P.M. NEWS Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:18:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Tinubu: Boko Haram greatest enemy of Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/tinubu-boko-haram-greatest-enemy-of-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/tinubu-boko-haram-greatest-enemy-of-nigeria/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:18:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192337 Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared Boko Haram the greatest enemy of Nigeria, saying his party abhorred it as any right-thinking Nigeria should. He spoke at his investiture as the chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, the occasion at which he was also conferred with […]]]>

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared Boko Haram the greatest enemy of Nigeria, saying his party abhorred it as any right-thinking Nigeria should.

He spoke at his investiture as the chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, the occasion at which he was also conferred with DSc (Honoris Causa) in management sciences.

“As for me and my party, we abhor them and their violent ways” he said of Boko Haram, “we have no part with them and they have no part with us.”

Chief Akande, Tinubu, Buhari and Abubakar Atiku

Chief Akande, Tinubu, Buhari and Abubakar Atiku

Boko Harm, he insisted, ” has grown more brazen. Their mayhem has not abated. The tempo and consistency of their attacks show the government’ s approach is not only tepid, it is wrong headed”.

Tinubu called on Nigeria to use her strength to call a West Africa anti-terror summit abroad to forge a pan-West Africa anti-terror strategy while at home embracing a bi-partisan approach to which every political party will buy in and contribute.

VC Lautech, Gbadegesin, Gov. Ajimobi, Tinubu, Aregbesola, Omole and Senator Tinubu

VC Lautech, Gbadegesin, Gov. Ajimobi, Tinubu, Aregbesola, Omole and Senator Tinubu


He was full of tribute to Basorun MKO Abiola, first chancellor of LAUTECH who later won the freest election in Nigerian history but whose mandate was annulled by reactionary forces.
Right to Left, Wives of APC Govs, Mrs AJimobi, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Sherifat Aregbesola, Funso Amosun, Erelu Fayemi and dep. gov, Osun Tomori

Right to Left, Wives of APC Govs, Mrs AJimobi, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Sherifat Aregbesola, Funso Amosun, Erelu Fayemi and dep. gov, Osun Tomori

“Had he been allowed to govern,” he said of Abiola, “the nation would be a better place. We march to fulfil his incomplete dream that the people may stand to lift the collective voice in calling forth a government of freedom, prosperity, dignity and justice.

Asiwaju commented on the futility of the recently “re-based” economy, saying it neither brought jobs to jobless youths nor electricity to households, but only a willful deceit by a failed government which nevertheless felt it could fool the people before the 2015 elections.

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Let Jonathan rescue abducted school girls now, says Soyinka http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/let-jonathan-rescue-abducted-school-girls-now-says-soyinka/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/let-jonathan-rescue-abducted-school-girls-now-says-soyinka/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:39:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192334 Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka,has lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan administration for its inability to rescue the 234 female students abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram. Soyinka also criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for participating and dancing at the Kano political rally barely a few hours […]]]>

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka,has lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan administration for its inability to rescue the 234 female students abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram.

Soyinka also criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for participating and dancing at the Kano political rally barely a few hours after the dastardly Nyanya bombing that took the lives of over 75 innocent Nigeria and abduction of over the two hundred female students from Chibok by Boko Haram gunmen.

Soyinka made his feeling known in Port Harcourt at the declaration of the State capital as the World Book Capital Wednesday.

The Nobel Laureate emphasised that though there might be hundreds of soldiers deployed to forests in Adamawa, Yobe and Boron States, the predicament of the abducted girls who are marooned in a dangerous forest at this moment, should spur the federal government to take the battle to the Boko Haram sect and rescue the abducted girls who now face the ultimate horror that confronts the country.

Soyinka, Obi Ezekwezili at the book event

Soyinka, Obi Ezekwezili at the book event

Soyinka wondered why the federal Government which deployed its soldiers to Mali to battle extremist groups whose agenda was to eradicate the community of learning, tolerance and peaceful cohabitation, could not do same to the Boko Haram which has declared a fatwa on enlightenment in the country.

“We must take the battle to the extremists. An army that sits in the barracks in the face of enemy attack is no army at all but a sitting duck,” he said.

He said Jonathan should have led the country in mourning following the Nyanya bombing and the abduction of the secondary schools girls, instead of embarking on a political rally which articulated priority was to expose one of his former cronies who has now turned a dissent accusing him of stealing his Presidential campaign funds.

Soyinka said; “Would you feel that this is time that a nation led by our president should be in sack cloth of ashes…let’s bear in mind that the bombing at Nyanya went beyond an harvest of body bags…this was also the dilemma of the 200 hundred children , some of whom could have been your own disappearing under violent condition.

“Would you think that perhaps in place of a dance floor, a nation’s leader should have been holding round the clock emergency meetings on the recovery of those children; mobilising the entire nation, including the encouragement of volunteers for back up duties to the military and enunciation of complete wrought of the long season of denial, the total transformation of leadership mentality in the nation.”

Also at the event, General Abdulsalami Abubakar,the former military head of state pleaded with all Nigerians to embrace peace, warning that without peace, there will be no country called Nigeria.

The Rivers State Governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF),Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said the burden end the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East part of the country, does not lie on the Nigerian military, but on education and agriculture.

Abubakar, said all Nigerians need to put hands together to sustain the peace in the country.

He said; “Let me use this opportunity again to drum on the need to keep peace in this country. We need to work together. If there is no peace, there will be no chance to read all these books. If there no peace, there is no country. We urge all Nigerians to put hands on deck to ensure there is peace in this country.”

The former head of state congratulated President Good luck Jonathan, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and all Nigerians for the historic nomination of Port Harcourt, as the United Nations Scientific Organization (UNESCO) World Book Capital 2014, saying the nomination coincided with Nigeria’s centennial celebration.

Amaechi said, many children, estimated by UNESCO at 10.8 million, are dropping out of school in the country due to lack of motivation.

“The reason why they are not going to school is that there is no motivation to go to school. And for me, I have said it over and over that the solution to Book Haram does not rest in the military; it lies in education and agriculture. If we start farming in the vast land of the North, all recruits of Book Haram will find alternative to Boko Haram.”

The governor stated that the state government was working to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state, through the building and furnishing of over 500 model schools in the state.

He said; ” Here in Rivers State, we are working to bring down the number of out-of-school children. Over 500 schools have been built out of which government is currently furnishing 300. Seven of the secondary schools have been completed and each of them cost N4.5 billion and it is free for Rivers children.

“Each of the schools needs N800 million a year for operations; right now, only one is operational. Government is willing to admit the rescued girls free of charge to the school. Government is building one book centre and seven libraries in Port Harcourt. The local libraries have been completed. We decided to focus on education and agriculture as a way of curbing criminality.”

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Nigerian writer,Ben Okri to be honoured by South African varsity http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/nigerian-writerben-okri-to-be-honoured-by-south-african-varsity/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/nigerian-writerben-okri-to-be-honoured-by-south-african-varsity/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:22:19 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192329 Ben Okri, the famous Nigerian author of ‘Famished Road’ will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Pretoria’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony in South Africa on Friday, the university said. In addition to the thousands of degrees which the university will bestow on its students, it will also honour some of the world’s foremost contributors […]]]>

Ben Okri, the famous Nigerian author of ‘Famished Road’ will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Pretoria’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony in South Africa on Friday, the university said.

In addition to the thousands of degrees which the university will bestow on its students, it will also honour some of the world’s foremost contributors to veterinary science, education, engineering and literature.

As a foremost literary author, Okri has authored nine novels.

His bestselling Famished Road, won the Booker prize in 1991.

Ben Okri

Ben Okri

In addition to these novels, he has published nine volumes and collections of essays, poetry and short stories.

Widely regarded as one of the best writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Okri was born in Nigeria and spent his early childhood in London before returning to his native land.

His works are heavily influenced by Nigerian mythology and culture, as well as the devastating effects of the Biafran War.

In a statement, the University Council said “Okri is being honoured on the grounds of his being a widely recognised, international writer and scholar whose outstanding contributions to contemporary world literature dare not go unnoticed.’’ (PANA/NAN)

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Benzema strike gives Real Madrid advantage over Bayern http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/benzema-strike-gives-real-madrid-advantage-over-bayern/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/benzema-strike-gives-real-madrid-advantage-over-bayern/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:13:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192326 Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema’s first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Frenchman was on hand to turn home Fabio Coentrao’s cross on 19 minutes and Madrid’s advantage could have been even […]]]>

Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema’s first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Frenchman was on hand to turn home Fabio Coentrao’s cross on 19 minutes and Madrid’s advantage could have been even greater had Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria not missed fine chances before the break.

Bayern had the overwhelming majority of possession but failed to convert it into many sights of goal as Iker Casillas’ low save from Mario Goetze five minutes from time was the only significant stop the Spanish captain was forced into all evening.

Karim Benzema

Defeat leaves the Germans with it all to do next Tuesday, April 29, if they are to continue their quest to become the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

Ronaldo was returning after four games out with a hamstring injury as he replaced Gareth Bale, who had been suffering from flu in the days before the game, in the only change from the Real side that beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last week.

However, it was Bayern who settled first as they pinged the ball around for the opening 15 minutes, but Arjen Robben’s shot from the edge of the area that was deflected wide was their only serious effort on goal.

Madrid then stung the Germans with a stunning counter-attack as Ronaldo’s ball down the left for Coentrao was timed to perfection and the Portuguese full-back’s low cross was tapped home at the back post by Benzema.

Two minutes later Ronaldo came close to doubling Madrid’s lead, but his bullet header from Di Maria’s cross was too close to Manuel Neuer.

Ronaldo then missed a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 when another quick break caught Bayern hopping and the World Player of the Year blasted over Benzema’s low cross from close range.

Bayern were still enjoying the vast majority of the ball without cutting the Madrid defence open as Robben saw another goal-bound effort blocked before Philipp Lahm shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle.

Indeed Madrid should even have been further ahead at the break when Di Maria latched onto a deep cross at the back post but wastefully volleyed over with just Neuer to beat.

The German international ‘keeper was forced to make a save just two minutes after half-time when he diverted Ronaldo’s low shot across goal to safety.

Both sides then made a raft of substitutions as the game entered the final quarter with Bale replacing the clearly not 100 percent fit Ronaldo 16 minutes from time.

Raphael Varane also replaced the injured Pepe for Los Blancos, whilst Bayern coach Pep Guardiola introduced Javi Martinez, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller in the search for an away goal.

And it was two of the substitutes who combined to create the visitors’ best chance of the night as Mueller’s dinked cross found Goetze free inside the area and his low drive was brilliantly saved by Iker Casillas.

There was one final moment of controversy deep into stoppage time as Mueller tumbled under a challenge from Xabi Alonso inside the area, but English referee Howard Webb waved away the protests for a penalty to condemn Bayern to a third defeat in six games in all competitions.

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Jonathan applauds Buhari’s call for national unity against terrorism http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/jonathan-applauds-buharis-call-for-national-unity-against-terrorism/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/jonathan-applauds-buharis-call-for-national-unity-against-terrorism/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192323 President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday 23 April commended former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari’s call for national unity against terrorism in the country. The commendation was contained in a statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja. Abati said that the President applauded Buhari’s […]]]>

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday 23 April commended former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari’s call for national unity against terrorism in the country.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja.

Abati said that the President applauded Buhari’s views as expressed in his article which was published by the media over the past two days.

“President Goodluck Jonathan believes that the position taken by Gen. Buhari is that of a true patriot, respected former Head of State, revered elder statesman and nationalist.

Jonathan applauds Buhari's call for national unity against terrorism

Jonathan applauds Buhari’s call for national unity against terrorism

“The President welcomes Gen. Buhari’s call on all Nigerians to remain steadfast and work in unity to overcome terrorists and other merchants of death, who currently threaten national security.

“President Jonathan fully shares Gen. Buhari’s view that a minority must never be allowed to `bring the nation to its knees through terror.’’

Abati said that the President welcomed Buhari’s recommendation that the nation’s counter-terrorism strategies be further fine-tuned.

He noted that the President also welcomed Buhari’s offer of support and co-operation in dealing with the challenge of terrorism.

“The President assured Gen. 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 assures 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.”

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WAFU Cup: Golden Eaglets Beat Mali Again http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/wafu-cup-golden-eaglets-beat-mali-again/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/wafu-cup-golden-eaglets-beat-mali-again/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:31:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192320 The Golden Eaglets on Wednesday confirmed their supremacy over Mali with a comfortable 2-0 win at the ongoing WAFU B Tournament in Togo. Two goals in the second half by Orji Okonkwo and Kehinde Ayinde cemented the Golden Eaglets top-place finish in Group B with maximum six points, having won 2-0 against their West African […]]]>
National team supporters

National team supporters

The Golden Eaglets on Wednesday confirmed their supremacy over Mali with a comfortable 2-0 win at the ongoing WAFU B Tournament in Togo.

Two goals in the second half by Orji Okonkwo and Kehinde Ayinde cemented the Golden Eaglets top-place finish in Group B with maximum six points, having won 2-0 against their West African foes on Monday.

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke kept faith with his previous starting line-up while Mali’s notable change was goalkeeper Samuel Diarra who replaced Traore Alou.

But it was the Malians that started on the offensive after Togolese referee Kossi Azaleko signalled Nigeria to take the kick-off.

In the third minute, the Malians nearly went in front but were denied by brilliant Amos Benjamin in goal for the Golden Eaglets.

The Nigerian youngsters responded well as Kehinde Ayinde and
Kingsley Michael buried the ball behind goalkeeper Suleiman in the 15th and 26thth minute respectively but referee Azaleko ruled both goals off-side. He also cancelled an off-side goal by the Malians in the 18th minute.

Azaleko was jeered by the fans towards the end of the first half for disallowing what looked like a legitimate goal for the Golden Eaglets orchestrated from a sweet passing movement by the quartet of Orji Okonkwo; Ayinde; Dauda Ganiyu and Jack Ipalibo.

But the stadium finally came alive in the second half, when the Eaglets were rewarded for their resilience. Ayinde sent a perfect cross to Okonkwo who nodded home the first goal in the 48th minute.

The goal gave the Eaglets the much needed vigor to hold on and win the tie despite occasional threats by the Malians.

Although the Eaglets dominated the game, the second goal of the match did not come until the 84th minute. Man of the match, Eaglets’ skipper, Kelechi Nwakali sent a long range pass to Abdulganiyu who side-stepped two opposing defenders before releasing the ball for Ayinde to slot home.

The Golden Eaglets would now face the runners up of Group A in one of the semi-finals on Thursday.

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Army arrests Boko Haram terrorists in Taraba http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/army-arrests-boko-haram-terrorists-in-taraba/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/army-arrests-boko-haram-terrorists-in-taraba/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:40:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192318 The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday said that a group of terrorists, operating under the guise of herdsmen at a camp in the outskirts of Wukari in Taraba, had been arrested. It said other members of the group were killed during an encounter with the military at a check point at Gindin Dorowa, a suburb of […]]]>

The alleged Boko Haram herdsmen, with their arms

The alleged Boko Haram herdsmen, with their arms

The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday said that a group of terrorists, operating under the guise of herdsmen at a camp in the outskirts of Wukari in Taraba, had been arrested.

It said other members of the group were killed during an encounter with the military at a check point at Gindin Dorowa, a suburb of Wukari.

The military disclosed this in a statement issued by Major-General Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information, in Abuja.

Major-General Chris Olukolade

Major-General Chris Olukolade

Olukolade said that one of the arrested armed men confessed to being a combatant for the terrorist group in Borno and was recently brought to Wukari area in furtherance of their mission.

“Assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them. Other members of the group were sighted in the course of air surveillance and later trailed to their camp where they engaged the troops in a battle.

“The terrorists were clad in the usual pattern of dress of their counterparts operating in Borno and Yobe states,” he said.

The defence spokesman said that the curfew imposed on Wukari and its environs would be relaxed as normalcy had returned to the town.

He said troops would continue to patrol the area while a house-to-house search for arms was ongoing.

According to him, troops patrolling the Lake Chad Islands had also made some arrests, including a boat operator who ferried terrorists across the lake.

He said some of the suspects confessed to being suppliers of hard drugs to the terrorist groups in the area.

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NSE market capitalisation increases by N59bn http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/nse-market-capitalisation-increases-by-n59bn/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/nse-market-capitalisation-increases-by-n59bn/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:10:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192316 The market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday 23 April grew by N59 billion or 0.46 per cent, to close at N12.889, from the N12.830 trillion recorded on Tuesday. The All-Share index, however, dropped by 214.24 basis points or 0.54 per cent, to close at 39,194.09 from the 39,408.33 posted on Tuesday. […]]]>

The market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday 23 April grew by N59 billion or 0.46 per cent, to close at N12.889, from the N12.830 trillion recorded on Tuesday.

The All-Share index, however, dropped by 214.24 basis points or 0.54 per cent, to close at 39,194.09 from the 39,408.33 posted on Tuesday.

The depreciation of the index is as a result of price losses by major equities.

Nestle topped the losers’ chart by N11t, to close at N1,100 per share.

Dealers at the Nigeria stock Exchange

Dealers at the Nigeria stock Exchange

Seplat lost N6.46 to close at N627, while Okomu Oil dipped by N1.10 to close at N36.70 per share.

UACN and International Breweries decreased by 49k each, to close at N59.01 and N26.01, respectively.

Conversely, Total led the gainers’ chart by N3.90, to close at N167.90 per share.

Dangote Cement came second on the gainers’ chart by N2.11, to close at N230, while CAP increased by N2 to close at N42 per share.

Guinness gained N2 to close at N199, while Unilever appreciated by N1.75, to close at N46.50 per share.

The volume of shares traded declined marginal by 4.22 per cent, due to the exchange of 356.52 million shares worth N5.27 billion traded in 5,221 deals.

This was against the 372.43 million shares valued at N4.96 billion transacted in 4,984 deals.

A breakdown of the activity chart indicated that the banking equities remained the investors’ delight, as FBN Holdings emerged the most-traded stock.

It accounted for 127.179 million shares worth N1.59 billion.

It was trailed by Zenith Bank in which investors’ staked N1.06 billion on 46.05 million shares, while GTBank traded 18.97 million shares valued at N529.91 million.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated exchanged 16.87 million shares worth N222.61 million, while Transcorp sold 15.21 million shares valued at N55.44 million.

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The Boko Haram Beasts http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/the-boko-haram-beasts/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/the-boko-haram-beasts/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:02:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192314 The bomb blasts in Nyanya, on the outskirts of Abuja, that killed more than 75 people on 14 April, and the abduction by Boko Haram terrorists of at least 200 schoolgirls in Borno State as they slept in their dormitories hours after the Abuja massacre, are just two incidents that show that the gunmen from […]]]>

The bomb blasts in Nyanya, on the outskirts of Abuja, that killed more than 75 people on 14 April, and the abduction by Boko Haram terrorists of at least 200 schoolgirls in Borno State as they slept in their dormitories hours after the Abuja massacre, are just two incidents that show that the gunmen from the Sambisa forest are beasts and lunatics.

They are simply terrorists whose only aim is to spread terror, instill fear and spill as much blood as possible.

Taking human life and reading about their exploits in the newspapers the next day and sharing their ‘successes’ on the internet with friends, sympathisers and followers, seem to give them a transient sense of power, a delusion that they are Allah and can take life when they want.

The reason given by the Boko Haram terrorists that they are trying to carve out an Islamic state out of Nigeria because, according to them, western education is ‘haram’ or evil, does not square with the facts on ground.

When you bomb a motor park full of struggling Muslims who are trying to make ends meet, when you kidnap school girls who are mostly Muslims trying to get an education, or when you invade the entire village of Andoyaku in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State and massacre 25 people as they did on Monday, 21 April, how do you justify that you’re trying to create a paradise for Muslims?

How do you explain to them that the new heaven you want them to live in will have nothing ‘haram’ or evil as it is in western education life style? How do you sleep at night when the same people you’re trying to take to your new paradise groan?

It appears to us that the terrorists are trying to take their followers to hell rather than paradise. It also appears to us that the young men being used and brainwashed into believing that they are fighting for a just cause are just slaves being sent to be slaughtered.

We believe that Boko Haram terror acts are misguided and lack any decent objective. They lack any clear ideology and seem to kill for the morbid fun they derive from doing so. We call on all Nigerians to see Boko Haram fighters for who they really are: beasts and lunatics, and stop sympathising with them or their rhetoric.

Those funding them or brainwashing them may soon regret their actions as the gunmen may eventually turn their guns on them. As a country, we must be united against the evil called Boko Haram, and stop blame games. We must rather be focused and united in eradicating the evil men from the Sambisa forest.

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English FA charge Mourinho, Faria, Ramires http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/english-fa-charge-mourinho-faria-ramires/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/english-fa-charge-mourinho-faria-ramires/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:26:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192312 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, assistant Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have been charged over their behaviour during their side’s loss to Sunderland last weekend, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. Mourinho mocked match referee Mike Dean after the game, which Sunderland won 2-1 through an 82nd-minute controversial Fabio Borini penalty to condemn the Portuguese to […]]]>
Mourinho: charged by the English FA

Mourinho: charged by the English FA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, assistant Rui Faria and midfielder Ramires have been charged over their behaviour during their side’s loss to Sunderland last weekend, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Mourinho mocked match referee Mike Dean after the game, which Sunderland won 2-1 through an 82nd-minute controversial Fabio Borini penalty to condemn the Portuguese to his first ever home league defeat as Chelsea manager.

Faria was sent to the stands for angrily confronting the match officials, while Ramires appeared to strike Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson in an off-the-ball incident during the first half.

“Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in respect of post-match comments he made following the fixture,” read a statement on the FA website.

“It is alleged that Mourinho’s comments constitute improper conduct, in that they call into question the integrity of the referee appointed to the above fixture and/or the integrity of Mr Mike Riley, General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and/or the comments bring the game into disrepute.”

Speaking after the game, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Congratulations to Mike Dean, because he made a fantastic performance.

“And congratulations to Mike Riley (head of refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited), because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going.”

Dean’s decision to award Sunderland a penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta slid in on Jozy Altidore prompted a furious reaction in the home dug-out, with Faria having to be restrained by Mourinho as he shouted at the referee.

Faria has been charged with two counts of misconduct, with the FA designating his case “a non-standard case due to the aggressive and/or threatening and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour”.

Ramires, meanwhile, has been charged with violent conduct over the incident with Larsson, in which the Brazilian midfielder appeared to swing his arm into his opponent’s face.

As Dean missed the incident, it was referred to a three-man review panel of former elite referees.

“In this case the panel were unanimous that it was an act of violent conduct,” the FA said.

Ramires has until 6pm local time on Thursday to respond to the charge, while Mourinho and Faria have until the same time on Monday.

Mourinho has had two previous run-ins with match officials this season.

He was fined and warned as to his future conduct after being sent to the stands during a 1-0 loss at Aston Villa in March, in which Ramires was sent off, and was also fined for being sent off in a game at Cardiff City in October.

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Boko Haram Scare On Lagos/Ibadan Expressway http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/boko-haram-scare-on-lagosibadan-expressway/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/boko-haram-scare-on-lagosibadan-expressway/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:10:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192310 Kazeem Ugbodaga There was panic in Lagos and some parts of Ogun State this morning following rumours that members of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, had invaded the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, killing nine policemen and 11 civilians. The message circulated widely on the social media, Facebook, with Lagosians expressing fear that the deadly terrorist group had at […]]]>

Kazeem Ugbodaga

There was panic in Lagos and some parts of Ogun State this morning following rumours that members of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, had invaded the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, killing nine policemen and 11 civilians.
The message circulated widely on the social media, Facebook, with Lagosians expressing fear that the deadly terrorist group had at last entered Lagos.

People whose loved ones travelled on the expressway made frantic phone calls to find out if they were safe.

Mobile policemen, operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, members of the JTF and others were said to have combed the expressway in search of Boko Haram, but their efforts yielded no result.

Shekau

Shekau

Ese, whose wife travelled this morning on the expressway, told our reporter that he had made several call to his wife’s phone but that she refused to pick the call, saying that he had been worried since he heard the rumour that Boko Haram had taken over the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

He was only relieved when it was confirmed that it was a rumour and that somebody sent a false alarm which sparked off the rumour that has spread across Lagos State.

Spokesperson, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye said the rumour started spreading on Facebook this morning and that NEMA received a false alarm message on the invasion of Boko Haram on the expressway.

According to him, the rumour had it that nine policemen and 11 civilians had been killed by Boko Haram on the expressway, saying that after the police and soldiers combed the expressway, nothing was discovered.

“This is to inform the general public that NEMA received false alert about a purported Boko Haram attack along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It is a complete lie and unfounded. Security agencies have combed all routes and beyond without any trace of such incident.

“Mischief makers broadcasting this evil machination are strongly warned to desist from circulating unfounded messages in the country. The public should disregard and discourage further circulation of such inciting messages against the nation,” Farinloye said in a text message.

A top police source said it was a mere rumour as nothing like that ever occurred on the expressway, saying that what happened was that some people coming to Lagos with marijuana were arrested by the police and urged the public to disregard the rumour.

Lagos Police Command Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide denounced the purported attack, saying it was all a rumor.

She said what happened was that a trailer conveying wheat to Lagos around Idiwo area on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crashed and spilled all its content on the expressway.

“When the trailer fell, area boys rushed to the place to foment trouble, but the police came to the scene and salvage the situation,” she said.

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Boko Haram Threatens To Kill Abducted Schoolgirls http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/boko-haram-threatens-to-kill-abducted-schoolgirls/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/boko-haram-threatens-to-kill-abducted-schoolgirls/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:05:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192308 The fate of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their hostels at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, still hangs in the balance as the Islamist fighters have threatened to kill them if their parents do not stop the search for the girls. One of the parents of the […]]]>
Shekau: Boko Haram wants parents to stop search for abducted children

Shekau: Boko Haram wants parents to stop search for abducted children

The fate of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their hostels at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, still hangs in the balance as the Islamist fighters have threatened to kill them if their parents do not stop the search for the girls.

One of the parents of the girls who disclosed this, said 200 of the parents had embarked on the search for the girls on motorcycles but were warned to stay away from Sambisa forest where Boko Haram has its camps or risk being killed along with the girls who were kidnapped on 14 April.

According to one of the parents, “We were over 200, but when we reached a point after crossing a rickety bridge, we were warned that though we were close to our daughters, any further advance would anger the suspected terrorists and they might kill us and our daughters. We had no option but to abandon the mission and return.”

Parents have trekked through the bushlands of the remote region in a desperate search for their daughters, pooling money to buy fuel for motorcycles and cars. The Government Girls Secondary School principal, Asabe Kwambura, said she was working with parents to compile a complete registry of those taken hostage.

“A total of 230 names” were registered by parents, she said.

“So far, 43 girls have escaped on their own. We still have 187 missing.”
Some of the girls who escaped have said the Islamists took the hostages to Borno’s Sambisa Forest area, where Boko Haram is known to have well-fortified camps.

Locals re-issued a plea to Boko Haram to show mercy, but the Islamists, blamed for killing thousands across the region, have so far not commented on the abductions.

“We are appealing to Boko Haram to show mercy and release these girls,” Chibok resident Haladu Sule told AFP.

“The people of Chibok will know no peace until they are freed.”
The kidnapping came hours after the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital, a bomb blast at a crowded bus station in Nyanya that killed at least 75 people. Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for that attack.

In an Easter message, President Goodluck Jonathan said Nigeria will ‘overcome’ the Islamist threat.

“God willing, we must bring Boko Haram to an end.”

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2Face, Omotola Others For Entertainment Confab http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/2face-omotola-others-for-entertainment-confab/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/2face-omotola-others-for-entertainment-confab/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:36:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192305 Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni Some of Africa’s biggest acts are to speak at this year’s Nigerian Entertainment Conference organised by Nigeria Entertainment Today, NET. The event with the theme, ‘Creating Pathways To The Future’, takes place today at the Grand Ball Room, Eko Hotel & Suites. Nigeria’s sensational singer, 2Face Idibia would be speaking on the topic […]]]>

Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni

Some of Africa’s biggest acts are to speak at this year’s Nigerian Entertainment Conference organised by Nigeria Entertainment Today, NET.

The event with the theme, ‘Creating Pathways To The Future’, takes place today at the Grand Ball Room, Eko Hotel & Suites.

Nigeria’s sensational singer, 2Face Idibia would be speaking on the topic ‘Music: Slaying The Collective Rights Monster’.

Omotola-Jalade-Ekeinde

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde would also speak on ‘Social Responsibility: Why We Should Care’.

Also billed to speak is former presidential aspirant under African Democratic Congress Party, Prof. Pat Utomi, who would speak on ‘Business: Solving The Distribution Problem Once And For All’, while Emeka Mba would be speaking on ‘Nollywood: The Desired Future’.

The Founder/ Publisher of Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET), Ayeni Adekunle would declare the conference open.

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Ritualist arrested with human parts, N4m http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/ritualist-arrested-with-human-parts-n4m/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/ritualist-arrested-with-human-parts-n4m/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:55:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192302 Jethro Ibileke/Benin A suspected ritual killer who specialises in selling human parts has been arrested by security operatives in Benin City, the Edo State capital, southern Nigeria. The man, whose identity is yet to be revealed, was allegedly arrested at the Upper Sokponba road area of Benin with cut to size gun, different human parts […]]]>

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

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A suspected ritual killer who specialises in selling human parts has been arrested by security operatives in Benin City, the Edo State capital, southern Nigeria.

The man, whose identity is yet to be revealed, was allegedly arrested at the Upper Sokponba road area of Benin with cut to size gun, different human parts and N4 million cash.

It was reliably gathered that the man had lived in a make-shift apartment for close to two years, pretending to be a madman.

According to one of the landlords in the area simply identified as Pa. Onaiwu, who spoke to journalists, the suspected ritual killer was in the habit of behaving funny especially when it is getting dark.

“This man sometimes behaves funny. In the afternoon, you will see him bathing naked, behaving like a real madman.

“What really disturbed us are the dead bodies found around almost the same area. The most serious issues is that if a dead body is that of a woman, the head, the breasts and the private part would have been removed. Same also goes for a male dead body.

“The last person that died around the area was a woman whose head, breasts and private part was cut off. Nobody will ever believe that the man is not a madman, the way he behaves, not knowing that he is responsible for all the killings in that area.”

He suggested that someone might have seen the suspect dumping the headless body on the express road and informed the security operatives.

When contacted on phone, Edo State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, said he was aware of the rumour but that he was yet to be briefed by the DPO of Ugbekun division in charge of the area, but added that he is making frantic effort to confirm the incident from his men on ground.

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Husband, wife fight in court http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/husband-wife-fight-in-court/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/husband-wife-fight-in-court/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192299 Peace Awoyele An Ikeja Magistrate’s court was turned into a battleground when a man, Olufemi Ogbiyele engaged his wife, Bola Ogbiyele, in a fight. The incident, which generated a lot of attention inside the court premises, was alleged to have begun when a friend of the divorce-seeking couple pleaded with the husband, to settle out […]]]>

Peace Awoyele

Mrs Ogbiyele: was beaten in court by her husband

Mrs Ogbiyele: was beaten in court by her husband

An Ikeja Magistrate’s court was turned into a battleground when a man, Olufemi Ogbiyele engaged his wife, Bola Ogbiyele, in a fight. The incident, which generated a lot of attention inside the court premises, was alleged to have begun when a friend of the divorce-seeking couple pleaded with the husband, to settle out of court but the plea fell on deaf ears.

Instead, Ogbiyele was said to have grabbed the wife’s handbag, while demanding custody of their three children, and beat up his wife to the chagrin of court attendants.

Counsel to the estranged wife, Barrister Shittu Oladeyinde, who spoke with P.M.NEWS said, “I am also the embattled woman’s friend and was aware that a friend called them to settle out of court. Unfortunately, this fell on deaf ears and the man flared up, demanded custody of his children.

Oladeyinde then explained the genesis of their problem. “It actually started on 11 February last year when the woman locked herself up in the children’s room after he beat her up. She then left for her mother’s house afterwards to avoid being lynched.”

The counsel further disclosed that “another lawyer, Barrister Taiwo and a pastor had met with the husband, asking him to resolve the matter amicably and take his wife home but Ogbiyele agreed to do so on the condition that the wife stopped working, which the woman blatantly rejected.

“It was after this meeting that the man sent a text message to the wife, asking her to prepare her lawyers for a divorce,” he explained.

The petition for divorce with suit number ID/377HD/13, filed at the Ikeja High Court last year September read, “failure of petitioner to comply with the provisions of section 15, sub-section 2(d) of matrimonial cause, act caption 220 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1990″.

While narrating his story, Ogbiyele told the court that his wife was sleeping with different men when she travelled to the United Kingdom in March 2012.

He further stated that on 12 February last year, his wife slapped him when he accused her of stealing his properties and solicited the support of her lovers to beat him for bringing up such an allegation against her.

In response to the allegations levelled against the man, the second counsel to the wife, Akin Aroyewo stated that, “In the first place, she did not abscond from her matrimonial home on 1 September, she ran for her dear life when the husband wanted to kill her with an iron belt.

“They have not lived apart for two years but the husband is the one who is frivolous and temperamental. This he even showed by abusing court proceedings.”

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Jonathan, Governors’ meeting postponed http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/jonathan-governors-meeting-postponed/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/jonathan-governors-meeting-postponed/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:27:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192297 Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja The meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors convened to discuss the problems of insecurity, especially the challenge posed by the Boko Haram insurgency, scheduled to hold today has been postponed till tomorrow. It was gathered this morning that the enlarged security meeting is not on the Presidency’s programme for […]]]>

Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

•Jonathan: postpones meeting with the Governors

•Jonathan: postpones meeting with the Governors

The meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors convened to discuss the problems of insecurity, especially the challenge posed by the Boko Haram insurgency, scheduled to hold today has been postponed till tomorrow.

It was gathered this morning that the enlarged security meeting is not on the Presidency’s programme for today.

Presidency sources confirmed that the meeting has been rescheduled for 12 noon tomorrow. No reason was given for the shifting of the meeting but it was gathered that the presidency will explain the reason for the action later today.

The enlarged security meeting which will also be attended by the nation’s military chiefs is a follow-up to the previous one Jonathan had with the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Thursday.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors were absent at last Thursday’s meeting because they were not invited, according to Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State who is also the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum.

However, APC governors said they were absent because they got information from an official of the Presidency that the meeting has been postponed.

APC yesterday announced that it has postponed its state congresses earlier schedule for today till Saturday in order to allow its governors attended the security meeting with the president and the service chiefs today.

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Don’t Compare Jonathan With Mandela, Obama – Fashola http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/dont-compare-jonathan-with-mandela-obama-fashola/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/dont-compare-jonathan-with-mandela-obama-fashola/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:18:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192294 Kazeem Ugbodaga Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said the advert currently running on major television channels comparing President Goodluck Jonathan with great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and others as well as showcasing his achievement in the area of security and infrastructure is blasphemous. Fashola commented on the issue on Tuesday […]]]>

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said the advert currently running on major television channels comparing President Goodluck Jonathan with great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and others as well as showcasing his achievement in the area of security and infrastructure is blasphemous.

Fashola commented on the issue on Tuesday at the public presentation of a book titled “Giants of History” (The Making of Our World), written by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba at the Civic Centre, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

According to Fashola, the video advert, comparing some select world leaders like President Barack Obama, the late President Nelson Mandela and former Singaporean President, Lee Kuan Yew with Jonathan, is to say the least blasphemous.

Governor Babatunde Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola

“If those people think everything is all right, then it must be two things; it is either they are watching the news on black and white television sets or they are reading the newspaper upside down. It is not the leader who would tell us that he or she is great.

“We would be the ones to say it and acknowledge it because we wear the shoes and know where it hurts. At the end of the day, when the people are still crying out about their safety and electricity issues, it means that we are not speaking the same language and that we are not responding to the same stimuli,” he stated.

Governor Fashola said that proclaiming greatness should not be the lot of leaders themselves but the natural testimony of people who have felt the impact of their greatness, adding that great men do not tell the tales of their own greatness.

According to him, there is a leadership question in Nigeria which is primarily about the leadership vacuum that exists in the public sector, maintaining that there are so much resources in capacity and talent in the private sector.

He added that the answer to any question about whether Nigeria had the men and women who could deliver the goods in the public sector would elicit a definitive answer, but that the most pertinent question should be: have such people been deployed to areas where they are most needed?

Fashola asserted that the quicker the nation resolved to redeploy the men and women with the capacity to the areas of the public sector where the shoe pinches most, the better it would be for everyone.

The governor reiterated that this was not the best of times to be a leader because demands had not only become complex but the problems too had become complex, stressing that a leader must lead in good or bad times.

Fashola commended Ibirogba for picking the gauntlet when he challenged members of the cabinet to write and enrich public space because there is a dearth of books on public service life.

He expressed the hope that through the publication of such books which retell already told stories and people get to read them, they will feel inspired to do something about what they don’t like.

In his review of the book, Tunde Ipadeola described the book as a broad publication which shows the difference between fame and infamy, quite versatile and capable of use by people of all ages as it is concise and precise.

He added that having read the book with an inner radar turned on for why any particular choice was made, he discovered that each chosen example earned his or her place in the pantheon and could have been more but because the author chose to settle for the statistically significant number of 150.

The book was later publicly presented by Governors Fashola and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, while being supported by the representatives of the Governors of Ogun State, Mr Yussuph Olaniyonu; Edo State, Mr Louis Odion; Oyo State, Prince Gbade Lana and Mr Tayo Ekundayo from Ekiti State.

Prominent among those who witnessed the event were members of the state Executive Council including the Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Ranti Adebule, Commissioners for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Taofik Tijani, Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mr Enitan Oshodi, Finance, Ayo Gbeleyi and several local government chairmen and party leaders.

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Samsung partners Hellofood for food delivery app in Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/samsung-partners-hellofood-for-food-delivery-app-in-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/samsung-partners-hellofood-for-food-delivery-app-in-nigeria/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:52:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192290 Online food ordering service Hellofood.com, founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), announced a partnership with Samsung at the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 in Lagos. As part of the Galaxy Gift Package, Hellofood has been selected as one of six apps that will be pre-installed on all Galaxy S5 devices for its users. […]]]>

hellofood app

Online food ordering service Hellofood.com, founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), announced a partnership with Samsung at the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 in Lagos.

As part of the Galaxy Gift Package, Hellofood has been selected as one of six apps that will be pre-installed on all Galaxy S5 devices for its users.

Emmanouil Revmatas, Samsung West Africa Director, endorsed Hellofood as “the fastest way to order food online from your favourite restaurants” and praised the simplicity of the service.

Hellofood allows users download the app, search for favourite restaurants in the area and then place an order. Your order will be delivered to your doorstep and you can pay cash on delivery to make the process even quicker and simpler.

Hellofood has enjoyed tremendous development in Africa to become the most popular food delivery app on the continent and this latest partnership demonstrates the huge consumer demand for high-quality and easy-to-use apps.

Having been operational in Nigeria for barely 18 months, Hellofood is already working with over 300 restaurants across several cities, including Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

“This latest partnership with Samsung is very exciting for us”, said James Gibson, Managing Director of Hellofood Nigeria.

“Being featured within the Galaxy Gift Package will help us to extend our reach to an even wider audience, and we look forward to being able to provide a range of new customers with a convenient and easy way to order food online.”

This latest partnership follows a global deal with Nokia to make the Hellofood app available on Nokia smartphones, as well as extensive pre-installation deals with 4 of the 5 top network operators in Africa.

Hellofood is fast redefining the food delivery industry as a mobile-driven experience that is continuing to grow at an impressive rate.

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Boko Haram: CAN Declares Fasting Friday http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/boko-haram-can-declares-fasting-friday/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/boko-haram-can-declares-fasting-friday/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:33:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192288 The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared Friday, 25 April, 2014 as a day of fasting and prayers for peace, unity and progress of Nigeria. In a statement signed by the National President of the association, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Wednesday, CAN decried the high spate of bombing and general insecurity in the nation, […]]]>
Ayo Orisejafor: CAN President

Ayo Orisejafor: CAN President

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared Friday, 25 April, 2014 as a day of fasting and prayers for peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.

In a statement signed by the National President of the association, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on Wednesday, CAN decried the high spate of bombing and general insecurity in the nation, saying it is only supplication to God that can salvage Nigeria.

Pastor Oristejafor urged Christians to particularly use Friday to pray against Boko Haram and for God to expose them and their sponsors.

The cleric also asked Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of victims of Nyanya bomb blast still at various hospitals as well as for the release of the remaining abducted girls from the hands of their abductors.

The President of CAN also requested Nigerians to pray for general peace of the land and to pray for repentance of wicked people who are bent on creating tension in the country.

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Terry, Cech to miss rest of the season http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/terry-cech-to-miss-rest-of-the-season/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/23/terry-cech-to-miss-rest-of-the-season/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:34:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192282 Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season delivering a huge blow to Chelsea’s Premier League and Champions League title winning aspirations after he was injured during his club’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg match on Tuesday. In a double injury blow it was also […]]]>

Terry out

Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season delivering a huge blow to Chelsea’s Premier League and Champions League title winning aspirations after he was injured during his club’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg match on Tuesday.

In a double injury blow it was also revealed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that captain John Terry will miss the rest of the Premier League season because of a foot injury he suffered in the second-half of the match.

Unlike Cech, though, he could be fit were Chelsea to reach the Champions League final on May 24.

Cech, 31, landed awkwardly when he clashed with Raul Garcia when defending an Atletico corner in the 17th minute.

“Petr Cech’s season is over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over,” said Mourinho.

“And John – we have to play in the final for him to play with us.”

Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was forced into action and he became the oldest player to ever feature in the knockout stages of the Champions League at the age of 41.

Schwarzer has barely featured in his first season at Chelsea since moving from London rivals Fulham, but did start in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland.

Chelsea face a title deciding game with leaders Liverpool at the weekend — they trail them by five points — and then the second leg with Atletico next Wednesday.

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