Archive for February, 2018

Incredible! Espanyol Shock Real Madrid

Gareth Bale heads towards goal in the first halfReal Madrid rested key players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and dearly paid for it as Gerard Moreno’s stoppage-time goal gave Espanyol a shock 1-0 LaLiga win against the champions at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday night.

Espanyol condemned Real Madrid to their fifth league defeat of the season and ended their four-game winning run in the Spanish top flight.

On the other hand, Espanyol ended an 11-game losing streak against Real Madrid in all competitions.

Despite the weakened side, Madrid were the dominant side but the hosts also created chances on the break.

The breakthrough finally arrived for Espanyol when Moreno struck home in the third minute of added time.

The defeat left Real Madrid in third place in the table with 51 points from 26 games, 14 points adrift of leaders Barcelona who have a game in hand.

Espanyol are up to 13th with 31 points.

How ace comedian Owen Gee escaped suicide in 2017

Image result for Owen GeeAce comedian, Owen Gee is really making headlines as a result of suicide act he would have committed last year.

The Comedian cum TV personality, Owen Gee, has joined the campaign against Nigerians committing suicide. While speaking at a new initiative,  Live and Not Die, charged with the responsibility of campaigning against suicide, Owen Gee revealed that in 2017, he attempted suicide a couple of times when he passed through very difficult times.

I have had suicidal tendencies. Last year, I tried several things, but they did not work out. It was not because the ideas were bad, but the people I was working with just didn’t let them work out. Then anxiety and depression set in. It was then I realised that no drug could calm depression. There was hardly anyone I didn’t take. There was a time I was sleeping on drugs. There was a particular yellow tablet that, if I took it on Tuesday, on Wednesday I would only be prompted to barely wake up, eat and go back to sleep even before I finished eating. I would not wake up until Thursday.” he said

The comedian said he had to find a way to tackle his depression so he could live life better not just for himself but for his family. He appealed to Nigerians to stop leading fake lives which he said is very prevalent in the entertainment sector which he is a part of.



Executive, legislative feud slows down govt, says Buhari

Image result for Muhammadu BuhariThe feud between Executive and the National Assembly  is gathering momentum.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the misunderstanding is slowing down governance.

The President, who spoke at the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, said the government was working hard to resolve the differences between the Executive and the National Assembly so that the country can move forward.

Buhari acknowledged that the government had not met the expectations of many members of the party, but was quick to add that a few Nigerians, however, appreciate the depth of the rot in the country when the APC took over the government.

He said: “I must acknowledge that the face of government has not met the expectations of many within our party. But few of us know or appreciate the depth of the rot when we took office and that we spent the last two years bringing the country out of the mess we met it.

“Furthermore, the stand-off between the executive and the National Assembly slowed down the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward.”

The President paid tribute to Nigerians for massively supporting the government in spite of what he called distractions from proponents of business as usual.

He said: “Nevertheless, I am not asking us to relax and take things easy. We all know that elections are looming in the horizon. We must therefore get our acts together. Accordingly, I implore all members of the party to give the Asiwaju Committee full cooperation to resolve existing differences among our members in the states affected.

“It is perhaps inevitable that there will be differences of opinion within the party. If we resolve them, then we can build a genuinely democratic party. But we must not lose sight of our common purpose as a party to break the mule of Nigerian politics and take the country to new heights. Therefore, we have asked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead this process of restoring order, manage differences and strengthen the party.”

While expressing appreciation to the leadership at all levels for service to the party, President Buhari said: “In particular, I commend the National Chairman for steering the party from success to success. From our resounding election victory in 2015, we have won elections in Edo, Kogi and Ondo as well as the much improved performance in Anambra elections and the party has moved from the party in government to the party of the Nigerian people.

“Much credit is due for our APC state chairmen for stabilising the country and to our Armed forces and the police and other security agencies for stopping Boko Haram in the country and driving them from their bases. No country, no matter how well secured, can isolate acts of terror as we have seen in the United States, Europe, Asia and here in Africa.

“We must support our security agencies to safeguard our country so that the job of development as outlined in our manifesto can proceed without too much interruption. We cannot afford to fail in reminding Nigerians where we came from in 2015.

“I am happy to report that slowly and steadily, we have managed to stabilise the country and redirect the ship of state. We have restored prudence to the management of resources and confidence in Nigeria has been restored.

“On February 23, Nigeria floated a 12-year and 20-year Eurobond in the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12-year bond was, within days, oversubscribed by 332 percent while the 20-year bond was oversubscribed by 372 percent.

“We have stabilised the naira and increased our foreign reserve from 20 billion dollars to 40 billion dollars. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all the indices towards a stronger economy.

“Soon, primaries at the wards, local governments, states and the centre will soon be due. I urge all members to take account of the fact that APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any position is not reached. Regardless of the outcome of the primary processes which is imperative, we should all work together to ensure victory for our party.”

National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said the party had a tough year ahead of it, with the general election as well as governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

He pleaded that party members do everything possible to minimise disputations within the party and ensure that the party is in a fighting shape in 2019.

“We obviously have a very tough year ahead of us. It is year of challenges, multiplicity of activities beginning from the month of April when the processes for replacing officers of the party whose tenure will expire by June, the process of conducting challenging elections in Ekiti in July, in Osun in September.

“These elections are precursors of the national elections. It is therefore necessary that we treat them with great seriousness because they are elections we should do everything to win. They are signals and signposts, indicators of what is to come in 2019. Preparations are also well underway for those elections.

“In an atmosphere like that, contests whether at party level or primaries to select candidates for all positions from the House of Assembly members to the exulted position of Mr President always present challenges.

“I want to make a passionate appeal that everything be done to minimise the stresses within the party. We must do everything to minimise the disputations within the party and do everything to ensure that we are in fighting shape come 2019.

“For that reason, I want to say once more that we are fully behind and in support of the initiative taken by Mr President in setting up a team headed by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to effect such a reconciliation that are necessary within the party.

“We have had challenges, we have had storms and weathered the storms. We have a government that took over at a very difficult circumstances but today, we can proudly say that the basic foundation of a new Nigeria economy is finally in place.

“We are not talking now of a foundation that is based on easy money, not a foundation based on crude which for a long time sent all of us to sleep but an economic foundation built on the sweat and labour, resources,  material and otherwise, of the Nigerian people. That is the foundation that lasts. The economic indices tell a clear story.”

Sad! How 20-year-old footballer, Chidubem Ezeagu killed and buried in shallow grave in Imo State

20-year-old footballer, Chidubem Ezeagu?killed and buried in shallow grave in Imo StateIt has been reported that a 20-year-old Imo State footballer, Chidubem Ezeagu, has been found dead in a shallow grave in a bush.

The body was discovered one week after he was declared missing by his family.

The tragedy, which happened at Umuelele Irete, in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, devastated residents and the deceased’s family members. The victim’s elder brother, Timothy, told PUNCH Metro that Chidubem left home around 8.30pm last week Sunday.

According to him, the family declared him missing on Tuesday when attempts to find him failed.  He said, “Chidubem left the house last week Sunday and never returned. We called his telephone number all through Monday, but he did not pick it. On Tuesday, his telephone number became unreachable and that was when we sensed danger. We reported a case of missing person at the Ogbaku Police Station. We equally reported it to the youth leader of the village. A search was conducted throughout the village.”  

Timothy said after days of intense search, the family got information that some non-indigenes buried a man, who was butchered by unknown persons, in a shallow grave in the community.

“It was in the cause of the search that one man told us that some Hausa buried a corpse in a shallow grave. He said a man had called the Hausa people to identify a corpse on the ground. When they couldn’t identify the body, they buried it in a shallow grave to avert breakout of an epidemic,” he added.

The brother said when the corpse was exhumed, it turned out to be Chidubem. Timothy, who called on the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of his brother, lamented that the murder adversely affected his family.

The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said he had directed the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to take over the case. The CP, who said the killing appeared cult-related, said the command was committed to providing adequate security.

Ezike said, “I can confirm that the matter was reported to Ogbaku Police Station as a case of missing person until on Saturday when his remains were found buried in a shallow grave. The SCIID has been directed to take over investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death, which appear cult-related.”

Football : Ideye, Ighalo return to Super Eagles Vs Poland, Serbia

Super Eagles Vs Poland, Serbia: Ideye, Ighalo To Return; Nwakaeme, Nwakali DroppedSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is set to hand Malaga striker Brown Ideye a recall to the Nigeria senior national team ahead of next month’s international friendly matches against Poland and Serbia, a top official said.

Ideye last featured for the Super Eagles in their first Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Zambia in Ndola in 2016 which Nigeria won 2-1.

Since joining Malaga in January, the 29-year-old has scored once in four La Liga Santander games.

CSN also gathered from that the trio of Chidebere Nwakali of Aberdeen, Victor Osimhen of Wolfsburg and Hapoel Beer-Sheva forward Anthony Nwakaeme have been excluded from the squad to face Poland and Serbia.

The Super Eagles, drawn against Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, will face Poland in Warsaw on the 23rd of March and four days later take on Serbia in London.

According to CSN sources, Elderson Echiejile, Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Agu who missed the last games against Algeria and Argentina due to injuries as well Victor Moses are expected to be named in the 25-man squad for the friendlies.

“No major surprises in the team list actually, but it’s more likely Ideye returns but Nwakeame won’t be in the squad,” one of the sources revealed.

“The first team players who missed the last two games in November will be included.”

Rohr is expected to announce his squad that will prosecute the games before Friday.

Invited players are expected to arrive in Poland from 19th March for the friendlies.

Trending: How BBNaija housemates, Bam Bam and Teddy A caught having sex inside the toilet early this morning (18+ video)

#BBNaija housemates, Bam Bam and Teddy A caught having sex inside the toilet early this morning (18+ video)

Last night, #BBNaija housemates, Bam Bam and her ”Boyfriend” Teddy A, finally let the steam off themselves as they had sex (doggy style) inside the toilet while their fellow housemates were sleeping. Watch the videos as shared on twitter below:

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Confession: Former DG NIMASA Admits Stealing Funds, Says I Used It To Build My Hotel

Image result for Calistus ObiIt has been gathered that former acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Calistus Obi, who is being tried for an alleged fraud of N136m, told the court on Monday that part of the money was channelled into the building of his hotel in Delta State.

He, however, said he had since refunded the sum after being held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Obi said this before the Federal High Court in Lagos, where he is standing trial alongside Alu Dismas, who was a personal assistant to his (Obi’s) predecessor, Patrick Akpobolokemi.

The other defendants in the charge are two firms – Grand Pact Limited and Global Sea Investment.

Obi, who is the first defendant, was fielding questions from the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, on Monday.

Answering questions as to what became of the N136m, Obi said, “I used part of the money to build my hotel constructed by Seastroke International. But the money has since been refunded to the EFCC.

“The hotel is located somewhere in Asaba, Delta State. I can’t recollect the address now. The building is completed and is already functioning. The title documents of the hotel is being processed but I have the Certificate of Occupancy and I can produce it before the court.”

His lawyer, Wale Akoni (SAN), however, raised an objection to the prosecutor’s enquiry about the title documents of the hotel, which he contended was not a subject before the court.

Akoni said, “My Lord, I am opposed to this line of questioning by the prosecution’s lawyer. The ownership of the hotel is not an issue in these proceedings. The prosecution is only trying to device a means of seizing the title documents through the back door.”

In his response, the EFCC lawyer, Oyedepo, urged the court to allow him to continue with his enquiry about the hotel, saying the witness had already admitted deploying part of the allegedly diverted money to building it.

“The witness has admitted that part of the funds allegedly diverted by him was used in building the hotel that is now functioning. At the end of this case, the law, as it stands today, empowers My Lord to forfeit property acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.

“Section 30 of the EFCC Act empowers the court to forfeit proceeds of unlawful activity. I urge the court to allow us ask questions that will lead to the recovery of the title documents so that it can form part of the court’s record,” Oyedepo said.

In a bench ruling, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun dismissed Akoni’s objections, holding that “the questions asked on the title documents are in order and the issue of the EFCC trying to forcefully seize it does not arise.”

Meanwhile, the second defendant, Dismas, burst into tears in the open court on Monday after the judge revoked the bail granted him and sent him back to the prison custody.

The judge’s decision followed Dismas’ lateness to court.

Justice Olatoregun said it was not the first time that Dismas, who walked in at about 10.35am on Monday, would come late to court or be absent, stressing that the court could not wait for an accused person

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