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27 March, 2013

Serena Williams rode her bike to a match to beat traffic


Serena
Miami traffic was so bad this weekend that Serena Williams didn't know if she'd be able to get to her Sony Open match in time.

The world No. 1 was scheduled to play Ayumi Morita at 7 p.m. on Saturday night but realized she was going to have trouble making it the few miles from her hotel to the tennis facilities at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne

"The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, `I have been here for an hour, and I'm staying like eight minutes away. I'm like, `OK, I'm not going to make my match.'

"So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn't have a golf cart. Then they were like, `We have a motor bike.' I'm like, `I don't do motor bikes.' They said, `We have a bicycle.' I said, `I really don't do bicycles, but I will today."
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18 March, 2013

Imo State Deputy Face Impeachment


Sir Jude Agbaso



Okorocha
Faced with impeachment threats, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Sir Jude Agbaso has asked the High Court of Imo State and a Federal High Court in Owerri to stop moves to remove him by the state House of Assembly
He asked the court to restrain the state Chief Judge, Justice A B Njemanze and the impeachment panel from taking further step with his removal from office, pending the determination of the suit.
The deputy governor specifically urged the court to “stop the Imo CJ from acting on a request from the Speaker of the state Assembly, Hon Benjamin Anyanwu to appoint a six- man panel to further proceed against his removal over unfounded allegation, conclusion or recommendation of the panel pending the determination of the suit.”
The defendants in the suit are the six - man panel (Hons Simeon Iwunze, Ikenna Emeh, Greg Okemili, Innocent Ekeh, Kingsley Dimaku and Samuel Anyanwu) the Speaker (Uwajumogu), state Assembly, Imo CJ, and the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command.
In a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed at the state High Court, dated March 14, 2013, Agbaso averred that the constitution of the panel did not follow due process.
He said if the impeachment panel is allowed to go ahead, it would “present a fait accompli on the court and render its decision nugatory.”
The deputy governor pleaded with the court to “take judicial notice of the fact that the Imo CJ is aware of the pending suit.
He said the CJ had assigned the suit to Justice F I Duruoha Igwe and directed that the matter be entertained on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Some of the grounds for the reliefs being sought by Agbaso:
  • The applicant is apprehensive that the defendants will go ahead with further breach of his right to fair hearing by proceeding on the contents of the challenged document against him before the substantive suit is determined, which will work exceptional hardship on the applicant.
  • Unless the restraining court orders are made, the defendants will do everything any moment from now to present the court with a fait accompli and render the decision on the application nugatory.
  • Given the nature of their statuses and offices personal service of the order and originating process cannot be conveniently effected on them. He said: “The posers then are:  If the CJ knew there was a case where himself was a defendant and there is a prayer for him to be restrained from as the CJ of the state from acting on a request by the Speaker of the Imo State House to appoint a panel of 7 persons to further proceed against the applicant (Jude Agbaso) in any manner howsoever in connection with his removal from office as the deputy governor of Imo State;
· whether on an allegation, conclusion, finding or recommendation on any issue in, connected with or relating to the report of the special ad hoc committee constituted by the House of Assembly, why did he go ahead with the constitution of the panel knowing full well that section allows him 188(5) of 1999 Constitution, a period of seven days between the passing of the motion by the House and the appointment of seven persons by the CJ?
· .In view of the fact that the Speaker and clerk of the House have received copies of the processes filed in court on Thursday 14th of March, and thereby being aware that there was a pending suit, could they legitimately in a country governed by rule of law do anything to over reach the pending suit. The Speaker is a trained lawyer and he ought to aware of the legal position
The applicant pleaded with the court to grant an “order of interim injunction, restraining the commissioner of police and his agents from harassing and intimidating him or invading his residence or office pending the exhaustion of all legal options available to him under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) against the defendants.”
Agbaso is also seeking an order for substituted service of the court processes on the defendants through their agents or through advertisement in two newspapers including DAILY SUN newspaper.
Agbaso through his lawyer, Mr. Patrick Ikweoto (SAN) urged the court to note that “in spite of the pendency of the suit, the Imo CJ went ahead to constitute the seven-man impeachment panel.
Ikweoto also cited the case of Chief Adefarati v. Ondo State Governor “on the sanctity of not taking any further step over pending suit in order not to overreach the court.
Meanwhile, Agbaso has also filed another suit before a Federal High Court in Owerri against the defendants, challenging the propriety of the impeachment proceedings against him.
He is asking to hold that he is entitled to fair hearing as enshrined in section 36 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)
He urged the court to grant a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants and their agents from proceeding with the impeachment process.




06 March, 2013

Church Vicar finally sacked over Fayemi’s N5m donation


Church Vicar finally sacked over Fayemi’s N5m donation
St Pauls Millennium Anglican Church



Gov. Kayode Fayemi
The crisis rocking St Paul’s Millennium Anglican Church in Odo-Owa Ekiti in Ekiti State over the N5 million donated by Governor Kayode Fayemi has taken another dimension with the compulsory retirement of the church’s vicar, Rev Michael Ogunniyi. This is despite the threats and protests by members of the church that the rank of the cleric, who had earlier been demoted from Archdeacon to Canon by the Anglican Bishop of Ekiti West Diocese, Most Rev Oludare Oke, should be restored.
It will be recalled that the crisis began when the cleric, in defiance of the order of the Anglican Bishop that the N5 million donated by Governor Fayemi during the burial of the former Anglican Primate, Most Rev Abiodun Adetiloye, should be kept in a special fixed account, saying it was an endowment fund and not a gift to the Odo-Owa church alone.
But some members disagreed with the bishop and prevailed on Rev Ogunniyi to use the money to buy a new bus for evangelism and for renovation of the church.
The church consequently bought a new bus for N3 million, spent N1 million on renovation and kept the remaining N1 million in bank. This consequently earned the vicar a demotion.
In a statement yesterday, the Diocesan Communicator Emeritus Dr Kunle Olasope and Diocesan Communicator Prince Sola Adetule, said the Bishop had on March 1, 2013 handed over a letter of compulsory retirement with six months’ notice to the cleric.
The statement reads: “The question of Vicar Ogunniyi is strictly a matter of discipline which must be maintained if the person, position and authority of the bishop are not to be rubbished and dragged in the mud”.
The diocese also allayed the fear of demotion of the Odo Owa church from archdeaconry as it announced the Dean of the Cathedral, Very Revd Julius Olaosebikan, as supervisor of the church until Rev Ogunniyi would bow out.
The vicar, who was originally billed to retire in 2017, said he had accepted the compulsory retirement, adding that he did not regret the action.”
He told journalists on phone yesterday that “the matter is all about purchase of the bus which the church had been longing for in the past 15 years. My loyalty is to the church and not to the bishop. I have no regret”.
Ogunniyi, however, advised members of the church not to engage any violent act because of the bishop’s action.
Some members of the Provincial Church Council (PCC) had last week threatened that they would sue the bishop if he did not restore the rank of the vicar, adding that they might be compelled to move out of Ekiti Anglican West Diocese.
But the Diocese, which said the board had passed vote of confidence in the bishop for the effective way he has run the affairs of the diocese, added: “As for those who threaten court action at Odo Owa, they are entitled to their rights, but the Diocese will not be deterred”.
Mennnnnn....you've got to love this Nigeria's power couple in these romantic and playful pics that will be used for souvenirs and backdrop at the reception of their white wedding in Dubai which is just three away.

While their traditional wedding will hold this Friday 8th March at the Apostolic High School, Esit Urua Community, Eket - Ibeno road, in Uyo, the bride's hometown.

 

GROSVENOR CELEBRATING ROYAL WARRANT IN LAGOS


Penultimate week,  Grosvenor celebrated their just awarded Royal Warrant by Her Majesty – The Queen of England. The quintessential shirt makers with style. Grosvenor is renowned for producing collections of stylish shirts and distinctive accessories combining English sartorial tradition with a contemporary edge. The event has high fashion personalities in attendance


Mimiko’s wife disowns Facebook account


KEMI MIMIKO
Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, on Tuesday raised the alarm over activities of swindlers, who have been operating a fake Facebook account in her name. Mimiko, in a statement in Akure on Tuesday, said the fraudsters had used the fake social media account to fleece innocent people.

She said, “My attention has been drawn to the existence of a fake Facebook account created by some cyber criminals in the popular social media network.
“The purported Facebook-social media account with the name Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko has my personal and official pictures.”
he appealed to members of the public to be vigilant, insisting that she never operated any official Facebook or social media network account or page.
She said, “Any person who transacts any business or makes any comment in the said fake Facebook or social media accounts does so at his or her own risk
MRS. KEMI MIMIKO

Rev Chris Dragged To Court by Wife For Adultery



Rev Chris Kwakpovwe, and wife,
 Dolapo
It is not easy to be up there without getting a fair share of the scandals of life from time to time. This is more so when you are a man of God and many people look up to you.
"I have made all efforts to persuade her, I went as far as meeting some of our elders, senior pastors and bishops. I even met redeemed Christian church of God general overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and all those that are concerned to help me beg her but she refused to come back home. I also wrote to the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on the issue.." These were the words of Rev Chris Kwakpovwe, publisher of Our Daily Manna, who is currently enmeshed in a dirty adultery scandal with his ex-wife, Pastor Dolapo.
She has dragged him to court for allegedly impregnating his secretarywhen they were still married. She also accused Rev Chris of father a child whose name was given as Tijiri. One source said the lady he allegedly impregnated his now his wife.

Olufamous.com gathered that their divorce hearing came up for hearing on February 26th at the Ikeja Magistrate Court 51, before Mrs Folaranmi. Rev Chris gave his own side of the story, stating how he had tried to make peace with his estranged wife but she refused. He confirmed that he got married to Pastor Dolapo on July 10,1999. Hearing continues.
Gov, Emmanueal Udughan and Rev Chris Kwakpovwe


POLICE SEALED OGUN STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY


As a result of Tuesday’s disturbance at the Ogun State House of Assembly, heavy presence of police personnel was noticed in and around the premises of the House on Wednesday morning. The well armed mobile policemen who stood on guard prevented legislators from entering. Only staff of the House were allowed in to the offices and that was after they had been subjected to thorough screening.  Violence broke out after four members of the House were suspended. The members however rejected the suspension and subsequently announced the suspension of the Speaker, Hon Suraj Adekunbi and the election of another Speaker, Remi Hassan who incidentally was one of those who had earlier been suspended. In the fracas that followed, the mace which is the symbol of authority was broken. We  also gathered that the House is presently polarized with 13 members on each side and both sides have written to the police to notify the law enforcement agents of the suspension of some members. Street Journal’s calls to the PRO of the Ogun State police command were unanswered at the time of filing this report. It was also gathered that the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has scheduled a meeting with the lawmakers

TWO NIGERIA ARRESTED IN GHANA FOR IMPORTING 200Kg OF cocaine


TWO NIGERIA ARRESTED IN GHANA FOR IMPORTING 200Kg OF cocaine


Two Nigerians, Sunny Ekecukwu Beji Eke, 53 and James Elekechukwu, 47 have been apprehended in connection with the importation of 200 kg of cocaine with an approximated street value of $ 12 million.

The arrest of the two Nigerian businessmen was preceded by the seizure of the drugs by the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB). The seizure has been described as the biggest in recent times in the West African country’s Tema Harbour. Street Journal gathered that the illicit substance was carefully concealed in a 40-foot container with the number MRK 257478-45 GI laden with 1,946 boxes of shampoo imported from Bolivia. Nii Lante Blankson, the Deputy Executive Secretary of NACOB disclosed that an intelligence report was received last December that a cargo said to contain cosmetics was heading for Tema Harbour and that the said cargo was also suspected to contain some narcotics.
He stated that when the container docked at Tema on January 29, NACOB officials immediately mounted surveillance on it and when a clearing agent showed up after two weeks with the necessary papers to clear the goods, he was promptly arrested to aid investigations. According to the NACOB Deputy Executive Secretary, the cargo was originally built to contain 22 pallets of different cosmetics but when it was examined, it was found to contain 1,946 cartons, 33 of which contained 198 yellow bottles of cocaine while 29 others contained 174 green bottles of cocaine.
The container was subsequently traced to Elekechukwu who was arrested in his house near Welja. He however opened up on interrogation that the container actually belonged to Chief Eze, who he said was his classmate and friend.
Findings have also revealed that Chief Eke’s company, De Consumables Company was allegedly registered using fake documents. Eze was arrested at the Accra Shopping Mall during a meeting with the clearing agent and Elekechukwu after being carefully lured to Ghana. Four Nigerian passports with different names were found in his possession.

CHARLES AHIZE WIFE, MAUREEN DELIVERS BABY GIRL

CHARLES AHIZE WIFE, MAUREEN DELIVERS BABY GIRL
The popular Lagos millionaire business, Chief Charles Ainze’ wife Maureen as put to Bed, The woman was said to gave birth to a bouncing baby girl few days ago,  the beautiful socialite got married in September 2011 after dating for a few years
 This is the Couple’s first child and the new bundle of joy has been named Jada. The name of choice has meanings, to the Hebrews it's a unisex name and it translates to mean ''the wise''
Charles Ahinze and wife Maureen

Doris Simeon opens 3D Cosmetics Store in Lagos

Doris Simeon opens 3D Cosmetics Store in Lagos
 
Award winning Nollywood actress, Doris Simeon, as put all marriage crisis  behind her now, soft spoken acctres, Doris will be opening a special beauty store named 3D Cosmetics store in Lagos, this Friday the 8th of March, 2013. According to the pretty light-skinned mother of one, she will be running this passion of hers alongside her acting career.
According to her….I’ve always loved two things while growing up, cosmetics and TV.After conquering the TV, I want to explore the cosmetics world. In 3D cosmetics store, we sell cream, soaps, make-up kits and several world class make-ups. I also recommend good products for our clients and I’m currently undergoing a course in make-up, so I can make people’s faces up”



Doris Simon