Will Nigeria Disintegrate?


By

Chido Onumah

conumah@hotmail.com

 

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, will on Monday, March 17, 2014, inaugurate the 492-member National Conference whose task is to redefine “the way forward for our nation”. The initial antipathy to the conference, it seems, has given way to cautious optimism.

Of course, there are still people who do not see the opportunity this conference offers. And on the other side, those opposed to the conference because it was convoked by the Jonathan administration. Their grouse is two-pronged: they do not “trust”President Jonathan; and then there is the other matter of a presidential election due early next year.

I understand the concern about the general elections of 2015. If we dismiss those hankering after election because of selfish reasons, the reality is that – for those who genuinely believe in changing Nigeria – nobody can “fix” Nigeria the way it is presently structured.

Our concern, therefore, should go deeper. We can’t, for example, be fixated on an election – knowing that President Jonathan appointed the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC – and at the same time dismiss the “Jonathan National Conference”.

For those who can’t see the forest for the trees, this conference can’t be about President Goodluck Jonathan. Whether called by President Jonathan or not, a national conference to negotiate Nigeria has always been a historical imperative. Luckily, we are going to sit down to talk not because the country has descended into a full-blown civil war.

Make no mistake, this conference is not the cure-all for our problems; just as a Sovereign National Conference is not a silver bullet. Of course, nobody (not even the organisers) can say for certain how this conference is going to end. Nobody goes into a conference of this nature – with a surfeit of tension, anger and bitterness – knowing for certain how it is going to turn out. It may well signal the beginning of the end of what is today known as Nigeria.

Personally, I think in the year of our centenary, when the crisis of identity and nationhood is at its zenith, nothing can be more comforting, even rewarding, than a “peaceful” gathering of the “nationalities” and other stakeholders in Nigeria. It seems the logical thing to do when a country finds itself on the brink.

This conference offers us a great opportunity. Perhaps, it will help us come to the realization that “Nation-building,” as Chidi Odinkalu noted in the preface to the book, Nigeria is Negotiable, “is not a project for the faint-hearted or for those with a short memory.” It may also show that Nigeria was not meant to be.

Not many countries have a second, much less a third or fourth chance to get it right. After 100 years, it is time we stopped seeing ourselves as Yorubas, Igbos, Hausas, Ijaws, Efiks, Ibibios, Fulanis, Tivs and everything in between. It is time we began seeing ourselves as Nigerians.

Nigeria has been run as a unitary state since 1966. Clearly, it has had its debilitating effect; but it has also served, to a great extent, in blurring the country’s ethnic fault line while exacerbating the contradiction between social classes. What we have seen is the emergence of “civic nationalities” in places where “ethnic nationalities” once thrived. For example, in the last four decades, the wealth of the Niger Delta has been used to “develop” different parts of the country and has also enriched individuals stupendously across the length and breadth of the country.

I am a Nigerian first and foremost. My birth in this geo-political space should confer on me that identity. I am a Nigerian – unless that geo-political identity changes tomorrow – before I am Igbo or a Christian. My parents are from Imo State in south-east Nigeria. I wasn’t born there. I didn’t grow up there. I live and work in Abuja and I am married to a lovely woman from Ogun State in south-west Nigeria.

Yet, I have to “claim” Imo State because in the crazy world of Nigeria your “state of origin” confers on you certain privileges and opportunities depending on what you are looking for and where you find yourself. I am sure there are millions of Nigerians who share my unease; millions like me who want, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., to live in a Nigeria where citizens will not be judged by their ethnicity, “state of origin” or what religion they profess, but by the content of their character.

That is why we should go to this conference leaving behind our ethno-religious baggage. Agreed that the “building blocks” of Nigeria in 1914 were “ethnic nationalities”, Nigeria of 2014 is no longer the sum total of its “ethnic nationalities”. If we were having this conversation at independence in 1960 perhaps it would have made some sense.

Undoubtedly, ethnic oppression exits in Nigeria. After 100 years of amalgamation, almost 54 years after independence, 44 years after an internecine civil war that cost more than three million lives to “keep Nigeria one”, it is time to break that oppression and forge a new, united and prosperous nation.

The National Conference, therefore, should not be a forum for the ventilation of narrow-minded religious, ethnic or tribal agenda. The social and economic realities make such an agenda futile. On the contrary, it should be an opportunity to focus on why with billions of Naira accruing to the federal government every year, millions of our people live in extreme poverty, why millions can’t enjoy basic health service, why millions of school age children are not in school and those fortunate to be in school are victims of murderous fiends.

Of course, there is the troubling issue of those coming to the conference with the notion that Nigeria – or better still, parts of it – is there for the taking; and on the opposite side, those who think the country is just perfect the way it is and, therefore, does not require fundamental restructuring. If we isolate these fringe groups, clearly there seems to be a general understanding, if not agreement, that we want to live together as one country. The issue then is how to define the terms of our living together. That definition is central to any plan to reshape or redefine the new Nigeria we envisage.

One thing is certain: the so-called ethnic homogeneity in Nigeria today is a ruse. Our thieving and utterly hopeless ruling class, whether from the east, west, north or south, who are united by their greed and corruption have shown us that it is possible to put behind us our so-called ethnic and religious differences and forge a common identity; a nation united, not by greed and corruption but by justice, equity and egalitarianism.

 

Will Nigeria survive? It depends on who you ask. Of course, the world will not come to an end if Nigeria disintegrates. Do we need to re-examine the way we live? In other words, is Nigeria negotiable? The answer, of course, is yes. The future of Nigeria depends ultimately on what Nigerians want!

What the national conference should focus on basically is the erection of federalism in its genuine sense as a contradistinction to its parody that exists today. Of course, the natural off-shoot of this evolvement is the decentralization of power. Furthermore, the conference should look at how we generate and distribute wealth and redefine the meaning of citizenship.

Let constituent states manage their internal affairs, control their resources and generate their own wealth; let them decide the internal structure of governance – how many local government areas they want – and operate their own police alongside the federal police. Let every Nigerian be free to reside in and “claim” any state they want as long as they fulfill citizenship obligations.

While we may not have a common “origin”, we can still build a common future. While Nigeria was “forced” on us, we can emerge from the shackles and build a new nation with new national ethos. But it all depends on whether we are willing to do the right thing.

Nigeria is not the only country that was “created” by the British for economic and imperialistic reasons. Ghana, in West Africa, and Canada, in North America, are two examples. But both countries, the challenges of diverse ethnicities and multiculturalism notwithstanding, are functional states. We can attest to what Kwame Nkrumah, the first prime minister of Ghana, did to unify the country from 1957 when it gained independence.

In the case of Canada, according to Mary Vipond, the country “was created (by the British) in 1867 as a political and economic entity for pragmatic and imperial rather than nationalist reasons. Only after the formation of the Canadian state out of several different colonies was the attempt to create a Canadian nation begun. One of the principal means by which national unity was promoted was by the construction of networks of communication, beginning with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).”

Today, we have the choice and opportunity to begin the process of building the Nigerian nation. We may be 54, or even 100 years late, but we can make it happen.

I hope those who will represent various “nationalities” and interest groups in Nigeria at the National Conference will be open-minded, conscious of the fact that too many of our compatriots – including the 60 students murdered in their hostel in Yobe State a few weeks ago – have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the process of nation-building.

Conumah@hotmail.com; Follow me on Twitter @conumah

A Response to Fulani Aggression in Tiv Land


By

Leonard Karshima Shilgba

shilgba@yahoo.com

 

My attention has been drawn to a letter sent to President Jonathan by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on 24 February, 2014, titled, “MR. PRESIDENT, CALL GOVERNOR SUSWAM TO ORDER NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.” As much as the title of the letter is threatening enough, the content is much more threatening. The MACBAN made certain constitutional claims as follows:

“The Constitution is very clear under Chapter IV of Fundamental rights, Section 41, sub-section (1), which says, ‘every citizen is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused  entry thereof or exit therefrom .’ The Constitution also expressly under Section 42, sub-section (1) (a) forbids the imposition of any disabilities or restrictions on any citizens by any executive or administrative action against any citizen of any ‘community, ethnic groups, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion…’ “

  1. The MACBAN seems to seek to amend the Nigerian Constitution. The rights granted by Section 41(1) are to “every citizen of NIGERIA” (emphasis mine). The MACBAN conveniently excludes NIGERIA. The rights are not granted to citizens of foreign countries such as Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Mali, etc. Accordingly, I call on the government of Benue state to verify the citizenship of all nomadic herdsmen, who have unleashed mayhem on their hosts, and to expel those who cannot prove with documentary evidence that they are citizens of Nigeria by birth, registration or naturalization.
  2. The rights granted in section 41 (1) are not ABSOLUTE. Section 45 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution states as follows:

Nothing in sections 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41 of this Constitution shall invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society—

(a)    In the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or

(b)   For the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.

The rights and freedom of nomadic cattlemen cannot invalidate the rights and freedom of other persons in Nigeria who have suffered death, brutality and economic deprivation (loss of crop farms, for example). Accordingly, I urge the Benue state government to enforce available relevant laws and make new germane laws that would take cattle away from our streets and farms that compromise public safety, public order and public health. There should be no discrimination whether the cattle belong to nomadic Fulanis or other groups.

  1. Section 42 (1) states that: “A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person—

(c)    Be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political opinions.”

It is very clear that laws such as the proposed bill for establishment of grazing reserves for cattle in all states of Nigeria and FCT, which seek to expropriate lands for the use of an exclusive group of Nigerians, are unconstitutional.  The citizens of Nigeria cannot be driven away from their lands by local chiefs, state governments or the federal government only to give out their lands to the nomadic cattle breeders, even if those citizens would be “compensated”. It does not matter how much a local chief or state government or the federal government would collect from nomadic cattle breeders to give them access to grazing lands. By the way, in Tiv land, no chief owns ancestral lands. Lands are owned by families and individuals. Furthermore, we the Tiv people do not practice kingship by dynasty.

By threatening that they have the right to defend themselves, and even putting the president on notice, the MACBAN has demonstrated an offensive disposition that is highly provocative. And should the president not take steps to rein them in, the Tiv people would also demonstrate that they equally have the right and also the capacity to raise a standing army of thousands of armies from each ward and kindred. But is that the kind of country we want for ourselves, where everyone does what is right in his own eyes? But that will be the necessary consequence if the Nigerian army does not cease to aid attacks on the Tiv nation and the federal government that controls them looks away. Some soldiers from the 93 Division in Takum, Taraba were captured while on an attack mission alongside raiders on Tiv land at Kwande Local Government area. They were handed over to the Benue police command. We wait to find out what soldiers in Taraba came to our state to do. Few days ago, Nigerians soldiers who were on the entourage of Governor Gabriel Suswam as he went for on-site inspection tour of some areas of Tiv land that have come under Fulani attacks, suddenly withdrew and refused to go with him. Soon after, our governor came under attack. We are concerned. We also must advise the governor of Nasarawa state to re-examine his actions if they are not facilitating incessant attacks on Tiv land. But we warn that impunity, unchecked will surely bring Nigeria down as ethnic militia groups shall be raised to defend the turf across Nigeria. A people defended will surely seek self-help.

Recently, the Sultan of Sokoto made a highly inflammatory comment that the Fulanis have been “grazing on their traditional grazing land” in Tiv land. The Tiv people have never ever been conquered by any ethnic group in Africa. Even in the days of the Sardauna Ahmadu Bello, the Tiv people led a revolt against oppression of minorities in the then Northern Region.  We have championed the cause of minorities in the Middle Belt. The Tiv people do not share any contiguous borders with the Fulanis. When and how did the Tiv land become a “traditional grazing land” for the Fulani nomadic cattle breeders? The Sultan, who is the grand patron of the MACBAN made this highly provocative comment before the outrageous letter the group wrote to President Jonathan. We must inform that the Tiv nation is not under the dominion of His Royal Majesty, the Sultan of Sokoto, and we demand an open and unreserved apology from him. Furthermore, since the MACBAN motto is “Read, Rear & Farm”, he should be reminded that taking cows across Nigeria in these modern days of ranching is against their motto if they understand what it means. They must buy land and REAR their cattle on ranch FARMS. This, they can accomplish through sound READING and research. This would provide to Nigerians clean and healthy by-products such as milk, butter and edged packaged meat from their cattle farms. But they would never do this if they have other agendas such as expansionism. But the Tiv people would never permit this.

I conclude with a comment on the recent Northern Leaders meeting in Kano and the resultant Northern Declaration that was read by Wantaregh Paul Unongo. At that meeting, no condemnation was made of the attacks by Fulani nomads on their hosts, the Tiv people. But Hon. Usman Bugaje, with whom we have exchanged mails in the past about building a more perfect union, and whom I had thought was beyond the kind of statements he made at the meeting, said, among other things that, “wherever the Fulani man is seen with a few cows, people rise against them.” He then gave an example of such places as Kaduna. I was scandalized! How dare him! You bring your cows to someone’s ancestral land and destroy his crops and kill him; then you protest innocence and claim the victim? He then said to the applause of the audience, “No state in Nigeria is an oil-producing state.” That is not how to build a nation—living in denial of reality. I want to declare that we the Tiv people are not part of the Kano Declaration even though it was read by a Tiv elder, Paul Unongo, who was there in his personal capacity and did not represent Tiv interest. This is very clear because, for instance, he did not protest the killing of Tiv people by Northerners, represented by the Fulanis, and he did not protest the comments by Hon. Bugaje. The Tiv people are geographically and culturally not Northerners any more than the Hausa man is a South-Easter or Middle Belter. And the Tivs are not tools in the hands of any ethnic group in Nigeria. If they were so in the days of our fathers, they are certainly not in our days. And should unrestrained provocation trigger another civil war, the Tiv people will definitely not be on the side they were on then.

The Tiv forbears did not cede their land to “Nigeria” any more than forebears of other nationalities did. We shall defend our land with all we have got.

Leonard Karshima Shilgba is a SaN (Sad Nationalist)

 

Four bank robbers jailed 300 years in Ghana


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Four persons, who robbed the Mepe Rural Bank in the Volta Region at gun point in 2009, have been sentenced to 300 years imprisonment by an Accra Fast Track High Court.

The convicts during their operation made away with GH¢13, 061.00.

The court presided over by Mr Justice Senyo Dzamefe, a Court of Appeal Judge, who is sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court Judge, found them guilty on the charges of conspiracy to rob and robbery.

The court sentenced Kofi Afoakwa, aka Kofi Rasta to 100 years, Yaw Afoakwa, aka Dadeseu 100 years, while Isaac Oppong and Marvin Amponsah had 50 years each.

The court, however, acquitted and discharged a Police Officer, David Delali Osae.

Prosecuting Assistant State Attorney, John Tulasi Ofori, said the complainant was the branch manager at the Mepe Rural Bank in the Volta Region.

On June 30, 2009, Police Officer Osae spotted a bullion van from the Mepe Rural Bank at the Tema Motorway Roundabout with a Policeman on board and suspected the van to be carrying money.

Prosecution said Osae immediately alerted Kofi and Yaw Afoakwa and on July 2, 2009 they planned to rob the bank.

The following day, prosecution said at about 1100 hours, Osae went to the Community One Police Station and booked for an AK47 rifle and met his accomplices at the Tema Motorway Roundabout, who came with two other AK47 rifles, two pistols and a pump action gun.

According to the prosecution, the weapons were given to Police Officer Osae, who kept them in Kofi Afoakwa’s car. Osae who was in Police uniform drove pass a Police barrier.

On July 3, at about 0900 hours the accused persons and other accomplices, now at large, converged on Sege and Osae handed over the rifles to his accomplices.

Prosecution said Osae afterwards directed the accused persons to the bank while he waited for them by the road side. Yaw Afoakwa then drove and parked the ford explorer in front of the bank.

The accused persons then pointed a gun at the security man and escorted him into the bank, where they ordered all the customers and the bank staff to lie down.

They then proceeded to the cashier and at gun point, collected GH¢13,061.00 and bolted.

Soon after the robbery, the Bank Manager arrived with a bullion van and chased the robbers but to no avail.

Prosecution said on reaching a section near Aveyime, the accused persons met Police Officer Osae and handed over the booty to him and he kept the booty in his car.

They later shared the booty and abandoned the stolen Ford Explorer at a Village near Aveyime.

On November 7, 2009 the accused persons were arrested and they mentioned Police Officer Osae as the one who gave the information and asked them to embark on the operation.

Two days later, the accused persons identified Police Officer Osae during an Identification parade at the Regional Police headquarters.

Perpetuation of Roguish and Erratic Electricity Services in Nigeria


By

Ikechukwu A. Ogu

ikechukwuogu@yahoo.com

 

The National Electric Power Authority/Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NEPA/PHCN) was privatised on Friday 1st November, 2013 when the Federal Government handed over its assets and eighteen generation, transmission and distribution successor companies to the “core investors” (privileged and wealthy Nigerians) who bought them. I do not know whether the liabilities thereof were equally privatised or written off.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, and the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) were optimistic on how the privatisation will bring positive changes to the electricity sector. They promised that the new owners will deliver steady power supply in the country, and threatened to sanction any investor who defaulted in delivering on the performance agreement they executed with the government. I do not share in their optimism. I fear that electricity supply may never improve in Nigeria, even with the euphoric privatisation. So far, it has not changed from its usual, notorious epileptic nature. It was rumoured that the just-concluded centenary celebrations were powered by a stand-by generator, to avoid embarrassing power failure!

NEPA/PHCN officials devised many schemes with which they extorted money from Nigerians and frustrated steady power supply in Nigeria. The first is the fixed meter charge, called “meter maintenance charge” under the era of post-paid meters. It is a constant that is unaffected by the quantum of power consumed. Another was the arbitrarily-imposed estimated bills; NEPA/PHCN officials either refused to read meters and use the readings for billing or deliberately rendered the meters non-functional. They applied threats of disconnection to arm-twist Nigerians into paying for electricity not consumed. In repeated instances, electricity bills were issued to and enforced on Nigerians for periods when they had no functional transformers!

With the introduction of prepaid meters, Nigerians heaved sighs of relief, hoping that NEPA/PHCN would supply reliable electricity to consumers. The hope was anchored on the belief that by a prepaid meter (pay-as-you-go system), the billing system will truly reflect the quantum of electricity consumed. Indeed, power supply improved tremendously in the early days of prepaid meters to the extent of almost 24 hours electricity supply, leaving Nigerians surprised. Perhaps, as one NEPA/PHCN official said, this was meant to ensure the quick exhaustion of the amounts standing to the credit of consumers so that they recharge their meters often!

For a fact, NEPA/PHCN staff opposed the introduction of prepaid meters. Against this background, one expected the government to ensure that the billing system of the prepaid meters was followed to the letter. Unfortunately, the government introduced the Multi-Year-Tariff-Order (MYTO) in 2008 under which electricity tariff was to be increased yearly. The authorities claimed this was necessary to attract “investors” who reportedly considered the tariff regime in the sector unattractive and unlikely to ensure good return on their yet-to-be-made investments!

Thereafter, Nigerians noticed a hike in the fixed meter charge, and this has remained a periodic feature of the prepaid meter! It now stands at a minimum of N750 monthly per meter in a residential building! Initially, NERC denounced its retention, only to do a volte-face by justifying same, claiming that it was not “meter maintenance charge” but the instalmental repayment of the cost of prepaid meters! Interestingly, except for the small-size prepaid meters provided by the World Bank and installed by its consultants free of charge, Nigerians paid around N50,000 for each prepaid meter provided and installed by NEPA/PHCN! So, which “cost” is being repaid?  Assuming some persons did not pay for the NEPA/PHCN prepaid meters, should the repayment apply to every Nigerian? Recently, NERC came up with another reason, claiming that the proceeds of the fixed meter charges were for the repair and maintenance of spoilt NEPA/PHCN facilities! Is it justified for poor Nigerians to pay for that? Were the liabilities of NEPA/PHCN not bought by the “core investors”? If not, is there no budgetary provision for their repair and maintenance?

Immediately the fixed meter charge was introduced into the prepaid meters, electricity supply relapsed to its usual, notorious epileptic nature. Thus, Nigerians are still forced by official fiat to pay for electricity not consumed. To worsen matters, by the MYTO, this fixed meter charge will be reviewed upwards periodically. All these form part of the legacy bequeathed to the “core investors”.

I ponder over the sort of regulation NERC carries out in the electricity industry. Like the Petroleum Products Regulatory Authority (PPRA) for the petroleum industry, NERC seems to stand for the recommendation, implementation and defence of periodic hikes in electricity tariff, in the face of continuing dwindling power supply! But a regulator protects citizens by regulating charges imposed by operators.

For long, the government has been unable to sanction NEPA/PHCN officials for non-performance. Again, the body’s enabling law made it impossible for aggrieved consumers to seek legal redress against it. Against this background, one does not see how the government will be able to sanction any of the investors should they tow (which I am sure they will) the ignoble path charted by NEPA/PHCN. How effective has the regulation of Nigeria’s mobile telephone providers (whose tariffs are the highest in Africa) been? What is more, the foundation (if not the main) staff strength of these “core investors” are drawn from NEPA/PHCN staff.

Guided by the way previous “core investors” have managed other privatized public companies in Nigeria, I doubt if the latest “core investors” will turn around our electricity sector. It is going to be business as usual. Surprisingly, the Ministry of Power and NERC failed to make rules and regulations to guide the core investors’ operations prior to the handover! Surely, the operators will have a field day and, any such rules and regulations, whenever made, will be on their terms.

I foresee the “core investors” forming a cartel to continue from where NEPA/PHCN stopped in the rip-off of Nigerians, while rendering abysmal services. This is already happening in Nigeria’s mobile telephone sector. A lifting of the corporate veil of the “core investors” may reveal that they are owned directly or indirectly by persons who oversaw NEPA/PHCN’s recurring malfunction over the years. Some of the “core investors” may own generator-importing companies in Nigeria which connive with NEPA/PHCN officials to ensure epileptic electricity supply, to boost their sales. This calibre of persons or companies can never move the electricity sector forward!

Is it true that the government plans to still remove “subsidy” on electricity tariff? Yet, part of the reasons advanced for the MYTO and the hike in tariff is the removal of the purported subsidy. So, what other “subsidy” is there to be removed? Is the government bent on ensuring huge returns on investments for the “core investors” at all costs, and at the expense of hapless Nigerians?

For so long as the fixed meter charge and MYTO remain, Nigerians should not expect any improvement in the electricity sector, despite the seeming change of guards. Such charges ensure that electricity suppliers always smile to the banks, whether or not electricity is supplied. Imagine the aggregate of N750 monthly per house in Nigeria! If the government is committed to sanitizing the electricity sector, it must remove the charge and others like it from the electricity meter. Let this roguery and rip-off stop, for Nigerians to pay electricity bills as per the quantum of electricity consumed.

 

Ikechukwu A. Ogu, a legal practitioner, writes from Central Business District, Abuja (ikechukwuogu@yahoo.com).

Lady Gaga’s Celebrity Friends


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(L-R) Akon, Doug Morris: Chairman & CEO, UMG, Lady Gaga and Jimmy Iovine, Chariman, Interscope Geffen A&M attend the launch of VEVO, the world’s premiere destination for premium music video and entertainment at Skylight Studio on December 8, 2009 in New York City.
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(L-R) Lady Gaga, President of MAC Cosmetics John Demsey and Cyndi Lauper attend the amfAR New York Gala co-sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics to Kick Off Fall 2010 Fashion Week at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 10, 2010 in New York, New York.
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Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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(L-R) Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Brandusa Niro, Lady Gaga, model Heidi Klum, and Creative Director at Harper’s Bazaar Stephen Gan attend The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards at Harlow on September 6, 2013 in New York City.
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Singers Lady Gaga (L) and Elton John backstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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Lady Gaga accepts the award for “Best New Artist” from Eminem during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.
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(L-R) Singer Lady Gaga, actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and singer Willow Smith attend The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Singer Lady Gaga and actor Jaden Smith attend The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Musician John Legend (L) and singer Lady Gaga attend the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Singer Lady Gaga and musician/singer Sir Paul McCartney in the audience at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Musicians Lady Gaga and Sting perform onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Lady Gaga and award winner Nigel Lythgoe attend the 39th International Emmy Awards at the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton on November 21, 2011 in New York City.
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Musician Sean Ono Lennon and singer Lady Gaga perform onstage at “We Are Plastic Ono Band” at the Orpheum Theater on October 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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Must Read: “A Letter To God” By Charly Boy


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Charly Boy has recently been known for his constant random open letters, but this time, he writes one to God.

Read it below: -

Dear God,

I had to muster a ‘lotta’ courage to write you this letter, please don’t get pissed with me, because there is no way on Earth that I can stand your vex, as one of your authentic sons.

First of all, I ‘wanna’ thank you for all thou have given me, beautiful children, a beautiful and soulful wife, a family filled with love, Mum and Dad, nice motor bikes, belief in Self. But most importantly that gift, the ability to shift gears when the context calls for it and being able to generate and evaluate several different options in order to respond effectively to any situation, adjusting to any condition that I face instead of struggling with the way things are. Thank you God for all your mercies, but shey you also know
that I have worked hard for all that I have today, with the talent you blessed me with. In short BABA, you built me for the Nigerian roads, no shaking, who born dem.

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There are so many things that confuse me about you which brings me to the real reason why I’m writing to you. But I guess you already saw this coming, no be you, Alfa and omega.

(1). When I hear some people say that Christianity is the only true religion approved by you, I get a bit confused. What happens to the rest of the people who do not belong to that religion? Will you send them to hell? Why should they suffer if they were raised in an
area which did not expose them to the “one true religion”? For example, there are about 1.2 billion Catholics. What happens to the 5.6 billion people who are not Catholic? What happened to the people who died prior to the organized religion or the concept of YOU, default to eternal damnation? Why is it acceptable to join a religion that was acreated by a single man?
For example, King Henry created the Church of England. How do we know if YOU sent them or if it meets your approval, this religion? How do we know that any religion is approved by your person? Too much confusion, waliiitaliii.
Why is it acceptable for religions to evolve? Various religions have changed over time due to cultural pressures – how do we know these changes are “authorized” by YOU….

complete here http://www.charlyboy.org/a-letter-to-god/

Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh Gets New Leg Tattoo; Tattoo No.58


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Controversial Nollywood actress — Tonto Dikeh who has over 57 tattoo inscriptions all over her body has added another one.

Tonto Dikeh’s new leg tattoo reads “Guide my steps oh Lord”

The popular Nollywood star made the announcement on her Instagram page days ago.

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Southern Plateau Indigenes Agitate For Own State


gov_jonah_jang_plateau1The number of ethnic groups agitating for the creation of new states increased on Friday as Southern Plateau indigenes resolved to separate from Plateau State and form a new state to be called Lowland.

This was contained in a statement by the National Chairman of the Movement for the Creation of Lowland State, Nanyah Daman. The chairman said the new state should be created from the present Plateau and Bauchi States, adding that they meet the requirement as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution.

“The movement met the requirements of Section 8(1)(a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution and thus called on the Committee for the Review of the 1999 Constitution to do its part of the job”, he said.

Mr. Rowland showered accolades on the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution for revisiting the “issues agitating for states creation, but is willing to relax the cumbersomeness of the near-impossible process by amending Section 8(1) (a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution”.

The section reads: “An act of the National Assembly for the purpose of creating a new state shall only be passed if a request supported by at least ⅔ majority of members representing the area demanding the creation of a new state in each of the following namely the Senate, and the House of Representatives, House of Assembly in respect of the area, and the Local Government Council in respect of the area, is received by the National Assembly”.

Mr. Rowland suggested that the next population census should also ascertain the actual population of Muslims and Christians in Nigeria.

“The next (2016) national population census form must have information on religious inclination to determine which religion is really in the majority in Nigeria”, said Mr. Rowland.

Indigenes of Southern Plateau State have alleged marginalization by other parts of the state.

The association also decried the tight grip on power by the older generation, who they alleged stay at the helm of affairs for an inordinate period thereby sidelining the youth from the administration of the state.

The group asked the “National Assembly and the National Conference to provide in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria a proviso that no one more than 55 years should contest for the governorship of a state and no one above 60 years should vie for the position of the President, to enable Nigerian youths have a taste of leadership”.

Confab: 50-Member Consensus Group Agree On Mode Of Voting


Confab-DelegatesThe 50-member consensus group selected by the National Conference chairman, Idris Kutigi, to resolve the impasse on the number of delegates required to approve a decision at the confab, has reached a resolution.

The Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications at the CONFAB, Akpandem James said on Friday in Abuja that an agreement had been reached. He said the agreement would be tabled before the delegates on Monday for adoption.

Delegates disrupted proceedings on March 24 and 25 when they failed to reach a consensus on whether to adopt a two-third majority or three-quarter majority on any issue.

Some delegates, largely northern delegates, pushed for three-quarter saying it was more representative of the majority; while others, largely southern delegates pushed for two thirds arguing that this was the obtainable trend in most parts of the world.

Order VI Rule 3 of the procedure rule of the conference provides that any decision in the conference shall be decided by at least a three-quarter majority.

It reads: “any questions proposed for decision in the conference shall be determined by consensus and when this is not achievable, it should be determined by a three-quarter majority of the delegates present and voting.”

In a bid to resolve the stalemate, the delegates on March 25 mandated the Chairman, Idris Kutigi, to convene a meeting of some selected delegates from the six geopolitical zones to look into the issue.

On resumption of plenary on March 26, the leadership announced that the 50-member group had been selected to resolve the three-quarter and two-third dichotomy.

Immediately after the first debate on March 26, plenary was adjourned to reconvene in the afternoon to enable the 50 selected delegates have a close-door meeting with the principal officers.

“The disagreement will not affect resumption of plenary on Monday because it has been resolved”, Mr. James thinks.

“The 50-man consensus group met with the principal officers on Wednesday and Thursday and a consensus has been reached”, he said.

Yet he is quick to add that the resolution is still a proposal which the delegates can refuse.

“It is still a proposal. The consensus delegates have gone back to delegates from their various geo-political zones to present to them the consensus that was reached.

“The consensus will be presented to the house on March 31 for the delegates to adopt.

“Until it is adopted by the larger house, an agreement has not been reached”, Mr. James said.

(NAN)

Alleged N416m Fraud: Court Rejects Fayose’s Request To Defer Trial Till After Ekiti Guber Polls


ayo-fayose1A last ditch effort by former Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose to have his trial for fraud postponed till after the June 21 gubernatorial election in the state met a brick wall on Thursday.

Fayose, who is the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had prayed the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, to defer his trial so that he could focus on prosecuting his governorship ambition but the request was rejected.

He is standing trial for allegedly misappropriating state funds to the tune of N416 million during his first stint in office between 2003 and 2006 before he was impeached.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is prosecuting him said it was in his best interest to stand trial before the poll to enable Ekiti citizens make up their minds on him.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson for the EFCC said in a statement that counsel to the former governor, Mr. Raji Ahmed (SAN) prayed the court to adjourn the matter till the first week of July to allow his client concentrate on his electoral campaign.

He said: “Ahmed argued that the accused must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The request was, however, turned down by Justice Adamu Hobon after a strong objection by the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), who said an accelerated hearing of the matter would help Fayose”.

The statement quoted Mr. Jacobs as saying “It would be in the interest of the accused person [to stand trial], so that his people can make up their mind about him and his name cleared before the election”.

Justice Hobon, thereafter, adjourned the matter till May 6, 2014 for continuation of trial but not before the court admitted eight documents as exhibits by the prosecution.

The documents admitted were Certificate of Identification of Biological Concept Nigeria Limited; Account Statement of Biological Concept Nigeria Limited; Account Opening document of Biological Concept Limited; Account Statement of Avians Specialties Nigeria Limited and Account Opening document of Avians Specialties- all with Skye Bank Plc.

Others were Certificate of Account of People’s Democratic Party, Ekiti State at Keystone Bank, the Account Opening form of the party and Statement of Account.

Five of the documents involving Skye Bank were presented before the court by a prosecution witness, Mr. Emmanuel Olajide Alejo, who was led in evidence by Jacobs.

The EFCC counsel urged the court to admit the documents as exhibits.

He explained that the witness could not produce the original of the documents owing to short notice.

The witness had earlier told the court that he was instructed to prepare the documents for witnessing two days before his scheduled appearance in court.

His words: “For me to produce the original of the documents, the management of the bank will have to sit, deliberate and agree before the documents can be released and this will not meet the time the court is supposed to sit”.

However, his claim was punctured by Ahmed, who stated that his excuse was not tenable in law.

According to him, even with the short notice, the management of the bank should have released the original of the documents.

In his ruling, Justice Hobon said: “Looking through the Evidence Act 83(2), 84, 89(f) (h) all read together, no doubt, these documents passed admissibility test and such can be admitted as evidence”.

He subsequently admitted the documents as exhibits N1-N5.

Three documents presented by another prosecution witness – Taiwo Sanusi – Head of Compliance, Monitoring and Reporting at Keystone Bank, was also admitted by the court as evidence.

The three documents were generated from an account of the PDP, Ekiti State.

Jacobs prayed the court to admit them as exhibits and with no objection by Ahmed, Justice Hobon admitted them as exhibits P1, P2 and P3 respectively.

It would be recalled that Fayose was re-arraigned on November 22, 2012 by the EFCC on a 27-count amended charge bordering on misappropriation of state funds to the tune of N416million.

Chime Urges FG To Rehabilitate Federal Roads In S/East


sullivan_chime_govGovernor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has appealed to the Federal Government to fast-track the rehabilitation of all bad federal roads in the South East.

Chime made the call in Enugu on Friday at the opening ceremony of the 25th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The governor represented by Chief Ikechukwu Ugwuegede, Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, said the move would ensure that people benefited from infrastructure development.

“We call on the FG for greater commitment to the speedy rehabilitation of federal roads in the zone, especially those that lead in and out of Enugu.

“This will offer a consolidation of our modest effort as a state government and enhance the economic potential of the South East”.

He said the people would continue to support the federal government in order to raise the standard of living.

Chime commended the federal government for the approval to establish a free trade zone at the 9th Mile Corner in Enugu.

“Here in Enugu, we have made infrastructure development, service delivery and security of lives and property our priorities.

“We are taking priority measures to reduce impediments to trade in Enugu, including multiple taxations, poor access to bank facilities as well as making the state the economic hub of the South East and Nigeria.

“We remain grateful and indebted to President Goodluck Jonathan for upgrading the Akanu Ibiam airport to international status and approval for the establishment of a free trade zone at the 9th mile corner”, he said.

Chime said that security in the state had increased the influx of industrialists.

“Enugu has become the choice destination for foreign and local investors in all sectors of the economy”, Chime said.

President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, commended the state government for its support and cooperation.

Okoye said government provided the chamber with land for the development of its administrative office as well as rehabilitated the roads in the fair ground.

Appeal Court Frees Lawmaker Over $4,095 SEC Estacode


courtThe Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Friday discharged and acquitted the former Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market, Chris Azubuogu, of charges bordering on dishonest conversion of the sum of $4,095 released by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as estacode for him to attend a capacity building workshop in the Dominican Republic.

In the lead judgment read by Justice Amiru Sanusi, the appellate court held that the Abuja High Court erred in law when it threw out Azubuogu’s no-case submission especially as the prosecution failed to prove the essential elements of the charge.

“The Prosecution witness 1 is an investigator with the EFCC and under cross examination he admitted that it was impossible for the applicant to have traveled to the Dominican Republic for the conference, as the estacode was paid to him on the eve when the conference was supposed to end.

“They further admitted that the second accused person (Azubuogu) had offered to return the estacode”, the judge said.

The court noted that under cross examination, Prosecution Witness 4, a staff of SEC, admitted that “when an estacode is collected and the person did not travel another trip would be arranged for him, and the person can return the said money at any time”.

“It is evident that from the incontrovertible pieces of evidence, that there is no evidence before the trial court to prove that the appellant committed the said offence – it is evident that the second accused person had directed that the estacode be returned to SEC”, the judge added.

Justice Sanusi further held that “there was ample unsubstantiated and unchallenged evidence at the end of the prosecution’s case that there was no prima facie case neither was there a justifiable evidence to continue with the case”.

Striking out the charge against the rep member, he said, “The most likely thing for the trial judge was to strike out the case.

Jonathan In Bauchi, Restates Commitment To Tackling Security Challenges


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President Goodluck Jonathan said in Bauchi on Saturday that the Federal Government would not relent in its effort at addressing the problem of insecurity in some parts of the country.

Speaking when he visited the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, the President said that the problem must be tackled for the country to progress.

He explained that one of the measures was the introduction of various skills acquisition programmes to tackle the problem of youth restiveness and create opportunities for employment.

The President commended the emir for working towards ensuring peace in the state, adding that in spite of Bauchi being in the North East, it had remained relatively peaceful.

Jonathan also expressed satisfaction with the performance of the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Ahmed Mu’azu, an indigene of the state.

He observed that with the appointment of Mu’azu as the National Chairman of the party, PDP had stabilised and continued to forge ahead.

The President, who thanked the emir for the warm reception accorded his entourage, however, observed that the Bauchi Central Prison was too close to the palace.

He, therefore, suggested the re-location of the prison, promising to talk to the Minister of Interior on the issue.

Earlier in his remarks, the emir had thanked the President for visiting him, expressing satisfaction with the cordial relationship existing between the people of the state and the Federal Government.

He also thanked the Federal Government for appointing some indigenes of the state in some key positions, as well as establishing a Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre and National Obstetric Fistula Centre in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President, along with Vice-President Namadi Sambo and some prominent politicians, was in Bauchi to attend the North East Zonal Unity Rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). (NAN)

25-Year-Old Alleged Internet Fraudster Narrates How “Yahoo Yahoo” Works


The war against Cyber crime otherwise known as yahoo yahoo, by security agents in Nigeria may take a long time to be won, if the confession of a 25-year-old alleged internet fraudster is anything to go by.

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The suspect who simply gave his name as Chidi, disclosed that what people used to know as yahoo yahoo, a term used to defraud unsuspecting and gullible persons, especially foreigners, through the internet, has gone beyond mere conversation and emotional chat.

He disclosed that yahoo plus is the trend in cybercrime world today, as operators have resorted to using fetish means to  hypnotize their victims in order to get what they want from them.

In this interview with Crime Guard, Chidi said  he ventured into cyber crime eight  years ago, after several attempts to gain admission into the university failed.

Unfortunately, five years down the line, he said he could only get himself  a Nigerian used vehicle.

As you read this piece, Chidi said he had turned a new leaf, begging those he had defrauded to forgive him.

His sudden change of mind according to him, followed a startling discovery that human parts were being used to prepare concoction that would hypnotise victims.

Hear him: “ You may not believe me but it is true. Those who are into yahoo plus use charm to hypnotize their victims. This is because the ordinary yahoo no longer yield the desired result. Our targets are getting wiser and no longer fall prey .

“When I noticed that  I was not making any headway in yahoo business, I decided to inquire from some of my friends who were in same business but were living better off.

To my surprise, I was made to understand that the in-thing was yahoo plus. I decided to embark on a journey to Benin Republic in the company of  Chuks, Odinakachukwu and Chionye. There, we met a herbalist who told us to buy three live cocks and other items which he used to prepare some concoction for us. After that, we were asked to stand in front of the shrine,while  the herbalist chanted incantations that would enhance our success in yahoo plus.

“As we left for Nigeria, we were given some concoction which the herbalist said were prepared  with human parts. We were asked to put the concoction in  our mouths whenever we wanted to type or discuss with our victims.

But when I got home, I became restive. I remembered my mum’s admonition never to go into  anything fetish but to serve the almighty God. I kept the concoction away and watched as events unfolded.

Three months later, one of us Chuks, made 3000 dollars But Odinakachuckwu lost his younger brother who went to use his laptop. The instruction of the herbalist was that no one except him, should use his laptop. Just as we were smarting from that, Chionye lost his girlfriend.

“I decided to quit at that point because I did not want anyone to die on my account.  I am therefore  appealing to those I have defrauded through  yahoo yahoo to forgive me”, he stated.

When operatives of the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police were contacted, they described Chidi’s claim as untrue, saying the law does not believe in vodoo.

An operative who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Unit had arrested several internet fraudsters,with their loot refunded to victims.

40 Stalls Burnt In Abuja Market


PIC. 13. BUSINESS AT GARKI MARKET IN ABUJA PICKS ON TUESDAY   (10/1/12).

No fewer than 40 stalls were burnt in a fire outbreak at the Garki Model Market in Abuja on Saturday morning before it was put out.

Mr Ibrahim Yahaya-Joe, the Manager, Abuja Market Management Limited (AMML), said, that the fire started at about 6.02 a.m.

Yahaya-Joe said he received a phone call and was informed that the fire started from a cold-room store before spreading to other parts.

“I received a distress call at exactly 6.02 this morning that there was fire outbreak in one of the shops with a big refrigerator and gas cylinders.

“We used fire extinguishers as an interim measure to curb the outbreak before the arrival of the fire service personnel.

“The fire fighters came from the State House, the Federal Fire Service and the FCT Fire Service.’’

He said there were also other cold rooms and cylinders around the area which aggravated the fire’’, he said.

Yahaya-Joe commended the men of the fire services for their prompt response to stop the fire.

He added that the market management would quantify the losses and guard against future occurrence.

He advised traders to discard combustible materials, gas cylinders and other inflammable materials in their shops to avoid fire outbreak.

Yahaya-Jo suggested that traders should keep fire extinguishers in their shops to help future fire fighting operations.

He explained that traders were prevented from entering the market while the fire raged in a bid to prevent hoodlums from carting away valuables.

Mr Ime Eyo, Operational Commander, Federal Fire Service, Abuja, told NAN that the fire fighters arrived at the scene at 6.13a.m to put out the fire.

Eyo said the fire was caused by a power surge, adding that about three blocks of shops were affected in the incident.

He said although there were no casualties, property worth millions of naira were lost to the fire. [NAN]

Sultan Of Sokoto, 10 Others To Speak At The Vatican


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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, is expected to speak at a symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Religion in the Vatican City of Rome, after being nominated as one of the 11 speakers for the event.

The symposium is to hold from March 31 to April 3.

According to a statement released on Saturday and signed by Mr Dickson Omoregie, Country Representative of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Abuja, the symposium would explore the use and potential of inter-faith dialogue to promote discourse with the ultimate goal of global peace.

It said that the symposium would provide a forum that would unite religious leaders with politicians, diplomats and academics in order to create cultural platforms.

“The symposium will have the theme, “Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue’’.

“Speakers and delegates during the symposium will include religious and spiritual leaders, leading politicians and diplomats, senior academics and other dignitaries from around the world,” the institute said.

ICD was founded in 1999 as an international, non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

Government Unrelenting In Addressing Insecurity


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President Goodluck Jonathan said in Bauchi on Saturday that the Federal Government would not relent in its effort at addressing the problem of insecurity in some parts of the country.

Speaking when he visited the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, the Presdident said that the problem must be tackled for the country to progress.

He explained that one of the measures was the introduction of various skills acquisition programmes to tackle the problem of youth restiveness and create opportunities for employment.

The President commended the Emir for working towards ensuring peace in the state, adding that in spite of Bauchi being in the North East, it had remained relatively peaceful.

Jonathan also expressed satisfaction with the performance of the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr Ahmed Muazu, an indigene of Bauchi.

He observed that with the appointment of Muazu as the National Chairman of the party, PDP had stabilized and continued to forge ahead.

The President, who thanked the Emir for the warm reception accorded his entourage, however noted that the Bauchi Central Prison was too close to the palace.

He therefore suggested the re-location of the prison, promising to talk to the Minister of Interior on the issue.

Earlier in his remarks, the Emir had thanked the President for visiting him, expressing satisfaction with the cordial relationship existing between the people of Bauchi state and the Federal government.

He also thanked the Federal Government for appointing some indigenes of the state in some key positions, as well as establishing a Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre and National Obstetric Fistula Centre in the state.

The President, Vice President Namadi Sambo and some prominent politicians, were in Bauchi to attend the North East Zonal Rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). [NAN]

Funding Is A Major Chalenge Facing Higher Education – Jonathan


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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared that the task of funding universities in Nigeria should not be left to government alone. He therefore advised university administrators in the country to seek additional ways of generating more revenue needed to fund Research and Capital Development in their institutions.

The president said this at the 43rd convocation and conferment of higher degrees and award of honorary degrees of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu State.

The president who was represented by the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike identified funding as the major challenge facing higher education in the country.

He also warned hosts of Federal institutions across the country to stop interfering in the running of the institutions in their states or communities as they are not their property.

Governors Are To Be Blame For Insecurity – Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan has taken a swipe at governors of states plagued with insecurity in the North East part of the country accusing them of failing in their duties.

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Apparently referring to Governor Kashim  Shettima of Borno State and Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, Jonathan at  the  North East Zonal Rally of the PDP in Bauchi on Saturday,  Jonathan said it was wrong for the governors to blame the federal governor for the situation in the states.

He however noted that the Federal Government will not rest on its oars in bringing an end to the insurgency in the region.

“It is shameful for a governor who has stayed in power in his state for up to six years or more to come to me and talk about bad leadership when you have youths in your state that more than half have not attended primary and you are doing nothing about it.

“State Governors should be ashamed when our children do not go to primary and secondary schools and they decided to carry arms. We had insecurity challenges in Bayelsa when I was deputy governor and later governor   and we handled them. It is not the duty of FG to send children to Primary and Secondary schools but it is the constitutional right of the Federal Government to make sure children attend tertiary institutions which we have done, “Jonathan said.

The President said the situation in the North East is sad but assured that peace will be restored in the affected states soon.

Speaking on the fortunes of the PDP come 2015, the President boasted that his party will surely reclaim Adamawa, retain Taraba and take over Borno and Yobe States.

He noted that those claiming to be strong opposition in Adamawa state are only “leaving with one vote”.

Other Speakers who spoke at the zonal rally acknowledged the insecurity in the region.

The National Chairman of the PDP Ahmadu Adamu Muazu called on the aspirants in the party to go back to their villages and solicit for their mandate, stressing that there is no God Father in PDP today. Only the God of Adam and Eve that can give you power.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Los Angeles


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A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake has rocked the Los Angeles area, the US Geological Survey says, causing some minor damage and stopping rides at Disneyland.

Emergency services said they had calls about gas leaks and water main breaks, while some residents said objects fell from walls and shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Disneyland shut down rides as a precaution, according to NBC4 television, while Twitter users reported that some people left the park. A spokesman could did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The quake’s epicenter was near La Hambra, about 45 km southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and could be felt across the LA metropolitan area, including in Hollywood.

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Car alarms were reported to have been set off in some areas by the five-mile-deep quake, which was initially registered as 5.3 magnitude but later revised down.

The quake, which was preceded and followed by a number of smaller ones, came after a 4.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Angelenos out of bed on March 17.

Friday’s quake was felt in Los Angeles as a lower rumbling, which lasted up to half a minute, rather than a sharp jolt.

The LA County Fire Department received some reports of gas leaks and scattered damage, said spokesman Ed Pickett, while police in Fullerton, about fives miles from La Habra, reported several water main breaks, spokesman Jeff Stuart told KCAL 9 television.

A rock slide took place in Carbon Canyon, about six miles from La Habra, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California has long braced for the “Big One.”

The western US state is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating quakes including Japan’s March 2011 quake-tsunami, which killed thousands of people.

Seismologists say a quake capable of causing widespread destruction is 99 per cent certain to hit California in the next 30 years.

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles left at least 60 people dead and did an estimated $US10 billion ($10.8 billion) damage in 1994, while a 6.9 quake in San Francisco in 1989 claimed the lives of 67 people.

FBI Approached Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev About Becoming An Informant, Lawyers Say


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The defence for accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say the FBI approached his brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan about becoming an informant on the Chechen and Muslim community.

The United States is to seek a rare federal death penalty for Dzhokhar after three people were killed and about 260 wounded on April 15 last year when two bombs made of explosives-packed pressure cookers went off near the finish line of the Boston marathon.

Dzhokhar, then 19, and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan were cornered by police after a four-day manhunt.

Tamerlan died after an exchange of fire with police and Dzhokhar was wounded.
In court filings on Friday, lawyers for Dzhokhar demanded that all information about alleged FBI contacts be made available for the court.

“We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan’s actions during the week of April 15, 2014, and thus material to the defence case in mitigation,” the filings say.

The FBI “questioned Tamerlan about his internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community.

“We further have reason to believe that Tamerlan misinterpreted the visits and discussions with the FBI as pressure and that they amounted to a stressor that increased his paranoia and distress.”

In October the FBI said in a statement that “the Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI nor did the FBI attempt to recruit them as sources.”

The defence is attempting to save Dzhokhar from the death penalty — if he is found guilty — by arguing that Tamerlan was the main instigator behind the attack.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial begins in November.

The one-time student from a Chechen Muslim family has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges related to the bombings, including 17 serious charges that can carry sentences of death or life in prison. [AFP]

Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Soldiers At Lebanese Army Checkpoint


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The emir of Qatar, a key backer of Sudan’s Islamist regime, is to visit cash-strapped Khartoum for talks on bolstering ties, days after the UN and African Union raised an alarm over the upsurge in violence in Darfur.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s one-day trip on Wednesday will come as tensions reached unprecedented levels between Doha and other Gulf states over its perceived support for the widely-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

In contrast, relations between the wealthy Gulf emirate and poverty-stricken Sudan are friendly, Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported, according to AFP news agency.

“This visit will confirm these excellent relations between the two countries,” SUNA quoted Yasir Khidr, Khartoum’s ambassador to Doha, as saying.

Sheikh Tamim and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir will discuss bilateral relations and “issues in which both sides have a mutual interest,” Khidr said.

“On some issues we are partners, like in agriculture, mining and antiquities,” he said. “And we have coordinated on international issues.”

Sudanese officials last Sunday said Qatar was providing an unprecedented $135m to support Sudan’s rich but under-developed archaeological heritage.

A few weeks ago, major European and Saudi banks announced they were stopping dealings with Sudan, adding to the sanctions-hit country’s isolation and further straining its indebted, cash-starved economy, amid rising unemployment and a devaluation of the currency, leading to fears of an uprising.

Qatar is also a key backer of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, a deal signed in the Qatari capital three years ago between Khartoum and an alliance of rebel groups.

Sheikh Tamim’s visit comes as worsening violence in Darfur evokes comparisons with the early stages of the region’s war which shocked the world a decade ago. [AFP]

Emir Of Qatar To Visit Sudan Amid Upsurge In Violence


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The emir of Qatar, a key backer of Sudan’s Islamist regime, is to visit cash-strapped Khartoum for talks on bolstering ties, days after the UN and African Union raised an alarm over the upsurge in violence in Darfur.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s one-day trip on Wednesday will come as tensions reached unprecedented levels between Doha and other Gulf states over its perceived support for the widely-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

In contrast, relations between the wealthy Gulf emirate and poverty-stricken Sudan are friendly, Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported, according to AFP news agency.

“This visit will confirm these excellent relations between the two countries,” SUNA quoted Yasir Khidr, Khartoum’s ambassador to Doha, as saying.

Sheikh Tamim and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir will discuss bilateral relations and “issues in which both sides have a mutual interest,” Khidr said.

“On some issues we are partners, like in agriculture, mining and antiquities,” he said. “And we have coordinated on international issues.”

Sudanese officials last Sunday said Qatar was providing an unprecedented $135m to support Sudan’s rich but under-developed archaeological heritage.

A few weeks ago, major European and Saudi banks announced they were stopping dealings with Sudan, adding to the sanctions-hit country’s isolation and further straining its indebted, cash-starved economy, amid rising unemployment and a devaluation of the currency, leading to fears of an uprising.

Qatar is also a key backer of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, a deal signed in the Qatari capital three years ago between Khartoum and an alliance of rebel groups.

Sheikh Tamim’s visit comes as worsening violence in Darfur evokes comparisons with the early stages of the region’s war which shocked the world a decade ago. [AFP]

Egypt: 531 Morsi Supporters Sentenced To Death


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An Egyptian court has sentenced two people to death for throwing people off a roof during violence in Alexandria last year, the country’s state news agency said.

The court handed down the sentences to two supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday, according to AFP news agency, adding to the 529 people sentenced to death last week for their alleged involvement in violence that has swept the country since July, when the army overthrew Morsi.

One of the two people thrown from the building in Alexandria was killed.

The court submitted its verdict for approval to the mufti.

Amateur video posted on social network sites at the time showed men throwing two youths from the building.

It showed four young men on the rooftop who are followed by several older men, one of them bearded and holding a flag.

The men are seen throwing stones at the youths and later one is thrown from the roof.

The video goes on to show club-wielding men beating the youth’s body. Another man is later thrown from the roof and survives but is injured.

The incident is said to have taken place in the coastal city on July 5, during protests calling for Morsi’s reinstatement. The sentenced men were among 63 people on trial for violence in the Sidi Gaber neighbourhood. Verdicts for the remaining defendants are expected in May.

Last week’s mass sentencing of 529 people provoked outrage and condemnation from human rights groups, the US and the European Union.

An additional 700 Brotherhood supporters, including Mohamed Badie, the supreme guide of the movement, were also due in court last week but their trial was adjourned until April 28.

ECOWAS Condemns Boko Haram Attacks In Nigeria


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President of Cote D’Voire and outgoing chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Alassane Outtara Friday condemned the violent activities of terror group, Boko Haram in North-east of Nigeria.

Outtara spoke at the opening ceremony of the meeting of Heads of States and Governments of West Africa, under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’ Voire.

In his opening address, Ivorian President and outgoing chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Alassane Outtara, condemned the Boko Haram insurgency troubling the north eastern part of Nigeria.

Outtara called for cooperation among the countries in the sub region, adding that sister nations can no longer afford to keep quiet because the insurgency affects Nigeria alone.

He spoke extensively on what his administration was doing to take Cote d’ Ivoire to the next level.

Ouattara said it has become imperative for the formation of common ECOWAS tariff, as well as opening up of more business opportunities and infrastructural development among member nations.

He gave kudos to Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and others for their contribution in the restoration of peace in Guinea Bissau and Mali. President Goodluck Jonathan bagged a medal titled “Son of Excellence” for this.

Teen Arrested For Spending $25,000 Accidentally Deposited into His Account


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Authorities say a Georgia teen is under arrest and accused of spending about $25,000 that a bank accidentally deposited into his account.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department says 18-year-old Steven Fields of Hull in northeastern, Ga., turned himself in Friday.

He faces a charge of theft by taking. A home phone number for Fields could not be located, and it was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

The department says a teller at a bank in Hull inadvertently deposited a check for approximately $31,000 into the wrong account. Authorities say the money was spent on purchases at a car dealership, various stores and a fast-food restaurant.

Authorities say there was an effort to come to an agreement between Fields and the bank and that Fields said he couldn’t repay the money.

I Ran to School Him: Mourinho Explains His Chit Chat With Palace Ball Boy


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he ran to a ball boy in injury-time of his side’s 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace to forestall any likely show of temperament on his player’s part, after the youngster did not release the ball to Cesar Azpilicueta quickly.

Midfielder Eden Hazard was sent off in a game at Swansea last season when he tried to kick a ball away from underneath a ball boy who had fallen on top of it.

“It is not right to educate kids to do that,” said Mourinho. “I went to stop Azpy [Azpilicueta].

Mourinho Says:" I told the boy to not do that."

“I was afraid he would lose control of his emotions and push the kid or do something like Eden [Hazard] did last year at Swansea. I told the boy to not do that.”

The Portuguese tactician however admits the Blues have their selves to blame after suffering another setback in their Premier League title challenge.

John Terry Scores An Own Goal at Selhaust Park.

John Terry’s 52nd minute own goal from Joel Ward’s teasing cross helped The Eagles move out of the relegation zone – after Cardiff City’s 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion- as Chelsea now remain one point clear of Liverpool and three clear of Manchester City, who will move top with a win over Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick-off.

“Now we have lost our chance of finishing first. Now we depend too much on other results,” Mourinho added.

“Crystal Palace deserved the victory, they fought for their lives. We had good chances and their goalkeeper made some good saves in the first half.

“But their spirit was stronger, their desire was stronger and their commitment was stronger. That disappoints me, but it’s a defeat that we can only blame ourselves for.

“Some of our players are not comfortable in these types of matches, like Stoke away, Newcastle away and Everton away.

“Can I change this? I don’t know. My defenders are phenomenal, but in other positions we have players that can be in trouble.”

Odemwingie Thrilled On Scoring Stoke Matchwinner


Peter Osaze Odemwingie has expressed satisfaction with he and his teammates’ performance in Stoke City’s 1-0 over Hull City on Saturday.

The Nigeria international’s fourth successive goal in three successive Barclay’s Premier League matches helped Stoke City claim a fourth league win in five outings.

“I am very pleased, maybe not with the performance but we dug deep. We didn’t create enough in the first half but we knew we had to be committed today,” The 32-year-old forward said after the match.

Odemwingie Scores His Sixth Barclays Premier League Goal Against Hull City.

Odemwingie broke the deadlock two minutes after the hour mark, when he raced straight through the away team half to thump in a low shot
after Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady sloppily conceded possession to him.

He has now scored five times since joining the Potters from Cardiff City in January.

“I am enjoying my football here and my team-mates are brilliant with me. We hope to continue that” Odemwingie added.

EPL Update: United Beat Villa After Fans Protest


Wayne Rooney grabbed a brace in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa as record signing Juan Mata opened his Old Trafford account after a fly-by protest by fans calling for manager David Moyes to be sacked.

A plane carrying an anti- Moyes banner was booed by some home fans as it flew over Old Trafford within two minutes of kick-off.

The aerial message organised by disgruntled United fans read “Wrong One – Moyes Out”.

The hosts then went behind, thanks to an Ashley Westwood’s curling free-kick, which scaled the United wall and beyond a diving David De Gea in the 13th minute.

Despite going down again, United fans kept singing Moyes’ name and they were reward soon after.

Wayne Rooney leveled matters seven minutes later, clinically steering Shinji Kagawa’s cross into the corner of the net.

Mata Celebrates With Young and Rooney On Opening His United Goalscoring Account.

He then scored from the penalty spot after Leandro Bacuna fouled Juan Mata.

Mata doubled United’s lead moments before the hour mark, firing home his first goal since joining United for £37m in January from a Marouane Fellaini pass.

Hernandez converted Adnan Januzaj’s inviting cross to make it 4-1 in stoppage time.

United entertain Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a European Champions League quarter-finals first-leg tie and Moyes was indeed glad his side had responded to criticism following last Tuesday’s derby loss.

The Scot left the club ground amidst wide applause from supporters as the disgruntled fans’ protest met no admiration on the part of the faithful.

Other Results

West Brom 3-3 Cardiff

Stoke 1-0 Hull

Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

Southampton 4-0 Newcastle

Swansea 3-0 Norwich

SHOCKING: Househelp Murders Retired Judge In Ogun


What could have led the house help to commit this murderous act?

Laderin Estate in Abeokuta, Ogun State was thrown into a bit of confusion when a man formerly in the employ of a retired Chief Magistrate, Olufunmilayo Timehin reportedly murdered her in cold blood.
The househelp identified as David reportedly gained access into the compound when Mrs. Timehin was all alone and committed the act earlier today.David’s employment was said to have been recently terminated by the ex-Chief Magistrate after he was accused of stealing.

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The victim, 65-years-old, was later murdered with a machete inside the house.The victim’s son, Olumide, who came to see his mum, said he found the gate locked from inside. He said he heard noise inside the house, scaled the fence, and found his mum already dead while the killer had escaped.

The incident later attracted the State Vigilance Service of the Laderin Estate, who embarked on a search, which eventually led to the apprehension of the alleged killer who hid in the bush behind the house. The suspect was said to have feigned madness by pulling off his cloth and appearing like a mentally deranged person.

The suspect was later handed over to the police.

At about 6.02 p.m., the Ogun State Chief Judge, Olatokunbo Olopade, visited the scene in company of some judicial officials. Police officers from Kemta Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, were also seen in the house conducting investigation.

The house was besieged by sympathisers, while the corpse was later conveyed to the mortuary. The leader of the Laredin Unit of the vigilante, Mukaila Ayelotan, confirmed the apprehension of the suspect and subsequent handover to police.

WHY Fiberisima should step down immediately – Clarion Chukwurah


Popular Nollywood actress Clarion Chukwurah urged the current President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberisima, to resign from office as she has received a political appointment from President Jonathan. 

Chukwurah made this claim in a two-page statement titled “Ibinabo and the AGN visit to President GEJ: Setting The Record Straight”.

She said that said since Ibinabo has received a governmental appointment, it is expected of her to leave the post of the AGN President and face her new duties, just like Ms Onyeka Onwenu and Mr Kanayo O. Kanayo, her predecessors, did.

“The AGN was not established as a platform to canvass for political appointments or pursue selfish interests,” the actress noted. 

She also expressed her disappointment at Ibinabo taking some actors to the Presidential Villa, an act she saw as going to literally begging for crumbs.

“While it is not surprising that Ibinabo Fiberisima will display such a lack of knowledge of what advances screen actors professionally in the developed world, since she has not functioned consistently as an actor, and has less than 10 titles to her credit in a career spanning from the late 80s, it is however surprising that the established actors within her entourage watched in compliance, the denigration of the integrity of Nigerian screen actors, as she read her requests literally begging for crumbs from the president’s table,” Chukwurah said.

It would be recalled that Ibinabo was appointed by President Jonathan on the board of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) on February 26, 2014.

 

 

Ibadan Evil Forest: Police Assured Us Operator Was Working For Govt –Residents


There are indications that some persons might still be trapped at the suspected kidnappers’ den which has come to be known as Ibadan evil forest.

Some residents of Arowona Adegbeye Estate, Idi-Mangoro, Soka area, the adjoining community, told Saturday PUNCH on Friday that some persons were probably still trapped in a cellar there.

For instance, the residents claimed that the commercial motorcyclist, whose disappearance led to the discovery of the den, was still missing. They said that some of the missing okada rider’s colleagues who were at the den, said he told them on the phone that about eight of them were in a cellar.

The community’s public relations officer, Hon. Segun Adepoju, said, “The okada riders said the missing okada rider contacted them on the phone and told them that he and some other people were still underground.

“They said the last time he reached them was about three days ago, so they suspected that his phone battery had gone flat now. They said he called and told them that they could feel people walking above them at the time people trooped to the place, but that no one heard them.”

The missing okada rider, according to reports, last Saturday, took two passengers to the den from the city centre before his disappearance. With his phone, he was able to call his colleagues at the park to tell them that he had been kidnapped and was being held at Soka area.

Some okada riders reportedly stormed the area in search of their friend and found his motorcycle around the den. However, reports said they did not find their friend, but stumbled on the den with body parts and some kidnapped persons in chains.

“So when they saw his motorcycle, they probed further and found the victims, human bones and body parts. Maybe the abductors of the okada rider didn’t know he was with a mobile phone,” Adepoju said.

Meanwhile, there was an eerie calm at the forest on Friday, when our correspondent was there. There was no activity at the den except for the presence of a few visitors, some police officers and an armoured vehicle stationed at the Macmillan Bus-Stop, the nearest junction to the den. While our correspondent was there, the visitors came in and were not more than three at any point in time.

Residents said it was the first time since Sunday that the place would not witness a large number of visitors. Some of the visitors were said to have come from across the country in search of their missing loved ones, although, many of them were also said to be onlookers and hoodlums.

Since the report about the forest broke out, many Nigerians have wondered how the kidnappers’ den had managed to exist without anyone noticing or informing the police.

However, residents of the estate said they knew all along that something sinister was going on close to them, but were assured by the police that everything was alright. However, the residents dispelled the reports that claim that the kidnappers had been using the forest for about 10 years.

They said the kidnapping activities must have started around 2012.

The community and the forest are separated by Ogunpa River. So from the community, one could see the forest across the river.

Residents identified the person running the den as Gbadamosi, who was said to have had facial tribal marks.

The estate’s Chief Security Officer, Pastor Samson Okoh, said the suspected kidnappers started using the forest about two years ago. He was, however, quick to point out that residents never knew about the kidnapping ring.

He said, “We noticed that they used to bring people in chains to the river to bathe. They would line them up. We were concerned and so the residents’ association took the matter up.

“We went there and saw the man in charge, who had tribal marks. He told us that the then Oyo State Commissioner for Environment gave him approval to treat mentally-ill people there. He showed us a paper (document) to prove it.

“He showed us round the place and what we saw was very unpleasant. The first room he took us to was full of people who looked like mad people (mentally-ill). The second place was a hall with over 100 people. The place smelled of faeces and urine. If one stayed there for one hour, one could become mentally-ill. He asked them, ‘won’t you greet them?’ and they echoed ‘good morning sir.’

“The third room had people who looked more normal than the others and he told us that they had newly been brought there.”

Okoh said Gbadamosi also appealed to the landlords to support the cause with food and clothes whenever they could.

“He told us that he was working for the state government to rid the streets of mentally-ill persons by picking them from the streets and caring for them there. So we’re surprised to hear the state government denying being aware of the activities going on there,” Okoh said.

In spite of Gbadamosi’s reassurance, the residents said they were still concerned about having ‘mentally-ill’ persons close to them.

 

For instance, Adepoju said an incident occurred in 2012 when about four persons in chains escaped from the den and passed through the community.

“They crossed the river to this side and passed through the community. They looked like mad people. So we were concerned for our children,” he said.

Following the incident, Adepoju said community leaders went to report the activities going on at the den at the nearest police station, Sanyo Police Station.

He said, “But we were told that the police station at the Lagos-Ibadan Toll Gate was in charge of the place. The then Divisional Police Officer at Toll Gate Police Station was not around but we met the Divisional Crime Officer 1, who confirmed that Gbadamosi was working for the state government.

“So after that confirmation, there was nothing else we could do. Since then, there had been no incident until we recently heard that they found dead bodies and body parts there.”

Adepoju also said that residents used to hear cries of agony from the place but could not take the case up because of the reassurance given to them by the police.

He said, “Sometimes, we heard people shouting ‘oro o’ in the night and sounds of digging, but we thought what they were doing there was legal since we had been assured by the police.

“We had even planned to go to the State Public Complaints Commission, but decided against it after the police confirmed that they knew about Gbadamosi’s activities there.”

Before the 2012 issue that took the community leaders to the den, they had previously been there because of a different issue affecting the community.

An elder in the community, Mr. Emmanuel Adighibe, said the community wrote to the State Ministry of Environment to complain about some companies dumping wastes inside the river from the forest.

He said, “One hospital was dumping excreta there and one brewery was also dumping waste there. Then, the odour of the wastes pervaded the whole community.

“So we complained at the secretariat and after some time, they came to see things for themselves. After that, they stopped the dumping of wastes there. This happened in 2011 and there were no persons there at the time. So kidnapping could not have started since 10 years ago. We went to the place then and the people in chains were not there at the time.”

Meanwhile, some of the residents of the estate had to abandon the community for fear of being attacked by hoodlums.

One of such residents is Mrs. Alake Adeniyi, whose house is one of the closest to the river.

Adeniyi said her family left the community following threats by hoodlums to kill them. Since the evil den was discovered, Adeniyi said residents had been threatened by hoodlums, who accused them of being part of the kidnapping ring.

“They stoned our house and damaged the doors, windows and some other things. We fear for our lives,” she said.

Adepoju, who just returned to her house, added that the hoodlums accused them of living large and buying cars with “blood money from the forest.

“You can see we are also living modestly. We are not rich and most of the houses here are not even painted,” she said.

Meanwhile, the state government has denied that it was using the forest to care for mentally-ill people in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Media, Mr. Festus Adedayo, could not be reached on his mobile phone as his line was not available. Our correspondent sent him a text message, but his line was still unavailable as of the time of filing this report.

In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the ruling party in the state, All Progressives Congress, Mr. Dauda Kolawole, the party said the forest had been in existence before the present administration came to power.

The statement blamed a rival party in the state, Accord, for spreading false reports about the administration’s knowledge of the activities in the forest.

The statement read, “The people of Oyo State are in a state of grief and shock at the horrendous discovery of ritual killers’ den in the state. The situation calls for sober reflection from all and sundry.

“We are aware that the Accord had been attempting to use this unfortunate event to come back to reckoning by instigating the people and selling them cheap lies of government using the forest as a camp for mad people.

“Unfortunately for them, the evidence of victims who told the world that they were not insane has put a lie to their campaign of destruction.”

In a phone conversation with the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Ilobanafor, she said that Gbadamosi was “on the run”.

She added that police officers at Toll Gate Police Station denied ever confirming to anyone that they knew about Gbadamosi’s activities at the forest.

Ilobanafor also called on the friends of the missing okada rider to “come forward with his phone number or text messages sent to them”.

She said, “So many people have gone there to dig the place and nothing has been found. They should come forward with his number or the text message sent to them so that the telecoms companies can assist track the location where the call was made from. It will also help us to be sure because it might be the work of people spreading rumours.”

Wyclef Jean Broke, Owes More Than $2Million In Taxes


Wyclef Jean is broke and owes more than 2.5 million dollars in tax lines. His business manager confirmed the news to The Smoking Gun recently.

An email reportedly sent by the rapper’s accountant, David Levin, in January to the Jean’s creditors confirmed the former Fugees’ financial state, as he stated that, “in my most professional verbiage…there ain’t no money.” Levin’s email was sent out in response to threats from the singer’s creditor’s threats of impending court action against Jean.

According to latest reports, the Haitian artist and producer reportedly said he would pay $100,000 to entertainment law firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman to settle an outstanding bill of $133,000. The rapper/producer was requested to pay his outstanding debt with the law firm via two installments: $10,000 by last August 1 and another $50,000 by the end of last year.

But it is alleged that Jean did not make any payments to the firm. The alleged agreement stated that if Jean made the two payments totaling $60,000, the law firm would waive the remaining $40,000. But if he failed to make good on the agreement, an additional ten percent annual interest would be added to the $100,000. At this time, Jean reportedly owes the firm $102,027.40.

Reports claim Jean’s current legal predicament isn’t the first time he’s had to pay off a debt. The rapper was questioned about the handling of finances for his now defunct organization, Yele Haiti following the Haitian earthquake. According to reports, the non-profit foundation collected more than $16 million in donations following a series of earthquakes that destroyed the island’s capital city, Port-Au-Prince.

It is likely Yele Haiti ultimately left a string of upset creditors upon closing in 2012.

 

Photo of Nuella Njubigbo & Tchidi Chikere’s Trad Wedding


This was what actress Nuella Njubigbo and film director, Tchidi Chikere looked like yesterday during their traditional marriage. It happened for real and it was a low key wedding.

Banky W – All For You ft. Maleek Berry


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Today is Banky W‘s birthday and he is blessing us with this nice tune “All For You” featuring Maleek Berry.

Banky has continued to show how good he is and once again he has done justice to this song . From myself and everyone at tooXclusive we wish the R&B maestro a happy birthday, long life and prosperity.

Now feed on the track and tell us what you think.

 

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VIDEO : 2Face – Dance In The Rain


 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes Fly Emirates Ambassador


Emirates airline on Friday announced that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain and reigning Fifa Ballon d’Or title-holder, is its newest global ambassador.

In the same press conference, held in Madrid, the Dubai-based airline, which is a worldwide partner of football’s governing body Fifa, also premiered its campaign video featuring the football superstar alongside Brazilian legend and fellow Emirates global ambassador Pele.

The announcement comes just 74 days before the Fifa World Cup — the world’s most watched sporting event — kicks off in Pele’s home country of Brazil.

Twice named Fifa Player of the Year, Ronaldo, who plays for the Emirates-sponsored Real, will lead his national team to South America to compete in his third tournament.

In January, Emirates announced three-times World Cup winner Pele as their first global ambassador since the 2006 competition in Germany, when Franz Beckenbauer was brought on board.

Boutros Boutros, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications and Brand, said: “Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele are well-known around the world. It is not only that their names and faces are synonymous with top-quality football, but also that they have the ability to inspire and connect with people within and beyond the sports arena.

“Each year Emirates is involved in more than 200 sports events, where fans and customers share exclusive experiences. This campaign reflects the Emirates philosophy to go beyond transporting people and to connect them through sports and culture.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is an icon for this generation of football fans and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers on the pitch today. He has broken records and earned awards throughout his career. He is massively talented but he doesn’t rest on his laurels. Instead, he works hard to continue pushing himself to new heights. This ethos, plus his ability to inspire fans across the world, is why we are delighted to be working with him.”

An official Fifa partner since 2006, Emirates has been involved with the Women’s World Cup, the U20 and U17 World Cups, as well as the World Cup itself — including the upcoming 2014 event in Brazil.

Operating daily flights from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Emirates is expected to transport more than 18,000 passengers during the month-long tournament this year.

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Tribute to Zara Gretti


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The news yesterday of singer, Zara Gretti’s death shook the entertainment world to its roots more so when the talented artiste appeared to be recuperating from Multiple Sclerosis – a disease which affects the brain and the spinal cord.

”It (Multiple Sclerosis) affected my life… my memory, you could be my mother sitting right here and I’ll ask you ‘who are you?’”

Zara, who died yesterday at 28, spoke with BattaBox about the onset of the debilitating disease, how it affected her life and her dreams for the future.

Yahoo-Yahoo turns diabolical! (MUST READ)


 


The war against Cyber crime otherwise known as yahoo yahoo, by security agents in Nigeria may take a long time to be won, if the confession of a 25-year-old alleged internet fraudster  is anything to go by.

The suspect who simply gave his name as Chidi, disclosed that what people used to know as yahoo yahoo, a term used to defraud unsuspecting and gullible persons,especially foreigners, through the internet, has gone beyond mere conversation and  emotional chat.

He disclosed that yahoo  plus  is the trend in cybercrime world today, as operators  have resorted to using fetish means to  hypnotize their victims in order to get what they want from them.

In this interview with Crime Guard, Chidi said  he ventured into cyber crime eight  years ago, after several attempts to gain admission into the university failed. Rather than venting his frustration on the appropriate channel, he chosed rather, to unleash it on undeserving   individuals,by defrauding them of their hard earned money.

Unfortunately,  five years down the line, he said he could only get himself  a Nigerian used vehicle.
As you read this piece, Chidi said he had turned a new leaf ,begging those he had defrauded to forgive him.

His sudden change of mind according to him, followed a startling discovery that human parts were being used to prepare concoction that would hypnotise victims.

Hear him: “ You may not believe me but it is true. Those who are into yahoo plus use charm to hypnotize their victims. This is because the ordinary yahoo no longer yield the desired result. Our targets are getting wiser and no longer fall prey .

“When I noticed that  I was not making any headway in yahoo business, I decided to inquire from some of my friends who were in same business but were living better off.

To my surprise, I was made to understand that the in-thing was yahoo plus. I decided to embark on a journey to Benin Republic in the company of  Chuks, Odinakachukwu and Chionye. There,we met a herbalist who told us  to buy three live cocks and other items which he used to prepare some concoction for us. After that, we were asked to stand in front of the shrine,while  the herbalist chanted incantations that would enhance our success in yahoo plus.

“As we left for Nigeria, we were given some concoction which the herbalist said were prepared  with human parts. We were asked to put the concoction in  our mouths  whenever we wanted to type or discuss with our victims.

But when I got home, I became restive. I remembered my mum’s admonition never to go into  anything fetish but to serve the almighty God. I kept the concoction away and watched as events unfolded.

Three months later, one of us  Chuks, made 3000 dollars .But  Odinakachuckwu lost his younger brother who went to use his laptop. The instruction of the herbalist was that no one  except him, should use his laptop. Just as we were smarting from that, Chionye lost his girlfriend.

“I decided to quit at that point because I did not want anyone to die on my account.  I am therefore  appealing to those I have defrauded through  yahoo yahoo to forgive me”, he stated.

When operatives of the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police were contacted, they described Chidi’s claim as untrue , saying the law does not believe in vodoo.

An operative  who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Unit had arrested several internet fraudsters,with  their loot refunded to  victims.

Source: Vanguard

“God also told me two governors will die before the end of 2015″ – Prophet Soul E


After the backlash which accompanied his earlier prophesy about Wizkid & Davido ,Soul E says he is not seeking attention because he is too busy for that.Also gave another prophesy.He told Punch…

“I have always been in the public eye. My marriage caused a scenario in this country. I don’t know what people saw in me. Anybody who feels I am seeking for attention is making a serious mistake; I am too busy for that. I am in Abuja at the moment; I am heading to Lagos and Port Harcourt before the end of the week. I am busy. I am just doing the work of my father.
It was my God who instructed me to give the prophecy and I have done that. I am not wishing anybody anything bad. All they have to do is to pray. I have received calls from Aso Rock. I got prophesies for Wizkid, Davido and Aso Rock and I said what God asked
me to say. I told them to pray. God doesn’t give you prophecy for you to be scared but for you to be aware and pray about it,“They are not my friends and I don’t talk to them. In fact, I have never seen them before and I am not sure they know me. I am not saying they are my enemies. I had to go on Facebook and Instagram to pass my messages. I have said what I want to say and it is fine by me. If they want to take it, fine and if they don’t want to, that is not my problem. I am not a pastor, I am a prophet. A prophet announces his prophecies. 

He told me two northern governors will go, they will die before the end of 2015. This is what God showed me. Prophets come to tell you what God is saying about a situation. Pastors will tell you ‘you are blessed,’ Prophets will tell you to be careful or tell you not to marry the particular person you wanted to marry because of the vision they had seen”

My son cannot recognise me” – Heart broken mother of Ibadan ritual dungeon suvivor


Mrs. Sufianat Ola was not sure if the skeletal figure in front of her was her son. She sobbed uncontrollably, trying to hold her son and embrace him but the mosquito net and the burglary proof blocked her.
Surprisingly, her son, Adewale Ola could still remember his sister. With his thin and barely audible voice, he said, “my sister”.  Tears freely flowed. It wasn’t long before the weeping became contagious as all women at the hospital put their own sorrow behind them and wept with the woman. A woman can joke with any other thing but not the child she carried in her womb for nine months.

As Saturday Vanguard got to the hospital, the women clung to the window of the ward where the survivors were kept. Some of them could no longer talk or recognize anybody. Apart from 45-year old Mrs. Titilayo Dokpesi who could still mutter some intelligible words, others were only grunting like a pig. It would take a lot to make them behave as normal human beings again.
When Saturday Vanguard asked Mrs. Sufianat Ola why she was crying, she responded tearfully.

“My son can no longer recognize me. Is that not enough reason to cry. Ah! This world is wicked. For the past thirteen years, I have been looking for my son not knowing he was in a dungeon.”
How did you know he was in the dungeon?
“He told me. That was what he told me. He said he did not see anybody to rescue him from the claws of those heartless, God-forsaken people.How can people be so heartless all because of money.”
How are you sure he is your son?
“I have a picture he took with his friends here before he was taken away from me. Look at the picture he took with his sister. Apart from that, immediately we got here, he identified her calling her ‘my sister’. She then broke into tears”.

When Saturday Vanguard turned to Wale, he could only mutter, “won pa, won pa” meaning, “they killed the person”. He did not mention any name. That was what he said last before he lost consciousness. Probably sensing the correspondent could help locate their missing persons, four other women swooped on him each saying they were also looking for their loved ones. Saturday Vanguard listened to them one after the other.

Mrs. Anifatu Olaiya who identified herself as the sister of two siblings that got missing said, “my two brothers are missing. Their names are  Nurudeen Rasaki Olaiya and Ismaila Olaiya. Rasaki was a driver who was working between Lagos and Ibadan. He said, he was going to Lagos one day and never came back. Ismaila, was a university undergraduate. At the timehe got missing, he was 29 years. That was about 17 years ago. I am here to check if they could be among those rescued from Soka”.

Morufat Olawale who lives at Olopometa in Ibadan, said her brother
Saheed Ganiyu was last seen ten years ago.

“He was married and he had children. He just disappeared”.
Bose Faniran, with tears in her eyes, recalled that her brother Oluokun Adedeji has been missing since 1992 when he travelled to Lagos and Ramota Inaolaji said she lost contact with her brother, Moruf Adekunle Inaolaji about 13 years ago. According to her, Adekunle’s friend came from abroad and  Adekunle left with him. “We heard that he boarded a taxi and had vanished since then”.

Meanwhile a report by Punch says the people of the community were deceived into thinking mad people were being housed there..
The estate’s Chief Security Officer, Pastor Samson Okoh, said the suspected kidnappers started using the forest about two years ago. He was, however, quick to point out that residents never knew about the kidnapping ring.

He said,

 “We noticed that they used to bring people in chains to the river to bathe. They would line them up. We were concerned and so the residents’ association took the matter up.
“We went there and saw the man in charge, who had tribal marks. He told us that the then Oyo State Commissioner for Environment gave him approval to treat mentally-ill people there. He showed us a paper (document) to prove it.
“He showed us round the place and what we saw was very unpleasant. The first room he took us to was full of people who looked like mad people (mentally-ill). The second place was a hall with over 100 people. The place smelled of faeces and urine. If one stayed there for one hour, one could become mentally-ill. He asked them, ‘won’t you greet them?’ and they echoed ‘good morning sir.’The third room had people who looked more normal than the others and he told us that they had newly been brought there.He told us that he was working for the state government to rid the streets of mentally-ill persons by picking them from the streets and caring for them there. So we’re surprised to hear the state government denying being aware of the activities going on there,” Okoh said.

In spite of Gbadamosi’s reassurance, the residents said they were still concerned about having ‘mentally-ill’ persons close to them.
For instance, Adepoju said an incident occurred in 2012 when about four persons in chains escaped from the den and passed through the community.

 “They crossed the river to this side and passed through the community. They looked like mad people. So we were concerned for our children,”

Following the incident, Adepoju said community leaders went to report the activities going on at the den at the nearest police station, Sanyo Police Station. He said,
“But we were told that the police station at the Lagos-Ibadan Toll Gate was in charge of the place. The then Divisional Police Officer at Toll Gate Police Station was not around but we met the Divisional Crime Officer 1, who confirmed that Gbadamosi was working for the state government.So after that confirmation, there was nothing else we could do. Since then, there had been no incident until we recently heard that they found dead bodies and body parts there.”

Adepoju also said that residents used to hear cries of agony from the place but could not take  the case up because of the reassurance given to them by the police.

He said, “Sometimes, we heard people shouting ‘oro o’ in the night and sounds of digging, but we thought what they were doing there was legal since we had been assured by the police.

Move over Chris Brown: Checkout Davido’s new nose piercing (PHOTO)


Davido just got his nose pierced and said ““Young nigga move that dope!!”
Who’s feeling the ‘sexy’boy….
Checkout his inspiration below..

Star Of Adult Movies In Jail For Taking unclad Photos At Catholic School


A woman was sent to jail for posing unclad photos taken last year on the grounds of the Catholic high school she had once attended.

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Valerie Dodds, also known as ‘Val Midwest,’ began serving a 45-day sentence on Wednesday in the Lancaster County Jail.

“I’m taking it as a really bad vacation,” Dodds said to the station before reporting to jail. “I feel like I’m harmless as to what I did, and they are definitely bringing the hammer as far as the sentencing goes.”

Dodds said last year that she took the pictures on the Pius X High School campus as revenge against students and teachers who ridiculed her for appearing in p****graphy, according to CBS News.

The steamy shots of the then-19-year-old appeared on her adult website in June and led to charges of public indecency and trespassing.

A judge convicted her in December. Dodds quit her appeal this week, KOLN-TV reports.

Solidstar Signed As Super Eagles Ambassador For Brazil 2014


solidstar_euper_eagelThe deal will have Solidstar record the official Super Eagles theme song which will be used to unite and inspire the players on and off the pitch and also our country.

Dr. Rafiu Oladipo who represented the NFA and who also is the president of the supporters club in a statement said – We needed someone one who was passionate about Nigeria football and who has that gyration in his voice and who the new and old generation can relate to and it was just Solidstar that came to mind”

The “Negotiate” crooner with joy appreciated the football association and the supporters club and said he is humbled by Dr. Oladipo’s kind words and he won’t disappoint in the new project.

Expect something gyrating, something that will lift the spirit of the whole players, coaching staff, the supporters and the whole country. – Solidstar assured.

Missing Malaysian Plane: Pilot’s Colleague Makes New Revelation


A school colleague of the captain of the missing Malaysian plane, Jalil Saad has rubbished claims that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was responsible for the crash of Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 inside the Indian Ocean.
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Saad, who was two years ahead of Zaharie at the Penang Free School in northern Malaysia, described the pilot as ‘well liked’ and ‘a book worm’ who did not deserve accusations of terrorism in the wake of the disappearance of the plane he piloted.

According to him, as a schoolboy, the captain of Flight MH370 was enigmatic, a bit of a mystery and regarded as a very bright young man.

‘He was always on the ball and spent most of his time in the library.’

Zaharie had enrolled in the school, the oldest independent college in South East Asia, after passing the qualifying exam in 1978.

 

Zaharie was ‘studious,’ he said.

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* Captain Zaharie and his family

Jalil Saad said all the school’s ‘old boys’ were regarded ‘as brothers’ and had remained in touch with each other.

The Penang Free School’s senior administration assistant Ho Nean Chan also said he and Zaharie had studied science alongside each other, and that ‘he was a smart student.’

Following the MH370 incident, the Penang Free School has held prayer meetings.

‘We join the nation in grieving for the loss of all on board the jet liner,’ Ho Nean Chan said.

 

Malaysian Airlines captain Abdul Manaf Hasan also told newsmen that though he did not know Captain Zaharie’s ‘personal  situation’ but that he had been ‘impeccable’ and the missing pilot’s fellow flight captains were dismayed by reports speculating about his potential as a terrorist or suicide bomber.

‘None of us believe he has done it,’ Capt Manaf said. ‘I stand by my friend.’

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* Zaharie’s son, Ahmad Seth Zaharie with his sister Aishah Zaharie, left, and their mother, Faizah Khanum Mustafa Khan

Ahmad Seth, Shah’s youngest son, also came out in support of his father this week, saying he has ‘ignored all the speculation’ around his 53-year-old father since the plane mysteriously disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur 19 days ago.

The 26-year-old said the family has yet to accept the official ruling that all 239 people on board are dead, insisting they will wait for physical evidence, as searches were suspended when heavy rain, winds and low clouds forced aircraft to return to base.

‘I’ve read everything online. But I’ve ignored all the speculation,’ he told an online publication.

It comes amid reports that investigators now believe Captain Zaharie is solely responsible for the Malaysian Airline jet’s demise and have dismissed the likelihood of mechanical failure or a hijacking.

A friend of the pilot has revealed Captain Zaharie was in ‘no state of mind to be flying’ and had been left distraught by his wife’s decision to move out of the family home.

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* Zaharie’s schoolmate, Jalil Saad says his friend is a good man and can’t intentionally crash a plane

‘He’s one of the finest pilots around and I’m no medical expert, but with all that was happening in his life Zaharie was probably in no state of mind to be flying,’ he told the NZ Herald on the condition of anonymity.

He said his friend’s relationships were breaking down, adding it was possible Captain Zaharie took MH370 for a ‘last joyride’ in which he tried high-risk maneuvers he had perfected on his beloved home-made flight simulator.

 

Source: Dailymail

PHOTO: Uche Jombo Rodriguez at The Fair & White Gold Ultimate Launch


Venue was the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos. You like?

Don’t Wear Underwear to Church, so Christ Can “Enter”! – Kenyan Pastor


 

We know this story may sound crazy, but sadly, it is true.
Reverend Njohi, a Reverend at Lord’s Propeller Redemption Church in Kenya, ordered the female members of his congregation to attend church without any form of underwear so that  Christ can enter their lives.

He reportedly banned the wearing of undergarments in his church because they are ungodly, and people need to be  free in body and spirit to receive Christ.
According to The Kenyan Post, Njohi allegedly warned members that there would be terrible consequences if they attempted to secretly wear bra or pant. Mothers were also advised to make sure their daughters comply with the order.

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In today’s age, it seems as though some unscrupulous pastors are abusing their authority as so-called “Men of God.” Take for instance, the case of the South African pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries who instructed his congregation to eat grass so they could be closer to God.

On the other hand, some naive Christians fall victim to these kinds of scams, and begin to fall into the trap of worshipping their Pastors instead of worshipping God.
Bella Naijarians, what’s your take on this issue? Are preachers like Rev. Njohi and Lesego Daniel to be blamed for these incidents? Or do you think its the congregations that are to blame? Let’s talk about it!
Photo Credit: www.kenyan-post.com

Police Shut Down Davido’s Concert in New York


 

The singer just shared this on Twitter. You can imagine the crowd that showed up to make the police do this. Davido’s well loved at the end of the day…

Joselyn Dumas Sizzles in New Stunning Photos


Do describe with one word…Very sexy woman..hehe. See more photos below:

Alex Ferguson Would Have Struggled With Man United-Moyes


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Embattled David Moyes believes Ferguson can’t do more than him

The defending champions are seventh in the Premier League, 26 points worse off than at the same stage under Ferguson last year.

“If Sir Alex was here it would be difficult for him as well,” said Moyes.

“It could have been the case no matter what this season. But it has been so un-Man United, which is why we have to look to continue a policy of building, improving, getting better.”

Ferguson retired at the end of last season after United won the Premier League by 11 points. He won 38 trophies, including 13 league titles, during his 26-year reign and played a key role in Moyes’ appointment.

Moyes, 41, gained an impressive reputation at Everton  despite not winning a trophy in 11 years.

However, he has been heavily criticised for United’s poor form this season, and Ferguson – now a director and ambassador for the club – was also abused by some supporters  following the 3-0 home defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday.

Moyes said after the game that he took responsibility for United’s decline saying: “People are aware there is a squad that is ageing, so I think it would have been a tough season for whoever was in charge of Manchester United this year.”