Friday, August 29, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry in France


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married over the weekend in France, a representative for Jolie confirmed Thursday.
The couple, who are the parents of six children, have been together for almost a decade. They got married Saturday in a small, private ceremony in a chapel at Château Miraval in the village of Correns.
Pitt and Jolie have been the source of speculation about their relationship almost since the beginning. Tongues first started wagging after the pair met on the set of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in the summer of 2004, when Pitt was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
 
In January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced that they were splitting. Aniston filed for divorce in March 2005.

Mimiko Predicts Jonathan’s Electoral Victory in Lagos

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has given an assurance to the people that President Goodluck Jonathan will record resounding electoral victory in Lagos State to secure his re-election in 2015.
Mimiko made the assertion yesterday where notable South-west Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) leaders converged on the National Theatre,  Lagos, as the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) conferred the former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Chief Olabode George, with the prestigeous Mandela Icon Award.
The governor who was the chairman of the occasion premised his optimism on the achievements of the President Jonathan-led federal government, particularly in the area of education and youth empowerment, which he said was responsible for the emancipation of youths in Lagos, other parts of the West and the country at large.

Top 10 Richest Entertainers In Nigeria

With diversity, innovation and hard work in the Nigerian entertainment industry, several celebrities and personalities are smiling to the bank with bags full of money. Whether through endorsements, family money or investments, these following individuals are ranked from the highest visible to the least high moneybags in the industry. This analysis by ADERIBIGBE TOLULOPE takes into consideration the artistes’ investments, assets and endorsements over the years all over Nigeria and even outside the country.
Here is a list of 10 richest entertainers in Nigeria comprehensively made by LEADERSHIP:
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The twin pop sensation, Peter and Paul Okoye are undoubtedly reckoned the richest artistes in Nigeria due to investments and endorsements as a group. The duo has invested widely and their assets are running into billions of naira in and outside the country. P-Square’s deal with GLO is said to be N140 million. P Square’s notable investments include a home in San Francisco, USA with an estimated cost of N434 million ($2.89million), a private jet, a mansion in Lagos worth N400m. The twin brothers who are from Anambra State have landed properties in Jos and Port Harcourt, they own Rayfield Hotel, Jos and two multi-million naira factories also in Jos.

Cristiano Ronaldo Named Best Player In Europe




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Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA’s Best Player in Europe on Thursday.
Ronaldo scored 17 goals in all as Real won the title for the 10th time. The Portuguese was presented with the award in Monte Carlo by UEFA President, Michel Platini, at the end of the draw for this season’s Champions League.
He won ahead of Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer in a live vote by a panel of 54 journalists.

43 UNDOF Peacekeepers Detained, 81 Trapped By Syria Militants


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Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.
The affected peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
“During a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the Golan Heights, 43 peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained early this morning by an armed group in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah,” the U.N. press office said in a statement.

Housewife, 6 Others Arrested For Stripping Husband’s Lover Naked



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The men of the Bayelsa Command of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a house-wife and six others for allegedly assaulting and stripping naked a 23-year-old woman, in Okaka area of Yenagoa local government council, for having an illicit affair with her husband of the state.
LEADERSHIP FRIDAY gathered that the husband, a driver attached to the Bayelsa State government house and a native of Akwa Ibom State, reportedly fled the scene of the incident after his wife and her friends caught him and his lover in a bar.
It was gathered that the incident which occurred yesterday night at a bar along the Okaka road, attracted a huge crowd, as the aggrieved housewife and her friends descended on the husband’s alleged lover and stripped her naked.

WHO Says 490 Million Dollars Needed To Contain Ebola


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WHO Assistant Director General, Aylward, speaks during a press briefing on combating Ebola, at the UN headquarters in Geneva
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a $490 million strategic plan to contain the epidemic over the next nine months, saying it was based on a projection that the virus could spread to 10 further countries beyond the four now affected – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
With the IMF warning of economic damage from the outbreak, Nigeria reported that a doctor indirectly linked to the Liberian-American, late Patrick Sawyer who brought the disease to the country had died of Ebola in Port Harcourt, Africa’s largest energy hub.

Police Stops APC Mega Rally In Minna


Police Stops APC Mega Rally In Minna
National leader of the All Progressive Congress Bola Tinubu
The All Progress Congress (APC) defied last minutes warning to hold a mega rally in Minna, the Niger state capital which brought the city to a stand still as a mammoth took to the streets. The rally, which was to signal the end of David Umaru’s campaign ahead of Saturday, August 30, 2014 by-election was to be held at Minna Polo Ground, but it was not to be as security agents cordoned off the venue, apparently obeying orders from above.
In sharp contrast it was reported that a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) rally was allowed to be held at the Trade Fair Complex
The Nation reports:

Resident doctors fail to resume work in Lagos

Lagos Five days after the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) suspended its strike, resident doctors in the Federal Government-owned hospitals in Lagos State have yet to resume work.This followed the insistence of the Federal Government to sack the resident doctors in view of their roles in the NMAs nationwide strike that lasted 55 days.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, had on Aug. 13 announced the sacking of all resident doctors and stoppage of the residency training until further notice.
Chukwu said the suspension of the residency programme would not be lifted until the conclusion of the ongoing appraisal of the challenges in the nations health sector.
Dr Omojowolo Olubunmi, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH-ARD) Chapter, said the doctors stayed away because of governments refusal to reinstate the sacked doctors.

Boko Haram Sponsor: Ihejirika, El-Rufai trade accusations



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ABUJAFORMER Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Minister, Malam Nasir El-Rufai and immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), Thursday, accused each other of sponsoring the deadly Boko Haram sect that has been terrorising many parts of northern Nigeria since 2011 with over 5000 people killed.
El-Rufai kick-started the accusations on his Facebook page with a post that read: Breaking News: Sheriff and Ihejirika Just Named as Boko Haram Kingpins Arise TV August 28, 2014.
He said: Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis has just named former Borno Governor Ali Modu-Sheriff and immediate past Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Ihejirika (removed in January 2014) as the Boko Haram brains on ARISE NEWS.

Gunmen kill couple, child, maid in Lagos

Gunmen, in the early hours of yesterday, stormed an apartment in a block of flats in Unity Estate, Akowonjo area of Egbeda, killing a man, his wife, his child and their maid.Details of the tragic incident that sent cold shivers down the spines of residents of the area were sketchy at press time.
Vanguard, however, gathered that the gunmen suspected to be hired assassins, stormed the building at about 2am and fired shots, apparently to wade off intruders.
A resident of another flat in the block, who pleaded anonymity, said there was an argument between the gunmen and owner of the flat whose identity could not be immediately ascertained.
According to the neighbour, the gunmen scaled through the fence of the building and held the gateman hostage.

Floyd Mayweather’s Dad — 50 CENT SHOULD FIGHT MY SON … That Would End the Feud



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Floyd Mayweather Sr. is sick and tired of 50 Centcracking jokes at his son’s expense — and says the real laughs would come if the two ever fought … because Floyd would kick 50′s WHOLE ASS!Daddy Mayweather made the comments during an interview with Brian Shapiro from “The Vegas Take” on Fox Sports 670 Las Vegas — and explained why he thinks 50 has declared war on Floyd. “50 Cent seems like he’s got a problem since Floyd left him. He’s a world known singer and he’s acting like a kid.”Money Sr. says the real hilarity would ensue if Floyd and 50 ever got in the ring … promising that the 147 lb. Mayweather would punish the two-hundred-and-something pound rap star.”He weighs over 100 pounds more than Floyd. Let him go up against Floyd … put that on video. Floyd would stop all that. Wouldn’t be no more said.”There were rumors that Floyd recently challenged 50 to a 12 round fight — but that later turned out to be a hoax.Too bad … would be GREAT to watch.

Adultery! Pastor Chris Oyakhilomes wife files for divorce in London court



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A Cable NG exclusive saysthat the marriage of the founder of Christ Embassy and Believers Love World,Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, and wife, Rev. Anita Oyakhilome, will soon come to an end.
The divorce proceedings have reportedly entered the final phase, with Rev. Anitasaid to be seekingdivorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour and adultery and several other allegations.
The suit number of the divorce case is; No FD14D01650, and it was filed on 9 April, 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn, London, UK, on Anitas behalf by Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors.

National Association Of Nigerian Students Endorse President Jonathan For 2nd Term



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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, yesterday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan to run for a second term in office.
The President of NANS, Yinka Gbadebo, who led the National Executive members of the association on a courtesy visit to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, expressed their support at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
After passing a vote of confidence on the president, they also presented a certificate of credence to Patience Jonathan for her pursuit of peace and empowerment of women and the youth.
Source: Ladun Liadi's Blog

Boko Haram reportedly beheading Christians in Gwoza


According to reports, Boko Haram militants are beheading young men in the Christian community in Gwoza, the Borno town that the insurgent group recently took over and declared an Islamic caliphate.
Sources from the town claim that Christian men who refuse to convert to Islam are being beheaded while the women are being forced into marriages with the insurgents.
“It is quite clear that terrorism has no friend, but it is abundantly clear that the Christians are worst hit. The whole town and the Parish rectory have been occupied by the terrorists. So many structures and items have been vandalized. Dozens have been killed and a lot of church structures have been burnt down. Christians in the town are really in a terrible situation, a moment of great persecution. Christian men were caught and beheaded, the women were forced to become Muslims and were taken as wives to the terrorists. Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, the social communications director of the catholic diocese of Maiduguri said. It might surprise you to know that no one knows the state of affairs in this terrorist zone. The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the haramists. Their cars are used by the terrorists, Rev Obasogie said.
He also said Boko Haram sympathizers in Gwoza showed the militants homes belonging to Christians and even showed them where some of the Christians went to hide when the killing began. They were fished out and killed.

Source: Linda Ikeji Blog

Comedienne Joan Rivers placed in medically induced coma


Hope she comes out of this. I always hoped she would live up to 100. She always seemed so strong, energetic and bubbly. According to E!, the legendary comedienne is in a medically induced coma at Mount Sinai hospital in New York.
Joan’s heart stopped beating shortly after a routine surgery on her throat began at a clinic in NYC and was quickly rushed to the hospital. Her daughter Melissa flew to New York from L.A last night and is said to be by her mother’s said.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.” Melissa said in a statement…
Joan Rivers was in New York to promote her new book Diary of a Mad Woman when she went for surgery. She also filmed Fashion Police earlier this week appearing perfectly healthy. Prayers for Joan
Source: Linda Ikeji Blog

Hotel employees in Lagos record customer having sex,post on facebook

Three hotel attendants, who allegedly recorded a customers sexual affair and demanded a ransom of N10 million, were on Thursday charged before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos.According to NAN,the employees had used the hotels CCTV to record the guests sexual exploit with his girlfriend.
The accused: Sunday Okon, 23; Rita Emmanuel, 28; and Goodness Akpan, 24, whose addresses are unknown,
Prosecutor Uche Simon told the court that the accused had on Aug. 13 at a hotel in Ogudu area of Lagos conspired to record a guest while sleeping with his girlfriend.The accused produced a VCD on it which they circulated to residents of the area.They also demanded a N10 million ransom and threatened to post it on the facebook if the man failed to part with the money.When he failed to deliver the money, they went ahead to post it between August 13 and 23
Source: Miss Petite Nigeria

Photos: Hours After Shocking World With Desert Execution Of 300 Syrian Soldiers, ISIS Parade Captured Kurds, Beheads One


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Footage of another fifteen members of Kurdish militia captured by the brutal jihadists has been released
Just hours after Islamic State released shocking footage of the mass execution of 300 Syrian national army soldiers in the Syrian Desert, Islamic State have released a new decapitation video, threatening America for the second time and urging the Kurds to break from their alliance with the West against the caliphate.
The grainy video, accompanied by the hashtag ’2ndAmessagetoAmerica’, shows the vicious beheading of a Kurdish soldier, who was part of a group of 15 fighters likely to have been captured by Islamic State during the fighting in Iraq.

Ghana Gets First Ever 4G LTE Network


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Ghanaian-owned telecoms, Surfline recently announced the introduction of their 4G LTE offering, making them the first ever 4G LTE network in Ghana. The 300-cell strong network looks to serve both existing and new operators in the country.
Surfline began beta testing its network in Ghana earlier in June, 2014 ahead of this commercial launch. They had before then commisioned Alcatel-Lucent to set-up and deploy its mobile broadband product capabilities that included LTE Radio Access Network, Evolved Packet Core and Professional services to install, optimize, maintain and manage the LTE network.
At its initialscale of launch, Surflinesnationwide expansion makes it the largest single LTE deployment in Africa to date.
Source: Vanguard News
Photo Credit: Janitors via Compfight cc
The post appeared first on techcabal.com.
Source: TechCabal

Tayo Oviosu, Others Are First Investors In ChopUP, A Mobile Gaming Platform


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You know these guys. They are same people that brought you Danfo Reloaded, Table Soccer and more game titles. Zubair Abubakar and Bayo Puddicombe, founders of Pledge 51 have been doing this for just about two years now.
Last week, Pledge 51 secured its first ever round of funding. They are keeping the sum and terms of the investment close to their vest, as well as the investors. But we know that Paga CEO, Tayo Oviosu participated in the deal because he took to Twitter to share his excitement about it and congratulate the founders.
I’m very excited to invest in @Chop_Up! The future of #gaming in #Africa is bright & @zubairabubakar & @bayopuddy are innovators I support!
— Kairos (@oviosu) August 21, 2014

WHO Warns of Ebola Explosion

Within a span of a week there is a grim sense of anxiousness coming out of Africa with stories of an unknown fever that killed over 10 people in Congo, quarantines of entire towns and stories of businessmen trying to get goods across closed borders.

 

A soldier hits a protestor with a baton during unrest in West Point after the area was quarantined in a bid to prevent the spread of Ebola.
The mood on the continent sunk to newer lows as, Felix Kabange, Congo’s health minister confirmed that a different strain of Ebola had emerged in the country’s Equateur region.

‘More spaces should be created for women’

Kwara State governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said that more spaces should be created for women, especially in the political sphere, to express themselves and maximise their potentials for national development.
Governor Ahmed said this at the first Kwara Progressives Women Summit, held in Ilorin, stressing that it was in the best interest of the country that women were accorded greater recognition.
“It is in the interest of our current and future generations to create more spaces for our women to express themselves and achieve their maximum potential, especially in the political sphere, where women are still under represented.”
Dr Ahmed said the theme of the summit: “Real Development and Women Participation: An agenda for positive change” coincides with the efforts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments to profer structural solutions to national challenges.

Dora Akunyili laid to rest

Nigerians, on Thursday, gathered to honour the great icon and former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, who died on June 7, in a Specialist Cancer Hospital, India.
The requiem mass was held at St. Madonna’s Catholic Church in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area, her hometown, with over 200 priests, 25 bishops and 2 cardinals.
The two Catholic Cardinals, Francis Cardinal Arinze, who came from Rome and John Cardinal Onayikan, from Abuja; three Archbishops: Martins, from Lagos, Anthony Obinna, from Imo and Valerian Okeke, from Anambra states, among others.
In his sermon, Very Reverend Damian Akpunonu of the Blessed Iwene Tansi Seminary, Onitsha, described Dora’s death as a tragedy that almost set the family apart, nay the country.
Akpunonu described Dora as a woman who was of the firm belief that a woman could make a difference in the society and she did. She built a legacy that would be difficult for anybody to rival in the country.

Ebola scare hits Bayelsa

Sequel to the confirmed case of Ebola in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that led to the death of Dr Enemoah, who contacted the disease from a diplomat that had contact with Mr Patrick Sawyer who died of Ebola virus, people of Bayelsa State have come under fear over the possible spread of the virus to the state.
The news that spread like wildfire hit the state as early as 8:00a.m., creating panic among the people of the state, primarily because Bayelsa was created from Rivers State and they both share boundary on land and on the waterways.
There is palpable fear in the state, as people are praying that none of the over 70 persons under surveillance should sneak to Bayelsa either by road or the connecting routes on the waterways.
The apprehension is heightened, as some Bayelsans have their relations residing in Port Harcourt.
Bayelsans, who hitherto felt secured now carry their sanitisers and avoided handshake.
A respondent, Mr Famous Erepagamo, told the Nigerian Tribune that “both states are sister states with shared boundaries,” even as he appealed to government to re-invigorate medical surveillance and checks at the state’s tow gate.
Another respondent, Mrs Juliet Enebidou, told our correspondent that there was the need to also “strengthen surveillance at the waterways entry port to the state,” even as she noted that it must be done with urgency.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner for Health, Mr Owei proved abortive, but the information officer of the ministry said that the ministry was poised to hold a stakeholders interactive session to allay the tension over the possible spread of Ebola virus from Port Harcourt to Bayelsa State.

Gunmen attack Army Base in Bauchi, kill 2, injure 1

SOME gunmen, early Thursday morning, attacked an Army Base at Wunti Dada area of Bauchi metropolis, killing two soldiers and injuring one, but one of the attackers was killed by soldiers in the area.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that six soldiers were on duty as of the time of the attack, out of which two, the commander of the base and a sergeant, were said to have been killed by the gunmen, while the other soldier, a private, was injured on his leg.
An army source, who did not want his name in print, however, told the Nigerian Tribune that two people lost their lives in the attack, informing that a soldier was killed by the attackers, while one of the hoodlums was also killed.
While lamenting the attack, the source stated that the gunmen might be remnants of insurgents smoked out of the Balmo forest in the Darazo axis of Bauchi State, saying that there was the tendency that they could regroup elsewhere since their base was taken over by the military.
The attack, it was gathered, occurred at about 5.45 a.m, sending jitters down the spines of residents, as gunshots rend the air in the area, located on the Bauchi-Jos road, throughout the time the exchange of gun fire lasted.

Hospital workers protest Ebola victim’s body in teaching hospital’s morgue

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) workers protested yesterday against the storage in their morgue of the body of Dr. Iky Sam Enemua, who died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The displeased employees, who pleaded not to be named, for fear of victimisation, urged the management of UPTH, on the East-West Road in the River State capital, to move the body from the hospital to avoid endangering their lives.
The protesting employees also admonished Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof. Aaron Chinonye Ojule to ensure that the body is moved quickly out of the hospital and to consider the hazards, especially with the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), sharing a fence with the UPTH.
One of the protesting workers said: “Why did the management of UPTH allow the body of somebody who died of the dreaded Ebola to be in the mortuary of our hospital? We do not want to die now. You know that Ebola is a fast killer.

Workers hail Ajimobi over pay rise

Oyo State government has announced a rise in civil servants’ salaries after a meeting with the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC).
Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday broke the news to workers, who were queuing to board the free Ajumose buses at the Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
He said the union would brief the workers on the details of the salary increase, adding that the raise range  was between 10 and 30 per cent, depending on the grade level of each worker.
Thousands were excited as the news of the salary increment got to civil servants.
This came barely 48 hours after the governor approved the outstanding promotions of teachers.
The governor, who expressed his administration’s commitment to the welfare of workers, added that the 10 Ajumose buses would convey workers free.
He noted that his administration had, since inception, introduced innovations into the civil service to improve the workers’ welfare.

APC to Jonathan: TAN’s rallies endanger Ebola control

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to halt the rallies being organised across the nation by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) for his re-election.
The party noted that the rallies were jeopardising Nigeria’s efforts to control the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
In a statement yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said: “Mr. President, you said your ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. But the TAN rallies for your re-election are endangering the lives of thousands of Nigerians in these days of Ebola. Some things must simply transcend politics. This is one of them. Please, stop the rallies now.”
It urged the President to ensure that the rally slated for Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Saturday, is stopped, because of the spread of the Ebola virus to the city and the fact that 100 people have been placed under surveillance there, following the death of a doctor from a suspected Ebola disease.
APC said: “If TAN goes ahead to organise its rally in Port Harcourt, can anyone guarantee that none of those who have had contact with the doctor will attend? It can only be better imagined the kind of danger that those who will attend the rally will be subjected to. Therefore, President Jonathan has a historic opportunity to put the well-being of his compatriots above politics, for once.”

Cameroon bombs Boko Haram camp

Boko Haram has suffered a heavy casualty after coming under attack from Cameroon’s army.
The Cameroonian army shelled one of the Islamist sect’s camps across the border, killing “many” fighters, according to a security official.
The source said the army shelled the camp on Wednesday evening, two days after the jihadist group seized control of Gamboru Ngala on the border with Cameroon.
“It was tanks stationed on the frontier at Fotokol (on Cameroon’s side of the border) that shelled the camp on the other side,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
“Seen from Fotokol this morning, Gamboru looks empty and smells of death,” he added. “Nobody knows how many Boko Haram members were killed, but it is obvious that many were.”
The shelling was confirmed by a local police officer.
“These were abandoned houses that they have occupied since they entered Gamboru. We think they still control the town, because there are many of them and they didn’t all gather in the same place,” he said.

Why I killed the patron of Yoruba community in Kano –Suspect

The suspect behind the assassination of late Chief Ganiyu Akambi Bello, the grand patron of the Yoruba community in Kano State, has confessed that his mission to the home of the deceased on the night of June 5, 2014 was not to assassinate him, but to steal his money.
Abubakar Abdulrahaman, aged 26, made the confession at the Bompai headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Kano, where he was paraded before journalists.
The suspect was arrested at about 10 p.m. on August 25, 2014, at his residence at Badawa Quarters, Kano, by police  detectives.
While expressing regret over the murder of the Yoruba chief, he explained that when he scaled the fence into the structure, he was not expecting to meet him awake inside the building at that time.
The suspect, who was sacked years ago from the company of the deceased for stealing, admitted that he stabbed his former boss with a knife, but stressed that he picked up the knife on the top of a table in the room of the deceased, that night.
Speaking on the arrest, Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba explained that when the suspect arrived, the suspect had expected that the deceased would have gone to bed on that day and at that time, but added that, “unfortunately the man had not.”

Urban renewal: How Ajimobi tackles infrastructural decay

In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2011, Governor Abiola Ajimobi highlighted the infrastructural decay in the state when he said:“What stare us in the face today are nothing but the ruins of that noble pedigree. Even the most generous commentator on Nigeria’s affairs will not deny that Oyo State is no longer the pace-setter that it used to be.
The labour of our heroes past has been lost in the vortex of vanity. Our public infrastructure is dilapidated. Our public institutions have been compromised. The psyche of our people has been bruised. Our State has ceased to be the reference point for laudable programmes for which it earned her nobility. We have, on the reverse, become a staple on reports on violence and brigandage, corruption, street fight and lingering political crises. The duty of government as guarantor of public peace has been performed in the breach.”

Guinness rallies Olamide, Phyno, Eva for Made of Black campaign

Bheer Hugz, Ikeja City Mall, Lagos was the place to be on Tuesday as rap sensations, Olamide, Phyno and Eva thrilled guests at the launch of the made of black campaign. At the unique event, guests took to the dancing floor to outdo each other, digging it to the rhythm of the beats.
The following day, it was a total take over on popular cable channel, MTV Base as celebrities signed up by Guinness stormed the studios to show they were made of black. The musicians were all also part of the dramatic new 45 seconds commercial for the campaign, which also featured American music star, Kanye West.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Seni Adetu, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, explained the idea behind the made of black campaign. “#madeofblack is part of the global Guinness Made of More campaign. Guinness embodies the mindset of Nigerians who are not afraid to express themselves and who are carving their own path in life. It is an iconic beer that has the darkest liquid, but the brightest flavours. A beer that has lived in the hearts and minds of millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years, Guinness has always had the authenticity, boldness and vision to do things differently,” Adetu said.

How to wipe out baby factories in Nigeria –Mary Ikoku

For the President of Moms Africa and CEO, Integrated Quest Public Relations, Mrs. Mary Ikoku, baby factories must be wiped out of the society because they represent sheer cruelty to mother and child. According to the Working Moms’ boss, she helps women to cope with the challenges created by mixing careers with parenthood, and it’s one of the reasons the South East Mothers Summit recently held to nip the baby factory menace in the bud.
In this chat with TS Weekend, the public relations expert and former special adviser to the late Minister of Information, Dora Akunyili explains why baby factory is an exhibition of a lack of value for human life. Read on.
Baby factory menace
First is the challenge of motherhood and parenting and the need to restore our society to our originality, which included a strong respect for morals. Listening to today’s media, you will discover the level of moral decadence in our society, which has led to this menace of baby factory. Women are not only an endangered species and now their offspring are not left out. The baby factory menace is an exhibition of a lack of value for human life. The South Eastern women disagree with this evil and are doing everything to not just curb it but also completely eradicate it.
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Boko Haram: NLC calls for blockade of routes to forests in Borno, Adamawa


THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has advised the Federal Government to adopt starvation tactics in the fight against the Boko Haram by blocking all the routes leading to the forests in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states where the sects operate from.
President of the NLC, Abdulwaheed Omar, who made the call at the commissioning of the N150 million secretariat called Federal Might House built by the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Federal Council in Abuja, yesterday, noted that if the number of troops deployed to monitor elections in Ekiti and Osun states was sent to the entry and exit of the forests, the terrorists would be forced to surrender.
Comrade Omar noted that civil servants had become the highest casualty in the act of terrorism, stressing that with a change of tactics, the insurgents would be forced to surrender.
He said:  “The issue of insecurity is a very serious one and we really want to call on government to intensify efforts.


Joan Rivers stops breathing during surgery, said to be in critical condition


Comedian and E! Fashion Police star Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital in New York City this afternoon after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her throat

Rivers, 81, was undergoing a throat procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing. She was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York where authorities said she's in critical condition.

After her heart stopped beating during surgery, an emergency call was placed to 911 and the caller said, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."

TMZ said it's not clear if doctors were able to restart her heart.

Only God Gives Leadership, Sultan Tells Politicians


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The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Saad Abubakar III, yesterday admonished Nigerian politicians to see leadership as an act of God which He gives to whosoever He chooses at any time.
The Sultan, who spoke when former Vice President Atiku Abubakar paid him a visit in his palace, equally tasked leaders and politicians to have the fear of God in all their dealings.
Insisting that Nigerians must learn how to play politics of love and all-inclusiveness, Sultan said Nigerians would be looking forward to seeing when politicians would understand and appreciate one another as partners in progress and not enemies.
Politicians should fear God and exhibit justice in all their dealings. They should also know that it is only God that gives leadership. Therefore, they should learn how best to play politics of love, not bitterness, rancour and hatred.

FLOOD: 116 Houses, Property Destroyed In Edo


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Less than two months after a devastating flood resulted in the death of four persons in Igarra, Edo State, 116 houses have been destroyed by flood at Fugar, the administrative headquarters of Etsako local government area of the state, over the weekend, with property worth several millions of naira destroyed.
Luckily, this time, no life was lost, as the state government, yesterday, promised to come to the aid of all those who were displaced by the flood.
The state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, through his deputy, Pius Odubu, who was at th scene for an on-the-spot assessment, yesterday, assured the people that relief materials will soon be brought to ameliorate their discomfort. Not less than 116 houses were affected by the devastating flood.

2015: APC Launches Winning Formula

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday launched a winning formula code named 1 for More.
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The winning formula which is an initiative of a former minister of state, women affairs , Princess Funke Adedoyin, was launched in Ilorin, Kwara State.
1 for More initiative entails the appointment of a woman as APC ambassador and the woman in return will woo four members of other parties into APC. The four recruits are also expected to woo four persons each into the APC.
Unveiling the logo of the formula, the national chairman of APC,Chief John Odigie Oyegun said with the new formula his party was set to sweep the 2015 general elections.
Represented by the vice chairman, South-West, Mr Segun Oni, Oyegun urged Nigerians to vote massively for APC in 2015 so that Nigeria can begin the journey to greatness.
Nigeria has no business with poverty and insecurity. This is the time for Nigerians to reject what we do not want.

Sean Kingston — Sued for Not Paying His Jewelry Bill … And Some of It Was Fake!



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Sean Kingston is being sued by a NYC jeweler for not paying for several pieces of really, really nice jewelry — and two pieces of cubic zirconia … TMZ has learned.According to the lawsuit, filed in New York, Kingston got more than $200,000 worth of ice from Avi Da Jeweler from 2008-2013 … but never paid for any of it. In the suit, Avi says Kingston wrote checks seven different times over the years, and they all bounced.Avi claims the orders throughout the years included watches and chains (two featuring Kingston’s initials), a diamond “Jesus piece,” a belly button chain (we’re guessing not for him) … and a cubic zirconia necklace and bracelet. The jeweler also claims Kingston never returned a $12,000 ring he loaned him for a “106 & Park” appearance.In all, Avi claims he’s owed $226,200 and he wants an additional million bucks in punitive damages. We reached out to Kingston, but so far no word back.
See also Source: TMZ

Enugu Gets New Deputy Governor


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Enugu State governor Sullivan Chime has appointed Rev. Raph Ifeanyichukwu Nwoye as the new deputy governor.
He replaces former deputy governor Sunday Onyebuchi who was impeached last Tuesday following the adoption of the report of the panel by the members of the Enugu State House of Assembly which found him guilty.
The new deputy governor, who was presented to the House for screening and confirmation, hails from Nkanu East local government area, the village of Mr. Onyebuchi, the impeached deputy governor.

Britney Spears — Breaks Up with BF David Lucado After Video Surfaces of Him Cheating



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Britney Spears just dumped her boyfriend of 18 months … after finding out there’s a video of him cheating on her that’s being shopped around Hollywood.We’re told David Lucadois seen in the video making out with a woman and dancing with her. It looks like they’re in someone’s living room. We’re told the video was shot in early August.When we called Lucado … a rep told us, “David is very, very in love with Britney. This is unfortunate and he hopes that it all works out.”Well, it didn’t. We called Britney’s camp for comment, and we were told her father Jamie wanted to say something about it, but wanted to tell Britney first. It appears as soon he told her … she broke up with David.She just tweeted,”Ahhhh the single life!”
See also Source: TMZ

Jonathan Launches National ID-Card




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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday directed all federal government ministries, agencies and agencies (MDAs) to unify their biometric data capture operations with the national electronic identity card (e-ID Card) scheme.
Accordingly, he directed the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enrol and issue the card to all federal civil servants and pensioners for speedy and safe payment of salaries and pensions.
Giving the directive when he launched the issuance process of the e-ID card at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president asked the commission to work with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) and Pension Department.

Squabbles Wont Tear Us Apart BBOG Group



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The #BringBackOurGirls Group yesterday thrashed out and resolved some of the issues threatening the unity of the group.
The group, which has been together for more than four months but had been quarrelling over certain matters, decided to resolve the issues bothering its members. In so doing, it agreed that the group did not belong to anyone, but was a group of equal individuals who had come together regardless of anyones social status, to advocate for the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in April.

That mystery fire at the Glass House


FOR many football lovers, the mystery fire that gutted the NFF Glass House in Abuja, almost destroying the Accounts Department, has already been tainted as an act of man, not of God, although proper investigations will tell us which is which.
With news of missing or badly disbursed monies trailing the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, after the recent World Cup tournament, there is no way suspicious Nigerians would not call it sabotage or an attempt at cover-up.
Before they left for Brazil, the Aminu Maigari-led NFF Board was impeached and later sacked on various alleged charges of misdemeanor.
But on the two occasions when Maigari had cried wolf, FIFA had intervened, like a parent who always stands by a bad child no matter what he or she does, to save members of the NFF, reinstated them and threatened the Federal Government for what it termed regular interference with the running of football in the country. That looks like what Blatter or the Secretary-General would scream from the touch line when another is picking up the bills.

MASSOB wants Police to release bodies of deceased members August 29th, 2014 | SOURCE:Vanguard



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MOVEMENT for Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has called on the Police to release the bodies of its members who died during the recent factional crisis between some members from Onitsha and those at the groups headquarters at Okwe.
A statement by MASSOB Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in Umuahia, said the families of the slain members were worried and complaining of the unavailability of the bodies of their children. Madu alleged that he had received threats on account of alleged statement credited to him that he was ready to die in defence of Chief Uwazuruike.
He said he never said he would die in defence of Uwazuruike but only said any assassination attempt on him would be resisted. Madu said: Concerning the falsehood being circulated among our members that some members are planning to assassinate Uwazuruike, I did not vow to die for Uwazuruike in his defence, rather I said that such a pla will be resisted and some members may even die in his defence.
I have received series of threat calls and text messages over my life and family. I appealed to the police to release the bodies to assuage the worries of their family members.
Source: Vanguard

I Pray One Of My Sons Joins The Police IGP Abba



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For acting inspector-general of police IGP Suleiman Abba, one thing he is confident about is that he is not worried about the issue of tenure of office. According to the chief crime fighter who became the 17th IGP, how long he would spend in office does not cause him sleepless nights.
Abba made this known during a courtesy visit to the LEADERSHIP headquarters Wednesday during which he unveiled the wish closest to his heart concerning his children. He also affirmed that if there was anything he would leave behind at retirement, it would be to entrench a police force with effective ethical police officers in an efficient organisation.

Keshis contract will be resolved soon Sports minister


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Coach Stephen Keshi’scontract negotiations will be fully resolved soon, Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo has revealed.The minister also said that Keshi actually requested for a monthly salary of 6million Naira contrary to the N15m he was rumoured to have demanded for.Danagogo also disclosed that Keshi’s patriotism has shown through, to the extent that he is willing to drop the fight for increment in his monthly wages to help his country prosecute the two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers holding next month.However, he blamed the NFF crisis for the delay in sealing the Coach’s contract.“The NFF has been negotiating with Stephen Keshi but apparently because of the situation on ground the negotiation has not been very successful. If you look at it, his contract expired about when we just exited the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,” Danagogo said.“Apparently the NFF as at then was not very eager to re-negotiate with him. So we (National Sports Commission) were trying to see whether the NFF will negotiate with him. They were on that when a few things stated coming up.

Ebola: Rivers Places 100 Quarantined Persons On 24-Hour Surveillance


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The Rivers State Ministry of Health has placed about 100 persons who had contact with the late Dr Ike Sam Enemua under 24-hour surveillance for possible symptoms of Ebola virus disease.
The ministry has also shut down the late Enemuas hospital as well as the Good Heart Hospital, a private health facility where he was treated until his demise, and a hotel where a staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who was treated by the late medical doctor lodged while he was in Port Harcourt.
Enemua died on Friday, August 22, 2014, in Port Harcourt, and the result of the samples taken from him, which was released yesterday morning, indicated that he died of the dreaded disease.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Sampson Parker, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Port Harcourt, said those quarantined include staff of the two hospitals and the hotel as well as Enemuas wife.

5 Perish, 9 Injured In Auto Crash




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Five yet-to-identified traders, yesterday, lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident near Irasa Village, along Ado-Iworoko Ekiti Road.
Nine others, including some students of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, were also critically injured in the auto-crash close to the universitys campus, at about 4:15am on Thursday.
The traders, mostly women, were on their way to Ado-Ekiti in a Nissan saloon car marked Osun AA 529 FTD when a Mazda car with the registration number Lagos KJA 608 CD, said to be occupied by eight students, rammed into them.
The students, according to a source, were returning from a dinner party organised by some of the final-year students of the institution when their car collided head-on with the vehicle carrying the traders who were coming from Ora-Ekiti. While five women in the commercial vehicle died on the spot, the driver and eight othrs from the other vehicle are critically injured and receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the state universitys teaching hospital.

Robbery: Police Nab 75-Year-old, Nursing Mother, 7 Others


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Detectives attached to the Umunede Police Division, Ika Northeast local government area of Delta State, have arrested an armed robbery group which includes a 75-year-old armed robber, a nursing mother and seven others.
LEADERSWHIP FRIDAY understands that the suspects were alleged to be members of an armed robbery syndicate that raided Akumazi Community recently, killing a 65-year-old man, Emmanuel Nwabuoke.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, disclosed that they were arrested following the combined effort of police detectives and youth of the community who swung into action in the last two weeks, combing every nook and cranny, in order to ensure that they were fished out.

Ebola:How Infected diplomat under quarantine in Lagos escaped to Port harcourt


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A member of staff of ECOWAS on the team that received the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American diplomat, who died of Ebola in Lagos, made a trip to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and met with Dr. Iyke Enemuo.The ECOWAS official whose name was also not given by Chukwu, was said to have had contact with the index case in Nigeria (Patrick Sawyer). He was placed under surveillance in Lagos but he escaped to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and contacted Enemuo for treatment.The official recovered from the ailment and returned to Lagos. Health workers were said to have tested him when he allegedly came for a clearance certificate and gave him a clean bill of health.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

7-Year-Old Girl Is Rescued After Being Buried Alive By Her Own Family


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A seven-year-old girl has clawed her way to safety after being strangled and buried alive, allegedly by her members of her own family.
The youngster, from Uttar Pradesh in India, was found by a shocked villager after he heard her cries for help as he returned from his fields.
He followed the noise to find an area of earth moving and when he began to dig, found the girl in a semi-conscious state under the soil.
India Today reportshe took the girl, named Tanu, to a nearby police station where detectives found she also had strangulation marks on her neck.
Rescued: Tanu is now staying with her great-grandmother
Once she regained consciousness, she told officers that she lived in the village of Semri Gauru with her mum Renu Awasthi.
Neither she nor her mother had been seen in the village since August 20, and their house was locked. But Tamu said was taken away by an aunt and uncle who she did not recognise days earlier, and they had buried her in the field.
After the case was reported by local media Tanus great-grandmother Rajrani came forward and claimed Tanus mum, who was having problems with her husband, had left their house around a fortnight ago without telling anyone.
Police are continuing to search for her.
Tanu has now been discharged from hospital, and is living with Rajrani.
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Another Tanker Explosion Rocks Lagos


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A tanker containing Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as PMS exploded yesterday at Total depot Dockyard, Apapa Road in Lagos.
The fire incident, which started around 5:00am in the morning raged till 10:am before men of Oando and Total fire fighters as well as the Fire Service arrived the scene to put it out.
According to an eyewitness, the fire started around 5:00am in the morning when people suspected to be oil-bunkers were busy transferring PMS from kegs to the tanker.

Accepting reality: We will get Gwoza back from Boko Haram



On Wednesday, 27 August, the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said the Nigerian Army will imminently take back the Islamic caliphate of Gwoza from the forces of Boko Haram.
After initially being in denial about Abubakar Shekaus declaration that Gwoza now belongs to the sect, the Army boss has said moves are already in place by Nigerian forces to regain the sovereignty of the town in Borno state.
During a telephone conversation with Channels Television, Olukolade said the army is working to reverse Shekaus proclamation. We are definitely working to reverse all those tendencies. We are not conceding any portion of this country to a group of terrorists and the required operation to reverse that is ongoing,

Ebola-Researchers To Speedup Vaccine Trials


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Researchers have concluded plans to speed up vaccine trials on Ebola, which could make it possible for healthy volunteers to start testing it as early as next month in three countries of Gambia, Mali, and Britain.
The vaccines will be made available to volunteers in Gambia, Mali, and Britain in effort to curb the spread of the epidemic, which has killed over 1,552 in West Africa so far.Researchers are hoping that the trials could finish by the end of the year (2014). If the trials prove successful, vaccines could then be given to people infected with Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids.
This was made known on Thursday by leading pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which is developing the vaccine with the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Wellcome Trust, which is partly financing the trials.

Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt finally married


According to reports, Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who have been together for 9 years and share 6 children, are now married.
The couple’s publicist said they quietly got married last weekend Saturday 23rd at a very private ceremony attended by family and friends in Chateau Miraval, France. Angie and Brad’s kids are said to have participated in the wedding. Her oldest two sons, Maddox and Pax walked her down the aisle, while their daughters Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers. Congrats to them.
Source: Linda Ikeji Blog

Mode9 returns with Above Ground Level

Nigerian rapper, Mode9, on Monday, August 25, dropped a new album, Above Ground Level.
Incidentally, the date coincided with the release of Asa’s third album, Bed of Stone.
In a recent interview with Hiptv, the veteran rapper described his new effort as “one that has a bit of everything for everybody.”
According to the artiste, the album features the likes of Don Jazzy, 9ice, Reminisce, Ice Prince and many more.
In 2012, the rapper who is regarded as one of Nigeria’s leading players in that genre became a debate when he granted an American cable TV network an interview, where he was reported to have said he was quitting rap music.

For Chibok girls, U.S singer holds concert in Nigeria

Kim Poole, a singer based in the United States, has concluded her concert series tagged Music for Change concert, at Ziggies in Magodo, Lagos State over the weekend.
The concert which started last Friday at Grand suite, Magodo, according to the singer, was geared towards raising funds for the parents of the abducted school girls in Chibok community, Maiduguri, who she said would have exhausted all their resources by now.
She said the move also serves to use music to explore the importance of women’s education in a nation’s development.
“I and my six piece band implemented the first move to achieve my mission in Nigeria through the promotional performance of soul music, jazz, afro-pop and fusing different styles of the African music such as highlife and reggae. The concert also featured my performances and artiste workshops,” said Poole.

40 feared killed in fresh Alago/Eggon fight in Nasarawa

Not less than 40  people have been feared killed in a fresh fight between the Alago and Eggon people of Nasarawa State, yesterday, while over 50 houses were also set ablaze. The fight took place at Tudun Adabu in Obi local government area of the state.
An eye witness who was at the scene of the event said that the fight was initially between Eggon people and Fulani herdsmen in Assakio, headquarters of Lafia East development area of the state which later spread to Tudun Adabu, Wamba, Akwanga and Nasarawa Eggon local governments leaving scores dead and rendering thousands of people homeless.
It was also gathered that all the inhabitants of Assakio, Tudun Adabu and Dedere have deserted their homes as a result of the crisis in the areas. Victims of the troubled areas were seen moving their children and property to Lafia town.
Distraught members of the affected communities told said that trouble started when the Eggon people who were fighting against the Fulanis discovered that the Alago youths had joined forces with the Fulani mercenaries to fight them.
The Eggon people therefore turned their guns against the Alago at Tudun Adabu killing over 40 of them and injuring others.


Eto’o quits international soccer

Cameroon’s record goalscorer, Samuel Eto’o, has retired from international football, the four-time African player of the year announced on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old, who recently signed for Premier League Everton, scored 56 goals in 118 appearances after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 1997, Reuters reports.
“I wish to inform you that I hereby put a definitive end to my international career,” Reuters quoted Eto’o as saying in a statement on his Facebook page.
“On this occasion, I wish to thank all Africans in particular and all my fans around the world for their love and unconditional support. Find here the expression of my deep gratitude.”
Eto’o played at four World Cups, lifted two African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002, and was part of the team that won the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

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Ebola death toll tops 1, 550

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has taken 1,552 lives out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and “continues to accelerate”, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
“More than 40 percent of the total number of cases had occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” Reuters quoted WHO as saying in a statement ahead of launching its new strategic plan for tackling the world’s worst Ebola outbreak.
A separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, identified as a different strain of the virus, is not included in the latest figures which cover Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, it said.
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Beyonce’s dad claims the divorce rumours was a trick to ignite tour sales


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Beyonce’s dad,Mattew Knowles is sure spilling some secrets.He made an appearance on the Roula & Ryan show this week ,and when asked about the divorce rumours,the elevator incident, he said..
I know, because weve done this. From experience, theres a tour going on,So you sometimes have to ignite that tour. Its called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot.When asked if Solange’s elevator attack was staged and leaked by them,he said
All I know is the Jedi mind trick. Everyones talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solanges album sales went up 200%!Despite not handling Beyonce’s career,he said this about her
We still talk every Sunday. Shes still the humble, generous person that shes always been.Folks don’t know it, but I am still the manager of Destiny’s Child, he said. When you see Destiny’s Child on TV and you see them doing songs together slowly, slowly now theyve done two, they were recently on TV I dont know, it might be another Destiny’s Child album coming.There might be this tour that makes history, Destinys Child featuring Beyonc, Kelly and Michelle. Can you imagine what that would be like?I doubt she would be happy about this
Source: Miss Petite Nigeria

Osun: Tribunal Grants APC, PDP Leave To Examine Election Materials



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Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal yesterday granted the double motion ex-parte filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking for the release of the election materials used during the voting exercise of the August 9, election in the state for examination.
The tribunal’s panel of judges led by Justice I. M. Bako during their first sitting yesterday at Osogbo granted the applications of the parties seeking for the inspection of the election materials in the custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Counsel to APC, Mr. Kunle Adegoke had prayed the tribunal to move outside the pre-hearing session, the election materials used during the poll for thorough inspection and examination.
Adegoke informed the sitting that the motion for the court to grant the party leave to inspect the election materials in the custody of INEC was supported with a 20-paragraph affidavit and a written address in compliance with relevant sections of the electoral law.
APC’s counsel said the motion was brought pursuant to Section 151 of the Electoral Act, paragraph 47 of the first schedule, noting that the action was “intended to move the ambit of justice.”

A Tribute To Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh



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Courage, selfless commitment and an unwavering belief in a cause are three essential but rare qualities of truly great leaders. Sometimes, these leaders exhibit an uncommon commitment to a cause and go as far as laying down their lives for a purpose they truly believe in. History will forever revere the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Obafemi Awolowo amongst few others as heroes.

Cameroon Troops Kill 30 Boko Haram Members

Cameroonian authorities have confirmed that the country’s military killed 30 suspected Boko Haram militants who attacked areas where 480 Nigerian troops had crossed over to during a battle with the insurgents.
Cameroon’s state radio reported yesterday that the troops beat back two attempts by suspected Boko Haram militants to enter the country’s northern territory through a locality that shares boundary with Nigeria.
Cameroon military spokesman Lt-Col Didier Badjeck told the Voice of America (VOA) that allegations made in Cameroonian media that the incident was a defection were unfounded, adding that they were particularly careful over the presence of the Nigerian soldiers as Boko Haram militants could also disguise as a regular army and attack them.
“People should support but allow the Cameroon army to handle the situation and fight Boko Haram as professional soldiers.

BBOG Group Begins Courtesy Visits To Media Houses


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The #BringBackOurGirls Group yesterday embarked on a series of visits to media houses, in continuation of its campaign for the rescue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. It started by paying courtesy visits to the Daily Trust Newspapers and the African Independent Television offices in Abuja.
Speaking at their daily sit-out session, one of the leaders of the visitation delegation, Dino Melaye, explained that the media houses accepted and welcomed the group’s ideas and agenda, which are focused on the safe return of the abducted girls.

FIRE OUTBREAK: Many Escape Death As Fire Guts Tanker

There was pandemonium in Apapa area of Lagos State, yesterday, when a tanker conveying AGO, popularly known as diesel, was gutted by fire.
Many people fled the scene when the incident occurred around 6am in front of Saint Theresa Primary School, Marine Beach.
The cause of the inferno could not be ascertained by press time, but sources said that the truck was about to take off from Total petroleum depot and was still parked within the company’s premises when the incident occurred.
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DUPED: Randy Monarch Loses Money To Prostitute

A monarch in a community in Asaba, Delta State, has lost perfume worth N40,000 and N30,000 cash to a commercial sex worker.
Reports said the royal father’s penchant for anything in skirt had tarnished his image and integrity as his encounter with women in most cases are followed by mind blowing tales.
It was gathered that the royal father had last Monday in Asaba, left his community to lodge in a hotel along Nnebisi road, where the lover girl who speaks Esan fluently stole his money and the perfume.
Those in the know said while the randy royal father was having sexual intimacy with her, she was said to have connected her close friend to him, upon his demand, after which he dashed to the lobby of the hotel where the said friend was waiting for him.
However, sources said, the royal father may have made another detour with the lover’s friend, as the lover, having waited for the royal father after what seemed like hours, disappeared with his money and his perfume.
Confirming the story, an aide to the royal father, who did not want his name in print, said the royal father had reported a case of stealing at the A Division police station, Asaba, while the police officers said they were investigating the matter.

NMA’s Strike Suspension: FG Yet To Be Notified – Minister


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The federal government said Tuesday, that it was yet to receive any formal notification of suspension of strike by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) days after it suspended its 55-day long industrial action.
The minister of health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, stated while answering questions from pressmen on the possibility of the government suspending its earlier decision to suspend and terminate Residency Programmme and appointment of resident doctors in all government owned hospitals.

We’re Watching Ikimi’s Next Move – Edo APC


    A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, on Tuesday announced his decision to withdraw his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).10;10;This is contained in a letter he signed and addressed to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, in Abuja.10;10;Ikimix2019;s letter read in part: ``I have made the decision to withdraw my membership from the APC with effect from today, Aug. 26, 2014.10;10;`` Kindly find forwarded to you herewith my statement released today bearing the title ; All Progressives Congress (APC) - My Reflections.10;10;`` I wish to particularly draw your attention to the last paragraph of the document stating the withdrawal of my membership from the party.x2019;x2019;10;10;It will be recalled that Ikimi contested the National Chairman of APC and lost to Oyegun. (NAN)

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it was watching carefully for the next political move Chief Tom Ikimi would make before responding to the issues he gave for his resignation from the party.
The party said Ikimi would be defecting into the lion’s den by saying he is “running away from the crocodiles in APC”.
The state chapter of the party while wishing its former national leader best wishes said the claims and counter-claims in his resignation letter will be appropriately addressed at the shortest possible time adding that with his “ exit the party will be better organised.”
Edo State APC publicity secretary, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, speaking on behalf of the party yesterday said, “For now the state chapter will not want to comment in details on the decision of Chief Tom Ikimi to leave us. At the appropriate time when he settles down in the PDP where he is obviously going, we will have time to respond to some of his outbursts. We saw a lot of claims and counter-claims in the letter he wrote; we will address them in due time.”

Buhari Set To Declare For Presidential Race


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Barring unforeseen circumstances, General Muhammadu Buhari would declare for the presidential race within the next few days as he rounds off his nationwide consultations, his political aide has disclosed.
The former head of state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not new in the race as he has been consistently contesting for the presidency since 2003 when he ran against the then president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).
Buhari also contested in 2007 and in 2011 against the late President Umaru Yar Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively but lost in the three elections.

FAKE PRODUCT: Man Threatens N50m Suit Against Coca-Cola


A middle-aged man, Mr. Joe Mukoro, who was hospitalised after drinking a plastic bottle of Coca- Cola, allegedly containing some poisonous elements, has threatened to sue the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), makers of Coca-Cola products. Mukoro, a Port Harcourt-based public relations practitioner, said he purchased a pack of six Coke plastic bottles from a supermarket, located along Ada George Road, in the Rivers State capital, on March 31, 2014.
On the evening of that fateful day, he drank from one of the plastic bottles, only to be admitted later into the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH), Port Harcourt, as a result of what was diagnosed as food poisoning after consuming the Coca-Cola drink.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, Mukoro said, “I was devastated to observe that there was some debris still left in the small quantity of Coke which l had not consumed. I was forced to take a second look at the entire pack of Coke which I purchased.

CRIME: My Parents’ Separation Exposed Me To Robbery – Suspect


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A woman suspected to be a leader of an armed robbery gang, Aina Mohammed, has identified her background as being responsible for her present dilemma.
The mother of two told LEADERSHIP that her parents marital separation exposed her to a lot of atrocities.
She said because she lived with her mother, there was opportunity to do some things which were overlooked by her.
She said, “I met one of my old friends (male), who introduced me into the business. After some months, we resumed our interactions most especially on telephone, which led us to another love affair. Unknown to my husband, after I met this man, I became a strong member of the syndicate.
“I always look for buyers for the stolen vehicles, while my boyfriend takes the stolen vehicles across borders,” she said.

2015 Polls: Nigeria Needs 500,000 Policemen



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The acting inspector-general of police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has said that the federal government has approved the recruitment of 10,000 police personnel across the nation.
IGP Abba, who made this disclosure yesterday during his visit to the LEADERSHIP Group headquarters, however, said he wished the figure could be increased to 500,000, stressing that the present figure was inadequate.
“I chaired the 2015 election planning committee and I made a recommendation therein, that we should have a certain number of policemen recruited ahead of the election. And we came in and found out that government had approved 10,000   more to be recruited.
“As I speak to you, the funds are getting close into our own hand and the recruitment will begin. So, we are making effort to reach the required number. We wish we could get up to 500,000 but, then, remember that we are not doing it alone. There are other services and the other services are helping us,” he said.

Nigeria Still Under Threat Of Ebola – FG


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Barely 24 hours after news of the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria broke, the federal government yesterday asked Nigerians not to celebrate yet as the country was still at risk of the deadly virus.
According to it, the country is not free of the public health hazard yet until the one patient currently undergoing treatment and a number of others under surveillance are certified free of the disease.
Minister of information Labaran Maku and his Health counterpart, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, stated this after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Addressing State House correspondents, Chukwu, who said he gave FEC an update on the fight against Ebola in the country as instructed by the president that he should do so in his weekly report, noted that 13 cases had been reported till date in the country.

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