P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Media http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:15:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Al Jazeera launches ‘My Nigeria’ documentary series http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/14/al-jazeera-launches-my-nigeria-documentary-series/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/14/al-jazeera-launches-my-nigeria-documentary-series/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:29:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=249724 Funsho Arogundade



A series of six half-hour documentaries laced with the human stories and energy of Africa’s leading economy, Nigeria will be premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015.

Each of the documentary titled, ‘My Nigeria’ will focus on one central character, who will invite viewers into their world, sharing their story in their own words. The channel’s choice are top stand up-comedian Basketmouth, Nollywood star Kate Henshaw, ICT expert Gbenga Sesan, fashion designer Deola Sagoe, football coach Femi Bamigboye and female mechanic Sandra Aguebor.

“The series was commissioned specifically to support Al Jazeera English’s theme ‘Hear the human story,’ to bring people’s stories directly to our screens, told in a first-person style without mediation and offering a range of authentic views,” said Ingrid Falck, head of documentaries at Al Jazeera English.

Ingrid added, “To get beyond the clichés of Africa, there isn’t a better place than Nigeria which is home to one in five Africans. For every stereotype of corruption or extremism, there are millions of ordinary Nigerians making this African powerhouse tick. Our series focuses on these individuals to see firsthand how Nigerians are busy making a difference.”

Award-winning South African directors Brian Tilley and Clifford Bestall shot the series across Nigeria.

Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe

John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria said of the series: “It gives us great joy that Al Jazeera is shining the spotlight on success stories while showcasing the amazing talent that exists in Nigeria. Our audiences on the DStv and GOtv platforms will definitely find the series inspiring.”

The series line-up are:

BASKETMOUTH: TRASH TALKING, premiering 24 August 2015
Basketmouth (real name Bright Okpocha) is arguably one of Nigeria’s most successful stand-up comic. Born and bred in Lagos slum, Ajegunle, he discovered his gift for comedy by chance and has never looked back. His take on the Lagos elite is upbeat, irreverent and challenging.

KATE HENSHAW: PLAYING A PART, premiering 31 August 2015
Kate Henshaw has always been known as one of the Nollywood stars with integrity. Having made over 70 films, Kate decides to leave the fictional world and run for a seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. Kate wants to change how people are represented in her hometown of Calabar in Southern Nigeria, but politics in Nigeria is not for the timid.

Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw

GBENGA SESAN: CONNECTING A MILLION, premiering 7 September 2015
As a school student, Gbenga Sesan was denied access to the computer room at his Nigerian school and told he was not clever enough to operate one. Years later, Gbenga is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expert, with international awards and a successful consultancy business. He’s spreading his good fortune by teaching ICT and life-skills to young adults in Nigeria’s poorest neighbourhoods.

DEOLA SAGOE: TOP DRAWER, premiering 14 September 2015
Nigerian fashion has broken out, gracing the catwalks of New York, Johannesburg and Monaco. Deola Sagoe was one of the designers who led this Nigerian fashion expansion. The House Of Deola Sagoe is on Lagos’ Victoria Island and caters for Nigeria’s who’s who. Deola’s father, prominent Nigerian businessman Chief Ade Ojo, never wanted his daughter to go into fashion. He actively discouraged her,
wanting her to take over his lucrative business. But Deola had other ideas…

Sandra Aguebor

Sandra Aguebor

FEMI BAMIGBOYE – LOCAL MAN, premiering 21 September 2015
Femi Bamigboye is the coach and founder of the Remo Football Academy in the small Nigerian town of Iperu. You have to really look for Iperu on the map, but Femi has managed to produce a line of young players who represent Nigeria at age group level, including two players who will represent Nigeria at the under 17 World Cup at the end of the year. This is some achievement in a country of over 180 million people. Femi is not just a football coach: he is a pastor with a loyal congregation who worship every Sunday in a lean-to church in the middle of the thick forest that surrounds Iperu. Femi feels his job is not just to teach football; he wants to develop world-class young men.

SANDRA AGUEBOR: LADY MECHANIC, premiering 28 September 2015
Sandra Aguebor is Nigeria’s first Lady Mechanic. Growing up in Benin City in a polygamous family, Sandra’s mother actively discouraged her from following her dream, sometimes beating her when she would be out tinkering in an engine instead of doing her kitchen chores. But Sandra is the sort of woman who responds well to adversity. She has built a network of lady mechanics that is spreading from city to city in Nigeria by training ex-sex workers, orphans, and victims of trafficking to be mechanics. Sandra’s Lady Mechanic Initiative has now spread to the north with its first project in Kano City, where the response from Muslim women has been unprecedented.

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Q2: NTA is most watched TV station in Nigeria – GeoPoll http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/q2-nta-is-most-watched-tv-station-in-nigeria-geopoll/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/q2-nta-is-most-watched-tv-station-in-nigeria-geopoll/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:40:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245556 Using the daily data collected through GeoPoll’s Media Measurement Service, GeoPoll has analyzed the top TV stations in Nigeria for Q2, April 1st – June 30th. We examined both ratings* and share** for the top stations in Nigeria. The below chart shows the average ratings for the top 10 stations during the peak hours, from 19:00 to 21:30.

NTA had the highest ratings during Q2 in prime time

NTA had the highest ratings during Q2 in prime time

As displayed in this chart, NTA had the highest ratings during Q2 in prime time. NTA maintained sustained high ratings during this time, while AIT experienced a smaller peak during its airing of the news at 20:00 and 20:30. Nigeria boasts numerous TV stations that are organized by state which results in the high rating for “other” stations in the above chart. These “other” stations can be analyzed in more detail with GeoPoll’s full dataset.

GeoPoll also examined average share from April to June 2015. GeoPoll found that NTA had the highest share in Q2, capturing on average 21.2% of the audience. AIT and Channels TV rank second and third with 17.9% and 11.9% respectively.

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For comparison, below is the share we observed for Q1, January to March 2015. In Q2, Channels TV lost some audience share, going from 14.0% in Q1 to 11.9% in Q2.

For more insights from GeoPoll’s Media Measurement Service, keep checking the GeoPoll blog, or contact us to subscribe to our daily media data.

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*Rating is the proportion watching a station out of the total sample at that time, multiplied by 100. If 50 people out of 500 surveyed watched Station X, the rating for Station X would be (50/500)*100) = 10. In Uganda, GeoPoll’s Media Measurement Panel includes a sample of over 500 respondents for every time period.

**Share is the proportion watching Station X, out of all those watching at that time. This is equal to the proportion watching a station during a given time divided by the total number watching at that time.

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How Jonathan paid Dokpesi N8billion for ‘nothing’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/24/how-jonathan-paid-dokpesi-n8billion-for-nothing/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/24/how-jonathan-paid-dokpesi-n8billion-for-nothing/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:15:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=234131 Sam Okoli

Here are the dirty deals of Raymond Dokpesi and why he is rabidly supporting President Goodluck Jonathan

High Chief Raymond Dokpesi by all standards is a very popular man. With no fewer than seven wives and many girlfriends, he is also the darling of many ladies. His media company, DAAR Communications, is also a household name. With its Raypower and AIT, radio and television stations, DAAR has revolutionised the broadcast media industry with quality content and programming.

But just as the saying goes ‘that behind every successful business, there is a tale’ Dokpesi’s case is not an exception. The tales of this Ezomo of Weppa Wanno Kingdom are however not all about hard work and perseverance but also of fraud and deceit. Dokpesi’s numerous fraudulent schemes reached the summit in 2009 when Nigeria hosted the Under 17 Junior World Cup. Daar Communications was granted the broadcast right for the tournament by the Federation of International Football Associations. But in an intriguing plot, Dokpesi approached then President Umaru Yar’Adua demanding payment for broadcasting the football tournament. In an invoice sent to the central government entitled, DAAR-FIFA HOST BROADCASTER BUDGET, Dokpesi demanded N5billion to defray the company’s cost.

Chief Raymond Dokpesi: sharp deals exposed

Chief Raymond Dokpesi: sharp deals exposed

Since the Federal Government did not enter into any contract with Dokpesi and DAAR on the tournament, a perplexed Yar’Adua asked for briefing from his aides. According to a report by Saharareporters in August 2010, the director-general of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission advised government not to accede to the ‘bogus request’, more because the technical facilities DAAR was going to use for the broadcast, belonged to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, owned by the Federal Government. There were also reports by several committees, which recommended the non-payment of the bill.

Yar’Adua thus stoutly declined payment, despite the intervention of his vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, who then chaired the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the tournament. Even when AIT blackmailed the LOC that it would not broadcast the final of the game and demanded a reduced amount of N3.5billion, to enable it pay creditors such as MTN that provided some Internet links, government refused to budge. The reduced amount followed the advice of a presidential committee on Harmonisation and Negotiation headed by Patrick Ekeji, the director-general of the National Sports Commission. It was set up by Jonathan’s LOC. But Yar’Adua stuck to his guns, as he saw no sense in paying for a service the government did not ask for in the first instance.

Yar’Adua died in April 2010 and Dokpesi wormed his way into the heart of Goodluck Jonathan, his successor. This chummy relationship did not come easy. Dokpesi was part of the Pastor Bakare’s inspired Save Nigeria Group that mobilised public support for Jonathan, in the succession crisis that came in the wake of Yar’Adua’s grave illness and eventual death. But after Jonathan became the president and he still did not pay AIT’s N3.5 billion bill, Dokpesi abandoned Jonathan and embraced former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, to work as the director-general of his campaign. Babangida wanted to challenge Jonathan for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The late Yar'Adua: refused to pay Dokpesi for bogus job

The late Yar’Adua: refused to pay Dokpesi for bogus job

When Babangida’s campaign collapsed, Dokpesi ran back again to Jonathan, using the platform of the South-South Leadership Forum. He was desperate at this time to curry Jonathan’s affection, not just for money but his survival. When bombs were detonated at the Eagle Square, Abuja, during the 1 October, 2010 independence anniversary, killing and wounding scores of people, Dokpesi was indicted and arrested by security agencies. They accused him of having links with the leader of MEND, Henry Okah who is currently serving a jail term in a South African prison.

A rattled Dokpesi quickly retraced his steps and began series of reconciliatory moves with President Jonathan. This medium learnt that as part of the peace deal, Dokpesi pledged to make his station available for the pursuit of Jonathan’s political goals, making his stations available as the publicity arm of the Jonathan presidency, doing it with even greater fervour than the NTA and Radio Nigeria. As he wormed his way back into Jonathan’s heart, he presented again in 2011, the bill government had rejected to honour in the past. Inexplicably, the pruned down N3.5billion bogus bill, had ballooned to N8.047 billion.

Speaking on the issue in an interview granted to Kayode Ogundamisi and published in Sahara Reporters on October 18, 2010, Chief Edwin Clark branded Dokpesi as a cheat and dishonest person. Chief Clark was quoted in the interview: “They (federal government) are not owing him any money. He is a cheat. The Federal Government has set up a committee; they’ve looked into that case. It was NTA that covered the event”. The presidency simply ignored the observation of Chief Clark and decided to pay the fraudulent claim.

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria: made the questionable N8billion payment to DAAR

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria: made the questionable N8billion payment to DAAR

That was, however, the beginning of an intricate web of illicit financial transactions involving Dokpesi, the Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Finance and some private sector bankers. On the strength of the president’s promise, Dokpesi approached First Bank to open an account in the name of DAAR Communications at the Asokoro branch in Abuja. Contrary to the law, Dokpesi was and remains the sole signatory to the account even though as a company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, its accounts should be operated through the Director of Finance and one or two other signatories. The Asokoro account was later closed, but a new one also in the name of DAAR Communication was opened at the Maitama branch.

Precisely on the 27 January 2012, the fraudulent fund of N8, 047,275, 290. 99 (eight billion, forty seven million, two hundred and seventy five thousand, two hundred and ninety naira, ninety nine kobo) was paid into the account with number 2017679134. In a letter dated 28 January 2012 and signed by both the Business and Relationship officers of the bank, Susan Abuh and Bukola Adeojo, the Maitama First Bank branch management acknowledged the payment. The acknowledgment letter reads: “ We write to inform you that we received the sum of Eight Billion Forty Seven Million Two Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand and Ninety Nine kobo only, (N8, 047, 275, 290, 99) into the above stated account domiciled with us in Maitama office on 27 January, 2012. This letter serves to bring to your knowledge that the said amount has been credited into DAAR Communications Plc account…” With the connivance of the bank, Dokpesi continued to run the account alone, contrary to extant financial regulations for quoted companies.

Surprisingly, even after receiving such a humongous amount of money purportedly on behalf of DAAR Communications, Dokpesi never thought of paying dividends to shareholders, who have not been paid any dividends since the company became PLC about seven years ago. Rather, the money was drawn down almost to zero, within three months. Payments were made into Dokpesi’s personal domiciliary account with number 2017451925. At a point, this account contained over a million dollars. Part of the money also went in form of thousands of dollars into Dokpesi’s VISA Gold Account number 3071078978.

Fidelity Bank that had taken DAAR to court and had gotten judgement to take over the company’s assets for debt calculated at N7.5 billion was paid N4.2 billion on 14 February. Part of the money was also used to open Letters of Credit (LCs) for DAAR, ostensibly to buy equipment for the broadcasting outfit. All his wives and mistresses were also well accommodated on the account, with amounts ranging from N2.5 million to N5 million. The National Broadcasting Commission was also paid N400 million from the account on 31 January. On 1 February, the construction company, Dantata Sawoe also got N400 million, possibly in connection with the multi-billion mansion of the media mogul, now completed in Abuja. By 3 April 2012, the balance on the account was below N60, 000.

Chief Dokpesi however longed for new funds to swell the account all over again. Relying on the same documents used to fraudulently collect the N8.04 billion as authorised by President Jonathan, he mischievously tried to dupe the Federal Government by collecting the same money twice. This medium learnt that Dokpesi’s attempt to collect double payment for the same project involved an intricate web of bribes to unscrupulous officials in the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the office of the Accountant General and even the presidential villa.

Anticipating that the attempt to collect the second fraudulent payment for a ‘phantom job’ he had already been paid for would succeed, Dokpesi even agreed on a sharing formula with some people in the Villa, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice and the CBN. His banker friend and confidante was to handle the distribution via series of blank First Bank transfer forms already signed down by Dokpesi. For instance, the sum of N2 billion was to have been transferred to an account of B.T OIL & GAS NIG. LTD with account number 2020605922 domiciled in the First Bank, Aminu Kano branch, Abuja.

Still in anticipation of receiving this money, Dokpesi, through DAAR Investment and Holding Company, applied to First Bank, Maitama Branch, for a facility of N160 million. The bank refused the request on the grounds that it had no information on the receivable to be discounted which is said to be related to the contract executed since 2009. “Parent Company has a bad loan which N95 million was written off the bank’s books. The rule is that such amount should be paid back if customer is to enjoy another facility with the bank; Not a fair risk and no easily available fall back position for the bank”, the bank said.

Dokpesi’s long expectation was however dashed when a vigilant official at the CBN revealed that the money being demanded had been paid before and the whole process was terminated.

Another alleged audacious fraudulent venture by Dokpesi was his alleged plot to hack into account number 60959146 with SORT CODE 201334, belonging to one Dr Haggai I. Ali with Barclays Bank, Queens Road Branch, and Bristol, UK. Papers stumbled upon by TheNEWS, showed that it was an elaborate scheme to defraud the bank as well as Barclays Bank of UK to the tune of 800,000,000 Euro. The transaction was to have been conducted through Deutsche Frankfurt, Dubai and the money to be received through DAAR Investment and Holding Company with account number 1000086988.

•Chief Clark, Condemned Dokpesi

•Chief Clark, Condemned Dokpesi

A letter to First Bank personally signed by Dokpesi and dated 15 April, 2013, had requested the bank to “issue a letter in favour of Messrs CIGALE FINANCE SA, 5 RUE AUNIR, NOGENT SUR MARINE 94130, FRANCE”. The letter claimed that DAAR Investment and Holding Company was arranging funds to the tune of 800,000,000 Euro in two tranches of 300,000,000 Euro and 500,000,000 Euro “for the funding of DAAR Communications Plc expansion programme as well as other investment projects in the Nigerian economy”. He concluded the letter thus: “Messrs Cigale Finance SA have requested us to obtain a letter from our bank confirming its willingness to receive the funds into our account and disburse same in accordance with provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is attached for your perusal”.

On 30 April 2013, First Bank wrote Cigale Finance SA accepting the offer and confirming that DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited was one of its well-known customers. Part of the letter reads: “We further pledge that we will abide strictly by the terms of the MOU duly executed by both parties,” First Bank wrote.

It was, however, discovered that all the documents cited by DAAR Investment as regards the purported 500,000,000 Euro investment were fake. The Memorandum of Understanding between DAAR Investment and Cigale Finance SA was a complete ruse. One of those who signed the MOU on behalf of DAAR Investment, Godfrey Usifoh, was also discovered to have falsely claimed to be a banker. Usifoh was indeed a staff of DAAR Communications and an aide of Dokpesi. Upon further enquiries by First Bank, Deutsche Bank confirmed that there was no transaction of that magnitude which was to come in two tranches of 300,000,000 Euro and 500,000,000 Euro in their coffers. The bank also called its Maitama branch to warn that it was an attempted fraud.

But life goes on for the Agenebode-born media chief. At the moment, his media organs remain the biggest megaphones for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign; turning them to mount baseless muckraking, hate campaigns against leaders of the opposition. The AIT, oblivious of its middle name as ‘independent’, has become the willing tool of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, showing libelous and hate documentaries against General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Some media stakeholders said Dokpesi’s media empire is only performing a service to President Jonathan and the PDP, having been paid close to $50 million by the President’s campaign.

However, when TheNEWS contacted Dokpesi for his reaction, he asked his aides to handle the matter. They asked that we wait till the following day. We delayed production for almost 16 hours, after which they asked us to go ahead that they would respond this week.

*Reported by TheNEWS magazine

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Elections must hold as rescheduled – Newspaper Proprietors http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/17/elections-must-hold-as-rescheduled-newspaper-proprietors/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/17/elections-must-hold-as-rescheduled-newspaper-proprietors/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:58:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233503 Nduka Obaigbena

Nduka Obaigbena

The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has stated that the 2015 general elections that was earlier rescheduled due to security concerns must now hold on the new dates.

In a statement signed by Nduka Obaigbena, President of NPAN, the association took the stand after it held an Extra-Ordinary Meeting in Abuja today. The body said it took the decision after exhaustive deliberations, and review of the political situation in the country.

“The general election must hold on March 28th and April 11th as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The election must produce an outcome and Nigerians must rally around whoever emerges the winner,” the statement said.

“This election is for and by the Nigerian people and it must be free, fair and held in such a way that it will deepen the nation’s democracy such that at the end of the electoral process, Nigeria must be the winner.”

“We call on the people of Nigeria, especially political leaders across the nation, to eschew every form of violence. The prevalent do-or-die attitude is unnecessary, unhelpful and unhealthy for our system of democracy. We must all say no to violence before, during and after the election,” the statement read.

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Court stops AIT from airing lion of Bourdillion documentary http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/16/court-stops-ait-from-airing-lion-of-bourdillion-documentary/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/16/court-stops-ait-from-airing-lion-of-bourdillion-documentary/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:10:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233370 Henry Ojelu

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe of the Ikeja Lagos High court today granted an interim order restraining the Africa Independent Television, AIT from broadcasting a documentary on former Lagos Governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu titled ‘Lion of Bourdillion.’

Tinubu through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, had instituted a N150 billion suit against AIT alleging that the documentary was libelous and aimed at tarnishing his image.

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC through an ex-parte motion sought an order of interim injunction restraining AIT whether by itself, agents, privies and or other persons from producing or continuing to broadcast, airing, or continuing to reproduce a documentary.

The motion also sought to restrain the TV station from continuing the broadcast of the documentary, which it started airing on March 1st and had been repeating daily, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated March 5, 2015.

The motion further noted that damages would not adequately compensate applicant/claimant if the ex-parte order was not granted and prayed that the rest of the suit may be extinguished if the ex-parte order was not granted.

It also noted that there was real, imminent and urgent threat and danger of continuing to decimate the person and integrity of Tinubu by AIT by continuing to air the “offensive” broadcast if the ex-parte motion was not granted.

At today’s proceeding, Olanipekun had sought to move the interlocutory application but counsel to AIT, Mike Ozekhome objected the move arguing that he had not responded to the application.

He noted that his earlier reply was to the suit initially filed by one Tunji Abayomi on behalf of Tinubu.

As a result of Ozekhome’s request, Olanipekun then asked the court to grant an interim order restraining AIT from airing the contentious documentary.

Although Ozekhome objected to the application Justice Akinkugbe upheld the application.

She said: “The defendant is hereby restrained from further airing, publishing or disseminating broadcasting the documentary “Lion of Bourdilion”, pending the determination of the interlocutory application,”

The matter was subsequently adjourned to March 20, for argument on the substantive application.

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3 Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Paris http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/3-al-jazeera-journalists-arrested-in-paris/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/3-al-jazeera-journalists-arrested-in-paris/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:34:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=231262 Police line logo

Three journalists for TV station Al-Jazeera were arrested in Paris on Wednesday after flying a drone from a park on the edge of the city, a judicial source said.

“The first was piloting the drone, the second was filming and the third was watching,” said the source.

The arrests come after multiple drone sightings over the capital for the past two nights, although there was no immediate suggestion that the arrested journalists were linked to the earlier incidents.

The trio were apprehended in the Bois de Boulogne, a park on the western edge of the city.

Flying drones over the French capital is banned by law, and the latest sightings come at a time of heightened vigilance following last month’s jihadist attacks.

The names and nationalities of the three journalists from Al-Jazeera’s international service were not given. They are aged 34, 52 and 68.

– Multiple drone sightings –

A police source said witnesses and security forces reported at least five sightings overnight Tuesday to Wednesday over central Paris — that may have been the same drone or several.

The tiny aircraft were spotted near the US embassy, not far from the Invalides military museum, the Eiffel Tower and several major thoroughfares leading in and out of the French capital, the source added.

Authorities have been left scratching their heads as they remain unable to catch any of the operators or determine whether the flyovers are the work of pranksters, tourists or something more malicious.

There were five separate drone flights over parts of Paris the previous night.

“People should not be worried but vigilant, it’s an issue which is taken very seriously,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told reporters, adding that a probe was under way to find the operators.

He said drone flyovers had taken place in other countries such as Germany, where a small unmanned aircraft operated by activists denouncing police surveillance landed just metres away from Chancellor Angela Merkel during a 2013 campaign event.

And last month in Washington, a small drone crash-landed on the grounds of the White House, prompting a security lockdown.

French authorities were first alerted to mystery drone flyovers in October, when state-run power company EDF filed a complaint with police after detecting the small aerial vehicles zipping over seven atomic plants.

The sightings continued into November, and altogether some 20 flyovers took place over nuclear plants. Their operators were never found.

In October, a 24-year-old Israeli tourist spent a night in jail and was slapped with a 400-euro ($450) fine for flying a drone above the Notre Dame cathedral.

Then on January 20, a pilotless aircraft briefly went over the presidential palace in Paris, not long after jihadist attacks in and around the French capital that left 17 people dead and put the country on high alert.

In late January, small drones were also spotted near a bay in Brittany that houses four nuclear submarines — one of the most protected sites in the country.

– ‘Eye on the sky’ –

With many more police and troops out on the streets of Paris following the shootings, drone sightings may be more likely.

“Many sensitive sites are protected and from now on we are asking law enforcement to have an eye on the sky as well,” said a police source.

French law prohibits small civilian drones from sensitive areas such as nuclear facilities, which are protected by a no-fly zone that spans a 2.5-kilometre (1.6-mile) radius and a height of 1,000 metres.

Faced with the difficulty of intercepting drones and their operators, France has launched a one-million-euro programme aimed at developing ways of dealing with them.

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Charlie Hebdo returns with the Pope and a jihadist http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/charlie-hebdo-returns-with-the-pope-and-a-jihadist/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/charlie-hebdo-returns-with-the-pope-and-a-jihadist/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:45:02 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=231205 “We’re back!”. With those words — and a cartoon depicting the pope, a jihadist and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen as a pack of enraged animals — Charlie Hebdo marked its return Wednesday.

The team has lain low since rushing out a “survivors’ issue” a week after the January 7 jihadist attack on its Paris office that killed 12 people, including some of France’s best-loved cartoonists.

“We needed a break, a rest… There were those who needed to work again straight away, like me, and those who wanted to take more time,” Gerard Biard, the paper’s new chief editor, said earlier this month.

“So we reached a compromise, and agreed on February 25… to start off again on a weekly basis.”

Charlie Hebdo has a long history of courting controversy by lampooning political and religious figures of all stripes, and the new 16-page issue was no exception.

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been criticised for giving lucratively-paid conferences abroad, was just one of the victims — pictured at a speaking stand, his feet on a stair-shaped wad of cash.

charlie hebdo

– Message of thanks –

The issue also took a swipe at unemployment in France, Catholics and their aversion to extramarital affairs website Gleeden, Le Pen and jihadists.

It also featured an interview with Greece’s new anti-austerity Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

“During the Middle Ages, ‘doctors’ prescribed bloodletting, which often caused the patient’s health to deteriorate, to which the ‘doctor’ responded with other bloodlettings,” Varoufakis was quoted as saying.

“That’s the type of ‘reasoning’ that today perfectly illustrates Europe’s attitude: the more austerity fails, the more it is prescribed.”

The magazine also carried a poignant message of thanks to all those who supported it after the attack by the Kouachi brothers, who said they were taking revenge for the weekly’s past depictions of the Prophet Mohammed — considered blasphemous in Islam.

“Thanks to those kindergarten kids who clubbed together to give us a donation. Thanks to the young boy who sent us five euros of his pocket money,” it read.

The Islamist attacks last month claimed the lives of a total of 17 people, including four Jews gunned down at a kosher supermarket and a policewoman.

The new issue is due to get a print run of 2.5 million and will be published as far afield as the United States.

The magazine’s “survivors’ issue”, which came out on January 14, saw newsstands overwhelmed by demand as people across the country rushed out before dawn to snap up their copy.

On Wednesday, though, sales of Charlie Hebdo were far more subdued.

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Egypt court postpones Jazeera trial to March 8 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/23/egypt-court-postpones-jazeera-trial-to-march-8/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/23/egypt-court-postpones-jazeera-trial-to-march-8/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:11:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=230935 Mohamed Fahmy in Egyptian Courtroom

Mohamed Fahmy in Egyptian Courtroom

An Egyptian court postponed Monday the trial of two Al-Jazeera journalists to March 8, with Canadian reporter Mohamed Fahmy saying he hoped for a fair hearing in a case that sparked global criticism.

They stand accused of supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement in their coverage, a charge they have denied as absurd.

A court freed Fahmy, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed and other defendants on bail earlier this month after they spent more than 400 days in prison.

One of the defendants, Australian Peter Greste, was deported under a recent law that allows the transfer of foreigners on trial to their home countries.

His name was still on the roster of defendants in Monday’s hearing.

Standing outside the court before the session began, Fahmy told reporters he too hoped for deportation, having already given up his Egyptian citizenship.

“We are still fighting for it. I hope the Canadian government can realise that there is still a chance to extract me out of this pickle,” he said.

Fahmy, Greste and the other defendants had initially been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

An appeals court ordered a retrial in January, saying the verdicts had not been supported by evidence.

“We hope that justice prevails and that we somehow (get a) fair trial,” Fahmy said.

After a brief session on Monday, the court adjourned the trial to March 8.

The journalists were arrested in December 2013 during a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Their initial trial came against the backdrop of strained ties between Egypt and Qatar, where Al-Jazeera is based and which supported Morsi.

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Nigerian bloggers can’t investigate stories, Basketmouth laments http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/17/nigerian-bloggers-cant-investigate-stories-basketmouth-laments/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/17/nigerian-bloggers-cant-investigate-stories-basketmouth-laments/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:22:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=230323 Basketmouth


A renowned comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basketmouth, has slammed bloggers for rushing to off load new materials on their platforms without making efforts to investigate.

Basketmouth was angry that a tribute he paid to his brother, who died 10 years ago, was made to look like something that happened in 2015.

Returning from his Valentine’s Day show at the Apollo Centre in London, which was a sell-out, the humour merchant advised bloggers to take time to verify information at their disposal.

On February 14, 2015, Basketmouth posted on his tweeter handle, “you’ll always be remembered, loved and cherished. RIP Kingsley Okpocha. I love you bro.”

According to him, the item was posted by some bloggers “as if i just lost my brothers.”

“Anyway, I lost my eldest brother on the 14th of Feb 2005, not 2 days ago,” Basketmouth wrote.

“When our Nigerian bloggers copy and paste stories they don’t even investigate or carry out proper research,” he added.

Meanwhile, some of his fans, unaware of the error have continued to tweet their condolences to the comedian.

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NBC ‎warns media against taking money to air news reports‎ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/05/nbc-%e2%80%8ewarns-media-against-taking-money-to-air-news-reports%e2%80%8e/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/05/nbc-%e2%80%8ewarns-media-against-taking-money-to-air-news-reports%e2%80%8e/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:25:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229030 Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Benin Zone, has warned all broadcasting stations under the zone against collecting money to air news items.

The Director, Broadcast Monitoring of the Commission, Sir Chris Okoyomoh, gave the warning at Political Broadcast Meeting held in Benin.

“Let us be honest, decent and fair to all. Let us remember that news is not for sale. Don’t ask for money for news that is of interest to the people.”


While noting that broadcast stations were sliding to the past, Okoyomoh warned them to desist from airing hate and offensive languages, just as he accused broadcast stations of giving fake telephone numbers to members of the public during a phone-in programme.

“The phone-ins are no longer objective. We have investigated and found out that stations give two different numbers and the number they give to those they know is what will connect.

“Don’t blame NBC as reason for rejecting offensive adverts. Tell politicians what is not good for broadcasting. We should educate the public who are owners of the airwaves,” Okoyomoh said.

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APC explains boycott of TV debate http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/29/apc-explains-boycott-of-tv-debate/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/29/apc-explains-boycott-of-tv-debate/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:11:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=228216 *says organisers are agents of Goodluck Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be not be featuring in televised debates on national television and radio, being organised by the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria (BON), because of the unhidden bias and campaign of calumny by some key organisers of the programme, against the political interest of the party (APC) and its candidates.

The NEDG debate where Goodluck Jonathan debated with himself in 2011

The NEDG debate where Goodluck Jonathan debated with himself in 2011

Garba Shehu, Director Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) said in a press statement on Thursday in Abuja that the Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) powered debate was fraught with fundamental errors from the outset, by wearing the toga of government control, especially being composed mainly of agencies and allies of the incumbent People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) administration.

“A cursory inspection of the composition of NEGD brings into focus the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), National Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Africa Independent Television (AIT, owned by a PDP chieftain). And going by the avalanche of inflammatory statements, misinformation and blatant lies being propagated by some of these media against our Party and candidates contrary to the Kofi Annan brokered Abuja Peace Accord, and the failure of these aggressors to desist and apologise, have left the APC Campaign with no option than to steer clear of any premeditated smear campaign that could be inimical to our prospective electoral success,” Shehu said.

•General Muhammadu Buhari: debate organisers  involved in debasing candidacy

•General Muhammadu Buhari: debate organisers involved in debasing candidacy

The APCPCO spokesman further explained that the boycott by the APC should not be seen as disrespect to Nigerian voters, or an alibi for the party to dodge public scrutiny; but it must be viewed as an honourable right not to consent to any activity that could distract, demean, denigrate or derail the fast-moving train of the party.

“The APC is a party of progressive intellectuals, genuine technocrats, successful businessmen and women, and most of all eminent and courteous people of honour who would never condescend to the level of sadistic gutter propaganda, all in the name of political exigency and crass opportunism,” Shehu said.

He noted that that many Government-controlled media have clipped the wings of APC promotional advertisements on one excuse on the other adding that, until a court upturned their decision recently, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) shutdown some telecom portals for soliciting legitimate campaign funds from members of the public for APC.

“Aside, elements close to sitting President Goodluck Jonathan have commissioned series of derogatory and death threat advertorials against the person, family and associates of the opposition leader, General Muhammadu Buhari, to which the APC had sent letters of complaint to the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of State Security, Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (APCON), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the erring media that published or aired such offensive adverts or documentaries.

“None of our letters of protest has been attended to by the authorities. So whatever the incumbent President wants to do with the instrument of state to harass members of the opposition into humiliating submission would not work. The APC/Buhari campaign is now a people’s movement. The more they try to rubbish it, the more popular we are with the populace.

“We are not shadow-chasers or moonwalkers. The APC is concerned mainly with the lack of unity and security in Nigeria; plus the growing decimation of lives, property and territory of our great country due to preventable insurgency; the slumbering economy; decaying educational system; absence of jobs; poor public health; and the cancerous institutionalisation of corruption in our national life. You can’t fool the people all the time. Nigerians will vote out their oppressors come February 14.”

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Funke Akindele set to sue Linda Ikeji http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/27/funke-akindele-set-to-sue-linda-ikeji/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/27/funke-akindele-set-to-sue-linda-ikeji/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:39:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=227920 Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele

The management company of actress, Funke Akindele, has condemned in strong terms an unwarranted post by blogger, Linda Ikeji, ascribing a harmless picture on Akindele’s Instagram’s page to be a mockery of her alleged separation between her colleague, Toyin Aimakhu and her ex-husband, Adeniyi Johnson.

Benchmark Media threatened that Akindele could sue Ikeji if she does not retract the damning story and issue an apology as requested by her lawyers.

“While Linda went too far and assumed the role of a mind reader and a judge in her Sunday, January 25, 2015 post: “Did Funke Akindele Shade Toyin Aimakhu Last Night?” her management company said.

According to Benchmark Media, Ikeji’s story exposed the award winning actress to cynical comments and hasty judgements.

“Her post, did not only portray Akindele’s brand in bad light, it has promoted unhealthy rivalry where there is none,” the statement read.

Akindele and her lawyers have since written Ikeji, demanding that she retracts the story. “On same day, 25 January, via email, Akindele and her lawyers wrote a letter to Linda demanding a retraction and apology within 24 hours or face action within the ambit of law,” her management company said.

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ARISE NEWS launches on DSTV, GOTV http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/24/arise-news-launches-on-dstv-gotv/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/24/arise-news-launches-on-dstv-gotv/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:35:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=227706 MultiChoice has announced the launch of a new global news and entertainment channel, ARISE NEWS on DStv and GOtv.

ARISE NEWS will be on DStv channel 416 and GOtv channel 44 respectively, and will join other global news channels such as CNN, BBC, SKY News, CCTV, Al Jazeera, CNBC and Bloomberg on the MultiChoice platforms.

ARISE NEWS will deliver international news and entertainment to global audiences, 24 hours a day, seven days a week across all platforms and celebrates diverse communities in all continents including all that is African
and Afropolitan, according to a statement by Multichoice and Arise News owners.

Managing Director, MultiChoice, John Ugbe said on the launch of ARISE NEWS, “We are glad to welcome ARISE NEWS to our bouquet of news channels on both DStv and GOtv. We have demonstrated over the years our support of ‘Africanness’. And what better way to prove this than to celebrate as ARISE NEWS comes home to Africa through
our network. We have no doubt that uptake will be immediate, owing to its success across countries and continents for their immediacy in breaking news about world events.”

Nduka Obaigbena , Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of ARISE NEWS said: Today ARISE NEWS comes home to Africa by launching for the first time on African platforms following on its very successful launch in over 80 countries and territories including the United Kingdom, West, East and Central Europe, Middle East, North Africa and the United States telling the stories and experiences of underserved communities especially of the African continent while covering issues of the day and world events that matter.

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Topless models in eclipse at UK Sun newspaper http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/20/topless-models-in-eclipse-at-uk-sun-newspaper/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/20/topless-models-in-eclipse-at-uk-sun-newspaper/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:40:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=227034 Lucy on The Sun+ page 3

Lucy on The Sun+ page 3

British tabloid The Sun will no longer feature topless women on its page three, ending a controversial tradition that has lasted decades, according to reports on Tuesday.

The Times, which like The Sun is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, reported that last Friday’s edition of the tabloid would be the last to feature a topless model.

The four-decade old feature had long been criticised as sexist by campaigners and Murdoch himself described it as “old fashioned” last year.

A petition to stop The Sun, which is one of Britain’s most read newspapers, featuring topless models gathered more than 217,000 signatures.

The No More Page 3 campaign welcomed the change, calling it “truly historic news and a great day for people power”.

On the net, http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/ still offers a topless page 3 girl, called Lucy from warwick

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Ex-AFP bureau chief in Nigeria passes on http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/19/ex-afp-bureau-chief-in-nigeria-passes-on/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/19/ex-afp-bureau-chief-in-nigeria-passes-on/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:17:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226863 Jacques Lhuillery: dies aged 61

Jacques Lhuillery: dies aged 61

Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight aged 61, the news agency said Sunday.

The Tokyo bureau chief died in Brest in western France after a battle with cancer.

“Jacques adored his work as a wire reporter. He had a brilliant career, taking on postings as varied as Tehran, Madrid, The Hague, Beirut, Lagos and Abidjan,” said AFP global news director Michele Leridon.

He left Nigeria in 2010 at the end of his tenure that lasted more than four years.

AFP chairman and chief executive Emmanuel Hoog recalled a recent visit to Tokyo during which “this great professional shared with us his love for Japan with passion, enthusiasm and humour”.

Jacques Lhuillery, right, greets Japan PM Shinzo Abe

Jacques Lhuillery, right, greets Japan PM Shinzo Abe

Lhuillery, who began his tenure with the agency in 1979, was celebrated for his perfect imitations of French presidents.

“He was absolutely hilarious, his sense of humour was incredible,” said AFP journalist Pascale Trouillaud. “He was a very warm and endearing person.”

Though he was passionate about reporting abroad — he learned Japanese for his work in Tokyo — he kept close ties to France.

Lhuillery loved fishing and decorated his office in Japan with a photo of the bay visible from his home in France’s Brittany region.

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CNN gets approval to test drones for news coverage http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/13/cnn-gets-approval-to-test-drones-for-news-coverage/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/13/cnn-gets-approval-to-test-drones-for-news-coverage/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:19:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226063 Photo: dronelife.com

Photo: dronelife.com

CNN said Monday it has reached agreement with US aviation regulators to test drones for news gathering in the US, the network said.

Conceived initially mainly for military purposes, private use of the small unmanned aircraft allowing for image and information gathering is practically banned in the United States, except at low altitudes (below 122 meters, or 400 feet, and far from airports).

“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante. UAVs are unmanned aerial vehicles.

Tests are being carried out at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, based in Atlanta, Georgia where CNN, owned by Time Warner, is headquartered.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressed hope that the accord will help “safely integrate unmanned news-gathering technology and operating procedures into the National Airspace System.”

“Unmanned aircraft offer news organizations significant opportunities,” Huerta said.

There are growing calls for legislation to be passed so drones can be used in new coverage. No date for such rules have been published.

“Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace,” Vigilante said.

So far there are just a few exceptions to the Federal Aviation Administration ban on drones for aerial surveillance, monitoring of constructions sites and gas flaring and for video production companies.

Besides privacy concerns, one of the biggest obstacles to their authorization is the fear of mid-air crashes.

Some 193 cases of drone flights near aircraft were recorded by the FAA from February 22 to November 2014, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said.

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In Pictures: UFUK 2014 Dialogue and Peace Award http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/in-pictures-ufuk-2014-dialogue-and-peace-award/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/in-pictures-ufuk-2014-dialogue-and-peace-award/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:44:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202634 PRINCE YEMI SHYLON RECEIVES AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURE FROM THE MINISTER OF MINES AND STEEL DEVELOPMENT ARC. MUSA MOHAMMED SADA AT DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK DIALOGUE FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA






















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In Pictures: Rauf Aregbesola Campaign Rally in Ede http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/09/in-pictures-rauf-aregbesola-ede-campaign-rally/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/09/in-pictures-rauf-aregbesola-ede-campaign-rally/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:29:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202152 Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola on 8 July had a mammoth political campaign rally at Ede Federal Constituency where he was endorsed by the Timi of Ede, Munirudeen Lawal.

A sea of supporters waving brooms at the Ede rally

A sea of supporters waving brooms at the Ede rally

Residents of Ede catch the campaign trail fever

Residents of Ede catch the campaign trail fever

Primary school students were not left out

Primary school students were not left out

Optimistic supporters waving brooms, the symbol of their party

Optimistic supporters waving brooms, the symbol of their party

Rapturous welcome: Aregbesola is greeted by a mammoth crowd in Ede

Rapturous welcome: Aregbesola is greeted by a mammoth crowd in Ede

Aregbesola (2nd R) observes the national anthem along with his deputy and other APC chieftain

Aregbesola (2nd R) observes the national anthem along with his deputy and other APC chieftain

The imposing crowd show support for the governor

The imposing crowd show support for the governor

Endless: Thousands of supporters at the rally in Ede

Endless: Thousands of supporters at the rally in Ede

Aregbesola acknowledges his supporters on the street

Aregbesola acknowledges his supporters on the street

Recognised: Artisan's partake in the Ede rally

Recognised: Artisan’s partake in the Ede rally

People's Man: Residents show their support on a street in Ede

People’s Man: Residents show their support on a street in Ede

The elders also graced the campaign from their homes

The elders also graced the campaign from their homes

Residents dancing in approval of Aregbesola

Residents dancing in approval of Aregbesola

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The faces of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/21/the-faces-of-the-chibok-girls-abducted-by-boko-haram/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/21/the-faces-of-the-chibok-girls-abducted-by-boko-haram/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:43:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=199714 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Since 14 April, all the girls shown here have been in the captivity of Boko Haram militants.

Abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State, their whereabouts is unknown despite promises by the Nigerian government and a string of foreign aiders, such as the US, Britain and France to get the girls home.

The clock keeps ticking; hopes are diminishing as the girls continue to spend weeks and months with the bloodthirsty insurgents whose mission is to Islamise northern Nigeria.

Will these girls ever be brought back home? There are 219 of them with Boko Haram according to the final tally, by the Nigerian government.

Another set of Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Another set of Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Photos, Courtesy of Thisday/Arise TV and Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and now United Nations special envoy for Global Education

.Please click the photographs to see the names of the girls.

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Football: The Dutch inflict horrid pain on Spain http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/13/football-the-dutch-inflict-horrid-pain-on-spain/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/13/football-the-dutch-inflict-horrid-pain-on-spain/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:12:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198681 It was a night that defending champions, Spain would want to forget very quickly. A night they were humiliated by Netherlands in their first group game in Salvador Brazil.

Robin van Persie starred with a brace as the Netherlands gained revenge for their final defeat in South Africa by thrashing champions Spain 5-1 at the World Cup in Salvador on Friday.

Arjen Robben also scored a brace with Stefan de Vrij another to get his name on the scoresheet after Xabi Alonso had opened the scoring for Spain, who suffered their worst defeat in more than half a century, with a highly contentious penalty.

Spain drew first blood, with a penalty taken by Xabi Alonso

Spain drew first blood, with a penalty taken by Xabi Alonso

Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts after failing to save Alonso's penalty

Netherlands’ goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts after failing to save Alonso’s penalty

Van Persie heads home the equaliser and the game changer

Van Persie heads home the equaliser and the game changer

Van persie tongue-out mocks Spain after scoring

Van persie tongue-out mocks Spain after scoring

Arjen Robben, first right,  being mobbed by team mates. He had a brace

Arjen Robben, first right, being mobbed by team mates. He had a brace

Spain's keeper, Casillas, right,  being  consoled by Sergio Ramos. AFP

Spain’s keeper, Casillas, right, being consoled by Sergio Ramos. AFP

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