Thursday, May 23, 2013
The reason, however is not strange as the rapper revealed his plans to fully launch his WKG/Cerious Music label in a matter of months.
Unlike the many breakups that have preceded Naeto’s, the rapper’s exit is not battlemented; both parties have been very silent about the issue. As a matter of fact, Storm Records insist that the rapper is still signed with them.
One of the label’s directors Tola Odunsi admits that Naeto has had his own record label Cerious Music for a while but is still with Storm.
Naeto joined Storm Records in 2006, returning from the US where he had already formed a rap group with close friend Ikechukwu and his younger brother Uzikwendu called ‘World Famous Akademy’. With the smash hit single ‘Kini big deal’, he released his debut album ‘You Know my P’ in 2008; parted ways with Ikechukwu who left Strorm in 2010 and then released a successful second album ‘Super C Season’ in February 2011.
Storm Records headed by Obi Asika and Olisa Adibua (the pair are currently in a legal battle) have in the past signed an impressive long list of acts including Jazzman Olofin, Darey, GT the Guitarman, 2shotz, General Pype. They currently have on their roaster rappers Sasha, Yung6ix, Pop singer Ms Jaie, Urban-Pop group L.O.S and gospel singer Tosin Martins.
This current picture shows Mercy flaunting her breast in a see-through black blouse paired with a colour block short skirt.
Big brother Africa is back!BBA 8 has been dramatically titled 'The Chase'. 28 housemates from 14 countries will not only be chasing after the $300 000 cash prize but the chance of becoming a household name and perhaps even finding romance.
The host is still I.K osakioduwa. Sources had it that Tonto Dike,Iyanya and Dammy krane where supposed to represent Nigeria but it has not yet been fully confirmed.
Shakira has always displayed her flexibility in her music videos, but never has she been this bent out of shape before.
The Hips Don't Lie singer showed that she can bend her legs Whenever, Wherever as she displayed her amazing limberness.
The 36-year-old was happy to show off her not-so-secret talent as she explained exactly what she might do for a living if she was not a singer.
The Colombian superstar was recording the difficult poses for The Voice as she curved her snake like legs in all manner of directions.
Shakira managed to put both her feet behind her head as she revealed that she could be a contortionist in a circus.
The starlet wasn't exactly dressed for the tough movement as she wore a white T-shirt and a pair of tight jeans.
One of the two terror suspects being held under armed guard at hospitals in London has been named as Michael Adebolajo(picture above).
|Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika|
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, on Wednesday said some soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army had been arrested for conspiring with insurgents in the ongoing face-off between the military and militants.
The COAS however did not give the number of soldiers that were arrested.
Ihejirika said that the affected troops were caught while posting comments he described as “negative” and conversing with terror suspects on the Internet.
He stated, “There are some soldiers that have been found to be posting negative comments on the Internet and some conversing with insurgents.
“I want to state that any officer or soldier caught linked one way or the other will be disciplined severely, there are no two ways about it.
“So the Directorate of Military Intelligence is encouraged to continue to monitor the activities along with military police and other commanders in the field because military service is service of patriotism as I said earlier.”
Nigerian troops are currently confronting militants in the three northern states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, where President Goodluck Jonathan last week declared a state of emergency in the efforts to rout members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
The Army chief spoke at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Army transformation and Innovation Centre on Personnel Management and Development at the Command Officers Mess, Asokoro, Abuja.
The seminar was held under the leadership of the Chief of Army Transformation and Innovation, Maj. Gen Ibrahim Sani, with the title, “Building Capacity of the Nigerian Army to meet Contemporary Challenges.”
He warned that any officers found to be involved in such unacceptable conduct would be made to face the law.
Ihejirika urged the DMI, the investigative arm of the Armed Forces, and the Military Police to put commanders and soldiers in the field of operations under watch.
The Army chief explained that a soldier who gave out information on troops’ movement to the insurgents that attacked Mali -bound soldiers at Okene, Kogi State, had been arrested and would be made to face military court-martial.
Two soldiers, a warrant Officer and Corporal were killed in the Okene attack claimed by an Islamic sect.
He said, “Again let me warn; let me also use this opportunity to warn officers and soldiers who indulge in giving out information both from the Army headquarters and other formations; certain vital information that has in one way or the other worked negatively in our operations.
“As you are aware, a soldier gave out information on the movement of our troops to Mali, movement of troops bound for Mali.
“The troops were attacked at somewhere close to Okene; the guy has been apprehended and is going to be court-martialled.”
Ihejirika also advised commanders of the various Army formations in the country to exercise caution in dismissing soldiers who had been trained in handling arms.
He said that if offences committed by the affected soldiers were so grave as to prevent the soldiers from being in the unit, a bold step should be taken to jail and to keep away the offender as a result of the security situation.
He said that the Army would not jump into dismissing people as was the case in the past because of the prevailing security situation in the country.
“The situation we are facing today is such that you cannot afford to discard any of them as was the case many years back when we had the luxury to do that.
“It is also for the reason that I have advised commanders to mellow down in dismissing soldiers who are already trained and have acquired enough knowledge of use of arms.”
The Army chief, who said that the Nigerian Army had progressed beyond the era of the nation’s intervention in the crises in Liberia and Sierra Leone, announced the establishment of a special unit whose focus is to monitor the activities of troops during operations.
He said that the Army was collaborating with the United States AFRICOM, in the quest to have a standing special operations unit which could be transformed into a special brigade.
He also said that the Army had established a standing full-fledged Army Headquarters Reserve Battalion known as 101 battalion and the new battalion would be inaugurated soon.
Ihejirika, who put the strength of the Battalion being led by a Colonel at 100, said that soldiers of the new battalion had been equipped up to 50 per cent of the basic requirement.
He explained that even though the Army might appear to be overstretched, the existence of the new reserve battalion clearly indicated the readiness and preparedness of the Army to take on more challenges.
Ihejirika emphasised the place of capacity building as a vital tool of transformation in the Army.
He said, “This question is about capacity building and it will interest you to know that since the beginning of last year, we embarked on a programme of retraining young officers starting with those who had just passed out of the Defence Academy.
“They go to our counter-terrorist school and do the whole basic counter-terrorism course and acquire the confidence required to undertake counter insurgency operation. We have all the lieutenants now; this time around we will commence with the captains.”
The Chief Priest of the Ombatse cult group in Lakyo, Nasarawa South Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Ala Agu, on Wednesday said that security men that invaded the community were ordered by the state governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, to kill him.
The 76-year-old Agu, popularly called Baba Lakyo, spoke with journalists on Wednesday at Lakyo during a visit of Senator Solomon Ewuga (Nasarawa North Senatorial District) to the community.
The chief priest, who spoke through an interpreter, said the security operatives did not come to arrest him, but to kill him “and cut off my head and take it to the governor.”
“It is the governor that asked the people (police officers) to come here and arrest me, cut my head and take my head to him.
“When they came, because they were themselves drunk, my god did not allow
them to come to me and they died on the way.
“The question I asked is, ‘has the governor ever invited me and I refused to go?’ If am invited, I will go. But he sent people to come and kill me and to destroy Lakyo as a whole. That is just what it is.”
Al-Makura had rushed to the Presidential Villa, Abuja on May 8, 2013 to brief Vice-President Nnamadi Sambo on the security situation in the state, saying that 20 policemen were killed in Lakyo by cultists.
The governor had said that members of Ombatse laid ambush and killed
security agents sent to arrest the members in their shrine.
On Wednesday, Baba Lakyo said that he had never been invited by security agencies, contrary to reports that the police invaded the village after he shunned their invitation.
The chief priest said that he was willing to honour any invitation either by the governor or the police.
Although Lakyo is peaceful, besides the sight of burnt vehicles used by the security men, Agu said he was unhappy with what happened and was apprehensive of what might befall him afterwards.
Ewuga toured Lakyo community, and led reporters to the home of Agu, which represents the “shrine” of the Ombatse.
Agu however denied ever forcing people to join the group through any initiation or drinking of concoction.
“I am grateful for your coming, Senator. I am very, very grateful for your coming. Even if the Senator did not come here, I had intended to go and see him in his house but since he is here, I am very grateful,” he told the senator.
Agu also said that he was in a nearby village when the incident took place only for him to come back to be informed that the governor sent people to come and kill him.
Asked whether the incident had anything to do with the politics of the state, he said, “If you are talking about politics, it does not bother me. I don’t even understand Hausa language. Politics is not for me because I am not a politician. Politics is for politicians but I hear that the time for politicking has not even come.
“If I ever opened my mouth to force anybody to take oath, God should punish me”.
He said that Ombatse was an association of Lakyo boys into which nobody was forced to belong.
He said he was ready to honour any police invitation but insisted that nobody had invited him.
According to him, it is even more saddening that he is being linked to the incident, especially when he knew nothing about what happened to the policemen.
But Al-Makura on Wednesday dismissed Agu’s claim that he was never invited for any meeting.
The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Iliya Aliu, in a telephone interview, said it was on record that the head of the cult group did not honour several invitations extended to him.
He said, “It is not true that he was never invited. The Emir of Lafia who is the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs invited him, he refused to honour it.
“Are Eggon, who is the chief of his area invited him, he refused; the Police, the SSS all invited him before this incident but he refused to honour any of them.
“His followers attacked and killed people in Asakiyo Alago; they went to Arga Migili, Kwadere and did the same.
“No responsible government will sit by and watch such things happen without taking action.
“It was after he refused to answer all of these invitations that the state security council met and decided that he should be arrested.
“Even their name, Ombatse, means it is our turn. Their turn for what?
“In any case, no matter the grievance, no individual or group has the right to kill innocent security officials.
“He and all those responsible must face the consequence of their action.”
The President of the Egon Cultural Development Association, Mr. Chris Mamman, said the only way to get to the root of what happened at Alakyo was for the Federal Government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry.
Ewuga said he decided to tour the affected area as a matter of national responsibility, saying he needed to see things for himself since he is also an Eggon man even though it was not within his senatorial district.
Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, not to seek re-election as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.
Amaechi had maintained that he would seek re-election for the NGF chairmanship tentatively slated for Friday, not minding if he wins or loses.
But the PDP elders, who spoke on Wednesday under the aegis of the Rivers State PDP Elders’ Forum, pointed out that their findings had shown that the governor’s insistence on seeking a re-election as the NGF chairman, was aggravating the political crisis in the state.
In a copy of a letter signed by the convener of the forum, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba; the Secretary of the forum, Dr. Silva Opusunju; and three others and addressed to the governor, the group explained that Amaechi ‘‘frank and open disposition’’ appeared to have pitted him against other forces.
“Since Your Excellency’s emergence as the chairman (and spokesman) of the NGF, your open and frank disposition appears to have generated controversies that are considered inimical to your position as governor and interests of Rivers State in general.
“Your continued leadership of the NGF will not only aggravate the already volatile political atmosphere, but also escalate the threat to peace, security, good governance and development of the state,” the letter to the governor read.
According to them, Amaechi’s quest for re-election as NGF chairman is responsible for the overheated polity, adding that the issue has caused a serious collateral damage to the progress of the state.
The elders stated, “It (quest for re-election) is a highly unnecessary distraction that will decelerate your developmental strides and productivity as the governor of Rivers State.
“Given the above background and with all due respect, it is our most humble opinion that His Excellency should defer to the overall interest of the people of Rivers State and reconsider his decision to seek re-election to the office of chairman of the NGF.”
Meanwhile, ahead of Friday’s election of the NGF, the Northern Nigeria Governors’ Forum is to hold a crucial meeting in Abuja on Thursday (today).
Feelers from the forum on Wednesday in Abuja indicated that the governors would meet to take a common position on how to vote during the NGF election.
The northern governors are divided along the lines of those who wish to see Ameachi, who is the current NGF chairman retain his seat, and those rooting for Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State.
The source told one of our correspondents, “Nothing is being left to chance. Those who want Amaechi to retain his seat are reaching out to those who want Shema to replace him.
“For now it is too close to call as the Americans will say because people like the Chairman, Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, who is one of Ameachi campaigners, is telling his colleagues that retaining Amaechi is the only way governors can retain credibility.”
The Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, on Wednesday said the suspected killers of former Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, had been arrested.
Asadu was murdered about three months ago at his Amorji-Nike residence in Enugu State.
Making the disclosure in an interactive session with journalists in Enugu during his working visit to the state, Abubakar said the arms used by the killers during the operation were also recovered by the police.
The IGP said following the confessional statements of the seven persons arrested, the police were on the trail of other collaborators in the murder.
He said, “We have arrested seven of those behind the killing of CP Chinwike Asadu. His killing was indeed a sad incident, and that is why when I visited the family after the incident, I made a promise that we shall stop at nothing to get those behind that dastardly act.
“I am glad to tell Nigerians that of those who took part in the killing, seven have been arrested and arraigned before a court.”
He gave the names of the suspects as Ogechukwu Uzoh, Ogechukwu Nnadi, Ugwuoke Obiora, Okwuosa Anthony, Chukwudi Enete, David Elvis Aja and Amobi Nnamchi.
“These are the seven persons charged for murder. Aside from the killing of the CP, they also confessed to killing other innocent souls and several acts of criminality,” the IGP added.
He, however, declined giving further details on the arrest as well as what could have informed the motive.
On the murder of several policemen by the Ombatse militia group in Nasarawa State, the IGP said the matter was still under serious investigation.
“What happened there is condemnable by any reasonable person. After investigation, we will be able to brief the press adequately,” he stated.
Earlier, the police boss, who inaugurated a medical clinic at the Enugu State Police headquarters, had commended the media for their partnership with the police.
He said several of such clinics were due to be inaugurated in the South-East as a mark of the importance the force attached to the welfare and wellbeing of its members.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Special Assistant on New Media to President Goodluck Jonathan has slammed former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, for calling on the president to resign for not being competent to handle the security challenges facing Nigeria.
If anyone had told Blessing Ikhumhi that Okosun Cyril, the man she once loved, man she once saw as “the best thing that could ever happen to her would turn around and bath her with acid, she would not have believed it.
Their romance turned sour with a tragic consequence for Blessing, a 23-year-old student of Edo State School of Health Technology. And doctors believe she may never see again except she is flown to a specialist hospital in India, where her sight could be restored.
Blessing’s very sad ordeal began when she told his boyfriend, who is now in police custody in Benin, that she was no longer interested in what she described as “uninspiring relationship.”
The news did not go down well with him. He visited her house and asked for a talk.
The victim had gone outside to meet with the man whom she thought might have come to settle with her and probably, persuade her to continue in the relationship, but to Blessing’s shock, she was bathed with acid.
From that fateful day, she has seized to see and has been on admission at the UBTH.
“He was my boyfriend and we had arguments in February. He beat me to the extent that I was not able to go to school for three days. I told him I was no longer interested in the relationship. He later tried to forcibly take my telephone, but I refused to give it to him. I told him he was not the one who bought it for me.”
“On March 23, he called and asked me to meet him in front of our house. I refused initially, but he insisted, so I came out. He asked: “Do you mean you don’t want me again?” I said: “No! I was no more interested in the relationship. And immediately, he poured the acid on my face. Since that day, I have been on admission at the UBTH and the doctors say I might not see again except I am flown to India where my eyes could be restored. “
She noted that Cyril was the last person she expected to treat her so badly.
“I never knew he would have the heart to pour acid on me. I made a mistake. I have learnt the biggest lesson of my life. My prayer now is that God should touch kind-hearted Nigerians to come to my aide so that I would be able to get treatment abroad, since my parents cannot afford it.” Ikhumhi, a native of Fugar, Etsako Local Council of Edo State, has pleaded with public-spirited Nigerians to come to her aid.
Domestic violence has been on the increase nowadays as aggrieved lovers have been pouring acid on their estranged partners.
In March 2010, Oluwatoyin Safiu Morufu, from Oyo State, was reportedly bathed with acid by his wife of over 16 years, Uloma Beatrice, from Abia State.
In 2011, a suspect, Samson Igbinomewahin, 47, was arraigned at an Ebute Metta Chief Magistrate‘s Court, Lagos, for allegedly pouring acid on his wife, Mrs. Susan Jeremiah, 31.
Also, a 35-year-old man, Ndubisi Okoro in 2011 allegedly bathed his wife, Anthonia, with acid. He was arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, charged with attempted murder.
In November 10, 2012, a jilted man in Ikotun, an outskirt of Lagos, bathed his wife with acid. Men of Ikotun Police Division immediately arrested him.
Ghanaian musician Raquel had performed at the Industry Awards Night of the 2013 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards which held on the 10th of May in Ghana, in an outfit that turned heads, stunned minds and got a lot of mouths cursing her.
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It turns out that on more than one occasion, photographers have caught quite revealing, provocative snapshots of Raquel.
During the December2Remember concert, Raquel supposedly forgot her panties at home and went on stage to perform, putting all her coochie on display. The pictures, uncensored, were published online.
Well, for everyone who criticized her outfit for the VGMA Industry Night event, here's Raquel's reply.