TWO young men believed to be herdsmen are said to have been killed at Umuoba-Anam in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State by yet to be identified persons. According to Vanguard, six persons arrested over the incident were helping the police in the investigations.
The Anambra State Police command had already deployed a large number of policemen to the area to maintain peace and to prevent reprisal attack whilst efforts are being made to trace the missing duo.
Meanwhile the South East leader of Cattle Breeders Association, otherwise known as (Miyetti-Allah), Alhaji Sadiq Gidado, told reporters in Awka that the incident took place at the area where the two men and others were grazing. Gidado said the two persons had not been seen since the incident, adding that while their caps and shoes, which they took along with them to the place, had been recovered, their motorcycle had not been seen. “If they were killed, all we want to see is their bodies and we will be satisfied. I don’t know why some people want to cause trouble after the peace accord we signed with the state government and security operatives in Anambra State,” Gidado said.
Though the police commissioner could not confirm whether the missing people were actually killed, he said the police command was still investigating what transpired in the community, adding that what the command was working on was a case of missing persons.
Fresh facts emerged on Monday why President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the Executive Secretary of the Financial Regulatory Council of Nigeria, Mr. Jim Obazee, in connection with the implementation of the controversial corporate Governance Code 2016.
According to the PUNCH , Obazee was sacked for disobeying a directive of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechuckwu Enelamah, that the implementation of the regulation should be suspended.
Buhari had, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday, approved the immediate removal and the replacement of Obazee.
The President also approved the appointment of Mr. Daniel Asapokhai as the Executive Secretary of the council to replace Obazee
Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God had, on Saturday, stepped down as the overseer of the church in Nigeria in accordance with the governance code of the FRC.
Adeboye, who made the announcement during the church’s annual ministers thanksgiving service, at the Redemption Camp in the Mowe area of Ogun State, said the new regulation would affect clergymen, including Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide International, aka Winners Chapel; Pastor W. F. Kumuyi of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry and Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission.
The Christian Association of Nigeria had alleged that the new code was targeted at weakening the church.
According to Punch, a source said that the Presidency found it curious that a regulation, which the Council could not implement during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, was being enforced under Buhari.
“Although the regulation dated back to Jonathan’s administration, why did he fail to implement it and ask the religious leaders to resign? Why did the council wait till the present administration before insisting on its implementation?” the source asked.
Punch also reported that some ministers told Buhari on Monday morning that the gale of resignation that would sweep across the Pentecostal churches in the South would affect his government, as one of them said the ministers reminded the President that the regime could be tagged anti-Christian if action was not taken.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government, on Monday, suspended the controversial Corporate Governance Code, which was issued on October 17 by the FRC stating that the code was suspended in order to carry out a detailed review of its application.
The FRC is one of the parastatals under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and it is responsible for setting and promoting compliance with standards for accounting, financial reporting and auditing in Nigeria.
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has reportedly retired as the Head of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria. Pastor J.O. Obayemi has been named as Adeboye’s replacement. Obayemi was a deputy in charge of Finance and a member of governing council, before his appointment.
However, a statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son and Personal Assistant, on Saturday said the clarification was coming on the heels of misrepresentation of Pastor E. A. Adeboye’s announcement at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving held at the redemption camp yesterday that the Church in Nigeria is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi.
Adeboye said the clarification was sequel to the new legal requirements of the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, and Civil Society Organisations.
The regulation stipulates that heads of non-profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of 20 years to lead their organisations while in retirement and are not permitted to hand over to their families.
Adeboye reiterated that Pastor Funsho Odesola, will now serve as the new Church Secretary while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu, is the new Church Treasurer.
He advised all members of RCCG to understand this new structure and go about their service to God and humanity in holiness and soul winning.
He also appealed to members to educate people around them and not spread inaccurate information, stressing that Pastor E.A. Adeboye “remains the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide’’
Muslims and Christians alike will be happy to know of the existing amiability between a Chief Imam and an Archbishop which helps eliminate the barrier in both religions. A facebook post by Ibrahim Gomda Barhama Gattuso revealed that the Chief Imam in Ghana paid a visit to the Archbishop and even prayed for him.
He posted photos as evidence of his claim.
“When I tell my friends here that Muslims and Christians in my homeland live together in peace and harmony,they get so surprised.Well this is the National Chief Imam of Ghana Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu with archbishop Palmer Buckle of Ghana during the latter’s visit to our Imam.This is actually a thank you visit after Chief Imam was told that the Archbishop was taken ill so Imam visited the bishop and even prayed for him.
WELL I GUESS THE WORLD CAN LEARN FROM MY COUNTRY GHANA…#iloveGh”
This is a welcome development. What do you think?
An undergraduate, Olusoji Thompson who confessed to the crime of killing his 86-year-old father has been detained at the homicide section of the Ondo State Police Command .
The deceased, Chief Clifford Olumekun, was allegedly murdered on January 2, 2017 with an axe by his son at his residence located at No 1, Okeraye Street, Idepe in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
According to This Day, a source said immediately after killing his father, the suspect allegedly fled after he had parked the deceased’s lifeless body, wrapped it with a cloth and cleaned the blood stains in the room so as not to douse suspicion that the deceased was murdered.
“When the family members got into the room they noticed the blood stains that were carelessly cleaned on the floor of the room.
“They also found out that blood stains that were supposed to be on the deceased’s body had been carefully cleaned and his corpse was wrapped in a big cloth as if he died naturally,” he said.
The source added that the family immediately consulted the oracle to expose the killer but the suspect who had earlier fled the town showed up and confessed to the crime. He was later handed over to the police.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident adding that the reason for the boy’s dastardly act was yet to be determined.
“The incident happened on January 2, 2017 and we have arrested the suspect. We are still interrogating him to know why he carried out such an act,” he said.
The Niger Delta Avengers on Friday (6 January) announced the launch of a more fierce war and bloodshed against the Nigerian government in 2017.
The group alleged that the government has refused to yield to their demands and was not ready for dialogue. It also blamed the government of not reciprocating its ceasefire efforts of 2016.
The government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the militant group have been engaged in talks for more than six months over the latter's concerns about oil revenues and poverty levels of the people of Niger Delta. However, the group claimed that the government was "politicising and blackmailing the process to forestall any genuine dialogue and negotiations".
"Since, the declaration of cessation of hostilities in the region by all fighters and affiliates, it has been evidently clear that the Nigerian state is not ready for any form of dialogue and negotiation with our people to addressing the issues sustaining the unending sufferings and deprivation of the people of the Niger Delta.
"As we get prepared for the challenges ahead 2017, We make bold to tell the people of our Niger Delta, sane minds in Nigeria and the comity of nations that the remaining 11 months and couples of weeks in 2017 will be filled with surprises and a reconfiguration of the struggle for the liberation of our motherland.
"All fighters and commands are hereby placed on high readiness in your webs of operations to hit and knock the enemy very hard....We are determined to hit him very hard and deadly that even his eyes will shed blood, his ear will be more deafened and his heart shall quake; when he sees, hear and feel the outcome of our next activities," the group said in a statement, announcing the launch of "Operations Walls of Jericho and Hurricane Joshua" against the government.
The militant group's announcement comes as the federal government resumed stipend payments to former militants in the Niger Delta region as part of a 2009 amnesty deal. The payments were granted to militants on condition that they stop carrying out oil pipeline attacks and other criminal activities in the region.
The Nigerian national who had escaped from police custody in the early hours of January 2 from the Anti Narcotics Cell’s (ANC) Azad Maidan Unit, has been rearrested in India. The drug peddler identified as John Kennedy Chukwuemeka Okoro, 35, was held at Kandivali on Thursday morning.
Reports have it that he was brought from Nasik prison after completing three-years of imprisonment in a drug peddling case but was taken to Mumbai for the completion of his deportation procedures.
However, Okoro slipped custody when he was kept at the Azad Maidan unit’s passage without handcuffs. A constable was supposed to keep a watch on him. However, he jumped from the first floor of the unit, landed on the roof of the unit’s ground floor office and fled.
The Kandivali unit of ANC finally nabbed him after a tip off. Speaking about the trail, a senior officer from the ANC said, “After he escaped custody, he went to Nerul, Navi Mumbai to his friend's house. He then kept moving from one place to another. He wanted to move out of the state to avoid deportation, hence, he was planning to go to Bengaluru before our team nabbed him.”
Okoro was produced in the Killa court, Azad Maidan on Friday and sent to Judicial Custody till January 13. The Azad Maidan police station had registered an offense against him.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to the sack of six policemen attached to him. According to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah,fsi, the officers were fired for unprofessional and overzealous conduct when they were in the convoy of Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike during the parliamentary elections.
The Rivers State government, in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, said it was unprofessional for the police to dismiss the officers as they committed no crime.
“This is a tragic day for professionalism and the respect for human rights in the Nigeria police force,” Mr. Tam-George said in the statement.
“The dismissed officers committed no crime, other than foil a carefully orchestrated electoral heist by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Nigeria Police force.
The statement said the allegation that the affected policemen misused their firearms while in the convoy of the governor was “a wrong and cruel fabrication”, adding that the governor did not leave his official residence on that day.
“Two days after the elections, on the 12th of December 2016, thousands of Rivers people, led by Governor Wike, resisted an invasion by the police on the premises of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Council, in a brazen attempt to rig the elections in favour of the APC.
“The Port Harcourt City Council was the Election Collation Centre for the Rivers East Senatorial District.
“Throughout the period of the standoff between the invading police officers and the thousands of citizens who resisted them, Governor Wike and the officers around him conducted themselves with utmost restraint.
“The dismissed officers are therefore the latest victims of the medieval dictatorship of the APC government,” the statement said.
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is set to lose $153,310,000, which she allegedly embezzled from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and stored in three banks in the country.
It was alleged that out of the allegedly stolen $153.3m, a sum of N23,446, 300,000 was kept in Sterling Bank Plc, N9,080,000,000 in First Bank Plc and $5m in Access Bank Plc.
A Federal High Court in Lagos, headed by Justice Muslim Hassan, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum which is likely to become a permanent forfeiture except the parties involved can prove the legitimacy of the money.
The judge gave the verdict in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which appeared before him on Friday with an ex parte application seeking the temporary forfeiture of the funds.
In a nine-paragraph affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, an EFCC investigator, Moses Awolusi, alleged that the anti-graft agency discovered through its investigations how sometime in December 2014 Diezani invited a former Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, to her office where they hatched the plan of how a cash sum of $153,310,000 would be moved from NNPC to Okonkwo to be saved for Diezani.
The Delta state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress is currently divided over a donation allegedly made by former VP and chieftain of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
The leadership of the party in the state launched an attack on its Secretary, Chidi Okonji, on Thursday, suspending him for receiving N600, 000 from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,a member of the PDP, on behalf of the party.
Although the money was said to be a grant to the party, the party however saw it as a bribe to the secretary to obscure the fortunes of the party and make it ungovernable ahead of 2019.
But reacting to his suspension yesterday, Okonji fought back stating that it was only the State Executive Council (SEC), made up of 35 members, that had the constitutional right to suspend him.
He revealed that the Chairman of the party, Jones Ode-Erue, was alleged to have received half of the money and angry that the amount allotted to the APC was small. He added that trouble started after he asked Ode-Erue to account for the monthly N5 million allowance he was collecting to run the party and the N13.5 million Christmas package given to the party.
Okonji alleged that he was being victimized because he urged the chairman to return the party bus donated by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, while also resisting the chairman from using his personal account to siphon the party’s funds.
But Ode-Erue, who signed the suspension letter at an enlarged meeting he convened in Asaba yesterday, said Okonji’s action was capable of bringing the party into disrepute and public disgrace and that he was thereby suspended indefinitely for ‘criminal forgery, fraudulent conversion and connivance with Delta State government.’
Politics Nigeria further discovered that the APC chairman, who disassociated himself from the largesse, accused Okonji of ‘collecting N600, 000 as purported grant without the knowledge and permission of the hierarchy of the party.’
“APC will not, cannot and will never collect any money in the name of grants from the failed Okowa government in Delta State. APC takes exception to the activities of these political miscreants and this issue has been decisively dealt with.”
Ode-Erue said threatened that under his watch, the APC would resist every attempt made by ‘a government that could not pay workers’.
A South African girl, Hope, has her video going viral on Youtube as she was seen given her testimony in Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, of how she was healed by the man of God, Prophet TB Joshua.
The girl who looks much healthier narrated her ordeal and how she was healed of the rare medical condition in the video which was published on the SCOAN’s YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV,
She said, “People were running away from me; they started calling me a devil’s child.
“My condition became so severe that I was kicked out of school and spent most of the time in isolation due to the shame and rumors that spread in its wake.
“I attempted suicide several times due to the deep depression which had engulfed me.
“Amidst the strange spiritual attacks which included menstruating for up to 40 days without ceasing and my hair inexplicably starting to fall off, I was also raped on three different occasions.
“After exhausting all medical options, I and my mother decided to pay a visit to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigeria, famed for its purported ability to cure a diverse range of ‘spiritual’ ailments.
“During the time of prayer in one of T.B. Joshua’s services, I was delivered,” Hope stated as the video showed the ‘demon’ purportedly behind her bizarre affliction being commanded out and the young girl collapsing to the floor.
The Nigerian Police has sacked six of its officers for unethical practices during Rivers state election. This was contained in a press briefing by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah,fsi, at the Force Headquarters Abuja.
The six men were found guilty of unprofessional and overzealous conduct when they were in the convoy of Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike during the parliamentary elections.
Read the full statement below;
Gentlemen of the press, you are welcome to today’s press briefing at Force headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja. Let me also use the opportunity to wish us all a happy new year.
Democratic Policing is one of the core values of the current Police management under the leadership of IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni. The IGP as an ardent apostle of the rule of law and adherent of international best practices of Policing has since assumption of office articulated a master plan to guarantee a reformed electoral process across the country. This is a novel security template devoid of violence, electoral malpractices and the attendant destruction of lives and property which have been a recurring decimal in previous elections in the country.
Undoubtedly, this master plan as implemented by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies under the auspices of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, (ICCES), has proved largely successful and should engender a credible roadmap for the foot-proof security of future elections in Nigeria.
The IGP has also instituted comprehensive measures to ensure compliance with strict rules of professional behaviors and code of conduct for officers and men under his watch. To this extent, they are under obligation to conform to the dictates of enabling laws while carrying out their statutory responsibilities to the letter.
Consequently, personnel of the Force who abuse their office, privileges and discretionary powers in the discharge of their official duties, will be brought to justice.
In the case of the recent parliamentary election in Rivers State, the IGP’s resolve to secure the process was reciprocated with the unethical conduct of some bad eggs within the Force.
In spite of strict warnings and instructions from the IGP that all Police personnel on election duty should be of good conduct and desist from escorting their principals, notably public office holders, and politicians to polling units throughout the period of the election, some recalcitrant police personnel was still found blatantly breaching these directives. This is unacceptable by all standards in the Force.
Therefore, in the course of discreet investigations into the above misconduct, the following personnel of the Force was found to have in total disrespect to orders and directives, compromised, engaged in unprofessional acts and other unbecoming conduct
These acts, if not checked can be inimical to discipline and proper administration of the Force. Their actions are capable of bringing the entire Nigeria Police Force to disrepute and portray the Force in a very bad light as a lawless organization not guided by the rule of law. The officers are as follows:
i. AP/No.177893 EX. Inspr. Eyong Victor
ii. F/No. 400872 EX. Sgt Peter Ekpo
iii. F/No.374585 EX. Sgt Oguni Goodluck
iv. F/No. 385870 EX. Sgt. Orji Nwoke
v. F/No. 234216 EX. Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel
vi. F/No. 437983 EX. Sgt. Tanko Akor
These aforementioned Police personnel while in the convoy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State Barr. Nyesom Wike on the date of the election, 10th December 2016 misused the firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.
The Service personnel became overzealous, took laws into their hands and opened fire, causing panic in the crowd. They joined in storming the Port Harcourt City Council Secretariat and prevented the movement of election results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre designated by INEC, in flagrant disregard and disobedience to senior Police officers present at the venue.
The six (6) Police officers, after the conclusion of investigation into this public mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty and consequently dismissed from the Force. They will be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others.
The IGP wishes to restate the commitment of the force to carry out its constitutional obligations in accordance with the law of the land before, during and after every election in Nigeria. This will be done in a very professional manner bearing in mind the need not only to be unbiased but to be seen by members of the public as responsive and responsible security agency in election security in the country.
Nigerians should rest assured that the IGP and indeed the entire management team of the Force will not be deterred in its resolve to rid the Nigeria Police Force of personnel who indulges in actions or inactions that amount to unprofessional and serious misconduct.
The IGP commends all officers and men of the Force for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice, hard work and display of utmost professionalism in their service to the country despite daunting challenges. Without doubts, our sacrifices and sincerity of purpose will be commensurately rewarded.
Thank you for your time and God bless.
A man who reportedly died in an accident in August and was ‘buried’ few months after has returned home, sending mixtures of shock and joy to the members of his family.
The man, Vincent Oyugi, lives in a rented house in the outskirts of Narok Town. His family was told that he died in an accident in August as he was in a pick-up delivering vegetables to a local market when the vehicle veered off the road and killed three people working on a nearby farm.
Daily Nation reports that the news of his death sparked off funeral arrangements, which resulted into the collection and burial of a body thought to be Oyugi’s on Sunday, December 4, 2016.
Accordng to his mother,an autopsy and identification of the body was done at the Narok County Hospital before they were granted permission to take it for burial.
She further added that, no DNA tests were done because of the damage done to the remains. She said: “The body was in bad shape and we were convinced that it belonged to my son, so we proceeded to make burial arrangements, upon which we buried him on 4th December last year."
But on Tuesday, January 3rd, the man who was presumed dead walked into his family compound in, Masaba South Sub-County, Kisii County. Quizzed on how he survived, he said: “It is true I was in the vehicle but I jumped out shortly before it rolled, I got a scratch but walked away shocked and did not come back to the scene."
He said he has been at his residence and was not aware of what his family heard about him. The family is still struggling to accept the reality as they look closely at him to make sure it is really him.
Oyugi’s uncles, Mose Ombeche and Samuel Ombogo, said the news of the resurrection had seriously surprised them. Ombogo also said tradition demands that a resurrected man should be cleansed before allowing him into the house.
“In such circumstances, he would not be allowed home until certain rites are conducted, we will have to first buy a white male chicken or white goat. They will be killed and eaten by the family to cleanse him. When the body that is buried here is exhumed, we will put the innards of the white goat into the grave to cleanse the family.”
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The mother of a 16-year-old girl who allegedly went missing since December 31st (New Year’s eve) would not had believed her eyes when she was shown on Facebook where her daughter is.
The worried woman identified as Diana posted a picture of her daughter on Facebook, declaring her missing and pleading for her return, only for her to start getting tagged by several Facebook users to a post of a man who had camped her daughter in his house and had posted some illicit photos of the two on facebook.
Aisha Buhari has denied reports that she was involved in the fiddling of resources of the Nigerian High Commission in London. The wife of the President said she didn’t abuse any privilege of the High Commission.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Wife of the President, Adebisi Olumide Ajayi. She said: “The attention of the Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has been drawn to a report in Sahara Reporters where, she was amongst other things accused of abuse of privileges at Nigerian High Commission in London.
“It is not in her interest to join issues with anyone or defend others mentioned in the report. It is however paramount to put the record in proper perspectives as it concern her trips to United Kingdom vis-à-vis the Nigerian High Commission in London.
“Aisha Buhari has never traveled to London with a large entourage as was carried in the report. The highest number of people on a trip involves her three kids, ADC, and her personal physician.
“The Nigerian Commission in London has never offered any favour either monetarily or materially to her or her so called entourage on any of her trips to London.”
She clarified that the State House Abuja provides her meal when necessary. Other healthy food and variety needed by her children are her personal responsibility.
She added: “It is on record that the Nigerian Commission in London does not receive Aisha Buhari at the airport with any official distinction or privileges as was accorded other first ladies before her
“Her drivers are privately arranged without any recourse to the embassy for staff.
“She has never complained or raised dust about any of these acts by the High Commission because of the understanding, as clearly spelt out and practiced by her husband, that public office must be separated from the private lives of the occupants.”
An investigative report by Italian prosecutors has alleged that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Attorney Generals Mohammed Adoke and Bayo Ojo, former Minister of Defense and ex-National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau as well as numerous other senior government officials shared hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Italian prosecutors alleged that Mr. Jonathan and several officials of his government as well as top corporate officials of international oil firms, Eni and Shell, met several times between 2010 and 2011 to seal the fraudulent Malabu deal and split a massive loot running into hundreds of millions between Nigerian government and public interests as well as corporate officials.
The indictment shows that former Abacha-era Minister, Dauzia Loya Etete, better known as “Dan Etete” and his Malabu company were at the center of the scam that involved the sale of an oil bloc named OPL 245 he illicitly acquired in 1998. According to Italian prosecutors, Mr. Etete had engaged Zubelum Chukwuemeka Obi to source for buyers of the oil bloc. Subsequently, Italian oil giant, Eni, the parent of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd (NAOC) and Royal Dutch Shell, contracted to acquire 100 percent of the 245 oil block for a deal that totaled $1.3 billion. However, Italian prosecutors are alleging that much of the funds was set aside for fraudulent payments to Mr. Jonathan and other government officials as well as corporate executives working for Eni and Shell.
Apart from naming numerous officials of the global oil firms, the indictment also fingered Mr. Jonathan, Mr. Etete, Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Mr. Adoke, former NSA Gusau, Mr. Obi, Mr. Ojo, and Alhaji Abubakar as beneficiaries from the Malabu fraud.
Among the corporate players named in the Malabu deal are Paolo Scaroni, Eni’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, and Claudio Descalzi, the Managing Director of Eni’s Exploration and Production Division since July 2008. The indictment states that Mr. Scaroni “agreed to intermediation by Obi,” and was constantly informed by Mr. Descalzi of the progress of developments in the deal. In addition, he and Mr. Descalzi met then President Jonathan in person twice, “both during the finalization of the agreements (13 August 2010) and at the final stage, during an electoral campaign rally in Nigeria on 22 February 2011.”
According to the indictment, Mr. Descalzi maintained steady contact with Mr. Obi and two key Eni employees in Nigeria, Roberto Casula and Vincenzo Armanna, who helped coordinate a deal in which Mr. Jonathan and other senior officials of his government would receive illegal commissions in exchange for approving the Malabu oil deal. Mr. Descalzi also coordinated with his Shell counterpart, Malcolm Brinded, on the $1.3 billion price tag for the oil block.
Other Eni and Shell officials also attended meetings with President Jonathan in Abuja on August 13, 2010 regarding the OPL245 deal and, again, on February 22, 2011. In addition, the indictment states that the two oil companies’ executives attended meetings from November 18 to 25, 2010, at Mr. Adoke’s offices in Abuja. Apart from Mr. Adoke, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar also known as “AAA Oil” was also present at the meetings during which, according to Italian prosecutors, “the financial conditions of the deal (1.3 billion) were agreed.”
The firms’ executives also met with Mr. Dan Etete in Milan, Italy from November 30 to December 1, 2010 and finalized issues “relating to the commissions.” Mr. Armanna, the Senior Advisor of Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd and as Eni Vice President for upstream sub-Saharan activities, reportedly played a major role in the scam. The indictment accuses him of maintaining contact with Mr. Obi and Mr. Etete, even though he was “fully aware of the destination of most of the sums paid by Eni to the political sponsors of the operation” and that some executives of Eni and Shell, himself included, were to receive “significant sums” from the deal. He is also accused of coordinating the fraudulent deal with his Shell counterpart, Peter Robinson, and hosting meetings at his residence in Nigeria with Shell executives. Mr. Armanna reportedly “supervised the Eni negotiating team’s drafting of the ‘resolution agreements.’” In addition, he met with Mr. Adoke numerous times to discuss the illicit transfers.
Italian prosecutors accuse Mr. Armanna of facilitating the Nigerian government’s active role in the Malabu deal, including the payment “of €1,092,040,000 intended for Etete, in addition to the ‘signature bonus’ of $207,960,000.” The indictment states that he coordinated with Gianfranco Falcioni and Bayo Ojo to transfer funds paid by Eni to the account of the Nigerian government at JP Morgan Chase London. As part of his reward, Mr. Armanna “subsequently received from Bayo Ojo the sum of €917,952 with the false payment reference of ‘Armanna inheritance.’”
The indictment states that, on October 30, 2010, Ciro Antonio Pagano, the NAE’s Managing Director, signed his firm’s offer to Raffeisen Bank, Obi’s advisor, for the company’s 100% acquisition of Malabu’s “participating interest” in OPL 245. The payments comprised $207,960,000 to the Nigerian government as the signature bonus and $1,053,000,000 directly to Malabu.
The indictment names Mr. Obi as shareholder in the company Energy Venture Partners Ltd (EVP), and as the person “assigned by Etete to find a buyer for block 245.” Italian prosecutors allege that Mr. Obi agreed with Etete that the “so-called ‘excess price’ – between the sum that Eni/NAE was undertaking to pay and the amount accepted by Etete, would be withheld by Obi, with the expectation that the aforementioned premium would be distributed among Mr. Obi, his sponsors, Di Nardo and Bisignani, Eni and Shell executives and “Nigerian government officials, in particular the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.”
According to the indictment, Mr. Obi having met several times with Attorney General Adoke, and maintained direct relations with the AGF as well as with “persons connected to him, specifically Roland Ewubare and Oghogo Akpata.” He also maintained relations with Ms. Alison-Madueke and NSA Gusau, said the indictment.
The document also accuses Ednan Tofik Ogly Agaev of agreeing to a fee of 6% for his work as intermediary between Mr. Etete and Shell. It said Mr. Agaev, a Russian and former MI6 operative, subsequently worked for Shell as Senior Business Advisor and Strategic Investment Advisor. He is accused of meeting NSA Aliyu Gusau “on a number of occasions and having obtained information from him on the expectations of President Jonathan and other members of the government.”
The document describes Mr. Etete as “the fraudulent holder of the OPL245 exploration license since 1998.” He is also accused of “having received authorization from Minister of Petroleum Alison-Madueke to dispose of 100% of OPL245, following the decision of President Jonathan.” In addition, he “conducted confidential negotiations with Aliyu Abubakar, who acted as an agent of Goodluck Jonathan,” and “accepted, under government pressure, the total sum of $1.3 billion, established by Eni and Shell.”
Italian prosecutors also reported that Mr. Etete “received $801.5 million from the Nigerian government under the FGN Resolution Agreement, and having transferred to Abubakar Aliyu, directly or through companies attributable to him, funds of approximately $520 million, intended to be paid to President Jonathan, members of the government and other Nigerian government officials.”
The indictment also states that the Malabu deal involved an agreement that Dan Etete would use much of the funds from the sale of the oil bloc “for his own benefit and that of a large number of other beneficiaries to purchase property, aeroplanes, armored cars, etc.).”
The indictment added that “President Goodluck Jonathan and other members of the Nigerian government in office at the time, including Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Attorney General Muhammed Bello Adoke, National Security Advisor Aliyu Gusau, a member of the House of Representatives, Umar Bature, former Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah, and “holders of influence over President Jonathan and other members of the government” received huge payoffs from the Malabu deal.
The leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari created the insurgent group, Boko Haram. He also said the president benefitted greatly from the activities of the terror group during the 2015 election.
In an interview with 247ngTV, the former militant asked the people of Kaduna to stop complaining and defend themselves.
Asari said, “For me, the life of every human being matters and as it is said, equity helps those who help themselves. The people of Southern Kaduna cannot fold their hands.
“They are calling on El Rufai, who once said whoever kills a Fulani man is a debt that must be paid, whether now or forever.
“It is stupidity for them to fold their arms. They should also go out and kill them. That is what we do here in Ijaw, if you attempt to kill us, we will kill you. They keep compaining that they are burning their villages, don’t they know their villages, go out there and raze their villages too. The crisis has nothing to do with Islam. People should stop this Islamphobic, those killing people in Kaduna are the people that are hungry for power.
“There was a mad man Called Usman Dan Fodio who came there in the 1800. This mad, sick idiot came and told them that their own practice of Islam was not good. He started at the Kwa, he killed them, went to Kano and Borno raided the cities.
“It is a new colonial expansionist movement led by bloodthirsty fool called Dan Fodio, who instructed them to follow the part of destruction. For me, I believe violence is the only solution to violence because the man who makes violence believes that it is a natural law.”
On the activities of the Boko Haram sect, the Niger Delta warlord said, “Buhari is the creator of Boko Haram. Buhari benefited from the activities of the sect because on the day of the election, Boko Haram went to sleep and you had millions of votes from the north.
“I can tell you without fear that Boko Harm is working hand in hand with Buhari and he can’t deny that. The person who lost the battle of Boko Haram is Goodluck Jonathan. They use it as a smear campaign together with the satanic Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.”
Asked about his views on the release of the Chibok girls, Asari said, “I have said it before, there are no missing Chibok girls, the Chibok girls that wrote WAEC that could not speak English. In what language were they writing exam?”
Just back from China where he sealed a deal with the Chinese government on the construction of light rail in Kano, Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday lambasted the Kwankwassiyya Political group loyal to immediate past governor of the state, Sen Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso for condemning the project which he insisted was well-conceived.
The Kwankwassiyya group has in recent times launched a massive campaign against the project describing it as a misplaced priority and sheer waste of fund.
However, Ganduje who constituted a 13-man Implementation Committee on the light-rail project headed by an industrialist, Alh Isyaku Umar Tofa who is the District Head of Tofa Local Government Area, reacted to the criticism, describing the group as, “political vandals.”
He also swore that no amount of campaign of calumny will stop his administration from embarking on the project which he insisted will give Kano the status of a mega-city.
He further described the critics of the rail project as, “day-dreamers,” adding that, “So, for those doubting Thomases, for those day-dreamers, for those distracters, for those liars, for those ignorant people, for those political vandals who are anti-development of Kano State, we will like to inform them that this project is a project that will make Kano a mega-city.”
Giving reasons why Kano deserve the light rail project, he said: “We visited the headquarters, we inspected some of their projects in China and also we have seen that they are the contractors that are doing the light-rail project in Saudi Arabia and we have even entered the trail which they built the rail from Tianjin to the headquarters in China.
“We held meeting with three banks—the Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Import and Export Bank. We held meeting with these three banks; and right now, the three banks are competing in giving us proposals.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has maintained that the rumours making the rounds that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was planning to Islamise Nigeria was false. He called on Nigerians to shun such report, saying that there was no plan to convert the country to Islamic state
He said this when members of the Student Christian Movement of Nigeria (SCM) paid a courtesy visit to him in his office in Abuja. The Vice President Osinbajo asked Nigerians to disregard such rumour, declaring that “Nigeria can’t be Islamised”.
He charged religious bodies to channel their energies towards proffering solution to the numerous challenges facing the country.
He enjoined young people to take responsibility for their future and be creative as opportunities have increased.
Earlier, the National President of SCM, Rev, Eric Ighalo, lauded the government for its social interventions such as the N-Power initiative and the conditional transfer scheme.
Ighalo expressed the willingness of the body to partner with government in several areas including serving as government ambassadors in their constituencies.
Rivers State Police command did not only foil armed robbery attempt of Access Bank Branch in Port Harcourt but has made necessary arrest of the culprits. While parading the suspects which include a dismissed sergeant of the police force, DCP Don N. Awunah dropped a statement which was made available to newsmen.
The statement read thus:
Arrest of Vicious Armed Robbers who specialized in Bank Robbery, recovery of catches of arms and ammunition, and arrest of a senior Bank Staff and security personnel attached to the Bank involved in the foiled armed Robbery attack on Access Bank Branch in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
i.Samuel Ndudiri ‘M’ 28 years (staff of the Bank), a principal suspect and the master mind of the foiled armed robbery attack.
ii.Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma ‘M’ a dismissed Policeman.
iii. Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years
iv. Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’26 years
v. Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years
i. Two (2) AK 47 Rifles and magazines fully loaded with Ammunition
ii.A welding machine
iii.Two (2) Gas cylinders and iron cutters
iv. A big Chisel
vii.Acetylene gas power
On the 22nd December, 2016, the five (5) suspects mentioned above and other still at large stormed a Branch of Access Bank PLC in Port Harcourt, relying on information and active involvement of one of the staff of the Bank, the armed robbers successfully broke down the well fortified security doors and barriers and took over the banking hall. They were almost pulling down the vault of the Bank and other strong rooms in the bank with use of gas cylinder welding machine and iron cutters before the joint Police Teams of IGP’S Intelligence Response Team and Policemen from Rivers state Police Command swiftly moved in and dislodged them, thereby foiled the armed robbery attack on the Bank and made a prompt arrest of three (3) of the suspects at the scene; namely Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years, Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’ 26 years, Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years
2. In the course of thorough investigation into the foiled armed robbery attack on the Bank, the principal suspect who is a staff of the Bank and the master mind of the armed robber attack was subsequently arrested based on the confessional statements volunteered by the last three suspects arrested at the scene. The arrest of the principal suspect led to the arrest of Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma who participated actively in the armed robbery attack on the Bank, the two (2) AK 47 riffles and the ammunition were recovered from him. All the suspects have volunteered confessional and useful statements to the Police about the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.
3. However, concerted efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.
The case will be charged to court on completion of investigation.
DCP DON N. AWUNAH, fsi
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
Super Eagles captain and former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel has written an emotional farewell letter to the Chelsea family. The player confirmed his move to Chinese side, Tianjin Teda after spending a decade at Stamford Bridge and making 374 appearances. He has won eleven trophies.
He posted the letter below on his Twitter handle
Just few days after a Chinese club signed Chelsea midfielder, Oscar for £60 million, Nigeria midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League
Mikel, who failed to make a single appearance for Antonio Conte's side this season, left Chelsea for Tianjin Teda. The deal was confirmed on Friday by the Asian Football Confederation after the Super Eagles captain completed his medical in the port city some 130 kilometres from Beijing on Thursday.
The 29-year-old, who spent more than a decade at Stamford Bridge, was given a free transfer by the London club and will earn 140,000 pounds ($173,432) a week in China, according to local media reports. Mikel joins Serbia midfielder Nemanja Gudelj, who moved to Tianjin from Dutch club Ajax on Thursday.
After joining Chelsea in 2006, Mikel was part of a squad that won a Champions League crown, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
Chinese clubs have made several high-profile signings over the last month with Argentine striker Carlos Tevez moving to Shanghai Shenhua for a reported 84 million euros ($87.65 million)..
At the end of December, Cristiano Ronaldo's agent said the World Player of the Year had turned down the chance to leave Real Madrid for an unnamed Chinese club for a transfer fee of 300 million euros ($315.24 million).
Nigeria bagged four awards at the 25th edition of the Glo-CAF Awards held Thursday night in Abuja. The likes of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Asisat Oshoala and the Super Falcons made Nigeria proud on a night Riyad Mahrez of Algeria was named the African player of the year.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, received the awards on behalf of the Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho who missed the ceremony due to club engagements. No Nigerian player, however made it into the team of the year,
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari was also honoured with a platinum award in the star studded ceremony.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
African Player of the Year
Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)
Riyad MAHREZ (Algeria & Leicester City)(Winner)
Sadio MANE (Senegal & Liverpool)
African Player of the Year – Based in Africa
Denis ONYANGO (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) (Winner)
Khama BILLIAT (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Rainford KALABA (Zambia & TP Mazembe)
Women’s Player of the Year
Asisat OSHOALA (Nigeria & Arsenal Ladies) (Winner)
Elizabeth ADDO (Ghana & Kvarnsvedensik)
Gabrielle ABOUDI ONGUENE (Cameroon & Rossyanka)
Most Promising Talent
Elia MESCHAK (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
Kelechi IHEANACHO (Nigeria & Manchester City) (Winner)
Naby KEITA (Guinea & RB Leipzig)
Youth Player of the Year
Alex IWOBI (Nigeria and Arsenal) (Winner)
Eric AYIAH (Ghana and Charity FC)
Sandra OWUSU-ANSAH (Ghana and Supreme Ladies)
Coach of the Year
Florent IBENGE (DR Congo national team)
Pitso MOSIMANE (Mamelodi Sundowns) (Winner)
Florence OMAGBEMI (Nigeria women’s national team)
Club of the Year
Mamelodi Sundowns (Winner)
National Team of the Year
Women’s National Team of the Year
Referee of the Year
Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Winner)
Ghead Zaglol GRISHA
Football Leader of the Year
Manuel LOPES NASCIMENTO, President of Guinea Bissau Football Federation
Laurent POKOU, Former player of Cote d’Ivoire
Emilienne MBANGO, Former player of Cameroon
Team of the year
Goalkeeper: Denis ONYANGO (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Defenders: Serge AURIER (Cote d’Ivoire & Paris Saint-Germain), Aymen ABDENNOUR (Tunisia & Valencia), Eric BAILLY (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Joyce LOMALISA (DR Congo & AS Vita)
Midfielders: Khama BILLIAT (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns), Rainford KALABA (Zambia & TP Mazembe), Keegan DOLLY (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns),
Forwards: Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund), Sadio MANE (Senegal & Liverpool), Riyad MAHREZ (Algeria & Leicester City)
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna who had lost a loved one during the southern Kaduna attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen. This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday.
in a statement, Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari had over the past week, given directives for decisive measures aimed at bringing peace in the Southern part of Kaduna State. He added that it was on the directive of the President, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was in the affected areas on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation.
He also made it known that a squadron of mobile policemen has been deployed in the area to complement the effort of the policemen there.
The presidential spokesman added that the Nigerian Army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna while the military continues to carry out air surveillance across flash points of the area.
He said, “President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.
“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts.
“The President commended efforts of the State government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence.
“President Buhari has, once again, sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.”
Biafra National Guard, BNG, has issued a one-month ultimatum to the Federal Government to release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and other pro – Biafra agitators in detention Daily Post reports.
The group warned that failure to release Kanu and others will result in an offensive attack against the government. In a statement signed by the group’s Public Relations Officer, Ruben Okoro, BNG launched “Operation Python Cry”, stressing that they will defend their land.
The statement reads: “Let’s forget our leadership tussles; rather, let’s go like our fathers by casting lots and inquiring to find out from our gods who our fearless David is who holds our Offor Biafra, that is Biafra’s symbol of authority.
“This will help us confront and wage this war against our today’s Goliath and Pharaoh.
“Our Biafran fathers fought only a war of self-defence from 1967-1970, but we Biafran youths will fight both offensive and defensive war to make the entire Biafraland safe.
“We now launch Operation Python Cry and hereby urge the Federal Government to release Kanu, Orji, Onwuka and other Biafra freedom fighters in jail.
“This must be done as quickly as possible on or before January ending, or else, all the pythons that are now dancing, will turn around and cry.
“To guard, defend and protect Biafraland and its territorial integrity is a task that must be done.”
Security agents on Wednesday, raided a house in Maitama area of Abuja, which is reportedly acquired by former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan for her younger brother. The mansion is located along Igbiti Rock Street.
There was, however, no occupant at the time the unidentified security men, who arrived in four vehicles, invaded the house at around 5pm yesterday.
Daily Post reports that the spokesman of the Police Force, DCP Don Awunah, claimed he was unaware of the operation.
However, Patience Jonathan’s lawyer, Barrister Charles Ogboli, when contacted by some newsmen, confirmed the raid, saying: “Actually, it wasn’t the EFCC that invaded the property of Dame Jonathan today, we have had issues of invasion last year by officials of NDLEA, EFCC.
“When I met with the officers who invaded the residence today, one of them who was on uniform said they are from a special unit acting on a directive from the Inspector General of Police, while another one who was on mufti claimed that he his from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
“They said they wanted to search the property and told me to bear a witness to their operations, but i insisted I wasn’t entering the premise, they broke the door, went in and took about three cheque books and six company seals.”
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Dr Arikawe Adeolu, a medical expert, has said that excessive consumption of catfish could increase the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases. According to Vanguard , the medical practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the warning in an interview on Thursday, 5 January.
Giving reasons for this assertion, he said:
“Catfish is rich in two fatty acids – omega-3 fatty acids and the omega-6 fatty acids.
“The omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the concentration of bad cholesterol in the blood stream and increase the concentration of good cholesterol in the blood stream.
“It also helps protect the heart and the cardiovascular system from any form of disease, prevents inflammation within the body and helps reduce the quantity or concentration of inflammatory substances in the body.
“The underlining basis for most cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer disease and many other diseases that we know today, is chronic inflammation, which signifies a long standing inflammation in the body.
“This is where the catfish controversy comes in. A lot of reports have advised against eating it and this is because although it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have many health benefits, it contains more omega-6 fatty acids.
“Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory in the sense that they increase the level of inflammation within the body and make one more predisposed to any kind of disease.
“When catfish features a lot in your diet, you consume more omega-6 fatty acids in your diet than the protective omega-3 fatty acids.
“Therefore, you are more predisposed to diseases if you consume a lot of catfish. “The optimal ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids is supposed to be four to one, but because the catfish is reared artificially and is fed with synthesized food, the ratio can be up to ten to one,’’ he said.
“Catfish has a very low amount of mercury, which is very toxic to the human body and can, when consumed in large quantities, damage the nervous system,“ Adeolu said.
English Premier League side, Everton, have announced the signing of Ademola Lookman from Charlton Athletic on a four-and-a-half year deal for an initial £7.5m in a deal with add-ons rising to £11m.
The England Under-20 forward broke into Charlton’s first-team midway through last season and quickly caught the eye with his direct running. He is contracted until June 2021 and will wear shirt No31.
“It feels great to be an Everton player,” the 19-year-old.
“As soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I knew this would be the right place for me.
“Everton has a big history and I was also attracted by the manager. When you look at what he did at Southampton, and what he does with young players in terms of developing them, that was a big attraction.
“It was great playing in the Championship last season and for the last six months in League One but I feel like I’m ready to make the step up to the Premier League.”
Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, said: “Ademola is a big talent and, at 19 years old, he has a big future in the game. I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring him here to the club.
“This is part of the vision we have for the club and it’s important to give to young players the opportunity so that the team continues to evolve and improve. We believe in the player and in the development of the player which, of course, will take time but he will have a big part to play in the future of the club.”
Onilogbo Hakeem, a movie makeup artist is quite talented as he transformed a lady into the United States President-elect, Donald Trump and into Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari. This is just a little of the work of a man considered to be one of the best in Nollywood.
The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has asked prospective corp members to shun the information concerning the Batch B Stream 2 reports which has spread like wildfire online.
The management took to their Facebook page to make this known. On its Facebook page, the NYSC said: “RE: NYSC MOBILIZATION TIME TABLE FOR BATCH B STREAM 2.
“The NYSC Management wishes to advise prospective Corps members to disregard a message being circulated online with the above title claiming that the 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) Orientation Course has been scheduled for 16th January to 4th February, 2017.
“We wish to warn that the message did not emanate from the scheme, and its authors are clearly out to cause confusion.
“Management further requests prospective Corps members to note that information on the online printing/collection of call-up letters and the commencement date for the 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) Orientation course will be conveyed, as usual, through our official website: www.nysc.gov.ng, facebook account: www.facebook.com/officialnysc and twitter handle: www.twitter.com/nysc_ng.
“Thanks for your patience,” the statement said.
A video in which the manager of Arik Air was attacked by angry passengers at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos State on Tuesday has gone viral.
Arik had reportedly delayed their flights to Johannesburg, South Africa for 3 days without notice. But when one of the enraged passengers approached the manager, demanding an explanation, it led to a fight which saw other passengers getting involved.
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An undergraduate of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Unokyoh Junior, has allegedly killed self. According to Daily Post, the story was shared by Best of Nollywood (BON) founder, Oloketuyi Seun who is also a friend to the family.
On his Facebook page, Seun wrote: “Sadly this boy committed suicide So sad! What must have made this boy to take his own life?! What?!
“He was from a very responsible and financially comfortable home. He was getting good care from his mother?! He was a very good, brilliant and quiet boy, who had the best of education!
“Mrs. Unokyoh has been a very good woman to her children, who has committed everything she has to their full support. Oh! God! Who did this to my friend and buxom sister?!
“Who did this to the Bosworth College community?! Who did this to Babcock university?! Who remoted this boy to cause this widow this terrible pain?! Who?! Who?!! Who?!!! Who did this to my friend?! Ah! Africa! A fi ika!
“It is only God who can console you Pat! Good bye, my boy! May God accept your innocent soul! Bosworth College International will miss always miss you,”
The former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu has asked political office holders to shun the use of bulletproof cars, but instead, should use the money to provide electricity for Nigerians.
Speaking in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the former governor stated that the eight years he spent in office as governor, he never used bullet proof car because he believed nobody was after his life. He made it clear that only God can kill him.
“As the governor of Abia State, I never used bulletproof cars. Even up till now, I am not using bullet proof cars. I made use of buses as governor and I am still using buses up till now.
“I don’ t believe anybody can kill me except God. Instead of spending huge money on buying expensive bulletproof cars, governors should use the money and provide electricity for their people,” he said.
Activist lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is ill and as a result, a group of cabals have hijacked the Presidency. The Lagos based lawyer alleged that the cabal are in control of all critical national issues even to the exclusion of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Adegboruwa said this in a statement titled “Nigerians, Arise Now” and made available to newsmen on Wednesday. He called on the National Assembly to save the nation from the hands of the cabals.
According to Adegboruwa, “The President is truly and truly sick, to the very point that sickness can be inferred, and this is known to many people around him, but they are denying and “padding” it because of their personal and selfish interests.
“It does not gladden my heart to know this, as sickness cannot be a reason to kick against anybody, given that we are all human, but Nigerians have a right to know the true state of health of their leaders, especially the president given the enormous functions and powers attached to his office. He cannot rule us by proxy.
“All the so-called international trips and State visits embarked upon by the President so far, were meant to attend to his failing health. The international community and indeed most foreign investors are aware of the true state of the president’s health, as he has visited and received treatment in their hospitals.
“On account of this sickness, the president is manifestly not in control of affairs in Aso Villa and has been hijacked by some cabal, who are directly in control of all critical national issues, even to the exclusion of the Vice President and indeed leaders of the ruling APC. This much has been attested to by the president’s wife and indeed the Senate President.
“Presently, we have on our hands, another Yar’adua scenario, whereby some cabal are using the state of health of the president to achieve their own personal gains at the expense of the nation.
“This sickness and the cabalistic conundrum have in turn led to a collapse of governance, ruined the economy and paralyzed the national wheel of progress.
“We cannot allow this to continue, but first we must pray for the president and then demand for true information on his state of health.
“Nigeria cannot be in the pocket of some cabal, who were never voted into office to exercise any mandate, but have captitalized on the state of health of the president to take over power, indirectly.
“So I call upon the National Assembly and all Nigerians to arise and rescue our nation from this cabal.
“God bless Nigeria, but never again should we be ruled by a cabal.
“This suffering is three much!”P
Former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, has said he did not get any call from the teams German technical adviser, Gernot Rohr. Enyeama was reacting to comments made by coach Rohr during a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, that he refused to take nor return his calls when he tried reaching him on phone.
“When we had crisis in our hands after Carl Ikeme’s injury, I called him (Enyeama) over 10 times and he never responded nor called back,” Rohr said.
“I am happy with how Daniel Akpeyi responded to the test when he was called up as emergency cover, but he needs to buckle up because we can’t solely depend on Ikeme”.
However, via his official twitter handle @Vinpee, the Lille shot stopper said, “Why do people take pleasure in lies just because Enyeama is mentioned. The coach never got me on phone, so I wonder why he said that”.
Christiana Agbulu, Lecturer 1 in Biological Sciences department of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), who was declared missing between Benue and Kogi, on November 26, 2016 by members of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) in FUAM has been found dead.
The decomposing body was exhumed from a shallow grave near NEPA installation, along Lokoja-Abuja Road through a combined effort of SARS and Rev Fr. Patrick Ugbaje.
Agbulu was on a visit to her friend, Mr. Levi Asambe, an employee of Obajana Cement Company but was stranded in Lokoja on arrival. She spoke to her host, who advised her to give her phone to any commercial motorcyclist for direction.
In spite of all the efforts to get the right description, the motorcyclist turned out to be her abductor, as the next information from her end was the demand of N150,000 ransom using the victim’s mobile phone
However, friends and colleagues were able to raise only N100,000, which was paid to her bank account. The kidnappers quickly used Agbulu’s ATM card to withdraw the amount but didn’t release her.
Unfortunately for her abductors, one of the suspect’s identity was captured by an ATM camera, when he came to withdraw the ransom. Subsequently, three suspects have been apprehended by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, who confirmed the arrest, disclosed that the lady’s handset has also been recovered, adding that the suspects were giving useful information to the police.
The suspects in police net confessed to having raped her repeatedly for weeks and later when she died, they took her body to somewhere along Abuja-Lokoja Highway, where they buried her in a shallow grave.
At a press conference held yesterday in Lokoja by the ASUU-FUAM, the acting Chairperson of the union, Bemgba Anjembe, said Agbulu, who was abducted in Lokoja was found dead on Tuesday morning.
“She appeared to have been murdered a long time ago. The remains have already been recovered and taken to Ugbokolo, her hometown for burial. May the good Lord grant all of us the serenity to accept this rude shock.”
He urged the Kogi State governor to beef up the security apparatus in the state. “Security is not only about providing vehicles and gadgets to policemen, he must ensure that such sordid stories do not emanate from the state again. It seems the criminals that have been chased out from other states are converging in Kogi,” he said.
A bill that will ensure accountability in public office, especially as regards the president, his deputy and governors and their deputies has suffered a setback. The bill sought to amend Section 308 (2) of the 1999 Constitution to allow for the prosecution of the affected leaders on matters relating to economic and financial crimes even when in office.
An attempt to lift the immunity against prosecution being enjoyed by the president, vice president, state governors and their deputies fell through as the Senate suspended the consideration of the bill.
Sponsored by Ovie Omo-Agege (Labour Party, Delta State), the Senate Bill 329 which has already been gazetted and introduced to the lawmakers was referred to the committee on constitution review chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu last December.
According to The Guardian, the bill suffered the setback because it was introduced to the Senate after the constitution review committee had submitted a report on the key amendments to be effected in the life of the Eighth National Assembly. The speculation that the bill was frustrated by state governors could not be confirmed. Sources close to the committee dismissed it as a ‘baseless rumour.”
A senator said: “What I know is that the National Assembly leadership is very interested in having all issues relating to constitutional amendments sorted out and concluded very early in 2017. So, I think the timing of the bill is somehow a problem because even the committee on constitution review had brought serious update on the work it is doing to the Senate before this bill was introduced by Omo-Agege.
“That is why I cannot agree with the rumour that governors are lobbying against it even though lobbying is democratic and normal. Don’t forget that even if the two chambers of the National Assembly effect such amendment, it will still have to be approved by at least 24 of the 36 state houses of assembly before it becomes valid.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki had before the commencement of Christmas/New Year holidays said the constitution amendment would be passed early in 2017.
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved N4.6 billion for the purchase of new fire-fighting equipment to contain fire incidents in the country.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, gave the indication at a joint State House Media briefing with the Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika.
Mr. Danbazau said there was an appropriation of about N5.2 billion for the purchase in the 2016 budget but the figure dropped after a no objection approval by the Bureau of Public Enterprises.
“Today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the procurement of some fire-fighting equipment.
“The last time equipment were procured was sometime in 1996.
“The equipment in the inventory today were those procured between 1985 and 1996, and since then there was no procurement.
“On assumption of duty I went round their stations and I discovered surprisingly the dearth of fire-fighting equipment.
“And with the experiences in fire incidences all over the country we discovered that such a situation should no longer hold and therefore we reflected that in the 2016 budget with the aim of equipping the fire service and also improve its capacity.
“So (it is for) both equipment and training and of course the welfare of the personnel.
“This approved procurement is going to go a long way to provide the service with the necessary equipment even though this is just a start.
“We also, hoping that the 2017 budget will avail us with the opportunity to procure more equipment for the Federal Fire Service.”
Mr. Danbazau also said that the ministry was making some effort to improve on the existing facilities at the Fire Training School.
He said that the ministry intended to partner an entity involved in training of fire fighters, particularly in the oil and gas sector, to train the nation’s fire fighters and improve their capacity to carry out their services.
The minister said that since the various states possessed their separate fire services and had suffered fire incidents, the federal government would partner them on fire fighting.
Mr. Danbazau mentioned Kano, Lagos and Kebbi as states that suffered recent fire incidents, adding that the national council on fire service in Kano last month agreed to standardise fire service delivery all over the country.
He said that the meeting criticised the operation of several standards operated by each state and accepted to change the trend.
“We are moving ahead towards that and also be able to ensure that the necessary fire codes are observed by everybody,’’ he said.
The minister also hinted that NEC discussed the need to have an inter-ministerial meeting to consult with various ministries and states in order to ensure that prevention measures were carried out.
He said it was important that every building observed the building codes by having fire equipment, such as fire hydrants, for preventive measures.
“These are some of the very measures that we intent to take in the very near future to ensure that we reduce the losses and also prevent fires from happening,’’ he added.
He said that stakeholders meeting would be held with experts to enforce building codes in the country to secure the buildings and ensure that they generate their revenues for the government.
On the strengthening of the country’s fire-fighting workforce with young professionals, the minister said that all agencies under the ministry had been directed to prepare for recruitment in 2017.
“It is not just the fire service, but all the services under the ministry of interior have been directed to prepare for recruitment into the services this 2017 budget.
“This directive has been given to them couple of months back because of the realisation that they need the manpower and particularly fire service which needs a lot of energy to be able to tackle some of its challenges.
“So there is no doubt that we are going to carry out some recruitment exercises.
“But that is not to say that even the older ones who have not reached retirement age are not of any use.
“They are very useful; we need them to share their experiences with the younger ones.
“I terms of capacity building certainly we cannot do away with them.
“So there is absolutely no doubt that we are going to carry out some recruitment exercises for all the services and we want to make the fire service attractive,” said the minister.
A consultant pathologist with the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Abduldeen Oluwanisola, has told an Oyo State High Court in Ibadan that haemorrhagic shock from stab wound killed Lowo Oyediran.
Mr. Oluwanisola made this assertion while testifying before the court in a murder case against Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer accused of stabbing her husband, Lowo, to death.
Lowo was allegedly stabbed to death by the defendant at their Akobo area residence in Ibadan on February 2, 2016.
The accused was subsequently arrested and charged to court, and six prosecuting witnesses had so far testified since the commencement of the trial.
Testifying as the seventh witness, the pathologist said that a request of coronal autopsy of the deceased from the Nigeria Police made him to receive the body at the Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan, on February 3.
He said the autopsy was carried out at about 10.30 a.m. on February 4 and affirmed that there was a stab wound on the left shoulder, located about 10cm from the root of the neck.
”There was a second fresh incision injury of wound located on the lower outer edge of the lower jaw.
“Our opinion to the cause of the death is haemorrhagic shock from stab wound sustained from a sharp object,” the pathologist said.
Also, in his evidence, Oladeji Olayemi, Investigating Police Officer, IPO, said the defendant had declared in her statement that she did not kill her husband.
According to the IPO, but she agreed to have stabbed him with a pair of scissors.
“She stated that the deceased fell on a knife he was holding and was wounded in the neck when she was struggling to pull herself from the deceased.
“The defendant said the deceased had earlier hit her with a plank while sleeping, and he later picked a knife, and was chasing her within their apartment.
“She said but, she managed to run outside where the deceased fell on the knife,” the witness said.
However, Justice Munta Abimbola admitted the said plank, two Ipads and a Samsung cell phone recovered by the police from the couple’s apartment as exhibits.
The judge then adjourned the case till Thursday for cross examination of the police inspector.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has alerted the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, of fresh plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to compromise a section of the Judiciary and muzzle democracy in their desperation to oust him from office, saying; “The essence of all of these is to silence him as the voice of opposition in the country because he has bluntly rejected all overtures to him to defect into the ruling APC or stop talking.”
The governor, who warned against any plot to destabilise Ekiti State, wondered how long the Ekiti APC and its collaborators will pursue their clandestine agenda of reversing an election they lost over 30 months ago and validated by the tribunal, appeal court and the Supreme Court.”
In a letter he addressed to Justice Onnoghen, Fayose alleged that “certain APC chieftains were again making subterranean moves to manipulate and compromise a section of the Judiciary, particularly some judges, to get through the back door what they failed severally to achieve through the ballot box as well as in open court, even in matters already decided by the Supreme Court.”
He said: “At a recent meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, at which several stalwarts and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress were in attendance, two former governors of the State and members of the APC, namely Engr. Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, now a Federal Minister, boasted that there is no going back on the latest plans to subvert the will of the people of Ekiti freely given; wrest the governance of Ekiti from me at all costs before the expiration of my tenure in October 2018 through orchestrated but dubious legal process; and thereby render nugatory the sacred mandate of the people given unto me openly and unequivocally when I won in all the 16 local governments of the state while the then incumbent Governor, Kayode Fayemi recorded zero.”
Fingering the hands of the Presidency in the latest plot, with Oni and Fayemi as their local arrow heads, Governor Fayose alleged that a concocted fresh suit is being rehashed and to be filed against him on the same old allegation that have been trashed all the way from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court.
He alleged that; “this time, the plotters of this judicial coup-de-tat plan to procure the services of a compromised or malleable judge to get self-serving ‘jankara’ and kangaroo judgment with the intention of having the Supreme Court reverse itself on the June 2014 Ekiti election.
“Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi boastfully claimed that they have enlisted the assurances of Justice Okon Abang and one or two other judges in the concocted fresh suit, hinged on the report of a useless, senseless, and orchestrated Military report not known to the Electoral law.”
Urging the CJN to take “notice of judicial pronouncements by courts of concurrent jurisdiction as well as the scathing remarks of appellate courts on how the said Justice Okon Abang has been used in the past by anti-democratic forces to endanger democracy and engage in deleterious miscarriage of justice”, Fayose prayed that the Judiciary would not succumb to devious plots to undermine its independence and integrity and rubbish its good name and hard-earned reputation any more.
“My Lord, you have a duty to ensure that no Judge under your watch is enlisted into this diabolical act by any rampaging anti-democratic elements.
“The embarrassing incidents currently playing out on our National Judicial horizon, with several judicial officers, including serving Justices of the Supreme Court, enmeshed in simulated and orchestrated corruption scandals and indictments by agencies of the Federal Government because they had refused, at one time or the other, to serve the base interests of the ruling APC government in matters pending before their Lordships, have kept us wondering whether the Judiciary will succumb to these unwarranted harassments and intimidation meant to coerce and cower it into submission and make this very important and indispensable Third Estate of the Realm subservient to the arbitrary wishes, whims, and caprices of the Executive and political desperados,” he said.
Describing himself as “a leading opposition figure in Nigeria today that has been very critical of the anti-people policies of the Federal Government and its anti-democratic actions that endanger our renascent democracy”, Fayose added that “democracy without virile opposition will eventually turn into a dictatorship, which is currently being experienced.”
Fayose said he would continue to believe in the Judiciary going by the open declaration of the CJN to defend the Independence of the Judiciary; maintain its integrity and deliver a virile and disciplined Judiciary that is impartial, independent, non-partisan, and not subservient to the selfish interests of any individual, group or cabal, however powerful or influential they may be.
The governor therefore expressed the confidence that Justice Onnoghen in particular and the Judiciary in general would not only refuse to fall for the APC’s cheap and pedestrian blackmail but would also resolutely and confidently defend the hallowed grounds of the Judiciary and secure them from desecration by anti-democratic forces running riot all over the country.
For more than a century, doctors have regarded the folds of flesh that hold our intestines in place as snippets of an elaborate support structure—convoluted, but not much to talk about. Yet when a pair of Irish researchers took a closer look recently, they found that it’s actually one continuous fatty membrane, possibly constituting a whole new functional organ: the mesentery.
If the reclassification gets adopted by the medical field at large, it would bring the human body’s organ tally to 79 (by most counts).
The mesentery, a ruffled and folded flap around the intestines, reaches from the base of the stomach down to the rectum. For support, it latches to the abdominal wall and the area of the backbone. Its most obvious purpose is to keep our guts from slipping and sliding around. But, the Irish researchers, J Calvin Coffey and D Peter O'Leary of the University of Limerick, suggest that the new organ may have other roles, including shuttling white blood cells around the intestines.
Doctors and researchers aren’t sure, of course, because up until now the mesentery has been largely overlooked.
“It was regarded as fragmented, present here, absent elsewhere and a very complex structure,” Coffey said in a press release. But, he added, “the anatomic description that had been laid down over 100 years of anatomy was incorrect. This organ is far from fragmented and complex. It is simply one continuous structure.”
Coffey and O’Leary published their clarification of the structure and discussion of its possible roles in a November issue of The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Coffey is hopeful that dubbing it an organ will raise new research questions—not just what the organ does generally, but what role it may play in diseases and possibly even treatments.
“Put them all together and you have the field of mesenteric science—the basis for a whole new area of science,” Coffey said.
While it’s unclear if mesenteric research will catch on with others in the medical community, the mesentery will likely be getting a little more attention regardless. In the latest issue of one of the most famous medical textbooks, the 41st edition of Gray’s Anatomy, the mesentery's description has already been updated to note that it is indeed one continuous structure.
A stray bullet from a weapon of a security operative at the Administrative Reception of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday has landed two in hospital with injury; a female worker and the security personnel.
The accidental discharge created a bit of panic as the woman was rushed to the State House Medical Centre in Asokoro where she was admitted after initial treatment at the medical centre within the Villa. The woman was injured on her thigh and a part of her back.
The security personnel involved in the incident was said to be trying to empty his weapon when it went off and injured him and the woman.
The Presidency is yet to issue any official statement on the incident, but sources say the affected individuals were responding to treatment.
The Commandant-General, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Dickson Akor, has said that the organisation will generate 800,000 jobs for youths in the country.
Akor, who made this known at a news briefing at his residence in Ogoli-Ugboju, Oturkpo Local Government Area on Wednesday, said the Corp was one of the best channels to engage Nigerian youths.
He, however, said that this would be made possible when the bill establishing the PCN was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The bill, sponsored by Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), was first read at plenary on March 10, 2016 and scaled second reading.
It seeks to facilitate peace volunteerism, community service, neighbourhood watch and nation building.
The bill will also facilitate the training of youths to advance the course of peace building and conflict transformation.
It will engage peace education, mediation and conflict resolution among warring groups or communities where there are crisis in Nigeria to advance its course.
“President Buhari and the Nigerian Army under the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai must be commended for their efforts in capturing Sambissa Forest.
“While I canvas support for the security agencies to engender peace and social order, however, the corps is strategically placed to complement the activities of security agencies,’’ Akor said.
Akor said the corps would be saddled with voluntarism and neighbourhood watch activities in different communities across the country.
He called on Nigerians to learn to live together for peaceful coexistence in 2017.
He said the corps had formations and offices in virtually every state and local government in the country, and described it as one of the best channels to engage youths.
The PCN boss said that he constructed a state-of-the-art police station with closed circuit television and other equipment for the police in his community due to the threatening state of insecurity in the country.
He added that this gesture was aimed at adequately securing Benue and preventing the nasty experiences meted out to the Agatu people and several parts of Tivland.
Akor lauded the spirit of accommodation in his community, and urged that the communities dwell in peaceful coexistence and not in hostility.
“The spirit of accommodation in this community is buttressed by the presence of the Fulanis and the Sarkin Hausawa of Benue South Senatorial District at my residence to celebrate the new year,’’ he said.
He, however, decried the deplorable state of the road passing through Ogoli-Ugboju, leading to Onyagede and Ankpa in Kogi.
He called on the anti-graft agencies to investigate the award of the contract for repair of the road.
Akor said several people, including pregnant women, had died as a result of the delay in accessing medication due to the bad condition of the road.
A Ghanaian pastor and founder of Glorious Word Ministry International, Prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah, have predicted the death of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Several clergymen across Nigeria have equally released replica messages, predicting Buhari’s death between this year and 2019.
In a message titled “Pray to avert them” Bempah delivered some shocking prophesies for Ghana and international communities, urging the congregation to pray.
The prophecies include:
“Death of a former president
“Death of a former first lady
“Coup d’etat in Ghana
“Death of Nigeria’s president
“Terrorist attack in Ghana
“Death of several young men and women
“Important personalities in parliament will die
“Many people will be kidnapped
“Innocent blood will be shed in a particular political party
“Increase in occult practices
“Americans will go for war
“More Muslim/Christian clashes this year
“A great king will die
“Another plane crash in Ghana
“Fire outbreaks in important offices in Ghana
“More celebrities (Actors,musicians and media practitioners) in Ghana to die S
“NDC to stay in opposition for 16 years.”
Two lovers preparing for a wedding have released pre-wedding pictures in which they assumed different sex positions. According to Gossip Mill, a Nigerian Facebook Enthusiast Bona Leo posted theses pre-wedding photos yesterday.
He posted the photos with the caption “Imagine someone’s pre wedding photo shoots”.
A married man with three kids, identified as just Samson, has been reportedly found dead in a hotel room at Ugboroke in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta state after he allegedly took an overdose of sex-enhancing drug. Punch reports that the deceased was found dead with his manhood standing erect.
Sources close to the deceased said the man believed to be in his late 30s had bragged in a bar of his plan to use sex-enhancing drug to impress a new lover he had been wooing for three months.
Another source, who spoke in confidence, said the deceased had gone for the opening of a drinking bar, where he decided to visit a nearby chalet with his girlfriend.
The source said the victim had talked of having a great time with his lover, after taking about two bottles of alcohol, and one of the friends suggested he should buy one over-the-counter “manpower” drug.
“After having intercourse for a long time, he could not Erupt and must have died from the stress of the consistent hardness. He was overpowered by the drug and it was the first time he took such a drug.
“He is not much of a drinker. He is married and has three little children, ” the source said.
Asked about the whereabouts of the lover, the source said she ran away on discovering that the man was dead while the corpse of the late middle-aged man had been deposited at a morgue in Warri Central Hospital.
A senior police officer, who spoke anonymously, confirmed the incident but said none of the families was interested in reporting the case at the Ugborikoko Police Station.
The police officer, who claimed to be close to one of the deceased relatives, said the corpse was still lying in the mortuary pending family decision to bury him.
When reached for confirmation , the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said he was not aware of the incident and that there was no such matter reported in any of the divisions in the area.
Nkechi Bakare, an Art Advisor married an Oyibo man identified as Sean in Lagos over the holidays according to Gossip Mill. The lovely pictures of the couple will make all singles want to get married immediately.
When you are beautiful and you marry a handsome man, imagine how you will look like on your wedding day. Can it be better than this?
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Major General Leo Irabor , the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, on Wednesday, paraded ten Boko Haram suspects, who were said to have surrendered and handed themselves to the Nigerian military.
The General said the willingness of the suspects to surrender shows that they want to become responsible members of the society again. He also said the suspects, have undergone deradicalization process.
General Irabor also said the theatre command has made several apprehensions within last week and cleared a lot of villages across the north-east.
He said, troops has also run down three suspected suicide bombers today in Madagali town of Adamawa state in the cause of the military operation in that part of the state.
The General also confirmed the arrest of the Chairman of MAFA local government area who sheltered a top Boko Haram commander and his father at his resident in Maiduguri, as well as the Vice Chairman of Kaga local government area, who was also alleged to have been involve in cattle rustling.
The Police have arrested a Vice Principal in Nassarawa State suspected of raping his female student.
The News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports that three other persons allegedly engaged in various cases of rape were also arrested by the police.
A statement issued in Lafia on Wednesday by DSP Idrisu Kennedy, the Police Public Relation Officer, Nassarawa State Police Command, said the vice principal allegedly raped the 16-year-old student on Dec. 13, 2016.
According to the police, the man lured the girl to a hotel in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, where he had canal knowledge of her.
The police statement also indicated that two people “disguised as vigilantes, collected phones and raped two female students of Bingham University, Karu“ on Dec. 12, 2016.
It added that another man was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old hawker in an uncompleted building around Lafia roundabout Motor Park on Dec. 11, 2016
The police urged the general public, especially parents and relations of rape victims to report any case of rape to security agencies for appropriate prosecution.
Reacting on the matter, Tina Cyril, Nasarawa State Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalist, described the incidences as barbaric and satanic.
Cyril said that the association would monitor the cases to logical conclusion, and promised continuous advocacy on the rights of women and children in the state.
She advised parents to always monitor their children especially the girl child, to guard them against any form of abuse.
A Nigerian drug peddler, John Okoro who had served a prison term and was a few hours from being deported has made a daring escape from the Anti-Narcotics Cell’s custody, Indian newspapers have reported.
Okoro, 35, had sought permission to step out of the detention room on the first floor of the agency’s Azad Maidan office around 2 a m, saying he wanted to use the toilet, and then jumped from the balcony. He crashed through the asbestos roof and fled on foot.
The constable guarding him also leaped from the balcony in a desperate attempt to nab him, but ended up injured. He is recovering at the Nagpada police hospital.
The Anti-Narcotics Cell’s Azad Maidan office is barely 15 feet from the local police station. The office shares a wall with the police’s station detection room. The Esplanade court is in the same compound.
An alert has been issued for Okoro, who was convicted for trying to selling banned substances in 2014 and recently completed his jail term.
Before his conviction, the 35-year-old Nigerian lived in Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai. After his prison sentence ended, he was placed under the ANC’s custody on December 31 and he was due to be deported on Monday afternoon.
“Around 2 am, Okoro told the constable on guard that he wanted to visit the washroom. He was being taken there when he jumped from the balcony. He landed on the asbestos roof, which immediately gave away,” a police officer said. “He ran in the directions of Mahapalika Marg.”
Another officer said a manhunt had been launched and the Anti-Narcotics Cell had asked informers to be on the lookout. Okoro was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and slippers.
Fresh charges stemming from his daring escape have been registered at the Azad Maidan police again.
Three female suicide bombers were on Wednesday killed in Bakin Dutse, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, officials have said.
The officials said the three girls were on a mission to carry out suicide bombings at a busy market in Gulak, before they were shot by soldiers and local vigilante.
The three women were intercepted at Bakin Dutse Village, five kilometers from Gulak, the administrative headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area where villagers meet in their hundreds every Wednesday for the market day.
Badare Akintoye, the Army Public Relations Officer at the 28 Task Force Battalion in Mubi, confirmed the incident.
“We gunned down three female suicide bombers. Our soldiers are on alert and commercial activities are going on there,” the army major stated.
The chairman of Madagali Local Government Area, Yusuf Gulak, threw more light.
“Our local vigilantes that are now assisting the soldiers saw the three female suicide bombers who were on a mission to strike in the market.
“On seeing them fast approaching, they asked them to stop but the girls declined instead running faster, so one was instantly gunned down and the bomb on her body exploded. So also the second girl.
“The third girl attempted to run but could not succeed as she was also shot dead.”
Mr. Gulak called for the deployment of more troops in the area.
The Imo State Police Command on Monday arrested a 20-year-old self-confessed member of Aye confraternity for allegedly killing a graduate of the Imo State University, IMSU.
The suspect, Obinna Chigozie Onuoha alias Nwa Pastor, who had been on the command’s wanted list for robbery, murder and cultism, was arrested at a beach in Mechanic Village, Nekede, in Owerri West Local Government Area.
The state police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent Andrew Ekwerem, paraded the suspect before newsmen on Tuesday, recalling that the deceased, identified simply as Chikabala, had gone to complete his clearance at the university, preparatory for the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, programme when he was attacked by suspected cultists in front of the school gate.
“His assailants shot him thrice and left him dead in August last year,” Ekwerem added, noting that over 25 other suspects, who were involved in separate criminal acts, were arrested alongside Onuoha.
“The arrest was in line with Imo State Police Command’s Operation Nkpochapu Phase II (wipe out criminals).
“Some of the arrested suspects have been charged to court, while others are still undergoing thorough investigation,” the spokesperson added.
In his confession before newsmen at the state police headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, the suspect said since his involvement in crime, he had killed three persons.
He said, “I am a member of Aye cult group. We attack rival cultists anywhere, any day and any time. I don’t attack rival cultists alone. Our members walk in group.
“Among those we have killed was Chibuike. I was the one that shot him at Douglas Road, Owerri. He was a member of a rival cult group. Another victim was Zaiki, who sold CD plates. I fired the shot that killed him at Ikenegbu Road.
“There was also a motorcyclist we killed at Mbaise Road.
“My members were responsible for the murder of Chikalaba in front of IMSU gate. We were five that carried out that butcher attack.
“Their names are Shiba, Nonso, Freedom and Brano. Other members of our group are Black Fela, Owite, Pharoah and Ludacris.
“We kill rival group at sight because if we don’t, they will kill us,” Nwa Pastor revealed.
A popular Nollywood actress, Toyin Majekodunmi, is dead. The veteran Yoruba actress, popularly known as Iya Kike in Yoruba movie circles, died on Monday. The cause of her death is yet to be disclosed.
Married to a fellow actor, Solomon Majekodunmi aka ‘Baba Kekere’, the news of her death was shared by actress and movie producer, Bimbo Success. The late Mrs. Majekodunmi featured in numerous Yoruba movies and often starred alongside her husband.
Meanwhile, The family and colleagues of the veteran Nigerian actress have fixed her burial to hold on March 2 and 3, 2017. The condolence register for the late actress is now open at her residence at 2, Saka Lane, Abule – Ijesha B/Stop, Fola Agoro, Somolu, Lagos.
Just few days after an Abuja based clergy, Emmanuel Omale, prophesied that Ayodele Fayose will face impeachment in 2017, a pro-anti-corruption group, the Coalition for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption has called on the National Assembly to immediately impeach the Ekiti State governor.
The group claimed that Fayose had abused his office. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, National Secretary of the coalition, Comrade Audu Joseph said it had become necessary to impeach the governor over several allegations of corruption and criminal conducts surrounding him.
Joseph said failure to impeach Fayose within or after 14 days will draw mass protest from Nigerians.
He said the coalition has the mandate of 34 Civil Society organizations that are on standby to mobilize not just their members but also Nigerians from all walks of life if the government continues to pander to Fayose’s antics as opposed to heeding the calls by Nigerians.
He said, “There is proof that the Ekiti State House of Assembly can no longer perform its functions and the National Assembly should consider taking over those functions to ensure that the needful is done.”
He said, “To the National Assembly, we demand that a declaration of the doctrine of necessity to waive Fayose’s immunity is non-negotiable at this point such that people enjoying immunity can be allowed to answer to criminal charges like the current situation where security funds were embezzled and millions of Nigerians including the armed forces had to pay the supreme price.
“In the last quarter of 2016, details emerged of how N4.7 billion naira being part of the stolen $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase found its way into Ayo Fayose’s bank account after the money was ferried across the country in a private jet and bullion vans, according to Obanikoro’s testimony after he turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Just a few days ago, on December 29, 2016 another audio surfaced of Fayose with his partner in crime, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, in which both men discussed without remorse, about how they compromised the December 10 legislative election re-run in Rivers state.
“Not once did either of them acknowledge the magnitude of the crime committed, which included the murder of some policemen in addition to the now habitual sabotaging of the wishes of the electorates.”
The effect of Nigeria’s economic recession and global fall in oil price have hit Aliko Dangote hard as the man considered to be Africa’s richest man is not in the top 100 list as at the end of 2016.
The industialist who was formerly the world’s 46th-richest man, dropped out of the top 100 list to 112 with a total fortune of $10.4 billion. It was said that he lost a whopping $4.9 billion of his fortune.
The billionaire is still the richest man in Africa but is also the continent’s biggest loser for last year.
The Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu has paid a visit to the home of the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Umuahia.
This was disclosed by the erstwhile governor as he shared pictures on his facebook page with the short note.
“Paying a courtesy visit to Nnamdi Kanu’s wife, parents and siblings at the palace of Eze sir. I. O. Kanu, (Egwu Ugwu 11 of Afaraukwu ancient city) Umuahia, Ibeku.”
A woman identified as Mama Emeka, has been arrested by Police Officers for allegedly burning her stepsister with a hot iron on Christmas day.
Although the incident occurred on Christmas Day at 36, Fadeyi Street, Olowora, the suspect was reportedly arrested on Tuesday following the intervention of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence team in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
The Nation gathered that the suspect, who usually assailed the 16-year-old victim, accused her of being stubborn.
The suspect, it was gathered, usually over laboured the teenager, whose mother reportedly abandoned her after the death of her father.
According to sources, residents of the street revolted against the woman who also used razor blade to cut the victim’s thighs and shaved her hair.
They alleged that the woman usually forced the victim to hawk and work into late hours of the night.
Residents mobilized to ensure the suspect was apprehended and handed over to policemen from Ketu Police Division, while the victim was taken into protective custody.
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Pop superstar, Janet Jackson, (sister to the King of Pop, Late Michael Jackson) and husband have welcomed their first baby, Eissa Al Mana. A statement said the musician and her Qatari businessman husband, Wissam Al Mana, were "thrilled" to welcome the infant,
Janet Jackson had a healthy delivery on Tuesday, at age 50. A representative for the singer said:
"Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably. No further details are available at this time," the statement read.
Jackson and Al Mana were married in 2012. Speculation about her pregnancy surfaced last April when she postponed her Unbreakable tour. Jackson had earlier been spotted in London shopping for baby essentials.
Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, Rasheed Bello, started the new year on an excellent mood as they hosted friends and family to a house warming party at their newly acquired apartment. The house is located at Amen Estate in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State and is valued between N100 and N200 million.
The party which was hosted on Monday was attended by entertainers and other celebrities like Chioma Akpotha, Seyi Law, IK Ogbonna, Uche Jombo, Kaffy, DJ Spinall, Dayo Amusa, Fathia Balogun, Iyabo Ojo, Kate Henshaw and many others.
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English Premier League side, Leicester City, have signed Nigeria midfielder, Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi, from Belgian side Racing Genk on a five-and-a-half-year deal subject to a work permit being granted. The Premier League champions announced this on their website on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old has agreed personal terms, undergone a medical and will sign a contract to June 2022 once the permit comes through officially.
The cost of bringing in Ndidi was not stated but reports say it should be about 15 million pounds. Leicester, who need a replacement for N'Golo Kante after the French midfielder joined current leaders Chelsea last summer, said Ndidi was expected to complete the formalities of his move later this week.
Ndidi, who helped Genk reach the knockout stages of this season's Europa League competition, will link up with Nigeria international forward Ahmed Musa at the Foxes.
Leicester is currently at14th place in the league and still await their first away win of the season.
Super Eagles players Daniel Akpeyi and Elderson Echiejile has stepped up their game by moving into the next level. Both players quit bachelorhood last week and are now happily married to their heartrobs.
Elderson Echiéjilé wedded his lover, Vwemo Ziregbe in a traditional ceremony on Friday, December 30 in Warri, Delta State.
The Super Eagles glovesman got married to his longtime girlfriend Eberi-Kalu Emmanuella Uwaeze on Thursday, December 29 in Abiriba, Abia State.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnmadi Kanu, said he will reveal secrets that will sink Nigeria in the last court sitting. It seems the IPOB leader has carried out his threat by releasing a video.
A statement by the IPOB spokesperson Emma Powerful, reveals that a video which shows acts of genocide committed against the South-East region by former head of state Yakubu Gowon and the British government has been released and many more to come.
“It is crystal clear now to the whole world that IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who threatened during his last court appearance to expose truths that will sink Nigeria has started doing so.” IPOB said.
“By releasing the latest video showing the grand conspiracy on the part of Gowon and the British to commit premeditated genocide it is apparent that he intends to live up to his promise to sink Nigeria with hidden truths which the world does not know exist,” the group said.
“All the hidden secrets of the atrocities and crimes against humanity committed against the people of Biafra during the war of genocide in 1967 to 1970 will become the most talked about topic within diplomatic circles around the world until Nigeria collapses.
“These revelations will not stop until the likes of Gowon, Buhari and others are carted off to the Hague to face trial for crimes they committed against humanity.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is prepared to sink Nigeria with the truth hidden from public that people around the world have never heard before about Nigeria and the amalgamation in 1914 by British merchants.
“This was what he meant when he said that he has evidence to sink Nigeria if allowed to give testimony in court. Many more evidence are presently being compiled by his team of researchers in Europe that is about to explode in a very short period,” IPOB said.
“We state categorically that IPOB family members are everywhere in the world. There is no corner of this earth you will go to without finding the presence of a well organised and drilled IPOB family through the teachings of our leader and prophet of our time Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“Buhari and co must therefore come to the realisation that he is wasting his time and destroying Nigeria along with the likes of war criminals like Gowon and himself if he continues to hold our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“He is beginning to discover to his horror that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is neither MKO Abiola, Ken Saro-Wiwa nor Isaac Adaka Boro all men fighting for their freedom who were killed by the Nigerian state.
“Those advising Buhari against the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be consumed by the fire they are now stoking. These cabals should remember the aftermath of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and how many millions died as a result of the First World War that followed.
“Before the upcoming court appearance on the 10th of January 2017, the leader of the indigenous people of IPOB mazi Nnamdi Kanu has released another explosive secret about Biafra genocide hidden from the world for nearly 50 years.
“It is believed his team of lawyers and researchers in Europe are the ones responsible for this selective leak to coincide with his court appearance.
“These cold blooded killers that parade themselves as Nigerian leaders must be tried for crimes against humanity at the Hague,” Emma said.
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A yet to be identified man showcased his creativity by converting his tricycle, otherwise called Kekenapep, to a helicopter. The ‘cool’ looking innovation was spotted in Warri, Delta State.Nigerians are creative indeed.
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Sensational Nigerian singer, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known by his stage name Tekno, has left Ubi Franklin’s MMMG record label three years after working together.
According to Instablog9ja the artiste has officially departed Ubi’s MMMG, to start off his own yet to be named record label. He dropped the hint in a video posted on his page, some days ago.
Speaking with Planet TV, Ubi, said if Tekno, decides on leaving his label once his contract expires, he can.
“Am sure when his contract expires, if he wants to go, I don’t have a problem with that. I am not trying to hold back on any artiste. My dream coming to the entertainment industry is to create, build, release to the world, and say, this is what we’ve done.” Ubi said.
Tekno who went home with three awards at the just concluded Soundcity MVP Awards, took to Instagram to thank Upfront and Personal Boss Paul Okoye for buying 50% shares of his label.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Nigerian motorcycle parts dealer, Okolo Emenike, 34, with 9.150kg of cocaine concealed in the soles of foot wears being imported into the country.
Emenike was arrested at the weekend, during the inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight from Brazil, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Vanguard is reports.
NDLEA Commander at the Abuja Airport, Hamisu Lawan, puts the estimated value of the drug at £3.8m pound.
Lawan said: “The discovery was made in a shipment of shoes during inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The cocaine was industrially concealed in the soles of new foot wears.”
Emenike confessed that he was offered N1 million to smuggle the drugs into Nigeria. Emenike said he left Nigeria for a better life in Brazil. However, he said, “things became worse for me as I could not get a job. I had no money to sustain myself while my work permit was being processed.
“I was equally confronted with the fear of deportation. This made me desperate for quick wealth. In the process, I met my childhood friend, who offered me N1million to traffic cocaine to Nigeria.
“He also paid for my ticket and gave me three bags of shoes containing the cocaine. But on arrival at the Abuja airport, the cocaine was detected and I was arrested. I had wanted to invest money offered to me in my business that failed due to recession.”
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) who commended his men for the arrest, stated that the huge profit derived from drug trafficking had made it a top priority for drug cartels to be financially incapacitated.
He said: “We must continue to take deliberate steps to intercept drugs and ultimately prevent the criminal enrichment of drug cartels. Illicit drug proceeds negatively affect economic development; it could be used to corrupt government officials and for terrorism funding thereby subjecting mankind to widespread destruction.”
World Cup winner Julian Draxler (23) has completed his move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The midfielder signed a contract which will keep him at PSG until 2021.
“For the first time in my career, I’m moving to a new country where they speak a different language. I’m very proud to make the next step in my career at one of the best clubs in Europe who have a lot of great players,” said Draxler.
“I will do everything I can to help PSG win titles and grow more as a club.”
PSG club boss Nasser Al-Khelaïfi praised his new signing from VfL Wolfsburg.
“He has all the right qualities to play a main role in our team. I’m sure he will become a fan favourite,” said Al-Khelaïfi in a statement that was released on the PSG website on Tuesday.
“Signing Draxler will help us achieve our high ambitions.”
The details of the transfer remain undisclosed.
The forward extended his contract at VfL Wolfsburg until 2020 in August 2015 before moving to PSG at the end of 2016.
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has revealed he is set to retire soon. While speaking to NBC, the maager said he is approaching the end of his career.
“Of course when we win, I am so happy, I am so satisfied,” Guardiola told NBC.
“And I drink a good glass of wine and enjoy.
“But what I like is to imagine the next step can be better. If not, I will not be here.
“In the moment, I will feel — and I am a little bit in that process – I feel that the end of my career, I will be… [throws up his hands]. I will not be training in the 60 and 65 years old, so…. No, no, no, no.
“Manchester City is three years or maybe longer, but I am still approaching the end of my career, like a manager. I am pretty sure of it.”
Following the deployment of policemen to Bamaina village of Birnin Kudu, to stop a rally organized by youths urging the former Governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, to run for presidency in the next general elections, Lamido while talking to the youths said only God can stop him from becoming president if he decides to contest.
According to The Sun, Lamido made this claim on Sunday night. He also asked the security operatives to leave the youths alone because they don't need permit to come to their father.
“The desperation by those in authorities of power today must know that the same God that have made Balewa, Ironsi, Gowon, Murtala, Shagari, Buhari, Babangida and Jonathan Presidents could do the same for me if Allah so wishes,” Lamido told pressmen.
“All this coercion and intimidation was because of my aspiration and I must tell them that no matter what, if Allah has destined that I will be President, they cannot stop me or deter me because that will amount to fighting against the wish of God.
“Leaders should beware of the consequences that followed tyranny, impunity and abuse of human dignity.
Speaking further, he added: “I am their father and they are coming to greet me and you are saying they have to ask for permit, permit for what?
“All over this country I’ve never heard of a mutual gathering that requires one to ask for permit, even on Saturday, we were in Sokoto for a wedding where thousands of people attended or even naming ceremonies where hundreds attend, have you asked them to show their permit?, but because it’s Sule Lamido, whoever that is coming to see me must acquire a permit to do so”.
Speaking to the youths, he said: “If your prayers for me to be the President of this country is the wish of Allah, let it be, for Allah is the One that made others like Jonathan, Tafawa Balewa, Obasanjo.”
The Nigerian government has discontinued the allocation of funds for the maintenance of plants and generators in its foreign missions and embassies in countries with stable power supply according to PREMIUM TIMES.
The government in the past had made allocation of nearly a quarter of a billion Naira for the maintenance of generators to foreign embassies, which clearly have no need for power generators due to the absence of power cuts in the countries.
It was revealed that despite paying N523 million for electricity charges in 2013, the embassies would spend an extra N170 million – N117 million for fuelling and N51.9 million for maintenance of plants – to power generators in some 100 foreign missions. The funds for the maintenance of generator was not a feature of previous budgets until it was inserted in the 2013 budget.
However, the recently released 2017 budget estimate shows that the government has partially discontinued the controversial allocations. The controversial provisions were also not made in the 2016 budgets.
In the 2017 budget, while no funds were allocated for fuelling and maintenance of plants and generators, in foreign missions in countries with stable power supply, funds were allocated for the maintenance of generators and plants in countries with erratic power supply, mainly Third-World countries.
For instance, while funds were allocated for the maintenance and fuelling of generators in missions in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Malaysia and Cameroon, allocations for the items were not made for missions in Germany, China, Turkey, Switzerland, Vietnam, Pakistan, United States.
In African capitals, no funds were allocated for maintenance and fuelling of generators in foreign missions in Dakar, Maputo, Kigali, Pretoria, and Tunis.
The mission in Cairo got an allocation of N3,072,000.00 for fuelling of generator but received no allocations for generator maintenance. Similarly, the mission in Algiers was allocated N614,000 for fuelling of generator but received nothing for generator maintenance.
The mission domiciled in Lisbon, Portugal was, however, allocated N192,000.00 for generator maintenance. It is the only Western-based mission that received allocation for generator maintenance. No fund was allocated for fuelling of the generator. Portugal, like most other European countries, has regular power supply.
The Jigawa House of Assembly on Tuesday impeached its Speaker, Idris Garba and elected Isa Idris of Gwaram Constituency as the new Speaker.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Garba, presided over the sitting attended by 23 members.
The Clerk of the house, Hussaini Ali, earlier announced that he received an impeachment notice signed by 25 of the 30 assembly members, and which he read on the floor of the house.
Mr. Ali disclosed that members of the assembly impeached the speaker due to alleged high handedness and abuse of power.
The Deputy Speaker read the impeachment notice on the floor of the house, and confirmed the number of members that signed the notice.
Mr. Garba said that 25 of the 30-member assembly that endorsed the impeachment notice showed that it met the constitutional requirement of two third to impeach any of its principal officers.
“With this development, I hereby declare the seat of the Speaker vacant and a fresh election should be conducted to elect the new speaker,” he said.
NAN reports that two members– Isa Dutse of Dutse Municipal constituency and Isa Idris of Gwaram constituency– were nominated for the election to replace the impeached Speaker.
Isa Idris, however, defeated Isa Dutse with 12 to six votes, while five members were indifferent.
In his acceptance Speech, the new Speaker promised to run an open door policy and solicited members’ support and cooperation.
President Muhammadu Buhari has removed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal as chairman of the presidential committee on the reconstitution of federal government boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been appointed to chair the presidential committee, while chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA) Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah was appointed head of secretariat.
“The SGF is no longer in charge of that responsibility, for obvious reasons,” a source confided in Daily Trust.
It was gathered that Abdallah-led team now meets frequently at Wuse II, Abuja, and “is working vigorously and will soon conclude its work after which it will submit its report to Mr President.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has announced the prohibition of activities of private tax collectors contracted during the administration of ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole to collect levies for the State Government.
Addressing the people, the governor thanked them for overwhelmingly entrusting him with the responsibility to take charge and to steer the socio-economic and political destiny of the State. He brought an air of hope by saying he will ensure 2017 will be a better year.
“I am aware of the enormity of the trust and confidence you have reposed in me and by the grace of God Almighty I will meet your expectations”, he assured.
“As we reflect on 2016, we have every reason to be thankful to God Almighty for preserving us and our country; 2016 was a year of challenges, difficulties, excitements and opportunities.
“Undoubtedly, the economic recession unleashed unprecedented difficulties on individuals, families and communities as no aspect of our economic and social life was spared the severe economic hardship.
“Because of the drop in the price of crude oil and the vandalism of pipelines; we saw the value of our currency decline significantly.
“We also saw industries and businesses shut down while people lost their jobs, the level of unemployment has continued to rise; all these have thus led to increase in crime and poverty in the land.
“In spite of the difficulties and gloom, 2016 nonetheless experienced some bright moments for us in Edo state for which we are grateful to the Almighty,’’ Obaseki said.
“I must quickly mention that one issue that continues to agitate Edo people is the lawless activities of some individuals who persist in harassing and extorting innocent citizens under the guise of collecting taxes and levies.
“The laws of our country vest the responsibility for collecting taxes exclusively on the three tiers of government – federal, state and local governments.
“Consequently, with immediate effect, only employees of government can collect taxes and levies in the state.
“All arrangements to collect taxes or levies entered into by any state or local government agency in Edo State, cease to be valid”, he stated.
He urged the citizens not to cave in to any form of intimidation, but to rather “call or alert law enforcement agencies if they find anyone involved in such nefarious activities.”
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State’s recent statement that the unity of the country was not negotiable, has drawn criticism fro three civil groups of the Niger Delta region. The groups in a joint statement said the governor’s unconditional support for the unity and indivisibility of a defective federal structure that favours only a section of the country was unacceptable.
The groups, Niger Delta Security Watch Organization of Nigeria, NDSWON, Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, and Foundation for Human Rights and Anti- Corruption Crusade, FHRACC, in a joint statement by their leaders, Dickson Bekederemo, Austin Ozobo and Alowei Cleric, respectively in Warri, Delta State, said:
“The unity and indivisibility of Nigeria does not exist in the minds and hearts of the federating regions that constitute the country. The unity and indivisibility of Nigeria exists only in a piece of document called the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to our most respected governor, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that leaders and people of the Niger Delta will always strive to defend the unity of Nigeria because to them, the country remaining as one indivisible entity is not negotiable and of paramount importance.
“ While we acknowledge the fact that Governor Wike is loved and respected in the Niger Delta region as a result of resilience in warding off the invaders of our oil wealth, we find it difficult to stomach his unconditional support for the unity and indivisibility of this defective federal structure that favours only a section of the country.
“A united people rather see themselves as an egalitarian society other than creating the feudal system where a vast majority of Nigerians are made to beg alms from the feudal lords. A united people will not celebrate ethno-religious killings where some people are religiously bound to kill others with impunity. Is there any unity in Nigeria where only a particular section is qualified to rule the country while others are regarded as second fiddle citizens?
“A united people will not pass obnoxious laws to deprive the actual owners of their God given resources. A united people will not use their secured majority in the National House of Assembly to continually oppress the minorities by refusing to amend the oppressive sections of the Constitution that denied the minorities ownership of their resources.
“We want to say such unity is likening to the unity between the snake and the mouse. The mouse can only exist at the whims and caprices of the snake.”
According to them: “Until the North comes to the realization that we need one another to co-exist in Nigeria, the unity of Nigeria remains negotiable. The North and South were amalgamated by late Lord Luggard of Britain. It was not God that brought us together.”
The Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, has asked its followers to get ready as the region is about to determine its sovereignty through a referendum that will help avoid shed of blood.
IPOB said in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, that organs of the region were the people designated to call for a referendum for independence of Biafra, not the government and added that the United Nations (UN) would monitor the referendum processes and ensure compliance with the will expressed.
“IPOB leadership invites the international community, men and women of goodwill to come and monitor this peaceful referendum in Biafraland. IPOB family members worldwide are working tirelessly to restore our long lost freedom and political independence without bloodshed.
“We, Biafrans, in pursuit of our inalienable, irreducible and God-given right to restore our stolen sovereignty, do hereby state that we do not require the permission of government officials to grant us our natural freedom.
“With these reasons, the path to Biafra independence must and will not pass through Abuja because it is a process that will be considered by Biafrans only and no other people.
“In line with this, we have decided to adopt the option of self-rule. For as long as Biafra remains a part of Nigeria, we will remain forever slaves in our own land.
“More so, the right to self-determination is always implemented through a referendum with the participation of all residents in the land.
“This path has also been implemented recently by South Sudan, Greenland, Kosovo, Albania, East Timor, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro among others. Scotland has also exercised this right to self-determination and so has the Quebec region in Canada. If these nations, populated by humans like Biafrans, can exercise this right, so can we.
“In all these newly created countries, their citizens voted in a referendum with international monitoring bodies, which ensured the validity of the votes cast. The same referendum can also be conducted in Biafraland and monitored by international observers.”
The Federal Government has commenced the monthly payment of N5, 000 stipend to the poorest and most vulnerable in the country through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment Programmes (SIP).
Under the CCT, one million poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians would receive N5, 000 monthly as a form of social safety net.
In the first batch that commenced last week, nine states were covered and many of the beneficiaries had acknowledged receiving their first payment by Friday, December 30, 2016.
Funds for the commencement of the programme in four states were released last week to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS)-the platform that hosts and validates payments for all government’s social intervention programmes.
Another set of five states would get funds to complete the first batch.
Though the sequence for the payment of the money would be operationally managed by NIBSS, beneficiaries in Borno, Kwara and Bauchi States have started receiving the money. The other states in the first batch to commence the CCT payments are Cross Rivers, Niger, Kogi, Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti states.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, the nine pilot states were chosen because they had a social register that successfully identified the most vulnerable and poorest Nigerians through a tried and tested community-based targeting (CBT) method working with the World Bank.
Other states have already begun developing their social registers and would be included in subsequent phases of the CCT implementation.
“Beneficiaries of the CCT would be mined from the social register, initially developed by eight states through a direct engagement with the World Bank.
Those states are featured in the first batch, with the added inclusion of Borno States where validated lists of IDPS were compiled in addition to the Social Register which is expected to go round the country,” Akande said.
He said: “Working with the World Bank, the CBT process has now been adopted for developing the social register in the other states around the country, for transparency, objectivity and credibility in the selection of the poorest and most vulnerable beneficiaries for the programme.”
Plateau, Jigawa, Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Katsina & Taraba states have so far complied with the stipulated framework provided, and are set for the community-based targeting method for the development of their social register within their jurisdictions.
He continued: “The Federal Government would commence community mobilisation for the creation of the register in more states to expand the scope and reach of the CCT across the country. These states are to be followed by Delta, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Imo and Ogun States.”
Akande added: “All funds approved for the Federal Government’s SIP are domiciled with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
Borno State Government have expressed dismay over the detention of Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area, Shettima Mafa, for allegedly keeping a Boko Haram member in his Maiduguri home.
The state government said Mafa had been in the forefront of the anti-insurgency war and hence, could not have haboured a terrorist
.The government said the military did not arrest Mafa, insisting the council chief turned himself in and added that investigation into the matter has begun, in a statement, on Sunday, through the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Usman Zanna.
Zanna debunked many of such stories which filled the media lately. He also said the state government is surprised to his detention because the council chairman was in the forefront in the war against insurgency.
“If not because of media reports on this matter, the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, which oversees the affairs of the 27 local government areas, would have preferred not to make public comment over a matter that is still being investigated by our competent and patriotic military establishment involved in the fight against Boko Haram.
“It has become necessary that this statement is issued in order to put some records straight. First of all, contrary to media reports, the caretaker chairman in question was not arrested. He actually reported himself to the military command in Maiduguri after he got information that he was needed by the military.
“Secondly, contrary to reports that he was arrested at the 1,000 housing estate along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road, there was never any issue at all at 1,000 estate. The chairman lives at 505 housing estate, which is located on an entirely different route, along Dikwa and Mafa which is the way to the Chairman’s office in Mafa.
“The chairman actually reported himself to the military last week, and was detained pending the outcome of ongoing investigations being conducted by the military.
“While we do not intend to question the intelligence gathering, judgment and authority of the military, to us at the ministry, the whole development is a worrisome twist.
“It is a twist because, for years, the caretaker chairman had been known for his courage in joining hunters to go into front lines to battle Boko Haram fighters. His commitment in the fight against insurgents is known to different Army Commanders that served in Mafa Local Government Area in the last two years. The likes of Major Manga can bear testimony to this. It is mainly due to his passion for the fight against insurgency that he has been successively reappointed as Caretaker Chairman of Mafa for renewable term of six months as provided by laws of Borno State.
“The chairman is also known to champion the course of citizens fleeing from communities after attacks by insurgents. From information available to the military, the chairman recently got involved in assisting some citizens trapped in a village within his local government area and he is believed to have Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in his residence at 505 estate like most adults in Maiduguri, Jere and parts of Konduga do have fleeing relatives and friends living with them.
“There is an information that a certain suspected member of the Boko Haram might have joined some of the citizens he helped last week, but whether he knew the identity of the suspect and deliberately hid him and for whatever purpose is what we look forward to being determined by the military.
“This investigation is particularly important to us because it affects the safety and integrity of the ministry. As we acknowledge, it would amount to sitting on a keg of gun powder if anyone dealing with the ministry, involves in harbouring any criminal, especially insurgents that have killed our parents, wives, sons and daughters in addition to sending our families out of their communities to now live with us in pains.
“We assure citizens of the 27 Local Government Areas; other concerned Nigerians and the international community that we are usually very thorough in identifying those appointed either as local government chairmen, ward councillors, traditional rulers, vigilantes and members of the Civilian JTF deployed in the 27 Local Government Areas of Borno State. As can be confirmed by security agencies, we do not engage any youth as vigilante or in the Civilian JTF unless he or she is verified by the Department of State Services (DSS) in addition to fingerprints and photographs of everyone captured into a database.
“We anxiously look forward to the outcome of the investigation while we shall abide by publicly known position of Governor Kashim Shettima that anyone found having any connection with insurgents is an enemy of Borno State and its people,” Zanna said.
Human wickedness is simply on the increase. That’s the only objective explanation to what happened in Idumuje Ugboko, a town in Aniocha North L.G.A Delta State. In the early hours of 25th December 2016, some hooligans attacked the household of Mrs Comfort Ogor Ubani and her four grandchildren in which they were burnt to death.
Reports have it that the attackers first of all raped the granddaughter before gathering the family in the parlour, poured petrol on them and set them ablaze. One of the children who tried to escape was slayed by the criminals outside and was set ablaze.
Mr. Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, Delta State Commissioner of Police who visited the scene of the crime openly wept after seeing a grandmother of about 80 years and her grandchildren roasted.
Veteran diminutive actor Chinedu Ikedieze is now a proud father of a baby boy. The comic actor took to Instagram to announce the blessing to the world in a post he captioned ‘UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN”. He also posted the photo of the beautiful baby.
Chinedu has been married to Nneoma since 2011. Congratulations to them!
A supposed cultist, identified only as Yemi has been detained in Lagos State for allegedly killing his mistress and abandoning her corpse in a well.
The 27-year-old was arrested by homicide detectives at the State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, area of the state at the weekend.
Reports have it that Yemi beat his girlfriend to death at the Igando area of the state after accusing her of having an affair with a rival cult member in the community.
The deceased was discovered when a neighbour went to the well to fetch water. He raised the alarm, attracting attention of other tenants.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said the suspect, after committing the crime, went into his apartment and started to pack his belongings.
“He wanted to escape but was caught by residents who handed him over to Igando Police Station.
“The suspect has been arrested investigations are ongoing,” the PPRO stated, adding that the remains of the lady has been removed from the well by the officials of the State Fire Fighters and deposited at Igando General Hospital Mortuary.
An Area Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Bola Bolawole, has condemned the attack of the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, over his visit to Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose.
In a statement he released on Monday titled, ‘APC’s scurrilous attack on Adeboye’, Bolawole said Fayose is the voice of voiceless Nigerians, reaffirming what Pastor Adeboye had said.
He said, “Pastor Enoch Adeboye makes whistle stops at tens of Let’s Go A-Fishing venues. This December’s itinerary recently saw Pastor Adeboye criss-crossing towns and villages in Osun, Ondo, and Ekiti states, among others. At Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, the governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and the traditional ruler, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, were among the dignitaries that received Pastor Adeboye.
“As is characteristic of him, Adeboye prayed for Fayose, who had knelt down before him for prayer. Fayose is not the first Nigerian VIP to have so coveted Adeboye’s prayers. Presidents and other governors had done so, including former President Goodluck Jonathan and the current President, Muhammadu Buhari. Outside our shores, the immediate past Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, attended an RCCG programme in London and came forward to be prayed for by Pastor Adeboye.
“However, the prayers that Adeboye said for Fayose has drawn the ire of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Mr. Jide Awe. Awe not only blew his top but also threw caution to the winds, making highfalutin statements, levelling unsubstantiated allegations, and calling the revered Pastor names that must alarm every right-thinking person.
“Whereas I am an Area Pastor in the RCCG, it need be stated that the views expressed here are entirely mine and by no means represent those of Adeboye and or of the authorities of the RCCG. And I enjoy the guarantees and protection of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other extant laws.
“First, a recap of Adeboye’s prayers for Fayose as was reported in the media: ‘We thank God for your courage, for your boldness. We thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say ‘enough is enough’ in defence of his people. And I am sure you know what I am talking about and I am sure the world knows.
‘I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name. We wish all other governors who stand for their people, who defend their people and who know when to say ‘enough is enough’, success. We thank God for their life”. I wasn’t there but I suspect that the entire congregation must have chorused “Amen”!
“For this prayer said not only for Fayose but also for all governors who live up to their oath of office to stand up in defence of their people, Awe accused Adeboye of supporting what he called Fayose’s persistent insults on Buhari. Awe also tried to drive a wedge between the RCCG members and the pastor we all lovingly call “Daddy G. O.”
“He alleged that Fayose must have bribed Adeboye since, according to him, the Ekiti governor was capable of bribing angels. So, Awe had seen angels receive bribes before – in what currency, he only is in the best position to say! He then attempted to set the family of the late founder of the RCCG, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, against Adeboye by asking them to caution the pastor so he would not, in his myopic reasoning, tarnish the legacy of their father.
“However hard they try to conceal the truth, it will be out; so did Awe finally expose himself when he expressed the wish that Adeboye ought to be a supporter of the ruling APC since Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a senior pastor in RCCG!
“Awe’s statement has done incalculable damage to the APC. He was uncouth. He brought no finesse to bear at all. He must have thought he was engaged in the usual banality between politicians where they trade abuses and insults and retire afterwards to throw banters; plot new assaults; and pick the next target.
“The APC owes itself a world of good to do damage control by disowning the said Awe and his scurrilous statements; otherwise, it will pay a heavy price for this down the road. Adeboye did not in the least deserve the assault on him by the Ekiti APC chairman. For one, many eminent Nigerians, spiritual and temporal, have made more damning statements about the state of affairs of the country.
“For another, Adeboye only spoke the truth: whether we like it or not, Fayose is the recognised face of the Nigerian opposition today and the voice of the voiceless. This is a fact which Adeboye merely recognised. He did not create it. Coincidentally, the wobbling APC government created the situation that Fayose is exploiting to the hilt.
“Fayose is not the only one who could have taken advantage of the situation but up to this point, he is the only one doing so. And it is un-Christianly to deny a man his due. Awe must be told in clear and unmistakeable terms that he cannot drive a wedge between Pastor Adeboye and the RCCG members. He also cannot engineer any disaffection between the Akindayomis and Adeboye”.
A 30-year-old man, Isyaka Dahiru, has been tongue lashed for marrying two women within an hour interval in Nassarawa State. The ceremony which took place on New Year eve, brought the number of his wives to three.
Dahiru, a graduate of Accountancy from the state Federal Polytechnic, shared his pre-wedding photos with the two brides, Khadijat and Rashida and announced his plans on Facebook.
He wrote: “The family of late Mallam Dahiru Ahmed invites the general public to the weeding fatiha of his son Isyaka Dahiru (Smiling Judge) and Khadijat and Rashida, which is scheduled to take place on 31/12/2016 at Muhd Adi residence behind RCM School Doma, off Ruttu Road by 10am.”
The second wedding took place an hour later at Sakora Dakashi Street off Lafia Road, while reception followed immediately at the groom’s residence along Lafia Road in Doma Local Government Area.
Facebook users criticized the ‘he-goat’ after he made the announcement. A user, Eedris Sule said, “Because your religion permits you to marry up to four wives does not mean you should turn yourself into a he-goat.”
Makarfi Adams wrote: “Such a person will die young. You are 30 and have 3 wives already? Just dig your grave. Idiot.”
Desmond_Folks wrote: “And he gladly made this public. You shoyld be ashamed. I don’t even blame you, I blame the women. Two on the same day? What are the women thinking sef?
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The Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, has sounded a note of warning to those looting Nigeria’s treasury. He said they will face more problems in 2017.
Speaking in Lagos, during TREM’s crossover night service, the Bishop asked the presidency to speak more in order not to lose the people’s confidence.
He said: “There will be more problems for those who have looted the treasury in this country in 2017. There is also enormous hope for a turnaround for people who will come to God for the solution.
“I know that presently those who have, one way or the other, destabilised the country, there will be more problem for them. There will be a demand from the government that they should return the money they looted.
“There will be more demands; so problems will be enormous for those who have been troubling this nation over the years. But for those who look unto God, there is a turnaround. They will experience God in a new way because God himself will do certain things that ordinarily human mind cannot comprehend. 2017 is a year of new things.”
He added, “One of the challenges the Federal Government is presently having is that they (Buhari and members of his government) are not speaking as they should speak.
“My advice to them is if Nigerians will continue to have confidence in them, they should speak out on what they are doing, what are the challenges they are passing through; and the solutions they are expecting? These are some of the things that will make people have confidence in them.
“Presently, people are losing confidence in the government. For instance, the issue of the Southern Kaduna, we expected the Federal Government to have said something about it; but they are not saying anything.
“So, people in the country have the feeling that the government is giving tacit support to what is going on. So, they must come out plainly and tell the citizens what they are doing. If they don’t, people will lose confidence in government.”
A 27-year-old woman, Mrs. Faith Ifeoma Ojiaku, whose husband stabbed her in her vagina with a broken bottle, has narrated her ordeal. She took to Facebook to tell her sad story. She wrote:
“This is unacceptable. This is my Ifeoma Okeke Ojiakor story. Saddest Christmas ever!!!
“Lying down in pains on my hospital bed, I’m writing this with tears flowing my eyes. I could remember on the 24th night I made a post on facebook sending out special greetings to everyone with d hope of having a merry Christmas with family,friends, and loved ones.
“My husband by name Mr Victor Ojiakor was always fond of hitting me at any slightest provocation and this issue has been resolved at so many police stations.
“Whenever I report d beating escapades they wud settle us at the police station and he wud be asked to sign undertaking never to hit me anymore.
“He has even hit me at his village in d presence of his mother and father then reason being that he accused me of having an affair with his brother.
“His parents settled it after which he promised never to hit me again we reconciled mostly because of the kids.
“After we returned back to Lagos he hit me again while I was pregnant for our third child that I began to bleed. I was rushed to the hospital by neighbours before my mum was called to d hospital.
“The case was reported at the ministry of women affairs at alausa ikeja where he was invited and there promised never to repeat such again.
“Now the height of this happened on d 25th of December he came back home at about 6.30pm and started accusing me of sleeping with his boy (a 16yr old boy…can you imagine?).
“He didn’t even wait for me to say a word he pounced on me and started beating me up with sticks, machete, bottle,e.t.c.
“He said he was going to kill me and nothing would happen ..he also stabbed the said boy with a machete don’t knw d boy’s where about now…after beating me up for a sin I didn’t commit he locked me up and held me hostage seizing my phone for 2 days.
“Nobody knw wat was happening to me I collapsed honestly I taught I would never survive this..I just kept pleading with him each passing day to pls tk me to the hospital before I die he refused telling me that he wanted to render me useless I jst kept crying until I told him to tk me to a pastor that was when he pushed me into his car n drove me to a place it was there that I pleaded with d prophetess to help me.
“The prophetess on seeing my condition then adviced him to take me to d hospital for immediate treatment that was how I was taken to d hospital on getting there I pleaded with d doctor to use her phone to call my sister who in turn informed my mum and they started rushing to the hospital.
“At d hospital immediately he sensed that I might have reached my family he started dragging me, removed d drip from my hand I was crying out for help immediately my mum entered d hospital he ran away.
“At the moment I am in my mums place with my 3 kids. ..2 boys and a 3months old baby girl…
“The matter was charged to court and he was granted bail of 250,000naira…while I am left to wallow in pains for no offense I committed all because I married a heartless man and was enduring all these because of my kids and the society who kept telling me to forgive that he is my husband and he would change.
“Look at my life now! How I wish I left this marriage since!Happy new year everyone,” she added.
Super Eagles player and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has reportedly agreed to join Valencia. According to Nigerian outlet Owngoalnigeria, Mikel, 29,has agreed a four-year deal with La Liga side Valencia.
The Spanish side reportedly beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, French side Marseille and Serie A duo AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Owngoalnigeria reckon talks were held between Mikel's representatives and Valencia and a deal has been reached.
The English Premier League side will reportedly let the midfielder leave on a free at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Mikel has spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge but hasn't featured under Antonio Conte this campaign.
Founder of Believers Love World a.k.a Christ Embassy Church, Rev. Dr Chris Oyakhilome, on Sunday, released prophecies for 2017. He said theme of the Year 2017 is the Year of Flourishing……..Psalm 92:13
Here are some of the prophecies released for 2017:
1. The Year of Luxuriant growth
2. The Year of Significant attainment (News making attainments)
3. The Year of Persistent productivity.
“This Year has been seen from recent years and also the present time of the age.
“Wickedness is on the high rise, that even Al-Qaeeda had to disassociate itself from ISIS due to the very nefarious acts committed by the terrorist groups, but this year, God has decided to equip His kids more to be able to win more souls to God’s Kingdom; this year is full of many notable personalities being won to God.
“This year is going to see God’s children come out nourished even in the midst of seemingly difficult times.
“The gospel would go places this year, places of seeming horrors and turbulence and the more wicked the Devil gets this year, God has decided to even be much more gracious by increasing the grace on His children.
“There would be more wickedness this year as been seen in the world, but God’s kids who are the light of the world would be more equipped by God and shine by quenching every iota of wickedness.”
The Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Matthew Ashimolowo, has explained what actually brought about the five million Dollars loss as reported by the press. In a statement signed by Dipo Oluyomi, Chief Executive Officer, and James Mcglashan,Chief Operating Offficer, on behalf of the church, the man of God said he has nothing to do with the loss suffered.
“The attention of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and KICC has been drawn to publication in the media with the headline: “Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo loses $5million to Ponzi Scheme.”
“We wish to state that the headline was unfortunate and misleading and has caused damage to the reputation of Pastor Ashimolowo. The sensational headline suggests that Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo lost $5million when INFACT HE DID NOT and did not make the decision to invest.
“Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the Senior Pastor of KICC and not her trustee and has never been a trustee of KICC.
“As you are aware from the Charities Commission’s report, the decision to invest was solely that of the U.K trustees without any involvement of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo. Importantly as the report states, it is the trustees who have the responsibility for investing Charity Funds and NOT PASTOR MATTHEW ASHIMOLOWO.
“The investment referred to were made by former trustees on behalf of the Charity over SEVEN AND HALF YEARS AGO. They believed they were acting in the best interest of the Charity and they did not and have not benefited personally.
“Their actions were totally independent and were not influenced in any way by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo.
“Now that we have appraised the publisher(s) and author(s) of the report of these facts, we strongly encourage you to set the record straight by publishing this rejoinder immediately.
“KICC is a Charity whose main aim is to advance the Christian religion in the U.K. and around the world as well as provide local communities with a great deal of counseling and support, including educational, bereavement and prayer support.
“Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo preaches around the world on behalf of KICC, spreading the word, touching lives both home and abroad, raising Champions and the profile of KICC.”
DIPO OLUYOMI –
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JAMES McGLASHAN –
CHIEF OPERATING OFFFICER, For KICC.
Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi, of King of Kings Deliverance Church, Mgbo Court, Ohaukwu Local Government, Ebonyi State has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will not complete his first term in office as his health is set to fail him before 2019.
The Gbonum Ulepa-Ntezi, Ebonyi State-born prophet stated this yesterday, 1st January, 2017 in Asaba, when he released prophecies for 2017. He released prophecies on Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Donald Trump and others.
His words: “Tell pro-Biafrans to stop shedding tears. Their leader Nnamdi Kanu shall not remain in prison custody for too long again. He is already on his way out. As for their (pro-Biafrans) agitations for Biafra, the Lord says it is already in the horizon. Their day shall come soon”.
“The Lord is also speaking about Nigeria. Nigeria will come out of its current recession before the end of 2019. Oil price will stabilise and hardship shall disappear. But towards 2019, the president’s health shall fail him, and he shall go the way of all men. But VP Yemi Osinbajo shall wrestle with the soldiers. They shall try to seize power and Osinbajo shall prevail. He shall lead Nigeria into 2019”.
“Look at America. Thousands of fake prophets are rising in America and they say that Trump is the anti-Christ, that he shall never become president. They said that and I laughed and told them that the Lord has made him president. Today, they are singing a new song, that he shall never be sworn in. I laugh again, because they are false prophets. The Lord shall bring shame to their faces the day Trump is sworn in. Go and tell Trump that, just as the Lord battled all his enemies to enthrone him president, so shall He weed them out and bring shame to their faces the day he shall be sworn in. The snake has been killed, will it now be so difficult to pick up its dead body?”
The man of God, who was officially conferred with the title of ‘Prophet Onye Ruo Uka Ofu N’anya I of Ntezi’ (doubters will behold with their eyes) said he earned the title after predicting correctly that Dr Goodluck Jonathan would win the 2011 presidential polls, but lose to General Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. He had also prophesied Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 to earn the title. The prophet had earlier said former vice president Atiku Abubakar will emerge president elect in 2019.
The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has told Nigerians that the current challenges the country is facing is the necessary pain before the gain. The former Lagos state governor said this while congratulating Nigerians for witnessing the beginning of the new year, 2017.
“The last year witnessed a lot of sacrifices on the path of Nigerians. The government of APC is mindful. It is the necessary pain before the gain. As we move into a new year the pains will ease off in certain areas as the policies and initiatives of the Buhari led government begin to yield needed relief and dividends,” he said in a statement issued from his media office.
Tinubu said “we have begun on a journey and a path of sacrifice not of our choosing, but brought upon us all because a few, chosen to lead, have led without vision, compunction or compassion.”
“Now that we have a leadership that is committed, focused and people oriented we must align to make Nigeria work. We are a people blessed by God and destined to be great. The path to greatness is often not smooth. But, I am confident Nigeria will arrive and fulfill her destiny,” Tinubu said.
He admonished Nigerians to “pray and hope for a new county where feeding and shelter will not be a challenge and more of our people will find work to do.”
A resident of Abuja, Chukwu Kingsley has revealed how his cousin used his bank details to defraud unsuspecting members of the public who are now after him, as the fraudster cannot be found. He warned Nigerians to be wary who they give their account numbers to as he has been a victim of such.
In a letter of complaint to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, which was made available to newsmen, Kingsley said his cousin, identified as Chidi Fred, had approached him for his account number and claimed his was having a problem with Bank Verification Number (BVN).
He said, “One Chidi Fred who happens to be my cousin came to me and sought my assistance. He told me he stays in Kubwa though never visited his home as we knew each other from the village.
“Chidi told me he is into supply of towels, bed sheets to hotels and that someone wanted to send money for supply to his account but he was having problem with his Bank Verification Number, BVN.
“He pleaded I assist him with my account number, which I did, with my GTBank 0125562530.”
Giving further narration of what transpired, Kingsley said, “On September 23, 2016, I received an alert of N200, 000.00 from one Ali M. Mohammed.
“Subsequently, I received the sum of N1 million on October, 4, from Zee Seed Nig Ltd and another N245, 000.00 from the same Zee Seed Nig Ltd on October, 7.
“All this money, I promptly withdrew and handed over to Chidi Fred. In one instance, I gave him the money in the presence of a witness. While in another occasion, we went to the bank together.”
Kingsley said he was never part of the business discussion but was surprised on November 8, 2016 when he got a call from one Mr Emeka who said he was calling from Taraba threatening to deal with me if he doesn’t return his money.
He said, “I’m a victim of this fraud and I seek to draw the attention of the security operatives to help bring this Chidi to justice and stop him from further defrauding other innocent Nigerians
He also listed the contact numbers of Chidi to include: 07033518817, 08187584972 and 08175815322.
Mrs. Christiana Ado is currently in police custody after she allegedly stabbed her husband on Christmas day. The family lives in their one-room apartment in Awori, Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos state.
Crime Guard gathered that as early as 7am that fateful day, the eldest son of the couple, Chidera Odoh, 17, joined his mother, Christiana in hawking rice and pepper soup after leaving some at home for the family to eat. They planned to use the proceeds for Christmas celebration.
On arrival, a heated spat followed between Christiana and her husband, Romanus which increased into a fight. Christiana was alleged to have stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife in the stomach. The 55-year-old Romanus reportedly died moment before reaching hospital.
There were however contradictory reports on the cause of the brawl between the couple. A version said it was caused by the refusal of the deceased to provide money for his family to cook for the Christmas.
But the grieving children described the version as false, saying that the heated argument which degenerated into a fight between their parents, occurred after their father accused their mother of infidelity.
Crime Guard reports that the children looked a shadow of themselves when they visited. As at 12 noon Thursday, some of them were yet to take their breakfast . After a long wait for an approval from a relative, the eldest son, Chidera, explained how life was snuffed out of their father.
He said: “My mother did not intentionally kill my father. She never meant to stab him, it was all a mistake”.
At this point, he paused when his siblings began to cry.
Continuing, Chidera said: “When my mother and I returned from the market where we went to sell rice and pepper soup on Christmas day, she went straight to bed, saying she was tired. Later, daddy came back home drunk and also went to bed. The next thing we heard was mum telling dad to leave her alone. He started accusing her again of visiting some of her boyfriends. Dad was fond of accusing my mother of having an affair with any man that came to buy rice and pepper soup from her.
“They started quarrelling and dad stood up from the bed and broke a bottle which he threatened to stab my mother with. I held my father , begging him not to carry out his threat. One of our neighbours, uncle Kola who came in, collected the broken bottle from my father.
“But daddy rushed out and came back with a kitchen knife which he threatened to stab my mother with. My mother moved closer to him to collect the knife. But in the process of struggling with him, it pierced into my father’s stomach. When my mother noticed what happened, she called out for help. I was among those who rushed my father to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead on arrival”, he said in tears.
Crime Guard gathered that when news of the death of the Ebonyi state father of eight filtered in, occupants of the building held Christiana until the arrival of policemen from Ajegunle division. They took her away.
The suspect’s younger sister, Mercy Eze, also told Crime Guard that aside accusing her sister of infidelity, the deceased was also fond of beating her sister. She revealed that her sister had been responsible for the family’s upkeep for a long time, alleging that the deceased usually left home for a week without deeming it fit to drop money for the children’s feeding. She lamented that rather than get a pat at the back, her sister’s late husband would beat her and accuse her of cheating on him.
According to Eze,”My sister has lost some of her teeth due to constant battering. Any time her husband came back drunk, he would pounce on her . This accusation had been on for long but my sister would always say that she was only holding on because of her children.”
But some members of the bereaved family did not buy the explanation as they insisted that Christiana allegedly stabbed their brother to death because of his inability to provide money for Christmas food. One of them who gave his name simply as Andrew said that the family would soon come up with its position on the matter.
“For now, I cannot speak on behalf of my family because I have not been authorised to do so. What we heard was that she had been threatening to kill our brother and now she has carried out her threat. We leave the police to do their work”, he said.
Meanwhile, the children have appealed to the Police to carry out discreet investigation with a view to ascertaining how their father died. They also called on the Lagos State government to come to their aid. Chidera said “As it is, we are like orphans. Our father is no more and our mother who used to cater for our feeding and other responsibilities is being detained by the police. Since the incident happened, we have been feeding from hand to mouth. Neighbours and relatives have been coming to check on us. But how long will this go?
Christiana, has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , SCIID, Yaba for further investigation , from where she would be charged to court.
The Nigerian Army says it has recovered one AK47 assault rifle and uniforms belonging to DSP Mohammed Alkali and his police orderly allegedly beheaded by cultists.
The policemen were killed by suspected cultist at Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers during the Dec. 10 re-run legislative elections.
Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Port Harcourt, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Abdulkarim said that troops from the Division recovered the items during a raid on four militant camps and cultist’s hideouts in Ujju community near Omoku.
According to him, troops also recovered assorted types of arms and ammunitions stashed away by bandits in the area.
“Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area has over time witnessed criminal acts ranging from attacks on critical national infrastructure and brutal murder which affected economic activities of oil companies and citizens.
“The barbaric nature and manner of criminalities led the 6 Division to conduct a raid on December 31 on four suspected criminal camps located across the River, in Ujju community.
“In the raid, 6 Division troops in conjunction with Operation Delta Safe Special Boats Service and air component, engaged the suspected criminals in exchange of gunfire.
“Troops later arrested some suspects and recovered several weapons, ammunitions and uniforms, including uniforms and rifle belonging DSP Mohammed Alkali and his orderly, Sgt. Urukwu Nwachukwu.
“Our forces also recovered one AK47 rifle, two G3 rifles, five Double Barrel guns, two pistols, 31 empty AK47 magazines, 242 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.
“Others are, 322 rounds of other ammunition calibres, bulletproof jackets, seven other police uniforms, 31 handsets, Automated Teller Machine Cards (ATM) and a First Aid box,” he said.
Abdulkarim said the clean-up operation was in continuation of efforts by the Division to recover weapons from cultists and militants who refused to embrace Amnesty offered by Rivers’ government.
He said that in spite of the just concluded amnesty programme offered by government, armed groups had continued to terrorise residents in Omoku town.
The GOC said that 15 persons including a soldier, four Civil Defence Corps personnel; two policemen and eight civilians were brutally murdered while several others kidnapped in the area in December alone.
“This trend of violence cannot be left unchecked as the Division will sustain “operation cleanup” to enable oil companies and the people to go about their businesses in peaceful environment,” he said.
Abdulkarim urged the public to provide security agencies with vital information that would lead to the arrest of cultists and militants and assured that their identities would be kept in confidence.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prophesied an end to the nation’s economic recession this year, adding that there will be monster earthquakes, hurricanes and floods in other part of the world.
Adeboye, who spoke during the church Cross Over service at the church new auditorium in Simawa Ogun State, said 2017 would be filled with surprises.
He said the New Year would be full of pleasant surprises for the oppressed, stressing that those who willingly oppressed the masses would be ‘relocated’. He did not explain whether the relocation meant death for the oppressors or not, but said he would stop at what God told him.
“2017 will be a year of surprises. But you need to understand that the same surprise may mean different things for the oppressor and the oppressed. Those deliberately making life difficult for the common man will be relocated.
“The downward plunge will slow down, it will stop and a reversal will begin,” he said, presuming that the nation’s economy would bounce back.
At the individual level, the man of God prophesied that it would be a year of surprises for both true and false prophets, saying that there would be a large number of weddings, while soul winners would see their prophecies fulfilled almost as soon as they were uttered.
On the international scene, Adeboye prophesied that there would be surprises for many world governments.
He said there would be two monster earthquakes, monster floods, monster hurricanes and typhoons, monster tornadoes, monster fire outbreaks around the world this year.
Earlier in his message titled: “Enforcing Prophecy,” the cleric warned the congregation to flee from fake prophets whom according to him were only after what they would eat.
On what to do for prophecies to be fulfilled, Pastor Adeboye told the worshippers to believe God, believe true prophets, appreciate God’s sovereignty, engage in fasting, prayer and avoid all sorts of distractions.”
“Believe God because prophecies come from Him, no matter how unbelievable such prophecy sound, believe it. Believe the true prophets of God, not those who prophecy because of money or properties. Appreciate the fact that God is sovereign.
“He has the right to change His mind, the fire honor Him, stop robbing Him, make Him happy, win souls. Learn to fast, pray without season and put away all forms of distraction,” he said.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has passed a vote of no confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. This was stated in a statement released on Sunday by their spokesman, Jomo Gbomo. The group also accused the President of blackmailing the Niger Delta region.
“Without prejudice to the pre-2015 presidential election endorsement freely and voluntarily given to President Muhammadu Buhari on January 6, 2015, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) hereby categorically and unequivocally pass a vote of no confidence on the government of President Buhari,” the statement read.
“Prior to and after his reluctant meeting with the traditional rulers, opinion leaders and stakeholders of the Niger Delta region, under the auspices of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) on November 1, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari has been carrying on arrogantly and making controversial, prejudicial, conflicting and contradictory statements about the politics and economy of the oil-rich region.
“Prior to the inauguration of PANDEF, the several sessions of dialogue held between representatives of MEND, on the one hand; and those of the federal government, on the other hand; where concessions were secured for the release of the Okah Brothers and several other political detainees and prisoners of conscience was a grand deception on the part of the federal government”, it added.
The group also accused Buhari of trying “to truncate the on-going peace process in Nigeria, sabotage the legal options open to Henry Okah and simultaneously influence the on-going trial of Charles Okah and others, at the federal high court in Abuja, in favour of the federal government.”
Some unidentified armed men have abducted a traditional ruler in Kogi, a family source said in Lokoja on Sunday. The monarch, whose name was given as Alhaji Isah Achuja, the Ohi of Ajaokuta, was returning from Lokoja, the state capital, on Saturday when his vehicle was intercepted on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road at gunpoint and the ruler taken to an unknown destination.
A member of the royal family told newsmen that an aide to the traditional ruler and his driver narrowly escaped being hit by the bullets of the abductors.
He said the abductors had already contacted the family and demanded N20 million ransom.
Contacted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the State Police Command’s spokesman, ASP Williams Aya, said the incident had not been reported to the command.
He, however, promised that police would swing into action in a bid to rescue the monarch as soon as the details of the abduction were available.
The founder of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), has released 40 prophecies for the year 2017. Olukoya tagged 2017 as “My Year of Indisputable Victory and Uncommon Deliverance” and took his text from Proverbs 11:21and Numbers 32:23 in the cross over night service. He said:
“Sin is addictive, sinner in one department of life is a sinner around. Sin is the greatest infection.
“Sinner can change the name of sin but God has not changed His attitude towards sin. Sin shall find you out. Sin is chosen but you can not choose the consequences.”
Categories of Christians
Human beings will be divided into three categories as;
God want you to manifest as the salt of earth. Too many Christians are failing to this. Be the salt of the earth.
* Salt flavours
* Salt penetrate
* Salt walks quietly and cleanses
* Salt has value
* Salt holds water
* Salt heals and it retaliate when necessary.
You can fill your self with sugar and it will hurt you but salt Persist.
1. Don’t hate anyone. Is like digging the grave.
2. A year of confuse noises and meaning less storms.
3. There will be heavenly final whistle to those attacking Gods people.
4. A year of fighting between the roads and the road users
5. A year of creditable and fighting battle
6. A year of disagrace of international serpent and scorpions
7. A year of triumph and incredibly victory and seventh means victory.
8. A year of fanatics new beginning fo many people
9. When the dalt will attack on the owner of the salt
10. All those who are involve corruption Will suffered it.
11. A year of givers and uncommon blessing for them that give.
12. This year many foundational problems will expire.
13. A year of divine delivery.
14. A great and intense confrontation between children of God and cildren of darkness but the Children of God shall prevail.
15. A year of great confrontation between immortality and morality.
16. A year of great challenge and also, achievement for those who are ready to fight the good fight of faith.
17. A year of extra victory.
18. A year of redemption for many lands that are in contend.
19. A year of breakthrough for those who are fishers of men.
20. A year heaven will honour prayer targeted to victory.
21. A no noise year monitor by slapping angels.
22. A year were the last laugh.
23. A year a lot of prayers are needed for nations that show no respect for the Bible.
24.A year where those who deeply love the lors will not be nonved by tg poltical things.
25. If you have sow into the things of lord blessings will follow you.
26. A year of angel of blessing.
27. God will beginning to raise powerful young ministers since the Adults have failed God.
28. Serious prayers to avoid unprecedented commotion on the earth, manifestation through earthquake, hurricanes, etc.
29. A year of double Edge vegenance.
30. A year to restructure spiritual revival or persistent.
31. A year where warfare mentality is a prerequisite for Survival.
32. Under obedience Will attract serious heaven consequences.
33. The year of very deep sorrow for the wicked.
34. A year where when many that are mock will rejoice.
35. A year of satanic recruitment to cage young girls teenagers,serious prayers are needed.
36. A year of great awaken and a year of great shaking.
37. A year of showers of blessings that will change story.
38. A year of aggressive sex demonic and pervasiveness.
39. A very bad year for fornication and adultery
40. Very rough year of Jonah Christians.
Ten keys to survive in 2017.
1. Leave a holy life. Without holiness will not see the lord.
2. You must stop unbelieve. Its is snatching
3. Have a goal. Without goal, life becomes dull. Say no to laziness.
4. Be persistent. The ability to take a repeated action to over one’s obstacles.
5. Always seek divine directive.
Motto: Is there any word from the lord?
6. Be fill with the holy ghost
7. Disengage your self from unprofitable friends.
8. Be generous towards God
9. Locate your weakness and address dem.
19. Become a prayer and a bible addict.
2. Isaiah 29:8
3. Luke 4:18
Kelechi Iheanacho is the deadliest striker in premier league history as he has the best goals-to-minutes ratio of any player in Premier League history following his strike in Manchester City’s 3-0 win at Hull City on Boxing Day.
The 19-year-old striker doubled the lead for the City, tucking away a David Silva pass to give Pep Guardiola’s men a comfortable victory.
That effort means Iheanacho is now scoring a goal every 96 minutes in the Premier League – the best goal ratio for any player with 10 or more in the league’s history.
In comparison, fellow City striker Sergio Aguero has scored his 112 Premier League goals at a rate of one every 107 minutes and former Arsenal ace Thierry Henry scored his 175 Premier League goals at a rate of one per 122 minutes.
Iheanacho’s 12th goal for Man City came from just his 19th shot in 38 league appearances – and is all the more impressive considering the Nigerian only made his top-flight debut last season under Manuel Pellegrini.
Abuja based Prophet Emmanuel Omale, of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, has given series of prophecies concerning the new year saying that God told him that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, will “be forced out of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)”, and that the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, “may be poisoned.”
Reading out 2017 prophecies and vision God showed him in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, Prophet Omale, also said that if “President Muhammadu Buhari chooses the Mandela option, (that is, not to contest again in 2019), a very powerful man will be anointed by him from North West to rule after him.”
He also revealed that if fervent prayers were not said, the Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose “may face impeachment.”
He said God told him that the proposed Mega Party will not come to reality in 2017 added that aside two People Democratic Party (PDP) governors “cross carpeting to APC,” another “South-South strong man who rose out of the walls will join the ruling party.”
On corruption, Prophet Omale said 2017 will witness the anti-corruption hammer landing on three serving ministers in President Buhari’s cabinet.
On economy, the man of God said Dollar will move from last year prediction of $350 to $570, even predicted that “No oil in commercial quantity will be found in the North, NNPC should seek the Divine Hand of God to know where to find oil in the North.
“I see peace in Niger Delta, but federal government should make peace with former President Jonathan and his family to sustain that peace.”
While calling on the country to “pray against a plane crash in early 2017”, he also warned that prayer should be said “against Boko Haram efforts to create mayhem in Abuja: residents of Gwagwalada should be vigilant.
“January 27th keep ringing bells in my head, let us pray for ourselves, for our country, we deserve political stability to enable economic prosperity. Let us pray! There will be no shedding of blood.
“Let us pray for the health of a former President to avert bereavement.
“I see fire outbreak in Lagos and Abuja markets.
“I see changes in INEC Leadership
“Taraba should pray to avert a very severe Ethno-religious crisis.
“A very important Emir should pray against bereavement.
“Nigeria should pray to avert deadly inter tribal clash in Lagos state.
“A former governor should pray against sudden death.
“I see massive oil spillage around Kogi that will lead to seven days fire.
“Three banks will collapse.
“A service chief of one of the armed forces will be dropped.”
On international level, the prophet said he “foresee a massive typhoon in Thailand that may be worse than the last tsunami.
“The new Ghana President-elect should pray against liver and internal organ sickness after inauguration.
“Yahaya Jammeh will hand over to President-elect Barrow.
“Robert Mugabe may not survive 2017.
“Jacob Zuma may still be in trouble, adding that “big tragedy will happen in China.”
“The English Queen should pray against life threatening health challenges.
On sports, he said a “famous Nigerian Athlete should pray against injury that may end his career.”
The Prophet however admonished that some of these danger can be averted if serious prayers are done.
He also encouraged people to be fervent in prayers and to have strong faith in God saying “with God all things are possible.”
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has delivered a touching prayer as he congratulates Nigerians on the new year. Jonathan took to Facebook to wish Nigerians well and to pray for the country.
Read his Facebook post below:
“My prayer for Nigeria in the year 2017 is that we continue to forge greater ties across the length and breadth of this great nation to the end that we may achieve the Nigerian Dream: A nation where the child of a nobody can become a somebody without knowing anybody,” Mr. Jonathan, who was president between 2010 and 2015, said.
“A nation where your knowledge, talent and character affect your upward mobility rather than the fact of your tribe, religion or birth. Such a Nigeria is possible if we all pitch in in word, action and prayer which I am sure we will do.
“I wish all Nigerians a very Happy New Year 2017. On behalf of my family and I, I congratulate you for making it into the New Year. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu State has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on leadership in the New Year. He gave the advice in Enugu on Saturday in his New Year message at the cross over service to 2017.
The Reverend advised the President to tackle the challenges facing the country, saying “many Nigerians are suffering.
“Though the President is trying on corruption and security, Nigerians are hungry; they want to see more changes.
“There is the need to assist businessmen and women in their businesses.”
He also advised the President to appoint experts who would help him to revive the economy.
The cleric asked the President to consult Church leaders and eminent men of God
to advise him and tell him the truth about the economy.
“We cannot reach him for advice because of the kind of people around him,” he added.
He then urged Nigerians to be patient and be prayerful “as your sufferings and hardships would be over in 2017.
“Nigeria is set to be great again,” he stressed.