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Cultists Kill 11 in Ogun to Mark Anniversary
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Cultists Kill 11 in Ogun to Mark Anniversary

No fewer than 11 persons have been killed by suspected cult members in Igode and Fakale communities in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State. Punch Newspaper reports that four persons were also injured while houses and cars were vandalised in the attack that lasted for about 10 hours. The hoodlums, said to be Aye Confraternity members, had gone on the rampage at about 11am on Wednesday to commemorate their anniversary tagged 7/7. The grand finale of the anniversary was reportedly held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Emuren, a neighbouring community. It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 25 on motorcycles, came from Emuren, wielding guns and cutlasses. Their targets were said to be members of the Eiye Confraternity, a rival cult.The bandits, who reportedly wore...
Ekiti Protesters Demand Governor Fayose’s Resignation
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Ekiti Protesters Demand Governor Fayose’s Resignation

Thousands of protesters on Thursday stormed the major streets of Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, calling for the immediate resignation of Governor Ayodele Fayose on account of his involvement in a N4.7 billion fraud and corruption case under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Another Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead By Police As Girlfriend Live Streams On Facebook
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Another Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead By Police As Girlfriend Live Streams On Facebook

This is the moment after a police officer shot a woman's boyfriend which she live streamed on Facebook. The footage also captures a conversation between the woman and a police officer, in which she remains totally calm. She says her boyfriend was shot after they were pulled over. The officer fired his weapon when he reached for his ID and wallet which the officer had requested. She says: "And the officer just shot him in his arm." Shouting, also a police officer said "Ma'am, keep your hands where they are," before then adding: "F***!" Reynolds tells her mobile phone camera "He just shot his arm off" but the officer then screams: "I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand open." Speaking calmly, the woman responds: "You told him to get his ID, sir, you to...
Unarmed Black Man killed by Baton Rouge Police Officers
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Unarmed Black Man killed by Baton Rouge Police Officers

In his last few minutes of life, Alton Sterling seemed completely immobile. Two Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers had pinned him to the floor, flat on his back. But even as Sterling seemed completely unable to move, one of the police officers yelled, "He’s got a gun!" Within seconds, an officer shot Sterling, who was still pinned to the ground by the cops. Sterling died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy. After a bystander released video of the shooting, people quickly protested in the area and voiced their anger on social media. Several people went to the convenience store where Sterling was shot, holding up "black lives matter" and "hands up, don’t shoot" signs, Maya Lau and Bryn Stole reported for the Advocate. Sterling’s death is the latest in a long st...
Tanzania Ban Shisha Smoking
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Tanzania Ban Shisha Smoking

The Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has banned shisha smoking in the country, asking clerics, parents and all leaders to fight against dealers and smokers. The PM's order came as Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC) Paul Makonda yesterday declared war against dealers of tobacco-laced shisha in the country's business capital, insisting that all the joints that sell shisha should be closed by next Monday. Shisha is molasses-based tobacco concoction smoked in a water pipe known as 'hookah'. Mr Majaliwa said the consumption of shisha resulted into temptation to indulge in all sorts of vices and eroding morals among the youth. "The statement by Mr Makonda came as a government directive. Therefore, all regional leaders, including mayors and district commissioners (DCs) shoul...
Three Teenage Boys Arrested Over Murder of 17-year-old Nigerian in West London
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Three Teenage Boys Arrested Over Murder of 17-year-old Nigerian in West London

Three teenage boys have been arrested by the UK Police on suspicion of murdering a 17-year old Nigerian, Folajimi Orebiyi in Notting Hill, West London. According to reports Folajimi had been pursued down Portobello Road by youths on bicycles after a fight broke out on a council estate nearby. Witnesses said he was stabbed in the neck and fled to Portobello Road, where he collapsed. Police officers and paramedics tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to The UK Guardian, one witness who did not giver her name said: “I could just see his feet. The police were crowded around him, they were all on him trying to resuscitate him. It’s really sad: that’s someone’s child, someone’s baby. This (Monday) morning, at like four o’clock, they were using th...
Oscar Pistorius Jailed For 6 Years
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Oscar Pistorius Jailed For 6 Years

South African Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius was sent to prison for six years on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the latest twist in a trial that has gripped the world. The state and large sections of the South African public had called for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence for murder, saying Pistorius had shown no remorse for the killing. Judge Thokozile Masipa disagreed, accepting the defense's arguments for a lesser punishment. "Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court," Masipa said. "I am of the view that a long term in prison will not serve justice." It was not clear whether the state would appeal the verdict. Dressed in a dark suit, t...
Federal Government Extends Public Holidays For Eid-el Fitr Celebration Till Thursday July 7th
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Federal Government Extends Public Holidays For Eid-el Fitr Celebration Till Thursday July 7th

The Federal Government has extended the public holidays for the Eid-el-fitr celebration to Thursday July 7th July, 2016. A statement from the office Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau which was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bassey Okon Akpanyung and released today, states that the extension is as a result of the decision of the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to extend the Ramadan fast to today Tuesday July 5th following the non-sighting of the moon.
Google And Twitter Block Niger Delta Avengers
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Google And Twitter Block Niger Delta Avengers

Twitter and Google have blocked the Niger Delta Avengers from using their platforms. Twitter suspended their account while Google deleted their blog. A check on their official twitter page, @NDAvengers only reads; “Account suspended! This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.” They have been using the account to announce their activities, which have negatively affected oil production in the country before it got suspended today. The spokesman of the Avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo, has however confirmed the suspension of both platforms and informed people thus on Facebook; “Notice! This is to bring to your notice that our twitter handle @www.twitter.com/@ndavengers has been suspended and our blog @www.nigerdeltaaven...
Police Alert Residents Of Robbers’ New Tricks (Must Read)
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Police Alert Residents Of Robbers’ New Tricks (Must Read)

The Lagos State Police Command has alerted residents on the new antics of criminals, particularly at night, before carrying out their nefarious activities. The command’s spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, issued the alert in an interview on Sunday in Lagos, against the backdrop of recent robbery attacks on residents. She said the criminals, in an attempt to rob or kidnap their victims, now engaged in switching off running power generating sets or turned on tap water, to lure them out. Badmos, therefore, advised residents not to come out at night, if they noticed that taps within their compounds were opened or when their generators suddenly stopped working. “Residents should be careful when they discover that their generators stop working or notice water gushing out from their taps, ...
EFCC Arrests Iyiola Omisore
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EFCC Arrests Iyiola Omisore

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore. The former deputy Governor is been quizzed over N1.3billion funds from the office of the National Security Adviser He was picked up earlier this morning in Abuja and has since been in the custody of the anti-graft agency facing interrogation for his role in the election funding fraud.
US to Block Nigerias Looted Funds
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US to Block Nigerias Looted Funds

The United States has pledged its commitment to Nigeria in its war against corruption, terrorism, militants and other issues. James Entwistle, the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, has expressed his country’s readiness to stand hand in hand with Nigeria and provide any assitance needed to jointly combat corruption. He also assured that no looted funds are laundered through the American banking system. According to the diplomat, the Obama administration has already offered technical assistance to local anti-graft agencies for the training of investigators and prosecutors. Mr Entwistle made the announcement during the 240th United States Independence Anniversary celebration cocktail party in Abuja on Saturday. He said: “Not just the political freedom you exercised last year, but freedom fr...
Saraki, Ekweremadu, Fayose, Do Not Have Absolute Immunity – Femi Falana
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Saraki, Ekweremadu, Fayose, Do Not Have Absolute Immunity – Femi Falana

Prominent human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, on Saturday, urged the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to face their criminal trials and stop politicizing it. Falana stated this while delivering a lecture on the topic, “Limits of Executive Immunity,” at the 60th birthday of the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, in Benin, the Edo State. The lawyer noted that according to the Nigerian constitution only the President, Vice President, governors and their deputies, can enjoy the benefits of immunity and that lawmakers do not have immunity. Falana stated, “The senate is now politicising the issue, saying it is political victimisation but not that the offence was not committed. As leaders ...
Oil Magnate, Walter Wagbatsoma Extradited to U.K Over £12m NHS Fraud, as EFCC Charge Him with N1.9bn Oil Subsidy Scam
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Oil Magnate, Walter Wagbatsoma Extradited to U.K Over £12m NHS Fraud, as EFCC Charge Him with N1.9bn Oil Subsidy Scam

Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas Limited, Walter Wagbatsoma, has been extradited to the United Kingdom where he is facing money laundering charges. According to a UK-based newspaper, Lincolnshire Echo, Wagbatsoma who was extradited from Germany, was accused of money laundering in a multi-million pound fraud. He appeared before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The oil magnate was detained last month in Germany after Lincolnshire Police issued a European Arrest Warrant. The 46-year-old was extradited to the UK on Thursday, when he was charged with conspiracy to money laundering. Back home in Nigeria, Wagbatsoma along with others is facing a nine-count charge bordering on fraud involving N1.9bn oil subsidy scam. The Economic Crime Unit of Lincolnshire Police said...
Bank Security Officer Returns $10,000 He Found On The Ground
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Bank Security Officer Returns $10,000 He Found On The Ground

A security officer, Mohammed Ibrahim Ogbanago, at United Bank for Africa (UBA) in a display of integrity returned $10,000 (about N2.8m) he found outside his branch at Oba Akran. Chairman of the UBA Group Plc., Tony Elumelu revealed this in an Instagram post on Saturday, praising Ogbanago’s “unparalleled display of integrity” even in the present economic crisis. https://instagram.com/p/BHW-M-0Bxx4/
Oyo Lawmaker Shot Dead
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Oyo Lawmaker Shot Dead

Mr Gideon Aremu, Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Information and Security, has been shot to death by gunmen at his residence.According to NAN, the lawmaker (Labour Party) was killed on Friday at about 9p.m. while driving into his house at Alakia area of Ibadan. It was gathered that the wife of the deceased was opening the gate for him when two men riding motorcycles shot at Aremu several times. “The armed men waited several minutes afterwards to ensure he was dead and took away just his cell phone’’ the source said. Spokesman for the State Police Command, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the assassination of Aremu. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Musah Abdul-Wasi, described the incident as a rude shock and a great loss to the entire state and the country. ...
GTBank Director Claps Back At Twitter User; Says “It’s Not By Force” To Bank With GTB
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GTBank Director Claps Back At Twitter User; Says “It’s Not By Force” To Bank With GTB

A GTBank director, Andrew Alli happily took to his Twitter to announce his retirement from the board of GTBank. An internet troll, Elnathan John replied the tweet bashing and chastising Mr Andrew for being a part of the bank that didn’t do good when it comes to dealing with poor customers of the bank. Mr Andrew calmly gave the troll a clapback that sent him back to wherever he was coming from. See the tweets below:
I’ll Return N400m – Olisa Metuh
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I’ll Return N400m – Olisa Metuh

Former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh said yesterday he was ready to return the N400 million he received from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Dasuki Sambo (retd). Metuh said his offer should be seen as a sign of support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war. He said this in a statement issued by his lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu. The former PDP spokesman is facing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja for allegedly receiving N400 million-from money budgeted for arms purchase for soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North-East from Dasuki. He had said that the money was given to him by former president Goodluck Jonathan for media campaigns ahead of the 2015 presidential election, but yesterday, he said he was willing to re...
Japan Donates $89,662 Medical Equipment to Nigeria to Help Improve The Health Status of The People
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Japan Donates $89,662 Medical Equipment to Nigeria to Help Improve The Health Status of The People

The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke, on Thursday, inaugurated medical equipment worth $89, 662 donated by Government of Japan to help improve the health status of Nigerians. The inauguration took place at the Bwari General Hospital. He said the embassy had always supported Nigeria through its Grant Assistance for grassroots human security project scheme. He said 152 projects had been implemented since 1998 under primary health, primary education and agriculture with 10. 4 million dollars disbursed so far. ``We are handing over 25 types of medical equipment and tools today to Bwari General Hospital. ``Large number of people come from Abuja, Kaduna and Niger to the hospital every day, but it could not provide patients with appropriate services because of lac...
Biggest Drug Bust In Florida History Involves Brother & Sister
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Biggest Drug Bust In Florida History Involves Brother & Sister

A brother and sister have been arrested after police seized $24million in cash and drugs from a Miami home. Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, and Salma Hernandez, 32, were both taken into custody after police found the huge haul of cash in their Florida property. The money, that was believed to have been made peddling marijuana, was divided into $100 bills and stashed in orange heat-sealed buckets with Home Depot labels. The hidden room - where the drugs, guns and cash were stashed - was guarded by a hallway statuette of St. Lazarus, a Catholic saint popular in Cuba. Police say it is their biggest drug bust in history. They also found marijuana, seeds and $180,000 in cash a safe.
Fresh Details About The Dapper Windscreen Cleaner, Abdulahi Olatoyan, Emerge Online
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Fresh Details About The Dapper Windscreen Cleaner, Abdulahi Olatoyan, Emerge Online

Some weeks ago, it was widely reported that Abdulahi Olatoyan rejected OUCH designer, Uche NNaji's offer to empower and establish him. Well, this is his side of the story! Abdullahi Olatoye, The Windscreen Cleaner: A Victim Of Our Lost Humanity Someone that goes by the handle Hidentity just released a trouble piece. Read below... Today, I should be quoted for saying the greatest threat to humanity is the human that seeks to benefit from its working. We are diverse in configuration - good, bad, crooked, cunning, pathetic, sympathetic, and yes, the hybrid of two or more are no exception. They are worse, the goats who disguise like they're sheep! I left work today with a staunch yearn for a well deserved rest. I didn't expect a diverse drama from the usual: Passengers and condu...
Court Dismisses Fani-Kayode’s Suit Challenging His Detention by EFCC
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Court Dismisses Fani-Kayode’s Suit Challenging His Detention by EFCC

An FCT High Court, Apo, on Wednesday dismissed Femi Fani-Kayode’s Fundamental Human Right suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for lack of merit. In his judgment, the judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, held that the action of the EFCC on was constitutional. Adeniyi said that arrest made for the purpose of investigation of crime could not violate fundamental human rights. “The reason for arrest and detention is for reasonable suspicion of committing an offence and the test can be determined by the totality of the case in a court,” he said, He said the arrest of Kayode from May 9th to May 19th did not contravene human rights of the applicants by law as the EFCC had obtained an order to remand Kayode in Abuja on May 10. The judge said that another...
President Buhari Orders Arrest of His Friend For Using His Name to Fraud People
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President Buhari Orders Arrest of His Friend For Using His Name to Fraud People

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the arrest of a key man in the panel investigating the mismanagement of public funds meant for the war against Boko Haram after receiving damning reports that he was himself involved in alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms. Despite being his close ally and loyalist, Buhari okayed the arrest of Mohammed Umar, after reading reports showing that Umar, a retired Air Force officer, ran a secret blackmailing and extortion cartel. Security and presidency sources told PT that Umar was arrested last week as operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) raided his Abuja home. Those familiar with the matter said before moving against the retired officer, the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura, met with Buhari where he tabled report...
We’re Heading Towards Disaster’ – Richard Branson Reveals Effects of Brexit
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We’re Heading Towards Disaster’ – Richard Branson Reveals Effects of Brexit

Founder and C.E.O of Virgin Group, Richard Branson has revealed that the economic effects of Britain's exit from the EU has resulted in Virgin Group canceling a deal worth 3,000 jobs. The billionaire businessman said the company had made the decision to pull the plug on "a very big deal" because of the the uncertainty created by last week's vote to quit the EU, saying his company may have lost up to a third of its value. Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain, he added: "The pound has collapsed to its lowest level in 30 years. This country is going to go into recession, two of the worst days ever. Banks being pounded means they are not going to lend money." "We're not any worse than anyone else but I suspect we've lost a third of our value, which is dreadful for people in the workpla...
Istanbul Airport Attack Leaves Atleast 36 Dead And Dozens Injured
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Istanbul Airport Attack Leaves Atleast 36 Dead And Dozens Injured

A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport has killed 36 people and injured about 90. Three attackers opened fire near an entry point to the terminal and blew themselves up after police fired at them, officials say. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early signs suggested the so-called Islamic State was behind the attack.
Recent bombings in Turkey have been linked to either IS or Kurdish separatists.
Tuesday's attack looks like a major co-ordinated assault, says the BBC's Mark Lowen. Ataturk airport was long seen as a vulnerable target, our Turkey correspondent adds, reporting from a plane stuck on the tarmac in Istanbul.
There are X-ray scanners at the entrance to the terminal but security checks for cars are limited. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoga...
Iyiola Omisore, Musiliu Obanikoro’s Sons Bank Accounts frozen by EFCC
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Iyiola Omisore, Musiliu Obanikoro’s Sons Bank Accounts frozen by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly frozen five bank accounts linked to former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and the two sons of immediate past Minister of State of Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. The accounts were frozen by the anti-graft agency as part of investigation into the N4.7 billion allegedly diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser. The accounts said to have been frozen by the EFCC include the Sylvan McNamara (number 0026223714 with Diamond Bank); Sawanara Limited with First Bank; Fimex Gilt Limited with the United Bank for Africa; and Metropolitan Consortium with First Bank, the Punch reports. Speaking on the issue, a detective with the EFCC told the Punch that, “On July 9, 2014, N150m was paid int...
Nigerian Army Librate Over 5,000 Persons Held Hostage by Boko Haram Terrorists
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Nigerian Army Librate Over 5,000 Persons Held Hostage by Boko Haram Terrorists

Troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian JTF today conducted a fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages in which they killed 6 Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others. The troops also liberated over 5,000 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 5 motorcycles and similar number of bicycles. Similarly, troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) II, in conjunction with some of elements of Mobile Police Force and Civilian JTF today also conducted Boko Haram terrorists clearance operations at Masu Yiwa, Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages, all in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State. During the clearance operations, the troops encountered Boko Ha...
Yemi Osinbajo, Akinwunmi Ambode, Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi, Kemi Adeosun, Others inspect Dangote Refinery in Lekki
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Yemi Osinbajo, Akinwunmi Ambode, Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi, Kemi Adeosun, Others inspect Dangote Refinery in Lekki

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday said that the refinery, petrochemical, gas and fertilizer projects being undertaken by Africa’s richest man and business mogul, Aliko Dangote at the Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) in Lagos would significantly boost the economy of Lagos and Nigeria in general. Governor Ambode who spoke to newsmen shortly after an extensive inspection tour of the projects by the Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and some members of the Federal Executive Council, said the projects would have great multiplier effects on the nation’s economy. He said, “Firstly, there is a refinery project that is ongoing, second there is a petrochemical project that is also ongoing. There is pipeline transfer project that brings gas from Bonny down to Olokonla and d...
Man Identifies the Zenith Bank Staff Pictured Kneeling for Gov. Fayose as Bunmi Falana, a.k.a Bumshaka as One of His Boys
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Man Identifies the Zenith Bank Staff Pictured Kneeling for Gov. Fayose as Bunmi Falana, a.k.a Bumshaka as One of His Boys

Dolapo Adejobi Orogbemi have identified the man Kneeling down in the middle picture is Bunmi Falana, a.k.a Bumshaka. Bumshaka is one of the Ayo Fayose's boys together with Goke Olatunji [G.O.K] Fayose's P.A in the past. Goke and Bunmi were together with Ayo Fayose during the 2003 Governorship struggle against Otunba Niyi Adebayo the then incumbent Governor. When Fayose emerged as the Executive Governor of the State, he appointed Goke as Personal Assistant, while Bunmi [Bumshaka] was said to inform Fayose that he preferred a career job, hence he was fixed with Zenith Bank via the capacity of Ayo Fayose, and for his banking purposes. He was brought in to handle all his banking transactions till 2006 when Mr. Fayose was chased out of Ekiti State Government House following his impeac...
AMCON Takes Over Afrijet over N10bn Debt
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AMCON Takes Over Afrijet over N10bn Debt

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), on Friday, took over the assets of Afrijet Airlines Ltd. owned by Vitalis Ibe, over an unpaid debt of almost N10 billion. This is contained in a statement issued by Jude Nwauzor, Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos. The statement said the takeover was based on an interim injunction granted against the airline by Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division. It said, “the obligor owes AMCON nearly N10 billion. AMCON purchased the Eligible Bank Assets (EBAs), sometime in 2011 from the defunct FinBank and Bank PHB. The order also affects Ibe’s Continental Aviation Services Ltd., AMCON has since appointed Professor Gbolahan Elias (SAN), as Rec...
Suspected ‘Militants’ Attack Ikorodu Communities, Several Feared Dead
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Suspected ‘Militants’ Attack Ikorodu Communities, Several Feared Dead

Gunmen suspected to be militants have invaded the Igbolomu and Ishawo areas of Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State. According to Vanguard, eyewitnesses who escaped from one of the invaded areas said the gunmen from the Niger Delta came through water channel since yesterday and have been shooting sporadically. The heavy shootings from last night has left several people dead, eyewitnesses said. Also, the troubled communities of Elegbete, Imushin, Muti and environs of Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo, last night witnessed heavy shootings by the militants.
Open Letter to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by Adeyinka Adebayo Iyin Ekiti
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Open Letter to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by Adeyinka Adebayo Iyin Ekiti

My dear Asiwaju, I am compelled to write this open letter to you because of the state of affairs of the Yoruba nation. Firstly, I wish to acknowledge that fate has put you in a prime position to determine to a large extent the direction that the Yoruba people will go. The indisputable truth is that one may quarrel with your politics but your sagacity is never in doubt. Even those who don't see eye to eye with you agree that you are imbued with unusual native intelligence, uncommon people skills and unrivaled foresight. You, more than any other person, has been the game changer since the advent of democracy in 1999. It is for these reasons that I have chosen to direct this letter to you. My singular purpose is to tug at the strings of your heart. I am not writing to appeal to part...
‘Zenith Bank Owes us an Explanation’ – Reuben Abati
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‘Zenith Bank Owes us an Explanation’ – Reuben Abati

Former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, has on behalf of every Nigerian, requested of Zenith Bank to explain why a member of its staff was photographed kneeling before Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose. The governor, through his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, on Thursday circulated on social media, photos from a visit of Zenith Bank management team to the Ekiti Government House. Fayose claimed to have been begged by the bank for denying responsibility for funding his June 2014 governorship election campaign. “They were begging me and that the matter should not go beyond this level,” Olayinka quoted Fayose to have said. This submission and the accompanying picture has incensed a lot of Nigerians – one of whom is Abati, who has...
Ben Bruce Should Bury His Face in a Mud – Ifeoluwa Leo-Olagbaye
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Ben Bruce Should Bury His Face in a Mud – Ifeoluwa Leo-Olagbaye

Many Broad day Light cooperate armed robbers were banking on Jonathan's re-election to continue their massive theft and grand looting. They connive with banks, obtain loans bigger than their net worth, share the bulk of the money, then use their connections with the Presidency to put the debt on AMCON which is indirectly the people of Nigeria. 11billion naira can put SilverBird in every state in Nigeria. This scam is also in the aviation , agricultural and other sectors. To even think that the tweetnator who could not even manage a company of just a few thousands of staffs with common sense will keep attacking the President of over 180million people in the guise of offering commonsense is the hight of stupidity. Ben Murray-Bruce should bury is face in a mud of shame.........
David Cameron Resigns
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David Cameron Resigns

David Cameron has resigned as prime minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The prime minister, who backed a Remain vote, said Britain required "fresh leadership" to negotiate the country's exit from the EU. "I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination," he said in a statement outside Downing Street. He promised to "steady the ship" over the coming months before stepping down in October. Mr Cameron, flanked by his wife Samantha, said the result was the "will of the British people" which was an "instruction which must be delivered". Close to tears and with his voice breaking, Mr Cameron said: "I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to...
Equatorial Guinea’s President Appoints His Son As Vice President
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Equatorial Guinea’s President Appoints His Son As Vice President

Until this year, Teodoro Obiang Nguema had never won less than 97 percent of the vote in an election. Perhaps the immense international scorn he has faced in recent years caused him to loosen his grip a bit, because he won only 93.7 percent when reelected to his sixth term as leader of Equatorial Guinea this year. He is the world's longest-serving president, having ruled for almost 37 years. According to Washington Post, he has further consolidated his power by promoting his son, Teodoro "Teodorín" Obiang Mangue, from "second vice president" to simply vice president. Power has been in the family for Equatorial Guinea's entire existence as an independent country. The current president toppled his uncle in a violent coup in 1979, before sentencing him to death by firing squad. Since the...
Referendum on EU Membership: UK Goes to The Polls
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Referendum on EU Membership: UK Goes to The Polls

Voting is under way in a historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave. A record 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part, according to provisional figures from the Electoral Commission. Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST. It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns. In common with other broadcasters, the BBC is limited in what it can report while polls are open but you can follow the results as they come in across the BBC after polls close on Thursday evening.
Mr Common Sense in Trouble: AMCON Shuts Down Silverbird
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Mr Common Sense in Trouble: AMCON Shuts Down Silverbird

As reported earlier, the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken possession of all the companies run by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce. Already, the Silverbird Galleria has been shut. I hear his Radio and TV stations have been shut. AMCON had secured an order from a Federal High Court in Lagos, to take over the companies after Ben Bruce defaulted in the repayment of about N11billion loan which he took from Banks.
The Limit of Fayose’s Immunity – Femi Falana
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The Limit of Fayose’s Immunity – Femi Falana

Sometime in 2004, Governor Ayo Fayose was reported by The News magazine to have stolen N1.2 billion from the coffers of Ekiti State government. The brutal killings in the state were also traced to a killer squad funded by the governor. Embarrassed by the publication Mr. Fayose sued the magazine at the high court holden at Ado Ekiti. Our law firm defended the magazine and pleaded justification. At the trial of the case, the allegations in the publication were proved beyond any shadow of doubt. In dismissing the suit the trial judge said that Mr. Fayose had no reputation worthy of protection by any court. The allegation of the looting of the treasury of the state was investigated by the EFCC which proceeded to charge Mr. Fayose at the Federal High Court. The Police also charged him wi...
Five Expatriates Kidnapped By Militants In Calabar, Driver Killed
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Five Expatriates Kidnapped By Militants In Calabar, Driver Killed

According to reports, at least five expatriates and two Nigerians were on Wednesday kidnapped at the Idundu area of the Calabar-Oban Road by suspected militants. The incident happened at about 6am when the foreigners and their Nigerian colleagues, working for MacMahon Construction Company, were on their way to work. The construction firm is located at the Mfamosing Plant of the United Cement Company of Nigeria Limited in the Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State. The company is said to be one of the major contracting firms to Lafarge Holcim, owners of UniCem. The workers, who were conveyed in four MacMahon vehicles, had been escorted by a security pickup that had four armed policemen when they were attacked by the gunmen before the Idundu Bridge. The armed pol...
Zenith Bank Tells Gov. Fayose To Stop Saying They Funded His Campaign
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Zenith Bank Tells Gov. Fayose To Stop Saying They Funded His Campaign

In a statement released earlier by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the Governor claimed his election was funded by Zenith Bank Plc, fundraising, donations from associates and friends as well as sales of campaign souvenirs. He went further to deny he has ever received funds in any form from the office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) or the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, for the purpose of his 2014 election campaign. Zenith Bank is now saying the Governor, should desist from mentioning them as one of his sponsors, because they never really sponsored him, Sahara Reporters claim. According to what was tweeted by Sahara Reporters, the Governor wanted the bank ...
Twitter Introduces ‘Twitter Engage’ For Celebrities & Power Influencers to Interact With Their Followers Better
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Twitter Introduces ‘Twitter Engage’ For Celebrities & Power Influencers to Interact With Their Followers Better

Twitter has introduced a new app called ‘Engage’, a new standalone app for influential Twitter users to help them interact with their fans and build a bigger following. In a blog announcement, they said “gives creators, celebrities, and public figures a better way to connect with fans and influencers. It’s the perfect tool for the people that make and share new video content every day and want to understand and grow their audience on Twitter”. Engage highlights the most important interactions you’ve had on Twitter and includes mentions from users who are verified, followed by a lot of your followers, or interact with you a lot. It also has an “understand” tab shows you high-level analytics for your posts, showing you how many impressions you’re getting over time. And the “posts” tab sh...
Leave Buhari’s Wife Out of Your Woes; Face The Issues – Kashamu Blasts Fayose
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Leave Buhari’s Wife Out of Your Woes; Face The Issues – Kashamu Blasts Fayose

The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu has urged Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose “to stop the needless mudslinging against the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and face the allegations against him”. xxxIn a statement he issued in Abuja today, Kashamu likened Fayose’s attempt to link Mrs Buhari with the Halliburton scandal as a “needless distraction and an amateurish shadow-boxing. His action could be taken for a drowning man clutching at a straw”. The statement reads in part, “It is interesting that Mr. Fayose is talking about the rule of law and the need to do things within the ambit of the law. I never knew that he has ever heard of the concept of the Rule of Law. When he trampled on other people’s r...
Instagram Has Over 500 Million Monthly Users
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Instagram Has Over 500 Million Monthly Users

Instagram has announced that it now has more than 500 million monthly actives, and more than 300 million who use the app daily. The photo and short video app’s monthly user base more than doubled in size over the past two years, adding 100 million active users faster than the previous 100 million, more than 80 per cent of the Instagram community are outside the United States. Instagram has more than 100 million monthly actives in the Unites States, more than 95 million photos and videos are shared per day on average and 4.2 billion likes daily. According to Amy Cole, Head of Brand Development for EMEA: “It’s incredible to think that in just five and a half years, the Instagram community has grown to half a billion. It’s exciting that we’re still growing so fast – the community...
Lagos State Signs Historic Smart City Deal With Dubai Holdings
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Lagos State Signs Historic Smart City Deal With Dubai Holdings

The Lagos State government and the City of Dubai have entered a historic partnership that will create the first Smart City in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding for the Lagos Smart City was on Monday signed at the Emirate Towers by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and the Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai LLC, Mr. Jabber Bin Hafez. The signing of the MOU, which will make Lagos the home of the very first Smart City in Africa, was witnessed by the Chairman of Dubai Holdings, His Excellency, Ahmad Bin Byat who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. A Smart City is a growing concept that draws from the success of Dubai’s innovative knowledge-based industry clusters ” to empower bu...

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