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21 Feb 2018

Presidency Reacts To Claims Over Alleged Death Of Yusuf Buhari

Following viral reports that President Muhammadu Buhari's son who was involved in a ghastly accident had died, the Presidency has reacted.

Yusuf Buhari
The Presidency has reacted to news claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari's son, Yusuf Buhari who was involved in a ghastly accident late last year had died. The news which was reportedly propagated on social media left many in a state of frenzy.

However, while reacting to the news, the President's Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie debunked the news.

She wrote: "The news making the rounds regarding Yusuf Buhari, son of Pres. Buhari & Aisha Buhari, is Fake.
He is very alive, to their shame."

How 94 School Girls Suddenly Disappeared After Boko Haram's Attack At All Girls School In Yobe

It has been revealed that as may as ninety-four schoolgirls have disappeared from sight after an attack by Boko Haram in Yobe school.
Dapchi students during yesterday's headcount
According to a report by SaharaReporters, many parents and school authorities have revealed that at least 94 school girls from  Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School at Dapchi town in Bursari local government area of Yobe state are missing after an all-girls school was attacked by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.

The militants invaded the town on Monday and targeted the all-girls school after arriving the town around 7 pm with over 18  gun trucks. A community source told Saharareporters that at least four bodies of students were recovered from the bush in the nearby town of Kusur.

Although the raid happened on Monday, the school authorities and parents waited to do a head count of the students to be sure of the exact situation.

According to residents of the community,  Boko Haram terrorists came into Dapchi town with trucks mounted with high caliber weapons shooting sporadically and later headed to the girls' hostels at the school where some 740 girls were resident. The sound from the sect’s militants explosives and gunshots alerted the students and their teachers who immediately scampered into nearby bushes for safety.

However, after the headcount on Tuesday, it was discovered that at least 94 of the girls were still missing. The school was immediately closed down while education authorities and security forces in the state began efforts to locate the missing students.
Residents and civilian militia groups in Dapchi say they believe Boko Haram had carefully planned to kidnap schoolgirls in their town over some time. A week before the attack soldiers protecting the town were moved elsewhere leaving the town vulnerable. Nigerian security forces backed by military jets later arrived Dapchi and "chased away" the terrorists who had continued on a looting spree.

Nigerian military sources are unusually silent about latest claims by parents that the girls might have been abducted after Monday night raid. A military source last night told Saharareporters that they could not confirm or deny if the missing girls were abducted.

In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state sparking global outrage that birthed the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. In September 2017, some 100 Chibok girls were reunited with their families after the Nigerian government shelled out over €2 million in ransom payments to Boko Haram terrorists. The deal also included a controversial prisoner swap deal with the Nigerian government that saw five Boko Haram top commanders released.

More than 100 schoolgirls remain in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists who are believed to be using them to negotiate for more cash and release of top terrorist commanders in the custody of Nigerian authorities.

Former Diamond Bank Staff Convicted For Cyber Crime In Akwa Ibom

An ex-staff of Diamond Bank has landed in serious trouble after he reportedly stole money belonging to a customer.

Elijah Joseph John
Justice Fatun O. Riman of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo the Akwa Ibom state capital on Tuesday February 20, 2018, convicted and sentenced one Elijah Joseph John.

John was convicted following a plea bargain he entered into as he pleaded guilty on the two count charge preferred against him by the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

While sentencing the convict, Justice Riman ordered him to be of "best behaviour" for the next three years and also to pay a fine of N100, 000.00 (One hundred thousand naira) only. The prosecuting counsel Barr. N. K. Ukoha immediately thanked the court. The convict had since paid the N400, 000 to the owner.

John who was a staff of Diamond Bank at the time he committed the offence, was dragged to court on charges bothering on computer related forgery, identity theft and impersonation.

His criminal activity was reported to the Commission by a certain Aniebeit Daniel Udeme a bank customer who said he deposited the sum of N400, 000. 00 (four hundred thousand naira only) into his account, and the said sum was moved out of his account same day.

According to him, he reported the unauthorised transaction to the bank but was later told that the transaction could not be reversed, hence he petitioned the Commission.

A swift investigation into the complaint immediately revealed that it was the convict that moved the fund for his personal gain by fraudulently activating mobile banking on his phone, using the victims banking details under the pretext that he was assisting the victim in resolving a mobile banking issue.

Herdsmen, farmers’ clashes not unique to Nigeria – FG Say

The Federal Government has stated that festering herdsmen-farmers’ conflicts in some parts of the country were not unique to the country.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at a press conference on livestock development in the country, reiterated that government was not leaving any stone unturned in engendering an ecosystem where everybody would live peacefully, devoid of clashes and killings.

“We hope that if and when we deal with this problem, we can export some of our solutions to our next door neighbours especially in West Africa, they too experience the same kind of things we are talking about.

“There are conflicts in Ghana, Togo, Cote d’Voire and Benin Republic between herdsmen and farmers. It is not unique toNigeria.

“We are going to call a regional conference and since the ECOWAS treaty does not forbid movement of human beings and livestock; you really can’t block them.

“Even if you want to, the borders are so open, the country is so large that we cannot fence the place. So, telling them not to come will not work and they come in large numbers, sometimes with 1,000 or 2,000 marching together.

“That is why we may be exporting some of our solutions to West Africa with the support of FAO and World Bank; if necessary,” Ogbeh stated.

Notorious Criminals Who Allegedly Murdered PDP Chieftain Nabbed by The Police

Some deadly criminals who killed a PDP Chieftain have confessed to the crime after they were arrested in Rivers state.
The alleged killers of the PDP chieftain
Four out of the five suspects allegedly involved in the murder of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Heaven Ihuigwe have been arrested and paraded on Tuesday at the State Police Command in Port Harcourt.

The late Ihuigwe was killed on September 16, 2017 in Rumuekini in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area by the suspects, who dumped his corpse in a cassava farm.

Until his death, Ihuigwe was the PDP chairman of Ward 16 in Ogbogoro community in Obio/Akor LGA.

Speaking with newsmen at the state police command on Tuesday, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Cyril Okoro, disclosed that men of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, apprehended the suspected killers.

Okoro explained that the police had to douse the tension in the community over Ihuigwe’s murder by assuring the people that the killers would be fished out and made to face the law.

“Following a tip-off, men of the IGP Monitoring Unit arrested one Ifeanyi Okoro, 25 years old, residing at Omagwa community in the Ikwerre LGA. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have been involved in the murder of the late Honourable.

“His confession led to the arrest of three others – Ajade Niyi, Austin Isotec and Chief Joseph Iwuoku aka Uduakonmiri, whose confession led to the arrest of the fourth suspect, Clement Yusuf, with one Yaye still at large,” the DCP said.

Explaining that the suspects had confessed to the crime, Okoro told newsmen that they would soon be charged to court.

According to him, one black Toyota Highlander, a Gionee M5 phone belonging to the deceased and some original land documents were recovered from the suspects.

The wife of the slain politician, Mrs. Salome Ihuigwe, expressed sadness that her husband was killed for no reason, saying she had been left alone to cater for their five children.

The widow, however, expressed gratitude to the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Nigeria Police and urged the police to ensure that the matter was not swept under the carpet.

She lamented, “The death of my husband came as a very big shock to me because he left the house in the morning. They killed him without any reason.

“When the incident happened, I didn’t know where to stand. There were rumours coming from different angles as to who participated in his killing. But I thank God today that through the help of his brother, Honourable Francis Amadi, and the IGP Monitoring Unit, they have put smiles on my face.

“I have five children to take care of; these people took my husband away. I am happy today that the police have done their job. These suspects must be brought to book. They made me a widow to cater for my five children.”

Also, the lawmaker representing Obio/Akpor State Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly, Michael Chinda, stressed the need for the police to follow the matter to the end.

“The death of Heaven was a very big shock to my constituency, Obio/Akpor Constituency 2. We felt very bad and his death would have resulted in massive destruction of properties as a result of rumours from persons that contributed to his murder.

“But I thank the Nigeria Police Force, particularly the IGP Monitoring Unit, for their efforts towards fishing out the accused persons. This arrest has laid to rest all these rumours on who killed Heaven Ihuigwe,” the lawmaker, who was at the police command, said.

He, however, insisted that the murder of the PDP chieftain was not political.

How Islamic Cleric Was Found Dead Inside His Room With His Stomach Ripped Open

A man has landed in serious trouble after an Islamic cleric was reportedly found dead inside his room with his stomach ripped open.
File photo used only for illustrative purpose
It has been reported that Amadu Garba, a forty-year-old farmer of Dudunni village in the Kusada Local Government Area of Katsina State, has been remanded in the prison custody in connection with the alleged murder of the chief imam in the village, Mallam Basiru Auwal.

According to Punch Metro, Auwal was, until his death, the Chief Imam of one of the Jumaat mosques in the village.

A Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Hajiya Faleela Dikko, directed that Garba be remanded in  the prison custody till March 29,2018, when his case would come up for mention.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, told the court on Tuesday that investigation into the incident had been completed but legal advice from the state Ministry of Justice was being awaited.

He sought an adjournment which the magistrate granted.

Garba was charged with alleged culpable homicide which the police said was contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code.

The police told the court that the deceased’s younger brother, Ibrahim Auwal, lodged a complaint at Kusada police station about the murder.

Ibrahim reportedly told the police that the remains of the 45-year-old cleric were found in his room with his stomach ripped open.

Serious Drama As Police Release Stolen Car Seller and Detain Buyer

A civil society organisation, Advocate for Peoples Rights and Justice, has petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Sadiq Bello, over the continued detention of a graduate, Hope Nathan, his uncle, Gabriel Samuel, and his friends, Gabriel Joshua and Emmanuel Joseph.

The group stated that Nathan was arrested for allegedly buying a stolen Toyota Rav4 SUV from one Ali for N800,000, adding  that the car seller was detained for just 12 days and granted bail by the police, while Nathan, his uncle and friends were kept in custody for refusing to cough out N400,000 each for bail.

The APRJ National Coordinator, Victor Giwa, in his petition dated February 20, 2018, threatened to organise a mass protest against the police in Abuja, if the men were not released by the force.

The lawyer explained that Nathan, who was preparing for his national youth service, and others had been in the police custody since January, 2017.

The petition read in part, “Sometime in January, 2017, while he was on his way from his village to Abuja from Makurdi, he picked a friend of his, Gabriel Joshua, who was also in company with his friend, Emmanuel Joseph, on their way to Abuja.

“Shortly, after their drive in Makurdi, they were accosted by a police team, who demanded the documents of the vehicle. The police were curious, and on further inquiry decided to call the phone number on one of the documents which revealed that the said vehicle was stolen.

“The suspects made useful statement which revealed that Nathan bought the car from one Ali, an indigene of Benue State, who resides in Mararaba, Nasarawa State. Ali was invited and detained at the Benue State Police Command, but curiously, he was granted bail after about 12 days in detention while Nathan and his friends were transferred to Abuja.”

The group further alleged that the SUV was later released to the original owner who could not identify Nathan and his friends when they were paraded before him.

“Our investigation further revealed that after the release of the car to the owner, the investigating police officer asked the suspects to pay N400, 000 each for their bail. The suspects were threatened with continued stay in detention for at least a year, should they fail to provide the said sum.

“To justify the continued detention of the suspects, the officers of the SARS brutally forced the suspects to confess and admit to the commission of the offence of armed robbery by brutal torture which include gunshots on their legs,” the petition stated.

Giwa further said that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad also visited Nathan’s home where they arrested his uncle, Samuel, and also carted away his clothes and electronic gadgets.

“Amazingly, the officers of SARS picked up Gabriel Samuel, the uncle of Nathan, who merely came for a visit after he heard of the continued detention of his nephew. The SARS officers also collected electronic gadgets found in Nathan’s house and his clothes. Furthermore, they also threatened the suspects that they will not be taken to court unless they pay N150,000 each.”

But the FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said he was not aware of the case or the petition and promised to find out from the appropriate department.

Alleged Mastermind of Benue Killings Arrested By The Police

Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested the alleged mastermind of the killing of over 73 residents of Benue State.

It was learnt that the ringleader, identified as Alhaji Laggi, 40, was arrested along with three others, namely, Mallam Muminini Abdullahi, Muhammed Adamu and Ibrahim Sule.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspects were also arrested for the killing of some policemen in the state.

A senior police officer told our correspondent that the alleged killers were arrested at Tunga town, Nasarawa State.

He said, “Four principal suspects were arrested in Tunga town between February 16 and 19, 2018 by the IRT in connection with the killing of Sgt Solomon Dung, other police officers and many innocent citizens in Benue State.

“Alhaji Laggi is the gang leader of the herdsmen group that perpetrated the killings. He and three others have confessed to the killings and mentioned gang members in possession of the police rifles they took from the slain police officers.”

Punch correspondent learnt that the IG, Idris Ibrahim, who was represented by the DIG in charge of operations, Joshak Habila, addressed the press on the arrest in Markurdi on Tuesday.

Four Years After, Wanted Cop’s Killer Walks Into Police Net in Cross Rivers

Four years after the murder of Sergeant Ekaette Dick, the Cross River State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of his suspected killer, identified as Effiong Edet.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who confirmed this to Southern City News, said Dick was before his death attached to the Mobile Police Force 11 in Calabar.

Edet was said to have walked into the police net when he went to report a matter at the Zone 6 Police Command, forgetting that he was once declared wanted over the death of a police sergeant.

Inuwa said Edet had been on the wanted list of the police since 2016 over the murder of Dick, who was killed in 2014 and his riffle stolen.

Inuwa said, “The suspect thought that the police had forgotten about the incident. He had another matter, which he went to report to the Zone 6 Police Headquarters in Calabar, but he ran out of luck when we got winds that he was a wanted person.

“We immediately swung into action by verifying his identity and as I speak, he will be joining another accomplice that has been in the prison since 2016.

“This should serve as a warning that no criminal can ever go unpunished, no matter how long they try to be elusive. They must be brought to book accordingly.”

Dick, it was learnt, was killed during a dispute over a piece of land when he went to make peace.

It was learnt that the arrested suspect saw Dick as a threat and he conspired with a group of cultists to kill him.

A source, Ekpo Inyang, said the policeman led his team to intervene in a land tussle around the Ikot-Omin area of Calabar when Dick was killed.

He said, “The sergeant and him team were attacked in the area in 2014. He died after they cut him with machete, which they had sharpened the previous day.

“They had already threatened the person who bought the land to settle them because they felt it was their entitlement. But when you kill someone, you will surely be killed some day.”

Counsel for the Village Head of Ikot Omin, Mr. James Ibor, said they were motivated to pursue the matter, even when it seemed the case had been forgotten.

“We were motivated because a human life was lost. The sergeant had a family, a wife and children who were waiting for him to come back home that day.

“But some reckless blood-sucking hoodlums, who have no value for human lives, killed an armed man like a pig while on duty and took away his riffle; he must face the music,” Ibor stated.

Gov. Ben Ayade announces N500m interest free loan for Cross River LG workers

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has announced a N500 million interest free loan for local government workers in the state to enable them go into peasant farming.

Prof. Ayade, who announced this in his office on Tuesday when thousands of local government workers paid him a solidarity visit said, “the loan was to assist Local Government workers who wish to go into farming to do so.”

He said his government would work with officials of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to facilitate access to the loan.

Ayade who was awarded the ‘Award of Excellent Performance in Governance’ by the national President of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel in his office said salaries were not enough and that there must be opportunity for people to have another source of income.

The governor, who said the loan was interest-free, pointed out that being workers at the grassroots level, they needed loans to enhance the agricultural push of the state government, explaining that with the gesture of government, the workers would find some comfort in the rural areas.

Ayade, who also gave the union N10 million for its magazine, “Grassroots mirror” said local government workers were dear to him, hence his insistence that they should be paid ahead of other government workers.

“For those local government workers who want to go into farming, I have set aside N500 million as interest free loan so as to ensure that your stay in the local government is not in vain. I will work with your union leaders to ensure that any serious person accesses the money,” the governor said.

Earlier, the national president of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel had told the governor that he was in the state to join his colleagues to appeal to the governor to contest the 2019 election, noting that the award that was presented to him was in view of his concern for the local government workers.

He said the national leadership of NULGE, “after a thorough investigation,” found that Ayade was “a promise keeper” and had been working to ensure that local government workers in the state were treated with respect.

Commotion As Dana Airplane Overshoot Runway In PH and Lands Inside Bush

The Dana aircraft ended up in a bush after it landed at Port Harcourt airport in Nigeria.

The plane had flown from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital Abuja.

Passengers were evacuated from the jet after it ended up in a bush.

The airline – which experienced a crash in 2012 killing 153 passengers in a Lagos suburb – was slammed last week when the exit door on one of its planes fell off.

20 Feb 2018

Man Caught After He Robbed A Lady And Sales Girl With Machete In Anambra (Photos)

A man who reportedly robbed a lady with a machete at a popular bar parlour in Ozara Akukwa Umuchu in Anambra, has been apprehended by local residents.

A social media user has taken to a popular online platform to share photos of a man who was caught after he attacked and robbed a young lady with a machete in a popular bar in Anambra State.

He posted the photos and narrated how the incident happend and wrote:

"The thief pictured below was caught today at Ozara Akuka, Anambra. He took a lady all the way from Umunze to a bar parlour in Ozara Akukwa Umuchu.

"After eating and drinking, he used a weapon he hid on his waist(said to be a machete),injured the girl and collected the sum of N10,000 from her.

"He also attacked the sales girl in the bar and collected all the money she made since morning. During the attack,Umuchu vigilante group members stormed the bar after an alarm was raised. He was arrested and taken to police."

Woman Who 'Married' A Dead Man Reveals Shocking Details About Her Life With Him (Photos)

A woman who officially got married to the ghost of a dead man, has now opened up on how they get together as man and wife.

A woman who married a 300-year-old pirate ghost has unveiled the bizarre secrets of their s*x life.

Amanda Teague, 45, legally married a Haitian pirate called Jack who died in the 1700s last month.

She says the pair of them go on dates, row and have passionate s*x.

Amanda, who previously worked as a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator, hopes the "taboo" around ghost s*x will soon be removed.

She said: “It’s called spectrophilia, so it is kind of an orientation.
"It's kind of the final taboo because we're supposed to be okay with anything these days.

"All these different terminologies, you have to be politically correct, whether we think it's true or its not.

"You can't give people abuse over it. Spectrophilia has been around for thousands of years but people don't really talk about it."

Amanda also offered crucial advice on how to achieve spirit satisfaction.

She explained: "Spiritual s*x is all about being able to feel the energy. It's nothing to do with masturbation.

"So although it can be tried from any position, missionary is probably best to start with because its easier to feel their weight and take it from there."

Amanda, from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, says Jack chose her because she is “dominant and difficult” but also “very loyal”.

She also revealed that several of her friends regularly have s*x with ghosts.

Amanda said: "I know one woman who has sex orgies with a lot of spirits and she loves it.

"She's not going to come out and say it, just like you wouldn't if you were doing it with physical people in your private life.

"She's married to a physical man and he joins in. It's not just something that I'm doing."

Amanda took a boat into international waters with family and friends to tie the knot with Jack last year.

She has since taken his surname and says she will fight through the courts if ever their union is threatened.

Source: Daily Star UK

Blood Everywhere As Man Stabs Friend To Death Over N1,000 Note They Found On The Ground In Lagos

A young Nigerian man by name Moshood has gruesomely stabbed his friend to death over N1000 they found on the ground.

An argument over N1,000 note two friends found on the floor has led to the death of another.

According to information shared on Facebook by Gallant Virginboy, the sad incident happened in Makoko Yaba area of Lagos state.

Virginboy wrote: "Argument over nothing! Ha Moshood why did you do this to your friend all because of N1000 argument.

"So painful for this calamity you are facing now man...This happened in Makoko Yaba Area Today."

Evil' Grandmother Flogs 3 Children With Red-hot Machete After Accusing Them Being Witches (Photo)

Three orphans have revealed how their grand-mother flogged them with red hot machete after accusing them of infecting her with HIV.

The three female siblings, aged 13, 5 and 3-years respectively, whose HIV-positive grandmother branded as witches at a community in Cross River State, have revealed how she conspired with some persons to beat them with red-hot machete to coerce them to confess to witchcraft.

While speaking in a chat with Vanguard, the eldest sister said: “We are not witches, our grandmother made us to confess what we are not. We dropped out of school in 2016 when our mother died; we also lost our father in 2014.

"We do not belong to any witchcraft world. We are normal children; she made us to sell sachet water before we can eat once a day.

"She is our grandmother, she normally brings people like Uncle Aniekan to punish us with hot machete and he flogged us with it after it had been heated up in fire. They will use it to flog us to confess that we were responsible for her sickness."

Barr. James Ibor, the Principal Counsel to Child Protection Network and Basic Rights Counsel Initiative, BRCI, the NGO that took up the matter, said they got the grandmother arrested but was later granted bail because she was HIV-positive and was like a walking corpse.

“The old woman in question has a terminal illness, for which she has refused to continue taking drugs as prescribed and recommended, but she decided to blame her condition on the children.

"She was aware of her status and was placed on anti-retroviral drugs, but she stopped taking them and decided to say her children were sucking her blood,” Ibor asserted.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Cross River Command, ASP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident, adding that the matter was under investigation and all the parties involved would be made to face the consequences of their actions.

Opeyemi Aiyeola Breaks Silence For Having Child For Baba Suwe

Nollywood actress Ope Aiyeola has debunked rumours that she had a child in secret for veteran actor Babatunde Omidiran, a.k.a Baba Suwe.

Aiyeola who now lives in London, told BBC Yoruba Service she was not in any romantic affair with the elderly Baba Suwe.

“He is my boss and a kind man”, she said. “He used to cast me in a lot of roles when I started. And I am grateful to him”.

Asked about the man she ever had a crush for, she mentioned the veteran Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan, who is now 75 years old.

“I used to write him as a child, using the addresses she read on the jackets of Indian movies. Now I have a secret, I reach him on Facebook”.

Asked on the career path she would have trod, without venturing into acting.

She did not hesitate in her response.

“I would have loved to be a midwife or a child minder or surrogate mother”, she said.

Aiyeola, 41 next August, was born in Sagamu Ogun state. She is married to Babatunde David Olowolomose.

Man Risks Spending 15 Years In Prison After Catching His Wife Sleeping With His Boss (Photo)

A man may have found himself in trouble after he reportedly used his phone to catch his wife cheating with his boss.

Sean Donis (left) found his wife Nancy (right) in bed with Albert Lopez at the latter's home in April 2016.

A husband caught his wife cheating, and now he’s facing up to 15 years in jail.

Sean Donis’s wife, Nancy Donis, 38, said she was going to dinner. Donis stayed behind to watch their five-year-old son. When he couldn’t find his iPad, he turned on the ‘Find My iPhone app’ to locate it.

The software showed the electronic device moving toward an unknown location; he had a hunch that his wife had taken it, and he decided to follow. He arrived at a house and opened the unlocked door. On the second floor, he found his wife in bed with her boss, Albert Lopez, 58.

With his iPhone, he recorded two brief videos of them in bed. Donis later shared the videos with his wife’s relatives.

The New Jersey man got a letter last July informing him that a grand jury had indicted him on charges of felony burglary and unlawful surveillance for the April 2016 incident.

“I feel like it’s unjust what they’re doing to me,” said Donis, 37. “It’s like I’m being punished twice.”

He appeared in court in September, where he pleaded not guilty. His second appearance happened on Friday.

“I was in fear,” Lopez testified of the moment when Donis caught him in bed with his wife. “I kept telling him, you need to get out of here,” Lopez told the jury hearing Donis’s felony burglary case.

Donis’s wife worked for Lopez as the billing manager for his orthopedics practice.

Lopez said he was so desperate to get the enraged husband out of his home that he asked Donis “if he wanted to die.”

“Kill me. I don’t care,” he said the desperate husband responded.

The incident left Lopez traumatised. “I couldn’t go to sleep. I had repeated memories of what occurred. I started to go through the house and check all the doors and make sure they were locked,” he said.

Lopez also noted that Donis’s wife said they were separated, and he thought Donis was out of the picture.

The husband’s lawyer, Howard Greenberg, told jurors that the husband actually “deserves a medal,” not a prison sentence, for uncovering his wife’s unfaithfulness without physically harming his rival.

“The defendant should be given a medal for the amount of restraint he showed when he entered that scene,” Greenberg told the jury.

However, despite the fact that Lopez slept with Donis’s wife, prosecutor Nabeela Mcleod asserted that Lopez was a victim — a victim of Donis’s breaking and entering his home and recording him and Donis’s wife without their consent.

He now faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

-Culled from Lifestyle Yahoo

Suleiman Hunkuyi reacts to demolition of Kaduna property by El-Rufai

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, representing Kaduna North Senatorial district has reacted to the demolition of his property by Kaduna state government in the early hours of Tuesday morning, stating that he has forgiven the governor.

Briefing Senate press corps in Abuja, the lawmaker described the action as hate taken too far over political disagreement in the state. He vowed not to be dissuaded from his commitment to the people of Kaduna state.

Recalling that the same property was used for El-Rufai’s campaign office and the state APC headquarters, he lamented that over 40,000 commoners have lost their means of livelihood as a result of the demolition.

“I have no case against El-Rufai for bringing down my property at 4.30am this morning.”

Hunkuyi wondered what would have happened, if it were a military era, saying the likes of Nasir El-Rufai were incompatible with democratic norms.

“If such things could happen, what will the military be doing?”

“Instead of bringing down my morale, it would rather embolden me to stand by the majority. Today, as am standing here, let that be an incidence that it is a sacrifice of democracy in my state,” he added

“I should bear the consequences of making democracy strong in my State. I was at the receiving end today. Over 40,000 lives have lost their means of livelihood just because we disagree with El-Rufai.”

“The deputy Chairman of the party in Kaduna has also lost his property to demolition because of disagreement with the governor.”

“People of that nature has no business in Nigeria polity because whether you agree or not, there will always be diasgreement”

“That same office was used as Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s campaign for his governorship and I know he remember that very well.”

He also reminded the governor of his residential house where he had been fed and slept severally in Kaduna and Zaria during the 2015 elections, saying he could move bulldozers there for demolition.

Buhari Is Not A Pure Fulani Man, I Shall Win Him And Become President In 2019 - Lamido Says

A former governor of Jigawa State and Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido, on Saturday kicked off his electioneering campaign by declaring at a rally that he was confident of becoming Nigeria's president after the 2019 general elections.

Mr. Lamido held the rally at the PDP office in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of the state. He had, before the rally, reportedly travelled across Nigeria meeting leaders of the party to notify them of his intention to run for the presidency next year on the platform of the opposition party.

According to the official election timetable released by the electoral commission, INEC, campaigns are not supposed to start until later in the year. This did not, however, deter the former governor from addressing the rally.

Speaking before thousands of his supporters, he dared "whoever that person may be" in power to try to prevent his emergence as Nigeria's next president, which he said is the will of God.

Mr. Lamido aimed several jibes at President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also expected to seek re-election; beginning by declaring that unlike him, the incumbent president is not an original Fulani. Mr. Buhari is from Katsina State in the same North-west geo-political zone as Mr. Lamido's Jigawa State.

"The 2019 presidential election is undoubtedly going to be between an original Fulani man and a fake Fulani man ‎ who was governor and minister at different times," the aspirant declared to his cheering supporters.

He said although Mr. Buhari is a Fulani by birth, he does not speak the language. Speaking in Fulfude to the crowd, he challenged the president to translate some of his remarks; declaring immediately that Mr. Buhari could not do it.

He also took a swipe at Mr. Buhari's record in public offices, saying it could not stand beside his own.

"The difference between myself and Buhari is that although he was one time a governor under the military, he never served the people. He was a minister of petroleum that was not known by many; whereas during my time as Foreign Affairs minister, I was known all over the world; while my track record as former governor of eight years has raised me above Buhari."

"Under President Buhari, Nigerians have been starved to the extent that they cannot protest against the hike in the prices of essential commodities in the country," he said.

Mr. Lamido then gave a brief history of his political struggle he said dated back to 40 years, through which he said he rose from party youth activist to become a lawmaker, party chieftain and minister before his election as governor of Jigawa State.

The former governor also dismissed as political persecution, his ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged corruption while he was governor.

Mr. Lamido alongside two of his sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and two others have been arraigned by the EFCC on a 27-count charge for alleged abuse of office and money laundering.

"They called me a thief and jailed me. All the molestation and intimidation can't change my destiny in becoming the the next president come 2019. I believe in the entrenchment of democracy in the country."

He described officials of the All Progressives Congress federal government as thieves who he said have deceived and disunited Nigerians along religious lines.

"We are aware that APC has shielded corrupt personalities like Maikanti Baru (the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), David Lawan Babachir (former Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was removed from office for alleged corruption) and Babagana Kingibe who requested for $43 million from NIA (National Intelligence Agency."

"Obasanjo's letter has unlocked Nigerians' freedom of speech. Before, people were afraid to speak against APC evil, only me, Tanko Yakassai, Buba Galadima and Naja'atu Muhammad (could speak) because we are not afraid of intimidation."

He said Mr. Buhari and APC told Nigerians lies prior to the 2015 elections, stating: "now the people have known better‎ and that will manifest in the 2019 polls."

In an effort to get the presidency to respond to Mr. Lamido's remarks about the president and his government, PREMIUM TIMES made several calls to Garba Shehu but the presidential spokesperson did not pick the calls.

Mr. Lamido, who has been in the PDP since he co-founded the party in 1998, is seeking the presidential ticket of the opposition party. He is expected to contest for the ticket against other aspirants including the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who has also declared his interest despite the party formally zoning the ticket to the northern regions of the country. Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who last year dumped the APC, is also expected to run for the ticket.

Horror As Abuja-Frankfurt Flight Drops 5,000 Feet
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JAMB Registrar reveals when snake ‘swallowed’ N36m in Benue

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has claimed that the N36m that was allegedly swallowed by a snake from the board’s office in Makurdi went missing before he came on board.

According to him, the said money was stolen before his appointment as the Registrar.

Speaking on Focus, a programme monitored by DAILY POST on AIT, Oloyede said it is totally wrong to label JAMB as a stinking organisation.

He said, “In the case of the snake swallowing money, I think what happened was something that happened towards the tail end of 2016.

“I came in later part of 2016 and my mandate was to correct things that were not properly done. But I had the fortune or misfortune of having those selling the scratch cards prior to my appointment to give account since we stopped the sale of the scratch cards.

“And in the course of our investigation, some nasty stories were being told, which, of course we didn’t buy and that was why we took the appropriate decision.

“To us in JAMB, it was an old story because it wasn’t a recent issue, it happened few months after I came on board.

“When they could not account for the money, I had to invite them and to tell us what happened to the money.

“They were more ridiculous stories than the snake swallowing money story. In fact, some of the stories that entered the media were even smaller than what I heard in the course of my investigation.

“We have 1,500 staff members; there are wonderful individuals among them so I wouldn’t want to dent their images by mentioning those revelations that came up.

“We had a story of some invigilators, who went for invigilation and were giving N1m to allow students indulge in examination malpractice, because their lives were in danger, they accepted the money and deposited in JAMB’s account, that are the people we should celebrate and those saying spiritual snake swallowed their money.”

Woman Exposed After Drugging Her Own Husband So She Can Sleep With Other Men

A woman has been found out to be in the habit of drugging her own husband so that she can sleep with other men in their home.
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A testimony in a Maltese court has revealed that woman used to drug her husband to be able to sleep with other men in the home they shared.

According to a report by The Independent Malta, the woman also used to watch pornography in the presence of her children before they went to school, and there were occasions when she took her children to a playground and left them there while she was picked up by other men.

In its judgment, the court presided by Madam Justice Abigail Lofaro ordered the woman to pay €63,000 to her husband for child maintenance purposes, and she was ordered to pay him back €1,700 for gold items she took.

The couple had seven children and, in his testimony in court, the man revealed that his former wife used to give him sleeping pills without his knowledge, mixing them up with food. She then used to have sex with other men while he used to be asleep. This was confirmed by the couple’s children who testified that they used to see their mother put sleeping pills in the man’s tea.

The woman had later abandoned the family home, leaving the man to take care of the children, who were still under age.

The children testified in court that their mother used to threaten them not to reveal that she was drugging her husband. There were times when the mother did not provide them with food and they were constrained to steal from a supermarket to be able to eat.

The two had married when the man was 38 years old and the woman 21, and the trouble began 10 years later when all the children had been born. The man noticed that his wife had changed and when he confronted her with this, she left the matrimonial home.

It was only after the woman left that the children built enough courage to tell their father what their mother had been doing. They said that when their father was at work, men used to come to their home. They had even seen their mother have s*x with other men.

They had also testified to their mother watching pornography before they went to school and being left alone in a playground while their mother was picked up by other men.

The children testified that since she abandoned the matrimonial home, their mother had never made contact with them.

Dorcas Fapson arrests Taxify driver she accused of attempted rape & kidnap

Dorcas Shola Fapson popularly known as DSF, has said that the taxify driver she accused of attempted rape and kidnap has been arrested.

Dorcas made a statement on her Instagram page, stretching her vote of thanks to those who supported her through the whole drama.

Fapson took to her Instagram and pleaded with the appropraite authorities to make sure that there are safety measures in place for women in Nigeria to avoird encounters like the one she had. She suggested the installation of dash cams in taxis as a measure.

“We need a country where women are able to report & share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, rape, molestation, violence etc without fear of being labeled a liar, thief, prostitute, attention seeker,” she also wrote, adding that the man has been arrested.

She wrote as the caption:

“I remain a Fighter. Not a crier. I’d like to thank everyone that’s supported me, publicly and privately during this difficult time..
We can leave the social media war now & let the law take its rightful course.”

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Court orders separate trials for Nnamdi Kanu, co-defendants

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered that the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, be separately tried from the rest of his co-defendants.

Justice Binta Nyako made the order following an oral application by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, who noted that Kanu’s continued absence from court since he was granted bail in April 2017 “has frustrated progress in the case.”

“In the circumstance, the prosecution shall be asking for the indulgence of your lordship to separate the trial so that progress can be made in this matter,” Labaran said.

Other defence lawyers did not oppose the application.

Kanu, who, alongside his co-defendants, is being prosecuted on five counts bordering on treasonable felony, among other charges, was absent from court on Tuesday.

He had not been seen since September 22, 2017 when his team of lawyers and family declared him missing after soldiers allegedly invaded his home in Abia State during a military operation staged by the Nigerian Army to quell the secessionist activities of IPOB in the South-East zone of the country.

But the rest of his co-defendants were produced in court by prison officials for  Tuesday’s proceedings

The IPOB leader’s co-defendants are the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu; and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the telecommunication company, MTN, David Nwawuisi.

Ruling on the application for separate trials on Tuesday, the judge held that she agreed with the prosecution that there was the need to severe the trial of Kanu from that of others in order “to meet the justice of the case.”

Passengers Injured As Abuja-Frankfurt Flight Drops 5,000 Feet

A horrific incident have been experience by Passengers on a Frankfurt-bound flight after the airplane suddenly dropped to 5000 feet from 35,000 as if it was about to crash.
Lufthansa airlines [Photo Credit: The Local - Germany]

Passengers inside the LH595 flight, operated by Lufthansa airline, which left Nigeria’s capital Abuja for Frankfurt, Germany, at about 11.15 pm on Sunday, were thrown into despair when the airplane suddenly came down midair from 35,000 feet to 5,000 feet.

According to an exclusive report by PREMIUM Times, trouble had started shortly after takeoff when the plane suddenly descended as though it was about to crash, throwing the entire passengers into despair.

While speaking to the online newspaper, a passenger said the aircraft crew declined to make a stop at a nearby airport in spite of pleas from passengers.

The passenger said: "When the incident occurred about a few minutes past one hour into the flight, many passengers fell down, others were injured and many had some of their valuables fall from where they had them placed."

Narrating the horrific further, the passenger recounted that due to the fear, they could not be served food and drinks neither could the crew members attend to other welfare concerns.

He said the airline claimed "the incident was due to a combination of bad weather and faulty engine", adding that it was not caused by human error.

It was gathered that pon arrival in Germany, there were ambulances and fire fighters waiting to attend to the aircraft and its passengers who, according to our source, had become “almost dead”.

Efforts to speak to the management of the airline proved abortive on Tuesday morning as everal calls placed to the communication desk were left unattended to while no reply was supposed to an email sent to the airline.

Millions of Dollars Lost As Fire Guts 40 Trucks In Onitsha Market

The Onitsha market has been ravaged by a fierce fire outbreak with a merchandise worth millions of dollars lost in the inferno.
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Over 40 trucks were burnt, yesterday, at Mercedes Benz Market, Nkpor, near Onitsha Anambra State.

Although no life was lost, most of the vehicles displayed for sale were consumed by the inferno. This is coming barely one week after fire gutted Ekene Polytene Manufacturers Market in Onitsha.

General secretary of the State Amalgamated Market Traders Association (AMATA), Mr. Chuma Eruchalu, who was conducted round the scene of the incident by the chairman of the market, Mr. Chukwujekwu Elobi, described the fire as disastrous.

He said that nobody could ascertain the cause of the fire because there was electricity in the place, adding that the fire destroyed vehicles worth hundreds of millions of naira.

He stated that when he got the information about the fire incident, he immediately contacted the fire service at Building Materials Market, Ogidi, who responded promptly but could not contain the fire.

He said that he also contacted fire service at Main Market for support, but when they got there, their vehicle broke down and could not do anything to stop the raging fire.

He noted that it would have been more disastrous if the fire had spread to the shops, but he thanked God that the fire service stopped it at the garage after it had destroyed the vehicles displayed for sale as well as those parked for commercial purposes.

He urged government and well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the victims who lost all they had to the fire.

The victims, Mr. Chijioke Okafor, Ogbonna Omata, Christian Chukwuonu and Emma Omeiyi, who were devastated by the fire, said that some of the vehicles destroyed were newly coupled vehicles for sale. They appealed for financial assistance from the government and others to start life all over again.

Kogi West Youths Unveil Their Replacement For Embattled Senator, Dino Melaye

A retired director of the State Security Service (SSS) has been declared as replacement for the embattled Senator Dino Melaye, by youths from Kogi west.

At a newsmen conference in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Monday, youths from Kogi west senatorial district, declared their support for a retired state director of the State Security  Service (SSS), Dr Toyin Akanle, as the replacement for Senator Dino Melaye at the Senate.

According to DailyTrust, the Youth organisations from the senatorial district under the aegis of Kogi West Youths, said it was the turn of Yagba federal constituency, where Akanle hailed from to produce the next senator.

The Coordinator of the group, Ogbeni Babatunde Teidi, said the people of the area had resolved to support Akanle to give the district good representation.

"We the Kogi West Youths have not just decided to come out with one voice in favour of Akanle, we have decided to harmonize our voices in the interest of the constituents of Kogi West senatorial districts. We are well convinced that Akanle is indeed a priority to us all as he holds us to be important as well to him.

"Our coalition have decided and we have spoken what we desire; Akanle is the endorsed candidate of our choice.He has helped in various capacities to the extent of training people that have rose to the post of associates professors and deans in some polytechnics in this country."

The group noted that the former security chief had initiated many programmes that the people of the senatorial district had benefitted from, adding that he had been helping the widows in his community for over 20 years.

According to him, it would be fair deal and in the interest of justice for the Yagba federal constituency to produce representatives at the National Assembly in the next political dispensation.

"We have forgiven those who have contributed in truncating our much cherished rotational arrangement and advise we begin to correct this anomaly. We there fore call on the other senatorial aspirants across the parties to set aside their ambitions and team up with Dr Toyin Akanle for the over all development of Kogi west", he said.

Video: Man Caught Red-handed While Planting Charms In His Brother's Compound

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a man has been caught while he was allegedly planting charms in his brother's house.
The man was caught allegedly planting charms
A video has shown the moment a man was reportedly caught in the act while doing something really terrible.

Local reports show that the man was caught while trying to ‘plant’ charms in his brother’s house in Umuopara Ugiri, Imo State, in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The man, identified as Philip Ibekwe was immediately nabbed.

Sources who witnessed the incident, further disclosed that he was taken to his house and some padlocked keys with many charms (reportedly used to lock people’s destinies) were seen everywhere.

It was reported that the mob who gathered following the buzz of the unusual happening, forced him to unlock the keys.

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Father of boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase on trial

The heart-rending photo went round the world in 2015, showing an eight-year-old boy from Ivory Coast crammed into a suitcase that was found at a Spanish border crossing.

His father goes on trial Tuesday in Ceuta, a Spanish overseas territory in northern Morocco which migrants from Africa regularly try to reach by scaling high border fences, hiding behind car dashboards or in bus chassis.

Prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison term for Ali Ouattara for facilitating his son’s illegal entry into Europe and endangering the child’s life.

“I’m going to this trial with a lot of confidence because I’m not a human trafficker,” Ouattara, 45, told AFP.

On May 7, 2015, Spanish police noticed a young Moroccan woman dragging what looked like a heavy suitcase across the border with Ceuta.

When they put the suitcase through an X-ray machine they were shocked to see the silhouette of a child curled up in foetal position.

“My name is Adou,” the boy told them in French after they extricated him from the suitcase, according to Spanish journalist Nicolas Castellano, who wrote a book about the story.

– Paid traffickers 5,ooo euros –
The desperate smuggling attempt was a first in Ceuta.

But only three months later, a 27-year-old Moroccan died of asphyxiation inside a suitcase placed in the trunk of a car on a ferry linking Melilla, another Spanish territory in Morocco, to southern Spain.

Adou was soon reunited with his mother, and his father, who had been waiting for his son on the Spanish side of the border, was arrested shortly after the police discovery.

Ouattara said he was “misled” by the traffickers who charged him 5,000 euros ($6,200) and did not tell him his son would be hidden in a suitcase.

The traffickers had initially promised to fly the boy from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan to Madrid but then told him they would instead travel via Ceuta by car, he said.

“For us, it was crucial for the child to come, we couldn’t live without him, we couldn’t stop thinking about him,” Ouattara said.

A former philosophy and French teacher in Abidjan, Ouattara arrived illegally in Spain in 2006, making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean aboard a boat.

He eventually got a stable job and home in the Canary Islands, and was able to bring his wife and daughter over legally.

But Spanish authorities refused four times to let him bring over his son too.

“I was earning more than 1,300 euros in a launderette but they said it wasn’t enough” for the entire family to live, he says.

His wife, daughter and Adou are now living in France, but Ali is still in Spain as he is barred from leaving the country pending the trial.

Adou is expected to return to Ceuta for the trial.


Court strikes out corruption case against former Governor, Nnamani

A Lagos division of the Federal High Court has dismissed the charges against a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, for lack of proper charges.

Chuka Obiozor, the judge, said the affidavit filed by the ex-governor showed that the court had entered judgment in the same suit on July 5, 2015, by another judge, Mohammed Yunusa.

Rickey Tarfa, counsel to Nnamani, had informed the court that the defendant filed a motion, disclosing the facts that this case has been put to rest by Mr. Yunusa in his judgement suit no FHc/L/09c/07.

According to Mr. Tarfa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, parties in the suit had entered a plea bargain before Mr. Yunusa and there is no valid pending charges before Mr. Obiozor as the court cannot sit on appeal for the case of another judge of concurrent jurisdiction.

Kelvin Uzozie, the EFCC prosecutor, said he had looked at the affidavits filed by the defendant in the case and was applying that the entire proceedings be expunged to enable him file fresh charges against Nnamani.

In ruling, the judge said, “I agree that in view of the plea bargain judgement of this court delivered on the 7th of July, 2015, that there is no valid charge before me and I thereby expunge the entire proceedings before me.”

Chelsea, And The Teams Messi Has Never Scored Against.....Number 3 Is Unbelievable

Of all the teams the Barcelona forward has faced, he has failed to hit the net against just 12, including Tuesday's Champions League opponents.

A career spent as one of the world's most prolific goalscorers and perennially at the top of the game, Lionel Messi has upset a huge number of teams as a star for Barcelona.

The Argentine's exploits have led the Catalan side to global success and helped keep them within the top echelons of European football.

So consistent has Messi been that it is easier to name the teams he has failed to score against in his senior career since he emerged in Barca's senior side as a 17-year-old in October 2004.

Of all the teams Messi has faced in the near 13 and a half years since his first appearance for the Blaugrana, he has failed to hit the net against just 12.

He will get the chance to knock one of those teams off the list on Tuesday when his side visit Chelsea in the Champions League. Goal runs through the teams the Camp Nou icon has never scored against.

#12 Gramenet

Messi's third official appearance and first start for Barcelona was also his first defeat with the senior side, as Frank Rijkaard's men lost to Gramenet in the Copa del Rey.

Despite the presence of Messi, Henrik Larsson and Andres Iniesta in the starting XI, the Blaugrana could not find a way through against the third-tier team and conceded the decisive goal in extra-time.

It is the only time Messi has come up against his side's Catalan neighbours.

#11 Udinese

With just one goal to his name for the Camp Nou outfit, Messi was still far off the level that carried him to five Ballons d'Or when he lined up against Udinese in September 2005.

Back then, he was just a promising youngster lucky enough to be playing in attack alongside Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o.

It was the Brazilian who showed he was still the grandmaster in the Champions League encounter, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.

Messi, meanwhile, was withdrawn in the 70th
minute and although he scored in his next Champions League appearance, he was left out of the next two group games, one of which was the return clash with Udinese.

#10 Cadiz

In December 2005, Messi missed another rare chance to add another name to his long list of victims in a game against Cadiz.

The Argentine got an assist as Barca won 3-1, setting up Samuel Eto'o early in the second half.

Messi was injured when the two sides met later in the season in a much tighter affair but, luckily, Ronaldinho was on hand to score the winning goal as Barca went on to win the league.

He has not faced them since.

#9 Real Murcia

The 2007-08 season may have been a disappointment for Barcelona, as they finished third in La Liga, an incredible 18 points behind champions Real Madrid.

However, it ended with a lot of fun, as they recovered from the concession of an early goal to storm to a 5-1 lead over Real Murcia in the final game of the season.

Messi again got two assists, but it was Giovani dos Santos who took the plaudits for his hat-trick. While Barca have faced Murcia several times since, Messi has not played in any of those games.

#8 Al Sadd

Barca strolled to Club World Cup success in 2011 with 4-0 wins over Al Sadd and Santos.

Although Messi outshone a young Brazilian superstar by the name of Neymar by scoring twice in the tournament decider, the Argentine was unsuccessful in finding the net against Al Sadd in the semi-finals.

He did, however, set up Seydou Keita for Barca's third goal in a routine win.

#7 Girona

Messi may have drawn a blank against Girona in his first meeting with the newly-promoted side earlier this season, but they hardly needed him at his best.

Barca were gifted two own goals by the hosts before Luis Suarez put the game beyond doubt.

Messi could bring this list of teams down from 12 to 10 by the end of the week, as Barca travel to Chelsea on Tuesday before taking on Girona again at the weekend.

#6 Liverpool

Messi, Ronaldinho, Xavi and Deco could do little to prevent Liverpool from marching to the 2007 Champions League final when they met at the last-16 stage.

Rafael Benitez's men got the crucial away goals with a 2-1 win in Camp Nou before Barca edged the return leg 1-0. Despite Messi starting and finishing each game, he could not find a crucial goal to put Rijkaard's men through.

The Anfield side have been lucky to have evaded his reach in the near 11 years since.

#5 Benfica

Barcelona came up against Benfica early in Messi's career, when they overcame the Portuguese side in the quarter-finals on their way to Champions League success in 2006.

The Rosario-born star was was ruled out for the tie through injury, however, and did not get a chance to face them again until 2013.

He orchestrated one win over the Eagles with two assists, but Benfica go down as another side that he hasn't scored against in two attempts.

#4 Xerez

Messi certainly has a reasonable excuse for having never struck lucky against Xerez.

Although he played against them twice in La Liga in 2009-10, he was a second-half substitute each time and played a limited role in victories for Pep Guardiola's team.

#3 Inter

It was Jose Mourinho's Inter who halted Barca's march to another Champions League crown when they knocked the Catalan side out in dramatic circumstances in the semi-finals in 2010.

The two sides met four times in the competition, having also been drawn in the same group, but Messi was kept quiet in the three times he featured against that year's tournament winners.

#2 Rubin Kazan

Russian side Rubin Kazan have proved a surprisingly stubborn side when it comes to facing the Blaugrana in Europe.

Even the attacking prowess of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has proved futile in any game he has played against them.

The Argentine has been on the winning side against Rubin just once in the four times he has faced them, drawing two and losing one.

#1 Chelsea

A fixture with a lot of history, meetings between Barcelona and Chelsea in the Champions League generate a great deal of excitement and controversy.

Of the eight times Messi has taken on the Stamford Bridge side in the last 12 years, he has been on the winning side just once, in 2005-06.

He did have an integral role in the most exciting moment between the two sides in recent years when he set up Andres Iniesta for the big winner in their 2009 semi-final leg at Stamford Bridge.

However, in eight games against the Blues, Messi has never found the net.

News in Pictures: Ortom Rocks Military Outfit As Army Launches Operation Cat Race

Governor Samuel Ortom has made a bold statement with a military camouflage he wore to launch a security operation in his middlebelt state.
Gov. Samuel Ortom (middle) going the military way
Benue state Governor and All Progressives Congress chieftain, Samuel Ortom was pictured dressed in military outfit as army is set to launch Operation Ayem A Kpatuma aka Cat Race aimed at ending the incessant bloody clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and the local farmers.

It should be recalled that Benue is one of the worst hit states with about 73 corpses buried earlier this year. Lieutenant general and the current Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, Tukur Yusuf Buratai was pictured with him.

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Olivier Giroud reveals conversation with Arsene Wenger before his Chelsea transfer

Olivier Giroud has praised the conduct of Arsene Wenger in putting his striker’s personal interests ahead of those of Arsenal.

The France international joined Chelsea on deadline day for £18million after Wenger sanctioned a move that would strengthen a direct rival because, Giroud explained, it “would p*** him off” if spending half a season on the Arsenal bench cost the 31-year-old a place at the World Cup.

Giroud’s departure untangled a knot that allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Arsenal in a club record £56m deal.

Had he stayed the Frenchman would likely have been demoted to third choice centre-forward behind Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, the £53m summer signing whose arrival had already largely confined Giroud to Arsenal’s second-choice XI.

“I went to see the coach to ask him where he was with Aubameyang,” Giroud told France Football. “I put him under a bit of pressure, like my agent, who I spoke to several times a day. It is normal. I did not want to be deprived of going to Chelsea, which was the best solution for me.

“The coach immediately said to me: ‘Don't worry, I will do my best so that you are happy’. On one side, it was normal. I had never asked to leave.”

“On the other, I knew that he would not cause problems given the relationship we had always had. He even said to me that it would p*** him off if I did not go to Russia.”

Even before Lacazette’s arrival Giroud had largely been confined to Arsenal’s supporting cast, with Alexis Sanchez spending much of last season as the Gunners centre forward.

Giroud made a string of telling contributions over his final 18 months at the Emirates Stadium, scoring late winners against the likes of Leicester, West Brom and Red Star Belgrade.

“It was frustrating at Arsenal obviously,” he admitted. “For a year and a half, it went from bad to worse. I could no longer continue like that.

“I could not bring myself to spend another year at Arsenal and remain a reserve, even a second reserve. The future looked gloomy with the arrival of a new striker.”

Giroud has made an impressive start to his time at Chelsea, providing three assists in as many games and scoring his first goal in a 4-0 win over Hull in the FA Cup fifth round.

PDP asks David Mark to reconcile Fayose, Adeyeye, others

The Peoples Democratic Party has set up a reconciliation committee headed by a former President of the Senate, David Mark, to settle the rifts among its members in Ekiti State.

Mark, it was learnt, would be assisted by the Deputy Vice Chairman of the party in the South-West, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, and others whose identities were not known as of the time of filing this report.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed the setting up of the committee in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

He said, “Yes, it is true we have set up a committee headed by Senator David Mark on Ekiti State. The committee is credible and its members were carefully chosen with a mandate to settle the rift.

“The state is important to us and we don’t want to play with it because after winning there, we will then move to Osun State to liberate them.”

The crisis in Ekiti deepened when Governor Ayodele Fayose allegedly picked his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, singlehandedly as his successor and the candidate of the party in the coming governorship election.

Aggrieved leaders of the party led by a former National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, vowed that the adoption would not stand and called on the national leadership of the party to intervene to avoid its defeat in the election.

Apart from Adeyeye, other prominent aggrieved party members are the Senator representing Ekiti-South in the Senate, Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Dare Bejide.

The trio, who have indicated interest in running for the office of the governor on the platform of the party in the July 14 election alongside a former aide and Commissioner for Justice to Fayose, Mr. Owoseeni Ajayi, jointly issued a statement describing the governor’s action as “pedestrian and undemocratic.”

But when our correspondent contacted Adeyeye on the peace initiative, he said he had yet to be informed about the committee.

“Well, I have not been contacted; but if contacted, I will take part. We are all desirous of winning the election and I can also tell you that I will win the primary.”

News In Pictures: FIFA President, Infantino visits Governor Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday received the President of the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, Gianni Infantino at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The FIFA president was in Lagos for the FIFA executive summit.

He was accompanied on the visit by the Confederation of African Football, CAF President, Ahmed Ahmad; FIFA Secretary-General, Fatimah Diouf-Samora, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and others.

Ambode urged FIFA to consider Lagos as preferred location for football project, saying that the establishment of the project in Lagos would further boost football development in the continent.

He said Lagos had the potentials to host the project, saying that Nigeria is very strong in youth soccer, and that to further boost it, the global football association should site it project in Lagos.

“As you decide the location for the next FIFA projects, Lagos stands to welcome all your projects. We have the population, enthusiastic and tourism potentials to receive any of your project.

“We are delighted that Lagos is considered as the second African city to host the summit aimed at discussing football development. It is very important to us because soccer is a major sport in the state and contributes to its developments,”‎ he said.

Speaking, Infantino disclosed that the summit would afford the body the opportunity to discuss and decide new strategies to improve the game especially youth football.

“We are here to discuss with CAF and NFF few projects that will help improve standard of football in the country. Also at the summit, we will be discussing strategies on how to improve the standard of youth and female football development. I know that Nigeria is a major force in the Africa,” he said.

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