The name, Chineze Odinamadu might not readily come to mind or ring a bell but mention IrishMedspa & Beauty Home to any fashion savvy lady in the Lekki axis and you will be quickly told that’s the favourite beauty destination for Lekki celebs.
IrishMedspa $ Beauty Home is the vision of Chineze Odinamadu – a paragon of beauty blessed with the magic wand to make things happen. She floated the talk of town spa in 2016 as a one-stop shop for beauty and well-being of Lekki residents.
We gathered that the premium spa is a beehive of activities as Lekki celebs trooped in on daily to fix their beauty needs. The beauty lounge had recently included an online fashion shop irishsignature to provide classy fashion options for its clients. Ever since the beauty haven opened its doors of operations it has become a mecca of sort. The beauty palace boasts state-of-the-art facilities that’s second to none in the Lekki axis.
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Abuja – Tayo Oreweme, Director of Federations and Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) at the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, says Team Nigeria will surpass all expectations at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Some of Nigeria’s Paralympic team
Oreweme said on Friday in Abuja that with the level of preparations by Team Nigeria, she was sure that the team would make Nigeria proud.
Nigeria won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals from eight sports at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
This time around at the 2018 Games at Gold Coast in Australia and billed for April 4 to April 15, Team Nigeria will be featuring in nine sports.
“Tactically and technically we are ready. We have started preparation since we came back from Glasgow. Immediately after the close of events there, we had began to think of what to do for the next edition.
“We registered for the 2018 Commonwealth Games immediately after the end of the Glasgow Games.
“Then, we had to look at ourselves. How many qualifiers do you have, and how many teams are you going with to Gold Coast?
“The technical part of it is the need to camp the athletes,’’ Oreweme said.
She said Nigeria’s foreign-based athletes spread all over the world are already aware of the ministry’s programmes and they would be around for the final phase of preparations in February.
The FEAD director however warned that no athlete would be allowed to go to Gold Coast without being part of the trials which would hold in February.
“After the end of the 80 days approved for the technical build-up of athletes, all athletes training abroad will come in and then we will pick the final team to Gold Coast,’’ she said.(NAN)
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Manchester United eased past League 2 side Yeovil Town into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win at Huish Park on Friday night.
On a night Alexis Sanchez was making his Manchester United debut, Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku scored for the 2016 FA Cup winners.
Rashford opened scoring in the 40th minute as United finally broke Yeovil’s resistance, taking advantage of hesitant defending as the home defence failed to deal with a pass from the lively Sanchez.
Herrera fired in United’s second off a Sanchez assist in the 61st minute, while substitutes Lingard and Lukaku finished off the hosts in the 89th and 93rd minutes.
In the other FA Cup fourth round tie on the night, Sheffield Wednesday defeated Sone Aluko’s Reading 3-1 to advance.
The plot by the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to disrupt the forthcoming local government elections in the state, by contesting the powers of the Edo State House of Assembly to make and amend laws for local government elections, has come under attack by legal experts.
Percy Okojie Esq., a lawyer, declared “The Edo State House of Assembly has the power to legislate on local council elections.”
He said: “I am aware that the Edo House of Assembly pushed through a motion and the proper procedure was duly followed. Memoranda were duly sought before the bill was passed into law. The House of Assembly has members of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Except the PDP is saying that there was no quorum while the amendment was passed. In any case, in democracy, majority carries the day, though the minority has its say.
“If members of the PDP feel otherwise, they should go to court and if they have not gone to court, then they are just dancing to the gallery.”
Another lawyer, Omogiate Aigbovo said that “Section 90 of the 1999 Constitution provides for the establishment of the State House of Assembly. To this end, the primary responsibility of the House Assembly amongst others, includes to make laws for the good governance of the state.”
Aigbovo explained that “despite the recent hues and cries over whether the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) can singlehandedly amend the EDSIEC Law, the position of the law is unambiguous on this. It entirely falls within the constitutional mandate of the EDHA to amend the EDSIEC law or as well abrogate the law or enact a new law.”
The expert views of the lawyers are in harmony with the earlier explanation by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation and two-time member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Ohonbamu, who said that the “The PDP lacks a proper understanding of the law. The Assembly has the rights to make laws for the running and wellbeing of Local Governments including local government elections. The House of Assembly has performed its constitutional duties by amending the Electoral Act.”
Citing a precedent in the EDHA, Ohonbamu said “Similar amendment was done under the administration of Prof. Oserhiemen Osunbo in 2007. The amendments disenfranchised certain people who were caretaker committee chairmen from contesting in the election and nothing was said about it then.”
He added: “The function of the Edo State House of Assembly is to make laws according to the rules of the house in the interest of all Edo people and this they have done. The PDP should approach the court of law for proper legal interpretations if they are confused and not engage in acts of rascality. The PDP should not create tension where there is none. The house has the duty to amend laws.”
Ohonbamu said the PDP was aware of its paltry and worthless electoral value and was looking for ways to sabotage the local council elections.
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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Friday destroyed illicit drugs worth N1 billion intercepted at various places within Kano city by the state Task Force on Drugs.
Ganduje said after setting the drugs ablaze at the NDLEA premises in Kano, that the exercise was a breakthrough in the administration’s war against sale and consumption of illicit drugs in the state.
The governor said that the state government had recently expanded the rehabilitation centre for victims of drug abuse in the state.
He urged groups and individuals in the state to support government’s efforts in fighting drug abuse to ensure a decent society.
Ganduje also called for the speedy trial and long jail term for drug peddlers in the country.
Earlier, the national coordinator of Ambassadors of Voices for Change Initiative, Mr Clem Ohameze commended the task force for the feat and pledged the organisation’s commitment to ensure drug free society.
He also commended the government for identifying with the needs and aspirations of the people by sanitising drugs business in the state.
Malam Hamza Umar, Commandant, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), restated the determination of the agency to make the state free of dangerous drugs. (NAN)
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The convoy of the Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Friday saved the lives of injured students of the Army Day Secondary School, Minna, attacked by hoodlums.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor’s convoy was on the way to Abuja when they saw the unfortunate incident.
“The students were on their way home after the school closing hour. The hoodlums attacked and wounded some of the students,” a member of the convoy told NAN.
The governor directed the ambulance of his convoy to rush one of the injured student who had his hand stabbed by the hoodlums to be taken to IBB Specialist Hospital Minna for treatment.
“I have given directive to the commissioner of police to ensure that all those responsible for the attacks on the students are arrested and prosecuted.
“We will continue to ensure that our people enjoy relative peace and arresting the hoodlums will serve as deterrent to others with the same intentions.
“I am using this medium to call on parents to caution their children on the kind of peer group they associate with,’’ he said.
Sani-Bello said the state government would not allow people with criminal tendencies to disrupt the stability in the state.(NAN)
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The creative and talented artiste, Olawale Michael Ogunleye artistically known as Jumbo, who recently made his entrance into the music scene has dropped a new club banger, titled ‘Omo Boi’. The song is an afro street hit, which is enjoying massive rotation at different clubs and even on radio stations.
The song, ‘Omo Boi’ which was produced by Mystro Beat is a motivational song, to inspire the youth.
Olawale Michael Ogunleye
According to the budding singer, his role models are Dbanj, 9ice and the sensational David Adeleke; Davido and Olamide and he hopes to have a collaboration with any of them in the future.
Jumbo,who is in his early 20s started his music as a chorister and professionally kicked off with studio production in 2011. He has three singles to his credit, namely: ‘Good Life’, Oreke and ‘Ariya’. Jumbo is signed to Slon Records and penned a management deal with M4 Synergy Limited. He studied Computer Science at the National Open University of Nigerian, and he’s never proud of his modest achievements since he blew up as a songwriter, rapper and performing artiste.
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Are these mere coincidences or FG’s nonverbal response to Obasanjo stinker letter to Buhari? Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to the incumbent, ‘Brother’ Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January, 23, 2018, is arguably the most interesting event of this week.Since Obasanjo’s letter dropped Nigerians have not stopped talking about it.While most Nigerians agreed with the content of the letter, a few others have expressed reservations about the intention of the messenger – Obasanjo – who they say “is trying to play god” again.Few hours later, the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande ‘rushed’ to the Aso Villa for an ‘emergency’ meeting with President Buhari. But, after over 24 hours of careful thoughts, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed released a statement in which he thanked the former president for the “long statement”.Lai, however, termed “Patriot Obasanjo’s” advice to President Buhari on seeking a reelection a distraction.The ruling party also commended Obasanjo for the letter but declared the APC the best option for Nigeria.Well, we didn’t expect anything less.They federal government and APC may have ‘dismissed’ Obasanjo’s letter in their statements but events that have played out these few days suggest otherwise.1.Babachir Lawal was finally arrestedAfter thirteen (13) months and ten (10) days after the Senate adhoc committee investigating the humanitarian crisis in the northeast indicted the former secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This did not happen until a day after Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari.Obasanjo had accused President of nepotism, clannishness and condoning acts of corruption.After a night at the EFCC cell in Abuja, Babachir’s accounts have been reportedly frozen by the EFCC.The EFCC has however said that their action on Babachir was not due to Obasanjo’s letter.2. Buhari met with security chiefsFormer President Obasanjo had accused Buhari of handling the farmers/herdsmen clash with kid gloves. Although the President had ordered the inspector-general of Police, Ibrahim Idris to relocate to Makurdi following the gruesome killing of over 100 Nigerians in the Benue state, that did not stop the attacks.President Buhari had advised the governor, Samuel Ortom to appeal to Benue people to “accommodate their countrymen”.But the killings continued until Buhari’s letter dropped.On Thursday, January 25, 2018 – two days after Obasanjo’s letter – President Buhari met with service chiefs over the rising insecurity in the land. President Buhari was briefed on intelligence gathering and law enforcement efforts across the country.“Security meeting today, presided over by President @MBuhari. NSA, Service Chiefs, Intelligence Chiefs, IGP in attendance. President briefed on Intelligence-gathering and law enforcement efforts across the country, by the various agencies,” the Presidency said on Twitter.”We are stepping up our efforts to tackle the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country. The security agencies already have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute anyone found with illegal arms,” the Presidency added.3. More trouble for notable NigeriansArising from President Buhari’s meeting with the service chiefs was an order for the security agencies to monitor the social media accounts of prominent Nigerians against hate speech.ALSO READ: 4 things Buhari didn’t respond to in Obasanjo’s letterThe minister of defence, Mansur Dan Ali, had described the trend of hate speech on social media as worrisome.“Relevant security agencies should as a matter of urgency tackle the propagation of hate speeches through the social media, particularly by some notable Nigerians,” Ali said.But some Nigerians have described the order as an attempt by the federal government to stifle critics.3. APC backs restructuringSequel to the increasing call for restructuring, the APC had set up a panel to look into how the issue can be addressed.Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state headed that committee. But the recommendations were not made public until two days after Obasanjo’s letter, Thursday, January 25, 2018. Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno state had dismissed the call for restructuring.“People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring,” Shettima declared at the launch of Bolaji Abdulahi’s book, ‘On the Platter of Gold – How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria’.The governor had more…“Let us improve on governance, let us work for the people, invest in education, create jobs for our people, this madness will stop. “Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring,” the governor exclaimed during his remarks at the event which took place in Abuja on Thursday, November 30, 2017.”Let’s focus on governance. Let’s invest in education, let’s work for the people and create jobs so this madness will stop,” Shettima added. Two days After Obasanjo’s letter, the APC panel has backed the call for restructuring in the following ways.The panel proposed amongst other things an amendment of the constitution to provide referendum to be conducted on national or state issues,“Item six, police, we have also moved it to the concurrent list. we are recommending that police should be both federal and state,” the report said.Here’s are other recommendations as proposed by the El-Rufai led panel.“We have proposed an amendment to create the State Judicial Council that will appoint and discipline judges within a state while the National Judicial Council will exercise control over the appointment, discipline of judges of the federal government only.“We have recommendation on fiscal federalism and revenue allocation in which we propose amending section 162 and sub-section two of the Constitution; as well as amend the revenue allocation of revenue Federation Account Act to give more revenue to the states and reduce the federal government’s share of revenue. “On citizenship, the issue of local government or state of origin is discriminatory and should be replaced with state of residence.“It is around this that we have proposed an amendment to the Federal Character Commission Act to allow people domiciled in a place to be considered as indigenes.”On Independent candidacy, Governor El-Rufai said: “We believe widening the political space is consistent with APC’s and the President’s commitment and we have made recommendations but with very strict conditions. We have included in the bill to allow for independent candidacy that no one that wants to run as an independent candidate should not be a member of a political party six months to the election.”The panel also proposed that that “state of origin is discriminatory and should be replaced with state of residence.4. President Buhari signs eight bills into lawAgain, on Friday, January 26, 2018, President signed eight more bills into law. The senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters (senate), Ita Enang, told statehouse correspondents that part of the bills signed was the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges), 2018.This act grants the legislative houses – both national assembly and state houses of assembly — immunity from litigation for actions taken in plenary or committee proceedings of the house or committee.Others bills assented to by President Buhari includes: Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Spain (Domestication and Enforcement) Act, 2018; Rail Loan (International Bank) (Repeal) Act, 2018; Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2018; Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration Act, 2018; and Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (Establishment), Act, 2018.Do you think these actions by the APC-led government mere coincidences or a non-verbal response by the Buhari-led government to Obasanjo’s letter.Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Buhari stressed that the extra funds outside the provision of year 2018 budget “will be deployed to infrastructure projects like roads, rail, and power. President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the income accrued by Nigeria on rising oil prices will be spent on infrastructural development.In a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari made this known after receiving a delegation from Eni, led by the Chief Upstream Officer, Antonio Vella on Friday, January 26, 2019.President Buhari stressed that the extra funds outside the provision of year 2018 budget “will be deployed to infrastructure projects like roads, rail, and power, for the good of our people, and for the development of the country.”This is because oil prices have risen to $70 per barrel contrary to the $45 with which the 2018 budget 2018 provisions had been predicated on. ALSO READ: Buhari appreciates Eni delegatesPresident Buhari also appreciated Eni for its upcoming investments in the oil industry, which included rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery, and the building of a new one.He said: “In my first coming, all our refineries were working. Port Harcourt used to refine 60,000 barrels per day, and it was later upgraded to 100,000 barrels. Kaduna and Warri were also working optimally, and we used to satisfy the demand of the local market. We equally exported 100,000 barrels of refined petrol. Now, no refinery is performing up to 50%. It is a disgraceful thing.
The EFCC sources confirmed the former SFG has been allowed to go home on administrative bail. Former Secretary to Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, has been released on bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for corruption.The Punch reports that EFCC sources confirmed the former SFG has been allowed to go home on administrative bail.The detentionAccording to the report, Babachir Lawal was invited for interrogation on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by the EFCC, over alleged N223million contract scams awarded at some IDP camps in Yobe State.The acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Samin Amaddin, said Lawal was cooperating with investigators and had made useful statements.The former SFG arrived at the Abuja office of the EFCC at 11:00 am on Wednesday, after which he was detained.ALSO READ: FG suspends SFG and NIA bossesLawal’s travails began on December 14, 2016, when the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on humanitarian crisis in the North East’ indicted him of fraud.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Addis Ababa for the 30th summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).
The President arrived at the Ethiopian capital a few hours after he left Abuja on Friday evening.
Part of his engagement at the summit is the flag off of a continent-wide campaign against corruption.
On the sidelines of the event, President Buhari is expected to hold bilateral meetings with some of his colleagues on issues of common interests.
He is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, among others.
See photos of the President’s arrival below;
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Floyd Mayweather Jr’s father has been charged with battery for allegedly attacking a woman after a fight in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather Sr, 65, reportedly got into a confrontation with Marsha Robbinson-Byrd outside the T-Mobile Arena after the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez fight in September.
According to TMZ Sports, Robbinson-Bryd was walking toward Mayweather Sr’s car when they got into an argument.
Robbinson-Byrd’s husband, Leslie Byrd, was also a witness to the alleged attack and said that Mayweather Sr and his wife argued all the way to the car.
Mayweather Sr allegedly told her to get out of the car, but when she refused he grabbed her and pulled her out by the leg.
He then allegedly punched Robbinson-Byrd in the leg when she was finally out of the car.
According to TMZ, the victim claims that Mayweather Sr got in the driver’s seat and sped off without her.
At the time, the woman was hospitalized for minor injuries. A warrant was issued for his arrest on January 16 and he turned himself in on Tuesday.
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The Former Head of Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given out some useful information ahead of the 2019 elections explaining why increased youth unemployment might lead to crisis in governance processes.
Professor Attahiru Jega, who was a guest speaker at an event at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Thursday delivered a lecture on the need for volunteers in Nigeria’s electoral process and warned that the unemployment situation in the country needs to be tackled fast.
He said the nation sits on a keg of gunpowder if it does not creatively divert the energy of her idle youthful population.
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“It’s important that we find ways and the means of constructively engaging youths in politics, the electoral process, governance process, otherwise, rather than the youths being potentially used for development, it can turn into a nemesis and create more crisis,” he said.
He explained that the younger generation, if not constructively engaged may fall victim to those who will employ them to carry out negative activities which might develop into a greater in elections and governance.
“We are beginning to see it, in many African countries, even here in Nigeria, the many unemployed youths are being utilised negatively in politics and during elections.
“They are increasingly frustrated by unemployment. Whether they are secondary school graduates or university graduates. That frustration is a keg of gunpowder and if it is not properly managed it is possible governance processes will obviously explode,” he said.
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The author of ‘Chaos Monkeys,” a book about working at Facebook, said his planned talk at Google was suddenly cancelled due to controversial things he wrote. The news comes on the same day that Wired published a look at an internal debate about diversity at the company, which said that diversity advocates at Google reportedly say they’re being targeted by a group of their coworkers who disagree with their views, and who are sharing internal communications and personal information with sites like Breitbart.
But that’s not the reason for the pause in Talks At Google, the person said. It was purely logistical, and mainly related to recent uninvited guests brought by a speaker who caused problems on campus.
Talks At Google is a regular series where notable people give talks to Google employees. Many of these talks are uploaded to YouTube, and the series has featured controversial people in the past, including speakers critical of Google and politicians on the right.
I “just got Damore’d”
An author who wrote a book about what it was like to work at Facebook in earlier years said on Friday that he had a talk suddenly cancelled at Google, and that he believed the reason was related to controversial things he had written.
Antonio García Martínez published the book “Chaos Monkeys” in 2016, and the New York Times subsequently called it “a valley account like no other.” But one particular paragraph in the book, in which Martínez describes the Silicon Valley dating scene in decidedly chauvinistic terms, may have set off alarm bells at Google.
Martinez’ talk, which Google was planning to film for a YouTube series called “Talks at Google,” was supposed to be about ads and how they work, not the book. But he says the book was the reason the talk was cancelled.
Martinez provided a screenshot of the paragraph to Business Insider:
“That’s the one going on my tombstone. Assuming I don’t die bankrupt because of it, and end up in a mass grave somewhere,” he said in a DM.
Last year, Google fired James Damore, a rank-and-file software engineer who wrote an infamous memo in which he implied that women did not have the genetic predisposition for engineering jobs. The leaked memo and his firing became international news.
“Being persona non grata to [Google] is not something I’d necessarily want,” Martínez subsequently tweeted.
Email the author at kleswing@businessinsider.
The third season of the Big Brother Naija show kicks off this weekend, and here’s your first look at the house that will be home to the housemates for 12 weeks. The third season of Big Brother Nigeria kicks off this weekend, and to get you excited, here’s a first look at the BBNaija house.The beautiful house will be home to the contestants, who will live together under constant surveillance for 12 weeks. At the end of the show, prizes worth 45 Million Naira will be given to the eventual winner of the season.The third season of the show will be hosted by Nigerian lawyer and media personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who hosted the second season, and was a housemate in the maiden edition of the show.The maiden edition of the reality series was hosted by Olisa Adibua and Michelle Dede, and ended with Katung Aduwak as the winner after 13 weeks in the house.In 2016, Efe beat Bisola, TBoss, Marvis and Debie Rise to win the prize of 25 million Naira and a key to a brand new KIA Sorento car.Pulse Movies already shared seven types of people, and contestants you would see when the show kicks off. The third season of Big Brother Naija will launch on January 28, 2018.