Wednesday, June 27, 2012

First Lady Patience Jonathan Wins ‘Tourism Ambassador For Africa’ Award

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan , has been bestowed with a Tourism Ambassador for Africa award from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

The 1st Lady picked up the award at the 53rd meenting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa which held yesterday June 26, 2012 in Calabar.

Dame Patience was given the award in “recognition of her monumental commitment and support for women in tourism.”

COSON, With Multichoice Nigeria, Signs Licensing Deal

(L-R) Chinedu Chukwuji, Azeezat Allen, Adewale Ayuba, Tony Okoroji, Matthew

The copyright society of Nigeria(COSON) has signed a royalty agreement(worth Millions of naira)  with Multichoice Nigeria. Multichoice Nigeria are the operators of DSTV.

The signing which took pace at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos earlllier on in the week grants Multichoice the license to broadcast music of creators represented by COSON on its various platforms.

Present at the signing ceremony was Matthew Ojo, representative of the director General, Nigerian Copyright Commission; Ijeoma Theo, representative of the Director General, National Broadcasting Commission; Members of the COSON Board, Adewale Ayuba, Azeezat Allen and Joel Ajayi.

Police Confirming Killing of 17 Suspected Terrorists in Kano

The Police in Kano have confirmed the killing in different gun battles yesterday, of 17 people suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris, the Commissioner of Police, said that three of the militants were arrested, but also that a police corporal, Saidu Umar, was killed.  
Mr. Idris was addressing reporters at the Police Headquarters.  He said the gun duels took place at different locations where the militant elements members had planned Goron Dutse Prison Yard,coordinated attacks, including Dala Police Division, Jakara Police Barracks,  52 Squadron Challawa and Junior Secondary School Sabuwar Doka in Ungogo Local Government Area.

Kaduna Governor, Patrick Yakowa, Disowns Offensive Video Clip in Circulation

Gov. Patrick Yakowa

Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, has refuted a video which shows an evacuation of corpses from the streets as being from Kaduna.

The video contains grainy images of heaps of dead bodies being handled by security forces.  In a statement, Reuben Buhari, spokesman to the governor, said it was obvious that the objective of those spreading it was to tarnish the image of the state, truncate the peace building process in place and pit the adherents of its two major religions against each other.

12 Nigerian Prostitutes Rescued in Ireland

The Garda Síochána na hÉireann (commonly referred to as Gardai), the national police service of Ireland, has rescued 12 trafficking victims and identified the organisers of the biggest prostitution and human-trafficking ring operating in Ireland.

According to an investigation into human trafficking carried out, the Gardai uncovered a prostitution racket run jointly by Irish and Nigerian criminals for the past three-and-a-half years.

Gardai raided the house after they got information that some Nigerian women were living there without the knowledge of the relevant authorities.

One woman claimed she had earned €44, 300 (N9 million) working as a prostitute and had given half of that directly to her controller, while the rest went on rent and bills and a large chunk of the profits had been wired back to Nigeria through Western Union.

The man, Mr Gitto, Who Gave Jonathan A Church As Gift Is Dead; Due To Depression

The Anglican church Mr. Gitto donated to President Jonathan
Mr. Gitto, whose company donated the controversial "Church gift" to Otueke, President Jonathan's hometown, has died.

Domenico Gitto, the owner of Gitto Construzioni Generali Nigeria Limited, the company which donated the controversial Church to Otueke, President Jonathan’s home town in Bayelsa, is dead.

Mr. Gitto, a reliable source learnt, died in Nigeria today in yet unclear circumstances.

Sources close to the Italian businessman however say he has been troubled for sometime owing to the huge debt piled up by his company in Nigerian banks. 

Jim Iyke Is Happy; Fraud Case In Court Thrown Out

Jim Iyke
Nollywood top gun, Jim Iyke can now breathe easy knowing he doesn’t have to be back in court again. Case of fraud which has been hanging over him for some time now has been thrown out of court for lack of evidence.
The $100,000 scam case involving him has been thrown out by the court clearing Jim Iyke of any liability. The case which was instituted by one Habiba Abubakar was quashed for lack of evidence.
Commenting about the dismissal, Jim said: 

Engr. Yakubu Takes Over As New NNPC GMD

Engr. Andrew Yakubu
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday removed Engr. Austen Oniwon as the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and ordered the re-composition of the corporation’s executive management team.

The president has also appointed Engr. Andrew Yakubu as the new GMD of NNPC, even as he approved the appointment of Engr. Victor Briggs as the new managing director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

Obasanjo Says Fighting Corruption is Not A One-Night Affair

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said that fighting corruption in Nigeria is not a one night affair.
In an interview with a UK newspaper, theguardian, Mr Obasanjo told the reporter interviewing him that instead of saying Nigerian leaders lack accountability, he should say they are corrupt.

“You are being euphemistic when you say lack of accountability. Call it corruption,” he said.

“There is no part of the world where corruption is absolutely eliminated.

Big Brother Update: Goldie Continues Her Deceptive Game

It is beginning to seem as though Nigeria’s Goldie is determined to convince viewers and fellow house mates of her acting prowess, especially with her new role as queen of deceit.

She yet again exhibited her acting prowess on Sunday, June 24, 2012 during the eviction of show that saw South Africa’s model, Barbz out of the game.

As soon as Barbz was announced evicted, the Nigerian singer burst into tears and begged for forgiveness from Barbz, claiming to have been out of her mind when she saved Prezzo instead of her

Modenine releases ‘Occupy The Throne’ mixtape

After starving his Hip-hop fans for quite a while, the rap spartan Modenine has finally released his ‘Occupy The Throne‘ Mixtape.
On this 18 track mixtape, Modey calls on familiar collaborators Terry Tha Rapman, Pherowshuz and others like M-Trill, D’truce and gives us a surprise performance from the talented upcoming rapper Boogey.
Modenine employs the production skills of The Sugarking, Kraft, T.O.D and Alfred Greem to deliver a brilliant mix of Jay Z and Kanye West‘s ‘Watch The Throne‘ songs and original compositions with a few other covers.
Listen to ‘No church in the wild’ ft Pherowshuz and Terry Tha Rapman:

Jimmy Henchman Finally Confesses To Planning "1994 Tupac Murder".

Late Tupac
One of the greatest mysteries in hip-hop has finally gotten some closure. The person who planned the 1994 hit on Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios has finally come forward.

After being convicted of running an interstate drug operation, Jimmy Henchman confessed to authorities that he was the mastermind behind the shooting and robbery of Tupac Shakur that began the East Coast vs. West Coast war.

52 Political Parties Drag INEC to Court Over De-registration

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

Fifty-two political parties in the country have dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The parties and Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, a name in which all the plaintiffs were jointly registered, are asking the court to determine, among other things:

SHOCKING: A Man Kidnaps His Brother and Demanded N4Million Ransom

The suspect, who is a 27-year old man named, Okafor Chukwujekwu has been arrested by the police in Lagos state, Southwest Nigeria, for allegedly kidnapping his blood brother, Cosmos Chukwujekwu and demanding ransom for his release.

The victim, who is his elder brother, was kidnapped at Festac Town, Lagos and taken to an unknown place where he was made to pay N4 million ransom before he was released.

HipHop: 50 Cent ‘hospitalized' After Car Accident

Rapper 50 Cent has been hospitalized after suffering neck and back injuries in an automobile accident today, June 26, 2012.

According to the US rapper’s fan site, a red truck crashed into the back of 50 Cent’s vehicle on the Long Island Expressway in New York City.
50’s car is said to have almost tumbled.

Herbalist Sentenced 7 Years In Prison For Defrauding Ex-NDDC Boss

A 34-year- old herbalist, Matthew Sonoma a.k.a “Dr Perebokowe Ogah” has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour, by a Federal High Court in Abuja sequel to his alleged complicity in Advance Fee Fraud otherwise known as 419.

The herbalist was specifically accused of duping a former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Ambassador Sam Edem, to the tune of N715 milion.

Trial Justice Gabriel Kolawole convicted the Warri-based herbalist on the strength of a 15-count criminal charge preferred against him by the Inspector General of Police.

Miss Nigeria 2012 holds in December

Miss Nigeria 2011 – Feyijimi Sodipo
After three years of running the Miss Nigeria pageant, former beauty queen Nike Oshinowo has stepped down from the position as creative director.

The franchise owners of the Pageant, Daily Times Nigeria and African Times Network (ATN) announced her departure in a statement, saying From 2009 to 2011, Chief Mrs Adenike Oshinowo-Soleye held the position as the Creative Director of the Miss Nigeria Pageant to inject elegance and pageantry to the brand.  During her time in office she maintained an exemplary reputation for Miss Nigeria and remains an active affiliate of the pageant. 

Jonathan Sacks NNPC boss, Austen Oniwon, Names Andrew Yakubu as replacement

Austen Oniwon, Former Group Managing Director of NNPC
President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Austen Oniwon, and other top officials of the corporation.
Mr. Oniwon was sacked along other top management of the corporation in a sweeping move by Mr. Jonathan.

The NNPC management has been involved in several scandals including the petroleum subsidy payment scandal.

Part of the recommendations of the Farouk Lawan committee report by the House of Representatives is the removal of Mr. Oniwon and the NNPC management.
Andrew Yakubu, an engineer, has been appointed Mr. Oniwon's replacement.
See full press release from the presidency on the new appointments below:

Breaking News: Gunfight Erupts Near Dala Police Station In Kano

Residents of Goron Dutse and Dala in Kano state said fierce gun battles has erupted near the police station between security agents and suspected militants in the area.

Witnesses said the intense gunfight is ongoing in the area. Some reports indicated that the gunfight has spread to Sherada quarters in Kano. Police sources stated that militants were being chased on a highway linking Dala and Sharada area.
Read full reports below: