Eagles Must Get Back on Track, Says Keshi

Stephen Keshi insists Nigeria have what it takes to bounce back from their dismal display again Congo at the weekend.

The Super Eagles went from opening scores early into the proceedings in Calabar last Saturday to losing 3-2 to the Congolese.

“I am very disappointed with not just the result but with our display in the first-half,” said Keshi. “It was as if I was a soothsayer but I saw it coming; and I have been talking to the boys that they have to be very forceful.”

Stephen Keshi Insists Super Eagles are Capable of Putting Last Weekend's Disappointment to Bed.

They face ‘Bafana Bafana’ in Cape Town on Wednesday evening in a win or bust game, with the hosts already top of the log following their 3-0 win in Sudan last week.

The encounter will be the tenth meeting between both nations. Nigeria maintaining better head-to-head record; seven wins and a draw.

South Africa’s only victory came in 2004, when they pipped Nigeria 2-1 to the Nelson Mandella Challenge Cup on home soil.

A win for Nigeria opens up the group again, with South Africa yet to play Congo home and away and the Eagles yet to visit Brazaville among four more other fixtures after tonight.

“We must put back our qualification on track in Cape Town and I know all hopes are not lost,” added Keshi. “We have lost (against Congo) and it is all part of the game. That will be a good lesson for the players when we go to South Africa.”

Oby Ezekwesili reacts to GEJ’s order to pull down offensive bring back Jonathan signs

We first saw the offensive hashtags on the twitter timeline of the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President, Doyin Okupe, before the signs were spread all over Abuja.The convener of the #bringbackourgirls campaign, Dr Oby Ezekwesili just shared her opinion on the issue on Twitter. See more tweets.



Video: Chris Oyakhilome speaks on divorce; says media is writing stupid things

Watch video HERE


He said he was not accused of the things (the media) said, and neither did he ‘commit’ those ‘stupid’ things (the media) said. And he asked people to pray for his wife because she made a mistake. For those who can’t view the video, continue to read what he said…


“I understand that some media houses particularly in Nigeria and maybe in South Africa have been writing some real stupid things. Frivolous charges…that’s crazy.
You have to understand something about a Man of God. A man of God is not just someone who worships God or who preaches God. A man of God is directed by God, set on course by God. If you study the scriptures you will not find one Man of God going against God, sinning against God. The only thing you can find is a Man of God, maybe in two different things 1. Moses for example, when he struck the rock twice, provoked by the anger of the people, not because he wanted to do something against the Lord.

No Man of God does something against the Lord. A Man of God is set on course, there is a type of life that he’s been given, alright?

Then you have a young man, a young prophet, he wasn’t named, he was deceived by another Man of God, and so he went in the direction God says don’t go. That’s only the kind of thing you would find about a Man of God when he misses the message of God or he acts beyond what God said.

But a Man of God setting himself in defiance to the word of God and living like they are writing those stupid things about me that I did this, that I did that, you don’t know what a Man of God is. I don’t go in that direction. That seems crazy.

I wasn’t accused of those things you said, nor did I commit those stupid thing that you said and I don’t need to go to that level and such discussions. Jesus Christ was accused by many, with lots of frivolous charges. There would always be those who would like for it to be true, but you know, in spite of the accusations against Jesus, it didn’t change who he was!

There are preachers and there are Men of God. I’m not a preacher, I’m a Man of God. Understand the difference. And I go in the way I’m asked to go, it may cause some troubles with individuals, but that’s not because I’ve done something wrong.

And when it comes to Rev. Anita, what I’d say to you is pray for her, don’t act like ‘why  is she….’ . If you’re married to a Man of God it does not you make automatically mature. You can make mistakes, but you know, people expect the wife of a Minister to definitely be at the level of the Minister, and so they may be looked upon and the expectations maybe like that, but it’s a positional thing. If a Man of God is married, it does not automatically mean the wife of the Man of God is therefore a Woman of God! That’s not how it is in the Bible. That’s why you don’t really find wives of Men of God mentioned in the bible. How many of them? Who was Peter’s wife? Did you ever know her name? Who was John’s wife? Did you ever read the name? What about all the other apostles? How many are registered in the bible? You never find their names, why? Ask God when you find Him!

So, they are little things, don’t try to make something big out of them. We’re journeying, doing the things that God’s called us to do. Christians should not have a divorce. It shouldn’t be. But that doesn’t mean a Christian may not take the step. They may do it, but that doesn’t make it right. And we shouldn’t take one another to court, but when it happens, not because we want to go there, someone is taking us there. That’s a problem. Be wise and stay focused in the Word of God, and don’t let those who want to feast on things like this including Christians. The Christians who like things like this, they want to make something big about it. And say yes we said it. You said what? You should only say those things that are from God, and become honorable in your speech. And judge nothing before the time. Be wise, Glory to God.

So we are going greater and greater and greater by the power of the living Christ. So, we are not walking in sin and living in sin and hoping we can mix sin and righteousness together, No! We are the manifestations of His righteousness, we walk in that light only, and that’s the way it’s going to be! Glory to God

Photos: Omawumi, Timaya, Wizkid other stars storm BeatFM as it turns 5


Celebrities including Wizkid, Timaya, Omawumi, Waje, Skales, Bovi, Basketmouth, Jaywon, Skuki, Cynthia Morgan, Illbliss, Phyno, Sound Sultan, Mocheddah, Praiz and DJ Jimmy Jatt stormed Beat FM today as the station turned 5. See the photos below.


Still together! Jim Iyke shares new photo with Nadia Buari


There have been rumours that Jim Iyke and his girlfriend/fiancee actress Nadia Buari were no longer together. Well, he just shared this photo with that caption on his instagram page …

Former Imo state lawmaker, Hon. Kingsley Nkemka, assassinated


A former Imo state law maker, Hon. Kingsley Nkemka has been assassinated and his body currently lying cold in the morgue. Nkemka was shot dead on Tuesday night at Nworie-ubi , Mbaitoli LGA.

According to information from IMO STATE BLOG, Nkemka who recently declared his interest to represent Mbaitoli /Ikeduru Federal constituency at the green chambers was scheduled to hold an pre-campaign event today.

He had gone to the village to settle pending financial obligations and was returning back to Owerri when his vehicle was surrounded by five motorcycles. All five assassins were said to have opened fire at the same time and disappeared into thin air when they were convinced their victim had been eliminated.

Hon. Kingsley Nkemka represented Mbaitoli state constituency at the House of Assembly in 1991. Until his gruesome death, Nkemka served as the Special Adviser on Administration to Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu. He was also one of the most trusted aides of the Speaker.

Mobile Force Training School Attack: 20 Policemen Still Missing – IGP

IGP-Suleiman-AbbaThe Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday disclosed that at least 20 policemen are still missing from the Boko Haram attack on Nigeria Police Mobile Force (PMF), Gwoza Training camp in Borno State.

He spoke while fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Out of the initial 35 missing police officers from the training school, Abba said that some of them had either reported back to their formations or to their families.

“Well, I must tell you that the turnout of those missing is still impressive because we have been able to trace some of the officers who have reported either back to their bases or their families. When you go through what they went through, the likelihood of you knowing what to do is not very tenable”. He said.

He continued: “There is a possibility that the decision on what to do may not be easily comprehensible. So, some went back to their homes, but our concern is that they are in safety and we are satisfied. The process of bringing them back to their units has already commenced”.

On how many policemen are still missing, he said: “I must tell you it is just less than 20 but we are still concern with every one of them and unless we are able to account for each and everyone of them, we will not relent in the efforts of tracing them”.

The acting IG noted that the ongoing re-organisation in the police force is not re-organisation in itself but repositioning officers that could lead to advancement of the force.

He said: “What we are trying to do is a normal thing, it has always been done. We assess performance and also take into cognisance vacancies available. We are all aware that quite a number of commissioners of police retired recently. Some of them were course mates of the retired IGP, so they left along with him after their 35 years in service. So it is just part of our efforts to fill vacancies and of course repositioned the officers based on performance to face the challenges”.

Niger East: PDP Stole The Peoples’ Mandate From Us, Says APC Candidate, David Umaru

david umarThe All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Niger-East Senatorial District by-election, Barr. David Umaru, has rejected the result, which placed him second and accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of stealing his mandate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday declared Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu of the PDP winner of the poll with a total of 92,056 votes while Umaru polled 87,405 votes.

But speaking for the first time yesterday in Minna, the Niger State capital since he lost the poll, Umaru said: “How come they are not celebrating, if they (PDP) truly won. They cannot celebrate because the mandate is not theirs”.

He alleged that the PDP connived with INEC officials and security agents to rig the election.

According to Umaru, top government officials in Hilux trucks were stationed at polling units and openly induced voters with cash and fabrics.

He said: “In some instances, people’s votes were purchased for N30,000 each. District, village and ward heads were intimidated and ordered to ensure victory for the PDP at their places of influence or have their appointments terminated.

“PDP is afraid of the will of the people that gave us their mandate. They used their antics to subvert and steal the will of the people and I know God will punish them for what they have done.

“Despite the intimidation, buying of votes and snatching of ballot boxes, the people have spoken. The PDP cannot stop the wind of change that is blowing across the state. We have done well and won the election, even though the PDP stole it from us”.

Umaru, however, praised the electorate for coming out to vote for him defying the rain and despite “intimidation and harassment”.

He urged them to remain resolute in their determination to entrench true democracy.

Umaru said his party was studying the election result and would soon make a pronouncement on its next line of action.

Meanwhile, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Emmanuel Onucheyo yesterday presented a Certificate of Return to Dr. Nuhu.

In his remarks, the Niger-East senator elect urged other candidates in the election to support him in improving the district.

He promised to ensure the take-off of the hydro-electric power producing area development commission.

Forum Defends Ken Nnamani Over Comment On Impeached Enugu Dep. Gov

Chime-Ken nnamani-OnyebuchiA group, the Enugu Professionals’ Forum (EPF), has flayed attacks on former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani over his comment on the impeachment of former Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi.

In a statement by its Publicity Secretary Tony Agu, the group said the attacks on the former number three man were the handiwork of “disgruntled and self-serving politicians”, who it said were creating tension in the state.

It said Nnamani should not be maligned for advising the former deputy governor to resign honourably when it was clear that his relationship with Governor Sullivan Chime had broken down irretrievably.

EPF said it was meaningless for Mr. Onyebuchi then to make a move that would not change the repercussion of his action.

The group said while other politicians in the state were pursuing selfish goals, Nnamani spoke his mind on the matter.

The statement said: “The EPF finds it surprising that some people would engage hack writers to attack a revered personage like Chief Nnamani simply because he played the part of a sincere elder and statesman in an issue affecting his state. It is only a person with sinister and self-serving motives that would have advised a deputy governor to take up arms against his boss in the circumstances that we found in Enugu.

“It is our view that Senator Nnamani deserves his praise and respect for telling the truth as he saw it”.

The group noted that the former senate president had been vindicated by the impeachment of the erstwhile deputy governor, stressing that “no amount of diatribe or outpouring of prejudice can change what has happened”.

It added: “Our position is that the state does not need these distractions. Enugu has been enjoying the best of good governance under Governor Sullivan Chime but some people have sworn to truncate this success story. Whoever speaks the truth is quickly targeted. But thankfully, we know who these people are”.

The EPF was satisfied that the people could not be deceived “by the falsehood and calumny that had been directed at Governor Chime and his principal officers”.

The group said those criticising the ex-senate president were those who wanted to use the impeachment saga to show their prejudices against the governor.

Adamawa: Fintiri Opted Out Of 2015 Gov. Race Voluntarily – PDP Scribe

Wale OladipoThe National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo has said that the Acting Governor of Adamawa State and the party’s candidate in the October 11 bye-election, Ahmadu Fintiri, voluntarily opted out of the 2015 governorship race.

He spoke on Tuesday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja while receiving a delegation from a group under the platform of the “National Students’ Wing” of the PDP, led by Mr. Success Wada.

The PDP national scribe debunked insinuations that Fintiri was forced into letting go of his governorship ambition come 2015, saying “Fintiri himself opted not to contest in 2015 if he wins the October 11 bye-election.”

He continued: “We didn’t force any candidate to step down. I was the Secretary of the Committee that met with them and what happened was that we pointed it out that it will be morally wrong for whoever wins now to contest the 2015 election.

“The implication is that such a person will only rule the state till the expiration of the original term of Murtala Nyako in 2015. And eight of them voluntarily withdrew, saying that they would prefer to wait and contest the 2015 election. Nobody was forced. We don’t have a class captain in the PDP”.

Oladipo pointed out that the agreement, though not in writing, was “robust, solid and voluntary”, stressing that the party is “one big family”.

He added that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that none of the six aspirants that contested the party’s primary election contests the 2015 election, although, he did not shed any light on the safeguards.

Adamawa: Ag Gov. Visits Obasanjo’s Wounded Son As Transport Fare Increases By 400%

Fintiri-UmarAdamawa Acting Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri on Tuesday commended officers and men of the Nigerian Army for their effort in containing insurgency in the state.

Mr. Fintiri lauded the armed forces when he visited Adeboye Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was shot Monday by Boko Haram militants.

The younger Obasanjo is recuperating from injuries at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola after the attack.

He sustained injuries in a battle to repel Boko Haram insurgents in Bazza town of Michika Local Government Area of the state.

Mr. Fintiri was received at the hospital by the Chief Medical Director, Aliyu Danburam, who said Mr. Obasanjo was recuperating and in stable condition.

Meanwhile, transport fares have sky rocketed in Adamawa State following the mass movement of people from the northern part of the state to other parts as a result of threats from the insurgents.

Our correspondent reports that transport fare from Mubi to Yola has risen by 400 per cent.

“We used to pay N1, 000 from Mubi, but today I paid N5, 000”, said Aliyu Buba, a student from Mubi.


States Most Corrupt Tier Of Government, Says Lamorde

ibrahim lamordeThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described state governments as the most corrupt tier in Nigeria.

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, stated this in Abuja yesterday at a workshop organized by the commission in collaboration with House of Representatives Committee on State and Local Government Training, on anti-corruption, fiscal responsibility and good governance for state officials.

According to Lamorde, corruption in states could be seen in the areas of inflation of prices, over-estimation of costs of projects, ghost workers’ syndrome, award of contracts and subsequent abandonment and outright payment of huge sums of money to political godfathers.

“Investigations by EFCC show that there is corruption at alarming proportion at the state government level in the country. Poor service delivery, inadequate infrastructural amenities, poor management of public enterprise, bad governance, moral decadence and general underdevelopment are among the impact of corruption on attempt at development among state governments in the country.

“The problem of corruption and lack of fiscal transparency perhaps, remains one of the hydra-headed factors that account for the inefficiency and retarded growth of state governments in Nigeria. I am happy that heads of service, permanent secretaries, chairmen of state agencies and parastatals including directors are in attendance at this training”, he said.

The anti-corruption boss, who was represented by EFCC Secretary, Emmanuel Aremo, said the commission had proof to support its claim that economic crimes such as embezzlement and misappropriation of funds abound at the state level.

The deputy chairman, House Committee on State and Local Government Affairs, Ibrahim Lawal Nuhu, said the training was long overdue, adding that it would help build and rebuild the attitude of government officials.

Zamfara State Head of Service, Alhaji Bello Umar, said the training should also be organized for politicians and that efforts towards fighting corruption should be extended to the grassroots so that people can understand their right to ask questions about government.

Ikimi’s Defection Good Riddance – Oshiomhole

Adams OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said the All Progressives Congress will not miss Chief Tom Ikimi, who recently dumped the party for the People Democratic Party.

The governor, who spoke in Benin City on Tuesday through his adviser on political matters, Charles Idahosa, said Ikimi’s membership of the APC had been a liability for him.

His words: “What Ikimi has done now, by saying that he has gone back to PDP where his Esan brother Anenih is, just because Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the first Benin man was made national chairman of APC is an insult to the Benins and they will pay for it come February 2015, because when both of them were national chairmen of NRC and SDP respectively, the Benins supported them”.

He continued: “How can you tell people that you are decamping because you were not made national chairman? That Oyegun was imposed? Meanwhile, Ikimi is the godfather of imposition”.

Expressing happiness that “Ikimi now knows how it feels to impose people”, Idahosa pointed out that “The governor is so protective of him. But he does not know the implication of what he did”.

According to Oshiomhole, if Ikimi had won, Oyegun would not have left. “Oyegun rose through the system to become a Federal Permanent Secretary and the first elected Executive Governor of Edo state. How he feels that he is more superior or better than Oyegun I don’t know”.

B/Haram: Presidency Challenges Ex-Military, Para-Military Officers To ‘Congregate’ On Gwoza

Sarah JibrilThe Presidency has challenged all retired military and para-military officers in the country to come together and proffer solutions to the Boko Haram insurgency, expressing confidence that the insurgents will bow to their experience and ideas gathered over the years.

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Ethics and Values, Mrs. Sarah Jubril, who threw the challenge yesterday, pointed out that retired generals and military officers could not afford to remain in their comfort zones while the Boko Haram fighters gain more ground, overrunning towns and communities.

The presidential aide spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday at the commencement of a 21-day training on Linking Women and Youth for Sustainable Green Development and Income Generation through Agricultural Business.

The training, which had about 120 participants, was organised by the Islamic Green Club Empowerment Initiative in conjunction with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Ethics and Values.

In a statement emanating from her office, the presidential aide called on all retired generals in the military and paramilitary agencies to “congregate” at Gwoza where Boko Haram recently declared a caliphate, to reclaim the territory.

“Let them go there. They have enjoyed the best in this country and therefore, we want to see all the retired generals, officers in all the armed forces as well as the IGs, comptroller generals, top officials of immigration and all the heads of departments should congregate and let us see whether the Boko Haram are going to defeat our generals”, she said.

Osita Iheme Finally Completes His Inspirational Book


Petite Nollywood comic actor — Osita Iheme told us of a book he was writing a couple of months ago, the book is now completed.

The funny petite actor recently completed the motivational book, which is called ‘Inspiration 101.’

Known to have always tweeted inspirational quotes on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Osita recently visited the office of Innoson Motors to present the book to its CEO, Innocent Chukwuma.

IK Ogbonna Buys His Girlfriend A White Range Rover


I guess this would put a stop to all the rumors about him being gay, his girlfriend has the body of a goddess and if I were in his shoes……..I’d buy her a jet plane! Hehe…..

Nollywood actor and model — IK Ogbonna, has shocked everyone as he just acquired a white Range Rover Sport for his Colombian boo Sonia Moralez.

Sonia had actually asked him for one four weeks ago and IK surprised her!!

Scroll down to see more photos of the loved up couple.








Timaya Trades Insult With Fan Who Said He Is Too ‘Stingy’ On Instagram


Wow, isn’t this a little too downgrading for a superstar celebrity of Timaya’s caliber??

A couple of hours ago, the Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa — Timaya, took to his IG page to say he can’t go broke no more.

According to Timaya, he has lost the ability to go broke and it’s all God’s blessing.

Turns out one of his fans who has had an encounter with him, didn’t like that statement at all so he vented his anger on the singer’s IG page.

To  a lot of people’s astonishment, Timaya replied.

Read the fan’s comment and Timaya’s epic reply below: -





Tunde Ednut, Funke Akindele, Denrele, Beverly Osu and Others Show Up For Eniola Badmus’s Birthday Party In New York


It was all smiles and more smiles as large size Nollywood actress — Eniola Badmus, added a year up yesterday.

Eniola had a blast as most of her close friends came into town and made sure they disturbed New York city where Eniola currently is.

Her fellow colleagues and friends were present at her party, including Funke Akindele, Denrele, Beverly Osu and many other Nollywood faces.

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Hip-Hop Big Guns, Kanye West, Rick Ross and Diddy Accused Of Stealing French Montana’s Song ‘Gucci Mane’


It seems like we are about to witness a mega lawsuit against the biggest name in American Hip-Hop music.

Apparently, Chinga Chang Records states that Kanye West and co. stole French’s upcoming single “Gucci Mane” from them.

French Montana has been teasing fans about a track titled “Gucci Mane”, which is slated to be his next single, as he recently told MTV News.

The record has an all-star cast, both Rick Ross and Lil Wayne are featured on it while Kanye West helped produce it.

However, a record label is attempting to stop the single’s release as they claim it was stolen.

Chinga Chang Records is behind the accusations, which states that the song “Gucci Mane” belongs to their artist 9gotti; claiming that Kanye and others stole it from them.

Chinga Chang Records sent a cease & desist letter which states that the rip off may have been a “drunken oversight”, and goes on to throw shots at Diddy and Rick Ross.

According to the suit, 9gotti’s song and French’s are identical.

They are attempting to stop French’s version from seeing the light of day; It’s unclear why French Montana wasn’t listed in the lawsuit.

Guinness MD: “Why we signed Olamide, Phyno and Eva”


Usually, there is no need for explanations when a big international brand, signs a celebrity as their ambassador.

However, when Guinness Nigeria Plc. unveiled three of the leading pack of music stars — Olamide, Phyno and Eva, as ambassadors of the multinational company in Nigeria for the new Made of Black campaign; tongues began to wag.

But as far as Seni Adetu, Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc is concerned, the decision to engage the three music acts in huge but undisclosed deals, was not taken lightly but because they fit in well into the theme of the huge campaign.

Adetu stated that apart from being unique individuals, the three are made of more attitude, swag and definitely Made of Black.

Describing Phyno as daring and courageous in forging ahead on the path he believes in, Adetu said one can easily see and feel Olamide’s raw energy at making an impact in his area of passion while Eva’s resilience, finesse and freshness make her a good addition, showing they are all #Made of black.

‘It is the dawn of a new era; the rise of a new age of Nigerians; individuals who are not afraid to express themselves with an increasing confidence to carve their own path. Guinness is proud to  drive by providing a platform that celebrates these aspiring and vibrant generations in their quest to do things differently and live their lives responsibly to the fullest,’ Adetu said.

Dwelling on the essence of the campaign, the sports and entertainment-loving chief executive, said it is all about a positioning of black not just as a color but really as an identity of uniqueness for which Africans, especially Nigerians, are known.

‘This is the beginning of one of the most exciting brand campaigns Nigerians have witnessed in a long while. We have unveiled another milestone in the journey of Guinness as foremost stout brand in Nigeria and the most distinctive beer in the world,’ he concluded….

Rapper Reminisce Welcomes Second Child


Fast rising indigenous rapper — Remilekun Khaleed Safaru aka Reminisce, is proud to announce the birth of his second child, a baby girl.

The rapper has since named his daughter ‘Fatimah Safaru.’

Baby Fatimah is Reminisce’s second child and second daughter from his baby mama.

Confirming the news, his manager and boss of Edge Records, Ibrahim said ‘Yes, Reminisce has a new child, but he doesn’t really want to make too much noise about it for now.’

Reminisce, the self styled Alaga Ibile, who recently became a Samsung ambassador, also has a 4-year old daughter.

King Davido Nominated For Best African Act At MTV EMA, Glasgow 2014


He just can’t stop himself from winning more and more awards, the trophies won’t just stop coming in for Davido.

Just a couple of hours ago, MTV revealed its nominees for the 2014 MTV European Music Awards #EMAs which will be held at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, on the 9th of November.

Davido, as expected, is nominated for the “Best African Act” award.

Other nominees include Goldfish (South Africa), Diamond (Tanzania) and Toofan (Togo). The 5th and final nomination slot is still up for grabs with Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Anselmo Ralph (Angola), Sarkodie (Ghana), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Gangs of Ballet (South Africa), Sauti Sol (Kenya), all vying for the Wildcard. To get Tiwa in, simply tweet #MTVEMA followed by #NominateTiwaSavage.

Good luck to the Nigerian representatives, Davido and Tiwa Savage!

  • #DidYouKnow: Davido is also up for the “Artist of the Year” award at the upcoming Kora Awards 2014.

The Cash-Prize for the winner in this category is $1 million, only P-Square have won this award from Nigeria in the past.

2face Idibia and Wizkid Chosen For Hennessy Artistry 2014


Wizkid might not be having the best year in his career so far, I mean with all the criticism from fans and also the fact that Davido seems to have overthrown him from the Pop music throne.

There’s a glimmer of hope however as he was picked over Davido to feature along side 2Face Idibia to headline the eight edition of the annual music project Hennessy Artistry.

The duo will also be recording a theme song for this year’s project dropping soon.

Jonathan Orders Removal Of Offensive Bring Back Goodluck 2015 Campaign Banners

GEJ-CampaignBarely 48 hours after a Washington Post article questioned the glaring abuse of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid, the president has directed that the #BringBackGoodluck2015 signs and banners around the nation’s capital, be brought down immediately.

A statement issued on Wednesday by his special adviser on media publicity, Reuben Abati, said the president, just like many Nigerians, found the banners offensive and repugnant

The statement reads in part: “President Jonathan wholly shares the widely expressed view that the signs which were put up without his knowledge or approval are a highly insensitive parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag.

“While President Jonathan appreciates the enthusiastic show of support for his administration by a broad range of stakeholders, he condemns the #Bring Back Jonathan 2015 signs which appear to make light of the very serious national and global concern for the abducted Chibok girls”.

While assuring all Nigerians and the international community that his administration remains fully engaged with efforts to rescue the abducted girls, President Jonathan maintained that he will not knowingly promote any action that will fly in the face of the seriousness of the plight of the abducted girls and the anguish of their families.

Giwa & Co’s Appeal Against Fifa “Lacks Object”, Says Cas

Cas says Chris Giwa/his controversial NFF board request “is without object” at the moment
• Nigeria yet not suspended by Fifa
• Super Eagles face South Africa in Cape Town tonight
• NFF to abide by Fifa recommendations

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has rejected a “request for provisional measures” filed by Chris Giwa and his controversial board members to stop Fifa from suspending Nigeria, on the ground that normality has returned at the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Cas noted that “two conditions” mentioned by the Emergency Committee of the world football governing body dated September 3, 2014, had been complied with and that the NFF had not been suspended as at Monday, September 8- deadline date for an automatic ban.

Nigeria Football Federation.

Cas statement read: ” In light of the foregoing, the Appellants’ request for provisional measures was rejected by CAS since it was without object at this stage.”

Cas confirmed that some “collective appellants” filed an urgent request/appeal against Fifa’s warning that the NFF will be banned in five days’ time if Giwa and his board claiming to have been elected on August 26 refuse to vacate the NFF secretariat and if the general secretary is unable to perform his work without interference.

“On 5 September 2014 Yahaya Adama, Obinna Ogba, Musa Talle, Effiong Johnson, Chidi Ofor Okenwa, Busari Ishola, Mohhammed Saidu and Tijani Jubril (collectively, the Appellants) filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the FIFA Emergency Committee’s decision of 3 September 2014,” it recalled.

Meanwhile Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, in a letter dated 9th September 2014, addressed to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, noted that “the conditions set in its aforementioned correspondence of September 3, 2014, have been complied with and that the NFF is accordingly not suspended.”

The Fifa decision also implies that the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against South Africa scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 in Cape Town, will go on as planned.

While the Cas rejection of the appellants’ appeal dated September 5 confirms that the NFF could yet carry on with Fifa’s earlier recommendations including the need for an urgent extraordinary general assembly to define and adopt the roadmap for NFF elections as soon as possible.

Iyanya And His Manager Ubi, Share Photos From Their Private Jet

Celebrities doing things the big way. No big deal for Iyanya and his manager Ubi Franklin. The singer and his manager had some business dealings and had to go the private jet way to reach their location….

Check out the photos….

Nigeriafilms.com Reacts To Alleged Blackmail By One Austin Anieke

Nigeriafilms.com Reacts To Alleged Blackmail By One Austin Anieke
Our attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds as regards one Austin Anieke, who purportedly claimed to be a staff of Nigeriafilms.com and was alleged to have attempted to blackmail an actress named Shirley Igwe, who is a former Delta soap model and Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Principal Prococol Officer.
We wish to categorically state that Austin is not and was never a staff of Nigeriafilms.com. None of our staff goes with that name. It is very disheartening and unbelievable that someone would be planning to drag our reputable and popular media platform in the mud through blackmail.
Nigeriafilms.com is not known for blackmailing people, not even now that we are working tirelessly to rebrand and restructure the platform in positively promoting Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry, especially through our reportage. Thanks.
Osaremen Ehi James (For Nigeriafilms.com)

FG Refocuses On Boko Haram’s Source Of Funding, Weapons

The Federal Government, yesterday, said that it would focus on the source of funding and weapons used by the insurgents, as part of efforts to end terrorism in the country.

The Coordinator, National Information Centre and Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri, who stated this during the routine security briefing, in Abuja, insisted that it had capacity to counter the ongoing insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Omeri said the recent Regional Ministerial Meeting convened to explore ways of achieving international cooperation in tackling the challenge of insurgency in the North East had called for more action in tackling the menace.

According to him, the meeting was summoned to look into the level of implementation of the decisions and commitments made at the Paris Summit of May 2014 and the follow-up meetings in London and Washington DC.

“Particularly, the meeting underscored the need to effectively address the sources of funding and supply of weapons to Boko Haram and called for greater international co-operation in tackling all forms of illegal transfer of arms and ammunition,” he said.

Omeri added that the forum also advocated strict sanctions against terrorist groups, especially Boko Haram, while commending the effort of the Nigerian government in setting up the Victims Support Fund for alleviating the plight of victims of insurgency.

He noted that the recent recapture of Bama town by the troops attest to the renewed zeal and commitment, which officers and men of the Nigerian Army had shown towards defending the country and her territorial integrity.

The NOA Boss commended the efforts of the Nigerian military in containing the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, urging the people to always pray for them.

Speaking further, Omeri warned Nigerians against purchasing used and pre-registered SIM cards from uncertain sources, saying such phones and SIM cards might have been used by terrorists for criminal activities.

“The caution has becomes necessary to save members of the public the embarrassment of being apprehended for crimes committed with phones and SIM cards found in their possession,” he said. [Vanguard]

Emir Of Mubi, Local Government Chairmen Flee As Boko Haram Insurgents Close In On More Towns

The paramount Ruler of Mubi, Emir Abubakar Isah Ahmadu, the Vice President of Adamawa Council of Chiefs and Emirs has sneaked out of the town as fighting intensified nearby.

Chairmen of Mubi North, Michika and Madagali local government councils were also reported to have deserted their council areas and relocated to Yola, the state capital.

“We couldn’t sleep due to the heavy gun shots that pervaded the air in the night and for now no one could say the exact situation. They kept shouting, chanting Allahu Akbar, people are now living in an atmosphere of despair and agony, even our Emir, His Royal Highness has left in the night,” a resident told Vanguard, pleading anonymity.

A palace source also confided inn the media outfit, saying that the emir was escorted out by security operatives following reports that the insurgents were advancing towards Mubi, a town already over-flocked by displaced persons.

“His Highness had earlier declined to leave the town, but security personnel mounted pressure on him, hence the reasons for the paramount ruler to travel out,” said the source.

Nigerian Military Lied; We Are Still In Control Of Bama, Boko Haram Claims In New Message

Despite the victory songs the Nigerian army have sang about some reclaimed towns in the northeast, Boko Haram yesterday declared it was still in control of Bama, Michika and Mubi towns.

Spokesman of the sect, Abu Zinnira, in a statement said: “This is a rebuttal from the information dissemination and sensitization unit of the Jamaatul Ahlil Sunna Lidawati Wal Jihad (Boko Haram) on the series of lies that the Nigerian military have been feeding the world on our recent conquests.

“Let the whole world know that we are on the path of victory because up to this minute, the town of Bama is under our control, the whole of Michika is now in our hands, as well as Mararaban (Junction of) Mubi now fully under our control. We are assuring the world that this would be continuous and there will be no going back by God’s grace. This is a message from me on behalf of our brethren.”

The army had yesterday announced the recapture of Bama, saying that about 50 insurgents were killed in the process.

“Bama has been recaptured by the soldiers and I can confirm to you Maiduguri is safe,” a government official in Abuja had told news agency, Reuters.

Ebola Cases Number More Than 4000

The number of people infected with Ebola has climbed to more than 4000 in the three West African countries at the centre of the epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, there were 4269 suspected and confirmed cases and 2288 deaths as of Saturday, the UN health agency said on Tuesday.

“The increase in cases continues to accelerate in countries with widespread and intense transmission,” the organisation said.

Meanwhile, the United States said it would send 100 additional health workers to West Africa to assist local authorities in isolating and treating patients suffering from the deadly Ebola virus.

Washington will contribute $10 million to pay for the aid workers and fresh supplies, bringing total US aid to $185 million.

WHO has said that at least $600 million dollars will be needed to control the outbreak.

Since the WHO’s last update on Friday, the number of Ebola infections increased by 325 and the death toll by 191 in the three countries.

Most of the transmission hot spots were located in Liberia and Sierra Leone over the last three weeks.

There have also been 21 cases and eight deaths in Nigeria, and three cases in Senegal, WHO said.

The US funding will supply 1000 new beds, 130,000 sets of personal protective equipment, 50,000 hygiene kits, 25 doctors, 45 nurses and additional workers to run isolated treatment units.

“The US is committed to supporting the African Union’s response to the urgent needs across West Africa as a result of this vicious disease. We can and will stop this epidemic, but it will take a coordinated effort by the entire global community,” USAID Administrator Dr Rajiv Shah said.

In a related development, a fourth patient infected with the Ebola virus arrived for treatment at Atlanta, Georgia-based Emory University Hospital on Tuesday morning, the hospital said.

In August, the hospital treated and released two Americans who received the experimental Ebola treatment ZMapp, supplies of which have since run out.

The medical establishment is currently working on other vaccines and treatments.

Another American infected with the Ebola virus was receiving experimental medication as part of his treatment in a biocontainment unit in a hospital in Nebraska.

Cabal Plotting Suntai’s Return Desperate About 2015, Says Ag. Gov’s Aide


Amid growing speculations that political associates of the recuperating Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai, are reportedly plotting to return him to office in an active role, the acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, has described those behind the move as interested in power than a sincere concern for Suntai’s health.

Suntai, who was involved in an air mishap in October 2012, spent close to a year in hospitals in Germany and the United States of America, where he was treated for the life-threatening injuries he sustained.

However, he was flown back to Nigeria last August with the intent of resuming so as to prevent his deputy from being confirmed as acting governor, but his state of fitness soon became public knowledge as it was revealed that Suntai could barely recognize anyone and muttered incoherent words.

He was flown to London, United Kingdom in June this year for scheduled medical checkup and has not returned.

Speaking in a chat with reporters in Jalingo, the state capital yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Aaron Artimas, described the imminent return of Governor Suntai to the state as desperation by those who have their eyes set on 2015.

“Why are they so desperate about 2015; the truth is that those people don’t mean well for Danbaba and the state. They are only concerned about power and themselves”, Artimas said.

In a related development, the Taraba Peoples Assembly has warned that the plan to return Suntai to the state by his political associates will again deteriorate his health.

The group’s coordinator, Martin Andekin, in a statement, alleged that the latest plot to bring the governor into the country was aimed at disrupting the fragile political peace in the state with the ultimate goal being for the recuperating Suntai to take over the reins of power of the state from the acting governor, thereby launching another round of political chaos in the state.

“For several months Governor Suntai has been placed under intensive care to at least reverse his downward slide. Our governor is now, as before, a toy in the hands of agents of darkness desperate to rule Taraba by proxy”, the group said.

The group said the governor’s associates have neglected members of the governor’s family after their refusal to play politics with Suntai’s health.

“No member of the cabal has contributed to the upkeep of the governor or give support to his family. They want him to just return and use him to achieve their selfish political goals”, the group alleged.

Boko Haram Instigated By Politicians Opposed To Jonathan’s Presidency, Says Ex-Gov. Orji Kalu

orji uzor kaluImmediate past governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu on Tuesday said the insurgency sweeping through some parts of the North is instigated by people who are against President Goodluck Jonathan’s leadership.

He, however, did not mention the people.

The former governor, who stated this during a visit to the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abuja, also described himself as “a great asset to the country”.

Kalu assured that because the raging insurgency was politically-motivated, it would be defeated.

“The insurgency is politically-motivated because there is no other thing to do”, he said. “It is instigated by people who do not want President Jonathan to be president”.

The ex-governor and billionaire businessman pleaded with those sponsoring the Boko Haram sect to make a sacrifice by allowing Mr. Jonathan to do a second term in office in order to advance the country’s development.

He said he was now a full member of the PDP and claimed that despite misgivings in some quarters, he remained an asset not only to the party, but also the country.

According to him, the PDP would retain its hold on power at the centre as from 2015 because people like him were still members of the party.

“How can the PDP lose the presidency when it has people like us who are very popular and creating jobs every day? I do not see how PDP will lose the election in 2015?” he said.

“Democracy is not about one person or President Jonathan. We have to bring our efforts together so as to move democracy forward. President Jonathan is doing everything possible to bring the Chibok girls’ back. We must thank our military men for the job they are doing.

“Insurgency is a new thing to us. Insurgency is politically-motivated and it is the people who think Jonathan should not contest the 2015 that are behind it. They should allow him to finish his tenure”, he said.

Niger East Senator-Elect Receives Certificate Of Return From INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday issued certificate of return to the Niger-East senator-elect, Shem Zagbayi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Niger State, Emmanuel Onuchenyo, made the presentation at an event attended by PDP lawmakers, officials and family members of the senator-elect at the INEC office in Minna.

Mr. Zagbayi defeated his closest rival, David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with 92,056 votes to 87,405 in the September 6 election. The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate Isa Bello and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, candidate, Abdulahi Diko scored 2,185 and 419 votes, respectively.

“It was a keenly contested election. We have learnt a lot as an organisation because it was like a dressing rehearsal for us and also the parties. With this INEC certificate of return and other documents, we are going to engage him (Zagbayi) so that he can start preparing for 2015,’’ Mr. Onuchenyo said.

Responding, Mr. Zagbayi said that the election was the show of solidarity by the people of the Niger-East zone for the PDP.

“I give glory to Almighty God today because I never thought that I will receive a letter of return from the REC today, after the demise of Sen. Awaisu Kuta. I want to commend INEC for conducting a free and fair election.

“I promise to represent the Niger-East Senatorial District, I will not disappoint you”, he said.

Speaking after receiving the certificate at the PDP secretariat, during a press briefing in Minna, Mr. Zagbayi said that the election was adjudged peaceful, free and fair by the INEC.

On the close gap between him and his closest opponent the APC, Mr. Zagbayi said “I won the gold medal whether it is a close margin or wide margin.”

“I will do everything possible at my disposal and in collaboration with other senators in ensuring we work assiduously so that Niger state gets the desire support from the Federal Government and to attract the dividends of democracy”. (NAN)

Atiku Visits Obasanjo’s Son In Hospital, Expresses Eagerness To Return To Battle

Adeboye-ObasanjoLt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo, son of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who was wounded in battle between the military and Boko Haram fighters in Bazza, Adamawa State on Monday, has expressed eagerness to return to the battle front.

The wounded soldier spoke yesterday when former vice president Atiku Abubakar paid him a visit at a government medical facility in Yola where he is receiving treatment.

Adeboye, who was said to be in high spirits despite his injuries, is an army engineer, who was recently deployed from Jos to join in the battle against the insurgents. His platoon was reportedly ambushed during a battle to repel the insurgents at Michika in Adamawa State.

According to LEADERSHIP newspaper reports, Atiku was impressed when the colonel informed him that he was eager to get back on his feet and return to his duty post.

The report added that the former vice president commended the gallant spirit of Obasanjo, prompting him to comment that it was a trait he got from his former boss.

“He was even marching before me, even as he was recovering from gunshots”, Atiku was quoted to have said, while wishing him speedy recovery.

Ebola: Reps To Review Sept 22 Schools Resumption Date

House-of-RepsThe House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Education to review the federal government’s directive to schools to resume on September 22 as against October 13 to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

Deputy House spokesman, Victor Ogene, in a statement said the directive was necessitated by “growing concern” amongst the public, especially parents and guardians of the pupils and students.

Ogene noted that private school owners vehemently opposed the one-month shift in resumption, compelling the Federal Ministry of Education to settle for a new date of September 22, 2014, after a meeting with stakeholders in the sector.

According to the lawmaker, the House leadership resolved to mandate its Committee on Education to take another look at the issue “in the overall interest of the pupils and students, parents and guardians and the general wellbeing of the entire country”.

Insecurity: FG Cautions Nigerians Against Buying Used Phones, Pre-Registered SIM Cards

82b829eb27171db60c5df4aa148045f7The National Information Centre has cautioned Nigerians against purchasing used phones and pre-registered SIM cards from vendors.

Coordinator of the NIC, Mike Omeri spoke yesterday in Abuja at the security agencies’ regular briefing on the state of the nation’s security.

He also urged Nigerians to report cases of stolen phones and SIM cards to the police.

“The centre wishes to call on Nigerians to desist from purchasing used GSM phones and pre-registered SIM cards from uncertain sources because such phones and SIM cards might have been used by  terrorists and for other untoward activities.

“This caution has become necessary to save members of the public the embarrassment of being apprehended for criminal activities committed with the phones and SIM cards found in their possession”, he said.

Omeri said the recapture of Bama, Borno’s second largest town by troops attests to the renewed zeal and commitment which officers and men of the Armed Forces have shown towards defending the country and safeguarding her territorial integrity.

“The government calls on all Nigerians to support the efforts of the military by providing worthwhile information which will boost the current campaign to end insurgency in the region”, he said

2015: Buhari may not get APC presidential ticket – Party chieftain

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Senator Rufai Sani Hanga has declared that former Head of State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not emerge as the party’s presidential flag bearer for the 2015 presidential election.

Hanga stated this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to him, from the look of things, Buhari’s support base appeared to be weakening.

“I can tell you that Buhari did not move to APC with the genuine CPC structure. All that CPC structure are with us and we went with it into the PDM. And that is why when we decided to put a stop to our relationship with the PDM, more than 15, 000 members brought back their membership cards and dumped the party”, he said.

However one of the key political associates of Buhari in the defunct CPC, and a leader of the APC in the South-East, Osita Okechukwu while reacting to Hanga’s statement insisted that Buhari is the preferred candidate of the APC.

“I am surprise that Senator Hanga is feigning ignorance of Buhari’s Vote Bank, of 12 million votes exhibited in 2011 presidential election via a micro Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a Vote Bank which only needs supplement from other members of the broad based APC”, he said.

Bring Back Goodluck 2015: Washington Post rubbishes Jonathan for mocking Chibok girls


The campaign team of President Goodluck Jonathan is currently under heavy attack over the campaign slogan #BringBackGoodluck2015.

Over the week, the campaigners released a banner with the inscription, #BringBackOurGoodluck2015, a slogan that is perceived to be a mockery of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which was birth months ago to champion the release of the 200+ missing Chibok girls believed to be kidnapped by the Boko Haram.

However, Washington Post in a article entitled: ‘This may be the most inappropriate political hashtag of the year’, condemned the insensitivity of the current administration towards the plight of the Chibok girls, saying the campaign slogan was inappropriate.

The article read in full.

“It was the social media campaign of the year. #BringBackOurGirls awoke the world to the ravages of Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda-linked terror group in Nigeria, and the plight of the millions of people who live in the midst of their insurgency. At the heart of the message were hundreds of missing schoolgirls, abducted in April from the remote village of Chibok by Boko Haram fighters, who vowed to make them into slaves. The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag channeled both sympathy from abroad and local outrage and concern in Nigeria, with many angry at the government of President Goodluck Jonathan for being unable to free the captured women.

“But four months later, the girls have yet to be brought back despite the efforts of the Nigerian military as well as U.S. counter-terrorism forces deployed in neighboring Chad. More than 200 girls remain missing in suspected Boko Haram captivity. Others have perished from snakebite, illness and deprivation in the wild.

“Boko Haram itself has continued its slaughter this summer, and seized more territory in the country’s restive northeast. Over the weekend, it stormed towns along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, killing dozens of innocents.

“Nigerian forces are now fighting Boko Haram in pitched battles around Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the main hotbed of Boko Haram’s operations. The U.N. reports that at least 1.5 million people have been displaced by the conflict since Jonathan’s government declared a state of emergency in May.

“But the gravity of the moment hasn’t stopped some in Nigeria from appropriating the tragic hashtag for rather cynical purposes. Banners emerged in the capital Abuja over the weekend showing Jonathan alongside a new slogan: #BringBackGoodluck2015. The campaign appears to be the work of supporters of the president, keen for his reelection in presidential polls next February. It’s not clear whether Jonathan has officially endorsed the new hashtag, but its seeming ubiquity suggests that he is not opposed to it”.

Tension in Borno govt house over SSG


There are indications that Governor Kashim Shettima  of Borno State may likely sack the secretary to the State Government ((SSG), Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda over his recent comments on security issues and political activities in the state.

Jidda is the longest serving SSG in Borno State since its creation, haven served under both military and civilian administrations.
He was inherited by Shettima from former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff who completed his second term in 2011.
The SSG had recently issued a statement in Abuja in which he called for the suspension of politicking in Borno State due to precarious security situation.
Daily Trust learnt that the statement did not go down well with the state government.
Before he issued the statement, Jidda was not seen participating in state affairs for some time and it’s been long he was seen at the government house.
Sources close to the Borno State Government said  Shettima may ease Jidda out of office so as to avoid a situation where he (Jidda) will tender his resignation.
It was gathered that the SSG was not comfortable with the current political permutation of both Shettima and other politicians in the state ahead of 2015 elections.
There are indications that the governor will support his Chief of Staff Alhaji Abubakar Kyari for the northern Borno Senatorial seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jidda is also interested in the same seat having contested for it twice in the past.
It is not clear if Jidda will remain in the APC or will move to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He once won the governorship seat of Borno state in 1999 under the PDP but was only declared winner at the tail end of late Mala Kachalla’s tenure who governed under the platform of the defunct APP.
All is not well with the politics of Borno State.
The governor had over a month ago sacked all his commissioners, advisers and special assistants.
He was yet to constitute a new one even as he had dropped all the caretaker chairmen of the 27 local government areas in the state.
Sources said he was waiting for the formal declaration of former Governor Sheriff for the PDP before constituting a new cabinet.
“The idea is to weed out those that have dual loyalty,” a source said.

Military, B’Haram battle for CDS’ town

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The military, yesterday, engaged the Boko Haram terrorists in a fierce battle at Vimtim, the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, inflicting heavy casualties on the insurgents. At the end of the gun battle, the troops who moved in from the 1 Division Kaduna, 3 Division Jos and TRADOC, Minna killed 40 sect members and also succeeded in reclaiming Michika, Uba and Gulak towns from the terrorists.Giving details of what transpired, the source said, the terrorists encircled the troops from all angles of Vimtim as the troops concentrated in the city centre and a gun battle ensued. Unknown to them, the newly deployed soldiers arrived and joined the battle, taking on the terrorists from behind leading to killing of over 40 insurgents while others fled.The military also recovered 17 Hilux vehicles, General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs) mounted on their Hilux vehicles, and several Anti-Aircraft guns (AA weapons). Several surface-to-air missiles were destroyed while four were taken away by the troops. -

Maigari returns, says FIFA acted in good fate

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The drama in the administration of football in Nigeria continued yesterday with the return of president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari to the secretariat of the football house.Addressing the media in his office, Maigari said he was in the office momentarily as part of the process of his stepping down from office.Aminu MaigariHe also defended the series of letters which the world football governing body, FIFA has written to the country with the threat of a possible suspension should the faction led by Chris Giwa continue to remain in office.“We are here on the world interim because we are about to complete our tenure and a new board will soon be in place to take charge of the running of the federation, so we are here now on an interim measure.“FIFA is the owner of this game that we are so passionate about and when they direct we have to as quickly as possible comply with what they are saying because we described with them as an affiliate. So FIFA has to direct on howvthe game should be administered”.

You must beat Bafana Bafana, Danagogo tells Eagles


The Minister of Sports/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has urged the Super Eagles to redouble their efforts in order to overcome the South African obstacle as they battle the Bafana Bafana in an Africa Nations Cup qualifier in Cape Town today.

Dr. Danagogo was speaking against the backdrop of the Eagles than weigh them down, the defeat should spur them to put in extra efforts to reassure Nigerians that they are capable of qualifying for the competition and defend their deserved victory of the Nations Cup which they won last year.“I urge the Super Eagles not to let the loss to Congo distract them from training harder to ensure they defeat South Africa in Cape Town,” he said.The Minister added that “If they remain focused and not allow the defeat by Congo to weigh them down, I believe they can muster enough determination to beat South Africa in their home.”

Tell Nigerians why you took Modu Sheriff to Chad, APC to Jonathan


All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of exhibiting a shocking act of indiscretion by hobnobbing with an alleged Boko Haram sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff, who is not known to have been investigated and cleared of the weighty allegation against him.In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party wondered what message President Jonathan was sending to his compatriots and indeed to the international community when he took Modu Sheriff along during his visit to Chad Monday to confer with President Idriss Deby on cooperation against terrorism.‘’This action by President Jonathan confirms what the APC has always believed: That the President either knows more than he is willing to admit on the issue of those who are behind the Boko Haram insurgency or he is willing to sacrifice the battle against terrorism on the altar of political expediency. Either way, this action by the President is the height of indiscretion at best, or a palpable exhibition of callowness at worst.‘’It also confirms our fears that Modu Sheriff was planted as a mole in the APC by his friends in high places, who are jittery about the birth of the party and would do anything to destabilize it,’’ it said.APC said the President could not pretend not to be aware of a report sent home by Nigeria’s Defence Adviser in Ndjamena, Chad, in 2011, detailing the suspicious activities of Modu Sheriff in Chad concerning alleged Boko Haram sponsorship and asking the Federal Government to investigate him. – See more at

Jonathan has done better than Obasanjo –Ezeife

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Third Republic Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said President Goodluck Jonathan deserves to be re-elected in 2015, stating that he has performed better than all his predecessors, in spite of the security challenges facing the country.

Ezeife, who said this during an interview with our correspondent, added that Jonathan’s administration had divine backing, which made it possible for it to survive all the onslaughts against it.

He said, “Jonathan comes from a tiny village and this gave them (PDP leadership) confidence to pick him as deputy governor because they believed he could not rock the boat.

“From there, he became governor; from there he became a person looked down upon as the Vice-President; from there he became President without election; and was then elected President and he has done better than any President of Nigeria in our living memory. Who would stop him from continuing in 2015?”

“Jonathan has done better than all the military heads of state and he has done better than all the civilian presidents that have ruled Nigeria. Look around, I’m not just talking, many of the almajiris that were on the street are now in schools; the railway that was dead is now running again. The people of some parts of Nigeria, that were considered as second class citizens are feeling like citizens again.”

Kalu’s former aides declare support for Orji


The festering political feud between former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu; and the incumbent, Theodore Orji, took a sudden twist on Tuesday when a number of former aides of Kalu disowned him and warned him to stop disparaging the state government or face their wrath.

Some of the former aides at the conference were: a former Commissioner for Environment, Ike Onyenweaku; a former Commissioner for Works, Emeka Stanley; a former Special Adviser, Mrs. Chichi Okorafor and former Sports Commissioner, Uche Mpama, were among those at the event.

They expressed shock that Kalu, who held sway for eight years as governor of the state, had resorted to incessant media attacks against his successor instead of using his connections to advance the cause of the state.

They also alleged that over 90 per cent of them were forced to shrines to take oath of allegiance as condition for appointment into political offices, adding that those who refused to swear to such oaths were either dropped or given non- juicy appointments.

But Kalu had in a recent media remark, denied taking any of his aides to shrines, saying the allegations are after- thought by his political enemies to tarnish his image.

Kalu’s former aides who spoke under the aegis of “Forum of Abia State Political Office Holders; 1999- 2007,” renounced the ex- governor, and accused him of persecuting the incumbent “because of greed and jealousy.”

We have evidence of Fayemi’s ‘shady’ deals —PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State claims it has evidence that Governor Kayode Fayemi has been involved in shady deals.

The PDP had accused the administration of engaging in last minutes recruitment of workers and panic withdrawal of funds among others.

However, Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Sunday described the allegations as wicked, reckless, malicious, and a calculated attempt to tarnish the reputation of his administration, and an anticipatory excuse for lack of performance when the new government gets into office.

He challenged the PDP to mention the banks where the alleged illegal movement of funds took place and explain where the so called 3,000 workers were recruited illegally.

But describing the governor’s defence as an afterthought, the PDP said it had discovered more illegal and underhand deals done by the administration.

“The Commissioner for Information, in his defence of the allegations, confirmed that the recruitment of workers is an ongoing process, while in another breadth, the administration denied employing new workers,” the PDP said.

The party alleged that the outgoing government had wasted about N700m on ‘thank you’ billboards produced by the Ekiti State Signage Agency, and that the billboards were now useless because the election didn’t go the way of the All Progressives Congress.

Aspirant slams PDP over governorship nomination fee

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A former sports minister and Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, Prof. Tahoeed Adedoja, has said the N5.5m charged by the party as expression of interest fee is outrageous and capable of increasing corruption among politicians.

Adedoja, who lost the governorship election to Adebayo Alao-Akala in 2007, said the fee, which has been slashed to N3m by the party, could disenfranchise many potential aspirants and rob the nation of quality contributions to governance by those who may not be able to pay the fee.

He said, “Raising intention fees from N1m to N5.5m is outrageous. It would discourage many intending participants from taking part in the elections, more so when there is another N10m payment at the national level.

“The high fees will discourage party members with brilliant ideas from contributing to the governance of Oyo State. There are other legitimate means of raising funds for the party in the state but certainly not to be tied to the expression of interest fees of various elective positions.”

The aspirant added that such exorbitant fees would promote corruption among the elective officials. He therefore called for a reduction in the fees for all positions to allow more qualified people to participate in the 2015 general election.

Jonathan, NANS, disgracing Nigeria —Gani’s son

Mohammed Fawehinmi

Mohammed Fawehinmi, who is the eldest son of the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), has berated President Goodluck Jonathan for mismanaging the resources of the country.

He also berated the National Association of Nigerian Students for promoting failure by awarding Jonathan with the Grand Commander of Nigerian Students award.

Mohammed said this during the public presentation of his book titled, Gani Fawehinmi: Images of An Iconic Social Crusader, in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said it was disappointing that despite the security situation in the country, the Jonathan administration was still campaigning for the President ahead of the 2015 general elections.

He said, “The President we have now is just an occupant, he does not know what he is doing and he is disgracing Nigeria. He has been spending money on his campaign to return in 2015 but my prayer is that he never gets there. Imagine Boko Haram, declaring a part of the North as a caliphate. It was during his tenure that Boko Haram became so powerful and it was his administration that saw the advent of Ebola.

“I blame the Ebola outbreak on the government because they knew about it since 1972 but it is the laziness of our leaders that caused it. Jonathan has no plan for Nigeria. The amount of money we earn in six months is enough for the entire West Africa.

“We should have a President that will think like my father and Chief Obafemi Awolowo. NANS right now is a disgrace. The students enrich themselves and some earn as high as N500, 000 as salary for holding a position in NANS.”

LP national chairman to step down

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, has signalled his intention to step down after two terms in office.

It was learnt that he gave his intention to leave during a meeting with the top echelon of the party during a gathering of the party’s National Working Committee at the national secretariat in Abuja, on Tuesday.

A party source, who pleaded for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the matter, said the national chairman delivered what sounded like “his valedictory speech.”

He informed his colleagues in the NWC of his intention to step down and allow others build on the foundation he is leaving behind.

The source said “He told us he was quitting. He took us by surprise because he gave no indication that this was what he wanted to do because we have been consulting on how to prosecute the 2015 elections.”

When contacted, Nwanyawu confirmed this development in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

He said “My tenure has expired and we are having our national convention in the next three weeks, I will step down then.”

Although Nwanyanwu, who has been in office since 2004 has completed two terms in office, some stakeholders of the party tried to convince him to stay on since the party’s constitution did not have term limits for the position of chairman.

Some observers, however, expressed the opinion that Nwanyanwu’s decision was a direct result of the recent decision of the party’s only governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, to dump the party and join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Although Nwanyanwu has yet to make public his next political move, many fear that his exit will lead to several other defections which could mark the beginning of the end of one of several smaller opposition parties.