Saturday, 27 May 2017

The Heartbreaking Final Text Sent By Manchester Bombing Victim Olivia Campbell

The week the city of Manchester was rocked to its foundation by the worst terrorist attack in the United Kingdom since the 7/7 bombings in 2007. At approximately 22.33 at the Manchester Arena, at the end of a live performance by Ariana Grande as part of her Dangerous Woman tour, a 22-year-old radical Islamist and Mancunian native named Salman Abedi detonated a homemade explosive device in a crowd in the foyer of the venue.

As a result of the explosion, 23 people (including the terrorist) lost their lives, while a further 59 were left critically injured. Most tragic of all was the fact that many of the people killed and wounded in the attack were children and adolescents; fans of Grande who wanted to see their idol live and paid the ultimate price for their aspirations.

2 Officers Injured As Custom's Car Rams RRS's On IBB Bridge

A mainland bound Nigerian Custom Service car, Peugeot 406, with the registration number CS 479 HQ, today lost control and rammed a stationary Rapid Response Squad patrol vehicle on the 3rd Mainland Bridge.

Beejaysax Live! Unforgettable and Remarkable

Abolaji Banjoko professionally known as BeejaySax held concert goers and sax lovers spellbound on Sunday May 14th 2017, at the prestigious Eko Hotel and suites Victoria Island, Lagos.

The hall was filled with over 2000 guest inclusive of Royal fathers, Captains of industries, past and present state leaders who were seated in less than one hour into the event proper, hence making the concert a sold out show.

NWD Commends, gifts SS2 student for returning lost cash to bank (PHOTOS)

The Nigerian women diary has always made it a custom to always celebrate women irrespective of their age , background and ethnicity. In a bid to fulfil this custom, the Nigeria women diary went to Muslim High school in Shagamu, Ogun state to celebrate a young girl by the name, Samson Omolabake for doing something worthy of commendation.

Army Raids Terrorists Cell in Mokwa Niger State

Following confirmed information, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army, on Thursday 25th May 2017, raided an evolving Boko Haram terrorists cell at Mokwa and its environs in Niger State.

The raid and subsequent bursting of the cell followed a painstaking surveillance that led to the arrest of the 3 leaders of the cell, Mustapha Muhammed (Adam Bitri), Ali Saleh and Uba Mohammed at their hideout at Gidan Mai village, along Mokwa-Tegina road.

LAGOS@50: Olamide, Others to perform at Golden Jubilee Concert

...Celebrations To Climax With Spectacular Fireworks, Says LASG

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to climax the Lagos@50 celebrations with a spectacular display of fireworks.

The Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the fireworks would be on display at midnight of Sunday, May 28 on the water of Eko Atlantic.

Amaechi rejects Wike’s top award

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday rejected an award slated to be bestowed on him by Governor Nyesom Wike, calling it “a poisoned chalice”.

Mr. Amaechi “unequivocally rejected” the award, a statement from his media office said.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Ariana Grande to return to Manchester to perform benefit concert

Ariana Grande has promised that she will return to Manchester following the terror attack there to spend time with her fans  and to "have a benefit concert in honour of and to raise money for the victims and their family."

Grande announced her intentions in an uplifting letter posted online that called on her fans to have courage following the attacks, and expressed a deep sense of sorrow for those lost and the families who are mourning their loved ones following the "heinous" attack.

South London: Police appeal for witnesses after 'mum-of-two' stabbed to death in street

Police hunting the killer of a woman stabbed to death in a south London have appealed for witnesses.

The victim, thought to be a mum-of-two aged in her 30s, was knifed in broad daylight in what detectives believe was a "domestic-related" attack in West Norwood.

Nigeria Furious With USA Over ‘Violation’ Of Embassy In Washington

Nigeria is accusing the United States secret service of violating its Washington DC embassy premises and has already lodged a complaint to this effect with the U.S government.

According to the Acting Ambassador/Charge D’affaires, Hakeem Balogun, the alleged violation took place during a fracas between two local workers when police entered the premises.

DBanj welcomes baby boy with his wife, shares snapshot of his son

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as D’Banj has just shared the news that he’s welcomed a Baby Boy with his Wife, Didi Kilgrow, thus confirming the rumors that he indeed was expecting a child.

America jails 3 Nigerian scammers 235 years

Three Nigerian scammers  who befriended many of their victims on dating sites have been slammed  huge prison sentences by a Mississippi court after making tens of millions of dollars from their schemes.

Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison; Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was given 115 years and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, got 25 years behind bars, according to a report by

Government vows cyber encryption crackdown after Manchester suicide bombing

Theresa May is expected to signal a new crackdown on encrypted messaging apps after the deaths of 22 people in the Manchester attack.

The Prime Minister, addressing leaders of fellow G7 countries in Sicily on Friday, is to warn that governments need to be tougher on tech companies in the face of a growing terror threat.

Court dissolves 20-yr-old marriage over poor sexual performance

Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Friday dissolved a 20-year-old marriage between one Oladiran Olukayode and his wife, Oluwatoyin, over poor sexual performance.

Mr. Odunade terminated the union over irreconcilable differences.

Five organisations Petroleum Industry Bill will create after unbundling NNPC

With the passage by the Senate, Thursday, of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, Nigeria now comes close to having five new commercial and governance organizations to replace existing ones, such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Department of Petroleum Resources.

The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill is the first part of the jinxed Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, to be passed by the Senate.

Obasanjo Described Late Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu As Naïve

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday described the late Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who led the Biafra secessionist struggle as naïve.

Mark Zuckerberg gets Harvard degree 12 years after dropping out to start Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, one of Harvard’s most famous dropouts, this week returned to the Ivy League school to pick up his degree – albeit only an honorary one – 12 years after quitting.
Mr Zuckerberg, one of the richest people in the world, also gave a commencement address to this year’s graduating class, praising students for accomplishing “something I never could”.

“If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard,” he said.
Mr Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dormitory room in 2014. The social network was initially limited to Harvard students only. It later expanded to other Ivy League universities, before being rolled out globally.

Nigeria protests to U.S. over Embassy’s violation

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington has protested to the U.S. Government over the violation of its premises by the Secret Service agents following fracas between two local workers.

The Acting Ambassador/Charge d’Affaires, Hakeem Balogun, told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that a “protest note” had been transmitted to the U.S. Department of State.

Solid Minerals Development Fund Board Gets New Appointments

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday inaugurated the Board of Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF).

Mr. Fayemi said the approval for the reconstitution of the Board by President Muhammadu Buhari was a clear indication of the administration’s commitment to fixing the Nigerian Mining sector to become a key contributor to the economy.

Rivers govt. to make payments for students stranded abroad ‘within weeks’ — Official

The Rivers State Government has told 159 students it sent abroad on scholarship that it is arranging funds for them to conclude their courses and return home.

The final year students are currently stranded in tertiary institutions overseas following the failure of the state government to remit their tuition fees and other allowances.

Court admits N136m recovered from Justice Ngwuta

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday admitted in evidence about N136 million recovered from the house of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court in October 2016. Also admitted were nine bags in which the monies were contained.

The breakdown of the money is: N35,358,000, £25,915; $319,596; R50 (South African rands); €280; 380 (dirhams); and 420 Gambian dalasis. Ngwuta is standing trial on a13-count charge bothering on passport fraud, money laundering, retention and concealment of origin of the various sums of money contained in the nine bags and boxes.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wigan incident: Police and bomb disposal unit on scene after road cordoned off

Armed police have cordoned off a road in Greater Manchester in connection to Monday's suicide bombing.

Eyewitnesses described seeing a dozen police cars, police helicopters, bomb disposal vans and officers on the scene near Wigan Lane.

DSS now FG’s terror gang – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose said the Department of State Services (DSS) is behaving like a terror gang by approaching a court in Abuja to secure an order to detain Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah for another 14 days after a Lagos High Court  ordered he should be released within 48 hours or be charged to court.

Why ‘Biafra’ should remain in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has delivered a dispassionate call for the nation to stay united, amid renewed agitation for a breakup and the creation of an independent state of Biafra.

Mr. Osinbajo said Nigerian s should think more of what unites them than what separates them.

BREAKING: Senate passes petroleum industry governance bill

The Senate, on Thursday, passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, which seeks to reform the nation’s oil and gas industry.

The PIGB is the first of four bills that replaced the well-known Petroleum Industry Bill, which suffered setbacks in two consecutive legislative tenures.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary on Thursday, said the lawmakers had broken the jinx of passing the bill.

Details soon.

Oliver De Coque Comes To Life At Elders’ Forum, Bags Award

In the days when Highlife music truly thrived and was well sustained, one of its key exponents was the legendary Chief Dr. Sunday ‘Oliver De Coque’ Akanite.

He popularized the highlife music genre, locally and internationally but as fate would have it, Oliver De Coque passed away, nearly nine years ago, specifically on June 20, 2008 after a massive heart attack.

Angry Commissioner curses bribe-taking police officers, orders them out of Lagos

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday warned Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state police command to shun bribery or leave the state.

According to a statement released, Mr. Owoseni stated this during a lecture on Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers at the Police Officers’ Wives’ Association (POWA) Hall, Ikeja.

Man Utd secure UEFA League ticket, beat Ajax in Europa final

Manchester United beat Ajax to win the Europa League and reach next season’s Champions League, thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Pogba scored with a deflected strike before Mkhitaryan’s close-range finish on an emotional night in Stockholm.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Evander Holyfield Storms Lagos, Set To Fight Tinubu

Boxing Legend, Evander Holyfield has arrived Lagos and is ready to fight a former Governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Holyfield visited the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday and was lauded by the Governor who described the five-time world cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion as the greatest living boxer of all times.

APC to hold Convention without Buhari

Finally, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has concluded plans to hold its non elective mini convention in the absence of the President, Muhammadu Buhari. The party reached the agreement after a consultative meeting of the APC governors and the members of National Working Committee (NWC) Wednesday.

N84.6 Fraud: EFCC arraigns Wonder Bank operator

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday at the Federal High Court, Enugu arraigned the operator of a well-known wonder bank in Enugu, Kingsley Ubenyi and his company, Ksley Mega Vision Limited on a 62-count charge bordering on  illegal operation of a financial institution and obtaining the sum N84,600,000  from hundreds of victims.

D’banj Reportedly Expecting First Child With Wife, Didi Kilgrow

Nigerian entertainer, D’banj is reportedly expecting his first child with wife, Didi Kilgrow.
According to an exclusive report by Linda Ikeji’s Blog, the couple are currently in the United States as they await the arrival of their baby.

Dapo ‘D’banj’ Oyebanjo married Didi Kilgrow in a secret ceremony in July 2016. They reportedly started dating in 2015.

Salman Abedi's younger brother arrested in Libya over alleged Isis links

Libyan authorities say they have arrested Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of Manchester attacker Salman Abedi, in Tripoli on suspicion of links to Isis.

A local counter terror force known as Rada detained Mr Abedi, 20, on Tuesday evening.

Finally! Court grants former NNPC boss, Yakubu, permission to travel abroad

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted Andrew Yakubu, former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Yakubu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a six-count charge of money laundering and false declaration of asset.

Coup Plot Rumour: Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters reacts

The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday dismissed rumours of coup plot and urged Nigerians not to panic, as there was no such attempt.

The director of Defence Information, John Enenche, a Maj.-Gen., allayed the fear at a news conference attended by the spokesman of the army, Sani Usman, a Brig.-Gen., and a representative of the Navy spokesman.

Presidency Breaks Silence On Coup Rumors

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has urged Nigerians to ignore the media reports on Coup plot, saying it should not be stretched beyond what the military authorities had said.

Mr. Adesina stated this at a media chat with State House correspondents to mark two years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on Tuesday in Abuja.

Drama as unions boo VC at valedictory service

There was a mild drama at the inauguration of the new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof Joseph Adeola Fuwape Wednesday as various unions booed the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Adebiyi Daramola.

GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup (Season 8) Enters Semi Finals Stage

The semi-final matches of the 2017 GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup (Season 8) are set to hold on Wednesday the 24th of May, 2017 at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos.

With 27 goals scored in the quarter-finals stage of the competition, the semi-finals promises to be another feast of goals. In the female category, Sanya Senior Grammar School, Surulere will face Government Senior College, Agege in the first semi-final match of the day. They will be followed by Senior High School, Ikorodu who will compete with Isale Eko Grammar School, Lagos Island for a spot in the Finals. In the male category, Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School, Ojokoro will play against Odogunyan Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu while Mushin Senior College, Oworonshoki will take on Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun for the chance to win the coveted trophy.

Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in  July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

UBA Launches World Class Mobile Banking App

In demonstration of its commitment to deliver superior and innovative banking solutions to its customers, pan African financial institution, United Bank for Africa Plc, has announced the launch of a brand new mobile banking application with many user friendly features.

The new mobile app which comes with the biometric log-in feature for secure, personalized access is now available for download on Apple and Google Play App Stores.

UK deports 35 Nigerians

The Government of the United Kingdom on Wednesday deported 35 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 5.50 a.m.

Salman Abedi: Alleged Manchester attacker’s father says son is innocent

The father of the alleged Manchester bomber has said his son is innocent, according to reports.

Ramadan Abedi denied his son is linked to extremist militants or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people, Associated Press reported.

Nigerian govt to prosecute escapee N-power volunteers

The Federal Government says it will prosecute N-Power volunteers who are receiving monthly stipends but refuse to appear at their primary places of assignment.

Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation (N-Power Scheme), disclosed this at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum.

Manchester attacker recently returned from Libya — UK govt

Britain’s interior minister said on Wednesday she believed the suicide bomber, who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester, had recently returned from Libya.

Asked to confirm whether Salman Abedi had recently come back from the country, Amber Rudd told BBC Television: “Yes, I believe that has been confirmed.

Three female suicide bombers die in another attack on Maiduguri

Three teenage girls, all armed with explosive devices worn around their bodies, on Tuesday evening detonated their explosives at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as security operatives tried to stop them from entering the city, police said.

Multiple explosions reverberated across Maiduguri during the late evening rush hour forcing vehicles to screech to a halt as commuters tried to figure from which area the attack may been coming.

One dead as container falls in Lagos

One person was confirmed dead on Tuesday after a trailer conveying a 40-foot container fell at Motorways bus stop, outward Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The trailer, with registration number LSD 379 XT, developed a mechanical fault and fell on the road leaving the driver and motor boy trapped, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

50th Anniversary: Kwara grants tax relief to SMEs

As part of effort to encourage small business owners and eradicate poverty in the state, Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the state's revenue service to put in motion a five year tax relief regime for small business owners.

According to the governor, the five years tax relief regime is imperative in order to allow for economic growth and development of the state.

Senate wants lower Naira notes changed to coins

The Central Bank of Nigeria should convert the country’s lower currency notes into coins to facilitate “highly repetitive” retail transactions, the Senate said Tuesday.

The advice came after a Senator spoke on the implications of rejection of the existing coin denominations for the economy.

Victor Moses Celebrates Chelsea’s victory with Family

Nigeria international football star Victor Moses won his first English topflight title on Sunday after his club Chelsea FC.

Buhari will win 2019 election if he contests – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 election if he seeks re-election, the presidency has said.

Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Mr. Shehu, who was joined by Femi Adesina, special adviser on media and publicity to the president, and Laolu Akande, spokesperson to acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said Nigerians were happy with Mr. Buhari and would still vote for him.

“The confidence reposed in Buhari by ordinary Nigerians had remained unshaken because the president, according to him, is doing what they want,” he said.

Drama in Jos court as accused, threatens to kill witnesses

Justice Rifkatu Sha of Jos High Court on Tuesday warned an accused person, Tasiu Mohammed, 21, against threatening witnesses testifying against him.

The warning came when Mohammed was caught making gestures indicating that he would slash the throats of  the witnesses, while they stood in the dock.

Manchester Arena attack: Salman Abedi named as lone suicide bomber, US officials say

The man who blew himself up during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena has been named as 23-year-old Salman Abedi, US officials have said.

Greater Manchester Police did not immediately confirm the suspect's identity.

Perfect thief nabbed by RRS

Nothing in him betrays him as a fraud. His gait, complexion, dress sense, comportment, height, etc, they are all rolled into one, almost near perfect. He is the kind of guy any lady would die to have as a husband.
According to his buddies, he is Mr. Stainless, The CEO, but, Olaogun Tunde, is a complete fraud. Everything about him is fraud. His words, manner and actions all reek fraud. Saturday Sun, May 20, 2017, page 8, titled his story, “Evil Genius.”

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