Friday, 12 February 2016

Photos: Pastor prays credit into his church members phone in Ogun state

Such hilarity! This happened at a church in Ogun state recently. Never seen anything like it before.lol The pastor pictured above said he wanted to show his members how powerful God is. He then asked them to bring out their phones and prayed that God should miraculously credit their phones.

After the prayer, one of the female members testified that she had only N9 balance on her phone before the prayers but after the prayer, she saw N750 credit on her phone. Another one said she had N50 but after the prayers, she checked her balance and it was N100....Eyin oluwa logo! Lol. Wish I could share the hilarious video here. Found it on Facebook...


Mentally challenged man seen dressed in grass (photos)


A mentally challenged man was spotted covered in grass at Ekoro road in Agbelekale, Abule Egba, Lagos

Nigerian Breweries profit drops by 10.5%


Nigerian Breweries Plc posted a profit after tax of N38.06bn last year, as against N42.52bn in 2014.
The company, in its audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015 filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange, said its pre-tax profit fell by 11.3 per cent to N54.51bn at the end of 2015.
Its revenue, however, rose to N293.91bn from N266bn at the end of the 2014 financial year.
The company said it would pay a total dividend of N4.80 per ordinary share of 50k each for the 2015 financial year.
If approved by shareholders at the upcoming Annual General Meeting, the amount would be the highest dividend ever paid by the company in its 70-year history, the brewer said, in a statement on Thursday.
The company had earlier paid an interim dividend of N9.5bn that is, N1.20 per share. Thus, the final dividend will be N28. 5bn, that is N3.60 per share.
According to the statement, the proposed final dividend will be subject to deduction of withholding tax at the appropriate rate and will be payable on May 12, 2016, to all shareholders whose names appear on the company’s register of members at the close of business on March 2, 2016.
The company said the results were impacted by reduced consumer purchasing power and increased cost of doing business mainly due to inflation and devaluation.
It said this year would see a continuation of the tough operating environment of 2015, adding that barring any unforeseen circumstance, the board of directors remained confident that with the company’s strong portfolio and its cost leadership agenda, it should be able to take advantage of any upswing in the market.
Analyst at the FBNQuest, in their comments on the Nigerian Breweries’ financial results for the fourth quarter, said the decline in the PBT in the Q4 marked the sixth consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline for the company.
“Further down the profit and loss account, PAT declined by a slimmer margin of six per cent y-o-y mainly because the tax expense fell by 18 per cent y-o-y, driven by a lower effective tax rate of 29.9 per cent versus 32.8 per cent in Q4 2014.
“However, given that the numbers for the Q3 2014 are pre-merger numbers and do not include those of Consolidated Breweries, these comparisons are not exactly like-for-like. Adjusting for the impact of the CB, sales and PAT declined by four per cent y-o-y and 15 per cent y-o-y, respectively.”

Germany shows interest in Nigeria’s liquefied natural gas

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The country’s quest to expand its Liquefied Natural Gas market into Europe received a major boost on Thursday as a visiting German trade delegation indicated desire to get gas from Nigeria.
Leading a large contingent of German business concerns on a visit to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Vice Minister for Economic Affairs/Energy and member of the German Parliament, Mr. Uwe Beckmeyer, said the country was seeking development of business relationship with Nigeria to accelerate the supply of LNG, especially to his country’s shipbuilding industry.
Beckmeyer, according to a statement from the NNPC, said Nigeria’s LNG would come in handy as the country and other European industrial powers were seeking to cut down drastically on carbon dioxide emissions arising from heavy industrial operations since LNG was far friendlier to the environment.
“We have a lot of interest in LNG and I think this is one special thing we should develop in the next few years. I think there is increasing demand in Europe, especially as we seek to reduce emissions. It is useful for both sides to develop this special relationship,” he said.
Welcoming the delegation, Kachikwu said the oil and gas industry was ready to embrace the interest for improved business relationship expressed by the Germans, noting that the Federal Government was working assiduously with other relevant stakeholders to ensure the activation of the LNG Trains 7 to help accommodate potential off-takers from new markets.
The NNPC, in the statement also stated that governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum had expressed satisfaction with the performance of Kachikwu.
The Chairman of the NGF and Zamfara State Governor, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari, who led a team of governors to the NNPC on Thursday, expressed confidence in the ability of Kachikwu, who is also the group managing director of the corporation, to lead the oil and gas industry to the desired levels.
Yari, according to the statement, said the visit of the governors to the NNPC headquarters was indicative of the level of confidence the NGF had in the minister.

#ThrowBack video: Ufuoma Ejenobor in face-off with police

Here is a #throwBack video of Nollywood actress, Ufuoma Ejenobor when she had a stand-off with the Police over traffic issues.
At first I thought it was staged and part of a movie-in-progress. It wasn’t…

‘My company was used to siphon N72.2m from NIMASA’


A businessman, Mr. Emeka Emenalor, claimed on Friday that his company, O2 Services Plus Nigeria Limited, was used to siphon N72.2m from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency between March and June 2014.
Emenalor claimed that the money was transferred in tranches in and out of his company’s bank account under the guise that it was for a purported, non-existent contract.
The businessman said this at the resumed trial of the immediate-past Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, who is being prosecuted along with five others, for allegedly looting the agency to the tune of N2.6bn between December 23, 2013 and May 28, 2015.
Akpobolokemi’s alleged accomplices are Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Blockz and Stonz Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistics Limited.
The accused were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice Ibrahim Buba on December 4, 2015.
The 22 counts preferred against them bordered on theft, advanced fee fraud and money laundering.
The offences were said to be contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty following which the EFCC opened its case against them on January 18, 2016.
Emenalor was the fifth witness that the anti-graft agency called in a bid to substantiate the allegations.
Led in evidence on Friday by the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, Emenalor, narrated to the court how he was approached sometime in 2014 by his younger brother, Uche, who begged to use his company, O2 Services Plus Nigeria Limited, to secure a contract from NIMASA.
The witness said his brother confided in him that the third accused person, Nwakuche, his former classmate, was helping him to facilitate and secure the contract.
He added that his brother, Uche, explained that he needed him (Emenalor) to transfer whatever money paid into his company’s bank account by NIMASA into some designated accounts he would be given later.
Emenalor told the court that as soon as he began to receive payment alerts from the bank, he informed his brother, who in turn informed the third accused.
He said he received the first payment alert on March 15, 2015 for the sum of N21m from NIMASA.
According to him, this was followed by another payment alert on May 4, 2015 for the sum of N16m.
On June 18, 2015, the witness claimed to have received two payment alerts for the sums of N14.2m and N21m.
He said that he was thereafter instructed to transfer the monies to the bank accounts of Blocks and Stonez Limited and the 4th defendant, Juan.
He stressed that his company did not execute any contract for NIMASA to have necessitated payment of the various funds, adding that he was unaware of the nature of the contract for which his brother utilised his company’s account to obtain money from the agency.
He also claimed not to have benefited from the deal, adding that the N300,000 retained in his company’s bank account was for bank  charges.
“I did not benefit anything from these monies paid, I only requested that the sum of N300,000 be left in the account to offset bank transfer charges,” he said.
Meanwhile under cross examination by Nwakuche’s lawyer, Mr. Lanre Olayinka, Emenalor affirmed that he did not enjoy any benefit from the sums paid into his account.
Olayinka then tendered a statement of account before the witness, and drew his attention to a cheque issued in his name for the sum of N100,000.
And facing the witness, the lawyer asked, “Mr Emenalor, you claimed you did not benefit from the monies paid into your account, but from the document before you, on March 6, 2015 you issued a cheque in your name for the sum of N100,000.
“If the money left in your account is for bank charges as you claim, how come you issued a cheque for the amount in your name? What was the purpose of the money?”
“I took transport na,” the witness replied, eliciting laughter from the audience in the courtroom.
Justice Buba adjourned till February 16, 2016 for continuation of trial.

Lassa fever: Nigeria gets $290,000 equipment from AfDB


The Federal Government has received a donation of health equipment worth $290,000 from African Development Bank as a support to address the outbreak of Lassa fever and other current health challenges in the country.
The equipment, which includes two ambulances, 30 Bajaj motorcycles, 34 safety boxes and other items, were procured by the World Health Organisation with funding from AfDB.
A statement by the Director (Media and Public Relations) in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Friday said the Country Director of WHO, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz, presented the equipment to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole in Abuja.
According to him, the equipment was initially to curtail the spread of Ebola epidemic, however since Nigeria has succeeded in curtailing Ebola, it can be used to address other epidemic.
“We are here to deliver to the Ministry of Health the equipment that was purchased with fund from the AfDB as part of the Ebola response, however, since Ebola has been contained, we can use these commodities and supply to help in response to any other epidemic,” Vaz stated.
Also speaking, the Country Director of AfDB, Ousmane Dore, commended the Federal Government for the way and manner it handled the Ebola virus epidemic.
“We would like, on behalf of the President, AfDB to express to you our sincere commendation for the way in which Nigerian Government was able to arrest the spread of the Ebola disease for which the Bank had earmarked some resources to help you in the fight,” he said.
Dore said the quick response by Nigeria government led international communities to be assured that the political will and determination of the government in the fight against Ebola was serious.
Receiving the equipment, Adewole said that the equipment would help Nigeria to Prepare against any eventuality that may occur.
He said, “We thank you very sincerely and we need more, this is just the beginning the whole World must be prepared for eventualities as global warming is bringing quite a number of challenges in the health sector, yesterday was Lassa, day before yesterday was Ebola today and tomorrow is Zika virus and we don’t know what would happen tomorrow and thereafter.
“The most important things is that we must be prepare at all time, these would help us to stay prepared and we still look forward to support our laboratories facilities and build the human system that would make the country ready for any epidemic.”

Why we affirmed Wike, Amosun’s elections – Supreme Court


The Supreme Court on Friday gave its reasons for affirming the election of Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Rivers State and that of Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress as the governor of Ogun State.
A seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mmahmud Mohammed, had fixed Friday to give the full reasons for its decisions which delivered in an abridged judgment, affirming the two governors’ elections on January 27.
The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal ‎had affirmed the judgment of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had ordered a rerun of the Rivers State governorship election.
Wike had appealed against the decision of the Court of Appeal, and all the members of the apex court panel in thier unanimous judgment delivered on January 27 had overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal, and affirmed his election.
The apex court held that both the All Progressives Congress and its candidates in the April 11 poll, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, failed to prove their case of malpractices and non-compliance as required.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, in her lead judgment held that while the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission “enjoy a presumption of irregularity” the petitioners could only have proved their allegation of non-compliance with the conduct of the election by calling eyewitnesses from about 5,000 voting units in the state.
The court reiterated its position that card reader was not a sufficient replacement for manual accreditation.
It further held that the non-compliance with INEC’s manual and guidelines by its officials in the conduct of election was not a sufficient ground to void the election.
The apex court was also of the view that Peterside and the APC failed to discharge the burden of prove placed on them having alleged misconduct including violence, disenfranchisement and non-compliance.
The court held that the tribunal denied Wike and his party, the right to fair hearing by allowing a wrong panel to deliver ruling on an application they filed, challenging the competence of the petition.
Justice Kekere-Ekun also  held that it was wrong for Justice Suleiman Ambrosa, the later chairman of the tribunal, to have gone ahead to deliver ruling on some interlocutory applications earlier heard and reserved for ruling by the former tribunal chairman, Muazu Pindig.
Justice Kumai Aka’ahs, giving the reasons for the apex court’s decision in the lead judgment with respect to Ogun State governorship election, held that the appeal against Amosun’s election filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the April 11, 2015, Adegboyega Isiaka, lacked merit.
Isiaka and the PDP had challenged the conduct of the election in nine local government areas of Ogun State, namely, Ifo, Abeokuta-North, Abeokuta South, Odeda, Ewekoro, Obafemi-Owode, Ado/Odo/Ota, Sagamu and Remo- North.
The appellants had urged the tribunal to nullify the election on the grounds that “it was marred by malpractices such as rigging, snatching of ballot boxes, thuggery, violence, declaration of false results, falsification of results, importation of thugs from a foreign location, stuffing of ballot boxes with ballot papers, misuse of card readers and Permanent Voters Cards”.
The tribunal had dismissed the appeal on the basis that no credible evidence was adduced to prove the allegations.
The petitioners subsequently appealed to the Court of Appeal, which also upheld the verdict of the tribunal.
They further appealed to the Supreme Court which in its abridged judgment delivered on January 27, 2016, dismissed the appeal.
Giving full reasons for his position on Friday, Justice Aka’ahs held that the appeal was bound to fail on the account of inconsistencies in the report of inspection of electoral materials tendered by the star witness of the appellants (Isiaka and the PDP) and the inadmissibility of the said document.
He also held that to prove the improper conduct of the election in nine local government areas which had 1,672 polling units, the appellants only called nine witnesses out whom only two were eyewitnesses to what transpired in only about 12 polling units.
Justice Aka’ahs also held that the evidence and the report of inspection of the electoral materials used for the conduct of the poll (Exhibit P4275) led by the appellants star witness (PW9), since the (the witness) was a member of the PDP who was bound to benefit in the outcome of the case.

Now, Kanye West wants to be the Creative Director of Hermes...lol

Lol. He's also added a couple of tracks to the album. See that after the cut...


Graphic photos from the terrible robbery incident in Ikirun, Osun state




Obi Emelonye sends loving message to wife as they celebrate 11th wedding anniversary

Prolific Nollywood movie producer, Obi Emelonye and his wife are celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary today February 12th. Obi shared these photos on his Facebook wall and wrote loving words to his wife...
 
"12th of Feb...a day marked in the stars. 
Exactly 15 years ago (to the day), I saw you on a balcony and called you my wife before we could even say hello.
Exactly 13 years ago (to the day), my people visited your people in Mmaku, broke kola nut, shared palm wine and sealed our cultural communion.
Exactly 11 years ago (to the day) in front of family and friends in London,I said 'I do'.
I have been 'doing' since then and after over a decade and three impossibly perfect children, I will eagerly and excitedly continue to 'do' until I draw my last breath.
Thank you Amaka for seeing the good in me, and providing me the foundation from which to take on the world. Thank you for sticking by me through thick and thin and devoting your life to me. Thank you for the happiness, the laughter and for making me a complete man.
Alongside my birthday, my children's birthdays and eventually my 'death day', you have made the 12th of February a day never to be forgotten...in this life and the life to come.
Happy multiple anniversaries baby. I am not sure I deserve you...but because I have you, life is worth living.

Sultan blames politicians for sectarian violence in Nigeria


The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubabar, has said some politicians were exploiting religious and ethnic differences to cause sectarian violence for supposed political advantage in the country.
The Sultan said that while sectarian crises could have religious undertone, religious differences could not be said to be the main reason for such violence.
The prominent traditional ruler made the comment while delivering a lecture titled ‘Traditional and Religious Institutions in Nigeria: Implication for National Security’ in Abuja on Friday.
He blamed such sectarian crisis on the nation’s political, ethnic, religious and ethnic diversities.
He said: “Unwholesome and divisive politics has tended to propagate hatred and ill-feeling and the demonization of entire religious and ethnic groups.
The Sultan said that several sectarian crises which started as minor political difference later snowballed into major religious crisis in the country.
He also observed that many Muslim parents still preferred to send their children to the traditional Islamic system in spite of the importance of Western education in the society.
According to him, over nine million youth attend the traditional Islamic schools in the northern part of the country which according to him, deepened the division between the Western education and the traditional Islamic system.
He said that there are more pupils in the traditional institutions than those receiving western education in some of the states of the North.
He also observed that that some citizens had exploited the prevailing aversion for Western education to command a large number of followers who were being used to wreak havoc on the society.

Sultan blames politicians for sectarian violence in Nigeria


The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubabar, has said some politicians were exploiting religious and ethnic differences to cause sectarian violence for supposed political advantage in the country.
The Sultan said that while sectarian crises could have religious undertone, religious differences could not be said to be the main reason for such violence.
The prominent traditional ruler made the comment while delivering a lecture titled ‘Traditional and Religious Institutions in Nigeria: Implication for National Security’ in Abuja on Friday.
He blamed such sectarian crisis on the nation’s political, ethnic, religious and ethnic diversities.
He said: “Unwholesome and divisive politics has tended to propagate hatred and ill-feeling and the demonization of entire religious and ethnic groups.
The Sultan said that several sectarian crises which started as minor political difference later snowballed into major religious crisis in the country.
He also observed that many Muslim parents still preferred to send their children to the traditional Islamic system in spite of the importance of Western education in the society.
According to him, over nine million youth attend the traditional Islamic schools in the northern part of the country which according to him, deepened the division between the Western education and the traditional Islamic system.
He said that there are more pupils in the traditional institutions than those receiving western education in some of the states of the North.
He also observed that that some citizens had exploited the prevailing aversion for Western education to command a large number of followers who were being used to wreak havoc on the society.

Sultan blames politicians for sectarian violence in Nigeria


The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubabar, has said some politicians were exploiting religious and ethnic differences to cause sectarian violence for supposed political advantage in the country.
The Sultan said that while sectarian crises could have religious undertone, religious differences could not be said to be the main reason for such violence.
The prominent traditional ruler made the comment while delivering a lecture titled ‘Traditional and Religious Institutions in Nigeria: Implication for National Security’ in Abuja on Friday.
He blamed such sectarian crisis on the nation’s political, ethnic, religious and ethnic diversities.
He said: “Unwholesome and divisive politics has tended to propagate hatred and ill-feeling and the demonization of entire religious and ethnic groups.
The Sultan said that several sectarian crises which started as minor political difference later snowballed into major religious crisis in the country.
He also observed that many Muslim parents still preferred to send their children to the traditional Islamic system in spite of the importance of Western education in the society.
According to him, over nine million youth attend the traditional Islamic schools in the northern part of the country which according to him, deepened the division between the Western education and the traditional Islamic system.
He said that there are more pupils in the traditional institutions than those receiving western education in some of the states of the North.
He also observed that that some citizens had exploited the prevailing aversion for Western education to command a large number of followers who were being used to wreak havoc on the society.

Three robbers, one cop killed during bank robbery


Armed robbers invaded some banks in Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State in the evening today, making away undisclosed sums of money.
Our correspondent gathered that the robbers gained entry into the banks by blowing up the entrance.
Some residents said three banks were raided while some said the robbers attacked two banks during the operation.
The robbers were said to have detonated some of the explosives close to the banks to scare away residents in order to allow them to operate freely.
The banks in Ikirun are: First Bank Plc; Skye Bank Plc; Union Bank and a community bank.
Sources in the town claimed the three commercial banks there were raided, but the claim could not be confirmed as of the time of filing this report.
One of the residents who identified himself as Bola said, “The three banks were attacked and there are many casualties on the site of the robbery, the police and the residents.”
The robbers didn’t make a clean getaway, however, as the police responded promptly to the distress call from the town and prevented the robbers from escaping with their loots.
It was gathered that the police team deployed in the town barricaded all the roads to the town and engaged the robbers in a gun duel which lasted for over 30 minutes.
Three members of the gang were shot dead by the police team while one was injured and another one was arrested, witnesses said.
One of the policemen was said to have been killed by the robbers before they abandoned the vehicles they brought for the operation and fled.
A police source, who confirmed the development, told our correspondent that two robbers were killed while one was wounded and another one was arrested. He also said a policeman was shot dead during the shootout.
The police source added that two pistols were recovered from the hoodlums as well as the money stolen by the armed robbers.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Kola Sodipo, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent through the phone, said some of the robbers were killed.
He said, “I cannot give you any figure now but there are casualties. We are still in Ikirun now, we are combing the bushes; we don’t want any of them to escape.
“We have demobilised their vehicle and we are combing everywhere to arrest those injured and the fleeing members of the gang.”
The CP urged members of the public to inform the police of presence of any strange face sighted in their area.

Man ‘pregnant’, hospitalised after sex with men


A 52-year-old had to be hospitalised after he kept insisting he was pregnant with a child in Kozhikode, India.
The unemployed father of two children, who has a postgraduate degree, cited abnormal sensations in his abdomen and believed that he was carrying a child.
He refused to believe that men do not get pregnant and claimed that he could feel the baby moving inside, insisting on bed rest and skipped labour-intensive work.
According to Indian Times, his worried brother took him to a hospital after he developed nausea and curbed his food intake. The man admitted that he “conceived” after he’s had sex with men.
Dr P N Suresh Kumar, who headed a team of doctors at KMCT, after several tests concluded that the patient was nursing a delusion which in itself is an unusual case. His brother told mystified doctors that the strange delusion started around six months ago.
Kumar said delusion is a fixed abnormal belief about something.
“We never came across this sort of case before. He was an active homosexual in his adolescent years which may have contributed to his beliefs.
“But, his homosexuality did not affect his marriage.Usually , we see couvade syndrome in some dads-to-be who show certain symptoms of pregnancy (like nausea, weight gain or sleep problems) when their partners get pregnant,” he said.
Interestingly, the doctors couldn’t detect any gender identity disorders, gender dysphoria, hallucinations, depression or anxiety during treatment and the various test results showed that he was normal, the report said.
This delusion had however been cured due to the medical intervention. After a series of counselling sessions, he stopped indulging in homosexual activities. Now, the patient is recovering and we are measuring his progress during periodic check-ups, Kumar said.

FIFA bans ex-secretary general for 12 years for misconduct


The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans Joachim Eckert has banned Mr Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA, for 12 years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a national and international level. The ban comes into force immediately.
FIFA said on its website that the investigation against Mr Valcke was conducted by Dr Cornel Borbély, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, following allegations of potential misconduct related to the sale of tickets for FIFA World Cups. During the course of the investigations, several other acts of potential misconduct arose, in particular abuse of the FIFA travel expenses policies and regulations, cases involving related-parties issues and the sale of TV and other media rights, and the destruction of evidence.
The investigation resulted in a final report that was submitted to the adjudicatory chamber on 5 January 2016. Adjudicatory proceedings were formally opened on 7 January 2016.
Amongst other things, the adjudicatory chamber found that a sports marketing firm had gained an undue advantage from the selling of FIFA World Cup™ tickets. In this respect, not only did Mr Valcke do nothing to stop these activities, he even encouraged the persons responsible to do so. Furthermore, Mr Valcke repeatedly encouraged them to breach an agreement concluded between FIFA and the sports marketing firm.
Moreover, by travelling at FIFA’s expense purely for sightseeing reasons as well as repeatedly choosing private flights for his trips over commercial flights without any business rationale for doing so, Mr Valcke, gained an advantage for himself and relatives. In doing so, Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties as the Secretary General of FIFA.
Concerning the issue of TV and media rights for the Caribbean, it was found that Mr Valcke attempted to grant the TV and media rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™ to a third party for a fee far below their actual market value and had taken concrete preparatory action in this regard.
Furthermore, it was found that Mr Valcke deliberately tried to obstruct the ongoing proceedings against him by attempting to delete or deleting several files and folders relevant to the investigation, despite being aware of his duty to preserve all data and to collaborate in order to establish the facts of the case.
In summary, the conduct of Mr Valcke as Secretary General of FIFA constituted a violation of article 13 (General rules of conduct), article 15 (Loyalty), article 16 (Confidentiality), article 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), article 19 (Conflicts of interest), article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and article 41 (Obligation of the parties to collaborate) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).
In consequence, Mr Valcke has been banned for 12 years from all football related activities and fined CHF 100,000.

Photos: Olubadan burial

Photos: John Atoyebi / NAJEEM RAHEEEM, Ibadan
Olubadan1First son of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana‎, Prof. Femi ‘Lana, sitting in front of the cart carrying the coffin that contains the remains of the monarch en-route Igbo Elerin family home of the Odulans where the king will be interred.
Olubadan3From left: Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Felix Alaba Job; and the Rector, St Paul Institute,  Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Rev. Fr. Richard Omolade at the funeral service.  Olubadan2The remains of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, being taken out of the St. Peter’s Cathedral, Aremo.
Olubadan3From left: Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Felix Alaba Job; and the Rector, St Paul Institute,  Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Rev. Fr. Richard Omolade at the funeral service.
Olubadan7 Olubadan5 Olubadan6

Air Force establishes civil, military directorate



The Nigerian Air Force has established a Directorate of Civil-Military Relations as part of the efforts to strengthen effective relationship with the public.
The Head of the new directorate, Air Commodore Afam Chukwu, said during his maiden press briefing in Abuja on Friday that the department had become necessary with the deployment of the personnel of the service in the ongoing military operation in the North East.
He said that the new department was part of the efforts of the current leadership of the NAF to promote enhanced professionalism and discipline in all the operations of the service.
He said that the NAF had emphasised the need for its commanders to ensure strict adherence to the observation of human rights and humanitarian laws in all operations.
Chukwu said that the NAF authorities had also set up a public information/complaints desk in the office of the Director, Civil Military Relations in Abuja.
He said, “To further smoothen any outstanding rough edges and enhance the mutual benefits in our relationship with the civil populace, the NAF has set up a public information/complaints desk in the office of the Director, Civil-Military Relations here at the headquarters , Nigerian Air Force, Abuja.
“I wish to use this medium to inform you that the desk is now open to members of the public who have information, views, complaints and suggestions that could help to improve NAF’s relations and contributions to  National Security.”
He called on the members of the public with comments and complaints to reach the department on 09095979774 and nafcimic@airforce.mil.ng.
He urged the the members of the media and the populace to give the requisite support to the service in all its operations to the benefit of the country.
He said that reported incident in which some personnel of the service were reported to have molested somebody in Lagos would have been reported immediately to the leadership of the service if the new directorate was in existence then.

DSS should apologise for invading Jonathan’s ally’s house – IYC


The Tuesday invasion of the residence of King Amalate Turner, an ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, has received knocks from the people of Ijaw nation.
The President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide,  Mr. Udengs Eradiri, demanded an apology from the Department of State Security Service for the invasion of Turner,  the paramount ruler of Opume Kingdom in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Eradiri, who spoke at a news conference in Ijaw House in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, said the DSS did not follow the laid down procedures before encroaching on the rights of their revered monarch.
The IYC boss said the action of the DSS was a slap on the Ijaw nation, stressing that the invasion was tantamount to desecration of the cherished culture and tradition of the Ijaw.
Eradiri stated, “Yesterday,  very sad and bitter  news came into Ijaw land that the DSS has invaded a property of a royal majesty, a king in Ijaw land,  King Amalate Turner.
The act is condemned.  It should not be accepted by the Nigerian public. We see it as an abuse of fundamental rights of individuals of this country.
“The right procedure was not followed. DSS should have invited him to their office if they smelt any rat. We are still aback. Initially, we even thought it was armed robbery operation because the manner of invasion was like the way armed robbers operate.
“Security agencies have modus operandi of engaging civil society.  We condemn that act and I am sure the right action should be taken. The security agencies have the right to invite anybody,  but the manner they approach issues, especially when it concerns the Niger Delta people is the one that is worrisome to us.
“How can you go to a King’s house, a respected king in Ijaw land and behave that way? For us, it is a desecration of our tradition and that is why we are expressing our dissatisfaction and displeasure with the actions of the DSS.
“For us, it is an insult to Ijaw nation and we demand an apology from the DSS. What we are meant to understand was that they took documents pertaining to his bank accounts and all of those.  Is it now offence for somebody to have documents?. For me, it is an invasion of his rights and for this reason, we are meeting as an Ijaw people to take the next step concerning what is happening to us.”
He alleged that the DSS operatives carted away a lot of items, insisting that what they did was just to set the ground to further harass and embarrass former President Goodluck Jonathan. He said if the DSS had decided to dance around the people that were close to  Jonathan so that they could deflate them and humiliate Jonathan,  they would not accept it.
He contended, “But the truth is that we condemn that act and demand that the DSS apologises to Ijaw nation because that is a desecration of a King’s privacy.  We will not do it to any of their kings.
“When Jonathan was in power, he did not at any point in time use the state apparatus to  intimidate the northerners,  even at the height of the Lamido Sanusi incident when  people rationalised that the former President was using his power to harass Sanusi.
“Jonathan did not do that because of his respect for constituted authorities and respect for traditional institution,  so, why are we not getting the same  respect in return?”
Eradiri urged the DSS to follow the right procedure, regretting that the manner the DSS used to invade the residence of Turner was not acceptable.
He said the Ijaw nation would in no distant time meet over the incidet to enable them to know the next step to take regarding the ambush on their king.
He added, “We, therefore,  demand that the DSS apologises to the Ijaw nation for invading a property of a king in Ijaw land. We will never do it to the kings in other places.
“We demand that our traditional institution should be respected. What we expect is that if they have any issue with anybody,  they should follow the due process.”

Saraki’s CCT trial begins March 10


Trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on 13 counts of false assets declaration is to resume March 10 before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Our correspondent confirmed that the CCT ‎issued hearing notices and served same on parties to the case on Friday.
This followed a letter written on behalf of the Federal Government by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), intimating the tribunal of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court validating the ‎trial.
It was learnt that Jacobs sent the letter with a copy of the Supreme Court’s judgment attached to it to the Danladi Umar-led CCT on Monday.
The Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT, Mr. Ibraheem Al-hassan, confirmed to our correspondent that the tribunal issued and served hearing notices on the parties on Friday.
“We have issued and served the hearing notice today,” Alhassan said.

(Photos) TF? Father let's his kids play with huge 19ft pet python

Eric LeBlanc, 43, loves reptiles so much he lives with hundreds of snakes and lizards. A fire at his reptile store killed some of his animals so he moved the rest into his home where they frolic with his kids. Despite the danger the animals could pose he has no problem allowing his three children Erica, three, Larry, four, and Katie, seven, to handle them.



“The worst bite my daughter got was from a bearded dragon,” said Eric.
“My son got bit in the forehead one time by a ball python when he was around two-years-old.
“He opened one of the tubs after me and basically startled it – the python jumped up and bit him on the nose.”

His store is undergoing repairs and while the reptiles live the family, he is trying to raise his children to have no fear of them.

He said: “They make great pets. They don’t have fleas and are low maintenance so you don’t have to take them to a vet regularly like a dog or a cat.


“I have Shelby a seven-year-old albino lavender reticulated python – these are some of the biggest snakes in the world.
“Obviously the bigger the snake the bigger the teeth, so it’s dangerous – but Shelby is very placid. She is over 19ft long and believe me I know what she is capable of.
“When you hold her you can feel her moving you – she is like one big muscle.
“When she is playing with the kids she really pulls them.
“They can really feel the strength of her – you’ve got to have total respect for these animals and that’s what I have.”



He doesn't seem to be putting his children in danger however as he insists they are safe and won't leave them without supervision. He said: “In this country everybody has an opinion.
“Some people think it’s safe for kids to shoot guns.
“I won’t let my kids shoot guns but I’m comfortable with them being around reptiles – I guess we’re all pretty individual in how we bring our children up.”
“My kids have been bitten by pythons and dragons but they’re always fine,” added Eric.
“Growing up I was bitten by snakes, dogs and lizards but my biggest accident was when I fell from a tree – anything can happen – kids will be kids.”



He says the children now know so much about snakes they can tell different kinds snakes apart and know to leave them alone or approach them.
Eric also owned a 7ft 2ins crocodile monitor lizard called Jellybean, which was allowed to play with his children – unfortunately he died in the fire.

Child star Benita Okojie lovely in new photos

She's lovely..



Heartbreaking: Kenyan photographer shares touching images of his pregnant wife's final moments on earth

This will leave you in tears. A renowned Kenyan photographer, Joe Makeni shared heartbreaking moments in images leading up to his pregnant wife's death on Instagram.
Makeni said he shared the images so as to encourage people out there. According to him, his wife was unable to walk on January 20th and was taken to the hospital at Kijabe where she was admitted before she was later transferred to Nairobi.
 
Medical tests revealed that Njeri had hypocalcaemia, a health condition resulting from low serum calcium levels in the blood. Below are the photos with captions: 
Photo 1-January 20 at 4:4pm: "On this day @Njeriitho was unable to walk and so we went to the hospital to get it checked out. Actually she couldnt control any of her limbs"
 
Photo 2-January 27 5:55pm: "After 3 days in Kijabe we came back to a hospital in Narobi. She was sick but she was always so full of joy. Many of us always went home more encouraged by her."
 
Photo 3: Njeri in hospital just a day after the evaluation. We were so broken having lost the baby just two days prior but as always she was hiding behind a smile. PS: I did the make-up with instruction from @saitonne and @ngamau. Thank you so much Wangeci and Saitone for going out of your way."
 

Photo 4: "Making gang signs all the way...hypocalcemia for what?"
 
Photo 5: "Doctors and nurses makes a spirited attempt to save Njeri's life. There was no shortage of talent. I dont think I ve ever seen so much doctors attend to one person. This is the part where you pray before the procedure started."

Photo 5: February 10: "I stared at this monitor for like 30 mins hoping to see the blood pressure shoot up. It was at 49/20 for the longest time. That's the end of that story. Now to pick up the pieces and soldier on. Good bye Njeri. You 'll always be in my heart."

Paul Makeni...