Thursday, 31 December 2015
Welcome to the beginning of a New Year of the continuation of CHANGE in our beloved nation. I am aware that Nigerians have experienced a number of significant hardships over the past months. Living in the State House has not alienated me from your daily sufferings. I am aware of the lengthy queues at fuel stations and of the difficulties businesses have faced in acquiring foreign exchange.
These challenges are only temporary; we are working to make things better. When I presented myself to you as a presidential candidate and asked you to vote for me, I wanted to be a leader who keeps his promises. I wanted to be a leader who restores the people's hope in those elected to serve them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates positive and enduring CHANGE.
I am still totally committed to being that kind of leader. Unforeseen circumstances and other distractions notwithstanding, I shall still do my utmost best to keep every promise I made to Nigerians during my election campaign. In the past seven months since our inauguration on May 29, 2015, my administration has focused on laying the right foundation for the CHANGE you voted for during our historic presidential election. Nigerians will in due course begin to enjoy the fruits of all our ongoing work.
The effective and efficient implementation of our 2016 budget proposals will address many of the socio-economic issues that are of current concern to our people. One area in which Nigerians, especially those in the northeast, have already begun to experience major CHANGE is in the war on terror. I commend our Armed Forces for significantly curtailing the insurgency which has ravaged the northeast of Nigeria over the past few years.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done in the area of security. Our Armed Forces will maintain, consolidate and build on their successes in the war against Boko Haram and violent extremism. This government will not consider the matter concluded until the terrorists have been completely routed and normalcy restored to all parts of the country that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Our crackdown on corruption will continue to be vigorously undertaken. I urge the courts to support our efforts and help in the recovery of stolen funds by speedily concluding trials and showing that impunity no longer has a place in our country.
There is much work to do in other areas as well and I have charged all my ministers and other appointees to ensure that Nigerians experience positive changes in their lives in 2016. We must reduce our country's reliance on oil. We must diversify our economy.
And we must do all we can to promote job creation. Our challenges are many but our determination to succeed is strong and unshaken. So too is our confidence in God. I wish you all a very
Happy New Year.
South African king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been sentenced to 12-years in prison for arson, kidnap and assault of his subjects. King Dalindyebo handed himself over to the Mthatha Correctional Center in Eastern Cape province minutes before midnight on Wednesday, December 30, after failing in an 11th-hour bid to evade incarceration by seeking a retrial or a presidential pardon.
In a statement, Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said:
"We confirm that King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo handed himself to the head of Mthatha Corresctional Centre at 23h40 in the presence of the Regional Commissionerof the Eastern Cape"
In 2009, the controversial king was convicted of manslaughter, arson and assault charges for offenses committed more than two decades ago. He was sentenced to 15 years in 2009, but in October the Supreme Court dropped the manslaughter charge and reduced his sentence to 12 years on appeal.
This week he sought to further extend his bail, but a High Court judge in Mthatha threw out the request. The king's daughter, Yasmin Omar, stated that the judge had not given them reasons for his decision.
"No indication was given for when we can expect the reasons for the dismissal of the application and we will continue with the case," said Omar.
He is expected to serve his sentence in Wellington Prison, outside Mthatha.
The 51-year-old king, a self-confessed marijuana smoker, was found guilty of torching dwellings that housed some of his subjects and tenants who had resisted eviction.
He was also convicted of publicly assaulting three young men who had already been brutally beaten by his henchmen, and of kidnapping a wife and children of one of his subjects whom he considered a dissident.
The Supreme Court concluded that the king "ruled with fear and trepidation" and that "his behavior was all the more deplorable because the victims of his reign of terror were the vulnerable rural poor." It also accused him of "obstructive" action for changing his lawyers 11 times, causing 34 postponements of the case.
Dalindyebo became king of the Thembu, a Xhosa ethnic group that boasted Mandela as its most prominent clan member, in 1989. The royal family will meet next week to discuss whether a successor should be chosen due to their monarch's imprisonment.
This accident happened this morning around 10am on the 3rd mainland bridge. We can't say if there are any casualties.
There was confusion yesterday at Tinubu, Lagos Island, after a suspected vandal, Johnson Ede, jumped from a car conveying him and five others to a magistrates’ court in the area.
Ede and other suspects ─ Emmanuel Peters, 29; Idris Adamu, 27; Mohammed Ahmed, 37; Salisu Adamu, 33; and 23-year-old Odichi Ochechi ─ were arrested for allegedly vandalising water pipes on Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island and for stealing 350 metres of 12mm cables owned by Hitec Construction Company Limited on December 28, 2015.
It was gathered that 32-year-old Ede escaped through the window of the moving car with a pair of handcuffs in his hand.
Punch Metro learnt that a woman corporal was taking Ede, whose name appeared as the first defendant on the charge sheet, and the five others to court when the incident happened.
Punch correspondent gathered the officer was not assisted in chasing the fleeing suspect when she called for help from passersby.
When the other five suspects were subsequently arraigned before the court a few hours later, she narrated the incident to the presiding magistrate, Mr. L.A. Owolabi, who enquired about the whereabouts of Ede, whose name appeared on the charge sheet as the first defendant.
“The car was moving when he (Ede) jumped from the window and escaped with the handcuffs in his hands. I was shouting for help, but people did not respond. I decided to let him go so that the five others would not escape as well. We were almost at the court when he jumped down. I can’t explain how he managed to escape,” she said.
The remaining five suspects were arraigned on three counts bordering on vandalism and stealing by a police prosecutor, Inspector R.A. Odigie.
The charges read, “That you, Emmanuel Peters, Idris Adamu, Mohammed Ahmed, Salisu Adamu and Odihi Ochechi, and others now at large, on December 28, 2015, at about 3pm, on Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: stealing and wilful damage.
“That you, and others now at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did wilfully damage drainage pipes valued at N200,000, and water pipes valued at N100,000, property of Hitech Construction Company Limited, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
“That you and others now at large on the same date, time and place did steal 350 metres of 12mmm cables, property of Hitech Construction Company Limited, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were admitted to bail by Owolabi, in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Owolabi added that the sureties must be gainfully employed, related to the defendants by blood and evidence of tax payments made to the state government to the prosecutor for verification.
The case was adjourned till February 29, 2016 for mention.
This went down on Instagram today, This dude who happens to be the holy spirit filled head pastor of the Dubai branch of Grace Assembly church did the unthinkable when he went on Instagram to flirt thinking that nobody would recognize him.
The randy man of God commented on the first pics declaring his interest in grabbing and squeezing the lady's breasts not thinking about who he is, His philandering was not so clandestine after-all because people decoded and before he could privatize his account i have gotten all i needed.
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Today , two Air Force Cadets were apprehended by Lagos State Governor’s Convoy for locking a citizen, Dahiru Lawal in the trunk of the car.Abdullahi Fahad (left) and Peter O. Solomon (right) committed the act at Mile 12 on Ikorodu road, Lagos, today Wednesday, December 30.
Tragedy struck again in the industrial town of Nnewi, Anambra State, when a drunken policeman shot dead three people in a traditional marriage of the daughter of a renowned Lagos business¬man at Uruagu-Nnewi.The victims, whose identities were kept secret, were believed to be Nollywood stars.However, a post on the social media identified one of the Nollywood actors as Charles Okocha. He was said to have been hit by a stray bullet.Okocha’s friend, Kelly Hand¬some, a singer, who broke the news on social media, said: “I’ve just been informed that my nigga, @charles_okocha has just been rushed to the ER (Emergency Room). He just got hit by a stray bullet supposedly fired randomly by some mobile policeman. Dumb sh**t! Pls let us pray 4 him, he needs our prayers now. Thanks” (sic).Eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident, said that the bride and her Imo State-born heartthrob were dancing and being sprayed with crisp naira and dollar notes at about 6.30pm when the unexpected happened.They said the occasion had been going on smoothly with many prominent Nnewi businessmen in attendance when shots were heard from outside the gate and the guests ran for safety.He claimed that one of the guests ran inside the main compound and informed the celebrants what transpired outside.It was later discovered that the drunken policeman had actually killed three prominent Nollywood actors who came to grace the occasion.It was learnt that immediately after the shooting, the policeman came to his senses and wept profusely. He allegedly rolled over the lifeless body of one of the victims.Sources said that some police¬men, vigilantes, civil defence and other security agents thereafter dis¬armed their drunken colleague.The bodies of the victims were later taken to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) in Nnewi.The Police Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Com¬mand, DSP Okechukwu Ali con¬firmed the incident. Ali said however, that two people were shot, of which one died and the other is responding to treatment in an un-disclosed hospital.Photo depiction
Captain Mathew Ekeinde husband of star actress, Omotola Jalade has been married to his beautiful wife for twenty years, a feat which many will agree is a rare feat in the entertainment industry.
In a chat with City People, he gave reasons why he chose Omotola and married haer at a very young age, and stated that her virginity was one of the factors that influenced his choice.
"I have always believed and still believed it was God’s arrangement, I met my wife when she was 16 and married her when she was 18 so I knew her for 2 years but she has always been a lot older than her age in terms of her maturity, her physical structure, and the way she thinks.
She is way ahead of her peers in her IQ. Of course I am older than her for 10 years and that was never a barrier, it was just something that just happened, I saw her and I fell in love with her and of course because I had always wanted to marry a virgin and she had turned 18 then and she seemed to fit into every item on the list I had written I wanted in a woman, for me the age difference was not an issue, the age of consent in Nigeria is 18,infact that was why I waited for her actually so it just happened.
I can’t tell you why, nothing really specific but its heaven’s arrangement."
20-year old, Super Eagles player Moses Simon tied the knot with his heartthrob, Ibukun Sarah Adenuga yesterday. The couple had their engagement in the morning at the bride's home in Ibadan, Oyo State, before heading to the Civic Centre where they held their wedding reception. Few of his colleagues were also there to grace the occasion. Moses only became a regular player for Super Eagles under the leadership of Sunday Oliseh. We say congrats to him.
So this guy na 20years and him don wed. Naija players go make good lawyers o.
In a shocking twist of fate,a soccer player's old tweets came back to haunt him when Spanish champions Barcelona hired and fired him on the same day. Spanish national daily sport newspaper Marca reports that Sergi Guardiola, 24, made the dream move Monday from AD Alcorcon to the Catalan club's B side which is renowned for cultivating future international stars . But tweets posted from his account during the 2013 El Clásico clash between Barcelona and arch rivals Real Madrid were soon dug up.. They included insults to his new team, its star player Lionel Messi and the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain as a whole.The tweets read
"I wouldn't have Messi in my team; he spoils the way the team plays," one of the messages attributed to Guardiola states. "Up Real Madrid, and the hell with Catalonia."
A Barcelona statement said,
"FC Barcelona has decided to terminate the contract signed with Sergi Guardiola, after finding that he had published offensive tweets about the club and Catalonia,"
Guardiola, later claimed a friend had posted the tweets as a joke.
"I want to make clear I didn't write those tweets. A friend took my phone and did it. It's a misunderstanding," he told the Spanish radio station Cope. "The tweets are from 2013, a joke from a friend, I didn't even know the tweets existed."
"Now I’m going home, we’ll see what happens,” he added.
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed regret for referring to President Buhari as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile during one of his programmes on his radio station on August 1st this year. Kanu tendered the apology for his comment against Buhari, Jonathan and others in a statement which he made to the DSS on October 23rd.
The statement in part reads
"Reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile is regrettable and uncalled for and for that, I unreservedly apologise and will be doing so in a private letter to the President. Before PMB (President Buhari) there was the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. I also said uncomplimentary things about him and Igbo elders as well, which I now recognise should not have happened because it is un-African to be rude or insolent to elders. All I was trying to do is to draw attention to the problems afflicting society and something done about them.”.
He says he is however not apologetic on his stand for the actualization of the Biafran state. Kanu who is standing trial for treason and five other offenses, was arrested on October 14th this year. He was recently charged to court by the federal government.
62-year-old Babatunde Idris has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for parading himself as a colonel in the Nigerian Army and using a fake identity to defraud one Yinusa Mustapha of the sum of N40m.
The state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said Idris was arrested after a petition was filed against him.
“Following a petition received alleging the fraudulent activities of Idris, the command’s Anti-kidnapping Squad swung into action and arrested the suspect, who until his arrest had fraudulently obtained various sums of money from his victims.”
Oyebade added that the suspect promised his last victim, Mustapha, that he would help him to get a certificate for oil importation in 2012, but up till now that hasn't been done. He failed to complete the deal after the money was paid into his account.
The commissioner added:
“The suspect forged various letterheads of the Nigerian Army which he issued to unsuspecting individuals and corporate organisations soliciting assistance. He also had multiple identities under fake names all bearing the status of a colonel”.
The suspect said on the other hand said:
“I collected N16m from him claiming to be a colonel in the army. I signed the form, but truly I am not a military man. One of my brothers is a general in the army. One day, he gave me a letter to help somebody, so I made a copy of it.
“Mustapha wanted me to help him to collect certificate of oil lifting and because I knew people who could do it, I took the money from him, but the deal failed.”
Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Professor Foluke Ogunleye, a lecturer with Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, who was at point also the Head, Department of Dramatic Art has died in a ghastly auto crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Ogunleye was on her way to Lagos on boxing day, 26th of December, when the accident occurred.
The late professor is believed to be the elder sister of Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari. She was 53.
According to the person who shared the photo on Twitter, @sunnyshaima, it is. This is supposedly a typical examination hall in Saudi Arabia.
ISIS militants only truly fear one of the nations that opposes it, according to a journalist who spent time living among them., Islamic State fighters told Jürgen Todenhöfer, 75, that Israel is the one nation they are wary of.
Mr Todenhöfer, who spent 10 days in Syria in 2014, told Jewish News:
"They think they can defeat US and UK ground troops, who they say they have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies."But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists."They are not scared of the British and the Americans, they are scared of the Israelis and told me the Israeli army is the real danger."
Outspoken Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, has been suspected from party politics by the APC in Kaduna state. In a letter to the Senator dated Dec. 27th, the party said the suspension is 11 months and listed his offenses to include uttering statements that allegedly
“violate the rules of engagement of the party, factionalizing the party, and engaging in anti-party activities by criticizing the policies of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. Hardly a week passes by that his group will not be on air criticizing and challenging the enduring legacies of ElRufai, that his statement on national issues is not in conformity with that of the state government and government of Kaduna State,” the statement read.
So, it's now a crime to criticize a governor? Are we not in a democracy? The party also banned Sen. Sani from engaging in party activities in the state through out the 11 months suspension...
Monday, 28 December 2015
MBGN TOURISM EMBARKS ON A ONE WEEK TOUR WITH SEC. SCH STUDENTS TO TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS AND HERITAGE SITES IN NIGERIA
This yuletide season is one that would forever linger in the hearts of 20 secondary school students as the MBGN Tourism 2015, Miss Chizoba Ejike through her Chizoba Ejike Foundation treated sec. sch. students to a
Kelly Handsome broke the news on his page last night..Hopefully he survives.
Who know the actual situation report?
The star-studded event was packed full with people inside and outside the venue and had outstanding performances from
Hell was let loose at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, South-South Region 11, Town, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, as aggrieved worshipers grounded the Sunday service over alleged mismanagement of church funds and unjustified sack of the pastor.
The infuriated protesters, who carried
The Central Bank of Nigeria has said the decision of Deposit Money Banks to place a restriction on the use of Automated Teller Machine cards abroad by bank customers is due to scarcity of foreign exchange.
The apex bank said while it had
On Saturday ,twin brothers, their friend were shot dead by a trigger happy policeman who also killed himself.It was also revealed the twin boys were the only children of their mother and they lost their father in 2014.
Now, the seventy-five-year-old Beatrice Oyesolu, the mother of twin brothers shot dead by the policeman guarding
The visit is interestingly the first time in the history of the state that such would happen being that no government in the South East of Nigeria has
Sunday, 27 December 2015
A Boko Haram attack in a village in Borno state has claimed 8 lives.
The attack took place on Christmas day as Boko haram fighters stormed Kimba village in Gur ward of Biu Local Government Area.
13 People were also abducted
MI confessed to Potpourri in an interview that he lives in mortal fear of fair girls because he believes most of them are not natural. He said before he would take one for a wife he would need to see a picture of her as a child just
Sunday Punch learnt that among the deceased were twin brothers identified as Taiwo and Kehinde Oyesunle and their friend known simply
Saturday, 26 December 2015
An unamed 10-year old boy's right arm is positioned for full amputation at the National Orthopedic Hospital in Enugu State as a
His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, has revealed that he used his personal income to rebuild a church that was destroyed during religious unrest at Rogo local government area in the state, Leadership reports.
The former CBN governor stated this during a one day Inter-Religious and Community Conference organised by the
The former CBN governor stated this during a one day Inter-Religious and Community Conference organised by the
He was however blocked by
The Turkish president appeared to prevent a suicide on Christmas Day after he was filmed persuading a man to get back from the edge of a bridge. The unnamed man was thought to be preparing to jump when Recep Erdogan's motorcade was
Peter of psquare was seen hanging out with Obafemi Martins at a club.
The talented Nigerian footballer appears to be having the fun with the artist and we all know what their hands gestures means right here in Nigeria.
Presented below are
A panel set up by the Kano State Government to investigate allegations of sodomy among students and teachers at the Hassan Gwarzo College has found the school culpable in the offence.
Speaking to journalists shortly after