Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Alex Ferguson's last chewing gum sold for N94million!!!

A piece of chewing gum purportedly to be the last used by Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager has reportedly sold for over $600,000( N94 Million).
Fergie, who was renowned for his chewing on the sidelines, oversaw the Red Devils’ last EPL game of the season yesterday, after 26 years at the helm of the club. As he was celebrating his side’s dramatic 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion, a fan laid claim to the bizarre souvenir and immediately offered it for auction on eBay, in a custom-made case.
The item description read: “Used chewing gum: RARE. Recovered from The Hawthorns. Clear perspex/wooden case. Unofficial merchandise, rumoured to belong to Sir Alex. After 1,500 games of intense chewing as manager of Man Utd, here lies Fegie’s last piece of chewing gum. All proceeds go to the MU Foundation charity. Happy bidding.”
British newspaper The Metro has reported that the item sold for $608,000 overnight. The Manchester United Foundation helps disadvantaged youth in the Manchester area. Reports of the sale came as Ferguson headed into retirement with another gong – the Premier League manager of the year award.
Ferguson picked up the League Manager Association’s honour on Monday.
At the reception the 71-year-old said he was relieved celebrations to mark his retirement were over.
“It has been overwhelming,” he told the awards dinner in London 24 hours after his last match in charge of United, Sunday’s 5-5 draw at West Brom.
“The club has been fantastic and congratulations to West Brom with the way they handled yesterday.
“In a way I am glad it is all over now – because it has been a very hard week.
“I think (West Brom manager) Steve Clarke should get an award because anyone who scores five against United deserves it.”

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Birthday wishes for Charly Boy from his wife & parents as he turns 62

Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy aka Areafada is 62 years today June 19th. Happy birthday to him. Below is a birthday message from his wife of over 30 years, Lady Diane Oputa...
My dear Charles, you have been in our lives for many- many seasons, and I have chosen to lay my heart out for that reason. This is for the best Husband, Father and Son that I know. The one who is dedicated to his family and works hard for us. My Husband and Friend, our love shall never end, even when it goes through the fire, because you and only you are my true heart desire.
The children and I will always pray for you, the man who has inspired millions because you never gave up on your dream. I will always provide a home of love and emotional purity, and when life places pain in your heart, may I always fill it with love. Thanks for being there for us, thanks for loving me and for all the beautiful memories you have given me so far. To my soul mate, lover and best friend… Happy Birthday.”
See the birthday message from his parents after the cut...

Letter to my beloved son
“Time does fly
I never want this to go unsaid
There are no words to express how much you mean to us
A son like you, I thought could never be.
God sent us a blessing, and that was you
A true definition of a son in every way.
You have shown us a new sense of being,
Out of everything we did, you are one of the things we did right.
Always remember that we know how much you care, we can tell by the relationship we share
May your children do the same for you
A very happy Birthday to a loving son.”
Justice &Mrs C A. Oputa

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Mikel Obi has agreed to join Turkish side Galatasaray

Nigerian international and Chelsea Midfielder John Mikel Obi has agreed to join  Turkish champions Galatasaray,  former Chelsea mate Didier Drogba is also currently with the Turkish side.

Galatasaray sporting director Bulent Tulun said Mikel has agreed in principle to join them, according to a leading Turkey football website fotomac.
Chelsea returning boss Jose Mourinho and both clubs are now to decide on this transfer, said Tulun, who met with other top officials this week on the matter.

Nadia Buari Steps Out with Her New Found Love, B. Clay (PHOTO)

Ghanaian screen goddess, Nadia Buari who received two nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2007 and 2009, steps out with her new found love, singer and songwriter Bombshell Bacious Clay popularly known as, B. Clay, at the Eredi Pisano & New York Giants celebration of fashion off-the-field in USA.

According to the reliable source who sent in the picture, Nadia and Jim are not dating each other, they were only pulling fan's legs, and B. Clay knows everything.

B. Clay who is currently in the USA, was born in Ghana with Nigerian heritage.

Don Jazzy Gets The 1st Bottle Of The World's Most Expensive Champagne In the World

So much cheers to the weeked jare.
The champagne 'Goût de Diamants’ is worth a whooping N248million chilled naira!
And its creator luxury designer Alexander Amosu gave Don Jazzy the honour of having the first ever bottle to touch Nigeria.

I was flogged for dating my brother’s friend –Omawunmi

Popular songstress, Omawumi Megbele, tells Ademola Oloniluaabout her latest work and other issues in this interview
Why it took me so long to launch my album
I just wanted to take out time and make good music. There are some people who do yearly albums, I try to do like two or three years. There are people whom I emulate. I feel that as music is a craft, you must try to make sure you put out good materials that can stand the test of time. It is not something that can be relevant for only two months or a year. You want something that is good.
My Lasso of Truth album
I’m very happy, I have got a lot of positive feedback. The sales in the first week was great. They made about 500,000 copies and it is almost sold out. The sales did very well because the demand is high. I did not even know that the demand was this high, even outside Nigeria, We have been working out platforms where we can sell the album. People outside the country ask whoever is travelling abroad to buy the CD in bulk for them. The demand is that high.
If not music, I would have loved to be a teacher
I might be fun to be with, but I’m not a comedian. My mother wanted me to practice law, but I wanted to teach. I have always wanted to teach, I would have been a teacher. I don’t know why I have the capacity to get people to listen to me. Right now, I’m part of an organisation that mentors young girls. You know when you sit with young girls and you are advising them, if it is someone else advising them, deep down they might not listen and think the person is spoiling their fun. But I come across as somebody who has been there, done that and got the T-shirt. So they listen. I think it would have been a beautiful challenge for me to be a teacher. I’m sure I would have been worried about the pay but it would have been flexible enough for me to have a family as well as enjoy what I’m doing if I was not into music.
My early days
I had many experiences but I’d like not to embarrass myself. I was very mischievous as a kid. I used to get into a lot of trouble. I had a lot of older ones, so they used to deal with me a lot. They would say, ‘Omawumi don commit again’. I was the sort of person that would steal my elder sister’s bra and put socks inside; that was when I was bare-chested. The sad thing is that when the thing now came out, it just came out at once. I did the usual things that children do. I can’t say most of it in print. If my older ones should read it, they would discover some things I did back then. I was pretty much a normal kid. I used to play a lot but my parents made us understand the value of education.
Year 2013 so far
I have got four endorsements this year. It has been fantastic. The thing about it is that I have been working towards things like this for a while. The way my work is, I have a healthy fan base. I have the kind of music I make and the kind of people who like it and it appeals to. When it comes to endorsements, I’m really grateful to God. It is a process, if you work and you put out good material and you are relatable, it’s a good thing. The fact that I can market so many products proves I’m a true Nigerian. Without blowing my horn and in trying to be as modest as I can, I am educated. Most parents want their children to be educated and even if they want to pursue their dreams, they use me as an example. I pursued my dream but at the end of the day, I got the basic education. Is she street wise? They use me as an example. Even though you are educated, it doesn’t mean you should be dumb. There are some parts of my life I feel people make comments, like ‘she is a single mother’; it is not supposed to be celebrated. The plus side of it is that I have a beautiful daughter. I figured that it is better for me to keep a life that God has given me as opposed to killing. That it didn’t work the way it should work or that I am not married, it is still a process, I am still a human being. That is also relatable. It is not like they say that when you get to a stage and you don’t get someone to marry you, you go and get pregnant. Some of my friends, when they look at me and say they want to be like me or that they don’t have time for men, I tell them no. Circumstances and life brought it upon me, I would not regret one day of it. I am happy with my daughter, I am happy about the family that she has and the one I have. Nonetheless, it is not something someone should come out and say this is the way to go.
I’ll tell you the truth, I’m indifferent. I have developed a thick skin. I would not say that from the outset it never affected me. But it didn’t mean I put my hand under my cheek and started brooding. I was just worried why this sort of thing happened. I am a solutions kind of person and so I started looking for solutions. I found out that there was no solution. Whether you like it or not, people must talk about you. The more mysterious you are, the more stories would be woven around you. I figured that you win some and lose some, you cannot have it all. The day you are the focus of the press, you just say by God’s grace, this too shall pass. I don’t like it when people form an opinion about me out of negative publicity, especially when it is not true and it affects my career. That is the part I don’t like because I believe everybody puts a lot of hard work into their music. That’s why I always tell people, I’m not an angel. That is why I encourage people to just enjoy the music. It is the music I am giving you, not my personal life, not who I am.
My first crush and boyfriend
I can remember him. I think I ‘died’ for him so much I cannot remember how he toasted me. You know when you like a boy so much and you try to catch his attention. He was my elder brother’s very good friend and it was like a taboo to have anything to do with your elder brother’s friend. The elder brother would beat both the friend and the sister. That was the sort of position I was in. I still collected the beatings because when you are blinded with love, you would stick with the boy no matter what. Eventually, we were so in love for a long time.
What influences my fashion sense
I try to be comfortable and look good as much as I can. It is not easy but I try. I’m not much of a fashion icon. I just know you wear fine blouse or skirt. I find it difficult to accessorise or match colours. I don’t know all those type of things. I started hearing it when I came to Lagos. I am a Warri girl. Before now, I was all about my shirt and jeans. Some people say they like Omawumi but they wish I would dress better or that I need a stylist. I would tell you that it is fine. I wish I would have a stylist, but in a situation where I don’t have one, as I dress, take it like that. The most important thing is that I am putting out good music. The minute I become a 360 artiste – where I am selling my fashion as well as my music, then you can criticise but till then, accept me as I am.

Wizkid involved in an accident with his new ride (SEE PHOTOS)

The Ride worth N50million crashed all of a sudden this morning, but wizkid apparently came out saving himself and also the girls that rode with him Thank God for his safety . .Wizkid was reportedly involved in a car accident at about 3:30AM today. He was lucky to have walked away from the incident injury free. Thank God for his life. Below is how the eye-witness and source reported it:

AT 3:30Am me and my friends were about to leave the Nokia Lumia beat party at the Oriental hotel . As we waited for a cab it was raining all of a sudden we heard a loud noise behind us. We turn to check what has happened, right in front of our eyes we saw a car making drifts and wanting to tumble …first we had the shocking/ trilling feeling we got to actually experience such a magnificent incident… As we rush down to check if their was any survival all of and suddenly we realized it was star boyz new porsche car with the plates ‘W’ as we approached further the MAN OF STEEL (star boy) walks out not only saving him self but along with the girls with him lol, without any scratch or injuries.. The only thing damaged was his new porsche car worth of 50m, i guess we wouldn’t be seeing wizz in his porsche for a while…
Thank God for your life wizz may the Almighty God keep protecting you..
pictures below

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Iyanya and Flavour Whining together in New video ''Jombolo''

WATCH Iyanya and Flavour whine in the official video to Iyanya featuring Flavour N’abania in Jombolo.
Right here on Talk of Naija the has always been a debate on Flavour and Iyanya who whines their waist better, here is an opportunity for you to watch both of them together and decide. Please leave your comment below.

Last Photos Of Fatai Rolling Dollar In the hospital

Sad. Uniuyo Closed Down as 4 Students Die in Protest

The University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State was closed down on Wednesday for an indefinite period of time as four students were reportedly killed during violent encounter with the police.
It was reported that the students had taken part in a peaceful protest on the campus over the introduction of a new fare regime for the engineering and science students from the town campus to permanent site when the police arrived and allegedly opened fire that claimed lives of the students.
Following the killing of the students, some buildings on the town campus were burnt down last night. These included the office of the Vice Chancellor and that of the Registrar.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, was said to have travelled to Abuja on official engagement when the incident occurred.
Some Principal Officers of the University were reported to have been rescued from their hideouts through the use of ambulance escorted by the Peace on Campus Initiative of the University.
Eyewitness reported that students were seen rushing out from the campus with their bags and valuable items as they were ordered to vacate their hostels immediately.
Sources said trouble escalated when the students broke the rule to move their protest outside the school premises. They reportedly met a stiff resistance from security operatives at the Ikot Ekpene-Ikpa road round about.
In the violent confrontation, the police were said to have moved in with about15 Hilux vans fully loaded with armed police. They reportedly opened fired and threw tear gas canisters on the students which resulted in the death of the four students.
The school authority, it was gathered recently announced a new fare of N200 per day to convey students from the town campus to the permanent site with effect from yesterday through private consultancy arrangement.
Some of the students who spoke with the reporters said they were not comfortable with some of polices being implementation in the school. A final year law student who didn’t want his name in print said the police came in during the peaceful protest to shoot sporadically which led to the death of the students.  He said: “We were not armed but police came with all sorts of ammunition in a peaceful protest embarked upon by the students.”
A 300 level engineering student lamented the increase in fare which he said was not adequately communicated to the students. He noted: “Even the vehicles were not even available when the school authority began to harass students over payment. The matter is that we do not want this VC any more. Federal Government should look for a more competent hand to govern the affairs of the school.
“How can we pay N200 for the Federal Government intervention vehicle? It is not done. We are not going to accept this.”
The Chief Security Officer, Col. Nyong (rtd) who was chased out from the campus admitted that school management brought in a private consultant to handle student transportation from the town campus to the permanent site but at the rate of N100.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Etim Dickson confirmed the riot in the University and denied knowledge of the death of any student. According to him, the situation is not clear as to what is going on in the campus as the police are not allowed to enter inside the school.
He added: “We are outside to prevent escalation of the protest. We are aware of the demonstration, but we don’t have authorization to enter campus.”

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

‘I Once Aborted A 4-Month Old Pregnancy And My Mother Did Drugs’ - Beverly Osu

One of Nigeria’s representatives on Big Brother The Chase, Beverly Ada Osu has made several confessions in the name of gisting with housemates.

Beverly first caught viewers’ attention in the house when she was made the Head of house (HOH) and given a task memo to read to the housemates. She couldn’t read it out claiming the grammar in the memo was not comprehensive; even though she said it was a joke, she became a laughing stock on twitter for her inability to read well.

The dark video vixen also mentioned in the house that she and her friends used to do ‘runs’, extorting money from men.

Last week, she made two revelations that seem to have made her friends and family dumbfounded; firstly, she said she once aborted a four month old pregnancy and then she revealed that her mother used to live in America but was deported and arrested some years ago when caught carrying drugs.

Heartbreaking! Read Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's suicide letter (the consequence of unreturned true love)

Bollywood actress, Jiah Khan, 25, committed suicide  by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her bedroom at her residence in Mumbai on Sunday June 2nd when her mother and sister were not home.

A six-page suicide letter was found by Jiah's mother at their home a few days after the suicide and has been released to the police and the press. In the letter, Jiah blamed her boyfriend for ruining her life, cheating on her and forcing her to abort their child.

Jiah's ex-boyfriend, 21 year old Suraj Pancholi, the son of famous Bollywood actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested yesterday Monday June 10th, on suspicion of abetting her suicide.

Suraj, (pictured above leaving a court house after his arrest) had ended things with Jiah just weeks before she killed herself. Read Jiah's heartbreaking suicide note below

'I don't know how to say this to you but I might as well now as I have nothing to lose. I've already lost everything. If you're reading this I might have already left or about to leave. I am broken inside. You may not have known this but you affected me deeply to a point where I lost myself in loving you. Yet you tortured me every day.

These days I see no light I wake up not wanting to wake up. There was a time I saw my life with you, a future with you. But you shattered my dreams. I feel dead inside. I've never given so much of myself to someone or cared so much. You returned my love with cheating and lies.

It didn't matter how many gifts I gave you or how beautiful I looked for you. I was scared of getting pregnant but I gave myself completely. 

When I first met you I was driven, ambitious and disciplined. Then I fell for you, a love I thought would bring out the best in me. I don't know why destiny brought us together. 

After all the pain, the rape, the abuse, the torture I have seen previously I didn't deserve this. I didn't see any love or commitment from you. I just became increasingly scared that you would hurt me mentally or physically.

Your life was about partying and women. Mine was you and my work. If I stay here I will crave you and miss you. 

So, I am kissing my 10-year career and dreams goodbye. I never went with anyone else. I am a loyal person. No other woman will give you as much as I did or love you as much as I did. I can write that in my blood... 

You never even met my sister. I bought your sister presents... You never appreciated my love, kicked me in the face... The Goa trip was my birthday present but even after you cheated I still spent on you.
I aborted our baby when it hurt me deeply... I wish you had loved me like I loved you... I leave this place with nothing but broken dreams and empty promises. All I want now is to go to sleep and never wake up again...'

Sleeping German banker accidentally transfers €222,222,222.22

At least he didn’t fall asleep on the “9″ key.
A German labor court ruled on Monday that a bank supervisor was unfairly dismissed for failing to notice that one of her employees had made a multi-million euro mistake on a transaction.
The employee had fallen asleep with his finger on his keyboard while pressing the number two, so instead of transferring €62.40 from a retiree’s bank account, he withdrew €222,222,222.22 ($295 million) instead.

Fortunately for the anonymous retiree, the transaction was spotted by another colleague and reversed. A court in Hesse, Germany, ruled that the supervisor should have been reprimanded, not fired, as her mistake was genuine and she had also checked 811 other documents that day.

Tonto Dikeh Complains About Mosquito Bites In London

Tonto Dikeh posted these photos on Instagram today showing off the spots on her face and claiming they are mosquito bites.

And instead of her followers to be sympathetic, one of them told her:
"It's a reaction to one of your skin care products especially the ones that bleach."
Another one asked her:
"Mosquito in London? Sure you are not still high on ukwale Igbo that made you crash on stage!!!"
It is obvious that Tonto don't have caring fans. 
 What do you think?

Monday, 10 June 2013

Sculptor Unveils Nakéd Pregnant Kim Kardashian Statue

Contemporary sculptor, Daniel Edwards, is a pro at inciting controversy. His celebrity-inspired artwork include a 2006 life-sized unclad of Britney Spears giving birth to son Sean Preston, a statue of Angelina Jolie chest-feeding, and “hands-on” work called “Paris Hilton Autopsy.”
On Wednesday, Edwards unveiled his latest piece: a unclad sculpture of a pregnant Kim Kardashian. The life-sized figure, entitled “L.A. Fertility,” portrays the 32-year-old reality star in a walking pose without arms. Visitors to the statue, on view at the LAB ART Gallery in L.A., are encouraged to rub Kardashian’s enormous belly for luck.
Edwards explained that his work was in response to media criticism over Kardashian’s weight gain during her pregnancy with her first child. “People tend to look at the parts, like the creases in her armpits, or how she wore a dress that makes her look like a killer whale,” Edwards told Los Angeles Magazine. “I’m stripping it of the details people get stuck on, so they can see the beauty.” Other works in Edwards’ exhibit include a bronze of Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby in utero, and another pre-natal portrait of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s child. “We live in a media-absorbed culture where anyone can access and share a celebrity’s most intimate moments,” publicist Cory Allen said in a statement. “Daniel visually captures ‘that’ intimacy.

Photo: N320,000,000 Bugatti Veyron Car Spotted In Abuja

Can you guess which Abuja Big Boy owns this Three Hundred and Twenty Million Naira vehicle and had the mind to bring it to road side 'vulcanizer' to fill the tyre?

Tonto Dike Responds To Her Staggering And Falling On Stage Scandal

Do you thinkTonto Dike is going the Whitney Houston and co way and at such needs help or should she be abandoned to her fate?

New Video: Timaya - Sexy Ladies

Timaya drops video for his hit track, Sexy Ladies, the track is very popular in Nigerian club scene, followed by a decent video. Check out this video by clicking on this URL

Tonto Dikeh's Brèasts On Display As She Falls On Stage At Iyanya's Concert

Tonto Dikeh performed at Iyanya's Kukere's Concert which took place in London last night and things got a little wild.
The singer first got audience thinking she was under the influence of alcohol when she said something about not wanting to wave because her armpit wasn't shaved and kept mouthing off.
But what got everyone wide-mouthed was when she literally fell on the stage. Do you think she is into drugs?

Actress Chika Ike shares photos of herself as a teenager on Instagram

The last photo on the right is the actress all grown up!
As for me the unique thing about this pictures is that the smile and laughter remain the same with the present 'grown up' Chika Ike.

How Jim Iyke Used And Dumped Me - Kenturah Hamilton

When the DiasporanStarOnline met with Kenturah, Jim Iyke's ex-fiancee before he started answering Skittles and calling Space abi na vice versa, Kenturah was inconsolable, pained and emotionally devastated.
For over six years, she said she gave her all to be in a celebrated relationship with Jim Iyke, only to get her hopes dashed and squashed. She lamented:

   “These days, I ask God: Why has thou forsaken me? How can a man with whom we had gone through the highs and the lows – a man who had professed so much undying love for me over the past six years just walk away like that? I don’t know what happened and I wish I could put a finger on it.” .

Depressed and emotionally forlorn, Keturah told DSO how Jim used and dumped her.
“Jim was supposed to come to New York and stay for six months, during which time, he would go to an acting school here in New York and then we would move to Los Angeles and get married and pursue our acting dreams. I was looking forward to that with eagerness and then he just walked away”  
 She began to sob.

Their romance was strong, and Jim had spoken severally of plans to walk down the aisle with her. He had told me a number of times that in Keturah, he had found “a perfect mate – someone who was “sexy, intellectually curious, exotic and edgy.”
Keturah was known all over the Nollywood firmament as Jim Iyke’s main girlfriend – a wife
 in waiting. They had traveled the world together, and she had stood by him through most of the scandals that has continued to dog his professional and private life.

Put simply, Keturah Hamilton – the Jamaican born actress, model and business woman was the partner tailor-made for Jim Iyke.
But he was said to have ended their six year old affair in a most emotionally callous way. He simply walked away “without even a phone call

Asked what could have been the reason for such a change of heart, Keturah said:

    we had problems like normal lovers do, but we always resolved them amicably. I know there was something Jim asked me to do, which I didn’t want to do right away, but that should not have made him to do what he did.”

Pressed to reveal what it was that Jim wanted him to do, she said it was personal.
Keturah said she feels used and dumped.

    “I played along in the reality show as if I truly was a jealous and crazy lover. It was an act, but now I feel as if Jim set me up. He is a wicked man. I stood by him through all his troubles and tribulations. I helped bring him to the limelight when the light of his career was dimming. He is an ingrate and I leave him to God.”

One area that seems to have pained Keturah more appears to be the rumor making the rounds that Jim left her for the Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari.

    That is the rumor I have heard and I know it is not just  a rumor. They have been hooking up in Ghana. They were together at Tuface’s wedding and appear to be everywhere together. I just can’t believe Jim would be this ungrateful – after all I have done for  him. I have not been able to accept this and I am truly in a state of shock. If Jim could treat me the way he did, after six years of being there for him, supporting him, encouraging him in all that he did, then I wish Nadia the best of luck.
Jim, according to sources is living in Nadia’s house in Ghana and is constantly seen driving her car on the streets of Accra the Ghanaian capital. He is said to have told friends he and Nadia are mere friends, but  most people find that difficult to believe.Meanwhile, Keturah appears to have moved on with her life.
I am a strong woman and I am moving ahead with my life. God cannot give you that which He will not provide you the platform to stand and deal with. I wish the best in his life.”

Chika Ike moves into multi million Naira Lekki home

The actress and business woman has moved into her multi million Naira home in Lekki. Heard the house has a swimming pool, gym room, private office, car port, garden, massive walk in closet and a state of art interior. Balling!

The all purpose lady recently got a whopping N5 million check for cutting her shaving her hair for a movie role.
Few weeks ago, the actress finalized her divorce from her husband of many years. She is single and ready to mingle.
Tell me is this beautiful lady going to stay in this mansion all by herself? That is left for her to answer.

See another photo of Chika Ike’s new house in Lekki Lagos below

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Sanusi, Unable To Shake Off Séx Scandal As More Evidence Surface

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, appears unable to shake off a report that he funneled public funds to Maryam Yaro, a married mistress whom he gave a job at the bank he oversees.
Premium Times was first to report the scandal in which Mr. Sanusi was accused of abusing his office in order to advance an amorous relationship with a woman.
Several sources told SaharaReporters that Premium Times has been under intense pressure from associates of the CBN Governor since the expose was published. In the wake of the report, the CBN also issued a widely circulated rebuttal claiming that Ms. Yaro was never a staff of the bank, that she was employed at Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing Systems For Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), and that the governor had no hand in her recruitment.
But records obtained by SaharaReporters suggest that the bank’s claims are an attempt to muddle up the facts. NIRSAL, to which Ms. Yaro is attached, is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up by the Federal Government through a partnership between the CBN and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. Besides, the project is domiciled in the Development Finance Department of the CBN.
It is the CBN’s human resource department that hires staff for NIRSAL, and it is Mr. Sanusi who approves all recruitments into the agency, insiders say.
Records available to us indeed showed that, contrary to the CBN’s claims, Mr. Sanusi directly and personally approved Ms. Yaro’s recruitment.
Investigations by SaharaReporters revealed that, after approving Ms. Yaro’s hiring and sending her file back to the bank’s human resource department, Mr. Sanusi sent a message to his mistress on June 25, 2012 saying, “I’m in South Africa. I approved your recruitment last week.”
Ten minutes later, Ms. Yaro responded: “You have made my day. Thank you so much. Let me know when you are back.”
When the human resource department delayed in sending her appointment letter, Ms. Yaro contacted Mr. Sanusi to complain.
“I have not heard anything from CBN since you approved my recruitment,” she wrote in a July 9, 2012 message. “Is there anything I need to do?”
A source told SaharaReporters that, following her complaint, Mr. Sanusi contacted the CBN human resource department urging them to expedite action on her case.
Eight days later, on July 17, 2012, Ms. Yaro informed Mr. Sanusi that the human resource department had finally acted on his instruction.
“Allah nguro, I have been issued my letter of offer,” she said in a message. “Thank you so much. When can I come and see you?”
When she submitted her acceptance letter to human resource, Ms. Yaro promptly informed Mr Sanusi and thanked him again for helping her to get the job.
After Ms. Yaro assumed duties at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, the human resource department produced a business card for her. In it she was described as follows:  “Dr. Maryam W. Yaro, Nirsal Project Implementation Office (NPIO), Development Finance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria.”
Even the documents released by the CBN are clear as to whether Ms. Yaro could be regarded as a staff of the CBN, and whether the governor played a role in her recruitment.
For instance, official memos detailing the processes leading to her recruitment are marked “internal,” originating from NIRSAL to other units of the bank. Her appointment letter, written on CBN letterhead, was signed by Chizoba Mojekwu, director, human resources department of the bank.
The CBN’s so-called rebuttal did not say why its human resource director would sign an appointment letter for a staff or consultant of another agency independent of the bank.
In its rebuttal, the bank provided evidence of communications leading to Ms. Yaro’s employment in 2012, but provided none relating to any public announcement of the vacancy she filled. The law requires that such a post must be publicly announced to enable interested candidates to apply.
The details show that the bank treated Ms. Yaro’s employment expressly, with memos between NIRSAL office and CBN’s top management indicating how Mr. Sanusi endorsed her recruitment.
In one document seen by SaharaReporters, a helpless staff of the bank raised concern about Ms. Yaro’s recruitment. In a memo requesting Mr. Sanusi’s approval of the recruitment, the concerned staff minuted: “Please approve as prayed above. We should take into account diversity in future recruitment.”
In approving the recruitment, Mr. Sanusi dismissed the staff’s concern, and wrote: “Approved. I think gender is a good basis for diversity here and candidate is qualified.”
Ms. Yaro’s recruitment process took a matter of weeks, and she received her letter of offer in July 17, 2012 and promptly communicated same to the CBN boss while also informing him of her planned date of assumption of duties.
Some sources within the CBN suggested to SaharaReporters that some of the documents circulated by the CBN were forged and backdated as a face-saving measure. However, SaharaReporters was unable to independently confirm the allegation.
SaharaReporters learned that the details of the affair between Mr. Sanusi and Ms. Yaro have stirred anger and outrage within the bank and beyond. Critics have focused on the fact that Mr. Sanusi, a public officer, traveled on jets funded by taxpayers to keep appointments with Ms. Yaro at expensive hotels. Until this scandal broke, Mr. Sanusi was highly respected even if some of his policies, like doling cash to victims of terrorist attacks in Kano, were controversial.
Mr. Sanusi led revolutionary reforms in the banks when he came on board in 2009 and has remained critical and outspoken on several government policies despite serving in the administration. He has also repeatedly advocated adherence to the rule of law.
On the other hand, Mr. Sanusi has had his defenders. Many of these defenders have brushed aside glaring evidence of misconduct by Nigeria’s chief banker, instead accusing news reporters who worked on the story of witch-hunting Mr. Sanusi and attempting to defame him.
Senior officials of Premium Times said they expected the backlash, even as they stated that they stood firmly by their story. “We knew the story was going to shock a lot of people,” said Idris Akinbajo acting managing editor at the publication. “We were under no illusion that it would take a lot of time for many to swallow the bitter truth of the revelations made in the story.” He added, “We have discharged our responsibility of providing information we believe citizens need in order to hold officials accountable.
Mr. Akinbajo continued, “Our job is done, as we will only continue to provide additional information as necessary. It is left for Nigerians to either demand accountability or live without it – and so continue to celebrate the indiscretions of their leaders.”
The executive added: “We stand firmly by our story and look forward to the moment the CBN Governor will boldly look Nigerians in the
face and say any of the things we reported did not happen.”  

Conjoined Twin Born At University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital UNTH (Pictures)

Conjoined male twin delivered at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital five days ago through caesarean section. Pictured on the rescucitaire and radiant warmer as the doctors are working round the clock to keep them alive.

Their abdomen and thorax are fused. 2D Echo showed that they have separate heart. Abdominal scan also showed that they have different abdominal organs.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

PHOTOS: Hilarious Photoshops Of Toolz, Tiwa Savage And Tonto Dike

These photoshoped photos of Tiwa Savage, Toolz and Tonto Dike which have gone viral on the internet can't be beaten by any other photoshoped photos of celebrities.
Nigerian singer-graphics designer Adekunle Gold (@adekunlegold) is having fun playing photoshop pranks with a few popular faces on Instagram and is already getting reactions from one of them.
After the funny photoshop of himself and Toolz went viral, the popular OAP reposted the photo on her Instagram page with the quote ‘WTF is this?!! This is assault via photoshop no?? Lol‘.
Gold is taking after a very popular US photo prankster @Peejet who’s well know for very ludicrous celeb photoshops.