Photos: Portia Yamahan Expecting First Child


First Next Movie Star winner, Portia Yamahan is heavily pregnant. The actress who now lives in America with her hubby, Aaron Peck is expected to put to bed anytime soon. A baby shower was held for her last week where she revealed she was expecting a baby girl.

Photos: Pasuma’s Former Lover, Flakky Ididowo Weds American Lover


Ronke Odusanya popularly known as Flakky Ididowo is married. Ronke who flaunted her $8000 diamond ring some time ago at a Lagos party was said to have breezed into town few weeks ago with her lover where they held their traditional marriage before flying back to the US, where the man has been living for the past 20 years. The man, Femi Anibaba is said to be a wealthy big boy among Nigerian socialites in the US.

A lot of people had thought Pasuma and Flakky were going to tie the knot considering their relationship lasted a while, especially when Pasuma announced he might get married last year. But somehow along the line, they parted ways shortly after Pasuma announced his wedding plans.

We wish the newly married couple all the best. See a picture of her engagement ring

NYSC Boss’ Son Shot By Hired SSS Operatives


Culled From Punch;

Preye, who is said to be the son of the Chairman of the Governing Board, National Youth Service Corps, Chief Gordon Bozimo, has been allegedly shot by suspected operatives of the Department of State Security in Bayelsa State.

Preye was said to have been shot in the stomach in Peretimi Hotels located at Imgbi Road, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where he had lodged.

The victim alleged that the manager of the hotel hired operatives of the Department of State Security to shoot him.

He said on Sunday that three suspected DSS operatives were personally led by the manager of the hotel to deal with him and finally shoot him in the stomach.

It was learnt that following the incident, the hotel was shut down for about five days after some of the workers were arrested, detained and later released by the police.

Preye, who hails from Bomadi, Delta State, spoke in his hospital bed at the Surgical Ward of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he is lying critically ill.

Preye, a building contractor and founder of Prezimo Global Resources, said he lodged in the hotel on September 30 with his cousin, Mr. Nathaniel Alaweremi.

But he said trouble started when he had an argument in the room with his cousin over some financial miscalculations.

The quarrel, he said, attracted the hotel manager whose office was located directly opposite their room.

Preye said, “Last week, Tuesday, I came into Yenagoa so, I went to Peretimi Hotel on Imgbi road. I got there and paid for a room. I had little argument with my cousin on monetary issues involving our construction.

“Our voices went high due to the little argument. The room I lodged in was opposite the manager’s office. She came and accused us of chasing one of her customers away because of our noise.

“She said we were so noisy and didn’t think we could stay in her hotel. So, we said no problem that she should refund our money to us. I approached her and told her that as a manager, she was not supposed to treat her customers like that. She immediately responded and said she would show me.”

Preye, who was writhing in pains, said the manager left them and shortly came back with three armed persons he identified as SSS operatives.

He added, “She left and came in with three SSS men. They were in suites and they wore glasses with two guns and a big riffle. Immediately, they asked my cousin to leave the room. They locked me inside.

“Everything looked suspicious to me because I know that it is not how to arrest a person. While I was trying to plead with the manager that the matter had not got to the level she took it, the SSS men punched on me.

“The next thing I heard was a shot and I realised it was on my stomach and I fell to the ground inside the room and they started hitting me. The other one said, ‘empty his pocket’ and they took all my money, my ATM cards, my wrist watch, pulled my trousers, took my shoes and my car key.

“It was a clear robbery. They now dragged me outside. I was on t-shirt and on boxer shorts. They dragged me through the pavements; all my ribs were paining me.

“Then they fired two shots into the air. When my cousin came to where I was lying, they threatened to shoot him on the leg.They took me into their bus and went away. When we got to the station, they put me on the ground and I was bleeding.”

When asked the name of the station he was taken to, he said, “I did not really no because I was dizzy but it was an SSS station. On the ground, I was bleeding and shouting everybody refused to attend to me.

“But when they saw the amount of blood coming out of my body they now decided to take me to the hospital. So, I was asking why they shot me like a common criminal. They said that they are security agents and they choose to do whatsoever they wish to do and that there is nothing I can do.”

The 32-year-old man said he lost all his valuables including about N100,000 to his attackers during the incident that happened between 12 and 2pm on the fateful day.

Preye continued, “They shot me in my stomach. One of the bullets went in and came out. The other bullet that went in, they still haven’t seen the bullet and the doctor here said I have to go for further check abroad because they have done their best.

“They said even if they see the bullet, they can’t operate it. So, this is the situation. These men were so confident of themselves because they said I can’t do anything. I think they have been doing this kind of thing.”

His cousin, Alaweremi, who corroborated the story, insisted that men of the DSS were persons hired by the hotel manager to beat and shoot his cousin.

He said, “The manager was laughing at my brother’s ordeal and she said that we got what we were looking for. My brother did nothing wrong. The doctors are saying that they couldn’t handle the case here and that he should be taken abroad. Where will the money come out from to run these expenses?”

Though the state Director, DSS, Mr. Dawa Everest, could not be reached for his comments, the Commissioner of Police, said he had yet to get details of the incident.

Bishop Oyedepo To Build More Universities In Nigeria, Other African Countries


Bishop Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide is set to build more universities. The Bishop announced this recently while celebrating his 6oth birthday that two more universities belonging to Winners Chapel are currently under construction and will soon be ready for academic activities. He aslo said, they will be living the shores of Nigeria in the nearest future to build the 5th, 6th and 7thuniversities in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa respectively.

It will be recalled that, Bishop Oyedepo presently owns Covenant University and Landmark University which is located in his hometown, Omu-Aran in Kwara State.

Usain Bolt Parties Up at the Annual Oktoberfest Beer Festival (Photos)


The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt is known for living life in the fast lane.

He has also proved he is no slouch when it comes to sinking a few beers. The Olympic and World champion, 28, looked in high spirits when he returned to Germany last night for its annual beer festival, the Oktoberfest.

Kitted out in traditional German lederhosen, Jamaican sprinter was the star attraction as he posed for the cameras during the annual 16-day festival. He was happy to mingle with fans while pulling his infamous pose and was later spotted cozying up to one blonde admirer before giving her an affectionate peck on the cheek. Scroll down for more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Gaga Flashes her Bare Bum in Public


Just check out these photos of her leaving the O2 Arena in Hamburg last night. Lady Gaga made workers at the arena do the double take as she left the place flashing her derrière.

Photos: VP Sambo, Others Pay President Jonathan Sallah Homage Visit


VP Namadi Sambo today led some government officials, Christian and Muslim leaders, FCT residents to the Aso Villa on Sallah homage visit . Scroll down to see more photos.

President Jonathan, VP Sambo, NSA Dasuki, Mallam Yusuf Alli & his children during Sallah homage visit to the Villa.
Alh. Kassim Alkali & children paying Sallah homage to President Jonathan at the Villa today.
President Jonathan, VP Sambo & Oloye Jumoke Akinjide on Sallah Day at the Villa.
Anglican Primate Nicholas Okoh
President Jonathan, Deputy Chief Imam National Mosque, Primate Okoh & FCT CAN Chair on Sallah Day at the Villa.
CoS Arogbofa, DCoS Abubakar, State House Perm Sec Emordi
VP Sambo, Dr Muhammed, Hon. Na’Abba, IG of Police & NSA Dasuki at the Abuja National Mosque on Sallah Day.

How We Communicate with the Dead – Charly boy’s Virgin Angels


Charly Boy’s Virgin Angels, Zizi and Zaza have granted their first interview. And believe me, it’s so creepy. lol.

According to Tribune, the pretty young ladies call themselves Virgin Angels who communicate with the dead. You dare not attempt to probe them further about the meaning of their names, Zizi and Zaza or where they come from. After much efforts and pleas from Tribune reporter Segun Adebayo, they eventually opened up a part of their lives while they maintained that the rest will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Excerpts:

  • They call you the Virgin Angels, who exactly are you two?

We help Charly Boy communicate with the other world.

  • What other world?

The world where his father has gone to. We help to get in touch and communicate anytime he feels like talking to his father. This is a place where not every one can get to except people like us.

  • People like you? You mean virgins alone?

Yes, only the pure and the unsoiled.

  • They call you Zaza, where is Zaza from?

Yes, I am called Zaza and I am from everywhere. Some of us come from the sky, some of us come from the air even from the water.

  • Will it be right to call you Fairies?

You can call us anything you want. The most important thing is that we know who we are and we do our work when we are needed.

  • You said you communicated with Charly Boy’s late father, what’s the mode of your communication?

We communicate spiritually. We also communicate by trans. We help him connect emotionally, spiritually and mentally.

  • How long have you girls been around?

It has been long.

  • How did the two of you meet?

You know that sometimes, two powers attract each other and they find a common ground where they would meet. It is not about what I see in my partner or what she sees in me, it is about what we see in Charly Boy.

  • So, what’s the special attraction to Charly Boy?

He’s special. He’s wonderful. He’s in touch with spiritual side that we don’t see often. I think that was what brought us to him.

  • How did you meet Charly Boy?

We found each other physically.

  • Where?

Where would you like it to be?

  • You should tell me since you know where you met him. I was not there.

We just found each other. Location does not matter as long as we are here and we are doing our work. Don’t let’s spend much time on that because we won’t get anywhere with that.

  • After seeing Charly Boy, who else have you found?

Charly Boy is the first of his kind. We have not found another person like him. When we get, we will let you know. You seem to be curious and you really want to know more about us. Don’t worry, you will be notified when we find another pure soul like that of Charly.

  • How do you want to reach me if you find it, apparently I don’t have a pure heart like Charly Boy, do I?

We will find you. Don’t worry. Whether your heart is pure or not, we will get back to you.

  • Do you have human feelings? I mean you are human, aren’t you?

How are you sure we are humans?Take a look at us again, do we look human to you? If we look it, then your guess is good as ours. But then, let’s say we are what we are.

  • You said you are virgins, how did you discover that and who actually carried out the test to confirm your virginity?

Our virginity is an ideology. It is not the physical virginity that we are talking about. We are untouched physically, mentally and spiritually because like she said, we are medium to communicate with people outside this world, like we are currently doing for Charly. He went through a sad period in his life and we had come around to help him get over that period.

  • What other things do you do for Charly aside communicating with his father?

We comfort him and heal him in our own way. Not physically. We are always there for him as much as we can.

  • How long will your healing take and what part of his body are you healing.

We will heal him as long as it takes. Healing does not have a time frame. It is a gradual process. Talking about what part of his body we are healing, we won’t want to disclose that to you.

  • You are young virgins and beautiful, after this process, do you plan to get married?

If we find someone worthy of us, we will get married.

  • Are you planning to marry the same man?

No.

  • I learnt you guys are still in the University, what could you possibly be doing in school if you possess the power you claim to have?

Yes, I am studying Library and Information Science but that does not stop me from assisting Charly whenever he needs me. We try as much as possible to work round things so that we won’t have to worry about this or that. Zaza, my partner is studying Law. Charly tells us what he needs and we do what we need to do. Hopefully, I will be called to the bar next year and I also hope to sue people for fun. It will be interesting.

  • Why do people like you need to be educated, do spirits go to school?

A part of us needs law and documentation. There are laws every where even if you can’t see them. I mean law exists in everything we do. Even the Bible and Holy Quran are books of laws. So, we need law to co-exist peacefully.

  • After all this is over, what is your next journey going be like that?

Like I said, we don’t know for now where we are heading to but we are surely going to a new place for another mission after the completion of work with Charly. We are happy to have been part of history in Imo State, Owerri when Charly Boy buried his father.

  • You witnessed when his father’s remains were lowered into the grave, what do you make out of that; do you believe that something like that would happen to you one day?

Death is inevitable. We all must die. How we die or when we die does not matter in this matter. What matters is where you go after you pass on.

  • So, where do you go after you are no more?

Let’s wait till we die. We can’t tell you where we are going to now when are still here.

  • What exactly do you people believe in?

We believe in peace. We believe in happiness. Follow your plans. Do what makes you happy and fulfilled.

  • Do you believe in God?

The concept about God has caused many wars. Everybody has their own gods and this is one thing that has divided men from the word go. The beauty of everything in life is to love and live peacefully with every person that comes your way.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Removed as Trustee of Church’s U.K. Branch


The face-off between the Founder of Believers Love World (aka Christ Embassy) Chris Oyakhilome, and his wife, Anita, has taken a new dimension!

According to an exclusive report on PremiumTimes, Mr. Oyakhilome is no longer a trustee of the United Kingdom’s branch of the church.

With Mr. Oyakhilome’s removal, his wife, Anita, now presides over a seven-man Board of Trustees of the N8.2 billion rich branch, church documents reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES have shown.The six other members of the board are:

  • Obi Chiemeka,
  • Ifeoma Onubogu,
  • Nkem Odiakah,
  • Raymond Okocha,
  • Tony Obi and
  • Uche Onubogu, all pastors believed to be loyal to Mrs. Oyakhilome.

Mrs. Oyakhilome has for long headed the U.K branch of the church but her husband, before what appears his sudden removal, had since inception presided over the Board of Trustees of the charity.
The new development suggests that in addition to the matrimonial squabble the couples are having, an intense power struggle and battle for the soul of the U.K. branch of the church might be going on between the estranged lovers and partners as well.

In fact, Mr. Oyakhilome had dropped the first hint that there might be a hierarchical row in the church when he reportedly accused his wife of acting like an equal and wanting to overpower the authorities of the elders she met in the church.

PREMIUM TIMES’ review of documents filed by the church’s UK branch to the Charity Commission of England and Wales has now shown that Mr. Oyakhilome is no longer a registered trustee of a branch of his church with total asset worth over N8.2 billion (£31 million). Until he was recently abruptly removed, Mr. Oyakhilome was consistently listed as a prominent trustee since 1996, when the branch was established.

Contrary to the church’s practice of stating reasons for removal of trustees in the past, no reason has been given for the removal of Pastor Oyakhilome. It is unclear whether explanation for the action would be given in the church’s annual report for 2013 which is yet to made public by the charity commission.

According to the church’s financial statement, in 2009, five pastors were removed from the church’s board of trustees after they resigned from their positions and two others were appointed. A Charity Commission spokesperson, Sarah Hitchings, told PREMIUM TIMES that it was not the concern of the commission to know why charities remove or replace their trustees.

The international office of Christ Embassy refused to respond to questions this newspaper sent through email neither did the international audit and accounting firm, Mazars, appointed by the Charity Commission to run the affairs of the church after it opened statutory inquiry into the finances of the church following suspicious payment it made to connected parties worth N941 million between 2008 and 2012.

However, church insiders said the removal of the pastor was a plot by his wife to take total control of the affairs of the branch even as her relationship with her husband of two decades deteriorates. With his ouster, those who should know said Mr. Oyakhilome has lost the locus to interfere in the affairs of that branch of the church.

“He has been effectively sidelined,” a church insider said. “The law in the U.K. does not recognise him as an interested party in that branch of the church anymore.”

Anita herself loses control

But even the seven-man board led by Mrs. Oyakhilome has itself lost control of the affairs of the church.  On August 11, the U.K. charity commission effectively sidelined her board and appointed an interim manager to take over the management of the church.

In what it described as a “temporary and protective measure,” the commission appointed Rod Weston of the international audit and accounting firm, Mazars, to take over the running of the church.
The Commission says it is investigating the church over “a number of serious concerns relating to the use of charitable funds, in particular large connected party payments and the potential misapplication of grant funding.”

Until investigation is concluded, Mr. Weston would preside “over the management of the charity, including its staff, assets, interests, and relations with third parties,” the commission said. He is also expected to discharge the functions of the church’s trustees and take steps necessary to secure and take control of the assets of the church.

The commission however added that the activities of the church would not be suspended by the appointment as the Interim Manager is expected to work with the pastors of the church to ensure its religious and charity activities continue as before.

Photo: Herdsman Kills his Master in Oyo State


A 20-year-old herdsman, Abubakar Mohammed in Oyo State has confessed to killing his master because he refused to fulfil his promise of giving him a cow after serving him for a period of time.

Tribune reports Abubakar said instead, his master sacked him about six weeks to the date he was supposed to fulfil the promise. And right now, he is cooling his heels at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in Oyo State Police Command.

Mohammed was arrested by policemen from Saki Division in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State after he clubbed his master, one Aliu Umaru (25) to death while sleeping. The incident occurred at Sani-Sala village via Saki, in Oke Ogun area of the state on September 17, 2014. One Alhaji Abubakar Dikko of the same village had reported at Saki police station on September 18 at about 12.50a.m. that his younger brother, Umaru was killed by Mohammed and one Sidi at a cattle camp, a few kilometers away from the village.

Alhaji Dikko told the police that Mohammed’s action was based on a minor argument between him and his master the previous day. The police were also informed that the suspect went away with one of his master’s cows. Acting on the information, the policemen went in search of Mohammed, and with the help of vigilance group members of the community, he was located and arrested with the cow.

Aliu Umaru reportedly met Mohammed at Ilesa-Baruba, a border community between Oyo and Kwara States on June 9, 2014 and contracted him to rear cows for him. Before Mohammed started working for his master, Crime Reports learnt that Umaru showed him a cow which he said would become his own after five months of working for him. But the deceased breached the agreement when, after three months and two weeks, he asked Mohammed to leave, saying that his services were no longer required. Not only that, Umaru reportedly decided that Mohammed’s services each month were worth only N3,000, so he paid him N10,000 for the months he spent rearing his cows in the bush.

Speaking with Crime Reports on how he killed his master, Mohammed said:

“When I left on that day, another young herdsman working for Umaru, known as Sidi, asked me to come back at nightfall so that we would join hands together to beat our master to death. I lurked in the dark until it was very late in the night and Sidi and I used sticks to beat Umaru while he was sleeping. I ran out to where his cows were kept, identified the one he promised to give me and went away with it. Unknown to me, the news that our master had been killed had circulated, so policemen and vigilance group members came after me. They caught up with me in the bush with the cow.”

Sidi however denied being part of the killing, saying Mohammed did not reveal his plan to him. A police source told Crime Reports that Sidi claimed that he was with his master till about 10p.m. on the fateful day before he left for the part of the bush where he kept the cows he was taking care of. He said he returned to his master early in the morning, only to see him in a pool of his blood, which made him raise the alarm to alert others.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, confirmed the story, saying that the suspect would be charged to court after investigations.

Stunning Photos of Ini Edo’s Ex-Hubby Philip Ehiagwina’s Ex-Wife


Ruth Okoro is now a medical administrator, actress, model based in Manhattan, New York. She used to be married to Ini Edo’s now ex-husband, Philip Ehiagwina.

Check out these recent photos of her I just laid my hands on. Way back in 2007, a year before Ini wedded her then hubby, Philip, Ruth had written an open letter to the star 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.”

Well, how does she handle all the drama now? Ruth says:
When your confidence comes from God, no matter how unstable things of the world may be, you’ll always remain ROCK SOLID because you ain’t of this world but of His!!!
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A Man in France has Married his Father’s Ex-Wife (Photos)


A woman last weekend tied the knot with her stepson – after fighting for months with French authorities for the right to marry.

Elisabeth Lorentz, 48, finally married Eric Holder, who is three years her junior, in the parish church in the small village of Dabo in Alsace-Lorraine, north-east France. According to French media reports, Ms. Lorentz met Mr. Holder’s father in 1989, when she was 24 years old. The couple had a daughter in 1997 – she is Mr. Holder’s half-sister, but also his goddaughter. Mr. Holder also had a
daughter at around the same time.

Ms. Lorentz married Mr. Holder’s father in 2003, but they separated three years later. Ms. Lorentz told French media her former husband instigated the break up.

‘I was not expecting it, it was a shock. I was an adult so I made do. But our daughter who was nine-years-old felt the separation very badly. She cried every day. That’s when Eric was a great support for us and our relationship evolved.’

Mr Holder, who says he did his best to comfort his half-sister, who is also is goddaughter and now his step-daughter, added:

‘When my father left my mother, I felt abandoned. I knew how she felt.’

With Mr. Holder and Ms. Lorentz’s friendship soon developing into a love affair, it wasn’t long before he proposed. But quickly they ran into trouble with French law, which prohibits all unions between stepchildren and step-parents – even former ones.

The couple pleaded their case through the courts right up to the Elysee Palace, only to receive a signed letter from President Francois Hollande last year reconfirming that such marriages are banned. They finally obtained the right to marry from a local court in north-east France in June. The prosecutor’s office opposed the decision but did not appeal.

‘At last, it’s the big day! I simply hope that our story will be useful to other couples in our situation, because I know there are some,’ said Ms Lorentz.

She has previously insisted that their relationship has been totally accepted by their family, including their children.

‘Eric’s father, who is also my ex-husband agrees perfectly our history. Our girls too. They have almost the same age and consider themselves sisters. We never differentiate between them. Moreover, they will both be bridesmaids at our wedding,’ she told Le Républicain Lorrain.

The ex-husband of the bride, who is also the father of the groom, was to be among the 100 or so guests at the civil and religious ceremonies in Dabo.

‘He has always supported us,’ Ms Lorentz said.

 

More Photos From Bovi Man On Fire Event


Here are more exclusive pics from the Bovi Man on Fire event which held on Friday night in Lagos. See more photos  below

Emma Nyra blue carpet look
Her performance outfit..

Tee Billz on Alleged Marriage Troubles With Tiwa: “Doro na Tiwa…..Doro is a cheerful giver”


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This really proves that there is fire burning in the matrimonial home of Tee Billz and Tiwa Savage.

With all efforts to confirm the controversies surrounding Tiwa Savage‘s marriage being rebuffed by both, the pop star’s husband and former manager, Tunji ‘TeeBillz’ Balogun might have given a hint of what could be the possible problem between the couple.

Sources say that a correspondent who ran into Tee Billz at an event on Thursday, October 2, 2014, had asked for an interview only for him to declined giving details but said: ‘Oh! You are asking me what the problem is?! as if you all don’t know already, now no one seems to remember ‘Doro na Tiwa…..Doro is a cheerful giver’, go and ask DoroTiwa what the problem is and leave me alone.’

The couple got married in an extravagant ceremony on Saturday, April 26, 2014, which was held in Dubai.

KCee: “I don’t intend to float a clothing line”


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The Limpopo master — KCee who has an affinity for pink clothing and thinks of himself as a fashion Icon once again spoken about his career as a musician and his love for fashion.

The singer recently spoke exclusively to HipTV where he promised to throw a grand party for his fans if he wins an award at the forth coming 2014 Headies scheduled to hold on October 25 in Lagos.

When asked if he has any plans to float a clothing line, the Five Star music artiste said, ‘Well, for a while now, me and my fans have been fighting on a lot of fashion issues, on who knows how to dress and who doesn’t, but for mow my focus is not on setting up a clothing line now, I’m focused on making more good music for my fans to enjoy. In the future if I’m less busy and I have the time I might consider it but for now, I’ll stick to music and dressing up myself, if I like I can combine 25 colors at once it’s still fashion.’

Eedris AbdulKareem: “MTV Base is a fraud”


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I have noticed that anything a list about anything pops up, it always causes a lot of controversy among the celebrities.

Following the list of top 20 Nigerian songs of all time released for Nigeria’s 54th Independence by urban cable TV music station, MTV Base, a number of Nigerian entertainers continue to react to the list, with some describing it as incomplete while others are slamming the omission of notable hit songs that should have made the list.

One of the first to comment was pop sensation, Iyanya who felt bad that his 2012 hit song ‘Kukere’ didn’t make the list.

Controversial veteran rapper, Eedris Abdul Kareem has also spoken on the controversial list, with the rapper reserving some harsh words for MTV Base and branding the station a fraud.

His tweets read: ‘Where are the fela classic evergreen songs where is Nigeria jagajaga where is mr lecturer where is African china … Mtv is a fraud. Ubanku. I would like to say that from the director of research mtv Nigeria and all that made the selection of the evergreen songs may GOD punish you’.

eedris 

APC’s guideline ahead of 2015 General election.


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APC Presidential Aspirants:……N27M

Incumbent Governors seeking re-election:…N10.5M
Other Guber aspirants….N5.5M

Seating senator seeking re-election:…..N5.3M
Other Senatorial aspirants:….N3.3

Seating Fed Reps:…..N3.2M
other rep aspirant:….N2.2M

Seating State House member:……N800,000
Other State house aspirant:……N550,000

Presidential and guber screening to be held simultaneously from Nov 10 to Nov 12. Appeal to hold on Nov 13-14th.

Guber Primary:….Nov 15th, and appeal Nov 18th and 22nd

Presidential Primary:…. Dec 2nd

Zoning divides Bayelsa PDP


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The move by some leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state to introduce a zoning arrangement ahead of the party primaries is creat­ing disaffection within the state chapter of the party.

Daily Sun checks revealed that at a stakeholders meeting held last week in Sagbama to endorse President Good­luck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson, for 2015 presidential and 2016 Bay­elsa governorship elections respectively, some prominent members, led by pioneer chairman of the party in the state, Charles Dorgu, further resolved to zone the National Assembly slots of the party.

With the new arrangement, the three senators and five House of Representatives members from the state in the National Assembly had been zoned out of the 2015 race.

With the new zoning, it was gathered, Sagbama would now produce the sen­ators for two terms of four years and Ekeremor would produce the House of Repre­sentatives members, also for two terms.

Those affected by the pro­nouncement, which had re­portedly polarised the party in Bayelsa State into pro-zoning and anti-zoning fac­tions, are Senators Emmanu­el Paulker (Bayelsa Central), Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayel­sa West) and Clever Ikisikpo (Bayelsa East) in the upper legislative chamber. Those in the House of Representatives are Foingha Jephthah (Nem­be/Brass), Henry Ofongo (Southern Ijaw), Warman Ogoriba (Yenegoa/Kolo­kuma-Opokuma), Dr. Stella Dorgu (Sagbama/Ekeremor) and Nadu Karibo (Ogbia).

AFCON 2015: Keshi’s hammer awaits Emenike


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Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi will be awaiting the ar­rival of his players, as the team’s camp opens today, but he would be particularly awaiting Fenerbache striker, Em­manuel Emenike who it is believed is not happy with comments credited to the manager about his lack of seriousness.

Emenike was irked at Keshi’s purported attack in the media, criticising him and noting that the action painted him in bad light be­fore his fans.

Speaking with the BBC, the Turkish based star said the action of his coach, who is like a father to him is unfortunate, as the coach broke one of his own rules by criticising him in the lo­cal media.

Last week, Keshi was quoted as saying he is un­happy with the Fenerbahce striker, whom he dropped to the bench in last month’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations shock defeat to Congo in Calabar.

The coach criticised Emenike for only arriving on the eve of the game and not showing him and his teammates enough respect.

2015: DSS seizes arms in A’Ibom


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The Department of State Service, Akwa Ibom State Command, has seized arms and light weapons stockpiled to disrupt the 2015 elections in the state.

It was learnt that operatives of the DSS on undercover operations have been mopping up arms in the state while suspects had been arrested for interrogation and prosecution.

The state Director of the DSS, Mr. Toma Minti, said in Uyo on Saturday that the morale of his men had been high, adding that they had exhibited the determination to check crime in the society.

Minti, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Fubara Duke, said the DSS in the last few months had prevented many criminal operations, adding that working in close collaboration with other security agencies aided the command’s operations.

According to Minti, the relative peace experienced in the state was the outcome of intense reconnaissance by the DSS operatives in the state.

Tonto Dikeh shows off her sexy beach style (Photos)


 
Tonto Dikeh hit the beach today with stylist, Jeremiah Ogbodo…..She looks stunning…

Henrietta Kosoko Moves Out Of Husband’s House


Popular couple Jide and Henrietta Kosoko have started living apart. The couple, who have been married for years, recently started living separately when Henrietta moved out of their matrimonial home in Abule Egba. As a matter of fact, some reports claim their marriage have collapsed, but Henrietta insists she only moved out of her husband’s house because of polygamy pressures. ‘I am very much at peace with him’, she said. Meanwhile, the actor is said to have taken in a new wife.

2015: Group Pledges To Deliver Highest Number Of Votes In S/West For Jonathan


GEJAhead of the 2015 general elections, a group, New Dawn Nigeria, NDN, has promised to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan polls the highest number of votes in the South-west.

The founder of the group, High Chief Tom Ateke, stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday, during the inauguration of the South-west chapter of the group.

Ateke said the group decided to work for the re-election of Mr. Jonathan following the success of his transformation agenda.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Hon. Belief Tamunokun, Ateke, while delivering a lecture, titled, “Good Governance For Equity and Justice in Nigeria”, during the inauguration, said the president had shown his commitment to the development of the country.

He described Jonathan as humane, trusted, God-fearing, reliable and detribalized.

According to Ateke, the group was planning a mega rally in the South-west which will hold in Akure on a yet-to-be announced date.

He said that the rally will serve as avenue to sensitize the public about the concept behind NDN.

Pastor claims he hijacked truck with N25m goods to sustain his church (PHOTO)


The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji Adele, Lagos, has arrested a pastor, Peter Iyasele(Middle), and two others for allegedly hijacking a truck with N25m worth of goods in the Ijora area of Lagos.
Punch learnt that while the two other suspects ─ Anthony Ibiade and Amas Debar ─ were arrested in Ijora, the 56-year-old clergy was arrested in Igando, Lagos.Our correspondent gathered from the police that the hijacked truck, which contained 25 heavy duty outdoor airconditioners, belonging to a company based in Apapa, Lagos.According to the police, the market value of the heavy duty air conditioners is about N25m.
It was gathered that the suspects were arrested after information got to DCP Chris Ejike. He subsequently directed his men to trail the suspects who were on the move to sell the products.
Our correspondent learnt that after the truck, which was initially heading for Ikeja, was hijacked by the suspects, the airconditioners were taken to a warehouse in Ibadan, Oyo State.
However, after the police swooped on the suspects, 22 units of the products were recovered, while one had been vandalised. The remaining two were said to have been sold.
It was gathered that two members of the syndicate ─ Oliver and another whose name had yet to be known ─ were still at large and were believed to have sold the two air conditioners.
The police said the suspects were experts in hijacking and diverting trucks containing electronic appliances and other household items.
In his statement to the police, the pastor said he was working as a transporter before he took to hijacking trucks. He added that the new job was to “source for funds to sustain my church.”
Iyasele, an indigene of Edo State, said in his statement that he heard a call from God, but there was no money to pursue it. Hence, he had to source for funds to be able “to survive in the ministry”.
Punch gathered that 38-year-old Debar and Ibiade, 53, were the first to be arrested by the police before they led detectives to the pastor.Our correspondent learnt that Iyasele’s church is situated along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Ibiade, in his own statement, confessed to the police that he was the one who arranged for the driver who took the hijacked truck from Lagos to the warehouse in Ibadan.

Code Of Conduct Bureau Directs Fayemi, Others To Declare ‘End Of Tenure Assets’


Kayode-FayemiMr. Akinfolarin Feyisola, Director, Code of Conduct Bureau, Ekiti State, has directed Gov. Kayode Fayemi to declare his “end of tenure assets” unfailingly before the expiration of his tenure.

Feyisola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday that the directive also affected the outgoing deputy governor and other political office holders.

He said that all the affected public officers had been duly informed.

Feyisola said that it was mandatory for every political office holder in all parts of the country to declare their assets when coming and leaving office.

He said that defaulters would be dragged before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for going against the law.

He said that some of the officers had started collecting the assets declaration forms after receiving the reminder of the constitutional provision.

The director, however, said the current closure of all courts in the state was a challenge for those who had filled their forms but have nowhere to swear affidavit or do other court processes.

Feyisola advised those who are yet to collect or complete their assets forms to do so immediately, while awaiting the re-opening of the courts. (NAN)

Bama: Military orders arrest of General for running into bush with troops in fear of Boko Haram


President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General. Musa Sain Yusuf after the Inauguration of Court Martial to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014

ABUJA—There were indications, weekend, that the Army High Command has ordered the arrest and detention of a Brigadier-General attached to the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army (names with-held) over allegations of negligence that gave Boko Haram terrorists an opportunity to overrun some communities in Borno State recently.

Vanguard gathered that the senior officer who hails from one of the states in the South West, was the officer coordinating the military onslaught to dislodge several Boko Haram terrorists from Bama, Gwoza, Madagali, Michika and other communities in Borno and Adamawa states that later fell into the hands of the terrorists.

The General was accused of providing poor leadership and failed to instil confidence in the soldiers, resulting in several soldiers allegedly abandoning the fight against the terrorists while several of them lost their lives.

According to the source, when the Boko Haram insurgents came in full force to attack Bama, some top brass of the unit offered no resistance by running into the bush.

The source disclosed that the insurgents entered the Brigade Headquarters and Armoury freely and carted away  vehicles and Tanks.

Vanguard was told that some of the commanders were rescued from the bush by a battalion deployed at Konduga, which was stationed about 15 kilometers behind Bama, the last deployment before Maiduguri.

The Military high command was said to be furious that the insurgents after taking over Bama and killing hundreds of civilians ransacked the armoury with no soldier offering resistance, leaving the insurgents to have a free day.

According to the source; after seizing the equipment at the 21 Brigade Bama, the terrorists used the same weapons to attack the infantry battalion at Konduga but met their waterloo where hundreds of the Boko Haram insurgents were killed.

The source added that the 21 Armoured Brigade which had several armoured tanks could not withstand the battle that was later decided by less than 400 infantry soldiers in Konduga.

It was further gathered that after running away from Bama, some top brass of the brigade and about 800 troops went straight to Maiduguri instead of joining the troops in Konduga to repel the attack.

To face court-martial
Vanguard gathered that a board of inquiry is investigating the  conduct of the officers for acts of negligence among other offences.

Military sources further told Vanguard that Boko Haram terrorists were not really better armed in the terror war but rather leadership of troops on ground has been discovered as a problem that needed to be tackled.

Giving an instance, a source said: “Commanders of troops are supposed to lead soldiers from the frontline but what we discovered is that most of the commanders operate and give orders from the rear.

“If not that our soldiers are rugged and know that the Boko Haram terrorists could not match them professionally, what we are seeing today would have been the opposite. Actually, when terrorists see soldiers coming, they run for their lives, but due to poor leadership, the back-up arrangements are not activated. When soldiers therefore run out of ammunition and the terrorists regroup, soldiers will have no other choice than to retreat”.

The source cited the successes recorded severally in the battles to take over Konduga as the perfect way the Nigeria Army operates, noting that even though there were four different attacks with heavy weaponry, the army was able to defeat them and recovered stolen weapons.

Military extends restriction of vehicular movement in Maiduguri.
Meanwhile, the ban on vehicular movements in Maiduguri, which was to last from 5 pm last Friday till 7 am today has been extended till tomorrow.  The ban was imposed following intelligence reports that Boko Haram terrorists will attack mosques, markets and other public places during the sallah period.

A statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of 7 Division Col. Sanni Usman, said “all necessary security measures are being implemented, while members of the public are hereby requested to comply fully with this embargo as defaulters will be severely sanctioned”.

He said, however, that workers on essential services such as hospitals and fire services with clear identification are exempted from the restriction.

Colonel Usman then advised members of the public to report any suspicious movement of persons or vehicles around their environment to the nearest security agencies.

Source: Vanguard

Ex-Sports Minister, Adedoja, Vows Not To Give Up On Oyo Gov. Ambition


Taoheed Adedoja1One of the leading governorship aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Oyo State and former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, has vowed not to give up until he becomes the governor of Oyo State.

He said this at the weekend when speaking with reporters in Ibadan.

The ex-minister, who had been a governorship candidate twice in 1998 and 2007, said he would not relent until he becomes governor of the South-West State.

“Life is such that you don’t give up”, he said.

Adedoja boasted that of all the aspirants, he has the best shot at the government house because of his political experience.

Dismissing the rallies organised by some of his co-contestants as unnecessary, he hinted that until the party picked its candidate for the election, it was needless to be going about organising rallies.

“You can only seek for people’s votes after you have become the party’s candidate. Since I have declared my interest, I have not gone anywhere to campaign. I am a popular politician who is known by all. What I need to do is just to renew my relationship with them”, he said.

The ex-minister boasted that if the party chose him, it could be rest assured of nothing short of victory, adding that he was grossly under-utilised in the state, going by his antecedents and political record.

Some Of The Chibok Schoolgirls May Never Return, Obasanjo Says


obasanjo-300x224Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has dashed the hopes of families of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls saying many of them may never be reunited with their families.

Obasanjo, who made this known in an interview with the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday, said that many of the girls may also give birth to children of the Boko Haram insurgents, thereby confirming fears that the teenage girls maybe victims of forced marriages or even s*xual abuse in the hands of their captors.

He also said that the insurgents may have separated the girls and not kept them in the same place, pointing out that even though he had a way of communicating with them, he has not been given the green light by government to speak with them.

The former president said that succeeding generations would continue to remember the girls who were abducted from their hostel in April by the Boko Haram insurgents who have held them captive since then.

Chief Obasanjo said that only some of the girls, who would later get pregnant and find it difficult to cater for the babies while being held captive, might be released by the group.

“I believe that some of them will never return.  We will still be hearing about them many years from now, some will  give birth to children of the Boko Haram members, but if they cannot take care of them in the forest, they may release them”, he said.

‘She gives me peace of mind’ – 9ice gushes about new Baby Mama


9ice who welcomed his fourth child with his 3rd baby mama last month, opened up to City People on the new woman in his life..

 “Let me just tell you this and I pray it will be reported the way I said it to you. It is true that I have a child; it is true that I am with someone named Olasunkanmi Ajala and she is the mother of the child. That is the truth of the story; and if you check my instagram page, you will see my daughter Michelle there. She is there, her name is Michelle Abolanle Akande and she is there. So, it is not something you can hide for long. How can you hide a good news like having a child, it is one of the information you can never hide under the sun; it is a joyful thing.

On what he likes about his baby mama:

“I have my peace of mind. Ti n ba mu gari ni si yi, gaari yen moju mi dan, ti nba so fun yin pe garri ni mo mu, mo wa okay, afi tin ba bi abi tin ba po ni everybody ma mo pe garri ni bobo yii mu. (If I drink Garri now, I am at peace with myself and the Garri will make me look healty. If I don’t tell you that I drank Garri, you wouldn’t know except I vomit and you see my vomit) But kin je salad constantly, tin baa ru ke’egun , ee ti mope aah, bobo yi o gbadun life e, e woo bo se ru. Beeni, te ba ti ri, ee ti mope aah, bobo yii o wa ok; pelu gbogbo owo to ni. Se, kole jeun to da ni? (But if I eat salad constantly and I am not happy in my heart, you will notice and you will blame me by saying, oh, this guy is rich yet he is looking sick, does it mean he cannot enjoy his money again?)  So, emi gigun, Alafia ati ifokan bale ni eyan le fi lo ile aiye, kii se oye owo ta’a kojo. (It is peace and joy that can give you a quality living not the amount of money you have in your account) Eeri bawon politician was en ko owo joo to, won o ni Alafia, won oni fokanbale. Owo ta’a ma ni, tao ni ni ifokanbale, Olorun maje ka’a ni. (Look at the way our politicians are amassing wealth yet they are not at peace even with their health. The money we will have that we will not be at peace with ourselves, may God never give us).

My last moments with Taiwo Oshadipe, by her manager


One of the Oshadipe Twins, Taiwo, died in the early hours of Friday October 3rd. Her manager, Olu Akinsanya, speaking for the first time about her sudden death, said she might have died of complications arising from chest-related pains.

Speaking to exclusively to The Nation, Olu said she was ill about a month ago and was admitted at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, and was given some medications.

“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.

‘Eagles Need A Fresh Coach’


Siasia-Keshi-05 10 14A RECENT pronouncement by former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, that he ‘needs the job back,’ seems to be giving former Green Eagles winger, Adelabu Adegoke, a great concern.

The former Dream Team chief coach (Siasia) had declared during a media parley with Friends of Football Foundation in Abuja last week that: “If the new NFF board decides to appoint me, I will gladly accept the job because Keshi also took the job away from me.”

According to Adegoke, such pronouncement is not expected from a coach like Siasia at this time. “He had his chances and support of every Nigerian, but couldn’t make good use of it. I think he (Siasia) has to go to a club to equip himself once again before taking a shot at the national team,” Adegoke told The Guardian in a telephone conversation Saturday.

At the media parley in Abuja last Tuesday, Siasia declared that there was nothing wrong in indicating his interest to take the Super Eagles job. He insisted that since coaching is all about hiring and firing, there was no big deal in his eyeing Keshi’s job, more so when Keshi was the one he lost the job to in 2012.

“One point I want to make is that I don’t have any problem with Keshi. He remains my friend. Since he took my job, we still talk, hug and relate very well,” Siasia said.

But Adegoke faulted such move, insisting that Nigeria needs a fresh coach to build the senior national team. “We want a standard in our national team,” Adegoke said. “To be sincere, a coach like Siasia needs to go to a clubside, maybe, to acquire new things about coaching and in the process, prove to Nigerians that he has improved himself for the Super Eagles job.

“I quit agree that Siasia did a good job as coach of the junior team at Beijing 2008 Olympics and that was why many Nigerians supported him to become Super Eagles coach about four years ago. But to think of returning to the Super Eagles so soon should not come now,” Adegoke said.

In his playing days, Adegoke was one of those who made the then Green Eagles a delight to watch. With his pace, skillful run and dribble, the ex-Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan winger was able to over shadow England-based John Chidozie in the battle for jersey in 1982.

Adegoke had played alongside Keshi, Henry Nwosu, Humphrey Edobor and Kennedy Boardman in the Flying Eagles team that lost to Cameroun in the qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1981. The Sports scientist was in North Carolina, USA, recently, where he attended a meeting of former Nigerian international players on how to move the country’s football forward.

Apart from the views expressed by Adegoke, some other Nigerians also feel that even if the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the NFF decides not to renew Keshi’s contract following the team’s poor run in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers, Siasia should not be the right man to step forward for the job.

“I won’t support the new NFF board to renew Keshi’s job because he is going about the Super Eagles job as if it is his personal property. His hard stance against the invitation of some players to the team is working against us already and he is not ready to listen to the views of other people. But I will be the last person to clamour for the return of Siasia to the team. He better look for something else to do,” a football analyst, Patrick Chibuzor said on a radio sports programme in Lagos yesterday.

Siasia was appointed as the coach of Super Eagles on a four-year contract in 2010 at an emergency meeting of the technical committee of the NFF in Abuja, where he was picked over Stephen Keshi. He succeeded former Super Eagles’ defender, Austin Eguavoen, who was then an interim coach of the team. Siasia had worked as one of the assistant coaches to Eguavoen at Egypt 2006 Nations Cup, where they led the Super Eagles to a 0-1 loss to the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the semifinal played in the city of Alexandra.

The news of his appointment as head coach of the Super Eagles was greeted with massive support from Nigerians, who rooted for him against Keshi during their interview.

Siasia commenced his Super Eagles coaching job on December 1, 2010 and was charged with the responsibility of qualifying Nigeria for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which was co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

He failed in that assignment, as the Eagles were forced to a draw at home by Guinea, thereby denying Nigeria a ticket to the 2012 Nations Cup.

Before then, Siasia had failed with the home-based Super Eagles who suffered a 2-3 defeat in the hands of a group of Academicals’ players assembled by Togo in the final of the 2011 WAFU Cup played at the MKO Abiola stadium, Abeokuta.

Some Nigerians have not also forgotten the attitude displayed by Siasia, when he was relieved of the Super Eagles job after failing to qualify the country for the 2012 Nations Cup.

Instead of taking his sack in good faith, knowing full well that he will come looking for the job some other time, Siasia decided to launch legal action against the NFF demanding a huge sum of N1 billion as damages, claiming a breach of contract.

In that suit, Siasia asked the court to award him N5 million pocket expenses he incurred while managing the Super Eagles outside of the N1 billion damages.

His legal team claimed a breach in contractual agreement signed with the NFF, saying that the football body violated a formal 30 days’ notice. He later asked his lawyers to withdraw the suit, citing ill advice as reasons for his rush to court.

2015: Umeh, Obiano, Iheanacho vow to reclaim Imo


Governor Willie Obiano and his wife, Chief Ebere Obiano during the grand take over yesterday

Ahead of the 2015 gu­bernatorial election, the National Chair­man of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, Anam­bra State Governor Wil­lie Obiano, and former Interior Minister, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, have served the Imo State Gov­ernor a quit notice, vowing to reclaim the party’s stolen mandate.

Speaking at the sensitiza­tion rally of the party held at the weekend in Owerri, Imo State capital, Umeh, in his ad­dress, expressed satisfaction with the level of prepared­ness showcased by APGA leaders in the state which he attributed to the party’s deter­mination to reclaim its stolen mandate in the forthcoming general elections.

While charging party members to always work har­moniously towards actualiz­ing total victory for APGA, Umeh also assured that only responsible and true Igbo sons and daughters without questionable background would be nominated as can­didates of the party at differ­ent levels in the state to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

Also speaking, Governor Obiano, who was visibly elated, urged party members to remain steadfast and com­mitted to the party’s victory in 2015 bearing in mind that APGA was formed to realize and protect the collective Igbo interest.

He promised to give the necessary support needed in Imo for the party to reclaim its mandate and win over­whelmingly in the forthcom­ing general elections.

He acknowledged that it would be a difficult task for any other political party to defeat APGA in Imo judging by its present strength and the grassroots support the party enjoys in the state.

In his own words, the for­mer Minister of Interior and governorship hopeful Cap­tain Emmanuel Iheanacho re­assured that the party leaders and stakeholders in the state have agreed to close ranks to ensure that APGA wins the governorship election in 2015.

Emphasizing that APGA has been well repositioned ahead of future political chal­lenges, Iheanacho revealed that Imolites have already embraced the party again be­lieving in its ideology, adding that it was a clear indication that APGA has been deeply entrenched at the grassroots to win elective positions in the state.

He promised to rewrite the history of the state in the areas of socio-economic development, job creation, women and youth empower­ment, affordable and quality healthcare delivery, industri­alization and quality educa­tion system.

Highlights of the rally in­cluded the formal defection of a very close political ally of Governor Rochas Okoro­cha and Pro-Chancellor, Imo State University, Chief Clem­ent Owunna, Hon. Ifeanyi Oguzie, former Transition and Executive chairman, Isu LGA and others numbering over 5,000 from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Inside Bishop Mike Okonkwo’s N20 billion TREM


Trem is big enough to contain you, small enough to reach you and powerful enough to deal with anything the devil brings against you. This is the articulated vision statement of the Bishop Mike Okonkwo led, The Redeemed Evangelist Mission, which was launched on January 4, 1987. The ministry, which took off from a humble beginning in an uncompleted building, has grown into a household name with over 160 branches in 10 nations of the world. The ministry, with presence in Africa, Middle East, America monthly income of N20 million from tithes, aside offerings and special TREMdonations. Also the ministry which has their world headquarters at Obanikoro/Anthony Oke, Lagos, dedicated their cathedral on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The multi-million naira auditorium would comfortably seat over 20,000 worshippers. The intimidating auditorium has an oval shape of a standard stadium and the equipment was all procured abroad. The funds for the cathedral came from pledges by friends and worshipers. The Church auditorium which was tastefully built and furnished to the modern day standard gulped a whopping N20 billion.

The Cleric, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, also operates a prisons’ outreach which ministers to inmates of various prisons and remand homes in the country. Okonkwo who hails from Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government of Anambra State, during the war underwent the military training but had no opportunity to practice what he had learnt because the war ended the very night he was deployed to the war front.

Orange Drugs’ Sir Tony Ezenna fine-tunes daughter’s high society wedding


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The Saturday, October 11, 2014, wedding of Orange Drugs’ Sir Tony Ezenna’s daughter, Uchenna Cynthia and her beau, Chukueku Elurihuka Gboneme is garnering momentum as finer details are being worked on to turn the nuptials into a fabulous event the high and mighty can relish and savour.

With ‘black tie’ dress code, and reception at Grand Ball Room of Oriental Hotel (Victoria Island, Lagos), class and elegance and resources put to very good use will be paraded.

The singing duo of PSquare (Peter and Paul Okoye) will perform to the delight of guests, alongside other A-list acts.

About 1,500 high profile guests have been invited (the special box invites were done in Indonesia where the billionaire mogul has partners for his pharmaceutical business).

The well – connected man of means (Sir Tony Ezenna) whose collection of luxury marques include Bentley and Rolls Royce is ready to give his first child a roller-coaster wedding we won’t forget in a hurry.

encomium.ng learnt that the groom, from Agbor in Delta (the Ezennas are from Imo), is lucky to have a socialite as mother (Mrs. Cynthia Esther Gboneme) who will pull her weight in gold.

Uchenna Cynthia Ezenna who was educated in the United Kingdom and United States of America works for her father at Orange Drugs.

Chukueku Elurihuka Gboneme and Uchenna appear to have been dating for many years if what he tweeted on January 24, 2011, was anything to go by.

He tweeted, “@uchennaEzenna ‘Let’s do this’ LOL.

Fashola, Minimah, Amosu, Pay Last Respects To Benjamin ‘Black Scorpion’ Adekunle As He Goes Home


adekunle-corpse-and-fasholaGov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State was among the people who paid their last respect to the late Brig-Gen. Benjamin Adekunle before he was laid to rest on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that others who went to pay their last respects were the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minnimah and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Mashal Adesola Amosu.

The funeral service, held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island, saw many senior and retired officers trooped to the occasion to pay their last respects before the remains were buried at the Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens.

The oldest son of the deceased, Mr Adelaja Adekunle, told journalists that the ability to speak
three major Nigerian languages helped his father during the war.

“My father speaks the three major Nigerian languages: Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. It helped him a lot during the war.

“My father was a man with great feelings for all.

“He hardly spoke to us about his escapades during the war, and having been born after the war, the things we heard about him were what his colleagues said.

“They all have enormous respect for him.

“What we heard was that he ensured that all soldiers under his command got adequate protection and that he believed in one Nigeria.

“My father was given a task, as regard his military calling, to restore peace in his area of responsibility and to ensure that the country remained one”, he said..

Adekunle also said that the father was one of the most humorous persons to be with at any time.

“He was honest and did not hide his feelings on any issue; he treated all his children equally”, he said. (NAN)

2015: South-East Widows Pray For Peace, Endorse Jonathan For Re-Election


FIRST LADY DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN, AND CHIEF MRS EBELECHUKWU OBIANO, WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE DURING THE SOUTH EAST WIDOWS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME HELD IN AWKA...SATURDAY

Hundreds of widows from the South-East on Saturday prayed for peace in the country and for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

The women, who gathered at the South-East Widows Empowerment Programme in Awka, also prayed for unity and peace in the country, especially as intense politicking had begun.

The programme was organised by “2015 For Jonathan (4J)’’, founded by a businessman, Chief Arthur Eze, in collaboration with Women for Change and Children Development.

Speaking at the occasion, the wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan, stressed the need for women to love one another, cater for persons in need among them, and pray for peace in Nigeria.

“Let us do well. Let people see that you are a true Christian through your attitudes.

“Women should come together to appreciate themselves. They should be protected and loved by men”, she said.

She commended the president for giving women 35 per cent affirmative action in the country.

The first lady also commended the people in the region for supporting her husband during the 2011 presidential election.

She said that the president was determined to rehabilitate roads and provide more infrastructural facilities in the zone.

Jonathan urged the widows who received various items of empowerment at the occasion to make judicious use of them and improve on their living conditions.

Items distributed to beneficiaries, who were no fewer than 500, included sewing machines, grinding machines, hair dressing equipment, rice, soap, wrappers and cash.

In his remarks, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, said that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) would give the president 100 per cent support during the 2015 presidential election.

He, however, announced that the party would contest other positions in the general elections.

Obiano said that the first lady’s empowerment programme was in consonance with the programmes of his administration, which had already generated 15,000 jobs and attracted 800 million dollars investment.

Also speaking, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, commended Jonathan for associating with the widows.

Ihedioha, who spoke on behalf of other National Assembly members at the occasion, recalled that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the National Assembly and National Executive Council had endorsed Jonathan for 2015.

“The initiative of ‘4J’ has strengthened our resolve to support Jonathan for re-election.

“We are convinced that if and when he decides to run for re-election, he will continue to transform the country”, he said.

Earlier, founder of 4J, Eze, said that the organisation had empowered more than 90, 000 widows and 35 orphanages in the region

According to him, the organisation has also built homes for the homeless as well as cared for numerous aged in the society.

“The aim of 4J is to provide and care for widows. It was inspired by the love the wife of Jonathan has for widows”, Eze explained.

In their separate speeches, the wives of the governors of Abia, Delta, Enugu, Eboyi and Anambra commended Mrs Jonathan and Eze for caring for the widows.

They said that Jonathan was God’s agenda for Nigeria, adding that nobody could stop him in the 2015 re-election bid. (NAN)

PDP, APC In War Of Words Over Alleged Plan To Attack Osun Elections Tribunal


omisore-and-aregbesola-360x225The Osun State chapter of All Progressives Congress has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of planning to cause violence at the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Osogbo.

The APC alleged that the PDP planned to cause violence in order to force the panel to deliver ruling in its favour.

The state APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Osogbo.

The party, however, called on security agencies to prevent the PDP from “throwing the state into anarchy”.

The statement read, “The APC has alerted the state security agencies to prevent any attempt to cause a breach of the peace in the state.

“The State Election Petition Tribunal is a prime target of the PDP to put it under extreme pressure to decide in its favour.

“The election petition tribunal resumes sitting next week in Osogbo and we want security agencies to prevent the PDP from disrupting the peace in the state”.

But the PDP had earlier alleged that the ruling APC in the state was planning to cause violence and blame it on the opposition.

The APC called on security agencies to also investigate the allegation by PDP.

The Chairman of the state PDP, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, described the APC as “desperate and violent group of people.” He accused the APC of unleashing violence on members of the PDP following the “fake victory in the August 9 governorship election”.

He said, “If they want to carry out their violence against one another, they should just go ahead, and not drag our party into it. What in God’s name would have made APC thugs disguise as PDP members to their members and record same scenario?

“That is an attempt at propaganda and it is nothing short of a Hollywood stunt, but we call on security agencies to be alert to the APC’s evil machinations.

“We are urging the police and the Department of State Security and other security agencies to be alert to prevent the ruling party from fomenting trouble and passing the buck to this party”.

Saraki, APC Stakeholders Endorse Ahmed For Second Term


bukola-abdulfatah ahmedA former Governor of Kwara State now Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and stakeholders in the state chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, have
endorsed Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for a second term in office.

Saraki, in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the state capital on Saturday, stated that he endorsed Ahmed because he believed that the governor had performed well during his first term.

“In my own view, I believe that he has performed. He has provided leadership. He has built up from where we left. He has been able to bring significant development despite the paucity of funds in the state. He has shown responsibility and we believe that leaving him in
that direction for another four years for him will be good for the state”, Saraki said.

It was also gathered that APC stakeholders in the state had, after a series of meetings, okayed Gov. Ahmed for a second term in office.

In another development, Saraki lamented the recent destruction of about 300 houses in Ilorin by flood.

He blamed the development on the non-completion of the de-flooding of Kwara State or the channelisation of Asa River.

Saraki said, “The issue really is that somebody must be held accountable; somebody must ensure that the contractors’ claim of paucity of fund should be rectified. More funds should be released to the contractors.

“We are just lucky that no live was lost. The funds are available; the contractors must be held responsible. If what he is saying is that funds have not been made available, then the ecological funds should make funds available to him.

“These are the kinds of things that make us to review the efficacy of the ecological funds. Is this the best way of supervising this kind of contract. If necessary steps is not taken and this flooding happens again, God forbid, lives might be lost.

“There is the need for prompt action to be taken and I think the state government has written to the National Emergency Management Agency to see that some relief materials are provided for some of the victims”.

Saraki, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, said once Senate resumes from its recess, the committee would inquire from relevant stakeholders in the project why the contract had not been fully executed.

2015: PDP Poised To Free Kwara From Captivity – Minister


MINISTER OF NATIONAL PLANNING, DR.

Minister of National Planning, Dr Suleiman Olanrewaju Abubakar, has stressed the importance of unity among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State ahead of the 2015 governorship election in the state, just as he expressed optimism that the ruling All Progressives Congress will be sent packing in the forthcoming poll.

According to the minister, the victory of PDP in the state is not negotiable, because all party members and the entire people of Kwara have resolved to fight for the freedom of the state from those he called oppressors and individuals who have held it captive since its creation in 1967.

Dr Abubakar, who spoke through his Special Assistant, Prince Mahmud Dansofo Mohammed, at the leaders’ summit of the party, entitled, “vision for a New Kwara: Unveiling Post 2015 Agenda for Development and Prosperity”, in Ilorin, the state capital, also dismissed insinuations that all was not well with the party in the state, stressing that people jostling to emerge as the flag bearer of the party would work together to ensure victory for it next year.

“Our common goal is to defeat APC next year, and I want all the people of Kwara to join PDP in prayer so as to secure freedom for Kwara from those who have held it captive for years”, he added.

The governorship aspirants, while taking turns to speak, pledged their loyalty to the PDP and said party interest was supreme to personal ambition.

The aspirants: Deacon John Dara, Engr Jani Ibrahim, Senator Simeon Ajibola, Mr Abubakar Kale Belgore, as well as Engr Sunday Babalola and Senator Gbemi Saraki, both of whom were represented at the summit, spoke of the need to save Kwara from decadence that pervades its education, agriculture, public service and other sectors, due to poor governance and leadership

We’re Not Following Mimiko To PDP – LP


MIMIKO-SAMBOMembers of the Labour Party in Osun State will not defect with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to the Peoples Democratic Party, the Chairman of the party in Osun, Mr. Tunde Olatunji, has said.

Olatunji was reacting to Mimiko’s defection, noting that the LP is unmoved by the development.

He said members of the LP in Osun would not join the PDP because the governor was not the reason they joined the party in the first place.

He said, “We are not joining the PDP. No way! We came to the LP on our own. We didn’t join the LP because of Mimiko. We came to join the party and not to join Mimiko.

“His exit from the party does not mean everybody will follow him to his new party. We have nothing to do with the PDP or the APC. We remain in the LP. And nothing is shaking us”.

Amnesty Opposes Death Sentence For 12 Convicted Soldiers


MutinyAn international human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, has kicked against the death by firing squad sentence passed on 12 Nigerian soldiers by a military general court martial in Abuja for mutiny, among other offences.

The court three weeks ago, found the soldiers guilty of attempted murder for firing shots at the General Officer Commanding the newly created 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maimalari Barracks, Maj.-Gen. Ahmed Mohammmed, in Maiduguri, Borno State and sentenced them to death.

The sentence has generated ripples across the land with a cross section of Nigerians calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene by commuting the soldiers’ death sentence to life imprisonment.

AI’s Media Director, Ms. Susanna Flood, in reaction to the sentencing, said the organisation was opposed to the death penalty, regardless of the offence.

“The reason we have not said anything about (the conviction) was because we weren’t able to monitor the trial and assess that it was fair, which is very important for us. We have to back up our comments with facts.

“We oppose the death penalty in all instances. So, in the case of these soldiers, we would be opposed to their death penalty. We are looking into the trial and trying to ascertain more facts about all that went on or the situations that led to these men being, first of all, charged and then convicted. We are now investigating”, she said.

Ms. Flood noted that human rights change would not happen overnight and that one needed to look at the proverbial big picture.

“If you look at our work on the death penalty, and you examine the statistics when we launched our campaign against the death penalty, which was more than 20 years ago, compared with the figures now, you will notice that the number of countries around the world executing prisoners is decreasing.

“Sadly, Nigeria is still executing. Eliminating the death penalty is a slow bit of progress. We can see all the achievements we have made over the years in getting the death penalty reduced around the world.

“Recently, we got news from Israel. Israel has had a particularly harsh form of detention for African asylum seekers, where they have been locked up in unacceptable conditions. We heard that the Israeli Supreme Court had overturned the ability to do this and this detention will no longer continue for Africans”, she said.

How I Made Enemies Serving Imo Governor -Uche Ogbuagu, Confesses


The former Senior Assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha on Entertainment, Hon Uche Ogbuagu, who reportedly resigned from the position, has revealed that he made more enemies serving Governor Okorocha than friends which was the major reason why he decided to resign to save the face he laboured to build as a notable entertainer cum public relations guru.

Hon. Ogbuagu who is presently a Media Executive in the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), also disclosed that he has taken time to compile all the atrocities going on in the present administration, including how all the projects from the Federal Government are been claimed by State Government thereby keeping Imo people in the dark and preventing them from appreciating the Federal presence in the State as well as the misappropriation of the funds meant for the development of the state in his new album which will be released soon.

While chatting with newsmen recently in Owerri, the Public Relations guru, narrated how his bureau was starved without subvention and how he ran the office to a great extent with his personal money and yet achieved what non of his commissioners can achieve.

He also narrated how he alongside Imo State Pioneer Entertainment Trope, which he sponsored to the United Kingdom, were humiliated just for mentioning the name of Governor Okorocha in the diaspora.

Hon. Ogbuagu denied the media report by a state based newspaper that he was sacked by Governor Okorocha, stating that he dumped, the present Government because of its insincerity to Imolites, maintaining that the report emanated from individuals who have run out of ideas and resorted to blackmailing and damaging propaganda.

The Akabor-born compere cum comedian berated the APC -led Government in the State over what he described as “Construction of China roads and life consuming bogus roundabout projects here and there.”

He said, “Nothing about this government is real. Its all about the more you look the less you see, a government that we tell its subjects another thing and do another thing. Divert public funds for personal use, a government where people working under it are suffering, but are forced to smile”.

Speaking further, Hon. Ogbuagu, whose 2011 album titled “OKU Dl OVER” contributed to the emergence of Governor Okorocha, said he never believed what he experienced could come from someone who many believe is a notable philanthropist until he worked under him, calling on Imolites never to wish for an administration like the present government ever in the state, vowing to share his experience with Imolites through his new album, urging Imo people never to relent in fasting and prayers which according to him is the only miracle that can rescue Imo from the present unfriendly government come 2015.

Dangote To Pump $12bn Into Nigeria’s Economy


Aliko-DangoteThe President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has said he will invest $12 billion in Nigeria’s economy. This is as he expresses his belief in the country. Dangote made this known in his eid-el-Kabir message issued in Lagos.

Out of this, he said, $2.3 billion would be invested in sugar and rice production in Adamawa State to create about 180, 000 jobs and combat terrorism in the North-East.

According to the statement issued in Lagos, apart from the $12billion dollars he plans to invest in Nigeria, he would also invest $4billion in other parts of Africa in the next five years.

The business mogul stated that he would not have invested in the country, if the atmosphere was not conducive.

Dangote urged Nigerians to use the festival to pray for the country for peace and security to prevail.

He pointed out that all Nigerians needed is to continue to pray to God and cooperate with the government to jointly solve the nation’s problem.

While wishing all Muslims a spiritually rewarding festival, Dangote described the current situation in the country as a passing phase. He urged Nigerians not to allow themselves to be overwhelmed by despair but to be determined and courageous.

“It is high time Nigerians rededicated themselves and maintain the virtues, without which the country would continue to wander hopelessly”, he added.

Tinubu: Nigeria Needs Help


Bola TinubuA former governor of Lagos State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has declared that Nigerians must pray for God to raise disciplined leaders that will make the nation work.

Nigeria, he stated, needs divine intervention.

Tinubu, in his Eid-el-Kabir message issued by his media Office, said: “Nigeria needs help. The problems we ought to have overcome now threaten to overcome us. Millions of our people endure the daily grind of poverty and deprivation.

“In the midst of plenty we remain empty. May Nigeria experience a new day”.

While congratulating Muslims for being alive to witness another celebration, he reminded them that the task of rebuilding Nigeria requires collective efforts.

This, Tinubu opined, will be possible with sacrifices on the part of all Nigerians.

“Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam” – President Jonathan


Nigerian President Jonathan Meets with Chancellor Merkel In Berlin
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Abuja restated that the activities of terrorist groups across the world had nothing to do with Islam.
The president stated this when a delegation of the Muslim community led by Vice President Namadi Sambo paid him Sallah homage at his official residence in the Presidential Villa.
Jonathan maintained that there was nothing Islamic about the atrocities being perpetrated by Boko Haram in Nigeria or Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq who claimed to be fighting for the propagation of Islam.
“What is happening globally now has no religious basis. Only yesterday, a British aid worker was slaughtered by ISIS and that is not Islamic.
“Boko Haram killing innocent children and women in market places, in mosques and schools definitely has nothing to do with religion,” he said.
The president noted that this year’s Sallah celebration was significant, citing certain natural coincidences which, according to him, showed that something good was happening to Nigeria.
“This year is quite significant in terms of celebration of Sallah, because the Day of Arafat coincided with a

Friday, and from what I was told it takes a long time to have that coincidence.

“And remembering the fact that 2014 is our centenary year, it shows that something good is happening to this country.
“We may have our challenges as other nations, but when things begin to happen in a particular way, I begin to see light at the end of the tunnel.
“A number of things that have to do with our belief system suppose to encourage us to see our neighbours as ourselves,’’ he said.
While congratulating Muslims all over the world, the president urged them to use the period to seek God’s mercy for those hiding behind religion to perpetrate evil.
He restated his belief in Nigeria, emphasizing that the country had a lot to offer not only to its citizens but also to the entire world.
“Whatever obstacles we see are very ephemeral and part of history of nation building.
“If you read the history of all nations, there is no nation that does not pass through some challenges.
“But, they got over them and moved ahead; I think we are getting over our problems,’’ he said.
Earlier, the vice president had prayed for peace and unity in the country.
He also prayed that Allah would grant the president the strength, wisdom and good health to lead the country out of its current challenges.
Among the vice president’s entourage were the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; the Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, and former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bello Haliru.
Others included Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Nicholas Okoh; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’Abba, the Deputy Chief Imam of Federal Capital Territory, Sheik Ahmed Onilewura.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Day of Arafat falls on the 2nd day of pilgrimage activities in Saudi Arabia.
On this day, the pilgrims make their way from Mecca to a nearby hillside, Arafat, to pray for peace.

Pastor arrested for teenager’s death after giving him concoction


The police in Delta State have arrested a court registrar, Pastor Jonathan Ojigbo in connection with the death of a teenage boy, Evi Samson at Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area.The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the arrest on Saturday, told Punch

”One Samson Uwhemw of Erovie quarters, Ozoro reported at the Police Station Ozoro, that on September 28 he took his son – Evi Samson to one Pastor Jonathan Ojigbo of God Solution Ministry Ozoro, who is also a Registrar in a Magistrate Court in Delta State for prayers.And that the said Pastor gave his son a black concoction to drink, following which his son developed swollen head and eyes in the night of the same date and later died on September 29.On receipt of the report, detectives swung into action and arrested the said Ojigbo. The suspect claimed that what he gave the deceased was a bottle of coke. Items recovered on searching his house include some charms from his shrine behind the church.”

Chigozie Atuanya Explains Why Many Celebrity Marriages are Crashing


 

A lot of separations, divorces based on irreconcilable differences have been happening lately and here’s what Nollywood actor Chigozie Atuanya had to say about the unfortunate trend in a recent interview with Nigeriafilms:

” First of all, it is good to have God as a good foundation. With him as the solid rock that holds your home, it would surely last. Then tolerance is another strong point to attain a peaceful home. Marriage is a combination of two different people, from different backgrounds who came together to live as one. Sometimes, we have to learn to overlook. In as much as the women are the pillars of a home, we the men too have lots to contribute.

My wife has this American mentality, she doesn’t pay attention to the rumours people keep spreading, she just trusts me. You don’t say all you hear or keep monitoring your spouse without an atom of trust. Marriage
failures are everywhere, not just in the entertainment industry, but if husbands and wives would jointly pull forces to make their marriages work, it would.”

Chigozie Atuanya got married to his beautiful wife Obianuju Oranika in August 2013 and has been enjoying marital bliss.

Movie producer Emem Isong weds secretly


Film maker, writer and CEO of Royal Arts Academy, Emem Isong is now a married woman. The mother of one secretly wed her Cameroonian lover yesterday October 3rd. The two had a secret court wedding and not a single member of her family knew about the wedding. The guy, from Kumba town in Cameroon, now works with Emem on some projects she’s handling.

‘Stop calling me old school beacuse everyone listens to Wizkid & Davido now’ – Rapper 2shotz


Before MI,Ice Prince, Wizkid and the likes, there was 2shotz.While many feel his music has fizzled out of circulation, the rapper insists he is not an old school musician. He told Vanguard:

I have not actually been far from the scene, I am still in the scene doing the same thing that I do. But the fact is that, people are carried away with the music of now. Everyone is busy listening to Davido, Wizkid and the likes. I have no problem with that.
Things like evolution should occur. Sometimes, when people say, you have been away for some time, I always tell them, I have not. Everybody is still in the game, it is a big business I could be eating from one small angle and I am cool there.I said it because that is how they say it. That is what I hear people say. Every artiste is an artiste. I don’t think that because you reigned some ten years ago you should be referred to as ‘old school’. I am not old school, I am still very much in the game.

On if anyone has called him old school before

Yes and No. Because I am not really that kind of artiste, I am an artiste that evolves with time and goes with the flow. You would not say that Shina Peters is an old artiste regardless of the years he has spent in the industry.
He has his own niche and audience. I have not heard any banging song from Shina Peters for a while but you would not deny the fact that he still goes for shows. So, you would not call him an old artiste. But, our categorization in Nigeria is that he is old because he has been there like ten years ago.

Killed by Boko Haram: Tribute to Wing Commander Chimda Hedima 1975 – 2014


Despite some military sources claiming the man beheaded in the Boko Haram video is unknown to them, friends of Wing Commander Chimda Hedima have paid him tribute. They also told the story of how the brave young man killed as many Boko Haram men as he could, knowing he would be captured. See the tribute below…

On 11/09/14, a company of NA soldiers attempted to overrun a Boko Haram position in Borno. Due to the low altitude, the plane suffered significant damage from the terrorists’ gun fire. Wing Commander Hedima & his partner realized that they were going to crash.

Instead of hurriedly parachuting to safety within Nigerian controlled territory, they chose to embark on a mission to destroy as many terrorists and their weapons as possible. They parachuted out at the last minute but not before ensuring their plane slammed into a column of terrorists in which 63 Boko Haram members were killed as a result of their bravery. Wing Commander Hedima was captured.

On 12/09/14, he was killed by the Boko Haram.
He chose Nigeria, he chose all of us. We cannot forget him. Please share his story. His name should be known by everyone. 

Rest In Peace Commander, we are grateful.
May you find eternal peace in the bosom of the almighty God.

Now this brave soldier deserves a posthumous award.