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Akwa Ibom Unity Choir Enters Guinness Book Of World Records

The Akwa Ibom State choral group has broken the world record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers in the world.

The Guinness World Records has officially certified it and now has it on its website.

The unity choir, a 25,272 man-choral group, broke the record at a concert in the Uyo Township Stadium on Saturday, December 13, 2014 with Guinness World Records representatives in attendance. The choir beat the record set by a group known as CENTI in Bogota, Columbia, which had 15,674 carol singers the previous year (December 15, 2013).

Guinness World Records adjudicator, Liz Smith, who did the announcement in Guinness World Record Headquarters, London, United Kingdom congratulated the choir and said “It is now time to reveal the report of the official attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the largest group of carol singers. Our team of highly trained record specialists have reached a decision. The record to beat was 15,674. I can now confirm that your attempt to break the record has been successful. Congratulations on receiving a new Guinness World Records Title. The title of the largest group of carol singers has been achieved by Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir. You are officially amazing.”

An elated Governor Godswill Akpabio broke the news to the people of the state saying, “This month, we broke the Guinness Book of World Records, for the largest number of carol singers ever in the world. This momentous feat was achieved when Akwa Ibom people drawn from all the nooks and crannies of the state came together in the spirit of love and brotherhood. I believe that if we imbibe the virtue of love and stand together in brotherhood in the New Year, we would keep setting records and the walls of division, which have been erected by some selfish politicians, would tumble down.”

President Jonathan’s younger sister dies

President Goodluck Jonathan’s younger sister, Mrs. Nancy Jonathan-Olei, is dead. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the deceased died on Sunday at a hospital in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. She was said to have died during a brief illness. The three-paragraph statement read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan  announces with deep sorrow, the passing away of his beloved junior sister, Mrs. Nancy Jonathan-Olei.“Mrs. Jonathan-Olei passed away earlier today at a hospital in Yenagoa after a brief illness. She was  52 years old.“Burial arrangements will be announced later by  the family.”

‘Why Father Mbaka Is Fighting Jonathan’

Fresh facts emerged yesterday on why the fiery Catholic priest and founder of the highly regarded Enugu-based Adoration Ministries, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, last week warned the electorate not to vote for the candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, in the forthcoming February 14, 2015 presidential election.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the Catholic priest was nudged by the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria to prophesy that the re-election of President Jonathan would spell disaster for the country.

A usually reliable source said that for some time now, the Catholic community has been nursing grudges against the president following insinuations that he has been parleying with the Anglican Church, while neglecting the Roman Catholic Church. President Jonathan is said to be an Anglican.

It was gathered that the leadership of the Catholic Church choose Fr Mbaka to make the statement given the fearless way he had spoken out against oppressive regimes in the past, which nearly cost him his life during the administration of former Enugu State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, after assassins shot him at close range.

However, it was also gathered that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), had sent a powerful delegation to Enugu on December 31, 2014, to woo Fr Mbaka to support his presidential ambition.

A source close to the meeting said Fr Mbaka’s speech came few hours following the meeting with Buhari’s delegation.

LEADERSHIP recalls that when recently President Jonathan’s wife, Patience, worshipped at the Adoration Ministries ground located at Ijineke Emene in Enugu East local government area, Fr Mbaka urged Ndigbo to support the second term bid of her husband.

LEADERSHIP further gathered that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was rankled over Fr Mbaka’s advice to Ndigbo to vote for the PDP presidential candidate, hence he was allegedly ordered by the leadership of the Catholic community to warn the electorate that voting for the incumbent president would spell disaster for Nigeria.

Delivering a message entitled, “From Goodluck to Bad Luck” at the Adoration Ministries ground on New Year’s Eve, Mbaka said that when the first lady Dame Patience Jonathan visited the Adoration Ground recently, he had conducted a spiritual exercise by lifting four birds to fly, but the fourth and most healthy of the birds refused to fly.

Mbaka revealed that he did everything to make the fourth bird to fly but it refused to fly, and God ministered to him not to worry the bird any further.

The cleric expressed regret that in the annals of Nigeria’s history, there has not been a time the country recorded so much bloodshed like the current administration.

Mbaka recalled that the whole country had looked forward for a leader who would give jobs to the teeming unemployed youths, provide mass education, electricity and maximum security and industrialize Nigeria in anticipation that oil will one day melt away.

“There emerged a Goodluck and Goodluck met face to face with Yar’Adua and Yar’Adua died. When Goodluck met Yar’Adua, Yar’Adua had bad luck and died. Goodluck met our oil; our oil had bad luck and melted away. He met our

Naira, our Naira had bad luck.

“Where are we? What is the fate of this country? Do we continue with bad luck? Many civil servants did not go home with December salary. What did they use to celebrate Christmas?

“By December 5, the children will go back to school. The parents are expected to pay their school fees. Are they going to use their urine to pay? Are they going to use stool to pay school fees,” queried the fiery Catholic priest during his ministration on December 31, 2014.

Fr Mbaka called on all prophetic voices in the country to speak up, saying that even those who have been bought over should speak up because of the destiny of our children.

He said: “What is kidnapping? Kidnapping is the grandson of unemployment. Boko Haram is the grandson of unemployment, mass looting and corruption. As it stands now, Jonathan should resign. The Goodluck of Jonathan has become bad luck to Nigeria.

“In few months to come, many people are going to lose their jobs.

“During elections, Jonathan will answer Azikiwe and Ebele to become an Igboman. After election, the Azikiwe and Ebele will vanish. Look at our federal roads built by Buhari and Babangida. The continuity of Jonathan means disaster to Nigeria. We need change,” Mbaka had said.

Expressing worry about the future of the children, the cleric noted that they are being admonished to go to school and yet the government schools are not functional.

He warned that Nigeria was like an egg waiting to be broken in the hands of President Jonathan, but said such would not be allowed it to happen.

Mbaka lamented that pastors have become vultures and hawks around Jonathan, eating the porridge of Jacob and selling their prophetic rights, adding that some are turning Naira into dollars and flying them out of the country in private jets.

Noting that anointing is now merchandise in Aso Rock, he said the men of God telling Jonathan to continue, should question their prophetic anointing.

He continued: “When a man is eating well and his children are hungry, is that man still a father. When a mother is dressing well and eating well and her children are naked and hungry, will you say she is still a mother?

“Any moment from now, they will start telling us that this person is a Christian, this person is a Muslim. I am not campaigning for anybody. I am filled with tears over what is happening in Nigeria. The way Nigeria is going now, Goodluck’s office, let another take,” Mbaka said.

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Alleged witch in Delta confesses using urine to prepare moi-moi

A middle-aged woman alleged to be a witch in Ughelli South local government area of Delta (name withheld) on Friday evening confessed to using her urine to mix the beans with which she prepared moi-moi which she sold to members of the public as well as fed family members with.

LeadershipNG reports that the woman, well-known in the community for her beauty and well-prepared meals especially her moi-moi that she sold to unsuspecting members of the public, allegedly confessed when she was almost lynched by an angry mob over allegations by a young man in the area that she planned to kill him with her witchcraft.

It was gathered that the young man was about taking his bath in the bathroom when a rat almost hit
him on the leg. On seeing the rat, he picked a piece of wood and kill it, but instead of beating a retreat, the rat allegedly increased in size, eventually turning into a human being before disappearing, leaving two slippers behind.

The young man was said to have gone to town with the tale, and on getting to the house of the alleged witch, popularly called MamaT, he was said to have seen the woman surrounded by a angry crowd who descended on her.

Eyewitness said some parts of the woman’s body were swollen, as she was made to put on a pair of slippers, and realizing the slippers were similar to those left behind by the rat, the young man screamed,

“Madam, why are you putting on the same slippers, and why is your body swollen?” And she replied, “I had an accident yesterday where I sustained some injuries and lost one of my slippers.”

Suspecting the woman was the rat that turned to a human being in his bathroom, the young man narated his story to the crowd, while appealing to them to allow him get the slippers that the rat left behind in his house.

By the time he returned and showed the people the single pair of slippers, it was exactly the same with the one on the woman’s foot.

This left the angry mob with no option than to beat her to stupor, before she confessed to litany of atrocities she had committed, while confessing that all through the years, she had been selling moi-moi she used her urine from her coven to prepare.

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Father Christmas arrested for defiling 5-yr-old schoolgirl

Santa Claus or Father Christmas, as he is often called in this clime, is known for rewarding good conducts. Now, what happens when this rewarder of virtues becomes the wrongdoer?

That is exactly what played out recently at a Christmas party or­ganized by a nursery and primary school in the Ojodu-Abiodun area of Ogun State. During such parties, children are usually taken to the Father Christmas one after the other to receive gifts from him.

The joyful event turned awry after a five-year-old pupil from the school complained that the Father Christmas dipped a finger in her vagina and blood came out when she went in for her gift.

The matter was reportedly incidented at a police station in the area following which the said Father Christmas was arrested penultimate Friday and later released on bail. He was thereafter mandated to report to the station last Monday.

When Sunday Sun visited the police station where the matter was reportedly handled, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) denied knowledge of the case, saying that no such matter was brought before him.

However, investigations showed that the matter was actually reported at that station. A petty trader around the police station told Sunday Sun that the matter did not involve a Father Christmas, but a Barney brought to the party by the party organizers hired by the school for the event.

She explained that it was even the owner of the business that was arrested and not the culprit as he could not be traced after the incident. She said that she knew about the matter when she saw a pregnant woman by her shop (who she claimed was the wife of the man arrested) crying while the man was detained at the police station.

Although the woman argued that the man on the run was innocent of the charge, she could not explain why the said offender disappeared following the report.

It was her view that the par­ents of the girl were not telling the whole truth, as they were alleged to have taken the child to a hospital as far as Ogba, in Lagos, for test that would ascer­tain the truth of the matter.

According to her, they claimed that it was their family hospi­tal. She believed that the police were in the best position to decide where the test should have been done.

“I know the man that was ar­rested. He runs a party organizing outfit, which the school hired. When people rent the Barney costume, anybody can then wear it. When someone rented it in my compound, it was even my son that wore it. Anybody can wear it. The person who wore the costume during the party allegedly dipped his finger in the girl’s vagina, and then ran away. They have not seen him till now,” she explained.

Meanwhile, another respon­dent, a woman who lives next door to the school confirmed the story to Sunday Sun, saying it was actually a man in Father Christmas costume that com­mitted the offence. The school, a two-storey building, is adjacent to her house.

She, however, explained that the parties had settled matter. “They were having the party up­stairs when the thing happened; they have a hall where they hold parties upstairs. But they have settled it.”

She even assured the reporter who she believed was an intend­ing patron, that the school was a very good one. “It is just that one (referring to the incident). I am a teacher myself, and I can tell you that the school is very good.”

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Edo to demolish 2 houses used by kidnappers, as SSS parades 5

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has stated that, in accordance with the law, buildings used by kidnappers to shelter their victims in the state will be pulled down. Oshiomhole, who spoke during the parade of kidnappers and scammers at the Department of State Security, DSS, Benin said that it was unfortunate that kidnappers are still on the prowl in the state, but promised that they all will be flushed out by security operatives in the state: “it is only a matter of time”, Oshiomhole emphasized.

Director of the Edo DSS, Mr Bello Bakore also thanked the state government for providing the needed support for them in order to accomplsih their goals.

According to an official of the DSS, two buildings would go-one at Osasogie Street, around ‘The Limit’ junction near Sapele Road, while another single storey building with four flats would go down. Governor Oshiomhole also revealed that the buildings would be knocked down before the week runs out.

Three kidnappers were paraded while two other men were held for scam and racketeering at the DSS office in Benin.

Sunday Ewhareime, a native of Ughelli in Delta State and was involved in the kidnap of a doctor, Imuwahen Nehikhare, a pastor, F Obaseki, three children of Audu Gani, namely seven year old Tanzila Audu Gani, twin to Tazil Audu Gani, and Zaid Audu Gani, (3)an exectuve assistant to the Edo State governor.

Joshua Igbinovia, aka Blackky, was also among the kidnappers. He was an accomplice to the Ewhareime, and also took part in the kidnap of the father-in-law to the Edo State deputy governor. He participated too in the kidnap of the chairman of Randekhi Hotel, Benin City.

Impemdor Ibrahim, a 23 year old man from Akoko Edo, another kidnapper, was also paraded.

Christian David, from Igueben. Although he was not one of those involved in the active capture of the crooks, he assisted in ensuring they do not escape. He was arrested in his house.

Umoru Jacob, annother kidnapper, was shot while trying to escape was a kingpin and leader of the gang. He organized all the kidnaps.

On his part, Michael Onyekachi, involved in fake visa racketeering was arrested in his bid to dupe one Orobor O Wisdom in Edo State, whom he took N1.5 million.

ThankGod Itepe, a final year student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Before his arrest, he was alleged to have being involved in placing fake adverts on the internet posing as an agent of Dangote Cement Company, and make them pay a fee on the pretext of giving them jobs.

Adamawa bomb blast, first picture

Over 60 people were killed this evening in a bomb blast at a bar in Mubi, Adamawa State.

Photo credit, CKN Nigeria

BREAKING NEWS: Boko Haram bombs bar and brothel in Adamawa, killing over 60

Terrorists belonging to the extreme Islamist group, Boko Haram, today bombed a bar and brothel located near a major military base in Mubi, Adamawa State. Preliminary reports disclosed that at least sixty people died in the attack at the location popularly known as “Kabang”.

Two security sources in the area told SaharaReporters that a horrendous explosion rocked the bar and brothel which usually teems with civilian and military patrons. The explosion happened close to 6 pm. Nigerian time, both sources said. One of our sources said none of the casualties was a soldier, but the other stated that it was too early to determine whether any of the dead were soldiers.

The bombed facility is a short distance away from the headquarters of the Special Operations Battalion (SOB) of the Nigerian army in Mubi. The battalion is at the center of the Nigerian government’s counter-offensive against Boko Haram’s increasingly daring attacks on military and civilian targets.

Soldiers based in Mubi frequently join civilians to eat, drink and dance at the watering hole, our sources said, adding that military commanders generally warned soldiers not to stay at the joint past 4 p.m.

In recent weeks, Boko Haram has carried out deadly attacks in the northeast Nigerian states of Adamawa, Borno and tone, despite the Federal Government’s declaration of a state if emergency in the three states.
SOURCE- Sahara Reporters
 

Group reactivates demands for an independent state of Biafra

Indigenous People of Biafra have stated that May 30, 2014 is the day of commencement of their agitation for an independent nation of Biafra to be carved out of Nigeria.

Leader of IPOB and executive director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu stated this on Friday, at the memorial of Biafra’s fallen heroes held at hill top Ngwo, Enugu in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Kanu spoke on Friday, 30th May, when the event held. He told newsmen: “we have honoured our dead, today we remember those that fought and died for us”, even as he pointed out that the memorial marks the beginning of proper freedom fighting for the Biafrans: “we do Biafra freedom fighting the way freedom fighting should be done”.

He explained that though the agitation would begin peacefully, it might end up involving the taking up of arms since according to him, “there cannot be real freedom fighting and drinking a cup of tea”.

“We come in peace but we bring hell with us. If there is no Biafra this place will be completely destroyed; everything will die here or they give us Biafra. So there is and will be no compromise; we don’t retreat and we don’t surrender. We have come here to fight for our country or we die fighting for our freedom,” he declared.

Kanu decried the non payment of benefits due to Biafran soldiers by Nigeria: “it is a continuation of the same injustice that led us to try to extricate ourselves from this Lugard creation called ‘Zoological Republic of Nigeria”.

He further stated: “That is why it is very disheartening that you see old men in every blessed month crying and wishing that their money will come to them and nothing happens. The Yorubas have been paid, the Hausa Fulani have been paid then those of them belonging to Biafra have not been paid. It is an injustice that must be addressed and it is part of the reason why we are doing what we are doing because in the new Biafra we would not have this level of injustice”.

Kanu pointed out that the reasons for the re-declaration of Biafra was in reaction to the monumental and serial acts of injustice against the Indigenous People of Biafra, warning that: “Nigeria has no choice because Biafra will come on or before September 30, 2015!”.
 
A member of the Biafran war veterans, Col Ben Ndu said in spite of several letters and representations to the authorities, no meaningful action has been taken to address the plight of his colleagues adding that it was painful that Igbo legislators at the national assembly have never raised the issue for debate or discussion.

The memorial, which is symbolic, was held on May 30, making it exactly 47 years since Biafra was declared by late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

High points of the event included a march past by various divisions of Biafra war veterans, who sang songs, and the unveiling of a cenotaph in commemoration of “all those that lost their lives fighting for Biafra and members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB)”.

How Jonathan’s online critics took N5 m. bribe each from Gov Amaechi

The story of how agents of the APC and Governor Rotimi Amaechi invited some online praise singers to Port Harcourt for a thank you dinner, and that each got N5 million for the dogged bashing of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has been on the world wide web for over 24 hours Pointblanknews.com gathered that the whole scheme was put together by one of Amaechi’s lackeys named Preye Aganaba. The criteria used are not quite clear but most of those invited from Abuja, Lagos and Owerri, are ardent critics of Jonathan. But Aganaba claimed he also invited ‘pro-Jonathan ‘ online commentators. A reliable source close to APC interim publicity secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed disclosed to Newsday Reportersthat APC has released the sum of N300 million to be shared among its online “warriors” for the final push against Goodluck Jonathan and a possible fall of the Nigerian government. This strategy is coming amidst what he tagged an excellent result from the Public Relations firm the party hired from the United States in the tune of $1 billion to help the party tarnish the image of the Nigerian government. It should be recalled that the PR firm managed by Obama 2008 and 2012 campaign Manager, David Axelrod, has been instrumental to Nigerian government being featured in the international news media as weak and corrupt. Meanwhile, while one of the guest,s Mrs Theresa Ugwuayin tried to make light of the scandal on her wall, Victoria Ibezim who was invited, allegedly got part of the booty but did not attend, was livid . She took shots at those who said she was there. But Aganaba’s detailed disclosure did not help both women in the damage control bid. Pointblanknews.com gathered that the event was a double because it was Amaechi’s birthday and also used to somehow formally ‘launch the Ameachiiknow hashtag It was learnt that these men and women who often come on Facebook to portray themselves as patriots, were sent air tickets to fly to Rivers State. The governor took them round the state where he showed them his only ‘achievements’ The highlight of the event according to sources, was a dinner and brown envelopes which contained cheque of N5million each. The Rivers government invited some members of the social media community to attend the first session with the governor …. 49 in number to mark his 49th birthday. According to Aganaba 34 of his supporters and 15 anti Amaechi (actually pro GEJ supporters) were in Port Harcourt Aganaba’s revelation shocked some of those who attended but decided to be quiet about it..He said on his Facebook page “ I Preye Aganaba, took out my time to select all the persons invited either directly or by proxy …. especially the 15 anti Amaechi persons … i called several persons … some accepted, others promised to attend but didnt, others promised to attend and did … at the end of the day, it’s all about Nigeria … point is that we provided an opportunity for people on both sides to interface with the governor … and whether u like it or not, also provided an opportunity for the governor to hear directly from people who oppose him. and the persons didn’t disappoint as they took on the governor with several hot questions” Aganaba disclosed further ” . 11 persons came in from Abuja and Lagos and I paid for their tickets to and fro … put them in a subsidized hotel for one night (which was the original idea) and a 2nd night after it became obvious that leaving same day was impossible for most of the invitees …. Those who drove in from nearby towns like Owerri Theresa Ugwuanyi, Kelechi Jeff Eme from delta state Eba Okorodudu White and others came in covering their expenses … Opposition persons like Eze-Basil Chinwendu Oluo D’Oracle, Ross Alabo-George, Mark Olise etc etc covered their own transport expenses and not a dime was given to them … This people are friends and political divides cant put us apart … they all came to honor me and our friendship … and am so so grateful” Aganaba however stressed that no dime was given out by Amaechi for a ‘job well done’ Some of those who attended and took photos at the event include.. Kelechi Jeff Eme , Femi Adeoya. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, Preye Aganaba, Jasper Azuatalam, Japheth J Omojuwa, Soni Akoji, Theresa Ugwuanyi, Danjuma Azemobo Musa, Kelechi Deca, Oviebor Okeh Goodluck, Eba Okorodudu White, Mercy Ugo and Uche Igwe. Those that did not attend due to work engagement like Victoria Ohaeri-Ibezim, Bukky Hassan, Tokunbo Aremodua, Susan Henshaw , theirs were sent to them. Aganaba added “t was an interesting session as everyone had a fair chance to speak and throw questions at the governor …. and #theamaechiiknow, didn’t disappoint too … expect the video of the encounter before end of day on youtube … The amaechi i know doesn’t share money and that point came to light in the course of the conversation …. We hope to organise another event soon”. 
Source:Pointblanknews