Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Clotilde Drogba Cooks For Ivory Coast Supporters

The mother of Cote d’Ivoire international, Didier Drogba has been cooking for the national team supporters at a makeshift restaurant she set up near the fans’ village in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where the Elephants are playing their Group B games.

Clotilde Drogba, who personally does the traditional home cooking of fried plantain chips, pepper soup, white rice, tomato sauce and attieke, said it was her contribution to nation at the tournament by feeding the supporters so they could have enough strength to cheer the team to final victory, reports AFP.

Every match day, some 60 members of the national committee of the Elephants supporters (CNSE) queue up with empty bowls to collect food free off charge from the mother of the most influential Ivorian player, before heading to the stands to sing and clap..
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Omotola Jalade Now A Police Officer

In the past, some celebrities have left the profession that got them fame and go into other professions they have conviction to do so as to better the society.

Examples of Chris Okotie, who left the music scene to become a Pastor; Pat Attah, who also moved in the same direction of Chris Okotie; Kanayo O Kanayo, who became a politician; Okey Bakasi, RMD also in the line of Kanayo, etc.

But can you figure out Omo Sexy, as Omotola is fondly called by fans, being a police officer? This warning by Omo T, as she is also called should not be taken lightly as she wants to take the Nigeria Police to the next level to make better.

She has also sounded a note of warning to those who will not want to take her serious. She has warned, GET BUSY or Get Arrested.

Just for the records, the above picture is from Omotola's new video shoot of her song 'Get Busy', from her coming album.
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What Women Do to Get Attention

Pals, I magine this lady she's barely known outside her native France. But R&B singer Shy'm (real name - Tamara Marthe) certainly made an impression at last night's NRJ Awards.

The 26-year-old turned up at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes wearing a transparent plastic corset with white tinsel-like material interspersed to create a frosted effect.

Her stunning figure was on full display - though to an extreme which might make viewing her performance before the watershed a little questionable.

Shy'm wore a toga-like white sheet around her waist to form a skirt, creating a Grecian-style effect- and bared a great deal of thigh in the process. The star wore her hair in a long ponytail, choosing smoked-out eyes and red lipstick to define her delicate facial features.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Boko Haram - Kabir Sokoto Rearrested

An unconfirmed report has it that fleeing suspected Boko Haram bomber, Kabir Sokoto, has been rearrested at the Nigeria-Chad border.

Rumours in Abuja and a number of posts on Twitter said he was caught in unclear circumstances.

However, the spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Olusola Amore, said he had not been briefed.

He promised to issue a statement if the story was found to be true.

However, some bloggers on Twitter expressed doubts that the real suspect was caught, especially as no picture of the alleged bomber has ever been released by the police.

Sokoto, who is suspected to have masterminded the Christmas Day 2011 bomb blast at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State, escaped from a police van last week while he was being taken to his residence for a search.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday reportedly given the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, 24 hours to produce the suspect or be sacked.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Caleb Olubolade, told newsmen after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday that Ringim had been queried over the suspect’s escape.

A number of senior police officers, including the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Mr. Zakari Biu, have been reportedly placed under house arrest and suspended for involvement in the incident.

Source: Punchng.com
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Would you go for this Wedding dress for your Wedding Day

Berlin-based label Kaviar Gauche presented this revealing wedding dress during Berlin Fashion Week yesterday. Wedding outfit for the ceremony itself or for after the wedding alone with hubby? And you can bet some women will buy it....See pictures below.

Source: naija gossip level

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nigeria Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke Sons' Private Jet and Lifestyle

Nigeria Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke Sons' Private Jet and Lifestyle: Deziani Allison Madueke, Nigeria`s Petroleum minister, penultimate week introduced untold hardship into Nigerian families by unilaterally demanding PPRA to announce the removal of oil subsidy. Consequently, cost of transportation increased by 100 percent.

Days before Christmas,a widow had left her base with her five children to the village for Christmas. In her words, “i paid three thousand naira(N3,000.00) for each of us to travel to the village and had set aside another eighteen thousand (N18,000.00)for the return trip”. However, when she arrived the motor park on Jan . 2nd, one day after the removal of oil subsidy, she discovered that the cost of transportation had increased.

They asked her to pay six thousand naira (N6,000.00) per head, she broke down and wept openly and pleaded for three thousand naira per head. But her plea fell on deaf ears and was turned away. Simultaneously, Deziani Allison Madueke`s family were traveling around the globe in private jet, funded by a government, which she claims was broke.

While Nigerians suffer, its government officials are like the proverbial Leopard incapable of changing its spots.

Photos obtained from sources, reveals Nigeria Oil Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s sons, living like Kings in America , complete with private jet travels, luxury ship vacations, frolicking with local and international superstars such as Dbanj, Neyo and Cecil Hammond.How long will people hired/appointed to serve in public offices continue to live off our resources?

Source: Naija Gossip Level
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Richard Mofe Damijo excapes death by surviving ghastly motor accident

Richard Mofe Damijo excapes death by surviving ghastly motor accident: Foremost Nollywood actor, and commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Richard Mofe Damijo, this morning survived a ghastly car accident in Warri, Delta State, that left his SUV damaged beyond repair.

The actor was rescued from the vehicle and taken to the hospital where he’s currently receiving treatment. But those who have managed to speak with him since the accident say his injuries aren’t life threatening and will soon be discharged.

Source: trends
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200 pastors resigned from Winners Chapel

200 pastors resigned from Winners Chapel: 200 pastors secretly resigned enmasse from Winners Chapel in late December 2011 following a disagreement they had with the General Overseer, Bishop Oyedepo, over the re-organisation of the church.

After a general meeting in December, some pastors said they were no longer comfortable with the founder’s leadership style and some new rules he implemented. Bishop Oyedepo was said to have told the pastors that anyone who wanted to leave the ministry was free to do so without any drama. A few weeks later, 200 pastors tendered their resignation letter.

Some pastors resigned to join other ministries, others to start their own churches. Bishop Oyedepo was said to have given all of them a parting gift…from N2 million to N500, 000 each, depending on how long they had served in the church.

Source: Lindaikeji
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Police fire teargas at protesters in Lagos after approved by Fashola

Police fire teargas at protesters in Lagos after approved by Fashola: A detachment of policemen led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Tunde Sobulo, fired teargas indiscriminately at protesters marching from the state house of assembly towards the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos.

During the march tagged, “Defy The Dictator,” the protesters converged on the house of assembly to demand the immediate withdrawal of soldiers from the streets of Lagos and the reversal of the pump price of petrol to N65.

The protesters then began to march from the assembly complex at Alausa, Ikeja to the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, having obtained a permit from the state government to hold a rally there.

The park was the venue of five days of rallies, where various speakers spoke for five days against the removal of fuel subsidy.

However, they were warned by policemen not to go beyond the house of assembly to the park.

Led by a former Minister of Education, Prof. Ben Nwabueze; human rights lawyers, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite and Mr. Festus Keyamo, they defied the police warning and continued towards the park.

Speaking at the assembly, Braithwaite said the deployment of soldiers in Lagos was totally unwarranted while Nwabueze said it was unfortunate.

They were received by some members of the house, who said the deployment of soldiers was unacceptable.

They ran into a barricade mounted by the police and soldiers at 7Up Bottling Company on the Secretariat Road. The police also mounted a separate barricade on Ikosi Road, across the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as well as the nearby Kudirat Abiola Road.

The situation caused traffic jams in the Alausa and Ojota areas.

To stop the protesters from getting to the park, the policemen fired several canisters of tearsgas, forcing many of the marchers to scamper to safety.

The marchers returned again and sat on the road, refusing to move.

The protesters then turned back towards the Governor’s Office.

Source: Punchng.com
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IGP faces sack over the escape of suspected Madalla blast

IGP faces sack over the escape of suspected Madalla blast: The Federal Government has indicated that Inspector General of Police (IGP), Hafiz Ringim may lose his job following the escape from police custody of an individual suspected to be the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, near Abuja.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Captain Caleb Olubolade (retd), who disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday, said even as the minister in charge of police, his job was not also safe until an acceptable explanation had been given to President Goodluck Jonathan.

He confirmed that the IGP had been queried and given 24 hours to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him over the incident.

Olubolade also revealed that government had ordered the arrest of all policemen involved in the operation leading to the escape of the suspect, including Commissioner of Police Zakari Biu.

According to him, “that was an unfortunate incident but measures will be put in place now to address the [issue of the] escaped suspect.

“From the ministry, I have directed the IG to carry out full investigation and even at a higher level above that one, there will be another investigation to ascertain what led to the suspect’s escape.

“I have also directed that the officers involved and the personnel involved should be detained immediately.”

On what action might be taken against the police officers, he remarked that “you would have seen in the papers that the commissioner of police has been suspended. In fact, beyond that, I have ordered that he be placed under close arrest.”

He explained that the IGP was queried because “he has the responsibility to ensure all operations regarding arrest and all that are conducted in the usual manner.
“If he is found guilty of complicity, he himself will have to account for his mistakes.”

Olubolade denied insinuations that there had not been proper coordination between his ministry and the police, thus creating lapses in responsibilities, saying “it is not an indication of somebody has erred in his responsibility. The outcome of the investigation will prove that.

“What is important is that whatever steps we are going to take as a result of this neglect, we have to take it immediately.”

The Police Affiars Minister, who said he did not know whether the escape of the suspect was a confirmation of the president’s assertion that the Boko Haram sect had infiltrated the government, said what was important was that the suspect was missing and all steps must be taken to re-arrest him.

“While that is pending, the officers involved, who conducted the search, must be detained so that the outcome of the investigation will lead to whatever punishment will be given,” he said.

Police launch manhunt for re-arrest of Boko Haram chieftain

Meanwhile, as the police launch a manhunt for the Boko Haram chieftain, fresh facts have emerged on how Kabir Sokoto was arrested through tracking devices.

Informed police sources disclosed that the runaway suspect, whose nickname is Kabir Sokoto, was the second in command to the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Shekau Shekau, who took over the leadership of the group after the killing of their leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in 2009.

The source revealed that Sokoto, who was not even the second, took over as second in command with the responsibility of coordinating the bombing activities that had rocked the country in the last one year.

According to authoritative information made available to the Nigerian Tribune, Sokoto had been on the wanted list of the police as one of the leaders of the terror group.

The source said that the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, got information that Sokoto had sneaked into Abuja to coordinate his terror group to unleash another mayhem in the nation’s capital.

Following the revelation and the contacts  Sokoto was making  through his GSM phone, the IGP tracking unit discovered that the call was being made from somewhere in Asokoro, Abuja.

The source disclosed that the ACP in charge of the tracking unit moved to Asokoro, but narrowed them down to between the Borno and Jigawa government lodge, which share a common wall.

The lorryload of anti-riot policemen ransacked the Jigawa Lodge, but did not find the suspect, but the tracking device continued to indicate that the last call was made around there.

The officer then moved into the Borno Lodge at about 2.00a.m. on Monday, where Sokoto was discovered hiding in the lodge and was immediately arrested.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that it was during interrogation that Sokoto confessed that they had a hideout at Abaji, which is about 70 kilometres to Abuja, from where the activities to attack FCT was being coordinated.

The source further revealed that it was on their way to Abaji early on Monday morning that the police team escorting the suspect was attacked and in the confusion that ensued, he escaped.

The source vowed that Kabir Sokoto would be re-arrested no matter how long it took, as his pictures had already been sent to the borders to watch out for him.
“I can assure you, he is still in this country, he can’t run to anywhere; we must get him,” the source said.

A Commissioner of Police, Zakari Biu, was, on Tuesday, queried and suspended from duties, following the escape of the most wanted suspect.

The suspect is widely believed to have coordinated the Christmas Day bombing at Madalla, Niger State, in which over 40 people were killed.

Source: Tribune.com.ng
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Utomi and others to protest against deployment of soldiers on Lagos

Utomi and others to protest against deployment of soldiers on Lagos: Prominent national leaders and activists in the country have decided to protest against the deployment of troops in Lagos and other parts of the country.

The protest, scheduled for Thursday (today) will be led by Prof. Ben Nwabueze, former Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa; elder stateman, Tunji Braithwaite and Prof. Pat Utomi among other leaders.

According to a statement on behalf of the National Action Coalition of Democratic Forces by Dr. Wale Balogun of Citizen Forum on Wednesday, the leaders would storm the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, enroute Gani Fawehinmi, Freedom Park, Ojota to register their protest.

The protest march, which is to commence at 10am, is expected to attract Christian and Muslim communities, youth organizations, artisans, traders, students and workers.

Prayers will also be said at the rally for the repose of the souls of victims of fuel subsidy removal protests.

The protest tagged, ‘Enough is Enough’ will serve as a prelude to a series of mass action which is expected to culminate into major national rallies in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna Abuja, and other places.

The rally is expected to also feature former Finance Minister, Dr. Idika Kalu, Dr. Federick Fasheun, Mrs Ayo Obe, Ms Nike Ransome Kuti, Alhaji Shettimah Yerimah and Toyosi Akerele.

Others include Festus Keyamo, Femi Falana, Dr. Dipo Fashina, Dr. ArthurNwakwo, Olisa Agbakoba, Revd Moses Iloh, Dr. Lakin Akintola, Prof. Akin Oyebode, Nasseer Kurah, Mr. Collins Eselemo, Ms Funmi Iyanda, Olawale Okunniyi, Kola Oyeneyin, Ozoula Giwa Amu, Mr. Bamidele Aturu, Yemi Adamolekun among others leaders of civil society groups.

Source: Punchng.com
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Monday, January 16, 2012

How Prophet T.B. Joshua Predicted This Strike

Facts have emerged that the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church Of All Nation, Prophet T. B. Joshua had, three months ago, warned Nigerians about the events currently playing out across the country during a Live Sunday Service, but as usual those in positions of authority ignored it.

No need to say much because the video you will watch below captured it all. But there was something he said in the video which really caught my attention because same happened to some wealthy Nigerians in the Ikoyi area of Lagos in the cause of the week.

“You will soon see Nigerians carrying placards everywhere. People will be...
protesting from street to street, from state to state. It will come to a point where they will be looking for rich people around, millionaires – standing in front of their houses,” he said.

See the 15-minute video below for all the details:


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How NNPC Defrauds Nigerians on oil exports and subsidy

The KPMG, in a forensic analysis of the operations of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation in 2010, unveiled startling revelations about the company. The report showed that the NNPC is a rotten egg, from which a miasma of stench oozes, to the detriment of the Nigerian government and the Nigerian people.
In one of the findings, KPMG found that the NNPC does not even have the data of crude oil production in a centralized manner as it is stored in the computer of staff. NNPC approves oil lifting to companies not on the government approved list; there are delays in billing the oil lifters and variants between the invoice value and the LC value. In one such instance, invoice number COS/02?PPMC/026/08 has a cargo valuation of $95.4 million, but LC value of $85million. The four refineries in 2008 and 2009 recorded capacity utilization of 18 per cent; the process of importing fuel is murky, sometimes companies not approved in a quarter, suddenly re-appeared on the list. Others are that the NNPC incurs average demur rage of 31 days for oil cargoes, subsidy claims based on volume of products imported, not on what was actually lifted out of the depots for sale to Nigerians.

Some of the findings that will shock Nigerians and labour unions:

1. “No centralized location for storing electronic copies of historical production and allocation data. These information are stored on personnel (individual) workstations.

Implication: Potential loss of historical production information in event of staff turnover or system failure. Difficulty in retrieving prior documents/ reports.

2.NNPC is invoiced in US$ for domestic crude allocations but is expected to remit the equivalent Naira value to the Federation Account. However we observed that exchange rates used by NNPC were lower than the average exchange rates published by the CBN during the review period.
Exchange rate variances for 2007, 2008 and 2009 were estimated at N25.7 bn, N33.8 bn and N26.7 bn respectively. (using CBN rates for the month of transaction)
NNPC claimed they obtained the exchange rates from CBN via phone but there was no document to substantiate the claim.

Implication: Significant underpayment of domestic crude cost to the Federation Account.

3.We observed that NNPC‟s subsidy claims and PPPRA‟s verification are based on volume of petroleum products available for sale (volume of products imported and actual production from the refineries) as against duly verified volume of products lifted out of the depots (volume of petroleum products sold) as stipulated in the subsidy guidelines.

Implications:Potential risk of subsidy payment on products not consumed by end users due to losses from pipeline vandalism, theft e.t.c. A rough estimation of subsidy payment on product losses for the period under review (2007 – 2009) is estimated at N 11.8 billion.
Risk of payment of subsidy on locally refined products which is not the intent of subsidy may encourage inefficiencies in the refinery process.

We Must #OccupyNigeria
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Militants Invade Crude Oil Platforms

As you read this, some militant youths in the oil-producing communities in Nigeria have surrounded several oil platforms in their area – particularly in Delta and Rivers States. What they intend to do is dangerous and have the capacity to take the ongoing crisis to a more dangerous dimension, a source added.

Their action is said to be inspired by the threat of...
PENGASSAN to embark on a total shutdown of oil platforms in the country in solidarity with organised Labour in the struggle to make life less difficult for ordinary Nigerians.

Last week, PENGASSAN leadership was said to have also raised an alarm that they were being threatened by some militants in connection with their decision to join the nationwide strike.

According to a reliable source, “the militants are positioning themselves to pump the crude oil.” Their action is predicated on the premise that the oil is on their land and as such if PENGASSAN leave they will move in and #OccupyNigeria The Oil Platforms.

This situation, according to those on ground, could get out of hand as few members of PENGASSAN on duty are no longer comfortable being surrounded by these militants.

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Two Men Arrested For Peeping At Couple Making Love

Two men, Abdulahi Salami, 20 and 21-year old Idris Hamed have been arraigned before the Ojokoro magistrate’s court in Lagos after they were caught peeping at a couple having sex inside their room.

They were docked for a criminal offence of peeping through their neighbour’s window, Mr. Taiwo Bankole at 29, Arubiewu Street, Ojokoro, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.

When the charge was read to them, Abdulahi confessed that they were peeping at the couple while they were making love because they left their light on during the act.

Unknown to them, the defendants were busy watching them through their window before they were eventually apprehended by their neighbours.

Bankole reported the mater to the nearest police station claiming that the defendants were looking through his window at night in an attempt to steal his property.

They were arrested and taken to the station where they denied that they were criminals. Rather they admitted peeping at the couple.

Police said the offence is contrary to Sections 509 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 17 vol. 2 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

Part of the charge reads: “that you Abdulahi Salami and Idris Hamed, at the same date, time and place did attempt to look into somebody’s room through the window to steal.”

They pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. A.F. Adeeyo granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

The matter has been adjourned till 20 January, 2012 for hearing.

Cyriacus Izuekwe

P.M News Nigeria
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NLC Call Off Strike, Civil Servants, Bankers and Bloggers to Resume Work

NLC Call Off Strike, Civil Servants, Bankers and Bloggers to Resume Work: THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC) formally suspends the strike action today after a long strike in regards to the removal of fuel subsidy.the new price is now N97 naira. #occupynigeria
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UI VC - Why we offered 106 postgraduate scholarships

UI VC - Why we offered 106 postgraduate scholarships: The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the urge to encourage the youth to take up a career in the academics and thereby bridge the generational gap in the institution informed the award of full postgraduate scholarships to 106 graduates of the school.

The university had awarded full scholarships to the 106 graduates who passed out with First Class degrees in various disciplines during the last convocation late last year.

He however said the university took the decision in line with its mandate to spearhead massive production of postgraduate students.

“We are the first in the country and we have a mandate to produce postgraduate students that will drive the university system; but you will discover that brilliant graduates who are supposed to be groomed to take over from experienced professors are not interested in the system because of poor welfare package and lack of motivation.

“So, we believe that with a full scholarship and monthly stipend for the first set of beneficiaries, the human capacity development will be encouraged,” he said.

While admitting that some of the beneficiaries might not stay after completing their postgraduate programmes, Adewole expressed optimism that about 75 per cent would be retained.

He explained that the scholarship would cover tuition, accommodation and books, adding that they would also receive monthly stipends to enable them to concentrate on their studies.

On how the university hoped to finance the scheme in the face of dwindling resources, Adewole said, “I believe that when we manage our resources well, it will not be difficult for us to finance the scheme.”

Source: Punchng.com
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Reason why “Desmond Elliot” dumped GEJ

Reason why “Desmond Elliot” dumped GEJ: As the protest over fuel subsidy removal rages, many Nigerian entertainers who initially supported Goodluck Jonathan during his presidential campaign last year have eventually dumped him to his fate.

Top on the list of these entertainers is actor Desmond Elliot. He was one of the many Nollywood stars that endorsed Goodluck Jonathan months before the April 2011 polls.

Surprisingly, the same actor on Wednesday, made a U-turn on his support for the president, while speaking at the mass protest against the fuel subsidy removal, in Ojota, Lagos.

The baby-face actor said the action is not only meant to inflict untold hardship on the innocent masses but also, it is a harsh decision on the part of the government.

He took to his Twitter account to express his disappointment in the incumbent administration. He tweeted:

‘We have lost everything we met on the land. Cocoa, palm oil, groundnuts, cotton, cashew and rubber have been forgotten and are better produced by nations who came to learn from us. We have lost our moral compass, our society is fractured, our statehood is threatened.

“Our citizens are in all prisons around the world. Some of them prefer foreign prisons to coming back to Nigeria. Our passport is treated with disdain everywhere you present it. Why should our government be this big with special advisers on cassava and beans affairs.

Do we need 36 ministers? Why would our president spend close to a billion on food while close to eighty percent live on less than a dollar a day? Why should he budget a billion for generators and diesel when he is urging us to believe in his power sector reform? Why should we believe the government when it says the subsidy gain will be properly reinvested. Bad leadership and coruption must stop.

Also Dickson Iroegbu who campaigned for Jonathan has equally dumped him. A notable film maker cum writer, Iroegbu last year relocated to Abuja, all in the bid to campaign for GEJ. “Goodluck for Nigeria” and “It’s Possible” was his slogans then.

Lending support to the President last year, Iroegbu said “like many actors, we have seen Jonathan improve by the day. I personally trust him. I can fight for him to shine like a star. He said he will ensure that no Nigerian goes to bed hungry, it is not about crying, he has started taking actions already.

Mr. President is in dire need of all of us to drive away the hawks in power, and as our leader, he has shown the right direction so far. A little benefit of doubt can solve the “Ifs” theory in film making. If he continues this way, then soon, very soon we shall be united.”

Ironically, speaking against the fuel subsidy removal, the notable film maker accused President Jonathan of being insensitive to the plight of the poor masses.

His words “I have said it before, it is an insensitive action. It is anti-masses. Personally, I don’t care what government thinks they are doing in the name of palliatives. First and foremost, government should go back to status quo. I feel aggrieved. I feel sad. This deceit must stop.”

This government is losing credibility too fast. The price of goods, transportation, medical, and everything else has skyrocketed. People who traveled to various places can’t return to base, we can go on and on. It is quite disheartening.

I am also suffering it. People have called me names I don’t deserve, just for supporting President Goodluck Jonathan.”

On his own, Segun Arinze urged the president to listen to the voice of the masses and do well to revert the fuel price. He faulted the government for not building trust in the Nigerian citizens before implementing such policy.

Arinze whose faction of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) recently organised a “Nollywood Roundtable on Deregulation” at Eko Hotel and Suites to drum support for the federal government on the removal of the controversial fuel subsidy was speaking at a television show monitored by HVP.

Other Nollywood stars who should bury their faces in shame included Francis Duru who co-ordinated Naija Artistes for Goodluck project with an umbrella body called Goodluck Campaign last year alongside Richard Ossai, veteran actor Olu Jacobs, Monalisa Chinda Ramsey Nuoah Susan Peters, Genevieve Nnaji, Ufuoma Ejenobor, Ngozi Nwosu, Nonso Diobi, Clem Ohameze and Femi Brainard.

Others are; Linc and Yul Edochie, Yemi Blaq, Mercy Aigbe, Ejike Asiegbu, Uche Iwuji, Chinyere Winifred, Uche Obodo, Emmanuella Njudigbo, Maureen Solomon, Tony Umez, Emeka Enyiocha, Benita Nzeribe and several top Northern based actors who trooped into the audio visual of the MSquad crew to shoot a video for a song, which was produced by Asuquo. Today, these entertainers are singing a different song.

Source: Vanguard Entertainment
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Eedris Abdulkareem calls DBanj a bastard

Eedris Abdulkareem calls DBanj a bastard: While speaking at the #OccupyNigeria protest on Monday Jan 9th, musician Eedris Abdulkareem called out the names of all the artists that campaigned for president Jonathan last year. About D’Banj, he said:

“Fuck that bastard D’Banj for collecting money from Goodluck”, God will punish you!
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Beyonce and Jay Z name babe - Ivy

Beyonce and Jay Z name babe - Ivy: One of Hollywood’s most anticipated babies has reportedly been welcomed into the world as The Houston Chronicle, E! News and other outlets confirm that Beyonce gave birth to a daughter tonight in New York City.

E! News reports that Beyonce and Jay-Z have named their first daughter: Blue Ivy Carter.

The news was un-officially confirmed by Jay-Z’s prodigy Rihanna, who Tweeted, “Welcome to the world Princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih!”

Family friend Russell Simmons also Tweeted, “Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z.”

The singer announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards by cradling her burgeoning baby bump on the red carpet and after her performance of Love On Top.
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Labour give FG two days to revert to N65 per litre

Labour give FG two days to revert to N65 per litre: Ahead of today’s meeting among the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Federal Government, supporters of the ongoing strike and mass action have said that they would not back down unless the government reverts to N65 as price of a litre of petrol.

The anti-fuel subsidy removal protesters, including convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, ex-minister of Petroleum, Prof Tam David-West and Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, a pan-Yoruba sociocultural organisation, are speaking at a time when feelers indicate that the government has made an offer to labour for a little downward review of the current fuel price (N141) instead of reversal to N65. The government and representatives of labour are meeting again today, in continuation of a truce meeting brokered by Senate President, David Mark, as part of effort to solve the subsidy crisis.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, while addressing a mammoth crowd at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, Bakare said the protest would continue until government reverts to N65.

“We will, by God’s grace, continue and sustain this protest until the government sees reason to revert to N65.00. No retreat, no re-think and no surrender. We are persuaded that we shall overcome because ‘the triumphing of the wicked is short and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment’ (job 20:5).”

Bakare accused the Federal Government of excessive wastage, insisting that this must be addressed before the people are asked to make sacrifices.

Listing what he considered as wastage, Bakare said that 2012 budget earmarked N13 billion for local and international  travels of ministers and others in government at the federal level, while stationery, magazines, newspapers, etc would gulp N4.5 billion.

He said that the government budgeted N17 billion for maintenance of vehicles, furniture, etc; N5 billion for training; N4 billion for fuel and lubricants for cars an generators; N9 billion for welfare packages, refreshments, meals, etc; N2.5 billion acquisition of computer software  and N27 billion for research and development.

The pastor said that the budgeted overhead for President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo is about N7.2 billion or about N20 million per day. He said that Jonathan and Sambo would spend N724 million or N2 million per day, on local travel, while their international travel budget is N951 million or nearly N3 million per day.

Bakare revealed: “The president’s office has N285 million to hand out as ‘welfare package,’ N265 million to buy computers, N150 million to buy scanners, N161 million for buses, N295 million for new furniture, and N1.8 billion to ‘maintain existing furniture, office and residential quarters.’”
He said that the government wants to spend N300, 000 each to buy desktops, while laptops would cost N314,000 each. According to him, scanners is budget to cost N190, 000, while the public address system in the President, VP’s office and Banquet Hall N150 million.

“There is a lot of waste, and misplaced spending priorities in the budget, which can be reviewed to free more funds to finance subsidies, capital investment and improved governance,” he said.

On his part, Prof David-West, while praising the fighting spirits of Nigerians in sustaining the strike, said there was no going back until government reverts to N65. He asked President Jonathan to resign since, according to him, the problems of Nigeria are beyond him.

David-West noted, in a telephone chat with Saturday Sun, that the government had taken Nigerians for granted believing that after two days they would abandon the strike and continued with their normal duties.

According to him, the issue has gone beyond fuel price. “We are talking about incompetence in government. There is no going back until petrol price goes back to N65. The N65 is even too much. The price should be reduced. Labour should not go back. Nigeria is protesting against bad government. Labour must not change ground or position,” he said.

Against the meeting between the labour union and the Federal Government that was deadlocked on Thursday and postponed today, David-West said the negotiation was not necessary, as more than 15 persons had died as a result of the protests. He asked

The professor advised the labour union leaders no to negotiate or shift ground. “Labour should go there but not for negotiation to shift ground. About 15 Nigerians have died during the protest. Are they going there to negotiate their blood?”

On the president’s insistence that the Federal Government was not going to yield any ground, David-West said that Jonathan is known to be stubborn but is being pushed about by some people.

He said: “Jonathan is not stubborn but some people around him are making him to be stubborn. He should resign since the ship of the state is beyond him to steer. If the government says there is no going back, then Jonathan should resign. It is not Jonathan taking the position; it is the people behind him. Jonathan is acting on the people that are behind him.

“My advice to Jonathan is that he should resign since he can’t handle the issue, likewise the finance minister, Ngozi Oknojo-Iweala too. If we have a president that is very stubborn. We should give him stubbornness.”
Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, while speaking on the strike, asked labour not to disappoint the people, insisting that it must remain “resolute in its refusal to accept any increase on the price of petrol at 65 naira per litre.”

The group said that if labour chooses what it called “the devil’s alternative,” there would be consequences.
In a statement by Akin Malaolu, secretary general, the group said that if labour backs down Nigerians, “having seen that they have gained strength in unity, most especially against blackmail and dirty tricks by the governors and President Jonathan, would march on to achieve their resolve through continuous struggle across the nation and we shall support them all the way.”

It expressed fear that this could result into a “bloody revolt never anticipated and (may) snowball into open conflagration against political leaders, as witnessed by the four ACN senators along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway recently.”

Yoruba Ronu appealed to labour leaders and civil society groups to ensure that they carry the people along, in their course of meetings with a government, adding: “Nevertheless, setting aside the N65 per litre is not likely to douse the present tension in the country, due to extreme poverty and miseries in the land.”

Source: Sunnewsonline.com
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EFCC website has been Hacked; Claimed Fuel Cabal Arrested

EFCC website has been Hacked; Claimed Fuel Cabal Arrested: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday in Abuja said it had not made any arrest over fuel the subsidy scam.

The commission also raised the alarm over an alleged breach of its website by hackers.

The EFCC was reacting to a story on its website that the chairman of CONOIL and Globacom boss, Mike Adenuga; AP boss, Femi Otedola and others, including officials of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, who were alleged to have defrauded the country of several billions of naira, had been arrested.

The report, credited to the commission’s ex-spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, claimed that 21 executive directors had been detained and were being quizzed over fresh information that they allegedly misappropriated some money from fuel subsidy.

The acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Larmode, told our correspondent that, “There was no such arrest and it is not true.”

The spokesman of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, in an “EFCC Alert,” also said the report should be disregarded in its entirety. The alert reads, “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to a report that appeared on its website this morning and entitled, Fuel Subsidy Scam: EFCC Detains Adenuga, Otedola, Others.

“The commission wishes to inform the general public that the said report, which was purportedly signed by Femi Babafemi, a former Head of Media and Publicity, did not originate from it.

“Mr. Babafemi has since ceased to be the commission’s Head of Media. He is therefore not in a position to sign any statement on behalf of the EFCC.

“The statement is purely the work of hackers, who breached the site and should be disregarded. Efforts are being made to track and arrest the persons behind the breach.”

Source: trends.com.ng
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Suspected NURTW members beat up NUJ scribe, snatch N150,000 camera

Suspected NURTW members beat up NUJ scribe, snatch N150,000 camera: Some people suspected to be members of the Ondo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers on Friday disrupted a street protest coordinated by the coalition of the civil society groups in the state to condemn the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

The development came 24 hours after the state chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress suspended their street protests until further notice due to a security report, which indicated that some miscreants were planning to hijack the peaceful protests.

The representatives of the civil society groups, at a news conference shortly after the alleged attack, claimed that the protest was peaceful until when the suspected NURTW members rushed to them at the Cathedral area of Oba Adesida Road in Akure and asked them to go away.

The state coordinator of Justice, Peace and Development Commission, Rev. Fr. Patrick Adebayo, who spoke on behalf of his coalition, alleged that the NURTW members allegedly beat up the secretary of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. Ebenezer Adeniyan, and tore his clothes.

He said the attackers rough-handled a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Dr. Bayo Aborisade, and snatched his camera, valued at N150, 000.

He said, “The protest had remained peaceful since it started on Monday and we converged on the Cathedral on Oba Adesida Road only to meet a heavy presence of security operatives, who said they were there to forestall possible breakdown of law and order.

“Surprisingly, the NURTW members came and attacked our members in the full glare of the security operatives and there was no move by them to stop the action. They watched helplessly as the men snatched the expensive camera of the FUTA lecturer.

“The attackers belong to an affiliate of the NLC and we wonder why they should attack us because their union participated actively in the protest before the NLC leadership in the state suspended its further participation on Wednesday.”

Adebayo explained that the coalition had met with the Commissioner of Police and had formally reported the matter at the state command.

Source: Punchng.com and trends.com.ng
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Protest Suspended in Abuja as rumours of jihad spread

Protest Suspended in Abuja as rumours of jihad spread: The ongoing anti-fuel subsidy withdrawal protest was suspended in Abuja on Friday to enable the Muslim faithful to observe the juma’at prayers and others to refresh for a continuation of the rallies on Monday.

Thousands of protesters had gathered at the regular take-off point at Berger Junction, but labour leadership decided to suspend the rally so that they could go for the Friday prayers.

Residents of Abuja had been actively taking part in the nationwide protests since Monday to force the Federal Government to revert the pump price of fuel to N65.

The labour leaders, including the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress Presidents, Abdulwaheed Omar and Peter Esele, praised the participants for their dogged determination and charged them to sustain the tempo of the struggle next week. But there were suspicions that the rally was suspended following speculations about a planned jihad on non-Muslims in the Federal Capital Territory, which had caused panic and fear among residents.

Text messages and BlackBerry pings have been circulating since Thursday about a planned attack by Muslim jihadists on Christians, warning non-Muslim residents to be security-conscious and to avoid crowded places and areas populated by Hausa Muslims in the FCT.

Source: Punchng.com and trends.com.ng
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Fuel Subsidy: Fashola-Government will alleviate polight of Nigerians

Fuel Subsidy: Fashola-Government will alleviate polight of Nigerians: Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Friday said the government was duty bound to ensure that the sufferings of Nigerians ended “as quickly as possible.”

Fashola spoke at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on his arrival from Abuja after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on the state of the nation, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The governor arrived on an Air Force Presidential jet with registration no. 5N-FGW at about 12.40pm.

“One way or the other, people are suffering and we remain responsible and duty bound to ensure that the sufferings and inconveniences end as quickly as possible.

“On my own interest, and I believe that the interest of those of us who are involved here today and all Nigerians, the ordinary people are bearing the brunt of this crisis,” he said.

Fashola, who described the governors’ meeting with the president as progressive, said, “It was a useful meeting, coming from where we were before.

“The meeting is progressive and parties are ready to engage in dialogue. So, for us, it is a step forward.”

On threats by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to down tools to protest petrol subsidy removal, the governor said he had not obtained any concrete fact on the matter.

“Well, I do not have those facts now, but I think in a situation where we are trying to make progress, it does not help the negotiations to issue more threats,” Fashola said.

Source: Punchng.com and trends.com.ng
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Dame Patience Jonathan releases another bomb speech

Dame Patience Jonathan Our First lady is Alway on the Front page of the Newspaper Promoting Aso English. This morning she has release another bomb! And the Newspaper Love her for it!

Did the First Lady ever pass her English Language Exam? She should start a Foundation on how to improve English Language in Nigeria i bet all Nigerians will love her for it.

Dame Patience Jonathan said that "President GoodLuck Jonathan did not Eaten Since Morning, What about You? Did you Eat-en since the Fuel subsidy trauma began?"
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Mandela’s life story to be turned into TV series

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela’s life story is to be turned into a six-part television mini-series co-created by his grandson, the producers behind the multinational project said Monday.

Entitled “Madiba”, Mandela’s clan name, the series “will take a broad view of the inner passions and outside forces that guided him,” they said in a statement.

With a budget of $30 million (24 million euros), the project will explore Mandela’s relationship with his mother, his political activism, imprisonment, rise as political leader and election as South Africa’s first black president.

The producers did not say who would play the democracy icon, whose Nelson Mandela Foundation said it supported the undertaking and was helping with research.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winner was imprisoned for 27 years for his fight against white oppression in South Africa. He was freed in 1990 and elected president four years later.

South African production house Out of Africa, Canada’s Blue Ice Films and Britain’s Left Bank Pictures will film mainly on-site in South Africa, the statement said.

Grandson Kweku Mandela, who is co-producing the series, said it would seek to portray “Mandela the man” instead of “Mandela the saint.”

Emmy- and BAFTA-winning writer Nigel Williams, acclaimed for the miniseries Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren in the title role, is penning the six one-hour television episodes.

The screenplay will be based on two Mandela books — his autobiographical “Conversations with Myself” and a book of authorised quotations, “Nelson Mandela by Himself”.

Producers include Left Bank Pictures’ Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe, famed for the Oscar-winning film “The Queen”, which also starred Mirren.

Public interest in Mandela, 93, has remained strong throughout his imprisonment, political career and retirement.

Several films have been made about his life, notably Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” (2009) with Morgan Freeman in the title role, and “Goodbye Bafana” (2007), with Joseph Fiennes playing a jail warden opposite Dennis Haysbert’s Mandela.

The producers said they have a short-list of high-profile directors.

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Mob attacks place of worship during fuel protest

BENIN CITY (AFP) – Protesters marching against soaring fuel prices on Monday attacked a mosque in Benin city and wounded several people, leading police to fire tear gas, police and witnesses said.

A mob detached from a group of protesters marching along a main street in Benin city, the capital of Edo state, and raided the mosque located along the same road, an AFP correspondent said.

They hurled rocks at the mosque’s louvres and tried unsuccessfully to set the building on fire. The attackers also looted fans from inside the mosque.

A correspondent saw police take away a man with a machete cut on his head. A Red Cross official said 10 people were wounded during the attack which also targeted a foreign exchange bureau run by Muslims near the mosque.

Police confirmed the attack and said it was staged by “miscreants” who hijacked the main protest, which they described as peaceful.

“There was an attempt to burn the mosque in the city centre. Some people were injured,” state police commissioner Femi Omojola told AFP. He said the injuries were minor.

Tens of thousands demonstrated across the nation on Monday as part of a nationwide strike over soaring petrol prices, which resulted from a government move to end fuel subsidies on January 1.

The mosque attack came at a tense time, with fears of wider religious violence in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer following repeated attacks on Christians blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Bayelsa residents shun anti fuel subsidy removal protest

Residents of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital Monday shunned civil society groups protest against the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.

The civil society groups under the aegis of Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) Bayelsa chapter had weekend called for public protest against the subsidy removal and had even gone ahead to sensitize the public not to sit on the fence but to come out en mass to protest against the Federal Government policy which they considered as “anti Nigerian people.”

While the leaders of the civil society groups in the state blamed the failure of the street protest to hold on the refusal of the police to grant them permit for the rally, a senior police source dismissed the claim as untrue saying the command even deployed policemen to provide the civil society groups protection which informed presence of security operatives at take off point of the rally and other strategic locations in the state capital so as to prevent miscreants from hijacking the process.

According to the police source, the refusal of residents to heed the call of the civil society groups stage a street protest may have cause their leaders to turn around to say they were denied permit for the rally.

Informed sources told Vanguard that contrary to claims that the protesters were stopped from holding their rally, some pro subsidy lobbyists Sunday night succeeded in infiltrating the rank of the anti subsidy removal camp and the result was the failure of residents to turn out for the rally.

Aside the pro subsidy removal loyalists dividing the rank of the civil society groups’ members to scuttle the street protest, most residents of the capital city were not prepared to be seen as kicking against the policy of Mr. President whom they considered as one of their own by protesting on the streets.

Though all government offices, commercial banks and schools which were billed to resume yesterday were under lock and keys in deference to the organized labour stay at home directive, market women, retail outlet owners and transporters defied the directive.

It was business as usual in the few markets in the capital city as the traders were going about their normal in spite of poor turn out of customers most of whom stayed in the comfort of their homes to monitor the national strike on television.

Also some of the filling stations defied the stay at home directive of the NLC and TUC by selling to members of the public.

As at press time some of the supermarkets that close shop in the early hours of the day had opened to customers while security patrol of the streets was intensified by the state police command.
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Nigerians in U.S. to meet FG on fuel subsidy removal

New York – Nigerians in the U.S. have scheduled a meeting with the Federal Government in Chicago on Jan. 14 to discuss the removal of fuel subsidy.

The meeting was organised by Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in the Americas (NIDOA), in conjunction with the Nigerian Embassy in Washington.

NIDOA is the umbrella organisation of all Nigerians living in the Americas and the Caribbeans.

NAN also learnt that a high-powered Federal Government delegation would attend the meeting, which would also enable the government to make lucid clarifications on issues relating to the removal of fuel subsidy.

In an interview in New York on Sunday, Dr Ezekiel Macham, the President-General of the U.S. chapter of Zumunta Association, confirmed the proposed meeting.

He, however, stressed that the decision of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday, Jan. 9, would not help the situation.

Macham said that even though the removal of fuel subsidy could be beneficial in the long run, there was a need to initiate discussions on the policy before its implementation.

“They should have spent more time to prepare people for the removal of the fuel subsidy; it may be something good,’’ he said.

Besides Macham, a senior official of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the proposed meeting. (NAN)

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Uniben gate set ablaze

The anti fuel subsidy removal protesters today set ablaze, the school gate of University of Benin, Uniben

Source: Vanguard Nigeria
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

FG removes fuel subsidy

The federal government has finally removed  fuel subsidy. Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) made the announcement on Sunday.

In a statement the agency said a litre of  petrol, Premium Motor Spirit,PMS, will now sell for N141.

 The statement reads:

” Following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the nation, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) wishes to inform all stakeholders of the commencement of formal removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), in accordance with the powers conferred on the agency by the law establishing it, in compliance with Section 7 of PPPRA Act, 2004.

”By this announcement, the downstream sub-sector of the petroleum industry is hereby deregulated for PMS. Service providers in the sector are now to procure products and sell same in accordance with the indicative benchmark price to be published forthnightly and posted on the PPPRA website.

”Petroleum products marketers are to note that no one will be paid subsidy on PMS discharges after 1st January 2012.

”Consumers are assured of adequate supply of quality products at prices that are competitive and non-exploitative and so there is no need for anyone to engage in panic buying or product hoarding.

The PPPRA in conjunction with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) will ensure that consumers are not taken advantage of in any form or in any way.

”The DPR will ensure that the interest of the consumer in terms of quality of products is guaranteed at all times and in line with international best practice.”

In the coming weeks, the PPPRA will engage stakeholders in further consultation to ensure the continuation of this exercise in a hitch-free manner.

Source; Vanguardngr.com
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Boko Haram: Christian leaders urge FG to accept foreign aid

A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Magnus Atilade, on Saturday advised the federal government to accept offers from foreign countries to help tackle terrorism.

Atilade, who gave the advice at a press briefing in Lagos, said that it was important to accept the offer of assistance as human lives were being lost in tens, in scores and in hundreds.

“The unprovoked Christmas day attacks at St Theresa`s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State and Plateau State, were terrible as our Christian brothers and sisters were killed in cold blood.

“Since Boko Haram was launched in 2002, there have been strings of attacks targeting innocent people.

“We have to speak out to save Nigeria and bring back sanity into the country,“ Atilade said.

He said that Christian leaders viewed the attacks as callous, wicked, malicious and irresponsible and that no human society or religious group should tolerate or glorify the death of innocent people.

The Archbishop called for an immediate end to the bloody attacks, adding that the Federal Government should not allow violent and extremist organization to dictate the tempo in the country.

“Nigeria should not be too proud or excited to accept the offers from foreign countries to help Nigeria tackle terrorism.

“We demand that the federal government investigate, prosecute and expose the sponsors of these criminal acts.

“The Federal Government should ensure the security of lives and properties of Christians across the country by forming a great coalition of forces of good, to oppose the forces of evil,’’ he said.

Atilade said that the Christian community was running out of patience as their hope in the security agencies was waning. (NAN)

Source: trends
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We have forgiven the bombers says Parish Priest

The Parish Priest of St Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi, has extended an olive branch to those that bombed his church on Christmas Day.

Achi told newsmen shortly when President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the blast scene in Madalla, Suleja native Government space, near Abuja, that the parishioners had forgiven the bombers.

“We the Christian community of this church have forgiven those that hurt us, those that killed us, those that murdered us.

“We don't seem to be getting to take revenge however God can take revenge for us.

“Therefore, I decision on all Christians everywhere the country to forgive them.”

Achi noted that the attack during which over thirty five folks lost their lives and scores were injured had led to a discount within the variety of parishioners turning up for mass within the church.

“”Since the incident, there has been a discount within the turnout of parishioners for programmes.

“But this might not be as a results of the bomb blast alone, it should be as a results of festivities; therefore some folks have traveled and so on.

“But since yesterday (Friday), I will see a larger variety bobbing up for mass not minding those of them who have traveled, not minding those that are within the hospitals.

“This is as a result of for every of the victims within the hospital, there could also be one or 2 relations staying with him within the hospital. (NAN)
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52 killed as Invaders raid Ebonyi

The Ezillo community in Ishielu Local Government area of Ebonyi State was a sea of tears and blood yesterday and residents’ preparations for the New Year  in tatters after unknown gunmen invaded the area at dawn, killing no fewer than 52 people.

Most of the victims were children aged between three and five. A police officer, described as the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) ,was also killed in the mayhem.

Governor Martin Elechi visited the community hours after the incident. He cancelled all visits in connection with the new year celebration.

The motive of the gunmen could not be immediately ascertained but eye witnesses said they arrived the community in a vehicle at about 5am.Thereafter,they divided themselves into groups.

One group operated at the Afor Ezillo market opening fire on people while another group attacked the police station. The DCO who was on his way to work was caught in the bullet rain.

An eyewitness, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, said  most residents were woken by the gunshots as they ran out of their houses to seek refugee in parked buses, the gunmen opened fire on them.

“Just take a look at that car parked there, the owner and his family in a bid to escape from the gunmen were caught by the gunmen and they were  set ablaze by the invaders. Is it not unfortunate, all these little children that they killed numbering over 20? What offence did they commit? What offence did they commit to deserve this treatment,” Eze wondered.

Another eyewitness  who lost his family,  Mr. Jacob Okoro, said that when they heard the sporadic gunshots, they all ran out of their compounds. The gunmen, he said, shot at them killing all  members of his family.

He said “We were still sleeping when we heard gunshots  and people running and yelling. My family and I ran out  from the house to escape  into the bush but to our shock bullets were flying from all directions.

“It is by the grace of God  that I am alive because I can not really say how I escaped death. As I’m  talking now I have lost everything. Our compound that has about 32 persons, only 3 persons  escaped the bullets of the gunmen. When we ran out of the

house, we saw some young men and we were thinking that they were  also running for safety not knowing that they were part of the invasion.”

A man and his entire family were burnt inside their car. Hundreds of empty shells of AK47 littered the Ezillo axis of the Enugu-Abakaliki Express road yesterday while youths were busy searching for and   retrieving corpses from nearby bushes.

Our correspondent  observed that the gunmen also killed donkeys, burnt down the Afor Ezillo Market, filling stations and houses. Residents who lost their loved ones wept uncontrollably.

The  State Commissioner of Police, Mr.Adeola Adeniyi,  described the incident as regrettable and unfortunate adding that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim has approved the deployment of mobile policemen from Cross River, Rivers and Akwa Ibiom State to assist in Ebonyi.

He said that no arrest had been made.He advised motorists and commuters to use alternative routes when  coming or leaving Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital.

Meanwhile,  Governor  Martin Elechi has cancelled all scheduled activities associated with the New Year celebration.

Chief Elechi in a Press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Dr. Onyekachi Eni said that accordingly, all groups and organizations which planned to pay the Governor a celebratory visit to mark the New Year are advised to shelve such visit for now.

Source: Thenationonlineng.net
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Clashes between rival ethnic groups in Ebonyi state leave 60 dead

Clashes between rival ethnic groups in eastern Nigeria’s Ebonyi state on Saturday Dec 31 killed at least 50 people, the state government spokesman said, and police said mobile units had been sent to the state to quell the violence. The clashes erupted from a long running rivalry between the Ezza and Ezilo people of Ishielu district that periodically flares up.

With all these news of bombings, robbery attacks and now ethnic killings, I don’t blame any foreigner who doesn’t want to come to this country. Now Igbos are killing Igbos? SMH. Continue reading…

There was no suggestion it had anything to do with wider security problems in the country stemming from a violent Islamist insurgency that set off a wave of deadly bombs on Christmas Day.
But they are likely to add to President Goodluck Jonathan’s mounting security woes at a time when his forces are stretched.

“Up to 60 people died in the violence. It is difficult to give the exact figure because when we visited Ezilo community, which was the scene of the incident today … villagers were still bringing out corpses,” Ebonyi state spokesman Onyekachi Eni told Reuters by telephone. “Fifty corpses were shown to us.”

Violent disputes over land are common in Africa’s most populous country because the majority of its 160 million people are subsistence farmers living in rural areas with few means of arbitrating disputes.
Hundreds of people are killed every year in such clashes, many going unreported because of a lack of reliable information about them.

State Commissioner of Police Adeola Adeniji said the divisional crime officer for the area was killed in the violence. “Mobile police have been sent there and the inspector general has directed more to come,” Adeniji said.

Chioma Oke, an Ezilo who survived the clashes, said they started around 5 a.m.
“We heard sporadic gunshots and we began to run. They burned our houses. They said they were retaliating for an attack on them last year,” she said.

Source: Lindaikeji
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Wizkid Fell On Stage At A Show In Lagos

Wizkid is a Nigerian music artiste that has in a very short time risen to a speedy fame. The Holla at your boy crooner has since making his debut in the music scene in Nigeria been a force to be reckoned with.

Though he has been trailed with some scandals, but he has managed to stay up in his game while rolling and rubbing shoulders with the big boys of the razzmatazz business.

Another feather was recently added to his cap when he was reported to have been signed on Akon’s Konvict music record label, where he is to take his music and release to the international market.

To the main matter, Wizkid was one the artistes billed to perform at the just concluded KOGA’s Top 10 Mics held at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium (TBS), Lagos on Friday, December 23, 2011.

The pictures you are seeing were taken backstage before Wizkid mounted the stage to perform. He was already in spirit when he arrived late in the early hours of Saturday morning for the show.

When he was called on stage to do his live band performance, he mounted the stage and as usual, ran through the stage to make the audience have a feel of his gingered energy, but alas!, the Pakurumo crooner slipped off stage but was helped by fans standing in front of the stage.

Laughing it off, Wizkid said, “na wa for those who do this stage o, dey wan wound man pickin.”

Wizkid, next time, ginger your swagger well to avoid such occurrences. Hmm, Nigerian artistes with ginger your swagger, and ganja your swagger. 
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Yul Edochie Says he is not dating Nuella

Yul Edochie is not just a young and handsome man, but one with many talents, he has done many movies in the little time he has had in the industry and today, it could be said that he is one of the highest paid male actors in the industry.

In this interview with FLORENCE AMAGIYA, the hunk discredited the gist of his romance with Nuella Njubigbo, his marriage and his music career.


How far has it been this year?

This year has being my best year ever. I did lots of great movies! Few were released as well. I got bigger in my career, my income doubled as well. I achieved a lot this year and finally moved into a lovely house and a peaceful environment, Crown Estate Lekki. I am indeed grateful to God for everything.

How many movies did you do this year?
I did a lot of movies this year, I don’t know how many.

What made you veered into music?

I ran into an old friend who is working on an album. So I decided to do something with him because I used to rap a long time ago.

How well is your music career doing?

We’ll be recording two tracks in January. I think it is going well so far.

Which movie gave you the break you needed?

The movie that gave me the break would be ‘Sleek Ladies’ shot in 2007.

What has been your highest payoff for a movie?

I wouldn’t want to reveal that here, but I’m earning good money.

There has been gist that you and Nuella Njubigbo have being dating. Nuella confirmed it! How’s the relationship today, any wedding bells?

About Miss Nuella, as a young actor there were bound to be a few distractions here and there. But your ability to overcome and focus is what makes you grow. I am a happily married man and I am not dating Nuella.

Your dad is a veteran in the industry, how has he affected your growth, your love for acting and life style?

My dad’s presence in the movie scene has definitely affected me; he inspired me to go study acting in school.  He named me after a great Hollywood actor Yul Brynner. I always tell myself that I must not fail because I have a solid background. But I don’t think it has affected my lifestyle, I live the way I want to and do what I feel is right. Like I said before, I owe it all to God.

Source: Vanguardngr.com
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