Friday, November 24, 2017

Libya Asks Rest Of the World For Support To Tackle Menace Of Slave Auctions

Libya Asks Rest Of the World For Support To Tackle Menace Of Slave Auctions

Following a shocking report by CNN a couple weeks ago which chronicled the dire situation in Libya about migrants being auctioned off as slaves, Libyan officials have spoken for the first since the report broke, denouncing the report but clamoring for support from the global community in tackling the issue.

According to CNN, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) says it is prepared to address all issues of violations against illegal immigrants but needs support from regional and global partners. The  statement reads:
Libya is going through difficult times which affected its own citizens as well. It is, therefore, not fair to assume responsibility for the consequences of this immigration, which everyone unanimously agreed that addressing this phenomenon exceeds the national capacities. We affirm again that the practical solution is to address the real reasons that drive people to leave their home countries, treat them and develop final solutions for them.
Also speaking on the issue, Mohammed Bisher, head of the government’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Authority, said detention facilities are overwhelmed and he urged countries from which migrants travel to take more responsibility.

Talking to CNN, he said “We are 278 million Libyan dinars (nearly $210 million) in debt. We have to provide food, medicine, transportation… If the African Union wants to help, they can help.” 

Read more here. 
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APC Not Bothered By Atiku's Exit

APC Not Bothered By Atiku's Exit

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it has no issue with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, leaving the party.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, made this known while reacting to the development on Friday in Abuja.

Atiku had, in a statement personally signed by him on Friday, announced his resignation from the APC, citing lack of good relationship with the party leadership, among other issues.

He explained that he joined the APC in 2014 after some of its leaders appealed to him, following crisis in his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which resulted to its fictionalisation.
He added that he would need time to ponder about his future, noting that politics was about interest.

But, Abdullahi said that APC leadership had not seen any formal notification on the purported resignation, adding however, that based on what “we have seen in the social media, we can say that it is surprising. For us politics is all about interest; so, if the former Vice President feels that his interest is better served elsewhere, we don’t have any issues against that. We can always wish him good luck.

 For us, the task of building a political party is not a day’s job; it is a marathon. And, it takes many years and we will continue to improve on our system to get the kind of party we want to really build.
He stressed that it took many years to build a strong political party, adding that parties were made up of different persons, some happy and some sad.

Abdullahi added that everybody would have to take decisions at some point in time.

He, however, said that the APC was not bothered about the rumoured exit of the former vice president from the party until it saw the number of people that would move with him.

He maintained that those remaining in the party would continue to work for it, build it and make it stronger in the interest of all.

Dangote Group Commissions $300m Cement Plant In Congo

Dangote Group Commissions $300m Cement Plant In Congo

Africa’s largest cement Company, Dangote Cement, has commissioned its $300 million plant in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville.

The 1.5mtpa capacity cement plant was commissioned on Thursday amid ecstasy by the government and the indigenes of the Country.

The plant also has potentials to create about 1000 direct employment and thousands of several other indirect jobs.

While inaugurating the country’s biggest plant, President Denis Sassou Nguesso, said the investment was an industrial revolution within the Economic Community of the Central African States (CEMAC).

He said his country was happy to host the investment.

According to him, his government has observed the operations of Dangote cement in other African countries and it has helped buoy their economies by sparking off other allied industries expressing the hope that Congo situation would not be an exception.

The Congolese President described the coming on stream of the Dangote cement as timely and encouraging because it is starting operations at a time the total government revenues have plummeted by 31.3 per cent and revenues from the oil sector have fallen 65.1 per cent since 2015 due to a slide in global crude prices.

President Mohammadu Buhari who was represented at the event by a delegation led by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, commended Alhaji Aliko Dangote and his Cement Company for championing economic renaissance of Africa.

The sterling accomplishment of construction of cement plants across several African countries, made the Dangote Cement brand, and indeed Aliko Dangote himself, worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.
President Buhari said his government has consistently supported and encouraged the Dangote Group in its quest to contribute its quota to the economic emancipation of the African continent, which is blessed with a plethora of natural resources.

“I believe that it is only home-grown practical solutions that can address the myriad issues plaguing Africa today and one of such challenges that Africa has been grappling with for decades is the infrastructure deficit.

“I am confident that massive investments in cement production, which is a key driver of infrastructural development, will contribute in no small measure, to addressing this perennial problem.”

Buhari recalled with satisfaction that local cement manufacturers such as Dangote Cement, Lafarge and BUA, have exploited one of the solid minerals, limestone which is a basic input for cement production.

“The backward integration policy of the Federal Government in the cement sector, which was launched in 2002, has contributed to this success story by successfully substituting imports with local production, we have saved over $2 billion spent on cement importation into Nigeria, annually.
“We have also started using cement for road construction in the country due to its numerous advantages over the more common bituminous road.

“Again, in this area, Dangote Cement is leading the charge, through AG-Dangote, its joint venture with Andrade-Gutierrez, a construction giant in Brazil”, Nigeria’s President stated.
Chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, in his address said his company was delighted to have completed the plant on schedule.

He added Dangote Cement’s 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum plant has more than doubled the total cement production capacity of Congo-Brazzaville, which now stands at 2.550 million metric tonnes per annum, far in excess of national demand.

“It is envisaged that this will contribute substantially to the availability and affordability of cement in the country and the Republic of the Congo will no longer need to depend on imports to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

“It is our hope that the inauguration of the plant will boost Congo’s economy, conserve foreign exchange that would otherwise have been spent on imports for the country, and create employment opportunities down the value chain.”, he stated.
WATCH! Nollywood Actor, Daniel K Daniel’s Glamorous Wedding To Beauty Blogger,Tina

WATCH! Nollywood Actor, Daniel K Daniel’s Glamorous Wedding To Beauty Blogger,Tina

Nollywood actor Daniel K Daniel and his wife, beauty blogger Tina had their white wedding in Lagos last Saturday. Rita Dominic, Yomi Casual, Alexx Ekubo, Blossom Chuckwujekwu, Bryan Okwara and other celebrities were in attendance.

The Nollywood actor who starred in the movie ‘Soldier’s Story’ as Bossman walked his beautiful lady down the aisle and it was indeed a beautiful wedding’.


Ex-VP Atiku Abubakar Dumps APC

Ex-VP Atiku Abubakar Dumps APC

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement personally signed by him on Friday, November 24, 2017, Atiku accused the APC of “instituting a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy” within the party and the government it produced.

Atiku decried APC’s neglect of the youths by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The former vice president said APC is a ‘dying.’

The statement reads in full:

“On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.

“The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.

“It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers and I had for the PDP could be actualized through the All Progressives Congress.

“It was on the basis of this invitation and the assurances made to me that I, being party-less at that time, due to the fractionalization of my party, accepted on February 2, 2014, the hand of fellowship given to me by the All Progressives Congress.

“On that day, I said “it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision” to accept the invitation to join the All Progressives Congress.

“Like you, I said that because I believed that we had finally seen the beginnings of the rebirth of the new Nigeria of our dreams which would work for all of us, old and young.

“However, events of the intervening years have shown that like any other human and like many other Nigerians, I was fallible.

“While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.

“Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo,  he admitted that the All Progressives Congress had “not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance”.

“Of the party itself, that same governor said ‘Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties.’

“Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the All Progressives Congress on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.
“But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.
“A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.

“I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage. Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?

“Be that as it may be, after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life, I, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, hereby tender my resignation from the All Progressives Congress while I take time to ponder my future.”
Emmerson Mnangagwa Sworn In As President Of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa Sworn In As President Of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as President of Zimbabwe in Harare, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe.

Taking his oath of office, the 75-year-old former security chief known as ‘The Crocodile’ vowed to uphold the constitution of the former British colony and protect the rights of Zimbabwe’s 16 million citizens.

“I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, swear that as president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe,” he said, taking an oath of office.

Even though most Zimbabweans celebrated the exit of 93-year-old Mugabe, some were worried about the future under Mnangagwa.

In particular, they questioned his role in the so-called Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland in 1983 when an estimated 20,000 people were killed in a crackdown on Mugabe’s opponents by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade.

Mnangagwa had, however, denied any part in the atrocities since his return to Zimbabwe after two weeks in hiding and had been preaching democracy, tolerance and respect for the rule of law.
“The people have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God,” he told thousands of supporters on Wednesday at the headquarters of his ruling ZANU-PF party.

Meanwhile, when Mnangagwa and Mugabe spoke for the first time since his (Mnangagwa’s) return to the country, and he assured Mugabe and his family that they would be safe in Zimbabwe, the state-owned The Herald newspaper reported on Friday.

The new Zimbabwean leader was sworn in, in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare’s national stadium.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rihanna Looks 'Dazed' As She Covers Dazed Magazine's Latest Issue

Rihanna Looks 'Dazed' As She Covers Dazed Magazine's Latest Issue

 Barely one day after Rihanna was announced as Guest Editor for Vogue Paris with three distinct covers shot by three photographers, the pop star is on the cover of Dazed Magazine‘s latest issue, showing that she can totally slay grunge looks.

 She was photographed by Harley Weir and styled by Dazed’s Creative Director Robbie Spencer for the feature titled Nocturnal Activities.

The year is definitely ending with a bang for the Fenty Beauty mogul, earlier this month, Rihanna was announced as the host of the 2018 Met Gala, and her cosmetics line Fenty Beauty was listed as one of Time Magazine‘s top inventions of 2017.
Emmerson Mnangagwa To Return To Zimbabwe On Wednesday, Expected To Be Sworn In As President

Emmerson Mnangagwa To Return To Zimbabwe On Wednesday, Expected To Be Sworn In As President

Former vice president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, will return home on Wednesday, a ruling party ZANU-PF official said.

Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, is expected to land in Zimbabwe today, Larry Mavhima, an ally of the former vice president, told Reuters.

Mnangagwa, 75, who fled from Zimbabwe in fear of his safety after being sacked this month, could be sworn in as president later on Wednesday or on Thursday and is likely to lead ZANU-PF into elections in 2018.

Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

The 93-year-old Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go.

He finally resigned moments after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.

People danced in the streets of Harare and car horns blared at the news that the era of Mugabe, who had led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was finally over.

Some brandished posters of Mnangagwa and army chief General Constantino Chiwenga.

Speaker of parliament Jacob Mudenda is due to hold a news conference.

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Nigerian Army Mandates All Soldiers To Learn Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Before Dec. 2018

Nigerian Army Mandates All Soldiers To Learn Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Before Dec. 2018

The Nigerian Army has ordered all its officers and soldiers to be proficient in Nigeria’s three major languages before December 2018.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Brigadier General Sani Usman, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Army, in the statement, directed the soldiers to immediately commence the learning of Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba as part of the force’s new language policy.
The statement reads, “The Nigerian Army has introduced a new Language Policy. The study of foreign and local languages is worldwide practice among armies, in which officers and soldiers are encouraged to be multi-lingual. The Policy will foster esprit-de-corps and better communication with the populace to enhance information gathering, civil-military relations, increase understanding between militaries when operating abroad and assist officers and soldiers to perform their duties professionally.
“It is to be noted that English remains the official language in the Nigerian Army. Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages could be used during Civil Military Cooperation activities or interrogation. Therefore all Nigerian Army personnel have been given one year to learn the three major Nigerian languages. Invariably, by December 2018, all Nigerian Army personnel are expected to learn the three major Nigerian languages. The standard of proficiency to be attained is the basic level. Certificated proficiency level will attract Language Allowance.
“The ability to speak the 3 major Nigerian languages will be an added advantage to those applying for recruitment or commissioning into the Nigerian Army. Therefore, prospective candidates are encouraged to learn Nigerian languages other than their mother tongues.
“Before now, the Nigerian Army officially encouraged the learning of French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili. French language is an assessed subject in some career courses and examinations for Nigerian Army personnel.”
Yaya Toure Content With Role At Manchester City

Yaya Toure Content With Role At Manchester City

Yaya Toure insists he is not frustrated by his diminished role at Man City this season.

Yaya Toure, 34, has made only five appearances this term but played 75 minutes as City beat Feyenoord 1-0 in their penultimate Champions League group game on Tuesday.

Asked if he wanted to play more often he said: “You want me to play? Tell the manager.

“Look at my face; do you think I am frustrated? Am I enjoying? Of course. (If) I am frustrated, think what I would do; I would say to the manager ‘I don’t want to be on the bench and I want to go home’.”

“It is very important to keep the confidence going but we have to be careful because in these circumstances we have to keep focused,” Toure said.

“We have good team dynamics. I love it and the manager loves it.

“What I learned when I was in Barcelona in 2009 was that we don’t listen to any newspaper because you could think you are one of the best and, after that, get a strong team who destroy you.”
Buhari Inaugurates 3-Member Committee To Audit Recovered ‘Loot’

Buhari Inaugurates 3-Member Committee To Audit Recovered ‘Loot’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated a three-member committee to audit all the assets recovered by relevant government agencies.

The three-member committee was sworn in by Mr. Buhari inside the conference room in the office of the wife of the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The president directed the committee, which has Olufemi Lijadu, Gloria Bibigha and Mohammed Nami as members, to audit all recoveries from the beginning of this administration until April 10, 2017.

They have been given four weeks to submit their report.

The president said he had earlier asked all government agencies to submit detailed reports of all recoveries up to March 2017 to his office.

He said the committee will audit all accounts in which the recovered assets where lodged to ensure reports submitted to him were accurate.

It was gathered that some of the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that have announced recovered loot include the anti-graft EFCC, the Attorney General’s office and the Ministry of Finance.

President Buhari also directed all MDAs, banks and companies to cooperate with the committee, adding that the gains of the anti-corruption campaign of his administration were enormous.

The President further warned that his administration would not allow diversion of funds. Buhari also said that he ensure that the recovered funds be deposited in designated accounts and be managed transparently.
Sevilla Head Coach, Berizzo Diagnosed With Cancer

Sevilla Head Coach, Berizzo Diagnosed With Cancer

Sevilla head coach, Eduardo Berizzo has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the La Liga club has confirmed on their site.

Reports were starting to emerge after the halftime of the sensational 3-3 UCL draw between Sevilla and Liverpool.

With Berizzo informing his players of his condition at the break, when they were trailing 3-0,the club has now confirmed the news via a statement on their website.

The medical services of Sevilla FC report that the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, has been diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Future examinations will allow us to decide what steps to follow regarding its treatment.

“Sevilla FC wants to show its full support for the coach right now and wishes him a speedy recovery.”
Video: Tjan – OmoYi

Video: Tjan – OmoYi

Known for his popular hit songs “Aduke”, “Your Smile” and “Meji” featuring Ycee; praised music sensation Tjan thrills once again with his new single “Omo Yi”, an afro R&B gem produced by Mosa.

The budding smash is currently ruling the airwaves, and is set to climb to new heights with the release of the music video directed by Myth.

Thibaut Courtois Contract Talks At Chelsea On Hold

Thibaut Courtois Contract Talks At Chelsea On Hold

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois does not expect discussions to resume over a new contract until the end of the season, when he will be entering the final 12 months of his deal.

The previous round of talks in May failed to reach an agreement.

Speaking in the build-up to Chelsea’s Champions League meeting with Qarabag in Baku, Courtois said: “The most important thing is to perform well for myself and the team.

“Regarding my contract, that’s the thing where Chelsea must deal with my agent. I don’t think there have been any new developments.

“We have so many games at the moment, and I prefer to focus on the team’s games, my own performances, and there will be time enough towards the end of the season to have talks.”

Thibaut Courtois spent three successful years on loan at Atlético Madrid after joining Chelsea from Genk, has been an integral part of the team who have won two Premier League titles in the past three seasons.
Burna Boy Is Still On The Run, Spaceship Entertainment Lied – Police

Burna Boy Is Still On The Run, Spaceship Entertainment Lied – Police

In reaction to the official press release by Burna Boy‘s management team, Spaceship Entertainment, which stated that the singer has honoured the invitation sent to him by the police.
The recent statement released by the police stated that the singer is yet to report himself. It was stated that Burna Boy’s father reported at the police station instead and he promised to come with the singer but the promise is yet unfulfilled.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How To Check Your WAEC NOV/DEC 2017 Results

How To Check Your WAEC NOV/DEC 2017 Results

The West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday announced the release of the results of the 2017 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.

The head of the Nigeria National office of the WAEC, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, made the announcement at a press conference which was also used to announce the 55th annual meeting of the council’s Nigeria National Committee holding in Katsina.

According to WAEC, 34,664 candidates obtained a minimum of credits in five subjects and above including English language and General Mathematics.

The figure represents 26.01% of the 133,223 candidates that sat for the examinations in Nigeria.
The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for private candidates in 2015 and 2016 was 28.59% and 38.50%, respectively.

Adenipekun said that the WASSCE for private candidates, 2017 was conducted in all the five member countries of WAEC, from August 15 to October 4, 2017.
He said, “A total of 135,945, candidates registered for the examination, out of which 133,223, candidates sat the examination. Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 67,279 were male and 65,944 were female, representing 50.50% and 49.50 %  respectively.
“Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 131, 485 candidates  representing 98.70% have their results fully processed and released, while 1, 738 candidates, representing 1.30% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination. Such errors are being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.
“Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 111, 763 candidates, representing 85.89% obtained credits and above in two subjects; 98, 506 candidates, representing 73.94% obtained credits and above in three subjects; 83,256 candidates, representing 62. 49% obtained credits and above in four subjects; 65, 483 candidates, representing 49.15%obtained credits and above in five subjects; 46,824 candidates, representing 35.14% obtained credits and above in six.
“A total of 34, 664 candidates, representing 26.01%, obtained the minimum of credits in five subjects and above, including English language and General Mathematics. The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for private candidates in  2015 and 2016 was 28.595 and 38.50%, respectively.
“The results of 14,756 candidates , representing 11.07% of the total candidature for the examination are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the council in due course for consideration. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates. Candidates who sat for the examination are now free to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website:”.
To check for your 2017 NOV/DEC WASSCE results, follow the steps as stated below:
  • Get a WAEC scratch card from any Banks, Post Office, Authorized Dealers and WAEC office nearest to you in your area.
  • Go to WAEC result checking official portal at
  • Enter your 10-digit WAEC Examination Number. (This is your 7-Digit centre number followed by your 3-digit candidate number eg. 4123456789)
  • Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year eg. 2015
  • Select the Type of Examination:(Nov/Dec WASSCE)
  • Enter the Card Serial Number found on the reverse side of your Scratch card.
  • Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your Scratch card
  • Click Submit and wait for the results window to come up


In case you want to check your 2017 NOV/DEC WASSCE result via sms, use the short code format below:

WAEC*ExamNo*PIN*ExamYear To short-code 32327 (MTN, Airtel & Glo subscribers)
For example -: WAEC*4250101001*123456789012*2013

Note: Ensure you adhere strictly to the format above. There should be no space in the message.
Wait for your result to be delivered to your phone via SMS. (SMS Cost N30 Only).
Mr 2Kay's Robbery:Burna Boy’s Management ‘Spaceship Entertainment’ Releases Official Statement

Mr 2Kay's Robbery:Burna Boy’s Management ‘Spaceship Entertainment’ Releases Official Statement


The management of Burna Boy (Spaceship Entertainment) hereby makes an official statement regarding the news that Burna Boy has been declared wanted by the police.

We use this medium to categorically state that Burna Boy, is not in any way involved with the robbery and beating up of Grafton Records’ Artiste, Mr. 2Kay on the 22nd of October, 2017.

The first and only invitation Burna Boy has ever received from the police was issued yesterday Nov 20th, 2017. This invitation was honored yesterday Nov 20th, 2017 and it has been made clear that he is happy to cooperate with the police as best as he can.

It is pertinent to note that he was never served an arrest warrant nor has he been declared wanted.

We are confident that the Nigerian police will deal with this fairly and professionally.
 JAMB Postpones Sale Of 2018 UTME Application Forms

JAMB Postpones Sale Of 2018 UTME Application Forms

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the postponement of the sale of the 2018 application forms, which was earlier scheduled to commence on Wednesday, November 22.

The Board disclosed this in a statement, signed by its Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

According Benjamin the sale of the application documents, which was scheduled to start on Nov. 22 suffered delay due to the publishers’ inability to print the 1.8 million copies of the forms before the deadline.

” This postponement was due to the delay in meeting agreed deadline by the publisher of the Compulsory Reading Text meant for prospective candidates for the 2018 UTME.
“The publisher had promised to deliver all the texts for the 2018 candidates on or before Nov.7 but as at close of work today, the publisher has not provided the 1.8m copies required.
“This development has painfully, forced the Board to shift the date from Wednesday, Nov.22 to a date to be announced soon.”
According to the board, candidates are urged to visit its website to familiarise themselves with the brochure before the commencement of the sale of the application documents.

“The brochure has been placed on the Board’s website so as to enable candidates study it and avoid some of the mistakes associated with filling the application documents. Understanding the process will not only help the candidates fill the form smoothly but will also brightened their chances of getting admission”, it said.

 Robert Mugabe Resigns As President Of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe Resigns As President Of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has officially tendered his resignation as the president of Zimbabwe.

According to Sky News, Mugabe wrote a letter to the Zimbabwean parliament saying he was resigning “with immediate effect.”

“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, hereby formally tender my resignation as President,” his letter read.
The parliament had resumed on Tuesday after a hiatus, planning to kick off Mugabe’s impeachment proceedings.

Instead, the session had begun with a reading of Mugabe’s resignation letter.

Crowds around the country took to the streets to celebrate the resignation, dancing and singing.

Mugabe, following a military takeover, had been expected to resign in a speech on Sunday.

Instead, the 93-year-old had said he would be leading the party Zanu-PF into their congress in December, despite being removed as its leader.

His ousted vice-president Emerson Mnangagwa is expected to take over as president.

Watch the moment his resignation was read below:
Diezani Forced Jonathan To Sack Me- Stella Oduah

Diezani Forced Jonathan To Sack Me- Stella Oduah

Stella Oduah has sensationally alleged that she was removed as minister of aviation in 2014 at the prompting of Diezani Alison-Madueke, then-minister of petroleum resources.

Oduah, now a senator, made the allegation in an upcoming book, ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, written by Bolaji Abdullahi, who himself served as a minister under Jonathan from 2011-2014.

The book will go on sale nationwide from November 30, 2017 after the launch.

In a copy seen by TheCable, Oduah said when the scandal broke over the $1.6 million BMW armoured cars bought for her by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in 2013, Jonathan invited her to explain herself.

According to Abdullahi, at the meeting were Alison-Madueke, who was perceived to be extremely influential on President Goodluck Jonathan, and Anyim Pius Anyim, who was the secretary to the government of the federation.

The president seemed satisfied with her explanation that there was nothing untoward in the deal.
Alison-Madueke also appeared sympathetic and even promised to speak to her friends in the national assembly and the media “to back down” on the issue.

“I thought she had my back. I did not know at the time that she was actually fuelling it and orchestrating all the media attacks,” she told Abdullahi.

“I knew all along that Diezani could not deal with having another female around who had the kind of access I had to the president. But she went too far. She thought I was the one who leaked the issue of private jet  that put her into trouble with the House of Representatives (Diezani was accused of spending N10 billion on chartered jets). For her it was payback time.”

Twice, she had offered to resign before her sack but Jonathan asked her not to, according to her, yet the issue did not go away.

“Diezani was paying people to keep the story alive. At the same time, she was whispering in [the president’s] ears that he had to take action,” Oduah alleged.

Abdullahi wrote that Alison-Madueke asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest Oduah, but the plan was countered by other members of the cabinet.

A presidential committee headed by Sambo Dasuki, then national security adviser, eventually indicted  Oduah.

When the president told her that she had to go, Oduah asked: “Did Diezani ask you to sack me?”
Jonathan answered no, but there and then it was agreed that she should be eased out of government.
On January 12, 2014, she was removed as minister.

Abdullahi, the author, was fired as minister of sport in March 2014 by Jonathan allegedly on account of his “godfather”, Bukola Saraki, who had joined other PDP rebels to defect to the APC.

TOMORROW: “I am not a bastard.” Why did Ahmed Mua’zu, PDP chairman at the time, lose his temper at the post-defeat strategy session?

Peter Okoye: There Is 'No Going Back' To Psquare

Peter Okoye: There Is 'No Going Back' To Psquare

 Peter Okoye, formerly of Psquare, has said he’s enjoying the best moment of his career as a solo artiste.

In an interview on Rhythm FM, Peter said there is “no going back” to Psquare.

When asked if he would be able to achieve the same feat Psquare had as a group; he said: “I think we are done and dusted. We have moved on. This is the best moment of my career, for it to be the moment of my career, there is no going back.”

Peter said his colleagues in the industry are fully aware that himself and twin brother Paul Okoye are over for good as a group, saying “they know better” than the fans.

He said: “They know the deal, these people know these things. They should know better. What the fans know is different from what my colleagues know. I think my colleagues know more because they are closer. I don’t want to mention names.”

The singer, who fought for several years to discard the tag of ‘Psquare dancer’, said he hasn’t felt lonely since the separation, adding that everything is still the same.

Peter said: “Nothing, people just sit down and say ‘You are missing your brother’. What am I? How old am I? Do I Iook like a 13-year-old? It has been 18/19 years now, and we have done well for ourselves. Can we just move on?

“Everybody has their own moment, we had that moment.  But right now this is my moment. It is me, and I am sure he is having it too. I am sure he is also enjoying his moment too.

“I had a performance yesterday, when I came out, a white guy held my shoulder and said ‘dude, where did you get all that energy from?’

“I am in charge, I am on stage, and I do all those mad effects. I can’t wait to start doing my own, like Mr. P’s concert. Look at what happened at the Invasion Concert. I pulled up that Invasion Concert myself, I rehearsed everything.”

Peter also shed light on the moment which he realised Psquare had to disband.

He said: “I think it was a time we were about to go on stage. I don’t want to mention the name. For that concert I had a plan of when we were going to perform because I did the rehearsal with the band. Unfortunately, when we were about to perform the list changed.

“People just think I just woke up one morning and decided [to part ways with Psquare]. I got the disrespect, not just in music but my personal life, my family.

“For the sake of peace, whether we like it or not there was Okoye before Psquare, the name Psquare will go, the Okoyes will remain. All I want is family but it’s so sad that others want Psquare. I can’t deal with all that.”
DSS Prevents EFCC From Arresting Ekpeyong, Ayo Oke

DSS Prevents EFCC From Arresting Ekpeyong, Ayo Oke

There was tension in the Asokoro area of Abuja on Tuesday following a clash between officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency had stormed the residences of Ayo Oke, sacked director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Ita Ekpeyong, the immediate past director-general of the DSS, in a bid to arrest both men.

But the operatives guiding the two top security officials resisted the move, resulting in a heated argument.

The EFCC had invited Oke for questioning in connection with the $43 million found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Oke’s wife, who has also been summoned, was identified as the owner of the apartment.
Munachi Abii, Graces The New Cover Of Wow Magazine

Munachi Abii, Graces The New Cover Of Wow Magazine

Ex-MBGN turned rapper, Munachi Abii oozes sex appeal as she graces the latest cover of WOW Magazine. In the interview, the former beauty queen answers questions on music, love and beauty pageant coaching.

On her doing multiple things: Before I really wanted to be seen in a certain way, doing just one thing, but I didn’t know how to make peace with those other gifts God has given me. So rather than stay afraid to explore my many gifts and different sides, I chose to be glad, thankful and showcase all that I have inside me. I feel suffocated when I’m doing just one thing.

 On what brings her the most happiness and satisfaction: I like when I dance alone, where nobody can see me, so I’m just free to be myself. I’m also happy when I make music and thankfully, I’m back in the studio.

 On her relationship with Tomi Thomas: Tomi and I have actually been dating for some years now and it’s pretty serious, but when it comes to marriage I actually leave that to God. He is pretty much involved in my everyday life, I mean we are both artists and we are both creators so we create together.

 On her lovemaking scenario: I live in a fantasy world so in my head it’s everything you see in a 90s movie, literally like that, just nice. I really don’t know how to describe the nice, if you know what a 90s music video feels like, you know whats up. That’s my lovemaking scenario.

Chef Drugs Ex-Finance Minister, Rob Him Of Valuables Worth N10m

Chef Drugs Ex-Finance Minister, Rob Him Of Valuables Worth N10m

Some armed robbery suspects in police net have recounted how they drugged a former Minister of Finance, Dr Kalu Idika Kalu, before dispossessing him of cash and valuables estimated at over N10 million. .

The suspects – Peter Uboh Obi, Samuel Ogana, Joy Omagu and Sunday Emmanuel – were arrested at their various hideouts by operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau, Lagos command. .

Obi, 33, who worked as a chef at Dr Kalu’s house at Victoria Island, said he was paid N100,000 for his role in the operation. He said he was compelled to drug his boss because he was owing him N60,000. .

Obi admitted adding sleeping pill to his coffee after which their victim fell into a deep sleep. The female member of the gang, Omagu, said she was recruited as a househelp by the gang and posted to the home of a Lagos socialite at Lekki. .

She confessed administering a sedative in a cup of coffee which she gave to her boss. She said, “They told me to first of all gain the trust of the woman I am going to work with. .

They told me that the woman is wicked and had treated her former househelp badly and that it was going to be payback time. When I arrived the house, I was told that they were going to pay me N40,000 as salary. .

I was satisfied with the amount, but having been recruited by the gang I had no choice but to do their bidding. A month after I was recruited, I set in motion how to carry out the task. .

On that fateful day, Sunday sent me a sachet of Valium 5 and instructed me to grind and mix it in my madam’s coffee, which I did. We also sprayed some substance on her bed that will enable her sleep very well. .

However, luck ran against us when she felt uncomfortable and asked me to remove the bed spread. I was at my duty post when the police came to arrest me.” .

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said drugs like Diazepam, Injectable (IPS), Nitrogen (morgodon) tablet grinded into powder and one syringe, were recovered from the suspects.
FG Petitions Italy Over The Hasty Burial Of 26 Girls

FG Petitions Italy Over The Hasty Burial Of 26 Girls

The FG has expressed dismay over the hasty burial of the 26 girls who were found dead on the Mediterranean Sea by Italian authorities, 9 days ahead of the slated date. 

The bodies of the girls were found on a sinking vessel in the Mediterranean about two weeks ago and there where reports that they may have been sexually abused before they were murdered. .

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the Italian Embassy had earlier indicated to the Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons that the burial would take place in Salerno, Italy on November 26, 2017. .

But the Italian authorities, she said, went ahead with the burial last Friday without informing the Nigerian government, adding that the NAPTIP director is currently in Italy to engage with the Italian authorities ahead of the scheduled burial date. .

According to Punchng, the SSA explained that a protest letter had been sent to the Italian envoy in Nigeria over the matter. .

“Why were they (the bodies) hurriedly buried nine days before the date communicated to the DG, NAPTIP by the Italian Embassy without any information to Nigerian Government? .

Why the rush to bury the bodies without carrying out post-mortem to determine the causes of death?,” she queried. .

Dabiri-Erewa said that information indicated that only three of the girls were identified as Nigerians, noting that the identities of the other victims had yet to be ascertained before they were interred. .

She noted that another issue of concern was that the victims’ families may have wanted them buried in their countries of origin. .

The SSA also condemned the reported sale of Africans in a Libyan slave market as broadcast by CNN, saying this was unacceptable, despicable and inhuman.
4 Women Accuse Bill Clinton Of Sexual Assault

4 Women Accuse Bill Clinton Of Sexual Assault

Bill Clinton (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Bill Clinton he has been accused by 4 women of sexual assault, a report by Edward Klein for Daily Mail has said.

Klein says he was informed by highly placed Democratic Party sources and an official who served on both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Klein, who is a former editor of the New York Times, said the accusations stem from the time Clinton vacated office in 2001.

The attorneys of the 4 women, who are reportedly filing 4 separate lawsuits against Clinton, are asking for substantial payouts for their clients.

This is not the first time Clinton has been enmeshed in a sex scandal – there was the infamous White House debacle with intern Monica Lewinsky, and the $850,000 sexual harassment settlement of Paula Jones that almost got him impeached during his time as president.

Clinton has also in the past denied other sexual harassment allegations made against him.
A member of Clinton’s legal team has confirmed the allegations, telling Klein “Obviously, I’m aware of [the allegations] but can’t talk about them.”

Read Klein’s report on Daily Mail.

Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images
Professor Andrew Nok,Kaduna State Education Commissioner Dies

Professor Andrew Nok,Kaduna State Education Commissioner Dies

Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, the Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology in Kaduna State has died.

Nok, who before his appointment as education commissioner, was the Commissioner of Health and Human Services in the state, was born in Nok village in Jaba local government of Kaduna state on January 11, 1962.

He was a professor of Biochemistry at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria before the cabinet appointments.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai led other cabinet members to his residence to commiserate with his family.

A statement by the state government disclosed that Nok died in the early hours of Tuesday, November 21st in Kaduna.

El-Rufai described the Professor Nok as “one of the best this country has produced, and one of the most committed persons to have served Kaduna State”.

“The Kaduna State Government is saddened by the loss of Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, our respected Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. Professor Nok was a man of intellect, ability and deep conviction who will be sorely missed.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has led members of the State Executive Council to visit and commiserate with the Nok family. In this moment of distress, thegovernment prays God to comfort his family and grant his gentle soul peaceful repose,” the statement said.
El-Rufai described Professor Nok as “a pillar of the cabinet, a man as distinguished in learning as he was a capable administrator, adept at getting things done and dedicated to the progress of the state.”
“Professor Nok was one of the best this country has produced, and one of the most committed persons to have served Kaduna State.He was steadfast, rigorous and very successful in implementing our project to improve Health and Education in the state. He will be sorely missed,” the governor added.

The statement continued:

Professor Nok was appointed Commissioner for Health and Human Services in August 2015. In that office, he pushed the programme to equip 255 primary health centres with tools to save infants and pregnant women. Following a cabinet reshuffle, he moved to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2016. He has championed the renovation and rehabilitation of schools, the training of teachers and the provision of better learning aids.

The late commissioner was a professor of Biochemistry at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Acknowledged in the science community for his contributions, Professor Nok won the Alexander Humboldt prize in 2013 for his research into finding a cure for trypanosomiasis. In 2009, he won the NLNG prize for identifying the gene responsible for the enzyme which causes sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis). The Federal Government of Nigeria also honoured him with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).

He was reputed as the first scientist in the world to discover the gene responsible for an enzyme which causes sleeping sickness (trypanosoma).

The research breakthrough helped in forming the baseline for developing DNA-based vaccines against against the disease which affects 60 million people and animals, mainly in rural parts of east, west and central Africa.

Nok was a visiting professor at Yale University while working on the development of the vaccines against trypanosoma.

“I am happy that we will finally help to millions of people and animals from this disease.  It took many years but we finally did it and happy the final result,” he said at the time.
His got the NLNG prize for science in 2009 for the seminal work.

He was born on February 11, 1962 in Nok village in Jaba local government area of Kaduna state and schooled at LEA Primary School, Kaunda, and Government Secondary School, Kafanchan.

In 1979, he was admitted into Ahmadu Bello University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1983, master’s degree in 1988 and doctorate degree in 1993.
Popular Jeweler Malivelihood Proposes To Girlfriend Deola Smart With ₦56 Million Ring

Popular Jeweler Malivelihood Proposes To Girlfriend Deola Smart With ₦56 Million Ring

Luxury designer and jeweler Michael Awujoola a.k.a Malivelihood has just proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Deola Smart. Deola is the daughter of a former Kogi district senator, Sam Adeyemi.

The couple started dating in 2015 (click here) and since then he has showered her with several expensive gifts – from a 10-Carat Cartier watch to a mansion worth $1.5million for Valentine’s Day.
Malivelihood took his relationship a step further by proposing to Deola on her birthday recently.

How did he do it? He got down on his knee at Heathrow Airport and proposed with a custom made ring. He describes the ring as a “GIA 11.5ct diamond princess cut band with 2.5ct diamond, emerald cut centre stone, internally flawless! E colour VVS1”. 

He also revealed that the ring was worth $156k, which is approximately 56 million Naira. According to Malivelihood, “I worked hard for this. 🙏🏿”.

See the proposal photo and ring video below!

The smile on my face says it all @deolasmart ❤️❤️

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Mr 2Kay’s Robbery: Burna Boy’s Road Manager Paraded Among Suspects

Mr 2Kay’s Robbery: Burna Boy’s Road Manager Paraded Among Suspects

Lagos State Police has launched a manhunt for singer Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery of Mr 2Kay, Punch is reporting.

Abiye Jumbo, aka Mr 2Kay, was robbed at gunpoint in his hotel room at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, after his performance at the “Buckwyld N Breathless” concert.

Punch reports that 3 of the 4 suspects Balogun Ademola, Obina Igwe, and Tunmise Omotore have confessed to the crime.
Omotore, the gang leader, told Punch that he was invited by Joel Kantiok, Burna Boy’s road manager, who told him his boss needed to deal with Mr 2Kay. He said:
On that day, I was at home when Joel called me on the telephone and said Mr. 2Kay had to be beaten up. He said Mr. 2Kay had issues with Burna Boy.
On getting to the hotel, he gave me the room number where Mr. 2Kay was. He led me and three others, including one Sunny, to the elevator and told a security man to open the elevator for us.
We posed as room service officials, entered his room and beat him up. We tied him up and collected his phones, a wristwatch and some other things. I was paid N50,000.
Igwe corroborated Omotore’s story. He however told Punch they did not cart away Mr 2Kay’s property. He said:
My friend, Tunmise, contacted me on the telephone. He said Burna Boy told his road manager that he was having a misunderstanding with Mr. 2Kay. I am also a fan of Burna Boy, so I decided to volunteer myself. Tunmise came to pick me at Bariga and we went to the hotel.
Kantiok has however denied that Burna Boy was involved the robbery, adding that he had no knowledge of the two artists – Burna Boy and Mr 2Kay – having a dispute.

The suspects were paraded on Monday at the state command headquarters in Ikeja by the Lagos State Acting Police Commissioner Edgal Imohimi.

Imohimi told Punch that the suspects were tracked through footage caught on the CCTV cameras installed in the hotel.

He gave an account of the stolen items, adding that the robbery on Mr 2Kay was carried out to “teach him a lesson.” He said:
At about 2am, someone knocked on the door of Mr. 2Kay’s room and introduced himself as a room service official from the reception. Mr. 2Kay opened the door and four men entered with a gun.
They robbed him of his Audemais Piquet, an automatic gold wristwatch valued at $25,000; gold jewellery valued at N1.5m; an iPhone 7 valued at N380,000, a Samsung Galaxy S7 valued at N240,000, Samsung Galaxy S5 worth N110,000; Adidas shoes valued at N75,000; three bottles of perfume worth N180,000, and a cash sum of N45,000.
The gang then tied him and his girlfriend up before leaving the room. During investigations, the girlfriend of one of the gang members, Nimota Mutajero, was arrested. Her confession led to the arrest of three suspects. They confessed that one Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, an artiste, through his road manager, one Joel Kantiock, contacted and paid them to rob Mr. 2Kay to teach him a lesson.
Kantiock was subsequently picked up in his hideout in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He confessed that his boss, Burna Boy, instructed him to look for armed men that could rob Mr. 2Kay. Burna Boy mobilised the gang with an initial cash sum of N50,000 and a subsequent sum of N50,000 when the job had been completed.
I advise Ogulu aka Burna Boy, to report himself at the nearest police station since efforts to locate him at his residence or any known hangouts, have proved abortive.
Photo Credit: Punch
Beyonce Named Forbes’ “World’s Highest Paid Woman In Music” For 2017

Beyonce Named Forbes’ “World’s Highest Paid Woman In Music” For 2017

With the release of album “Lemonade” and the ensuing Formation World Tour, singer Beyonce is the 2017 world’s highest paid woman in music, according to Forbes, making a whopping $105 million.

Lemonade was a hit both critically and commercially, selling an equivalent of 653,000 copies according to Nielsen Music, and the Formation World Tour grossed $250 million, Forbes reports.
2nd on the list is none other than Adele, whose third studio album “25” won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Adele, who went on her first proper tour since 2011, made a total of $69 million pretax.
Taylor Swift is 3rd on the list, carting home $44 million, although her new album “Reputation” did not fall into the considered period of June 2016 – June 2017.

See top 10 below:
  1. Beyonce – $105 million.
  2. Adele – $69 million.
  3. Taylor Swift – $44 million.
  4. Celine Dion – $42 million.
  5. Jennifer Lopez – $38 million.
  6. Dolly Parton – $37 million.
  7. Rihanna – $36 million.
  8. Britney Spears – $34 million.
  9. Katy Perry – $33 million.
  10. Dolly Parton – $30 million