Friday, 30 October 2015

Russian Ministry of Sport bans foreign managers from Russian football


A very interesting news came out of Russia on Thursday afternoon after it emerged that the Ministry of Sport had signed a document banning all foreign head coaches. Former Chelsea coach, Andre Villas-Boas who is Portuguese and manages Zenith St Petersburg was reportedly planning to leave at the end of the season but it’s unclear if his tenure will last that long now.

According to Eurosport, the bill was signed on September 21st and published on the official web portal of legal information on October 28th.

Interestingly, the Russian national team can still be run by a foreign coach. At clubs, they can employ foreigners as coaches – but not the head coach. Of the sixteen clubs in the Russian Premier League, six are run by foreigners. It’s unclear how soon they will be forced to leave their jobs.

This is happening in the 21st century.. but Only in Russia!!

Biafra, Oodua and the seventh lesson By Reuben Abati


Article written by former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati...
Democracy does not necessarily translate into the disappearance of crises and dilemmas, (even trilemmas, quadrilemmas or more) in a country, either developed, developing or perhaps evolutionary. Built into the fabric of the right to choose is also the right to make mistakes and so, across Africa at this moment, in Nigeria, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Burundi, Guinea Conakry, Rwanda, the lessons are being driven home, as elections are being held or have been held or will be held
That even as democracy spreads within the continent, the tension between stabilization and consolidation, trade offs and efficiency, pessimism and optimism, ethnocentrism and nationalism, remains a major concern.
     Whatever the challenges may be however, both local and international authorities have a duty to ensure that the people learn from their mistakes, build on those mistakes positively, and prevent a relapse to either militarism or militarized democracy disguised either as benevolent democracy or charismatic autocracy, or ethnic revanchism as an option for national movement.  The people’s right to make mistakes, oxymoronic as it may seem, is part of the democratic challenge. In Nigeria, our biggest mistake lies in the strange assumption that our problems will disappear simply through intra-elite displacement or the symbolism of grand gestures.  And so, we end up with a boringly repetitive national life cycle.
     This leads us to one urgent point: the biggest challenge that the Nigerian state faces today, tearing into the very idea of statehood, and of democracy, is the centrifugal pull from every direction that seems to have become disturbingly incremental. In the North Eastern part of the country, with the tragedy spreading, with casualties increasing, you have the heart-wrenching Boko Haram menace.
      The Haram fundamentalists want a divided Nigeria. They have their own flag and they have made it clear that Western education and technology are sinful even if they use the same technology and intelligence to perpetrate their assault. With their flags and propaganda, they want “out” of Nigeria. Their act of defiance and the evil outcomes have increased since May even if civil society has chosen, all of a sudden, to be less anxious. But it is not a problem that can ever be treated lightly located as it is, in the tragic axis of global terror.
      In the Middle Belt, an indigene-settler dichotomy, mutating as majorities-minorities conflict at the heart of Northern community relations, or as pastoralists-farmer confrontation has created seasons of violence and bloodshed with strong allegations of genocide and no sign of immediate abatement. In the South West, the recent abduction of a Yoruba leader, Chief Olu Falae by persons alleged to be Fulani herdsmen has resulted in the exchange of hate speech among Yoruba and Fulani ethnic champions defending territory, rights and identity.
     In Ibadan, the other day, a group of Yoruba elders demanded that Fulani herdsmen should be expelled from Yoruba territory and that should the provocation continue, the Yoruba with their 50 million population will be prepared to exit Nigeria. In the Eastern part of the country, there is a resurgence of Biafran nationalism; young Igbos in diaspora, are insisting on the creation of a Republic of Biafra. The new voice of Biafran nationalism is Nnamdi Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Radio Biafra, and the Igbos campaigning for Biafra in front of embassies in Europe, India and Japan! In the South South, there is a renewed consciousness of oil citizenship, with the Ijaw whose kinsman recently lost power at the centre protesting that they are victims of Hausa/Fulani harassment, and intimidation.
     Perhaps the more worrisome is the noise being made about likely secession from Nigeria, by certain elements in the North East (terrorists actually seeking to carve out territory), by latter-d

The Mavins – “Jantamanta” ft. Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello & Di’Ja

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Emenike speaks on quitting Super Eagles, says it was not an easy decision


The Super Eagles striker who announced he was retiring from the national team on his instagram over the weekend said it was not an easy decision. Speaking with BBC Sports, Emenike said
“It was not an easy decision. I didn’t think my international career would come to a sudden end, but that is life. Sometimes it’s better to remove yourself from an environment that doesn’t suit you mentally and physically and this is what I have done. I also felt it was important that people hear directly from me to avoid a funny twist to the story. I wish to thank the coaches who gave me a chance, fellow players and in particular big thanks to all my fans for their unconditional support.”

Tribunal sacks, bars Plateau lawmaker from contesting elections for life

The National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau state yesterday sacked the member representing Langtang South constituency in the state Assembly, Vincent Bulus, of PDP and also barred him for life from contesting elections.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Akeredolu, while delivering her judgment on a petition filed by APC candidate Danladi Jackson challenging his eligibility to contest in an election, said Bulus was not qualified to contest any election because he had been convicted of an offence in line with Section 107(1)(d) of the 1999 constitution as amended.


“The respondent(Bulus), having been convicted of an offence involving fraud and dishonesty by a court of law, was not qualified to contest the election into the Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South constituency. Therefore, the election and return of the first respondent as member of Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South is a nullify.” Justice Akeredolu said
The tribunal said a fresh election should be conducted in the constituency.

Meet this Jihadi fighter nicknamed Al Chihuahua (photos)

A jihadi who appears to stand no more than three-foot tall has been pictured posing with machine guns in Syria. The 'little person', nicknamed by a journalist as 'Al-Chihuahua' is understood to have joined terror group Jabhat Al-Nusra which has links to Al Qaeda


Man defrauds his in-law of over N9.1M


The Lagos State police have arraigned a 38-year-old man, Olumide Ogunbolude, for allegedly defrauding his in-law, Taiwo Elegbede, of N9, 105,000 which was meant for the purchase of a Range Rover.
It was learnt that Mrs Elegbede introduced her husband to Ogunbolude as a dealer, when her Husband wanted to buy a car in 2013.
According to Punch Metro, The suspect was reportedly paid an initial sum of $39,500, before being given an additional N1.6m.
However after over  a year later, the suspect has neither produced the car, nor refunded the money.
After waiting patiently, the complainant was said to have reported the matter to the police in April, 2015.
The suspect reportedly pleaded for more time, and when he could not meet up, he allegedly issued the complaint a bounced cheque.
He was then arrested and arraigned on Tuesday by detectives from the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, on three counts of fraud, stealing and issuance of a dud cheque.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. His defence counsel, F.S. Oladele, applied for his bail.
The Chief Magistrate, I.O. Adelaja, admitted him to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till November 18, 2015.

Jonathan advises Tanzanians on peaceful, transparent elections


Former President Jonathan, who is the chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to Tanzania arrived the country yesterday and during a press conference, advised the country's National Electoral Commission and political parties to ensure a peaceful and transparent election..
The success of these elections depends on every stakeholder playing their part in a peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner. The Commonwealth has every confidence in the people of Tanzania to achieve that. During our time in Tanzania, we will seek to assess the pre-election environment, polling day activities and the post-election period, against the backdrop of Tanzania’s national legislation, regional and international commitments.
“We will perform our observation role with impartiality, independence and transparency. On Friday 23 October, members of the Group will deploy in small teams to various provinces across the country to observe preparations ahead of polling day. On Election Day, they will observe opening, voting, closing, counting and the results management process.
“We will issue an interim statement on our preliminary findings shortly after the elections. A final report will be prepared in Tanzania. It will be submitted to the Secretary-General, and subsequently shared with relevant stakeholders and the public. The group is scheduled to depart Tanzania on October 31.”
"I am greatly honoured and privileged to have been asked by Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, to lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Tanzania’s general election scheduled for October 25, 2015.
“The group was constituted following an invitation extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania.
“Our group comprises 14 eminent persons drawn from across different regions of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The group, which includes experts in politics, elections, media, conflict prevention and youth affairs, arrived yesterday and will stay in Tanzania until 31 October 2015.” he said

Photos: Canada has a new Prime Minister, he's tall, handsome and only 43 years old


Justin Trudeau Trudeau's election represents not just a change from almost 10 years of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper, but an almost unprecedented reversal of fortune for a Liberal Party that was nearly left for dead after the 2011 general election.
Justin Trudeau, the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, became Canada's new prime minister after his Liberal Party won a majority of Parliament's 338 seats on Monday.
Trudeau is tall, 6'2 and trim and at 43, channels the star power, if not quite the political heft, of his father, who swept to power in 1968 as the Prime Minister.
His late father, who took office in 1968 and led Canada for most of the next 16 years, is a storied name in Canadian history, responsible for the country's version of the bill of rights.
 His father, Pierre Trudeau, who was prime minister until 1984 with a short interruption, remains one of the few Canadian politicians known in America, his charisma often drawing comparisons to John F. Kennedy. His father was a bachelor when he became prime minister, he dated actresses Barbra Streisand and Kim Cattrall
Trudeau, who has re-energized the Liberal Party since its devastating electoral losses four years ago, promises to raise taxes on the rich and run deficits for three years to boost government spending. 

Justin is married  to Sophie Grégoire with 3 kids. Trudeau first met Sophie Grégoire when they were both children growing up in Montreal, as Grégoire was a classmate and childhood friend of Trudeau's youngest brother, Michel.

They reconnected as adults in June 2003, when Grégoire, by then a Quebec television personality, was assigned as Trudeau's co-host for a charity ball; they began dating several months later. 

Trudeau and Grégoire became engaged in October 2004 and married on May 28, 2005, in a Catholic ceremony at Montreal's Sainte-Madeleine d'Outremont Church.

They have three children: daughter Ella-Grace Margaret (born February 2009) and sons Xavier James (born October 2007) and Hadrien (born February 2014)






Police arrest supporters of Radio Biafra director Nnamdi Kanu


Supporters of the Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu were on Tuesday arrested by the Anambra State police command at various parts in Awka as they protested the arrest of Mr. Kanu.

The protesters, including women, carried placards with various inscriptions, marched from Amawbia to the Government House, demanding that Kanu be left alone.

However, as they approached Government House, the police men stationed at the place fired into the air and threw teargas canisters to disperse the crowd.
Another group protesting at the Arroma junction was also arrested by the police.
Anambra State coordinator of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Ikechukwu Okoye said their protest was not meant to cause any trouble, adding that they were only on the streets to ask DSS to release Kanu.
According to him, the protesters were marching to the Government House to plead with Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene on the matter.
He said:
“We are only agitators who obey the laws of the land. This is democracy and there is freedom of speech and freedom of movement.
“Why would anybody detain our leader and in the process be demanding bail fee of N2million. We have not come to fight anybody because we are peace makers”
Anmabra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, confirmed the arrest of the protesters, saying it was because they were parading along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway thereby causing breach of peace.
According to the CP:
“There is nothing like Indigenous People of Biafra. Those people constituted nuisance on the high way and that was why they were picked.
“Right now, I do not know the number of people that were picked, but I want to assure the people that anybody who disturbs the peace that exists in this state will not go unpunished.”
Meanwhile, the factional leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has lent support to the Radio Biafra director.
In a press statement made available to reporters in Awka yesterday, the national director of information of the breakaway MASSOB, Mr Uchenna Madu said it was identifying with Kanu in the spirit of brotherhood pursuing one strong force for self determination.



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Saudi Prince's sexual assault case passed to LA city attorney after the case was initially dropped

A Saudi Arabian prince, Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,  revealed yesterday to be the son of the late King Abdullah,is accused of a having sexual relationship with a male aide, taking cocaine and threatening to kill women who refused his advances - as well as sexually assaulting a maid according to an exclusive report by Daily Mail Online.
The Prince now faces a series of allegations in a civil case brought by three female staff members of his Los Angeles mansion.
Court documents seen by Daily Mail Online disclose how he is accused of being drunk and high at his $37 million mansion in Beverly Hills and repeatedly making unwanted sexual advances.
The documents were filed by lawyers acting for three female employees of Al Saud.

They include a claim that the royal attempted to urinate on the trio while screaming: 'I want to pee pee'.

He also threatened to kill one of the women if she refused to 'party' with him and jumped on top of another and began rubbing himself against her in a 'sexual and aggressive manner'.
When asked to stop, Al Saud allegedly then yelled:
'I am a prince and I do what I want. You are nobody!'
All three of the women claim to have seen the royal having his penis 'stroked' by a male aide and say they were forced to stay in the room and watch as the encounter unfolded.

Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and punishable by flogging, or even execution.

Another says she was made to watch while a different male aide bent over and farted in Al Saud's face, apparently at his request.

The revelations about Prince Majed come a day after it was revealed that Los Angeles District Attorney has decided to drop felony charges against the 29-year-old due to lack of evidence.

Instead, the case has been passed to LA city attorney Mike Feur who will now decide whether to pursue misdemeanor charges – which could lead to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine should he be convicted.
But lawyers for the women bringing the civil case say they are determined to succeed.
The women, all of whom are married with children, say they still have not been paid by the prince and are hoping to recover their lost earnings.

The women's claims stem from a period between September 21 and September 25 when Al Saud was arrested and all took place at the Wallingford Drive mansion.

Chiwetel Ejiofor shows some PDA with gf in New York

 Chiwetel Ejiofor was seen strolling with his yet to be named girlfriend in New York. They were also seen kissing. It's the second time they've been spotted together, they showed up at "The Martian" premiere as well. So far no one knows her name.

Squatter arrested after moving into vacant $17million mansion and selling off $300,000 of the owner's artworks

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that police officers found and arrested 38 year old Jeremiah Kaylor, who was squatting in a mansion on the market and sold several paintings from the home valued at more than $300,000.
The Police went to the home in the ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood after receiving reports of a suspicious person.

Officer Carlos Manfredi says the man told police he was buying the home, but a real estate agent said he was trespassing. The agent also said 11 paintings were missing.
Though the art was valued in the high six-figures, Manfredi said Kaylor sold the pieces for well below their value.
Police responded to the home on Sunday and found Kaylor with a painting next to a moving van. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary after a neighbor tipped off the police that they saw lights on in the vacant home.
Authorities say they tracked down nine of the paintings and expect to find the other two soon.
The home which was once valued at $25million is now listed as a 'single family home' for $17million
According to CBS San Francisco it had been vacant for five years.  
Police say Kaylor occupied the 8-bedroom 7-bathroom mansion for around two months before he was caught and that it is unclear how he got access to the home. 
Manfredi thinks he was able to enter through an open window. 
'They made contact with the squatter, he identified himself, produced paperwork saying that he was going to be the proprietor of the house and was in the process of owning the home,' Manfredi said.
 
Officers were not able to get in touch with the sales manager from Vanguard Properties since it was almost midnight, and there was no way to prove whether the papers were real, Manfredi said.
Police returned on Sunday and arrested Kaylor after the sales manager confirmed he was trespassing.
'While detaining him, an officer noticed a big wooden crate that you would put a painting inside for transport and upon opening the crate, they discovered it was one of the paintings that belonged to the home, Manfredi said.
Kaylor said he sold the paintings on social media and also took the art to pawn shops. 
According to Kaylor's Facebook page he is a painter and a father of three children. The children were not at the mansion and it's unclear whose custody they are in.

Police killed Lekki Free Trade zone boss Disu- Community members


Leaders of Okunraye community, one of the villages hosting the Lekki Free Trade Zone, in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State told a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Tuesday that the police were responsible for the killing of the Managing Director of the free trade zone, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu
This claim was in an affidavit in support of a Fundamental rights suit filed before a Lagos High Court against the Police, Directorate of State Security (DSS) and Dangote group.

The leaders who condemned the detention of  members of their community, alleged that contrary to reports on the incident, Disu was hit from behind by a stray bullet by the Lagos Mobile Policemen which killed him instantly.

The community also sued the Inspector General of Police, Lagos Police Commissioner, Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), the Nigerian Army and Ibeju Lekki Local Government.

One Alhaji Surajudeen  Salami, who deposed to the affidavit recalled that the Lagos State Government, sometime in 2007, forcefully acquired their land from them.

Salami said the people of Okunraye had their homes and native buildings on the land, which was also their source of livelihood.

According to him, Disu was killed on a day the community leaders were to meet with Dangote Group, to discuss  job-related issues for eligible community youths in the massive project the company was erecting on their land.

Salami said they had made several attempts to discuss with Dangote management but to no avail, adding that the development forced the youths to barricade the entrance into the project site of Dangote in an attempt to compel the company to discuss with the community.

At about 9am, Salami said he was informed that a large group of mobile policemen had surrounded the entrance to the project and were burning down the barricade as well as other obstruction.
He said he remembered that the policemen stormed the community on the fateful day and started releasing tear-gas and shooting in the air, adding that at the time the shooting was on-going, the Divisional Police Office in charge of the area was at the palace of the Baale of Okunraye to discuss on how the issue could be resolved.
He said people rushed to the Baale's house to inform him of the commotion taking place. The DPO reportedly left the Baale's house to see what was going on. Salami said when he got there he saw Mr Disu and implored him to tell the Policemen to stop shooting because they didn't want to fight, rather they wanted to discuss with the Management of Dangite group but he refused.
Salami said:
“When we were imploring Disu, Alhaji Jegede and the Baale of Igiye Community to stop policemen from shooting because the members of Okunraye community did not want to fight and  wanted to discuss with  management of Dangote, the police refused to stop shooting and then a stray bullet hit Mr Disu from behind and he died instantly.”
He said the bullet also hit a young woman from the community and she sustained injury on the arm.
Salami, who said he saw the policeman that pulled the trigger that killed Disu, alleged that the policemen stopped shooting when they realised that a stray bullet had killed Disu.

The Nation

Martell 300 promo - win your very own Porsche



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Stylish sisters! See what Kylie and Kendall Jenner wore to lunch in New York


You would think they were going to a glamourous event but the famous sisters were only heading to lunch at The Smile Cafe in SoHo in New York, dressed to the tilt in kinky boots and fur. Whose look do you prefer? More pics after the cut..









Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Senate suspends plenary till Thursday October 22nd


The Nigerian Senate has announced the suspension of its plenary session till Thursday October 22nd. After screening two ministerial nominees, Bayo Shittu and Khadijat Abba Ibrahim today, the Senate adjourned sitting to tomorrow October 21st. However a new announcement from the Acting Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Oyewo, states that the plenary session will now hold on Thursday October 22nd.

Senate president Bukola Saraki is expected to be at the Code of Conduct Tribunal tomorrow Oct. 21st where he is facing a 13 count charge of false asset declaration while he was governor of Kwara state.

Bishop Kukah to Nigerians- Don't put all your hopes in Buhari


The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has called on Nigerians not to put all their hopes in President Buhari, stressing that the war against corruption is not the only item that will enhance the life of Nigerians. According to Bishop Kukah, the inclusion of a culture of entrenchment and protection of social justice and the rule of law to be part of our national live will guarantee a stable Nigeria.

Bishop Kukah said this while delivering a lecture -‘Education and Leadership Recruitment for a Plural Society: A Case for Nigeria’- during the 3rd Convocation Ceremony of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti today October 20th
“Fighting corruption alone may not guarantee us a stable nation. We must include the culture of entrenchment and protection of social justice and the rule of law to be part of our national live. So, Nigeria should not put all their hopes in Buhari. They should not think that once Buhari has started fighting corruption the entire system will be sanitized and everything will work for good or change. A distorted society cannot expect the reward of a decent society. Happily for us in Nigeria, we are turning a new page. We must therefore not be seduced into thinking that we should hand over our hope, our dream and our aspiration to President Buhari and go to sleep. Corruption is a symptom of the disease of the distortion of our nationhood. We may have a transparent election but the most perfect electoral outcome does not translate to the right result. When people receive the licence to govern, what does it mean to them and what do they do with it? We must acknowledge the opportunity of the concession of defeat by (former) President Jonathan, we need institutions that can save voters from the excesses of the Nigerian politicians. As a country, we must have succession plan, we must have capacity for succession and the institutional capacity to recruit the future leaders and we must create opportunities for young Nigerians to rise to the highest office in the land.”he said

Man gets arm stuck in toilet trying to retrieve his iPhone (photos)



A man in China had to be rescued after getting his arm stuck in a toilet brimming with poo while trying to retrieve his treasured iPhone. He had just done number two and was pulling up his trousers when the phone slipped out and into the toilet. He promptly plunged his hand down the loo in a desperate but ultimately futile attempt to retrieve his phone, he got stuck and called for help.




The unnamed man said: "My arm was stuck there and waste kept spewing out towards my face. It made me really sick. I just bought the phone so it really hurt to lose it so soon. But had I known the consequences, I would have never plunged my hand inside to try and get it."