Chinwetel Ejiofor Signed Up For Next James Bond Movie


Chiwetel Ejiofor recently bulked up to star as a cop in director John Hillcoat’s drama Triple Nine. And now, his so hot six-pack and rippling pecs has attracted the attention of producers looking to cast the new James Bond villain.

According to showbusiness bible Variety, the 12 Years A Slave star is reportedly the first choice to play 007′s adversary in the 24th instalment of Sony and MGM’s long-running action franchise.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson want the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actor but have yet to make a formal offer.

The movie is due for release on November 6, 2015, with filming set to kick off in the summer. Daniel Craig has already signed on to return as Bond for the upcoming movie and the 25th iteration.


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‘I Cut Her Neck With Cutlass For Sacking Me’ – Houseboy Who Killed Magistrate Says


David Idah, the houseboy of retired Chief Magistrate Funmilola Timeyin who killed her at her residence in Laderin Estate in Abeokuta on March 28th says he killed her because she sacked him.

Idah, in an interview with Punch, said he and his boss had a good relationship when he started working with her but they fell out when she started to complain about his attitude. Idah says he wasn’t paid his salary and so stole two mobile phones, a DVD player, speakers, perfume, wrist watches, three trousers and four shirts belonging to her son in order to sell them, get money and leave.

She discovered he had stolen these items and invited the police who came in and was about to begin prosecution of the 21 year old Benue indigine when she (Justice Timeyin) pleaded with them to let him off the hook and even wrote a letter of withdrawal to the police. She said she did not want Idah tried but she sacked him and told him not return to work for her again. Continue…

A few days after he was released from police custody and angered by his sack, Idah went to the retired judge’s house, scaled the fence, got hold of the cutlass he used for gardening and waited for her to step out of her house and then attacked her with the cutlass, cutting her three times on the neck.

She screamed for help which attracted her neighbors and vigilante in the area who caught Idah in the bush behind the house where he had gone to hide and was trying to escape… Sadly Justice Timeyin died before she could get to the hospital. Idah was employed by the 65year olf retired chief Magistrate to help around her house since all her children had all grown up and left the house. Idah was yesterday arraigned before the magistrate, Anthony Araba, of the Magistrate Court 1 and pleaded guilty to one count charge of Murder.
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Joel Obi Interests Eagles Coach


Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has admitted interest in the situation of fit-again on-loan Parma midfielder Joel Obi.

Obi, who has made seven Serie A appearances for Parma in the season, returned to action in October last year after a long-term layoff – after he suffered a bad injury in 2012.

Consequently, the 22-year-old missed on the Nigeria’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations win in South Africa – and was also denied a chance to put his talents on display during the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Despite his injury woes, Keshi says Obi, who joined Parma on loan from Italian giants Inter Milan last year, still has the quality to play for the country.

“He’s been playing regularly for the past three weeks. When I was in the United States on vacation, I watched him play once for Parma,” supersport.com quoted the Nigeria coach as saying of the player, who has 11 caps for Nigeria at senior level.

“I am happy for him but it is still too early for me to say if he will make it (to Brazil) or not, because he’s been out for almost two years but we’ll see how it goes.”

Keshi lamented the injury, which has denied Obi a chance to contribute to his team’s success.

The former Eagles captain said, “When I first took over (as Nigeria coach), Obi was one of the players I wanted to build the team around.

“I feel so sorry for the kid because more often than not, he’s been injured.

“I tried to help him and spoke to him a lot but after a while, you feel like giving up because you know what the footballer is going through at that period.

“He wasn’t playing (for Inter) at that time because of the injury and I made him understand that I wanted him back.

“I knew he was going the extra mile to return to full fitness. Whenever he was nearing fitness, the injury would become even more complicated than it was before.”
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I Am Not Poor, I Have Never Known Poverty – Doyin Okupe


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, on Friday thumped his chest over his rich background, saying he has never known poverty in his life and apparently does not understand what it means to be poor.

“I have never been poor,” Mr. Okupe boasted on twitter during a discussion on the recent comment by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, who said the largest chunk of the world’s poorest people are concentrated in Nigeria and four other countries.

“My father was one of the richest of his time. He even owned a bank. I qualified a doctor and a successful one.” Mr. Okupe (@doyinokupe) had taken to Twitter to disparage media reporting of Mr. Kim’s comment, claiming that the World Bank’s President did not classify Nigeria as poor.

The presidential spokesperson made the claim even when the full transcript of Mr. Kim’s address at the Council For Foreign Relations, where he made the speech, is available in text, audio and video. “World Bank recently classified Nigeria as a medium income economy,” Mr. Okupe argued.

“How on earth can World Bank classify China the second largest world economy as extremely poor?” But some of his followers, apparently irritated by his argument, quickly took him to task, asking him whether, without being told, he did not know that poverty is widespread and endemic in Nigeria. “Nigeria or China as a nation is not poor but 80% of Nigerian citizens are poor.

Are you such disconnected from the society?” a London-based economist, Ike Okeke (@comradop), asked. Mr. Okupe responded by saying, “I have never been poor. My father was one of the richest of his time.

He even owned a bank. I qualified a doctor and a successful one.” Mr. Okeke then shot back saying Mr. Okupe could have inherited a fortune from his parents but that not many Nigerians were that lucky. “No doubts about your generational wealth but how many Nigerians are privileged like you? The report (on the World Bank President’s comment) is a call for more work by government,” the economist said. The presidential aide responded, “It is well taken. Just believe me when I tell you that this president is grossly underestimated.

Everything is being done to turn things around.” Before getting into the exchanges with Mr. Okeke, Mr. Okupe had raged in a series of tweets, accusing the Nigerian media of distorting news items to disparage the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

He claimed that the administration was doing excellently well, buildings railways and roads and repositioning the economy.

At a point, one Seun Ejiade (@ejiadeoluseun) challenged him to stop whining, and rather go to central Lagos, which has a large population of poor people, to test his popularity. “Shut up and let’s have some peace,” Mr. Ejiade said. “Stop with the lies, like we don’t live in 9ja?#hiss.

Go to Obalende with your drivel and see the reception you get. “Instead of addressing issues dogging us in Nigeria, like unemployment, you choose to tweet about World Board’s assertions.

And you are supposed to advise GEJ?” That comment apparently irked Mr. Okupe, who charged back: “You hate the truth and facts irritate you. You are a shame to your generation.

You cannot be part of the future we hope for. Mr. big mouth.” Mr. Ejiade responded by saying, “I’m a part of the future which you are not going to be in…. why? Cos you would be dead.” As the discussions progressed, another of Mr. Okupe’s followers asked him to disclose how much he earns in salary and allowances.

A Mr. Alapata 2.0 (@BolajiBolaji2) said, “Please sir, can you tell us about your salary and allowances for the sake of transparency and accountability? Thank you.” Mr. Okupe answered, “I don’t have a special salary. I am a senior special assistance (SSA) to the president. Write to SGF (Secretary to the Government of the Federation). You ‘ll get what SSA is paid.”
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SEE The Freaky Naked Video That Landed Bisi of Covenant University In Trouble : VIDEO


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Photos and a video of a 100-level undergraduate at Covenant University have gone viral after she was filmed twerking nude.
The girl, whose story is now trending on social media site, Twitter, is simply known as “Bisi”.
Another girl, also believed to be a student of the university, has tweeted her apologies for the leaked video.
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Abductors demand N60m ransom to release Chief E. K. Clark’s son


The kidnappers of Ebiteme, son of Chief Edwin Clark, have demanded N60 million ransom from the family to set him free.

Ebiteme was abducted on Wednesday in Kiagbodo, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta.

DSP Celestina Kalu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Delta, announced this in Warri on Friday in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She said one suspect had been arrested in connection with the crime and was helping the police with useful information.

She added that the police had intensified their search for the kidnappers.

“The kidnappers have contacted the family and they are demanding N60 million to release of their victim.

“The police are on the trail of the abductors and I can assure you that we are getting close to their base.

“We will do everything to ensure the victim is released unharmed’’, she assured.

A member of the family simply told NAN that negotiation with the kidnappers was ongoing.

Ebiteme was abducted on April 2 at the site of Edwin Clark University of Technology in Kiagbodo. (NAN)

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Fraud Allegation Against Imo Speaker Trumpeta Replies Assembly Ad-hoc Committee Samuelson: My Petition is Before EFCC, I have No Case With Lawmakers


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The publishers of Trumpeta newspapers are expected to be at the Imo State House of Assembly Complex Owerri, in response to a late minute invitation extended to it by the ad-hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption against the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu.
After series of announcements in radio stations in the state without official notification to Trumpeta newspaper, a letter signed by the committee chairman Ikenna Emeh was made available to the office before close of work for the invitation.
Even as the invitation was unwarranted considering the fact that Trumpeta is exercising its rights as a medium to enlighten, publicize inform and entertain readers using basic ethics necessary in print journalism, the publishers have decided to be at the committee room of Imo Assembly for the so-called committee job.
At first, Trumpeta management was highly excited and overwhelmed by the unsolicited publicity and advertisement, the ad-hoc committee helped to boost the soaring image of the Owerri-based tabloid.
The invitation however has exposed the lack of legislative know how of the committee members who may not be aware of the role of media in democracy and nation-building. If the lawmakers are not giving room for Imolites to doubt their credibility, they would have noted that Trumpeta’s involvement in the whole matter, that it played its statutory functions of making public allegations of fraud and accusation leveled against the office of the Speaker by a former appointee of Rt Hon Uwajumogu. In a petition addressed to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, and copied to ICPC, Police and the Presidency, Iwuoha made several allegations. In Trumpeta’s editorial policy, the petition was given attention for public consumption.
The action of allowing the public be aware of petition written against the number three citizen of the state is not anathema in journalism practice except for the lawmakers who may be showcasing naivety and lack of sufficient knowledge about operations and duties of the media.
Suffice is to note that several national dailies are awash with several groups requesting the Presidency, National Assembly and anti-graft bodies to investigate Minister of petroleum, Mrs Deziani-Allison Madueke accused of spending quantum of millions on maintenance of an air craft. The regale about Madueke’s alleged financial misdeeds is just a drop in the ocean about plethora of complaints from several persons and groups in the media raising petitions against public office holders asking either for probe or other forms of investigations.
Either the committee headed by Emeh wants to embark on inglorious shadow boxing or intents to extend gratuitous insult on the medium it would have realized that inviting Trumpeta is unexpected of a ranking member of his caliber with background knowledge in law practice and constitutional matters, to note that the petitioner is not fictitious and his table before competent authorities for investigation.
But for the respect the medium has to constituted authorities, like the legislative arm, Trumpeta would have ignored the invitation because of the capabilities of some members of the committee handling such fraud-related investigation as they do not posses the required moral background to be in the committee.
It is not in doubt that one of the members is still standing trial before a competent court over alleged misappropriation of N18m belonging to his local government when he acted as council chairman eight years ago even as he was also indicted by a committee set up in the council to have also embezzled several millions. He is not expected to have even been a member of the state Assembly before supervising a fraud case.
Again, another member is at the receiving end of boos and jeers emanating from the various local government following the spate of abandonment and failure of contractors to handle rural road projects after collecting huge sum of money from the government. This office was inundated with several petitions arising from alleged bribery and demand for kick-backs before contractors will be mobilized. Reports from the various LGAs over skirmishes between contractors and the concerned lawmakers on sharp practices speak volume of the member’s inability to be part of the probe panel. It is worthy to note that one of the committee’s members is at the mercy of the governor who has threatened to arrest him over disappearance of road contractors. The member is yet to escape from the associated scandal when a contractor was accused of diverting road project money to roof his new building.
In view of the above, the Emeh led committee should go into soul-searching to determine if they have the moral rectitude to execute this lofty assignment considering that the matter is before EFCC, ICPC and other bodies courtesy of the petitioner and another star witness invited for the event.
Trumpeta believes that the ad-hoc committee is another decoy to sweep the allegations under the carpet since the members are alleged to be close allies of the speaker and hand picked by him. In the same vein Assembly watchers and monitors of events in the state are querying the rationale behind the setting up of the committee six months after Trumpeta exclusively revealed how the state-owned liaison office at Abuja, was converted to a private hotel of the speaker.
Imolites had expected the state lawmakers’ reaction to the conversion of the five-storey building when there was no denial from the speaker’s office and state government on the surreptitious manner the government property was brazenly acquired by public officers, an action that is purely in contrast to ICPC and EFCC laws.
On a final note, Trumpeta expects the Emeh led ad-hoc committee to, as a matter of fact, make public and show Imolites the code of conduct form he deposed to the code of conduct Bureau in 2011 when he emerged as speaker to measure his assets and monetary value three years after being in office Imo people are waiting.
Meanwhile, the Former Senior Special Assistant on media as well as the immediate Past Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties to the Speaker Imo state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu, citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha has reacted to a radio announcement inviting him to appear before a panel set up by the speaker to investigate allegations he (Samuelson) levied against Mr Speaker.
In a five page press release, citizen Iwuoha made available to the press, he went down memory lane (7th Nov, 2013) when he first made public the fraudulent activities going on in Mr Speaker’s office involving the Chief of staff and others. According to him, “rather than investigate my allegations, the Rt Hon Speaker issued me a query on 13th Dec, 2013.
Describing the present panel as a kangaroo panel, citizen Iwuoha wondered what the panel set up after four months and twenty days, he cried for one, would achieve, what more, chairman by Mr Speaker’s bosom friend, Hon Ikenna Emeh with a member of the panel Hon Acho Ihim who a six man panel, in 2006, indicted for embezzling N48, 260,274.29k when he was Executive Chairman of Okigwe LGA.
He was not comfortable with Mr Speaker still on seat while being investigated recalling that in 2002 Rt Hon Chuba Okadigbo as Senate President and Chief (Mrs) Patricia Etteh in 2007 as speaker house of representatives stepped aside when they were investigated for various offences.
Insisting that he has not been formally served an invitation letter to appear before any panel, citizen made it categorically clear that he would not honour the invitation and rather advised the speaker and his aides to rather subject themselves to the EFCC that is currently handling the issue at stake just as he sees Mr Speaker’s panel as diversionary.
Based on the contents of their letter, Trumpeta counsel, Emperor Iwuala has written to the adhoc committee requesting it to state if the medium is to honour the invitation either as an accused or as a witness. Trumpeta counsel further stated that the content of the adhoc committee letter is too vague as no subject matter, allegation or particulars of facts relating to it was disclosed. Therefore the counsel requested the committee to enable it the facts for which Trumpeta are invited.

PICTURE OF MEMBERS OF THE APRIL FOOL PANEL SET UP BY IMO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AGAINST HIM


Photo: Hon. Stan Dara joins the panel.....! *first from the Right!

The man with Mic is the chairman of the committee, Hon. Ikenna Emeh (the bosom friend of the Speaker) from his right is a member of the committee Hon Stan Dara, Hon Mike Ndunagu and left is another member, Hon. Iheanacho Ihim

 

RE: INVITATION TO APPEAR


3rd April, 2014
The Chairman
Imo State House of Assembly
Probe Panel on Fraud
At Imo Speaker’s Office

Sir,
RE: INVITATION TO APPEAR
My attention has been drawn to a Radio announcement on IBC/ORIENT radio/TV news last night asking me to appear before a panel set up by the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly (and chaired by you, his bosom friend) to prove my allegations of corruption against the Rt. Honourable Speaker and his aides on Friday the 4th April 2014.
Although I am yet to receive a written invitation letter, let me make the following observations.
1. That on the 7th of November 2013, I officially informed the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Honourable Chief Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu (after many months of verbal complaints) of the fraudulent activities going on in his office involving his Chief of Staff and cohorts.
2. That after one week of officially informing the Speaker of the fraudulent activities going on in his office, I copied the same letter to you, other Honourable members and Clerk of the House (Chief Chris Duru)
3. That rather than investigate my allegations the Rt. Honourable Speaker issued me with a query on the 13th of December 2013.
4. That I quickly responded to the query and insisted on my allegations and requested for a panel to be set up, with at least 4 Honourable members as panelists.
5. That when I saw that my life was in grave danger, I resigned my appointment as the Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties on the 17th of December 2013. Please see enclosed resignation letter
6. That on the 20th of December 2013, I officially informed the Executive Governor of Imo State of the fraudulent activities going on at the Speakers office. And also pleaded with him to compel the leadership of the House to Set up a credible Panel that would invite me to come and prove my allegations (see Enclosed Letter)
7. That after waiting fruitlessly for a credible panel to be set up, I petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the 18th of February 2014 of the fraud at the Speakers Office (see enclosed petition letter)
8. That the said petition was copied to the Presidency, National Assembly, Force Headquarters, Nigerians and the Press.
9. That suddenly, after 4 months and 20 days, the Speaker of Imo State House Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu on the 27th of March 2014 made a U-turn and set up a panel which I rightfully described as a Kangaroo Panel to investigate my allegations against him.
10. That I reacted immediately on that same day, 27th March 2014 through my Press Release by describing the Panel as medicine after Death. See the enclosed press release.
11. That I have no confidence on the ability of the panel to investigate my allegations because the chairman is a very bosom friend of the Speaker.
12. That the panel has no integrity and credibility to investigate my allegations, because one of the panelists Hon (Dr) Acho Ihim was indicted on the 23rd of January 2006 for gross misconduct resulting to the misappropriation and embezzlement of N48,269,274.29k when he was Executive Chairman of Okigwe Local Government Area. He was indicted by a six man panel set up then. Please see enclosed indictment report.
13. That the panel has no atom of integrity and credibility to even question me on my allegations against Rt. Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu, because the panelist are allegedly involved in road contract scams in the state as have been published in many Newspapers and on the Internet.
14. That the Executive Governor of Imo State His Excellency Owelle Rochas Anayochukwu Ethelbert Okorocha (Owelle Global) has during the on-going assessment tours of Local Government Areas in the State, vindicated me by confirming that Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe (Speakers Chief of Staff) and Mr. Dan Orji (Speakers Special Adviser on inter-governmental matters) stole and pocketed the sum of N18,000,000.00 and over N50,000,000.00 respectively being funds meant for construction of roads at Ehime Mbano and Ihitte/Uboma LGAs. The Governor has already ordered for their arrest.
15. That in 2002, the then Senate President, His Excellency the Rt. Hon. (Dr) Chuba Okadigbo (Oyi) was accused of corruption and he stepped Aside before a panel was set up to investigate him.
16. That in 2007, the then Speaker of Federal House of Representatives, Chief (Mrs.) Patricia Etteh was accused of fraudulently spending the sum of N628m to furnish her official quarters and she stepped aside before a panel was set up to investigate her.
17. That the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly cannot preside over the leadership of the House that is investigating my allegations against him. He should first step aside before a credible and competent panel can be set up to investigate him and his aides.
18. That infact, the Speaker and his aides should rather subject themselves to the EFCC investigation rather than diverting attention by setting up a belated Kangaroo panel made up of his cartel members.
19. That the chairman of this committee took a unilateral decision to invite me and others without taking into consideration the inputs of the other Committee members.
20. That I called a member of the panel (Hon. Stan Dara) to inquire from him about the radio announcement I heard inviting me to appear before them and he framed ignorance of what the chairman (Hon Ikenna Emeh) is doing. In his words he said, “My brother, I don’t know what Ikenna Emeh is doing. We are yet to meet”. I called him at exactly 8:23 am today 03/04/2014. His number 08033279089. Please verify from MTN call log.
21. That I called Hon. Celestine Ngobiwu, another member of the panel at exactly 8:45 am today 03/04/2014 to inquire from him when to come exactly. He responded by saying, “Aamaammooo, I don’t know anything. I have not even seen Ikenna Emeh. I will call him later today”. His number is 08136060606. Verify from MTN call log.
22. This simply shows that the Kangaroo panel is obviously a one man show of Hon Ikenna Emeh dancing and playing the Ihitte/Uboma music of Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu. This is an April fool panel indeed.
23. That my life has been threatened by both the Rt. Hon Speaker and his sister, Mrs. Chidinma Uwajumogu over my allegations of corruption.
Mr. Chairman, with the above reasons I humbly submit that I can no longer honour any other invitation from this very panel. Thank you.

My Best Regards

Citizen (Dr) Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha FCAI
Former Senior Special Assistant on Media
Immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties
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3rdApril 2014

D.S.P. Alameiyeseigha To Run For Senate In 2015 [PHOTO]


Former governor of Bayelsa state, Diepreye Alameiyeseigha, looks set to run for a senatorial post in the 2015 elections.

Campaign pictures for Alameiyeseigha appeared on the Internet.

This is certainly a shocking development, as Alameiyeseigha was imprisoned for corruption and is regarded as one of the most corrupt public officials ever.

Goodluck Jonathan’s Henchman, Jide Omokore, Suffers Heart Attack


Jide Omokore, a shady businessman linked to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, early in the week suffered a heart attack shortly after a meeting with Mr. Jonathan.

Family sources said this evening Mr. Omokore has been stabilized and is recuperating at home in Abuja.

Omokore is at the center of a variety of financial deals involving the President and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Some of the deals involve a revelation by the ousted governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that some businessmen took $6 billion from the proceeds of crude oil sales and shared it amongst themselves.

Omokore is also at the center of a scam in which the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was used as a conduit by Omokore’s Atlantic Energy.

In 2011, Mrs. Alison-Madueke caused the NNPC to sign strategic partnership agreements through NPDC to engage in managing OML 4, 38, 41, and 30, 34, which had been sold by Shell to the NPDC.

Omokore’s firm was supposed to get 30% of the profit from the deal but NPDC officials told SaharaReporters that all the sale proceeds were taken by Omokore on behalf of President Jonathan and Alison-Madueke.

Mr. Omokore is also heavily involved in the kerosene subsidy scam which runs in the billions of Naira.

Sources tell SaharaReporters that he is also in possession of at least two private jets he is believed to be holding in trust for Mr. Jonathan and the oil minister. In 2012, the French police briefly detained a private jet conveying Mr. Omokore from Paris to Monaco.

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Photos:- President Jonathan Arrives Bayelsa For His Daughter’s Wedding Ceremony


The President arrived Yenegoa today for the Traditional wedding ceremony of his daughter which will take place tomorrow at the newly refurbished expansive compound of His Excellency.

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Jonathan Daughter’s Wedding: Roads And Market Trouble


Wedding of Jonathan’s daughter is causing troubles in Yenagoa metropolis, Bayelsa State as some roads are being closed and it results in heavy traffic.
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The wedding of Elizabeth Faith Osakwe & Godswill Osim Edward will be held on Saturday and the security involving soldiers and police are already present at the location.

Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of the President, has arrived to the state 2 days ago, and Jonathan is expected to arrive today, on Friday.

The ceremony will be attended by top government functionaries, politicians and many other dignitaries, some of them have already arrived.

There is a private residence of Jonathan in the area – along Kpansia, and as some of the roads leading to it were closed down, it caused many motorists to make a detour and choose longer routes than usual.

Correspondents of Punch reveal that gridlocks were caused by closure of some roads and the city motorists groan.

According to reports, Saturday market at Kpansia had already been ordered to be shot down by the state government.Traders that took their goods to the Kpansia market, via Sani Abacha road were forced to take other much longer roads.Some traders already closed down.

One of the traders, who desired to remain anonymous, stated that it was hard to believe that the whole community was put at a standstill because of wedding of one person.

“Closing some strategic roads because of the wedding is ill-advised. They should have devised a much better approach to managing the situation. The situation is not good enough,” trader said.

Source: Punch Nigeria

FG Gives Contractors Ultimatum On Power Projects


The Federal government Friday gave power distribution contractors sixty days to complete their contracts on the power projects or risk termination of the projects.

Vice President Namadi Sambo made the position of government known, just as he mandated the Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. James Olotu, to communicate to the contractors the need to fast-track work or face the consequences.

Sambo equally disclosed that government was ready to assist the new owners to acquire transformers to enable them distribute power if the need arises.

The vice president also asked the new owners of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to submit their plans on delivering energy metering within one week.

He expressed government’s readiness to assist them to acquire transformers to enable them enhance the power distribution across the country, offering them the option of buying the transformers from the Ministry of Power. The companies would be allowed to pay over a period of 15 years.

MD of NDPHC, Olotu briefed the meeting on some challenges facing the company’s power projects.

“It was discovered that lines work are being frustrated by aesthetic development along road works in Lagos and Rivers States,” he said

56 Year Old Cleric From Lagos State Arrested Over Fake Prophecy


Photo: Cleric in jail over false prophecy

Lagos State based prophet Alphonsus Ezie has been remanded in prison over the alleged defrauding of his church members by means of the false prophecy.
The 56-year-old cleric of the Celestial Church of Christ, Igando District, told the congregation that he saw many of them traveling abroad. Thus, he urged people to get international passports and visas not to miss the great journey.

Several months later the victims lamented that the prophet lied so that they obtained travel documents from the prophet’s friend, Kayode Samuel, which they did.
When the prophecy didn’t come true, they reported the case to the police and Ezie was arrested.
The arraigned prophet confirmed the incident, putting a blame on his friend Samuel. However, both men pleaded not guilty to the crime.

“You Are Stupid To Tweet This @ Me” – Flavour Nabania Slams Fan Who Says He Is Gay


Earlier this week, Flavour shared the above photo of himself with a guy in the pool and most people said he is gay but his close friends and family said the guy pictured next to him is his brother.
A fan tweeted at him saying “How can thy say @2niteFlavour is gay… yawa ppl..”

and flavour who is very sad about the acquisition replied by saying  “Same reason you felt the need to tweet this at me. Stupidity.

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Rescue Attempt Of Prisoners Foiled In Benin


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An armed squad from the Edo State Prisons Command on Friday foiled an attempt to free inmates being conveyed to the Oko Medium Prisons from court earlier in the day.

The Edo State Comptroller of Prisons, Mr Effiom Etowa, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin, added that the three suspects involved in the alleged crime were arrested.

He said one of the two vehicles used by the suspects was impounded, while the other escaped with the occupants.

The comptroller said the suspects had trailed the two Green Maria conveying the inmates from the court on Sapele Road to Airport road, when they were blocked from overtaking the green Maria vehicles.

He explained that the 18 inmates in the green Maria were high profile inmates, whose offences ranged from armed robbery to kidnapping.

“The two vehicles had been on the trail of the two green Maria vehicles and another backup vehicle that were being used to convey the inmates back to the prison from the court.

“Acting on suspicion of the vehicles, my armed squad team warned them to desist from following them but they kept on chasing our vehicles, even at the same speed.

“It was at this turn that my armed squad shot sporadically into the air to scare them but again, this didn’t deter them.

“My officers then had to find a way of blocking them and in the process, they apprehended one of the vehicles, while the other escaped.”

Etowas said the arrested suspects have been handed over to the Police for investigation.

He debunked claims that some inmates escaped in the operation. [NAN]

Former Arsenal player’ Films Jihad Video, Urging Others to Join Him in Syria


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A former Arsenal footballer who grew up with Cristiano Ronaldo is now fighting in Syria alongside extremists, it has been claimed.

The man, who is said to have turned his back on a moneyed lifestyle in Europe, was filmed in two videos posted on an extremist website in which he addresses people in Ukraine and calls on others to join the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

He is seen wearing a black mask to cover the majority of his face and wields what appears to be an AK-47 as he talks to his audience in heavily accented English.

In the videos, which were posted on Russian website FiSyria.com with Cyrillic subtitles, he refers to the West as ‘animals’ and ‘dirty people’.

The text around the video on the site, which is viewed as one with close links to ISIS, claims that the man ‘grew up with Ronaldo, played for Arsenal and left football, money and European way of life in order to make the path of Allah’. It also says he was originally from Portugal and was radicalised two years ago.

During the first of two four-minute posts, he is introduced in the English subtitles as Abu Issa Andaluzi from Sham.

He then goes on to say: ‘My advice to you is that we are in need of all types of help from those who can help us in fighting the enemy.

‘Welcome, come and join us and from those who think that they cannot fight they should also come and join us because it maybe that they can help us in something else, for example help with medicine, help us financially, help us with with advice, help with any other qualities they may have and any other skills they might have, and they can give and pass on this knowledge, and we can take whatever is beneficial and that way they will participate in jihad.’

Arsenal are said to be investigating the claims that the man is a former player at the club but a spokesman told the Sun: ‘We do not recognise the individual from the published clips and we don’t have any record of a [person of this name] representing the club at any level.’

 

Source: METRO

Nine-month-old boy accused of conspiring to murder and ‘pelting stones at police’ in Pakistan [PHOTO]


A nine-month-old boy has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of conspiring to murder, according to reports.

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Muhammad Mosa Khan is also facing accusations of threatening police and interfering in state affairs in what must be one of the most bizarre court cases ever.

The tot was one of more than 30 people facing charges after a police raid to capture suspected gas thieves in the eastern city of Lahore.

A video by WorldNews.tv shows the bewildered baby being fingerprinted, holding a bottle of milk and being carried into court by his grandfather.

It was even alleged that the infant had pelted stones at a police party making the raidaccording to The Nation website.

Reports suggest the boy has now been bailed until April 12 and the chief minister of the Punjab province has intervened and called for an inquiry.

Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was said to have asked for clarification from the province’s inspector-general of police and has asked for ‘stern action’ against those who charged the young boy.

Source: METRO

Disregard Srike By IPMAN, NUPENG Tells Nigerians


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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has urged Nigerians to disregard the threat of strike issued by the former President of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN),Mr. Aminu Abdulkadir, as he does not possess the constitutional powers to declare a strike.

The union also clarified that it does not have any hand in the lingering scarcity of petroleum products across the country, as none of its members or chapters across the country was on strike.

“As for current scarcity of petroleum products, it has nothing to do with NUPENG, it has nothing to do with NIPCO and I want to beg Nigerians to go about their normal duty,” said Comrade Igwe Achese, National President of NUPENG.

Addressing newsmen following an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee, in Abuja Friday, Achese said the union has received the assurance that the lingering leadership crises in IPMAN, which has been determined by a Court, would be settled very soon.

“NUPENG is not on strike and we will continue to sustain the activities the way we are asked to do and ensure the flow of products,” he said earlier in the week.

“I Moved To Ghana To Get Closer To God” – Hanks Anuku


Hanks used to be Nollywood’s leading man and Special Adviser to Gov Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state.
In 2010, he left Nigeria after he had issues due to addiction to drugs and Alcohol. Nigerian Films caught up with him In Ghana and this is what he had to say:
“Yea, as you can see, I am in Ghana now. It was a decision I made to get a few things for myself and to get closer to God because so many things happened to me in Nigeria that I was not happy about

Everything depends on God. He is my provider. If God wants me to go to Nigeria, no problem, I mean, as long as you are serious with the job.”

Schumacher Shows ‘Moments Of Consciousness’ Months After Suffering Head Injuries


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Michael Schumacher’s manager says the retired Formula One star now “shows moments of consciousness and awakening,” more than three months after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident.

Manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement that “Michael is making progress on his way.” She added that “we keep remaining confident.”

Kehm says Schumacher’s family does not intend to disclose further details.

The 45-year-old Schumacher fell while skiing in France and hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.

Schumacher’s condition stabilised after he was placed in the coma. In late January, doctors began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up. [AFP]

Trouble looms in Imo PDP: 19 aspirants jostle for guber ticket


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There is palpable trouble looming in the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as 2015 general elections draw closer.

The likely trouble is connected to the number of guber  aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket in 2015 Governorship election.

At the last count, according to Weekend Nigerian Horn investigations, nineteen strong aspirants have officially declared their interest to run under PDP platform.

Indication shows that the aspirants are targeting to use the Easter period to reach out to the would-be delegates and other party leaders to get their endorsement and blessings.

Weekend Nigerian Horn reliably gathered that apart from the consultation that is costing the aspirants big money. Most of the aspirants, it was gathered also buying trailer load of rice, cows, souvenirs, their campaign calendars and other gifts items to be distributed to the delegates during the Easter celebration.

The 2015 PDP guber aspirants, a source hinted are ready to match dollar with dollar during the party primaries and resultantly every member of PDP in Imo State are struggling to be delegates inorder to get the feel of the money.

Though there are every indication that more aspirants may also join the race from the three senatorial zones before the party primaries which political analysts argued that it is very vital and crucial for PDP to publish early its parameters for electing its governorship candidate in 2015 general election which invariably will help the survival of the party before the main election.

Weekend Nigerian Horn investigation revealed that all the aspirants are strong and seasoned politicians from their respective Local Government Areas.

The aspirants, according to Grapevine source have already gotten the blessings of the would-be delegates in their LGAs.

However, Okigwe zone parades PDP guber aspirants like Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. He hails from Isiebu in Isiala Mbano LGA, Dr Julius Kpaduwa is an indigene of Ezike in Isiala MbanoLGA while Barr Ike Ibe hails from Amuzi in Obowo LGA.

Owerri zone has aspirants like Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha from Mbutu Aboh Mbaise, Hon. Bethel Amadi is from Akabo in Ikeduru LGA, Chief Humphrey Anumudu from Obilubi Obazu in Mbaitoli, Chief Chuka Odom comes from Okwu in Ikeduru LGA, Prof. Jude Njoku is an indigene of Obiangwu in Ngor Okpala LGA, Chief Emma Ojinere hails from Ekwereazu in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Barr. Ken Njemanze SAN comes from Amawom in Owerri Municipal, Mr Ken Ojiri is from Owalla in Owerri North LGA, Chief Bethel Nzimako comes from Irete in Owerri West LGA, Chief Jerry Chukwueke is an indigene of Awaka in Owerri North LGA, Senator Bright Nwanne is from Onicha Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Prince Chinyeze Chilaka hails from Umunama Ezinihittee LGA while Senator Chris Anyanwu comes from Oboama in Aboh Mbaise LGA.

Orlu zones has PDP guber aspirants like Senator Hope Uzodinma from Oru East, and Evang Chris Brown who hails from Etekwuru in Ohaji Egbema LGA.

Political pundits are of the opinion that Imo PDP must make haste in putting its house in order to avoid the 2007 bitter experience to replay in 2015, where the guber aspirants with their money deliberately stopped PDP from fielding candidates in the guber election following the disagreement in the party primaries.

The inability of PDP to conduct a party primaries without rancour may again pave way for APGA or APC to emerge victoriously in the guber election in 2015.

In APGA so far, the fight is between Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho and Chief Martin Agbaso, all from the same Owerri North LGA, while in APC, the battle line has been drawn between Gov. Rochas Okorocha from Ideato South and Prince Charles Onuoha from Ahiazu Mbaise LGA.

It is only time that will prove the popular belief in Imo State that flamboyant guber aspirants don’t win guber elections in Imo State wrong or right

Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Massive Curves In Black Bikini


The sexy reality star is currently holidaying in Thailand. She was spotted in a two piece sexy black bikini.



Court Dismisses Terror Charge Against Sanusi, Awards Him N50m Damages


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A Federal High Court, Thursday ordered the Federal Government to return the seized international passport belonging to suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, stating that the terrorism charge preferred against him was an afterthought.

Sanusi had filed a suit at the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, seeking an order restraining the police and the Department of Security Service (DSS) from infringing on his fundamental human rights, following his detention and seizure of his passport at the Murtala Muhammadu Airport in Lagos on the day he was removed as the CBN governor.

The SSS had hinged its decision to arrest Sanusi and confiscate his passport on allegations that he was aiding terrorists.

However, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court ruled in Sanusi’s favour and also asked the government to apologise to him for the seizure of his international passport by the DSS.

In his judgment, Justice Buba not only dismissed the preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit filed by Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) on behalf of the AGF, he also restrained the police, DSS and their privies from further harassing and arresting the suspended CBN governor.

The judge ordered the government to pay Sanusi N50 million as exemplary damages for the embarrassment he suffered from the seizure of his international passport and the brief detention he was subjected to at the airport.

In the judgment, which touched on every aspect of the reliefs sought by the suspended governor, the judge held that it was wrong for the DSS to have detained him before it began to look for evidence to support its action.

He stated that under the law, only the Minister of Interior could withdraw the international passport of a Nigerian and that this was not the situation in Sanusi’s case.

He further held that without a passport, a Nigerian cannot exercise his right of free ingress and egress in and out of the country as provided for under Section 38 (1) of the constitution and that Sanusi had made a case for the infringement on his fundamental rights and that the averment of the DSS that the suspended governor was being investigated for financing terrorism was an afterthought.

He added that this was more so when Sanusi had denied the allegation and the DSS had nothing to say to counter his denial.

Justice Buba agreed with Sanusi that his affidavit contained the basis for him to bring this application, as there was evidence the act of infringement on his fundamental rights was still being carried out with the seizure of his international passport.

He dismissed the preliminary objection of the AGF, saying that it was misconceived and lacked merit

He submitted that the questions for determination, the reliefs sought, and the averment in the 33-paragraph affidavit in support of the originating summons, clearly revealed that the claim of the suspended CBN governor was for an infringement on his fundamental human rights and not an employment matter as alleged by the AGF.

Justice Buba however refused to grant Sanusi a perpetual injunction restraining the police and DSS from arresting and harassing him, saying he could always come back to court for any infringement on his rights.

Sanusi had been suspended on February 20, 2014 over alleged reports of by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies indicating that his tenure has been characterised by “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct.

North Korea Accuses US Of Wanting Regime Change At All Cost


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North Korea has accused the United States of being “hell-bent on regime change” and warned that any manoeuvers with that intention will be viewed as a “red line” that will result in countermeasures.

Pyongyang’s deputy UN ambassador, Ri Tong Il, also repeated that his government “made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test” but refused to elaborate, saying only that “I recommend you to wait and see what it is.”

Ri said this at North Korea’s second press conference at the United Nations in two weeks, a surprising rate for the reclusive Communist government, blaming the US for aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula by continuing “very dangerous” military drills with South Korea, by pursuing action in the UN Security Council against his country’s recent ballistic missile launches and by going after Pyongyang’s human rights performance.

Ri also accused the US of blocking a resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program by settling preconditions and said Washington’s primary goal is to maintain tensions and prevent the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

A US diplomat who was not authorised to comment publicly later told the Associated Press news agency: “We have long made clear – in close consultation with our allies – that we are open to improved relations with the DPRK if it is willing to take clear actions to live up to its international obligations and commitments.”

Using the initials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name, Ri said, “The DPRK has been making strenuous, hard efforts, very generous, toward easing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but ignoring all this generous position of the DPRK and its proposals, the US went ahead with opening the joint military drills, [in a] very aggressive nature, and they’re now expanding in a crazy manner the scale of this exercise.”

He also rejected as “illegal” a Security Council statement last week that condemned North Korea’s test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles as violations of council resolutions.

India Court Sentences 3 Men To Death Over Multiple R*pes


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An Indian judge on Friday sentenced three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rpes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sx attacks since the law was toughened last year.

The sentences were announced at a court in Mumbai on the same day that a judge jailed 24 men in the southern state of Kerala over the gang-rpe of a schoolgirl who was repeatedly sxually assaulted over a 40-day period in 1996.

A series of mass protests over the levels of s*xual violence prompted the government to amend the law last year and allow for harsher punishments for defilers, including the death penalty for repeat offenders.

The three who were sentenced Friday had been found guilty of two attacks in July and August last year at the same abandoned mill compound in Mumbai, including an attack on a photographer that made global headlines.

Mohammed Salim Ansari, 28, Vijay Mohan Jadhav, 19, and Mohammed Kasim Hafeez Shaikh, 21, were convicted last month after a fast-track trial.

They were subsequently handed life sentences for one of those assaults, the gang-r*pe of an 18-year-old phone operator.

But they were also convicted this week under a new section of the law for being repeat r*pe offenders, which carries the death penalty.

“There needs to be zero tolerance for such incidents,” Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi said as she announced the sentences.

“A loud and clear message needs to be sent to society.”

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam confirmed to AFP that this was the first conviction for repeat r*pe under the modified law.

The men, dressed in jeans, bowed their heads as they learnt their fate, while one of their mothers was removed from the court for swearing.

The 22-year-old photographer was gang-defiled while on assignment with a male colleague in the overgrown mill compound, close to an upscale neighbourhood as well as slums from which most of the defilers hailed.

The phone operator, attacked in the same place, came forward after reading about the photographer’s ordeal.

Two other men have been jailed for life over the attacks: Mohammed Ashwaq Sheikh in the telephone operator case and Siraj Rehmat Khan in the case of the photographer.

A juvenile is being separately tried over the attack on the photographer, which sparked widespread anger in Mumbai, a city usually considered safer than the capital New Delhi.

Police described the photographer’s attackers as unemployed school drop-outs, while neighbours say they were a gang of youths known for petty theft and drinking in the area.

While the three who were sentenced to death had been tried under a fast-track system, the outcome in Kerala was the culmination of a marathon legal case which at one stage saw many of the defendants cleared.

The then 16-year-old victim was abducted from her school and defiled over a span of 40 days in 1996 in cars, homes and hotel rooms, the court was told.

In sentencing the men, Kerala High Court judge K.T. Sankaran said the victim “had no chance to escape from her captivity’’.

All but one of the men had been acquitted in 2005 by the same court, but India’s Supreme Court ordered a retrial after outraged women’s rights activists challenged the verdict.

India’s legal system is notoriously slow, but its rpe laws were toughened after the fatal gang-rpe of a student in New Delhi in December 2012 sparked nationwide protests over the lack of safety for women.

Four men were sentenced to death in September over the Delhi case after they were convicted for murder, gang-r*pe, theft, conspiracy and “unnatural acts’’.

India only allows for the death sentence in the “rarest of rare’’ cases. All executions are carried out by hanging

44-year old furniture maker dies in a hotel in Edo State after sex with lover


A 44 -year-old furniture maker, identified as Julius, allegedly slumped and died Wednesday April 2 in an hotel while making love to a woman whose identity is yet to be ascertained.
The father of three who  hailed from Agenebode, Etsako East local government Council of Edo state,  was said to have commissioned his new house in the month of December last year.
According to family sources, the late Julius hurriedly left home at about 9 am after refusing the breakfast prepared by his wife, but ended up at  a hotel located off Dumez Road Benin City with his lover.
Vanguard learnt that the deceased paid for an hour, popularly referred as short time, and it was after the expiration of the time that the hotel attendants went to alert them that their time was over but there was no response.
It was gathered that two hours after, the  couple were yet to come out of the hotel room. The hotel attendants had to force the door open only to discover the lifeless body of the man but the lady was nowhere to be found.
It was further gathered that sperm was seen all over the man’s body, and a packet of Viagra was discovered in his pocket.
Men of the Ugbekun police division who recovered his lifeless body allegedly recovered his Toyota Pathfinder SUV, his mobile phone and a cheque of N20 million allegedly issued by one of the palm oil companies in the state.
The widow confirmed that it was when she called her husband’s phone that a woman after inquiring if she was the wife, informed her that her husband had an accident and requested her to report at Ugbekun police station where the news of her husband’s death was finally broken to her.
She further confirmed that she had once fought her husband at an hotel when she learned that he was there with another woman.
Edo state police commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, confirmed the death of the man to journalist on phone.
- Vanguard

Edwin Clark’s Kinsmen Kidnapped His Son – Police


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Suspected kidnappers of Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, kidnapped Wednesday, at Kiagbodo, Delta State, has reportedly contacted the family, demanding about N50 million ransom for his release.

Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, however, told Saturday Vanguard that the police have arrested three of the suspected kidnappers and were inching closer to their hideout, warning that no ransom should be paid.

According to him, one of the suspects confessed that he participated in the “planning stage of the kidnap,” adding that the police were working with ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and other Ijaw groups to track down the kidnappers.

Aduba said the kidnap was carried out by Ijaw kinsmen of Edwin Clark and the police would burst the syndicate.

Elder statesman, Chief Clark was said to have briefed President Goodluck Jonathan, the governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Mr. Aduba on the incident.

It was gathered that he called the Commissioner of Police on Wednesday when his son was kidnapped and had been calling him frequently since then with Mr. Aduba assuring him that the police were doing everything possible to secure the release of his son.

On how the ransom was demanded, a source told Saturday Vanguard yesterday, “The kidnappers made contact with family members of Mr. Ebikeme Clark in the late hours of Thursday, April 3. They (kidnappers) and Mr. Ebikeme Clark spoke with family members through Mr. Ebikeme Clark’s phone.”

“In their usual manner, the kidnappers demanded for ransom. We were informed it is within the region of N50 million,” he added.

But, there was a clear indication yesterday, that abductors may not have their way in the ransom demand, as the police, collaborating with ex-militant leaders were hot on their pursuit.

Commissioner Aduba told Saturday Vanguard unofficially where the police suspected the kidnappers were hibernating and the rescue efforts, but pointed out, “They are not for publication.”

Our independent investigation, however, showed the kidnappers were hiding somewhere in the creeks between Delta and Bayelsa states.

IYC spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, told Saturday Vanguard, yesterday, “The IYC has mandated its officials in the riverine clans of Oporomor, Seimbiri, Ingbelebiri and Mein in Bayelsa and Delta States to swing into action and fish out the kidnappers of Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of Ijaw National Leader and Former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief E. K. Clark. IYC, investigation so far is to the effect that the kidnappers hideout may be somewhere in the creeks around Delta and Bayelsa States close to the coast, that is the communities near the sea though from experience kidnappers are never stationed in one place as they move from one place to the other to avoid been caught.

“To this extent, all the Ijaw communities and community leaders in the communities close to the coastal parts of Delta and Bayelsa States have been contacted to form rescue team to comb all the creeks, towns and villages in a bid to free Mr. Ebikeme Clark without delay. The Ijaw people and communities are totally against kidnapping, sea piracy and other social vices.

“Also, some Ex-Niger Delta freedom fighters have volunteered to join forces with the IYC and security agencies to effect the release of Mr. Ebikeme Clark. While we appreciate the pains the Clark family may be going through, the IYC reiterate its position that ransom should not be paid to kidnappers. This is another case of commercial kidnapping; hence payment of ransom must be discouraged,” he said.

His words, “This incident coming shortly after the kidnap of the foster father of the President Jonathan and the relative of a Bayelsa State Commissioner has brought to the fore the need for all stakeholders in the Niger Delta to take drastic steps against kidnapping, sea piracy, oil theft and other social vices.”

“While condemning these vices, we wish to state that there is a direct nexus between these crimes and the economic situation of our people. Therefore, the IYC hereby call on multinational oil companies and state governments whose revenue has increased as a result of cessation of militancy in the Niger Delta region to perform their role of creating/providing jobs in the post amnesty era,” he added.

He asserted, “The concept of the Federal Government amnesty programme in the Niger Delta was for the federal government to mainly take care of the training while the oil companies and state governments are supposed to mainly handle the area of creation and provision of jobs. The IYC believes that creation of job opportunities is the long term solution to these social vices.”

Omare said, “The IYC would come up with its anti -kidnapping and anti- sea piracy strategy after the all Ijaw youths summit to be hosted by the Bayelsa state government on how to fight sea piracy, kidnapping, oil theft and other social vices.” [Vanguard]

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Ekiti 2014: Fayose, Adeyeye Reconcile, Promise To Dislodge APC From Power


adeyeye-fayoseThe governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, and one of the leading governorship aspirants of the party, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, on Thursday, publicly set aside their political differences as they joined forces in their bid to ensure that PDP sends the incumbent Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) packing in the June 21 election.

Fayose, who described Adeyeye as “a formidable figure in the PDP, who cannot be ignored” while speaking at the reconciliatory meeting, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to nominate Adeyeye as a minister to replace Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, another aspirant, who recently resigned to contest the party’s governorship ticket.

The PDP in Ekiti has been divided since Fayose defeated about 13 other aspirants to pick the sole governorship ticket of the party with most of his co-contestants refusing to recognize his candidature, instead calling for a consensus candidate.

However, Thursday’s meeting saw the coming together of the Fayose and Adeyeye camp for the purpose of uniting to “dislodge the APC from power in the state for the sake of Ekiti and the Ekiti people”.

The reconciliation meeting, which held at the secretariat of the Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, was attended by members of PAAM and those of the Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation as well as many other members of the party.

Fayose said on the occasion that he was not seeking re-election as governor of the state to carry out vengeance against anybody, saying among other things, the major task before him would be to unite all members of the party and the state at large if he wins the polls.

He said, “I am not coming to Ekiti to be vindictive. I think it would mean I don’t know what I am doing if I should return to Ekiti Government House after seven years and start running after anybody.

“I want to plead with all the aggrieved aspirants to bury the hatchet and work for the party’s success in the forthcoming election, saying “I promise not to betray anybody in the PDP, including Adeyeye.

“I also want to plead with our supporters to refrain from fanning the embers of discord. Let us be united and ensure that we win this election. This is a great task we have to achieve”, Fayose said.

Speaking about his resolve to remain in the PDP despite his loss at the primaries, Adeyeye said “nobody can be more aggrieved than me among the aspirants on the conduct of the primaries. But as a party man, I have to forget the past and work for the emergence of our candidate at the poll.

“I was one of the aspirants who fought vigorously for zoning of the governorship to the South, but the authorities, I mean the powers that be, didn’t see it that way.

“But despite this, I promised that I will not join any other party because I believe if we come together and win the election, everybody will be brought on board. So to me, there is no victor, no vanquished”, he stressed.

Anambra Poll: Tribunal Turns Down Ngige’s Letter To INEC As exhibit


chris ngige-The Election Petition Tribunal on the 2013 governorship election in Anambra on Thursday rejected a letter tendered by the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the election, Chris Ngige.

Mr. Ngige, a senator, who petitioned the tribunal alleging irregularities at the polls, was at the tribunal sitting at Awka to testify in the case.

Led in evidence by his counsel, Rotimi Akeredolu, Mr. Ngige said that the letter was the one he wrote to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking cancellation of result of the election.

He said that he sought the cancellation on grounds of irregularities.

The counsel to INEC, Patrick Ikweto, however, objected to the acceptance of a copy of the letter, arguing that it did not meet the provisions of Section 102 (e) of the Evidence Act.

Mr. Ikweto told the tribunal that the only letter admissible in civil proceedings was a certified true copy, which upon receipt by INEC, had become a public document.

He, therefore, urged the court not to admit the letter in evidence, saying that “what Ngige is presenting cannot serve as a counterpart of the letter”

Countering Mr. Ikweto, Mr. Akeredolu argued that a private document submitted to a public body could not become a public document on its own.

He said INEC refused to produce the certified true copy of the letter even when his client applied for it through the tribunal on March 18.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ishaq Bello, rejected the copy of the letter, saying it could not be admitted as exhibit.

Mr. Bello pointed out that there was no evidence that showed that a copy of the letter was submitted to INEC.

The proceedings at the tribunal continue on Friday.

62nd Birthday: Oshiomhole Solicits For ‘Special Prayers’ To Render Good Service


edo-state-governor-comrade-adams-oshiomhole1-360x225Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, on Friday called on the people of the state to offer special prayers for him to render good service.

Oshiomhole made the call in Benin at a thanksgiving service to mark his 62nd birthday at the Government House Chapel.

He said as a human being, he was not superhuman and so could make mistakes in governing the state.

The governor, therefore, urged the people to pray that God would grant him wisdom, protection and guidance that would enable him work and deliver on his mandate.

He thanked the people for being supportive of his administration and its policies.

The Chaplain of the chapel, Rev. Fr. Andrew Obinya, had earlier admonished the governor to continue doing well and learn from his journey through life.

Obinya also enjoined Oshiomhole to keep an open mind and remain compassionate, reminding him that not all people would love and appreciate him.

He urged him not to be made angry by critics, noting that any person in such position would face similar challenges.

The priest also advised the governor not to be vengeful as not everybody would understand his policies.

Obinya said that if a man’s way pleased God, God would fight for the person, urging Oshiomhole to be flexible.

“If there are policies you put in place which are not appreciated by the people, take a look at such policies a second time and take it to God in prayers for wisdom to handle it”, Obinya said. (NAN)

Olamide Shows Off His New YBNL Acts — Lil Kesh And Viktoh.


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Reigning rapper Olamide has signed two new artistes to his YBNL record label.

After being the only artiste on his label for sometime, the rapper has formally unveiled two new acts, Lil Kesh and Viktoh.

Olamide has been busy promoting his new artistes on social media.

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‘Lil kesh @mynameiskesh …. Time bomb lomoyen .. E go soon blow,’ Olamide wrote about Lil Kesh.

‘Kingbaddo Go shine boi ! @viktoh_ybnl,’ the YBNL boss gave his blessing to his other new signee.

18-year-old Lil Kesh, who is also a rapper, has just released a song titled ‘Shoki’.

The other signee, rising star Viktoh, also just released the music video for his brand new single ‘Say Dem Say‘.

Davido Set To Make Nollywood Debut


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As the list of musicians-turned actors continues to swell arithmetically, there is yet another addition to this infinite roll call.

Raving pop sensation David Adeleke, better Known as Davido is reportedly making plans to make his nollywood debut.

The Skelewu crooner is reported to have gotten the role courtesy of his cousin Ikechukwu Ojeogwu who is an actor and producer.

The said movie is to be directed by veteran Nollywood director Teco Benson

Dancehall Star, Vybz Kartel Sentenced To Life Imprisonment


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Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of an associate.

Judge Lennox Campbell sentenced the dancehall star (real name Adidja Palmer) and three other men in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday.

The 38-year-old must serve 35 years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

Last month, a jury convicted Kartel and three co-defendants of murdering Clive “Lizard” Williams, who was beaten to death at Kartel’s house over two missing guns in 2011; his body has never been found.

One of the key pieces of evidence in the 65-day murder trial was a text message retrieved from Kartel’s phone saying Williams had been chopped up in “mincemeat” and that his remains would never be located.

Fans lined up outside the courthouse as police in riot gear manned barricaded streets.

Once they heard the life sentence, they were overcome with emotion.

“Wickedness! They take away the ‘world boss,’” said one woman, referring to one of Kartel’s nicknames.

His camp reacted to the sentence, tweeting, “Addi never asked for nor expected anything else from the system that facilitated his conviction despite missing n tampered evidence.”

Defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson expects to file an appeal. “It is not over Gaza Army. It is not over,” his team assured fans. “Certain details we have to hold back but this is just a obstacle on the road to freedom.”

Kartel is one of dancehall’s biggest stars and has collaborated with artists including Jay Z, Rihanna, and Busta Rhymes, who attended the last day of his trial.

Exclusive Photos: Iyanya – Away (B-T-S VIDEO SHOOT)


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If you are very active on Instagram, you must have come across the #Away Dance frenzy.

Iyanya and his Triple MG team did an amazing job of pushing this single online by getting hundreds of people to dance and upload the clips online.

As expected, the official “AWAY” video has just been shot in the UK over the last 72 hours by Sesan.

While we await the visuals, check out exclusive pictures from the shoot. 

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Charles Novia Wades Into Tchidi Chikere And Estranged Wife War


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Nollywood ace movie maker — Charles Novia has waded into the ongoing social media war between movie director Tchidi Chikere and his estranged wife, Sophia in an article he titles ‘TChidi, Talk Not.’ The article makes a whole lot of sense.
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“One of the best brains we have in Nollywood would be Tchidi Chikere, a celebrated scriptwriter and movie director. With an impressive body of work in the past decade and a capacity to discover new stars or to enhance sagging careers of others, Tchidi is not a personality one can ignore in Nollywood.
I have known him in a professional capacity for close to fourteen years and I relate well with him in the few instances we have met and had discussions. Tchidi has a burning desire to make a change in Nollywood, to shoot movies which somehow should re-calibrate society’s moral journey. I particularly love some of his movies for the uncanny way he brings out everyday characters in simple lifestyles and turn them to complex evolutionary beings in complex situations. As a movie director and a scriptwriter, Tchidi is gifted. Very gifted. Take it from me.
 
In my usual no-holds-barred critique of his acting, I would be less charitable in my accolades. But I am not writing this to detract from his credentials as a celebrated auteur. I am writing this out of concern, perhaps more professional but with a huge personal slant to it as well.
It is a well-known fact by now that Tchidi got married to an actress, Nuella, a few days ago. First of all, Tchidi, I must congratulate you on that. Whatever the opinions people have, we must all respect the wishes of consenting adults when it comes to tying the knot. He made a choice and we should respect that, no matter how much the slanderous anonymous commentators on social media think they know.
That Tchidi got separated from his former wife, Sophia who bore him three children is perhaps unfortunate but like I said, consenting adults take decisions which they believe is best for them at certain stages in life. Such decisions might come much anger and recriminations and would always leave scars in the hearts of both parties. Divorce or seperation are never pleasant.
My concern in this case has to do with the open fights between Tchidi and Sophia on social media AFTER Tchidi’s new marriage. On face value, it would seem to have started with Tchidi’s rant on twitter a couple of days back against his ex-wife.
The tweets were quite shocking and less than charitable, to say the least. Though from the tweets, one could psycho-analyse that Tchidi was really angry, hurt and perhaps deliberately hitting below the belt at his former wife. My first reaction when I read those tweets on a blog was one of shock. Those tweets were totally uncalled for. Totally. Granted, they might have been written in a miasma of negative volcanic emotions but total restrainst is required from a man in those kind of circumstances. And such restrainst is justified when the mother of your blood children is involved!
Sophia had a riposte which I read as well and she had a moral right to respond too. But something tells me that Tchidi would wish to fire another salvo at that response and thus start a social media bric-a-brac which would inflict more wounds on all parties. That is why I had to write this open opinion.
In Nollywood, and perhaps to a small extent the entertainment industry in general, most of the creatives tend to look away when acrimonious matters befall one of their own. First reactions would be one of aloofness, followed by private gossip in meeting places. Sometimes, colleagues and friends of such personalities would whisper malicious things about the subject in private while pretending to be all coy and concerned when they meet the suffering subjects in public. Oh Yes! My sector have some psychophants and pretenders as with politics but isn’t that how life goes?
Perhaps Tchidi and Sophia are being wrongly advised by masquerading friends? Or maybe they are not even being advised at all by anyone but are just ventilating on social media, giving bloggers more hits and the country one more piece of idle gossip?
Whatever the case, I will openly advise Tchidi to stop further tweets or replies on this matter. For the record, I don’t know Sophia or Nuella and haven’t met with any ever and don’t wish to. My concern, as a father, is for the kids from Tchidi’s first marriage and perhaps future kids from this new marriage. Do not celebrate your misgivings on social media. Sheath the swords. Think of the children. The children. The children.
Those poor kids are going through indescribable torture and pain already. You don’t need to add fuel to their discomfort. Angry words once written and published are hard to take back, even with the passing of time.
Celebrities are human too. That you see us on the screens or read about us does not make us less human than the other fellow. Fame and fortune only hide our foibles and finnicks. But we are human. However, whilst we are human, there are expectations of decorum we all must adhere to. And if it is just for the kids, Tchidi and Sophia (and perhaps Nuella) must adhere to the dictates of decorum.
I am not writing this to take sides or blame any of the parties involved. I am writing this openly because whatever linens being displayed by all parties in the open should be brought down immediately.
May God help all parties pass through this period and bless them all as they move on to the next phase of their lives.
Amen.”

Dad Who Murdered Daughter Smiles And Laughs In Court


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A man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat was convicted Thursday of her murder and smirked as he was led out of court in handcuffs to spend what will probably be the rest of his life behind bars.

Jurors found Arthur Morgan III guilty of killing Tierra Morgan-Glover, whose body was pulled from a creek in a park near the Jersey shore in November 2011. They also found him guilty of child endangerment and interference with custody.

Because the jurors determined that Morgan’s actions were “knowing or purposeful,” the 29-year-old is likely to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors said he killed Tierra to get back at her mother for breaking off their engagement. They said he weighed down her pink car seat with a tire jack to ensure it would sink. Her body was pulled from a creek in Wall Township, about 20 miles from her Lakehurst home, with one tiny black and purple sneaker sticking out of the water.

“We finally got justice for Tierra Morgan-Glover,” said Marc LeMieuxm, first assistant Monmouth County prosecutor.
“God bless her,” added county prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni. “I hope she’s in a better place.” The girl’s relatives gasped when Morgan smirked broadly as he was led out of the courtroom after his conviction, his hands and feet shackled. Immediately after leaving the courtroom, several of them collapsed into sobs, with one woman wailing, “Oh, God!”

After her death, Morgan fled to California and was arrested several days later in San Diego, with a newspaper account of the killing in his pocket. The Monmouth County medical examiner said the toddler died from “homicidal violence, including submersion in water.” He said the girl may have been conscious for three minutes after starting to breathe in water and could have remained alive for nearly five minutes after that.

On Wednesday, jurors asked the judge for a second glimpse of Morgan’s video statement to police in San Diego. In the video, a detective asked Morgan if he said anything to his daughter before leaving her to die in the creek.

“I told her I loved her, and I gave her a kiss,” Morgan replied. Morgan insisted his daughter was not dead when he left the area. “I still heard some noises,” he said. “I heard her. She sounded like she was crying.”

He said he drove away and never returned.

Chika Ike Reveals: “I’ll Give Marriage Another Shot”


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In this recent interview, the Nollywood actress — Chika Ike discussed issues surrounding her recent divorce and her frequent holiday trips abroad.

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On Courting Controversy

“I have stopped searching for my name on the Internet. In fact, I don’t bother myself with gossips and negative comments about me any longer. I have a management team that deals with all that.

“When my aides want me to see or read whatever has been written or said about me, they simply draw my attention to it. Celebrities must learn to ignore what people say about them so they can live long and be happy. That is my principle.”

On Sharing Photos From Her Trips To France And Dubai On Instagram

The truth is that I love to travel around the world. If anyone feels hurt by this, that is their business. I love to take pictures during my trips abroad and share them with my fans. I do this so as to educate them.

Many of them have never been to these countries. So, whenever I post these images, I have no bad intentions.”

On Her Failed Marriage

“I don’t want to talk about the divorce because it is already in the past and I have since moved on. I am still open to marriage and I might give it a second shot because I believe in love. For now, I am most concerned with my own happiness,”

“Celebrities also make mistakes. I don’t think they have a bad time combining their successful careers and managing the home front or their marriages on the side.

“All the talk about some men being afraid to walk up to a female celebrity and ask her out does not make sense to me. Any man that cannot walk up to me and toast me is not manly enough. I don’t have a long list or criteria for my ideal man. All I want is that he must make me happy.”

‘I don’t like poor men admiring me’ – Fast rising actress, Lizzy Gold


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Nollywood actress, Lizzy Gold, says the major criteria for any man to woo her is that he must be rich and that no poor man should even think of admiring her picture, let alone ‘toast’ her. In a chat with Entertainment Express, Lizzy also said bank alerts turn her on. What she said below…
“A poor man shouldn’t even think of admiring my picture, not to talk of wooing me. I love money so much so I can’t marry a poor man. I don’t even want a man who is merely comfortable. My interest and affection are for millionaires, if possible billionaires. Money means so much to me, in fact money makes me wet. Sometimes when I imagine so much money in my account, I could just get wet. Bank alert is like my best friend. I just need to imagine so much money in my account and I am turned on. When I get a credit alert on my account, Oh my God, I get turned on immediately.
Lizzy says asides having money and being willing to spend it on her, another very important thing she looks out for in a man is that he must be well ‘endowed’.
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Chris Brown flown to DC with other prisoners in Con Air


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Chris Brown has just been picked up by federal marshals on what will be one of the longest journeys across the country since the prop plane era … TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the case tell us Chris is on his way to a federal holding facility in San Bernardino to begin his long trip to Washington D.C. where he will stand trial for assault.

Later today Chris will board a airplane — guarded by U.S. Marshals and appropriately restrained — but the flight is NOT a non-stop. In fact, we’re told there are so many stops he probably won’t get there until Sunday. Continue…

We’re told all of these flights go through Oklahoma, with stops along the way to pick up other prisoners.

Chris will be in D.C. for a hearing Monday where his lawyer, Mark Geragos, will try to get the charges dismissed because he believes prosecutors inappropriately used the grand jury to gain an unfair advantage in the criminal case.

Now here’s the thing. If Geragos loses, Chris will sit in a D.C. jail facility until his D.C. trial kicks off on April 17.

Why World Bank Lists Nigeria Among Extremely Poor Nations – Okonjo-Iweala


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The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said World Bank’s “extreme poor nation” rating of Nigeria was based on the large number of poor people living in the country.

Okonjo-Iweala made the clarification when she interacted with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that World Bank President, Dr Jim Kim, on Wednesday in Washington, announced that Nigeria was among the world’s extremely poor countries.

The other countries that were also rated as Nigeria were India, China, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Kim had said “the fact is that two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor are concentrated in just five countries: India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“If you add another five countries, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, the total grows to 80 per cent of the extreme poor,” he said

Okonjo-Iweala explained that the number of poor people in a country irrespective of the country’s level of development was the parameter used to rate Nigeria among nations with high poverty level.

According to her, the phenomenon of large number of poor people is peculiar with middle-income countries which Nigeria belonged.

“Indian is a middle-income country, one of the largest economies in the world like Nigeria, is a big economy, but the largest number of poor people in the world reside in Indian, China and other places.

“Most middle-income countries, including Brazil have large number of poor people that is the reality of today and Nigeria is no exception.

“And when the World Bank president was talking he also talked about those countries. He mentioned that India is doing well and it has a large number of poor people,” she said.

“So, we should not try to single Nigeria out. The phenomenon we have in Nigeria is that we are growing but there are poor people everywhere,” she added

She advised that the focus of Nigerians now should be on the answers to the problem raised by the World Bank and what other countries were doing that Nigeria could learn from so as to improve.

“Nobody says that everything is fine but we are learning and where we make some progress like other countries, we should also acknowledge it,” she stressed.

She said that the Federal Government was making efforts in different areas of the nation’s economy to reduce poverty and improve living standards of the people.

According to her, President Goodluck Jonathan has mandated four or five of the ministers to work together to formulate a social safety programme to be implemented for the benefit of the citizens. [NAN]

Okorocha Advises Unemployed Youths To Find Something Doing


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Unemployed youths in Imo have been advised to enrol in the “Youth Must Work Programme” of the state government to engage in viable activities.

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo gave the advice at a Town Hall meeting he held with youths and people of Ikeduru and Mbaitoli Local Government areas of the state.

He said that the current administration introduced the programme and other empowerment projects as part of measures to keep Imo youths away from anti-social activities.

Okorocha said that with the programme in place, there was no reason for any Imo youth to roam the streets or engage in anti- social activities.

He, however, warned that youths, who failed to engage in meaningful activities, would risk arrest by May.

The governor, who inspected projects at the two local governments in company of his deputy, Mr Eze Mmadumere, expressed optimism that the meeting would bring about new focus and programmes for the areas.

He said that his government had put machinery in place to ensure that all projects initiated by the current administration were completed.

“I will not start any project that I will not finish. It is not in my character,” he said.

Okorocha assured the people that the state would continue on the path of progress in terms of infrastructure and social development.

He urged the people to resist any government that would put the free education and other current development programmes of the state government on the reverse.

The governor approved the building of 14 new primary schools for the people of Ikeduru and awarded the construction of two additional roads for the people of Mbaitoli as special packages.

He expressed regret that out of the 24.8-km road approved for Ikeduru at the cost of N1.48 billion, only about five kilometres had been tarred.

The governor said that N705 million had been paid to the contractors, assuring that no contractor would be allowed to embezzle money meant for road construction.

Earlier, Mmadumere who hails from Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency, said that the governor’s visit had provided opportunity for the people to get acquainted with programmes of government.

Madumere urged the people to continue to support the government.

In his address, the Chairman, Transition Committee of Ikeduru Local Government Area, Mr Obinna Nshirim, applauded the governor’s policies on education, healthcare and aggressive rural road transformation.

That of Mbaitoli, Dr Pat Nnah, expressed confidence in the visionary leadership of governor and assured of the continued support of the people of the area.

The Chairman, Imo Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri, who also hails from the area, appealed to the people of the area to reciprocate the governor’s kind gesture by giving him massive support.

Two members of the state House of Assembly representing Ikeduru and Mbaitoli Constituencies – Mr Sam-Daddy Anyanwu and Mr Victor Ndunagu- said the governor had performed creditably well.

Ndunagu appealed to the state government to capture construction of more roads in its budget for Mbaitoli to compensate for its land mass and large population.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many political appointees and stakeholders from Mbaitoli and Ikeduru attended the occasion. [NAN]

IMO LAWMAKERS AND SPEAKERS AIDES AS CONTRACTOR​S: CITIZEN IKENNA SAMUELSON IWUOHA IS VINDICATED​…,,,,,,,​


Never in the History of Imo State of Assembly Lawmaking has there been
a controversy so degrading as to link an elected Honourable Member or
Members of a House of Assembly directly or indirectly to Award of
contracts or be part of contract Awards.  I can still vouch for decent
Honourable members who have not soiled their hands or Are we to
conclude that what we are hearing is true?
The Essence of setting up a probe panel to investigate Citizen
Samuelson Iwuoha’s allegations against Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu,
His Chief of Staff (Kodichi Anamekwe), and his other aides, is it
defeated or are  there still Hope?  Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha;
the defacto enfact terrible  of Imo State, the Mandela of Imo State
designate, the generalissimo Social Crusader who has vowed to go to
jail with hard labour if any of his allegations is found to be false
will simply be  laughing and pumping Champagne (even though he does
not drink) that the mere hearing that the Executive Governor of Imo,
Owelle Rochas Okorocha has Ordered for the immediate arrest of Imo
Speaker’s Chief Aide, Kodichi Anamekwe for the abandonment of a Road
contract of the Oriendu-Nkwodurukwu road in Ehime Mbano after
collecting N18 million (Eighteen  million naira) and another N70
million naira, is the first vindication of him (Citizen Ikenna
Samuelson). The Second vindication of Citizen Samuelson was the order
by Owelle Rochas Okorocha that the Speaker’s Special Adviser on
Inter-governmental matters, Mr. Dan Orji should be arrested for
abandoning road jobs in Ihitte-Uboma LGA after collecting over
N50,000,000.00. More victories will continue to come the way of
Citizen Ikenna Samuelson. Both aides of the Speaker so far indicted by
the governor are being detained.
If by mere J.Pross unfounded allegation against an innocent Former
Deputy Governor, Sir Jude Agbaso prompted his being impeached. What
are these people being accused, based on allegations being
authenticated still doing at the corridors of Imo power?.
Mr Uwakwem of Imo Advancement Assembly posited (HORN MID-WEEK, APRIL
2-3 2014 PAGE 2) “The discovery from Okorocha’s tour of Local
Government Area is very shocking  and we are calling on him to
immediately order the arrest of Imo Lawmakers because the information
at our possession shows that contracts were awarded to the lawmakers,
their aides and friends. Today, despite the huge sums, Okoroocha has
put in Imo State roads, there is nothing to show for them. What we are
saying is that if Governor Okorocha investigates more, he will be
surprised on the level of fraud in the road contracts and 80% of the
Lawmakers took part in it. It is also our opinion that while the
Governor arrests the contractors, Imo Speaker’s aides; he should also
arrest the Lawmakers behind the scene of the corruption SCAM”.
Unquote.
How are the mighty fallen? Imagine Honorable Members of a State
Assembly that ought to be feared by even a state governor under a
democratic dispensation, are being taunted, harassed, cajoled and
humiliated by personal or collective greed and avarice at the
detriment of their constituents, Constituencies and the Imo
electorates. What a scandalous shame!!! Did Imo see this scenario
under Speaker Gideon Atuloma, Speaker Agwuocha Chukwukadibia, Speaker
Godfrey Dikeocha, Speaker Kelechi Kennedy Nwagwu, Speaker Goodluck
Opia etc?? This is very unfortunate.
A situation where Honourable members of Imo State House of Assembly
are being publicly booed at, Cajoled and blackmailed because of Road
Contract Scams is very shameful and unacceptable. A situation where
Imo Speaker’s aides share road contract funds along the road (Wetheral
road) is not healthy,
In the Court of Public Opinion, Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha has
won his case for transparency and Accountable Governance. At the
Office, Citizen Samuelson was busy returning unspent funds to Imo
Speaker (Uwajumogu), whereas the Speaker and the other senior aides
were busy acquiring properties with public funds. While Samuelson was
building bridges of understanding and love across the entire state,
Uwajumogu and the other senior aides were building Hotels and other
structures across the state. While Samuelson was busy receiving awards
of excellence from corporate bodies, Uwajumogu and the other aides
were busy awarding road contracts to themselves across the state.
While Citizen Samuelson was busy protecting the Imo State House of
Assembly; Uwajumogu, Other lawmakers and his aides were busy playing
truancy. Ever since Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha resigned from the
Office of the Speaker, that office and the entire Assembly have
collapsed. Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu and the other Lawmakers are
today regretting and gnashing their teeth in sorrow because of the
exit of Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha. To help reclaim the integrity
and Credibility of the Assembly, Uwajumogu should quickly resign
because the Court of Public Opinion has already impeached him.

CHINYOCHAOBI ISREAL UHUEGBU- DURU
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Obesere Finally Absolved Of r*pe Allegation


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Investigations are not over, but Fuji superstar, Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere has been freed of the r*pe allegation levelled against him by one Miss Olanike Olaiya.

Speaking with pressmen, the Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson, Mrs Ngozi Braide, said “As far as we’re concerned, and based on the investigations carried out so far on the matter, most of the allegations by Obesere’s accuser, Olanike Olaiya were fabricated.

Although, they both admitted having canal knowledge of each other, there was absolutely nothing to show that Nike was defiled as she claimed. It was a frame -up because the lady has refused to honor police invitation.

And the doctor’s report available to us has shown that she was not defiled. We’re made to understand that this lady on her own went to Obesere’s house in search of Obesere, and that she spent the night there. She was there cooking and everybody in the house ate.

People in that house have equally made statements. I think there was a mutual relationship between the two of them. But investigation is still in progress. Police would not rest until we get to the root of the matter and we will make the outcome known to the public.” She said

Speaking his mind to the latest development, Obesere said “I thank God I have been vindicated by the outcome of the investigations so far conducted by the police. What’s next is to enter the studio for my next album. I thank God that people have identified with me so far. I am very sure the police will soon get to the root of the matter.”

It is to be noted that Obesere had earlier released a VCD about the r*pe allegations which has been doing well in the market.

You Won’t Believe How Marijuana Killed This Guy


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A college student visiting Colorado for spring break fell to his death after eating marijuana cookies in what’s believed to be the first publicized fatality linked to pot since its legalized sale in January.

Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old exchange student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., had just eaten the pot-laced treats with friends last month when he became “very agitated and upset” and ran off a fourth floor hotel balcony, according to the Denver Coroner’s Office.

Three of Thamba’s friends, who said it was the first time any of them had consumed marijuana, said one of them had purchased the cookies from a legal supplier. At least one of them is 21. “The kids took this cookie, one of them took a bite and then got kind of sick,” Chief Deputy Coroner Michelle Weiss-Samaras said. “The other two obviously didn’t have a problem and then this one became very agitated and upset and didn’t do well.”

“He got up and just started running and hits the railing,” Weiss-Samaras described the autopsy report’s findings. “I’m not really sure that he knew what was going on … the kids were pretty traumatized.” The teen’s autopsy found him having 7.2 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. The state law in impaired driving cases sets a standard of 5 nanograms per milliliter.

Toxicology tests for other drugs or alcohol also came back negative and Thamba didn’t have any known physical or mental-health issues, according to Weiss-Samaras. The official cause of death for Thamba, who’s originally from the Republic of Congo, includes “marijuana intoxication.”

“It’s very sad. Obviously nobody knows how your body’s going to act,” Weiss-Samaras said of someone trying marijuana for the first time. With the Denver Coroner’s Office overseeing 64 counties, Weiss-Samaras couldn’t definitely say that Thamba’s death was the first related to marijuana consumption since January.

To her knowledge Thamba’s death is believed to be the first.

Ebola Virus Enters Liberia; Guinea Not Origin Of Virus


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Liberia is dealing with its first suspected Ebola case, which is thought to be unconnected to the epidemic raging in Guinea and to have originated separately within its borders.

“We have a case in Tapeta where a hunter who has not had any contact with anyone coming from Guinea got sick,” chief medical officer Bernice Dahn said on Thursday.

“He was rushed to the hospital and died 30 minutes later. He never had any interaction with someone suspected to be a carrier of the virus and he has never gone to Guinea. This an a isolated case.”

If confirmed, the case in the eastern town of Tapeta would mark a worrying development in the fight against Ebola, as cases so far have been attributed to people returning with the infection from neighbouring Guinea, where 84 people have died.

The fruit bat, thought to be the host of the highly contagious Ebola virus, is a delicacy in the region straddling Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and experts suspect huntsmen may be the source of the outbreak.

Tapeta, a small town in the eastern county of Nimba, is 400 kilometres from the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in southern Guinea, at least a five-hour drive and much further from the border than other suspected cases.

“The huntsman has 500 traps in the forest. He felt sick in the forest and was rushed to the hospital,” Dahn told AFP news agency, adding that seven new patients brought the total suspected Ebola cases in Liberia to 14.

The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, which causes muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

Six people have died, Dahn said, since Liberia reported its first cases of haemorrhagic fever last month, raising the previous toll by two.

Of the deaths, two are laboratory-confirmed Ebola cases: a woman who died in hospital in the northern county of Lofa and her sister who visited her.

No treatment or vaccine is available, and the World Health Organization said on Wednesday the fatality rate in Guinea so far stands at 65 percent, with the virus mainly hitting adults aged 15 to 59.

“We are now keeping surveillance on 44 people who have been in contact with the cases reported,” Dahn said.

French health authorities on Thursday put doctors and hospitals on alert to report any signs that an Ebola virus outbreak affecting West Africa had infected patients in France, though no symptoms had yet been detected.

France maintains close relations with several former colonies in the region, with immigrants and the employees of French multinational firms travelling frequently back and forth