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2015: Game plan of northern PDP exposed

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Months after some governors elected on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), dumped the party for All Progressives Congress (APC), fresh facts have emerged on why governors Aliyu Babangida of Niger State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State declined to join the opposition party. They were actually left behind to engage incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in a political “fight” from within.

The decision to leave both governors, it was gathered, was part of the calculations of the North to democratically wrestle power from the the incumbent President.

Update on Chibok girls: Presidency accepts Obasanjo’s mediation

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday got the Presidency’s green light to proceed with peace talks with Boko Haram on the release of the abducted 223 girls.

But the go ahead is on the condition that there will be no swapping of the girls with detained terrorists.
Chief Obasanjo was scheduled to meet President Goodluck Jonathan last night either in Lagos or Accra.

Delegate at National Conference escapes death as another loses son

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Just two days after the National Conference was thrown into mourning following the death of the wife of its chairman, Justice  Idris Kutigi, in the wee hours of Wednesday, another tragic incident happened yesterday when gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect ambushed the convoy of three traditional rulers involving a delegate to the conference, His Royal Highness Mai Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama III, the Emir of Askira in Borno State, on their way to attend the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, who died earlier in the week in a London hospital.

The Emir and one other traditional ruler escaped by a whisker but the Emir of Gwoza was not so lucky. He was killed by the gunmen.

Emir’s Murder, A Declaration Of War – Governors

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The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) on Friday described the killing of Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrisa Timta, as irresponsible, callous and a declaration of war on the traditional institution.

It also expressed shock and disbelief at the assassination attempt on the lives of Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ismaila Mamza and Emir of Askira, Alhaji Mai Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama by gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

Open Heavens 2014: Saturday May 31, Daily Devotion By Pastor E. A. Adeboye - IN VIEW?

Topic:IN VIEW? [Saturday May 31, 2014]

Memorise:
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16

Bible in a Year:Exodus 17-19; Psalm 116

Read:Isaiah 49:14-16
14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

Arsene Wenger says Nigeria’s ‘team spirit’ will see them through…

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped Nigeria to reach the second round of the World Cup alongside Argentina in Group F.

The Frenchman feels that the Super Eagles have something going for them this year, 'team spirit' and a lack of big egos which has ensured for a united squad and differentiated them from many African sides of the past.

Boko Haram kidnaps 3 Emirs, kills Emir Of Gwoza

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Members of the deadly Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, have kidnapped 3 traditional rulers — called Emirs — in Nigeria’s volatile and violence-plagued North East.

“Boko Haram militants ambushed their (emirs) convoy and kidnapped the traditional rulers,” a top security source confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Maku Has Declared Jonathan’s Office Vacant – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) declared yesterday that the comment credited to information minister Labaran Maku that the federal government was spending significantly on security in three of its controlled states was a categorical declaration of the office of the president vacant by the minister.

According to the party, Maku by that statement has proved that President Goodluck Jonathan is only the president, leader and chief executive officer (CEO) of PDP and not of Nigeria.

Two girls raped, hanged in Northern India

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Two teen girls have been gang-raped and hanged in northern India, authorities said.

CNN reports that the deadly attack happened Tuesday night at a village in Uttar Pradesh state's Budaun district, said R.K.S. Rathore, a deputy inspector-general of police.

Objasanjo has a 5-step plan to free Chibok girls without firing a single shot

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More details on the closed-door meeting between an ex President Olusegun Obasanjo, some Islamic clerics and negotiators with Boko Haram have been revealed.

OBJ welcomed Boko Haram expert Comrade Shehu Sani, the lawyer of slain leader of the sect Mohammed Yusuf, Alhaji Mustapha Zanna, and others in Abeokuta, the capital of his home state, Ogun, over the weekend.

Read how bricklayer killed 12-year old relative [Photo]

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a man, Mr. Paul Obiefule, for allegedly beating his 12-year-old relative to death.

The relative, who was identified as Onyedikachi Mbanozo, was staying with Obiefule, a bricklayer, and his wife on Omitola Street in the Agege area of Lagos.

Open Heavens 2014: Friday May 30, Daily Devotion By Pastor E. A. Adeboye - POOR & PRECIOUS

Topic:POOR & PRECIOUS [Friday May 30, 2014]

Memorise:
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. Psalm 40:17

Bible in a Year:Exodus 15-16; Psalm 115

Read:Psalm 40:14-17
14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. 15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. 16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Wedding Photo Sets Instagram Record for Most Likes

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding photo has set a new Instagram record, People magazine reports.

1.92 million people have clicked that little red heart. The photo of the newlyweds locking lips, posted by Kimye on May 27, is now the most liked photo in Instagram's three-year history.

PDP plot to impeach Oshiomhole, his deputy and speaker uncovered

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Anxiety has engulfed the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following an alleged subterranean plot to impeach Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, deputy governor Pius Odubu and the speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Uyi Igbe by the four APC lawmakers who defected to the PDP with the backing of an Abuja-based politician who hails from the state.

Uneasy calm had pervaded the state Assembly since the defection of the lawmakers even though APC still maintained the majority in the House.

LEADERSHIP learnt that the lawmakers who are expected to execute the plot might have received N30million each with a promise to receive additional N20million later.

I Married 2 Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls – Nabbed Boko Haram Kingpin

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A Boko Haram leader, Hassan Ali, who was reportedly arrested by the local vigilante in Maiduguri three weeks ago, has confessed that he got “married” to two of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Sambisa forest.

LEADERSHIP was reliably told that Hassan Ali, a native of Kwapchi-Kilakise village who was said to have killed his biological father, Mallam Hassan Arigizhe, and his uncle, Zakariya Ali, was also said to have sanctioned the killing of his younger sister whom he forcefully took to Sambisa when she refused to accede to the sexual demands of one of the Amirs (leaders) in Sambisa, an act that elevated him to the position of Amir too.

Girl baths her sugar daddy's wife with acid

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A lover girl identified as Stella Boise in Okpanam area of Asaba, Delta State, has bathed her Sugar-Daddy’s wife with liquid, laced with acid, leaving her with serious injuries.

Trouble was said to have started when the woman who had told her husband she was travelling out of town later returned home suddenly only to find her husband enjoying himself with Stella in their bedroom.

BREAKING: Loud explosion rocks Abuja

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Latest Update:

There was panic in the Kurudu, Jikoyi community in the outskirt of Abuja this morning after a loud explosion was heard. Residents in the area were reportedly seen running for safety when they heard the loud bang.

It was initially thought to be a bomb blast but a Spokesman for the Nigerian army assured people it wasn't, explaining that a rock blocking a new road being constructed from Karishi to Apo in the Abuja city centre, was blasted with dynamites to help free the road and allow construction to continue.

Nigeria Official: Girls Abducted by Boko Haram Found

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(Reuters) - Four more of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month have escaped than previously thought, Nigeria's Borno state said on Wednesday, but 219 others were still missing and assumed held by the Islamist militants.

The girls were taking exams at a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok on April 14 when the Islamist gunmen surrounded it, loaded 276 of them onto trucks and carted them off, according to official figures.

Fifty-three escaped shortly afterwards, say authorities in Borno state, which lies at the epicenter of Boko Haram's insurgency.

Robbers Kill 4 Policemen, Bank Manager In Rivers

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A gang of daredevil armed robbers yesterday shot and killed four policemen and a middle-aged man, said to be a regional manager of a new generation bank at Igwurita community in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the incident which took place at about 9:45am at the Igwuruta roundabout forced some motorists plying the Airport Road, to speed off while those who were near the scene abandoned their cars and scampered for safety.

Woman Struck By Flying Buzzsaw Blade While Walking [Video]

Parents beat 12-year-old son to death for complaining of hunger in Lagos

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The police in Lagos State have confirmed two separate cases in which two boys were allegedly beaten to death by their parents.

Onyedikachi Mbanozo, 12, was allegedly beaten to death by his father and mother for complaining of hunger.

It was learnt that Mr Paul Obiefule and his wife, allegedly beat the youngster to death at their home at 22, Omitola Street, Agege, Lagos at about 2.30 p.m. on the eve of Children’s Day celebration.

Poetry Video About Our Africa by Akin Falana

Boko Haram: Confusion over fresh escaped girl

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There is confusion over the number of the abducted schoolgirls that escaped from their captors, Boko Haram insurgents, on Tuesday.

Whereas, the figure had been put at four in some quarters, Chairman, Chibok Local Government Council, Borno State, where the over 200 girls were kidnapped last month, Bana Lawan, disclosed yesterday that only one escaped.

Match Fixing: We’re not gamblers we’re footballers – Keshi

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Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi launched a furious defence of his players following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Scotland in a match whose build-up had been disrupted over a match-fixing investigation being launched.

Keshi, who captained Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup finals, said his World Cup finals-bound players were not gamblers they were footballers and ridiculed allegations that anything sinister had taken place.

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85

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The American businessman, who also owns American football franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers, passed away on Wednesday.

A statement on the Buccaneers' website confirmed: "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saddened to announce the passing of Owner/President Malcolm Glazer earlier this morning at the age of 85."
Glazer purchased United in 2005, with the Red Devils going on to win five Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup under his stewardship.

Apple buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics for $3billion

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Dr Dre is set to become the first billionaire in Hip Hop. Apple has officially announced today that it has acquired Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3billion. According to Forbes, Apple paid $2.6billion cash upfront and gave $400million in stock that will vest over time.

The $3billion purchase price includes Beats Music, the sister company that runs a subscription streaming music service. As part of the deal, Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple in undisclosed roles.

Open Heavens 2014: Thursday May 29, Daily Devotion By Pastor E. A. Adeboye - THE WISDOM OF GOD

Topic: THE WISDOM OF GOD [Thursday May 29, 2014]

Memorise:
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Romans 11:33

Bible in a Year:Exodus 12:43-14:31; Psalm 114

Read:1 Corinthians 1:20-25
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

Locals with Bows, Arrows and Charms clash with Police over Brazil's hosting of the World Cup [Photos]

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Indigenous people armed with bows, arrows & charms clashed with police in Brazil's capital,Brasilia,outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium ,two weeks before the World Cup begins. They are protesting the hosting of the world cup by Brazil because they feel it will cost too much for a developing nation.They say the billions spent could be used to better the lives of the poor.

They were further infuriated after learning the Brasilia's stadium will cost 1.9 billion reais (£500million),triple the amount earlier earmarked .The protests forced the government to cancel the exhibition of the World Cup trophy.

'Force Will Never Bring Chibok Girls Alive'-Boko Haram Negotiator States Willingness to Help Nigeria

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Ahmad Salkida, Nigerian born journalist with alleged strong ties to the Boko Haram terrorist group has offered his services to the Nigerian government.

Salkida who is believed to be a good friend to the late Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf, is back in Nigeria following his return from United Arab Emirates where he fled to following alleged threat to his life over what he described as his “professional closeness” to the insurgents.

According to Sahara Reporters, Salkida met with Nigerian government officials last week in Aso rock where he told President Goodluck Jonathan that force cannot bring the abducted girls back alive from the sect’s den.

‘African Start-Up’ on CNN International features founder of Nigeria’s first recycling company, Bilikiss Abiola

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This week’s ‘African Start-Up’ on CNN International features Bilikiss Abiola, founder and CEO of Nigeria’s first recycling company, Wecyclers Corporation.

Abiola tells ‘African Start-Up’ how she’s using her recycling business to help unemployed youth raise money to reach their goals, and also to encourage and educate Nigerians about waste management and the benefits of recycling.

National Conference delegates vote to tax churches, mosques

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Delegates at the ongoing National Conference yesterday May 27th voted unanimously for churches & mosques to pay taxes. The delegates arrived at the decision after deliberating on recommendations made by the Committee on Religion.

A delegate representing Civil Organizations, Mallam Naseer Kura, during the deliberation observed that most religious leaders in Nigeria are now making a lot of money from their organizations and so should be taxed accordingly.

Villagers caught soldiers in Boko Haram operation

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Kala-Balge Villagers Allegedly Holding 40 Soldiers Caught In Boko Haram Raid As Prisoners:
ENDS has received exclusive, distressing information that the villagers of Kala-Balge in Borno state, caught over 40 suspected soldiers of the Nigerian army and have held them prisoner since the defensive two weeks ago where they successfully thwarted a Boko Haram invasion and killed over 200 terrorists.

Since we were alerted to this highly incriminating story, 4 days ago, ENDS has conducted several investigations and sourced more evidence supporting this allegation. We have sourced information from several townsmen who alleged that they have in their custody, over 40 soldiers of the Nigerian army and the Nigerian government is aware of this and pleading for their release secretly.

Boko Haram storms army base in full force, kills 40 soldiers

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Things are getting out of hand as Boko Haram insurgents continued their rampage on Monday night, killing 49 security operatives and civilians in two communities in Yobe and Borno states. They overpowered the security operatives on duty and also burnt the military base and police station in the towns.

A resident, Mallam Modibbo Kawu, said the terrorists told them not to be scared as they were out to attack only military and other security operatives.

“They told us not to be afraid because they were in Buni Yadi on a reprisal against the military for attacking them in Alagarno last week. I can confirm to you that several police, soldiers and mobile policemen were killed. Their corpses were taken to the Damaturu Specialist Hospital.”

TB Joshua Offers Powerful #BringBackOurGirls Prayer [Video]

Popular Nigerian Prophet, T.B. Joshua of The Synagogue Church Of All Nation sengaged his congregation in an intense prayer session on Sunday 25th May 2014, specifically interceding for the release of the over 200 girls who were abducted from their school by the Boko Haram terrorists.

When Millions are displaced by few, the leadership is clueless

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Frankly put, when millions of good citizens are forced to run from and be displaced by a handful of terrorists, it implies one of two things: either someone at the head of that society is callous – benefitting from and supporting this successful extermination – or the leadership is clueless, without sense to embark on the necessary steps to protect the people.

Boko Haram has been killing and displacing the farmers of the north, Borno most especially for four years now, and the Kashim Shettima State government and Goodluck Jonathan administration have either been callous or clueless in response. The Borno matter is not limited to the President of Nigeria; we must be candid in our analysis in the best interest of the people.

National Conference: Delegate blames Northern Leaders over Boko Haram

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A delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Prof. Yusuf Turaki has blamed both Northern political and religious leaders for allowing Boko Haram insurgents to fester in the region.

“Mr. Chairman, the question I have to ask is, why have the Northern Muslim Umma, the traditional rulers and the political class allowed Boko Haram to grow from insignificant religious movement into a militant religious force that has overwhelmed them?”

Pregnant woman stoned to death by her own family [See Photo]

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A pregnant woman has been stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court - for marrying the man she loved.Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight.

Farzana Parveen, who was three months pregnant, was killed before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore.

According to Daily Mail, Police official Naseem Butt said the 25-year-old had married Mohammad Iqbal, with whom she had been engaged for years against the will of her family. Her father had filed an abduction case against her husband, which the couple was contesting, her lawyer Mustafa Kharal said.Kharal said Parveen's relatives waited outside the court, which is located on a main downtown thoroughfare.

Google launches driverless car

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Google last night announced it will start building its self-driving car - and it plans to have the revolutionary vehicles on roads within a year.

Co-founder Sergey Brin unveiled the car - which will be equipped only with a stop/go button and be capable of speeds up to 25mph -  at a conference in California.

Rather than reworking an existing car, the tech giant has built its own model and is working on around 100 prototypes to test out later this summer. The goal is for the car to 'shoulder the entire burden of driving.'

'I can't deliver your letter to Boko Haram leader' - Patience Jonathan tells kids

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Some Nigerian children who paid a courtesy visit to First Lady Patience Jonathan today in Abuja to mark the Children's Day celebration seized the opportunity to hand her letters they wrote to Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau protesting the abduction of the Chibok girls and asked the First Lady to pass the letter to him.

Mama Peace received the letter but immediately told the children that she doesn't know who Shekau is but would give their letters to the Chief of Defence Staff who would help deliver it accordingly.

Open Heavens 2014: Wednesday May 28, Daily Devotion By Pastor E. A. Adeboye - THE WISDOM OF MEN

Topic:THE WISDOM OF MEN [Wednesday May 28, 2014]

Memorise:
Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. Deuteronomy 1:39


Bible in a Year: Exodus 10:21-12:42; Psalm 113
Read:Genesis 2:15-17
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

49 Gbosas for Amaechi, Resolute Revolutionary, Visionary, Nationalist, Patriot and Democrat

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PREAMBLE

In previous articles, I pointed out that His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s tie with the destiny of Rivers State is mysterious and different from that of any other political leader from the State. He is the only political leader so far who has played a key role in shaping the political future of the State who shares the same birthday with the State. Whilst he was born on May 27, 1965, Rivers State was created two years after on May 27, 1967. This, somehow, underscores why his commitment towards the emancipation and development of the State is total and unique.

Another unique aspect of this great leader from Rivers State is that he shares the same date with the day on which Nigeria celebrates the Children’s Day. Inspired by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Federal Government of Nigeria decided in 1964 – a year to the birthday of Amaechi – to set aside the May 27 every year as Nigeria’s Children’s Day. On this special day the whole Nation celebra…

“Starting Oceanic Bank Was My Late Mum’s Idea”- Elvina Ibru Reveals

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Elvina Ibru, one of the daughters of billionaire businessman Olorogun Michael Ibru, has revealed that starting the now defunct Oceanic Bank was her late mum’s idea. Mrs Elsie Ibru was the first female bank manager in Nigeria who worked with the defunct African Continental Bank (ACB) and with her experience in the banking sector adviced her husband to start up a bank. She said her father took the advice but unfortunately, her mum passed away when the bank was about to be opened.
“My mother was a banker back in the 60s. She worked for the defunct African Continental Bank (ACB). She was the first female bank manager in Nigeria and then my father is a man of foresight, he foresaw everything and arranged the company. The idea of setting up a bank was by my mother who advised my father to start one. That’s how Oceanic Bank came up and unfortunately when the bank was to open she passed on. My mother was brilliant, my father is brilliant. I guess I picked up the interest in entertainment fro…

Ondo Assembly elects first female Speaker

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The members of the Ondo State House of Assembly Tuesday morning elected Ms Jumoke Akindele from Okitipupa Constituency 2 in the Southern Senatorial District of the State as the new Speaker.

Akindele emerged the speaker after polling Thirteen (13) votes, she is the first female Speaker of Sunshine state.

Ailing Nollywood producer, Chike Bryan gets N10m grant from President Jonathan

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Ailing Nollywood movie producer and current National President of Script Writers Guild of Nigeria (SWGN), Chike Bryan, who was diagnosed with kidney failure in July 2013 has received a N10m support from President Jonathan for his kidney transplant in India, Encomium magazine reports.

The President's support was made known to him by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) President, Ibinanabo Fiberisima at the AMAA awards in Bayelsa State over the weekend.

Acknowledging the support, Mr Bryan thanked the President as well as Ibinabo Fiberisima who helped to facilitate it in her capacity as the AGN President.

Boko Haram sends "Last Warning" letter attached with flesh and blood to Adamawa State University [Photo]

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The students of Adamawa state University are in fear after they have received several letters over the past two weeks, from who they believe are boko haram.Initially they felt it was a prank until the latest letter which was attached with a pound of flesh and dripping blood.
A source has told SaharaReporters that the letters are believed to be real, coming directly from Boko Haram.
The students are now living in fear.Most of those who use the only hostel available to men have not slept there over the past weekend.  The hostel, also known as ‘Barde Hall,was nearly empty of students beginning on Saturday evening.  Barde Hall, is also popularly known as "256" by many in the student body. It is a popular ‘hang out’ spot for many of the students attending. It is also seen as a safe space, and resting place, that normally has scores of students milling around outside during the academic year. Many of the students did not sleep, or ‘hang out’ at the hostel on Saturday night. It wa…

Sudanese wife facing execution for marrying Christian gives birth to healthy baby girl in jail

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A doctor who is facing execution in Sudan for marrying a Christian gave birth to a baby girl in prison today.

Meriam Ibrahim, who has spent the past four months shackled to the floor in a disease-ridden jail, gave birth five days prematurely.

The baby was born in the hospital wing at Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum and is said to be healthy.

Ronaldinho Renting His House Out For N2.5million ($1,5151)per Night during World Cup

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The legendary Brazilian is not part of his country’s World Cup squad, but plans to maximize the best of the event by letting his Rio de Janeiro home out.

The house has five bathrooms and six bathrooms and is located in a gated community, and will be available for $15,354 (N2,492,721.90) per night.

90% of Wikipedia medical entries are inaccurate, say medical experts

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When you’re feeling under the weather, it’s only natural to want to find out what is wrong with you...fast.
But turning to the internet to determine the cause of your symptoms can be a bad idea, according to a study by doctors.

It found that nine in ten Wikipedia entries on common medical conditions contained factual errors.
This is because, unlike a traditional encyclopedia, the hugely popular website lets ordinary users create, delete and edit entries – increasing the risk of mistakes.

Lead author Robert Hasty of Campbell University in the US warned: ‘Researchers should not use [Wikipedia] as a primary resource because those articles do not go through the same peer-review process as medical journals.

Ahmad Salkida: The only Nigerian journalist with access to Boko Haram flown home to negotiate with group

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Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who previously worked for Daily Trust and Premium Times and reported extensively on Boko Haram, fled Nigeria to Dubai 2 years ago after being accused of being a Boko Haram sympathizer. He said he fled after 'his life and that of his family became endangered' after security agencies began to mistake his in-depth reporting on the terrorist group as evidence of his closeness to them.

He went underground for several weeks before finally fleeing Nigeria. Salkida was perhaps the only Nigerian journalist/civilian to have access to Boko Haram, and he said at the time that he'd turned down Boko Haram's many requests for him to publish exclusive interviews and materials for them.

Anyway according to new reports, the Nigerian government flew him back home a few weeks ago to negotiate with Boko Haram on their behalf, since he's the only civilian who has allegedly seen Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and come out alive. He reportedly came …

Manuel Uribe: Former World's Heaviest Man dies at 48 [Photos]

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Former World's heaviest man died at the age of 48 after being confined to his bed for years and unable to walk on his own. Manuel Uribe who had a record peak weight of 1,230 pounds, certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record only left his home once for his wedding ceremony in 2008.

An official said Uribe had been taken to the hospital with a crane by emergency and civil defense workers,because of an abnormal heartbeat.

Malaysia Releases Raw Satellite Data in MH370 Search

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Malaysia's government has released the raw satellite data used to calculate the suspected crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

The data released Tuesday includes 45 pages of complex communications logs between the plane and a satellite belonging to Inmarsat, a British telecommunications company.

A Malaysia-led international investigation team used the data to determine the plane crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia.

Lagos Yahoo Boys Caught in the act with their girlfriends

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It was a dramatic scene in one of the popular Lagos suburb recently when EFCC operatives stormed the home of a notorious yahooboys gang and arrested them in the act with their girlfriends and some runs girls who were there to service some of the fake big boys.

One of the yahooboys, identified as Jesse Orowo Omokoh was said to have scammed a 67yrs old woman in far away South Africa and while he was in the hotel with the woman, she died in controversial circumstance in the guest house. Jesse escaped back to Lagos to enjoy himself with the woman's money.

#BringBackOurGirls Campaign and the Evolution of Hashtag Activism by Theophilus Ilevbare

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Hashtag online activism has continued to prove critics wrong in the amazingly unique way it amplifies disconsolate unheard minority voices, suppressed or subdued by a repressive and despotic government. It draws attention of millions to a horrific story.

It gets better when world leaders and celebrities latch onto the hashtag as it nudges other countries to weigh in or even intervene in the crisis. Granted, a lot of persons may not know the complexities of the political, economic or security problems associated with such hashtags, and don’t bother to know, but still join the sentimental global train to amplify such stories helping to raise awareness to tales of horror. It is sometimes regarded as a wave of superficial momentary sentimentality because it is not in any way a real engagement in any attempt to resolve a complex or violent threat. However, the voice of minorities is amplified by sharing their stories in a way even the most sophisticated and networked print or electronic m…

Gov Amaechi celebrated at 49 as Creator of Modern Rivers State

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Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been hailed as the creator of modern Rivers State only comparable to the creator of the old Rivers State, HRH Alfred Diete-Spiff. This is the inescapable conclusion when one takes time to study Amaechi’s feats in the infrastructure change and revolution taking place in Rivers State today that includes creating the new Port Harcourt Mega City that has one of the best modern stadiums and other edifices only obtainable in modern cities of Europe,” said the State Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while congratulating Amaechi on the occasion of his 49th birthday coming up on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

APC in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described Amaechi as an icon of democracy, a role model and an embodiment of development.

Pope visits Jerusalem holy sites on last day in Middle East

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Pope Francis has visited the most important holy sites for Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem’s Old City on the final day of his Middle East tour.

At the al-Aqsa mosque compound, the Pope urged people of all religions to “work together for justice and peace”.

He then prayed at the Western Wall, which lies just beneath it, bowing his head as he touched the stones.
The pontiff has been feted by Israel and the Palestinians, and has invited their presidents to the Vatican. Both Israel’s Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have given a positive response.

Ebola Outbreak Spreads To Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has confirmed its first death from Ebola, with several more suspected to have succumbed to the deadly virus that swept across neighbouring Guinea earlier this year.

“I can categorically confirm that the Ebola sickness has materialised,” said health ministry official Amara Jambai on Monday.

“Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom,” the World Health Organisation said in a statement on its website.