Sunday, December 8, 2019

Your DUSTBIN can serve as goldmine for fraudsters - Tunji Dusi warns

Honestly, we are tired... so what do we do? Burn them? How many people has that time. Even your guards at home can;t be trusted to burn, what if they don't? Lol. The police boss sent out the SOS on twitter.

Abiodun praises Joshua, tells him he displayed Ogun standard of excellence

The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has felicitated the world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, for reclaiming his tittles, saying he has made Nigeria proud and had restored confidence that the nation will be great again.

Abiodun said the Ogun State-born Joshua has displayed the “Ogun standard of excellence” by reclaiming all the titles in the re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.

The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin on Sunday, said, “I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing.

“May he continue with the winning streak ad infinitum.

Nigerian man is disturbed as FAAN is yet to decorate the Nation's gateway

It's almost Christmas and people are setting up their organisations for Christmas including individuals decorating their homes too.

A Nigerian on twitter however feels disturbed that FAAN is yet to decorate Nigeria's most used airport which serves as the Nations's gateway. To say the truth, we are also disturbed too, lol.

His tweet...

Woman tortures and burns 10-year-old girl claiming she is a witch (photo)

A 10-year-old girl resident in Sandfield Estate, Satellite Town, Lagos, has been rescued from her guardian identified simply as Mrs Anaeme, who tortured her for allegedly being a witch.

The woman had reportedly subjected the little girl, Chidera, to serial assaults with marks of violence visible all over her body.

It was gathered that the torture took the worst dimension recently when Anaeme reportedly used a hot object to inflict injuries on the girl’s back.

Neighbours, who know about her ordeal, were said to have informed the estate chairman and managed to capture a video clip of the injuries.

Cardi B visits Lekki motherless home with tons of gifts

American rapper Cardi B melted hearst yesterday when she visited a motherless home in Lekki, Lagos, with tons of gifts.

The singer, who said in a live video on Saturday morning that she was enjoying Lagos, posted photographs of the visit on her Instagram page, with the caption: “Gotta thank the ladies and the gentlemen that nurtured these kids that need just a little bit of more love and protection and gear them up for a better place, destiny and future. People like YALL MATTER!

One more photo below...

Man in wheelchair catches fire after falling asleep with a cigarette in his hand

A man in a wheelchair was burned in Midtown early Saturday after falling asleep with a cigarette in his hand, police said.

The 43-year-old man was sitting outside a building on East 53rd Street near 5th Avenue just after 7 a.m. when he fell asleep holding the lit cigarette, officials said.

The snoozing smoker then dropped the burning butt into his lap, where it began to scorch him, authorities said.

I’m greater than Sango, Ogun – Oluwo of Iwo

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has stated that he is greater than the two notable Yoruba traditional deities-Sango and Ogun, the reports.

This position, he says, is without prejudice to their unique roles in Yoruba history, adding that he is proud to be one of their sons.

The monarch, however, maintained that the combined advantages of his education and exposure to other societies had elevated him beyond the accomplishments of the two deities.

“Civilization has overtaken their era to the extent that son of a slave now has no reason not to make it in life. History needs to be only referenced. I must be greater; you must be greater than your fathers, you must be greater than your ancestors.” he said.

Hungry artist eats up $120,000 banana displayed as a piece of art at the Art Basel show (video)

A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.

The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled "Comedian" and sold to a French collector for $120,000.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.

Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, others beat Nigeria in World Bank ranking

Nigerian students are not receiving adequate learning, the World Bank said in its latest Nigeria Economic Update.

The NEU, which was released on December 2, blamed poor quality of education or inadequate learning for Nigeria’s low ranking on the Human Capital Index, according to the World Bank.

Nigeria is currently ranked 0.34, placing the country at 152nd position out of 157 nations on the Human Capital Index.

The ranking means that Nigeria is rated as the sixth worst nation in the world based on the HCI survey. Chad, South Sudan, Niger, Mali and Liberia are the only countries that were rated worse than Nigeria.

President Buhari gives Anthony Joshua a thumbs up

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has given World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua a thumbs up.

Joshua yesterday regained his belts in a rematch with Mexican-American, Andy Ruiz Jnr after losing it to him about 6 months ago.

Joshua, though a British boxer, has Nigerian roots. His parents are from Ogun state. He also visited Nigeria in July and spent weeks socialising and is even rumoured to be dating a Nigerian DJ - Cuppy.

She was also in Saudi to physically support him.

My greatest fear remains poverty and failure- Funke Akindele Bello

Actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele-Bello, is undoubtedly one entertainer who is very passionate about what she does. Described by many who have worked with her as being hardworking and professional, it is normal to wonder what drives her.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, the Jenifa Diary’s actress revealed what fuels her passion. Sparing some advice for up and coming actors who want to succeed in their careers, she said, “To be successful, you must be sure that you really have the talent. You need to ask yourself if indeed, you can do it. Also, you must be patient and focused. You need to grow and learn. You also need to find what motivates you. As for me, my greatest fears are that of poverty and failure. Yes, there are times one would want to give up but my mum once told me that Rome was not built in a day, so one has to keep working hard.

“You also have to be professional at all times. Properly read and digest your scripts before going on stage or camera.”

We have no reason to declare Orji Kalu's seat vacant - Senate

The Senate on Friday ruled out the possibility of declaring vacant, the seat of its Chief Whip, Senator Orji  Kalu,  following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday.

Kalu,   a former governor of Abia State, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment over a N7.1bn fraud charges against him since 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Reacting to the calls on the leadership of the Senate to declare his seat vacant,  the Spokesperson for the red chamber, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, said it was not possible.

He said such a request would only be considered after the embattled senator had explored all the legal options available to him without success.

43 die in a factory fire in India’s capital

At least 43 people have died in a factory fire in India’s capital New Delhi, with the toll expected to rise, police told AFP.

The blaze broke out in the early hours in the city’s old quarter, whose narrow and congested lanes are lined with many small manufacturing and storage units.

“We… have since rescued at least 50 people,” Sunil Choudhary, New Delhi’s deputy chief fire officer said.

They were “labourers and factory workers sleeping inside this four-or-five storey building,” he said, adding that the fire had been extinguished but rescue operations were ongoing.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

CAN mourns Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

Prominent church leaders on Saturday paid glowing tributes to renowned German preacher, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who died at 79.

Bonnke, the founder of Christ For All Nations (CFAN) organised many mass crusades across major cities in Nigeria for over 30 years.

His last crusade in Africa, which he claimed God specially instructed him to hold in Lagos, was in 2017 on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Anthony Joshua beats Ruiz to reclaim world titles

Anthony Joshua has defeated defending champion, Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim his world heavyweight titles which he lost in June.

Joshua won by unanimous decision as the three judges gave him the fight.

The Mexican had knocked out Joshua in seventh round in June 2019 to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, but a determined Joshua fought excellently well in Saudi Arabia to reclaim his titles from Ruiz. Big congrats to him!

8 officers suspended over Ikoyi prison electrocution

The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board has approved the suspension of seven senior officers and one junior official of the Nigerian Correctional Service over the electrocution of five inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

This, it said, was to facilitate investigation into the incident, where seven other inmates were injured on Monday.

Punch learnt that preliminary investigation had indicted the eight personnel for negligence.

A letter signed by the Secretary of the Board, Mallam Hassan Yakmut, stated that the indicted officers were placed on suspension pending “the determination of the Discipline and General Purpose Committee of the Board.”

OAU lecturer discovered DEAD in his office

The lifeless body of a lecturer, Dr Nicholas Igbokwe, was on Saturday morning found in his office at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Until his death, Igbokwe was a lecturer in the Physical and Health Education Department of the university.

Although no official statement yet as to how the incident happened, a source in the department, who pleaded anonymity, said the late academic may have died late Friday without anyone knowing about it.

Gunmen abduct two Catholic priests in Ondo

Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped two Catholic priests, Rev. Fr. Joseph Nweke and Rev. Fr. Felix Efobi from Awka Catholic Diocese.

The two clergymen were said to have been kidnapped on Benin-Owo Expressway at Elegbeka area of Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, on their way to Akure, the state capital, for a wedding ceremony, on Friday evening.

A source said the two priests and other guests of the wedding ceremony were said to be coming from Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The source said, “The two catholic priests, who were coming from Awka Diocese for a wedding ceremony in Akure, were kidnapped around Ajagbale, Elegbeka axis yesterday (Friday).

DSS denies they attempted to rearrest Sowore in a courtroom... releases statement

The Department of State Services has rebutted what it called “serial misinformation” about what transpired in the courtroom of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Friday, with the agency categorically denying that its men tried to arrest Saharareporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore inside the court.

In a long statement by the spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, the agency said its men were not in the courtroom and that the pandemonium about the imaginary arrest inside the court, was orchestrated by the Sowore crowd, with the intent to bring the agency into disrepute, both locally and internationally.

The statement hinted that Sowore’s re-arrest on Friday was over a fresh statement he made to some people after his release on 5 December at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja to the effect that he intends to “create anarchy in the country”. Below is the full statement...

Photos: PDP big wings meet in Rivers state

PDP big wings have met in Rivers state and we have photos of the powerful people. The former senator who was just removed from the house, after he went to the polls with Senator Adeyemi Smart served as photojournalist to help our work better. Dino took pictures with the important personalities and shared them online. Continue to see other faces below...

Photos: Blood flows as operatives of Lagos state Environmental Sanitation Corps carry out enforcement on street traders

No it wasn't the street traders that were badly injured, but the operatives. They were restricted and BEATEN! Yes, you heard me!! This occurred yesterday, December 6th at Ikoyi. And the Lagos state Government broke the sad news about 3 hours ago on Twitter.

The tweets;

''Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps were badly injured on Friday 6th of December, 2019, while carrying out enforcement on street traders along Queens Drive in Ikoyi, leaving three operational trucks damaged

Photo News: Atiku Abubakar in grandpa duties

The former vice-president shared the photos on social media, captioning them;

''Grandpa duties. #smiles''. More photos below...

Reinhard Bonnke: President Buhari mourns

President Muhammadu Buhari as also joined billions of people accross the world to mourn the passing away of renowned Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke.

He described the death of the evangelist, who died at the age of 79, as “a great loss to Nigeria, Africa and entire world.”

The Presidency said Buhari joined Christendom in recalling the good deeds of Bonnke, particularly his numerous crusades in Nigeria, Africa and the whole world to spread the message of Jesus Christ.

A statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, reads partly,

Gbenga Daniel’s Conference Hotel opens in Abeokuta after it was allegedly locked down for 8 years by Ex-Governor Amosun

The Vice President Prof Yemi Osibajo has commissioned a new hotel built by the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, eight years after it was locked down by the Ibikunle Amosun administration.

Osinbajo came in with the former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Governor Dapo Abiodun and his wife Bamidele Abiodun, the deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele and Daniel’s age mates in Ijebuland’s Egbe Bobakeye.

Other dignitaries present include Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Ogun deputy-governor Salmot Badru, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, traditional Rulers, archbishops and many more.

Reinhard Bonnke is dead

Reinhard Bonnke is dead. The Evangelist was announced dead by his family on his official Facebook page.

They revealed he died today, December 7, 2019 peacefully surrounded by his family.

A statement issued by the Bonnke Family reads;