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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Congratulatory Messages From Anioma Leaders To Prince Ned Nwoko; A Testimonial For Better Days Ahead

By Wise Prince Ajede

At last, Congratulatory messages from many Anioma and PDP Delta state  leaders have continued to drop in favour  of the peoples general and a world class philanthropist cum international lawyer, Hon Prince Ned Nwoko as Anioma people are set to celebrate the inauguration of the Star Prince of Anioma land at the National assembly come 29th May, 2019.

Party hierarchy and many political support group leaders, religious leaders, amongst other good citizens have congratulated Prince Ned Nwoko who is the senator elect for the Delta North senatorial district. 

In their various messages, one could decipher that the entire Delta north citizens are happy with the political dimension which had led to the enthronement of the Anioma billionaire and a world class philanthropist as the senator elect for the Delta North senatorial district.

A congratulatory message to Prince Ned Nwoko from one of the Delta North top PDP leaders state thus " Congratulations most distinguished brother and leader. Your recent enthronement as our senator elect proves that no one is above God. You will go ahead to make Anioma stronger alongside our Ekwueme Governor. This is a testimonial that God will make Anioma great. I am happy with the events thus far, and wish you and Delta north people better days at the 9th assembly. Once again, Congratulations to the prince of Anioma land"  

It will be recalled that Prince Ned Nwoko was recently handed the certificate of return by the highest electoral body in Nigeria: Inec after a competent court of jurisdiction sacked the incumbent Sen Peter Nwaoboshi over his (Nwaoboshi's) inability to prove that he won the pdp  primary election in October 2018.

Prince Ned Nwoko is widely celebrated by many for his philanthropic contributions towards the educational pursuit of his many Anioma students, the rebuilding/re construction  of  a federal road linking his Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom with the federal capital territory Abuja and his contributions to the development of tourism and culture in Africa.

Prince Ned Nwoko was recently awarded a PhD degree honorary causa by the prestigious Federal University of Petroleum resources warri.

By 29th May, the senator elect will be inaugurated to represent the good people of Delta North at the red chamber.
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Man Commits Suicide After His Lover Broke His Heart

Just when we thought that the trend of people committing suicide has started fading away, we came across this. This fellow, identified as Itz Eldersne, allegedly took his life after suffering from heart break. But, is heartbreak enough to make you take your life? RIP to him though.
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Saturday, 18 May 2019

EFCC Arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta State

Operatives of the EFCC, Advance Fee Fraud Section, Abuja Headquarters in collaboration with operatives from the Benin Zonal Office in a joint operation on Friday, May 17, 2019 arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters during an early morning raid at Sapele, Delta State.

The suspects, who are between the ages of 18 to 30, were smoked out of their hideout in an early morning operation, following action on intelligence report gathered by operatives. A day earlier, operatives from Abuja had arrested 2 in Ughelli.
Items recovered from them include laptop computers, iPhones, Android phones, ATM cards and three exotic vehicles - Benz C350, Benz ML 350 and Chrysler 300.

They have so far given useful information to operatives.
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Lady Shares Her Touching Story To Inspire Those On The Verge Of Committing Suicide (Must Read)

It's saddening how the act of suicide has turned into the latest trend. People indulge in the practice this unnecessary act called suicide like they are competing with someone. If it isn't because of low JAMB result, it's because of failed relationship - though there are more causes.

On the same vein, the Facebook User, Nengi Jegelski Peron shared her story which to others would have been a perfect reason to commit suicide. But, she fought through it, and today she can look back and be glad she didn't take the absurd step, suicide.

Here's her story:
I'm a lady o. My mum had heart issues when I managed to get into uniben. My step dad lies to her he sends me 15k monthly when he sends me 4k which ended in my 1st year. 4k a month for feeding and all the entire month...I couldn't afford books. All my days in uniben, I could boast of just one #700 text book. I'm my second year, my step dad packed and left my mum, she was sick, she was weighing 105 when she was OK, as at this time she was weighing 52! There was nothing she could do about my situation.  
I fetched water for other student, washed clothes and plates just to get #500 to survive, this was how I lived in Ekosodin Benin. Till I graduated. Though I came out with a 3rd class because I couldn't meet up with a lot of things I needed to do as a student. But glory to God all the same. Sometimes, for 3days I eat 1ce. Today, all that is story. I have friends and neighbors in school that could relate to this! I kept telling myself, I'm strong enough to go through this and come out well. 
Even God made us understand this fact. 
This guy is just being lazy, and needs attention. Instead of him to get his ass together and do something. Sniper is #600, if you buy groundnut, #500 nylon #100, tie it, he will sell and get gain. People need to deprive themselves of temporary pleasure for a greater good. I can't imagine he still has hands and legs and is saying he wants to die! very shameful. 
Did I mention using my own cloth to put as pad when my period is on? Or the fact that I had no friends in my class because I didnt have good cloths to wear? Or the fact that i almost died of complex? I even opt to follow Uwa and her friend on one occasion to do runs, but they turned me down because I was so unkempt. I would stay on my small foam and cry.
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Teenager Arrested For Killing Friend Over Umbrella, N200

The police in Ogun State have arrested a 19-year-old apprentice welder in the Agbado area of the state, Kehinde Adeoye, for the murder of his friend, Lukman Olawunmi, aged 17.
City Round learnt that Adeoye and Olawunmi, who was learning how to make cans, had an issue over an umbrella and a sum of N200, which resulted in the tragedy.
It was gathered that a man had brought the umbrella to Olawunmi about two weeks ago for repairs.
The deceased was said to have taken it to Adeoye, who worked with his father at a nearby welding workshop.
Our correspondent gathered that Adeoye collected N200 to repair the umbrella and promised to fix it the following day.
Adeoye was said to have failed to repair the umbrella while the owner kept disturbing Olawunmi.
He reportedly met with Adeoye around 7pm on Tuesday, asking him to return the umbrella and the money immediately.
City Round gathered that Adeoye got enraged and put up a fight with Olawunmi during which he allegedly hit the deceased with a voodoo ring.
Olawunmi was confirmed dead on arrival at a private hospital in the community while Adeoye was arrested by a police team from the Agbado Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Sunday Omonijo.
The deceased’s mother, Rasheedat, was inconsolable when our correspondent visited the community on Wednesday as sympathisers were there to express their condolences.
A relative of the deceased, who identified himself only as Femi, said Olawunmi was a kind-hearted child any parents would wish to have.
“He was a very nice child. He was friendly and honest. His boss would give him money to keep for some days. Before that day was over, he would give the money to his mother to do business and make some profit. Then he would return the money to his boss when he was ready to use his money. The mother sells pepper and onions,” Femi said.
Olawunmi’s uncle, Pastor Abiodun Gabriel, described him as an easy-going boy, adding that he was shocked when he received the news of his death.
“He was the only child his mother had for my late younger brother. I learnt they were fighting over an umbrella and N200,” Gabriel added.
Olawunmi’s boss, Solihu Bamgbade, said he was close to his house that Tuesday evening when he received a call that his apprentice was in a coma.
He explained that he was at the shop when the umbrella was brought for repairs, adding that he told Adeoye to fix it on time.
He said, “Lukman (Olawunmi) started learning how to make cans last year and he was very brilliant. He was very friendly with customers. Two weeks ago, a man brought an umbrella to our shop for repairs. He charged the man N500. The man begged him that he could only afford N200 and he accepted it.
“I asked him when he started repairing umbrellas and he said he would give it to Kehinde (Adeoye). I warned Kehinde that he must do the work on time. When I saw Kehinde the next day, I asked him about the umbrella and he said he had not repaired it.
“Last Thursday, the man came for the umbrella and Lukman led him to Kehinde’s father’s shop. They did not meet him at the shop. That was the last I heard about the matter. I left Lukman in the shop around 6.30pm on Tuesday. I was on my way home when I received a call that he had been rushed to the hospital.”
The suspect, however, denied beating his friend with a voodoo ring, claiming that Olawunmi was first to slap him.
Adeoye, who hails from Abeokuta, added that he retaliated and Olawunmi slumped.
He said, “We were close friends and we usually introduced customers to each other. The umbrella was the devil that caused all this. When I could not repair the umbrella, he came to our shop to collect it and the N200 he gave me. I told him to be patient and I promised to give him the money and the umbrella later that evening.
“He slapped me and I slapped him back. He fell and I poured water on him. I was the one who rushed him to hospital. I did not use anything to hit him. We were not fighting; we were playing.”
A doctor at the hospital, who wanted to be identified as Dr Emmanuel, said Olawunmi was brought in dead, with a small cut on his lips.
He said, “As of the time he was brought in, there was no respiration, no pulse, his pupils were dilated, fixed and did not react to light. He was certified dead on arrival.”
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Saturday, 4 May 2019

OMG! Abandoned Day-Old Baby Rescued In Lagos

A day-old baby boy has been rescued after being abandoned in front of a house around the Pleasure bus stop, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.
Residents of the area were woken up, today, by his cries. He has since been taken to the police station in the area, from where he is expected to be taken to the General hospital.
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JAMB Delists 76 Exam Centres, Appoints SAN To Prosecute 100 Suspects

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has has delisted 76 exam centres and has also appointed a Senior Advocate of Nigeria to prosecute about 100 persons allegedly involved in various malpractices during the UTME that held between April 11 and 18. The 76 Computer-Based Test Centres were delisted for various infractions during the recently concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, raising fears that results from those centres may be cancelled.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who confirmed that 76 exam centres across the cross were delisted on Friday in Abuja, also revealed that no fewer than 100 UTME candidates were arrested nationwide by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the police. Speaking on ‘Admissions into tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria’ at the 23rd annual seminar of the Nigerian Academy of Education, revealed that professional writers hid in toilets and later replaced the UTME candidates who pretended they  went to the toilet to ease themselves. 

Though Oloyode did not name the SAN leading the prosecution reportedly for security reasons nor did he did state the day the 2019 UTME results would be released, however he noted that the 76 delisted centres in 2019 were from a total of 741 registered centres, as against 22 delisted centres among 630 registered centres in 2018.

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Girl Pregnant For Aunt’s Customer In Bayelsa, Sleeps In Uncompleted Building

The plight of a teenage girl has been brought to the public over her unfortunate condition in Bayelsa state. The 15-year-old girl who is pregnant reportedly sleeps in an uncomplicated building somewhere in Yenagoa, the state capital, after falling out with her aunt. 

It was gathered that the girl was brought to Bayelsa state from Akwa Ibom by her aunt who promised to enroll her in school but never did so. Instead her aunt turned her to house help and allegedly maltreated her. 

According to the girl identified as Lovet, her aunt brought her from the village when she was in elementary five because of the condition of her mother who happens to be a stroke patient and her dad who is late.

She was allegedly maltreated by her aunt who sells food in Yenagoa and due to the alleged molestation, she was deceived by one of her aunt's customers who promised to take care of her is she sleeps with him. 

The young man invited her to his place and had sex with her until she got pregnant for him and was abandoned.
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Man Cries Out As His Estranged Wife Marries His Best Man Without Divorcing Him

A 39-year-old man identified as Shola Motunbi, has accused his estranged wife, Marian, of betraying their marriage by getting married to a man who he said best him on their wedding day.

In an interview with Vanguardngr, Shola said: “I married Marian Ekiomado on August 6, 2016, both traditional and the white wedding took place that day, we also had marriage registry.

However, a few months into our wedding, I caught her with different text messages on her phone and discovered her Facebook account with her boyfriends.

Whenever I leave the house, she always removes our wedding frames and invites her boyfriend in, meanwhile she has a little girl called Treasure, that was her first daughter outside wedlock.

Whenever I come home, the daughter tells me that her mummy removes the frame from the house and one brother comes. One day, she almost killed her daughter for exposing her, if not that I was around.

After all the arguments, the parent begged, and so I let go until again, I caught her chatting with a man she was having an amorous affair with on Facebook.

But what got me suspicious was that after she was 3 to 4 months pregnant, having terminated 2 previous pregnancies in the name of stress, she called her younger brother to fight and injure me in the house.

I left and returned after she delivered on the 5th of September 2017, to see the child and so I demanded a DNA test which she and her parents refused.

To my greatest surprise, I receive a call on Saturday 27th of April 2019, that she’s getting married in her mother’s house at Sapele road. I later found that she was getting married to my best man.”

Shola has since filed a suit in a magistrate court to seek redress in what he termed as breach of marital laws.

Also, a source close to the Ekiamados confirmed the story, saying Marian had been dating the best man long before she got married to shola.
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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Acceptance Speech By Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko On Behalf Of Fellow Award Recipients At The Convocation Ceremony Of Federal University Of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Delta State On Saturday, April 27th, 2019


The Vice Chancellor, management , staff and  students of FUPRE, fellow award recipients  ,it is an amazing moment in this outstanding University.

On behalf of  my  co - recipients , I stand on the front row of history to accept this prestigious  honour . 

This is a life  - long privilege given the lofty essence of University.

The idea of the University  is not just the treasure of learning and knowledge. It confers  the finest toga of human prestige, dignity and self assurance. 

To be recognized  by the University is a badge of honour, seal of approval, power of confidence, acclamation of competence and celebration of social distinction.

Coming from the  Federal University of petroluem  resources, the first of  its kind in Africa's most populous nation, one can only bask in amazing glory.

On the realm of self introspection, this award holds so much fascination to me.

 First of all, let me say that I am enamoured with education.
I  love education. So deeply. 

My attachment is not by coincidence. It is driven by studied  orientation and  exposure. In the prime of youth , I travelled to London , England to behold a whole new world that would change my destiny forever. I returned from Britain to my fatherland in 1999 with the best of Western education culminating in a fulfilling legal  career. I am truly happy and humbled to be Learned . I was elected member  House  of Representatives  Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency  between 1999-2003.

I qualified and practiced law in the best Environment known to mankind in terms of a society entrenched in democracy and rule of law and order. Where everything seems to work so perfectly.

My most cherished passion has always been human capital development through education.  My core value is education driven by service and integrity. For decades , I have provided educational succour to thousands of students in secondary and tertiary institutions, deploying my God -given resources to ensure scholarships and grants , targeting both the brilliant and the indigent students as well as the vulnerable ones in Delta and other parts of Nigeria.

The crowning glory of my love for educational attainment is  the proposed  Science, Technology, Arts and  Sports University ( STARS UNIVERSITY ,  located in my home town of Idumuje Ugboko, near  Asaba the Delta state capital.

The STARS UNIVERSITY expected to begin academic activities in the next few  months  has a unique place as the first sports University in sub Saharan Africa. It also comes with the full compliments of a conventional University as it is poised to offer regular academic programmes.

Education is the master key to self actualization.

To the young graduands at this auspicious convocation ceremony, take a deep breath. My dream is for you to excel as you embrace the world with strength defined by character and learning. 

I have a word for you. 
Maximize your potentials, check  your attitudes and believe in yourself.

Remember that attitude is everything in life.

Relax  and listen carefully to these inspirational insights of living by American educator ,Charles Rozell Swindoll 

 "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company.... a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes" 

The moral lesson here is that you must choose your  attitudes wisely.

As you graduate out of school you are most  likely to face the world with all it's vulgarities .

Nigeria  may not catch your fancy anymore because of her enormous social, economic and political challenges.  But as you rue over the parlous state of affairs and ponder over a seemingly uncertain future look up yourself in the mirror and say - Yes I can overcome.
Do good, act against evil. Say no to crime , violence and self immolation. 

Embrace the future with a positive mental and physical attitude . 

Go and make a mark. With your good education ,you have the latitude to effect a positive change in the society and impact  your lives,your families, your generation. 

As you join me and fellow awardees to savour the moment of this glorious event,  I wish everyone a bright, colourful and progressive  future. 

Thank you all.

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Regina Daniels' Pregnant, She’s 4 Months Gone

Regina Daniels is reportedly 4-months-pregnant for her alleged billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko.

This is coming after the actress was rumored to have wedded the Billionaire Lawyer.

This is also coming after she made her first public appearance with him in Delta state.

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In an exclusive report, revealed the source of teen actress, Regina Daniels sudden wealth as well as her eventual secret marriage to Honourable, Prince Ned Nwoko, it became an internet sensation…

However, being the original source of the story, we can again authoritatively say here and now that there is more where that came from.

Speaking to e-NIGERIA! exclusively during the weekend, a family source hinted that 18-year-old Regina Daniels who just got hooked to her 59-year-old lover, Ned nwoko is already 4-months pregnant.

Regina Daniels Pregnant

Buttressing further, the source revealed thus, “not only is she pregnant, but for now, Regina Daniels remains Ned Nwoko’s most favourite wife, with unlimited access to his most expensive cars, houses, as well as his private jet which she brandishes all about.

None of Ned’s wives nor concubines are said to have access to his Rolls Royce (valued at over N100 million), his expensive Ferrari, his private jet as well as his latest delivery; a Mercedez Brabus with an Abuja number plate, YAB-486 BH except Regina”, squealed our source.

Furthermore, e-NIGERIA! also gathered that, ahead of her baby delivery, Mr. Nwoko has also acquired a house for Regina in a yet to be disclosed location in London.
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Two Children, Aged 3 And 4 Tortured And Starved By Their Aunt In Edo (Photos)

Human right activist, Kola Edokpayi and his team have rescued two malnourished young children allegedly tortured by their aunt in Edo state.

According to the activist, the aunt took charge of the children after their parent's marriage fell apart and their mother absconded. Read report below:

The National Secretariat of the Joint Legal Action Aids (JLAA) where I am the State Coordinator instructed me to handle a matter where two kids were maltreated in the most barbaric and primitive manners by their Aunty who took charge of the kids after the marriage of their father and mother ended in marital imbroglio where the father and mother absconded to unknown destinations leaving their children to suffer in the hands of aunty.

We immediately contacted the person that reported the matter to our National Secretariat who gave us the description of the residence where the children were taken to in the interest of security.

Our investigation reveals that the kids were tortured by their Aunty in the most inhuman and callous manners and starved them on daily basis which made them look like kwashiokor.

Joint Legal Action Aids (JLAA) has volunteered to take the necessary legal steps possible to ensure that the culprit is brought to justice so as to serve as deterrent to the Jezebels that take delights in encroaching on the rights of Children.
Our cardinal responsibility is to defend the rights of the poor in our society as God loves the poor people that is why He created them so many.
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Man Steals N1.7m Hospital’s Microscope, Sells It For N5,000 In Kastina

Operatives of the Kastina State Police Command have arrested a 30-year-old man, Hamza Sani, for allegedly conspiring with four others to steal a microscope belonging to the Malumfashi General Hospital, in the Malunfashi area of the state.

Sani was said to have sold the stolen microscope valued at N1.7m for a paltry N5,000.

Northern City News learnt from a police source that Sani’s arrest led to the apprehension of his cohorts, identified as Magaji Yusuf, 36; Saidu Shehu, 40; Kamala Aliyu, 33; and Emmanuel Ukelere, 48.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah, while confirming the incident, said Sani and his cohorts specialised in the stealing of hospital equipment, adding that during interrogation, Sani confessed to the crime. 

Sani, who was paraded at the Katsina Police Command headquarters, told Northern City News that he sold the microscope for N5,000 because he needed money to treat his sick wife.
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Sunday, 28 April 2019

I’ll Be Your President, I’ll Reclaim My Mandate – Atiku Sends Message To Supporters

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has rekindled hopes that he will reclaim his mandate at the tribunal.

The former Vice President said this in a statement to DAILY POST on Sunday signed by his Special Assistant on Youth and Support Groups Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas.

Atiku assured millions of his supportersin the last elections, that victory was sure.


“Like never before in the history of presidential election petition in Nigeria, the plethora, overwhelming, watertight and barefaced evidences at the disposal of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP has put us on a track to glory,” he said.

He appreciated the efforts, doggedness and determination of his supporters to bring about a new Nigeria where businesses and investment will thrive, when Wazirin Adamawa reclaims his mandate at the tribunals.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has rekindled hopes that he will reclaim his mandate at the tribunal.

The former Vice President said this in a statement to DAILY POST on Sunday signed by his Special Assistant on Youth and Support Groups Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas.

Atiku assured millions of his supportersin the last elections, that victory was sure.


“Like never before in the history of presidential election petition in Nigeria, the plethora, overwhelming, watertight and barefaced evidences at the disposal of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP has put us on a track to glory,” he said.

He appreciated the efforts, doggedness and determination of his supporters to bring about a new Nigeria where businesses and investment will thrive, when Wazirin Adamawa reclaims his mandate at the tribunals.

He added, “It is just the believe and confidence you had that made many of you to travel far and wide, even twice for some, risking everything to cast your votes for his Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi.

“Some of you may have never voted before, but because you believed in #TheAtikuPlan and you wanted a new Nigeria to be birth by Wazirin Adamawa and Peter Obi, you chose to endure all the stress, including those of collecting PVC and joining the queue to cast your vote under the scorching sun.

“It is a public knowledge that some of you had to even paid money to collect your PVCs in some places like Lagos among others, a very sad and embarrassing situation,” he said.
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GOALS HIGHLIGHT: Leicester City 3 – 0 Arsenal (Watch Here)

Leicester inflicted a blow to Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a dominant victory at the King Power Stadium.

The unmarked Youri Tielemans headed in a cross from James Maddison just before the hour mark, and Jamie Vardy scored twice late on with a header and a tap-in from close range.

Arsenal played almost an hour of the contest with 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.

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Nigerian Lady Rejects Soldier’s Marriage Proposal, Says She Doesn’t Know When He Will Die

A Nigerian soldier has revealed his heartbreak after a lady whom he has been dating for five years turned down his marriage proposal.

According to the soldier, his lady’s loving attitude towards him changed after he joined the army and was posted to Maiduguri in Borno state as she said she won’t be able to marry him because she doesn’t know when he will die.

Read below what he shared with Military Life:-

“I met this girl for over five years now and we have been dating,she made me to believe that she loves me so much, that she can’t do without me. I showed all the love as much as I can provided her with everything. Two Years after meeting her,i joined the army and I was posted to Maiduguri and I have been there making plans on how to get married to this lady not knowing that she has her own plans.

Since I joined the military, her attitude changed a little bit though I can’t figure out what’s actually the problem.not until I came back to propose to girlfriend with my heart full of joy hoping to get a positive answer, all of a sudden this lady looked into my eyes and said she can’t marry me, we can date but she won’t be able to marry me because she don’t know when i will die. 

Since then I have been in thinking mood because I can’t believe what I heard from the lady I love so much.
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Buhari’s $500,000 Father-Christmas Gift To Guinea Bissau Could Provide 50 Classrooms In Kano

Fredrick Nwabufo has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s donation of $500,000 to Guinea Bissau for use during their elections.

It is said: “It is better to give than to receive.” But I think, some giving(s) do not come from the quarters of charity, sacrifice, wisdom or chivalry, but from a place of deep insecurity and delusion of grandeur.

When the purpose of giving is to “maintain an appearance”, then that is a self-esteem problem. Over the years, Nigeria has had Africa as the “centrepiece” of its foreign policy. The country has played supportive and stabilizing role in the affairs of most countries on the continent.

It took the throttle in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa; it funded the ANC, and provided academic and corporeal sanctuary to the blacks of the country. Today, Nigerians are, perhaps, the most hated people in that country, routinely harassed, abused and intimidated.

Also, in the past, Nigeria provided substantial financial and material support to Chad and Niger; in fact, it has maintained this tradition.

But as a matter of fact, these countries have not been very committed in helping Nigeria extirpate Boko Haram. There have been reports of both countries withdrawing their troops from the border areas, where the insurgents are secreted, over issues of “command superiority”.

It is not out of place to play the “big-brother”, but it is unwise to keep playing the role when effort is unrequited and when there is a blistering image problem. Nigeria, today, contributes 15.7 percent to the global poverty rate. It suffers from serious infrastructure denudation and its debt profile is perilously high.

And the truth is our depressing situation is known to the world. So, who are we trying to impress? Why must we keep up appearances? Our charity will be counted as foolishness as long as the ranks of the poorest of the poor keep swelling.
Where is the logic in a man throwing steak in the marketplace at a time his family is in dire need of protein and suffering from kwashiorkor?

President Buhari’s $500,000 gift to Guinea Bissau for its elections may be well-intentioned, but good intentions do not make great countries. There is no morality in international relations.

What does Nigeria hope to get out of this gesture? Countries like, the US and UK, are notorious for putting strings to every act of charity; this is because they understand the law of sowing and reaping. There is no free money anywhere.

However, the $500,000, which is about N180,000,000, could have been much useful in providing about 500 water pumps for the people of Ogugu in Olamboro, Kogi state, who drink from a stream or in building about 50 classrooms in Rimin Kebe, Ungogo local government area, Kano state, where 499 pupils share a single classroom.

Our priorities have always been conflicted. I recall when our athletes had to resort to begging on social media to represent the country at an international event; yet they had a government.

It is bravery to decline a request when the weather is not favourable. And in exigent times, priority must be given to that which is most important. Charity begins at home.

Written by Fredrick, a media personality.

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CAN Warns Pastors Against Man-made Miracles

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev Supo Ayokunle on Saturday warned men of God against man-made miracles, saying they would incur the wrath of God if they refused to desist from such acts.

The CAN president who spoke at a press conference heralding the convention of the Nigerian Baptist Convention in Ogbomoso, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put all machinery in motion to address insecurity in Nigeria.

Ayokunle said, “On a serious note, if any servant of God is organising man-made miracles, saying God has done what he has not done, that person will go to hell. He is not of church of Christ. These are people whose bellies are their gods. They are not mindful of the things of the scriptures.

“I will admonish those who allowed themselves to be used for man-made miracles to behave better. And if you see any so-called minister of the gospel who is fond of organising man-made miracles, don’t patronise their churches again. Let their churches be empty, so that they can go and look for a better job.”

Speaking on the annual convention, which started on Saturday, the CAN president said missionaries from countries outside Nigeria and sister conventions from all over Africa would also attend the gathering.

He said Nigeria had not reached where it was supposed to be, but added that through ceaseless prayers, Nigeria would soon witness unprecedented glory and positive transformation that was desired by all.
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World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launched In Malawi

The world’s first malaria vaccine, RTS,S pilot programme was launched in Malawi on Tuesday.

This makes Malawi the first of three countries in Africa in which the RTS,S vaccine will be made available to children up to two years of age.

RTS,S is a scientific name given to the malaria vaccine and represents its composition; the ‘R’ stands for the central repeat region of Plasmodium (P.) falciparum‘circumsporozoite protein (CSP); ‘T’ for the T-cell epitopes of the CSP;and the‘S’ for hepatitis B surface antigen(HBsAg).

The other two African countries, Ghana and Kenya, will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks.

Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, claiming the life of one child every two minutes, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Most of the deaths are in Africa, where over 250 000 children die from the disease every year.

Children under five are at greatest risk of its life-threatening complications. Worldwide, malaria kills 435 000 people a year, most of them children.

According to WHO, the vaccine, RTS, S is an innovation milestone of three decades in development

“Thirty years in the making, RTS,S is the first and to date the only, vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children.

“In clinical trials, the vaccine was found to prevent approximately four in 10 malaria cases, including three in 10 cases of life-threatening severe malaria,’’ a WHO statement said.

Also, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said: “Malaria is a constant threat in the African communities where this vaccine will be given.

“ The poorest children suffer the most and are at highest risk of death.

“We know the power of vaccines to prevent killer diseases and reach children, including those who may not have immediate access to the doctors, nurses and health facilities they need to save them when severe illness comes.

“This is a day to celebrate as we begin to learn more about what this tool can do to change the trajectory of malaria through childhood vaccination,” Moeti said.

According to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s Director-General: “We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas.

“We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there.

“The malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of children’s lives,’’ Ghebreyesus said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pilot programme is designed to generate evidence and experience to inform WHO policy recommendations on the broader use of the RTS,S malaria vaccine.

It will look at reductions in child deaths, vaccine uptake, including whether parents bring their children on time for the four required doses and vaccine safety in the context of routine use.

The vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention.

These other measures include the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides and the timely use of malaria testing and treatment.

Financing for the pilot programme was mobilised through collaboration among three key global health funding bodies, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Unitaid.
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JAMB to release 2019 UTME results from Monday

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has assured candidates of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that results would be ready from April 29. The Board’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Bwari. Benjamin said that screening of the results would soon be over and the result released. “We are still screening but hopefully, anytime next week, the results will be ready,” he said. Speaking also on the board’s readiness to screen results of UTME candidates from 2009 to 2018, Benjamin said this would begin after the release of the 2019 results. 

He said this was part of the board’s effort to address the issues of malpractice in the system. The board had stated that it would only release the 2019 UTME results after undergoing thorough screening to identify and apprehend examination cheats. The process would identify those involved in multiple registration through biometric capturing and also address group registration by some elite schools, who end up mixing candidate’s data. The board said: “Normally, results are expected to be out within 24 to 48 hours as obtained in previous examinations held in 2017 and 2018. “However, the board does not want this to be business as usual. 

“Hence the programmed delay, which is part of its deliberate effort to properly scrutinize, identify and address all forms of examination malpractice. “The board will continue to act decisively with regards to any irregularity discovered even after results are released. “However, the board has made it a point of duty to screen all activities at all centres via CCTV recordings, to ensure that it does not release results of compromised examinations.” The board, while regretting all inconvenience caused in the process, reaffirmed its commitment to providing equal opportunity to all candidates in order to articulate their aspirations. 

JAMB said that effective from when it would officially release the results, all candidates can simply send RESULT, via SMS, to 55019 using the same number that was used for registration. The result, it said, would be replied as an SMS shortly after. This process, the board explained, was simplified to eliminate exploitation by business centres and cyber caf├ęs who often take advantage of candidates. It also urged candidates to ignore all messages in circulation on how to check the results as they were all products of deceit. The 2019 UTME was conducted from April 11 to April 18 and over 1.8 million candidates registered for it. (NAN)
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