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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Man spends 23years in prison for allegedly failing to bribe policeman

Found this heartbreaking story and decided to share. Find below... (above is Calistus Ike)
A shaft of pain knifed through his facial contours as he recounted the grisly experiences he had in prison for more than 23 years.
Prior to 1989, Calistus Ike had dreamt of becoming a very successful business man.
Little did he know that he was going to spend seven years as an awaiting trial inmate and another 16 years on the death row.
As the first son and bread winner of his family at that time, Ike, had all his dreams quashed after he was sentenced to death following his refusal to pay N200 bribe to the policeman that investigated an allegation against him.

Xovar Ramadan Blast

Xovar Lounge again has upped the entertainment ante. This weekend, enjoy unlimited fun at the Xovar Ramadan Blast. There would be great music, live band performance, dance and many more.

Celebrate this Ramadan season in style and luxury at Xovar Lounge this Sunday 27th July. Event starts at 5pm.

Also Xovar Lounge is giving out free shots of champagne for the first hundred people. Continue...

Photos from Nollywood actor Jnr Pope's white wedding

Actor Jnr Pope Odowodo and Jennifer Awele's church wedding held today Saturday July 26th in Asaba. Congrats to them.

16 church members suffocate, one dies at service

A six year old boy has been confirmed dead while 16 others are receiving treatment for suffocation after they inhaled carbon monoxide fumes from a generator they were using during worship at the Young People's Christian Fellowship in Aba, Abia state today Saturday July 26th.

According to eyewitnesses, the worshipers were doing their Friday night vigil with a generator close by when they started to collapse one by one. Residents of Eziukwu road where the worship centre is located woke up this morning to find the worshipers unconscious. There were initial fears that they'd all died but all of them, except a 6 year old boy, recovered in the hospital.

The victims are all on admission at Austine Grace Hospital as well are Goodness & Mercies hospital in Aba and are all said to be responding well to treatment...

Police arrest First Class honors graduate, others over internet fraud

The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) have arrested a 6-man internet fraud syndicate that includes a First Class honor graduate who specialize in designing the organisation’s websites and using same to defraud unsuspecting job seekers, this is according to a report on the Nigerian police website.
A petition dated 22nd August 2013, received from OPEC FUND for International Development alleged that a website designed as “OFID Scholarship Website” with OFID name and logo has been used to defraud innocent Nigerian applicants.  That in the website, applicants were required to pay N2,500.00 as an application fee and over 2,000 applicants responded and paid the fees through the First Bank Account Number 2020874607 and Access Bank Account Number 0056941009 with the name OFID WSAS NG.  The petitioner stated further that it was one of the victims that contacted OFID via facebook, accusing OFID of being complicit in the fraud.

Airtel Unveils Internet Bundles for Android Devices

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has taken yet another bold step in realization of its corporate vision of becoming the No1 mobile Internet service provider in Nigeriaas it announces the introduction of Internet Bundles for Android devices.

According to Airtel, the new value offering, which is first of its kind in the country, is consistent with its key objective of providing innovative and affordable mobile Internet solutions that will make life simpler, exciting and more enjoyable for telecoms consumers across the country. Continue...

Charly Boy and his 'virgins' take fierce photos

These days wherever you see the Area Fada, you will see his 'Virgins' around him. He shared some fierce photos they took together on his instagram page. See more photos after the cut ...

More photos from Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo's son's wedding

KICC Head pastor Matthew Ashimolowo's son Tomi married Dorothy Jeneba Kamara in Kent today. See more photos after the cut...

First pics from Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo's son's church wedding

The church wedding ceremony between Tomi Ashimolowo and Dorothy Jeneba Kamara is happening right now at The KICC Prayer City in Kent. See another pic after the cut...

New Music + Viral video: D'Artiste - Abuti

B.A.D Music hit maker, D'Artiste is back with a new single titled 'Abuti', produced by Jabizzy and Maestro, mixed and mastered by Maestro. Watch the viral video above & continue for the audio link

"I will probably get married next year" - Omawumi says

While answering questions about her baby's father and her daughter on Channel's TV Sunrise programme this morning, singer Omawumi revealed she will most likely get married next year.
"I will probably get married next year. We might do a location wedding or a local wedding. Warri is a good destination" she said
I don't think Omawumi has ever shared a pic of her man, but I hear he may be in the pic above...:-). I kinda like the way she keeps her private life private.

Beauty of the day: MBGN 3rd runner up - Endurance Akpoyibo

Gorgeous Endurance Akpoyibo represented Osun State in the just concluded Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and came 3rd. She was also crowned Miss Ecowas Nigeria. It takes a really bold and confident woman to go for a pageant in low-cut hairstyle. See more pics after the cut...

The burglar that was gunned down by that old man wasn't pregnant afterall

An autopsy has been carried out on the female burglar who was shot dead as she ran from the owner of a home she'd just robbed (read here), and it turns out, she wasn't pregnant. Thank Goodness.

28 year old Andrea Miller, (pictured left) had claimed she was pregnant before being gunned down as she ran from the home she and another accomplice had just burglarized by the homeowner, 80 yr old owner, Tom Greer (pictured right).

Her accomplice, 26 year old Gus Adams could now be charged for her murder instead of the old man who shot her dead, as law enforcement agents say the man was within his rights to protect himself.

Adams had initially escaped from the scene of the home break-in and shooting but he was arrested the next day and now police say that in addition to robbery charges, he could be charged with murder under a California law that makes a person criminally responsible for a murder that occurs in the commission of a felony.

2nd Lucozade Sport Lagos City Marathon Holds August 16th

August 16 has been announced as the date for the Lucozade Sport 10 Kilometer Fun Run Reloaded, an event that provides leverage for Lagosians to revel in the fun of running to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is the second edition of the event sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Limited (GSK) as the maiden edition held on November 23 2013. Continue...

Pics from Pastor Ashimolowo's son's traditional wedding ceremony

One of the sons of Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, (KICC) Matthew Ashimolowo is having his white wedding as you read this. Tomi Ashimolowo is marrying his Sierra-Leonian girlfriend Dorothy Jeneba Kamara at The KICC Prayer City in Kent today. See a few pics from their traditional wedding ceremony which held yesterday after the cut...

Woman's face gets 26 stitches after husband batters her over piece of fish

For taking a piece of fish from the cooking pot, 34 year old Fatima Bankole (pictured above) said she got the beating of her life from her husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, on Wednesday July 16th and now has 26 stitches on her face as a result of the brutal assault.

Narrating what led to the attack, Fatima, who is one of three wives, said as wives of the Alhaji, they had a roaster for cooking. She said on the day any of them cooked, they would first dish for their husband, then the children before serving themselves.

She said on the day of the attack, the last wife had finished her cooking and served their husband and the children. She, Fatima, then went for her own meal but as soon as the third wife saw her food, she immediately went to report to their husband that Fatimah had taken the largest chunk of fish in the pot. Continue...

Brand new video: Kcee - Ogadima

Five Star Music presents the official video for Kcee's Ogadinma song off his Takeover album. Directed by Aje Films. Enjoy...

3 sons of Zakzaky were killed during Friday's clash between Shiites & soldiers

Yesterday I reported that one son of Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky, who led the Shiite protest in Zaria after Friday prayers, was killed after the Islamic group clashed with Nigerian soldiers. (read here). It turns out two more sons of the leader of the Shiite group were killed. Hameed, Mamhud and Ahmed Zakzaky (pictured above) were allegedly killed by Nigerian soldiers in Zaria.

The Shiite Muslims released a statement alleging that 10 of their members were killed yesterday during their march in Zaria, Kaduna in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. They said among those killed were Sheikh Zaksaky's three sons, a nursing mother and child and two other women.

They claim that security agents arrested three sons of Sheikh Zakzaky, and later shot two of the three men in detention. Find the press statement after the cut...

Divorce what? 13 GIFs to prove that Beyonce & Jay Z are still inlove

Since the elevator beat down, Beyonce and Jay Z's marriage have been under scrutiny, with so many reports of infidelity, unhappiness and a pending divorce for music's most powerful couple. But despite all the rumours, the couple have put up a united front on their 'On the Run' tour with a lot holding, kissing and singing to each other as if they're the only people in the world.

They seem more in love now than ever and fans have been quick to notice that and have shared some incredible GIFs summing up the pair's love. See them after the cut....

Everyone is crazy in Lagos' - Etcetera writes

Another article from singer turned writer, Etcetera. See below...
Few weeks ago, I got a call from a friend asking me out for a drink, but I was already at the Lagos airport. “I’m not going to be around for the next few days,” I told him. “I’m going to Abuja.” His immediate reaction was – “Why? What’s wrong? Do you want to bore yourself to death?” That’s the typical response I get whenever I tell someone I am travelling to Abuja. Abuja is a beautiful city with a terrible reputation for boredom. I have heard people in other cities speak of Lagos as a noisy, dirty and dangerous city filled with crazy people. In truth, everyone in Lagos is crazy. What else do you expect in a state crammed with 22 million people?

Wakanow.com introduces Summer Vacation Packages to visa free countries

Wakanow.com invites you to experience the Summer of a Lifetime, with our Super Special Summer packages.  And by Super Special we mean; Affordable, Exciting, Family Friendly Travel Packages with No Visa Hassle…

From Safaris to Surf and adrenaline filled thrills to scenic routes, Wild animals, Vineyards, boulder beaches, and luxurious hotels… We’ve got the Best Holiday deals to give you the Summer you’ve always dreamed of. Find Packages after the cut...

Friday, 25 July 2014

Sheikh's son, 5 others killed as police and protesters clash in Zaria

About 5 people, including the son of popular Zaria based Sheikh, Ibraheem El Zakzaky, were killed today after a clash between Nigerian soldiers and Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The Shi'a Muslim group had gathered in the PZ area of the town for their annual Ramadan ritual called Muzahara, where thousands of Muslim faithful march around the city dressed in black to protest a cause. They dedicated their march today to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

A source said the group were confronted by soldiers as they gathered after Friday prayers, chanting Islamic songs, carrying placards and condemning Israel's invasion of Gaza. The soldiers' mission was to disperse the crowd but one thing led to another and violence erupted. Shots were fired and at least 6 people were killed, including the son of the leader of the Islamic group (the son pictured above).

Nigeria wins first gold in Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha has given Nigeria its first gold at the Commonwealth Games which started in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday July 24th.

Chika won the gold medal today after pulling a total of 196 points in snatch and clean and jerk in the 53kg class to beat her competitors from New Guinea & India who picked the silver & bronze medals.

Indian rape suspects beaten by angry mob after 7yr old girl is found hanging from a tree

One man was killed and two others were badly hurt today by villagers in India who accused them of raping and hanging a seven-year-old girl. The girl was discovered hanging from a tree near the village of Kaliabazar, West Bengal, this morning and angry villagers quickly rounded up a local 'Tantrik' holy man and his two friends.

The trio were mercilessly beaten. One later died in hospital and the two others are still being treated. Continue...

New Video: HumbleSmith - Chairmoo

The long awaited video to Humblesmith’s single ‘Chairmoo’ is here. This is the first in the pipeline of a series of brilliant releases from Humblesmith that would be hitting the streets soon. 23 year old Humblesmith, born Ekene Ijemba, is a seasoned singer, songwriter and performer signed to DG Records. The song ‘Chiarmoo’ is a typical Afropop tune with a sprinkle of mainstream Afrobeat beat that makes it a lovely and danceable track. Produced by Mr. Dimz, the video is a smash clip showing scenes of Humblesmith doing service to the ‘Chairmoo’. The Sesan directed video is definitely one to see. Enjoy it after the cut...

Photos: Human rights lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, laid to rest

Prominent civil rights attorney, Bamidele Aturu, who died on July 9th has been laid to rest. He was buried today July 25th in his country-home of Ogbagi Akoko, Ondo State. See more pics after the cut

Dear ladies, you can be stunning without all dem weaves.. (photos)

Shirley looking stunning in what we call 'isi-owu' (threaded hair). I love her boldness to rock this hairstyle in this day and age of Peruvian, Mongolian, Asian and Brazilian hair.

So dear ladies, start considering going without extensions and take it back to your root...but as for me and mine, it's strictly weaves, wigs & Aunty Funmi Hair...lol. But seriously, would you rock this?

Photo of the day: Nigeria at the Miss Universe contest in 1964

50 years ago. Before many of us were born. How things have changed. They were still beautiful back then though...

Thrills, battle at Maltina Dance-All 8 Port-Harcourt Auditions

There were thrills, battle as hundreds of contestants took to the dance floor to compete for slots at the Maltina Dance All (MDA) season eight regional audition held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The atmosphere at the Atrium Event Centre, venue of the two-day auditions was electrifying as the dancers - both young and old - trooped in to showcase their skills. Continue...

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg now richer than Google owners

When Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page became billionaires many years ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was still struggling with the social networking site. But now he's richer than them, this is according to Bloomberg. See the full report from Bloomberg below...
The Facebook Inc. chairman added $1.6 billion to his fortune yesterday after the world’s largest social network closed at a record. The surge elevated the 30-year-old’s net worth to $33.3 billion, moving him past Brin, 40, and Page, 41, as well as Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, 50, on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Zuckerberg is No. 16 on the ranking. The Google founders are 17th and 18th. Bezos occupies the 20th spot.

Rapper Naeto C and wife Nicole welcome daughter

Rapper Naeto C and his wife Nicole welcomed a daughter this afternoon July 25th in a UK hospital. Naeto C was with his wife as they welcomed their second child. The couple, who married in 2012, already have a son...and now a girl. They must be thrilled. Big congrats to them!

Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea

Drogba just announced on his instagram page that he's back at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed recently that he wanted Drogba back, and he's made it happen
"We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way. If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. The team is not about the eleven. It is about the different options and as an option I would not say no about the possibility.’ Mourinho said. Congrats to Drogba.

Nkataa Holiday Giveaway

Nigeria’s fastest growing online hypermarket www.nkataa.com is rewarding its loyal customers with a Ramadan holiday reward Scheme, called Nkataa Holiday Giveaways!!

Customers stand a chance to win a brand new iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nkataa Care packages, Top up cards and lots more! How to enter? Just follow the steps after the cut..

Victims of Kaduna blast pictured in 'hospital'

Kaduna state Governor, Mukhtar Yero, pictured above visiting some victims of Wednesday July 23rd bomb blast in Kaduna state that killed at least 25 people. The injured are pictured in a 'hospital' in the state. See more photos after the cut...

Pics: Pope Francis having lunch with Vatican staff at their cafeteria

What a man! Pope Francis pictured above after he popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers' cafeteria this afternoon where he lined up, tray in hand, along with stunned workers and had lunch with them. See more photos after the cut...

Pics: Troops hold suspected Kaduna bomber disguised as a woman

The Nigerian military in a statement released on its website says it has taken into custody a man dressed as a woman who is suspected to be connected with the Wednesday 23rd bomb blast targeted at former Head of state, General Buhari. Find the statement and more photos after the cut...

Merrybet Week 7: N2million Jackpot To Be Won!

It’s a keenly contested race for the week 7 jackpot as nineteen people who already got a strike will need just one more strike to win it. Since there was no winner for the N1,000,000 jackpot for week 6, week 7 jackpot will be N2million.

Each week the bookmaking giant, Merrybet ensures that their commitment to bettering the lives of Nigerians and creating a lot of millionaires through the Merrybet “Predict & Promo' is fulfilled as several winners have emerged from different parts of the country. Continue...

Liberian man infected with Ebola Virus in Lagos has reportedly died

Yesterday the Lagos State Ministry of Health said a Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Lagos (read here). The man, Patrick Sawyer, (pictured above) has reportedly died.

According to reports, Patrick died yesterday night at the First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos where he'd been receiving treatment. His condition was said to have worsened.

Sawyer, who was an official of the Liberian Ministry of Finance, arrived in Nigeria on Sunday July 20th for a conference.

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