Saturday, 31 May 2014
Former Lagos State governor, Sir Michael Otedola who is also Femi Otedola’s father was laid to rest yesterday in his home town, Epe. President Jonathan, his wife, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and other dignitaries were all present at the burial ceremony.
A Malaysian teenager was gang raped by up to 38 men in an abandoned hut used as a drug haunt, reports today suggest.
The horrendous assault is said to have taken place in the northern state of Kelantan, Malaysia, on May 20.
The girl is said to have met a friend, 17, before being lured to an empty hut - reported to be a drug haunt by local media. There are reports the friend was an accomplice to the alleged rapists.
The men then allegedly took turns to rape the teen for several hours. Some reports are suggesting there may have been up to 38 men involved.
There are reports the girl may have been arrested following the ordeal.
Police are investigating whether the girls friend was also raped.
Malaysian police have arrested at least 13 people, including a father and his two sons, over the alleged gang-rape, an officer said.
All of the men are from the same village, police confirmed.
Friday, 30 May 2014
Nigerian Goalkeeper Austin Ejide Scores Crazy Own Goal Against Scotland Amid Match-fixing Allegations
Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide scored a freak own goal against Scotland on Wednesday night - just 24 hours after their friendly was in doubt over match-fixing fears.
The Scottish FA has been warned that the clash at Craven Cottage could be targeted after an alert by the National Crime Agency, although it went ahead regardless.
And after Charlie Mulgrew's sensational opener, the Nigerian stopper came out to collect a cross and seemed able to grab the ball easily.
However after a collision with Grant Hanley, Ejide lost control and appeared to throw the ball into his net.
Fortunately referee Lee Probert bailed him out and awarded a free-kick to the Super Eagles who pulled back to 2-2 following a last minute leveller from substitute Uche Nwofor.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Two teenage girls, a 14 year old and her 15 year old cousin were gang-raped by five Indian men and then hanged them from a tree in a village in the northern stateo f Uttar Pradesh, police said today.
According to Reuters, the two girls who were from a low-caste Dalit community went missing from their village home when they went out to go to the toilet on Tuesday evening, May 27th. The following morning, villagers found the bodies of the two teenagers hanging from a mango tree in a nearby orchard.
Indian police have arrested one man and are looking for four other suspects. The police said a post-mortem confirmed the two minors were raped and died from the hanging. DNA samples have also been taken to help identity the perpetrators, the police told reporters. *Graphic content after the cut*
The victim's families allege that local police were shielding the attackers as they refused to take action when the girls were first reported missing.
It was only after angry villagers found the hanging corpses and took the bodies to a nearby highway and blocked it in protest, that police registered a case of rape and murder.
Twenty six lesbians have been arrested by the Police in Asaba, Delta State after uncovering their hideout around Awai road Asaba area of the state.
The PPRO of the state, DSP Celestina Kalu who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said they were arrested unclad while allegedly having s*x with one another at their hideout.
DSP Celestina Kalu further who said one of the suspects confessed to the crime saying it their means of livelihood said the hideout is a den where various criminal activities take place.
Kalu further said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
It was gathered that the hideout is operated as a pub to ward off suspicion by the public and operators of the spot who have been making brisk business in the last two years, employ thugs who stand sentry at the gate and collect fees from those willing to be exposed to the illicit s*xual activities at the hideout.
Teenage girls from neighbouring communities and states reportedly troop to the hideout at night where after smoking and drinking, they engage in s*xual acts with patrons who pay them heavily.
In a bizarre twist, Jonathan government labels protesters for Chibok schoolgirls as APC
Nigeria federal government said on Wednesday that over 90 per cent of those campaigning to bring back Chibok girls are also members are members of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
Labaran Maku, Nigeria’s minister of Information told reporters that the fact that the three states mostly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency are controlled by the opposition party, is an indication of failure of governance.
Maku who said the Federal government has spent billions of naira to control the insurgency in the three APC States spoke on the same day groups believed to be thugs believed to be sponsored by President Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government attacked the #BringBackOurGirls protesters led by Dr Oby Ezekweshili, a former Minister of Education in Abuja.
A loud explosion occurred on Thursday morning in Kurudu, a community on the outskirts of Abuja.
The cause of the explosion is still unclear as a resident said it could have been caused by a bomb or dynamites used in blasting rocks in the area.
The explosion has caused panic in Kurudu, Jikoyi and other adjoining areas as residents scampered for safety.
A resident of an Army Estate in Kurudu, told OTOHMILLAR that soldiers simply locked the gate and prevented anyone from going out upon hearing the loud explosion.
Pitt was apparently unhurt and soon resumed signing autographs.
Witnesses saw the man from the fan area jump over a barrier on to the red carpet yesterday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and rush at Pitt, touching him briefly before security guards wrestled him back across the barrier.
A police spokeswoman says the man, whose name she did not know, was arrested on suspicion of battery.
Pitt kept greeting fans and walked into the theatre.
Pitt's longtime partner Angelina Jolie stars in Maleficent, Disney's new live action spin on Sleeping Beauty.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a man, Mr. Paul Obiefule, for allegedly beating his 12-year-old relative to death.
The relative, who was identified as Onyedikachi Mbanozo, was staying with Obiefule, a bricklayer, and his wife on Omitola Street in the Agege area of Lagos.
Punch Metro learnt that Onyedika, as the boy was fondly called, was the son of Obiefule’s wife’s brother.
It was further gathered that the boy was beaten to death on Monday evening around 8.30pm, while the neighbours reported the matter at the Pen Cinema Police Division on Tuesday.
Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Carlo Ancelotti to succeed him as Manchester United manager last summer, according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Ferguson said he picked David Moyes to follow him at Old Trafford after 26 years in charge. But the Everton boss may not have been his first-choice, according to Perez.
He claimed Ferguson approached Ancelotti last year to offer him the job but the Italian opted for Real Madrid instead.
"I'm sure (they did)," Perez said when asked if United wanted Ancelotti as their manager. "Not this year, but last year. Ferguson asked him to succeed him."
Former Chelsea boss Ancelotti led Madrid to their 10th European Cup and the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge at the Bernabeu.
Moyes was sacked just 10 months into his six-year contract. Holland coach Louis van Gaal will take over the helm at Old Trafford following the World Cup.
A patent medicine dealer in Onitsha, Anambra State has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 2.540kg of cocaine hidden inside laptop bags.
The suspect was found in possession of the drug during inward screening of Etihad passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
Confirming the arrest, NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar gave the name of the suspect as Okeke Olisa Uzochukwu. According to him, “officers have apprehended one Okeke Olisa Uzochukwu in connection with importation of cocaine. The drug was concealed inside laptop bags. It was carefully packed in a way that we had to cut the side of the bag open to recover the two parcels containing powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine” Hamza stated.
The 39-year-old suspect told investigators that he travelled to Brazil in search of a job before his arrest.
“I travelled to Brazil five months ago to work at the world football event facilities under construction. My journey turned out to be a nightmare because I could not secure a job. After I exhausted my little savings, life became very unbearable.
“The only help available was drug trafficking. It was a hard decision for me but since my pregnant wife is almost due for delivery, I reluctantly accepted an offer of N800,000 from my sponsors” Okeke, who hails from Anambra State, stated.
One of the protesters of the #ReleaseOurGirlsNow group has confessed that each protester receives N4,000 daily for participating in protests believed to be intended to neutralise the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. While the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners have been protesting at the Unity Fountain since April 30, 2014, to pressure the government into intensifying efforts to rescue the kidnapped Chibok girls, the #ReleaseOurGirlsNow campaigners “support the government” and will “not criticise” it, and have always expressed their belief that any protest for the release of the girls should be directed at Boko Haram and not the federal government.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Precious Chineme Nwoko 23yrs old has been sentenced to 27 years imprisonment by a Cambodian Court for drug trafficking in Cambodia.
Police sources say Nwoko was a ringleader in a heroin smuggling cartel in Cambodia. He was arrested last month for handing a backpack containing 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) of heroin to two women, 41year old Australian Yoshe Ann Taylor and 19 year old French Charlene Savarino, for onward transportation to an unidentified man in Australia. Both women were however caught and arrested.
Today, being the World Hunger Day, offers a reminder on the importance of food to healthy living, and the need to continue exploring all possibilities for eradicating hunger in the world. Millennium Development Goal 1, for example, seeks to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’,’ or by 2015 at most, reduce by half, the population of people living in hunger. So, how well has this been achieved?
Taking a look at the hunger index released this year by the World Health Organization (WHO), the goal is nowhere near achievement, as 2015 draws close. Here are a few surprising findings about hunger, which the World Health Organisation released in 2014: Many people in the world do not have enough food. A total of 842 million people in the world are hungry. Asia is worst hit, as it constitutes 552 of this number, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, with 24.8% of the population.
Hunger kills more people yearly than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, put together. Millions of women, men and children die each year because of chronic persistent hunger, of which two million are children. One third of all death in children is caused by under nutrition. Poverty is the major cause of hunger. A situation where people do not have sufficient money to purchase food About 20,000 people die from poverty every day, with 10 percent from hunger There is a huge variation in how much people eat, which shows that they do not eat healthily
Manchester United owner, Malcolm Glazer, has died. His death was announced on Wednesday night by his National Football League franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Glazer controversially became owner of United in May 2005 and his tenure was an uneasy one, with many fans unhappy at the level of debt his takeover had put on the club, who have largely continued to prosper ever since.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saddened to announce the passing of owner/president Malcolm Glazer earlier this morning at the age of 85,” the Buccaneers announced on their official website. It is understood Glazer’s death will not have any significant effect on the ownership of the Barclays Premier League club, with the family retaining a 90 per cent share. A spokesperson for the Old Trafford outfit sent a short-worded condolence. “The thoughts of everyone at United are with the family tonight.”
Glazer came to limelight in England with his acquisition of United nine years ago, using loans against the club’s assets to finance his takeover, which totalled almost £800 million. United had previously been a debt-free club and it was Glazer’s means that brought the ire of a number of supporters, although the club have continued to enjoy plenty of good times on the pitch, such as five Premier League, three League Cup, and the 2007/08 Champions League triumphs.
Born in Rochester, New York, as one of seven children, Glazer took over his family business at the age of 15, following the death of his father. He went on to thrive in professional business, owning or becoming a substantial shareholder in a number of renowned public companies. Glazer is survived by his wife Linda, six children, which include United’s co-chairmen, Joel and Avram Glazer.
Poet, author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou who wrote "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", is dead. She was found dead this morning in her apartment by a caretaker.
Maya had been struggling with health issues in recent weeks and had to cancel her appearance at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon in Houston, which will hold on the 30th of May, 2014, where she was billed to be honoured with the ''Beacon Life Award''. May her soul rest in peace.
The wife of Justice Idris Kutigi the Chairman of the ongoing National Conference, Mariam, has passed on. She died in the early hours of this morning at the National Hospital Abuja. Her demise was announced this morning at the Conference. The conference session has been adjourned till Monday June 2nd.
Nigeria’s first lady — Patience Jonathan, has come forward to defend her husband who has been the recent target for insults and blame for all the wrongs happening in the country.
Patience Jonathan, today Tuesday 27th May 2014, has advised Nigerians to desist from abusing her husband because God has made him the commander-in-chief of the nation.
According to Punch, the wife of the President made this statement while addressing children at an event she organized to celebrate kids on Children’s Day at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
“It is bad to abuse our country and the President because God has made him the head. The Almighty God commands us to pray for our leaders. We therefore need to pray for the development of our country and the president.
Remember that a child that abuses his father and mother is disobeying God’s commandment because the Bible says in Exodus 20:12 that you should honour your father and mother so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God has given you.
The Holy Bible is not referring to only biological parents. Any one that is older than you even for a day must be respected. Let us therefore join hands and rebuild our country Nigeria.” she said.
She also promised not to relent in helping find the 200+ school girls abducted in the Chibok area of Borno. “Let me thank the children that gave me letter to give Boko Haram. Well, I have received your letter, but I am not the one to give it to Boko Haram because I don’t know Boko Haram and I have never seen Boko Haram. But I will give it to the NSS or Chief of Defence Staff who will submit your letter accordingly.
To my children parliament, thank you for your letter. Thank you for your deliberation. I have received what you gave to me. I will make sure I pass it to the President because it is addressed to him and the other one is addressed to Boko Haram. That is why the two are different.” she stated.
The big stars came out to party as Storm 360′s First lady/ Rapper/ Designer turned 30.
Sasha was looking stunning as expected for her birthday party on the 23rd of May.
Celebrities like Naeto C and many more turned up to celebrate with her.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Here is a press release sent in from the State House.
Reports in national and foreign media that the Federal Government is currently in the process of recruiting an international public relations firm to “counter mounting criticism both inside and outside the country” are completely false and baseless.
The suggestion that the Federal Government intends to spend a staggering sum of $800 Million on the phantom public relations effort to ease “increasing pressure over its response to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls” is also wholly untrue.
Coming as they do, at a particularly difficult and sensitive time for the entire nation, the Federal Government considers the reports of a drive to recruit consultants to launder its image highly insensitive, deplorable, absurd and very malicious.
The Federal Government’s topmost priority for now is not public relations or image laundering but national security and the ongoing effort to ensure the safe return of the abducted college girls.
We therefore condemn the attempt by purveyors of the bogus reports to incite the Nigerian public against the Federal Government through the circulation of falsehoods .
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
May 27, 2014
According to a report by Premium Times, suspected Boko Haram men yesterday May 26th attacked villages in the rocky mountains of Gwoza town of Borno State, killing 9 villagers and setting various houses and churches in the area ablaze. Reports say the men hoisted their flag at Ashigashiya ward of Gwoza LGA, a place they now claim is their headquarters.
Elder brother of P-Square, Jude Okoye and his sweetheart, Ifeoma Michelle Umeokeke are whispered to be pregnant with their first child
According to the whistleblower ''the pregnancy is still in its first trimester and she has been keeping herself indoors for now even though she is glowing and looking even more beautiful''
Her BFF recently posted a comment on her @kifycutie instagram handle ''you are glowing''
Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, is presently in India on a visit to see former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, who is receiving treatment in the country. Mr. Obi left for India yesterday in company of his media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem.
Below is an e-mail sent from India this morning by Obienyem:
Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has reportedly held a meeting with people who have access to Boko Haram. He is allegedly attempting to negotiate the release of the abducted school girls.
The meeting took place last weekend at Obasanjo’s farm in Ogun State according to Vanguard. Attendees included relatives of some senior Boko Haram fighters and intermediaries.
The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has passed the Former Governor and Deputy Governor’s Pension Bill 2014 into law, which means, among others, that after Governor Godswill Akpabio steps aside in 2015, he will have N5m a month to employ domestic staff, while his deputy, Mrs. Valerie Ibe, gets N2.5m for the same purpose.
He will also be paid pension for life at the rate of his current salary. Upon retirement, Akpabio will earn an annual pension of N26.7m, while Ibe will earn an annual pension of N25.3m. The executive bill was passed after just 11 days, having been submitted to the Assembly by the governor on May 15, 2014. It had passed the first and second reading, and was presented for deliberations at committee of the whole at plenary on Monday.
It states that a former governor will also be entitled to free medical services for himself and his spouse at a sum not exceeding N100 million per annum and N50 million for a former deputy governor.
It also seeks to provide for a former governor a befitting accommodation not below a 5-bedroom maisonette in either Abuja or Akwa Ibom. This is in addition to a yearly accommodation allowance of 300 per cent of annual basic salary for an ex- governor, which in Akpabio’s case amounts to N6.7m. Also, a former governor will receive a severance gratuity of 300 per cent of annual basic salary — another N6.7m — as at the time he leaves office.
There are provisions for furniture allowance once in every four years, and yearly fuelling and maintenance of vehicle for another N6.7m each, in addition to other needs to me met by preset percentages of the annual basic salary. Deputy House Leader Dr Ekaete Okon (PDP) moved a motion for the bill to be read the third time and passed into law, while the motion was seconded by Mr Aniekan Akpan (PDP-Ukanafun). After the bill was passed, Speaker of the House, Mr Samuel Ikon, directed the clerk of the House to forward a clean copy of the bill to the governor. Akpabio’s governorship tenure will end in about a year from now, having assumed governorship of the state on May 29, 2007.
Efforts by security agencies to rescue hundreds of schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity are being hampered by fears that another militant group, Ansaru, may be involved. Ansaru (pictured), also called Jama’atu ansaril muslimina fi biladis Sudan (Vanguards for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa), are known to harm their hostages at the slightest indication that they are about to be rescued.
The security forces fear a “massive tragedy” if the insurgents decide to adopt the “Ansaru style” in resisting rescue operations. Nevertheless, they are making “considerable progress” in the search for the girls ─ with the support of UK, US and Israel, according to military sources.
On Monday, chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, said the military had located the girls but could not act with force. He was speaking to members of the Citizen Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA), an NGO, who were on a solidarity campaign to the defence headquarters in Abuja. He said: “We want our girls back, I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force? “Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing; we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.
“So we are working, the President has empowered us to do the work, anybody castigating the military, definitely there is something wrong with him. “The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you. “We cannot come and tell you the military secret, just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.” Badeh revealed that the fight against insurgency was quite different from full scale war, adding that “if we are fighting an external war, they would have been begging us to withdraw”.
Monday, 26 May 2014
Adebayo Jones over the weekend celebrated his 50th birthday and 30 years of high-octane fashion. The event held in London and had a lot of dignitaries in attendance
Most of you didn’t see this photo because Tonto posted it late last night and deleted it in the middle of the night after some fans called her out. Tonto posted the picture with the caption, ‘GudNite loverz and #Dream of Mii...’ but fans took it the other way round and said she craved the attention Maheeda has been enjoying from people.
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather is shutting down reports that he and rapper T.I got into a fight because he was sleeping with Tiny.
On Sunday, T.I allegedly ran to meet Floyd at a Fatburger Restaurant in Vegas, to confront him about having an affair with his wife.
T.I and Tiny have reportedly been having marital issues and were rumoured to contemplating divorce.
A video surfaced yesterday, showing Floyd telling T.I to “control your b**ch”, which allegedly started the fight.
Floyd revealed exclusively to Necole Bitchie that he didn’t sleep with Tiny.
On his relationship with Tiny
“I been knowing Tiny before T.I. I’ve never slept with her, I never kissed her, never touched her in no inappropriate way. Her friend Shekinah wanted to come to the [May 4th] fight, she brought Tiny with her. They came to the fight.
After the fight was over Saturday night, Sunday they came over my mother’s house. My mother had a big, big party for me. They came over and showed love. They came over to my house all cool, all respect. Hang out with The Money Team, my crew. Everybody was cordial. No disrespecting type. After that, I guess she put a picture up on Instagram of her at the fight so I guess he [T.I.] was feeling some type of way”
A young husband’s worst fears came true recently after he allegedly caught his wife sleeping with another man, just 13 days after their wedding on Easter. Bonface Oduor told The Nairobian he was shocked to learn that the woman he has courted for six years has been cheating on him all along.
The couple from Ukunda in the Coast had just returned from a five-day honeymoon in Malindi when Oduor allegedly found out Sheila Kayuga, a businesswoman, had checked into a lodge with a lover. The couple separated after Oduor discovered more skeletons in her closet, including nude photos of herself posted on WhatsApp to a group of friends.
Long life Bro!!!
It has been confirmed that Mrs Ojaruega who was abducted on her way to work a few days back has been released and is home safely with her family!
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to former military ruler Sani Abacha, said that he was considering filing a suit against ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Al-Mustapha said this on Thursday in Kaduna during a media briefing.
In December Obasanjo in an 18-page-letter accused President Goodluck Jonathan of training snipers for the President.
He said he would take action on Obasanjo’s letter at the end of the investigation launched by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the matter.
“The National Human Rights Commission is still investigating the letter he wrote to the president. When they finish, findings will be out and open to the public. And because of the sensitivity of the content of the letter and because we are also touched, certainly there are subsequent legal procedures to follow.”
Commenting on the current wave of terror in the country, Al-Mustapha said that Nigerians must join forces on the war on terror.
A 22-year old mother has been arrested for selling her one month old baby for N430,000 in Enugu. The mother, Chinelo Huma got N150,000 out of the deal while other women involved shared the rest of the money.
They were later arrested for such an illegal act, but the new mom, who is 43 and has been barren all through her marriage cried and pleaded with the police to give her back the baby. She said even though she went to borrow the money, she does not want it back but wants the baby. Find the story after the cut as reported by Sun.
After dating for a long time, Bunmi Ademokoya and former Mr Nigeria, Bryan Okwara have parted ways. Bunmi confirmed this with Punch in a new interview;
I was in a relationship but it did not work out. I am single now and living life. I have not decided yet if I will get involved with another man. I think for now I am just going to take a break because I was in a relationship for five years. I am a young girl, just trying to discover myself.
Here is what Bryan also said about her in 2011 to city people;
“What can I say? She’s the love of my life. She is amazing. She is gorgeous. She is black. She is beautiful. She is my friend. She is a colleague. She cooks. She cleans. She’s God fearing. She’s somebody you want to meet anyday, anytime.”
Veteran actress, Clarion Chukwurah, has won the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 10th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards. At the awards held on Saturday, Chukwurah won for her outstanding performance in the movie, Apaye. This award comes as welcome news for the legendary actress, who has recently been in the spotlight over controversies surrounding the eligibility of Ibinabo Fiberisima to be the president of Actors Guild of Nigeria. Veteran actress, Patience Ozokwor, also took home an award as the best actress in a supporting role for her performance in the movie, After the Proposal. The awards ceremony brought together Africa’s best in the movie industry to the city of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Also at the event, the founder of the awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, announced her intention to step down as President.
While presenting the 2014 budget signed last week by Pres. Jonathan to newsmen, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Finance Minister revealed that the Nigerian military has received N130.7billion from the Federal Government from January to April 2014 and that another N3.8b has been approved by the president but was still being processed and will soon be released to the military.
She revealed this to deny claims by the Nigerian military and other security agencies that poor funding was undermining ongoing war against terrorism. Defending the huge amount being spent in the military, Dr Okonjo-Iweala said;
"Defence spending is top in everything. You know that military establishments need new things to assist them in their work, and ours will not be different. No budget will be enough to meet their demands but for now, I think the sector takes almost a trillion of the budget.”
"The defence budget in 2014 is about N968.127 billion and we have disbursed N130.7 billion between January and April 2014, N85.9billion out of what has been disbursed is for personnel cost.