US may start screening air passengers for Ebola


Looks like the US is considering screening passengers from Ebola hit countries before they enter the country. This is coming about a week after a Liberian man entered the country with Ebola. President Obama said yesterday that though the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak in the US is “extremely low’ but they have to react.

“We’re also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States. Countries that think that they can sit on the sidelines and just let the United States do it, that will result in a less effective response, a less speedy response, and that means that people die.”

“And it also means that the potential spread of the disease beyond these areas in West Africa becomes more imminent,” President Obama said at the White House briefing with US health officials

The Liberian man who became the first case of Ebola diagnosed on American soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, is in a critical condition in a hospital isolation unit in Dallas.

The Inspiring Story Of Hardworking Abuja Girl Who Became Millionaire Overnight


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Anna James selling snacks. Credits: Leadership

This a story of a noble Abuja-based girl Anna James, whose life changed for the better overnight.

Anna’s life
It all started with a report in Leadership newspaper, telling about the girl selling snacks in Utako market of the country capital. Anna was struggling for survival and at the same time was saving up money to make her dream come true: to become a microbiology student at the university.
The 22-year-old girl preferred to follow the path of honor by working hard no matter how humble the starting point was. The beautiful female did not consider the way of degradation, taking poverty as an excuse.
After several failed attempts to find a job, the girl engaged into making snacks by herself and selling them, for which she first borrowed N10, 000 as a start capital. Doing all by herself, Anna had only several hours for sleep per day to keep the business afloat.
Regarding her earnings, the young hard worker managed to save up to N 18,000 monthly, which amount she deposited in a bank. By saving money Anna wanted to continue education and to be able to support her
parents, both suffering from bad health conditions.

Accepting life as it is, the girl refused to search for “easy money” saying:
“I will never sell my body for any favour. If that’s what it has to take to make it, I can’t do it and that is why I started this small business.”
When asked to give advice to her peers experiencing hardships, Anna recommended them to understand the value of dignity in labour and create legal job opportunities for themselves.

Reactions to Anna’s story
Fortune smiled at Anna James through the director general of National Orientation Agency (NOA) Omeri Mike, who could not stay indifferent to her story.
Impressed the girl’s attitude, Omeri decided to honour Anna  for portraying the value of dignity in labour.
At the occasion dedicated to celebration of the award recently granted to him by President Goodluck Jonathan, Omeri spoke about Anna recognizing her achievement at the hearing of the dignitaries who graced the event.
He donated N200,000 to Anna for her to go back to school.  Additionally, the Minister of State for Power Alhaji Mohammed Wakil contributed to the donation with N300,000 amount, two more people donated N200,000 and N300,000, making the total sum of one million naira.
The girl received a call a week after her initial story had been published, she was invited to attend a function as a special guest to the DG-NOA, where she confessed she was treated like a special guest.
Upon hearing about honours and the donations, Anna could not control her emotions and she kept praying that God would bless Omeri and all those who helped to make her dream come true.

UNIBEN lecturer arrested for forging ASUU Chairman’s signature


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Officers of the Edo state police command have arrested a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), on the grounds of forging the letter headed paper of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the signature of Dr. Anthony Monye-Emina, the chairman of the UNIBEN chapter of the association.
The officers of the state police had reportedly been investigating the lecturer for over a month, until he was finally apprehended on Saturday, 4 October.
The suspect had allegedly used the forged letter headed paper to write a petition to the Minister of Education, stating that the current Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Oshodin was no longer fit to oversee the running of the institution, citing ‘health issues’ as the reason.
In the petition, the lecturer wrote to the minister, that there an Acting Vice Chancellor needed to be urgently appointed in the school for proper management of their affairs.
In the past, several cases of forgery and impropriety involving lecturers of the University of Benin have been
reported. In May 2013, the University sacked 13 senior members of staff, admission racketeering, changing of students’ grade and collection of money from students for several services.
In August of the same year, a former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Benin, Isu-Ochiora Okogeri, was arraigned before an Ekiadolor Magistrate Court for allegedly collecting N100,000 from a female student to facilitate her transfer to another faculty.

T.B. Joshua shares money to South African victims’ family as ‘building collapse’ inquest looms


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Following the guest house building collapse in his church premises on 12 September, Temitope Balogun Joshua, the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All of Nations (SCOAN) has sent money and other items to the families of the 84 South African victims killed in the tragedy.
On Sunday, 5 October, South Africa’s ‘Sunday Times’ reported that Joshua had instructed his envagelists across South Africa to share maize meal, annointed water and R5,000 (N73, 116) to family members of those killed in the building collapse.
The report stated that although many families had confirmed receiving the gifts and money from Joshua, they were not moved by the gesture of the Nigerian prophet.
One of such persons, Thanduxolo Doro, whose sister, Vathiswa Madikiza, died in the tragedy, is at the forefront of the recent calls for a class action lawsuit against Joshua, by families of the deceased victims.
Five families are believed to have expressed their willingness to join Doro in taking legal action against church and two law firms have also reportedly offered their services.

Doro told ‘Sunday Times’ that representatives of the church had repeatedly tried to set up a meeting with him. He said, “They met with my family at home, offering condolences, and gave them R5,000. I told them: ‘Whatever you are offering, it can never compare with the life of my sister.”
According to him, the amount of R5,000 was a far cry from the R18,000 (N263,219), his late sister paid to travel from South Africa to Lagos to visit the church.
A former President of the South African Football Association and a “fellow” of the Synagogue Church of All of Nations, Kirsten Nematandani, confirmed that multiple teams had visited the families of the victims.
“In fact this is the second round of visits. We are assisting the families with whatever they need, school fees, rent, groceries and toiletries, and the families are so grateful for the help. We take the message from the man of God that they must pray with him for the loss of their loved ones. We give them the anointed water to strengthen them,” he said.
Another relative of a victim, Mxolisi Catazo, whose wife, Amanda Fina, died in the building collapse, acknowledged receiving the delegation from the church, but however, denied collecting money from them. He said, “The church people did come to see me on Monday and they said I must call them when I need help with the funeral. They didn’t give me any money.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government hasannounced that the coroner inaugurated to probe the circumstances surrounding the collapse will begin sitting on 13 October.
According to a statement by the state Ministry of Justice on Friday, 3 October, the coroner’s hearing will hold at the Coroner Court in the Ikeja premises of the Lagos State High Court.
The coroner’s task is to determine the cause of the building collapse, and it will be headed by Chief Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe.
The Lagos State Building Control Agency, the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the Lagos State Ministry of Works, the Surveyor-General of the state, the SCOAN building contractors, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, are on the coroner’s witness list.
Other government agencies that are expected to give testimony at the inquest are; National Emergency Management Agency, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, the Lagos State Fire Service and the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, the Chief Medical Examiner of the state and officials of the Emergency Centre of the Igando General Hospital, Lagos State.
The ministry of Justice statement also divulged that print and electronic media houses such as Punch, The Nation, Daily Independent, Vanguard, P.M. News, News Agency of Nigeria, Channels Television and Television Continental are also expected to testify before the coroner of inquest.
T.B Joshua, the families of the victims, an eyewitness of the incident, Lindiw Ndwande, and chairman of the Youth League’s International Relation Committee of South Africa, Rebone Tau, were also listed as witnesses.
The Ministry of Justice also urged other members of the public who possess useful information, evidence or any material, “that will assist the court in its findings are also enjoined to indicate their interest by contacting the registrar at the Coroner’s Court, High Court premises, Ikeja, Lagos State between the hours of 8.00 am and 4.00 pm daily.”

“She cheated on him from the first day of marriage” – Ini Edo’s in-laws are spilling the beans


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The family of Ini Edo’s estranged husband has allegedly reacted to the actress’ recent Tweets – which confirmed the end of her marriage to Phillip Ehiagwina and absolved her of any blame in the collapse of the union.
The Nollywood star had tweeted that she didn’t cheat on her husband as opposed to what is currently obtainable in the grapevine.
According to reports, some relatives of her estranged husband say Ini Edo lied in her tweets, as a series of her extra-marital affairs killed the marriage. A close family member of Ehiagwina reportedly spoke on anonymity about the actress’ infidelity streak.
“Ini Edo should shut up about the marriage crash because with the way she is going by trying to paint Phillip as the wrong party, we may be forced to open a can of worms and it will not be palatable to her and her career.”
“I can tell you that Ini Edo is a serial cheat who played the field behind her husband’s back for the duration of their marriage. Is she going to deny dating one Island big boy whose girlfriend organized her friends to
beat her up and injured her?”
Another source, who is also a family member said, “I can tell you that Ini Edo is not as innocent as she is trying to make people believe or think. We caught her on more than three occasions with three different men and she always begged us to forgive her.”
“We can even mention some of the men she had affairs with including a South-South governor, whose wife embarrassed her and ordered her security to send her out of the governor’s guest house in the state capital. She should dare us and we will mention the name of the governor on the pages of newspapers.”
Meanwhile, another unidentified source, reportedly a close friend of Ini Edo’s estranged husband, said Phillip embarrassed the actress in front of her family when he went to retrieve his bride price.
“Did she tell you how Phillip embarrassed her in front of her people when he went to collect his bride price? He told her people the kind of adulterous daughter they have and how she had been cheating on him right from the first day they were married.”
“In fact, he did not want to collect the bride price but her people begged him to collect it as that would free her to get married to another man in the future.”

Nigerian troops kill 200 Boko Haram militants in Michika as they Snatch back the Town



There are strong indications that the Nigerian troops have overrun Michika and Gulak in Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.
The states had in the past one month been in the hands of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
A source while speaking to our correspondent on phone said following the fierce fighting, the military are at the moment comfortably controlling Michika, which the insurgents seized on September 7, 2014.
The source said, “I can confirm to you authoritatively that the military are advancing towards Madagali.”
The source who spoke from his mountainous hideout in Michika, noted that despite the military bombardment, the insurgents on Sunday night re-grouped at the Government Technical College, Michika with the intention of attacking the soldiers before they were dislodged and chased away.
Reports indicate that about 200 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in the latest offensive, as Nigerian
troops take control of the town and have gained an upper hand in the ongoing war.
The source said, “The Nigerian troops have gained entry into Michika and Gulak, and are now fully in control of the towns having dealt a severe blow to the insurgents, as they lost about 200 members, while some escaped with injuries sustained from gun shots.”
Another source from the area said Nigerian troops had earlier met with a stiff resistance from the insurgents as they advanced towards Gulak leading to the prolonged gun duel.
The source added that: “There is a heavy fighting between the insurgents and Nigerian troops as the insurgents are doing everything to frustrate the effort of the Nigerian troops and many people who were trapped in the towns are now sneaking out following intensified fighting.”
He added that the insurgents who were in their thousands came through Uba and attacked the Nigeria troops who had already advanced into Michika, but were repelled back immediately.
Efforts to get the reaction from the Army Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Army Brigade Yola proved abortive as his telephone was not reachable while the police authority refused comment saying it is not within their area of jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has commended the efforts of Nigerian soldiers to liberate the two local government areas initially under the grip of the militants.

Atiku defends Gen. Buhari against reports that he is a religious fundamentalist


Atiku Abubakar defends Gen. Buhari on twitter against rumours that he is a religious fundamentalist. See more tweets below:
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God says I’ll be the next governor of Lagos State – Pastor


A Lagos-based pastor, Mr. Kayode Jacobs,  says God has choosen him to become the next governor of Lagos State.He admitted that although he had little money, he could defeat the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; and Jimi Agbaje to clinch the PDP governorship ticket.He told Punch

“This is my David moment. You see, nobody expected David to become king of Israel because he was the last son but when God would favour him, he picked him from obscurity. I am sure that God’s favour will see me through. “I don’t want to be a senator or a House of Representatives member because I don’t want to be debating and making laws. I need a position whereby I can make a direct impact on the lives of the people. Also, this was the position I was directed to contest for.”

Just A Day In Big Brother & Lilian Already Got Her Ass Massaged By Namibian Housemate


it’s just a day in Big Brother Africa Hotshots and Nigeria’s female representative Lilian is so very close to Namibian housemate, Luis that she allowed him massage her bum for free in the name of giving her a physical therapy

Photos: Beverly Osu Buries Dad


Former BBA housemate Beverly Osu, who lost her dad last month has buried him. Beverly travelled to her home town, Agbor in Delta State with her very good friend Bimp who was also in BBA to lay her dad to rest. See more photos from the burial below:

2015 Presidency: PDP, APC Battle to win over Obasanjo


The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have begun what can be described as the last battle to woo President Olusegun Obasanjo ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.
Bola Tinubu’s meeting with Obasanjo, which was also attended by the APC National Vice-Chairman, Segun Oni, centred on what should constitute the interest of the South-West in the politics of 2015.
Obasanjo was said to have advised APC to choose a presidential candidate with a clean record.

A top APC chieftain in the South-West, who confided in Punch, said: “The two former governors said that the interest of the South-West should determine the candidate our people should support.

“You will agree that our people have not been fairly treated by the present government at the centre, but Baba in his characteristic frankness advised the APC to choose a candidate with an untainted record.”

Investigations by Punch showed that separate meetings the former president held with Senate President, David Mark, and an APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, marked the beginning of the last attempt to get Obasanjo’s support ahead of party primaries.

PDP has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate.
On its part, APC will choose between Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar at its convention.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, party primaries will hold between October 2 and December 11, 2014.

It was learnt that PDP and Jonathan chose Mark to head the reconciliation team because of his closeness to Obasanjo. The former president had on several occasions expressed his opposition to Jonathan’s second term ambition on the grounds that the President in 2011 promised not to re-contest.

But a top PDP chieftain, who confided in one of correspondents, said, “The President has not lost hope. He still respects Obasanjo and believes the former president can still support him.”

But it was gathered that the former president had not changed his position on Jonathan’s 2015 ambition.
When contacted, an aide to the former President, who pleaded anonymity, said, “Baba Obasanjo did not disclose what he discussed with David Mark and Tinubu at separate meetings he held with them.”

APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a phone interview with Punch, justified Tinubu’s visit to Obasanjo. He stated, “In politics, you cannot ignore anybody that can help you. The leader must have his reasons for visiting the former President; he is doing it for Nigeria.

“What is at hand in 2015 is about Nigeria, it is not about the APC alone. Whoever we can talk to and can assist us to change this clueless government, we will meet.”

Update on Ekiti: SANs drag Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose to NHRC


Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria – Norrisom Quakers and M.J. Onigbanjo – have dragged the PDP and the Ekiti State-governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, to the National Human Rights Commission over alleged violation of their rights to practise as lawyers.

In a petition dated September 29 and jointly signed by them, they claimed that the September 22 and 25 attacks on the Ekiti High Court by some suspected political thugs constituted threats to their lives.

Quakers and Onigbanjo, who are the lawyers to the litigants challenging Fayose’s eligibility to contest in the June 21 governorship election, addressed their petition to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe.

Quakers and Onigbanjo described the September 22 incident as “barbaric and barefaced violation of the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the claimants (litigants), claimants’ counsel, the judge and other officers of the court by thugs who were organised by the PDP.”

PDP writes CJN over Plot to Stop Fayose’s Swearing in ceremony:
Meanwhile, the PDP in Ekiti State has accused the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, of plotting with Governor Kayode Fayemi to stop the inauguration of Fayose. The party made the allegation in a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma-Mukhtar.

The letter titled, “Another judicial coup plotted to avert the swearing in of the governor-elect of Ekiti State,” was signed by state Secretary of PDP, Dr. Tope Aluko and Publicity Secretary, Kola Oluwawole.

In the letter the PDP claimed that it was aware of plans by Daramola to give accelerated hearing to some suits challenging the eligibility of Fayose for the June 21 governorship election despite the notice of appeal and the stay of proceedings filed in respect of the suits.

Fayose had challenged the assumption of jurisdiction by Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi of an Ado-Ekiti High Court on the matter. He also sought a stay of proceedings on the hearing of the substantive suit.

But the out-going governor, Kayode Fayemi, has described the allegation as another tissue of lies by the PDP. He therefore challenged the PDP in the state to prove its allegation.

Lieutenant Colonel, 15 Others to Face Trial over Chibok Girls Abduction


The Nigerian Army has reportedly concluded arrangements to arraign 16 soldiers over the April 14, 2014, abduction of over 200 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location.

Punch reports that three of the soldiers are officers while the remaining 13 soldiers belong to other ranks. Barring any last minute change, they would appear before the General Court Martial at the Maxwell Khobe Military Cantonment, Rukuba, Jos in Plateau State after the Sallah holidays. Punch gathered that the officers were being charged for failure to perform military duty, an offence that attracts a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.

Lieutenant Col. A. O. Ojo, who was the Unit Commander, in Biu, was summoned to the GCM in relation with the conflict in the number of girls said to have been abducted by Boko Haram insurgents and those
rescued at the time of the incident. The officer is also being charged for alleged failure to reinforce the Chibok community when the incident occurred.

A source, who confided in Punch said that the Lt. Colonel had stated that the number he gave was not the one that was used in a statement by the Defence Headquarters on the reported rescue of some of the abducted girls. The said statement was later withdrawn.
The source said:

“The Lt. Colonel is being charged for allegedly giving information without verification, negligent performance of military duty and not going to reinforce the place where the incident took place. The charge attracts a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.”

He also said that Ojo had not completely taken over from his predecessor and had complained about the number of men and equipment on the ground when the abduction took place two days after his arrival in Biu for the mission. It was stated that the shortage of men was shown by the fact that only the 2nd Lt. and 13 soldiers were in Chibok   in spite of the fact that the place had a heavy presence of insurgents.

It was gathered that the other soldiers led by Godknows were on duty at the headquarters of the Chibok Local Government Area on the day of the incident. Another source told Punch correspondent that the Army was not   notified of the examinations that were going on in the school.
The source said that a statement by the Principal of the School, Asabe Kwambura, corroborated the soldiers’ claim.

Investigations revealed that the soldiers left their location in Chibok to lay in ambush when they received a report that insurgents were planning to attack them on the night the schoolgirls were seized. They were said to have lost a soldier during the face-off with the Boko Haram members.
The source said:

“Only Godknows and 13 soldiers were on duty in Chibok. They were not stationed within the school. No soldier was stationed in the school and they didn’t know that the school was in session. Nobody notified these people that the girls were having an examination in the school. Even the principal admitted in her statement that the soldiers were not notified.

They were told that their camp was about to be attacked so they went out to lay in ambush for insurgents. One of the soldiers died. But I can confirm to you that the Army has  concluded preparations to arraign them.”

The abduction of the schoolgirls sparked global outrage with world leaders   calling on the terrorist group and the Federal Government to ensure their safe release.

Nigeria talks tough, warns South Africa over seized $5.7 million arms money


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Nigeria responded with fury Monday after South African authorities confiscated a second tranche of funds meant for arms purchase to fight the extremist Boko Haram sect, denying the deal was unlawful and warning South Africa of its investment in Nigeria.
The warning came after the South African government seized US$5.7 million wired by the Nigerian government through a bank to an arms dealer in that country.
South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority said the money, about N952 million, was the proceed of illegal transactions, according to local paper, City Press.

The seizure was the second in nearly three weeks, coming after authorities there froze $9.3 million transported in cash by two Nigerians and an Israeli for arms purchase. At the time, South Africa said the transaction violated its laws on movement of cash.
In a terse reaction to what appears a potential diplomatic spat between the two countries, the Nigerian government denied the second transaction was illegal and reminded South Africa of how Nigeria has provided a beneficial environment for South African companies like MTN, DSTV and a host of others to do business unhindered.
“It is our hope that South Africa would reciprocate this noble gesture,” the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, said Monday, with a vow to eradicate Boko Haram regardless of the antics of “fifth columnists”.
Mr. Dasuki, named by the South African newspaper as the official who signed off the first controversial deal, confirmed late Monday the second transaction occurred as reported but firmly denied it was conducted illegally.
“We want to state clearly that a business transaction actually took place between a legitimate company in Nigeria and another legitimate one in South Africa through the bank,” said Mr. Dasuki through a spokesperson, Karounwi Adekunle.
“In the course of events, the South African company could not perform and decided to refund the money. What is illegitimate in this transaction done through the bank?” he queried.
Details of the latest transaction came more than two weeks after two Nigerians and an Israeli were arrested as they attempted to smuggle US$9.3 million through Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, on September 5 in a private jet from Abuja.
The money, stashed in three suitcases, raised suspicion when the passengers’ luggage were unloaded and put through the scanners.
The National Prosecuting Authority, NPA, in South Africa said there was an invoice for helicopters and armaments intended to be used in Nigeria.
Two black plastic suitcases, filled with 90 blocks each containing US$100,000 in notes, with combination locks, were seized, as well as two pieces of hand luggage also containing US currency, according to City Press.
The Israeli national, Eyal Mesika, had the combination to open the locks.
Under South African laws, a person entering or leaving the country is expected to carry cash not exceeding US$2,300, or the equivalent in foreign currency notes.
The news of the first transaction angered Nigerians, particularly as it became clear the private jet involved belonged to the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ayo Ortisejafor.
Mr. Oritsejafor, a close ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, said the plane had been leased to a third party and he could not be blamed for its schedules.
The Nigerian government later admitted it was behind the arms deal, claiming it acted out of desperation for arms to defeat extremist sect, Boko Haram.
South African paper, City Press, said it was the NSA, Mr. Dasuki, who personally authorised the first arms contract by issuing an end-user certificate, alongside a “shopping list” for helicopters, unmanned aircraft, rockets and ammunition.
But Nigerian security officials said the report by the newspaper indeed provided proof that the first transaction was not illegitimate as well, since the end-user certificate and a shopping list were provided.
A security source was quoted as saying “in issuing end-user certificate, the ONSA (Office of the National Security Adviser) ensures that it carries all relevant agencies and stakeholders along. Therefore, such a responsibility is not a unilateral development,”
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An agency frequently used by the Nigerian military to disseminate official statements.
“For security reasons, the chains leading to the issuance of end-user certificate cannot be put in the public domain.
“The recent interest in arms purchase was informed by the challenges of insurgency which our nation had been grappling with in the last few years. This is why the understanding of all Nigerians is necessary.
“Nigeria is desperate to counter activities of terrorists no matter what it takes even when some of our friends are not being fair to us,” the agency said Monday.
The latest transaction was between Cerberus Risk Solutions, an arms broker in Cape Town, and Societe D’Equipments Internationaux, said to be a Nigerian company based in Abuja.
The paper said the deal fell apart after Cerberus, which had earlier received from Nigeria R60 million (N1.02 billion) through its account at Standard Bank, tried to repay the money as it could not resolve its registration formalities with the South African authorities.
“Cerberus was previously registered as a broker with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), but the registration expired in May this year,” City Press said.
“The marketing and contracting permits also expired at the same time. The company has since applied for re-registration, but the application lay in the NCACC’s mailbox for more than two months.
“Sources told Rapport that Cerberus apparently tried to pay the money back to the Nigerian company, after which the bank became suspicious,” the paper reported.
The paper added that while the NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit subsequently obtained a court order in the South Gauteng High Court to seize the money, the NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube, said there were no indications the two transactions were related.
“However, both are now the subject of a criminal investigation and all possible information and connections are being investigated,” Mr. Mncube was quoted as saying.
The statement from Mr. Dasuki’s office confirmed the inability of the South African company to deliver and the attempt to refund.

President Jonathan to confer with leaders of Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin Republic on further collaboration against Boko Haram


Read the State House press release below… President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will undertake a one-day official visit to Niamey, capital of Niger Republic tomorrow, Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to participate in an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government are expected to review ongoing collaboration against terrorism and agree on further joint action to curb terrorism and insurgency within and across their national boundaries.

It will be recalled that President Jonathan and the Heads of State and Government of the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic resolved at a meeting in Paris in May this year to intensify joint efforts to curtail terrorism and violent extremism.

At the Paris Summit hosted by President Francois Hollande of France in the aftermath of the dastardly abduction of the Chibok College girls,  President Jonathan and neighbouring heads of state and government also  agreed to establish joint anti-terrorism patrols and a system of sharing  intelligence to support operations against terrorists and other cross-border criminals.

They likewise agreed to create a dedicated team to draw up and advise on the implementation of a regional counter-terrorism strategy under the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

Benin Republic, which participated in the Paris Summit but is not a member of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, has been invited to the Niamey talks.

The Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with the mandate of sustainably and equitably managing   shared water resources of the Lake Chad Basin and promoting regional integration, peace and security across the Basin.

President Jonathan who will be accompanied to Niamey by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Chief Of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Barde and other senior government officials will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the one-day summit.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

October 6, 2014.

Udenwa heads Imo PDP aspirants screening committee


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There were increased tensions in the camps of some aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP extraction over the appointment of erstwhile governor of Imo state Chief Achike Udenwa as the chairman of the party’s screening committee. According to party sources, most aspirants are gradually withdrawing their intensions with the fear that they would probably not make the list. Therefore instead of being embarrassed out of contest, they prefer to quit.

While some argued that they don’t like the face of Udenwa, others accused the party leadership of secretly over empowering him and his team, insisting that he may be on revenge battle. One of the stalwarts of the party, Hon. Bright Nduka submitted that assigning such strategic portfolio to Udenwa at this critical time has some doubts and desperate under tones which calls for wisdom to enable the faithful interpret it. He pointed out that the period of Barr Anyahie’s leadership might be abruptly come to an end and at the same time, correct the erroneous impression that the Anyahie led government was solely installed by either Ohakim or Senator Hope Uzodinma.

Speaking to Nigeria Moment at Amaifeke Orlu, the country home of former governor and chairman of the screening committee, Chief Samuel Ihekwuaba said that the house of Udenwa has turned to be little Mecca, noting that aspirants have converted the area into mega party secretariat, as the village has become more political explosive than the state party office.

But he expressed fears that the party would soon collapse if the style of politics of acrimony continues to play out, maintaining that the level of schism within the rank and file would be difficult to be contained by the leaders and the committee as there was established back biting in the party even among some big shots in the party too. He said greater number of the members and aspirants were not pleased by the headship of Udenwa, alleging that members of the Onongono faction of the party would be mostly favoured.

Ihekwuaba said that the appointment of Udenwa has directly or indirectly revived the group in readiness to taking over the structure of the party, adding that the group has already commenced legal process to sack the present state party officers which they alleged has lived beyond its statutory life span, being inaugurated by the immediate past governor chief Ikedi Ohakim.

According to him, Udenwa and his team have tactically bounced back into the mainstream of the party politics and would sooner or later take over the administration as to determine what goes where and how as it was during his regime. He contended that only three aspirants would probably contest for the governorship position and he forecasted the three to emerge as Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, Prof. Jude Njoku and Chief Ikedi Ohakim. He declared that any two out of the three can win election for the party and one is bad market.

One is incomparably and eminently qualified and would win if irregularities were checked based on his pedigree, but the other two aspirants need a lot of campaign and house cleansing before they could be accepted by greater percentage of Imo people. On the issue and aspiration of Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha and Hon Bethel Amadi, he simply submitted that the federal forces are working on them and consequently they would not go too far, citing that even the height of Ihedioha’s campaign has reduced and all of them were gradually withdrawing their structures and noise making.

-The Moment

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Seeks New Recruits


The Nigerian Army is presently considering options on how to increase the number of troops in the troubled northeast-Nigeria, a top military source has revealed.

According to the source, who spoke with The Nation, the depletion of troops as a result of security challenges in the country made the measure necessary.

“From all indications, the Presidency may soon consider recruiting qualified, competent, courageous members of Civilian Joint Task F orce, CJTF, into special security forces to be well-trained and equipped in the war on terror.

“Rather than arming the volunteer groups who are proving their worth and staking their lives to protect their communities with mere sticks and knives against Boko Haram terrorists, the system is considering proposals from security and military experts who believe recruitment of qualified youths may be the best option against creating militias that could be problems in future.

“Background checks, antecedents and past exploits and contributions of individual volunteers will be taken into consideration to avoid recruiting those with evil and criminal intents into the specialised forces.

“Other considerations include the fact that such local volunteers understand the terrain of such environment and politics of the insurgents,”  the highly-placed military source informed.

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Another source said: “It has also been discovered  that if members of the CJTF are adequately trained and equipped, they could dare the terrorists in the held communities.

“They had in the past with bare hands arrested Boko Haram kingpins and handed them over to security personnel.

“A lot of members of the CJTF have been killed by terrorists because they are not armed and trained in counter-insurgency operations.

“Many have also called for the recruitment of courageous and qualified young Nigerians who are passionate to build career in the military rather than the jobless ones who join the military only to engage in acts of indiscipline, desertion and mutiny at a critical period of national life,”the source said.

According to findings, the new recruits are to be trained in the use of arms and basic ethics of rules of engagement, among others, before they would be deployment.

“It takes three to four years to train well-qualified troops. The nation cannot afford the luxury of waiting for some years to train troops while leaving security challenges unattended to,”  a source said.

It would be recalled that the leader of Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, had recently warned the CJTF against supporting the Nigerian military.

The insurgents leader, who the Nigerian military claimed had been claimed some weeks ago, had also shown the execution of captured CJTF members in a recent video.

In spite of the victories recorded by the Nigerian militaryagainst the terrorists recently, the Islamist group has beenattacking villages in northern Nigeria, especially Bornofor sometime now.

Only last week, the insurgents attacked a village in Michika Local Government Area in Borno where houses were burnt and many residents displaced from their communities to neighbouring town in Yola, Adamawa state.

Jonathan’s Former Adviser, Gulak Loses Father To Insurgency


Alhaji Ali Gellari, father of former Special Adviser on political matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, has died in Gulak, headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State at the age of 96.

According to Daily Sun report, he was among those who were trapped in the community after Boko Haram’s recent raid and he may have died from lack of care as nobody can go to Gulak without being hurt by the insurgents.

Reports from Gulak indicated that his decomposed body was found three days after he died in his Gulak residence because there was nobody to attend to him.

He has since been buried according to Islamic rite.

Before his death, he was a committed community leader.

He is survived by 12 children, many grand and great grandchildren.

Commiserating with the family of Gulak, the Adamawa State Acting Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri described Gellari’s death as a great lost not to the family alone but the entire state and prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased, saying that he died at a time the society relied on his useful advice and wealth of experience.

It would be recalled that some weeks back, Boko Haram insur­gents seized Michika and Madagali local government areas of the state, hoisting their flag and many residents were killed while others escaped to Yola, the state capital.

Michika LGA was once again attacked by Boko Haram on October 3, 2014, Friday and the house of a former governor and the present minister for Youth Development, Boni Haruna, was attacked and destroyed.

Meanwhile, House of Reps member representing Madagali/Michika federal constituency Titsi Ganama Kwagga has said the situation in the region has worsened.

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Musician Turned Politician 9ice Meets Governor Ajumobi In Ibadan


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A lecturer warned me not to marry pastor Ashimolowo but thank God I didn’t listen’ wife says


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In an interview with City People this week, pastor Yemisi Ashimolowo, wife of pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, founder of Kingsway International Christian Church, spoke about her 33 year old marriage and how a lecturer at UNILAG warned her not to marry the pastor because he had nothing..

“I thank God that I never listened to the UNILAG lecturer who warned me against marrying Pastor Mathew otherwise I would have been probably in a one corner room in Lagos but you see how my life has turned out to be, traveling all over the world to preach and minister. The lecturer never saw any future in Pastor Mathew as a Pastor but the lecturer is late now. I didn’t know that marrying Pastor Mathew will end this way even I didn’t want to preach when I married him. I just wanted to be a full house wife but he was the one who really discovered me and saw the beauty of God in my life. So he mentored me to what I am today and I never knew that KICC would be a big church that it is today” she said

On how they met, the mother of Four boys said

“Okay I can still remember vividly. It was January 1980 when Pastor Mathew came to my Dadi’s church to assist him as an assistant Pastor. He just came out of Bible School as a fresh graduate then and he he was immediately posted to Foursquare Bible Church as an Assistant Pastor to my Father even though he had CAC background. And I saw this young vibrant man who was posted to my Da’s branch. I remember we were having a serious challenge at that time and we were worshiping outside because our properties were thrown out by our landlords over land problem in my area at that time. It was at this period in time that this young and Fresh man came. This man was so committed and the way he was serving God swept me off my feet. Then I told God that ” God, if only you can give me a man like this young and vibrant man that is newly posted to work with my Dad for a husband but must not be a Pastor” , then I will forever be grateful to you. It was his commitment to the lord that attracted me to him” he said.

Asked if it was love at first sight for them, she said

“Not really because he was a pastor and I didn’t want to marry a pastor but I was attracted to him when I saw him. I must also confess marrying Pastor Mathew is the best thing that has happened to me. But you know, as a Pastor’s daughter and having 2 Uncles as Pastors, I wasn’t interested in another Pastor again. But I thank God I got married to him

South Africa seizes Nigeria’s $5.7m in another secret arms deal bust


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Three weeks after South African government seized $9.3million allegedly belonging to the Nigerian government, they have once again confiscated $5.7million arms money from Nigeria.

According to South African newspaper City Press, the money was seized by South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions and even shared some documents. See the full report below.

From City Press

The Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has seized $5.7 million (R64 million) for yet another arms deal between South Africa and Nigeria.
This is the second multimillion-rand arms deal between the two countries in the past month that has resulted in the money being frozen in South African banks.

Last month, R103 million in $100 bills stashed in suitcases was seized at Lanseria Airport, north of Joburg.

The money was frozen in both cases for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions.
City Press’ sister paper Rapport has learnt that the department for offences against the state in the Special Investigating Unit is also involved.

Documents in the newspaper’s possession show that the earlier consignment was approved by the Nigerian government – that country’s national security adviser personally issued the end-user certificate for the transaction.

An entire “shopping list” was supplied with the certificate, which included everything from helicopters to unmanned aircraft, rockets and ammunition.
Sources close to the investigation said the latest transaction was between Cerberus Risk Solutions, an arms broker in Cape Town, and Societe D’Equipments Internationaux, a Nigerian company in Abuja.
An impeccable source said this company paid the R60 million into Cerberus’ account at Standard Bank.

Cerberus was previously registered as a broker with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), but the registration expired in May this year.
The marketing and contracting permits also expired at the same time.
The company has since applied for re-registration, but the application lay in the NCACC’s mailbox for more than two months.

Sources told Rapport that Cerberus apparently tried to pay the money back to the Nigerian company, after which the bank became suspicious.
The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit subsequently obtained a court order in the South Gauteng High Court to seize the money.

Cerberus’ attorney, Martin Hood, this week declined to comment on the matter.
NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube said there were no indications that the two transactions were related.
“However, both are now the subject of a criminal investigation and all possible information and connections are being investigated,” said Mncube.

Source: Citypress.co.za

Photos: Asari Dokubo stones BH sponsors, ‘Chibok scammers’ at Mecca wall


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Asari Dokubo, who is currently in Mecca to observe the hajj, shared some pics on his Facebook page of him stoning the “devil’s wall” in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Below is what he wrote alongside the photos

“Stoning every satan in my life….in my well being …in my match leading to the total liberation and independence of my country from the shackles and satanic grasp of Nigeria….stoning and killing every satanic manipulation,plots,plans and incantations

Oh Allah every Satan had been stoned…be they the hegemonic born to rule satans who strive to dispossess every body else of their freedom, liberty,possession and we’ll being….Every Boko Haram whether hidden or known….every fabricator of the Chibok scam….every lying Steve Davis. Oh Allah let this Jamaarat be a blessing in the totality of my life. Ameen.

Clarion Chukwura slams awards organizers in new press statement


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In a statement released  October 6th, ace Nollywood actress Clarion Chukwurah called out award event organizers, asking regulatory bodies to check the proliferation of these award events. See the statement below…

The time has come for the Professional Guilds of Nollywood to take a unified and decisive action to stop the proliferation of Award Events that exploit the industry and do not add value to the Practitioner/Recipient.

From Nigeria to the United Kingdom, to the United States of America, Nollywood Wannabes and Smart-a*s business men have jumped on the band wagon train of exploiting inaction of the Guilds and the ignorant crave for publicity of Practitioners to exploit Nollywood for the quick buck forming a different Cabal of Piracy.

Thirty years ago when I won the Best Actress Award at the All African Films Festival In Burkina Faso, it came with a Certificate and $500. Nomination for the Golden Globe or the Oscar comes with a certain amount of money, transforms you to an A-list Actor and jerk up your fees, adding value to your career and your professional worth.

With Nollywood, the award organizers walk away with the money while the Nominees and Awardees return home with worthless plaques that make no difference to the Executive Producers. It is instructive to note that without the Practitioners, there is no Show yet every arm of the event, from the Venue, to the Technicians, to the Event Managers and Broadcast Networks et-al, are paid but the established Brands who are invited as Nominees to walk the Red Carpet to endorse their own brands that is still in the making and other upcoming Nominees, who are the Show are simply used and paraded for free.

This despite the fact that Sponsorship, Organizer owned channel of advertisement and Sale of the Show is based on the Product. The disregard for the value of the Product/Practitioner has deteriorated to E-mail and Text Message Nomination notifications and Invitation, or requirement to fly at personal expense to receive awards for which fans pay to attend to see the STAR with no remuneration to the Nominee and in some cases, the same Award is sold for $10 in a New York store.

This blatant exploitation must STOP. The Guilds have to move into action to streamline these Award Events down to those bodies who are serious about promoting the growth of the Industry and adding meaningful value to the career of practitioners. It has become necessary to withhold Guilds’ endorsements for these Award Events until stipulated requirements are met; such as obtaining a License from the Conference of Nollywood Guilds for a fee, Proof of Prize for Award Nominees and Winners, and a verifiable document of Agreement signed by the guild of producers, and the association of marketers endorsing the Award as a basis for increased value of the recipients.

Such a process will help structure the industry against easy exploitation, promote focused growth and build industry collaboration with bodies having serious intent to promote and add value to the industry reducing the others to what they truly should be.. INDUSTRY NIGHTS.. as this process will produce not more than two or three recognized value adding Awards annually in NOLLYWOOD.

CLARION CHUKWURAH
6th October, 2014.

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Photo: Davido shows off plenty dollar bills on instagram


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See moment Arsene Wenger pushed Mourinho during the Chelsea vs Arsenal match [PHOTOS]


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So Chelsea and Arsenal battled it out on sunday…and of course Chelsea won 2-0. But 20 minutes into the match, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger walked over to Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho and pushed him after they disagreed over a tackle by a Chelsea player on an Arsenal player. While protesting to an official over the tackle, Wenger walked too close to Mourinho’s side and Mourinho also started protesting to an official. An angry Wenger walked up to Mourinho and pushed him in the chest and of course Mourinho pushed him back. Other officials broke them up.

The two coaches didn’t shake hands after the match! Arsene Wenger has never beaten a Mourinho side so there’s always tension between these two. See the dramatic photos below.

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In-Laws Of Ini Edo To Expose Her Affair With Governor If…


Ini Edo’s divorce saga just got messier as her in-laws are reportedly threatening to wash her dirty linens in public.

The in-laws have threatened to make public dirty details about her alleged s*x life while she was still legally married to her husband, Philips Ehiagwina, while also calling her a liar for saying she never cheated on her husband.

A source close to the family said: “Ini Edo should shut up about the marriage crash because with the way she is going; by trying to paint Phillip as the wrong party, we may be forced to open her can of worms and it will not be palatable to her and her career. I can tell you that Ini Edo is a serial cheat who played the field behind her husband’s back for the duration of their marriage. Is she going to deny she was dating one Island big boy whose girlfriend organised her friends to beat her up and injure her? Ini Edo is not as innocent as she is trying to make people believe or think.”

According to the source, they caught Ini Edo on three different occasions with different men and if she dares them, they will mention the name of a South-South governor she had an affair with.

Also speaking on the matter, a close friend of her husband said: “Did she tell you how Phillip embarrassed her in front of her people when he went to collect his bride price? He told her people the kind of adulterous daughter they have and how she had been cheating on him right from the first day they were married. In fact, he did not want to collect the bride price but her people begged him to collect it as that would free her to get married to another man in the future.”

Meanwhile, Ruth Okoro , the ex-wife of Philip Ehiagwina has since moved on with her life after her ex-husband pitched tent with Ini Edo.

She is now a medical administrator, actress, and model based in Manhattan, New York.

Way back in 2007, a year before Ini wedded her estranged husband, Philip, Ruth had written an open letter to the popular actress saying:

“Hi Ini, I have information that you are having an affair with my husband, Philip Ehiagwina. He has been deceiving girls all over the place, making them believe he has heaven and earth. You are not the only girl obviously, but Ini watch your back so you don’t regret, I have nothing against you but a piece of advice. I heard that you might be pregnant for him, if it’s true, good luck. I called your manager and told her everything. You are a very pretty girl and should know how to respect your body and pray for the right husband. Do not be carried away by flashy things cause that could be deadly too. All that glitters isn’t gold, remember.”

Ruth recently released some photos. See them below:

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The shocking divorce reports which surfaced less than a week ago, got many wondering what really went wrong. However, the actress took to her Twitter page to confirm the divorce while also denying cheating on her husband.rumors

$9.3m Arms Deal: Attacks On Oritsejafor Uncalled For – Delta CAN


Attacks targeted at the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor over the alleged use of his private jet to smuggle $9.3 million into South Africa is uncalled for, says Rt. Rev Diamond Emuobor.

Emuobor, the chairman of the association in Ughelli North Local Government Area chapter, Delta State, who asked that Oritsejafor should not be dragged into the murky water of politics noted that Oritsejafor remained a man of integrity.

“The world and Nigerians are aware that elements in the northern part of Nigeria are the ones using public funds to cause mayhem in the country,” said Emuobor.

According to him, none of those unsettling the North has been queried over the senseless massacre of Christians and a negligent few of the Muslims in that part of our country.

“Sitting governors, prominent politicians, and devout religious personalities in the north are dismembering Nigeria in their quest to possess the country as their emirate.

“None from the Christian position has leveled any attack at the eminent persons of the Muslim religion because Christianity thought us to honour leaders,” Emuobor said.

DIVORCE SAGA: The Truth About Tiwa Savage


Popular celebrity couple, Tiwa Savage and her hubby, Tunji Balogun have been in the spot light of recent, following news of their marital challenges.

Tiwa was a guest on Saturday’s edition of “The Truth” with Olisa.

During the interview session, the songstress spoke about a lot issues including her controversial hit track ‘Wanted’ video, the music industry, family and her marriage.

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On how she got into music, she said when she was about 14-years-old, she had a crush on a guy in school who seemed like he was only interested in girls who were into music and so she joined the music group in school.

On male artiste in Nigeria she would like to work with, she said Tuface.

Speaking on her controversial ‘Wanted’ video, she said: “Every woman has that element and that period where they just feel sexy inside.I think I was going through a phase. Yea I wasn’t scared to show it and wasn’t scared of any backlash that was going to come ,because I know that whatever happens,I can always back up any controversy with my talent . The song is my favourite in my album. It might not be most people’s cup of tea in Nigeria, but internationally, they listen to that song and they love it . The guy who produced it is Oak, who produced “Your love “for Nicki Minaj. So I love the song.”

She said she has no regrets about the video and is influenced by Beyonce and Mariah Carey.

“I’m influenced all the time. I wasn’t thinking whether Nigeria was ready or not, I was just doing something from an artistic point of view.No regrets at all,” she said.

However, when asked about her husband Teebillz, and if they were cool, she refused to say a word, all she did was zip her mouth. Even when asked about their honeymoon and where they spent it, she still didn’t utter a word.

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Not too long after their wedding, Tiwa made it known that her husband, Teebillz can’t divorce her neither can he return her to her parents.

However some about a week ago, report surfaced that their marriage was headed for the rocks as she sacked him as her manager. The couple later took to social media to subtly debunk the rumor making rounds.

APC Lauds Pastor Adeboye Of RCCG


For dissociating himself and the Redeem Christian Church of God, RCCG, from an “offensive and divisive audio Compact Disc” that is being circulated by certain political Pastors in the country, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has commended Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of RCCG.

Making the statement in Lagos on Monday, 6 October, 2014, was the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, saying the pastor has “again exhibited his characteristic exceptional leadership” and shown what religion should be about, which is love, rather than hate and incendiary statements.

The opposition party expressed satisfaction that the RCCG general overseer specifically asked the RCCG Pastors to ignore the contents of the audio CD, especially all the references to political parties, including the APC.

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“The GO’s statement, in his response to the APC, which had written to protest the divisive and corrosive statements contained in the audio CD, which has been smuggled into some RCCG parishes, made it clear that the RCCG is neutral and apolitical, and that it prays for all irrespective of political persuasion or creed.

”We in the APC are delighted at the GO’s prompt action and statement that the RCCG did not endorse divisive comments in any form or shape, that it has sons and daughters in all political parties, and that the allegations contained in the audio CD are wickedly false, unsubstantiated, ill-conceived and mischievous.

”Equally satisfying is the GO’s directive asking everyone in possession of the audio CDs to return them, and the directive to the Church’s Pastors to communicate such to their respective congregations immediately,” the statement read.

On the audio CD, allegedly produced by one Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, the party wondered why a man of God would engage in what it described as “outright lies to propagate hatred, incite Christians against Muslims so brazenly, as if the adherents of both religions are not children of the same God.”

It faulted the cleric for using “the platform of the church to campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party while seeking to destroy the APC.”

The party statement added: “in a country where the citizenry, whether Christians or Muslims, have been shortchanged by greedy, selfish and clueless political leadership, a Pastor went on record as saying President Goodluck Jonathan has performed 100%, while at the same time demonizing and denigrating the APC as an ‘Islamic Party’ without a scintilla of proof. Much as he struggled to couch his inflammatory and discordant message in flowery lies, it is clear that he was sponsored to inseminate lies to shore up the dwindling fortunes of the ruling party.

”Where in the world has an Islamic Party been led by a Christian? Where in the world has the membership of an Islamic Party been populated by Christians and Muslims? Why would a Pastor whose primary purpose is to preach the Gospel (good news) now make himself available, for whatever reason, as a tool to disseminate lies and bad news?

”Had this Pastor any sense of history, he would have realized how the propagation of hatred, as he is currently doing, led to the killing of over 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda in 1994. This Pastor made it seem as if the terrorists called Boko Haram are fighting the cause of Nigerian Muslims, when he knows deep down that this evil group has not spared
Muslims either.

”We have said it several times: Boko Haram is a clear and present danger to Christians as it is to Muslims. Boko Haram is as dangerous to the rich as it is to the poor, it is as dangerous to the North as it is to the South.

“Simply put, Boko Haram is an enemy of Nigeria and all Nigerians, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity, must unite to defeat the terrorists.”

The RCCG was founded in 1952 by Nigerian pastor Josiah Akindayomi (1909–1980) after he had been involved in several other churches.

In the early 1970s Akindayomi started to look for an educated successor who was not at that time a member of the church. He chose Enoch Adeboye, a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Lagos, who joined the church in 1973.

Adeboye initially became one of the interpreters translating Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English.

He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975, and his appointment as leader of the church was formalized by the posthumous reading of Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement.

Pope Accepts Bishop’s Resignation After Affair With Married Parishioner


Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who stood down after admitting to an affair with a married parishioner, the Vatican said on Monday.
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“The Holy Father Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry from the dioceses of Arundel and Brighton,” a statement said.

Conry, 64, had said in a letter to his parishioners that he had veered from the precepts of the Catholic church but underscored that his actions “were not illegal and did not involve minors.”

According to reports in the British press, Conry, who was appointed by Pope John Paul II in 2001 as bishop of Arundel and Brighton in southeast England, had an affair with a married woman.

The affair was exposed when the estranged husband of the woman hired a private detective to follow his wife when their marriage broke down.

The Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has been named the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until a new bishop takes up the office.

The head of the Catholic church in England and Wales, Vincent Nichols, said it was a “difficult and sad moment”.

The Federal Government Is Too Powerful – Atiku Abubakar


The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday urged the Federal Governmentto transfer some of the powers under its control which will serve as a way of making governance at the centre less attractive to politicians.

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Atiku stated this in Ado-Ekiti while inaugurating the Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe General Hospital built by the outgoing Ekiti State government to mark its fourth year in office.

Atiku who said the  rush for power at the centre  which he described as too enormous could be reduced by the FG by transfering some of it also advised the FG to limit itself with issues relating to defence and foreign affairs among a few other responsibilities.

According to Atiku: “The Federal Government as it is constituted presently is too powerful; some of the responsibilities being supervised by it can be better handled by the states.

“For instance, what is the federal government’s business in agriculture when it does not even own any piece of land of its own.

“Why is the federal government still involved in health matters when most of the health responsibilities are undertaken by the states,” he said.

He suggested that the sectors which include health, education and agriculture should be left for the state governments to manage while stating that provision of funds and resources should be made available to the states in order to be functional.

Atiku, however, commended the efforts of Governor Kayode Fayemi in building the hospital, saying it showed his concern for the welfare of Ekiti people.

Meanwhile Fayemi stated his government kept to its promise as the decision of his government to build a new Oba Adejugbe General Hospital was as a result of the former General Hospital being converted to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).

Atiku Abubakar became Vice-President of Nigeria on 29 May 1999. Just recently he declared his intention to run for presidency in the 2015 Elections under the platform of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

On September 24, 2014, Wednesday, the former vice president in a speech stated his reasons for running

Atiku is married to Titi (Albert) Abubakar and they have four children: Fatima, Adamu, Halima and Aminu.

Aluko, Akpan Among 10 Early Arrivals in Eagles Camp


Reading FC’s Hope Akpan and Hull City’s Sone Aluko are among ten players to have made it to Nigeria camp in Abuja on Monday.

Not less than ten players arrived in Abuja as at Monday afternoon as preparations for Saturday’s crucial Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier commences on Tuesday morning inside the main bowl of the Abuja National Stadium.

Other invitees are expected on Tuesday before dinner. Speaking to reporters at the team’s Bolton White Apartment in Abuja, coach Stephen Keshi said he was impressed by the “response” of the players.

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“The response so far has been wonderful and I am in touch with those who are yet to arrive and they will surely be here in time for proper preparation against Sudan,” Keshi said.

Among the early arrivals are Babatunde Michael, Aluko, Akpan, Nosa Igiebor, Aaron Samuel, Gbolahan Salami, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Ighodalo Osaguona, Chigozie Agbim and replacement forward Emem Eduok.

Nigeria have managed just a point after two round of matches and trail group leaders Congo (6 points) and South Africa (4 points). Sudan have lost two out of two qualifying matches.

Nigeria will host Sudan in the return leg at the Abuja National Stadium on October 15.

Ekiti PDP Petitions CJN Over Complicity Of State Chief Judge In “Judicial Coup”


The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukthar, accusing the Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, of planning to abort the inauguration of Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose slated for October 16, 2014.

The party, in the petition titled “Another Judicial Coup Plotted to Avert the Swearing-in of the Governor-elect of Ekiti State” and signed by the state Secretary, Dr. Tope Aluko, and Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, the party said its findings have shown that the state judiciary was complicit in alleged plans by Justice Daramola and Governor Kayode Fayemi to ensure suits challenging the eligibility of Fayose to contest the June 21 governorship election in the state get accelerated hearing.

“My Lord, on 28th September, 2014, the governor-elect of Ekiti State personally wrote a letter to you, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, raising fears about the attempts of the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to frustrate the swearing-in of the governor-elect of Ekiti State produced by our party.

“This was done in view of Section 185 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which empowers only the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to swear in the governor-elect as the new governor of the state, as Ekiti State presently has no Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal or President of the Customary Court of Appeal that can perform similar functions, in the event the chief judge declines to do so.

“To our knowledge, My Lord is yet to react to that letter. Meanwhile, we are authoritatively informed of another desperate move to obtain a ‘black market injunction’ from an Ekiti State High Court restraining the chief judge from swearing in the governor-elect on 16th October, 2014.

“Our source authoritatively informed us that the E-11 case in suits Nos HAD/51/2014 and HAD/52/2014 are to be given accelerated hearing between Wednesday 8/10/14 and Friday 10/10/14, or thereabout, in a way that a ‘black market injunction’ will be secured to restrain the chief judge from swearing in the governor-elect, after the court might have been re-opened following the NJC directive.

“The outgoing governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ayo Daramola, have finalised arrangement to actualise this diabolical plan,” the state PDP alleged.

The party therefore called on the CJN to expedite action in stopping the alleged judicial coup from being carried out and ensure due process is followed.

“These two cases or any other case that may be concocted are not time bound, or perishable items that injunctions would be necessary to preserve ex-parte or otherwise before the swearing-in of the governor-elect on 16th October, 2014.

“There is no doubt that this dangerous game if allowed to germinate into fruition will cause a constitutional crisis, and indeed, anarchy in the already volatile state. We are most grateful My Lord,” the PDP stated.

Ramos Out of Spain’s Euro 2016 Qualifiers With Injury


Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has pulled out of Spain’s squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers through calf injury.

The veteran centre-back sustained the injury in the first-half of his club’s 5-0 thrashing of Athletic Bilbao in a Week 7 La Liga clash on Sunday.

The two-time defending European champions have named Barcelona’s Marc Bartra as the 28-year-old’s replacement.

“Scans revealed a right calf muscle injury,” read a statement from the Spanish national coaching staff. “Marc Bartra will join the squad on Monday evening.”

Sergio Ramos Shocked After Spain's Early Exit from the 2014 World Cup. Image: Getty.

Ramos has been capped 122 times on international stages and was a member of ‘La Roja’ generation which won back-to-back European championships and the 2010 World Cup before watching their 8-year reign at the top of world football end at this year’s World Cup.

Coach Vicente del Bosque’s side play Slovakia away on Thursday and then Luxembourg also away on Sunday.

Dogs Attack Four Year Old Boy Inside His Apartment


old Omonigho Abraham is currently battling for his life at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, after his scalp was eaten by two dogs, Punch reports
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The dogs chewed the skin and exposed the victim’s skull during the attack which happened on Thursday on Adegboyega Street, Akesan Estate, in the Igando area of Lagos.

However, it was learnt from eyewitnesses that the dogs dragged him through the compound for more than one hour while policemen and sympathisers watched helplessly at the entrance of the house for fear of being attacked by the savage dogs.

The immediate elder brother of the victim, seven-year-old Osemudiamen, told our correspondent that the dogs had chased him, Omonigho and their elder brother, Bobby, while they were taking turns to ride a bicycle.

He said, “We were riding a bicycle in the compound when the big dogs ─ Jack and Gadaffi ─ started barking at us. Later, they moved towards us.

“My elder brother and I quickly ran upstairs and locked the door while Omo (Omonigho), who could not run fast, was left behind.

“When he got to the door, he knocked that we should open for him and as we did, one of the dogs forced his way into the house with him.

“We all ran out. Bobby jumped down from upstairs and I also jumped. But Omo could not jump, so the dog attacked him.

“The other dog also joined in the attack and there was nothing we could do.”

It was learnt that the screams of the children who managed to get outside attracted passersby and residents who besieged the house.

No fewer than seven policemen from the Igando Police Station reportedly stood at the gate, confused.

An eyewitness, who lived on the street, but pleaded anonymity, said, “The police came, but said there was nothing they could do. The dogs were growling as they ate the child alive and that sent fear into everyone. Nobody could move inside to challenge the dogs. Everybody was just shouting in confusion and wielding sticks.”

The victim’s mother, Mrs. Helen Abraham, who was away when the incident happened, said her son had been injured by the time she arrived at the scene.

She said, “When I got there, I met a crowd. They asked me not to go inside, but I refused to listen to them. One of the dogs emerged from the corridor with blood stains in its mouth. I ran inside. The other dog, on sighting me, pounced, but I fought back. It later ran away. I called on people who joined me to take him to a hospital.

“This has been a nightmare I want to wake up from.”

The victim’s father, Mr. Odia Abraham, said the medical personnel at the Igando General Hospital asked them to transfer him to LASUTH because of the severity of the attack.

“The doctor at Igando said his condition was critical and we should take him to LASUTH. When the incident happened, I was away at work.

“But when I got home, I saw parts of my son’s scalp on the floor. The dogs dragged him through the compound for about one and half hours and nobody moved near them. His face was also affected, but thankfully it did not get to his eyes.

“His two brothers, who survived, also got injured. The seven-year-old who spoke with you has a fracture, which we are still treating. The other, who is 13 years, has a minor injury.

“We marked Omo’s fourth year birthday in June. He is a very intelligent boy and he always tells me he wants to be a soldier because he loves to protect people. I am hoping this thing will not affect his brain,” he said.

The police were said to have arrested the owner of the dogs, one Stanley Wesley.

A resident said the people living in the house had warned Wesley about his dogs but he refused to listen.

She said, “We became alarmed when he brought a third dog recently which was more ferocious and bigger than the others. Whenever he took that dog on a walk, even adults would be scared.

“People told him to find a place to keep his giant dogs, but he refused to listen. It was the new dog that first followed those children into the house.”

When our correspondent visited the Burns and Plastic Ward of LASUTH, he was told the victim was asleep.

The matron in charge of the ward told our correspondent she would not comment unless the Public Relations Officer of the hospital gave an approval.

However, the PRO was said to be unavailable as he was on leave.

A medical officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the victim’s condition was “serious and critical.”

The Police spokesperson, Lagos State Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said the police were the ones that actually rescued the victim.

“The report from the Divisional Police Officer indicated that the dogs were being kept to undergo some tests, while their owner had been arrested. The report that the police did not do anything is not true.”

Boko Haram Kills 8 In Rocket Attack On Cameroon Town


No fewer than eight people were on Monday killed in Amchide, Cameroon after a rocket attack allegedly fired by Boko Haram militants from the Nigerian town of Banki, security officials said.

“The rocket landed in Amchide, killing eight civilians and injuring many more. We fear that the number of dead will rise,” a policeman, who asked not to be named told AFP.

According to a Cameroonian security agent, the rocket landed on a road where many people were shopping.

Islamist sect, Boko Haram had several weeks ago taken control of Banki, with the militants trying ever since to make incursions across the border into Amchide, prompting residents of Amchide to set up self-defence groups to fight off the Islamists.

Insurgency by the sect has spilled over into Cameroon in recent times, with border towns in the country suffering from attacks by the terrorists. The Cameroonian military has however killed hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents in its bid to secure the border towns. The attack on Amchide is therefore suspected to be another reprisal attack by the sect.

Injured Moses Out of Afcon Qualifier, Keshi Calls Up Eduok


On loan Stoke City winger Victor Moses has been ruled out of Nigeria’s forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier with a thigh injury.

The 23-year-old suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury as the ‘Potters’ lost their unbeaten away game record at Sunderland on Saturday. He is expected to undergo further scans this week.

Moses only earned his recall to the Super Eagles squad for the double header against Sudan last month after missing out on previous matches against Congo and South Africa.

Victor Moses Jumps For an Aerial Ball With Sunderland's Lee Cattermole at the Stadium of Light. Image: Stoke City via Getty.

Reports suggests Nigeria national team tactician Stephen Keshi has called up Dolphins forward Emem Eduok as replacement for the injured winger. Eduok has scored 13 goals for fifth-placed Glo Premier League outfit Dolphins so far in the ongoing 2013-14 season.

The Eagles training camp for Saturday’s Afcon qualifier in Sudan opens on Monday in Abuja.

Nigeria have managed just a point after two round of matches and trail group leaders Congo (6 points) and South Africa (4 points). Sudan have lost two out of two qualifying matches.

Nigeria will host Sudan in the return leg at the Abuja National Stadium on October 15.

Keshi on Moses: “I tried to reach him on phone, but he did not pick up. The team secretary reached him and he may be out for three weeks or so.”

 

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Moses’ Injury Gives Keshi Sleepless Night


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Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed worry over the recent injury picked up by Stoke City winger, Victor Moses. Moses pulled up injured in Stoke’s 1-3 defeat to Sunderland in the Barclays English Premier League at the weekend.

He had provided the assist for Stoke’s solitary goal at the Stadium of Light, dispatched by Charlie Adam, before he was forced off with the injury. He is now a huge doubt for Nigeria’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying double-header against Sudan.

Speaking to supersport.com, Keshi expressed concern about the injury and expressed hope that it is not as serious as is feared in some quarters. “I was naturally worried to see him (Moses) get injured (on Saturday). He’s been in good form and I just hope that the injury is not that serious because we need him for those important games against Sudan,” Keshi said.

In tears, family, friends, associates sing Dimgba Igwe to eternal glory


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On Saturday, Canal Estate, Okota, Lagos, played host to dignitaries from across the country, as family, friends and associates of the late Pastor Dimgba Igwe, vice chairman of The Sun Pub­lishing Limited, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver last month while jog­ging, converged to sing his soul to eter­nal glory. It was the day set aside for a Service of Songs by his church, Evangel Pentecostal Church.

At the service, soul-lifting songs, which brought many participants to tears, rent the air, as the voices of members of the choir and congregation reverberated in the four corners of the church’s auditorium. There were also showers of tributes on the departed journalist.

As early as noon, hundreds of people had started streaming into the church where the event held. From all parts of Lagos and beyond, they came. For many, it was the last opportunity to ‘interact’ with Igwe again. They came to pour out emotions on the loss, disappointment, hope of life-after-death and many more. They wanted to say everything they knew about Igwe in one whole breath and the event provided that fitting vent.

Expectedly, the atmosphere was solemn, as tributes poured in for the man, who contributed in no small measure towards changing the face of journalism in the country. Those who spoke affirmed that the late Igwe was a media icon, philanthropist, an author, writer, counsellor, mentor, loving father and soldier of Christ. They ranged from his children, church members, associates, employees, friends and well wishers. They bore testimonies of a man, who made impact in their lives.

APC to Jonathan: You can’t take credit for Ebola fight success story


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All Progressives Congress (APC) has told President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop taking credit for the country’s successful containment of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), saying it amounts to sheer dishonesty for the duo to turn what is a collective effort to a campaign issue

Obuh congratulates Pinnick, tasks him


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A leading Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Delta State, Sir Tony Obuh has congratulated the newly elected president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and his executive board over their recent elections in Warri. In his message, Obuh, said, Amaju’s track record in Delta State was enough to raise expectations among Nigerians

Govt intervention saved NFF crisis from more calamities ‘Danagogo


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Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Tammy Danagogo, has said that if not for the intervention of the Federal Government, the administrative crisis rocking the Nigeria football federation (NFF) would have been more calamitous. Danagogo made the comment in a chat with the journalists in Abuja

Yoruba movie star, Olaniyi Afonja (Sanyeri) in baby mama/paternity mess


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Popular actor and comedian, Olaniyi Afonja, better known as Sanyeri has a secret he’s keeping away from his wife, Awawu Omolara Jimoh and the world. He has a love-child from one of his longtime intern and girlfriend, Omotoyosi Jaiyesimi. Toyosi, a beautiful lady who has been shuttling as an intern in Sanyeri’ s drama group and fellow actor, Adekola Tijani also known as Kamilu Kampo put to bed a baby girl last month.

   

The christening of the baby in Ikorodu, Lagos, according to reliable sources was low-key. Sanyeri was shell-shocked when he received the news that Toyosi was pregnant for him, though he knew the baby was coming since the lady had refused his plea for abortion. The fact that she had delivered the baby did not meet him as a surprise.

Sanyeri’s baby’s mama is also an upcoming actress and Islamic singer whose career only recently began to blossom.

Our checks also revealed that Sanyeri who has a soft spot for fair-skinned ladies found Toyosi too hard to resist, and so it didn’t come as a surprise to close friends that the relationship between the secret lovebirds grew from that of an intern- to-boss to a full-blown romantic affair.

   

As expected both sides, who have according to E24-7 MAGAZINE have sworn to a secret oath make it a secret of a lifetime, as long as the baby’s and the mother’s needs are taken care of have denied the story. When E24-7 MAGAZINE contacted Sanyeri on phone, he went on a long pause, apparently ruffled, but later gathered himself together enough to deny the paternity of the child, also claimed that he has never set his eyes on the lady.

 

Following repeated calls to his phone lines, one Sunday who identified himself as his Personal Assistant, Sanyeri eventually responded and made a plea to meet our correspondent to make some explanations but he was faraway. He asked: “Why did you want to write my scandal. You just want to write my scandal.

When told that was not the intention but to seek the truth, he veered off discussion, whipping up sentiments and asked if Toyosi has owned up.

He concluded: “Well, you can go ahead and write your story, I will not die. I will survive, there’s no problem,” he said.

Speaking with E24-7 MAGAZINE, Omotoyosi also refuted the claim that Sanyeri was the father of her baby. In a voice, that betrayed her worries, Toyosi insisted that the father of her child wasn’t in the entertainment industry. When asked for the father of her baby, she said, “Sanyeri is not the father of my child. The father of my child is not in the entertainment industry.” When pressed further to divulge the real name of her baby’s father, she said, “What do you want me to say? Sanyeri is not the father of my child.”

The past one year without my hubby and son has been awful – MIC boss, Tunji Okunsanya’s wife grants rare interview


MOTHER AND SON: The picture they took at the airport a day before his death

One year after the Magbamawo Industrial Company (MIC) boss Tunji Okusanya and his son Olatunji Okunsanya Jnr died in the ill-fated Associated Airlines conveying the body of the late former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu, the pains inflicted by the accident is yet to subside. Read this report by the Nation newspaper below:

Today is a sad day for Dame Mobola Erogbogbo, the mother of the late Olatunji Okunsanya Jnr who died with his father, Olatunji Okusanya, in the Associated Airline which crashed near the Lagos Airport terminal a year ago.
Erogbogbo had lived and showed her son motherly love until the cold hands of death snatched him away.
She told our reporter at her office situated in Shomolu, Lagos mainland that for the grace of God and support of people, losing her son has been a terrible experience that she is still fighting hard to cope with.
She explained that the late Olatunji Jnr on October 2, last year dropped her off at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on her way to London for an exhibition. Right after checking her in, Junior, fondly called Jay, insisted that the mother must take a photograph with him before departing.
“On October 2, last year, Tunji Junior was the one that took me to the airport. I was going to England for an exhibition. He took me to the airport and we checked in. As I was about to go in, he said: ‘Mummy come back. I want us to take photograph together’ and I jokingly said to him: ‘Jay, what do you mean by photograph? I hope you want me to get to this London safely because we have never taken photograph at the airport before’.  I asked him why he wanted the photo. He said: ‘Mummy, let’s just take it’ and an employee who accompanied us to the airport took the photograph and he immediately sent it to the sister in London, even before I got there.
“While we were on board, there was a little turbulence and my mind flashed back to the photograph and it created anxiety in me but I had no clue that it had nothing to do with me but was all about my dear son.
“When I arrived in the UK, I tried his father’s line to inform him that I had arrived safely but his line did not go through. I called his line and luckily it rang and we spoke extensively. I even told him about the turbulence we experienced on air and my fear about the picture. We laughed about it and he told me about the publication that Thisday did on him and he was so excited about it and wanted me to see it. I had no clue that it was going to be my last discussion with him.
“In the morning, I woke up and my grandson came to my room and appealed that I should put on the computer for him for 10 minutes because his parents won’t allow him to watch TV during the week, and when they all left home, I decided to go and sleep but I could not sleep. I tried to put on the TV but could not until my daughter came back and put the TV on Sky News and I saw the news highlight:  ‘Associated Airline crashed in Nigeria, two dead”. I shouted and informed my daughter that it was Junior’s plane because I was aware of the arrangement for the company to convey Agagu’s body to Akure before I left Nigeria.
“ It was about 9.45am and we called Junior’s phone and it rang but no response. We started calling Nigeria, but nobody was willing to tell us anything, and people I had not spoken to for a long time were all calling me and my daughter and it was at that time I knew something had gone wrong.
“All of them refused to tell us the true situation until a family friend called and I asked him not to lie to us about what had happened. He said ‘Mummy, it’s all about you’ and I know that the worst had happened.
“It was like a dream and it has not been an easy experience. I had to cancel my booking for the exhibition and come back to Nigeria.
“I was very fond of him. We were living together and he was supposed to get married this year, and each time I teased him about scattering things, he would say it was only for a while that when he got married, I would be the one missing and sending for him. I did not know that it was not going to be.”
She said the late Junior loved birds and the environment, adding that it was in preserving his memory that Jay’s Garden would be launched today to promote the preservation of garden birds and the environment.
“Jay’s Garden is basically a section of Merry Maid Water Garden. He was a bird lover, just like me, but he was more of a fanatic and these things just evolved while we were cleaning up this place. When the idea came, we decided to call it Jay Garden’s because apart from my son being called Jay, there is a bird also called Jay.
“He got the love for birds from me and his dad who was a bird lover too. They had some bird cages with all sort of birds in their office at MIC Funeral Undertakers. But he was more into it than us.
“On Saturday morning in the house, he would just sit down, even with his last kobo, he would buy food for birds.
“Jay’s Garden is far beyond this space. It is all encompassing; we are going to have competition and we will have talk for school children. It will be a foundation that will continually get young people involved in looking and respecting garden birds. Some children just stand on the road and they start stoning birds; part of what Jay’s  Garden stands for will be to discourage children from doing that and educating them that the birds that they don’t care about are very important in our lives because these birds eat up insects that could affect our food crop, bugs as well.”

Taiwo Oshadipe’s last hours; complained of heart and chest pains


574998_10200739121546042_731762111_n Inspirational singer and the second half of Oshadipe Twins died at 6:30 am on Friday, October 3, 2014, following complaints of chest and heart pains.
Insiders claimed that ever since she had a baby boy in July 2013, she had ceaselessly complained of chest and heart pains – but doctors couldn’t detect exactly what the problem was.

Series of tests, home and abroad, failed to diagnose the ailment.
And many days back, the pain worsened, and she was in hospital, and eventually discharged with no solution to her problem.
She got better last month and discharged by the doctor.
In the early hours of Friday, she started complaining of serious chest pains and while she was being rushed back to the hospital…she died!
May her soul rest in peace…

Psquare launch own ‘beer’ in Congo (photos)


 

Psquare duo Peter and Paul launched their beer drink today in Lumbumbashi, Congo. The beer named ‘Skol’ has its factory in Congo….thus more money for the duo. Remember they are into oil, properties, cartoons and now beer.

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Tiwa Savage fails to tell ‘THE TRUTH’ about her marital issues…



Songstress Tiwa Savage who has been on the spot light for weeks now following her marital issues with hubby, Tunji Balogun, was a guest on Saturday’s edition of “The Truth” with Olisa.
During the interview session,  she addressed a lot of issues including her  controversial hit track ‘Wanted’ video, and how her success has redefined how women entertainers are perceived within a male-dominated industry.

“Every woman has that element and that period where they just feel sexy inside.I think I was going through a phase. Yea I wasn’t scared to show it and wasn’t scared of any backlash that was going to come ,because I know that whatever happens,I can always back up any controversy with my talent . The song is my favourite in my album. It might not be most people’s cup of tea in Nigeria, but internationally, they listen to that song and they love it . The guy who produced it is Oak, who produced “Your love “for Nicki Minaj. So I love the song. I’m influenced by Beyonce and by Mariah Carey by Rihanna, Brandy. I’m influenced all the time. I wasn’t thinking whether Nigeria was ready or not, I was just doing something from an artistic point of view.No regrets at all” She explained.

However, when asked if all is well with Teebillz, she refused to say a word, all she did was “zip her mouth” – even when asked about where they spent their honeymoon, she kept mum. You can watch video HERE.

More details emerge on Taiwo Oshadipe’s death


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The corpse of sensational inspirational singer, Taiwo Oshadipe who died on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 6.30 a.m is undergoing series of tests at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, Lagos.
The remains of Taiwo, deposited at the mortuary of LASUTH in the morning of Friday, because of the suddenness and circumstances of her death, will be thoroughly examined before it can be released to the Oshadipe family from Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.

Meanwhile, her family members are yet to decide on her burial.
Close family sources said that the inconsolable siblings and ageing mother are still struggling to come to terms with her shocking death.
But soon, meetings will hold to decide when and where the Ondo State born singer would be buried.
And then her manager granted a new interview with The Nation hours ago, had this to say:

The illness wasn’t serious. She felt better when she started taking the drugs. But surprisingly, she suffered a relapse this week. On Wednesday, she called her doctor who treated her at LASUTH and was told to come over to his private hospital, as he wouldn’t be around at LASUTH until Friday.

“She went to the hospital, where the doctor carried out some medical checks on her and gave her some drugs. He also gave her an appointment for Friday. But unfortunately, in the early hours of the day, she started complaining of pains.

“This time, it was very severe; so, her twin sister, Kehinde, decided to rush her to LASUTH. However, upon reaching the hospital, she was confirmed dead. So, by 8.00a.m., Kehinde called me and I had to rush to LASUTH to see her for myself.

“It is still very shocking to me. I saw her on Wednesday and we talked and joked. We even talked about my forthcoming wedding. She promised to play at my wedding, so she asked me not to invite any other musician.

“The autopsy report will be out soon. But I know she had recovered from the illness. The last thing she complained about was the chest pain and that was what led to her death two days after.”

READ RUTH OKORO’S LETTER TO INI EDO IN 2007


Recall that in 2007, Ruth had written an open letter to Ini Edo, warning her not to marry Phillip.

Hi Ini, I have information that you are having an affair with my husband, Philip Ehiagwina. He has been deceiving girls all over the place, making them believe he has heaven and earth. You are not the only girl obviously, but Ini watch your back so you don’t regret, I have nothing against you but a piece of advice. I heard that you might be pregnant for him, if it’s true, good luck. I called your manager and told her everything. You are a very pretty girl and should know how to respect your body and pray for the right husband. Do not be carried away by flashy things cause that could be deadly too. All that glitters isn’t gold, remember.” She wrote.