Lulu-Briggs escapes assassination attempt in Rivers state

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An oil mogul, Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs, the Regent of Abonnema, on Saturday, escaped assassination attempt at his home town Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Lulu-Briggs had visited Abonnema for a peace and reconciliation meeting between chiefs, opinion leaders and elders of the area in respect of the crisis rocking the position of the Chairman of Council of Chiefs of Abonnema.

Chairman of the Council, Chief Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, was last week suspended from the position based on an allegation of witchcraft levelled against him.

Consequently, Lulu-Briggs was appointed in acting capacity to man the position till the controversies raised were resolved.

Based on the development, Lulu-Briggs had visited Abonnema in order to broker peace, but was held by hundreds of youths, who attacked his convoy and damaged several cars including the bullet proof vehicle carrying the High Chief.

Youths numbering over 200 gathered at the community palace took over the scene immediately the convoy arrived and were hauling stones and other weapons on Lulu-Briggs’ team, as well shooting.

Speaking, a chief, who witnessed the incident narrated: “Some youths we do not know attempted to kill High Chief Lulu-Briggs when he came to Abonnema for a peace and reconciliation meeting.

“They gathered his car, destroyed car in his convoy, but he was saved because his car is bullet proof. They were shooting guns. We do not know what their annoyance is, but we know they were hired”.

However, Chief Lulu-Briggs has sued for peace in Abonnema Kingdom, stating that violence and killings would not resolve the issues surrounding the position of the Chairman of Abonnema Council and development of the area.

The philanthropist, who spoke through Chief Ibim Iyibo Young-Briggs, noted that was need for reconciliation of all the factions in the face-off, expressing regrets over poor infrastructural development in the area.

He added: “I want to call for a dialogue of all concerned to immediately resolve all misunderstanding, acrimonies and for that matter grievances, so that Abonnema will be restored to its characteristics acclamation of ‘York City’.”

 

Kiss Daniel exits G-Worldwide Entertainment

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Music star Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel popularly known as Kiss Daniel has confirmed reports that he has parted ways with G-Worldwide Entertainmentoutfit where he has been signed to since 2013.

Kiss Daniel had a largely successful career with G-Worldwide, after shooting to stardom with his “Woju” single and also releasing one of the best albums of 2016.

The singer confirmed the news on his Twitter account Monday morning in a reply to a tweet by political blogger and media entrepreneur Japheth Omojuwa

Gov Wike Alleges Soldiers & SARS Officials attached to Amaechi tried to Assassinate Him

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According to Vanguard News, Governor Nyesom Wike alleged that he escaped assassination attempt Saturday as soldiers and men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, allegedly on the convoy of the Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi attacked Wike’s convoy in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

A statement by the governor’s media aide, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, said the ugly incident happened at Nwanja junction, Trans Amadi road when the governor was inspecting ongoing road construction job in the area. The statement said that the convoy allegedly hit the governor’s out rider and the Policemen in the Pilot car attacked. Governor Nyesom Wike according to the statement was not hurt, he continued with his inspection of the road project after the incident.

 

The 1/10th Rule For Car Buying Everyone Must Follow

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The 1/10th rule for car buying is simple; spend no more than 1/10th of your gross yearly income on the purchase price of a car. If you make the median per capita income of ₦30,000,000 a year, limit your car purchase to ₦3,000,000 if you must buy one. Spending too much money on car purchase is one of the easiest and biggest financial mistake someone can make, besides the purchase cost of the car, there are other expenses like maintenance cost, which when you add everything up, I’m pretty sure you’ll be shocked at how much it really costs to own a car. To become car owner no be Moin-Moin

WHY YOU SHOUDN’T SPEND MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR GROSS INCOME ON A CAR

  • Maintenance costs: we’ve got maintenances cost, which covers fueling of the car, regular servicing of the car, and the repairing cost of the car. The thrill of owning a new car last several months but the pain will last for years. The bad roads in Nigeria aid in increasing the maintenance cost of owning a car and also reduces the lifespan of the car.
  • Stress: When you pay more than 1/10th of your yearly income for a car, you will become more stressed. The stress you feel from not wanting to park your car in an unsafe area and the uneasiness you get of other drivers on the road not scratching your car. Though if you purchase the car within 1/10th of your income, you drive and park stress free. Different wahala come with car ownership for Nigeria ranging from the bad road, fraudulent mechanic, break in’s to our friend’s from the other side harassment.
  • Make you want more: The nicer your car, the nicer your other things. You start having thoughts like I’ve got to buy a matching chronometer watch, driving shoes and outfit. Having nice things makes you want to have nice everything! You no go lyk step out of ur new car come look yk say u borrow the car. Base on the fact say u don get new car u go won dey live up to the car owner title by increasing ur lifestyle, u go come dey show ursef for area anyhow.
  • Make you feel stupid: Deep down, you know that if you can’t pay for your car and have enough money left over, you can’t afford the car. Each money you spend on car is a reminder how foolish you’ve been with your money. To be car-owner no be bean o.
  • Opportunity cost: When you buy your car you lose the opportunity of investing your money in assets that will likely grow and pay you dividends in the future. Everybody knows to save early and often to allow for the effects of compounding. Spending much on a car is like negative compounding! Imagine how much money u for don make if u for invest ur car money into other profitable ventures, u for don hammer.

 

 

Recommendations Based On The 1/10th Rue For Car Buying

Gross Income yearly Vehicle Recommendations

       ₦250,000,000+

Lamborghini Huracan, MB S55 AMG, Maserati Quattroporte, Bentley Continental GT, Roll Royce Ghost, Ferrari 125S

₦50,000,000 – ₦250,000,000

Mercedes G63, Audi A8, Porsche 911, Macan, BMW M5, Tesla Mode S, Mercedes Benz S600

₦25,000,000 – ₦50,000,000

BMW M3, Lexus LS, Mercedes S550, Audi S5, Range Rover Sport, Toyota land cruiser, Acura ZDX

₦10,000,000 – ₦25,000,000

Honda accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Genesis, ford F Series, Ford Mustang, Toyota Rav4

₦6,000,000 – ₦10,000,000

Honda Civic, Honda pilot, Nisan Altima, Toyota corolla
₦3,000, 000 – ₦6,000,000 Used: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
₦2,500,000 – ₦3,000,000 Used: Hyundai Accent, Honda fit, Toyota corolla
₦500,000 – ₦2,500,000 Pre -2003 Honda civic, Toyota Corolla, Bus

₦0 – ₦500,000

 

Bicycle, Walk, Bus, Keke-Napep, Okada, Catch a ride from a friend

 

If you want to buy an expensive car and the car costs ₦30,000,000, get motivated by the 1/10th rule to figure out a way to earn ₦300,000,00 yearly. One way is to start a side hustle to generate more income on the side. Hustle hard o, no look anybody face. If you can’t get motivated, then fine. Just don’t think you can afford much more, think about your future and the future of your family. A car is simply there to take you from point A and point B. If you’re thinking about prestige and impressing others, don’t. Owning an asset is way more impressive because at least you can potentially make some more money from the asset whereas a car is a liability its value depreciate with time.

One of the worst combos is owning a car that you purchased for much more than 1/10th of gross income and renting a high maintenance house. You now have two of your largest expense sucking money away from you every single month. Think about all the wealthy people you know. Chances are that majority of them own their homes and buy abroad used cars that don’t come close to 50% of their gross income.

If you want to achieve financial independence and not have to worry about material things stressing you out, follow this rule. If you want to detonate your finances and end up working longer than you want for the sake of a nicer ride. Then go spend more than you can afford. Na one life dey for man to live abi?

Governor Nyesom Wike Bags United Nations Award

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In recognition of his contributions towards ensuring sustainable human settlement in Rivers State through infrastructural development and elimination of slumps in the State, the Global Forum for Human Settlement (GFHS) on Monday, October 30, 2017, conferred the sustainable Cities and Human Settlement Award (SCAHSA) on the Rivers State Governor, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

The award ceremony, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America, precedes the Award for Excellence by Chatham House, United kingdom days ahead.

This award is for the governor’s investments in the development of urban renewal programmes, housing and projects that improve the living conditions of less privileged persons

The Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Award (SCAHSA), formally Global Human Settlement Contribution Award, is a worldwide prize awarded annually by the Global Forum for Human Settlement (GFHS) and supported by the UNEP, through its SBCI and GI-REC initiatives, and is aimed to promote 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the implementation of SDG = II.

There were 23 awards in six different categories. The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike received his “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contributions Award” under the “individual Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Development Category.”     

In a letter of notification of the award earlier sent to Governor Wike, Secretary of Global Forum on Human Settlements and Main Representative to the United Nations, Mr Lu Haifeng said that the award conferred on the governor at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 31, 2017, was part of the 12th Global Forum of Human Settlements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

According to the Main Representative to the United Nations, Governor Wike is being recognised for his great commitment and contribution to sustainable cities in Rivers State.

The group further lauded Governor Wike for developing infrastructure in settlements in different parts of the state and ensuring that people have access to basic amenities.

Governor Wike was also applauded for constructing the Iriebe Medium Housing Estate, Rivers Quarters at the NNS Pathfinder, Quarters for Junior Staff of the DSS and facilitating the improved investment in housing by private investors.

The Rivers State Governor also received commendations for investing in land reclamation/sand filling in Asari-Toru, Degema, Akuku-Toru and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media informed that Governor Wike has accepted the award.

The statement noted that Governor Wike pledged his commitment to further investments in the development of infrastructure and housing that will improve the living conditions of the people.

Governor Wike dedicated the award to Rivers people who totally support his administration’s investments in the development of infrastructure and housing.

 

Obasanjo appointed to United Nations High-Level Advisory Board

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed to an 18-man UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

In a press release by the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez, the board was described as a part of the “surge in diplomacy for peace” Gutierrez has consistently advocated.

The board is said to be expected to allow the UN work more effectively with regionaly organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.

Obasanjo, in the release, was described as “one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.” Gutierrez wrote:

He served as President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and before that as Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979.  Over his long career, Mr. Obasanjo has been involved in numerous international mediation efforts, including in Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. In 2008 he was appointed the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region.

Others on the board are President Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Jean-Marie Guéhenno(France), Tarja Halonen (Finland), David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).

Ramtane Lamamra (Algeria), Graça Machel (Mozambique), Asha-Rose Migiro(Tanzania), Raden Mohammad and Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Indonesia), Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan), Michèle Pierre-Louis (Haiti), José Manuel Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala), and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (United Kingdom) are also on the board.

Meek Mill may face Jail Time for Violating Probation

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Rapper Meek Mill may face close to 2 years in prison for violating his probation.

According to TMZ, Meek who was arrested at a St. Louis airport for fighting in March, and also in August for recklessly driving his motorcycle in NYC, is going to court on Monday, for serious probation violations in his drug and weapons case.

The judge in charge of the case had made it clear earlier, that if the rapper had stepped out of line and violated his probation, she will send him to jail.

PDP chair: South-West group rejects George, others backs Secondus

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A former National Vice-Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, said on Sunday that he was in the race for the party national chairmanship to correct the immunity experienced in the past by the party.

George stated this when he met members and leadership of the party in continuation of his nationwide consultation at the North-West Secretariat of the party along Issa Kaita Road in Kaduna.

But a South-West group in the PDP, the Oodua PDP Alliance, has expressed its support for Uche Secondus, saying the geopolitical zone should ask for another position because the zone was not the base of the PDP.

 

In a statement signed by the leader of the group, Hakeem Ogunsola, who is one of the party leaders in Osun State, the group said it would back Secondus, who served as the chairman of the PDP National Working Committee between 2015 and 2016.

Ogunsola stated, “We want to note that rebuilding the PDP and winning power back in 2019 demand a chairman with solid home base, deep experience and capacity to face the power of incumbency, we need Secondus to lead these electoral and political battles to rescue Nigeria and change the fake change.

“How can you be going for chairmanship when there are better bargains to strike? How can you hope to lead the party when your zone is not a stronghold of the PDP? We don’t want party chairman in the South-West. Let Secondus have it,” the statement read in part.

The group said that it had commenced advocacy and mobilisation for Secondus’ emergence as the PDP chairman, urging the South-West aspirants to drop their ambition and bargain for better positions in government.

However, George insisted that by the experience that he had garnered over the years, he remained the best candidate for the position.

“We operate before with impunity without recourse to the constitution of the party. This time, God willing, we will respect the constitution. Our members should rest assured that the era of impunity is over.

“Anybody who intentionally disobeys the party’s constitution should be shown the yellow card. We have to be committed and loyal to the party’s constitution,” George said.

 

‘With your lies, are you sure you are still a Pastor?’ Reno Omokri asks VP Yemi Osinbajo

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He asked this question in a post shared on his Facebook page. Read his post below…

My attention has been drawn to claims in the media by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, against former President Jonathan. Speaking on Friday the 27th of October 2017 in Lagos at a ‘Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference’, the Vice President said “Weeks before the 2015 elections, the government then, gave out N100billion in cash and $295million in cash ostensibly for security within two weeks”.

I make bold to say that the Vice President has once again taken to his characteristic habit of lying.

Nigerians may recall that only last week, Vice President Osinbajo was in Anambra state where he lied that the present administration had paid $2 billion for the second Niger Bridge.

I had cause to expose that lie and forced the Presidency to issue a ‘clarification’. The money released was 2 billion Naira and it came from the Sovereign Wealth Fund set up by the Jonathan administration which the APC resisted and challenged in court.

It will also be recalled that in February 2016, the Vice President again lied when he claimed that both the Jonathan and Yar’adua government did not build a single road. This fact was easily disproved when even members of this administration, including Osinbajo’s boss, President Buhari, began commissioning projects, including roads built by the Jonathan administration.

Nigerians will recall that the Jonathan administration rebuilt the Benin-Ore portions of the Benin-Lagos road, the Vom-Manchok road, the Kano-Zaria Road bridge (named after late Emir Ado Bayero) and many more.

On this recent allegation by the Vice President, not only has the Vice President again lied, he is doing so to divert attention from the Maina scandal in which the administration in which he serves, by the testimony of the Maina Family, invited Abdulrasheed Maina, the infamous alleged pension thief, back into the country, reinstated him, promoted him and deployed him as Director of Human Resources in the ministry of Internal affairs.

When they were found out, the Presidency resorted to its favorite past time of blame game by preposterously accusing former President Jonathan of somehow magically being the brain behind Maina’s return. This is even as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had already revealed that he “acted in the public’s interest” in initiating the process for Maina’s return.

There is also the $25 billion Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation scam which is the biggest scam ever in the history of Nigeria since 1914 to date.

Finally, Nigerians want to know the truth about the Babachir Lawal probe which has been concluded and handed over to the President many months ago but of which no action has been taken.

Nigerians want to hear the truth about these scandals and not tired lies about looted funds that keep being recycled without proof.

I would like to remind the Vice President that he is a parlor and therefore conversant with the biblical admonition in Revelations 21:8 that “all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”

It is not too late for the Vice President to turn a new leaf and begin to apologize to Nigerians for the three million jobs a year he and his boss promised, but ended up losing 4.5 million jobs in their first two years according to the Nigerian Bureau of statistics.

If Vice President Osinbajo is looking for who to blame for the present sorry state of the Nigerian economy, he should buy a mirror.

The rushed implementation of the Treasury Single Account policy of the Jonathan administration, the constant negative comments about our economy by the President while on foreign trips, the inconsistent foreign exchange policies of the government, the advise to the World Bank to focus only on Northern Nigeria, the openly pro Northern Agenda which gives promotion and appointments to persons of Northern extraction irrespective of merit or experience are to blame, not Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Tiwa Savage is the cover star for Guardian Life Magazine

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Tiwa Savage has proven over and over again why she’s not just the first lady of Mavin, but one of the biggest female acts in Africa. Her journey to the top has been filled with ups and downs and she shares this and more in the latest issue of Guardian Life magazine. Grab a copy of The Guardian to read how and in her own words, it is “Possible to break those limitations and show the music industry that the new age African woman is here to stay!”