Wednesday 14 December 2016

United States Govt. announces $92m additional humanitarian assistance for Nigeria

This week, the United States Government announced nearly $92 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.

With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $291 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year to people affected by the Boko Haram-related conflict and the related humanitarian crisis. The United States continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region.

Joseph Yobo bemoans poor treatment of Super Falcons

Former Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo, has expressed his sadness over the poor treatment meted on players of the Super Falcons since they returned from this 2016 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Since returning from the Women's AFCON, the Falcons are yet to be paid their outstanding allowances by the cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation and have not been hosted nor rewarded by the federal government.

VIDEO: Afghan boy who wore Messi's jersey number made from 'plastic bag' finally meets his hero, refuses to let go of him

An Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after wearing a number ten shirt made out of a plastic bag has finally met his hero.

Murtaza Ahmadi, 6, became an over night viral star after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi shirt made out of plastic were shared across social media.

My move to China is 90% done - Chelsea Midfielder, Oscar says

Chelsea and Brazilian attacking midfielder, Oscar dos Santos, has disclosed that his move to Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG is almost done.

Reports emerged Wednesday morning claiming that Chelsea is ready to let the Brazilian join the Asian club for a fee said to be around €60 million.

Oscar will be reuniting with former manager Andre Villas-Boas after Chelsea accepted an offer.

Ex-Minister, Fani-Kayode’s ill health stalls trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja was unable to proceed with the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode, as scheduled on Wednesday because of the ex-minister’s ill health.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on November 11, 2016, arraigned Fani-Kayode on five charges involving alleged diversion of N26m which he allegedly received from the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, under the guise of payment for contract.

The ex-minister allegedly received the money from the Office of the National Security Adviser while he was the Director of Media and Publicity in the campaign organisation of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria Police chief charges officers to monitor Shiites seriously

A police chief has charged officers to monitor the activities of Shiites in a part of Nigeria. The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone One, comprising Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, Adamu Ibrahim, charged police officers in the zone to remain vigilant and monitor activities of Shiites in the zone.

Mr. Ibrahim gave the charge while addressing officers of Jigawa Police Command in Dutse on Wednesday.

He explained that the recent clash between the Shiites and police in Kano indicated that they were a violent group and must be monitored seriously.

Brother of Lt. Col Umusu killed recently by Boko Haram insurgency writes open letter to President Buhari

Letter to President Buhari by Brother of Lieutenant Colonel Otobrise Umusu the Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force Battalion in Borno State who was killed by Boko Haram.

Odiriviroro Umusu
14th December 2016

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Office of the President

Nigeria Army rescues more 605 women, girls in Sambisa forest

The Nigeria Army on Wednesday said it had rescued additional 605 women and children during its operation in Sambisa forest.

The Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Leo Irabor, stated this during a press conference at the headquarters of the 7 Division of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri.

Actor, Prince Eke took to Instagram to slam his wife, Muma Gee for abandoning their kids to Abuja

Actor, Prince Eke took to Instagram to call out his wife, singer Muma Gee for allegedly abandoning their 3-month-old baby for a four weeks trip to Abuja.

Prince Eke has since taken down the post and changed his bio to "A single father of three". Read what he posted after the cut:

Tonto Dikeh 'wow' in new make-up photos

Nollywood actress and mother of one, Tonto Dikeh Churchill looks stunning in new make-up photos. She seems very excited during the photo shoot.

More photos below:

Singer Flavour takes selfies with his adorable daughter, Sophia

Igbo highlife Singer, Flavour N'abania spends some quality time with his lovely second daughter, Sophia, from the ex-beauty queen, Anna Banner.

The dad and daughter be having some intimate daughter-daddy bonding as they take new snaps. His daughter is such a doll...

Pope 80th birthday: Pope Francis says early birthday wishes bring bad luck

Pope Francis on Wednesday quipped that people should not send him early birthday wishes because, in his native Argentina, doing so brings bad luck.

Francis turns 80 on Saturday for the occasion; the Vatican has opened seven email accounts that can receive birthday messages in Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German and Polish.

Breakdown of the 2017 Budget Presented By President Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has presented the 2017 appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.

Below is the breakdown of the budget:

See Funny Tweets From EFCC’s Official Twitter Handle That Has Got Everyone Talking

Official twitter account of EFCC recent replies to Nigerians on twitter has got everyone talking. A lot of media houses has branded the person running the account is a real clown and a bloody sarcastic one for that matter.

It all started when a twitter user (@Iamsynord) ask EFCC if he should go into Yahoo Yahoo or MMM. Then EFCC replied him.

Photos: Court Orders Senator To Pay N100k Fine For Slapping Newspaper Vendor

A High Court in Uyo has ordered a former senator from Akwa Ibom State, Anietie Okon, to pay N100,000 as damages to a newspaper vendor, Ndifreke Etim, whom he assaulted last year in Uyo, Premium Times reports. 

Mr. Etim, who walks around the city of Uyo, hawking newspapers, had told the court that Mr. Okon slapped him multiple times inside Government House, Uyo, in September last year.

The assault occurred around the state banquet hall where the vendor had gone with the hope of making quick sales during the swearing-in of a new chairman of Akwa Ibom State Council of Traditional Rulers.

Super Falcons To Get Their Allowances on Friday - Presidency assures

The protesting Super Falcons have returned to their Agura Hotel, Abuja after the Presidency promised to pay the money owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation on Friday.

The female national team members who protested at the National Assembly gates on Wednesday morning with placards over the non-payment of their allowances by the Nigerian Football Federation had some days ago, won the 10th African Women Cup of Nations, beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 in an explosive final in Yaounde.

President Buhari presents 2017 budget, says government will concentrate on roads, rail

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly, stressing that his administration will focus on infrastructure in the coming year.

Speaking during the presentation, the President said his administration will focus on infrastructure with more attention on road and rail.

Kano State | Authorities cracks down on beggars, arrests 226

The Kano State Hisbah Board arrested 226 beggars for allegedly violating the law banning street begging along the major streets of the state capital in November, an official said on Wednesday.

The officer in charge of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, Malam Musa Sangaya, in Kano said that 119 of the 226 beggars were children, while 107 were adult.

He said, “Our men arrested 226 street beggars around Bata, Naibawa, Nassarawa hospital and Yankaba areas for violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis.

Police parades driver who robs passenger at gunpoint

A 35-year-old driver, Felix Jeremiah, who allegedly robbed a female passenger of her belongings at gunpoint, was on Wednesday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, who is facing a five-count charge of conspiracy, robbery, assault, fraud and stealing, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Inspector Richard Odigie, told the court that the accused had, on November 27 at about 3p.m. at Oniru Area, Lagos, conspired with two others at large.

Ondo Gov-elect, Akeredolu visits Mimiko, says it will take hard work to surpass his achievements

The Ondo state governor-elect, Mr. Oluwa Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) today said it will take hard work to surpass the track record put into public service by the state outgoing governor, Olusegun Mimiko.

He noted that Mimiko should be commended for the years he dedicated to public service as two-term commissioner for health, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Minister for Housing and Urban and as a governor.

The governor-elect was speaking during a courtesy visit to Mimiko and some members of his cabinet at the governor’s office at Alagbaka in Akure.

Jeez! Lover bathes ex-girlfriend with acid in Lagos (Photo)

A 25-year-old caterer, Rosemary Nnaife, who was allegedly bathed with acid by her ex-lover in the Lawanson, Surulere area of Lagos State, has demanded the prosecution of the suspect, identified only as Paul.

The Delta State indigene, whose face had been scarred by the acid, said since the incident, Paul had yet to be prosecuted.

The victim explained that she had dated Paul for four years before the relationship ended due to abuse and violence.

Photos: 27-years-old gospel singer weds his 45-year-old girlfriend

Gospel artist, Steve Glory, 27, last weekend tied the knot with his 45-year old girlfriend and boss, Estellah. Steve is a gospel singer from Zambia.

More photos after the cut:

Little Comedienne Emmanuella features on CNN

2016 has been an outstanding year for little comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, and her team. The 6-year-old gets featured on CNN as Africa's youngest most popular comedienne on the internet.

Kanye West reveal why he met with Donald Trump

Kanye West met with US President-elect, Donald Trump yesterday and didn't say much during interviews. The rapper later took to twitter to share his purpose.

Wow! Check out photos from Zahra Buhari's bridal shower

Photos: Gabriel Uko

President Muhammadu Buhari‘s daughter Zahra Buhari will this Friday get married to billionaire son Ahmed Indimi.

Yesterday in Abuja, she celebrated her bridal shower with a tea party theme. Event was planned by Alfa Showers with decor by The Wedding Guru in Abuja. 

See more pics after the cut:

Photos: Sex shop sparks outrage after displaying baby Jesus, Mary dildos

The owner of a sex shop in Spain has been on the receiving end of death threats, abuse, and boycotts after he featured a nativity scene painted on ceramic dildos in his front window.

Héctor Valdivielso, who owns the Non Sit Peccatum sex shop near Toledo, commissioned an artist to paint the figures of Joseph, the virgin Mary and baby Jesus on ceramic dildos. And his shop was vandalised with the word 'pecadores' (sinners), protested against, and a group the Children of the
Virgin Mary launched a boycott on the store.

Choi! Nigeria's betting sites shades members who abandoned them for MMM

Lol! One of the betting sites in Nigeria, Nairabet has shades members who abandoned them for MMM. Their official twitter account tweeted it and welcomed the members back!

SHOCKING! See the number of properties EFCC has seized from ex-minister, Bala Mohammed's son

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized at least 12 properties from a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen Bala, Punch reports.

It was learnt on Tuesday that the seizures were part of investigations into a controversial land swap deal carried out by the minister to the tune of N1tn between 2010 and 2015.

Pls Help! My wife has a very big hole inside her pu*sy

A distressed man has taken to online relationship Instagram page, Break_or_makeup to seek advice on what to do about his wife condition.

Read below:

Hilarious! Noble Igwe's worst day - Media personality explains why he joined MMM

Media personality Noble Igwe who mentioned yesterday that he invested his office rent in MMM via twitter after the shocking revelation that MMM is freezing confirmed accounts for one month. 

He has in a story shared on his blog explained why he MMMed and it's hilarious. 

Read after the cut:

National Assembly on lockdown, staff shut outside

National Assembly this morning was shut down, all three entry gates were heavily guided by security operatives.

The action is preparatory to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anticipated visit to the National Assembly today to present the estimates of the 2017 budget to senators and members of the House of Representatives.

Unbelievable! See where these two women was found trying to enter Europe (Photos)

Police got a shock when investigating two abandoned suitcases on a train to Vienna when they discovered two Afghan women stuffed inside them.

Romanian border patrol officers stationed in the town of Curtici entered the luggage compartment of the train which was travelling to the Austrian capital having become suspicious of the bags.

After deciding to open them, they found two women inside, who were trying to reach Austria illegally. 

Wife of alleged MMM-Nigeria owner, Chuddy Ugorji, has this to say

The wife of the alleged owner of MMM-Nigeria, Chiamaka Chuddy Ugorji who recently wedded her husband Chuddy Ugorji in a luxury wedding that buzzed all over social media on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Chiamaka & Chuddy’s wedding which took place at Elshadai Covenant Church, 7 social club road, Abulegba Lagos, witnessed large turnout of well-wishers and MMM guiders and participants.

After news broke out yesterday that MMM Nigeria has froze its users’ accounts, Chiamaka has reached out to participants in an open letter.

MUST READ! Someone has unmask the face behind MMM-Nigeria, how deal was struck, including names & phone numbers (PHOTOS)

A young man on Twitter is claiming he has unmasked who really owns MMM Nigeria, where the server is hosted, how the deal was struck and even gone ahead to release names and phone numbers for everyone allegedly in the MMM cartel.

According to Noel, he is speaking out now after MMM has allegedly crashed because he needed to be 100% sure of what he is saying. 

Read his full tweets below:

Two Women receives human rights award after ISIS abduct and gang raped them

Two Yazidi women who were brutally gang raped by ISIS and kept as sex slaves have received an award in recognition of their bravery.

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands of women and girls abducted, tortured and sexually abused by Islamic State fighters in Iraq in 2014.

The Yazidi are a small, religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions.

Fallen Hero! Another Lt. Col. Killed By Boko Haram Insurgents

Members of suspected Boko Haram have ambushed and killed yet another senior Nigerian Army officer. He is Lt. Col. Otos Umusu pictured above, the Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force Battalion in Borno State.

See the top questions Nigerians ask Google in 2016

The Year 2016 in Google Search has been intense and far-reaching. From elections to excitement to shock and hope, this year’s compilation of top trending searches brings together stories and questions through the eyes of Nigerians on the web.

Sieving out the top searches from the flurry of inquiries on sensational and diverse moments on Google search, are top trending celebrity stories, major events, ‘what is’ and ‘how to’ searches, travel questions and exciting perspectives of the world. The direction of this year’s search reveals that Nigerians are eager to learn about current events not just within the country, but in other parts of the world, as the searches for the year move outside search for songs, actors, movies and sports news.

Get In Here! Someone just proposed to Toke Makinwa via his Instagram Page

City FM OAP, Uche Agbai has taken to his social media page to proposed to stunning Vlogger, Toke Makinwa, Wow!

The cute AOP shared the photo of Toke Makinwa above and wrote this lovely message to her, and also asked her to marry him. 

Read below:

Federal Court Orders Zenith Bank To Unfreeze Fayose’s Account

A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered Zenith Bank to immediately unfreeze the accounts of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission did not follow the laid down regulations in ordering the bank to freeze the accounts.

Federal Government to increase salaries next year – Minister

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has promised Nigerian workers that they will get a pay rise next year.

Ngige said this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, during an interactive session with journalists on Tuesday.

He explained that the various committees handling the minimum wage issue would soon come up with a solution.

Chelsea escape points deduction as FA fines club £100,000

Chelsea have escaped a possible points deduction, following their bench-clearing fracas at the end of their 3-1 win over Manchester City on December 3.

The brawl started after City striker, Sergio Aguero, lunged into Blues defender David Luiz. Aguero and Fernandinho were eventually sent off.

Manchester United and Arsenal were punished for brawling in 1990 with points deduction and the FA has already warned Chelsea, after they appealed over the ugly scenes in the London Derby against Tottenham in May this year.

Guardiola reveals Manchester City could sack him

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has admitted there is no reason why the club cannot sack him if he fails.

The Spaniard has seen his side slip to fourth in the Premier League, after taking 12 points from their last nine fixtures.

Although City are now seven points behind leaders Chelsea, Guardiola insists there is time for him to turn the slump around.

Federal Government reaffirms that Nigeria will come out of recession in 2017

The federal government of Nigeria has assured Nigerians that the ongoing economic hardship in the nation would end in 2017.

It said a foundation for a diversified economy had been being laid, adding that “the 2017 budget will strengthen the economy further.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, gave this message of hope when he received a delegation from the Methodist Church of Nigeria, led by the Archbishop of Abuja, the Most Reverend Joseph Oche Job.

Senators’ wives pardons female inmates during visit to Suleja Prisons

Wife of the President of the Senate, Dr. Mrs. Toyin Saraki has advocated for continuous rehabilitation of prison inmates.

This is also as she urged the Senate to, as a matter of urgency, pass the Prisons Reform Bill 2016 into law.

Speaking at the Suleja Medium Prisons in Niger State on Tuesday, Mrs. Saraki said only when the Prisons facilities were in right shape and the welfare of the workers taken into considerations that the officers would put in their best.

Everton 2 Arsenal 1: The Toffees came from behind to beat sloppy Arsenal side

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League for at least 24 hours after they were beaten 2-1 by Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger’s men took the lead after Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick deflected in off Ashley Williams. But the home team were level before the break after Seamus Coleman headed in Leighton Baines’ cross.

I Will Reveal Secrets That Will Sink Nigeria – Biafra

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has threatened that he would expose secrets that are capable of sinking Nigeria.

Kanu gave the threat at his resumed trial on Tuesday. In the Tuesday’s ruling, trial Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the Federal Government the nod to shield identities of witnesses billed to testify against Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice Nyako who held that names of all the prosecution witnesses who are mostly security operatives, would not be disclosed in any record of the court proceedings also said that the witnesses would be allowed to testify against the defendants behind a screen that would be provided by the court.

Ekiti State | Governor Fayose sacks 400 staff of State University

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has revoked the employment of over 400 staff of the state university.

He said the recent recruitment did not follow due process.

The Governor, who made this disclosure on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti, said he was shocked that over 400 persons would be offered employment without the positions being advertised.

He spoke during an interactive session with the participants in the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government from the state at the Government House, Ado Ekiti.

Biafra: I will not be tried in secret – Nnamdi Kanu yell at Justice Nyako

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday caused a mild drama at an Abuja Federal High Court as he shouted at the judge handling his case, Justice Binta Nyako that he will not be tried in private.

Kanu, alongside Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are facing trial for an 11 count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony and publication of defamatory matter.

APC chieftain explain why Tinubu won’t leave Party

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Mohammed Lawal, has affirmed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will only leave if President Muhammadu Buhari defects from the ruling party.

There has been reports that Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State was teeming up with Atiku Abubakar to form ‎another mega party.

Lawal, who was the Deputy Director, Coordination and Implementation of the APC Presidential Campaign Office in 2015, also refuted the reports that there was friction between Tinubu and the President.

JUST IN: Super Falcons storm National Assembly over unpaid allowances

Nigeria female football national team, the Super Falcons, have stormed the National Assembly protesting the refusal of the Nigerian Football Federation to pay their entitlements.

Recall, the team won the 10th edition of the African Women championship just concluded in Cameroon but were held up in a hotel in Abuja, many days after they returned to the country with the trophy, owing to non-payment of their entitlements.