Friday, December 30, 2011

Linda Ikeji is the 2011 Person of The Year

When Linda Ikeji began her self-titled blog back in 2006 a lot of people derided her efforts, saying it was merely a flash in the pan, bound to lead nowhere, with some even going as far as stating she ought to stick to her modeling career. Of particular note was a story done in National Encomium by popular gossip hag,  Stella Dimoko Korkus, in which she all but dismissed any chance of Linda’s newest venture having any success .

5 years down the line not only has Linda proven her critics wrong, but her blog has emerged as what is unarguably the most popular, visible and  commercially viable entertainment property in Nigeria’s corner of the Internet.

Whether it was something as serious as the Abia gang rape story which she brought to the attention of not only the government and people of  Nigeria, but also international media, including BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera among others, something as irreverent as the sham marriage between Mercy Johnson and her Prince of dubious mien, or something as deeply personal as her various pronouncements on her sex life (or lack thereof),  Nigerians and friends of Nigeria could trust her blog to raise awareness and shape public perception of the subject at hand in a major way

In our case for example, we can’t even begin to count the number of times we’ve run across the office  proclaiming  ’did you see what she just posted’, and we know we are not alone in this regard. Nor can we begin to count the number of times we’ve seen and continue to see stories that she brought to light become the fodder for discussion across various internet fora, with debates raging for days on end.

Ultimately, for being a private citizen who has used the power of the keyboard to best shape Nigeria’s polity in 2011, 1976AD proudly declares Linda Ikeji the 2011 person of the year.

Source: LindaIkeji and 1976AD
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Gombe hotel bomb blast 15 injured

No fewer than 15 persons were injured in an explosion at a hotel located on the outskirts of Gombe.The attack occured on Wednesday night and came after a series of bombings on Christmas, Day, which killed at least 40 persons in Suleja, Jos and Damaturu.The Manager of the hotel, Mr. Ojiego Nelson, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Thursday that three persons came to the hotel at about 10.13pm on Wednesday to explode a device.Nelson said he was at the gate of the hotel when the men, who were carrying guns, started "manhandling" the security man.

He said, "When he asked what was happening, they started shooting sporadically."Our customers and everybody started running helter-skelter and the one with two gas cylinders in his hands threw them into our reception."He threw one into the reception and threw the other one under the cars parked by our guests in the hotel."The one thrown into the reception exploded and damaged the building, so we just managed to escape through the back fence."The manager said as soon as the incident happened, all the customers vacated their rooms in the hotel.He said the incident was immediately reported to the Divisional Police Officer in Tumfure, Mr Hassan Bappa, who came to the scene with his men.

Bappa told NAN he moved his men to the scene of the incident when the matter was reported to him, but said the gunmen had escaped before the police arrived. Bappa said there was no casuality and nothing was stolen from the hotel. "We are waiting for bomb experts to come and remove the relics at the scene of the incident," he said. He said there was no arrest made so far but investigations were going on. Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magus Abe, on Thursday in Lagos called for political support for security agencies to reduce the spate of bombings in the country. Abe (PDP-Rivers South-East) made the call in an interview with the NAN, urging the security agencies to be persistent in handling the incessant bombings by the fundamentalist Boko Haramsect.

He said, "The security agencies need full political support of the leadership of the country and the communities; besides, they need to be focused, consistent and avoid distractions. "The Boko Haram issue is a challenge that must be overcome. Take for instance, there was a time in Israel when bombs were going on everyday but today they have overcome it.’’ The senator advised the country’s leadership to be courageous in handling the present security challenges facing the nation. "The Boko Haram issue requires leadership and total courage, courage on the part of the leadership and the leadership must adopt the consistency approach," he said.
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Michael Jordan and Girlfriend Yvette Prieto

The NBA legend, 48, is engaged to girlfriend of three years, Cuban-born model Yvette Prieto, 32.

Jordan reportedly popped the question on Christmas day. This will be his second marriage. He was previously married to Juanita Jordan for 17 years and they have three children. Juanita got $168million when she divorced Michael in 2006.

Get a pre-nup this time Michael!
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Police rescue transporter brother from kidnappers

A Warri- based transporter, Mr. Joseph Ohuyon and his brother, David, have been rescued  from the den of kidnappers at Unuaze village in Uromi, Esan North-East Local Government Area of  Edo State, after a gun battle between men the state Police Command and the kidnappers.

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Omojola, who disclosed this in Benin, yesterday, explained that police struck at the kidnappers’ den on December 28, after the victims, who had earlier paid N40million ransom were making effort to pay an additional N5million.

While explaining that the victims were rescued unhurt, he added that the kidnappers escaped with bullet wounds.

The Police boss listed items recovered from the kidnappers to include two AK 47 rifles with bayonets on them, one browny pistol, and seven AK 47 magazines with 30 rounds of live ammunition each, one empty rifle magazine, two handcuffs, one leg chain and two different vehicle plate numbers.

It will be recalled that Joseph had earlier, said the kidnappers called his bank to confirm his accounts before he was conditionally freed. He was held hostage for 33 days.

Ohunyon was temporarily released after the kidnappers saw he could not immediately raise the N100 million they demanded, but his younger brother and Operations Manager, who were recently rescrued by Police had brought some money to effect his (Joseph’s) release, but was seized by the kidnappers, pending when he would complete the ransom.

Joseph confirmed that the kidnappers called his bank on phone to confirm that he did not have N100 million in his account before he was conditionally released, saying that his life was presently under threat, as they (kidnappers) wanted him to pay the ransom or his wife and children would be killed.

Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers to Vanguard in Warri, he said, “I went on a sympathy visit to my home town Ekpoma, Edo State on November 19, and it turned into a nightmare, which lasted for 33 days. Even after the incident, I am still being threatened by the same people who kidnapped me on that fateful day.”

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Young Nigerian Rapper Killed in the US

Nigerian Franklin Ikechukwu Amobi, 24, was shot to death near a bus stop in Montgomery County on Tuesday morning, Dec., 27, 2011  police said. Until his death Amobi (as he was popularly addressed) lived at the 11200 block of Columbia Pike in Silver Spring.

Amobi is a popular local rapper also known as Frank Diggy.
The incident happened at around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, near Stewart Lane and April Lane in the White Oak section of Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police spokesman Paul Starks said.

When police got to the scene and found the man, they realized he had not been hit by a car. Amobi was on his way to work, his mother told 9News Now. His Facebook page is filling up with tributes.

No one else was hurt in the incident, and police are investigating the scene. Police used dogs to search for evidence in the murder and two cars were towed from the scene. One of the cars belonged to the victim.

White Oak residents are concerned for their own safety. Asuree Henderson is a mother of 3 and is 7 months pregnant. She decided to walk a bit farther Wednesday morning to avoid the bus stop where Franklin Amobi was shot and killed.

Neil Richards says he was friends with Amobi and says he was trying to turn his life around. Maryland online court records show that Amobi faced charges including drug possession, theft and assault.

No one is in custody and no other information was immediately available.

If you have information about this crime, call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Source: Trends
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Names of Madalla blast victims released

 Below is a list of victims of the Xmas bombing at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State.

Anthony Okoronkwo, Comrade Dike A. Williams, Emmanuel Dike, Richard Dike, Lillian Dike, Linda Chioma Obiukwu, Uche Q. Obiukwu, Chindinma Cythia Obiukwu, Ifeoma G. Obiukwu, Ann Chinedu Aigbadon, Chiemeri Nwachukwu, Cecilia Ebeku, Oluebube Faustina Pius, Chidera Sylvia Pius, Florence Nwachukwu, Eucharia Ewoh, Joseph Daniel,Inspector Titus Eze, Obasi Jonathan Onyebuchi, Ehiawaguan Peter,    Uche Esiri,    Sgt. Kadiri Danjuma, Unidentified person (5)

Victims at the National Hospital
Paulina Koju, Chukwudi Umeh, Christiana Kadiri, Esther Agbo,    David Agbo,    Hellen Okolo, Mercy Agbo, John Agbo, Obiukwu Uche Stella, Ebuka Abuyi, Celestine Aniowo, Michael Sunday, Lucy Unji,    Chiamaka Obiukwu, Favour  Dike, Chimaobi Dike, Favour Agbo,    Maria Obodugo,Kosisochukwu Egbo, Nzubechukwu Pius, Obodo Linus, Austin Ogbugu, Chuks Ajuwe, Esther Ibu, Blessing Philip, Isaac  Ibu, Kenedilim Aloysius.

Specialists Hospital Gwagwalada
Innocent Okoronkwo (Intensive Unit), Chima Ohazurume, Justina Uche, Chinyere Amaechi, Ifeanyi Emenaba,    Fidelia Onugwu, Chinyere Anthony,     Sadiq Idris, Onyinyi Peace Eneh, Clara Iwuozor, Pauline Okoronkwo, Uche Bonaventure, Uche Michael,  Lawal Abubakar,     Victor James.

General Hospital Suleja
Owen Sylvester, Danlamin Isah (passer-by), Ali Sani (passer-by)

Major Hospital Kwamba
Edeh Christiana

Delight Hospital Suleja
Roseline Okeke, Chisom Eucharia Okoye

Suzan Hospital Suleja
Chukwuebuka Obiakor, Jenifer Obiakor, Chidera Obiakor, Beatrice Otogo.

Daughter of Charity Kubwa
Oliver Ogbona, Remmy Ofoha, Francis Raphael

Diamond Crest Hospital Zuba
Gabriel Christiana, Michael Nwanze, Achunike Okolo, Fvaour,    Ugochukwu, Nzube Pius

State House Clinic Abuja
Uche Thaddeus, Tanko Mpan,    Lucy Wumi,    Unknown

Lucas Hospital Madalla
Dominic Mbeng,     Agnes Justin Wadzani, Samuel Eze, Ugwu Calistus,    Raphael Okoro.

Solace Hospital Suleja
Jane Francis Mmadunacho, Unknown

General Hospital Kubwa
PC  Ibrahim Gaita.

Source; Vanguard
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Nigerian Dance queen Kaffy Welcomes Baby Boy

Nigerian Dance Queen and Guinness Book of Records holder (for dancing fifty three Hours and half-hour non stop), Kafayat Shafau popularly referred to as Kaffy, delivered a bouncing a baby boy yesterday afternoon at a hospital in Lagos.

The CEO of Imagneto Dance Company is engaged to her baby daddy, Joseph Ameh, P-Square’s chief guitarist. Congrats to them!

Source: lindaikeji
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Lagos suspends sanitation restriction order

Lagos State Government has announced the suspension of restriction order on vehicular and human movements for the December monthly environmental sanitation exercise earlier scheduled for tomorrow.

This was to permit for a hitch-free preparation for the New Year celebration.

The state Commissioner for the surroundings, Mr. Tunji Bello, who stressed that the state couldn't however encourage cleanliness in all aspects of human endeavour, enjoined all and varied to confirm that the pageant was celebrated within the cleanest surroundings potential.

He urged Lagos residents to wash their homes and immediate surroundings no matter the lifting of the restriction order, that is simply for the month of December.

Source: Trends
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rick Ross Abruptly Cancels Calabar Festival

US rap star Rick Ross abruptly canceled his performance at the annual Calabar pageant that was scheduled for Dec twenty eighth, 2011. Fellow Miami-based artist Sean Kingston has already performed at the pageant on Dec sixteenth.

His reps said it had to try and do with “unfulfilled contractual obligations” as critical speculations that it absolutely was for health reasons.

“Rick was terribly excited to attend this event because it is that the biggest pageant in Nigeria and he's quite disappointed that he won't be performing,” a rep for Rick Ross told

In response, the Cross River State government have stated that they shall sue the rapper for breach of contract. it absolutely was conjointly created known that the rapper had confirmed receipt of his performance fee in total.

“Currently, Cross River State and its agents have retained counsel within the us to pursue their legal and financial remedies against the artist.”

Source: jaguda
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Christmas Day Destruction 10,000 protest in Kaduna

No fewer than 10,000 folks marched in Zonkwa, headquarters of Zangon Kataf native Government space of Kaduna State denouncing and condemning the Christmas Day bombing of a church in Madalla, close to Suleja, Niger State, where regarding thirty folks were killed and several other others injured.

The protesters necessitated a united action against terrorism, insisting  that God had a divine purpose for making Nigeria, and as such, the country should not be allowed to be destroyed by evil men posing as champions of faith.

Speaking when the 3 kilometre procession at the Zonkwa play ground, Chairman Zangon Kataf Council of the   Christian Association of Nigeria , CAN, Rev.  Sunday Ibrahim, said that God failed to produce man for one more man to kill with satanic pleasure within the guise of fighting for God.

Said Ibrahim: “In Madalla, unarmed men, ladies and youngsters were praying to God and were while not provocation bombed. That was only 1 of the many terrorism acts dole out on churches by those who hate God and his kids.

“They kill folks with satanic pleasure to please, certainly, not our God. God encompasses a divine purpose for each creature. God encompasses a divine purpose for the creation of Nigeria.

“No man encompasses a right to kill any man. God failed to permit Nigeria to be created for somebody to destroy. Christians and every one those that believe in peace should speak up against terrorism. If you don’t arise against terrorism, in the future you'd stand on the Judgment day and face your creator”, he said.”

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Police Arrest fake pastor in Nsukka

Police in Enugu State, on Thursday in Nsukka, paraded one Chinedu Nnaya, the alleged founding father of a pretend deliverance ministry.

Nnaya was purported to have established the “True Vine Ministry” that he used to extort cash from individuals so as to conduct family deliverance for them.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Enugu State, Mr Ebere Amarizu, said luck ran against the pretend pastor when his last victim, Mr Prince Divine, a contractor inside Nsukka, alerted the police when a total of N60,000 was allegedly extorted from him

He said, “The pretend pastor used tortoise, chains, padlock and a bag of salt to deceive individuals into believing that he was conducting deliverance.

“The last victim alerted the police, our men were placed on surveillance, when the last victim on arrangement with the police invited him to a different family for deliverance. it absolutely was there he was arrested on Wednesday.”

Amarizu said, “It was within the method of the deliverance that we tend to discovered that the tortoise and padlock, he claimed were buried within the compound by enemies, were really planted by him.

“They were planted when he sent all people out from the area at some extent throughout his pretend prayers.

“He was paid N60,000 for the work and his flight price tag, as he claimed to own come back from Abuja.

“It was later discovered that he's living in Nsukka. He even told us he's operating with the Adoration Ministry, Enugu. however we tend to conjointly discovered that he's a liar”, the police spokesperson disclosed. NAN

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Men jailed for breaking into beer parlour

A Magistrates’ Court in Jos on Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old man, Yilsen Samuel, to twelve months imprisonment  for breaking into a beer parlour.

Samuel, who broke into the beer parlour located at CBN Road in Jos metropolis, at 3 a.m. on Christmas night, stole “some cartons of alcoholic drinks’’.

The drinks, including some bottles of whiskey, were valued at N5,000.

When the case came up for hearing, the accused quickly pleaded guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor Ado Ali, who handled the matter, told the court that the offences were contrary to section 287 of Penal Code.

The trial decide, Mrs Talatu Gada, who agreed with the prosecution, however, gave the convict an choice of N6,000 fine.

Ali had told the court that the accused was caught with the stolen things when a security guard at the Civil Service Club sighted him, whereas making an attempt to flee with the loot.

“The security guard raised an alarm, that attracted the police, who apprehended him,’’ Ali told the court.

The prosecutor tendered some bottles of whiskey and beer as exhibits to support his case.

Gada suggested the convict to be of fine behaviour when his jail term, and warned that he wouldn't get another light-weight sentence if he ever appeared before the court over an analogous offence. (NAN)

source: vanguard nigeria
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A Nigerian Navy Captain arrested over missing vessel

A Navy Captain (names withheld)  has been arrested over the escape of a vessel M.T.Beaver, arrested earlier this month for carrying stolen crude oil.

The captain, Vanguard gathered, additionally doubles as   a maritime guard commander of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

He has been in detention  since December three.

It was gathered that  the captain was directed to arrest the vessel, a directive he complied with and handed over the crew and vessel to NIMASA officers.  NIMASA’s management, however, refuted the claim, saying the maritime agency didn't have the facility to detain any arrested vessel.

It was learnt that when the arrest and detention of the vessel, it mysteriously disappeared from where it had been berthed.
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President CAN tells Christians to Protect yourselves in any way you can

PRESIDENT, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday told Christian devoted across the country to safeguard themselves, their property and churches in any approach they may, against any attack, at the same time as he asked Muslim leaders to decision their individuals to order.

Oritsejafor stated this when he paid a visit to  St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, the scene of the Christmas bomb blast at Madalla, Niger State.

Oritsejafor, whereas sympathising with members of the parish, said the visit was to allow them to understand that they weren't alone.

“Even though Jesus Christ is with you, we've got come back to point out solidarity,” he said.

Oritsejafor, who described the Madalla bomb blast as “madness that ought to not be talked concerning among kith and kin,” said Christian devoted ought to  expect the surprising “when you're within the world however our belief in God should be stronger currently.”

He said though the Muslim community had taken an honest step by visiting and sympathizing with Christians and victims of the bomb blast, it had been not enough.

He said they ought to take a step more and facilitate reach Boko Haram members, noting that the perpetrators weren't spirits.

His words:  “We see this as pure madness, traditional individuals don’t behave like this, even animals have worth for every different to not speak of kith and kin.”

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Who is Jihad on Christians? Lets find out

NIGERIA Christians underneath the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Wednesday described the Christmas Day terrorists attacks on Christians and churches in Madalla, Jos, Damaturu and Maiduguri as a declaration of Islamic Jihad on Christians.

The leadership of will led by its President, Ayo Oritshejafor, in a very ready speech at a gathering last night with President Goodluck Jonathan, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, blamed the attacks on Islamic, spiritual and ancient rulers for not publicly condemning the activities of the sect adding that its members might don't have any alternative choice than to fight back when attacked.

President Jonathan, in his response, however, involved calm, assuring that government was on prime of matters as some arrests are created and that they can soon be prosecuted.

While revealing that countries facing similar attacks have offered facilitate to Nigerians, he revealed plans to restructure and re-adjust his team which will meet with the challenges facing the state nowadays.

The will president who declared that they need lost confidence in government’s ability to guard Christians within the country, however, assured President Jonathan of CAN’s continuous prayers and support for his government to succeed.

President Goodluck Jonathan with Christian Association of Nigeria, will President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor throughout the meeting,Wednesday night at the State House Abuja.

The will ready text reads: “After consultation with Christian community that constitutes the bulk of the Nigerian population. I actually have been mandated to convey as follows:

“The Christian community in Nigeria is deeply sorrowed over the deteriorating state of insecurity within the  country and apparent inability of the govt to guard and guarantee lives, churches and properties of our members. Our hearts particularly goes out to the bereaved families of the 2011 Christmas Day bombings at Madalla, Jos, Damaturu and Maiduguri where over fifty christian trustworthy have reported to own been killed through the foremost recent attacks.

“The concern of the Christian Community is any heightened by the admittance by government itself that it's data of the perpetrators of those crimes, sadly there aren't any convincing high profile arrest to assuage public anxiety over this matter.

“Having reviewed the pattern, trend and frequency with that these terror crimes occur, it fits into the profile of Islamic Jihad over the years on the christian community, that properly are contextualized. it's thought-about as a declaration of war on Christians
and Nigeria as an entity.

“The Christian community has found the responses of the Supreme Council for Islamic affairs and alternative Islamic bodies on this matter to be unacceptable and abdication of their responsibilities over their extremist members. it's on record that almost all spiritual, ancient and political leaders within the North haven't set out brazenly to condemn the extremist activities of Boko Haram, we have a tendency to hold them answerable for what's happening, as a result of they need not taken concrete steps to visualize the excesses of their members.

“The Christian Community is quick loosing confidence in government’s ability to guard our rights to non secular liberties and life. The consensus is that the Christian community nationwide would be left with no alternative choice than to retort appropriately if there are any more attacks on our members, churches and properties. we have a tendency to want to reassure Mr. President of our continued support and prayers for the success of his government. Thank you, God bless you and bless Nigerians”.

President Jonathan who thanked the will leadership for the visit and therefore their commitment to prayers for the country and the government over this era, assured that his administration was on prime of matters.

“Let me categorical my personal condolence which of my family and indeed that of the govt and other people of this country to will for the Christmas incidents at the Madallah Church and people of Yobe and Jos and in fact to the families that lost their loved ones within the ugly incidents.

“I have listened attentively to the statement of will however let me once more reassure will and indeed Nigerians that any terror attack on anyone or structure during this country is an attack on all people as a result of terrorists don’t have boundary. that's why a number of them will even move to the intense of suicide bombing. You see someone throw an explosive into the market, he doesn't even care whether or not his father or mother is there”.

He described terrorism as ugly “that is why some folks described it as attack of the evil ones on an honest society. Yes, one can expect government to try and do additional and government can surely do additional. One issue I normally mention is that yes, we've been managing criminals during this country. the foremost ferocious are the armed robberies. we've never experienced armed theft before the civil war. it absolutely was once the civil war Nigeria started experiencing armed theft. Since then, government has been battling armed theft. But then, this terror attack is new to us however I will assure you that we have a tendency to do our greatest to create certain that we have a tendency to pass though it. alternative countries that have experienced it are serving to us. each African and non-African countries that have suffered attacks are helping. I encourage Nigerians to figure with government as a result of after we work along collectively, we are going to pass though it.

“The terrorists are personalities, they're not spirits, they live with us, they dine with us. we all know them, folks understand them. As long as Nigerians are committed to show them, we are going to pass though this ugly scenario. At the protection level, we have a tendency to do our greatest, we are going to restructure, we are going to re-adjust and check that we have a tendency to get a team which will meet with the challenge we have a tendency to face nowadays.

“When in December 2009, a Nigerians was caught in a very flight to US, we have a tendency to were all stunned and embarrassed. we have a tendency to thought such folks weren't living with us, that in all probability he was contaminated outside. currently we've come back to fulfill the fact that we've terrorists and even suicide bombers among us. we have a tendency to should fish them out, we have a tendency to solely raise for the cooperation of all Nigerians.

“And i'll plead with spiritual leaders, each Muslims and Christian leaders, to figure along as a result of terrorism is sort of a cancer to the body, it starts from somewhere and unfold to any or all the organs of the body. it's sort of a flood and a giant storm, it starts from somewhere and before you recognize, it goes to places you never expected. thus if anybody is dancing spherical and thinking that it's not its flip nowadays, it'll be worse off. therefore the neatest thing is for all spiritual leaders , opinion and ancient leader to not politicize the situation”.

source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mercy Johnson tops googles list of 2011 as the best keyword

Top actress Mercy Johnson Okojie is rated among the very professional actresses that Nollywood has ever produced.This is because she is always thorough in her role interpretation and gives everything it demands to do a nice job.

The talented actress has emerged the most searched Nigerian celebrity on Google in 2011.

According to insight, top search terms include Mercy Johnson wedding,Mercy Johnson goes blind, and many more.
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Internationally celebrated Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo adds another year today .

The multi-talented actress who recorded a milestone in her acting career when she launched a movie production outfit called, Uche Jumbo Studio as well as launching her new movie Damage few months ago started acting in 1999.

She has acted in over 60 nollywood movies including Love Games, Home in Exile and Damage.

Happy birthday Miss Jombo ! 
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Tragedy: A Man hangs Self on Christmas Day

An unidentified middle-aged man was on Christmas day found hanging from a tree in an apparent suicide at Leventis Bus stop, at Marina.

No one knew who the man was or where he came from as there was no ID on him after a search was conducted on his body. The police eventually came and took away his corpse.

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Arewa Consultative Forum Condemned Christmas Day Blast

The umbrella organisation of all Northern socio-cultural associations, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Monday, condemned Christmas Day’s bomb blasts in some churches in the North, warning that the attack was capable of causing religious crises which would serve nobody any good in the country.

ACF said that the attack which had been blamed on suspected Boko Haram Islamic sect members, was misguided as most of those who go to worship places to pray to God could be illiterates who were incapable of either reading or writing Arabic or English languages, saying that the bombing were offensive to both God and mankind.

National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr Anthony Sani who made the organisation’s position in a statement in Kaduna, also said that the Western education over which the Boko Haram was apparently fighting innocent people was not necessarily the cause of the collapse of national ideals, moral values and indiscipline in the polity, as there were both Muslim and Christian countries with western education that were morally sound.

ACF’s statement read, ”The spate of bomb lasts on Christmas day,which were directed at places of worships across some parts of the North is a serious source of concern to ACF; to Northern leaders and to the good people of the North; indeed,to patriotic Nigerians.

‘Source of concern not because past bombings were less serious but because those on the Christmas day are capable of diverting attention to religious crises that would serve no one, including the perpetrators,any good now and for a long time to come.

”Consequently,ACF calls on the perpetrators of violence to stop forthwith and avail themselves to due process of addressing perceived grievances that are in place.

”ACF also wishes to say that killing of innocent Nigerians is not correct and offends God and many people’s sense of justice. This is because, a good number of those who go to places of worship are not lettered in either Western or Islamic education.

”More so that, Western education is not necessarily the cause of the collapse of national ideals,moral values and cause of indiscipline in the polity,since there are examples of Muslim countries and Christian countries with western education that are morally sound.

”Turkey which belongs to the former and Nordic country of Norway belongs to the later.
”Nigerians of all faiths must therefore come together and confront corruption in all ramifications by inspiring cultural renaissance for collective good.

”Corruption in Nigeria is not an exclusive preserve of Western education but a national malaise that should be confronted by all,and not government alone.

”Enough of the bombings and killings of innocent Nigerians.

And finally,ACF commiserates with those who lost their loved ones and properties to the misguided destruction.

”The forum prays to God of peace to give them the fortitude to endure the loss and means of replacements many folds.

”And to the perpetrators to accept the offer of dialogue and constructive engagements by well meaning Nigerians and world leaders.”


Vanguard Nigeria
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President GoodLuck Jonathan Meets Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has condemned the Christmas Day bomb blasts across the country, saying the group was evil and both religions must come together to put a stop to their activities.

Speaking with newsmen after meeting President Goodluck Jonathan for over two hours behind closed doors, the Sultan said: “We came in here to felicitate and commiserate with Mr. President over the unfortunate incident that happened this period.

We’ve had very positive meeting with the President on so many things and how to move this country forward, how to make our country stable and to approach those challenges that are facing Nigeria on a common ground.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that there is no conflict between Christians and Muslims, between Islam and Christianity. It is a conflict between evil people and good people and the good people are more than the evil doers.

The good people must come together to defeat the evil ones and that is the message. We want to assure all our Christian brothers and leaders that we stand on the path of truth according to our religion that we will continue to work Insha Allah for the greatness of this country.

“As I said, there is no conflict between Islam and Christianity and I want to assure that we will do all we can in the best of our ability to solve the numerous problems confronting our country”, he said.

Asked what was agreed on as a way out of the crisis, the Sultan disclosed that the government will look at all the past reports “including the one set up by the President on the North East crisis, also the Solomon Lar report on the Plateau and other reports and at the resumption of work Mr. President and his team will look through all those reports and then call for a meeting of a larger body for consultation with all of us, both religious and traditional leaders.

So we believe that is a very good way because we have to close ranks because no where in our two religions both Christianity and Islam that says we should be violent in dealing with one another”.

Answering another question that religious leaders have not spoken out enough, he said: “Have we not been speaking out? Did you read the press statement I issued out the day before yesterday (Sunday)? What else do you want us to say? We are totally against what has been happening, we totally condemn all these.

Nobody can take anybody’s life, it’s unislamic, its ungodly, nobody can take anybody’s life, all lives are sacred, must be respected and protected by all. So we have been speaking out. We all know what the situations are and we can only advise the government and we have been advising the government on several occasion”.

On the allegation that those that have dared to condemn the sect openly have gone back to them out of fear, the Sultan replied:  “There is no fear, I only speak as a Muslim leader and you know that we don’t say what we don’t mean and what we don’t do. It is against Islam, a special verse in the Holy Koran said so, don’t speak what you don’t do.

It is distasteful in the eyes of Almighty Allah, but we are quite aware of Almighty Allah’s instruction to always speak the truth because we will go back to him to give account for what we have done on earth. So whatever we say to anybody or any group at any time, we wholly mean so”.

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Girl Loses Entire Family To Boko Haram Attack

Will you call it luck, destiny or divine intervention? For Nancy, the decision not to attend the Christmas Day early morning mass is kept her alive. Despite pressure on her by her father and siblings, Nancy, 13, the last of her parents’ three children, declined to go with them for the early morning Mass.

She pleaded with her parents to allow her stay back at home to enable her dress her hair. When it became evident that she was not ready to go with them, her mother, in annoyance, left some money and asked her to prepare food for the Christmas .

Francis and Jennifer Maduka, parents of Nancy, and their two elder daughters left for the church. They did not return.

There was no premonition that death was lurking in the corner. Not even the directive by the Parish Priest, Rev. Father Isaac Achi, that all parishioners should wait for a Christmas gift from “Baby Jesus” after the mass could stop the family from leaving immediately.

Far away from the church, Nancy was preparing to dress her hair when a loud and ear-deafening sound rented the air. Like a wild harmattan fire, the news of the bombings at St. Theresa Catholic Church went round Madalla. Suddenly, Nancy remembered that her parents and sisters were in the church. She dashed to the church to find her parents and two sisters burnt in their car.

Recounting the gory story, Nancy said: “I was not with them. I had to go and do my hair because I was in church throughout yesterday, preparing for the Christmas. So, I was unable to make it to mass, despite the pressure mounted by my father to dress up.

“At about 7:30am, I went to do my hair and from there, I heard some people talking about bomb blast at St. Theresa Church. So, I went to check. As I was about entering the church, and was making enquiry, I saw somebody lying on the ground, dead. I know my dad’s car; everybody in the car was dead. The first person I identified was one of my sisters; she was dried up by the fire from the explosion. I saw my parents in the front seat, and they were all burnt in the car. I lost all; my parents, my sisters. I lost all. I was crying because I can see a bleak future ahead of me. Where do I go from where I am? I was not only confused; I initially felt all hope was lost. The only thing I recalled was that some people came and dragged me away from my father’s burnt car.”

Now living with the Parish Sisters, Nancy is hopeful of a good future. “I don’t know why this happened, but since this is the way the good Lord wants it, let it be. All I know is that all hope is not lost. I strongly believe this is not the end of the world for me. I know God has a plan for me to have spared my life,” she said.

Source: talkofnaija
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuface and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Tuface  Idibia Chilling with  Arnold Schwarzenegger
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A Nigerian Student Jailed for Assaulting Actress

An Upper Area Court in Jos has sentenced a 20-year old student, Adamu Yakubu, to two years imprisonment for breaking the windscreen of a car belonging to an actress, Jemila Nagudu.

Adamu, of Government College, Jos, was convicted for smashing the windscreen of the car belonging to a Hausa film actress without any provocation contrary to section 361 of the Penal Code.

The court, however, gave the convict an option of N3,000 fine

The judge, Malam Mustapha Hassan, in his ruling, said that that the prosecution had convinced the court beyond all reasonable doubt that the convict committed the offence.

Hassan said that the evidence tendered before the court and the confessional statement of the accused had assisted the court in reaching its decision to convict him.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Gokwat Ibrahim, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 17, at Ali Kazaure Area of Jos.

“My lord, the accused, on the fateful day, at about 12 noon, ordered the actress to leave the area or face the consequences.

“When the actress, who was on a visit to her in-laws refused to leave the area, the accused used “a big stone” to smash the windscreen of her CRV jeep,” he further told the court.

The prosecutor said that the unidentified future partner of the actress reported the matter to Laranto police station, which resulted in the arrest of the suspect.

When the case came up for hearing, the accused pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

The judge said that the convict would be sentenced so as to serve as a deterrent to others. 
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Reasons why Men Celebrity don't enjoy love making with their wives

Recently, studies have revealed that most Nigerian men do not enjoy sex with their wives. One out of every 3 marriages struggles with the problem of differing sex drives. And these had led to some of the major break ups in homes these days. Often the loss of sexual pleasure and intimacy results in depression, suspicion, anger, resentment, infidelity and divorce. Although it is clear that this issue is rarely one-sided, it is nevertheless surprising to many that it is often the man who puts the brakes on sexuality and the finger get pointed at the woman. In this report, BOLA AKINBOADE presents some of the reasons most Nigerian men don’t enjoy sex with their wives e as the level of intimacy between them also suddenly becomes cold.


Sexual incompatibility which leads to sexual disharmony and dissatisfaction is the major reason of break up in most marriages. Partners have different attitudes to sex. Your attitude towards sex depends on many factors, the major ones is upbringing and religion. If a girl was taught that sex is something dirty and shameful, than she is very unlikely to feel free and to be open to adventures. Most women refuse oral sex and consider it to be very dirty while men have quite the contrary opinion on this matter. In this situation both partners feel unhappy and sooner or later such a couple starts to experience problems, if unsolved, may lead to cheating or break up. Also if there is a discrepancy in the wife’s reproductive organ, such as tight vagina, this couple are likely to face some problems and this kind of sexual incompatibility can be very rarely resolved. Other factors that may also sexual incompatibility include; differences in the frequencies of sexual desire, different sexual appetite, and others. Most men seem to have a stronger sexual urge than their wives which they find difficult to meet up most of the time.


For some couples struggling with their relationship, a man may want more sex, while a woman feels their relationship doesn't have enough.
It is hard to expect sexual harmony if the husband wants sex 5 times a week, while the wife thinks that once time is enough. They simply have different sex drives. A woman’s sex drive differs from a man's .A man's sex drive is not so easily turned off. He has been hardwired to think about sex and want sex and, very rarely will a man find himself too tired or too stressed out to have sex. While the woman sex drive diminishes as she has to battle some of the marital issues. There are many things that can easily result in a loss of libido in women. Pregnancy, a hard day at work, the responsibilities of taking care of a home and family, hormonal fluctuation, depression, stress, less help and attention from her husband which was not this bad when they first got married.


One of the reasons some men give for not enjoying sex with their wives is the fact that she is not sexually adventurous enough. For most couples, the extreme passion and desire of new style of love quickly subsides. During those first few months of lovemaking, everyone's adventurous to varying degrees of personal comfort level, because everyone's really on an adventure. It's all exciting, and it's all new. But in some couple of years, they passion begin to wane and the thrill is gone. Some women suddenly becomes uptight and all the effort by the husband to ignite back the fire seems unproductive.


Another reason why some men don’t enjoy sex with their wives is boredom. Their sexual life at a point becomes monotonous, same place, same station, same way every time. Men like variety, and when a couple get stuck in a routine, the man is the first one to get dissatisfied with it. What was exciting once upon a time now seems dull. Some men may not be having sex with their wives because sex simply isn't worth the effort. They'd rather watch television.


Anger and resentment is another reason some men not only enjoy having sex with their wives.Oftentimes, the anger remains unexpressed. This silent seething has the effect of Novocaine numbing many of the senses, including sexual desire.Many husbands get fed up with a nagging wife at home. And since the wife has become an annoying bully; he shuts down completely and withholds the only thing he thinks might hurt her.


Depression is another reason why some men don’t enjoy sex with their wife. Many times, the man may not even be aware that he is depressed over the stressful things in life-economic stress, career stres, not achieving things he wants and others. He is not aware that he has responded to the stress with anger, and the anger has moved into depression. He is not enthusiastic about having sex at all. Compounding the problem, some of the more common antidepressants can cause loss of libido or inability to perform sexually.A report says that antidepressants can have another negative effect on a relationship: it diminishes interest in connecting emotionally with a partner.


Another reason men stop desiring their wives is because they no longer find them physically attractive, or suddenly gained so much weight. Many women do not take care of themselves. They go out of shape and lose out on their figure. At home, they do not take care of their appearances or dress up properly. Naturally, a man becomes fed up with his wife and found her attractive any longer. Men are visual, so excessive weight gain may indeed pose a problem for them. And since Obesity also diminishes libido, an over weight wife may not be as responsive as her partner.


Trying out something new is often a reason given by the husband for indulging in an extra-marital affair. He often feels he needs a change of taste and would like to spend time with someone who is “different” and perhaps “more exciting”. At times, the wife could also be responsible for the situation. A wife paying too much attention to children and household chores often forces a man to go in for relationships outside marriage. He feels neglected. He wants more attention and since he is not getting it at home he prefers to get it from an outsider. And even though he doesn’t have any desire to leave his wife, sometimes the man feel guilty of this act which limits the full expression of his love and desire for his wife. And when he is getting so much fun and varieties from outside, it will be difficult to enjoy the boring and monotonous one from his wife which no longer gets him aroused. 

source: talkofnaija
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Another Bombing in Jos

Jos – There was another bomb scare in the Plateau State Capital, Monday,  following the arrest of a man around the overhead bridge in Gada Biyu area for allegedly trying to blow up the bridge.

The haggard looking man who was later declared insane by the police had been sighted under the overhead bridge with a nylon bag and was said to have been unable to provide coherent explanations when questioned on his mission.

Many residents who were still smarting from Sunday’s blast at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church promptly gathered as rumour  spread that he must have been trying to plant an explosive under the bridge.

The man was almost lynched but for the timely intervention of security men who took the man  in for questioning. He was later said to be a lunatic.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni confirmed  the incident saying “they just arrested a mad man.”

Apart from the initial scare, all was calm in the city, Monday,  following the Christmas Day explosion as people went about their businesses even though many streets were  deserted.

It was learnt that security men were still interrogating the four suspects arrested in connection with Sunday’s incident which left a policeman dead. The policeman was gunned down by the attackers as they stormed the church to throw in the improvised explosive device which landed outside the fence.

Security men were still guarding the church as at press time.

By Taye Obateru

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Unhappy Nigerian Children Write Jonathan Over Christmas Day Blasts

    "Dear Mr. President: We should say Merry Christmas but we are not your government, we are not in the business of deception. After almost ten hours of gathering your thoughts to speak on the bomb blasts that rocked the nation yesterday, you still fell short of your own very low standards.

    What did you intend to say when you said Bomb Blasts are a burden we must live with? Why do you bother to budget over a trillion for security if we must live with the burden of insecurity? How come you are still a president? We do not blame you, we blame our older ones who were stupid enough to think that where you come from and your religion was all you needed to be a competent president.

They are crying now. We all cried yesterday on the darkest Christmas day of our short lives.
While we cried and left Christmas postponed for another year, we watched as you danced your life away like there was no tomorrow. Is it true that all you care about is the fact that you are the president so whatever can happen should happen. Last night we prayed for you. We prayed that the white men should be able to make common sense so that we can budget for it and then you will have it in abundance. As it is, it is obvious sir that you are grossly lacking in common sense.
If you weren’t, you would never come out to tell a mourning nation that it should get ready to live with the burden of destruction and insecurity. That was utterly insensitive and even the dumbest of our mates, fellow Nigerian children would never descend that low to an unprecedented level of cluelessness.

We understand this is not a sane country, if this was a sane country, your ilk will not be in a job. Your security chiefs, yourself and your cabinet would have been throwing resignation letters left right and centre. But then, here is a place where people are satisfied with just being in positions, that they are clueless about what to do in such positions does not matter.

Mr. President, Boko Haram defeated you in 2011. What plans are you making for 2012? Do you realise they have since improved while your security tactics remain stop and search? Do you realise they are far more coordinated than ever before? Have you thought of engaging more intelligence in curbing this menace instead of just mere brute? Yes, you have issues with concentrating for long, why not budget for a concentrator? That way you are conditioned to at least focus on being the president of Nigeria instead of our national chief chef? You are wondering where that came from? It came from cassava bread sir. You chose the menu for 2012 but we hope you realise that Boko Haram certainly has a menu.

Please Mr. President, they will look to attack again in the New Year, do what you have never done before, get your security chiefs to prevent that by all means. Contrary to your assertion, we are not prepared to live with the burden of bomb blasts. Get yourself to work and stop excusing your inability to deal with Boko Haram on the premise that they are a necessity. What is that? If you cannot lead and be a president, help yourself and resign. Please take your vice-president along. You are a twin set of incompetence.

This letter has been written with kind words, not because we are in the mood to be nice to you but because we are children and respect is a value we want to live with but our lack of it sometimes is a burden you must live with as long as you force us to live with your Boko Haram burden.

We wrote you a letter on subsidy yesterday but we figured it would be better to send this before you get our other letter. As long as your cluelessness reigns supreme in this country, we will always remind you of our angst and stake in this nation. It is not by force to live in Aso Rock. So if you must, do the right things, say the right things and learn to get the basic things right.

The Bomb Blasts darkened our Christmas but your response dampened our mood even further. This is not the way to lead a people. If you need help, we will nominate one of us to offer you words of wisdom for free. As it is, you look overwhelmed by the mere job of providing security for Nigeria let alone the other duties you swore to carry out for Nigeria.

Action point: Sack yourself sir, and take Arc. Namadi Sambo along. It is a good place to start.

Written by Association of Conscious Nigerian Children (ACNC)

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AY Gets N60 million Endorsement Deal

Multiple award winning comedian, AY, has been unveiled as the brand ambassador of Haven Homes. The unveiling held during the recent Haven Homes Expo at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.

The ambassadorial contract will see the hardworking comedian, who recently completed his 2011 comedic tour, gracing the various publicity campaigns of the Haven Homes brand within the next year including billboards, televisions, commercials and other press ads.

And the endorsement deal is worth 60million naira.
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Widow jumps from storey building

A widow, yesterday, escaped death by the whiskers once she jumped from a storey building to flee from a raging fireplace that gutted the house.

The building, located on 2b Unity Road, Ilamose Estate, Oke-Afa, went up in flames at regarding 1pm, destroying property, that financial worth couldn't be immediately ascertained.

There were totally different versions of how the inferno, that brought the Boxing Day activities to an abrupt halt within the space, started.  A version said it absolutely was caused by some kids, who  carelessly left a lit candle in one among the flats, whereas another version had it that it absolutely was caused by  power surge.

Efforts by residents, who battled to place out the raging fireplace to avoid it from spreading to alternative buildings paid off,  before the arrival of fireside fighters.

source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Santa Clause killed 6 relatives in Texas, USA

Texas—Investigators in suburban Fort value try to piece along the history of a family targeted in an exceedingly Christmas Day shooting that police believe was administered by a relative wearing a Santa Claus suit.

The names of the seven folks found dead within the Grapevine apartment, as well as the alleged gunman, were expected to be released Tuesday, police said.

Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said the shooter showed up within the costume shortly before gunfire erupted, and also the family gave the impression to are gap Christmas presents. Police responding to a 911 decision found four females and 3 males dead. They additionally found 2 handguns.

"We assume he was simply within there celebrating Christmas with the remainder of them and set for no matter reason that is how he is about to finish things," Eberling told The Associated Press.

Investigators worked through Sunday night and into Monday morning, meticulously looking the apartment where the bodies were found, beside vehicles parked outside. Police said they believe the victims were connected, though some were visiting and did not live within the apartment.

Eberling said investigators were assembling a "family history," which the apartment was leased to a girl and her 2 kids, one age fifteen and also the different either nineteen or twenty. He wouldn't provide different specifics.

"We're obtaining a clearer image, however we're not able to proceed the record with something till we discover out from the physician absolute confirmation of identities and also the manner of death," Eberling said.

Autopsies of the shooter and also the victims were being done Monday by the Tarrant County physician.

Roger Metcalf, a spokesman for the medical examiner's workplace, said the victims are tentatively identified, however the workplace could not ensure the names as a result of the state driver's license fingerprint database wasn't obtainable on the vacation.

"In addition, we want to find next of kin before info may be released, and our investigators are engaged on that additionally," Metcalf wrote in an email to the AP.

Late Sunday evening, police intently searched a sport utility vehicle parked outside the apartment. The vehicle is registered to a person who listed his residence as a home 2 miles away within the neighboring suburb of Colleyville.

Thomas Ehrlich, who lives close to the house in Colleyville, told the AP he heard from neighbors that police visited the house Sunday. He said he believed the person and girl who once lived there have been estranged.

Records show the couple had money issues which their home, most recently valued on the county tax rolls at $336,200, had been sold in 2010 at a foreclosure auction -- though it appeared the person was still living there.

"I really saw him out doing yard work simply last weekend," Ehrlich said.

Spa manager Leah Langford said she became involved when the man's wife did not show up for work Monday at the business where she had been utilized for four years. Langford said she got no response when she known as the woman's mobile phone, nor might she learn something when she visited the Colleyville home and also the Grapevine apartment.

"For someone who's perpetually early to figure and who never misses daily of labor, we tend to expected the worst," Langford said.

The shootings Sunday were the primary homicides in Grapevine in additional than a year and a 0.5.

Police and firefighters rushed to the Lincoln Vineyards advanced concerning 11:30 a.m. once receiving a 911 decision during which nobody was on the opposite finish of the road. as a result of nobody responded on the phone, police went into the apartment, located at the rear of the advanced. They found the seven, aged fifteen to sixty, dead.

Many of the nearby residences are vacant, and police said no neighbors reported hearing something on a quiet Christmas morning when many of us weren't around.

Source: Boston News
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Homosexuality is not a psychological disorder

Senior lecturer, Department of Psychology at the Landmark University, Dr. Gboyega Abikoye, has dismissed claims that homosexuality is a psychological disorder, saying there is no consensus among scientists and psychologists on the reasons why individuals develop homosexual orientation.

Citing results of various studies, Abikoye said homosexuality was removed from the list of psychology disorders since 1992 for lack of empirical evidence.

“From a scientific point of view, homosexuality is not a psychological disorder as it is not included in the list of psychological disorders contained in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders  and the International Classification of Diseases. These two instruments are the classification instruments used by psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in the world.

“The debates regarding the status of homosexuality have received ample empirical attention and no study has found conclusive evidence that homosexuality is a psychological disorder. It was this lack of empirical evidence that prompted the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the list of psychological disorders as far back as 1973.

“It appeared that the rest of the world was initially sceptical about the American decision to de-list homosexuality from psychological disorders, so homosexuality remained in the ICD (which is published by World Health Organisation) until 1992 when it was removed from ICD’s list of psychological disorders for want of empirical evidence,” he said.

Abikoye added that the possible factors causing homosexuality in some individuals included genetic, hormonal, developmental, social and cultural influences.

However, the psychologist noted that from all evidence available, homosexuality was a deviation and should be seen more as a social problem than a spiritual or cultural problem.

He said, “The claims that homosexuality is at variance with our culture is inconsistent with facts on ground. The fact is that homosexuality is not a new phenomenon and what we are doing now is merely popularising it. My position on this issue is a social-scientific one.

“As an individual, I am totally against homosexuality. However, as a psychologist I know that there is a huge difference between the ideal and the real, and the ideal of one man is an aberration to another man.”

Abikoye however noted that some studies have found considerably higher incidences of psychological disorders among homosexuals than heterosexuals.
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Kelly Handsome Involved in a car Accident on Christmas Eve

kelly handsome was involved in a car accident in Imo state on Christmas Eve. we do not have much information on this but Thank God he Survived the accident with his crew. We wish him speedy recovery..


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Meet Facebook Couple

Beauty, elegance and fashion were brought together under one roof to make the wedding of Temitope Jegede and beautiful Miss Toluwalope (daughter of Abiodun Toki, Chairman of Tom and Associates) a memorable experience last Saturday in Lagos. At the event were individuals with a penchant for quality..

The event itself was classy. That was evident from the...
gates of the hall to its interior. Guests were mostly clad in native attires of pink and ash; the colours of the day. The bride’s and groom’s kinsmen also wore uniformed colours.

The presiding Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Area 01, Oluyinka Gbajabiamila, officiated the union. He titled his sermon One Flesh, One Spirit, One God. “Look at the examples your parents have laid for you. Make as your quintessential example the bonding of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If these three can be one in Heaven, God has commanded you today to have one spirit, one flesh and one blood,” he said.

The new couple beamed with smiles as they danced, each trying hard to out-dance the other on their way to the podium where a mini-tent decorated in white and ash stood to welcome them.  The couple later cut their pink and white three-step cake at the spelling of J-E-S-U-S.

The groom, Temitope Jegede, who was full of praises to the Almighty, recalled the encounter he had with his father-in-law and the journey so far. “It was like a reality show with series of interviews. I go to his office like every other week and we talked about so many issues of life. He wanted to know me and how intelligent I am, and I’m sure I surprised him. The interaction was very instructive for me. I learnt a lot.

“He is a great man and asked some very sensitive questions on how to project plans for his daughter. It was a good experience. I’m very excited and actually short of words. I’m so fulfilled and I know I have found a good thing. It’s been a very wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to a very wonderful life with her.

“We met through my very good friend, Deola. She mentioned her name to me, and I added her to my friends on Facebook. We got chatting and became friends, and here we are today. I chose her because she is a very wonderful lady with a kind heart. She is trustworthy and faithful and very beautiful. Luckily for me, God gave me the go ahead,” he said with confidence.

Assuring his wife, he said: “Welcome, Tolu, into my life. I know we will do a lot together and I’m going to be the best husband you can ever have. I’ll make your dreams come true. Thank you for loving me.”

Responding, the bride expressed her happiness. “We met through a mutual friend via Facebook and I have since known him to be funny and extremely caring. He is romantic and expressive. I am the calmer version of that,” she said.

Comedian First Born was the master of ceremonies, and he dished rib-cracking jokes out to the delight of guests.

Source: talkofnaija
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D’banj and the entire Mo’Hits Crew are set to storm Lagos

D’banj and the entire Mo’Hits Crew are set to storm Lagos on Tuesday, 27 December, as the Lagos edition of this year’s Koko Concert holds.

Billed to hold at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, the show will feature D’banj, Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Wande Coal and K Switch.

The Lagos show is coming after a successful London edition held at the Hammersith Apollo, which featured members of Mo’Hits crew and Kanye West.

The American superstar, who recently signed D’banj and Don Jazzy on his G.O.O.D Music label, flew into London unannounced and stormed the stage to the surprise of everyone.

It’s is not clear whether West will be able to make another surprise appearance this time around, but a statement by Mo’Hits media company, Media Image Managers, stated that there is sure a “major surprise package” waiting for D’banj’s fans on that evening.

source: PM News
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14 corpses,18 injured in National Hospital

ABUJA – Some of the victims of the deadly Christmas Day bomb blasts at Madalla, Suleja, Vanguard can authoritatively say, have been taken to the National Hospital in Abuja.

Vanguard’s visit to the National Hospital , Sunday, revealed that 14 corpses  were deposited in the mortuary while 18 people with various degree of injuries are on admission.

According to Director General of  the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Sidi, though they are yet to ascertain the number of the dead, some of the injured have been taken to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Aso Villa Clinic and National Hospital.

He assured Nigerians that NEMA, with other relevant agency, is still evacuating and transporting people who are in private hospitals to government-owned hospitals. He also said that the Federal Government would be responsible for treatments of the injured.

Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, who also visited the National Hospital refuse to speak with journalists.

A taxi driver at Nnamdi Azikwe airport, Mr. Emmanuel Obiukwu, who spoke to Vanguard, said he lost four of his children and a car in the blast.  He said his wife and a daughter are on admission in the National Hospital.

Mr.Uchenna Simeon, a businessman, said he lost his mother-in-law (Eucharia)  while his younger sister lost a leg with some of his relatives are still missing.

Meanwhile, doctors at the National Hospital, urged well meaning Nigerians to come out and donate blood to the victims of the blast.


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5 more dead at Suleja bombing attack

MADALLA – A bomb blast claimed by Islamists at a church outside the Nigeria capital on Christmas Day has killed at least 35, an emergency official said, raising the nationwide toll from a wave of attacks to 40.

“The death toll is 35,” said Slaku Lugard of the National Emergency Management Agency of the bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla , Suleja, outside the capital Abuja.

A wave of attacks swept across Nigeria on Christmas Day, with three churches affected and a secret police office targeted by a suicide bomber, leaving at least 40 killed nationwide.

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Pope Prays for Peace for Nigeria

Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the victims of famine, floods and conflict round the world in his ancient Christmas message on Sunday, following a deadly explosion close to a church in Nigeria.

"Let us flip our gaze anew to the grotto of Bethlehem. the kid whom we have a tendency to ponder is our salvation. He has dropped at the globe a universal message of reconciliation and peace," he told thousands of pilgrims within the Vatican.

The pope urged the international community to help those full of hunger within the Horn of Africa, required an finish to the bloodshed in Syria and said he hoped this year's Arab revolts would aid the "common smart."

He conjointly prayed for the victims of recent flooding in Thailand and also the Philippines that he said were enduring "grave hardships" and said he hoped for increased dialogue in Myanmar "in the pursuit of shared solutions."

The pope's strongest words were against wars and in favour of reconciliation, significantly between Israelis and Palestinians within the Holy Land however conjointly within the nice Lakes Region of Africa and also the new nation of South Sudan.

"May the Lord return to the help of our world torn by such a big amount of conflicts that even nowadays stain the planet with blood . . . could he bring an finish to the violence in Syria, where such a lot blood has already been shed,"he said.

"May he grant renewed vigour to any or all components of society within the countries of North Africa and also the Middle East as they attempt to advance the common smart," he added, following the revolts in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Concluding his message, the pope voiced Christmas greetings in sixty five languages as well as Aramaic, Icelandic and Samoan to cheers from the group.

"God is that the Saviour: we have a tendency to are people who are in peril. he's the physician: we have a tendency to are the infirm," he told them.

"To understand this is often the primary step towards salvation, towards rising from the maze during which we've got been locked by our pride."

At Christmas Eve mass in Saint Peter's Basilica, the pope had lamented the consumerism surrounding a vacation "whose bright lights hide the mystery of God's humility, that in turns calls us to humility and ease."

"Let us raise the Lord to assist us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to get behind it the kid within the stable in Bethlehem, thus on notice true joy and true light-weight," the 84-year-old pope said.

He conjointly rebuked "oppressors" and warmongers round the world.

"In now of ours, during this world of ours, cause the oppressors' rods, the cloaks rolled in blood and also the footgear of battle to be burned, so your peace could triumph during this world of ours," he said.

Peace was conjointly a central theme in Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal's Christmas Eve homily delivered in Bethlehem, where hotels and guesthouses were packed to capability with pilgrims.

"We raise for peace, stability and security for the complete Middle East," said Twal, the foremost senior Roman Catholic within the region.

In a midnight mass, he urged "the come of calm and reconciliation in Syria, in Egypt, in Iraq and in North Africa".

"O kid of Bethlehem, during this New Year, we have a tendency to place in your hands this troubled Middle East and, above all, our youth jam-packed with legitimate aspirations, who are pissed off by the economic and political state of affairs, and in search of a much better future," Twal said.

Bethlehem, the biblical birthplace of Jesus saw a number of its largest crowds of tourists in years for the Christmas competition, bringing cheer to the troubled West Bank, whereas celebrations conjointly passed while not incident in Iraq.

However a bomb went off close to a Catholic church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja, killing a minimum of fifteen individuals, within the latest attack to rock the religiously divided country, conjointly hit by deadly Christmas attacks in 2010.

Another explosion was heard later within the day within the central town of Jos close to a church, however details weren't immediately out there, residents said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though Nigeria has been rocked by bomb blasts and shootings attributed to Islamist cluster Boko Haram.

The cluster claimed responsibility for the August suicide bombing of UN headquarters in Abuja that killed a minimum of twenty four individuals. The string of bomb blasts in Jos on Christmas Eve 2010 were conjointly claimed by Boko Haram.

In recent days in 3 cities within the northeast, where most of the violence attributed to Boko Haram has occurred, attacks blamed on the sect followed by an important military crackdown have killed up to a hundred individuals.
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Suicide Bomber Kills 3 in SSS office attack

ABUJA – A yet to be identified suicide bomber, Sunday, attacked the Yobe State Command Headquarters of the Department of State Security Services, SSS, Damaturu, resulting to an instant death of three personnel.

The incident according to a press release issued by the Deputy Director Public Relations of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar,  “occurred as the convoy of the Commanding Officer of the 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, Yobe State, Dahiru Abdulsalam (Col.) was driving into the Headquarters complex for a security meeting.”

The statement further read, “The suicide bomber attempted to force his way into the convoy but was stopped by vigilant guards. However, upon collusion with the gate, the impact resulted in an explosion.

“Consequently, the following casualties were recorded:  three (3) Service personnel died; the suicide bomber was killed; one (1) person was injured; and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) stationed at the gate was destroyed.

“These attacks, no doubt are reactions to the on-going operations by the security agencies to contain the excesses of terrorists who continue to wreak havoc on the public.

“The attacks will in no way deter Security agencies from securing the lives and property of Nigerians and riding the society of criminals.

“Accordingly, members of the public are hereby implored to report suspicious movements within their localities to the nearest law enforcement agency in the overall effort to rid our Nation of these undesirable elements.”

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

Vanguard Nigeria
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Presidency to organise security summit

ABUJA – AS medical personnel continue to cope with overbearing pressure from victims of Madalla, Suleja Christmas bombing, the Presidency is set to organize a National Security Summit, NSS, in the new year on possible best ways to secure Nigeria in the present and future.

Top security officials, Sunday, rose from a crucial session with a declaration that Boko Haram decision to destroy Nigeria must be urgently nip in the bud, saying that the menace underscores the budgetary proposal for 2012 fiscal year.

The security chiefs also want the federal government to declare the new year a security year, as part of deliberate efforts to tackle the rising wave of insecurity in Nigeria, essentially the Boko Haram terror group and many other ethnic militia formation across the country.

Also, as part of fresh measures to address the growing security concerns, the security hierarchy has adopted a recommendation for a security summit early next year, where top Nigerian security actors are expected to inject fresh ideas into ongoing efforts by government to stem the tide.

The security summit which is being planned by the Federal Government is to hold in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and will be funded through the 2012 financial votes for national security.

An impeccable security source told Vanguard that “no amount of budgetary allocation is too much for security related projects because all over the world, security is a top priority of every responsible government and Nigeria cannot be  an exception, especially in the face of current level of insecurity”.

According to the source, the security summit would encourage all security experts, both serving and retired personnel to mount the stage and speak openly and frankly, in a manner similar to the constitutional conference, which would make far reaching recommendations to government on present and future security measures.

It was learn that the summit is a follow-up to a recent meeting of all former National Security Advisers, NSAs, which was convened by the office of the incumbent NSA, Gen. Andrew Azazi, to discuss the menace of Boko Haram and the best ways out.


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Nigeria Police Arrests 1yr Old Baby

Nigerians have strongly condemned the action of men of the Nigeria Police Force against the family of a journalist who's currently having some issues with the Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan and his wife.

The story goes thus: The Police in Benue State have taken hostage an...
entire family, including a one-year old baby, in an effort to compel the baby’s father (a journalist) to turn himself over to them for a story published by his newspaper.

The baby is Wuese-ter Ibya, and was seized along with its mother, Faith Ibya. Mrs. Faith Ibya is the wife of Henry Ibya, the Benue State Correspondent of Premier Newspaper. His sister, Grace Ibya, was also arrested.

The management of Roobbs Communications Network Limited, publishers of The Premier Newspaper, said in a statement that the family was forcibly taken as hostages in order to force Mr. Ibya to report himself to the police.

“We are reliably informed that the police authorities in Benue State are acting under the instruction of the governor who was visibly angered by the uncomplimentary story about his wife which bordered on extortion of money from Benue women under the guise of improving the lot of Benue women in the celebration of the fifth edition of Benue Women, where the women were coerced to pay unwholesome amounts of money, despite the state government having released the sum of N100 million for the said function,” the statement said.

Roobbs Communications described placing Mr. Ibya's wife, year-old baby and sister under arrest as “barbaric” and out of tune with the laws of the Federal Government of Nigeria, particularly in view of the new the Freedom of Information law.

“It is sad that the Nigerian police, despite spirited efforts by the government to redeem its battered image and position it on proper pedestal to discharge its duties in accordance with the law, has continued to shoot itself in the foot with its recklessness and abusive tendencies,” the newspaper management said, calling for the hostages to be released with immediate effect and the law allowed to prevail.
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