Monday, May 19, 2014

Give Me Oduduwa Or Let Me Die - By Femi Fani-Kayode

In this very deep and expressive piece, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode writes about Nigeria and her current state and says its time we stop pretending and face the facts of an impending break up. Read below...

United appoint Louis van Gaal as manager

Louis van Gaal

Football’s worst kept secret at the moment is finally out.

Louis van Gaal has been appointed as Manchester United manager after signing a three-year deal while Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as his assistant.

Police Press Release: Police avert another bomb blast in Kano

Here's a Police press release signed by The Force Public Relations officer, Frank Mba...

The Police in Kano today, 19th May, 2014, about 9:00am averted what could have been another devastating bomb blast in the ancient city of Kano. Kano Police operatives, acting on intelligence, tracked and recovered a Mitsubishi Station Wagon car, ash in colour, with registration number Kano – AE 756 GSW loaded with assorted gas cylinders, one container of fuel and other electrical components of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The vehicle was recovered at Tafawa Balewa Street, Nasarawa area of Kano State and has since been rendered safe by Police Bomb Disposal experts.

31 Children Die as Bus Explodes In Colombia

Thirty-one children were burned to death when their bus caught fire and exploded in northern Colombia on Sunday, the Red Cross said.

Another 25 people - including one adult - were injured and seriously burned in the blaze at the town of Fundacion, in the department of Magdalena, Cesar Uruena with the Colombian Red Cross told AFP.

Military Warns Against Visit to operation areas

A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade reads: “The Defence Headquarters has noted the presence of a large number of tourists, journalists and adventurers of diverse interests moving about in areas where security operations are currently ongoing especially in Adamawa and Borno states without the necessary security cover or clearance.

“This trend constitutes unnecessary risk to the persons especially the foreigners involved. It is also an undue obstruction to operations”.

Robin Thicke Begs Onstage to Win Back Estranged Wife Paula Patton at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

His public plea for Paula! Robin Thicke took to the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 18 -- not once, but twice! -- to profess his love for his estranged wife Paula Patton.

In his latest public attempt to win Patton back, the "Blurred Lines" singer, 37, first made his latest sentiments known as he accepted the award for Best R&B Single. Sporting a buzzed haircut and black leather jacket, Thicke gushed, "Most importantly, I'd like to thank my wife for her love and support, and for putting up with me for all these years."

Adopted Son Of General Buhari Arrested Over N20million Scam


 Mohammed Buhari, an adopted son of former Military Head of State and APC Chieftain Mohammdu Buhari has being arrested by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly defrauding a businesswoman, Mrs Florence Nwokocha, to the tune of N20million, Sahara Reporters reports.

Jonathan Bans Ministers, Aides From Talking About #BringBackOurGirls

Meanwhile, President Jonathan has asked all ministers and presidential spokespersons to stop commenting on any issue relating to the campaign by the Federal Government to rescue the school girls.

Sources told Vanguard that Jonathan gave the directive following alleged uncoordinated responses or comments by some ministers and special advisers to criticisms by some Nigerians over government alleged poor handling of the terrorist activities in the North-East with particular reference to the abducted students.

#BringBackOurGirls: Boko Haram soft-pedals, drops demand for release

LAGOS—Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Borno a month ago, has backed down on its demand for a release of its top commanders by government before the abducted girls could be released.

It has also emerged that President Goodluck Jonathan has banned all his ministers and presidential spokespersons from commenting on any issue relating to the campaign by the Federal Government to rescue the girls. This came as the Defence headquarters warned against unauthorised visits to the areas of operation by tourists and journalists, saying such venture was risky.

PHOTO: Expendable 3 cast carry #BringBackourgirls placard at Cannes


The cast of action movie Expendables 3 all carried the #bringbackourgirls posters at their film premiere in Cannes this afternoon. From left: Harrison Ford...Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallon and Mel Gibson. Awww, thanks guys!

Woman Banned From Ranting About Ex-Husband on Facebook

A state appellate court has ruled that a New Jersey mother's rights were not violated when a judge barred her from ranting about her children and ex-husband on Facebook. reports the judge's order was a "special condition" of a probation sentence the woman received in 2011. The case stemmed from her alleged attempt to kidnap her two children and take them to Canada.

The order was imposed after her ex-husband's family and Hunterdon County prosecutors argued that the woman's Facebook postings were frightening.

The woman claimed the order violated her Constitutional right to due process because it was too vague. She also argued it violated her free speech rights.

The appellate panel disagreed, finding the order was specific and didn't prevent her from blogging about other issues.

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VIDEO: Driver Climbs Out Of Truck Dangling Off Edge Of Bridge

A pickup truck driver made a lucky escape after his vehicle crashed into the side of a New Jersey bridge, leaving it dangling precariously above the Hackensack River.

Police say the driver was towing a jeep on Route 46 in Little Ferry on Saturday afternoon when his brakes suddenly locked. The truck lost control and struck two cars, then crashed through the side wall of a bridge. Scaffolding from a billboard stopped the truck from plummeting.

The driver was able to climb out onto the billboard until crews pulled him to safety. He only suffered minor injuries.

Graduation Speaker Calls Students "Immature"

William Bowen calls students at Haverford College "immature" as he delivers that school's commencement address.

A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted college students as "immature" and "arrogant" for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw.

Fire guts Daleko market in Lagos

LAGOS— Property worth millions of Naira were, yesterday, destroyed as fire razed 120 shops in the popular Daleko market in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to Vanguard, the fire started from the vegetable oil section of the market at about 1:50 a.m, hours after the traders had closed for the day.

Wedding of Christian girl who converted to Muslim called off

The wedding of Charity Uzoechina, the daughter of Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor, Raymond Uzoechima who converted to the Islam, has been called off by the Niger state Government.

She was supposed to be marrying her Muslim lawyer, Barr. Tijani when the wedding was called off.

Salma Hayek Speaks Out for Nigerian Schoolgirls at Cannes Film Festival

Image: Actress Salma Hayek holds a placard which reads 'Bring back our girls'at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Actress Salma Hayek holds up a sign that reads "#BringBackOurGirls," part of a campaign calling for the release of the nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls being held by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, as she arrives for a screening at the 67th annual International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on Saturday.

Bomb blast in Kano Yesterday Evening leaves 10 People Dead


A bomb blast occurred this evening around 9.30pm at a popular drinking spot on Atiken street in Sabongari area of Kano state. Casualty figure is yet unknown but unconfirmed reports say about 10 people were killed in the blast. Details later...

Update: It's been confirmed. 10 people lost their lives this evening in the blast

Billboard Music Awards -- See All the Red Carpet Photos!

Las Vegas is going to be rocking tonight, as the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are going down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Sin City.

The Jenner Sisters made a very fashionable entrance on the red carpet Sunday night, where they both showed some skin. Kendall Jenner, 18, flaunted her trim physique (and some sideboob) in a white cutout cop and sparkly capris -- though her face makeup was a little darker than the rest of her body. Kylie Jenner, 16, looked cute in a white mini that she paired with matching heels and her newly-dyed hair. As for that Band-Aid, we don't know what's going on there.

See more photos after the cut

UNBELIEVABLE: Lady Gaga's Greatest Look EVER (PHOTO)

At this point in her ridiculous career, it's becoming real, real hard for Lady Gaga to shock us with something new, but gosh darn it, guys, she did it. In this new photo of Lady Gaga, out in the woods in a camouflage vehicle, wearing overalls and little to no makeup, and drinking beer, she has shocked us all. And to be honest, it's pretty darn wonderful.

EXCLUSIVE: Beyonce and Solange Have Lunch With Jay Z (PHOTO)

Beyonce and Solange's reunion in New Orleans really was a family affair ... TMZ has learned Jay Z also joined in on the fun.

Bey, Solo and Hova all hit up New Orleans hot spot Cafe Amelie for more than 2 hours Saturday ... according to multiple sources -- and the fam came with a MASSIVE security detail and 3 black SUV's waiting nearby.

PHOTO: Kim Kardashian's Big Booty is Ready to Get Married

Kanye West treated himself to his two favorite things Sunday ... ice cream and Kim Kardashian's amazing backside -- which is in tip top shape for her upcoming wedding day.
Kanye and Kim grabbed a cone Sunday in Paris after she arrived in town with baby North.

Kim flashed her engagement ring for photogs ... and then she gave 'em the same rearview wedding guests will see walking down the aisle -- and its glorious.

Congrats, Kanye.

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