Tuesday, 15 March 2016

I have nothing to do with Ibinabo Fiberesima’s jail sentence – Emeka Ike

Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike, has replied critics who purportedly accused him of jubilating over Ibinabo Fiberesima’s imprisonment.
It would be recalled that Emeka Ike and Ibinabo have allegedly been in a feud over the position of president of the Actor’s Guild and only recently, Ike accused the actress of impersonating him by stating she was still the president of the union.
A court of Appeal on Saturday, upheld her five-year- jail sentence for the death of Dr. Giwa Suraj in a car accident 10 years ago, which left the actress devastated.
However, following her present predicament, critics have reportedly slammed the actor, accusing him of being behind it.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the actor had anonymously penned an article in one of the National Dailies went viral, about Justice for Dr. Suraj Giwa. That article had been alleged to fuel the recent charges against Ibinabo, his alleged ‘archenemy.’
In a chat with Nollywood insider, (Olisa TV), the Nollywood ‘lover boy’ said, “I should not be assumed to be happy with the present travail of Ibinabo Fiberesima.
“We are in court on the matter of our guild, the Actors Guild of Nigeria, not on the issue of death or motor accident. I don’t wish jail for her.
Ike further said Ibinabo had been his impersonator since she was sacked by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
He addressed the claims that he was the reason the actress’ appeal had actually been dismissed.
“Ibinabo has been impersonating to be the president. I am the president. I only want her to vacate the office.
“If she has a case and jailed for it, it has nothing to do with me, “Emeka Ike added.
On his part, Don Pedro Aganbi, the factional chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria said, “Nobody would be glad over such even if the person is your enemy.
“Mind you, our fight is only about the Actors Guild not about life and death. I don’t also think Emeka Ike would go dancing over Ibinabo’s present faith.

“All we wanted was that she leaves the office not by going to jail,” the chairman noted.

Sony To Buy Michael Jackson’s Shares For $750 Million

Sony has announced a deal of  $750 million for Michael Jackson’s half of Sony ATV Music Publishing.
Sony ATV Music Publishing began as a joint venture in 1995 between Jackson and Sony, with Jackson owning 50% of the business
With this deal, Sony acquires full rights to over three million songs, including works by the BeatlesBob Dylan and Taylor Swift.
The Jackson estate is said to be $250 million in debt, and this deal will reportedly help reduce that and give his children more financial power.
“The entertainment businesses have long been a core part of Sony and are a key driver of our future growth,” Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. “These businesses will continue to contribute to our success for years to come.”

Michelle Obama Slays In Photoshoot For The Verge

American technology news and media network, The Verge featured the United States of America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama on its front pages.
The first lady slayed in a simple white blouse and black slacks with zip detail.
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The article on the First Lady focused on how she has used social media to connect with the American people and the rest of the world. Some of which were her ‘Turnip for What’ viral video on Vine and her YouTube rap video encouraging kids to go to college.
Michelle Obama was also one of the chief factors behind the success of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. She supported the cause with a photo posted on Instagram and Twitter holding a #BringBackOurGirls placard.
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Medical students to spend 11 years in the university

Medical students will henceforth spend a minimum of 11 years in the university, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has declared.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie disclosed this on Monday, in a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo State.
Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Chiedu Mafiana, said the new development was necessary in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession.
He explained that the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend the first four years in studying basic sciences in university after which they would proceed to the medical school to spend another seven years.
Mafiana, who stressed the need for adequate funding of medical training and practice, admonished the management of the institution to ensure that the money earmarked for the development of the institution was used for the purpose it was meant.

Obsessed Omotola Jalade Fan Arrested After Attacking Store With a Knife, Claiming She’s His Wife

An Instagram user, @Djsoulchild15, shared the photo below, explaining how a mad man allegedly attacked a store with a knife demanding for popular Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
The mad man was said to have seen the picture of the beautiful actress in front of the store and he invaded the store with a knife, demanding for ‘his wife, Omotola’. He was however overpowered and the knife was collected from him. See the Instagram post below:
Real Life obsession or madness ?? This guy has been threatening scanfrost and haier thermocool retail outlet in ketu glass house over the bill board advert of omotola, claiming that he want his wife back.. Today he came back as usual with a knife this time and it took the intervention of about 4 men before he was over powered and tied down n later whisked away by the police…”
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Could this be the work of mental imbalance?

EFCC traces N3bn transfers to Fani-Kayode, Falae, others

N3.145bn was transferred to the private accounts of some members of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has learned.
The funds were said to have originated from the account of the Central Bank of Nigeria and was transferred to the account of Joint Dimensions Limited, after which it was then sent to various accounts.
Punch Newspapers reports that the Director of Publicity of the organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, received N840m on February 19, 2015. The money was reportedly deposited into his Zenith bank account, Maitama Branch with number 1004735721.
The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae, was also said to have received N100m through Marreco Limited, a company where he serves as chairman. Falae’s money was transferred to the company’s United Bank for Africa Plc account number 1000627022 on March 25, 2014.
The report further stated that N320m was paid into the bank account of the Goodluck Support Group while a former Governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa, and a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, got N350m in two tranches.
According to the documents, the first tranche of N150m was paid into their joint account with Zenith bank on January 13, 2015 while the second tranche of N200m was credited into their account with Diamond bank.
Furthermore, the Director of Finance of the campaign organisation, Nenadi Usman, was also reported to have received N36.9m through her Zenith bank account just as the Presidential Campaign Coordinator of President Goodluck Jonathan in Anambra State, Okey Ezenwa, got N100m.
Punch further quotes an EFCC source, who said: “The money was paid by the Central Bank of Nigeria into the account of the Ministry of External Affairs Library, from where it was moved into the account of Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.”
“It was from the Joint Dimension’s account with Zenith bank that the money was shared to various individuals and organisations for purposes that are not stated.”
“Fani-Kayode was the chief beneficiary of the disbursement as he allegedly received a whooping N840m, paid in three tranches into his Zenith bank, Maitama branch account with number 1004735721.”
“The first tranche of payment involving N350m hit the account on February 19, 2015. Another N250m was also paid into the account on February19, 2015 while N240m was similarly credited to the account a month later; precisely, March 19, 2015. The balance in this account as of December 31, 2015 was N189, 402.72.”
“But as things stand, the fact that most of the payments were made in the weeks preceding the last presidential elections leaves very little to the imagination. Yet, one knotty question that confronts the investigators is the unknown figure behind Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited and the account where the money was warehoused before being wired to sundry beneficiaries. The shadowy figure could help unravel the mystery shrouding the payments, once the veil is lifted.”
Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode has denied receiving money from the CBN, stressing that the funds expended on the former President’s campaign were gotten from Usman who was the director of finance of the campaign organisation.
“I served as the director of publicity and I was told to set up an account for the directorate, which I did. I never received money from the CBN but like all the other directors, we received money from the director of finance.”
“I was assured that the monies were not public funds but were sourced from private individuals. I never knowingly spent government money all through. The monies were spent specifically on the campaigns. The accounts were audited and we were commended by the President.

In Kaduna, pupils ‘abandon school’ after eating government’s free meal

The Kaduna state Government, on Monday, disclosed that primary school pupils in the state abandon their classrooms after eating the free meal provided for them by the state government.
The students are said to have formed a habit of leaving school immediately after eating on the pretense of looking for water to drink.
Shehu Adamu, the  state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, told reporters in Kaduna that the situation was distressing for the state government.
Adamu urged parents to ensure that their children do not return home until time for schools to close,  “otherwise the aim would be defeated.”
While noting that the free meal program was introduced by the state government to encourage school enrollment, attendance and retention, the commissioner stated that: “The main goal of the school feeding programme is to attract out-of-school children to school and keep them in class for them to acquire education and better their lives.”
“We will not allow a situation where children will just come to school and leave the moment they finished eating their meals; if it is about water, we have already asked parents to provide water for their children.”
“Therefore, parents have a responsibility of ensuring that the children do not only come to school on time, but remain in school till closing hours.”

Buhari receives Equatorial Guinea’s highest national award (PHOTOS)

While criticism of his administration seems to have increased at home, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a state visit to Equatorial Guinea, was on Monday conferred with the Highest National Honor of the country for his personal integrity, courage in fighting terrorism and leadership style
The honor of “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” (Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence) was awarded to President Buhari by the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
While assuring the people of Equatorial Guinea that Nigeria would continue to support them, Buhari stated that: “On behalf of my country, Nigeria, and the people, I will like to express profound gratitude for the honour given to me and my people. The reality of the situation now is that there had never been a time in history for greater neighbourliness, for security and economic stability than now.”
On his part, the country’s president said that: “We are here to recognise the son of the soil. On this occasion, we deem it fit and appropriate to decorate the son of Africa for the great work he is doing in Africa, which includes tackling a great menace to the continent, Boko Haram.”
See photos below.
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