29 Nov 2016

Man U's Jose Mourinho to sign Chelsea's John Mikel Obi in January

The Sun UK newspapers has published a shocking report, saying Jose Mourinho intends to sign Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi in January.

Mourinho feels Mikel, who has a few months left in his Chelsea contact, will help improve Man U's midfield and is prepared to sign him in January when he knows he'll come cheap. Read the full report, after the cut. 
Mikel, 29, has not played under new Stamford Bridge manager Antonio Conte and there are no plans to renew his contract which runs out this season.

Now the Man united boss is ready to take advantage with a cut-price New Year offer for the player the Red Devils thought they had signed ten years ago.

Mikel had just turned 19 when the Old Trafford outfit announced on their website that they had signed the teenager on a four-year contract from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo. The £4million transfer was done directly with the player and his club — bypassing his agents and he was even pictured in a United shirt. But Chelsea angrily claimed they had an agreement with the agents to buy him.

 It was reported Obi started to get threatening phone calls and ended up having to take refuge in a safe hotel with a security guard.

He then went missing from Lyn amid stories he had been kidnapped.

The Nigerian midfielder had actually travelled to London where he went on Sky Sports TV to claim that he had been pressured into signing for United, something they denied, and he wanted to join the Blues.
The matter was resolved when Chelsea paid United £12m and Lyn £4m.


If the deal is successful, this will be the second time Mourinho will sign Obi, who he believes can play in a defensive midfield role in front of the back four.

He needs that type of player to give £89m Paul Pogba freedom to roam.

Senate approves Buhari’s request to amend 2016 budget

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The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to amend the 2016 budget by re-assigning N180.8 billion to critical recurrent and capital items.

The Senate’s approval followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Appropriations led by Danjuma Goje on Tuesday. 

The year is coming to an end in a few weeks, I guess we should be talking of 2017 budget. 

Lagos state approves death penalty for kidnappers if victims die in their captivity

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday okayed capital punishment as penalty for kidnappers, if their victims die in captivity.

This followed the adoption of a report presented by Mrs Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.

Tejuosho presented the report of a Stakeholders meeting on a bill titled: “A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes”.

NAN reports that the bill was sponsored by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.

The bill prescribed life sentence for kidnappers, if their victims did not die in captivity.

The bill states that any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to death sentence.

The bill, which criminalised attempt to kidnap, stipulates life imprisonment for attempted kidnap.

Also, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person. This attracts seven years imprisonment.

The lawmakers also approved 25 years imprisonment for whoever threatens to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication.

The bill provides that any person, who knowingly or willfully allows his premises, building or a place or belonging under his control to be used for the keeping of a kidnapped person is guilty of an offence under the law and is liable to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The bill, which is aimed at ensuring zero tolerance for kidnapping, however, awaits third reading before it will be sent to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.

Julia Roberts kisses Paul Pogba as she & family visits Man U's stadium ...photo

Hollywood actress Julia Roberts paid a visit to Old Trafford with her family to watch Manchester United play West Ham. The world's most expensive player, Paul Pogba shared a photo on his Instagram page of him getting kissed on the cheek by the actress.

Other top Man U stars like Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick were also pictured with the superstar actress who looked elated to be at the home of Britain's most successful club. More photos after the cut.










Wow! D'banj donates 1Million Naira towards Toke Makinwa's new book...

Toke Makinwa shared this on her Instagram page...wow!

Watch video of Cameroonian policemen manhandle students of University of Buea

Cameroon Concord has released a shocking video showing ruthless Cameroonian policemen manhandling students from the University of Buea.

This comes after the students from the University in the southwest, an English-speaking part of the country, on Monday embarked on a peaceful demonstration.

The students were demanding that the payment of CFAF 10,000, instituted by the Rector, for penalties for failure to meet the deadline for payment of tuition fees online, be terminated. They claim that they received an Academic Excellence bonus of 50,000 FCFA.

The students also demanded that lecturers, who speak and teach only in French, be fired.

In the video, French-speaking policemen were seen forcing four students to lie in the mud. One of them, female, was forced by a Police officer to stick her face in the mud continously .

More photos and the video below…. 




Tragic! 76 people confirmed killed in plane crash carrying Brazilian footballers

76 people including Brazilian footballers have been confirmed killed in the passenger plane that crashed early this morning (Nigerian time). The plane was carrying 81 people including Brazilian international footballers, (Chapecoensea football club), their technical team, media personel and others and were on their way from Bolivia to Columbia for a football match when it crashed. Five people are said to have survived.

The plane was chattered in Bolivia from a small airline. The cause of the crash has not been confirmed yet though initial report claimed the plane ran out of fuel...

FIRS boss, Tunde Fowler says Nigerians to present their tax clearance papers before getting new passports

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Tunde Fowler, says in the near future, Nigerians applying for new passports at Immigration offices, will have to present their tax clearance papers before they would be issued passport. Fowler disclosed this at the at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board which had the theme: “ Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection’’ in Abuja yesterday.


“We did take a position and I believe it would be implemented in the very near future that before you get any services from the immigration department: renewal of passports etc, you’d have to show that you are a tax payer. These things are normal all over the world, In an effort to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better. People believe that payment of tax is a burden and I’ll repeat that you only pay tax on income and profits. So if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living.’’he said

Wow! Confession of a banker, 'I helped Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia move cash from court'

An official of Diamond Bank Plc, Ademola Oshodi, told a Lagos State High Court on Monday that he managed the bank account of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia domiciled in the bank.

Mr. Oshodi told the court that he regularly visited Ofiili-Ajumogobia’s chamber on the premises of the Federal High Court on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos, to collect huge cash sums for onward deposit into the judge’s account.
The banker opened up that whenever the money was above the lawful threshold that could be deposited into the judge’s account, he split it into two, deposited a portion into Ofili-Ajumogobia’s account and the remaining portion into his own personal account.

He explained that he would subsequently transfer the money from his personal account into the judge’s account.

He said at a time he had to help the judge get a Bureau de Change operator named, Abah Said, who helped her to convert Naira into US Dollars whenever the judge was not comfortable with the normal mode of transaction.

Mr. Oshodi said this on Monday when he appeared as a prosecution witness before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, where Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia was arraigned with Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) for alleged bribery and unlawful enrichment.

DPR discovers 87 filling stations operating without approval

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday said it had discovered 87 filling stations operating without its approval in the last six months.

Its Director, Modecai Ladan, disclosed this in an interview with journalists on the sideline of the ongoing 17th biennial conference on Health, Safety and Environment organised by DPR.

He said that the agency had already clamped down on the illegal filling stations.


The DPR boss said that the agency was collaborating with other agencies and relevant stakeholders in nipping the problem in the bud.

He urged potential filling stations owners to be law abiding and adhere strictly to rules governing registration of filling stations.

Obanikoro due to testify against Governor Fayose

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday where he agreed to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

A reliable source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court.

“The EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity. Obanikoro has agreed and will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses.


“If Agbele is convicted, it automatically means that Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose continue to play games. Omisore and Obanikoro are cooperating and returning money. Their troubles will end soon while Fayose’s own will keep getting worse.”

When contacted, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he was not aware that his client was with the EFCC but promised to find out.

“I have been in court all day so I was not aware that he (Obanikoro) was with the EFCC. I will find out,” he said.

However, a source told a Punch correspondent that the EFCC could still charge Obanikoro to court if he failed to cooperate with the EFCC.

He said, “Obanikoro has returned N104m and has pledged to return N480m in instalments every four months but if he cannot cooperate with the EFCC, then he and his sons may be charged along with the others.

“Plea bargain and negotiation are a standard practice in criminal justice across the world.”

Obanikoro had told the EFCC in his statement of oath that he received N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki in June 2014.

In his statement, the ex-minister told the EFCC that he handed N1.3bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; while N1.219bn was given to Fayose through his aide, Agbele, during the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election which Fayose won.

Obanikoro was said to have converted a remainder of the money into $5.377m and handed  it to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

The ex-minister is believed to have kept about N785m for himself, an action which is said to have angered Fayose.

Agbele is currently standing trial before Justice Dimgba Igwe of a Federal High Court for allegedly receiving N1.219bn on behalf of Fayose.

At the last sitting, Mr. Alade Sunday, a manager and branch Head of Zenith Bank, narrated how the money was disbursed on the instructions of Agbele.

He had also said it took the cashiers about 10 days to count all the money.

Sunday had said Obanikoro flew the cash to Akure Airport and the money was loaded onto a bullion van.

He had said, “When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signalled to me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were loaded into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.

“When we got to the bank, we ‘bundle counted’ the cash and it was N724,500,000. Agbele told us that more money was still coming and then, Obanikoro’s ADC left for the airport immediately.

“In the evening, all of us left for the airport a second time. After the passengers disembarked, we offloaded the cash bags into our bullion van and drove back to the bank to ascertain how much the cash was. The second tranche was N494,990,000, bringing the total to about N1.219, 490,000.

“We headed straight to our zonal head office where instructions were given by Agbele on how the funds were to be credited to various accounts.”

Photo of Donald Trump’s son, surrounded by heavily-armed guards as plays

A few armed Secret Service agents and a U.S. Coast Guard boat with a machine gun might seem like excessive security for a young boy's play date - but not if your name happens to be Barron Trump.

The 10-year-old son of President-elect Donald Trump and wife Melania was spotted playing with a group of children at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida where his family were spending Thanksgiving.

Barron was being watched closely by several men who appeared to be Secret Service agents as he mingled with other children on the lawn at the back of his dad's luxury estate.

At least three men were seen standing within feet of Barron the entire time and they followed the boy wherever he went.


He was dressed in a pair of shorts, a shirt and a red baseball cap just like Trump's Make American Great Again campaign hat.

At one point, Barron was seen waving and watching on as a coast guard boat sailed past him as he stood on the ocean wall.

The boat had a guard stationed at the front of vessel armed with a massive machine gun as it patrolled back and forth in front of where Barron was playing.

They were part of a contingent of 150 security personnel assigned to watch over the Trump family as they spent their first post-election holiday at the vacation retreat last week, according to NBC News.


Update! Suspect identified in Ohio State attack as Abdul Razak Ali Artan ..photo

The identity of the person who attacked other students at the Ohio University campus Monday has been revealed.  According to CBS, the attacker was Abdul Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said.
He posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a "boiling point."
"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (community). We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that," the post said.
Artan left at least 11 injured - one of whom is in a critical condition - after he drove onto the sidewalk at the university on Monday afternoon, mowing down the crowds of innocent bystanders, witnesses say.
He then jumped out of the car and began slashing victims with a butcher knife, according to police. While the motive for the attack is still under investigation, but there are questions about whether Artan, who was Muslim, may have carried it out in jihad.

Artan, reportedly a logistics management student,  was interviewed by the school's magazine, The Lantern, back in August about his faith.  In the piece, he said that he struggled to find a private place to pray on campus, after transferring from Columbus State Community College, which had such facilities. 
Artan said:
'This place is huge, and I don't even know where to pray. I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media.  'I'm a Muslim, it's not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen'.  
He was shot and killed by the police at the scene.

Lagos state House of Assembly approves death sentence for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody

The Lagos State House of Assembly today passed a bill which approves death sentence for kidnappers whose victims die while in their custody. The bill entitled; “A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes.” was sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa.

According to the bill, any person who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence, and liable on conviction to death sentence.

The bill approved 25 years imprisonment for anyone who threatens to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication. Also, life imprisonment was approved for anyone who makes attempt to kidnap another person.

The bill approved 14 years imprisonment for anyone that provides his or her home for keeping a kidnapped person in the state.

Photo of Yahoo boy remanded in prison for obtaining by pretense over $8,000

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday November 28, 2016, docked one Okwara Victory before Justice I.B Gafai of the Federal High Court Awka in Anambara State, for charges bothering on obtaining by false pretense to the tune of $8,674USD.

When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty on all counts of the three count charge preferred against him by the EFCC.  In view of his plea, the Defense Counsel Barr. Emma Onyibor applied for the bail of his client adding that his client had been on administrative bail granted him by the EFCC, and had not defaulted but reported regularly to the EFCC whenever he was needed.

But the Prosecuting Counsel Barr. Habila Jonathan informed the court that he was served the motion for bail, shortly before court proceeding and needed time to study and respond. The court upheld the argument of the EFCC counsel as the Judge was yet to study the bail application which the defense also served the court shortly before proceedings. The court then ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody, while the case was adjourned to December 6, 2016, for hearing and consideration of bail.
One of the charge against the accused person reads: That you Okwara Victory sometime in the month of April 2016 at Onitsha within Awka Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud did obtained the sum of N1,332,420 (one million three hundred and thirty two thousand four and twenty naira) being the naira equivalent of $4,190 (Four Thousand One Hundred and Ninety US Dollars) from one Ekweaba Oyemechi when you falsely represented yourself to him that your girlfriend who lives in America will send you $4,190 (Four Thousand One Hundred Ninety US Dollars ) meant for your return ticket to America, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section1(1)(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

Photo of Nigerian man arrested in the U.S. for scamming elderly woman out of nearly $9,000

A 47-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested for scamming an elderly woman out of nearly $9,000 in  Vermillion Parish, Louisiana, US, according to a news release from the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Landry said:

"Our office is on the front lines investigating, arresting, and educating to help stop the awful occurrence of seniors being targeted and preyed upon by scammers". "We want to help Louisiana’s people avoid falling victim to mortgage, contractor, charity and other types of frauds commonly perpetrated on senior citizens."
Chigozie Valentine Agu was arrested on charges of Felony Theft in excess of $5,000, Bank Fraud, Money Laundering, and Racketeering.

The Metro Washington Airport Authority at Dulles Airport arrested Agu following an investigation by General Landry’s Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) as he re-entered the United States. He was extradited to Louisiana and booked into the Vermillion Parish Correctional Center. 
"It is an absolutely despicable crime to take advantage of our elderly family, friends, and neighbors," continued General Landry. "No matter the great lengths these shameless criminals take, my office will do all we can to get justice for their victims."
In May 2016, Agu contacted an elderly Vermillion Parish resident, telling her he was a Department of Homeland Security official and found a piece of luggage containing money he would return to her for a fee.

The LBI found proof that Agu received the money and that he attempted to conceal his crime through bank wire transfers and a third party. Overall, Agu scammed the elderly woman out of $8,890.

Watch how students swim across two rivers to attend classes in Ghana...video

GHOne News has released a shocking video of how pupils swim their way through two rivers in a quest to gain access to education at Tsavanya, the nearest community with school facilities. 
According to the report, canoes are mostly unavailable to convey the kids from Agorde to Tsavanya, leaving them to use a deadly means by putting their uniforms and books in basins and hold it carefully as they swim across to Tsavanya.

Speaking to GHOne News, Kpodo who access the river with two of his brothers and other children said it is more dangerous especially during rainy seasons but they have no choice but to bravely navigate the waters to school. Watch the video below:

Omg! See the Uganda massacre between the Police and the Royal guards ...graphic photos

A clash between the Uganda Police Defense Force and Royal guards of Kasese District, Rwenzori Of Uganda over the weekend left at least 55 people dead and many injured. 

According to Ghafla News, The clash began after the Ugandan police suspected the King of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu Kingdom King Charles Wesley Mumbere of offering a sanctuary to separatist militia. 

This made the police raid his palace which led to a face-off with the Palace royal guards. Leaving at least 14 police and 41 royal guards dead. 

More graphic photos below...








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Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia ...photo



A plane carrying Brazilian football team, Chapecoensea has crashed in Colombia. The flight was transporting the footballers, the technical team and others to Medellin airport for the team's match against Atletico Nacional when the plane disappeared off radar late last night.

There were 72 passengers and 9 crew on board the charter plane. Officials from Jose Maria Cordova International Airport released a statement reporting only six survivors..

The plane reportedly crashed due to lack of fuel at around 10.15pm local time. More later...

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