The man who presented a multi-million naira cheque to the recipient narrated the story:
“Wow, amazing thing that happened yesterday. I was invited by Airtel to come present a N10M cheque to the winner of the grand prize in their ongoing promo at their Awka office near Eke Awka.
“The young man Chinonso Ikezulumba probably thought everything was just ‘story’ until the Airtel guys brought out both the dummy and real cheque, the man fainted but came to after some minutes.
“He said that he is a petty fashion goods trader at Nnewi but that his business has since collapsed. He had prayed to God over the Christmas to give him N10M to start his business again and just like that, the money came via Airtel promo.
“My dear friends, may God meet you all this year at your points of need, Amen.”
MAVIN’s recording artiste, Di’Ja, has finally show uswhat her husby looks like.
The beautiful singer and mother of one took to her Instagram to share the photo above with the caption:
2015 I became a wife, 2016 I became a mother. 2017 we are all alive and well and ready to KICK ASS 👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿. I want to thank @bighstudios for giving us amazing pictures with our families and friends. @mamzabeauty @adunola.a for dolling me up on our wedding DAY and @maureen_oooo for creating all 4 outfits and change of clothes. To my wedding decorator (will confirm handle), You created a fairytale environment. My family, friends and Mavin records @mavinrecords for all the support! Thank you all for your kindness and respect. Ma shaaAllah
I LOVE MY LIFE ANYTIME IM WITH YOU… To my fans.. thank you
Triple MG artiste, Tekno who has received global recognition and is on Billboard’s list of Artistes to Watch in 2017 proved yet again that he is a master of his craft.
Taking to his Instagram page, the Pana crooner whose video has raked in almost 15 million views on Youtube went hard as he bragged that he was better than everyone, his the reason being: “I produce fire🔥🔥🔥🔥🙏🏾. King of my own sound #gethigh #win.”
In the one-minute clip laden with expletives, Tekno afforded fans a listen on his latest project – beats he is currently working on and went on to say;
“Imma tell you all fucking somethin’, Imma tell you all somethin’
This is why i’m better than you, better than you, better than you, better than fucking you.
You know why? Because i’m better than you. Listen.
This is what I’m working on. Imma let you all in on what I’m fucking working on right now.
See, let me show you somethn’.”
Despite being disqualified from the Next Rated category at the 2016, Headies and subsequently dissed by Mr Eazi who went home with the award, 24-year-old Tekno has moved on to do bigger and better things and is poised to have a great 2017 if that new beat is any indication.
He has since deleted the video.
A woman died after being mistaken for a car thief and tied to a tree infested with poisonous ants on New Years Eve.
The 52-year-old was rescued alive by police but died in hospital from breathing problems caused by severe throat swelling after her windpipe was bitten by the insects.
The victim had gone to help her son who had been bound to the tree by angry vigilantes who accused them of trying to steal a car in Caranavi, Bolivia, around 100 miles north east of the capital La Paz.
Her daughter also received the same punishment but she and her older brother survived and are now recovering from her injuries.
Local reports said the trio were also beaten and burnt using an accelerant.
A local radio station published a picture of two of the three people blindfolded and bound to the tree while villagers including a woman with a child in her arms and a schoolboy kneeling on the ground looked on from a few feet away.
Local authorities said preliminary investigations had showed the dead woman and her children, aged 22 and 28, had travelled to the area from La Paz to recover a debt.
The tree they were tied to was a Palo Santo, a mystical tree growing on the coast of South America which is the favourite haunt of colonies of the Brazilian fire ant known for their extremely painful bites.
33years ago today, the then military Head of State and Nigeria’s current President, MuhammduBuhari, faced with similar issues he met now, when he took over the reigns of government, wrote to the then British Prime Minister, Baroness Margret Thatcher a letter which will eventually define and be the hallmark of his administration.
In the letter dated 6th January, 1984, President Buhari chronicled the issues that led him and his comrades to intervene in the leadership structure of the country then, which had been plagued by corruption and maladministration even as he said “We are in desperate economic situation”.
While expressing his government’s unbroken resolve to salvage the nation from the economic mess she had found herself, President Buhari said “ with seriousness and determination; and with the support and understanding of friendly countries”, the new crop of leaders were up to the task of putting the country back to the path of moral rectitude.
While taking the Prime Minister through what necessitated the change in government, the letter revealed that: “so soon after the handing over, in both the Administrative and Legislative organs of Government, a myriad of public functionaries embarked on a systematic circumvention ofost of the checks and balances entrenched in the Constitution. Pervasive corruption combined with moral and financial indiscipline to ensure that millions away in banks inside and outside the country by many unpatriotic citizens actively aided and abetted by certain unscrupulous foreign associates.
“What was left was quickly dissipated on loaded contracts and over-invoicing of imports designed to allow generous kick-backs to government and political party functionaries. Approved and correct procedures were systematically undermined and the normal functioning of government machinery deliberately perverted for personal gains. Individuals were becoming increasingly apprehensive of their personal security and the future seemed to hold little hope for improvement in the status quo.”
“The majority of public functionaries, at all levels, freely engaged themselves in irregularities with impunity since those at the top and supervisory grades were themselves known to be involved in corrupt practices and impropriety. Bribes and gratifications were contemptuously demanded and given. Visitors to our country were regularly confronted by the nauseating and ugly sight of uniformed Customs officials and Policemen taking gratifications without qualms and so brazenly doing so.”
The resultant effect of incompetence in the management of national resource, President Buhari said “led the nation to accumulate huge internal and external debts and to run into serious balance of payments difficulties. Government was fast losing its ability to pay for the goods and services contracted or needed. The national economy tottered dangerously on the brink of collapse. Numerous industrial undertakings are this very moment on the verge of total collapse and many had been forced to close down for lack of raw materials. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs and the sceptre of large-scale retrenchment has already appeared.
“The resultant scarcity of essential commodities was predictably accompanied by spiralling inflation. Frauds and embezzlement of public funds were committed with reckless abandon. Hired assassins and marauders were openly beginning to practice their trade in broad daylight. Perpetrators of corrupt practices resorted to arson to cover their trail, resulting in callous destruction of several expensive public buildings and even loss of lives. Incidents of armed robbery multiplied and the state of general lawlessness heralding a chaotic state of affairs, possibly culminating in a bloody uprising and revolution was most imminent.”
Describing what he met on ground as “stinking corruption sensitivity and misplaced sense of duty and responsibility” of the sacked administration, the letter said “people groaned under the twin yoke of pervasive corruption, skyrocketing prices and general insecurity of lives and property”.
While expressing disappointment at the perceived powerlessness of the then administration to “carry the fight to the doorsteps of known highly placed frauds, cheats, embezzlers of government funds, big-time smugglers, illegal currency traffickers, law breakers and political thugs sometimes disguise as policemen”, the letter showed that the leadership “preferred to indulge in criminal waste, ostentation and grosteque display of ill-gotten wealth and ignoring sound, technical advice preferred by professional public servants and many well-meaning individuals to arrest the increasingly worsening economic situation and to deal firmly with corrupt officials and their friends.”
Admitting that the national economy had been brought to its knees owing to gross mismanagement including world recession and the fail in crude oil price, President Buhari asserted that “our resources, given judicious management, could have better satisfied our needs. We see a need to check the pervasive corruption and the heightened indiscipline and insecurity associated with it. The primary objective for our intervention is therefore to save the tottering nation from imminent collapse; a patriotic rescue operation.”
He ended the letter saying “We are in desperate economic situation but at the same time are prepared to face up to our problems with seriousness and determination; and with the support and understanding of friendly countries like yours, and in God’s name, hope to succeed in resolving some of them now and most in the near future”.
It is, however, not clear whether Prime Minister Thatcher replied the letter but available records show that years after, precisely in January 7, 1989, she visited then military President, Gen. Ibrahim BadamasiBabangida (IBB), who she described as ‘’a forceful, intelligent man trying to put Nigeria’s economy on to a sound footing.’’
She revealed that UK had assisted Nigeria in its relationship with the IMF and this gesture was appreciated by IBB who concurred to her suggestions on cutting budget deficits, curbing inflation and allowing foreign investors into the country.
Later, during a lunch stopover at the airport, Prime Minister Thatcher expressed gratitude that he “was just pressing ahead with, but actually toughening, the economic reform programme on which Nigeria had embarked.”
“With our support, Nigeria now had the approval of the IMF and its main western creditors and had secured a rescheduling of debt to its public sector creditors.
“it is never an easy task to govern a country like NIgeria… let alone to do so under conditions of economic austerity,” she said.
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A 32-year-old kidnap suspect identified as Desmond Ozo, on Thursday revealed to journalists how his gang kidnapped a middle-aged woman (names withheld) and also r2ped her serially.
Ozo who was arrested alongside three other members of his gang, namely, Innocent Lucky (27), Roland Ode (22) and Friday Dominion (26), kidnapped their victim in Benin.
He said the gang also raped their victim after collecting N2 million ransom from her relations.
A Nigerian doctor simply identified as Ogoo Ekete has been hailed after helping a pregnant woman in labour deliver her baby in a in a tricycle a.k.a ‘Keke Napep’ while traveling to the village in Enugu state.
According to Seun Oloketuyi, who shared the story, the delivery was done in a tricycle a.k.a ‘Keke Napep’ with the aid of a torchlight from a mobile phone.
Read the full details below;
Ogoo Ekete is a young Medical Doctor. But that’s not all. She is also wife to my colleague, Fred, an Engineer in our Networks Department. Still that’s not all. On New Year Day, God used Dr. Ogoo to accomplish a feat, which led to the birth of a potential leader of tomorrow and saved the life of his mother. Now, that’s just it, but then there’s a story behind the story. Come with me…
Traveling in the village with her hubby and children, to visit her sister, their car was flagged down by a desperate and anxious young man, whose wife was in labor at the LGA health centre (Iji Nike Cottage Hospital, Near Enugu East Development Centre Nkwo Nike) without any staff at work. Jesus!
In less than 5 minutes, Dr. Ogoo, a kind and blessed daughter of Zion, set up a mobile hospital in the “keke” that brought in the woman, and went into active delivery mode. Chai!
Fred’s sister-in-law, whom they were going to visit and whose house was right opposite the Health Centre, played the midwife and used the torchlight in Fred’s mobile phone to provide the needed illumination.
To the glory of almighty God, at 6:30 pm 1/1/16, she very meticulously and successfully delivered the woman of a bouncing baby boy. Praise the Lord somebody!
Let us thank God for the life of the baby and her mother. Only God knows what their fate would have been, had Dr. Ogoo hadn’t happened around at the time, and wasn’t spirit-led to render a selfless service according her Hippocratic Oath.
Please join me to celebrate this wonderful woman, this blessed medical doctor, this humanitarian, this instrument of God, Dr. Ogoo Ekete. She will rise and rise and rise to the top of her chosen career, in Jesus’ name! She will find favor from men and women and, more importantly, from almighty God.
Immense thanks to Fred, a great chap and bloody good Engineer, the husband, who didn’t first start thinking of possible deleterious consequences and, therefore, encouraged and supported his wife to do the great deed she’s d
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force were said to have raided the house of Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja on Wednesday, with the aim of uncovering huge foreign currencies allegedly kept in the building.
According to The Punch, multiple sources familiar with the investigation confided in a correspondent on Thursday that the security personnel raided the house on a tip-off that huge amount, allegedly believed to be stolen government money, was kept in the building located at Igbeti Rock, Maitama, Abuja.
The operation, which was carried out by operatives of the Special Investigation Panel, headed by a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, acted at the behest of the Federal Government Asset Recovery and Forfeiture Committee.
Sources explained that an informant had tipped the Federal Government about alleged huge stolen cash hidden in the building and in three other different locations in the Federal Capital Territory.
It was learnt that the informant, who told the government about the cash in the Maitama property, had hinted that the suspect planned to move the money anytime.
Following the intelligence report, the SIP operatives stormed the duplex on Wednesday, but did not find any cash.
A source explained that the police did not know that the building belonged to Jonathan until she identified herself as a former First Lady to the team leader, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adebo Williams, on the telephone.
The source stated, “At the house, the security men said the house belonged to one Jaga, a Rivers State indigene, and the team leader was directed to call the owner.
“The security man gave the phone to the team leader and she identified herself as former First Lady.
“She spoke in pidgin English and told the operatives to go and take whatever they kept in the house. The team leader advised her to send her lawyer and she did. The house was searched in the lawyer’s presence.”
It was gathered that the team discovered that the first of the twin duplex had not been inhabited for a long time.
The men, it was learnt, found some company documents, three Diamond bank accounts cheque leaves, which were taken away for further investigations.
A source said, “The second duplex was also filled with cobwebs and contained four big security safes. All the four security safes were met opened and in clean condition, indicating that they have been in use.
A senior officer stated that a bulletproof Porsche jeep and a BMW car were found locked up in the garage.
Police allegations malicious persecution of ex-President’s wife counsel
In his reaction, Patience Jonathan’s lawyer, Mr. Charles Ogboli, described the allegations by the police that they had information of huge foreign currencies deposited in the house as unfounded.
He argued that the raid was a malicious persecution of the former first lady, adding that there was no huge safe in the family house.
He explained that the search conducted on Mrs. Jonathan’s house without her presence meant that the police intended to do something else other than searching the building.
Ogboli, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the telephone, also dismissed the claim that a huge amount of cash was moved out of the house before the police arrived at the building to conduct the search.
He said, “I wonder what they (police) want to gain from all these. In their report, they said no incriminating document or whatever was found there. You should understand that this is not the first time that premises were raided. Both EFCC and NDLEA found nothing.
“What is even the interest of the NDLEA in a matter that concerns money? They said they got information that there was a huge amount of money in the house. Are they saying that within the period of time they came, the money disappeared within an interval of 30 minutes?
“As a matter of fact, the siblings of the former first lady are no longer staying there. They have moved to Port Harcourt for more than a year now. So, there is nothing they (police) can allege that is found and that means they intended to do something else.
“There is no such information that there is a huge safe and that they saw bulletproof cars. That you find a car in a place and saw a huge safe are trivial issues because these are human beings that were living good ever before the husband became a public officer.
“Madam (Patience) did not give them the authority to go ahead with that search.”
Speaking through Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director, Press in the SGF office, the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal has said that he was not removed as chairman of the presidential committee on the reconstitution of federal government boards.
According to DailyTrust, President Muhammadu Buhari, had on 16 July 2015, dissolved the Governing Boards of many of the Federal Institutions and inaugurated an 8-man committee headed by Babachir on October 26 on the reconstitution of all the boards.
Other members of the committee are Alhaji Mai Mala Buni (North-East), Alhaji Zakari Idde (North-Central), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir (North-West), Chief Hillard Etagbo Eta (South-South), Chief Pius Akinyelure (South-West), Chief Emmanuel Eneukwu (South-East) as members while Mr. Gideon Sammani is the Secretary.
The SGF said it is natural for the president to act on the report of the committee which he chaired and that it is impracticable for him to still be the one to implement the recommendations of the committee if the president did not asked him to do so. He said the SGF committee successfully completed its assignment and duly submitted its report appropriately.
“If the committee satisfactorily completed its assignment as given by Mr. President and submitted its report, the same committee cannot still be the one implementing the report unless authorized by Mr. President to do so. And if Mr. President is taking actions on the report of the committee by a higher authority this cannot be taken as an indictment of the SGF or members of the committee that produced the report, or that he was replaced,” Adebiyi said.
He added: “There are many factors in the work of the committee, like others that may be asked to carry out a mandate. Mr. President may still have other inputs based on being contacted by persons or groups. After the submission of the committee report, it is the prerogative of Mr. President and not that the SGF committee to decide what to do with the report.”
Here is the list of all the winners at the prestigious awards ceremony.
Women National Team of the year: Nigeria Falcon
National Team of the year: Cranes of Uganda
Club of the year Award: Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa
Coach of the Year Award: Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns’ head coach)
Most Promising Talent: Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City and Nigeria)
Women’s Player of the Year Award: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Arsenal Ladies)
Referee of the Year Award: Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Gambia)
Legend Award: Emilienne Mbango (former Cameroon player) and Laurent Pokou (former player of Côte d’Ivoire)
African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) – Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
African Player of the Year (2017): Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Leicester City)