Woman Kidnaps 2-yr-old girl says took to Replace Missing Child

A 35-year-old lady, Jumoke Adesida, arrested by Lagos State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping two-year-old, Roqibat Raji, has said she committed the crime because her only child was taken away from her at a church programme.

Speaking at the parade of the suspect and others in Lagos yesterday, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, said: “On June 22, one Aminat Abidoye of 12, Kassim Adeboye Street, Jerry Farm, Odongunyan, reported to the Police that her two-year-old daughter was missing. “Immediately, I ordered the Anti-Kidnap Squad to deploy all its necessary assets in ensuring that the victim was rescued and the suspect arrested. “The community policing structure, which had been put in place, led the Police to a village at Odokekere in Ogun State, where the suspect was arrested and Raji rescued. Suspect’s account Telling her story, the suspect said: “While I was walking, I noticed that the child was following me. So I carried her to my house in Ogun State. “I didn’t change her name; I took care of her, fed her properly when she was with me. “I took the child because my child went missing at a church camp programme. I wasn’t feeling too well so I didn’t know who took my child away from me.” The Commissioner of Police, Edgal, also said the policemen attached to the Iju Police Division rescued one Balarabe from five suspected kidnappers, who claimed to be members of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC. His words: “The suspects allegedly abducted their victim from a shop at Alausa, Ikeja, to a location in Iju, where they extorted him. “He was rescued and the suspects were arrested following a distress call.” Denying the allegation, one of the suspects, Owen Onazurulike, said: “I am not a kidnapper and the allegation made by the victim against me is false. “I went to Alausa to buy a phone and met Bala, victim, who has been owing me N180,000 since last year. When I asked him for my money, he pleaded with me to be patient, saying he just left the Police cell and has issue with the EFCC. “ I asked him to give me his phone. My friend’s younger brother arrived and, on seeing Bala, said Bala owes his brother some money also. “He drove away and returned with these men (pointing to the other suspects) and said they are members of the OPC. “I thought they were police officers, so I pleaded with them that I didn’t want any issue. But they demanded I give them N10,000, which I didn’t have. So they took Bala away.”

16 finalists for grand finale of 2018 Miss Beautiful Nigeria queen

Sixteen finalists have been shortlisted for the grand finale of Miss Beautiful Nigeria Beauty Pageant scheduled for June 30 at Owerri. The founder of Lagarido Thrills Global Services, Fortune Nkem, told Newsmen in Lagos that the finalists were selected out of 22 girls.

She said that they participated in the auditions held in Awka, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Owerri.

“We organised a model camp to audition the applicants between March and April after which an official online voting commenced on June 1 across the federation,” he said. Nkem told Newsmen that the 2018 contest, which was the fifth edition, was for young girls between 17 years old and 28 years old. They were either undergraduates or graduates from tertiary institutions, she said. Nkem, popularly known as Lagarido, said the selected contestants from 16 states, were trained on discipline, morality and decency. “Miss Beautiful Nigeria is unique, it promotes Godly virtues. We don’t do “bikini” because we don’t believe in nudity in pageantry nor do we promote lobbying to win. “Our queens are thought to give back to the society through our child aid project religious training. “We also expose the contestants’ talents on stage, making it possible for sponsors to discover these talents and invest in them,” he said. Nkem said the contest also projected beauty, national unity, tourism development, upholding the nation’s diverse cultural heritage in an entertaining scenario. He said that the winner would have the opportunities to contest in international beauty pageants to expose her brands. “Honestly, it’s quite unfortunate that there are mediocre in the Nigerian pageant industry, probably due to the quest for “Money’’. “But we act what we project,’’ she said. Nkem added that outsiders might be thinking that the organisers were making much money from the contest. “The truth of the matter is that we spend much more money fixing this event and making it this big. “Sponsors hardly come by these days. However, having built a strong name and a solid brand over the years, we are moving on strongly,” he told Newsmen. He appealed to relevant authorities to support the girls to boost their talents which he said had become their individual careers. He said that the winner of the contest would become their brand ambassador. “The new queen will represent Nigeria in Miss Pride of Africa in the UK, and will become the national woman/girl ambassador in addition to one year modelling contract,” he said. He told Newsmen that the grand finale would commence with an exclusive models’ party on June 28 in company with the outgoing queen, Miss Christy Olamide.

Okoroji receives fellowship award from international body

Lagos – The Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics based in Ghana on Monday gave Mr Tony Okoroji, Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) the distinguished Fellowship and Corporate Leadership Excellence Recognition Award.

Mr Richard Ikpadakpodu, the Executive Director of the institute presented the award to Okoroji.

The director speaking during the presentation said that the institute held Okoroji in high esteem because of his leadership ethics and outstanding accomplishments in the field of intellectual property. “Okoroji is a role model and deserves to be celebrated not only for this generation but by future generations as well. “He is one of Nigeria’s transformational leaders and a first class corporate technocrat of international repute. “He has an enviable track record and has made considerable contributions to national development and for the peace, progress and unity of one Nigeria,” he said. Ikpadakpodu said that the institute carried out a five-year intensive research on Okoroji’s personality profile and was impressed with his vast managerial acumen and shrewd administrative capabilities. “This award is, therefore, the result of your stern initiative of intellectual property which, you yourself and the entire board of COSON, have jointly revolutionised to meet up with global standards,” he said. The director recalled that the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) was proficiently restructured as a result of Okoroji’s administrative prowess while he was the president. “Your leadership foresight transformed PMAN from a relatively unknown association to one of most powerful and recognised bodies in the history of Nigeria till date. “The institute appreciates your laudable initiative which has attracted massive international attention to Nigerian musicians. “The institute also commends your visionary leadership as an outstanding veteran in the global field of entertainment. “The Nigeria Music Awards which is your project is greatly acknowledged and has placed Nigeria on a global map of reckoning,” he said. Ikpadakpodu said that Okoroji’s name and office had never been found wanting in any financial malpractices, abuse of office or indictment of any kind. “We are very proud of your incorruptible track records of accomplishment and strength of professionalism. “We surely believe that you are gradually leaving positive marks on the sand of time that will outlive you,” he said. The director said that the institute was an international body structured within the context of raising world class business policy makers with an imbibed culture of accountability and transparency.
“These qualities are pivotal in the advancement of major sectors of the Nigerian economy. “The director said that the institute was a platform to inculcate resounding managment expertise into corporations. Such corporations could metermophose into global conglomerates and achieving national productivity and profitability, he said. “The institute was also established to honour men and women of industry, integrity, good governance who had contributed to the socio-economic and political stability and development of their countries. “We believe that as a fellow of this institute, you will impact positively your wealth of uncommon administrative successes and contribute to policies that will move the African economy forward,” he said. Ikpadakpodu urged Okoroji to see the recognition as a motivation to rededicate himself to the good services to his nation and humanity which he had been known for. Mr Okoroji in his response thanked the institute for the recognition. Okoroji said that he had visited Ghana, Liberia and South Africa on several occasions in the past to resolve issues based on copyright crises. “I have never met with any of these men from the institute and infact was resisting their efforts to get to me thinking they were trying to contact me for money. “However, having investigated the track record of the institute, I discovered that it is a very honourable international institute. “I thank you so much for the recognition that you have given to me because there is no differnce among us as Africans. “And we must work together to achieve our common goal. “I drive on a full tank of faith, therefore, I do not believe in failure but believe that I can achieve anything that is possible, ” he said. Okoroji said that he would continue to work assiduously to contribute to the development of the African economy.

Actress, Etinosa Idemudia restores hope to the hopeless in ‘The Washerman’

Fast rising Nollywood actress turned producer, Etinosa Idemudia, has teamed up with award-winning film director Charles Uwagbai, to release her debut movie titled The washer man. According to the pretty actress in a chat with Vanguard, the movie which is set to cinemas around the nation on the 31st of August is not just like every other movie showing at the cinemas.

“The washer man was not made to compete with any film or break box-office or be proud. That’s the major issue with films at the box-office today. When purpose is not defined, abuse is inevitable.

After the huge success of some comedy movies at the box-office, some people lose purpose and determine in their heart that the only way to “hammer” is by doing star-studded comedy; whether that is their strength or not, or whether they have a good script or not and also not caring about the most important part of the movie- the viewers. That’s why I respect the likes of Eric Aghimien, who didn’t allow the band wagon spirit to sway him. Thus his blockbuster movie, ‘Slow Country’, awarded Sambasa Nzeribe an AMVCA award”, she said. She added, “The movie was made at a time people desire good real life stories, when people need to see a movie and see themselves inside that movie like they are beholding a mirror. That is the essence of The Washerman. It is meant to drop a strong message in your heart, to make you re-assess your life; to make you see your life through the eyes of our well-developed characters. This movie will speak to all who have been used, cheated, knocked around by life, people who no longer believe anything good can come out of themselves, lost their self-worth; people in search of true love, true sense of belonging, and even people who think their life is perfect.” Speaking further, she noted that the movie is unique, well written with purpose and grace, cast selected prayerfully and purposefully and well shot with standard equipment, tasteful locations keeping purpose in mind, to bring our audience as close to reality as possible. With a star-studded cast including Sound Sultan, Ik Ogbonna, Mofe Duncan, Chris Okagbue, Jaywon, Sani Danja, Bryan Okwara, Frank Donga, Judith Audu, Sexy Steel, Stephen Damian, Mercy Isoyip, Idemudia is confident that her movie will not only crack ribs but leave a life changing message in the lives of her audience.

I can’t settle down with any woman – Wizkid

Nigerian superstar singer, Wizkid, born Ayodeji Balogun, is a ladies’ man. Since he hit the limelight some years back with his debut track ‘Holla at your Boy’, he has continued to win many hearts with his good music and many women, as reports claim, have seen his birthday suit while warming his proverbial fluffy bed. Yet, he can’t seem to get enough!
For the Star Boy, there have been Sola Ogudu, Binta Diallo and Jada Pollock, each with a bouncing baby boy for the singer. Three baby mamas and three sons, may look good enough for any randy man but not the ‘Pakurumo’ crooner as he has stated in a recent interview that he loves women too much to settle down with one. In the interview he admitted to having several girlfriends and claims all his girls know he has other girls. When asked if he will ever settle down with any particular one, his reply is one that will give no woman hope, not even Jada Pollock, who stuck by the singer when his two other baby mamas, Sola Ogudu and Binta Diallo labelled him ‘deadbeat’ father in the full glare of the public. “That will be hard because I have a lot of women that are really, really dear to my heart” he said. Wizkid is known to have romanced many women in his illustrious career and may be a vain attempt to list them in this piece. However, rumour has been running rife that the latest woman rocking the Star Boy’ s world is MAVIN First Lady, Tiwa Savage. At his sold-out Afrorepublik concert in London which held recently, Wizkid might have been telling us something that there’s actually something juicy going on between him and the ‘Kele Kele’ crooner as he introduced her on stage to join him to perform their popular duet ‘Malo’ with some intimate words. It wasn’t the normal introduction of a co-star, as the singer called Tiwa Savage “Someone special”, adding “Stay sexy for daddy.” After their epic performance the duo sealed the romantic night with a passionate kiss and a lingering hug, which many have interpreted as ‘a work in progress’.

Jennifer Lopez, the New Princess of Bel Air, Expands Her Real Estate Portfolio

Struggling to sell one multi-million dollar home currently on the market won’t stop actress and singer Jennifer Lopez from expanding her property collection.
Lopez has reportedly added to her real estate holdings an eight-plus acre estate in Bel-Airanchored by a multi-level mansion. The property, complete with a 30-seat screening room, a 100-seat amphitheater and a swimming pond with sandy beach and outdoor shower, was asking about $40 million, but J. Lo managed to make it hers for $28 million.
As the Bronx native acquires a new home in California, she is trying to sell a gated compound in the Golden State. The 17,000-square-foot Hidden Hills property with mountain and city views boasts nine bedrooms, including a master suite with private terrace and an entertainment wing, which includes a 20-seat theater, dance studio, and recording studio.
Lopez bought the property in 2010 with her then-husband and singer Marc Anthony for $8.2 million. She first tried to sell it for $17 million, but unable to find a suitable buyer, she has been forced to cut the price twice in less than a year, to $14.5 million in September and to the current $12.5 million earlier this year.
The entertainer also owns a $22 million penthouse in Manhattan and a $10 million estate in the Hamptons.

Nigeria losing N3trn annually over non-passage of PIB — PWYP

Global extractive industry watchdog, Publish What You Pay, PWYP, yesterday, stated that Nigeria is losing N3 trillion annually for failing to put in place a proper legislation for the oil and gas industry.

The amount lost to the non-passage of the petroleum laws represents 32.97 per cent of the country’s 2018 budget figure of N9.1 trillion and is 40.32 per cent of the N7.44 trillion 2017 budget . Addressing newsmen on the lingering passage of the Petroleum Industry Bills (PIB), National Coordinator, PWYP, Mr. Peter Egbule, therefore, called for the speedy assent of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB, and the passage of the remaining oil and gas bills before the National assembly. According to him, the passage and signing of the Bills into law is in the collective interest of all Nigerians, as this will create a more functional administrative structure, significantly reduce financial leakages, encourage foreign and domestic investments, provide succor for host communities, among others. He said, “Although we hope and expect that the President will assent to the PIGB and the other bills whenever they are transmitted to him, but we also recognize that it is his right to refuse assent. “If the latter happens, it will be disappointing to well-meaning Nigerians, resulting in another round of legislative reconsiderations, political intrigues, delays, and public frustrations. “This will be a major setback in our collective interest in establishing a more responsive and socio-economically impactful Nigeria Petroleum Industry, as well as send the wrong signal to Nigerians and the global community at large.” He appealed to the National Assembly to immediately refocus on the passage of the Bills, and intentionally dedicate substantial time for the legislative processes required for the passage of the bills, especially before they become engrossed in the obviously heightening political activities towards the 2019 general elections. Egbule also implored both the National Assembly and the Presidency to carry out their respective actions without further delays in the interest of the dwindling economy and the lives being affected by the continuous delay in the passage of the Bills. “We implore the National Assembly to take the path of national reverence in passing the bills. This is our expectation on the National assembly, and we are confident that when the time comes, they will do so with visible swiftness, in the interest of all Nigerians,” Egbule noted. He further urged President Muhammed Buhari to on receipt of the Bills, act in line with his incessantly proclaimed stance on corruption and expedite action on his assent to the bills. He maintained that the present administration have a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity of writing its name in the annals of achievements by passing and signing these bills into laws. Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is a global membership-based coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) in over forty countries, united in their call for an open and accountable extractive sector, so that oil, gas and mining revenues improve the lives of women, men and youth in resource-rich countries and that extraction is carried out in a responsible manner that benefits countries and their citizens.

Kanye West feared Kim Kardashian was going to leave him after controversial slavery comments

Kanye West has admitted he feared wife Kim Kardashian was going to leave him after he caused an uproar with his controversial comments about slavery.

The rapper boldly told TMZ’s live TV show: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”

But in a new interview with the New York Times he clarified his comments, saying: “I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds – sounds – like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice.

“I never said slavery itself – like being shackled in chains – was a choice. That’s why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that.

One of his songs on new album “Ye, Wouldn’t Leave”, suggests the interview put his marriage at risk.

He told the newspaper: “There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?’ So that was a real conversation.”

Kim previously admitted she cried and screamed at her husband when she found out what he’d said.

Speaking to Extra at the CFDA Fashion Awards earlier this month, Kim confirmed she was furious with her husband of four years at the time and admitted she reacted with “screams”.

“I cried because it is a lot of what we went through,” the mum-of-three explained. “I know my husband has the best intentions. He has the biggest heart.

“I know his heart, so I know he’ll always have that chance to explain himself when the time is right.”

She went on: “This time I wasn’t so calm… I know what he meant so ultimately, after a week, I was calm… I think he explained it well in the song.”

Teenager With Mystery Disease Suffers Pain ‘worse than childbirth’

A teenager is suffering pain ‘worse than childbirth’ from a rare neurological condition which means a scrape or light touch to her right arm feels like a stab wound.
Chloe Davenport, from west Sydney, has complex regional pain syndrome, which makes sufferers overly sensitive to touch.
The 14-year-old was diagnosed in November after her parents rushed her to hospital when she started screaming and vomiting from pain for no apparent reason.

In last night’s episode of A Current Affair , the brave teenager demonstrated her struggle by asking her mother to lightly rub her arm with a feather – making her cry in agony.
‘I want other kids my age to understand and get answers as well, because the one thing that frightened me the most was not understanding what it was,’ she told the show.
The disorder is psychological or ‘all in the mind’. When Chloe puts a mirror up against her right arm, making her brain think it is her left, she can touch it with no pain.
Little is known about CPRS. Often sufferers recover but sometimes the symptoms last for a long time.

‘The thing that kills us, that gives us many a sleepless night, is that this could go on forever,’ said Chloe’s mother.
CRPS is often brought on by an injury to the affected limb but Chloe’s case is strange because she has never experience any significant trauma or injuries.
Psychologist Peter Drummond of Perth’s Murdoch University, who studies the condition, admitted that much more work needs to be done to understand it.
He said: ‘We don’t really understand why some people get it and other people don’t.’
The condition affects 0.02 per cent of people, or 20 in 100,000, and is three times more common in women and girls than men and boys.

What is Complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition of a person’s arm, hand, leg or foot, which occurs after an injury, such as a fracture. Rarely, CRPS can affect other body parts, such as the face.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may last months or years. We do not know the cause of CRPS, but treatment aims to relieve symptoms and restore limb function (movement and activity).
Most people recover fully, but the condition can recur and for a small group of people with CRPS, symptoms may be severe and persist for years. CRPS used to be known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
Females are three times more likely to be affected than males. In adults, the most commonly affected limb is the arm. In children, it is the leg.
CRPS affects people in different ways and one person’s response to treatment will be different from another person’s.

7,200 Children Treated For Lead Poisoning — Osinbajo

ABUJA—NO fewer than 7,200 Nigerian children, have been treated for remediation of lead poisoning, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this yesterday in Abuja at the second international conference on lead poisoning associated with artisanal gold mining in Nigeria with special focus on prevention, with the theme: “Safer mining, clean environment, healthy environment, healthy communities.” Following the outbreak of lead poisoning which occurred in Zamfara State in 2010, about 500 casualties mainly children were recorded, and another in Niger State in April, 2015, with 30 fatalities. According to him, “The obvious consequence is the exposure of the miners, the environment and local communities to serious danger. In areas where gold contains concentration of heavy metals like lead, exposure to the dust released from these metals as a result of the crude processing techniques, leads to serious health consequences on the persons directly involved in the mining and also for all the neighboring areas and communities. Children of course are most at risk of death and disability. “Many will recall the outbreak of lead poisoning that occurred in Zamfara State and a lot of which have been repeated today. In 2010, as a result of the activities of illegal gold miners residential compounds and village squares, studies carried out revealed that 17,000 people were affected and estimated 400 to 500 children lost their lives due to acute lead poisoning.” The federal government and development partners helped to bring that ugly incident under control. “Regrettably, five years after the Zamfara outbreak, another severe lead poisoning was reported on April 2015 in two villages in Niger State.”