Thursday, January 18, 2018

Theo Walcott Completes Move To Everton From Arsenal

Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal on a three-and-a-half-year contract. The Merseyside club announced the capture of the 28-year-old England international on their official Twitter feed.

The fee is undisclosed but the Toffees' second signing of the January transfer window reportedly cost them £20million. “I've come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” the England international said on his new club's website.

“I'm very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be. The manager (Sam Allardyce) is very ambitious and I feel like the club is going in the right direction. “Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they're great and I always used to find it very tough playing here.

I’ll Jail Corrupt Public Workers –Obiano

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has said that he will personally ensure that any corrupt public official in his government is jailed.

He said any government appointee, including commissioners and civil servants found to be involved in any act of corruption or fraud would be made to face the full weight of the law.

The governor said he had put measures in place to fish out bad eggs in his government.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Strategic Communication, Mr. Oliver Okpala, on Wednesday in a statement in Awka, Anambra State, said the governor said this during an executive council meeting.

Access Bank Approves Paternity Leave For Male Employees

Access Bank Plc has approved paternity leave for its male employees as lenders step up efforts to offer unique perks for their staff members.

“Starting January 2018, male employees of Access Bank can take advantage of an enhanced parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers,” the lender said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the bank, the policy fosters an inclusive workplace and offers paid leave to all new parents at the bank including mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents.

Access Bank said the new policy offered one week fully paid paternity leave to male employees and allowed them to care for their offspring and spend some quality time with the new addition to their family while supporting the new mother who needs the break.

Sad! Police Couple, Daughter, Relation Killed In Fire Outbreak In Adamawa

A police Inspector, identified as Bobbo, his wife, Sgt. Grace, their daughter and a constable have been burnt to death in an early morning fire at Karewa Police Barrack in Yola.

The Adamawa Command Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, said the incident occurred around 1:00 am and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

“Inspector Bobbo, his wife Sgt. Grace, their daughter and a newly recruited constable who is a relation that is squatting with them were all killed in the unfortunate incident,” Mr. Abubakar said.

Herdsmen Burn Ex-Naval Chief’s Farms In Kwara

Ex-naval chief, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan, yesterday claimed that herdsmen burnt his 20 hectares of orange plantation, 20 hectares of cassava farm and five hectares of palm plantation.

He said the farm is about 500 hectares and put the damages at over N200 million. Afolayan, who addressed reporters in Ibbo-Ile, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, said herdsmen had been destroying his plantations in the last 10 years.

His words: “The burning of my farmland has become an annual routine. This is the first time of letting people into what has been happening in the last 10 years. It is the cow-rearers that have been damaging my farms, and right now, there are about three cases in court.

Photos: Grandma Burns Nine-Year-Old’s Hands For Eating Brother’s Food

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Osun State has arrested a 54-year-old grandma,  Mrs. Victoria John, for allegedly burning the two palms of her granddaughter with hot charcoal.

Punch correspondent gathered that the victim, Kehinde John, who is a primary 3 pupil at the African Church Elementary School in Erin Osun, reportedly ate part of the food kept for one of her brothers.

This was said to have angered the grandma, who allegedly grabbed her and forced her hands on burning charcoal to teach her a lesson.

The cry of the girl, whose mother was said to have died while she was an infant, attracted neighbours who rushed to their residence and rescued her.

Housewife In Court For Pouring Hot Water On Mother & Daughter, Remanded In Prison

A Masaka Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State, on Wednesday remanded a 32- year- old housewife, Blessing John, in prison for pouring hot water on her neighbours.

The judge, Mr Yakubu Ishaku, ordered the remand of the defendant in Keffi Prisons, after she pleaded guilty to a count charge of causing grievous hurt and begged for forgiveness.

The complainant’s counsel, Mr D.O. Egba, told the court that his client, Janet Ogaji and her daughter, were admitted at the Keffi Medical Centre, stressing that they were in bad condition, due to the degree of injuries sustained.

NFF Signs 2-Year Contract Extension With Rohr

The Nigeria Football Federation yesterday signed a two –year contract extension with Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, explained that Rohr, initially taken on board in July 2016, deserved the extension after qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, even with a match to spare.

“He has done a very good job and when someone does a good job, he gets a reward. We are proud to have taken Mr. Rohr on board and we are delighted to be signing this contract extension with him,” he said.

Sad! Herdsmen Strike Again In Benue, Kills 5

At least five persons were reportedly killed Wednesday in fresh attacks on Logo, Guma and Okpokwu local government areas of Benue state by suspected herdsmen.

Among the victims were two women whose dead bodies were found in Guma while two others were killed in Logo and another killed in Okpokwu.

The latest killings was announced by Governor Samuel Ortom when he played host to leaders of Southern and Middle Belt Forum at the Benue Government House in Makurdi.

The Governor said “as we speak, despite the deployment of more security personnel to the state to check the killings, four persons where yesterday killed in Guma and Logo local government areas.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Obasanjo Visits Late Wife's Family Members In Edo State [Photos]

Ex- President, Olusegun Obasanjo has paid a visit to the family of his late wife, Stella Obasanjo in Iruekpen, Edo state.

He was received by the former first lady’s parents, her father, Christopher Abebe, her mother, Theresa Abebe and other family members.

Stella and Obasanjo got married in 1976 and their union produced a son, Muyiwa. Stella died in spain in 2005 after a tummy surgery. More photos...

Diddy Donates $200,000 To Improve Maternal Healthcare In Uganda

Diddy has announced plans to donate $200,000 to the Unforgettable healthcare campaign, which is expanding and improving the Suubi "Hope" Health Center in Uganda. The initiative was started by French Montana in partnership with the non-profit Mama Hope and Global Citizen after he filmed the video for his hit "Unforgettable" in Kampala.

"I've always said my purpose is to inspire and empower the next generation to become great leaders – and to honor their hustle along the way," Diddy tells Rolling Stone. "In addition to passing the torch to French, I'm showing my support for the work he is doing in Uganda. Not only will Ciroc be donating $100,000 to support the organization Mama Hope, I am matching the donation so that our stories and successes can benefit as many people as possible."

Diddy's donation follows contributions from both French Montana and the Weeknd. Both artists donated $100,000 apiece to Mama Hope's efforts. That $400,000 will go towards building out the maternal healthcare facilities – a prenatal care clinic, a birth house, a new ambulance and more – at the Suubi Health Center, which serves a rural population in Budondo, Uganda.

Louis Vuitton Model Charged With Murdering Nigerian Male Model In London

A top male model has been arrested after Nigerian born model, Harry Uzoka was stabbed to death. He appeared in court on Tuesday charged with murder.

George Koh, 24, who has worked for Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith, was held after the body was found outside flats in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, last week Thursday.

Harry Uzoka, 25, who modelled for brands including Zara and Mercedes, was found slumped on a pavement.

Scotland Yard charged Koh of Camden with murder and possession of an offensive weapon after he was arrested on Sunday. Jonathan Okigbo, 23, of Kentish Town, has also been charged with murder following his arrest yesterday.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye Turn Down $5m Deal For First Photos Of Newborn

Fans waited a full two months to see pictures of both North and Saint West.

And Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly keen to keep to their own timetable a third time, after turning down mega-money deals for the first glimpse of their newborn, who arrived via surrogate on Monday.

According to TMZ, accepting deals to the likes of $2 and $5million that are on the table would be against the couple's 'morals'.

The report states that Kim, who is a prolific Instagram user with 106 million followers immediately rejected money from outlets for the first pictures.

Gunmen Kidnap Canadians, Americans In Kaduna, Kill Two Policemen

A gang of suspected kidnappers have killed two policemen and abducted four foreign nationals on Kwoi-Jere road in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State according to multiple reports.

It was gathered that the victims had visited Kafanchan and Kaura but were ambushed on their way back around 7:00 PM on Tuesday.

A competent police source said the two policemen killed were escorting the two foreign nationals when they were ambushed.

“Two policemen were killed in the ambush while an American and a Canadian were abducted along Kwoi-Jere road, off Kaduna-Abuja highway. Its a sad development but I am sure the Police would get to the root of the matter,” the source added.

Photo: Edo State CP Parades Bomb Producers

Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Kokumo today, paraded three persons, a boy and two girls suspected to be connected with the explosion that occurred in Okpilla, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, on Monday evening.

The police commissioner, who gave the names of those arrested as Idris Ibrahim, 22, and two females, Zainab Ibrahim and Oyeza Abdul all of Kogi State told journalists that the suspects specialized in manufacturing bombs, adding that the police recovered some Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, from them.

Parading the suspects at the state police command in Benin City, Kokumo said one of the IEDs exploded and severed the lower limbs of one of the suspects, simply identified as Sanusi who later died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the explosion, pointing out that the death of Sanusi caused panic and pandemonium in the entire Okpella community.

Hotels, Clubs Face Sanction In Ibadan Over Tax

Issa war! Just like Lagos, the Oyo State Government says it will also sanction any player  in the hospitality industry which  defaults in the payment of  taxes and levies.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, issued the warning today in Ibadan on the sidelines of  a  sensitisation visit to some  operators  in the hospitality industry.

Arulogun, who also announced 10 days ultimatum for them to pay their  dues, said only 30 percent of the players in the industry had complied.

“Today in Oyo State, many high-flying hotels, night-clubs as well as  event and recreation centres  have sprung up with a 103 percent increment in their growth rate.

Boko Haram Strikes Again In Maiduguri, Kills 12

Not again! Really not again people!! About twelve people have been killed and 48 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri today.

Eye witnesses told newsmen that the mayhem was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was detonated by a male suicide bomber at Alai Fadawu market on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

One other male bomber detonated the IED strapped to his body and blew up himself alone without causing any other casualties.

The witnesses said the incident occurred at 4.15 p.m.

Breast-Feeding Reduces Risk Of Diabetes In Women

Breast-feeding may reduce a woman’s risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new study says.

Researchers followed 1,238 women, average age 24 at the start, for up to 30 years. Each delivered at least one baby, and none had diabetes before the study began. The scientists collected data on health and lifestyle at interviews and physical examinations conducted seven times over the course of the project. The study is in JAMA Internal Medicine.

There were 182 cases of diabetes, and after adjusting for physical activity, smoking and other factors, the researchers found that breast-feeding for up to six months was associated with a reduced risk for diabetes of 25 percent; breast-feeding for six to 12 months was tied to a 48 percent reduced risk; and breast-feeding for 12 months or more with a 47 percent risk reduction.

Landlord Removes Tenant’s Son’s Teeth With Punches For Not Greeting Him

A landlord, Segun Abiodun, who allegedly beat up his tenant’s son and punched off his teeth for not greeting him, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, 45, a fashion designer, who resides at 82, Capitol Road, Agege, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for assault.

Police Prosecutor, Raji Akeem, told the court that the offence was committed on Dec. 19, 2017 at the residence of the accused.

Akeem, an inspector, said the accused, who is the landlord of the boy’s mother, Mrs Titilayo Makanjuola, claimed that the 17-year-old boy, Sodiq Makanjuola, failed to greet him when they saw each other.

World’s Oldest Female Virgin, 83, Weds...

An 83-year-old virgin simply identified as Naom, has found love with a 90-year-old father of 10, known as Rwakaikara. They exchanged their vows at St. James Cathedral, Kigorobya, Hoima District of Uganda.

The officiating minister, Bishop Kyamanywa, told the congregation that it is never too late when one follows the leading of God.

He also thanked the couple for waiting for their special day, UgandaBlizz reports.

He said the couple have challenged the young generation to also follow the way of God, stating that so far in his pastoral work, he has never wed a couple of this age and that this has been a blessing to him.

Woman Buys Three-Year-Old For N180k In Lagos

Two women, Helen Nduwe and Eucharia Nnabofe, were on Wednesday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing and buying a three-year-old baby.

Nduwe, 42, and Nnabofe, 50, are facing trial on a three-count of conspiracy, stealing and buying of a baby.

The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them. Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin told the court that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 31, 2017 at the Police Barracks in Obalende, Lagos.

She alleged that Nduwe had stolen the baby named Greatman Oche from his mother, while Nnabofe was alleged to have bought him from Nduwe for N180,000.

UK Now Has A ‘Minister For Loneliness’

It sounds like a character from a dystopian novel, but Britain has created a “minister for loneliness” to tackle modern public health problems associated with social isolation.

The government said today it appointed Tracey Crouch after research showed as many as one in ten people felt lonely “always or often” and that hundreds of thousands of elderly people hadn’t spoken to a friend or relative in the past month.

Crouch will devise a national strategy to tackle isolation across all ages, and find ways of measuring alienation in official statistics.

"We know that there is a real impact of social isolation and loneliness on people, on their physical and mental well-being but also on other aspects in society and we want to tackle this challenge,” Crouch said.

Ogun Speaker Declares Intention To Contest For Governor In 2019

The Speaker, Ogun House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, today announced his intention to contest for governor in 2019.

Adekunbi made the disclosure when he met with members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yewa North Local Government at Ayetoro.

The speaker said it was time for Ogun West Senatorial District to produce a governor in the state.

He appreciated Gov. Ibikunle Amosun for his support, and promised not to disappoint the people if he eventually becomes the governor.

Photos: Abule Egba Boils As Suspected Customs Officers Kill Rice Smuggler

There was pandemonium in Abule Egba this morning following the killing of a rice smuggler by suspected Customs officers. The customs officers had chased the rice smuggler to Abule Egba in the early hours of the morning before shooting him dead and ran away.

The body of the deceased was seen lying on the ground shortly after the incident while bags of rice that were smuggled were seen inside the danfo bus, with registration number Lagos/RKY/1953506.
Stains of blood was seen on the body of the bus and some bags of rice as well.

Irate youths burnt tyres and blocked the express road in protest over the killing.

Officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS and taskforce officials were however quickly drafted to the area to quell the riot while Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC was also deployed. At the moment the road has been opened for motorists to pass and everything seem calm.

Davido Threatens To Name His Debtors

The singer gave the warning this morning online...