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Thursday, July 18, 2019

2face comes under serious attack for endorsing post criticizing the bible

Angry Nigerians are attacking 2face online after the singer endorsed a provoking post criticising the bible.

As we earlier reported, Ikhide Ikheloa, popularly known as Pa Ikhide, criticized Africans for still believing in the Bible and the 'White man's God.'

The literary critic said the Bible "is a great work of fiction" and "a tool of oppression created by feuding brothers to oppress women, children, and the vulnerable." Read his full post here.

Taking to his Instagram page, 2face shared a screenshot of the post and then wrote: 'Africa Wake up#openyourmind #openyoureyes #ONELOVERELIGION Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.'

Meanwhile, the legendary singer has been receiving serious bashing over his comment.

See reactions below.

Governor Ihedioha accuses Rochas Okorocha of 'massive looting' in 8 years of government

Governor Ihedioha on Thursday accused his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha of “massive looting" and leaving Imo state with over N100 billion debt through corruption and mindless misappropriation.

The Imo State Governor in his address to Imo stakeholders, alleged that his newly constituted government recently received a N30 billion worth of Garnishee Orders from contractors handling fraudulently awarded contracts by Okorocha’s government.

Lamenting over the unsustainable debt his predecessor’s alleged eight years of misrule plunged the state into, Governor Ihedioha said;

“Our interim findings show a consistent pattern of massive looting and stripping of public assets, dismantling and carting away of public property such as electric poles, vehicles, trucks, office equipment and furniture etc.

“There were last-minute illegal sales of government property at giveaway prices and unlawful allocation of land including backdating of Certificates of Occupancy.

“I must inform you in this regard that, so far we have received over 30 billion Naira worth of Garnishee Orders arising from several ill-conceived and fraudulent contractual agreements deliberately consummated by the past administration, to destroy the future of the State and its teeming population by fettering the State in a humongous debt trap.”

Amaju Pinnick reacts to removal as CAF Vice President, reveals why he was removed

Amaju Pinnick and the Nigerian Football Federation, have reacted to his removal as the first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday.

Pinnick in his reaction to the announcement of his removal, thanked the African football body for an opportunity to serve and also congratulated the newly appointed Vice Presidents.

“My commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast.

“I congratulate Omari, Lekjaa and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively,” Pinnick said.

The NFF on its own part disclosed that the removal of Pinnick as CAF's Vice President, was in line with Article 22 (4) of the CAF Statutes. The statement from Ademola Olajire, NFF's Director of Communications reads;

“In line with Article 22 (4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place today), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF President, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice President, respectively from among its members.

“Significantly, the renewal of Amaju Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF President because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.

“Pinnick accepted the decision of the President as it aligned with his own view having considered matters surrounding the administration of African Football which have dovetailed into the Nigerian Football space.

“He will, however, remain a bonafide member of the CAF Executive Committee to continue with his mandate as such.”

Shocked by news of his mother's sudden death, Nigerian man dies shortly after graduation from Indian University

A young Nigerian man who recently graduated from Nims University, India, has passed away.

According to report, Sulaiman Abullahi, from Adamawa State, was celebrating after finishing his second degree when he got news of his mother's death. He fell sick and never reovered.

"Shocked by the news of his mother's demise, amidst celebration of his graduation, Sulaiman fell seriously sick, a sickness that would cease his life. Allahu Akbar. He has followed his mom to a better place In Shaa Allah.

Sulaiman just finished his 2nd Degree from Nims University in India. He was an indigene of Adamawa State and a graduate of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology, Maiduguri. He was a gentleman, very quite and humble. May Allah have mercy on his soul and his mother. May they both unite in Jannatul Firdausi. Ameen Ya Allah." a friend wrote.

Police bust international cyber fraud gang in India, arrest Nigerian national

A Nigerian national was arrested from DLF phase III of Gurugram in Haryana by a cyber cell team of inspector general of police (IG), Agra range, on Tuesday, July 16, on charges of duping an Agra-based official of the food processing department of Rs 32 lakh.

According to police, the accused, Andrew Daniel, identified himself to the victim as Dr Edyon, process manager of a US-based pharmaceuticals company that manufactures medicines for animals and supplies steroids to owners of horse riding clubs.

The accused lured the victim to become a business partner and invest money into buying fake medicines from 'fake companies' by promising huge profits.

“The accused used to send text messages to people's phone numbers, offering partnership in steroid export business and promising huge profits. Once a victim falls in their net, the gang members would pose as representatives of the US firm and win confidence of the victim before asking him to buy a sample of 'fake steroid' from 'fake' Indian pharmaceutical companies for export. After testing the sample, the representatives would promise to offer a much higher price for the steroid to keep the victim interested in the deal.

Later, they would ask the victim to buy the 'steroid' in large quantities from the so-called companies.

Thinking that the deal would bring huge profits, their victim would jump into the trap. Once the victim buys the fake steroid by paying huge sums of money, the gang members would vanish. They would charge Rs 6 lakh for 1 litre of steroid,” said Vishal Sharma, sub-inspector of IG cyber cell.

Daniel came to India on a student visa in 2011. Later he came into contact with a cyber gang. After expiry of his student visa in 2015, Daniel moved to NCR to carry out his nefarious activities.

“We arrested Daniel in presence of his girlfriend Peggy Morrison on Tuesday and recovered laptops and mobile phones which contains data of their victims. The members of the gang are spread across several Indian states such as Maharashtra (Mumbai), Rajasthan (Pali), Gurugram (Haryana), Delhi, etc. They have also opened several bank accounts on forged papers and operate ‘ghost’ pharmaceutical companies to dupe their victims. On an average, the gang would extract at least Rs 20 lakh from each victim and would distribute the booty among themselves, with 40% going to Daniel, 20% to Indian associates involved and the rest 40% to a Mumbai-based African national,” said inspector Shailesh Kumar Singh, who heads the IG cyber cell.''

However, some sources said the Mumbai-based gang member is believed to be one Steve, a national of Ghana, who was arrested by Ahmedabad police recently in a similar case of cyber fraud.

Speaking to TOI, Awadh Narayan, the officer of the food processing department who was duped in August 2018 of Rs 32 lakh by the cyber gang, said,

“I have to mortgage my house and am currently paying Rs 32,000 per month as EMI to return the Rs 30 lakh loan that I took from bank and colleagues to buy six litres of steroid from a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company. I deposited the amount in some bank accounts as asked by Dr Edyon, alias Andrew Daniel, but never received anything from the pharmaceutical firm. Later, Edyon’s phone number too became unreachable.”

"I had first received an SMS in 2018 in which the gang offered me a lucrative deal if I joined the business of exporting steroid. The fraudsters also promised me 50% commission from the deal," added Narayan.

51-year-old school bursar arrested in Abuja for drugging, raping and impregnating 15-year-old student

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested a 51-year-old bursar of Government secondary School Dangara, Abaji- Abuja, for allegedly drugging, raping and impregnating a 15-year-old student.

The suspect, Luke Gabriel Ekundayo, from Ilorin, Kwara State, was the victim’s guardian in school, and she spent short holidays in his house. The victim, a senior secondary three (SS3) student took ill in Mr. Ekundayo’s house, and upon taking some drugs administered to her by the suspect, she passed out. On waking up, she saw bloodstains and said she felt uneasy, but did not suspect that the school Bursar, whom her grandmother handed her over to, for protection, could do anything sinister to her.

The victim, an orphan who was on Scholarship, was threatened by the suspect into having sex with him continuously, or he would tell her sponsors to stop paying her school fees. The rape continued until the victim got pregnant.

Reacting to the news of the arrest, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli condemned the actions of the man, and said the action is in line with the name-and-shame policy of the Agency.

“Rapists will be prosecuted for their crime against humanity and NAPTIP will not hesitate to bring the full wrath of the law on any rapist” she said.

She further frowned at the high rate of rape in the society, and cautioned school girls to be careful of the kind of friends they keep, warning that a lot of teenagers are led astray by fellow teenagers, who are unfortunately victims of the crime themselves.

In addition, the DG admonished parents to “be careful of who they entrust their children with as it is unfortunate that the people who are meant to protect the children are the ones who end up exploiting and abusing them”

Lagos pastor, Tony Rapu's son graduates from UK university (photos)

Tobe, the son of popular Lagos pastor, Tony Rapu of This Present House church, graduated from Loughborough University UK on Wednesday July 17.

The clergyman and his wife attended the graduation. See more photos from the graduation below...

Female comedian Wofaifada flaunts her hot bod as she holidays in Cairo (photos)

Comedian, Wofaifada is currently on holiday in Cairo, Egypt.

She was pictured showing off her bod as she took a deep in the pool. See more photos below.

The first day I went to church at 15, a Prophetess told me that God was going to use me through music - Micasa's J'Something

Micasa’s frontman J’Something got to know about his career in music at 15 and according to him, it came from a Prophetess the first day he went to a church.

The South Africa singer in his testimony via Instagram, revealed that he freaked out and was slightly pissed because he felt the lady was embarrassing him in front of all the girls. J’Something went on to say that he never wanted to be a musician, but a sportsman.

He however called his mother for a guitar because he wanted to obey the Prophetess, who told him to pick up the instrument because God was going to use him in the music industry.

Narrating how his journey into music began, J'Something wrote;

My closest companion. First picked one up at the age of 11. As I sat one day in church, 15 years old, a prophet picked me out of a crowd of a couple 100 people. She called me up and told me she had a msg for me from God.

Now what you gotta understand is that this was my first time ever going to church. So I was freaked out and slightly pissed off cause this lady was embarrassing me in front of all the girls from VG. Any way ... she went on to tell me that (without knowing me from bar of my soap my friends) God was showing her a musician. She asked me if i played music. I then thought she had gotten the wrong dude and this msg was for somebody else ... but then she dug and pulled out a memory that reminded me I had played guitar when I was eleven for like 6 months. She then told me that God wants me to pick up guitar again because he is going to use me in the music industry!

Now what you must understand is at that time I had ZERO desire to be a musician. I wanted to be a sportsman. But I went home, slightly freaked out that God had sent a msg for me and it made no sense but still I wanted to obey. Called my mother up, told her, “mae, God says I need a guitar.” A few months later, after my mom had saved up enough money she went and bought me a guitar. I look back at that

Jameson Unveils Super Premium Whiskey Like No Other, Jameson Black Barrel

Jameson Black Barrel is here! The new super premium whiskey from Jameson made its debut through highly disruptive activities and launch events that took place over a series of days, where key influencers and customers of the brand were able to taste and experience the Jameson Black Barrel. It is a triple distilled blend of ‘small batch’ grain and traditional Irish pot still whiskey aged in twice charred barrels, with a smooth redefined taste, the Jameson Black barrel is like no other.

Two weeks before the launch, key influencers were gifted customized black barrels similar to the barrels Jameson whiskey is aged in, along with a case of the product and encouraged to share the Jameson spirit with others. Jameson Brand Ambassador Alani Adenle (@alanigram) led this #BlackLikeNoOther influencer campaign, personally delivering gifts and highlighting each influencer’s unique talent which makes them like no other.

The Hats & Tatts party hosted by Alani was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the launch of the new super premium whiskey, with Jameson Black Barrel influencers and friends of the brand. The highly disruptive event took place at a transformed parking lot somewhere in Lagos. Alternative soul artist, Brymo, captivated guests with his unique performance setting the mood with the roaring sounds of the drums much to the delight of the guests. The DJ booth took the shape of a well-lit black barrel and was the focal point for guests as the evening went on. The brazen sounds of the violin over the DJ’s set made for an incredible sonic experience. The bars served up a variety of cocktails, the Jameson Black Barrel signature serve Black Tonic & Orange, the classic Whiskey Sour, and all-time favourite Old Fashioned. The Hats & Tatts party would not have been complete without on-site tattoos from international artist (and Alani’s personal tattoo artist) Elie Akkary, he was the highlight of the evening with many guests opting to be permanently inked.

Jameson Black Barrel is a tribute to the Coopers, who painstakingly give their bourbon barrels an additional charring to reveal their untold richness and complexity. Charring is an age-old method that intensifies the taste of the whiskey. Jameson Master Cooper, Ger Buckley, a fifth-generation Midleton cooper was present to celebrate the launch of the super premium whiskey at the trade event and gave a riveting interactive demonstration on how to disassemble, raise and char the barrels used in making the Jameson Black Barrel. The event was well attended by key stakeholders, introducing them to the smooth tasting Jameson Black Barrel. The live music from the Cavemen was the perfect prelude to the interactive session and Brymo made a surprise appearance performing his hit singles with a live band.

The launch of the Jameson Black Barrel was like no other, from the taste down to the experience. It is now available to purchase, enjoy the smooth taste of Jameson responsibly.

N22b Paris cash: EFCC seizes passports of 34 top ex-Kwara State officials

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized the passports of 34 top officials who served under former Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed over a N22 billion London-Paris Club refund.

Ten of them have been watch-listed to prevent them from fleeing the country, it was learnt yesterday.

The N22billion covers the N21billion drawn from the refund and the N1billion allegedly intercepted by the EFCC during the February/March elections. There are four cases on alleged mismanagement of billions of naira by some ex-office holders in the state.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “There are monumental cases of fraud already uncovered in Kwara State during the tenure of the ex-governor. We may need to call for reinforcement to be able to conduct the different dimensions of the ongoing probe. So far, we have seized the international passports of 34 former commissioners and top government functionaries during the administration of ex-Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

“Out of the 34, about 10 former officers have been watch-listed to prevent them from escaping abroad. And if they travel out, we can effect their arrest in any jurisdiction. The list of the short-listed suspects has been sent to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to prevent them from acquiring new passports.”

In a statement yesterday, EFCC’s Head of Media & Publicity Tony Orilade said the agency’s Ilorin Zonal Office “has submitted the particulars of individuals on its watch-list and under investigations in the state to the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Kwara State Command. It said the Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu made this known through the Ilorin Zonal Head of the Commission Isyaku Sharu during a visit by the Comptroller of Immigration Service, Kwara State Command Edith Onyemenam.

The statement quoted Magu as saying those whose passports were seized had been trying to procure police reports to deceive the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to issue them new passports. Magu said:

“The need to familiarise the NIS with the particulars of such personalities under EFCC’s investigation became necessary following intelligence at the disposal of the commission that some highly-placed individuals undergoing corruption probe and on the commission’s watch-list in the state have procured forged police reports with which they plan to apply for new international passports to escape from the country.

“Information at the disposal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ilorin reveals that these highly placed individuals are planning to use forged police reports to re-apply for new international passports to flee the country in other to escape prosecution and justice. The commission urges you to use your good office to place these individuals under strict surveillance.”

Emir of Kano's son graduates from UK University (photos)

Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano is in a celebratory mood as one of his sons, Ashraf, recently bagged a degree from the University of Manchester.

Ashraf's graduation was attended by the monarch and his wife. Congrats to him!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

'The obvious exclusion of Kenyans on the Lion King soundtrack is depressing' - Victoria Kimani calls out Beyonce

Earlier today, Beyonce unveiled the tracklist of her new album, The Lion King: The Gift, which is the musical accompaniment to the new Disney movie.

The album features six Nigerian popstars including include Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage as well as Ghana’s Shatta Wale.

Now, Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani says, 'as much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans. The obvious exclusion of Kenyans/East Africans on this Soundtrack is depressing. The movie was based on Kenya'.

Ya’lll coulda atleast had Lupita or Barack on the outro ?? since we don’t have artists in East Africa ?— VICTORIA KIMANI (@VICTORIA_KIMANI) July 16, 2019

I don’t expect other Africans to have any compassion or care for what I am saying. So .... no need for you to chime in.— VICTORIA KIMANI (@VICTORIA_KIMANI) July 16, 2019

I don’t expect you people to sympathize with the rest of Africa .... they raised you to be self centered .— VICTORIA KIMANI (@VICTORIA_KIMANI) July 16, 2019