Monday, August 19, 2019

Breaking! Photos: Fire guts Katangowa Market in Lagos

Properties worth miliions of naira have been destroyed in an early morning inferno, Monday, August 19, when raging fire gutted part of Katangowa Market, Super bus stop in Agbado-Okeodo, along Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, Lagos.

This is coming barely 24 hours after a free-for-all broke out between some Hausa and Yoruba traders over a minor misunderstanding in the same area yesterday.

The fire is said to have started at around 3.15am, and destroyed the entire stretch of shops where fairly used clothes are being sold located opposite the Central Mosque in the market.

Though no life has been reported lost, the immediate or remote cause of the fire outbreak is yet to be known.

Man who threatened to carry out a shooting at Jewish community centre is arrested

Police in the US state of Ohio have arrested a man they believe threatened to carry out a shooting at a Jewish community centre.

James Reardon, 20, posted a video online of a man firing a gun with a caption identifying the centre in Youngstown, north of Pittsburgh.

A search of his home revealed several weapons, body armour and a gas mask, police said.

A shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last year left 11 people dead.

James Reardon was arrested in New Middletown, near Youngstown, on Saturday and charged with menacing and harassment. He is due to appear in court on Monday.

Investigators said the alarm was raised when a post appeared on Instagram showing a man firing a gun with the caption: "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as white nationalist Seamus O'Reardon."

Man who authorities in Australia had put N25m bounty on for committing murder is caught

One of Australia's most wanted fugitives has been caught after more than two years on the run over a murder at a major shopping centre, police say.

Jonathan Dick, 41, is suspected of killing his brother, David Dick, with a sword in Melbourne in 2017.

He was arrested in the city centre on Monday after a fight in a laneway which allegedly involved him and two others.

Last year, police issued a A$100,000 ($68,000) reward for information leading to his arrest.

They had been searching since February 2017 when his 36-year-old brother was fatally injured at Westfield Doncaster - one of the nation's biggest shopping centres. The victim was attacked as he stepped out of a lift in a car park.

Police at the time described the attack as "brutal", and issued a murder warrant for Jonathan Dick after he was identified in CCTV footage. They have not provided any information on motivation.

Despite occasional reported sightings, he had evaded authorities since.

Mr Dick was listed one of Australia's 10 most wanted fugitives and authorities had issued warnings to the public not to approach him.

50-year-old message in a bottle washes up in Alaska

An Alaska man's hunt for firewood ended with the discovery of a different kind after he came across a 50-year-old message in a bottle.

Tyler Ivanoff found a letter written in Russian, and posted an appeal for a translation on his Facebook page.

It transpired the letter had been written by a sailor on board the Russian ship Sulak on 20 June 1969.

The story was picked up by Russian media, which tracked down the letter-writer, Captain Anatoly Botsanenko.

Mr Ivanoff said he had been searching for firewood some 20 miles (32 km) west of his home village of Shishmaref when he came upon the bottle, with a plastic cork stopper.

"I had to pull really hard. I used my teeth to really work it out," he told The Nome Nugget newspaper.

"It was still dry on the inside and still smelled like wine or whatever, old alcohol. The note was dry."

His appeal on Facebook prompted a translation of the still legible note:

"Sincere greetings! From the Russian Far East Fleet mother ship VRXF Sulak. I greet you who finds the bottle and request that you respond to the address Vladivostok -43 BRXF Sulak to the whole crew. We wish you good health and long years of life and happy sailing. 20 June 1969."

When Cpt Botsanenko, now 86 years old, was told of the note he reportedly burst into tears of joy.

He told the Russian TV channel Rossiya 1: "It looks like my handwriting. For sure! East industry fishing fleet! E-I-F-F!"

Cpt Botsanenko was reported to have overseen the construction of the Sulak in 1966 and sailed on it until 1970.

Mr Ivanoff noted on Facebook that it was "pretty cool how a small photo grew into a story", and has said he may consider launching his own message in a bottle one day.

Groom of Afghan wedding where 63 people died speaks

The bridegroom whose wedding was targeted by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital Kabul says he has "lost hope" after the deadly attack.

In a TV interview, Mirwais Elmi said his bride survived but his brother and other relatives were among the 63 people killed in Saturday's attack.

The Islamic State (IS) group has admitted carrying out the bombing, which also wounded more than 180.

President Ashraf Ghani described the attack as "barbaric".

He blamed the Taliban for "providing a platform to terrorists". The Taliban, who are engaged in peace talks with the US, condemned the attack.

In the interview with Tolo News, Mirwais Elmi recalled greeting smiling guests in the packed wedding hall only to see their bodies carried out hours later.

"My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride keeps fainting," he said.

"I've lost hope. I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again.

"I can't go to the funerals, I feel very weak ... I know that this won't be the last suffering for Afghans, the suffering will continue," he added.

The bride's father told Afghan media that 14 members of his family had died in the attack.

Despite the ongoing talks to try and end the 18-year US war, civilians across Afghanistan continue to suffer a tremendous toll.

I didn’t nominate Ogun deputy governor, though we are friends – Abiodun’s wife

Wife of Ogun State Governor, Bamidele Abiodun, has said though she knows the state deputy governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, right from childhood, she never influenced her emergence as the running mate to her husband.

The governor’s wife disclosed this on Saturday at a reception organised by the Awori Welfare Association of Nigeria in Lagos State to celebrate the deputy governor as the first deputy governor from Aworiland in Ogun state.

She said “I know the deputy Governor better than most people seated here today because we went to primary and secondary schools together but, I never influenced her emergence as deputy governor, but, I was very happy when she emerged. I am sure she will be a fantastic deputy governor because I am confident of her intelligence.”

Ronke Odusanya welcomes first child... shares photo from hospital bed

Yoruba actress, Ronke Odusanya is now a mom for the first time. The actress who recently had her baby shower has now shared a photo from her hospital bed showing her with her bundle of joy. For the records, this is Ronke's first child. We say big congrats to her! God bless mother and child!

Ofcourse she has kept the father of her baby secret!

Ogun boy sold for N1m recovered in Anambra

A seven-year-old boy, Joshua Joseph, who was declared missing two years ago, has been found with his adopted mother, Blessing Ozor, who allegedly paid N1.05m for his ‘adoption’.

Joshua was declared missing by his parents, who live in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, in 2017, but he was found by men of the state police command in Anambra State.

The boy, who had been renamed Chisom, was reportedly found in the home of Ozor, who claimed to have adopted him after paying N1.05m to a level-13 civil servant in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, Ifeoma Joy.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, gave the details at the state police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, on Sunday, while handing over Joshua to his father and parading Ozor and Joy in connection with the incident.

 Makama said the boy was found after a thorough investigation by operatives of the command over the last two years.

The police boss stated that Joshua was stolen in Ijebu-Ode and sold to Ozor.

He said Joy belonged to a three-member syndicate, which specialised in stealing children and selling them to their clients.

Punch correspondent gathered that two other members of the syndicate, Rita and Angela, were been held in prisons in Edo and Ondo states, respectively, for the same offence.

It was gathered that both Rita and Angela gave information from their prison cells that led to the recovery of the boy and the arrest of Ozor and Joy in Anambra State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, accused Joy of collecting over N1m from the acclaimed adopted mother and forged adoption documents from the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs.

Oyeyemi stated, “Joy is working at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Anambra State. She used the opportunity to arrange buyers for stolen children.

“In the cause of looking for her, she got transferred to four local government councils within one month in order to evade arrest.

“Our findings showed that eight children had been stolen by this syndicate from Ogun State and four had been recovered.

“One of the stolen children was found when the people, who adopted him, saw the boy’s picture on the pages of newspapers and returned him.”

While speaking with journalists, Joy denied the allegation against her, saying she was not involved in such an act.

She said, “I never did such a thing. I know the woman, who brought this boy, as a worker at the Peace Sisters’ Home.

 “So, when my sister in fellowship (Ozor) came up with the idea of adopting a child, I called the other woman to help us get a boy and I gave Rita my sister’s particulars. When she finished with the particulars, she now came with this boy. I never knew the boy was stolen.”

Ozor said she gave Joy N150,000 for processing of the adoption papers and additional N900,000 when the deal was completed.

Ozor said amid sobs, “I am just a victim of circumstances by my foolishness. I went to a sister in our fellowship, who had adopted a child before, because I have two daughters already but I had a feeling for a son; my last daughter is 24 years old.

“I went through Rita because she and her husband had adopted a child before and they led me to this woman, Joy. I believed that everything was okay because she made me believe that she runs the Peace Sisters Home.”

Liam Hemsworth's friends say Miley Cyrus 'went back to her old partying ways as soon as they got married'

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are never getting back together, according to friends of the Australian actor.

A source told NW magazine that Liam couldn't handle the fact Miley had reverted back to her old partying ways after they got married last December.

'Liam is sick of being humiliated. And the way she's acting, she's doing an excellent job of making sure he won't go back,' they said.

'As soon as they tied the knot, she went back to her old ways... partying,' the source claimed.

'They might have been on and off in the past, but this time it's really it!'

Meghan Markle cradles three-month-old Archie as she and Prince Harry land in south of France

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been pictured arriving in the south of France - their third private jet jaunt of the summer.

It is estimated Prince Harry and Meghan generated an estimated seven times the emissions per person compared to a commercial flight when they flew to Nice on Wednesday.

Photographs of the royal couple and three-month-old Archie show the family arriving at the airport, two days after flying to the UK from Ibiza.

Dressed in a white blouse and cream sun hat, Meghan, 38, was spotted cradling baby Archie as she left the plane which is registered to NetJets.

Harry, wearing a green polo shirt, blue cap and sunglasses, was also seen leaving the plane, which experts said would have cost more than £20,000 to hire.

Little Archie, donning in a cream and navy striped jumper, was cradled by his mother as they disembarked from the aircraft and were met by aides.

Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas reveals she's engaged

Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas has revealed her engagement to Harry Wentworth-Stanley in a romantic image shared to his Instagram account on Sunday night.

In a sun-drenched image uploaded to her handsome beau's account, the blonde beauty is seen cuddly Harry as she shows off her dazzling diamond ring.

The photograph, which they posed for while standing on a grassy knoll in Nantucket, Massachusetts, was simply captioned by Harry: 'We getting married.'

Cressida dated Harry between 2012 and 2015, but has since found love with his namesake - old Harrovian Harry Wentworth-Stanley.

However the pair remain on good terms and Cressida even attended Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle last May, alongside fellow ex Chelsy Davy.

Actor, Tunde Owokonira welcomes 2nd child with wife

Nollywood actor, Tunde Owokoniran has welcomed a new baby with his wife, Oluwatunmise Akinwinsola in USA. Tunde shared the good news on his instagram page writing;

Finally morayo meets baby#2 😍😍.... may ALLAH make them the coolness of our eyes (Amin)...🙏🏻

Photos: Chibuike Amaechi gets highest Catholic Knights promotion

Chibuike Amaechi has been conferred with the highest Catholic Knights promotion. While speaking at the occasion, Monsignor Kenneth Enang in charge of the pope John II Catholic Centre explained that the promotion was premised on his support towards the growth of the Catholic church.

 “We want to thank you Knights of St John’s, all the other knights, college of knights for the work you are doing for the church, for the support we get from the Knights in many areas not only the financial support but the moral support.

“The Knights of St Colombo’s built the seminary we have now at kuje when cardinal Ecandem was alive and many of the Knights have built churches and handed over to the church.

“We ask God to bless you and your good works and let your labours not be in vain.”

In his acceptance remarks, an elated Amaechi who is a committed catholic and a member of the Knights expressed joy for the promotion.

He said, “For our leaders, our grandmaster here present thinking that we are qualified, my friend Collyns and Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, we are very grateful and happy for considering us worthy of this great position. Thank you and God bless you.”

Nnamdi Kanu places N1m bounty on overseas traveling schedule of South-East governors

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has vowed to reward anyone with useful information on overseas traveling schedule of South-East governors and other Igbo leaders.

“So if you are working in any Government House in Southeast and you know which city in the world the governor is going to be, inform us so that we will mobilize for him and you will be rewarded with N1m,” he declared”.

Kanu who disclosed this in a live broadcast on Sunday, opined that a member of the group had pledged to pay anyone with useful information on Igbo leaders.

He expressed satisfaction over the attack on the former deputy senate president, Dr Ike Ekweremadu, accusing Igbo leaders in the national assembly of proscribing IPOB. He exonerated the Federal government from the group’s proscription. His words, “They and not the Federal government of Nigeria proscribed IPOB.

“They said they proscribed IPOB to douse rising tension in the region. What caused the tension, because the Military raided my house at Umuahia”.

Recall that Ekweremadu was attacked on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany by members of the proscribed group.

Geek Trivia: What Office Ritual Is The Result Of Careful Marketing?

What Office Ritual Is The Result Of Careful Marketing?

  1. Coffee and Donuts
  2. Water Cooler Conversation
  3. Bring Your Daughter To Work Day
  4. Casual Friday

Think you know the answer?

Photos: Female cultists, 7 others arrested during initiation into ‘One Million Boys’

The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said eight suspected cultists, including a female have been arrested while being initiated into a dread cult group, called ‘One Million Boys.’

A statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana said they were arrested on Thursday by operatives of Operation Crush from Ilemba Hausa Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Kazeem Abonde, acting on credible Intelligence.

He disclosed that eight suspected members of One Million Boys Confraternity during initiation exercise were arrested.

He said the suspects were arrested at No.15 Alado Street Shibiri where they were being initiated into the cult group by one Yusuf Abu, 20.

Those arrested are Sunday Gabriel, 20; Rilwan Dauda, 18; Mohammed Sikiru, 23; Oladimeji Abayomi, 18; Rasheed Alabi, 20; Habeeb Idowu, 18; Olaiya Bisola, 18 and Hazzan Hawawu, 19.

According to Elkana, three sharp cutlasses, a fetish calabash with dangerous ‘juju’ and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them, adding that suspects were charged to Court and remanded in prison custody.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kanu Nwankwo also visits Oyo State Governor (photos)

Just three days ago, Kanu Nwankwo visited the Imo State governor, and minutes after, he was announced the SSA to the new Government on sports. The former Arsenal player, has also done the same, he visited the Imo state counterpart, Seyi Makinde where they discussed all things football and the Governor also got tips about the direction to take Oyo state-owned football clubs.

More photos below…


"In your duties, do not be lazy. Be fervent in spirit and serve God." Romans 12:11

Photos: Lagos-Abeokuta expressway deserted, as Yoruba and Hausa traders clash at Oke-Odo market

This is sad! Roads leading to Lagos from Sango in Ogun State, and those moving to Abule-Egba from Oshodi and other parts of the expressway (Lagos-Abeokuta) have been deserted as Hausa and Yoruba traders clash.

The tribes who sell at the Oke-Odo market are currently fighting each other. What brought about the clash has not been ascertained, but police men are already on ground to calm the situation. More photos below...


Becca praises husband in the sweetest way as they celebrate their first wedding anniversary

Aww! It's Becca and her manager, Tobi Sanni Daniel's first wedding anniversary today, 18th of August, 2019 and Becca has come all out to praise her man and reveal more of him to the world.

According to the Ghanaian singer, when Tobi proposed to her in New York, she had said, mehn... this dude has some confidence while 'mocking' him, today they are man and wife and she is most grateful.

The couple who tied the knot last year welcomed their daughter in February, 2019, exactly seven months after they got married. Celebrating their anniversary and deciding to take it all back, Becca took to instgaram and wrote;

''It’s our anniversary @drtobisannidaniel

''In 2015 after knowing you 7 years you took my hands at Central Park, New York looked right into my eyes and said... “Becca I know this may sound funny but given the chance, I do not want to date you, I want to marry you” I laughed in awe, it was flattering and weird at the same time and I remember blushing and still thinking hmmm this man has so much confidence

''And then that phase passed, then you became my comforter then you became my confidant and then we become best friend and then we became gossip partners and then lovers and then you became by husband. Oh! how I wish the whole word would know the sort of man you are, so well brought up, Loving, caring, intelligent, a problem solver and oh my man is a SHARK!

''Mere words Dr. Oluwatobi Sanni-Daniel cannot Describe what I feel and how I feel about you. You comfort me when i feel down, you are always next to me when things feel like they have falling apart, you understand what I’m thinking and how I’m thinking even before I open my mouth to say it, you scold me when need be it and still give me a big hug of encouragement, you don’t hesitate to applaud me with excitement when I have achieved something even when it’s so little. You simply allow me to be me with no filter. See, love is not complicated, it’s finding your best friend and living a lifetime with them.
''My husband, people may look at us and may or may not be happy for us but who cares after all the institution of marriage and about the happiness of the two of us and we are the only ones who can make this work aside the almighty God and I pray His divine intervention in our marriage now and forevermore.

''(Thank God I went through marriage counseling at church ??) Our marriage will and must be a testimony in Jesus name! From the left and right they will come in a thousand folds but only with our eye will we see their rewards. Let God lead us!! God is alive and we serve him. Yes! Yes yes!! I know how much you love God. Oh guys his other name is Pastor Tobi! ?mehn he’s a preacher. Such a romantic as well.. Oh guys to top all he gave me the most intelligent and beautiful baby girl in the world. Thnk you God!''

Parents woke up to find three-month-old baby dead after falling into their bed

Devastated parents woke up to find their three-month-old baby dead in their bed after he rolled in from his cot.

An inquest into the boy's death was held at Hull Coroner's Court on Friday where the boy's mum gave an account of what happened on December 4, 2018.

She found her son lifeless, white and not breathing that morning, report Hull Live.

The day before the youngster was diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory tract infection after developing a chesty cough, with doctors telling his parents he would recover in a few days.

That night, the baby’s parents went to sleep around 9.45pm with the tot falling asleep in a cot next to their bed.

However, tragedy struck the following morning when the baby’s mum woke up suddenly to find the little boy in the couple’s bed.

She said: “At 9.45pm we all went to bed. Neither my partner nor I had been drinking and our baby was in a cot next to our bed.

“One of our daughters woke up crying in the night and her crying woke up our other daughter so they both came into our bed.

“My partner gave our baby a bottle and he woke up. He then placed him back in his cot and I woke up suddenly because of light coming in.

“I realised our baby had rolled into our bed. He was white and not breathing and I woke up my partner and told him to ring an ambulance.”

The boy’s father took him downstairs and placed him on a kitchen table before paramedics arrived around 8.30am.

The mother stayed with the couple’s other two children while her partner went in the ambulance with paramedics who administered adrenaline shots and chest compressions in a bid to revive the youngster.

On arrival at Hull Royal Infirmary, doctors made their desperate efforts to bring the baby back to his life but he was pronounced dead at 9.10am on December 4.

French waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich

A customer fatally shot a waiter at a pizzeria on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, according to witnesses.

 The waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb, 15km east of Paris’s city centre on Friday night.

 Attempts to revive the 28-year-old failed and he died at the scene. The gunman, who a witness said lost his temper “as his sandwich wasn’t prepared quickly enough”, fled the scene. Police have opened a murder investigation.

 With the shooter still on the run on Saturday, shocked residents gathered outside the pizza and sandwich eatery. “He was killed for a sandwich?” one asked, unbelievingly. “It is sad,” said a 29-year-old woman. “It’s a quiet restaurant, without any problems. It just opened a few months ago.”

Woman thought she had kidney stones but gives birth to triplets instead

A new mother has had the shock of her life after she was rushed to hospital for what she thought was kidney stones and ended up giving birth to triplets.

Dannette Glitz, from Sturgis in South Dakota in the US, had no idea she was pregnant as she did not feel any movement and did not experience any morning sickness.

In a post on Facebook , she said: "I started getting pains in my back and in my side and it felt like kidney stones.

"I kept pushing on till Saturday and I was in so much pain all I could do was lie in my bed and cry. It hurt to move and even breath."

Dannette thought she needed urgent surgery to break up the stones and went into hospital on August 10.

But was shocked when the doctor told her she was 34-weeks pregnant.

Initially the doctor thought she was having twins and the third baby even took them by surprise.

Dannette told KOTA-TV: "You don’t ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing.

Her friend has now set up a fundraising page to help the couple buy supplies for the babies.

A total of £727 has been raised so far .

Photo: Nollywood Actor, Ijebu welcome a new baby girl

Nollywood comic actor, Olatayo Amokade popularly known as Ijebu is a dad again as he welcomed a new baby girl with his wife. His colleague, Yewande Adekoya shared the news on her instagram page writing’

💃💃❤Congratulations to you my brother. Olorun a wo, Olorun a dasi.