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20 Nov 2017

Banky W’s Wedding Giuseppe Zanotti Shoe Cost About N290k (See Photos)

One of the shoes Banky W wore on his traditional wedding yesterday is a Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Spacey’ Loafers valued at $795, approximately N290,000 Nigerian currency.

That’s how you step out like a boss to your wedding!


Bombshell! Wizkid Swear To Break Lara Duma's Heart

Nigerian singer, Wizkid has warned a female fan, Lara Duma to stop crushing on him, says he will break her heart.

 Lara Duma, via Twitter, stated that it would be a priviledge to have her heart broken by the singer.

It would be a priviledge to have my heart broken by the guy in the pink jacket @wizkidayo baby

The ‘manya’ crooner who noticed the tweet replied her:

Don’t mess with me I’ll break ur heart baby!.

See the conversation below;

Deadline for Zimbabwe's Mugabe to resign passes as Impeachment 'could take months'

Robert Mugabe is rubbing the noses of his opponents in his decision not to resign, by ordering weekly cabinet meetings every Tuesday at State House, his official residence.

The 93-year-old, who has been in charge in Zimbabwe for 37 years, is defying the overwhelming will of the people, the military and the political party he set up, by ignoring calls to stand down.

An ultimatum from his Zanu-PF party to resign by midday or face impeachment, came and went with no word from President Mugabe.

The party will now press ahead with the procedure, which it believes can be done and dusted in just a couple of days.

However, Dr Tarisai Mutangi, a constitutional lawyer, has told Sky News impeachment could take months.

"He knows the law is on his side, that the constitution is on his side and that the king pins of this process want to do it constitutionally, and that means it's going to take quite some time," Dr Mutangi said.

Under the Zimbabwean constitution, the president can be impeached for four things:

:: Serious misconduct
:: Failure to obey, uphold or defend this constitution
:: Willful violation of this Constitution
:: Inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity

The war veterans association which organised the mass rallies and marches against Robert Mugabe at the weekend are taking a different tack, asking the high court to remove him for dereliction of his executive duty.

Meanwhile, Zimbabweans are still reeling from Mugabe's refusal to resign of his own accord and want him out whatever it takes.

One man told Sky News they would go to the President's house and physically remove him.

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6 steps to check your name on the N-Power list of successful candidates

2017 N-Power list of successful candidates set to be released.
The federal government social intervention scheme, N-Power, has released further guidelines for candidates willing to participate in the scheme.

Recall the administrators of the scheme, earlier announced to candidates who registered in 2017 that they would be able to check their status by 11:30 pm today, Monday, 20th November, 2017.

The scheme has now revealed six (6) steps for candidates to check and confirm if they have been pre-selected for the N-Power volunteer scheme.

1. Candidates are advised to log on to the N-Power official website @ www.npower.gov.ng

2. Click on “check your pre-selection status”.

3. Type in your name or phone number or email address or BVN in the search box.

4. Your name will pop up if you have been pre-selected.

5. You will receive an SMS and email congratulating you on your pre-selection.

6. Prepare for physical verification between November 27th and December 8th, 2017.

The N-Power Volunteer Corps is the post-tertiary engagement initiative for Nigerians between 18 and 35. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration. The graduates will undertake their primary tasks in identified public services within their proximate communities.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Tragedy And The 'Ember' Months' Myth

Tayo Ogunbiyi writes on the tragic occurrences are bound to happen during the 'ember' season because of the intensity of human activities on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
According to reports, five persons died and many others were seriously injured in an early morning compound road mishap at the famous Kara Bridge, just by the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Viewing the gory scene of the tragic event through various media platforms was quite distressing. Three of the victims died instantly while the other two died in the hospital.  Reports had it that about 55 people were involved in the accident, 40 men and 15 women.

An account of the incident revealed that a tanker laden with 33,000 liters of ago (diesel) ram into a stationary truck carrying brewery products. The resultant oil spill on the road resulted in the multiple crashes involving some trucks and cars. Conservatively put, not fewer than 16 vehicles, comprising eight trucks and eight vehicles were involved in the multiple crashes allegedly caused by the spilled diesel on the road.

As if the lives that have been wasted through the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway gruesome incidence weren’t enough for that day, reports had it that two other people died in another accident which involved a collision between a truck and a train in the Fagba axis of Lagos State, on same day. So, it was a rather busy day for men and officials of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, LASEMA, who had to move immediately from that incident on the Kara Bridge straight to Fagba for rescue operation.

Characteristically, many have tried to establish a connection between these bloody incidences and the usual ‘ember’ months’ tragic jargon.  The so called ‘ember’ months, which refer to the last four months of the year from September to December, are naturally regarded as tragedy prone period. This belief is so entrenched in the consciousness of the people that various religious groups and other relevant institutions regularly organize special prayer sessions and seminars with a view to minimizing ember months’ havoc.

The reality, however, is that the so called ‘embers’ months are not really spiritually jinxed as many might want to swear they are. Tragedy occurs in ‘ember’ months just as it does in every other month of the year. Ascribing needless spiritual and mythical undertones to tragic happenings during the ‘ember’ months could just be the usual Nigerian way of trivializing issues. Rather than clothing the ‘ember’ months in a garb of gratuitous mystery, the pragmatic way of explaining dreadful events during these months is more human than mythological.

The truth is that there is usually an increase in the tempo of public, private and corporate activities during this period.  Religious bodies are equally not left out of the frenzy of the season as they organize various events during the period. The ‘ember’ months are always the busiest on our roads for obvious reasons and the tumultuous air of festivity do not really help matter. It is a period when people are in so much haste to make all the money they have not made since the beginning of the year. Hence, commercial drivers, who usually embark on five trips per day, capitalize on the aura of festivity to go for ten trips. This, naturally, comes with its fatal consequences. It is only logical that when there is a mass exodus of people from one place to the other, there is bound to be a measure of uncertainty and disorder.

The bottom line, therefore, is that tragic occurrences are bound to happen during the ‘ember’ season because of the intensity of human activities. In a bid to be part of the various end-of-year activities slated for the period, a lot of people throw caution into the wind by disregarding critical safety issues. Vehicles are driven irresponsibly. Alcoholic drinks are consumed with reckless abandon while social outings are organized as if tomorrow will not come. The atmosphere, during the season, is often filled with unusual allure and jollity. It is in the midst of this hilarity that avoidable human blunders that result into diverse kinds of misfortunes usually occur.

Hence, it is imperative for everyone to, first and foremost, have a changed perception of the ‘ember’ months. Hence, conscious efforts must be made to disrobe the months of every garb of unfounded mysticism. It is only when we are convinced that the dangers associated with the months are human rather than mythical that we could really make considerable progress in averting disasters during the months.

Therefore, enforcement of existing laws and attitudinal change is central to making any progress. Sadly, law enforcement agents are also involved in the mad ‘ember’ months’ rat- race. In a bid to make some ‘extra’ buck to furnish special festive ‘necessities’ , they usually engage in treacherous compromise that encourages law breakers to go un-punish. The result, of course, is the continuation of avoidable circle of pandemonium and sorrow.

Consequently, as we march towards the end of the year, we must modify our views on the ‘ember’ months. We must not get involved in any pointless extra-ordinary  end of the year ‘rush’ that could endanger our lives and , indeed, those of others. Those who have to organize social events to correspond with this period should do so bearing all safety precautions in mind. Commercial drivers and other road users must respect the sanctity of the human life by observing required road safety measures.

Perhaps, more importantly, relevant government agencies must step up enlightenment campaigns as well as enforcement strategies to guarantee that ‘ember’ months’ crashes and other related tragedies are reduced to the barest minimum. In this respect, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, should be commended for their various ‘ember’ month’s safety strategies, in Lagos and adjoining States.

However, there is a need for them to intensify efforts in this direction while more appropriate government agencies should also come on board the ‘ember’ months’ re-orientation and re-awareness project. Presently, the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy is embarking on an ‘ember’ months’ responsiveness campaign across the State. The objective is to change the attitude of the people towards these months and offer key safety tips.

As it has been previously affirmed, it is critical to re- affirm that tragic happenings during ‘ember’ months are promoted by reckless human actions. It is only in living modestly and responsibly that we could avoid the dangers and hiccups that are generally associated with ember months. If only we could rid ourselves of our usual ‘ember months’ excesses, we would discover that nothing is actually wrong with the months.

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Ogunbiyi is of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja

Taxi driver given life after killing his two young children and setting fire to family home [SEE PHOTOS]

A dad who killed his two young children by smothering them with a petrol-soaked rag before setting fire to the family home has been been jailed for life.

Endris Mohammed will serve a minimum term of 33 years after he was unanimously convicted last week of the murders of Saros Endris, aged eight, and his six-year-old sister Leanor.

The taxi driver was also given a concurrent 10-year sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for the attempted murder of his wife, who was asleep when the 47-year-old killed their children and set fire to their home.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Gilbart rejected Mohammed’s claim to have planned to end his own life before the “terrible criminal enterprise” designed to kill the children and their mother.

Mohammed, of Holland Road, Birmingham, tried to murder his wife, Penil Teklehaimanot, by tampering with a gas pipe and setting a fire near their front door in the early hours of October 28 last year.

The former factory worker bought a fuel can and three litres of petrol around 12 hours before the killings. He later suffered burns to his head after setting the passenger side of his cab alight.

A two-week trial was told Mohammed, who met his wife in 2006 in Kent after they came to Britain from East Africa, killed the children during a downstairs sleepover.
Endris Mohammed suffered horrific burns after setting fire to his family home

After paying tribute to Saros and Leanor as happy, cheerful and engaging children of whom any parent would be justly proud, the judge told Mohammed: “You have deliberately snuffed out their young lives.

“Their mother escaped death but she must endure that tragic loss as she rebuilds her life. They [the children] loved you, as did your partner.

“They trusted you implicitly and were enjoying your company even on the night of their murder. You repaid their trust in you by killing them.”

The judge accepted Mohammed was suffering from a depressive illness falling short of diminished responsibility, but said a withdrawal from a cash machine hours beforehand showed he had not intended to take his own life.

As Mohammed showed no sign of emotion in the dock, the judge described the fire at the family home as an attempt to achieve the “destruction” of the three victims in a conflagration.

Nnamdi Kanu: Checkout What Abaribe Told a Federal High Court About the IPOB Leader's Whereabouts

A Nigerian senator who stood surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has spoken out about the man's whereabouts.
Nnamdi Kanu and Eyinnaya Abaribe
Eyinnaya Abaribe, the Nigerian Senator representing Abia South, has said the Chief of Army, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and not himself should be held responsible for Nnamdi Kanu's whereabouts.

The senator accused Buratai of frustrating his role as a surety for the bail granted the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

According to Punch Metro, Abaribe stated this in a fresh motion he filed  before the court where he and Kanu’s two other sureties had been ordered to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

The senator had earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, but the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, directed during the previous proceedings of October 17, 2017, that the senator could not withdraw his surety-ship until Kanu was produced before the court.

Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on charges bordering on treasonable felony,  was on Monday absent from court for the second time  after the alleged invasion of his home in Abia State by soldiers on September 14, ‎since when he had been declared missing by his family.

But Abaribe was physically present in court on Monday.

He stated in his fresh motion filed through his lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), on November 17, 2017,  that he should not be held responsible for unavailability of Kanu to attend court for his trial, but alleged that Kanu’s unknown whereabouts was caused by the “whimsical, capricious, subversive and extra-judicial self-help” embarked upon by the Chief of Army Staff.

The senator maintained that the Chief of Army Staff was aware of the pending charges against Kanu when he allegedly deployed soldiers to “forcefully and violently” invade the IPOB leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku-Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14, 2017.

He noted that the conducts of the COAS with deployment of the soldiers were with “most probable effect” of preventing him (Kanu) from attending court to to continue his trial.

He said he opted to be Kanu’s surety out of “patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension already generated in the polity”.

His lawyer, Ume, argued in the motion that the Chief of Army Staff’s “extra-judicial self-help conduct obviously frustrated the proceedings and course of administration of justice (in the bail and bail bond granted and executed in Charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015).”

The lawyer maintained that the “actions have brought the honourable court to some ridicule and its power appear nugatory as well as placing in a fixed up position.”

The senator therefore sought in the fresh motion, an order directing the Chief of Army Staff to explain to the court why the Attorney-General of the Federation should not “be compelled to initiate contempt charges/proceedings against him for his extra-judicial self-help conducts”.

Ekwueme: Nigerian community in South Africa reacts to death of ex-VP

The Nigerian community in South Africa has reacted to the passing of former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.

They said his demise is a big loss to the nation.

Ekwueme, 85, died in a London hospital on Sunday.

The President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo on Monday told the newsmen in Pretoria that they received the news with shock.

In a condolence message, Olubajo said, “He was upright, cerebral, courageous and loyal to the country while he was serving in various public offices.”

“His wealth of experience and contributions to the political landscape in Nigeria will be greatly missed.

“In 1995, he proposed the six geopolitical zones which Nigerians now use for decision making on national issues.

“This cannot be said of Nigerian politicians anymore”.

Olubajo said that Nigerians in South Africa commiserate with his family, friends, and associates.

“We love him, but God loves him more. Adieu father of the nation, and elder statesman per excellent and true nationalist,” he added.

More Trouble for Patience Jonathan as FCTA is Set to Demolish Her Abuja Property

A multi-billion naira property sealed and marked "keep off under Investigation" by the EFCC since June, might be demolished by the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

Patience Jonathan
A sprawling property, sitting on a large expanse of land, opposite the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, said to belong to Nigeria’s former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has been marked for possible demolition by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration.‎

According to Daily Sun, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) had, in June, sealed the multi-billion naira property. It was marked “keep off under Investigation” by the anti-graft agency.

Officials of Development Control, a department under the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMAC), told our correspondent that the erection of the multi-billion naira property was a contravention of development control laws in the FCT, as it was sitting on a green area.

One of the directors, who spoke under condition of anonymity, explained: “We have served them notice to stop further development of the property and produce necessary approvals within six days before resuming work, failure to do which, we will be left with no option but to remove the whole property.”

Referring to the former First Lady’s property, the director said: “That place is a Green area, and the property on it looks like a hotel. And you can imagine the deceit there, the signboard outside the property indicates that it is a foundation or an NGO home (A. Aruera Reachout Foundation/Women for Chang and Development Initiative), but the real property inside is something else.”

The source also alleged that an FCTA official, a certain Deputy Director of the department, who visited the place last month for inspection, was allegedly assaulted by thugs.

The Deputy Director, while confirming the assault allegations, also corroborated the source in insisting that all structures that contravene the development guidelines would be removed irrespective of the position of their owners in the society.

When our correspondent visited the said building, the security personnel manning the complex did not volunteer information.

Mrs. Jonathan has been in a running battle with EFCC since her husband, Goodluck Jonathan, left office in late May, 2015.

She came under EFCC investigation in May 2016 when the commission arrested a former Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

Mrs. Jonathan had also laid claim to about $15m found in bank accounts allegedly belonging to Dudafa’s domestic servants.

She subsequently sued Skye Bank Plc and the EFCC. The commission then went ahead to freeze her personal account with a balance of $5 million.

Anambra Made Lagos What It Is - Governor Obiano Says

All Progressives Congress Grand Alliance chieftain, Governor Willie has boasted that his people developed Lagos.
Governor Willie Obiano
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has said that Lagos State is what it is because of the impact of ‘Anambrarians’ on the state.

According to him, “Anambra made Lagos what it is” whether anyone accepts it or not.

He made the comments during an interview with Channels Television while stating developments in the state as well as his plans for the next four years as he succeeded in his re-election bid after securing a landslide victory over 36 others gunning for his position.

“Before I came in, security was an issue. I came, I saw, I conquered and it’s not a static thing. Security is continuous, so we are moving and we are going to put in more efforts to ensure that the next four years is even far better than they have seen it now.

“I’ll keep awake so that all Anambra people and those living in Anambra can sleep with their two eyes closed.

“I’m not going to drop the ball, my eyes are on the ball. I am working hard to ensure that at the end of my eight years, governors coming after me will not have to depend on FAAC to run the state and that’s what I’m doing in investments. Security is the greatest thing that I have done and it is bringing a lot of people in.

“The greatest thing we want to do is to emulate what the Israelis have done. We have very rich Anambra people all over the world – Anambra made Lagos what it is, whether they want to accept it or not – the taxes that are paid are mostly by Anambra people.

“The development that is going on there, the houses that are owned there – it is the same all over the place but none in the south east. Why? First no security then, now we’ve gotten security.

“So I am emphasizing that this is time to come home and invest. By the way, we have reduced our challenges on investment to almost zero. Anambra now is the easiest place to come for investment because you sit in a one-stop investment outfit called ANCIPA, headed by many bankers – You get things sorted out in an hour or two – you get your C of O in two weeks if your case is good. If your case is not good, they help you build it or they cancel it as the case may be.”

‘Choose Your Project’

Also According to him, his administration is already doing so much in agriculture and it is set to do even more.

He also noted that the ‘Choose Your Project’ community project which his administration started has gone a long way in improving the standard of living across communities in the state.

“One of the things that won me accolades amongst all the local governments basically was the Choose Your Project community project – 40 million per community.

“All communities are choosing their second project now, it has never happened in the history of Nigeria anywhere at all. Every community even the remotest place in Anambra benefitted from that project. Apart from the schools, we built for them they now got the money and we are trying to build a bridge too, roads and what have you.

“I have reassured Ndi Anambra that I’m going to increase IGR without increasing taxes.”

‘Campaign of Calumny’

Furthermore, the governor expressed gratitude to the people of Anambra for choosing him to lead them again and he gave the assurance that the administration will touch the lives of less privileged in the state.

He also expressed confidence that subsequently his party, APGA, will win elections in other South- East states.

“Well, first I thank God the almighty for making this possible and the overwhelming endorsement by Ndi Anambra, that I should move on with what I am doing for them.

“This second administration will touch the lives of the less privileged, the common man on the street who voted for me, it will also touch the lives of the big people whose industries will employ the young ones that we are bringing.

“This victory will have a permanganate effect on the south-east. We are going to win all the states in the south-east.

Nobody has won 21 over 21. We scored 100% – it was a full endorsement by the people, I was returned unopposed and it hasn’t happened in history despite all the campaign of calumny by funny people all over the place.

“The same thing will happen there and we will do like the Yoruba’s did. They started from Lagos – AD – won some of the states in the west, now formed a block to be able to negotiate with the centre.

“That is our strategy and we can achieve that with ease,” he added.

Biometrics will Soon Replace ATM Pin - CBN Director Makes Revelations

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says biometrics will soon be used for transactions on the automated teller machine (ATM).
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While speaking at the 2017 annual retreat of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) in Ibadan during the weekend Dipo Fatokun, chairman, Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) and CBN director of banking and payment system, said that biometrics will soon be used for transactions in replacement for pin codes are currently being used on the automated teller machine (ATM).

According to TheCable, Fatokun said the introduction of biometrics would help in the fight against electronic fraud.

He said sharing ATM pin codes ‎with a third party is against the policy of banking sector but could not be avoided in some circumstances especially in situations where the account owner is not literate or incapacitated.

“Your pin and account details are not supposed to be disclosed to third person but as you rightly said, we have some people who are not literate or incapacitated and that makes them to disclosing their details to third party,” he said.

“What we are canvassing is that in a time soon to come, with the BVN in place, biometrics will be used for transactions on ATM.

“That means if you want to transact with your ATM, you will need to use your biometrics. There is no way you can give your finger to a third party. If that is enabling, it will make our system to be more secure and make all our transactions to be validated.

“But biometric electronic devices are very expensive because of the technologies involved but I am sure, we shall get there soon.”

Mourners Besiege Late Ekwueme's Enugu Residence

Many people have rushed to the house of late former Nigeria's Vice President Alex Ekwueme who died at a hospital in London.
Late Alex Ekwueme
Mourners have besieged the Independence Layout residence of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme following the news of his demise in a London hospital on Sunday.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) who visited the residence of the former founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reports that the atmosphere was solemn and the mourners wearing sad faces.

However, a condolence registered had yet to be opened in the residence.

A security man who pleaded anonymity, said that he was under instruction not to allow journalists access to the compound.

“The wife of Dr. Alex Ekwueme has gone to Abuja and none of the family members is here.

“We are under instruction not to allow journalists to enter into the compound and no condolence register has been opened,” the security man said.

NAN recalls that Ekwueme was initially admitted at Memfys Neurosurgical Hospital, Enugu, for a chest infection from where he was transferred to London on Nov. 13.

His younger brother and traditional ruler of Oko community, His Royal Highness Laz Ekwueme, announced the late vice president’s demise in a statement.

He was aged 85.

-NAN

Associates, Business Barons Abandon Jonathan on His 60th Birthday

Unlike the usual accolades that came his way when he celebrated his 54th birthday while in power, a major difference has been noticed as former President Goodluck Jonathan celebrated his 60th birthday today.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan reached a milestone of 60 years today in his earth’s journey, with congratulatory  messages from President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and notably, former senate president David Mark.

Although it is unclear whether there will be a ball to mark the day, what was conspicuously  missing today are the usual adulatory newspaper advertisements from the large army of contractors, politicians, public officials and others.

They seemed to have abandoned Jonathan to his fate as they failed to sing his praises the way they did when Jonathan marked his 57th birthday in 2014. Jonathan had spent four years in the saddle and was preparing to run for re-election few months after.

Only ThisDay newspaper published six advertisements. They were from a forum of Jonathan’s   former ministers, Governor Nyesom Wike, His Royal Highness A.J. Turner, Architect Reuben Okoya and Engineer David Omonibeke and President Azikel Group,

There was no advert in The Punch, arguably Nigeria’s largest selling newspaper.

The Vanguard published one advert from Governor Seriake Dickson. The Guardian published none.

The Nation also published an advert from Azikel Group, whose chairman, Dr Eruani Azibapu Godbless prayed in his birthday message for God’s infinite mercies and blessings to Jonathan.

He also prayed for Jonathan’s continuous strength, good health and wisdom ‘all the days of his life”.

Azikel’s showering of praises on Jonathan is understandable. The company is based in Bayelsa, Jonathan’s home state. It started business just nine years ago with an ambition to be a fast-growing indigenous conglomerate. Its main business is dredging. On its website it says it has as subsidiaries,  Azikel Air, Azikel Dredging, Azikel Construction, Azikel Petroleum and Azikel Farms. It is not clear yet whether the subsidiaries are truly functional

Jonathan’s  abandonment by his friends was noticeable as far back as November 2015, the first birthday Jonathan marked out of office since 2010, when he succeeded former President Umaru Yar’Adua.

In 2015, Jonathan was 58, a few months after he was ousted by President Muhammadu Buhari, in the election of that year.

And what played out today also occurred then: the  reticence of the friends of power : the politicians, hangers on, business barons, social and political groups.

Jonathan actually saw all this coming when he told the world, just some days before he handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari that he had been abandoned by all those he perceived to be his friends, as the phones stopped ringing.

The lesson of power has always been that those people, who usually strike romance with those in authority are not true friends, but fiends, mere  fair weather friends.

 -NAN

Revealed: 2018 Budget for Presidential Aircraft for Buhari, Osinbajo Nearly Doubles in Billions (Full Breakdown)

In the current 2018 National Budget proposal which is subject to the approval by the National Assembly, billions of Naira have been seen set aside for the president and vice president's presidential aircrafts.
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The Federal Government has proposed to spend N7.26 billion on the Presidential Air Fleet, PAF, in the 2018 budget proposal, details by the Budget Office of the Federation have shown.

Of the amount, about N4.3 billion was proposed for recurrent expenditure, while N2.8 billion would go for capital expenditure.

The proposed expenditure is about 67 per cent higher than the N4.37 billion appropriation in the 2017 budget, which consisted of N3.97 billion for recurrent and N399.5 million for capital projects.

In the current proposal, which is subject to the approval by the National Assembly, at least N1.58 billion was set aside for the overhaul and maintenance of five aircraft on the fleet, from about N2.9 billion budgeted for capital expenditure.

Details showed that N200 million was proposed for the mandatory upgrade and installation of live TV and internet service on BBJ (5N-FGT), just as about N240 million was voted for a similar service on G550 (5N-FGW) during the year.

Equally, N375 million would be used for installation of new cabin management system on GV (5N-FGS); N196.5 million for overhaul of landing gear for BBJ aircraft and N222 million for overhaul of Falcon 7X (5N-FGV) aircraft engines.

About N3.89 billion was proposed for mandatory upgrades on fleet aircraft; general aircraft maintenance; aircraft fuel cost; purchase of air navigational equipment; rehabilitation/repairs of air navigational equipment and purchase of Towberless tow tractor for aircraft towing.

In the 2017 budget, about N2.03 billion was approved for the purchase of fire fighting vehicle and equipment and air navigational equipment; aircraft towing vehicle, aircraft maintenance tools and kitchen equipment; aircraft fuel cost and aircraft maintenance.

The PAF, considered the second largest airline in the country after Arik Air, has remained a controversial subject, following outcry among Nigerians that the cost of maintenance of more than 10 aircraft in the fleet was too high, particularly at times like the current lean economic resources.

On assumption of office, President Muhamadu Buhari assured his administration would cut down on the number of aircraft on the fleet inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

In November 2015, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said 10 aircraft in the fleet included two each of Augusta 149, Augusta 101 and Falcon 7X as well as one each of HS 4000, G500, G550 and 737 BBJ series.

In October 2016, more than a year after taking office, apparently in an attempt to downsize the PAF, the Buhari administration advertised the sale of two of the aircraft – a Falcon 7X executive jet and Hawker 4000.

It is not clear if the two aircraft were eventually disposed of.

When contacted for clarification, Mr. Shehu promised to make contacts for the latest information on the issue before reverting later.

Source: Premium Times

Zambian President, Lungu, Sends 93-year-old Ex-President To Persuade Mugabe To Resign

President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit” after the military seized power last week.

The ruling party removed Mugabe as Zanu-PF president and first secretary on Sunday and lawmakers from the ruling party were due to meet at the party headquarters on Monday to discuss impeaching the 93-year-old leader.

“Dr Kaunda used the presidential jet and has already arrived in Harare,” a senior government source told Reuters.

Kaunda is also 93 years old.

Botswana President Ian Khama has also called on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to end his attempts to remain in office.

The military intervention, which political sources say could pave the way to a national unity government after 37 years of Mugabe rule, also presented “an opportunity to put Zimbabwe on a path to peace and prosperity”, Khama told Reuters.

Serious Panic as Ogun Monarch Raises Alarm Over Arrival Of Herdsmen in the State

A monarch in Ogun State has raised serious alarm over the arrival of herdsmen in his community which has caused some panic among residents.
File photo: Fulani herdsmen
According to Vanguard, the Eselu of Iselu, in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has raised the alarm over the arrival of herdsmen in the state ,saying, many people lost their lives last year when they invaded the communities under his domain .

The Monarch however, disclosed that despite that  an Ogun State High Court sitting in Ilaro has given a judgement restricting  herdsmen from some parts of the town ,the herdsmen still invading some farmlands to graze for their herds .

Oba Akinyemi while addressing  newsmen as part of activities to mark his 12th year on the throne, said ,the herdsmen only meet the Security  agents and ministry of Agric  and later  ove to the farm.

The monarch said the major occupation of people in these communities was farming, and from this they made money to send their children to school, and met other responsibilities.

He lamented that the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in communities such as Oja Odan, Asa among others, where they had destroyed farmlands, farm produce and killed farmers, who had spoken against such wanton destruction, must be checked.

This, he said, had made many people in these communities to abandon farming and some of them could no longer send their children to school.

He recounted a scenario in Asa village, where the herdsmen had ordered a farmer to open his grains’ silo, and they(herdsmen) fed everything to their herd of cows, while the farmer watched helplessly.

Oba Akinyemi, said another dry season had commenced, and the herdsmen had started arriving in some communities in the area.

He called on the necessary authorities in the state, especially the Ministry of Agriculture, to quickly rise up to its  responsibilities, and warned the herdsmen to either steer clear of the communities or allow peace and order to reign by not taking their herd to people’s farmlands for grazing.

He said, “Many of my people had been killed by these Fulani herdsmen and I don’t want that continue anymore.

“They will just take their herd of cows and invade farmlands, crops and other farm produce, were at the mercy of their herd.

“Some of the farmers met on their farms were ordered by the herdsmen to open their grains’ silos and they  fed the grains to their herd. Some of those who resisted were killed.

” I have observed now that the dry is setting in the herdsmen had started arriving. I am appealing to all the relevant government agencies, especially the state Ministry of Agriculture, to rise up to their responsibilities.

“They should either steer clear of my communities or they should allow peace and order to reign by not invading people’s farmlands with their herd of cows.

“There was a time in Asa village, where some people suspected to be herdsmen invaded a church having a vigil and slaughtered everyone there. This should not happen again, that is why I am making this appeal.”

Oba Akinyemi, said his domain had witnessed development, since he assumed the throne 12 years ago.

He said he had facilitated rural electrification in many of the communities, and rid the communities of criminals in conjunction with the relevant security agencies among others.

Anambra Election: Nigerian Actor, Yul Edochie Accepts Defeat

Nollywood actor and candidate of the Democratic Peoples Congress, DPC, Yul Edochie polled 145 votes in the just conducted governorship election in Anambra State.
Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie
Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, may have not won the just concluded Anambra state governorship election held on Saturday, but he has been able to toe the path of peace by congratulating the winner, Governor Willie Obiano.

Yul Edochie took to his Instagram page to share a photo of himself smiling and accepting defeat with caption saying:

“Congratulations to Governor Willie Obiano on his victory at the polls. And to all my supporters, I thank you. Let us keep the spirit high and continue to work tirelessly and selflessly for the progress of our state and country. God bless you all,”

Nigeria Demands Explanation From Italy Over Burial of 26 Girls Found Dead on the Sea

The Nigerian government has demanded some explanation from the nation of Italy over the burial of the 26 girls who were found dead on the Mediterranean sea.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa
It has been revealed that the Federal Government has expressed dismay over the hasty burial of the 26 girls who were found dead on the Mediterranean Sea by Italian authorities nine days ahead of the slated date, Punch Metro reports.

The bodies of the girls were found on a sinking vessel in the Mediterranean about two weeks ago and there where reports that they may have been sexually abused before they were murdered.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the Italian Embassy had earlier indicated to the Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons that the burial would take place in Salerno, Italy on November 26, 2017.

But the Italian authorities, she said, went ahead with the burial last Friday without informing the Nigerian government, adding that the NAPTIP director is currently in Italy to engage with the Italian authorities ahead of the scheduled burial date.

The SSA who addressed newsmen alongside a NAPTIP representative, Mr. Abdulrahim Shaibu, explained that a protest letter had been sent to the Italian envoy in Nigeria over the matter.

“Why were they (the bodies) hurriedly buried nine days before the date communicated to the DG, NAPTIP by the Italian Embassy without any information to Nigerian Government? Why the rush to bury the bodies without carrying out post-mortem to determine the causes of death?,” she queried.

Dabiri-Erewa said that information indicated that only three of the girls were identified as Nigerians, noting that the identities of the other victims had yet to be ascertained before they were interred.

She noted that another issue of concern was that the victims’ families may have wanted them buried in their countries of origin.

The SSA also condemned the reported sale of Africans in a Libyan slave market as broadcast by CNN, saying this was unacceptable, despicable and inhuman.

She said,”On the issue of Africans sold by Africans in Libya to Europe, as reported by the CNN in a report titled “People for sale; where lives are auctioned for $400”, this is totally unacceptable, despicable, and inhuman and should be condemned by anyone who is human and has blood running through their veins.”

The Presidential aide appealed to the African Union, European Union, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, International Organization on Migration and the Economic Community for West African States to intervene in the matter and tackle the issue of slavery happening in Libya.

“The perpetrators of this heinous crime should also be sanctioned,” she said.

Marcos Alonso Going Back to Spain? Zidane Demands the Signing of Chelsea Defender to Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, has impressed again under Chelsea's Antonio Conte this season in the Italian's 3-5-2 formation is now the subject of transfer to Real Madrid.
Marcos Alonso
26-year-old Spain international, Marcos Alonso, who has been remarkable since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2016, has been the subject of interest in his home country as Zinedine Zidane wants the EPL star at Real Madrid.

According to Spanish news outlet, Don Balon, Alonso who helped Chelsea win the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge last time outis attracting interest from Real Madrid.

It was gathered that Real boss, Zidane has told club president, Florentino Perez to sign the Chelsea defender, after being frustrated with Marcelo and sees Alonso as a perfect replacement.

Real were held to a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid last night in La Liga. The point leaves the Spanish giants 10 points behind their rivals Barcelona after just 12 games.

Lionel Messi and co have won 11 and drawn one of their opening clashes in La Liga, while conceding just four goals.

Real are back in action on Tuesday night when Zidane’s men travel to Cyprus to face APOEL in the Champions League group stages.

A win would confirm Real’s place in the knockout stages of the prestigious competition.

Commotion as Gunmen Storm Akwa Ibom, Kill Commissioner's Younger Sister, 2 Others in Their House

Gunmen have caused serious commotion in an Akwa Ibom State community after they stormed the place to kill a commissioner's sister and others.
File photo
A report by Vanguard has shown that four gunmen, yesterday, stormed the village residence of Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Udoh Ekpenyong, in Ikot Oku Usung village, Ukanafun Local Government Area, killing his younger sister and two others.

According to a source, the gunmen entered the village compound of Ekpenyong in the early hours of the day and shot the Commissioner’s younger sister, a teacher, a barber and one other person, whose identities could not be ascertained at press time.

The source said: “We learned that after the gunmen left the commissioner’s house, they proceeded to the residence of former Commissioner for Education, Mr. Matthew Akpan, but did not meet anybody in the compound, so they left.

“The Police have started stop-and-search in the local government area. “Also, last Friday in Ukanafun, a Police officer was killed alongside two others by robbers operating on a motorbike.”

Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed both last Friday and yesterday’s incidents, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, was already in the area.

“It happened this (yesterday) morning by 6a.m. Four armed on motorcycle stormed the house of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and shot the sister dead.

“And when they were fleeing and shooting sporadically, stray bullets killed two other persons in different locations. But in the Commissioner’s compound the only person that was killed was the sister.

“The Commissioner of Police is there already and we have sent our special forces there to investigate. So we will get to the root of it.

“Last Friday, in Ukanafun, one of our men and one other person in the same vehicle were killed. A stray bullet killed another person making it three that were killed. And going by the circumstances, we believe he was their target.”

The Police spokesman said he had issued a statement banning the use of motorcycles in both Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government areas as it has been observed that it is what the hoodlums use in carrying out their crimes in the areas.

He further said the Police have started investigation to know whether those who attacked the commissioner’s house yesterday were hired assassins.

Anambra Election: Atiku Reacts to Obiano's Victory

Presidential candidate hopeful, Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the people of Anambra State for a peaceful gubernatorial election.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted to results of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.

Incumbent Governor Willie Obiano was on Sunday evening declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Obiano, a candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, defeated candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with wide margins.

The incumbent governor won in all 21 Local Government Areas of the State. Reacting to the development, Atiku said the true winner of the election are Ndi Anambra.

He wrote on twitter, “Congratulations to the people of Anambra for a peaceful election.

“The true winners today are Ndi Anambra. I hope the losers join hands with the winner to build the state.”

4 Best Foods To Eat When in Ghana

Ghana is a beautiful and brimming West African country that is rich in culture, tradition and delicious cuisines.  A lot of Ghana's culture reflects in its local cuisines and you can clearly see the brilliant way Ghanaians induce the use of local crops and food sources to produce their tasty and mouth-watering cuisines. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 awesome and best cuisines to eat when in Ghana.

Banku

This is a popular traditional Ghanaian dish that basically consists of cooked fermented corn, which is served as orange sized balls along with often highly and deliciously spiced soup or sauce and fried fish or meat. Banku is frequently served alongside boiled rice, fried plantain or yam.

Waakye

This delicious meal is pronounced by the Ghanaians as ‘Wa Chi’. This meal shows the love of Ghanaians for rice and beans and is one of the spicy Ghanaian foods that can be eaten with either fried fish, egg, spaghetti or fried chicken. Waakye is really one Ghanaian dish you shouldn’t miss eating when you’re in Ghana. It offers a truly memorable culinary experience for your taste buds.

Kyinkyinga

This is a popular street food in Ghana and is one of those foods that best portrays the ‘taste of Ghana’. Kyinkyinga is basically beef kebab and is typically prepared using steak meat or liver and is crusted with peanut flour. The meat is typically first marinated in chilli marinade and coated with peanut flour, before it is cooked on skewers that are placed vertically in front of a fire. The peanut floor gives the kebab a crunchy texture, and the sweetness of the flour helps to counterbalance the spicyness of the chilli marinade.

Shoko

This is Ghanaian beef and spinach stew and is another awesome meal from Ghana. This is one traditional Ghanaian meal that has remained significant and popular over the years. It is an easy to prepare meal that is also very affordable. It’s ‘hearty, spicy and full of greens’, which makes it a very healthy meal option. It basically consists of a combination of red tomatoes, peppers, leafy green spinach and of course beef.

4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Processed Food

There are a lot of processed food in the market today, and what most people enjoy about them is the fact that they are cheap, easy to obtain and take a small amount of time and effort to prepare. However, it is important to know that though convenient, processed foods are not what you should be consuming all the time because they are not ‘doing your health any favours’. Jumia Food, Nigeria’s No. 1 online food ordering app, shares 4 things you probably didn’t know about processed food.

Some Are Created to Make You Crave Them

Due to the high concentration of fat, sugar and/or salt in some of these processed foods, dopamine ( a feel-good neurotransmitter) is stimulated and ‘lights up’ your brain in a similar way that drugs do, making you to begin to crave for the foods and want to have it again and again.

Eating Processed Food Makes it Harder to Burn Calories

Studies have shown that when you eat a diet high in processed foods, your body finds it harder to burn fewer calories. This is because the calories gotten from processed foods are not easy to burn due to all the chemical additives, extra refined sugar and salt that they contain.

Majority of Calories Come From Processed Foods

Aside their calories being hard to burn, the majority of calories in foods come from processed foods. This really isn’t so hard to believe considering all the chemical additives, extra refined sugar, sweeteners and salt that most of these processed foods contain. Additionally, because food companies want these processed foods to have a long shelf life, they ensure that the nutrients and the fiber in the foods are reduced. In other words, they more or less ‘dumb down’ the ingredients to increase the shelf life of the food and make it take less time and energy to digest when eaten. As a result, you are more prone to eat more calories in a shorter amount of time.

Sodium Plays a Potentially Dangerous Role in Processed Foods

We are all aware that too much sodium intake can potentially harm the body, especially for adults. Unfortunately, most processed foods don’t help in this respect because they contain a high amount of sodium. Simply take a look at the nutrition label on some processed, packaged foods and you’ll see that many times a can or serving can contains 25% to 40% higher than the daily recommended intake of sodium, and sometimes even more than that.

Meet The 24-year-old Nigerian PhD Holder Who Has Become The Youngest Lecturer At a UK University

An elated Nigerian man has shared a glad news on social media after he became the youngest Nigerian lecturer at a UK University. 
Nemitari Ajienka

A 24-year-old Nigerian man, identified as Nemitari Ajienka has expressed gratitude after becoming the youngest lecturer in a prestigious university in the United Kingdom.

Ajienka revealed on Twitter that he in now the youngest lecturer at the Edge Hill University, UK.

He wrote: “Immensely Grateful. BSc & MSc distinctions & PhD. A new journey now begins at 24; youngest lecturer at Edge Hill University, UK. #PhD #brunel #MDX #Bham #nigeria #proudlynigerian #PortHarcourt.”


Ruling ZANU-PF Tells Mugabe To Resign Or Face Impeachment Proceedings

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is in serious trouble as he has been warned of impending impeachment if he fails to resign.
President Robert Mugabe
After defying calls to step down, Zimbabwe’s leader, Robert Mugabe, now faces a noon deadline on Monday to resign or be impeached.

In a live televised address to the nation on Sunday night, Mugabe, who has been under house arrest since a military coup last week expected to resign but instead promised to lead a conference of the ruling Zanu-PF party in December.

With the generals responsible seated next to him, Mugabe gave a lengthy speech acknowledging some problems with the economy and the Zanu-PF party – from which he was ousted earlier in the day – but making no mention of leaving office.

Shocked Zimbabweans have taken to Twitter to express outrage, and on Monday the powerful war veterans’ association held a news conference calling for mass protests on Wednesday.

“I hope that 37 years into his rule, he doesn’t want another 37 seconds of rule,’’ said war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa.

On Sunday, Mugabe, 93, the president of almost four decades, was sacked as ZANU- PF party leader and replaced by one-time comrade now arch-rival Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The party gave him an ultimatum of Monday midday (1000 GMT) to resign or face impeachment proceedings in parliament.

“Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu-PF,” screamed Monday’s headline in local newspaper The Daily News.

On Saturday, in an unprecedented outpouring, tens of thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets to express support for the military and call on Mugabe to leave power immediately.

-dpa/NAN

Why I Didn't Implement 2014 Confab Report - Goodluck Jonathan Finally Speaks Out

While speaking in a goodwill message at the Integration Summit Annual Round-table in Abuja, the immediate past president disclosed why his government did not implement the report of the 2014 National Conference.
Goodluck Jonathan
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why his government did not implement the report of the 2014 National Conference.

In a goodwill message at the Integration Summit Annual Roundtable in Abuja, at the weekend, the former president said given the time frame between when the report was submitted and the 2015 general elections, it would have raised ethical questions if his government went ahead with its implementation.

The report was submitted to Jonathan in August 2014.

The former president, who was represented at the event by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, noted that it would have taken up to one year to complete the processes of implementing the recommendations.

“I received the report of the national conference on Thursday, August 21, 2014, after the closing ceremony to mark the end of the five-month long deliberations. I was satisfied with the outcome. It has remained the best national conference so far because of the depth of the deliberations and the fact that all the decisions reached were not based on majority votes, but by consensus.

“I am aware that some people have raised some issues with the fact that I did not implement the recommendations of the confab during my tenure. I would like to state that those making this kind of claim are not being fair to me.

“Such people tend to forget that the report was submitted in August 2014, few months before the last general elections. It was at a time the National Assembly was on break, with many of the members already at different constituencies to prepare their constituents for elections.

“I believe that to have had a tidy procedure of implementation, it would have involved committee deliberations, public hearings and town hall consultations on different segments of the report.  There was no doubt that the nation then needed up to one year to complete the processes of implementing the recommendations.

“It was obvious that my administration, given the time the report was submitted, couldn’t have implemented the report, before the 2015 elections without running into ethical questions,” Jonathan said.

He has also urged the present administration to implement some recommendations of the 2014 Confab.

According to him, Nigeria is still having agitations, because “we are still trying to discover the best way to run our Republic so that whatever policies we pursue or projects we implement as a nation will benefit the greatest number of our population.

“I believe the recommendations of the confab contain the answers to most of what we agitate for today. If implemented, they would go a long way in solving most of Nigeria’s identified structural problems and providing the roadmap for sustainable development.

“I am aware that there are many suggestions and solutions being debated. We have different people supporting and giving different definitions to such ideals as true federalism, confederation, restructuring and regionalism. But, we have not been able to achieve much because our conversations seem to be floating in the air. We are yet to establish common grounds and shared values.

“We should not forget that ours is a nation with a striking ethnic and religious mix. This diversity should otherwise be our strength. However, it appears to be holding us down because of our failure to consolidate a strategic roadmap for harnessing the advantages that should lift our nation.

“My belief is that we need to redefine our dialogue and move quickly from over theorisation to something tangible. My own way of solving the problem was the 2014 national conference which I convened.

“It was a conclusion I reached in my mind about the best way to productively leverage the diverse tendencies of our different ethnic groups, to allow the centre to firmly hold for the good of our nation.”

Young Girl Publicly Humiliated By Crowd After She Was Caught Stealing (Photos)

A young girl has been humiliated in public after she reportedly was caught with some stolen items.
The thief after she was caught
A young girl was publicly disgraced after she was caught stealing by some residents of a village.

She was tied and paraded round the area in the presence of children in a bid to embarrass her as punishment. People watched in shock during the sad incident. It is yet unknown where exactly the incident took place.






'I Shared Your Husbands With You' - 15-year-old Girl Tells Her Neighbours' Wives in Lagos

A young girl who had reportedly slept with her neighbour's shocked her community after opening up about her acts of impropriety.
Men of the Nigeria Police Force
No less than three married men who had secretly slept with a 15-year old girl have themselves gotten into serious trouble after the girl told their wives that she had shared their husbands with them.

According to P. M Express, the incident happened at Essumie Street, White house in Okokomaiko area of Lagos where the suspects and the victim’s parents reside.

The three women were shocked over the allegation, but unknown to them serious trouble was still awaiting their husbands over the matter.

P. M. Express reports that the girl’s revelation threw up serious crisis in the neighborhood as the parents of the victim alleged that victim was s*xually molested because of her age and reported the matter to the police.

The three suspects, Ignatius Obasi, 43, James Emezulu, 32 and 30-year old Kelechi Nwanochie were arrested and charged before a Lagos court for defilement and remanded in prison custody.

P. M. Express reports that the suspects actually slept with the victim at different times and places without any of them knowing until she revealed the secret. It was also gathered that the suspects did not forcefully obtain s*x from the victim but they enticed her with gift items.

However, police sources said what actually landed the suspects into trouble was the age of the victim. They stated that any sexual contact with an underaged girl below 18 is regarded as statutory rape and is punishable under the law.

The police source said that the suspects were liable and may be handed long prison terms for the offence if they were found guilty as charged.

However, when they were arraigned before Ikeja Magistrates court, they pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi granted them bail in the sum of N400,000 with two sureties in like sum.

They were remanded in prison custody pending when they will perfect their bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned till 25 January, 2018.

Leaving PDP for APC is Like Leaving Jesus Christ for Satan - Gov. Fayose Addresses Viral Reports

In a statement issued by Governor Fayose's Chief Press Secretary and made available to journalists, the Ekiti State governor, classified dumping PDP for APC as 'living Jesus Christ for Satan.'
Gov. Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has laughed off insinuations of his alleged planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A former Chief Whip of the Senate and chieftain of the APC in the state, Gbenga Aluko, over the weekend, claimed that Governor Fayose was making moves to dump the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

But in a swift reaction to the claim, Governor Fayose said his reported defection to APC was a ruse.

Fayose’s reaction was contained in a release issued by Governor Fayose's Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, and made available to Daily Sun, the Ekiti State governor classified dumping PDP for APC as ‘living Jesus Christ for Satan.’

The statement reads, “The news going viral that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is making move to defect to APC, is false. It is a figment of imagination of the APC which manufactured the story.

“Joining APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan. It is like wanting to die by taking Gamalin 20, or planning to commit suicide by jumping down from skye scrapper.

“Fayose will never join the APC, rather, he would welcome APC members to the PDP.

"When PDP was embroiled in leadership crisis, Fayose did not leave the party. Is it now when PDP is positioning itself to win back power in 2019.

"Is it APC which merely exist only on pages of newspaper in Ekiti that Fayose will join? Fayose is too big for the APC to accommodate.

“Fayose is preoccupied with plan to transit power from PDP to PDP Ekiti in 2018.”

Burna Boy Implicated In Mr 2kay's Robbery At Eko Hotel As Police Invite Him

Reggae and dancehall artiste, Burna Boy has been reportedly linked with the robbery of Mr2Kay in Lagos where he was robbed an beaten up.

Singer Burna Boy was yesterday invited by the police for questioning over his alleged involvement in singer Mr 2Kay's robbery at Eko Hotel on Sunday, October 22.

Mr 2Kay, real name Abinye David Jumbo, was robbed at gun point inside one of the rooms at Eko Hotel around 11pm after his performance at the “Buckwyld N Breathless” concert at the hotel.

Some of the culprits were arrested and one of them implicated Burna Boy.

According to what LIB gathered exclusively, a guy named Joel, said to be Burna Boy's road manager, was the last person to leave Mr 2Kay's hotel room before 4 men stormed his room after Mr. 2Kay mistook one of them for room service. They robbed him at gun point and beat him before they left.

"We don't know the level of Burnaboy's involvement in the attack but we know he was invited by the police because the men arrested for the robbery implicated him" a source revealed.

Following the robbery incident, Mr 2kay filed a 500 million naira lawsuit against Eko Hotel and sources says his long-standing beef and a recent one with fellow Port Harcourt bred act, Burna Boy may have led to the incident.

You will recall that a few weeks before the attack, Mr 2Kay slammed Burnaboy on Twitter after Burnaboy said he will beat up fake and fraudulent pastors. We hear that Mr 2Kay calling out Burna Boy didn't go down well with him and he (Burna Boy) sent a dm to Mr2Kay threatening him.

World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua Comes Under Fire After Making This Racist Comment

Highly celebrated world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has come under intense fire after he allegedly made a racist comment.
Anthony Joshua
Nigerian-British boxing champ, Anthony Joshua has come in for criticism for an alleged use of racist language in an Instagram exchange with American heavyweight, Eddie Chambers.

Chambers, a fighter with a professional record of 42-5, posted a video earlier last week, which showed an apparent direct message back-and-forth with ‘AJ’.

A message from Joshua’s account referred to Chambers as a “disgrace to the superior black race.”

While Joshua has yet to personally address the situation, representatives from his camp have claimed that the Watford fighter’s account was hacked and that the messages didn’t come from Joshua himself.

Promoter Eddie Hearn had initially claimed that the messages came from a fake account, not Joshua’s, but that has been proven false.

In recent weeks, the Internet has presented a different side of Joshua when he went on a bizarre Twitter tirade against his rivals, as well as boxing journalist, Kugan Cassius.

Joshua told Tyson Fury to “get fit, you fat fuck” before explaining why he felt the need to hit out at the controversial heavyweight.

“I try to be professional but remember this is a fighting sport and you have to meet fire with fire now and again. Sometimes if a dog barks at you so many times, the other dog needs to bite back and make sure the other dog puts his tail between his legs. And that’s what you have to do with Tyson Fury sometimes. And that’s all it was, I just had to bite back,” Joshua told Sport 360.

“I’m not one of these dogs that stay in the garden barking for hours, I make my noise — and that’s it — until we fight I don’t need to be hollering and yelling for days and for months. That’s not what I like to do. I address the situation and I put it into the back of my mind. I address what’s relevant.

“That’s why I’m like, 2018, even though there’s a lot of talk — in reality, isn’t going to be like Joseph Parker, Wilder and Tyson Fury all in one year. Anthony Joshua has to face all of them but what’s Wilder’s plans after he fights Anthony Joshua? Everyone’s following my career but everyone else is managing their own career how is best for them.”

Biafra Agitation: Abuja Court Insists on Three Conditions for Nnamdi Kanu's Sureties

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which was presided over by judge, Binta Nyako, has insisted on three conditions for Nnamdi Kanu's sureties.
"Missing" Nnamdi Kanu during a court appearance last year
The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been adjourned till December 5, with the court insisting that the defendant’s sureties either produce him or explain his disappearance to the court, Premium Times.

The Abuja Division of Federal High Court, presided over by judge, Binta Nyako, had in October adjourned the matter till Monday (today), in expectation of the appearance of the sureties. She had further given instructions that the sureties had three options regarding their roles in the disappearance of Mr. Kanu.

Reacting to an application by one of the sureties, Eyinnaya Abaribe, through his lawyer, Ogechi Ogbonna, that he should be relieved of his role as Kanu’s surety and that the court withdraws its order for a bond of N100 million, Mrs. Nyako noted that only the appearance of the defendant would prevent a possible forfeiture of the bond.

“Even if you apply from today till next year, this court will only have one of these three options for you: produce the defendant, pay the bond or demand for time to come and explain to court,” she said.

”Once you sign to be somebody’s surety, that person automatically becomes your responsibility,” Mrs. Nyako said.

Kanu was last seen on September 14, months after he was granted conditional bail specifically on April 25 based on health grounds.

His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, accused the Nigerian Army of invading Kanu’s residence in Abia State and kidnapping him (Kanu). The allegation was however denied by military spokesperson, John Enenche.

Speaking about the next possible line of action to be taken by the authorities, if Mr. Kanu’s remains missing, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ahmed Raji said the, ”simple thing to do would be to declare the defendant wanted.”

“It’s simple what the court can do is to declare him wanted. I don’t think the court can do anything more than what it has mentioned in its conditions to the sureties,” he said.

On Monday, however the court shifted the date for its hearing of the sureties’ explanations till December, following the current engagement of judges at a conference in Abuja.

Kanu’s sureties are: Eyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish priest, Immanuu-El Shalom, and an accountant and Abuja resident, Tochukwu Uchendu.
From left in front row, David Nwawuisi dressed in white with Benjamin Madubugwu, sitting next to him and two other lawyers: while Chidebere Onwudiewe wears a white stripes native attire, behind the two co-defendants.

He is facing trial along side three others: Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Chidebere Onwudiewe.

Are Nigerian Girls Not Ashamed Being the Only Blacks Prostituting in Italy? - Man Writes Open Letter

An aggrieved Nigerian man who lives abroad has penned down an open letter to Nigerian girls in Italy, who he claims are the only blacks prostituting in the country.
The angry young man 
An angry Italy-based Nigerian young man identified as Akpoka Desmond Akpoka, has taken to his Facebook page to call out Nigerian ladies who are not ashamed of exchanging their bodies for money in Europe.

The young man disclosed in his social media page that it is sad that majority of Nigerian ladies based in Italy are fond of engaging in this kind of business to earn a living, adding that these ladies should try and engage themselves into other decent and pensionable jobs in Italy, not by selling their bodies.

Here's his post in full below;

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“NIGERIA GIRLS IN ITALY
Every Nigeria girl in italy has the best opportunity so far in life to transform from worst to best while living in italy.One thing i don’t understand is, if they are not ashamed being the only black prostituting in italy.

Italy is not a country which the only means of surviving is not prostitution,you can work and you can go to school,all of these cost you nothing but only 4 hours of your 24 hours.

Nigeria girls hear this,assuming you are a saloonist,a fashionista,an interior designer, a school dropout or you never engage in any of the above mentioned,you have a better chance of becoming a professional within the period of six months.

Our parents back home have a role to play over this by encouraging them to start doing something is never too later and our parents should try to know what their children are doing in italy,this will help to strengthen the child.

Prostitution is not a pensionable job and is not acceptable by anyone.Is very disheartening and disgusting our Nigerians dont want to do anything but want to be rich and famous,but how possible is that?

A situation at which 200 people live in a place and only 5 of these people are working and the rest are prostituting,what will be the easy name to identify them?Please lets work together to redeem our image here in italy. Nigeria girls in italy on my mind.”

 
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