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;

Any harm on Sowore will affect Nigeria/US relationship - US Senator, Menendez

Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Senator and member of the US senate foreign relations committee,  has condemned the arrest and ill-treatment of the convener of Revolution now, Omoyele Sowore.

Speaking about the arrest, and DSS not obeying court orders, Mr Robert said this could affect Nigeria/US relationship. His words;

“The United States is watching and the world is watching. I fear that the blatant harassment of Mr Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression, is becoming symptomatic of increasingly closing political and civic space in Nigeria,” Menendez said.

Orezi survives car crash with broken jaw (photos)

Nigerian singer, Orezi just survived a car crash. The crash occurred yesterday, December 6th around 5.30am on third mainland bridge.

According to the singer, he was rushing to catch a flight to Delta State where he was billed to perform, so he took a uber. He said he only woke up to realize there was a crash.

He however said he got a first aid treatment and caught up with his flight.

Four months after losing mother, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu loses dad

Eze Israel Kanu, the father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is dead.

Eze Kanu was the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Umuahia community till his death.

The traditional council of his community led by Edward Ibeabuchi confirmed his demise. One of his sons, Emmanuel, also confirmed the demise of his father.

His death comes four months after his wife, Kanu's mother Ugoeze Sally Kanu, passed away.

We warned Sowore, Falana over Buhari - FFK

A former Aviation ex-minister, Fani Kayode has said they warned Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana and others that President Buhari was a tyrant, but they insulted him ad others and put him in power. FFK was reacting to the violent re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, ending it with Tyrants have no friends.

''We warned @YeleSowore, Femi Falana and others that Buhari was a tyrant in 2015.They insulted us & put him in power.The tiger they rode has now turned on them.Why do our people always assume that when others are persecuted that it will never come to them.Tyrants have NO friends!'', he stated on Twitter.

Video: Davido fondles Chioma's breast on a plane

Davido has shared a video of him fondling the breast of the mother of his son, Chioma on a plane. In the video, Chioma was seen sleeping while her lover woke her up by fondling her breasts.

She tried to resist him, but gave up when the singer won't stop. He shared the video on his insta-story. Watch it below...

Sowore: NBA rebukes DSS, urges Nigerians to defend rule of law

The Nigerian Bar Association has issued a strong rebuke of the Department of State Services, calling its arrest of Omoyele Sowore in Abuja Court as assault and desecration of the court.

National publicity Kunle Edun also called on Nigerians to defend the rule of law. The full statement:

The Nigerian Bar Association is greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) within the precints of the Federal High Court, Abuja while attempting to re-arrest Citizens Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare earlier today.

Oyedepo berates Federal Government over hate speech bill, calls it a stone age mentality

The head of Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo has berated the federal government for non-performance.

Speaking at last encounter night of Shiloh 2019 on Friday, the Bishop who lampooned the lobby and sponsor of the hate speech bill said: “They are lobbying for hate speech ignoring the hate acts by insurgence fanatics”.

Oyedepo described the bill as a “Stone age mentality”.

The Bishop who demanded from the congregation if the Nigerian government is “doing well”, in a swift response, the participants at the event globally shouted “No”.

Graphic photo: Police officer allegedly shoots boy dead for retaliating after he slapped him

A police officer in Umuaka village in Imo state has allegedly shot dead an 18-year-old boy for retaliating when the officer slapped him.

Awuzie Duru, 18, was allegedly killed within the premises of a new generation bank branch at Umuaka on Sunday, December 1.

According to reports, Awuzie, popularly known as Aboy, from Isiozi Aka in Umuaka, Imo state, had gone to the bank to withdraw money from the bank’s ATM gallery.

The boy took his space on the line and other newcomers took their place behind him.

Minister of Transportation, Amaechi attacked in Spain

Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi was on Friday attacked in Spain. The minister also revealed this, saying he was attacked by “misguided Nigerians.”

In a statement authored by Amaechi via his twitter account, he said the incident occurred at an event on climate change held in Madrid, Spain.

He added that he left the scene unhurt as Spanish police came to his rescue before any damage could be done.

Amaechi wrote: ''Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain. They were quickly repelled by the Spanish police before they could do any harm. I am fine. I was not hurt. Thanks for your support & prayers.''

FG to shut Mile 2 – Tincan road for 72 hours

The Federal Government has appealed for the cooperation of road users as the Mile 2 to Tin-Can Island section of the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway project undergoes 72 hours partial closure for rehabilitation.

Mr. Funso Adebiyi, Director, Federal Highways, South West, made the appeal during an inspection of the road in Lagos.

Adebiyi said that heavy rainfall slowed down rehabilitation works on Apapa roads. He said it resulted in terrible road degeneration, causing accidents.

The director said that palliative work had begun on the highway with the rains ending, and the Ministry of Works and Housing had secured the commitment of truck drivers to leave the highway for repair works.

Okorocha forfeits state-of-the art hospital to Federal Government

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC secured another victory Friday in its campaign against grand corruption in public service as Justice T.G Ringin of a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, ordered the final forfeiture of a hospital linked to former governor Rochas Okorocha.

Dews of Hope Hospital, located in the heart of Imo capital of Owerri Dews of Hope Hospital is a N1.5 Billion state-of-the-art 200-bed hospital, whose ownership was denied by a former aide to Okorocha.

The forfeiture came a day after the commission secured the conviction and sentencing of former governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State(1999-2007) for money laundering and corruption.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Stephanie Linus attends the private screening of Frozen 2

Actress and filmmaker, Stephanie Linus has attended the private screening of Frozen 2. In the photos shared, she is seen with the Director and Writer of frozen 2 Jennifer Lee and Hollywood actress Geena Davis. One more beautiful photo of Stephanie below...

Atiku Abubakar condemns Sowore's re-arrest

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the re-arrest of  the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare.

Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), had invaded a courtroom at the Federal High Court, Abuja this morning to arrest the duo, a move Atiku calls a rape on the sanctity of the court.

Atiku, also said the action of the DSS is unacceptable, describing the invasion as a desecration of the court and the entire judiciary.

In a statement which he personally signed, Atiku said never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary.

London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan's body flown to Pakistan for village burial

The body of the London Bridge terrorist who killed two young Cambridge graduates has been flown to Pakistan for a burial ceremony.

Usman Khan's parents were "scared" to bury him in the UK and have opted for it to be "low key", a cousin claims.

The 28-year-old will instead be buried in his family's ancestral village in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir after a pre-burial ritual known as a Janaza took place in a Birmingham mosque

The convicted extremist fatally stabbed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, while attending a conference hosted by the Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation programme last Friday.

Nigerians come for Osinbanjo over Sowore's re-arrest

Nigerians have taken to social media to condemn the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore today by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS,  less than 24 hours after he was released.

The officials of DSS reportedly stormed the courtroom, causing pandemonium at the court and physically assaulting Mr Sowore, forcing the judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to take cover in the courtroom.

Ojukwu had earlier ordered the SSS to release Sowore within 24 hours and also pay him N100,000 for improper legal conduct. The SSS then released Mr Sowore only for him and his co-defendant to be violently re-arrested.

Six-storey building collapses in Kenya

Two people have been confirmed killed after a six-story building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday.

Residents of the Tassia estate where the incident happened were first at the scene of the incident and rescued ten people, according to Nairobi county police chief Philip Ndolo.

They used their bare hands to dig out the survivors.

Military personnel and emergency services have since arrived at the site, far on the eastern outskirts of the capital, to assist with the search and rescue operation.

Man arrested for beheading and eating woman's brain

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the Philippines after he allegedly decapitated a woman and then ate her brain.

Lloyd Bagtong, 21, was arrested Thursday on the island of Mindanao after the unidentified woman's partially clothed remains were found around two and a half miles from his home.

Bagtong allegedly told police that he was drunk and hungry when the woman tried to speak to him in the early morning in English, which he didn't understand.

'This probably irritated [Bagtong],' Captain Maribeth Ramoga told the Straits Times.

Sowore’s co-defendant, Bakare, declared missing

Activist, Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate, who is standing trial with pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, in a case brought against them by the Nigerian Government, has been declared missing.

Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men.

After facing resistance from other activists inside the courtroom however, the DSS operatives retreated outside to lay ambush.

Chelsea free to sign players after transfer ban overturned

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is free to sign new players next month after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the club's transfer ban.

The Blues were initially sanctioned by world governing body FIFA in February of this year.

Chelsea's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was heard last month, with the London outfit contesting FIFA's two-window ban relating to the signing of overseas youth players.

And the CAS announced on Friday that the Blues have had their two-window ban to one, which was served in the summer, while also cutting the club's fine in two.

Pregnant 20 year -old woman in a polyamorous relationship will raise baby girl with four dads

A 20-year-old woman in a polyamorous relationship with four men is pregnant and plans to raise the baby with all her lovers as the daddy.

Tory Ojeda lives with three of her partners in Jacksonville, Florida, and despite being in an open relationship she's the only one who has multiple partners.

Seven months ago, Tory found out that she was pregnant with a baby girl who they will welcome into their unconventional family in February.

She met one of her partners Marc, 18, in high school and then got into a relationship with Travis, 23, two months later.

Beautiful new photos of Biodun Okeowo and her son

The proud mum shared the lovely photos of herself and her grown-up son, Ayomide Okeowo on her instagram page writing;

''So that's how my son said "some people said I don't look like his mum" that I'm too young 🤣.
Who can guess my age gan sef?
Please not that internet lie lie age o''.

Heavily-armed DSS operatives chase Falana as he drives Sowore, Bakare out of court premises

Scores of heavily-armed operatives of the Department of State Services are currently chasing the vehicle of Senior Advocate of Nigeria and lawyer to activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, after he drove them out of the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The move follows the disruption of court proceedings by DSS operatives during the commencement of trial in a case brought against the activists by the Nigerian Government on Friday morning at the Federal High Court.

The secret police had made fruitless attempts to rearrest Sowore and Bakare inside the courtroom having only released them on bail on Thursday night.

Police kill suspects in rape and murder of Indian vet

Indian police have shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young female vet in Hyderabad last week.

The men were in police detention and were taken back to the scene of the crime in the early hours of Friday.

The suspects were shot when they tried to steal the officers' guns and escape, police told BBC Telugu.

However, human rights organisations including Amnesty International have called for investigations to determine if these were extrajudicial killings.

Shi’ites kick as court orders DSS to transfer El-Zakzaky, wife to Kaduna

A Kaduna High Court on Thursday ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to transfer the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also called the Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kaduna.

This is to allow his lawyers and doctors have easy access to them.

But members of the movement opposed the transfer on the ground that it was a ploy to humiliate their leader and subject him to hardship.

The court order was delivered by Justice Gideon Kurada following the application by Haruna Magashi, counsel to the IMN leader, at the resumed hearing of the case in Kaduna.

Nairobi governor arrested over corruption scandal

Nairobi's controversial governor Mike Sonko has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal.

The director of public prosecutions said the investigation had been challenging because of repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct it.

Mr Sonko is known for his love of gold jewellery and clothing.

He has previously described the allegation as a witch-hunt carried out for political reasons.

Sexual harassment: Ekiti varsity lecturer dismissed

The Governing Council of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has approved the dismissal of Mr Olola Aduwo with effect from Oct. 7, 2019, for sexually harassing a female student of the institution.

The council also approved the dismissal of Mr Cephas Faleye and Dr Kayode Adegoke for abandoning their duty posts.

Their dismissal took effect from June 7, 2019, and July 11, 2019, respectively.

The institution’s Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs, Mr Bode Olofinmuagun, stated this in a statement he made available to newsmen on Friday.

Sowore, Bakare rearrested by DSS

Revolution Now Convener, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare have been rearrested by the Department of State Services after a stand-off that lasted almost two hours at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday on account of fresh charges.

Supporters of the duo had resisted attempts by men of the DSS to arrest them in court.

After waiting in the court for about two hours after the attempt their lawyer, Femi Falana, who had denied knowledge of such fresh charges, led them downstairs where armed DSS personel were waiting.

168 Nigerians return from Libya

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday received fresh batch of 168 Nigerians from Libya.

The distressed and stranded Nigerians were among the Voluntary Returnees who were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of European Union (EU) as a special intervention were received at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Cargo Wing on arrival by Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator of NEMA Lagos Territorial Office on behalf of Director-General of NEMA, Engr Mustapha Maihajja.

The Returnees who arrived the country aboard Al Buraq airline landed about 5: 42 am on Friday after 12 hours delay.

Amosun, 3000 others defect to PDP in Ogun

Over three thousand members of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) in Ogun State have defected to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), ahead of the Local Government elections expected to be conducted in the state next year and subsequent general elections in 2023.

The defectors led by the House of Representatives candidate of the ANN for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Akeem Amosun, in the last general elections, said that they elected to move to PDP to form a vibrant and formidable opposition in the Gateway State.

The former ANN members were received into PDP family on Thursday evening by former House of Representatives member; Hon. Ladi Adebutu and PDP chieftain, Sikurullai Ogundele.

Akeem Amosun told reporters that the decision to moving from ANN to PDP would help him realize his political aspiration.

Adebutu welcomed the defectors, saying that the coalition became necessary as recent elections held in the country are being militarized.

Blac Chyna poses in a sexy swimsuit in new photos

The mum-of two showed off her curves while posing in a black sexy swimsuit in new photos she shared on her instagram page. One more photo below....

Drama as armed DSS move to rearrest Sowore in court

There was a mild drama at the court 7, Federal High Court, Abuja, today, as armed operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) moved to rearrest Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow protest, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, at the court premises.

The drama started shortly after Justice Ijoema Ojukwu adjourned the trial continuation till Feb. 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing.

Justice Ojukwu had, on Thursday, ordered the DSS to release Sowore and Bakare within 24 hours.

NFF welcomes Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers

The Nigeria Football Federation has officially accepted the proposal of Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers to the Super Eagles after he declared himself available to play for Nigeria.

This comes days after the Dutch Eredivisie top scorer who plays as a striker for Heracles Almelo in Holland, made his intention clear to play for Nigeria.

The 24-year-old born to a Belgian dad and Nigerian mother who has 11 goals and 5 assists in 15 appearances for his club this season, said: “I have never been to Nigeria because of the political situation there. It was slightly better last year so I’ll be twice as happy if I can get an invite, even if it’s friendly against Madagascar or Mauritius.”

After his public cry to Coach Gernot Rohr to invite him to play for Nigeria, the NFF made an official announcement on their official Twitter account, welcoming Cyriel Dessers.

Woman 'cut up and remains thrown in bins by convicted drug dealer she met online'

A woman was allegedly chopped into pieces and her remains dumped in different bins by a convicted drug dealer she met online.

Jorge Ignacio Palma, 37, is understood to have made the horrifying confession after giving himself up to detectives investigating the disappearance of Marta Calvo Buron.

Martha, 25, vanished on November 7 after arranging online to meet Palma at his rented home near the east coast Spanish city of Valencia.

Palma was thought to have fled to Italy before it was reported yesterday he had been in hiding.