Thursday, 31 December 2015

Iranian president wants to expand missile program in response to US sanctions - media

Iran is set to expand its missile program in response to the US threat to introduce new sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani said, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.

Iran needs to step up its missile capabilities in response to aggressive actions by the US, which is threatening to impose more sanctions over a missile test that Iran held in October, Rouhani wrote in a letter addressed to Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan. The president says Iran has a right to continue developing its missiles since they are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

“As the US government is clearly still pursuing its hostile policies and illegal meddling ... the armed forces need to quickly and significantly increase their missile capability,” Rouhani wrote.

A number of individuals and international companies are to be subjected to a new round of sanctions prepared by the Treasury Department for their alleged role in supporting Iran’s missile program, a US official said Wednesday.

The US move comes after an Iranian missile test carried out in October that broke a UN Security Council resolution restricting the development of missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The list of companies and individuals that may face sanctions includes Dubai-based Mabrooka Trading Co and its founder Hossein Pournaghshband; Hong Kong-based Anhui Land Group Co; Sayyed Javad Musavi, commercial director of Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group; and seven officials from Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, or MODAFL.

If passed, the sanctions would prohibit US and foreign nationals from doing business with those on the list, while US banks would have to block their assets, should they come under their jurisdiction.

The new sanctions would be the first since the US and Iran closed a deal in July that limited Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from nuclear restrictions.

Iran has already accused the US of violating the deal after Congress adopted a bill requiring foreign nationals who have visited Syria or Iran to obtain an American visa before entering the country. The measures were approved following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in early December.

D'banj gets his 2015 Porsche car from Slot endorsement (photos)

 D'banj got his 2015 Porsche car from Slot endorsement on Thursday.

Kanye West releases new song "Facts" on NYE

Kanye West just dropped his brand new song ''Facts'' on New Year's Eve!

The 38-year-old rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian teased that he was going to be releasing the song on Twitter earlier in the night on Thursday


The song cannot be embedded, so go listen now on SoundCloud!

Read the lyrics to Kanye West's new song

Dirt and grime and filth inside
The story of my lifetime
I cheat and steal and never feel
The pain of a brother, your dirty mother
Ha, ha, ha, look how far we are

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman

[Verse 1]
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, I feel so accomplished
I done talked a lot of shit but I just did the numbers
Herzog and Adidas, man you know they love it
If Nike ain't have Drizzy, man they wouldn't have nothin', woo!
If Nike ain't have Don C, man they wouldn't have nothin', ooh!
But I'm all for the family, tell 'em get your money
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, they line up for days
Nike out here bad, they can't give shit away
I stuck to my roots, I'm like Jimmy Fallon
I ain't dropped the album but the shoes went platinum
Every time I talk they say I'm too aggressive
I was out here spazzin', all y'all get the message?
On the field I'm over reckless, on my Odell Beckham
2020, I'ma run the whole election
I've been trending years, y'all a couple days
Yeezy in the house and we just got appraised
Nike Nike treat employees just like slaves
Gave LeBron a billi' not to run away
10 thousand dollar fur for Nori, I just copped it
Your baby daddy won't even take your daughter shoppin'
I done wore designers I won't wear again
Make them niggas famous, they get arrogant

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman

[Verse 2]
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, this is pure luxury
I give 'em grey poupon on a DJ Mustard
If you ain't poppin' shit then why you rap for? Haaan?
Plus Kimoji just shut down the app store
And we made a million a minute, we made a million a minute
(We did)
Yeah, we made a million a minute, we made a million a minute
Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby?
Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey? (Yo!)
Tell Adidas that we need a million in production (Yo!)
I done told y'all, all I needed was the infrastructure
Now we hottest in the streets, it ain't no discussion
James Harden, Swaggy P runnin' up the budget
Keep the work at my baby mama's mama's house
I'm a jerk, you need to work, you need to call my spouse
Yeezy, Yeezy, take a picture with me on Rodeo
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, I might do my own hotel
Couches, couches, couches, couches, which one should I pick?
I need extra deep, I like my bitches extra thick
Every time I see the news, man it bring me home
Call up DJ Mano, shout out Twilite Tone
We just blessed to be alive, yeah ain't that the truth?
So let's celebrate the life of Timbuck2
Timbuck2, Timbuck2, Timbuck2
Timbuck2, Timbuck2

Ha, ha, ha, look how far we are

Kanye West

New Year Address Delivered by His Excellency Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

Fellow Lagosians

Happy New Year

I am very pleased to address you on the start of what promises to be a ground breaking year for the good people of Lagos State.

The last seven months have been challenging, but with your patience, support and positive criticism, we have began to display a positive outlook on innovation and inclusion we promised during our campaign.

Lagos has always been a cosmopolitan potpourri of vibrant people that have driven the greatest growing economy in Africa. We however need the continued support of our citizens through regular payment of their taxes and strict adherence to their civic responsibilities.

Under my administration, the year 2016 holds great promise for all Lagosians through improved security, creation of job opportunities and greater attention to positive infrastructure development.

I have been lifted by the support and love shown to me and my government by well-meaning Lagosians and I am encouraged to redouble efforts to deliver the Lagos of our dreams.

I am aware that 2016 will also bring economic challenges due to pressures of dwindling revenue from the centre, but Lagos has always been resilient and must consolidate on its self-reliance to ensure it survives any inclement economic weather.

As I wish Lagosians the very best that this year will bring, I promise to rededicate myself to the social contract with the good people of Lagos State.

Once again, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo jemilogun

'IS suicide attack' planned in Munich: German officials

German officials said Friday the Islamic State group was believed to be plotting a suicide bomb attack on New Year's Eve in the southern city of Munich.

German authorities were tipped off by a "friendly intelligence service" about the plan, which IS had planned to carry out around midnight, said Joachim Herrmann, interior minister for the southern state of Bavaria.

"Five to seven" suspects were believed to be planning to carry out a "suicide attack" as festivities were under way to welcome in the New Year, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said.

Police evacuated Munich's main rail station and another station in the western suburb of Pasing after an alert of a possible "terror attack".

Rail services at the sites were also halted and police urged the public to keep away from large gatherings.

Some 550 officers had been deployed to track down the suspects and secure the sites, although no arrests have been made yet.

Police officers, some in riot gear, were posted at different entrances of Munich's main rail station which was eerily quiet on a night of traditionally raucous celebrations.

Some revellers sought to enter the station but were turned away.

A police spokeswoman said it could not be ruled out that the attackers could seek another target.

German media had earlier reported that police were acting on a tip from French authorities.

European capitals are on high security alert, with Brussels and Paris both scrapping fireworks for New Year's celebrations.

Belgian police were also holding five people over an alleged New Year plot in Brussels.

In Berlin, police presence has been stepped up at the Brandenburg Gate, where hundreds of thousands of people have gathered for festivities. All large bags and backpacks have been banned from the site of the huge street party.

Days after the November 13 attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State group that left 130 dead, German police called off an international football match at the last minute due to a bomb threat.

No explosives were subsequently found, and no arrests made after the Germany-Netherlands friendly in Hanover -- which was to be attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel -- was cancelled and thousands of fans evacuated.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere -- who had been due to attend the match with Merkel -- later said the event was cancelled "to protect the population", but did not provide specifics.


'Happy New Year to the great citizens of Nigeria' - VP Osinbajo

This is from the Nigerian Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) on his Twitter handle on Thursday brief New Year message to Nigerians: ''Happy New Year to the great citizens of Nigeria''.

Buhari’s presidency a misadventure for Nigerians, he remains a dictator – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the return to power of President Mohammadu Buhari as a misadventure for Nigerians, calling on the international community, especially organisations like the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) to focus their attention on human rights abuses and contempt for the rule of law in Nigeria in 2016.”

Governor Fayose, who said he was not disappointed by the President’s response during his media chat, to question on the disobedient of court orders by the Department of State Security (DSS), added that he had said it several times that once a dictator will always be a dictator and that those who helped him to power will end up in his gaol of dictatorship.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said he was aware of plot to muzzle him and others considered as non-conformists because of their opinion and critical stance on the President and his government, adding that; “such plot will definitely be counterproductive.”

He described the way and manner the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) was being treated by the federal government as the hallmark of a dictator. “I said it earlier that Buhari is a dictator and I warned several times that those that were promoting this lion will end up in its belly.

“Having heard from the President himself declaring Col Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu guilty even before trial, Nigerians should be prepared for a return of the 1984 experience in which Buhari’s Military tribunal sentenced people to jail terms ranging from 21 to 300 years, such that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had to boycott the tribunal. Even when former Ondo state Governor, late Chief Michael Ajasin was twice cleared of any wrongdoing by Buhari’s military tribunals; he was made to remain in prison.

“Those who witnesses Buhari’s regime in 1984-1985 will still remember how the National Security Organisation (NSO) – now DSS broke up a press conference of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU); detaining four of its officers, banned the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and other associations and arrested their leaders. Even those who were not arrested were watched and warned by the NSO.

“As it was in 1984 when an accused was presumed as guilty and must have to prove his innocence, Nigerians are now being told by Buhari, a democratically elected President that those he accused of corruption are already guilty and they do not have rights to enjoy bail granted them by the courts even after meeting all the bail conditions.

“That is enough a signal on what is to come in 2016 and the international community and lovers of democracy in Nigeria must be watchful of the level of human rights abuses that will be perpetrated by President Buhari. “However, I want to assure Buhari that democratic time will surely catch up with him because no dictator has ever succeeded in muzzling the rule of law, which is the basic ingredient of democracy,” the governor said.

While calling on Nigerians to brace up for more hardships to be occasioned by the federal government’s strange economic policies, Governor Fayose said; “With the President referring to Deutschmark and French Franc as still being in use in Germany and France, it is obvious that 1984 economic solutions will still be applied to Nigeria’s economic problems in 2016.”

Japan welcomes the New Year as the sun rises over Tokyo

 Japan welcomes the New Year as the sun rises over Tokyo, credit AFP

Davido in Gambia, apologizes to Dele Momodu; opens up more on his fight with his daughter's mom

Davido shared this picture above on Thursday after arriving in Gambia for his show that will be on Saturday January 2 at Bakau Independence Stadium in Gambia.


The same day, the 23-year-old singer tweeted an apology to Dele Momodu and also opened up more on his fight with his babymama Sophia Momodu.

Find the tweets below:

Fire engulfs Dubai hotel ahead of New Year celebrations

A huge fire has engulfed a 63-storey hotel in central Dubai ahead of a New Year's Eve firework display.

Despite the blaze at the Address hotel, the display at the nearby Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, started as planned at midnight.

Officials say the fire has been brought largely under control and 16 people suffered mostly minor injures.

It was unclear what caused the fire, which broke out as large crowds had gathered to ring in the new year.

People were asked to leave the area around the Address Downtown Hotel, which was evacuated.

Akwa-Ibom Assembly elects first female Deputy Speaker

Mrs. Felicia Bassey representing Okobo state constituency and Chair Person, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Welfare Matters, made history by being elected as the first Deputy Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

In a statement released yesterday in Uyo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Kufre Okon, said Bassey emerged the first female Deputy Speaker during Tuesday’s plenary, to replace the former Deputy Speaker, Mr. Effiong Bassey, representing Oron/Udung Uko state constituency, whose election was nullified last week by the Appeal Court in Abuja.

The Speaker, Mr. Onofiok Luke, who administered the oath of office on the new Deputy Speaker encouraged  her to live up to the expectation of the sixth Assembly while discharging her legislative duties.

The statement added that other members said that the position was well deserved, and expressed confidence in her ability to discharge the functions of the office to its fullest potential.

''Media Chat Exposed Buhari's Undemocratic Character'' - PDP…Says President Should Apologize for Labeling Nigerians ‘Difficult Lot’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s responses at the Wednesday Presidential Media Chat were not only embarrassing but also further exposed his undemocratic character as an unrepentant tyrant who has no regard for the rule of law and the self-worth of Nigerian citizens.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Thursday also said the President confirmed his partisanship in the much-vaunted war against corruption by openly absolving his ministers and party members of corrupt practices.

“Whilst we restate our respect for the person and office of the President, we note that President Buhari bared his true colours to the world as an unrepentant tyrant. Today, the world is no longer in doubt as to who is behind the prevailing recklessness, abuse of rights of citizens and outright flouting of judicial pronouncements by security agencies.

“A situation where the President openly pronounced persons facing trial guilty and sanctioned their continued incarceration despite being granted bail by the courts, presents a dangerous fascist practice obtainable only in totalitarian societies like Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, Idi Amin’s Uganda and General Than Shwe’s Burma.

“This extremely shocking dictatorial tendency being brazenly exhibited by the President in total disdain for our laws and judicial institutions portends great danger for our democracy and constitutionally-guaranteed rights of the people, and should be resisted by the citizens before it festers.

“The scorn for the principle of separation of powers, especially the independence of the legislature, is further manifested in the declared craving to regulate the funding and running of the National Assembly, a matter constitutionally vested outside the jurisdiction of the executive. We are most uncomfortable about his attempt at trying to whip up public sentiments against an independent arm of government, especially the one vested with the constitutional power of appropriation.

“Following from the foregoing, therefore, it may be necessary to suspend the application of our Constitution and allow the President to operate as maximum ruler for four years after which the nation can return to a democracy.

“On the issue of the Chibok girls, President Buhari’s embarrassing declaration of seeking information on the whereabouts and state of the girls betrays an obvious insincerity which is in total conflict with his campaign promises in that regard. Thus by this declaration, our dear President has accepted failure on this issue and should therefore apologise to Nigerians for all the insults, abuse and aspersions cast on the past administration by himself and the leadership of his political party.

“On the issue of devaluation of the naira, there is an obvious conflict between the budget speech wherein the president stated that the government is assessing the foreign exchange rate with a view to attracting foreign investments and his categorical pronouncement during the media chat that the naira would not be devalued. We invite Nigerians to note that the president obviously does not understand the currency that applies in the devaluation of the naira (laugh out loud).

“Furthermore, Nigerians were shocked by the President’s labeling Nigerians as ‘very difficult lot’ while responding to questions on the strategy to be adopted in implementing his promised N5,000 social welfare package.

“This unhealthy portrayal of the citizens by the very father of the nation, who has remained unrelenting in de-marketing his country through unguarded statements, is indeed a great disservice to Nigeria and its international image. Consequently, we reject this negative labeling of our citizens and reiterate our confidence in them, especially the millions who remain honest, hardworking and credible.

“Finally, Nigerians must take copious note of the fact that the President gave no inspiring answers to questions pertaining to his campaign promises, the fight against insurgency and rescue of the Chibok girls, the poor state of the naira, sudden plunging of the economy under his watch, and the gradual loss of democratic rights and freedom.”

New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016 - In pictures

Countries around the world are marking the New Year, with festivities due to get under way in South America.

Earlier, European cities ushered in 2016 - despite heightened security measures in some countries - along with parts of the Middle East and Africa.

In Japan, people released balloons by Tokyo Tower, while South Koreans celebrated with traditional bell-ringing.

Revellers in Australia and New Zealand were among the first to welcome 2016.

Crowds counted down at Auckland's Sky Tower in New Zealand, with a laser show and fireworks display. Fireworks also lit up Sydney harbour in Australia.

In London, more than 100,000 people watched the fireworks display by the River Thames with thousands of extra police officers on duty.

In the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, the traditional Hogmanay party received a New Year message from British astronaut Tim Peake who was broadcasting live from the International Space Station.

In Berlin, fireworks were held at the Brandenburg Gate, with one million people estimated to have attended the countdown. The celebrations took place as police in Munich warned of a planned terror attack and asked people to avoid crowds.

In Paris, the traditional fireworks display was cancelled to be replaced by a five-minute video performance at the Arc de Triomphe just before midnight. The screening was relayed on screens along the Champs-Elysees.

The city's mayor, Anne Hidalgo, said the video was intended to send "the world the message that Paris is standing, proud of its lifestyle and living together''.

Earlier, President Hollande in a New Year's Eve address to the nation said that his country "has not finished with terrorism yet", six weeks after gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris.

In one of the more innovative celebrations, four divers equipped with musical instruments and breathing apparatus performed an underwater "concert" in a fish tank in Yantai, east China.

Festivities went ahead in Dubai despite a fire at the city's Address Hotel. A fireworks display was held near the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.

Egypt celebrated with fireworks staged in front of the pyramids near Cairo, as the government works to revive its tourist industry.

Russia - the first major European city to welcome 2016 - held a fireworks display over Red Square in Moscow.

Despite security fears across the continent, many major public events are going ahead, though with heightened security restrictions.

Only 25,000 people in Madrid were allowed into the Puerta del Sol square.

Over in Sierra Leone, the declared end of Ebola will mark a return to festivities, after Freetown, the capital, was left deserted a year ago due to the disease's outbreak.

As 2016 finally reaches the Americas, up to a million people are expected to converge on Times Square in New York, amid tight security, to watch the famous ball descend.

On Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach, crowds will not only mark the New Year - they will also fete the 100th anniversary of Samba music, and the upcoming summer Olympics.

 Source: BBC

And Davido's cousin adds fuel to the fire...

Davido's cousin posted this distorted photo of Dele Momodu with 'Head of Immigration' written on it.

Nigeria won’t release 2 detainees despite court orders

Nigeria’s government will not release two prominent detainees despite several court orders for their release, and will not comment on the situation of a third, wounded detainee, President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday.

Buhari, a former military dictator who calls himself a born-again democrat, did not discuss the propriety of defying court orders when he spoke on national TV.

“If you see the atrocities these people committed against this country!” Buhari said in justification. “We can’t allow them to jump bail.”

A Federal High Court set no bail conditions and ordered the unconditional release of Biafra separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu on Dec. 17. Kanu was detained Oct. 17 on charges recently escalated to terrorism and financing terrorism. His cause led to a civil war that killed 1 million people in the 1960s.

Former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki was detained Nov. 4 after intelligence agents surrounded his home for days to prevent him from leaving the country after a court allowed him bail to seek medical care abroad.

Dasuki is accused, among other things, of diverting $2.2 billion meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram Islamic uprising. Three courts have ordered his release on bail.

“What of the over two million people displaced, most of them orphans whose fathers have been killed?” Buhari asked. “We cannot allow that.”

He refused to discuss the situation of Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky, who was detained with four bullet wounds Dec. 14 in military raids that allegedly killed hundreds of his followers.

The army said the raids and bulldozing of Zakzaky’s home and Shiite spiritual centers was a response to an alleged Shiite attempt to assassinate Nigeria’s army chief. Human Rights Watch has said the raid was unprovoked.

Authorities have refused to allow anyone to see Zakzaky.

Buhari said he would not comment until an investigation is complete.

- The Washington Post

See what Olu-Kayode wrote on Twitter about Buhari after his media chat

The former Minister of Aviation Olufemi Olu-Okayode has reacted to President Buhari's first media chat on Thursday, seven months after taking over on May 29 from the opposition party PDP.

''Anyone that watched the Pres. media chat and that still believes we are operating a democracy where the rule of law prevails is insane,'' Olu-Okaye said. ''Buhari has turned himself into a judge and jury and he has attempted to justify the flouting of court orders by his security agencies: Evil.''

He continued. ''The only things that shield us from the tyranny of tyrants are the law and the constitution.If u take that away we are finished as a people.''

Trailer crushes woman to death in Osogbo

An aged woman was crushed to death while scores were injured as a trailer loaded with goods rammed into fleet of vehicles along Oke-Fi/ Ilobu road on Wednesday in Osogbo, Osun state.

Eyewitnesses’ account revealed that the trailer driver had lost control of the vehicle owing to break failure while trying to descend the hilly part of the road at Old NEPA junction in the area before it rammed into other vehicles from behind.

One of the eyewitnesses, a driver, who simply identified himself as Waheed, told our correspondent that the tragic incident occurred around 1:30pm.

According to Waheed, when other drivers saw that the trailer could no longer move forward, they started reversing with a view to escape being crushed by the trailer.

The eyewitness said that the trailer reversed with speed uncontrollably and rammed into other vehicles while some occupants of the affected vehicles sustained varying degrees of injuries.

It was gathered that one of the passengers whose identity is yet to be known, while trying to escape had jumped out of a mini commercial bus popularly called “korope” but she was not lucky as the trailer crushed her head.

A team of Police Detectives from the state Police Command, who had stormed the scene of the accident less than thirty minutes after the incident, towed the trailer and other affected vehicles to their station.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, confirmed the incident, disclosing that one person died and that the police had deposited her corpse at a morgue in one of the hospitals in the state.

As world welcomes new year, AFP looks back on events of 2015 (Photo)

As the world welcomes a new year, AFP looks back on the events of 2015. Credit: AFP

What Davido is still saying about his baby mama on Twitter

As indicated above what the 23-year-old Nigerian 'Dodo' singer said about the mother of his child Adeleke Imade.

Abia State: Appeal Court sacks Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, declares APGA’s Alex Otti winner

Abia governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP has been removed by the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri on Thursday and declared Alex Otti of the APGA the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.

Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Mr. Otti, the five-member panel, headed by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, said the APGA candidate scored 164, 444 valid votes to defeat Mr. Ikpeazu who scored 114, 444 votes.

Justice Omoleye said the cancellation of the elections held in three LGAs of Obingwa, Osisioma Ngwa and Isiala Ngwa by the returning officers after the results were uploaded to INEC was wrong.

''In the Electoral Act, the Returning Officer has the right to only declare results of elections and not to cancel elections. This panel discovered that the earlier results uploaded to INEC headquarters correspond with the correct valid registered voters in the three LGAs, while that awarded to the respondent shows over voting and therefore null and void,'' he said.

The Latest: Davido responds to Dele Momodu; Fans' advise to Singer

Davido has responded to Dele Momodu on social media following the saga between him (Davido) and his baby mama Sophie Momodu with the messages below and read what the singer's fans are advising him on Twitter.

 Davido's fans wrote:

Osinbajo, Obasanjo attend inauguration of President-elect of Burkina Faso Kaboré

Nigerian Vice President Osinbajo shakes hands with Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the inauguration of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso on Tuesday 29 December.


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