Thursday, 19 January 2017

Photo: Rest In Peace, William Onyeabor (March 26, 1946 - January 16, 2017)

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Rest In Peace, William Onyeabor (March 26, 1946 - January 16, 2017)
It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we have to announce that the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70. He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. An extraordinary artist, businessman and visionary, Mr. Onyeabor composed and self-released 9 brilliant albums of groundbreaking electronic-funk from 1977-1985, which he recorded, pressed and printed at Wilfilms Limited—his personal pressing plant in southeast Nigeria.
In the late 1980's, he was awarded West African Industrialist of the Year and given the honorary title "Justice of the Peace”. In the early 1990's, he became the President of Enugu's Musician's Union and Chairman of the city's local football team, The Enugu Rangers. For many in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria, he was simply referred to as "The Chief” and known for having created many opportunities for the people in his community.
With the release of “Who is William Onyeabor?” in 2013, his music and story took the world by storm. The release was featured in major newspapers, radio and television stations all around the world. Time Magazine listed him as number 4 on a shortlist of that year’s best albums. In 2014, the film documentary “Fantastic Man” followed, as well as the “Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor?” live shows, which travelled to the most regarded festivals and music venues worldwide-starring over 50 special guests from many diverse generations, genres and backgrounds.
Still, William Onyeabor would never speak about himself and for a long time refused many of the interview requests that came his way. Having become Born Again in the latter part of life, he only wanted to speak about God.
We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and thank each and every one of you who has helped share the love for his music around the world.
Luaka Bop

Photos: Nigerian Troops leave for Gambia to ensure incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh, hands over tomorrow

Ahead of the presidential inauguration in Gambia today, the Nigerian Air Force Wednesday, airlifted troops to the country as part of efforts by ECOWAS to ensure that the incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh,  hands over power to the president-elect and winner of the December 1st Presidential election, Adama Barrow. The Nigerian troops will join their counterparts from Ghana and Senegal to apply force to remove Jammeh from office should he refuse to hand over.

The NAF moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, Light Utility Helicopter as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia. The deployment is also to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law and order that may result from the current political impasse in The Gambia

While addressing the troops as they departed from Kanji, Niger state, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, urged the troops to maintain discipline and be professional in their conduct. Reminding them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria, the CAS stated that no act of indiscipline by the contingent would be tolerated.

 “I want to leave nobody in doubt that you are professionals. I want you to also leave nobody in doubt that you are a highly disciplined force. Your mission is very clear. Your commander is with you. What we want is for you to get there, do you work professionally and conduct yourselves as disciplined force” he said.

The contingent, led by Air Cdre Tajudeen Yusuf, was airlifted Wednesday morning from 117 Air Combat Training Group Kainji.

Photos: Travelers stranded as aggrieved Delta women barricade East-West Road over rape and killing by Fulani herdsmen

Thousands of travelers were stranded on Wednesday, after aggrieved women, numbering over 100 barricaded the East-West Road, over what they termed the incessant killing, raping of indigenes by armed Fulani herdsmen.
The protesting women from Ohorhor community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State besieged and barricaded the busy road with planks of wood, leaves, tires and chairs.

Travelers, including the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Abubakar Mohammed, who was traveling to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State for an official assignment, were trapped in the gridlock.

All efforts to vacate the road by the AIG and travelers en route to Port Harcourt could not yield any fruitful results, as the women insisted that unless federal government takes concrete steps to address the herdsmen attacks, they would remain on the road.

One of the women leaders, who spoke with SaharaReporters, disclosed that the community has lost over 10 souls to the armed herdsmen while over 15 women, some of whom were pregnant, have been raped in the bush by the herdsmen.

The protesting women therefore issued a four-day ultimatum to the Fulani herdsmen to leave their community bush.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

'No officer has the right to check your mobile phone' - Lagos Police PRO, Dolapo Badmus

For a long time, Nigerians have asked if it's right for  police officer to search your mobile phones during a routing stop and search exercise on the road. Now, the Lagos State Police PRO, Dolap Badmus has shed more light on the issue saying it is wrong.
In her words, 'Your phone is private, it's your private property because people do alot of private stuffs on their mobile phones so it's wrong. Police officers have no right to do that except there is a reasonable ground to do so'.

Moving vans seen arriving at $4.3m DC mansion where the Obama family will live

Moving vans were seen on Monday outside the $4.3 million Washington DC home that President Obama and his family will be moving into after they leave the White House officially on Friday, Jan 20th, 2017. The Obamas will be taking up residence in this 8,200-square-foot-home above, which they have leased in DC. The home is where they have decided to stay for two more years to enable the younger daughter, 15 year old Sasha Obama, finish high school.

The home which was built in 1928 and features nine bedrooms and eight-and-a-half baths. It also features separate dressing rooms, his and hers bathrooms, entertaining space, and a tranquil garden.

President Obama and his family will be jetting out of Washington DC immediately after Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and heading to straight to Palm Springs, California, to enjoy the nice weather.

TMZ reports that the family will board a helicopter after leaving the Capitol on Friday which will take them to Andrews Air Force Base, where they will board a government plane for the trip out west.

It will only be a one-way flight however, with the Obamas having to pay for their own tickets back home at the end of their vacation in California.

"Irresponsible and malicious" The Gambia govt reacts to African Union resolution

Gambia: Jammeh calls on ECOWAS chair to mediate crisisBarrow is scheduled to take office on January 19 [File pic: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters]

The government of The Gambia has reacted to the African Union Peace and Security Council Resolution on the Islamic Republic of The Gambia on the current political situation of the country. Following the meeting in Addis Ababa on January 13th, African Union's Peace and Security Council announced it will no longer recognize Yahya Jammeh as president of Gambia after January 19, the intended date for the inauguration of president-elect, Adama Barrow.

The council also warned of "serious consequences in the event that his action causes any crisis that could lead to political disorder, humanitarian and human rights disaster, including loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties."

In a statement release on Sunday evening, the Gambian government described the African Union’s resolution as irresponsible and malicious meant to annoy and aggravate the political situation in The Gambia. 
“We condemned it in the strongest possible terms,"  the statement read.

Below is the full text:

"The Government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia has noted with concern the resolution by the AU Peace and Security Council stating inter Alia that the Government of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia will no longer be recognised after the 19th January 2017. This resolution is irresponsible and malicious and only meant to annoy and aggravate the political situation in The Gambia and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. 
The AU Peace and Security Council does not have the mandate to bar member states and governments from The African Union. Any such resolution has to be approved by the authority of the heads of State of the African Union. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

UFC boss offers Mayweather $25 million to fight Conor McGregor but the boxer declined

UFC president, Dana White has taken the bull by the horns and offered Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor $25 million each to step in the ring, but it appears the sum is not enough to tempt the self-styled 'money man' Mayweather out of retirement