Monday, 4 September 2017

Gunmen kill Catholic priest in Imo

A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, has been killed after he was kidnapped by some gunmen in Orlu, Imo State.

A source said on Sunday that the slain cleric was kidnapped in his car on Friday and was taken to Omumma, in the Orlu East Local Government Area of the state, where his lifeless body was found on Saturday.

SSS detains own retired Assistant Director for 48 days without trial for alleged closeness to Magu

A retired senior official of the State Security Service has been held without trial by the agency for 48 days and counting over his alleged ties to Ibrahim Magu, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.
Abba Kaka Mohammed was arrested by SSS agents on July 17 but had neither been released not charged to court ever since, his lawyers said.

“If I die today, I die a legend” – Wizkid says as he complains of his health

Nigerian super star, Wizkid is not feeling too well and has canceled some of his shows.

The singer took to his Twitter page to apologize to his fans for missing shows and also revealed he’d be spending time with his sons as he recovers.

Couple travel From India to Florida to beat up their son’s wife

Police in Florida, United States have arrested three Indians, the Kalsis, after officers found a manhandled woman and child being held at a home in Hillsborough County.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, the woman’s husband — 33-year-old Devbir Kalsi — had beaten her and his parents had flown in from India to “counsel and discipline” the woman — 33-year-old Silky Gaind — at his request.

Nigerians without identity number can’t get loans — NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission says one major reason most Nigerians are not getting access to credit from financial institutions, even after meeting up with other requirements, is lack of the National Identification Number.

The Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, who stated this to our correspondent on Friday, said any Nigerian without the NIN issued by the commission would soon run the risk of being regarded as a non-Nigerian by financial institutions in the country.

Male sex worker narrates life story as a gay man in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe says people like Takunda Amina are “worse than dogs and pigs” – so daily life as a gay man in Zimbabwe was never going to be easy.

At 24, Amina has already been chased from his family home, forced to marry – twice – and fathered three children who ask him tough questions about sex and sexuality.

Managing Liverpool was ‘draining’ – Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers says managing Liverpool was so “draining” he needed to take a break from football.

The Northern Irishman was two points away from “the holy grail” of winning the Premier League in 2014 as the Reds finished as runners-up, two points behind Chelsea, but was sacked 17 months later in what was his fourth season at Anfield.

Chelsea have squad depth for Champions League – Hazard

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea have the squad to compete in all competitions, after the club missed out on Deadline Day deals.

Chelsea wrapped up the late signings of midfielder Danny Drinkwater and defender Davide Zappacosta before the transfer window closed last week.

Fernando Llorente opted to join rivals Tottenham over Chelsea, though, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain preferred a move to Liverpool. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley also made a U-turn on a switch to the Blues.

World Cup miracle beckons for Syria, China

War-torn Syria as well as China, the ultimate sleeping giants, are both aiming to pull off a near-miracle as Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup heads into a final showdown on Tuesday.

Among Asia’s heavyweights, Australia’s progress is far from assured and South Korea are in danger of missing out on their first World Cup since 1982 in what will be a nail-biting last round of group games.

6 members of same family, 1 other die of food poisoning

Seven people have died from eating local food known as Fate (Poisoned leaf porridge) at Shiyar Ajiya in Shinkafi town, Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara.

The State Acting governor Abdullahi Shinkafi confirmed the incident to a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Gusau, saying 

“Super Eagles will finish what it started” – Mikel declares

Mikel John Obi– led Super Eagles arrived Yaounde on Sunday afternoon for Monday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. A statement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday quoted Mikel as saying that the team was keen on consolidating on Friday’s 4-0 victory over Cameroon in Uyo.

Resident Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike Nationwide

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has resolved to proceed on an indefinite strike. The Association took the decision following their National Executive Council meeting which lasted from 7 pm yesterday until the early hours of this morning.

Billionaire Businessman Udofia Promises Super Eagles $20,000 Per Goal As They Play Cameroon Again

Businessman Aka Udofia has offered the Super Eagles the sum of $20,000 for every goal scored in Monday’s 2018 World Cup qualifer against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in Yaounde.

Enugu State Police arrests most wanted kidnapper, Dan

The Enugu State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of a kidnapper in the state identified as  Ikechukwu Nnadi Daniel, popularly known as Dan, who is also part of a  robbery group called Umu Malaysia.

Any Man Who Sleeps With Ooni's Ex-Queen Will Die If Not Cleansed - Ifa Priest

What ex-Olori must do to remarry –Elebuibon, Yoruba traditionalist

In the wake of the breakup of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, and his former wife, Olori Wuraola, which expectedly created shockwaves and reverberated around the world, more salacious details have since emerged.

Information gleaned from various social media platforms and other sources indicate that both parties, prior to being joined in matrimony, were divorcees, who had been involved in failed marriages.

Kim Jong-un’s male heir to brutal regime, revealed

North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un’s male heir to his brutal regime, has been revealed. Kim Jong-un reportedly has three children with his wife Ri Sol-ju but the gender of the couple’s first who was born seven years ago , has only just been uncovered.

Lil Wayne ‘found unconscious’ after suffering another seizure

Lil Wayne, American hip-hop star, has been hospitalised after suffering a seizure.

According to TMZ, Lil Wayne – real name Dwayne Carter – was on Sunday found unconscious in his hotel room in Chicago.

Texas governor estimates Harvey damage at up to $180bn

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Sunday damage from Hurricane Harvey would likely reach $150bn to $180bn.

Harvey, which came ashore on August 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, has killed an estimated 47 people and displaced more than one million after causing wreckage in an area stretching for nearly 500km.

Gabon bans opposition leaders from leaving the country

Gabon on Sunday announced a ban on opposition leaders, including former top African Union official Jean Ping, from leaving the country in what it said was a “temporary, administrative measure”.

“This measure follows inflammatory comments by Jean Ping on August 18 when he called for public disorder, rebellion and insurrection,” interior ministry spokesman Jean-Eric Nziengui Mangala said.

Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson ‘in tears as prison inmates chant “rapist” every time

Disgraced Sunderland and England footballer, Adam Johnson who bagged a 6-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, has allegedly been reduced to tears on a daily basis as inmates chant “rapist” when he leaves his cell.

Bulletproof Car Fraudulently Acquired By Nigeria's Senate President Saraki For N298m Rots Away At Customs Yard In Lagos

The N298 million bulletproof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) reportedly belonging to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, is rotting away at the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) yard, nine months after it was impounded.

Sources including officials of the Customs Service in Lagos State said the vehicle which was seized in January this year, is at the facility of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Customs in Ikeja.

Patience Jonathan dares EFCC, recovers N2bn hotel

Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has recovered her N2bn hotel which was sealed off by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in June, The PUNCH has learnt.

In June, the EFCC placed the red inscriptions, ‘EFCC Under Investigation’ all over the hotel which is located near Setraco Construction Company, off the Mabushi Kado Expressway.
However, when our correspondent visited the five-storey building recently, the EFCC inscriptions had been covered with patches of grey paint.

Nigerian father meets his 39-year-old daughter for the 1st time (Photos)

Long Lost Family proved to be a real tear-jerker tonight after a Nigerian father collapsed and threw his first meeting with his 39-year-old daughter into jeopardy.

Laura Aker, who grew up in Kirkcaldy in Scotland, needed to know why her father Andrew Olum Ekpang abandoned her after meeting her mother while training for the navy.