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Thursday, 24 April 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday commended General Muhammadu Buhari for his views on terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria, describing it as that of a true patriot, respected former Head of State, revered elder statesman and nationalist.

General Buhari had in an article published by the media over the past two days, called on Nigerians to remain steadfast and work in unity to overcome terrorists and other merchants of death currently threatening national security.

In a statement by the spokesman for the President, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan welcomed General Buhari's call, emphasising that a minority must never be allowed to "bring the nation to its knees through terror".

President Jonathan also said that the he had noted General Buhari's recommendation that the nation's counter-terrorism strategies be further fine-tuned and welcomed his kind offer of support and co-operation in dealing with the challenge of terrorism. 

The President assured General Buhari of his Administration's sincere commitment and dedication to the successful prosecution of the fight against terrorism and all other threats to national security.

He further assured the General of his preparedness to work with him and all other patriotic Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to strengthen national security and end the scourge of terrorism.

General Buhari is a leader of the All Progressives Congress, an opposition party.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A teenage blogger with terminal cancer has raised £1m for charity and posted a final message to his followers.

Stephen Sutton, 19, from Burntwood, in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 and started raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

On Tuesday, he posted on Facebook: "It's a final thumbs up from me! I think this is just one hurdle too far."

Reacting to news that the total had passed £1m, Stephen tweeted "thank you all so much".

"The whole situation is just breathtaking in many ways!!" he added.

Dozens of people responded with their congratulations, including one who described Stephen as a "true inspiration", while another said he had "changed thousands of people's lives".

A day earlier he told his thousands of friends and followers on Facebook that it would be his last post and any further updates would be from family members.

He wrote: "It's a shame the end has come so suddenly. There's so many people I haven't got round to properly thank or say goodbye to. Apologies for that.

"I will continue fighting for as long as I can, and whatever happens next I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation.

"That's it from me. But life has been good. Very good."

Tuesday's messages prompted people to pledge more than £250,000 overnight with a further £200,000 coming in on Wednesday morning.

Comedian Jason Manford was among a number of celebrities who supported Stephen's fundraising over recent months.

He described the 19-year-old as "inspirational".

"He told me it was terminal [cancer]. You would think he would be depressed by it," Mr Manford said.

"He's not bitter about leaving the party early, he's just happy that he was invited to the party at all.

"At the age of 19 he's done more in the past few years than some people do in a lifetime."

Stephen used a bucket list featuring things he wanted to accomplish before he died to help raise funds and give other people the motivation to "enjoy life".

It included playing the drums in front of 90,000 people, hugging an elephant and getting a tattoo.

President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed that the University of Lagos should keep its identity, pending the resolution of the National Assembly on the issue.

It would be recalled that Jonathan had on June 12, 2012 announced the change of the institution from University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University.

The declaration which triggered a protest, also led to a court case that forced the Federal Government to back down on the plan.

Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune, UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahman Bello, disclosed that Jonathan had decided to leave the final decision on the name change to the National Assembly, since it was an Act of Parliament that established the university.

"Unilag is the first university in Nigeria to be established by an Act of Parliament. So, anything as regards name change and everything about the university were an Act of Parliament," he said.

"So, anything that would affect any change whatsoever would have to go through the legislation. And that is what the president has agreed to take its course," Bello said.

He added that the proposed name change had been sent to the National Assembly and whatever the decision House took would be final.

"So, we are waiting for that. For now, the status quo remains. We remain the University of Lagos," the vice chancellor said.

He also revealed that the university was set to commence with the new session, a Bachelor of Arts degree course in the Chinese Language.

Noting that Unilag was the first to introduce the degree in Africa, Bello said the decision was borne out of the need to satisfy the growing Chinese influence in Nigeria and the world generally.

"There is hardly anywhere you go today without seeing one or two Chinese companies around. Since they are here with us, we must be able to take advantage and partake in the businesses as well.

"So, by offering a degree in Chinese studies, those that we will train will be able to understand the Chinese Language and culture better and be able to inter-relate between them and Nigerians and be relevant in whatever businesses the Chinese operates here," Bello stated.

**I first got the broadcast via BBM this morning of the presence of Boko Haram on the ever busy Lagos Ibadan Expressway, but the Ogun State police Command has come out to debunk the story as mere rumours.**

The Ogun State Police Command has said there was no Boko Haram attack on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

This is contained in a statement by the state's Police Public Relations Officer,  DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who said the said attack were rumours making the rounds particularly on social media, and that no police officers or civilians had been killed along the road.

He said, "There is no iota of truth in it, and it is just a rumour making the rounds on social media.

"Nothing of such attack has happened along the expressway, or any part of Ogun State.

"It is the handiwork of mischief makers to put fear in the minds of people."

Explaining further, he said, "The rumour-mongers misunderstood the presence of police and other security officers at a point on the expressway, where a truck, loaded with wheat, fell across the road between Fidiwo and Ogunmakin in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of state.

"They thought the presence of security officers was as a result of an attack."

He urged the general public to disregard the rumour and go about their lawful businesses.

David Moyes has issued a statement regarding his sacking.

The Scot was officially shown the door on Tuesday - bringing to an end a disappointing 10 months at the helm - but has expressed gratitude for the chance to manage the Red Devils and empathy for the club's frustrated supporters.

Moyes, 50, said: "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

"The scale of the manager's job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

"We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.

"However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

"In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager.

"I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United."

With United languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, which they won by 11 points last term under Sir Alex Ferguson, Sky Sports News has been told that Moyes accepted the decision was taken based on results.

The former Everton manager was impressed by his squad's application on the training pitch and frustrated by their inability to consistently carry those standards into match days, and admitted a struggle to replicate the father-son relationships cultivated by Ferguson.

Fifa has announced that Barcelona will be able to sign players in the summer transfer window after all, as they decided to suspend the Camp Nou side's transfer ban following their appeal against the punishment.

The Catalans were initially banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, but their suspension has now been put on hold until a final decision on their appeal has been taken.

"The club Barcelona have lodged an appeal before the Fifa Appeal Committee against the decision of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. Together with the appeal, the club requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect," an official statement reads.

"In this respect, the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period – 1 July 2014 – and the fact that the Fifa Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period.

"Consequently, the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect. 

"In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the Fifa Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected."

World football governing body's decision to suspend Barcelona's transfer ban means the already confirmed transfer of Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb is back on, while it now also seems to be a matter of time before they complete the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Boxing promoter, Martins Osaile, has lamented the state of the National Stadium, Lagos, saying it has turned to a home for prostitutes.

The multi-purpose stadium, built in 1972, was once the pride of the country, hosting high-profile games including the final of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations, which the Green Eagles won.

But the stadium has gradually degenerated, due to lack of maintenance.

Osaile said government officials were only interested in hiring the place to people, to the detriment of the state of the sports arena.

He said, "The National Stadium, Lagos has been turned to a brothel. Someone there built rooms all around the place and it is prostitutes patronising the place.

"They (officials) know about what is going on but they don't care because they hire the place to people. All the under of the steps (of the main bowl) have been converted to small rooms, where they practice prostitution."

Osaile said the situation was the same across most stadiums in the country, except for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

"I have never seen where facilities have been so abandoned. The Liberty Stadium (Ibadan) is dead. They said Enugu stadium is under concession but where are the concession papers?

Only the Ahmadu Bello Stadium is a bit neat and this is because of the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who loves sports and comes from the state,"

Twin music duo, MamuZee was attacked by armed bandits in Gwagwalada area of Abuja as they were returning from the Immigration office yesterday.

Here is a mail sent to CKN by their representative:

This is the mail as sent by the artistes.
After dropping a new song OLUWA IS INVOLVED FT TERRY G yesterday,

MamuZEE TwiNs was attacked by armed robbers on Gwagwalada road, Abuja while coming back from the immigration office yesterday, they shot at them and shattered their car. 
The Twins are currently at the hospital now, but doing fine and will return home today.

We thank The Lord! that they are fine.

Culled from CKN

Wow!! I remember posting this story some few weeks back on ailing Nollywood actor, Chris Nkulor.

Apparently he was down with kidney issues, and a N3million campaign was launched for his treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital.

Sadly, Chris has passed on.

May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, accused of raping a detainee mother of two in Lagos has been released on bail after three days in detention.

He was granted bail yesterday as more allegations emerged that he had faced similar charges in the past.

One of such cases was allegedly reported against the suspect while he was serving at the Zone 2 Police, Onikan.

The IGP, Mr. Abubakar weekend, directed that a discreet investigation be carried out on the rape allegation.

The three-man team of investigators was said to have been drawn from the Lagos State Police Public Relations Office, Human Rights and X-Squad, which is expected to make its findings in the rape saga known to members of the public this week.

The DPO, alongside seven other police officers on duty on the day of the alleged incident, were summoned last Friday for interrogation at the state Police Command, but some of the accused persons, according to police sources, claimed ignorance of the matter as they said they went to eat at the period and never saw when the lady was invited by the DPO into his office for alleged "debriefing.''

The three-man investigative panel reportedly visited the police division, where the alleged act took place, Saturday, to inspect the location of the room in the DPO's office where the detainee was said to have been raped, including the toilet where the mother of two claimed to have washed herself later as instructed by the DPO, as part of its investigation.

Five of the policemen earlier detained alongside the DPO were released by the panel, on the ground that they were not directly involved.

Commending the IGP for his prompt response following its petition on the issue, the National Coordinator, Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, Okechukwu Nwanguma, said: "Were it not for the early intervention of the IGP, this matter would very likely have been swept under the carpet as had happened in the past.

"NOPRIN has continued to follow up on the progress of investigation and is satisfied that the investigation team has made far-reaching and illuminating inroad in their effort to unravel the truth and recommend appropriate disciplinary and remedial actions.

'With the confirmation of the narrative by the victim in her statement to the police, especially her description of the DPO's office and the illustration made of it; and with the conflicts in the various statements made by the DPO and other detained police officers on duty on the day of the incident, there is no doubt about the veracity and credibility of the victim's claims.

"We call on the investigating team to remain focused, steadfast and professional and resist any pressure to compromise the investigation.

"We expect that investigation should be concluded pretty early and that on conclusion of investigation, the report will be made public and appropriate sanctions imposed on the culprits."

Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Ngozi Braide, said investigation was still on, that adding that findings would be made public when concluded.