Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Brown Oyitso – Amazing Work Of Grace

Although he is a Provincial Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and the MD/CEO of Brunnel Nigeria Limited, if a man’s beginning determined his ending, he would have amounted to nothing. According to his personal testimony, the penury to which his widowed mother was thrown after the demise of his Area customary court judge father, left his future hanging in the balance.
But the grace of God was very near and with the help of a hard working mother and a supportive elder brother, his educational career began at the Catholic school three in Warri where he grew up. On completion of his secondary education at the popular, Urhobo College also in Warri, he proceeded to England where he completed his A-Levels and also bagged a degree in Economics from the Greenwich University. He capped his education with an MBA from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Before leaving for the UK, Pastor Brown Oyitso had developed a liking for the good life. He was the quintessential man about town. Until salvation came his way in the late 80s, he was a rallying point for friends who also like the good things of life-booze, night clubs and other trappings of the proverbial biblical prodigal son gone into a ‘far country’. Again he testifies that the grace of God was always near.
This lifestyle continued until a dotting wife showed him the way to salvation.
The man of God who turned 60 years recently, took time out to share with the Allure team, his life’s story that can only be described as the ‘amazing grace that saved a wretch like him’
                      Brown Oyitso
What was life like in Warri where you grew up?
Life in Warri was fun. I started work at the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) in Warri. I got into heavy music. In my time, people used to have radiogram but God blessed me with a stereo set because as a staff of NPA, we had
access to foreign things. So my friends from rich homes, who had radiogram, found out that listening to music in my one room apartment was different. So my one room became a hot spot. I had all the records, funk, jazz funk, disco and soul music. I went into night clubbing, drinking of alcohol, smoking and of course, the corollary; all the things that young men do.
I lived that kind of life until I came to Lagos. It was a really rough life but the grace of God was there. Many of the young boys that I lived this kind of life with either dropped by the way side or died or never amounted to anything. But while this music and night clubbing was going on, my mind was still on going back to school. That was how I left for the UK.
I got to the UK and the lifestyle continued. In fact I became a DJ. I was the publicity secretary for the Afro Caribbean society in my university. I was into music and fashion. This was 1975-1981. I came back to Nigeria to do my NYSC, the lifestyle continued. This time, I was hot and fresh from the UK with my afro hair all. I came back with a lot of records. When I got to Port Harcourt I found out that Port Harcourt was called port highlife. So the high life continued. In fact, my home was the unofficial night club. Then again the grace of God was still there. It was as if God just determined that he was going to use me at some point.
When I came back to Lagos, under the most divine circumstances, within two months, I met my wife.
Where and how did you meet her?
She was a friend of my friend’s wife. I met her at this friends place they were to attend a party but my friend Brown Oyitso – Amazing Work Of Grace was too tired to take them. So, as soon as I came, he asked me to take them. Then my friend’s wife also said she was very tired please take her. And they left me alone with her. She got into my car, it was a sports car then, I wanted to impress her. But when she got in, she said, why did you buy this kind of bachelor car? Don’t
you want to get married? She said you should be thinking of getting married. So I said what kind of car do married men drive? She said 505! So that was how I took her to the party. But what struck me about her was that she asked very responsible questions. I expected her to tell me we would meet later at one night club or the other.
I realised that she was a different kind of person. I treated her differently, with a lot more respect and with a view to having a long term relationship. But a voice spoke to me and said, ‘this is your wife’. That was how a wife/husband relationship started.
For people like you who have had the good life, your wives most times turn out to be the girl next door. Does it always have to be this way?
Yes and no because one theory does not fit them all. God speaks to us in different ways. He used my circumstance to speak to me. The quiet girl next door may be an old time rocker who has done all kinds of things. Even if you are attracted to her, you still have to test it from the word of God. When you meet somebody who is of God, you’d have peace about it.
Was she born again then?
She was born Catholic. I was also born Catholic. But I think while she was at the University in Ibadan, she must have had some relationship with the Scripture Union people because, we got married in the Catholic Church to please our parents who were Catholics but two months after we got married, she invited me to a Four Square Church. That was how I got born again.
How did it happen?
Well, after I got married, I was still into one or two things. So it was like, ‘how do I calm this man down? So she took me to a Four Square Church and I sat in this small church and the pastor began to preach. It was my life this pastor preached and as he did, he kept staring at me. In fact, I thought she had gone to narrate my story to the Pastor and it almost caused a quarrel. At the end of the day, I gave my life to Christ.
But here was a man who had done 100 metres and all of a sudden I have to stop. The church was too slow for me. So we moved to a church in Surulere. I got there, it was a funky church where the pastor will turn around and say give the person by your side a holy kiss’. And my wife will get angry. She didn’t want the church and I realised it was not making me better. The pastor was preaching well but there were too many distractions. So we moved to another church.
Was that how you came to RCCG?
We moved to another church where I grew and was made like an assistant pastor. But then you know how it is with these one-man churches; trouble brewed and somebody now told me about a humble man in Ebute Metta preaches were lives change. It was this quest to go and know this humble man that took us to RCCG in Ebute Metta in 1989. Pastor Adeboye came out and preached a 20 -minute message titled, ‘gold or brass?’
All these churches we’ve been going to, the pastors preach for one and a half hour, razzmatazz, psychedelic, showmanship. But here was this man, he just came out, ordinary looking, humble, spoke slowly and preached on this message gold or brass. That message made an impact on me and that was how my Pentecostal walk started.
But you didn’t stay in Ebute Metta did you?
No, I didn’t stay long. The church was quite small in those days. This explosion had not started and the environment wasn’t very nice. So somebody told us that there is a branch in Ikeja. This church had a problem. The first pastor moved away with members and they were starting again. That day during the worship, I head an audible voice that said to me, ‘if Jesus comes in your life time, this is the church he is going to meet you in’.
Old members always talk about the Ebuta Metta experience which is something quite removed from the modern churches today. What was that experience like?
I must thank God that I started from Ebute Metta. Ebute Metta humbled me because I came with a certain mindset. Before now, I attended a psychedelic Pentecostal church where the pastor will look at a cook or gardener and say, ‘you will dedicate one million next month’ and we would all say amen. But God who knew what he wanted to do with me in the long run, took me to Ebute Metta. It humbled me.
I saw the General Overseer, I saw the people around me. They were simple people. Sometimes, I felt over dressed, the next Sunday, I would tone down. The same thing was happening with my wife. I used to wear two rings. When going to the church, I would remove my rings and neck chain then when I get back, I’d wear them again.
When I moved to Ikeja parish, that same humble experience made me decide to join the least department at that time which was the follow up department. The people there were young boys and girls. So from Ladipo, I would carry people in my car, drop them at various points to go follow up people in Ikoyi, Surulere, Ojota, Agege, Victoria Island. Then the churches were not many. That also humbled me.
Then one day, Pastor Adeboye gathered the workers and told us to scatter. That was excruciating. I was already an altar minister then. He told us to go use night clubs, hotels to set up churches. That was the advent of churches in hotels, in night clubs and in cinemas in RCCG. The first pastor to be sent out was Pastor Ayo Adeloye. He was posted to Nightshift night club in Opebi. The second was posted to National Theatre. I was the third person. I was posted to Pen Cinema in Agege! It was the dirtiest place I have ever been. The first time we had a service there, they broke into my car.
My wife who was a CEO of an insurance company then would get there and start sweeping cigarette stubs. I would go and rent instrument from fuji musicians but that humbling experience from Ebuta Metta kept me going.
What are the challenges that you face as a pastor?
The challenges are multiferous. Pastoral work is hard work. Preparing a message that will impact lives sometimes, takes two weeks. I hate seeing people suffer. As a pastor, you see people go through emotions. These are the days you see people without jobs, these are the days you see young ladies fit for marriage, educated, with good jobs, no husband. These are days you see people get married no children. And because they see you as the intermediary between them and God, they come to you and say, ‘pastor solve these problems’.
Challenge also come in the way the world is affecting the church and you wonder if the world is winning this battle. There is so much going on in the world in terms of fashion, arts, politics and the media. Look at the puritan schools, most Christian schools have dropped their values. You sit down there as a pastor and you ask, is the kingdom of darkness winning this battle? I also have a problem with the type of gospel that is being preached today. When I got born again, we were into holiness, righteousness, sanctification, justification, restitution. All these are no more preached.
What happened?
We are preaching prosperity, arts, modernity, management and leadership. Pastors are afraid of losing members. So they would not preach holiness. The crowd out there have itching ears. Pastors preach what the people want to hear not what God wants. Butin RCCG, we are balanced. We preach prosperity, we preach holiness. We preach about heaven and we preach about hell. This gives me a lot of comfort.
The rate of divorce is on the rise and the church including pastors have not been spared. What is going on in the church of Jesus Christ? Well it depends on the denomination. In RCCG we have a different opinion. The bible is clear on divorce but I think people just read and interpret things to suit themselves. The bible says in the last days, men shall be truce breakers. So when they break truce, they break covenants.
There are all kinds of interferences in marriage today. I hear how some married men bring home pornographic materials and want to practice on their partners. You hear of fathers raping daughters. You read about homosexuality and lesbianism. These are the signs of the end time so when people break the truce, divorce is inevitable. But we preach and believe what the bible says about divorce and that every challenge can be resolved based on the word of God.
What has helped me in my own marriage is to always say, what did the word of God say about this particular problem or challenge.
How is life at 60?
I approach 60 with a lot of gratitude to God. I thank God for the RCCG where the full gospel is preached. I also thank God for my wife and the children God blessed me with. I thank God for his grace and mercy. I am what I am, I have what I have, and I am going to where I am going by the grace of God irrespective of my shaky beginning. I thank God for the practice of Christianity that has stabilized my life, my home and my children. So
I approach 60 with expectation and joy.
What has life taught you?
Life has taught me to be empathetic and to be welfare oriented and that is why we have the Maranata Foundation in the church. Life has also taught me not to write people off. If you had seen me at about age 9-11, you would have written me off as one who will not amount to anything because when my father died, my mother was thrown into penury. But here I am today.
That experience has also made me sympathetic towards widows.
When it comes to fashion, what is your style as a pastor?
By the grace of God, I try to dress well because you preach with everything that you have. You cannot present God as a God of prosperity when you are shabby. So I defend the gospel with my externals. I believe pastors should be well dressed in a manner that will earn them respect.
What fashion have you really embraced?
I’m comfortable with what is good but I don’t walk into a shop asking for brand names. I wear what is presentable, what is not outrageous or compromising something that will make me comfortable in the presence of God.
Where is your favourite travel destination?
I like the USA especially Atlanta and Dallas but somehow, I feel more at home in London. For me London is very therapeutic and healing. I like the atmosphere there.
On hindsight, if you could do things differently, what would it be?
The rough life I lived is helping my Christianity today. I lived on the other side and lived it to the fullest. Now that I am a pastor, I have seen the danger and sadness inherent in that sort of life. So, I would love to be saved earlier than I did.
What do you look forward to now?
I look forward to living a righteous and peaceful life. I firmly believe that Jesus is coming back soon. I look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ. I want to live my life in such a way that on the day of rapture, I will not be found wanting. I also look forward to a better Nigeria.

Beat the heat with glamorous sunglasses

As the scotching heat continue to beat down, it’s time to get some form of protection. Get your self a nice pair of sunglasses. It will not only 
protect your eyes from the hot rays, but nothing says instant glamour like a pair of gorgeous sunglasses.
Make that simple Saturday outfit extra ordinary with a pair of sunglasses. Be safe be chic.

High Heel shoes: The bitter price of elegance

When it comes to shoes, some women will go through hell for a pair of the London Jimmy Choo brand. The brand became notable in the fashion circles, especially for its high heeled bridals since 1996. Since wearing high-heeled shoes is an art, women deserve medals for learning to walk in them let alone run! But what effect does wearing high heel have on our bodies?
                                                      High Heel pair of shoes
Most women believe that if they wear high-heeled shoes they will become more attractive, sexier, more cultured, corporate and sophisticated as well as boost their confidence.
These days at social functions, including churches, as every day wear, especially in the corporate world, Nigerian ladies can be seen wearing these ridiculously high-heeled shoes that come as high as 14 to 16 inches.
There are different kinds — the wedge, clogs, ankle strap heels, wedge sandals and the high heel sandals and they come in assorted colours.
Unknown to many, the constant wearing of these shoes presents some very serious health risks as experts have warned that they could constitute harm to the feet, hip, back and even lead to permanent body deformities. “The negative effects of wearing high heels can be experienced in particular sections of the feet, knees, legs and back.
Dr Onyebuchi Ahoma, a Clinical Psychologist, says that ladies who wear heels put themselves through unnecessary misery and pain. “Some of them cannot even walk straight on heels because they feel uncomfortable but because they think it is chic and trendy they want to endure and ignore the pains they feel,’’ he said.
Dr Abubakah Muhyi, an Orthopaedic Surgeon with the National Hospital, Abuja, says that high heel shoes have been the leading cause that usually brought female patients to visit orthopaedic doctors. Muhyi says that the constant wearing of shoes with high heels or narrow toes have led to a high incidence in corrective foot operations.
According to him, this is what happens when women choose fashionable footwear over health, and many of them aren’t even aware that they are causing harm to their health. “Years of wearing heels can lead to bunions or other infractions of the toe and calf. These signs often surface in middle aged women.
“When a woman is walking on heels, she is basically walking on the balls of her feet. The ball of the foot will experience intense pressure and this pressure more than doubles with every inch in the height of shoe heel. “Ankle injuries are always a threat and the degree of injuries can extend from sprains to fractures. Calluses, corns and bunions can be formed on feet due to high heels, especially if the shoes are tight or walked on for long periods.
“Metatarsalgia is a condition affecting the ball of the foot, where all the weight is concentrated on when a woman is in heels. “Hammertoes is a condition where the toes are maintained in downward curled position because of the continual confinement of the feet in the high heels. “The muscles of the feet become tight and are unable to stretch and straighten when out of the shoes.
“Women may complain of numbness, sharp pain and burn in the toes and ball of the foot when wearing high heeled shoes — all of which are symptoms of `Morton’s Neuroma’ which is the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the nerve between the third and fourth toes,’’ he told newsmen.
Dr Babalola Olatunji, a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon with the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi (NOHIL), Lagos, says that high heels cause much more pressure on the knees than what the knees are designed for, and could give rise to a condition called osteoarthritis as well as other joint disorders.
Olatunji noted that women who wear high heels frequently have a higher incidence of degenerative joint disease of the knees. This is because they cause a decrease in the normal rotation of the foot which puts more rotation stress on the knee. He says that a similar condition could occur with the Achilles tendon where it could retain its shortened state even when a woman is not wearing high heels.
“The calves will tend to retain the contracted and shortened state due to the feet being in high heels. The calf muscles may become difficult or virtually impossible to straighten without medical intervention. “High heels can cause a change in the way the muscles and tendons work together while walking. Normally, a tendon stretches and shortens, making walking easy on the muscles of the calf.
“However, heels wearing can cause the tendons, especially the Achilles tendon to shorten, leaving the strain on the muscles of the calf to do all the work. “They can cause foot pain, increase likelihood of sprains and fractures, and make the calves look more rigid and sinewy. They can also create foot deformities, causing an unsteady gait, shorten the wearer’s stride and can also render the wearer unable to run,’’ he said.
Another Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at NOHIL, Lagos, Dr Akintayo Akindele, is of the opinion that regular wearing of high heel shoes could affect the body posture of a woman. “The increased weight on the toes caused the body to tilt forward and to compensate, you lean backwards and overarch your back creating a posture that can strain your knees, hips and lower back. “Because the feet will be in a fixed position, the woman will have to bend her spine in the lower back more to keep her balance.
“Some women may wonder where certain back, shoulder and neck pain may come from. Well, high heels are a prime cause of such pain in the torso,’’ he added. Akindele says that with each inch added to a heel, greater problems could arise, but there are also ways to wear heels more safely… So, if you insist on wearing high heels and you are concerned about muscle and joint strains, his advice is simple:
“I am not telling people they shouldn’t wear heels, but should, maybe wear them in moderation and alternate with other flat shoes. “Women who wear high heels can take them off when feeling uncomfortable, while driving or sitting at their desk at work. Try, if possible to ease back a bit on the high footwear. “Wear high heels maybe once or twice a week. And if that’s not practical or desirable, try to remove the heels whenever possible.
“Settle for shoes that are light and comfortable and don’t have a tight area for the toes. Also, women must stray from tempting selections with a high heel. In the long run, your feet will thank you for your efforts.’’ In spite of the fuss over high heel shoes for Nigerian women, Miss Juliet Igwe, a final year student of Tai-Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun, says that such shoes are like a “Fashion Mantra’’ for her.
She adds that they complete her total appearance, beauty and self esteem. “I love wedge heels, they make you walk elegantly and you feel this aura of confidence that completes your feminine personality. “Whether they are associated with any form of health risk, I am not aware,’’ she said.
Ms Rita Izunobi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ritz Make-up and D├ęcor, says high heel shoes are an essential aspect of a lady’s dressing. “For a working class lady or a lady who deals with the corporate world, heels are a must wear to greatly enhance your personal standing and gait.
“I heard they could cause back pain, but I have never experienced any,’’ Izunobi said. A civil servant, Mrs Titi Tela, is of the opinion that high heels could be uncomfortable but inevitable when it comes to a woman’s wardrobe. “Many women wear them to look and feel sexy, professional, or to boost confidence, but most ladies carry flat slip-ons or shoes in their bags to alternate because these heels can be very discomforting and you do not have a choice but to slip out of them,’’ she said.
Mr Joe Onalo, an engineer, thinks that ladies who wear high heels look attractive. “I admire ladies on high heels because they have a way of catching one ’s fancy, attention and admiration.’’

QueenSylvia Akuchie: transforming her passion for fashion to wealth

Film and Television Costume Designer, QueenSylvia Akuchie is a budding celebrity stylist, Costume Designer and Style Director.  Sylvia, who discovered her flair for the creative arts at a tender age, has over the years transformed her passion for fashion into a stylishly rewarding career.
                          QueenSylvia Akuchie
Nestled under her own fashion concierge and image consulting agency, EyekonStyles International Inc., Sylvia caters to an array of clients within the film, television and music industry.
With over 10 years of experience, her resume includes some of the world’s most recognizable talents including; Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry, hiphop star Lil Wayne, Grammy-award winning Marsha Ambrosius, and R&B chart-topper Mario, just to name a few.
The Atlanta based stylist, takes prides in treating her clients as blank canvases in order to create what she considers fashionable masterpieces. Her work has been notably featured in Essence, Ebony, and Men’s Health magazines; and on many prestigious red carpets including the BET Awards, Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, NAACP Image Awards, Tony Awards, Stellar Awards, Soul Train Music Awards among many others. Sylvia tells us more..
At what point in life did you discover your creative flair?
I think in high school, when it was about homecoming and prom season, I would go to the store to find a dress to wear, and I could never find anything I liked, so I would always design it myself. So when I was in grade school. I would just buy fabric and draw something and have a tailor sew it, so that was when I actually discovered that was like I have this talent. I didn’t know where I got the talent from, because my mother was a nurse and my dad was an IT person. But when I did my research, I found out that one of my grandfathers was one of the tailors for the Biafra soldiers, he designed some of the uniforms. My mother loved fashion. She would dress us up as kids, like her little baby dolls, we would have every Easter dress, Christmas dress, from the hat to the shoes to the gloves.
When did you realise you could make a living from being a costume designer?
I realized it when I learned I could get paid for it. It didn’t have to be a hobby anymore; it could actually be a  career. I remember while watching television with a roommate in collage, and the credits were rolling, and I saw costume designer, at that point, I realized it’s actually a job. People get paid to do this, so that was how it kind of happened.
Did you get your parents support?
My mom thought I was wasting time and her money. For Nigerians in that time, creative talent wasn’t accepted. She wasn’t as receptive to it, until I actually graduated from college and ended up with a really good project and she began to see my name on different projects on Tv. People started asking her if it was her daughter’s name they saw on TV the other day, and she would go “Yes, actually it was my daughter. Initially it was like “is that how you are going to live the rest of your life?” What else are you going to do?” But all that has changed now.
Form styling commercials, you moved on to music videos, album covers, then film and television, what was the evolution like for you?
I started doing music;  I kind of knew a lot of musicians before I knew actors and actresses. I have worked with a lot of musicians. My first gig was a TV commercial for a clothing store called City Trends. After that I discovered I could do a lot in other areas, and here we are today.
How did you get some of Hollywood biggest names on your clientele list?
Getting to work with the big names is definitely God’s doing. There was a team of us who actually worked on the movie Stomp the Yard. That head of department, because I was working under a costume designer, got the project at Tyler Perry studios and asked me to join him on it. From there I kind of grew with Tyler Perry studios, and grew with other productions as well. As people begin to see your work, not just in Atlanta, people start to recognize you.
He also worked  with a lot of other people as well, and would often ask me to style other big celebrities. He has kind of been that push for me, so that was how I got the big names. From there I gained a mentor, Susan Batson. She is an acting coach for a lot of big names, like Angelina Jolie, Russel Crowe and she was one of his acting coaches for a film that we did. She is the most amazing woman I have ever met. She is very spiritual, I really enjoy her. We just connected on every level of life.

Someone creates a map showing the common sex partners the Kardashians grils have with Blac Chyna & Amber Rose

In a graph called 'six degrees of f**keration', someone showed the (alleged) mutual sex partners that the Kardashian/Jenner girls have with Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. You will kinda understand why they don't like each other...lol. See the map after the cut...

Photos of dismembered bodies of suicide bombers who tried to attack Mafa community

A suicide bomber was blown into pieces while another one was shot dead after they tried to attack Mafa community in Borno state yesterday February 1st. See the very graphic photos after the cut...

This is what a lady uploaded on her facebook dp after breaking up with different Men...


Ladies, Please be happy with the body God gave you!


#1 Terrible harm plastic surgery.

A model whose bottom came second in Brazil's Miss BumBum beauty contest has revealed the terrible harm plastic surgery wreaked on her body.Andressa Urach, 27, spent a month in intensive care and feared she would lose her leg after fillers 'rotted' her muscles and had to be removed, triggering a life-threatening infection.


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Video: Nigerian Airforce destroy Boko Haram logistic base near Sambisa

The Logistic base of Boko Haram members has been destroyed by a Nigerian Air Force’s Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Airforce in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ayodele Famuyiwa and released today, said that UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission when it came across sect members gathering at Garin Moloma, somewhere very close to the Sambisa Forest.

“At the time of the UAV attack, the location, though under surveillance for quite a while, had a large gathering of Boko Haram Terrorists and vehicles. The multiple explosions and huge fire ball from the location, as can be seen from the enclosed video of the UAV strike, strongly suggests that it may be either an ammunition/fuel storage or weapons/technical workshop. This strike is thus a major setback for the Boko Haram Sect, and a major plus for the fight against insurgency by own troops,” the statement read
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Troops kill Boko Haram members, rescue hostages and recover arms


Press statement from the Nigerian Army
"In its determination to wipe out insurgents in the North East. Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole recorded huge success. Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade on routine operation to clear Ajigin had contact with Boko Haram terrorists (BHT), in process several insurgents were killed, while 50 motorcycles and 3 vehicles were captured and destroyed. At the end of the clearance operations a number of locals who were held hostage by the BHT were rescued".
"Similarly, our troops along Damboa - Chibok road arrested some unknown vigilantes, one of whom claimed to be the Village Head of Kopchi in company of 42 others claimed to be operating around Madagali general area, six among the 42 were apprehended for carrying AK 47 rifles and 15 Magazines. When accosted the suspects claimed that they are in Damboa to identify a suspected BHT arrested in Kaya village. They are presently undergoing interrogation."
"On the 24th January 2016 at Chukun Gudu, troops on a clearance operation had encounter with BHT. During the encounter insurgents were dislodged in the process, one killed while several others sustained gunshot wounds. In addition, 2 double barrel gun, 4 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 1 solar panel, mechanic tools were recovered.Similarly, troops of 103 Battalion on clearance operation along Kawuri in Maimiari village intercepted 17 BHT suspects. The troops also rescued some elderly women and children from the village and took them to IDPs camp in Konduga",
"In another development, troops of 151 Task Force Battalion on a fighting patrol along Banki Junction to Ngurosoye and Bulamanjari villages, recovered Telecom mast hoisted with Boko Haram flag. The troops are currently maintaining blocking position against fleeing terrorists in the general areaEqually, troops of 112 Battalion and AHQ Special Group conducted fighting patrols along Gardawaji, Adashe, Mijigine, Manawci, Sigafariya Bula Goma, Mafa, Dikwa and Kala Balge. During the operation troops had contact with BHT along Boboshe and Mowa Kasuwa, in the process 56 BHT were killed, items recovered include 8 AK-47 rifles, 3 Rocket Propelled Group, 7 mortar tubes, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 1 Multi-Purpose GP, 1-60mm mortar, 1 grenade, 3 mortar bombs, 18 motor cycles and vehicles were recovered. The troops also rescued 520 hostages and took them to IDPs Camp in Dikwa.
"Troops also intercepted 2 suicide bombers trying to infiltrate Maiduguri through Muna Dalti, about100 metres ahead of our troops and CJTF checkpoint. The suicide bombers were halted but refused to stop and blew themselves up. No causality was recorded on our troops and civilian JTF. The area has been cordoned while aggressive search is going on in the general area".
The Theatre Command wish to reassure the public to its determination to safeguard the lives and properties. Now the heat is on the insurgents, there is desperate likelyhood to penetrate innocent and attack soft targets in towns villages and cities. The public is once again reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement persons and objects to the nearest security agency".
M A Anka
Media Coordinator
FEB 16

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Brooklyn Beckham: Face social media backlash for his job as a Burberry photographer

The 16-year-old may be on top of the world after landing what some seasoned photographers view as a dream job but he's not exactly feeling the love on social media. Some internet users think his name not his photography skills got him the job after he was hired to shoot Burberry's latest social media campaign. The Beckhams have long enjoyed a connection with Burberry with Brooklyn's younger brother Romeo starring in their 2015 festive ad campaign. See some comments after the cut..

Sokoto state gov, Aminu Tambuwal awards scholarship to indigent boy who designs car


Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal today awarded a scholarship to Bashir Aliyu, a young, brilliant car designer, to study automotive design in the United States. A statement issued by Tambuwal's spokesman, Imam Imam, says that the Governor has directed the Ministry for Higher Education and the state Scholarship Board to work out the process that will lead to his admission to any college to further his studies in America.

 Speaking when he received the young designer in his office, Tambuwal said his administration "will continue to support exceptional students to further their education in order achieve" their objectives. Having produced world-class car designer in the person of Jelani Aliyu, Sokoto is blessed with brilliant indigenes whose talents would be tapped and nurtured for the progress and development of the state. Our choice of United State is obvious. Jelani Aliyu is based there and we expect him to be a mentor to you to achieve your objectives in life,".

Models at the New York Fashion week take to the runway in makeup made to look like injuries

Moment Of Silence, founded by American designer, Elaix Vincent, has put on what some see as an unsettling show at the ongoing New York Fashion week. The retailer which is described as an 'international retail brand that designs and develops modern day yet timeless fashion and accessories for men', dressed in models in costume to resemble injuries including gunshot wounds, it called the collection, Silence In The City One thing is sure, it is highly unlikely this style will find its way into mainstream fashion anytime soon, if ever. More photos after the cut...



Teebillz gushes over his wife(Tiwa Savage)


Check out all that curves...and she used to be a man...LOLZ


Obiano appoints elected LG bosses as transition chairmen

ONITSHA—Anambra state House of Assembly has approved the appointment of 19 out of 21 elected council chairmen and 326 councillors as transition committee members to pilot the affairs of the council areas for three months.
This is coming on the heels of condemnations by political parties and stakeholders in the state.
Two chairmen who were tentatively dropped without reason included Chief Emeka Ojukwu jnr, for Nnewi North and Awugosi Chigozie for Ihiala Local Government areas.
The tenure of the elected chairmen expired on January 11, 2016 and the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano  was expected to conduct local government polls to usher in new council chairmen.
A source close to the governor’s office told Vanguard that the Obiano government had to go back to the old order of using transition caretaker committees like his predecessors in order to use council federation allocation for development projects in the state.