Monday, July 15, 2019

Some people are using Olakunrin’s tragedy to advance political agenda – Tinubu

The All Progressives Congress National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Sunday urged government and Nigerians to work together and take concrete steps to make sure that attacks by gunmen do not continue to occur against the innocent and the peaceful.

Tinubu in a condolence letter to Pa. Reuben Fasoranti, the Afenifere Leader, over the death of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, said that taking such steps would honour Funke’s life.

Olakunrin was shot dead on Friday by gunmen at Ore Junction in Ondo State.

“My heart aches with a profound sense of grief and loss over the tragic death of your daughter, the beloved Funke Olakunrin. Unfortunately, some people are eagerly trying to use this tragedy to advance their political agenda.

“I sincerely regret such behaviour for it is wrong and out of place. It does not well fit the moment. This is a time for consolation and genuine condolence.

“Everyone loves and supports you. I am sure that no effort will be spared in identifying the assailants and bringing them to full justice.

“I have been assured by government and law enforcement authorities that the perpetrators of this terrible act will be apprehended and to face the brunt of the law for what they have committed. We have faith that justice will indeed be done.

“But we must seek more than this. All of us who love you must also work together to honour Funke’s life by taking concrete steps to make sure such attacks do not continue to occur against the innocent and the peaceful,” he said.

Gunmen shoot dead CDC Chairman, another in Rivers

Suspected gunmen have assassinated the Chairman, Community Development Committee, CDC, of Choba Community in Obio-Akpor Local Government, Rivers State, Lawrence Igwe and another prominent member of the community in the early hours of Sunday.

It was gathered that the assailants forcefully gained entry into the house of the late Igwe, before shooting him several times in his bedroom and left.

The Paramount ruler of Choba community, Eze Raymond Okocha, said the assassins also threw substance suspected to be dynamite at his gate as they tried to gain entrance into his Palace.

Okocha claimed that the spate of killings in Choba community were no more cult related but assassination of some targeted personalities in the community.

Serena Williams returns to London after Wimbledon loss

She unfortunately lost the Wimbledon women's final to Romania's Simona Halep. But Serena Williams didn't let it get her spirits down as she enjoyed a delicious treat with her daughter Olympia, 22 months, after returning to her London abode on Sunday.

The sports superstar swapped her tennis whites for a cropped pink hoodie as she ordered in 24 Krispy Kreme doughnuts for a mouthwatering family feast.

Serena's downtime look remained sporty as she donned white Nike lightweight trousers and pink trainers.

The mother-of-one coordinated with her little girl's look as Olympia was dressed in a cute pink two-piece for their day together.

Senate condoles with Fasoranti over daughter’s murder

The Nigerian House of Senate on Sunday condoled with the family of Afenifere leader and elder statesman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over Friday’s murder of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, along akure-Ore road, in Ondo State.

The Senate in a statement by its Ad-hoc Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye, described the gruesome killing of the 58-year-old woman as very sad, devastating and a worrisome development.

Adeyeye said the senate was disturbed by the spate of incessant attacks and wanton killings of citizens either by hired assassins, herdsmen, kidnappers and or other men of the underworld.

He said the perpetrators of the heinous crime were wreaking havoc on the lives and properties of innocent citizens in the country.

“How have we gone this bad?,’’ he lamented.

He said security of life was a fundamental right of every citizen, adding that Nigerians deserved their inalienable rights from the government at all times.

“While condemning this heinous and barbaric act, the senate urges the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to begin massive manhunt for the killers of Late Mrs Funke Olakunrin and ensure that the perpetrators of this gruesome killing are apprehended.’’

He said measures to prevent future occurrence of such incidents should be put in place by improving the security architecture on Nigeria’s highways, at social gatherings and at worship centres nationwide.

“The senate further extends its condolences to the elder statesman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti and the entire family.

“We pray God will console and be with the entire family in this hour of bereavement,’’ Adeyeye said.

Nine dead as plane carrying parachutists plummets out of the sky in northern Sweden

Nine people were killed when their plane plummeted out of the sky during a skydiving trip in northern Sweden, authorities said on Sunday.

The single-engine plane, a GippsAero GA8 Airvan which is popular with parachutists and ordinarily seats eight people including the pilot, crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after take-off from Umea airport.

The accident took place a little after 2 pm local time on Storsandskar island.

Swedish media quoted witnesses reporting that some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before the crash.

The police said that all the victims were Swedish, with one person holding dual citizenship. The names of the victims were not been disclosed.

Obasanjo writes buhari again, warns him to end violent attacks

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written yet another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, warning that Nigeria is tipping towards a dangerous cliff and only the president could forestall such a looming disaster.

Mr Obasanjo a former Nigerian leader, between 1999 and 2007, said Nigeria has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions since Mr Buhari assumed office four years ago, in a manner not seen for decades.

In the July 15, 2019 letter, Mr Obasanjo said the world, especially Western countries, has been warning Nigeria against descending into a state of violence because any outbreak would be difficult to contain.

He warned that for Mr Buhari to be able to stop the “smouldering ethnic agitations”, he would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and violence.”

Mr Obasanjo also called on armed herdsmen to publicly state their grievances in order to form a national discussion around it, rather than waging a violent campaign across the country. The calls were also extended to any other ethnic group that have concerns about how the country is being run.

The last week’s killing of Funke Olakunrin, a 58-year-old daughter of Yoruba leader, Reuben Fasoranti, was amongst the most recent national security mishaps which Mr Obasanjo said could tip the country off a perilous edge.

He also called on the Nigerian Armed Forces to stop public shaming of personnel, saying such could only serve adverse interest for the nation.

That comment by Mr Obasanjo was in reference to the last month’s attack which Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai launched against Nigerian soldiers, blaming them for allowing the Boko Haram attack to fester.

Kim shares photos of her two sons -- adorable Saint cuddling his baby brother Psalm

He's only three years old. But it seems Kim Kardashian West's little lad is already okay with being in the limelight.

On Sunday, the 38-year-old celebrity shared an Instagram snap of him cuddling up to baby brother Psalm, who was  born via surrogate on May 9.

Kim captioned it: 'Saint asked me to take a pic of him and his brother this morning.'

And it quickly amassed almost 509,000 hits from the reality stars 143 million followers .

The Church is with you and we are praying for you! CAN tells Fatoyinbo as they visit him (video)

The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Sunday, 14th of July visited Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA Abuja chapter.

The leader of CAN North central, Israel Akanji, and FCT Chapter, Jonah Samson were present and honored in COZA following allegation of rape leveled against him by wife of popular singer, Busola Dakolo.

Akanji, speaking during the service, said he was impressed and blessed in COZA, adding that the church was with Pastor Biodun and praying for him.

Akanji said: “I thought I knew music until I came into Coza , I have been greatly impressed touched and blessed in this place.

“We are with you, we will continue to be with you, we are in support of your pastor and stand by him as this church continue to march forward and gate of hell shall not prevail.

“My message for you is in Colossians 1:3 , the church in Nigeria is praying for you, we pray this church rise from glory to glory.

“In the journey of life sometimes we find ourselves wounded and dying the people we expect to come and help us are not there they are the once that work out what Samaritan did in time of need was show love today we have come”.

“I believe God has set up COZA church for our generation to do things differently. If anything happens to COZA it happens to the body of Christ.

“Our goal is to the victory of God and I pray nothing will bring this church down in Jesus name

“How can we hear that one church God has a plan for us going through this Jerusalem-Jericho road and walk away? We will not do such a thing.

“We are here to let you know we are with you. Lord will bring you out stronger and your pastor by the grace of God will continue to be the voice of God

“We pray the lord stands by you because you are not alone and have brothers praying for you.”

Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon as Kate kept gasping with her hands over her mouth

Novak Djokovic was presented by the Wimbledon trophy yesterday afternoon by the Duchess of Cambridge after he won his fifth Wimbledon title following one of the greatest matches of all time.

Fans were on the edge of their seats for the dramatic finale featuring two of tennis's all time greats, with Roger Federer's wife Mirka holding her head in her hands and Kate gasping with her hands over her mouth.

Clocking in at four hours and fifty-seven minutes, the Serbian won the longest ever men's singles final at SW19 and defied a crowd screaming for his opponent by becoming the first player to win a singles match on a deciding tie-break after the last set was drawn 12-12.

Super Falcons ex-goalkeeper, Bidemi Aluko is down with cancer

Former Rivers Angels goalkeeper and ex-Falcons superstar, Bidemi Aluko has opened up on her secret cancer battle.

According to an information by Olayinka Fawole on behalf of the ailing Goal Keeper, the 26 year old learned that she had a rare breast cancer two years ago while still playing for her team in the NWPL and underwent emergency six-hour surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but recently started feeling severe pains in her body.

In her words to “Its been difficult I must confess and it only got me closer to God and made me value life more and all I want is just to survive and give God all the glory.” Bidemi said.

The former Falconets goalkeeper took to social media some weeks back to reveal the shocking news as she uploaded some revelation on Facebook, where she solicited for funds from well meaning Nigerians.

“I was diagnosed of breast cancer in 2017 (stage 3) and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but recently, I was feeling severe pains in my body and my doctor asked me to go for a test called Immune chemistry history”

“The result came out 90% tumour cells , which means the type of breast cancer I have is aggressive and needs urgent attention.

“The doctor recommended that I would take ten dose of Herceptin treatment and each will cost about N470,000

“To survive this difficult period, I will need at least N5 million Naira for the whole drugs as I will be taking them every two weeks.

“I ask for supports from all well meaning Nigerians, as we all know five million naira is a whole lot of money and my life is at stake.

“I do not wish to come publicly to solicit for funds, its difficult for me but I have no other choice but to announce it on the social media. I really need help,” She concluded.

Rivers Angels also issued a statement in support of their former player, posting:

“The thoughts of everyone at Rivers Angels Football Club are with Abidemi Aluko after the player revealed she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer recurrence.

Bayelsa State female commissioner found dead at home

Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Bayelsa state, Mrs. Agatha Goma is dead.

Sources close to the family said the commissioner, who buried her husband early in the year, died in her sleep at her apartment in Yenagoa.

The 55- year- old was appointed into Dickson’s cabinet in 2016.

Singer Simi steps out in gold (photos)

The singer has taking to instagram to share photos of herself in gold. Captioning the photos she wrote ‘’Iyawo Gold’’.

Breaking! Samson Siasia’s mother is kidnapped for the second time

Samson Siasia’s mother has been kidnapped again. His mom, Beauty Ogere Siasia, 76, was kidnapped early hours of this morning at home by unidentified armed men.

The incident reportedly happened around 2:00am.

It will be the second time she will be kidnapped. She was first kidnapped in November 2015, and was released 12 days after.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos goes public with Lauren Sanchez at Wimbledon, just days after $38bn divorce (photos)

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez made their relationship official on Sunday, seven months after the philandering spouses were exposed by the National Enquirer.

The loved-up pair were seen on Sunday at the All England Tennis Club as they watched the Wimbledon men's final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Sitting courtside at one of the most hallowed venues in sport while two of the greatest players in the history of tennis battled it out was far less interesting to Bezos however than the prospect of kissing his paramour, which he was photographed doing throughout much of the match.

This marks the first time the two have publicly attended an event together, and came just a few days after Bezos finalized his divorce with wife Mackenzie, who walked off with a settlement that included $38 billion worth of Amazon stock.

The two snagged some amazing seats too, winding up just three rows behind Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Olakunle Churchill gives Tonto Dikeh’s ex-friend, Blessing Osom N3,000,000 as birthday gift

Tonto Dikeh’s ex, Olakunle Churchill has gifted business woman, Blessing Osom a sum of N3m as she celebrated her birthday yesterday, Sunday July 14th. Blessing who is into multiple businesses was shocked when she got the alert and decided to shower Churchill with praises on her instagram page.
This however didn’t go down well with Tonto Dikeh’s loyalists who called her out saying she ought not to be friends with Tonto’s ex- husband. Rosy Meurer, Churchill’s former PA is also friends with Blessing and has been praising her back and forth on her page. She was also spotted at her birthday celebration.

Blessing Osom and Tonto Dikeh are believed to be best of friends before they went their separate ways. How Blessing praised him and what Tonto Dikeh’s loyalists said all below…

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BeyoncΓ© & Meghan Markle finally meets in person as she gives Meghan advise on parenting (phtoos)

BeyoncΓ© and her husband Jay-Z offered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex parenting advice yesterday evening, as they attended the glittering European premiere of The Lion King.

Meghan, 37, attended the star studded event in London's Leicester Square with husband Prince Harry, 34, and was seen embracing BeyoncΓ©, who declared her love for the royal couple before telling the Duchess of Sussex her new baby son Archie was 'so beautiful'.

It's believed to be the first time the two women have met in person, but BeyoncΓ© is known to be a fan of the royal, and paid tribute to her on her website during Black History Month. 

Harry and Meghan, who watch the live-action remake of the classic 1990s film yesterday evening, received parenting advice from BeyoncΓ© and Jay-Z, with the couple telling the new parents to 'always find time for themselves.' 

Despite being on maternity leave, it is the second appearance the former Suits actress has made this weekend, after she watched close friend Serena Williams play in the Wimbledon final alongside sister-in-law Kate Middleton, 37, on saturday. It followed a tumultuous week for the Duchess after criticism of her privacy demands.