Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Baba Ijesha Ties The Knot With Heartthrob

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Veteran Yoruba Comic actor Lanre Omiyinka popularly called Baba Ijesha walked down the aisle over the weekend.
You will recall that the traditional wedding held at Eko FM Hall in Ikeja at last year. Reports say the lovely bride – is a top manager at Samsung in Lagos.
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Happy Married Life!

Tiwa Savage @ Miss Nigeria 2013 Beauty Pageant

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MAVIN first lady, Tiwa Savage was her ever sparkling self as she rocked a well-tailored pantsuit to the Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant which took place on saturday at the Intercontinental Hotel, V.I, Lagos.
The singer wore a Christian Louboutin shoe to go with the outfit made by Bridget Awosika.
We simply can’t get enough of her beauty.

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa Are Officially Married

Wiz Khalifa is 25 years old, and a rapper. Amber Rose is 29 years old and a model. The couple who have been dating since early in 2011 got married on Monday, with both of them announcing it on their respective Twitter pages.

Khalifa tweeted, “Me and Amber got married today, wedding’s this fall. Thought I’d let y’all know.”

Amber Rose wrote, “Yay me & my Baby are officially married!!!”

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose got engaged in March 2012, and had their first child in February this year, when they welcomed their son Sebastian.

I wish them the best, but like some romance novels, you just kind of wonder...

Man tortures 13 year old son to death, buries corpse

Culled from Punch
A 34-year-old man, Arogundade Ahmed, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly flogging his son to death.
According to eyewitnesses, Arogundade tortured his 13-year-old son, Qudus, to death because Qudus broke into someone’s house and attempted to steal.
Arogundade was said to have killed his son in the presence of his little sister, Sherifat.
After killing the boy, Arogundade dug a grave and buried him in front of his house in Alogba Estate area of Ikorodu. (Above photo - Arogundade’s house. Circle, the grave)
Our correspondent, who visited the crime scene, learnt that the incident occurred on June 27, 2013.
It was leant that the deceased was an apprentice at a mechanic workshop in the area.
A senior police officer at Ipakodo Police Division, who craved anonymity, said, “We were told that on the said date, Qudus broke into the house of one Apoti Lateef and attempted to steal. Lateef raised the alarm, accosted the boy and then called his (Qudus) master, Idowu Gabriel.

“Gabriel and Lateef said they tied up the boy and then called his father to take him away.”
Our correspondent learnt that Arogundade took the boy home and then beat him up with barbwire, sticks and other objects for about five hours.
As the beating continued, Qudus started getting weak and later died.

According to eyewitnesses, on seeing that Qudus had given up the ghost, Arogundade called a grave digger to bury his corpse.

An eyewitness, Adekunle Adekoya, told PUNCH Metro that no one could intervene when Arogundade was beating up his son because Arogundade was a hot-tempered man.
He said, “He (Arogundade) is hot-tempered. When he brought his son home around 12pm, he beat him till about 5pm. The boy kept on screaming and we could do nothing to save him because we did not want his trouble.

“Some neighbours were also around at the time but no one wanted to interfere. After sometime, the boy just went unconscious. We did not know he was dead. It was when I saw a man digging a grave in front of Arogundade’s house around 7.30pm that I knew the worst had happened.
“I immediately called the Lagos State Emergency telephone number but no one came.”
The traditional leader of the community, Oludapo Sule, said he reported the matter to the police as well as members of the Oodua People’s Congress.

He said they were able to apprehend Arogundade at midnight.
He said, “I received an anonymous call on the day of the incident and the caller told me that a man had killed and buried his son in front of his house. I was able to meet with the landlords in the area, who confirmed the incident to me

“So, at midnight, he was picked up and taken to the police station. The matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba and I have written my statement.”
Sule however urged the police to ensure that Qudus’ corpse was exhumed and given proper burial.
Chairman, Alogba Estate and Palapo Town Community Development Association, Mr. Agboola Aluko, said Arogundade had been terrorising the community for quite some time.
He said Arogundade had inflicted machete cuts on Qudus before and had even threatened to kill members of the community.
He said, “Arogundade had beaten Qudus with a machete before and even almost killed his wife. That was why she divorced him. Even when he was being arrested, he threatened to deal with anyone who spoke against him.

“I have settled many disputes in this area caused by Arogundade. Even women in the area are scared of him. We have reported his bad behaviour to the police before.”
Arogundade, however, said he did not kill his son. He said his son was merely beaten after he was accosted for stealing.

The police statement on the incident read, “Upon his arrest, Arogundade said he did not kill his son. He said he (Qudus) was almost dead when Lateef and Gabriel handed him over. He said his son died soon after and then buried his corpse in front of his house and went to bed.

The police source said, “We have also arrested Lateef and Gabriel but they claimed they only tied up the boy and did not kill him. Investigations are ongoing.”

When contacted on the telephone, the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, said she would call back.

A healthy looking Ngozi Nwosu returns to work

After a battle with a kidney and heart-related ailment, and spending months in a UK hospital, Ngozi Nwosuis back! The actress, who lost a lot of weight during her illness, was photographed looking happy and healthy again on the set of Fuji House of Commotion on Sunday 7th of July. 

Nigeria Gets $1.1b Chinese Loan

Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Nigeria has secured a $1.1billionChinese low-interest loan to develop airports and hydro power plants, Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said yesterday.
The Coordinating Minister of the Economy spoke ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s four-day state visit to China, which starts today.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said she was also looking for Chinese investments and increased trade with Nigeria.
She said: “China is desirous of increasing its lifting of Nigerian oil.”
The petroleum minister is among senior cabinet members on the trip along with several governors. She said as United States’ demand for Nigerian oil has fallen, India and China have taken up the slack.
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said the loan are part of the $3 billion approved by China at less than 3 per cent interest rate.
Also yesterday, the Presidency maintained that the visit is not a junket.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, spoke with State House correspondents shortly before the departure. He said there are 13 ministers on the entourage in strategic national interest.
He also denied the reports in some quarters that the trip was planned to spite United States President Barack Obama for refusing to visit Nigeria during his recent trip to Africa.
He said: “China is a very important country. China is the largest market in the world, with its 1.35 billion people. China is also the world’s largest creditor nation. China is also the largest importer and exporter of goods and it is a large consumer of primary commodities, including crude oil. In fact, after the US, China is the largest importer of crude oil in Nigeria.
“So, it is in our strategic national interest to have very good relationship with such a country. Nobody can call this trip a junket. The claim that the China trip is a responce to the fact that Obama did not come to Nigeria is also not true because this trip was planned one year ago. Every country has the right to determine where they go.
“We have excellent relationship with the U.S. and the truth of the matter is that nobody can overlook America. But China is also an important partner. China has shown a lot of interest in Africa in the last few years.
He added: “Nigeria is a major trading partner with China. We have over 30 Chinese companies operating here.”
According to him, the President will use the trip to strengthen the bilateral relations between China and Nigeria.
He also explained that since the Chinese President just took over in the country, the trip will provide President Jonathan an opportunity to reach out to key players in China and provide opportunity for the two leaders to establish rapport.
“What Nigeria is interested in is long-term sustainable relationship between the two countries. The third leg of the trip is that China is a major trading partner in Nigeria. Last year alone, China imported about 80,000 metric tons of cassava chips.
“China has shown a lot of interest and support for the President’s determination to diversify the nation’s economy. So you find China supporting our agricultural programme.”
“Part of the purpose of this trip is also to encourage China to invest more in Nigeria; foreign direct investment. The emphasis is not necessarily on loans although during this trip, there are two concessionary loans that will be considered in relation to the Zungeru Hydro Power Project and one other.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to China Aminu Wali yesterday raised the alarm over the number of Nigerians in Chinese prisons for mainly drugs related crimes. He put the figure at 400.
The ambassador, who spoke to reporters ahead of Jonathan’s state visit, described trafficking in drugs as a big issue that has engaged the Nigerian embassy in China. He called for reorientation and the assistance of security agents in educating young Nigerians in laws of other countries.
He said: “We are here to make sure that we understand the laws of this country and we try to educate Nigerians to understand the laws of the host country and if they go foul of the law we try as much as possible to see that they are being humanely treated. But we certainly have big issue with drug related crimes committed by Nigerians in China and when you look at the whole of Africa you find out that about 80 per cent of all the offences and crimes committed by Africans in China about 80 per cent is committed by Nigerians. That is why I think we are having running battle to try and control the situation but we need assistance from back home; from the security agencies manning our exits and entry points in Nigeria to be more alert and vigilant to make sure these type of individuals do not escape and pass through our routes to come into, not only to China but any other country in the world because drug trafficking, as it were, drug is the biggest problem that we have as far as Nigerians are concerned.
“Right now, we have over 400 Nigerians in various jails in China and 80 per cent of them are there for drug related offences so you can see what we have”.