Monday, 31 October 2016

Court stops UI from ejecting sacked lecturer -

The National Industrial Court in Ibadan on Monday stopped the University of Ibadan management from ejecting a sacked lecturer, Dr Adenike Ogunshe, from her official residence, pending the determination of a suit.

Ogunshe, a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, is challenging the institution and its council over the unlawful termination of her appointment.

The institution had also directed the claimant to vacate her quarters on the institution’s campus.

Counsel to the claimant, Mr Femi Aborisade, in a motion exparte, urged the court to stop the University of Ibadan from carrying out the directive.

Justice Firstina Kola-Olalere granted the motion and instructed the University of Ibadan not to eject the claimant from her official residence.

The judge, however, adjourned the case till Jan. 19, for hearing of the suit.

The claimant’s appointment was terminated over alleged misconduct.

Aborisade had earlier told the court that the appointment of his client was wrongly terminated, adding that due process was not followed.

He further said that the termination of the appointment of his client was unconstitutional, unlawful and a violation her constitutionally guaranteed right to life, natural justice and fair hearing.

The counsel urged the court to set aside the purported termination of the appointment and reinstall the claimant to her position, without any loss of earnings, salaries and allowances.

He also urged the court to order the respondents to pay N8 million as general damages, for failure to give the equitable three months notice before termination of the claimant’s appointment.

Syrian Woman, Children Found Dead In Danish Freezer

Danish police said Monday they found the bodies of a slain Syrian refugee and her two young daughters in a freezer in their apartment, as they launched a manhunt for the girls’ father.

The bodies of the 27-year-old mother and her seven and nine-year-old daughters were found inside a freezer in their apartment in the southern Danish town of Aabenraa after a concerned relative had not heard from them for days.

“Police went into the apartment and found the three bodies in a freezer,” local police said in a statement.

“The victim’s husband and the father of the two children was not in the apartment, and we are actively searching for him,” the statement added.

The Syrian family arrived in Denmark in 2015 and were granted refugee status.

The Scandinavian nation welcomed 21,000 migrants in 2015. The influx has significantly slowed since Denmark re-established border controls in early 2016.

BREAKING: Actor Victor Olaotan involved in car crash

Tinsel star Victor Olaotan was involved in an auto crash this morning in Lagos and currently in coma, according to his family.

We are sending the 64-year-old veteran Nollywood actor well wishes for his quick recovery and good health!

Iyanya joins Mavin Records, drops 'Up To Something' new music ft Don Jazzy, Dr Sid - Listen!

Don Jazzy on Monday announced the signing of Iyanya into Mavin Records Family.

Iyanya, who months ago dumped TripleMG record label, now joins other artistes on the record label including Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and Di’Ja.

''The SUPREME MAVIN DYNASTY is pleased to welcome @Iyanya to the ever growing Mavin Family. Pls join us to welcome him and let the world know that we #Up2Sumting. #MavinActivated'' Don Jazzy revealed on Instagram.

The great news coincide with his 30th birthday today. Happy birthday Iyanya!

Listen to ''Up To Something'' below!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

10 Years After, Plane Crash Survivor which Killed 96 People Tells Touching Story

Mr  Peter Onuka, a passenger who survived the Boeing 737 operated by ADC Airlines which crashed on October 29th of  2006 near the Abuja airport shortly after takeoff and claimed so many lives including that of the then Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, shared touching story on his Facebook account along with pictures.

''Exactly10 years today, I was involved in a plane crash. The plane, a Boeing 737 operated by ADC Airline, was on a passenger flight from Lagos to Sokoto, via Abuja. After a short stop at Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja, the plane took off again, heading to Sokoto with 100 passengers and 5 crew members. But some seconds or a minute after take-off, the plane began to loose altitude, crashed and burst into flames.

The pictures below show the remains of the plane. At least 96 people died in the crash, my heart goes to these people and their families however, out of this wreckage God brought me out alive without serious injuries. How God saved me in this crash I can't explain but I am grateful. Today, I raise an altar of praise to God. please do me a favour if you are reading this, as you take a few seconds to lift a voice of  praise and  thankgiving to God on my behalf. Thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ''

Dr SID releases music video for 'Flawless' featuring Korede Bello – Watch!

Official video for Dr SID’s single Flawless featuring Korede Bello produced by Don Jazzy.

Shot in London Uk and Directed by Lavinia Noe.

Reminisce drops 'If E No Be God' music video ft. Mr Eazi – Watch!

Reminisce comes through with a fresh new video to his collaboration with Mr Eazi. This one titled – “If E No Be God” and it’s off his recently released El Hadj album. Watch below!

GES Awards 2016: Juliet Ibrahim wins best dressed Ghanaian actress award in Nollywood

JulietI brahim has won best dressed Ghanaian actress in Nollywood at the 5th Glam and Essence Style Awards held at BICS Gardenm Lekki on Sunday night October 30 in Lagos.

The 30-year-old actress releases a statement shortly after she received the trophy.

 "It's an honor to be recognized and awarded among other great fashion icons in the Nigerian industry today at the 5th Glam and Essence style awards and fashion show event in Lagos,Nigeria as the Best dressed Ghanaian actress in nollywood !!!"

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Miss Anambra Chidimma Okeke Cries Out For Help After Sex Viral Video

It is a piece of motion picture that sent shockwave through the length of Anambra State and beyond. The X-rated video shows 19-year-old Miss Anambra 2015, Chidimma Okeke, engrossed in explicit sex with her lesbian partner.

According to reports, the embattled former queen’s attempt to explain the story behind the video at a press conference organised by her lawyer was truncated when reports reached the organisers that those who had leaked the act would invade the venue and kill Miss Okeke.

Since then, speculations had been rife across the state that the leaked video might be a set-up while others have blamed the organisers of the pageant in the state for leaking it to the public.

Whoever is behind the video leak has made sure that it is segmented into many parts.

The question on the lips of many people in the state, therefore, is ‘who wants the young lady dead?’

19-year-old Miss Chidimma Okeke hails from Ogboji in Orumba South Local Government Area, Anambra State, but was born and brought up in the commercial city of Onitsha by her poor parents.

At the beginning, Chidimma, an Accounting student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, was not interested in contesting the crown. The Nation gathered that the innocent girl was later “lured” into the competition by some unnamed persons.

According to sources, while she expressed concerns about her poor background, she later changed her mind when she was told that she would make her people proud if she was made the queen. She was also promised all the goodies associated with the competition.

One of her friends, who pleaded anonymity, said: “They bought the form for her to fill, which she did. And surprisingly, she was announced as the winner of the contest. What has happened is unfortunate.”

However, there have been several versions of what might have transpired to culminate in the leaked X-rated sex video. A version claims that the organisers of the competition might be the brains behind the scandal while another version claims that the beauty queen had been into lesbianism with her group for a long time; a claim that is gaining ground across the state.

Yet another version says she might have been influenced by one of her ex-boyfriends, who may not be comfortable with her rising profile.

Among the agreement Miss Okeke allegedly signed with the organisers of the pageant, the state owned Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), was that she would relinquish her official Kia  Rio vehicle at the end of her reign.

However, one of the intrigues of the evolving story is that most of her rights as queen, including her official vehicle, were withdrawn from her before the expiration of her reign yesterday.

It was also gathered that the beauty queen was allegedly kidnapped at one of the eateries in Awka by an unnamed top politician a few days before the video hit the streets.

A source also alleged that the video was shot before the 2015 beauty contest, where it was alleged that certain amounts of money would be released to the alleged blackmailers from time to time.

Investigations showed that the prize money for the pageant was one N1 million. She was said to have been paid the sum of N500, 000 with a cheque soon after she was crowned, and later paid the sum of N50, 000 monthly.

Already, lawyer to the beauty queen, Ikenna Obidiegwu, has raised the alarm that the life of his client is under threat by unknown gunmen.

But Obidiegwu told reporters that the blackmailers of her client would be made known soon, adding that one of them was a top politician.

However, he debunked claims making the rounds that the beauty queen had been smuggled outside the country to Ghana.

He said Chidimma Okeke was passing through a very trying phase in her life, while calling for prayers from Nigerians to help her scale through the difficult period.

A text message sent by the embattled queen through her Facebook page reads as follows: “The moment I made public this intention to speak with journalists, I have been under siege of threats by my blackmailers and traducers.

“They are seriously threatening to shoot me at the press conference if I ever open my mouth to say the real truth about the ugly episode.

“Since I have no protection, and if I die now the truth will be buried forever, it’s my intention to sacrifice myself to save not just myself but other girls and other upcoming pageants by letting the world know the truth and what we go through.”

But her explanations may not have been enough to douse the raging fire started by the video. Most of those who spoke with our correspondent are worried that despite her efforts to explain the mystery behind the video, the former beauty queen did not deny that the video had nothing to do with her.
“I pity her and I wish she would come out to let us know what really happened. But that does not take away the fact that she appeared in that ugly video. And until she comes out to tell the world that she was not the one in the video, her reputation remains at stake,” a worried mother said.

Meanwhile, the organiser of the pageant, the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), on Thursday, came out to dissociate itself from the sex scandal.

The statement, which was made available to The Nation was titled “Miss Anambra Pageant Organisers Dissociate from the Alleged Lurid Contents in Circulation.”

The statement reads: “The attention of the management of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, organisers of the Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant, has been drawn to a video with lurid contents purportedly showing former Miss Anambra, Miss Chidinma Okeke (Miss Anambra 2015).

“The said Miss Chidinma Okeke, who is allegedly linked to the lurid content in circulation, has served out her term as Miss Anambra 2015 and handed over the crown in line with the terms and conditions of the Miss Anambra pageant.

“We condemn in clear terms any amoral behaviour/conduct as suggested by the alleged lurid content in circulation and do not condone such.

“It is on record that The Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant has been a platform to empower Anambra women and celebrate our rich culture and heritage. Winners of the pageant are bound to contracts to be of good conduct and moral behaviour and to uphold/maintain the honour in their position as queen.

“Winners of the pageant also contract to refrain from any personal relationship that could appear to hinder their ability to perform the duties of their office as queen and role model and we do not expect any less.

“We, therefore, wish to dissociate The Miss Anambra pageant from any discussions on the said allegations.

“We feel sufficiently perturbed by the mere reference already made to the pageant and hereby state that we are in no way connected to the controversy.

“We apologise to the government and good people of Anambra State, our sponsors, supporters, friends and all those associated with the Miss Anambra project for the embarrassment the mere reference to the pageant in the controversy may have caused; whilst reassuring of the good intentions of the Miss Anambra pageant franchise.”

Already, the 2016 pageant has been postponed indefinitely by the organisers.

The Nation

Jesus's tomb opened for first time in centuries

Preservation experts have opened for the first time in at least two centuries what Christians believe is Jesus's tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Some of the historic work was witnessed by AFP photographer Gali Tibbon who captured images of the site believed to contain the rock upon which Jesus was laid in around 33 AD as it was uncovered as part of ongoing restoration at the site.

A marble slab covering the site, among the holiest in Christianity, was pulled back for three days as part of both restoration work and archaeological analysis, experts on the scene told AFP.

It was the first time the marble had been removed since at least 1810, when the last restoration work took place following a fire, and possibly earlier, said Father Samuel Aghoyan, the church's Armenian superior.

A painting of Jesus can be seen in the narrow area above where the marble slab was removed.

Debris and material was found beneath the marble and was being further studied, Aghoyan said.

"It is moving in a sense, something we've been talking about so many centuries," Aghoyan told AFP.

National Geographic has been documenting the restoration work which is being carried out by a team of Greek specialists.

It reported that "the exposure of the burial bed is giving researchers an unprecedented opportunity to study the original surface of what is considered the most sacred site in Christianity".

- Major restoration project -

"My knees are shaking a little bit," Fred Hiebert, an archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, said in a video on the magazine's website during the work at the shrine.

A shrine was built in the 19th century over the site of the cave where Jesus is believed to have been buried before his resurrection, and it is visited by throngs of tourists and pilgrims each day.

Earlier this year, a major restoration project began on the site, surrounded by a structure called an edicule and located at the centre of the church in Jerusalem's Old City, underneath its dome.

The project required the agreement of the various Christian denominations that share the church, which also contains the area where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and his body anointed.

The restoration project is expected to be completed around March 2017, in time for Easter, and the site has remained open to visitors for nearly the entire time, although the ornate edicule has been surrounded by scaffolding.

Its marble slabs have weakened over the years, caused in part by the thousands of people who visit daily.

The shrine is being painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, the Custody of the Holy Land, which oversees Roman Catholic properties in the area, has said previously.

Broken or fragile parts are to be replaced while marble slabs that can be preserved will be cleaned, and the structure supporting them will be reinforced.

The work is being funded by the three main Christian denominations of the Holy Sepulchre -- Greek Orthodox, Franciscans and Armenians -- and by public and private contributions.


Why We've Not Arrested Ex-President Jonathan - VP Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has responded to calls by some Nigerians for the arrest of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration does not arrest “anybody, anyhow”.

Answering a question at a session in the United States on Friday, on when Mr. Jonathan would be arrested, Mr. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration was not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.

He said all the Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them.

He also added that the fight against corruption in the country was not fought on ethnic, hasty or premediated grounds.

“Corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest,” he said.

He frowned at a situation where for instance as much as $15 billion has disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, saying no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.

Mr. Osinbajo also said that security agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country.

Mr. Osinbajo said this in Houston, Texas in the United States at a Townhall event where he interacted with U.S.-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the internet, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

The vice president fielded about 30 questions at a well attended townhall event moderated by Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.

Asked about the issue of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Mr. Osinbajo said “the President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms”.

He added that “there are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody.” The vice president however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system that affects the prompt trial of such suspects.

Mr. Osinbajo reminded the audience however that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen has been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years and the cattle feed on peoples crops on the farmlands. He said that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.

Vice President Osinbajo urged against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it is important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.

He reminded his audience that there has always been conflict between herdsmen and communities across the country and that people should disabuse the notion that the problem has just started because President Buhari, a Fulani, is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.

Answering a question on the need for community policing, the Vice President said that community policing via state police is indeed a cardinal program of the ruling APC. He said the party’s agenda cannot be introduced until there is an amendment to the nation’s constitution.

The current situation where police activities are controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations, he said, adding that “ the federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution.”

Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Mr. Osinbajo told his audience that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector and that the federal government was only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.

He said the important thing was that due process was followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.

The Vice President also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60 percent of government revenue due to pipeline vandalisation and endemic corruption in the system.

He however said that getting back oil production is a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government is working to sort it out.

Premium Times

Glo Sacks PSquare, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Burna Boy as brand ambassadors

Telecoms giant Globacom has reportedly terminated the contract deals of  PSquare, Wizkid, Sammie Okposo, Burna Boy and Wande Coal.

Timaya has been signed on as a replacement, and discussion is in advance stage to sign FalzTheBahdGuy from MTN, Olamide from Etisalat and 2face from Airtel.

It was first reported HERE yesterday that Wizkid is longer with GLO after the singer confirmed the news on his Twitter handle,

Buhari has no clues when it comes to economic matters – Rasheed Gbadamosi

Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi is a former chairman, Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency. He was also a Minister of National Planning. He discusses some economic issues with Ademola Olonilua of The Punch Newspaper.

Were you surprised when it was officially declared by the Federal Government that Nigeria is in recession?

No, I was not surprised. It had to happen but it was a question of when it would happen. It was meant to have come a long time ago.

Why were you not surprised?

I was not surprised because before Buhari’s regime, we had anticipated that the recession would come. It was something that was anticipated but what did we do? There was a feeling that somehow it would not happen and we would be able to weather the storm but that was not the case. Poor mother Africa was hopeful that the cross would pass over us but it did not seem to be so. There was a feeling that Olusegun Obasanjo could have averted such a situation if it happened during his time.
In what way do you feel Obasanjo could have averted the recession we are currently facing?

Baba Obasanjo in a way had this magical capability but it is a shame he could not bring things about. When we talk about the awful turning point in the economy, I don’t think Buhari can do anything about it, to be frank.

But what do you think brought about the recession Nigeria is currently facing?

I really cannot say what caused it but what I know is that it was meant to have hit Nigeria a long time ago. I need to think a lot about it.

The government has said that the pains of the current recession would not have been severely felt if Nigeria had been saving. Do you agree with them?

It is not just a question of Nigeria saving, we were not totally prepared. I think we threw caution to the wind. Look at what happened to some other nations of the world, they had been through this but they weathered the storm. I think Nigerians thought the world owed us a meal, they believed the world owed us a living.

Some people have opined that the government should spend more on capital development in order to get us out of this recession; others have argued that government should borrow money. What do you think government should do?

What do we need to do? I am frightened, but I believe we do not need to shrink the economy yet again. I really don’t know what the government can do and that has frightened me greatly in the past 24 hours but we don’t need to shrink the economy. I wonder why we believe we need to shrink the economy. I think we should review what has happened in the last four years and open up the economy. We should let the great, the good, and the gullible people of our various spokespersons in the president’s cabinet to start talking in terms of what is happening. I think we should talk a lot now.

Are you saying that Buhari’s cabinet members are not vocal enough about the current economic reality in Nigeria?

They are frightened. They are so frightened by the current situation and they fear for their lives. I think they believe that we may not be able to weather the storm. If we experience another period of drought in this country, we would be in trouble.

When you say trouble, what should Nigerians be expecting that is worse than this?

If we are not able to bring in investors, then we would face the drought. I have noticed that there have been drought in some parts of the country and we don’t want it to be a generalised thing. Let’s hope that there would be no shortage in the land.

Despite the reported effort put in place by the current government, Nigeria still solely depends on importation of fuel. Do you think Nigeria would ever work on its refineries and stop fuel importation?

I am afraid not. I have worked in that sphere and I can tell you that we totally depend on fuel importation.

What can be done to stop that dependency?

I think for a start, we might have to look elsewhere. I have been thinking of the coastal region of Lagos that the Folawiyos might want to do something about. We should look at the coastal ways and see if that might work if we open it up. Also, I have read about the northern coast line but it is very expensive. It is too expensive to explore oil there at the moment. Let us see if they are able to do something about that. They should also look at the promise of gas. We thought we could do something with gas but we did not. What happened to us? It is very sorrowful that we have not been able to utilise the gas. Why did the Niger-Delta boys blow up all what we can get from gas? What were they trying to do? How can you have a nation and not see the promise of the state?

A lot of Nigerians have been clamouring that the government should privatise the refineries. Do you support such calls?

 I have always believed in the privatisation of the refineries but my take on that is to say what we believed in and it is that the whole world is going to get saturated sooner or later. There would soon be saturation of hydrocarbon because the whole world would be filled up and I really don’t think there would be redemption.

But do you think the refineries should be privatised?

I have always believed in the privatisation of the refineries. You must just get the proper pricing, get the appropriate amount and if you do that, everything would be alright.

A lot of Nigerians had believed that the fuel subsidy has been removed only for the NNPC to announce that there is still subsidy on the fuel we buy. What do you think is the way forward?

To be frank, I don’t believe there is any subsidy. In all the years that I have worked in that sector, I have never believed in subsidy. If you do not put the appropriate price on a product, you would not get its right price.

It was reported that bodies like MAN, NECA and others came out to say that Buhari’s economic policy is not working. Do you think it is working?

It cannot be ideological. Perhaps in six months down the line, something else can happen, you can never be sure. Wait until the American economy would crash and then Trump would just go crazy. Let’s see what would happen but you would never know.

Do you think Buhari’s administration has a sound economic team?

I am sorry but no, he doesn’t. I am afraid that the man has taken on too much and he needs to rest for a while and then we would see how it goes.

Some people have argued that he has not included major stakeholders like Dangote in his economic team…

Look at what happened, there is a patent exhaustion in the last few days. Suddenly there is a fatigue. Talk to me in two months and let us see.

Do you think that in two months things would get better or worse?

I hope it gets better. There is palpable exhaustion in the air because we are tired, I am very tired. A lot of my investment is in real estate and honestly things are not moving. I just cannot make a sense of it, things are very bad. That is where we are now. I am sorry for the next generation and I hope they would be able to make sense of whatever Nigeria becomes.

Are you saying things are still good for this generation and it can only get worse for the next generation?

I am afraid so. Look at what is being reported in the newspapers.

What do you think can be done to rectify the situation?

We would continue to suffer and smile, things are awful.

So you don’t think there is a quick fix that the government can embark on?

Quick fix? Where? It is not going to happen. I am sorry but it is the way things are.

Are you saying that there is no light at the end of the tunnel?

There would be light at the end of the tunnel in the end. We would wobble through and it is not going to be an easy ride.

So Nigeria has never had it this bad before?

No we have not. If you had spoken to me about five months ago, I might have been more optimistic. But Buhari has nothing to offer Nigeria when it comes to economic policies. He has no clue when it comes to economic matters. He has no clue. Nigerians should just leave him and let him play the agriculture card.

Do you agree with people that say agriculture might be a way out of this economic mess?
Yes, it can and it     better be a way out, otherwise we are all doomed.

What do you think the government can do to make agriculture enticing to the people again?

We would beg and pray because the agriculture sector has a lot of promise and it might do something to the economy. However, we can only be hopeful. Agriculture was something we believed in at a time.

Some months back, the Minister of Finance said that the recession experienced by Nigerians would soon be a thing of the past. Do you agree with her?

I think she is a sweet young lady but I don’t agree with her. Nigerians should just leave her and see how things happen from now till next year. However I feel sorry for her because she is not going to get there. The workload is too heavy for her to bear. It is too much for her. I pity her a lot. When it does not work, it is never easy. She is an adorable lady but she is not going to get there.

Do you think Nigeria can ever have a stable power supply?

Yes I believe so. We have the promise of gas and it can bring that back. What we can do is to beg the world to look at us and help us open up the promise of gas.

 The ruling regime has also argued that recession crept in because of Nigerians’ preference for foreign goods, do you agree?

When I was much younger, we used to manufacture things. I was making Ragolis water but that is no longer the case. We would pray that small scale businesses would begin to thrive again in this country.

The Punch

Female 'Boko Haram' suicide bombers kill seven in Nigeria blast [GRAPHIC PHOTOS]

Two female suicide bombers suspected to be with Boko Haram have killed at least seven people and injured 24 in a horrific attack in Nigeria on Saturday morning.

Gruesome images show emergency workers carrying the remains of the victims in black bags after the women, riding motorised rickshaws, detonated their explosives.

Both attacks were carried out in the early morning in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

The first came outside the Bakassi refugee camp where the explosion killed five men.

Eyewitness Inuwe Sula, who lives nearby, said he saw six bodies evacuated and several wounded survivors 'drenched with blood.'

Within just 30 minutes a second bombing occurred outside a gas station about a kilometre away. Again the attacker was reportedly trying to enter the camp, estimated to house 16,000 displaced people.

A bomber in a rickshaw tricycle taxi followed a fuel tanker before detonating the vehicle 'with the sole aim of gaining entry to cause maximum damage and casualty,' said military spokesman Col. Mustapha Anka in a statement.

Nine bodies were recovered from the blasts, including those of the suicide bombers.

'Two suicide bombers riding in motorised rickshaws this morning detonated their explosives 10 minutes apart, with one of them targeting the Bakassi IDP camp on the outskirts of the city,' Mohammed Kanar, spokesman for Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said.

The key suspects, Boko Haram have stepped up their offensive after a months-long lull following an internal leadership struggle.

Maiduguri is at the heart of a seven-year-old insurgency from the Islamist militants, and the recent attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram despite no claim from them of responsibility as yet.

A bomb blast on October 12 killed eight refugees in a taxi-van just outside of the city.

The terror group has devastated northeast Nigeria massacring at least 20,000 people as it tries to create an Islamist state. Some 2.6million people have also been displaced from their homes.

'Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent,' Peter Lundberg, acting United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, warned last week.

Daily Mail Uk

Friday, 28 October 2016

Adunni Ade attends 'Its Her Day' movie viewing in Lagos

Actress Adunni Ade stuns in a yellow dress as she steps out for the viewing of Comedian Bovi's 'Its Her Day' movie at Eko International film festival on Friday night at the Silverbird Cinemas Victoria Island, Lagos.

Bob Dylan breaks silence on his Nobel Prize win: 'It's Hard to Believe'

Bob Dylan has finally broken his silence after the announcement that he had been chosen to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature earlier this month.

The 75-year-old legendary entertainer will be the first musician to be granted admission to the elite literary club but did immediately acknowledge the honor or speak to representatives of the Nobel committee

Bob finally broke his silence, saying to The Telegraph, “Isn’t that something…It’s hard to believe…Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”

He later added that he will “absolutely, if it’s at all possible” be at the awards ceremony in Stockholm.

Arrested Judges: Court summons Buhari, DSS, others

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Friday, ordered President Muhammadu Buhari and the Director-General of the Department of State Service, DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, to appear on November 15 to show cause why seven judges arrested between October 7 and 8 should be prosecuted.

Others equally summoned to appear before the court were the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the National Judicial Council, NJC.

They were all cited as Respondents in a legal action that was instituted before the high court by a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje.

Though President Buhari will not appear in person, he is expected to brief a lawyer to represent him before the court on that date.

The plaintiff had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/809/16, applied for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondents from arresting, inviting, intimidating, or harassing any of the judges whose homes were raided in the “sting operation” conducted by the DSS.

He contended that the arrest and detention of the judges without recourse to the NJC, was not only unconstitutional, but also aimed at ridiculing the judiciary arm of government.

According to him, the action of the DSS was in gross violation of rights of the judges as enshrined in sections 33, 34, 35, 36, and 41 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Consequently, Ogungbeje sought ten separate reliefs from the court, including award of N50billion as general and exemplary damages against the Respondents, as well as another N2million as cost of the suit.

He equally prayed the court for an order compelling the DSS to return to the judges, money that were seized from their homes.

Meanwhile, in a bench ruling on Friday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole directed that copies of the relevant court processes be served on all the Respondents.

The Judge held that the Respondents are entitled to within seven days, respond to the suit.

The Judge said he needed to resolve a number of issues, including the locus-standi of the plaintiff, before he could make a pronouncement on the prayer.

He said such resolution could only be made in an inter-party hearing involving all the Respondents.

Specifically, the plaintiff had through his counsel, Mr. Ayo Ogundele, sought, “An order of interim injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, servants, privies, men, officers or anybody deriving authority from them by whatever name called from further arresting, intimidating, arresting, inviting, seizing or taking any untoward action against the arrested and affected honourable judges and judicial officers pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

In a 39-paragraph affidavit he deposed in support of the substantive suit, the plaintiff averred: “That the 1st (President Buhari), 2nd (DG of DSS), 3rd (DSS), 4th (AGF), and 5th (Inspector-General of Police) respondents never filed any petition against the affected judges the 6th respondent (NJC).

“That the 6th respondent is the only body empowered by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to discipline judges and judicial officers in Nigeria.

 “That the judiciary is an independent arm of government in Nigeria and separate from the executive and the legislature. “That this illegal and unconstitutional action by the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respondents have been roundly condemned by the Nigerian Bar Association.

“That the 2nd (DG of DSS), 3rd (DSS), and 5th (IGP) respondents carried out their action which brazenly infringed upon the rights of the affected five judges without lawful excuse or recourse to the 6th respondent”.

Though seven judges were arrested, the plaintiff said he instituted the action on behalf of five of them who are still serving.

The judges the plaintiff is fighting for are Justices Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja, as well as Justice Muazu Pindiga of the Federal High Court, Gombe Division.

Among the five judges, only Justice Dimgba was not arrested, though his house was thoroughly searched.

Other Judges who though arrested but not covered by the suit are former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike, the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya; and judge of the Kano State High Court, Justice Kabiru Auta.

All the arrested judges are currently under administrative bail from the DSS, pending their trial.


Obama stands by Clinton - White House

The White House is reporting that President Obama is still standing by Hillary Clinton despite the reopening of her secret email server probe by the FBI.

''Nothing has happened that would change Obama's view of Clinton. The president is standing by his former secretary of state,'' the hite House said on Friday.

Statement from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on re-opening on FBI investigation

The Clinton campaign chairman has demanded the FBI provides more information about the new investigation with the following statement:

Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.

It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.

The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.

New Clinton emails found during Anthony Weiner sexting probe

E-mails contained on electronic devices seized from Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, led the FBI to re-open its investigation into Hillary Clinton, it was reported Friday.

In a bombshell that shook up the presidential race, the FBI suddenly announced that it was reexamining Hillary Clinton’s e-mails after learning of new documents “that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”

The New York Times reported that the new information came from the Weiners’ electronic devices.

Weiner’s smartphone was seized after it was disclosed that he was engaged in lewd Web exchanges with a 15-year-old girl.

New York Times

U.S. House Speaker Ryan renews call to suspend classified briefings for Clinton

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday renewed his call for U.S. intelligence officials to stop giving Hillary Clinton classified briefing typically given to presidential candidates in the wake of FBI Director James Comey's letter citing additional emails now under review.

"This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators. I renew my call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved," Ryan said in a statement referring to the former secretary of state.


BREAKING: US official: Newly discovered emails related to Clinton investigation did not come from her private server

US official: Newly discovered emails related to Clinton investigation did not come from her private server, AP reports.

Meet the man with Britain's longest beard at more than 2 feet which has taken six years to grow

Fuzzy faced Michael Legge has retained his title for the country’s longest beard at the British Beard and Moustache Championships in Liverpool.

Factory worker Michael, from Kimberworth, Rotherham, started growing his beard six years ago and it now measures 27 inches.

Joked the father of two: “If I’m going out I can easily take longer than the wife to get ready because I have to wash, dry and oil my beard.”

Michael has been crowned Yorkshire beard champ several times and first won the UK's longest bear competition back in 2014.

He has even managed to bag seventh place in the international competition.

Michael has previously said he only started growing his beard as a bet with his mates.

He added: "It was a bet with some mates to see who could go longest without shaving and one by one they all dropped out. I had no idea where it would lead.

“The next step I’d like to take is to make it a career. I know I’m not going to be the next Brad Pitt, but there’s demand for background roles. It’s a niche market.”

Mirror UK

BREAKING: Wizkid confirms he's no longer with GLO

Wizkid just took to his Twitter handle to confirm his contract with GLO has ended.

''Officially no longer with GLO, it was nice working with the amazing people at the company, wish the company the best in the future. Love ❤️'' the 26-year-old singer tweeted.

FBI says it is reopening case into Clinton's emails

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret email server has been dramatically re-opened after new messages that 'appear to be pertinent' were uncovered, its director announced Friday.

In a move that sent shockwaves through both presidential campaigns, James Comey said in a letter to Congress that an investigative team is seeking to determine if any of the emails contain classified information and whether any of them are 'significant'.

With just 11 days until the presidential election, Clinton was on a plane with no WiFi coverage when the announcement was made.

Donald Trump hailed the move as a chance to right 'a miscarriage of justice' as a crowd of supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, chanted 'lock her up'.

The sense of a new Clinton crisis came as her poll lead collapse to four points in the latest nationwide survey.

Comey said that after learning about the emails he advised the bureau to take 'appropriate investigative steps' to review them.

Clinton, a former secretary of state and the Democratic nominee for the White House, leads Republican presidential nominee Trump, by four points in the latest polling.

Comey sent the letter to heads of the of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Judiciary Committees and two Appropriations subcommittees that deal with justice issues, as well as the House's Oversight Committee and the Senate's Homeland Security Committee.

'In connection with an unrelated case,' Comey told them, 'the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.'

Comey said that after becoming aware of the new information yesterday he 'agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to access their importance to our investigation.

'Although the FBI cannot yet access whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts,' he wrote.

Clinton was in the air, on her way to Iowa, when the news broke. Campaign officials gaggled with reporters earlier in the flight but had decamped the press section by the time the FBI investigation news reached 30,000 feet.

Clinton arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday shortly after news of the stunning development broke in-flight.

After a prolonged delay on the tarmac while her motorcade waited outside her campaign plane, the candidate emerged, followed by the photographer Annie Leibowitz who had been conducting a photoshoot on the plane.

Clinton waved to reporters and didn’t respond to shouted questions about whether she had been informed that the FBI had reopened its investigation. She then got into her motorcade and headed to her first campaign rally of the day.

Asked to react to the FBI announcement a senior Clinton campaign spokesperson told NBC News: 'No idea.'

At the top of an early afternoon campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump took a victory lap and congratulated the FBI for deciding to take a second look at the case.

'The FBI has just sent a letter to Congress informing them that they have discovered new emails pertaining to the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's investigation,' he said, as 1,600 people erupted in a chant of 'Lock her up!'

'And they are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America.'

'Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office,' Trump declared.

'I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made. This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood, and it is everybody's hope that it is about to be corrected.'

He added a moment later: 'With that being said, the rest of my speech is going to be so boring! Should I even make the speech?'

His jubilant crowd screamed: 'Yeah!'

'The news this morning is – this is bigger than Watergate,' Trump said later in his speech.

House Speaker Paul Ryan meanwhile said in a statement that Clinton 'has nobody but herself to blame' for re-opened investigation.

'She was entrusted with some of our nation's most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information,' he said.

'This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators.

'I renew my call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved,' Ryan said.

Daily Mail

Buhari formally married off daughter Fatima to Ya'u Gimba Kumo - PHOTOS!

President Buhari on Friday formally married off his daughter Fatima to Malam Yau Gimba Kumo in Daura, his home town in Katsina State.

The wedding took place at the president’s residence on Mai’adua road, Duura at about 2.40 p.m.

The groom, who was a former Managing Director of Mortgage Bank, paid N100,000 as dowry to the bride.

The marriage was contracted in accordance with Islamic injunctions and was attended by top Federal and States’ Government functionaries.

They included Governors of Gombe, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo and his counterpart from Bauchi, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Abubakar.

The Ministers of Interior, Mr Abdurrahman Dambazau, Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Controller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, and Director-General, Department of State Service, Mr Lawal Musa Daura, also graced the occasion.

Others are Senators Mustapha Bukar, (Katsina North), Ahmed Sani, from Zamfara and Danjuma Goje from Gombe, among others.

In spite of the heavy presence of security personnel; guests had unhindered access to the president’s residence, venue of the marriage.

However, only few prominent personnel had access to the sitting room where the wedding took place.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Girls In Aba Start Sex At Age 10 – Report

A medical practitioner, Godwin Uwaoma, said on Monday that girls in Aba, Abia State, engage in active sexual activities from the age of 10, raising higher chances of contracting HIV.

Mr. Uwaoma, the Chairman of the Thematic Working Group at the Nigerian Faith Based Advisory Council for AIDS (NFACA), told the News Agency of Nigeria in Aba that a 2014 research revealed the development.

He said that the study was conducted to find out the awareness of preventive measures among youth in the secondary schools for the Department of Public Health at the Imo State University.

“We discovered that some girls in Aba start sexual activities at the age 10 to 12 and that at the age of 12, girls in Aba have “regular boyfriends” with whom they agree to have sex regularly.

“This was not known before. Usually HIV prevention was targeted at age 15 upward but we now know that before 15 they have become sexually active.

“And there is a lot of difference between when you are forced into it and you remove yourself thereafter and when at this age you now have a regular partner.

“That was what we discovered and it is not normal but an aberration but obviously the fact is there,” he said.

At a lecture organised by the Aba chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, to mark their week, Mr. Uwaoma called for prevention rather than cure which was unavailable for HIV cases.

He urged the students to desist from watching pornographic films, playing sexual games with opposite sex and keeping bad friends to save them from sexual temptations.

In another lecture titled “Sex and Puberty,” Kenneth Ngwogu, a lecturer at the Abia State University, said that puberty brought changes in character and body composition to young people.

Noting that most youth ruined their lives through dangerous actions like early sex, Mr. Ngwogu urged them to consult doctors or adults to manage the challenges of puberty.

He charged the youth to desist from sexual activities which could refocus their attention while in school to reach their goals of becoming successful people.


NLC condemns proposed reintroduction of toll gates

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Thursday in Abuja berated the Senate over its approval for the re-introduction of toll gates across the country.

The NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, while reacting to the development, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that Nigeria’s policy making processes needed to be interrogated.

The Senate had on Tuesday passed a motion seeking to resuscitate the collection of tolls on federal highways across the country.

The upper house argued that toll collection from motorists was the only way to construct and maintain roads and enhance their efficiency.

Suleiman Nazif, representing Bauchi-North Senatorial District, moved the motion entitled “Need for the re-establishment of tolls on our federal highways’’.

The Senate based its decision on the state of the country’s infrastructure, including roads, which it described as worrisome.

It attributed the situation to corruption and mismanagement of resources over the years.

However, Mr. Ozo-Eson, in his reaction, said:“We used to have toll gates and we started them under pressure from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, among others.

“We built a number of toll gates and the government itself came and tore down those structures.

“To come back again to re-introduce the toll gates means another waste of public resources and this shows that something is fundamentally wrong.

The general secretary said that the initial implementation of the toll gates suffered a lot of setback due to a number of issues.

According to him, the first experience became an avenue for rewarding favoured cronies, who were given the franchise to collect the tolls.

He also noted that the nation never benefitted from the first experience as some set of people fed fat on the tolls and the roads were never maintained.

“Unless we are able to put in place a mechanism that will ensure that the revenues from the tolls are used for the development and maintenance of the roads, any attempt to bring the toll gates will again be a failure.

“The proposal is questionable, coming at a time when people are facing undue hardship, including high cost of living occasioned by policies of government.’’

Mr. Ozo-Eson said that the proposed reintroduction of tolls at this time would be excessively worrisome to all Nigerians.

He said that such a policy would further escalate inflation rate which peaked at 17.6 per cent in August.

He argued that the need for revenue generation and the hardship faced by the people should be placed side by side in reaching a decision on the matter.

Tolls were abolished by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004, who argued that the revenue for road maintenance should rather be generated from an increased pump price of petrol.


Mariah Carey's Rep denies relationship problem with James Packer

Mariah Carey‘s rep has confirmed in a statement to ET Online that James Packer did not dump the singer for her overspending or any cheating allegations contrary to TMZ's report.

The full statement read:

"Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since. The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah. James is one of the most successful businessmen in the world. They are trying to work it out. Right now, they're not sure if they will stay together."

Davido Responds To Kaffy

Davido is responding to Kaffy's harsh words about the cancellation of dancers' performance (see it HERE) at the 3Thrones event on Saturday (October 22) at Eko Convention Center, Lagos.

Watch below!


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