Sunday, 26 May 2019

Fulani Radio To Educate Herdsmen, Fishermen, Farmers, Hunters — NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission has said the proposed Fulani radio station will broadcast “purely educational,” programmes designed to cater for the interest of itinerant fishermen, herders, hunters and farmers.

It also called on all broadcasting stations to exercise restraint in the treatment of sensitive issues that could threaten the unity and stability of Nigeria.

The commission, in response to criticism of the planned radio station by Federal Government to reach Fulani herdsmen, urged broadcasting stations to be professional and take guidance from the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, at all times.

The NBC, in a statement on Saturday, reminded all broadcasters to be mindful of their social responsibility to promote the well-being and peaceful co-existence of the various groups in Nigeria in keeping with the objectives of broadcasting in Nigeria.

It stated, “The commission is reacting to the media controversy over the license granted to the National Commission for Nomadic Education for the establishment of a radio station to operate on the AM band.

“The National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for broadcast license in furtherance of its objectives to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically mediated ones.

“The letter of provisional approval dated September 28, 2018, was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education. The duration of the license is from October 8, 2018 to October 8, 2023.”

The NBC noted that the station’s programmes, which it describes as “purely educational,” were designed to cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants.

It added, “Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person or organisation to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group.

“The commission wishes to state that similar educational broadcast licences were issued to institutions of higher learning and other governmental institutions with comparable needs, such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Federal Road safety Commission, and related institutions.

"You Are A Fool And A Criminal" - Shiite Youths Insult Buhari

There was mild panic on Friday at the National mosque, Abuja where President Buhari observed his Juma’at prayers as part of activities lined up for his inauguration ceremony.

The Juma’at prayers started around 2pm and ended almost 10 minutes later. The crowd of worshippers were thrown into confusion when a group of worshippers, suspected to belong to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites stood up and started chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) while others were busy insulting President Buhari. The Murshid (administrator of the mosque) Shehu Ahmad Galadanci was making special prayers for the president. The chants became louder as security operatives struggled to control the crowd and return normalcy.

We gathered that, it could be a form of protest by the Shiite sect against the continuous detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky by the federal government.
Present at the mosque were Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, traditional rulers, ministers, lawmakers and security chiefs.

The President was later spirited out of the Mosque by armed soldiers.

According to the video the angry Shiite youths can be seen insulting President Buhari and Chief of Army staff.

Translation: "You have to challenge the oppressors, the number one criminal is the person of Muhammed Buhari. We are still here, if you like to come and kill us we are ready to die.
For your information, young man you have to come in here because i know you are a youth, you should know you have family even if you don't have child you have mother and have father.
You should know, don't allow any criminal, any secondary school drop out, Muhammadu Buhari can not present his secondary school certificate this is an insult to the whole Nigeria.
How can someone who can not pass WAEC and NECO give you whole right to kill the citizens he thinks we are fools? (Kill them) but for your information anybody, anybody be you chief of army staff, from the chief of staff down to the last copra of the Nigeria army. We know each and every of you that's is killing our brothers and sisters, we know you and you know yourselves. We know your family members we know where you live and we know your office
Bear it at the back of your mind, there must be a day that you will face the consequences of killing the innocent citizens in Nigeria.
And the fool, the fool, the criminal that's the person of Mohammad Buhari that order the killing of innocent citizen Mohammad Buhari, that come from Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Buhari that collected contract from America to kill the citizen all the name of Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram bear if in mind this thing you are doing because of president is limited time in the next four years you will not be at the sit of presidency, and remember you claimed to come from the North, from the place where you call Daura there's no way you can kill more thousands of innocent citizen and think you will be free from your operation."

Watch video below.

Pastor 'One Blow' Involved In Accident After 'Betraying' Bishop Obinim

 Ghanaian Pastor, Sofo One Blow, Obinim’s Ex-Junior Pastor Involved In An Accident (Video)

Ghanaian controversial Pastor Obinim's Junior Pastor (ONE BLOW) was involved in accident after betraying Obinim by accepting a car from Rev Obofour.

One Blow as he is fondly called had his car capsized as a result of an unfortunate road accident, Ghsplash reports.

The pastor was the talk of town a few weeks ago when he had issues with his former godfather, Bishop Daniel Obinim over a promised Range Rover.

The issues with Obinim was a consequence of deciding to accept a car gift, money and a plot of land from Rev. Obofour.

Tonto Dikeh Steps Out In Style For Church Service

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh put all the drama aside as she stepped out for church service today. The mum of one looked stunning in her traditional attire.

She wrote

Its Sunday let’s go give thanks to the lord for all he is!!We wakeup each day not knowing the battles he has fought for Us!!

Twitter User Applauds Police Officer Who Found And Returned His Phone In Abeokuta

 A Twitter user, Femi Onasanya, has taken to his handle to appreciate a police officer, Ogundele Adewale of the Atan-Ota Division police station in Ogun state who found his phone and returned it.

Femi wrote;

''I lost my android phone today in Abeokuta,Ogun State.This police officer,Ogundele Adewale of Atan-Ota Division,Ogun State found it,kept it,picked my Director's call on it and returned it.He deserves 10,000 retweets

Jonathan, Dickson In Cold War Over Bayelsa PDP Guber Ticket

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State are locked in a struggle to patch up their alleged strained relationship ahead of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the State.
Each of them wants his own candidate as the next occupant of the Government House,Yenagoa.
Jonathan, who was appointed chairman of the State Education Endowment Fund on Friday, is believed to have lined up six aspirants to choose from as PDP candidate while Dickson prefers someone from his administration to ensure continuity in government policy and programme.
Sources told The Nation that the ex-president is considering picking one of the following: a former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe; the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Mr. Reuben Okoya; Senator Emmanuel Paulker; the pioneer Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Dr. Franklin Osaisai, and the Group Chief Executive of KDI Group, Mr. Keniebi Okoko and a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Dr. Godknows Igali.
Alaibe is said to be Jonathan’s top favourite.
The cold war between the two leaders is believed to being aggravated by an alleged deal between Jonathan and the National Working Committee of PDP to allow the ex-President have his way.
However, Dickson is not having any of that and is insisting on due process and transparent primaries because he controls the party’s structure in the state.
A source familiar with the development said:”The next November 16 governorship poll is causing disquiet in Bayelsa PDP with the emergence of a cold war between ex-President Jonathan and Governor Dickson. Although Dickson has been a dependable ally of Jonathan for over 20 years, they are treading different paths on the choice of the party’s governorship candidate.
“As the highest ranking PDP leader in the state, Jonathan wants to be allowed to anoint the party’s candidate. Already, six aspirants have been shortlisted from among whom Jonathan wants to pick one. The aspirants are Chief Timi Alaibe, Mr. Reuben Okoya, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Dr. Franklin Osaisai, Mr. Keniebi Okoko and Dr. Godknows Igali
“The ex-President believes he anointed Dickson and his choice brought good fortunes to Bayelsa, he should be honoured by PDP to do so again.
“But the governor is embittered that Jonathan is putting forward all the aspirants who worked against his re-election in 2016. He is also insisting that his successor must come from within his Restoration Government for continuity.
“The ex-President is already working in concert with ex-First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to mobilize women in the state against any candidate anointed by Dickson.
He has also reportedly recruited Governor Nyesom Wike to help mobilize support for him in his quest to produce the next governor of Bayelsa State.”
Another source confirmed that the disagreement between Jonathan has been taken to the PDP headquarters and a former President.
The source added: “Jonathan is selling the credibility of all the aspirants as a decoy to prove that he is after a right choice but he knows who he wants to anoint. Though all the aspirants are close to the Otuoke born former president his preferred candidates remain Alaibe and Okoya. While Alaibe is a veteran aspirant and a latter day ally of Jonathan, Okoya, a well- known architect, is Jonathan’s business partner.
“Jonathan has allegedly presented Alaibe and Okoya to some of his trusted friends and the National Secretariat of the PDP for support.
“He is equally believed to have appealed to his colleagues, including a former President to persuade Dickson to concede the governorship slot to him.
“But the ex-President was non-committal. He faulted him for not condemning the senseless killings during and after the last elections in Bayelsa State. The thinking in the Jonathan camp is that in the event that none of his candidates sails through the PDP primary election, Jonathan promised to back any other candidate but Dickson’s in the November 16 polls. The former president was said to have dropped the hint at a meeting in faraway South Africa when he recently led Election Monitors to the country.”
A source in Dickson’s camp vowed that they would stop Jonathan.
He said:”We shall stop Jonathan and his men from producing the next governor both at the level of the PDP guber primaries and the election proper in November. In this year’s general election, they fielded candidates in the opposition parties particularly in the African Democratic Congress (ADC) against the PDP and we defeated them
“They wanted to undermine the governor and humiliate the PDP but we proved to them that Bayelsa is PDP and PDP is Bayelsa. In the upcoming PDP guber primaries, we shall not allow those who did anti-party against PDP to win election in Bayelsa State. President Jonathan and his anointed candidate (s) will be defeated squarely.
“The leader of the party in the state is Dickson, not Jonathan. The governor has directed the PDP State Working Committee to conduct a free and fair election. We are confident the primary will throw up somebody from Governor Dickson’s system because we have the delegates and he that controls the delegates is actually the one in charge of the electoral college.”
But a source in the Wadata Plaza said the PDP NWC will not interfere with the congresses and primaries of any state.
A PDP chieftain who spoke to The Nation on the condition of anonymity said: “PDP wants to retain Bayelsa State and we shall not manipulate the process or outcome of whatever happens there. We are good students of history, the party has learnt its lesson in a hard way . We are here to deepen internal democracy not to deepen imposition of candidates on people.
“We know the influence of Governor Dickson in Ijaw land and the Niger Delta region and we cannot impose a candidate on him or undermine him in any way.
“Both the governor and the former president are very important to us and we shall ensure that we reconcile them so that we go into the election as a united party.”
But Jonathan in some recent tweets appealed to Bayelsans to allow peace to reign.
He said aspirants should seek power for the purpose of improving the livelihood of the people.
He said his comments were extracts from some of his thoughts at the workshop on “Credible Governorship Election and Good Governance in Bayelsa State organized by Ijaw Elders Forum
He said: “My message to all those who desire to govern us is that we shouldn’t seek power for the purpose of enjoying privileges and entitlements but for the purpose of improving the livelihood of the people.
“We need peace to develop as a state; to develop as a state we need to work together and ensure that peace is sustained during and after elections. The Ijaw Charter and Ijaw Nation Code of Ethics, Leadership & Governance is a welcome development.
“Our society will be better if all political players commit themselves to this Charter.”
Jonathan, Dickson in strange romance ahead of guber poll
The sight of the former President and the Governor walking, sitting and laughing together in a state function at the weekend surprised many.
Most people described the romance between the two political leaders ahead of the November governorship election as strange following reports hitherto suggesting that they were cold to each other.
Jonathan hardly attended state functions. He was conspicuously absent at important state functions including ceremonies for inauguration of critical projects, which had former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon and former President Olusegun Obasanjo in attendance.
Besides, Dickson’s and Jonathan’s paths hardly crossed in public as each of them would either send representative or find a reason to be absent at events that could bring them together.
Speculations of frosty political relationship between them became rife at the build up to the last general elections especially after the primary elections that produced the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The duo were said to have worked at cross purposes with Jonathan and his foot soldiers reportedly working against the candidates of the PDP in Ogbia, his local government area, following misgivings that Dickson frustrated Jonathan’s preferred aspirants at the primaries.
But the atmosphere at the launching of the Bayelsa Education Development Trust Fund at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, on Friday betrayed all the speculations as the two leaders worked harmoniously throughout the programme.
Jonathan and Dickson including the governor’s wife sat together, constantly engaged in whispering and cooperated with each other.
In fact, Jonathan stunned the guests when he praised Dickson’s achievements in the educational sector. A day before the event, Jonathan at another function organised by Ijaw elders in search of peaceful election, also poured encomiums on Dickson.
In his goodwill message at the launch of the fund, Jonathan said: “Let me just say that I appreciate what the governor and government of Bayelsa State are doing regarding education and we all know, and I tell people that the only way you can liberate people, you can uplift people is through education.
“Only on Wednesday when our elders, from Lagos came up with a programme, though our governor was not there himself, the deputy governor was there. I did mention that we must all commend what the state Governor was doing regarding education.
“The governor has gone much higher than we projected in 2006 in terms of the expansion of educational web. I have to thank you sincerely and for today, for this initiative because most problems we have in governance, is to come up with a good idea but how will that endure in most cases, immediately you leave the system collapses.
“By setting up a board, established by law for the educational development trust fund , he has made this to endure beyond his eight and that really makes me very happy, I have two meetings with the board and I promised that even my foundation as little as we are will continue to partner with this trust fund board”.
Dickson after speaking had earlier invited Jonathan to the podium to make his remarks and stood beside the former President throughout his speech.
Jonathan also accepted an appointment from the governor to serve as an Honorary Special Adviser to the board on fund donations and promised to use his contacts to attract funds to the board.
Many people, however, believe that unfolding events in the build up to the November governorship election especially in the PDP will determine whether the cordial relationship between Jonathan and Dickson will last beyond the launch of the trust

“Made in Nigeria‘ is a scam - Toke Makinwa

Media personality, Toke Makinwa has expressed her displeasure after a button from her new Furniture came off.

Toke who recently moved to a pent house in Ikoyi, engaged the services of Sandra Edoho, the wife of former “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” host, Frank Edoho, to handle the interior design of her house.

It appears she is not satisfied with the work as she showed off a ripped button, calling made in Nigeria, a scam.

Findings also show the duo have unfollowed each other on Instagram.

Memphis Depay appears to confirm exit as he boards red private jet in a matching tracksuit

Memphis Depay has sparked suggestions that he could be leaving Lyon this summer.

The Netherlands international posted a video on Instagram of him boarding a private jet with the caption 'Merci Lyon'.

The ex-Manchester United winger boarded the red plane in a full matching suit.

Liverpool reportedly sent scouts to watch former Red Devils winger play for Lyon against Marseille two weeks ago.

The Holland international failed to make the grade in the Premier League during a two-year spell at Old Trafford.

He departed for Lyon in 2017 for £16million and has rekindled something of the form that first led United to recruit the PSV Eindhoven academy graduate.

He contributed 12 goals and 15 assists to his name this season in all competitions and, according to French outlet Mercato 365, Jurgen Klopp sent staff across the channel to check on the Dutchman during Lyon's 3-0 win over Marseille.

Balotelli Sends Cryptic Message To Marseille Fans, Says 'Hopefully See You Soon'

Mario Balotelli has delivered a cryptic farewell to Marseille after his contract at the Ligue 1 side expired.

The former Italy striker joined the club in January on a six-month deal after his contract at Nice was cancelled, and scored eight goals in 12 games.

Marseille had hoped to secure a return to the Champions League this season, having missed out last term after losing the Europa League final to Atletico Madrid.

But the team fell short of landing one of Ligue 1’s three qualification slots, falling behind third-place Lyon and fourth-place Saint-Etienne to eventually finish fifth.

But Balotelli appeared to hint on Instagram that, despite the team coming up short, he could potentially stick around at the Stade Velodrome. 

“Thank you everybody for these amazing five months even if we didn’t achieve our objectives,” the striker wrote.

“I really wanna [sic] say thank to the coach and staff, players, president and directors. Everyone that works with OM [Olympique Marseille] supporters – THANK YOU AND HOPEFULLY see you soon or good luck for everything in the future years.”

After a long silence, Daniella Okeke responds to sleeping with Apostle Suleman

Apostle Suleman has been washed off Stephanie Otobo’s controversy, but it seems Nollywood actress is about to make his name get dragged again on the web by opening old wounds. Late last night, the actress who was accused of sleeping with the Apostle by Stephanie Otobo went on Instagram saying, SHE CAN’T TAKE IT AGAIN. Aside not being able to take it again, she also denied ever knowing Stephanie and gave her 24hours to say the truth or else…

‘U bitch I don’t know who u re, but u came to call my name out of no where? And all of a sudden u disappeared! Afterward u changed ur name? No way u ve to tell the world the truth miss otobo! I ve kept quiet for too long…God will punish you where ever you are…. I woke up to social media like every one else on dat day, wen u called my name on the internet! The way u called my name, better go and uncall it.. or else… the next 24hrs won’t be funny’

'If Spurs win Champions League, I might cry for a week!' - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has promised Tottenham fans they will see a repeat of the tears he shed after the team’s Champions League semi-final win over Ajax if they beat Liverpool to win the competition.

The Argentine broke down in front of TV cameras minutes after Spurs’ last-gasp win in Amsterdam earlier in May, a result that set up a first-ever final appearance in Europe’s top competition.

Tottenham will face the Reds at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitan on 1 June in the first all-English final since 2008, as Pochettino seeks to land his first trophy as a manager.

And the 47-year-old says that if his team defy the odds one final time and win the competition, he will be reduced to tears again – and this time they could last for a week.

“My mother says to me, ‘You are a ‘llorona’, which means blubberer, a person who cries often and a lot," Pochettino told reporters.

“My mum always says, ‘He’s happy, he cries. He’s sad, he cries. Come on — just stop crying!’

“Sometimes it happens that I am taking my car to my house – it’s 20 minutes from the training ground to Barnet – and listening to some music and that translates to some moment in my life.

“I start to cry, and when I arrive home my wife says, ‘What happened?’.

“I say, ‘Some music reminded me of a moment 30 years ago in Argentina’, and she will say, ‘You are crazy’.

“Films? Yes, I cry. Everything. If we win the Champions League, I don’t know, maybe I’m going to cry for one week.”

A hat-trick from Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura saw Tottenham turn around a three-goal deficit in the Johan Cruyff Arena in the semi-final, with the deciding goal coming in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

“There were two different feelings mixed in the same moment after the semi-final,” said Pochettino. “Reaching the Champions League final is the end of an amazing chapter for the club.

“But, at the same time, the moment that you reach the final, it’s like, ‘I want to be involved in the next chapter of the club’. Both feelings are with you.”

I cried when I was called the cheapest actress -Iya Rainbow

Veteran actress, Idowu Phillips, aka Mama Rainbow, speaks with Tofarati Ige about her career, foundation, family and other issues

What is the name of your foundation and when was it started?

It is called the Mama Rainbow Foundation. It started over 15 years ago and we have been assisted by God and some people. For this year, we want to hold our annual event in a way that everyone would know about it. It will take place on Children’s Day in my house at Ojodu Berger, Lagos. In the past, whenever we called some people for our programmes, they weren’t aware of our activities. But now, we want everyone to know about us so that whenever we call widows and other people, they can attend our events.

How did you feel when you were referred to as the cheapest actress?

I cried bitterly. Then I took the newspaper to my children at home, and they consoled me. I thank God that he blessed me with good children who always listened to me.

Despite your age, you still look beautiful. Do you get advances from men?

(Laughs). I am now a grandma. They call me mummy.

Do you still see yourself getting married?

No, my children will not be happy about that.

What if your children support the decision?

I don’t think they would do that. At this stage, I’m only concerned with taking care of my family.

EFCC Probes Syndicate Fleecing Vips Over Buhari’s Cabinet

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has instituted a probe into the activities of a syndicate ripping Nigerians off under the guise of safeguarding their nomination for President Muhammadu Buhari’s next cabinet.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Saturday that the syndicate had successfully fleeced a number of Nigerians across all walks of life of millions of naira in the name of “processing fees.”

The anti-graft agency’s action was triggered by a petition, dated May 17, 2019, sent by one of the victims.

It was learnt that the syndicate forged a letterhead and created email addresses of the office of the Vice-President, National Security Adviser as well as the State House Protocol Department for this purpose.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the syndicate targets former and serving heads of federal and state government establishments.

A petition to the EFCC by one of the victims (name withheld), who is a prominent academic from one of Nigeria’s leading second generation federal universities, gave an insight into the syndicate’s mode of operation.

A member of the syndicate normally contacts a potential victim by telephone to confirm their identity after which the victim is told that they had been nominated for a cabinet position and is informed the information must be kept secret.

The potential victim is then asked to send their Curriculum Vitae, and is then sent a nomination form bearing a letterhead and seal of the ‘Presidency’.

A day or two after the form is signed and returned via email, the victim receives an email supposedly from the State House Protocol Office acknowledging receipt of the completed form.

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The potential victim is then informed in the same letter that their file had moved to the office of the National Security Adviser, having been approved by the protocol office.

He is then given the name and telephone number of a member of the syndicate who is said to be the Chairman of the Security Clearance team for further directives.

At this point, the victim is advised to comply with the directives given by the said chairman within 48 hours or risk being dropped from the list.

An excerpt of the letter entitled: ‘Request To Reach the National Security Adviser’s Office (sic) for Clearance’, obtained by SUNDAY PUNCH, reads, “This is to officially acknowledge the receipt of your completed nomination form and to also inform you that your file has moved to the office of the National Security Adviser for security clearance having being approved by my office.

“Besides, you are being screened for a position among the portfolios of the federal executive council on the directive of the President. This is an official process to verify nominees for the prospective unity government.

“I crave your indulgence to kindly contact the Chairman, Security Clearance Committee Team whose name and contact appear below for directives bearing in mind that you have 48 hours to be cleared or declined. Mr. Sunday Iduh (Chairman) — 08104021735.”

The letter was signed by Senator Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure, State Chief Protocol to the President.

Once the victim contacts the so-called chairman, the fleecing begins. The victim is then asked to provide funds to obtain clearance from security agencies as well as the Senate.

While narrating his ordeal, a victim, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety as well as not to jeopardise EFCC’s investigations, said he was contacted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by one Mrs Blessing Agbana, purporting to work for the Chief of Protocol to the President.

He gave her phone number as 0810442229.

“She then said she would forward an email address to which I should urgently forward my CV. My true caller check confirmed that name. These are the emails:


Dr. (Mrs) Blessing Agbana. I forwarded my CV, which was acknowledged. A nomination form was forwarded to me. I completed the form as above.

“I was asked to check my email for a message indicating that my nomination had been approved. I contacted Mr. Sunday Iduh as indicated on 08104021735.

“He (Iduh) said I needed to pay N30,000 per security agency as administrative charge. I said that was impossible since that was a Friday. He offered to facilitate if I could quickly pay the N150, 000 into the account of Jude Philips, the secretary of the screening committee at FCMB 5706723016.

“I paid and he acknowledged receipt and that he had deployed his men immediately. Later, I received an email that I had been cleared with the document below.”

He added, “Mr. Roland Aga, with phone number 08155884850, called that he had to go to the Senate to get the time for appearance. He called back after the 10am appointment to request that we on the list were requested to express appreciation before screening.

“He said he was going to come up with an average of suggestions from the 20 nominees. He came up with N200, 000 to be paid to this account: David U. Benardin, UBA 2121106931”

A retired official of the Bureau for Public Service Reforms, who was also approached by the syndicate, was saved by his instincts.

A source familiar with the case said, “When they called him with information about his purported nomination and he needed to follow their instructions, he told them he didn’t ask to be nominated, and that to ask him for money for processing was inappropriate. The conversation ended there. Only God knows how many others have fallen victim and are unwilling to take the matter up because they are too embarrassed.”

When SUNDAY PUNCH called Mrs. Agbana’s telephone, a voice message said the number did not exist.

The same response was received when our correspondent called the telephone numbers of other members of the syndicate.

A security official told SUNDAY PUNCH in confidence that the “appointment scam is the biggest scam in town at the moment.”

He however promised that “we will get to the bottom of it.”

Spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, said, “We don’t discuss ongoing investigation on the pages of newspapers.”

I smile a lot and look better since the birth of my daughter – Patoranking

Dancehall star, Patoranking’s second studio album, Wilmer, was released during the week and it has been generating some buzz. In a recent chat, the artiste told Sunday Scoop about the process of making the album. He said, “It was an awesome and beautiful process making this album.

The creative process wasn’t strenuous. The vibe and energy was just wonderful, and I cannot even explain it. It took me two years to put this beautiful piece together. My daughter is a blessing to me. Even though she came one and a half years into the album’s production process, everything has been beautiful and I’m so happy about everything. This album is different from God Over Everything because there is a transition from a boy to a man. My sound, and writing skills have changed. The most important thing is that I am happy.”

On what his daughter’s presence in his life has changed, he said, “It has changed a lot. From the moment she came, it has been one blessing or the other. I smile a lot and look better since she came into my life. It’s a beautiful feeling, and I cannot even begin to explain it. I am sure you can relate.”

I returned from US to do business, not acting - Ninalowo

Suave actor, Bolanle Ninalowo, has made a name for himself in the industry. However, he told Sunday Scoop that when he returned to Nigeria from his base in the United States some years ago, his intention was to become a businessman.

He said, “I actually came back to Nigeria to do business. But I realised that I needed to be someone to reckon with first. So, I put aside my entrepreneurial side and focused on my entertainment career, hoping that when I made it big, I would use my celebrity status to push the business. Even now, I tell people that I am not an actor, but I’m in the business of acting.

Success in Nigeria is largely about who you know. Many people have great ideas in this country but if they don’t have solid backing, they would find themselves going nowhere. A lot of people go into entertainment in Nigeria not because they are talented, but because they are looking for a way out. When I first started my music business in Nigeria, I was defrauded because I didn’t understand how the country worked then.

I am a man of substance and I like to earn my respect. People say I am disciplined and have a very strong work ethic, but it is only now that they are discovering what drives me. I’m trying to unleash the reasons behind my hustle. I was building my market base all along.”

Speaking on his recent partnership with Ninos Global Technology, Ninalowo stated, “Ninos Global Technology is a UK-based Nigeria-owned technological company. We partnered to make some products such as kids’ tablets, headphones, school apps, and other things.

The CEO of the company is Yudee Uzowulu, but I also own a stake in the firm. It is something that I have been working on for a couple of years. I have always been interested in technology and doing things for children because it is a large market.

 I also have a perfume brand that was recently unveiled. I have a Bachelor in Accounting, and a Master in Marketing; so, I know what I’m doing. It’s strategic. When I left my former job, I told them I was tired of making other people richer. Rather, I would build my own brand and partner with others.”

IK Ogbonna’s estranged wife makes it clear she is on Tonto Dikeh’s side

Nollywood actors, IK Ogbonna and Tonto Dikeh have been at war for a while now. Though it all started when IK shaded Tonto for calling out her ex, Tonto took it up from there and even threatened to sue him while also implying he is gay. Anyway, whenever Tonto Dikeh publicly insults him, she never hesitate to imply he is gay, that has been her keep point.

Now, Sonia and Tonto have been openly showing one another love. Yesterday, Sonia says her son, wants a baby sister, and she doesn’t know what to do. Tonto left a love emoji on the post, while Sonia replied with several love emojis.

A fan was however quick to correct Sonia, saying it is wrong for her to take sides with Tonto, but both Sonia and Tonto Dikeh have ignored the fan.

N500bn Social Investment Scheme Has Failed In North – Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari who spoke on Saturday in Abuja during an interactive programme she organised for women at the Presidential Villa, revealed that the N500bn social investment scheme has failed in the North.

The First lady who further revealed that the situation in her home state (Adamawa), as far as the implementation was concerned was pathetic, also cited Kano, a highly-populated northern state, as another example where she believed the programme failed, despite the huge funds the Federal Government budgeted for it.

Punch reported that the SIP is domiciled in the Office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, but its direct implementation is done by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais. However Aisha Buhari who stated that the N500bn social investment scheme has failed in North, recounted how  Uwais informed her that 30,000 women would be beneficiaries in Adamawa State. According to her this is yet to come through after 4 years.

“I don’t want to raise the alarm that my state does not benefit from it, where the SGF (Secretary to the Government of the Federation) came from, I kept quiet because I don’t want people to say that I talk too much. Recently, I saw a 74-year-old man selling petty things in Kano, I asked him how much is his capital, he told me between N3,000 and N4,000. Don’t forget that we have campaigned to give the poorest of the poor N5,000 every month.

“So, I don’t know where is the social investment… Maybe, it worked out in some states. In my own state, only a local government benefited out of the 22. I didn’t ask what happened and I don’t want to know, but it failed woefully in Kano, it’s not a good sign and it’s not a good thing."

Nigerians offer prisoner freed by Kim Kardashian a job

One of the prisoners Kim Kardashian helped free is now in global demand! Job offers are pouring in everyday according to him.

The freed inmate, Paul Algarin, tells TMZ he's been getting hit up by people all over the world, including our dear country, Nigeria, the UK and beyond. They want to team up with him in fashion. Among the offers are -- modeling and work in a tattoo parlor.

Paul's also been approached to help with prison reform. He benefited immensely after writing a letter to Kim after learning about her prison reform work. To his surprise, she responded and he was freed April 19 ... after serving 7 years at Central Prison in North Carolina.

My Lawyers Will Act If Kemi Olunloyo Fails To Stop - Ruggedman

Ruggedman who reacted to recent posts against him by Kemi Olunloyo who claimed that he snitched on Naira Marley, has stated that his lawyers will act if the controversial journalist fails to stop.The veteran rapper who disclosed that a letter was written to Olunloyo, asking her to “retract, cease and desist from further defamation of the character of Ruggedman", added that she was warned to take down the posts she had already made on social media or civil actions would be taken against her.

Ruggedman who spoke to Sunday Scoop, stated that his lawyers will act if Kemi Olunloyo fails to stop. He said, “the next step has been clearly stated in my lawyers’ letter to her. They will act accordingly if she fails to stop.”

On what he thinks her motives are for ‘attacking’ him, Ruggedman said, “I wouldn’t know her state of mind or her motives. My interest is her not using her platform or any platform to defame my name and spread false information that could incite people into actions that threaten my peace and safety. That is against the law.”

I Experienced Racism In Beirut - Tobi

Tobi, the Big Brother Naija housemate who shared his Beirut experience with a Punch's correspondent, disclosed that he experienced racism in Beirut. The reality show star who went on Beirut tour with Play Network Africa and other professionals from different spheres, disclosed that he had no idea what Beirut was going to look like but liked the sound of it and it turned out to be an interesting experience.

Recounting how he experienced Racism in Beirut, Tobi said;

There weren’t many black people, at least not too many that I saw. There were many Arabs and a diversity of other people. Something funny that happened was a semblance of racism; although I would rather not use that exact word. We had reserved a club prior to the trip and when we got there, they tried to separate us from the crowd for whatever the reason was. We left because it felt disrespectful. It was like they put us in a corner. Aside that, the people of Beirut are relaxed and cheerful.

Entertainers Have Power To Curb Drug Abuse – Saidi Balogun

Actor, Saidi Balogun, believes that entertainers have the power to curb drug abuse and other social vices in society.

The actor recently partnered with a foundation, Trauma Savers Life Support Foundation, to preach against drug abuse in schools across Lagos State.

On why he decided to work with the foundation, Balogun said, “I did a movie titled, Scourge, and it was targeted at drug abuse. When the foundation approached me, I saw that they had purpose.

Whatever I want to do, I follow standards. We went to a school in Jibowu, Yaba, during the week and a lot of items were given to the students.”

Though it is widely believed that movies and music largely promote drug abuse, Balogun said a balance can be drawn. “The president of the foundation, Yinka Olaiya, knows this and that is why she decided to involve celebrities in the fight against drug abuse.

I’ve Lost Count Of Pants, Brassieres Thrown At Me By Female Fans – Ric Hassani

Nigerian soul and pop Singer, Ric Hassani has been up to quite a lot recently. Speaking on some of his activities with Sunday Scoop, he said, “I have been doing so many shows outside Nigeria. I just got back from Mauritius.

We were also recently in Kenya. And very soon, I’ll be going to Honduras. I’ve also been working on my album and I have a new body of work that would be coming out soon.”

Describing his experience in Mauritius, Hassani said, “It was amazing and quite unbelievable to me. I performed at a 5000-capacity venue and it was sold out.”
On what to expect from his forthcoming album, he said, “I am going to be telling a lot of stories. My first album had a lot of love songs but soon, I will be telling general human angle stories.

These days, Nigerians listen to almost every kind of music, but some people don’t want to believe that. Just make your music and find your crowd. But some artistes keep going after crowds that are already taken. I love making music and that is what drives me.”

FIFA Names Nigeria’s Dele-Bashiru, Weah’s Son Among Players To Watch At U-20 Cup

Nigeria and Man City youngster, Tom Dele-Bashiru (right) is among the players listed by FIFA to watch out for at the ongoing U-20 World Cup in Poland

As Nigeria’s Flying Eagles took on Qatar on Match Day 2 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, midfielder, Tom Dele-Bashiru has been named by FIFA among the 10 stars the world should watch out for. The U-20 tournament has always been a breeding ground of stars having unveiled players like Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero among others.

Dele-Bashiru will be having possibly his first competitive outing with the Flying Eagles having being plying his trade abroad. He was born in Manchester and represented England’s U-16s but will be pulling the strings for the Flying Eagles at Poland 2019.

He earned his first appearance for Manchester City during a league cup match against Leicester City in 2017.Another player in the expected emerging stars is President George Weah’s son, Timothy, who is featuring for the US as an attacker.

Loaned to Celtic by Paris Saint-Germain at the beginning of the year, the 19-year-old became a super-sub for the Scottish Premiership winners, scoring three times and adding an assist in 11 league appearances. His father won the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year.

Other players named by FIFA as potential world stars include Poland’s goalkeeper, Radoslaw Majecki. He was however at the receiving end in one of Thursday’s opening matches, conceding two goals in the 0-2 loss to Colombia. He reportedly won the starting job with Polish giants Legia Warsaw in October 2018 and didn’t look back. The 19-year-old kept seven clean sheets and allowed only 12 goals in 14 league appearances. He is anchoring the hosts at Poland 2019.

Next is Argentina’s defender, Nehuen Perez. He was paramount in central defence as Argentina’s captain during their second-place finish at the South American U-20 Championship. He caught the eye of Atletico Madrid, who signed the 18-year-old in February 2019.

Also profiled is French defender, Dan-Axel Zagadou.  He will turn 20 years old during Poland 2019, and the fearless centre-back already cuts an imposing figure at 6ft 5ins (1.96m). Acquired by Borussia Dortmund from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Zagadou made 17 appearances and scored twice in the 2018/19 Bundesliga. He has represented France at every youth level from the U-16s.

Eyes will also be on Diego Lainez, a midfielder with Mexico. He’s only 18 years old, but the gifted attacking midfielder has already won four caps for Mexico’s senior team.

Lainez joined Spain’s Real Betis in January 2019 and made 16 appearances for the club this past season. He played every minute of Mexico’s four matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India in 2017. He is figured to be the key man in Mexico’s attack at Poland 2019.

Lee Kangin, a midfielder with Korea Republic is also in the frame. Valencia swooped in for Lee early, as the Incheon-born attacking midfielder joined the Spanish side’s youth set-up in 2011. His maturation at the club culminated with his senior debut in January 2019. For country, Lee received his first senior call-up in March 2019.

Moises Ramirez, the Ecuadorian goalkeeper is also in focus. He was in goal when Ecuador won their first ever South American U-20 Championship in 2019. He kept five clean sheets in the tournament, which included a 298-minute streak without conceding to close it out. According to head coach Jorge Celico, “He may become of one the greatest in Ecuador’s history.”

Saudi Arabia’s midfielder, Turki Al-Ammar is another player to watch out for. He was recognised as player of the tournament at the AFC U-19 Asia Cup and earned similar acclaim competing for Al Shabab in the Saudi top flight this past season. Expect him to be the catalyst for Saudi Arabia’s attack in Poland.

Last but not the least is Erling Haland of Norway. The 6ft 3ins (1.91m) 18-year-old powered his country through the UEFA U-19 European Championship qualifiers, netting a hat-trick against Scotland to help Norway top their group and eventually become the final qualifiers from Europe for Poland 2019. He recently completed a moved to Red Bull Salzburg.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

2023: Why Yoruba Will Produce President After Buhari – Clarke

Elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Robert Clarke has said that the South West region is already well positioned to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.

He noted that since 1999, presidential power goes to any region where two of the three major tribes of Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa/Fulani decided to take it to after forming an alliance.

Against that backdrop, Clarke posited that with the current collaboration between the Southwest and President Muhammadu Buhari, presidential power was certain to shift to Yorubaland in 2023.

He said it was unfortunate for the Igbos that they have never had a partnership with either the Hausa or the Yoruba in any election since 2011.

Speaking in an interview with Sun Newspaper, the elder statesman said, “The problem in Nigeria is that the politician has created for themselves a situation where if two of them gather against the third one, they will want political power to be rotating among themselves.

“There are three major tribes. The Igbo, Yoruba and the Hausa. Where two of these major tribes gang up, that is where the power is going.

“In 1999, when the constitution came in, Obasanjo wasn’t sponsored by the Yoruba, even though he was a Yoruba man; the Yoruba rejected him, and sponsored Falae. But the Northerners and the Igbo voted for him; the Yoruba never voted for him and he still won because the Northern Hausa and the Eastern Igbo decided to support him.

“In 2003, Obasanjo came for the second term; again, he was not sponsored by the Yoruba; the Yoruba put up another candidate but still he won.

“In 2007, Yar’Adua was not supported by the Yoruba but the Igbo supported the Northerners and he won.

“In 2011, Jonathan came in, he’s not a Northerner but he was supported by the North and the Igbo, and he won. Having realised that power is between two of these sects, the Yoruba and the Hausa merged in 2015 and they produced Buhari.

“In 2023, if the Igbo don’t find themselves holding onto the Yoruba as a friend or the Hausa as a friend and allow the Hausa and the Yoruba to hold themselves together as in 2015, then that ticket will produce the president. That means the Yoruba will produce the president, the Northerners will produce the vice president because that is the reality of the number. Politics is in number.

“Since the demise of Zik, the Igbo had never had a leader and that is the fault of the Igbo race today. If tomorrow, the Igbo bring out a young vibrant Igbo leader who can now find his way either to go with the Northern Hausa and form alliance or the Yoruba and form alliance, then the hope of an Igbo president in Nigeria will come up.

“But I as Robert Clarke seeing the terrain of politics in Nigerians do not see any hope for an Igbo presidency except they change their attitude in aligning themselves with one of the two tribes. I’m looking at Nigeria consisting of three ethnic groups; between two of these three groups, there the power lies. So, if the Igbo can fix themselves in any of the two alliances, then there’s hope for them.”

EFCC Raids MTN Nigeria Head Office Over Share Listing

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday, May 24, 2019, raided the office of MTN Nigeria in Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, shutting down all activities in the Complex, Brand Spur has learnt. This is in what a source said was connected to complaints relating to the telecommunication’s recent listing in the market.

The operatives of the anti-graft agency were said to have stormed the MTN’s office in Lagos, where it met with top key officials of the company and demanded some documents relating to its listing at the NSE.

While the reason for the raid could not be ascertained at the time of reporting, Brand Spur, sources say members of the agency stormed the telco’s head office, stopping all activities for alleged fraudulent financial activities pertaining to the company’s recent listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

“I believe the EFCC was informed that MTN was manipulating figures and also, maybe because of fraud pertaining to the company’s listing,” the source said.

Brand Spur reached out to the telco’s Public Relations Officer, Funso Aina, who neither denied nor admitted that the company was raided, but said: “We will send out a statement to that effect very soon”.

Big players in the Nigerian capital market also think that if MTN shares continue to climb the way it is rising they stand the risk of being dethroned from their vantage positions as the market leaders.

They are believed to be interested in the stories making the rounds that the scarcity of the MTN shares is a function of manipulation.

No official of the EFCC and MTN was prepared to be put on record on the matter.

MTN Nigeria was listed at a total of 20, 354,513,050 at N90 per share on May 16, after the company had completed all the necessary steps required by the NSE for listing which led to the approval.

On the day of the listing, MTN Nigeria was reported to have emerged as the second largest company on the nation’s bourse after Dangote Cement with a market capitalisation of N1.83 trillion.

In spite of its first day bullish outing, the shares of MTN Nigeria recorded its first price loss on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday after its listing on May 16.

The stock dipped N9 to close at N140 per share following profit taking.

The telecommunications company had listed 20.35 billion shares at N90 per share which recorded steady growth to hit N149 per share.

The market capitalisation shed N263 billion or 1.90 per cent to close at N13.601 trillion compared with N13.864 trillion recorded on Thursday.

Atiku Bagudu Takes Over From Rochas Okorocha As Chairman Of APC Governors’ Forum

Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state, has been elected chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum

He was elected at a meeting the APC governors held at Imo governor’s lodge in Abuja on Thursday night. Bagudu, whose election was unanimous, replaced Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state. Okorocha’s tenure will expire on May 29.

The government of Kebbi expressed delight over the development in a tweet on Thursday.

“We are very glad to announce that Governor Atiku Bagudu of @KBStGovt is now our Chairman. Ensuing press releases and briefings will be made to this effect,” the tweet read.

Speaking on his appointment, the Kebbi governor promised to provide leadership to the forum to realise the group’s “collective vision to build a strong, democratic and inclusive APC”. He promised to focus on driving inclusive governance structures that would ensure transparent and credible decision making processes within the APC.

On Thursday, Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor, was named chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), while Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa state governor, was elected chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, the same day, Punch reports.

Mikel Obi Flaunts His Trophy Cabinet

 Nigeria international John Obi Mikel shared the space in his trophy cabinet as he eyes his second Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt.

The former Chelsea star has enjoyed an illustrious career, winning various titles and individual awards, including the African Young Player twice, and the Goal Nigeria Player of the Year in 2013.

Following his return to England in January, Mikel's contributions were not enough to secure a playoff spot for Middlesbrough, as they finished seventh in the Championship table.

After a lengthy absence from international duty, the 32-year-old has been included in Gernot Rohr's 25-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

He has now shifted his focus to winning a second Afcon title with the Super Eagles after their last successful outing in 2013.

Nigeria will kick-off campaign for their fourth continental glory in Group B against Burundi on June 22 before playing against Guinea and Madagascar, on June 26 and 30, respectively.

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'I Inherited A Failed State' - Outgoing Ogun State Governor, Amosun Says

The out-going governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun says that Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, handed over ‘a failed state’ to him in 2011, Igbere Tv reports.

He alleged that Gbenga Daniel handed over a state that was characterised by poor economy, deplorable infrastructure and insecurity, which prevented investors from investing in the state.

Amosun, who was represented by Taiwo Adeoluwa, secretary to the state government, spoke at a press conference to launch Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency. He said unlike him, Dapo Abiodun, governor-elect of the state, will inherit an economically viable state.

He mentioned some of the achievements of his administration to include increasing the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state and improving the ease of doing business in the state.

He said; “When we came in 2011, Ogun State appeared to have failed as a State. Investors were running away from the State because of the high level of insecurity in the State but today, the State is ranked 4th on the list of State with the ease of doing business.

As at the last count, our activities as a government has attracted 473 mega companies which some investing as much as N2billion. Not only that, we took the IGR of the State from the paltry sum of N700million to N7billion per month. But we are not relenting on all these achievements.

We know we have been very successful, but we need to consolidate on the success we have achieved and that is why we are establishing this agency." Igbere Tv reports.

Amosun will return to the senate after winning his bid to represent Ogun central senatorial district.

Amazon Offers $25 Gift Cards For 3D Entire Body Scan

 Amazon is offering users $25 gift cards in exchange for its 3D Scanner to scan your entire body, Techmachos Reports.

The Ecommerce giant is conducting a study at its office as part of a test that seeks to 'learn about diversity among body shapes,' according to a listing, which was first spotted by Mashable.

Participants who set up a 30-minute appointment will be asked to take a survey and agree to have 3D scans, photos and videos taken of them.

The move comes as Amazon has faced privacy concerns around its collection of data from Echo devices, as well as the deployment of its controversial facial recognition software.

Scans will be taken in both their 'everyday clothing,' as well as 'form-fitting' garments, which for women might include a bikini or form-fitting shorts and a sports bra, the listing states.

Participants' height and weight measurements will also be taken during each session.

Amazon said any data collected from participants will 'be used exclusively for internal product research.'

Friday, 24 May 2019

Kourtney Kardashian Goes Hot $ Sexy For Paper Magazine

Reality star, Kourtney Kardashian is serving hot mum vibes in her latest spread for Paper magazine.

The 40 year old mum of three looked sensational in the stylish shots.

Beyonce is not an icon - Dionne Warwick

Legendary singer Dionne Warwick said in an interview that Beyoncé is not yet an icon and she doubts the “Lemonade” singer will ever reach that status.

When asked if today’s generation of singers have what it takes to achieve the level of success such as “classic” artists like herself, Warwick, who began her career in the 1960s, expressed doubt.

“Not yet,” Warwick said during an interview with Essence. “I don’t know if 10 years from now, anybody can actually sing the songs of our babies today. That’s not, as you guys say, ‘throwing shade,’ it’s looking at it with reality.”

Warwick was also asked specifically about her thoughts on whether or not she considered Beyoncé an icon.

“I have an admiration for Beyoncé Knowles, Carter now. Watching her growth has been quite refreshing. It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is… very proud of that, I really am,” the 78-year-old performer said.

“Now sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that.”

She continued,

“And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status? It’s a long road [ahead].”

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