Boko Haram Threatens To Kill Parents, Abducted Girls If Search is Not Stopped


Soldiers and vigilantes are still hunting for the Islamist fighters holding the schoolgirls hostage

As Reported by Punch Nigeria:

Grieving parents of the abducted 234 female students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, (GGSS), Chibok in Borno State took the initiative in the search for their own kids.
The parents, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that they had received threats from Boko Haram members with their willingness to kill them and their children if they continue the search for the abducted students.
Speaking on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, monitored in Kaduna on Tuesday, they said that at least 100 okada riders (commercial motorcyclists) were hired by parents to intensify their search but without succes.
According to the girls who escaped the captivity, the Islamists took the hostages to Borno’s Sambisa Forest area, but the okada riders who scoured the forest far and wide claimed that they could not find their children.
It was also reported the reason that made the okada riders to leave the forest was Boko Haram’s threats to
eliminate both the parents and the children.

The parents fiercely criticised the failure of the authorities to locate and rescue their children.

However, referring to the aggrieved parents, the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, urged them to remain calm and prayerful, assuring that the girls would soon be found.
The Senator representing the area, Ali Ndume, reproached the authorities, saying it was unfair that those in power live peacefully while other people always faced danger and pain.
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Husband Of Late Christy Essien-Igbokwe (Nigerian’s Lady Of Songs) Remarries


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Husband of late singer Christy Essien-Igbokwe, popularly known as Lady of songs, has remarried to a woman allegedly in her 40s.
Traditional wedding of widower, Chief Edwin Chukwunenye Igbokwe, was held on Saturday April 19, 2014 and the white wedding took place in two days on Monday April 21, 2014 in Anambra state.
It was revealed that his children haven’t attended the wedding. Because of inner family matters his first son Kaka moved out of his house and they haven’t spoken since.
It was disclosed that newlyweds have been close friends before the marriage and both have attended
Christy’s memorial.

NSA to quiz Governor Nyako over controversial memo


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There are indications the the Federal Government are set to interrogate governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa following his controversial memo to Northern governors.
Nyako had sent a memo to the governors accusing the Jonathan administration of aiding terrorism in the country and harbouring an agenda against the North.
The memo which was sent on April 16, described the president as incompetent and unable to stop the menace of Boko Haram currently ravaging many parts of northern Nigeria.
According to the Punch Newspapers, the investigation is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser and it will be supported by the police, the State Security Service and the military.
Read the Punch report below:

A security source, who confided in one of our correspondents, said that security agencies were looking at the possibility of meeting Nyako on Wednesday (today) after the governors’ meeting with the President on security.
He, however, said that there were doubts that the security agencies would be able to quiz Nyako on Wednesday as the expanded security meeting might not end on time.
According to him, security agencies are also considering meeting him on Thursday, but
the Northern Governors’ Forum will also meet  that day.
Our correspondents gathered that Nyako had not received any invitation from either the NSA office or any security agency on the planned probe.
But the security source, who confided in one of our correspondents,  stated, “ If we can’t meet him this week, latest next week we will definitely  quiz him.
“We have not fixed a definite time. All I can say for now is  that he cannot escape security interrogation. He is not above the law.”
It was learnt that the Presidency was considering the security implication of Nyako’s letter, which the government thought was capable of inciting the military.
A Presidency source stated, “There is no way Nyako will not be probed. It is only an unserious government that would not examine the grave allegations contained in the letter. There is no way that such a thing would be allowed to go like that.
“One thing the Presidency and other security agencies will like to know is who is behind Nyako. As a well trained military officer, who was a former Chief of Naval Staff, Nyako knows the implication of what he has done.”
It was gathered that security agencies  were working on the fact that the governor was not acting alone as there could be other people supporting him.
The Presidency source said, “When Nyako talks about the North, which  North is he referring to? Is he referring to the Boko Haram North? Is he referring to his cabal in the North? Is he talking about the almajiris; the poor in the North?”
It was learnt that the Presidency was being diplomatic about the probe in order not to attract sympathy for the governor.
The SSS could not be reached for comment. Its spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, did not respond to calls to her phone. Also, she did not respond to a text message.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, could also not be reached for comment. Calls made to his phone indicated that it was not available.
But when contacted, Nyako expressed readiness to submit himself  for  a probe over the contents of his letter to his northern colleagues.
Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said the issues raised in the letter were germane.
He said “The issues we raised in the letter are germane. It is an open secret, a known fact that these people (insurgents) operate mostly at night in our state and we are supposed to have a night time curfew in place under the state of emergency.”

FIFA Lifts Barcelona Transfer Ban


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* FC Barcelona players can now feel a relief after FIFA lifted their suspension ban

World football governing body, FIFA, early this morning suspended its ban on Barcelona Football Club after the Spanish team lodged appeal against the ban.
According to a statement on FIFA official website, the Catalan club will now be able to sign players in the summer transfer window following their appeal against the punishment.

The Catalans were initially banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
Based on this latest development, the suspension has now been put on hold until a final decision on their appeal has been taken.

“The club Barcelona have lodged an appeal before the Fifa Appeal Committee against the decision of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and
registration of players under the age of 18. Together with the appeal, the club requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect,” an official statement reads.

“In this respect, the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period – 1 July 2014 – and the fact that the Fifa Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period.

“Consequently, the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect.

“In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected,” the statement read.
Fifa says panel chairman Larry Mussenden took the decision because the case was unlikely to be resolved before the July 1 opening of the next transfer window.
Barcelona has pledged to pursue a further challenge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport if, as expected, it loses the initial appeal at Fifa.
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“My parents found out they were brother & sister after I was born” – Harrysong reveals



In a shocking revelation, singer,Harrysong told Yes Magazine that he is the product of a brother/sister union… ..When asked why his parents didn’t have other kids after him..He said..

” It’s just that after my dad and my mum gave birth to me, they separated and went their different ways. So, my father got married to another woman and also my mother to another man. They separated because I was given birth to by two relations. My father and mother are actually brother and sister. They gave birth to me before they could realize that.Well, I learnt that when my mother was alive, she met my father. Then she was still in school and they were in the same class and the same village. But she didn’t know that they are closely related. So, I was born based on what our villagers regarded as abomination and therefore they had to separate. Because it was a big abomination, so they had to separate. Even, they attempted to kill my father in that village, but he fled, because in Warri where I come from, it is a taboo. They termed it incest.”

“This is the most gangsta mugshot of all time” – Godwon replies haters over his past as a burglar…


Lmao,talk about not throwing stones at glass houses if you live in one.Last week, Rapper Godwon blew the lid on his former friend, Sinzu.He claimed Sinzu is the thief in the surveillance video put out by the US Police..(Here). Sinzu’s fans blasted him for breaching the street code”Don’t be a snitch”
Sinzu denied it but a previous mug shot shows he has been booked for possession of firearms in the past …

While Godwon was running his mouth, his own past was dug up and it was discovered he too was arrested for stealing candy from a store..
Now, instead of being sorry, he claims it’s a gangsta move..I guess in the rap world, this means street cred..Lol
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See Godwon’s mugshot below..He says it’s the most gangsta mugshoot of all time..Seriously?

Sinzu’s below

Spiritualist threatens to expose Boko Haram sponsors (PICTURED)


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A spiritualist in Adamawa has claimed to know the sponsors of terrorist sect, Boko Haram and has threatened to expose them if the attacks carried out by the group don’t stop.
Alhassan Mohammed Goni, a.k.a. AMG is said to have also stated that he constantly received premonitions of the sect’s attacks but he was not in a position to stop them.
Alhaji Goni, while giving the terrorists a deadline of 2 weeks to cease and desist, expressed sympathy for President Goodluck Jonathan.
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He said having been disturbed by the bloodletting and seemingly inexorable hostilities by the group, he deemed it fit to come forward, and warned that if those behind Boko Haram fail to change their ways, he will soon expose them.
Goni added that among those sponsoring Boko Haram activities are top politicians and traditional rulers with the sole aim of causing confusion in the country.
He said he was aware of the various nocturnal meetings held by the sect before launching
attacks but was not able to curtail their attacks as he had not been permitted to do so.
“My vision always tells me whenever the Boko Haram are about to launch attacks but I was always incapacitated to stop them because I was not given express permission by the authorities to do so; but through my intervention, the intensity of the attacks is minimal”, he said.
Goni said though the present administration is facing security challenges, the president will weather the storm because he means well for the country.
He condemned the recent bombing in Abuja and urged government to take more security measures like mounting of CCTV cameras.
He called for the probe of the Chinese company handling the installation of CCTV cameras in Abuja, adding that the contract should be revoked and handed over to a more competent company.
Goni also called for more attention to agriculture as a major source of employment opportunity and the need for local government autonomy to fast track grassroots empowerment.
“Government should also look at ways of giving employment to civilian JTF in the armed forces, police and other para military organizations so that they can continue to actively contribute their quota in protecting their father land”, Goni said.

Mentally unstable’ man arrested with human parts, N4 million in Edo State


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A man who claimed to be mentally ill has been arrested in Benin, Edo state after some human parts, the sum N4 million and a gun were found on him.
It was gathered from residents that the man lived in a makeshift tent for two years under the pretence of being mentally unstable.
According to one of the landlords in area,  Pa. Onaiwu, he said sometimes the man behaved funny, especially at night.

“This man sometimes behaves funny. In the afternoons, you see him bathing naked, behaving like a mad man.
“What really disturbed us was the influx of dead bodies in the area. And the horrible things about the bodies are the missing heads and private parts.
“The last person he ‘killed’ was a woman. He removed her head and private part.
Nobody will ever believe that the man is not mad with the way he behaves.
“I believe someone saw him dumping the body on the road and informed security operatives. God is not sleeping and this man should pay for his sin.”

Reports say the police spokesman Moses Eguavoen said he had not being briefed of the arrest.
He said: “I believe it is being handled by the Department for State Security (DSS).”

Police Torture Update: Treat And Compensate The Victims – Women Group Tells Police


Women under the aegis of Women Arise have threatened a mass protest against the Nigerian police if their demands concerning the two women who were recently tortured by a police officer in Lagos are not met. Though the officer has been identified and going through interrogation, the women group says, they won’t allow the police to treat this like a family affair. Firstly, they want one of the women who sustained internal bleeding from the torture treated by the police and adequately compensated. Secondly, they want the officer who brutalised them to be dismissed and punished accordingly. The group threatened that if all their demands are not met, they will not hesitate to storm the streets and protest against the police force because there must be an end to police officers abusing and intimidating helpless Nigerians.

Nigeria Military aiding Boko Haram – Former PDP Chairman, Ogbeh


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Second Republic Minister and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Monday, indicted the nation’s security forces over the recent abduction of several secondary school girls at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

According to him, the continued dastardly operations of the Boko Haram sect in northern parts of the country was a shame to the nation’s military.

The former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, that it was embarrassing for the nation, which prides itself as the giant of Africa, to have its security forces allow criminals go on killing spree unabated.

“It is embarrassing and shocking, very strange to me; where were our security forces when these evil men were operating? They successfully abducted the school girls without security forces challenging them. What of the soldiers? What of the check points mounted on those roads? Where were the security posted to the school when the abductors operated for several hours?, he quipped.

“I begin to suspect foul play within our security system; the authorities should begin to look inwards, the system should be overhauled immediately to put a stop to the madness. It is only in Nigeria that such a thing can happen. Even in a war situation, you don’t touch women and children, but reverse is the case here, as our children and women are always the target,” he stated.

Chief Ogbeh, a former Communications Minister, also tongue-lashed the security forces for misleading the nation and the entire world that the abducted school girls had been rescued while it was untrue and they were actually still missing.

“Can you imagine that nonsense? They lied to the whole nation that the abducted children had been found. I watched the school principal on the television the other day saying that it was not true as claimed by the military authorities and that the children were yet to be found.

“They watched the children being abducted unchallenged and later lied that they had been found; who is fooling who?”

He commended the efforts being made by the troubled Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, in ensuring that the remaining missing school girls were found.

Ogbe further charged Nigerians to pray for their quick release and for God to put an end to the senseless killing of innocent citizens by the Boko Haram sect sects.

 

We Will Not Kill Abducted Girls ONLY On One Condition:Boko Haram Insurgents


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According to Voice of America, the suspected members of the Boko Haram have threatened to kill the parents and the students if the parents and soldiers continue with their search in Sambisa Forest.

One of the parents told the VOA that “we are seriously disturbed about the abduction of the innocent children. We, the parents, have decided to raise some money to fuel 150 motorbikes to enter the forest in search of our daughters.”

Parents of some of the abducted girls have headed into the forest in a desperate search for their daughters. One of the fathers told the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that he was willing to die in the forest in an attempt to free his daughter.

A group of parents have raised money to buy fuel and water and have moved into the forest with a local vigilante group to search for the girls.

The Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Army, the police, vigilante groups and volunteers are all involved in the search for the schoolgirls.

The school principal, Asabe Kwambura, and parents of the abducted girls had disclosed that the missing girls were 234 in number.

“We are calling on the government to do everything possible to track these people and save our daughters from them. They should not allow our daughters’ dreams to be shattered by these murderers.

“They took away our daughters and our nieces and we fear for their safety in the hands of these merciless people that take delight in killing and destruction,”one parent said.

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Shocking: How Boko Haram Recruits Youths With $3000


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With the high levels of unemployment in the country, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Not every youth is a talented singer or actor and can break into the entertainment scene, so they turn to the last resort — crime

I came across this report from the Tribune newspaper and decided to share.

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Culled from Tribune;
 
Young Nigerians at the border town of Nigeria and Niger Republic, Diffa, have confessed to be recruits of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
 
A member of a gang in Niger told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that Boko Haram Islamist militants from Nigeria “regularly come across the border, looking for recruits.”
 
The gang members, in their 20s, said they were paid $3,085 (about N500,000) to join the insurgency and since they were jobless, they were willing to take the cash, but with no interest in protecting Sharia law.

However, they said they were willing to strike if given the assignment to do so, as they blamed their decision to join the militant group on their joblessness. 

“They have paid Nigerian naira ($3,085, £1,835) to those of us who followed them over there,” one of the young men said.
 
“When they come, we inform them about what’s going on, what the security forces are up to.
 
“We have no jobs; some of us are still at high school, but we need money. Violence has become a form of work for us.”
 
These confessions were revealed in a documentary published by the BBC, on Tuesday, after Thomas Fessy, a BBC reporter visited Diffa region in Niger Republic.
 
BBC made contacts with this local gang, who claimed they collaborated with Boko Haram and agreed.
 
According to BBC documentary, five of these young Nigerians said they had already joined the militant Boko Haram sect, while two other members were killed in operations.
 
In total there are about a dozen gang members in a tiny, dark room, built with local mud-bricks.
 
When the reporter asked them: “If you are asked to launch an attack here, will you be ready to do that?”
 
Their response: “Yes, we are ready. We have no job, so, we are ready. That is what we are here for.”
 
When the BBC reporter asked if they agreed with Boko Haram’s reason for fighting, they answered in unison: “No. We only do it for the money.”
 
Arriving one by one to meet the BBC crew earlier on a street corner in Diffa, they all wore skinny jeans, bright coloured T-shirts and shiny chains, like those seen around the necks of American rappers on music videos.
 
Their attitude and brand new clothes made them stand out when they walked down the dusty streets of Diffa.
 
The fashion style is clearly inspired by Western consumerism rather than Islamist militancy.
 
“We break into houses for cash; sometimes we beat people for money, we steal their animals so we can eat and then we gather up and take Tramol (an opiate drug), smoke ganja (marijuana) and drink alcohol,” one of the gang members said.

Cossy Orjiakor: “It will take a man with lot of guts to approach me”


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The controversial actress and singer revealed to the Punch: -
“Most men notice my b**bs when they meet me for the first time. They touch each other, arguing whether or not they are real. It will take a man with a lot of guts to walk up to me and approach me. But I believe in marriage and hope to eventually marry and have kids of my own.”
She also talks about future plans to collaborate with her mum: -
“I have a studio in the house and I have been told I have a good voice. My mum did not contribute to the scoring of the songs on my album even though we were supposed to work on a song together. She works with the Immigration Service so she has no time.  But when we eventually do, it has to be a very good song, probably a mother and daughter song.”.

Billionaire weds billionaire: Emeka Carter weds Onyinye Chukwuma


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Emeka Carter is the son of billionaire businessman Chief Izuchukwu Onwugbenu, chairman of Louise Carter Group, while Onyinye Chukwuma is the daughter billionaire businessman chief Innocent Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Motors. Their traditional wedding is happening right now in Nnewi, Anambra State. Continue

Louise Carter is father to MUD girls, pictured above with their BFF, Genevieve Nnaji at the wedding

Source: LIB

Singer Tiwa Savage arrives Dubai for Fairytale Wedding


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Singer Tiwa Savage has lodged into her swanky suite at the Armani Hotel, Dubai in preparation for her white wedding to hubby/manager Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014.

Photos:- Actress Genevieve Nnaji & Friends rocks white & orange traditional attire



Genny and friends dazzled in white and orange traditional attire as they attended Emeka’s wedding at Nnewi, Anambra today.
Emeka Carter is the C.E.O of E Properties & Development, brother to Onyi Onwugbenu, CEO MUD Cosmetics, Genevieve Nnaji’s close friend. He also is the only son of billionaire businessman Chief Izuchukwu Onwugbenu, chairman of Louise Carter Group. His bride Onyinye Chukwuma is the daughter of billionaire businessman Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman, Innoson Motors. Singer flavour performed at the wedding

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Photos:- Toke Makinwa, Lynxxx, Praiz, Sasha & Other Celebs Attend Hennessy’s All White Beach


 

yesterday, Hennessy teamed up with Pravada and Elite Hosts for the biggest All White Beach party  tagged Privilege at Ilashe private beach in Lagos. It was a star studded party and people like Killz, Lynxx, Praiz, Sasha, Toke Makinwa, Hauwa Mukan, Tola Odunsi, Louise Priddy, Oona Priddy, Gbemi OO, Toni Tones, Blink, Lere Awokoya were all in attendance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo:- See How Davido Celebrated Easter


The guy with a heart of gold, Davido gave Easter surprise to a number of excited children who would probably not forget the experience in a hurry.

Danagog, a member of the HKN gang said on Instagram:
Great Kids . @lifeofdavido ## Easter Surprise ## we actually don’t know what the surprise is but I guess it wouldn’t be more than donating money and food items to them. God bless Davido and his team members

Ini Edo Marks Her 32nd Birthday With Sexy Bikini Picture


 

Sexy ebony nollywood actress turned a year older today. 23rd of April 2014 and she shared this bikini picture

‘Why I am short’ – Actor Chinedu Ikedieze AKA Aki


Popular actor, Chinedu Ikedieze, aka Aki, had a tough time fielding questions from school children at the ongoing World Book Capital event in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State. During the ‘Celebrities Read to Children’ segment of the event, at the Royal Banquet Hall of Hotel Presidential on Tuesday, one of the pupils in attendance, a youngster of about eight years, sent the guests rocking with laughter when he asked, “Why is Aki so short?”
But barely concealing his embarrassment, Aki patiently explained to the pupil that he was created that way. “If you look around, you will see that some people are tall and others are short, even shorter than I am. I am short because God has created me this way,” he said. Meeting the actor for the first time, some of the pupils were so excited they literally pelted him with more questions. They wanted to know his actual age, if his alter-ego – Osita Iheme aka Pawpaw – was his blood brother and how he got the pseudonym, Aki.

To the youngster who wanted to know his age, he said, “I am a full adult. All I can say is that I am above 20 years. I am in my 30s. When I was as young as you, one of my favourite actors was an American known as Gary Coleman. He was so short that I used to think he was a boy. I never knew he was a man.” Regarding his relationship with Pawpaw, Aki told his young ‘tormentors’ that fate brought them together. “I am from Abia State and he is a native of Imo State. We never knew each other before until fate brought us together through Nollywood,” he said.
The actor advised another pupil, who wanted to know how he could become a Nollywood actor, to get good education first. He said, “The door to Nollywood is wide open and ready to admit anybody. But you need to go to school first. If you go to school, you will have a solid foundation. Most young people that are just going into Nollywood are not aware that they have to give 70 per cent of their time to education and only 20 per cent to acting. Education will help you become good actors and actresses.” Aki concluded his short ‘sermon’ by adding that despite dividing his time between his studies as a Mass Communications student of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu and acting in Nollywood movies, he had managed to graduate with good grades.
Also, Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor, stunned the audience when she revealed that she had eight children. She said that while four of them were her biological children, the rest were adopted. “But I have become so used to them that I don’t regard them as my adopted children,” she added, referring to the latter. When asked why she always played the part of the ‘wicked’ woman in the movies, she replied, “I can’t get tired of answering this same question all the time. Well, I think it is because producers and directors discovered that I play such roles very well. Incidentally my fans seem to enjoy seeing me play the role of a bad woman,” she said.

50 People Killed Again By Gunmen In Taraba


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Daring gunmen, yesterday, defied the dusk-to-dawn curfew and attacked Gidan Aku community on the outskirts of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, killing no fewer than 50 persons and injuring many others.
The attackers, armed with sophisticated weapons allegedly came from Nasarawa State through the plains of Benue River and descended on their victims while the residents were asleep.
According to a lawyer in the community, Luka Agbu, the “attackers were very hostile to us and did not spare even children or the aged.

“The attackers shot at people and burnt houses at the same time without any intervention by the security forces. We are helpless here and we plead with the Federal Government to deploy special troops to rescue us from this unfortunate and deadly attacks.
“Our people are being killed by gunmen, we are losing property on a daily basis. What kind of a country is this?” Agbu queried.
But as the dust began to settle, a contingent of soldiers and anti-riot policemen were drafted to Wukari community to contain the situation although most of the community members had deserted the area for fear of further attacks.
In the meantime, acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, has warned the people of the state to desist from politicising the current spate of violence and join hands with government in finding a lasting solution.
Addressing journalists Wednesday, Umar said that the lingering insurgency in four local government areas of the state was not peculiar to Taraba but was a national crisis affecting no fewer than 15 states of the federation.
While regretting that the attacks have seriously affected the state, Umar announced the deployment of 50 more soldiers from Yola to assist the ones on the ground in quelling rising violent attacks in the state.
“Information available shows that the insurgents came from Nasarawa State and they camped at the Coast of River Benue close to Ibi”, the governor said.
“We have deployed 50 soldiers from Yola to add to the troops on the ground who were deployed from Serti and Takum and with a reasonable number of policemen on the ground, we hope the situation would improve.
“We have concluded arrangements on how to visit the internally displaced persons and render immediate succour to them. That is why we have dispatched 28 trailers laden with relief materials to the affected LGAs.
‘I have ordered that despite the curfew in Wukari, the General Hospital there should be open for the treatment of the victims of the crisis. The 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in the area had been relaxed and would be in force from 12 noon to 6 a.m.,” the governor said.
“We remain committed to the security and well being of the public. Unfortunately some people are using these security challenges to achieve political goals. Security of our dear state is too sensitive to play politics with,” he said.
The Acting Governor sympathised with four women who delivered at the Mutum-Biyu refugee camp and promised that government would render free treatment to every victim of the attacks in the area.
….Ambush motorists, kill 2 APC leaders
Meanwhile, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists have shot dead the Kala/Balge council chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Modu Janga and the party’s youth leader, Alhaji Abba near Mafa town on the Maiduguri-Dikwa Road.
The deceased were returning to Gudumbali from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, when their vehicle was ambushed near Mafa town.
According to an eyewitness and resident of Mafa, Babagana Usman Mafa, “the insurgents blocked the road with wood and tree branches, after identifying occupants of the vehicle, the gunmen shot them on the spot, and fled towards Dikwa, a border town with Cameroon.
“The party chairman alongside other passengers in the ambushed vehicle, were first stopped by flagging down the driver for identification, before three gunmen on motorcycle shot dead two people at close range; and fled towards Dikwa,” Usmani said in a telephone chat Wednesday in Maiduguri.
He said the gunmen did not rob the party officials, as their vehicle was abandoned at the scene of the incident, adding that the road was also closed for two hours by soldiers and policemen to prevent further attacks.
On whether other vehicles were ambushed during the attack, he said: “These gunmen could have targeted the APC officials returning to the council area of Kala/Balge, before they were ambushed on that road leading to Gudumbali, the council headquarters.”
Council chairman of Kala/Balge, Alhaji Alifa Bukar Rann confirmed the incident, yesterday, in Maiduguri. He said: “Two officials of APC were shot dead near Mafa town while returning to Gudumbali for party official engagements”.
When contacted for confirmation over the incident, yesterday, in Maiduguri, the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Gideon Jibrin’s phone number could not be reached, but a security source who is not authorized to speak on the matter said “armed hoodlums ambushed a vehicle on Dikwa Road on Monday; and two people were feared dead, before the security agents closed the road for two hours to prevent further attacks”.
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Actress Mercy Johnson Debunks Fighting Rumour With Chika Ike



Rumours had it over the weekend that Chika and Mercy are fighting and it happened as a result of Mercy feeling so bad because she expected Chika Ike to be very respectful to her. Well they have debunked the rumour as Mama purity took to twitter to exchange pleasantries with her colleague Chika Ike.
Read their tweets below

 

Banky W Defends Nigerians Who Wed Abroad


 

Tiwa Savage is to wed her boo Tee Billz in Dubai  this weekend and this was what singer, Banky W had to say about Nigerians going abroad to wed. Do you agree with him? Read the full text below

  •  Afrikaetal:

Why Dubai all the time. Use the powerful platform you have to promote your home country instead of the hypocrisy of always running to other Countries. If you all invest
the money into small businesses in Nigeria or Africa at large, we too will have others running to us. # proudly African# 4h

  • Bankywellington’s reply:

@afrikaetal Such comments irritate me. We use the platforms we have to promote Nigeria all the time. We invest our money in Nigeria. You don’t know the number of Nigerians we employ, the number of kids we put through school with scholarships, the number of health care bills we pay for people… you don’t know the number of Nigerian companies we bank roll and float or the number of ideas we invest.

It’s hard enough finding happiness in this world… Two people should be able to celebrate it any way they feel like it!!! PLUS They already did their traditional wedding in Nigeria, they should be free to do whatever or go wherever they want for the white wedding. It’s THEIR wedding. Not a country’s.. not a state’s… not mine.. and certainly not yours. Leave them be. People all over the world get married, go on vacations or honeymoons, wherever they feel like it all over the world. Our ppl shld be allowed to do the same without being branded hypocrites. You and the high horse you rode in on should have several seats. My goodness.

 

Dr Sid Shares Photo Of Himself Performing On Stage At AY Live



surulere master looking so dope, doing what he knows how to do best on stage…..

190 schoolgirls Remain Missing, Not 77 – Principal


(1) Some of the escapees with a parent (2) Weeping Governor Kashim Shettima and (3) Some of the abducted girls’ parents when Shettima visited Chibok...on Monday.

 

About 190 schoolgirls remain missing after being abducted last week by Boko Haram insurgents, their head teacher, Asabe Kwabura, told the British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday. She said the parents of 230 girls had reported them missing but that 40 had managed to escape from the insurgents.

The 190 figure is far more than   the 77 given earlier by government officials. The Associated Press had reported that parents of the pupils of Government Secondary School, Chibok told Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima when he visited on Monday, that 234 girls were abducted. When news first emerged of the kidnap last Tuesday, initial reports said more than 200 students were abducted, but state officials said the correct figure was about 130. The students, aged between 16 and 18 were about to sit their final year examinations when the insurgents invaded their school.

Here are some questions to ponder over 

1. The Chibok kidnap occurred roughly 24hours after the Nyanya blast; Boko Haram just released a video few days ago claiming responsibility for the Nyanya blast, why didn’t they also claim responsibility for the Chibok girls kidnap?

2. A few days ago,the school principal OPENLY countered the Nigerian army’s assertion that over 80 girls had been freed leaving about 20 something girls still missing-Mind you for days the local and international community had reported that 100 girls were kidnapped and these figures were never challenged by the school or Borno state government. How come just 24 hours ago,the head teacher announced to the visiting Borno governor that over 230 girls were kidnapped and not 100 and that 190 girls were still missing? Where did these new figures come from? Why are they creating confusion for the entire nation and confusing the Nigerian army on ground?

3. Since most of the missing girls in question have already registered for WAEC,can we have their names published by the school authorities and verified by WAEC? 

4. Over 40 girls have so far escaped, and they ALL miraculously escaped into the hands of the Chibok school authorities or their parents; none of these girls have ‘escaped’ into the hands of the JTF for debriefing and  just how did the girls escape from their ‘merciless’ abductors?

5. We understand that the Chibok school in question had been closed by the same Borno state government but was suddenly reopened close to Easter celebrations. Why?

6. In the midst of all this Governor Nyarko of Adamawa state suddenly writes a memo to all Northern governors accusing the Presidency of a sinister plot to annihilate all Northern Muslims.

7. Was this kidnapping saga stage-managed just to embarrass the federal government in the heat of the Nyanya blast and vindicate the Borno’s governors claim that the Nigerian army has been over-powered by Boko Haram? 

8. Was Governor Nyarko’s memo meant to be the strike that breaks the camels back and unleash ‘hell’ on President Goodluck Jonathan’s government from the entire Northern Nigeria? OR Perhaps it’s becoming clear that GEJ is going to seek a second term and will most likely win it-most Northern ‘PDP’ states are already at peace with this possibility in spite of sporadic senseless attacks on them by so-called Fulani herdsmen.

9. Are these Fulani herdsmen attacks meant to stir up deep resentment against the presidency from Northern states perceived to be ‘Jonathan friendly’? The perceived ‘Jonathan friendly’ Northern states include Kaduna, Plateau,Benue,Taraba,Nasarawa,Katsina, Zamfara (even though its an APC state)-these states have suffered more Fulani herdsmen attacks than any other Northern states in Nigeria.

Police Sergeant Rapes, Impregnates Pastor’s 13 Year Old Daughter In Anambra


A police sergeant has been arrested in Anambra State for allegedly raping a 13- year-old daughter of a popular pastor at Nkpor in Idemili Council Area of the state. The young girl, said to be two months pregnant told her parents last Saturday who was responsible for her pregnancy. According to a close family source, who does not want to be quoted, the girl told her parents that the policeman had threatened her against telling anyone about the affair. The source said the threat made her keep the secret until few days ago when she complained to her mother about some symptoms, which after thorough investigation led to her confession of being pregnant. According to reports, the policeman initially denied the allegation and was supported by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, which made the victim’s parents to petition a human rights group and the state Commissioner of Police. After the petition, the policeman was said to have accepted responsibility and agreed to take care of the girl till delivery. He promised to be giving the girl’s family N20,000 monthly for the girl’s up keep, which the father turned down, demanding N300,000 to enable him take proper care of her daughter till delivery. In the girl’s statement to her parents, she was quoted as saying that the policeman ordered her at gunpoint to have sex with him on her way from school, a claim the suspect denied, saying the action was carried out mutually between them and not by force. When contacted, the state PPRO, Emeka Chukwuemeka confirmed that the command received such report but said investigations were ongoing with a view to ascertaining the level of culpability of the said policeman. The command image‑maker, stated that proper investigation in the matter was necessary, because the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, does not tolerate acts of indiscipline by his officers and men. According to him, “the matter is under investigation and I will brief the press on it later.”

Popular Nollywood actor dies of kidney problem


Nollywood actor, Chris Nkulor who was diagnosed of a kidney ailment is dead. This is happening barely one month after a campaign was launched to help raise N3million for his treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching hospital Ile-Ife Nigeria.May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Why I’m Always Seen Around Jonathan – Gov Suswam


gabriel_suswamGovernor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State yesterday explained reasons behind his unflinching loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan, saying his aim is to attract federal government attention to the state, which has ‘Food Basket of the Nation’ as its slogan.

The governor was reacting to criticism that his junketing around the globe and closeness to the presidency has not impacted positively on the deplorable condition of the state renowned for its agricultural potentials.

But Suswam, who spoke on a live phone-in programme on Radio Nigeria Harvest 103.5 FM, Makurdi, Monday, dispelled the allegations, stating that his closeness to President Jonathan should not be misunderstood by the people for pursuit of his personal interests, but a pavement to foster a cordial working relationship that will attract developmental projects to the state.

The governor noted that he had requested the assistance of the federal government on some very key projects such as the construction of a bridge across the River Buruku to ease transportation of the people among others which, according to him, was yet to be implemented.

“Yes, I agree that I have access to the president and people know me as somebody who put a lot of pressure to get results, but then Benue is not the only state and I am not the only governor that has access to the president; it is simply to get things done as part of democracy dividends to the people”, he said.

Suswam further listed some of the federal government projects facilitated in the state to include the gigantic N17 billion dam in Otukpo and construction of some of the roads in many parts of the state.

“The road from Vandeikya to Obudu in Cross-River State is also ongoing and it is a federal government project; the Makurdi-Gboko road is equally going on and contractors are on site, there are other projects that the state government has forwarded to the federal government for necessary action and we hope something will be done”, he stated.

Commenting on the indefinite strike action by primary school teachers, which the state government has seemed to remain unshaken and insensitive, Suswam stressed that the state has no available resources to implement the minimum wage and other requests which the teachers are demanding, except salaries of civil servants and political appointees are reviewed downwards.

“The minimum teachers are asking me to pay is N1.8 billion and if you put that together with salaries of local government staff you have over N4 billion, so where will I get N4 billion every month to pay the salaries of local government and teachers? It’s not that I am collecting huge amount of money and telling people stories. And so there is no way that I can pay that money, the money is simply not available”.

I Pray That My Deputy Or Works Commissioner Will Succeed Me – Aliyu


babangida-aliyu-360x2259989789Niger State governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has disclosed that he has not endorsed anybody to be his successor even as he said that pressure was being mounted on him to contest the Niger East Senatorial District seat come 2015.

Aliyu, who made this known when he received turbaned community chiefs in Minna, the state capital yesterday, said thathis deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto and the state Commissioner of Works, Alhaji Mohammed Muazu Bawa, have informed him of their intention to contest for the governorship position of the state but he has not given his support to either one of them.

While acknowledging that Hon. Ibeto has been a loyal deputy so far, he argued that it was not in his power to elevate him to become governor thus he has not endorsed any of the two cabinet members looking to succeed him.

He said, “I pray that someone from my cabinet would emerge as the candidate so that he can continue my work.

“We have only two people from my cabinet vying as governor but I cannot elevate anyone of them. God will do the elevation. I only pray that one of them will scale through”.

On his purported senatorial ambition, Gov. Aliyu said “I am being consulted by some PDP elders in Niger state to run for Senate but I have not yet given them my word. I leave everything to God”.

Aliyu, who has kept his next political moves close to his chest, said: “I have not yet given them my word. I leave everything to God, but I pray that 2015 should be greater than 2007 and 2011”.

 

Louis van Gaal: Front-Runner for Man United Job


Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal is the bookmakers favourite for the vacant Manchester United job.

United confirmed on Tuesday that player-coach, Ryan Giggs, will take charge of the Premier League job on the interim, pending the appointment of a permanent manager.

Van Gaal has reportedly told his friends he is “very keen” on succeeding David Moyes when his stint in charge of the ‘Oranje’ runs out after the 2014 World Cup and the his involvement at this summer’s World Cup is believed wouldn’t hinder United from considering him for the job.

Louis van Gaal Won Three Dutch Eredevise, The Dutch Cup, Champions League, Uefa Cup, Uefa Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup With Ajax.

The former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Ajax coach has made no secret of his desire to coach a Premier League team after the World Cup.

 

A report on Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, says the 62-year-old Netherlands coach had a meeting with United 10 days ago.

Van Gaal’s outstanding resumee, which includes wining league titles in holland, Spain and Germany, and his immediate availability, has impressed the Glazer family, owners of the Old Trafford outfit.

The Dutch boss has already held talks with Tottenham but his link with the White Hart Lane outfit is not expected to deter him from joining United if he gets an offer.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich and Borrusia Dortmund coaches, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, have moved to rubbish rumours linking them with the vacant managerial position.

The Daily Telegraph reports the ‘Red Devils’ are set to make discreet moves to find out whether Pep Guardiola can be tempted away from Bayern.

“I want to stay at Bayern on the long term. Bayern are my team, and I believe we can do even better,” Guardiola said ahead of the club’s Champions League last-4 tie with Real on Tuesday.

Klopp, 46, was quoted as saying in the Guardian: “Man United is a great cluband I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.”

Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho are among the others who have been linked with the United job.

Woman Machetes 15-year-old Son To Death Over Minor Disagreement In Akwa Ibom.


Okokon's house...Photo Credit: Punch

Okokon’s house…Photo Credit: Punch

A woman, Mrs. Ita Okokon, aka, Eka Isaac, at Atai Obio Offot, Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, has killed her 15-year-old son, Isaac Okokon, after a minor disagreement.

Isaac, an SSS II pupil of Offot Ukwa Secondary School, Obiofot, Uyo, was said to have died on Friday following a machete injury his mother inflicted on him.

According to a neighbour Miss Ekaette Effiong who narrated the story, when the mother beat Isaac, he retaliated instead of running away as a sign of respect.

Effiong added that Isaac hit his mother so hard that the woman fell to the ground.

“When Isaac hit his mother that hard, the woman felt humiliated. When she got up, she went inside the house and brought out the machete. She chased her son with the machete, but when she could not get him, she threw the machete at him, which cut through his body,” she said.

Effiong stated that neighbours, friends, relatives, and the mother rushed Isaac to a hospital where he died.

The mother was said to have fled Atai Obio Offot when she discovered that Isaac had died.

All attempts to reach out to Isaac’s father or other relatives proved abortive. Other tenants in the house where they live also refused to speak with our correspondent on the issue.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Etim Dickson, confirmed the incident.

He said the police had yet to uncover the whereabouts of the woman.

He said, “For now nobody has given us information about the whereabouts of the woman. We have sent in some detectives around the area to look for possible clues that can lead to the arrest of the woman.”

[GIST] Fans, Celebrities Beg P-Square Not To Break Up.


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Celebrities and fans of the Nigerian singing duo, Peter and Paul Okoye, P-Square, have appealed to them to reconcile whatever differences they might have and shelve their planned break-up.

Ace DJ, Jimmy Jatt, said: “You are brothers. You have no choice. You just have to stay together.

“It is normal for siblings to have issues, but please do not let it tear you apart. I believe in you, I have great faith you will remain together.”

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, who is a close friend of the twins, likened the impending break-up to death and implored their wives to do something to salvage the situation

She said: “When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It is like death. The love of twins is undisputed, Paul and Peter. You have been together for years, making great songs like Senorita, Do me, Story, More than a friend, Omoge mi, Busy body, Alingo, Personally, Testimony; the list is endless! Why break it up now?

“Please learn. Two heads are better than one. Mrs Lola and Anita, they say a woman makes a home. This is the time to show the world that both of you are women with great substance, which I believe you are,” she appealed in a post on Instagram.

For days now the rumour mill has been ablaze with news that the singing duo have gone their separate ways over issues many have come to tag ‘irreconcilable differences’.

Since news of the crisis broke, fans have taken to every known social media page to beg the twins to stay together.

The rumour was given wings by their brother and manager, Jude Okoye, following his tweets: “After 10 years it’s over. Am done.” It sent shock waves through the entertainment world, with their fans fearing the worst.

But according to findings, it seems their worst fears might have been realised as we can authoritatively reveal that the alleged rumour of break-up is no more rumour. The two brothers are actually at daggers drawn, and look set to have nothing to do with each other again.

Though their publicist, Bayo Adetu, has come out to debunk the break-up rumour, saying “I am too busy to pay attention to some wannabe blogger traffic because I don’t know where that report is coming from.

“Maybe they just want to get traffic to their site. It’s baseless and untrue.”

But according to a reliable source, who begged for anonymity, “Bayo was only doing his job and did the first thing any normal publicist would do to protect his job and his employers.

“The truth of the matter is that the brothers have been going at each other for months, with Jude caught in the middle, trying to see if he could settle them.”

The source further revealed that Peter is bitter, partly because unhealthy innuendos have been hurled at him as the passive member of the group.

The source said: “The way things are, we may find Jude and Paul staying together, while Peter walks away.

“All the moves to reconcile them right now is targeted at changing Peter’s mind, who looks all resolved to end all relationship with his brother.

“On whether or not they have shared everything they own, I cannot really say because they are not even on talking terms. Everything that has to do with the brand name. P Square has been put on hold.”

It would be recalled that some of the reasons Peter wants out is that he claims his brothers do not respect his wife and that their brother, Jude, has been disrespecting Lola for years.

This, according to reports, prompted his packing out of Squareville mansion in Omole where he lived with his brothers for years to Lekki Phase 1 with his wife Lola Omotayo and their children.

Photos From Nollywood Actress, Beverly Naya’s Latest Photoshoot ShowingOff Her Hot Bikini Body


25-years-old Nollywood actress Beverly Naya is one new actress that know how to market herself by showing off her banging body. Checkout photos from her latest photoshoot showing off her hot bikini body inside… 

Leopard Leaps Through Roof, Attacks Villagers In India


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Citizens of Ballarpur, a city of close to 90,000 people in central India, were caught off guard Monday when a leopard that had sneaked into a livestock enclosure escaped through the roof and attacked several bystanders.

The leopard likely entered the enclosure, said to contain “hundreds of cows, calves and buffalos,” in search of an easy meal, India Today reports. The animal may have strayed into Ballarpur from the nearbyTadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.

A video of the attack shows panicked onlookers scattering after the leopard leaps through the roof. Per India Today, the animal jumped 14 vertical feet to reach the roof, escaping through a hole forestry officials had cut in order to tranquilize the animal from above.

After wildly running about on the roof, mauling one man and charging several others, the leopard retreated to a water tank in a nearby dwelling, where NDTV reports it was tranquilized by forestry workers and released into the wild.

A veterinarian who examined the animal told the Times of India the leopard didn’t appear to have suffered any injuries from the clash.

The attack is the latest in a series of encounters with large cats in India. In February, a leopard in the city of Meerut injured at least seven people. In India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, leopards have killed six children and injured four others in the past six months.

Wildlife officials previously told CNN the increased attacks can be attributed to humans invading the animals’ ever-diminishing territory.

“There are many cases where human habitats are encroaching on those of big cats, which are getting lesser and lesser over the years,” Jimmy Borah, tiger coordinator for the World Wildlife Fund India, told the network. “The cats are forced to come out of their habitats to look for food. There is lots of habitat loss and with that food source loss — it’s one of the main problems, which is why they are coming out.”

D’banj Visits Nyanya Blast Victims, Urges Youths To Shun Violence


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A popular Nigerian musician, Mr Dapo Oyebanji (D-banj) on Tuesday in Abuja urged Nigerian youths to shun violence and embrace peace.

D-banj made the call when he visited some victims of the Nyanya bomb blast in company of the FCT Health Secretary, Dr Ademola Onakomaiya, at the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja.

According to him, government alone cannot do all that is required for peace to reign in the country.

“I am a Nigerian and I am affected by any tragedy that befalls us and particularly in the spirit of Easter, I came to show the victims support.

“I have seen that the survivors are responding positively to treatment and thanked the medical team here for the efforts.

“We are appealing to the perpetrators of these acts to have a rethink and support the peace initiative so that our people would not be subjected to such wickedness,” he said.

D-banj said that terrorism in Nigeria was strange as Nigerians were known to be peace loving and advised them to embrace peace in the interest of development.

He said that artistes should be concerned about achieving peace in Nigeria because if the violence continued, the entertainment industry would be endangered.

D-banj donated several gift items to the victims and also settled some hospital bills.

The hospital management said that over 27 corpses and 26 victims were brought from the blast but 16 were still receiving treatment as others had been discharged.

The FCT Health Secretary urged artistes to support the Federal Government’s fight against terrorism by creating awareness in their performances.

Onakomaiya urged people in the entertainment industry to unite and produce songs, plays, paintings that would condemn and discourage terrorism.

He said that the potency of art as a communication tool amongst Nigerian youths would make it an effective medium in creating awareness.

According to him, security is the responsibility of all Nigerians, therefore, should not be left in the hands of government alone.

Onakomaiya said that the visit of D-banj would go a long way to lift the spirits of the patients.

“You can see that some of the patients are really excited to see a renowned artiste like D-banj visit them; it is very commendable,” he said. [NAN]

Insecurity: Presidency, State Governors To Meet On Wednesday


President Goodluck Jonathan, will on Wednesday hold a security meeting with the 36 state governors, following recent attacks by Islamist sect Boko Haram.

Reviewing of the security situation in the country, as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward will be the main agenda of the meeting, according to sources.

The president had last Thursday summoned the governors for the enlarged meeting, but only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors attended the meeting.

While Nigerians were wondering if the All Progressive Congress (APC) governors were playing politics with a matter as important as security, Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio, who is also the chairman of PDP Governors, clarified their absence, saying the meeting was called at the instance of the PDP governors, that All Progressives Congress were not invited.

Police Arrest 26-Year-Old Man For murder


Officers of the Gombe State Police Command, on Tuesday said it arrested a 26-year-old applicant, Job Danladi, for allegedly killing his friend, Peter Mela.

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DSP Fwaje Atajiri, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), who made this known to newsmen said the the suspect stole the deceased motorcycle after killing him.

The force spokesman said that the suspect told the deceased to convey him with his motorcycle from Billiri town to Kufai village, where he used machete to kill his victim and took the motorcycle to Ayaba village.

He said that the suspect was apprehended after investigations, and that he had confessed to committing the crime.

Atajiri said that the suspect would soon be charged to court

Kebbi Govt. Trains 150 Sharia Court Judges


The Kebbi Government on Tuesday commenced the training of 150 Sharia Courts Judges on advanced Sharia Legal System to enhance dispensation of Islamic Justice in the state.

Addressing the participants in Birnin Kebbi, the Chief Registrar,  Sharia Court of Appeal, Alhaji Muhammad Sani, said the training would improve Judges’ practical knowledge and enhance their understanding and memory on Sharia legal system.

“The Sharia Court Judges would be trained on inheritance, marital complex, divorce, debt and land utilisation strictly in line with the Islamic jurisprudence,” he said.

Sani advised the Judges to shun selfishness, considering their vast knowledge in the Qur’an, Sunnah and Islamic jurisprudence.

“We expect the Judges to be aligned and more conscious with the responsibilities shouldered on them in dealing with both Muslims and Christians in the state,” he said.

The Chief Judge of the state, Malam Bala Mairiga, represented by Justice Adamu Gulma, urged the participants to make good use of the knowledge acquired.

He said the training would be sustained and advised the Sharia Court to embark on monthly publication of past rulings.

“Past rulings will serve as references and improve knowledge of Judges,” Mairiga said.

In his remarks, the state Grand Kadi, Malam Mukhtar Jega, urged the Judges to use the training to correct their past mistakes.[NAN]

Atiku Abubakar Reacts On David Moyes’ Sack


A former Vice President Atiku Abubakar reacted to the stunning news of firing Manchester United manager, Scottish specialist David Moyes.

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The 1999 Adamawa State Governor Elect shared his thoughts on his Facebook page:

“Some of my children are Man United fans. Today, some are happy, some sad. I don’t know if I should be ‪#‎MoyesOut‬ or ‪#‎MoyesIn‬ So I’ll say sorry to the sad ones, and congratulations to the happy ones.”

Well, David Moyes will be remembered as a unique coach in any case.

SEE 14 anti-achievements of the manager:

  1. United are guaranteed to finish the season with their lowest ever Premier League points tally
  2. United fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995

  3. United’s worst home league form for over a decade

  4. Suffered three defeats in a row for the first time since 2001 this season

  5. Eliminated in the FA Cup third round – something which happened just once under Ferguson

  6. First ever home defeat to Swansea this term

  7. First home defeat to Newcastle since 1972

  8. First home defeat to West Brom since 1978

  9. First league defeat to Stoke since 1984

  10. First time United conceded a first-minute goal in the Premier League – Dzeko for City

  11. First time Man City & Liverpool have beaten United home & away since Premier League’s inception

  12. First time Everton, Man City & Liverpool have beaten United home & away since Premier League’s inception

  13. First time Everton have beaten United home and away since 1969-70

  14. First time Everton & Liverpool have ever done a league double over United in the same season.

Do you believe we’ll see a renewed Manchester United next season?

$250m Provided For Water Supply In Nigeria By World Bank


Credit facility of $250m has been approved by World Bank to help the government of Nigeria in water supplying services and in improving the financial and management viability of existing water unitilities.

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The statement indicating the credit was released this Monday, April 21st in Abuja to the correspondent of Punch.

As it was stated by the bank, the funds are aimed to help around 2 million poor urban people living in capitals of states and suburbs.

The credit is to support the Third National Urban Water Sector Reform Project and be a part of goal of Federal Government aimed at developing more efficient mechanisms of water service to address inequality in income and opportunities among people of Nigeria.

Water delivery infrastructure and institutional systems to expand access to water supply services in Bauchi, Rivers, Ekiti states will be rehabilitated and built with the help of these funds.

The project will include incentives for improved performance of the water supply institutions in the above mentioned states.

The statement also revealed facts on the second part of the project – technical and financial help to the state governments and water institutions in Gombe, Benue, Jigawa, Ondo, Kano, Bayelsa, Abia, Anambra, Plateau states as a first part of investments planned in future.

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, claims that the Ministry of Water Resources in Nigeria will also benefit from increased potential to monitor and benchmark the performance of water sector and also from the increased accountability from the states involved in the program for their performance.

“Today’s project builds on past experience, which has shown that building water infrastructure without strengthening the capacity of the institutions responsible for managing water supply to the targeted areas does not lead to sustainable results,” she said.

Boko Haram Kills Kala/Balge Council Chairman Of The APC.


Suspected members of Boko Haram on Monday killed the Kala/Balge council chairman of All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Modu Janga, and its youths leader, Alhaji Abba, Vanguard reports.

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Soldiers stand in military camp in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on June 6, 2013. AFP Photo

Janga and Abba were on their way from to Gudumbali when their vehicle was attacked by gunmen on the Maiduguri-Dikwa road near Mafa, Borno State around 11am.

“The insurgents blocked the road with wood and tree branches, before identify occupants of the vehicle and shot dead two persons at the spot, and fled towards Dikwa, a border town with Cameroon,”  an eyewitness from Mafa, Babagana Usmani, said in a telephone interview today.

The vehicle was hailed “by flagging down the driver for identification”, he added.

According to Usmani, the attackers left the scene without taking anything from the vehicle.

The Borno state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jibrin, could not be reached for comments.

However, a Vanguard’s security source who wanted to stay anonymous confirmed the incident, saying:

“Armed hoodlums ambushed a vehicle on Dikwa road on Monday; and two people were feared dead, before the security agents closed the road for two hours prevent further attacks.”

This is not the firs time the suspected Boko Haram sect attacks Mafa this year. The most recent assault on the town happened on March 3. Scores of people were killed and most of the infrastructure – destroyed.

Two Oil Bunkerers Roast To Death In Edo Tanker


Two suspected oil bunkerers on Tuesday lost their lives to a tanker explosion at Ivue-Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

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Two other people wee saved by residents of the community and rushed to an undisclosed hospital where they are receiving treatment.

It was gathered from eyewitnesses that the incident occurred at about 1:30am.

The driver was said to be running away from soldiers who were after him and so he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an electric pole.

According to eyewitnesses, the high tension electric cable reportedly collapsed on the crude oil laden truck which caused it to burst into flames.

The two men were roasted to death.

Explaining what happened, the Spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Uromi, Inspector Augustine Apili, said that soldiers were trailing the tanker before the unfortunate accident, adding that it was caused by reckless driving by the suspected bunkerers to evade arrest.

Jason DeRulo Set To Marry Jordin Sparks?


Popular Haitian American singer Jason DeRulo has been dating singer Jordin Sparks for over two years now.

485009905-1397852559Jason had recently released a song called “Marry Me” which led to rumours going around that he is about to propose to his girl.

Jason however said that the song was meant for Jordin only but she told him to make it public so that his fans can hear it.

He said:“There is a lot of pressure, and there was a lot of pressure before the song,” Jason says. “I wrote the song because of the pressure and then I made the pressure worse because people just listen to the chorus and all they hear is ‘Will you marry me?’ so they’re like ‘Oh you’re proposing.’

I’m like, ‘No.’” So what is Jason saying? “In the song I’m saying, when the time is right,” “I was just trying to explain that we have forever, so what’s the rush,”

TRAGEDY: Former Eagles’ Player Dies In Lagos


Former Nigeria’s football player, Albert Onyeawuna has been reported dead at aged 78 years.

According to family sources, the late Onyeawuna, who was renowned for his dribbling skills during the 1950s and 1960s, died on Monday at a clinic in Lagos.

He was reported to have been sick for several months before he passed on late last night.

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* NFF president, Ibrahim Maigari mourns the death of the late Albert Onyeawuna

The late Onyeawuna debuted for Nigeria’s national team then called the Red Devils on October 30, 1955 and played his last game for the country on March 26 1964. He scored seven goals in 26 games.

He was the star of the Port Harcourt team in the 1950s and scored twice as they beat Kano 4-1 in the 1955 Challenge Cup.

He also shone as his team won the Challenge Cup beating Federal United 6-1 in 1958.

Onyeawuna played in Nigeria’s first ever African Cup of Nations in Ghana in 1963.

Some of his contemporaries include the likes of Sam Ibiam, Dan Anyiam, Asuquo Ekpe, Godwin Achebe, Dejo Fayemi, Patrick Noquaqor, Paul Hamilton, Fabian Duru, Teslim Balogun and Elkana Onyeali.

Onyeawuna retired from the game and invested very well but at his old age, he had serious challenges with his sight. Payments for eye surgeries from an auto accident practically wiped out all his investments.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Tuesday expressed sorrow over his death.

The football body also mourn the passing of Kaduna United FC Head Coach Saleh Lato and five players of Nigeria Nationwide League side Bakoji FC of Kaduna, who died in a car accident during the festive period.

Jonathan More Intelligent Than Most Nigerians Put Together, Says Ogbemudia


samuel-ogbemudiaPresident Goodluck Jonathan is experiencing turbulent times in his leadership of the country because he has stepped on toes in the process of executing his Transformation Agenda, a two-time ex-governor of the defunct Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia has said.

According to him, “Jonathan is more intelligent than many of us put together. He is pushing the programmes to transform Nigeria and those who do not want change are opposed to him. In the process of transforming the country he is stepping on people’s toes and they are opposed to him”.

Dr Ogbemudia, who also described the current Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen as the “best Minister of Works since 1960”, urged Jonathan to give the Minister five more years because “I have drove through llesha-Ife-Ibadan-Abeokuta-Lagos Road and the Minister is a blessing to Nigeria and Edo state in particular. And if he is given another five years, potholes and bad roads will be a thing of the past in Nigeria”.

While lamenting that despite the laudable programmes of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, some Nigerians are still not happy, the retired Army General asserted that “when you see the Benin-Lagos-Shagamu road you will no doubt come to the conclusion that a great percentage of the transformation is on the way.

“Before now, from Benin-Lagos, none was tarred except small plantation, about four miles, all others red earth and when you get to Lagos you are red unless you tie some napkins over your head.

“So I think that Jonathan should be allowed to complete his job, we should give him the maximum support we can so that when it is our turn, his supporters will also support us”, he pleaded.

Ogbemudia noted that the president was having sleepless nights working on how he could put Nigeria back on track, therefore, he should not be distracted.

He added: “They should keep away from him those people who are pursuing their personal interest”.

When asked if he will support Onolememen for governorship in Edo state come 2016, Ogbemudia stated that “he has not told me he is running for governorship. You don’t back people who don’t tell you about their ambition. Apart from that because he has done well in one sector does not mean that he will do well in other sectors”.

The former governor instead stressed the need for the minister to remain in his current position where he can make “Nigeria proud” rather than “make things difficult for himself” by vying for the Edo governorship seat.

Meet the five Nigerian students arrested for Godwin Ayogu’s murder


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Five students of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of 19 year old Godwin Ayogu, who was also a student of the school. Sadly, all the students arrested are Nigerians, worst still, they were his friends. One in particular was his roommate.

The students arrested are: Ogunsanyo Abayomi (the roommate), Obi Mnaetochi Brendan Ilozumba, Oti Uchechukwu Chijooke, Jimoh Oluwatobiloba Timileyin and Isaac Ifidon (all pictured above).

It is believed that Ayogu was killed over money on the school campus. His body, with legs and hands tied, throat slit and intestines gushing out (last pic right), was then dumped at Amamoma on the outskirts of the university.
His cause of death after a post-mortem examination, was given as stab wounds to the heart. Continue

The Homicide Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department, Headquar­ters, Accra said after investigation, what they found out was that Ayogu’s roommate, Ogunsanyo borrowed money from him to pay his school fees. But instead of paying back when he promised, he traveled to the UK, promising to pay back when he returned.

When he returned, instead of paying back, he moved out of the campus room he shared with Ayogu and rented a two-bedroom apartment outside the campus. Ayogu took the matter to other Nigerians who are students of the school, asking them to talk to Ogunsanyo to return his money.

Ayogu was last seen alive on February 18th. He was seen in the company of another friend of his named Oluwatobiloba. The two had gone to Ogunsanyo’s apartment to demand Ayogu’s money, in the course of which a scuffle ensued between Ayogu and Ogunsanyo.

The next morning Ayogu’s body was discovered.

All five students disappeared from campus as soon as Ayogu’s body was discovered. But through thorough investigations, police were able to find out what happened and arrested all five as soon as they resurfaced on campus

Ghanaian police said the suspects are assisting them in their investigations.

Source: LIB

Photos: Borno governor visits school where 200+ girls were abducted


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Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, today paid a visit to the Girls Government College, Chibok, where over 200 girls were abducted on April 14th, to have an on-the-spot assessment of the attack 

While in the school, parents of the missing students told the governor that contrary to media reports that 129 girls were abducted, that the actual number is 234. They said the 129 girls earlier reported were science students who were in the school writing their WAEC exams, while the remaining 106 students were Arts students who were at their hostels when the attackers arrived.

182 of the girls are still missing while 52 of them have escaped from the Boko haram den. See more photos below
Source: LIB

NDLEA Discovers Cocaine In Shoes, ‘Stabilizers’, Arrests Suspect


ndleasThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has discovered 2.460kg of cocaine hidden inside female shoes and voltage regulators, popularly called ‘stabilizers’, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The seizures were made in a consignment of female shoes from Brazil aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight and a shipment of voltage regulators meant for export to Gabon on a DHL cargo flight.

The Lagos Airport Commander of NDLEA, Mr. Hamza Umar, explained that the shipment of shoes was abandoned.

“We found an abandoned luggage containing ladies shoes that originated from Brazil. During examination, 1.860kg of cocaine was found inside the shoe soles. Our men at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) section of the airport also detected 600 grammes of cocaine hidden in a voltage regulator. A freight forwarder had been arrested in connection with the cocaine shipment to Gabon”, Hamza stated.

The suspect, Nyeaka Chidiebere Anslem, 37, who claims to hail from Imo State, said in his statement that the consignment was given to him by a client.

“I am a freight forwarder with over five years working experience. A client gave me a bag containing three voltage regulators and hair attachment to send to Gabon.

“The NDLEA at SAHCOL while searching the luggage dismantled the voltage regulators and found five parcels of substance that tested positive for cocaine in one of the regulators”, Nyeaka said.

The suspect is married with five children.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said the agency will continue to keep an eagle-eye over the Nigeria-Brazil route while other African routes are being re-classified in line with current risk levels.

“The NDLEA will continue to keep a close watch over Nigeria-Brazil route because of the high number of arrests and seizures made on the route.

“Recent drug seizures on some African routes have equally placed them on a high risk platform. We must continue to adopt effective strategies in preventing the sub-region from being used as a drug hub”, Giade said.

Manchester United appoint Ryan Giggs as interim boss


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David Moyes was sacked by the club after just 11 months at the helm of Old Trafford.

Reports indicated earlier that Giggs would take charge as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

And the club published a statement on their website confirming the news which read: “Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club’s most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made.

 
Source: Express

Flamboyant lifestyle killed Chris Okotie’s music career – Dede Mabiaku


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Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s protégé, Dede Mabiaku, in an exclusive interview with Encomium mag, said the reason Pastor Chris Okotie’s musical career nosedived many years back was as a result of his excessive flamboyant lifestyle and his attitude of not listening to those who were guiding his career at that time. 

“Nigeria has produced many great singers who promoted the culture of the band, among them were Mikel Okri, Feladay and Chris Okotie who is now a Pastor. He (Chris Okotie) was doing it live at that time but what he did at that time was not right. He had all the opportunity to help the young generation because he was the shining light but he killed the essence of it by his Flamboyance to the excess and his not wanting to listen to those  who were tele-guiding his growth. Let these young ones not fall prey to that, is what we are saying”

Mabiaku also talked about the upcoming artists who are trying to be the new Fela of our generation. See that after the cut…

When asked what he thinks of Burnaboy and Oritsefemi who are trying to bring back the legacy of Fela through their songs, Dede said;
“Let me correct one impression. Fela played music live. Fela never used synthesized sound. Fela scored his music and his lyrics came along. Fela groomed his band with the sound he had scored. Ethically, he cultured a sound built within a band. After that, he now performed this song over a period of time before going to the studio to record. See the sequence. Now let us come to the present day artiste, what are they doing? They just go into the studio, make few sounds together, make hooks, roll it round and round and round within a certain amount of minutes and voice on it later. The work is supposedly packaged and you have a musical video that goes with it and you think that is what is similar to what Fela is doing? I am not saying what Fela did because Fela is continual. That is why people still listen to his songs so many years after his physical exit. He is the most regarded Nigerian musician ever. He is the most regarded African celebrated on Broadway. That is because he was doing it live.  These children need to go back to the basics. Go and learn instrument, go and culture band, culture yourself. What is happening now is destruction and disservice to the quality of work Nigeria music industry should have. Granted and agreed they have good voices, granted and agreed they have good packaging, please for God’s sake lets not class these songs as Afrobeat. Afrobeat is the music that came for the people, it is a way of life. Do they follow the tenets of this way of life?  No! However I am happy that after so many years, some of them are beginning to realize that the only thing that will make sense is natural African sound that comes with natural African elements. That is why people who are really making it are Solidstar, Davido and Flavour. Burnaboy and Oritsefemi you talked about are also in this category. All they just need to do is to learn more about it and if they do this, it will take the Nigerian music and African music largely to the next level. I fought 2face tire over the matter. He listened to me in the end. Miming is not good for this industry, it kills it. Let’s not glorify mediocrity.