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Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018

The wife of Eleganza boss, Chief Okoya can’t stop loving her man.

Here is what the socialite who recently clocked 41 wrote while reflecting on her love life.

“It wasn’t love at first sight because I was really young then. He didn’t pretend about the whole thing when he met me. He saw and liked me and said he wanted to marry me. I liked him as a person and he was really generous to a fault and really caring. My husband is full of fun and loving. Never a dull moment being with him. My advice to young ladies is to pray to God to lead them to the love of their heart.”

Their marriage is blessed with 4 lovely kids.

Check them out in the photo below

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018


A member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Ikorodu branch, Rasheed Salau, who allegedly trafficked a schoolgirl to Burkina Faso, says he was paid N15,000.

The Sagamu, Ogun State indigene, claimed that he was not aware that the 14-year-old would be turned into a sex worker.

He explained that he sent her to work with his mother, who owned a beer parlour in the West African country.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the schoolgirl, Risikatu Uthman, was declared missing after she followed a boyfriend on an outing in June 2018.

Although the boyfriend, a motor boy, denied knowledge of her whereabouts, he was arrested and arraigned in court.

After about two months, Risikatu was brought home by a Good Samarithan, who found her in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Risikatu had told our correspondent that as she was returning home, she was abducted by Rasheed, who claimed to be a policeman.

She alleged that together with eight other girls, they were trafficked to Burkina Faso, where they were forced into prostitution.

The 14-year-old said she was rescued by the police and taken to the Nigerian embassy, from where she found her way back to Nigeria.

Policemen attached to the Ikorodu area command subsequently arrested the suspect.

During a chat with PUNCH Metro at the state police command headquarters in Ikeja on Tuesday, Rasheed said he was a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, and a bricklayer.

He said, “I met her (Risikatu) at my friend’s place. I asked her why she left her parents’ house and she said her parents chased her away from home to look for work.

“I asked her what she wanted to do and she said she was not ready to return home. I showed her my grandmother’s shop and told her to see me later.

“She came the following day, but she did not meet me. Later, we met and I asked her what she wanted. She said she wanted to work.

“I asked if she could work at my grandma’s shop or in another country and she said she did not mind working outside the country. I told her that my mother ran a beer parlour in Burkina Faso and asked if she would assist her. She said there was no work she would not do. I did not force her. She was at my place for three days.”

When our correspondent asked how much his mother sent to him for the suspect, he said N15,000, adding that he used part of the money to buy clothes and shoes for Risikatu.

He denied that he abducted the victim with eight other young girls, saying the victim wanted to frame him for kidnapping.

Rasheed also said he did not know that his mother was into prostitution.

“She (Risikatu) was not held against her will. In fact, she followed my wife to her workplace and returned in the evening.

“She did not spend more than three days in Burkina Faso before the police arrested her because she left the place where she was working.

“I did not know that they were looking for her at home. I did not also know that her boyfriend was arrested over her disappearance,” he added.

The suspect’s father said he had been separated from the mother for over six years, adding that he was disgusted at the incident.

“I never knew about this incident until I was told that my son had been arrested and would be taken to court. I live in Agbado. His mother moved to Ikorodu and suddenly travelled to Burkina Faso. I don’t have her contact. After I waited for her for three years and did not see her, I remarried. I don’t know how he (Rasheed) got her phone number,” he said.

The grandma, who claimed to be a civil servant with the Lagos State Government, also said she last saw her daughter (Rasheed’s mother) five years ago.

Risikatu, while reacting to the suspect’s claim, insisted that she was trafficked along with other girls.

She identified a Yoruba girl among them as Aminat, adding that the others were indigenes of Delta and Edo states.

“He is lying. We were in his house and he locked us up,” she said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the suspect would be arraigned at the end of investigation, adding that no stone would be left unturned.

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018

The duo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, APC Chieftain and former Akwa Ibom state Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio paid His Excellency, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, a brotherly visit at his Asokoro, Abuja residence on Tuesday night.14 August, 2018.The visit may also be related on how to strategize to oust Saraki.

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Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday announced plans to establish a 100 , 000 -barrels -per -day brownfield refinery each in Port Harcourt , Rivers State and in Warri , Delta State .
It said the plan was part of its refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum products importation , adding that a group of investors had commenced the process of relocating a refinery that used to be owned by BP from Turkey to Nigeria .
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The Group Managing Director , NNPC , Maikanti Baru , disclosed this while speaking on efforts being made to achieve self – sufficiency in local refining besides the rehabilitation of Nigerian refineries .
According to a statement issued by the corporation ’s Group General Manager , Group Public Affairs Division , Ndu Ughamadu , in Abuja , Baru said that the refinery from Turkey would be relocated and installed near the Port Harcourt refinery under the NNPC refinery collocation initiative .
He was quoted as saying , “Our collocation initiative aimed at getting private sector investors to bring in brownfield refineries so that they can share facilities is also yielding results . For example , there is one that is going to be brought in from Turkey to be located near the Port Harcourt refinery .
“It’ s not a modular refinery ; it’s a normal refinery with about 100 ,00 bpd capacity. It was owned by the BP , but it has been sold off now to the companies that want to bring it over from Turkey to install it here .”
Baru further explained that a similar plan to establish a brownfield refinery near the Warri refinery was also in the offing .
“There is another one of about the same size being looked at to be sited near the Warri refinery . But the one for Port Harcourt is at a more advanced stage . Our drive at the NNPC , as a leader in the industry , is to expand our local refining capacity and make Nigeria a global refining hub ,” he said .
The NNPC. in an apparent response to reports of a possible resort to “proceed of gas tariffs” as a new means of funding because of purported collapse of negotiation with Chinese lenders , said the contractor finance arrangement was still intact .
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It said the Engineering Procurement Construction contractors and possible lenders were currently in Dubai to discuss the financing terms .

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 14, 2018

Former Vice President and frontline contender for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar paid a courtesy visit to Oba of Benin, Ewuare II in continuation of his nationwide tour to Benin, Edo State on Tuesday. It was an opportunity for the Waziri to reconnect and reminiscent with his then instructor at Police Academy.

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 14, 2018


Giant of Africa, Nigeria, have been featured in international rankings once again in THE GLOBAL LIVEABILITY INDEX 2018 REPORT And this time the city of Lagos is our focal point.

Nigeria’s commercial nerve center and golden city is the worst city to live in Africa.

The revelation is according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU’s 2018 ranking of the world’s most liveable cities. Lagos city was ranked 138th of the 140 countries ranked by the EIU.

With a relatively low score of 38.5 per cent, Lagos was just a little above Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, and Bangladesh’s Dhaka. Both cities are hotbeds of violence, destruction and war.

Lagos was closely followed by Zimbabwe’s Harare, the city was ranked 135th and had an
overall rating of 42.6. Also with a rating of 20.8/100 the city had the worst health care in Africa followed by Cameroon’s Doula which got the second worst healthcare in Africa with a score of 25.0/100.

This is not Lagos first rodeo, sometime around march 2018 Mercer’s also ranked Lagos among the worst cities to live in Africa.

Report Summary
According to this years ranking, Lagos, Nigeria (138) was the lowest ranking African city for quality of living as the worst city to live in Africa.
They are followed by Zimbabwe, Harare (135), Libya, Tripoli (134), Camoroun, Douala (133) and Algeria, Algiers (132) make up the Top 5.

Below are The worst cities to live in Africa 2018 according to EIU

6. Senegal. Dakar
(10th in the world)
5. Algeria, Algiers(9th in the world)
4. Cameroon, Douala
(8th in the world)
3. Libya, Tripoli
(7th in the world)
2. Zimbabwe, Harare
(6th in the world)
1. Nigeria, Lagos
(3rd worst in the world)

The Economic Intelligence Unit examined factors such as stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, infrastructure in its latest ranking.

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 14, 2018


Kano state government said it has discovered the sum of over $1 million allegedly paid by former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to a university in Ukraine where no Kano state student was studying, reports The Nation.

The senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Higher Education, Dr. Hussaini Akilu Jarma, let the cat out of bag, Tuesday, during the inauguration of the State Scholarship Disbursement Committee.

Jarma said the questionable payment was made by Kwankwaso as part of his foreign scholarship programme.

A statement by Abba Anwar, chief press secretary to the Kano state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said, “Investigation reveals that a sum of $1,304,618 was abandoned in one University in Ukraine, when the sum was taken there during the last administration in the state.”

“No student was sent to the university at all. The money was sent unattended and un-utilised. We said business should not be as usual anymore,” he added.

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 14, 2018


A mother of two, Dasola Akinkule, will know on September 6, 2018 whether her prayer to end her eight-year-old marriage to her husband, Tunde Akinkule, will be granted by the Oja-Oba Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Dasola had told the court that Akinkunle hadn’t shown worthy qualities to be her husband as he was “a pathological liar, wicked, useless and careless about the well-being of the family.”

She said she was once compelled to invite the police to arrest him when he allegedly inflicted serious injuries on her with a stick.

The petitioner said when her husband impregnated her, he took her to his family house to stay with his family rather than secure an apartment for both of them.

When Akinkunle eventually rented a room apartment for them, she added, he brought in his younger brother whom she accused of always insisting on sharing the bed with her whenever she wanted to sleep. She frowned, “How could I sleep beside a mature man who is not my husband?”

Dasola told the court that her frustration reached the peak one day when she returned from work to discover her husband had removed all her belongings from their home.

She asked the court to dissolve the marriage and grant her custody of their two children.

But Akinkunle, a driver who lives in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, said his wife was not being sincere with her allegations against him in the court.

He said his wife was a nurse when he met her but, when she could not practise, he advised her to learn how to operate the computer and invested in the business for her.

The petitioner told the court that it was true that his wife was staying with his mother when she had her first pregnancy because he was then working in northern Nigeria.

The respondent, who presented receipts of computer scanners, generators and other business equipment, accused Dasola’s mother of being the problem he had with his wife, describing her as an “intruder” in the marriage.

The president of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, requested for more evidence to prove the real owner of the computer business and demanded to see the two children in court on the next adjournment.

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 14, 2018


The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the success it recorded in the bye-elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this weekend shows that Nigerians trust in President Buhari’s administration.

The party said this in a statement released today by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena that
“the All Progressives Congress (APC) hat-trick victories following weekend’s bye-elections for the Katsina North, Bauchi South Senatorial seats, and the Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat, has again powerfully demonstrated the confidence and trust by our people in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration”.

The APC added, “as a political party, we remain genuinely committed to addressing our challenges, reconcile legitimately aggrieved interests, and emerge as a more united and stronger political fighting force as we face general elections in 2019.”

Also, the APC congratulated its candidates who were victorious in the polls and thanked the electorate for their support. Two of the party’s candidates, Ahmed Babba-Kaita and Lawal Yahaya Gumau, won the senatorial bye-elections in Katsina and Bauchi states respectively, while Haruna Isa won the Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives. The APC, however, suffered defeat in Cross River State. Its candidate for Obudu state constituency bye-election, Adah Ishamali, was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abbey Ukpukpen.