Friday 19 August 2016

Niger Delta Militants Blow Up Two NPDC Pipelines In Delta

Gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants, on Friday, blew up two pipelines belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in Delta State.

The attack which occurred at about 2am on Friday was said to have bee carried out by a new militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, Vanguard reports.

Search for Suspect with Fake Currencies continues after he escaped from Police custody (Photo)

A manhunt has been launched by the Nigerian Police in Abuja for a Ghanaian identified as Asiedu Ofei, and a Nigerian named Femi, reportedly notorious for producing fake currencies.

According to a report by Punch Metro, Ofei who was arrested sometime in July, 2016 in Ekiti State with seven cartons filled with counterfeited naira notes and cedis, had led the police operatives to apprehend his gang members in Seme, Lagos State, when he escaped.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic double sinks Saints

The Swedish striker scored a superb header and also converted from the penalty spot, as the Red Devils eased to a comfortable victory over the Saints at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Manchester United defeated Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday.

Paul Pogba - who played the full 90 minutes - also impressed on his second debut for the club after completing his world record transfer move from Juventus and missing Sunday's 3-1 win at Bournemouth through suspension.

Borussia Dortmund announce €376.3m record turnover

Borussia Dortmund have announced a record turnover of €376.3 million over the financial year between July 1 2015 and June 30 2016, an increase of 36.6 percent compared to the previous year.

Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed at a news conference that revenue excluding transfer fees rose by 6.7 per cent to €281.3, despite the club's absence from the Champions League.

Checkout Serena Williams shoe & bag closet (Photos)

World's No 1 professional tennis player, Serena Williams, gave her fans a look at her shoe and luxury bag closet, via Instagram stories. The closet also has a section for her sportswear.

Renowned Hausa Singer Gambu dies at 80 in Kebbi State

Popular Hausa singer who specialized in weird songs for Night crawlers (Barayi), Alhaji Muhammadu Gambu has died at the age of 80. Gambo died at the in Maiyama General  Hospital in Kebbi State and is survived by four wives, 16 children and many grandchildren. 

Sokoto Sultan says there is No plan to Islamize Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III have cleared the air over suspicion of a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic State.

Sultan stated categorically that, it is not possible for a multi-religious nation like Nigeria to either be Islamized or Christianised.

He stated this Friday, at the commissioning of the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony’s office in Kaduna.

Police recruitment: PSC shortlists 110,469 applicants

The Police Service Commission on Friday said it shortlisted 110,469 applicants out of the 338, 250 applicants invited for the just concluded screening at the states and FCT Police Commands.

The Chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday said the aptitude tests for the successful candidates would begin on August 22 across the 36 states and FCT.

He said that out of the 110, 469 applicants, 22, 454 were shortlisted for Cadet ASPs, 24, 456 for Cadet Inspectors and 63, 559 for Police Constables.

Nigerians Studying in Private Schools in Turkey move to Public Schools

Nigerian students currently studying in Turkish private universities that have been shut down in the wake of the failed coup, have now been transferred to public schools where they will pay very little or no tuition, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Çakıl, has said.

A statement issued by the Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations) in the Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, said Cakil made the clarification during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, on Friday in Abuja.

PDP praises judiciary for upholding Ikpeazu’s election

The Peoples Democratic Party has expressed appreciation to the judiciary over the Appeal Court judgment that upheld the election of Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, by setting aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang.

Bukola Saraki hires maid, nurse for Rasheed Yekini’s mother

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has hired a maid and a nurse to take care of the late Rasheed Yekini’s mother, Alhaja Sikirat Yekini.

Saraki, represented by the Director of Football, Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC, Alloy Chukwuemeka, disclosed this on Friday in Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of the state.

He also donated a tricycle to the younger brother of late Rasheed Yekini, Hakeem.

Kill Yourself If You Don't Like Me - Angela Okorie blast fans

Nollywood actress, Angela Okorie has shunned fans taking jabs at her for exposing her boobs at her recent birthday party in Festac Town, Lagos. 

Angela Okorie who recently turned 31 this week was maligned in the media for wearing a boob-bearing outfit on her birthday with one of the pictures hitting the social media.

Guys! Would you rock this glamorous makeup for Men (See Photos)

This is a new trend for guys! In an editorial by popular lifestyle and entertainment website, Bellanaija, glamourous make-up for men, will soon become a trend, not just for celebrities, but every guy who will be quick to embrace the modern culture.

#PanamaPapers: Saraki, Mark, Others in Trouble as Presidency Orders Probe

A new revelation has emerged showing how Bukola Saraki, David Mark and many others may soon in big trouble following a probe allegedly ordered by the presidency.

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his predecessor, David Mark, and other prominent Nigerians may soon be in trouble as the Presidency has ordered the investigation of present and past Nigerian officials named in the Panama Papers scandal.

The chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Sam Saba, confirmed the directive to Premium Times.

United Nations says Food aid demand in Northeast could double in a month

The number of people in northeast Nigeria who need food aid could nearly double within a month, as the Boko Haram insurgency and economic pressures intensify suffering, the UN said Friday.

A crisis fuelled by years of radical Islamist violence has left more than three million people in the northeast “in a state of moderate or severe food insecurity,” said Bettina Luescher, spokeswoman for the UN’s World Food Programme.

But tough economic conditions in Nigeria caused by low oil prices and surging inflation could see that number rise to 5.5 million “next month”, Luescher told reporters in Geneva.

Borno State | SEMA trains 1,000 IDPs on self defence against Rape

The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Friday it had commenced the training of about 1, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on self defence against rape and other acts of violence.

The Chairman of the agency, Mr Satomi Ahmed, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

In Mauritania: 13 anti-slavery activists bags prison sentense

Mauritania has sentenced 13 anti-slavery activists to prison on terms ranging from three to 15 years.

Amnesty International said late Thursday that the sentences send a disturbing message that Mauritanian authorities are willing to silence human rights defenders and restrict freedom of expression.

It called again for the activists’ unconditional release.

Say What | Nigerian woman names her dog Lai Mohammed

Facebook user, Ada Ogbonna shared this on her wall some hours ago. She says she named the dog after someone she admires. 

OMG! Justin Bieber masturbating penis pic leaked on Chantel Jeffries' IG page

A photo of singer Justin Bieber seemingly masturbating with his hand firmly held on his pen!s was posted on the Instagram page of his close female friend Chantel Jeffries after her Instagram and Twitter accounts were hacked on Thursday.

Huh! What are these doors meant for?

Twitter user @Kobby_Skywalker shared these photos and asked, 'Are those... Suicide Doors?" They say the building isn't completed yet. Lets hope it is still under construction

Lady Gaga step out bra-less in a see through shirt (Photos)

Lady Gaga was spotted on Thursday wearing a see through black top without any bra after leaving a radio interview in New York.

Singer 2face Idibia visit Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh

Singer 2face Idibia paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture yesterday August 19th.

Say What | Japanese Man use twitter to seek help after he was locked in a Massage Store

A massage chair user in Japan had to make use of Twitter to plead for help after he slept off in an electrical store while enjoying his massage and woke up to find the store locked and the shutters lowered.

The man, identified only by his Twitter handle @_Asphodelus, tweeted, “Oh man, I’m locked in!”

Notorious Kidnappers nabbed in Anambra (PHOTOS)

Two members of a kidnap gang were caught by a combined team of policemen, local vigilante and hunters. According to Abia Facts Newspaper, the kidnappers identified as Obiora and Livinus, natives of Umuanu in Ndia Agu kidnapped a grandmother, killed and buried her in the bush after collecting the sum of Five million naira from her family. No further details were given on the victim.

Justice James Omo-Agege dies at 83

A former Delta State Chief Judge, Honorable Justice James Omo-Agege, has died. According to family sources, the legal luminary died after a brief illness yesterday evening August 18th. He was the state Chief Judge from October 1993 to November 1998. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

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Nwole Precious' family give insight on how their daughter was tortured by mistress & sent back to Awka

Read the statement from Precious Nwole's family below...
Nwole Precious is a little girl of 7years. She originated from Umudioka village Awka, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State. She lived at Abuja with one Mrs. Chinelo Ifezue,from Mbaukwu,of the aforesaid local government area of, Anambra State. On 6th August, 2016, Nwole Precious was allegedly transported to Awka, from Abuja, by her mistress, Mrs.Chinelo Ifezue.

BBOG members plan several marches to the presidency over #ChibolGirls

A statement released today by the advocacy group for the missing Chibok girls, Bring Back Our Girls, states that the group will from Monday, August 22nd commence actions that will compel the Federal government and international community to take decisive measures towards the rescue of the kidnapped Chibok school girls. According to the statement, they will be marching to the presidency and also engage in media interactions and others.

Oh Dear! See the Steamy Closeup Butt Pics Kim Kardashian shared

The mother of two and wife to Kanye West shared a close-up video of her famous booty in an orange bikini while chilling with friends during a family holiday at Mexico. The videos were uploaded to her snapchat account.

"What will happen to anyone who does this to Buhari? - Alibaba

Comedian Alibaba shared his opinion via Instagram, asking what would happen if anyone dared to do such to President Buhari. He wrote, "Beauty of democracy... I must say this is too extreme though. But can you imagine what will happen to anyone who does this to Buhari? Especially after what happened to the person who named a dog after him... shoot at sight straight!"

Usain Bolt | I’m the greatest

The unbeatable Usain Bolt once again proved utterly incomparable on the Olympic track on Thursday, powering his way to a third straight 200 meters gold and remaining on course for an extraordinary “triple-triple” of sprint titles.

The Jamaican simply laid waste to the best of the rest in the sprinting world to win his eighth track gold medal in what he has said will be his last individual race at the Olympics before his retirement next year.

Boko Haram | US Secretary of State to visits Nigeria

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is expected in Nigeria on Aug. 23 to discuss U.S. cooperation with Nigeria over Boko Haram, economy and human rights issues.

A statement issued by the Information Office of the Embassy of the U.S. on Friday in Abuja, said Kerry would hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Northern Governors.

According to it, the Secretary will travel to Sokoto and Abuja on Aug. 23 to 24.

1,600 cases of pipeline vandalism recorded since January – Minister

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, says Nigeria recorded 1,600 cases of pipeline vandalism since January.

Kachikwu disclosed this at the 2016 Annual Conference of the National Association of Energy Correspondents, with the theme: “Low Oil Price: Impact and the Way Forward.” The conference was held in Lagos on Thursday.

The minister also revealed that the country recorded over 3,000 pipeline vandalism cases from 2010 to 2015 and added that the impact of attacks on oil and gas pipelines was that there was no money to fund the 2016 budget.

Lawyer seeks special salary structure for teachers

Mr Jimoh Abdulrasaq, Ilorin based legal practitioner, has called on the Federal Government to place teachers in public schools on a special salary structure to improve the quality of their service.

Abdulrasaq disclosed in Ilorin on Friday that the education system in the country was parlous and needed to be improved.

He said conscious efforts should be put in place to revive the system using public schools as the engine to drive the revival in the delivery of quality education to the masses of the country.

Dispute with Ivory Coast affects oil development - Ghana, President

Ghana’s President, John Mahama, says a maritime boundary dispute with Ivory Coast had affected the development of the new TEN oil field.

Mahama said late Thursday that Ghana was nonetheless committed to a peaceful resolution of the dispute.

Say What | Lagos ranked world’s 3rd worst city to live in

A report released yesterday by The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Lagos as the third worst city to live, maintaining its position at the lowest rungs of the Global Liveability index.

Several other global reports had also said that Lagos, with a population of over 22 million, would in the next few years, become the 4th mega city in the world, with a population of over 30 million.

The city placed 138th out of the 140 cities ranked in the latest liveability survey, just above war-ravaged Tripoli and Damascus. “Of the poorer-scoring cities, 13 continue to occupy the very bottom tier of liveability, where ratings fall below 50 percent and most aspects of living are severely restricted.

Tribute to O. J. Abuah,the Man Who Served 7 Nigerian Presidents - Abati

Life is all about memories. It is the only thing we are left with when flesh and spirit depart the earthly plane, and we can do no more than remember the life of the departed, through memories of times and moments shared, and their deeds in their lifetime. I received a phone call and a whatsapp message announcing the death of Justin Abuah, popularly known to all and sundry as O.J. Abuah, and the world seemed as if it had stood still for a few minutes.

Say What | EFCC nab Man who dupe wife of N6.7m

One Chike Nnaemeka has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for allegedly tricking an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps into marrying him and paying for the wedding.

Nnaemeka, aka Dr. Justified, was said to have duped his victim, Nkechi Ani, of N6.7m.

The EFCC, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said Nnaemeka, who claimed to be a gynaecologist, allegedly collected the sum under different requests. The victim was reportedly introduced to him by one of her classmates at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State.

More than 5 million Nigerians live abroad – EU

Mr Richard Young, Deputy Head of Department, the European Union in Nigeria, says more than 5 million Nigerians are living abroad of which half of them are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Young made the statement on Thursday in Abuja at the unveiling of the National Policy on Labour Migration. He said that Nigeria and four other countries which include India, China, Philippines and Mexico had been mentioned by the World Bank as top recipients of global remittance in 2012.

We have discovered another N33trn stolen under Jonathan - APC, Chairman

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is claiming that atleast N33 trillion got missing from the National treasury during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is claiming that atleast N33 trillion got missing from the National treasury during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Oil production drops by 29 percent against 2016 Budget projection – FG

The Federal Government on Thursday revealed that the country’s crude oil production had dropped by 29 percent, as against the nation’s 2016 budget target of 2.2 million barrels per day, an indication that Nigeria’s current economic crisis might still linger for a longer time.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who disclosed this at the national conference of the National Association of Energy Correspondents (NAEC), with the theme, ‘Low Oil Price: Challenges and the Way Forward’, stated that the nation’s actual crude oil production was at 1.56 million barrels per day, about 700,000 barrels per day below the budget’s target production.

#Rio2016: Usain Bolt clinched Third Olympic 200m Title in Style

Usain Bolt won a third successive Olympic 200m gold on Thursday to keep his hopes of an unprecedented “triple triple” alive and deliver a perfect tonic to the doping-tainted world of track and field.

The victory in his favoured event was Bolt’s 13th individual world or Olympic sprint title from a possible 14 since he took athletics by storm at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The 29-year Jamaican timed 19.78 seconds for gold, Canadian Andre de Grasse taking silver with 20.02sec and France’s Christophe Lemaitre winning bronze (20.12).

Budget Padding: Abdulmimin Jibrin seeks court order to stop suspension by House

A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to restrain the leadership of the House of Representatives from suspending him.

Jibrin, representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, urged the court to set aside the decision of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and Uzoma Abonta pending the determination of the case.

NABTEB releases May/June 2016 examination results

The National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) on Thursday released the May/June 2016 examination results, in which it declared that of the 69,472 candidates that enrolled for the examination nationwide 38,280 recorded five credit passes, including English and mathematics.

Disclosing this in a briefing with journalists in Benin, Edo State, on the release of the results, the Prof. (Mrs.) Ifeoma Isuigo-Abanihe, NABTEB Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, said the exercise was carried out in 1,530 centres nationwide.

NABDA boss says Nigeria produces 1.1mmt of fish annually, consume 3.2mt

Lucy Ogbadu, Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), has revealed that Nigeria produces a paltry 1.1 million metric tons of fish annually but consumes about 3.2 million metric tons annually.

This leaves a huge gap of two million tons in the supply of fish and fish products.

Ogbadu spoke at the graduation ceremony of 38 females who received training on fish spawning and breeding in Kano on Wednesday.

Team Nigeria #Rio2016 Kits finally Arrive with Just 3 days Left

With just three days left to the end of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Team Nigeria took delivery of the much-awaited kits after most of the athletes had concluded their events with some already back to their bases.

A top official of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria who disclosed this to a source on Thursday said the kits which arrived Wednesday night would no longer serve any purpose because “most of the athletes have left after concluding their events”

Uber to launch First Self-Driving Car service in Pittsburgh

Uber said Thursday it would deploy driverless cars for its ride-sharing services in Pittsburgh this month, pushing the envelope for the use of self-driving technology.

Uber said the program would begin with the cars carrying company “co-pilots,” engineers and safety personnel, after testing the cars in the western Pennsylvania city without passengers for months.

At the same time, Uber also announced Thursday two other moves to further solidify itself as a trailblazer in driverless cars:

Unclad Statues of Donald Trump attracts dozens of onlookers in US

An artists’ collective took credit for exposing Donald Trump to unflattering scrutiny on Thursday, saying it was responsible for a life-size nude statue of the Republican presidential candidate that turned up in a New York City park.

Copies of the orange-tinted likeness – featuring a massive belly, small fingers and missing some genital parts – were simultaneously unveiled in downtown Manhattan’s Union Square Park and public places in four other U.S. cities.

Top Olympic official busted naked for $3.1million scam

A high-ranking Olympic official was arrested while naked in his son’s Rio de Janeiro hotel room.

Pat Hickey, the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, has been charged with selling tickets for prices higher than face value, in a scheme that could have profits of more than $3.1million.

Hickey, 71, is accused of conspiring with some six others to sell the illegal Olympic tickets.

Man abandons matrimonial home after impregnating 'sister'

A Lagos housewife seeking divorce has narrated to the Igando Magistrates’ Court how her husband eloped with a woman he introduced to her as his sister after impregnating her.

The petitioner told the court that her man, Ezekiel Obeji, abandoned her and disappeared with his supposed sister.

Narrating her ordeal she stated: