Monday, September 30, 2013

Fashola Apologises To Igbos Over Deportation Saga-The Nation Newspaper

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday offered an unreserved apology for the misunderstanding generated by the alleged deportation of some destitutes to Onitsha, Anambra State.
The state government was accused of dumping 70 beggars at Onitsha Bridge on July 24, a situation that generated public outcry and bad blood.

The government had said it relocated the 14 people to Onitsha after rehabilitating them, but the explanations did not appease the aggrieved Igbos, who felt they were being badly treated and hated
Fashola, who spoke at the silver jubilee of the Igbo socio-cultural think tank, Aka Ikenga held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, insisted he has no problems with the Igbos.
He noted that the largest herds of cattle he received when his father died was from the Igbos.
At the event were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Ayim, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan; House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; Catholic Bishop, Mathew Kuka; former Minister, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu; President Aka Ikenga, Goddy Uwazurike; former ambassador George Obiozor and President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo-Igariwey.

Jilted Blogger Takes Revenge On A Guy Who Dumped Her After Two Dates!!!

Women and their wahala shaaaa.This blogger went on two dates with a man,then gets dumped!...and what did she do next?...She burst "katakata" on her blog so the man would lose his job,but what happened at the end of the day?You guys need to read this!

A 25-year-old writer who was dumped this week via text - after two only dates - has revealed how she sought to exact revenge by contacting the man's workplace and complaining that he'd sent her sexting messages using his company Blackberry.
Not content with reporting him to his boss, Quin Woodward Pu also blogged about her experience – a decision that has backfired spectacularly judging from the amount of scorn she has received on countless social media forums since revealing her cruel act of revenge.
Describing herself as 'The Taylor Swift of literature' and 'a straight-A Asian-American extrovert from Georgia with a penchant for vodka, designer shoes and older men,’ Washington D.C.-based Woodward Pu clearly isn’t lacking in confidence although she does lack some self-awareness.
 She's the editor-in-chief of Little Black Blog, a website filled with lots of words and pictures devoted to her favorite subject - Quin Woodward Pu.
In a blog posted entitled ‘I’m 26 What’s a filter?’ posted on Tuesday she wrote of how two weeks ago she met a random man in a bar.
‘He was friendly enough, but annoyingly and sloppily drunk, which is why I offered my email address when he asked for my number. We emailed later that weekend, and I met up for a few drinks, which eventually turned to dinner, and then champagne.

Why Lionel Messi May Go To Jail

The Argentine and his father, Jorge Messi, have been summoned to go before a judge in the coastal town where the player lives, Gava near Barcelona, accused of evading tax on his image rights to the tune of £3.5 million.
Messi's form on the field has scarcely been affected, with the Barcelona forward scoring 10 goals in just seven matches this season as the Spanish champions remain unbeaten.
"I am not worried, I'm always on the sidelines of all that, just like my dad. We have our lawyers and our advisors who handle these things. We trust in them and they will solve the issue," he said in July.
The judge is due to question Messi senior at 1000am (0800 GMT) and Lionel Messi an hour later.
The case began in June when a prosecutor accused the Messis of evading tax by ceding the player's image rights to "purely instrumental entities" in tax havens such as Belize and Uruguay.
 According to the prosecutor's report, Messi "obtained significant income" from image rights between 2006 and 2009 on which he "should have paid tax in his subsequent declarations" to the Spanish authorities and failed to do so.
Although the alleged offences are punishable by a jail sentence, the Messis paid the tax authorities £4.2m in August (the £3.5m claimed by the taxman plus interest), which will significantly reduce any sentence should they be found guilty.
The news caused astonishment in Spain where Messi is seen as a more humble figure than other football stars, particularly his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
"He has a very professional image, of being focused on what he does and very close to the public," said Carles Canto, a marketing expert for IMG Consulting.
Despite the initial consternation, the player's popularity doesn't appear to have diminished at all due to the allegations.

Photos: Miss Philippines Crowned Miss World 2013



Miss Philippines was crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday at a tightly guarded ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, after the contest was plagued by protests from Muslim hardliners and fears that extremist groups could try to disrupt the event.
U.S.-born Megan Young, a 23-year-old studying digital film, accepted the crown from last year's winner, Wenxia Yu of China, and promised to "be the best Miss World ever". Congrats to her! 

The 10 Semi Finalists of Miss World 2013
1.Philippines
2.Brazil
3. Australia
4.France
5. Nepal
6. England
7. Indonesia
8. Spain
9. Jamaica
10. Ghana

Sad that Anna Banner from Nigeria did not make it. Congrats to all the contestants.

Nigerian Woman Found Dead In her London Home. Son Charged For Murder



 Tolu Kalejaiye, 44, was an accountant and mother. She was found dead in her London home on Thursday in her kitchen, with a large laceration to the left side of her neck.  Her son, 21, Oludotun Emmanual Kalejaiye, who lives with her has been charged with murder after being questioned by the police.

Saudi Sheikh Warns That Women Shouldn’t Drive Because It Damages Their Ovaries And Pelvis


Women have been warned not to get behind the wheels because their health is at risk. A Saudi sheikh has warned women that driving could affect their ovaries and pelvises. Women are currently banned from driving in Saudi Arabia and many have protested against the statute.

Baby With 2 Heads Survives Risky Surgery In Afghanistan


Three Month old Asree Gul, with an extra head as she lies at a hospital in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad
This shocking picture shows a three-month-old baby with an extra head as she lies at a hospital in the Afghanistan city of Jalalabad.

The photo was taken just before Asree Gul underwent a rare operation to have the second skull removed.

Doctors say the surgery was a success, but it was complicated as vital nerves and blood vessels were linked to the second skull.

BankyW - Entertainment Is More Fame Than Fortune



What have you been up to recently?
I’ve been working hard, pretty much. On the music side, I’ve been working on collaborations with different artistes. I’ve recently completed really good songs for Black Magic, Sarkodie, MoCheddah, Lynxxx, Ketchup, Victoria Kimani and Vector. Internally (within EME), I’m contributing to Wizkid’s album, as well as projects for Skales, ShayDee and Niyola. Outside of all this, I’ve been giving speeches at various events, as well as working on a couple of potentially great movie projects.


Is Banky in a relationship?
Not at the moment.

Tell us something no one knows about you.

Olawale Ojo Is The Winner Of MTN Project Fame Season 6


He has been a contender with 17 other contestants for MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 6.

MTN Project fame winners are First runner up Immaculate – Everyone knew she was a big contender too and she had always believed she would win.


Domestic Airlines Barred From Flying Foreign-registered Planes

Effective October 1, 2013, no Nigerian airline, whether domestic or charter, will be allowed to use foreign-registered planes in their fleet, according to a new order from the Federal Government to airlines operators through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

The order, contained in a letter addressed to all domestic and charter airlines in the country, was signed by the Director-General, NCAA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu.

The letter, dated August 28, 2013, was obtained exclusively by our correspondent on Thursday.

According to it, any domestic or charter airline wants to bring in a foreign-registered plane for whatever reason will only be allowed to use such a plane for a period of six months.

The letter titled, 'Order on operation of foreign-registered aircraft in Nigeria', read in part, "Pursuant to sections 30 (5) and 30 (7a) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority hereby makes the following order: 1. Wet-lease-in aircraft into Nigeria: No Air Operator Certificate holder shall wet-lease-in an aircraft into Nigeria for the purpose of commercial air transportation for a total period of more than six months. 2. Effective date: This order shall take effect from October 1, 2013 and all AOC holders shall comply there from."

Students Killed As Boko-Haram Attacks College Of Agriculture In Yobe.

Scores of students have been killed in yet another attack by terrorist group, Boko Haram, in Yobe state.

The insurgents attacked the College of Agriculture Gujba, 50 KM south of Damaturu, the state capital yesterday night and killed several students.

A staff of the school who confirmed the attack to Channels Television said several dead bodies are still being recovered from bushes, hostels and classes in and around the school as scores were killed in the attack.

The source also revealed that surviving students are at the moment making efforts to re unite with their families in fear of further attacks by the insurgents.

The security agencies are yet to confirm the incident.
www.channelstv.com/home/2013/09/29/several-students-dead-as-boko-haram-attacks-college-of-agriculture-in-yobe/

42 Dead, 100 Missing As Boat Capsized In River Niger


The State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, confirmed the casualty figure.
No fewer than 42 people were on Friday drowned in a boat mishap on River Niger close to Malilli Village in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 100 others on board were missing in the mishap which occurred at about 2 p.m.
The Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Hussaini, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview on Saturday.
Mr. Hussaini said the incident occurred around 2 pm when the traders were returning from Malili Village back to Tunga Illo Village across the River Niger, after the day’s market.
He said the details were sketchy, but the boat which had over 150 passengers capsized midway and drowned 42 people, while 100 others were missing.
The spokesman said that local divers from Malili Village had recovered 42 corpses, while efforts were being intensified to rescue possible survivors or the corpse of those drowned.
“At the moment search and rescue is ongoing on the river.
“I will make the details of the incident later, but the agency has dispatch its officers to assist the villagers in the rescue efforts,’’ he said.
Mr. Hussaini said the recovered corpses would be given mass burial close to the river bank, adding that neighbouring villages had been alerted to look out for floating corpses.
The Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Ndako, confirmed the boat mishap.
“I received the information late in the night that a boat had capsized and 42 persons have drowned in the incident, while rescue operation is ongoing.
“We believe that the boat was overload because the boat’s capacity was put at 60 passengers, but over 150 passengers were said to be on board during the incident.
“The debris in the swollen river may also have been responsible for the incident,’’ Mr. Ndako said.
Mr. Ndako said that the government condoled with the family of those who had lost their loved ones, and pray that Allah grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Source: (NAN)

http://premiumtimesng.com/news/145580-breaking-42-confirmed-dead-100-missing-niger-boat-mishap.html

Borno Trains 800 Youths For Civilian JTF





Borno state government yesterday took the battle to end the four years Boko Haram crisis, as it flagged off an orientation exercise for 800 youth vigilante members, popularly called Civilian JTF, that have been in the vanguard of hunting down members of the outlawed sect.
Flagging off the exercise, tagged Borno Youth Empowerment Scheme (BOYES), Governor Kashim Shettima said that government was gradually setting a stage by training volunteer youths, popularly called Civilian JTF, in partnership with the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) towards ensuring effective state policing.

Shettima said government regarded the youth volunteers, now BOYES, as the greatest assets of Borno because of their zeal and commitment towards ensuring the immediate return of peace in the state.

He explained that the aim of the BOYES is to “ensure our youths discover or rediscover their potentials, enhance these potentials with necessary skills, indoctrinate them into having a better organised love for their fatherland, make them conscious of what goes within and around them, train them to be conscious of the security of wider civilian population without taking laws into their hands so that they can lawfully help in policing their own communities.”

Continuing further, he said: “I am assuring you that, after this batch, we would again train another set of 800 youth and would continue so as to make sure that they are adequately compensated for their sacrifice for the peace of Borno state.

Speaking on behalf of the youth volunteers, Yusuf Garba expressed gratitude to the governor for his support to Borno youths, adding that since their camping at the NYSC camp, they have witnessed tremendous changes in their behavioural attitude in comparison to their old life style.

Source

Nigerian Arraigned In The U.S For Aiding Al-Qaeda


A Nigerian terror suspect accused of trying to help al-Qaeda in Yemen appear before a United States federal courtroom on Friday.

Lawal Babafemi was accused of training with members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and using his English skills to help publish the terrorist magazine “Inspire.” Judge John Gleason ordered Babafemi, also known as “Ayatollah Mustafa,” held without bail. No plea was entered, reports NBCnewyork.com.

Prosecutors said Babafemi is married with children in Nigeria and helped al-Qaeda attempt to recruit people who speak English to engage in acts of terror against Americans.

The FBI said Anwar al-Awlaki, the American cleric who became the al- Qeada commander in the Arabian Peninsula and was killed in a US drone strike, personally directed $9,000 be paid to Babafemi to assist in his recruitment efforts.

Sitting silently at a defense table, Babafemi wore a blue and white striped polo shirt as he listened to the hearing without the help of a translator.

Source: www.punchng.com/news/nigerian-arraigned-in-us-for-aiding-al-qaeda/

Boko-Haram Seeks Bullet Proof Jazz From Oyo State

AS the military assault against the Boko Haram sect continues in some Northern states, members of the sect might have concluded plans to infiltrate the South-West to seek traditional medicine protection from gunshots.

Sunday Tribune gathered that the last few weeks have seen large-scale efforts being made by people believed to be members of the sect to contact native doctors in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, especially Saki, for bulletproof charms.

Incidentally, Saki and some other Oke-Ogun towns have a very strong Islamic orientation with a large population of northerners, especially cattlemen, already making the area a home.

According to a source who claimed to be in the know about the recent attempt to seek Yoruba traditional protection by the Boko Haram members, a huge amount of money ranging from N5 million to N10 million was said to be on offer “if the amulet is made and tested okay.”

“Recently, some strange people have been coming to Oke-Ogun for traditional bulletproof and most of these people are Northerners, though their contact persons are Yoruba. What we learnt was that anyone that facilitates the Boko Haram’s contacts’ meeting with a herbalist, who could make a potent charm would also get a commission of 40 per cent, with the remaining 60 per cent going to the herbalist,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

http://www.tribune.com.ng/news2013/index.php/en/component/k2/item/22734-boko-haram-invades-s-west-for-bulletproof-charms-

Friday, September 27, 2013

Topshop ordered to pay Rihanna's £1m legal bill after it sold T-shirts using image of her

Rihanna has won a permanent ban on Topshop selling T-shirts using her image - and an order that Sir Philip Green’s high street fashion chain must pay her estimated legal costs of almost £1million.

Topshop owners Arcadia Group were ordered by Mr Justice Birss at the High Court to pay £200,000 of this within 14 days, even though he found the size of her bill ‘startling’ and ‘somewhat surprising’.

The Chancery Division judge ruled in July that fans of the 25-year-old singer from Barbados, who was not in court, might have been deceived into thinking that she had endorsed the T-shirt.

Topshop had sold the garment - which bore an image of her taken from a photograph - between March and August 2012. The judge said sale of the T-shirt without her permission was ‘passing off’.

Today, in the latest hearing, Mr Justice Birss ruled that it was ‘right and fair’ that ‘style icon’ Rihanna should be granted an injunction to prevent any future similar wrong use of the 'unflattering' image.

He said Topshop could appeal to the Court of Appeal against his ruling.

But if his decision is upheld, he will then assess the amount of damages due to the singer - and how much is due in legal costs.

INDIA- woman burnt alive as husband failed to repay money

A man burnt alive a 30-year-old woman as her husband failed to repay Rs 30,000 ($484) that he borrowed from the accused. The woman died while undergoing treatment on Wednesday night. The police are yet to arrest the accused.

According to the police, the incident occurred at Redi village near Taranagar area in the district. “The woman, Maina Kanwar, was with her daughter in the house on Tuesday. Maina’s husband Sheeshpal Singh had gone to a nearby village for some work,” said a police officer.

The officer said that one Hari Singh, also a resident of Redi village, came to the house and asked Maina to give him the money which he had lent to Sheeshpal.

Brazil name squad to face Zambia

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has named a formidable squad that will face Zambia in the 15 October friendly in China.

Scolari has included Barcelona stars Neymar and Dani Alves in his team to take on the 2012 African champions at the national stadium in Beijing.Others notables in the squad are David Luiz and Ramires both from English side Chelsea....see squad list after cut..

Man beaten in Zambia for claiming to be Jesus


Irate members of the public in Kitwe on Tuesday battered a man for claiming to be Jesus Christ.

Mupeta Chishimba a resident of Mindolo Township in Kitwe was beaten after he was spotted going round town preaching God’s message claiming he was Christ and that all divine powers of Jesus had incarnated in him.

The man incensed members of the public when he said he was Jesus Christ who had come to put an end to all ‘political Governments’.

“I am Jesus Christ from the heavens who has come to save you from this world and I would put an end to the Political Government of this world and I will start ruling no one can stop me because I posses the divine power,” he said.

Chishimba claimed he fell off from heaven in 1999 with the sole purpose of initiating judgment for mankind and end political rule.

Okada-Man Flings Himself In Front Of Oncoming Trailer Over Seizure Of Bike




Pandemonium broke out yesterday at Iyana Adeoyo, Ring Road area of Ibadan when an unidentified man in his thirties, attempted suicide by jumping in front of oncoming vehicle, after officers of the Oyo State commercial vehicle registration unit impounded his bike because his papers were fake.

According to eyewitnesses, the man kept on pleading, trying to explain to the officers that he didn't know his papers were fake. Unfortunately, his pleas fell on deaf ears.
That was when the man went into a frenzy, ran towards an oncoming trailer and flung himself in front of the vehicle. Onlookers jumped at him, rescued him. Before they turned again, the man threw himself under an SUV, he was pulled out again.
He then reportedly went into shock, started foaming in the mouth. Some policemen arrived and carried him to a nearby hospital.

N96M Abuja Stadium Re-Grassing Causes Controversy


The Abuja National Stadium re-grassing project is claimed to have cost the sum of 96 million naira according to the NSC

The National Sports Commission has revealed to the House of Representatives Committee on Sports that the amount of money coughed-out in re-grassing the Abuja National Stadium was 96 million Naira ($600,000).

Addressing the committee members, the Director of Finance and Administration in the Sports ministry, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed declared that the sum was paid to Julius Berger, the contractor that replaced the grass on the football pitch.

“We spent N96 million to re-grass this pitch,” Mohammed told puzzled committee members while insisting that did not include the amount spent to commission the stadium that was once used to prosecute Super Eagles home matches.

In the same vein, chairman of the committee, Godfrey Ali Gaiya has refused to accept the amount spent because to him the job done is substandard.

Peter Obi In Tears, Buries 4 Family Members Killed In Kano Blast


Anambra –
The remains of the  four members of the  Ezebuala family, who were  victims of the Kano bomb blasts on July 29, were on Thursday buried  at Uga Community.Uga is in the  Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra.The atmosphere was characterised by wailing and grief as the corpses of the victims were brought for final commendation service at the church.The deceased were Nnamdi Ezebuala (48) and his three children: Chinemerem (14), Chiamaka (12) and Nmesomachukwu (10).

They were killed when Boko Haram sect members launched bomb attacks simultaneously at various points on two busy roads in the Sabongari area of Kano.Gov. Peter Obi, who could not hold back his tears, described the incident as “a national calamity’’.
Obi said that Anambra had faced similar ugly incidents in years past when Anambra indigenes were slaughtered in various parts of the North by Boko Haram insurgents. He expressed dismay at the level of destruction of lives and property in various parts of the North.The governor said that his administration had fought to ensure security of lives and property, “which has made Anambra  State a beautiful place for local and foreign investors’’.

The governor urged the Ezebuala family and the people of Uga to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.He said that government would take over the welfare of the wife of the deceased and her two surviving children.Speaking during the service, the ‘Commanding Officer’ of Uga Corps of the Salvation Army, Maj. Emeka Ezechukwu, described the death of the victims as manifestation of the love of God towards those who loved Him. Ezechukwu said that the victims as children of God met their death in the house of God, where they had gone to worship God. He noted Nnamdi Ezebuala and his children were strong members of the church, whose commitment were fervent. The cleric prayed God to grant them eternal rest.

The Chairman of Uga Democratic Vanguard, Chief Peter Okala, thanked the governor for finding time to come to commiserate with the people of Uga and the Ezebuala family. Okala said that the Uga Community had been over-shadowed by anguish and tears since the death of the Ezebualas.He, however, prayed God to grant the departed souls eternal rest and for God to grant the family of the deceased fortitude to bear the loss.
The Founder of Konigin Des Friedens, Uga, Monsgr. John-Bosco Akam, where Chinemerem was a student, described his death as national tragedy that had affected the lives of the young generation. (NAN)

Nigeria Airline Operators Threaten To Move To Ghana


In an interesting twist of events, airline operators in Nigeria are threatening to move their operations to Ghana over the imposition of new tariffs by the country’s aviation regulatory body the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The airline operators want to locate to Ghana in a bid to stay in business.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has imposed a new fee of $4, 000 on foreign registered and $300, 000 on Nigerian carriers per trip.

The move has angered airline operators in the country who say the latest development is not in tandem with global practice.

Weeks after some local airline operators in Ghana threatened to pull out of the country over unfavorable conditions in the aviation sector, their counterparts elsewhere in Nigeria are threatening to do same and in this case locate to Ghana.

In the case of Ghana’s airline operators, the high cost of aviation fuel as well as a growing list of local operators being given the nod to operate among others was reason for their threats to pull out.

For their Nigerian counterparts however, the imposition of a new tariff by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority of $4, 000 and $300, 000 for foreign registered and Nigerian carrier per trip is the reason for the threat.

Lagos CJ Frees 129 Inmates From Ikoyi Prison by homesteady

Lagos Chief Judge Justice Ayotunde
Philips, Thursday freed 129 inmates of Ikoyi
Prisons, Lagos, majority of whom were awaiting
trials.
Phillips had on September 25, released 119
inmates from the Kirikiri Medium and Maximum
Security Prisons in Lagos.
The chief judge ordered the release of the
inmates during her visit to the prison as part of
activities marking the one-week 2013/2014 legal
year which commenced on September 23, 2013.
She said the gesture was aimed at decongesting
the prison to alleviate the sufferings of inmates.
Phillips admonished the freed inmates to be of
good behaviour and make positive impacts in the
society.
She said: “Today, I release you, September 26,
2013, from prison custody and I admonish you
to go and sin no more.”

Source - www.vanguardngr.com/2013/09/lagos-cj-frees-129-inmates-ikoyi-prison/

Trader bathed with acid while asleep

For about five months, the Agbaje family of Ifako, Gbagada, Lagos State, has been battling to find an explanation to the tragedy that has befallen it.
The family members said while they were seeking a solution to the tragedy, they had sought the aid of the Ogun State Police Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding their challenge.
The mother of the house, Mrs. Sherrifat Agbaje was attacked with acid while she was sleeping on her bed on April 23, 2013.

Sherifat, a fish seller, said she was in a rented apartment in the Ifo area of Ogun State and was fast asleep when an unknown assailant crept up to her window in the middle of the night and bathed her with acid.
The mother of six is currently in pains as her face, chest and arms were severely burned in the attack. She, however, miraculously escaped being blinded.
Her five-year-old daughter, Kehinde, who was sleeping beside her, was also lucky as she escaped with a few burns to her back and arms.
Sherifat told PUNCH Metro that it had been her practice for three years to travel to Ifo. Ogun State, every Monday to sell fish and return home to her husband at Ifako, Lagos, on Saturdays.
Sherifat said, “There was nothing unusual about that day. Like any typical day, I went to the market to sell fish. I didn’t sell much  because there was a free-for-all among the area boys. It disrupted our business.

Delta kidnap kingpin nabbed in Port Harcourt

Notorious Delta kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Ibruvwe, has finally been nabbed.
He was smoked out from his hideout in Port Harcourt by a special security squad dispatched from Abuja a few days ago.
Kelvin, with his well armed marauders, said to be numbering about 300, A few days ago, gave the Federal Government a 60-day ultimatum to address every form of marginalisation meted out on the Urhobo nation.
The kingpin and his cohorts defied the fact that he was on the wanted list of all the security agents in Delta
State by coming out in broad daylight to issue a warning to the federal might.
Kokori, Kelvin’s fortress, as gathered, has been taken over by soldiers, who are now keeping surveillance of the entire community to forestall any breach of the peace.
His people were said to be his strength as they believe in his struggle to emancipate his people from meaginalisation, just as some politicians for Urhobo were also said to be giving him some backing for their selfish political gain.

Comedian Bovi & Wife Welcome Baby Girl


Ace comedian, Bovi & his lovely wife (Christabel) welcome their second child (a girl this time) in the US. He tweeted (and shared some photos of) this good development last night. Congrats to the couple.

Richard Gere & Wife Carey Lowell Set For Divorce After 11 Years Of Marriage Due To Lifestyle Differences

Divorce: Richard Gere and Carey Lowell have split up after 11 years of marriage
Hollywood actor Richard Gere and his wife Carey Lowell have separated and are planning on divorcing. The couple, who have been married for 11 years and have a 13-year-old son together, have 'been spending time apart for quite some time.' It's thought the pair made the decision due to their different lifestyles because while the 64-year-old heartthrob likes the quiet life, his former Bond girl wife, 52, is more of a fan of ‘socialising with other bigwigs’.
Check out some of their family pictures after the break ...

Prostitute Beats & Strips "Customer's" Newly Wedded Wife Naked For Confronting Her

A newly wedded woman whose husband had been patronizing a local prostitute, simply known as Amaka, was beaten and stripped naked by the prostitute for confronting and accusing her of sleeping with the husband and keeping him away from his matrimonial home. To her dismay, the prostitute confirmed the allegation and even boasted to the lady that she has been "servicing" her husband before he met and married her and that was not going to change anytime soon. This infuriated the woman causing her to attack the prostitute and fighting ensued. It was gathered that neighbours around were busy taking pictures rather than separate the ladies. The matter was later resolved at a nearby police station. The woman's husband was said to have denied the "allegation" ... as expected! Do you think the woman had any business confronting the prostitute at all?

Forbe's Latest List Of World’s Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artistes


 
Celebrity website Forbes have released the much anticipated ‘Cash Kings’ list of 2013 for the World’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists…

Find the list below…

Nollywood Filmmaker, Tunde Afolayan Says He May Not Live Long Due To His Hectic Work Ethics

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Celebrated film maker and actor Kunle Afolayan has dropped heart stopping posts on Facebook indicating that his workaholic lifestyle may eventually end his life.Continue to read the rest of the story ...
Kunle who is working round the clock to meet the October 1 deadline of his highly anticipated film “October 1″ took to Facebook to drop some of his darkest thoughts. ‘My Obsession with filmmaking makes me think I may not live long, I forbid it though’. ‘I got back to Lagos yesternight (sic) very tired and sleepy after 42days of shoot, got home ate then went to bed. All I see throughout my sleep are the shots I took and those that I felt I should have done differently. Woke up this morning and all I have in my head is the deadline of the trailer release which in October 1, 2013, in about 11 days and the completion of the whole project. Yes, am very passionate about film making but I think being too obsessed is not healthy. What do you guys think?’

Kunle battles to meet a treacherous deadline too close for comfort with fears the release date may have to be shifted. Along side this all-consuming film production, Kunle also plays lead character in a new film ‘Dotun’ by ace film-maker Tunde Kelani. Fans have been pouring in advice on Kunle’s facebook wall with a passionate appeal for him to take things easy. Please drop your advice here as well.

The Woman Who Masterminded Kenya Mall Attack Was In Nigeria


 
Samantha Lewthwaite, the British widow known as “White Widow” accused of masterminding the despicable terrorist attack on Kenyan shopping mall which killed over 60 people was in Nigeria and evaded detection, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, UK-based newspaper. According to the newspaper, “In Nigeria, where police forces are notoriously corrupt, there were reports that she (Lewthwaite) was almost caught a while ago, but she bribed her way out of trouble.” Read the full report after the break ...
“If White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is on the run she will be hard to catch. If a Lewthwaite were to be on the run in Kenya, Nigeria or Somalia, it would be a easier to evade detection than in Europe. “She would be wearing a veil, and sensitivities about searching Muslim women would be observed so she could easily slip through difficult checkpoints. “In Nigeria, where police forces are notoriously corrupt, there were reports she was almost caught a while ago, but she bribed her way out of trouble,” the news report said “Extremist communities such as al-Shabaab are tight-knit in these countries, making it difficult to recruit agents to penetrate them and trace her.“And Lewthwaite may hold a great deal of power as a special kind of jihadist, having proved her worth in previous attacks.  “As a white convert mum and widow of a 7/7 bomber, she would be invaluable propaganda and would command huge loyalty. “Also, the austere nature of her adopted culture means she would rarely go out, so there would be few opportunities to follow her.

75-Year-Old, Others Killed As Buildings Collapse In Lagos


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Three people lost their lives on the Lagos Island on Wednesday after a three-storey building collapsed on a bungalow beside it. PUNCH Metro learnt that among those killed were a four year-old girl, a 75- year-old man, identified simply as Baba Olorunosebi, and a trader. So sad! Continue to read the rest of the story ..The girl, who sustained injury to her eye, was said to have died on her way to the hospital. According to eyewitnesses, 11 people were rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building by residents. Our correspondent learnt that among the 11, five of them were little children and had been taken to Massey Children Hospital for medical attention. The three-storey building on Alli Street was said to have cracked and collapsed around 10pm on Wednesday and fallen on the six bedroom bungalow, killing the old man. The trader, was said to have been sleeping in his shop on the ground floor of the three-storey building when it came down.

Residents told PUNCH Metro that the building had earlier been marked for demolition by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency. It was learnt that the collapsed building, which belonged to a late white cap chief, had been marked for demolition three years ago when another structure in the same area collapsed. An eyewitness, Mayowa Akinmarin, said he was buying food from a man in front of the building when the incident occured. He said, “I was buying food from a vendor in front of the affected building when I heard a big bang. The next thing, I saw heavy blocks from the house flying about.

Ella Martins, Genevieve Nnaji’s Alleged Female Lover, Debunks Accusation



 
A while back, front-line Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji was reported to be allegedly involved in an affair with Benin Republic actress, Ella Martins.
 

Ella has finally debunked the story. Read her statement after the break:

NYSC Presents N26.7m To Families Of Dead Corpers

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Wednesday in Minna presented N26.7 million cheques to the families of the two corps members killed in the 2011 post-election violence in Niger.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 61 other corps members who were injured during the violence are also to benefit from the gesture.

Alhaji Saidu Kpaki, Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), who presented the cheques on behalf of the government, advised youths against being used as thugs by politicians.

“Time has come when youths should take their destinies in their hands by resisting politicians who would lure them to self destruction for personal gains’’, Kpaki said.

The deceased corps members were; Ademola M. Adejoke and Nwali C.Ifeoma with NYSC registration number NG/10A/353 and NG/10A/614, respectively.

“I do not see the crisis as that of religion. May be it is political or joblessness or as a result of poverty. Tell whoever that wants to recruit you as thugs to bring his or her son to lead the way.

“Taking up arms in the name of religion is against all known religious norms. Religion is, and should be out of one’s volition. it is never compulsory.”

Earlier, Mrs Justina Andirya, the NYSC Coordinator in Niger, said the Federal Government was pained by the death of the corps members and the sufferings of the injured.

She said no amount of financial compensation would replace the dead loved ones.

Andirya said the financial support for the injured was based on the degree of injury.

In his remarks, Mr Adebayo Adesanya, President of the Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF), expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the gesture. (NAN)

Source: http://dailypost.com.ng/2013/09/26/nysc-presents-n26-7m-to-families-of-dead-corpers/?wt=3

Zamfara Women Protest Over Husband Scarcity


No fewer than 8,000 women on Thursday matched to the Zamfara Hisbah Commission, seeking the state government’s assistance to enable them to get married.

Led by the Chairperson of the Zamfara Widows Association, Hajiya Suwaiba Isa, and the patron, Alhaji Sa’idu Goshe, the women said they were not living a normal life and needed husbands to become whole.

“Many of us cannot afford two meals in a day because there are no men to support us,” they said.

The patron said the association had over 8,000 women, comprising 5,380 divorcees, 2,200 widows, 1,200 orphans and 80 others, whom he said, were looking for men to marry.

He said the women also needed assistance to purchase household items such as beds, mattresses and other basic necessities needed to move to their husbands’ houses.

Goshe appealed to the commission to assist the association in screening suitors for the women.

He said the screening would determine the suitors’ health status, source of livelihood and ability to maintain a family.
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Mum Saved Her Kids From Attack By Playing Dead





Remarkable presence of mind: A family plays dead to escape the Kenyan mall massacre



With gunmen running amok from all angles, their gut reaction must have been to flee for their lives.

But this young family were able to escape the Kenyan mall massacre by having the remarkable presence of mind to play dead in their fight to survive.

Dramatic new video has emerged that shows the mother lying completely still with her arm around her youngest child as terrorists storm the complex.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Chinese man has new nose grown on his forehead after losing his nose in a car crash

A 22 year old Chinese man named Xiaolian has had a new nose grown on his forehead after loosing his original nose in a car accident. Xiaolian had the treatment to create a replacement for his original nose which was infected and deformed following the accident in 2012. He actually left his damaged nose unattended to after the accident which led to the infection and eventual deformity, leaving the surgeons unable to repair it.

Surgeons in China were left with no option than to create another nose for the man to breathe properly and then transplant it to the original place. The nose was created by placing a skin tissue expander onto Xiaolian’s forehead. This was cut into the shape of a nose and was supported by cartilage taken from the man’s ribs. Continue...

Tasty Fried Chicken boss losses only son

Mrs Olayinka Adebayo, Tastee Fried Chicken boss lost her only son, Olubunmi Adedayo  who  was the executive director of TFC,he died on tuesdaySeptember 24th in the US after a brief illness. He's survived by his parents, wife and two kids. May his soul rest in peace...amen.

Biola Bashorun In Ghastly Accident


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One of Nollywood's  actress, Biola Bashorun narrowly  escaped death in a ghastly motor accident in her Honda car on her way to Badagry yesterday morning.  “it was just GOD that just saved me and the other occupants of the car but we are fine and all is well",Biola said

"Nigerian Music Is Unintelligent, Even Goats Can Dance To It" - Jesse Jagz


Nigerian hip hop star Jesse Jagz in a recent interview viewed Nigerian musics as "unintelligent".
"You don't need Jesus to tell you that Nigerian music is unintelligent. Even goats can dance to our music. Can Jesse Jagz make Nigeria a better place for Wizkid? Can Wizkid do same too? Let adults do better and let kids party. We need to leave something better for the coming generation."
Jesse said in the interview.

Foster Parents Sentenced To Almost 20-Years In Prison For Raping Their Two Children

A Massachusetts husband and wife were each sentenced to prison Monday after being found guilty last month of raping their two adopted children.

Joseph Mayotte, 50, sexually abused his daughter over a five-year span, starting when she was 8, according to a news release from prosecutor Joseph D. Early Jr.

Mayotte was convicted in August on 11 charges -- including rape of a child aggravated by age difference -- and was sentenced Monday to 16 to 20 years in prison.


His wife, Linda Mayotte, was convicted on 19 charges -- including three counts of rape of a child -- and sentenced from 18 to 22 years behind bars.

The 49-year-old became pregnant with her adopted son's child when he was only 15, according to Paul Jarvey of the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. It was a pregnancy she carried to term, Jarvey said.

"Let them burn in hell," is what the son, now 21, said of his former parents in an impact statement read in court today, according to Jarvey.

The Mayottes, who lived in the central Massachusetts town of Northbridge, were arrested in 2009. The two adopted children -- along with the child to whom Linda Mayotte gave birth -- were adopted by other families.

"Their trust was broken by these two predators," Early's statement said. "Now, justice has been served."

NASU Will Join ASUU Strike Next Week

AS strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the nation’s tertiary institutions enters its fourth month, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has indicated its resolve to embark on its own indefinite strike next week.

Speaking at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the trade union in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday, NASU’s general secretary, Prince Peters Adeyemi, said members of the union had not been paid for two months, despite working to keep university system running during the ongoing ASUU strike.

“ NASU will commence its own strike next week, because we have been working and government has refused to pay our salary. For us, it does not make sense to continue to keep the system running when we are not being paid. The reason for this is not known to us.

Government has not paid our salary for August and today is September 24; they are owing us two months’ salary and there is no way we can continue to do this work on empty stomach, while they run round the globe on full stomach,” he said.

The NASU’s general secretary, who said no reason was adduced for their non-payment, added that “ the unfortunate thing is that they have no explanation for non-payment of our salary. That is enough patience on our part, despite the fact that we have our grouse before with the Federal Government that things are not running well.

“ However, we think as Nigerians and parents, we don’t have to unnecessarily ground the system, but if you take this our maturity and level-headedness to mean stupidity, then, people who complain that we, in the university system have ruined the future of students by going on too many strikes imposed on us by government will have no reason not to understand, if we go on our own strike next week.”

Also speaking, the national president of NASU, Mr Ladi Iliya, blamed the National Assembly for fighting on their political interest and future at the expense of welfare of Nigerians.

The NASU president, who said the National Assembly should have deliberated on issue of persistent insecurity and ASUU strike when it resumed session, described the attitude of the legislators as shameful.

The labour leader decried issue of corruption, which he said was now an acceptable part of every transaction in the country, both in public and private sectors of the economy, adding that high cost of running the country today was a result of the endemic scourge of corrupt practices, which, he said had long bedevilled the system.

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Boko-Haram Shekau Appears In New Video, Says ‘I Am Alive’

Leader of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, today said the Nigerian Military should bury itself in shame because he is alive.
Shekau also claimed responsibility of Tuesday, 17th September, 2013 attacks in Benisheik, Borno State where over 160 people were either shot dead or slaughtered and hundreds of houses burnt.
The then Joint Task Force (JTF) spokesman in Borno State, Lt Col Sagir Musa, had issued a statement on 19th August, 2013 to the effect that “Intelligence report available to the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Restore Order revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted terrorists leader may have died. He died of gunshots wounds received in an encounter with the JTF in one of their camps in Sambisa Forest on 30th June, 2013.
“Shekau was mortally wounded in the encounter and was sneaked into Amitchide-a border community in Cameroon for treatment from which he never recovered,” the JTF statement said.
But in the latest video, Shekau who appeared in military camouflage uniform, seated and surrounded by hooded insurgents said “Here I am, alive, hale and hearty. Sagir Musa should bury himself in shame, President Jonathan (of Nigeria) should bury himself in shame, President Obama (of United States of America) should bury himself in shame, and President Francois Hollande (of France) should bury himself in shame, Queen Elizabeth
(of England) should bury herself in shame,” he said.

Woman Survives Her Car Being Crushed By A Container

Its simply impossible! How can one survive this scenerio as seen in the picture when its not a movie?

This happened to a Chinese who woman made a miraculous escape after her car was crushed by a giant container as she was driving alongside a lorry carrying the huge, orange box, which suddenly listed to one side.

More pictures of her escape after the cut

The container fell off the side of the lorry, flattening the top half of the car which came to a halt on the road in China.


Firefighters were called to the scene just 1pm on Saturday, but had to wait almost twenty minutes for a crane powerful enough to life the container off of the car.

Rescuers and members of the crowd which had gathered were then astounded to hear a voice from inside the car shouting for help.

They were able to cut the car open with tools and pull the woman, who had sustained no serious injuries, to safety.See pictures after the cut

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mixed reactions trail Muslimah beauty pageant won by Nigerian girl



Mixed reactions have trailed the just concluded World Muslimah Beauty Pageant organized for the Islamic womenfolk as a suitable option to the glamorous Miss World beauty pageant. The pageant which held in Jakatar, Indonesia last week, saw young Nigerian University of Lagos student, Aisha Ajibola Olabiyi, clinch the winning title, with a cash prize of $2,200 and a trip to Mecca.

Muslim women and scholars have reacted to the pageant. Some feel the pageant violated the Islamic rule on women, while others say it's a welcome development. See their reactions after the cut...

FG plans to regulate use of social media in Nigeria




The Bureau of Public Enterprises says it plans to roll out policies and the legal framework for the regulation of the social media in Nigeria.

Director General of the privatisation agency, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, said this at a retreat for non-management staff of the organisation, according to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday by BPE spokesman, Mr. Chigbo Anichebe.

At the retreat, held at Kuchikau, Nasarawa State, Dikki frowned on the unregulated posting of what he called offensive materials on the various social networking sites.

Dikki said this plan was in line with BPE’s reform mandate to initiate necessary policies and the legal framework for the regulation of the social media in the country.

He said, “As it now obtains, all manner of things are uploaded on the various platforms of the social media without recourse to age and sensibilities of the users. This is not good enough.”

US Congress holds public hearing on Boko Haram


US Congress holds public hearing on Boko Haram
The United States Congress yesterday announced that it would conduct a special public hearing next week on the menace of Boko Haram and terrorism.
According to Congressman, Chris Smith, who led a delegation of the US Congress Committee on African Affairs to a meeting with the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, some of the hearing will guide the United States Government on the next line of action regarding the growing insurgency in northern Nigeria.
The Congressman said: “Boko Haram is an organ that has absolutely misread the Koran. Killing the refugees is something of concern to the  American Government. Next week, we will hold a public hearing on Boko Haram and terrorism.”

Obasanjo’s sister owns Apo building where squatters were killed

Building where killings took place
The unfinished building where security forces killed at least seven squatters Friday, September 20, in the Apo neighbourhood of Abuja, belongs to Mrs. Adunni Oluwole Salisu, believed to be the sister to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed.
Documents from the Abuja Geographical Information Systems (AGIS) shows that the property, located at No. 8 Bamanga Tukur Street, Gudu District, near the Gudu cemetery, belongs to Mrs. Salisu.
Ownership details of property OG247326, point unmistakably to Mrs. Salisu’s land rights, but neither her, nor the former president, could be reached for comment; although authoritative family sources confirmed the ownership and the relationship.
The Gudu killings have pitched the Nigerian human rights community against anti-terrorist campaigners in a bitter debate about the threshold of caution that security forces on anti-terror missions ought to uphold where the insurgency is generally armed, and have demonstrated maximum capability for ruthless murder and violence.

Lagos To Get Five Power Plants By 2014


THE Lagos State Government has unveiled plans to raise the number of Independent Power Plants (IPPs) in the state to five, with a combined capacity of 47.35 Mega Watts (MW) by 2014.

  Already, the state government has built two plants in Akute (12.5MW) and Lagos Island (10MW), while plans are in top gear to commission the newly completed Alausa power plant (10.4MW) by next month.

  The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Toafeek Ajibade Tijani, recently told The Guardian that Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola was set to commission the Alausa project to ease the power challenges in the state.

  “The Alausa IPP, which is set for commissioning in the month of October by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola will run on environmental-friendly natural gas from Gaslink Limited. 

  “The power plant, when commissioned, will power the state secretariat complex, Alausa, Lagos Television (LTV8), Lagos State Printing Corporation, Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, Office of the Surveyor-General, proposed Multi-Agency Complex, as well as the staff quarters I, II and III.”

  With only 10,000MW of electricity supplied to Lagos from the national grid at peak, he lamented the insufficient supply profile, explaining that the plight necessitated the IPP scheme initiated by the state government to strategically ease the network.

Sahara TV Interviews President Jonathan On The Streets Of New York

A Sahara TV reporter got in touch with the president and he graciously granted a brief interview with them

Car Buried With Bodies Discovered In Nasarawa



Residents of Nasarawa State were still in shock yesterday over the discovery of the bodies of two bankers and their driver.

They were allegedly ambushed by suspected Ombatse boys, who took them to the bush, killed them, set them ablaze with their car and buried them with the car by the riverside. The incident happened at Tudun Adabu in Obi Local Government.

The Police Command has arrested 14 suspects in connection with the murder.

The deceased bankers are Alhaji Hassan Gidado, who was the managing director of the Police Microfinance Bank, and Mr. Tunde Banwo.

The police, at a news conference on Monday, said after the the bodies were exhumed, they were deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia.

It was gathered that the two top bankers, who lived in Abuja, were in Lafia for the wedding of a child of the police Commissioner-in-Charge of Cooperative.

Police Commissioner Umar Shehu said the suspected killers would soon be taken to court. He assured residents that measures had been taken to curb the activities of the outlawed Ombatse group.

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