Funmi Iyanda’s Change-A-Life Annual TV Show Hosts 2017 Special Edition #ChangeALifeNG

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On the 1st of January 2017 from 9 am on the NTA Network, CAL returns with the TV show, bigger and better.

The show will host a panel discussion with key players in the following sectors: entertainment, politics/governance, power, manufacturing/production and technology.

The panelists will discuss the strides that have been made in advancing these sectors in Nigeria as well as mishaps and give their projections, hopes and suggestions for the future. The show intends to raise awareness on happenings in the society and also encourage everyday individuals to make little personal changes and continuous acts of kindness to help change lives.

In the words of Leyman Gbowee, ‘We must ignite the spirit of Ubuntu – I am what I am because of who we all are’. The show will end in a New Year’s Day celebration with Change-A-Life’s beneficiaries to put a smile on the faces by providing them with gift items.

In line with the focus of the Change-A-Life foundation, Ms. Funmi Iyanda has for the last few years hosted an annual live TV show, which is broadcasted on one of the biggest TV stations in Nigeria, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

The show has fast become a highly anticipated favorite by the Nigerian public and as a result, has had the honor of several prestigious guests, including the previous Lagos State Governor as a part of the show and help present awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to changing lives and improving the society.

The Change-A-Life Foundation (CAL) is a social non-profit organisation founded in 2002 by Ms. Funmi Iyanda. The organisation aims to bridge the gap between individuals with great potential in academic, entrepreneurial and leadership spheres, yet remain hampered due to great need, and the individuals, agencies and organizations with the capacity and willingness to meet these needs.

CAL has partnered with individuals, organizations and government agencies to provide opportunities for people in need through various highly impactful programs. The Holistic Educational Scholarships (HES) provides children and young adults with academic grants, GAP Year Initiative is a one year intensive skill acquisition and capacity building programme, Women In Business (WIB) provides economic empowerment for women through training as well as the provision of start-up capital and loans and Children, Adolescent and Women Well-being (CAWW) programme is aimed at improving the quality of life of it’s beneficiaries. CAL also has as a part of its mandate, a high level of involvement in other projects and initiatives, which include but are not limited to the annual public lecture and Children’s day celebrations.

The January 1st 2017 show is supported NTA Network, Red Media Africa, Genevieve Magazine, 360Nobs, Grand Cereal, Tastee Fried Chicken (TFC), Indomie noodles, Shoprite, Cakes by Tosan, and Chi Farms.


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Presidency Dismisses Media Report On Board Appointments

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The Presidency has dismissed media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari will conclude the appointments of members of the Federal Government’s Boards, Parastatals and Agencies by January, 2017.

READ ALSO: Buhari Assures Full Board Appointments By January 2017 – Presidency

The rebuttal was issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, on his Facebook page on Thursday.

He said: “We wish to rebut the above tabloid headline which has been trending in the last 48 hours.

“That President Buhari will make full board appointments in January 2017 as published did not come from us. In the interaction between myself and some State House correspondents in which I tried to clear a few issues that they raised, here is what I said:

“You know that the reconstitution began methodically, from sector to sector. You should expect that to resume at the beginning of the New Year.

“The President has given directions on what to do.’’

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Abia State House Of Assembly Speaker Impeached

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The Abia House of Assembly on Thursday impeached its Speaker Martins Azubuike, representing Isialangwa North Constituency.

This is just as the state assembly elected a new Speaker, Kennedy Njoku, representing Osisioma-Ngwa North Constituency.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Deputy Speaker of the House, Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over the plenary, said that 20 out of 24 members signed the impeachment notice against Mr. Azubuike.

At the election conducted by the Clerk of the House, John-Pedro Irokansi, Mr. Njoku, polled 17 votes to defeat Chikwendu Kalu, representing Isialangwa South Constituency, who polled three votes.

The Deputy Leader of the House, Solomon Akpulonu, representing Obingwa East Constituency, who moved the motion for Azubuike’s removal, gave reasons for the action.

Mr. Akpulonu said that Mr. Azubuike “failed to ensure equitable distribution of positions and powers among members”.

The speaker was “insensitive to the rights and needs of members and general staff of the assembly.”

He further said that “his autocratic practice has brought the assembly on collision course with other arms of government and agencies of the state government.

“He has abused the office of the Speaker by using same for personal and private political interest.

“Therefore, pursuant to Section 92 (2c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. We, the members of the House, resolved to remove and hereby remove Martins Azubuike as Speaker,” Mr. Akpulonu said.

In his acceptance speech after his swearing-in, the new speaker thanked members for the confidence reposed in him.

Mr. Njoku gave assurance that the House under his leadership would make laws for the good governance of the state.

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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Reacts To Shekau’s Latest Video

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The Nigerian Army has reacted to a new video released by Boko Haram’s elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau, describing it as a “mere terrorist propaganda”.

Earlier today, a video had emerged from the ‘ousted’ camp of the sect claiming that the Nigerian government “should not be telling lies to the people”.

VIDEO: Watch As Boko Haram Fighters Flee After Military Air Strike At Sambisa Forest

The video came less than a week after President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the “final crushing” of Boko Haram.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram’s Shekau Surfaces In New Video, Denies Fall Of Sambisa Forest

The Army said effort was on going to subject the video to “further forensic analysis”.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Army To Turn ‘Captured’ Sambisa Forest Into Training Ground In 2017

It also insited that it “captured and occupied the last known stronghold of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest”.

“We would like to reassure the public that this video is nothing but mere terrorists propaganda aimed at creating fear in the mind of people and to remain relevant,” the Army said in a statement Thursday.

“Therefore, there is no cause for alarm, more so as concerted effort in clearing the vestiges of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding is still ongoing.

“Our gallant troops deployed in various parts of the north east have continued to intensify search for all persons associated with Boko Haram terrorist group with a view to bring them to justice.”

READ ALSO: Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Recovers Shekau’s Quran, Flag From Sambisa Forest

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15 Movies To Look Forward To In 2017

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Alright, so we’re in the final days of the year and its been quite an exciting year for lovers of good movies.

2016 gave us Deadpool, i don’t think i even need to mention others.. Deadpool was that good, but yeah we also had Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Dr Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them, The Magnificent 7 e.t.c (Notice I lefy out Suicide Squad and Dawn of Justice, that’s because i expected a lot better)

Anyway, It’s a new year in three days, which means another year of movies to look forward to. I chose the 15 movies I’m most hype for.

Also the movies are arranged by their release dates so you can start marking your calendars now.


  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage  (January 20, 2017)

Alright , I feel like i shouldn’t have to discuss why this movie is on this list. If i had to, i would just say “Vin Diesel” because really that’s enough reason.

In 2002, we first met Xander Cage in the first xXx (or Triple X) movie, then he disappeared and we were given Ice Cube for xXx: State of the Union, now Xander is back. If there’s anything we know about this franchise, it’s the endless action, the guns, the stunts and the explosions. Add that to Vin Diesel as the lead character and Donnie Yen (IP Man) being a part of the action and I’m certain this movie will be worth every penny.


  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (February 10, 2017)


One word, Headshots.

John Wick is back and i’m delighted. I remember when the first John WIck movie came out in 2014, I was skeptical to go see it cos i didn’t really like the opinions i was seeing on Twitter about it, but then i saw it and it was glorious. I can’t wait for February.


  • LEGO Batman (February 10, 2017)

Everything was Awesome in The Lego Movie, and the movie introduced us to Will Arnett’s Batman who was one of the stars of the movie. Now Warner Bros. and DC are making his own spinoff of The Lego Movie and i’m so excited about it.


  • Logan (March 3, 2017)

The final movie for Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine, Logan looks like it’ll be an amazing movie from the trailers. This movie would introduce us to X-23 and being Hugh Jackman’s final movie, i expect him to go out with a bang. You can check out my breakdown of the Logan trailer here


  • Kong: Skull Island (March 10, 2017)

After the last King kong movie, I would’ve been fine if they just let the great ape rest but after i saw the trailer for this movie, I made that U-turn so hard, my imaginary car almost flipped. I’m excited about this movie, it looks amazing. Kong himself looks amazing and i like the cast. Hopefully I don’t regret it in March.


  • Power Rangers (March 24, 2017)

I feel like the only reason you shouldn’t want to at least check this movie out is if you’re older than 30 and younger than 10. I grew up on the old Power Rangers movies and i even used to gather them. I used to even act like a Power Ranger with my siblings. Immediately news broke about this movie, I knew i had to see it.

Go Go Power Rangers.


  • The Fate Of The Furious (April 14, 2017)

A Vin Diesel movie makes my list for the second time but this isn’t just any Vin Diesel movie… It’s the highly successful Fast and Furious franchise. Fast 8 a.k.a The Fate of the Furious looks like nothing we’ve seen so far in the franchise. First of, from the trailer we see that Vin’s character (Dominic Toretto) goes against the rest of the family for some unknown reason, secondly we finally have a female villain in Charlize Theron and lastly, THERE’S A SUBMARINE CHASING CARS ON ICE!


  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5 2017)

If there was no other reason to see this movie, Rocket and Baby Groot would be enough. However, this is one of my most anticipated movies as i feel like it’ll have a connection to The Avengers: Infinity War coming in 2018. Anyways, there’s a laughing Drax the destroyer in the trailer as well as Baby Groot throwing down.


  • Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26, 2017)

One of my favorite franchises of all time, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow was just perfect for me. Now there’s a new threat. This is no Captain Hector Barbosa or Blackbeard or even Davy Jones, this is Captain Salazar and it looks like he wants Sparrow dead as well.

They only gave us a teaser trailer so we can expect a proper trailer early next year, Savvy?


  • Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is one of those castings that just look perfect on screen, just like Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Patrick Stewart as Professor X. We got to see a bit of Wonder Woman in Dawn of Justice but now DC is giving the legendary heroine her own movie.

Hopefully it’s a better movie than Dawn of Justice was.


  • Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23, 2017)

Well, Micheal Bay is back with another Transformers movie and to be honest I’m waiting for this movie just so I can understand what’s going on in the trailer. According to the trailer, it’s man vs machine. So where are the decepticons? why is Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee? too many questions. I guess we’ll find out in June.


  • Spiderman: Homecoming (July 7, 2017)

Tom Holland put on the red and blue suit as Spiderman for the first time and he was wonderful. I personally liked the playfulness he brought to the role. I like that we’re getting a pretty young Spidey now and i can’t wait to see this movie next year.


  • War For The Planet Of The Apes (July 14, 2017)

Well, it looks like the humans have really pissed Caesar off this time. This is the third movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise and it looks like its Caesar against the military. The trailer looks so intense and i’m ready for it.


  • Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017)



No trailer has been released yet for Thor Ragnarok, so we can expect one from January next year. So what do we know already, we know Thor and Hulk didn’t partake in Civil War but would both be on Asgard for Ragnarok, we also know Loki has disguised himself as Odin and is running Asgard. We have to wait for the first Trailer to get better hints about this movie, but it’s an MCU movie so we already know it’ll be good.


  • Justice League (November 17, 2017)

The Justice League movie, finally. I feel like this is a defining movie for the DC Extended Universe, it’s a make or break moment. DCEU movies have been middle class, there hasn’t been one movie that has won everybody over like Marvel did with the first Avengers movie but this movie just might be it.

Anyway, comic book movies have always been my thing so I can’t wait.

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Boko Haram’s Shekau Surfaces In New Video, Denies Fall Of Sambisa Forest

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Boko Haram’s elusive leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video on Thursday to debunk a claim that the jihadist group had been crushed from its Sambisa Forest stronghold.

The Nigerian Army had announced that Boko Haram had been crushed and their camp in Sambisa was destroyed.

VIDEO: Watch As Boko Haram Fighters Flee After Military Air Strike At Sambisa Forest

“I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the Camp fell at about 1:35pm on Friday, December 22, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide,” President Muhammadu Buhari quoted the Army as saying.

However, the PUNCH reports that Shekau appeared in a new 25-minute video on Thursday, in which he said that Buhari was “telling lies to the people.”

“We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree,” Shekau said, flanked by masked armed fighters.

“You should not be telling lies to the people,” he said, referring to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who said on Christmas Eve that the extremist group had been defeated and driven from the forest, its last known bastion.

“If you indeed crushed us, how can you see me like this? How many times have you killed us in your bogus death?” he asked.

It was not immediately clear where the new video was shot, but Shekau, who spoke in both Hausa and Arabic, said it was filmed on Christmas Day.

He vowed to continue fighting on until an Islamic state was imposed in northern Nigeria.

“The war is not over yet. There is still more,” he said, vowing no “respite” for Nigerians.

He urged followers around the world to “fight and kill infidels.”

“Our aim is to establish an Islamic Caliphate and we have our own Caliphate, we are not part of Nigeria.”

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Pastor Adeboye’s Endorsement Of Governor Fayose And Its Contradictions

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Pastor Adeboye’s Endorsement Of Governor Fayose And Its Contradictions – Pastor Julius Oluwafemi

On December 24, 2016, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye paid a visit to Ekiti State. Since it was supposed to be a religious program the man of God held religious rallies at Ado Ekiti, Ilawe Ekiti, and Ogotun Ekiti. He also called on Governor Ayo Fayose who entertained him and gave him a “gift” on behalf of the government and people of Ekiti State. In appreciation of the gift, Pastor Adeboye prayed for the governor.

This piece was written by Pastor Julius Oluwafemi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Pastor Adeboye's Endorsement Of Governor Fayose And Its Contradictions

Pastor Adeboye’s Endorsement Of Governor Fayose And Its Contradictions

The governor later accompanied the Pastor to the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe. In his brief political remarks at the palace, Pastor Adeboye eulogized Governor Ayo Fayose for his “courage and boldness” and recommended his model of governance to other governors in the country.

Turning to Mr. Fayose the RCCG leader said, “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness. We are grateful to God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defense of his people. And I am sure you know what I am talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name. We wish all other governors who stand for their people, defend their people and know when to say enough is enough and we thank God for their lives.”

READ ALSO: I Hope Other Governors Can Emulate Fayose – Pastor Adeboye

In his reply, the obviously elated Governor Fayose thanked the priest for pouring encomiums on him.  The governor was full of praise for Pastor Adeboye. While thanking the man of God for coming to Ekiti state to endorse his governance style Governor Fayose told the priest that “We need prayers that The Lord would make our year 2017 a meaningful one. We believe in God. We believe in you.” The governor had forgotten that he had predicted that 2017 would be a year of agony and disaster for Nigeria.

Since the politico-religious rally was concluded the Ekiti state radio and television stations have been airing the political endorsement of Governor Fayose by Pastor Adeboye. However, many of the workers who have not been paid salaries for six months have questioned Pastor Adeboye for not asking Governor Fayose to protect their interests.

They wonder whether Pastor Adeboye is interpreting the insults daily heaped on President Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Fayose as evidence of “courage and boldness.” They also wonder why Pastor Adeboye did not join President Buhari in asking Governor Fayose to use the refund of the London/Paris Club debt to pay the arrears of salaries of workers in Ekiti state.

Instead of paying millions of naira to purchase political endorsement of religious leaders, Governor Fayose should realize that Pastor Adeboye is an inconsistent politician. Even though he supported and prayed in vain for the reelection of  President Goodluck Jonathan he has since switched his alliance and loyalty to President Buhari. After all, he prays for the success of the Buhari regime on the ground that Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President is a pastor within the RCCG fold. These days, he goes in and out of the presidential villa at Abuja to pray for President Buhari.

In asking other governors to emulate Governor is Pastor Adeboye asking them to loot the treasury of their states to purchase choice properties in Abuja, Lagos, and Dubai like Governor Fayose? In asking other governors to be “bold and courageous” like Governor Fayose, is Pastor Adeboye asking them to kill their political opponents? Or is Pastor Adeboye not aware that Fayose’s current spokesperson, Lere Olayinka once accused Mr. Fayose of killing the likes of Tunji Omojola, Ayo Daramola, Kehinde Fasuba, etc? Is Pastor Adeboye asking other governors to hire and fund thugs? Is Pastor Adeboye asking other governors to travel to China to execute fake projects like the poultry scam?

READ ALSO: Fayose Might Have Bribed Pastor Adeboye To Gain His Commendation – APC

Pastor Adeboye should please set out those aspects of Governor Fayose’s governance style that should be copied by other governors. Otherwise, the other governors should ignore Pastor Adeboye and other prosperity pastors who have become defenders of the status quo and criminal politics. Very soon, he will join the likes of Bishop Hassan Kukah had asked President Buhari to stop the war against corruption because President Jonathan conceded victory when he lost the presidential election in 2015. Why are these fortune seeking pastors pretending to be winning souls for Christ when they are selfish  traders who are busy  exploiting the ignorance of worshippers?

Instead of visiting the poor in prisons, our fake pastors visit corrupt politicians who have stolen billions. Instead of identifying with the unemployed and the poor they pay courtesy calls on goverrnors who normally entertain them at public expence. Let the fake pastors go around deceiving the people. Did Pastor Ayo Ortsajefor not adopt President Jonathan as a model  of good governance? Pastor Adeboye’s endorsement of Governor Fayose will not save him when he will stand trial for stealing billions of naira from the office of the National Security Adviser and  the treasury  of Ekiti State.

This piece was written by Pastor Julius Oluwafemi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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VIDEO: Watch As Boko Haram Fighters Flee After Military Air Strike At Sambisa Forest

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Further details were provided in footage by the Nigerian Army on Wednesday with respect to the capture of the dreaded Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of Boko Haram militants.


In the video, several fighters of the Islamic death cult can be seen fleeing from Camp Zero, as the gallant troops descended on and captured the forest – a bastion where the terrorist group had launched deadly attacks on Nigeria for years.

While speaking to pressmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Leo Irabor, a major general, said the operation was executed by a combination of ground attacks and air assaults on the location.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Recovers Shekau’s Quran, Flag From Sambisa Forest

He said, “Recall that during our last meeting, I told you to take particular note of Camp Zairo in Sambisa Forest. Our gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have cleared the location which is the last stronghold of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) deep inside Sambisa Forest.

“On 22 Dec 16 at about 0800hrs, own troops commenced advance for the capture of Camp Zairo which was the main Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) enclave suspected to be holding high value persons in Sambisa Forest.

“The Air Component and Artillery were effectively employed during the operation before the final assault by the troops. Our troops made contact with the BHT and successfully cleared the camp after some resistance from the insurgents.

“On sighting of our troops and having been overpowered in the fire fight, most of the BHT fighters fled in all direction. The gallant troops subsequently carried out search for any abductees and equipment. Our troops also raided and destroyed other camps and hideouts around Camp Zairo. At the camp, our troops destroyed several BHT logistics as shown.

“The gallant troops also dismantled the official BHT flag at Camp Zairo signifying the capture of the insurgents’ headquarters. The flag would be officially presented to me by the GOC 7 Div. Later, same would be conveyed to Chief of Air Staff for further action to the C-in-C.

“During the operation in Sambisa, ISR coverage indicated that the BHT were in disarray.”

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Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds Dies A Day After Her Daughter Passed On

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Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84, just a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, a popular actor and author.

Her death was made known by her son, Todd Fisher.

“The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again,” Fisher said. “Fifteen minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.”

Reynolds died just hours after she was taken to Cedars Sinai medical center from her son’s house in Beverly Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

“The only thing we’re taking solace in is that what she wanted to do was take care of her daughter, which is what she did best,” he added.

Carrie Fisher, it was learnt, suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday.

Her mother posted on her Facebook page on Christmas Day that Fisher was in a stable condition.

Two days later, Carrie Fisher was reported dead.

On Tuesday, Reynolds took to Facebook to mourn the death of her daughter.

 She wrote: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother.”

After news of Reynolds’ own death broke on Wednesday, Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, posted a picture on Facebook of herself with her late mother and grandmother at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Reynolds was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s.

Born Mary Frances Reynolds, she was a bubbly singer, dancer and actress who starred in “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

But despite her star power, she treated everyone with respect, her publicist Ed Lozzi said.

“The people that worked for her … she was just so respectful and caring and thoughtful to her publicists and her agents,” Lozzi told CNN. “A lot of stars we worked for were not. She was special that way.”

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How Pastor Ashimolowo Of KICC Lost $5Million To Ponzi Scheme

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Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), a 12,000-member megachurch in Britain headed by Nigeria’s Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, lost $4.8 million to a Ponzi scheme after trustees carelessly invested money in it, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The scam was the brainchild of former Premier League soccer player, Richard Rufus, who used to be a defender for Charlton Athletic.

He promised investors along with the church a return as high as 55 per cent.

Rufus Richard: masterminded the Ponzi Scheme

Rufus Richard: masterminded the Ponzi Scheme

The Christian Post reporting the findings of an inquiry published 14 December by the Charity Commission for England and Wales revealed that the Kent-based 12 000 members Christian Centre suffered a net loss of about $4.8 million (£3.9 million) after its trustees invested over $6.1 million (£5 million) in four instalments between June 2009 and June 2010. Rufus was a member and former trustee of the church.

Rufus had guaranteed that the investments would earn a sizeable return totalling about 55 percent in a year.

He was last year found guilty of defrauding about 100 investors out of a total of $10,731,159 (£8,682,343) in the £16-million investing scheme.

Kingsway International Christian Centre was the single largest investor in the scheme.

The Charity Commission said in the report, the church’s trustees handed over an initial investment and entered into an agreement in which they were guaranteed that investment would earn a profit of about 5 percent per month, with the exception of August and December when they were guaranteed profits of about 2.5 percent.

“The inquiry established that in practice, however, the investments resulted in a net loss of £3.9 million to the charity,” the report explains.

The report states that the church’s trustees who handed over the funds were guilty of “mismanagement.”

The commission found that the church’s trustees did not “exercise sufficient care when making the decisions to invest £5 million of the charity’s funds through the ex-trustee’s investment scheme.”

“They did not follow all the principles expected of trustees to ensure they comply with their trustee duties under charity law when making those decisions,” the report concludes.

The Charity Commission was first alerted to the church’s investment when it found that the church made £3 million of investments with a “qualified independent trader” who was “in a position to provide the services of an investment manager by investing in financial markets.”

After the commission contacted the Financial Services Authority to verify the trustee’s status as a trader, it found that the trustee in question was not, nor had he ever been, licensed to “carry on regulated activities in a personal capacity.”

The commission also found that the investments were paid to the trustee’s personal bank accounts. Additionally, the commission found that the investments “appeared to be speculative and high risk in nature.”

As a result of the commission’s inquiry, an interim manager was appointed to review the trustees’ decisions to invest the £5 million and to decide whether any of the trustees should be held personally liable.

The interim manager found that the trustees did not do enough to investigate whether or not the rate of return they were promised was realistic and put too much trust in the trustee’s good standing with the church and community.

“The interim manager found that conflicts of interest were not managed properly by the decision-making trustees when making the decision to invest. There was too much reliance on the expertise of the ex-trustee when he was personally interested and conflicted,” the report states.

“The interim manager found that insufficient consideration was given by the decision-making trustees as to whether the guaranteed rate of return was unrealistically high, or to the potential for fraud.”

After the church entered into an Individual voluntary agreement with the ex-trustee in hopes he could pay back the money lost, the ex-trustee filed for bankruptcy and was declared bankrupt in 2013.

The interim manager also encouraged the church’s current trustees to bring a legal claim against the trustees who decided to invest the money.


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Nurse Accidentally Pulls Off Baby’s Hand During Delivery In Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested an auxiliary nurse, simply identified as Oyekanmi, for her role in the death of a baby she took delivery of in the Odogunyan, Ikorodu area of the State.

The Punch gathered that the victim’s mother, Adeola, had been taken to Oyekanmi’s residence last Saturday when she went into labour.

While attempting to force the delivery, the auxiliary nurse accidentally pulled off the baby’s hand, leading to the death of the child.

After so much effort, she was said to have advised that the child be taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital, where the dead child was finally delivered.

Upon queries from the doctors at the hospital on what actually transpired, the victim’s mother then opened up. The hospital management then alerted the police to the incident.

A source said Oyekanmi was picked up by the police.

The source said, “What happened was that the auxiliary nurse tried to deliver the woman of the baby, during which there was a complication. But she continued and in the end, the hand of the baby was pulled off while she tried to force the child out from the mother’s womb.

“Afterwards, they quickly packed the woman together and brought her to the general hospital. It had become a critical case by then. The remains of the dead child were brought out, while the matter was reported to the police.”

Confirming the incident, when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said that investigations were ongoing.

She said, “The doctor at the hospital discovered that something was amiss after taking a close look at the dead child and seeing that one hand had been pulled off. All the parties were invited to make statements. It is a case of infanticide; investigations are ongoing.”

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Police Foil Plots To Bomb Lagos Third Mainland Bridge, Arrest Suspect

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The Nigerian Police Force has thwarted an attempt by a Niger Delta Militant group, operating from the creeks of Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun States, to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, thereby arresting the suspect.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, confirmed the arrest and seizure of the explosives, saying investigation was ongoing.

The suspect, Abiodun Amos, aka Senti, was said to be a bomb expert, who had participated in several robbery attacks and kidnappings in Lagos and Ogun states.

The statement read: “An arrest was made of an individual. While the police operatives were pursuing another one in a vehicle, he abandoned the vehicle and ran but he was tracked down. Some explosives were discovered in the vehicle and two Ak-47 guns were recovered from him.”

Awunah added that the arrest was made on November 2, in a hideout on the bank of Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The statement added: “The principal suspect is an Ijaw man and a Native of Ese Odo LGA of Ondo State.”

“He is an Explosives Expert who specializes in assembling and modifying large scale Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) for terrorist act. The suspect also volunteered confessional statement to the Police and named other members of the militant group that are still at large.”

“In the course of further investigation into the case, one of the suspects at large mentioned to the Police by the principal suspect as the person in possession of their explosive devices and the detonators was trailed by the Police (IRT) Operatives on the 26th December, 2016 while conveying in a Toyota Camry Car, two (2) Cartons of Galantine Dynamite Explosives and Hundred and twenty five (125) Detonators in the boot of the Car in a location in Ikorodu area of Lagos state on his way to link up with the other members of the militant gang to blow up the 3rd mainland bridge.

‘The Suspect, on sighting the Intelligence Response Team Operatives jumped out of the car and escaped into the nearby bush. The explosive devices and the detonators were recovered by the Police IRT operatives and the Explosive Ordinance Department, and the attack that would have been a major devastating and colossus damage to Lagos state and Nigeria was averted.” 

Senti, the head of the group, who is alleged to be a native of Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State, said his group was hitherto involved in pipeline vandalism, noting that it resorted to kidnapping when it became difficult for its members to continue with the illegal business due to the presence of the military and policemen.

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Southern Kaduna: Hit Back Or Die (1) – Fani-Kayode

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Southern Kaduna: Hit Back Or Die (1) – Femi Fani-Kayode

“Buhari is the last standing samurai of the oligarchy with the boldness to implement the Fulani agenda. He is doing it as fast as possible. The regime of Buhari is on a conquest mission. It is not hiding its intention because it believes that our strongholds have been spiritually damaged. What is going on has a spiritual precursor. They don’t fight in the ordinary alone. The reason the Middle Belt is under massive siege is because they have been spiritually decimated. They have to pray AND FIGHT”- Ariyo Raphael Dare-Atoye.

This piece was written by Femi Fani-Kayode. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Mr. Dare-Atoye of the One Nigeria Group is absolutely right. Yet permit me to begin this contribution with an aside and a brief glimpse into the mindset of the enemy.

Just before he murdered one dozen Germans in cold blood as they were making merry and doing their last minute Christmas shopping in a Berlin market square, Anis Amri, the infamous and thankfully deceased ISIS foot soldier, expressed the following sentiments in a pre-recorded video message. He said,

“By God’s will we will slaughter you like pigs. I swear we will slaughter you”.

These words reflect and convey nothing but unadulterated hate and pure venom. Such deep-seated hatred coupled with an unrelenting and hideous murderous intent is beyond human comprehension and it is bereft of any decency or humanity.

When the Holy Bible speaks about our enemies hating us “with a perfect hatred” this is surely it.

Simply put the creature that was known as Anis Amri, before he was summarily despatched to meet his father the devil in hell courtesy of an Italian policeman’s bullet, was nothing but a psychopathic and sociopathic beast.

He was a cold-blooded murderer: an animal in human skin. And I daresay that so are all those that share his homicidal disposition and barbaric sentiments.

He is a good example of what the civilised world is up against today and sadly Nigeria is not exempted. As a matter of fact we are even more afflicted by this monumental global challenge than most.

Amir’s words are an excellent example of the way that those that President-elect Donald J. Trump has described as the “attackers of humanity” feel about those of us who do not share their warped and primitive world view and who do not believe in the shameful misinterpretation of their religious faith.

The words of the beast betrays the mindset of every radical Islamist jihadist in the world today. It also reflects the mindset of every Fulani militant and herdsman.

If this were not the case how can one explain away the mindless genocide and carnage that the people of the south and the Middle Belt generally and the people of southern Kaduna particularly have been subjected to over the last one year.

In southern Kaduna alone literally thousands of Christians, ethnic minorities and Shiite Muslims have been murdered in cold blood and have had their homes, farms, churches, properties, burial sites and holy places torched and burnt to the ground by the bloodthirsty aliens and Fulani hordes over that period of time.

Trump’s words also reveals the mindset of their loyal friend and self-acclaimed Fulani brother Nasir El Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna state.

I am surprised by some of the things that he has been saying lately. Someone should please tell him to stop talking rubbish. He will soon set this nation on fire with his tongue and if that ever happens he and his Fulani brothers will be the worst for it.

Permit me to share one or two examples of what can only be described as a graphic manifestation of the inner most recesses of his utterly devious and twisted mind.

After claiming that those that killed thousands of Christians in southern Kaduna were not Nigerian Fulanis a few weeks ago and after publicly admitting that he funded them, he has now claimed that Niger Delta militants from the southern part of the country are planning to disguise as Fulani herdsmen and attack the people of southern Kaduna?

This is false. And not only is it false but it is also a premeditated, calculated, irresponsible, incendiary, pernicious and dangerous mendacity. Worse still he has said it with malicious intent and thereby endangered the lives of even more people.

Am I the only one that sees where all this is heading and what El Rufai is trying to achieve? Is it not obvious that he is trying to widen the conflict and spark off a sectarian and ethnic war in our country?

I am convinced that my old friend has finally lost his mind! He should stop trying to cover up his heinous crimes in Southern Kaduna and desist from blaming the carnage on others.

And given the amount of innocent blood that has been spilt in Southern Kaduna by his Fulani brothers I have to say that Nasir is a disgrace to Islam, a disgrace to the Fulani, a disgrace to Nigeria, a disgrace to the black man and a disgrace to humanity.

He can never wash away all the blood that is on his hands either by omission or commission because his primary duty as the Chief Security Officer of Kaduna State is to protect the life and property of its citizens. In this respect and in virtually every other he has failed woefully.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar said “cowards die many times before their death but the valiant die but once”.

We must not be cowards, we must speak the truth boldly and we must say things as they are no matter whose ox is gored. And the truth is as follows.

On Christmas eve, despite a three day government curfew, Goska and numerous other towns, communities and villages in Southern Kaduna were attacked by the Fulani militants and herdsmen yet again. In Goska they raped most of the girls before slaughtering them.

Scores of innocent men, women and children, including the fourteen year old daughter of the former LGA Chairman of Jema, Barrister Gideon Morik, were butchered.

I saw the picture of her battered head and body all over the social media and it sickened and enraged me. I kept asking myself what type of animals would do this to a child?

What evil forest did these monstrous beasts crawl out of? Which of Dante’s nine circles of hell did they come from?

We have been praying for Southern Kaduna all along but with this last attack I am constrained to ask the following questions: when will we stop the praying and start the fighting? When will we begin to defend ourselves and those that are being subjected to these attacks?

How many people have to be killed before we appreciate the fact that self-defence is a lawful and necessary recourse when it comes to preserving your life and that of your loved ones?

There is no place for a violent and unprovoked attack on others and I have not advocated that but there is every place for a violent defence of your homes, wives, children and loved ones. That is a duty and a solemn obligation before God and before the law.

Since both the state and the Federal government have refused to protect or defend them when will the people of Southern Kaduna start defending themselves and when will we start helping them to do so?

How many more little babies have to have their heads dashed against a wall and how many more infants and women have to be raped, have their throats slit open and blood drained?

These questions are made all the more relevant given the fact that our President, who is himself a Fulani, has refused to condemn or even say anything about the latest series of attacks and killings.

Things have got so bad that one Mr. Audu Maikori was forced to write the following on his twitter handle. He said,

“The southern Kaduna killings are going on while the media is keeping mute! Houses razed and people killed during a curfew!!!!”

The veracity of this assertion can hardly be disputed. The Nigerian media is complicit in this criminal conspiracy and these acts of genocide.

I say this because hardly any newspaper will even mention the atrocities that are being committed in southern Kaduna and when they do they always play the whole thing down and treat it with levity.

They refuse to tell the world about the sheer barbarity of the events and the real number of casualties that have been counted and recorded by eye-witnesses and those that are on the ground.

Where one thousand people are killed they will say one hundred, where one hundred are killed they will say ten and where ten are killed they will say one. Why? Because in Nigeria under President Buhari only Fulani lives matter.

Much of the mainstream media have been completely intimidated and cowered into a pitiful and nauseating silence. When they are not intimidated they are induced into suppressing reports, write-ups and essays (like this one) that expose the sheer carnage, the ugly realities and the bitter truth.

They have forgotten what they were taught at journalism school: that facts are sacred and opinion is cheap.

They have also forgotten the words of Rev. Martin Luther King jnr. when he said “the moment we are silent about the things that matter we begin to die”.

He also said “if you are not ready to die for something then you are not fit to live for anything”.

Again they have forgotten the words of our very own Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. He said “the greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism”. He also said “the man died in him who remained silent in the face of tyranny”.

The man has clearly died in many of our journalists and media practitioners in Nigeria today.

We can only thank God for the social media because if not for that most of our mainstream newspapers and television stations would have convinced us that the horrific events that are taking place on a daily basis in Southern Kaduna are nothing but a cooked-up and fabricated fairy tale.

This piece was written by Femi Fani-Kayode. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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