Saturday, October 29

Mike Adenuga bags Ghana’s highest award

Mike Adenuga bags Ghana’s highest award

Dr Mike Adenuga and the Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama

The Republic of Ghana on Saturday conferred its highest civil national award of “The Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG)” on Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr. The event was held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

President of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama said the Award “is in recognition of your unique and outstanding contribution to business enterprise both in Ghana and the continent of Africa at large”.

The BOSS newspaper reports that President Mahama justified the award further by saying that “through your creative business exertions, you have touched many lives in Ghana. You have provided employment for our teeming youth, artists, footballers and many more. I am particularly proud of you. This award is our way of saying a simple THANK YOU”.

The citation on Dr Adenuga commended his “transformational achievements in the telecommunications industry”, which included the laying of the historic Glo 1 optic fibre cable linking several African countries including Ghana with Europe and America.

President Mahama applauded Dr Adenuga’s association with telecommunications in Ghana since Glo Mobile’s launch and praised the massive capital investment he has injected into the project.

He also noted that Dr Adenuga’s investment forays and strong support for sports have drawn honours from far and near to him. He admitted that such outstanding contributions similarly recommended Dr Adenuga for Ghana’s highest civilian honour.

In his acceptance remarks, Dr Adenuga thanked President Mahama for the honour and noted that the President’s “recognition and support of my modest contributions to the development of Ghana’s economy have come as a great source of pride and encouragement to me.

This is more so as it is coming from Your Excellency, whose sterling qualities of leadership I admire greatly”.

Dr. Michael Adenuga Jr. also holds the highest civilian national award in Nigeria, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) awarded by the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2012.
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JOB VACANCIES: Gov. Ambode To Employ 1000 Graduates As Bus Conductors

JOB VACANCIES: Gov. Ambode To Employ 1000 Graduates As Bus Conductors

The National President of the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, BCAN, Comrade Israel Ade Adeshola through the Lagos State ministry of transportation said it would employ 1000 graduates from different Universities as Bus Conductors.

Comrade Adeshola in an interview with Vanguard also disclosed that the new policy of the Lagos state government under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is collaborating with the association to give Bus Conducting profession a new look.

According to him, “presently Lagos state government through the Lagos State Drivers Institute, LASDRI is training and accrediting conductors in the state, adding that after the training the graduands would be employed as Bus Conductors and would be on the payroll of the government with a salary worth of N50,000 per month.

“The objective is to make the job of bus conducting attractive, respected and dignified as obtainable globally”, he said.

Adeshola explained that there is a project in the pipeline by the state government to change the face of transportation system to enhance security and also provide employment opportunity in the state.

Speaking on the vision of the association, he said, since the establishment in 2008, it has been working relentlessly with the federal government through the national assembly as well as some state governments to establish its presence.
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SANs Judges Bribery Scandal: Why I Credited An Indicted Judge With N500k - Muiz Banire Reveals

SANs Judges Bribery Scandal: Why I Credited An Indicted Judge With N500k - Muiz Banire Reveals

Mr. Muiz Banire, the Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congres, APC has cleared the air on the purported N500,000 he allegedly sent to James Agbadu-Fishim of the Industrial Court, stating that the money he sent was a mere fulfillment of an assistance requested from the judge

News Punch has earlier culled a report from Sahara reporters where Banire was accused of crediting the indicted judge with N500,000.
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According to a statement credited to the APC Legal Adviser, Banire, he explained that he had never met the judge in question for the last 17 years.

"Thank you for clarification sought. I have no official relationship with the said judge", Banire said in the statement

"I have never appeared before him in any matter and in fact, in my entire professional career. I have only recently, about month ago, appeared at the National Industrial Court for the first time before a different judge. I had never done a case in that court until recently."

"The particular judge in question is an old friend in the 90's who only called me up some years back to seek financial assistance due to his mother's death. Beyond that, I have not seen him in the last almost seventeen years."

"Up till this moment, I am yet to be invited on the issue by EFCC. Thank you" Banire concluded
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800 Herdsmen Arrested Over Dangerous Attacks

800 Herdsmen Arrested Over Dangerous Attacks

Security agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo made this disclosure in Houston, Texas in the US on Friday at a Townhall event where he interacted with US-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the Internet, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Laolu Akande in Houston.

The Vice President fielded about thirty questions at a well-attended townhall event moderated by Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Prof. Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.

Asked about the issue of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Vice President said "the President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms."

He added that "there are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody." The Vice President however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system which is affecting the prompt trial of such suspects.

Prof. Osinbajo reminded the audience however that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen has been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years and the cattle feed on peoples crops on the farmlands. He clarified that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.

Vice President Osinbajo then urged against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it is important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.

He reminded his audience that there has always been conflict between herdsmen and communities across the country and that people should disabuse the notion that the problem has just started because President Buhari, a Fulani is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.

Answering question on the need for community policing, the Vice President indicated that community policing via State Police is indeed a cardinal program of the ruling APC. However the party agenda cannot be introduced until there is an amendment to the nation’s constitution.

Giving a scenario where a policeman from Bayelsa State for instance is working in Borno State where he cannot even speak the language or understand the culture of the people he is policing, noting that such is counterproductive.

The current situation where police activities is controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations, he conceded adding that the “ the federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution.”

Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Prof. Osinbajo told his Nigerian audience in Texas that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector and that the federal government is only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.

He pointed out that the important thing is that due process is being followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.

The Vice President also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60 percent of government revenue due to pipeline vandalisation and endemic corruption in the system.

He however stated that getting back oil production is a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government is working to sort it out.

Answering question from the internet on when former President Goodluck Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo pointed out that the Buhari administration is not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.

He said all the Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them.

He also added that the fight against corruption in the country is not fought on ethnic, hasty or premediated grounds.

According to him, “ corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”

He frowned at a situation where for instance as much as $15 billion has disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, pointing out that no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.

Commenting on the declining fortunes of Nigeria in international sporting competitions occasioned by poor funding by the government, the Vice President said that a long-term solution to inadequate funding of sports is private sector involvement.

According to him, looking around countries that have excelled in international sporting competitions, the private sector in those countries are directly involved and that is exactly what should happen in Nigeria.

By the time companies and organizations take up sports sponsorship, he believes that the tide would change for good.

Nigerians from all walks of life in Houston, Texas and from other parts of the US attended the town hall meeting which was preceded by a Nigeria Infrastructure summit which showcased opportunities for foreign investors in Nigeria.


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Benue begins construction of N38bn cargo airport

Benue begins construction of N38bn cargo airport

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Saturday flagged off the construction of a N38 billion cargo airport at Dauda in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

Ortom said the project would provide a platform for quick evacuation of farm produce from the state to markets abroad.

According to him, the effort would be beneficial to rural farmers, boost agricultural activities and cut post harvest losses.

He said as part of the airport project, the government envisaged the springing up of industries, power plants, estates and other economic activities in the area.

“This project, when completed, will serve as a direct connection to the world’s economic powers and provide opportunity for the international community to have direct and easy access to our local produce.

“We are partnering Cargopolis Development Consortium (CDC) to build this airport because the Nigerian Air Force have refused to share their Makurdi terminal with us for the construction of a cargo wing.

“The flagging off of this project has put shame on the faces of the opposition elements in the state who have chosen to see nothing good in the APC-led administration in the state.”

The governor added that the project would turn around the entire economic fortunes of the community and the state at large.

Earlier, a representative of CDC, Mr Robert Orya, explained that the company had signed a 25 year concession agreement with the government to construct and manage the airport.

He said the airport would be completed in 18 months, adding that under the agreement, the company would train 15 people from the state as pilots.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Emmanuel Manger, said the airport would have a general cargo warehouse and cold store, and was designed to meet international standard.


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Dogara calls on classmates to make sacrifices

Dogara calls on classmates to make sacrifices

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara has said that there is no success or achievement without sacrifice.

Dogara said this at the inaugural reunion organised by the 1992 class of law graduates from the University of Jos, in Abuja on Saturday.

He recalled how they all met at the school and said with their successes and achievements, they should make sacrifices by contributing their quota to the system that moulded them.
“We came together looking timid and never knew what each one of us would be 24 years after graduation.

“We always believe that the Lord has a purpose for each one of us. You will never know the purpose why the Lord had assembled us at the same time as class mates.

“None of us knew what he or she could become in future and look at us all now, most of us are making successes in our different endeavours.

“ Remember nothing good comes without sacrifice we should use this occasion to reflect on what action we wish to take. “Whatever we are today we cannot deny that we achieved them through what we got when we were in the University of Jos.

“Those achievements we have accumulated should be made available for the betterment of the society and much sacrifice is required of us,” he said.

The convener of the event, Mr Abdul Mahmud, represented by Mr. Emeka Onohwakpor, urged his fellow alumni to give thanks to the Lord.

“We should thank the Lord for our successes and achievements as a class with senior judicial officers, top public servants, top practitioners of law both in private and public Bars.

“Politicians and with our own Yakubu Dogara as the number four citizen of our great country, we can proudly point to our Faculty of Law as the premier centre of training“ “At this reunion, we have worked hard to make a success out of our individual toils and collective hardwork“ he said.


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Oh No!!! Bus Crushes 2 Hoodlums to Death in Ogun...How it Happened Will Leave You Speechless (Photo)

Oh No!!! Bus Crushes 2 Hoodlums to Death in Ogun...How it Happened Will Leave You Speechless (Photo)

The scene of the accident

A horrific accident in a Lagos community has caused fatal havoc and irreparable harm to lives and properties in the area.

An auto crash which occurred in front of the abandoned Gateway Hotel, Ota, in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, has killed two persons while leaving seven others injured.


The incident occurred on Saturday around 6.10am.

According to The Punch, It was gathered that those who died were crushed to death in the accident which involved two trucks, that were travelling to Lagos.

The Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said one of the trucks with number plate, KJA 113 XR, while descending the slope in the axis rammed into a broken down vehicle With plate number, EKY 653 XB.

He explained that some hoodlums in the area had gathered around the first truck, trying to extort money from the driver, when the second truck had a brake failure and rammed into the truck from behind.

He said, “When this happened, the hoodlums moved from the first truck and went to the second one, and wanted to extort money from the driver, who had been injured due to the impact of the accident.

“But in the process, an oncoming commercial bus painted in Lagos colour allegedly crushed two of the hoodlums to death instantly and injured seven others with one of them in a critical condition.

“The commercial bus driver sped off the scene immediately and our operatives could not apprehend him or capture its number plate.”

Akinbiyi said the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the state General Hospital, Ifo, while the injured were receiving medical attention at Ojugbele Hospital at Ota.
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TRUE or FALSE? Women Drivers Are Angrier On The Road Than Men – Study

TRUE or FALSE? Women Drivers Are Angrier On The Road Than Men – Study

In a new study conducted by Hyundai Motors UK, women have been found to be a bit more aggressive on the road than men

Contrary to what many may believe about road rage, women have been found to be angrier than men on the road. According to a study done by Hyundai Motors UK, women are on average 12% angrier than men when they are driving.

The study analysed 1 000 drivers from the UK and looked at how factors such sound, smell, touch, taste and sight evoked emotional responses in the participants who were put in different driving settings.

“Psychologically women score higher than men on emotional and verbal intelligence, and on the personality trait of neuroticism. Evolutionary theory suggests our early female ancestors had to develop an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while men were out hunting,” said Patrick Fagan, one of the researchers for the study and behavioural psychologist from Goldsmith University in London.

“That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker,” he went on to say.

Researchers looked at how the participants responded when they were either undertaken, hooted at or shouted at. Their responses to back-seat drivers and to drivers who didn’t indicate were also observed. In every single test scenario, women were reported to “consistently” respond with greater levels of anger than male drivers.

“We are constantly striving to better understand what impacts people’s behaviour when they are driving and this research has certainly revealed some interesting and somewhat surprising results. By examining drivers’ emotions, our aim is to hep them get a better drive both today and in the future,” said Tony Whitehorn, the President and CEO of Hyundai Motors UK.

The study also found some interesting facts about what the driving experience can do. One of the findings suggests that if you want a man to open up, take him for a drive as men find it easier to have a conversation in the car.

Other findings include:

54% of the respondents said that singing in the car made them happy
84% of respondents said that “empty roads” made them happy when driving

Source: DestinyMan
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"Pogba is Man United’s biggest problem"

"Pogba is Man United’s biggest problem"

Former Manchester United player, Johnny Giles, has identified world-record signing, Paul Pogba as the club’s biggest problem.

Giles, who won the FA Cup with the Red Devils in 1963, claims Pogba is not a “complete” player and is merely adding to Jose Mourinho’s woes.

He insisted that the Frenchman is not “the complete midfield player” and is causing chaos to United than he solves.

Giles expressed massive disappointment by the club’s big-money summer import, with the former Juventus player yet to convince that he is capable of dominating on a Premier League stage.

He said the handling of Pogba and fitting him into the system is causing manager Jose Mourinho a bigger headache than his dropping of captain Wayne Rooney.

Giles told Newstalk, “I don’t think Jose Mourinho is convinced about anything that he’s doing at Manchester United.

“You’ve got the Rooney problem, you’ve got the Pogba problem, you’ve got the Ibrahimovic problem.

“I think Rooney has taken all the publicity on what’s wrong but the big glaring thing that’s wrong is Pogba.

“Pogba was bought as the complete midfield player. Mourinho said he’s the complete midfield player, he can control the game, he can do this, he can do that.

“He can’t. He’s a big problem.”
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Obasanjo makes order for ‘Made-in-Aba’ shoes

Obasanjo makes order for ‘Made-in-Aba’ shoes

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has made an order for made-in-Aba shoes.

Obasanjo made the order through the Chief Marketing Officer of Made-in-Aba Product, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu during the 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos.

While making his speech at the event, the Abia State Governor stated that Aba remains the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) capital of Nigeria, where young Nigerians were engaged in the business of making of shoes, clothing and other products.

The Governor added that a firm that had an order to supply up to 50,000 military boots was currently in Aba, where Aba shoemakers were making the production.

“I am happy to announce here that Aba which is the commercial nerve centre of the Abia State and Old Eastern Region of Nigeria, is also the SME capital of Nigeria, where young people are in the business of making shoes, bags and clothes, including the one I am wearing.

“Let me also announce here that a private firm, that has an order to supply 50,000 military boots is currently in Aba, where our shoemakers are in production for the firm.”

Speaking as one of the panelist at the forum, Obasanjo said to Governor Ikpeazu: “Governor, I listened to you and I commend you for what you’re doing in Abia. Please keep doing what you’ve told us you’re doing.

“So, Governor Abia, you have to send a pair of the shoes to me, I use size 42.”



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Military to launch operation against violent herdsmen – Defence Spokesman

Military to launch operation against violent herdsmen – Defence Spokesman

The Nigerian Military will soon launch an operation to tackle security challenges posed by herdsmen across the country, the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, has said.

Abubakar made the disclosure at an interactive media session in Kaduna on the role of the media in national security.

“We are coming out with another operation code named “Operation Accord” to address the issue of herdsmen clashes,” Abubakar said.

He disclosed that the military had carried out 13 operations to ensure peace and order across the country. The defence spokesman assured that the military would not allow any individual or group to destabilise Nigeria.

“We will not spare any security threat in any part of the country, we will contain it; national security will not be compromised. “Today, no Nigeria territory is under the control Boko Haram, no illegal flag foisted on our land.

“We will synergise with other security agencies to secure the remaining Chibok school girls, and everyone who is under Boko Haram custody.”

He urged the media to support the military in the course of its duties in protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity and its people.

Abubakar stressed that the media remained a veritable tool of mass mobilization and enlightenment of the populaces on what the military was doing to secure the country “Media is an important organ that we cannot ignore especially during security operations.

“The essence is to collaborate and synergise to make citizens understand what the Armed Forces is doing to keep Nigeria one as a nation.

“National security is not about guns and uniforms, it is beyond that, our concern is the safety of our citizens and their property, so that one can move freely without any security threat.”

He therefore tasked journalists to be professional and patriotic in the discharge of their duties, and desist from promoting hate speeches capable of inciting violence.


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INEC can conduct election in Sambisa forest, but not in Rivers State – Wike

INEC can conduct election in Sambisa forest, but not in Rivers State – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) of being able to successfully conduct elections in Sambisa forest, but not in Rivers State, saying it is an indication of the negative plot by the commission against the state.

In a statement made available to newsmen by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike gave the comment while speaking during a state dinner for the delegates of the West African Architects Fair from 13 countries on Friday night.

It said Wike also described as unfortunate the claim by the leader of the immediate past failed administration in the state that there was no good road to the hometown of a late APC Chieftain , when that administration spent eight years with huge resources accruing to the state , but only embezzled development funds.

Governor Wike said that the non conclusion of rerun elections in the state is a fall-out of the grand conspiracy to rig the polls in favour of an unpopular party.

He said: “Because people want to illegally seize power in Rivers State, that is why you are hearing all these. All these plots is to take Rivers State.

Why do you want to take Rivers State when it is not your own?” “Between March 19th and now, they planned to do elections so that they can get the number of seats to impeach me and put their own man. Since March, everyday they postpone the elections.

From May to June to July, August then September. They said October ending, still no election. Now, they say 10th of December and when we get to 10th of December, they may shift it to next year,” he said.

The governor noted that it was ironic that INEC which conducted successful elections in the north east and Sambisa forest cannot conduct election in Rivers State. “Election took place in Borno , election took place in Yobe, election took place in Adamawa where you have deadly insurgency.

They were able to conduct elections and votes were counted. They were able to conduct election in Sambisa forest and votes were counted, but they cannot conduct election here in Rivers State,” Governor Wike said.

The governor said the action of INEC and her collaborators have denied Rivers State representation in the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Rivers State House of Assembly. He said, “They continue to postpone the elections in Rivers State.

The Senate will be discussing the Petroleum Industry Bill, they will be having the constitutional amendment and the state that produces the oil has no senator and cannot be part of the discussion. Nobody will defend Rivers State in the senate.” “Nigerians are not worried. Why? Rivers is a minority state.”

The governor maintained that Rivers State is far more peaceful than other major states in the country, hence it has played host to series of international and national conferences.

He said that once elections approach, desperate opposition politicians and their media collaborators induce negative propaganda on insecurity. He added that deliberate anti-development programmes have been slated against Rivers State, pointing out that the state has successfully overcome these plots.

“We are the only state that applied for bail out, but they did not give to us. We are the only state where they started deducting our funds, when a loan facility has not been given to us”, the governor noted.

He called on the members of the Nigeria Institute of Architects to partner with Rivers State Government for development designs that will enhance the growth of the state.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigeria Institute of Architects, Architect Tonye Braide assured Governor Wike that Nigerian Architects will support his drive towards developing the state.


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Kano: I won’t probe Kwankwaso’s administration – Ganduje

Kano: I won’t probe Kwankwaso’s administration – Ganduje

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said his administration would not probe the administration of his predecessor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

Ganduje stated this at an interactive session with newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday.

He said, “though there are so much issues of probe across most of the states and the country, but in Kano State, I will not probe the past administration.

“We are only committed to ensuring that all government’s uncompleted projects and programmes left by the past administration are put into use for the benefits of our state.

“Moreover, we will ensure completion of all projects that are due and genuine as well as initiate more in such direction for the overall development of the society,” he said.

The governor also said their retreat in Sokoto was aimed at discussing issues relating to the party as an institution in order to design a change in the party administration.

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See How a Lagos Policeman on 'Illegal Duty' Pushed an Old Man Into a Gutter in Video Gone Viral (Watch)

See How a Lagos Policeman on 'Illegal Duty' Pushed an Old Man Into a Gutter in Video Gone Viral (Watch)

The policeman

A policeman incurred the wrath of some residents of Lagos metropolis after he his colleague in a quest to arrest a commercial bus pushed an old man inside the gutter.

Below is how SaharaReporters who posted the video exclusively shared the story;

"This policeman, in a quest to arrest a LT commercial bus pushed the old man inside the gutter at an airport bus stop around 12PM on 26/10/2016.

"The policeman and his colleague came in a vanagon bus which they initially arrested, then used the same bus to raid other commercial buses.

"The other police ran away immediately towards Oshodi, while the other in the video attempted to zoom off, but was crushed to the wall by the LT bus he was going to arrest."

Watch the video below;


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Grass to Grace: Banned Hausa Actress, Rahama Sadau Spotted with Akon & Others on a Movie Set in L.A (Photos)

Grass to Grace: Banned Hausa Actress, Rahama Sadau Spotted with Akon & Others on a Movie Set in L.A (Photos)

Rahama Sadau with Akon and Enyinna Nwigwe

The banned popular Kannywood Hausa actress, Rahama Sadau, is currently in Los Angeles and has been pictured with Akon and others ion set of Jeta Amata's new film, 'The American King.'

Popular Hausa actress, Rahama Sadau, who was invited to a Hollywood set by international music star, Akon and prolific movie director, Jeta Amata, after she was banned from Kannywood for featuring in a romantic musical video, has been pictured with the stars in America.

The banned Kannywood actress is currently in Los Angeles to observe the making of Akon and Jeta Amata's new film, "The American King."



Grass to Grace: Banned Hausa Actress, Rahama Sadau Spotted with Akon & Others on a Movie Set in L.A (Photos)

Speaking exclusively with Pulse NG, she said, "I was welcomed with such warmth and incredible hospitality.

"I have only been here a few day but I have already learned so much from these amazing people. They are truly talented individuals with a wealth of experience and a great passion for what they do.

Grass to Grace: Banned Hausa Actress, Rahama Sadau Spotted with Akon & Others on a Movie Set in L.A (Photos)


"I am looking forward to all the other amazing things in store for me over the coming days," she said.

The actress is pictured alongside Nse Ikpe Etim, Miguel Nunez Jr, Eyinna Nwigwe and other cast and crew from the set.
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Nigeria-born Rinsola Babajide Nets 14 goals in UEL Women's 40-0 win

Nigeria-born Rinsola Babajide Nets 14 goals in UEL Women's 40-0 win

Nigeria-born Rinsola Babajide netted fourteen goals in the second half for the Univeristy of East London women's football team in their 40-0 demolition of the University College London at the British Universities and College Sports cup game.


The UEL women were 15 goals up in the first half before rounding up the game with 25 goals in the second half in their second fixture of the BUCS Wednesday.

Babajide who plays for Millwall Lionness was on target for the England U19 in their 2-1 victory over USA U19 at the Women's International Cup a week ago.

The England youth international took to the social media to celebrate the victory.

"40-0 win in a cup game vs UCL - scored 14 goals & a few assists  next round here we come , well done girls," Babajide tweeted.

Nigeria-born Rinsola Babajide Nets 14 goals in UEL Women's 40-0 win

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Watch Video!!! Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal: Giroud and Sanchez fire Gunners to victory + Match Highlights

Watch Video!!! Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal: Giroud and Sanchez fire Gunners to victory + Match Highlights

Substitute Olivier Giroud's first two goals of the season - from his first two touches of the match - secured a 4-1 win for Arsenal in Saturday's Premier League visit to Sunderland.

The France international, whose last goals came when he hit a hat-trick against Aston Villa on the final day of last season, turned in Kieran Gibbs' cross 19 minutes from time before glancing in a corner to seal a fourth away league win in a row for the Gunners.

Alexis Sanchez had put Arsenal ahead with a fine first-half header, and Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both guilty of missing one-on-one chances to double that advantage.

Sunderland, who came into the match without a league win under David Moyes, grabbed an equaliser after 65 minutes when Jermain Defoe converted from the penalty spot following a Petr Cech foul.

Giroud, who made his return from injury against Reading in the EFL Cup in midweek, put Arsenal back in front two minutes after coming on before netting a second just five minutes later to take his tally to seven goals in seven games against Sunderland.

Sanchez added a fourth with 12 minutes to play to resounding boos from the home fans who began to file out of the Stadium of Light, as the visiting faithful celebrated a win that puts Arsenal temporarily three points clear at the top of the table.

Arsenal started the better of the teams and Jordan Pickford twice rescued his side following slack defending, denying Ozil from close range before blocking at the feet of the charging Francis Coquelin.

But Pickford could do nothing to stop Sanchez giving Arsenal the lead on 19 minutes as the home side's poor concentration was punished.

Oxlade-Chamberlain burst past Duncan Watmore down the right and curled a cross towards the penalty spot, and Sanchez raced in front of the static Lamine Kone to steer a fine header into the far corner.

Defoe was denied an equaliser when Wahbi Khazri was flagged offside before cutting back for the striker to turn home, though Alex Iwobi then almost doubled the lead with a dipping effort from 20 yards.

Pickford did well to snatch an Ozil lob from the air, but Sunderland's task became even tougher when captain John O'Shea - making his 350th Premier League start - was forced off with a hamstring injury just before half-time.

Oxlade-Chamberlain dragged a poor shot wide on the break for the Gunners, but Sunderland started the second half with greater resolve.

Sanchez felt aggrieved not to win a penalty when he went to ground easily after tumbling under pressure from Kone, and just minutes later, Sunderland found themselves level.

Shkodran Mustafi misjudged a bouncing ball to allow Watmore to drive into the penalty area, and after the onrushing Cech tripped the 22-year-old with his head, Defoe swept high into the net from the spot with Sunderland's first shot on target.

Arsene Wenger responded by introducing Giroud, and the 30-year-old wasted little time in making an impact, steering a low left-footed finish beyond Pickford after Gibbs' clever cross from the left.

Giroud glanced Ozil's corner up and over Pickford into the far corner five minutes later, before Sanchez added gloss to the scoreline as he collected a rebound from the returning Aaron Ramsey before turning around Pickford and slotting home.

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Buhari gets N100,000 as bride price from Gimba Kumo

Buhari gets N100,000 as bride price from Gimba Kumo

President Muhammadu Buhari formally married off his daughter, Fatima, to Yau Gimba Kumo on Friday in Daura, his home town.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the wedding took place at the president’s residence on Mai’adua road, Daura at about 2.40 p.m.

The groom, who was a former Managing Director of Mortgage Bank, paid N100,000 as the bride price.

The marriage was contracted in accordance with Islamic injunctions and was attended by top federal and state government officials.

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City of Kings: In Ibadan Every Male Child is a Potential Oba (Must Read)

City of Kings: In Ibadan Every Male Child is a Potential Oba (Must Read)

Olubadan of Ibadanland

A well researched and investigative report which reveals how Ibadan evolved unique, rancour-free ascension to Olubadan throne. A history piece to everyone!

The ascension to the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oyo State, is generally admired. It is well-structured and adjudged almost the best in the South West.

It does not have ruling houses but two ruling lines of “Egbe Agba” (Civil) and “Balogun” (Military). These are the rows from where an Olubadan is appointed on rotational basis.

The two high chiefs next in (equal) rank to the Olubadan from the two lines are, Otun Olubadan (Civil) and Balogun of Ibadanland (Military).  The duo are recognised as second-class traditional rulers under the Western Nigeria Law. The chieftaincy system makes the succession to the throne largely free from rancour, litigation and usurpation. Any male child title-holder of the metropolitan centre of Ibadan is a potential king.

Every chief on the civil line has to 22 steps to climb, while every chief on the military line has 23 steps. It usually takes decades to groom an Olubadan through the stages of chieftaincy promotion, which is an average of 35 to 40 years.

It took the present monarch, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso I, 40 years to occupy the stool. He became Mogaji in 1976 and Jagun in 1978. He was installed as the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2016. Jagun is the first step on the Olubadan line. The immediate past Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, waited for 35 years to become Olubadan. Odulana was promoted to Jagun in 1976 and was crowned as monarch on August 17, 2007, at 93. His reign lasted nine years.

The predecessor of the Oba Odulana, Oba Yinusa Ogundipe Arapasowu I, who was born in 1912, was crowned the 39th Olubadan at 79 on May 7, 1999. He had waited for 39 years to occupy the stool. He reigned eight years before joining his ancestors in 2007 at 87. He was appointed Mogaji of his compound at Oranyan in 1960 and was promoted to Jagun Balogun in 1964.

The predecessor to Oba Ogundipe, Oba Emmanuel Adeyemo Operinde I, spent 41 years between the time he was appointed the Mogaji of his family at Isale Ijebu in 1953 and January 14, 1994, when he was crowned as the 38th Olubadan. He reigned for five years. The 37th Olubadan, Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanike I, was also in his 80s when he became king in 1983 and his reign lasted 10 years.

But how did Ibadan evolve the unique chieftaincy system? What then can be done to ensure that relatively young people occupy the stool of paramount ruler of Ibadan land?

The issues became well pronounced in the first quarter of 2016 before the coronation of Oba Adetunji. Scholars such as a frontline historian, Prof. Bolanle Awe, former Commissioner for Education in the old Western State; Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo, former governor of old Oyo State; Chief Areoye Oyebola, former Managing Director of Daily Times and Governor Abiola Ajimobi, presented their position papers.

They all supported restructuring of the chieftaincy system. But some chiefs in the Olubadan Line objected to the restructuring and preferred that status quo be maintained.

More than seven months after, the Otun Ibadanland, Chief Lekan Balogun, who is the heir apparent to the throne, described the proposed chieftaincy reform as very crucial. He agreed that after practicing the system for about 80 years, there is the need for an improvement. He said at the level of high chiefs, they should be apolitical. They should not engage in partisan politics.

He told Daily Sun: “We believe this is an ideal situation. At that level, they are fathers of Ibadanland, all politicians on Ibadan soil should be their children. So, they should not be found in one political party or the other against their own people.”

He explained Ibadan’s unique chieftaincy system this way: “Ibadan was founded by warriors with diverse origins and interests. So, there has to be a measure of give-and-take from the word go, which accounts for the rancour-free nature of the system.

“Ibadan was established by warriors from different parts of Yoruba land, who used to assemble at Eba Odan, which later became Ibadan. They would assemble there and take off to the war front, throughout Yoruba land. When they returned from the war, they would assemble at Eba Odan to share the spoils of war.”

Balogun said the rancour free nature of Olubadan chieftaincy system was evolved by the warriors who founded Ibadan so that they would not engage one another in battles over who should be the leader. Some of the great warriors included Bashorun Ogunmola, and Ali-Iwo:

“Based on the fact that the settlers of Ibadan were powerful warriors, it was imperative for them from the word go, to say who would be the leader and how the leader would emerge. That was how the rancour free nature of the system emerged. They were powerful people and did not want to confront one another in fight. They evolved Mogaji and other titles.

Elimination by death

“There are 23 steps on the Balogun Line and 22 steps in the Olubadan line. If you add 22 to 23, you will have 45. By the time a person spends up to 35 to 40 years in the Olubadan line, you can’t say he can’t be Olubadan. That is why it is rancour free. Before you can move to the next title, the people in front of you will have to die.”

There is this third force, the Seriki Line, though it has never produced an Oba. Balogun noted: “Seriki was like a young man who has done well in life. It was like honorary award to young man who has done well. The title of Seriki was a recognition for a young man who has done well.”

He preferred maintaining the two lines that have been producing Olubadan on rotational basis: “I think it is better to reduce the lines to two. If you make it three, you will have dormant Olubadan who will be there; he would have been very old.”

Balogun, however, disclosed that the Ibadan traditional chieftaincy system is self-reforming. He believed the self-reforming nature would correct any weakness found in the system:

“When I became Mogaji of Ali Iwo’s Compound, there were a lot of much older people, whose kids were even older than me. My compound used to produce the oldest person as Mogaji before my time. Yet, these people insisted I should be made Mogaji in the late 1970s. The Olubadan that we have produced so far, Ali Iwo I, reigned for three months as Olubadan. If I make it to the throne of Olubadan, I will be Ali Iwo II.

“After I became Mogaji, many young and educated men have been made Mogajis, which is the self reforming nature of the system that I am talking about.”

Ban from politics

On the agitation for the ban of Olubadan high chiefs from partisan politics, Balogun retorted: “They are wasting their time because the system itself is self reforming. You cannot be a Mogaji of a family and still be partisan in politics. You will have members of your family belonging to different political parties.”

But when reminded that he was elected a senator when he was already a member of Olubandan In Council, he shot back: “That was why I did not go for second term.”

Does he subscribe to the reduction of the steps on the Olubadan lines so that younger men can have opportunities to become Olubadan? His answer was in the affirmative. He stated that the installation of young and educated men as mogajis, has boosted the tendencies that young people can become Olubadan.

Position of the law

But what is the position of the law on the Olubadan chieftaincy matters? Daily Sun got an extract from the Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000 Cap 28, which spells out the power of the governor in relation to the appointment of recognised chieftaincies in the state.

The laws state that it is the statutory duty of the governor to give approval or set aside any appointment made into any Recognised Part II Chieftaincies.

But, the governor would not do this until the expiration of 21 days after he must have been notified of such appointment by the secretary of the competent council, that is, the local government concerned in accordance with Section 19 of the Chiefs Law. The period of 21 days is meant to allow an aggrieved candidate or aggrieved ruling house to make representations, that is, protest over the way and manner the appointment was done.

The laws say any person to be appointed as recognised chief, must not have been disqualified under any of the following grounds as contained in Section 14 (2) of the Chief Laws, that is, he must not be suffering from any serious physical infirmity; he must not be a lunatic and he must not be an ex-convict.

Section 14 (1) and (2) talk about qualifications and disqualifications of any person to be appointed into recognised chieftaincy. It states that any person to be appointed into recognised chieftaincy shall be qualified, if he is unanimously selected by his ruling house, though two or three candidates may be selected by his ruling house, while the kingmakers have the power to appoint one. But the governor must approve the appointment.

The law further states that where a person is installed without prior approval of the governor, Section 21 of the Chief Law may be activated, which says:

“Where a vacancy has occurred in a recognised chieftaincy and no person has been approved as successor thereto by the governor in accordance with this part, any person who installs or purports to install a person as such chief or any person who permits himself to be installed as such chief shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for two years.

“Any person who installs or purports to install a person as a recognised chief other than the person approved by the governor in accordance with this part, or who not being the person approved by the governor in accordance with this part, permits himself to be installed as a chief shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for two years.

“Where a person has been approved as a recognised chief in accordance with this part, any other person who holds himself out as such chief or wears any of the regalia of such chief…shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for two years.”

Source: Daily Sun
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I'm in Charge of the Presidency, Not Daura - President Buhari Talks on the 'Cabal' Running Aso Rock

I'm in Charge of the Presidency, Not Daura - President Buhari Talks on the 'Cabal' Running Aso Rock

There have been reports that Alhaji Mamman Daura is so powerful and is actually the one ruling the country, but in a recent interview with The Osasu Show, President Buhari described the reports as mere speculations.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Osasu Igbinedion on 'The Osasu Show', President Muhammadu Buhari, disclosed that there can only be one head of a country, and at the moment, he is the one.

There have been reports that Alhaji Mamman Daura is so powerful and is actually the one ruling the country. The nephew-uncle relationship is described as extremely strong and dates back to their childhood years.

The president described reports of overbearing influence on him by some individuals known as cabals as mere speculations.

Asked to react to a report that “Alhaji Mamman Daura is the true president, while he’s the unofficial vice-president”, he said: “I don’t know where they get their news from.

“I stood for the election, I visited every local government in Nigeria, I travelled by road, by air, and so on, and we had one of the most credible election. So whoever feels he has lost somehow is his own problem, I have no problem.”

Weeks after the interview was granted, Aisha Buhari made headlines for insinuating that her husband’s government had been hijacked.

Watch President Buhari's reaction the alleged cabal running the presidency below;


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Watford Manager Dismisses Ighalo To Napoli Rumours

Watford Manager Dismisses Ighalo To Napoli Rumours

Odion Ighalo

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has dismissed rumours linking Odion Ighalo away from the club, while criticising agents for “destabilising” the Nigeria striker.

The club reportedly turned down a £30million-plus bid from Manchester United in January, and a £37.5m move from Shanghai SIPG in the summer for their top scorer last season.

Ighalo is now being linked with Mazzarri’s former club Napoli, making the Watford manager unhappy.

“Ighalo is our player, he is very happy here, and has not told me anything about interest from other clubs. I hope he stays for a long time," Mazzarri told mirror.co.uk.

“If the transfer window does not open until January, where are all these voices and rumours coming from?

“They appear because one or two people want to unsettle him or destabilise the club, but there are many games before January.

“How can we even talk about Watford and Napoli in the transfer market? There are maybe 10 games to go before the window opens, so there is no point
talking about it.

“Ighalo could score 15 goals between now and January, or he may not even be playing. The only people who talk about him moving now are those who want to create confusion.

“In 10 games, everything can change in football – values can go up or down but, to be clear, I don’t talk about rumours. Ighalo is our player.

“I cannot know how much other clubs value him because I am a manager and my job is to work with my club’s own players."

Regarding Ighalo's goal drought so far this season, Mazzarri expressed confidence that the former Granada player will soon start scoring again.

Mazzarri added: “All strikers go through spells when they are more in form than at other times.

“I hope it will take only one episode, one incident, and Ighalo will be up and running for the season.

“I’ve been happy with his performances, apart from one or two exceptions – now we hope he can become the Ighalo we know."


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Clinton urges FBI to release email details, says Americans deserve to know

Clinton urges FBI to release email details, says Americans deserve to know

Hillary Clinton

US Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has urged the FBI to release complete information about its newly discovered emails of her private server when she was Secretary of State.

Clinton said at a news conference in Washington on Friday that American people deserved to have full and complete information about the bureau’s latest review of the emails.

“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetime.
“Voting is already underway in our country. So, the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.

“The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not.

“I’m confident that whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July. “Therefore, it is imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay,” she said.

Clinton said that she had not been contacted by anyone about the new investigation and was unaware what, if any, new evidence had been found.

“Right now, your guess is as good as mine, and I don’t think that’s good enough,” she said.
She said that it was unclear if the email investigation was linked to the criminal probe into the sexting scandal of Anthony Weiner, who recently separated from Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin.

“We’ve heard these rumours and we don’t know what to believe.

“We don’t know the facts, which is why we’re calling on the FBI to release all the information it has,” Clinton said. She expressed reservation about FBI’s “sending out this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the house”.

According to her, the bureau needs to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people and that’s what I expect to happen.

FBI Director, James Comey, had told lawmakers on Friday that the bureau was reviewing new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s personal serve.
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Stop fighting Tinubu – Kinsmen warn Buhari

Stop fighting Tinubu – Kinsmen warn Buhari

Northern socio-cultural and political groups have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to mend walls with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.


The groups warned that the cold war between the duo was capable of destroying the ruling party.

There were strong indications that Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are planning to float a new party.

Political analysts have also linked the recent disagreement between Tinubu and the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to the purported crisis between the former Governor of Lagos State and the President.

The Chairman, Coalition of Political Parties in Kaduna State, Muhammadu Sani-Ahmed, blamed those he described as the “kitchen cabinet” of the President for the seeming feud between Buhari and Tinubu.

“On the pages of newspapers, the two leaders have consistently denied any feud; but somebody close to them has told me there is a crisis between them,” he said.

Sani-Ahmed told Punch that with the big role played by Tinubu during the 2015 presidential election, there was a need for the two leaders to come together and settle their differences.

He said, “Nigerians are not stupid. Even the blind knows that the relationship between the President and the National Leader of APC is not cordial.

“This feud is being fuelled by those close to the President. They are telling the President the wrong things. The President and Tinubu must come together regardless of their differences to settle their rift before the 2019 elections because if it continues like this till that time, it will certainly affect the chances of the APC.”

Second Republic Member of the House of Representatives and also the Convener, Coalition of Northern Intellectuals, Politicians and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, had also earlier called on Buhari to apply caution in his handling of the alleged feud with Tinubu and the internal crisis in the APC.

He said, “Given the tenuous nature of this administration, the party (APC) and of course, the powerful enemies undoubtedly which Tinubu has, he (Buhari) should do well to please take it easy. Some of us believe that he (Tinubu) certainly has done some good for the party, (Muhammadu) Buhari as a person, and for the country; we would not want him to fall by the wayside as a result of lack of tact.

“I also believe that he (Tinubu), Buhari and leading members of the party must all rush back to the drawing board because rightly or wrongly, their making Buhari as the presidential candidate and his arrogance and megalomania may in fact, sooner than later, destroy the party.

“And to make matters worse, Buhari does not have a clue about forming a party or running one. If care is not taken, he will throw the party into complete disarray and by the time most of them in the party realise it, it would have been too late.‎”


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Abati still in EFCC custody, unable to meet bail conditions

Abati still in EFCC custody, unable to meet bail conditions

Five days after he was arrested, a former presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, is still in custody because he is unable to satisfy his bail conditions.

Mr. Abati, a columnist, was arrested on Monday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on allegations of financial impropriety to the tune of N50 million.

When operatives questioned him about how he spent the funds, Mr. Abati reportedly said he disbursed it to media practitioners in his capacity as the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

But he said he did not keep records of the disbursement when queried for evidence.
The journalist was subsequently granted an administrative bail that requires presenting a senior federal civil servant —preferably a director— with landed properties in Abuja.
“He will be released when he meets his bail conditions,” a source within the EFCC informed newsmen on Friday.

Also in EFCC custody is Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who was taken into custody shortly after Mr. Abati’s arrest on Monday.

But Mr. Mohammed’s case is said to be more complicated and he may not be released anytime soon.

(Premium Times)

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