Wednesday 6 July 2016

Portugal beat Wales 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 final

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show as Portugal beat Wales in the Euro 2016 semi-final.

The Real Madrid man scored one and grabbed an assist to end the Welsh dream after a shock run to the last four of the tournament.

Photos: Veteran Actress Bukky Ajayi lay to Rest

The veteran actress who died earlier today, has been laid to rest at the Atan cemetery according to Muslim rites

Pretty Ghanaian girl dies after brief illness (PHOTOS)

She goes by the name Maame Joe and according to report she died three days after she fell sick

Russell Wilson and Ciara are Officially Married!

NFL player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara are now officially man and wife. The two tied the knot at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England in front of friends and family. She wore a Roberto Cavalli dress. Both Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland were among the select few invited to the wedding.

RMD pens emotional tribute to late Bukky Ajayi

Bukky Ajayi passed away at the age of 82 at her residence in Lagos today and has been buried according to Islamic rites. Actor Richard Mofe Damijo paid an emotional tribute to the late veteran, apologizing for delaying his plan to visit her. 

He wrote:

Murray through to Wimbledon Semi-Final after defeating Tsonga

Andy Murray has qualified for the semi-final of Wimbledon after defeating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Murray defeated Tsonga in a five-set thriller 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1.

Murray, who became the first Briton to win the title in 2013 since 1936, will face Thomas Berdych in the next round of the competition.

Berdych, the 2010 runner-up, beat France’s Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-2 to set up the 15th meeting with Murray.

President Buhari Mourns the death of Umaru Shinkafi

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto State on the passing away of one of their illustrious sons, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi.

President Buhari describes the departed politician, administrator and technocrat, as an expert whose contributions to the development of the security architecture of Nigeria remains indelible, adding that others carried on where he left off.

The President recalls that the former Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs and boss of the National Security Organisation (NSO), played frontline roles in the activities leading to the eventual return and enthronement of democracy in the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment to Meet with PENGASSAN over Planned Strike

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, is to meet with representatives of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Thursday, a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja said.

The statement, signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director (Press) in the ministry, said that the “crucial meeting’’ was being convened to find a lasting solution to the lingering problems in the oil and gas sector.

Ever Banega completes Inter move from Sevilla

Inter have completed the signing of midfielder Ever Banega on a three-year contract. The 28-year-old joins from Sevilla, where he spent two seasons - winning the Europa League in both campaigns.
"FC Internazionale is delighted to confirm that Ever Banega will wear the Nerazzurri shirt for the next three seasons," read the Serie A club's statement.

Denis Suarez says Iniesta a role model for every footballer after his return to Barca

Denis Suarez has revealed his deep admiration for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta after the 22-year-old secured a return to Camp Nou.

Barca exercised an option to bring the attacking midfielder back to Catalunya after he was sold to Villarreal last August following a loan spell with Sevilla.

Having declared the move "a dream come true" when the signing was announced, Suarez spoke at his official presentation on Wednesday of his excitement at playing with Iniesta.

Manchester United complete Mkhitaryan swoop

Manchester United have signed forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal with the option of an additional 12 months. 

The Bundesliga club announced on Saturday that the Armenia international had completed his move to Old Trafford, with reports suggesting the Red Devils have paid £26.3million for his services.

And United confirmed the addition of Mkhitaryan on Wednesday to continue the makeover of the squad under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Mkhitaryan said in a United statement: "I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. 

Ex Presidential Aspirant, Umaru Shinkafi is dead

Elder-statesman, businessman and retired policeman, Umaru Shinkafi is dead. Shinkafi died in a hospital in London at about 4:07 p.m. Nigerian time, family sources said on Wednesday. 

Mr Shinkafi, who held the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto, was a native of Zamfara State.

He was a Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs and a presidential aspirant in the third Republic. 

Ciara and Rusell Wilson will be getting married privately today

Russell Wilson and Ciara are getting married in a ceremony in England in just a few hours ... and are making sure no one leaks any photos.

According to TMZ, "sources say the couple is set to swap "I Dos" at a castle in front of roughly 100 of their closest friends and family members.

Boko Haram shares victory pictures after attack on Military Base in Niger Republic (PHOTOS)

Islamic State affiliate group, Boko Haram have shown off arms, ammunition and other items captured after a deadly attack on an army camp in Bosso, Niger Republic last month.

This is according to Terror Monitor, an organization which closely monitors and reports terrorist actions internationally.

Chinese woman goes shopping without wearing panties (PHOTOS)

A woman has shocked many by coming to a shopping mall totally n*ked from her waist down. The incident which was reported Chinese on social media revealed that the woman came to the mall to buy furniture.

The incident has left many people debating what could have made her make such a rash decision. The original post revealed that the incident took place on the 29th of June at an IKEA store in Beijing.

Nollywood Actress rocks Muslim Hijab to Celebrate Eid-el-Fitri (PHOTOS)

Regina Chinedu Chukwu, a Nollywood Actress who hails from Enugu State, has shown fans a different side of her.

The lady went completely Islamic today after she stepped out in lovely outfits, totally covering her head and hair with a hijab.

Regina says those outfits are for the love of her Muslim followers.

Nigerian Teacher narrates how he was Brutally Stabbed by a Student in UK (PHOTO)

A Nigerian-born British man has told the horrific story how he escaped death in the hands of a student in Britain. 

According to Dailymail, Vincent Uzomah, 51, a teacher from Leeds was stabbed in the classroom by a 14-year-old pupil with a six-inch knife.

The incident happened while he was working as a supply teacher at Dixons Kings Academy, in Bradford in June 2015. 

Speaking to Leah Green on a new 5Star documentary airing this week, Vincent said he has been unable to return to work since the terrifying incident and is still struggling to understand why he was targeted. 

PHOTOS: Massive Dolphin Caught and Killed in Delta State

A dolphin fish - which is an aquatic marine mammal, has been captured and killed today in Delta state. 

Below is how a social media user who posted the story to an online platform, reported it;

See how Lagos Policewomen Searched Muslim Faithful at Prayer Ground Today

The Lagos State government left no stones unturned in protecting lives and properties in the current Islamic festival to mark the Ramadan fast as event attendees were severely searched by security operatives. 

Security personnel were pictured searching some Muslim faithful before they entered the Obalende praying ground in Lagos to offer their prayers to mark the 2016 Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Former Nigerian Leaders IBB and Abdulsalam Abubakar celebrates Eid Mubarak together

Former Nigerian leaders, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalam Abubakar, celebrating Eid Mubarak at the Hilltop residence of former President Babangida, today July 6th.

Read President Buhari Messages directed to Niger Delta Militants Today

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Niger Delta militants that the sovereignty of Nigeria is not negotiable. He has therefore asked them to accept that fact and support peaceful efforts to turn Nigeria around.

Here are the highlights of his message to the restive Niger Delta region:

Man names his daughter after Governor Wike's wife in appreciation for their help

Kevin Nengia named his daughter who was born yesterday, July 5, after the wife of Rivers State Governor, Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, in appreciation for their help while his wife was battling cancer, during pregnancy, but she eventually delivered safely. 

What he wrote below: 

See what a son did to his dad for burning his Idian Hemp Farm

An Australian man called the police on his father because his father set fire to his cannabis (Indian hemp) farm. According to Police, the young man seemed to believe that his father burning his 'precious' Cannabis plants was a far worse crime than he cultivating the crop, resulting in a fight between the young man and his father.

Officers attended the Humpty Doo residence, 40km south of Darwin, and confirmed the accusation, before questioning whether the young man knew it was against the law to possess cannabis.

Former Miss Nigeria, Sylvia Emechete, dazzles in new photos

Lovely outfit

President Buhari says the unity of Nigria is non-negotiable

President Buhari today said the unity of Nigeria as a country is non-negotiable and would be protected by his government. Speaking when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo led other government functionaries to pay him a visit to mark Eid Mubarak, President Buhari said those who were around between 1967 and 1970 when the former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon was preaching the one-Nigeria message, would understand that the unity of the country is not negotiable.

Edo woman on trial for trafficking of minors into Europe and forcing them into prostitution

Nigerian woman is accused of being a major organizer in a network which trafficked young women, mainly teenagers from remote parts of Nigeria before selling into prostitution in Europe, a court heard on Tuesday, July 5.

Franca Asemota, 38, from Benin City, Edo State allegedly used witchcraft to round up and terrify the teenagers before selling them into prostitution in Europe, a court heard.

A European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was issued for her when she was thought to be in Italy, but NCA officers later tracked her down to Nigeria.

On March 24, 2015, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Asemota in Benin City, on suspicion of money laundering charges. Following liaison with the NCA her fingerprints were checked against UK records and her identity was established. 

Men caught smuggling hundreds of iPhones into China by hiding them in buckets of fish

Police successfully caught fishermen who were attempting to smuggle 370 iPhone 6S phones, estimated to cost worth around two million yuan (£228,000), hidden in buckets with fish placed on top, into China. According to reports, this is the first time that smugglers have used this method.

The police had decided stop the boat in waters close to the city of Shenzhen after they noticed that it was travelling suspiciously fast and noticed that there were a number of dead fish onboard. Officials could tell that the men were particularly nervous and took a more detailed look at the boat once it was stopped. When they checked the buckets of fish, they found 370 iPhones hidden among some fish carcasses. 

UPDATES: Photos of DPO's Ear chopped off my Notorious Robbery Gang

Earlier, we brought you report that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Ajali in Orumba North Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra State, in an attempt to arrest members of a notorious gang terrorizing Nanka Community, had one of his ears chopped off and was disrobed. These are the pictures

Rita Ora's mum wore her daughter lookalike dress and want to know who rocks it better

Rita Ora's mum Vera wore her 25-year-old daughter's lookalike dress and took a  selfie, then jokingly asked: "Who wore it better?" See what she wrote below:
"@veraora Haha #dressingroomfun#whoworeitbetter Rita who?"

Phyno set to embark on tour in the US

Phyno is set to tour the United States of America in August and September 2016. The rapper is expected to wow his diaspora fans and hopefully, get new fans out of the tour presented by Big A entertainment.

With his latest jam ‘Fada fada’ featuring Olamide ruling the  airwaves and his other impressive previous singles, lovers of the indigenous rap act will have a lot to cheer on.

Veteran Actress Bukky Ajayi to be buried today

Veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi, will be buried today according to Islamic rites, a family source has said.

Biography of Bukky Ajayi - Celebrating a Veteran

Her full name is Zainab Bukky Ajayi and she was born on February 2, 1934. Ajayi has worked as an announcer, presenter and newscaster at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). She  studied at the Stanislavsky Institute of Drama, London.

For the late veteran actress, her love for the theatre was influenced by her father who took her to the cinemas as a young girl.

Her interest for acting was so much that she used to do a cardboard sort of cinema for children, and charge half a penny to come and watch.

Ajayi was on scholarship in London from the Federal government for six years. She later left the shores of England and came back to Nigeria after her education in 1965 and started out working in Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) as a presentation assistant in 1966.

Poland hands Coach Nawalka new contract

Adam Nawalka has signed a new contract to keep him in charge of Poland until the end of their World Cup 2018 campaign.

Nawalka guided Poland to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, earning seven points in the group stage before defeating Switzerland on penalties in the first knockout round.

Poland, captained by Robert Lewandowski, then lost out in heart-breaking fashion in another shootout against Portugal in the last eight.

Peter Okoye son, Cameron wins top scorer medal at his football academy

Peter Okoye was full of joy this morning and he shared the above photo of his son, Cameron, holding up his certificate for achievement as the top scorer at his football academy. 

See he posted below:

50 Cent's baby mama, Daphne Joy display massive cleavages in sexy bath suit

Daphne Joy showed off some major cleavage and her sexy figure as she celebrated the fourth of July in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Daphne, who is 50 cent's baby mama, showed Jason Derulo, who she split from in May, just what he was missing as she put her incredible figure on display in a revealing bath suit.

See the embarrassing show of shame given to these Armed Robbers

Three armed robbers who specialized in robbing people in Obukpa community and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) were arrested early this morning. This is how they were treated after being stripped off their clothes and beaten mercilessly.

US Embassy will open tomorrow July 7th despite FG's public holiday

The change in holidays certainly didn't favour some private firm ... A lot has already agreed to open on the 7th despite FG declaring holiday

PHOTOS: Nigerian Footballer bags 8 Years Imprisonment after he was caught with Hard Drugs

Francis Then we Oderah, a 30-year-old Nigerian who described himself as a footballer, has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Cambodia. He was also fined about $10,000 for drug trafficking.

Governor Kashim Shettima, Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, observe Eid Prayers in Borno

Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima and the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai were part of the dignitaries at the Eid Fitr prayer which was concluded peacefully and successfully at the Ramat Square, in Maiduguri the state capital this morning. 

Unlike previous years, no bomb blast incident has been recorded in any of the prayer grounds in the state. The Eid prayer which was led by the Imam Idaini of Borno, Imam Asil Alsunusiyyu, also had in attendance other top government and military officials.

PHOTOS: Governor El-Rufai, Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed observe Eid Prayers

Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed and caretaker chairman of the People's Democratic Party, Gov. Ahmed Makarfi observed Eid Prayers at the Capital School Eid ground in Kaduna this morning.

Picture This! Troops observe Eid Prayers on Combat Zone

Jaafar Jaafar shared this photo of some Nigerian Soldiers observing the Eid prayers today on the Combat Zone.

Can you spot their weapon? God bless and guide out troops

Manchester United Chris Smalling sustains eye cut after fainting from food Poison

England and Man U defender Chris Smalling was rushed to hospital on Monday while on holiday in Bali after fainting because of food poisoning. The Manchester United central defender has recovered according to a statement released on Manchester United's official website.

A club statement read: 

Conor McGregor poses nude on cover of ESPN's Body Issue

UFC Champion Conor McGregor has bared it all for the 2016 edition of ESPN's Body Issue mag. McGregor, who is the MMA's sole representative, joins Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, US women's football star Christen Press and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade in this year's issue.

In Abuja: Transformer explodes, kills pregnant woman, others

Commotion struck at the Tundunwada area of Lugbe, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja after a transformer exploded and electrocuted six persons, including a pregnant woman to death and leaving about four persons critically wounded.

The transformer belonging to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, was on fire for about 10 minutes during which it sent devastating electric current to some residential apartments in the area, the Punch gathered.

Legendary Actress Bukky Ajayi dies at 82

82 years old Veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi has died. The well respected actress died today July 6th. She made her last public appearance at the 2016 AMVCA in March where she won the AMVCA Merit Award.

May her soul in peace, we will miss her notable roles in Nollywood movies!

Diego Maradona says Bale has contributed more to Euro 2016 than Ronaldo

Footballing great Diego Maradona believes Gareth Bale has contributed more to Wales' progress than Cristiano Ronaldo has for Portugal at Euro 2016.

Real Madrid team-mates Bale and Ronaldo will go head-to-head in a blockbuster semi-final in Lyon on Wednesday.

Bale and Wales have taken the European Championship by storm, Chris Coleman's men entertaining all the way to the final four, with the former's three goals aiding their cause.

The same cannot be said about Portugal, who have stifled their way to the semis, drawing all five games in regulation time.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has scored two goals, though he has often cut a frustrated figured in France.

Ferguson backs Allardyce to succeed Roy Hodgson as England Coach

Alex Ferguson believes Sam Allardyce is the best domestic candidate to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager.

A narrow 2-1 win over Wales was the only highlight for England in a poor Euro 2016 campaign that ended with a shock loss to Iceland in the round of 16, prompting Hodgson to step down.

Former Manchester United manager Ferguson feels the Football Association should not limit itself to another home-grown appointment.

But if they do, the Scot claimed Allardyce - who enhanced his reputation further by keeping Sunderland safe from relegation last season - will be the frontrunner.

Bixente Lizarazu says pressure too much for Pogba

The pressure on Paul Pogba has been too much for the France star to bear at Euro 2016, according to former full-back Bixente Lizarazu.

The form of Pogba during the finals has come under constant scrutiny by the home supporters and media alike, particularly during France's unconvincing displays during the group stage.

The 23-year-old scored his first goal of the tournament with a towering header in the 5-2 quarter-final victory over Iceland on Sunday, as the host nation produced their best performance of the finals to date to set up a last-four meeting with Germany.

Beyoncé’s BET Awards Costume Took Three Weeks and 30,000 Swarovski Crystals to Make

Beyoncé’s BET awards costume took three weeks and 30,000 Swarovski Crystals to put together according to the designer. In an interview with Grazia Daily, designer Julien Macdonald revealed that not only did the intricate garment take three weeks to make, but also that he didn’t know that Beyonce would be wearing the bodysuit for her performance until he saw watched the awards.

To create the distinctive costume, Macdonald concepted with the Lemonade singer, getting input from her via Skype. Unsurprisingly, Beyoncé was very involved in the creative process.

Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in Prison for Tax Fraud

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but the Barcelona forward is not expected to spend any time behind bars.

The Court of Catalonia on Wednesday found that the Messis had evaded tax on Lionel’s image rights, with more than €4m owed in back payments. But because the court’s sentence was less than two years and neither Messi has a criminal record, neither will be sent to prison.