Wednesday 18 May 2016

Nigerian Army confirms the name of the rescued Chibok girl, shares more details

There was slight confusion when the Army initially confirmed that they had indeed rescued one of the abducted Chibok school girls, named Falmata Mbalala. This was contrary to reports that the girl was actually Amina Ali. The Army have corrected the mistake and released a more detailed statement. Read after the cut...

• Please recall that we informed you that one of  the abducted Chibok school girls has been rescued earlier today and promised to give further details. Further to that, in continuation of Operation CRACKDOWN, troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali  and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband. Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today.
Preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok School girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata Mbalala that was earlier stated. In addition, she is a nursing mother with a 4 month old baby girl who was named Safiya. Both the suspected Boko Haram terrorist and the nursing mother have been taken to Maiduguri for further medical attention and screening.
Thank you for your usual cooperation.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations
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Photo: Two female accident victims are fighting for their lives at a hospital in Aba following auto crash

Two women are currently fighting for their lives at MAZPA Specialist Hospital, Ukaegbu road, following a road accident involving a commercial bus and a Mack Truck.
According to The Nation, the accident which occurred at about 3am Tuesday morning involved a commercial bus with Reg. number Abia 288 YG carrying seven passengers, heading into Aba, Abia State from Akwa Ibom State, and a Mack Truck with Reg number Rivers XY 713 PHC belonging to a yet-to-be identified construction company.
"Eyewitnesses said they were attracted by the loud bang and on realizing it was an accident, rushed to the scene and assisted to take the injured victims to the nearby hospital where they until this report were receiving treatment.
While two out of the victims were lying unconscious in their respective hospital beds due to the impact of the accident and severity of their injury while filing this report, others with minor cuts were nursing their injury at the reception hall of the hospital.
Narrating how the incident happened to our reporter, Patience Abanjoubo said that they were coming from Uruakpa, Akwa Ibom State to go to Good Morning Market in Aba to sell Palm oil, fruits and vegetables that they harvested from their farms.
Abanjoubo further stated that the driver of the commercial bus was subsequently taken into custody by the police."
While attributing the accident to over-speeding and carelessness of the driver, the Aba Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), ACP Okora Awassam, however, blamed the inability of the said construction company’s driver to put caution sign at the back of the truck to warn other drivers of the spoilt truck.
Awassam warned both commercial and private individual drivers against over speeding especially at sharp bending corners and to overtake when the road is safe enough for them to do so. She also said that they would continue to monitor how the patients are responding to treatment.
Source: The Nation
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DMX & his girlfriend reportedly expecting his '13th' child

American Rapper, Earl Simmons aka DMX has reportedly fathered his 13th child. According to the Shade Room, the Father of 12 and his girlfriend are expecting a baby. Good for him!
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PDP demands immediate release of all members in EFCC detention

The Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have demanded the immediate release of all members of their party that are currently in EFCC detention. Rising from its National Executive Committee NEC meeting in Abuja yesterday May 17th, the leadership of the party decried the "selective probe" of PDP members by the anti-graft agency. According to the party, it is
"a case of witch-hunt and unnecessary oppression aimed at silencing members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)". The party demanded that their members who have been arrested be released immediately or be charged to Court without further delay.
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Check out this girl and all her uncles that followed her to prom...lol

The high school girl is pictured with her dad, brothers and uncles at her prom. They all have license to carry fire-arms so boys better don't mess with her..lol
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Photos: Pres. Buhari receives Grand Imam of Al Azhar Mosque in Egypt

President Buhari received the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Mosque in Egypt today May 18th. Continue to see more photos.

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Okupe confirms Jonathan paid Metuh N400m..said amount came from ex-president’s N21bn campaign funds

The former Senor Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, told Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja on Wednesday that Jonathan confirmed to him that he gave the sum of N400 million to Chief Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP.

He said the amount was to enable Metuh carry out the much desired image and pulbic perception enhancement for the former President before his public declaration ahead of the 2015 general election.


Okupe, who stated this while testifying in the trial of Metuh on allegations of receiving the sum of N400m from the office of former NSA Sambo Dasuki, told the court that Jonathan released the sum to Metuh following his (Metuh’s) presentation on ways to shore up the dwindled image of the former president preparatory for the official launch of his campaign.

He said Metuh and his team made a presentation alongside other consultants in a meeting attended by members of the Presidential Campaign Council including the president himself, his Vice, Namadi Sambo, the former National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu'azu, former Senate President, David Mark, and former governors Liyel Imoke and Peter Obi among others.

Led in evidence by Onyechi Ikpeazu, the lead defence counsel, Okupe said “Yes, around that time (November 2014) there was very deep concern in the Presidency and the government about the perception of Mr President and his administration, negative perception by the Nigerian public. This also included some perceived ineffectiveness of the administration and also a wrong perception in some parts of the country about the role of government and its actions or activities concerning the very security situation in the country then.

“Therefore, in government, there was a general feeling that some actions needed to be taken urgently to address these issues, especially because of the coming elections.

“It was in the course of my discussion with Mr President when I also expressed my own personal concerns too that he informed me that Chief Olisah Metuh had some suggestions and that he (Jonathan) had instructed him to bring a proposition on what he considered needed to be done and that when this is done, he would inform me so that we can go through it together.

“Shortly after that, I was invited to a meeting in the State house where Chief Metuh in company of some consultants made presentations to the president. After the presentations, there were comments form those in attendance to add or improve in certain areas where they felt was important. The presentation was approved for action and the President said Mr. Metuh will be given part of the money that was in budget for the execution of the project.

On how he knew that the Jonathan gave Metuh the money, Okupe said:

“Yes, I know from two sources. First was the President himself who told me that he had instructed that Chief Metuh be mobilised. And that was during breakfast with Mr. President one morning. He told me that he had instructed that Chief Metuh be mobilised with N400 million. The following day, very early in the morning, I got a call from Chief Metuh who told me that he has received N400 million from the President.

Under cross-examination by EFCC counsel Sylvanus Tahir, the witness denied knowledge that the former NSA was the source of the money.

"I have seen the payment mandate from the office of the former NSA to Destra but this thing does not make any meaning to me. I want you to explain what is. I have already stated that the President confirmed to me that he gave the N400 million to Metuh.

He said as the leader of the party and its presidential candidate, the president enjoys tremendous goodwill, which was demonstrated at the fundraising ceremony organised at the Villa before the election where the sum of N21 billion, and sums from other private sources where raised.

“The president uses his tremendous goodwill, which he has, to assist his party or help to execute special programmes that are aimed at improving the fortunes the party and the government. It is natural that such payments (Metuh's) would have come from the various amounts of money he has received as donations towards his campaign”, he said.

Okupe further told the court that upon being mobilized, Metuh assembled a very large committee of various people, including media experts who he said did quite substantial amount of work, some of which were security related while others had to do with the image of the President and the government.

Justice Okon Abang adjourned the case to Thursday.
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Kylie Jenner posts pic of herself in see-through top

She shared the photo on instagram yesterday...see an up-close photo after the cut...

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Nigeria made faster progress against Boko Haram after curbing corruption in military – Buhari

President Buhari today said the success recorded by the military against the Boko Haram sect in recent times can be traced to the fight against corruption in the military. According to him, corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the Nigerian military to quickly defeat Boko Haram.

Buhari said this while speaking with Egypt’s Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb who paid him a visit at the state house Abuja today May 18th.

“When we curbed corruption and removed the injustice in the military, we began to make progress,’’ he said.
President Buhari stressed it was against Islam to carry out terror in God's name. He noted that the war against terrorism was also a war against injustice, and must be supported by Islam and all the major religions.
“You can’t kill the innocent in churches or in mosques and shout Allahu Akbar,’’ he said.
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Young woman who was born 3 months premature & diagnosed with cerebral palsy, graduates from college

Raven Simone McFadden graduated college on May 15 with a degree in Communications and a double minor in Sociology and Psychology from Font Bonne University. Her cousin Bree wrote:
"I wish a simple Facebook post could capture how strong this woman is for making it this far. She was born 3 months premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
She had countless medical surgeries, therapy sessions, lost grants from the government, and had trouble with housing and assistance care. SHE NEVER LOST FOCUS & GRADUATED in 4 YEARS! WE LOVE YOU RAVEN!"
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