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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Abike Dabiri speaks out on the exploitation of desperate youths today

The House of Reps member, like most people, is not happy with what happened this morning during the National Immigration Service Test which occurred across stadiums in Nigeria. 6 people have been confirmed dead. N2b raised from application fee...someone has to account for that money. Continue to see more tweets...

Satellite data shows hijacked Malaysian plane was last seen flying towards Pakistan

Investigators say the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was hijacked, steered off-course and could have reached Pakistan. A Malaysian government official said people with significant flying experience could have turned off the flight's communication devices. 

The representative said that hijacking theory was now 'conclusive', and, as a result, police have raided the luxury homes of both the captain (right) and the co-pilot (left)

The search operation has now been focused on two 'corridors', one which extends from  north west from Thailand to the Kazakstan-Turkmenistan border and the other which opens out into the southern Indian Ocean. Continue...

Video: Basketmouth's secret diary caught on tape

See another video after the cut...

Photos from Paul Okoye's fiancee Anita Isamah's bridal shower

Friends threw a bridal shower for Paul Okoye's fiancee Anita Isamah last night. Pictured above with her are past MBGN queens Anita Uwagbale Iseghohi, Munachi Abii, Celia Bissong, and Chineye Ochuba Akinlade. Anita and Paul will get married next weekend. See more photos after the cut...

HRH Danjuma Banyonga now Ambassador for Peace...

The rich culture of the Donga people of Taraba State was on display penultimate week. The occasion was when His Highness, Dr. Danjuma Banyonga MFR. Garbosa 111, Gara Donga, was appointed as Ambassador for Peace of United Nation’s-Polac.

It was a unique gathering as UN-Polac Mayor for Peace, Mr Lucky Igbokwe  (Don Lulu) presented the Gara Donga with the medal of honor and plaque as the latest UN-Polac Ambassador for Peace. Continue...

Man allegedly blinds married woman because she refused him sex

A 35-year old man, Arinze Kingsley, has left a married woman, Mrs Amaka Ohanwe, partially blind when she allegedly refused his sexual advances, PM News.
Amaka was seriously injured in her right eye when she was allegedly beaten up by Kingsley at a beauty salon. She said after undergoing several operations, the doctors at Apapa General Hospital confirmed that she cannot see with the eye again.
Following the assault, the police at Area ‘B’ Apapa arrested Kingsley and charged him with assault before Apapa Magistrate’s Court after which he was remanded in Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
Both Amaka and Kingsley, who is still single, admitted that they were friends but Amaka said they were just friends not lovers.

T.B Joshua releases full Boko Haram deliverance video (Watch)

Pastor T.B Joshua has released the video of the much-debated confession from a Boko Haram member at his church on Sunday 9th March 2014.

The video, which was released this morning via Emmanuel TV’s account on YouTube, details the 'confession of Mustapha’ who claims he was sent by the notorious Boko Haram sect with four others to bomb T.B. Joshua’s popular multicultural church in Lagos. Still not convinced...lol but watch...!

Dad accused of killing his daughter and her girlfriend because they were gay

A devout Muslim man is being accused of killing his lesbian daughter and her girlfriend at his home. The bodies of Britney Cosby (pictured right in the pic) and Crystal Jackson (pictured left), both 24, were found behind a Dumpster in Texas on March 7th, but police believe they were killed somewhere else and later dumped there.

James Larry Cosby has been arrested and charged with two counts of evidence-tampering and police are planning to upgrade his charges to capital murder once they finish their investigation as all fingers point to him as the murderer because evidence has so far shown that the ladies were killed in his home. His daughter died from blows to the head while her girlfriend died from a gunshot wound. Continue...

6 die in stampede at immigration employment tests venues across Nigeria

The Nigerian Immigration Service decided to conduct a test for 3,000 vacant positions and the number of Nigerian Youths that went to the various test locations was overwhelming! Above is a collage of the crowd at the respective venues of the Immigration Service Test carried out in stadiums across the country this morning.

The Abuja stadium which is to sit not more than 60,000 people had well over 80,000 youths and only one entrance to the stadium was opened for the applicants. It's being reported that at least six people died during a stampede at some of the venues of the poorly coordinated test. The dead are mostly from the Abuja venue. I hear a pregnant woman was among the deceased.

The dead applicants have been taken to the National Hospital Abuja morgue. May their souls rest in peace...Amen.

It's important to note that these applicants paid N1,000 registration fee and there were over 2 million applicants...you do the calculation, that's about N2billion. We need the Minister of Interior and Comptroller General of Immigration to address what happened today. Continue to see more pics..

Knorr Taste Quest Episode 9- Naija with a Twist!

Its another recap of Nigeria’s number one Cooking show, The Knorr Taste Quest. As at last week’s  episode had 9 contestants (4 ladies and 5 guys) still battling it out for the title of Nigeria’s best in Culinary matters as well as Two Million Naira cash prize, a Ford SUV courtesy Coscharis Motors, and lots of Kenwood kitchen equipment from co-sponsors, Kenwood Electronics. Continue...

Check out this job application letter...lol

The hustle is real...hehe

Photos: Charly Boy shaves his dreadlocks

Charly Boy has decided to cut his dreadlocks and is now bald. He's pictured above at a bike event in Abuja yesterday.

Photo: KaySwitch and girlfriend welcome baby

Kayswitch and his Liberian beauty queen girlfriend Meenakshi Monica Subramani welcomed a baby in the early hours of today. The proud & excited father shared a pic of the bundle of joy on instagram

Obesere's marriage still intact despite rape accusation

There were reports last week that Obesere's marriage was in trouble after a woman accused him of rape. Obesere said it wasn't rape, but consensual sex. Thing is, he's married and if it was indeed consensual sex, then it means he committed adultery...but despite that revelation, a close friend of the fuji musician said that although his wife was angry about the report, his marriage is still intact.
"His wife does not stay in Nigeria but in Ireland with the children. She comes into the country every three months to check on her husband. Like any human being, she was angry when she heard of the news. She is used to hearing such negative things about her husband but their marriage is still intact. There is no threat of divorce from his wife and there is no rancour between them.”
"Obesere has moved on with his life and was even given a brand new Mercedes Benz G-Wagon SUV by Buruji Kashamu on Sunday when he went to perform in his house for the Women’s Day celebration,” The source told Saturday Punch.

Miss Fair and White Gold Beauty Contes Hots Up!

The organizers of Miss Fair and White Gold Beauty Pageant is reminding the general public, beauty aficionados and glamorous young women all over the country that the event is coming up on as slated on March 28 2014, at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island Lagos. The Gold carpet starts at 5pm. Continue...

Chris Brown jailed after being thrown out of rehab...

According to a TMZ report, Chris Brown was arrested in Malibu yesterday after getting kicked out of rehab for violating rules...

From TMZ,
Chris Brown is in jail right now, because he violated a judge's order by getting booted from the rehab facility where he's been living for nearly 4 months ... TMZ has learned.   The judge in the Rihanna beating case ordered Chris to live in the Malibu rehab facility for 90 days to get anger management therapy, and he completed the stint earlier this month.  But ... at the last court hearing, the judge modified things and ordered Chris to stay in the facility while the Washington D.C. assault case ran its course.The deal was this ... if Chris left rehab, he would go directly to jail.Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Brown was thrown out of the rehab facility this morning, for violating "internal rules."  We do not know precisely what Chris did, but we're told it did not involve violence or drugs.Sources tell TMZ ... Chris was caught having "an inappropriate relationship" with a female worker at the beginning of the month, but that is NOT why he was thrown out today.As you recall, Chris was previously thrown out of a different facility for throwing a rock at his mom's car window. Chris was picked up by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies this afternoon and is now in jail ...being held with no bail.

Bike accident victim Mohammad Sani Galadima buried

The young man who tragically died in a fatal bike accident during the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Bike Road show led by Charly Boy in Abuja yesterday morning has been buried. (Read here)

26 year old Mohammad Sani Galadima, from Nasarawa State was buried yesterday according to Islamic rites.
He studied at Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, but was based in Abuja before his untimely death. May his soul rest in peace...amen. Continue to see more photos...

Beauty of the day: Nollywood actress, Idongesit Bruno

Fast rising Nollywood actress and model, Idongesit Bruno fondly called I.D by friends is our beauty of the day. The Akwa Ibom state born beauty acted in her first movie in 2006 before taking a break a few years ago, but she is now back with a bang. Check out more lovely pics after the cut!...

Miss Entertainment International beauty pageant hots up!

As millions of Nigerian youths focus their interest and energies in creative pursuits, Miss Entertainment International Beauty Pageant is well positioned to give the talent ones a chance to realize their dream and provide jobs for many more.

This pageant is open to all height and sizes…Short, Tall, Fat, Slim… no barriers. Think you have what it takes to become the Queen of Entertainment in Nigeria? Continue...

Friday, 14 March 2014

Photos: Court is shown photos of Pistorius minutes after he shot his girlfriend

A court in Pretoria today was shown dramatic photos of murder suspect Oscar Pistorius moments after he killed his girlfriend at his home on February 14th 2013. The photos show the Paralympian bare chested with blood smeared all over his shorts and prosthetic legs. The photos were taken by police photographers who arrived 40 minutes after the shooting.

Other images shown in court today included the blood-spattered toilet where Reeve Steenkamp was shot dead, the 9mm gun Oscar used in killing his girlfriend and the cricket bat he claimed he used to break down the toilet door after he shot Reeva. See the photos after the cut...

Paul Okoye and fiancee Anita Isama release pre-wedding photos

P-Square's Paul Okoye will be marrying his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his son, Anita Isama on March 22nd in the bride's hometown in Port Harcourt. Continue to see more pre-wedding photos...

House of Tara to host first Makeup in Nigeria Conference in April

Nigeria’s leading make-up and beauty company, House of Tara has announced the first edition of the Makeup in Nigeria Conference (MINC), a learning experience to build and equip the nation’s next set of pioneers, leaders and innovators in the beauty sector. The event holds on 30 April 2014 at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos. Continue...

Ex-president General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Amb. Ralph Uwechue dies

Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, one-time president of Ohaneze- Ndigbo, a pan-Igbo sociocultural body, has died. Chief Wechue died yesterday afternoon March 13th at an Abuja hospital.

Elected in November 2008 to head Ohaneze, Chief Uwechue was a envoy leader during the Obasanjo administration where he supervised conflict resolutions in Africa  and was also appointed to lead the ECOWAS Peace mission in Cote d’Ivoire.
An illustrious son of Ogwashi Ukwu Delta state, Chief Uwechue was aged 79. May his soul rest in peace...amen.

Chris Brown fires shot at his ex, Karrueche Tran on Twitter?

It was reported last week that it was Karrueche who ended their relationship because she could no longer deal with Chris' obsession with Rihanna. The singer went on twitter some days ago to profess his undying love for Kae...but fast forward to days later and he's singing a different tune 

Earlier today Chris @'d Karrueche on Twitter followed immediately with "These Hoes ain't loyal For real..." before quickly deleting both Tweets. Later he tweeted that his new song titled 'Loyal' will be dropping next week.  See the tweets after the cut...

Chimanda Adichie wins US National Book Critics Circle Award

Renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie yesterday March 13th won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for her third novel about race and identity, Americanah.

The prize, which is chosen by 600 book critics and editors from major publications, is among the most prestigious literary recognitions in the world.

The award was presented to her yesterday at a function in Manhattan, USA. Congrats to her. Meanwhile the book was also shortlisted for the Bailey's Women Fiction Prize.

Photo: Toyin Lawani tattoos son's name on her hand

The fashion stylist shared this photo of her new massive tattoo, which is the name of her 2+ months old son. Toyin welcomed a son with fiance Trigakess on the 1st of January this year.

Heineken® Showcases UEFA Champions League Trophy In Nigeria

Heineken®, the World’s leading international premium lager beer has explained the rationale behind its bringing the UEFA Champions League Trophy to Nigeria. This is coming just as the Champions League enters the critical 2013/2014 knockout stage. The trophy which arrived in the country on Wednesday with brand ambassador Ruud Gullit, ex-international Footballer and coach,will make a city wide tour of Lagos from March 13 - 16, 2014. Continue...

Halle Berry headed for divorce...again?

Actress Halle Berry famously swore on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004 that she'd never marry again after her second marriage ended but she went back on her word and got married again...to French actor Olivier Martinez.

Now according to new reports, her marriage to Olivier is on the rocks. The couple have not been photographed together since Dec 7th and Olivier did not accompany Halle to the Academy Awards.

The mother of two has also stopped wearing her wedding band and the couple are rumored to be living apart. Halle and Olivier have one child together and she has one child with former partner Gabriel Aubry.

Halle Berry was married to Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice from 1993 to 1997 and to R&B singer Eric Benet from 2001 to 2005.

Graphic pics: BH members slaughtered today by security operatives

Nigerian soldiers battled Boko Haram members early this morning in Maiduguri after members of the dreaded sect attempted to seize Giwa Barracks located in the city. This time, the soldiers came out on top as they succeeded in killing many members of the Islamic sect.

Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade released a press statement earlier today explaining what was going on...
“Pockets of terrorists apparently in a move to boost their depleted stock of fighters this morning attacked a military location in Maiduguri with a view to freeing their colleagues who are being held in detention. The attack has been successfully repelled with heavy human casualty on the terrorists. Some of the victims of the terrorists’ fired in their efforts to break into the detention facility, included those they came to rescue. Many of the terrorists and their weapons have been captured. Four soldiers were wounded and are being treated. Hot pursuits by land and air operations are ongoing along with cordon and search of surrounding localities.”
Continue to see the very graphic photos of the dead BH members. *viewer discretion advised*

Photo: President Jonathan kneels before late Pres. Yar'Adua's mum

President Jonathan who is currently in Katsina State on a 2-day working visit, went to pay a courtesy visit on Hajia Aya Dada, the mother of his late boss, President Umaru Yar'Adua. He showed her great respect by kneeling before her to greet her.

Photos: Power Bike accident during CPC road show with Charly Boy

During the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Bike Road show which was held today March 14th and led by Nigerian Consumer Ambassador, Charly Boy, a horrible bike accident occurred claiming the life of one person.

Charly Boy and other bikers were on the move during the road show when a horrible accident involving two of the bikers occurred around the Federal Secretariat, Abuja. 

The guy being carried in the pic above was later pronounced dead in the hospital, while the other guy has been hospitalized but responding to treatment at the Maitama General Hospital. 

A really sad CharlyBoy sent out his heart felt condolence to the family of the deceased biker, the one currently hospitalized and also to CPC. “I wish I could reverse the day” he said. Continue to see more photos from the accident. RIP to the man. Too sad!

Zaron Victoria Island opens

Zaron V.I branch was officially opened on Sunday March 9th. The new store is located at Suite 38, Prime Shopping Mall, opposite Eti-Osa Local Government LCDA, Muri-Okunola, Victoria Island.

You can start your own business by registering to become a Zaron distributor (guaranteed up to 80% return on investment). The also offer makeover services, and  run training programmes. Visit them oon www.zaron.com.ng. Continue...


'NDLEA drug accusation messed up my acting career' - Baba Suwe

In a recent interview with Encomium mag, popular Yoruba comic actor Baba Suwe said that he has not received any money from NDLEA as damages and that the 'false accusation' has damaged his acting career and most of his friends don't want to associate with him anymore...
"I have not collected any money. The most painful thing is that I was wrongfully accused. Had it been I actually committed the crime, I wouldn't mind but they punished me for nothing. I was in NDLEA for almost three weeks and nothing was found on me. No matter the kind of juju one may have used, I don't think there is anybody that can even conceal cocaine for even two days. It would burst inside the person's stomach which may lead to death. And I believe after all their investigations, they should have released me so that I can continue with my career. But the whole situation, the way I was treated actually rubbished my image. My career has been dwindling. A lot of people who are supposed to be inviting me to take part in their movies abandoned me because of that incident. A lot of people that could have assisted me financially dont want to associate with me again. For instance I was close to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before and he was very nice to me. He had done a lot for me but now its very difficult for me to be close to him again. He is also even not comfortable with me around him again because of the allegation" Baba Suwe said

Gunmen kill 69 people in Katsina State

69 people including men, women and children were killed in separate attacks and several houses razed in 3 villages in Katsina State this week. Fulani Herdsmen have been accused of being behind the recent attack.

Confirming the attack to AFP, a lawmaker in the state, Honorable Abbas Abdullahi Michika said the men attacked three villages; Mararrabar Maigor, Kura Mota and Maigura Villages, where 47, 7 and 8 bodies were recovered from each village respectively
"So far, 69 bodies have been recovered from the attacks carried out by a large group of gunmen riding on motorcycles".
Fulani Herdsmen have been in a running battle with local farmers over the loss of grazing land which is important for their cattle.

Gov Peter Obi rewards 1st Class Anambra graduates with N1m each

Yesterday at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Anambra state, Anambra Governor Peter Obi presented a cheque of N160 million which is to be disbursed to 160 first class graduates who are origins of the state. The Governor said it was a gesture by his administration to encourage undergraduate students to strive for academic excellence.
He directed that none of the recepients should be given cash but the money should be paid into their various accounts for better utilization.

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