Friday, 29 July 2016

Nigeria's women relay team banned from Rio Olympics

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has thrown out Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s relay team out of next month’s Olympic Games in Brazil, according to Complete Sports.

Nigeria’s disqualification is due to the positive drugs test of Tosin Adeloye at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Super Grand Prix/Warri Relays in Warri, Delta State on July 24, 2015.
Adeloye was a member of the Nigerian quartet that finished fourth at the IAAF World Championships last year in August. She actually ran the third leg in the semi-finals where the team ran 3:23.27 seconds, the second fastest time in Nigeria’s all-time record.

Adeloye also ran the third leg in the final. Other members of the quartet were Regina Goerge who ran the first leg, Funke Oladoye who ran the second leg and Patience Okon-George who anchored the team to finish fourth.

Adeloye’s positive drugs test has earned her a ban for eight years which implies that all results she achieved from the period she tested positive, whether  individually or jointly will be annulled.

While the trio of Okon-George, Margaret Bamgbose and Omolara Omotosho who have been picked by the AFN may be in Rio after meeting the qualfication standard  for the open 400m, Regina George, who has laboured to raise over $4,000 from the crowd-funding platform, Gofundme, is out as she did not meet the standard and was going to Rio only as a member of the relay team.

It would be recalled that Nigeria benefitted from a similar scenario at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia when one of Team USA’s relay team members tested positive for a banned substance. Nigeria had her silver win upgraded to gold.
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First Ever Nigeria Celebrity Arm Wrestling Show Debuts

City to city loud parties entertainment  an out and out entertainment company which promote out of the box entertainment concept is ready to launch 'Nigerian Celebrity Arm Wrestling' Show, a first-of-its Kind in the Nigerian entertainment  industry.                                                                                                                                                                       The Nigeria Celebrity Arm Wrestling which will feature performances and dances will be an avenue for networking among both entertainment and non-entertainment personalities  
Already, many Nigerian celebrities including Falz The Badht Guy, Ras Kimono, Obesere,yoo,yemi sholade, ayo adesanya, eniola badmus have been briefed on this, and as the organizers moves on with the planning, the celebs will be involved proper.

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“I can’t be a true Muslim if I don’t believe in Jesus” - Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar IV was at the Wilson Center in Washington DC.

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Here are 8 insightful quotes from the Sultan's speech:

  • “We always call on people not to vote on religious sentiment.”
  • “I can’t be a true Muslim if I don’t believe in Jesus”
  • “Mosquitos go to churches on Sunday, and mosques on Friday. Muslims and Christians must find ways to work together.”
  • “We must not go back to the days of killing people over rumour of cartoons in far away places. You can’t fight for God.”
  • “Boko Haram was founded and funded by politicians.”
  • “We frown at refusal to send girls to school. Girls should be educated because they are the leaders of our homes.”
  • “Times have changed. We have to have ranches. Moving cows from Mali to Nigeria no longer works.”
  • “If the government is doing right, support them. If the government is doing wrong, tell them they are doing wrong.”
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Buhari Appoints New Health Agencies Director-Generals

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new five heads of agencies under the Federal Ministry of Health.

Metronaija gathered through a reliable source at the ministry that the new Director-Generals are

National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA)- Prof Echezona Ezeanolue
  National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)- Prof Usman Yusuf
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD)- 
 National Institute of Medical Research- Prof Babatunde Salami
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu
National Agency for the Control of AIDS- Dr Sani Aliyu
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LUTH Set To Investigate #SaveMayowa Controversy

The Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Prof. Chris Bode, has said that the hospital’s management will investigate the controversy surrounding the medical treatment of one of its patient, Mayowa Ahmed.

Bode said this when contacted by our correspondent about the raging controversy about the true state of Mayowa and the veracity of claims by her family that they needed funds to fly her abroad for further treatment.

He, however, did not give further details about the patient.
Mayowa’s family, supported by Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu, had launched an online appeal to raise funds for her cancer surgery in an Atlanta- based hospital in the United States.
The campaign was said to have raised over N30m for her.
But online reports on Thursday claimed that Ahmed’s medical reports had stated that she did not require surgery for her condition and that no hospital could save her.

However, Ahmed’s family in a statement on Thursday denied online media reports, which claimed that they had deceived the public.
The family in a statement on Thursday stated that Ahmed had been misdiagnosed by many hospitals in the country and it had sought funds for an alternative and better diagnosis abroad.

The statement read, “As a family, we want to make these affirmative statements: Mayowa is presently at LUTH receiving treatment for her seven-hour trip to Abu Dhabi. We also engaged the services of Flying Doctors to accompany her on the trip based on recommendation by doctors in LUTH.
“She is receiving treatment to allow her to be able to travel as advised by doctors. She’s been transfused to help improve her PCV.

“The funds raised are solely for Mayowa’s treatment and for no other reason. We await her visa to commence the journey as we are in touch with the doctors abroad and they are awaiting her arrival. We appreciate the contributions made by Nigerians on this journey.

“We have been misled by the so-called top hospitals in Nigeria and have only helped to make the issue worse. We require every support to help to give our dear Mayowa another attempt to regain her life and live the remaining as God as ordained.”
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''Toyin Aimakhu wanted part of #SaveMayowa money and we refused' - Family

New allegations against Yoruba actress Toyin Aimakhu and founder of the Lifestake Foundation, Aramide Kasumu that they wanted part of the over N32million raised for ovarian cancer patient Mayowa Ahmed has just emerged.

These are tweets by Soliat Tobi Bolaji who was with Mayowa's sister at LUTH, all through the period it was alleged the Ahmed family had scammed Nigerians yesterday.


There's also a video recording obtained by Abiyamo, of a brother to Mayowa Ahmed (names withheld), saying the foundation and Aimakhu were not interested in helping them for free and when they discovered that they were not going to get a penny, they resorted to blackmailing them and branding the whole thing a scam.

The conversation was in Yoruba, transcript is below:

 CALLER: I heard a rumour from some unfortunate people saying that Mayowa’s case is a scam, how far, is it true?  How is Mayowa feeling now, has she travelled?

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Are you a stranger to Mayowa?

CALLER: Of course I do know her very well.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Good, those of you who know her and her familiar with her case should tell everyone that it is a lie.  They (rumour mongers and accusers) are insane.


 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Thank God you met her, or didn’t you meet her?

CALLER: Of course. I lived with her (Mayowa).

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: And you are aware of her regular crises and all her afflictions, right?

CALLER: Of course.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Why do we have to lie about the whole thing, do we (Ahmed family) look like impoverished people? Or are the accusers unfortunate people?

CALLER: Ah, it will not be well with them (the accusers and rumour mongers). When people have donated over N32 million naira.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: It was God that made it all possible and we did not even know that people will turn out like that. I hope you understand?

CALLER: You know the funniest part of it all? It was when I was hearing what all what Mayowa herself was saying.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: What did she say?

CALLER: As in, if you see the videos they uploaded with what she was saying.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: What did she say?

CALLER: (inaudible) I will share some of her videos with you.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Hello, when did she say that?

CALLER: Hello, can you hear me?

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Hello, hello, hello. When did she share, when did she take the pictures?

CALLER: Both pictures and videos.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: What did she say in them?

CALLER: She said that people should assist her that she is going through some pains and everything and that people should come to her aid and stuffs like that.

Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Ehn, everybody is aware of that already. Nobody is telling lies. There is no lie in her call for help. She needed help. She needed money, where were we going to get N32 million naira? And she decided to do a video to explain her condition to people. You know the truth of the whole matter? All these foundations, all these people, in the course of that (the donations), different foundations came…


 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: I hope you understand?


 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: And all these foundations do not work alone. They all want money. Between you and I, people (from these foundations) will come to us and demand for various amounts of money (before they can assist us). You get?


 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: They wanted their own part of the money.


 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: That is the simple truth. That is why you are hearing crazy rumours like that. Even Toyin Aimakhu herself is a thief.

CALLER: Ah, oh, she (Toyin Aimakhu) is an unfortunate person. So she did not release the money?

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: No, there is money in the account. You understand? You know of the processing and all, you also know that some people do not get help for more than five, six months. You get? So Mayowa was followed by the grace of God for her to be able to raise such an amount of money in less than three days. So we started processing. She will initially go to Dubai (United Arab Emirates). As a matter of fact, our biggest cousin is in the embassy, working on the processing. Assuming we know the outcome was going to be like this, we could have even hastened the processing but where is the money? You can imagine running CT scans for more than five times. You know how much CT scan costs? I did it. I left Lagos to do it in Ilorin because it was cheaper there where I did it for N100,000. In Lagos here, if you do not have N350,000, you cannot do it.

CALLER: I understand, I understand.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: That is not to talk of the series of tests which are even small.

CALLER: You know what happened? They should not release the money if it is in Mayowa’s account.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: The money is inside Mayowa’s account. Nobody is releasing it and there is no problem. Those of you who are family and friends should let everyone know the accusation is false. We do not have anything to hide. We are doing the processing and it is not that easy.

CALLER: Thank you very much my brother, it will also go live on Abiyamo’s page. I will send it to them.

 Mayowa Ahmed’s brother: Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks.
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PHOTOS: President Buhari Receives Council of Imams

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received the Council of Abuja Imams at the state house Abuja.

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PHOTO: Ooni of Ife's Wife Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi Pregnant?

Yesterday, the Ife royalty flagged off the World Hepatitis Day charity walk organised by the SHECA Foundation in Ife. Dressed in her signature white attire, Olori Wuraola visibly spotted a bump, which sort of confirms previous speculations that she is pregnant.
See the photo:
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"I Transported N4.7bn Poll Funds For Obanikoro" - Ex-Aide Confesses

An officer of the Nigerian Navy, Lt.-Cdr Olumide Adewale, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he helped his former boss, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, to transport money, which was flown to Akure and later handed over to Abiodun Agbele on the instructions of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

Adewale, who was the Aide-de-Camp to Obanikoro when the latter was the Minister of State for Defence, said this on Wednesday when he was grilled by detectives of the EFCC.

According to the anti-graft agency, the money was part of the N4.7bn that was paid into Obanikoro’s sons’ company account, Sylvan McNamara, on the instructions of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Adewale, who was in charge of Obanikoro’s security for about a year, told the EFCC that everything he did was under the strict instructions of his boss.

He told investigators that on June 16, 2014, barely a week to the Ekiti State governorship election, he, alongside Obanikoro, departed the ex-minister’s Park View home in Ikoyi, Lagos, and headed for the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The naval officer told detectives that on getting to the airport, he met Obanikoro’s son, Gbolahan. He said Gbolahan and the former minister had a brief meeting after which a bullion van arrived at the private wing of the airport.

Adewale told the EFCC operatives that Gbolahan then directed some men at the airport to offload the money from the bullion van and load it unto the aircraft.

The entire activity was said to have been captured on CCTV.

A detective of the anti-graft agency quoted Adewale as saying, “The flight was delayed for about an hour. Later, a bullion van pulled into the hangar where the chartered flight was. Shortly after, Gbolahan ensured that some bags were offloaded unto the plane. I later boarded the flight with Obanikoro and his friend, Dr. Tunde Oshinowo (a PDP chieftain and a mutual friend of Obanikoro and Fayose).”

The EFCC detectives told one of our correspondents that on getting to the Akure airport, Obanikoro was welcomed by Mr. Abiodun Agbele, Fayose’s ally, who had since been arrested by the commission.

Adewale confirmed that Obanikoro was welcomed at the airport by a politician.

He told investigators that he did not know the name of the person but could recognise the person.

The naval man was further quoted as saying, “On arrival at Akure, the minister had a discussion with political friends. A bullion van was driven to the tarmac. The bags were offloaded unto the bullion van and the minister directed that we escort the van to a Zenith Bank branch in Akure.

“On arrival, the bags were offloaded by bank workers under the supervision of a civilian who had come to meet the minister at the Akure airport. I don’t know the man facially but I can recognise him.”

Meanwhile, Fayose has said the EFCC is on a wild goose chase in Ekiti State.

The governor stated that the anti-corruption commission had shifted attention to the finances of Ekiti State after what he claimed to be the failure of the commission to link him with the diversion of arms funds at the NSA’s office under Dasuki.

Fayose, who spoke on Orange FM station in Akure, Ondo State, on Thursday, said the EFCC had started harassing banks in Ekiti State, seeking for records of government finances, on allegations that the contractors gave him (governor) kickbacks.

“They are on vendetta mission. They said I collected money from Dasuki and I have told them that I did not collect a dime from Dasuki. I have N300m in my fixed deposit account in Zenith Bank and I declared it in my Asset Declaration Form.

“I have challenged them to publish the statement made to the EFCC by Dasuki where he said he gave Senator Musiliu Obanikoro money to give me or where Obanikoro himself said he gave me money.’’

Fayose called for proper restructuring of the country in line with the report of the 2014 National Conference.

“Nigeria has not been properly structured and that’s why we are facing all these problems. Remember it was those in power now that clamoured for restructuring when they were in opposition. Now that they have the federal powers and they are using the powers to oppress the people, they are against the restructuring of Nigeria,” he said.
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PHOTO: Bricklayer kidnaps two children, sells three-year-old for N1, 500

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A suspected child abductor, Ola Ibikunle, has been detained by the police after he was caught with a four-year-old girl in the Oyero area of Ijoko, Ogun State.

It was learnt that Ibikunle, a bricklayer, had held his victim, Eniola, by the neck and was about to strangle her in an uncompleted building when he was caught by passersby.
The suspect, who confessed to have stolen a three-year-old boy and sold him for N1,500, was later handed over to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Agbado Police Division.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Eniola and her 11-year-old sister, Opeyemi, were following their father, Segun Quadri, to a church in Ijoko around 2pm on Tuesday.
The father was said to have gone some distance ahead when the suspect ambushed the children and abducted Eniola.

The victim’s sister, Opeyemi, reportedly raised the alarm which caught the attention of some passersby.
The suspect was reportedly met in an uncompleted building while trying to strangle the girl.
An angry mob had beaten him up before the police arrived on the scene.
Ibikunle, who hails from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, told our correspondent that Eniola was his second victim.
The suspect, who spoke in Yoruba, confessed to have stolen a three-year-old boy around the Ijoko area sometime in June and sold him to a man in the Sango area for N1,500.
He said, “I am a bricklayer, but I use child abduction to augment my wages. A man in the Sango area contracted me to always get children for him. I don’t know what he uses them for. Last month, I abducted a boy of about three years and sold him to the man for N1,500.
“This girl (Eniola) was the second child I would abduct, but I did not succeed.”
The victim’s father, Segun, said he and the children were already late for a church programme on that day which made him to walk faster than them.
He said, “The incident happened around 1pm o
n Tuesday. We had a programme in our church and we were late. Since Opeyemi is older, I thought they should be able to find their way to the church.
“I had gone some distance ahead when some people called me that Opeyemi said her younger sister had been abducted. She said the abductor escaped with Eniola to an uncompleted building and she led us there. We met him holding her by the neck.”
A police source told our correspondent that efforts were being made to apprehend the buyer of the abducted children.
“The suspect has confessed to the crime and he stated that he sells his victims to a man in the Sango area. But he has yet to mention the name of the kingpin. Some operatives followed him to the area twice, but he did not lead them to the man’s house. We are going to ensure that we track him down,” the source said.
The Ogun State acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect would be further investigated.
He said, “It is a case of suspected child stealing. The police were able to arrest the suspect with the help of residents. The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the suspect should be transferred to the command headquarters for a thorough investigation.”
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