BREAKING News: FG to Formally Hand Over Presidential Lodge Marina to Lagos State Govt.

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The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led Lagos State Government will today, formally take-over the Presidential Lodge in Marina following the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Presidential lodge, Marina
Baring any last-minute ditch, the Federal Government will Thursday, formally transfer the historic State House, otherwise known as Presidential Lodge in Marina, Lagos Island, to the Lagos State Government.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, last year, approved the handover following  a request by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The President’s approval was earlier communicated in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, to Governor Ambode.

In an earlier statement, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that Governor Ambode expressed heartfelt gratitude to the President for his kind gesture, magnanimity and “keen admiration for Lagos State as the Centre of Excellence that is well suited to becoming Africa’s foremost hub for arts, entertainment and tourism.”

The statement said that, with the presidential approval, Ambode has consequently unveiled plans to turn the erstwhile lodge to The Heritage Centre for Leadership, which would be redesigned and equipped as a landmark research and tourist arena that will be open to local and international visitors.

“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his kind hand-over of the Presidential Lodge in Marina to the Lagos State government. This, in my opinion, demonstrates the President’s special interest in Lagos State, which is in line with the promise he made.”

Busted: Human Traffickers Nabbed With 44 Minors in Kaduna

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As many as 44 minors have been rescued from human traffickers nabbed by the Federal Road Safety Corps in Kaduna.

The kids rescued by the FRSC
A vehicle which was arrested for overloading along Kaduna-Zaria road, was later discovered to be occupied by suspected child traffickers with 44 minors.

This was revealed by the Federal Road Safety Corps, on Wednesday.

According to Punch Metro, the Public Education Officer, FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, in a statement disclosed that the driver of the vehicle, Dauda Ezekiel from Gubuchi Village in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna state claimed that he was hired to transport the minors.

According to kazeem, the vehicle was impounded when the FRSC officials could not get a satisfactory response from the adults who were with the minors.

Kazeem said, “Two adult occupants of the white and blue colour vehicle with number plate XC 532 ZAR, were quizzed by FRSC officials only to get unsatisfactory responses.

“The vehicle was thereafter impounded when they claimed they were going for a church programme in a location they could not name.”

The Sector Commander who got a wind of the case alerted the State Commissioner of Police after which the vehicle and the occupants were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department.

A similar case was recorded in the state on April 27, 2017, when a Ford Galaxy Model vehicle with registration number LMU 76 XA with 17 minors and three suspected adult traffickers was impounded and handed over to the Comptroller of Immigration and NAPTIP by the FRSC.

Kazeem disclosed that the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, has applauded the vigilance of the officials of the FRSC which led to the arrest of the suspected child traffickers.

The Corps Marshal believes that security of lives and properties of the citizens would be better assured with inter-agency collaboration.

Controversies, Internal Crisis & More: Popular Abuja Night Club, The Bank, Shuts Down Indefinitely

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A popular Abuja night club, The Bank,has been shut down indefinitely as a new company will reportedly take over the same location where the club had operated.

The Bank
Following some series of controversies in recent times, The Bank, a popular luxury night club located in Aminu Kano, Wuse 2 area of the federal capital, Abuja, has been shut down indefinitely.

According to an exclusive report by Premium Times, a source said the club, whose social media account was recently hacked, has been embroiled in different managerial controversies and has consequently resolved to shut operations indefinitely despite high patronage.

It was gathered that the shutdown also marks the dissolution of the management of The Bank. "It is clear that The Bank as a club ceases to exist henceforth. What we all know as ‘The Bank’ before has now been shut down and will not be operating from Dabras Hotels," a source said.

The source, however, did not reveal whether another club will emerge at the same location, but disclosed that the management “feels aggrieved that the image of the club has lately been tarnished.”

Another source said a new company will now take over the same location where the club had operated from but did not mention the name of the company.

As at the time of filing, efforts to reach the club’s management failed as those met at Dabras Hotels declined comments, but they confirmed that the Bank no longer exists.

Heartbreaking! Three NYSC Corp Members Die in Fatal Road Accident (Photos)

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Some members of the National Youth Service Corps have lost their lives in a fatal road accident on their way to Kano.

The accident left many dead and others seriously injured
Three unidentified National Youth Service Corps members have died a cruel death while on their way back to Kano from Tsafe Orientation Camp, Zamfara State after getting involved in a fatal road accident.

The accident occurred between Garo and Gadon Kaya in Kano State. The bodies of the deceased were seen on the road after the shocking incident. It is believed the accident might have been caused due to over-speeding. Many others were left injured in the accident.

See What A Final Year Student In OAU did With Jenifa's Diary English (Photo)

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A linguistic undergraduate from Obafemi Awolowo University has used the English spoken in the popular TV soap, Jenifa's Diary as her thesis for her final year project.

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Shock as 2 End Up Dead While Taking Flood Selfies...Checkout How It Happened

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Two people have died tragic deaths while trying to take flood selfies in the middle of ravaging floodwaters.

Shock as 2 End Up Dead While Taking Flood Selfies...Checkout How It Happened
Bangladeshi walk in water in an area submerged by flood in Kurigram, northern Bangladesh. Photo: AFP

Bangladesh officials on Thursday revealed that two Bangladeshi teenagers have died taking selfies in raging floodwaters.

This is coming as the death toll from fresh monsoon downpours reached 56 with nearly five million affected.

According to Agence France Presse, the police said the 15-year-old boys were snapping selfies at a flooded road in the northern town of Melandah on Wednesday when they were swept away by powerful currents.

“With the school shut down due to floods, and the road underwater, they thought it was good idea to take selfies on the flooded road,” said Mohan Talukder, the headmaster of Umir Uddin School where the boys attended.

“Unfortunately huge currents washed both of them into a roadside flood-plain. Several villagers tried to save them, but one of them was also washed away by floodwaters.”

Local police chief Mazharul Karim told AFP their bodies were recovered by divers after a day-long search.

Nearly half of Bangladesh is affected by the floods but the government’s weather agency has warned the worst could be yet to come, with two major rivers at bursting point.

“The flood situation in the country’s central region could worsen in the next few days,” said Sazzad Hossain, head of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

Renewed flooding has killed 56 people since Saturday, with 4.5 million directly affected, Bangladesh’s disaster management department said.

Bangladesh’s health department said coupled with those killed in separate flooding in July, at least 107 people had perished amid monsoon downpours.

The floods have destroyed nearly 200,000 houses and wiped out crops on nearly 580,000 hectares (1.4 million acres) of land, officials said.

The government has opened close to 1,500 shelters where food and supplies are available, but those in hard-hit areas have complained that aid had not yet reached their villages.

Mother From Hell: How Woman Killed Her Own 3-day-old Baby in Nasarawa

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A woman who was found out to have killed her own baby in a Nasarawa State community, has been nabbed by the law.

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A woman has been arrested by the Police in Nasarawa State Command for allegedly killing her three-day old baby.

According to Vanguard, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Comnmand in the state, DSP Idirisu Kennedy, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia.

According to Kennedy, the police on Monday received report of a dead body of a baby in Kaderko area of Keana Local Government Area.

He said policemen through intelligence report arrested the culprit who turned out to be the mother of the deceased child. He gave the name of the woman as Mwuese Keleve, and that she had confessed to committing the crime, but did not give any reason for her action.

Kennedy said as soon as the police completed their investigation, the woman would be charged to court.

“Based on preliminary investigation, the woman is sane and has admitted to committing the crime,” he said.

Fanen Peter, husband of the woman, and father to the deceased baby, said what his wife did “beat my imagination”.

Peter explained that they had been married for 15 years with two children and that the deceased was supposed to be their third child.

He said the baby had since been buried as the corpse was already decomposing.

Fabian Orugu, Oso of Kadoko of Kaderko (traditional ruler) of Kaderko, described the action of the woman as `devilish’ which could not be tolerated.

Orugu lauded the collaboration between the residents of the area and the police which led to the arrest of the

Increase Corps Members Monthly Allowance to N50, 000 - Fayose Tells FG

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People's Democratic Party chieftain, Governor Fayose has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to improve the rate of remuneration of corp members.

The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has asked the Federal Government to increase the monthly allowance of Corps members in the country from N19,800 to N50,000.

He made the appeal in Ise Ekiti during the closing ceremony of the orientation course of the 2017 batch “A” stream 2.

Represented by Lanre Ogunsuyi, his Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports; Fayose said: “Nigerians must collectively join me to mandate the federal government to increase the allowance from N19,800 to N50,000.

“On our part, the Ekiti government will provide all the necessary support for the Corps members to make their service year memorable in the state.

Meanwhile, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) State Coordinator, Ukagha Eze, charged the corps members to see themselves as leaders of tomorrow.

“I want to charge all Corps members to always see themselves as leaders of tomorrow and stay away from corruption during and after the service year,” she said.

On the security of Corps members, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Information, Kola Ajumobi assured corps members deployed to the state of safety in their national assignment.

“Ekiti State is the most peaceful state in Nigeria, Corps members can tour the 16 local governments of the state any time they like, they are very safe,” he said.

The corps members’ allowance was increased by former president Goodluck Jonathan in July 2011, from N9,775 to N19,800.

Anambra Guber Race: Drama as Juju Oath is Introduced into the System

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The politics of Anambra State within the circle of All Progressives Congress has gotten diabolical as some members are being allegedly compelled to seal their loyalty with black magic.

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About 4,500 anticipated statutory and special delegates who are expected to vote to select who flies the gubernatorial flag of the APC are in palpable fear over an alleged plan to manipulate the list.

The delegates, according to Chief Damian Muo-Udevi from Anambra West council area of the state were mandated to swear to an oath by one of the governorship aspirants to the seat of the governor.

The visibly angry Muo-Udevi, who claimed to be among the delegates approached, spoke with select journalists at Nzam, Anambra West council area yesterday. He wondered why a political party like the APC will allow the troublesome politicians come in with so much air and at same time overturn everything they met in the party.

“They have been going round all the 21 councils of the state with bags of money since weekend luring and manipulating delegates to swear to a multiple deity that they will vote for them,” he said.

Asked if he can give the clear identity of the aspirant he alleged is working to manipulate the delegate list, he said, “the politician has always been in the corridors of power but has remained unacceptable to the people of the state because of lack of single project that has affected the people of the state.

"It’s clear he has nothing to offer to the people, he has never validly contested any election in his life, instead he always uses tonnes of cash to mesmerize and circumvent laid down rules and processes that is clearly the reason he has been going around now dumping cartons of cash on the laps and doorsteps of all those he feels will be relevant in the August 19, 2017 governorship primary where the party will elect its standard bearer in the November 18, 2017 election in Anambra State.”

When the state chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, was contacted for reaction, he said he was not aware of any such incident. He, however, urged the members to report anyone coercing them surreptitiously to the party for instant disciplinary action.

Breaking News: Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans Wins First Case in Court

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Popular kidnap kingpin has cruised to a subtle victory in the court of law as he presents a case of the abuse of fundamental human rights against the police.

Justice Abdulaziz Anka of a Lagos Federal High Court on Wednesday ordered that the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans against the Nigeria Police Force will proceed.

Anka gave the ruling while dismissing the objections of counsel to the Nigeria Police Force, Emmanuel Eze, during proceedings in Evans’ N300m suit.

The judge agreed with Counsel to Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje that service on the first and second respondents in the case had been properly effected.

The first and second respondents in the suit are the Inspector General of Police, the Nigeria Police Force. The other respondents are the Lagos State Police Commissioner and the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.

Justice Anka also ruled that leave was not required for the matter to be heard during vacation as Order 4 Rule 5 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules of 2009, enjoins the court to pursue speed and justice on issues of fundamental human rights.

Evans, through his lawyer had filed a N300m lawsuit against the police, challenging his continued detention since June 10 without arraignment.

The billionaire kidnapper is asking the court to award him N300m as exemplary damages for his alleged illegal detention and the alleged harm caused by his media trial.

My Husband Beat and Stripped Me N*ked in Open Yard - Woman Cries Out After Losing Her Twins at 4 Weeks (Photo)

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Mrs Favour Ogbonna, has endured physical and mental abuse from her husband since they got married in 2015. The beating allegedly started barely a month after their wedding.

Here's her story:

Below is how Nigerian lawyer and former legal consultant at African Development Bank, Emeka Ugwuonye, who shared the photo on 'The Due Process Advocates (DPA)', reported the woman's sad story on Facebook;


MY ORDEAL IN MARRIAGE 2015 - 2017                                

Good morning!

My name is Favour Ogbonna. I married and wedded on the 22nd  23rd of August, 2015 and return to my husband's place after our traditional marriage. My ordeal started just a month after.                                                                                                                                      
Sept 2015: a month after I was beaten up by my husband  in the present of his mother bcos my daddy called him on the phone n they were discussing at the end he requested for provision but he was joking. My husband called his mother and started insulting my parents n i told him to stop insulting them he started beating me.                                                                                                          

March 2016: I went for antinental  and was given bill which I paid. The next day my husband ask me how much I spent and I told him, he said that the bill is too much why didn't I price and I told him that is not easy to argue for bills in the hospital. He started beating me and I rushed to my uncle who called him and cautioned him and we went back to the house.
April 2016: I over heard my husband discussing on the phone with his friend, after the discussion, my husband started insulting me and my parents:I asked, him to stop that he started beating me and he seized everything he bought for me and ask me to go. This issue was settled by our marriage parents.              

May 2016: my husband was annoyed that some of his clothes which he washed and spread outside were forgotten, for this reason he kept me hungry for two days. I nearly lost my pregnancy bcos of hunger. His sister settled this issue.                                                                                                                  
July 2016: I was beaten and stripped naked in open yard in the morning. In the evening of the same day, I was also beaten mercilessly. Later, my husband ran away for three days I was left without food and I was forced to pack all my belongings to my father's house.                  
Sept 2016: my husband came to my father's house and revealed why he has not been happy with me and my parents. He said that I belong to CULT GROUP, that he was informed that I am harlot agent while in the University, that he wanted to terminate the marriage long ago but because of the pregnancy he didn't do it.

June 2017: this date is unforgettable in my life. I was so mercilessly battered by my husband that I felt unconscious with blood gushing all over my body, still he held me on the ground and continued beating me. It took the intervention of a passing by which his sister called before I was rescued a life.
The mother of my husband is against the marriage because according to her I'm not from their side. During the latest beating, one month pregnancy of twin was aborted by the beating. This was reported by the doctor and conveyed to him.
The irony of the whole thing now is that my husband is accusing me of infidelity and he is now questioning the paternity of the 13 months old baby. And I sued him to court.

So Bloody! Speeding Trailer Crushes Teenage Girl and Others to Death in Rivers State (Graphic Photos)

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A teenage girl and others were crushed to death by an impatient truck driver at Akpajo axis of the East-West road in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A teenage girl and two others have been crushed to death at the Akpajo axis of the East-West road in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.

According to Fyneface Fyneface who shared the graphic photos on social media, the accident was caused as a result of the deplorable state of the raod in the area.

The girl and another man was crushed by the trailer in the area.The Ukuru-Aleto Bridge on the same road collapsed recently, making it almost impassable.

Fyneface wrote: "THE SITUATION AT HOME: 3 Killed on East-West Road, Eleme

HAPPENED NOW! The deplorable state of East-West Road by Akpajo, collapsed bridge & attendant traffic jam had claimed 2 lives (New eyewitness report from another of my reporter, Nornubari Kote say another one person had been killed again by truck).
The persons are said to have been trekking as a result of hold up on the said road and were crushed to death by impatient truck drivers.

As at press time, their bodies were under the trailers' tyres as shown in these pictures. Those killed must be Ogoni people and these are how the Ogoni people are building the nation."

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[Music + Video] 2Baba – Gaaga Shuffle

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The music legend himself – 2Baba, joins the list of artistes in Africa vibing to the #PonPon rhythm. He titles this fresh new single “Gaaga Shuffle“.
You can tell the 2Baba slayed this one and you can tell from the amount of cameo appearances featuring the “who is who” in the entertainment.
This is a huge and wavy tune.
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Unbelievable! See The Man in the Business of Robbing Bank Customers in Bank Premises Nabbed (Photo)

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A man in the business of robbing bank customers after they had withdrawn money on the premises, has been nabbed for the crime.

The Suspect
One Wilson Nnorom, a suspected member of a three-man gang that had been robbing bank customers after withdrawing cash on bank premises in Owerri, has been arrested by the police in Imo State.

According to Punch Metro, the 33-year-old Nnorom, a native of Ebenator-Ekwe in the Isu Local Government Area of the state, was arrested along MCC Road in Owerri, according to a police source.

Southern City News gathered that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state had launched a manhunt for the two fleeing members of the gang.

One of the victims robbed by the gang, it was learnt, sustained serious injuries on his face after the robbers pushed him out of a moving car.

The police source said the suspects rode in a Toyota Camry vehicle with registration number, Lagos FST 147 BZ, during the operation, adding that the vehicle was recovered as an exhibit.

The source said, “The gang is made up of three men. What they do for a living is to rob bank customers after withdrawals on a daily basis. One of them will disguise as a customer in the bank, while monitoring customers that are withdrawing huge amounts of money in the banking hall.

“Once the customer is stepping out of the bank, one of the gang members inside the bank will place a call to the ones outside, describing the target to them.

“They will immediately trail the target to any point he stops or where there are not many people. They will rob the person and speed off.”

According to the source, the suspects, after a successful operation, will change their clothes and move to another bank for another operation.

The source said the gang was usually meticulous in its operation, adding that the suspects had earlier operated in Lagos and Borno states before relocating to Imo State.

“This is what they do for a living. They don’t have a legitimate means of livelihood. They have a Toyota Camry, which they use for their criminal operation.

“We have been trailing them and we are happy that we have arrested the ringleader.”

[Music + Video] Timaya Ft. Olamide & Phyno – Telli Person

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Egberi papa one of Bayelsa – Timaya teams up with two of the biggest indigenous rappers in the country – Olamide and Phyno to deliver this heavy number entitled “Telli Person”.
This is a great hit  Jam it.
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[Mixtape] DJ Baddo Ft. Olamide – Wo Mix

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The DJ rides on the viral Olamide song ‘Wo’ in dishing out this mix.
DJ Baddo gets inspired by rapper Olamide‘s ‘Wo’ to cook up this mixtape titled “Wo“.
The mixtape features music from other music stars like Lil KeshKing Perry, 9iceReekado Banks and more. Jam it 
1. Olamide – Wo
2. Reekado Banks – Easy (Jeje)
3. Wandecoal – Iskaba
4. Webcool – How Is U
5. Small Doctor – Penalty
6. DJ Baddo Ft. Skales -Finally
7. 9ice Ft. Davido – Living Things
8. CDQ Ft. DJ Maphorisa – Say Baba
9. DJ Sidez Ft. Slimcase & Masta T – Oshozondi
10. Lil Kesh – Bend Down Select
11. Jiron -Shanawole
12. Reekado Banks – Ladies And Gentlemen
13. Jaz Olan – GanGan
14. Oskido – Kids
15. Junior Boy Ft. 9ice – Irapada
16. Train – Faaji
17. Niniola – Maradona
18. Sarz & Ft. Flash – Get Up
19. Davido – Fall Rmx
20. Skibii Ft. Reekado Banks – London
21. Harrysong – Arabanko
22. DJ Khaled Ft. Rihanna – Wild Thought
23. Dnyra & Ycee – Teramo
24. Mayorkun – Mama
25. DJ Baddo Ft. 9ice – Won Be
26. Reekado Banks Ft. Vanessa Mdee – Move
27. Shijazz – My Head
28. Tekno – Go
29. Jaywon Ft. Oritsefemi – Banuso
30. Davido Ft. Rae Sremmurd – Pere
31. Tenfingaz – Jubilation
32. Mr Eazi Ft. Rita – Skin Tight Rmx
33. Wizkid – Medicine
34. Ayex – Not A Summer Jam
35. Phyno – If to say
36. Jhybo – Concentrate on your life
37. Humblesmith – Focus
38. Adekunle Gold – Call on me
39. Wale Tuner – Wa freakin with
40. wizkid – Picture perfect
41. Runtown – For Life
42. Klever Jay Ft. Reekado Banks – Kini Level Yenu
43. King Perry – Walakolombo
44. Skuki – Pass De Agbara
45. Skales Ft. Sarkodie – Booty Language
46. Tiwa Salvage – All Over
47. Lilkesh – Baby Favour
48. Jumabee Ft. Harrysong – Sankara
49. Outro
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See the Long Snake Killed by Youths at a Popular Church in Lagos (Photos)

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Some youths of a popular church at the Ikorodu area of Lagos state, have killed a big snake while working on the church premises.

The snake killed by youths of a church
A Facebook user identified as Emmanuel Akpan, has taken to the social networking platform and shared the photos of a big snake which was allegedly killed at the premesis of Apostolic Church Joy Assembly in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.

The eyewitness who is a worshipper in the church that shared the story, said it was killed by a youth in the church while working in the church.

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[Mixtape] DJ Don Money – Oshozondi

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DJ Don Money blessed us with this smoking hot mixtape loaded with loads of latest Jam that will sure spice up your day anytime you listen to it.
The Vibrant DJ is surely the king of this Game. Feel it
1. Oshozondi
2. Say Baba (Remix)
3. Caro
4. Easy (Jeje)
5. Init
6. Wololo
7. Penalty
8. Obo Eeee’ Oooo N POooo She
9. Talo Megun Wa
10. Kids
11. Iskaba
12. Colors of Africa
13. Excuse My French
14. Living Things Remix
15. Package
16. Mr Dickson
17. Kudi
18. Get Up
19. Maradona
20. Irapada
21. Flex B
22. Nawo Esoke
23. Like to party
24. Sisi (Remix)
25. Blessings
26. Ladies And Gentlemen
27. Sexy
28. Gbese
29. Fear God
30. Calm Down
31. All Over
32. Naughty Ride
33. Journey of a thousand Miles
34. Issues
35. Wild Thoughts
36. Sofa
37. No Fear
38. Unforgettable
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Commotion in Lagos Island, two killed

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Two youths have been reportedly shot dead by some miscreants, popularly known as ‘Area boys’ from Okepopo area on Lagos Island in different attacks against their opponents.

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Several persons also sustained bullet injuries in the melee.

One of the dead victims identified as Small Shakiru was shot at Agarawu area on Monday while returning to his house at Onola.

Others with gun shot wound include a ‘Keke Marwa’ driver, Saheed Obiripo. who was shot at Haffiner; an Igbo trader at Andrew Street. who refused to release his bag to the boys; a woman returning from her shop on Saturday evening, another trader and two other youths, Sunday and Tandor, who were believed to be harbouring some of the Okepopo boys’ opponents.

A source told newsmen that one of the Okepopo boys attended a social gathering at Luther area on the Island some weeks back and was stabbed in the neck by another youth from Onola area, which prompted the Okepopo boys to threaten a reprisal attack.

The source said, “Some days later, the Okepopo boys started attacking Onola boys but suffered serious casualties because they met stiff opposition.

“As a result, they re-planned their strategy and started attacking people with locally-made guns and used the opportunity to rob.

“The notorious boys now operate at Evans, Massey, Palm-church, Swamp, Apogbe, Olushi, Agarawu, Tom-Jones, Wahab Folawiyo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Alli, Haffner, Onikepo, Obadina, Onola and Aroloya Streets”, he added.

While fielding questions from crime reporters at the police officers’ mess, Ikeja during a media conference, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the report that many traders were not opening their shops for fear of incessant attack was an exaggeration, adding that the menace of the notorious youths on the Island “is not anything that is unusual”.


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Prolific Dj Kolon is here like never before with a refix of the currently banging olamide single; WO....This is so creative of Him
follow dj kolon on twitter/instagram @dj_kolon

Commotion as Angry Mob Kills Nigerian Soldier in Nasarawa

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A Nigerian soldier has died a really tragic death in a Nasarawa State community after being waylaid by an angry mob.

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Two persons have been arrested by the Nasarawa State Police Command in connections with a mob action that led to the death of a soldier, Ayuba Ali, on Monday in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

The command’s spokesperson, Kennedy Idirisu, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Monday in Lafia.

Mr. Idirisu said that available information revealed the victim, who was on pass from Maiduguri, allegedly hit a street hawker at Agwan Affi area of the town while riding on a motorbike.

According to him, the soldier, who was in mufti, tried to pacify the hawker and an altercation ensued resulting in irate youth beating him to coma.

Mr. Idirisu said the soldier later died at the hospital, while investigation has begun to arrest all the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Meanwhile, John Abimiku, a witness, told NAN that the area has been deserted for fear of the unknown.

“As I speak with you now, about four military trucks are stationed in the area and soldiers are picking up any youth on sight,” Mr. Abimiku added.

He claimed that the two persons arrested by the police were amongst those who took the soldier to the hospital after the mob action.

Company driver invites gang members to kidnap bosses …suspects collect N4m ransom

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A driver, Yinka Adebanjo, has confessed to orchestrating the kidnap of his bosses in the Odogunyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Adebanjo, aka Esho, was a driver at Mateco Industry West Africa Limited, where the victims, Jamie Larcar and Mario Maglundo (Filipinos) worked.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the driver connived with an herbalist, Ishau Awokoya, and one Seun Ogunjobi, to abduct the expatriates.

It was learnt that the suspects, said to be members of a seven-man gang, had pretended to be vigilantes guarding some Ikorodu communities against members of the dreaded Badoo cult.

They reportedly laid in ambush for the Filipinos, who were in a Jeep driven by Adebanjo.

The compromised driver was ‘ordered’ to disembark from the vehicle as one of his accomplices took over the steering and drove away the victims.

“They took the victims to the herbalist’s house in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, on July 5, 2017, and kept them for nine days. The victims were released after collecting the sum of N4m as ransom. While they held the victims hostage, they removed their (abductees) SIM cards from their phones,” a police source said.

Following their release, a team of the Anti-kidnapping unit of the state police command tracked down the driver to Ikotun, Lagos.

He was said to have led the detectives to arrest the herbalist and Ogunjobi.

The suspects were paraded by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, in Ikeja on Monday.

Charms and other ritual paraphernalia recovered from the suspects were also displayed.

Adebanjo confessed to providing information that led to the abduction of his bosses, adding that he got N400,000 from the N4m ransom.

He said, “I was a driver in the construction company where the Filipinos work. I was attached to them by the management. Because I drove them frequently, I knew their movements. I provided the gang with information. I got N400,000 as my share of the N4m paid as ransom.”

The 32-year-old herbalist said he was not involved in the operation.

He stated that he had initially received the Filipinos as visitors before he was later told that they were kidnapped.

He said, “It was Yinka (Adebanjo) who introduced me to the gang. He first came to me for some protective charms. That was Two months ago. He said he often travelled with his boss on long distance tours and needed some protection. I made some charms for him.

“He came back a few weeks later with other members of his gang. I also made some charms for them. We became friends.

“One day, he called me on the telephone that he was coming to my place with his friends and two visitors. Initially, I didn’t know the two persons were kidnapped. I got to know when they arrived my house with them.

“On July 9, 2017, they came back with a bag containing some money. They gave me N200,000. I didn’t want to be part of the crime. It was the money that influenced me.”

Apart from the gang, two members of a robbery gang allegedly terrorising residents of the Okokomaiko area, Sodiq Yakubu and Muhammed Abubakar, were paraded.

Twenty one-year-old Yakubu, aka Yanka, said he bought his gun from Cotonou, Benin Republic, for N20,000.

“I also bought two other guns from Cotonou and sold one to Muhammed (Abubakar). I am a welder, but my real means of livelihood is bag snatching from women,” he added.

Abubakar, 22, said, “I bought the gun for N22,000. I was in Ikoyi Prison in 2015 for robbery, but was released on bail after six months. I have robbed seven motorcycles so far and sold each for N40,000. Our gang leader, Ijebu, is currently in prison. One of our gang members, IK, was killed in an operation.”

The CP, Owoseni, said the arrests were results of recent raids by operatives of the command on different parts of the state.

He said, “The command arrested 24 armed robbery suspects and 10 different weapons, including two AK-47 rifles were recovered from them. Nineteen cult members were also arrested while 16 different brands of stolen vehicles were recovered. Six members of the Eye Confraternity were apprehended on August 8, which was their celebration day. Different kinds of charms were recovered from them. The command will continue to synergise with other security agencies to ensure that the state is safe and secure at all times.”

Source: Punchng

Secondary School Students Sit on Bare Floor to Write Exam (Photos)

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Photos allegedly belonging to students of a secondary school in Sokoto state sitting on the floor to write exams have left many people in shock.

The alleged photo of the students sitting on the floor writing exams in Sokoto State
Sad photos of secondary school students sitting on the bare floor to write exams have emerged showing the height at which Nigeria's educational system has degraded, according to a report by AIT.

The many students are reported to have been experiencing such predicament for a long time now have cried out for help many times, with the government refusing to listen to them.

Many people have said that the poor performance of the students is as a result of not having the conducive environment to learn. The government has been called upon to intervene on behalf of the students.

Outrage As Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos, Liters The Road With Patients Blood

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There’s been an outrage on social media, after it was revealed that Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos, is literred with with patients blood samples.

Facebook user, Bimpe Oseni who shared this wrote;

“My colleague was at Gbagada General hospital with his daughter on Sunday. They drove over a pile of rubbish, out of curiosity, he got out of his car to view the ‘rubbish’. But to his great surprise, the pile of rubbish was actually a collection of lab sample containers with blood in them dumped by the road. He almost passed out. Our General hospitals are gradually turning to death centres. This is the height of wickedness!!!Could someone please pass this on until it gets to the appropriate authorities”

17-Yr-Old Pastor's Son Who Killed Girl For Ritual, 22 Others Escape From Sapele Remand Home

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A 17-year-old male inmate, Silas Anidi, who slit the throat of an 11-year-old girl in 2015, is among 23 inmates that escaped from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Development Remand Home in Sapele.

Anidi allegedly slit the throat of Aghogho Igbi. The only son of the G.O of God Peculiar Evangelical Ministry, was caught by neighbors while he also attempted to kill the deceased sister, Favour, aged 13

Though the incident was carefully kept away from the public, investigation by Vanguard revealed that the inmates within the age bracket of 14 and 17 years escaped from custody on July 30th and August 2nd.

“The escaped inmates are being held for various capital offences ranging from rape, robbery, murder and burglary,” the staff, said.

The source said: “The routine has always been to open the door of the home for the minors every morning for their daily chores, while two or three of them go to prepare their meal but the female correction officer, Mrs. Esther Micah, somehow took the keys to church and did not return until 11:30 am.

Upon her return, hungry and probably angered by her actions, 11 of them attacked her and fled through the back fence of the home and of course with only three staff on duty, there was little, they could do.

Two other inmates escaped the next day when the same correction officer went to open the door for them to have their bath.

Three days later, 12 other inmates plotted their getaway when the broke the lock to their hall with an iron bar and escaped through the back of the home.” Security at the home has been very porous while the perimeter fencing at the back of the home has collapsed since last year with the home being in a poor state of neglect.

Confirming the escape of the inmates when contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka said: “Three of the staff are been investigated and will be charged for negligence of duty.”

How UNILAG Hospital Mismanaged Our Late Son’s Health –Bereaved Parents Cry out

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Parents of a 21-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Tosin Folalu, have blamed his death on the alleged negligence of the institution’s medical centre.

They said the late 100-level student of Economics was in the throes of death and gasped for about seven hours without being attended to by a doctor.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Tosin had collapsed in his hostel room and was rushed to the centre, where he was admitted.

It was gathered that the sickle cell patient complained of body pains, which did not subside after spending two days at the hospital.

Tosin’s mother, Juliana Folalu, who lives in Iseyin, Oyo State, said she had travelled to the school on the third day of his sickness when a doctor at the facility told her on the telephone that there was no improvement in Tosin’s health condition.

She said, “On Monday, July 17, the school porter called us that he (Tosin) had been rushed to the medical centre.

“Our relatives in Lagos went to check on him. I got to the medical centre around 5pm on Wednesday, July 20, and met my son groaning with pains.

“Around 8pm, his breathing became abnormal. I complained to the nurses, but they said it was as a result of an injection they gave him and assured me that he would be fine. They didn’t leave their seat.

“They put on an air conditioner, even though I complained he didn’t need it. I used hot water to massage his body when they didn’t respond. He vomited twice and I rushed to complain to them again.

“A nurse followed me and gave him an injection. He continued to breathe heavily. She didn’t check his pulse. Afterwards, she gave him Paracetamol injection. She was the only person attending to him; others had slept.

 “Around 10pm, another nurse came to check his breathing. She said it was abnormal and asked her colleague to bring oxygen. I told them that his condition might not have degenerated if they had taken the necessary actions.”

The mother stated that after they tried in vain to resuscitate Tosin, they put him in an ambulance around 5am and took him to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

Juliana said, “The nurses and I followed him. He barely breathed while we were in the ambulance. I was calling his name, but he didn’t answer. When we got to LUTH, a doctor came to check him inside the ambulance.

“The doctor questioned them for bringing him late. I explained to the doctor that I had been complaining since the previous day. He called me and said my son was dead. If they had referred him on time, he would have survived.”

The deceased’s father, Adeniyi Folalu, said it was painful that Tosin died “as a result of the care-free attitude of the medical centre,” describing him as an intelligent son whose loss was irreparable.

He, however, said the family had accepted the loss in good faith.

Adeniyi urged the school authorities to keep a close watch on the medical centre to avert avoidable deaths.

“He was an exceptional child; very intelligent. His course mates said they were saddened because he always gave them tutorials. He was the one who managed my computer centre when he was around. He studied Accounting at The Polytechnic, Ibadan,” he added.

The spokesperson for the university, Mr. Toyin Adebule, flared up on the telephone when our correspondent asked for the institution’s side of the story on Friday.

He said, “PUNCH, sickle cell anaemia killed the son of a professor here. If you want to know about sickle cell anaemia, talk to doctors first. These are things that sometimes are not manageable; it comes with death. It is not something you blame doctors for; they tried their best.

 “I am tired of talking to you people on the phone; you can go ahead and publish whatever you have. I am not ready to talk to you on the phone because I have not even got facts about what you are talking about.

“I will call the director of the health centre. Write whatever you want to write; we will put out a rejoinder. Next time you call, I won’t even pick it up. Our health centre is one of the best.”

Adebule did not get back as of the time of going to press on Sunday.

Middle Belt Youths Give Herdsmen Quit Notice to Vacate Region Before October 1

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The youths of the middle belt region of Nigeria have finally issued a quit notice to herdsmen operating in their area after incessant conflicts.

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A coalition of Middle Belt Youths has asked herdsmen to vacate the region before October 1 this year.

The youths under the aegis of Middle Belt Renaissance Forum, which met in Abuja over the weekend, threatened total war at the expiration of the ultimatum.

The meeting which was attended by representatives of youth groups from all the states making up the middle belt region discussed extensively pressing issues confronting the area.

A communiqué by its convener, Comrade Jones Simon Alfa, urged governors from the region to be alive to governance and desist from harassing media practitioners.

“The Middle Belt Governors should sit up to their responsibility of governing the people who voted them to power instead of the sudden primitive accumulation of wealth at the detriment of the suffering voters,” it reads.

“The Middle Belt Youths will no longer take the recklessness of the Governors in arresting Media Practitioners, Bloggers and Social Media Crusaders e.g Kaduna Governor and that of Kogi who are clear examples.

“The region is not in any way part of the agitation for Igbo to vacate the north on October. We have been living with the Igbo peacefully and will not join in the call for secession

“All herdsmen should vacate the Middle Belt Region before 1st October, 2017 or there will be total war if they are not ready to live in peace.”

The group called on the core north to stop using the middle belt people in achieving what it said was selfish political, economic aims and objectives.

The youths stated that the middle belt people are not northerners.

No plans to pay ex-corp members N75, 000- says NYSC

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The National Youth Service Corps has alerted the public to disregard what it describes as false online news about the activities of the service.

The Director of Press, NYSC, Mrs Bose Aderibigbe, in a statement on Saturday, said that some bloggers had also used a facebook account that did not belong to the service to promote falsehood on its activities.

According to her, the online news claims that the NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has introduced a portal for payment of N75,000 stipends per a former corps member which is false.

“The attention of the NYSC management has been drawn to the publication which is false and misleading, the public should disregard it.

“A fake Facebook account, NYSC Online, has also been spreading the content published by some bloggers.

“We further wish to inform our esteemed stakeholders that the so-called NYSC Online is not the official Facebook page of the National Youth Service Corps.

“The authentic information from the NYSC’s activities can be accessed through our official Facebook page on’’, Aderibigbe said.


Tips to keep rats away from your house

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To keep these pests out of your house, you need to deprive them of what they want most: food and shelter. Here are a few tips to keep rats away from your house, according to

Cover your trash:

Make sure your garbage cans have snug lids and are made of metal. If you have to use plastic trash cans, make sure that there are no holes in them.
Store your pet food: Rats love pet food. If you feed your dog outside and leave food out, you’re inviting every pest in the neighbourhood to visit. Store pet and bird food in glass or metal containers with tight lids.

Pick up fallen fruits:

If you have fruit or nut trees, clean up any fruit that falls on the ground.
Clean up your garage: Lawn seed, tulip bulbs and bone meal are food sources for mice and rats. Store them in metal or glass containers with tight lids. Don’t store firewood in your garage because it is a potential nesting site. Organise and store boxes off the ground to eliminate places for mice or rats to burrow.

Use peppermint oil:

Peppermint oil can be used to prevent rats as they can’t stand its pungent smell. All you have to do is dip some cotton balls in the oil and place them in the rat-prone area. It will surely give satisfactory results. Alternatively, citronella and castor oil can also be used.

Owl’s feather:

Owl’s feather will scare the rats and force them to run away. Try placing some owl’s
feather inside the holes of these intruders. Alternatively, if you can’t find one, keep some plastic snakes in your garden to get rid of rats in the yard.


The pungent smell of pepper makes it hard for the rats to breathe and threaten their survival. Simply sprinkle some crushed pepper around the corners and the holes where they reside. You will notice positive results. Repeat the process if necessary. Onion also works. Just slice an onion and keep it inside or near their holes.

Human hair:

This may sound weird, but rats can’t bear the sight of the human hair. Clip a few strands of your hair and throw them into the holes or places the ‘unwanted guests’ tend to visit the most. As the rats eat the hair, they will die.


Sound not only hurts them, but also makes their ears bleed. A sharp noise-making sound box is all you need to make them run away.

Workers forced to wear Okada helmets... see shocking reason

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Sick of living in constant fear that bits of roof are going to fall on their heads, workers in a dilapidated government building in Bihar, India, have been forced to wear metal motorcycle helmets at all times.

A video showing four of the workers trying to do their jobs while wearing motorcycle helmets has gone viral, bringing into discussion the poor working conditions in the Asian country.

The footage was quickly picked up by news outlets and investigations revealed that the government building had been declared dangerous by work safety inspectors two years ago but no action was taken to move the workers to a safer location.

“The building construction department had two years back declared the building hazardous and unfit for use. The authorities have, however, found no alternate accommodation to shift the office,” one employee, Amit Kumar Pandey, told Daily Mail. “The situation has been aggravated due to rains as the entire building leaks thereby compromising the safety of office equipment and records. The matter has been communicated to senior officers many times in writing, but nothing has been done,” he added.

But water trickling in through the roof is not what prompted employees to start wearing motorcycle helmets at the office, parts of the roof have been falling on their heads for some time and it’s now in such a bad state that it could come down any day.

“This is quite an old building. Walls and the roof of the building are in a very bad shape.

Water starts trickling the moment it rains. The roof can cave in any day,” another employee, Parvez Ahmad, said.

Unbelievable: Newborn baby found buried alive in septic tank

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A newborn baby has been rescued after being abandoned and buried alive in a disused septic tank in Indonesia.

Locals heard the baby’s cries from under pieces of wood, rocks, leaves and mesh in the old tank, prompting a rescue operation.

The baby boy was rushed to hospital where he is recovering after being found in the village of Gantar in the Indramayu district of the region, according to SMACK.

One villager said: “There were tears. I along with other residents went into grounds of the empty house and it is true, there was a baby without any shawls or clothes.”

They told local media the baby had suffered a cut to his head while the rotting placenta was found nearby. They added: “After we brought to the midwife we immediately took the baby to the health centre and then there was a referral to a hospital. We also immediately reported it to the police.”

Police arrived at the scene and searched the house but there was nobody inside. It is not known if the owners are linked to the abandoned baby.

horrified mum cries out says she expected a baby with big head, instead, she had conjoined twins (photos)

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The parents of twin girls conjoined at the top of their heads were told they were expecting one baby with a big head.

Twenty-nine-year-old Taslima Khatun Uno and her 28-year-old husband, Mohammad Rafiqur Islam, were shocked when they became parents to two little girls.

The couple are now facing an anxious wait to see if surgeons can separate their daughters.

Rabia and Rukia were born with the tops of their heads fused together.

And now doctors are trying to find out if the girls share a brain and blood vessels — to determine if an operation is possible.

Rabia and Rukia, who turned one on July 16 this year, are admitted at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, where medical experts are assessing their condition.

The couple are now facing an anxious wait to see if surgeons can separate their daughters.

Dr. Mohammad Ruhul Amin, chairman of paediatric surgery at the hospital, said: “Theirs is an extremely rare case of conjoined twins. They are in good health and growing at a normal pace.
Rabia and Rukia
“We are conducting tests, checking how they are evolving. We need to determine if the girls share the same skull, brain and blood vessels. It would be extremely difficult to operate on them.

“The babies’ heads are joined side by side. In other kids, we can see their heads are joined front to back, which creates movement problems.

“As their heads are joined side by side, it makes physical movement, such as bending the neck, easier.”

Taslima had enjoyed a healthy pregnancy, continuing to teach in the local school and look after the couples’ seven-year-old daughter Rafia.

But after several scans, Taslima and her husband were told in the eighth month that she was carrying only one child but the foetus had an enlarged head.

“The doctors thought this was because of water on the brain. I was given medicine to take for one month to try and reduce the size,” she said.

Even as she went into labour, doctors hadn’t spotted that she was carrying conjoined twins. And it took Taslima a day to learn her newborn babies’ condition.

Taslima said: “I went into labour at night and delivered them in the early morning by surgery.

“For a day, I did not see them as I was unconscious due to anaesthesia; but when I saw them I could not believe my eyes.

“My husband was unwell and had not seen them either. I did not have the courage to tell the condition of our children.

“It was very painful for me as, instead of being happy about my children, I was worried if they will survive.”

The parents had taken them to advanced hospitals in Dhaka within five days of their birth, but were told the girls were doing fine and that they would need to wait for them to grow, and monitor whether they were healthy enough to undergo such major surgery.

A week after they celebrated their first birthday, their parents brought them to hospital. But even as they have hopes pinned on the doctors, the experts are in no hurry to operate on the children.

Professor Amin says the team will wait up to two years before making a final decision on separating Rabia and Rukia.

“We are in no hurry to operate on them, as the success rate of such surgeries are very low. This is not like any other surgery,” he said.

“It is a difficult and complicated operation and will be a team effort. Also, we have no previous experience in such cases; so, we want to do thorough examination and discuss with experts to take a medical decision.

“If the need to bring experts from other countries arise, we will do that to save them.”


Nigerian lady who claims to only date Yahoo boys rejects man after she found out he is an engineer (screenshots)

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Internet fraudsters also known as Yahoo boys in Nigeria are known to spend money as fast as they make it. Some ladies are attracted to the lifestyle lived by Nigerian Yahoo boys because of how well they spend their money.

This is the story of a Nigerian lady who reportedly rejected an engineer who repairs generators and other machines because he is not a Yahoo boy. In the screenshots of the conversation between the lady and the engineer, the man explained to the lady that he is an engineer and he repairs generators. The lady immediately rejected him, saying that she only dates Yahoo boys.

Read conversation below:
It is believed that Yahoo boys spend money the way they do because they don’t work for the money they get.

JUST IN: Watford hold Liverpool to 3-3 draw

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Jurgen Klopp begins his quest for the Premier League title, after Philippe Coutinho handed in a transfer request, with a 3-3 draw away at Watford.

The Reds have been unsettled after Barcelona came calling for the former Inter starlet, who is officially ‘injured.’

Okagbare misses podium finish, Amusan, Lindley crash out

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Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal at the ongoing IAAF World Championships further dimmed on Friday after medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare, failed to make the podium in the women’s long jump.

Three Nigerian athletes, Okagbare, Oluwatobiloba Amusan and Lindsay Lindley, on Friday competed in the women’s long jump and 100m hurdles semifinals respectively.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Okagbare, who has a season best of 6.77m, could not repeat the jump as she finished eighth in the event with a jump of 6.55m.

Okagbare, who is appearing at the worlds for the fourth time, started with a jump of 6.40m in her first attempt before improving to 6.55m in her second attempt. Her third attempt was 6.47m while she fouled her fourth effort and her final effort of 6.31m couldn’t land her in the top half of the table.

USA duo Brittney Reese and 2016 Olympic champion, Tianna Bartoletta, won gold and bronze in the event. Reese jumped 7.02m to win her fourth world title while Bartoletta jumped 6.97m. Daryl Klishna of Russia won silver with a jump of 7.00m. Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic was fourth after jumping 6.96m.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Lindley ran in heat 1 of the semifinals. She finished seventh in a time of 13.18secs. She was 20th overall in the standings after the semifinals.

Her compatriot, Amusan after a slow start finished fourth in heat 2 in 13.04secs. Her time was too slow to earn her a qualification as one of the three fastest losers. She was ranked 14th at the end of the semifinals.

The country’s hope of winning any medal now lies in the relay events, which preliminaries hold today.

Nigeria will compete from lane two in the heat 1 of the women’s 4x100m alongside Ecuador, the USA, Great Britain, Ghana, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

In the 4x400m heat, the Nigerians will line up in lane two of heat 2 against Germany, South Africa, Jamaica, Bahrain, Italy, Ukraine and Poland.

Oh No: Stray Bullet Kills Young Girl as Police Officers Dramatically Shoot at Protesters

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A stray bullet from police officer's guns has killed a young girl while they were firing at election protesters.

According to Reuters, a young girl was shot dead by police during operations to quell protests against the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, a witness said on Saturday.

“The girl was hit by a stray bullet while she was on a balcony as police were firing sporadic shots,” the witness, who only gave his first name, Eric, told Reuters.

A government official told reporters another man was killed in Kisumu county, centre of serious post-election ethnic violence in 2007 in which 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.

Kisumu’s main hospital was treating four people brought in overnight with gun-shot wounds and six who had been beaten by police, hospital records showed.

NAN reports that Kenyatta secured a second term in office, results showed on Friday, setting off wild street celebrations by his supporters and protests in opposition strongholds in the capital and the west of the country.

Speaking after the result of Tuesday’s election was announced, Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition, urging national unity and peace with rivals who have rejected the result and raised the prospect of street protests.

Many Kenyans fear a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 disputed election, when about 1,200 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced as protests over the result led to ethnic killings.

Kenyatta got 54.3 per cent of the vote, ahead of rival Raila Odinga who secured 44.7 per cent, according to election commission figures.

Nearly 80 per cent of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots.

Buhari: What will happen to Nigeria if Osinbajo is frustrated from replacing president – Ayo Adebanjo reveals

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A Chieftain of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo has warned that if anything happens to acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria will stop existing.

Adebanjo, who gave the warning noted that the Acting President was performing his duties well and should not be removed unconstitutionally.

Speaking with The Sun, Adebanjo warned that all will not be well with Nigeria if Osinbajo is frustrated should the need for him to assume the presidency arises.

Adebanjo said, “He is handling it, “Nigeria” constitutionally.

“I only hope that people will not use unconstitutional means to displace him.

“He is acting well and I hope there is no circumstance that anybody would say that he can truncate this democratic system using undemocratic means.

“If that happens, that will be the disintegration of this country. We hope people will not use any unconstitutional means to frustrate Osinbajo if it is necessary for him to assume the Presidency.”

Nigeria, The 2017 Budget, And The Dawn Of Abundance - by Yemi Osinbajo

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has addressed Nigerians on plans that the government hopes to put in place with the current budget to restore the economy of the country.

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Yemi Osinbajo

A short while ago, I signed the 2017 Appropriations Bill into law. This is an important milestone in our economic recovery and growth plan laid in April by President Muhammadu Buhari.

I would like to express my appreciation to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as the entire leadership and members of the National Assembly for completing work on the 2017 Appropriations Bill.

The process of preparing and processing this Bill was much smoother than that of the 2016 Appropriations Bill. On the executive side, there were no allegations of errors, or mistakes, and there was a significant improvement in the quality of the preparation, as well as the presentation.

I wish to commend the Ministry of Budget and Planning for such a remarkable improvement over a single budget cycle.

On the side of the National Assembly, I wish to commend the collaborative spirit of the engagements our MDAs had with their various committees, and with the leadership, during the budget defence sessions. There were far fewer reported cases of acrimony, or hostile wrangling this year, than in the past.

From the reports we received, the sessions were generally conducted in a friendly atmosphere. There is no doubt that our democracy is maturing.

However, the final presentation and the signing of the budget has been considerably delayed. This was largely due to disagreements we had about the changes introduced to our 2017 Budget proposals by the National Assembly.

The executive took the view that the changes fundamentally affected some of our priority programmes and would make implementation extremely difficult and in some cases impossible.

I must say that the entire leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate president and the Speaker, adopted a commendably patriotic and statesmanlike approach to our engagements on resolving these critical issues.

In sum, the engagements yielded acceptable results; the most important being that the leadership of the National Assembly has given us a commitment that they will re-instate the budgetary allocations for all the important executive projects, such as the railway standard gauge projects, the Mambilla Power Project, the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, etc. which they had reduced to fund some of the new projects they introduced.

This re-instatement will be by way of an application for virement by the executive, which they have agreed will be expeditiously considered and approved by the National Assembly.

It is as a result of that understanding and the outcome of our detailed engagements that we feel able to sign the 2017 Appropriations Bill into law today.

I am also pleased to mention that, in our discussions with the leadership of the National Assembly, we have jointly resolved to return to a predictable January to December fiscal year.

It is a particularly important development because this accords with the financial year of most private sector companies, underscoring the crucial relationship between government and the private sector.

The 2017 Budget, which I have signed into law today, is christened “Budget of Economic Recovery and Growth” and reflects our commitment to ensure strong linkage between the medium-term Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) recently launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and the annual budgets.

Therefore, on the understanding that we will be submitting the 2018 Budget to the National Assembly by October 2017, the leadership of the National Assembly has committed to working towards the passage of the 2018 Budget into law before the end of 2017. I must, once more, express my appreciation to the leadership of the National Assembly, for the collaborative spirit in which these discussions were conducted.

The 2017 Budget, which I have signed into law today, is christened “Budget of Economic Recovery and Growth” and reflects our commitment to ensure strong linkage between the medium-term Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) recently launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and the annual budgets.

It is designed to bring the Nigerian economy out of recession unto a path of sustainable and inclusive growth. The budget has a revenue projection of N5.08 trillion and an aggregate expenditure of N7.44 trillion. The projected fiscal deficit of N2.36 trillion is to be financed largely by borrowing.

Let me assure those who have expressed concern about the growing public debt that we are taking several actions to grow government revenues, as well as plug revenue leakages. This is because, notwithstanding the fact that our borrowings are still within sustainability limits, we are determined, in the medium term, to reduce our reliance on borrowings to finance our expenditures.

Details of the budget, as approved by the National Assembly, will be made available by the honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning.

As you are all aware, our economy is already signaling a gradual recovery as growth is headed towards positive territory. The first quarter GDP, at -0.52 percent, compares favourably with -2.06 percent in the first quarter of 2016.

Inflation is declining, down to 17.24 percent from 18.74 percent as at May 2016. Our external reserves are now US$30.28 billion as at June 8, 2017, up from US$26.59 billion as at May 31, 2016.

We are also gradually instilling confidence in our exchange rate regime. This improvement in GDP growth and other macro-economic indicators is largely attributable to our strategic implementation of the 2016 Budget, as well as stronger macroeconomic management and policy coordination.

I am confident that the 2017 Budget will deliver positive economic growth and prosperity – one that is self-sustaining and inclusive. In this regard, the 2017 budget will be implemented in line with our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

Over the 2017-2020 plan period, we are focusing on five (5) key execution priorities, namely:

● Stabilising the macroeconomic environment;

● Agriculture and Food security;

● Energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products;

● Improved transportation infrastructure; and

● Industrialisation through support for micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs).

The 2017 budget includes provisions that reflect these priorities.

To demonstrate our commitment to following through our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the 2017 budget allocates over N2 trillion to capital expenditure, principally infrastructure.

For instance, we are committing over N200 billion to improving transport infrastructure such as roads and rail; over N500 billion for investments in works, power, and housing; and N46 billion for Special Economic Zone Projects to be set up in each geopolitical zone.

Our path to progress and abundance is clear. The tools are in place and the resilient, resourceful and hardworking Nigerian people are set to go. I have no doubt that by the grace of God, the bleakness of recession is about to witness the uplifting dawn of abundance.

The signing of the budget today will trigger activities in the domestic economy which will lead to job creation and more opportunities for employment, especially for our youth. And, as I indicated earlier, we will be returning to the National Assembly to seek upward adjustments by way of virements in relation to a number of critical projects which have received inadequate provision in the budget just passed by the National Assembly.

We acknowledge that government alone cannot achieve the overarching goal of delivering inclusive growth; that is why the 2017 budget provides a lot of opportunities for partnerships with the private sector.

To help the private sector thrive, we are determined to create an enabling business environment. We are already recording verifiable progress across several areas, ranging from a new Visa-on-Arrival scheme to reforms at our ports and regulatory agencies.

The online business registration process has reduced time required for business registration from 10 to two days. It is expected that the Executive Order on transparency and efficiency in the business environment will make it even easier for investors to get the permits and licenses they require for their businesses.

Pursuant to our commitments to the Open Government Partnership, we recently issued an Executive Order that will promote budget transparency, accountability and efficiency. We want to make the federal budget work more efficiently for the people.

Thus, beyond the huge provisions for investments in critical infrastructure, we have mandated government agencies to spend more of their budgets on locally produced goods. This will open more opportunities for job creation with benefits for government in the form of tax revenues.

We are also working hard to improve our revenue collection efficiency so that we can achieve our revenue projections. While we are deploying technological tools to enhance collection, the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) will continue to contribute significantly to improving transparency and accountability over government revenues.

Our fight against corruption is yielding positive results. Some of the recoveries are included in the 2017 Budget, which will be expended on identifiable capital projects.

Already, we are beginning to see some improvement in the quality of public expenditure. This is great motivation for us to remain resolute in our fight against corruption so that economic prosperity is enjoyed by all Nigerians.

Let me reiterate that the implementation of our 2017 Budget will bring added impetus to our ongoing economic recovery. We will intensify our economic diversification efforts in our bid to expand opportunities for wealth creation and employment, thereby creating inclusive and sustainable growth.

Our path to progress and abundance is clear. The tools are in place and the resilient, resourceful and hardworking Nigerian people are set to go. I have no doubt that by the grace of God, the bleakness of recession is about to witness the uplifting dawn of abundance.

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yemi Osinbajo (SAN, GCON) is acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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