Saturday, December 1, 2018

APC's Oyo State Candidate Also Rolls Out His Campaign Vehicles

Well, it's already official. Here are Adelabu's campaign vehicles too....

Check Out Campaign Vechicles Of APC's Governorship Candidate Sanwo Olu [Photos]

Official campaign begins today hence the roll out... More pics below...

Cameroon Stripped Of Right To Host 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations

Cameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst of a violent separatist rebellion near two planned venues.

The Confederation of African Football made the decision on Friday after a meeting of its executive committee. Its president, Ahmad Ahmad, announced a new bidding process was to be opened.

Countries have until the end of December to submit bids for the tournament, which starts in June.

Morocco, which lost out to a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a replacement host.

Okorocha Suspends Imo Accountant General Over Workers Unpaid Salaries

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Friday suspended the Accountant-General of the State, Stella Udogwu, over the non-payment of the November salary of local government workers.

The governor also ordered the arrest of the branch managers of Ecobank and Access Bank where money for the payment was lodged, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, stated in a release on Friday.

The governor said that the suspension of the accountant-general would take effect immediately. He directed that the Chief of Staff appoint an acting accountant-general pending the appointment of a new person to the office.

OPC Founder, Frederick Fasehun Dies

Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) Dr Frederick Fasehun is dead.

According to the Senior Special Adviser on Media, to Fasehun, Mr Adeoye Jolaosho, the OPC chieftain died at about 1a.m, Saturday at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja (LASUTH).

“Baba took ill on Wednesday and was rushed to the intensive care unit of LASUTH. ” He died early hours of today. We are all devastated,” he said.

Man Marries His Guitar In Nigeria [Photos]

A man, who goes by the name Harris Best on twitter has married his Guitar. Harry who tied the knot with the musical instrument in a wedding gown shared the photos online, saying it;s time to make babies after decades of being together....

No Salary For Striking ASUU Lecturers – FG

The Federal Government has directed the vice-chancellors of public universities and inter-varsity centres to enforce no-work-no-pay rule on the lecturers who are on strike.

The directive was communicated to universities in a memo by the National Universities Commission to universities’ VCs.

The memo, which was signed by the Director, Research, Information and Technology, Dr S. B Ramon-Yusuf, stated that payment of salaries from any other sources would be viewed as violation of extant rules and government’s directive.

It partly read, “In view of the current Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Federal Government has directed that there shall be no payment of any form of salaries and allowances to the staff on strike in federal and inter-varsity centres.

EFCC Seeks Permanent Forfeiture Of Shagaya’s N1.9bn

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed an application before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos seeking the permanent forfeiture of N1.9bn belonging to business mogul and socialite, Bola Shagaya.

This comes two years after Sunday Punch exclusively reported that the EFCC had frozen the bank accounts of Shagaya due to fraudulent activities she allegedly perpetrated in conjunction with Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of the immediate past President.

In an EFCC fact sheet made available to Saturday PUNCH on Friday, the commission said it had been able to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the funds, which have been frozen since 2016, were part of a fraudulent N3.3bn oil deal between Shagaya and Mrs. Jonathan

Yahooze Didn’t Promote Internet Fraud - Olu Maintain

Some music enthusiasts have noted that most songs being released border on themes like sex, use of illicit drugs and also the glorification of Internet fraud.

Some seem to have traced the history of this issue to 11 years ago when Olu Maintain released the hit song, Yahooze; a song many believed glorified Internet fraud.

But in a recent chat, the singer said he was not the one that began the trend. He stressed that his 11-year-old song was not meant to glorify Internet fraud and that the video he shot for the song passed the message across clearly.

Dino Melaye Appointed PDP Presidential Campaign Spokesperson

Senator Dino Melaye has been appointed Director in charge of Civil Societies/ NGO’S and Campaign Spokesperson in the PDP Presidential Campaign. Dino announced this himself on twitter writing;

''Thank you PDP for my appointment as Director incharge of Civil Societies/ NGO’S and Campaign Spokesperson in the PDP Presidential Campaign. We shall usually overcome. Light will always rejoice over darkness. Power to the People''.

Ukraine Bans Russian Men Aged 16-60 From Country

Ukrainian officials on Friday temporarily banned all Russian men aged 16 to 60 from entering the country, the latest turn in a crisis between the two neighbors after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships earlier this week.

Russian coast guard ships on Sunday fired on and seized the Ukrainian vessels as they headed toward a contested strait close to Crimea, taking prisoner 24 Ukrainian sailors and triggering an international crisis.

Petro Tsygykal, Ukraine's chief of Border Guard Service, told a security meeting that all Russian males between 16 and 60 will be barred from travelling to Ukraine for the duration of martial law, which Ukraine's parliament voted to introduce on Monday for 30 days in some regions.

"At checkpoints, reinforced control measures are being implemented. Today, the entry of foreigners, especially citizens of the Russian Federation, is limited," Tsygykal said at the meeting, according to a published transcript on the website of Ukraine's presidential office.

He Inspired Generations! Trump Mourns Bush

US President Donald Trump on Saturday paid tribute to late former leader George H.W. Bush, praising his lifetime of service to the nation and “unflappable leadership” during the waning days of the Cold War.

“Melania and I join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former president George H.W. Bush,” Trump said in a statement from Buenos Aires, where he was attending the G20 summit.

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service.”

One Dead, Seven Injured As Boko Haram Attacks Military Base Again

Boko Haram militants attacked an army base in northeast Nigeria, killing one soldier, military sources told AFP on Friday.

Fighters with the Islamic State West Africa Province came in trucks fitted with anti-aircraft guns and attacked the base in Arege village near the fishing town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad, the paper claims.

The base came under attack before dawn, prompting clashes, a military source revealed according to AFP

“The attack was successfully repelled but unfortunately a soldier was killed and seven others were injured,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the incident.

Ex-US President, George Bush Is Dead

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army has died. He died last night at the age of 94, a family spokesman said.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. His death at 10:10 p.m. Central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.

Friday, November 30, 2018

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Now 4th In Africa, 44th In The World

Nigeria is now placed fourth in Africa and retains her 44th spot in the world with 1,427 points, as against October’s 1,431 points, in the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings newly released.

Tunisia who led the continent’s teams in the last rankings dropped to second place behind Senegal, with the North Africans dropping four places to 26th in the world with 1,493 points.

Senegal now top the CAF teams with 1,505 points and places 23rd in the world.

NFF Motivates Falcons With $10,000 Win Bonus Against South Africa

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has opted to double the winning bonus of the Super Falcons as a big incentive ahead Saturday’s 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations Final against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Accra.

President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, made the pledge when he met with the players and officials at the AH Hotel, Accra on Thursday, as he delivered the good wishes of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and the football –loving populace of Nigeria to the Cup holders.

The Falcons had earned $3,000 for a win in the group phase but were earmarked for $5,000 each for victory in the Final.

Donald Trump's Youngest Daughter Is Dating A Man Raised In Lagos [Pictured]

Tiffany Trump is dating a new billionaire construction heir from Nigeria - a country her father referred to as a 's**thole' earlier this year.

Page Six reports that the youngest first daughter brought Michael Boulos, heir of multibillion dollar Nigerian conglomerate Boulos Enterprises, to Thanksgiving dinner at Trumps' Mar-a-Lago.

The pair were spotted in September attending a Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week, while Tiffany wore a baby blue dress and sat alongside her new beau.

Despite their public appearance, a source tells Page Six Tiffany is 'happy she has so far been able to keep this with Michael under the radar'.

Mocheddah Dazzles In New Hot Photos

Hair on fleek!!!

AY Comedian Buys Wife A Lexus SUV As They Celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary

AY comedian and wife, Mabel yesterday celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and he surprised her with a brand new Lexus SUV He also said he will be giving her 10 things. See video of the SUV below... Big congrats to her.

Man Caught Attempting To Sell Human Eyeball For N250,000 In Niger State

The Niger State Police Command has arrested Shuaibu Ibrahim,35, of Safiu village in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State with a human eyeball.

According to the police report, operatives attached to the Gawu Babangida Division in Gurara Local Government Area arrested Ibrahim.

It was learnt that the police operatives apprehended the suspect in the early hours of Thursday following a tip-off from a member of the public.

The eyeball was said to have been removed from a victim of a communal clash between the Igbira and Bassa people in Nasarawa State.

Jamil Abubakar’s Alleged Babymama Calls Him Out! You Don't Take Care Of Our Son YET YOU MOCK ME

Former IG's son, Jamil Abubakar is getting called out again by his alleged babymama Chiamaka. Chi who is now into beauty products (sells cream) says Jamil has not been responsible for the upkeep of 'their' son and yet he has the guts to mock her on snapchat for selling cream. Chi who obviously got upset because of this claim, took to her IG and called the former police boss' son out.... She said alot... read below.

FACES At The Premiere Of ‘Heaven On My Mind’

Yesterday, Uche Jombo and Ini Edo held the Lagos premiere of their new movie,  ‘Heaven on My Mind’ at the IMAX Cinemas, Lekki Phase 1. Stars of the movie and friends of the actresses all turned out for the movie. More photos below...

51 Whales Die After Becoming Stranded On A Beach

Fifty-one pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands off New Zealand.

The mass stranding means more than 200 whales have died in separate incidents over the past week in the region.

New Zealand's Department of Conservation says between 80 and 90 whales were found to have become stranded in Hanson Bay on Thursday.

Several dozen managed to refloat themselves but 50 were found dead and one had to be put down.

Atiku's US Visa: PDP Tells APC; What Is Your Own

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States, Punch learnt on Thursday.

It was learnt that the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja.

Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019  presidential election.

According to their source, those planning the trip with the former VP  are out to use it to address some  US congress caucuses, as well as a high ranking official in the Donald Trump administration.

Uche Jombo COMES ALL OUT For Her Movie Premiere, ‘Heaven On My Mind’ [Photos]

She's not joking! When it takes you years to work on a film, cost and other logistics too, you want to come all OUT for the premiere and Uche did just that as she attended her movie premiere ‘Heaven on My Mind’ yesterday in Lagos. Ever seen Uche this 'decked' before? Mama came all out [Claps].

EFCC Arraigns Gombe College Provost For Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned the Provost, Federal College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa, Gombe, Prof. Fatima Sawa, and two others before a Federal High Court sitting in the state for alleged N52m fraud.

The Public Relations Officer, Gombe Zonal Office of the EFCC, Bello Bajoga, disclosed this in a statement made available to Northern City News on Thursday.

According to him, the three were arraigned before Justice N. I. Afolabi on four counts bordering on conspiracy, concealment of illicit origin of funds and fraud.

Satellites Warn African Farmers Of Pest Infestations

UK researchers have developed an early warning system to prevent the crops of African farmers from being devastated.

The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) combines temperature data and weather forecasts with computer models.

It then sends farmers a mobile phone alert so that they can take precautions.

It is hoped that the system will boost yields and increase farm incomes by up to 20%.

Amazingly 4-Month Old Baby Survives As Generator Fumes Kill Three Family Members In Osogbo

Three members of a family residing at the Olorisaoko Compound, Osogbo, Osun State, were found dead in their home in the early hours of yesterday.

Although their death was blamed on many factors, including the last meal ate by the late police Sergeant Mary Samuel and her family, but security sources said the victims might have been killed by generator fumes.

A security source, who pleaded anonymity, told Punch correspondent that the late Samuel had a torch in her hand when security men gained access to her apartment, adding that she must have slumped while heading towards the direction of the kitchen, where a generator was kept.

Nigeria’s Active Telephone Lines Increased To 165m In October – NCC

Active telephone lines in Nigeria increased from 162,058,918 in September to 165,239,443 in October 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said.

The commission made this known in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data published on its website on Thursday.

The regulatory body said that the lines increased by 3,180,525 from the 162,058,918 recorded in September.

It said that of the 165,239,443 active numbers, the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) network recorded 164,865,417 in the month under review.

62 Women Vie For Elective Positions In Kano – INEC

No fewer than 62 female candidates are seeking various elective positions in Kano State in the 2019 general elections, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Riskuwa Shehu, has said.

Mr Shehu, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, said the commission received the nominations of the candidates from political parties in the state.

He spoke through the commission’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, Garba Lawal.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Obasanjo’s Son Defends Buhari’s Administration

Olujonwon Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the National President of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO), has told Nigerians not to compare the administration of his father to the current President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

He said this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat.

He, however, said that while he could not speak for his father’s administration, he believed in the President Buhari-led administration as a young man.

He added that his continued support for the Buhari administration did not in any way amount to him disrespecting his father, saying that as an adult, he was entitled to his political views.

Photos From Tosyn Bucknor's Burial In Lagos

Late Tosyn Bucknor has been buried. Her final internment started with a funeral service at Harvesters International Christian Center, Lekki where her colleagues and friends were all in attendance Among those that attended are Bovi, Ali Baba, Banky W, Ebuka, MI Abaga, Timi Dakolo and wife, Kate Henshaw, Kemi Lala Akintoju, Toke Makinwa and many more.

360,000 Adolescents Expected To Die Of AIDS By 2030, Says UNICEF

Some 360,000 adolescents are expected to die of AIDS by 2030 if investment in HIV prevention is not ramped up, according to a UNICEF report released on Thursday.

The figures show the world is “off track’’ in its goal to end AIDS among children by 2030, UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, said.

Projections show there will be a decline in the number of children and young people infected with HIV and dying from AIDS-related causes.

But the UN children’s fund warned progress is notably slower among adolescents – defined by the UN as those between ages 10 and 19.

Gov Udom To Be Decorated By Ooni Of Ife

The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, will, in December be decorated and inducted into the Prestigious HoG Hall of Fame by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, a statement signed by the Managing Custodian of the HoG Awards, Rupert Ojenuwa, states.

According to Ojenuwa: “The HoG Awards which parades some of the finest Nigerians on its Board has decided to honor the governor of Akwa Ibom during its Hall of Fame Induction and Decoration Ceremony and Pre-20th Democracy Anniversary Celebration. The choice of the governor of AkwaIbom is hinged on his very unique performance in the state. The governor is an example of a leader who hit the ground running. He has his signature in every sector of the state- from education to health care and to human capital development as well as infrastructure.

Boko Haram Uses Drones, Mercenaries – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has given an account of military losses in recent weeks to Boko Haram terrorists and at the same time made a chilling revelation that the insurgents have gone hi-tech in fighting Nigerian soldiers.

He revealed that the Boko Haram insurgents now use drones and mercenaries to attack troops’ formations in the northeast.

A statement signed by Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka, on behalf of Buratai and issued on Wednesday said the trend pose threats which require review of military operations against the insurgents.

“Since 2015; the Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies have systematically degraded the capabilities and capacity of Boko Haram terrorists and many successes were achieved.

Boko Haram: Buhari Leaves For Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari on today departed Abuja for N’Djamena, Chad, to preside over the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).

Buhari, in his capacity as Chairman of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), summoned the meeting meant to find lasting solution to the menace of Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja said the meeting of the Heads of States and Governments of the LCBC would take place in N’Djamena, Chad today.

Also, the President of Benin Republic, a troops-contributing country, has also been invited to attend the meeting.

ICPC Arrests Fake Ex-Nigeria Airways Worker Who Turned Up For Money

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested one Emmanuel Eneji for falsely claiming to be a former employee of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

In a statement made available to Premium Times through the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, it said Mr Eneji was arrested at the Ministry of Finance, Abuja.

According to the statement, the Ministry of Finance is the venue of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) where all ex-staff of the non-operational agency have been presenting themselves for verification.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the payment of owed emoluments to the ex-workers of the airways and the process is ongoing.

Don’t Buy Cell Phones From Strangers – Police Warns

Oni Waheed, the divisional crime officer, Ilaro police command, Ogun State, has advised the public to desist from buying cell phones from strangers in order not to get into trouble with the law.

Mr Waheed gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ota, Ogun State.

He said instead, people should purchase their cell phones from well-known outlets to prevent them from getting into police net.

“It is easy to trace cell phones bought from an outlet when crime is being committed by criminals than the one purchased from a stranger,” he said.

Suspected SARS Officer Shoots Dead LASTMA Official At Iyana Ipaja

A man suspected to be an officer of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS, popularly called SARS) has killed an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

The victim has been identified as Adeyemo Rotimi.

Mr Rotimi was murdered at Iyana-Ipaja at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday while on duty controlling traffic.

LASTMA took to its Twitter to confirm the death of the official on Thursday morning.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our gallant officers, Adeyemo Rotimi, who was murdered in cold blood by suspected FSARS operative while discharging his lawful duties at his point in Iyana Ipaja on the 28th of November, 2018,” the tweet read.

Ghen Ghen! Amosun’s Preferred Candidate Dumps APC, Heads To APM

Adekunle Akinlade, the preferred governorship candidate of Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Allied People’s Movement (APM).

Mr Akinlade’s defection is coming few days to Independent National Electoral Commission’s deadline of governorship candidates’ substitution.

Obviously, he will be taken the ticket for that party Oh politics!

Escoba Smith Again Gives Out Brand New SUV

Escoba Smith a Turkey based Nigerian millionaire is known for his generous giving. And today again, he announced he just gave hos spiritual mother a 2018 Toyota Landcruiser SUV.

Sharing photos from the presentation of the SUV o social media, Escoba wrte;

"Thank you, my spiritual mother for bringing out the best in me with your messages of love, prosperity and righteousness. As you celebrate your birthday, may God’s blessings, grace, favor and guidance continue to be with you! Accept my token warmest gift#2018 Toyota Landcruiser."

Churches, Mosques In Oyo State To Now Pay Levies

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has introduced levies on churches, mosques, and other business organisations in the state.

These levies, according to the state government, were imposed as part of efforts to generate funds to assist security agencies.

The categories of these levies were contained in flyers made available to journalists at an emergency meeting convened by the state government which was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan on Tuesday.

Comedian AY & Wife, Mabel Makun Celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary

Comedian AY and wife, Mabel are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today! To celebrate their special day, AY is taking Mabel to London. In fact they are on their way now. Also writing on IG in celebration, the comedian wrote;