Monday, 27 March 2017

I Can Convince Arsenal to Sign Iheanacho - Alex Iwobi

Arsenal player, Alex Iwobi seems to be enjoying his on-field and off-field relationship with his Super Eagles teammate, Kelechi Iheanacho.
 
Kelechi Iheancho and Alex Iwobi
 
Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi believes he can influence a transfer move for Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho to the North London club.
 
Iwobi feels the Gunners can cash in on the ‘funniest guy he knows’ but doesn’t see it happening in the coming months.
 
The 20-year-old hailed his companion with the City forward and disclosed why he would love to see him in Arsenal’s traditional red and white jersey.
 
‘I tell you, you should see us [him and Iheanacho] on Snapchat! Always bantering,” Iwobi said.
 
“We’re roommates right now and he’s just the funniest guy I know.

‘We do get on well off the pitch as well as on the pitch.

“Maybe I can try to convince Arsenal to sign him – but I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Iwobi amazed everyone when a video of him speaking fluent Pidgin English was posted on Twitter by teammate Ogenyi Onazi.
 
And reacting to how he has learned to speak the prevalent language in the Super Eagles’ camp, he said: “Everyone could speak English, I’d get along fine, but they’d all say, “come on, you need to learn your language”.

"So yeah, I’ve learned a bit, which helps. ‘’When I first went I felt like I’m an alien! I know they used to take the mick out of me, and I didn’t know what they were saying. But now I can understand!”
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Gunmen Kidnap 2 Businessmen in Sokoto State

Two men have been successfully abducted by unknown assailants in the northern part of Nigeria according to a confirmation by security operatives.
 
File Photo
 
The Sokoto State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of two businessmen – Labbo Giyawa and Murtala Dantata – by some unknown gunmen.
 
The Command’s spokesman, El-Mustapha Sani, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Monday that the two men were kidnapped at Giyawa, Goronyo Local Government Area of the state.
 
Sani said: ”I can confirm the abduction of the two businessmen on Sunday night, at around 10 p.m.

”They were seized by some gun-wielding men, while they were reportedly sleeping in the frontage of their various houses.

”They were said to have been taken to an unknown destination, but the police is suspecting that they were being held captive in the nearby Gundumi Forest.”
 
He, however, said that the kidnappers were yet to establish communication with either their families or the police.
 
Sani said that the command had taken stern measures to ensure the safe rescue of the captives. The police spokesman also confirmed the arrest of four gang leaders of street urchins at the Kwanni area of Sokoto on Monday.
 
Sani said that the suspects were arrested following raids on their hideouts, adding, ”we will thoroughly drill them to unravel their various memberships.”
 
NAN recalls that two local government officials in the state who were recently kidnapped were rescued from Gundumi Forest.
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Popular Rapper Arrested for Insulting the President in New Song

Popular Tanzanian rapper, Emmanuel Elibariki, who performs as Ney wa Mitego, has been arrested for releasing a song deemed insulting to the government.
Tanzania's President John 'Bulldozer' Magufuli
 
President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania, the man attributed with the popular #WhatWouldMagufuliDo trend that swept across social media with the depiction of how change had finally come to the East African nation with a population of about 57 million people, is trending online once again.
 
According to multiple online reports, the president has arrested a popular rapper, Nay wa Mitego (real name: Emmanuel Elibariki) for a song deemed to be insulting the President Magufuli’s administration.
 
The song sang in Swahili, titled “Wapo” which has not made airplay on traditional media platforms such as radio and TV, emerged last week and was widely shared on social media.
 
Tanzanian rapper held for 'insulting' President Magufuli in song
 
One line in it asks: “Is there still freedom of expression in the country?” Another lyric in the song goes: “Who are you now? Don’t you want to listen to advice? Don’t you want criticism?”
 
The president has been increasingly accused of being impulsive in his government style by critics and takes offence at criticism as Elsa Buchanan of the International Business Times writes on the Tanzanian president’s warning to the media that they ‘don’t have as much freedom’ as they think – citing a case where he accused media owners of having exaggerated an incident in which a plainclothes security officer pointed a gun at sacked information minister Nape Nnaye to stop him from addressing the media.
 
Insulting the president was made a criminal offense in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed in 2015, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.
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Nigerian Singer, Oritsefemi Moves Into His Multi-million Naira Lekki Mansion (See Photos)

After spending a huge sum of money to build his mansion, Nigerian singer Oritsefemi has finally moved into his new home.
Nigerian singer, Oritsefemi relaxing on the balcony of his mansion
 
Nigerian singer, Oritsefemi has finally completed and moved into his multi-million naira home in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
 
The talented musician who recently employed a new manager, Miss Karachi Maduforo started from the streets of Ajegunle before making it to limelight. He owns other business establishment like - Oritsefemi Oil & Gas (OFOG), MSN G Entertainment and Oritsefemi NGO (Feed a Child).
 
 
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Painful Betrayal: Woman Allegedly Snatches Best-friend's Fiance and Marries Him (See Photos)

A woman alleged to have snatched her best-friend's fiance has finally married him in an elaborate ceremony in Kaduna state.
Farida Bashir Ikara weds Junaidu Usman Abubakar. 
 
We had last week reported about a Muslim woman who cried out for help after her fiance was allegedly snatched from her by her best friend. The woman by name Aisha Laah took to social media to vent her anger and asked God to fight for her.
 
 
Well, her best friend identified as Farida Bashir Ikara has finally gotten married to the man she allegedly snatched identified as Junaidu Usman Abubakar. The duo shared their wedding photos after getting married recently.
 
They marriage held on the 25th of March in Kaduna State.
 
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5 Types of Crowd You Will Find in Lagos

Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria with an official population of 18 million people is characterized by interesting features worth having a knowledge of.
 
A local market in Lagos
 
This sometimes hilarious and dramatic scenes that play out on the streets of Lagos can only be a surprise for first-time visitors to the city.
 
A real or full blown spectacle will often have most people stop their cars a safe distance while others get close to has a firsthand encounter with what is happening. Welcome to Lagos, a city where you see different crowds assembling for multiple reasons.
 
JumiaTravel, Africa’s No.1 hotel booking portal identifies five types of crowds you will see in Lagos.
 
(1) The Wrestling Watchers
 
This is a sales strategy that many DVD vendors use to attract potential buyers. And of course, they know many people love wrestling. They magnanimously play a DVD of a wrestling match and before you know it, children, young men and adults gather enjoying the match. Don’t amazed, it is Lagos!

(2) The Onlookers
 
The onlookers are the ones that gather when an unfortunate event happen like an accident, collapse of a building or public fighting. This crowd simply wants to observe what is happening to the end and narrate the unfolding event to friends. The disadvantage of this is that emergency response teams will have a herculean task accessing the scene of the incident. In other cases, the onlookers just wait to observe the entertaining scene.
 
(3) The Waiting BRT Queue
 
In the march towards its ambition to become a mega city, the Lagos Government introduced the BRT buses. The project has been very successful as you see different BRT buses ferrying passengers to different destinations in the city. But, the BRT buses are not enough. As a result, you see long queues of persons waiting for these Buses. And this wait can take hours. You dare not shunt the queue unless you want the tired and disconsolate individuals to lambast you. At least the BRT buses are better than the Molue.
 
(4) The Soccer Spectators
 
These are passionate soccer fans who take advantage of watching soccer matches at restaurants, beer parlours and even viewing centres. They do not mind standing for a whole 90 minutes to watch their favourite premiership, Spanish, British or Italian teams.
 
(5) The Religious Outreach Crowd
 
The religious outreach crowd are the members of a church who move around neighbourhoods with their megaphone accompanied by loud drumming on a mission to preach the gospel.
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Former President Obasanjo's House in Commotion as Wife Seeks to Stop Son's Wedding Over a Prophecy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's wife has dragged her son to court asking it to stop her son's marriage plans over a prophecy.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
 
The wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo, on Monday, filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court, seeking to stop the wedding of her son, Olujonwo Obasanjo, scheduled for May 11.
 
Ex-President Obasanjo and the father of the bride, Sir Kessington Adebutu, promoter of Premier Lotto known as “Baba Ijebu” are respondents to the suit.
 
Mrs Obasanjo, who is the twin sister of Chief Kenny Martins, the former Coordinator of the Police Equipment Fund, is seeking a postponement of the wedding of her son, Olujonwo to Tope Adebutu scheduled for May 11 and May 12.
 
She wants the wedding to be fixed for a date after June 1.
 
Olujonwo and Tope had an elaborate introduction on Dec. 17, 2016, with the social media awash with photographs of the event.
 
Obasanjo, among others, is seeking a court declaration that as the mother of the groom, she had the rights to take part in the deliberations, decisions and activities leading to the forthcoming ceremony.
 
According to her, wedding invitations have been sent out and she has been excluded from the preparations for the ceremonies.
 
She said she also received prophesies and warnings from men of God to the effect that Olujonwo, her son who turns 34 on June 1, should not do or be involved in any elaborate celebration before his birthday.
 
The woman wants the court to compel Adebutu and Obasanjo to shift the wedding to a date after June 1 after she had appealed to Adebutu and Mrs Rosemary Dacosta, the mother of the bride, Tope Adebutu, the bride-to-be as well as Chief Kenny Martins.
 
Justice Lateefa Okunnu has fixed April 10 for hearing of the suit no. ID/262FPM/2017.
 
-NAN
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So Sweet: Nigerian Man Surprises Girlfriend By Proposing to Her During Football Match (Photos)

A Nigerian man shocked his girlfriend by proposing to her during a football match leaving her totally overjoyed.
The Nigerian man took his girlfriend by surprise and proposed at the football pitch
 
A Nigerian man has left his girlfriend speechless after openly proposing to her during a football match.
 
She had nearly quarreled with her boyfriend because he didn't want to come and watch her play, but he surprised her because she didn't know what he was planning for her.
 
 
The elated woman, Tega Dominic shared the story and wrote:  "So we (@ajebohclothing )almost had a quarrel coz he didn't want to come watch me play, then he surfaced on the pitch with my family, well I thought it was just family coming around to watch their girl play, in between the match this happened, he popped the question....ps:( I didn't cry, mehnnn I can't believe I didn't... lol) this man right here is the ish... counting down to life with you mo niggi... heaven knows I love you cray... #teekris2017"
 
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Dino Melaye: So Many Nigerian Leaders But Few Valid Certificates

This is another interesting piece that tends to look at the spate of certificate scandals involving public office holders in Nigeria.
 
Senator Dino Melaye
 
There is a close complementary relationship between the concept of leadership and followership. In fact, both terms work in concert without which the other can't stand alone.
 
Good leadership is made by good followership and good followership is made by good leadership. A true leader is a front-liner who is supposed to set a good precedent for the teeming followers looking up to him for direction and purpose.
 
James Maroosis, an authority on Leadership Studies at Fordham University's Graduate School of Business Administration - United States of America said;
 
 "The difference between followers and leaders is that followers need leaders to help them follow what leaders themselves are following. This relationship takes a form of a shared response-ability to a shared calling. Both find each other in a true followership to create the world responsibility"
 
The Nigerian idea of leadership has turned the reciprocal relationship around in oddity. There is a severe acute deficiency syndrome in leadership and the followers have contacted the virus from those elected or appointed to represent them in power. The resultant effects are the high rate of corruption and general underdevelopment in the country today.
  
Following the certificate scandal rocking the seeming invincible Kogi West Senatorial District lawmaker, Dino Melaye has not only left my mouth widely open in public out of bewilderment, but has also forced tears down my cheeks coupled with a feeling of nausea. 
 
Before now, Dino Melaye who is aspiring to be the Nigerian President someday was seen as the honest mouthpiece of the masses. His voice is constantly used as an advertorial on the African Independent Television, AIT.
 
Dino is not only vocal, influential and maybe intelligent, but he is very dramatic at the plenary. I am sure it was on this note that he bagged the awards of the 2016 Silverbird Man of the Year, the Most Outstanding Senator of the year 2016 and recently an award of excellence as the 'Political Phenomenon of Our Time’ by the Association of Northern Nigerian Students.
 
Dino is well endowed with a resonating and intimidating voice that reverberates across the four corners of the Upper Chamber when he speaks. If Dino had been a pastor, he wouldn't have needed a microphone or any sound system to preach in Church as his mic/voice amplifier is naturally in-built.
 
The 43-year old appears daring, cantankerous and valiant with reference to his life and career ridden with controversies. Aside his flashy cars owned and maintained without a concrete source of income aside politics, one would have safely called Dino a saint before Sahara Reporters owned by his former ally, Omoyele Sowore hacked the gallant public figure down in the mud.
 
At first, Sahara Reporters tweeted that Dino Melaye and one Senator Philips Tanimu Aduda, a People’s Democratic Party chieftain representing Abuja Federal Capital Territory coordinated the sharing of money as bribe in the Upper Chamber from an unspecified source to sabotage the Senate confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. This proved ineffective since the controversial news platform never backed up their accusations with a concise report or hard evidence.
 
Dino Melaye all along had a premonition that someone he might have offended in the line of duty was on his case. He went to Twitter to allege that the anti-graft body, EFCC was cooking up a case of fraud against him and that he was ready to defend himself.
 
Yes, Dino Melaye's high-flying plane was about to crash but the missile attack wasn't from the direction he anticipated. Sahara Reporters tweeted again that Dino Melaye never graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria - Kaduna State. The news medium went ahead to reveal that the Intel was once received by the leadership of the Directorate of State Security, DSS but was swept under the carpet after political manipulations.
 
Any normal person would wonder the credibility of such a claim as Dino Melaye graduated over 17 years ago and had since been on the '8th degree' within those years as he averred.
 
Dino listed a couple of schools abroad as his Alma Maters to laugh off the accusations. He claimed he had a degree at Harvard University, United States of America and the London School of Economics, United Kingdom but both schools have since dissociated themselves from him according to the information gathered by his accuser. This probably was the loudest alarm that woke up Nigerians and caused everyone to set eyes on the grave allegations of forgery and perjury against Dino.
 
Dino's three major attempts to win the media war against Sahara Reporters notorious for exposing certificate scandals of Nigerian leaders over the years have failed woefully. Dino shared a group photo himself and others during his National Youth Service Corp, NYSC days in Kaduna State in the year 1999, Dino slammed Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore with a N5 billion law suit and N10 million for court charges and he also shared images of his Masters degree thesis submitted to the Ahmadu Bello University this year. 
All these have failed to score points for Dino as his Twitter followers simply urged him to produce his first degree certificate and lay the matter to rest.
 
Dino's reluctance to produce a pictorial or relevant evidence has raised eyebrows coupled with his questionable zeal for academic degrees upon degrees without considering a PhD and be regarded as a Doctor of Philosophy like his revered colleagues at the corridors of power. 
There has also been an inconsistency in the names provided by the available credentials of Dino where he made a Third Class degree in Geography according to findings by The Punch newspaper.
 
The result was strangely regarded as a 'B.A in Geography' rather than B.sc in Geography' as the department is under the faculty of Social Sciences and not Arts. 
 
Dino was accused of colluding the Head of Department to forge a transcript after failing 5 core courses during his first degree. Dino’s conflicting names were also missing on the school’s graduation list.
 
Investigations by Punch also revealed that Dino’s NYSC discharge certificate, diploma certificate (Law, Security and Conflict Resolution) from the University of Jos, Senior School Certificate carried variations in names and errors begging for answers. Furthermore, Dino's available SSCE result that stipulates he failed some core subjects including Mathematics, English Language, Geography, Economics and Chemistry only qualifies him to sit back at his father's house.
 
 It now appears that Dino who accused Ibrahim Magu of failing an 'integrity test' following the indicting DSS report is not even qualified to take an integrity test himself.
 
But thanks to a clarification statement by the Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, who spoke before the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions on the certificate scandal, Dino seems to be a victor. 
Sahara Reporters has refused to back down as the online medium reiterated that Dino connived with the HOD, Professor D.O Ogbonna who later died teaching at the Kogi University to award 'fake grades'.
 
This drama is surely far from over and it has opened the eyes of the general public to another anomaly perpetrated by the ruling class.
 
Come to think of it, if our leaders can be embroiled in despicable acts of forgery and perjury which has adversely affected the public service since inception, one wonders what is expected of their followers going by the Yoruba saying that "a horse gathers momentum and inspiration from the one in its front during a race".
 
Internet fraudsters and other Nigerians engaged in infractions use our leaders as an excuse to justify their criminal stands and their explanations appear valid considering the widespread rot in every sector in the Nigerian state.
 
Dino's fictitious or alleged abysmal credentials have forced Nigerians to revisit the certificate scandal of President Muhammadu Buhari who clinched victory contesting with a 'ghost certificate' popularly called the 'NEPA Bill'. Erstwhile Speaker of the House of Representatives, Salisu Buhari was also involved in a certificate scandal. Others include Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Ayodele Fayose, Gabriel Suswam, Adams Oshiomhole, Godwin Obaseki, Evan Enwerem, Stella Oduah, Andy Ubah, Domingo Obende, Maurice Iwu, Ndidi Okereke-Onyuike, and Christian Abah as provided by Punch newspaper.
 
It is baffling that a leader who broke the law for the achievement of his selfish interests will comfortably occupy a public office and attempt to defend the same law he showed disrespect for. It’s like expecting some errant members of the Red Chamber to clear Ibrahim Magu when about 11 of them including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki is being tried for corruption. The erring public office holders are not even bothered about the 14-year jail term attached to perjury by Section 118 of the Criminal Code as they can also buy judges with their loot when dragged to court.
 
A leader who cuts corners to win political power is not expected to tamper justice with mercy when dealing with the state treasury. 
There is a strong link between certificate forgery and financial crimes as questionable characters are produced thereby ending up as a clog in the wheel of progress in the state.
 
Nigeria is blessed with good leaders who have achieved great things for the country in the face of traditional acts of looting but cases of forgery whether minor or major has riddled bright careers and it’s worrisome.
 
When my father retired from the civil service in the year 2011, many felt he was the architect of his own 'misfortune'. My mother revealed he had the opportunity to falsify his age by reducing it by 5 years or more but he refused.
I was stunned to hear that considering the fact that a flagrant act of illegality was given an acceptable outlook in the public service.
 
That's the reality of things in Nigeria where every success story has an ugly dark side.
With the crop of leaders currently governing Nigerians on lies and empty promises, one is forced to push for a swap in position between the leaders and followers as the latter seem better off in control.
 
Osayiwen Osahon George writes from Festac Town, Lagos State.
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Man Jailed for Insulting APC Governor on Social Media

A man from the northern part of the country will be spending time behind bars for defaming the governor of his state who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
 
Governor Aminu Masari
 
A Katsina Chief Magistrate’s Court has sentenced one Gambo Saeed to nine months imprisonment for insulting and defaming the character of Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on social media. Saeed resides in Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of Katsina State.
 
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Isa Liti, earlier told the court that Saeed was arraigned following complaints received from Mr Mansur Ali Mashi, Senior Special Assistant (SSA), to the Governor on Radio Monitoring.
 
“Mashi said the accused person abused Masari and called him names on social media. 
“He said the accused person posted on the media that it was Gov. Masari who influenced the impeachment of Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Aliyu Muduru.’’ 
 
Liti said police arrested the accused person and arraigned him for intentional insult, defamation of the governor’s character and inciting disturbance. 
 
The charges were in accordance with sections 399, 392 and 114 of the Penal Code. 
 
He also explained that the accused person confessed to have committed the offences.
 
Delivering the judgment on Monday in Katsina, Chief Magistrate Abdu Ladan, said the court has found the accused person guilty of the said offences; each charge attracts three years imprisonment.
 
Ladan then sentenced the accused to nine months imprisonment without option of fine.
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