Enugu Deputy Governor slumps in court


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The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi has slumped in court.

He was rushed out of the court hall at about 11.38 am by his wife, Mrs. Nneka Ada Onyebuchi, his children and some of his aides present for medical attention.

The Deputy Governor had arrived the court in company of his lawyers Wednesday morning and began his evidence at 9.30 am but three hours five minutes later, he reportedly collapsed and his wife and others present rushed forward to rescue him.

One of the defence counsels, Mr. Peter Eze, said the Deputy Governor collapsed five minutes after the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo and the state Attorney General, Mr. Anthony Ani, SAN, came into the court.

Eze said that the Deputy Governor was immediately rushed to the hospital while the proceeding was stood down till 2pm.

Mrs. Nwobodo was accompanied to the court at about 11am by the State Attorney General in response to the summons served on her on Tuesday to appear before the panel.

Keshi tells NFF: “I deserve more than N10m monthly”


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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, has told the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), that he should be earning more than the N10m, which he is being offered in his new contract.

Emma Addo, who is Keshi’s spokesperson told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, that the Big Boss has received a bigger offer from an Angolan club.

“Keshi is bigger than N10 million,” he said. “He is not a 5 or 10 million naira coach. A club in Angola is ready to offer him $120,000 (N18 million) a month.”

Keshi’s legal adviser, Francis Koza, was also present at the media briefing and had in his possession, a copy of the new deal the NFF has proposed to Keshi.

“He can cut short his holiday. He is on alert to come but I can assure you he won’t be here on Friday until his contract I’m holding is agreed upon,” Koza added.

“It has to be a give and take arrangement, we would not sign any contract that does not take care of his interest,” Keshi’s spokesperson added.

Another man, who claims to be Keshi’s brother, said in another statement that the coach will not be intimidated into signing a contract extension with Nigeria.

“I want to stress that he (Keshi) will not be intimidated or blackmailed into accepting the contract as proposed by the federation.

“The federation has always been aware of the September 6th qualifying match; this is no excuse to rush our client into signing a contract that he (has) serious objections about certain parts.

“Statements portraying or capable of portraying our client as unreasonable must be avoided. “We hope both sides will be able to reach common grounds on the issues that our client has reservations about.”

Governor Yero never received intelligence report on Kaduna bombings – Spokesman


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Kaduna State Government has denied that it received intelligence report before suspected Boko Haram members hit the state on July 23.

This newspaper recalls that over 100 people were killed in the incident.

The first blast occurred around 12: 45 pm along the crowded Isa Kaita by Alkali Road Junction shortly after the closing of the annual Ramadan Tafsir by a renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi.

About 90 minutes after the first bomb went off, a second explosion ripped through the crowded Kawo area, targeting the motorcade of former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

An exclusive report by DailyPost on Tuesday, told of how the Department of State Security (DSS) allegedly wrote to the State governor, Muhktar Ramalan Yero on a plan by the Boko Haram sect to bomb the state.

“The DSS director had wrote to the governor and advised him to stop the annual closing ceremony of the Ramadan lecture from holding in view of the security threat”, he said.

Reacting on Wednesday, Ahmed Maiyaki, Director of media and publicity to Governor, in a statement faulted the publication.

Describing the report as “unfortunate and erroneous”, Maiyaki said while the state government appreciates efforts being made by security agencies in maintaining law and order, it regrets that some persons within the services could peddle misinformation and deliberately spread falsehood to media platforms on the sad event.

“To put the records straight, we wish to state unequivocally that Governor Yero received no security report from the Department of State Security (DSS) or any of the security agencies warning of an impending bombing in the State”, the statement said.

“As a leader committed to the security of lives and properties of the entire people of Kaduna State, Governor Yero will never treat such piece of information with levity and this has been demonstrated in his handling of sensitive issues since assuming office as Governor.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Yero maintains mutual collaborative efforts with all security agencies in the State and this is evident in the fact that for about twenty months of his administration, there was no single bomb blast in the State.

“We, therefore, view the so-called security report on the bombing as another plot by mischief makers not only to bring the person of Governor Yero to disrepute but also to throw Kaduna State into confusion.

“We challenge the so-called ‘anonymous source’ of the report to provide proof, if any, of the purported letter written to the Governor by the Director of Department of State Service in the State”.

The aide further advised media organizations to uphold the basic principle of journalism hinged on balance and factual reporting by demanding to see a copy of the letter and also seek clarifications from relevant authorities before rushing to the press.

“Governor Yero wishes to call on the entire people of Kaduna State to disregard the erroneous report and go about their lawful businesses without fear as the State Government is ever committed to protecting their wellbeing at all times”, concluded the statement.

Ebola: Fake Nigerian Prince dupes Australian man of $10,000


 

An Australian man, Andrew Sayer who resides in Melbourne is looking for his Nigerian friend, Oghenekohwo and fears he many have contracted the deadly Ebola virus.

He took to Twitter to state that he gave his supposed friend in Port Harcourt $10,000 and he is yet to reply his e-mails.

The conversation on social media is that the man has been duped but thinks his “friend” is down with the deadly virus.

He tweeted “I think my friend in Nigeria may have Ebola. After I sent him that $10k, he hasn’t been returning my emails. I hope he is okay. I think. I’m going to give it a few more days and then see if he responds. Western Union can’t help either. Can anyone help me find Oghenekohwo, he lives in Port Harcourt?”

Patient with Ebola symptoms causes panic at Orile-Agege General Hospital


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Pandemonium ensued at the Orile-Agege General Hospital, Agege area of Lagos, on Tuesday when a patient of dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, was rushed to the hospital.

According to reports, the patient was bleeding all over his body and health workers including nurses, doctors and other patients in the hospital fled from him.

A health official, who craved anonymity, told journalists that authorities of the Orile-Agege General Hospital informed the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital about the patient, saying they do not have the wherewithal to handle the case.

It was learnt that the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital declined and called the State Ministry of Health officials who ordered that nobody should touch the patient as government was coming to pick him up.

Officials of the Lagos State Government have since picked up the patient for proper care.

BREAKING: Jonathan appoints Kifasi as new Head of Service


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President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Danladi Kifasi, the new Head of Service of the Federation to replace Bukar Goni Aji, who is due for retirement on Monday.

Kifasi was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources until this appointment.

A tweet by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Wednesday, revealed this.

According to the tweet; “President Jonathan appoints Mr Danladi Irmiya Kifasi new Head of Service of the Federation as Mallam Bukar Goni Aji retires”.

Adamawa guber election: Tukur’s son denies stepping down for Ribadu


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A leading aspirant for the Adamawa State re-run election, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Awwal Dahiru Tukur, has debunked media reports that he has stepped down for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Yola, Tukur said he was never under pressure from any quarters to step down for Ribadu nor any time contemplated leaving the governorship race because of the perceived plan by the former Chairman of EFCC to join the PDP.

Although, he explained that Ribadu was his elder brother, whom he held in high esteem, Tukur said the former police officer is a chieftain of APC while he is of the PDP.

“When I saw a story published in the media ,claiming that I have stepped down for Nuhu due to the meeting we had in Abuja, I was surprised . The story is unfounded. I have not withdrawn and I am planning to declare my intention to contest for the party’s primary in the upcoming bye election.”

Tukur further declared that PDP would not allow any imposition of candidate in the bye election, saying that the door of the party was open for any interested candidate who wants to join the fold in line with the party constitution.
“Adamawa of today is not that of yesterday. Our patience should not be taken for granted and my prayer is that issue of imposition should not arise,” he added.

Breaking News: Port Harcourt LGA Chairman slumps, dies


Tragedy this morning struck in the Rivers State capital Port Harcourt following the sudden death of the Chairman of Port Harcourt Local Government Area (PHALGA), Hon. Charles Paul Ejekwu.

“He died after attending a political meeting that lasted till this morning,” a reliable source in Port Harcourt told News Express. “He slumped and died shortly thereafter,” the source added.

News Express learnt that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is crestfallen by the sudden death of Hon. Ejekwu.

A source close to the governor said: “Everyone is mourning. The death has put on hold all activities in the Government House.”

•Photo shows late PHALGA Chairman, Hon. Charles Paul Ejekwu, and wife at a recent public event.

Source News Express

2015 ELECTION DATE


 

All political parties primary will start from October 2, 2014 and end on December 11, 2014.

Presidential and National Assembly Election Campaigns officially starts by November 16, 2014 while Governorship and State Assembly Election campaign starts on November 30, 2014.
The last day for submission of nomination forms by all political parties for Presidential and National Assembly Elections is January 6, 2015, while January 20, 2015 is for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.

The list of Nominated candidates for Governorship and state houses of assembly will be published on January 17, 2015.
Publication of notice of the poll for all elections will be displayed on January 18, 2015.

The commission also slated November 4-11, 2014 as dates for collection of forms for all elections by political parties.
December 18, 2014 is the last day for submission of forms CF001 and CF002 at the INEC headquarters for Presidential and National Assembly elections, while December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day) is for the Governorship and State Assemblies.

INEC Nigeria.

We are not shaken by Omisore’s loss to APC – Ogun PDP


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Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged its members and supporters “not to be threatened” by the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the August 9 election, while PDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore came second.

In a statement issued yesterday by the state Chairman of the party, Bayo Dayo, the party said, “Notwithstanding the result, PDP in Ogun State remains strong and confident. No cause for alarm.”

The chairman, while urging members of the party to put the election behind them, added that “all wars and battles are not won by a careful and gallant warrior.”

“We urge our teeming members and supporters across the state not to allow the outcome of the election to dampen their enthusiasm but should re-energize us to return to the drawing board for strategic planning and clinical execution.”

“Ogun State is different from Osun State; so are the issues and personalities involved. It is therefore incumbent on us all to work together in order to translate our redemption mission into reality,” he added.

Dayo promised to provide a level-playing field for all aspirants, adding: “As earlier stated, any new member who requires a waiver will be given in our bid to provide the alternative needed by our people.”

The party chieftain urged aspirants for various elective positions in the state to come forward to obtain their forms of intent at the party’s secretariat

Amaechi accuses Wike of massive corruption


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Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has accused the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike of involving in massive corruption during his tenure as Chief of Staff, Government House Port Harcourt.

Amaechi disclosed that Wike deliberately diverted funds meant to build 14 model primary schools in Obio-Akpor Local Government area.

The Governor made the disclosure during his tour of Obio-Akpor Local Government area.

He noted that he was betrayed by Wike’s excessive love for money and power, adding that Wike also tried to frustrate the effort of appointing another Obio-Akpor man, Tony Okocha to replace him as Chief of Staff.

“When I became Governor I appointed an Obio Akpor son as my Chief of staff. That was one of the offences I committed; choosing Nyesom Wike as my Chief of staff. I wonder if that man is truly an Obio-Apkor son by refusing another Obio-Akpor man from being Chief of staff. It is greed.

“Again, another problem you people have here is stealing. Those who steal Government money. I challenge them to a debate on stealing.

“As Governor of Rivers state, I called my Chief of Staff and gave him 14 schools to give to Obio-Apkor people. Did he give it to you” , the people screamed, “No”.

Amaechi also wondered why Wike who is a top official at the Federal Ministry of Education has refused to attract building of schools in some parts of his area, Obio-Akpor.

“Our brother is the Minister for Education. By now, we should have had more schools in Elelenwo (a community in Obio-Apkor). This is somebody I helped to bring up. Anyone who can betray his brother can kill his mother”, Amaechi said.

Meanwhile, a number of youth supposedly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP staged a protest at Rumuomasi in a bid to stop Amaechi’s reception in the area.

The protesters led by the Coordinator of the Grassroot Development Initiative, GDI in Obio-Akpor, Collins Onuwo said Amaechi has failed in the area for refusing to appoint Justice Daisy Okocha as the Chief Judge of Rivers state Judiciary.

This newspaper (Dailypost) reports that the protest which was almost causing chaos was doused by security operatives.

The tour continues with the Governor’s visit to 13 other wards in Obio- Akpor Local government area

7-Year-Old Boy Poses With Severed Head In Syria


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In what may be one of the most shocking photos passed around on social media, a 7-year-old Australian boy is seen holding up a severed head in Syria.

“That’s my boy,” reads the caption reportedly posted by Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist who fled Australia to join the Islamic State militants waging war in Syria and Iraq.

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the photo on Tuesday.

“This image, perhaps even an iconic photograph… really one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed,” Kerry said after a security meeting in Sydney, in remarks quoted by The Associated Press.

“Of a 7-year-old child holding a severed head up with pride and with the support and encouragement of a parent, with brothers there,” Kerry said. “That child should be in school, that child should be out learning about a future, that child should be playing with other kids, not holding a severed head and out in the field of combat.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, also in Australia, commented on the photo on Monday.

“ISIL is a threat to the civilized world, certainly to the United States, to our interests, as it is to Europe, it is to Australia,” Hagel said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “I think reflected on the local newspaper I saw this morning, with the picture on the front page, it’s pretty graphic evidence of the real threat that ISIL represents.”

ISIL is another abbreviation used for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also condemned the image.

“There are more photographs in newspapers in Australia today of the kind of hideous atrocities that this group is capable of,” Abbott told ABC Radio, according to The Australian. “(The) Islamic State — as they’re now calling themselves — it’s not just a terrorist group, it’s a terrorist army and they’re seeking not just a terrorist enclave but effectively a terrorist state, a terrorist nation.”

Sharrouf was convicted in Australia on terror-related charges in connection with a 2005 plot and sentenced to five years in prison, the Washington Post reported. Once released, he was forbidden from leaving the country. However, last year, he used his brother’s passport to flee, Stuff.co.nz said.

And it appears he’s taken his family with him.

Another recent image Sharrouf sent out via social media shows him with three children believed to be his, all in fatigues and holding weapons.

Emir Of Gwoza Escapes From Abductors


The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Idrissa Timta, who was abducted a week after his town was attacked and captured by Boko Haram insurgents has resurfaced after escaping from his abductors.

The emir, it was learnt, was held hostage at one of the mountains of the hilly Gwoza by the insurgents with some of his subjects.

The emir was said to have escaped captivity with some of his subjects on Sunday night due to heavy rainfall which allowed for relaxed watch from their abductors.

According to sources, the emir and one of his district heads also held captive were able to escape with others to Madagali in Adamawa state.

The source revealed that the emir will be taking a trip to Yola where he will board a flight to Abuja. In Abuja, he will be expected to undergo medical checkup.

It would be recalled that the emir was enthroned about three months ago when his father, his predecessor was killed by insurgents in a highway raid. [Thisday]

Jonathan Seeks Co-operation Among West African Countries Over Ebola Epidemic


President Goodluck Jonathan has called for strategic collaboration among West African countries to control and contain the Ebola Virus, with a view to checking its spread and further threat to human lives.

The president made the call on Tuesday, when he received the new Ambassador of Guinea to Nigeria, Mr. Gaoussou Toure, who presented his letters of credence to the president at the Presidential Villa.

Jonathan commended the containment measures so far taken by West African countries that have been affected by the disease.

“A problem that affects one of us affects all. We may need to come together as a region to strengthen our containment measures. I am however pleased that serious measures are being taken to control the spread of the disease,” Jonathan said.

Boko Haram: DHQ Warns Women Not To Meddle In Soldier Deployment


The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has urged women, especially the wives of the military personnel posted to the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri not to meddle with deployment of troops in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists.

In a statement on the DHQ website, the womwn were assured of the Army’s sensitivity to the needs of the family members of soldiers.

“The tension raised following the activities of a group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri earlier today has been addressed. The situation had attracted media attention and elicited a lot of concern from well meaning Nigerians.Although the Situation was quickly brought under control, the issues being raised by the women were clarified to them by the authorities of the 7 Division. It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.

“Furthermore, it was made clear that while the Army remains sensitive to the needs of the family members, it was not normal or proper for any Officer or Soldier to decide where he or she be deployed, neither will such demand be encouraged from spouses in a period of serious operation when the entire nation was depending on the Army to address the security challenges.

“They were however assured that no Officer, Soldier or unit would be tasked without the necessary means to accomplish their task. It was also stated that Troops were not being sent on operation without the necessary arms, ammunition and support as alleged. The recent operations at Bulanbulin and Damboa where terrorists were cleared without a single casualty on the troops was cited.

“The military authorities therefore reassure citizens that the situation has been brought under control, while appropriate action would be taken against any person found ti be involved in the heinous and cowardly acts or attempts to demoralise or discourage the troops by preventing them from obeying lawful orders and command in defence of the country,” the statement read.

We Were Offered N14m Bribe In Osun – DSS


The Department of State Service (DSS),Tuesday, has accused political parties of hunting the agency for rejecting the N14 million bribe offered to its officials in Osun State ahead of the state governorship election last Saturday.

DSS therefore appealed to politicians to desist from habit of dragging security forces into political matter.

Spokesperson for the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, who stated this during the routine security briefing at the National Briefing Centre, in Abuja said the service could not be induced with money.

“The director that was in charge of election duty for the DSS was asked to come and collect N4 million for himself and N10 million for the men. Because the money was declined, that is the offence that the DSS has committed.

“The rejection of the money is bringing up a lot of misunderstanding between political parties and the DSS, it is unfortunate. I want to tell you, there is a big man occupying a very sensitive position in Osun State, the man should thank his God that it is not the DSS that arrested him with the huge sum of money he was found with.”

Maintaining that agency cannot be induced with money, Ogar said, “We are well paid. I will say it categorically, our operations are well funded, N14 million as against N200 million that was spent, which one will you go for. People should stop using money to entice security forces. The federal government and the people of Nigeria who have engaged us have the capability of taking care of us.”

According to her, if security forces were not fully on ground during the period of the election, the story about Osun State would have changed while reiterating that political parties should as much as possible leave security forces out of politics.

“We thank God that APC won the election in Osun State. There was no bomb blast because there was enough security presence on ground. The security forces that assisted in the election in Edo State were the same ones that went to Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun,” she said.

‘How I wish I were still a virgin at 39′ – talking drum queen Ara says


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Queen of talking drums, Ara, in a recent interview said if at all she has any regrets in her 39 years of living, it would be that she’s no longer a virgin. She however said she looks beyond the regret because she lost it while still married to her now estranged husband and the father of her son, Saliu Olalekan, whom she later found out was still legally married with kids after tying the knot with her at an elaborate wedding ceremony in June 2009.

‘How I wish I were still a virgin. Yeah, but it’s a good thing I have a beautiful son from my previous marriage” she told Encomium.

On the state of her divorce from the father of her son, Ara said;
‘It is not even a divorce. As at the time we got married, he was still legally married to another woman. I wasn’t aware. So automatically our marriage was annulled. We lived together for three years. I don’t have any regret because a beautiful child came out of it. If I say I have a regret, then my son will be a regret. I don’t have to regret it because of my son.” she said

Photos: EFCC Arrests Two Bankers For N661million Fraud


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Find the EFCC press release below…

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two bankers for allegedly stealing the sum of N661,000,000 (six hundred and sixty one million Naira) from their employers.

The duo, Samuel Obende, a Branch Manager, and Rabiu Alhasan Dawaki, Head of Operations, both of the Bello Road Cash Center of Union Bank Plc in Kano, abused their positions to perfect the heist. They were saddled with the responsibility for the evacuation and supplying of cash to about seventeen branches of the bank in Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, and Jigawa States. Continue…

In the course of carrying out their duties, they fraudulently conspired and stole the sum N661, 000, 000 (six hundred and sixty one million Naira only).
In an effort to conceal the illegal act, they fabricated accounting entries, which deceitfully showed that all the monies were sent to the respective branches.
Investigation into the fraud continues.
Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
12th August 2014

8 year old Nigerian boy comes 2nd in UK Child Genius competition


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8 year old Tudor Mendel-Idowu and his sister 11 year old Hazelle Mendel-Idowu (pictured above) were the only Nigerians to take part in the Child Genius of the Year 2014 in the UK.
The competition consists of 20 highly gifted youngsters between 7-12 who face two grueling rounds: Logic and Reasoning and Memory Recall – where they have just one hour to commit 104 randomly shuffled playing cards to memory.Hazel Mendel-Idowu was out of the competition in the second round but Tudor Mendel-Idowu scaled through to the final stage on Sunday August 10th and made it up to 2nd position.

11 year old Sharon from Bolton won the competition. Tudor Mendel-Idowu is the son of Pastor and Mrs Tolu Mendel-Idowu from Nigeria. Congrats to him…

His parents…

Photo: Police arrest fake Assistant Commissioner of Police


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46 year old Alexander Ilesanmi (pictured above), an indigene of Akure, Ondo state has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command for parading himself as an Assistant Commissioner of Police and receiving stolen vehicles from robbery suspects.
According to police reports, Illesanmi, who goes about dressing in police uniform with the rank of a Deputy police commissioner displayed on his shirt, was arrested after an apprehended notorious car snatcher and supposed pastor of a church, Gabriel Asaolu, identified him to be one of those who bought stolen cars from him. Continue…
Investigations by the police revealed that Ilesanmi had bought two stolen cars, a Mitsubishi Montero and a Toyota Avalon from the suspect before he was arrested. The insignia of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), two photographs of the himself in DSP and ACP uniforms as well as an unregistered SUV believed to have been sold to him by another suspect was discovered at his home.
When interrogated, Ilesanmi said he got the DSP and ACP insignia from a friend, whom he identified simply as Segun. He said he used the police uniforms to help in clearing vehicles which he deals in
“I used to deal in cars. I usually travel to the Benin Republic to get vehicles. I would hang the ACP uniform on the backseat of my vehicle so that customs officials would not disturb me. With this trick, I smuggled in about six cars between 2011 and 2014. At checkpoints, the police and other security agencies would simply salute me, and let my vehicle go. I did not usually pay duties at the entry point. I sold the vehicles for prices ranging from N1.1m to N1.5m. I got the DSP and ACP uniforms from a friend named Segun. Till now, I don’t know where he got them from.”
When asked how he met Asaolu, Ilesanmi replied,
“I knew Gabriel (Asaolu) as a pastor in a church at the Oke Aro area in Ogun State. He told me he was also a car dealer, and that he could supply vehicles to me at cheaper prices. I had gone to the church for a revival. He also said he was an Ondo State indigene. Later, we went into car-selling deals. I never knew he was an armed robbery suspect. In August 2011, he called me that he wanted to sell some cars, but he sold only the Toyota Avalon to me. I bought it from him for N750,000. I was using the car. I did not sell it. Apart from smuggling, I also used the police uniform to attract consultancy jobs from companies in Lagos which sent their officials to me for training. I trained some security guards for many companies. I regret being a fake policeman, but it is just unfortunate.” he said

Son of American Ebola patient says she’s ‘smiling, even joking’ [PHOTOS]


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The American woman who was infected with the Ebola virus while working with a Christian aid group in Liberia is getting better and is even smiling, her son said today.

Speaking with NBC’s Today Show, Jeremy Writebol said his mother, Nancy Writebol, 60, who was evacuated from Monrovia last week and was wheeled on a stretcher into a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, has gotten physically better

“When she came in on Tuesday last week, we were really concerned that she wasn’t going to make it. To see her wheeled out of the ambulance and in, I was on the floor sobbing.”

“We’ve seen her get physically better, her eyes brighten up, smiling, even joking a little bit” he said.

Jeremy, who says he sees his mum twice a day through a hospital window, said doctors told him they are cautiously optimistic she’ll recover. Nancy is the second patient to use experimental drug, Zmapp

Ebola Death Toll Tops 1,000


The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1,000.

The UN health agency said in a news release on Monday that 1,013 people have died in the outbreak, which has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and possibly Nigeria.

Authorities have recorded 1,848 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of the disease, which causes a high fever, vomiting and bleeding. The outbreak was first identified in March in Guinea, but it likely started months earlier.

The updated WHO tally includes figures from August 7- 9, during which 52 people died and 69 more were infected.

Ebola is highly lethal and there is no licensed vaccine or treatment for the disease, but so far three infected people have received an experimental drug.

The news comes as a US company which makes an experimental drug for treating the virus sends all its available supplies to West Africa.

“In responding to the request received this weekend from a West African nation, the available supply of ZMapp is exhausted,” said a statement on the Mapp Bio website on Monday.

“Any decision to use ZMapp must be made by the patients’ medical team,” it said, adding that the drug was “provided at no cost in all cases.” The biomedical collaboration between US and Canadian researchers involves a drug that is manufactured in tobacco leaves and is hard to produce on a large scale.

The company did not reveal which nation received the doses, or how many were sent, though CNN reported that Liberia was to receive the sample doses.

The two American missionary workers who fell ill with Ebola while working in Monrovia last month were given doses of the drug. Both have been transported to an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where they are receiving continuous care.

A Spanish priest who was infected with Ebola has also been given a dose, but he died anyway, with virologists saying he probably got the drug a little too late.

The ethics of distributing experimental medications to some people but not others was the focus of a special meeting of the World Health Organisation on Monday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly stressed that the drug’s effects are unknown, since it has not been through a process of rigorous clinical trials.

In a statement released by the WHO on Tuesday, the UN agency stipulated that patients should give consent where possible to being treated with the drugs and all aspects of their care be transparent.

Saraki Denies Signing Report On Unremitted $49.8bn Oil Revenue


bukola sarakiThe Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, Dr. Bukola Saraki has denied the rumors that he signed the report of the Senate Committee on Finance investigating the alleged un-remitted $49.8bn oil revenue by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

In a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Advocacy, Mr.  Bamikole Omishore, the former Kwara State governor admitted that though he is a member of the committee and also participated actively in the investigation, he did not sign the report as reported by a national daily.

According to him, the published names are just members of the committee and not signatories to the report.

Omishore said, “While we are not denying the fact that Senator Saraki is a member of the  Senate committee on Finance, we also acknowledge that Senator Saraki participated actively in almost all of the committee’s assignment as it affects the investigation of the unremitted $48.9bn oil revenue by NNPC, the office of Senator Saraki wishes to state categorically and further deny that Saraki, representing Kwara central Senatorial District of Kwara State did not sign any committee report as it affects the said investigation contrary to the impression given in the said publication.

“It is pertinent therefore to correct the erroneous impression and insinuation that such publication might portray to the general public. The names listed in the report as published by the newspaper report are just the list of members of the Committee and nothing more”, he said.

Amaechi’s LG Tour Not Politically Motivated, Says Rivers Govt


Chibuike Rotimi AmaechiThe Rivers State Government has maintained that the tour of Local Government Areas by the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, was not a campaign strategy ahead of 2015 general elections.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said in a statement on Tuesday that the tour was for the purpose of accountability and stock taking.

Semenitari was reacting to a statement credited to the Rivers Police Commissioner, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, warning politicians in the state against embarking on political campaigns disguised as local government tours.

Mr. Ogunsakin had upon resumption in the state as police boss, placed a ban on all forms of political rallies and gatherings without permit from the police command.

But Semenitari explained that the town hall meeting or meet-the-people programme was not a strange exercise in the current dispensation, adding that the state government was concerned about the tone of the statement from the state police boss.

Acting IG Decorates Three Newly Promoted CPs


CP AMINCHI SAMAILA BARAYA BEING DECORATED WITH HIS NEW RANK BY THE IGP

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, Monday, decorated three (3) newly promoted Commissioners of Police namely: CP Aminchi Samaila Baraya, CP Alkali Baba Usman and CP Dan Bature.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the short but colourful ceremony was the first since Mr. Abba came on board as acting IGP.

While congratulating the newly promoted Commissioners of Police, Abba enjoined them to see their elevation to the new rank as a clarion call for higher dedication to duty, noting that to whom much is given, much is expected.

“The IGP further enjoins the Senior Police Officers to be alive to the happenings around them and to make themselves readily accessible not only to the Officers and men under them but also to the entire members of the public”, Mba said.

Elechi, PDP Move To Reinstate Impeached Ebonyi Speaker


Martin ElechiThe Governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi, said in Abakaliki on Monday that Chukwuma Nwazunku remained the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Mr. Elechi stated that the PDP had met with members of the House over the issue at the party’s secretariat in Abakaliki, adding that the speaker was never impeached.

“The issue that led to the said impeachment was not good enough to justify any attempt of impeachment”, he said.

In a swift reaction, the Minority Leader of the House, Enyi Enyi, described the party’s interference in the matter as unconstitutional.

“It is unconstitutional for anybody who is not the member of the House to interfere in its internal affairs. No person, except the court of law, can declare the impeachment of Nwazunku illegal”, he said.

Mr. Nwazunku was impeached on July 21 by 18 out of the 24 members of the House, but has continued to describe the action as illegal.

(NAN)

Ex-Militants Protest Exclusion From Amnesty Programme, Demand Payment Of Arrears Of Allowances


EX-MilitantsSome former militants in Edo and Delta, who were not captured in the third phase of the amnesty programme by the Federal Government, have protested their exclusion from the programme.

Their protest is contained in a petition addressed to the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Committee, Kingsley Kuku.

The letter was copied to Mr. Jonathan, both chambers of the National Assembly, the Police and the Department of State Security, DSS.

The former militants through their counsel, Ugha Kurumah, said they were from nine camps scattered in the two states. They alleged that some people close to some political appointees who were not registered in the programme were benefitting from the exercise at the detriment of “real militants”.

The petition said that Beni-Obiri Camp headed by Ojuemi Prediseghbofa keyed into the third phase of the amnesty programme with 1,300 persons and surrendered over 109 automatic weapons and several ammunition.

It said that only seven slots were allocated to them in the monthly stipend, while that of Pina-Ofini Camp headed by Saturday Ajemiri entered the programme with 1002 persons.

The camp was said to have surrendered 49 arms, but was given only five slots.

The petition said 800 persons from Oweikontei Camp headed by Emmaunel Aboh subscribed to the amnesty and surrendered 49 arms and several rounds of ammunition, but got only five slots.

It also said the Toruiyesinghan Camp headed by Ayefagha Yeriyemi surrendered 351 persons and handed over 55 arms and several rounds of ammunition, but also got five slots.

The Ukurisi Camp, it said, headed by Jacob Ikpi, keyed into the programme with 277 persons and surrendered 40 arms and several ammunition, received four slots.

On the other hand, Kala Osuwo Camp headed by Agama Peter with 219 persons surrendered 22 arms and several ammunitions, got only one slot.

According to the petition, Urhode Camp headed by Ovwighovie Ovayebewho entered the programme with 150 persons, surrendered several ammunition and 12 arms, but got only one slot for monthly allowance.

Okuku camp headed by Isaiah Ajemiri entered into the programme with 200 persons and surrendered several ammunition and 26 arms, got only three slots, among others.

It said that “these inappropriate engagements are making life after amnesty miserable and unbearable for all members of the entire camps.

“We are surprised that in the midst of these predicaments, we are aware that our friends, political thugs have got slots to themselves from which they receive fabulous monthly allowances”.

It said that affected militant camps should to be allocated slots that correspond with the number of persons in the camps.

The petition also called for the payment of arrears of allowances to the militants from February 28, 2013, being the date they entered into the third phase of the amnesty.

(NAN)

We’re Not Afraid Of Plans By FG To Probe Kano Finances, Says Kwankwaso


Rabi'u KwankwasoThe Kano State Government has reacted to the alleged moves by the Federal Government to beam its searchlight on the state’s finances, saying it is prepared for every politically motivated onslaught by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The state Commissioner of Information, Nuhu Abubakar, who made this known in an interview, said since the coming on-board of the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso administration, the state government had published every extract of its weekly executive council meetings.

He challenged the Federal Government to do same since most of its financial dealings are shrouded in secrecy.

“In fact it is the Federal Government that today is so afraid to let Nigerians know what they are doing with public money because nobody knows how much is approved in each of their council meetings”, Mr. Abubakar said.

According to the commissioner, the presidency’s problems stems from the fact that places like Kano and Lagos, two of the most populous states in Nigeria, were fully controlled by the opposition. He said the fact remained that no serious central government could afford to lose these states.

“That is why they are mad in trying to cause confusion in Kano thinking they will get what they want”, he said, adding that “When you are talking of a lack of probity and accountability, it is the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan that is not only nationally but internationally being questioned. Today, you have serious stealing of the nation’s oil, which has never happened in the history of Nigeria; the massive allegations of fraudulent acts among some of his ministers, which he intentionally blinds his eyes to”.

Mr. Abubakar stated that it was only in the Jonathan Government that when an allegation of fraud was raised, rather than giving it all the serious attention it deserves, the government would turn on the whistle-blower and ensure that he/she is dealt with.

“This is not speculation, not allegations, but fact. It happened with Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. It happened with so many other people who have since fallen apart with the government”, he said.

“That is why, like I told you earlier, we are not in any way afraid of them. We are fully ready for them because we have no skeleton in our backyard to hide. We do publish every single kobo we spend on a weekly basis, right from the day we assumed office. It is there for everybody to see, and this is probity and accountability – making people to know what you are doing with their money. Not, after your weekly meetings, unleashing the information minister to flash out some of what you have discussed and hide the major ones from the hearing and knowledge of the public, like they do”.

The Commissioner said, to his knowledge, there was speculation around the local government funds.

“They should go to every of the 44 local government areas of Kano and see what we did with the money. In fact, it is in Kano that, in every of these councils, you have 5 km roads, dualised ones with street lights, built with public money. You have schools of Arabic studies as well as Technical schools in all the councils. Beside these, we have employed hundreds of people, not mentioning our giant strides in agriculture.

“It is on notice that the Federal Government under President Jonathan is not happy with us, that we left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC. There is nothing they can do. We are not in any way afraid of their baseless and unfounded allegations, if there is any, because right not we have not received any official notifications from anywhere. All that is being said is on the line of allegations but it is good to react to it; not until you are been knocked down then you will be looking for who will sympathise with you”.

2015: “I don’t need his support” – Okorocha dismisses Nzeribe’s endorsement of Ihedioha


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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Monday stated that the reported endorsement of Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives as gubernatorial aspirant, by Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe was a sign of failure.

According to him, he is not worried by the development because Nzeribe is no longer relevant in state or regional politics and had never backed a credible candidate.

The Governor, who was reacting to media reports of the endorsement, said he did not wish to be endorsed by the maverick politician as it would be a sign of failure.

Addressing journalists at Government House, Owerri, Okorocha said Nzeribe had not been known to support a credible and masses-oriented candidate throughout his political career, describing his (Nzeribe’s) present political style as old-fashioned.

“I pray that Nzeribe does not endorse me, because he is bad news. He has never been known to endorse anybody in a better way. His song is old-fashioned and no longer in vogue. For those who have retired, may their political soul rest in peace,” he stated.

Okorocha also maintained that leadership comes from God and not from man, adding that his destiny could not be changed by any man if he decided to stand for re-election in 2015.

Ihedioha, during his consultation visit to Nzeribe’s Oguta country home at the weekend, received the latter’s blessings and endorsement to run for the governorship of the state next year.

PRESS RELEASE: PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO COMMISSION GAS PLANT IN AKWA IBOM


AKWA IBOM STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO COMMISSION
GAS PLANT IN AKWA IBOM

All is now set for the government and people of AKwa Ibom to host President Goodluck Jonathan, who is billed to visit the State on Thursday for the commissioning and inspection of completed and ongoing projects of the Akpabio administration

A release by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Aniekan Umanah said the president will commission the gas processing facility complete with 69 kilometers pipeline at Uquo, constructed under a public-private partnership arrangement between Septa Energy and the Akwa Ibom State government.

Mr. Umanah further hinted that Mr. President who is paying a fourth official visit to the state, will during the one-day visit, also  commission the Goodluck Boulevard on Ring Road III in Uyo (Ring Road III).

During the visit, according to the Commissioner, President Jonathan is also expected to perform the ground-breaking ceremony for a $1.8 billion Methanol Plant at Ibeno; inspect the dualization works on the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Federal Road, undertaken by the state government; inspect the first suspended bridge in the State currently under construction in Abak and thereafter inspect the 30,000 capacity Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, for which he laid the foundation stone in October 2012.

It would be recalled that during Mr. President’s visit to Akwa Ibom in October 2012, he also commissioned the new digital Governor’s office, alongside other completed projects of the Akpabio administration.

The Information Commissioner also said, during the visit, President Jonathan will meet with a cross section of Akwa Ibom people in a banquet, before departing for Abuja.

He therefore, enjoined Akwa Ibom people to come out en masse and accord President Jonathan a rousing and befitting welcome to the State.

Idris Mabadeje

Information Officer

Chidoka Begins Familiarization Tour Of Lagos Airport


Avuation MinisterThe Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, yesterday began an inspection of facilities at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, as part of his familiarization tour of airport facilities across the country.

Among the facilities he visited are; the General Aviation Terminal 1 (GAT1), the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria facility, the Navigational Aids Flight Inspection  & Surveillance, the Power House, the E and D fingers, among others.

In an interactive session with staff of the various departments and agencies he visited, Chidoka harped on air safety, adding that all staff must be properly trained and the right equipment provided to enable them function optimally.

He frowned at the lack of adequate training for airport firemen, after he was told that they had not undergone any major training in the past two years.

He also described as bad practice, the situation where the aviation firemen are only trained to respond to aircraft emergencies leaving out other emergency situations.

The minister stressed that training of firemen is critical to aviation safety and assured that they would undergo training conducted by bodies other than the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as is the case currently.

“The current practice where you train yourself doesn’t sit well with me. We would have to appoint a third party to train you and certify you fit. That should be the practice and your promotion will be based on your training”, he said.

The minister also directed that vehicles be allowed to drive through the departure halls so that travelers could alight close to the terminals rather than having them stop about one kilometre away and trek with their baggage the whole distance.

He also visited the abandoned underground car park.

The newly appointed minister continues his interaction with aviation heads and other industry stakeholders tomorrow.

Bring Back Chibok Girls By October Or Forfeit Your 2015 Ambition, North To Jonathan


NORTHERN-ELDERS-President Goodluck Jonathan has been given marching orders by the North to either bring back the abducted Chibok girls and put a stop to Boko Haram and other violent killings or forget about 2015.

To underscore their seriousness, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) issued a deadline – October – for the conditions to be met.

For over three months, more than 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect have been in captivity with reports that 11 parents of some of the girls have died from trauma.

While the military authorities claim to know the location where these girls are being held hostage, it has ruled out swooping in on them to avoid collateral damage. So, every day as the clock ticks and the government applies ‘caution’ in dealing with the situation, the Chibok girls are been exposed to radical indoctrination and extreme circumstances.

However, NEF believes most of the crisis plaguing the North is a deliberate ploy to weaken the region economically and politically.

“We are convinced that most of these conflicts are being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically by interests which intend to exploit such weaknesses for electoral benefits”, the NEF said yesterday.

The forum made its position known in Kaduna through two of the members, Solomon Dalung, a lawyer and a former Federal Permanent Secretary, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

The NEF said it had just concluded a major review of the state of the nation. It resolved to speak to help resolve current political, economic and security challenges facing the nation, and facilitate the emergence of a more united, secure and prosperous nation out of its present limitations.

Said the elders: “The security situation in our nation today represents the most serious threat to our individual and collective lives in our entire history. The reality is that the threats posed by what appears to be an insurgency that has many manifestations and defies a clear and consistent identity is growing due to the absence of a clear national consensus over its nature, and it solutions.

“The lack of a strong will at the level of the Presidency to fight it, as well as deep-seated corruption and incompetence in governments and in the management of our security challenges, has allowed a band of terrorists to take and hold vast parts of our land and populations hostage while every citizen lives in fear that they will be its next victim.

“We also reject the notion that multiple internal security challenges such as attacks on villages, ethno-religions conflicts and banditry springing up by the day in many parts of the North are all a coincidence. Indeed, we are convinced that most of these conflicts are being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically by interests which intend to exploit such weaknesses for electoral benefits.

“In the light of our firm conviction that the insurgency and related security challenges pose threats to the 2015 elections and the survival of our nation, we strongly advise President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to bring an end to the insurgency in all its manifestations and produce the Chibok girls before the end of October, 2014.

“The circumstances under which our fellow citizens in and around Gwoza in Borno State in particular live and die will not be tolerated by  any people who have a government and a leader sworn to defend them, and they must be reversed immediately.

“If President Jonathan fails to end the insurgency, Nigerians will be left with the only conclusion that he has forfeited his right to ask for their mandate beyond 2015”.

Continuing, the NEF lamented that in spite of its wealth of leaders and elders, the North has continued to experience a steady decline in its fortunes and called on them to either step up now and reverse the trend or be deemed to have abandoned their people.

Said the NEF: “The Forum notes that the state of security and economic challenges of the North are deteriorating, in spite of its wealth of leaders and elders who should use their God-given privileges, power and influence to affect a reversal of these dangerous trends. It is no secret that the vast majority of Northerners lament their marginalisation, insecurity and poverty, and blame it in large part on the inability or unwillingness of its past and present leaders to utilise all access to power which they enjoy, to bring us redress and relief. General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, General Abdussalami Abubakar, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Architect Namadi Sambo, General T.Y Danjuma and all retired Chief Justices of Nigeria from the North represent grossly under-utilised assets of the North.

“The NEF joins millions of Northerners in appealing to these leaders to raise their levels of involvement in the fortunes of our region in every endeavour or fora they are involved. In these difficult days when every hand must be on deck, if these leaders cannot visibly help to transform the fortunes of the North in the next few months, they will leave northerners with the damaging impression that they have abandoned the region and the people to its seemingly irreversible decline and ultimate destruction”.

The forum also called on all leaders and political parties to demonstrate highest levels of commitment to the rule of law and the demands of the electoral process. “At all cost, the 2015 elections must be free and fair. This means that any threat which may provide a cover for militarising the electoral process must be eliminated before the elections. Every part of Nigeria must participate in these elections, and no citizen should be deprived of his right to vote under any excuse”, the forum stressed.

On the alleged clash between soldiers and Shiite members in Zaria, Kaduna State, the NEF called on President Jonathan to set up a Judicial Panel to investigate the incident where over 30 members of the group, including three sons of its leader, were allegedly killed.

The forum said: “The internal investigations by the military in an event in which soldiers are involved will not meet the minimum standards of fairness and acceptability. The Forum reminds the nation that it was the murder of Muhammad Yusuf by the Nigeria Police in 2009 that formed the major point of escalation in the activities of the group(s) known today under the generic term of Boko Haram.

“We also call for a thorough investigation into the attempted assassination of General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, and the publication of the outcome of these investigations”.

Photos from actress Benita Nzeribe’s birthday bash in London


Long time actress Benita celebrated her birthday with a dinner over the weekend in London. The event was graced by her close family and friends. She still glows even after disappearing from the screen for so long.
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30 Marriage Crashes That Really Shook Nollywood!


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Below are list of top Nollywood stars whose divorce and separation shook Nollywood …..

1. SOLOMON AKIYESI
His case was filled with much drama, he left his estranged wife Lilian to marry another without proper divorce, and the drama that followed shook Nollywood.

2. KENNETH OKONKWO
His marriage to the only daughter of CPM General Overseer, Ogechi Ezekiel lasted barely for two years and it ended in 2002. The crashed marriage which produced a son shook the industry as Kenneth had turned born again even before they got married.

3. UCHE OGBODO
Uche, who was heavily pregnant and awaiting her delivery disclosed that her few months old marriage to Apo has crashed based on lies and deceit on the part of Apo, and this shocked her fans.

4. CHIEGE ALISIGWE
The very beautiful Chiege was once married to Tony Ebbe, a senior police officer. The marriage produced a daughter. Chiege disclosed that her marriage to Mr Ebbe lasted for just 3 months.

5. FUNKE AKINDELE
Funke’s marriage to Alhaji Almaroof crashed barely a year after it was contracted to the consternation of fans.

6. AYO ADESANYA & GORIOLA HASSAN
Their marriage crashed like a badly arranged cards as Ayo disclosed that she packed out of her marriage at midnight.

7. MONALISA CHINDA & DEJO RICHARDS
Monalisa shocked her fans when she announced years back that she has left her marriage over domestic violence and abuse. She practically ran out of her matrimonial home.

8. CHIKA IKE
Chika was married to Tony Ebieri but she later filed for divorce and won. She alleged that domestic violence was her reason for calling it quit with her marriage.

9. STEPHANIE OKEREKE
Stephanie was briefly married to Chikelue Iloanus but she left him. There were accusations and counter accusations of infidelity. Iloanusi also blamed his mother-in-law too.

10. LOLA ALAO
Lola Alao’s former husband attacked her severally in the media and said unprintable things about her when their marriage crashed.

11. DORIS SIMEON & DANIEL ADEMONIKAN
They surprised so many people with their separation and it generated so much drama.

12. LAIDE BAKARE
Her crashed marriage to Mr Okunfulire generated lots of noise as her ex said so many unprintable things about Laide.

13. MBONG & JETA AMATA
Their crashed marriage shook the industry and it crashed over Jeta’s alleged domineering attitude.

14. FRED AMATA
Fred and Agatha Amata’s crashed union shook the industry as well. The marriage produced two kids and Fred later moved over to actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima, and their affair, which produced a cute baby girl, also crumbled.

15. FOLUKE DARAMOLA
Foluke was married to Tunde Sobowale but the marriage crashed few years after.

16. EUCHARIA ANUNOBI
Eucharia was heartbroken years ago after her husband Mr. Ekwu dumped her and eloped. She later filed for divorce.

17. REGINA ASKIA
Regina Askia was briefly married to a money bag, Charles Orie, but she dumped him for American Ruddy Williams. Charles remarried only months ago.

18. FAITHIA $ SAHEED BALOGUN
Many fans of these actors were pained at their separation.

19. SHAN GEORGE
Shan has been married, but her union never lasted. Her divorce with Tony Nwosisi generated lots of controversies.

  1. CLARION CHUKWURA
    Clarion has been married and divorced at least twice.

21. STELLA DAMASUS
Stella and Emeka Nzeribe didn’t stay up to a year in their marriage to the consternation of fans. Stella rushed into that marriage and rushed out.

22. UCHE IWUJI
Uche’s marriage to Juwon Lawal lasted barely a year, but it produced a kid.

23. KATE HENSHAW
Kate and her British ex, Mr Nuttal shocked fans with their separation after about 10 years of marriage which produced a daughter.

24. ANNE NJEMANZE & SEGUN ARINZE
Fans were elated when the then very beautiful Ann married Segun but were shocked when Anne left the marriage, breaking Arinze’s heart. The marriage produced a daughter who is about 17 years now.

25. JIBOLA DABO & BINTA MOGAJI
Their union crashed over accusation of infidelity. Binta accused Jibola of bringing women into their matrimonial home.

26. ROBERT PETERS
Robert’s five-year-old marriage to his American wife crashed not too long ago, but over the weekend, he remarried in the US.

27. JACKIE APPIAH
Jackie’s marriage which produced a son crashed after three years to the amazement of fans.

28. JULIET IBRAHIM
Pretty Juliet’s marriage to pilot Kwadwo Safo ended a while ago and Juliet recently announced it. The marriage which produced a son crashed over Mr Safo’s alleged cheating habit and his family’s unnecessary interferences.

29. MIDE MARTINS & AFEEZ OWO
The marriage of late Funmi Martins daughter, Mide to actor Afeez reportedly crashed on alleged infidelity accusation by Afeez, but from the look of things, both are still living together and denied having issues in their marriage.

30. BUKKY WRIGHT
Rumour-mongers claim that Bukky is married to four other men aside her new husband. “We gathered that her first was to one Gboyega Amu with whom she had two children.
Shortly after separating from Amu, due to what she termed irreconcilable differences, she moved into the arms of fellow actor and one time NNPC top shot and current member of the House of Representatives, Rotimi Makinde, without officially divorcing Gboyega Amu.
The union lasted a few years before she moved on in the same fashion and found solace in the arms of society journalist and image maker, Femi Davies. Bukky and Femi got married at the Akodo Registry in Lagos without still dissolving her early marriages.
Her nuptials with Femi Davies followed the same pattern. It did not last up to a year before she also walked away without going to the courts to seek for a divorce, making her the wife of three men. Not done with the three and the numerous flings, she later got hitched with renowned music promoter, Bolaji Saheed aka Basia who was then based in Canada.”Within a short time, and true to type, they got married in a hush-hush Islamic Nikkai.

 

Culled from Icon Weekly Magazine

It Is Unfortunate That One Mad Man Brought Us Ebola – President Jonathan


 

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, described the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer’s visit that heralded the entry of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, into the country, as “pure madness.”

The man was said to have being under surveillance in Liberia for a suspected case of the Ebola Virus Disease, but evaded authorities in Monrovia and boarded a plane for Lagos in Nigeria, via Lome in Togo and Accra in Ghana.
His intention, according to reports was to connect to Calabar in Nigeria to attend a two-day retreat organized by the ECOWAS Commission, and later the same week to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.
Speaking at the Annual Interfaith Conference in Abuja, President Jonathan, however, assured citizens that the Federal Government was ready to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

“It is unfortunate that one mad man brought Ebola to us, but we have to contain it. As a government, we promise that we will do everything humanly possible to contain the Ebola virus,” said Jonathan.
He also hinted that the Federal Government had planned to rally the 36 state governors and their health commissioners to rescue the nation from further spread of the disease.
“On Wednesday, I will meet with governors of the states, and they must come with their commissioners for health. We must make sure that every state is prepared. Where they lack, the Federal Government will support them.”
He assured that his discussion with the head of the World Health Organisation, WHO, had given him more information about the virus, assuring the gathering that the virus will be stopped from causing more harm.
“My conversation with the WHO D-G, Dr Margaret Chan was revealing. She said 60 per cent of the transmission was spread during burials. That is why in my announcement; I’ve been saying that people should be careful about burials.
“Some people like burial ceremonies. This is not the time for burial ceremony, somebody is dead, he is dead, leave him there. This is not the best time for those ceremonies.
“If he is dead, he is already dead, Sawyer that brought this Ebola to Nigeria; his sister died of Ebola, and he started acting somehow, his country asked him not to leave the country, let them observe him, but the crazy man decided to leave and found his way here.”

‘I did not attempt to marry another woman while married’ – actor Solomon Akiyesi now claims


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This Solomon Akiyesi is a comedian. On April 13th 2013 he attempted to marry another woman in Lagos while he had a wife in Port Harcourt. But now Solomon claims he wasn’t attempting to marry another woman, that it was all blown out of proportion…

What happened to the lady you were about to wed in Lagos?
‘Let me explain this, I was not going to wed anyone. It is not possible to wed another woman when you have a subsisting marriage. My wife…my ex wife and the woman I was purportedly marrying knew why we did what we did on April 13 2013. But the story became so crafted to look like I was actually going to marry another woman. I took all the shame and shut my mouth. Maybe one day the truth will be revealed. But who would marry a woman in Africa without paying the bride price and other traditional rites? And maybe proper court process. I challenge anyone to come out and say I did any of those processes on another woman beyond my wife. Which of my family members was there at the so called wedding? Who can stand and say I gave them a wedding invitation for April 13 2013? I did not marry or attempt to marry another woman as overblown by idle minds. I am a man and if I felt my wife no longer served her purpose in my life, I would disengage through due process and marry somebody else. After all I have seen men who would bring in another woman even into their matrimonial home while the original marriage subsist. Did I do such? No I didn’t. What happened on April 13 2013 was a combination of factors, both spiritual and physical. Whoever will use that against me may as well do that a million times and perpetually dwell on that. I have no apology.’ he told Encomium. Continue…

Not long ago, you had issues with your estranged wife, has it been sorted out?

On that issue, let me say this is the first time I  will ever grant an interview. I was shocked to see a lot of Idle bloggers and magazines or newspapers claiming I said this and that in an interview with them. Okay yes, the issue has been sorted out.
Are you guys still living together as husband and wife?
Its not abnormal to have marital upset here and there but I guess being an actor made mine worse, giving room for wannabe bloggers, magazine and newspapers to feast on my misfortune. We are not married anymore, we have gone our separate ways.
How long were you married?
Our legal marriage was consummated in 2007, so we were together for six years
Why was it difficult to continue with the marriage?
I was not the one who opted out of the marriage. My father in-law pressurized my wife to leave the marriage or he would disown her. Her level of misunderstanding of marriage also made it worse. So she had to align with her father.
What is your relationship with the lady you were about to marry now?
Everybody went their separate way that day and I haven’t seen her or spoken with her since then.
Any regret with what happened?
I have no regret at all because a missed step can actually quicken your speed.
How did your family react to it?
I am not used to family fighting my course. I have been a one man riot squad for years. I was born a warrior. I fight my battles and I win. Besides, I cannot say I come from that family that is so bonded.
So when are you getting married?
I don’t really know.
What would you be looking for in your wife to be?
Friendship then understanding
So are you searching now?
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Defence Headquarters warns soldiers’ wives to stop protests over troops deployment


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Nigerian military leadership late Monday announced that the tension raised following the activities some group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri earlier in the day has been addressed.

The situation which attracted media attention elicited a lot of concern from many Nigerians at home and abroad.

Although the situation was quickly brought under control, the issues brought up by the women were said to have been clarified to them by the authorities of the 7 Division.

It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.

Furthermore, it was made clear that while the Army remains sensitive to the needs of the family members, it was not proper for any officer or soldier to decide where he or she be deployed.

Defence Headquarters also stated that neither will such demand be encouraged from spouses in a period of serious operation when the entire nation was depending on the Army to address the security challenges.

The women were further assured that no officer, soldier or would be sent on a mission without the necessary means to accomplish their task.

It was also stated that Troops were not being sent on operation without the necessary arms, ammunition and support as alleged.

The Army cited as reference, the recent operations at Bulanbulin and Damboa where Boko Haram insurgents were cleared without a single casualty on the troops.

The military authorities therefore reassure citizens that the situation has been brought under control, adding that appropriate action would be taken against any person found to be involved in attempts to demoralise or discourage troops by preventing them from obeying lawful orders and command in defence of the country.

Hundreds of women and children at the weekend forcefully stopped military trucks from conveying their husbands and fathers to the Boko Haram-seized Gwoza by locking the exit gates of a barracks in Borno State, demanding quality fighting equipment for the soldiers.

Scores of soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram sect in Borno State in the last few months, and many blame the inferior weapons Nigerian troops are equipped with to fight brutal insurgents.

Witnesses say after locking the gates, the women and children lined up against the trucks that were to drive out of Giwa Barracks of the 21 armoured brigade Maiduguri.

The women and children also reportedly blocked the roads leading to the barracks with stones and sticks, while some sat in front of the barracks’ gate.

The protest came after more than 60 soldiers killed in Gwoza and Damboa were given a mass burial at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.

That incident led to a well-publicised mutiny, as colleagues of the deceased shot into the air and made attempts at their commander’s life, accusing him and other superiors of putting Nigerian troops’ lives in jeopardy

Akon hangs out with world smallest man (Photo)


Here is a picture of Akon and Guinness book of record world smallest man.

Official Photos From Damilola Adegbite’s Proposal From Her Beau, Chris Attoh


Damilola Adegbite got the loveliest public proposal ever from her beau, Chris Attoh on Friday Night on a boat in Manhattan, New York in the presence of their close friends. The couple met on the set of popular TV series, Tinsel.
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R.I.P: Kefee’s Husband Talks About Her Death and Bitter Sweet Memories


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The way time flies, it’s been 3 months now since Nigerian gospel singer Kefee passed on at the age of 34.

The sudden demise was a big blow to her fans, family and most especially her husband Teddy Don-Momoh.

In an interview with Encomium Weekly, he opened up about their life together.

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On what you will miss so much about Kefee: “I can’t say all I’m going to miss about her because there are uncountable things to miss. She was complete, Godly, highly intelligent and strong woman. All these I will miss, and also not having her by my side forever. She was a woman that knew what to say to me to keep me fired up.”

On the last memories they shared together: “The last memories we had together were shared between Nigeria and America. We shot our first video together here in Nigeria as certified video producers and directors. It was fun to see her contribute highly and creatively in the camera positioning, and I told her, ‘You are what the industry has been waiting for’. This happened just a day before she travelled back to America.”

On Kefee’s unfulfilled dreams and how he intends to carry them on: “Before her untimely death, she was working on her beautiful album from the best of both world compilation double CD and I would be putting finishing touches to the album. She had two projects for her foundation that she was working on before she travelled. But by God’s grace, the team would bring it to realization. Also, watch out for her video compilation that our team would be dropping soon. She left her legacy and I’m asking her fans to support her even now as we drop songs on iTunes and CD for public consumption.”

On heading back to work despite still mourning: “As much as I miss and adore her, ‘Life cannot be the same without her’ and the same applies to work. But as a professional, in my career with over 17 years of broadcasting experience, I will keep pushing and giving my best.”

See Rita Dominic, MUDI, Chidi Mokeme and Ituah Ighodalo Emerge Winners At Encomium ‘Black and White’ Party


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Thus year, the highly-anticipated Encomium Black and White Ball season five wasn’t as highly advertised due to the current state of affairs in the country, but the occasion still held.

The party honored 25 personalities on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Ruby Gardens, Kilometre 11, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House was named most stylish man at 50s and the most stylish leader of the faithful while Nollywood Celebrities Chidi Mokeme and Rita Dominic won the most stylish entertainer and most elegant entertainer respectively.

The first lady of Lagos, Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola was also decorated as the Most Adorable First Lady, as well as the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire who was honoured as the Most Elegant Deputy Governor.

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BEST OCCASIONS’ WEAR DESIGNER – House of Bunor (Mr.Frank Osodi)

BEST AFROCENTRIC DESIGNER – Mudi Africa (Mr. Mudiaga Enajemo)

MOST ELEGANT WOMAN (40s CATEGORY) – Mrs. Ndidi Obioha

MOST STYLISH MAN (40s) – Mr. Herbert Wigwe

MOST STYLISH MAN (50s) – Pastor Ituah Ighodalo

BEST CLOTHIER – Message (Mr. Ifeanyi Okonkwo)

FASTEST GROWING BRAND – Twice as Nice (Mr. Waheed Shonibare)

SKIN THERAPIST OF THE YEAR – Susan Chanel Beauty Skinline

MOST STYLISH ENTERTAINER – Mr. Chidi Mokeme

MOST ELEGANT ENTERTAINER – Miss Rita Dominic

MOST ADORABLE FIRST LADY – Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, Lagos’ first lady

MOST ELEGANT LEGISLATOR – Hon. (Mrs.) Funmi Tejuosho

MOST STYLISH SPEAKER – Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly

MOST STYLISH SENATOR – Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon

MOST ELEGANT DEPUTY GOVERNOR – Hon. (Princess) Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Lagos’ Deputy Governor

MOST STYLISH GOVERNOR IN NIGERIA – Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio,Akwa Ibom’s Governor

FASHION SHOW-PLACE OF THE YEAR – Mudi Africa (Mr. Mudiaga Enajemo)
MOST INFLUENTIAL FASHION BRAND – Vivid Imagination (Mr. Godwin Mekwuye)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, PACE SETTING DESIGNER – Vivid Imagination (Mr. Godwin Mekwuye)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, PACE SETTING CLOTHIER – Silky Touch (Ogbuefi Victor Okolie)

MOST STYLISH MONARCH – Oba Obateru Akinruntan, Olugbo of Ugboland

MOST STYLISH MAN CORPORATE NIGERIA – Dr. Alex Otti

MOST STYLISH LEADER OF THE FAITHFUL – Pastor Ituah-Ighodalo

ALL-TIME BEAUTY QUEEN – Mrs. Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, PILLAR OF ENTERTAINMENT – DJ Jimmy Jatt (Jimi Adewale Amu)

Singer 9ice to contest for House of representative seat in 2015 election


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He shared with thousands of his followers, a photo of himself on a white seat, stating that he wants a seat in the Federal House of Representatives for Ogbomosho North/Ogbomosho South/Orire Federal Constituency in 2015.

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9ice has now joined stars like Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, Julius Agwu and Dan D’Humourous who have made their political ambitions known.

Election observers flay use of masks by security operatives during Osun poll


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A group of election observers, under the aegis of CLEEN Foundation, have stated that the deployment of masked security operatives as it obtained during the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, if encouraged in future elections in Nigeria, will encourage miscreants to operate unhindered.

Speaking about their observation on the conduct of security agents during the Osun State gubernatorial election, the programme manager of the foundation, Mr Chinedu Nwagu, flayed the massive deployment of security operatives, stressing that security agents should rather plan ahead of each election and ensure adequate logistics because such deployment cannot be sustained especially when an election is nationwide.

He commended the performance of INEC while noting that the training and effective deployment of ad hoc staff and materials should be improved upon.

Nwagu added that there is the need to improve the quality of the voter register and minimise incidents of voter exclusion because of missing or inaccurate data, noting that; “the deployment strategy for security agencies on electoral duty should be revised and improved upon to ensure adequate coverage of polling units and flash point areas.”

He recommended that security agencies should work towards better coordination and synergy among their personnel on election duty, with identification tags given to those deployed, to ensure they are held accountability for their conduct, even as he urged INEC to prosecute electoral offenders to serve as a deterrent to people who might want to get involved in such actions in the future.

As regards the conduct of politicians, the group sued for caution in the use of inflammatory statements during electioneering, to avoid instigating people to violence.

Meanwhile, the European Union Election Monitoring team has urged the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to seek legal redress following alleged arbitrariness by the security agencies drafted to the state by the federal government.

The coordinator, EU Election Monitoring Group, Paul Edwards, gave the advice during a courtesy visit members of his team paid on the governor at his residence after the announcement of the election results.

Congratulating Aregbesola, Edwards said the most dependable way to deepen democracy in Nigerian is by strict adherence to the rule of law.

Aregbesola had complained to the EU about the reckless use of force, arrest without charges and total clampdown on party chieftains by the security agencies.

The EU envoy noted that the most acceptable and preferred way to challenge arbitrariness of opposition is to seek legal remedy.

His words; “We have observed the election all over the state and have our reports. In any election like this, there are bounds to be issues. But it is our opinion that whatever the complaint you have, you should choose the legal option to seek remedy.”

Reacting, Aregbesola commended the EU Monitoring Group for the organisation’s interest and commitment to the development of democracy in Nigeria.

While lamenting the show of brute force by the federal government’s security operatives, the governor observed that voting was a minute aspect of democracy, but that as tiny as it was, it should not be backed by force so that people can freely choose their leaders.

He further condemned the commando-like manner the security men operated on the streets in the state and the gale of arrests of members, chieftains and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Spanish priest infected with Ebola in Liberia dies in hospital


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The 75 year old Spanish priest who was infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia and evacuated to Spain to get better treatment has died, a Madrid spokeswoman from Madrid Health authorities said this morning.

Fr. Miguel Pajares, who was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after contracting the disease while working for a non-governmental organization in the African country started using the experimental drug, Zmapp last Saturday 9th August but sadly lost the battle to the deadly virus. He was being treated at Carlos III hospital Madrid where he had been quarantined since his return from Liberia.

This will be the first European that has died from the recent outbreak of the deadly virus.

Armed robbers can never rob me, they respect me – Daddy Showkey declares


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In an interview with Tribune, popular dancehall star Daddy Showkey said no armed robbers in Lagos can rob him because they respect him too much. He said he’s encountered many of them on the streets, but they immediately let him go and even apologize when they recognize him. See below…

You were said to have been attacked by those alleged to be gunmen in your Lagos home shortly after you returned, could you tell us what happened?
Yes, they were assassins. They came to my house and killed one of my boys. Thank God I was lucky. Those guys were not armed robbers because in Nigeria today, no armed robbers can come to my house. It can never happen.
Why?
I grew up in the street of Ajegunle. I have always been a street boy. Armed robbers can never rob me. I have met a lot of them on the streets of Lagos several times and they will tell me Showkey Baba, we didn’t know it was you. Please, no vex, dey go. That respect is always there.
Armed robbers respect you? Do you have any connection with them?
That is a story for another day, Mr reporter.

So who were the people that came to my house?
The people that came to my house saw my son and asked him about my whereabouts, he said I was not around. My son went back inside and told one of my boys to go and attend to the guys at the gate, when he got there, they thought he was my bodyguard, so they shot him. They were inside my house for hours and they did not take anything away. Armed robber won’t come to my house and start asking of Showkey, they will face what they have come for and leave. But these guys were asking for me and when they didn’t see me, they left. I am sad because they killed one of my boys.
You were said to have been shot few months after that incident at your house, is that true?
Yes. I was shot inside a filling station in Lagos.
Why would anybody want to kill you?
I don’t know. I can’t even explain what could be responsible for that but I thank God that I have overcome that now.

Before you had that accident that kept you out of active music for almost ten years, the impression people had about you was that you had reached the eclipse of your career. Many people did not even know you had an accident until you came back. What do you have to say?
First of all, let me thank God that I am back again. Because If I had died before, during or after the accident, this interview will never happen. Talking about my career before the accident, you will agree with me that I have come a long way in the music industry. Myself and other old generation musicians set the ground rolling for today’s musicians and I am proud to say that.
But you will agree that at some point, Showkey’s name was not as pronounced as it used to be?
You can’t remain on top of your game for the rest of your life. There will be a moment when you will be forced to take the back seat and observe things, but that does not mean you are no more relevant or music has nothing to do with you again. The mistake most people make is that when they don’t see or hear about you, they quickly conclude that your life in music is over. I am not surprised that people didn’t know that I had an accident because I didn’t come out to tell Nigerians that I am down ooo, please help me.
Why? Are you saying that because you have the wherewithal to handle your predicament?
It is not about having the resources to handle my problem, it is more of my decision not to bother people with my problem. Why should I disturb them in the first place? Because they are my fans does not mean they should know about every step I take about my life. I asked myself one question which was, would Nigerians not have known if I was arrested for drugs or something capable of tarnishing my image?.
It seems you are sad that despite your popularity, Nigerians did not know that Daddy Showkey had a life-threatening accident…
No. I am not feeling any sadness in my heart. I am even happy right now. I can’t be happier. I am not bothered whether they know or they don’t. What matters to me is that I was able to handle my predicament through the help of God and some people who God used to help me. I am grateful to these people and I wish them well in all they do. They are my people now and they are my friends.
You have new friends now?
I didn’t say I have new friends. What I am saying is that I have learnt new lesson about life and I now know what friendship is about.
So none of your friends in the music industry came to the hospital to look after you?
The fact is that how many of them knew that I had an accident? How many of them knew which hospital I was admitted to?. It was not the matter of who was there or not, it was the matter of how I was able to handle my situation and managed everything very well. Another thing is that even those who would have come didn’t come because of one reason or the other but I am not bothered about that. Life goes on my brother. You live to learn and you learn to live. When on my sick bed, I read a report about my accident published by one national newspaper in Nigeria, I wept. I wept because that was the only newspaper that reported it.
What single lesson did that experience teach you?
Not a single one but many lessons but the chief of them is caution. I have learnt how to approach life with extreme caution. You know why? If Showkey had died in that accident, I am sure that by now people would have forgotten about me. Perhaps when they listen to any of my songs, they may feel like ouch! that was Showkey’s song. We missed him so much. The bitter truth is that life goes on.
What was running on your mind when you were on that bed? Did you at any point remember music and your dreams which could have gone unfulfilled?
How do I start to describe the experience to you? It was a very bad one but I thank God that I am lucky. The only question on my mind was will I be able to walk again? I was so particular about that question that my doctors would tell me, Mr man you will walk again. The doctors told me I would not have been able to work again if I had delayed the operation for few more weeks. I still don’t believe I am walking again because what I saw in the hospital gave me a different impression about life and I am grateful to God.

Tonto Dikeh denies describing Genevieve Nnaji as ‘eternally single’


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Tonto Dikeh a few hours ago took to instagram to slam reports she recently said actress Genevieve Nnaji is ‘eternally single’. She denies saying this. See what she wrote after the cut…

Is this the biggest baby bump ever? Woman had 55-inch tummy


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It hasn’t been confirmed but there’s currently no woman on record in the UK who has had a 55-inch baby bump. 29 year Lara Carpenter-Beck, gained so much weight as her pregnancy progressed that she couldn’t even fit into normal maternity wear.

The first time mum gained weight at a rapid rate during her pregnancy because she has diabetes.

“At just 12 weeks people were asking me when I was due- I was that big. And my bump just kept growing and growing. It was my first pregnancy and so I had no idea what to expect- but I knew it wasn’t normal to grow at the rate I was- especially with just one baby.” She explained. Continue…

At 32 weeks a nurse informed Lara her baby already weighed 6lbs- the size of some full-term babies.
Just four weeks later, Lara was rushed in for a caesarean after her waters broke unexpectedly.

Lara and her partner welcomed baby Savannah into the world, who was born weighing a hefty 9lbs 5oz

“Chris and I always assumed we were having a boy because my bump was so big, so it was a massive surprise to find out we had a girl. She was a big baby and filled the weighing scales.

“We were so happy she was healthy though, we could cope with the fact she was a bit bigger than most newborns.” Lara said

 

“It is not compulsory to marry before having a child” – Grace Amah


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Few years ago, Nollywood Actress, Grace Amah welcomed a baby boy; she however kept the identity of her son’s father as a mystery.

In her latest interview with Encomium Weekly, the single mother talked about her son and addressed the issue of having a child out of wedlock. She further stated why she is unperturbed by the critics who said it was wrong that she now has a child without a ring on her finger.

“It is nobody’s business. It’s my life. I don’t know what you call a mistake. Who says I must be married before having a baby? Why is it an issue? And there is no compulsion for me to come to the world and announce who the father of my child is. It is about my life.” She explained

When asked when she intends settling down, she said “When the time comes, I will surely get married. There are many suitors. I am a beautiful girl. The father of my son is the most qualified.”

On her absence from the movie world, she said “I have been abroad. I travelled out to have my baby. I came back a long time ago and when I came back, I had to give my son enough time. It’s not all about having a baby, it’s about giving that baby your time to grow, bring him up in a good way.

Woman who was brutally beaten by her husband over fish gets her day in court


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Fatima got 26 stitches on her face after she was brutalized by her husband over fish she took. Hope he goes to jail for this. In case you missed it, read her story below.

For taking a piece of fish from the cooking pot, 34 year old Fatima Bankole (pictured above) said she got the beating of her life from her husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, on Wednesday July 16th and now has 26 stitches on her face as a result of the brutal assault.Narrating what led to the attack, Fatima, who is one of three wives, said as wives of the Alhaji, they had a roaster for cooking. She said on the day any of them cooked, they would first dish for their husband, then the children before serving themselves.

She said on the day of the attack, the last wife had finished her cooking and served their husband and the children. She, Fatima, then went for her own meal but as soon as the third wife saw her food, she immediately went to report to their husband that Fatimah had taken the largest chunk of fish in the pot. Continue…

Not listening to her explanation that she only took pieces of fish scattered in the pot, their husband descended on her with punches to her face. She said she bled for hours and was thereafter locked up in a room for three days before she found a way of escape.She said her husband had physically assaulted her several times in the past and even gave an account of a previous attack where her husband pulled her hair until it hurt so bad it gave her head injuries.

After her escape, Fatimah was assisted to the hospital by her neighbors. Her husband has since been arrested after a petition by a Women Arise civil group in Lagos. He is expected to be in court next week.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Akpala Completes Permanent Karabukspor Switch


Nigeria international striker Joseph Akpala has signed a thee-year deal with Karabukspor, after playing on loan at the Turkish club last season.

The 27-year-old joins from German outfit Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

Akpala scored six goals in 14 Super Lig games last season, to help Karabukspor gain promotion to the Europa League, where they will play St. Etienne in the play-off rounds.

Joseph Akpala Joins Karabukspor.

The Jos-born footballer signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen from Belgium side Club Brugge in August 2012, but made just 21 appearances- mostly as substitute- in his only Bundesliga campaign.

Akpala’s first Nigeria cap came in September 2008 and was part of the country’s squad at last year’s Confederations Cup.

Karabukspor had one-time featured another Nigerian Emmanuel Emenike (2009-2011).