Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ibinabo Fiberesima’s Son Writes Nigerians

After a court of appeal yesterday upheld her five years sentence for killing a doctor years back, Ibinabo’s first son, Sean Liam Coughlan has written Nigerians to please pray along with his family, saying this has been his mother’s lowest point in life. His emotional letter;

People of Nigeria,

This is Sean, first and proud son of Ibinabo Fiberesima, I write on here today to plead with all Nigerians to pray for my mother. She is going through the toughest of times right now, and so are we, her family. I've been reading heartbreaking comments on her matter that 'she thinks she's above the law', 'she doesn't feel sorry for the family of the deceased', 'she was drunk and deserves this punishment', let me get a few things straight with you now.

Former Delta State Governor Dies

A former Delta State Governor and Nigerian businessman, Olorogun Felix Ibru is dead. He reportedly passed on today at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

Felix was born on the 7th of Dec. 1935 at Agbarha-Otor in the Ughelli North local government area of Delta State to Chief Peter Epete Ibru and Chief (Mrs). Janet Omotogor Ibru.

May his soul rest in peace.

Ooni Of Ife Absent, His Family Present As Marriage Ceremony Takes Place (Photos)

Ooni of Ife has paid the N25 bride price of his new Olori, Wuraola Otiti Zynab Obanor. But the Ooni has not been spotted at the ceremony. People of the great Kingdom of Ife, his immediate family members are all present at the ceremony which is still on-going. See more photos below and Ooni’s sisters right after the cut.

Denrele Dazzles In Long Hair (Photos)

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2Shotz Pens Down Emotional Note To Daughter As She Turns One

Rapper 2shotz has penned down an emotional note to his daughter on instagram as she clocks one today. 2shotz had wedded her mom in April 2013 and gave birth to her shortly afterwards.

The mother of the girl, Precious Jones, few months ago however came on social media and said the marriage was over and she couldn’t take it again because 2shotz abused and molested her at will. She said she has been the one caring for the family with 2shotz adding little or nothing but she still got hated by him. Anyway, you all know the story.

Here’s the emotional note he penned down;

My darling daughter...I called u chidiebube for a huge reason....I have been denied watching ur birth and only saw u 6 months after....and ive only seen u once in my have been snatched away from me and there has been a lotta lies told to d public just to enhance keeping u away from hurts me that I won't be present for this 1st one...I miss u so hurts me dat i may never be present in ur childhood to teach u a lot as a dad...I wanted u to be my ride or die n bestfriend ...I wanted soooo many tins for u..but my hands are tied..for now...but i have kept silent for a huge reason n let God be awesome in ur life for me...wherever u go God will be with you and protect you...

Delta State Governor, Others Honour Bovi As He Buries Mom Today (Photos)

Displaying 89.jpgComedian Bovi today, 12th of March buried his mom, 58-year old Dr Dame (Mrs) Margaret Ugboma who passed away in January. The burial ceremony was held in Delta State and was graced by the State Governor, other dignitaries and his colleagues. See more photos below.

Photos: Madonna's Daughter Makes Stunning Debut As A Model

Madonna's teenage daughter Lourdes Leon has proven herself to have just as much star power as her mother after taking center stage in a stunning new fragrance campaign.

The 19-year-old student, designer and model appears alongside a host of other young influencers in the new campaign for British designer Stella McCartney's latest fragrance launch, going virtually make-up-free in the ad images, allowing her to show off her natural beauty.

Modeling soft lilac-colored hair for her modeling debut, Lourdes, who is known as Lola to her friends and family, posed with Canadian musician Grimes, actress Amandla Stenberg, and animal activist Kenya Kinski-Jones for the Pop fragrance shoot. See more photos below.

5-Year Jail Sentence: Ibinabo Asks Fans To Pray With Her

The actress who a court upheld her 5-year jail sentence yesterday has taken to her Facebook page asking fans to pray with her. Her PA also told Vanguard that her boss, the actress, has been silent and has not been herself ever since the judgement was pronounced yesterday.

Career Women Narrate How Husbands Sleep With Their Housemaids

Culled from Punch

Nothing irks a busy hardworking wife more than to think that while she is busy making a living to carry her own share of the family’s burden, her husband is busy romping in a steaming session with the maid.

But despite how this may look like a story line from a Nollywood movie, more often than not, in real life, the issue pushes many marriages to the edge of the precipice.

Saturday Punch spoke with a number of individuals who offered insights into this issue, highlighting the fact that the scenario plays out more in the homes of career women.

Photo: How Mother Of Seven Defied Doctors Advice To Give Birth To Triplet At Home, Making Her Babies Ten

A housewife, Mrs. Blessing Etoor, defied doctor’s instruction that she would be delivered of her babies by Caesarean section.

Mrs. Etoor, an indigene of Eleme in Rivers State by marriage, who now has 10 children (six girls and four boys) through multiple births, eventually gave birth to triplets around 1am on Monday at home the natural way without going through the knives.

It was gathered that Mrs. Etoor, who was formerly a hair dresser, was able to push for the first baby to come out before help finally came her way from a local nurse.

Photo: How Police Made Me Sleep In Cell For Six Weeks Over My Boss’ Death Barely A Month Of Resuming Work- Lady

Life for 23-year-old Oluchi Obi in the last three months has been one tough journey of suffering.

Obi, an Imo State indigene, just wanted to make a living as a housemaid when she got lucky and got a job through an agent in Ajah area of Lagos.

“All I needed to do was to take care of the household and the man’s three children,” she said.

Obi’s boss, 47-year-old Frank Ikoh, was said to be ill at the time while his siblings were also on hand to take care of him in the house.

Nkiru Sylvanus Still Speaking On Marriage

Nkiru Sylvanus is still speaking on marriage. The actress was accosted by Saturday Beats who queried if she was married and in a man’s house and Nkiru denied being in anyone’s house or that she ever got married. She denied getting married to a powerful Northerner to become his 2nd wife like it was widely spread months back, and said she never got married to a movie producer secretly like many media houses wrote shortly after the alleged Northern marriage. Speaking on when to settle down, the actress said;

“I will settle down whenever it comes, it is a thing of the mind, so when you think your mind is ready to settle down, you will. For me, it could be now, it could be tomorrow, next year or next five years. For instance, male fans will always try to woo me, it’s part of living, but you have to have a polite way of saying no. If I say no, I mean no.”

Photo: 60-Year Old Monarch Arrested With Cannabis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Nasarawa State on Friday apprehended the 60-year-old village head of Koje community in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state,  for allegedly cultivating and harvesting 12kg Indian hemp otherwise called cannabis sativa in his farm land.

Parading the suspect at the command office in Lafia, the state capital, the NDLEA commander in the state, Mr. Sumaila Ethan, said, “On March 4, 2016, we arrested Mr. Samuel Agu, the village head with bags of cannabis sativa weighing about12 kg.

“The village head confessed that he had been getting the supply of the cannabis seeds from a Fulani herdsman, the weed seized from him was the remnant of what he harvested from his farm.

South Sudan Lets Fighters Rape Women In Place Of Wages, UN Discloses

South Sudan lets fighters rape women as payment, the UN rights office said Friday, describing the country as "one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world."

"The assessment team received information that the armed militias... who carry out attacks together with the SPLA (South Sudanese army) commit violations under an agreement of 'do what you can and take what you can,'" the rights office said in a new report.

"Most of the youth therefore also raided cattle, stole personal property, raped and abducted women and girls as a form of payment," the report added.

Friday, March 11, 2016

FG Apologizes To Nigerians Over Power Outage

The Federal Government has blamed the prevailing power situation in the country on gas failure as well as sabotage and vandalization of power infrastructure, while apologizing to Nigerians for the hardship which the situation has imposed on them.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said all efforts are being made to rectify the situation and ensure a gradual improvement in the power situation.

“There will be a decent improvement in the power situation from this weekend, thanks to ongoing remedial efforts that will double the current power supply to 4,000WM. Getting back to the 5,074MW all-time high that was reached earlier will take a few more weeks,” he said.

Appeal Court Upholds Ibinabo Fiberesima's 5-Year Jail Term

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has upheld the judgement of a Lagos High Court which sentenced star actress and former beauty Queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima to five years’ imprisonment for the death of one Dr Giwa Suraj.

The court dismissed the appeal filed by the star actress challenging the sentence which was handed down by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi for reckless driving which caused the death of one Dr. Giwa Suraj in an auto accident along the Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos.

In a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur, the court also dismissed the sentence of a Magistrate Court which had earlier awarded a N100, 000 fine on the actress.

The Appeal Court held that the Magistrate lacked the discretion to grant Ibinabo the option of a fine upon conviction. Immediately, the judgment was delivered, Ibinabo who was visibly apprehensive throughout the proceeding burst into tears and wept furiously.

Tiger Woods Ex-Wife Cozies Up With New Billionaire Boo

Elin Nordegren, whose ex-husband is Tiger Woods, spent some quality time in St. Moritz in Switzerland with her billionaire beau Chris Cline this week.

Caught in a photo on the ski slopes, Cline, 57, pulled Nordegren, 36, close as he planted a kiss on her cheek as the pair took a break from skiing.

The couple who were rumored to have split in 2014 – met in 2011 after the model bought a property near his home and a mutual friend introduced the pair.

LASG To Demolish Part Of Estate Obstructing Canal

The Lagos State Government has vowed to demolish part of a new housing estate obstructing the Iya Alaro stream and canal near Ojota-Maryland axis of the state.

Speaking at the Monthly Inter-Agency press briefing of the Ministry of the Environment, the Commissioner, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, stressed that the Government will carry out the demolition to serve as a deterrent to others violating the State Environmental Laws.

He disclosed that an aerial tour of the state revealed a mixed report of the environment, noting that “on one side, the overall picture reveals a state of natural aquatic splendour that would be the envy of a city like Dubai, while on the other side, there are instances of environmental degradation”.

Man Finds Out 10-Year Old Son Isn’t Biologically His

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Nigerian Writer Slams Dino Melaye, Says If You Were In America, You Would Be In Jail

Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian writer wrote this on his Facebook page about 6 hours ago.

Senator Dino Melaye is a tragic commentary on Nigerian society. No, scratch that, he is an indictment on Nigerian society. He is one of those reasons why I have argued over the years that Nigeria’s membership of 21st century civilization should be suspended by the international community until we have shown sufficient evidence that we are even minimally aware of civilization and modernity.

It is not what you are thinking. What showcases Dino Melaye as evidence of the irreparable decay of Nigeria’s core – if we ever had a core as a people and a nation-state – is not the luxury car showroom that he has opened up on the parking lot of the National Assembly. It is not his constant displays of above-your-legitimate-income opulence. After all, because more than 90% of Nigerians live above their means, we have decided that what is done in civilization is not for us. What is done in civilization is that at the slightest hint of living above your means, Big Brother visits you seeking explanations.

Caitlyn Jenner Says Donald Trump "Would Be Very Good For Women's Issues":

Caitlyn Jenner is revealing what she thinks about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Sunday's I Am Cait. The 66-year-old is on the bus with her squad when they get into a heated debate about politics.

"What do you think of Donald Trump?" Chandi Moore asks Caitlyn in the clip.

"Um, I'm not a big fan because I think of his macho attitude," Caitlyn explains. "I think he would have a hard time with women when he doesn't even realize it, and it doesn't mean he wouldn't be good for women's issues, I think he would be very good for women's issues."

Fuel Crisis: Amaechi Picks Up Stranded Nigerians On Their Way To Work

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi this morning stopped on his way out to help workers who were trying to get to work but were stranded due to shortage of transport buses who aren’t working because of lack of fuel. The kind gesture has been shared on twitter by so many people. See more photos below.

Photos: 18 Burnt To Death In Calabar CBN Explosion

18 people were this morning burnt to death at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, following an explosion that occurred this morning around 11:45am at the premises of the Bank located at Calabar Road by the Millennium Park.

It was gathered that the main edifice of the bank was the major part on fire, making many staff and visitors trapped inside the building, thereby increasing causalities.

Federal and State Fires Services were however quick to respond to calls and have put out the fire and rescued those trapped in the building. An official however said, he can’t ascertain how many people that died in the inferno, but 18 people have been confirmed dead so far.

Photos: Lekki Gardens MD & Contractor Handcuffed To Court

The Lagos State Government this morning charged the MD of Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong (owner of the building that collapsed on Tuesday in Lekki) and a contractor to court for their alleged roles in the collapsed building that killed atleast 35 people. See another photo below.

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Governor Fayose Rides Truck, Says He Was Once Into The Business (Photos)

Governor Ayo Fayose shows off his truck-driving skills yesterday when he took to a road in Ekiti to ride a truck saying he did that before he became the Governor of the state. The Governor said he was once into selling of trucks, transportation and can drive any truck for a long distance as far as Ekiti to Lagos. See more photos below.

MTN Foundation, JNCI, Partner Oyo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Other States To Reduce Maternal Mortality In Nigeria

The MTN Foundation and JNCI in partnership with Oyo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Abia, Cross Rivers and Niger States have rolled out Maternal Ward Support Project, an initiative aimed at complementing the national objective of reducing maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria. 

Indeed, the data made available by UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division (2014) shows that 560 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 live births in Nigeria. This gets more worrisome as it further shows that while Nigeria constitutes just 1% of the world’s population, it accounts for 10% of the world’s maternal and under-5 mortality rates.

It is however not all gloomy; as the concerted efforts of private organisations like the MTN Foundation working hand in hand with state governments are intensifying efforts to reduce maternal child mortality in Nigeria.

Michelle Obama Wears Jason Wu Gown For Canada State Dinner (Photos)

First lady, Michelle Obama is embracing spring, wearing a strapless floral gown to Thursday's White House dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The deep blue dress by Jason Wu, who also designed the first lady's inaugural gowns, featured a playful flower pattern and asymmetrical draping. Mrs. Obama wore her hair in full, loose waves, with long bangs swept to one side.

Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, also went floral in a bright purple dress with coral flower trim by Canadian designer Lucian Matis.

The two women also sported springtime looks earlier Thursday for a welcome ceremony at the White House. Obama chose a sleeveless green and black frock by Toronto-born Tanya Taylor. Grégoire-Trudeau wore a knee-length red and pink dress by Matis. See more beautiful photos of the women below.

F**k Trump!!! Chris Brown Slams Trump In New Instagram Rant

The Hip hop act has joined some of his colleagues who have expressed their distaste over the Presidential candidate in the US election race, Donald Trump who has been speaking ill of the black race.  Trump has been slammed by most black artists and Chris brown has now joined the replying team…. Chris said blacks are the real deal and went really in on Trump. He wrote;



79-Year Old Mother-In-Law, Sisters-In-Law Beat Up House Wife Till She Lost Her Left Eye (Photo)

A 52-year-old housewife, Olasunkanmi Lawal, has lost the use of one of her eyes after a scuffle with her mother-in-law, Aduke Awakan.

The mother of two was also said to have been attacked by her sisters-in-law, Bose Showole (39) and Oduntan Enitan (24), at their family house on Isale-Agbede Street, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro learnt that the case was reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Station, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

More Men Die Of AIDS Than Women In Nigeria- UN Director

Mr Ronald Kayanja, the Lagos Director, United Nations Information Centre revealed on Wednesday at the United Nations International Women’s Day celebration organised by a coalition of non-governmental organisations in Lagos that more men die of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country, in spite of the fact that women are more affected by the virus.

Kayanja said, “In Nigeria today, women represent 58 per cent of all the people living with HIV. The power inequalities that underline gender-based violence, including physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence, expose young women to HIV.

“I hasten to add that even though women are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic, more men than women die of AIDS every year in Nigeria.

Hulk Hogan’s Ex-Wfe, Linda Writes Him, Says I HATE YOU

Linda Hogan broke down as she read an emotional letter she penned to her ex, Hulk Hogan, telling him: ‘You single-handedly ruined our 25-year marriage.’

‘I want the world to know how I feel about him,’ she tearfully told Inside Edition's Jim Moret. 'I gave that man everything. I gave him everything that I had.’

She added that she will never be able to forgive him until he seriously apologizes to her and their children, Brooke and Nick.

Police Detain Lekki Gardens Boss Over Collapsed Building

After the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday ordered all directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited to submit themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, within the next twenty four hours or face immediate arrest, after a five-storey building under construction owned by the company collapsed on Kushela Road, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki which killed at least 35 people. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Richard Nyong made himself available to the police and was detained shortly after interrogation.

Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Dolapo Badmos, said Nyong will be charged to court once investigations have been completed.

3 Die In Lassa Fever Fresh Outbreak, 10 Others In A Single Family Infected

Three persons have died from a fresh outbreak of Lassa Fever, while 10 members of a family are currently infected with the virus in Bauchi State.

The Executive Chairman Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ibrahim Gamawa, who said this yesterday in Bauchi, added that the 10 new cases were recorded in a single family at Jaye village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.

He said the outbreak started after a 78-year-old man died of the disease without seeking professional medical treatment.

Oprah Flaunts Her Slim Physique With Others On The Cover Of O Magazine

Oprah Winfrey is fully embracing her "best body." For the first time ever, the lifestyle guru posed with nine regular women for the April cover of O Magazine in the name of living their healthiest lives.

"This month I join forces with a legion of women, all of us declaring a win-win for our bodies and ourselves. Because I know this for sure: With age comes the understanding and appreciation of your most important asset, your health," Winfrey, 62, says. More photos below.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Police Spent N600m On Procurement Of Dogs

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Solomon Arase, has said that the Nigeria Police Force had spent over N600 million on the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs in the last few years.

Arase made the disclosure at the inauguration of the Police Dog Breeding Centre and Ultra Modern Mounted Troop in Abuja on Thursday.

“This is certainly not sustainable in the face of the current dwindling resources,”he said.

The IG said that so much money was being spent on the importation of dogs from foreign countries that rarely adapted to the country’s policing objective.

Man Remanded In Prison For Killing Motorcyclist Over N200 Fare

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court today remanded a security guard, Habila Hayanchi, 25, for allegedly stabbing a motorcyclist, Mohammed Awwal to death over N200 fare. Hayanchi was charged with culpable homicide contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code.

Magistrate Mohammed Aluko ordered the remand of the accused in Okekura Prison, Ilorin after he pleaded not guilty to the charge and the prosecution objected to his bail. The Police prosecutor, Cpl. Abegunde Elijah, argued that the offence committed by the accused was not ordinarily bail-able.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until March 22 for mention.

Elijah had told the court that the incident occurred at Tanke area, Ilorin on March 21. He said argument ensued between the accused and the motorcylist over payment of N200 fare. The prosecutor said that in the cause of the argument, the accused brought out a jerk knife and stabbed the deceased in the neck.

Photos: Nigeria’s Biggest Football Stars Turn Up For Joseph Yobo’s Big Centenary Game Launch

Former Super Eagles and Everton FC Captain, Joseph Yobo gathered Nigeria’s football legends as he officially announced his retirement from football after being capped 100 times for the country and playing top flight football for over a decade.

He announced his upcoming testimonial march billed for the Portharcourt stadium on the 27th of May, 2016 which will attract former Everton and Manchester United manager, David Moyes; Manchester United Forward, Wayne Rooney; Manchester City midfielder, Kolo Toure and three times African Footballer of the year, Didier Drogba among other top footballers.

Present at the announcement were Nigeria greats Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Taribo West, Peter Rufai, Victor Ikpeba and Henry Nwosu, Ifeanyi Udeze along with former coaches Christian Chukwu, Shaibu Amodu, Augustine Eguavoen and Fanny Amun. The event was also attended by veteran sports journalists and pundits. See more photos below…

SA Rapper's Girlfriend Gets 12 Years For His Murder

The ex-girlfriend of South African rapper Nkululeko Habedi, known as Flabba, has been sentenced to 12 years for his murder. Judge Solly Sithole ordered that Sindisiwe Manqele should not be granted parole until she had served at least two thirds of the sentence, which is eight years.

There was a collective gasp from the gallery when the sentence was announced in a High Court in Johannesburg.  Manqele, whose head was covered in a red scarf, looked on stony faced.

She is however appealing the sentence and is currently applying to extend her bail while pending the outcome of the appeal.

Ik Ogbonna & Beverly Osu Cover La Mode Magazine 'Beach Serenity' Issue

Too hot! More photos below.