Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Nigerian troops force Boko Haram out of Bama

In the fierce long-lasting fight for Bama, Borno State, between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram insurgents, the latter fled the town Tuesday.

The battle for the strategic town started yesterday when the terrorists launched daring attacks in the town in the attempt to expand the so-called “Caliphate”. The territorial ambitions of the insurgents generate from the recent video released by the sect leader Abubakar Shekau, who declared captured Gwoza part of Islamic Caliphate.

Another American Doctor Contracts Ebola Virus

An American missionary doctor working in Liberia has reportedly tested positive for Ebola.

The unidentified doctor, who works with missionary group, SIM USA, is the third US aid worker to have contracted Ebola in Liberia, USA Today reports.

ISIS posts footage purportedly showing beheading of another US hostage Steven Sotloff

Steven Sotloff
An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

2014 Big Brother Africa Hotshots postponed indefinitely after house got burnt

The 2014 edition of Big Brother Africa reality show has been postponed after a devastating fire incident at the Big Brother House. Big Brother Africa Hotshots was to launch this Sunday 7th September. Here's the press release from M-Net...

"M-Net and Endemol SA advise that due to a devastating fire at the Big Brother house on 2 September 2014, Big Brother Hotshots will not launch this Sunday (7 September) as scheduled. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and investigations will commence as soon as it is safe to do so.

Kaduna records first case of Ebola

According to a report by Premium Times, a 19 year old student of Law at Ahmadu Bello University has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in Kaduna.

PT reports that the PRO of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Bilyaminu Umar, confirmed the case yesterday Monday September 1st when contacted via phone; saying that the student was diagnosed at ABUTH, Shika, Zaria.

Six certified Ebola-free in Enugu

[The Nation] Six people, who had contact with the nurse who escaped from Lagos to Enugu, have been certified free of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Health Commissioner Dr George Eze spoke yesterday at the opening ceremony of a two-week certificate course organised by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing at Nondon Hotel, Enugu.

TB Joshua prophesies: President to be assassinated or kidnapped, Obama will be hospitalized, terror on UK [Video]

Influential Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has prophesied an imminent attack on a presidential figure in Southern Africa.

“You should pray for Southern Africa… I am seeing militants are interested in embarrassing a president in that region – either to kill him or kidnap him,” he stated on Sunday 31st August 2014 in a church service broadcast on Emmanuel TV.

Ebola kills 31 in DR Congo – WHO

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained within the country´s northwest, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

Outrage in Nigeria as government brands National ID Card with MasterCard’s logo


The new Nigerian National Identity Cards launched Thursday by President Goodluck Jonathan, with branded logo of the American firm, MasterCard, have sparked outrage across the country amid fears of serious security and economic breach, with many Nigerians calling for an immediate stoppage of the deal.

Nigerians expressed shock and fury Thursday at how the Nigerian Government, through the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, would surrender a symbol of national sovereignty and pride to a foreign commercial organisation by not only sharing the biometrics of 170 million Nigerian to the firm but by also allowing the firm to boldly engrave its insignia on the IDs.

Funke Akindele set to wed UK lover secretly

Funke Akindele

Multi-talented actress Funke Akindele is finally set to give marriage another chance. The pretty actress, who recently marked her birthday, is now engaged to wed and has concluded plans to have a secret introduction ceremony with her UK-based boo next month, although she is keeping the details under wraps.

From what City People gathered from a reliable source, Funke who has been in a blossoming romantic affair with her new heartthrob for quite some time now, has finally accepted his proposal to take the union to the next level. She decided to keep it a top secret considering her first bitter experience with her much-publicized celebrity marriage that packed up few months after.

Comedian Bovi Spotted With Ashanti

Comedian Bovi Spotted With Ashanti

The Nigerian comedian was spotted with the American singer in New York last night ahead of his October 3rd show, where Ashanti and Ja Rule will be guest artistes in Nigeria.

Gov. Lamido rejects PDP North-West endorsement of Jonathan

Less than 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), North-West zone, endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan to run for a second term, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state, has rejected the purported endorsement.

Governor Lamido, who described the endorsement as an unwholesome action, argued that it did not represent the collective opinion of the party members in the zone.

Open Letter to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his wife Rev. Anita

Our dear Anita: I am addressing this letter to you because I know it's you who hold the key to triumph over the challenges that have recently raised their ugly heads in your family and in your ministry. I am convinced that even if you don’t read this letter directly from me, some of the numerous members of Christ Embassy across the globe could read it and draw your attention to the words of an old man who is pretty much in the same calling as you and your husband are. I am writing this from my home: The Vicarage, St. Matthew’s Church of England, Stratford, E15 4JX, where my wife, Christy is the Vicar, and the co-ordinating Chaplain of Westfield, Stratford City.

We were all taken aback when we read about your intention to file for a divorce against your husband, Pastor Chris. It was a scandal, Anita, and you must not let it happen.

First pictures from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding

The first photos of Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress have appeared online, courtesy of People and Hello magazines. The intimate Aug. 23 ceremony – attended by just 20 friends and family members – was held in the chapel of Château Miraval, the family's estate in the French village of Correns. 

Each of Brad and Angelina's children had a key role to play: 
  • Eldest sons Maddox, 13, and Pax, 10, walked their mom down the aisle;

Port Harcourt elderly woman tests positive for Ebola

[Punch] One of the three persons taken to the Ebola virus quarantine centre in Oduoha, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, has tested positive for the disease.

The latest case, an elderly woman, contracted the virus in Good Heart Hospital, the health facility where Iyke Enemuo, the doctor who treated a Nigerian ECOWAS diplomat, Koye Olu-Ibukun, died last week.

Americans detained in North Korea call for help

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are.

Stop Playing Politics with Ebola, Rivers PDP Advises Amaechi and APC

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) hit back at the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the latter criticised the holding of campaigns to promote the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) is organizing the campaigns, the latest being held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, this past weekend.

Ebola testing is a serious business in Port Harcourt [Photo]

Governor Rotimi Amaechi and his government are not leaving anything to chance in the efforts to rid the state of the dreaded Ebola virus.

Man City duo depart on a season-long loan

Manchester City duo of striker Alvaro Negredo and defender Micah Richards have departed the club for Valencia and Fiorentina respectively, both on a season-long loan.

An obligatory purchase clause is inserted in the agreement between Valencia and Man City, which permits the former to purchase Negredo’s right at the end of the 2014-2015 season, for an amount believed to be around €27,000,000.

Man Kills Father Over Stick Of Cigarette In Edo

63 suspects were yesterday paraded by the Edo State Police Command in Benin.

The paraded persons include suspected armed robbers, child defilers and murderers, including a 25-year-old boy who murdered his father after a quarrel over a stick of cigarette he stole from his father.
The 25-year-old identified as Best Momodu, an indigene of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State confessed to the police that he killed his father in anger after he stole a stick of cigarette from him.