Thursday, 29 March 2018

Parish priest condemns President Buhari’s trip to Lagos, says it’s holy Thursday

Rev. Fr.  Anthony Okoro, the Parish Priest of St Christopher Catholic Church, Oke Odo, Lagos has faulted the planned visit of President Buhari to Lagos state on Thursday, noting that the timing was wrong. 

“Holy Thursday and Good Friday are special days for Christians to reflect the Paschal mysteries. The organizers didn’t take into account the nature of the days. I humbly conclude that such ignorance is not excusable and should not repeat itself lest, it gives room for interpretation”, he said. 

The parish priest made this known via his official facebook handle on Wednesday. According to him, “as a Lagosian by birth and as one who has spent all his life in Lagos, it is a thing of joy that our President will be visiting. “This visit will draw federal attention to Lagos and will bring many more benefits to Lagos. On like Jonathan’s visit that was more of a campaign than a working visit. “However, the visit was not well timed and should not take place on the most holy week of Christians. I am very sure the president, an ardent Muslim will not go on a working visit to any state on two of the most important days of Muslims. 

“This visit has led to diversion of traffic, restrictions of movement, and other security measures put in place. In addition, the president will arrive on Thursday (Holy Thursday) and conclude the visit on Friday (Good Friday). “These are special days for Christians to reflect the Paschal mysteries. The organizers didn’t take into account the nature of the days. I humbly conclude that such ignorance is not excusable and should not repeat itself lest, it gives room for interpretation. “I wish the president and Lagosians the best but I will be in church fulfilling my religious obligations. God bless Nigeria. Happy Holy week to all Christians” 
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Former president Goodluck Jonathan denies N100bn was moved to his residence by CBN weeks to the 2015 general election

Former president Goodlcuk Jonathan, has denied media reports claiming N100 billion was moved from theCentral Bank of Nigeria CBN and taken to his residence in the presidential villa, Abuja, few weeks to the 2015 general election.

Reacting via his former aide, Reno Omokri, the former president said the reports is false and baseless. He also attacked the Vice President for allegedly sponsoring the wide allegations of corruption against his person. 
Dear Vice President Osinbajo, Stop Hiding Behind Sources
The stories making the round in the media accusing former President Jonathan of looting N100 billion from the CBN and taking it directly to his house are false. Such a thing never happened.
The Presidency knows so which is why it circulated the story to various media houses and refuse to attach its name preferring to say that the story came from a 'source' in the Presidency.
I can authoritatively say that that source is no one other than the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
These same story was leaked by ’sources’ almost word for word to several online media last year.
Let me state that these allegations are lies. More interestingly is the fact that it is because this administration continues to make false allegations of financial misappropriation to mislead the public by blackmailing political opponents that caused the Egmont Group to suspend Nigeria.
The suspension is soon to have a very negative impact on Nigerian travelers who may soon find it very difficult to use their Nigerian domiciled cards abroad.
Now, Nigeria is on the verge of being expelled from the Egmont Group precisely because of these types of shenanigans by the current administration. If Nigeria is expelled, it will be a great tragedy for our economy.
It is a lie that N100 billion or any other amounts of money was taking from the vaults of the Central Bank of Nigeria and moved to former President Jonathan's house and if Vice President Osinbajo is sure of his claim, he should come out and make them instead of hiding behind faceless 'sources'.
This latest round of fallacious rumour mongering is nothing but the desperate last throes of a government that came in through propaganda and is about to go out because of a lack of proper agenda.
The allegation is false and it is precisely because they have no evidence to support this allegation that they are using faceless third parties to spread this slur.
President Jonathan’s administration has the enviable record of advancing Nigeria’s anti corruption war and delivered results to the point where we made our best ever improvement in Transparency International’s CPI in 2014 when we moved 8 places forward from 144 to 136. Can this government say the same.
How many people will they demonize?
Bill Gates spoke, and they said he is a dropout. TY Danjuma has spoken, they have labeled him an anarchist. President Obasanjo spoke and they say he has Messiah complex. President Babangida spoke, they arrested his spokesman. Bishop Kukah spoke, they told him to shut up. Nigerians spoke, they threatened us with death for hate speech!
There is nobody involved in imposing Buhari on Nigeria that is not secretly or openly regretting it. Even his own wife, Aisha, is full of regrets and has not hidden it.
Some may not regret openly, but when they are alone with their conscience it is regret all the way!
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Monday, 26 March 2018

Best spring bargains to shop from the high street - including Zara, M&S and Tu at Sainsbury's

By the looks of the current weather, it doesn't really feel like spring but it's better to be prepared when the sunnier days come around.
We've been scouring the high street this week to find the newest drops and best pieces to channel this season's trends - from polka dots to raffia bags.
And you don't have to spend a fortune to kit yourself out with a new wardrobe, all of our picks are under £40 from some of your favourite stores.
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

19 year old wanted cult leader arrested by Police in Ogun

The Ogun State Police command has arrested a suspected cult leader, Daniel Bartholomew who is said to have been on the wanted list of the police.
According to Punch, the suspect was arrested on Friday.
The 19-year-old suspect, the command added, had been terrorizing residents of Agbara and its environs for quite some time now. And he has been on the police radar for a while until he was caught on Friday
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Batholomew had been on the wanted list of the command for the role he played in series of cult clashes in places like Agbara, Lusada and Igbesa.
He said the suspect was arrested opposite Crawford University, Igbesa, by a team of policemen led by Ajoba Lamidi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, when they were carrying out stop and search duty in the area.
‘Information gathered revealed that the suspect was arrested when our men were on patrol in Igbesa around Crawford University. On sighting the policemen the suspect, who was on a motorcycle, quickly made a U-turn but was hotly chased and apprehended’ Oyeyemi said.
Recovered from him, he added, were one locally- made pistol and one expended cartridge.
The suspect also confessed that he is a top leader of a cult group in the area and they specialize in recruiting young boys in secondary schools into their group.
Oyeyemi said,
“The suspect has made a confessional statement that he is a leading member of the dreaded Eye confraternity. He was arrested with a locally-made pistol and one expended cartridge. Investigations are however ongoing to arrest his gang members and bring them all to book”
The suspect however begged for leniency and promised to assist the police in their investigations.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered that the suspect be transferred to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, for further investigation.
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2019: Northern leaders reject President Buhari, says he has performed poorly

Evicted Big Brother Naija housemate, Ifu Ennada shares yet another touching story from her past. 

This time, she writes on how her 4year old brother died right in front of her because they couldn't afford healthcare and how her family once relocated to the village because of unpaid rent.

Read her story below....
My name is Iheme Faith Uloma Adanne, popularly known as Ifu Ennada - The Ifu Ennada.

As a child I always had massive dreams, but the challenges I experienced "so many times" were overwhelming that I contemplated suicide several times and lost myself along the way... I remember when I was 9yrs old, my whole family moved to the village, while my dad stayed back in Lagos to hustle... Our rent had been long overdue and the landlord could only but kick us out.

It was a terrible time for me, but what was more terrible was helplessly watching my 4yrs old younger brother die in front of me - in my mother's arms, my mother who would have given her life in exchange for his.

We were so poor, that even there in the village we couldn't afford average healthcare... Instagram would be unable to take record of the number of times I was abused in a number of ways... My life's journey has been one tough but inspiring one. For each time I was down, God always came through, in form of His Word, but most importantly in the shape of people - good people who remind me that humanity is BeautIFU! and that the world isn't evil.

These good people include all of you reading this, all of you who would never give up on me. All you wonderful people who care about me in ways I can't imagine.

Coming out of the Big Brother House, I didn't know such massive love was awaiting me and now as I am set for what's coming, I want you all to know that I am who I am because of God and you.

I don't take you for granted and my love for you will always be never ending.

Thank you!

Ifu Ennada
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2019: Northern leaders reject President Buhari, says he has performed poorly

Leaders of the Northern Elders Forum, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Borno Elders Forum, and Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, have jointly scored President Buhari low and have asked him not to seek re-election in 2019.

The leaders met in Kaduna state yesterday where they issued a joint statement rejecting President Buhari as the candidate from the region in the 2019 election. 

In a statement read by a member of the Northern Elders Forum and Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the northern leaders said almost three years into his administration, President Buhari has watched the economy, security and political fortunes of the region deteriorate. They added that little effort has been made to tackle the poverty that has continued to ravage the region and the entire country.
“We demand immediate and decisive steps to improve the security of lives and economic assets in the North by the federal and state governments. Too many communities are at the mercy of attacks from sundry groups of criminals who appear to have unchallenged access to space and weapons,” Baba- Ahmed said
The communique read in part, “The Summit noted that despite notable successes by the administration against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, many Northern communities still live under its threat. In many other parts of the North, communities are routinely exposed to attacks from shadowy killers, and suspicion and anger at known and suspected killers are pitching Northerners against each other. Armed bandits terrorize rural communities almost at will, while kidnappings and abductions have assumed alarming notoriety as crimes. The nation’s security and law and order assets are stretched beyond points where they can’t provide even the most elementary confidence and protection of citizens.
The North has rarely been so exposed to multiple and varied threats. Since 2015, Northerners have occupied positions with the potential to make decisive differences in the economy, security or political fortunes of the region. The hopes that leaders who have exercised power since 2015 will reverse the abuse and neglect of the region in the previous decade have been betrayed. Weak governance, gross insensitivity and unacceptable levels of incompetence have been compounded by battles of attrition in which northerners have sapped each other’s’ strength. Weak and incoherent responses to provocations from other parts of the country around the imperatives of re-visiting the foundations and structures of the Nigerian state have created the false image of a North without its own positions beyond survival as the parasite of Nigeria. The Summit, having undertaken a thorough analysis of the state of the North and our communities, therefore urges all leaders, elders and communities to seek peaceful resolutions of conflicts between and among communities. Lives lost, injuries suffered, and losses incurred in any community must be redressed firmly and fairly. The roots of co-existence and inter-dependence in all Northern communities are much deeper than the barricades being erected around communities. All persons who are involved in killings and crimes against communities must be brought to book.
“The summit warns that no Northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general election unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North. In this regard, most political office holders from the North are hereby served notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth. The summit asserts the rights of all Northerners to examine all options in political choices they will make in 2019. The leadership selection process must be critically interrogated to present the best leader to Nigeria as a whole. No one should take the North for granted, and it is not for sale. It will resist shedding its blood for any candidate and will critically scrutinize all politicians who will seek our mandate. At this stage, all options are on the table, and politicians who have betrayed the hopes and mandates of our people should be prepared to suffer rejection, in the same manner, the votes of the North rejected the attempt to continue with impunity, corruption and indifference of the previous regime.”
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TEMPTATION By Maz-m Lebatano

Tell a friend to tell a friend that mazm is passing a message....
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Monday, 19 March 2018

BN Hot Topic: Sexual Activity in the #BBNaija House, Setting a Bad Example or Keeping it Real?

You’ve probably gotten the broadcast on your WhatsApp, or have seen people complain on your social media timeline: BBNaija is promoting immorality.
So far, two “couples” have been suspected to have engaged in sexual intercourse in the BBNaija house: Miracle & Nina, and Teddy A & Bambam.
Besides the sex though, there have been several instances of people making out, be it in a game of Truth or Dare, or an outpouring of affection.
The question is: do you think all of it amounts to a promotion of “immorality,” as some people complain it is? Or is it just the housemates keeping it real as whatever is happening in the house a reflection of our society as it really is?
Let us know in the comment section.
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Runtown sued by Record Label over Breach of Contract

or the second time in 2 years, Eric Many, the record label that signed Nigerian pop star, Runtown has filed an injunction at a Federal High court against the singer for breach of contract.
According to a mail sent by Eric Many to BellaNaija, the entertainment company served Runtown the court papers with Suit No: FHC/L/CS/267/2018 a few days back with a statement that partly reads:
Runtown has been deliberately breaching his contract with us (Eric Many) for a while and despite our many appeals to him he has refused to bulge. He went for a show in Las Vegas since January 13th, 2018 and has since decided to withdraw all obligations of his contract. He has steadily been recording an album without the consent and approval of his record label.
According to the statement of claim filed at the Federal High Court by Eric Many:
A Recording Agreement was made between the Plaintiff and the Defendant dated 22nd June 2016, the copyright and other intellectual property and cognate rights and legal positions and protections applicable to all works done by the Defendant during an initial period of two years covered by the Agreement, is vested in the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff will rely on a copy of the said Recording Agreement at trial. 7. Under the Agreement, parties recognize and acknowledge the sum of N114,456,670.00 (One Hundred and Fourteen Million, Four Hundredand Fifty Six Thousand,Six Hundred and Seventy Naira) as “Prior Investment”, representing the sum invested by the Plaintiff into the development of the Defendant’s musical works and records under the defunct ‘Artiste Agreement’, precursor to the ‘Recording Agreement”.
In a press statement issued Monday morning, the label also stated that:
He’s recording with artists like Del B without the written approval of the label and without an Eric Many appointee at the point of recording as agreed in our contract. Runtown has also been appearing in venues and collecting appearance fees without the approval of the label and also performing in private shows without the label’s consent which contravenes clause 4.4.1 of his record deal which states that ‘the Defendant(Runtown) can only engage in recording, collaborating or performing with other artistes for third parties or other record companies upon proper notification in advance to the Plaintiff. Upon this notification, the Plaintiff would then enter into an agreement with the collaborating artiste or his record company to ensure that the Plaintiff and the Defendant receive proper credit, legal/copyright protection and compensation for the collaborative work.
Though Runtown’s record deal with Eric Many is due to expire at some point this year, the label says he still owes the company a lot of money including:
Hundreds of millions in Naira from the Lamborghini Gallardo super-fast car which he still has to pay back to the label and and also an album that must be released through the right channels. He has been doing numerous collaborations with several artists without getting the written approval of the label and as a result, no royalties have come back to the label from any of these collaborations. He has been warned severally about this on numerous occasions but he refused to listen, so we as the label had to go to court to stop him from these dubious actions.
The label also confirms sacking his current manager, Ifeanyi Nwunne saying:
Eric Many has also fired Ifeanyi Nwunne as Runtown’s manager. He is more of a drug addict that smokes marijuana round the clock. A new manager will be appointed soonest.
Eric Many in its statement of claim is seeking the sum of:
N65 MILLION being General Damages against the Defendant (Runtown) in favour of the Plaintiff for infringement of the Plaintiff’s copyright to the collaborative musical works “Call Me” and “Weekend” both of which featured the Defendant as well as N5 MILLION as costs of this action.
Eric Many has chosen to hold back on anything pertaining to Runtown, till further investigations. This means that anyone who engages Runtown without a written approval from Eric Many, signed by the chairman, will be sued heavily.
This will be the second time in two years that Runtown has had a face off with his label. In May 2016, he was sued by Eric Many on allegations that he signs up, concludes and attends musical shows without the knowledge of the label. Back then, Eric Many also secured a court injunction stopping Runtown from performing as an artiste anywhere in the world. He later went back to the label to apologize and the case was settled out of court.
Photo Credit: @runtown
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Nigerian international drug kingpin arrested in India

The Bangalore unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested a 41-year-old Nigerian national who is believed to be the head of the supply chain of illegal drugs in India.
The accused, John Somadina aka was arrested last week on the basis of a tip off from the Ahmedabad bureau. He has been handed over the Ahmedabad NCB.
It was gathered that Somadina, was a pan-India supplier of illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, etc.
He coordinated with the drug cartel that was involved in smuggling illegal drugs from South America and Africa into the country.
The modus operandi of the criminal was to illegally bring Illegal drugs into the country and then to the smaller cities such as Ahmedabad, Baroda, etc.
His carriers will then supply the illegal drugs in small quantities to bigger cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore, among others.
“Most of the people who act as carriers in this crime are citizens of Nigeria, Kenya, Venezuela, Vietnam, Columbia and Brazil. And they are mostly drug addicts themselves. There also appointed several people from the North East as carriers. At least 12 of the carriers were apprehended by the NCB from different cities. The carriers would work for them for free supply of drugs,” shared Hari Om Gandhi, Zonal Director, NCB.
Investigation revealed that Somadina was involved in at least 12 cases of illegal drug supply and smuggling.
Investigators said he was also in touch with the international drug cartels in South America, which made it easier to smuggle illegal drugs into the country with the help of carriers.
It was also suspected that he was running a country-wide racket in 2014. The Ahmedabad NCB has been granted three-day judicial custody of the accused.
Source: DNA

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