettima left the state capital for Abuja by road, as the military insisted the airport was closed for security reasons.

Hausa, Fulani Communities Warn Boko Haram Against Attacking Bayelsa


Abubakar-ShekauHausa and Fulani communities in Bayelsa State have warned the Boko Haram sect against launching an attack on the state.

The communities, who gave the warning through the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), urged the terrorist group to jettison any plan it has of attacking any part of the South-South state.

The state leadership of ACF also said it had commenced routine checks on northerners living in the state to identify strangers among them.

The security Committee Chairman of ACF, Mr. Kutcheti John, spoke at a security summit organised at the weekend in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The summit was organised by the state Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Desmond Agu.

John said routine surveillance on northerners in the state was part of measures initiated by ACF to stop members of the sect from gaining access to Bayelsa.

He, however, noted that terrorist attacks executed by members of Boko Haram had become a global issue.

The ACF chieftain also advised that for the country to surmount the challenges of Boko Haram, it should not be treated as a local or domestic issue.

Niger Delta Communities To Shut Down Oil Production Over Looming Earthquake


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Former governor of Bayelsa State and delegate to the ongoing national conference, Chief Diepreiye Alamieyeisegha on Monday said that the Niger delta communities were planning to shut down oil production in the region to forestall a looming earthquake and other natural disasters.

Alamieyeisegha who spoke on point of information stated that the information he gave was an offshoot of a meeting he had with leaders and elders of the oil producing, weekend.

The former governor who is representing his state said that between the last 58 years and now, a minimum of 1.8 to 2 million barrels of crude oil has been extracted from the Niger delta on daily basis.

“Leaders of oil producing communities in the Niger delta met with me over the weekend and asked me to convey this information to the conference. In the past 58years a minimum of 1.8 to 2million barrels of crude oil is being extracted on daily basis.

“The consequence is that we have started experiencing earth movement in their environment and that there is going to be earthquake or tsunami very soon in their land. In other jurisdictions when this volume is removed liquid of specific gravity is been injected into equalized or stabilized the geology of the area.

“In recent times there was gas flaring all the coast of Bayelsa. Over a month the heat was so much that all the villagers evacuated the region.

“For one month the oil companies could not clamp the gas flaring so they fear that they don’t have the capacity to withstand any earthquake in that environment and I can inform you all that they will take the option of shutting down production in that area till concrete arrangement is made with the oil companies to guarantee the stabilizing of the environment,” he said.

Army Chief Confirms Soldiers Desertion, Pleads For More Time, Citizens’ Support In War Against Insurgency


CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, LT.- GEN.  KENNETH MINIMAH, INSPECTING A PARADE, DURING A PARADE  IN HIS HONOUR,  AT INFANTRY CORPS IN JAJI, KADUNA, ON FRIDAY (21/3/14).

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Monday said the Nigerian Army and other security agencies cannot afford to lose the war against insurgency and terrorism in the country.

Speaking in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the three-day Chief of Army Staff’s Third Quarter Conference, Minimah pleaded for support and understanding of members of the public in the fight against terrorism.

He acknowledged that the citizenry expected a quick end to the war against terrorism, but stated that the challenges posed by the insurgent groups were enormous yet surmountable with time.

Minimah said: “Our nation is today faced with enormous security challenges. The upsurge in incidents of terrorism has shifted the focus of the general public to the Armed Forces, particularly the Nigerian Army.

“Our activities are increasingly coming under public scrutiny. While a lot of patriotic Nigerians have continued to support the Nigerian Army, others have used the opportunity to cast aspersions on our competence, integrity, and ability to rise to the occasion.

“The Nigerian Army is performing and I also know the expectation of the Nigerian citizens; the expectation is rather in haste. We need some time, we need patience.

“We are fighting terrorism, we are not fighting a conventional war. The Nigerian Army is a conventional army, we are also fighting terrorism. The terrorist is someone you don’t know; maybe someone who sold food to you or fruits to you in the morning, by afternoon, he is a terrorist.

“We are having all that interplay in the battle fronts in the Northeast. We have to be cautious to separate the terrorists from the law abiding citizens. We also have the human rights to protect because you just don’t go out and start killing people and say they are terrorists. Some of them are also innocent Nigerians.

“We are bound by all the international treaties of human rights. Therefore, we need time. I know the expectation of the Nigerian citizen is that this thing should have been over by yesterday but the reality is that it couldn’t have been over by yesterday, because of the structure and dynamics of fighting this type of terrorism.

“We are fighting Nigerian citizens; we are not fighting foreigners so caution must be excersiced. But I appeal that we will certainly surmount it, but we also need that support from the nation and from all the segments of societies of the nation, and from the people including the media”, the Army Chief said.

On the allegation that the military is not well equipped to fight the insurgency, the COAS disclosed that the military is not only well equipped but getting more equipment on regular basis.

“Yes we have equipment, and the federal government is also introducing fresh and newer equipment to us, which in a few time will be home”.

Confirming media reports that some soldiers were deserting the war front, he said, “Desertion is part of warfare; we must accept that, since the time immemorial, soldiers have deserted from battle field, now in our own case, we are doing requirement now, we are also receiving persuasions from across, of people who wants their wards their interest to be enlisted in the army.

“Now if we don’t have a through recruitment, mind you there is high level of unemployment on ground, most people want jobs, if that job means joining the army fine, it’s a source of employment, but when the reality of military service comes he drops his riffle and runs away. So desertions will continue to be there, we had desertions in ECOMOG, the Nigerian civil and now, it will continue to be there”.

Jonathan Commiserates With Wada Over His Father’s Death


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President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada and the government and people of the state on the passing away of the father of the governor, Pa Wada Ejiga at the age of 100 years.

According to a statement yesterday by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, the President described the late centenarian as a worthy son of Kogi State who contributed in no small measure to the educational development of Igalaland in particular and the state in general.

Jonathan implored the bereaved family and the people of Kogi State to take solace in the fact that the late Pa Ejiga lived a very happy and fulfilled life as a community leader and a devoted father.

He said, “As a family man, he succeeded in nurturing his children among whom is Governor Idris Wada, to prominent positions that had given them the opportunity to make lasting impact in society”.

The President prayed God Almighty to comfort the bereaved family members, their friends and well-wishers and grant the soul of the departed peaceful rest.

The late Pa Wada has been buried according to Islamic rites in his hometown of Odu, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Nigeria Is In Trouble – Femi Falana


Chief Femi Falana (SAN) has reminded delegates at the ongoing National Conference that Nigeria was in trouble as the demand for Nigerian oil by foreign countries continues to drop.

The human rights lawyer, who is also a delegate at the conference noted that there was an increase in the oil production of some countries like Angola. Other countries like Kenya and Uganda have also found oil and are planning to go into commercial production.

“The government of Nigeria has fallen into problems as regards getting buyers for our oil. As of today the united states of america has stopped buying our oil because it has got an alternative and before now the total import for the U.S was about 10% of fuel imported to the U.S. Most West African countries have struck oil. Angola has increased its production, we believe that the crisis in Libya and Iraq would cause problems with respect to oil production and it has proved to be true and as a matter of fact the crisis has stopped oil production.

“And presently Europe is experiencing oil blocks and India that we have been pleading with to buy our oil is now turning to china Russia and Indonesia. Currently President Putin is going round the world assuring more countries that they are going to give them oil and gas. Currently Nigeria is in trouble. So when we are talking of sharing we need to take this into cognizance that there will be nobody to buy our oil,” he stated.

Yenegoa Residents Decry Wave Of Robbery


Residents of Yenegoa, the Bayelsa state capital have raised alarm over the rising wave of robberies and burglaries by a criminal gang which uses a sleep inducing substance suspected to be Ketamine.

The criminal gang, it was learnt, before robbing their target blows the powdery substance into the homes to make them sleep off.

A victim of the criminal gang, who works with the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri said he was robbed of his valuables, including laptops, mobile phones and jewellery at the weekend.

“We noticed there was a residue of white powdered substance by the window. The window burglary proof was cut and the footprint of the hoodlums were noticed on the leather sofa by the window,” said the victim.

Ketamine is used mainly for starting and maintaining general anesthesia (induced coma).

The powder must have been blown into the house to make the victim fall into a deep sleep, reports Vanguard, citing a medical source.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command Alex Akhigbe, said though the report of such development had not been made known by victims, the command will investigate and ensure that the criminals are brought to book.

Stop proposed registration of Northerners in South East – Elder statesman warns Jonathan


Former governor of the defunct North-Western state and a delegate representing Gombe State at the National Conference, Alhaji Usman Farouk, has called on the President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government to prevail on South-Eastern states to rescind the decision to register northerners residing in the states.

Speaking to journalists in Kaduna, the elder statesman said the decision to register northerners was unconstitutional, as every Nigerian has the right to live anywhere within the country.

“We are appealing to the federal government to stop this illegal policy. People should not be treated as foreigners,” he said.

“If the federal government fails to address the matter, northern states may likely start the registration of Igbo people and their assets. The northern states will reciprocate this gesture in the same manner. And if this happens, you can imagine how the country will look.”

He also said the federal government must pay back state governments the funds spent on tackling insurgency and other security matters.

“Northern states have spent so much on security, judging from the vehicles procured for security agents, accommodation and other things.

“In fact, in my estimate, between 1999 and now, the expenditure is about N3 trillion. This includes 18 states plus Abuja. Under our law, national security is the responsibility of the federal government; this means that whatever a state governor incurs should be refunded when the crisis is over because he had no vote for that purpose.”

He said apart from refunding the money, the federal government should adopt the 3RS Policy (Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation) of the Gowon administration after the civil war “because the situation we find ourselves now is similar to that of the civil war.”

Farouk said the recommendation by the national conference to return missionary schools taken over by the state governments after the civil war in 1970 to their original owners was baseless, just as he said the allegation that Muslim leaders instigated the takeover of the schools by government was unfounded.

“It was the decision of the Supreme Military Council headed by General Yakubu Gowon for the state governments to take over all abandoned property after the civil war and pay compensation. Thereafter, Obasanjo made it a Decree.

“In fact, the Attorney General of the North West directed that all the abandoned property, including schools be valued and government pay compensation which we did. Out of the 26-member Supreme Military Council, only six were Muslims and out of the 12 state governors then, only four were Muslims,” he said.

He added that the Gowon administration further changed the federal colleges to unity schools and built at least one in each state to foster national unity.

According to him, each university was mandated to admit a quota of students from other states while the National Youth Service Corps was also established to improve on national unity.

He said the inability of delegates at the national conference to conclude on resource allocation was unfortunate.

“My committee was in charge of devolution of powers and at the end of the day, the 26-members headed by the former governor of Akwa Ibom with former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Comassie as co-chairman did a thorough job on resources allocation including the formula on derivation fund. But it was at the plenary that it all got out of hand,” he said.

On the recommendation for the creation of more states at the national conference, the former governor said the constitution must be adhered to.

Sevilla Land Liverpool’s Aspas on a Season-Long Loan


Liverpool striker Iago Aspas have joined Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla on a season-long loan.

Sevilla have been handed the right to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the 2014/15 season. with a three-year deal already in the frame.

Spaniard Aspas joined Liverpool from Celta Vigo for a fee of £7m last June but failed to impress, scoring just once in 14 matches- nine of them as substitute- for the ‘Reds’.

Iago Aspas Joins Sevilla on Loan.

His move back to Spain is subject to passing a medical.

Liverpool have agreed a £75m deal with Barcelona for the sales of Louis Suarez, and are closing in on a £20m deal for Benfica’s Lazar Markovic.

On completion of Markovic’s deal, the Serbian would become their fourth signing following the arrivals of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton and Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

Ibinabo Fiberesima to wed in December


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President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria and ex-beauty queen, Ibinabo Fibersima is set to walk down the aisle.

According to reports, the 43 year old Actress would be tying the nuptial knot with her fiance in December, 2014 in Port Harcourt.

Ibinabo, who is currently in the United Kingdom on holiday with her man has decided to keep the identity of her man away from the public but maintained he’s actually her love while in the University of Ibadan.

Confirming the news, Ibinabo told Movie Moments thus; “It’s my first wedding ooo! We are soulmates and I am totally convinced that he’s the one. God has answered my prayers again. I’m blessed, that is all I can say. I can’t reveal the identity but yes, he’s my University days love. We would be tying the knot in Port Harcout, Nigeria.“

Ibinabo once had a relationship with movie Producer, Fred Amata and they have a daughter together.

Civil war: Ndigbo demands N2.6trn compensation from Nigerian government


The Igbo nation has demanded for a reasonable compensation from the Federal government over the injustice its people suffered during the civil war. It said the government should pay its people N2.6 trillion as compensation.

This demand is coming barely a year after the Ohaneze Ndigbo, a pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization demanded for N2.4 trillion from the Federal Government as reimbursement and compensation to Igbo nation in the five South East states and Anioma in Delta State, who lost their loved ones and property during the 1967-1970 civil war.

Backing the earlier demand, south east delegates at the ongoing National Conference said the former Eastern region and part of the former Mid-West region which are now in South-East and South-South zones were centres of war, with high level of devastation that brought untold hardship to their citizens.

In a document titled: “Atrocities and Injustices against Ndigbo: Ohaneze demand for Reparation” which was shared with the amendment to the proposed National Intervention Fund, the delegates said it was incalculable to put a price on the death of millions of Igbo who were killed in the civil war and other occasions.

They said, “The case of the South-East, which bore the full brunt of the civil war for 30 months, is particularly tragic. Most of it remained a wasteland, despite General (Yakubu) Gowon’s declaration of the three ‘Rs’, Reconstruction, Rahabilitation and Reconciliation.

“The federal government should pay N400 billion each to the five states of the South East as compensation to those who lost loved ones and properties and those still suffering dislocation today in Nigeria. The same amount should also be paid to the government of Delta State for the benefit of Anioma area of the state.”

The motion was sponsored by former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a delegate on the platform of Elder Statesmen, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu, and 14 others. The Igbo stressed that the demand became imperative following the “atrocities and injustices committed against Ndigbo in Nigeria over a long period.

They noted that, “All fair minded citizens of this country will agree that the former Eastern Region and part of former Mid West Region, which encompass the present day South- East and South- South zones of Nigeria were theatres of the civil war which devastated the two regions and brought untold hardships on their citizens.

The case of the South-East, which bore the full brunt of the civil war for thirty months, is particularly tragic. Most of it has remained a wasteland, despite General Gowon’s declaration of the three “R”, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation.

“Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the country, and especially in the North East Zone has brought up the issue of reparation and reconstruction in whatever guise, to the fore and the National Conference through its Committee on Devolution of Power has tackled it headlong.

Since what is good for the goose is good for the gander, the Conference cannot afford to ignore the yearnings of our people to rehabilitate and reconstruct the war divested South-South and South-East zones through the proposed National Intervention Fund or through any other integrated platform or plan available to the Federal Government.
“Several panels set up by the Federal Government, including the Oputa Panel, had approved reparation for war damages, but till date, this has not been addressed.”

In their requests, they said, “since the proposed National Intervention Fund is to address the vexed issues of devastation and upheavals caused by an act of war or by outright war itself, that the South East and the South-South zones be adequately taken care of by the fund in terms of the physical infrastructure, rehabilitation, development and other losses resulting from the civil war ans that the Federal Government sets up a body to work out agreed reparation to settle the civil war issue once and for all.

The delegates demand that, “Since the proposed National Intervention Fund is to address the vexed issues of devastation and upheavals caused by an act of war or by outright war itself, that the South-East and South-South be adequately taken care of by the fund in terms of the physical infrastructure, rehabilitation, development and other losses resulting from the civil war.”

PHOTO: Afrocandy Was So Scared She Got Almost Naked


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SHOWING HER B00BS: Rihanna celebrated Germany winning the World Cup by lifting up her top [Picture]


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Man Arrested In Connection With Bombing Of Kano School Released – Police


suspected-kano-bomberThe man arrested in connection with the June 23, 2014 bombing of the Kano School of Hygiene, which left no fewer than eight persons dead and 20 others injured, has been released.

The man, identified as Nasir Maikudi Isa, a nurse working with the Federal College of Agriculture, Kano, was arrested at the scene of the blast by irate youths as he purportedly tried to escape.

The police had shortly after the blast, announced the arrest and a picture of Isa, eyes blindfolded and being led into a waiting police vehicle, went viral on the social media.

However, a report by Daily Trust indicates Isa was released by the police authorities after his culpability in the deadly explosion could not be established.

“It is true that we have released him. We did that based on the fact that after our investigation we found out that he has no hand in the incident. We discovered that he went there as one of those who were there to collect their admission letters. His colleagues in his office came and we have every reason to release him”, the report quoted the state police commissioner, Adenerele Shinaba as saying.

Rihanna Parties With Football Legend, Pele In Brazil – Photos


Leave it to Rihanna to make the most of any vacation. The singer who has shown she is an avid football fan with all her Live twitter comments during the Brazil 2014 games is presently in Brazil to enjoy the remaining part of the World cup tournament.

She is seen here ‘infecting’ football legend, Pele with her larger than life Persona…..

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Messi Deserves World Cup Golden Ball, Says Sabella


Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says Lionel Messi deserves the adidas Golden Ball award as player of the 2014 World Cup tournament, despite failing to add the World Cup winner’s medal to his cabinet.

Messi failed to put Argentina ahead seconds after the break, letting his usually lethal left foot pull a poor finish across goal, with the South Americans in dire need of a winning goal.

In spite of the skipper’s subdued performance at the magnificent Maracana, Sabella said the Barcelona forward has already registered his name among the pantheon of true greats of the game.

Lionel Messi Flanked By World Cup Golden Gloves Winner, German Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, During Sunday's Trophy Presentation Ceremony at the Maracana. Image: AFP.

“He deserves it because he played an extraordinary World Cup,” said Sabella. “He was a fundamental factor in the team making it to the final, along with everything done by his other team-mates.

“The World Cup is a highly demanding tournament and as for his reputation, he is in that pantheon among the greats. But he was there before – he has been there for quite some time.”

Sabella admits his side had wasted too many opportunities to clinch the final in regulation time, with Gonzalo Higuain blasting Argentina’s best chance in the first-half wide, while Germany triumphed in extra time via Mario Gotze’s volley.

Sabella added: “The players are bitter and sad because we had a huge dream having made it all the way to the final. We needed to be more clinical and I am sad just like the players.

“Beyond the pain of the defeat in the final they can look themselves in the eyes and say they gave everything for Argentina.

“We have an extraordinary group of players, these were warriors. I congratulated the players because they left every drop of sweat out on the field. They gave their all.

“I am very proud, the boys played an extraordinary World Cup and improved as they advanced through the stages and they gave everything for the Argentina jersey.

“I think that this was a very tough match, Germany started better and handled the ball well and is a great team.

“The match had its up and downs but we had the clearer chances. I congratulate my players for their extraordinary work and congratulations to Germany on the title.”

The coach however refused to be drawn into his future with ‘La Albiceleste’ saying: “I cannot speak about the future, the future for me now is to be with the players and my people – the coaches and my family – and to rest a bit. I don’t know what to say about the future.”

Chika Ike Looks Red Hot As She Attends Nkiru Sylvanus’ Movie Premiere – Photos


Nollywood actress who has been off the movie scene is back with a bang as she premiered her movie ‘The Voice’ yesterday. The movie tells the story of how Nkiru was kidnapped last year.

While it was Nkiru’s day, we know all eyes were on actress Chika Ike who flaunted her new toned figure in a lovely fitted red dress……

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Shakira, Rihanna, David Beckham, Others At The Brazil World Cup Final – Photos


Singers Rihanna, Shakira, football legend Pele, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and David Beckham were amongst the celebrities who attended the World Cup finals in Brazil.

David Beckham attended with his three sons, Gisele attended with her American football quarterback husband, Tom Brady, while Shakira attended with her son.

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Beckham with his sons
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Gisele Bundchen and Puyol
Gisele with her husband Tom Brady
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Shakira with her son
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, left, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, center, and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel

Tiwa Savage and Teebillz’ PDA At Elegushi Beach – Photo


The celebrity couple took a ride to the beach to cool off. After working so hard, the peaceful ambiance of the ocean is needed……

Tiwa Savage and hubby/manager have had a very busy year, from one show to another

 

 

Bring Back Our Arrested Warriors Or No #BringBackOurGirls, Shekau Tells FG In New Video


Abubakar-ShekauLeader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, yesterday, in a new video clip obtained by AFP and seen by our correspondent, vowed to hold on to the Chibok schoolgirls in captivity until the federal government frees his men currently in various detention facilities across the country.

Shekau, who appeared in the 15-minute-long video fully kitted in military fatigue with a black band wrapped around his head and an AK 47 rifle slinged across his bulletproof-covered chest and surrounded by a handful of armed fighters in masks, read his message from a spiral bound document.

Delivering his message in Arabic, Hausa, unflattering English and a bit of his native language, Kanuri, the terror kingpin, who stood in front of an imposing military armored tank and other ones apparently seized during his numerous raids on military formations, appeared happy and confident as he often interjected his message with cynic leers, song and even attempted some dance steps.

Shekau said his group was responsible for the bombing in the nation’s capital, which he called ‘filthy’, Kano, Jos, Konduga (Borno State) and the recent explosion in Lagos, which he said was carried out by a female suicide bomber but according to him, was attributed to a fire accident by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.

Shekau, who heads an organization that was recently reported to be worth about $70 million, revealed that he personally led last Sunday’s attack on a military formation in Damboa that led to the death of several soldiers and policemen, among them a lieutenant-colonel and a divisional police officer (DPO).

Deriding his country of birth, Nigeria, and its constitution, Shekau mentioned some notable terrorist organizations’ leaders in the Middle East, whom he said are his comrades in struggle and jihadist brethren.

Part of his message reads: “Nigerians are saying that BringBackOurGirls, and we are telling Jonathan to bring back our arrested warriors, our army (laughing). The Miyetti Allah too is talking. Let them bring back our own soldiers or no BringBackOurGirls”.

(Speaking in faulty English and ostensibly to President Goodluck Jonathan), he continued: “Tell me who you are; I am reading the Quran, and you are reading the constitution; I am reading the rules and regulations of the Quran, and you are doing that of the constitution, the book of Lord Lugard, the book of Tafawa Balewa.

“We have recovered several arms from the Damboa military base attack including armored tanks and Kalashnikov rifles. (Pointing at the stolen arms) Look at what God has given us free of charge; we filled our vans with ammunition like sands. This is what is called religion and worship. (singing) I am a trouble to the people of the west, Nigerians and a good news to the believers)”.

The video ended with the terrorist raising an AK-47 rifle with one hand and firing shots into the air severally using the rapid action mode.

There has been no official reaction from the security agencies to the latest video by Boko Haram, whose present leader, they claim is an impostor as the real Abubakar Shekau has died from gun battle wounds.

I’ve The Capacity And Political Will To Stop Akpabio From Imposing His Stooge On A/Ibom – Ambassador


Assam EkanemAs the race to succeed Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State gathers momentum, Nigeria’s Ambassa­dor to Russia and the Belarus, Chief Assam Ekanem As­sam (SAN) has signified his intention to resign and contest the governorship election in 2015.

Assam, who stated this at the weekend while ad­dressing hundreds of his sup­porters from the 31 local gov­ernment areas of the state at his country home in Idua, Eket LGA, stated that he would tender his letter of resignation to President Goodluck Jonathan by next month (August).

The aspirant vowed to stop Akpabio from imposing his stooge on the peo­ple of the state during the 2015 governorship election.

Assam, who denied the rumor that Presi­dent Jonathan had asked him to withdraw from the gover­norship race, boasted that he would go ahead and con­test and win the race for the Akwa Ibom State Government House.

According to him, his en­try into the governorship race would disrupt the succession plan of Gov. Akpabio whom he said was hell-bent on imposing his suc­cessor on the people of the state.

“I have the energy, capacity and political will to stop Ak­pabio from imposing his suc­cessor because I have always said; Akwa Ibom people are too republican for an outgoing governor to impose a governor on them”, he boasted.

The ambassador, who stressed that the only person he was contesting the governorship office with was Akpabio, added that the day the governor decides to play the role of a neutral observer, he would have no opposition on his way to the Hilltop Mansion, Uyo.

“I want to tell you all that the only person I will contest the governorship with is Akpa­bio and the day he withdraws from the race I will have no opposition. Akpabio is the only obstacle to a free and transparent party nomination and election but I am glad be­cause the Peoples Democratic Party has started the process of a free and fair nomination and election”, Assam said.

Assam promised to revital­ize and reposition education to international standards, local­ize the economy, industrialize the state, create jobs for the teeming unemployed people, fight corruption and stop capi­tal flight if voted in as gover­nor.

2015: Our Agitation To Produce Next Rivers Governor Justifiable – Ogoni Ethnic Nationality


GOV. ROTIMI AMAECHI PRESENTING A SOUVENIR TO PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF OGONI TRADITIONAL RULERS, KING GODWIN GININWA

The Ogoni people of Rivers State have restated their demand to produce the next gov­ernor of the state come 2015.

While commending the leadership qualities and development strides of Governor Chibuike Amae­chi in Ogoniland, they said their demand was justifiable.

Their position was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day Mini Congress of Ogoni Ethnic Nationality, organised at the weekend by the Supreme Council of Ogo­ni Traditional Rulers at Saa­kpenwa, headquarters of Tai Local Government Area of the state.

In the same communi­qué, the Ogonis decried the delay in the implementation of the United Nations Envi­ronment Programme (UNEP) Report on Ogoniland by the Federal Government, almost three years after it was made public.

The communiqué, which was signed by the President of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, King Godwin Gininwa; a delegate to the ongoing Na­tional Conference, Justice Peter Akere; the Gberemene Gokana Kingdom, King Barnabas Bagia; Gbenemene Babbe Kingdom, King Frank Noryaa; the paramount ruler of Ogale Clan in Eleme, Chief Godwin Bebe-Okpabi, representatives of MOSOP, KAGOTE and women, de­manded the immediate implementation of the report.

The communiqué read in part: “The Ogoni people as a distinct and one of the largest ethnic nationalities in Rivers State,  are very peaceful and have contributed tremendous­ly to the growth and devel­opment of Rivers State and Nigeria, through its (Ogoni’s) natural resources and human capital;

“Despite our huge contri­butions to the peace and sus­tenance of Rivers State and Nigeria, we have been delib­erately oppressed, neglected and marginalised socially, politically, economically and otherwise.

“We are deeply troubled by the delay in the implemen­tation of UNEP Report by the Federal Government of Nige­ria, almost three years after it was released, and therefore, passionately demand imme­diate implementation of the report.

“Our agitation to produce the governor in 2015 is justi­fiable; we, therefore, seek the understanding, cooperation and support of other ethnic nationalities in Rivers State, in the spirit of justice and re­ciprocation of Ogoni previous support for others”.

Confab: N/Delta Youths Might Take Up Arms If North Refuses 18% Derivation Fund – A/Ibom Delegates Warn


DELEGATES DURING THE HEATED DEBATE ON THE CONTROVERSIAL REVENUE SHARING FORMULA AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ABUJA THURSDAY

Ahead of the rounding-up of the ongoing National Conference in Abuja on Thursday, delegates from Akwa Ibom State have warned of a looming crisis should their northern counterparts frustrate efforts to adopt the 18 per cent derivation fund recommended by the Consensus Group for oil-producing states.

A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by a former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Chief Nduese Essien, on behalf of the delegates, warned that the series of existing agitations by youths of the region might degenerate to a full-blown war unless the current 13% derivation fund for the oil-producing states was jerked up.

The delegates said, “There is a strong possibility that the Niger Delta region agitation could again snowball into an orgy of violence if the logjam on derivation principle at the National Conference is not resolved on the basis of justice and fair play.

“Besides, recent attempts to resurrect the onshore/offshore dichotomy and to make political capital out of the issue have further heightened tension in oil- bearing communities that have witnessed persistent oil spills, gas flaring and constant devastation due to the oil drilling activities of the multinational oil companies.

“Based on comments attributed to people from a certain part of the country, it is pertinent to indicate that the people of Akwa Ibom State and indeed the Niger Delta region are disappointed by the posturing of people from a certain section of the country and would resist attempts by persons or groups to use the satanic policy to blackmail the region”.

The Akwa Ibom delegates quoted some sections of the constitution to back their argument.

They argued that Sections 134 and 140 of the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions respectively, which formed the groundwork for the country’s independence and nationhood, had provided that Nigeria’s continental shelf of 200 nautical miles be deemed to be part of a region for the purpose of paying 50 per cent derivation.

“The two constitutions had provided that for the purpose of derivation, a state that has a coast is deemed to be the owner of the continental shelf. But through Decree 9 of 1971, the then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), had introduced the onshore/offshore dichotomy. From that time, the policy had been abolished three times. The first abolition took place in 1975, the second in 1979 and the third in 1992. It was, however, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo who reintroduced the evil policy.

“Today, the dichotomy is still in place because the Abrogation Act of 2004 drastically reduced the constitutional provisions and the internationally recognised boundary definition of continental shelf from 200 nautical miles to 200 feet isobaths. What is used now is a mere measure of the low water mark of the land surface of a littoral state rather than the universally accepted measurement”, the statement added.

They said, “As delegates continue to procrastinate and disagree over the issue of derivation and other issues that are germane to the people of the state and indeed the region that has sustained the country’s economy for over five decades now, the Akwa Ibom State secretariat of the National Conference hereby draws attention to the rising tension and a possible backlash that may follow if the people of the region are shortchanged by the conference.

“While the bickering continues, youths from oil-bearing communities in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have during the past two weeks occupied the operational base of ExxonMobil Unlimited at Quo Ibo Terminal, QIT and stopped the multinational oil firm from accessing its facilities. The youths are protesting against a recent oil-spill which devastated over 46 communities along the coastline in the state…

“In the spirit of the Ramadan, we appeal to our brothers in the North to sheathe their swords and allow justice and fair-play to prevail in the current debate on what should constitute the derivation formula, after all, what has been recommended by the eminent members of the Consensus Group also covers solid minerals and other resources found all over the country”, the delegates said.

APC Founded On Religious And Ethnic Interests, PDP Insists


Olisa_MetuhThe leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the All Progressives Congress to face reality and use the period before the August 9 governorship election in Osun State to campaign and canvass for votes, just like the PDP is doing.

In giving the unsolicited advice, PDP said instead of engaging in political blackmail and empty propaganda in the media, it is better the APC focus its attention on finding more effective ways of wooing the electorate.

The PDP commended its Flagbearer, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and other party stalwarts in the state for engaging in vigorous all-inclusive campaign in all the nooks and crannies of the state, which it said, had resulted in the massive support currently being enjoyed by the party among the people.

National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday, said the party was, however, not resting on its oars as it is working harder than ever to ensure victory in the polls.

Metuh noted that the factors that gave it victory in Ekiti State included a popular candidate with grassroots appeal, strong and well accepted message as well as the humble and effective leadership of its national leader.

Stressing that the era of cutting corners to win elections in Nigeria was over, the PDP spokesman said the people were now more politically aware and would give support to the party that best connects with them and their aspirations.

Metuh added that while Omisore and members of the PDP had been campaigning and winning the support of the people, the APC had been engaging in “political gallivanting, rigmarole and ineffective propaganda in the media, without focusing on the fact that only the votes of the people will count on election day.

He said, “We urge Nigerians to note that whilst the APC leaders are focused on campaign of calumny and creating confusion, the PDP is sensitising, appealing and campaigning to the people, while strengthening and expanding its support base in the state.

“We want them to note that whereas our candidate and supporters have been engaged in vigorous all-inclusive campaign in all the nooks and crannies of the state, the APC, detached from the people and ignoring the reality that the South-West voters are tired of fake progressives, has stuck to out-worn triumphant cliches and tactics, like it did in Ekiti.

“When they eventually lose, blackmail and violence may come handy in an attempt to discredit the process.

“In any case, what does one expect from a party that has no message and agenda for the people; a party based on religious and ethnic interests and which has absolutely nothing to offer in the furtherance of the national interest”.

Fashola: ‘I Wonder Why Everything’s Falling Into Pieces Under This Federal Government’


fashola-583254Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) yesterday decried the continuous shutting down of businesses in Apapa area of the state, saying people are living a very traumatic life in that axis of the state due to traffic congestion.

Fashola, who spoke while inspecting the roads in the Apapa area of the state in a bid to find lasting solution to the recurring problem, added that the entire roads had collapsed due to the movement of heavy duty vehicles on the road.

He said, “Businesses are shutting down in Apapa, people are living a very traumatic life. The entire roads have collapsed due to the movement of heavy tonnage. We have managed to create some order on the road but the entrance to the port is where the problem lies.

“So, it is lack of management on the part of those managing the port. It is obvious where the problem is emanating from. 90 percent of the fuels used in this country are distributed through this place.

“I just wonder why everything is falling into pieces under this federal government. Everything about the country is falling into pieces, and Apapa has not been spared. The port cannot be managed. The fuel distribution cannot be managed without causing so much pain.

“The roads have been destroyed. People are sleeping on the road because the central government cannot effectively manage the distribution of fuel.

“People are taking their bath and defecating in the open drain. All the drains have turned to refuse dumps, simply because the federal government wants to give its citizens fuel and run a port”.

The governor, who only last week said for Nigerians to enjoy stable electricity, they have to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party-led federal government, noted that the practice of distributing fuel across the country has been taking place for over 50 years but it had never been this chaotic

“This shows lack of competence on the part of the central government; and it is a shame. We can only try to manage some of the consequencex of this mismanagement”, he said.

Fashola again opined that the long-term solution to the problem was a change in government.

“As long as we continue with this government – because things are not getting better – things are not getting better, but worse. Last year, it was better than this. I do not know what it will be like next year.

“Residents must know that this is not a Lagos State problem but the federal government’s. The responsibility for distribution and maintenance of the roads used for the distribution is federal government’s problem”.

He explained that the state government was already mobilizing to fix the road when the Federal Government came and demanded that they would fix it themselves.

According to him, “It is over a year now. We are yet to ask them what they have done to improve the road. The problem in Apapa is problem caused by lack of proper management of oil distribution and port management.

“I believe that everyone has a role to play. Even the transporters have their own role in addressing this issue. We have some progress within one week. We have established a one lane compliance on Creek road and access to the road”, Fashola added.

Ogun Police Arrests 16 Student-Cultists During Initiation Ceremony


policeThe Ogun State Police Command said yesterday that detectives attached to Ewekoro Division, had arrested 16 suspected cultists, including students of a polytechnic in Itori, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, who stated this in a statement, said the detectives, acting on an intelligence report on the activities of cult groups in the area, swooped in on them and bust their initiation ceremony.

According to Adejobi, 16 suspects, including eight students of the polytechnic, were arrested.

He said: “Those arrested included Akintunde Paul, Seyi Meshinoye, Fowoshade Gbemisola, Dare Olabode, Oyetayo Bolaji, Akintunde Femi, Ajibola Abiola, Amosun Eniola, Shola Ogunniyi, Fashina Michael, Bello Oyedeji, Adeshola Amore, Ebi Victor, Ogunsola Ibrahim, Babatunde Allyson and Awobajo Babatunde.

“The suspects have declined to mention the group or confraternity they belong to and this calls for further investigation.

“Some of the weapons or items recovered from them at the initiation ground included guns, charms, cutlasses, broken bottles, axes and others.

“The suspects have been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta for further interrogation as directed by the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, CP Ikemefuna Okoye.”

“The commissioner has, therefore, warned others who are cultists to desist from such destructive activities as the command will not spare anyone caught in the act or anyone seen or perceived or caught for sponsoring the groups in the state.

“The commissioner has directed that the suspects be charged to court immediately after investigation. They will soon appear in courts”.

Falana Threatens To Drag NBA Leadership To Court


femi-falanaLagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Electoral Committee, Okey Amechi (SAN), to publish the voters’ register compiled for this year’s election.

The election is scheduled to hold tomorrow in Abuja.

Falana said he had very strong reasons to suspect that the register may contain fictitious names, including the names of dead lawyers, as was the case during the 2012 election of the Bar.

Falana warned that if the oters’ register was not published before the day of the election, he would not hesitate “to approach the appropriate High Court to stop the manipulation of the electoral process by the NBA leadership”.

He added: “Lawyers cannot afford to fix election results as they are entrusted with the responsibility of filing and defending election petitions in the country”.

Falana, who was once president of the West African Bar Association, stated that to ensure transparency in this year’s NBA poll, he was compelled, last week, to apply for a copy of the voters’ register under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

He said he was assured that the register would be published ahead of the election “but for some inexplicable reasons, the NBA Electoral Committee has refused to publish the voters register 48 hours to the election”.

The lawyer alleged that “with the connivance of the leadership of the NBA, those lawyers were allowed to vote from the grave! Even though the credibility of the election was called to question, those who were genuinely dissatisfied with the fraudulent results were advised to allow sleeping dogs to lie”.

Falana said: “I have drawn the attention of the Secretary of the NBA Electoral Committee to the evidence at my disposal that the voters’ register compiled for the election contains the names of many lawyers who are not qualified to vote. For instance, some concerned members of the NBA have reliably informed me that the list of the 47 delegates representing the Abuja branch of the NBA was compiled in utter breach of the Constitution of the NBA.

“I have equally confirmed that the list of co-opted members of the National Executive Committee of the NBA contains 135 names, contrary to the clear provisions of the NBA Constitution.

“In a similar situation in August 1992, I had cause to obtain a court order to stop the NBA election when I discovered that the then military junta had concluded plans to hijack the electoral process with a view to installing and imposing its stooges as leaders of the Bar.

“It is hoped that history will not be allowed to repeat itself by the NBA Electoral Committee”.

APC approaches tribunal over Ekiti poll, says election was mechanically rigged


Weeks after the Ekiti State election, where the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerged victorious, the All Progressives Congress, APC has approached an election petition tribunal sitting in Ekiti state to challenge the outcome of the election, which it said was stylistically rigged. Recall that the June 21 governorship election was won by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose.

The Chairman of the Ekiti APC, Chief Jide Awe, reportedly submitted the petition on Saturday before the Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, alleging that the election was manipulated by the Federal Government in favour of the PDP.

The APC is asking the tribunal to “unravel the hidden facts surrounding the election,” alleging that the poll was more of “a mechanical exercise than the conventional casting of votes.”

Challenging the candidacy of Fayose for the election, the party stated that the governor-elect had an ongoing criminal case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and shouldn’t have been allowed to contest in the election in the first place.

Punch reports that the party cited manipulation and undue militarisation of the election, as well as impeachment of the incoming governor as the reason for the petition that is coming weeks after the election.

He said the party’s decision to challenge the election was not at variance with the earlier position of Fayemi, who had congratulated Fayose after INEC declared the PDP candidate as the winner of the June 21 poll.

Recall that in an interview with the Punch newspaper, Awe had disclosed that, “It is very novel in this part of the world that somebody will concede defeat. The APC is saying that there are some things it wants to unravel. And I made a statement in an advertorial that parts of the landmines that had been planted for the 2015 general elections were detonated in Ekiti, which I called a very bad experiment.

“In a situation where you put the whole state under siege two weeks before the election, you militarised the whole place, even with dogs and horses. Election cannot be a war more than what we experienced in Ekiti State in the name of election.

“So, I believe some of these things, other than the result of the election, need to be questioned not because of now but for the future. In a situation where you mobilised soldiers from their barracks to intimidate, to hijack, to suppress and to arrest innocent citizens 72 hours before the election, that is an aberration and strange to democracy.’’ He said.

Also recall that the candidate of the APC in the election, Kayode Fayemi had earlier accepted defeat in the election, saying that the victory of the PDP in the election was the wish of the people. He said ‘’ “Yesterday, Ekiti State decided. Following the gubernatorial elections held in the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.

‘’If indeed this is the will of the Ekiti People, I stand in deference to your will. If the result of the elections is an expression of the voice of our people, we must all heed your voice.

‘’I have just spoken with my brother, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, congratulating him on his victory. In a few hours from now, I would be meeting the Governor-elect to discuss the future of our dear state and how we would work together to institute a smooth transition programme.

‘’It has been a hard fought election. As expected, in the course of the campaigns, there were unsavory episodes as the candidates toured the nooks and crannies of the state to sell ourselves to the people. Elections tend to be highly divisive affairs that often see brother rising against brother. Despite our diverse party affiliations, and regardless of which way we voted on Saturday, we must remember that we are all sons and daughters of Ekiti State. Ekiti is ours to build together’’.

Rihanna Celebrates Germany’s Goal By Showing Her Underwear


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I mean, whoever thought Rihanna would be a soccer fan and even more weird a supporter of the German team.

Oh well, I already told you of her appearance at the finals and who she left with Lahm and Podolski to celebrate thier victory, but this happened when Goetze scored the winning goal.

Rihanna was at the Maracana stadium to watch the 2014 World Cup final and guess what she did to celebrate Germany scoring the fatal goal? Riri lifted her top to show the world her bra but the truth is that there was really nothing to see as we have all been there and done that before…….hehe.

The pop queen also drew plenty of attention during the match for having a Brazilian flag painted on her neck.

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Man caught with explosives at Awo Hall in OAU [PHOTOS]


A mad man identified as Adedayo Rasaki Daniel, was on Sunday allegedly caught with explosive substances around one of the hostels at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

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He was caught with explosive materials including petrol, wires, stove, and newspapers at about 1pm by the students of the OAU.

According to reports, he was caught with what looked like a mixture of petrol with an unidentified chemical around the Awo Hall of the school.

FIFA suspension: NFF court case set to be withdrawn


Maigari 1New reports have claimed that the civil suit at the Plateau State High Court, which has caused a lot of problems in the past week, could be withdrawn on Monday.

If this development happens, it could see the Aminu Maigari-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reinstated and could lead to FIFA lifting its suspension of the country from international football.

“Mrs. [Ebiakpo] Baribote has agreed to withdraw the suit, but is asking for the 15-year ban on her husband to be lifted, and for him to be reinstated as second vice president of the NFF,” reports SL10.

“The suit will most likely be withdrawn on Monday, and Maigari and his board will be reinstated but that will not be the end. This move is only to comply with FIFA’s directive, and get the suspension lifted.”

FIFA’s deadline for Nigeria to reinstate Maigari’s board or face further sanctions is Tuesday, July 15.

Nasarawa Assembly commences impeachment process against Governor Al-Makura


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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings on Gover‎nor Umaru Al-Makura, Premium Times has reported.

The Assembly on Monday directed its Clerk‎, Ego Maikeffi, to serve Mr. Al-Makura with the impeachment notice for alleged gross misconduct and misappropriation of funds.

The notice was signed by 20 of the 24 lawmakers in the state during a sitting presided over by the Speaker, Ahmed Mohammed.

The 16-count charge borders on alleged extra-budgetary expenses by the governor.

Nasarawa has 20 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers and 4 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers.

Details later…

Scores killed as Boko Haram invade Borno community from Sambisa forest


Heavily armed men suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect, on Monday invaded Dille Village in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, killing several persons.

The extremists also razed down three churches, including the Church of Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), as well as shops and residential buildings in the area.
It was gathered that, although the attack is still ongoing as at the time of filing this report, sources said, the attackers were heavily armed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), anti aircraft guns and Rocket Propelled Launchers.

A resident told Punch that he cannot give the exact number of casualties as the incident is still ongoing, but said that many lives are feared dead in the attack, adding that two Air Force fighter jets have arrived Dille to calm the situation.

FG doing everything possible to rescue Chibok girls – Jonathan assures Malala


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Monday in Abuja that the notion that the Federal Government has not been doing enough to find and rescue the abducted Chibok girls, is very wrong and misplaced.

Speaking at an audience with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government was definitely doing everything possible to ensure that the girls were rescued alive and safely returned to their parents.

He however explained to Malala, who was accompanied by her father and other members of her Foundation, that the Federal Government’s efforts were constrained by the overriding imperative of ensuring that the girls’ lives are not endangered in any rescue attempt.

“Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the need to ensure that they are rescued alive,” President Jonathan said, stressing that the Federal Government and its security agencies were very mindful of the need to avoid the scenario in rescue attempts in other parts of the world where lives of abductees were lost in the effort to rescue them.

The President said that this challenge notwithstanding, the Federal Government was very actively pursuing all feasible options to achieve the safe return of the abducted girls.

“The time it is taking to achieve that objective is not a question of the competence of the Nigerian Government. We have had teams from the United States, Britain, France, Israel and other friendly nations working with us here on the rescue effort and they all appreciate the challenges and the need to thread carefully to achieve our purpose,” he said.

The President told Malala who met yesterday with some parents of the abducted girls that he fully empathized with their pain and anguish. He said that he would meet with the parents himself before they left Abuja to personally comfort them and reassure them that the Federal Government was doing all within its powers to rescue their daughters.

President Jonathan reiterated his Administration’s commitment to ensuring the safe and proper education of all Nigerian children.

“I personally believe that since about 50 per cent of our population are female, we will be depriving ourselves of half of our available human resources if we fail to educate our girls adequately or suppress their ambitions in any way. We are therefore taking steps to curb all forms of discrimination against girls and women, and have also undertaken many affirmative actions on their behalf,” President Jonathan said.

The President said that the Federal Government was also proactively evolving and implementing policies and measures that will benefit the abducted Chibok girls when they are safely rescued, as well as others that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

These, President Jonathan said, included the establishment of a Victims’ Support Fund, the Safe Schools Initiative and the Presidential Initiative for the North East.

He announced that he would inaugurate a National Committee to oversee fundraising for the Victims’ Support Fund, which will also cater for families of security men and women who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

The President thanked Malala for coming to Nigeria to support ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls and promote girl-child education.

“We appreciate your efforts to change the world positively through your powerful advocacy for girl-child education,” President Jonathan told her.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 14, 2014

Davido Flaunts His N5.6 Million Rolex Time Piece


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The Omo Baba Olowo 1 of Nigerian music has again proofed to us, exactly why he is called by that name.

The Skelewu hit maker who has been on the road for the past 5 months, took to Twitter to show us his new acquisition — A Rolex Sky-Dweller.

From credible online sources, the wrist watch cost at least $35,000 which is over N5,600,000.

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Skales Shows Off His New Girlfriend Half-unclad


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Young singer and rapper Skales, whose contract with EME wasn’t renewed was having a bad time last year but it’s obvious the young rising artiste is working hard to stand back on his feet.

Skales recently shared the above photo of his girlfriend and we can clearly see the big kpomo that Skales has been eating.

I hope his music career becomes as big as her ……………..

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Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Peter Okoye, Others At Freda Francis’ Birthday Party – Photos


Check out photos from celebrity socialite, Freda Francis’ 30th birthday party. It was a star-studded party which included her best buddy, Don Jazzy, Peter Okoye, Toke Makinwa, Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, Rita Dominic, Wizkid, AY,Eku Edewor, Patoranking, Yomi Casual amongst others.

It sure was a party of fun as they were all happy and merry.

 

The party was at the Oasis Medspa, at the Spa zen garden in Ikoyi. 

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Wizkid Touches Down In Lagos Finally


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Super-star singer — Wizkid, has been all over the world in the last few months and has finally landed back in Lagos.

Wizkid who was in the United States for several months hanging out with the superstars there, then took a trip straight to London for other engagements; however, Wizkid is finally in Nigeria – Lagos.

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Givenchy x Balmain x Giuseppe!! feels good to be back home in Lagos. About to perform at this private event!

“Miracle Boy” Gotze Lost For Words, Says Somehow the Ball Went In


Mario Gotze’s 113th minute World Cup-winning goal made the 22-year-old the youngest scorer in the tournament’s final since Wolfgang Weber in 1966.

The Bayern Munich attacker, whose first goal of the tournament came in the 2-all draw with Ghana, was introduced in the 88th minute of the final against Argentina.

And with the prospect of a penalty shootout lurking just seven minutes by the corner after deefender Benedikt Hoewedes had hit the woodwork, Gotze calmly chested down Andre Schurrle’s pass and swept in a left-footed finish into the far right corner.

Mario Gotze Celebrates World Cup Goal With Thomas Muller. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

The solitary goal helped Joachim Low’s men become the first European side to clinch the trophy in South America and the scorer, the first substitute to score a winning goal in the World Cup final.

An ecstatic Gotze was short of words while he and his team-mates celebrated after extra-time at the Maracana.

“Andre [Schurrle] put in a superb ball and I was able to control it on my chest,” he told FIFA.com, describing the moment which shot him into fame afterwards. “Then somehow the ball was in the net.”

Coach Low told the playmaker c*m utility player, who came in for criticisms and eventually lost his place in the starting line-up after a couple of group games, to show the world he was better than Barcelona star Lionel Messi, minutes before he scored incisive goal.

With the grand finale still deadlocked at half-time extra-time, Low said he told Gotze: “Show them that you are better and can decide the World Cup.

Mario Gotze Kisses The World Cup Trophy. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

“Gotze is the miracle boy. He is the wonder who can play in numerous positions, he is the decider who can come on and make a difference and that is what he did.”

The win also throws more weight on a tournament-long debate about ‘the best squad in Brazil’. Even the abrupt and unexpected withdrawal of midfielder Sami Khedira through injury during warm-up, and Christoph Kramer’s departure in the 31st minute following a head injury couldn’t deter Low’s golden generation from clinching a fourth world title.

A somewhat incredulous Gotze said afterwards that the victory bores down to the spirit of togetherness in ‘Die Nationalmannschaft’s’ camp.

“Everything happened so quickly but it was great to see how much of a release it gave the team and how we still fought right until the very end,” Gotze said. “We thoroughly deserved to win it because we’re a great side. It’s an indescribable moment.”

Mario Gotze Lifts the World Cup Trophy at the Maracana. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

“It’s difficult to put it into words. I can’t describe what it’s like in the changing room right now. It’s probably exactly the same back in Germany. I think we played well as a team throughout the whole tournament and every one of us deserves this. It’s a great feeling for everyone in Germany and for us as a team.”

Olamide Shares Photo Of Himself and Boo Chilling


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Yoruba singer, baddo — Olamide seems to be head over heels with his current girlfriend and doesn’t hesitate to share photos of themselves hanging out.

He shared the photo above days back of himself and his baby in a weird pose, where they were both backing each other. You go fear swag naaa!

See Rihanna Being Kissed By Lahm and Podolski With The World-cup In Her Hands


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Yesterday Pop star singer — Rihanna was spotted when she landed in Brazil to watch the finals between the Argentina squad and Germany.

The singer being of celebrity status was granted a VIP back access to hang with the Germans to celebrate their World cup victory.

Rihanna was got on camera holding the World cup trophy as she shared a kiss with Podolski and Lahm.

Malaria Rules Adebayor Out of Pre-Season Tour


Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been ruled out of his club’s tour of North America through “a mild bout of malaria”.

The Togo international was admitted to hospital on Saturday after complaining to Spurs medical staff and subsequent diagnosis revealed the disease, which is believed to be in its “early stage.”

Adabayor, 30, is expected to be discharged from the hospital on today, but will have to sit out of training for at least a week.

Emmanuel Adebayor Will Miss Tottenham's Tour of the North America.

“The player has been advised not to travel on medical grounds, which means he will be forced to miss our pre-season tour of North America,” read the club’s statement.

The White hart Lane outfit begin their pre-season tour with a game against Seattle Sounders on 19 July, before playing Toronto FC and Chicago Fire.

Mauricio Porchetino’s men are scheduled to visit West Ham United in the first Premier League game of the 2014/15 season.

Adebayor scored 14 goals for the ‘Lilly Whites’ last season, after being excluded from the squad in the early stages of the campaign.

Kebbi APC Carpets State Govt Over Non-Implementation Of Minimum Wage


saidu_usman_dakingariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State has accused the state government of non-implementation of N18, 000 minimum wage, which led to the state workers embarking on an indefinite strike action.

This is coming on the heels of the directive by the state chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, which said it had reached an agreement with government.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at the correspondent chapel office in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital, APC publicity secretary in Kebbi State, Alhaji Sani Dododo, wondered why the state government had to wait for workers to first embark on strike before agreeing to resolve the matter.

“Why hold people’s money, denying them the dividend of democracy? The level of poverty in Kebbi has increased, no money in circulation, no food and no assistance to anybody for Ramadan.

“I am happy that NLC has embarked on strike even though they have suspended, which forced government to reach an agreement.

“Let us see how his PDP would deliver Kebbi state in forthcoming 2015 general election”, Dododo added.

Boko Haram: Our Soldiers Deserve Commendation, Not Condemnation, Says Group


7dbb310edfd7a5db8948ed64668503adAs Nigerian troops confront the insurgency in the troubled North East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe headlong, citizens have been called upon to offer encouragement in any form to the soldiers in their quest to restore peace and hope to the region.

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Put Nigeria First (PNF), noted that Nigerian troops deserve a better welfare package and more support than they are currently getting from the government and Nigerians respectively.

According to the group’s National Coordinator, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwafor, Nigerians should be more appreciative of the sacrifices by the soldiers in the service of the nation.

Besides, she regretted that rather than being appreciated for their sacrifices, the soldiers are being subjected to unfair criticisms and accusations of human rights violation.

She noted: “The soldiers deserve better welfare packages from the government and better treatment from Nigerians, for them to be better motivated in their chosen national assignment, she noted”.

Towards this end, she said that the PNF is set to launch a massive nationwide campaign tagged Support Our Soldiers (SOS), to draw attention to the plight of soldiers and their families during times of conflict and the need for Nigerians to be convinced why the troops must be supported.

She also disclosed that the group has finalized plans to launch an appeal fund to support widows and orphans of slain Nigerian soldiers.

Nwafor added, “In most countries, the military is revered, cherished and appreciated by its citizens, because they are often the unsung heroes of every sovereignty. Nigeria should not be different. In this war against insurgency, they are the ones that are paying the ultimate price to see that Nigeria is safer”.

Nwafor added, “These soldiers have put Nigeria first before their own lives. They go without support and sometimes unnoticed by those of us who are benefitting directly or indirectly from their efforts.

“Our men and women in uniform are faced with real challenges. They leave their families for months at a time; go into dangerous situations, some are injured, others lose their lives and a portion of them are even unaccounted for, all in a bid to put Nigeria first.

“We believe we ought to support our soldiers beyond what the government ministries and agencies do; they ought to know that the citizens are not only aware of them and their efforts, but are appreciative”.

Nwafor also noted that Nigerians should be thinking of proffering solutions to the intractable insurgency rocking the North East rather than pointing fingers.

I’ve Forgiven Obasanjo, Others For Working Against My Governorship Ambition In 2007, Says Ararume


Ifeanyi-AraraumeFormer Senator representing Imo North (Okigwe) and member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, yesterday recalled his scuttled 2007 governorship ambition, saying he holds no grudge against ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for denying him the PDP ticket even after winning the primaries.

The PDP instead handed its governorship ticket to Engr. Charles Ugwu and when Ararume protested this decision and secured a Supreme Court judgment in his favor, the party expelled him.

Seven years after his aborted governorship dream, Ararume, who has been readmitted into PDP, now wants the party to ensure a level-playing field for all aspirants ahead of the 2015 elections.

If the primaries are free and fair, there will be less crises in the party, he told reporters in Abuja.

Ararume said he will contest the PDP governorship ticket again in the coming primaries. He, however, will square-off against the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, who has also indicated his interest in the Imo governorship race, among other interested aspirants.

He said:  “I had my primaries; the first was cancelled, the second I won. If the party wanted to stop me, it should not have got to the point of primaries.

“I won the governorship primaries and I was asked to come and go back to the Senate and I said no. It wasn’t my party that denied me the ticket. The party submitted my name to INEC but somebody who got three votes, one Ugwu, was asked to take my place.

“The then President (Obasanjo) felt I challenged him. I did not challenge him. What would I have told my children? That I won primaries but I was denied the ticket? I said if you have anything against me that could stop me, I said bring it.

“That is history; I do not hold it against anybody. Whoever played any role against me at that time, I have moved forward; I have forgotten all that.

“I have had occasions of seeing our former president. On one occasion, I saw him in the church when our leader, Chief Tony Anenih, celebrated his 80th birthday. As we were walking out of the church, he was behind me. I turned back and I greeted him. He is our former president; he deserves all respect and honour. I am sure if he is given another opportunity, he is going to do things differently”.

Ararume said he would take a fresh shot at the governorship race again and advised the party to place premium on free and fair primaries to maintain what he described as the party’s “leading position”.

He added: “I believe the president has promised us, when he came to Imo State, that the party under him and the new National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, will be fair to all its members”.

PDP’ll Sweep Future Elections In The Country – Uduaghan Boasts


emmanuel-uduaghan-284724Buoyed by the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the re­cent Ekiti State gov­ernorship election, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has boasted that the PDP will make a clean sweep of all forthcoming elections in the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Asaba, Uduaghan ex­pressed confidence that his party would emerge victorious in the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun.

He said: “Across the federation, PDP is still the number one party. Yes, we had challenges last year but things are turning around. We have a game changer in our national chairman. All of you are witnesses to what happened in Ekiti State election where PDP won. Osun election is com­ing up; Ekiti feat would be repeated there also. We are taking them one by one and by the time we get to the presidential election, it will be very clear that PDP will win”.

Coming back home to Delta State where the local gov­ernment election has been slated for October 25, the governor disclosed that measures had been put in place to check­mate tension arising from the conduct of primaries for the council election.

“Our primary is coming up on August 9 as far as the lo­cal government election is concerned and a lot of people have picked tickets. There are some local gov­ernments in which more than 18 aspirants have picked tickets to become chairman but only one per­son can emerge at a time. I am happy that our leaders at the various council ar­eas are working hard to see how to reduce tension be­cause I hear that some are already stepping down for others. But I must say that I have not anointed any can­didate in any council area.

“I am a human being and I have my interest. But as the governor, I need to be very careful in managing that interest. We do not want to annoy anybody that would warrant him/her leaving the party”, he added.

Uduaghan noted that since the state electoral body released the timetable for the election, PDP aspirants had been canvassing for votes while the opposition parties were doing nothing but would later accused PDP of rigging the poll.

“Since DSIEC announced the date, only PDP has been active. We hear of nomina­tions in PDP but we don’t get to hear about other par­ties. Only PDP aspirants are moving around seeking for votes. And when they win, others would say they rigged. That is not fair”, he added.

2015: Leadership Newspaper Publisher, Nda-Isaiah Consults Pastor Adeboye


Sam Nda-IsaiahThe founder of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group Limited, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, yesterday took his presidential campaign train to the Redeemed Camp, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, where he met the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Mr. Nda-Isaiah, who has declared his interest in the 2015 presidential race, is seeking to clinch the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The presidential aspirant met with the highly respected cleric behind closed doors and after the meeting, disclosed that he was at the RCCG camp to pay homage and consult with Pastor Adeboye over his ambition.

He stated: “As part of my consultations, I am still going round seeing the leaders of the country to tell them why I want to lead the country, and, of course, this is one of such right places, and that is why I am here. I have come to discuss with Pastor Enoch Adeboye as you saw.

“It was a very private meeting. This is just consultation and we know the place of Pastor Adeboye in Nigeria. Even Time magazine has mentioned him as one of the most influential people in the world. So it should not be surprising that this is one of the places that I must come to. That is why I have come”.

The publisher said though he sits atop a conglomerate that pays legitimately more than the Presidency, the desire to reposition the country formed the basis for his interest in the presidential race.

Nda-Isaiah said: “Right now, nothing is being done right in Nigeria; everything is being done wrongly. As we speak now, the most elementary duty of government which is to provide security for its people – in fact, that one is not in manifestoes because it is beyond politics – is not being achieved.

“The whole nation is in disarray. As we stand here now, we are afraid of going to the churches, we are all afraid of going to the mosques, we are not to go to the market or send our children to school. Nigeria is technically a failed state. Like I keep saying, we are just lucky that with our size and resources both human material and natural we can reverse it now. We shouldn’t wait to get to a point when it is no longer reversible.

“Nigeria is in a state of emergency now and we need to rescue it. That is why I am in the race”.

Looking forward, he explained, “our campaign will stand on two legs. First, we are going to unite this country as quickly as possible to form a nation because we are not a nation. I have never seen a nation so divided and hopes to make progress”.

The founder of LEADERSHIP continued: “We must, as a matter of urgency, come together to form one strong united Nigeria, and that is very possible. The reason we are not united is lack of justice, fairness. And the way we are led will always lead to divisions. A leader that wants to unite a country can do it easily: You do not need a budget to do that; all you need to do is be sincere.

“You have to ensure that there is justice, fairness and charity. If you treat members of the country, the whole nation, the way you treat your family as the head of the family, everybody will be fine. That is the first thing”.

He said the second priority will be to quickly stabilize the country and bring order to the nation, noting that the country is in total disarray.

“Not just in the north-east; recently we heard that an uncle to the president was kidnapped, because of the kidnapping in south-south and south-east parts of the country, nobody wants to go there.

“I have friends in the south-south and south-east who do not go home for holidays. They prefer to stay in Abuja. Even in Abuja now, people are afraid to stay there because of what has been happening”.

When given the opportunity by Nigerians, he said, he and his team will run a government of big ideas: “It is only big ideas that will change the course of history and that will transmit Nigeria from a Third World country to a First World country. That is possible”.

Nda-Isaiah lamented that a group of thugs under the guise of Boko Haram sect was able to overrun the nation’s security apparatus because of the high level of corruption, stealing and mismanagement of public funds in the country.