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World’s Richest Black Woman: Alakija Topples Oprah

Despite falling oil prices, Nigerian Billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija has edged past Oprah Winfery as world's richest Black Woman, with a fortune of $7.3bn. On the other hand, Oprah Winfrey is worth $2.9billion, according to Forbes.

According to Ventures Africa magazine's Rich List, Alakija generated her wealth from oil and gas.

"It is widely believed that Alakija's friendship with Maryam Babangida, the late wife of former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, played a huge role in her relatively inexpensive acquisition of the oil block back in 1993," the magazine noted.

United Kingdom-based Business Consultant, Philip Obi cautions that Alakija's stand is shaky because oil is fast losing value in the face of falling oil prices. "Except she decides to diversify, 90% wealth in oil look unsteady considering the alternative energy potential," Obi said.

"The world is going digital. Very soon, wealth will no longer be what we use to know; look at Facebook, Tw…

Cameroonian Soldiers Chase Nigerians Out Of Bakassi

The Cameroonian military has begun cracking down on Nigerians in the Bakassi peninsula suspected of evading taxes.

Cameroon gained total control of the peninsula in August 2013, but most inhabitants in the oil-rich area are Nigerians

"We don't understand Cameroon's tax laws," a provisions store owner, Stanley Obi, told the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), adding that he has seen an array of people seeking payments.

"At times, you see the council come to collect theirs. After, the tax officers will come, police will come; we are just confused with the whole system," Obi said.

Obi also said a curfew was imposed on the peninsula last week following disputes between businessmen and groups of tax collectors.

Fresh fish retailer, Na Eric, said that ever since Cameroon gained sovereignty over the peninsula, Nigerians in Bakassi have frequently been harassed by Cameroonian soldiers.

"It is a means of killing our businesses," he said.

The governor of …

Boko Haram Slaughters 30 In Cameroon Village

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed over 30 Cameroonian villagers, a security official disclosed yesterday.

A regional governor, Mijiyawa Bakary, told the local by phone that the estimated 30 people killed were civilians.

"We do not yet have all the facts, but our divisional officers and security officials are filling us in," Bakary said.

The attack took place at Mbaljuel village in northern Cameroon, just a few kilometres from Cameroon's border with Nigeria, L'Oeil du Sahel newspaper said.

The insurgents also carried out a similar attack along the Waza-Mora highway on Friday, killing one Cameroonian soldier.

A soldier serving near the border who did not want to be named said the dead soldier was a corporal, adding that three soldiers also were wounded in the attack.

The attackers also confiscated a vehicle belonging to the Cameroon military.

Meanwhile, the Cameroon military says it killed 53 Boko Haram militants at Soueram about 17 kilometres from Fotoko…

Revealed: What Jonathan, Babangida discussed

Former military President Ibrahim Babangida made no commitment on the 2015 presidential poll to President Goodluck Jonathan at a meeting in Minna on Saturday, The Nation learnt yesterday.

Gen. Babangida only raised issues on how to keep the nation united during and after the general elections – contrary to the widespread insinuation that he endorsed Jonathan's bid for another term.

Buoyed by the visit, Dr. Jonathan has started reaching out to key emirs and leaders of the North to back his re-election bid.

He may soon visit these leaders as part of his action plan to reduce the influence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

The details of the meeting between Jonathan and Gen. Babangida were revealed in Abuja by one of the key aides of the former military leader.

The talks between the two leaders in Minna created ripples in the North, with many highly-placed Northerners bombarding Gen. Babangida with calls on what actually transpired.

The a…

Hard drug: Jackie Chan’s son charged

China's state prosecutor said on Monday it had formally charged Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star, Jackie Chan, with a drug offence. Consequent­ly, he is almost certain to face trial.

The younger Chan, a 32-year-old actor and singer, was arrested in Beijing this year after testing positive for marijuana with police saying they found 100 grams of the drug in his home.

In a brief statement on its official microblog, the Su­preme People's Procurator­ate said it had begun legal proceedings against him for the crime of sheltering oth­ers to take drugs. However, it did not elaborate.

President Xi Jinping said in June that China would harshly crack down on nar­cotics, state media reported. Action and comedy star, Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, promoting anti-drug education.

Jaycee Chan was not available for com­ment. In August, his father offered the public a deep bow of apology for his son's arrest.

China has d…

Sahara Reporters Work for terrorists

Sahara Reporters Work The Army authorities yesterday accused an online media, Sahara Reporters, of working for the Boko Haram terror group.

In a statement issued by its director of public relations, Brigadier Olaleye Lajide, the Army dismissed a story published on the website of the medium where it alleged that a serving officer, Lt Col Wende, petitioned the Army hierarchy.

"It is noteworthy but unfortunate that Sahara Reporters has committed itself to support terrorism and fight Nigeria, its people, its military and particularly the Nigerian Army.

"Before Sahara Reporters published their purported document described as petition from Lt Col Wende, a serving commanding officer, the Nigerian Army conducted a thorough investigation on the document involving other security and intelligence gathering agencies. The process confirmed that the serving officer was not the author of the petition," the Army stated.

The statement further disclosed that at a press conference in Maidugur…

INEC: we can’t cope if Jonathan, Buhari go into run-off

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  is in a fix  about a possible run-off  in the presidential election  between the two leading candidates, General Muhammadu Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The 2010 Electoral Act (as amended) stipulates the organisation of  a run-off  within seven days of a  presidential election, if  there is no outright winner at the  first ballot.

Sources at INEC now say  seven days are too short   to prepare for a run-off in respect of the presidential or governorship election.

There is already a proposal to amend that section of the Electoral Act at the National Assembly since 2012.

Investigation  showed that  INEC is in a fix over possible   governorship and presidential run-offs, especially  between President Goodluck Jonathan (PDP) and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(APC).

The  timetable for the 2015 poll published by the Secretary to INEC, Mrs. Augusta  Ogakwu, on January 4, 2014 included a caveat for run-off.

It said: "Note: Run-off election …

How APC ’ll tackle unemployment, power, by Osinbajo

The vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has said it is possible to fix vital infrastructure and rid the country of corruption within four years, if politicians showed sincerity of purpose and will to take progressive decisions.

Osinbajo, who spoke yesterday at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos when he met with youths and leaders of various volunteer groups working for the actualisation of the APC presidency, said fixing Nigeria was no rocket science.

He said fate had brought him on a joint ticket with General Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the nation from the grip of a non-performing government, noting that APC government believed there was need for direct intervention in the welfare of the people.

Osinbajo, a former Lagos State attorney-general, said the growing youth unemployment showed that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had failed the people.

His words: "Why should 80 per cent of graduates be without jobs and we say we have pra…

My Boko Haram story, by 13-yr old ‘suicide bomber’

A 13-year old would-be female bomber has confessed to being lured into the Boko Haram sect's suicide squad with the promise of making it to heaven.

In a chilling account, Zarau Babangida, who hails from Damaturu, Yobe State, said her parents, who live in Bauchi State, enlisted her into the sect.

Zarau spoke to reporters in police custody after being arrested along with her accomplice.

She would have detonated another bomb during the December 10 twin-explosions in Kano's Kantin Kwari market but for a change of mind. Ten people were reported dead in that blast; nine others were injured.

Zarau spoke to reporters yesterday.

Her story: "When my parents took me to the Boko Haram training camp in Bauchi, I did not have an idea what they wanted me to go and do. But when we got there, one of the trainers asked me whether I wanted to go to paradise. I replied in the affirmative. He then told me that I had an assignment to carry out in Kano. After the necessary training, he told me that …

PDP hides N21b donors’ list as party gets more knocks

There were indications yesterday that the Chairman of Skye Bank, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, and more than 30 other businessmen might be fined for donating N21billion to the campaign fund for President Goodluck Jonathan.

The businessmen also risk sanctions from the boards of companies where they are major players.

Determined to stave off sanctions for raising N21billion campaign funds, President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) have sought legal advice.

The PDP may hide under the guise of raising the funds for the completion of its National Secretariat.

But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Manual said it is compulsory for PDP to disclose the names and addresses of those who contributed to its campaign funds.

According to sources in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC),  the law only allows imposition of fine on any company or a member of the Board of Directors involved in campaign funding.

The sources, however, …

18 Critical Things Former President Obasanjo Said About President Jonathan In His New Book

In his scathing new autobiography, My Watch, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo made a series of critical assertions against current President Goodluck Jonathan.

Due to the nature of the content, an ally of President Jonathan attempted to use a court order to block the publication of the book. President Jonathan also personally contacted the former president to appeal that the book not be published until next year, after the 2015 presidential election. Despite this My Watch launched yesterday, Dec. 9, in Lagos, in the presence of prominent political figures and officials. Review of the three-volume text by SaharaReporters noted that the elder statesman holds nothing back, characterizing Mr. Jonathan as weak, callous and incapable of managing Nigeria.

He also criticizes the handling of the Boko Haram insurgency crisis, the PDP, and the Governors Forum, among other things. Excerpts from some of the most significant critiques are below.

On President Jonathan's charac…

U.S woman, believed to be oldest Facebook user, dies aged 114

A woman believed to be the world's oldest Facebook user has died at the age of 114, her family said.

Anna Stoehr of Plainview, Minnesota, gained widespread attention in October when she said she'd had to lie about her age to sign up for the social network.

Facebook responded by celebrating her impressive longevity on her birthday.

"She turned 114 in October of this year and received a huge bouquet of 114 flowers from Facebook after they learned that she was not able to sign up without putting in a fake age of 90 or 95," Harlan Stoehr, her 84-year-old eldest son, told CNN on Tuesday.

He told CNN that his mother — who leaves 5 children, 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren — died Sunday.

She was born in 1900, the year before the assassination of President William McKinley and the death of Queen Victoria. Her family had no telephone, car or electricity at the time.

Facebook isn't set up to accommodate such venerable users. The network's sign-up page only allows…

2015: Jonathan vows to empower INEC for free, fair elections

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday promised that his administration will give all necessary support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver free, fair and credible elections next year.

He made the promise in his Christmas message to the nation.

Jonathan also promised to give the necessary supports to the national security agencies to ensure peaceful and violence-free election towards strengthening democracy in the country.

He said: "Dear Compatriots, we are also celebrating this Christmas against the background of preparations for next year's general elections. I seize this opportunity to reassure the nation that my administration will give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all necessary support to ensure that it delivers very free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in 2015."

"National security agencies will also be given all necessary support to enhance their ability to ensure that the elections which should str…

13-year-old female bomber arrested in Kano

Police in Kano on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a 13- year-old female suicide bomber and an accomplice who participated in the twin blasts at the famous Kantin Kwari market, on December 10.

At least 10 people were killed in the incident.

However, the young suicide bomber who hails from Damaturu, Yobe, has allegedly confessed to journalists that she was commissioned into Boko Haram by her parents, who live in Bauchi State.

Speaking to journalists in Kano, the state's Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, who was flanked by the state's Director of Directorate of Security Service (DSS), said the arrest of the young bomber and her accomplice was as result of the synergy existing between the police, the DSS, Army, Airforce, Customs, Immigration, Prisons and NSCDC.

Shinaba, who expressed dismay at insinuations that female suicide bombers were from Igbo extraction, said such rumors were unfounded

Military kills suicide bomber in Gombe

… Captures two bomb-making experts

… Why more officers, soldiers face court martial – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday said a suicide bomber was killed at a military checkpoint in Gombe while trying to escape after a failed mission.

It also confirmed the capturing of two bomb-making experts in Kano.

But fresh facts emerged on Wednesday that more officers and soldiers were being arraigned before court martial because they had been avoiding battles with Boko Haram.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the botched suicide mission took place in Bajoga.

The statement said: "A suicide bomber who rammed into a military check point in Bajoga, Gombe State yesterday, failed to achieve his mission.
"His attempt to escape also failed as he was brought down by vigilant soldiers when he tried to flee after hitting a military Armoured Personnel Carrier with his IED laden Honda car.

"The explosives which failed to detonate h…

Black Teen, Antonio Martin, Shot Dead In St. Louis Suburb

MartinAn 18-year-old black teen, Antonio Martin was fatally shot by police at a gas station late on Tuesday in a St. Louis suburb, close to the place where unarmed teen – Michael Brown – was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media have said.

St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman, in a statement disclosed that the police officer shot and killed Martin, who drew a handgun and pointed it at him as he approached him and another man at a gas station in the St. Louis-area suburb of Berkeley.

"Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him," he said.

However dozens of Twitter users claim Martin was unarmed when he was shot as several protesters have gathered at the scene, demanding that the police explain what happened.

A man calling himself Jesus Christo on Twitter, told The Huffington Post that he and Martin were stopped by an officer who said they fit the descriptions of recent rob…

Leaders Must Fear God – Al-Mustapha

Former chief security officer to late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha yesterday urged Islamic scholars to preach honesty and fear of God to leaders of the country.

He spoke to participants and guests at Islamic poems competition organised by Majma'u Rijali Tijjaniyya in Zaria Kaduna State.

Al-Mustapha said, religious leaders being role models have positive role to play through preaching

Kwankwaso Donates Laptops, Cameras To Journalists

Kano State governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has donated work tools worth N8.7 million to 35 journalists in Kano.

Donating the items to the journalists, Governor Kwankwaso urged them to make good use of them.

The work tools are laptops (Acer), Midget digital (TASCAM), Headphones, Steel Cameras, Modems, Microphones and Handbags.

The beneficiaries are the journalists posted to the government from various media organisations and they represent both private and state owned media outfits.

The media outfits represented are Radio Kano, Freedom, Express, Rahama, Pyramid, Nagarta, Liberty and Cool FM radio stations respectively. Others are staff of Abubakar Rimi Television, ARTV, NTA, and staff of the State Ministry of Information and cameramen.

LEADERSHIP Correspondent in Kano, Abubakar Salihi also benefitted as a recognition of his support to the good work of government.

George Bush Senior Hospitalised With Breathing Difficulties

Former U.S. President George Bush (snr) was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties, his spokesman said on Thursday.

The spokesman said that Bush, 90, had been taken to a clinic in Houston, Texas, as a precautionary measure, where he would be kept under observation.

Republican George Bush was president from 1989 to 1993.

His son George W was in office from 2001 to 2009.

His other son Jeb Bush this month said he was also considering running for the top job. (dpa/NAN)

Obanikoro Concedes Defeat, Reconciles With Agbaje

Former Minister of State for Defence and PDP Lagos Governorship aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro has conceded defeat to the winner of the governorship primaries, Jimi Agbaje.

Oabnikoro, who recently dragged his party court over irregularities recorded at the party primaries, has further agreed to work with him to defeat the APC in the forthcoming elections.

This is following a reconciliation meeting with Obanikoro, Agbaje and some party chieftains in attendance.

More details soon

Buhari meet with campaign volunteers

Presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari was in Lagos today to meet with a small group of his most passionate volunteers – and after an engaging evening of ideas, vision, and intense engagement on the future of the country.

The event had in attendance his key supporters including Governor Babatunde Fashola, Nasir el-Rufai, Director General of the campaign, Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora. There were joined by several prominent young leaders volunteering for his campaign.
"The fall of the Soviet Union informed my change of mind, towards the idea of multi-party democracy," he said about his staunch belief in the power of democracy."

"I flew into Adamawa as Head of State and that was the last we heard of Maitatsine (sect)," he said of fighting insurgents when he was Head of State.

"This is the beginning of a series of engagements," he told the volunteers after a robust question and answer session. "We will keep you u…

‘Drop In Oil Price, Chance To End Fuel Subsidy’

The tumbling price of oil that has slashed Nigeria's revenue and shaken currency and stock markets presents Nigeria with an opportunity to discontinue fuel subsidies that amount to $7billion annually, reports Bloomberg.

However, some analysts say that President Goodluck Jonathan may not explore such option with elections in view in February.

"Politics often trumps prudence and there's an entrenched social expectation for fuel to be subsidized," said Gareth Brickman, an analyst at Johannesburg-based ETM Analytic, who was quoted by Bloomberg.

"The last time subsidies were reduced, there were widespread protests, and given how contentious the political environment is in Nigeria with the elections and ongoing ethnic divisions, it is likely this will be the case again."

Managing director of BIC Consulting, Dr. Boniface Chizea, concurs that "the president appreciates that fuel subsidy is a hot potato with elections in view".

For his part, the president, Inde…

Mutiny: Military Arraigns General, 14 Senior Officers In Lagos

The Nigerian Army has begun the court martial of one brigadier-general and 14 other senior officers in Lagos, on Monday night, over various offenses in the north eastern part of the country.

The army began their trial at the 9th Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Ikeja, in Lagos State.

They were alleged to have committed the offences while being deployed to lead various units in the battle to dislodge Boko Haram.

Although journalists were prevented from entering the place, a senior military officer revealed to LEADERSHIP that it was a closed-door trial and only soldiers were allowed entry.

The officer disclosed that the trial was necessary in the army's campaign against the Boko Haram sect in the country as it would serve as a deterrent to any soldier who may think of absconding from duty or betraying the force in anyway in the war against the terrorists.

LEADERSHIP recalls that about 54 soldiers from the 111 Special Forces battalion attached to the 7 Division of the Nigerian A…

Ex-militants hold Delta deputy gov hostage

Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, was yesterday held hostage at the Government House annex, Warri by aggrieved former militants who were protesting alleged undue delay in the payment of their monthly allowances by the amnesty office.

The protesters, no fewer than 100, barricaded the entrance to the Government House and insisted that the state's number two citizen would not leave until their demands were met or concrete promise made.

The former militants had blocked East/West road for hours last week in protest over delay in the payment of the said allowances.

During yesterday's protest however, the police and operatives of the joint military task force were on ground to restore normalcy.

Meanwhile, the Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Augustine Avwode, said in a statement that Prof. Utuama was not held hostage by the former militants, saying there was no reason for such an action.

He explained that the former militants had staged peaceful demonstrations over th…

Governor Fashola meets with his secondary school teacher

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, met with his former Bible Knowledge teacher, Mrs. Felicia Iyabode Adefunke Akinola, when he was a student at Birch Freeman High School, Surulere, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja yesterday December 22nd. This reunion comes 38 years after the governor left school.

Buhari Gets 44.5 Million Naira Campaign Funding

BuhariThe Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) says Nigerians have been contributing the sum of 100 Naira each for his presidential campaign for the 2015 general elections, insisting that he is not breaking any law as regards the funding.

General Buhari told a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday that he had adopted the approach by US President Barack Obama, when he asked his supporters to contribute towards his campaign.

He said that the crowdfunding project had so far realised the sum of 44.5 million Naira through direct deposit and sale of donation cards

The APC flag bearer had told supporters while delivering a speech on the day of the presidential primary election that he had no money to lobby or gratify any one, asking for their support.

The funds so far raised, according to him, showed the kind of support that he had received from Nigerians.

The former military Head of State, General Buhari, will on February 14 vie for the…

Nigeria rejects Bill Cosby?

The world is against Cosby and HB Consolidated Limited might be as well.HB Consolidated recently acquired the franchise to air a localised version globally acclaimed family television show, Kids Say the Darndest Things which was presented by Bill Cosby.

What is interesting is the television show, which had enjoyed popularity and rave reviews in Australia, Singapore, India and Italy, was rechristened as Your Kids are the Stars for the Nigerian market.

The immediate question people have raised is, is a name change convenient now that Bill is facing sexual assault charges? Is the renaming a smart departure from the now dented image of the ace comedian?

It should be noted that there are quite a number of spin offs of this show: in the UK, its aired as  Kids Say the Funniest Things; in Australia, Kidspeak; and Singapore has two similar shows:Kids Talk Back  and Gurmits Small Talk

Still the question still hangs in the air. Why was it changed for Nigeria as well?

Although Cosby is yet to be prove…

PDP defends ‘semi-literate’ tag on Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defended its "semi-literate jackboot" tag on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, saying the tagging was complimentary.

A statement issued by PDP's National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said with the description, the ruling party remained on course in its commitment to issue-based campaign.

The statement said: "In the PDP, we occupy the moral high ground as far as our commitment to issues-based campaign is concerned. Our word remains our bond. Since, we made that commitment, we have focused on issues.

"We have also taken up the responsibility of drawing the attention of Nigerians to the obvious cases of incompetence and failings of the APC and those who aspire to the leadership of our nation through that platform.

"There has never been any instance that we have maliciously attacked the characters of those on the presidential ticket of the APC, rather, we have been …

Boko Haram Operating Under Foreign Influence – Northern Govs

Governors of the 19 northern states have urged Nigerians to look carefully to ascertain if the terrorist activities unleashed on the northeastern states of that region by the Boko Haram sect were not a foreign war against the country.

The chairman, Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF) and governor of Niger State Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, who made this observation, noted that insurgency was a social problem that should be addressed from an international perspective rather than domestic.

The governor, who spoke at the 7th general assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria yesterday in Abuja, lamented that the Boko Haram menace had taken graver dimension and Nigerian authorities must look at beyond the shores of Nigeria to properly situate the problem in order to be able to evolve a lasting solution.

"This may be the time for us to dig deeper to find out what we really have on our hands. Are we truly fighting Boko Haram insurgency, a criminal franchise or…

Buhari Makes The Best Jokes Anybody Can Hear – Amaechi

The Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, says he plans to help Nigerians see that the APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, is different from what the PDP has been portraying him to be for the past 16 years.

Speaking on Channels Television, in his capacity as the Director-General of General Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Amaechi said that the GMB Campaign would have a different outlook.

He noted that work had already started in this regard, as they have shown the public that APC Presidential candidate is a family man, contrary to the image of him "as if he doesn't smile and the man makes the best jokes anybody can hear".

"We are trying to sell to you a man who, though 70, is more fit than others and most other people who are competing with him.

"You saw him on the day we matched against the impunity of the President and he joined us to match from the Eagles Square to Hilton, back to the Police Headquarters, stood out there till we closed …

Ebola death toll rises to 7,518

The death toll from Ebola in the three West Africa countries hardest hit by the epidemic has risen to 7,518 out of 19,340 confirmed cases recorded there to date, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

The latest data showed more than 140 new deaths since the last update, posted by the WHO three days earlier.

The epidemic, centred in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is the world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, Reuters says.

Sierra Leone accounts for the most cases, 8,939, while Liberia has 7,830 and Guinea 2,571. But Sierra Leone's death toll of 2,556 is much less than the 3,376 recorded in Liberia, leading some health experts to question the credibility of the figures reported by Freetown.

Sierra Leone's government last week launched a major operation to contain the epidemic, where the public health infrastructure is flimsy and poverty widespread as in other West African countries

Muhammad Ali’s Health Has Improved

The condition of former Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali, has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon.

The 72 year old was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location on Saturday morning.

His spokesperson, Bob Gunnell, said that his doctors hope to discharge him soon.

"The Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes," said Gunnell.

The boxing legend has been suffering with Parkinson's for 30 years, but he is still in good health despite speculation to say he is near death.

A three-time world heavyweight champion and widely recognized as one of the best fighters ever, Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, made a rare public appearance in September to attend a ceremony in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

Ali, nicknamed "the greatest," w…

Chelsea Win More Than Just Three Points – Jose Mourinho

ChelseaChelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, hailed a victory he felt meant "more than just the three points" after his side saw off Stoke City 2-nil at the Britannia stadium to secure the English Premier League Christmas number one spot.

"To win here we must play a very good game," he said.

"We did it because we adapted well to their style of play, when they had the ball. When we had the ball we tried not to lose our identity and play our game.

"To score in the beginning is important but not so much in this stadium because they are always strong, the crowd is behind them and the team is mentally strong.

"They have good players, a good bench and Mark Hughes can make changes because he has players for that. It was a very difficult victory.

"It's a victory that means a bit more than the three points, not just because it's difficult but because to win here you need to put more than just your quality in.

"The players were together, they coped well …

Lagos: Ambode’s deputy unveiled

Last week, the All Progressives Con­gress (APC), even­tually unveiled the female running mate to its governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akin­wunmi Ambode. She a former university don, an academic of repute and current Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Her name is Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, who was born in Lagos on November 27, 1970, to the family of Idowu-Esho of Ojo Alaworo in Ojo Local Government Area of the State.

She began her early edu­cation at Awori College, Ojo. Thereafter, she proceeded on admission to the Lagos State University, Ojo, for a course that led to the award of Bachelor of Art in Edu­cation (B.A. Ed) degree in Islamic Studies in 1992. She was back at the same insti­tution for a master's degree (M.Ed) in curriculum stud­ies and passed out success­fully in 1997. Much later, she had a certificate in early childhood development cur­riculum and school admin­istration and assessment from the Nigeria Institute of International Education Association in 20…

APC Should Make Atiku BOT Chairman

Following the successful conclusion of the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against all odds, and the emergence of Major- General Buhari as the candidate of the APC, the stage is now set for the mother of all contests in 2015. The contest is between the APC which is the agent of change on behalf of the Nigerian people and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has brought the nation and our people very low for a long time.

The APC deserve commendation for assisting the party's flag bearer, General Buhari in selecting a worthy and qualified presidential running mate in the person of the erudite and accomplished legal luminary, Professor Yinka Osinbajo. It is hoped that the party and the presidential candidate would join hands to put in place a formidable presidential campaign organization made up of experienced persons who will give the PDP the contest it deserves and overwhelm the latter to put the APC in power at the center in 2015.

Now, in addi…

Jonathan pleads with aggrieved aspirants

President Goodluck Jonathan has ap­pealed to aggrieved aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to jump ship over the outcome of the party's pri­maries, pledging that the party leadership was work­ing hard to resolve the con­flicts arising there from.

This is even as individuals and groups donated N21.27 bil­lions to support his campaign ahead of the 2015 elections. Jonathan made the plea at the PDP Fund Raising Dinner held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja last Saturday night.

The outcome of the party's state primaries had resulted in many aspirants threatening to abandon the party to join the opposition over alleged imposi­tion of candidates either by state governors or the PDP national headquarters.

Among those who have left to join the opposition All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) is Jonathan's former Minister of State, Industry, Trade and In­vestment, Samuel Ortom, after failing to clinch the party's gov­ernorship ticke…

Buhari promises issue-based campaign

The Buhari Campaign Organisation has pledged to conduct a campaign focused on the issues which will uplift average Nigerian from poverty to prosperity.

General Muhammadu Buhari is the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement yesterday by its Communication Director, Mr. Dele Alake, the organisation noted that "the issues of electricity generation and distribution, poverty elimination, eradication of corruption, mass unemployment and security of lives and property are going to form the focal points of our campaign."

It added: "These issues have no ethnic colour. Poverty afflicts the old and the young. Unemployment has no political affiliation. Insecurity damages the economy precariously. Insecurity may be more prominent in the Northeast in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency, but the reality is that Nigerians generally have never been as endangered as they now are.

"Our responsibility to the Nigerian people in this campaign is to ar…

Malien-like Boko Haram fighters invade governor’s hometown

Geidam, the hometown of Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Geidam, came under Boko Haram attack yesterday.

Some residents of the town, which is the headquarters of Geidam local government area of the state, said most of the Boko Haram attackers looked like Touareg fighters from Mali.

Mustapha Yunusa said he saw a large number of the fighters through the window from his house, located on the main access road into Geidam town when the insurgents invaded.

"I was able to see most of the boys because my house is located very close to the main road entering Geidam. I saw them in large numbers. They came in a convoy of Hilux vans before they disembarked and divided themselves and started shouting all kinds of sounds in Arabic. Most of the boys look very much like the Malian Touaregs," Yunusa said.

Another resident said many residents ran out of Geidam as it became clear that the insurgents would attack the town.

"We got news that the insurgents were advancing to Geidam from Borno State th…

2015: INEC Rejects Folarin As Oyo PDP Gov Candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin, in the 2015 election.

The INEC had written to the National chairman of the party, Adamu Mu'azu to be guided by the order of the court on the election.

In the letter addressed to the national chairman of the party, signed by the commission's secretary, Augusta C. Ogakwu, a copy of which was obtained by our reporter, INEC confirmed the receipt of the court order restraining it from accepting the party's candidates from Oyo State.

The letter said the Federal High Court, Abuja had restrained the commission from accepting, recognising or treating as nominated, candidates of the PDP who did not emerge in accordance with the order of the court, urging the party to be guided accordingly.

The party had gone ahead to conduct the primary elections in the state, using only statutory delegates when the controversies trailing the ad h…

Boko Haram releases video of sect killing civilians in a dormitory

Boko Haram at the weekend released a video showing gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dormitory, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.

There are so many bodies the gunmen have difficulty stepping to reach bodies still twitching with life. Most appear to be adult men.

"We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels," the group leader says in a message. "From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade."

The video was released on Saturday, two days after fleeing villagers reported that the extremists are rounding up elderly people and killing them in two schools in Gwoza, in northeast Nigeria.

The setting of the latest video appears to be a school, a long dormitory furnished with bunk beds which the leader says is in Bama, a town 40 miles north …

Photo: Police release identity of man who shot dead two NYC cops & himself yesterday

Left are the two cops who were shot dead yesterday December twentieth while they sat in the checked squad car in New York. They are as of late married Wenjian Liu (top) and father-of-one Rafael Ramos (beneath) , and right is the man who shot them dead. He's been distinguished as 28 year-old Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, from Baltimore.

Ismaaiyl had shot and injured his sweetheart on Saturday morning before facing the cops in an evident demonstration of reprisal for Eric Garner's demise based on what he composed on his instagram page

Around 2.47pm yesterday evening, Ismaaiyl crawled up behind a watch auto in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and from the traveler side of the police van, he shot both men in the head execution style. Observers said the cops didn't get an opportunity to draw their own firearms and didn't see their attacker. After the shooting, Ismaaiyl strolled to a metro station and murdered himself
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