Wednesday, 30 September 2015

New outbreak of bird flu spreads to 21 states

A new outbreak of Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been reported in 85 local government areas in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria's  Federal Government has said.
Cases of bird flu were first reported in January by the government in over 11 states.

Saraki confirms receipt of ministerial list

Breaking News: Saraki confirms receipt of  ministerial list
 Dr. Bukola Saraki, Nigeria's senate president has confirmed getting the ministerial list from President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a tweet on his handle @bukolasaraki, the Senate President wrote ” About an hour ago, I received the list of President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees from the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Abbah Kyari and the Special Adviser to Mr. President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.”

FG to re-issue 10-year bond after JP Morgan index expulsion

JP Morgan will remove half of Nigerian sovereign bonds from its Emerging Markets Global Bond Index (GBI-EM); while the remaining would follow next month.
The decision which was blamed on lack of liquidity and currency restriction means investment funds tracking the index would sell their Nigerian bond holdings, adding to upward pressure on national borrowing costs at a time when there is already a sharp drop in oil revenues.

Kris Jenner hires hunky bodyguard amid talk of marrying gamble

Kris Jenner arrived in style for Paris Fashion Week, and that includes her hired help! The momager enlisted the help of a hunky bodyguard for her stay in the city and we’d imagine Corey Gamble is jealous!


Cindy Crawford spills details on ex-husband Richard Gere

Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford, Vegas WeddingsSteve Granitz/
Long before marrying Rande Gerber and welcoming two beautiful children, Cindy Crawford had a special flame in her life.
That famous face was none other than fellow actor Richard Gere.
While the couple called it quits in 1995 after four years together, fans of the pair are still waiting for more details about the relationship. Unfortunately, they aren't going to get much in Crawford's autobiography Becoming.

14-year-old son charged with murdering his pregnant mother at their home

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with killing his pregnant mother.
Investigators believe the teen acted alone when he murdered his 33-year-old mom at her Texas home, said La Marque Police Chief Kirk Jackson. A neighbor said she was four months pregnant.
Her body was found on Saturday. Her son was found in Houston the following day, along with a car from the family's home. He was charged with a juvenile count of murder, cops said.
"There's no indication that there was anybody involved in this," said Jackson, according to The Associated Press.

Bride sends $75 bill to a guest who had to cancel on her wedding at the last minute

A Minnesota woman was surprised when she received a bill for $75.90 from a bride after she couldn’t attend her wedding.

Nigeria's Buhari slammed for missing UN meeting on Boko Haram-- Report

Muhammadu Buhari and Ban Ki-moon
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) shook hands with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 28, 2015. The Nigerian leader reportedly missed a U.N. meeting on Boko Haram Sept. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his delegation have received criticism for reportedly missing a United Nations meeting Friday in New York to discuss Islamic extremist group Boko Haram’s insurgency and the millions of displaced people in the Lake Chad area. U.S. and European Union diplomats attending the United Nations General Assembly expressed their disappointment that Nigeria did not attend the event while other African delegations did, Reuters reported.

Kylie Jenner still loves tiny skintight outfits

Clearly tired of having to endure life with the same old brown eyes each day, Kylie Jenner decided that Tuesday called for blue contacts. 
The 18-year-old donned a skintight suede minidress for her busy day in LA, as she filmed scenes for a future episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," and later grabbed lunch with boyfriend Tyga.
See pics after cut:

Nigeria's Buhari to appoint himself oil minister: spokesman

Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was on Wednesday expected to finally nominate his cabinet, after announcing he intended to take personal charge of the country's crucial oil portfolio.
The long-awaited list was due to be submitted to parliament for approval, four months after he took office vowing to tackle endemic corruption in Africa's most populous nation.

Afreximbank allocates $10 million to support trade growth in Rwanda

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict O. Oramah (centre) joined by (L to R)
Saleh Habimana, Rwandan Ambassador to Egypt; Kanayo Awani, Director,
Trade Finance and Branches, Afreximbank; Alex Kanyangole, CEO, BRD; and
Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President, Afreximbank, following the
signing ceremony

Cairo, 30 September 2015 – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) have signed a facility agreement for a $10 million Afreximbank line of credit to support BRD’s efforts to finance trade diversification and promote value-added exports in Rwanda’s productive sectors.
At a signing ceremony held at the Afreximbank Headquarters in Cairo on 22 September, Bank President Dr. Benedict Oramah said that the new facility was an addition to an existing $15 million facility and brought Afreximbank’s support to BRD to $25 million of aggregated financing.


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy have resolved to deepen their collaboration with the aim of providing a safe and secure maritime environment for shipping activities.
This pledge was re-emphasised when the Acting Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro paid a working visit to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas at the Naval Head Quarters Abuja.

Buhari sends ministerial list to the senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has submitted his ministerial list to the Senate, Daily Trust is reporting.Citing Presidency sources, the newspaper reported that Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, submitted the names to the Senate.
The president had promised to announce members of his cabinet not later than September, so, Nigerians are waiting with bated breaths to know whether Mr. Buhari will keep to his word as the month ends today.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

I won’t resign as Senate President – Saraki

Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki has said  that those who are expecting him to throw in the towel will be disappointed as they may have to wait till eternity.
While  addressing his colleagues at the resumption of plenary after six weeks recess, Saraki said he would not be a party to subversion of separation of powers as enshrined in Nigeria’s constitution.
He therefore, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, “for refusing to interfere in the election of the National Assembly leadership, even in the face of enormous pressures on him to do so. He has proven quite concretely that he is indeed a born-again democrat.”

Bus nearly falls off Ojuelegba bridge this afternoon

Tragedy was averted in Ojuelegba again as a bus almost fell off the bridge. 
This is coming few weeks after the container accident  crushed three people to death.
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Two married women fall from three storey building while fighting in Anambra

The two women  said to be living together in a flat in the same compound fell from three storey building while fighting in Onitsha. Even though their husbands are friends, the wives never got along and were always quarreling but nothing prepared anyone for what happened today. 

Mikel Obi’s girlfriend shares photo of herself while she was pregnant and how she looks now!

mikel obi and girlfriend in bed
When Mikel Obi shared the picture of his twins, people were confused because there was no sign of pregnancy. Unknown to many people his Russian girlfriend Olga was pregnant with a set of twins but it was on low-key.

Ministerial list: Full list of speculated nominees

Barely 48 hours to September 30, the deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari, to release the list of his long-awaited ministerial nominees, the social media was again abuzz on Monday, with a list of politicians and technocrats who are speculated to make the ministerial nominees to be sent to the Senate tomorrow.

Jim Iyke shares emotional experience about being a father and photos of his baby boy

jimiyke with sonNollywood actor, Jim Iyke who welcomed a baby boy with his Lithuanian girlfriend some weeks ago has taken out time to relieve the moment and share his experience about being a new father. He also shared photos of his cute son.
Read the touching message below:

Nigerian Senators pass vote of confidence on embattled leader, Saraki

Bukola Saraki, Senate President, Nigeria

Nigeria's senate president, Bukola Saraki Tuesday got a vote of confidence from other senators  seeking to shore up support for the embattled leader who is facing corruption charges.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal last week arraigned Saraki on a 13-count charge of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.
He denied wrongdoing and said the trial was politically motivated.

Pro-Saraki supporters barricade National Assembly

ABUJA – PROTESTERS Tuesday, barricaded the National Assembly drumming support for the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.
The pro-democracy group, Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo Youth Movement ,ONYM, led by Mr Uche Nnadi told newsmen that the rally to the National Assembly was also to protest the use of anti-corruption war by politicians for personal gains.
“This despair is caused by the fact that the anti-corruption war which Nigerians, in general and Igbo youth have keyed into is being misused by few political elites to fight their political war.

Pope Francis couldn't stop laughing as he blessed a baby dressed in a little Pope outfit

Pope Francis has met a lot of very important and impressive peoplesince he touched down in the U.S. for the first time ever last Tuesday. But his favorite might just be the baby Pope he met on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Pope Francis Meets Baby Pope: Action News viewer Daniel Madden has quite a story to tell and so will his daughter...when she learns how to talk. #PopeinPhilly -->
Posted by 6abc Action News on Saturday, September 26, 2015
Quinn Madden, dressed as a little, baby Pope, was in the crowd when Pope Francis did a blessing tour of Ben Franklin Parkway.
When Pope Francis saw her from his popemobile, he immediately burst into laughter and adorably couldn’t stop as he blessed her from afar.

Gamaliel Onosode dies at 82

Gamaliel Offoritsenere Onosode is dead.
Onosode died at 82
He was a Nigerian technocrat, administrator and a former presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party of Nigeria.

Aisha Buhari speaks at First Ladies Summit

African first ladies across the world are in New York to access and modify effective means of contributing to the Millenium development goals and now SDGS perspectives on HIV & AIDS
the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV and AIDS Organisation of African First Ladies have met to discuss and find ways of contributing and improving the reduction of HIV& AIDS in African Countries. 

Khloe Kardashian admits Kris Jenner ‘ruined’ her sixteenth birthday as she shows off velvet car

 It looks as though Kris Jenner has some explaining to do after Khloe Kardashian took to her new website to reveal that the notorious momager “ruined” her Sweet 16 when she kind of teased the fact that she might have bought her a car.
But then didn’t. Awks.

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We mean, even those MTV ‘Super Sweet 16′ brats get a car on their birthdays, but apparently not a Kardashian.
Basically, Kris had ordered herself a brand spankin’ new car and it was delivered on the day of the now-31-year-old’s birthday, with Khlo recalling in the video: “I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ I see this car get flat-bedded into my mother’s driveway and I’m calling my mom screaming, like, 'Oh my God, you got me a car for my Sweet 16!’ - and it wasn’t for me.

Kendall Jenner's strict dating rules are reportedly scaring off potential boyfriends

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner has been linked to One Direction star Harry Styles, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, actor Orlando Bloom and singer Joe Jonas, but none of these relationships have worked out. So what's the problem? 

According to a new report, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star, 19, has such strict rules for potential suitors that they don't want to stick around. First, "she's a real ice queen," an insider told OK! magazine. 

Khloe Kardashian had her Range Rover wrapped in velvet -- on purpose

Khloe Kardashian might have the first car that's dry clean only. The reality star flaunted her recently pimped out Range Rover on Instagram on Monday, revealing that it's been wrapped in velvet, effectively turning her once tough all-terrain vehicle into a vehicle that fits a dress code only appropriate for New Jersey diners or '90s Bad Boy videos. 
<strong>WATCH: Kylie Jenner Paints Her Brand New Ferrari From Tyga! </strong> "Beast!!! @Selfmaderyan told me to trust him and he didn't let me down!!" Khloe posted. "Thank you @westcoastcustoms for lacing my range. Yes, he wrapped my truck in velvet and I LOVE it!!! I feel like my car is rocking a Sean John sweat suit."  With the El Nino rains coming to California, it’s unclear how the vehicle will be affected. Moths could also present a problem. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing sweaters on pets, but this is on another level. Meanwhile, Khloe’s half-sister Kylie Jenner is still enjoying her white Ferrari, which was given to her as an 18th birthday gift from boyfriend Tyga. She recently painted the car gray and had her formerly red Mercedes G-Wagon painted green.The reality star flaunted her recently pimped out Range Rover on Instagram on Monday, revealing that it's been wrapped in velvet, effectively turning her once tough all-terrain vehicle into a vehicle that fits a dress code only appropriate for New Jersey diners or '90s Bad Boy videos.
"Beast!!! @Selfmaderyan told me to trust him and he didn't let me down!!" Khloe posted. "Thank you @westcoastcustoms for lacing my range. Yes, he wrapped my truck in velvet and I LOVE it!!! I feel like my car is rocking a Sean John sweat suit."

Paris Jackson shows off a new look on Instagram

This Oct. 8, 2011 file photo shows Paris Jackson onThis Oct. 8, 2011 file photo shows Paris Jackson on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo: Joel Ryan, AP)
Paris Jackson has ditched her shiny brunette tresses for a new look.
The only daughter of the late Michael Jackson has taken to Instagram a lot these days, where she's posted photos of her new red-and-black 'do -- among others. Paris is proving she's growing up, and she's not being shy about showing off on social media...

Donald Trump’s model calls Pope Francis a 'false prophet'

Donald Trump’s model calls Pope Francis a ‘false prophet’Alexandra Tomlinson (left) of Trump Model Management took to Facebook to bash Pope Francis and his visit to the United States

One of Donald Trump’s top models was very glad to see Pope Francis go back home.
Alexandra Tomlinson, one of Trump Model Management’s most successful catwalkers — she’s been the face of De Beers diamonds and posed for Chanel and Valentino — posted a rant on Facebook over the weekend in which she called the pontiff a “False Prophet” and even linked him to the Illuminati.
Her modeling agency was founded and is still run by the billionaire presidential candidate.
On her Facebook page, the right-leaning Tomlinson decried the fact that Francis didn’t open his speech to Congress with a prayer or use the platform to condemn Planned Parenthood.
“Strange for a man of God,” she wrote.

A top Nigerian export: fervent Christianity

Just like the missionaries who carried Christianity to Africa's most populous nation a century ago, millions of Nigeria's diaspora are doing the exact same – in reverse – with a full-bodied pentecostal version of the faith.

The roads that wind north from Lagos, Nigeria, toward the headquarters of the Winners’ Chapel mega-church are lined with unusual testaments to Nigerians’ religious fervor. 
There’s the Amazing Grace Hair Salon and the No King But God Driving School, My God Is Able Furniture Makers and God’s Grace Multipurpose Hall. And wedged between these omnipotently styled businesses are the churches themselves, hundreds of them, carrying on tenaciously in a sweltering tin shack or a room balanced atop a gas station, in the parking lot of a half-finished shopping mall or perched on stilts above Lagos’s thick, viscous lagoon.

Nigeria’s Buhari faces toughest of tests in the Niger Delta-- African Arguments

The 2009 agreement stemmed the conflict, but left structural conditions unchanged. How will President Buhari handle ongoing grievances when the deal expires in December?

In the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Photograph by Rhys Thom.
In the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Photograph by Rhys Thom.
Nigeria appears to finally be making some inroads against Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that has plagued it for years.  But as one threat looks like it might be starting to recede, another may re-emerge: the conflict in the Niger Delta. That conflict is often forgotten in the shadow of Boko Haram’s headline-grabbing suicide bombings and kidnappings, but it now stands as a potent threat to Nigerian domestic security.
In 2009, before Boko Haram was a household name, Nigeria finally forged a peace deal that stemmed fighting in the southern Niger Delta, bringing hope that it would spell the end of a conflict that had displaced thousands and cost the Nigerian government an estimated $100 billion in oil revenue through bunkering. But that peace deal is set to expire this year, and the conflict could pick up where it left off — taking the optimism brought about by the 2015 election with it.
Insecurity in the Niger Delta adds to a long list of concerns for Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari.  He faces a delicate balancing act, trying to hold together a fraying country with strong regional identities.  But unlike his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari seems ill-equipped to use the two main tools successfully wielded by the Jonathan administration to stave off conflict: patronage politics and paying off militants.
Both tools, applied strategically, were enough to stave off further bloodshed in the Niger Delta – for a time.  The region comprises nine states that lie at the extreme south of Nigeria. Its residents long suffered from the social and environmental costs of oil production while getting little in return. From 2005 to 2009, these frustrations fueled a violent insurgency in which armed groups bombed pipelines and kidnapped foreign workers, while engaging in piracy and oil bunkering.

Bobby Brown's Lawyer responds to Bobbi Kristina’s sealed autopsy: We believe Nick Gordon harmed her

Bobby Brown&#39;s Lawyer Responds to Bobbi Kristina’s Sealed Autopsy: We Believe Nick Gordon Harmed Her
Days after Bobbi Kristina Brown's autopsy findings were sealed by the Fulton County Superior Court, a lawyer for Brown's father, Bobby Brown, has issued a new statement specifically addressing allegations against Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon.
"We are pleased to see that the Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has sought to seal the Medical Examiner's Report relating to Bobbi Kristina Brown and the Superior Court has issued an Order to that effect," said Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC.

Kris Jenner gets emotional over Kendall’s success: ‘I am a crying, sobbing mess in my seat’

We all know that behind every successful Kardashian/ Jenner there is a proud momager in the shape of Kris Jenner, but in case there was any doubt over the intensity of her pride, the matriarch has taken to her Instagram account to share an emotional post about how much she loves nineteen-year-old daughter, Kendall.
Gee, Kris - way to make your other five kids feel a little less special.

Kim Kardashian shares rare photo of North West’s natural curly hair

We are used to seeing the super chic North West wear her hair in an on-trend bun or ponytail, with Kim Kardashian rarely leaving little Nori’s natural locks flowing free.
To be fair, you can’t blame her for tying back her toddler’s hair - after all, any gal will know that a long, loose ‘do is only a hindrance when trying to run around and play as a kid.
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Still, that doesn’t mean that we weren’t super excited to see the seriously adorable two-year-old’s loose curls in a rare sneak peek over on Kim K’s Instagram account.
Seriously, she’s literally one of the cutest tots that we have ever seen.

For now, Nigerians give Buhari benefit of doubt

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian beautician Rasheedat Lawal has seen sales at her cosmetics salon plunge since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power but she still thinks the 72-year-old former dictator is the right person to fix Africa's largest economy.
The ascetic, sandal-wearing general's first four months in power have coincided with a renewed slide in global oil prices, which has slowed economic growth in Africa's top crude producer and weakened the naira currency.
For Lawal that means a 20 percent price hike for the imported makeup and other beauty products at her small Lagos salon - an increase most of her customers cannot afford.

Why Robert Mugabe just shouted "We are not gays" in his UN speech

Robert Mugabe, the 91-year-old leader of Zimbabwe, deviated slightly from hisprepared remarks during his Monday evening address to the United Nations General Assembly, to do something that he does frequently: slur against homosexuality. "We are not gays," he shouted. And it's worse than it sounds.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Woman arrested for attempting to use twins for fraud

Men of the Lagos police command attached  to Pen Cinema police station in Agege, Lagos, on Sunday arrested a woman for trying to use twins belonging to Mrs. Ruth Uche for fraud.
The woman was nabbed at College Road Estate, after she took the four- month old babies to a retired police commissioner’s house, claiming they were his grandchildren.
The Nation gathered that the suspect, a mother of two, identified as Victoria, was introduced to the Uches by one of their neighbours.

Umahi with-holds govt officials’ salaries for lateness

Gov Dave Umahi 0f Ebonyi State  on Monday stopped the October salaries of several top government functionaries for lateness.
Those affected included the newly appointed 13 local government caretaker committee chairmen, the 64 Development Center Coordinators, the Deputy Chief of Staff office to the Deputy Governor, Prof. Fidelix Okpata and the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Clement Nweke.

APC holds fresh primary in Bayelsa Tuesday

Bayelsa: APC holds fresh primary TuesdayChief John Odigie-Oyegun
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Monday said that last week’s governorship primary in Bayelsa State failed to meet its acceptable standard of free and fair election and therefore will not stand.
He however refused to speak on the contribution of the party to the list of ministers, assuring Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will do what he needs to do “at the right time.”
Addressing journalists at the end of its National Working Committee meeting in Abuja, Odigie -Oyegun said the party has decided to fix fresh primary for Tuesday in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Oyegun was accompanied to the briefing by the Deputy Chairman, North and South, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Engr. Segun Oni, National Vice Chairman, South -South, Prince Hillaard Etta, the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and National Women Leader, Hajia Ramatu Tijanni Ali
The APC chairman said: “The main issue that occupied us today at the NWC meeting has to do with the Bayelsa governorship primary. We want to make it very clear that as a party, the APC guides very jealously its record of free and fair primary.
“The NWC sees it as a duty to provide a level playing ground for all those who aspire to offices in this party. Unfortunately, in Bayelsa State, we had serious security challenges and so, the process could not meet the standard which this party has set for itself.
“So, we have no alternative than to stop the process by ensuring that the chairman of the panel was effectively moved out of the venue with the help of security agencies. We decided thereafter that there should be a proper fresh primary.
“So today, the party decided and we have written to INEC appropriately that the party has decided to conduct fresh primary for the Bayelsa governorship election beginning on Tuesday. So, the process for fresh primary will begin on Tuesday.
“We are getting in touch with the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to please assist us by ensuring effective security.”

SAUDI DISASTER: The failure of the Custodian of the Holy Sanctuary

The Failure of the Custodian of the Holy Sanctuary
The tent city at Mina, six miles east of Mecca, is a maze of 160,000 identical fiberglass cones — bright white, air-conditioned, and spread beyond sight over the Holy City’s eastern plains. Immediately to its west stand three pillars, known as the jamaraat, which represent Satan. As one of the final rituals of hajj, pilgrims symbolically stone the pillars, tossing pebbles to represent their rejection of sin.
On Thursday morning, two opposite waves of pilgrims on their way to and from the stone-throwing ritual collided in the bottlenecked footpaths between the holy sites. In the ensuing chaos, hundreds suffocated or were trampled underfoot. As one pilgrim told the Associated Press: “I saw someone trip over someone in a wheelchair and several people tripping over him. People were climbing over one another just to breathe.” Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense Directorate first reported 100 dead, then 220, then 310. By mid-morning, it became clear that the hajj, Islam’s holy pilgrimage, was facing its gravest disaster in 25 years.
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