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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

HISTORY: FIRST GENERATION OF NIGERIAN ARMY OFFICERS

The photo above shows the first 30 Nigerian officers that were inaugurated in June, 1959.


Left to right sitting: Captain Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, Captain Philip Effiong, Captain Umeh Ogere Imo, Major Samuel Adesoji Ademulegun, Major Wellington Bassey, Major General Norman Forster (GOC, Nigerian Army), Major Aguiyi Ironsi, Major Ralph Adetunji Shodeinde, Captain Zakaria Maimalari, Captain Conrad Nwawo, Captain David Akpode Ejoor.

2nd Row Standing: Lt Igboba, Lt George Remunoiyowun Kurubo, (non Nigerian standing next to Kurubo), Lt J Akahan Akaga, Lt Patrick Awunah, Lt Louis Ogbonnia, Lt Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Lt Eyo Ekpo, Lt Author Unegbe, Lt Abogo Largema.

3rd Row Standing: Lt Hillary Mbilitem Njoku, 2nd Lt Macauley Nzefili, 2nd Lt David Ogunewe, 2nd Lt Shadrack, Lt Alexander Madiebo, 2nd Lt Anthony Eze, Lt Yakubu Gowon, 2nd Lt Sylvanus Nwanjei, Lt Yakubu Pam, 2nd Lt Hassan Katsina.

The very first Nigerian to be commissioned officer was "Wellington Bassey" with Army number (N1). Two months later, "Aguiyi Ironsi" (N2) and "Samuel A. Ademulegun" (N3) were also commissioned.

A short while later, "Ralph Adetunji Shodeinde" (N4) was also commissioned officer.

EVANS HAS REVEALED THE IDENTITY OF HIS AMMUNITION SUPPLIER

Security agencies in Bayelsa State have started an investigation into the identity of a man named Suoyo whom Evans the Kidnapper mentioned as one of his gang members in the state. In one of his numerous confessional statements, Evans the kidnapper said Suoyo is one of the most active members of his gang, who had the job of buying arms and ammunition, for their operations.
He said:
“When Suoyo, who lives in Bayelsa State, called me and expressed fears, I also assured him that nothing was going to happen. I told him I was making plans for another operation and needed him to go into the creeks and buy a new set of arms and ammunition”.
During the meeting in the Government House which had Governor Seriake Dickson in attendance, the security commanders were said to be certain that that the Suoyo mentioned by Evans was the same person who was recently arrested by the operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state.

According to NSCDC, Suoyo Dickson was arrested and paraded on Thursday by the state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Desmond Agu, in connection with the recent attack on a pipeline which belong to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
Suoyo who is also knows as Hustler, reportedly led a gang of vandals that attacked the Agip pipeline at Lagosgbene, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state on May 30, 2017.

Source: The Nation

Monday, 26 June 2017

RIRUALISTS' DEN DISCOVERED NEAR ONDO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

An uncompleted two-storey building believed to be a den of kidnappers and ritualists was on Monday discovered in Alagbaka area of Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The building is said to be owned by a retired civil servant in the state,is located a few meters away from the Ondo State House of Assembly and it is behind the popular government-owned events centre, the Gani Fawehinmi Arcade.


The discovery was made by the residents of the area who suspected that some men were always inside the building performing numerous secret activities on a daily basis.

Punch quoted a resident of the area as saying that the building has been abandoned for a long time and many residents of the area did not know the owner.

He said, “The suspects thought the gunshot was from the policemen who came for them. They quickly rushed out, but some commercial motorcycle riders in the area helped us to chase and arrest four of them, whom we later handed over to the police.”

The source added that it was the timely intervention of policemen that saved the suspects from being lynched by the angry residents of the area.

Reacting to the shocking discovery, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, said many suspects have been arrested in connection with the matter.

Joseph said, “We have arrested quite a number of them and we are currently interrogating them. It is after the interrogation and investigation that we can conclude whether they are ritualists or not.”

YINKA DAVIES' 30 YEARS IN ENTERTAINMENT: "GRATITUDE THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY"

Sensational singer and actress, Yinka Davies is glad to have spent all of 30 years in the entertainment industry. ENCOMIUM Weekly had an interview with her on her 30 years sojourn in entertainment.


30 years is a milestone, how does it feel?

Gratitude that is all I can say. For me to still be here, it is has to be God. I am just blessed and I have worked hard to be where I am, No time is wasted, everything is an experience. There was so much joy in arts for me. I was in the theatre dancing. Somehow, I met Zuby Enebeli. By force, by fire, I was dragged into music. With Alex O and others, where did we not go in the whole of the Eastern states? We would go from Mgbidi to Mbaise. There was no town that we didn’t go.

There was no Afo Ugiri that we didn’t enter. We would stop at Umunede for fresh fish and banana. What I’m trying to say is that you have to enter into something from somewhere, and by the time you know it, youare fully into that thing. I had fun and I am still having fun. I am grateful I ever got the chance to be an artiste, I am more grateful I am still standing. That I have so much favour that keeps me in the minds of people. It is not something of my making. I cannot take credit for being who I am. I cannot take that kind of glory, it’s too heavy and that means if that person is still standing after so long then that means something great is still there.

Is there any plan to roll out drums?

Not at all. When the time for celebrations comes, we will.

What are you working on?

Night mile, my next album. I want to be able to give something that would give people cause to smile and reminisce. I want to have a song from the East. It is not about record sales. For me it is about the diversity in Nigeria, to give the West to the East and the North to the South.

This will need a whole lot of research because I am talking of the Eastern melodies, the Oriental Brothers stuff. So I need to do justice to their sound and what my brain is cooking for the east. That pot, ndu, cleft, that native flute, and those gongs, have spirits in them which I desperately need to explore. I can feel the excitement, thinking of all those great styles.

You left, Lagbaja and the Colours band before the big break came. Do you feel you could have benefitted more if you were around during the years of the major hits and all that?

I would say I actually got forced to be a musician because of that.

How do you mean?

I was too sure I wasn’t going to be a musician for too long so I just went and did my supporting, signed my membership and ran back to the theatre. I ran back to be a fine artist. I wasn’t really interested in music at all. For me then, it’s light, it’s nothing challenging, it’s nothing energy driven.

But you didn’t end up doing a lot of theatre?

Exactly! Because I broke my leg and that was it and I then had to go back to music but I was getting awards for my works in the theatre.

So you think the accident was a major setback?

It would be wrong to look at things in that light. I don’t want to call these ‘mishaps’ setbacks. They are not setbacks, they are more or less major stepping stones for you to actually learn and see how to reconstruct and reorder, and then you realize.

You didn’t set out as a musician initially. What is happening to your painting work now?

I wish I can still paint. But I have not been able to create time to display my skills in it. I tried to go back to painting about 22 years ago but I was so rusty, it was so upsetting so I stopped. When music came, I pushed that aspect of me aside.

What has fame done for you?

I met an area boy recently on the Island and he was like saying Miss Yinka Davies, E ku ise (meaning, well done). To think that an area boy can be so formal. A market woman also shouted e wa wo Yinka o,Yinka lo nlo yen (Come and see Yinka, she is the one going). We are great people and we can be greater.

Has it robbed you of anything?

There are too much good in it to even think of any negativity. We are more or less like town criers. So we should be able to speak and represent where we come from well.

What would you say is your challenge as a female artiste?

I am too playful and people don’t know when I am serious and when I am not.

What do you want to be remembered for?

A woman must be seen, heard, respected and celebrated. I want to be remembered as a Nigerian who is constantly seen, heard and respected. I want to be a light, beacon and example to the upcoming Nigerian female artiste.

You seem to have much passion for change and re-orientation of this country. Now that we see entertainers in politics, are you likely to join the train?

You know that I didn’t go to school. I am just a Nigerian that God has blessed in this country. I will continue to do what I can. The people in politics are not the problem but doing it right.

How do you juggle motherhood and your career?

My sisters are there to help me, it is a herculean task. But it is a major blessing and a gift of God to the womenfolk. Motherhood has turned to something else these days. Why would a mother fight a teacher because her child was beaten in school and the fact the school is private? There was a report that it is only Nigeria parents that fly their children schooling abroad in first class all over the world. Our values have been denigrated. But I am living my life. I bless God for my life. I am complete in Christ.

Do you have any beauty secret?

Over the years, I have observed, that the God-given smile I am blessed with, has saved many more lives than gold or silver. Believe me, a sweet hug has stopped many suicidal attempts. Once, with a smile, a gentleman told me to just walk and wave. I am telling you what my beauty accessories are – the gift of smile I have been blessed with and the heart that warms up many people that I encounter on a daily basis, plus the gift of songs.

These three qualities have been and are still keeping me ever relevant in the world, and I thank God for the rare grace.

What is your view on the present crop of musicians that we have now?

They are doing well, except that the new generations of singers don’t have serious mentors. Don’t blame them. Even before them, who are the artistes that they know? I guess it was only Fela. And after Fela, who else? Fuji and juju are now being relegated to the background for gospel music, which, in most cases, are produced by foreign artistes.

So, the only people that can influence them right now are the foreign artistes, so you cannot blame them for singing music that is Western-oriented. One cannot really blame them because what do you want them to sing? Whose act do you want them to follow apart from the foreign artistes they watch on TV or videos all the time? So what they get is what they copy from.

The mistake we made was not to build a structure that people would meet and follow up from where we stopped; there was no structure, you know how bad it is when there is only one noise. You hear only noise, when you don’t hear any other facet of sound. Nigeria is richly endowed with sound, from every nook and cranny of Nigeria, the villages, the streets, the roads, the leaves; they all sing songs that you can hear. There is nothing like old school generation and new school generation of musicians. When they call us and our music old school, it’s not to discredit it; it is to give it credence and respect.

Share with us your new found faith?

I am in love with Christ terribly and nothing can compete with Him for that singular role in my life. As I told you, I am a Christian. I speak to my Father every day. It is time for me to be obedient and put God first in everything. To fulfill God’s plan and purpose for my life which is music and I have been struggling with it.

What dictates what you wear at all time?

You know, theatre life really gave me, as brief as it was, an unforgettable mark. Thus, the show must go on! Whatever the show requires is what I wear.

A lot of people have argued that you like wearing sexy clothes, what do you think?

A lot of clothes that I have are very sexy and sensual with slits. I like wearing them because women have grace, charm and poise. Especially someone like me who is involved in stage play, it has given me grace and finesse and this has become a part of me. It has taught me how to flaunt my feminine charms.

-SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN

POLICE WOMAN IMPLICATED IN EVANS 2006 BANK ROBBERY IN LAGOS

Suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeje George Onwuamadike (aka Evans) has confessed that a gunshot scar on his shoulder came from the injury he sustained during a 2006 bank robbery in Lagos.

This is contrary to his earlier claim that he got the injury during a fracas following a drug business in South Africa in 2007 !

Evans, who was confronted with a newspaper interview that indicated the scar was as a result of a gun duel between him and his gang members at the National Theatre in Surulere, Lagos Mainland, admitted that he lied earlier.

According to the suspect, he and his gang members robbed a bank in 2006. While sharing the loot, there was a disagreement, which led to a fight.

He admitted that they started shooting themselves, adding that many of the robbers died. He was seriously injured and abandoned by the others.


The kingpin also admitted that he was arrested by the police, adding that he and two  others were transferred to the Imo State Police Command, where they were released.



The officer in charge of the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said:

“Evans was confronted with the interview on Sunday and he admitted that the bullet wounds are from disagreement over sharing of loot after bank robbery in Lagos in 2006. They shot one another and many gang members died while Evans survived with bullet wounds.”
A Superintendent of Police with the Band section of the Police College in Lagos, simply identified as Tina, reportedly sought to get the case being put together against Evans after the bank robbery dropped. Her attempt was rebuffed.

She reportedly travelled to Owerri from where a report was sent requesting the transfer of Evans to the command because of another case he was involved in, which they claimed was under investigation.

The kingpin was quietly released in Owerri. Tina is believed to be related to Evans’ mother.

The Nation reports that the police were out to fish out all those who participated in the 2006 release of Evans and two of his gang members. They are to be prosecuted.



A source told them:  “It is true that they have started looking for that Tina woman and many other officers who were serving at the Imo State Command at that time that Evans was released. So many heads will roll in this matter.”

Sunday, 25 June 2017

TOP COP FATAI OWOSENI HOLDS COLORFUL WEDDING FOR HER DAUGHTER IN USA (VIDEO)

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, family and friends were present at the colorful ceremony of her beautiful daughter wedding in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. .

Aminat Owoseni, one of the beautiful daughters of the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, got married to her man, Abayomi Apooyin, recently in a classy wedding in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

The newlywed bride who wedded traditionally last month in Lagos - tied the knot yesterday in style to her man who is a police officer.

Watch the video below:

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

NIGERIAN RAPPER BABALOLA FALEMI AKA 'SAUCE KID' SENTENCED TO 2 YEAR IN PRISON FOR STEALING $15,388

Nigerian rapper, Babalola Falemi, aka Sauce Kid, was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison for stealing $15,388 using stolen credit card numbers in Boise and Meridian, Idaho Stateman News reported on June 23.

According to the charge, Sauce Kid obtained stolen bank card numbers and identifying information from their owners. He then encoded the account numbers onto blank plastic cards.

 After using an automated system to change account PINs, he was able to withdraw cash from bank ATMS and buy merchandise from stores between July 23 and 26 2016/

All of the losses took place at Boise ATMs owned by Idaho Central Credit Union and at Albertsons stores in Meridian, court documents alleged.

Police arrested Sauce Kid at the Boise Airport as he was about to board a flight. He was caught with a card encoding device and more than $6,000 in cash.

Sauce Kid was initially charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, eight counts each of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and possession of 15 or more fraudulent bank cards.