related May 2016

Governor Nyesom-Wike, his wife and children at state banquet (Photos)

 
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom-Wike is pictured with his wife, Justice Suzzette and their children at the State banquet concluding the commemorative activities marking the one year in office of the administration...

More photos below..

Turkey President Erdogan warns Muslims against using birth control

 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims to reject contraception & have more children. Reuters cited Erdogan as saying in a live-broadcast speech in Istanbul on Monday, May 30.
"We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such approach. Nobody can interfere in God's work. The first duty here belongs to mothers.

Eye-witnesses call Amber Heard a liar, says she was the aggressor

 
Amber Heard has been accused of lying against Johnny Depp that he assaulted her..

Below is how TMZ is reporting it..
"Amber Heard screamed to Johnny Depp in the middle of their argument last week, "Stop hitting me!!!" Problem is ... when she screamed Johnny was more than 6 yards away -- so claim 2 witnesses. Sources connected to the case tell TMZ, 2 security guards -- Jerry Judge and Sean Bett -- were standing in the entryway inside Johnny and Amber's apartment unit, giving them space during the argument, when out of nowhere they heard Amber scream.

Queen Elizabeth II and her cute Dogs covers Vanity Fair Magazine’s Latest Issue

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Queen Elizabeth II poses for the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine‘s latest issue, surrounded by her beloved Corgis and Dorgis.

The 90-year-old royal was photographed by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz for a series of photos.

Glory Edozien, Omilola Oshikoya, Stephanie Obi & Itoro Eze-Anaba on the cover of Guardian Life (Photos)

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The latest issue of Guardian Life magazine is celebrating the outburst of female entrepreneurs and inventors.
These four women of inspiration, Glory Edozien, Omilola Oshikoya, Stephanie Obi and Itoro Eze-Anaba, that grace the cover pages today are focusing on making the world a better place by changing the narrative on community issues.

These women have used their situations, circumstances and position to create a platform that young women can look up to.

Read what the magazine wrote about them below..

Buhari meets South-East APC leaders (Photos)

 
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met separately with some South-East chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and six states’ governors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two meetings were held behind closed doors.

NAN reports that the president first met with the governors of Zamfara, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Katsina, Ondo and Imo before meeting with the South East politicians led by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

‎The 18-member delegation, under the aegis of South East Group for Change, comprised mainly members of the ruling APC.

Lost year in Nigeria under Buhari leaves economy on knees' - Bloomberg magazine writes

 
Read the article as published on Bloomberg's site below.. 
President Buhari took office as Nigeria’s president a year ago on a wave of optimism that the ex-military ruler could revive a nation battered by falling oil prices and decades of corruption. Now, Africa’s biggest economy is on its knees and Buhari has been forced to throw in the towel on a central pillar of his economic policy -- a currency peg.
“It was difficult to imagine a scenario in which things got worse,” said Malte Liewerscheidt, a Nigeria analyst at Bath, U.K.-based consultant Verisk Maplecroft. “But it’s been a lost year. What’s missing is sound macroeconomic policies.”

'None of our Strike team has been arrested by the army' - Niger Delta Avengers

Militant Group, Niger Delta Avengers, took to their twitter account today to debunk reports by the Military that some members of their 'Strike team' have been arrested. 

They also denied having any combat with the military 'yet' and claim to have nothing to do with the death of any soldier as suggested by the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. 

See their tweets below..

Jonathan's son in-law Godswill Edwards gets political appointment in Cross River state

 
Former President Goodluck Jonathan's son in-law, Godswill Edwards, has been appointed as the Special Adviser on Youth Affairs to the governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade

Him alongside others were inaugurated into office last Friday May 27th.

Godswill is married to Faith Sakwe who is Jonathan's daughter.. Another photo below..

Immigration boss orders arrest of ex-governors, ministers, others with diplomatic/official passport

 
Newly appointed Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammad Babandede, has ordered the immediate arrest of former political office holders including governors, ministers, senators and retired public servants who are still in possession of Official/Diplomatic passports. 

Babandede gave the order while addressing senior officers of the Service at the Service headquarters in Abuja today May 31st.

Senator T.A Orji calls for the establishment of Chartered Institute of Politicians | Nigerians react

During the Nigerian Senate Plenary today, former Abia state governor and now Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Theodore Orji, has called on his colleagues to push for a bill for the establishment of the Chartered Institute of Politicians.

He made the call when the senate members were deliberating the bill for the establishment of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of Nigeria today May 31st.

Although it was probably a joke, considering the more pressing issues the country is facing at the moment, Nigerian twitter users were not ready to tolerate such and began to respond angrily to the statement.

See reactions below..

Wizkid’s ex-manager accused of diverting N13m from Skales’ record label | She responds

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Wizkid's ex-manager, Osagie Osarenkhoe, also known as This Metal Chic, has been accused of fraud by Baseline Records, home to Skales and Aramide.
Osagie, currently managing Skales, has been accused by the record label of stealing the sum of N13,374,000 in the past 12 months. The record label has released a length petition addressed to the Inspector General of Police and right now Osagie is at the Police Station as they try to sort things out.

The petition reads in part:

Abacha only lodged funds outside to Keep Nigeria afloat in case of sanctions – Al-Mustafa

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha who was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late General Sani Abacha, has said that Abacha did not loot the nation’s treasury but only lodged the said amounts outside the country so that Nigeria will have funds if the international community imposed sanctions on the country.

According to Hamza, there were “force” from the international community and within Nigeria that were enemies of the late Head of State who were ben on removing him from office.

According to TODAY.ng, Hamza said this while speaking with the media in Lagos on Monday.

Soldiers, policemen clash in banking hall

A fight between a soldier and four mobile policemen on Tuesday morning caused commotion at a branch of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) in Cross River state.

Though the cause of the fight is still unknown, things got heated to the extent that a canister of tear gas had to be shot inside the banking hall, causing a pandemonium as customers cringed and made way out of the building due to the burning sensation.

Biafran Day deaths: Ekweremadu urges security agencies to be cautious when handling protest

Following the violent clash between pro-Biafran activitists and security forces on Monday, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday, urged security agencies to be cautious when handling protest and civil disturbances to avoid needless loss of lives.

Ekweremadu, who noted that the clash caused a wanton loss of live that could have been avoided if handled differently, said this while speaking at the Senate.

“I will like to use this opportunity under Order 43 to say that the security agencies must apply caution in trying to quell disturbances.”

Joseph Yobo gets political appointment from Governor Wike

 
Former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has been appointed as the Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development to Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.

A statement was released to this effect by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.

Yobo recently commemorated his exit from the Nigerian national team with a testimonial match tagged ‘The Joseph Yobo Centenary Game’.

Former Chadian ruler, Hissene Habre jailed for life for Crimes Against Humanity, Torture & Sexual Slavery

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A special court in Senegal has sentenced former Chadian military ruler Hissene Habre to life in prison after convicting him of crimes against humanity, torture and sexual slavery, Al Jazeera reports.

Human rights groups accused the 72-year-old of being responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people during his rule from 1982 to 1990.

Soldiers confiscate household appliances and pots of soup in Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri

The soldiers that invaded Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West council, Delta state, allegedly confiscated household appliances and even pots of soup.

All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain in Delta State, Mr. Jesutega Onokpasa, who disclosed this to Vanguard, criticized the action, saying such act would only present the military as unruly and unethical.

Calling on the Niger Delta Avengers to have a rethink and embrace dialogue, he said: “Everyone in Gbaramatu cannot be an Avenger and we cannot be talking of negotiation and at the same time invading Oporoza.

FG deploys 5 warships, 100 gunboats, fighter jets to Delta creeks

The federal government, yesterday, deployed an armada of five warships, 100 gunboats and fighter jets to the creeks of the Niger Delta, in response to continued bombing of oil and gas pipelines by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, Vanguard reports.

This heightened tension in the coastal communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, even as helicopter gunships were seen hovering at low altitude in the predominantly riverine council.

Vanguard report that while the Airforce deployed the fighter jets and helicopter gunships, the Army swooped on four more Ijaw communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State, for the militants.

Niger Delta Avengers pen open letter to Tompolo, the International community & The United Nations

 
Through their spokesperson, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, the Niger Delta Avengers wrote an open letter which was shared on their website, to former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo and the International community, asking whether they are witnessing the onslaught the Nigerian Army have unleashed on innocent citizens in their communities. 
What they wrote below..

The side chick who insulted her lover's wife on Facebook is impersonating a beauty queen

 
The lady by Facebook name Ebikhena Alphonsus, who called out her lover's wife on Facebook yesterday, is impersonating a former beauty queen. Her issues and name may be real but she's hiding her true identity by using another lady's photo as her profile photo.
The lady's photo she's using her profile is Efenomen Ikhuoria, the former Face of Edo Beauty Queen of 2015 and it wasn't her who wrote those comments. 
 Efe wrote in to say;

Mourinho all smiles as he tours Man Utd's training complex with Sir Bobby Charlton & Ed Woodward (Photos)

The new Manchester United manager was all smiles as he toured the AON Training complex yesterday with Executive Vice-chairman of Man Utd, Ed Woodward. 

He also seemed to have made up with England and Manchester United legend,  Sir Bobby Charlton, as they were all smiles. Bobby Charlton reportedly didn't want Mourinho initially as manager, but is all good now..

More photos below..

IGP Arase orders disarmament of pro-Biafran activisits, condemns the killing of policemen

 
Following the Pro-Biafran protests that resulted in chaos yesterday, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has ordered assistant Inspector Generals and Commissioners of Police to immediately disarm armed activists who claim to be members of the Independent People of Biafra group. 

The statement released below..

Shehu Sani, other Nigerians reacts to Ben Bruce's claim that he was blocked by DSS from greeting Buhari

 
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP) had alleged that some DSS officials prevented him from greeting president Buhari at the presidential dinner hosted in honor of National Assembly members yesterday May 30th. 

However, Senator Shehu Sani (APC) says he did not witness such at the dinner. Other Nigerians on Twitter have also reacted to Ben Bruce's claim.

Read below..

More details on the court injunction slammed on singer Runtown from his record label

 
I brought you a story earlier that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has slammed an injunction against the rising musical artiste Douglas Jack-Agu aka “Runtown“. The injunction prevents him from performing at any event or any form of recording for the time being unless with the approval of his record label, Ericmany Limited.
Ericmany Entertainment label which presently holds the copyright to all Runtown's music is owned by billionaire businessman, Okwudili Umenyiora.

Nollywood actor Charles Onojie and wife Obehi welcome their 2nd child after several miscarriages (Photos)

Nollywood actor and producer Charles Onojie and his wife Obehi welcomed their second child, a baby girl on Wednesday, May 25 in Decatur, Georgia, US. 
The couple who got married on November 2012 in Benin City named the child Onoseta. 
Obehi shared the happy news on Instagram, recalling the difficulties she encountered before finally conceiving.
More photos and what she wrote below..

Uju Stella to Burna Boy - 'I will never let our baby go'

 
Uju Stella, the young lady who claims she's pregnant for Burna Boy, has refused to let him be. This time she's letting the music artiste know via social media, that she will not let her baby go (or probably not let him see the baby) when the time comes, that's when she gives birth. 

She shared a photo of the singer via her Instagram page and wrote, "A man's joy will never be complete if a part of him is away from him and will always be. Cause this is 1 tin I will never let go." 

Nigeria to face Brazil, England and Korea in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2016

 
Nigeria's female U-17 National team have been paired against Brazil, England and Korea in a FIFA draw for the U-17 Women's World Cup 2016 to take place in Jordan.

The draw for the group stage of the tournament took place during a major event at the Al-Hussein Cultural Centre in central Amman, on the evening of Monday 30 May.

UK Parliamentarians led by a Nigerian, Hon Kate Osamor, visit Bukola Saraki (Photos)

 
Some Parliamentarians from the United Kingdom led by a Nigerian, Hon. Kate Osamor, visited the Senate leadership led by Senate President Bukola Saraki at the National Assembly this morning. 

Speaking at the meting, Saraki told the UK parliamentarians that a new gender bill is in the making that will support women empowerment.

More photos below..

Dapper windscreen cleaner, Abdulahi Olatoyan meets Senator Ben Bruce (Photos)

 
Senator Ben Bruce who caught wind that the dapper, windscreen cleaner Abdulahi was at the STV studio for an interview, came out of his Silverbird Galleria office and asked: “Where is the man that wears suit to clean car windscreens?” 

The Senator was particularly interested in Abdulahi’s inspiration behind wearing suits to wash windscreens.

They both had a brief chat and a photo session.

Nigerian woman’s kidney illegally removed by doctors in Italy (Graphic image)

 
The Chairperson of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Rita Orji, has brought to the public the case of a Nigerian woman said to be in her 30s named Julie Osamese, whose kidney was allegedly harvested by some doctors in Italy. 
According to The Sun, Julie, a mother of one, who is a legal immigrant in Italy, had gone to the Ospedale Maria Vittoria Cibrario Hospital in Turin, Italy sometime in November 2008 to complain about her poor health.

 At the time, she had a bit of fever and was given some drugs and asked to come back for revaluation one week later. Julie returned to the hospital one week later and the doctors allegedly gave her drugs which made her dizzy. It was gathered that as she complained to the doctors who attended to her, she was tied to the bed despite her protest. By the time she woke up, part of her buttocks had allegedly been chopped off, and her kidney tampered with. That was how she lost control of her bladder, leading to uncontrollable urination. 

Actress Mercy Johnson shares beautiful family photos

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Over the weekend Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson Okojie and her husband held the dedication ceremony of their daughter, Angel Onosetale Okojie.

The family used to opportunity to take some lovely new photos that the actress shared on social media.
 
See more below..

'What killed Abacha is what killed MKO Abiola, I will reveal details soon' - Al Mustapha

 
Former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, on Sunday, May 30th, said he would soon reveal how his former boss and the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, died.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, Al-Mustapha alleged that Abacha and Abiola’s deaths were from same source.

According to him, he would be telling all he knows about the death of the two famous Nigerians in his new book, Mustapha’s Memoirs, which he is still writing and would soon publish.

Wizkid embroiled in fresh scandal after failing to perform at a UK event he 'was paid for'

 
Wizkid is allegedly in a mess after he was paid to perform at an event -Safari night 3- organised by a certain Humble Entertainment in Leicester, UK on Thursday, May 26 2015, but he didn't show up..that's according to the organizers.

A statement issued by the company, said, “despite going through all the necessary requirements to book Wizkid which included signing a contract and paying the required fee, we have been let down by the booking/management parties.”

See below, a copy of the letter:

Runtown’s Record Label, Ericmany Limited runs him down.. Stops him from performing, using his stage name & more

 
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has slammed an injunction against the rising musical artiste Douglas Jack-Agu aka “Runtown“. The injunction prevents him from performing at any event or any form of recording for the time being unless with the approval of Ericmany Limited.

Runtown is signed under the Ericmany Entertainment label that presently holds the copyright to all his music. 

Eric Manny is owned by billionaire businessman, Okwudili Umenyiora.

DSS blocked me from meeting President Buhari – Senator Ben Murray-Bruce

 
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who represents Bayelsa East Constituency attended a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night, and according to him, he was “blocked” by  the Department of State Security (DSS) from meeting the President.

The Senator said this in a series of tweets. Read below:

Rihanna & Naomi Campbell step out for dinner date in beautiful vivid print dresses

Singer Rihanna and supermodel Naomi Campbell who are longtime close friends were pictured exiting top Italian restaurant Emilio's Ballato in NYC after enjoying a meal. 

The pair chose brightly-coloured print dresses for the occasion. More photos below..

Fayose dares FG to stop him from travelling abroad, says; "Governors not Buhari's appendages”

 
Read the press statement...
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has dared the Federal Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from travelling out of the country , saying; “under the federal system of government, State governors are not appendages of the President and as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, he cannot be cowed by President Mohammadu Buhari and his agents.”
The governor, who reacted to reports that two governors, one from the Southwest and another from the South South have been placed on travel restriction on President Buhari’s order, in a press conference addressed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; whenever he wished to travel out Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public.

Veteran journalist & mafia expert, Roberto Saviano says Britain is the world's most corrupt nation

 
A journalist who has spent over a decade documenting the criminal dealings of the mafia has named Britain the most corrupt country in the world. 

36-year-old Roberto Saviano who wrote the best-selling exposé Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero, made the comments at the Hay Literary Festival.

He has been living under police protection since publishing revelations about members of the Camorra, a powerful Neapolitan branch of the mafia, in 2006.

'One of the men I pity is Lai Mohammed' - Buhari

President Buhari today says one of the ministers he feels pity for is the Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed who is saddled with the responsibility of explaining the progress or lack of it of this administration to people. 

Buhari said this when he hosted state house Press Corps members at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Pro-Biafra protesters spotted in Hong Kong (Video)

Pro-Biafrans from all over the world celebrated the fallen heroes and heroines of Biafra on Monday, May 30, and also used the opportunity to call for secession from Nigeria.

While the rally in Nigeria turned bloody, there were peaceful rallies in other parts of the world.

The pro-Biafran agitators took to the streets of Hong Kong, Southeastern China, to protest for a sovereign state of Biafra. The protesters chanted songs in Igbo while waving Biafra flags and carrying placards.

How Jonathan called me to concede defeat – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has for the first time, shared a vivid description of how former President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to him in the March 28, 2015 presidential elections.

While hosting State House Correspondents to a luncheon at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Monday, Buhari said he was shocked that Jonathan could call him and easily concede that the election was lost.

“This is where I pay my respect to former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is actually a privileged information for you. He called me at a quarter past five in the evening. He said good evening Your Excellency, Sir and I said good evening.”

Plateau state government traces 1,832 ghost teachers to one individual

 
A staff verification exercise in Plateau State has traced 1,832 ghost teachers to a single individual who is not even a teacher. 

According to Daily Trust, the state‎ governor, Simon Lalong disclosed this at a media parley at the Government House in Jos to mark his one year in office over the weekend.

He also said a self-confessed man who has lived in the United States of America (USA) for years, admitted to him on phone that he had been drawing salaries for himself and for many more ghosts workers to fund charity for widows and orphans.

MASSOB distances itself from Onitsha and Asaba clashes

 
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that they are not part of the Biafran anniversary celebrations that led to a bloody clash between soldiers and pro-Biafran activists.

In a telephone interview with PUNCH, MASSOB leader Uchenna Madu, said: “We’re not involved in the protest that paralysed commercial activities in the area.”

Madu, however, accused security operatives of killing innocent and unarmed Nigerians.

Pro-Biafran Rally: 7 confirmed dead, several people injured, about 38 arrested

No fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead following protest by members of pro-Biafran groups in the South East and South South..

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Delta, SP Charles Mouka, who confirmed this in a statement, added that the police recorded two casualties.

The Police statement said that five members of MASSOB were killed by military officers who had confrontations with the group along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway in Asaba.

Soldiers invade Tompolo’s father’s house in Delta

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Soldiers suspected to be operatives of the Joint Task Force have invaded the home of the father of wanted ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, carting away what sources said were vital documents.

 It was gathered that the incident happened between the hours of 5am and 8am at Kurutie.

The soldier later moved to other communities in search of the ex-militant and youths alleged to be members of the Niger Delta Avengers.

These semi/completely nude photos from a maternity shoot has got people talking

 
Some pregnant mums went semi or completely nude for a maternity shoot and some think it's a bit too much. 

See more photos below and tell us what you think...

Hollywood actor, John Boyega reunites with his Nigerian family in Abeokuta (Photos)

 
Nigerian-British actor, John Boyega, who is one of the most promising young Hollywood stars, is currently visiting Nigeria.

John – last weekend – visited members of his family in Abeokuta, Ogun state and Ibadan Oyo state.
The actor famous for his role in 2015 blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, shared photos from his visit on his Snapchat and Twitter handle.

See more photos below..