Thursday, October 2, 2014

Atiku’s enemies deceived him into fighting Obasanjo – Osuntokun

In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, a former Political Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Akintola Osuntokun, speaks about his time in the Presidency as well as the 2015 general elections.
How is your relationship with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo?

Family of 5 found dead in their home in Lagos

A woman and her four children, all boys, were found dead in their residence at 8 Kunle Owooade Close, in the Itamaga area of Ikorodu, Lagos yesterday October 1st.

The family were discovered yesterday in their home with three of them already decomposing. Three of the boys were in one room, while the mother and the youngest boy were found in another room. One was actually found alive but barely clinging to life. He died on his way to the hospital.

Nigerians are missing my late father –Abacha’s daughter

Gumsu, daughter of the late maximum ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, has claimed that Nigerians have been missing her father’s dictatorial leadership.  The late dictator’s daughter stated that she came to this conclusion after having closely monitored people’s comments on the trends of political events via social media.
Writing on her Twitter page, Gumsu claimed that “all of a sudden” she now also misses her late father.
“All of a sudden I miss my late father. And I realise that Nigerians miss his leadership everyday when I read people’s comments on social media.  “Whatever you think remains your opinion. He was a loving and caring father. He had a good heart. He was the best ever.

Sanctions Against Russia Look Like ‘Legal Lawlessness’: Russian Communications Minister

The sanctions, imposed by the Western countries on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis resemble "legal lawlessness", Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov said on Thursday.

"The word sanctions should not really be really used in this case because sanctions mean legally justified, significant measures, some kind of an international norm. The fact that what we are seeing now is still not sanctions, is a kind of a legal lawlessness," Nikiforov said at a meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Commission on telecommunications and IT in Moscow.
During the meeting the minister also spoke of the government's role in developing Russia's communications industry.

AIT reporter held in custody on alleged orders of AIG Joseph Mbu

A senior reporter with African Independent Television, AIT, Amaechi Anakwue, has allegedly been detained for over 8 hours now in abuja on the orders of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu for referring to the man as'controversial'during a TV programme.

Based on AIT, Anakwue was invited to Mr Mbu's office this afternoon where he was immediately detained. Check out  the statement the management of AIT released on the Facebook page after the break.

Popular dancer Kemi Omotoyinbo dies during child birth

Popular dancer, choreographer and part actress Kemi Omotoyinbo has died. The beautiful lady who danced for several popular musicians including Pasuma, KWAM 1 and Shina Peters, died during childbirth in a private hospital in Lagos yesterday October 1st exactly 20 days after her wedding to husband Godwin Eloanyi, which was on September 13th.

According to her friends, Kemi was in and out of labour for several days in a private hospital and when she couldn't give birth the natural way, doctors said she would have to do a C&S. The doctors told her the operation would cost N450k and demanded an initial deposit of N300k before they do it.

Swiss Red Cross Worker Killed in Shelling of Donetsk: DPR Defense Ministry

A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed on Thursday in heavy artillery bombardment of central Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said.

A RIA Novosti correspondent earlier reported that downtown Donetsk was targeted by mortar fire followed by shelling from Grad and Uragan multiple-launch rocket systems.
"The total number of victims is still unknown. We know for certain that Swiss citizen Laurent Etienn, a worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was killed in the shelling," the DPR ministry said in a statement.

#1 of 8 Successful Nigerians Who Didn’t Attend University

1. Mercy Johnson
One of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood Mercy Johnson Okojie discloses that she got into the Nigerian movie industry because she failed her Jamb exam. Now she is possibly one of the most popular actresses in Nigeria.


Photos of 8 Successful Nigerians Who Didn’t Attend University

 See more pics bellow.

Syrian Kurds Preparing to Fight Islamic States in Town Bordering Turkey: Reports

Syrian Kurds are getting ready for a long war against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, a town in northern Syria also known as Ayn al-Arab, al-Arabiya reported on Thursday.

According to the media reports, IS militants are likely to enter the besieged Kobani, which is one of the largest towns in the Kurdish region bordering Turkey.

On Thursday, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that clashes between IS and Kurdish fighters were going on "hundreds of meters away" from the east and southeast of Kobani, and some two or three kilometers away west of the city.

Occupy Central Movement Endangers Hong Kong Democratic Development: China’s Ruling Party

Ekaterina Blinova – The Communist Party of China has accused Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement of ruining the image of the city, violating its core values and the spirit of the rule of law, stressing that the illicit campaign has been affecting Hong Kong civilians' daily lives.
"The illegal gatherings of the Occupy Central movement, instigated by some people in Hong Kong, do not promote democratic and constitutional development in the special administrative region. Instead, they are ruining it," Xinhua, a Chinese state-run media outlet reports.

African Leaders Are Cowards Says President Mugabe

AFRICANGLOBE – President Mugabe has branded some African leaders as cowards who are prepared to sell out their countries for financial aid and material benefits.

In an interview broadcast by ZBC last night, the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces said the leaders’ actions will trigger revolts if youths discover that they are being used to serve imperialists.

He said the current crop of leaders was quite different from revolutionaries who fought for Africa’s independence.

Patient Quarantined In Hawaii as Doctors Fear it’s the Next Ebola Case

An unidentified person has been quarantined in Hawaii and is currently being tested for Ebola. According to Hawaii health officials, the patient was placed in isolation after exhibiting possible symptoms consistent with Ebola. He is being treated at the Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii. Authorities said they were being especially cautious because of heightened concern about Ebola, but the patient could have a number of illnesses. "The hospital is being very careful, as they should be, to take precautions making sure the patient is in isolation and making sure the people and the public stay safe," Dr. Melissa Viray of the Hawaii Department of Health told ABC affiliate KITV. "That being said, it's still an if. This is not a 'for sure' thing." The situation comes days after a man in Texas -- identified as Thomas Eric Duncan -- became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. 

Court acquits former PDP chairman, Vincent Ogbulafor, over ₦170m fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, today October 2nd discharged and acquitted former National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Vincent Ogbulafor, of a N170m fraud charge brought against him in 2001 by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC). Mr Ogbulafor who served as Minister of Special Duties in 2001 was alleged to have connived with one Mr Emeka Ebila, the then secretary of the National Economic Intelligence Committee, to defraud the Federal government of N170m through payments to contractors for jobs that were not done.

Defence HQ releases statement on purported video of Shekau in circulation, says its fake

The Nigeria military has reacted to the purported Boko Haram video released earlier today where Shekau or his fake said he was still alive. The military insists that he was killed last month and that the video is fake. Read the statement posted on the Defense HQ website below... 

The Defence Headquarters is studying the claims made in the video purportedly released by the terrorists showing their leader Abubakar Shekau as dismissing his death. From immediate observation and what some online news outlets claimed to have seen, the video did not indicate when it was shot neither did it show any proof of life or currency such as screen time or date.

Dimeji Bankole's 7 year old daughter dies

Ex-House of Reps Speaker Dimeji Bankole has lost his 7 year old daughter, Yewande Semiat Bankole to sickle cell. She died in a London hospital yesterday October 1st. The Family released a statement today. Check it out after the jump

"With gratitude to Almighty Allah and with heavy hearts we announce the demise of our daughter Yewande Semiat Bankole aged 7yrs at a London hospital. Yewande is the grand daughter of Chief Alani Suara Bankole and the daughter of Rt Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole.

Photos: EFCC arraigns 2 over ₦6.1million car deal fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today October 2, 2014 arraigned the duo of Alhaji Abdul Ahmadu and Bello Isa before Justice Farouq Lawal of the Kano State High Court on a 3-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and obtaining money by false pretence.
The accused persons allegedly induced one Alhaji Mohammed Sani Utai to part with the sum of N6, 100,000 (Six Million One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) under the pretext that they were going to sell a Mercedes Benz GLK car to him.

Ex-MD of News Agency of Nigeria, Oluremi Oyo, passes on @62

Former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN and first female President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Oluremi Oyo has died. She died yesterday October 1st at a hospital in London. Her husband, Mr Vincent Oyo confirmed her death this morning. Mrs Oyo have been battling with cancer for a while. Born in 1952, Mrs Oyo served while the Senior Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo for media and publicity from 2003 to 2007, the 1st woman to be appointed to this kind of position. She was appointed in 2007 as the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria. She's survived by her husband, children and grandchildren.

Sun re o !

Photos from Nigeria's Independence celebration in Abuja

 President Jonathan, First Lady Patience Jonathan, former Heads of State & other dignitaries gathered yesterday October 1st at the Presidential villa to celebrate Nigeria's 54th independence. See more pics after the jump.

Meet the Liberian man diagnosed with the 1st case of Ebola in US

 The identity of the person identified as having the 1st case of Ebola virus disease in America on Tuesday September 30th has been revealed. He's 42 year old Eric Duncan, pictured above. In accordance with reports, this is Eric's first visit to the US and he went there to go to some family members. He's believed to have contracted the deadly virus from an infected pregnant woman in Liberia. 

Ghana plans to export electricity to Nigeria

Ghanaian president John Mahama, said that there are plans by his govt to start exporting electricity generated in Ghana to Nigeria and other West African countries. He said this while speaking at the Global Business and Economic Forum in Dubai yesterday October 1st,
"We have given priority to electricity generation in our country. We have prioritized energy in such a way that we want to become the hub for power production in West Africa. We want to generate electricity to the point that excess power can be exported to Nigeria, Ivory Coast and other countries that have power deficit,” he said.

T.B Joshua warns people to stop talking bad about his church, claims he saw building collapse coming

During his Sunday September 28th message to his church members, prophet T.B Joshua said he saw the Friday 12th church building collapse happen in a vision. He also warned people to desist from speaking bad about the church and questioning his calling. He said those who are speaking evil of his ministry will suffer for it. Find the full text of his message below...
"Good morning church and viewers all over the world. I want to thank you for your prayer and your love for the victims and relations of all those involved in the incident.


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