24 Dec 2016

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  • As you celebrate the miracle of this special season, may your heart be filled with joy and peace. May these holiday blessings linger in your home and stay with you throughout the year. May your heart be filled with contentment and the unique feeling of joy that the season brings. May the peace and love of the Christmas season wrap you boundless joy during the season and in the New Year.

  • The warmth and love surrounding Christmas is a joy to be savored with family and friends. It is a time to give and share with one another. Here’s to wishing you the best this season has to offer. Christmas is a season of great joy: a time for remembering the past and hoping for the future. May the glorious message of peace and love fill you with joy during this wonderful season.

  • This time of year brings festivities and family fun. It is a time for reminiscing and looking forward. Wishing you wonderful memories during this joyous season. During this Christmas season, may you enjoy the message of hope, love, and peace on Earth. May all of these holiday blessings be yours to keep. Here’s to wishing you a Merry Christmas.

This is the season for bright lights and shiny packages. It is a time for sharing love and being together. It is a time for wishing you and your family all the best. The meaning of Christmas is held in our hearts and shared with family and friends. I’m sending you messages of faith and hope for a beautiful holiday season.

During the miraculous time that is Christmas may you see with the eyes of a child, experience the wonder of love, and truly enjoy all that the season has to offer.
It’s the time of year when loved ones gather together. It is a special time to be thankful for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives. Sending you good wishes and the hope that your holiday will be a joyous one.

I appreciate each and everyone of you and may our love for one another continue to blossom like the morning flower, I love you all with all my heart, you have all been my pillar of strength thus far. Cheers to many more graceful years together in peace and love always.

Queen's Grand daughter Zara Tindall loses baby in tragic miscarriage

Zara Tindall and her husband Mike have lost their second baby, just weeks after announcing Zara's pregnancy. A spokeswoman for the royal couple confirmed the tragic news today.

"Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy," a statement from their rep said.

The pair were expecting their second child - a sibling for toddler daughter Mia - in the late spring, and the baby would have been the Queen and Prince Philip's sixth great-grandchild.

Zara, 35, and 38-year-old Mike have been married since 2011 and announced their happy news at the end of November 2016, with their spokeswoman saying the couple were thrilled to be expecting again.

They were said to be "very, very happy" about becoming parents for the second time and were looking forward to 2017.

Mia's baby brother or sister would have been a second cousin to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who call their great-grandmother the Queen "Gan Gan". Zara is also one of George's godmothers.

It comes as the royal family prepares to celebrate together at the Queen's Norfolk estate at Sandringham.

Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Harry and other members of the family are expected to attend church with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on Christmas Day morning - something that Zara and Mike have done in the past.

But it's not yet known whether the grieving parents will feel up to making the journey from their home in Gloucester.

Zara and Mike both attended a pre-Christmas lunch hosted by the Queen on Tuesday 20th December at Buckingham Palace, arriving by car the day before the Queen was scheduled to take her annual train journey to Sandringham.

Update on Berlin attack! Police arrest Anis Amri's 18 yr old Nephew ...photo

An 18-year-old nephew of Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri has been arrested in Tunisia, amid claims he is part of a terror cell and planned to travel to Europe. Police swooped to arrest the teenager, named as Fedi, and two other jihadist suspects.

A statement from Tunisia's interior ministry said the three were members of a 'terrorist cell... connected to the terrorist Anis Amri who carried out the terrorist attack in Berlin'.

The ministry said Amri had sent Fedi money to join him in Europe. It is unclear whether the suspects helped Amri flee Berlin. The interior ministry said Amri had sent money to his nephew and encouraged him to pledge allegiance to ISIS.

'One of the members of the cell is the son of the sister of the terrorist (Amri) and during the investigation he admitted that he was in contact with his uncle through (the messaging service) Telegram,' it said.

Amri allegedly urged his nephew to adopt jihadist 'takfiri' ideology and 'asked him to pledge allegiance to Daesh (IS),' it said.

The nephew also told investigators that Amri 'sent him money through the post... so that he could join him in Germany,' the statement added.

The ministry claimed the arrested man said his uncle was the 'prince' or leader of a jihadist group based in Germany and known as the 'Abu al-Walaa' brigade.

The terrorist's nephew was arrested in Amri's hometown of Oueslatia, while the others were arrested in Tunis.

The arrests happened hours after the mother of 24-year-old Amri - who was yesterday shot to death by police in Milan - said the world will never know why he carried out the mass killing.

Nour El Houda Hassani, speaking at Amri's hometown of Oueslatia in Tunisia said that a 'great secret' had died with him.

Family members have questioned the need to kill the terrorist.

His mother said: 'Within him is a great secret. They killed him, and buried the secret with him.'

And she called on authorities to unearth who had put her son up to the attack, stating: 'I want the truth about my son. Who was behind him?'

Amri's brother Abdel Kader wept as he questioned the need to kill him.

He said: 'My brother is dead. Bring us his remains, even one of his fingers, and I will put it in my pocket. They killed him when he was still only a suspect. Why?'

Yesterday family members spoke of their shock over Amri's death, and his radicalisation. 

Abdul Kader said his sibling died 'the day he swore allegiance to Daesh' - a derogatory name for ISIS.

Speaking after news of the 24-year-old's death reached his family in Tunisia, Abdul said: 'He did not call us when they published his picture - that's what convinced us that he was the one who carried out this terrorist attack.

'We are sorry for the death of Anis, but he did not die today, he died the day after he swore allegiance to Daesh.

'I know he had a criminal record but I didn't think that he would ever become a terrorist.' 

Wow! Check out actress Sola Sobowale in this beautiful photo

We must say she looks ageless and beautiful...

Police arrest notorious armed robbers, including a lady ...photo

In its efforts to ensure a crime-free yuletide season, the Imo State Police Command arrested some notorious robbery suspects who terrorize innocent citizens at different locations in the state.

1. On 23/12/2016, an unsuspecting customer of Fidelity Bank, Ikenegbu branch, had gone to the bank to withdraw the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00). Immediately he came out of the bank with a bag containing the money, two notorious robbers operating on a motorcycle who specialize in trailing unsuspecting customers waylaid him and snatched the money. Upon alarm raised by the victim, eagle eyed police operatives immediately chased the suspects, apprehended them and recovered the loot instantly as they tried to escape.

The suspects are as follows:
i. Ugochukwu Nnaji male aged 28yrs of Oboro Amurie, in Isu LGA, Im. State.
ii. Chibueze Mgboji male aged 21yrs of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA, Imo State.
The two suspects have confessed to have specialized in snatching money from unsuspecting bank customers within and around the state. They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

2. Meanwhile, on 21/12/2016, operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the State Command arrested four (4) robbery suspects at Green Hostel, Orji, Owerri. The suspects had robbed some victims of their laptop, phones, some cash and other valuables. One of the suspects, Obinna Njoku was arrested at Shopping Plaza, Douglas Road, Owerri, where he went to dispose off the laptop. He named his cohorts who were later arrested and some of the stolen items have been recovered and identified by their respective owners.

Suspects include:
i. Charles Nwokeke male aged 28 of Umuakagu Nsu, Ehime Mbano LGA.
ii. Obinna Njoku male aged24yrs of Uguri Ibeme in Isiala Mbano LGA.
iii. Bright Nwankwo male aged 20yrs of Umuogbantu Ngor Okpala LGA, Imo State.
iv. Emelda Michael female aged 20yrs of Okoh in Anambra State.
Thorough investigation has commenced and suspects will soon be charged to court.

The State Police Commissioner, CP Taiwo F. Lakanu, has restated the Command’s resolve to ensure adequate security during the festive periods and beyond in the state. He stated that if the birds learn to fly without perching, the hunter will learn to shoot without aiming.

Read why Yoruba Obas inherit wives of late Kings

The Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Victor Kiladejo, gave an insight into that traditional practice where the wives of a king that passed on are inherited by the new king.

It is a traditional norm for kings to inherit the wives of former kings. Tell us about this.
It happens in all Yoruba land. When an Oba transits, the new Oba inherits the wives and children of all the past Obas. What that means is that it is the responsibility of the king to provide their material needs, and the new king is expected to treat the inherited wives both as his ‘mothers’ as well as 'wives'. The important thing is the care for them. 
That is why the Yorubas don’t say an Oba dies, an Oba can only transit, and when that happens, whatever was left by the past Oba, the new Oba would have to inherit them. It is continuous. Inheritance, in this case, means that you take up the responsibility of providing their material needs.

Terrible life in Libyan cells where Nigerians die ...

In this special report, Kunle Falayi sheds light on the plight of Nigerians who are arrested in Libya after paying a lot of money to make the treacherous desert-to-Mediterranean journey to Europe but end up dying or wishing they are dead in one of Libya’s detention facilities

Read the shocking stories below:

Every day for the last eight months, when 31-year-old Osas Ekhaguere woke up in the dingy cell he shared with about 125 other inmates, mostly Nigerians, he believed it was going to be his last.

In the world in which the former computer operator lived in as a prisoner in one of the detention facilities for migrants in Tripoli, Libya, hope is a luxury he could not afford.

“How do you begin to have hope when you see death almost on a daily basis? Surely, it was going to be your turn sometime. I believed I would die a nobody, not even buried in an unmarked grave but thrown in the desert like all my friends, who died in that prison,” Ekhaguere said.

Full of hopes of a golden life in Europe, a place he knew nothing about, Ekhaguere, the last child of 11 children born to an Edo State father, vowed in November 2015 to make the journey to Europe.

“One day, I called my father and told him I would make the journey to Europe. I told him it was either I die or become rich. To make it in life, I knew I had to take some risks,” he said.

But looking into the hollow eyes of the gaunt man, who clasped and opened his calloused hands intermittently as he sat across our correspondent, little doubt remains that something had died in him, least of which is hope of ever travelling to Europe through the desert again.

Ekhaguere, who was one of the 140 Nigerian immigrants, who were brought back from detention facilities in Libya by the United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration, never imagined he would ever step foot in his country again.

As he stepped off the Libyan Airline plane, which transported him and his cohorts, our correspondent watched as he staggered as if his emaciated body was being pushed here and there by wind. He went down on his knees slowly, as if to minimise the pain in his bones, raised his hands to the heavens and said loudly, ‘Nigeria I love you. Thank God I made it back.’ Then, tears flowed freely from his eyes.

An official standing by remarked, ‘The way this man is walking, he is very ill’. The yellow pallor of Ekhaguere’s skin and the vacant hollowness of his eyes said much about his current physical state.

As they were loaded in a bus, which was to transport them to a holding area at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, where they would be fed, registered and given a stipend which would help get them to their various destinations, our correspondent sat beside him.

Without prompting, he began talking. Even as tears flowed from his eyes, he did not pause. He seemed to have a lot to get off his chest.

Ekhaguere’s story bears much resemblance to many other African migrants who had the hope of travelling to Europe.

“Life was very hard while I was in Nigeria and I found my way to Ghana in company with some friends. I got to Ghana in March 2015 and got a job as a computer operator,” he said.

With a poor father who could hardly feed himself, Ekhaguere’s hope of getting help from his three sisters working in Europe soon evaporated.

The woman Ekhaguere was working with in Ghana encouraged him to start a little business of his own and even supported him with $700, but he had different ideas.

With part of his savings, Ekhaguere put the money into obtaining travelling documents to Libya, where he hoped to find his way to Italy.

“I went to Libya legally with appropriate documents. If anybody had warned me of the impending doom in Libya, I would have described the person as an enemy of progress,” he said.

To obtain “divine” backing for his journey, Ehhaguere visited a prophet in Ghana, who told him that evil people in his family were trying to prevent his success. This spurred him more, to make it in life.

‘Every migrant gets kidnapped’
Ekhaguere said he eventually met a Ghanaian “burger” (trafficker), who told him to pay N260,000 (about $830), his entire savings, for the journey to Libya.

On February 14, 2016, he along with 45 other Europe-hopefuls started the four-day journey from Ghana to Sabha, Libya.

Sabha, a city with a large population of migrants is 770km to the south of Tripoli and is the capital of Libya’s expansive southern Fezzan region. But more importantly, it is the hub of the country’s smuggling and human trafficking network.

Ekhaguere had hardly breathed the air of Sabha, when the traffickers who facilitated his journey “tranque” (kidnapped) him, a popular method of getting migrants to pay more.

He told our correspondent that every Nigerian immigrant in Libya had been kidnapped one time or another. “Everyone gets kidnapped,” he said.

Held and beaten daily for about one month in a house where he was shackled, Ekhaguere was given a phone to call a relation in Nigeria who later wired another N260,000 for his release.

After roaming the streets of Libya and doing unspeakable jobs just to get some money to get him to Libya, he again found another “burger” whom he paid the equivalent of N50,000 to get him to Tripoli, where he would make the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Journey into the belly of the beast
Tripoli was symbolic for Ekhaguere. It was the darkness before the morning; the tunnel at the end of which he saw light. But it turned out to be dusk before the darkness.

One evening in April, his group of 40, whose journey was facilitated by the same “burger” arrived Tripoli and were herded in a room, where they slept till morning. They were supposed to go to the seaside in the morning for the onward voyage to Europe.

By December 2016, the number of migrants who made the journey across the Mediterranean sea to arrive in Europe in the last 12 months had reached 358,156. According to the IOM, 22,000 of those are Nigerians like Ekhaguere. An equally large number of migrants die at sea. The IOM declared that 3,700 migrants have so far gone missing or died in the Mediterranean journey to Italy in 2016 alone.

But for Ekhaguere, death would not come from the sea.

At dawn, a heavy bang burst open the door of the room in which he slept with his group. Then, Libyan officials carrying guns rounded them up.

“I did not know what was going on. They were shouting words I did not understand. But they took us all to prison,” he said.

That would be his home for the next eight months; a detention facility that he said was best described as hell. It was his journey into the belly of the beast.

“If there is hell, I think it will look like the prison in which we were kept,” he said.

According to Ekhaguere and other inmates our correspondent spoke with, the male cell in the detention facility measured about 20 feet by eight feet. In it, about 170 inmates, mostly Nigerians, slept “lappa-lappa”. He said that was the term used for sleeping on one’s side in a spoon position to make them all fit into the floor.

Libya’s Department for Combating Illegal Migration admits that officially, there are 24 of such detention facilities for migrants.

In September, the IOM estimated that about 770,000 migrants and asylum seekers were in Libya. Of these, between 4,000 and 7,000 are held in detention facilities operated by DCIM.

But these are not detention facilities like any other. Ekhaguere said they were designed for migrants not to survive.

He had said a lot about his journey to Libya, but when it was time for Ekhaguere to explain what he went through in the detention facility, he became more emotional.

Tears streamed from his eyes afresh now.

“Jesus! I have known suffering in my life. But I never imagined suffering could be that bad,” he said.

As he spoke, it was clear all was not well with Ekhaguere. He started breathing heavily as a sudden cough took his voice away.

After several minutes of being attended to by officials around, he assured them that he would be fine and insisted on continuing his story.

“I was a healthy young man before I went to Libya. Would you see me now and not think I have a terminal illness?” he said, as he gestured at his 5’11”-foot frame, on which bones jutted out from under-malnourished skin in different places.

In the detention facility Ekhaguere was held in Tripoli, drinking water and an overflowing toilet were just one foot apart.

“The toilet was always overflowing because the officials made water available once a week to flush the toilet. For some reasons, the drinking water tap is placed on the ground beside the overflowing toilet. So, if you wanted to use a drinking bottle to fetch it, you had to place the bottle horizontally on the ground before water could get inside,” he said.

But that was barely the worst in the prison.

Death is cheap, survival a miracle
The frequency in which Nigerian inmates died in the prison, had made thought of death a monster that would simply not go away, Ekhaguere said.

According to him, he initially coped by waking up and repeating a mantra to himself: “I will make it. I will make it”. But he soon gave up.

He recalled one instance when another migrant from his native Edo State, Fide, whom he befriended in the prison, became so frustrated with life one morning and went to an official to ask him what he did wrong.

“Fide went to the official and asked if they wanted him to die in the place even though he had complete travelling papers. The man told him, ‘Please die soon, so you can make space for others’ For the next three days, Fide cried bitterly. I would tell him to have hope, even though mine was dead. I kept assuring him that we would survive the place. But he refused to eat for three days.

“Our food was bread the size of a table-tennis ball once a day. They fed us that at 8pm every day. Fide always slept beside me. One morning, I woke up and wanted to go and ease myself. I roused him that we should pray. But Fide was stiff. He had died in the night in our ‘lappa-lappa’ sleeping position.”

According to him, Fide’s body was wrapped in a blanket and taken away. By the time the officials came back, they told the migrants that their friend had been thrown in the desert.

So many people died within the eight months I was in that prison. Unfortunately, their families in Nigeria would never know.

In one instance, three young Nigerian women died through an accidental discharge by an official.

It was learnt that the three women sat together eating one afternoon in the female wing of the facility.

Ekhaguere said one of the officials sat few metres away smoking hash. As he stood from where he sat, he tried to lift his gun and his finger touched the trigger. The three women were sprayed with bullets and died immediately.

“They just took their bodies away as if nothing happened. That was the day I realised any one of us could die in that prison at any time,” he said.

He said every week, bodies were taken away and because most of them at that particular facility were Nigerians, words always circulated among them later that “he was from this Nigerian state or that state”.

A migrant, Juliet Edopolo, 36, who was held in the female wing of the same facility, said women rarely died.

“The reason is that they did not beat us like they beat the men. They beat us so that we could get few broken bones. They beat the men like they wanted them to die. The only time I remember women dying was when the three women were sprayed with bullets in my wing. One of them was from Delta State, the other two from Edo State,” she said.

10 pieces of macaroni per day
At Ekhaguere’s detention facility, a time came for a change of food from the regular tiny piece of bread. Migrant inmates’ hope rose for better meal.

Then, one day, officials came with a large bowl of macaroni, the hollow curve type with each piece measuring about half an inch.

Each inmate was required to take a handful. Then, the shock came.

“When you dipped your hand and brought out the macaroni, you would be asked to count five of them and return the rest under the watchful eyes of the officials. You dipped your hand in the bowl a second time and took another five, making 10 altogether. We ate 10 pieces of macaroni per day, washed down with water from beside the overflowing toilet,” he said.

In the facility, if disease from the horrible cell, toilet, or food did not kill the migrants, the bone-cracking beating by officials did.

The abuse in Libya’s detention facilities for migrants is so widespread that the UN has clamoured for an end to the torture, calling on the country to close all unofficial detention centres, dismiss and prosecute anyone suspected of abusing the migrants and asylum seekers.

“The UN has made clear that Libyan authorities should end the torture, forced labour, and s*xual violence that has been the lot of detained migrants for years. the partners in Libya’s policies toward migrants, including the EU, should insist on nothing less,” the Human Rights Watch, Middle East and North Africa Director, Sarah Leah Whitson, said.

At Ekhaguere’s detention facility, migrants are flogged on a daily basis with a long pole. The hollow in the pole was filled with concrete to make it heavier, according to the migrants.

Ekhaguere, said he recalled a Nigerian who could not stand or sit up for five days after being flogged. He himself was flogged more times than he could remember.

The pastor with bullet in the arm
Like Ekhaguere,Tunde Ejirense, 27, another Edo State indigene, who said he was a pastor before he left Nigeria, had been flogged so many times that he even sustained a fracture on his left arm. But that was not the worst.

On Ejirense’s right arm is a two-inch lump with a pointy end, which on a second look resembled a bullet under a layer of skin. That was exactly what it was.

Ejirense decided to seek a better life in Europe and made his way to Libya after someone died in his church in Nigeria.

“Things went bad,” he said. I sited my church, Altar of Bethel Ministry, on a small rented land in Benin, Edo State. One day, they brought an ill patient to me for prayer and healing. He later died in my church. I was arrested by the police after being accused of using the patient for rituals. That was the end of my church. After I was released, I thought my life could become better if I could get to Italy,” he said.

Ejirense made the desert journey from Agadez, a transit point in Niger Republic to Sabha, Libya. Through being kidnapped, forced to pay more money by his trafficker and spending a total of N730,000 (about $2,322)to facilitate his journey, he was shot in the arm by Libyan officials who arrested his group on the journey from Sabha to Tripoli.

“I was screaming in pain. I thought I would die that day. But the policemen did not care. They just dumped me in the prison where I found so many other Nigerians. I did not get any medication, no first-aid and wasn’t taken to any hospital.

“For four months before the skin closed up on the bullet, the pain was hell. There was nothing I could use to treat the wound myself. So, I just cleaned it with water until it healed. Yet they beat me and broke my second arm, which again took forever to heal without treatment,” he said.

As he prepared to make his way back to his native Edo State, Ejirense said he would finally find a way to remove the Libyan bullet that had stayed in his arm for 11 months.

But the bullet would not be the only souvenir of his horrible time in Libya.

“Right now, I don’t know if my manhood still works because of the torture. I was flogged in every part of the body including my manhood with the pole the Libyan officials used. If I pull down my trousers, you will scream,” he said.

When Ekhaguere, Ejirense and 138 other voluntary returnees from Libya landed at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos, there was no doubt that these were men and women, who would forever be thankful for being back in their country.

“Lord! I have now realised how beautiful my country is,” one of them said as he stepped down from the plane.

One of them, a young lady of about 20 years was too dazed to even speak as she sat glumly in an ambulance in which she was immediately taken to for preliminary treatment. Officials said had she spent few more days at the Libyan facility, she would have died.

The Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency, Onimode Abdullahi, who received the migrants at the airport on behalf of the agency’s DG, Sani Sidi, said out of the 140 migrants, there were 14 children, four of whom were unaccompanied.

“NAPTIP and other agencies concerned would do family tracing to ensure that the children are united with their families,” Abdullahi said.

Of the accompanied children, our correspondent met 10-year-old Esther Ogbeide, a secondary school girl, Juliet Edopolo’s niece, who simply wanted to go and “work in Libya like my aunty”.

So, when Edopolo’s younger sister, Osahon, was preparing to join her sister in Libya, Esther asked to be taken along. The trafficker who organised the trip had no objection, only asked for more money.

Arrested during a midnight migrant raid by officials in Tripoli, Edopolo, had been in prison for five months when a batch of migrants arrived one morning. Among them was her sister and little niece.

“I cried for so many days when I saw Esther. I never imagined she would end up like us. I knew Osahon was coming but not Esther,” she said.

Detention in areas controlled by militia
In Libya, the plight of migrants is worsened by the fact that there are numerous detention facilities controlled by militias in areas where the UN-backed Government of National Accord has no authorities.

In fact, there are three rival authorities in Libya.

Punch learnt that many of these militia-held areas are too “hot” to even be accessed by IOM officials to get Nigerians and other African migrants held there released. In such places, what horrible fate Nigerians would be subjected to can only be imagined.

Head of IOM in Nigeria, Mr. Nahashon Thuo, told Punch that the security situation in many of such areas would determine if IOM could get Nigerians out or not.

Thuo said, “Many of these detention centres are controlled by militias. Our ability to bring people home from Libya would depend on funding and security situation in the areas in which the detention facilities are located. Some of the migrants came from within the city and voluntarily told IOM they wanted to leave.”

The trip is IOM’s fifth in 2016. In March, 172 migrants were brought back home from Libya. In June, August and October, there were 162, 241 and 154 respectively.

The UN estimates that up to one million migrants are trapped or living in Libya with or without hope of crossing to Europe. Out of this lot, the IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix of Round 5, 2016, has been able to identify and locate 276,957 migrants in the country.

Many of these are Nigerians, the organisation says.

But at the end of the day, risking death is better than staying in Libya for many migrants.

“Many migrants who had originally intended to stay and work in Libya eventually choose to take the journey across the Mediterranean Sea, perceiving this option as a safer living environment than remaining in Libya,” the IOM said.

Punch contacted the Libyan Embassy in Nigeria about the situation of Nigerian migrants in their country and accusations of human rights abuses in at least the government-controlled detention facilities.The embassy has yet to reply to an email as of the time of filing this report.

Treacherous journey in the face of poverty
Migrants like Ekhaguere came back home with thanksgiving for surviving an experience that claimed the lives of many. But numerous others continue to make the treacherous journey every day, travelling from northern Nigeria through the Sahel to Libya as recession, rising unemployment and a plummeting currency value make life unbearable for many.

In August, the National Bureau of Statistics states that Nigeria’s unemployment rate had risen to 13.3 per cent. In October, inflation rate in the country hit 18.3 per cent.

Update! Jammeh may be forced to step down if he doesn’t hand over by Jan. 19

West Africa's regional bloc has put standby forces on alert in case Gambian president Yahya Jammeh does not step down when his mandate ends on Jan. 19, ECOWAS commission president Marcel de Souza said.

Jammeh has vowed to stay in power despite losing a Dec. 1 election to rival Adama Barrow, raising the possibility that regional powers may intervene to oust him if diplomacy does not succeed in persuading him to leave.

"We have put standby forces on alert if he does not (step down) on Jan. 19 when his mandate ends," De Souza said on Malian state television on Thursday evening. "No one has the right to oppose the will of the people."

Barrow's surprise victory and Jammeh's initial decision to concede after 22 years in power was seen across Africa as a moment of hope. But the president changed his mind a week later and said again on Tuesday that he would not step down, rebuffing efforts by West African leaders to persuade him.

See Gov. Ambode, Wife and others at the 2016 Lagos Christmas Carol service today ...photo

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Shina Peter's younger brother drags his name on the pages of newspaper again

Not just a few believe that Shina Peters and his brother, Yomi, do not have a cordial relationship. And to buttress this,  Yomi  said that the last time he saw his brother, Shina, was about four years ago and they have spoken only once since then.

The juju singer relocated to America many years ago and when asked why he left the shores of Nigeria, he claimed it was his brother that called him an armed robber.

“I relocated to the United States because I had a clash with my brother over our father’s property and he called me an armed robber on the pages of newspaper. I was so mad and we fought. I took our fight to the radio and television to talk about it and he had to leave Nigeria because of that. The fight was very tough. I told him that he could only run to heaven, so I travelled to America to meet him and we started our fight again. At the end of the day, God took the glory. I made sure I let everyone know that my brother lied against me. That lie really affected me and when I got to American embassy, they asked me some questions about it. Luckily for me, instead of such news destroying me, it helped me and I was given multiple visa because they pitied me and they were glad that I fought to remove the stain on my name,” he said.

There were also speculations that their feud which has lasted for decades was caused by a woman. According to the gist in town then, Sir Shina Peters allegedly snatched his brother’s fiancée about ten years ago when he was still holding sway in the Nigerian entertainment space. It was alleged that wedding plans were already on the way when the Ace crooner started an amorous affair with his brother’s fiancée. When Yomi got wind of the relationship, he was said to have called off the wedding. It was also rumoured that the two brothers had been at loggerheads ever since.

Speaking on the issue, Yomi said nothing like that happened but he was quick to add that his brother maltreated him while he was playing in his band.

He said, “Women and money are very important but it would be good if you can ignore them and concentrate on your goals. There are a lot of things that have been said about me in the press, some are true while others are false, meanwhile, they did not hear from me because there were certain things I couldn’t  tell the press. People could have heard or seen some things before they began to say that my brother snatched my fiancée but they did not hear such from me. To be honest, there was nothing like that between my brother and me.

“It is actually true that when I played at my brother’s band, he used to maltreat me, I cannot lie about that. It was real and I cannot lie about that. If someone comes to ask me if my brother has ever helped me in my life, I would say he has never offered me any help. It is what he has done for me that I would tell people. There was a time when our mother used to tell me to always tell people that my brother helped me and gave me money whenever I was asked. I did it for a while but it did not work for me because those  that were supposed to help me already thought that my brother was helping me out. I don’t think my help is in the hands of my brother at this age. My brother has never helped me, I don’t know if he would change his mind and help out tomorrow. I don’t regret having a fight with my brother, I can never regret it because God has favoured me and He is fighting my battles. I really do not want to talk about him now, the time for that is still coming.”

Currently in the country, the younger Peters is ecstatic about the massive airplay his single, ‘Igbeyawo,’ is getting on the radio. He said it took him a year to complete his album which consists of nine tracks.

“It took me about a year to complete my album and it would be my eighth album. There were a lot of problems I faced while pushing the album out. When I wanted to shoot the video for one of my songs, two video directors that I paid absconded with my money. I really thank my company MJG in America for their support,” Peters said.


Nigerian man in London charged with causing grievous bodily injury after beating 5-year-old boy to death

Marvin Iheanacho has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent (GBH) against a 5-year-old boy at a south-east London park. The 38-year-old appeared in custody at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, December 20th. He was remanded into custody to next appear for a pre-trial preparation hearing on Friday, March 10, 2017. A trial date has been scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017.
The victim, Alex Malcom, from Bromley died in hospital after suffering critical head injuries at Mountsfield Park, Catford on Tuesday, November 22. The investigation was passed to the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Iheanacho, from Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, was arrested the following day and appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court, charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

Liliya Breha, 29, the heartbroken mother of Malcom described her son as 'beautiful, kind and gentle".
"I 'm heartbroken, I miss him. I really struggle because he shouldn't have been taken away from me. He was my best friend" She said her son, a Year 1 pupil at Archbishop Sumner CofE primary school in Kennington, was popular among classmates and enjoyed going to parks and on trips around London. He appeared as an angel in a nativity play last year and had recently completed a portfolio to begin child modelling. 
"He was too beautiful, people often thought he was a girl. He was doing a little modelling. We had just done a portfolio, he 'd had lots of offers but we never had a chance to do proper modelling"  said Ms Breha.

Source: Metropolitan Police/Evening Standard

Omg! Broadcaster unknowingly exposes her underwear while reading the news ...photo

38-years-old Italian broadcaster, Costanza Calabrese, revealed more than she intended to on Television while reading the late night news. 
It would have been like every other night reading the news for Costanza, except that the unsuspecting woman spread her thighs apart, forgetting that the table she was sitting at is made of glass and reveals everything.
The video was shared by a viewer on YouTube and has gained massive viewing with some wondering why her producers did not call her attention to the error.

Watch video of bread seller, Olajumoke reveal her rise to stardom

Bread seller turned model Olajumoke Orisaguna in an interview with PulseTv says her rise to stardom has been the most inspirational event that happened to her in 2016. 

She said her rise to stardom was all by the grace of God and thanked the two people who have stood with her through out the year...TY Bello and Sujimoto. 

She added that Sujimoto pays her a salary every month without working or doing anything for Sujimoto. 

She expressed her profound gratitude, amidst tears of joy to him for all he has done for her and her family.

Billionaire daughter, Dj Cuppy shares dad, Otedola's simple phones ..photo

Florence 'DJ Cuppy' Otedola took this photo during an event she attended with her father on Saturday and shared it via her Snapchat account. 

See another photo below...

Wow! See the pencil drawings of this talented 7-year-old boy ...photo

This young boy was seen on the streets of Kampala, Uganda. According to the person who spotted the drawings and plans to visit the boy's family, he wrote:

"He doesn't go to school. His family can not afford to.  He sits and draws pictures. People pass, some kind enough to drop a few coins.  His mum collects the money and thanks them. I sat with them for bout 30mins and watched him draw. Fascinating. A gift I've always envied."

Photo Credit: IG/flawllesz_

Alleged mistress OAP Divine Ighovie, allegedly stabbed and stripped a married woman naked ...photo

A Facebook user, Jessica Taylor Omamuli whose husband was transferred to Ughelli, Delta state claims that her husband's mistress OAP Divine Ighovie barged into her home with thugs, beat her up, stripped her naked and recorded the incident. 
The wife and mother who according to her Facebook profile, is a Senior Consultant at Taylora Odinz said she had gone to the Police to report the incident and that the OAP is now in hiding.
Read what she wrote after the cut...

My wonderful family. Who am I without you guys. I love you all to the moon and stars. My husband got a job earlier this year in Ughelli delta state. We live in Lagos. Due to the job he moved down. This is my second visit. Let me not bore you with plenty story. I want to be as brief as possible and I hope this will let us women stand our grounds and take up praying for our spouse at all times. This morning this DIVINE IGHOVIE came into the house (ask me how, she had keys. Keys my husband gave her) my husband said cos of his busy schedule he got a lady to cook and clean plus special duties too.
With a hammer he was hitting me while another held me. I struggled and got the hammer. That was when she dashed into the kitchen for knife.
On seeing the knife I dashed into the toilet So I can lock myself in but they pushed the door open. I don't know how to explain how she stabbed me. I felt the blood trickling down my back. She put the knife to my neck and that's how she tore off my dress. Video my naked. I've been to the police station. I have given my statement.
Divine IGHOVIE is in hiding.
The police are looking for you Divine IGHOVIE. With the medical report gotten from the police I proceeded to general hospital in Ughelli. My back was sutured. I'm hypertensive and my bp is over the sky high. I've taken my medicine. I'm a lot calm now.
I've asked my husband several questions. I'm still wondering what promises he made? I'm asking if he ever said we are not married;? She took my phone and dell note book. Imagine So petty, a thief and as well and classless Divine IGHOVIE, you have done what a slit knows how. But you wait and see how I'm responding. I'm a law abiding citizen and with the LAW i will wage such a war that when you come back to this world you will stay away from married men 
On a final note, married women out there do you pray for your husbands? If you haven't start RIGHT NOW. these bitches ate using voodoo and all sorts of black magic but we will win DIVINE IGHOVIE, you kept bragging you're a bad ass. My question to you now WHY ARE YOU IN HIDING? YOU CAN'T HIDE FOR LONG. THAT'S FOR SURE.