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Passengers Panic As Driver Allows His Monkey To Drive The Bus On A Busy Road

A bus driver left his passengers shocked after allowing his monkey take the wheel. The driver sat back as the monkey steered the packed bus in India.

Footage shows the monkey sit on top of the steering wheel.
Shot on October 1 by a shocked passenger, the driver chuckles as the animal tries to keep its eyes on the road.

The human driver helps by working the peddles and gears — while he takes his hands off the wheel at several points.

Officials said the monkey was a pet belonging to one of the passengers and was comfortable in human company.

Taking a more stern view of the incident, an official said: “Prakash has been taken off duty and a probe has been ordered against him.

“Endangering passengers’ lives is not acceptable.”

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Sir Shina Peters Celebrates His 60th Birthday With Lovely Photo

Nigerian musician, Sir Shina Peters has shared lovely photos to mark his 6oth birthday. The legendary Afrojuju musician who was a massive sensation the 80s and early 90s shared a lovely message in which he announced that he will be marking his special day with a party at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.
Sir Shina Peters wrote:

”A 60th birthday is an important and treasured milestone of life. It is the time to look back at beautiful memories that have flown by look how far you have come

Look how your life has been awesome

Look at all the things that you have got

Look how your family & Friends Loves you a lot

Look how stunning life’s view is
Happy birthday to Me Thanks to the Heavenly Father for preservation.

Today is a Special Day God has blessed me with Life and the most amazing journey in life Happy 60th to me.

Today is we celebrate in a big way with my amazing people Federal Palace Hotel today 5 pm – 11 pm Love you all #SirShina60.”

“Blame The Board For Poor Season, Not Conte” — Ruud Gullit – Sports

Netherlands assistant manager Ruud Gullit has claimed that the inaction of those at the helm of affairs at Chelsea caused the unrest in the dressing room. According to him, the board was to blame for Chelsea’s struggles and not Conte.

Ruud Gullit spent two years as Chelsea manager from 1996-98 and admitted the peculiar difficulties of managing the club. He, rather than pointing fingers at Conte for missing out on the UCL next season, pointed fingers squarely at the board for their poor management.

“I’m not blaming it on Conte,” the Netherlands assistant manager told Goal. “I’m blaming it on the rumours from the beginning about whether he was going to have to leave or whatever. Nobody upstairs did anything about it. No one said: ‘Hey, that’s that a rumour, that’s not true. He’s our coach.’ That didn’t happen.

“The players who are playing, they don’t care, but the players who are not playing see an opportunity that if he leaves, maybe they can play. So, you get a lot of trouble into the locker room. You don’t need that as a coach.

“It’s not been a success. It has been a plaster on the wound. It’s been a very hard season.

“If they could exchange the Champions League place for the FA Cup, they’d do it.”

He then joked that longevity as a manager at Chelsea would be ensured by not winning trophies.

“If you win something, then you’re in danger in Chelsea,” the 55-year-old said. “The one who didn’t win anything stayed the longest – Claudio Ranieri. He was there for four years. All the others had to leave. It’s better not to win anything!”

N’golo Kante Drives A N9.6m Mini Cooper S 

7 year old N’golo Kante moved to Chelsea after helping Leicester win the title in 2015-16 season. He won his second Premier League crown the following season under Antonio Conte.

His amazing performances and ability to be everywhere on the pitch made some to joke that 70% of the earth is covered by water and the rest by N’Golo Kante.

But despite having one of the biggest engines on the pitch and earning £110,000(N53m naira) a week ,he drives just a modest car.

Kante bought a second-hand Mini Cooper S (brand new cost £20,000 or N9.6m naira) when he was at Leicester City in 2015 after being forced to buy a car when he first moved to England.

Kante said: “I’ve never been someone who loves a car and when I was young I didn’t have the ambition of a car or something like that.”

“But my Mini, for the beginning, was good to learn to drive on the left. I got it in Leicester and I still have it now. But it’s good.”

After crashing his beloved Mini on his way to play in the Chelsea’s goalless draw with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, he turned up for training in the very same car despite earning a weekly wage enough to buy 5 brand new Mini Coopers every week.

The front-left wheel arch remained damaged while the mirror was reattached with a tape.

The fact that his teammates and other footballers boasts of multi-million dollars luxury makes like the Rolls Royce’s, Bugatti’s, Mercedes Benz’s, Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s in their garages doesn’t seem to disturb him.

N’golo Kante has no plans to upgrade his Mini Cooper to a super car. He remained humble on the pitch and in real life.

Boko Haram Members Who Surrendered To The Nigerian Army Today- Photos

On Monday 28th May, 2018, some members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect who surrendered to the Nigerian army, were presented by the commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Seventeen suspected Boko Haram members on Monday, said they surrendered to the Nigerian military due to the federal government’s pledge to offer them amnesty. One of them, Ahmed Alhassan, disclosed this when Majo General Rogers Nicholas, paraded them at Theartre Commander of Operation Dole in Maiduguri.

He said they heard President Buhari’s appeal through the radio at their camp known as “Marcas of Nguma” at the shores of Lake Chad region.

“We have been contemplating to surrender ourselves after we realised that we were being recruited into false movement. What pulled us back was the fear of being caught and killed by either our members or the military.

“But after the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari on granting amnesty to those who surrender, drop their arms and accept peace, we decided to defy all the fear and eventually came out.

“We also made up our minds to sacrifice our lives in a bid to secure freedom, knowing fully that God will forgive us for attempting to embrace peace and stop the killings,’’ he said.

According to the suspect, he was forcefully initiated by the Mamman Nur’s faction after the insurgents stormed their town in Munguno four years ago.

“They gathered all of us and selected some of us, which they said we shall be working for the cause of God. Those who refused were eventually killed.

“Many have been conscripted and recruited, some have spent one and half, some two and some of us have spent four years,” he said.

The former Boko Haram member who commended the military for treating them with respect and dignity, urged other members to embrace the Federal Government’s peace avenue to surrender.

“We eat the best of food and sleep in a conductive atmosphere. We are also allowed to interact with some our colleagues. They listen to us and share our pain,“ he said.

Mustapha Umar, another suspect, who claimed to be from Abubakar Shekau’s faction, said he had worked as a commanding officer for the group for about three years. Mr Umar said he laid his arms because he was tired of the atrocities being committed under the guise of fighting for the religion of Islam

“We realised that the group was serving the course of the devil by committing all forms of atrocities. There was a lot of hardship in the camps. Many have been killed by one form of disease or the other.

“I am happy to be out here. The military have been treating us very humanly and I want to ask for forgiveness for all the pain I may have inflicted on the people while fighting for the baseless course,’’ he said.

Who Is Bobrisky? – Biography, Net Worth, Before And After, House, Facts

If you’re an active Instagram and Snapchat user, you must have heard of the name, Bobrisky, or at least seen a couple of his pictures.

Bobrisky is the male Barbie of Snapchat in the Nigerian sphere and also the most popular Nigerian on the social app.

Born as Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, Bobrisky is obviously one of those children who grew up wanting to mimic the opposite sex but tried to contain that transformation until recently.

Bobrisky Biography

The popular Instagram and Snapchat barbie was born in 1992 in Ebute Metta, Lagos where he attended secondary school at King’s College and graduated from Lagos State University.

Bobrisky has shared a photo of himself and his mother and fans expressed shock at the older woman’s beauty. His mother is fair in complexion and looks completely supportive of her son’s beauty business.

Bobrisky – Before And After

Prior to his complexion transformation, the Snapchat celebrity’s skin colour was just as dark as most Nigerians until he suddenly turns snow white – kudos to his bleaching cream expertise. According to him, it was a business strategy. This move immediately thrust him into the limelight via social media and he garnered both haters and admirers at the same time.

Bobrisky is a businessman from Ogun State, who now resides in Lekki, Lagos. He deals on whitening cream and plans to be a big competition of Dencia Whitenicious.

He does not care about the rumours about his sexuality or waste time firing back at critics and once posted on his Facebook page that as far as he is counting his millions and also helping people, paying his tithes to the Lord, he is totally fine.

Of course, everyone believes he is gay as he continues to mention his mysterious boyfriend who has been his sponsor. Bobrisky has been trending on Snapchat for months now and has nothing less than 22,000 views every day, especially with his fans always wanting to find out who the bae is.

His mystery bae, who he claims is Africa’s fourth richest man, reportedly gave him N7 million and a Benz. The girly guy posted pictures of the money after cashing it from the bank.

The mystery bae also plans to get Bobrisky a house next to Linda Ikeji at Banana Island. What a bae! Bobrisky is well-known as a fashionista, who likes to chat dirty and post raunchy kinds of stuff, nevertheless, his fans love him all the same. Needless to say, Bobrisky is in his mid-twenties and obviously gay.

Many believe he’s got all it takes to give Bisi Alimi – a popular Nigerian gay rights activist – a run for his money, because of his charming tone and complexion.

House, Net Worth

The social media drama queen bought a five-bedroom duplex in the Lekki peninsula area of Lagos State, early 2017 and held a housewarming party. He took to his Snapchat to show off the different sections of his house, revealing that it took him about N12 million to decorate/furnish the interior of the house.

On one occasion, Bobrisky self-declared his net worth; he boasts of having N40 million in two of his active bank accounts and still hustling to become a billionaire before the age of 30. He also said his cosmetic store is worth N30 million.

He berated haters for judging him despite the hardship he experienced before his millions started rolling in.

Just when one think people are getting fed up with news of Bobrisky, the guy continues to flaunt his good fortunes and his darling Snapchat is always his ally. Besides his businesses and social popularity, Bobrisky announced signing his first endorsement deal and landing a role in a Nollywood movie.

Controversies

As one who courts controversy, it is most surprising how Bobrisky seems to get away it. Despite the fact that his homosexual innuendos do not align with the norm of the country, the acclaimed king of Snapchat has been a media sensation. His words and social media posts are extremely controversial.

He was once arrested by the Lagos State Police Command at Lekki shortly after he publicly announced he is gay. Although his apprehension points towards publicly identifying as homosexual, Bobrisky claimed he was actually arrested following a petition that was written against him by rival and entrepreneur, Toyin Lawani.

Facts 

1. The Nigerian male Barbie grew up in an ordinary average polygamous family. His father is married to three wives, and the celebrity is the youngest child.

2. He started fending for himself when he turned 16 and as a child, his mother repeatedly beat him for his feminine inclinations. Bobrisky disclosed that his mother once hired hooligans for him.

3. As for where he got funds for his business, Bob was once a choreographer, taught people dances and earned money on the side while in the University. He also attended various dance events.

4. He also capitalised on his sense of fashion and got involved in buying and selling clothes.

5. He would apply modest facial makeup in his years in the university and wear women’s attire and deceived men in clubs and bars, but always decline when an admirer expressed a desire for intimacy.

6. He received the title of Best Dressed Male at his faculty and the University of Lagos and soon became the star of the campus.

7. Part of his business strategy was to dress unusually to attract mostly female customers to his store.

8. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, of Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, disclosed that Bobrisky was the most searched individual from October 26 to November 2016.

UEFA Team Of The Season: Ronaldo, Messi And Salah Leads Attack

Real Madrid players have dominated the UEFA squad of the season, following their successful defense of the trophy for the third time in a row.

Lionel Messi is the only player from Barcelona to make the cut, following the La Liga shocking exit by Roma in the competition.

While first runner up, Liverpool were represented by Roberto Firmino, defender Van Dijk an star Mohamed Salah.

Meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne is the only Manchester City player to make the list.

With Roma goal keeper, Allison and striker Edin Dzeko, alongside Chiellini of Juventus the only from Serie A.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were also represented, with Joshua Kimmich and James Rodriguez

Nestle shareholders seek bonus issue, approve N21.8bn dividends

SHAREHOLDERS of Nestle Nigeria Plc have called on the Board and management of the company to consider issuing bonus shares to the shareholders at the end of 2018 financial year, even as they approved N21.8 billion final dividend recommended by the directors for the year ended December 31, 2017. Making the appeal at the company’s Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Lagos, they said that issuance of bonus shares would make the stock more available and allow more Nigerians buy into the company.

The trio of Timothy Adesinyan, National Coordinator (emeritus), Nigeria Shareholders Solidarity Association; Boniface Okezie, National President, Progressive Shareholders Association and William Adebayo, said that shareholders are willing to buy the share but its unavailability due to the ‘hold’ stance of the key investors has made that drive impossible.

“If you look at the share capital history, you will discover that bonus was last given in 2011. We are happy about the N42.50 per share dividend given this year, which is the best so far in the capital market this year, but we need more than that. People want to participant in trading the stock, but it is not available because your own (directors) shareholding is under lock and key. It is only our shares that we trade. So, we want you to think about giving us bonus shares,” said Boniface Okezie.

Addressing the shareholders at the meeting, the chairman, Mr. David Ifezulike, said that Nestle brands remained the leaders in their categories due to the efforts by the company to increase the focus of the marketing on driving penetration through the Popularity Positioned Products (PPP) strategy and educating consumers on the benefits of good nutrition.

According to him, the increase by 34 percent in sales in 2017 is attestation that consumers have continued to trust our brands.

He stated that despite the unstable and challenging business environment in 2017, the company delivered a solid result, recovery from the impact of the recession in 2016. “Revenue increased by 34 percent and profit after tax increased by 326 percent, a remarkable result considering the high operating costs driven by the increased prices of most raw materials and inputs,” he said.

BLOOD FLOWS as Fulani Herdsmen Kill 200 Tivs, Burn Over 8,000 Houses 

Latest crime report as the President of the Tiv Development Association, Nasarawa State, Mr. Boniface Ifer, has revealed that the union had so far lost 200 farmers and 8,570 houses to endless herdsmen attacks in the southern district of the state.

Ifer said this during a town hall meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo during his recent visit to the state to assess the crisis.

Meanwhile according to him, “The killings are still ongoing in Tiv communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen. So far, we have lost over 200 farmers and over8,570 houses torched in the crises”

H

e called on the Federal Government to provide adequate security so as to enable the displaced persons to return to their homes and continue their farming business now that the rainy season had started.

On his part, the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa State, Alhaji Husseini Mohammed, said that 60 Fulani people and thousands of cows had also been killed by the Tiv militia from Benue State.

He, however, asked for the establishment of cattle colonies across the state, adding that doing so would go a long way in bringing to an end the herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Mohammed appealed to the Federal Government to rehabilitate the victims affected by the crisis.

APC: Saraki, Dogara, Dasuki, Govs, lawmakers attend nPDP meeting 


Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Chairman, Former New PDP, has spoken on the group recent parley with APC leadership.

He also disclosed the outcome of the meeting was shared with a number of nPDP members.

It would be recalled that the former PDP stalwarts, two weeks ago, complained of marginalisation in the ruling APC.

On Saturday, a statement Baraje signed said the gathering discussed development in the APC as well as national issues.

The statement, which further revealed those attended the nPDP meeting, read in full: “Nigerians may recall that members of the former New PDP Block within the All Progressives Congress (APC) addressed a letter dated April 27, 2018 to the Chairman of APC where we informed the party of our grievances and expectations from both the party and government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Following this development, the party invited us and we honoured their invitation for a meeting. We met with the leadership of the party last week during which we resolved to report the outcome of our meeting to our members and stakeholders before arriving at any decision or proceeding with the next phase of discussions or actions with the APC and government.

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MAN CAUGHT SNEAKING INTO NEIGHBOR’S FLAT TO HAVE SEX WITH WIFE

Man Caught Sneaking Into Neighbor’s Flat To Have Sex With Wife

Latest report as the police at Area M Command, Idimu, led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Augustine Akika have trapped a man naked as he sneaked into his neigbour’s flat to sleep with his wife in Lagos.

It was gathered that the incident happened off NNPC Road close to Zenith Bank PLC area in Ejigbo Lagos where they resided.

The suspect identified as Mr. Ben Chimaeze had offered N1m but the husband of the woman insisted that he will not collect less than N5m, because he preferred to kill Chimaeze in his house.

It was gathered that Chimaeze had been wooing his neighbour’s wife Nneoma despite the fact that he knew that she was married.

He was said to have taken Nneoma out several times to pepper soup and drink joints and had given her money which she always accepted.

Despite all the gifts, Nneoma had not allowed him to sleep with her not minding his pleadings.

On the day the incident happened, Nneoma was said to have demanded N100,000 and N50,000 differently and he transferred the money to her account.

Mr. Chimaeze was said to have invited her to a hotel but she declined explaining that her husband was popular and if they went to any hotel, somebody who knew her husband might see them.

It was gathered that Nneoma then suggested that he should come to their flat since her husband had traveled and it will be better and safer for her.

According to P.M.Express, Chimaeze agreed and even brought a pack of Mr Biggs for her.

When he got there, Nneoma told him that she will not like to use condom and therefore that he should go to the bathroom and freshen up.

Unknown to him, there was trap set for him by the woman and her husband.

Police sources said that while Chimaeze was in the bathroom, the police arranged by the couple then moved in, took video and asked what he was doing there at that period.

His clothes were seized and Nneoma’s husband gave him boxers’ pant which he wore and he was detained at the Command.

At the Command, he wrote his statement and confessed that he went there to sleep with Nneoma as they had earlier agreed but did not know that it was a trap.

It was gathered that the husband had insisted that Chimaeze must cough out N5m and directed the police at Zone 2 to detain him until he pays the money.

 

BUHARI EXPOSES, NAME THOSE THREATEN VP OSINBAJO POSITION

Buhari  Exposes, Name Those threaten VP Osinbajo Position - (DETAILS)

Latest report as President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told some female lawmakers who visited him at the presidential villa in Abuja that that they were a threat to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The president said this while reacting to a request by the women who asked for the slot of vice- president in subsequent elections in the country.

The women under the auspices of the Nigerian Female Parliamentarians made the request on Friday.

Elizabeth Ativie, chairperson of organisation, who spoke on behalf the delegation, lamented that Nigerian women were being marginalised by their male counterparts in the nation’s body politics.

Ativie is a member of the Edo state house of assembly.

“Since 1999, we only have one principal officer each in the senate and the house of representatives.
And in the state houses of assembly, we have only just five per cent.

“Women are five percent of the total population of elected members of the state houses of assembly and we feel that this is not good enough for all the efforts we women had put in the development of this country particularly in politics.

“We feel the trend now needs to be reversed and we feel you are the only one who can do it now.

“The implementation strategy is simple. Any statement you make today is a policy statement and is a law.

“Many African countries have imbibed that culture of twinning and is working – in Rwanda, in South Africa is working and we believe it will work in Nigeria. Where a man is a president we expect that the vice president should be a woman; where a man is speaker, we expect that the deputy speaker should be a woman and vice versa.”

Responding, Buhari noted the efforts of women in ensuring political stability in the country and for the support given to him during the 2015 presidential election.

“It’s a pity the vice-president is not here. But I believe the secretary to the government of the federation will tell him that his position is threatened,’’ he jokingly told the visiting female parliamentarians.

 

Governor Mohammed Abubakar Accepts Resignation Of Deputy, Nuhu Gidado

Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi has accepted the resignation of his deputy, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado, who turned in his letter of resignation on Wednesday.

In a statement issued on his behalf by Mr Ali M. Ali, Special Adviser, Media, the governor described the tenure of his deputy as “meritorious” and therefore deserving of “commendation”.

“We received the resignation of our Deputy Governor, Engr. Nuhu Gidado.

“On behalf of the people of Bauchi state, I want to thank him for his meritorious service while in office.”

“He remains vital to our administration and party.

“I wish him well in his future endeavours, and he can count on me for support.

“I am also optimistic he will avail the state his service when called upon in the future,” said Ali in the statement, quoting the governor.

It would be recalled that the deputy governor resigned on Wednesday, attributing his action to the dampening of spirit and waning zeal with regards his official responsibilities.

“Ordinarily, I should have remained up to the end of the tenure, but, with the current dampened spirit and waning zeal as it relates to my official engagements, my continued stay will not be fair and truthful to you as my brother and leader.

“In this regard, I feel sure that, Your Excellency will readily recollect the most recent one – on – one discussion we had, precisely, on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, in your office, where, among other issues, I expressed to you, my contemplation to ‘step aside’, if need be, in order to free my conscience.

“I regret to say that it has become necessary to yield to that inner calling, and may this development be in accordance with the blessed will and guidance of Allah,” said the deputy governor in his resignation letter.

Why Buhari Is A Weak Leader – Ben Bruce – Politics

Ben Murray-Bruce,the Senator representing Bayelsa East constituency has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a weak leader.

Bruce said the Buhari-led administration failed in completing any major project in the country apart from Daura Helipad in his hometown.

The Bayelsa lawmaker writing on his Twitter page stated that a strong leader would look after the people rather than himself.

“It is sad that this administration cannot point to any major project initiated, started and completed in the three years they have been in power except the Daura helipad.

“It is a weak leader who looks after himself. A strong leader will rather look after the people who he leads,” Ben Bruce stated.

This is coming at a time when President Buhari hinted on the possibility of probing former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the failed $16 billion power project. This has generated reactions from Nigerians, as well as civil society organisations.

2019: INEC begs pastors, Imams over PVCs, speaks on free, fair elections- Politics

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Abia State, has urged clerics in the state to direct their members to get their Permanent Voters’ Card, PVCs, ahead of the 2019 elections.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the INEC in the state, Joseph Iloh made the appeal while assuring people of the state that the 2019 elections would be free and fair.

Speaking in Umuahia, the state capital, Iloh urged residents to come out en-mass and cast their votes during the 2019 general elections as their votes will be counted, recorded and results declared.

According to Iloh, “a badly conducted election could result in war and anarchy.”

“We know the problem of our people. They find it hard to leave their businesses to go and register. But we are asking them to tell us where and when they gather in good numbers and we will come there with our machines to register them.

“What they fear is that their votes do not count but I promise that in Abia this time, their votes will be counted, recorded as it is and the results announced as it is.

“We are begging our clerics to encourage our people to go and register for elections because the clerics are respected and once they open their mouths to tell their members to go and register, they will go.

“Our people should know that anybody who has no PVC and is not willing to get one is not a friend of the community and people who do not vote have no good plans for their community,” he said.

Pastor Sentenced To Death By Hanging Cries Out As He Repents In Prison – Crime

Rev.Chibuike Ezeokeke, a self acclaimed pastor of the Holy Junction Prayer Ministry in Okpo Ekwulobia, Anambra state who is now on the death row cell of the Enugu medium prison has reportedly cried out, asking for God’s divine intervention in his ordeal.

Pastor Ezeokeke was found guilty of murder and condemned to death by hanging by the Court 1of the Anambra State High,Ekwulobia presided over by His Lordship, Justice P.Obiora on June 21 last year for killing his cousin, Mr Emmanuel Ezeokeke.

Pastor Chibuike is only waiting for the hangman’s appointment, having lost 90 days of appeal grace on September 2017.

The Ekwulobia UrbanNews learnt that the pastor’s travails began on May 6th, 2009 when he stabbed late Emmanuel, son of his sister, Rita Okonkwor, nee Ezeokeke during a fight over the family’s land.

Pastor Chibuike had built on a land the late Emmanuel and his mother Rita believed was their share of the family lands, but the pastor disapproved and asked his sister and her son to meet the first son of their father, Louis, whom the pastor accused of selling the very land apportioned to Emmanuel.

Pastor Chibuike after stabbing Emmanuel to death, absconded with his family of six to an unknown destination resulting in the police putting a tag on him and declaring him wanted.

According to reports, nobody knew his whereabouts until November 2010, sixteen months after killing his cousin when he was sighted in a town called Akpugoeze in Enugu state near Orumba North local government area of Anambra.

Someone who knew him while he was doing commercial bike business had alerted the neighborhood and told them about the pastor’s case in Ekwulobia. And that was how he was almost lynched at the scene of his capture before the arrival of detectives of the homicide division of the Aguata Divisional Police headquarters Ekwulobia.

It was said that Pastor Chibuike was caught while organizing a church crusade in Akpugoeze.

On June 21,2017,the presiding judge found Pastor Chibuike guilty as charged and sentenced him to death by hanging without option of fine.

Pastor Chibuike had 90 days grace to appeal against the judgement, starting from the date it was delivered, but he never did.

He is now from the death row inmate cell of the Enugu medium prison hoping for a divine intervention to escape from the hangman’s appointment.

Ekwulobia UrbanNews exclusively learnt that Pastor Chibuike has equally began evangelical works among his fellow condemned inmates of the prison with a view to turning a new leaf and be part of any prerogative of mercy measures anytime by the Anambra state governor, Sir Willie Obiano.

 

Leah Sharibu: Lest we forget

I hope we will still remember her in the next six months or one year. Leah Sharibu, I mean. She is one of the 110 girls abducted by the Al Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group on February 19, 2018 from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State.

She was 14 years then. On Monday, May 14, she turned 15. A birthday that should have called for celebration became a sad reminder of her frightening fate – 83 days in captivity. Her highly distraught mother was inconsolable. A flood of tears bore testimony to her anguish.

The teenager’s case is disheartening. An ardent Christian, her abductors made the renunciation of her faith a precondition for her release. She refused, preferring captivity and possible death if need be. Had she decided otherwise, Leah would have been freed on March 21, together with 104 other colleagues.

We are told that five of the hapless girls died in captivity. It is instructive that almost two months after, the identities of the dead girls remain a mystery.

Government’s seeming lack of interest I still have my doubts just like many other Nigerians about what really happened in this Dapchi abduction saga. But that is a story for another day. What worries me today is government’s seeming lack of interest in bringing back this remarkable girl with uncommon courage.

Some Nigerians living in denial try not to clothe the Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen in religious garb, but Leah’s case has put a lie to the façade, becoming, as it were, a defining moment. It also put the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in a quandary.

On what condition did the terrorists release the other girls, keeping back the Christian among them? Did the government know of the intention of the terrorists to hold on to Leah as a trophy? How much was paid to secure the release of the other girls? How much more do they want to release Leah Sharibu? Or they just want her to become a Muslim before they will open the gates of heaven for her? On her birthday, Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu, accused the federal government of abandoning his family.

“It is very sad and the family is very weak,” he said.

“To be honest, I have not received any support from the government but from the community and church members, I thank God because they have been encouraging me, lifting me through their prayers, visitation and words of advice.

“I have not heard anything from federal, state and local governments since my daughter was abducted. I am even confused now.”

He pleaded with Nigerians to mount pressure on the government to do something about his daughter’s unnerving fate.

The advocacy group, Bring Back our Girls (BBOG), also accused the federal government of abandoning Leah’s family and the Dapchi community. Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Florence Ozor, leaders of the group, insisted on Monday that there was no reason why the arrangement made by the government to secure the other girls’ release should leave out Leah.

“Leah Sharibu, the only #DapchiGirl who remains in captivity (for refusing to renounce her faith and convert to another religion) turns 15 years of age today,” the group said in a statement.

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Ex-police commissioner docked for alleged N1.9 billion fraud- Crime

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned a former Commissioner of Police (CP), Victor Onofiok

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned a former Commissioner of Police (CP), Victor Onofiok, on a 21-count charge of money laundering and illegal diversion of police funds to the tune of N1.9 billion, before Justice Chizoba Oji of the FCT High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja.

Mr Onofiok, who served as the CP, C Department in charge of Works, Logistics and Supply of the Nigeria Police Force, Force Headquarters, was accused of abuse of office and award of contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of police facilities across the country to personal companies.

Count one reads:

“That you, CP Victor Onofiok (rtd), while serving as CP Force Headquarters, between 2008 -2009 at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court being a servant did unlawfully use your office and position to corruptly confer unfair advantage upon yourself and business registered names which you operate namely: Faksene International, Dutse Allah Construction Ventures, Nne-Edak Technical Ventures, Puristic Adherent Company and Quality Watch Construction Company”.

Particulars of count fifteen of the charge read:

“That you, CP Victor Onofiok (rtd), while serving as a Commissioner of Police, CP, C Department Works, Logistics and Supply of the Nigeria Police Force , Force Headquarters, Abuja sometime in September 2011 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court while being employed in public service knowingly acquired indirectly a private interest in a contract for rehabilitation of 3 Nos. 8 flat Inspectors Quarters at Victoria Island, Police Station Type B at Bar Beach and rehabilitation of 1 No 8 Man Rank and File Quarters at Ikorodu, Lagos State, in the sum of N95,670,500.00 (Ninety Five million, Six Hundred and Seventy Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) awarded to Quantity Watch Construction Company, a registered business name on account of your public service as the Commissioner of Police, C Department, Works, Logistics and Supply and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Ofences Act 2000”.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea of ‘not guilty’, Deborah Eteh, counsel to EFCC, urged the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the suspect in prison custody.

However, Mr Onofiok’s counsel, Paul Erokoro, informed the court that he had a pending bail application for the defendant.

“My Lord, the defendant is on administrative bail by the prosecution and has not breached any of its terms. We urged the court to grant him bail,” Mr Erokoro pleaded.

Mr Eteh opposed the bail application and urged the court to refuse it, considering the gravity of the offence committed

Justice Oji, while fixing June 1 for hearing of the bail application ordered the remand of the defendant in EFCC custody.

News: 700 Boko Haram fighters ready to surrender – Nigerian Govt

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Nigeria said no fewer than 700 Boko Haram militants have signified their intention to surrender as it told the world the unprecedented humanitarian crisis triggered by the nine-year-old insurgency in the North-east.

Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Tijjani Bande, told the UN Security Council that 14.8 million people were affected by the crisis. He said 1.7 million people were internally displaced, with the most adversely affected being children and women.

Mr Bande spoke during an Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts.

He assured the international community that ‘The Buhari Plan’ would bring relief to North-east Nigeria, currently ravaged by Boko Haram as all efforts were being taken against the insurgency.

The Presidential Committee for North-east Initiative developed ‘The Buhari Plan’ – a framework of action to ensure the rehabilitation of the victims of insurgency and the reconstruction of their communities.

Mr Bande said a robust Social Protection Initiative, and a second National Action Plan to fully implement the provisions of resolution 1325 (2000) had been instituted to protect civilians, particularly women and children from the Boko Haram ravages.

“To that end, the initiatives will also complement the implementation of ‘The Buhari Plan’, which provides a blueprint for the comprehensive humanitarian relief and socioeconomic stabilisation of the North-East, as well as the return and resettlement of displaced persons.

“We are collaborating with our neighbours, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force, to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which is targeting civilians, particularly women and children,” Mr Bande said.

The Buhari Plan aims to achieve a safe and prosperous North-east that would be a global model for post-conflict socio-economic recovery and development.

The envoy noted that Nigeria was among the first group of states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration in Oslo, thereby making a pledge to protect schools during armed conflicts and using and promoting the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict.

Mr Bande said the declaration complemented and strengthened Nigeria’s national Safe Schools Initiative established in 2014, as part of the response by the Federal Government to promote safe zones for learning.

He said these initiatives reflected government’s commitment to ensuring the security of women and children during armed conflicts and enhancing their active and direct participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

The ambassador said: “It is heartening to note that over a thousand kidnapped women and children have been rescued, and all territories once controlled by the group have been recovered.

“Indeed, our experience in the Lake Chad Region today, is evidence that with determined international collaboration, terrorism can be defeated.

“In addition, the Government of Nigeria has adopted a multinational and multi-agency approach tagged ‘Operation Safe Corridor’, to effectively handle the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration of willing and surrendered Boko Haram members back to the society”.

The Nigerian envoy said so far, many insurgents had willingly surrendered to the military, while about 700 others had indicated interest to surrender.

He said Nigeria had taken steps to cater to victims of Boko Haram in the form of rape and other sexual violence against children, abduction of children and other grave violations.

According to him, these steps include providing humanitarian relief, financial, economic, educational and psycho-social support.

“Despite the tremendous efforts being made at the national level, we acknowledge that protecting civilians in conflict situations remains a critical challenge, not only for the United Nations, but also for the entire international community.

“We therefore call for continued collaboration and assistance among the international community to address this issue.

“On this note, we pay tribute to our security forces, peacekeepers, humanitarian workers, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders for their hard work, often in difficult circumstances, to ensure the safety and the security of civilians,” Mr Bande said.

Facebook has ‘done a better job’ in recent elections – Zuckerberg

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Facebook has been better prepared to identify and delete misinformation in elections around the world since the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told EU lawmakers on Tuesday.

“We were too slow to identify Russian interference on Facebook in the U.S. presidential election at the time,’’ Mr Zuckerberg said.

“I have more confidence that we’re going to get this right going forward because we’ve already done a better job in several important elections since 2016.

“Including the French presidential election, the German elections and the Alabama special election in the U.S. last year.”

He also drew the lawmakers’ attention to the positive role Facebook has played by allowing leaders to connect directly with voters and by helping millions of people register around the world who may otherwise have not gone to the polls.

NEWS: Saraki vs IGP: Senate delegation meets president Buhari at Aso Rock

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is meeting with 10-man senate delegation raised to address the ongoing impasse between the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Inspector-General of Police over a criminal case involving some suspected cultists.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the Senate delegation included former governors of Nasarawa (Abdullahi Adamu), Gombe (Danjuma Goje) and Akwa Ibom, Mr Godswill Akpabio.

NAN observed that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Mr Ita Enang also accompanied the senators to the meeting with the president.

It would be recalled that the Senate had on May 9 passed a vote of no confidence on the IGP, describing him as “enemy of democracy’’ over his failure to honour its invitations twice.

Idris, however, asked the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Joseph Habila to represent at the Senate.

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday also accused the IGP of plotting to implicate him and Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara in a murder case involving some suspected cultists.

The Senate on Thursday raised a 10-man panel to meet with President Buhari over the allegation levelled against the IGP by Saraki.

NEWS📰:FG, others plan N1.7tn investment in Niger Delta

The Federal Government on Monday announced that about N1.7tn would be invested by various stakeholders in the Niger Delta between this year and 2021.

It said the fund would be spent on the development of the region, adding that about N50bn had been spent on the payment of stipends to ex-militants from the area.

The Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Charles Achodo, disclosed these at the 7th Sustainability in the Extractive Conference in Abuja.

Achodo said the current Presidential Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government in the region was not sustainable, as it was not a solution to the crisis in the Niger Delta.

He stated, “The amnesty is very clear and it cannot be a solution to the state of insecurity in the Niger Delta. A situation where you are paying people N65,000 every month to keep quiet, that does not solve the problem.

“If you multiply N65,000 by the number of militants and by the number of years the programme has been running, you are looking at close to N50bn. That is a huge amount of money. It is not sustainable and it is not guaranteeing you what you expect in the place.”

Achodo said $40bn had been invested in 11,000 projects in the Niger Delta over the last 10 years without concrete evidence.

This, he noted, led to the creation of the Niger Delta Development Compact by the Federal Government to mobilise N1.7tn to the region in the short to medium-term.

Achodo stated, “If you look closely, since the past 10 years, up to $40bn has been made available for that region and you can never tour the Niger Delta and see a N1bn or a N500m investment.

“When you look at the Niger Delta Development Compact, which we have, which covered the short term, medium-term from now till 2021, you are looking at a total investment of N1.7tn that is earmarked for the region and that covered what the oil companies are putting into the region, what government agencies are putting into the region and all kinds of investments that are required in that region.”

 

NEWS📰:Nigerians want their money back – Garba Shehu fires back at Omokri


Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) has asked former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri to return all the money allegedly stolen under his principal’s watch.

He told Omokri that him and his acolytes should forget the dream of presiding over the affairs of Nigeria.

Omokri had lambasted Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari for his statement about Patience.

He accused Shehu of engaging in ‘transmission attack’ against the former First Lady while explaining “his boss’ colossal loss of popularity as the 2019 elections approaches”.

“Again, I am forced to respond to the childishness of the Nigerian Presidency under Muhammadu Buhari when his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu took aim at former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, making her collateral damage to explain away his boss’ colossal loss of popularity as the 2019 elections approaches. I would like to inform Garba Shehu that Dame Patience Jonathan is not responsible for the abysmal failure of the Buhari administration, neither is she a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

We Know Our Friends In Times Of Adversity’, Melaye Says In Long, Emotional Note

You have strengthened my resolve and hardened my flesh against those who seek to devour and make meat of me. You have once again proved to me the axiom in the saying that ‘in prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.’ I am very grateful. For your sake, I remain unbowed.

We Know Our Friends In Times Of Adversity, Melaye Says In Long, Emotional Note
Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, has penned a lengthy emotional note to thank those who have stood by him in his moment of adversity.

Melaye is being prosecuted by the Police at a court in Kogi State for alleged gunrunning and at another one in Abuja for attempted suicide.

After spending some weeks in detention, he was granted bail last week in the sume of N10million and a surety.

Writing on Facebook on Monday evening, he claimed he was being subjected to “an endless barrage of physical, psychological, metaphysical and emotional torture and assault” because he “called injustice by its name and called for accountability”.

However, he thanked his loyal supporters, saying he felt blessed to have “courageous and dependable people like you as my fellow soldiers in the struggle”.

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Drama as family tells lover to marry corpse of their daughter

The family of a girl, Confidence Nwanma, allegedly killed by her boyfriend has declared that the killer boyfriend must marry the corpse of the deceased in line with the tradition of the family.

Nwanma was stabbed to death sometime last week by her boyfriend, Saliu Ladayo at Oshinle area of Akure, the Ondo State capital following a disagreement that ensued between them.

The deceased’s father, Mr. Jude Nwanma, who spoke with journalists in the state at their residence at Oke Aro, Akure, said the traditional rites must be performed in their hometown in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State before burying the late daughter.

Nwanma explained that failure to perform the traditional rites would bring calamity to the family of Ladayo.

He said, “In our place, it is mandatory that the man must marry the corpse of our daughter killed in cold blood. We must perform the normal traditional rites by taking the corpse to our village where the marriage would take place.

“It is mandatory that he pays everything in double the normal. He would perform all the traditional rites before our family would let him go. This is because, without this traditional rites, every young person from the family of the boy would never get to the age of our daughter, but must die a sudden death just like our daughter.

“This is not our making, it is the tradition of our ancestors even before we were born. Our people all over the world are waiting for the court judgment. Any way it goes, the boy must perform the marital rites of our daughter’s corpse before anything.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph confirming the incident said the suspect would soon appear in court.

According to the PPRO, “The suspect was asking the girl to date him which she refused. The suspect claimed that the deceased embarrassed him publicly which infuriated him, and he stabbed her, leading to her death.

“The suspect has been arrested and the police would soon charge him to court after investigation.”

Nigeria excludes 41 items from China currency swap deal



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Nigeria has banned 41 items from the goods to be imported from China under the currency swap deal that takes effect next month.

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said the Nigeria-China currency swap deal would not cover certain items because they were not eligible for foreign exchange.

 

CBN on June 23, 2015, imposed a ban on accessing foreign exchange on the official market for the importation of some goods and services.

 

The aim was to encourage local production of those items, conserve foreign reserves and improve employment.

 

The items banned include rice, cement, poultry, tinned fish, furniture, toothpicks, kitchen utensils, table wares, textiles, clothes, tomato pastes, soap and cosmetics.

 

Security and razor nails

Also banned were private jets, roofing sheets, metal boxes, wire rods, steel nails, security and razor nails, ceramic tiles, glassware, cellophane, plastic and rubber products.

CBN last year signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with China, worth about $2.7 billion (N720 billion).

 

According to CBN, the decision would ensure the protection of the local companies and shield Nigeria from being a dumping ground for Chinese goods.

 

CBN’s acting director, corporate communications Isaac Okorafor, said: “This deal will open further the export market to China.’’

 

“The first thing is that we are going to focus on exports to China. Also, remember that we already export cassava products to China as well as leather, hides and skin amongst others.”

Set up factories

Mr Okorafor further said that with the Nigeria-China currency swap deal, the Naira was expected to appreciate against the US dollar as the demand for the American currency eases.

 

“China accounts for a quarter or more of imports into Nigeria.

 

“The exchange of currencies between the Nigerian Central Bank and the Chinese Central Bank will make it easier for our entrepreneurs to have direct access to foreign exchange in Renminbi, ” Mr Okorafor explained.

 

 

He noted that one of the advantages of the deal was that it would encourage Chinese companies to set up factories in Nigeria, which would lead to job creation.

 

“Chinese investors are interested in setting up shop here. And that is because if they produce here, it will be better for them,” he said.

Husband docked for allegedly assaulting wife

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A 47-year-old unemployed man, Olakunle Adebayo, was on Monday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly flogging his wife with a belt.

Olakunle whose address was not provide is facing a two-count charge bordering on assault.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Friday Mameh, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences on May 16, at 7.30p.m., at Road 16, Ikota Lekki, Lagos State.

He said the accused unlawfully assaulted his wife, Mrs Tolulope Adebayo by flogging her on the head with a belt.

“The complainant also fell and sustained an injury when accused pushed her,’’ he said.

Mameh alleged that the accused was in the habit of assaulting the complainant over her refusal to fend for him.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 170 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Mr B. I. Bakare, in his ruling granted the accused bail in the sum of N150, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case until June 4 for mention.