Archive for September, 2015

(Football) When bush meat catches hunters, Platini,Blatter to be suspended from FIFA

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA leader Michel Platini are under investigation by FIFA’s independent ethics committee and could face suspension, media reported on Sunday, AFP reports.

Switzerland’s Schweiz am Sonntag weekly said it had information indicating that the two most powerful men in football were in the sights of the ethics committee and could soon be suspended.

Committee spokesman Andreas Bantel told the paper he could not comment on individual cases, but hinted at committee activity.

“If there is an initial suspicion, the investigatory chamber initiates a formal procedure,” he said, insisting the rules apply to everyone in football “regardless of position or name.”British media also said the FIFA ethics committee had opened an inquiry into the 79-year-old Blatter and Platini, his 60-year-old former ally.

The massive corruption scandal that has engulfed world football since May made its way to the top of football’s governing body Friday when Swiss authorities said the Blatter was under criminal investigation.

UEFA chief Platini, who was favourite to win an election to find a successor to Blatter, had come under scrutiny over two-million-dollar payment.

If he is suspended Platini could be barred from standing in the February 26 election.

There have been months of probes following raids in Zurich on May 27 which led to the indictment of more 14 top officials and sports business executives.

Swiss prosecutors said Blatter was being investigated over the 2005 sale of World Cup television rights to the Caribbean Football Union, then run by his former ally Jack Warner, a deal which had been “unfavourable for FIFA”.

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(Entertainment) Jeffery Akoh wins MTN Project Fame N5 million

Jeffery Akoh has won 8th edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa.

The 18 years old Jeffery Akoh has officially joined the league of superstars as he beat five other contestants to emerge the winner of the 8th edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa. A Sound Engineering graduate from the SAE Institute, Cape Town, the 18-year-old talented singer now joins past winners like Iyanya, iMike, Ayoola, Chidinma, Monica, Olawale and Geoffrey. Emerging the winner, Akoh smiles home with the grand prize of N5 million, an SUV and a recording contract, while the first runner-up, Pearl Olanma Awa-Agwu received a car and N3 million. Anderson Emmanuel Amos who finished in 3rd place, won a car and N1 million, while Adanoritsewo  Tosanwumi who secured the fourth spot, went home with N1 million prize. The six finalist of the show were Ada, Anderson, Arewa, Deinde, Jeff and Pearl.

(Entertainment) Oritsefemi gears up for China Musical Tour

Musical Taliban Oritsefemi Majemite Ekele is getting set for a gig in China, which will begin on October 29 and ends on October 31. The ‘Double Wahala’ singer will be visiting 3 cities in China, namely : Shenyang, Beijing, Guangzhou.

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(Event) Get Area ready to hosts 50 artistes for Jimmy Jatt

Legendary Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt is back with this year’s edition of Jimmy’s Jump Off tagged ‘The Festival’ that’ll hold on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the GET Arena, Victoria Island Lagos. The ground breaking event which is referred to as ‘Naija’s biggest DJ event’ will feature 21 top DJs led by Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt himself as well as over 50 artistes, making it the biggest party on the side of the planet. ‘I’m glad we are at that time of the year again, where talents in the  entertainment industry come together to give their fans a good time. This year’s event is bigger and  promises to be better than anything you’ve seen’ Jimmy Jatt said.‎

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(Football) Eden Hazard set to dump Chelsea for Madrid

I don’t know what José Mourinho, would be thinking after Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez announced that the next player they are hunting for is Chelsea play maker Eden Hazard.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a marquee player next summer and has set his sights upon Eden Hazard. Should he go to the Bernabeu, there is a chance either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale could be sold.

(Hajj Tragedy) 54 Nigerians died in Hajj stampede-NAHCON confirms

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has confirmed the death of 54 Nigerians in the deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during this year’s Hajj.

The Chairman of NAHCO, Alhaji Abdullahi Muktar Mohammed, made the confirmation on Monday morning (12:16 am) in Makkah.

According to him, 42 out of the 54 that died were from states pilgrims welfare board including two NAHCON officials, while others were among those on the pilgrimage by private tour operators.

He also listed 15 states of Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe as those that lost pilgrims to the stampede.

(Politics) PDP won’t abandon Saraki

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The Peoples Democratic Party has said that the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, is fit for the office he is occupying; hence it is not considering any candidate to replace him.

The PDP denied reports that it was already looking for a senator from the opposition party to replace Saraki, who is currently under pressure to resign from office following his trial for false asset declaration by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Nigeria’s two main labour unions–Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress – on Saturday demanded Saraki’s resignation on moral grounds consequent upon his trial at the CCT.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who spoke on Sunday, said the party still believed that the trial of Saraki was political and that the PDP would not think of abandoning the Senate president until it sees the merit of the case.

Metuh said, “We have no candidate for the office of the Senate President, because we have a fit person occupying the position for now.

“We are behind him and we can’t abandon him just because he is undergoing trial. Anybody can be put on trial, but the question we should ask is whether the trial is political or not.

“Does the trial have merit? When we see the merit of the case, we will take position. But for now, there is nothing like that.”

Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State, is currently facing a 13-count charge of making false declaration as a governor between 20013 and 2011.

Since his arraignment before the tribunal, there had been speculations that the PDP, which produced Saraki’s deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, had been scheming to replace him with one of its senators.

Among those being touted as possible replacements for Saraki are Ekweremadu; a former Senate President, David Mark; and a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio.

Saraki had defied the directive of his party, the All Progressives Congress, and had clinched the Senate presidency with the backing of senators of the PDP, his former party.

The APC has 59 senators while the PDP has 49 but the Senate inauguration and election took place on June 9 while about 50 APC senators were waiting for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari outside the National Assembly.

But while the APC senators have been divided from inception of the eighth Senate, all the 49 PDP senators have been united.

The PDP senators have been the main backers of Saraki since his assumption of office as the Senate president.

Metuh said it was too early for the party to be talking with its members in the Senate or thinking of abandoning the Senate president.

He said the PDP was still of the opinion that Saraki was being prosecuted because of his political belief.

The opposition spokesman said, “We are not even thinking of replacement for Saraki for now. The National Assembly is a separate arm of the government just like the judiciary and the executive.

“Is anyone thinking that there would be leadership change in the executive and the judiciary?

“Are they not independent of the other? What we are interested in is that all the three arms of government must be allowed to function independently of the other. We are saying there shouldn’t be any interference.”

When he was reminded that the leadership of both the executive and the judiciary are not on trial for any crime, Metuh said that “trial doesn’t amount to conviction.”

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh

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