Thursday, 30 January 2014
Oprah Winfrey turned 60 yesterday, and to celebrate, she recalled some of the biggest moments in her life so far in an open, and very heartfelt, letter.
Culled from Huffington Post, please read the wonderful, inspiring letter:
Sixty. I'm turning 60 this month! I'm so glad I've lived long enough to say those words and celebrate their meaning. I'm turning 60. I'm alive. Healthy. Strong.
I'm turning 60, and—please don't take offense—I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! (You know, the old Am I doing it right? Am I saying it right? Am I being what or who I'm "supposed" to be?) I'm turning 60, and I've earned the right to be just as I am. I'm more secure in being myself than I've ever been.
I am in awe of the way my journey here on earth continues to unfold. My life has been marked
by miracles for as long as I can recall -- and even before. (My entire existence is the result of a onetime frolic under an oak tree.) My early days speaking in a Mississippi Methodist church -- Baptist leanings, shoutin', and Holy Ghost included -- prepared me for a future of speaking in a public arena I could never have imagined.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Billionaire who offered £40million to anyone who could 'turn' his lesbian daughter straight doubles his offer after 20,000 would-be suitors failed
The Hong Kong billionaire playboy who offered nearly £40million to any man who could turn his homosexual daughter straight, has now doubled the 'dowry'.
Cecil Chao raised the reward to HK$1million (£80million) after thousands of eligible bachelors failed to convince his daughter Gigi to marry any of them.
The 77-year-old property magnate insists that 34-year-old Gigi is 'still single' despite the fact that she married her long-term partner Sean Eav two years ago.
Mr Chao told a Malaysian newspaper that despite offering HK$500million, approximately £40million, and 20,000 men registering their interest in taking up the quest, Gigi is still not in a straight marriage.
He said that he did not want to interfere with his daughter’s private life, but that he wanted her to have 'a good marriage and children'.
In response, Ms Chao said that although her wife had been left 'distraught' by her father's interview, she found it easier to ignore - even offering to comply with the terms, as long as the man in question donated a large part of the money to charity, and did not mind that she is already married.
'I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,' she told South China Morning Post.
Definitely not single: Gigi Chao, right, and her partner Sean Eav, have been together for nine years and married in Paris in 2012
'Alternatively, I would be happy to befriend any man willing to donate huge amounts of money to my charity Faith in Love, provided they don’t mind that I already have a wife.
'Third and lastly, thank you Daddy, I love you too.'
‘I'm not saying that she's not okay to be gay,’ Cecil Chao told ABC News 20/20 in October 2012.
‘I mean it's her own choice and her own tendency, but she should make sure she knows what she wants. Maybe what she wants today is different [than] what she wants in the future.’
Ms Chao married her long-term partner Sean in a church ceremony in Paris in early 2012, but it was not until news of their union was printed in the Hong Kong tabloids that her father promised the million HKD fortune to any potential male suitor able to walk Gigi down the aisle.
Ms Chao had already told her father about her wedding, and said he was ‘surprised and unpleasantly shocked,’ but urged her not to make it public.
Pastor Kingsley General Overseer of Zion International Christian Church, Idah, Kogi State, may have landed in trouble for his alleged uncontrolled sexual appetite.
The pastor was alleged to have slept with one Mary, daughter of his sunday school teacher on the pretext that the lady was possessed with demons which could only be exorcised through sex thus having carnal knowledge of the 18-year old girl
According to the state Commissioner of Police, Seidu Madawaki who paraded the suspect before newsmen, the bubble burst for Pastor Kingsley when his attempt to abort the pregnancy was refused by the victim.
“ After impregnating the girl, he attempted to abort the pregnancy by giving her some liquid substances mixed with olive oil which she refused to drink”,
Speaking with Crime Watch, the victim said she came to join her parent from the village around November last year when the pastor spotted her in the church on the pretext that she had ‘a wild demonic spirit’ in her and then ordered her to see him after the church service for deliverance.
Frightened, she said she went to meet the pastor immediately after the service. “He told me that my waist and private parts have been ravaged by demons and until deliverance was carried out, I may not be able to have any child in life. “ The Man of God’ frightened me and said he would only cast out the demons from me through sexual intercourse but he warned me not to tell anybody on the mode of deliverance.
“After praying into an olive oil, he asked me to undress while he rubsed my waist and private parts with the anointing oil mixed with some substances , he then undressed himself and used the same oil on his private part before he descended on me and started to do the thing.”
“But I discovered that I was pregnant last week when my mother noticed my conduct and I had to reveal everything to her even though he warned me not to tell anybody,” She revealed.
However, the 37-year old pastor denied the allegation saying, that all he did was to cast out the demons in her, using the anointing oil
He said that some church members who were envious of his spiritual rise were the one who ganged up against him because his ministry was experiencing ‘exponential growth’
The CP warned parents to put more attention on their female children even in religious centres, saying there are many fake pastors outside there.culled
Cossy asked her fans to send her pictures of their sexiest body parts with 'I Love Cossy' written on them.
The last time, one of her male fans sent a sneak peek of his manhood. Today, two guys sent in more explicit pictures. And Cossy is leading them on.
WARNING - RATED 18+
Nollywood beautiful actress, Genenevieve Nnaji just landed. She is the newest and latest Etisalat ambassador. She was unveiled as the brand ambassador for Etisalat Easyflex (high end product of Etisalat)
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Gumsu (one of the daughters of late Sani Abacha) celebrated her last child Mubarak's third birthday recently in his school premises with other kids.
The mother of five children is married to Bayero Fadil who is of camerounian descent and the couple live in France.
The singer and businesswoman tells Encomium magazine
"Sex is overrated and sex is for lovers who are trying to make babies. I am not trying to do so, it is not in my agenda. Not having sex for two years feels good. I am saving energy and mileage. I have better things to waste energy on. I want to wait till after marriage because I am not in a rush. Marriage is a commitment. I just don't see myself falling inlove, having sex and being both heart broken. I have never been heartbroken. I can't take a heartbreak..and men these days expect anything from them. To avoid heartbreak, if I meet any serious man we will meet the families, no sex for over six months, so in the process they might find out they don't like me so I can quit easily."
Ex Delta soap model cum actress, Angela Okorie in a chat with Sunday Express Entertainment says it takes a man who doesn't get everything from his wife to cheat on her. When asked if she can ever leave her matrimonial home on the bases of infidelity, the pretty actress responded:
"In the first place, it will take a lot before my husband can go for another woman. That can only happen when I don't satisfy him in everything, which I do. It is only when a woman does not satisfy her man in everything that he goes in search of other women." (Erm..I don't think I agree with this). She continues " I've never caught my husband with another woman, so I don't believe all men are polygamous in nature. I don't think so. There are good men and I married one."
The police in Benin have arrested and paraded a 33-year paedophile, Justine Olise, who allegedly raped five boys aged between 10 and 15, blaming his girlfriend who left him and broke his heart for the act.
Olise was paraded alongside 59 other suspected criminals at the Edo Police Command Headquarters in Benin City.
He said he lured the victims into his room at 20, Evbodaghe street, Eyean in Benin City before carrying out the act.
“I don’t know what came over me. It all started when my girlfriend left me and broke my heart, so I wanted to stay away from all women,” Olise confessed.
Other suspects paraded were arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, unlawful possession of firearms, cultism, stealing, attempted murder and forgery. A large cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the suspects.
The State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, who paraded them, said most of the arms and ammunition were recovered from kidnappers and armed robbers.
He warned that the state would be tough for criminals, especially those who come from other states to operate in Edo, just as he warned local criminals against colluding with outsiders.
Adebanjo who was apparently angered by recent deaths arising from clashes between rival cult groups in the state, warned cultists to desist from killings or they would be dealt with severely and charged with murder.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
A highly-discussed bill against same-s*x marriages, which has recently been made law by President Goodluck Jonathan, caused reaction from Prophet T.B. Joshua.
Speaking on the issue through a new initiative on his ministries official Facebook page, in which the cleric responds to people’s questions in an interactive session, he said:
“Judge not, so that you will not be judged,” Joshua began, citing Matthew 7:1 for Scriptural backing. “We should talk to people to be saved and not to die. I mean, we should talk salvation, not condemnation. The Bible is my standard,” he continued in the post to almost 900,000 fans.
The cleric proceeded:
“If my parents were one, I would not have been given birth to,” he proceeded poignantly. “Those that are asking this question – if your parents were one, you would not have been given birth to. You that are reading me – if your parents were one, you would not be reading this today. God bless the reader and the hearer.”
Former Big brother winner and actress, Karen Igho has revealed why she has been off social media for a while now.
We had earlier reported that not much has been heard of her since the announcement she made that she had cancer, last year, December.
At the time she tweeted this sad news she was awaiting results that indicated she had chest cancer.
It’s been confirmed and she is currently undergoing treatment in a UK hospital.
The Super Eagles and Chelsea FC footballer, John Mikel Obi is reportedly in a steamy relationship with a Russian lady named Olga Diyachenko. The 26-year-old is excited about his relationship status, posting pictures of the couple in very comfy positions on his Instagram page.
Callistus Ewelike, a photojournalist with the News Agency of Nigeria & current official photographer of President Jonathan was reportedly shot at close range in front of his house in the Nyanya area of Abuja around 10pm on Monday January 13th.
Callistus, who is attached to the State House, Abuja, was said to be on his way home from work when he was attacked. Sources in the area where it happened said two men, one on a bike and another standing were noticed in front of his house waiting for him. As Callistus made his way into his compound, the man standing by his gate walked up to him and shot him at close range on the neck. Both men fled the scene immediately after the shooting. Callistus was rushed to the National Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
This is the second time the NAN photographer and father or two would be attacked. Gunmen forced their way into his home late last year where they took his camera, laptop and other work tools.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Rumours have been going around for a long time that Ciara is pregnant.
And yup, it is true. The American musician appeared on The View this morning to confirm that she and her rapper beau are expecting.
Photos haven’t been made available online yet as the tweet was just published, but when they are we will update the post.
The embattled chairman of Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has not resigned, his Special Adviser on Media, Prince Oliver Okpala, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Earlier reports had said that Tukur resigned today.
“Be informed that contrary to the report making waves in the internet and other social media, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has not tendered any resignation letter to any person or quarter as the National Chairman of the Party.
“Please disregard any information or report in this regard since the National Chairman is busy fashioning out new structures and areas of taking the party to greater heights,” Okpala said.
Only yesterday, Tukur said he would not resign from the exalted chair as he was elected at the national convention of the party and that not even President Goodluck Jonathan could pressure him to do so.
No fewer than 17 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a busy market in Maiduguri, capital of the northern Nigerian state of Borno, the state police chief said on Tuesday.
“From our preliminary reports, we have 17 dead and at least five injured from the blast in the post office area” of the city, Lawan Tanko , the police commissioner said.
He warned that the toll could rise.
It is not clear yet whether the bomb was planted by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“From our preliminary reports, we have 17 dead and at least five injured from the blast in the post office area” of the city, Lawan Tanko , the police commissioner said.
He warned that the toll could rise.
It is not clear yet whether the bomb was planted by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Ekiti State former governor, Ayo Fayose wears a visage that naturally attracts the attention of ladies. He is quite a looker and he is able to hold his own, fashion wise. So far, since he shot into limelight, Fayose has managed to maintain an almost clean record, as regards his relationship with the opposite sex is concerned. However, his affair with a Jumoke Odofin, a Lagos based lady, has proved that the astute politician is still a hot item among the womenfolk.
According to close sources, Fayose is currently involved in a steaming love affair with Jumoke Odofin, a former mistress of Fuji czar, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, K1 De Ultimate. The affair was ignited a few months ago and it has been waxing stronger by the day. Jumoke is a regular sight at Fayose's palatial home in Magodo GRA.
Jumoke is in her early 40's. Her affair with K1 dated back when she was still living in the United States of America, USA. She was introduced to K1, who was then on a playing tour in New York City. The two took to each other and began an affair, which created a swirl of sensation within the social circle in New York. The affair was described as being a very tumultuous one, for it was chatacterized by so many allegations, bothering on infidelity and dishonesty. But it resulted in the birth of a son, Rilwan, who is an exact replica of the Fuji musician.
The fair complexioned and gap-toothed lady later fled to Canada when she ran foul of some immigration laws. Somehow, Jumoke was not able to get the desired respite in Canada, because she encountered some problems while there as well. This led her being 'held' for some months before she was eventually deported to Nigeria. Sources disclosed that Jumoke and K1 share a no-love lost relationship.
However, the Ikorodu born lady seems to have put all those unsavory experiences behind her. She is enjoying her love affair with Fayose, and she has been informing people that her lover has promised to make her the First Lady, should he win the governorship election, coming up in June 2014. .....culled
Monday, 13 January 2014
Hello everyone and good morning.
I’m very happy to be here with you. Just to tell you that I am a rather outdated person. I never really knew what the TEDeX event was, and when my daughter spoke to me about it, she said something about youth and development.
I thought I’d just come here and talk about young people and job creation and the usual stuff we talk about until a group of young ladies came to me to explain that I was actually expected to speak in 16 to 18 minutes about one idea that can change the world.
I thought that was crazy because I don’t have any idea that can change the world. And the thing with young people is that they are the most difficult audience to address. I have found myself in situations to address people of your generation and frankly the questions I get are more incisive, more intelligent, more thought-provoking than the questions I get from people of my generation. At all levels.
I am actually just beginning to understand how difficult it is for those of us who were in the analog generation to have a conversation with our children.
I have am eight to nine-year-old daughter that I always see in the morning and she goes to school, she comes back… I’ve never really had serious conversation with her. Two days ago we were at the table with her sister who is about 15 or 16 who then said to me you know dad it’s time for us to start talking about boys. Before I could answer, this younger one who’s eight or nine looks up and said ‘you want to talk to dad about boys? He won’t understand. He is a man. He’s a big boy.’
Now, you can imagine for me I mean this wasn’t the kind of conversation I had with my mother or my father. So for me, having … and of course the next day I had my son who’s in form one talking about chromosomes and X&Y cells on the table. So this is a completely different world for me.
I am going to speak to you today about overcoming the fear of vested interests.
It’s a topic that I have come to be engaged in mentally because I have learnt in the four years also that I have been in Abuja that if we understand, we may begin to unlock the key to change our world. The world of the country in which we live. And what is this country?
It’s a country of 167 million people, as you know. Largest population in Africa. Second-biggest economy on the African continent. In 1960 with the per capita income that was better that higher than per capita income of South Korea. 1960 Nigeria was the preferred investment destination – prefered to Japan according to US investment advisory – which has always had potential but which has never been able to realize that potential.
A country that specializes in exporting what it does not produce and importing that which it produces.
One of the world’s largest producer of crude oil, that does not refine its own petroleum products and has to import petroleum products.
The world’s largest producer of cassava but does not produce starch or ethanol.
A large tomato belt, yet the world’s largest importer of tomato paste.
A country that from my childhood I have heard, had the potentials for being a world power, but everyday we talk about potentials! Everyday we talk about potentials!
Today we still talk about the potentials of Nigeria. And yet China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Brazil… all of those countries have turned the potential that they had into reality.
What are these? What’s the one thing that if I were to ask, what is the one thing that we need to do to break this barrier that faces us?
In four years in Abuja, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to overcome the fear vested interests.
I’ll talk to you through a little bit of my own experiences and as governor of Central Bank and use that as a basis or as a template for what I think we need to do if change this country.
I became governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009 and this was in the middle of a global financial crisis. I came to the central bank knowing that banks have problems and believing that these problems were caused by a global crisis, by the collapse in the capital market, the collapse in the price of oil, and that they would be fixed by simply addressing the normal risk management issues in banks.
Shortly after I came in and when we went through investigations, I discovered that the Nigerian banking system was infested with the same corruption of the renter system in this country.
That a number of bank chief executives have taken their banks and fleeced those bands and literally taken away depositors’ money to buy property all over the country, all over the world.
And just like people in ministries or in government agencies or whenever they have opportunities in all companies, the bank’s were themselves a site for rent seeking.
The fundamental character of the Nigerian state is that for decades since we found oil, it has existed, not to serve the people but as a site for rent extraction by a very small minority that controls political power.
It doesn’t matter where this group comes from. Whether it’s north or South or muslim or christian or military or civilian, the State has always being the sites for the extraction of rent with the exception of a few years that we can think of, when we’ve had development.
This is at the heart of the problems of this country.
Now when we discovered this – and I’ll give a few examples, these are well known now, they’ve been published.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa state plans to demolish the newly unveiled secretariat of rival All Progressive Congress, APC, says Governor Seriake Dickson.
Mr. Dickson said the building housing the party’snew office had long been marked for demolition to allow for road construction.
The APC had earlier accused the ruling PDP of masterminding attacks on its office by unknown persons, who removed the party’s flags and signposts from the newly unveiled secretariat in Yenagoa.
On Sunday, Mr. Dickson directed the police and other security agencies in the state to ensure adequate security at the APC secretariat.
A statement by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to Dickson said the directive is in keeping with the policy of the administration to ensure security of lives and property of residents and visitors to the State.
“As a responsive Government, we will not abandon what is clearly our constitutional duty to provide security and ensure that people go about their legitimate duties without any form of molestation and same for the APC and any other party that is lawfully registered and recognized as a political party in Nigeria” Mr. Dickson stated.
The governor however appealed to the leadership of the party at the national level to ensure that, steps are taken urgently to resolve the leadership tussle among its rank and file in the State.
He expressed serious concern over the seemingly bitter rivalry among members of theAPC in the state.
“Clearly, the rivalry or rift in the party is between loyalists of former Governor Timipre Sylva and members of the ACN, who have been in the opposition all the while and a part of the new alliance that gave birth to the APC.
“Another thorny issue within the party is that, two of Sylva’s loyalists (Richard Kpodo and Godwin Sidi) have reportedly imposed themselves on the party as chairman and secretary as well as sited the state secretariat atKpodo’s personal property located at the Etegwearea of Yenagoa without due consultation,” the governor said.
Mr. Dickson said the personal building of Mr. Kpodo had long been earmarked for demolition alongside other structures, to make way for the second fly-over bridge to be constructed aroundthe area.
He however assured that government has set aside the sum of N1 billion for the payment of compensation to owners of properties to be affected by the project.
According to him, the exercise is not to witch hunt anybody or group of persons, but purely intended to bring about infrastructural development to the state capital.
Mr. Dickson recalled how, a section of his personal property was demolished, as a result of ongoing expansion of the new Opolo/Elebele expressway, describing it as a price everybody has to pay for the development of the critical infrastructure of the State.
While, calling for the understanding and cooperation of the citizenry in this regard, the governor noted that, the development of the needed infrastructure in Yenagoa and other parts of the State, is a continuous exercise.
According to him buildings and other property that fall within the right of way of such projects will be demolished and compensation paid to their owners.
“Bayelsa is at peace and I want to use this opportunity to call on the APC to ensure that, the problem does not cause a breach of the peace within the State capital and its environs, as Government will do everything on its part to maintain the existing peaceful atmosphere around the state,” he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that no Nigerian should kill or maim himself or herself because of his presumed 2015 second term ambition, saying that “any ambition I have at any time is not worth the blood of Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, President Jonathan has told the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur that he would require the support of every Nigerian, not only him (Tukur), to win the 2015 election if he would contest the election.
The President stated this at a meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo, Tukur, and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC.
Jonathan spoke on the need for peace in the PDP and warned that accusations and counter accusations must stop.
He also said that he would “never, ever expect a Nigerian to spill a drop of his blood because Goodluck Jonathan has some ambitions. Nigerians should always preach peace and unity in all their engagements. This is the only way the country will achieve greatness.”
Speaking at a special church service to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Jonathan reminded politicians that no ambition was worth the blood of innocent Nigerians, adding that if we continued to kill ourselves, there would be no nation to govern.
He said: “Sometimes I get worried and embarrassed when I hear provocative statements that come from very senior citizens; people that ordinarily will be perceived as senior citizens, who ordinarily should know that the unity of this country is more important than the interests of any individual or a group of individuals. And that the peace of Nigeria is more important than any interest of individuals or group of individuals. Some people even encourage young people to take arms and fight themselves.
“I always say as a politician that I pray all politicians should know that there will be no nation if we kill ourselves. If you want people to come out and vote, why do you threaten them? If you threaten people they will stay in their houses and how will you win election?
“In an occasion like this, we should also admonish ourselves that we should preach peace and unity in all our conversations. If we do that all our problems will be resolved, our security issues will be resolved. If all of us collectively talk about the unity of this country, about peace in this country, then our country will progress and move in the direction we want the country to move.”
The president noted that this year’s remembrance celebration was unique as it was coming at a time that the country is celebrating its 100 years of existence as a nation.
He paid tributes to members of the Armed Forces, saying that their sacrifices had ensured that Nigeria remained one indivisible country, despite the challenges it had faced.
“The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is unique and this year’s programme is more unique because first January marks 100 years of our existence as a nation. It is not easy to get here. The country faced a lot of challenges no doubt about that. Some of us witnessed the civil war.
For us who have survived this 100 years, some people paid dearly for it, some people worked for it like the armed forces. We know the challenges they faced during the civil war. But for their sacrifice, Nigeria would have been more than one nation. They worked for it, some died in the process while some died serving in wars outside Nigeria.
These are the people that we are remembering today. We all have to emulate them. Those of us who are alive, what we can do to honour them is to ensure that whatever we do, whatever we say, whatever song we sing is a song that will bring peace and unity to this country.”
Earlier in his message, the Arch Bishop of the Abuja Diocese of the Methodist Church, Arch Bishop Job Ojei, who read from Hebrew 11:13. And 2 Timothy 4:7, called on Nigerians to stop making “unedifying utterances that will weaken those in leadership” while those who are power drunk should be rebuked.
“All politicians should give us peace of mind. Some of the utterances we hear from them make us begin to fear. If you need our votes don’t threaten us. If you continue to threaten us no body will come out to vote. Leave 2015 alone. God will take care of it. By hating other tribes or other religion, you will never eliminate those tribes or religion. By causing trouble for a particular religion will not eliminate any religion. God knows why he allowed the existence of other tribes and religion. Every religion is meant to build up the nation,” he said.
While paying tribute to the fallen heroes, the Methodist bishop called on government to look after members of the. Armed forces and the family of those left behind by the fallen heroes.
“Some of the fallen heroes did not only fight for the survival of this country but of other African countries and beyond. The fallen heroes and their blood was to keep Nigeria one. We should always remember them and especially those who are still in service. Nigeria must take good care of them.
They have given us some respite from the Boko Haram attacks. We must acknowledge what has been achieved in the aviation sector, the power sector, by reducing unemployment, by not recruiting thugs and hired assassins. We must stop unedifying utterances that will weaken those in leadership but we must rebuke those who are power drunk” he said.
Those in attendance were the service chiefs, the president of the senate, David Mark, the chairman of the board of trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, the mother of the President, Eunice Jonathan, Anyim Pius Anyim, among several others.
No fewer than five persons have drowned at the Lagos Bar Beach, Lagos, Western Nigeria, in the last 12 days, says the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
One of them was an adult, who was reportedly washed away from the ocean Saturday evening, while in company of his friend, NEMA spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye told P.M.NEWS.
Four picnickers were also washed away by the ocean on New Year’s day.
The identity of the man who drowned yesterday could not be ascertained, but Farinloye said the man was in company of other members of the Salallahu Ala Monla Nabiya group, a Muslim group that could have come on spiritual cleansing at the beach. The incident occurred around 4:45pm.
According to him, “an adult man in company of friends this evening (Sunday) was washed away in the sea by the Bar Beach. The man and his friends stayed far from the usual area where fun-seekers converged until one of them raised the alarm of the drowning of the man.”
Efforts to save the drowning man was said to have proved abortive as he was swept away by the raging ocean surge.
“Immediately, the beach rescuers made frantic efforts at saving the man but they could not rescue him. This incident has brought the number of those drowned at the Bar Beach to five in 12 days. Four people were drowned on the first of January and efforts to rescue them proved abortive till two days later when their remains were recovered,” Farinloye lamented.
The NEMA spokesman said it had become pertinent for the Lagos State Government to advise people along the coastlines that the effects of climate change are fully here, hence, the need to be safety conscious as people embarked on their various activities in the area.
According to the South West Zonal Command, NEMA, Alhaji Iyiola Akambe, there is need for safety consciousness as ocean tide is currently being experienced, the effect of which the Bar Beach is facing.
“When ice formations in the Polar regions of Canada, the USA and Europe melt and flow into the Atlantic Ocean, the effect is increase in the volume of water which leads to extensive ocean tide beyond the limit of the sea shore, thereby increasing the Continental shelf These are part of the cumulative effects of global warming,” he explained.
Thirteen persons, including children, were on Sunday afternoon burnt beyond recognition in a bus accident which occurred in Effurun, Delta.
The accident, which involved an 18-seater bus, also left five of its passengers with various degrees of burn injuries.
An eyewitness told newsmen that the vehicle was coming from the PTI roundabout, but stopped to pick a passenger who allegedly carried a jerrycan filled with petrol.
One of the survivors, Mr Martins Nwaowolo, said there were 18 passengers in the bus, including children and a pregnant woman.
“The driver stopped at the roundabout to pick a woman carrying a jerrycan, and in less than two minutes after the woman entered the bus, the jerrycan burst into flame.
“Only myself, the driver, his conductor, a pregnant woman and one other survived the incident, but with various degree of burns”, he said.
However, the Delta Commissioner for Transport, Mr Ben Igbakpa, who visited the scene, said that it was wrong for people to be moving about with petrol.
Igbakpa, however, described the incident as unfortunate.
“It means that we have to do a lot of monitoring and public enlightenment on the hazards of carrying inflammable substances into a vehicle”, he said.
Meanwhile, men of the Nigerian Police, Army and Road Safety Corps were seen busy evacuating the victims from the burning bus. (NAN)
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Mrs Foluke Achudume, wife of the General Overseer and Founder of Victory Life Bible Church (VLBC), Abeokuta, Ogun State, came back to life after she was confirmed dead by doctors.
She testified to her congregation on Sunday of how she went to heaven and her experience there.
Read her testimony below:
“What I experienced was like being a drama piece. I saw myself coming out of my body, and going into a white cloud. I didn’t know where I was going, but I was asked to look down, only to see my husband, children been consoled, as my burial was been planned. I saw people crying.”
“Later, I stretched my hand and I was taken to a glorious place, where I saw people in white garment welcoming me, telling me to come in. I joined them, but a big hand stretched out, with a voice saying the place is not for me”.
“I later found myself in another place, more glorious and beautiful, I was not allowed in again, but I was taken to a third place, where I was not allowed again. Then a voice came telling me to look down, and told me I should return to where I was coming from, but I was struggling to join the group. Then I heard a thunderous voice and it was at that point my eyes opened.”
“I stand to tell you that God has power over death. The consultants had confirmed that I bled to death after the operation. If you understand what I went through you will realize that life is vanity. By that experience everything in life to me has lost value. It was not a joke, I appreciate God, because God made me to understand the mystery of life”.
Also speaking on the incident, her husband said when the doctors told him his wife was dead as a result of the operation because she bled to death, he said she didn’t die but went on a visit in faith.
Edo state governor Adams Oshiomhole is reported to have given N1million to a plantain seller for saying hello to him during an inspection of the New Benin market on Tuesday January 7th.God Bless Nigeria!!!