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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Chibok Schoolgirls Abduction: Women march to National Assembly despite heavy rain

Over 500 Nigerian Women today, Wednesday protested to the National Assembly to express their displeasure over the abduction of about 234 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State
Women carrying various placards with inscription such as , "Rescue our Chibok girls, bring back our girls alive, Where are my sisters, let peace and justice reign,our daughters going for N2000" besieged the venue.

The rally which started around 3.30pm was led by a tearful former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, human rights activists, Mariam Uwais, Saudatu Sani among other leaders of various civil society groups.

Despite the rain, the protesters were not deterred as they marched towards the National assembly to compel those in authorities to take more definite action concerning the disappearance of the girls.

The Coordinator of the Human Rights Agenda Network, Hadiza Bala Usman said the reading from Chibok was that all Nigerians, including the military and the security personnel are at great risk of being consumed by the aggression of those who have ambushed the peace and security of peace and prosperity of Nigerians.

She added that the trend of conflicting information about the exact number of girls who are still missing and even the operations are regrettable.

The group lamented that the fact no group has come out to claim responsibilty for the abduction of the girls has made it disturbing stressing that this made it imperative for Nigerians to amplify and demand that those with the responsibilty for the safety of all Nigerians should act and constructively engage to find and return the girls to their parents.

Some of the pertinent questions raised by the group includes, "where are our daughters and when will they be brought back home, how is it possible in the age of drones, google maps and aerial surveillance that over 200 girls will vanish without a trace"

"Is this suggestive of the weaknesses of security operations covering soft targets such as schools even after clear indications of their vulnerability"

"Why was protection for our children in the North East not intensified even after the devastation and pain of the 59 innocent children murdered in FGC Buni Yadi in February 25, 2014?

"How is it that security is not upgraded around institutions even when warnings of potential threat or imminent aggressions are issued"

"what is the rational explanation that in a location in Borno State under the state of emergency; 4 trucks and numerous

Motor bikes can deploy, move in a convoy, unleash terror on the school at Chibokk and then flee with over 200 girls to a location yet to be determined"they asked

Tearful Oby Ezekwesili said, "It began to look as if we as Nigerians are totally without empathy and I know that those of you who have turned out here are the symbol of the past of our countries that our country is not a country of people that are careless about their fellow human being"

"We are so frustrated at the fact that 234 of our children would get missing and there is actually no coherent as to touch and rescue that is going on concerning them, as a result of this, the papers that you got contained the issue that were resting with the authority of thus country"

"Our leadership must show a presence of mind concerning the situation that will have with our daughters, how many of you saw the Chibok mothers on news?

Isn't that heart breaking, they felt that they have been abandoned by not just the government but by all of us, is it a good thing for a citizen to feel that way" she asked

Continuing she said,"We want to compel the right time of momentum for the search and the discovery of those children and bringing them back, we don't care about any stories on this, there must be concerted effort to bring back our girls, if one nigeria girl is missing it would be all of us are missing not to talk of 234 Nigerian girls is missing"she said

MAY DAY: Atiku hails workers’ sacrifices amid tough times


Nigeria Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has extolled the patriotism, sacrifices and unbroken faith of Nigeria workers in the face of tough times.

In a statement yesterday by his media office in Abuja on the occasion of the Workers’ Day celebration, the former Atiku said workers are the greatest assets of every nation, stressing that the human capital is the pivot around which development revolves.

He acknowledged the perseverance and the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian workers in the face of grim and tough challenges of economic survival.

The former vice president explained that the weakened purchasing power of the workers might naturally affect morale, but urged the them to soldier on and not to lose hope.

Atiku advised political office holders to recognize the country’s economic realities before paying themselves salaries and allowances. According to him, such salaries and allowances must reflect the economic and social conditions of the workers and other struggling Nigerian citizens.

He also advised governments at all levels to pursue job creation with greater vigour, adding that unemployment is a menace for any society because it breeds unpleasant consequences.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Nollywood Foremost Producer Amaka Igwe passes on at Age 51

Nollywood foremost producer, writer, director and a leading player, Amaka Igwe has passed on.

She died last night April 28th in Enugu after an asthma attack. Mrs Igwe had gone to Enugu in company of her husband for pre-production preparations for a new Igbo soap when the sad incident occurred.

She suffered an asthma attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital after initial intervention had failed but sadly died before getting there.

Mrs Igwe is survived by her husband of 21 years Charles Igwe, three children, an aged mother

Army arrest 72-year-old man operating gun factory in Niger

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The 102 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army has said that its men had arrested a 72-year-old man for allegedly operating a gun factory in Suleja, Niger State.

Public Relations Officer of the Battalion, Capt. Charles Ekeocha made the disclosure while briefing journalists in Suleja today, Tuesday.

Ekeocha stated that the gun factory was discovered by soldiers during a cordon and search operation at Paiko and Kache all in Niger State.

According to him 44 dane guns, three pistols, assorted weapons and different gun fabrication tools were recovered from the suspect whose name he did not disclose.

Ekeocha added that initial preliminary investigation by his men revealed that the suspect operates three other local guns factories located at Gwagwalada and Bwari, in the Federal Capital Territory.

He said the septuagenarian suspect and the exhibits would be handed over to the Department of State Security (DSS) for further investigation and prosecution

Ekeocha appealed to members of the public to always give timely and useful information to security agencies to assist them in stamping out crime and criminal elements from the society.

The suspect who spoke through an interpreter, said he had been in the gun making trade for about 45 years.

He however said his guns are usually sold to his customers, mainly hunters and members of vigilance groups for a price between N3000 and N5000 depending on the capacity of the guns.

"I sell my guns to anybody who comes around to buy. If I get out of this, I will not go back to the business", the suspect said.

He claimed to have a license to make the guns but added that the licensed had expired.

Rihanna goes topless in Vogue Brazil magazine (+PHOTOS)

Rihanna goes topless in the May issue of Vogue Brazil. The singer stripped down for the magazine a while back but pics from the photo shoot were recently released.

Jonathan sacks his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak

President Goodluck Jonathan today, Tuesday sacked his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

No reason was given for the termination of the appointment.

It reads: "President Goodluck Jonathan has terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser (Political), Alhaji Ahmed Gulak with immediate effect."

"President Jonathan thanks Alhaji Gulak for his services to the present Administration and wishes him success in his future endeavours."

"A replacement for Alhaji Gulak will be announced in due course." It stated


Insurgents are cowards, says Oritsejafor

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Tuesday described insurgents operating in the country as cowards.

Oritsejafor, who spoke at a forum organised by the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Abuja, also called for a mass action against their activities.

He said that their strategy in recent attacks on innocent citizens in some parts of the country was detestable.

``We must understand that these insurgents are cowards of the highest order; they are just people who pretend to be religious people but going by their antecedents, they are not.

``My pronouncement on them is that when they die their bodies should be given to pigs because they do not deserve more than that.

``If you are serious about war, you do not go to innocent people, innocent drivers, and innocent travellers and bomb them, this is an act of cowardice,’’ he said.

Oritsejafor called for a total review of the strategy in combating the insurgency and called on citizens to support security agencies in the fight.

He called on the RTEAN to support security agencies in the fight against insurgency in the country.

According to him, people, irrespective of religion, ethnic and political differences, should work toward peace in Nigeria.

He added that if there was no peace in the country, transporters would not be able to operate, adding that this underscored the need for unity.

``Again, I believe that the military are doing their best; they are trying; I will not join those who condemn them; if they were not there, what would we have done?

``We should be grateful to them; we should not demoralise them; we should encourage them; yes, there is hope for improvement but they have done well.’’

He stressed the need for improved security at the nation’s borders to check the flow of persons and equipment into the country, especially in areas prone to armed conflict.

Oritsejafor called for improved air surveillance of the northern part of the country, to adequately contain the menace of insurgency.

He prayed for God’s intervention for the abducted school girls in Chibok to be reunited with their families as soon as possible.

Earlier, RTEAN President, Alhaji Musa Shehu, commended the CAN president for his support to peace building efforts across the country.

He said the association was ready to partner other stakeholders to entrench peace in the society, including the motor parks.

He solicited the support of CAN in improving road transport business in the country, noting that members of the association had introduced the necessary measures to improve security in the nation’s motor parks.
Other members of the CAN executive accompanied the president on the visit.

Monday, 28 April 2014

P-Square Makes First Public Appearance After Week of Quarrel (+PHOTOS)

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After the lengthy week of many stories about the pop duo P-Square having concerns that might bring about their split; Peter and Paul Okoye have actually made their very first public appearance together at the Ibiza Home Celebration at Piccolo Mondo hosted by leading version Sarah Ofili.

The appearance of the Okoye brothers realgist360 gathered comes a day after they published tweets, which has actually been commonly regarded as reconciliatory. "Forever P Square" tweeted Peter Okoye, while Paul uploaded "P Square.! Stronger than Ever !!!".

At the celebration, Peter Okoye and his manager/brother Jude Okoye showed up. A few minutes later on Paul Okoye and his wife into the V.I.P area. P Square’s entourage consisted of Don Flex- their choreographer, Tony Okoye- their sibling and rising dancehall act Cynthia Morgan. Guy of the moment Phyno additionally pertained to the celebration with P Square.

P Square partied for a couple of hours before leaving.

It has to be mentioned that while at the party, the Okoye bros appeared far-off each other. Obviously, the ice between both is still thawing.

However, it was good to see Peter and Paul back

SEE Why Guests Shed Tears During Tiwa Savage's Wedding (+PHOTOS)

Tiwa Savage and her husband definitely had a swirl day as they exchanged vows in Dubai on Saturday 27th of April.

Tiwa showed that she’s not only beautiful on the outside but also on the inside as her heart warming speech to her husband at the altar brought tears the eyes of some guests.

Though the full speech is yet to be released, below is the best part of the speech that is brought tears to guests eyes. "Sometimes when you listen to what Society says, you miss what God has to say to you."

Diezani Jet scandal: Court order stalls Reps’ investigation

The House of Representatives on Monday said a Federal High Court order stalled investigation in the alleged N10bn spent on chartered aircraft by Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources.

The house on March 27, mandated the Public Accounts Committee to investigate Alison-Madueke use of state funds in the last two years to charter, operate and maintain a jet for her personal use.

The Chairman of the committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Zakari Mhammed (APC-Kwara), who addressed newsmen, described the court order as frustrating.

"For us as legislators, our responsibility is to expose corruption but of course, this is another demonstration of part of the frustration we face as an arm of government," he said.

He said that the house as a law abiding institution of government would wait and study the court order before taking any position on the matter.

"As a law abiding arm of government, we will tarry a while and of course take a legal opinion as far as issues are concerned," he said.

According to him, the court order is a clear case of frustrating a matter under investigation.

"We are studying the papers, taking legal opinion and very shortly we will let you know our official position on this matter," he said.

The Chairman, Committee on Public Accounts, Rep. Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos), said the committee had received responses from Vistajet International and Executive Jet Hangar involved in the transaction.

He said the only responses being awaited by the committee was that of the NNPC, NCAA, FAAN and the Minister of Petroleum Resources relating to the investigation.

"Today is April 28, the committee scheduled to receive the honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources and other agencies that have stake in this investigation.

"But as we speak, there is a court order, which has been served to the office of the speaker, even though the committee has not gotten the copy of that order.

"As you are all aware, we are law abiding citizens and a house that has respect for the rule of law, we have decided to hold on until further directive after wider consultation will be done.

"The nature of the court order is simple. They are just restraining us from carrying out our own investigation. I don’t know what they are afraid of that they have gone to court," Adeola said.

Adeola expressed surprises that the minister waited until the day of the commencement of the investigation before coming up with a court order.

He said that as the chairman of the committee, he was not under pressure from any quarter to stop the investigation.

It would be recalled that the committee had fixed April 28 for the hearing.


Rainstorm causes havoc in Calabar, Plateau

What is supposed to be a blessing turned to a curse as residents in Calabar, Cross River State capital and Pleteau are counting their losses after a rainstorm that ravaged the cities on Sunday.

The rain which came lasted over six hours pulled down houses, blew of roofs and serious flooding in many parts of the calabar.

A statement by the State Emergency Management Agency said 350 residential and public homes in the Calabar South and calabar Municipality were severly affected.

Most residents including women and children were forced to spend the night in the open as they watched their property being swept away to large drainages.

They wept as they watched their household property such as electronics, mattresses, kitchen utensils, clothes and food stuff floating away right before them and they could nothing about it.

Places affected visited by our reporter to ascertain the level of damage revealed household items scattered all over, while victims were seen scooping water from their houses.

It was observed that the flooding was principally caused by blocked drainages by debris and refuse and the narrow nature of some channels which could not contained the high water volume.

Mrs. Theresa Idum a widow who refused to be consoled lamented the loss of her house which collapsed and all the property in it lost to the flood.

She appealed to the state Government to urgently rebuild the house.

Mrs. Grace Minika who had her compound of 5 buildings ravaged and part of the walls pulled down said that the angry flood found its way to the compound though a broken wall from another street Elijah Henshaw few poles away.

The Director General of SEMA, Mr. Vincent Aquah who assessed the disaster sympathized with the victims and promised that the relevant agencies would collaborate to tackle the problem.

Mr. Aquah commended the state government for embarking on a massive road and channel construction which has greatly reduced the effect of the disaster which he said could have been more devastating.

Meanwhile, Over 84 houses including shops, schools, police station and worship centres have been destroyed by a rainstorm in Dorowa village in Ropp district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The destruction left several people homeless and some squatting with relatives within the locality pending the renovation of their houses.

Such thunderstorm is nothing new to the community. It has caused unquantifiable destruction in the village within the last five years, with the recent downpour having the most devastating effect on dwellers.

The affected schools will have to suspend academic activities pending when they get renovation assistance.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Long Live PSQUARE! Psquare May Not Be Parting Ways

Psquare and Jude Okoye at the BBC, London, August 2012. Photo: Instagram
Several reports have been on air on the trouble brewing in Squareville with many believing that Pop duo Psquare might part ways.

The rumours were further fueled by elder Jude Okoye tweeting he was ‘done’ after working for 10 years, suggesting that the twins might end their decade run of making music. But Jude is now chanting another tune. Hours ago, he wrote on Twitter ‘Family is everything indeed. Long live PSQUARE!‘...

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Family is everything indeed. Long live PSQUARE!

IMF forecasts 5.5% economic growth for Africa in 2014

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday in Abidjan said Africa would witness about 5.5 per cent economic growth in 2014.

IMF’s Deputy Director, African Department, Mr Roger Nord stated this while presenting the 2014 Regional Economic Outlook report for Africa.

He said that the expected growth represented about five per cent increase compared to 2013.
``Growth in Africa remains strong, about 5.5 per cent growth is expected in 2014; this is about five per cent higher than the one record in 2013.

``It is also good news that the growth in the region’s poorest countries will even be stronger with about seven per cent increase,’’ he said.

The IMF official said that the growth would be mainly propelled by domestic investment and increase in construction activities.

Nord said that although the situation signaled sustainable growth for the region, and there was risk of possible slowdown in emerging markets which would mean negative consequences.
``If the slowdown becomes very acute, resulting in significant declines in commodity prices, the effect will be negative on some countries in the region.

``This will particularly affect exporters of mineral resources such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia,’’ he said.
Nord said that lack of jobs had continued to be a major challenge in the region saying, `` there need to be measures to enliven agriculture and small scale enterprises.’’
``The region also needs to promote financial inclusion by expanding access to financial services to boost entrepreneurship,’’ he said.

Ogun police recover head of beheaded child

The Ogun Police Command said it had recovered the head of the 2-year-old child who was beheaded at Ofada village in Obafemi Owode Loal Government Area of Ogun.

The spokesperson of the command, Mr Muyiwa Adebajo, stated this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Thursday.

The police arrested a suspected ritual killer on April 1 for beheading a baby after raping the mother.
The suspect however failed to disclose where the head was or what he did with it.
He said that on Tuesday, the suspect led a police investigation team to a bush in Mokola area of Ibadan where the head was recovered from a bush.

Adebajo, who said the suspect had confessed to the crime, added that he was still concealing some information on the other members of his gang.
He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ikemefuna Okoye, had directed that efforts be intensified to apprehend the other members of the gang and ``those who buy such materials".  (NAN)

We must take the battle to Boko Haram -Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has urged all Nigerians to join the fight against the deadly activities of the violent Islamist sect known as Boko Haram and other insurgents.

Soyinka made this statement at the formal inauguration of UNESCO’s 2014 World Book Capital City, in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, on Wednesday.

While delivering the keynote address at the event – themed ‘Republic of the mind and thraldom of fear’ – he noted that the sect was fighting a psychological war against the country and its people.

He said, “The current battlefield stretches beyond the physical terrain. We are engaged in a battle for the mind, which is where it all begins and where it will eventually be concluded. The battlefield is primarily ours.”

Soyinka said since the abduction of over 120 pupils of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State signalled a more dangerous dimension in the security crisis in the country, Nigerians must rise up to confront the threat posed by the sect.

“Boko Haram represents the ultimate Fatwa of our time. The question is does the sect’s Fatwa represent the articulated position of the majority of Muslims in this nation? My reading over the last few years is an unambiguous no.

“We are undergoing an affliction that many could not have imagined about a decade ago. Let us confront the ultimate horror now.

“To remain inactive at this moment is to betray our children and to consolidate the ongoing crimes against our humanity. We must take the battle to the enemy.

“This is no idle rhetoric. I will not go further. We sent our children to school; we must bring them back to school,” he said.

He described the 2014 World Book Capital event in the famous Garden city itself as a powerful statement implying a tacit rejection of Boko Haram’s Fatwa on Nigerians, as well as a gesture that contests the delusions of grandeur of members of the sect.

Echoing the recent call by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to Nigerian Muslims to rise against the activities of Boko Haram and to reject everything that the sect represents, he said that Nigerians must similarly be prepared to reassure members of the Boko Haram that their Fatwa does not apply to the nation.

While urging President Goodluck Jonathan not to re-impose tax on books, Soyinka also noted that life would be sweeter if books were allowed free access to Nigerians.

Also, former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Retd, who chaired the occasion, made a plea for peace in the country.

“We all need to work together so that there will be peace in our country. If there is no peace, there will be no chance to read books and there will be no country. So I enjoin all Nigerians to join hands and ensure that we maintain peace in this country,” he said.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Man With 1st Name ‘God’ Sues Agency

A man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.

 According to the New York Post God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.

He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue. Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather.

The 26-year-old owns a Brighton Beach jewelry store and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He says he has high scores with two other major credit agencies

Disgusting! Miley Cyrus gets a 'Big wet kiss' from her Dog (PHOTO)

Nigeria Government blasts Zimbabwe President, Mugabe over corruption comments

The Federal Government,yesterday has described "unstatesmanlike and dishonourable." a statement by Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe over Nigeria and its citizens.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhoimoibhi, made the condemnation while addressing a two man delegation from Zimbabwe.

Mugabe had, during his recent 90th birthday luncheon hosted by the Service Chiefs and the Public Commission, described Nigeria and its citizens as corrupt.

Mugabe, while addressing the delegates at the occasion, said Zimbabweans were now almost behaving like Nigerians who, according to him, have to be corruptly paid for every service.

Reacting to President Mugabe’s derogatory remarks, the Permanent Secretary said the Federal Government was deeply concerned that a sitting President whose country Nigeria had assisted immensely during its liberation struggle and had enjoyed cordial relations with, could take "considerable time to vituperate about Nigeria, reflecting what we considered to be a strong aversion for our country."

Uhoimoibhi said it was disheartening that not only did the utterance not reflect the reality in the country but that it came from a sitting president of a brotherly country.

He said: "We considered the remarks denigrating and unstateman like on Nigeria and Nigerians in general. We want to present the strongest protest on that statement. We thought it was most unkind and very dishonourable.

"So we take the strongest exception to it and we protest it for its partial inaccuracy, and also for the unfriendly attitude that it conveyed from the President towards Nigeria and Nigerians.

‘We ‘re proud Africans’

"Nigerians are Afrocentric people. We are very proud of the role we have played throughout our history to uphold the dignitary of the black race and the black man wherever he exists.

"We are immensely proud of our history in the liberation struggle. Nigeria, even though it was geographically different, distant from Southern Africa, was regarded as a frontline state.

"This was not a struggle that we fought half heartedly. We fought that struggle with all our heart, with our mind and every Nigerian citizen paid the prize for that struggle.

"Your pain was our pain; your struggle was our struggle. We believe your freedom is our freedom. But for the number one citizen of that country to regard Nigeria in a term in which the statement of the president was reported to have represented Nigeria with what was most unkind, hostile and unfriendly, we hope that this does not reflect a long-standing aversion for Nigerians."

The permanent secretary, who gave the assurance that Nigeria would not change its Afrocentric policy, stressed that the country would continue to work for the good of all mankind and indeed the black race.

He said: "We have the utmost respect for Zimbabweans. You are welcome to our country but we are not happy and we are most unhappy indeed at this utterance."

Security a must before any election in North-East Nigeria, says Shekarau

The former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau yesterday said that everything should be done to bring about security of lives and property before any election is held in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno presently suffering from insurgency attacks.

The governors of the three states had issued a joint statement calling for the 2015 general elections to be held in the states just like any other part of the country.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, Shekarau said that security should first be guaranteed.

He said: "You see as a democrat I always insist that let there be elections to allow people to decide their fate, but this does not necessarily mean we conduct elections under a volatile situations."

"If there are threats to lives, who are you going to govern, even if you win the election? So it is not safe and I don't see anybody spitting fire on it. The truth is that let the state governors, the federal government and all concerned join hands together and assess the situation, what will the federal government gain or INEC gain if they don't conduct elections in any state?" He queried

"But if it is in the interest of the public the life and security of the people is far more important than any election that you can think of." Shekarau added.

On the coming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Kano, he said: "Well it is true the President is paying a visit to Kano and it is going to be on Tuesday, the 15th of April for a grand reception rally. It is basically to celebrate our coming into PDP in the best way we can and also to reassure the Kano citizens that Kano is now fully a PDP environment."

"It is going to be a very grand occasion because if anybody cares to know the political trend in Kano all along ANPP had been in charge. ANPP moved into APC and we had moved the whole of ANPP and largely APC into APC. So it is going to be a great day for all of us and we are waiting for the reception and we are inviting one and all to come and share with us."

According to him, the rally was postponed earlier because it coincided with the annual learning of Quadriyya Movement in Kano, popularly known as Maukidi.

Shekarau, who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), insisted that Kano does not belong to APC even with the present governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso being a member of APC.

He said: "So we assure you and I want to say with all sense of humility, I was in APC and I have moved away with my supporters to PDP. As for APC, in Kano, the governor is APC, his government is APC, there will always be pockets of other parties. If you go to Kano, you will discover that every other parties will have its shares. Definitely PDP is on the ground we are in charge in Kano."

On his complaints about the forthcoming local government elections in the state, he said: "Not complaining as such, our complaints were basically to raise an alarm, the State Electoral Commission wanted to short change us, they gave a programme in March,a 14-day programme for the purchase of forms and return of forms, changed the date to April and reduce it to only 48 hours, this is wrong."

"If you are changing the dates, then you must maintain the number of days and fortunately they listened to our protest, they had to open up because they agreed, the chairman agreed they were doing something that was violating the law, so they extended it by another four, five days, infact they are closing today by midnight."

"On whether the election is free and fair, that is not for me to determine here, and I always believe in people's court, if results are declared right from the ballot boxes, people will have the result by the power if one goes to declare any other results, we will challenge it where applicable in the law courts and we see what happens."

"We have conducted two local government elections and I want to say with all sense of responsibility that we have declared results won by opposition parties. I conducted local government elections in 2004 and some four, five local government councils and they were allowed. I conducted election in 2007, and yet, some three four local governments were won by PDP against the wish of so many party faithful and I never dictated and denied any party its own results." He said

Bishop David Oyedepo with His Children & Grand-Children (Photo)

Ghanaian Actor, John Dumelo Enters Keke Napep In Nigeria (PHOTO)

John Dumelo, shared the photo below of himself riding on a Keke Napep and added the caption: - ‘When the driver is nowhere to be found..i have to ‘move’ by all means. Lagos."

Wardrobe Error! President Obama Saves Wife’s Skirt From embarrasment (+PHOTOS)

President Barack Obama saved his wife, Michelle from an embarrassing situation by stopping her skirt from blowing up in the wind as they boarded the presidential jet today in Houston

Super Eagles move two spots in new FIFA rankings, now 45th

Nigeria is now 45th in the latest FIFA rankings released by the world football body yesterday, Thursday. The team moved up two spots despite losing six points in the log.

The rankings placed Nigeria as Africa’s sixth best just above Tunisia which dropped five places to 49th in the world courtesy of their 44 points loss.

Ahead of Nigeria in the Africa sub-group are Cote d’Ivoire (21st), Egypt (24th), Algeria (25th), Ghana (38th) and Cape Verde (42nd).

Cameroon (50th), Guinea (51st) and Mali (59th) complete Africa’s top 10 in the April rankings.

Nigeria’s Group F World Cup opponents are well above the African champions in the rankings. Argentina dropped three places to sixth, just as Bosnia-Herzegovia went down to 25th after losing four places. Iran are still the top rated team in Asia, moving up five places to 37th after gaining 23 points.

The top three in the rankings are Spain, Germany and Portugal. They are followed by four South American sides – Colombia, Uruguay and fierce rivals Argentina and Brazil. Just 12 points separate this quartet.

FIFA said only six matches were played over the past month and that no team broke into the top 50.

The six matches played brought the total number evaluated so far this year to 128.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Boat Capsized: Five children drown in Kaduna


Tragic struck Hanya Danbushiya, Kaduna North Local Government Area, following the drowning of five children after their canoe capsized in the River Kaduna.

They were all canoe paddlers. They were returning to the river bank to pick passengers in the early hours of Tuesday.

It was gathered that residents of the village immediately organised a rescue party to look for the bodies of the children.

Aminu Ibrahim, leader of the search party, gave the name of the victims as Aliyu Mohammed, 13; Shehu Ismaila, 13; Ibrahim Ladan, 14; his brother, Musa Ladan, 15; and Mustapha Hamad, 15.

Ibrahim said, "We know that these boys were very good canoe paddlers and were trusted by those who use canoe as a means of transport. They left early with full passengers and on their way coming, from what we learnt, the canoe hit an object in the river and then capsized."

The Village Head of Doka in Danbushiya, Alhaji Musa Liman, described the incident as unfortunate.

He expressed disappointment over the response of the state fire service, which according to him, failed to respond when contacted.

Mercy Johnson pregnant! Expecting baby number two

Reports reaching Realgist360 have it that Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson is pregnant.

'The Maid' star who tied the knot with her husband in August 2011 had previously given birth to daughter, Purity in December 2012 and this will be her second child with Prince Odianosen Okojie.

Wrestling legend, Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

Just days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, wrestling legend James Brian Hellwig, known to fans as The Ultimate Warrior, died Tuesday, April 8, aged 54.

One of the most popular and revered wrestlers in history, Hellwig quickly became a star during the wrestling heyday of the

late ’80s. The Indiana native eventually went on to become WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI in 1990, where he defeated another

iconic fellow wrestler, Hulk Hogan.

The World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. released a statement that read, "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn

of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior.

Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter.

We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans.

WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans."

President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango dies of Cancer at 61

President Barack Obama has lost his 61 year old aunt Zeituni Oyango to cancer. The woman died yesterday at a rehabilitation hospital in Boston after battling with cancer and respiratory ailments for months.

Her Immigration lawyer, Margaret Wong told the Boston Herald that her client had been ill since January but didn't accept defeat, "She's been ill for quite some time. She didn't like people to know, because she is so strong," Wong said, according to the Herald. "I don’t think she accepted she was dying. She just kept thinking she needs to go on."

It was also gathered that the late Zeituni had also been fighting deportation after it was revealed she was undocumented, four days before the historic 2008 election.

According to an internal report obtained by The Huffington Post, an official leaked the information of her deportation hoax because it was "interesting," "newsworthy" and because "the American public [had] a right to know."

In December 2009, Onyango told the Associated Press she was troubled over being a political liability to Obama and didn't want her issue to complicate the president's administration.

Rihanna Goes Totally N*ked (PHOTOS)

Rihanna has goes all bottomless, hanging her butt into the air with no undies!

The singer posed for photos in the Hollywood Hills yesterday as part of a photo shoot for a French magazine, wearing some kind of bikini top and nothing else. To make it even hotter, there was even a guy whose job was to pour water down her back.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

WHAO! Beyonce goes N*de for a Magazine outfit (PHOTOS)

Beyonce channels Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe and tackles the double standard between men & women regarding sexuality, telling the LGBT magazine "Out'

There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.

You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist - whatever you want to be - and still be a sexual being. There is unbelievable power in ownership and women should own their sexuality.

Rihanna wears stomach revealing cloth to prove she's not pregnant (PHOTO)

There are reports going round the air that Rihanna was expecting a baby for either Chris Brown or Drake late week.
The singer refute the rumour by stepping out yesterday wearing a white bra top to show off her very flat stomach.

I brought General Buhari into politics-Late Abacha's Wife

Maryam Abacha, the wife of former military dictator, late Sani Abacha has said in an interview with a Nigerian Newspaper that she brought former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari into politics.

The statement reads:


I brought General Buhari into politics; It’s not that I want to expose him. We did everything to support and encourage him. He called my son Mohammed to join Congress for Progressive Change, CPC. They rejected Mohammed by force during the governorship race. This was the trend, not only in Kano, but also in Katsina, Bauchi and other states. I think it is not healthy for democracy; not just because of Mohammed but for the smooth play of democratic norms and values. Democracy is the choice of the people. But when people put their own personal interest first and they interfere [in the process], then it is no longer democracy. It is unfortunate that elders like them could come belittle themselves in the race.

For the APC I cannot comment. It is not yet time for me to do so. However, it is good for democracy to have competition and opposition. It enhances democratic values, norms and stabilises the country’s image, and will eventually uplift our democratic credentials in the international comity of nations.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Half N*ked Man Welcomes Kate Middleton In New Zealand (PHOTO)

Is this New Zealand way of welcoming prominent personalities that visit the country or just a special one for the Duchess of Cambridge, her husband Prince Williams and son, Prince George?

Michael Adebolajo appeals against life sentence

Michael Adebolajo, who was given a whole-life sentence for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby has launched an appeal against his sentence.

Adebolajo, 29, together with Michael Adebowale, 22, drove into Fusilier Rigby with a car before hacking him to death in Woolwich, south-east London.

At the time judge, Justice Sweeney, said Adebolajo’s was a "rare case" which warranted a whole-life term.

The Muslim converts had "butchered" the 25-year-old soldier, he said.

NDLEA Arrested Food Vendor With Cocaine Inside Her V*ginal

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has prevented a food vendor in Lagos, Chinelo Okorom Lynnette, 36, from smuggling 685 grammes of cocaine inserted in her vaginal.

Anti-narcotic operatives apprehended her at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the suspect ingested few wraps and inserted others in her vaginal.

"The suspect tested positive for drug ingestion and vaginal insertion. She however expelled a total of 685 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine while under observation at the airport" Hamza stated.

In her statement, the suspect disclosed that she was deceived into drug trafficking under the guise of importing female bags.

"I am a food vendor at Ajangbadi, Lagos and have never been involved in crime. I am a victim of man’s cruelty to man. My husband abandoned me with four children two years ago.

I work hard to pay their fees and ensure their proper upkeep. The last straw that devastated me was when the landlord forcefully ejected me. I had nowhere to turn to for solace.

I was crying like a baby when a man came to console me. I have never met him in my life. He asked me to wipe my tears and promised to introduce me to importation business.

I felt he was God sent until he sponsored my trip to Addis Ababa. When I got to Ethiopia, he told me to take cocaine to Nigeria. Initially I disagreed but he threatened to recover his investment at all cost" the suspect stated.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said that drug traffickers always change routes and tactics.

"Going to Addis Ababa to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria is one of the tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicates. Cocaine is not known to come from Addis but we were able to detect it because of our vigilance.

We are prepared to counter the activities of drug kingpins and bring them to justice. We look forward to fruitful progress in our investigation" Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss urged members of the public to be cautious of the tricks employed by drug syndicates adding that the suspect’s action is shameful.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

President Jonathan’s daughter got 80 Luxury cars & 20 Houses as GIFT on her wedding day


Faith Sakwe, President Jonathan’s daughter got more than 80 exoctic cars and over 20 houses as gift on her wedding day. Can you beat that?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Youths set baby factory ablaze in Ogun, recover blood basin, coffin

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Barely two weeks after eight women were rescued from a baby factory in the Akute area of the Ogun state, youths in the state discovered a baby factory in Akinremi Estate, Adigbe, Vulcaniser Bus Stop, Abeokuta.

The Youths, who according to eyewitness thought the building was a ritual killers’ den broke into the compound set two vehicles ablaze as well as the one-storey building.

A traffic official, who witnessed the incident, said the youths were able to recover a blood-filled basin, coffin, mortar, calabash, effigy, assorted charms, clothes, live scorpion and other suspected fetish items.

According to residents, the building, which is located close to Redeemed Christian Church of God, Dominion House parish, was let out to an unidentified individual.

It was said that trouble began after a pregnant woman, escaped from the building.

A eyewitness said, "The place was uncovered in the wee hours of Thursday when one of the victims escaped and ran into a nearby building. She pleaded with the residents to save her from her assailants.

"The pregnant woman said she was from Abia State and her elder sister sold her to the people for N100,000."

It was learnt that the matter was reported at the Adigbe Police Division and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

It was learnt that when the police searched the building, three other pregnant women and five children were rescued.

Around 8am, however, residents, who had heard of the incident unleashed mayhem.

The eyewitness said, "On Wednesday, the police uncovered a ritualist’s den in Ewekoro area and people were still livid over the incident.

"When the youths heard of the Thursday incident, they took the law into their hands.

"They set the place ablaze, but policemen attached to the Quick Response Squad stopped them from doing more damage.

The youths refused to leave until the police fired teargas canisters."

The state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, told reporters that three pregnant ladies and five kids were rescued from the base.

Okoye maintained that the building was a baby factory and not a ritualist’s den.

The police commissioner appealed to residents to remain calm and vigilant, adding that thorough investigation would be carried out.

The command’s Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

He said one Muibat Yusuf and her brother who are both indigenes of Kwara State had been arrested.

It was learnt that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Eleweran

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tight security in Yenagoa over Jonathan's daughter's marriage

Yenagoa, home of President Goodluck Jonathan was today, Thursday heightened  with security men in preparation for the Saturday traditional marriage of the President's daughter.
All roads close to the president's house in Kpansia area, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital and Otuoke, Ogbia local government area of the capital city were close to traffic.
Security commanders, the police, air force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), were on ground in Otuoke, the hometown of the President to ensure a hitch-free ceremony.
It was gathered that the wife of the president, Patience Jonathan and the Chief of Staff, Aso Rock, were said to have arrived the state for the marriage.
The President is expected to arrive tomorrow for the marriage.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

I spent $4000 on my first tattoo -Kelly Handsome

Nigerian Hip hop singer, Kelly Handsome says he spent $4000, about N700, 000 to acquire his first tattoo and that he actually did it to inspire him.

The one time member of Kennis Music label group, has been trying to revive his career after falling out with the label and seeing his career going downwards, leading him to set up a barbing salon to make ends meet.