The Sun World Cup seminar: Sports minister, NFF chiefs, coaches expected

One day to The Sun World Cup seminar holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, top government officials, sports personalities

One day to The Sun World Cup seminar holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, top government officials, sports personalities and stakeholders have confirmed their participation.

The seminar, with theme: “That Super Eagles may excel in Russia 2018 and Beyond,” is being hosted by the Rivers State government at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt.

The Federal Ministry of Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have endorsed the seminar.

Former Super Eagles coach and first black African to handle a team at the World Cup, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, will deliver the lead paper, “Super Eagles: Towards a Successful Russia 2018 Campaign.” Former Director General of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Mallam Danladi Bako, will deliver the second paper, “Galvanising Support for the Super Eagles: The Role of Government, Media and Other Stakeholders,” while ex-director general of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Pat Ekeji, former chief coach of the Golden Eaglets, Mr. Fanny Amun; and chairman of Abia Warriors FC, Chief Emeke Inyama, will serve as discussants.

Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike; Minister of Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung and President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick, are among top government officials who have confirmed their attendance at the event.
Also expected at the seminar are ex-internationals/former Super Eagles players, coaches, club owners and managers as well as commissioners of sports from various states.

Expressing his delight at the seminar, Dr. Ekeji said the choice of Chief Onigbinde and Mallam Bako as speakers was great as, according to him, “Baba Onigbinde is a man that has seen it all in our football. Danladi Bako is a veteran broadcaster that has been involved with football for over three decades. I think we are in for a good event.”

Also speaking on the seminar, a member of the 2002 World Cup national team, Julius Aghahowa, applauded The Sun for organising the event, saying results of the previous Nigerian appearances could have been better if brainstorming seminars like the one being organised by The Sun had taken place.

Aghahowa remarked: “I’m not surprised this is coming from the stable of The Sun. It’s a laudable idea, which all well-meaning and football loving Nigerians should support.

“I also hope other corporate bodies could emulate the newspaper outfit and provide the team with all the supports they needed to soar at the World Cup. So I commend the organisers of the seminar.”

Football administrator, Chief Inyama, praised The Sun for organising the seminar, adding that the events would help in the advancement of the Nigerian football team for better performance next month at the World Cup and even beyond.
Said he: “The Sun has won my heart. I have no excuse not to be in Port Harcourt for the seminar.”

Mallam Bako expressed deep appreciation for the gesture of The Sun in organising the seminar. He said: “The seminar is very timely and a bold attempt at galvanising public support and awareness for Super Eagles.
“More importantly, the effort is a brainchild of one of Nigeria’s most widely read newspapers.”
National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club, Reverend Samuel Ikpea, said The Sun World Cup seminar was coming at the right time.

He pledged the support of the supporters club, declaring: “On behalf of myself and the members of the NFSC, we want to thank The Sun Publishing Limited for this wonderful initiative. We believe also that it would definitely point the ways forward for our football.

“We also want to assure the organisers of our unalloyed support at all times, as partners in the progress of Nigerian football.”

The governor said Rivers State government’s interest in supporting the Eagles explains its acceptance to host the national team’s final match before travelling to Russian in Port Harcourt.

In endorsing the seminar, the Federal Ministry of Sports, in a letter by Nansel Nimyel, on behalf of the Minister of Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong, to the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, said: “I write to acknowledge receipt of your letter on the above subject dated 23rd March 2018, in which you are proposing to host a conference to further drum up support for the National Football Team, the Super Eagles, towards their successful participation at Russia 2018 World Cup competition.

“I am further directed to convey to you the Honourable Minister’s approval and endorsement of the said proposal.
“While looking forward to working with your organisation towards a successful outing by the Super Eagles at Russia 2018, please accept the renewed assurances of the Honourable Minister’s esteemed regards.”

The NFF, in its letter by Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary, said: “We heartily present to you very warm sporting regards of the President, Executive Committee members and Management of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“We are pleased to inform you that the NFF has decided to endorse the conference and also afford your organisation strategic partnership for the conference designed to awaken the nation’s consciousness and create the enabling environment for Super Eagles to excel at the FIFA World Cup finals.

“The NFF is enamoured by the conception of the forum as an all-inclusive one to facilitate exchange of information and ideas by all the stakeholders as well as chart the course for the Super Eagles to soar in Russia.”
Speaking on the seminar, The Sun MD, Osagie, said the event was the company’s “modest way of supporting the efforts to mobilise Nigerians for the soccer event.”

According to him, the World Cup, in particular and football generally are serious businesses, which require the input of everybody and therefore all hands must be on deck to support the national team.
Said Osagie: “The World Cup is a serious business. From the day the football competition starts, the global attention will be on Russia. We want Nigeria not to be just a participant but one that would make serious impact at the competition, hence we are organising this conference.

“With the endorsement of the Federal Ministry of Sports and the NFF, and the fact that Rivers State government has graciously agreed to host the conference, we have been gingered to make it worth the while.”

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FG, Wike fight dirty over assassination allegation

Tony John, Port Harcourt; Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidency has dismissed allegation by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, that the

Tony John, Port Harcourt; Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency has dismissed allegation by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, that the All Progressives Congress (APC )-led Federal Government is plotting to assassinate him.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in response to Daily Sun’s email seeking Presidency’s response to the allegation said, “Codeine-induced allegations fly everywhere now. It even needs no response. People should not judge this Presidency by their own standards.”

Governor Wike had raised the alarm of assasination plot, yesterday, during the third anniversary dedication and thanksgiving of his administration at the Living Faith Church in D-Line, Port Harcourt.
According to Wike: “Intelligence report available to us as at this morning indicate that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was accidental discharge.”

The governor said the plots of the APC-led Federal Government and its associates would not intimidate him as he remained committed to the defence of democracy and Rivers State.
Speaking at the service, which attracted traditional rulers, prominent leaders of the state and wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan, Wike said the plot against him would fail, because God would continue to defend him.

He said: “The level of conspiracy against Rivers State is unfortunate. Instead of focusing on governance, they focus on how to assassinate me or frame me up.”
Governor Wike had claimed that Federal Government through the Inspector General of Police Abubakar Idris, plotted to plant millions of dollars and AK-47 at his Abuja residence, when the Police sought search warrant from an Abuja court. He noted that last week, the court ruled that the police could not search his Abuja residence, stopping them from their evil plot.

“I am not afraid of my residence being searched by the police, but I know their evil intention,” he said.
Governor Wike said the state government decided on the church programme to thank God for his protection in the face of continuous plot by agents of the APC-led Federal Government.

“Prayer is good. In this thanksgiving, I hold no apology to anybody and I will continue to say that Rivers State is a Christian state. Christians have kept quiet so much. God did not say as a pastor you should not involve yourself in the activities of the state.

“Don’t just go home and rest, as pastors and our spiritual leaders, you should help and tell all members of the community that they must contribute to the success of 2019 elections. Take it upon yourselves to say you will participate and decide who becomes your leaders in 2019.

“If you know the plans of the enemies, the extent the Federal Government has planned against us, there is need to thank the Lord. You should know that God has taken over the care of Rivers State.

“We are born to win, we are born to reign, we are destined for greatness. While other states are commissioning wheel barrows, we are commissioning infrastructure.”

He said despite the declaration by his predecessor and incumbent minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, that his administration would not be able to pay salaries, let alone do projects, he has succeeded in delivering outstanding projects.
Rivers State Pastor of Living Faith Church, Pastor Isaac Folaji, thanksgiving enhances God’s protection and financial multiplication, noting that as a result of the dedication service, God will bless the state.

In another development, Shehu, took a swipe on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying eventhough it founded anti-corruption agencies – the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), it only intended to keep them as toys or toothless bulldogs and not to fight corruption.
Shehu who claimed the PDP administration never had any intention of taking the war against corruption to the level the Muhammadu Buhari administration has done warned Nigerians to be wary ahead of 2019.

Shehu in an article titled ‘The real price of “changing the change” (1)’, said the current administration has successfully fought corruption and has also abolished grand corruption at the top level, for which the international community was applauding him for.

“The real meaning and cost of the “Changing the change,” is that if they win the next election, they will not take us back to where we were in 2015, they will mostly reverse the progress the APC has brought to the nation. The main reason for the defeat of the PDP in 2015 was corruption. The present administration at the centre led by President Muhammadu Buhari has so far presented a corrupt-free image of itself. It has also succeeded in abolishing grand corruption at the top and as attested to by the American President, Donald Trump. The government has significantly brought down the level of corruption in the whole country. It has, however, warned over and again that corruption was fighting back.”

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2 soldiers feared killed, others abducted in Benue

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi; Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo Two personnel of the newly launched Operation Whirl Stroke were feared killed by suspected

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi; Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

Two personnel of the newly launched Operation Whirl Stroke were feared killed by suspected herdsmen at Tseke village, a border community between Taraba and Benue states, in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

Sources in the area also disclosed to newsmen that the armed herdsmen, who ambushed and killed the soldiers early yesterday, also abducted other soldiers and set one patrol vehicle ablaze.

Our source, who spoke on the condition of anonimity, said, “the community is a Tiv/Jukun settlement and it is a border community, where you can hardly draw a border line between Benue and Taraba states.

“From what we have gathered so far, two of the soldiers were killed, some were taken alive and one of their patrol vehicles was burnt.

“We also heard that some of the soldiers were still unaccounted for, which means that the casualty figure might be higher when the true picture of the attack becomes clearer.”

Chairman of Logo Local Government Area, Mr. Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the attack to newsmen Sunday night, explained that the incident, which happened between 7am and 8am, claimed the life of one soldier on the spot while the other soldier was critically injured and might not survive his injuries.

“It happened in Logo LGA. I gave them a base at Mbagegh Council Ward. So, in the course of carrying out their peace-keeping operation, they went into the bush and I don’t know whether the herdsmen heard about them and ambushed the soldiers.

“The herdsmen burnt one of their patrol vehicles, injured some of them, took some alive and killed one person but the second person was seriously injured and may not make it because he was in bad shape.
“Though one was said to be missing by tomorrow we will get a clearer picture of the situation, including the actual number of deaths, because when there is an attack on a group of people like it happened and some are missing you cannot just conclude on the casualty figure.

“But surely some were killed and some were abducted. Though many among those that were missing escaped alive, by tomorrow we will get a clearer picture of the situation.”

Efforts to get a reaction from the operational base of the Operation Whirl Stroke on the incident failed as the personnel who picked the call through one of their dedicated numbers declined to comment on the matter.

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Moghalu: Rotational presidencies promoting bad leadership

Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki A presidential aspirant for the 2019 General Elections, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has blamed the nation’s poor leadership

Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

A presidential aspirant for the 2019 General Elections, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has blamed the nation’s poor leadership over the years on a pattern of rotational presidencies between Northern and Southern Nigeria.

He said that the arrangement promotes poor leadership and creates avenues for incompetent leaders to emerge because, according to him, competent aspirants to the position would have been deprived of the a fair shot and opportunity.

The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stated this in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, during the inauguration of the Kingsley Moghalu Support Organization at Monablis Hotels.

Moghalu argued that career politicians in the country often sell the idea of rotational presidencies to whip up unnecessary sentiments which, he said, beclouds the reasoning of the voting population, who end up voting in incompetent leaders.

He appealed to Nigerians to do away with the idea, arguing that since the many problems plaguing the country were not zoned, it was unnecessary for anyone to put stock in a rotational presidency.

“There is no zoning in the Nigeria constitution. It is a miff that the presidency is not the turn of anywhere. The presidency is the turn of any competent Nigerian whom the Nigerian people found worthy of keeping the responsibility of becoming president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the presidential aspirant said.

“We are in a democracy and I think it is time we stopped wasting our time on this discussion. The career politicians who are selling this falsehood do not want you to elect good leaders. They want you to remain in poverty and joblessness. Is that what Nigerians want? Time has come to select a Nigerian who can do the job. A Nigerian who can fix the country.

“It does not matter where that person comes from. Let me ask you a question: is unemployment zoned? Is poverty zoned to any part of this country? Is ‘no electricity’ zoned? So, if our problems are not zoned to anybody, why should selecting leadership that will fix these problems be zoned?” he queried.

The presidential hopeful said, if elected, he would heal Nigeria and restore its economy, as well as create jobs to address the country’s growing unemployment rate and poverty.

“My first priority is to heal Nigeria. Then, we have to restore Nigeria’s economy. So, those are very important priorities. Again, creating jobs, addressing unemployment and poverty, which the country is sinking deeper into, are my concerns.

Moghalu said that he would soon unveil the political platform on which he would breathe life to his ambition.

He said that as a technocrat, he would fight piracy by properly and specifically tasking the law enforcement agencies towards that direction if voted into power.

“Our law enforcement agencies have not been tasked specifically with the fight against piracy; piracy of intellectual property. We have copy right laws in this country. So, we need to pay more attention to that,” he added.

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Ebola: WHO allays fears of potential outbreak in Nigeria

Fred Ezeh, Abuja World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria, Dr Wondi Alemu, has allayed fears

Fred Ezeh, Abuja

World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria, Dr Wondi Alemu, has allayed fears of a possible Ebola outbreak in Nigeria.

Ebola resurfaced recently in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and its continued spread has attracted the attention of WHO.

Alemu told journalists over the weekend that the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have restrengthened the capacities of port health workers and tightened security checks at other entry points to deny the virus entry into Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the founder, Wellbeing Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki, appreciated the level of preparedness of the country office of WHO in readiness for any possible outbreak of the virus in Nigeria.

She promised to sensitize Nigerians on the need for improved personal hygiene.

“Reports have indicated that relevant agencies of government have improved border surveillance to, perhaps, monitor travellers coming in and going out of Nigeria,” she said, adding that: “In as much as we cannot guarantee safety against the virus, we have taken enough preventive measures to ensure that people are wiser and enlightened on how to protect themselves from the virus.”

She advised Nigerians to strictly follow the advice of the NCDC and also maintain a high level of hygiene both in schools and other public places.

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Ekiti guber: Olujimi, Fayose’s aide trade words over PDP defections

We are receiving more defections from APC – Lere Olayinka counters Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Senate Deputy Minority Whip Senator Biodun

  • We are receiving more defections from APC – Lere Olayinka counters

Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti

Senate Deputy Minority Whip Senator Biodun Olujimi has raised concerns that the Ekiti State PDP is losing members to opposition parties ahead of the July 14 governorship poll.

She blamed the alleged defections on the attitude of Governor Ayo Fayose towards the coming election, with Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola Eleka as the party standard bearer, while others opposed to his candidacy losing out.

Mrs Olujimi said party members are leaving in droves to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), among others.

But Lere Olayinka who now doubles as Governor Ayo Fayose’s Special Assistant on Communication and New Media, as well as Director of Media and Publicity for the Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO), has faulted Olujimi’s claims, saying that apart from the fact that the few members leaving the PDP in Ekiti are leaving for selfish, anti-party motives, the party is receiving numerous defectors from other parties daily, especially from the the ranks of main rival APC.

The lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district made the allegation in a press statement issued by the Biodun Olujimi Team (BOT) at the end of its meeting at the weekend, where the last PDP governorship primary was reviewed.

The press statement, signed by its Coordinator General, Chief Bunmi Olugbade, was made available to newsmen on Sunday.

The group hailed Mrs Olujimi for her courage in contesting in the PDP governorship primary in the face of alleged “intimidation, threat and in the name of achieving a predetermined result.”

While stressing that they shall remain in the PDP as members and stakeholders, the BOT passed a “vote of absolute confidence in Senator Olujimi.”

They resolved that “We abhor and shall resist all forms of threat, oppression, victimization and humiliation.

“We shall remain resolute, fearless and courageous in our demand for internal democracy, justice, rule of law, fairness and equity within the PDP in achieving the ideals, aims and objectives which Senator Olujimi stands for.”

They added: “We separated the real, fearless PDP owners from the coerced, appointed delegates who voted against their conscience for fear of being removed as councilors, council chairmen and vice chairmen, party executives and honorable members by their sole appointer and sole administrator as against the PDP constitution (as amended in 2017).

Reacting to Olujimi, Olayinka said: “Movement of politicians from one party to the other is not new, most importantly when personal ambitions are involved.

“As some people are moving out of PDP because of their personal ambition, others are also coming to the PDP from other parties, especially APC.

“Today, no one can fault the PDP primary election that produced Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, addressing the candidate. Even those that are now complaining told the world that the primary election was free, fair and credible. They promised to support whoever that emerged as the candidate.

“Any complaint from such people is nothing but afterthought, occasioned by ambition that is beyond the interest PDP and Ekiti State.

“We are reaching out to those who are aggrieved genuinely and, most importantly, we are confident that having done well to win the confidence of Ekiti people, PDP will win the July 14 election,” Olayinka said.

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Popular Blogger, Linda Ikeji Is Going To Be A Mother Soon And These Photos Are Proof

Popular Blogger and Entrepreneur, Linda Ikeji has revealed she is pregnant with the release of photos of her baby bump.

Popular Blogger and Entrepreneur, Linda Ikeji has revealed she is pregnant with the release of photos of her baby bump.

Recall that barely two months ago, there were reports confirmed by her sisters that she was engaged and she has been spotting on her right finger in recent photos.

Rumors Of Linda Ikeji Getting Engaged Is True As Her Sisters Laura And Sandra Congratulate Her

In a post which she shared on her website, the 37-year-old revealed that she found out she was pregnant at the beginning of 2018 and she thought it was a dream at first.

Read her full post below

Did you guys read the title of this post? Should I write it again? Oh God, I can’t breath…lol. So let me say that again…I, Linda Ikeji, is going to be a mum. Somebody, please pinch me! Gosh, I can’t get over it.

2018 started with me finding out I was pregnant. When I missed my period and my friend and I did a home pregnancy test and it read positive, my friend began to cry with happiness but I was just there staring at the stick like, you’re not messing with me, are you? This is real and not a joke on me, right? I refused to believe it and asked my friend to drive me to a lab for another test. And there it was confirmed, I was pregnant. Me, Linda, I am going to have my own child. Please don’t wake me up from this lovely dream..lol

So many women have had children, so what’s the big deal, huh? Lol. Well, you see me, I’m somewhat of a different case. There’s something about me that I have never talked about publicly before and that’s the fact that I love children so much (I took that from my dad), and I am particularly obsessed with babies, and I mean that literally. Their pureness, innocence, little beautiful faces, tiny hands and soft cheeks make me just want to be around them.

I grew up in a compound with a lot of neighbours and believe it or not, as a teenager/young woman, I was the unofficial resident babysitter. I swear, ask my siblings. I literally carried all the new born babies born in that compound at a period of time until they grew up to a certain age. Their mums used to come drop the babies at our house whenever they were tired or wanted to go out, this was, of course, to the annoyance of my family…lol.

The first baby I carried was a boy named Makoba (wonder where he is now, this was about 20 years ago, he will be a big boy now). From the first day I carried him, I didn’t want to let him go…so every time I had free time, and his mum hadn’t brought him to me, I would walk two floors up, knock on his family’s door and ask them if they wanted me to take the child off them for a while. I was always happy when they said yes. After him other mums started dropping their kids with me.

Back then my sisters and I used to take turns to cook every day of the week. So whenever it was my turn to cook and I was babysitting and they insisted I go cook, I’d tell my sisters to either hold the baby for me so I could go cook or they go cook. They always chose the latter. Lol.

Then my siblings started having children and I started to feel more joy. These were no longer neighbours’ or friends’ children, these were my nephews and nieces. My family! And carrying them brought me even more joy. Like for example, whenever I see my sister Laura’s son, Ryan, I shriek with happiness. He’s the love of my life…lol. If I was planning to go out and I heard my beautiful nephews and niece were coming over to the house, most times, I change plans and just stay home with them. I’m a homebody, I like to stay home (that’s why I bought a big house…lol).

So now imagine that in a few months, I will look down at a baby, and it won’t be a neighbor’s child, a friend’s child, a sister’s child, but my own child, my own flesh and blood, carried in my womb. My own son. It’s surreal. I can’t get over it.

You guys think DJ Khaled is obsessed with his son, Asahd? Wait until this one gets here. He’s not even here yet and I already ordered a Bentley Mulsanne for us. I swear! Lol. Like, I can’t keep calm. Oh and please, nannies, stay away from me. I’ve got this covered! Thank you. Lol.

Sometimes when I’m lying down and I feel him moving around inside me (he’s so hyper already, constantly moving around…lol), I just get up and cradle my tummy and smile. Lol. I can’t wait for these months to go by so I can meet him. My own son!

Dear son, of every dream I have had, every achievement, every milestone, out of all my accomplishments and titles, all the money and worldly possession I have, nothing compares to you. You are my greatest blessing, my gift from heaven, my greatest dream realized. I love you more than life itself and I can’t wait to meet you and give you so many kisses. And of course, spoil you! You will hear ‘I love you’ loud and clear so many times, you will beg me to stop. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms. .
I know I’m going to be the best mum ever! I was born for this and I am finally ready! And now I want to do more, achieve more, so lil man will be proud of his mama.

Considering how much I love children, sometimes I wonder why I didn’t have them earlier. But like my dad said, miracles like this finally happen when God is ready to share you.

Anyway, as you all know, I’ve always shared every milestone, every good thing that’s happened to me over the years with you guys and I definitely wanted to also share this joy with you. I’ve been wanting to scream about this since I found out many months ago but my family and friends have been telling me to ‘calm down Linda, calm down’…lol. I’m now way into my second trimester, so I guess it’s okay to share my joy.

May God grant you what you desire the most and may all your dreams come true.

Oh, by the way, I’ll be having a baby shower in a few weeks and I will definitely love for some of you amazing, loyal female readers to come celebrate with me. Will communicate when the time comes.

Plenty kisses and God bless

Linda

 

PS: Our Linda Ikeji TV online streaming service will launch on June 1st. You can watch our amazing reality shows, TV series, TV shows and movies for a token. We are hoping LITV will be to Africa what Netflix is to the world and we can only achieve that with your support. So, I’m counting on your support guys! 2018! What a year!

Kisses guys!

OMG! The most amazing thing has happened to me! I am going to be a mum. My greatest dream realized! (baby bump photos)

OMG! The most amazing thing has happened to me! I am going to be a mum. My greatest dream realized! (baby bump photos)

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Nollywood Actor, Odunlade Adekola Reveals How Going Back To School Made Him Humble

It is no longer news that popular actor, Odunlade Adekola, recently went back to school and had his convocation ceremony

It is no longer news that popular actor, Odunlade Adekola, recently went back to school and had his convocation ceremony at the University of Lagos some weeks ago.

Speaking with the Punch’s Sunday Scoop about the highlights of his time in school, the actor stated that he had to humble himself to learn.

“Being in school was a really thrilling experience for me. I was humbled in the sense that I had to attend classes, do assignments, sit for exams and carry out other academic activities. I had a good relationship with all the lecturers that taught me and the students too.

There was nothing like celebrity status. As long as we were in the classroom together, we were all one in our quest for knowledge. One should never get tired of seeking knowledge because the world is dynamic and ever-changing,” he said.

Even though some people have insinuated that the actor didn’t really attend classes and do assignments, Adekola maintained that he was steadfast as a student.

He stated, “I attended classes regularly and I did everything I was required to do. My course mates can testify. I was not a stranger to any of my course mates because I usually attended classes. I was the one who made the decision to go to school. I knew what it entailed and I was ready to adhere to the rules. I can tell you that I worked hard for my certificate.”

Read: Nollywood Actor Odunlade Adekola Is Going Higher As He Bags A Degree From University Of Lagos

Speaking on why he had an elaborate ceremony for the graduation ceremony of his Odunlade Adekola Film Production, Odunlade said, “It was not an elaborate event as such. Just like I had my convocation at UNILAG, was the same way the students at the academy did theirs. After learning for a period, it is only normal to celebrate your efforts. It is a wonderful thing to start a project and finish it; as you know, not everybody is able to do that.”

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IPOB: Jewish worshippers dare police

■ Vow not to leave Nnamdi Kanu’s home ■ Say their persecution will attract religious war From Okey Sampson, Aba

■ Vow not to leave Nnamdi Kanu’s home

■ Say their persecution will attract religious war

From Okey Sampson, Aba

Lady Ima Hallelujah Nwachukwu is the leader of the Jewish worshippers, who some of her members were arrested by the police in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

In this interview, she spoke about his group, denying that they are terrorists as police would want the world to believe.
While saying that Nnamdi Kanu’s home is their place for the keeping of the Sabbath, she equally warned the Abia State Commissioner of Police not to do anything that would trigger religious war in the state. Excerpts:

Let’s know your name and why you are in Umuahia
My name is Mrs Ima Hallelujah Nwachukwu, leader of the Jewish worshippers in Umuahia. We are in Umuahia to keep the Sabbath, to worship God.

We decided to do that in Nnamdi Kanu’s home because he is a Jewish man, one of the leaders in our kingdom. This palace (Kanu’s house) is our home and we cannot run away from our home. Over 100 of us came from different parts of the country for this Sabbath keeping.

Is it true that while you were observing the Sabbath, police arrested some of you?  

Yes, they (police) beat some of our brothers mercilessly in our place of worship and tore their cloths before arresting them. Nine of our members were arrested by the police and tortured.

What did police say was your offence? 

They said we are terrorists that we came to terrorise the Commissioner of Police (Anthony Ogbizi). We are not carrying any gun or dangerous weapons, but police in Abia State said that our Kapa and attire frighten them.
They said our attire is the gun we are using to terrorize the commissioner of police. I don’t know when somebody’s attire has become a dangerous weapon that can be used to terrorize the commissioner of police. How can we terrorize the commissioner of police when we don’t know him or his address?

They say we are terrorists, if that is true, how could we have come with our children whom they attacked and some of them are still in the hospital? Can terrorists go to terrorize a place with men of over 90 years? Since we are terrorists, why did they not arrest all of us when we went to the state police command headquarters for the release of our arrested members? I ask this question because we all are in Abia for the same purpose.

Could it be that your people were arrested because you came to Nnamdi Kanu’s home to worship?

Jewish religion, is it a new thing in this country? I think when Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail; the court ruled that one of his sureties must be a Jewish religious leader, that means the court recognises the existence of that religion. The funny part of the whole thing is that when we went to the SCID, a day after the arrest of our members, they said we were no longer terrorists, but surprisingly, the same day, they clamped them into prison.

Would these arrests deter you from accomplishing what brought you to Abia State?

Not at all, at present we do not have any other place of worship except here (Nnamdi Kanu’s home), so, this place will continue to be our place of worship. We have our Synagogue here; it is truly our worship centre. If the police like let them arrest all of us, it will not deter us, but all we want the world to know is that we are not terrorists, but worshippers of Yahweh.

What’s your take on the arrest of your members by the police?

Well, the commissioner of police knows the consequences because what he is attracting is religious war. He tagged us terrorists, he has to prove it, he will prove it. The CP ordered for our arrest because of hatred, anger and envy. But there will be no retreat and no surrender.

What’s your advice to your members?   

They should be courageous and not be dismayed for Yahweh Ellohim of Hebrew is with us and we shall conquer at the end.

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Herdsmen kill 6 teachers in Benue

From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Suspected Fulani herdsmen have again killed six persons near Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area of Benue

From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have again killed six persons near Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State. Those killed were teachers from Makurdi Local Government Education Authority (LGEA).

Our correspondent gathered that the teachers reportedly went to the area last Wednesday to inspect some farmland for rice cultivation under the umbrella of a cooperative society but were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who immediately opened fire on them.

Four of the teachers managed to escape with wounds while six others were not so lucky as they were said to have been killed and their bodies dismembered by the herdsmen.

The mangled remains of the deceased victims remained missing until they were recovered last Thursday with the assistance of some security operatives.

Sources from the area gave the names of some of the deceased victims as Mr. Stephen Tavaku, the Head Teacher of St. Mary’s Primary School, North Bank, Makurdi and Mr Christian Anankpa, a PhD student of ABU, Zaria, who was the Basic Science Teacher at St. Mary’s UBE Junior Secondary School, North Bank, Makurdi.

One of Tavaku’s close associates, Hon. Emerald Anyaogu, said he was with him a short while before he embarked on the journey.

“I never knew that my meeting with Tavaku in his office that day was going to be the last. I went to see him with some journalists about an issue in the school. He looked so excited that day and attended to them very well. He was such a nice man. Oh death!”

Meanwhile, efforts to get the police to confirm the incident failed as both the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni and the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, did not pick their calls.

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