Friday, February 28, 2014

'Blasphemous' Bit Erased From Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Clip Following Internet Outcry

Apparently signing an Internet petition can actually achieve a desired result.

Katy Perry's video for her chart-topping song "Dark Horse" has been edited to remove an Arabic reference deemed blasphemous by a petition.
Shazad Iqbal, 22, posted the complaint, demanding that the video be removed from YouTube. "At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse; a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word 'Allah,' which is the Arabic word for God," he wrote.

Iqbal describes Perry's Cleopatra-inspired persona as an opposition to God that "engulfs the believer and the word God in flames."
Perry's video went online a week ago. The petition followed a few days later and has received more than 60,000 supporters. On Wednesday, Iqbal and his supporters declared victory: A new version of Perry's video uploaded to her YouTube and Vevo channels has digitally scrubbed the offending pendant.
Iqbal credits the petition with prompting the change.

"We couldn't have done it without everyone's support so I thank each and every one of your deeply, our voices have been heard!" Iqbal wrote.

Perry dismissed any ill intent in a statement, saying she was "just trying to give a beautiful performance about a place I have so much love for … with no other thought besides it."

Atiku slams Jonathan over centenary party

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned in strong terms President Goodluck Jonathan’s jamboree celebrating the Centenary of Nigeria’s 100th anniversary.
Atiku, who frowned on the event being televised live by government owned broadcast media channels, said Jonathan “ought to have been sober in view of the recent killings” of about 59 secondary school students on Tuesday, in Yobe state, and other recent attacks by the Boko Haram sect.
Atiku, in a statement issued to the media, and shared with said, “I’m appalled by this obscenity showing on NTA, in the name of ‘Centenary Celebration.’ It is inappropriate! It is even obscene.
I’m proud of our history over the last 100 years. I congratulate our President, and (all) Nigerians for this journey so far. “However,” Atiku said, “I totally denounce the party currently taking place in Abuja. It is a symbolic dance on the graves of those murdered Federal Government College children. It’s also a slap on the faces of those Federal Government College parents currently mourning their children, and those crying over their abducted children.”
At press time, officials inside the Jonathan government have declined to comment on the stance offered by the former vice president.


Samini Celebrates 10 Years In The Music Industry

Ain’t no stopping Samini now; so it seems. The award-winning artiste keeps on being busy in his decade-long music career. Only last December Samini released his fifth album Next Page online and as expected from an artiste of his calibre, the album is doing considerably well. Samini, the Dancehall King told Showbiz last Friday that he is putting together some events to mark the anniversary.
Even before the events to mark his anniversary take off, he has been nominated for two international awards including the Black Canadians Award in the Best International Act category.
The award is for black people who excel in their fields of endeavour and it comes off on Saturday, March 1.

Groom cancels wedding after bride passed pregnancy test

A groom cancelled a wedding packed with guests after his 'no-sex before marriage' bride surprisingly passed a pregnant test.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG in Nigeria conducted a pregnancy test for  the bride, Cynthia, 24 hours before the day and the result turned out positive.
Apart from this contravening the Christian position of chastity before marriage, the real shocker was that the groom insisted, he had never slept with the lady and could not be responsible for the pregnancy.

A source told that the man's main anger was that while they were dating, she didn't allow him to go too "far"  - saving the best for last. The dissappointed groom said she was trying to paint herself as a good girl so he can't go ahead and marry her since another man was enjoying what he was denied.

On that fateful last Saturday, 22nd February, 2014, guests got to the venue of the big wedding at about 9am but 2 hours later, neither the bride or the groom came out.

Mr. Price clothing store victimizes 3 shoplifters (Photos)

Three Ghanaian women were caught shoplifting under garments and other items at the Mr. Price shopping mall in Accra, Ghana. The treatment they received has made some to speak out in outrage, but realistically it is better than the jungle justice other people have received in the past.
Shaken and subdued, the young girls told their story to MyJoyOnline.Com, that they were considering legal action against their oppressors at Mr. Price for the inhuman treatment meted out to them.
Narrating the incident, the ladies admitted to shoplifting, that they had gone to Mr. Price to buy some clothes but took more than they paid for after trying them on.
Caught and faced with embarrassment, they apologised to the staff but their plea for forgiveness was not taken. Their offer to go home and get money to pay was also not taken. A good Samaritan’s attempt to even pay for them was shot down by Miss Roberta, the shop’s manager, who warned him not to come any close to their shop.

Davido gets a rose gold Rolex from Samuel Etoo

Katy Perry 'Dark Horse' Video Accused Of Being 'Blasphemous' By Muslims In Petition, Calls For It To Be Banned From YouTube

Katy Perry's video for her latest single 'Dark Horse' has been slammed by Muslims who have called for it to be banned from YouTube, accusing it of being 'blasphemous'.
More than 50,000 people have signed an online petition filed by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford who describes the video as 'highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy'.
The signatories have taken particular offence at a scene that sees Katy zapping a man wearing a necklace with the word ‘Allah’ written in Arabic
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The offending scene in the 'Dark Horse' video

An explanation that accompanies the petition says: "At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse; a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word 'Allah', which is the arabic word for God.
"Such goes to show, that blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames."
Most of the support for the petition comes from Britain but it has also been signed by supporters from Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar.
The video for 'Dark Horse' - the third single from Katy's new album ‘Prism’ - has already scored 33 million views on YouTube.

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3 feared killed, houses burnt in fresh attacks in Plateau

Attacks occurred Thursday morning

Gunmen attacked communities in Riyom and Barkinladi Local Government Areas in the early hours of Thursday, residents have said.
Two people were reportedly killed in Riyom, while scores of houses were reportedly set ablaze in Rakwak and Rantis community in Barkinladi. One of the suspected attackers at Rakwak and Rantis was captured and burnt to death by members of the communities.
Meanwhile, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Plateau State Command, Felicia Anslem, at the time of filing this report, denied any knowledge of the incidents.
“Such report has not come to our notice for now but I will find out,” she said.
Witnesses, however, said the incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on Wednesdaynight.

Group asks Nigerian government to rescue 20 ‘kidnapped’ female students in Borno Premium Times

Group condemns FCT Police Commissioner over attack on protesters
A group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has asked the federal government to direct security agencies to immediately commence the search and rescue of 20 female students allegedly kidnapped a month ago by suspected members of the outlawed Boko Haram, from a school dormitory in Borno State.
In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, the organisation said it was appalling that nearly a month after the incident was reported, neither the federal government nor the Borno State Government had made any statement to confirm or deny the kidnapping. It also expressed worry that both governments had not considered meeting discreetly with the parents and guardians of the allegedly abducted girls.
About 20 teenage girls were reportedly kidnapped from a school premises in Borno State about a month ago.
HURIWA, in the statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National Media Officer, Zainab Yusuf, said the federal government was obliged to rescue alive the kidnapped innocent students before further irreparable physical and psychological harm happened to them while in captivity.

Army General says Nigerians should be allowed to carry arms to defeat Boko Haram

The General spoke on Thursday in Sokoto
If Nigeria is to ‘holistically’ win the war against terrorism, its citizens must be allowed to defend themselves, by carrying arms, a army commander has said.
The Commander, 1 Brigade, of the Nigerian Army, Tasi’u Ibrahim, said Nigerians should be allowed the right to defend themselves if the country was to win the war against terrorism.
Mr. Ibrahim, a Brigadier General, made the call in Sokoto while  addressing the Brigade’s 2014 Officers Training Day.
He stressed that this was one of the measures that should be adopted “if Nigeria is to holistically win the ongoing war on terror.”
According to him, this is being practiced in developed nations of the world.
Mr. Ibrahim listed other measures needed to defeat Boko Haram to include strict monitoring and severe restriction on the importation of certain goods being used to aid and abet such crimes.
He stated that such goods included motorcycles.
“It has been proved that a good number of the insurgents use them (motorcycles) for their attacks,” he said.

Hollande Supports Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram

Francois Hollande campaign meeting in Toulouse
French President Francois Hollande said he supports Nigeria in its fight against “terrorists” who he said are threatening economic prosperity throughout Africa.
“Your struggle is our struggle,” Hollande said today in remarks broadcast on Nigerian national television during a visit to the capital, Abuja. “The struggle against terrorism is also the struggle for democracy.”
Nigerian security forces are struggling to quell a rebellion by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, which has carried out a violent campaign since 2009 to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, on Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Soldier detained for reporting affair between his wife and senior officer, sues for N100 million


A Nigerian soldier, Michael Emefik, on Monday sued the army at a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking N100 million damages and the enforcement of his fundamental rights over alleged illegal detention.
Adejoh Jibrin, Mr. Emefik’s counsel, in his submission, said his client had been in detention at the Mogadishu cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja, since Jan. 21, 2013.
Mr. Jibrin, in the motion for the enforcement of his client’s fundamental right, prayed the court to order his immediate release from “unlawful arrest and detention by officers of the Nigerian Army’’.
He said that the order became necessary and urgent following the refusal of the army authorities to release the applicant after repeated demand.

Two Corps members discharged by court on homosexuality charges

The two corps members – Daniel O’ Tega and Sulaiman Abari, charged with committing sodomy on one of their students have been discharged by an Ibadan Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Iyaganku.
The two accused were discharged, though not on merit, following the victim’s parents, Alhaji Hammed Sulaimon and Kafilat, of 65, Avenue Street, behind Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan’s wish that the case be
NAN reports that Sulaimon, in an affidavit, said he had forgiven the accused as Sulaiman’s father, Mr Dauda Abari and O’Tega’s guardian, Mr Michael Edewhosa, intervened in the matter.
Sulaiman, a graduate of Lagos State University, Ojo, and O’tega were serving at St. Louis Secondary School 2, Molete, Ibadan. The two were arraigned after they had taken turns caressing and sucking on  their male victim’s manhood till he ejaculated

Ike Uche not going to World Cup due to ‘Big Boy’ style of play – Keshi

ikeuchelSuper Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has stated that in form Villareal forward, Ike Uche will not be playing in the World Cup in Brazil this year due to his big boy style of play.
He complained about Uche’s inability to follow instructions.
Speaking to, Keshi said, “Ike Uche’s problem is that he wants to dictate how we play in Super Eagles, he wants to tell us the system we’re playing is not good. Uche  has a very bad habit, that if you put him in the game he is not playing to instructions and he did that in the final of AFCON against Burkina Faso, he almost cost us.
“Again he did that against Zambia, in the second match when (Efe)Ambrose was given a red card. What we told him to do, he was doing the opposite. And if you don’t respect your team mates and you don’t respect the team, then there is no point. I know he cannot do that in his club, then why do it in the national team? I don’t think I need a player like that in the team.”

‘Heroes’ to return for 13 new episodes

Save the cheerleader’s show, save the world.
NBC is powering back up “Heroes,” the drama that took television by storm for its inaugural 2006 season, for 13 new episodes.

Entitled “Heroes Reborn,” the new event series featuring all new super-powered characters will air in 2015 and will be shepherded by original creator Tim Kring.
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement trumpeting the announcement Saturday.
“Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept.”

Olamide leading poll for Nigeria’s Best Rapper

An ongoing poll being conducted by Nigeria’s leading entertainment magazaine has Olamide leading the chart as Nigeria’s most gifted rapper.
Chocolate boys, M.I. and his brother, Jesse Jagz follow in second and third places respectively, whilst Mode Nine comes fourth in the poll.
Sinzu is at the bottom of the ladder, with 0 votes out of 94 votes cast, by the time of the filing of this report.
No female rappers made it to the list.
To vote in the poll, please visit’s homepage here.
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“I am not worried about the person who will succeed me, but I am concerned because I will be involved – Fashola

Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has stated what he would desire in his successor. He said such a person should leave the state better off than his administration.
Speaking to journalists at the State House, Marina, Fashola said, “In terms of policy sustainability, we are fortunate that over the years, the government of Lagos state is becoming more institutionalized therefore it is becoming easier for every successor to improve on what his predecessor has done.
“I am not worried about the person who will succeed me, but I am concerned because I will be involved. I really hope that the person who will take over after me will be a lot better than me.
“I hope that the person can do in four years what it has taken us eight years to do. That I know will be beneficial to all of us. My interest in the next election is Lagos. Who will be the best to guide and advance the course and interest of Lagos.”
Speaking of the strides of his administration, he likened it to that of a national government.
“I don’t know any state in the world that is building roads like the 60kilometre Lagos- Badagry expressway;  50kilometre  Lekki-Epe expressway; 20 kilometre Mile12-Ikorodu road; a light rail train of 27 kilometres; four major jetties and terminals and also partnering to install a cable car system – all at the same time.
“Only national governments do what we are doing. That is what is emboldening us to build more homes in Ikorodu, more homes in Agbowa, in Epe and Badagry because we know that by the time they are completed, any journey from there to the city center will be a maximum of 45 minutes to one hour.

Nigerian stowaway dies, frozen to death as SA plane lands in US Airport

A Nigerian man, Chris Dikeh was found in the wheel well of a South African Airways plane that departed Dakar, Senegal and arrived the Dulles Airport in Washington D.C on Saturday.
The man is believed to have frozen to death in temperatures reaching -60°C.
Per Second News gathered from the Police that it was a South African Airways jet that was parked now in a remote part of the airport. Grounds crews found the body on Saturday afternoon.”
Airport authorities say the male body was recovered from the landing gear of the Airbus A340 belonging to South African Airways. The flight arrived in Dulles on Wednesday last week.
In a release sent to Per Second News by officials of the South African Airways and signed by SAA spokesperson Mr Tlali Tlali,” (SAA) has initiated an internal investigation into the discovery of a human body on its aircraft in Washington DC, in the United States of America”.
“Once at the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, it was discovered that there was a fault with the landing gear of the aircraft A340-300 and the aircraft had to receive attention. It led to SAA dispatching its engineers and technicians to the US to identify the cause and to fix the fault on the aircraft”.

Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s family rejects Centenary Award,gives reasons

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The family of the Late Human Rights crusader, Gani Faweyinmi, SAN, whose patriarch was shortlisted to be honored at the ongoing centenary celebration, earlier today wrote to the secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Ayim Pius Ayim, rejecting the offer.
The letter signed by the scion of the Faweyinmi family, Barrister Mohammed Faweyinmi, reads:

Presidency names ousted CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi as potential Boko Haram sponsor

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Omokri sent the mail under the alias Wendell Simlin
A pastor and the presidential aide on New Media, Reno Omokri, has named Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as a potential sponsor of Boko Haram. He made the accusation in a press release sent to media houses under an alias Wendell Simlin.
Omokri was caught in the act by a technology guru and activist who tweets from the handle @doubleeph.
In the statement, Omokri amongst other accusations, said that Sanusi may have been acquaintances with Osama bin Laden and was involved in the beheading of a man in Kaduna.
The goal of the move made by the Presidential media team, analysts have speculated would have been to discredit Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and draw away the public support the embattled former CBN governor had been enjoying.
Omokri, did not count on his carefully packaged misinformation press release being dismantled as quickly as the hawks on Twitter were able to.
He was found out as Microsoft Word enables readers to see the author of whatever document they are reading.
The statement Omokri released is copied below:

Police disperse protesters in Abuja on Yobe Killings

Police have dispersed with teargas youth in Abuja protesting the killing of 59 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi in Yobe, Daily Trust. reports

The card-carrying protesters assembled at the Unity Fountain Park in the central area of Abuja on Thursday morning to express their displeasure at the murders by members of the Boko Haram sect.

The protesters said they can no longer sit and watch while terrorists create chaos in the northern part of the country with impunity.

Read more at Daily Trust

Pre-schoolers caught ‘having sex’ in school toilets

Something that’s bound to terrify any parent of a pre-schooler: Two New Jersey, US, 5-year-olds were discovered naked in the pre-school bathroom by their teacher, at which point they allegedly admitted they’d been “having sex,” reported the Stir.

The teacher has been suspended, and, although she reported the discovery immediately, parents are horrified that the kids managed to get into this situation. Of primary concern to the school board is the teacher’s lack of supervision of the kids.

The report focussed on teacher Kelly Mascio’s lack of supervision rather than the other blatant question: just how did two five-year-old kids understand what they were attempting (perhaps even managing) to do?

The boy and girl had been part of her class on a day when the class was undergoing State testing, which Mascio had to oversee. In New Jersey, a teacher may not accompany children to the bathroom. She has 16 years of experience as a teacher, and seems to have the support of some in her local education association.

Ogun bans street hawking by children

The Ogun government on Wednesday banned street hawking and trading by school-aged children during school hours.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Elizabeth Sonubi, announced the ban at a sensitisation rally in Abeokuta.

She warned that any child caught violating the order twice would be warned, and if arrested the third time would be remanded at the state juvenile home.

Sonubi said that the child would only be released after payment of a specified fine and presentation of tax receipts by his or her parents or guardian.

"We want every child to take opportunity of what they have now and ensure they acquire skills.

"We want parents and guardians to monitor their children as they are the leaders of tomorrow.

"If we take care of them, there will be peace in our homes, state and the nation at large,’’ she said.

Sonubi implored parents and guardians to monitor the educational and moral development of their wards to enable them become productive citizens in the future.

-  NAN

Stolen 2-month-old baby recovered in Kaduna

Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday said it had recovered a two-month-old baby, Sulaiman Adamu, stolen from his mother by a customer.

Its Public Relation Officer, Aminu Lawan, disclosed this in Kaduna.

Lawan said the mother of the baby, Marwa Adamu, had earlier reported the case at the Police Divisional Headquarters in Rigachukwu on January 31.

He said the mother had complained that a woman, Hassana Mohammed, had run away with the child from Maraban Jos, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Lawan said the child was recovered on February 16, when the woman who took away the baby called her friends on phone, who immediately alerted the police.

The police spokesperson said the woman was encouraged to return and on arrival in Maraban Jos, was arrested for child theft, adding that she would soon be prosecuted.

I send the people of Nigeria my warmest congratulations - Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has written to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of Nigeria's centenary celebration.

Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said Britain's Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, had delivered the message.

"On the occasion of the Republic of Nigeria celebrating 100 years since the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria, I send the people of Nigeria my warmest congratulations," the Queen was quoted as saying.

She said she had fond memories of her visit to Nigeria in 1956 and again in 2003 as Head of the Commonwealth.

"The links between our two countries have deepened over the past 100 years and I hope they will continue to do so," said the monarch.

Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960.

Since the independence, it has maintained favourable relations with the UK.

- CAJ News

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Beyoncé pays tribute to late art director

Beyoncé Knowles has paid tribute to her former colleague, Ian Cuttler Sala, who died in a car accident involving Salma Hayek's brother on Sunday (24.02.14).
The 'XO' hitmaker posted a touching message about Grammy Award-winning art director Ian Cuttler Sala, after he was identified as the 43-year-old passenger killed in Sami Hayek's 2006 Ford GT when he crashed in Bel Air in Los Angeles on Sunday (24.02.14).
The 32-year-old singer wrote: ''Rest in Peace Ian Cuttler. Ian was a Grammy Award winning art director and photographer who will be greatly missed.
His memorable work includes album covers for 'Destiny Fulfilled' and 'Dangerously in Love.''' Sami, 40, lost control of his vehicle when he was driving on Sunset Boulevard. Ian, who worked with many other stars in the past and won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Art Direction for 'Johnny Cash: The Legend,' was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department, while Sami was taken to hospital after sustaining several broken ribs and a laceration to his head.
A 20-year-old truck driver that was also involved in the crash suffered a broken foot. Law enforcement officers believe Sami lost control after swerving to avoid an on-coming vehicle, but the investigation is still continuing and no arrests have been made.

Satanist dismisses claims of accused Craigslist killer

XXX Newlyweds Craigslist Killing A Pennsylvania woman claims she joined a satanic cult at age13 and went on a murderous, 6-year rampage.
At least one Satanist leader is a nonbeliever when it comes to a Pennsylvania woman's claims that she joined a satanic cult, then killed dozens of people over a six-year period.
Miranda Barbour, 19, accused of killing a man in November that she met on Craigslist, made national headlines last week when she told a local newspaper she killed at least 22 others. Barbour, in a jailhouse interview, told The Daily Item in Sunbury that she was sexually abused as a child, joined a satanic cult when she was 13 — and that the cult leader helped her pull the trigger on her first kill.
"There is a secular idea that 'the devil made me do it' that has turned into 'satanism made me do it,'" says Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, among the largest such bodies nationwide with a few hundred members. Barbour is not among them, he said.

Photos: P-Square Launches The Alingos Animated Series

Peter Okoye just released these photos on his instagram page. Says The Alingos cartoon series, which is centred around the singing brothers, will hit on our TV screens soon. Peter said they have been working on the project for five years. Find more photos and a press release after the cut...

Residents ‘protest Justin Bieber’s rumoured move to their area'

Residents protest Justin Bieber's rumoured move to their area
Some Atlanta residents don’t want Justin Bieber to relocate there (Picture: Getty Images)

Homeowners in a district of Atlanta, in the US, have reportedly said they will protest any attempt by Justin Bieber to move there.
Residents in Buckhead have apparently become concerned about rumours the pop star could relocate to the area from California.


'Dead rat' found in birthday cake
A family claimed to have found a dead rat in their cake (Picture: ABC / 7)
A 96-year-old man received an unpleasant surprise on his birthday when he found a ‘dead rat’ in his cake.
Joseph Valente, from New York, was tucking into a slice of his favourite apple strudel cake when he made the shocking discovery.
He complained to his family about the taste after chomping on one mouthful and later fell ill with stomach pains and diarrhoea.
Joseph Valente: New York man finds dead rat in birthday cake
Joseph Valente was ill after eating some of the cake (Picture: ABC / 7)
‘Something isn’t right,’ he told family members.

Couple strike gold after finding rare coin stash worth millions buried in back garden

Couple uncover 'pot of gold' worth millions in garden
Rare gold coins unearthed in California may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the US (Picture: Reuters / Kagin’s Inc)
A lucky couple literally struck gold when they found a rare coin stash worth an estimated $10million (£6million) in their back garden.
The pair, from California, were out walking their dogs when they uncovered the Gold Rush-era coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana.

We’ll Permanently Crush Boko Haram In Nigeria – Jonathan

President Goodluck vowed yesterday that security forces in the country would adopt whatever means to totally end the sourge of terrorism and other gory activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The president, LEADERSHIP gathered, had on Tuesday morning shed tears when he got the news of the gruesome killings of about 43 students in Yobe State before issuing a statement in which he opened verbal fire on the insurgents.
He spoke in a live broadcast last night on national television and radio to mark the nation’s centenary celebrations, which kick off today at the International Conference Centre by 9am.
LEADERSHIP also learnt that some of the 28 heads of state and governments billed to attend the event arrived yesterday, amidst tight security in the Federal Capital Territory.

Obama Sends Delegation To Abuja For Nigeria’s Centenary

US President Barack Obama has designated State Counsellor Thomas Shannon as the leader of a presidential delegation to Nigeria’s centenary in Abuja.
A statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the State Department said Shannon would meet with government officials and participate in high-level activities with other world leaders during the centenary.
The U.S official, who is expected to deliver a message from Obama to Nigeria, would also travel to Lagos for discussions on a range of issues of mutual interest and interact with Nigerian youths.
Meanwhile, Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, has sent a letter of congratulations to President Goodluck Jonathan on the nation’s centenary.

Chidoka: Get Fake Driver’s Licence, Go to Jail

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Mr. Osita Chidoka, Corps Marshal, FRSC
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka, has warned motorists henceforth caught with a fake driver’s licence will be prosecuted, while his or her vehicle impounded.
Chidoka stated this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists at a news conference.
He also said a criminal charge of “possession of fake identity document” would be added to the offence of such offender.

Fashola: Lekki International Airport Project on Course

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Governor Babatunde Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said on Tuesday night that the state government had not jettisoned its plan to build an international airport in Lekki area of the state.
Fashola told journalists in Lagos that the delay in actual take-off of the project did not mean it had been abandoned.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the governor said the state government had already done all the preparatory work on the project and was engaging the right investors to translate it to fruition.
According to him, what the government plans to build is an international airport that will live to its true name and comply with the best aviation standards.
“There are airports and there are airports. What we think Lagos deserves is a truly international airport that can compete globally. And those are not the kinds of airports that government would build and run.
“We have acquired the land for the project, government is fencing the land. We are doing the financial and the technical study of the project.

Bayelsa communities warn new buyers of Shell’s facilities

The people of Nembe in Bayelsa East senatorial district, Bayelsa State, have warned prospective investors and buyers of oil wells and facilities owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company to investigate the non-payment of over $1bllion demanded from the company for damages inflicted on their communities by its over 50 years oil exploration activities.

The chairman, Nembe Kingdom Oil and Gas Committee, Chief Nengi James, gave the warning in Yenagoa following alleged planned sale of oil fields and other assets owned by Shell in Nembe.

He said that host communities of Nembe Kingdom were not against the proposed sale of Shell’s assets, but want the potential buyers to investigate the refusal of Shell to settle the huge cases of compensation as a result of environmental hazards, oil spillage damages, and other health  related ailments associated with gas flaring in the area.

Chief James called on the potential investors to discuss with Shell the unresolved issues of payment of damages to communities before buying the assets.

Suspension: Court declines to reinstate Sanusi

 Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi
BID by the  suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to return to office suffered a setback yesterday as the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, dismissed an ex-parte motion seeking his immediate reinstatement.
In a ruling yesterday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, said it would not be in the interest of justice to grant such application without hearing from those dragged before the court by the embattled CBN governor.

Consequently, Sanusi was yesterday ordered to serve the relevant court processes on President Goodluck Jonathan, Attorney-General of the Federation, and Inspector-General of Police, who were all listed as defendants, even as the substantive suit was adjourned to March 12 for hearing.

Nevertheless, Justice Kolawole maintained that should the court  discover that the CBN governor was wrongfully suspended without recourse to the due process of the law, the court has constitutional powers to not only void the suspension, but also order that he should return to office to perform his duties as head of the apex bank.

Wife Murder: Evidence that sent Arowolo to hangman’s noose

Arowolo... the alleged killer
EVERY June 24 will always ring a bell in the mind of  Akolade Arowolo, a 31 year old self acclaimed youth pastor, who was last Friday convicted for killing his banker wife, Titilayo Omozoje at their residence, 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos,.

This is because the day marks his birthday and the day he brutally murdered  his wife, which eventually earned him a death sentence last week Friday. Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja sentenced Akolade to death having found him guilty of a murder charge pressed against him.


Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and , Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala , said yesterday that the $ 500 million recovered Abacha loot was used to develop the nation’s rural areas.

ABThe minister was reacting to an article by Mr.  Sonala Olumhense who claimed that $2.5 billion was recovered from the funds looted by the then maximum ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha but that the money disappeared under the minister’s watch.

According to the minister, $ 500 million, not $2.5 billion was recovered and had been spent development projects in rural areas as agreed with the Swiss government.

A statement by Mr. Paul Nwabikwu, Special Adviser to the minister said that the claims by Mr. Olumhense were unverified and largely false.

shell shuts Nembe pipeline, Nigeria loses 95,000bpd

Nigeria’s oil production has dropped by at least 95,000 barrels per day as the Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday it had closed the Nembe Creek Trunk oil pipeline to stop leakage caused by oil theft.
The oil major said that it shut the pipeline on Sunday night.
The pipeline pumps the Bonny Light grade of crude oil and the Bonny Light export shipping lists for April showed that 95,000 barrels per day would be pumped through the NCTL.
As such, at least 95,000bpd of oil must have been shut in due to the closure of the pipeline.
When contacted, the spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development Company, a Nigerian subsidiary for the Anglo-Dutch firm, Mr. Precious Okolobo, said, “We closed the NCTL on Sunday for the removal of crude theft points. We plan to complete the exercise and reopen the line as soon as possible.”

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