Fintiri Can Participate In Primaries For Adamawa Elections


Following disqualification of the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, announced on August 30, 2014, Saturday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made a U-turn on the following day.

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According to the report by Leadership, Fintiri was cleared by PDP’s appeal panel on Sunday and would be able to contest in the party’s primary elections scheduled for September 6, 2014, Saturday.

Commenting on the first decision, the leader of screening committee Ibrahim Mantu referred to Section 191 (2) of the Constitution 1999. He said that the decision to disqualify Fintiri was base on the fact that his duty as the acting governor was to ensure the conduct of hitch-free elections, and not to take part in the race.

 

However, James Manager, the leader of 13-member appeal panel, announced that Fintiri was cleared, as the position of Mantu-led committee was not right, because “the provisions of the constitutions does not affect the applicant.”

“We are issuing a provisional clearance to the applicant. Almost all of us are meeting the acting governor for the first time and the decision to clear him was taken based on what was before us,” the head of appeal member concluded.

In his earlier comments Fintiri expressed dissatisfaction with the initial decision. But he did not give up, saying “I think they (the panel) will do justice to what I have come to ask from them.”

It would be noted that the winner of primaries will bear the flag of Nigeria’s ruling party on October 11, when before-term governorship election takes place. The polls become possible following the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako by the State House on July 15, 2014.

The battle between PDP candidates will be fierce and intense, as Awwal Tukur, Ahmed Gulak, Nuhu Ribadu and nine others have collected PDP’s nomination for upcoming elections.

Man Hires Assassins To Kill Ex-Wife


A man, Abiodun Atinuke, who was jilted by his wife, six months after their marriage,  has hired the works of assassins to kill his ex-wife in Lagos.

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PM News reports that Abiodun Atinuke,an indigene of Ogun State got married to Eniola but six months later, they broke up. The 34 year old Atinuke related his story of disappointment which pushed him into doing what he did.

Atinuke who married Ilorin, Kwara state born  Eniola said trouble started when he noticed that his wife was behaving strangely, and then, seconded her strange attitudes with coming home way too late at nights. His fears were however confirmed were he said he caught his wife with her lover. Atinuke said when he asked his wife about the issue, she was not remorseful but she just packed all her loads and moved to her lover’s place.

This, as he explained, was what made him to hire assassins to go to 15, Ogunmokun Street, Mushin, Lagos, where Eniola lives and asked her to be killed. Eniola who manage to escape the assassination, reported the matter to the Police at Olosan Division. Atinuke, who confirmed during investigation that he hired assassins to kill his ex-wife has been arrested and charged before Ijeshatedo Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos State, western Nigeria, for allegedly hiring assassins to kill his ex-wife.

Furthermore,  Atinuke was charged before the court for conspiracy and conduct likely to breach public peace, while the hired assassins he employed have fled away. Although he pleaded guilty at the court of law, the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Abegunde Davis, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.  Atinuke was however remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Lagos pending when he will perfect his bail conditions.

It would be recalled that just recently, a man, Sadina Yusuf, strangled his wife to death in Oyo state.

Amaechi Replies Alamieyeseigha On Jonathan


Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has dismissed the call by former Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha  for him to beg President Goodluck Jonathan and return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Alamieyeseigha, who was convicted for money laundering but later granted pardon by Jonathan had made the call at the weekend.

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The PDP chieftain said: “I think there is no problem between Governor Amaechi and  President Goodluck Jonathan. I think Amaechi should be humble enough to go to the President and say, ‘I am sorry’, because he has no place to go.

“A child that is not respectful will also not deserve respect from anyone. I have spoken to both of them. Jonathan has no issues. President of Nigeria is very powerful. I even told Amaechi: the first entity you cannot fight is Almighty God and the second entity is the government(President Jonathan).

“No matter how you interpret it, nobody can fight government(Jonathan) successfully…Rivers State will never be surrendered to APC.”

While commenting on Alamieyeseigha’s statement, Governor Amaechi, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor, dismissed the call by the former governor.

Amaechi said the former Governor was trying to stand logic on its head and was not bold enough to tell the world what he(Alamieyeseigha) told Amaechi when he (Alamieyeseigha) came to talk about the President with him Amaechi.

“Yes, its true that Governor Amaechi does not have any personal issues with the President. And yes, when Chief Alamieyeseigha came to the governor to discuss this issue, he said that there is not much problem between the President and Governor Amaechi.

“But Alamieyeseigha wasn’t bold and courageous enough to say what he told the governor the problem is.

“He told Governor Amaechi that he cannot understand why President Jonathan cannot rein in, control or manage his wife. But for him to now go to the press to say something else is indeed most cowardly and timid of him,” the statement read.

Pastor Kumuyi Counsels Nigerians On Ebola


The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, has spoken once again on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.

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While speaking on Sunday, 31 August, 2014 during a worldwide satellite broadcast to members of  his church, Kumuyi urged Nigerians to develop good health habits to avoid contracting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

Kumuyi also challenged Nigerians to do more for their safety and health, aside praying.

 

“Many people have the idea that it is only prayer that gets them well and make them whole and healthy.

“If you look at the Scriptures, you will discover that there are a number of things that contribute to our healing and health.

“These things include our habits, holiness, hope, home, happiness, hospitality and hygiene,” Kumuyi said while speaking on the topic, ‘Healing and Health for the Whole Man’.

He also added that people should not neglect basic health rules that will keep them from contracting the Ebola Virus.

“Hygiene plays a great part in our health. The Ebola epidemic that people just recognised in Nigeria was first discovered in 1976. It’s been on for a long time.

“If you’re not hygienic, you can contract the disease. For example, If you don’t wash your hands often, or you stay with someone who has the disease, it is contagious; and if there is the passing of fluids from one person to another, you may also get it. But if you keep yourself hygienic, it keeps sicknesses from coming upon you. That’s why you read in the Old Testament, ‘touch not the unclean things’,” he added.

While quoting from Proverbs 13 verse 3, Kumuyi said the misuse of the tongue had also brought untold suffering and sickness on some people.

He urged sick folks to anchor their hope on Christ, adding that there was provision for their healing in the Scriptures if they believe.

 

The Ebola virus has claimed six casualties in Nigeria since a Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, imported it to Lagos on 20 July, 2014.

Only last week, over 160 people were place on observation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State after a medical doctor died in the state from Ebola disease to make it Nigeria’s sixth casualty.

Amal, Daughter Of John Fashanu Becomes BBC Star


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The beautiful and very sexy Amal Fashanu happens to be the young daughter of football legend, John Fashanu and Spanish Model, Marisol Acuna is currently on the rise for her documentary programmes on BBC 3.

The stunning beauty and her dad arrived UK on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to pick up from where she stopped with her new BBC documentary.

A close sources revealed that the Fashanus had visited Nigeria to shoot some part of the documentary in Abuja, Nigeria where her dad was also interviewed.

Amal gained all the fame just after shooting Britain’s gay footballers, a documentary on her gay uncle, Justin Fashanu, who committed suicide after coming out to admit that he was gay.

Britain’s gay footballers earned the stylish presenter over 1.3 million viewers and standing tall as one of the BBC 3’s highest rating shows of the year.

A Glimpse At The Fabulous Life Of Africa’s Richest Pastor — Bishop David Oyedepo


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I came across this comprehensive report online about Nigeria’s David O. Oyedepo. The head Pastor of Living Faith Church, is one of the biggest names in the Church scene.

Read the report below: -

David O. Oyedepo is reported to be the richest pastor in Nigeria (by Wikipedia) affectionately called “Papa” by members of his congregation, born September 27, 1954.

He is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ogun State, Nigeria. Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records

With the outstanding Canaanland reportedly worth over N90 billion, with diverse projects erected and revenue accrued from it, four jets valued at N25 billion, N15 billion on three universities and several other schools, a reported N250 billion housing estate when concluded, annual offering and tithes to the tune of N31.2 billion annually, 7million books estimated to have raked in N1billion, 400 buses worth N600 million, N10 billion Goshen City at Abuja and several other ventures have made him a pastor with uncommon grace for prosperity.

According to Wikianswers, Bishop Oyedepo is arguably the richest pastor in Africa. The church he founded in 1981 has grown in leaps and bounds. The ministry now has over 2000 satellite branches and present in 60 countries and reportedly boasts of over one million members worldwide and several others via outreaches.

The Bishop entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008, when he became the pastor of the largest worship centre in the world, with a sitting capacity of 50,000 and an overflow of 250,000 in Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State.

“The international headquarters of Winners Chapel is called Faith Tabernacle. It covers about 70 acres (280,000 m2) and is built inside an over 10,500-acre (42 km2) church complex called Canaanland, the international headquarters of the ministry in Ota, a suburb of Lagos. The building took 12 months to be completed. The foundation laying held on August 29, 1998 and the announcement of the time frame of one year for the building project was announced on September 13, 1998, by Bishop Oyedepo at the Iyana Ipaja church while work began on September 18, 1998. The dedication of the building held on September 19, 1999 with 97,800 faithful in attendance. Faith Tabernacle is presently the largest church building in the world, with a sitting capacity of 50,400 people and an outside overflow capacity of over 250,000, with four services every Sunday.

Construction completed in Canaanland till date is estimated to be not less than $600 million (N90 billion) with an additional Canaan City Estate currently under construction which will be the largest housing estate in Africa and easily one of the largest in the world with 15,000 housing units and at a cost of N250 billion or $1.6 billion. This is part of a grander scheme of 150,000 houses to be built by the church.”

It was also learn’t that an average of N100 million offering and N500 million tithe are offered weekly. The estimate was that if a worshipper pays at least N100 during their four services weekly on Sunday, their over one million members would have paid N100 million. And an average of 500,000 of the worshippers fulfilling their tithes every Sunday with an average of N1,000 is N5 million. If we add the offering and tithe annually that’s N600 million times 52 weeks and that’s N31.2 billion annually. But note that even an individual at times paid several millions on a Sunday as tithe,” a source divulged.

As an educationist, Bishop David Oyedepo’s mission currently pioneers the establishment of educational institutions at all levels in and outside Nigeria, including the widely established Hebron or Covenant University with over 7,000 students as well as Faith Academy with 1,500 students both in Canaanland. Covenant University was well documented in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) documentary on Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary because of landmark achievements in its few years of existence. Covenant University was adjudged the best private university in Nigeria in 2005, and one of the goals of the institution is to be among the best 10 in the world by or before 2020.

According to Bishop Oyedepo, “Covenant University is not just an institution, it is a revolution in education.”

Faith Academy on the other hand placed fourth of all secondary schools in Nigeria during the 2010 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE). The second university of the church known as Landmark University in Omu Aran, Kwara State, was approved by the Nigerian Government in March 2011 and immediately resumed academic activities the same month with about 1000 students. Construction at Landmark University is estimated to be in the realm of at least $50 million (N7 billion) so far, while Bishop Oyedepo insists that ‘spending continues’. Landmark University (LU) has the mandate of spearheading an agrarian revolution in Nigeria. Bishop David Oyedepo stated in August 2010 that it takes a ride of more than 100km to go around the walls of Landmark University. Landmark University is 1,400 acres. The third and Fourth one under construction is Crown University in Calabar, Cross River State and Kings University, Abuja. There are strong plans for about three more universities across Africa – Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya as announced by Bishop Oyedepo during Shiloh 2007.

1,000 acres have already been acquired for the University in Ghana, while 300 hectares (about 750 acres) have been acquired for the Congo university and this is going to be a French speaking university. Recently, President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia appealed to the World Mission Agency (WMA) of the Living Faith Church to build a university in The Gambia.

Some other projects that were announced during the initial foundation laying in Canaanland in 1999, include a towering administrative headquarters and a 500 bed hospital among many other projects.

Winners’ Chapel also runs a chain of about 30 secondary schools and over 50 primary and nursery schools in Nigeria. The secondary schools are known as Faith Academies except those within the universities known as Covenant University and Landmark University Secondary Schools respectively. The nursery and primary schools are known as Kingdom Heritage Model Schools (KHMS). Some of the secondary schools are in Badagry, Iyana Ipaja, Ibadan, Asaba, Kaduna, Ilorin and Osogbo. The mission is presently working on building at least a secondary school each in every country in Africa.

The Winners Chapel currently has a Goshen City which is a camp like Canaanland in Abuja and is along kilometre 26, Abuja-Keffi Road. It has an ultra-modern auditorium which accommodates over 15,000 and a secondary school, Faith Academy, a youth centre as well as Kingdom Heritage Model School (nursery and primary) which were all dedicated on October 2, 2010. The auditorium is a replica of the Faith Tabernacle. Goshen is complete with a dual-carriage way running through the 740 acre facility with street lightning as well as a housing estate with over 45 housing units among others and all these were constructed in only 15 months. There are plans for a university to be built in Goshen. Goshen is now the mission headquarters of the Living Faith Church. It is worth over N15 billion.

All over Nigeria and Africa, Winners Chapel has a lot of architectural masterpieces which emphasize utility. The use of pillars in their auditorium are de-emphasized as these enable every worshipper to have visual access to the altar. Some of these masterpieces are Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Goshen, along Km 26 Abuja-Keffi Expressway, the old site of Winners Chapel in Durumi, Abuja, built in 6 months; Garden of Faith, Kaduna, Winners Chapel, Kano, Winners Chapel, Benue and Winners Chapel, Nairobi (Wonderland), Kenya to mention a few. Winners Chapel, Nairobi is the largest church auditorium in East and Central Africa and the auditorium sits 20,000. Reportedly worth N3.5 billion, it was dedicated in April 20, 2013.

Other assets of the church include four aircraft (Gulfstream 1, 2 and 4 and a Lear jet) currently each of the Gulfsteam worth N8 billion. That’s N24 billion while the Lear jet a old one was worth N1billion.

During a Powerhouse Meeting in April 1982, David Oyedepo listed seven areas where God had spoken to him concerning the future of the ministry. He stated that, “At the base of the commission will be a tent which will sit 50,000 people”. He stated that very soon there will be millions gathering at the base to listen to the gospel. He added that he saw them flying with the gospel on wings which showed that soon the ministry will have her own aircraft. He added that the whole world will soon be able to hear the message of the commission from the base. At that time, the internet as we know it today was not in view. At the inception of the ministry, David Oyedepo got instruction to commit the spoken word into writing with the same measure of proof. This led to the establishment of the Dominion Publishing House which won the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Gold Award in 1996, and has produced over 7 million books till date.

Every December, Winners’ Chapel holds its annual prophetic gathering, called Shiloh. The annual Shiloh and normal church services at the Faith Tabernacle can be viewed online real time approximately, over 500,000 people attend the Shiloh and if each of them spent at least 2000 at the six days event, that’s an average of N1 billion.

Though nobody can truly estimate the net worth of Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo, but the current estimate is around 600 billion naira.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Report Accuses “Trigger-Happy” Nigerian Security Of Mass Killings Of Civilians


A report by French Institute for Research in Africa says that the Nigerian security “unable to maintain law professionally” killed thousands of country civilians within the last 8-year-period.

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According to the study carried out by the Institute in cooperation with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, the military, police and security “are trigger-happy and unable to maintain law and order professionally and peacefully”, Premium Times refers to the research. It was also stated that the more the mentioned forces intervene in civilian protests, the more blood is shed.

Proving the statements with the statistical data, the researches said:

“The police, for instance, killed in 1,561 of 2,707 lethal incidents where it intervened in 2006–2014, an annual average of 58% lethal interventions that peaked at 80% in 2013–2014. The proportion is quite similar (57%) if we take into account all government security forces for the period 2006–2014, including the army, the secret services, customs, immigration, and civil defence.”

The study attributed such outcome to “the culture of violence and impunity within the security forces” adding that “the pattern is too systematic to permit us think that this so-called “collateral damage” consisted of unfortunate mistakes”.

Reason for violent deaths in the country 

The report stated that within the 2006-2014 period, accidents, crime, political clashes, and ethno-religious fighting were the main causes of violent deaths, which total 60,858 in these 8 years. While the initial main causes of violence were road accidents, starting from 2014 the situation changed, with the escalation of the North-East conflict and the increasing number of fatalities associated with it.

However besides Boko Haram, accidents are by far the main cause of violent deaths in Nigeria.

“Cars are responsible for most fatalities, followed by fires and explosions, other accidents (plane crash, boat mishap, animal attack, electrocution, drowning, suffocation, building collapse), and natural disasters.”

The highest number of such accidents takes place in Lagos, but due to the policy employed by Lagos State Governor Raju Fashola the situation improved, research provides.

The second major reason for violent deaths in the country is crime, with centers in Lagos, Rivers and Plateau states.

The report concludes that with the rise of insurgency in Nigeria’s north, Borno state is becoming the most insecure place in the country. Meanwhile Sokoto and Jigawa have lowest homicide rates in the north and Ekiti, Osun, and Akwa Ibom – in the south.

Obasanjo’s Niece Pregnant At 64


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s niece, Mrs Kikelomo Anubi is currently pregnant with her first child at the age of 64.

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Kike who has been married for 28-years, has been without child and she has been looking up to God for a miracle.

Speaking in a recent interview with City People magazine about being an expectant mother at such an old age, she said: “I am pregnant and permit me to tell you that by next year when I have my baby I will be 65. I have been married for 28 years. It may amaze you that I got pregnant in a natural way. I didn’t do IVF. I have done IVF before at a popular hospital on the island and it failed. In fact, an uncle of mine who is a top shot paid for it. I almost lost my life but God intervened.”

Mrs Kikelomo who is one of the worshipers at the popular Lagos church, Christ Revival Victory Chapel International, owned by late Prophet Elijah Iretiola Ajanaku, shocked the entire congregation when she revealed that she was pregnant at 64.

On her relationship with Olusegun Obasanjo, she revealed:

He is my Uncle and somebody I respect so much. My mum is his elder sister and if you look at my face, you will see the resemblance. I am also from Owu.”

New Ebola Virus Case Confirmed in Nigeria


Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola. On the 1st of September the health minister stated that now there 3 confirmed Ebola cases, 16 infections and approaximately 200 people under surveillance. 

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On the last week of summer Port Harcourt`s doctor died after contacting of the man who was the first recorded case of the virus. That showed that the virus of Ebola is not defeated in Nigeria. And that the virus can occur in any of its parts anytime.

The case in Port Harcourt declares that all efforts of protection can be useless. In July government acted quickly to protect its nation. The isolation ward was created and all of contacts were strictly monitored. It is rumored, that one of Sawyer’s contacts in Lagos managed to get to the Port Harcourt.

The person recovered from the virus of Ebola but infected the doctor. The third victim of evil virus is a female patient from the same hospital as the doctor.

The minister of health Onyebuchi Chukwu during his press-conference stated that all 72 people in Lagos are still under suspicion of having an Ebola virus. As for the Port Harcourt he admitted:

“Two other contacts of the late Port Harcourt doctor, one of the doctors who managed him and a pharmacy technician working in the doctor’s hospital, are symptomatic and have been admitted to the isolation ward in Rivers”

 

 

This outbreak of Ebola is the worst ever. For now it killed approximately 1,550 people, and continues to infect.  World Health Organization prognoses that there could be more than 20,000 people infected.

Soldier Shoots High Court Judge, Son In Kaduna


Justice Hajara Gwadah of the Kaduna State high court and her son, Saminu Gwadah, were on Sunday shot by a soldier in full Nigerian army fatigues, at the junction of Ali Akilu and Alkali roads by SCOA, in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State.

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According to Leadership, the husband of the high court judge and former legal adviser of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Barrister Bitrus Gwadah, who confirmed the tragedy, said it occurred at about 9.am while his wife and son were on their way to church.

“My son was driving, and in front was a civilian car which was itself following a jeep/Toyota Hilux full of armed army personnel. My son, as were the two vehicles in front of him, was slowing down for traffic control. Suddenly, he saw a soldier in the open jeep, which was beginning to turn into Alkali road, cock his gun and shoot at him” he said.

Barrister Gwadah further revealed that after his son had managed to pull over the car following the shock he suffered at the moment. It was observed that the car bonnet was smoking, and when it was opened it was discovered that the bullet had destroyed the radiator, the compressor, part of the engine block and some other mechanical parts.

He added that the vehicle conveying the soldiers also pulled over on Alkali road, where two armed soldiers in battle mode approached them and said they were too close and warned them not to try it again. He said the soldiers went back to their jeep and zoomed off.

 

Meanwhile, the state has been violent ridden for some time now following the activities of insurgents in the Northern part of the country. It would be recalled that on August 6, 2014, Policemen in Unguwar Rimi area of  Kaduna state, also shot dead a 21-year-old female student of the School of Science and Health Technology, identified as Fauziyya Sulaiman. Also on August 7, 2014, suspected Fulani gunmen reportedly launched an attack on Gimi Dogara village, Sanga Local Government Area of the state, killing at least four people.

Group Takes Jonathan’s Campaign To U.S


A pan-Igbo socio cultural group, South-East Amalgamation For Jonathan/Sambo, rooting for the president’s re-election has taken the 2015 campaign train to the United States of America.

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The group’s head of delegation and national co-ordinator, Nze Elvis Agukwe, who made this known to Daily Independent, also assured that it would gather the required support for the president during the poll.

He disclosed that a high-powered delegation which has already departed Nigeria to attend this year’s World Igbo Congress convention in the United States would make sure no stone is left unturned in ensuring that Igbos all across the globe are mobilise for Jonathan’s re-election.

Agukwe further explained that the mission of the group is to present to Ndigbo in the Diaspora, the numerous achievements that have so far taken place in Igboland, courtesy Jonathan-led administration.

Although there are strong indications that President Goodluck Jonathan will contest in the 2015 presidential election, but he is yet to officially make his ambition public.

 

It would be recalled that the Presidency had earlier hinted that President Goodluck Jonathan would soon declare his intention to seek re-election during the 2015 presidential election, after the poll has been scheduled for February 14 next year by the Independent National Electoral Commission.  Other groups and organisations had also been calling on the President to make his intention known, especially the Ijaw people, the kinsmen of the President.

Divorce Saga Gets Messier As Anita Oyakhilome’s Name Is Removed From Church Website


The divorce saga between Pastors Chris and Anita Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy Church has worsened.
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On Sunday, two days after it was reported that Anita Oyakhilome had filed for divorce, Christ Embassy deleted her pictures and personal information from its official website, http://www.christembassy.org.

Many describe the action as the beginning of a process to shut her out of the church, after she accused her husband of “adultery” and “unreasonable behaviours” in a divorce suit filed in London last April but only made public on Friday.

Christ Embassy’s new website now shows only Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, with a broad smile welcoming his followers to the month of August, and tagging it, ‘Month of Praise’.

In the message on the website, Oyakhilome also urges his followers to “rejoice for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Also, on the website of the Rhapsody of Realities, a daily devotional co-authored by the esrtwhile couple, there’s nothing to show that Anita is still recognised as the only visible face on the website among the family members is that of her husband.

It was too early to know if the September edition of the Rhapsody of Realities still has the photographs of both the pastor and his wife as it used to be.

In the past, when the going was good, Anita and Chris Oyakhilome held hands on the church website and smiled broadly. They projected the image of a perfect couple.

But checks at the weekend revealed that there is confusion in the church following the divorce suit filed by Anita to end her over two decades marriage to the founder of Christ Embassy Church.

In the past, Pastor Chris headed the Nigerian branch of the church, though he travelled to other branches occasionally, while Anita headed the branch in London and its environs.

Christ Embassy and its founder have been embroiled in a myriad of controversies in the past. In 2010, Oyakhilome was accused of engineering a money laundering scheme in Nigeria, and questions swirled around his finances because of his glamorous lifestyle.

Many pastors and theologians also excoriated Oyakhilome for his “New Creation” doctrine—a form of gnosticism that says after a person becomes a Christian, any sin they commit is only in the body and will not affect the spirit.

In 2008, Oyakhilome’s reputation as a faith healer was tarnished badly in Johannesburg, South Africa, when a man told a Soweto newspaper that Christ Embassy offered him more than $1,200 to sit in a wheelchair and pretend to be crippled until Oyakhilome prayed for him.

“The man went to the media instead of taking the money, sparking concerns that healings were being faked to impress growing crowds,” said Lee Grady in an article in 2012 published by Charisma Magazine.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has also been a target of criticism by the Treatment Action Campaign for his support of faith healing to cure HIV.

Allegations that Christ Embassy members are reportedly being forced to give huge sums of money in offerings with the biggest donors receiving the biggest awards have left many people concerned.
Many Nigerians have also alleged that the church operates like a cult and pressures members to marry only within Christ Embassy.

Many people also remember the scandal involving Christ Embassy and Sheraton Hotel some years ago when a member of the church, who worked at the Sheraton Hotel, stole money from his employers and gave it to Christ Embassy. But when Sheraton approached the church for reimbursement, the church allegedly claimed that the money had been given to God and could not be refunded.
Many also excoriated Pastor Chris some years ago when the church began collecting gate fees from members for their New Year Eve’s Service.

More recently, Oyakhilome came under attack after he claimed that Christians were free to self service because it was not a sin.

But the latest scandal involving Anita and Chris, who have two daughters, seems to threaten the very existence of one of the biggest churches in Nigeria.

Christ Embassy runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities, and an N.G.O called the Innercity Missions as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus.

The church is scattered all over the world, including in the United Kingdom, the United States, South America and the whole of Europe.

Stories about women bringing men of God down are not new. In 1988, Jimmy Swaggart, a famous American preacher was implicated in a s*x scandal involving a prostitute that resulted initially in his suspension, and ultimately defrocking, by the Assemblies of God.

Three years later, Swaggart was implicated in another scandal involving a prostitute. As a result, Swaggart’s ministry became non-affiliated, non-denominational and significantly smaller than it was before the scandals.

Ebola: Female doctor tests positive in Port Harcourt


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A female doctor who was on admission at the Green Hart hospital where late Port Harcourt doctor, Iyke Enemoah, was treated after he got infected with the deadly virus by an ECOWAS official, has tested positive to Ebola.

Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu revealed this today September 1st during a meeting of the National Emergency Council on Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Continue…

Speaking with all Commissioners for Health in Nigeria, Prof. Chukwu said the doctor who tested positive to Ebola is now being treated at the Ebola isolation ward in Rivers state.

This recent confirmation brings to three the number of confirmed Ebola cases in Rivers state; the index case which is the ECOWAS official, Oluibukun Koye; the late Dr Iyke Enemoah who died on Friday August 22nd and the recently diagnosed female doctor.

Prof Chukwu said more cases of the Ebola Virus Disease were still being expected in Rivers state.

Wizkid finally addresses recent beef with Davido


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In an interview with Olisa Adibua on his new TV program called The Truth, Wizkid opened up on his recent beef with Davido. Below is what he said;

“That situation was just so funny to me because we were all on the same flight. I got back, I was really tweeting about my show. I was talking about myself. I had a show in New Yorkbefore that, that was like a year ago, or two years ago, it was sold out, sound was bad, venue we used was crazy….it was f**ked up. I land for airport nah, I was going to my hotel, drove through the venue, I saw my name in lights, and I saw my venue and I was like “Wow! This is me?” Came down, took a picture , posted it – I do proper shows, proper venues. People started catching feelings” Continue…
“Everyone should be mad at that. If that was the case, then everyone like Iyanya, everyone that has done shows in the US should say something.

“When I saw that, it was funny. It was all just play. I no get time abeg. I do proper shows. So if you get mad at that, that means, why you mad? You don’t do proper shows, proper venues? Why are you mad? I wasn’t talking about nobody. I was promoting my show. I feel like if I’m doing something for myself, happy about my success and you are hating at my success, I don’ know what to say to you. Should I consider you as a friend or foe? I don’t know”

When Olisa asked him if he would consider Davido as a friend, Wizkid said…

“Me I’m cool with everybody. I’m easy with everyone. If you don’t come at me, I won’t come at you. If you pray for me, I pray for you. If you swear for me, I go swear make God punish you! “

I have a 3 year old son. I have more important issues to deal with in my life. I have real life problems. I’m not into no beefs. I’m just trying to survive. Live my life!

He also said his new album will be his last with EME.

“I don’t wear artificial nails because I cook every day for my hubby ” – Shade Okoya


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In an interview with City People mag this week, Shade Okoya, the billionaire wife of business mogul, Chief Rasaq Okoya, said she doesn’t fix artificial nails because she cooks for her 74 year old husband everyday. Asked whether she still makes his meals, she said

“Yes! And that is everyday. I must enter the kitchen everyday. I make sure he is well taken care of. My husband likes varieties so I don’t just cook one food. He takes them in bit. This is one of the reasons you will never see me with artificial nails. I have never done that” Shade revealed.

Ebola: Six persons under surveillance in Enugu now free


The Commissioner of Health in Enugu State, Dr George Eze on Monday disclosed that the state has been totally cleared of any suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease.

Six persons, who had contact with the nurse that treated late Liberia Ebola Virus victim, Patrick Sawyer, were earlier put under surveillance.

The Federal Government had last month announced that a nurse, who was under surveillance over the Ebola Virus Disease escaped from Lagos to Enugu and made contacts with some persons in the state.

However, speaking during the opening ceremony of a 2 Week Certificate Course organised by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing held at Nondon Hotel, Enugu, Eze said the six persons have been cleared.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Medical Services in the state ministry of health, Dr Ndubuisi Ejeh, stressed the need for people to keep their environments neat.

He also disclosed that there was need to continue sensitization on Ebola Virus and advised people to ensure that they washed their hands after hand shakes.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Medical Director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe averred that they had continued with the culture of organising in-house seminars and workshops, adding that the development had so far repositioned the staff towards effective service delivery.

According to him, it was no longer arguable that their staff welfare had been given unprecedented attention, “with the ongoing construction in the hospitals”.

“Since my assumption of office, we have reiterated our vision and mission statement for Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, New Heaven Enugu, not only in words, but in all action as well.

“The events that have unfolded in the past year are enough evidence of our commitment in lifting this institution to olympian height.

“Being the first Eastern Neuropsychiatric Hospital in the country long before some of these other hospital, gives it a prestigious pedigree respected all over the country.

“Indeed, it’s products are it’s pride: properly tutored, well baked and sound and in knowledge, with 12 consultants, 24 readers and more than 315 senior nurses as well as students undergoing training in the hospital”, he stated.

In his inaugural lecture, Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Mba Agu Mba had disclosed that his administration had given priority to the health sector.

Orji further stated that his administration had constructed 710 Primary Health centers and commended the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital for initiating the event.

Photos: Police and Okada men face off at Mile 2


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Okada men and police men faced off this morning in the Mile 2 area of Lagos. Still trying to find out what exactly happened but according to an eye-witness, the Okada men started it by throwing rocks at the police after they were stopped from passing a particular road. Details later. Continue to see more exclusive photos…

Comedian Okey Bakassi & wife celebrate 13 years of married life


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Comedian Okey Onyegbule aka Okey Bakassi and his wife, Zizi, are celebrating 13 years of married life today September 1st. Okey took to his instagram to send a sweet anniversary message to his wife. The couple are blessed with three children. Happy anniversary to them!

UNILAG Chief Security Officer assasinated at beer parlour


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The head of operations, Security Unit of the University of Lagos, Sunday Adejumo, was killed on Friday August 29th by suspected assassins at a beer parlor on Oyenuga street, behind St Finbarrs str., Akoka, Lagos.Adejumo, 50, was drinking with some friends at a beer parlour called Daniel’s Place when three men walked up to him, dragged him off his chair, stabbed him before they shot him dead.

Narrating what transpired the night he was killed, a resident of the area who spoke anonymously with Punch said it is believed that he was killed by some cultist
“When the gang got in, they went to where he was sitting. They had different weapons, ranging from cutlasses to guns. One of them went to him, hit him in the chest and he fell down. He then brought out a gun and shot him point blank. On the table where he was drinking with his friends were a pay slip, his ATM cards and his car key.”
Police sources say his body was taken to the Yaba mortuary. Meanwhile the three friends he went to the beer parlor with as well as the owner of the beer parlor are now being interrogated.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle, said the unknown gunmen actually tried to escape with the deceased car after they killed him
“Investigations revealed that the man parked his car a distance away from where he was drinking. The police also discovered that there was a blood stain on the car and the car key was found within the vicinity, also with blood stains. This can only mean that after they killed him, they attempted to go away with his car. They actually succeeded in opening the car because there were blood stains on the car seat. But the car did not move because of the security system in it. The owner of the bar has been arrested and he has made statements. We cannot categorically say whether this was a robbery or an assassination plot. The matter is still under investigation.” he said

The management of the University of Lagos is yet to make a statement on the incident.

Enyeama withdraws from Super Eagles squad to face Congo, South Africa


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Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, has pulled out of the squad that will face Congo DR and South Africa, in the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifying matches this month.The Lille stopper, who said he was considering his international future after the World Cup this year, explained he was withdrawing for family reasons.

“I spoke to the coach and explained to him why I couldn’t make it,” Enyeama told ColinUdoh.com on Monday.

“I have some very pressing family issues to attend to at this time and it’s important for me to be there with my family at this time.”

Enyeama, who is expected to be named as Nigeria’s new captain, however says he will be available if he is needed in future.

He said: “I’ve told the coach that I will be available in future. But this time, I need to be there for my family.”

Nigeria will play Congo on September 6 and South Africa on September 10

Boko Haram invades Bama, meets resistance from Nigerian troops


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Boko Haram militants this morning September 1st launched an attack on Bama, the largest city in Borno state with the aim of taking over the town. According to reports, the sect men arrived the town and started shooting mortars, RPGs and hurling grenades but they were fiercely resisted by Nigerian troops stationed in the village. According to Sahara Reporters, a fierce battle is currently going on there between the sect men and Nigerian troops.

The Emir of Bama and many of the residents have fled the city to the state capital, Maiduguri, to avoid being caught up in the crossfire. Bama is a very strategic city in Borno state with a lot of military hardware and it is believed that if the sect men capture Bama, it will be very easy for them to move into the state capital, Maiduguri.

Borno: Boko Haram abandons caliphate in Gwoza, storms Bama


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Following the ongoing military offensive against the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, over the capture of GWOZA local government in Borno state, and making it an Islamic caliphate, the sect members have abandoned the caliphate, DailyPost can report.

Over five thousand people from Bama, Konduga local government areas have fled their homes in the early hours of Monday as Boko Haram militants who fled from Gwoza are making effort to enter Bama.

The multitude who gathered along the Maiduguri, Bama road and in front of the University of Maiduguri told ABC News that, the Boko Haram fighters storm their towns in the early hours of Monday, at about 5am.

With the latest development, it’s clear that Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state is gradually coming close to being atatcked by the Islamic terrorists group, Boko Haram.

A Commander of the terrorists group who captured GWOZA town in Borno state and Madagali in Adamawa state told residents that were being held hostage that they were warming up to attack Maiduguri.

According to a source, the insurgents in Madagali have over 50 Hilux vehicles and 11 Armored Personnel Carriers, which they have seized from the Military in GWOZA and other operatives.

The source who was among government officials who took relief materials to victims in Madagali also said that, a Commander, called Abu Suleiman also told the people that, they are going to march to Maiduguri when they are ready.

“He said, they have over 16,000 fighters from different camps in Marte, Ngamboru Ngala and Dikwa in the north of Borno. GWOZA and Madagale in southeastern part of Borno, Damboa, Hawul in southern Borno and Buni Yadi in Yobe state from western part of Borno. They hope to capitalize on their population to capture Maiduguri from all sides.” He told DailyPost

Also, a top security official told this reporter last week to relocate family members out of the state capital in view of the unfolding situation, which has continued to give residents of Maiduguri sleepless nights.

It was also observed that, there is fear among Christian communities and other residents over the advancement and takeover of Dikwa, a local government, which is about 100 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital.

2015: Reject Sentimental Politicians – Baba Ahmed Urges Nigerians


Hakeem-Baba-AhmedAhead of the 2015 general election, a former interim chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has advised Nigerians not to vote politicians who are polarising the country along religious lines.

Speaking at the induction, award and graduation ceremony organised by Institute of Public Speaking, Nigeria at the weekend in Kaduna, Baba-Ahmed, who was a onetime INEC secretary, also said Nigerians have every reason to be angry because their leaders have failed them.

“Sentimental politicians will come to campaign on the basis of religion, say ‘no’ to them. When they come to seek your mandate for another four years, ask them that, is it now they know you exist after Boko Haram have taken over part of the country, killed many innocent souls; yet government, which is saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of citizens cannot do anything. We want to see an end to activities of Boko Haram, insecurity and corruption among others because what is affecting the Christians is affecting the Muslims and vice versa”, he said.

Baba-Ahmed, therefore, advised Nigerians to ensure that only merit and sincerity of purpose count in electing leaders to steer the affairs of the country for another four years come 2015

Shan George clashes with son’s music promoters


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Serious feud has ensued between popular Nollywood star, Shan George and the London-based music promotion outfit of his son, Jaga Babylynn Promotions, over the release of Jaga’s new single titled, Edo Boy.

The young man is infuriated and surprised that his mother and his promotion company are fighting over his song.
He expressed his feeling in a chat with Tribune.

“I am doing good music, the two ladies, my mom and promoter should be dancing instead of fighting.” He said.

It is purported that the fight started when Shan accused the promotion company of releasing the new single without her knowledge as the boy’s Manager.

However, the company gave their reason for not bringing her into the picture before the said song was released.

“The song wasn’t given to the artiste’s (Jaga) manager before release because “When we released Jaga’s other song ‘Mboro’ two months ago, Shan George gave out the song to too many people before release date, and that affected the monitoring and the progress on the song out there. That is the reason our company decided not to give out the song to anyone before release date.” They said.

Student Of Fed. Poly Nekede Sells Her Baby For N620,000


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A female student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede , named Vivian Iwuji who gave birth to a baby boy on August 2, 2014 has with the assistance of her boyfriend, one Obinna Ugochukwu sold the baby for the sum of N620,000.

The plot was however discovered as the buyer, identified as Ehegalara Edwin was arrested by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Imo State Police Command, Owerri and the baby rescued.

DailySun reports that Vivian’s father, Mr Patrick Iwuji told the police that he and his wife were aware that their daughter, Vivian was pregnant.

“She told us that she was going to the hospital to deliver and when we visited her, we asked her about the baby. She told us that the baby was dead. I didn’t believe her and there was no trace that my daughter’s baby was dead. I had to report to the police. Later the case was transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit for investigation. It was there that my own daughter with her boyfriend confessed that they sold the baby boy in the sum of N620,000 to one Ehegalara Edwin.”

It was tears of joy on August 11, 2014 at the Police Headquarters, Owerri when the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali handed the baby over to Mr. Iwuji.

KWAM 1 Shows Everyone His New Born Baby In USA


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On August 8, King of Fuji, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall ‘KWAM 1’ and his wife welcomed a baby girl at St Bernard Hospital in Chicago.

The Fuji maestro immediately took a flight to join the mother and child in America; he was quick to show off the three week-old baby to the world as he took his baby for a walk in Chicago, USA.

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France Arrests 16-Year-Old Girl Suspected Of Trying To Join Islamists Rebels In Syria


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A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Islamist rebels has been arrested in the southeastern city of Nice, France’s interior minister said on Sunday.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that border police at Nice airport arrested the girl on Saturday, before her departure “for jihad”.

A man around the age of 20 was later arrested on suspicion of being her recruiter and of purchasing her airline ticket to Turkey, in order to reach Syria.

Thousands of foreign fighters, many from Western Europe, have joined extremist Islamist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, according to U.S. and European intelligence estimates.

France has made clamping down on radicalized Islamist cells a priority, but has not been able to stem a wave of its citizens and others, some as young as 14, from leaving France to join the Syrian civil war.

It estimates that approximately 800 of its citizen have left to join Islamist groups in Syria.

Cazeneuve unveiled measures in April to try to prevent young French Muslims and others from becoming radicalized, including a hotline set up for parents to signal suspicious behavior in their children.

Authorities have received nearly 300 tips via the hotline, the statement said, 45 percent of which involved women or young girls.

The family of the girl arrested on Saturday was not aware of her intentions, Cazeneuve said.

France’s Muslim community is the biggest in the European Union, at 5 million.

RE: THE PDP OF IMO AND 2015


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On the 30th of August 2014 , I read an article ‘‘the PDP of Imo and 2015’’ written by Dr Samson Nzeribe. In that article Samson explained that PDP in Imo State aims to win the 2015 Governorship elections here in Imo and lead the Government. That for it to happen, the Party must first unite as one group, with one common goal. That when the party remains in unity it can then work with other Independents as a group to beat the incumbent.

I agree with Dr Samson on this. PDP in Imo must intervene in the 2015 elections to rally the working masses, the poor and genuine change seeking elements of Imo State against the current ruling class in Imo that are leading us to disaster. The Party must be in unity so as to wrest power from the current band of marauders in Douglas House. The close to 4 years of Governor Okorocha was years of the locusts, as every facet of social services and public infrastructures plummeted. There were serial attacks on workers and students’ rights. In 2007, PDP in Imo State was a divided family, there was no unity and they lost the election. In 2011 Imo PDP was again not united and they lost.

There is need just as Dr Samson said for PDP in Imo to build their house on a rock this time around by being united. The great Nnamdi Azikiwe had his own special “political anthem” when campaigning in the old Western Region populated by the Yoruba. He often sang in Yoruba, to the applause of his audience, a song saying we should build our house on a rock because the one built on sand gets easily washed away. The history books tell us of great nations that have collapsed because many fundamentals were swept under the carpet. Had the defunct Soviet Union followed the path of the United States of America by putting appropriate democratic structures in place, rather than indulging in many decades of sloganeering, it might have survived until today.

Imo PDP should learn from the past and also learn from the history of others if its own is not to be a continuation in the chapter of failure. The goal is to free Imo from the hands of the capitalist looter currently in power, a man who has made Imo a place where so many able-bodied youths have turned beggars due to unemployment. One man is looting Imo dry when so many of our graduates at all levels in the State and across disciplines drive danfos, molues, and keke for a niggardly amount. Others settle for the “Area Boys” specialties and dark alley businesses of assorted brands.

One man is looting Imo when our unemployed youths in the thousands have become a wild and homeless lot and socially disinherited. One man is looting Imo when so many of our elderly are hungry. They depend on public charity and their Good Samaritan neighbours for food and for a place to sleep. PDP cannot keep silent to this capitalist looting when days of sombre discouragement follow our pensioners. Some have died in penury, of hunger and disease. So many of them live a vagabond, lonely, and perilous lives.

This is why PDP must unite to help Imolites by taking power away from the hands of the dragon. It is about saving Imo State from bad governance. We want to go away from the hands of this Pharoah and be free from this locust in 2015. If Okorocha wins the coming governorship election, it will only mean consolidation of anti-poor , anti peoples regime and further diversion of public funds to his personal purse. If he wins again it will mean a continuation of the vast majority of Imo working masses to live in abject poverty in the midst of abundant human and natural resources. The vast majority of Imolites will be further kept in unstable and difficult socio-economic conditions while a tiny fraction have exclusive access to things and comforts of life.

Dr Samson also said that If PDP is serious as a party to take Imo back through the ballot box, then the eventual candidate must come from Orlu zone. I say a big ‘’No Sir’’ to this statement. Bringing someone from Orlu zone to vie for governor when the incumbent is from Orlu zone is a fatal flaw to the ambition to reposition PDP in the 2015 governorship election. Samson suggested that PDP governor ticket should be given to Senator Hope Uzodinma. I also say another ‘’No Sir ‘’ to this. PDP needs Senator Hope Uzodinma again as Senator for Orlu Zone in 2015. If Hope does not contest for Senate again in 2015, the Party may lose the seat of Imo West Senatoral zone. Senator Hope has formidable structure in 10 of the 12 LGA’s of Orlu zone . But for PDP to win an incumbent like Rochas Okorocha in Imo State the party needs someone who has structures in the 3 political zones in Imo (Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe).

Take it or leave it but that is the truth. As a man who has so much fought against Okorocha’s impunity in Imo State, i boldly say that the man among the lot in PDP contesting for governor that can beat Owelle in 2015 and correct this mess that Imo is into is Dr Ikedi Ohakim. I say this boldly and i know what i am saying. Also, Ohakim stands in a unique position with regards to Imo chatter of equity and return of zoning in Imo State. He is the only aspirant that his emergence will not offend zoning and the sensibility of Owerri zone. He cannot qualify for re election in 2019. Having being a governor he still commands a very high popularity in the state. His name recognition is unmatchable by any aspirant under PDP today. He remains very highly liked in Imo.

Ohakim has the most intimidating structures among all the PDP aspirants. He is responsible for constituting all the party office holders at the 305 ward level and at least 70 percent of the current party executives of the state. Additionally, the entire 305 ward councillors in the state are loyal to him as well as the past LGA chairmen. This means that Ohakim has available to him a readymade structure in every ward in the entire state. He knows the party inside out, village to village, ward to ward, project to project, traditional rulers, Entraco personnel, development centre coordinators, autonomous communities created by him, last state executive committees all totalling over 400,000 votes that PDP can harvest. Moreover he has the list of the 10,000 sacked Imo graduate youths as well as the 30,000 sacked non graduate workers. Let him come back and bring back our sacked youths. Let PDP members in Imo work collectively for the general good of the party by supporting Ohakim. Let selfish ambitions be set aside this time around. It should not be winner takes all.

-Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

10 Natural Cures For Diabetes


There are also many herbs that can be taken to help treat this serious, chronic condition and maintain a good quality of life.

Bitter Melon
This fruit contains several chemicals which helps to reduce blood sugar levels and also acts as an appetite stimulant, which can aid weight loss.

Garlic
Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has also proven to modulate the diabetic condition.

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera acts as a liver tonic which helps to regulate blood sugar levels through supporting liver function.

Cabbage
Like many members of the cruciferous vegetables, cabbage can help modulate and regularize the blood sugar.

Turmeric
When mixed with amla (the Indian gooseberry), turmeric has been proven to be an effective treatment for diabetes.

Cinnamon
Use of cinnamon bark has been shown in clinical studies to improve both blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Beans
A rich source of both dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates, beans also help stimulate insulin production.

Cucumber and Radish
Leaves from cucumber and radish plants are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, both of which contribute to diabetic management.

Onions
Like garlic, onion is a member of the allium family; its active ingredients, allicin and r allyl propyl disulphide are both well-known hypoglycemic substances.

Ginger
The compound gingerol in this pungent root helps the muscles take up glucose into their cells, thus lowering overall blood sugar levels.

Diabetes is a serious condition and its widespread incidence is becoming a great threat to the health of the general public. This disease puts people are greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy and it is still the lead cause of amputions, even more than accidents or trauma. However, keeping the blood sugar levels in a health range from day to day is one of the best long-term predictors that this condition can be controlled and some of its more serious consequences avoided. The herbs above, along with a healthy diet and exercise can help with this day to day management.

Terry G’s 2 years Old Son Becomes The Youngest Nigerian Kid To Own An Instagram Account


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The Akpako master — Terry G, known for his loud music and also his crazy dance steps with his signature bell has started a new trend with his kid.

He has started teaching his son Teerex how to handle the mic and even how to dance the akpako dance style.

All things being equal it could be possible that Terry G’s son is the first youngest Nigerian celebrity’s son to be on instagram.

The two year old Teerex was also seen operating his own instagram page on his father’s Android phone which was recently opened @princeteerex with about 15 posts, 110 followers and 3 following.

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See What Timaya Is Asking God Forgiveness For……..


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In what I describe as a strange reaction, the ‘Dem Mama’ record boss — Timaya , is begging God for forgiveness for singing ‘Ukwu’.

Timaya, the ‘Ukwu’ crooner has stated that everything he does when it comes to music is entirely to get himself a living and nothing more.

The outspoken singer said he tries his best to give his fans the kind of music they want to listen to and watch, adding that his desire to do something his fans want is the reason his songs were banned on television and radio stations.

He claims that his plan was never to do secular music for a long time because of his upbringing at the Living Gospel Mission as a chorister but he changed to the person he is right now because of what people want.

The singer said he in fact started with Gospel Music, then he went into singing about envies, which he got rebuked for anyways. So he decided to try something new and that’s why he got rid of his dreadlocks.

Timaya went further to say that what people don’t know is that he never for once disconnected with God, despite the fact that he now does secular songs. He added that he did the hit ‘Ukwu’ song just to make a living for himself and that he goes back to God in prayers to beg for forgiveness.

However, his statement did not go down well with some fans, who think he misleads people just to make money.

Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz Have A Romantic Late Night Walk In New York Together


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After their public love display on Instagram, the lovebirds have continued to show off their love bond for one another.

Some Nigerians have begun to call them Nigeria’s Kim and Kanye, because they have something in common.. The first letter of their names are the same.

Tiwa Savage shared this lovely photo of herself and her hubby during a romantic late night stroll on the streets of New York before he serenaded her with beautiful flowers.

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Governor Obiano to shut down GSM services over non-compliance with levies


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In a move many would adjudge as unprecedented, informed sources have told DailyPost that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will, any moment from now, shut down GSM operations in the state owing to their non-compliance with new levies his administration had slammed on telecoms services providers.

We hear the governor earlier imposed a N750,000 levy per telecoms base station sited in the state in a bid to raise its internally generated revenue (IGR). New base stations are each to be levied N700,000 before commencement of operation, while a fine of N1 million will be sanctioned on every defaulting base station. The levy on the four major service providers would avail the state an estimated N1.5billion if it sails through.

The levy which is called “Telecommunications Mast Installation/Approval Permit” is fashioned to be applied retroactively to existing base stations.

The operators, who have failed to cooperate with the new directive, currently pay other levies, including planning permit fees, tenement rate and advertisement signage fees to the Anambra government. They have been complaining about multiple taxes and excessive levies across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Should Anambra shut down the stations, it would bring about gross economic and commercial implications for a state that is blessed with Nnewi and Onitsha ─ two of Nigeria’s biggest commercial centres.

DailyPost recalls that a demand notice was issued to the telecoms companies by the revenue consultants to the state government, GeoSonic Nigeria Limited last month.

Sources in the industry told DailyPost that the telecoms companies have sought meeting with Obiano over the impending closures without success. They said from all indications, the governor was bent on seeing the instruction through.

It was gathered that the Minister of Communications and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has also been making frantic efforts to reach the state government without headway. It will be recalled that she recently announced plans by her ministry to work with regulatory agencies to help tackle the challenge of multiple taxation across the country.

According to the operators, they are being compelled by the three tiers of government to pay various levies. They held that this deepens the other challenges of multiple regulations in Nigeria where the cost of doing business is seen as among the most expensive the world over.

Guy Killed By Angry Mob For Rapping 3-Year-Old Girl


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Every day there are cases upon cases about racial crime, black on black crime, child cruelty crime but recently LiveLeak showcased a different crime. Although crime can be hard to justify, it might not be that hard when you realize the victim was a defiler.

A young man was killed by an angry mob after he was allegedly caught defiling a three-year-old girl. Personally, I think people like this deserve a life sentence so to see a turn out like this doesn’t make me surprised. Assuming the man had survived the mob attack, it’s hard to imagine him surviving sentence once he was behind bars.

Angry locals from the mob claim that the teen allegedly committed at least 40 crimes prior to this one that never got investigated. The actions of the man continuously went under the radar so as a result the mob showed no mercy for the 3-year-old baby.

 

See Omoni Oboli’s Dress To The Premiere Of Her Movie – ‘Being Mrs Elliot’


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After her epic fail at her movie premiere that held at the Aso Villa; the actress has made sure she saved face this time.

The controversial Nollywood producer — Omoni Oboli had the premiere of her much-talked about movie, “Being Mrs Elliot” and here’s what the actress wore to the premiere.

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See The Juicy Details On Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Anita Divorce


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Remember months ago when rumors emerged about the divorce of Pastor and Chris and his wife on a Facebook page created by some of his church members? Well, I just went back to check up on them and this is what I found.

The page had shared this memo you are about to read last week, then news about Pastor Anita filing for divorce emerged yesterday.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is very interesting that we requested the closure of this page and were informed that in 14 days, the page will shut down. But… its still here! What happened?

 The Lord needs the page open! The purpose obviously has not been achieved. There is a huge question still hanging – “Where is Rev. Anita Oyakhilome?”

 I believe the Lord allowed our silence to show us and all of you who are concerned about the ministry just how deep the problems are.  It is not surprising the negative, abusive and insultive comments people have come here to make against others because they decided to stand up for truth and speak up.

 The truth is that most of these people know the truth but the devil will not give up
without a fight. Some of these people were sent here by the leadership of the ministry thinking that a couple of barks will scare people away and finally shut down the page. What they do not realise is that our God is not a sentimental God and when He puts His hands on a thing, that thing becomes unstoppable. No matter what anybody says, does or thinks.

 It is important for us to realise that Rev. Anita did not just leave, this is the move of the Spirit. There is no one else He could have moved in this way to cause a shaking for change. Plus, He could use her because she has never been a part of the evil. The Lord just separated her from the start and she gave herself to worshipping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth from the start.

When Pastor Chris moved her and the children to the UK and seemed to separate himself from his family, little did he know that the Lord was going to use his unfair thoughts and actions for the good of Rev. Anita and all His children who the ministry have smartly and are still trying to smartly lead away from God. The wisdom of man can never match the wisdom of God.

 While, Pastor Chris is not making, I repeat, not making any moves to reconcile with his wife, he still needs her name and face in his materials to keep them attracting people and selling. How deceitful is that? Her name and face still appear on some Rhapsody of Realities articles she did not write. The authors of Rhapsody of Realities remain Pastors Chris and Anita Oyakhilome, even though she is completely out of the picture. And that is what some people hang on to to debunk the fact that she is no longer in the picture.

They initially tried to take her face and name off but realised quickly that it would be bad business for them. So, what next, keep her face and name on but her presence of course is not required. Well, not anymore! This is no longer the time of business as usual. Not at all!

 Dear Pastor Chris, God is a merciful God. You know that. We still love you and will stand with you if you make the change. There is still time to make the required changes. You know very well the changes God needs you to make. Our thinking that the marriage is what needs fixing, is misplaced. The marriage breakdown is the result of the heart turned away from God.

Turn your heart back to your first love and the restorer will restore all. Yes, there would be unveiled dirty secrets but the merciful Lord will not allow it to be as bad as it would be if you do not make the change. When a leader makes a wrong turn, its the people that suffer most. After David numbered Israel and the people began to die as a result of his actions, David repented, but God gave him some options for his purnishment. David quickly took the option for God to deal with him by Himself. Why? He preferred for the Lord’s direct purnishment and not his enemy’s because as he declared, God is a merciful and kind God. That God has not changed.

 Man’s love is fickle. Just a little while longer and all those who have been rally around you, praising you on that all this will not lead anywhere, will begin to plot their quiet departure when they realise the brand “Pastor Chris” is no longer working for them. It is important for us to mention here that some of the writers on the page are your or informed by your close lieutenants.

 This word is enough for now. This page is up and running!

Ndi-Imo welcomes Ikedi Ohakim (Pictures)


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Jonathan Unveils National Identity Card


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President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the National Identity Card Management Commission to ensure that the issuance process of the new e-card is prompt and swift enough to enable many more Nigerians obtain their e-ID cards, as soon as possible.

While speaking at the unveiling of the e-card, he urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the private sector, to key into the project, following the benefits from its designed functionalities.

According to the President, the regime of duplication of biometric databases must give way to harmonization and unification with the e-ID scheme, which shall be the primary database.

He asked the commission to also ensure that all registrable persons are enrolled into the National Identity Database and that all MDAs involved in data capture activities, align their activities, with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.

Charles Awurum: Yes, actresses pay to act in films


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Imo State-born actor cum director, Charles Awurum, has joined the league of multi-millionaires as he recently got endorsement deal with Globacom. The University of Calabar Theatre Arts graduate and father of three kids in this interview took us down memory lane, as he talked about his career and life experiences. Enjoy it.

Globacom recently endorsed you as a brand ambassador?

Yes, I was in Lagos last week to shoot a commercial for Globacom. I must appreciate Chief (Mike) Adenuga for his great love for entertainment and interest in my career. So many times they’ve called me for adverts, commercials and soaps. We will soon embark on a street show in over six states in Nigeria. The show is tagged ‘Glo Street Show’ and my appearance has been approved. In fact, when I got the invitation my heart was filled with joy.

How do you feel being a millionaire? 

(Laughter) It is good when you are appreciated and commended for your good work. And it is always a pleasure working for Globacom. But for now, I am not yet a millionaire, until the contract is signed and approved. However, mere seeing it on paper is worth celebrating and I look forward to being Glo brand ambassador. I appreciate God for this upliftment in my life, and I thank the Glo management for their support. I must also appreciate my producers, directors and fans for believing in me.

You don’t have a funny look, how do you get into your character as a comic actor?

As an actor, I can act any role not just comic role. I remember getting two scenes in the movie titled ‘Long John’ which was not easy at that time but I had to convince my friend, Sunny Nnagida and the role was given to me. Then, I started featuring in comic movies such as ‘World Apart’ and ‘I Need A Woman’ and because of this, producers no longer give me serious roles. I don’t like the idea of being stereotyped in movies, which is common in the industry. It’s not proper to restrict an actor on a particular role; it is not professional. I have done so many movies and stage plays as an actor, and I think an actor should be seen as an actor, not a comic.

How has this stereotype thing affected your career? 

It has not changed anything in my life. I still live my normal life. You don’t expect to see me on the road behaving like a comedian. You can see me playing in comedy movies, but behind the set, I am Charles Awurum. So, ordinarily you don’t expect to see me doing comic acts that will make you laugh. People often gaze at me and when they don’t get what they expect, they feel disappointed. I don’t need to do funny things for you aside acting because I am an actor not a comedian.

How would you describe yourself behind set?

I am a very serious minded person. I like to leave a legacy for people to remember my immense contribution. I don’t believe in waiting for the coming of the Lord, instead I move to the Lord and grab Him to receive whatever I need from Him. I am a very simple, friendly and peaceful person. I have experienced life; it doesn’t give me joy when people misbehave because of worldly possession or qualifications. And because you are an actor, you want people to treat you like God, it is wrong. That person you meet today might be your messiah tomorrow. Most of our artistes are guilty of the attitude. Life is unpredictable; you could lose it at anytime. So, whatever you feel you have achieved, someone has been privileged to achieve it before you.

You are popularly known as a comic actor but not many know you as a movie director. Tell us more about your involvement as a director in Nollywood?

I started directing movies before my involvement in acting. But after a comedy role, which I played very well to the admiration of my fans and producers, I was launched into Nollywood as an actor. In fact, I have been directing movies before my foray into Nollywood. I produced programmes for Imo State Broadcasting Corporation and also Imo State Arts Council. I also directed television dramas and radio programmes.

How did you come into Nollywood?

I have been acting for a long time, even before the birth of Nollywood. A film production was brought to Imo State in which so many notable actors acted, and I played a lead role in it. It was in that film that I started life as an actor. The producer of the movie, ‘Obiora’ later saw my ability on set and he invited me to act in the film. It was actually the movie that brought me into limelight. Honestly, I can’t remember all the movies I have done now, but I have done so many movies since I started acting.

What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?

I am used to their reactions. Sometimes they see me and shout ‘Jesus!’ Some ladies will abandon their boyfriends to hold me. Even married women are not exempted; they often grab me in public. In fact, I am used to it, so I can’t tag any of these as the craziest.

What were the sacrifices you made to get to where you are today? 

I was a painter before I embraced acting. Though, there are so many actors in the industry, the ability to distinguish yourself by depicting roles to the admiration of your fans is your selling point. However, being an actor has opened so many doors for me. It has given me an edge over people and it has also denied me freedom. For instance, when I go to the market to buy things, they sell for me at high price because of the way they perceive me.

How would you assess Nollywood?

We are improving but we need more support to do better. We need fund to acquire quality cameras and also mobilise our actors, because you cannot pay someone for a week and you expect a month labour, in this way you shouldn’t expect the best. But if you pay a good amount for a script, the writer will deliver mind-blowing story to you.

Is it true that actresses pay to feature in movies? And what is your take on this development in Nollywood?

Is it true the desperate ones pay certain amount of money to feature in movies to some of our producers, whether they know how to act or not? So, with that they are leaving out professionals who will give them the best. And it is affecting production. So many girls are doing different things in the name of becoming actress. You see up-coming actresses arriving film locations with big cars, they pay for their hotel accommodation, feeding and also pay over N300,000 just to feature in a film. They are gradually destroying professionalism. But I believe this phase will go and Nollywood will be sanitised.

Nollywood has a regulatory body like AGN, what are they doing concerning this development? 

Our president (Ibinabo Fiberesima) is doing her best to govern Nollywood. There are cases people take to her but when they are asked to put them into writing, they wouldn’t be able to do so. There is no way you will expect her to fight your case without proofs. Of course, you don’t expect the desperate upcoming actresses or producers to provide such evidence, since they are the perpetrators of the act.

What is your advice to upcoming actors? 

They should consider their acting skills before venturing into movies. It is not compulsory that you must stand before the camera. There are people behind the camera doing great. And they should think of being professional and put in every effort to become successful.

Aside acting what else do you do?

I have a production outfit, Magic Lens Pictures. We are working on a movie titled, ‘My Hidden Treasure’ and I also have Magic Lens Academy where we train people on film production, directing and others.

Could you share some of your life experiences for people to learn from especially those aspiring to get to the top?

I went through hard times when my father died. My father was one of the top ranking officers with Nigeria Ports Authority until his death. We were born with the silver spoon, but we didn’t grow with it. My father died in 1988, I was in my early ‘20s then. And none of us could do anything to assist our mother financially, except my elder brother, who was undergoing his Youth Service in Edo State. In fact, my father’s death affected my education. I went to school as an adult. Growing up was very difficult for us. There are times when I look back and tears will flow down my eyes. I remember how people took us for granted. When you are not successful nobody wants to associate with you. But today, everyone wants to be close to me.

How many are you in the family? 

We were seven children, until our elder brother, a medical doctor died. We are now six; we have a reverend father in the family.

Let’s talk about your love life, how fair has love treated you?

There was a girl that supposed to be my wife. We almost got married until her mother destabilised it. Her mother said her late husband appeared to her in the dream, asking why she would allow her daughter to marry a man from a distant place. I heard the news when I went to collect the marriage rites’ list. There was a day I visited her house and there was power failure. So, I jokingly asked why they didn’t usually have electricity, and her mother replied immediately saying, ‘why don’t you buy a generator for me’. I jokingly said she was asking ‘someone who doesn’t have money’ to buy her a generator. I didn’t know she took it serious and that’s why she refused us getting married. Today, God has celebrated me among others.

What was the girl’s reaction on her mother’s disapproval of your marriage proposal?

She said her mother’s dream usually comes true. Immediately, I knew it wouldn’t work, most especially, when the family was the decision maker in her life.

Were you heartbroken at that particular moment? 

Of course, I was terribly heartbroken because I was deeply in love with her. I was working in Nnewi at that time while she lived in Oba, Onitsha. In fact, I prayed and fasted concerning that marriage, asking God for clarification. I asked God that if we’re not destined to be together, He should give me a woman after my heart. Fortunately, one Sunday, I went to church in my village and as I walked into the church, my wife was just coming out from the church. When I saw her, I said to myself that ‘this girl is my wife’.

I made enquiries from my mum about her family background, and she approved of our union. Today, the rest is history. I got married in 2006 to my soul mate, Linda Ifeyinwa Awurum, and we are blessed with three lovely boys.

2015: Ohakim declares for Imo governorship seat


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Former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, yesterday declared his interest to stand for the governorship seat of the state in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ohakim, who addressed members of the party and journalists at the state PDP secretariat, affirmed that he was not ashamed to re-contest the position he lost to the incumbent, Rochas Okorocha, in 2011.

His words: “I was tired of responding to the questions posed at me by the people of the state on why I remained silent over re-contesting.”

“I want to contest to complete the gigantic projects I started in the state which have been abandoned by this administration.”

“There is no need hiding my joy, this is the month of August, the month of my birth, another good news I have for you is that after completing my consultation, I have offered myself to complete my tenure as the governor of Imo State.

“Some people have made publications that Ohakim forgot something in government house, Ohakim has no shame, yes I am the only person that has no shame and seeking the mandate to go back to the government house to defend the mandate giving to me before with my last blood,” he said.

“The man serving now has one term but I have one more tenure to complete, the next fight would be to fight governor to governor, project to project and mandate to mandate.”

The former governor alleged that he left N28. 6 billion for the present administration in a hidden account which he noted has been used on frivolities, building roundabouts and other things not important to the masses.

Acknowledging the support of the present executive members of PDP in the state, he expressed optimism that the party would work in harmony to make his dreams a reality.

“I expressed confidence in the leadership of the party in the state. This executive would complete its tenure under the person they have voted for and the one they have relied on, people have accused of having meetings at aspirants houses, but I assure you that we would have our victory in 2015.” Ohakim said.

I WILL CHEW ROCHAS LIKE CRACKERS BISCUIT- IKEDI OHAKIM


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Chris Oyakhilome’s wife finally files for divorce in London Court over adultery


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After months of speculation over the marriage crisis between Christ Embassy’s Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome and wife, a new report claims the latter has now filed for a divorce in a London court.

In an exclusive report published by Cable News, the wife is seeking a divorce on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour” and “adultery”.

She allegedly outlined several allegations against the Pastor which cannot be published for legal reasons.

The divorce case, with Suit No FD14D01650, was filed on April 9, 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn, London, UK, on Anita’s behalf by Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, a full-service law firm with expertise in commercial law and a strong consumer focus in family, wills and estate, personal injury law and medical negligence.

According to the online portal, Pastor Chris had been making efforts to avoid divorce in the hope that the wife would eventually have a change of mind, however, Decree nissi was served on the charismatic pastor in his hotel room during a recent visit to the UK.

Decree nissi, in legal terms, is like a yellow card in a football match which is a precursor to a red card (“decree absolute”) if no new evidence is provided to stall proceedings.

Church insiders said Oyakhilome had been hoping for rapprochement, but he was left with no option than to receive the papers when the lawyers cornered him at his hotel in London. The decree absolute, which will effectively end the marriage, is expected to be issued soon while terms of the divorce will be worked out by the lawyers on both sides.

Anita recently wanted to go public with the details of her allegations against the husband but reached an informal agreement to sheathe her sword in the interest of the church.

Recall that some church members had sometime in May 10, 2014 launched a facebook campaign, asking: “Where is Rev. Anita Oyakhilome?”

They said Pastor Chris and Rev. Anita must unite “for the sake of the gospel, the church and their two beautiful daughters”. They quoted Malachi 2:16 in the Message Bible: “I hate divorce, says the God of Israel.”

The facebook page, which has over 3,300 “likes”, was opened with a stated mission: “This is a Call to Prayer for all believers who understand God’s heart concerning marriage and a Call to Action by Pst. Chris. #DoWhatYouPreach”.

Officials of the church quickly moved to deny any rift between the pastor couple. One official, Kenneth Achumasara, told the media last June thus: “I can tell you authoritatively that there is no issue between Pastor Chris and his wife, Anita… If you go to the UK now, you will see her along with the kids. She is still with him and there is no issue between them. I have been with him for 22 years and the Pastor Chris I know cannot even utter such words as reported. He will never address such a gathering. She will soon be in Nigeria for a programme and I will definitely invite you to have access to her.”

Oyakhilome is the President of Believers’ Love World Inc, the registered name of the Christian ministry, while his wife is the Vice President.

They have two teenage daughters, Sharon and Charlyn.

2015: Nigerian students back President Jonathan for second term


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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has thrown its weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid.

NANS’s President, Yinka Gbadebo who led the National Executive members of the association on a courtesy visit to the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Thursday, said Nigerian students were ready to work for Jonathan’s reelection.

The team, which passed a vote of confidence on Jonathan, also presented a certificate of credence to Dame Jonathan for her pursuit of peace and empowerment of women and the youth in the nation.

Speaking shortly after the visit, Gbadebo noted that, “As pragmatic and visionary Nigerians, we can see through the veil of distraction and boldly applaud the Goodluck administration for infrastructural and social transformation.

“We are unflinchingly determined to put all political detractors and evil geniuses to shame in 2015 by giving Mr President the singular and total support of all Nigerian students.

“As a united association, all students have been mandated to cast their votes for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to emerge victorious and continues the good works of transformation,’’ he said.

Gbadebo noted that, in order to actualize this, NANS had floated the Nigerian Students Transformation Vanguard to champion this cause.

Enugu chicken impeachment: Ex-Deputy Governors lament sack of serving colleagues


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Former deputy governors under the aegis of Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria (FFDGN), Thursday described the impeachment of the past Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Dr Sunday Onyebuchi as a reckless show of power by both the governor and the state Assembly.

The group, after an emergency meeting yesterday in Abuja, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter to reverse the situation.

It also called on the National Judicial Council, NJC, “to quickly investigate the judge who constituted the panel over chicken allegations and determine whether or not he had sufficient evidence to act as he did, with no weighty allegations of corruption or any constitutional impeachable offence against the former Deputy Governor.”

Some of the former deputy governors at the meeting included that of Abia State, Chris Akomas; Osun, Erelu Olusola Obada; Plateau, Pauline Tallen among others.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the Chairman of the forum, Abdulmalik Mahmoud, described the impeachment as “reckless show of power by the governor of Enugu State and the State House of Assembly,”advising the governor to learn from recent history in Nigeria in respect of governor-deputy relationships.

Mahmoud insisted that the operation of a poultry in the official quarters of the Deputy Governor cannot be interpreted as gross misconduct.

“Many Governors and their Deputies do keep livestock (cattle, goats, rabbits, chicken etc) in their official quarters and this is a common knowledge all over the federation. Why should that of Enugu State Deputy governor earn him impeachment?

“The constitution is clear on what constitutes impeachment offences and the process leading to impeachment. What has happened in Enugu State is an anomaly that must be re-visited forthwith.” he added.

UCL Draw: Again Man City Get Bayern, Barca Meet Ajax, Liverpool Test Real


The draw for the 2014/15 Uefa Champions League took place at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, on Thursday, with 32 teams drawn into eight groups of four.

Each team in one of four pots were drawn in a format which barred them from playing another side from the same country.

It panned into eight group of four teams each consisting of one team from each pot.

Barcelona met Ajax for the first time in their history in the group stages last season, and face a repeat of that tie in the forthcoming campaign after been pitted against the Dutch champions in Group F, along with the big-spending Paris St-Germain and Apoel Nicossa.

Liverpool, who are returning to Europe after five-year hiatus will lock horns with Santiago Bernebeu outfits Real Madrid. The ‘Reds’ have not conceded in three of their European Cup/Champions League games against Real Madrid and have won all encounters, scoring six times.

Dutch Champions Ajax  beat Barcelona 2-1 In Amsterdam Last Season.

Jose Mourinho, once again is the happiest of all English Premier League club managers in the competition this season, as Chelsea face the third-placed team in the Bundesliga last season, Schalke (Germany), Primeira Division runners-up Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) and Slovenian champions Maribor, who knocked Celtic out in the play-off round.

Arsenal will face German giants Borussia Dortmund for the fourth time in as many as five seasons.

Champions League draw

Group A

Atletico Madrid

Juventus

Olympiakos

Malmo

Group B

Real Madrid

Basel

Liverpool

Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group C

Benfica

Zenit St Petersburg

Bayer Leverkusen

Monaco.

Group D

Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund

Galatasaray

Anderlecht

Group E

Bayern Munich

Manchester City

CSKA Moscow

AS Roma.

Group F

Barcelona

Paris St-Germain

Ajax

APOEL Nicosia.

Group G

Chelsea

Schalke

Sporting Lisbon

Maribor

Group H

Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk

Athletic Bilbao

BATE Borisov.

I Have Come to Help, Says Man Utd’s New No. 7 Di Maria


Record signing Angel Di Maria says he joined Manchester United “to help” in coach Louis van Gaal’s rebuilding process.

The Old Trafford club ended a disappointing campaign last season, finishing seventh in the Premier League; thereby missing out on a European championship slot.

Van Gaal, after leading the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, is saddled with the task of helping revive the dwindling fortunes at the 20-time champions but was greeted with large cases of injury concerns.

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“I have come to help raise the game and become an important team once again. I want to win many trophies with them,” said Di Maria in his first media briefing since penning a five-year British record deal.

United’s Dutch boss, at the unveiling of the £59.7m record signing, said he expects the Argentine midfielder to be “a team player”.

The “restoration” and “rebuilding” process at the club- many, including legendary midfielder Paul Scholes- have envisaged will not be feasible with just a couple of signings. The manager, however, revealed the club expects to do more business.

Alongside Di Maria, United have signed Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo this summer. The 63-year-old manager is reportedly keen on a late transfer coup for Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and defender Daley Blind of Ajax- a member of his squad at the World Cup in Brazil.

“The club will [announce] when the time’s there. Players will leave, others will come,” he said at the news conference.

Having made his professional debut for Rosario Central in his homeland at the tender age of 17, Di Maria moved to Europe in 2007 to play for Benfica, where he won many plaudits- top of it the Primeira Liga title in his final season with the Estadio Da Luz giants in 2010.

He joined Real Madrid for an initial fee of €25million. He won the 2012 La Liga and two Copa del Reys, in addition to the 2014 Uefa Champions League triumph in Lisbon, where he was named Man of the Match after a 4-1 extra-time win over city rivals Atletico Madrid.

United were handed a rare leverage to sign the much coveted Argentina World Cup star, who early into the current season was unsettled by the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos at the Santiago Bernebeu, when Paris St-Germain pulled out of the race for the playmaker.

Di Maria said: “Manchester United have already won many trophies and are a very big team.

“I’m very pleased to play for Manchester United. I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they’re not playing in the Champions League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. I’m pleased with the manager for choosing me to come to Manchester United.”

He is in contention for a debut appearance at Turf Moor on Saturday against promoted Burnley and will wear the number seven jersey, following in the footsteps of his former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham and Bryan Robson. Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia are the two other players to have worn the legendary No. 7 shirt.

“I am aware of its importance,” Di Maria said on Thursday. “Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to me at Real Madrid and explained how important it is. I want to wear the shirt and do as much as I can for the club, like Ronaldo did. The club also wanted me to wear the no.7 shirt and I hope I can live up to it.”

Neyo blasted by fans after his ex-GF reveals he made her tie her tubes


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What I don’t understand is why any woman in her right thinking mind, especially if she’s in her 20s, will let any man convince her to tie her tubes. Especially a man who is not even your husband. Tying your tubes should be a decision you make on your own.

Anyway, on the last episode of Atlanta Exes, Ne-Yo’s baby mama Monyetta Shaw tearfully confided in Cee-Lo Green’s ex-wife Christina that she agreed to have her tubes tied at Ne-Yo’s request. Ne-Yo has since left her and now has a new girlfriend.

After the mother of two made this revelation, fans, women and foes came for Neyo. They blasted the heck out of him. He finally responded yesterday to the backlash. See that below.

Enugu state gets new deputy Governor


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48 hours after Sunday Onyebuchi was impeached as the deputy governor of Enugu state for rearing chickens in his official quarters, members of the Enugu state house of Assembly today Aug. 28th, confirmed clergy man and politician, Ralph Nwoye (pictured above) as the new deputy governor of the state.

Mr Ralph Nwoye, a pastor of the Christ Ascension Church in Enugu, is said to be a former Local government chairman. He is expected to be sworn-in as deputy governor soon.

Ronaldo Claim European Player of the Year Award


Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been named European Footballer of the Year.

The Portuguese superstar topped a poll by 54 European journalists ahead of Germany’s Fifa World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and the Netherlands winger Arjen Robben.

“I’ve worked hard for this award, I am very happy, I thank all my team, because without that kind of team individual awards couldn’t exist,” said the 29-year-old, after receiving his award from UEFA chief Michel Platini.

Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates his Goal During the Uefa Champions League Final in Lisbon. Image: Getty.

The reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or holder is the fourth person to win the award, after Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

Bayern Munich and French midfielder Ribery beat Messi and Ronaldo to the prize last year.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid record a tenth Uefa Champions League triumph last season, scoring 17 times to break the record for the highest tally of goal by any player in a Champions League season.

“It was amazing, something that Madrid had looked to do for many years,” said the x-Manchester United forward. “As Madrid players we feel as though you have to win the Champions League. It was a fantastic season – we won the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and the (UEFA) Super Cup.”

Attacking midfielder Naddine Kessler won the women’s award ahead of Wolfburg team-mates Nilla Fischer of Sweden and fellow German Martina Muller.

Kessler, 26, topped the vote of a jury of 12 journalists to succeed Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who claimed the inaugural award last year.

PDP Accuses Amaechi Over Ebola


The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  has blamed the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease to the state.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman of the party, Mr. Jerry Needam, the opposition party in Rivers State stated that Amaechi’s insensitivity was responsible for the Ebola virus that claimed the life of a medical doctor, Iyke Enemuo.

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The state PDP pointed out that Amaechi and the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, were not proactive in providing facilities that would have prevented the spread of the disease to Rivers.

It would be recalled that Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu had earlier on Thursday confirmed the first recorded death from Ebola in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.

According to the minister, the late Dr. Emenuo contracted the deadly disease after he secretly treated a Liberian diplomat who had contacted the first Ebola victim in Nigeria, Patrick Sawyer.

Chukwu also confirmed that the deseased’s wife and 70 other people have been placed under surveillance for the dreaded disease in Rivers.

Accusing Governor Amaechi of insensitivity, the PDP statement read: “The PDP says carelessness and insensitivity on the part of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, are responsible for the unfortunate spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease to the state, with a confirmed death incident of an innocent doctor, Ike Samuel Elemo, as the first victim.

“The PDP notes that Governor Amaechi’s laxity and his Health Commissioner not been proactive in putting in place necessary facilities and modalities in preventing the Ebola outbreak or tackling it to avoid spread in the event of any reported case is consequently regrettable as the Rivers State situation might be more severe than that of Lagos State, in which case the (Lagos) State Government at least showed some form of seriousness by cooperating with the Federal Government prompt responses.

“The PDP expresses astonishment while reacting to the death of the medical doctor in Port Harcourt, who had contact with an Ebola patient, and whose wife and over 200 persons are reportedly being infected with the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt.

The opposition party also claimed that efforts made by the Federal Government to contain the spread of Ebola to Rivers State were rejected by Amaechi.

It added that the governor shunned a meeting presided by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on the prevention of the spread of Ebola to other states.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers state chapter has dismissed PDP’s claim, describing it as being out of tune with the realities on the ground.

Mr. Chris Fynebone, the Publicity Secretary of APC in Rivers, while speaking on the allegation on Amaechi in a chat with Punchonline, accused PDP of politicising the Ebola scourge.

He added that contrary to the position of the opposition party, the governor and the commissioner for Health had been proactive in preventing the spread of the disease.

“It is wrong for the state PDP to make such a statement. I have seen the statement and it is clear that it is not in line with the realities on the ground about the Ebola virus. The state government brought in experts to train medical personnel in Rivers.

“There have been plans to prevent the disease from spreading into the state. Remember that a nurse travelled from Lagos to Enugu with the disease and she was taken back to Lagos, but nobody politicised it in Enugu. It is clear that somebody wants to deliberately politicise Ebola disease in the state,” Fybone said.

 

The deadly Ebola virus currently ravaging West Africa has already claimed no fewer than six lives in Nigeria and nearly 1,500 of lives in the West African region.

Nigeria’s first Ebola patient came from Liberia into Lagos, the commercial hub of the country, on July 20. Since then , the Federal Government has mobilised enormous resources to reduce the possibility of epidemic.

According to the federal health authorities, twelve people who contacted Sawyer have been tested positive for the virus, six of them died, while 7 have successfully recovered and sent home.