Monday, 29 January 2018

Guard Murders Employee In Edo State [Photos]

Edo State police command of the Nigerian police has arrested a security guard and his gang who murdered his employer, Major Afisatu Ajuya, at the weekend.

Afisatu is the elder sister to Mrs Usoh, wife of Chief Douglas E. Usoh, the Odobaewu of  Benin Kingdom. The incident took place at the Upper Ugbo road area of GRA, Benin, Edo State.

Tottenham agree £25m deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Lucas Moura

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Lucas Moura, according to Sky Sports.

The move, which is understood to be for a fee of £25m, is subject to personal terms being finalised and a medical completed.

Court returns ex-Governor Lamido’s case file for reassignment

Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday returned the case of the former Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, to the court’s central registry for reassignment.

Lamido, his sons, Aminu and Mustapha, alongside Aminu Abubakar, Batholomew Agoha, and three companies are facing a 43-count charge, bordering on corruption.

Quadri had admitted Lamido to bail in the sum of N100 million, while others were admitted to bail in the sum of N50 million each and two sureties each in like sum.

Nepal police arrest 279 in crackdown on drugs inside Hindu temple

Authorities in Nepal have arrested 279 people over the last five months in a crackdown on the sale and use of cannabis inside a major Hindu temple in Kathmandu, a police officer said Monday.

Police said they have charged 116 with illegal use and possession of cannabis and other drugs, and released the rest after warnings.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic free to leave Manchester United – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United will not stand in the way of Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he wants to leave the club, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday.

But the Swedish striker, linked by British media with a move to LA Galaxy, has not mentioned the subject to his manager.

Cameroonian separatist leader is deported to Cameroon from Nigeria – lawyer

A key Cameroonian separatist leader arrested in Abuja earlier this month has been deported by Nigerian authorities to Cameroon, his lawyer said on Monday.

Nigerian authorities deported Julius Ayuk Tabe, president of a self-declared breakaway state made up of the Anglophone regions of majority-Francophone Cameroon, on Friday, Abdul Oroh, his Nigerian lawyer, said.

Brown Ideye joins Malaga CF on loan from Tianjin Teda

Super Eagles player Brown Ideye has signed for Málaga CF on loan, joining the Spanish club for the rest of the season from Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda.

The club, in a statement on its website,, said the striker successfully passed the relevant medical examination at Vithas Salud Rincón Medical Center Rosaleda.

Ideye, born in Nigeria on Oct. 10 of 1988, is a powerful striker and goal-scorer with extensive experience in various European leagues.

Manchester City Hints At Big Money Move For Hazard

"Even City," Pep Guardiola insisted on Friday when pushed on transfer spending. "There are salaries we cannot pay, and there are transfer [fees] we cannot pay.

"We do not know in the future what is going to happen but we didn't pay more than £100 million, £90m or £80m for one player.

311 People Land In Prison Over Controversial Social Media Post

Police in Turkey have detained 311 people over social media posts related to Turkey’s military operation in a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria. 
State-run Anadolu news agency on Monday quoted the Interior Minister, Suleyman Soyl, saying  those detained were accused of spreading terrorist propaganda.

Cristiano Ronaldo Caught Sending Messages To Beautiful Model In The Middle Of The Night

Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo was caught sending messages to a model identified as Rhian Sugden and has gotten into problems with his girlfriend.

The footballer has however been warned off pestering Rhian Sugden by her fiancé.

According to The Sun UK, the 32-year-old former Manchester United star got friendly with Rhian, 30, when living in the city.

Young Igbo Siblings Dump Christianity, Convert To Islam In Imo State (Photos)

Two Igbo siblings identified as Chijoke Obi and Chiamaka Obi have joined their mother by dumping Christianity to convert to Islam in Imo state.

Tension As 2 Fulani Herdsmen Go Missing, 73 Cattle Killed After Gunmen Invaded Community

Unknown gunmen have invaded a community in Nasarawa state leaving 73 cattle dead and 2 herdsmen missing.

The incident has forced a mass exodus of residents in Kadarko community of Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, according to a report by The Nigerian Tribune.

Aliko Dangote donates N1.2 billion structure to business school in Bayero University

In his avowed commitment to encouraging entrepreneurship in the country as a way out of the economic doldrums, Nigeria’s business magnate, Aliko Dangote, is donating another N1.2 billion structure for running of the business school in Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
The building, which will be handed over to the university management formally next month, is a state-of-the-art edifice and will effectively mark the commencement of study of business in the institution and the first in the northern part of Nigeria.

PDP boycotts Edo council poll

The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said that it had withdrawn its participation from the March 3 local government election in the state.

The opposition party said that it would not take part in the poll, following a legal case it instituted against the House of Assembly over issues bothering on electoral laws.

Arsenal agree record £55.4m deal with Aubameyang

Arsenal have agreed a club-record fee of £55.4million with Borussia Dortmund for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international, who has been the subject of intense interest this month from the Gunners, is also set to be the club’s highest-paid player.

After Building New AU Headquarters, China Spies on Addis Ababa Facility

In January 2017, the information technology unit at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa noticed something strange, according to a stunning investigation in French newspaper Le Monde.

Every night, between midnight and 2am, there was a strange peak in data usage – even though the building was almost entirely empty. Upon further investigation, the technicians noticed something even stranger. That data – which included confidential information – was being sent to servers based in Shanghai.

Anambra declares Thursday work free day to honour Alex Ekwueme

Anambra State government has declared Thursday this week a work free day in honour of the late second republic vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Professor Solo Chukwudebelu said it was to enable Anambra people to participate effectively in the programme planned for the day by the state government in honour of the late vice president at the famous Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka.

Ekwueme was committed to Nigeria’s unity – Osinbajo

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, says the late former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekueme, was committed to the unity of Nigeria throughout his lifetime.

Osinbajo made the statement during a Parade of Honour for Ekwueme mounted at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday as part of the last respects by the Federal Government for him.

Kwankwaso bows to pressure, cancels Kano rally

Rabiu Kwankwaso, lawmaker representing Kano central senatorial district, has shelved his visit to Kano state.

The police had advised him to postpone the visit in order to avoid an outbreak of violence between his supporters and loyalists of Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor.

Nigerian govt to subpoena Channels TV over Senator, Police IG video

The Nigerian government on Monday said it would seek an order of court for Channels Television to produce a video copy of an interview it had with a senator, Isah Misau.
The interview, according to prosecution counsel, Alex Izinyon, contains details of the allegations that the senator representing the Bauchi Central District, Mr. Misau, spread falsehood against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

My wife and I fight, hurt each other a lot, separate us – Pastor begs court

Towoju, 53, said in his divorce petition on Monday that “I cannot continue to make love with a woman who always goes naked and swears for me with her private part”.
According to him, Abosede is stubborn, wayward and troublesome.
“She once came to my office to fight me and tore my clothes in the presence of my colleagues. We fight on daily basis and hurt each other a lot.

Notorious Herbalist Who Sells Babies Finally Caught In Abuja

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested a 38 year old herbalist, Mr Chigozie Emmanuel, aka ‘Akuchi’, for selling new born babies in Abuja.

NAPTIP said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, that Emmanuel is from Enugu State and the owner of Akuchi Herbal Concept, located at New Nyanya, Abuja.

It said he was arrested “after weeks of diligent surveillance by officers of the Agency and those of the Department of State services’’.

How Don Wanny's Brother, Obataosu Was Killed By Security Operatives In Edo State

Details of how Oluchi Igwedibia, a younger brother to late serial kidnapper and mass murderer Johnson Igwedibia a.k.a Don Wani was killed has emerged.
A report by the News Agency of Nigeria revealed that Oluchi, popularly known as “Obata Osu” was among the suspected gang that allegedly participated in the brutal murder of 23 persons in Omoku, Rivers, on Jan. 1.

Newcastle Move For Super Eagles' Forward, Iheanacho

Relegation-threatened Newcastle  are reportedly considering a move to persuade rejuvenated Leicester City  forward Kelechi Iheanacho to dump their Premier League rivals for  St. James’ Park in  the January transfer window.
Newcastle, who crashed out of the FA Cup  following their 3-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday,  are on the market for a proven striker before the January transfer window closes on  Wednesday night. They are  one point above the drop zone and are in danger of a second relegation in three years.

Arsenal Edge Closer To Signing Aubameyang

Arsenal are on the verge of completing the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund after the clubs agreed a £60 million (€68m) fee in principle, Goal understands.

Aubameyang, 28, has been subject of negotiations between the Gunners and Dortmund for several weeks, with Arsenal having refused to meet the Bundesliga side's €70m asking price.

Arsenal Places Huge Price Tag On Giroud As Aubameyang's Salary Leaks

The completion of Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal could see Olivier Giroud move to Chelsea for £35 million, according to the Daily Mail .
Giroud would head to Stamford Bridge if the Blues meet the Gunners' valuation of the Frenchman, who would be available to play in the Champions League.
For Dortmund's part, the Bundesliga outfit are said to be targeting former Koln striker Anthony Modeste as Aubemeyang's replacement at Signal Iduna Park.

Buhari's 2nd Term Will Consume Tinubu And Break Nigeria - Former Senate President

Former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu speaks sparingly in public about national issues. Whenever he chooses to speak, he is often down to earth. 
In this interview with IHEANACHO NWOSU in Abuja, Ayu who also served as minister at different times spoke on burning matters and happenings in the country especially killings by herdsmen, former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him not to seek re-election. He claimed that Buhari’s re-election will spell doom for the country’s unity even as he said it will consume the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He carpeted Obasanjo under whose administration he held three different ministerial portfolios, describing him as the architect of Nigeria’s current problems.

One Feared Dead As Rival Gangs Clash In Ibadan

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According to Nigerian Tribune, heavy fighting broke out between rival street gangs in Ibadan at the early hours of Monday, at Oke Ado, Itamaya and Foko area of the ancient city.
In the melee, one of the thugs was feared killed before the police could be mobilised to restore peace to these troubled areas.

Fulani Herdsmen Take Their Dead Cows To Emir's Palace After Being Attacked (Pics)

A Nigerian man, Ibrahim Adamu, has shared pictures of dead cows that were allegedly killed by a militia group in Giza Development Areas of Keana Local government,of Nasarawa State. According to reports, the slain cattle were brought yesterday to the Emir's palace in Lafia by the Fulani herdsmen.

Below is what Ibrahim shared on Facebook;

Reasons Why I Use The 'Wide-mouth' Filter - Instagram Comedian, Lasisi Elenu Finally Reveals

While speaking in an exclusive interview with PUNCH Newspaper, popular Instagram comedian, Musa Afolabi a.k.a Lasisi Elenu, has spoken out on his use of the ‘wide mouth’ filter which he applies in all his video skits.
Here are excerpt from the chat;

Man Dies After Getting Sucked Into MRI Machine Inside Hospital

Rajesh Maru,an Indian reportedly died after he was sucked into a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine in an Indian hospital. 

According to The Independent, Rajesh Maru's family claimed that a member of staff at the BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai, told him that the machine was switched off, before he walked into the room containing the machine, carrying a metal oxygen tank.  

South Must Push For Referendum Before 2019 - Annkio Briggs

Spokesperson of the Ijaw Republic Assembly (IRA) and Human rights activist, Annkio Briggs has called on the peoples of Southern Nigeria to push for a Referendum before the 2019 elections.

Brigga in a recent interview pointed out that this the only way Southerners could remain in Nigeria. She said;

91,000 Nigerians To Also Return From Cameroon

The Federal Government (FG) in collaboration with the Cameronian government and the United Nations  High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will begin the process of returning 91,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon next month.

The collaboration, which was formed through a tripartite commission, has the sole responsibility of repatriating the refugees, who are at the Minawao refugee camp.

Lassa Fever: After 3 Deaths Imo Fumigates Houses

In order to stop further spread of Lassa fever in Imo State, the government, through an agency, Imo Environmental and Transformation Commission, has begun a campaign against rodents and other pests in houses and nearby bushes in Owerri, the state capital.

The state government, through the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Angela Uwakwem, had last week confirmed that Lassa fever was in the state and that three persons had died while seven others were quarantined.

Fed Government won’t force cattle colonies

Troops are likely to be deployed in some herdsmen/farmers crises flashpoints in Benue, Taraba and other states, it was learnt at the weekend.
The troops will have the mandate to flush out the rampaging bandits and mercenaries.
The government may also allow each state to meet with its stakeholders to design own solutions to the herdsmen challenge as the Federal Government will not impose any solution, such as the controversial cattle colony, on states.

Ex-First Lady’s ‘fake firm’ in N300m deals

Three unregistered companies, one of which got N300 million contracts, are allegedly owned by former First Lady Patience Jonathan.
The firms are Euroricia Concept Limited, Pasturage Vert and Mabelt Construction Limited, according to the Economic and FIancial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mrs Jonathan is under probe for allegedly using one of the firms to secure contracts from the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) for the fencing of Kuje Prison and supply of beddings to some other facilities.
Funds were also allegedly diverted from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to the “bogus” firms.
The EFCC has released Mrs Jonathan’s sister Esther Oba after interrogation. She was arrested last week at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in connection with alleged laundering of over N359, 397,458.26 through two firms linked with her sister.
Her passport was not returned to her to restrict her movement to the country pending the conclusion of the investigation.
A source close to the latest findings said:  “Contracts were given to companies owned by her but not registered.
“Our detectives went to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), searched the database and discovered that these companies were unregistered.
“The companies are Euroricia Concept Limited, Pasturage Vert and Mabelt Construction Limited. Funds were diverted into these companies from some government agencies, including the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).”
The EFCC believes that Mrs. Jonathan used one of the companies to get an unspecified amount of money for a project named Rural Information Technology Centres across the country.
The NPS could not defend some of the N300m contracts given the firm.
EFCC investigators are to interrogate Mrs. Jonathan in connection with alleged laundering of over N359, 397,458.26 through two firms.
The companies are AM-PM Global Networks Limited and Finchley Homes Limited.
About N317, 397,458.26 was traced to the suspect in AM-PM Global Networks Limited.
She is expected to explain how she came about the management of N42million in Finchley Homes Limited.
“We are probing some of the assets of Esther Oba and we may approach the court to place all these assets under Interim Assets Forfeiture in line with Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004,” the source said.
The ex-First Lady had through her Chief Press Secretary, Belema Meshack-Hart. denied having any link with a N200m IT contract from the National Information Technology Development Agency.
The statement said: “In their concocted report they claimed that the former first lady is a sole signatory of Magel Resort Limited, a hotel owned by her late mum, Mama Charity Oba. This is untrue as the former first lady had no dealings with the hotel until the demise of her late mum after which the Hotel was handed over to her with the presentation of the death certificate of her mum.
”It was also alleged that N200m IT contract was awarded to Magel Resort Limited, this is a figment of the imagination of EFCC as no such contract was awarded to the company. EFCC must stop this media trial and blackmail aimed at tarnishing the image of the former first Lady and get down to the business of conducting proper investigation.”
(The Nation)

Shettima Raises Almost N11m For Late Police Orderly’s Children

About N11m has been contributed to a private endowment fund created by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, for the education of the eight children of his deceased police orderly, Inspector Mohammed Azare.

Azare collapsed and died last week Monday at the entrance of the Government House in Maiduguri.

Ibadan chieftaincy review not meant to witch-hunt Olubadan – Governor Ajimobi

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has explained that the review of the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law was not aimed at disrespecting the office Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, noting that the alleged discord between him and the traditional ruler was the antics of mischief makers.

Man caught his fiancee in bed with his best man 3 weeks to their wedding

He had just three weeks to tie the knot with his fiance, but before he could say “I do” to her, He stumbled upon a dirty secret between his wife-to-be and his best man.
It was gathered that the man’s girlfriend of 5 years was sleeping with his best man. Here’s @Jenniieey’s tweets;

INEC May Head to Supreme Court to Determine Election Sequence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering heading to the Supreme Court for determination of its powers to fix the date for general elections, following fears that the National Assembly would change the order of general elections.
Changing the order of elections could force the electoral body to head to the Supreme Court for clarity on what is turning out to be a conflict between the Constitution, which empowers INEC to fix election dates and the Electoral Act.

President Buhari Pictured Watching Nigeria Versus Angola Match In Addis Ababa

Amidst the tight schedules and back to back meetings in Addis Ababa, President Buhari found time to Follow the Quarter Finals match between Nigeria and Angola which ended 2-1 in favor of the Eagles...

Imo Government Launches New Corp To Combat Illicit Drugs

Reports have just emerged that the Rescue Mission Government of Governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, Yesterday at the government House chapel, inaugurated a new Corp to combat illicit drugs in the various communities of Imo State.

The Governor who recently declared war on illicit drugs, was reported to have created a special office for ILLICIT DRUGS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS. The group therefore held her thanks giving service at the Imo State Government House Chapel.

Fuel Scarcity: Marketer Attacks Task Force Member In Ondo, Injures Him In The Process

Members of the Anti Hoarding Committee set up by the Ondo State Government to monitor and ensure that petroleum products are not diverted or sold above regulated price were attacked on Sunday 28th January, 2018, at the Heroes Filling station, Akure.

Africa loses $50bn yearly to corruption — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said Nigeria was committed to fighting corruption for life.

“Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the fight against corruption today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” Buhari said while inaugurating the African Anti-Corruption Year 2018 during the opening of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

List of 2018 Grammy awards winners

Retro R&B star Bruno Mars was the surprise big winner Sunday at the Grammy Awards, with a clean sweep of the top awards including Album, Record and Song of the Year, and six overall.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar took home five Grammys on a night that featured powerful #MeToo moments, especially from Kesha, who delivered a searing performance of her song “Praying,” about her struggles with former producer Dr Luke.

Obasanjo not part of NIM - Agbakoba

A political group, the National Intervention Movement, has denied any link with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), one of the arrowheads of the NIM, said the group was different from the Coalition for Nigeria, another group being spearheaded by Obasanjo.

Lagos PDP condemns planned hike in Lekki-Epe roads toll

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned plans to increase the toll charged on the Lekki-Epe and Ikoyi link roads.

Lekki Concession Company, LCC, which manages the road had in a statement last week said the new toll would take effect from February 1, 2018.

There are No Numbers to Remove Saraki - Senate

The Senate has said any plot to remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki from his position would fall flat on its face, as he currently enjoys the confidence of his colleagues and has ensured stability in the eighth Senate. 
Senate spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, speaking with reporters at the weekend, said the 109 senators have the right to choose their leaders by election, and had done so in line with the relevant laws.

Buhari Has Spent Over N1bn On Ekwueme's Burial, Ngige Reveals

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday said the Federal Government has spent over N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial.

This is even as all the roads leading to Oko community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have been given facelifts in readiness for the burial of the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme on Friday.

Under Threat for Hosting Mass Burial, Benue APC Leaders Search for New Political Platform

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State led by Governor Samuel Ortom are in search of a new political platform ahead of the 2019 general election following threats from Abuja that Ortom could be denied the party’s ticket for hosting a mass burial for victims of herdsmen attack, THISDAY has learnt.