1 Oct 2016

Read President Buhari's speech on Independence day today...

President Buhari says he believes that the current economic recession will not last. Delivering his Independence day celebration speech, he said
"I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis. The recession for many individuals and families is real. For some It means not being able to pay school fees, for others it's not being able to afford the high cost of food (rice and millet) or the high cost of local or international travel, and for many of our young people the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university or polytechnic. I know how difficult things are, and how rough business is. All my adult life I have always earned a salary and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough. In every part of our nation people are making incredible sacrifices. But let me say to all Nigerians today, I ran for office four times to make the point that we can rule this nation with honesty and transparency, that we can stop the stealing of Nigeria's resources so that the resources could be used to provide jobs for our young people, security, infrastructure for commerce, education and healthcare. I ran for office because I know that good government is the only way to ensure prosperity and abundance for all. I remain resolutely committed to this objective. I believe that this recession will not last. Temporary problems should not blind or divert us from the corrective course this government has charted for our nation. We have identified the country’s salient problems and we are working hard at lasting solutions. To re-cap what I have been saying since the inception of this administration, our problems are security, corruption and the economy, especially unemployment and the alarming level of poverty"he said

Photo of suspect arrested for kidnap and murder of student after collecting N2M ransom from family...

It was supposed to be a clean grab, a few days underground and a short while negotiating ransom with the family of their victim, a young man identified by the police as Ikenna Osuji. But Ikenna, a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State, would never get out of it alive.

On May 25 2016, Ikenna, working as a taxi driver to finance his studies, met his death in the hands of kidnappers when he drove into a land where 30-year-old Chinedu Azuazu was a security guard.

Ikenna was known to Azuazu because he used to drive prospective land buyers to the large expanse of land guarded by Azuazu in his cab. But May 25 was the last day the young man would ever be seen alive. He drove into the land again that day and was never seen again.
When Azuazu was nabbed on September 12, 2016 by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Response Team, details of the gruesome end Ikenna met in the hands of his captors emerged.

Azuazu, a father of one living at Omouku area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said he was employed to guard the land in question, which belonged to the Alakahia community close to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

He said, “The man who employed us never paid us. He would rather take us to a bar and buy us drinks and then give us small money, like N3,000. It was too small for me. When my wife became pregnant and I needed money to prepare for our coming child, he refused to assist me.

“I saw my chance to make money when Ikenna came to our site on May 25. My colleague, Joshua, and I decided to kidnap him. We believed he was from a rich family and thought that was why he normally brought people to buy land at the site.

“When we sighted him, we threatened to shoot him with our double-barrelled gun. We kidnapped and took him deep into the forest. While we kept him there, we called his relatives with his phone and demanded a N5m ransom.

“Ikenna’s brother told us that he did not have up to that amount. We reduced the ransom to N2m and threatened to kill him if they did not pay. While we were waiting on the family to pay us the ransom, Ikenna spent 14 days in our custody.

“On the 15th day, I left him in Joshua’s custody to go and buy some food. When I returned I found him lying motionless on the ground. I asked Joshua what happened and he told me that when I was away, Ikenna attempted to escape and he almost overpowered him before he found a stick and hit him in the head.”

Azuazu said he checked Ikenna’s pulse and realised that he was still breathing but faintly.

According to him, there was nothing he could do to help the young man and had to leave him on the ground till he breathed his last.

He said after few hours, he went to check Ikenna’s pulse again and noticed that he had died.

The suspect said, “I called his brother, who had been communicating with us about the ransom and he said he could only afford N120,000. I asked him to take it to the Teaching Hospital Road and drop it at a certain spot.

“He did as I instructed and I went there to take the money. We took part of the money to the Rumuola Market and bought a bedsheet, which we took to the forest to wrap Ikenna’s body. We stuffed it in the boot of his car and took it to a farm in Umunkwa Igbodo in Etche, Rivers State, where we dumped it.

“We later sold the car, a Nissan Primera, in Owerri, Imo State for N180,000. We shared the money and the ransom. I took N158,000 and gave Joshua N148,000. As soon as Joshua collected his share, he disappeared. I have not seen him since that day. I used part of my share to pay a loan I took for my wife’s delivery.”

When police visited Alakahia community, a chief, Hyacinth Akwukwauegbu, told them that a corpse was found on his farm and that it had been buried without reporting the discovery to the police.

Azuazu said after Joshua left, he also travelled to Lagos to search for a job but had to go back to Port Harcourt when no job was forthcoming.

The suspect said, “Few days before my arrest, I had a dream that my former boss, Ibe, was killed. I called to warn him but he asked if I had anything to do at the time. When I told him I had no job, he told me to come and see him. When I got to his house, the police arrested me and said I killed Ikenna. I did not know how they knew.

I thought God had forgiven me. In July 2016, I went to a pastor and confessed what I did. He prayed for me and warned me against going back to crime. I have heeded his warning. After my arrest, I have also met Ikenna’s brother to ask for forgiveness.”

Ikenna’s elder brother, Peter, who was the one the kidnappers contacted, said he paid N1.2m as ransom as against the N120,000 Azuazu admitted to.

According to him, Ikenna bought a car and used it as cab to support himself in school.

He said, “Anytime he was on break, he came to Port Harcourt to use his car as a taxi. I first noticed that sometime was wrong when I had not seen him for some days and I got a call from one of my in-laws, who confirmed the same thing that he was missing.

“The day I got a call from his kidnappers, I was about to ask him where he had been because the call came from his line when they told me they had abducted him and I should pay or they would kill him. For the weeks they were in touch, they refused to allow me to speak with him.

“I had to sell one of my properties to raise N1m to add to the little cash I had. But they insisted that it had to be N5m and that if they killed Ikenna, his blood would be on my head. I was terrified and went everywhere in search of money.

“When I eventually got N1.2m, I called them and lied that I had N2m. They told me to take it to East-West Road and drop it there. They said if they saw any glimpse of a policeman, they would kill my brother. When I got to Alakahia Junction, and dropped the money as instructed, I called Ikenna’s line but it was switched off. I had to quickly report the mater to Choba Police Division and the matter was later transferred to the Rivers State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Department.”

Peter said after one month of seeing no trace of his brother, he started visiting prophets for help in desperation.

He later reported the case to Inspector-General of Police Response Team, who began investigation and eventually tracked down the suspects.
The Punch reports that the police eventually arrested Ibe, who employed Ikenna’s killers as guards.

The corpse of the deceased was later exhumed and deposited in the mortuary.

Police said investigation was still ongoing in the case.

50 Nigerian students detained by Government in Turkey...photo

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Over 50 Nigerian students were yesterday arrested in Turkey, allegedly on the orders of the government,ThisDay reports.  A source whose relative was among the detained students stated that “upon arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, they were all escorted to a room and their passport confiscated by Turkish police.”

The detained Nigerians are mainly students of Fathi University, one of the private universities in Turkey. The school which is located in the metropolitan Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, Turkey was founded in 1996 with a rela- tively high rate of international students from 102 countries.

“When they enquired why they were clamped in a dirty room, the police said they are students of a terrorist organisation. They offered to transfer them to government schools but on the condition that we will pay same fees as private universities,” the source added.

The Fathi University is among the 2099 schools, dormitories and universities shut down in the wake of the July 15th failed coup in Turkey. The Turkish authorities said the schools and universities were terrorist schools because they have links with Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government had accused of being the mastermind of the coup in Turkey. It would also be recalled the Turkish Ambassador in Nigeria Mr. Hakan Cakil, had requested the Nigerian authorities to close down 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for alleged links to the Hizmet movement.

The Nigerian Authorities rejected the call, stating that it would rely on evidence linking the proprietors of the schools in Nigeria to the failed coup in Turkey. In exclusive pictures obtained by ThisDay, students could be seen lying down on the bare floor in a room that could barely be habitable. A source also hinted of a particular case of a Nigerian by name Aminat, a final year student in one of the universities affected by the closure at the time of the coup.

The source said: “Aminat came to the airport to travel to Nigeria since her school had been shut, but to her surprise, she was asked to pay a penalty for entering the country illegally. She paid the fine, and she was kept, alongside others in the same room with people waiting to be deported.”

ThisDay also gathered that some of those detained at the airport were made to sign docu- ments giving their consent to deportation from Turkey. An e-mail to the Turkish em- bassy on why the students were detained was not responded to as at the time of going to press.

See photo of President Buhari, VP Osinbajo, Saraki celebrate Nigeria's Independence day...

President Buhari, VP Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Ex-Military leader Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ex-vice president Alex Ekwueme and others participated in the 56th Independence Anniversary Presidential Change of Guards Parade which held in Aso Rock, Abuja this morning to commemorate the independence day celebration. 

More photos below...

Shocking! Watch video of man who spends £20,000 on surgery to look like David Beckham

An unemployed 19-year-old British man, Jack Johnson, says he has spent £20,000 (about $26,000) of Benefits money, on surgery to look like soccer star David Beckham. Johnson says he spent the money on procedures for his cheeks, chin, eyebrows, lips, teeth and tanning injections to try to look like Beckham.
He says even though he knows he doesn't yet look like Beckham, it will cost him another £30,000 in procedures to help him reach his goal.
Johnson who admits to being in a lot of debt says Doctors have shot down some of his requests.

In an interview with This Morning on ITV, he said:
"Obviously, I know I don't look like him," Johnson said. “I'm not that stupid but I've got a long way to go to get my goals to look like him.”
Watch the video below:

Enugu big boy, Adibe, who ingested 74 wraps of Cocaine caught at the airport in Enugu...photo

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State, have arrested a popular clearing and forwarding agent, Adibe Baloba. He had ingested 74 wraps of cocaine while on his way to China.

Spokesperson for NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju said that 47-year-old Adibe was caught during outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to China. The NDLEA commander at the Enugu airport, Adeofe Adeyemi, was quoted as saying the cocaine, which Adibe ingested weighed 1.417kgs.

“A second suspect, Onyechi Esonwunne, was caught attempting to send a luggage containing cannabis to China through an unsuspecting passenger. The cannabis was carefully prepared inside packs of noodles to avoid detection. Investigating officers are working hard on the cases and the suspects will soon be charged to court,” Adeofe said.

The agency said its preliminary investigation showed that Esonwunne had previously been deported twice from China – in 2008 and May 2016.

In his confession, Adibe said: “Hardship and Nigeria’s bad economy forced me into drug trafficking. The exchange rate is very high and I hardly get money to take care of my family. My sponsor promised to pay me the sum of $5,000 to take the drug to China. But I was arrested before I could board my flight.”

On his part, Esonwunne also blamed Nigeria’s recession for his crime. “I am a trader but due to the economic downturn, I turned to cannabis smuggling to cope,” he said.

The NDLEA Chairman, Muhammad Abdallah, called on members of the public to avoid collecting consignments from people. He said it was a method widely used by drug traffickers, who target innocent passengers to smuggle drugs.

“People need to be aware of this trick because rendering such assistance may just send them to prison or worse, death. This is because drug trafficking is punishable by death in China.”

Wow! Nigerian comedian Seyi Law and wife welcomes a baby girl..photo

After losing their first child last year, Seyi Law and his wife have welcomed a baby girl. The bundle of joy arrived yesterday and her happy dad announced her arrival. We are so delighted for them.
Seyi was seen dancing to Sunny Ade on his Instagram story, it calls for big celebration with what they passed through last year, big congrats!

Beauty Queen Nneze Richard Agu of Miss Independence Nigeria 2015/2016, has officially been dethroned..photo

Here’s an unedited press release from them.

Beauty Queen Nneze Richard Agu of Miss Independence Nigeria 2015/2016 has officially been decrowned.

The Beauty Queen has been having issues on loyalty and disrespect for the brand she was representing.

Nneze Richard who is well known in Abuja Clubs has been going to courtesy visits with the organization sash and crown without the consent of the organization.

The peak of the whole controversy was after the whole Abuja audition drama when she stormed the audition ground with police personnel to disrupt the audition & after that she also made false publication
about the pageant CEO.

According to the report we got, Nneze Richard seize to be a queen  henceforth. Read her official dethronement letter below...

See the kidnappers of ABU Lecturer's wife... photo

Operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau in Kaduna State have arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnap of the wife of a lecturer of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Spokesperson for the Kaduna State Police Command, Mr. Aliyu Usman, an assistant superintendent of police, identified the suspects as Mohammed Tukur, Suleima Auta and Shuaibu Rabiu, all of whom were living behind the ABU campus.

Usman told Saturday Punch that Inusa was kidnapped on September 19, 2016 at her residence in Zaria. He explained that the police launched a manhunt for the suspects after the case was reported and that they were tracked down a week after at different hideouts in the state.

But Usman, who indicated that Inusa had been released too, did not give details of the circumstances surrounding her release by the suspects.

“The suspects have confessed to the crime and investigation is still ongoing to arrest their accomplices,” he said.

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg adds Hausa and Fula language to Facebook

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg yesterday added Hausa language, Fula, and two others, Maltese and Corsican to Facebook, making the social media platform become available in more than 100 languages.

Zuckerberg announced this expressing optimism that the addition has halted the disappearance of some of the added languages.

“Facebook is now available in more than 100 languages — with more than one billion people using a language other than English! Today we added Fula, Maltese and Corsican. Our community makes this possible. Over the last decade, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have worked together to find the right translations for words and phrases in the Facebook interface. Because the idea of a “Like” in English may mean something different in Arabic or Japanese,” he said.

The Fula language, also known as Fulani, is a non-tonal language spoken in Northeastern Nigeria and in a continuum that stretches across some 20 countries of Western Africa and Central Africa.

Spoken as a first language by the Fula people, it is also spoken as a second language by various peoples like the Kirdi of Northern Cameroon.

Lobatan! Governor demands N5bn from EFCC over frozen Zenith Accounts...

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The two private accounts of Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, with Zenith Bank, frozen since June, 2016 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will remain embargoed until November.

This is following a ruling on the case filed by Governor Fayose against the EFCC, against the freezing of the accounts at the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Friday.

Presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, adjourned till the said date after both Fayose’s lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozehkome (SAN) and that of the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, had both agreed on a definite adjournment.

At the resumed hearing, Fayose’s lead counsel, who led 10 other lawyers in defence of the governor, told the court that EFCC lacked the constitutional powers to so apply punitive measures on a governor that still enjoyed immunity until the end of his tenure in 2018.

He argued that freezing of the governor’s accounts, based on what he said was “mere hearsay and unsubstantiated allegations of fraud”, lacked the backing of the law.

He argued that only a declarative evidence of court of competent jurisdiction could act in the way the EFCC did, saying blocking the governor’s accounts without being found guilty by courts of the land, amounted to convicting the governor before putting him on trial.

But in a reaction, EFCC lead counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo insisted before the court that the decision of the anti- graft agency to freeze Fayose’s accounts followed due process.

He pleaded with the court to give him enough time to study the counter argument of Fayose’s lead counsel which was presented to the court for more than three hours.


See the Nigerian pastor who claims evil cat came into the church during vigil...photo

This Senior Pastor at GGIC in Port Harcourt, Michael Fakorede shared this photo of a dead rat claiming that it was killed after it came to attack members of his church after a vigil, hmmm! 

Innocent passenger tricked by drug trafficker into carrying box of Indomie noodles with drugs at Enugu Airport...photo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a man who used packs of chicken flavoured noodles to smuggle cannabis through the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) in Enugu State on a China bound plane.

According to the NDLEA spokesman, Mitchell Ofoyeju, the cannabis was carefully prepared inside packs of noodles to avoid detection. The suspect identified as Benson Onyechi Esonwunne, was attempting to board an Ethiopian Airways flight from Nigeria to China when he convinced an innocent passenger to carry the box of packaged chicken flavored noodles for him on the plane.
"It is instructive that people be aware of this trick because what they consider as an assistance may just send them to prison or early graves. This is because drug trafficking is punishable by death in China." Mr Ofoyeju said.
The statement from NDLEA also said that Mr. Esonwunne had been deported from China two times prior for immigration offenses in 2008 and on May of this year. The suspect said that he began trafficking drugs because Nigeria’s economy was so poor, and its exchange rate so unfavorable, that he needed to turn to the illegal activity to get by.

The NDLEA said the man will face charges for his crime.

Sad! Veteran Nollywood actor, 'Elder Maya' has passed away after a long battle with liver disease...photo

Nollywood actor, Martins Njubuigbo popularly known as Elder Maya has died after a long battle with liver disease. Fellow actor Yomi Fabiyi shared the sad news yesterday and wrote:

RIP Elder Mayah. You were a veteran and a hard working one at that. Journey well papa. My concerns and sympathy with his families and close colleagues.#SAVENIGERIAMOVIEINDUSTRY register shares in the grief of AGN<!

Shocking! A Newborn baby girl found alive in suitcase along with skeleton of another infant...photo

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According to Hannover prosecutors on Friday, a 22-year-old German woman is under investigation for manslaughter after German police found a suitcase in her apartment with a newborn baby girl inside along with the skeleton of another infant.

A 19-year-old man who was living with the woman in the northern city discovered the case on Thursday and reported it to police.

Authorities rushed the newborn baby to the hospital, and she fortunately survived and is in stable condition.

Hannover prosecutors' spokeswoman Kathrin Soefker said investigators are now trying to determine who the father of the babies is or are, and an autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death of the second infant found in the suitcase.

The woman, whose name wasn't released in line with German privacy laws, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. 

Source: AP