Thursday, 28 February 2013

An Inspiring Video from India

One man's joy derived from feeding the poor and homeless, take a look...

Ondo State Government Rewards Oboabuna with a Bungalow and 1 Million Naira

For his heroics with the National team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles, which saw them winning the 2013 Africa cup of Nations in South Africa, Defender, Godfrey Oboabuna has been rewarded with a bungalow and One Million naira (6,500 US Dollars) by the Ondo state Government, South west Nigeria.

Oboabuna who is the captain of the state run Sunshine stars football club played a major role in ensuring that the Eagles won their third African prize after about nineteen years of waiting.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

VIDEO: Should a 9 Year old Boy be Involved in the ugly World of Hip Hop

Don't get me wrong, i like hip hop, its one genre of music that has gradually taken over the world especially among the youths.

But who says we cant enjoy it without foul language and poorly dressed women.

In this video, a nine year old American rapper of Pueto Rican origin named "lil poopy" sings about cocaine (disgiusing it as coca cola)  not being a bad word and at the end  is seen slapping a woman's a**. 

I ask again, should 9 year old boys  be allowed to be involved in stuff like this?...take a look.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Four Students of Nasarawa State University Shot Dead

Four students of Nasarawa state University, North Central Nigeria have been shot dead by men of the Nigerian army while protesting lack of basic amenities in the Institution.

This is how online news medium< Premium Times is reporting the story.
Four students of Nassarawa State University were on Monday shot by security operatives during a protest over water scarcity in the institution.

The victims were among the hundreds of students who protested against the scarcity of electricity and water in the school.

During the protest, some soldiers invaded the school and started firing shots which left four students dead, a witness said.

Nassarawa State Police Command spokesperson, Michael Ada, confirmed the killing of the students but denied that they were shot by police officers.

He said the commissioner of police in the state was already at the scene.

Soldiers on Rampage

Goldie Laid to Rest

Singer, Goldie was laid to rest earlier today in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.

The funeral which took place at Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens was strictly by invitation.

The Chief Executive of the deceased's Record label, (kennis Music) Kenny Ogungbe and a couple of her friends were on hand to pay their last respect to the 31-year-old whom they described as loving and courageous.

May her soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Incredible: 1,300 Kaduna Teachers Fail Primary 4 School Test

About 1300 teachers in Kaduna state, North West Nigeria have failed in tests generally set for primary four pupils, Commissioner for Education Alhaji Usman Mohammed has revealed.

“A total of 1,599 teachers selected from across the state were given primary four tests in Mathematics and Basic literacy. Only one of them scored 75 percent, 250 scored between 50 to 75 percent and 1,300 scored below 25 percent,” he said.

Mohammed made the shocking disclosure at an education summit tagged “Education for all is responsibility of all”, held at the General Hassan Usman Katsina House.

According to him, the same examination was conducted for 1,800 primary school pupils but that larger percent of them failed woefully.

“We are not surprised about the performance of the pupils because how can they know it, when their teachers don’t know it,” he added.

Goldie's Cause of Death Revealed

An autopsy on late Nigerian pop star, Goldie Harvey, has revealed that the musician died of ‘hypertensive heart disease’ which triggered ’ intracerebellar haemorrhage.’
The autopsy, done on February 19, was signed by Dr. O.O Oyewole of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, according to a report on a celebrity blog.
These revelation has put paid to speculations that the musician died of doping complications, a suggestion her widower, Andrew Harvey, quickly dismissed.
Some newspapers and websites had reported that the late musician was a victim of doping gone awry.
Lagos-based evening tabloid, P.M. NEWS, had quoted  sources close to the music star as saying Goldie had been into drug for sometime  and that there were complications this time around.
But in a post on his Facebook page, Mr. Harvey said the  musician was never into drug for all the years he knew her.
“Goldie never used drugs in the last 10 years I knew her and I was as close as you could get,” he said.
The musician, who was a contestant at the last Big Brother Africa reality show passed away at Reddington Hospital in Victoria Island, Lagos on February 14.
She reportedly returned from the U.S. the previous day before suddenly falling ill and taken to the hospital where she died.
Goldie's autopsy report
Goldie's Autopsy Report
 Culled from Premium Times

Veteran Nollywood Actor, Justus Esiri Passes On

The legendary actor, who acted in many blockbusters, passed away Tuesday night; though reports about the immediate cause of his death is still sketchy. He was aged 70.

Esiri, Member of the Order of the Niger, MON, is famous for his role as the village headmaster in the then popular television series of the same name.
Born on 20 November 1942 in Oria-Abraka, Deltta State! Esiri attended Urhobo College Effurun in the then Bendel State.Warri. He was at the Maximillan University, Munich, German, 1964, Prof. Weners Institute of Engineering, West Berlin, 1967 and the Ahrens School of Performing Arts, 1968.
Esiri started his acting career in Germany. He was the only Nigerian male performing on stage between 1968 and 1969.
He also worked for Voice of Nigeria, German Service as a translator. He was performing on stage when in Germany when a delegation from Nigeria invited him home to perform in a government sponsored programme. He never returned to Germany.

Culled from Sahara Reporters

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Nigerian Movie Debuts in U.S. Theatres

A Nollywood movie titled `Dr Bello’ will be making history as the first Nigerian movie to debut in the U.S. theatres on Feb. 22.

Speaking on Monday in Abuja, the  movie producer, Mr Tony Abulu said the movie would be released in the U.S. theatres from Feb. 22 to Feb. 27.

He said the movie, worth N150 million (1 million US Dollars) would explore the foreign exchange potentials that abound in the U.S. film industry.

Goldie's last Video with Husband

More shocking and surprising evidence continue to surface online, days after the untimely passage of Nigerian Pop Star, Goldie.

One of such is the appearance of a video that sees the late singer and alleged husband, Andrew Harvey, singing with and for each other.

Additional information about the clip which was recorded 8 months ago, prior to Goldie’s entrant into the Big Brother House, shows that the clip was designed to promote her entrant into the reality show, even though no one had an inkling of its existence.

While the origin, source or individual(s) making the video public is still unknown, it is a pointer to the fact that the Ekiti State born singer, may indeed have been married what with the appearance of a certain Ifeoma Harvey, who claims that Harvey was originally married to her before Goldie came into the picture.

Also, the fact that she spent Christmas with Harvey (she shared photographs of her vacationing in Malaysia in December without a husband in the picture on Twitter) in far away Malaysia where he is based in December and bore his name till death leaves little or nothing to the imagination.

Source: Premium Times

Friday, 15 February 2013

NOA Promotes Women Political Empowerment

National Orientation Agency (NOA) is set to organize a two day workshop on Promoting Women Political Empowerment, Peace and Security in Nigeria.

The Workshop which is one in a series of programs under the "Do the right thing, transform Nigeria  campaign" introduced last year by the Director General of the Agency, Mike Omeri will take place in NELROSE Hotel, Asaba Delta state from the 20th to the 21st of February 2013.

The workshop has as theme;  Do the right thing- Promote Peace and Active Participation of Women in Politics.

Dignatries expected at the occasion include, the Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri, Dr. Christopher Kolade, Chairman Subsidy Reinvestment Program (SURE-P), His Royal Highness, Obi Joseph Chike Edozien (Asagba of Asaba)

Others include, the Minister of Finance/Coordinating minister of the Economy; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Aviation Minister; Stella Oduah, Minister of women Affairs; Hajiya Zainab Maina and the Special adviser to the President on Ethics and Values; Mrs. Sarah Jubril amongst others. 

Kennis Music Officially Confirms the Death of Goldie

As the shocking news of the death of singer, Goldie Harvey begins to sink in, her Record Label, Kennis Music has officially confirmed our fears.
Statement from the CEO of Kennis Music, Kenny Ogungbe.
“With a deep sense of loss, we announce the shocking death of our darling music star, Goldie Harvey. Goldie, 31, died on Thursday after she complained of a severe headache shortly after her arrival from the United States where she went to witness the Grammy Award. She was rushed from her Park View, Ikoyi, Lagos residence to her official hospital, Reddington, Victoria Island, Lagos, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival at exactly 7:30pm in the evening.
We consider this period a gloomy moment for us and the entire Nigerian music industry in view of the circumstance in which she passed away; the abundance of talent she exhibited in her short but eventful music career and the various opportunities her trip to the United States of America would have availed her. She is survived by her father, step- mother, brothers and sisters. We deeply sympathise with her family and fans all over the world and very grateful to all and sundry, especially, the vibrant Nigerian media for their concern and prompt reportage. We shall keep everybody informed as events unfold as we are devastated by the sudden loss.”

Thursday, 14 February 2013

South African Amputee Athlete shoots Girlfriend

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been arrested over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

The BBC quotes the South African media as saying that the Police said a 26-year-old man, who they have not named, was in custody and a case of murder was being investigated.

The precise circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear. Reports say he may have mistaken her for a burglar.

Mr Pistorius, 26, is known as the "blade runner", and was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics.
The suspect is expected to appear in court later on Thursday, reports say.

The news that he may have killed his girlfriend will shock the country as the athlete is regarded as one of South Africa's national icons.
'Fatally wounded' The incident is said to have taken place between 04:00 and 05:00 local time (02:00-03:00 GMT).

Source: BBC

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

"I went Abroad to treat Nose Cancer" - Sullivan Chime

Following his return from a long "vacation" abroad for medical treatment,  Enugu state Governor, Sullivan Chime gives details of his travails and more to Vanguard Newspaper.

Take a look...

Naira Rain on Super Eagles

President  Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday announced a cash gift of N5m (31,000 dollars) to each member of the victorious Super Eagles and the team’s three assistant coaches that clinched the gold medal in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

While the Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, was given N10m, (62,000 dollars) members of the technical crew were also given N2m (12,500 dollars) each.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Keshi Withdraws Resignation

Stephen Keshi will remain as head coach of Nigeria after the intervention of Nigeria's  sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi in his disagreement with the football federation.

Keshi's row with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led to the 51-year-old coach announcing on South African radio, Metro FM, on Monday that he told federation he will no longer continue as the Super Eagles' head coach.

But the sports minister, who also chairs the Nigerian National Sports Commission (NSC), prevailed on the former Mali and Togo coach to withdraw his resignation.

A source in the Nigerian camp revealed to that Keshi and the minister met on Monday in Johannesburg and the coach has promised to continue as Super Eagles' coach.

"He has agreed to withdraw his resignation after a meeting with the sports minister. So he will remain as the coach of the Super Eagles," was informed.
"But what Keshi and the minister discussed I really don't know though I'm sure Keshi must have been given some assurances by the minister concerning his complaints." also confirmed that talks to broker peace between Keshi and the football federation will continue when the Nigerian team arrive in Abuja today.

Source: Super sport

Monday, 11 February 2013

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign as Pope, Feb 28

The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI  will resign on Feb. 28 setting the stage for the election of a new pope by March 2013.
The 85 year old pontiff released a statement today saying he was too old to carry on his papal duties.
Full text of Pope's declaration
Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

Culled from Sahara Reporters

Sunday, 10 February 2013

President Jonathan In London Clinic Over Intestinal Problems

An intestinal problem has forced President Jonathan to cancel a planned surprise visit to the Super Eagles in South Africa, medical sources in London said today.

According to Sahara Reporters the Nigeria president, who is on a whirlwind three-nation trip to Egypt, the United Kingdom and France, had planned to surprise the Super Eagles in South Africa following their qualification for the final of the African Cup of Nations last Wednesday.

Emenike Out of Today's AFCON Final

Super Eagles' power playing forward, Emmanuel Emenike is a major doubt for Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations Cup final match.
According to Emenike, who has scored four goals so far in the tournament did not train again on Friday, making it the second straight day he has missed training.  
Inside sources has it on good authority, however that although the coaching crew would on Saturday issue a statement on the situation of the player, team doctors have already made it clear that having suffered a torn muscle, he would definitely NOT be available for the cracker against Burkina Faso.
Meanwhile, Victor Moses looks set for the match as he had a light workout on Friday. 
The duo of Emenike and Moses cropped injuries during the 4-1 thrashing handed Mali Wednesday's semi final clash and have so far been the major injury concerns for Nigeria going into the final on Sunday. 

BON Denies Acquiring Rights for AFCON Final

Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), has denied that it has completed a deal to broadcast live today's final match of the Africa Cup of Nations between Super Eagles and Stallions of Burkina Faso.

A statement released by the body on Friday refuted reports that the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final match would be relayed live on terrestrial television
The statement which was signed by the Executive Secretary of BON, Segun Olaleye, said 
no agreement has yet been reached.

“This is to inform the general public that negotiations with the Rights Owner of AFCON 2013 are ongoing. And no agreement has been reached so far on live transmission of the final match on Sunday, February 10, 2013,” it said.

BON stated that it would duly inform the public immediately an agreement was reached.

Friday, 8 February 2013

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting Into A Serious Relationship

Let’s say you’ve been careful about the people you date. In time, you’ll probably find yourself liking one person a lot. It looks like it’s getting serious.

If you find yourself moving in this direction, or if you are already in a serious relationship, here are other questions to think through and to talk about together:

BON Procures TV Rights for Nigeria Vs Burkina Faso Afcon Final

Reports just coming in says the Confederation of African Football has reached an agreement with the Broadcast Rights owners (LC2) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON, that will see the 2013 Africa cup of Nations Final match beamed live on Terrestrial TV in Nigeria.

The agreement will see tens of millions of Nigerians watch the final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso in their homes on local television stations for the first time since the competition started.

Source: Premium Times

"Mystery Corpses were our members"- MASSOB

Do you remember the story of 40 decomposing bodies that were discovered at Ezzu River in Amansea in Awka, Anambra State, South East Nigeria, if you didnt see the report then check it out HERE.

There is however a recent development to the story as reported by Punch Newspapers, take a look after the cut... 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime Back after 140 Day-Absence

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, has returned to Nigeria after spending more than four months abroad.

According to  reports, Mr. Chime arrived Abuja this morning aboard an early morning British Airways flight and went straight to the Enugu State Governor’s Lodge in the nation’s capital.

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom had said in Lagos on Friday that Mr. Chime, who was receiving treatment abroad, would return home within 10 days.

Mr Chime was last seen in public four months ago. Officials of Enugu State government said he was on vacation and would soon return home.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

VIDEO: CNN's Christiane Amanpour Believes President Jonathan lied about Electricity Situation in Nigeria

Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, told CNN's Christine Amanpour in a recent interview that electricity supply has improved in Nigeria. A Super Bowl power cut sparked tweets a follow-up that showed the Nigerian president misrepresented the condition on ground.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

John Yusuf: is the Judiciary Really the Hope of the Common Man? by Gabriel Nwambu

A serving minister in the Chinese government was beheaded for stealing a few coins on the 20th of january,2013,  an Abeokuta magistrate court convicted Adesina Mustapha, aged 49 at the ita- ika area of Abeokuta to 2 years imprisonment for stealing vegetable worth 5,000 naira and 10,000 naira was given as option of fine, that is,100% of the value of vegetable stolen.
Now every lawyer upon graduation from law school is placed on oath; to discharge his or her functions judiciously and judicially.
The former Assistant Director in charge of Police Pension, John Yusuf stole 23.3 billion naira and was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with 750,000 naira as option of fine.

For an individual who spends 100,000 naira every day, then it will take him 80 years to spend 1 billion.  then for 23.3 billion, you can work that out, perhaps he needs to live longer than the biblical Methuselah.
We are also conscious of the fact that a whole lot of persons who have served our dear nation diligently without being paid their gratuities/entitlements, let alone their pensions, some even die in the pursuit of this entitlements, in other words, the refusal of John Yusuf to pay these persons their pension has been instrumental to these deaths.
Others become destitute as the case may be. in other words, murder of these retirees must be  included as a count charge for John and his cronies.

James Ibori was discharged and acquitted by a judge in Nigeria but he was found guilty of the same offence in London where he is currently serving his jail term, the judge who presided over this matter, discharged and acquitted Ibori is still moving about in Nigeria free and without remorse of any sort whatsoever.
Sadly enough, the entire world is watching Nigeria where the rich maneuver the law with impunity, thereby encouraging public servants to keep stealing since the penalties for such offence is not punitive to act as a deterrent to future and intending offenders.
The world is watching Nigeria in a shameless display of arrant porosity in our judicial system, the entire world sees Nigeria as a most unserious minded nation where anything goes holding herself down with cyclical poverty unleashed by the rich against the defenseless poor.

Sequel to the out-cry of Nigerians, the anti graft agency (EFCC) decided to re-arrest John Yusuf and re-arraign him on fresh charges which include; non declaration of assets and operating a fixed deposit account worth 250 million naira.
Some questions quickly come to mind: why did the EFCC not charge John Yusuf with these offences originally?  Is it that the EFCC suddenly got  to know about these fresh charges following the outcry of the masses?
Who is indeed fooling who?  Could it be that the Nigerian Nation is made up of greedy people? Even if this is the case,  we must fix it, irrespective of the number of John Yusufs and shameless judges, we remain resolute to fighting this seemingly unending war  against corruption.                                                                                                                                        

Gabriel Nwambu is the Executive Director of  Global centre for conscious living against corruption (GLOCCOLAC).

Monday, 4 February 2013

EFCC Arraigns Son of Jigawa State Governor in Court for Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Aminu Sule Lamido, son of Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido before a Federal High Court, Kano on one count charge of Money Laundering.

Aminu, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was arrested by operatives of the EFCC at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano on December 11, 2012 on his way to Cairo, Egypt.

He was arrested for failure to declare the 50,000 dollars in his possession haven only declared 10,000 dollars to the Nigerian Customs.

In view of his plea, prosecuting Counsel S. Sa'ad urged the court to fix a date for commencement of trial and remand the accused in prison custody pending hearing of his bail application.

The defence counsel O. Offiong however urged the court to admit his client to bail as he was already on administrative bail.

After listening to both counsel, Justice Riman remanded the accused person in prison custody and adjourned to tomorrow, February 5, 2013 for hearing of the bail application.

Nigeria's Finance Minister, Okonjo Iweala Targeted in a Letter Bomb Attack

A tragic Monday in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was averted at the premises of the Nigerian Postal Service located at Area 10, when a suspicious parcel believed to be containing Improvised Explosive Device was diffused.

The parcel according to an eyewitness was said to have been brought in on Saturday for posting and addressed to the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, but the suspicious nature of the parcel prompted the postal personnel on duty to alert the police anti bomb squad who later diffused it Monday morning.

Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service and the Police Anti Bomb Squad arrived the premises at about 11:45 am to screen for possible discovery of other parcels, shortly after diffusing the initial one.

However, the Postmaster General, Ibrahim Baba Mori told journalists that someone deposited the parcel near a vendor stand outside NIPOST premises and said he was coming back, but never showed up.

He said at that instance, the vendor alerted the post office authorities, who in turn invited the security agencies to inspect the package.