Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How Flamengoes pound Azerbaijan 11- 0

Nigeria’s Under-17
squad the Flamengoes,
ran riot yesterday and
whipped the hosts of
the FIFA Under-17
women world cup
Azerbaijan, with 11
thumping goals.
Chinwendu Ihezuo was
the tormentor in chief
as she scored five of
the goals which left the
young Azerbaijan
women reeling with
dis may and disbelief
as they crashed out of
the tournament having
lost to Colombia in
their opening game.
Biahwo (R) of Nigeria
is congratulated by
team-mate Ugochi
Emenayo after scoring
her side’s eleventh
goal during the FIFA
U-17 Women’s World
Cup Group A match
between Azerbaijan
and Nigeria at
Lankaran Stadium on
September 25, 2012
in Lankaran,
Azerbaijan. (Photo by
Chris Brunskill-FIFA/
FIFA via Getty Images)
It was clear that the
hosts were no match
for the Nigerian girls
who had physical
advantage and right
from the opening
moments of the game,
the Nigerian girls
pinned their opponents
to their own half and
handed them a
thorough bashing,
which seem like a
revenge for Africa after
Gambia suffered a
similar 11-0
whitewash in the
hands of North Korea.
Ihezuo opened scoring
in the 5th minute after
she tapped in Madel
Effiom’s cross that
bounced off the cross
bar. Three minutes
later it was 2-0, Oluchi
Ofoebu squaring from
inside the box to see
Halimatu Ayinde
squeeze her first under
Aytaj Sharifova.
Ayinde then made one
and scored her second,
lay the first on for
Aminat Yakubu before
Ihezuo turned provide.
Ihezuo then doubled
own tally, Yakubu
crossing for her to put
in at the far post.
Ayinde missed the
chance to complete her
hat-trick when missing
an untended goal, but
her pass on 37 minutes
saw Ihezuo complete
The tune didn’t change
after half-time, Ihezuo
netting her fourth after
Ebere Okoye’s neat
Substitute Joy Bokiri
then got in on the act,
converting Ayinde’s
Ihezuo got her fifth,
rising to head Biahwo’s
deep free-kick, before
roles reversed as the
midfielder curled an
effort into the bottom
corner for the final
Nigeria now top group
A with 4 points, tipping
Canada to the second
spot with the
overwhelming goals
advantage. Canada
beat Colombia 1-0 and
they will face the hosts,
while Nigeria need a
win or draw against
Colombia on Saturday
to be assured of a
quarter-final ticket.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Eagles to replace Nwankwo

Eagles coach Stephen
Keshi is looking at
several other players to
replace Italy-based
Obiora Nwankwo who
struggled in Liberia this
Top team officials
informed MTN-
Football.com that
Nwankwo was slow
and sluggish against
the Lone Star of Liberia
in Monrovia and as
such they are on the
look-out for a more
capable replacement
for the player, who has
failed to make the
grade at Inter Milan.
Chelsea star Mikel Obi is
already a sure bet to
be recalled for the
return leg match
against Liberia on
October 13 in Calabar,
but should he again
opt out, officials are
also weighing other
Joel Obi from Inter
Milan, Kano Pillars star
Gabriel Reuben and
Nigeria U20 star
Kenneth Omeruo are
among the names that
have been suggested
to replace Nwankwo.
However, there
remains doubt over the
match fitness of both
Joel Obi, who has just
returned from a long-
term injury, and
Rueben, who was ruled
out of the Liberia game
on account of a groin
Omeruo, on the other
hand, has been in
fantastic form for his
Dutch club ADO Den
Haag playing at right
back but can also play
at central defence or as
a defensive midfielder.
The 18-year-old shone
at right back on
Sunday night at home
against champions Ajax
Amsterdam in a game
that finished 1-1.
He has confirmed his
availability for the
Flying Eagles return leg
qualifier against South
Africa on October 7.
It remains a big
mystery why this
Chelsea loanee has yet
to be capped at full
international level by

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Man caught having sex with a sheep in Ebonyi

A 46 years
old man, Mr. Kelechi
Nnali of Nkpogoro,
Ndibe in Afikpo North
Local Government Area
of Ebonyi State was
weekend allegedly
caught having carnal
knowledge with a
sheep along the
roadside in the
It was gathered that
Nnali who is married
with two wives and
children pleaded with
the boy who saw him
committing the crime
not to tell anybody,
promising that he
would give him (the
boy)N10, 000 and a
handset but the cat
was let out of the bag
when Mr. Nnali renege
the agreement.
Vanguard learnt that
when the act of
bestiality committed
by Mr. Nwali filtered
into the ears of the
people of the area, he
was summoned by the
elders of the
community to answer
to the allegation as the
matter was later taken
to Ogo Ezinwachi Play
ground where delicate
and public matter are
usually discussed.
At the venue, Mr. Nnali
was sanctioned
according to the law of
the land. The elders,
who were visibly angry
with the depraved act,
stressed that the man
had committed an
abomination in the
land and must pay the
price according to the
law of the land.
It was gathered that to
cleanse the land of the
abominable act, that
elderly women of
Ndibe had last
weekend performed a
traditional ablution
called Npkompko in Mr.
Nnali’s compound.
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the owner of the sheep
and the culprit to
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Eko 2012 : Jonathan flags off torch movement

Goodluck Jonathan will
on Sept. 25 in Abuja,
flag off the movement
of the ‘Torch of Unity’
to mark the official
countdown to the
forthcoming 18th
National Sports
The festival tagged:
“Eko 2012,” would
hold between Nov. 27
and Dec. 9 in Lagos.
In a statement in Lagos
on Sunday, Dr Kweku
Tandoh, the Secretary-
General, Local
Organising Committee
(LOC) of the festival,
said that Jonathan
would be joined at the
event by all the state
Tandoh added that Mrs
Adejoke Orelope-
Adefulire, the Lagos
State Deputy Governor,
who is also the LOC
Chairman and the
committee members,
would also be at the
“The festival torch is
expected to go round
all the other 35 states
of the federation and
the FCT during a 60-
day period before
arriving in the host
state, Lagos.
“So, every state in the
federation will have
the torch with them for
some days, thereby
creating awareness
among the people in
those states,” he said.
Tandoh noted that the
torch symbolised unity
and friendship which,
he said, were some of
the ideals of the sports
“The torch also
symbolises the unity
and friendship that is
engendered by the
spirit of the sports
He recalled that the
games was conceived
after the civil war as
one of the tools of
building friendship,
unity and togetherness
among the various
federating units of the

Sunday, 16 September 2012

FAAN ejects cargo agents

The Federal Airports
Authority of Nigeria
has evicted the
Customs agents at the
hajj and cargo area of
the Murtala
Mohammed Airport
(MMA), Lagos for
security reasons. This is
the second time in two
months that the
agents have been
The ejection took place
at night when the
agents had already
close shop for the day’s
Also, sources said
there was a joint
security meeting held
last Tuesday where it
was agreed that FAAN
should implement the
eviction of the agents.
The security meeting
was attended by
Aviation Security, State
Security Services and
the Nigerian Police
Force. According to the
Deputy General
Manager, Public Affairs,
MMIA, Mr. Victor Arisa
the eviction followed
the earlier agreement
between the two
parties earlier in the
According to him,
leadership of the
Association of National
License Customs Agents
(ANLCA) and the
National Association of
Government Approved
Freight Forwarders
(NAGAFF) both agreed
to relocate their
operations from where
they presently operate.
He said that the
ultimatum issued the
operators had since
elapsed, but they
intentionally delayed
their relocation.


Former President
Olusegun Obasanjo
(OBJ) has observed that
the Central Bank’s
attempt to tackle
inflation with the
N5000 note is
misguided. OBJ also
submitted that “the
way Sanusi was
fighting inflation by
removing money from
circulation was
improper…, as this
approach would kill
production and affect
small businesses
OBJ and Sanusi are
certainly in accord on
the issue of oppressive
rate of inflation!
However, the
protagonists are
divergent on the most
appropriate strategy
for fighting this
menace! Obasanjo
considers CBN’s
unending liquidity
mop-ups and the new
N5000 note as
inappropriate, as these
strategies will dampen
productivity and
economic growth.
CBN, however,
maintains that higher
denomination notes
would facilitate
transactions involving
huge amounts of cash,
including transactions
like money laundering
and smuggling, and
would also become a
convenient tool for
bribery and corruption
in place of the dollar!!
In a recent advertorial
CBN inferred a
historical relationship
between higher
denominations and
reduced levels of
inflation. However,
CBN readily admits that
higher denomination
notes do not
necessarily alter the
level of money supply
in the economy.
Consequently, reduced
inflation cannot also be
a function of higher
denominations; for
example, successful
economies elsewhere
have managed to keep
inflation levels below
three percent, in spite
of having 100-unit as
the highest currency
denomination for
many decades!
On the other hand,
OBJ’s observation on
the unsuitability of
CBN’s excess liquidity
mop-up strategy to
counter inflation and
promote growth may,
indeed, have more
Remarkably, in spite of
CBN’s best efforts,
excess liquidity
remains ever-present
while inflation and
debt accumulation
remain unfettered.
Incidentally, no
economy can grow
with inflation around
15%; consequently,
industries and SMEs
have wilted in an
environment with such
high level of price
instability, especially
when CBN itself also
continuously crowds
out the real sector
from accessing funds at
low rates of interest.
In recognition of the
destabilising impact of
a cash surfeit economy,
Lamido Sanusi rightly
observed that “we all
know that we cannot
have inflation by
printing higher bills, if
we don’t increase
money supply, and this
is simple economics”.
This may be technically
so, but certainly not
completely true,
because if higher
instigate higher
velocity of circulation,
the net product would
be increased money
supply, which CBN itself
agrees will drive
The need for recipients
to quickly unbundle
the N5000 note, for
example, would
inevitably instigate
velocity of circulation,
and consequently drive
inflation, much against
CBN’s current
assurances! The
attendant attrition in
changing large
denominations in
simple transactions like
a bus ride should also
not be understated,
especially with the
absence of an
intermediate N2000
The public may not
have a say in the
choice of
denominations paid by
the banks, especially if
CBN seeks to take
advantage of the
relatively cheaper cost
of producing the
N5000 note, in
supplying cash
requirement of banks.
In reality,
redenomination rather
than higher
denomination is a
more sensible way of
reducing production
cost, since, for example,
a two-decimal point
redenomination would
make the current
N1000 equivalent to
just N10 or about $1.6,
while the proposed
N5000 note will
become equivalent to
N50 or about $8, while
current N100 will equal
Furthermore, Sanusi’s
hypothesis that
Nigerians rejected
coins because of their
low purchasing value is
obviously spot on;
however, the highest
coin denomination of
N20 in the new
proposal is really
equivalent to just over
10 US cents, and
remains inadequate to
purchase even a finger
of plantain. In this
event, the new coin
range will be rejected,
and will inevitably be
ultimately auctioned
Although Lamido
Sanusi promises that
the N5000 note would
enhance the naira’s
function as a store of
value, regrettably,
however, Sanusi failed
to satisfactorily explain
why the naira has in
fact, steadily lost value
over the years. CBN
continues to remain in
denial of its own
obnoxious role in
creating the unending
spectre of excess
liquidity, which
ultimately drives
Instead, Sanusi’s
mindset is that “if a
currency has lost its
value, it makes sense
to produce a higher
denomination”. Of
course, this is a
patently false
hypothesis, since the
focus should rather be
on arresting the causes
for loss of value of the
currency, rather than to
endlessly produce
higher denominations
in like manner as
Zimbabwe to tackle the
scourge of inflation!
Curiously, Sanusi also
maintains that 50 –
70% of dollars
purchased from bureau
de change are for
transactions in Nigeria;
however, Lamido does
not seem to relate the
adoption of the dollar
as a second national
currency, as he claimed,
to market response to
CBN’s hastily
established cash-less
programme with its
unpopular withdrawal
and deposit limits and
oppressive penalties
for violations.
Ultimately, both OBJ
and Sanusi may be akin
to blind men
describing an elephant!

Uduaghan moves for Nigerian sports

What follows after
Nigeria’s failure at the
2012 London
Olympics? What shall
be done to stop the
plunge Nigeria’s sports
has taken in recent
Delta State governor
Emmanuel Uduaghan
will attempt an answer
to these when he hosts
a national sports
summit in Abuja
October 30.
Crack resource persons
at home and abroad
have been contacted to
deliver papers during
the summit that will
hold at Transcorp
Hilton, Abuja.
The idea to hold a
sports summit was
that of Dr. Uduaghan
and it struck him to do
so when Nigerian
athletes were crashing
at the Olympics. The
governor was pained
by Nigeria’s failure and
he felt that he could
play a role that will
help the country. His
state, arguably, is the
number one in sports
development in the
country. And if all
states could show
interest in sports the
way Delta does Nigeria
will be better for it.
Uduaghan thinks that
even Delta could do
“This is not about
Delta. It is about
Nigeria. We all have a
duty to develop this
country and sports is
one vital area that has
not been properly
addressed. I want
experts, respected
sports administrators
and people
knowledgeable in
sports to gather
together, brainstorm
and be loud on where
we are getting it
wrong and what
should be done and
the way to do it,”
Udughan said last
“We want people to
recall the past, analyze
the present and and
proffer solution that
will help shape our
future. We cannot
continue to be
complaining without
doing something about
it. I believe there
should be a way out
because we have
talents in this country.
But we are not
developing the talents.
Why are we not doing
so? These are the
things the summit will
attempt to answer. I
believe there’s a way.
Let’s find that way,”
Uduaghan said.
Executive Chairman of
Delta State Sports
Commission, Amaju
Pinnick noted that
what will make the
Abuja summit unique is
that Governor
Uduaghan has
promised to take the
report of the summit
to the Presidency for
implementation and
assured that President
Goodluck Jonathan
would be happy that
something drastic is
done to sports in

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Champions League: Injury KO’s Utaka from Arsenal tie

Super Eagles striker
John Utaka will miss
Tuesday’s UEFA
Champions League
clash against Arsenal
after he suffered a
groin injury in a league
Champions Montpellier
fell 3-1 Friday night at
Reims with Utaka
limping out after 25
minutes when his
groin snapped.
A scan will be
conducted Monday to
determine the extent
of the injury.
He is likely to be
sidelined for between
four and six weeks and
he is certainly ruled out
of a Champions League
clash against Arsenal.
A top source close to
Utaka informed
MTNFootball.com that
the experienced striker
is devastated he will
miss this much-
anticipated clash.
“Utaka was playing
very well before he
suffered a serious groin
injury when he tried to
deliver a cross after
just 25 minutes of
action in Friday night’s
game at Reims,” the
source said, adding “He
said he heard a
snapping noise as he
tried to make a cross.”
Utaka was looking
forward to the Arsenal
game, saying he
wanted to complete
“unfinished business”
in reference to his
unsettled time in the
English Premier League
with Portsmouth.
He started like a house
on fire at Fratton Park
but a slump in form
and the financial
troubles at Pompey
combined to force him
to return to the French
Ligue 1 with
Montpellier and he
went on to win a
historic championship.

‘For six days, they separated me from my nine-month triplets’

*A nursing mother’s
nightmare in
kidnappers den
By Henry Umoru
IT was a tearful home
coming for Mrs Justina
Ekwu Nwakwe (nee
Madu), a mother of
triplets in AMAC Estate,
Lugbe, off Nnamdi
Azikiwe Airport, Abuja,
last Sunday, when she
returned after six days
in kidnappers’ den.
Mrs Justina Ekwu
Nwakwe, in her early
thirties, hails from Achi,
Orji River local
government area of
Enugu State. A staff of
the Presidency, she is
married to Sir Rowland
Nwakwe also from
Enugu State but from
Mgbowo in Awgu local
government area. The
husband works with
the Federal Ministry of
Housing and Lands.
The victim was
abducted by the armed
gang on Monday,
September 3 between
7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in
front of her residence.
The men were said to
have laid ambush for
her by the gate to her
residence, opened the
gate for her to enter
and they immediately
drove away with her in
her Sienna bus marked,
DV 426 BWR.
Her bus was discovered
the next day at a bush
in Sabo, Lugbe area
where it was
abandoned after it ran
into a ditch, forcing
the kidnappers to take
her away in another
vehicle to an unknown
destination. Her GSM
handset, shoes and
handbag were intact
inside the bus. Also
found in the bus were
the caps of the
Mrs Nwakwe, who bore
her triplets nine
months ago, but one
died, never lost faith
that she would survive
the kidnapping.
Held captive for six
days, she ate noodles
in the kidnappers den.
The kidnappers,
moments after the
kidnapping, put a call
through to her
husband, demanding a
ransom of N25 million.
However, it was
gathered that nothing
was paid to the gang
at the end of the day.
*Nursing mother…
Kidnapped at home
A family friend of the
victim, Tobias
Obechina, told Sunday
Vanguard that the
police, on being
informed of the
kidnapping, launched a
manhunt for the gang.
Throughout the period
she was kidnapped, it
became a thing of
worry to the AMAC
Estate residents
especially against the
backdrop that it was
the first time an
incident of such would
happen in the
community. The
church which she and
her family attend, Our
Lady Queen of Martyrs
Parish, Sabo-Lugbe was
fully involved in
supporting the family
with prayers for the
release of the victim. It
was almost an
everyday block Rosary
session by the
parishers who
gathered at her
residence for prayers
under the supervision
of parish priest Vincent
Idanwojo that God
should touch the
hearts of the
kidnappers and release
The kidnapped mother
finally returned to the
family last Sunday.
After six days of
trauma, Mrs Nwakwe
was said to have been
drugged and dumped
at Agwansawa, a
village not too far from
the Estate around 7.30
p.m. where some boys
found her and took her
Sunday Vanguard
gathered that some
suspects have been
arrested by the police
in connection with the
The victim narrated her
ordeal when Sunday
Vanguard visited the
family. According to
her, the trauma started
last Sunday evening.
“They came in with me
as I drove in around 7
p.m. The next thing I
heard was `lie down,
lie down’. I now said,
`please don’t harm
anybody, I will
cooperate’. So, I lay
down on the floor
because I had already
come out of the
vehicle; so they said ‘if
you are cooperative,
we will not harm
anybody’. I told them
I will cooperate.
‘’They now asked me
to close my eyes and
jump inside the
vehicle. I jumped
inside the vehicle. They
blindfolded me, tied
my hands and stuffed
my mouth with
clothes; then they
yelled at my children;
`enter inside, enter
inside, if you shout, we
will shoot you’. Then
they drove off. I really
don’t know what
happened throughout
except the time they
took me out of the
vehicle and took me
inside the bush.”
When asked how many
the kidnappers were,
she explained: “I think
they were three
because one took over
the steering, one was
with me at the back;
the third one wanted
to enter the back seat,
they now commanded
him to enter the front;
so he jumped out and
entered the front seat”.
When Sunday
Vanguard asked if she
was maltreated by the
gang, Mrs Nwakwe
said, “All I know is that
I was walking inside
the bush, they beat me,
but not too much, they
hit me on the side of
the eye.”
On whether she asked
the kidnappers if she
did anything wrong to
warrant the action, she
answered: “Not really.
I was so scared and
confused, walking in
the night inside the
bush for more than
one hour, the
experience was
terrible. They did not
say that I offended
them, they only told
me that if I cooperate,
they will release me.
“Initially, they told me,
`Madam, do you know
what is happening?’ I
said no. They said, `You
have been kidnapped’.
I now begged them
not to kill me. I asked
them if they kidnapped
me for help or for
money, they said it
was for money; I said I
would cooperate as
much as I could.”
On how she fed while
in captivity, she
answered, “Once in a
while, they gave me
The mother of three
disclosed that she ate
the noodles because
there was no
alternative. “I had no
choice. I covered
myself with the blood
of Jesus. I told God, `I
don’t know what I am
eating, but all I know is
that you have laid
hand on the food that I
want to eat and I will
eat it.”
When asked about her
message for
government amidst
the rampant cases of
kidnapping in the
country, the victim
called on government
to address the issue of
unemployment against
the backdrop that her
captors told her that
they had no job and
they must survive.
“They told me,
`Madam, you are a nice
person, we go out and
people are talking so
good about you. It is
condition that put us in
the situation that we
are. We really don’t
mean what we are
doing, but no work, no
money and man has to
live’. The two that
released me asked me
to pray for them and,
that night they
released me, I really
prayed for them; I have
forgiven them.”
The husband, Rowland
Nwakwe, said he got
his church members,
friends and family to
pray for the safe return
of the wife while the
kidnapping lasted. “I
had the faith that
nothing would happen
to my wife, but it was
a trying period. My
neighbours, relations,
church members,
friends, all came
together to take care
of the babies.”

Enugu community alleges attacks by neighbours

THE people of Umuode
Town in Nkanu East
local government area
of Enugu State have
sent a save- our- soul,
SOS, message to the
state government and
security agencies over
alleged attack by their
neighboring Oruku
The message is
contained in separate
letters to Governor
Sullivan Chime and the
state police
commissioner as well
as the State Security
Service, SSS, Director,
by the town union
executive committee
led by Honorable
Emma Omaba, a former
Accusing the Oruku
community of
launching relentless
armed attacks against
its people since
September 4 “without
challenge from four
mobile police officers
stationed in the area
because they have not
been instructed to
repeal the ferocious
attackers with force” ,
the town union
executive committee
stated that Umuode
people lost seven
houses since hostilities
resumed between the
It said that the victims
include Maurice Edeh,
an erstwhile
Commissioner for
Agriculture in Enugu
State, whose new
house “ was at the
roofing level”.

How woman delivered monster in church

Like people always say,
“wonders shall never
end”. Benin City
residents were
shocked on Tuesday
when a pregnant
woman, currently at
large, was delivered
of a creature that
resembled a horse
during a prayer session
at the World Libration
Ministry, Benin City.
The drama was said to
have started when the
General Overseer of the
church, Evangelist Silva
Iyamu, commenced the
prayer session, called,
‘Miracle hour’. Sunday
Vanguard found that
people from
neighouring states
throng the church in
search of miracles, as a
result of which there
were hundreds of
people during the
programme. The pastor
reportedly prophesied
that they had a
pregnant woman in
the hall but that what
was in her belly was
not the baby she
According to the
personal assistant to
the pastor, Prince John
Ogbovoh, who claimed
to have witnessed the
prayer session and the
subsequent delivery of
the woman, “It was a
miraculous thing. She
was not the only one
that was delivered in
the church. The pastor
did it for a lot of
people but this one
was spectacular.
The woman, we were
told, had been in her
matrimonial home for
11 years without a
baby and the pastor
said there was ‘a
woman here for 11
years, no child,’ that
the person always got
pregnant but
whenever she went
for test, it will show
and at another time it
will not show again”.
Ogbovoh continued:
“So the woman came
out and the pastor said
‘let us put you in an all
night on Friday, but the
woman pleaded with
the congregation to go
on with the prayers
since she may not be
able to wait. So the
pastor now agreed.
The pastor called her
and asked the men to
give little space and
the pastor insisted that
something inside the
woman was not a
human being, he said it
was a funny creature.
When the creature
came out, it did not
look like a human
being but it looked like
an animal”. Asked
about the whereabouts
of the woman and her
name, the pastor’s aide
explained:”We don’t
even know her or
whether she came with
any member of her
family. Nobody knows
where she came from.
We don’t always take
records of people who
came from outside
Benin City but we
know our members.
We were expecting the
woman to come back
here today
(Wednesday). People
always come here to
receive miracles and
after that many of
them come back to
thank God for
delivering them”.
He narrated further:
“When it happened,
they asked her to go
and wash up, the lady
pastor assisted her. I
remember she fell
down and was
unconscious and,
sometimes, the pastor
will ask members to
leave the hall to allow
for ventilation. So after
she delivered the
creature, there was
pandemonium in the
church. We did not
even know when the
woman left. In fact, the
pastor was asking me
where the woman
was?, so we searched
for her but we could
not find her. I am sure
the woman was
ashamed, but God has
done a miracle in her
life and she is not
supposed to be
on Tuesday
However, I believe she
will come back because
God has removed the
burden that has
stopped her from
getting pregnant for
years. The dead
creature was left for a
while for people to
see. This morning, the
people now ordered
that they should throw
the creature away
because it is now
becoming an
embarassment for us
in the church”. The
nurse who delivered
the woman of the
creature, Mrs Veronica
Igiebor, corroborated
the PA’s story.
“I was there; it’s not a
story, yesterday, it
seemed like a miracle”,
she said. “The pastor
poured anointing oil
and a sachet of water
on the woman and
asked everybody to
pray, he said, labour is
going to start now. So
the woman was
swinging her body and
finally she held
somebody’s leg. She
pressed and she
pushed harder and
something dropped
and she fell. Behold my
brother, I have never
seen that kind of thing
in my life before.
People were calling it
goat. But it looked like
a horse. The object had
a long neck, the ears
were long. It was
exactly like a horse,
although it was in a
baby form.
But the pastor said
nobody should touch it
because it was
demonic. Everybody
ran away; I don’t know
when the woman
vanished.The story I
heard about that
woman is that the
husband’s mother
wanted him to marry
another woman. It
was said that this
particular woman now
trained the husband in
the university. It was
said the lady sold
vegetable to get
money to train the
man. But when the
man wanted to get
married to her, the
mother disagreed,
rather brought another
woman for him to
marry. But the woman
as expected refused to
leave because she has
laboured and obviously
some body may have
said okay since she
refused to leave the
man she will suffer. I
guess that was wh

Friday, 14 September 2012

Rape: Court grants accused pastor bail

It was celebration
galore Thursday night,
at the Mountain Movers
Fire Ministries, one of
the fast rising churches
in Abuja, the nation’s
capital, as its
worshipers converged
in their numbers to
give thanks to God for
a bail granted their
General Overseer,
Apostle Basil Princewill.
Justice Husseini Baba-
Yusuf of the FCT High
Court on Thursday,
granted bail to the
pastor, Basil Princewill,
who is being charged
with alleged rape of a
14-year-old girl,a
worshipper in his
Princewill is the
General Overseer of
Mountain Movers Fire
Ministries International,
located in Nyanya,
He was arrested by the
men of the Nigeria
Police, in Nyanya
following allegation by
some members of his
church that he raped
and molested some
young female
members of his church.
The judge’s order that
the accused be granted
bail followed the
absence of the
prosecutor in court. He
said the prosecutor
neither filed any
counter-affidavit nor
was present at the
hearing of the
application for bail.
Before granting the
bail order, the judge
fumed, “the conclusion
I am bound to draw
from this is that the
prosecutor does not
have objection to bail
being granted to the
“The attitude of the
prosecutor in this case,
therefore, is
blameworthy and must
be condemned in
strong term. As
ministers in the temple
of justice, we are
accountable to the
public in all that we do.
And so, in the
discharge of our duties,
it is imperative to give
the impression that we
are acting in the
interest of justice”.
Justice Baba-Yusuf
therefore granted the
accused bail in the sum
of N500, 000 with one
reliable surety in like
“Accordingly, the
accused is hereby
granted bail in the sum
of N500, 000 and one
reliable surety in like
sum,” he said, but
added that the surety
must be a civil servant
resident within the FCT.
The accused, according
to the judge, would be
arraigned on the next
adjourned date.
The church members
came out to exonerate
their pastor, saying he
was not somebody of
character to have
engaged in what he
was standing trial for
in the court.

Golf: 60 golfers storm Lagos for Heineken Nigeria Cup

No fewer than 60
professional golfers
from across the
country have been
invited to participate in
the 16th edition of the
Heineken sponsored
Nigeria Cup slated to
tee off at the golf
section of the Ikoyi
club in Lagos next
The tour professionals
led by Lateef Lasisi,
Tayo Babalakin,
Chairman of the
organising committee
of the event disclosed,
will take to the broad
fairways of Ikoyi Club
on Thursday
September 27 while
veteran golfers will
have their way the
following morning.
However, activities
marking the event,
Babalakin added, begin
with the Children clinic
from September 22 as
he thanked Heineken
for their support over
the years. He explained
that the Children’s
clinic would be
followed closely with
the Caddies
competition on
Monday, September
Lady golfers are
expected to take turn
on the course on
Tuesday September 25
while a special Nigeria
Cup Independence kitty
will commence another
phase of the
competition on
Wednesday, September
26th. Joining the
veterans in celebration
of Nigeria @ 52, are
other invited guests
from across the
Saturday, September
29th is the grand finale
while curtain would be
drawn on the month
long event on Sunday
September 30th.
Restating the brands
commitment to golf
Corporate Affairs
Manager of Nigeria
Breweries, Edem
Vindah said sponsoring
the event is the
company’s own way of
giving that to the
society that has been
very supportive.
“Heineken is a
premium beer; golf is a
premium sport, so
naturally there is a link.
And because we are a
socially responsible
organ-isation, we
desire to contribute to
the development of
the area where we
operate and
sponsoring this
tournament therefore
is one way of doing
that,”he said.

Helen Ukpabio drops 2 albums

Ace singer, movie
producer and Minister
of God, Apostle Helen
Ukpabio has added
another feather to her
cap with the release of
two sensational
albums, “Superlative
Jesus”and Not They
The singer who
formally joined the
music industry in 1999,
after the release of
her hit track “Jesus My
Friend”said that her
music comes as an
Ukpabio disclosed that
she draws inspiration
whenever she is
praying or preparing
for seminar.
Unveiling the albums
to the press, during the
week in Lagos, the
Akwa- Ibom born
General Overseer of
Liberty Gospel Church
who has four albums
to her credit, said her
music is used as a
medium to spreading
the gospel of salvation.
“When I release this
album, superlative
Jesus in USA, though it
was not complete then,
people were praising
me for a wonderful job.
I don’t just wake up
and start writing
songs. I always get the
inspiration whenever I
am preparing for a
seminar or crusade. In
other to avoid piracy,
the albums can be
found in all liberty
gospel church branches
nationwide.”he said.

Nations Cup: I’m still in shock over Eagles draw – Odegbami

While some Nigerians
are seething with
anger over the 2-2
draw the Super Eagles
played last weekend
with the Lone Star of
Liberia in Monrovia in a
2013 Africa Nations
Cup qualifier, others
are still expressing
shock that the match
ended that way.
One of those still in
shock is former
national team captain,
Chief Segun Odegbami,
MON who described as
“abnormal” the mere
thought that “Liberia
has become a threat to
Nigeria’s Africa Cup of
Nations ambition.”
Speaking with
Saturday Vanguard
sports at the unveiling
of the Glo Soccer
Academy in Lagos
during the week, the
former international
said, “I am just shocked
that we have allowed
things to go as bad as
to this level where
Liberia can be
considered a threat to
us. It shows that there
are so many things
that we are doing that
are not right and we
need to look into them.
If we have any
problem with Liberia,
then we better get rid
of everybody and
everything we are
Odegbami challenged
the Stephen Keshi-led
technical crew to sit
up and ensure Nigeria
got the best crop of
players that could
bring back the country
to its right of place in
international football.
“I just feel people are
not satisfied with what
is going on right now
in the national team. It
is not about the home-
based or the foreign-
based players. They are
not just getting it right
and people are
agitated. We need
players who are
committed, who will
go in there and play to
win. Right now we are
not just contented.”

Eedris Abdulkareem releases Obasanjo- inspired track

Following the brawl
which recently took
place between ex-
President Olusegun
Obansanjo and
foremost rapper, Eedris
Abdulkareem, the
rapper has fulfilled his
promise to fans by
releasing a new track
titled Baba.
Baba, according to
Idris, was inspired by
the war of words
between Obasanjo and
himself , when the ex-
president made a
reference to Idris’s Jaja
In this new single, the
LaKreem/Kennis artiste
sums up his opinion on
the current state of the
It would be recalled
that following ex-
President Obasanjo’s
statement during a
forum organized by
Nigeria Leadership
Initiative (NLI) on
Tuesday, August 28,
2012, where he said
that Abdulkareem’s
2004 hit track, Jaga
jaga, produced by
Kennis Music, doesn’t
portray Nigeria in a
good light, Idris hit
Twitter, where he
made a reply.
He called OBJ his ‘joy
therapy’, also stating
that Obasanjo can’t do
without him.
“It’s obvious that
Obasanjo can’t do
without me. I’m his joy
therapy. Mr ex-
president, Nigeria still
dey jagajaga. In fact
worst pass jagajaga”,
He also went ahead to
call Obasanjo a Boko
Haram member and
challenged him to let
Goodluck rule in peace.
“President Obasanjo if
you truly love
Goodluck as you
claimed, why don’t you
talk to your fellow
Boko Haram members
to let Goodluck rule in
As if not enough, Eedris
still went ahead,
referring to OBJ as a
mugu: “Mr ex-
president, I heard you
were talking about me
in your last interview,
hahahahahhahah. It’s
obvious you can’t do
without me. You are
my mugu…”.
Following the brawl,
Eedris says he is
inspired and will be
recording a new song
titled ‘Obasanjo na my
“Watch out for my new
single, Obasanjo na my
friend…Obasanjo, thank
you for making me a
star. In fact, talk more
about me. I’m
inspired!!”, he tweeted.

Nollywood, Ghollywod storm America for NAFCA

Host to African movie
stars, government
officials and politicians
as the second edition
of the prestigious
annual Nollywood and
African Film Critics’
Awards (NAFCA) begins
today, September 15
and its expected to end
the next day, Sunday,
September 16, 2012 .
Already the city is
wearing a festive look
as most of the guests
arrived last night
ahead of today’s
opening of the event. .
Commenting on the
awards from Raleigh
North Carolina, the
founder, Dr. Olatoye
said, “the mood is
festive, it is like
Christmas in
September.” Some of
the guests are on
ground already.
NAFCA nominated
Actor, Van Vicker is
already in Atlanta
Georgia, in preparation
for his role as the Guest
Host. Also, Hostess
actress, Angela Okorie
has arrived USA Raleigh
Durham International
Airport for the event.
Already in Atlanta is
Governor Owelle
Rochas Okorocha of
Imo State. Other
dignitaries from
Senegal include the
legendary Grammy
awards winner,
Youssou N’Dour who is
also the Senegalese
Minister of Culture and
Tourism and a 10-man
delegate from the
government to grace
the African Oscars”.
Meanwhile, most
Nollywood stars
arrived last night amid
warmth and applause.
HVP gathered that VIP
guest will be having a
former launch at the
NAFCA CEO’s multi-
million dollar estate at
the upscale Brier Creek
Country club in Raleigh,
North Carolina this
evening. The music
will be soft, classy, the
attire is formal and
attendance is by
Olatoye assures that
“this year’s awards will
be our biggest to date
with musical
performances by 12
singers from across
Africa including Nigeria,
Ghana, Congo,
Cameroon, Gabon and
Angola to welcome our
guests from around the
No one is sleeping this
weekend because of
the two after parties
on Saturday and
Sunday at the Nigerian
owned Pack House Bar
of Raleigh.
NAFCA is also
partnering with over
130 media
powerhouses to help
achieve the goal of
reaching over 500
million people with the
good news about the
growing African
Cinema. We are also
partnering with North
Carolina Museum of Art
to premier for the first
time an African film on
the 15th of September
a day before the major
awards at the famed
and prestigious
Carolina Theater”.
So far we have sold
over 700 tickets; all the
Platinum VIP tickets
are almost sold out.
The African
communities in the
Diaspora are going
gaga over NAFCA this
year and a lot of
shopping and
celebration and the
social network is on
about NAFCA related
conversations and
According to the
organisers, NAFCA ‘is an
award ceremony in
North America for the
African Movie industry
worldwide and it
serves as an award of
merit for distinctive

Shocker: 32-yr old father murders son

It was shock and
disbelief at the Lugbe
Police Divisional
headquarters, Abuja
during the week when
a 32 years old father
was arrested and
detained for allegedly
killing his two-week
old baby boy.
Police sources told
Vanguard that the 32
years old tailor, Aminu
Zubairu, allegedly
killed his son violently
during a quarrel with
his wife to prove that
he was the man of the
The source alleged that
on the day of quarrel,
Aminu, living in
Tundunwada area of
Lugbe, along Airport
Road, Abuja, suddenly
snatched the two week
old baby from his wife,
out of annoyance that
she was arguing with
him and smashed his
(baby’s) head on the
floor of the house.
The source said it was
the cry and alarm
raised by the wife that
attracted neighbours
who rushed to the
scene only to see the
baby in the pool of his
blood already dead.
The neighbors
consequently invited
the police who
arrested Aminu and
detained him in their
Confronted over the
incident, the source
said the suspect while
in detention, explained
that he did not know
what pushed him to
smash the baby’s head
on the floor, adding
that it was the work of
the devil.
Attributing the action
to village trouble,
Aminu said that his
family has been
wishing him dead, and
he does not know
what is happening to
On where he hails
from, the suspect said
that he hails from
Okenne in Kogi State
and that for the past
10 years they have
been pursuing him.
“Please help me, I don’t
know what is
happening to me”, he

2 suspected kidnappers arrested in Delta, matron rescued

TWO suspected
kidnappers were
Friday, arrested and a
kidnap victim rescued
by a combined team of
men of the Joint Task
Force, JTF, and
members of the Ughelli
Vigilante group, Ughelli
North Local
Government Area,
Delta State.
The victim identified as
Mrs Kate Okogu,
Saturday Vanguard
gathered was abducted
at about 7:40 pm on
Friday night after she
was intercepted by the
suspected kidnappers
as she was about
entering her residence
at Amekpa area in the
Ughelli metropolis.
According to a reliable
source, the suspected
kidnappers that came
in a red mazda
whisked the
unsuspecting woman
who is a matron in the
local government
Health Department
away in her Toyota
corolla at gun point
after threatening to
shoot her gateman.
Speaking to the
Saturday Vanguard,
Chairman of the Ughelli
vigilante group, Mr
Monday Owhesiri said
men of the JTF and the
group swung into
action on Friday night
after it got wind of the
kidnap of Mrs Okogu.
Owhesiri said they
recovered the Toyota
corolla of the victim at
10am, adding that the
victim was rescued
from the kidnappers
den in a bush between
Iyede, Isoko North
Local Government Area
of the State at 12 noon,
According to him, “we
saw the woman being
guarded in the bush by
two boys; on sighting
us, the boys took to
their heel,” saying that;
“we apprehended one
of them who after
confessing other
members of the gang
took us to the house of
one of them in
Iwhrekpokpor, Ughelli.
Luckily for us, we met
him at home and we
also arrested him.
He said the suspected
kidnappers and their
Mazda car were at the
JTF barracks at
Agbarha. As at the time
of filing this report,
leader of the JTF in the
area could not be
reached for comments.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Enugu equips teachers to implement new curriculum

Government has
started a capacity-
building programme to
equip teachers to
implement the new
Basic and Senior
Secondary School
curriculum prepared by
the Federal Ministry of
The state
Commissioner for
Education, Dr. Simon
Ortuanya, who
declared the training
programme open in
Enugu, said the state
government organised
the training to “help
participants and their
students build on the
gains of the nine-year
Basic Education
Curriculum and also
connect logically to the
learning expectations
and experiences as to
be successful at the
tertiary education
Ortuanya stated,
“Enugu State
Government is
determined to reform
the teacher training
model to show respect
for teachers as

Police did not beat LASAMBUS driver to death – Lagos PPRO

LAgos police command
exonerated its men
over the death of a
56-year-old driver of
the Lagos State
Ambulance Services,
LASAMBUS, who was
allegedly died on
Tuesday evening, when
he was stopped by
some policemen
attached to Surulere
division for violating
the new traffic law.
While some LASAMBUS
staff accused the
policemen of hitting
the deceased, Jimoh
Fasasi ,with the butt of
their guns during a
scuffle that ensued
between them and the
deceased, the Lagos
State Police Command
described the claim as
untrue, asserting that
the deceased slumped
and died moments
later in the hospital.
The late Fasasi was
reportedly riding home
on his motorbike on
the fateful evening.
However, on reaching
Stadium Bridge around
Barracks at about
7p.m., a team of
policemen who were
enforcing the new
traffic law reportedly
confiscated his
motorcycle for plying
the bridge, as action
that is unlawful.
A LASAMBUS staff who
pleaded anonymity
told Vanguard that the
deceased contacted his
office informing one
Lateef, of the
According to the
source; “Fasasi told
Lateef that a policeman
was beating him at
Surulere, urging him to
rush down. We were
later told that as the
policeman continued
hitting him with the
butt of his gun, he
slumped in the process
and started foaming in
the mouth”
But when
for the Lagos State
Police Command, Ngozi
Braid, a Deputy
Superintendent of
Police, stated
emphatically that the
policemen did not have
a hand in Fasasi’s
“Rather, investigation
conducted around the
scene,” according to
her, “revealed that
after making calls on
his phone, the
deceased moved close
to a petty trader who
was selling soft drinks.
“When he got there, he
started panting while
the trader was staring
at him. But after some
time, he fell down and
started shaking and
foaming from the
mouth. He was
immediately rushed to
the Island General
Hospital, where the
Divisional Police Officer
was called at night to
say he had died.”

Don’t run down your players, Laloko tells Keshi

FORMER Nigeria
Football Association
(NFA) technical adviser,
Coach Kashimawo
Laloko has charged the
Super Eagles’ handlers
to play down the
players’ deficiencies as
it would affect their
morale in the
remaining 2013AFCON
and 2014 World Cup
“My advise is that the
team coach Stephen
Keshi should not run
down the players or
condemn them
publicly. To say that
they have no character
or whatever shouldn’t
come up. The danger is
that such comments
will affect the players
badly and it’ll affect
them in their next
“It is the duty of the
coach to instil in them
good habit. Keshi has
to change their
attitude by telling
them what he wants.
The issue of discipline
is not the fault of the
players, but that of the
handlers”, he said.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

1 killed, many injured as robbers, police engage in gun duel

There was fierce gun
battle in Agulu
community in Anaocha
Local Government Area
of Anambra on
Wednesday as a
suspected armed
robbery gang engaged
members of the state
Anti Robbery Squad
(SARS) in a gun duel.
The police killed one of
the robbers while four
others were arrested.
Also unconfirmed
sources have stated
that robbers attacked a
bank in Ifeloddun LG in
Share, Kwara State
The sources stated that
many where injured in
the attack on the bank
Confirming the
incident, the state
Police Public Relations
Officer (PPRO), Mr
Raphael Uzoigwe, said
the suspected robbers
were those who killed
two vigilante members
at Ogidi in Idemili
North local
Government Area,
earlier in the day.
He said that pump
action guns, which
were stolen from the
deceased vigilante
men, were recovered
by the police from the
Uzoigwe said that
other items recovered
from the gang included
one AK-47 riffle, three
magazines, 16 rounds
of ammunition and a
Mitsubishi L-300 bus
used for robbery
“The gang was also
responsible for
previous robberies and
kidnapping operations
in Nkpor, Umuoji, Ojoto
and Nnobi.
“Sometimes, they
operate between
Abatete, Neni, Agulu
among other
“Our target is to get
night life back in
Anambra especially
during the forth-
coming Christmas
period and we must do
it, that is the target of
the Police
commissioner, Mr
Nasarawa.” (NAN)

Arsenal want Drogba

Arsenal are ready to
offer Didier Drogba an
escape from his China
The 34-year-old former
Chelsea striker has
been caught up in a
boardroom power
struggle just three
months after signing a
£200,000 a week
contract with Shanghai
The Gunners, desperate
to fill the void left by
Robin van Persie, have
made enquiries with
the Chinese club to see
if there is a way of
bringing Drogba back
to London, reports The
Liverpool and Real
Madrid are also ready
to pounce if Drogba
indicates he wants to

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Glo unveils Soccer Academy

What has been touted
as Africa’s biggest
football reality tv
show, the Glo Soccer
Academy was unveiled
in Lagos Tuesday at
the Mike Adenuga
Towers corporate
headquarters of
Globacom. in Victoria
Island Lagos.
Speaking at the event,
executive director of
the company on events
and sponsorship, Bode
Opeseitan disclosed
that the academy will
draw talents from
Ghana, Republic of
Benin and Nigeria,
countries where the
telecom company had
interests in.
He said ex-
international, Victor
Ikpeba will be the
Team Manager and will
be working with such
ex-internationals like
Tijani Babangida, Tony
Baffoe among others
while chief Segun
Odegbami is the
“The screening exercise
begins as soon as entry
closes in a month’s
time,” Opeseitan said,
adding that they will
ensure only the
allowed age group of
14-17 will be admitted
into the academy.
“Screening will begin in
Cotonou(Republic of
Benin), Tamale, Kumasi
and Accra(Ghana) and
in Nigeria the exercise
will hold in five
locations including
Lagos, Benin and
Out of the thousands
that will be screened
across the three
countries, only 33 will
be camped in Lagos
and trained by
celebrity coaches for
four weeks. Sixteen
will make the final
selection for the Dream

NFF clears air on Mikel

The Nigeria Football
Federation Tuesday
clearly stated that they
were in no way
mounting pressure on
Eagles coach Stephen
Keshi to invite Chelsea
player Mikel Obi for the
international duties.
There had been reports
in the media that the
federation was
frowning at the
exclusion of Mikel from
the national team. But
they maintained that
Mikel was part of his
team and would be
invited when there
was need for his
services. Keshi listed
him for the match in
Liberia but Mikel opted
out on the grounds
that he was not
disposed to playing on
artificial turf earlier
chosen to host the
criticised Mikel for
lacking patriotism and
said that choosing the
matches he could play
for Nigeria underscored
this. But there are also
many followers of the
game whoinsist that
the decision to leave
Mikel was not good for
the team.
And recently, NFF
Executive members
were said to have
joined this school.
Chairman of Technical
Committee of NFF Chris
Green reacted this way
yesterday: “Nobody in
the federation has
raised this matter with
Stephen Keshi what
more insisting that he
must invite Mikel. We
have not done so. And
we will not do so. This
is official. Keshi is in
charge and he decides
on the players to be
invited. He is free to
invite anybody he
deems good enough.
Our job could be
advisory on such issues
but nobody has
insisted on Mikel being
invited. “
When Keshi was
appointed Eagles coach
he had Mikel in mind as
one who would take
over from Joseph Yobo
as Eagles captain.
But in his very first
outing, a friendly
against Malawi Mikel
opted out of the match
after Keshi had told
him he would be
allowed a free role to
express himself and
possibly make
attempts at goal. And
since then the Chelsea
player had not shown
enough commitment
to the national team,
the last issue on astro
turf being a pointer.
”It will be counter
productive for anybody
to mount pressure on
Keshi to use any player.
It will mark the
beginning of failure.
Mark my words,”
Nwabufo Obienu, a one
time NFA vice chairman
said yesterday.
He warned Keshi over
some players he said
might not fit into his
plans now and told
him to learn from the
problems his
predecessor, Samson
Siasia faced which led
to his disengagement.
”If Keshi is not firm on
players it will cause his
sack. They will sack
him and move on,
laughing at him later.
Recall the Vincent
Enyeama, Osaze
Odewengie and Mikel
Obi issues with Siasia
and how Siasia
eventually lost out and
you will appreciate this
caution I’m asking
Keshi to embrace,”
Obienu offered.

14-day rainfall sacks Enugu community

days of continuous
rainfall in Okutu,
Nsukka Local
Government Area,
Enugu State, has
wreaked havoc in the
community, leaving
behind submerged and
collapsed markets,
schools, churches and
residential houses.
During a visit to the
flooded community by
Vanguard, water was
gradually receding
from some primary
schools and Nkwo
Okutu Market.
It was gathered that
the disaster rendered
over 200 persons
homeless and
damaged property
worth millions of Naira,
even as all the rivers
overflowed their
The situation was
worsened by the
resurgence of the
extinct Adada River,
which has its source
from Ibagwa-Aka in
Igbo Eze South Local
Government Area of
the state.
Meanwhile, Chairman
of Nsukka Local
Government, Mr. Tony
Ugwu, has
sympathised with the
community over the
flood disaster, even as
he expressed
happiness that no life
was lost.
Ugwu spoke when
leaders of the
community, led by the
traditional ruler, Igwe
Dan Ogbonna, visited
him in his office. He
assured that the local
government would
assist the victims to
ameliorate the effect
pending the
intervention of the
National Emergency
Management Agency,
NEMA, and State
Management Agency,
Igwe Ogbonna said a
similar disaster
occurred in 1990, but
said it was not as
destructive as the
present one.

I messed up Richard’s life, wife confesses to TB Joshua

Former Black Stars
keeper, Richard
Kingson’s wife has
claimed on a TV show
that she caused his bad
form and personal
problems with black
Kingson, who has
previously played in
the Premier League for
Birmingham, Wigan
and Blackpool, has
failed to find a new
club since being
released from
Bloomfield Road last
year with his career
suffering an alarming
According to his wife,
Adelaide Tawiah, she
not only made him
lose his form, but also
rendered him impotent
with the use of black
“I messed up Richard’s
life ever since we got
married. I used my evil
powers to trouble his
career, I’ve been
working on him
spiritually to the point
he could not perform
in bed,” she said on a
Nigerian TV show.
The show she
appeared on was one
hosted by a preacher
called TB Joshua, who
had been attempting
to cast out the ‘evil
spirit’ that supposedly
lived inside of her.
Kingson, who is
Ghana’s most capped
player, has now taken
to Facebook to defend
his wife.
“My wife is not a
witch,” he said in the
Facebook post.
Tawiah has also
rejected claims that she
is a witch, explaining it
was the spirit that was
being cast out of her
that spoke.
She later declared: “I
can’t even remember
what took place [when
making the

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: 1 killed, 3 others injured in fuel tanker accident

ABEOKUTA- One person
has been killed while
three critically injured
in another road
accident on Lagos-
Ibadan expressway in
Obafemi-Owode local
government area of
Ogun state.
This incident occured
48 hours after 12
passengers were burnt
beyond recognition in
a ghastly motor
accident which
occurred on Lagos-
Benin expressway in
Odogbolu local
government area of
Ogun state.
According to Ogun
State Sector
Commander, Federal
Road Safety Corps, Ayo
Omiyale, the accident
occured at 10 am when
two tankers conveying
petrol crashed .
Vanguard gathered
that one of the tankers
with number SPACE11
ERI was reported to
have lost control and
fell at the bad portion
on the expressway
before the second
tanker marked Lagos
XK 385 FST
crashed beside it.

We won’t forgive Keshi if … NFF

THE Nigeria Football
Federation, NFF, stated
yesterday that they
would not forgive
Super Eagles coach,
Stephen Keshi if the
nation does not qualify
for the African Cup of
to be held in South
Africa next year.
The Federation is still
being haunted by the
Eagles non
qualification of the last
edition held in Gabon
and Equatorial Guinea
under coach Samson
Reviewing the Eagles
2-2 draw with the
Lone Star of Liberia
weekend in Monrovia
goalkeeper Vincent
Enyeamah’s howler
allowed the Liberians
to equalise in a match
the Eagles deserved to
win, Chairman of NFF
Media Committee, High
Chief Emeka Inyamah
said that Keshi remains
totally in control of the
‘’Keshi has the powers
not to invite any player
who will not help the
course of the team. He
is in charge. The
technical committee
will review the match
but their job remains
We have absolute
confidence in him and
he knows that his
contract is tied to
qualifying Nigeria to
South Africa and Brazil
for the Nations Cup and
the World Cup
Inyamah said.
Considering the
exclusion of Chelsea’s
Mikel Obi in Eagles in
the recent, Inyamah
dismissed with a wave
of the hand
suggestions that Keshi
did not want him in
‘’There is no iota of
truth in that. Keshi has
nothing personal
against Mikel. They
were in contact before
the match in Monrovia.
Mikel was excused
because the game was
to be played on
artificial turf but when
they moved over to
grass, it was late to
invite him.
There is no reason for
Keshi to leave out Mikel
or any other good
They are Nigerians. But
what we cannot
condone is indiscipline.
The coach knows
better and we are
pleased with his
performance so far ’’,
Inyamah said.
On the Liberian match,
Inyama said that the
draw has put Nigeria in
good stead to
qualify for the Nations
“There is no cause for
alarm. It is a match
that the Eagles should
have won. We are not
satisfied with the result
but we are not
disappointed. All I
know is that Nigeria
will be in South Africa
no matter what it
that President
Goodluck Jonathan
came to cheer the
team and watch them
in training. He
made calls, too. That is
a sign of uncommon
leadership and his
motivation is
NFF will blame itself if
Nigeria does not
But we are not
contemplating that.
No, no, no. Not again!’’,
Inyamah said.

Couple killed in street shooting

Rome - A couple were
executed in a street
shooting in a central
area of Milan, Italian
media reported on
Massimiliano Spelta, a
entrepreneur with no
criminal record, was
approached by
someone who got off a
scooter and shot him
on Monday.
He was walking in the
Porta Romana
neighbourhood, an
area full of bars and
restaurants with his
Dominican girlfriend,
Carolina Pajaro, and
their 18-month-old
Pajaro, 22, was killed
too as she tried to flee
from the scene.
Her daughter, who is in
hospital recovering
from light bruises was
Police are still looking
for a motive.
“There are no
police squad chief
Alessandro Giuliano
was quoted as saying
by the Corriere della
newspaper. (dpa/NAN)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Delta community exco dissolved over alleged cultism

the alleged attack on
Okorogwe community,
Okpe Local
Government Area,
Delta State, by a
suspected secret cult
group, the people,
weekend, dissolved the
community executive
led by Mr. Lucky Ikpini,
accusing it of
complicity in the
The community was
two months ago
deserted after it was
allegedly attacked by a
secret cult over sand
dredging dispute. The
Ikpini-led executive
was dissolved at an
emergency meeting of
the community
convened by its elders.
Passing a vote of no
confidence on Ikpini’s
administration, the
people accused the
dissolved executive of
violating the rules and
regulations of the

Nigeria is Africa’s 3rd best at London 2012 Paralympic Games

As the 2012
Paralympic Games
rounded off in London
on Sunday, no fewer
than 10 African
countries made the
medals table, winning
a total of 112 medals
over the 11 days of the
Games, Aug. 29 to
Sept . 9.
African nations’
performance at the
Games represented a
marginal improvement
over their performance
at the last Paralympic
Games in Beijing, China,
in 2008, where only
eight nations made the
medals table.
The 10 African
countries notched up
112 medals, made up
of 38 gold, 36 silver
and 38 bronze medals.
Nigeria, which led
Africa’s medals table
from the beginning of
the games, was beaten
to the third place by
Tunisia, now Africa’s
number one at the end
of the Paralympic
Games, won 19 medals
– nine gold, five silver
and five bronze, to
beat South Africa,
which had 25 medals –
eight gold, 12 silver
and seven bronze
medals – to the second
Nigeria, which placed
third with 13 medals
over all, had six gold,
five silver and two
Nigeria, however,
ended up the Games’
overall number one
winners of the Power
lifting event, from
where it won 12 of its
13 medals.
Algeria placed fourth
with a total of 19
medals – (4-6-9), Egypt
had 15 (4-4-7),
Morocco (3-0-3), Kenya
Others are: Namibia
(1-1-0), Angola (1-0-1)
and Ethiopia (0-1-0).

Igbinedion Varsity lecturer’s body recovered from Ovia River

The body of
one of the lecturers of
Igbinedion University,
Okada, Edo State, who
drowned in Ovia River
last week Wednesday,
has been recovered.
The corpse, identified
as that of Mrs. Shirley
Imade, was recovered
on Saturday, Vanguard
Earlier, the bodies of
two of the male
lecturers, involved in
the accident, Mr.
Morgan Uwoghiren and
Lucky Ehiorobo had
been recovered, when
the vehicle in which
they were travelling
was pulled out of the
river after a four-hour
rescue operation.
Late Shirley and three
other lecturers of the
university were
travelling to Benin
from Okada, when
their vehicle skidded
off the road and
plunged into Ovia
River, while avoiding a
head-on collusion with
a trailer that swerved
into their lane while
avoiding a bad portion
of the road.
Benin Tollgate Unit
Commander of Federal
Road Safety Corps,
FRSC, Mr. Ameen
Adewale, confirmed
that the corpse of Mrs.
Shirley had been

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Pastor, wife remanded in prison over disapperance of friend’s two children

By Adeola Adenuga &
Pastor Isaac Komolafe
and wife, Olasunkanmi,
have been remanded
in prison for inability to
produce their friend’s
two children in their
custody since
September 2010.
Trouble started when
Mr. Salimon Ogunyemi
dragged them before
an Agege Grade A
Customary Court for
unauthorised transfer
of the children to an
unknown person.
According to Pastor
(Mrs) Olasunkanmi
Komolafe, Biola
Ogunyemi, a friend,
brought the children to
her when she wanted
to travel abroad.
The children:
Boluwatife and
Abayomi, had been in
their custody for about
two years until
someone, who claimed
to be Biola Ogunyemi’s
cousin, came and took
them away.
When asked how the
court could get in
touch with the so-
called cousin, Pastor
(Mrs) Komolafe could
not explain the
whereabouts of the
man, and that
informed the decision
of the judge to remand
her and her husband in
Kirikiri Prison.
The court president, Mr.
Emmaunel Shokunle,
ordered that Pastor
Komolafe and his wife
of Christ Cornerstone
Bible Church, lpaja, be
remanded in custody
pending the time the
so called cousin would
appear in court.

Bianca’s lawyer warns Ojukwus over properties

THE silent war over the
management of some
properties belonging
to Ojukwu Transport
Limited, OTL, has taken
another dimension as
the wife of the late
Ikemba Nnewi, Dim
Ambassador Bianca
Ojukwu, through her
lawyer, has insisted
that the estate
management agent,
allegedly appointed by
her late husband, Mr.
Emmanuel Omuojine of
Omuojine & Associates,
would remain in
charge of the five
properties in Lagos.
Directors of OTL,
Professor Joseph
Ojukwu (Chairman),
Engr. Emmanuel
Ojukwu, Mr. Lotanna P.
Ojukwu, Dr. P. Ike
Ojukwu, Arc Edward
Ojukwu and Mr.
Lotanna A. Ojukwu,
had, in a recent public
notice, disowned the
agent, saying that at
no time was he
appointed by the
company’s board of
directors to manage
any of their properties.
The properties in
question are, 13
Hawksworth Road,
Ikoyi (now 13 Ojora
Road, Ikoyi) Lagos; 32A
Commercial Avenue,
Yaba, Lagos; 29 Queens
Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos; 30
Gerrard Road, Ikoyi,
Lagos and 4
Macpherson Avenue,
Ikoyi, Lagos.
Counsel for Mrs.
Ojukwu, Emeka
Onyemelukwe of
Emeka Onyemelukwe
& Associates, in a letter,
dated May 28, in
response to a letter by
the OTL counsel, Ifeanyi
Okumah of Sterling
Attorneys, Enugu
asking Omuojine to
hands off the
properties, informed
the directors that the
management firm was
appointed by the late
Ojukwu to manage the
said properties under
his care and was not
relieved of that
responsibility until the
late Ikemba Nnewi’s
Okumah, writing on
behalf of the OTL
Directors, in a letter
dated May 17, 2012,
informed Omuojine
and Associates that
Massey Udegbe and Co
had been duly
management agent of
OTL properties in Lagos
and that he (Omuojine)
should not in any
manner interfere with
the firm (Massey
Udegbe) in carrying out
its duties.
“You are reminded of
the serious
consequences of not
adhering to the above
and that to continue to
parade yourself and/or
your company as an
agent of OTL
constitutes economic
breaches which are
criminal in nature and
highly unprofessional,”
Okumah stated.
He further asked
Omuojine to provide
OTL with itemized list
of all monies he
collected while
managing the said
properties for several
years and remit same
to the company,
adding that he should
among other thing
“cease and desist from
holding yourself out to
be their managing
Besides, the OTL
counsel requested
Omuojine to furnish
the company with
concrete documentary
evidence of his
appointment as the
company’s managing
agent including the
agreement and power
of attorney
purportedly issued to
him as well as the
statement of account
of the funds so far
But replying the OTL
Directors on behalf of
Mrs. Ojukwu, Emeka
Onyemelukwe, her
counsel, said “Messrs
Omuojine & Associates
were appointed by late
Dim Chukwuemeka
Odumegwu-Ojukwu, to
manage those
properties under his
care”, adding that
“they have not been
relieved of that
responsibility by late
Dim Chukwuemeka
until his demise.”
“As our client, the next
of kin, to the deceased
Dim Chukwuemeka
has not also relieved
them of that
responsibility. We
therefore see your
demands from them as
spurious and fishy,”
Onyemelukwe stated,
explaining that the
properties of OTL had
for many years been
managed by three
separate branches of
the family.”
He disclosed that
Omuojine manages
some of the properties
under the care of the
late Ikemba Nnewi,
insisting that “Massey
Udegbe & Co has no
business disturbing the
properties under the
care and management
of Omuojine &
“May we then use this
opportunity to warn
that you (Okumah) call
your client, Messrs
Massey Udegbe & Co,
and the unknown
director who briefed
you to order. They
should not in any way
disturb the tenants,
who reside, and or
carry on their
legitimate businesses
on those properties
under the care and
management of Messrs
Omuojine & Associates,
in any form or manner
inimical to those
tenants’ interests. If
they do so, we may
have to resort to
appropriate measure/s
to stop them,” Mrs.
Ojukwu’s lawyers
further wrote.
When contacted on the
seeming face-off, one
of the OTL Directors, Dr.
P. Ike Ojukwu, said that
there was no
whatsoever, explaining
that the properties in
question belonged to

Nollywood actress in court over alleged illicit affairs on location

Mr. Micheal Suaib
wants Agege Grade A
Customary Court to
dissolve his marriage
to Nancy, a Nollywood
actress, for not being
submissive, flirting and
other irreconcilable
Micheal, who lives at 4,
Moses Eleya Street new
Oko Oba, informed the
court that he got
married to his wife 19
years ago in
accordance with native
and custom of the land.
The 52-year-old man
also said that despite
the fact their union is
blessed with three
children, there’s no
more reason for the
respondent in the case
to be his wife because
she has demonstrated
that she’s no longer
interested in the
The petitioner said
Nancy has been going
in and out of her
matrimonial home,
adding that he started
suspecting his wife of
flirting when he got to
know that she was
nowhere to be found
on location.
He claimed that the
first time the wife
moved out, he
threatened to sue for
divorce, but, according
to him, Nancy has
confessed to having
illicit affairs on
” When l discovered
that her wardrobe was
empty, l knew that she
was planning to move
out of my home”.
Michael also said he
pleaded to her to let
them drop bitterness
after they had a scuffle
and think of the
welfare of their
children but she
refused. He therefore
urged the court to
dissolve the marriage
and grant him custody
of the children.
Suaib was not in court
to defend the
allegations against her.
Court president
Emmanuel Shokunle
adjourned the case till
september 12, 2012.

Nation’s cup qualifiers: Nigeria plays 2-2 with Liberia

ber 8, 2012 |
10:43 pm
Abuja – Super Eagles of
Nigeria on Saturday in
Monrovia were held to
a 2-2 draw by the Lone
Stars of Liberia in the
first leg of the final
round of the 2013
Nations Cup qualifier.
Omega Roberts of the
Lone Stars opened
scoring in the seventh
minute of the
encounter and added a
second in the
66th minute to save
the day for the Lone
Eagles striker, Nosa
Igiebor scored the
equaliser for Nigeria in
16th minute to set the
pace for an enthralling
Ikechuchkwu Uche put
the Eagles in front from
the penalty spot on the
20th minute.
With the result, Nigeria
stands a good chance
of qualifying for the
tournament with a
The Eagles will host the
Lone Stars between
Oct. 12, and Oct. 14, for
the second leg of the
qualifier to decide
which country picks
the ticket for the
tournament to be held
in January 2013.
Earlier in the other
fixtures, reigning
African champions,
Zambia defeated
Uganda 1-0 to keep
alive their hopes of
defending the title
they won in January
Central African Republic
beat Burkina Faso 1-0,
while co-host of the
2012 edition, Gabon
were held to a 1 all
draw by Togo.
In the other results,
Ghana beat Malawi 2-0,
Sierra Leone played 2-2
with Tunisia, while
Sudan Beat Ethiopia
5-3 and Mali defeated
Botswana 3-0.
Also on Saturday, Cape
Verde beat former
African champions,
Cameroon 2-0, while
2012 finalists, Ivory
Coast survived an early
scare to beat Senegal
4-2 in the tension
soaked encounter.
The Game between DR
Congo and Equatorial
Guinea has been
shifted by the
Confederation of
African Football (CAF)
to Oct. 12.

Israel begins mass deportation of Nigerians

In what looks like a
crackdown on
immigrants in their
country, Israel has
started a massive
deportation of Africans
comprising mainly
Nigerians in what they
called ‘operation clean
In the last few weeks
no fewer than 50
Nigerians have been
deported from the
middle east country for
reasons ranging from
what they termed
illegal stay, work
permit and other
flimsy excuses.
Due to the recent series
of offensive and racist
statements made by
Israeli politicians,
African diplomats in
Israel are afraid to
walk down the street,
said African
ambassadors in Israel
during a meeting with
Deputy Foreign
Minister Danny Ayalon.
The meeting, which
was attended by the
ambassadors of
Angola, Ghana, Nigeria,
Kenya, Ethiopia and the
Ivory Coast, was
recently held in the
Foreign Ministry’s
offices in Jerusalem,
Yedioth Ahronoth, an
Israeli newspaper
reported.This was after
the wife of the Ghanian
ambassador was
arrested by Israeli
police where she was
on shopping in Tel
Israeli’s claim that
immigrants are
responsible for the
ongoing series of rapes
and muggings
committed in their
country is a way of
calling a dog a bad
name in order to hang
Reports from Tel Aviv
where most of the
immigrants live show
that most of them now
hide inside their
apartments without
going to work for fear
of being arrested while
on the street. ’Many
Nigerians living in
Israel are very law
abiding and go their
normal businesses’ said
an official of the
Nigerian community
who doesn’t want his
name in print.
The recent crackdown
has seen Isreaeli
arresting Nigerians
with families and
taking them to
detention camps
sometimes with their
very under aged
children where they
face harsh punitive
measures and untold
hardship before being
deported to their
To worsen the
situation, the Nigerian
Embassy officials have
never intervened in
this ugly incidents
being meted on
Nigerians, our source
Mr Iweka [real name
withheld] from Enugu
state said he has been
living in Israel legally
since twelve years
working in a restaurant
but was deported on
the orders of his
employer who
wouldn’t want to pay
his accumulated
gratuity. He was
arrested in his
apartment by over
twenty security agents
and chained both legs
and hands and bundled
into a van even after
showing them his valid
papers and driven to
prison. His lawyer took
his case to court and
after spending two
months in the prison
under harsh conditions
was deported without
concluding his case. He
described is ordeal as a
racist, barbaric and
Member of the Israeli
Knesset Shlomo Molla
(Kadima) has warned
that, “The State has
failed to do its
diplomatic due
diligence .No one
wants to migrate here
if they’re doing well…
It doesn’t mean that
we shouldn’t try to
send them back, but
these events – abusing
them like that – that’s
“I’ve seen case where
people where
physically hurt. If that’s
not incitement – what
is?” he wondered.
Member if Israeli
Knesset K Dov Khenin
(Hadash) read
testimonies given by
teens suspected of
assaulting migrants,
detailing the violent
abuse they had
perpetrated. He further
deplored the
government’s actions
against them.

Kano sends 25 students for overseas training in Marine Engineering

Kano State
Government has
sponsored 25
indigenes of the state
to study Marine
Engineering in India
and the United States.
A statement issued in
Kano on Saturday by
Alhaji Baba Dantiye,
the Director of Press to
Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso,
said the four year
course would cost the
government $80
million annually.
According to the
statement, Gov. Rabi’u
Kwankwaso said this
during the graduation
of over 1,000 youths
under the
government’s youth
programme, tagged
“Lafiya Jari.”
It said that the
governor emphasised
on the resolve of the
administration to give
priority to human
capital development.
“We are doing all this
because we need to
see our youth
everywhere in the
world and reduce
unemployment facing
the state”, the
statement quoted the
governor as saying.
It added that
Kwankwaso further
revealed that the
government had
concluded plans to
sponsor 100 students
to study avionics and
another 100 to study
medicine abroad.
The statement said
that the state
government, through
the Col. Yakubu Bako
(Rtd.) Youth
Committee had secured
over 200 jobs for
indigenes of the state
in various Federal
The “Lafiya Jari”, is a
healthcare based
empowerment scheme
under the state
The scheme provides
drugs and financial
support to students
who graduated from
the Schools of Health
Technology to set up
their own businesses.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 comes to town

Nokia has not given up
on the battle to take
back its topmost
position in world
mobile market. Its
activities in recent
times, suggests so.
Some of its latest
devices points clearly
to the fact. From
PureView 808 with its
wonder 41 megapixels
camera to Lumia 610,
800, 900 among others
are part of the
wonders that would
make the expected
networked society a
magical world.
Yet, the device maker
is not satisfied and to
prove so, it had just
pushed out another
flagship smartphone,
the Lumia 920. The
new device will be
powered by Microsoft’s
Windows Phone
platform, tagged
Windows Phone 8.
Nokia is saying that the
new device will even
be accompanied by a
mid-tier sibling, the
Lumia 820.
Although Samsung just
introduced a prototype
of its first Windows 8
OS phone which it
tagged, Samsung ATIV
S, last week, Nokia’s
Chief Executive Officer,
Stephen Elop said that
at leat Nokia was the
first off to introduce
the real and active
device running on the
Microsoft’s amazing
Windows phone
Nokia, through its EVP
of Smart Devices, Jo
Harlow, described the
Lumia 920, as the most
innovative smartphone
in the world.
The device spots
features including an
PureView camera.
Harlow said the camera
was designed to
overcome the
challenges users face
when using the
smartphone camera as
the only camera.
The camera also spots
an improved
performance in low-
light situations and a
4.5-inch Puremotion
HD+, WXGA display,
described as better
than HD resolution.
The new device has an
updated package of
location services, like
Maps, Drive and
Transport apps. The
Lumia 920 also
includes integrated
wireless charging,
using the Qi wireless
charging standard.
There are also
accessories like
charging pillow and
music dock.
Meanwhile the
accompanying device,
Lumia 820 also shares
many features with the
Lumia 920, but with
changes like a smaller,
display (4.3-inch
WVGA); less capable
camera with 8MP
autofocus with Carl
Ziess optics.
It also has less on-
board storage, 8GB
rather than 32GB, but
with microSD memory
card support for the
low-end device.
The Lumia 820 also
features an
“exchangeable shell
design”, enabling users
to select from a range
and add Qi wireless
charging support.
The devices are both
powered by 1.5GHz
dual-core Qualcomm
processors instead of
the usual quad-core
processors used by
some high-end Android

Gunmen kill 4, including two students in Mubi

Mubi (Adamawa) The
Adamawa Police
Command has
confirmed the death of
four people, including
two students, from gun
shots in Mubi town.
Confirming the
development the
command’s Public
Relations Officer, DSP
Mohammed Ibrahim,
said the incident took
place on Wednesday
night during attacks on
masts in the town.
Ibrahim said that
among the four people
killed during the attack
by gunmen on
Globacom facilities
were two students,
one from Adamawa
State University and
the other from the
Federal Polytechnic,
Ibrahim said the
identity of the
remaining two had yet
to be ascertained.
Confirming the death
of one of its students
from gun shot, the
Head of Protocol and
Publicity in the
University, Mallam
Ahmad Sajoh, said the
deceased met his death
around the Low Cost
Housing area, were he
was hit by bullet.
He said the late
student was an
indigene of the state,
from Madagali local
government area was
a final year student of
the Department of
“He just defended his
project yesterday”,
Sajoh said (NAN)