Boko Haram releases 76 abducted schoolgirls

Boko Haram jihadists have released 76 of the 110 schoolgirls who were abducted from the northeastern town of Dapchi in February, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said “the 76 are those who have been documented”, adding that the release of the abducted students “is ongoing”.
The schoolgirls were returned to Dapchi by Boko Haram early Wednesday morning following negotiations between the Nigerian government and the militant group.
“The girls were released around 3:00 am (0200 GMT) through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country,” said Mohammed, without elaborating.
The number of freed girls may increase “because the girls were not handed over to anyone but dropped off in Dapchi,” he said.
Bashir Manzo, who heads a parents’ support group in Dapchi, earlier told AFP that the girls had been returned.
“The girls have been brought back. They were brought in nine vehicles and dropped outside the school at about 8:00 am (0700 GMT),” Manzo said.
The Dapchi kidnapping on February 19 conjured painful memories of a similar abduction in Chibok in April 2014, when more than 200 girls were taken.
That brought Boko Haram — whose name translates from Hausa as “Western education is forbidden” — worldwide notoriety at a time when it controlled swathes of territory in Nigeria’s northeast.
Boko Haram is increasingly using kidnapping as a means to fund their operations in Nigeria and the remote Lake Chad region.
The jihadist uprising has claimed some 20,000 lives and forced at least 2.6 million to flee their homes since 2009.

Fear God: Pastor slaps Tithe money on butt of nightclub stripper (Video)

A pastor in the US has been accused of using church money to entertain strippers in a nightclub. In the United States of America, a clergyman, Pastor Jenkins, proved his worth at a nightclub where he reportedly slapped tithe money on the butt of a stripper.A clip shared by a Facebook user, Myles Jack Jnr. on Saturday, March 18, 2018, showed HIM as he splashed Dollar bills on the buttock of a woman.Jenkins, who appeared fully engrossed in the act brings to mind some of the criticism that has welcomed the activities of some ‘men of God’ who are perceived to having a liking for frivolous lifestyle.  This factor has motivated a movement of critics who are looking to inspire a change in attitude. The goal seems a desire to resuscitate the true value of Christianity which preaches love and concern for one another.Church refuse refund request made by member who mistakenly paid N111k as titheRenowned On-Air Personality, Daddy Freeze, has shared a phone conversation he had with a man named Kenneth who complained about his church’s refusal to return a sum of N111,000, he mistakenly paid as a tithe.The complainant who intended to part with N11,000, revealed that he made payment via an online transfer but had found out after the service at Gloria Arena, Benin, that he had exceeded the planned value. According to Kenneth, the Edo-based worship center insisted on holding on to the money claiming that it has already been submitted to God.Daddy Freeze, who has established himself as a figure who has taken a reproachful view concerning the enforcement of tithe payment struggled to contain his emotions in a chat with the church-goer.”Last week something happened. Somebody gave me money for something – for a project. So I went to church service but we normally use POS in the church.”I wanted to type eleven thousand, my tithe so mistakenly I type a hundred and eleven thousand. So it was after the closing of the church that I saw the mistake when the alert came.”So I went to them and said. Aah! This is what happened ooo…”That money was sent to me for something – someone that was building, the person is sending the money for me to complete the window part of the building.”So I went to them to tell them… They said that it is not possible that I have given the money to God and that is…,” Kenneth said in the audio recording.At the tail of the conversation, Daddy Freeze was heard muttering an appeal to the Gloria Arena in a bid to have the money returned.ALSO READ: South Africa pastor shows up for church service in Rolls RoyceThe latest  incident has put the OAP in the spotlight of another aggressive criticism of what has seemed like the use of fear tactics to motivate a church congregation to pay tithe, which has chiefly served pastors believed to enjoying an extravagant lifestyle.

Declare State of Emergency On Drug Abuse, Kwara Govt Tells FG

 
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on drug and substance abuse in the country.
Governor Ahmed said that the right steps must be taken by the government at all levels towards curbing the menace of drug abuse which is spreading in the society.
He made this known during a courtesy visit by the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakassi, on Tuesday at the Government House in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.
Mr Yakassi said the country is faced with a major challenge such as increased crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and insurgency largely induced by abuse of drugs usually among youths.
He stated that their association was engaged in fighting fake and counterfeit drugs in the country and ensuring that there is sanity in drug administration in the country.
He further disclosed that the Federal Government has agreed to close down all fake drugs stores and illegal pharmaceutical companies across the country by the end of this year.
In his remarks, the state governor, however, noted that drug abuse goes hand in hand with violence, stressing that the most theatres of violence and crime in the world have associated problems of drugs and substance abuse.
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Lionel Messi: Barcelona star says goodbye to kids before travelling for friendlies

Messi and his Argentine teammates will play friendly matches against Italy and Spain. Barcelona star Lionel Messi said goodbye to his three children before he departed or Argentina’s upcoming friendlies.Messi who inspired Argentina to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was included in Jorge Sampaoli’s team for the friendlies in March.His partner Antonella Roccuzzo posted a picture of him embracing his three sons before he departed to meet his Argentine teammates in Manchester, along with a message which said, “Happy day daddy. We love you so much!!! Thanks for being the best dad in the world!.”  The picture shows Messi holding his new born son Ciro, while his other sons Thiago and Matteo sit with him on a chair.After heartaches at the 2016 Copa America and 2014 FIFA World Cup Messi hopes that he can eventually triumph with his country as he has done for Barcelona so many times.The Argentine Football Association later posted on their official Instagram account to confirm the arrival of Messi who recently unveiled their new Adidas away jerseys. Messi and his Argentine teammates will take on Italy on Friday, March 23 at the Etihad Stadium before they travel to face Spain on Tuesday, March 27 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Ezekwesili: Ex-Minister rejoices, slams FG over Dapchi Girls’ return

Ezekwesili said the news filled her with so much joy as the girls are reunited with their parents. Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has expressed happiness over the return of the Dapchi schoolgirls who were abducted on February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists.The Federal Government has confirmed that the girls were returned to Dapchi by Boko Haram militants on Wednesday, March 21.In reaction to the return, Ezekwesili said the news filled her with so much joy as the girls are reunited with their parents.In the same vein, she prompted the government that the process that led to the release of the girls should also be adopted for the remaining 112 schoolgirls who were kidnapped four years ago in Chibok, Borno State.Ezekwesili, who’s the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has campaigned for the return of the Chibok girls for years, said that the government has a lot of explaining to do on how the return of the Dapchi girls happened.She said, “There is so much joy that this news is springing up from our hearts!
There are so many questions that everything about their “abduction” are springing up from our MINDS. Federal Government sure have a lot they need to tell the people of Nigeria.”President Buhari, while we BBOG Nigeria rejoice that “abductors” of OUR Dapchi Girls have returned them, please be reminded that:
There are 112 Chibok Girls remaining to be returned.
We demand that you also ask their abductors to return them immediately!”  While reacting the the presidency’s confirmation of the Dapchi girls’ return, Ezekwesili appeared to mock President Buhari’s threat to wipe out the terrorist group last week, amid reports that they drove the girls to Dapchi town on Wednesday unhindered.She said, “This is your quote President Buhari: ‘We will not spare their members. We will ensure that Boko Haram meets its waterloo. By the will of God, I have directed the police and reinforced them, and the army and air force to keep searching until the children are returned alive’.”Ezekwesili further noted that the BBOG group will still proceed with its court suit against the Federal Government for gross negligence that led to the abduction of the Dapchi girls.”Someone just asked me if our Movement, BBOG Nigeria, will continue with our legal suit against the Federal Government for the gross negligence that led to DapChi Girls Abduction.
I responded YES.
Our 14 questions have become even more relevant with their return,” she said. Dapchi abductionBoko Haram militants invaded Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Bursari local government area of Yobe on Monday, February 19, 2018, and abducted 110 schoolgirls.According to accounts by residents, the terrorists invaded the town around 7 pm in over 18 gun trucks mounted with high caliber weapons.The abduction was a repeat of another Boko Haram attack that happened when militants invaded Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok and kidnapped 276 female students in April 2014.After several escapes and releases, 112 of the girls remain in captivity of the deadly terrorist group.

Big Brother Naija: Viewers react to Tobi and Cee-C’s ‘kiss,’ housemates ‘gossiping’ about Bambam,...

Alex says Bambam’s walking step irritates her, Nina breaks down in tears during diary session: [Day 51 recap]. Have you been following the new season of Big Brother Naija? Here are some important things you probably missed on day 51.Check out a recap of day 51, including social media reactionsTobi and Cee-C’s kiss Seeing as the theme for the week is Championship, Biggie introduced a challenge called ‘Bubble through the Hoop.’ For the challenge, the Housemates were to make bubbles using the bubble blower, and then keep them afloat until they reach the hula-hoop through which the bubble had to be blown. Tobi and Cee-C were the first two Housemates to hoop their bubbles. After the challenge, Biggie announced that the winners were to dance for as long as Biggie wanted.Minutes through the dance, the distance and awkwardness between Tobi disappeared as they gazed into each other’s eyes and seemingly kissed. After the challenge, Biggie commended the amount of emotion invested in dance. However, they lost for not having had they shoes on. Tobi eventually apologized to Cee-C. He also told her that he never conspired against her, but that his conversation was taken out of context.          Diary Sessions During the diary session, Nina who broke down in tears told Biggie that she feels immensely misunderstood by the other Housemates and doesn’t know how they view her. Cee-C told Biggie that she felt bad about some of the things happening in the house. She also asked Biggie how she could do better in the House and he told her that she needs to start communicating properly with her fellow Housemates. Alex told Biggie that she thinks a lot of people in the House are completely fake. She also expressed her frustration with Nina, Cee-C and Rico. BamBam told Biggie that she felt happy and at peace. Tobi told Biggie that he would keep nominating Bambam and Teddy A until they leave.        Reactions to housemates saying Bambam is fake Housemates such as Alex, Tobi, Cee-C and Rico have often discussed why and how they think fellow housemate Bambam is fake. During a new conversation, Alex told Tobi that Bambam’s walking step irritates her, while Tobi said her relationship with Teddy A is fake as the latter doesn’t treat her well.               Reactions to Cee-C ‘bullying’ Nina Following Nina’s fight with Cee-C and an incident with Bambam, who had asked if she could help her make Samvita, Nina has been feeling down and misunderstood. She broke down during her diary session and even told Alex that Bambam thinks she is her maid and irritates her. Her breakdown elicited reactions on social media about bullying and housemates playing the pity card.          There are currently 9 contestants battling for the 45 million naira grand prize. With 51 days gone, the housemates have 34 more days to spend in the Big Brother Naija house.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Unboxing and First Impressions

In July 2017, Samsung released the Pro version of its Galaxy J7. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is a full-bodied aluminum smartphone. Here is a pictorial review and first  impressions of the 3GB/32GB variety. Specifications Android  7.0 Nougat 5.5 ”  AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 1.6 GHz Octa Core Processor 3GB RAM 32GB internal expandable memory Dual […]
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Boko Haram: 76 Dapchi Girls confirmed freed – Lai Mohammed

The girls were released around 3 am through back-channel efforts. The Federal Government has confirmed that Boko Haram returned 76 out of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorists one month ago.This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who said the 76 are those who have been documented so far, adding that the release of the abducted students is ongoing.He revealed that the the girls were released around 3 am through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and that it was unconditional.He said, “For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option.”Within the period when the girls were being brought back, operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost.”He said the number of the freed girls would be updated after the remaining ones have been documented, especially because the girls were not handed over to anyone but dropped off in Dapchi.The Federal Government had earlier confirmed that the girls were returned to Dapchi by Boko Haram militants on Wednesday, March 21.Dapchi abductionBoko Haram militants invaded Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Bursari local government area of Yobe on Monday, February 19, 2018, and abducted 110 schoolgirls.According to accounts by residents, the terrorists invaded the town around 7 pm in over 18 gun trucks mounted with high caliber weapons.The abduction was a repeat of another Boko Haram attack that happened when militants invaded Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok and kidnapped 276 female students in April 2014.After several escapes and releases, 112 of the girls remain in captivity of the deadly terrorist group.

D’Tigers Star Aminu Sets New NBA Record In Blazers Defeat

D’Tigers star, Al-Farouq Aminu set a new personal career high in the NBA on Wednesday for the most three points scored in a game while in action for the Portland Trail Blazers who lost 115 -111 to the Houston Rockets at the Moda centre reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Aminu scored six 3-pointers in the game, four of them coming in the first quarter where he scored
16 points in the first quarter.
The 26-year old Nigerian star also tallied 22 points, eight rebounds and four assist for the Blazers who suffered their 27th defeat of the season.
The Blazers defeat ended a 13 game winning streak but they maintain third spot in the Western Conference and a two-game lead over Oklahoma City Thunder for the Northwest Division lead.
Portland will welcome the Boston Celtics on Friday night at Moda Center in their next game.
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Former WWE Champion Bryan Passed Fit To Return To Action After Two-Year Absence

Four-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists and concussion experts, completesportsnigeria.com can report.
According to the official website of the WWE, Bryan underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE.
He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.
“After enjoying numerous championship runs, battling in legendary rivalries as both a singles and tag team competitor and sparking the epic “Yes!” Movement, Bryan was forced to make an emotional decision to retire from competition in February 2016.
Later that year, he became the SmackDown LIVE General Manager, where he has continued to be an active part of the blue brand,” the website stated.
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Argentina Launch 2018 World Cup Away Kit

Super Eagles 2018 World Cup Group D opponent Argentina have unveiled their away kit for the tournament.
According to mundoalbiceleste.com, the kit which is all-black, was released on Tuesday and modelled by Barcelona star and national team captain, Lionel Messi.
This will be the first time Argentina will go for an all black away kit as against dark blue.
The kit has Adidas stripe on the right and left shoulder, the Adidas logo on the top right side and the Argentine Football Association logo on the top left side with two stars, which represents the number of times they have won the World Cup.
Argentina are in Group D at this year’s World Cup with Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland.
They will kick-off their group campaign against Iceland on June 16.
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Nwankwo Kanu: Ex-Nigerian forward set to play for Arsenal against Real Madrid

Nwankwo Kanu moved to the Premier League to play for Arsenal for seven years. Ex-Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu is set to play for English Premier League outfit Arsenal again in a charity game against Real Madrid.Arsenal announced on their official website that Arsenal legends will play exhibition games against the legends of the current European champions.A statement on Arsenal’s website said, “Arsenal and Real Madrid will stage two legends matches this year, with former club greats getting together to raise money for charity.”The charity match will consist of two fixtures whereby both sides will play at home and away.Real Madrid will host the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, June 3 before Arsenal host their Spanish counterparts at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, September 8.The money derived from ticket sales and other sources will go to the each clubs foundations.Kanu featured for Arsenal in their last charity game against AC Milan in 2016 where he scored a hat-trick.He is expected to line up among Arsenal’s “Invincibles” which include Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Freddie Ljungberg, Gilberto Silva and Lauren.Real Madrid will are also set to bring back Raul Gonzalez, Roberto Carlos and Xabi Alonso to wear the clubs shirt.Arsenal stated that the game will provide the club the opportunity to reach more people around the world. “This double-header against Real Madrid will help us use football and the Arsenal name to reach more young people around the world,” the statement said.This development comes after Ex-Nigerian left back Celestine Babayaro was reported to play for Chelsea again.Now 41-years-old, Kanu played for Arsenal between 1999 and 2004, he made a total of 119 appearances for the gunners and contributed 43 goals.

Better late than never for Alonso after Spain call-up

Marcos Alonso is keen to prove himself at international level after the Chelsea defender earned his first senior Spain call-up for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Argentina.
Alonso
The left-back has featured in 40 of the London side’s 49 total fixtures this season, with his solid form rewarded by a place in coach Julen Lopetegui’s 24-man squad.
The last international appearance for the 27-year-old Alonso, who joined Chelsea in 2016, was for the Spanish under-19 team in 2009.
“Whether it’s late or not, the important thing is that I’m here,” Alonso said.
“My focus was on doing well at Chelsea and this was a welcome surprise. This is a reward for the work I’ve done in recent years… I’m thrilled and looking forward to this experience.
“It’s a chance to prove myself and for me to adapt quickly to the side, and hopefully, to return to the national team more times.”
Should Alonso earn his first cap, he would follow in the footsteps of both his grandfather and father in representing Spain at senior level.
Spain will travel to face World Cup holders Germany in Duesseldorf on Friday before hosting Argentina at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Tuesday.
“They’re two very important matches to prepare for what’s to come. They’re nice games, against the world champions and the runners-up, special for any player,” Alonso added.
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EFCC: Agency uncovers $9m cash in the home of sacked Amnesty boss, Boroh

The discovery was reportedly made a few hours after Boroh was arrested on Monday by a combined team of EFCC and ONSA operatives. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has allegedly uncovered $9 million cash at the residence of the sacked Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh.Boroh was also the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.The anti-graft agency was said to have recovered the money, in conjunction with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).According to ThisDay, the discovery was made a few hours after Boroh was arrested on Monday, March 19 by a combined team of EFCC and ONSA operatives. The spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujiaren, confirmed Boroh’s arrest.A senior security officer also confirmed that the ex-presidential aide was picked up from his home in Gwarinpa, Abuja on Moinday but  was taken back to his residence at about 3 a.m. Tuesday for a thorough search.It was during the ransacking of Boroh’s home that the  $9 million was found.”The former adviser was driven to his home in an unmarked car after his arrest. His home was searched for several hours and about $9 million cash was discovered in several safe boxes in several parts of the house.”The combined team of EFCC and the National Security Adviser operatives were very thorough with the search. Indeed, at a point, the operatives broke all the locks in the home including his wife’s closet. The recovered cash has been deposited at the Office of the NSA,” the security source told ThisDay.Last week, Buhari announced the dismissal of Boroh and appointed Professor Charles Dokubo as his replacement.The President also directed the  NSA, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), to probe the activities of the Amnesty Office from 2015, when Boroh was appointed, especially allegations of financial impropriety and other acts that were allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.ALSO READ: FG deliberately delayed payment to ikoyi cash whistle-blower – Itse SagayHowever, the cash discovered in Boroh’s home is one of many cash discoveries made by the EFCC in the last two years.In April 2017, the Commission uncovered $44.3 million cash at an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.Within 24 hours of that discovery, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) laid claim to the cash, saying that the apartment was used as a safe house for its operations in the South-west.The discovery eventually led to the sack of the NIA director general, Ambassador Ayodele Oke.

Blac Chyna: See photos of model’s teenage boyfriend grabbing her butt

Blac Chyna and her boyfriend were spotted all loved up while shopping with the model’s boyfriend grabbing her butt. Blac Chyna isn’t only in a happy relationship but in a very PDA one as her, YBN Almighty can’t stop grabbing her butt in public.The 29-year-old model and mother was spotted with her teenage boyfriend, shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue and the couple couldn’t get their hands off each other as they showed us what Public Display of Affection is all about.In one of the photos, you can see YBN Almighty grabbing Blac Chyna’s butt while in some they are both seen all ‘Lovey Dovey.’  Like they say “Age is nothing but a number” as it has nothing to do with the way these guys have continued to show off their love for each other. Blac Chyna actually announced to everyone that she was actually dating YBN Almighty. ALSO READ: Blac Chyna’s sex taped leaked!According to TMZ, when Blac Chyna was asked about the rumour going around about her relationship with the 18-year-old, she confirmed the affair.”Yeah. We’re, like, dating,” she said. It would be recalled that Blac Chyna and YBN Almighty Jay were spotted for the second time in a week holding hands as they got into a car apparently from a date. The speculations about their relationship began to gather momentum when they were spotted together hanging out on Monday, February 26, 2018, when they went bowling at Pinz Bowling Alley.