16 Mar 2016

Photos: See who President Buhari received in Aso Rock after returning to Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after his two-day state visit to Equatorial Guinea. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter DG of International Atomic Energy Agency Mr Y. Amano and President Buhari during the meeting in

Anglican Priest, 13 Others Killed in Auto Crash Near Atakpo River, Delta [Graphic Photos]

A terrible auto crash has claimed the lives of an Anglican priest along with several others in Delta state, throwing church members in great mourning.
The scene of the accident
Thirteen persons, including the Anglican Priest, Rev. Stanley Ejiniwe, lost their

My rival is a sugar-mummy

I knew my boyfriend was romantically linked to a fashion designer almost 16 years his senior when I met him. He was a widower and his lover visited as often as she could because she was married. As compensation, she was financially

14 Incredible Benefits of Sex That’ll Make You Want More!

Ward off diseases, boost your mood, feel good in your skin—you don’t need to buy or take anything to get these health benefits. How then? Sex, of course.

Woman is arrested for attempting to snatch FIVE newborn babies from two hospitals

Woman is arrested for attempting to snatch FIVE newborn babies from two hospitals while disguised as a nurse in Spain

  • Woman, 21, accused of trying to steal five babies over eight-hour period
  • Suspect targeted hospitals 170 miles apart in Cartagena and Valencia
  • She was arrested after suspicious father snatched his baby back off her 

A woman has been arrested in Spain after allegedly trying to steal five babies from two hospitals while disguised as a nurse.

'I embarrassed everyone' - Republic of Ireland star apologises for urinating in a cup at Cheltenham

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The Irish footballer who was pictured urinating into a glass at the Cheltenham Festival has apologised, saying it was 'a silly mistake' and that he 'embarrassed everyone'

Photo: 20-year-old woman brutally attacked by cop ex-boyfriend for refusing to take him back

20-year-old Nguyen Thi Phuonh Than was severely attacked by her police officer ex-boyfriend Tran Minh Trung, 24, at a cafe in Hai Phong City, Vietnam, where she is working on Tuesday, March 15.

According to witnesses, Trung grabbed Thao by the hair and pushed her head hard into the floor, and reportedly hit her on the face. After a while he walked out of the coffee shop to his motorbike and returned with a pair of scissors. 

Olajumoke Orisaguna Says Nigerians Should Stop Referring To Her As “Ex-bread Seller”

Popular bread seller turned supermodel and motivational speaker has revealed that she does not like to be referred to as Ex-bread seller, a tag that has been used to describe her in several headlines we’ve seen recently.

Nigerian beauty queen almost died after reacting to eyedrops that made her skin fall off. [Graphic pictures ]

Marian Adejokun, 24, who once came second in a Miss Teen Africa beauty pageant, was left in a coma for a month because of Stevens-Johnson syndrome,

Why I am moving to hip-hop – Famous fuji music star

 Abass Akande Obesere is a popular fuji musician who has joined other fuji stars like Saheed Osupa and Wasiu Alabi Pasuma in their embrace of hip-hop
– The singer recently collaborated with rapper Olamide on a single Ebele Suwa
– NAIJ.com caught up with Obesere on the set of the music video for the single
Why have you chosen to try your hands on hip-hop?
This is just a perfect response to critics who thinks I can’t do anything aside from fuji music. I’m a

Sahara Reporters & Akpabio Blast Each Other On Twitter After SR Alleged That Akpabio Had Links With Lekki Gardens

akpabio_fraud_0Sahara Reporters and Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, slammed each other on twitter yesterday after the media house claimed that Akpabio had links with Lekki Gardens, the real estate company whose 5-storey building in Lekki collapsed on March 8th killing over 30 people.

Justice at last! See What Sister of doctor killed in accident caused by Ibinabo Fiberesima writes

Biola Giwa-Adeyemi, the sister of late Dr Giwa. She wrote the article to shed more light on the case between Ibinabo Fiberersima Vs Lagos State. The article read: “First of all, the case was between Lagos state Government Vs Ibinabo Febresima but not Giwa Vs Ibinabo Febresima.

Basketmouth & Soso Soberekon serve food at party in Warri (photos)

Basket Mouth and Soso Soberekon acted as chefs, serving food to Ini Edo, Ebube Nwagbo, Oge Okoye, and others who were among those who were at a party thrown by billionaire business man Chief Ikuku in Warri. See more photos after the cut...

10 People Social Media Made Famous In Nigeria (Photos)

From Instagram comedians to twitter warlords, here are the list of people social media made famous in Nigeria.
1. Omojuwa:
Top on our list is this very vocal political pundit known for throwing endless criticism at the government regardless of who is involved. He does this with loads of vulgarity and sarcasm. He became popular by being active on twitter during last year’s elections.


Nollywood Actress, Adediwura Adesegha Releases Pre-Birthday Photos

The Nollywood Yoruba actress, Adediwura Adesegha, will be a year older on Sunday, March 20. She released some pre-birthday photos ahead of her day. More photos below;

"You are from Africa? Wow! How do you live with giraffes and lions" - American man asks Zimbabwean woman

Yeah, you eadd right! Yesterday, March 15, a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer & General Secretary, World YWCA, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda was at a hotel reception in the U.S when a man asked her the

Popular Music Producer Survives Accident In Abuja [See Photos]

He is identified as C J Bishop Egbucha, involved in an accident which saw his car summersault several times in FCT, Abuja. The car went aflame but Egbucha was

Crisis Looms In Ubulu-Uku As Kingmakers Reject Newly Installed 17 Year-Old King

Ubulu-Uku, a town in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State is on the verge of crisis, which may lead to an explosion of violence. The cause of the unease in the town is the installation of Agbogidi Chukwuka Noel Akaeze 1, a 17-year old half-caste, as the new Obi of Ubulu Uku.Obi Akaeze
On Monday in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, the head of the kingmakers (Onishe) of Ubulu-Uku, Mr. Emma Ejiofor, told journalists that the teenage

P-Square’s split: Whose new single is better Peter or Paul?

psquareIt’s no secret that Africa’s most popular duo, (P-Square), Peter and Paul Okoye have gone their separate ways. At the moment the most pressing thought in the minds of fans and music lovers is who among the two talented brothers will rock

Bank marketer flees with Lagos traders’ deposits

A marketer with Diamond Bank Plc, Okota branch, Lagos, who reportedly fled with a sum of N309,000 collected as deposits from traders, has been arrested by the police.
The bank had contracted the suspect, Isiaka Abiodun, from Strategic Outsourcing Limited in the Lekki area of the state in 2013.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Please Rise Up to Recognize the Presence of Thieves By Pius Adesanmi

That Nigerian-Canadian civil servant, Nellie Mayshak, spent years working for the government of Ontario. Not one accusation of stealing and corruption.Pius Adesanmi
Then she goes back home to work in Nigeria and steals from Nigerian pensioners humongous amounts of money that would have crippled the economy of Ontario had she stolen a fraction of such amounts while she was here.

NO MERCY: I Will Be Merciless Against The Looters – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration would not show mercy to any person in its ongoing anti-corruption war.

He said his administration would pursue the anti-graft war relentlessly until Nigerians began to see how the nation’s elite conspired to run the country down.

Herbalist Marries 18yrs Old Chidinma As 57th Wife In Enugu

Wonders indeed shall end! Meet the 69 year old herbalist, Chief Simon Odo, who married an 18 year old girl, Chidinma, as his 57th wife last November and now says he won't marry again. 

Chidinma was married from Okutu, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Late Emir of Kano's Son, Sani Bayero, Set To Wed; Goes On His Knees For Love (Photos)

So even the late Emir of Kano's son did not marry a 'house lady' as is the tradition? He had to get a lady who he went on his knees for...now that's some improvement for those who really understand.

Prince Sani Bayero is set to marry his beautiful fiancée, Aysha. See their pre-wedding photos...

Police rescue three stolen Bauchi girls

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have rescued three teenage girls, who were abducted in Bauchi State and forcefully converted to Islam.
The Prison Inmate Development Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, handling the matter, told one of our correspondents that the girls were handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 12, Bauchi, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, on Tuesday, by the Shari’ah Commission in the state.
SUNDAY PUNCH had reported on March 6, 2016, that Blessing Gopep, 13, was abducted by two men identified as Iliya and Umaru, both living in Alkaleri, Bauchi State.
Blessing and her friend, Mary, were on their way back to Jos after spending their holidays with Blessing’s uncle in Bauchi in August, 2015.
Her father had said Blessing and Mary had gone to the Alkaleri motor park, and while they waited on the bus for other passengers, two men, identified as Iliya and Umaru, arrived at the park on a motorcycle and abducted Blessing.
On November 19, Linda Christopher was abducted by one Mallam Shagari in Tarsha Durumi village, whileProgress Jacob, 13, was abducted by Mallam Musa in the Yelwa, Sabon Kaura area, both in Bauchi State, on her way back from church on January 3.
According to Ms. Gobet, Progress’ aunt, the teenager went to church on the morning of January 3, 2016 and did not return when the church was presumed to have closed at about 10.30am.
She was allegedly abducted in the Yelwa, Sabon Kaura Area of Bauchi State by one Mallam Musa on her way back from church, which is said to be a few metres away from her aunt’s residence.
The distressed aunt said she reported the case to the traditional ruler (Seriki) of Sabon Kaura as well as the Yelwa Police Station, which only took her statement and directed her to inform them when she found Progress.
She added that all efforts to locate the ‘missing’ girl proved abortive until a letter was delivered to her from the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission, informing her of Progress’ conversion to Islam.
Sixteen-year-old Linda, a secondary school pupil in Enugu, was seen with one Mallam Shagari at Tarsha Durumi village in Bauchi State on November 19, 2015.
It was learnt that Linda had left Enugu four days earlier to join her parents, who lived in the Katanga Giwa village of Bauchi.
Her parents were notified of her whereabouts by a kinsman, who knew the family.
Just like the Jacobs, her parents got a letter from the Shari’a commission, notifying them of their daughter’s custody and her conversion to Islam.
SUNDAY PUNCH had reported the failure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to rescue the girls one week after the newspaper had reported the abduction.
The Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Police Command, Mr. Baba Tijjani, confirmed the release of the girls in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday.
Tijjani stated, “The girls have been released. They were not held by the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission; they volunteered to become Muslims on their own and reported themselves to the Da’awah & Islamic Education Department, which took them to the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission.
“Now, they have been produced. Progress Jacob and Linda Christopher have been released to their parents while Blessing Gopep’s parents have been told to come tomorrow (Wednesday) and they will go home with their daughter.”
When asked if the case would be treated as a criminal case and the culprits prosecuted, the police commissioner said, “We just released the girls to their parents. The investigations are still ongoing and we will come out with the details after the investigations.”
The Executive Director, PIDI, Mr. Mbami Sabka, who also confirmed the rescue to The PUNCH on the telephone on Tuesday, said he was glad that effort to rescue the girls was not wasted.
He added that this was the beginning of the release of more child brides.
Sabka said, “I am extremely grateful to PUNCH newspapers for their help. We hope that other perpetrators would learn from this. We, as an NGO, won’t stop at this; we will continue the fight for the release of child brides. An end must be put to this illegal act.
“The police have asked the Shari’ah Commission to bring the abductors involved because the girls didn’t walk to the commission by themselves; someone brought them.”
Blessing’s father, who couldn’t contain his excitement while speaking on the telephone, said he was very happy to have his daughter back.
He said, “I have waited so long for this day to come; it has been my only wish. I just want to thank God for bringing my daughter back to us. I am extremely happy; words fail me to express myself. I also want to thank PUNCH newspapers for their help.”
Blessing’s sister, Happiness, said since receiving the news, she had been restless.
“I’m boarding a bus first thing tomorrow to Bauchi. I can’t wait to see my sister,” she stated.
Jacob, who is Progress’ father, stated that he was happy to see his daughter again.
He thanked everyone that helped in his daughter’s release.
He added, “I have informed everyone in the village about her release; they are all expecting us. We are with the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State. My daughter, Progress, is fine but we are a bit worried about her condition.
“She was asked to identify us as her parents and she did so by pointing at us but she did not speak to us. She only shook her head or nodded to questions.
She confirmed she was not sexually molested by anyone. The commissioner said she would be released to us when the medical examination has been concluded.”
Linda’s mother, Mrs. Onah, added, “She looks fine but we have not spoken to each other yet, although we sat together today. We were told the girls were released because they were not up to 18 years old and could not make decisions on their own.
“They are undergoing medical examinations as we speak and we heard the results will be released after three days. I am happy to see my daughter again.”
PIDI had written letters to the state Commissioner of Police and the National Human Rights Commission but got no response before taking the cases to Amnesty International.
SUNDAY PUNCH’s campaign on the abduction of 14-year-old Ese Oruru from Bayelsa State on February 28 had led to her release within 48 hours from her captivity in the Tofa area of Kano State.
The #FreeEse campaign, launched by PUNCH, had led to Ese’s release and return to Yenagoa, while her abductor, Yunusa Dahiru, aka Yellow, is currently facing trial in the Bayelsa State capital.

Deacon, 44, rapes seven-year-old, blames evil forces

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a deacon of Jesus Saves Church, a Lagos Pentecostal church, Obinna Aneke, for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old girl, Ngozi (pseudonym).
Aneke, 44, was alleged to have slept with the victim six different times in his apartment on James Esu Street, in the Bariga area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the Udi, Enugu State indigene, and the victim’s parents were friends.
Ngozi’s mother, a food vendor, was said to have reached an agreement with Aneke to be leaving her two daughters with him pending their resumption time at school at 7.45am.
This was because she always left the house for her trade at 6am, while her husband, a security guard, also left for his place of work the same time.
It was learnt that one of Aneke’s three daughters attended the same school with Ngozi and her younger sister, which made the arrangement to work.
While Aneke’s wife, a trader, who equally left the house early for her shop was away, the suspect was alone with all the children as they prepared for school.
A police source at the command headquarters’ gender office explained that the suspect started using the opportunity to allegedly defile Ngozi.
He said, “The girl’s mother had been good to him in the past. There was a time he didn’t have a job and it was the woman who fed his four children.
“So, since he had had his own job, the woman thought he would reciprocate by assisting her family to get her two daughters to school, along with one of his three daughters attending the same school.
“Unfortunately, the man took advantage of the seven-year-old. He would undress her and insert his manhood in her private parts. When he could not penetrate, he would apply his spittle to make it easier.”
He explained that the act went on till last Tuesday when he again raped the victim and afterwards threatened her not to tell anybody and if she did, he would kill her.
It was learnt that the girl opened up to her parents.
The matter was subsequently reported to policemen at the Bariga Police Division and the suspect was arrested.
It was learnt that the victim was taken to the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where a test allegedly confirmed that there was a penetration.
The matter was subsequently transferred to the Gender Office, Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja.
The suspect, however, denied raping Ngozi, saying he only attempted to defile her once.
He said when he could not penetrate, he suspended the action.
He said, “This girl was taught to lie against me. I only attempted to have sex with her once and that was the day she told her parents.
“I didn’t even remove her pants. On that day, I shifted her pants sideways and wanted to penetrate, but when I saw it was not possible, I left her and ejaculated outside her private parts.
“I am a leader in my church and I don’t want to bring my church into this mess. Even before anybody condemned me, I have already condemned myself and I wish I was not born. I was influenced by evil forces to do this.
“I just want to beg for forgiveness from all those I have offended through this action and I just want to die.”
It was learnt that the Lagos State Government had already taken custody of the victim at the Heritage Home, in the Anthony area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, warned parents to be watchful so that their children would not fall victims of abuse.
She said, “We will arraign the suspect at the conclusion of investigations. It is unfortunate that the scourge of rape is on the increase, but we are working to checkmate the activities of paedophiles in our society.”

Candidates, parents protest, demand cancellation of 2016 UTME

Hundreds of admission seekers to the nation’s tertiary institutions and their parents on Tuesday stormed the Lagos State Governor’s Office in Alausa, Ikeja, and the state Assembly complex to protest against alleged manipulation of the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The protesters demanded the cancellation of the exams and the removal of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.
The protesters, who faulted the conduct of the examination, described the exercise as a “big sham.”
The examination, conducted by JAMB, they alleged, was fraught with irregularities.
The examination, which started on February 27, will end on March 19.
While some of the candidates alleged that the board deliberately lowered their scores, some claimed that it arbitrarily awarded marks to many candidates.
The protesters, led by a group under the aegis of Concerned Parents and Education Stakeholders, displayed placards with inscriptions such as,  ‘All we are saying give us our mark’, ‘Dibu must go; the only stumbling block in education progress’, ‘The Joint Admission and Manipulation Board, give us our real results’, and ‘The professor of test and management has outlived his usefulness’, among others.
The protesters, who occupied the gate of the Lagos State House of Assembly complex for many hours, said JAMB and its registrar had “lost focus on how to conduct a successful Computer-Based Test in the 21st century.
A candidate, Maryam Animashaun, who expressed disappointment with the conduct of the examination, claimed that she received three different results from JAMB.
Animashaun, who sat for the examination at the College of Education, Oro, Kwara State, said, “I am confused. I do not know what to do now. The first alert I received on the telephone from the board with regard to the examination showed that I scored 218. The second alert read 186, while the third one read 286.
“The surprising thing now is that I cannot print any of the results. On the website, the board claimed that I did not sit for the examination. Meanwhile, I sat for English, Government, Economics and Literature-in-English.”
Another candidate, Kalasuwe Adeola, who claimed she scored 220, said she obtained the same score in 2015.
She  said, “I am sure JAMB did not mark this year’s UTME. If it did, why did they issue me the same result I obtained last year? In my printed result for this year, it was written 2015/2016 instead of 2016/2017. I sat for this year’s examination at the Bachel Model College, Lagos, on March 9. Unlike other candidates, I did not have any issue with my system during the examination.”
The National President of the Association of Tutorial Schools in Nigeria, Mr. Shodunke Olutodotun, lamented that over 10,000 candidates missed the UTME, while others had their marks deducted due to irregularities by JAMB.
“This year’s UTME will soon be concluded. We have a man called Prof. Dibu Ojerinde. This man has outlived his usefulness in JAMB. He seems to be more powerful than the country’s president.
“The protesters are the victims; their destinies are being finished by Dibu. Most of the protesters that had their exam in Delta State had the exam in a shrine. A lot of them got results before they sat for the exam.
“We are appealing to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, to send signal to Abuja to stop UTME. If they don’t do that, we will go to Abuja.
“How will someone sit for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the next thing he sees are Economics, Commerce and Government?”
Describing the exam as a fraud, a parent, Mr. Bunmi Elujula, urged the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to look into the complaints of the candidates urgently.
Apart from awarding arbitrary scores to candidates, Elujula said many candidates had problems with their systems.
He said, “Many candidates were allocated between 40 and 60 additional marks. What are the criteria for this arbitrariness? The strange thing is that JAMB started the CBT two years ago, why is this year’s exam a big flop? I have not seen candidates and parents complain this way about the exam in the past. I plead with the authorities to look into their grievances.”
But JAMB described the organisers of the protest as “blackmailers”.
In a statement by its Head of Public Relations, Dr Fabian Benajmin, the board said some proprietors, whose examination centres did not receive accreditation for the test, were behind the protest.
The statement read in part, “The board had approved centres provided by these individuals to be used for the 2016 exercise. Unfortunately, it could not approve those centres lacking in all the indices needed for a successful CBT.
“These same proprietors turned around to organise candidates to protest against our activities. We are not perfect as an organisation, but we are working hard to ensure that Nigerian education is better than it is. We have taken the risk to do the unthinkable so as to change the paradigm.
“We will continue to call on Nigerians to give us the benefits of doubt and with their collective support; we will give them one of the best CBT globally. It is no news that the worst CBT is far better than the best Paper and Pencil Test. At least, the era of candidates pouring acid on JAMB officials, bolting with question papers into the bush and all unthinkable embarrassing acts are gone.”

Suicide attack kills 22 in Borno mosque

A suicide bomber attack killed 22 persons and injured 11 others at mosque in Borno State this morning.
A member of the youth vigilance group told our correspondent that the suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Molai-Umarari village, behind the Molai Hospital, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the incident occurred at about 5am during the Muslim early morning prayers.
He said members of the youth vigilance group subsequently trooped to the area to offer assistance to the injured and get the dead to the mortuary.
“Presently I am at the scene of the attack, we have our men here with soldiers and emergency workers who are working to bring back normalcy and get both the dead and injured to the hospital,” he said.
Molai is about 10 kilometres from Maiduguri on the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road.

Six elderly receive 120 strokes of cane for improper conduct

Malumfashi (Katsina State) – A Malumfashi Senior Magistrates’ Court in Katsina State, on Wednesday sentenced six elderly persons to 20 strokes of the cane each for constituting nuisance while drunk. The convicted persons were, Nomau Akwai, Yusuf Bature, Salisu Abdullahi, Sani Rabi’u, Sa’idu Abdullahi and Musa Yusuf, all residents of Malumfashi Local Government Area. The prosecuting police officer, Cpl. Joseph George, told the Senior Magistrate, Mannir Shehu that the convicts were arrested by a team of policemen on patrol at Marabar Kankara, a suburb of Malumfashi on March 13. George said the convicts were found wondering and intoxicated with alcohol at Gidan Mariya and Gidan Coach, an act that constituted nuisance to the public. He said the offence contravened section 183 of the penal code law and urged the court to try them summarily. When the offence was read to the accused, they pleaded guilty to the charge. In his ruling, the Senior Magistrate, Salisu Shehu sentenced them to 20 strokes of the cane each to serve as deterrent to others.