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Netflix Gives Ikorodu Bois Movie Making Equipment (Photo, Video)


Nigerian Internet sensation the Ikorodu Bois have been given movie making equipment by Netflix.

The Ikorodu Bois had recreated the trailer for Netflix’s movie Extraction and this had elicited reactions from Chris Hemsworth and Netflix.

The Ikorodu Bois reacted to their presents from Netflix in the video below.

ikorodu bois @IkoroduB

Guyssss!! @NetflixFilm sent us this presents omg! thank you guys @NetflixFilm

FCTA demolishes 25 illegal houses in Abuja


No fewer than 25 houses have been pulled down in Kyami district of Abuja by the department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

Director of the department, Muktar Galadima who led the exercise on Wednesday disclosed this while briefing journalists that the FCTA would never condone land racketeering and grabbing, and would ensure correction of all infractions and abuses of the Abuja Master Plan.

“The FCT Administration has already made it clear that the actions and activities of land racketeers cannot and will never be condoned. That’s why we are removing all those illegal developments.

“About 25 solid structures were removed, and this is not limited to that estate (Destiny Estate) alone, it’s a continuous exercise and we will remove all illegal structures across the Territory.

“So, what you see here is a continuation of the exercise in tackling the issue of land racketeers and land grabbers in Abuja,” he said.

Galadima warned that “As always, we strongly advise the public to always ensure compliance and obey the rules and regulations guiding developments in the nation’s capital.

“Abuja is a planned city and you cannot just wake up, cut a chunk of land for yourself and be selling or building for whatever purpose. We will find out and we will surely remove such illegalities and also punish those involved.”

The Nation reports that, about two weeks ago, Galadima also led his men on a similar mission to a property in Lugbe, located behind Dunamis Church, and pulled down structures on another illegal estate allegedly being handled by four developers: Seman Metropolis Estate, Excellent Mega City, St. Michael Villa and Had Hadassan Estate.

In all the exercises, the developers were alleged to have neither allocation papers nor development plan approval to embark on such developments.

Similarly, the director also issued a 14-day ultimatum to occupants of an illegal building materials market on N16 road corridor in Karsana district, near Gwarinpa district. \According to him, government was desirous of commencing construction on the road but because of its human face, his team was at the market to first sensitize the traders and find a peaceful way of removing the market without tears.

He said: “Because of the magnanimity of this Administration, we first of all had to sit down with them, tell them the mission and give them room to also make contributions regarding the intended exercise.

“So we told them we would return in a week’s time, but they pleaded for more time, they asked for one month to take out their materials and valuables, but that one month is too long a time, so we agreed on two weeks.”

Warning that his bulldozers would remove all structures in market at expiration of the ultimatum, except indigenous structures, Galadima advised them to relocate into the international building materials market in Dei-Dei, revealing that they were many empty shops in the market to accommodate them.

“This place is a corridor of a road, so the only structures that we will leave here are indigenous structures, belonging to the natives of the area. So any other structure, whether it is permanent or it is temporarily, as long as it is within the corridor of the road, it will be removed.”

N16 road is a long stretch of expressway that traverses Gwarinpa, Jahi, bursts out at Gishiri, connecting Shehu Shagari way.

Chairman of building materials traders in the market, Augustin Nwachukwu, while responding on behalf of the traders, expressed appreciation for understanding shown by Development Control officials and submitted that they were aware of status of the market and were not surprised.

He however, appealed for an alternative place even if it were temporary, to enable them to operate and feed their families and dependents, even as he berated they were been owed and rushing to move out would risk getting their monies from customers who bought on credit difficult if not impossible.

Nwachukwu said: “Since 2012 that I came here, I know that this place is temporal and one day, government will visit us, but we are pleading with government to temper justice with mercy. We have families and many people we are feeding and this place is where we get our daily bread.

“We have sold to others on credit, and they are yet to pay us back our money, we plead with government to give us more time so we can recover the debts. The two weeks is not enough because to remove the shops is not easy.

“But we appreciate them, because they are very kind to us. If it was before, they would even come and demolish in the night, but they came to discuss with us to show that they have human sympathy and we appreciate it.”

No money was deposited into account of pastor linked to Magu – FCMB


We appreciate that comments may have been misconstrued and therefore believe it is important to emphatically clarify the position that there was no mistaken transfer whatsoever, as stated above. FCMB continues to fully cooperate with the panel, and has been entirely transparent in its reporting. We remain committed to ethical and professional conduct at all times.

Brothers arraigned in court over death of Tolulope Arotile


Nehemiah and David Adejo, two brothers detained over the death of Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, were on Thursday arraigned before a magistrate court in Kaduna on a four-count charge.

Nehemiah was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without licence and driving without authorisation of the owner, while David was charged with negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property.

They both pleaded not guilty.

Martins Leo, the prosecuting counsel, argued that Nehemiah be remanded in prison on the basis of a pending investigation on culpable homicide against him.

However, Ibrahim Omachi, counsel to the accused, said his clients are first-time offenders and had already spent more than four weeks in detention.

After listening to the arguments from both sides, Benjamin Hassan, the judge, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N1 million with two sureties who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and possess bank verification number (BVN).

The case was adjourned till August 24 and 25 for hearing.

Arotile died on July 14, 2020, after she sustained head injuries when she was knocked down by a car driven by Nehemiah, her old classmate, at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna.

Abubakar Shekau Condemns Kano Death Sentence Of Yahaya Sherif Aminu


The embattled leader of Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lid Da’awati Wal Jihad otherwise known as Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has released 11 minutes audio in which he faulted the death sentencing of a man accused of blasphemy in Kano State.

Yahaya Sherif Aminu was sentenced to death by hanging in Kano State for insulting Prophet Muhammad in a song he shared on WhatsApp in March.

“We heard about something sad happening in the state where people think they are Muslims, even though they are practicing disbelief,” Shekau stated.

“A singer opened his mouth and uttered unkind words against the Prophet (PBUH). It was said he was arrested and sentenced to death by hanging.

“According to some people, he can appeal the judgement. But what brought this if the sentence is godly?”

Shekau was saying this because an upper Shari’a court judge who sentenced the singer, Alkali Aliyu Muhammad Kani, said the accused could appeal the verdict within 30 days even though he did not deny the charges.

Shekau claimed that everyone knows that all schools of Islamic jurisprudence opine that whoever insults the Prophet should not be asked to repent.

“He should just be killed. If you really sentenced him, we should only hear that you slaughtered him,” he said.

Shekau added that Kano is not an Islamic State, calling it a land of infidels where democracy is practiced.

“You are not in an Islamic State. You are in the land of infidels. The only exception among you is a weak person who holds ‘Tawhid’ (monotheism). He can’t be declared as an infidel, but he is a sinner because he didn’t migrate.”

The western lifestyle of Kano people itself, according to Abubakar Shekau, is an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.

“Before he insulted the Prophet (PBUH), your lifestyle is an insult itself. Your lifestyle is also blasphemy against the Prophet. How can you say you love someone and you slap him?”

In the audio, Shekau blasted the Kano State for practicing democracy. He said the state allows everyone to do what they like.

Referring to the people of Kano, Shekau said “just because you sit down and recite Quran after you have already done what made you unbelievers? And because you say there is no god but Allah, you think you are Muslims? We tell you, you and the one who insulted the Prophet are all the same.”

This is not the first time a death sentence was passed in Kano State. Abdulaziz Inyass who belong to the extremists in the Tijaniyya Sufi Order is still in detention after he was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2016.

Abdulaziz was accused of saying that Sheikh Ibrahim Inyass, an influential cleric in West Africa, was ‘bigger than Prophet Muhammad.’

I Remain UNILAG VC – Ogundipe Says As Details Emerge Of Why He Was Sacked


More details have emerged in the sack of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

He was accused of financial misappropriation, wrongdoing, gross misconduct and abuse of office.

Below is an official statement released and signed by the University Registrar and Secretary to Council:

The general public is hereby notified that an emergency meeting of the Council held on Wednesday 12th August, 2020 and in accordance with the statutory power vested in it by law, the Governing Council of the University of Lagos hereby removed Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe from office as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos with immediate effect.

The decision was based on council’s investigation of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness and abuse of office against Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe.


Meanwhile, in a release signed by the Vice Chancellor himself, he insisted he remains the Vice Chancellor and advised that the release by the Registrar be disregarded

Re: Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos by Oladejo Azeez, Esq

The attention of the University of Lagos (Unilag) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect.

This is untrue and a figment of his imagination. Therefore, stakeholders of Unilag and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice Chancellor of Unilag, contained in that notice. Professor Ogundipe still remains Unilag’s Vice Chancellor.

Thank you.
Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS
Vice Chancellor, Unilag

After six-hour grilling, DSS releases ex-CBN gov, Mailafia


A crowd gathered outside the Jos office of the Department of State Services while the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, was grilled on Wednesday.

Mailafia was later released a few minutes past 6pm after for six hours.

Mailafia had been invited by the DSS to appear at its office on Wednesday following an interview he granted to a radio station in which he accused a northern governor of being a commander of Boko Haram.

Mailafia arrived at the DSS office located on West of Mines Street around 12:30 pm in an ash-coloured Range Rover vehicle marked Abuja 843 LX.

He was immediately ushered into one of the offices alongside his lawyer, Pius Akubo, SAN, while others who came with him in solidarity were barred from entering the premises.

Those, who were denied entrance, were later joined by placard-carrying protesters who demanded the release of the former CBN deputy governor.

Inadequate melanin in iris responsible for blue eyes – Ophthalmologist


    A Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Eye Doctors, Lagos, Dr. Abiola Oyeleye, says lack of melanin in the iris is usually the reason for blue eyes.

    The ophthalmologist said blue eye is a condition whereby the iris (coloured part of the eye) appears to be blue. 

    Oyeleye, who spoke in an interview with PUNCH HealthWise, said the colour of the iris is determined by the amount of melanin within the iris.

    Melanin is a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals. It is responsible for tanning of skin exposed to sunlight.

     According to Oyeleye, “If there is little or no melanin in the iris, the person will have a blue iris. If there is a lot of melanin, the person will have a brown iris, in-between brown and blue. You have hazel or green-coloured eyes based on the amount of melanin within the iris.”

    While noting that there is no treatment for the eye condition, Oyeleleye said that a black person with blue eyes is rare. The condition, he said, is common among the whites.

    Flagship publication, The PUNCH, had reported that an Ilorin-based woman, Risikat Azeez, was abandoned by her husband, Abdul-Wasiu Omo-Dada, for having blue-eyes.

    The PUNCH, in an exclusive video, reported that Omo-Dada rejected his wife and two daughters because of the colour of their eyes.

    Risikat, who said she sees clearly with her eyes regardless of the colour, lamented that her husband, who married her that way, changed when she gave birth to two kids with the same eye colour.

    The mother-of-two, who spoke in Yoruba Language, said, “I was born with these eyes and I also gave birth to my children with the same pair of eyes.

    “Since I was born, I have never had any challenge with my eyes. I have never been to the hospital due to any discomfort. I thank God.

    “No one had this set of eyes before me in my family; both in my mother and father’s side.

    “I’m the first to have this kind of eyes. And when I started bearing children, they also have it and I did not regret that I have this set of eyes as do also my children.”

    According to Oyeleye, most people in the world (80 per cent) have brown iris.

    “Some Caucasians (White people) have brown eyes, while some have blue eyes. At the age of three years, the iris colour of the individual is determined. 

    “Some White children are born with blue eyes, but they change to brown at the age of two to three years. 

    “A Black person with blue eyes is rare. Please note, some people could wear coloured contact lenses, which give the appearance of various coloured eyes, including blue.”

    Explaining further, Oyeleye, who is also the Vice-President, Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, said blue eyes could be hereditary or caused by genetic mutation and medical syndromes. 

    “Both parents could have blue eyes so they pass on their genes to the children. Both parents could have recessive blue iris genes and the baby develops blue eyes.

    “It could be caused by a genetic mutation. Change in one of the genes during development. The mutation switches off the gene that colours the iris brown.

    “It can also be caused by medical syndromes and conditions. There is a medical condition called Waardenburg syndrome, which is named after a Dutch ophthalmologist.

    “The affected individual has blue eyes, hearing problems and white forelock (hair in front of the head). 

    “Some individuals have heterochromia which, simply speaking, is different coloured irises, with one brown, and one blue. Others may lose the colour of the iris in some disease conditions.”

    The eye specialist added that one cannot prevent blue eyes, as they are genetically determined and there is also no treatment for the eye condition. 

    “Unfortunately, in our environment, there is sometimes a stigma associated with blue eyes in which the people affected could be thought of as being evil or have evil powers,” Oyeleye said.

    Ondo 2020: All set for Ajayi’s defection


    It is gathered that an elaborate reception is in the offing for the deputy governor of Ondo state as he defects to the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP on Friday.

    National leaders of the ZLP from the national Secretariat and from across the country are expected at the ceremony billed for Akure, the state capital.

    Committees according to an insider to Ajayi have been constituted to organise an hitch-free reception.

    The campaign posters of Ajayi littered the party-state secretariat and the state capital.

    ZLP yet to agree on deputy governorship slot

    A reliable source hinted Vanguard that pressure are being mounted on both the leader of the party, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and the party’s candidate on the choice of the deputy governor.

    No fewer than four party chieftains are jostling for the position.

    The leaders of the party have decided to deliberate on the choice before next Tuesday, 18 August deadline given by INEC to parties to submit the final list and substitute its candidates if need be.

    Those in the race include the former speaker of the state House of Assembly and former Works, Rt Hon Taofiq Olawale Abdusalam, another former Works commissioner, Gboye Adegbenro, former Woman Affairs commissioner, Simi Odunbaku are another former commissioners for Natural Resources, Alhaji Kassim Olanrewaju.

    Information gathered is that the first three are in the forefront and any of them may be picked.



    Former United States ambassador to Nigeria, Sir Walter Carrington, is dead.

    This was confirmed in a statement signed by his wife, Arese Carrington.

    He was aged 90.

    Arese wrote: “It is with a heavy and broken heart but with gratitude to God for his life of selfless humanity that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Walter Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal.

    “He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years old on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.

    “Further announcements will be made shortly.

    Walter was a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend and in-law.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said…It is not the length of life but the depth of life.

    Walter was fortunate, his life had both length and depth.

    Nicknamed ‘Omowale, for his support for pro-democracy activists during the dark years of the Abacha government and after, he was well admired by the Nigerian political and civil society actors.

    Ambassador Walter Charles Carrington was born on July 24, 1930, in New York City to Marjorie Irene Hayes and Walter R. Carrington, an immigrant from Barbados. Raised in a predominately Italian-Irish community, Carrington attended Hancock School and Hale School in Everett, Massachusetts. Carrington was elected vice president of his class throughout his four years at the predominantly white Parlin Junior High and Everett High School. Graduating in 1948, Carrington became one of four black students at Harvard University; there, he founded the first Harvard chapter of the NAACP. Attending the NAACP National Convention in 1950, Carrington met Clarence Mitchell and Thurgood Marshall. In 1952, Carrington was elected the NAACP Youth Council delegate to Senegal, French West Africa. That same year, Carrington graduated from Harvard University, and as Alpha Phi Alpha Big Brother, met Martin Luther King, Jr., then at Boston University. He attended the 1954 World Assembly of Youth in Singapore and met Indian activist Vinoba Bhave. Carrington was also vice chair of Students for Stevenson. Entering the United States Army in 1955, Carrington served as a clerk typist in Germany; after the service, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, earning his J.D. degree in 1958.

    At age 27, Carrington was appointed commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; after a year, he entered into practice with the law firm of Naples, Carrington and Ruland. Carrington organized for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and from 1961 to 1971 served in the Peace Corps, eventually becoming the Peace Corps director of Africa. Carrington then served as executive vice president of the African American Institute from 1971 to 1979 and was also a member of Africare. In 1980, Carrington served President Jimmy Carter as Ambassador to Senegal. In 1981, Carrington was named director of the Department of International Affairs at Howard University. He also taught at Marquette University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington College and from 1990 to 1991 acted as a consultant at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

    In 1993, President Clinton appointed Carrington Ambassador to Nigeria where he opposed the abuses of President Sani Abacha. From 1997 to 1998, and again in 1999, Carrington worked as a fellow of Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute. He was also a MacArthur Fellow in 1998. In 2004, Carrington was named the first African American Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston.


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