Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Photos: Linda Ikeji Finally Purchases A Brand New 2014 Range Rover

Here is what an ecstatic Linda said on her blog:

Yay! My dad finally gave me permission to buy the 2014 Range Rover and I'm beyond happy.
I've wanted this car for so long but he was against me buying it. But it's my birthday this Friday and he finally agreed that I could buy it for myself as a birthday present.

So he and I went to a car company in Victoria Island yesterday and bought this brand new 2014 Range Rover Sports Supercharged. I bought it for N24million. Yeah, I know! Its a lot of money to spend on a car but I've been wanting this car since it came out...so...lol. But I swear I've been feeling so guilty since I bought it. I keep telling myself 'do you know how many lives you would have changed with N24million?"

A lot, I know...but my life is important too na, abi? Lol.

Anyway, to make myself feel better, the September LIB giveaway will be bigger than ever...and I'm more determined now to start my #I'dratherbeselfmade campaign where I will mentor and help some young girls start their own businesses.

And yep, I still have my other cars...my 2008 Toyota Camry and 2011 Infinity FX 35.
#Biggirlthingz. lol.

Now there's something I want to say to all the young girls reading this. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a man buying you things,
but always remember that if you believe in yourselves and your dreams, you work hard and stay focused, there's absolutely nothing you can't buy for yourself. I'm not only buying myself cars that I want, I'm in the process of buying my own house, with my own money.

I made it on my own, in my own way and on my own terms. If anybody ever tells you that the only way you can make it in life is by laying on your back, the person lied to you.

You don't have to do that. You shouldn't do that. You are strong,
you are brave, you have been blessed with a talent, find yourself, believe in yourself, push yourself...and never give up. No money is sweeter than your own money, trust me. You can do it. Yes, you! You can do it. Just be patient,
pay attention and work your butt off.

It's not easy trust me...if you think I had success overnight, you thought wrong. November this year will make it eight years that I've been blogging. Every single day! Before then I was a model, I was a model manager, I was an events planner, I was a columnist, I wrote a book, then I became a blogger. I put my hands in so many things because I was determined to make it in life. Finally one paid off - blogging.

I'm not better than you, if I can make it, so can you! Just never think the only option you have is men. YOU are an option and once you go to God and tell Him what you want to do and He sees that you are serious, He will lead you, He will guide you and He will make all your dreams come true.

Think about it, the people who are successful in life don't have two heads. Why can't you be one of them? You really can be. It's up to you.

Finally, I will soon start my 'I Will Rather Be Self Made' campaign where I will mentor young girls and also help some of you start your own small scale businesses by financing it...so look out for that. I will make an announcement on this soon.

Alright guys, going to bed. Cheers and thanks for everything. YOU guys changed my life. Thank you.

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12 Nigerian Soldiers Who Attacked GOC Sentenced To Death

A military court sitting in Abuja on Monday found 13 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for mutiny and other offences guilty.

Twelve of the convicted soldiers were sentenced to death, five were discharged and acquitted while the remaining one was jailed for 28 days with hard labour.

The soldiers had on May 14, 2014 fired shots at the General Officer Commanding the newly created 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mohammmed, in Maiduguri.

The act is viewed in the military as mutiny.

Those discharged are David Robert, Mohammed Sani, Iseh Ubong, Sebastine Gwaba and Naaman Samuel.

Jeremiah Echocho was sentenced to 28 days with hard labour.

Those who were sentenced to death are Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onuh, Yusuf Shuaibu, Igonmu Emmanuel, Andrew Ugbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukagba, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwuma, Alan Linus, and Stephen Clement.

They were found guilty of criminal conspiracy, mutiny, attempt to commit murder (shooting of the vehicle of the GOC); insubordination to a particular order; insubordination and false accusation.

The President of the Court Martial, Maj. Gen. C.C. Okonkwo, said the 12 soldiers were found guilty of three of the most heinous charges bars. The legal team of the convicts pleaded with the court martial to temper justice with mercy. The team reeled out pathetic stories about the family backgrounds of the convicted servicemen. One was said to be the only son of his octogenarian widowed mother. Another is the father of a five-
month-old baby.

The defence team argued that giving them maximum sentence would do more harm than good, adding that it would increase the agony of their dependants. The attack on the GOC and his men reportedly occurred when they visited the cantonment.

The Maimalari Cantonment is the headquarters of 7 Division, the newest Division of the Nigerian Army. Military sources said that soldiers at the cantonment had been complaining of insufficient ammunition, food and allowances prior to the GOC's visit.

They were also reportedly unhappy and their morale was at its lowest ebb because there had not been troop rotation for a long time since their deployment to combat Boko Haram terrorists in the North- East.

"The GOC's visit coincided with the arrival of the corpses of soldiers killed in an ambush in Chibok on the night of May 13, 2014.

"The apparently agitated soldiers, on sighting the corpses of their slain colleagues became hysteric.
Some opened fire on the GOC, who was lucky to have escaped unhurt. However, the bullets hit and seriously injured some of his bodyguards, who also fled to safety."

Source: Punch

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NYSC Defends N4,000 Online Registration Scheme

The National Youth Service Corps has said the online registration it introduced for the mobilisation of corps members is meant to eradicate the problems that graduates pass through in obtaining call-up letters from their institutions.

The board's spokesperson, Mrs. Olubunmi Aderibigbe, in a statement on Monday said the initiative was also made to save potential corps members from untimely death that could be occasioned by the security challenges in some states.

She also argued that the process would prevent the forgery of call up letters.

Aderibigbe said, "The attention of the board of the NYSC has been drawn to some reports which suggest a misunderstanding of the online registration for the mobilisation of corps members and the rationale behind it. We hasten
to say that the whole idea is not only noble but is indeed designed in the best interest of the corps members.

"Given the security challenge in some states of the federation and the observed cumbersome process of collection of call-up letters in most institutions, the idea was conceived to remove all impediments that make the mobilisation process a nightmare for the graduates. We saw no need why any graduate should have to travel hundreds of kilometres with all the associated
risks, just to collect his or her call-up letter. By registering online, the idea that any unscrupulous official could make the process of collection of call-up letter difficult for corps
members will also be eliminated."

Aderibigbe added that the scheme would afford foreign trained Nigerian graduates to have a seamless opportunity to participate in national service as the barrier of distance had been eliminated.

"The online registration will also create a more reliable platform for storage and retrieval of data for participating graduates, removal of the excruciating registration experiences in camps for both corps members and officials, provision of back-up services for the NYSC Integrated system and provision of Web-based NYSC Integrated System Software covering prospective corps members registration, mobilisation, deployment and the provision of
web-based finger-print software interface for verification," she added.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Photo: Young Man Electrocuted To Death While Trying To Steal Parts Of A Transformer In Lagos

While trying to steal one of the cables in a transformer in Iju Ishaga area, Lonlo bus stop, Lagos at midnight, the young man in the photo above, was electrocuted to death.

He was trying to remove another one from the Mitchell 500KVA when electricity supply was suddenly restored.

The corpse of the deceased, was discovered by a 13-year old boy, Segun Adedokun, who was going to fetch water in the area.

On sighting the dead body, Adedokun raised alarm that attracted residents of the area to the scene of the incident.

Some residents who had gathered at the scene, as at the time of this report, were seen using their cell phones to take photograph of the
electrocuted young man, while cursing him for attempting to steal the feeder units.

A witness, Mr. Egunjobi Samuel, said that vandals had been tampering with their transformer for a long time, adding that luck ran
out on the victim because God wanted to expose one of them today.

"We have been experiencing this thing for a long time. Some people will just come and remove some parts from this transformer. God
decided to expose one of them today. It serves him right,'' Samuel said.
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South African Police Probes 2 Nigerians Over Smuggled $9.3million In Private Jet

South African police are investigating two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen who tried to bring $9.3 million in cash into the country illegally, a spokesman said on Monday. There were suspicions
that the money could be meant for arms. The Nigerians, coming from Abuja, were not identified, according to a report by Reuters.

The plane, a Bombardier Challenger 600, had a Nigerian flight crew on board. It was piloted by Captain Tunde Ojongbede, according to City Press.

Adrian Lackay, spokesperson for the SA Revenue Service (Sars), confirmed that customs officers became suspicious when the passengers' luggage was unloaded and put through the scanners just after 7pm. The officers then investigated and found three suitcases full of cash.

The passengers apparently told officials they were acting on behalf of the Nigerian intelligence service.

They provided documentation confirming they had come to South Africa to buy weapons. It is not clear whether the Israeli passenger was an intelligence operative or an arms dealer.

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee, which has to approve the import and export of any weapons as well as issue permits for such transactions, was not aware of any applications in this case.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) seized the funds at Lanseria airport, northwest of Johannesburg, on Sept. 5. The funds are being held at the central bank as police investigate, SARS spokeswoman Marika Muller said.

"The passengers' luggage was searched after Customs officials detected irregularities. The money
was detained as it was undisclosed/undeclared and above the prescribed legal limit," Muller said in a statement.

South Africa's City Press newspaper reported that bundles of unused $100 bills packed in three suitcase
were transported in a small business jet from the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The three passengers said they were using it to buy arms for the Nigerian security services, City Press said.

South African airport security spokesman Solomon Makgale confirmed a police investigation was
underway but declined to give details. The aircraft was temporarily impounded, but was allowed to return to Abuja on Monday morning.

According to unconfirmed reports, one of the passengers was arrested. Further investigation
revealed that the aircraft used to belong to the American healthcare company Kimberly-Clark. But company spokesperson Bob Brand said the firm had sold the plane years ago, and denied that it had
anything to do with the incident.

According to the US Federal Aviation Administration aeroplane register, the Challenger, with the registration number N808HG, was reregistered in the name of Bank of
Utah Trustee last year. The address in the register was given as Salt Lake City, US.

Aviation industry insiders claim similar "owners" have previously been involved in several controversial aircraft financing transactions for aircraft in Africa. City Press has also established that
the aircraft is used by an entity called Swat Inc in Abuja, but no details of such a company could be

Another plane used by Swat Inc, a Hawker Siddeley 125, also with an American registration number (N497AG), landed at Lanseria Airport last month. That plane and its passengers remained in the country for two days before returning to Abuja on August 13.

Source: www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/15/south-africa-probes-2-nigerians-over-smuggled-9-3million/

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Governor Fashola Visited Site Of Collapsed Synagogue Church Building

The Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola on Sunday visited the site of the collapsed building inside the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun. He commiserated with the church founder, Prophet T.B Joshua and also ordered all church workers to stop work on the site to enable officials of the Nigerian Emergency Management Authority work effectively.

Meanwhile, the Lagos state Commissioner for Physical planning, Mr Toyin Ayinde, revealed that the 5-storey building had no government
approval for its construction.

Speaking to newsmen at the site today, the state Commissioner said records in his office shows that no permit was handed to the civil engineers for the building to be erected but said he was awaiting the church engineers to present the building permit they were given to erect the collapsed building.
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

USA Wins 2014 FIBA World Cup Final

The United States clinched their fifth Basketball World Cup title with a comprehensive 129-92 victory over Serbia in Madrid.

The favourites led 35-21 after a dominant opening quarter and were never threatened in Spain.

Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving top-scored for the USA with 26 points while Houston's James Harden contributed 23.

Forwards Nikola Kalinic and Nemanja Bjelica managed 18 points apiece for Serbia.
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Mario Balotelli Had A Fling With Female Liverpool Fan And Sent Her Away In A Taxi At Night

A smitten Liverpool fan Emma Dalton (pictured left) thought her dreams had come true when the Premier League club's new signing Mario Balotelli took her to bed. The £16million striker flirted with hairdresser online before inviting
her to a party at his luxury rented home.

That night Balotelli enjoyed a three-hour marathon romp with Emma, 23 – but it soon become clear that starting a new relationship was the last thing on his mind.

From UK Mirror

What he was after was more of a training session. While they were having sex the £110,000-a-week Italian told her: "This is nice. It helps my football."

And when the bedroom workout was over he turfed shocked Emma out of his six-bedroom mansion, telling her to take a taxi home in the middle of the night.

The furious single mum told a friend: "I know he has a reputation but I thought he'd changed from the things I'd read. He was charming and as far as I know single so I thought, 'Why not?' Now I feel stupid, "I should never have gone to his house but what's done is done.

He was only interested in one thing from me and then wanted me out of the way."

To add to her humiliation, 24-year-old Balotelli claims he is now trying to rekindle his on-off romance with former fiancèe Fanny Neguesha, 24, who sparked rumours she is pregnant by him after posting an online picture of what looks like a baby bump.

But the soccer bad boy could be red-carded when Fanny finds out he bedded Emma shortly after his transfer from AC Milan to ­Liverpool.

It all started when Emma sent him a message on social media, says her friend.

The pal told the Sunday Mirror: "She only contacted him as a bit of a joke. She didn't think for a second he would reply. How many
messages must he get sent every day? But he did reply and he was quickly sending her messages asking for her to send pictures of herself and her mobile number to arrange to meet up.

"When they were talking on the phone, Emma asked him about Fanny. He told her they'd split up and that he didn't have any female friends in Liverpool."

The madcap striker also revealed that his new club had warned him to steer clear of trouble after his transfer, so he was staying out of the city centre.

The friend added: "He said he had to stay out of the Press, not to get into trouble like the last time he was in England. He told her he'd matured a lot since then."

Within days he invited Emma and a couple of female friends to a private party at the mansion in the upmarket Liverpool suburb of Formby on September 5. He arranged to have them picked up from the nearby train station.

But the friend said the group were stunned when 24-year-old Balotelli's friends arrived to collect them in an ageing Vauxhall Vectra and they were ordered to hand over their mobile phones before entering the property.

The £1.8million mansion boasts a swimming pool with steam room and sauna, swim jet machine and home entertainment room.

Once inside Balotelli's pals started serving the girls shots of £50-a-bottle Ciroc peach vodka – but it was some time later before Mario came down to join them after spending time alone upstairs.

The friend said: "Emma told me that when Balotelli did enter the room he was very charming. He certainly wasn't shy and greeted her with a kiss.

"She said he was drinking red wine and smoking, which the all the girls thought was a bit surprising considering he's a footballer.

"There was a large open plan area and they were all sitting around chatting and drinking.

Then they had a pasta meal delivered to the house."

After a few hours Mario's pals invited Emma's friends for a dip in the pool while he offered to show her round the upstairs of the mansion.

Before long, the pal said, Emma was in his bed. But it was far from romantic.

"She said he told her, 'This is nice. It helps my football'," the pal revealed.

Things turned sour again when, at around 3am, Balotelli told her she had to leave. The pal said: "Emma's friends had called a taxi and he just turned to her and said, 'You go too'.

"The way he did it made her feel really cheap. Like he had just used her and was chucking her out. She started asking for an explanation from him and his security asked her if she was OK. She said he insisted he would call her the following day - but she wasn't happy at all. She said she has never been treated like that before."

Emma's mood worsened the next day when Balotelli called and said he just wanted to be "good friends" as he wanted to get back together with Fanny.

The friend said: "To her that was his way of saying they had never even split up in the first place.

He had just used her, but obviously she will never know the real truth.

"She felt disgusted at the way he treated her.

He had told her he wasn't with Fanny, then when they were in the house together he didn't mention her once. But the next day he wanted Fanny to be his fiancée again.

"How often has he behaved like that? I'm sure she would like to know what sort of man he really is."

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Nigerian Air Force Fighter Jet Goes Missing In Adamawa State

A Nigerian air force Alpha Jet used in the fight against Boko Haram members has gone missing. The military plane reportedly disappeared from radar around Adamawa state after it went for a routine operation attack on Boko Haram men on Friday September 12th.

Two fighter pilots who were operating the jet have also been declared missing. The Defence has released a statement on the missing jet.

The Defence statement posted on their website below...

An Alpha Jet (NAF 466) belonging to the Nigerian Air Force is missing around Adamawa State. The aircraft, with two pilots onboard, left Yola at about 10:45am on 12
September 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon. Since then all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result.

Meanwhile, search and rescue effort is ongoing to establish contact with the crew.

In view of the foregoing, you are please requested to disseminate this information through your news medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual cooperation.
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