8 Oct 2016

Wow! Check out Billionaire Igbinedion's daughter as she weds ex-deputy senate pres. Mantu's son in Abuja...photo

The wedding ceremony between Orobosa, daughter of Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and her hearthrob Umar Mantu, son of politician Ibrahim Mantu, took place yesterday in Abuja.

It was an expensive ceremony in all regards. See more photos below...







Nigeria’s Secret Police, SSS, raids Judges’ Residences in Abuja and six other states

The State Security Service on Friday executed an overnight raid on the residences of senior judges across the country, recovering huge cash and documents linking the judges to exotic properties and suspected corrupt practices.

The reason for the raids are not immediately clear, but sources said the operatives stormed the residences in search of evidences linking the judges to corruption. The judges were however not arrested.

The operation was carried out simultaneously in the capital Abuja and in Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Kano, Enugu and Gombe.

Multiple sources said the clampdown began in Gombe State where the SSS moved against Justice Muazu Pindiga, who served on the elections tribunal in Rivers State.

In Abuja, official quarters of Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro of the Supreme Court were besieged by the SSS for several hours overnight. The operation continued into early Saturday morning.

Also in the capital, the SSS stormed the homes of Nnamdi Dimgba and Adeniyi Ademola, both of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, located inside the Apo Legislative Quarters.

Both judges are neighbours on Samuel Ogbemudia street of the Apo quarters.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said Mr. Dimgba’s residence was surrounded on Friday night.

It is not clear why he was targeted but the judge recently gave a decision against the continued detention of a retired Air Commodore, Mohammed Umar.

Mr. Umar was arrested following allegations of fraud, illegal possession of firearms and abuse of trust. He was granted bail with a bond of N100 million.

Justice Dimgba had in his ruling ordered the SSS to release Mr. Umar or risk being committed by his court, the source, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, explained. The SSS failed to obey the order and continued to hold Mr. Umar.

In Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike and the police prevented the SSS from accessing the home of Justice Mohammed Liman of the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court.

The officers reportedly stormed the home of the judge at 35 Forces Avenue, Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

A statement by Mr. Wike’s spokesman, Oraye Francis, said the operation was led by the Rivers State Director of SSS, Tosin Ajayi.

The operatives, “rough-handled Governor Wike, pushing him around and injuring his hand,” Mr. Francis said. “A few of the operatives cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the Governor.”

No reason has been officially given by the SSS for Saturday’s raids and the agency currently has no spokesperson.

Source Premium Times

Nigeria’s Flamingoes crash out Of world cup

Nigeria’s Flamingoes are out of the U17 World Cup. They rounded up when they were trashed 3-0 by North Korea today in a final Group C match. Striker Ri Hae Yon plundered a hat-trick to book Nigeria’s flight back home.

The Flamingoes were captained by Rasheedat Ajibade who is playing in her second U17 World Cup game. Nigeria failed to score a goal in their three matches.

So Sad! Photo of handsome Army Officer, Major Erasmus, killed by Boko Haram

This is sad! Major Erasmus lost his life during anti-Boko Haram military operation in Borno state.

His friend, Raphael Edem, mourns the untimely demise of the gallant officer: 
"The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained. May God rest your soul and may your ultimate sacrifice not be in vain."

Edem, who is a media aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel, poured out his heart regarding the loss of his friend and a Nigerian hero in his own right. According to Edem, Major Erasmus was at one time the Second-in-Command at the Nigerian Army Brigade in Ibagwa, Abak area of Akwa Ibom state, until he was posted to Maiduguri, some months ago, to join troops in the eye of the storm, where the Boko Haram war raged the most. His words:

'Today, I am immensely sad. Today, I have lost a friend. Today, I will just let these tears flow, in the knowledge that I can't do much more. I met Major Erasmus in January this year. We were preparing for the annual ritual of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day. He was the 2/ic at the Brigade in Ibagwa and was coordinating the activities and introducing me to the nuances of military parades and traditions. Friendly, welcoming, affable, very polite, ever-smiling and soft spoken. It was difficult to believe that this young man of about my age, with a baby face and an innocent, almost clerical demeanor was an army officer. I don't think I have ever met a more friendly and gentlemanly officer!

We struck and instant bond and kept in touch after the ceremonies. He was very intelligent, well schooled within and outside the country where he shone like a millions stars, and going by the testimony of his colleagues that I got to meet at different times, he was an excellent officer who was very professional and good at his job. He invited me to the tombola night at Ibagwa, and we kept in touch despite his frequent trips to Kaduna to finalize his Masters degree programme. Anybody who met him while not in uniform would be hard pressed to believe he was a military man, let alone an army officer.

He told me about his transfer to Maiduguri, but my apprehension about that posting was tempered by the Government's assurances that Boko Haram had been routed in the North East. Erasmus assured me that we will get to see sometime soon. Alas! That is not going to happen as I woke this morning to the tragic news that he had been killed by an ambush in Maiduguri. And that is how we have lost this young, fresh-faced, bachelor officer. Today, the enormity of the task and sacrifices made by our armed forces stares me in he face. The career path they have chosen is something everyone should respect and appreciate.

Adieu Major Erasmus, Adieu my friend! Adieu officer and gentleman par excellence. The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained. May God rest your soul and may your ultimate sacrifice not be in vain!"

Photo of brutal flogging of a young Malaysian boy gone viral

The photos have gone viral in Malaysia and many have condemned the act of brutality flogging this boy mercilessly ...see the photos below...

President Buhari reveals his problem with APC

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More revelations coming from the newly-published biography of President Muhammadu Buhari as it has given an insight into the crisis of confidence rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying the President is largely seen as not being “a natural party politician.”

The author, Prof. John Paden, noted that many party chiefs preferred to hold midnight meetings with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo inside his residence in Abuja to meeting with Buhari, who he said was being regarded as a “loner” and “outsider” within the APC.

He said that was why many want Buhari to be close to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who they believe can help him reach out.

Prof Paden wrote, “With the PDP fracturing, observers wondered if splits were also developing in the APC, given that it is a coalition of recent vintage.

“As of spring 2016, no serious divisions were visible, although rumours often surfaced when Buhari was out of the country, especially regarding the legal case against Senate President Saraki, a recent convert to the APC.

“President Buhari is not a natural party politician. Complaints have arisen within his party that he is a ‘loner’. APC politicians in Abuja were more likely to congregate at night at the home of the Vice-President than at the Presidential Villa with Buhari.

“The fact that Buhari has been perceived as an “outsider” to politics by the general public has been his strength.

“Still, voices within the APC have suggested Buhari engage such long-term politicians as Abubakar Atiku and Bola Tinubu to rally the APC governors and ensure that the President has closer ties to the state and local levels of the party.

“Men such as Atiku and Tinubu could provide links to key constituents, such as traditional rulers and grassroots NGOs.”

The author admitted that with economic growth at a dismal level, for reasons he said were largely global, many of Buhari’s ardent supporters were losing patience.

Free meals have made more students enrol for school in Osun state...photo

Mrs Olubunmi Ayoola, Programme officer of the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O’MEAL), says the free meal programme in the state has boosted enrollment of pupils in public schools.

Ayoola spoke on Friday in Osogbo while receiving a delegation from Niger State on a three-day visit to understudy the O’MEAL programme of the state.

She said that the Gov. Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in the state would continue to implement the feeding programme in spite of the scarce financial resources available to the state.

“Through this programme, there has been a relative increase in pupils’ enrollment in the state public schools,’’ Ayoola said.


She said that the programme also impacted positively on the state’s economy as food vendors and farmers were empowered in the process.

In her remarks, Mrs Afiniki Dauda, Special Adviser to Niger State Governor on Empowerment and Social Protection, who led the delegation, commended Gov. Aregbesola for the programme.

According to her, Niger will take a cue from Osun to run a similar programme.

Photo of houseboy who stole £3,350 from his boss in Magodo

Twenty-year-old Uweb Samuel, a Cross River State indigene working as a domestic help in Magodo area of Lagos, sat on the grounds of the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, with his head bowed.

Shaking his head intermittently to register remorse, Uweb said he did not imagine he would end up the way he had.

“My boss trusted me so much. In fact, I had access to every part of the house,” he said.

But that trust came back to bite his boss, Mr. Ajadi Babatunde, few days ago when he came back from a trip abroad and left a wad of pound sterling notes in his room.

Saturday Punch learnt that he trusted his househelp so much that he left the house but left his key on the door of his room.

That day, Babatunde took a peek inside the room and saw something he could not resist.

 “I counted the £50 notes and there were 67 there,” he said.

That is £3,350. In current official exchange rate of pounds to naira, that amounts to N1.33m.

Samuel said he knew it was a lot of money that could change his life, but thought about building a house immediately.

He said, “There is no house in our village in Calabar that my siblings and I could call a home. So, I thought it was my chance to build a house for my family.

“I took the money before my boss came back home and took it to my sister’s husband to hide for me.

“When my boss came back and started to look for the money, he asked me and I told him I did not see any money. Even though it was just the two of us in the house, I insisted I did not take any money.

“Some workers were doing some renovation work in the compound. He asked if any of them entered the house but they said no. The workers said I must have been the one who took the money and started to beat me.

“They tortured me even though my boss did not instruct them to do that. I still did not admit that I took it. But when it got to a stage, I told them I would kill myself, my boss then told them to take me to the police. But his brother came and spoke with me gently, that was why I decided to confess.”

By the time the police stormed the house of Samuel’s brother-in-law, half of the money was gone, while the man had gone into hiding.

Samuel sobbed as he said he was sad that he betrayed his boss’ trust.

According to him, he was being paid N15,000 monthly as a domestic help but that his crime had nothing to do with his salary.

“I wish my boss would forgive me. I did not know this is what will happen to me,” he said.

The police have said investigation was ongoing on the case and the suspect would soon be charged to court.

Shocking! Photo of Ex Employees who kidnapped their bosses and collected N22M

On July 17, 2016, 15 men stormed two poultry farms located at Egan, Itoki area of Ikorodu, Lagos. They went with three AK47 and rifles, one pump-action rifle, nine magazines and 270 rounds of live ammunition.

As soon as the men, who arrived the area in three boats got to the farms, they grabbed the owners, – Alhaji Oyebanji Wasiu and Alhaji Isiaka Owolabi along with the manager of the two farms, 43-year-old Abiodun Adeniyi. But this was no ordinary kidnap for ransom.

When three suspects in the case, who are now in police custody, narrated the event that led to the kidnapping, it became clear that there was a deep-seated vengeance involved.

The kidnappers’ inside man, 24-year-old Idowu Dauwujoh, who is also one of the suspects in custody, told Punch that when he got a job as a worker on the farms, he was employed along with three other friends, Kekeminiwei, Afro and Odesebra, all Ijaw young men.

Dauwujoh, who is also an Ijaw man, said few months after they were employed, Kekeminiwei, Afro and Odesebra were sacked.

He said, “The allegations were that they were stealing from the farms. Then, Afro was dating a lady who also worked on the farms. It became an issue between him and the manager of the farms (Adeniyi) and the man told him to leave.

“I was the only one remaining in the farms, but I was always in touch with the other boys. One day, they called me and said anytime the owners of the farms were around, I should let them know. They told me they were planning to kidnap them and that I should act as if I knew nothing.”

Few days before July 17, 2016, Dauwujoh, called his friends to inform them that his bosses would be around in a few days.

As soon as the owners (Wasiu and Owolabi) arrived their farms on Wednesday, July 17, Dauwujoh gave his friends the signal and they moved in.

Dauwujoh said when they kidnapped his bosses including the manager, he had no idea where they were taking them to. But he fled the farms to Delta State.

One of the suspects in custody, 26-year-old Priye Idoro, said he took part in the kidnapping and was actually the cook in the camp where they kept their victims.

Idoro said, “Before that day, I was not a kidnapper. All I was doing was bursting pipelines to steal crude oil at Igbo Olomu (a suburb of Ikorodu, Lagos, where militants sacked the entire community recently).

“One day, one of my bosses, who employed me as a pipeline vandal, informed me of the kidnap plan and I willingly went along.

“We arrived at the area before the kidnapping day and stayed in the forest for three days. As soon as we got the signal, we moved in and took the men.”

Saturday Punch learnt that the victims were taken deep into the creek where they were instructed to contact their families.

Their families later put together the sum of N22m as ransom which they dropped in a particular location as instructed by the kidnappers.

Idoro said, “The first day we brought the men to the creek, I was told to go and buy foodstuff by nightfall. I bought fish, soup ingredients and garri.

“I was feeding them eba most of the time. Cooking was all I was doing, my bosses were the ones doing the negotiation. When the ransom was paid, they told me it was N20m. They brought the money in a carton and two ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags.

“They gave me N500,000. I treated the men well. Before they released them, they were even praying for me that I would do something great with the money I got.

“One evening, I went to buy food and when I got back, they had released them. I asked about the manager too and one of the men said he had killed him because he was the one who sent him away from the farm, where he was working before. They did not tell me what they did with his body.”

The group dispersed and Idoro travelled to Sapele, Delta State, where he bought a boat with his own share. He said he wanted to use the boat for water transport.

He would later be arrested at Sapele.

The police tracked down Idoro and the other two suspects, after the murdered manager’s phone was tracked by the police and located at Delta State.

One of the kidnappers had given the phone as a gift to his brother, 27-year-old Daniel Jekene, who quickly helped in getting the other two arrested after the police nabbed him.

When Dauwujoh was arrested, it was learnt that the gang had given his N2.5m share to his elder brother to give to him. But the elder brother absconded with the money.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said investigation was still ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.

He said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were complete.

Punch

Kidnappers abduct 4 pupils, a teacher, principal and demands ransom...photo

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The gunmen, who abducted four pupils, teacher and Vice-Principal of Lagos Junior Model College, Igbonla, Epe, have contacted their families to demand ransoms.

The family members, however, refused to state the amounts demanded by the abductors, saying they had been warned by the kidnappers against doing so.

Punch correspondent learnt that local vigilance group members have also started combing the bushes in the Igbonla area to find the victims.

A top police source on Friday said that the gunmen were believed to still be within the town and that all possible waterways of escape had been blocked by the navy and the police.

It had been reported that the attackers, comprising five men and a woman, at about 8am on Thursday, stormed the school and abducted the six persons.

The pupils, who were reportedly rounding off their morning assembly in a hall, were thrown into confusion as the abductors shot sporadically in the area. In the ensuing confusion, four pupils, namely: Isaac Adebisi, Okonkwo Emmanuel, Abu, and Jeremiah, were taken away by the assailants.

The English/Civic Education teacher, Lukman Oyerinde and the Vice-Principal, A.O Oyesola, were also taken away.

A relative of one of the pupils, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers assured them that their children were doing fine.

He said, “The kidnappers have called us, but they sternly warned against making what they demanded as ransom public. They assured us that our children are fine. They also told us not to involve the police. That is all I can say for now.”

Our correspondent learnt that the affected parents were in the school on Friday to meet with the authorities as rescue efforts continued.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, could not be reached for comments on Friday.

However, the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had earlier assured that the marine police, the Rapid Response Squad, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the Nigerian Navy were all involved in the operation to rescue the victims.

Wow! Nollywood actress Ebube Nwagbo reveals a secret...

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According to her so many marriages pack up in the entertainment world so fast and getting married to her must be getting it right. She said this in a chat with Showtime Celebrity.

About her being scared of marriage, Ebube said;

Wow! Well, I don’t know where that story is coming out from because I’ve not granted an interview in years, about 3 or 4-years now. So, I don’t know where that rumour is coming from. I remember saying marriage is a big deal to me and if I have to do it then it has to be right. What marriages are going through right now in my industry is crazy. No one goes into marriage and thinks of getting out of it the next minute, but for some reason it doesn’t work out. It’s not me trying to blame anyone now, but it does happen. For me, if I have to do it, I’ve to do it right, marriage is a big deal for me if I’m going to do it, it’s going to be at the right time and not out of pressure because the same people who rush you into it would be the same people who would later make jest of you.

NLC closes down Lebanese Company over sack of 128 Nigerians...photo

The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday led workers to shut down operations at a Lebanese Firm in Abuja, Artco Industries Limited for alleged anti-labour activities and violations of labour law in the country.

The National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, while addressing workers on the 2016 World Decent Day with the title ‘End Corporate Greed’, said that the NLC decided to picket the Lebanese company because the management refused to recall sacked 128 workers of the company despite a judgment of the Industrial Arbitration Panel and the intervention by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on the matter.

The management of the Lebanese firm was said to have sacked Chairman of the Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and wood workers, Mr. Alokwe Anisectus, and127 others for allegedly participating in the protests against fuel pump price and electricity tariff increase.

Condemning the action of the company’s management, Comrade Wabba said NLC would continue to occupy the premises of the company until the workers were recalled, adding that the NLC would not allow any company to enslave workers in violation of decent work environment and Labour laws.

Wabba also frowned that only the poor in the country pay tax, stressing that the Panama papers revealed that big businesses and the elite were evading tax payment in the country.

Meanwhile, NLC in Anambra State also called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on workers’ welfare in view of the worsening conditions of living.

Addressing reporters on the activities marking this year’s “World day for decent work” in Awka yesterday, the state chairman of NLC, Comrade Jerry Nnubia observed that the emolument of the Nigerian worker had been seriously diminished by the prevailing economic recession in the country.

According to Nnubia, the current N18000 minimum wage for the public sector worker which was approved when a bag of rice was N9,000, is still the same wage they receive at a time the cost of a bag of rice is N23,000.

He argued that increasing workers’ emolument should be one of the main concerns of government to cushion the effects of the recession on them and their families.

He said: “Declaring a state of emergency on workers’ welfare in the country is one sure way to get it right because the condition of the Nigerian worker is nothing to write home about.”

“Looking at the cost of living in the country, the worker is the worst hit. Cost of goods and services is hitting the rooftops each day, while the worker still receives peanuts. The condition of the typical Nigerian worker is pitiable. There are no adequate plans for health scheme for the workers and this increases preventable deaths among them.

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Shocking! Watch the graphic sex audio of Donald Trump and TV host Billy Bush that got leaked

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talked to former Access Hollywood, now Today show host, Billy Bush about trying to bang chicks back in 2005 during a one-on-one locker room banter that was recorded by an "Access Hollywood" crew. The Washington Post somehow managed to obtain the "Access Hollywood" footage from 2005, where Trump talked in graphic terms about how easy it was for celebs like himself to seduce women.

Trump who along with Bush didn't realize their mics were still hot, is overheard telling him and several others about a failed attempt to seduce a woman who has now been revealed as Nancy O'Dell, saying:
"I moved on her and I failed. I'll admit it. I did try and f--k her. She was married." "And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I'll show you where they have some nice furniture.'"
'I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,' he continues. 'Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*ts and everything. She’s totally changed her look.
The presidential candidate then told the group:
"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."
Billy Bush then says, "Whatever you want."

Trump replies, "Grab them by the p---y, you can do anything."

Donald Trump released a statement soon after the audio was posted stating:
"This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course—not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."
Billy Bush also released a statement saying:
"Obviously I'm embarrassed and ashamed. It's no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago—I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I'm very sorry,"
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