Sunday, 30 September 2012
Award winning designer, Funke Ogunde, last weekend in Lagos, completed her marital rites. The 27-year-old lady, who owns Phunk Afrique, and her beau, Ayotunde Adepoju, were pronounced man and wife at an elaborate ceremony last weekend at Pastor Ituah Ighodalo-led Trinity House.
The wedding after-party which took place in Lekki, Lagos, will remain the talk of town for a long time owing to the display of opulence that characterised both ceremonies
There was public concern over the health of the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Friday.
Our correspondent gathered that the governor had been absent from the state for over three weeks fuelling speculations that he might have been sick.
While some said Dickson was flown to the United Kingdom to be treated of an undisclosed ailment, others insisted that the governor took some days off to rest.
There was also an indication that Dickson may miss all the activities lined up for the Independence Day and the 16th anniversary celebration for the creation of the state.
But the government broke its silence over the matter debunking claims that the governor’s absence was caused by illness.
The government said the governor was on official and private tour abroad, maintaining that Dickson was on a working leave.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Affairs, Chief Fred Agbedi, said the governor was hale and hearty.
He insisted that his absence had not in any way affected the administration of the state.
He said, “Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has gone abroad in his bid to woo investors and develop the state. On a private note, the Governor is also on holiday. He has not gone on holiday since his election into the House of Representatives, which he won after the turbulent rerun, and shortly after that, he went into the governorship primaries.
“He went through a rigorous campaign. Since then he has not taken a deserved rest and that is what he is doing now. The Governor did not travel because of ill-health but he travelled for the interest of the state and to rest.He added that there was no law that made it compulsory for the governor to be present during the Independence anniversary celebration
There was palpable fear at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Saturday afternoon, as a Qatar Airways plane coming from Doha, the capital of Qatar, made an emergency landing due to a flat tyre.
The pilot of the Airbus A330-200 plane had sent a distress call to air traffic controllers on duty at the airport, telling them that one of his tyres had low pressure.
The aircraft carrying 248 passengers touched down on runway 18R of the airport at about 1:15pm with a burst tyre.
Scores of fire fighters from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service had been mobilised to the airport.
Rescue workers from the National Emergency Management Agency, Julius Berger among others had also been waiting for the distressed aircraft.
A few minutes after the aircraft made the landed, it was towed to the parking bay of the international wing of the airport.
The panic-stricken passengers were however, unwilling to speak to journalists.
The Information Officer, NEMA, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, who led the emergency process on behalf of the agency, told reporters that the agency had received a distress call from airport authorities as early as 10am.
Farinloye added that the aircraft was said to have had a tyre burst on the rear side of the aircraft, a situation that required emergency landing.
He said the agency consequently mobilised and coordinated an emergency landing which included several agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Civil Defence Corps.
He noted that the aircraft landed safely.
The Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren, said the pilot took precautionary steps to land the aircraft the way he did.
He confirmed that the aircraft had low pressure in one of the tyres.An official of Qatar Airways in Lagos said the airline had no official reaction to the development since the aircraft landed safely.
DIRTY!!-Outrageous film claiming Obama's mother once posed for pornographic pictures is sent to a MILLION swing voters
The shocking - and totally unfounded - claims made in the DVD represent a new low in the election dirty tricks war today provoking fury among Democrats and likely to trigger outrage in the White House.
'Dreams From My Real Father', made by a right-wing film-maker who is a long-time critic of Obama, includes images of a woman it claims is the President's mother Ann Dunham clad in leather gloves, boots and a corset posing seductively on a couch.
The film also alleges that Mr Obama's real father is left wing poet poet and Communist party activist Frank Marshall Davis, and that Ms Dunham's marriage was a 'sham' to cover this up
The extraordinary claims are the latest twist in the debunked 'birther' conspiracy which has raised questions over Mr Obama's past.
But they could have serious consequences as more than one million copies have been mailed to voters in Ohio, a key swing state where Mitt Romney is lagging in the polls
Revealed: How(Nigeria's Mutallab) Christmas Day bomber's exploding underwear failed to detonate... because he had worn them for THREE WEEKS
The notorious underwear bomber who tried to bring down a jumbo jet on Christmas Day had a dirty little secret - he'd been wearing the explosive skivvies for weeks.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wore them for three weeks to be exact, and it may have been the reason why he was unsuccessful in his 2009 terrorist plans aboard a Detroit-bound airliner.
The new details were revealed by two FBI agents who played a role in securing a confession from Abdulmutallab, shortly after the bungled plot
Agent Ted Peissig told WXYZ-TV: 'So basically for three weeks he wore this garment, these underwear with this device in it.
‘We think ultimately that is probably what caused the disruption in the sequence of events in the explosion.'
Terror strike: Abdulmutallab, pictured in his 2009 mugshot, was sentenced to three life terms after pleading guilty
Connelly added that Abdulmutallab was focused on his mission to crash the plane, because it was 'God's call.'
The agents admitted that Abdulmutallab did not look like a terrorist, but he spoke freely about how he was working for al-Qaeda and that had acted alone.
The explosives failed to fully detonate aboard the flight, which was carrying nearly 300 people, but caused a brief fire that badly burned his groin.
Passengers pounced on Abdulmutallab and forced him to the front of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 where he was held until the plane landed minutes later.
Abdulmutallab talked freely to the FBI about his desire to commit martyrdom for his Islamic faith.
In 2009, months before the attack, he said he travelled to Yemen to see Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric and one of the best-known al-Qaeda figures.
He told investigators that his mission was approved after a three-day visit with his mentor
Saturday, 29 September 2012
Rumour has it recently that the actress, Empress Njama and Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, Timaya have settled their differences as they were said to have exchanged pleasantries at the 37th birthday of 2face which held last Tuesday, at Club Rumours, G.R.A, Ikeja, Lagos. But reacting to the story when contacted, Empress said she has nothing in common with Timaya again.
“ I and Timaya are not dating again. He saw me at the party and came to exchange pleasantries with me. There is nothing wrong with that. If we are not dating again does not mean that we are sworn enemies,“ Empress said
According to the rumour mongers, the erstwhile lovers arrived the venue at different time.
Empress was said to have sat at the same table with some of her Nollywood colleagues when Timaya reportedly got closer to her and whispered something into her ear as they both laughed.
“He was just trying to be nice and Empress replied him, saying “That’s that.” a source disclosed.
If you recall, Timaya and Empress Njamah began dating over four years back. But in August, 2009, at a church in Festac, Lagos, Timaya was reported to have been beaten by some naval men when he stormed the church with the aim to attack Empress.
He was said to have caused fracas in the church, shouting that Empress should return the key to the car he bought for her. The controversial singer also reportedly called Empress a thief, a situation that led to their permanent separation. Timaya has since moved on with his life. In May 2012, he welcomed his first child, a baby girl from his girlfriend
Co-winner of the sixth season of Africa’s biggest reality competition ‘Big Brother Africa’ 2011, Karen Igho has challenged men to approach her, she said she is certainly not a hard knot to crack when it comes to falling in love.
"I'm a woman who desires to be loved and wooed by the opposite sex. Men are supposed to woo me. I’m a woman and I’m very soft. They shouldn’t be scared of asking me out. I want a decent man, and not any kind of man,”the Edo State born entertainer said
Karen expressed disappointment that men are not bracing up the courage to woo her, despite the fact that she is not as difficult as they think.
Declaring however that she’s still “single and ready to mingle”, Karen who only few months ago debuted as a radio personality with the fast rising Lagos indigenous radio station, Naija fm 102.7, set a standard for her dream man.
“He must not only be ‘God-fearing’ and comfortable’ but also, he must be down-to-earth and not necessarily a bachelor,” she declared.
A policeman and an armed robber were killed on Friday in Port Harcourt during a gun battle between a gang of bandits and security operatives.
The anti-robbery squad of the Rivers State Police Command had received a distress call by Access Bank on Olu Obasanjo Road at about 6.30 am before moving to the scene.
It was learnt that unknown to the team of policemen, some of the bandits had laid in ambush for the security agents.
The hoodlum were said to have opened fire on the security operatives immediately they arrived on the scene.
In the ensuing gun duel, a policeman was hit by the bandits, while a member of the gang was also killed by the patrol team.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, said the armed robbers, who operated with three vehicles, rushed the remains of their dead colleague into one of the cars and sped off.
He said the policemen recovered one Gulf 3 car and an FNC rifle, which was left behind by the hoodlums.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a suspected bulk currency smuggler, Abubakar Tijani Sheriff, for attempting to smuggle $7m out of Nigeria.
Although the details of the arrest were sketchy at press time, Saturday PUNCH gathered that the 24-year-old was arrested on Thursday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on his way to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The suspect is being detained in the commission’s custody in Lagos pending his arraignment in court.
He was said to have escaped security scrutiny from other agencies at the airport but was apprehended at the point of boarding the plane by operatives of the commission.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest.
The commission warned travellers, who, for any reason, want to move bulk cash out of the country, to “do so through the banking system; otherwise, they must be prepared to declare it and explain the source of the money.”
Friday, 28 September 2012
There was drama in one of the popular commercial banks recently when a very rich dwarf refused to be intimidated by the staff of the bank.
Although he came in the company of a taller friend...he insisted on transacting himself!!!The staff of the bank told him it would be difficult to "see" him from their counter...so he requested for a "lift"(chair or stool)....but the staff refused,saying that it was unethical for them to do that for him...
The dwarf caused a commotion by raising his voice....which led to the manager intervening.....
The result is what you can see in the picture...odd world!!!LMFAO!!!
It has come to your attention that Paul Okoye has displayed publicly the angel of his life, Anita, a beautiful girl who has been together with him ever before they became popular.
Well, the latest gist is that, Paul, the other dude of P Square has revealed that his lover of long standing, Anita is the only lady who makes him laughs and at the same time makes him cry.
“I started dating her when I was nobody and today, she has become part of me. She is my best friend and I am not seeing her as my girlfriend because she is more than that. If it were somebody I met when my career is blooming, I am sure we would have been having problems. But she is somebody who doesn’t bother about who I am.
She has this believe of do your own thing and let me do mine. She is a nice person even though every woman has her fault. She is in fact the best thing and the worst thing. When I say best, she is the best thing that makes me happy but she is also the only thing that makes me sad. Whenever she does something that hurts, it will hurt me the more. If we both have a quarrel, the pain is worse. Na she dey sweet pass and at the same time, na she dey pain pass.” He said
Although, the dashing guy, Paul has over the years not been linked to any lady apart from Anita, his friend say, he only does his flirty runs when Anita is not in sight, the only different he has from Peter, his half brother.
Paul, we learnt, has successfully shielded his love life from prying eyes, and made no news ever about his romance with any lady until months back when he opens up about Anita and talks passionately about her.
He is obviously so enveloped by this romance that he now has little or no time for social outings hence his unusual absence from most A-class showbiz events.
SAUDI Arabia, in apparent defiance of Nigeria’s ultimatum, has deported 510 female pilgrims.
The deportees, mainly from Sokoto, Jigawa and Kano states, arrived at the Kano International Airport at about 8.30pm on Wednesday, aboard a Meridian Airline flight.
The female returnees were among the Nigerian women pilgrims for the 2012 hajj detained in Medina and Jeddah for not having male escorts while trying to enter Mecca.
Vice President Namadi Sambo had on Wednesday summoned the Saudi Ambassador to Nigeria, Khaled O.Y. Abdrabuh, to register the Federal Government’s displeasure over the incident. Sambo also gave Saudi Arabia a 24-hour ultimatum to redress the situation.
Spokesman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Mallam Uba Mana, said those brought back were a part of 1020 earlier detained by the Saudi officials at the King Fahd Airport.
Mana was however silent on the fate of others who were still detained in Saudi Arabia.
He said the commission hoped that the Federal Government at the Presidency level would soon settle the matter which is already threatening the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
“We are awaiting a response from the King of Saudi Arabia so that a discussion can be opened between the two parties.
“We strongly believe that there is hope in sight, we hope that shortly the whole thing would be resolved,” Mana said.
Meanwhile, Abdrabuh on Thursday reportedly said the dispute would be resolved within 24 hours (by today).
Findings indicated that the envoy gave the assurance during a closed-door meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
Tambuwal has been nominated by the Federal Government to negotiate the release of the pilgrims with the Saudi authorities.
A source, who was privy to discussions at the meeting, confided in The PUNCH that Abdrabuh visited Tambuwal to brief him on efforts made by the two countries so far to resolve the dispute.
“He told the Speaker that in the next 24 hours, the problem will be resolved. He confirmed that there had been high-level talks between the officials of the two countries and assured that the problem of the pilgrims would be resolved within 24 hours”, the source stated.
However, there were indications that Tambuwal might fly out to Saudi Arabia on Friday (today) “to have a first-hand assessment of the situation and speed up the negotiation.”
“The Speaker may likely be on his way to Saudi Arabia tomorrow (today),” a source close to Tambuwal said about his trouble-shooting efforts said.
Officials at the Royal Embassy of the Saudi Arabia in Nigeria have however remained silent over the detention of the Nigerian pilgrims in their kingdom.
Our correspondent who visited the Embassy located on Plot 2666, Volta Close, Off Thomas Street, Minister’s Hill Cadastral Zone AG, Maitama, Abuja was not allowed beyond the gate.
A guard at the gate said no one was allowed into the compound without an appointment. Abdurabbah was said to have gone out on an official assignment.
When our correspondent called the official Embassy’s telephone line and asked to speak with the media officer, a female voice answered the telephone but refused to give her name.
On hearing the mission of our correspondent, she said, “On that issue, no comment, no comment, no comment.” She subsequently hung up. Subsequent calls to the line were not acknowledged.
In a separate telephone interview, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ogbole Ahmedu-Ode, said “The issue is being handled at the highest level of government.
“You must have heard that the Vice-President met with the Saudi Ambassador over the issue.” He then declined further comments.
Meanwhile, a top government official on Thursday said a final government decision on the issue would not be taken until President Goodluck Jonathan returned to the country.
Jonathan is attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He is expected back in Abuja on Friday (today).
“The issue is a diplomatic one and a decision cannot be taken until the President returns. The VP may take a position in conjunction with the Hajj Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but such a decision would need the approval of the President.
“Since he is expected back in the country on Friday, there is no need to be in a hurry. The decision will be deferred until his return.”
When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the VP, Mr. Umar Sani, confirmed that Sambo had not heard from the envoy.
Sani however claimed that the 24 hours deadline would expire on Friday as government did not expect it to take effect on Wednesday evening when it was pronounced.
He said, “We are still expecting them to revert back to the VP. They still have the whole of today (Thursday) to do so.
“Since the ultimatum was given yesterday (Wednesday) evening, we expect that they may not start work on the issue until today.
“If at the end of the ultimatum, nothing is done, we will then announce our action. We won’t announce the next step yet in order not to create any unnecessary diplomatic row.”
A Lagos High Court in Ikeja on Thursday sentenced a 35-year-old police corporal, Ikechukwu Nwabueze, to death by hanging for killing a three-year-old girl at a checkpoint in Ketu in April 2009.
Kausarat Muritala, who died on the spot, was hit in the head by bullet which penetrated through the back of the car conveying her and her parents.
The shooting took place at Obanle Aro junction in Ketu.
Justice Olabisi Akinlade, in a judgment, held that Nwabueze, intentionally killed the deceased and therefore found him guilty of one count of murder preferred against him by the state Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
“The only statutory punishment for murder is death penalty. Accordingly, the sentence of the court upon you ex-Corporal Ikechukwu Nwabueze is that you be hanged by neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul,” Akinlade said
As a trained policeman, the judge said the convict could not claim ignorance “of the consequence of his action” when he shot at the back seat of the vehicle conveying Kausarat, her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Saliu Muritala, the family’s friend and the driver.
Akinlade said, “The bullet penetrated through the back of the car. He aimed at the occupants of the vehicle.
“He cannot claim that he was not aware of the consequence of his action. He had the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily injuries when he fired at the back of the car.”
She said the punishment would serve as a deterrent to policemen who recklessly “cut short the lives of innocent Nigerians.”
“Only God knows what little Kausarat would have become if her life was not cut short,” Akinlade said after listening to defence’s allocutus (plea for mercy).
Nwabueze had said he and his colleagues fired because the car did not stop for “stop and search” when flagged down at the checkpoint.
His counsel, Mr. Yemi Omodele, had urged the court to acquit him, saying the court could not rely on the uncertainty of whose bullet actually killed the deceased since his client was not the only one who fired his gun.
But Akinalde rejected the accused’s oral testimony which she said was tainted with contradictions, full of after-thought and was unable to provide any “defence or justification for his action.”
She said the convict’s confessional statement in which he admitted aiming his gun at the tyre of the vehicle ‘but that he did not know that the bullet would kill Kausarat’ was consistent with Muritala’s testimony and that of the policeman’, who investigated the case, Sgt. James Adetoye.
Muritala had told the court that he rushed back with his dead daughter in his hand to the checkpoint, and that the policemen, on sighting him, took to their heels.
He added that he handed the body over to his friend, caught up with the leader of the team and grabbed his cloth.
He said the other policemen, then turned back and started shooting in the air to scare him away.
According to him, at that time, his friend had taken his daughter’s body to the hospital, and that when he was unshaken by the policemen’s threat, they called for settlement.
He said he and his wife followed the policemen to Alapere Police Station, where himself and his wife were beaten by policemen until “several senior police officers” intervened.
In his allocutus, Omodele urged the judge to temper justice with mercy and impose imprisonment instead of death penalty, “in the light of campaigns against death sentence.”
But the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan, urged the court to give the “maximum sentence” because “the menace of policemen releasing bullets recklessly on innocent citizens needed to be discouraged.”
Chelsea and Nigeria winger Victor Moses is not only getting results for his efforts on the pitch but also at home. The attacker has become a father.
The footballer announced the arrival of the child named Brentley through his Twitter account by 3.29am on Thursday.
He tweeted, “I am really proud to announce I’m now a dad! Brentley Moses born this morning 3.960kg all healthy thank God! fanx 4 ur support.”
The 21 year old attacker made his first start for Chelsea on Tuesday in a League Cup match against Wolves and capped the outing with a goal.
“First goal 4 Chelsea and hopefully many more 2 come,” he tweeted afterwards barely two days before the arrival of Brentley.
His fans have been sending in congratulatory messages via the same channel.
One of such came from Swaggamigbono who tweeted, “congrats I have faith that you would become the new okocha for Nigeria.”
Chelseadaft.org simply entered, “Congratulations” and Nigerian entertainer Dare Art Alade who said he was not a Chelsea fan still cheered him up despite their club differences.
“Congrats man. 1st goal though I hate ya club and a big welcome to your daughter. Bless,” Dare tweeted.
Moses good news came hours ahead of an unpalatable one for Chelsea as the team captain was handed a four-match ban for the racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand with a hefty fine of £220,000.
Commercial bus drivers and passengers trapped in the Abuja-Lokoja Road following flooding disaster in the North-Central have narrated their experiences.
The flood has stopped all movement on the road leaving motorists and passengers stranded.
Some of the drivers told our correspondent in Lokoja, on Thursday that they had not bathed since on Sunday when the flood stopped them from continuing their journey.
They also said they had been defecating in the bush as they wait for the completion of an alternative route.
A Young Shall Grow Motors driver, Ebele Iloh, said he had been sleeping in his bus with his assistants, adding that they had no water for bathing.
He said, “I got to Lokoja and saw a big body of water and hundreds of stranded vehicles and passengers. We have been sleeping here since Saturday; we have no water to bath. To eat, we take Okada (commercial motorcycles) to the other side of town where you don’t even get any decent food.”
An aged woman, who identified herself as Iya Dele Alagbo, said she was travelling to Akure, Ondo State from Abuja where she bought yams to sell.
She said, “I have been unable to sleep since we got here on Tuesday night. The mosquitoes are killing and besides, there is no space where you can lay your head because the bus is fully loaded with yams as you can see.
“There is no water to bath and the pure water sellers are selling each at N20; how many can one buy to bath?
“I have been calling my family members on the phone to assure them that we are safe, but it has not been easy.”
A bus driver with Ekeson Transport, Peter Okeke, lamented the situation.
He said he left Lagos for Abuja with 41 passengers, but a majority of them had abandoned him and the bus.
Okeke said his company has lost a lot of money, adding that the bus brings in about N200,000 daily.
He said, “I can’t begin to narrate what I have suffered here; there is no food, no water and no place to do your toiletry except inside the bush, where you risk being bitten by a snake or other poisonous insects.
“I have been driving through this road for many years but I never knew that I will get stuck here and spend days at a spot; my brother, I have suffered.”
Mrs. Chinwe Ozuah, the mother of Ugochukwu Ozuah, the man who was allegedly killed by policemen five days after his wedding, on Thursday in Lagos said the police should be held responsible for her son’s death.
Chinwe, who held back tears, recalled that she saw her son a day before the incident, lamenting that she did not know that was the last time she would see him.
She said, “The police killed my son and all I want for him is justice. The last time I saw him was last Wednesday and we spoke. He made so many promises to me but unfortunately he was killed.
Family members of the 36-year-old man have again berated the police for the alleged murder and insensitivity.
Ugochukwu’s family berated the police not only for the alleged murder but also for their inability to carry out proper investigation.
In view of this, the family expressed concern that the police might eventually cover up the case.
The deceased’s friend, Irikefe Omene, who was with the slain man, had said that Özuah was killed by policemen around UPS on Oworonsoki Expressway on September 20, 2012.
But the police denied the allegation immediately, attributing the incident to armed robbery.
The deceased’s elder sister, Nkechi Nnoyelu, berated the Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, for insensitivity.
She said, “The only son of the family has been killed and yet the police still remain insensitive. The PPRO, who has been granting press interviews, never even deemed it fit to condole with the family.
“The police are saying that my brother was attacked by armed robbers but his phones were not stolen, he had money in his wallet which was untouched and yet they call it a robbery.
“It baffles me that the police, were on the scene but they did not even attempt to take him to hospital or give any kind of care, they were all watching.”
Nkechi said denial by the police that Omene did not write any statement at the police station was an indication that their investigation would be shoddy.
Meanwhile, condolence register had been opened in honour of the slain man.
The deceased’s widow, Joan, sat mute on a chair when our correspondent visited Ozuah’s residence.
As at the time our correspondent left the home, nearly 80 condolence messages had been written in his honour
Mrs. Ije Ekobay wrote, “Ugo, I just saw your smiling face two days ago. The devil is a liar! Death has neither say over you nor victory over you. May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace.”
Another friend, Tosin Adesina, wrote, “Brother, it was wonderful knowing you. You were a gentleman, intelligent, confident, generous, patient and very driven. I celebrate your life with a lot of pain in my heart.”
Perhaps, one of the most emotion-laden comments was written by Ugochukwu’s niece, Nina Ndu-Nwogu.
It reads, “Dear uncle Ugo, you were there even when I was in the womb and now you’re gone. I was the flower girl at your wedding and those memories I will cherish forever. When I heard of your departure, I believed you’re in a deep sleep and God needed the help of more angels so he called on you. You will always be in my heart. I will always love you.”
Ukomadu Gabriel wrote, “Oh not again. Another casualty of Nigeria Police Force. You were a quiet and lovely fellow. One would not have imagined this sort of incident. God knows it all, rest in peace.”
Our correspondent learnt that various human rights groups, including the Office of the Public Defender of the Ministry of Justice, had started working on the matter to ensure that police did not cover up.
Nkechi, who decried the rising cases of extra-judicial killings, said a foundation would be set up in honour of Ozuah.
She said, “I want a foundation set up in honour of my brother to help families of victims of police killing.
“Ugo used to be called, mummy’s handbag. Even when my dad was alive, he was too close to my mum. Even though he was my younger brother, he was our father.”
IG orders FCID to investigate murder
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has constituted a team from the Federal Criminal Investigation Department to immediately take-over the investigation of the murder from the Lagos State Police Command, with the mandate to identify and fish out the killer(s).
A statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba in Abuja on Thursday, explained that the IG’s decision was informed by the need to maintain “neutrality, professionalism, speedy and holistic dispensation of justice.”
While commiserating with the family, friends and relations of the deceased, the police re-assured the nation that they would ensure that the perpetrators of the crime were unmasked and brought to book.
The statement quoted Abubakar as appealing to members of the public, especially those who might have witnessed the crime, to come forward with useful information.
He said such information could be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IG promised that the team would release dedicated phone lines for purposes of interaction with members of the public, as soon as they arrived in Lagos.
Abubakar appealed for calm, patience, understanding and support, while efforts are being intensified to unravel the crime.
“The IG also used this medium to dispel rumours making rounds, especially on the social media that he had earlier made a definite statement concerning the incident,” the statement added.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Its predecessor Geordie Shore horrified many Newcastle residents with their city's on-scene depiction.
So it was unsurprising to find Welsh viewers have been equally disgusted following the premiere of new MTV reality show The Valleys on Tuesday.
While some appeared to find the scandalous antics entertaining, a lot of Twitter followers were aghast at what they were watching.
Showbiz correspondent Simon Thompson tweeted: 'Wow! #TheValleys. Wales not happy. As a Welshman, I am appalled. Makes Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights look like Downton Abbey. Ashamed.'
Another Twitter user Shannon Stevens wrote: 'The Valleys made me so embarrassed I don't want to live in this country anymore
Ahead of the show's broadcast, it was condemned by Charlotte Church: 'I won't be watching as I think it will be exploitative and a horrific representation of the country that I love.'
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant told Wales Online: 'It's called The Valleys but it doesn’t happen in the Valleys, it happened in Cardiff. It’s all about people getting very drunk and being as deliberately outrageous as they possibly can be. That’s not what the Valleys are like
'I am proud at any size': Curvy Lady Gaga struts around in her favourite skimpy costumes as she defies critics after 25lbs weight gain
Lady Gaga's isn't letting criticism over her weight gain get her down.
The defiant 26-year-old took to the stage in her usual array of skimpy outfits in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
The Born This Way singer, who has become an advocate for curvy girls after recently gaining 25lbs, confidently strutted around in her tour costumes, which includes a leather g-string and fishnet tights get-up.
John Terry banned for four matches over racially abusing Anton Ferdinand after FA finds him guilty of racial abuse
Former England football captain John Terry has been banned for four matches after the Football Association has found him guilty of racial abuse.
The 31-year-old Chelsea captain had denied an FA charge that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match last October. He was acquitted in a criminal case in July.
But following an FA independent regulatory commission hearing, he has now been banned for four matches and given a £220,000 fine for using insulting words which included a reference to Anton Ferdinand's colour or race.
The verdict comes just days after Terry sensationally retired from international football and his position as England captain.
Terry retired just hours before the FA hearing was expected to begin. He claimed the FA made his position ‘untenable’ over the well-known incident and that the decision 'breaks my heart'.
After four days hearing evidence, from Terry, Ferdinand and other witnesses, the independent panel handed down their verdict this afternoon.
The fine he has been forced to pay is the equivalent of the footballer working less than 8 days based on his current £150,000-a-week deal at Chelsea.
A statement from the FA said: 'An Independent Regulatory Commission has today found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220,000, pending appeal.
'The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27th July, 2012, with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on October 23rd, 2011.
'The charge was the result of The FA's long-standing investigation into this matter, which was placed on hold at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr Terry's representatives pending the outcome of the criminal trial
Top Nollywood actors like Omotola Ekeinde Jalade, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Jim Iyke, Emeka Ike and others have shunned the on-going election into elective offices of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
The election, as we gathered, is going on simultaneously in all the state chapters across the federation. A source squealed to us that at the Lagos venue of the election, top Nollywood stars are missing.
Emeka Rollas, Steve Eboh and Febrisima Ibinabo are all contesting for the position of presidency. This is the first election being conducted after the botched election held in Benin City, Edo State earlier in 2012.
Stay with us to get updates from the election. We learnt there is calm at the venue at the moment
Emeka Ike Disrupts AGN Election In Lagos**He Said I Threatened His Life--Emma Oguguah**No, I Didn't Disrupt Election--Emeka Ike
Controversial Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike today, Thursday, September 27 disrupted the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) held in Lagos. He came in about 1:40pm to arrest the vice chairman of the BOT of the guild, Emma Ogugua with some men of the police force.
Emma was whisked away to Zone 2 Headquarters of the police force where we learnt he met with the AIG in charge of the zone. He was accompanied by Steve Eboh, who is contesting in the election for the presidency.
Emma later came back to the secretariat some minutes past 5pm. Though this did not stop the election, but it has delayed the announcement of the election results.
Emeka reportedly came claiming it was illegal for the guild to conduct an election. There are feelers that Ibinabo is leading but this has not been officially announced.
Meanwhile, Emeka Ike has denied coming to the election venue to arrest Emma. He said he was just passing by while the election was going on.
Speaking with us, Emma showed us evidence that he was truly arrest and claimed that Emeka told the police the he (Emma) threatened his life
For some weeks now, popular Nigerian singer, Zaaki Azzay's marriage was put in public domain when his wife, Hadiza alleged that Zaaki domestically assaulted her. She was reported to have sought help in an NGO named Project Alert, which fights against such issues.
A source close to the singer said that Zaaki was in Paris for a show he was invited to. Right now, we learnt that he is back in Nigeria, but not in Lagos at the moment.
Another source close Zaaki divulged to us in confidence that the Benue State-born musician also travelled to France in order to cool off from the marriage saga. Just recently, video of his estranged wife is on the internet alleging that Zaaki force her to abort a pregnancy.
As Nigerian and Saudi authorities continue to bicker over the detention of Nigerian women in that country, reports reaching us say the Saudi authorities have begun deporting the detained female hajj pilgrims.
The first batch of 71 women from Katsina and Taraba States have already been deported and arrived the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (MAKIA) this evening.
The pilgrims arrived the airport aboard a Max Air aircraft with registration number 5N MM at about 4.58 pm.
Four hundred female pilgrims from Nigeria, who arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for this year's hajj, were on Sunday separated from their male counterparts and detained by Saudi authorities for failing to provide their Muharram that is, the approved male companion accompanying her on her trip, usually a husband, father or brother.
There are reports that the number of detained women had risen to 1000 but that could not be independently verified by this authorities.
The matter has sparked a fierce diplomatic row between the two countries, with the foreign ministers of the two countries unable to resolve the logjam.
Do we still call dem Alhaja?
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
£40m for any man who can turn my gay daughter straight: Father's shock offer after lesbian wedding ceremony
As a billionaire playboy who claims to have bedded 10,000 women, Cecil Chao has no doubts about his own sexuality.
Now he is trying to dictate the sexuality of his children too.
The 76-year-old property and shipping tycoon is offering a £40million ‘marriage bounty’ to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter – and turn her straight
Refusing to accept the gay union, he pledged the fortune to any potential male suitor able to walk the 33-year-old University of Manchester graduate down the aisle at a traditional wedding
The famously promiscuous Hong Kong businessman dismissed ‘false reports’ of his daughter’s lesbian nuptials and insisted she was still single.
‘I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor – the important thing is that he is generous and kind hearted,’ he said of the ideal husband for his daughter.
‘Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work,’ he told the South China Morning Post.
Same-sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong.
According to reports, the spat between Mr Chao and his daughter erupted last week when she announced at an event in Beijing that she tied the knot with her long-term lover, Sean Eav, five months ago. A regular on the city’s social circuit and in celebrity magazines, Mr Chao has never been married. Gigi is the oldest of his three children with three mothers.
In addition to the dowry, he has also offered to start his potential son-in-law up in his own business.
He said the prize money was ‘an inducement to attract someone who has the talent, but not the capital, to start his own business’.
According to the BBC, Miss Chao said she found her father’s plan ‘entertaining’ and wouldn’t give it too much thought until an actual suitor had been found.
Miss Chao graduated from university in 1999 with a degree in architecture. She went on to work for two years with prominent British architect Sir Terry Farrell.
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Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja gave the Saudi Arabia government 24 hours to expedite action in resolving the issues surrounding the detention of some Nigerian female pilgrims.
Vice President Namadi Sambo gave the ultimatum when he summoned the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Khaled Abdrabuh, to his office.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that over 750 Nigerian female pilgrims in Saudi Arabia adjudged by the authorities to be without male companion (Muharram) have been detained in Jeddah and Madinah.
Sambo expressed the country’s displeasure over the treatment being meted out to Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s pilgrimage in the holy land.
He said reports available to him suggested that only Nigerian pilgrims were being subjected to such dehumanising treatment.
Sambo, therefore, requested the Saudi Arabian authorities to apply caution and flexibility to allow the pilgrims undertake their sacred religious duties.
He said that no reasonable and responsible government would sit and fold its arms while its citizens are manhandled.
The VP, therefore, requested the Ambassador to do all within his powers to ensure that the issues were resolved within 24 hours, and the outcome communicated to him.
While explaining the position of his government, Abdrabuh said that Nigeria was not being treated in isolation, and that all the countries participating in the Hajj were affected.
He said that the issue of Muharram for female pilgrims was not a new policy, but that the Saudi government decided to be flexible in the past.
He revealed that the Ministries of Hajj, Foreign Affairs and Interior and the governor of Mecca were meeting in Riyadh, the country’s capital, with a view to resolving the impasse speedily.
Abdrabuh expressed the hope that the matter would be resolved within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Federal Government on Wednesday suspended airlifting of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia pending the resolution of the diplomatic row between Nigeria and Saudi authorities.
The spokesman for the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Mallam Uba Mana, told our correspondent on the telephone that the suspension would be for 48 hours to allow for the resolution of the crisis over 700 Nigeria female pilgrims detained by Saudi Arabia on their way to Mecca for Hajj.
He said, “We have suspended the airlifting of pilgrims for the hajj for 48 hours for now to allow the resolution of the diplomatic crisis.
President Goodluck Jonathan approved the constitution of a Presidential delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia over the issues surrounding the detained pilgrims at King Abdul-Azziz International Airport, Jeddah.
A statement on Wednesday night by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Pius Anyim, said the delegation would be led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.
Others are the Minister of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nuruddeen Mohammed; Amb. Shehu Galadanchi, Sheikh Sherif Saleh and Chairman, NAHCOM, Muhammad Bello.
He said, “The delegation will depart for Saudi Arabia as soon as appointment is finalised with the appropriate authorities.”
Meanwhile, NAHCOM confirmed that 159 pilgrims were denied entry into Medina and that they returned aboard the same flight.
However, Nigeria has protested the treatment meted out to its citizens by Saudi Arabia.
Spokesman for NAHCOM, Mallam Uba Mana, said the commission took the decision to avoid a situation where they would be detained by the Saudi authorities.
He said, “We received a report this morning that 159 female pilgrims were not allowed in Medina. We immediately asked the flights that took them to return them to the country
Mrs. Adebusola Odunaya, women Leader, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Cornerstone Parish, New Jerusalem Area, Elliot, Lagos, is missing.
The 33-year-old mother of two was last seen on Saturday.
Her husband, Mr. Oluwafemi Odunaya, said that he left Adebusola at home.
Oluwafemi said when he returned home, his children told him that Adebusola had gone for shopping.
When she did not return late in the evening, he said he became disturbed more so when her phone indicated it was switched off.Since that time, nobody has heard any information about her. Her phone is no longer going. What has even jolted us the more is the fact that since that day, no ransom demand has been made,” Oluwafemi said.
On whether his wife probably moved out of the house because of disagreement, Odunaya, said there was no cause for that as they did not have any disagreement. He added that her clothes and other belongings were intact.
Odunaya said he had already reported the matter to the Iju Ishaga Police Division.
He urged anybody with useful information to report to him on 08073516669 or the nearest police station.
The police in Iju Division confirmed the matter was reported on Monday and that Adebusola had subsequently been declared missing.
“The case has been reported and referred to DCB while Corporal Thomas Paulet is detailed to investigate the case,” police crime diary extract stated.
A Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday granted bail to two suspects arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Cynthia Osokogu,
But the driver who was accused of driving the prime suspect to Cosmilla Hotel, FESTAC, was remanded in prison custody.
The suspects granted bail – Nonso Ezike (22), who is the younger brother to Olisaeloka, one of the alleged killers, and Ezeaka Chinonso (27) – were arrested by policemen at Area E for receiving and selling Cynthia’s BlackBerry phone.
The two counts read, “That you Ezike Nonso Ifechukwu and Ezeaka Chinonso, sometime in the month of July 2012, at 93 Tedi/Memo Road Abule-Osun, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: receiving robbed/stolen property thereby committed an offence and punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
“That you (accused persons), on the same date, time did knowingly receive one white BlackBerry phone valued at N85,000 from one Ezike Olisaeloka also known as Chidera, property of Cytnhia, knowing same to have been robbed/stolen and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 326 (1)(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
Nonso’s lawyer, Mr. J. C Ngobili, told the court that the accused was a student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and prayed the court to grant him bail in liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr. P.A. Adekomaya, admitted that although the offences were bailable, he pointed out that the bail condition ought not to be too liberal in view of the circumstances surrounding Cynthia’s murder.
He granted Nonso and Ezeaka bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must not be teachers or local government employees. He added that the sureties could be bank tellers.
He said, “The court observes that the matter at hand is a bailable offence but in order to deter the defendants from flight, I hereby subject them to bail of N500, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.”
The third accused person, Gideon Okechukwu, a driver, was however charged with eight counts of murder, rape, robbery, conspiracy, administering a harmful substance to the deceased among others.
The charge reads in part, “That you, Gideon Okechukwu, and others charged to court, on the same dates, time and place, in the aforesaid Magisterial district, did unlawfully kill one Cynthia Osokogu (25) by administering her with obnoxious substance known as Rohypnol Flunitrazepam tablets via a Ribena drink, binding her with padlock and cellotaped her legs, neck and mouth, giving her fist blows all over her body, giving her several human bites, tortured and strangled her to death and thereby committed an offence, punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011
Okechukwu had told PUNCH Metro before he was arraigned that he only drove the alleged killers from the area where the hotel was situated, adding that he had no role in Cynthia’s murder.
Okechukwu’s lawyer, Bello, prayed the court to also grant the accused bail, adding that he had been held at the State Criminal Investigation Department.
The magistrate, who quickly interjected, explained that it wasn’t within the jurisdiction of the court to grant bail for such offences.
He said, “Do you think I am drunk or under a spell that I would grant bail for such offences? Before this court is an application for remand. The accused person can only be granted bail based on the advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions or order from a superior court.”
Okechukwu was remanded in Ikoyi Prison. The matter was adjourned till October 3, 2012.
Multiple reports claim that EME artiste, Wizkid has closed down business with manager of five years, Osagie Osarenkhoe. The incident, as reported, happened in June but was shielded from the media so as it not blown out of proportion.
Osagie works with M.et.al management outfit. She has been person handling business matters relating to Wizkid. Reason for their break-up is still not known, but we gathered that it might bother around clash of interest between Wizkid and Osagie.
Moreover, N4Dgathered that Osagie still has good working relationship with Skales and other EME artistes.
How Monalisa Chinda's Cousin,Mr Kool Allegedly Ruined Her Marriage,Ordered Ex Hubby To Return Car After Break Up
Though it is over three years the marriage of Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda crashed, but not many may know how and why the marriage may have hit the rock. What Monalisa has reportedly made the public to believe about her failed marriage was that she was a victim of domestic abuse or violence in the hands of her ex-husband, Segun Dejo Richards, who is a talented media person.
According to what a family source close to Monalisa divulged to us, Nigerian RnB music artiste, Mr Kool, who we learnt is a cousin to Monalisa, was alleged to have been the brain behind their troubled marriage. The source told us that Mr Kool was never in the good books of Dejo for reason only best known to him (Mr Kool).
We were told by this source that Mr Kool was allegedly in the habit of telling his 'sister' (Monalisa) to walk out of her marriage with Dejo. The source said that Mr Kool may have put up this attitude to Dejo because he (Mr Kool) sees Dejo has a man depending more on his wife rather than doing otherwise.
When Monalisa was named a telecoms brand ambassador, we were told that Monalisa changed her attitude to her ex-hubby drastically. Even after their break-up, our source told us that Mr Kool reportedly called Dejo to return the car that was in his possession, which reportedly belonged to his wife, to her.
As a way to avoid insults and embarrassment in future, we were told that Dejo had no choice than to return the car to Monalisa.
Dejo has now remarried. His marriage to Monalisa produced a daughter named Tamar.
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Mind Playing Tricks On Me by the Geto Boys is a single featured on their 1991 album "We cant be stopped"...The sample used in the song is 'hung up' by Isaac Hayes from his 1974 film "tough Guys"
It reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been regarded as one of the best hip hop songs to come out of the 90's....and its been my ringtone for like 3 years now!!!!
In a shocking revelation, former Algerian International Mohammed Shoaib has reported that his team struck a deal with Nigeria during AFCON 1984 in the Ivory Coast to eliminate Ghana.
Shoaib, who was on the Algerian team, revealed to the Algerian media that Nigeria needed to draw to qualify ‘and we helped them with that after the deal.’
”We made a deal with Nigeria to end the game with a draw and they moved with us to the semifinal, while Ghana crashed out of the tournament although they won against Malawi,” he said.
”Algerians were still depressed after the plot between Germany and Austria in the World Cup 1982 which ousted us so we did the same to Ghana two years later,” he added angrily. Nigeria for the record lost the end game to Cameroon
Embattled Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, Italian-based Joel Obi, and Israel’s Nigerian goalkeeper, Austin Ejide, were the three returnees among the 15 foreign-based players Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, invited for the important Nations Cup qualifier game against the Lone Star of Liberia in Cababar.
However, dismissing insinuations that he was arm-twisted to recall the Stamford Bridge playmaker, following the collapse of his midfield in the first leg in Monrovia, Keshi told the media after defending his list that he would claim full responsibility on those invited. Keshi, while stressing that picking the ticket is a Nigerian project, insisted that though Mikel had been in constant touch with him, he recalled him when he deemed it ready for him return, reiterating that he holds nothing against the Chelsea’s midfielder.
“It is not true that I was arm-twisted to recall Mikel. Nobody ever told me to invite any player. I have never been given any instruction or mandate to pick a player. The truth is that Mikel and I talk often and the last time we spoke was about two or three days ago. We talk all the time, so all these reports flying around about Mikel and Osaze were not true. Mikel is ready to play for his country and we hope he will bring his best to the nation.
“It is not true to attribute Mikel’s invitation to the collapse in my midfield. As I always say, every Nigerian player has chances of playing for Super Eagles as long as he has the patience and if we deem it right to bring the player. I spoke with a certain Chibuike in Rosenberg and told him to be patient until his time comes,” he noted. Unveiling the team list, technical committee member, Paul Bassey, said that apart from SS Lazio youngster, Ogenyi Onazi, who got his first call-up, following an impressive month in the colours of his Italian club, 11 other pros who were involved in prosecuting the first leg in Monrovia made the list
While goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama keeps his place in the squad despite his blunder in the draw in the first leg in Monrovia, regulars such as Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Uche Kalu, Emmanuel Emenike and Brown Ideye equally made the list. Also on the list sent to the federation are: skipper Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Efe Ambrose, Nosa Igiebor, Obiorah Nwankwo with the 23 home-based regulars.
The letter addressed to the General Secretary of the federation, reads: “Please find the list of invited home-based players who are expected to report in camp on Sunday September 30 at the Bolton White Apartment, Abuja, while the foreign-based players are expected to join the team on Monday October 8 in Calabar unfailingly.”
I will start by saying that some people in the international community already have a bad image about Nigeria. This is due to the dubious actions of some bad Nigerians they have encountered, both government officials and normal Nigerians. So I don’t see how one music video shot in the Nigerian slums (which we know we have) will tarnish the image of Nigeria.
When Nigerians go abroad,we snap pictures and make videos all over train stations, car parks, airports. We “choose” where we want to do this. This is the same way Rick Ross decided to shoot his Naija version of his song “Hold Me Back” in Naija ghetto areas. If you check his other version shot in America u will see that it was also in the hood; not as grimmy as ours but still the hood and I don’t hear any American saying he is portraying the slums and poverty in America to the international community.
Rick Ross did not sneak into Nigeria. He came in legally. If he showed anything in the video that some Nigerians find offensive, my question is “why was he allowed to shoot it in the 1st place?”
Someone on the internet said, after this video, no one will like to visit Nigeria. I just laughed. Is this video as bad as the Ogoni 9 killing? Is this video as bad as people being killed in the Northern crisis? But it hasn’t stopped foreigners coming to this country. During the Dana Air crash, local stations were going about their normal business but international news was already covering it. If we cared so much about our image to the international community what are we doing to clean it up?
It’s Nigerians in foreign countries that should check how they act. Once outside Nigeria, you become a Nigerian ambassador and should act like one. If you steal, you are a thief and you paint a bad picture of your country. We really need to get our priorities right. We need to find a way to make our leaders stop embezzling the Nation’s money right under our noses, calling us fools and bullying us.
Now take the situation of the masses in Nigeria e.g no light, education, shelter, good roads, medical care, security and put it beside the Rick Ross video then tell me which is more important to worry about. God bless and save Nigeria, God bless us all in Jesus name. I am a proud Abia man, I am proudly Nigerian and I am Ruggedman.
THE Federal Government on Tuesday cautioned residents displaced by flooding on the bank of the River Niger not to return home soon because the current flooding devastating parts of the country would continue till November.
Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, during a visit to the Punch Place, head office of Punch Nigeria Limited, said, “There is the likelihood that those who were displaced or were evacuated from the bank of River Niger would want to return as they see the water receding.
“Flooding is yet to be over. A type of flood called black flood, which is caused by the arrival of floodwaters from upstream of the River Niger is likely to hit communities close to the river banks between October and early November.”
Ochekpe, who blamed the current flood disaster in the country on excessive rainfall experienced this year, said the disaster would have been worse if the Cameroonian authorities had not released water from the Lagdo Dam in the neighbouring country.
A prosecution witness in the trial of former Minister of the FCT, Nasir el-Rufai, Mr. Sunday Idowu, insisted that the ex-minister illegally allocated plot 1201 to his family members, the News Agency of Nigeria reported on Tuesday.
Idowu, an EFCC officer, who led the investigations which facilitated the arraignment of el-Rufai and two others, said the accused revoked the land belonging to the PHCN and allocated over 10 plots to himself and friends.
Arraigned with el-Rufai are Altine Jibrin, former Director-General of the Abuja Geographic Information System and its former General Manager, Ismail Iro.
The EFCC is charging the trio for abuse of public office and illegal conversion of a land meant for the construction of transmitting/injection sub-stations of the PHCN in Asokoro.
They were also alleged to have conspired and converted plot 3352 located in Maitama, belonging to NIPOST for the construction of district post office.
El-Rufai is accused of allocating 10 plots of land in Asokoro District in various sizes to his family members, including his two wives, Hadiza and Hasiya.
The EFCC claimed that he committed the offence between 2003 and 2007
At the resumed hearing presided by Justice Abubakar Umar of the FCT High Court, Idowu also said that during the investigation, he did not come across any letter from PHCN asking the FCT minister to reduce the parcel of land.
Idowu, during cross- examination by Chief Kanu Agabi, counsel for Iro, said he did not come across any letter written by the PHCN that it no longer required the land for a 330kva corridor at the site.
He said it was not only the 10 family members and friends of el-Rufai that were named as beneficiaries of the land allocation on plot 1201.
Idowu said the daughter of a former Executive Director of the FCDA, Alhaji Mohammed Alhassan, also benefited from the allocation.
During further cross- examination by Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), counsel for el-Rufai and Jibrin, Idowu agreed that the power to allocate and revoke land in the FCT was vested in the minister.
He also agreed that a minister of the FCT and his/her family members had a right to own land anywhere in the country.
Regarding the revoked NIPOST plot in Maitama, Idowu said it was meant for a Post Office, but he did not know the terms of allocation.
He said he was also not aware that NIPOST sought a declaration to void the revocation, or that NIPOST’s civil action was pending before the criminal case was filed.
Idowu also denied knowing that NIPOST had leased the land to Rosehill, a private firm to develop the area.
He affirmed that he read the statement of el- Rufai; but when told that the first accused disclosed NIPOST’s lease to Rosehill in that statement, Idowu said he could not remember everything about the case.
When asked why the Rosehill lease was not investigated, Idowu said NIPOST did not disclose it.
Further testifying, Idowu said he did not know that Rosehill requested el-Rufai to transfer the NIPOST allocation to them, but he conceded that the FCT minister has the right to allocate and revoke land titles.
Justice Umar adjourned further hearing in the case till November 8 for the EFCC to produce its witnesses.