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According to Vanguard, Ahead of the November 18 governorship election in his state, the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of trying to plunge the state into crisis in order to use its federal might to impose a state of emergency.

The governor who was reacting to reports credited to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, where he called on the former to “write his hand over notes and start preparing to vacate office,” said such statement lacked democratic spirit.

Similarly, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on African lawyers to help revive democracy in Nigeria, saying the ruling APC has used the police to destroy its foundation.

The governor also accused the police saying, “The police is the one promoting crime in Nigeria. Most of the kidnapping in the country are done by the police. We cannot continue like this, enough is enough.”

But the police promptly responded by describing governor Wike’s statement as deceitful.

Meanwhile, Governor Obiano, who reacted to calls on him by the APC national chairman to write his hand-over note, said “No doubt this statement, which we consider as coming from not just Chief Oyegun but from the ruling APC is a clear threat to Nigeria’s democracy and security in Anambra State.

 “We have it on good authority that they have been working at various options including an attempt to foment insecurity in the state to pave way for a state of emergency as a prelude to their take-over. What this requires is that Anambra people and Nigerians in general, especially lovers of democracy and good governance should be alert.

 “It has again re-affirmed the undemocratic nature of many APC apostles and this is unfortunate for our nation, especially at this critical point in our history when democratic tenets should be nurtured,” he said.

In a statement in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategic Communications, Prince Oliver Okpala, the governor accused the APC national chairman of lacking integrity and moral ground to speak on good governance, saying he does not have such record.

“Oyegun’s declaration that his rudderless party will take over Anambra is also an unfortunate exposure of that undemocratic spirit and cancer that has befallen the APC. If what we practice is true democracy, where democracy is the government of the people, for the people and by the people, Oyegun could not have made such an unguarded utterance.

“If unchecked, APC’s negative political appetite will mean that the up-coming elections and the inherent display of the power of choice by the electorate will all be an exercise in futility. For them , since they control the Federal Government which is in charge of the crucial agencies such as INEC , the Police and other security agencies, then their sinister motive would be easily achieved.

“The naked truth is that if anything untoward happens in Anambra, the world should hold Oyegun responsible. Power is given by God and must not be sought for by killing and devilish orchestration. A destructive means cannot bring about a constructive end.

 “Democracy is about the people, and its powers and legitimacy should flow from the ballot box, not the barrel of the gun, even as seemingly unattractive as that is. So, Oyegun and the APC must accept that reality, and refrain from their evil plot to forcefully remove Obiano from office come November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.

“His declaration that ‘APC must take over Anambra’ is a signal that they are bent on forcefully overturning the will of the people who are the true custodians of democracy. Sadly, this is not the first time APC chieftains are making such calamitous declarations. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had earlier said so when he inaugurated an illegal, thuggery gang which he said he will use to override the will of the electorate in Anambra, as if Anambra was a battlefield.

 “Granted, as Oyegun said, Anambra is crucial to their plot of making inroads into the South East, but must that be achieved through undemocratic means which often leads to bloodletting and mayhem?”

The statement also recalled how the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige had made similar remarks, saying “the implication of this is that the APC has contrived a grave plot to undermine the will of the Anambra electorate, to forcefully take over the governance of Anambra State.

 “Instead of working genuinely to win the love of the people of Anambra as required in a democratic setting, the APC leaders who know that Obiano has performed creditably are rather working out sinister plots to unseat him.”

 He however called on all Nigerians, especially the Anambrans to be vigilant and prepare against “any evil plot by the Oyegun-led APC to perpetrate rigging in the forthcoming election.”

On his part, Governor Wike, who accused the police of being responsible for most kidnapping in the country, also alleged that the APC was already laying the structures to rig the 2019 general election through the promotion of indicted police officers.

He made the allegations at a state banquet he gave members of the African Bar Association at Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday night.

 Mr. Wike said the police promoted Akin Fakorede, the Rivers State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, commander, whom he alleged was filmed at a collation centre rigging election and beating up electoral officials.

He said the police also promoted an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Steven Hasso, “For his criminal role in the rigging of rerun elections on December 10, 2016.

 “They promised Nigerians change, but we are seeing nothing. The former President of Tanzania by his visit has done us much good by his presence in Nigeria. Through him, we will send a message to the world.

“Democracy in Nigeria is gone. By 2019, nobody should talk about democracy. One Mr Akin Fakorede who was caught on video rigging election has been promoted. Stephen Hasso, who was also a culprit in the rigging of election has been promoted. Both of them are to be positioned in Rivers State for 2019 to help the APC rig elections.”

He added that APC had made it a policy to intimidate and destroy the judiciary.

He claimed that the situation has degenerated to the level that police had taken over the duty of INEC by allegedly certifying election results for APC to use at tribunals.

The governor said that the police under the current dispensation has become a major stumbling block to the investment drive of the country as they deliberately generate insecurity.

 Denying Wike’s allegation, police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood told Premium Times, “Everybody knows the antics of Governor Wike. You people should disregard such statements. The Nigeria Police is not promoting any crime. In fact, we are fighting crime with all the resources at our disposal.

 “I want people to disregard such statement we have made a lot of progress in terms of fighting crime and criminality.”

 Moshood said that the promotion of senior police officers was done by the Police Service Commission.

 “I am not aware of any promotion like that. Promotion is not done by the IGP of the Nigeria Police Force, it is done by the Police Service Commission. And to the best of my ability, the commission has not released any list of promoted officers. Anything that has to do with promotion, the commission is in charge.”

Posted: Aug 10, 2017


A 30-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested on Saturday morning, August 5, after he was found in possession of 11.85 grams of cocaine in Patong, Phuket, Thailand.

Officers arrested the Nigerian national identified as Chidi Thedus Matthew on Soi Nanai Street 9 at 00:30am, according to a police report.

He was taken to Patong Police Station and charged with possession of Category 2 drug with intent to sell. In making the arrest officers also seized a mobile phone and a Honda City ZX from the suspect.

Posted: Aug 08, 2017


A barbaric twist has been added to the renewed insurgency in the North East of the country as brain washed families now donate very young children to be used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram.

This blood cuddling fact came to light from revelations by some intercepted female suicide bombers during interrogations.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman made this disclosure while appealing to religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as all well-meaning Nigerians especially in the North East part of the country, to help dissuade people from donating their daughters or wards, to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions.

“It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were “donated” to the terrorists sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity,” Usman said.

He added: “The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable. Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards and define a better future for them rather than condemning them to death by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers through suicide bombings.” Usman appealed to all and sundry to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons or those whose daughters or female wards are missing or have not been seen recently.

He advised the citizenry to make such reports by calling the number ‘193’ on any of the mobile networks.

Usman reiterated that the offer of the Nigerian Army to pay N500,000 to anybody that could provide useful information to prevent suicide bombing attack has not been withdrawn.

Source: Sunnewsonline

Posted: Aug 08, 2017


According to Sunnewsonline, Enugu State Government has discovered and weeded out 6,280 ghost workers and pensioners from the nominal rolls of Local Government Areas (LGA) and its Pensions Board.

Part of the discovery was the fallout of the Committee that recently disbursed the first tranche of the Paris Club Refund, which was used to offset all the outstanding salaries and pensions of local government workers and retirees respectively, totaling 3,462 ghost pensioners.

The Committee headed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, had discovered 2,818 ghost workers in the nominal roll of local governments staff.

Briefing journalists after the meeting of the State Executive Council, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, disclosed that the Council “authorized the Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Mr. Chijioke Edeoga, to hand over the verified names as the master list of workers and pensioners to concerned local councils, the Local Government Commission and Pension Board.” Anikwe said the state’s Accountant General, Sir Paschal Okolie, also briefed the Council and announced that “the state has grown its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to 35 per cent of her total revenue.”

He added: “Okolie, who addressed top government functionaries at a mid-year budget review at the weekend, said that the half year revenue receipts of N12.4 billion almost equaled federal statutory allocation of N13.5 billion within the period. He described this as a remarkable achievement on the part of revenue collection agencies in the state for the period, considering that the total IGR receipts for 2016 was N14.2billion.”

According to the Commissioner, “the impact of this performance is already being felt by Enugu State public sector workers who are promptly paid their salaries on the 25th day of each month, as well as pensioners and non-permanent workers who are being promptly paid.”

He noted that
“apart from this, capital projects are being executed across the state in massive proportion as if we are in oil boom.”

Posted: Aug 06, 2017


A barbaric twist has been added to the renewed insurgency in the North East of the country as brain washed families now donate very young children to be used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram.

This blood cuddling fact came to light from revelations by some intercepted female suicide bombers during interrogations.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman made this disclosure while appealing to religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as all well-meaning Nigerians especially in the North East part of the country, to help dissuade people from donating their daughters or wards, to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions.

“It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were “donated” to the terrorists sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity,” Usman said.

He added: “The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable. Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards and define a better future for them rather than condemning them to death by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers through suicide bombings.” Usman appealed to all and sundry to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons or those whose daughters or female wards are missing or have not been seen recently.

He advised the citizenry to make such reports by calling the number ‘193’ on any of the mobile networks.

Usman reiterated that the offer of the Nigerian Army to pay N500,000 to anybody that could provide useful information to prevent suicide bombing attack has not been withdrawn.

Source: Sunnewsonline

Posted: Aug 06, 2017


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has raised the alarm over alleged plans by herdsmen to invade the state en mass.

The Governor, who spoke at the funeral service for the late Mama Atese Rebecca Terkpe at the NKST Church, Taraku, in Gwer Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, urged residents to pray against the impending invasion.

He disclosed that security reports at his disposal showed that herdsmen had concluded plans to invade the state in order to subvert the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.

He explained further that according to the reports, Fulani herdsmen across the West African sub-region were planning to invade the state and called on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to organise prayers and fasting for divine intervention.

Ortom, who restated his stance that the anti-open grazing law remained the best solution for restoring peace between farmers and herders in the state, enjoined the people of the state to support its implementation, which he said was imperative.

While appealing to the people to shun violence but rather resort to dialogue in the resolution of disputes, the Governor noted that lives and property lost during crisis could not be replaced.

He described the deceased as a God fearing woman who raised her children in the fear of God and also impacted positively on the society.

In his sermon, the Rev. J. I. Buruku enjoined Christians to embrace the light so as to escape the works of darkness.

Son-in-law of the deceased, Mr. Stephen Amase, who gave the vote of thanks, appreciated those who made spiritual and material contributions towards the funeral as well as those who took time to personally pay last respects to the deceased.

Posted: Aug 06, 2017


 The words of Lt Gen Tukur Buratai shortly after speaking in Damaturu the Yobe state capital after a closed door meeting with the state governor. Ibrahim Gaidam. He said,  'They will continue to remain technically defeated and they will never be as strong as they were previously'

The Army Chief also visited the 159 battalions in Geidam, Yobe state as well as the military base located in Kanamma the Nigeria/Niger border where he asked the soldiers at the theatre of war to work towards ending the fight by clearing the remnant of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He charged them to be law abiding and respect rules of engagement as the military hierarchy will not take their welfare issues lightly. He also assured them that the military under his leadership will continue to rotate the soldiers in the theatre of operation instead of allowing others to over stay in the war front.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


Nigeria's self styled 'common sense' Senator, Ben Bruce has just dished out a new advice to the nation.Image title

This time, he says 'In 2017, our projected population growth is 2.6% while our projected economic growth is 0.8%. We MUST stop producing more babies than jobs'.

Then a follower said to him, 'create the jobs so we'd have no time to create the babies!' and he responded, 'Really? So the 1050 jobs God used me to create through the Silverbird Entertainment Group don't count?'.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


Royalty, the daughter of singer Chris Brown and Nia Guzman, is ready to explore the fashion world. Despite being only three, she will be launching her own clothing line 'Royalty Brown Clothing'Image title

The young entrepreneur with the assistance of her mother Nia Guzman, will be unveiling the unisex kids clothing line soon.Image title

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


Rwanda's incumbent president, Paul Kagame has won a landslide victory in the country's presidential elections, granting him a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power.

According to the National Electoral Commission's Executive secretary, Charles Munyaneza, the 59-year-old former guerrilla leader secured 98.66 percent, 'we expect that even if we get 100 percent of votes, there will not be any change," he said.

So far, Kagame has won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the east African nation since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people were killed.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


The Italian has hinted that there is more pressure this time around for his side, but says he thrives in such situations

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that he thinks the forthcoming campaign will be the “most difficult” of his career.Image title

The Blues go into the new season reigning Premier League champions, and the Italian believes that this will only increase the expectation level of him and his team.

“For me, it will be the most difficult season of my career,” he said. “I’m sure about that.

“I haven’t a lot of time to explain a lot of these reasons. But I’m sure about this. I have this perception and I hope I’ve made a mistake.

“In England, the pressure is high and you have to live with that pressure. In England, the league is strong, the strongest in the world.

“You have six teams ready to fight and to win the title. But only one team can win. It won’t be easy. But we are trying to do this.”

Pressure, meanwhile, is something the Italian needs to feel at his most competitive.

“If I don’t feel the pressure, then I put myself under pressure,” he said. “That’s my life. The pressure helps me to give the best, 120 per cent.”

Chelsea’s competitive campaign begins with a Community Shield meeting with Arsenal on Sunday.

Source: Goal

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


Multiple reports confirm that Chief Isaac Nduka Eya, the former Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Egbe Evu Mbe of Umuitodo, Enugu Ezike, in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State has been abducted in Enugu by suspected kidnappers along with his driver.

The Enugu State Police Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu also confirmed the incident saying Chief Eya who was also a former Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State was abducted with his driver on Thursday, August 3, 2017

The abductors were said to have invaded Eya’s residence at the Independence Layout, Enugu and forcefully took him and his driver when the wife was not around. His wife, Prof Regina Eya said she was not at home when the gunmen struck but said that the kidnappers had called her and demanded a ransom of N15 million.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


The Imo state police command has effected the arrest of one Daniel Ikechukwu, 22 and Kalu Goodluck, 18, for armed robbery. Ikechukwu, a 200 level computer science student of Imo State University, Owerri and his accomplice, Kalu were captured in the state capital on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested while robbing students of their valuables at gunpoint. A police source who pleaded anonymity revealed that the leader of the gang escaped during the arrest.

He said; “We received a distress call from some student leaders that some boys were robbing students, mostly girls of their money, phones and other valuables and we quickly moved operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the command to the scene.”

He stated that there was no exchange of gunfire and two out of the three-man gang, including a student of IMSU who was partaking in the ongoing second-semester examinations of the university were nabbed.

Confessing his crime to Newsmen on Wednesday, Ikechukwu said, “It was my younger colleague who is in Year One that led me into crime. He uses a fake gun to rob students, especially female students. He convinced me to join him. I recruited Goodluck who was my neighbour. This is the second time we did it together.”

Confirming the incident, State commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, said that the two boys were arrested and a fake metal they disguised as a gun which they used in instilling fears in their victims was recovered.

The suspects will be charged to court.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


The Police in Delta have arrested a commercial sex worker who allegedly stabbed her client to death during an argument at Destar Hotel, Asaba, Delta, on July 18.

The spokesperson of the police command in the state, Andrew Aniamaka, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Asaba that the police responded to a distress call from the hotel after the incident.

“The suspect is currently in police custody.

“A day after the incident, the “C Division’’ in Asaba carried out preliminary investigation on the case and transferred it to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“As I speak to you, homicide detectives have commenced full investigation into the case with a view to unravelling what actually transpired between the suspect and the victim to establish culpability.”

NAN reports that the hotel has now been deserted, and attempt to speak with its manager was unsuccessful as he was said to have travelled out of Asaba.

However, a bar attendant, who preferred anonymity, said the incident had thrown “the stakeholders” into a mourning mood.

“The sad incident started like a normal argument inside the hotel room, and before we realised it, a man was down with a fatal stab.

“The incident happened at about 10.45 p.m., so nobody could actually say what led to the fracas.

One of the few sex workers in the hotel who also spoke anonymously, described the incident as horrible and unfortunate, saying it had brought “our business to a standstill’’.

“However, I will like to use this opportunity to advise our clients to always respect themselves when they come here.

“Many of the clients do invite trouble to themselves. I rest my case,” she said.

NAN gathered that the victim was a married man with four children.


Posted: Aug 05, 2017


The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that the National Assembly was ready to legalize a new Minimum Wage for Nigerians.

He, however, said that the legislature was only waiting for the executive to make a formal presentation to the National Assembly on the issue.

Saraki, who made this known in Abuja, said that the senate was aware of the need to review the current minimum wage.

He said that all the indices upon which the last minimum wage of N18, 000 was approved had changed and that there was, therefore, no need leaving the wage unchanged.

He acknowledged that the sufferings of Nigerians were glaring, and said that the national assembly was only waiting for the executive to present a bill for a wage review.

“We are in support; we are waiting for the executive. We have told them to go ahead with the idea.

“I have said it myself and the Speaker of House of Representatives said it the last time that we are fully in support. We are waiting for the executive to make a move on it.

“We are prodding the executive to do that; we have done that many times and we are still doing that.

“It is justifiable to have a new minimum wage. How will it not be if you look at the challenges the people are going through.

“More so, all the indices have changed since then, and should that be the only index that should stay the same? It is not possible,” he said.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on Friday, paid a personal visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja House, London.

This was confirmed by Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a statement.

Adesina said Welby and his principal are friends, who share deep respect for each other.

“The cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria,” Adesina said.

“In his response, the Nigerian president thanked Archbishop Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times, and wished him God’s continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide.

“It will be recalled that when former British prime minister, David Cameron described Nigeria as a ‘fantastically corrupt’ country ahead of an anti-corruption summit in London in 2016, Archbishop Welby had retorted: ‘But this particular President (Buhari) is actually not corrupt’,” he added.

In March, the Archbishop also paid a goodwill visit to Buhari during his medical vacation in London, UK.

Posted: Aug 05, 2017


According to PremiumTimes, A 32-year-old fashion designer, Bolaji Omodolapo, who allegedly raped his friend’s 14-year-old sister, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, who resides at Sedomi St., Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for rape.

The accused committed the offence sometime in December 2016 at the accused’s residence, police prosecutor Raphael Donny told the court.

Mr. Donny said that the 14-year-old girl was sent on an errand to the accused’s residence and the accused lured her into his room on the pretext of sending her to her brother, who is his friend.

“The accused shut the door and raped her; thereafter, the accused disappeared and all efforts to trace him failed.”

Mr. Donny said the case was reported to the police which declared him wanted.

“The accused was sighted by the girl’s brother and was apprehended,” he said, adding the offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Folakemi Davies -Abegunde, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned until August 28 for mention.


Posted: Aug 05, 2017


Actor, Idris Eba took his gorgeous daughter, Isan, 15, to the premiere of his new movie, The Dark Tower.

Posted: Aug 04, 2017


Tragedy struck yesterday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State as a 32-year-old man, allegedly attacked six members of his family with a cutlass.

Eye witnesses accounts said Henry Igwe, swooped on the family members at No 10, Barrister Egbu Crescent, Aguogboriga and inflicted varying degrees of injuries on them in the early hours of the day.

Two of the victims included the Personal Assistant to the Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Mr. Tobias Igwe and his wife.

A close member of the family, Nwabuchi Onuagaba, said given the peaceful atmosphere in the family, they had no premonition of the impending tragedy.

Daily Sun gathered that given the severity of the machete cuts, Tobias, was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Enugu, while his wife and four others were receiving treatment at the Plastic and Surgical Unit of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki as at the time of filing this report.

One of the victims, Miss Ijeoma Igwe explained that their brother, Henry attacked them early in the morning while they were still on their beds.

She pointed out that it was an unprovoked attack as he was not known to be mentally ill as at the time of the incident.

“We were woken up by a heavy sound suggesting a fight between two or more people.

“I ran upstairs to find out what was wrong, only to behold my brother and his wife lying in the pool of their blood,” she said.

Another victim, Miss Florence Igwe said Henry first launched the attack on Igwe and his wife and further attacked them when they intervened to stop him.

“I was awakened from sleep by the commotion that early morning. I was running up and down, asking them what was happening. Immediately, one of my brothers, dashed out from the house with blood all over him.

“His attacker descended on me too, when I wanted to intervene. He cut me in the head. He has been rushed to a hospital in Enugu with one other person,” she said.

The Public Relations Officer of the state Judiciary, Eugene Okafor, confirmed the attack, noting that he was responding to treatment.

However, when contacted on telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Jude Madu, could not react to the incident, saying he was indisposed.

Posted: Aug 04, 2017


The Ligue 1 giants have more than doubled the previous mark for a transfer set by Paul Pogba and Manchester United as they welcome the Brazilian

Paris Saint-Germain have smashed the world transfer record by completing the €222 million signing of Neymar from Barcelona on a five-year contract.

The Brazilian had been continually linked with a move away from Camp Nou over the summer, and had declined to clarify his own future as the PSG rumours grew stronger.

And after weeks of denials, mixed messages and reports, he has finally been confirmed as the Ligue 1 club's latest signing on Thursday night.

"Paris Saint-Germain are very pleased to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr," the Parisiens said in a statement on their official website.

"The Brazilian attacker signed a five-year contract in the presence of club and player representatives. Neymar Jr is now tied to the club of the capital until June 30, 2022."

Earlier on Thursday, La Liga attempted to derail the deal by refusing to accept the €222m payment from Neymar's lawyer, but his representatives paid direct to Barcelona instead.

In the late afternoon Barcelona confirmed they had accepted the bid and a transfer of a player they bought four years ago looked certain.

The fee, equivalent to Neymar's buyout clause, shatters the existing record of €105m, set last year by Paul Pogba.

Neymar emerged as a teenage wonderkid at Santos, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2011 before switching Brazil for Catalunya.

After moving to Camp Nou in 2013 the Brazilian hit 105 goals in 186 games for Barca, forming part of the formidable MSN forward line alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Having gone trophyless in his debut season Neymar celebrated the treble in 2014-15, adding a further Liga and two Copa del Rey trophies in the following two campaigns as well as a host of other team and individual titles.

Source: Goal

Posted: Aug 04, 2017


A petrol tanker exploded along the Mbiama end of the East-West Road on Wednesday, causing a fire that killed a taxi driver.

The East-West Road is a major highway linking the South-South with other regions of the country.

It was learnt that no fewer than five vehicles were burnt in the incident which occurred around 6pm.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the Bayelsa State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ikechukwu Igwe, deployed officials in the area to ensure free traffic flow along the road.

The driver of the tanker was said to have lost control of the vehicle after discharging fuel in one of the filling stations in the area.

A source said the tanker fell shortly after coming out of the filling station, adding that it did not discharge all the products at the petrol station.

The source, who noted that the rest of the product spilled on the road, said, “The vehicles exploded and fire followed immediately.

“It caused panic in the area, but the presence of FRSC officials brought the situation under control. The officials were there till around 11pm to control traffic.”

Igwe, who visited the area on Thursday, said a taxi driver died in the incident.

He sympathised with persons whose vehicles were burnt.

Igwe said the unidentified taxi driver, instead of fleeing the scene after the tanker fell, opened the bonnet of his car and attempted to disconnect the car’s battery.

The FRSC boss explained that in the process of trying to remove his vehicle’s battery, a spark occurred which caused the explosion.

He said, “The driver had just discharged fuel at Lionman Filling Station. As he was driving out, the tanker fell.

“The taxi man that died in the accident came out and discovered that the road was blocked because other drivers abandoned their vehicles and fled the area.

“The man decided to disconnect his vehicle’s battery and there was a spark. Because the remaining fuel from the tanker had spilled on the road, the spark caused the fire that killed him and burnt five vehicles”.

Igwe added that firefighters later put out the fire.

Source: Punch Newspaper

Posted: Aug 04, 2017


A 31-year-old man with a hunch and 15 teenagers were among 31 suspects arrested by policemen in Bayelsa State for cult activities, armed robbery and kidnapping.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba, who paraded the suspects on Thursday at the police command’s headquarters in Yenagoa, said they were apprehended in the last three weeks.

Amba said the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state through renewed patrol efforts of the command.

He said 29 of the suspects were arrested in connection with cultism and armed robbery, while two were arrested for kidnapping.

He said various firearms, including nine locally-made pistols, were recovered during the operations.

The commissioner, who said the arrests were made possible through synergy with the various security agencies in the state and members of the public, vowed that the police would not relent in their efforts to rid the state of criminals.

He also attributed the successes recorded to the state, saying the government recently released over 45 new Hilux vehicles to the command to curb the high incidence of cult activities, armed robbery and kidnapping in the state.

Amba said, “On July 21, 2017, at about 10.30am, policemen from the Azikoro division responded to a distress call that cults were entering the Azikoro Community Secondary School.

“Consequently, plain-clothes policemen were dispatched to the scene and arrested one James Loveday, an undergraduate of the Federal University, Otuoke, with a locally-made revolver pistol.”

He said further interrogation of the undergraduate led to the arrest of five of his gang members, including one Inimotimi Wilcox, aka Man Bullet, who was allegedly the unit head of the Greenlander cult group.

Amba said the gang members had confessed to the killing of one Luke Inengite, a 30-year-old man from Agbura community, whose corpse was found in a pond in the community.

“On July 24, 2017, one Joy Epidi, a housewife, was kidnapped along Imiringi Road. The kidnappers called the husband and demanded a ransom.

“Consequently, police operatives swung into action and arrested one Timipre Moni. The suspect had earlier called a businessman, Doubra Komuko, threatening him to part with N5m or his family would be kidnapped,” the commissioner added.

He called on members of the public to help the police with useful information to help the command rid the state of hoodlums and cult members.

One of the suspects, 31-year-old Prince Tatoh, an indigene of Otuokpoti in the Ogbia area of the state, said he was a cult member.

Tatoh, who has a hunch back, said, “I am a leader of the dreaded cult group, the Highlander.”

Posted: Aug 04, 2017


Leicester City have completed the signing of Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City for £25million on a five-year contract.

The young footballer who was unveiled today, said: 'It feels good and I'm happy to be part of this team.

'I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I'm happy to be here.

'I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I'll achieve a lot.'Image title

Posted: Aug 04, 2017


According to Police report, Adams and her Grandson were outside of her home on Highland Avenue hanging out, then as she entered house, the dogs ran out of the back door knocking her to the ground and attacked the toddler.Image title

Finally after a struggle, Adams was able to break the dogs away from the child She rushed her grandson to Reddy Urgent Care but he didn't make it. He was pronounced dead.

He says the dogs will be observed for the next 24 to 48 hours before they will be euthanized.Image title

Adams has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.Image title

Police say Adams had been cited multiple times by the Hartwell Police Department under a city ordinance maintaining disorderly animals.

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Posted: Aug 03, 2017


The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, have threatened to issue a warrant for the arrest of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Glo Mobile and other blue chip companies that failed to honour its invitation to appear before its investigative panel on their alleged complicity in N30 trillion revenue probe. About 30 companies have been invited by the senate for their alleged involvement in fraudulent activities while importing some of their goods into the country. The senate had recently mandated its Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport to investigate the alleged N30 trillion revenue leakages in Forex and the entire import and export value chain between 2006 and 2017.

Of the 30 Chief Executive Oficers invited to appear before the senate today, only 14 of them were present. Chairman of the senate committee on Customs. Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, Hope Uzodinma, said the refusal of the CEOs to honor its invitation was unacceptable. He asked them to appear before the committee on Thursday August 3rd and that failure to do so, the committee will be forced to mandate the police to issue a warrant of arrest for the erring Chief executives.

Among the CEOs that were expected to appear before the senate's investigation panel include the CEOs of British American Tobacco Company, CCEC Nigeria Ltd, Dana Group, African Wire and Allied Ltd, Admiral Overseas Nigeria Ltd, Aarti Steel Nigeria Ltd, Gagsel International, Fries Land Capina, Etco Nigeria Ltd, Encounter Ltd, Edic Chemicals &Allied Distributors Ltd, Don Climax Group and De United Foods.

Posted: Aug 03, 2017


Singer Miley Cyrus showed off her sexy side as she posed in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, where she opened up about the lessons she's learned from her parents marriage and her biggest fashion mistakes.Image title

 Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992 is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood, she became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show. She subsequently signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records, and her debut studio album Meet Miley Cyrus (2007) was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) having shipped over three million units. She released her second album Breakout and launched her film career as a voice actress in the animated film Bolt in 2008.

Posted: Aug 03, 2017


Striker Kelechi Iheanacho has completed his medical at Leicester ahead of a £25million move from Manchester City to the King Power Stadium.

The 20-year-old Nigerian had agreed personal terms with the Foxes and he is expected to complete the move today. A deal had been in the pipeline for a number of weeks, but there was

a dispute to settle between his old agents and new representatives. That had been resolved, and a buy-back clause had been agreed between the two clubs so the deal can proceed.

Iheanacho joined Man- chester City’s academy at the start of 2014, before breaking through to the first team a year later. He scored his first senior goal against Crystal Palace at the start of the 2015-16 sea- son, going on to net 14 times in all competitions.

Last season he scored scored seven times and Pep Guardiola had agreed to let the 20-year-old move on.

Leicester, who also wanted to add another centre back, was still pondering a second bid for 20 year-old Coventry City striker, George Thomas

Posted: Aug 02, 2017


The Nigerian military has initiated a joint security intelligence service investigation into calls and messages within the Yesu District in Magumeri axis of Borno State.

 PRNigeria reports that the action was necessitated by suspicions of the activities of at least one mole in the recent deadly Boko Haram attacks that left many people dead and several others.

The media platform quoted an unnamed official of the security service as saying that moles were among those in the convoy that also included different interest groups.

The aim of the investigation is to determine if those living along the routes collaborated with insurgents in any way since the same NNPC explorers had been using the same routes on the way to the exploration sites.

 “It is so baffling the shocking ambush by the terrorists when our gallant troops have always provided adequate security cover for the same convoy regularly on that same route and similar ones for months without problems!” the source said.

PRNigeria also reports that there are concerns that the recently announced move to capture Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 40 days may be suspended or slowed down.

This is because the insurgents are holding hostage some staff of University of Maiduguri and other abductees being moved to the suspected sites.

 “Some military decisions must have the backing and endorsements of the ruling political class before they can be carried out to avoid any collateral damage,” another intelligence officer said.

Posted: Jul 31, 2017


According to Daily Sun, Suspected Badoo cult group yesterday struck at Oke Ota, Ibeshi area of Ikorodu, Lagos, killing four members of a family. A member of the family, Seyi, survived the attack but is still unconscious in hospital.
Sources gathered that the group had forcefully gained entrance into the home of Oluwarotimi Adejare through one of the windows in the apartment and murdered four family members.
It was gathered that Adejare, his wife and a daughter were already dead when sympathisers got to the scene, while two others were rushed to the hospital, but one could not make it as she died on the way while another is stll battling for survival.
A neighbour, John Madariola, said when another resident noticed that the Adejares did not wake up as they normally did on Sunday, he raised the alarm and “we raced to the house and discovered that one of the windows had been destroyed. We knew that Badoo cult had struck again. We now called the police.
“When the door was opened, Mr. Adejare, his wife and one of their daughters were dead; two others were still breathing, they were rushed to the hospital but one gave up the ghost, while Seyi is still unconscious.
“We are tired of Badoo cult killings. Let the police who claimed they arrested many suspects tell us those who are Badoo members and their sponsors.”

The Lagos State Police image maker, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said a murder incident was reported, “in the early hours of Sunday, July 30, 2017, and police operatives responded to a distress call at Oke Ota, Ibeshe, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
“Police operatives found it difficult to locate the house, which was situated in a thick forest. The room and parlour apartment was eventually located. One of the windows was opened and we discovered that a family of five were attacked. Three died on the spot and one other died while receiving treatment at the hospital and the last member, who is alive, is responding to treatment.
“Preliminary investigation showed that no visible trace of violence or clues linked to the cultist group was found. No stone was found at the scene. A case of murder is being investigated by police detectives .
“The command is using this opportunity to call on local government chairmen, community development chairman and traditional rulers to check their area and report to the police anyone or families that are still staying in isolated areas that are not safe for living.”
He called on the public not to resort to jungle justice, but to give the police information that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
Over 26 persons have been killed by the suspected Badoo cult group within one year.

Posted: Jul 31, 2017


Chinedu David Emeyazia has been identified as one of the victims of the ghastly accident involving a fuel tanker and an 18-seater commercial bus said to belong to Delta Line.

The accident which occurred last Friday at Felele on the Abuja-Lokoja Highway claimed at least 25 lives. Late Emeyazia, managed to jump out of the burning vehicle but however, later died from injuries sustained due to what his friends described as poor emergency response.

Until his tragic death, Mr Emeyazia, from Issele Mkitime, Delta State was the CEO of Dilon Global Services, Abuja.

The tanker and the 18-seater bus were trying to overtake each other. But unfortunately, the tanker lost balance, fell on the bus and it went up in flames killing all in board.

Two tricycle riders popularly called Keke-NAPEP were equally burnt in the accident.

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Posted: Jul 31, 2017


Producer/Writer, Toyosi Phillips is engaged to her man, Etim Effiong, a Nollywood actor. Toyosi announced on her IG page that she has been engaged for a month now. She wrote;

"Only God can make your crush become your husband!! Over a month ago, #IsaidYES to becoming Mrs Etim Effiong!!!! I've already given all the praise and glory to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ and now I'd just like to specially thank all the amazing Nigerian #foodbloggers who have made preparing #Calabar dishes a semi walk in the park for this Yoruba girl ??? ? God bless you!! #IMGETTINGMARRIED#WONTHEDOIT??"

 See a photo of her engagement ring below

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Posted: Jul 31, 2017


The young girl, who sells pumpkin leaf (Ugu) with her mum at Mile 12 market, is identified as Peace by name.

Some people say she has a medical condition and she needs a doctor. What do you think? Could it be a health issue? And if so what is her health condition called?

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Posted: Jul 30, 2017


According to reports, the Federal Government will sell two of its three crude oil refineries that are found to have not brought in enough of returns to reports on investment, as part of measures to boost the nation’s refining sector.

The two refineries likely to be sold, according to a report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation obtained by our correspondent on Friday, are the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company

The NNPC said last week that the consolidated capacity utilisation of the three government-owned refineries dropped to 23.09 per cent in May, from 24.59 per cent in April.

The third refinery being managed by the NNPC is the Port Harcourt Refining Company.

Although the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in the new National Petroleum Policy approved by the Federal Executive Council, said the government aimed to make the refineries successful and commercially viable enterprises, it stressed that government was ready to sell any of them that failed to meet respond promptly.

It said, “They will be encouraged to become so and will be supported as much as it is within the government’s ability to do so. Each refinery will be given a transition period in which to set themselves up on their own feet.

“Ultimately though, if a refinery fails to make the transition and become commercially viable, the petroleum policy is for the government to divest (sell off), grant a concession or if necessary, close down any non-performing government-owned refinery. In either instance, the site may be handed over to a suitably qualified private sector developer to build a new refinery facility on the same site.”

According to the policy document, of the three NNPC refineries, Port Harcourt is expected to be the best place to succeed.

It said, “It has installed its own independent gas-fired power supply; it has undertaken its own turnaround maintenance; it is close to jetties and the pipeline length from crude oil suppliers is short (less of a pipeline security risk), and it is operationally ready to produce refined products to international standards, although the cost structure is still not right.

“Of the three, Kaduna is perhaps the least ready currently because of its distance from crude oil supplies and reliance on a poorly maintained crude oil pipeline.”

The government described a strong refining sector as a basic requirement for the achievement of the vision of converting the nation’s economy from a crude oil export to an oil product and derivative value-added economy.

It said without strong, high volume and commercially viable refineries within the country, the whole vision would not be achievable.

The government noted that the refineries had been underperforming for many years, stressing the need for the refining sector to undergo fundamental reform so that it could play its central part in economic development.

According to the policy document, steps that the government will take to encourage the development of a viable refining sector in the country include making the NNPC refineries become autonomous profit centres and returning storage depot assets to the refineries.

It said under the restructuring of the NNPC, the refineries would be set up as independent profit centres with responsibility for their own commercial operations.

The government noted that the storage depots were originally part of the refineries but had been subsequently transferred from the refineries to Pipeline and Product Marketing Company.

It said, “This arrangement is not considered to have been successful. The PPMC has failed to manage the depots effectively and the refineries have been denied an important part of their assets. The storage depots will, therefore, be returned to the refineries.

“In addition, the perimeter fence around the refineries will be set sufficiently far from the operations including depots to ensure that proper security can be maintained. Everything inside the perimeter fence will belong to the refinery solely and will be on each refinery’s asset register.”

The government said as part of their new independence, each of the refineries would be given commercial autonomy, meaning that they would be free to take crude oil from wherever they could get it.

Source: Punch Newspaper

Posted: Jul 30, 2017


Fourteen persons were killed in another suicide attack in an accommodation housing newly returned internally displaced persons in Dikwa town, Borno State.

The head of the Rapid Response Team of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Bello Dambatta, said a female suicide bomber, on Friday night, after detonating an explosive device on her, caused the death of 14 persons and injuries to 24 others.

Dambatta said the suicide bomber penetrated a building housing returnees in Dikwa, east of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, detonating the explosive leading to massive casualties.

The BOSEMA boss added that the suicide bomber sneaked into the building close to the 20-unit housing estate around 8:30 pm and detonated the explosives strapped on her.

He said, “We have so far evacuated 38 victims, comprising 14 dead and 24 injured and brought them to the State Specialists Hospital, Maiduguri.”

A nurse with the State Specialists Hospital, Ali Ibrahim, who also confirmed the incident, said, “We received victims of Dikwa bomb blast this morning (Saturday). There were 14 brought in dead and 24 injured who are presently receiving treatment.”

A youth volunteer, Babagana Musa, who escorted the victims to Maiduguri from Dikwa, said communication challenges affected the immediacy of responding to the distress call and “fear of the unknown,” especially at night, informed the security operatives’ decision that the victims be taken out in the morning.

Musa said, “There is no network in Dikwa; that was why we could not communicate on time.”

Mamman Musa, who was at the Maiduguri hospital to check on the injured, said, “There are no camps in Dikwa town as almost all returnees are in homes. This incident comes as a very surprising thing to us.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Clement Nwachukwu, confirmed the Dikwa attack to journalists.

He said, “Yes, there was a suicide attack on Dikwa town and seven people died, while six were injured.”

Source:  Punch Newspaper

Posted: Jul 30, 2017


The Blues boss has warned the fitness level of his club-record signing needs to get better after featuring against Inter in pre-season.

Alvaro Morata must improve his condition to be ready for the new Premier League season, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes.

Club-record signing Morata made his first start for Chelsea in a 2-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Inter in Singapore on Saturday, with Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic on target for the Serie A side before Geoffrey Kondogbia's comical own goal.Image title

The striker, who joined from Real Madrid for a reported £70million fee, started on the left of a front three with Michy Batshuayi playing down the middle, but the Spain international struggled to make an impression.

And Conte accepted Morata has work to do on his fitness, with the Community Shield against Arsenal set to get Chelsea's campaign under way on August 6.

"Morata is just starting to train with us," Conte told reporters. "He has to improve his condition a lot to adapt quickly into our team.

"He is working well but it has been only five days. Today he tried to do his best but for sure he has to improve."

Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia saw Conte's men defeated twice, the Premier League champions having previously lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich, and the Italian suggested a tight schedule affected results.

But Conte understands the pressure he is working under, with Chelsea having sacked Jose Mourinho seven months after winning the title in 2015.

"I think that we played against two strong teams, Bayern and Inter, in a period that is an important period where we are working very hard," Conte said. "To play three games with the same players, they are tired, very tired, because we played three games with the same players.

Source: Goal

Posted: Jul 29, 2017


72-year-old Clarence White who got fed up of his wife complaining about his inability to satisfy her sexually or financially ended up pulling the trigger on her.

The man is said to have grabbed a 22-caliber handgun and shot his much-younger wife in the face at their Bronx home on Thursday morning.

Sources told the New York Daily News that the shooting followed an argument between White and his 28-year-old wife over her growing dissatisfaction with his inability to satisfy her financially or sexually.

Responding officers who were called to the scene found Dominique White around 8:40 a.m. sitting on the floor in a hallway of their home on Glebe Ave. in Parkchester.

The young woman was shot in the right cheek and was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where she remained in critical but stable condition on Friday, while the suspect was arrested by the Police.

According to court documents, White told Cops “I shot my wife.'

He also told the Police that he and his wife were arguing in the hours leading up to the shooting. Money was tight after he lost his job. During the argument, his wife ordered him to move out which made him shot her in the face in anger.

Appearing before the Bronx Criminal Court on Friday, a judge ordered White held on $300,000 bail when he was arraigned on attempted murder, assault, harassment and weapons possession charges

Posted: Jul 29, 2017


What a body!

Kristen Mary Jenner is an American television personality who rose to fame for starring in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, together with her family.

Posted: Jul 29, 2017


Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named an independent non-executive director at Standard Chartered Plc in the United Kingdom.

Standard Chartered PLC is a British multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in London and with presence in 70 countries.

According to a statement released by the company yesterday, her appointment is effective from November 1, 2017.

She will earn £130,000 per annum for her expertise in financial and development financing.

José Viñals, Group Chairman, said: “Ngozi is a globally recognised African and international figure.

 “She has significant geopolitical, economic, risk and development experience and expertise at a national governmental level and in international organisations, which will provide significant insight and value to the Board.

 “She also has deep knowledge of Africa as well as emerging and developing markets. I am delighted to welcome her to Standard Chartered.”

Posted: Jul 28, 2017


Flavour thrills fans again as a sex figure, he already has two chidren from two different women.

He shared the photo with caption 'If I catch you'.

Posted: Jul 28, 2017


On Wednesday, Nigerian-American rapper, Wale performed on stage with his daughter Oluwakemi in matching outfits at a concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Maryland, US.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2017


The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested one of the notorious human traffickers in Edo State.

The suspect dentified as 47-year-old Mrs Lasiru Rossato Dolly, who is based in Italy and married to an Italian with a son, was remanded by the Magistrate Court in Benin City headed by Chief Magistrate F

Mrs Dolly has been on the wanted list of security agencies and NAPTIP. She operates a purported company called African Choice and Import Market and most of her victims were said to have been recruited through the company to Italy.

According to NAPTIP Benin zonal Commander,Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, the suspected had:

"August 2014, she recruited a 25-year-old victim through one Egberemwen Enobakhare and made the victim’s parents depose to an affidavit of parental consent which changed the name of the victim to another name given to her by the suspect.

“The parents equally signed some agreements with the suspect’s lawyer in Benin City. They allegedly agreed on the ground that the victim was only going to work in the suspect’s shop in Italy, not for prostitution.

“As part of the agreement, the victim was going to pay the sum of 62,000 euros to Mrs. Dolly Rossato in two and a half years before regaining freedom. By August, this year, the victim would have spent three (3) years with the suspect as a sex slave.

“Before taking the victim to Italy, she was first taken to a shrine in Oluku, in the outskirt of Benin-City, where she was given a black soap to bath with. She was also asked to deposit her finger nails, pubic hair and hair.

“Again, the victim was taken to another shrine in Ogun state, where an oath was administered to her. The suspect earlier engaged Mr Egberemwen Enobakhare, to be employed in her purported company and allegedly collected the sum of N 800,000 from him for the purpose of facilitating the movement to Italy and getting a job for him through the purported company.

“It was later discovered that the suspect was only interested in female victims she uses as sex slaves. The suspect who claims to own three businesses in Italy is said to own properties in both Italy and Nigeria” she stated.

Posted: Jul 28, 2017


After nearly two years of waiting in Iceland, the asylum application of Nigerian asylum seeker, Sunday Iserian and his family was rejected by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

"I m a dead man if I go back to Nigeria, but this isn't about me, it's about my daughter. I want her to have a chance of a better life," he said in an interview with Iceland Monitor.

32-year-old Iserian lives in Iceland with his wife, Joy Lucky and their eight year old daughter Mary. They have been subjected to violence, poverty and threats, and Joy Lucky was a victim of sexual slavery while pregnant with Mary.

The news of the the rejection of their application has met with some furor in Iceland and a petition is now online for them to be able to stay in the country.

Speaking to, Joy describes being approached by a vicar at her local church back in Nigeria who promised to get her a job as a nanny in Europe. Once she accepted the offer, which she had good faith in, she was taken to a building where her hair, and her pubic hair, was cut off and her body washed according to black magic rituals to scare her into compliance. She was transported to Libya where she met Sunday and fell in love. Once they fled across the Mediterranean to Italy the couple lost track of each other and Joy discovered that she was pregnant. She only found Sunday again three years later.

Upon arrival in Italy, Joy was transported to a building in Naples where she was told that she was not going to work as a nanny, but as a prostitute. She was told she owed 50 thousand Euros for her transport to Italy and had to repay that debt by selling her body on the streets of Naples.

When the men who held her captive realised that she was pregnant they tried to force her to have an abortion. She refused, and was stabbed through her hand with a knife. (She shows the knife wound to the journalist of

"After that I decided to try to escape," says Joy.

After four months of being forced to work as a prostitute she fled and received help from an Italian charity aiding victims of human trafficking. She was urged to report to the police and was helped to a local hospital where she gave birth to Mary.

"After I fled I started to receive threats. I was told if I didn't repay my debt they would kill me and my family." Joy says that these people attacked her mother and sister. Her mother died in the attack and her sister lost her eyesight.

Sunday, on the other hand fled to Italy for other reasons. He says that he was a victim of political persecution and was afraid for his life. He worked as a driver for the leader of the PDP democratic party, who was murdered when Sunday was driving.

"They shot him to death and then burned the car. I escaped to a nearby farm and then hid with my uncle."

Following this incident the Nigerian government put out a warrant for Sunday's arrest as he was suspected of killing the man. Sunday shows the journalist a story from the Sunday Observer where he's wanted by police following the murder. After spending a few days at his uncle's house, members of the Boko Haram attacked the home and killed his uncle and his uncle's son. Sunday fled to a nearby church where he received money to get him away from Nigeria to Libya and onwards to Italy.

Sunday and Joy met up again in Italy in 2011. They lived in great poverty, sleeping at trains stations and having to beg for food.

"I wanted a better life so I managed to get online and found good countries to live in via Google," says Sunday who spent the next couple of years saving up enough money to move to Iceland. Once in Iceland, they applied for asylum and received housing. Mary got into a school and Sunday got a job. In an interview with, his employer, who runs a construction company in Hafnarfjörður, says that Sunday has given 110 % to his job, has never been late and never missed a day off work.

"I didn't just want to sit at home and do nothing," Sunday explains. "I was told of new laws where asylum seekers can seek work and so I just applied for a job." Sunday takes the bus to work every day from Reykjanes to Hafnarfjörður.

Joy points out that Sunday has paid taxes in Iceland since he started work and thinks it's unfair that they are now being deported.Image title

"I don't want to live on the system here," says Sunday. I want to work and pay back to society here. I want to continue doing that, I want to be a part of this society. If the authorities don't want us to live in an apartment for asylum seekers I will work even more and pay rent. Until now all our money goes to our lawyer and for living expenses. Their daughter Mary already speaks Icelandic. "Our daughter deserves to be in school here and to have a good life."

The couple applied for asylum for humanitarian reasons. However, the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration reached a verdict in April that the couple should be sent back to Italy due to the Dublin regulation. The verdict was taken up by the Immigration and Asylum appeals board in Iceland who said that the family couldn't be sent back to Italy as their position was too delicate but a second verdict by the Icelandic directorate of immigration ruled that they should be sent back to Nigeria instead. The appeals board came to the same conclusion.

Sunday and Joy say that they haven't been able to sleep or eat for weeks for fear of being deported. Joy says she still receives death threats and shows the journalist numerous text messages and video messages which she has received, the last being sent only a few days ago. One of the videos shows a man saying to Joy that he will kill her, like he killed her mother. She says that the men found her on Facebook and found out that she was returning to Nigeria. She adds that she fears that Mary will be circumcised upon going back to Nigeria.

"I don't like that and I don't want my daughter to have to go through that."

Joy complains of health trouble after suffering a lot of physical and mental violence in her months as a prostitute. She has however received no assistance for this in Iceland, although the ruling of the Icelandic Directorate of immigration says that she was undoubtedly the victim of human trafficing. She has attended Icelandic courses in Iceland and goes to church regularly.

"Why did they let us stay here for almost two years, with my daughter at school and my husband working, when they're just going to kick us out? It's not right." Sunday speaks to her softly in Nigerian and then says to the journalist, "We are very grateful for the help we've received. We're just frightened. If they are going to deport me, all I ask is that my daughter can stay in Iceland and have a good life. It's the only thing I ask for."

Friends of the family in Iceland have launched a petition to let the family stay, pointing out the 74th clause in the Icelandic immigration laws on a resident permit for humanitarian reasons.

"Iceland is a country which stands up for women's rights and the protection of children. We can't stand by and let this happen. We plead for the Minister of Justice to intervene and to reconsider this decision."

The decision reached by the appeals board, however, says that they think Sunday's story is lacking in credibility and that nothing points to him being persecuted by the Nigerian government. The appeals board believes that Joy was a victim of human trafficking but seeing as it's been almost a decade since she was forced into prostitution, she's unlikely to be receiving threats from the people responsible.
The couple are now awaiting a meeting with the Icelandic ombudsman for children who, last year, sent out a declaration where the Icelandic government was urged to take better care in the treatment of cases of children applying for international protection in Iceland. The Ombudman's office feels that there are too many cases of the rights of children applying for children are ignored.

Source: Iceland Monitor

Posted: Jul 28, 2017


Hillary Clinton is about to release a new book titled "What Happened."

In the new book, she will describe what it was like to run against Donald Trump as the first woman nominated by a major party for president. According to her, "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down."

The title and cover of the book was revealed today the by publisher Simon & Schuster. The book is expected to be published on September 12, 2017.

Before now, Clinton has already written several books about her life and career in politics, including "Hard Choices," the 2014 book about her time as secretary of state, and "Living History," a memoir released in 2003.

Posted: Jul 27, 2017


An unnamed Nigerian man was arrested for possessing an unwarranted passport from Salbari, Pradhan Nagar, a sub division of Baksa district in Asam state of India, on Tuesday evening, July 25.

The man had been staying in Salbari since the last few days. He had a dispute with his neighbours over different reasons, because of which the neighbours informed the police about the man.

The man was arrested by the police after he failed to produce a valid passport. An investigation has been directed against the man

Posted: Jul 27, 2017


Blac Chyna, 29, and her new man, rapper Mechie, 24, were spotted holding hands after she hosted a gig at Mint nightclub on South Beach, Miami, a few days ago. They were later spotted at their hotel lobby hugging and checking Mechie's phone.

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Posted: Jul 27, 2017


Three women, identified as 21-year-old Sandra Ncube, Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, 23, and 25-year-old Mongiwe Mpofu have been arrested after they allegedly gang-raped and detained a pastor who had come to demand money he was being owed by one of them.

The man is a pastor at a local church in Cowdray Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Ncube, Mlauzi and Mpofu, who reside at the same house in Cowdray Park suburb, were arraigned before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube on charges of aggravated indecent assault on Tuesday.

The Magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded in custody till August 7 for continuation of trial.

Police prosecutor, Mr Petros Shoko said the complainant had gone to the women’s residence to demand money from Mlauzi sometime last week.

The prosecutor said that “On July 14, 2017, at around 7PM, the complainant went to the three accused persons’ residence to collect his money from Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, which she owed him.”

He explained further that the court that the complainant was ushered into the house before Ncube held him by the waist and fondled his private parts.

Shoko said, “They forced him to lie on the bed and undressed him. Ncube sat on his chest and he tried to push her away. However, Mlauzi, who was in the same room, held his legs together and sat on top, pressing him against the bed.”

He said that Mpofu, who was in another room, allegedly brought condoms and placed one on the complainant’s manhood and allegedly assisted to hold the complainant down as he was resisting.

He added that “Ncube had sexual intercourse with the complainant once, without his consent.”

During trial, the trio denied “raping” the complainant but admitted indecently assaulting him.

One of the accused, Ncube said, “We were just playing around Your Worship. I did not think that he would take it seriously.

Also, Mpofu distanced herself from the incident and said she had only been called to bring condoms.

She said, “I was not part of it. They just called me to bring condoms. We keep condoms around the house and there were some in my room, so I just brought them.

Mlauzi said she wanted to “fix” the pastor, whom she accused of having a tendency of walking in on her when she was bathing.

Mlauzi said, “He always walks in on me bathing and claims to be unmoved as a man of God. I just wanted to see if he was going to be aroused or not. I did not plan to execute the whole rape thing, Your Worship.”

However, Magistrate Ncube referred the complainant to Mpilo Central Hospital for a medical examination.
He was also told to provide medical report in court as evidence as the matter was adjourned till August 7.

Posted: Jul 26, 2017


Two bodies were brought out after many hours of rescue operation yesterday from a collapsed building in Lagos.

Many people were injured while 14 were rescued.

General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Adesina Tiamiyu confirmed the fatalities.

A four-storey building on Massey/ Carena Street off Campos bus stop on Lagos Island collapsed around

Residents said it was structurally defective, adding that a telecommunication mast was erected on the building two weeks ago.

Fifteen of them, including five children, were rescued around 6.30pm. It was gathered that at least five persons were still trapped under the rubble as at press time last night.

A woman who sells Amala on the ground floor narrowly escaped but her workers and some of her customers are among those trapped, sources said.

It was gathered that the woman stepped out of the shop few minutes before it crashed.

Another woman identified as Iya Ibeji is said to be under the rubble with her four kids. Residents said two women who sold rice and yam are also under the rubble.

Although LASEMA operatives got to the scene early, the crowd prevented them from working.

The crowd also threatened to deal with reporters, who attempted to record the incident.

Ogbongefriends reports that the crowd, which rebuffed rescuers’ entreaties from rescuers to leave the site, cut the ribbon used to cordon off the area.

The police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operatives could not control the crowd.

Emergency workers also had difficulty in rescuing the trapped victims because of the structure’s closeness to other buildings.

At the time of filing this report, excavation had started. One of the structures besides the collapsed building had been brought down. Electric poles around the structures were also pulled down.

Tiamiyu, who led rescuers to the scene, put the figure of those rescued at over 10.

He insisted that their primary focus was to safe life, appealing to the crowd to allow emergency workers do their jobs.

Posted: Jul 26, 2017


A Gynecologist, Dr Uche Ene, has advised youths to avoid unprotected sex in order not to contact gonorrheas and ensure healthy living as well as increased their chances of fertility.

Ene, a former Director, Public Health, Enugu State, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday.

He said it was worrisome the level to which youths involved in casual sex in the country, adding the development had led to the high number of youths being infected with gonorrhea.

He further explained that the disease could lead to infertility if not well treated at its initial stage.

Ene noted that it could be treated if only the patient could visit the hospital and avoid self treatment, adding that self medication could lead to more problem in the patient

He urged further youths to abstain from sex untill they were married, saying that if they could not wait until they were married, they should make sure they use condom.

According to him, gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhea, which tends to infect warm and moist areas of the body.

He also said the disease passed from person through unprotected sex and people with numerous sexual partners.(NAN)

Posted: Jul 26, 2017


The Biafran Reformation Movement (BRM) has put a clog in the reported progress of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The BRM, on Monday July 24, while Kanu was relishing some support in Ebonyi state, said the IPOB leader was carrying out actions dangerous to the interest of the Igbo people.

 While speaking with journalists in Enugu, the leader of the group, Mr Ndubuisi Igwekani, said Kanu’s call for the boycott of Anambra election was ill-mannered.

 He said Kanu was behaving like an enemy to the Igbo people adding that the forthcoming election in Anambra state must hold.

According to him, if the election is scuttled, it could lead to a state of emergency being imposed on the state.

He said: “Anybody that says there won’t be election is making mistake. There must be election in Anambra state.

“If we stop the election, our enemy will impose state of emergency here and thereby bring another enemy to rule us. “So, it is not in Igbo interest for anybody to say that there won’t be election. Kanu and those proposing this are making us to see them as enemies of Ndigbo. If a northerner should be imposed on Anambra people, it will take us 20 years back.”

He however warned that nothing must happen to Igbo people in the north.

 “If anything happens to any of our people in the north, we shall hold Shettima responsible. No matter where he goes to hide, we shall get him.

 “We are, therefore, calling on the Federal Government and the International community not to take it as empty threat.

“Efforts should be made to protect our people because if anything happens on the contrary, we don’t guarantee what will be the retaliatory effect here,” he said.

Posted: Jul 25, 2017


The traditional ruler of Otukpa, the headquarters of Ogbadibo LGA of Benue, Chief Sir Sunday Ekele Jp has banned intending grooms in the community from spending more than  N100, 000 (Hundred thousand Naira) on traditional wedding.

The decision became imperative following complaints from young men in the community that outrageous bride price has been discouraging them from getting married.

The monarch, who made this known on Thursday, July 20th, while speaking on a live programme on Joy FM, Otukpo said any one found flaunting the new law would be penalized.

“Money should not prevent anyone from getting married in our community. From now onward, no one should spend more than hundred thousand naira before he gets a wife in our community. We need to encourage the young men so they won’t be scared of going into marriage,” he said.

Source: Idoma Voice

Posted: Jul 24, 2017


Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green can't keep their hands off each other!

There both dressed in comfi casual outfits.Image title

Just last week, Meeks' wife, Melissa Meeks, threw some shade at the the "hot felon" over social media.

"Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie," Melissa shared on Instagram.Image title

Meeks filed for legal separation from Melissa earlier this month, after his affair with Green went public.

Posted: Jul 23, 2017


Chelsea's 'king of antics' and 'villian’, Diego Costa has been banished from first team training by manager Antonio Conte and has been told by the club's management that he won't play for Chelsea again.

Costa told the club he wanted to leave three times in the last ten months- The first was during last year's pre-season tour when he asked to return to Atletico Madrid, his former club. Conte, responded by benching him for two friendlies. Second time was in January when Costa made it clear he wanted the mega-money move to Chinese club, Tianjin Quanjian in January while third time was at the end of the season.Image title

Now with the 70 million Pounds capture of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, Conte has banished Costa from first team training and its now clear the Spanish striker will leave the club as soon as possible. Costa is not on the club's pre-season tour squad and has been granted extended leave so he can conclude a deal with former club, Atletco Madrid.

'In January, the Costa situation was made very clear,' said Conte, speaking for the first time since his infamous post-season text-message exchange with the striker.

'For the club, for him and his agent and for me the situation is closed.'

24 year old Morata, Costa's replacement, completed his move on Friday is set to join up with the Chelsea squad in Singapore.

'This is a good signing for us,' said Conte. 'Morata is a young player but he has a lot of experience and played in the past with Real Madrid and Juventus in the league and the Champions League.

'He's a good striker, a player with the right prospects for Chelsea.'

Costa was Chelsea's top scorer with 20 goals last season.

Posted: Jul 23, 2017


Tragedy struck at Umuofor, Umumumo community in Ehime Mbano Local Council of Imo State, recently when a 25- year- old, school leaver, Chigozie Igwe, hung himself in his family house.

The deceased who was said to be jobless, dropped a suicide saying the world has been wicked to him.

The note left by his bedside read, ”die, die, die. Let no body weep for me because, I am tired of this wicked world.”

The late Chigozie, it was gathered was frustrated after leaving secondary school several years without securing a job.

Neighbors who were close to the deceased, said he had complained painfully few days before the incident that his sufferings were too much and unbearable.

Family members, friends and relations of the deceased were gathered as at the time journalists visited the scene,.

The deceased’s mother, Mrs. Antonia Igwe, said amid teats, ”Chigozie, is it the way you chose to leave this world? Remember that you have committed an abomination and you will go to the worst part of hell”.

Sources in the area said before the lifeless body could be untied for burial, certain traditional rites must be observed because the deceased committed taboo in the village, which if left would hunt the family lineage

Posted: Jul 23, 2017


Morrocan actress, Loubna Abidar, who fled to France after she starred in a 2015 controversial movie Much Loved (Zine Li Fik), which depicted sex workers in Marrakesh, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The 31-year-old actress announced her sickness in a Facebook post on Wednesday written in Arabic, and asked for forgiveness from those who had been outraged by her involvement in 'Much Loved.'

The controversial movie which saw the actress run to France after she was violently attacked in Casablanca, was screened at the 2015 Cannes film festival but banned by Morocco's film censors due to it being considered offensive to Islam and Morocco.

Addressing her Facebook fans, that she will be absent for a while due to her treatment sessions, she wrote:

'I am asking people to forgive me. I [personally] have forgiven all those who hurt, insulted and tormented me.”

“I am a strong woman and I live in a developed country [France]. I am still holding out hope for life and positive about my recovery although I am struggling all alone without having someone who could support me during my treatment journey.

'If I could not make it, please bury me in Morocco and cover my funeral coffin with the Amazigh flag, and in my funeral, distribute
roses in all Marrakech’s districts.”

The movie 'Much Loved', was her debut movie.

Posted: Jul 23, 2017


A building has reportedly collapsed in Meiran, Agbado-Oke Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos state. The Rapid Response Squad in a press statement said the dead were a mother and daughter.

The statement read: "A collapsed building this afternoon claimed the lives of a mother and her daughter while they were washing cloth under an uncompleted building in Seidu Ekeleji Street, Alaro, Meiran, Agbado - Oke Odo area of Lagos.Image title

 "Although, another daughter was rescued live from the scene, the mother and older daughter were brought out dead from rumbles.

"The building, which was still under construction was in decking position when it collapsed.Image title

 "The mother and her two daughters, aged, 4 years and 2 years, according to neighbours, were washing cloth when the building collaped, killing the mother and the 2 year old daughters.

"Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Rapid Response Squad and LASAMBUS were at the scene to offer rescue services.".

Posted: Jul 23, 2017


The Nigerian Police has saved a 73 year-old that was abducted by unknown gunman after she had spent five nights in the hands of her abductors, a 73-year-old woman simply identified as Eunice has been rescued by men of the Imo State Police Command. One of the alleged kidnappers was arrested.

A police source, who pleaded anonymity told Southern City News at the headquarters of the command in Owerri, shortly after the woman was rescued, that the septuagenarian was maltreated by her kidnappers throughout the period she was held captive.

According to the police officer, upon receipt of information of the abduction of the elderly woman, the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, swiftly dispatched the heads of three tactical units of the command that led the operation.

He said, “The old woman was rescued at about 10.50 this morning at an uncompleted building at Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. She was kept there for five nights without food and water. We were able to nab one of the kidnappers, while three of his accomplices fled.”

The kidnap victim, who spoke to our correspondent at the command headquarters, said that she was abducted on Saturday (July 15, 2017) in her house at Ogbor village in Ekwe-Dim, Isiala Mbano Local Government of the state by four young men in a white salon car.

The septuagenarian disclosed that her abductors took her to an uncompleted building in Mbaitoli LGA, where they later contacted her family and made a demand of N1.1m as the ransom for her freedom.

She said, “The four young men took me to an uncompleted building and told me that my children are very rich. They later called my husband, Sir Lambert Nwokoro, and asked him to bring N1.1m or he would not see me again.

“He pleaded with them that he could only afford N1m but they demanded that the sum must be complete.”

The visibly elated woman explained that they later called her husband that he had until 10pm on Wednesday to make the money available, adding that it was in the process that the police swooped on the kidnappers’ hideout and rescued her.

“They did not give me any food; they only gave me energy drink,” she said.

Confirming the breakthrough, the CP disclosed that though the woman had been rescued unhurt, his command would not rest on its oars until the fleeing three other abductors were nabbed.

Ezike said, “This is another result of our well thought-out whistle-blowing policy. The breakthrough was as a result of local intelligence. Immediately the information came, I dispatched three tactical units of the command, who rescued this mummy. We will continue to sensitise our people that crimes do not pay.”

He said one revolver pistol and 30 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.

“There is no crime-free society and there is no upsurge in criminal activities in the state. But by projection, we expect that as we have entered the second half of the year, we will witness increased commercial activities and more deviant behaviours,” the CP added.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017


A 40-year-old man, Femi Adebowale, has been arrested by police in Ogun State for allegedly beating his wife, Kuburat Adebowale, to death for allegedly engaging in adultery according to Sunnewsonline.

The suspect, according to the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was picked up at his residence, 15, Campbell Street, Agbado in Ifo Local Government area of the state, on Monday.

Oyeyemi, ASP, added that the younger brother of the victim, Shakiru Alao, had lodged a complaint at the Agbado Police Division that his elder sister had been beaten to death by her husband.

The DPO in charge of the station, CSP Sunday Omonijo, led his men to the scene, where the suspect was promptly arrested.

In his statement, however, the suspect alleged that the deceased had been cheating on him over a long period, alleging that she even dated their next door neighbour.

Shedding light on what transpired on the fateful day, Adebowale said his late wife had asked him for money for her younger brother’s naming and he gave her a N10, 000.

But, according to him, fight later ensued when the deceased rejected the money on the ground that it was not enough and insisted on more. She, however, slumped and died during the fisticuffs, he said.

The body of the deceased, the PPRO said, had been deposited at the morgue of Ifo General Hospital for autopsy as the Commissioner of Police Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered further investigation and prosecution of the suspect.

Meanwhile, Edo State Police Command has arrested a 35-year -old man, identified as Ishaka Okhurome, for allegedly killing a Fulani woman with blows.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017


A special military court martial led by , AVM James Gbum has demoted Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Sani, one time Chief of Transformation and Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Army, to a Brigadier-General.

Sani was demoted after the court convicted him on a five-count charge bordering on cheating. Sani had been standing trial in the court since 2015 after he was accused of dividing and allocating part of army land to himself.

The court also ordered the convict to return N23 million being the money he got after he sold the part of the army land to himself. The court held that the convict fraudulently allocated to himself part of the land – 436 hectares, in Abuja and sold it.

Counsel to Sani, Mr Paul Sule (SAN), said that he would appeal to the army council to quash the sentence. Sule also said that should the council refuse to quash the sentence; he would approach the Court of Appeal to do that.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017


According to Sunnewsonline, Two children of same parents aged 12 and 6 have been confirmed dead following massive flooding in Okpoko, New Haven Layout, Ogbaru, Anambra State.

Rainfall which started on Thursday evening and lasted through the early morning yesterday left several properties damaged in parts of Onitsha, Owelle Aja and Oduke in Obosi and Okpoko area.

Church buildings, fences, vehicles and houses were damaged in the flooding.

In Okpoko area, streets affected include Achina, Ojibe, Onyekwelu and Emenike.

Consoling Mr John Obasi, father of the victims, chieftain of the Progressive Peoples Alliance and governorship aspirant, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo lamented that lack of proper planning and drainage system had caused untold hardship in several parts of the state.

Ezeemo who was pained by the loss of the children under such circumstances called on both state and federal governments to urgently come to the aid of the displaced and affected families.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017


The blues have tied down the services of the former juventus attacker, who has departed the bernabeu for the second time in his career.

Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea from Real Madrid has been completed, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

The 24-year-old striker has moved to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of £70 million and has agreed a five-year contract, having played 43 times for the European champions last season, netting on 20 occasions.Image title

However, he found himself surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and has elected to join up with Antonio Conte’s side.

"I am so happy to be here," he told Chelsea's official website. "It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible."

Chelsea's technical director Michael Emanelo added the club expect a great deal of him: "We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action. Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad."

The striker will meet with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of Asia, as they prepare to face Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday.

Conte insisted on Friday that Morata was his first-choice target for the No.9 role, despite Chelsea's attempts to sign Romelu Lukaku before his move to Manchester United.

"I think for sure this is a good signing for us, he is a young player but has a lot of experience, he went to Juventus and Real Madrid," Conte said of him. "He has a lot of experience and I think this is a good signing for us."

Morata, who came through the Madrid youth ranks, narrowly missed playing under the Italian with Juventus, arriving at the Serie A giants for a two-season stint shortly after Conte departed for the Italy national team job, but revealed the manager’s influence played a great role in him electing to move to Stamford Bridge.

“I’m going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me,” he said.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017


The police in Niger State have intercepted a gang of suspected car thieves along Mokwa-Minna Road and recovered a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV with Lagos State registration number, EKY 919 DW according to PUNCH.

The SUV was reportedly stolen in Lagos and was being taken to Niger Republic where it would be sold off.

It was learnt that the suspects, Abdulrahman Mukaila, 34; Aliyu Usman, 30; and Musa Mohammed,30, all from Niger Republic, specialised in stealing vehicles from unsuspecting members of the public.

Northern City News also gathered that the suspects, after snatching cars, took them to border communities in Kebbi for onward movement to their home country.

One of the suspects, Mukaila, told our correspondent on Thursday that the gang members usually dispossessed their victims of their vehicles under the guise of soliciting domestic work.

But Usman alleged that Mohammed simply asked him to accompany him to a wedding in Kebbi State “not knowing that he was going to sell the SUV belonging to his boss.”

He said, “Honestly speaking, Mohammed, who was a security guard to the owner of the vehicle, told me that his boss gave him the jeep to go to Kebbi State for his relation’s wedding and he asked me to accompany him since he cannot drive.

“I am a professional driver and clients often call for my services especially if it has to do with trip outside Lagos but I never knew that Mohammed was not telling me the truth.”

He added, “I have been in this country for 17 years rendering my services; now look at what has happened to me.

“Mohammed did not disclose to us that he was going to sell the SUV in Niger Republic, rather he told us that his boss gave him permission to use the vehicle to attend his relation’s wedding in Kebbi State.

“He tricked me into this mess and I am very sorry for implicating myself.”

Mohammed said he planned to sell the SUV in Niger Republic, but declined to respond to further questions.

The command spokesman, Bala Elkana, said investigations were ongoing in the case.

Posted: Jul 22, 2017


A housewife, Mutiatu Olaosebikan, has lost her seven-year-old marriage for demanding money from her husband before sex.

An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday granted the request of her estranged husband to dissolve the union.

Delivering his judgment, the President of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, said from all indications the estranged couple were tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile them had failed.

“Since both parties had consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.

“The court pronounce the marriage between Mr Sunday Olaosebikan and Mrs Mutiatu Olaosebikan dissolved today, both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance or molestation,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Mr. Omilola as saying.

The court also granted the custody of the only child of the marriage to the mother.

Earlier, Sunday Olaosebikan, had told the court that his wife had always refused him sex until she collected at least N500 and that he was tired of paying N500 per bout before having sex with his wife.

He also told the court that Mutiatu threatened to kill him, and that she stabbed him with dangerous weapons whenever they had misunderstanding.

“My lord, she once stabbed me with a broken bottle on my head and I bled heavily which landed me in the hospital.

“Mutiatu places her kitchen knife under her pillow and when I queried her, she said her pastor instructed her to use it anytime he had bad dreams.

“But whenever I requested for sex or during argument, she brings out the knife threatening to stab me,’’ he said.

He described his wife as an aggressive and violent person, saying “she may kill me if I continue with the marriage.”

“I ran away from the house to avoid untimely death.

“Also because of her bad behaviour, she could not get a steady job.”

The 42-year-old businessman begged the court to terminate the union on grounds of lack of love.

However, Mutiatu, said her husband, Sunday, usually discharged his sperm on the floor during sexual intercourse (withdrawal method).

“My husband no longer releases sperm into me when we had sex. He is in the habit of pouring his sperm on the floor, he does not want me to get pregnant again.

“He started this withdrawal method five years ago; I only have one child who is six years old; now, he can go more than six rounds, but will never release the sperm into me, instead he pours it on the floor.

“Whenever I queried him about the withdrawal method, he could not give a satisfactory answer,’’ she said.

The respondent said her husband was an “untamed chatterbox,’’ who cannot keep the family secrets.

She said he has a habit of sharing their family issues with his relatives, friends and even, the public.

“There was a day I was attacked spiritually and blood was gushing out of my eyes, nose and mouth.

“When I was rushed to a prayer house, I was told that my husband caused the sickness because he talks too much
about our affairs in the public,’’ she said.

The 34-year-old trader also described her husband as tight-fisted as she has been the one taking care of their baby from birth.

“My husband turned me into a punching bag that anytime we had misunderstanding, he would beat the hell out of me.”

She urged the court to grant her husband’s request for the dissolution of the marriage as she was also tired of the

Posted: Jul 21, 2017


Arsenal stars were struck by food poisoning in China that prevented several key players from playing their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement.

According to the French coach, the sickness swept the Arsenal camp, coupled with the severe heat in China and extensive travelling to different climates wasn't "ideal physically" for the players.

Olivier Giroud missed Wednesday's friendly victory over Bayern Munich because of food poisoning, then captain Per Mertesacker pulled out of the game just moments before kick-off because he too fell ill with the same problem.

New signing Sead Kolasinac also had to come off before the break and second-half substitutes Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey both finished the game not feeling well.

During the game, the Arsenal team were poor in the first half in the 36 degrees Celsius (97F) heat and Wenger admitted that the extreme conditions in Shanghai were "a shock" after flying in from Australia, which is in its winter

"I was a bit scared that tonight we could have big problems and in fact in the first half we suffered a bit," said Wenger.

"Ramsey finished the game, but Walcott, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Giroud, they all had a little food poisoning."

Wenger said the club did not know what caused the food poisoning.

Wenger added of the punishing preseason schedule that many top European clubs now undertake to far-flung destinations for commercial reasons: "If you ask me is it ideal physically to prepare? I'd say certainly not.

"Has it got other advantages? Yes because we can meet fans all over the world so that is very positive."

Posted: Jul 21, 2017


35-year-old mom-to-be and tennis superstar, Serena Williams turned to twitter to seek some pre-natal advice.

She needs help for one of pregnancy’s most common stress which is turning over in bed.

Serena Tweeted; "any tips on how to turn over at night? I’m having trouble going from my left to my right to my left side.”

Posted: Jul 21, 2017


Controversy has arisen over the death of a 29-year-old graduate of the University of Bauchi, Kolawole Idowu, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Family members of the victim said although Kolawole died at LASUTH, they believed his condition was worsened by doctors at the Ikeja Medical Centre, a private facility on Allen Avenue, Ikeja.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Kolawole, who concluded his youth service in Lagos sometime in April, took ill a few days afterwards.

He was reported to have complained of “teary eyes and body pains” and had gone to the Ikeja Medical Centre, which was the family hospital. It was gathered that like other children of the family, he was born at the hospital.

After a doctor allegedly recommended some malaria drugs and later an eye drop, the situation was said to have worsened, leading to his admission to the hospital.

Our correspondent was told that the hospital later said he was manifesting signs of a mental illness and began treating him for “psychosis.”

When there was no improvement, the hospital was said to have referred him to LASUTH, where he went into a coma and later died at the Intensive Care Unit.

The victim’s brother, Kunle, told PUNCH Metro that his late brother’s medical condition was not handled properly at the medical centre, adding that he was given some injections which affected his health.

Kunle alleged that the injections made him to misbehave, saying anytime the effect of the injections wore off, he would regain his senses, run back home and beg to be taken away from the hospital.

He explained that when he (Kunle) observed that their maternal grandparents were adamant on keeping him (Kolawole) at the hospital, he challenged them and broke some property in the house, which led to his arrest and detention.

He said, “The illness started at the end of April, about a week after his youth service. I am a politician and I was running a campaign to become a councillor at that period. Kola complained that he had been having burning sensations all over his body and his eyes had been teary. I advised him to go for a lab test, but he said he would go to our family hospital. He went to the hospital where he was given an eye drop, which he started reacting adversely to.

“He went back to the medical centre and he was told that he had malaria. The doctor prescribed a malaria drug for him. However, he started reacting negatively again to the drug. That was when the doctor said he was having fits of delirium and showing signs of dementia.”

He explained that the doctor insisted on admitting Kolawole, but he objected, adding that the grandparents believed the doctor and supported the move.

On the first week of his admission, Kunle said he was not satisfied with his brother’s treatment, but the hospital assured him that Kolawole needed rest.

He noted that he became concerned when Kolawole’s friends, who also visited the hospital, made similar observations. He said he asked for the victim’s transfer to another hospital.

Kunle said he met the grandparents and asked for permission to move his brother from the hosipital, but they objected due to the family’s long-time relationship with the hospital.

“I was angry with the hospital because they kept saying different things. First, it was delirium, then stress. They kept giving him injections. My brother was always saying he wanted to leave the hospital. Once he said that, they would say he had started again and give him more injections.

“I told them that my brother was not mentally ill; he wanted to leave the hospital because they didn’t know what they were doing,” Kunle said.

He added that because of his increasing political engagement, the time he had for Kolawole became limited.

PUNCH Metro learnt that there was a crisis in the house on May 17, 2017, when late Kolawole ran home from the hospital.

The grandparents were reported to have called a doctor at the medical centre to come with an injection for psychiatric patients to calm him down, a suggestion rejected by Kunle.

“I was angry because each time they give him the injection, he lost his senses. They (grandparents) asked me to shut up. For two weeks, that was what they told me. I was angry and I couldn’t take it again because I knew the doctor was on the way with the injection. I lost control and started shouting that they should not give him any drug.

“He was always coming home each time he realised that they were not treating him well. But my grandparents would take him back and he would obey so that he would not look like a disobedient child. The injection was killing him.

“That day, they asked the house help to lock the door. Because I could not sit down and watch him take another injection, I broke the door and left the house,” he added.

PUNCH Metro learnt that some relatives alerted the police of Kunle’s action and he was detained for a day.

Kunle said after that incident, he was told that his brother’s condition had aggravated and he had been taken to LASUTH.

He explained that Kolawole was admitted to the psychiatric ward of LASUTH, based on a referral letter from the medical centre.

Kunle said his brother was put in the same ward with patients who had serious mental problems and he spent about 10 days in the ward.

“He was later taken to the ICU where he spent two months and struggled to live. But the damage had been done because my brother had spent two weeks at the medical centre, 10 days at LASUTH psychiatric ward before he collapsed and was taken to the ICU.

“Some specialists at LASUTH later examined him and said it was not a psychotic case. They moved him to the ICU because he was at the point of death. I watched over him at the ICU for the two months.

“At one point, the seizure he was having stopped, and I thought he was getting better, not knowing my brother was dying,” he said.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the Idowu family comprised four children – Kunle, Kolawole, Adeniyi and a younger sister who is in the United States.

The children’s father died while they were young, while their mother, Mrs. Mopelola Osiyemi, travelled to the US in 2016.

Adeniyi, who studied in the Cyprus University, got a job in Dubai where he is now based.

Kunle and Kola, however, stayed with their grandparents at their family house on Bolanle Close, Allen Avenue, not far from the Ikeja Medical Centre.

Adeniyi, who said he was on holiday in Nigeria, told PUNCH Metro that he was shocked that his brother, who laughed with him during their time together, suddenly lost control of himself and went into a coma.

While insisting that Kolawole was not a drug addict, he said he had arranged with an Iranian doctor to move him out of the country, but was told that the brother must come out of a coma before he could be flown out.

He said, “The doctors at LASUTH told us that he was not mad; that he had bacteria which probably got into his brain. They said the medical practitioners at the first hospital messed him up. I called a doctor friend, who said my brother had an infection called meninges and it affected his brain. She said antibiotics could have cured him.

“Each day he spent at the ICU cost us N50,000. And that was aside the N100,000 on drugs and another N500,000 on a particular test. We spent millions of naira on treatment.

“When my brother died, we had to give out some of the drugs he didn’t use. But my eldest brother, Kunle, decided to bring home a particular one recommended for us from the medical centre, called Haloperidol. When I googled it, I discovered that my brother manifested the exact signs stated in the abuse of the drug, including stiffness and coma, before he died.”

PUNCH Metro was told that the deceased, who marked his 29th birthday in coma on June 23, became a graduate in 2013 after studying Accounting.

Our correspondent was told that he died around 4pm on July 1, 2017, at the ICU of LASUTH.

“My brother, Kolawole, has never slept at a hospital before. We want the hospital investigated. We want the government and the Nigerian Medical Association to intervene,” Olaniyi said.

The victim’s mother, Mopelola, in an emotional message she broadcast on Whatsapp a few days to her son’s death, alleged that the doctor who treated him apologised to the family.

“To God be the glory; this is very said. But I must tell it. I gave birth to Kolawole 29 years ago at the same hospital that administered wrong medication that has put him in a life-threatening condition. The doctor that started his treatment went to my aged father of 86 years to apologise, confessing that he gave Kolawole a wrong medication.

“I believe this is the beginning of Kolawole’s healing process. What can I do at this stage? We are spending millions on hospital treatment in an intensive care unit because of one little mistake that shouldn’t have happened. God, you know best. Kolawole must live to testify to your glory,” the message read.

She told our correspondent on the telephone after the son’s death that the hospital must be held accountable for the alleged mistake.

She said, “He was never diagnosed. I don’t know my son as a drug addict. I left Nigeria 11 months ago; are they saying he took to drugs within that period, a son I have known for a long time? They should have conducted proper checks on him. We have spent millions of naira just because of one mistake.

“They insisted on treating him even when they lacked the competence because of the money they wanted to make from my family.”

LASUTH’s reaction

PUNCH Metro had a meeting with the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, and some top principal officers of the government hospital.

Oke said there was a limit to the information that could be released due to the ethics of the medical profession.

He noted that Kolawole was examined and treated by specialists.

The hospital’s consultant psychiatrist, Dr Atilola Olayinka, said he was the first to have contact with Kolawole after he was brought to the hospital.

He said, “He came in as an emergency case and we didn’t have any other information to make us doubt the fact that it was most likely an ongoing psychiatric illness. On that basis, we received him to manage him for the illness.

“In the course of treatment,we,however,saw other symptoms that did not jell with a pure case of psychiatric illness. We investigated and called in our medical team to review it with us. When his level of consciousness was going down, we had to move him to the ICU.”

The consultant medical officer, one Dr Bamisile, said he observed fissures, including epileptic fits, neck stiffness and running fever.

“We saw that he could have some organic problems, apart from a functional psychosis. The following day, I went to see him and observed that his consciousness was going. I examined and saw that there were other medical issues. He was jerking and had epileptic seizures. His neck was also stiff. He had running fever at a time,” he added.

He explained that the deceased also had fissures and inflammation of the brain, “which could be caused by some organism.”

At this point, Bamisile said he asked that a microbiologist and a professor of neurology attend to Kolawole.

LASUTH’s consultant neurologist, Dr Olaitan Ojelabi, said the 29-year-old appeared “febrile, with restive signs and other symptoms, pointing at a case of meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the linings of the brain).”

“This condition could be caused by bacteria. To treat this, we upgraded his antibiotics, among other treatments,” he added.

The Consultant Anaesthesia, Dr A.A. Majekodunmi, said the victim was later placed on a life-support machine.

“After about two weeks in the ICU, he started having problems with breathing and we had to put him on a ventilator to help him breathe. We repeated some investigations to find out what was wrong with him. The family was aware of the prognosis, and they were aware when it was getting worse. We saw that he was not responding to some medications that we gave him. Eventually, we had to put him on a supportive medication for his blood pressure until he eventually died. He was on life support for about a month before he passed on,” she said.

A professor of Neurology, Prof. Yomi Ogun, expressed sadness at the death of Kolawole, saying a partial autopsy revealed the deceased’s brain was swollen.

He noted that nobody could tell what really killed him “until the autopsy is subjected to histology.”

He said, “He had inflammation of the brain. If you have meningitis, there are two signs that we look out for, which were there. And maybe, some signs of inflammation; but we need to subject it to a histology for a definitive answer.

“When you suspect that your patient has meningitis, what you need to do is to commence a therapeutic trial of anti-TB medication. Because the moment they get unconscious, it might be difficult to reverse it and that was also done.

“By the time I got to see him, he was already in a coma. He was having convulsions all the while. We modified his treatment and he was stabilised for a few days.”

The CMD of LASUTH, Oke, said the hospital started treatment based on the referral letter from the Ikeja Medical Centre, adding that nothing in the letter showed a case of malaria.

“His referral letter stated categorically that he had a mental issue. There was never a question of malaria. When patients come like that, we take them as we see them and we manage them based on whatever our specialties say.

“He had been outside our hospital for two weeks. The referral letter brought here says he had been having neuro-psychiatric symptoms,” he added.

Efforts by our correspondent to speak with Ikeja Medical Centre were frustrated by the hospital. Its workers harassed our correspondent during a visit to the facility on Tuesday.

Source: Punch

Posted: Jul 20, 2017


Former Super Eagles playmaker and captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has blamed the disbandment of the Super Eagles after the floppy performance of the team at the Mali 2002 African Cup of Nations as the beginning of the misfortune for the national team according to Vanguard.

Okocha who is in Morocco at the ongoing CAF symposium on African football said regrettably that that decision to disband the team caused the ‘death of the team’.

The former mercurial midfielder who is here with other African stars like Abedi Pele, Kalusha Bwalya, Anthony Baffoe and others said that disbandment sniffed off the succession growth in Eagles.

 “Everytime I remember that decision to disband the Eagles, my heart bleeds because it set back the hands of the clock in the growth of the team. It shattered the succession plan of the team and that has affected the growth of the team up to now”, Okocha, who is the toast of many Moroccans here, said.

 The Super Eagles third place finish at the 2002 African Cup of Nations forced Government to disband the team to assuage the anger of fans after the Semi- final loss to Senegal. A second string team of the Super Eagles managed to beat Mali by a lone goal to grab the bronze medal. Coaches Shaibu Amodu, Stephen Keshi and Joe Erico who handled the team, then, were also sacked.

 Okocha feels strongly that the decision to sack the team turned around to destroy the growth of the team. ‘’When you disband a team, you start from zero. It upsets all the progress you have made”, he insisted.

Okocha who dazzled with his amazing skills was to be made captain of the team, taking over from Sunday Oliseh and their relationship waned.

 “Those who disbanded the team pegged their relationship on curtailing the excesses of the so-called mafia in the team. They believed that some players were instrumental to fomenting trouble and holding officials to the jugular because of bonuses. That is not true. We were just like any other worker. We wanted our wages to be paid, our bonuses and ticket allowances refunded. We know our officials too well. If you listen to their sweet talk and don’t get your dues, that automatically disappears. What they call mafia was the love and understanding we had in the team. All the players were one and agreed in getting what was owed us from them. They didn’t like that and gave us a bad name. Mafia. It was like giving a dog a bad name. We also knew that they got more allowances than us and still wanted to deprive us our own. It was inhuman. We closed ranks to fight for our rights. Imagine flying on economy class without leg room. And they expect you to do magic on the pitch. Some players ended up getting injuries before the match or not giving their optimal best. We connected flights(commercial flights) and waited almost 10 to 14 hours to connect flights. When we speak out against such inhuman treatments, they are quick to call us mafia. What is mafia? If they don’t pay you in your place of work, will you be happy? Will you put in your best?

Looking ahead to the World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on September 1 in Uyo, Okocha said that the Eagles were in a good stead to take points but refused to be dragged into the controversy of recalling former Keeper Vincent Enyeama to the team.

 “I don’t want to speak on that. It is our fault for not having good replacements for Carl Ikeme. The ideal thing is for you to have your number one goalkeeper, the second and third choices. In the case of anything happening, your number two steps in to become number one and so on. How did we get into this confusion only to cry wolf at this late hour?”

Pressed further, Okocha said that questions should also be asked in recalling Enyeama or any other player. Is that player/goalkeeper in form? When last did he keep for his club? I also know that goalkeepers have longevity more than other players.

 Okocha last played for Nigeria in 2006, appeared for the Super Eagles 75 times with 14 goals in his outstanding outings with the Super Eagles.

Posted: Jul 20, 2017


 Mayhem broke out on Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos State, on Wednesday after a police sergeant, Dare Adamu, attached to a branch of Diamond Bank on the road shot a driver dead.

The death of the driver, who was a member of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), led to a violent protest during which the bank and a Sterling Bank branch were set ablaze by a mob.

The riot forced the banks to shut down.

Ogbengefriends was informed two accounts of events that led to the incident.

A commercial bus driver, identified simply as Idris, said the driver was in a traffic leading to the Apapa Port around 8am, when the trigger-happy cop approached him for a N1,000 bribe. He was said to have gone berserk as the driver turned down the demand.

“When the driver said he didn’t have N1,000, he cocked his gun and shot him in the head. The driver died on the spot,” Idris said.

However, a trader, Emmanuel Nnamdi, told our correspondent that the driver was in a queue of trucks heading for the port, adding that the victim was held in the gridlock in front of Diamond Bank.

Nnamdi said the cop complained that the truck was blocking the bank and asked the driver to move.

He said. “The driver told the policeman that there was no space for him to move forward or reverse because of the gridlock. He was not comfortable with the driver’s excuse and an argument ensued. Suddenly, the police man cocked his gun and shot the driver directly in the head.

“Immediately he saw the driver in a pool of blood, he fled into the banking hall of Sterling Bank, which is beside Diamond Bank.”

Another eyewitness, Desmond Peters, said policemen prevented the angry drivers that chased Adamu from gaining access into the banking hall.

“At that point, the drivers became furious and started vandalising the two banks. They eventually set fire to the banks,” he added.

Our correspondents reports that it took the soldiers and policemen intervention  to stop the mob action as firefighters put out the flames.

ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole , the Lagos State police spokesperson,  said the killer cop had been detained.

He said, “The incident has nothing to do with bribe. There was a misunderstanding between the policeman and the driver. It was in the process that the incident happened. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he gave up the ghost.

“We are investigating and arresting suspects that were involved. The policeman is in our custody and he is going to face sanctions. He was on guard duty at the Diamond Bank.”

The Director of Operation, AMATO, Dr Chike Aneke, said the incident was part of the oppression drivers went through in the hands of policemen in the area.

He said, “Because of the traffic situation in Apapa, policemen attached to banks usually extort money from our drivers while in queue. Today (Wednesday), there were a lot of trucks trying to access the port. As a result, the driver’s truck was in front of the new generation bank.

“One of the policemen that usually extort money from them asked the driver to move. He fired at the driver. Stray bullets also hit two others. Other drivers got angry and thereafter set the bank ablaze.”

Meanwhile, the two banks, in separate statements on Wednesday said they had suspended operations as a result of the havoc wreaked on their facilities.

The Sterling Bank Chief Marketing Officer, Brand Management and Communications Group, Henry Bassey, said the branch’s reception area was vandalised and set ablaze.

The statement read in part, “An armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations at the Sterling Bank branch on Creek Road this morning (Wednesday). He ran into the premises of the bank to escape being lynched.

“Security operatives attached to the bank disarmed and arrested the fleeing mobile policeman, but did not hand him over to the irate mob. The mob got upset and attacked the bank with the intention of unleashing mayhem on staff and customers.

“The security operatives attached to the branch prevented the mob from entering the branch while evacuating staff and customers before the arrival of police reinforcements. The branch has been temporarily shut down.”

The Head, Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank, Chioma Afe, said further information on the bank operations at the Apapa branch would be communicated to its customers via print and social media and urged them to use nearest branches.

“We had a fire incident at our branch office on Creek Road, Apapa, which severely damaged branch infrastructure as a result of mob action. While the situation is under control, we are working with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate actions leading to the fire incident.

“While these investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs,” the statement added

Posted: Jul 20, 2017


The loved up couple are celebrating his birthday in Miami.

Mr Eazi, real name, Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade was born on 19 July 1991 at Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017


One suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber was killed in foiled attack at Dala Ya Zara along Mola Road, Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday, July Maiduguri. See the photos below.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017


No fewer than 37 persons have been killed and several others injured in a fresh round of violence that ensued between farmers and herders in Kajuru, Kajuru local government of Kaduna State according to Daily Post.

Kajuru is about 50 kilometers away from Kaduna town.

The violence started on Sunday after some Fulani youths reportedly invaded a village at Ungwan Uka to avenge the killing of a certain Fulani herdsman said to have been attacked and killed some days back by some Kadara youths at a farm at Banono village.

One of the Kadara youths told newsmen that the Fulani man that was killed was a known bandit who has been harassing the people of the area and was killed by a mob while trying to escape.

“The Chief of kajuru even called them and spoke with them but we were surprised that in the early hours of Sunday morning, they came and carried out the attack,” he stated.

“These are the ones whose bodies have been recovered, as I’m talking with you, we don’t know the actual number of casualties as our people are scattered all over running for dear lives,” he stated.

A Kadara Youth, told newsmen that the youths have been restive following the attacks but said efforts have been on by their elders to calm the nerves of the restive youths as there is tension in the area.

“We’ve been hearing of several attacks but when I called people in some of the communities, they say they’re not true,” he said, but added that no less than 10 persons including a seven month old baby died in the attack.

Meanwhile, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yakubu Sabo said the police is aware of a misunderstanding among some individuals in the community which later led to a clash when some people took the laws into their hands.

According to ASP Sabo, “not only the police but the joint patrol comprising the police and army are still there and situation has been brought under control.”

“I spoke with them this afternoon and they confirmed to me they’re still there, there is no way this type of thing will happen and we will just withdraw like that,” he said.

Posted: Jul 19, 2017


The Premier League winner has signed a new two-year contract with the Blues to end speculation linking him with a return to Italy

Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract at Chelsea, the Premier League champions have confirmed.Image title

Former Juventus and Italy head coach Conte led Chelsea to glory in his first season in England's top flight, with the Blues finishing seven points clear of Tottenham at the summit.

The new contract is an improvement upon the terms of the three-year deal the 47-year-old agreed when he joined Chelsea, meaning he is still tied to the Stamford Bridge club until the end of 2018-19.

Conte told Chelsea's official website: "I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.

"The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together."

Conte has bolstered his squad with the arrival Germany defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, although his decision to freeze out striker Diego Costa and the failure to secure an attacking replacement means the close season has not run entirely smoothly to date.

Manchester United's capture of Romelu Lukaku reportedly angered Conte, who was reportedly a target for Inter Milan before they appointed Luciano Spalletti to succeed Stefano Pioli.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, though, believes the Italian remains the ideal man to lead the Blues to further success as they prepare for a return to the Champions League.

"Antonio achieved incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title," she said.

"This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League."

Conte has added compatriots Paolo Vanoli and Davide Mazzotta to his backroom staff for the new season.

Vanoli will serve as his assistant after Steve Holland took up a post under Gareth Southgate with the England national team, while Mazzotta will work on player analysis.

Source: Goal

Posted: Jul 19, 2017


Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart ready to get his career back on track with the Hammers after completing a season-long loan move to West Ham.

Hart had been told he could find another club by City boss Pep Guardiola after spending last season at Torino.

According to BBC Sports, the 30-year-old made it clear to City his preference was to join West Ham, and they facilitated that.

There is no option to buy in the deal and, should West Ham want Hart next summer, they will have to bid for him like any other club.

City have agreed to fund part of Hart’s wages but West Ham are also paying a loan fee, believed to be £4.5m.

Hart, whose City contract is not due to expire until 2019, is expected to join West Ham’s squad on their pre-season tour of Austria.

“It’s important for me to play football, and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome,” he said.

Hart won the Premier League twice with Manchester City, and has been capped 71 times by England, but fell out of favour after Pep Guardiola took over as manager.

Although he will not play against City in the league, Hart could face his parent club as soon as 4 August in a pre-season friendly match in Iceland.

West Ham’s season starts against Manchester United at Old Trafford nine days later.

Posted: Jul 19, 2017


A teenage German schoolgirl who ran away from home a year ago to join ISIS has been captured in the ruins of Mosul in Iraq. Linda Wenzel, 16, from Pulsnitz, near Dresden, Germany was among 20 ISIS followers captured after Mosul fell following a ten-month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead.Image title

Before Linda fled Germany, she had been unhappy at home so she turned to Islam and soon began engaging with ISIS followers in the Middle East on Internet chat rooms. She changed her name to Mariam and began to wear a headscarf in her Facebook photos. Her friends told police she had started learning Arabic, taking the Koran to school, wearing conservative clothing and becoming fascinated with Islam. This led to her being put under observation by the German intelligence officials. She is believed to have fallen in love with a Muslim man she met online who persuaded her to move to Syria to join him. She left Germany by posing as her mother Catherine and flying from Frankfurt to Turkey, before making her way into Syria. Before fleeing, Linda told her mother she was going to stay with friends but instead forged a letter pretending to be Catherine which allowed her to withdraw money from the bank.

Authorities in Germany say they are examining the photos of the girl captured in Mosul to determine if it is actually Linda Wenzel. Newspaper Die Welt, citing security sources, said they are sure the captive girl is definitely Linda.

Posted: Jul 18, 2017


Alima Sallah, former wife of ex-Gambian President Yahya Jammeh graduated from a college in the UK. Jammeh married Sallah in October 2010 but the short lived marriage abruptly ended in 2011.

Alima, the daughter of Gambia?s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Omar Gibril Sallah, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of York?s Goodricke College.

She is pictured with her mother and sister, holding a bouquet of flowers on graduation day.

Posted: Jul 18, 2017


A group in the All Progressives Congress(APC) known as APC youth renaissance, has called for the arrest of Peter Okoye of P-Square, for going on twitter to attack the Federal Government, over plans to ban entertainers from shooting musical videos and movies outside the shores of Nigeria

After the announcement was made, a few celebrities took to their social media pages to react to the federal government's intending policy in the entertainment industry, but it is Peter Okoye of P-square who's getting poked at.

In a statement released by the group's national secretary, Collins Edwin, the youth group went as far as describing Peter as a 'son of darkness'. Read the full statement below

"We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government's job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation. Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity. Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves? If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today? Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then? After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad. Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders 'Ndi Ala' which means mad and stupid people. How dare you say that Psquare? We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute. If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry. We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos".

Posted: Jul 18, 2017


NYSC has released the calendar for the 2017 Batch A Stream II orientation exercise.

A statement signed by the management of the scheme reads:

“The 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation Course has been scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 nationwide.

Highlights of the exercise are as follows: a. Registration/verification: Wednesday 26th July – Thursday, 27th July, 2017

 b. Registration Cut-off date: Midnight of 27th July, 2017

c. Closing ceremony: Tuesday, 15th August, 2017 Meanwhile, all Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) are to advised to watch out for information on the printing of call-up letters shortly.

PCMs are advised to report promptly to the Orientation camps in their states of deployment at the camp addresses indicated in their call-up letters.

Management wishes all Prospective Corps Members safe journey to their respective states of deployment and a hitch-free Orientation course.”

The printing of Call-up letters will commence in the evening of Friday, 21st July, 2017.

Posted: Jul 18, 2017


Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has confirmed the launch of social media platforms for his 2019 presidential bid.

Speaking on the presidential campaign moves, Governor Fayose’s special assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said what they did was to open social media platforms for the venture.

According to Olayinka, who spoke with the Tribune Online on the telephone, “the only thing we did was to open a Facebook page, Twitter handle and an Instagram account.”

He said that was all they had done for now on the presidential bid of Governor Fayose.

About two hours after the launch of the page, it had 1,377 likes on Facebook, Olayinka added.

Posted: Jul 18, 2017


Grammy-winning singer, R.Kelly has been alleged of keeping young women against their will in an abusive sex cult according to Buzzfeed.

The report says the singer goes after women between ages 19-21 who seek help from him to help launch a career in music.

After some time, he establishes a sexual relationship with the girls, who reportedly call him ‘Daddy’ while he calls them ‘Babies’. He becomes controlling and dictates their behaviour and lifestyle choices afterward.

He goes to the extent of seizing their cell phones and replacing them with new ones and instructing them to seek his permission before calling anyone.

They are said to seek his permission before leaving their rooms and also dress in jogging suits so that no one else can see their bodies.

According to the report, they are prohibited from showing their faces when other men are in the room, they instead turn around and face the wall to talk.

R. Kelly is also said to occasionally film his sexual activities with the girls and shares the videos with other men.

One of the girls’ mother told Buzzfeed that it was as if she was brainwashed. She added that her daughter was horrible and looked like a prisoner the last time she saw her.

I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and Kelly is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.” She said

The R&B legend reportedly punishes the girls verbally and physically when they break his rules.

The police are said to be unable to do anything about the matter as the girls are all above 18 and have often said they are with the singer on their own free will.

Posted: Jul 17, 2017


Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday called for a "state of emergency for education" in Nigeria, as she visited the country and met some of the Chibok schoolgirls whose cause she championed.

The 20-year-old global education campaigner made the suggestion at a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajoat the presidential villa in Abuja.

Nigeria has some 10.5 million children out of school -- the most in the world -- and 60 percent of them are girls, according to the UN children's fund, Unicef.

Many of them are in the country's northeast, where the Boko Haram insurgency has devastated education in the last nine years, damaging or destroying classrooms and schools.

Yousafzai, who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in her native Pakistan in 2012 for insisting girls should go to school, told reporters: "I highlighted a few issues.

"The first was to ask the government to declare a state of emergency for education because the education of the Nigerian girls and boys is really important.

"The federal government, state government and local government should all be united for this. Secondly, the spending should be made public and thirdly, the Child Rights Act should be implemented in all states."

Yousafzai said there was a "positive response" to the suggestion from Osinbajo, who has been standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari since he left on open-ended medical leave in early May.

The most high-profile symbols of the attack on girls' education are the more than 200 students who were abducted by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in the remote town of Chibok in April 2014.

Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2014, joined politicians, celebrities and campaigners from around the world to support the online #BringBackOurGirls movement to demand their release.

On a previous visit to Nigeria in July 2014, she urged the then-president Goodluck Jonathan to meet the girls' parents.

On the first anniversary, she called the missing girls "my brave sisters" and wrote in an open letter that she could not wait to meet and hug them. "You are my heroes," she said.

A total of 106 of the kidnapped girls have been released, rescued or escaped after more than three years in captivity, while 113 are still being held.

Yousafzai said she was "very happy" to see some of the girls, who are staying at a government-run facility in Abuja.

"I'm really excited to see them going back to their homes and to their families and continuing their education," she added.

"But I hope the other girls who are still under abduction of Boko Haram are released."

Posted: Jul 17, 2017


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Posted: Jul 17, 2017


A man, Chibuzor Nwafor, has been arrested for stabbing his friend and neighbour, Amarana Chikezie, to death following a disagreement over power connection at their residence in Kado-Kuchi behind Next Shopping plaza, Jabi, Abuja.

The incident, which occurred around 10pm last Sunday, has thrown the neighbourhood into mourning.

Amarana, 23, a graduate of Community Development from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, was certified dead on arrival at the Gwarimpa General Hospital.

Amarana’s elder sister, Precious, told our correspondent on Sunday that the deceased was stabbed in the heart leading to his demise shortly after.

She explained that Nwafor and her brother were friends, stressing that the murder of Amarana was premeditated.

She said she was informed by eyewitnesses that Nwafor had asked her brother to meet him at home so they could resolve an issue bordering on the illegal power connection by a new neighbor, who was said to have been sanctioned by Amarana.

Precious said, “Chibuzor phoned my brother to come back home so they could talk about the power supply extended to a new neighbour by Amarana.

“In the course of their discussion, they started quarreling and they were prevented from fighting by those present.

“The next thing that Chibuzor did was to enter his room and got a knife which he hid so that the others would not see it; he then stabbed my brother in the heart.

“I don’t know why he would kill somebody he ate and drank with. I believe he planned the murder all along, but he must tell the world why he did this.”

A common friend of both Amarana and Chibuzor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the deceased was planning to join the Nigerian Air Force before his death.

Narrating how Amarana died, he said that the deceased was rushed to a pharmacist after he was stabbed, who declined to treat him unless there was a police report.

He said, “We then decided to take him to Gwarimpa General Hospital, but we couldn’t get a vehicle on time. For about 20 minutes, we were looking for a cab while we kept him in front of the chemist shop.

“It was a man who was going to a church vigil that took him to the hospital, but the doctor said he died five minutes after he was stabbed, adding that there was no way he could have survived because the knifed penetrated his heart.”

He further stated that Chibuzor was tricked to the hospital where he was arrested by policemen who were waiting for him.

Posted: Jul 17, 2017


The Caesarean Section, CS, option in birth delivery is becoming popular among some Nigerian women, a News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, survey has revealed.

Respondents told NAN in a survey across some South West states and Kwara that the increasing popularity of the procedure was hinged on factors ranging from medical reasons to social considerations as well as unethical motive to make profit.

Ijarotimi Omotade, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, said CS could be justified whenever it was deemed that the life of the mother or foetus could be in jeopardy if vaginal delivery was allowed.

Ms. Omotade, however, said the CS rate was on the increase worldwide and remains a cause for concern considering the risks associated with the procedure.

According to her, the risks include but not limited to maternal death, bleeding, dangerous clot formation in blood vessels, infection and anaesthetic complications.

She said as beneficial as CS is, there are risks involved with it just like other surgical operations.

The expert maintained that the procedure should only be done when medically indicated.

According to Ms. Omotade, some indications for CS include when the passage (pelvis) is too narrow for the passenger (fetus), when the placenta or tumour is blocking the passage and when the womb (uterus) is in danger of a rupture.

Mw. Omotade, however, said apart from the cited indications, many mothers in the country now willingly demand for CS, hoping to escape the excruciating pains of labour.

“Mothers are now also requesting caesarean section because they want to preserve the tone of the perineum and vagina.

“Mothers, who want their babies delivered on a particular day like their birthdays, husband’s birthday, wedding anniversary, special occasions like New Year day, Christmas or other religious occasions are not left out of social factors,” she said.

Similarly, Ernest Orji, the Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at OAU, Ile-Ife, said majority of pregnant women now request for CS because they do not want to pass through labour pains.

Some, he said, also prefer to have their babies on special days to mark their wedding or birthday anniversaries.

He said the trend had changed from the past when women were afraid of CS, adding that the procedure was now attractive with the availability of professionals and modern equipment for successful surgery.

But Modupe Lawal, a gynaecologist at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, said CS delivery was on the rise in Nigeria because doctors make more money from the procedure than normal delivery.

According to Ms. Lawal, what most private hospitals charge for CS is higher than normal delivery.

Another practitioner, Adewunmi Alayaki, however, said it would be unfair to believe that doctors who opt for CS were after monetary benefits.

Mr. Alayaki, the Head of Surgery Department, State Hospital, Ilaro, Ogun, told NAN that a doctor’s first and paramount responsibility was to save lives.

According to him, several factors could be responsible for the choice of CS by any pregnant woman.

Some of the factors, according to him, are maternal factors, fetal factor and materno-fetal factors.

Others factors, he said, are age, body formation (short-statured woman), contracted pelvic and previous surgeries.

“When we look at it in the long run, it is what we have in the society and some of the conditions that will make a doctor opt for CS.

“When we talk of economic gains to doctors, are we talking of doctors who work in public or private sector because for a doctor who works for government, the money is not going into his pocket,” he said.

On how popular the procedure is, Mr. Alayaki said: “Times are changing and a lot of women are more enlightened now, some of them even request for it.’’

When NAN spoke with some expectant mothers, some of them expressed reservations about the procedure while some were positively disposed to it.

Dele Hundeyin, a father of two, said his wife gave birth to his two daughters through CS.

“We have good doctors in government hospitals who take on this procedure and are good at what they do while their fees aren’t too exorbitant.

“It also saves a lot of time and the agony my wife would have to pass through. So, I think it’s far better than the Hebrew delivery,” Mr. Hundeyin added.

A gynaecologist, Akinola Oladeji, expressed the belief that the increase in rate of CS had been due in part to fall out of emergency cases.

“A lot of people go to substandard health facilities or mission houses and by the time they are coming to the hospital, they already have at least one indication for emergency caesarean section.

“Another reason for the increase is due to economic factor in that some medical practitioners encourage it because of the profit to be made; it’s more expensive than normal delivery.

“In our hospital, the cost of a C-Section goes for about N250,000 to N300,000 and for multiple births, it is more.

“We have up to four C-sections in a month in this facility,” he said.

He also confirmed that the elite sometimes request for CS to avoid labour pains.

A middle-aged petty trader, Florence Adeyemi, who is a mother of three teenagers, said she would not refuse a CS if she were to be pregnant with a fourth child.

“The major reasons for refusal of a caesarean section is fear of death during surgery, but that fear has since been laid to rest when I saw my friends who have undergone a C- section and came out well.

“There is enough awareness now of the benefits of a C-section in preserving the lives of mother and child,” she said.

A 26-year-old pregnant woman said that she was planning on getting a C-section so as to decide the birthday of her child.

“It is our first child and my husband and I have decided we want the birthday to coincide with our wedding anniversary,” the respondent, who refused to disclose her name said.

Ismaila Busari, the Ondo State Chairman of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, told NAN in Akure that CS offers mothers laxity to reject labour pains.

“She can fix any date which will be convenient instead of going through labour pains with its contractions.

“Normal delivery might also come with vaginal tears which can never happen with CS.

“The baby doesn’t pass through the vagina with this process; it is cut out through the stomach.

“CS usually also saves the lives of both mother and child when the labour lasts for a very long time without any progress, even when the labour is induced,” he said.

He, however, said that CS has many disadvantages, including issues such as cutting of the uterus which could result in cutting the blood vessels accidentally.

According to him, the bleeding that occurs in CS is also usually much more than that of normal delivery.

He said that the patient might need blood transfusion due to blood loss, adding that this also has its own disadvantage.

Mr. Busari said that blood transfusion might lead to infections and diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

“Even when the blood is screened, the disease or infection might be in the window period and might not show up during screening,’’ he said.

“Also, after CS, the mother passes through pain and stress due to the cut made to the stomach.

“It varies, but the pain might last for months and in some cases will affect the mother’s daily activities.

“Infection of the cut from the operation can also occur if the cut is not treated or cleaned adequately.

“If the person is diabetic, then it won’t heal as fast as someone without diabetes,” he added.

In spite of the increasing popularity of the procedure, it is still unappealing to some women.

A petty trader, who simply gave her name as Mrs. Adebayo, said that having a CS was against her religious beliefs.

According to her, it is a sin for a Christian to choose the procedure.

A lecturer also expressed satisfaction with vaginal delivery, saying “I like to experience what it means to bring forth a child by yourself.

“The pain you experience is one of the joys of motherhood.

“Caesarean Section is a not for me and the pain of vaginal birth besides is just for that moment compared to the lingering pain you experience after the CS,’’ the academic, who also craved anonymity, said.

The Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Kolawole Ogundipe, said it had always been difficult convincing some pregnant mothers to go for CS in the state.

He said this was in spite of the explanations on the risks of rejecting the procedure.

But the state Commissioner for Health, Olurotimi Ojo, said hospitals in the state were currently being equipped with the right type of facilities and personnel, saying pregnant women and their families had nothing to fear in whatever circumstances.

An Ilorin-based matron, Saratu Bello, also said many had died for rejecting the procedure in Kwara.

“Giving birth through CS is not a death sentence and the earlier expectant mothers realised this the better for them.

“They should know that before medical personnel decide to carry out CS on any pregnant woman, it is to save the life of either the mother or child or both of them.

“But when you want to remain adamant that you must give birth only through vaginal delivery, caution needs to be taken,” Ms. Bello said.

The matron said she was compelled to speak out on the development when expectant mothers began to pray against undergoing the procedure during ante-natal sessions.

“I became surprised that it is now like a norm because they (pregnant women) now pray against it during ante-natal sessions.

“What they say is that they want to deliver like the Hebrew women, so, I know it’s a religious belief which has cost a lot of women their lives and needs to be tackled.

“That compelled me to see it as a point of duty to educate them more on the need for them to allow things take its due course,” the matron said.

Ms. Bello said it was surprising that some Nigerians had continued to live in the past regarding CS while some expectant mothers eagerly opt for it in other countries.


Posted: Jul 17, 2017


According to ThisDayLive, An early morning conflagration resulting from activities at a tank farm at the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ), Cross River State, has led to the death of 14 people.

It was feared that more people might have died as many others are feared missing, while those who sustained several degrees of injuries were taken to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) treatment.

Sources at the zone, and the Esuk Utan community which were seriously affected by the inferno, attributed it to the activities of illegal oil bunkerers who were syphoning petrol from one of the facilities of one of the numerous tank farms located in the CFTZ.

It was gathered that events leading to the fire incident started at about 2a.m., some moments after a vessel loaded with petrol was discharging the product into the tank farm from a distance of about one kilometre from the nearby Calabar River where it berthed.

A source from the affected company that owns the tank who pleaded not to be mentioned, disclosed that it was while the vessel was discharging the product that one of their staff identified as Sunny, connected a valve to the pipe supplying fuel to the tank farm in a desperate attempt to siphon petrol.

The source said luck, however, ran against the said Sunny as the pressure from the spot where he had punctured became forceful to the extent that he was knocked down by petrol which was gushing out uncontrollably.

It was gathered that Sunny, who the source said was not officially on duty, died on the spot.

It was gathered that the product which started flowing freely, filled the premises of the tank farm, and spilled over into the gutters, the river where the vessel docked, and the neighboring Esuk Utan community, which is the host community of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and the CFTZ

It was gathered that some members of the community who were awaken by the strong fumes of the petrol on realising that it was petrol that had flowed into the gutters started scooping until about 4a.m. when there was a sudden spark and the whole place was engulfed with fire.

Six persons were believed to have died on the spot at Esuk Utan, while the raging fire spread to other places and wreaked serious destruction to more lives and property.

However, with the use of sophisticated fire-fighting equipment, the raging fire which was heading towards the vessel was put off by the men on board it.

Though parts of the tank farm where the incident started was gutted by fire, firefighters at the CFTZ fought gallantly, using sophisticated equipment, to put it off before it could spread to other tank farm, and perhaps the entire zone, which plays host to the many companies.

But a nearby fishing settlement close to the river was not spared as seven persons who were residing there were said to have been burnt to death, just as the many engine and wooden boats were completely razed.

Three vessels that docked at the nearby NPA jetty were also not spared the rampaging effect of the early morning inferno.

Though it was a hectic time for journalists who rushed to the scene of the incident, as the entire area had been cordoned off, it was gathered that when final stock is taken the death toll would be nothing less than 30.

A staff of one of the tank farms in the area who spoke in anonymity on this context, to be mention, said the incident emanated from illegal siphoning of petrol.

The staff said: “Almost 30 people that we have been able to confirm have died. So many have severe injuries and have been rushed to the hospital. I saw someone whose entire legs had melted in the fire. It was only his bones that were sticking out. I do not know if he would survive. It was very horrible. There was fire everywhere. Nobody knew where they would run to. Many other companies in this vicinity, and even inside the NPA have had one equipment or the other affected by the fire. The truth is that they were doing an illegal business there that is why there was no safety measure. In fact, there was no safety measure at all that is why the situation got out of hand. If it was a normal operation, I believe it could have been contained easily. It is something they have been doing all the time, but today was bad luck for them.

Commenting on the fire incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said the police can only confirm that seven persons died while nine sustained various degrees of injuries.

Inuwa said policeman were on ground there when the fire was raging, and they helped to extinguish the raging fire, and also cordoned the area to stop hoodlums, and other criminals from taking advantage of the situation to commit crime.

The commissioner who suspected foul play, said there might have been some form of conspiracy to siphon the petrol from one of the affected tank farm.

Inuwa said the police had already commenced thorough investigation into the remote and immediate cause of the fire incident and promised that any person found culpable will be made to face the law.

Posted: Jul 17, 2017


According to Punch, Some students of the University of Benin, Edo State, have taken to the social media to protest against the detention of a 300-level Pharmacy student of the institution, Esegine Rickson.

Rickson is being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department along with a pastor, a bus driver, and two other persons because of the death of a church member.

The UNIBEN students accused the police of unlawfully detaining their fellow student and others without any proof to show that the suspects were complicit in the death.

They added that the detention had prevented Rickson from sitting for the ongoing exams in the school.

Punch reports  that the detainees and the unidentified church member had attended a retreat at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Sapele Road, Benin City.

As they were returning from the service on a bus last Sunday, they reportedly encountered a truck on top speed.

It was gathered that the bus driver zigzagged to avert a collision with the truck.

In the ensuing confusion, a phone was said to have fallen from the unnamed church member, who was also said to have attended the retreat.

“Uche picked up the mobile phone, and tried to return it to the presumed owner, a fellow church member and passenger in the vehicle. He, however, noticed bloodstains on the phone.

“He realised that the passenger was bleeding from the mouth and head and immediately informed the driver. The bleeding passenger was rushed to the Central Hospital, Benin City, as it was the closest. But they were immediately redirected to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital without being attended to.

“At the UBTH, the injured passenger was immediately admitted and placed on oxygen as he had already gone into a critical stage. However, all efforts to save him proved abortive; he eventually died. All the while, his parents had been in the UBTH to witness efforts to revive their son,” one of the students, Ezekiel Efeobhokhan, wrote on Facebook.

Efeobhokhan stated that the family of the deceased reported the death at the BDPA Police Station the following day and the police invited Rickson, the bus driver, the pastor, a church elder and a church member to the station.

“But they were all unjustly detained without any warrant of arrest or evidence of murder. Uche (Rickson) has been there since Monday July 3, 2017. He has been ‘imprisoned’ without any evidence of murder or warrant of arrest. Bail applications have been refused. No autopsy or anything has been carried out. This is unjust and inhuman. Uche is a student and his exams began July 10, 2017,” he added.

The students had initiated a#FreeUche campaign following the failure of the police to come out with the autopsy report.

The Dean of Students’ Affairs, UNIBEN, Prof. Benson Osadolor, said the school authorities had weighed in on the matter to secure the release of Rickson on bail.

He said, “The school has intervened in the incident, but unfortunately, it was an incident that happened outside the campus. The police are handling the case as a murder case and the Chief Security Officer of the university and other officials have become involved.

“Everybody is trying to work within the limit of the law. More importantly for us is that the exams had commenced and we thought by now the student would have been released. But the police said they were waiting for the autopsy report. Whether it is out now, I am not sure. They said the autopsy report would determine the next step to take.”

Osadolor stated that the school had also sent its lawyer to the police for bail, but the police refused, adding that he had yet to get the full detail of the incident.

“I asked the students who came to complain how it happened, they had no idea. The only person that can give accurate information is our student who was in that vehicle or those with him, including the driver and the pastor,” he added.

When asked about the outcome of the autopsy, the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, declined comments, saying he would never speak to the Newsmen.

He said, “I don’t have anything to talk with please. As long as I remain the PRO of the Edo State Police Command, I will not talk to the media.”

He cut off when our correspondent demanded reason for his stance.

When our correspondent called him back on Saturday, he said he was driving and promised to call back. He, however, did not.

Another call was put across to his line on Sunday, but he cut off the call immediately our correspondent introduced himself.

Posted: Jul 17, 2017


The family of the Ondo State Governor,  Rotimi Akeredolu were at The House on the Rock Cathedral Lagos last Sunday on the occasion of his first granddaughter's birthday thanksgiving service. Fifi turned one on July 4th.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2017


According to Punch, Suspected armed robbers have a hijacked petrol tanker and hacked the driver of the truck to death.

Ogbongefriends gathered that the hoodlums hijacked the tanker on Friday around Asejire town, along Ibadan-Ile Ife Road, and drove the truck with the driver and his assistant to a place off the expressway.

The hoodlums were said to have tied the hands of the unidentified driver, beat him up and cut him with machetes until he died.

A motorist was said to have seen the hoodlums while taking the drivers and the truck away and he alerted the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The driver was, however, said to have been killed before operatives of the NSCDC got to the place.

Their arrival was said to have prevented the hoodlums from killing the assistant driver.

The Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC in Osun State, Mr. Babawale Afolabi, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Armed robbers hijacked a petrol tanker with number plate, SHA 592 XA, Kwara, in the Asejire area.

“The incident happened around 2.30am. The driver had already been killed by the time our men got there.

“Immediately the robbers saw our men, they took to their heels and the other man was rescued.

“Investigation is ongoing on how to apprehend the robbers.

“The Commissioner of Police in the state has been informed, while policemen have removed the dead body.”

Posted: Jul 16, 2017


According to Naij, The Indigenous People of Biafra has officially ordered another sit at home. This time around, the IPOB ordered the people of Anambra to observe the sit at home protest on the day of the forth coming gubernatorial election in the state.

In a statement made available on the group's Radio Biafra Facebook page, IPOB said it ordered the sit at home to safe guard lives of the people because governor Willie Obiano has colluded with the military to slaughter the people of the state.

The statement read: "18th of November 2017 is sit at Home in the whole of Anambra state. Please stay indoors on that day to avoid anything happening to you. We are aware that Willie Obiano has colluded with Nigeria military to slaughter our people on 18th of November 2017, to avoid causalities we advise you to stay at home. Your life matters, #Boycott the election."

Posted: Jul 16, 2017

US commits $4.3b to tackle THIS INCURABLE DISEASE in Nigeria

The US government support for HIV/AIDS programmes in Nigeria totalled $4.3 billion between 2014 and 2016 with more than 700,000 patients treated in 2016 alone.

Charge D Affairs U.S Mission in Nigeria, Mr David Young who disclosed this in Abuja.

Young who made the call at the commissioning and official handing over of Jikoko Community Health Centre project supported by U.S. Ambassador’s small Grant Programme in Bwari Local Council Area, Abuja, said over $23 million is contributed annually to immunisation activities in Nigeria.

The envoy said the US through the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, made annual contribution of $7.35 million to support Nigeria polio programme.”

“In addition to the annual contribution the polio programme also received an additional seven million dollars at the national level in 2016 and provided technical assistance in Bauchi, Katsina and Sokoto States.

The envoy said U.S. always cooperates with other partners and government to make a difference in Nigeria.He expressed confident that the commissioning of the health centre in the community would contribute towards the goal to kick out polio.

 “The commissioning of the clinic was an indication that “health is one of the priority areas of U.S. development assistance in Nigeria.”

Posted: Jul 16, 2017


The first picture of President Muhammadu Buhari has surfaced online for the first time since her traveled to London, United Kingdom for medical treatment.Image title

Voice of America’s correspondent, Saleh Shehu Ashaka, who released the picture, Saturday evening, claimed it was the first picture of the president after 68 days abroad.

He wrote, “President Buhari’s first picture in 68 days, since he departed Nigeria for medical treatment in London.”

In the picture, Baba, as President Buhari is called was seen garb in flowing medical apparel and a white cap while sitting with a guest.

Posted: Jul 16, 2017


The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed its expanded National Caucus, Board of Trustees (BoT), and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings for Monday. July 17.

The notice of the meeting was jointly issued in Abuja on Saturday by Sen. Ben Obi, the National Secretary of PDP National Caretaker Committee, and Amb. Aminu Wali, the National Secretary of BOT for BOT Chairman.

It stated that the meeting of the expanded National Caucus would hold at 8 a.m, at PDP National Secretariat (Wadata Plaza), Abuja.

Those invited to attend the meeting were former presidents and vice presidents, PDP governors, NEC members, BoT members, National Assembly members, former PDP governors, former PDP ministers and all former national officers of the party.

It added that the BOT and NEC would also be holding separate meetings on Tuesday, July 18, at the same venue.

Posted: Jul 16, 2017


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned Nigerians to stop addressing him as Matthew or see his eyes red.

He said his Christian name, Matthew, should be removed from his name and that henceforth he should be officially addressed as Olusegun Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo.

The former head of state said he does not want to be called Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Aremu, according to Leadership reports.

Obasanjo said he should no more be addressed by it because he is not a tax collector like his biblical namesake.

Accordingly, he adopted only Olusegun Okikiola Aremu as his names, stressing that names have lots of connotations in African setting.

He said anybody who does not want to see his (Obasanjo’s) eyes red should stop calling him Matthew.

He stated this in Abuja on Friday, July 14 at an event organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in commemoration of his 80th birthday.

Obasanjo clocked 80 years in March.

His words: “When I was born in my part of Nigeria, the system was that after eight days, you must be given a name, and for people to know that you were born into a Christian family, you will be given one Hebrew name.

“My mother and father decided to name me Matthew but when I grew up, I started asking myself the meaning of Matthew.

“Not only does it not have meaning as long as I am concerned, the biblical Matthew is a stupid tax collector. Anybody who does not want to see my eyes red should stop calling me Matthew.

”He commended the NSE presidential system of election and governance, wishing that it could be introduced into Nigerian politics.

Also speaking, the president of NSE, Engineer Oliver Tagbo Anyaeji noted that Obasanjo successfully initiated and pioneered the establishment of an engineering and technology university (Bells) as well as the state-of-art presidential library in Ota, Ogun state, which is considered as first of its kind in Africa.

“While it will be pretty difficult to bring to the fore all the achievements of this world acclaimed achiever, I wish to mention that President Obasanjo initiated the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP)in 2005 and directed by policy that Nigerian engineering firms must get at least 25 percent of exhausted project scope,” he stated.

Posted: Jul 16, 2017


The France international midfielder is the Blues's third signing of the summer as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his Premier League-winning squad

Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his £40 million move to Chelsea from Monaco, signing a five-year deal with the Blues.Image title

Antonio Conte targeted Bakayoko as their first choice option to strengthen their midfield and they are now expected to allow Nemanja Matic to leave to make room for the France international.

Talks between Chelsea, Monaco and Bakayoko's representatives have moved slowly since they first started but all parties ultimatley came to an agreement for the 22-year-old.

Bakayoko returned from his holiday in New York to complete the final arrangements of the transfer, though a knee injury could rule him out of the Blues's pre-season friendlies.

The Frenchman, who will wear the No.14 shirt, told Chelsea's official website: "I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.

"I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates."

He will become the club's second most-expensive signing of all time as he follows goalkeeper Willy Caballero and defender Antonio Rudiger into Stamford Bridge this summer.

The former Rennes star was part of the Monaco team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and won Ligue 1 last season.

His performances for his club have so far only earned him one appearance for his country as he competes with the likes of N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba for a starting spot.

"Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad," Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said.

Posted: Jul 16, 2017


At the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards, Nollywood veteran Nkem Owoh was honoured for his work in the industry with a lifetime achievement award.

The award, which was given to Pete Edochie last year, was presented to Owoh by a member of the AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini.

Accepting his statuette, Owoh dedicated his award to peacemakers all over the world.

Recalling his attempt at starting an award platform, the actor commended the founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam Osigwe for her consistency and dedication

Owoh, who won his first AMAA in 2008, is popular for his roles in movies like "Osuofia in London," "Things Fall Apart," "Onye Eze," "Ukwa" among others.

He will next be seen in the upcoming and anticipated Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut, "Lion Heart."

Posted: Jul 15, 2017


A Lagos NYSC member, Eva currently got people talking after she showed off her b**bs and underwear while wearing her uniform.Image title

Posted: Jul 15, 2017


According to Punch, A banker, who only gave his name as Kingsley, has lamented the loss of his newly wedded wife, Adaoma, to gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.

Adaoma and her husband were abducted on June 11, 2017 while on their way back to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, from Ekpoma, Esan-West in Edo State.

The deceased and her husband wedded on April 29, 2017 in Port Harcourt. arrating how they were accosted by heavily armed kidnappers around Rumuoji in Emohua LGA of Rivers State, husband to the deceased, who insisted that his name should not be mentioned, explained that he tried to escape from the kidnappers with the reverse gear immediately they came out of the bush.

“When they saw that I was making an attempt to escape, they began to shoot at the bonnet sporadically and the engine of my car stopped immediately. They came and dragged us out of the car and moved us into the bush.

“The kidnappers were in two groups; one of the groups took my wife to one direction while the other took me to another direction. We were attacked and taken away at about 3.40pm. I was asking them (kidnappers) about my wife’s whereabouts and they assured me that she was with the other group.

“By the time I saw my wife, she had collapsed and her face was swollen. I became afraid and begged them that they should release us so that I could take her to the hospital. They gave me the beating of my life. That was about 8pm.

“When I continued to beg them, they allowed me to call a friend of mine (James) to drive down to the main road that night to pick my wife and rush her to the hospital. The kidnappers ordered me to carry her to the road while they followed me.

“The entire place was dark and I carried my wife and tried to wait and have a rest, the kidnappers would again begin to beat me. This continued until we got to the road. I was told to lay my unconscious wife by the side of the highway with some leaves used to surround her for easy identification.

“They immediately marched me back to the bush. My friend, who knew that we were kidnapped, travelled from Port Harcourt that night to the point where my unconscious wife was dropped. He eventually took her to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead,” the devastated Kingsley added.

The husband, who was eventually released by the hoodlums around midnight, told our correspondent that he was still shocked that Adaoma, who he married five weeks earlier, was killed by kidnappers.

Describing her as an easy-going, God-fearing person and a devout Christian, the husband explained that he was beaten to a pulp after the kidnappers spoke with his pastor, adding that his pastor had cursed them for abducting me and my wife.

“They gave me another round of beating when my pastor spoke with them through my phone and cursed them. My wife must have been punched in the face or hit several times with the butt of a gun. They were dragging her along the bush. That might have caused her to collapse and died,” he said amid tears.

He explained that he had been traumatised by his experience in the bush and felt that the kidnappers could still waylay him again.

However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said he was not aware of the incident and promised to reach the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Emohua, where the incident happened.

Posted: Jul 15, 2017


According to Punch, Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, says he would have burnt his PDP membership card and the party's flag if the Supreme Court had given judgement in favor of former Borno state governor, Ali Modu Sheriff. On July 12th, the apex court ruled that Ahmed Makarfi is the authentic chairman of the party.

Sheriff and Makarfi have been fighting for control of the party for years now. Makarfi had dragged Sheriff to the apex court after the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt ruled in March that Sheriff was the authentic National Chairman of the party.

Speaking to a mammoth crowd that came to welcome him from Abuja yesterday, Fayose said

"I went to court with a perfume which I wanted to use to spray my cards and party flags and set them ablaze even within the court premises if Sheriff had won, that was why I went to court. Though, I believe that we remain the same PDP family but no one can cause our party such pains and embarrassment and expect that he would go without being asked to account for his actions. Even the reactions of Sheriff people shows that we remain together. But the no victor, no vanquished that we said was a mere political slogan. Whoever that participated in this charade must show some reasonable level of remorse for their actions?, he said

Posted: Jul 15, 2017


Calamity struck the Cameroonian Police Force after a young junior officer on Friday killed his boss and three others in Kousseri, the Northern part of Cameroon.

The junior officer identified as Mbechu Jude Woumessi (pictured left) reportedly sprayed multiple bullets on his boss, killing him alongside two other officers and a civilian on Friday afternoon at the Gendarmarie Company Brigade Kousseri, Camooron-Concord reports.

Those killed are: Ondoua - Brigade commander, Ndengue Carole - Officer, Mah Bebe - officer and Ms.Ibrahim -Civilian

It's yet unclear what could have led to the shooting of the four, but authorities said the officer willingly surrendered himself to the police after the incident.

Posted: Jul 15, 2017


The 28-year-old Croatia international wants to leave the Serie A side and director of football Walter Sabatini has admitted they are open to talks

Inter have reopened the possibility of reaching an agreement with Manchester United for Ivan Perisic, admitting a swap deal could be possible for the player who wishes to leave the club.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio dismissed the idea of Perisic moving to the Premier League side on Wednesday, claiming the move is "not happening" .

Jose Mourinho's side are willing to pay €30 million for the Croatia international, but the Serie A side want around €45m for him.

Goal understands Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has tried to convince the Croatia international to stay, but the winger has made his decision to leave and it is increasingly likely he will head to Old Trafford.

It was reported in June that Perisic has given his agent, Fali Ramadani, orders to force a move away from the Nerazzurri, and he looks set to get his wish.

Inter's director of football Walter Sabatini has since revealed the club are open to a potential swap deal with the Red Devils.

"Manchester United are interested in Perisic," he said. "We could also accept other players in exchange of him."

Perisic has spent two seasons with Inter after joining from Wolfsburg. The 28-year-old has played 70 games in Serie A, scoring 18 times.


Inter are interested in United pair Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial, Goal understands.

Darmian, 27, joined United in 2015 from Torino but the Italy international made just 18 Premier League appearances last season.Image title

And although Mourinho is a fan of his ability to operate in both full-back positions, Inter can offer Darmian more first-team football, which is crucial ahead of the upcoming 2018 World Cup.

However, Inter would find it more difficult to land Martial in any swap deal which would take Perisic to United.

While Martial - like Darmian - is also not a guaranteed starter under Mourinho, the Frenchman's value is at least the same, if not more, than Perisic's current €45m asking price.Image title

Martial, who scored eight goals in all competitions for United last term, would be a good fit into Spalletti's typical 4-2-3-1 system.

But while Mourinho would prefer to keep the young forward, he could be tempted to swap him if he needs to in order to close the Perisic deal.

Source: Goal

Posted: Jul 15, 2017


Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh took to her Instagram to write about what being born again means to her. She wrote:

Being born again isn't a license to be boring, or dirty in appearance. Being born Again is living a fun filled, Happy joyous life knowing that you have a mighty God by your side.

Being born again isn't about not having friends or hanging out, it's about having the right friends that will elevate, motivate, inspire you and most especially pray with you

Being born again means having Access to the best and the most beautiful things of life.

Being born Again is having Peace and never been afraid to show how genuinely happy you are no matter who that affects.

Being born Again is having to see a hate word and still praying for them.

God wouldn't call you only to make you A boring person or a less fashionable person, As a matter of fact, I believe a born Again Christian should have the finest things of life.

Because if my life isn't Colourful how then can I convince you that a LIFE IN CHRIST IS A BLISSFUL ONE.


Posted: Jul 15, 2017


As reported by Lindaikejisblog, The Nigerian government is leaving no stone unturned in the campaign to enlarge the tax revenue as they just enforced that even beggars are taxable because they make steady income.

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said this at a lecture this week, saying that some beggars are earning millions so they are taxable

‘’proceeds from begging are taxable. You are supposed to pay taxes even if your means of income is begging''.

She said to ascertain the income status of the companies/individuals and their lifestyle, tax investigators would rely on information derived from Bank Verification Number (BVN), records of property ownership, records of foreign exchange allocation, and records of company ownership from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), among others.

Adeosun said:

‘’We are using some firms to trace assets internationally.The investigators  findings will enable us to compare the income and how much tax the company/person is really paying, and that gives us lots of information.

We are trying to build an economy where we have oil and other things. It is going to be oil plus and wider economy’’

Posted: Jul 15, 2017