Born again Charly Boy and wife visit Christ Embassy Church Abuja

Born again Charly Boy and wife visit Christ Embassy Abuja

Just few days after the conversion of the controversial Nigerian entertainer Charly Boy to Christ, he visits church again with his wife. Charly Boy who had taken a bold step in his life, is still mesmerized with the new found glory of God in his life. Charly who was converted to a Christian with some of his political activist group members ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ visited the church again, now to share his testimony. According to an eye witness identified as Moses Bliss on Facebook who is also a member of the Christ Embassy Church shared the testimony of Charly.

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Herdsmen-farmers crisis is a consequence of climate changes – Governor Bagudu

The Kebbi state governor, Abubakar Bagudu, has said that contrary to popular notions, the prevalent herdsmen-farmers clashes are results of climate changes in the country – Bagudu said that the federal government should endeavour to understand the challenges faced by herders and make moves to support them with modern technology in agriculture – The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said that Kebbi state has contributed massively to Nigeria’s agricultural success story Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi has said that the clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country are not tribal but consequences of climate change. Bagudu stated this in Birnin Kebbi when the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit with a team of journalists. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the minister led journalists to Kebbi for on-hand assessment of the agriculture revolution in the state.

The governor who said that the clashes were misunderstood in many quarters, challenged the media to carry out investigation to ascertain the truth and veracity of his claims. He advised the minister to lead newsmen to some prone areas to interview the pastoralists and other concerned stakeholders in order to find out the truth and educate Nigerians. Governor Bagudu said: “It is environmental challenge caused by climate change. The occupational practice of pastoralists and even the fishermen are threatened. The water resources and grasses are not available and the pastoralists are forced to move toward the south.” Bagudu called for the understanding of the plight of the pastoralists and the need to gradually introduce the modern trend of ranches to them. He said that the average herders were not literate and because of the nature of what they were doing, they were prone to crime.

He said: “In Kebbi, the predominant prisoners in custody are the Fulanis; they are prone to crime because of lack of Education. On the other hand, they are also victims of cattle rustlers who attack them and take away their animals.” The governor said that the state was working with the federal ministry of information and culture to revive the Argungu fishing festival. He thanked the minister for the initiative of leading newsmen to Kebbi to showcase the agriculture revolution in the state with partnership with the federal government. The minister said the visit was necessary to let the world know what the government was doing to transform the agriculture sector was real and yielding fruits.

Spend less on the Internet! The minister remarked: “We are here to tell Nigerians and the world of the giant strides of Kebbi in the agriculture sector. The story of Agriculture revolution in Nigeria will be incomplete without Kebbi. The state has turned around the narrative in the agriculture sector to the extent that everyone wants to engage in agriculture in the state.” The minister reiterated the federal government’s commitment to supporting the farmers to boost food production in the country. Meanwhile, reported that 19 governors from the northern region had held a meeting in Kaduna state to deliberate on the persistent crisis between herdsmen and farmers in that part of the country. Among those at the meeting were the governors of Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Sokoto and Kogi states. Nigerian herdsmen vs Nigerian farmers – On TV


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Opinion: Nigeria’s worsening corruption

Author: Oluwatobi Bolashodun

Editor’s note: The Transparency International had reported tha Nigeria ranked 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the perception of corruption in the annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI). In the 2016 Index, the nation was ranked 136th, scoring 28 points out of 176 countries. Transparency International’s (TI) latest report shows that corruption is worsening in Nigeria. According to TI’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Nigeria ranked 148th out of the 180 countries surveyed in 2017 with a score of 28/100, whereas it ranked 136th in 2016 with a score of 27/100 out of the 168 countries surveyed. This means that Nigeria has not made significant progress in the fight against corruption. This is surprising given the fact that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has anti-corruption as a priority objective of governance. Indeed, Nigeria occupies the 32nd position out of the 52 assessed countries in Africa in the 2017 ranking. In West Africa, Nigeria is the second worst country out of 17 countries, leaving only Guinea Bissau behind. Nigeria’s score of 27/100 is far below the African average of 32/100.

The report buttresses the claim by critics of the government that the anti-corruption war has been weak and targeted at critics of the government or opposition figures, and that grand corruption has been condoned within governmental circles, hence the persistence of nepotism, cronyism, favouritism and bribery at all levels in the country. In fact, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, stated at a book launch in honour of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, in February that corruption had not reduced in the country. The Sultan decried the absence of statesmen in the country, adding that, these days, Nigeria only had “men of state.” It should also be noted that in his press release earlier in January, former President Olusegun Obasanjo complained that the president’s inability to enforce discipline among those who were close to him had led to an increase in corruption, nepotism and clannishness, with adverse consequences for governance and service delivery. The TI report provides some insight into the relationship between openness and corruption. In countries where openness and media independence are absent, corruption thrives. The report called on the government and private sector organisations to support free speech and media independence. Importantly, too, government must allow the opposition and civil society to engage it. The government must give life to the Freedom of Information Act which has not been allowed to operate because of hostility by public office-holders to request for information on the basis of that law. President Buhari assumed the reins of leadership on the back of a campaign promise to crack down on endemic corruption. His slogan was that “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.” Now, he must ensure that corruption does not kill Nigeria by ensuring that graft is effectively sanctioned. Since 2015 when the current government took the reins of power, very few high-profile corruption cases have been concluded. Convictions have been very scarce. The claim by the government that the judiciary has been largely compromised, thereby undermining the anti-graft war, cannot be a valid excuse. The government has to re-engineer public institutions to address corruption. The government must lead in transparency by proactive disclosure of important data such as budgets, company ownership, public procurement and political party financing through open data formats. Although the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) claim to have recovered huge sums of money, the size, location, owners and basis of the recovered funds have not been provided for public scrutiny. Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the government to make public the identities of those who have refunded stolen public money. We support the idea. Indeed, some Nigerians fear that such funds would likely be re-stolen by government officials who are shielded by the government.

It seems that both the EFCC and the ICPC have become agencies for the recovery of stolen public money without detailed public accountability for such recovered funds. The fight against corruption must go beyond such claims. It must be done with openness. Above all, those found guilty of stealing pubic fund must be sanctioned.

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Oscars 2018: What you saw and the interesting moments you may have missed

Oscars 2018: What you saw and the interesting moments you may have missed


The 90th Academy Awards aka Oscars took place on February 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA – The show was hosted by popular TV presenter Jimmy Kimmel – A lot of interesting moments took place during this year’s event They were a lot of interesting moments at this year’s Oscar’s ceremony and has curated the exciting moments one may have missed from this year’s show. Host TV presenter Jimmy Kimmel noted that during the very first Oscars in 1929, two awards were given out for best picture. “It’s kind of what we did last year,” he joked, referencing when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were handed the wrong envelope to announce the winner for best picture. Here are some other stand-out moments from this year’s Oscars:

Jordan Peele makes history Jordan Peele presenting a speech after his Oscar win (Image courtesy Google) The director of hit film Get Out not only made history this Oscars season by becoming the first African-American to be nominated for best screenplay, best director and best film in one year, he also became the very first African-American to win best original screenplay.

Oscars 2018: What you saw and the interesting moments you may have missed

Kobe Bryant becomes an Oscar winner Kobe Bryant posing with his Oscar (Image courtesy Google) When popular basket baller Kobe Bryant accepted the Oscar for best animated short, he called out Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who last month said NBA players LeBron James and Kevin Durant should “shut up and dribble” after James and Durant criticized President Donald Trump.

See the full winners list below:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Original Screenplay: Get Out

Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name

Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman

Animated Feature: Coco

Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049

Film Editing: Dunkirk

Animated Short: Dear Basketball

Live Action Short: The Silent Child

Documentary Short: Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Score: The Shape of Water

Song: Remember Me from Coco

Production Design: The Shape of Water

Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049

Costume Design: Phantom Thread

Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour

Documentary Feature: Icarus

Sound Editing: Dunkirk

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Andres Iniesta doubtful for Champions League return leg clash with Chelsea

Spanish midfielder, Andres Iniesta, is a major doubt for Barcelona’s return leg Champions League clash with Chelsea at the Camp Nou – He suffered a hamstring injury in Barcelona 1 – 0 victory over Atletico Madrid – The 33-year-old Barca legend limped off after 36 minutes in the clash Spanish midfielder, Andres Iniesta, is a major doubt for Barcelona’s return leg Champions League clash with Chelsea at the Camp Nou after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday’s La Liga match with Atletico Madrid. The 33-year-old Barca legend limped off after 36 minutes at the Nou Camp having suffered the problem around the 22nd minute in his side clash against Atletico Madrid. The La Liga giants confirmed the hamstring injury and said Iniesta will undergo tests to ascertain how long he will be sidelined. READ ALSO: Conte calls Redknapp and Neville ‘stupid’ for criticizing his tactics against City However, he remain a huge doubt for the second leg of the last-16 tie against Chelsea at the Nou Camp on March 14, with the scores tied at 1-1 following the first match. The tie was delicately-poised after Lionel Messi cancelled out Willian’s opener in the first leg at Stamford Bridge on February 20. Iniesta is almost certain to miss Barcelona’s visit to Malaga on Saturday evening, March 10 as well.

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FC Barcelona ✔ @FCBarcelona [INJURY NEWS] @andresiniesta8 has a hamstring injury in his right leg. More tests are needed to find out the extent of the problem #BarçaAtleti Read more: previously reported that Lionel Messi’s freekick made the difference in the top of the table La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid at Nou Camp as it ended 1-0 to Barca. The match was a keenly contested encounter between both sides as Ernesto Valverde’s men had the better opportunities in the match. Neymar’s transfer to PSG; good or bad move? Footballers react – on TV Source: Read more:

SSS wants detained Nigerian journalist to disclose sources before release

By Nureedeen Lawal


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The SSS asked the detained journalist Tony Ezimakor to reveal the sources of his story on ransoms paid by Buhari administration to secure Chibok girls – The secret police said it will release the journalist when he discloses his sources – Daily Independent, Ezimakor’s employer, demands his immediate release, asking the SSS to charge the matter to court The State Security Service (SSS) has demanded that a Nigerian journalist Tony Ezimakor under its detention must disclose his sources as a precondition for his freedom. Premium Times reports that the secret police detained Ezimakor in Abuja on Wednesday, February 28, after honouring an invitation over a story he wrote. The story reportedly detailed how the Buhari administration paid millions of dollars as ransom to Boko Haram for the release of some Chibok girls. Ezimakor’s story also revealed how ransom payments have become a lucrative source of extra income for Nigerian and Swiss intelligence officers who participated in the negotiations for Boko Haram hostages.

Recall that in May 2017, Boko Haram released 82 girls said to be amongst the over 270 girls abducted by insurgents in April 2014 at their school in Chibok, Borno state. The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration did not disclose the terms of the girls’ release, despite demands for transparency. Several news reports, first by the BBC and later The Wall Street Journal, reportedly detailed how the Nigerian government paid between two €2-3 million to secure the girls. The government avoided giving details about whether a ransom was paid or not, but admitted a prisoner swap deal with the terrorists. Two days after the latest mass kidnap of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state, Daily Independent published a story about the release of the 82 Chibok girls which was written by Ezimakor, its bureau chief in Abuja. The story cited intelligence sources as saying that negotiations with Boko Haram for the release of hostages had become a “cash cow for some officials, working in concert with negotiators to squeeze scarce dollars from the government.” The journalist, who is being locked up for his revelations, might not be released unless he unmasked his sources. Don Okere, the editor of Daily Independent, said this in a telephone conversation with Premium Times. “They’re asking him how he got the story and want him to release his source,” Okere reportedly said by telephone based on the ongoing negotiation between their lawyers and the SSS. Okere said the SSS had also demanded that the story be retracted with an apology or the matter would be charged to court. “We asked them to charge the matter to court” because we’re not retracting our story “but they have refused to do that,” he added. The secret police reportedly first disclosed its displeasure about the story in a letter to Okere seeking the editor’s presence at its headquarters in Abuja. “They said I should come and see the director of operations at the SSS in Abuja. But when I told them I am based in Lagos where we have our head office, they started looking for me,” he said. The editor said the SSS sent agents to look for him at the office in Lagos twice, but he was unavailable at both times. “They later asked if we have a reporter in Abuja and I told them yes. I then asked our bureau chief to honour the invitation which he did last Wednesday and was detained,” he said. Okere said based on their exchanges, it was clear that the SSS operatives did not know that the story carried Ezimakor’s byline. The SSS has reportedly not issued any statement about Ezimakor’s arrest. Okere further said Daily Independent and Ezimakor’s family are worried about his health. He is said to be treating hypertension and ulcer. He, therefore, demanded an immediate release of his colleague.

Meanwhile, The Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER) said the SSS has violated the Nigerian Constitution by holding Ezimakor in its custody for more than 48 hours without filing charges. If Ezimakor “is not charged to court after four days of detention and a needless raid on his house by armed state security men, it would then be clear that he has become a victim of government tyranny and official intimidation,” the group said in a statement signed by Frank Tietie, its executive director. The group said: “It is in the interest of all Nigerian citizens, including the officials of State Security Service and, a progressive future, to adhere to the clear principles of law and justice as contained in the Nigerian Constitution, in order to guarantee freedom, liberty and a sustained practice of democracy in Nigeria.” previously reported that the Plateau state branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) cried out over the activities of the SSS who allegedly arrest people indiscriminately and violate their rights in the process. The NBA declared that there was the need for all Nigerians to enjoy their fundamental human rights instead of arresting and harassing them with reckless abandon. The NBA Jos chairman Ralph Monye made this known while welcoming members and guests to the 2017/2018 Legal Year. Read more: