Saturday, October 3, 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saád Abubakar, and a Maiduguri-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Saleh are among those listed as the world’s 50 most influential Muslim leaders.
The Muslim 500, an annual publication of the World’s 500 most influential Muslims, recognised the three Nigerian leaders in its 7th edition published recently.
The signing took place in Lagos on Friday, 2nd October 2015, a day after his traditional wedding. We say big congrats to him.
See a full pic of Ebuka's outfit after the cut.
OAP and host of Big Brother Africa, IK Osakioduwa and his wife, are celebrating 7 years of beautiful togetherness today. IK took to his IG page to pen down a love note to his wife and wrote;
‘Happy anniversary to us Babe. The last 7years have been quite an adventure. You've been the perfect 'Ride or die' chic: Lovely, loving, dependable, reliable, secure & sexy. I'll love you forever. #BestFriends #PerfectEntertainersWife #LookAtUs #MarryYourFriend’ …encouraging everyone to marry their friends.
Nollywood new face, Adunni Ade has explained why she is a single mom and how she lived with the father of her children for 8 years without tying the knot. According to Adunni, there’s nothing shameful about it and if she must say she is ready to face the music society attach to it. She also spoke about love, saying she loves hard, hitting she will one day get married. Hear her;
“I’m a sucker for love, I love hard, that’s why I take my time before diving into any relationship with the person I will love. I will do whatever I can in a relationship to make it work because I just don’t get involved with people anyhow. If the chemistry or connection is not there, then you would never find me there. But in my heart, if I feel like I have a connection with that person, I’d try and take it as far as I can and if I know it’s not going to work, I’d end it quick. But I am a big fan of love, Love is good. There is still some love out there even though people try to deny and say there is no more love; there is still love.”
A statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, on Friday stated that the drug was concealed in false bottom of the two bags the suspect wanted to check-in at the departure hall of the airport.
It added that the arrest took place during the outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to South Africa.
“Personally, I don’t like places that are noisy. If you live in certain places in Lagos, everybody would know your movement. I don’t like such places. I try to keep my life private. I don’t want people to know where my children school or any other private information about me. But my husband works in Surulere and he loves the area a lot. I don’t like the area. We have a family house there, so he stays there on weekdays and during the weekend, he comes home to meet me at Abule-Egba. I have been in that area for a very long time and it is very quiet. That is why we live separately. Continue...
A third explosion was also reported at Nyanya Bus Station thereafter. Nyanya was the scene of two bombings in 2014, which led to scores of death.
Is Nigeria getting worse? That is a very provocative question. I have found that most people that hate Nigeria are very eager to agree that Nigeria is getting worse, while a lot of those that love Nigeria are very hesitant to admit that Nigeria is in decline. Well, I am proud to be a Nigerian, but I cannot lie to myself or tell you that Nigeria is doing just fine. The evidence is undeniable. Our economy is ill and is rapidly getting worse. God handed us the resources to be one of the greatest economic machines in the world and we have wrecked it. But until we are willing to look in the mirror and admit how bad things have got, we won’t be ready for the solutions that are necessary. The truth is that there are things that we can do to reverse the decline. It does not have to be permanent. We have got away from the things that made Nigeria great, and we need to admit that we are on the wrong path and start fixing this country.
Operatives of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have raided the Abuja home of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, few hours after she was arrested in London.
EFCC agents arrived Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s palatial home in Asokoro, Abuja, and sealed the property Friday evening.
A resident, who witnessed the raid, said, “I just left the place. More and more of them (EFCC operatives) are arriving. Two Buses. Three hilux trucks and about five saloon cars. They are breaking something inside. May be doors.
“You can hear the noise. There are two uniformed operatives outside and two at the backyard. I saw also a man brought in in a black Toyota Corolla with a video camera and immediately started video recording from outside the gate and then went into the compound. I observed those operation for about three hours before I left.”
Friday, October 2, 2015
Tom Daley, 21, yesterday announced his engagement to boyfriend Dustin Lance Black, 41. He also moved a step forward by sharing a heartfelt image on Instagram showing their stunning silver engagement rings placed delicately against their forthcoming marriage declaration.
Still revealing in engagement bliss, the Olympian wrote alongside the romantic post: '#HeSaidYES and then #ISaidYES ❤️Thanks for all the lovely messages!'
His mother, Debbie Daley also supports the union and has already spoken of her 'extreme excitement' and insisted 'age is but a number' and wished the diver well in his marriage to his 41-year old partner.
The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London, Premium Times exclusively reports.
The former minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arrested this morning alongside four other people by the UK National Crime Agency.
According to Premium Times she was arrested for offences related to bribery and corruption being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.
The traditional ruler of Ibiaku Issiet in Uruan local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Williams Etim, has been reported kidnapped. Williams and his elder brother, Placid Etim, were said to have been abducted yesterday at about 2.30am at their country home.
A member of the family and a former lawmaker at the Federal House of Representatives, Bassey Etim, told newsmen that the kidnappers called him and demanded N200million ransom.
“They called me at about 12.00 noon yesterday to demand N200million before they could be released. I don’t know where I can raise such a huge amount of money,’’ he lamented.
He however pleaded with the President to assist the family stating that several attempts to reach out to one of the kidnappers who had earlier called him to demand for the ransom were unsuccessful.
A 43-year-old engineer with Bayelsa State Water Board Peter Ogiero has committed suicide over 13 months unpaid salaries.
Ogiero reportedly drank an insecticide known as ‘Sniper’ in the early hours of this morning, Leadership Newspaper reports.
Only one Nigerian university is ranked among the top 800 universities in the world, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015/2016 released this week.
The only university that made the list is Nigeria’s oldest University, University of Ibadan, which is ranked 601st.
The University of Cape Town, South Africa, at 120th position, is the highest ranked university in Africa. Five other South African universities also made the list.
The ranking was released on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
A South African man who was reportedly caught smuggling drugs into Malaysia is now facing death penalty. Deon Cornelius lost an appeal to have his death penalty sentence overturned after he was convicted in January.
Patricia Gerber, head of Locked Up, an organisation that assists South Africans arrested overseas for drug smuggling, said she was uncertain whether there were any other avenues that Deon Cornelius could pursue.
The 29-year old man was arrested two years ago after he was found in possession of 2 kilogrammes of a banned substance when he landed Malaysia in 2013.
The Chairman of the Fresh Democratic Party, FRESH, Rev. Chris Okotie, has said that once the Federal Government settles down fully, Nigerians will no longer accept excuses for poor performance by our elected officials.
In a statement issued by his Lagos office on Thursday to mark the nation’s 55nd Independence Anniversary, the pastor lamented that most of our peer nations had left us behind because of their collective will to develop their own nations.
‘’Every nation faces some daunting odds at some point; the important thing is for them to overcome such hurdles and move on. In Nigeria’s case, we have not been able to do that because of the perennial plague of bad leadership.
Above is Mallam Spicey and Konga. Mallam Spicey came out at the time Tuface, Faze and black Face started singing, and were all in the game until he went into hiding. He however came back few years later with a song he used in dissing Terry G, ‘N1005 Bling Bling wey some boys dey wear’ and the song instantly became a hit, while Konga still in the game, pitched up with Spicey recently for a photo. Konga is also an old egg o. See a fully photo below.
A teenager took his own life after he was falsely accused of rape, an inquest heard. Jay Cheshire, 17, who was "mature and well-liked", was at the centre of a police investigation which ended in June this year when the alleged victim dropped the charge.
But he tried to commit suicide a few weeks later and after being taken to Southampton General Hospital, died on 5th of July.
An inquest at Winchester Coroners Court, Hants, heard Jay struggled to cope with the false accusations and was "absolutely distraught."
Jay, from Southampton, was a sixth form student at Bitterne Park School studying English Literature, Film Studies & Geography and hoped to become a history teacher or a writer.
His mother, 54, said the accusation was a major factor in his death.
The Nigeria premiere of actress, producer and director, Juliet Ibrahim’s latest movie, Shattered Romance will hold at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki, Lagos on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 to a selected audience.
The film, which stars, Bryan Okwara, Gbenro Ajibade, James Gardiner, Sonia Ibrahim, Pascaline Edwards, Eddie Nartey, Gbenro Ajibade, Charlotte Derban, Sammi B and Juliet Ibrahim herself will be open to public viewing and start showing in major cinemas across Nigeria from October, 16, 2015.
‘Shattered Romance’, is Juliet Ibrahim’s second self-produced movie under her Jewelz Productions outfit and the movie which has already garnered 6 awards from the Ghana Movie Awards, 2 NAFCA Awards, a City People Award and 2 Awards at the NEA recently held in New York was written and directed by Eddie Nartey.
Hajj Stampede: Iran Blames Saudi Arabia For "Inefficiency & Mismanagement" As They Record 465 Deaths
Iran says they have recorded the highest death so far in the last week Thursday’s hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia, blaming authorities for their "inefficiency and mismanagement" in handling the largest gathering of Muslims.
The number of Iranian pilgrims killed so far has risen to 465. Yesterday the Iranian authorities released their names. They have also demanded the immediate transfer of the dead bodies to Iran for proper burial.
About 64,000 Iranians travelled to Saudi Arabia this year to perform the Hajj rituals.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a complete audit of all revenue generating agencies in the country as a clean up measure and to make them more efficient.
Top on the list of the agencies are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigerian Customs Service.
At yesterday’s Independence Day nationwide broadcast, the President said the probe of the revenue generating agencies, including the CBN, became necessary following noticeable widespread corruption in the agencies.
The Nigerian Army yesterday has once again assured Nigerians that the over 200 students kidnapped last year April by insurgents in Chibok, will all be rescued and indeed all captives of Boko Haram insurgents will also be freed. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Military Headquarters, Abuja, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said this to journalists yesterday in Lagos, but however said, rescuing the victims will take a lot of planning and patience so that nothing will go wrong. Hear him;
“The issue of the low morale of the Nigerian military men has now become a thing of the past. The operation to recover the Chibok girls is alive and still ongoing. We have continued to make rescue efforts, and we will do all within our powers to bring the girls.
“However, we will not rush to do this. It requires diligent intervention and a high-level operation to rescue the girls. In due time, every captive of Boko Haram will be released. A lot of achievements have been recorded recently, and this cannot be disconnected from the high morale of the army. Continue...