South African Olympian "blade runner" Oscar Pistorius is due back in court next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. But today, new photos of the alleged crime scene have been leaked exclusively to Sky News.

The disturbing images, believed to be taken with a cellphone by an officer on the scene, show a Valentine's Day gift addressed to "Ozzy" from Steenkamp, along with gruesome blood splatter in the bathroom where Pistorius claims he believed he was shooting an intruder on the other side of a closed door.

African champions Nigeria will clash with Mexico in a high-profile friendly in Houston, Texas, USA today Friday, May 31, 2013.

"The Nigeria Football Federation and its Match Agent, Eurodata Sport Marketing Sportivo e Culturale, are pleased to announce that the Super Eagles will play against Mexico's Senior Team in a friendly match at the Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas on Friday, May 31, starting from 9pm Texas time," NFF general secretary Musa Amadu said.

He added: "We are pleased that the reigning African champions will have such high-quality final preparation for the important games that we have in the month of June."

The last time both countries met was in a battling friendly inside the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico in October 2007 – it ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Super Eagles, currently top of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, take on Kenya's Harambee Stars in Nairobi on June 8 before travelling to the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Then, another FIFA World Cup qualifying date against Namibia's Brave Warriors awaits in Windhoek.

In Brazil, the Eagles play against Tahiti, Uruguay and World and European champions Spain while the Mexicans clash with host Brazil, Italy and Japan in Group A.

The match in Texas will be the third of a five-match American tour for the Mexicans, who also face daunting dates in CONCACAF's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying race in June.

*I will be asleep by then jare.. Can't wake up for a friendly*

Monaco have completed a reported £50m deal for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian, 27, who scored 32 goals this season, had also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.

He has signed a five-year contract with a club that is being bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmity Rybolovlev.
"We are proud to have secured one of the best players in the world and confident he will help Monaco regain its rightful status," said Rybolovlev.
"We are absolutely delighted that Radamel Falcao has accepted the challenge of coming to play for AS Monaco."
Monaco have embarked on an ambitious spending spree after winning the French second division under former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.
They have already bought Porto midfielders Joao Moutinho, 26, and James Rodriguez, 21, in a £60m double deal and signed defender Ricardo Carvalho, 35, on a free transfer from Real Madrid.

Facts on Falcao

Born: 10 February 1986
Nationality: Colombian
Position: Striker
Clubs: River Plate (2005-2009); Porto (2009-2011) & Atletico Madrid (2011-2013)
Atletico stats: 46 league games, 35 goals

Did you know? Falcao became the first to score a hat-trick in the Uefa Super Cup, when he did so against Chelsea last September.

*Mehn.. This is a real statement of intent.. PSG beware!!!!*

When I first saw these pictures on E! News, I laughed.

Apparently Kim K, almost had a windy wardrobe malfunction.

In local parlance, it is said that "It is only when the wind blows, that we get to see the buttocks of a fowl." LOL!!!!!

But in this scenario, even before the wind blew, we had already seen the buttocks of the fowl.

Ray J may have "hit it first", but the whole world have "hit it second".


The second man arrested over the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby has been discharged from hospital, police say.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, has been taken into custody at a south London police station, where he will be questioned.

The other suspect, Michael Adebowale, 22, has been charged with the soldier's murder and appeared before magistrates on Thursday.

Drummer Rigby's family have called for calm amid reports of a rise in anti-Muslim incidents following the attack.

Mr Adebowale, of Greenwich, south-east London, and Mr Adebolajo, originally from Romford, east London, were shot by police and arrested at the scene of the killing near Woolwich Barracks on 22 May.

They were both held under police guard in hospital following the arrest.

Mr Adebowale was discharged from hospital earlier this week. He is due to appear in court again on Monday.

Police investigating the Woolwich attack have also arrested a 42-year-old man in north London and a 46-year-old man in east London on suspicion of involvement in the supply of illegal firearms.

Faith Matters, an inter-faith organisation aimed at tackling extremism, said it had recorded 212 incidents since last Wednesday, up from between four and six per day.

In a statement, Drummer Rigby's family said: "Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others".

"We would not wish any other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm and show their respect in a peaceful manner."

Drummer Rigby's regiment, the Royal Fusiliers, also issued a notice to veterans and serving soldiers warning them about being associated with far-right groups.

It said a number of retired soldiers had been approached to take part in demonstrations taking place in the wake of the soldier's death.

Brig Ian Liles, regimental secretary to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: "It is wrong and disgraceful that the death of one of our own should be exploited in this manner."

A separate notice issued by Army headquarters and passed on by Col James Stopford warned that "extremist organisations (the English Defence League in particular) will seize any opportunity to align veterans with their cause".

On Friday, the Queen visited Woolwich barracks where she met officers and soldiers associated with Drummer Rigby in private.

The visit to see the new home of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery was planned before the attack.

During her visit, the Queen met Lieutenant Colonel Bob Christopher, commander of Woolwich Station, and his team, as well as staff from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' outreach team, Drummer Rigby's regiment, based at the Tower of London.

Her tour of the base was hosted by the commanding officer of the King's Troop, Major Mark Edward.

The regiment, which is a largely ceremonial one, is famed for firing gun salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions, and for providing a gun carriage and a team of black horses for state and military funerals.

Baroness Thatcher's coffin was carried on a gun carriage from the King's Troop during her recent funeral, and on Monday the unit will fire a 41-gun royal salute from London's Green Park to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

During her visit, the Queen watched a gun team display in the riding school and visited the horses' stables, the forge where they are shod and the veterinary clinic.

She also presented medals to two members of the King's Troop - Lance Bombardier Dannielle Parker, 25, and Warrant Officer Second Class Jeremy Faulkner, 36 - who have recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

Her journey to the barracks in south-east London did not take her past the scene of Drummer Rigby's murder, where thousands of flowers have been laid by members of the public in his honour.

The total number of arrests made in connection with the attack stands at 12. So far, six of those arrested have been bailed and two released without charge.

Tina Campbell, one half of the Grammy awards winning Christian music duo Mary Mary spoke to Ebony magazine about her husband's past infidelities and how she tried killing herself as a result of that.
The 39 year old singer stated that her husband cheated on her with a family friend.

Tina Campbell is the one with the coloured hair.

Unable to contain it anymore, she posted this on Facebook some days ago:

Hi fans and friends. It's Tina. I hope all of you are well and I thank you for all the love and support you've shown my sister and I over the years.
Well, Im actually writing you on behalf of my husband Teddy and I.

I'm assuming that many of you have seen or heard about our article in Ebony that discussed the challenges of overcoming infidelity in our marriage.

Well since the article, the challenges have worsened.

My hope turned into hopelessness & despair and I became unwilling to forgive and fight, until God showed me myself.

My husband's struggle, was with intimate immorality BUT I have struggled with anger, rage, unforgiveness, pride, just to name a few, for over 2 decades.

The devil wanted to use strongholds that took hold of our lives in our childhood, to remain and destroy us as adult. So now instead of being mad at each other we're mad at the devil and we're ready to fight.

Today we began a 30 day fast (May 24th-June 22nd) for complete deliverance & restoration.

If you are able to, please fast and/or pray daily that God would answer our prayer and give us a deeper love & commitment to him and to each other. We believe He still works miracles and He can give us the greatest marriage we could have ever imagined. We can pray alone BUT your prayers will certainly help.

Facebook unveils verified pages and profiles much like verified accounts on Twitter, verified Facebook pages will now display a small blue check mark beside their owner's name on the social network.

The check mark will also appear beside the individual's name in search results, as well as anywhere else on Facebook where it appears.

Just like Twitter's verified accounts, Facebook's verified status won't be offered to everyone. Verified accounts will be specifically available to public figures with large audiences, namely, celebrities, government officials, popular brands and some journalists.

Verified Facebook Pages and profiles started rolling out on Wednesday.

*This is a good development by Facebook. At least if one can't get easily verified on Twitter, you should on Facebook*

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has dared the state chapter of People's Democratic Party (PDP), leaders to investigate his administration if they are in doubt of how the state is being run.

He urged the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to remain focused on the mandate for which it was established, saying such an anti-graft agency should not be an ally of witch-hunting.

The comment came on the same day the governor, along with several stakeholders in the state, unveiled the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, which the governor said was made possible by the noble disposition of the late President Umaru Yar' Adua to the project

Fashola yesterday expressed the views in an interview with a four-man panel, which comprised Editor-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye; Daily Editor of The Sun Newspapers, Mr. Steve Nwosu; a human right lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Fawehinmi and Channels Television broadcaster, Ms. Maupe Ogun.

Fashola acknowledged the right of the opposition to raise questions on issues in a democracy, explaining that the activities of his critics had helped him to do more and be more effective.

He added that the opposition continued "to do their jobs. The important thing "is that they need to investigate us. Our administration is open to investigation. But the EFCC must remain focused on its mandate.

"The EFCC should not be an ally to witch-hunting. I understand by my training that a leader should submit to investigation. I am ready to give account for everything this administration has done from 2007 till date."

78-year-old Mariana Ong'ango Ololo, a new pupil at Obambo Primary School, is not only the oldest pupil in her class, the grandmother is also the oldest pupil in the school.

Ololo, who hails from Siaya county, reportedly showed up at the school unannounced on 14 May, in a school uniform with a shaved head and accompanied by her 56-year-old son George.

The school principal Joseph Muloand told the Daily Nation, "It is a unique case. We have to lay down a strategy of handling such an elderly pupil." Ololo has already missed classes on several occasions due to her poor health.

The Nation reports that she is a mother of eight and has been a widow since 2002. She reportedly started school because of an interest in politics and was inspired to do so by the election of Uhuru Kenyatta. She told the Daily Nation, ""Uhuru Kenyatta is not an old man, but took over as fourth President because he has got an education. That is a clear indicator that a person cannot rank highly in society without an education."

Her story is very similar to that of Guinness World Record holder Kimani Maruge who enrolled in primary school at the age of 84. Maruge had a 2010 movie, called The First Grader, made about his experience.

*If this kain thing happen for Nigeria, dem go laugh am.. Good job Mama!!*

Real Madrid are looking at the option of selling the naming rights to the Santiago Bernabeu, as the La Liga club explores ways to generate revenue.

The Spanish giants revealed on Thursday, that Emirates will replace Bwin, as their new shirt sponsor from the 2013/2014 campaign. The deal is valued at around €125 million for five seasons.

"We want a strong Real Madrid and part of that comes through alliances with large companies. We are making this alliance with the world's most important airline and it is an alliance for the present and for the future," club president, Florentino Perez said.

"Emirates become Real Madrid's new main sponsor. Two global brands and two leading organisations. This is one of the club's most important decisions. It is an honour to link the Emirates name to Real Madrid's because they are a perfect partner and ally."

However, los Blancos are looking to open new streams of income and are searching for sponsors, who would buy naming rights of the stadium.

Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena), Borussia Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park), Arsenal (Emirates Stadium) and Manchester City (Etihad Stadium), are some of the European giants that have struck similar deals.

The Court of Appeal in Lagos, has overturned the ruling of a high court and quashed the N25million damages awarded to Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, more popular as Baba Suwe.

The money was due to be paid to the actor, over his detention by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for allegedly ingesting hard drugs.

However, his lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, has stated that he would appeal the ruling.

In line with its drive to address the high rate of girls who are out of school, the Federal Government has embarked on the construction of Girls Model Secondary Schools in 13 states of the Federation.

Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, represented by his Special Assistant, Lambert Opara, disclosed this at a one day "Dissemination Workshop of the Transforming Education for Girls in Nigeria (TEGIN) project" and the public presentation of "A Girls Club Manual" organized by the ActionAid Nigeria, yesterday in Abuja.

He mentioned that government is building the special body schools with well-equipped facilities to encourage young girls to concentrate on their studies.

His words "Quality education remains one of the pillars of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan administration. Education remains the gateway that makes all other development process possible. Any development therefore not premised on sound education foundation cannot be sustained. That is why Mr. President is pulling efforts towards ensuring that the nation gets not just education but a qualitative education system through the provision of basic infrastructure deficient in our schools" he said.

While the event was also used to launch the TEGIN research report, he maintained that the Ministry of Education is undertaking a review of 9-years Basic Education curriculum to reflect national development goals as part of effort to address the high number of out-of-school children especially girls in northern parts of the country.

He said, "The economic benefit of training female children are many. Apart from managing her home better, an educated girl is an asset to the society. As a mother she steps down her knowledge onto the children".

Country Director ActionAid Nigeria, Hussaini Abdul said the project is a special initiative to transform the education of girls in northern Nigeria by enabling them to enroll and succeed in schools. The model school according to him would address the key challenges that hinder their participations in education and increase their vulnerability to gender violence and HIV/AIDS.

With success already being recorded through improvement in enrolment, retention and completion of girls schooling in eight northern Nigeria States, he expressed optimism that there would be massive enrolment of girls in schools at the end of the project.

"Establishing Girls Clubs in primary Schools in the project State is a critical output of the TEGIN project. The clubs are an avenue to empower girls and build their confidence to speak out about the quality of education they are receiving"

Call it a battle of wits, and you'll not be wrong.

The Supreme Court has struck out an appeal by former Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Segun Oni, challenging the election of incumbent Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

The travails of Segun Oni began when an Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ekiti State, approved his contentious April 2007 election into office as Governor.

However, Oni's stay in office was short-lived, as his major rival, Dr. Fayemi of the ACN pursued the matter to the Appeal Court, in which the Appellate Court upturned the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal, and nullified Segun Oni's election, and reinstated Dr. Kayode Fayemi as Governor of Ekiti State in October 2010.

The development sure didn't go down well with Segun Oni, who took the matter to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court finally delivered judgement this morning, and upheld the October 2010 judgement of the Appeal Court, which nullified the election of Segun Oni.

In an unanimous decision by a 7-man panel, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, delivered in Abuja, the apex court said that is lacks jurisdiction, and struck out Oni's case.

Commuters on the recently reopened Lagos-Kano rail route are now stranded in Minna following the derailment of a cargo train at Kutuwongi village in Mokwa Local Government Area, Niger State, on Wednesday.

Also, a Lagos-bound train from Kano crushed an unidentified man to death in Minna.

Sources said the commercial train, which departed Kano on Wednesday morning for Lagos, with fully loaded passengers and merchandise, got stuck in Minna when it became obvious that the Akere-Jebba route had been closed to traffic as a result of the derailment of the cargo train conveying cement to Kaduna and Kano from Lagos.

It was gathered, however, that before the Lagos-bound train crushed the unidentified man to death about 50 metres to Minna station, it had encountered a distress signal (warning it ahead of the derailed train in Minna).

The incident, which occurred around 8pm on Wednesday night, threw residents of Mobil Round-about, a commercial hub of Minna metropolis, into confusion but for the timely arrival of policemen, who came to the scene to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Confirming the incident, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sebastine Ayejime, who is the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Minna Railway Police Station, said the unidentified man was crushed to death by the Lagos-bound train a few metres to the station.

According to him, the deceased was said to be sleeping on the rail track despite the loud blaring of horn by the approaching train. He said it was unfortunate that he refused to vacate the scene, which led to his untimely death.

The DPO said police succeeded in removing the man's corpse from the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, he said the Medical Director of Minna General Hospital and his team refused to accept the remains because so many corpses had been deposited without anyone coming forth to claim ownership.

However, efforts to speak with the District Manager, NRC, Minna, proved abortive as he was said to have led top management team to Kutuwongi village on a rescue mission to clear the route in order to restore normal service.

Opposition parties have dismissed President Goodluck Jonathan's assessment of his administration in the last two years, saying the President has not performed.

They also said that Nigerians did not need a marking scheme to assess the Jonathan administration.

The Action Congress of Nigeria and the All Nigeria Peoples Party said these on Thursday while reacting to the President's speech at the Democracy Day event in Abuja on Wednesday.

Jonathan had, at the event, faulted the assessment of his administration by critics, saying his government had done well.

He also urged Nigerians to be objective, adding that they should develop a marking scheme in assessing his administration.

But the ACN, in a statement in Ibadan, on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reminded the President that it was not the business of the opposition to spoon-feed his administration on how to govern.

"Mr. President, Nigerians need no marking scheme to know that the rate of unemployment went up, under your watch, to an unprecedented 23.9% by December 2011, according to figures given by the National Bureau of Statistics. Today, the figure must be hovering above the 50% mark!

"Nigerians need no marking scheme to know that under your watch, security of lives and property, and the welfare of the citizens - the raison d'ętre of any government - are at the lowest ebb."

"Mr. President, what marking scheme does one need to know that despite the seemingly impressive economic figures being reeled out by your administration, the average Nigerian is worse off today than he or she was before you assumed office?"

The ACN said the Washington-based global advocacy and campaigning organisation, ONE, listed Nigeria, under President Jonathan, and Democratic Republic of Congo among "laggard countries'' pulling Africa back from reaching the MDG goals by 2015.

"This global body did not use any 'Jonathan-style marking scheme' to name Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana and Ethiopia as the top performing countries in Africa (on the MDGs), even when they are less endowed than Nigeria."

The party said it would not have wasted its energy on commenting on the mid-term performance record of the Jonathan administration, had the President not disingenuously decided to blame imaginary enemies of his administration for his token achievements in the face of mounting challenges facing the country.

It said, "Mr. President, it is never too late for you to put your shoulder to the wheel, shun the political jobbers around you, reinvigorate your cabinet by chasing away the deadwood there – though some of them come highly recommended on paper - and giving Nigerians a more purposeful governance.

"When that happens, you will not need to waste valuable time on lecturing your much-sapped compatriots on how to assess your administration, and you would have succeeded in rending those seemingly implacable critics of yours in the media and the opposition jobless."

Also, the ANPP, which reacted through its spokesman, Emma Eneukwu, said it was not impressed by Jonathan's assessment.

It said that it had gone out of its way to proffer solutions to the myriad of problems facing the country, out of sheer patriotism.

"Needless to say that such suggestions from us and other well-meaning groups and individuals have been so arrogantly ignored by the administration,'' it said.

The party wondered why Jonathan was suddenly irritated that Nigerians had not given his administration a pass mark, after about three years in office.

It said that after being bashed by Nigerians for non-performance he had to encourage himself by becoming the exam setter and marker.

The ANPP said, "Performance is like a pregnancy that cannot be hidden. Where did he perform? Is it power, security, job creation, corruption or other infrastructural developments?

"The President knows he has failed Nigerians. Note that it is non- performance of the President that pushed him to aggression and fighting imaginary enemies. A performing President moves with air of confidence knowing that the people are on his side."

But the Presidency described the statements credited to the opposition political parties on the mid-term performance of  Jonathan as reckless and irresponsible.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, said contrary to the position of the opposition parties, Jonathan had achieved so much in the two years of his administration.

Gulak said, "The ANPP, ACN, Congress for Progressive Change and other political parties are just making statements that are reckless and irresponsible.

"Have governors of ACN, CPC or ANPP states presented mid-term report to the people of their states? The answer is no.

"This is the first time in history that a President will present his mid-term report to the people of the country. He told Nigerians in clear terms what he has done in the last two years.

"President Jonathan's achievements are facts and verifiable. They are there for all to see, they are not rhetoric.

"Nigerians should be the ones to be talking and not the ACN and others that will never see anything good in this administration. That was why he said Nigerians who want to assess him should design their marking scheme."

Nigerian hip hop artiste, and Pepsi ambassador, Chukie Edozie, aka Lynxxx, is facing litigation at Igbosere Magistrates' court for allegedly beating up a UK-based Nigerian businessman, Richard Bennet.

Bennet is asking for N10m damages for assault and battery.

The artiste, known for his hit song, 'Fine Lady' and his crew reportedly caused body injuries to Bennet in a fracas at a Lagos night club, Ntycee Lounge and Restaurant.

The claimant, who was said to own two bars in Nigeria and the UK, in his claims, explained that he had gone to Ntycee with his nephews to relax.

He said it was while strolling around the club, that his drink spilt on a lady who allegedly slapped him and emptied the content of her glass cup on him.

Bennet said, "Edozie on learning what had happened, grabbed me by the lapel, and later broke bottles and threatened to kill me if I did not apologize to the lady who I later learnt was his relation."

The fracas led to the club being closed by the owners of the bar.

Bennet alleged that Edozie and his men waited at the gate, regrouped and forced themselves into the club where they "brutally assaulted me with several blows to my head and body."

A copy of the medical report from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja where the claimant was admitted said, "he was seriously beaten up by a group of people, and was hit with iron rod in the head, with severe pain and bruises over his body.''

The counsel for the claimant, Mrs. Tina Wils-Ubong, of the Festus Keyamo Chambers, however said Edozie had been served papers inviting him to answer to the offence, which he refused to accept or acknowledge.

She said the Keyamo Chambers was still making efforts to serve the defendant papers.

Wils-Ubong informed the court of the Chambers intention to file an ex parte.

The magistrate, Mrs. A.F Botoku, however, said it might not be necessary as the court had written the state Citizen's Mediation Centre, where the matter could be resolved between the two men; and if this failed, it would be returned to the court.

None of the parties to the matter was in court, except the counsel for the claimant.

The matter was adjourned till July 2.

*Which kind show of power be that one by Lynxxx? Arrange to beat up someone just because you can...*

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps says it has shut down 20 private guard companies in the past five days for operating illegally in Lagos State.

The Commandant of the state command, Clement Adesuyi, stated this at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday.

The NSCDC boss said the action became necessary due to the present security challenges facing the country.

Adesuyi said it was part of the constitutional role of the corps to provide training for private guard companies as well as regulating their activities.

He said, "One of our key functions is the registration of private guard companies and the constitution empowers us to regulate their activities as well as issuing licences to such companies.

"Since Monday, we have been going round Lagos and we have sealed off at least 20 errant firms. Some of the firms are not registered at all, while others have expired licences. We will continue to carry out surprise checks and anyone found wanting will face the law."

Adesuyi urged private security companies to go through the proper channel of registration and urged members of the public to hire personnel only from registered private security firms.

He added that it remained a requirement for all private guard firms to have at least a retired security agent on its board because of the nature of the business, and their experience in the field.

He said, "It remains a requirement for every private security guard company to have at least a retired security agent as a member of its board of directors or its owner because of the nature of the business.

"It is also necessary that all other requirements are met before establishing such a firm because the NSCDC will inspect all firms to make sure that they are not found wanting. Security is serious business and it must be treated as such."

With marriage comes a higher level of responsibility for a lady and it is expected that some of the things you freely do as a single lady should be appraised and those that are going to cause problems in your marriage should be dropped.

Sexy actress Dakore Egbusan, who got marriage to the son of a Billionaire, Harry Akande, has realised this and will do everything to save her sweet marriage.

Below is what she said:

"I have to consider my husband before taking any role these days. I will not do romantic roles as I used to back in the day. Though, if I saw a role that is good and positive, maybe I could act. I am now a new Dakore and not the old Dakore people used to know because I am coming into a new era in my career.

"I am now a mother and a wife. I just have to be more discerning about the movies that I embark upon."

But did her Billionaire father-in-law stopped her from acting before? She said it's not true:

"At this stage we are all grown up and we all know that life is not the way it was when we were growing up so women often have to work and earn a living. But aside the financial aspect, I also love what I do. I never retired from Nollywood and my husband never barred me from acting."

Teams could be expelled from competitions or relegated for serious incidents of racism after tough new powers were voted in by Fifa.
For a first or minor offence, a warning or fine will be imposed.
Re-offenders or serious incidents could lead to a points deduction, expulsion from competition or relegation.
The 'resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination' was passed with a 99 per cent majority at the Fifa congress in Mauritius.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter believes the measures 'send a strong signal to the racists' but that further work needs to be done.
"While we, in this hall, can all agree that racism must be stopped, more must be done outside, back in our respective home nations," said Blatter.
"We need zero tolerance and strict punishments everywhere. We must lead. We must set a tough, uncompromising example.
"Football can show the way. We can make a difference. With our newly formed task force, led by Jeffrey Webb, and the tough resolution before you this week, we can send a strong signal to the racists that their time is up.
"But we need the help of all. We cannot win this battle alone."
Fifa commissioned a task force to address the issue of racism after a friendly game between AC Milan and Pro Patria was abandoned due to racist chanting .
Their verdict includes putting an official inside the stadium to identify potential acts of racism and ease the pressure on the match referee.

Source: BBC

The President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, will be present at the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Harambee Stars of Kenya on June 5.

The Cameroonian, who has been at the helm of affairs since 1987, is expected to arrive in Nairobi two days before the crucial match, which will be played at Moi Kasarani.

"Hayatou has confirmed that he will attend the Kenya v Nigeria match. He (Hayatou) will jet into Nairobi on June 3. Hayatou has a good relationship with Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya and wants to be part of the crowd at Kasarani on Wednesday (June 5)," the source, who sought anonymity, told

The first leg in Calabar ended 1-1 and a win for either team, will put them in a great position to qualify for the competition.

Security agencies in the country have linked a co-owner of two popular business outlets in the nation's capital as ring leader in a major terrorist operation in the country.

In a statement by the spokesman of the Joint Task Force in Kano, Ikedichi Iweha, Fauzi Fawad, the co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park, both in Abuja, was named as a member of a Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist cell in Nigeria.

The JTF said Mr. Fawad's name was mentioned by all those arrested for being part of the syndicate.

The group is in possession of heavy weapons, and other terrorism related activities the military described as "weapons of mass destruction."

The JTF said it arrested three Lebanese suspects for owning the large cache of arms recovered at a bunker in the city.

The Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade, Nigerian Army, Iliyasu Abba, said one of the suspects was arrested on Tuesday at a house on Gaya Road in Bompai area of Kano.

He said another suspect was arrested in Abuja while the third suspect was apprehended since May 16, at Aminu Kano International Airport, on his way to Beirut, Lebanon. The suspect was caught with 60,000 US dollars in his possession.

JTF disclosed that one Abdullahi Hassan Tahir Padalla, was the owner of the house in which one of the suspects was arrested and he is still at large.

Mr. Abba said among the weapons discovered during the operation on Tuesday were 17 AK 47 rifles, 44 magazines, four land mines and 12 RPG bombs, 14 RPG charger, 11 66 mm anti-tanks weapons, one SMG magazine, one pistol and magazine.

Also, 11, 433 rounds of 7.26 mm special, 76 hand grenade, rocket propelled guns, 122 calibre artillery and anti mines weapons were recovered.

"What you are seeing here are weapons of mass destruction in terms of our situation here right now in Nigerian.

"If these things have been brought out, only God knows the type of destruction they will cause to innocent persons in the state or in the country,'' he said.

Also speaking, the state Director of the SSS, Bassey Ettang, said that the three suspects had been linked to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon.

He said the suspects have for a long time been using the bunker in the house to stockpile arms and ammunition.
He restated the commitment of the SSS and other security agencies to continue with the ongoing war on criminals nationwide.

Below is full text of the Press Release:

On 28 May 13 a combined team of the JTF involving the NA of the 3 Brigade here in Kano and the Kano state DSS conducted a thorough search of this house located at No 3 Gaya Road off Bompai Road Kano belonging to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla a Lebanese national who is currently out of the country.

After painstaking search of the whole premises, the search team uncovered an underground bunker in the the master bed room where a large quantity of assorted weapons of different types and caliber were recovered.

The bunker was specially constructed for this purpose. It is worth mentioning to say that the weapons include anti tank weapons, rocket propelled guns, anti tank/anti personnel mines among other dangerous weapons.

All the weapons and ammunition recovered were properly concealed with several layers of concrete and placed in coolers, drums and bags neatly wrapped.

These discoveries were not accidental but the outcome of an ongoing robust counter terrorism investigation by the Department of the State Services Abuja in the past several months. The investigation also confirms the existence of a Hizbullah Foreign Terrorist Cell in Nigeria.

Consequently, the DSS on 16 May 2013 arrested one Mustapha Fawaz the co-owner of the popular Amigo Supermarket as well as the Wonderland Amusement Park all in Abuja. Thus, his arrest and confession unveiled other members of the foreign terrorists network which led to the interception of one member of the syndicate named Abdullah Tahini a Lebanese national at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with undeclared amount of sixty thousand United States Dollars on him enroute Beirut.

Thereafter on 26 May 2013 one Talal Roda also a Lebanese with Nigerian Passport was arrested in this same house.

All those arrested have confessed to have undergone Hizbullah terrorist training and further implicated one Fauzi Fawad, also a co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park. However, the fellow is now at large.

The arms and ammunition were targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interest in Nigeria, however, the security agencies are making frantic efforts to unveil the true situation. At the end of investigation, all those involved will be prosecuted.

Greece's state-owned public TV station ET3 apparently mixed up their feeds on Tuesday evening when they broadcast some softcore pornography in the background during a report on the latest unrest in a country wrecked by turmoil.

According to viewer reports, the oral sex being broadcast on live TV was not just some random porno flick someone threw into the monitor. It was an erotic film being shown on sister network ET1 that somehow made its way onto a screen behind the in-studio anchor.

*If this type of thing should happen in Nigeria, heads will definitely roll*

Lawmakers in Nigeria have passed a bill banning gay marriage, setting prison terms of up to 14 years.

Nigeria's House of Representatives passed the bill Thursday in a voice vote. The Senate previously passed the bill in November 2011.

It was not immediately clear if there were differences between the House and Senate versions. If there are none, the bill goes immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan to potentially sign into law.

It also criminalizes registering gay clubs or organizations, as well as "public show of same-sex amorous relationships."

Gay sex has been banned in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people, since colonial rule by the British. Gays face open discrimination and abuse in a country divided by Christians and Muslims who almost uniformly oppose homosexuality.

The Nasarawa State Director of the State Security Service, SSS, Mr. Halilu Musa, has been relieved of his position.

His removal is not unconnected to the gruesome murder of 10 SSS operatives and about 90 policemen by the Ombatse cult on May 9, 2013, in Alakyo Village, few minutes drive from the state capital, Lafia.

Sources say the leadership of the Service was furious that Musa allowed his men to embark on such operation without adequate surveillance and intelligence gathering.

He was also said to have released the operatives for the mission without seeking all necessary approval from the agency's top hierarchy.

The leader of the cult group, Baba Alakyo, had claimed in an interview that he didn't carry out the killings, but that the operatives were killed by his "god".

It would be recalled that the SSS on Sunday held a candlelight procession at its Headquarters, Abuja, in honour of the late officers.

During the session, Director-General of the agency, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong, who promised to forestall a re-occurrence of the unfortunate incident, stated that the Service had forgiven the cult group.

It was also gathered from a reliable source that henceforth, the SSS has resolved to provide adequate back-up for its operatives before they embark on high-risk missions.

The man found guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in a sexually motivated attack must spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, had claimed he accidentally run April over near her Machynlleth home and could not recall where he had put her body.

But the jury at Mold Crown Court unanimously convicted him in a case lasting four-and-a-half weeks.

The judge branded him a "pathological liar" and "a paedophile".

April went missing on 1 October 2012 near her Machynlleth home sparking the biggest search in UK police history.

Her remains have never been found.

Having deliberated for just over four hours, the jury returned three guilty verdicts - abduction, murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Ever since his arrest, Bridger - only the 37th person to be given a whole-life tariff - stuck steadfastly to his story about not remembering where he put April's remains.

But shortly after he was convicted it emerged that while on remand at HMP Manchester, he told a prison priest he disposed of April's body in a river - thought to be the Dyfi close to where Bridger was arrested.

This conversation was the subject of legal arguments during the trial.

The jury was absent during the discussion and the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to submit the evidence.

What was revealed during the trial was fragments of bone consistent with a juvenile human skull were found among ashes in the woodburner, along with April's blood near to a number of knives, including one which was badly burned.

Bridger's cottage had also been extensively cleaned.

A library of child sex abuse images were found on his computer, and evidence of search terms including "naked young five-year-old girls" as well as pictures of murder victims including the Soham victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

He also had Facebook pictures of local young girls including April and her sisters.

Sentencing Bridger, Mr Justice John Griffith Williams said: "For the last four weeks, the court has listened to compelling evidence of your guilt, evidence which has also demonstrated that you are a pathological and glib liar.

"There is no doubt in my mind that you are a paedophile who has for some time harboured sexual and morbid fantasies about young girls, storing on your laptop not only images of pre-pubescent and pubescent girls but foul pornography of the gross sexual abuse of young children.

"What prompted you on Monday, 1 October to live out one of those fantasies is a matter for speculation but it may have been the combination of the ending of one sexual relationship and your drinking.

"Whatever, you set out to find a little girl to abuse. I am not sure you targeted April specifically... but you were on the prowl for a young girl."

Referring to the grief of April's parents, he added: "Without the knowledge of what happened to April, her parents will probably never come to terms with their grievous loss, described so eloquently in the impact statement.

"It is to be hoped, for their sake and for the sakes of all those who mourn April, that the verdicts will bring some measure of closure."

A statement read earlier in court on behalf of April's mother said she would never forget that night they allowed their daughter out to play with her friend, something they had done hundreds of times before.

"Words alone cannot describe how we are feeling or how we manage to function on a daily basis and I would never want any other family to go through what we are and will go through for the rest of our lives," it read.

"April was born prematurely weighing only 4lbs 2oz and was in intensive care for two weeks. She has always been a little fighter and we later found out that she had a hole in her heart and a heart murmur."

It went on: "As April's mother I will live with the guilt of letting her go out to play on the estate that night for the rest of my life.

"She fought to come into the world, she fought to stay in this world and he has taken her not only from us but from everyone who loved her.

"I will never see her smile again or hear her stomping around upstairs and on to the landing.

"We will never see her bring home her first boyfriend and Paul will never walk her down the aisle. How will we ever get over it?"

Outside the court, senior investigating officer Deputy Supt. Andrew John said the strength of evidence against Bridger was overwhelming and he was responsible for the most horrific of crimes.

"Justice has been done and Mark Bridger, an evil and manipulative individual, will have his liberty taken off him," he said.

"He abducted and murdered April and has then gone to enormous lengths to destroy the evidence, conceal his involvement and avoid detection."

April's disappearance sparked the biggest missing person search in UK police history, focusing on around 650 areas near her home town and involving hundreds of experts as well as thousands of members of the public.

Dyfed-Powys Police received help from 45 other UK forces.

Insp. Gareth Thomas who led the search told the jury he was "extremely confident" that if April's body was anywhere in the vicinity, it would have been found.

The seven-month search for her remains was finally called off last month.

*I have been following this story for quite a while now*

Wizkid will be performing on stage with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Emeli Sande, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Rita Ora at the 2013 Yahoo Wireless Festival.

This year, it is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London across Friday 12 July, Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July and Our very own Nigerian "Superstar", Wizkid and the "Azonto" pioneer, Fuse ODG will be performing together.

The music festival brings the biggest stars to one colossal multi-day concert and has been sponsored in the past by O2 and Barclays Card but this year, it's by Yahoo!

Wizkid will be Following the footsteps of D'Banj who performed on the big stage last year.

The House of Representatives has ordered the immediate suspension of the $40 million (N6 billion) internet surveillance contract awarded secretly by the Nigerian government to an Israeli firm.

A house resolution approved Thursday, said no further action should be taken on the controversial spy project, which has sparked national fury, until three house committees complete an investigation in three weeks.

The clandestine project, exposed by PREMIUM TIMES, was awarded by the Jonathan administration to Elbit Systems, an Israeli Info tech firm, to spy on millions of Nigerian internet users. It is seen as part of the government's widened clamp down on free media, and unrestrained use of the internet to attack government officials and policies.

But the authorities, which have not officially commented on the contract despite its extensive attention, passed the project off as an intelligence gathering effort in the face of growing insecurity and fundamentalist threat.

In a motion initiated by Ibrahim Gusau, the House said the project will infringe on the privacy of Nigerians and argued that the so-called intelligence gathering, "may not be the solution" to the nation's security troubles.

The House also questioned the secrecy surrounding the contract award, which lawmakers agreed violated federal financial regulations relating to contract awards, as stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

Three committees, namely, Information and Computer Technology, Human Rights, and National Security, are to conduct inquiry into the project and make its findings known in three weeks.

Source: Premium Times

The 15-lens cameras atop Google Street View cars have recorded a host of "interesting" moments in the nearly six years they have been snapping photos of the world's streets.

From Paddington Bear, the naked Florida woman and "horse boy", just to name a few.

But the images of a woman and a man on Temperance Street in Manchester, U.K, engaging in "manual stimulation" have been captured by this device.

*Make this technology no come Nigeria ooo..*

FIFA will elect a woman to its powerful executive committee  for the first time in its history this week.
Former Australia international Moya Dodd is one of four women vying for a four-year term as a Fifa executive.
"I would hope I could contribute something, not just for women's football but for women in football," Dodd, 48, told BBC Sport.

Her rivals are:

Lydia Nsekera, 45, Burundi:

Only the second woman to preside over a football association in Africa, Nsekera was co-opted onto the Fifa executive committee in 2012.
Nsekera has been head of the Burundian FA since 2004 and was a member of Fifa's organising committee for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic football tournaments. A member of the International Olympic Committee, she is also on the independent governance committee set up in 2011 to tackle corruption within Fifa.

Sonia Bien-Aime, 41, Turks & Caicos Islands:

Bien-Aime is the inaugural general-secretary of the Turks and Caicos Islands federation. She captained her country and also represented the islands in the 200m, long jump and high jump.
She was also one of the whistle-blowers who alleged that Mohamed Bin Hammam had provided members of the Caribbean Football Union with gifts of $40,000 during his ill-fated Fifa election campaign in 2011.

Paula Kearns, 46, New Zealand:

A trained chartered accountant, Kearns only came to football at the age of 36. She was not able to play at school because girls were not allowed to at the time.
In the space of a decade, the mother of three has become president of amateur club Takapuna AFC and joined the board of the New Zealand Football Association, becoming acting chief executive for six months in 2008.

Nsekera already has experience of the executive committee, which is the governing body of Fifa, having been co-opted for one year at the last congress in Budapest.

Dodd is convinced female representation on the executive committee can only be a good thing.
"Can you imagine a family or a society or a workplace with no women in it?" said the lawyer, who played in the first Women's World Cup in 1988. "It would be much the poorer for it. Football is the same.
"It's a very exciting time to be part of football and a part of women's football. I really do think we're on the edge of something good."

Earlier this year, Alexandra Wrage, a reform adviser for Fifa, resigned in protest over what she saw as a "neutered" reform process launched in response to the various scandals to hit world football's governing body.
She also complained about the "startling" sexism she had encountered from leading Fifa officials.

Dodd is aware of Wrage's comments and says she is determined not to be a token appointment if she is elected.

"This position is a great opportunity for a woman to make a definitive contribution at the highest level," said Dodd, who currently serves on the Asia Football Confederation's executive body.
"If you want to be a token presence, then that's what it'll be. If you want to be actively engaged in the best interests of the game, to work with your colleagues from around the world, then that is a great opportunity."

One of Dodd's aims is to improve women's access to the game.
She has been involved in developing a "safe" head scarf that would allow women players to abide by Fifa's playing regulations and still conform to cultural values.
"There are 650 million Muslim women in the world," said Dodd. "Now, if they're good enough, they can play in a World Cup final. That's what football is all about. It fuels the dreams of millions of people."
And such is the "extraordinary" growth in the women's game, says Dodd, that it should not be unthinkable for a Premier League team to appoint a female manager in the future.
"In Europe, there are dozens of female pro-licensed coaches," she said. "Most of them aren't really considered, at this point in time, for roles in men's football, but why not?
"What's a good coach? A good coach is someone who is a good teacher, a good people manager, a good tactician and a good leader.
"Women have shown themselves to be good at all those things, so why wouldn't they be good at coaching?"

A poverty-stricken six-year-old boy has been filmed suckling milk from a stray dog to suppress his hunger.
The shocking footage shows Chotu Kumar grabbing the animal's hind legs so he can drink from her teat.

"Our family is very poor, sometimes I get hungry," the youngster said.
"The dog doesn't bite me. I like her and she likes me, she treats me like one of her puppies. I love to play with the dogs, they're my friends."

Chotu lives with his mother Shanichari Devi, 37, his grandmother Amiya Devi, 60, and his two brothers Bola, 14, and three year old Mahesh in a mud house in Jharkhand, Eastern India.

After his father's death four years ago the family dropped below the poverty line.

Chotu's older brother was forced to go out to work to earn money for the family but he only brings home under £20 a month (1200INR) working at a nearby hotel.

His mother and grandmother go out to the forest and collect firewood and try to find forest food but their average daily meals consist of vegetables and roti, a homemade Indian bread.

According to UNICEF, fifty per cent of children under the age of three are malnourished in rural areas of Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, two years ago Chotu started spending all of his time with a pack of dogs.
Because the little boy didn't go to school so had no friends, the dogs had become his friends.

The family hadn't eaten solid foods or milk for days when, one morning, Shanichari spotted her son sitting on the floor drinking milk from the dog's teat.

She said: "While he was playing with the dogs outside the house I saw him drinking the bitch's milk.

"I was so shocked. I ran over and pulled him away. But ever since whenever he is hungry he has always slipped back. I have let him because I know how hungry he is.
"The dog has always been friendly with him and never attacks him. He often rides on her back and then he jumps off and sucks on her teat along with her pups.
"The bitch licks him while he feeds just like she does with her own pups."
The dog even sits outside the family's mud house and barks for the youngster to come out to play.

But when locals in the village found out about Chotu and his new friends they were angry and became worried that other children were at risk and that there would be a rabies outbreak.

"Villagers kept telling us he'd die of some disease if he carried on drinking it and it'd spread to the other children. But Chotu carried on," Shanichari added.

Eventually villagers reported Chotu to local officials and they stepped in. Chotu was admitted to school where he gets a free lunch and the authorities gave his family a food card, which allowed them to get food aid.
But the dog continues to visit Chotu and it has become a habit for him to drink her milk.
The little boy said: "I suck her milk three times a day and it tastes sweet like sugar.
"Many people in the village don't like my friendship with the dogs but I am happy, if she isn't near my home I go looking for her outside the village.
"She's always happy to see me and lets me have some milk."

*This is just so pathetic*

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