Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

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Pacquiao is a sore loser and a coward – Mayweather; To steal sperm, 3 women rape South African man at gun point; 4 Nigerians Win British Parliament Seats; PDP denies APC claims of lack of cooperation in transition; Nigeria Military recovers video recordings of Boko Haram; Nigeria is having trouble paying workers’ salaries; Liberia is free of Ebola – WHO; Jay Z & Beyonce buy $2.6m church . . .

Pacquiao is a sore loser and a coward – Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather may have been gracious in the lead-up and in the immediate aftermath of his unanimous decision welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night, but it apparently didn’t last.

May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather (black/gold trunks) and Manny Pacquiao (yellow/red trunks) box during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won via unanimous decsion. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather (black/gold trunks) and Manny Pacquiao (yellow/red trunks) box during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won via unanimous decsion. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

In an exclusive interview with Jim Gray that is scheduled to premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime, the pound-for-pound king calls Pacquiao a “sore loser” and a “coward” and backtracked on reports that he would be interested in a rematch with the Filipino star.

“Did I text [ESPN’s] Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again?” Mayweather told Gray. “Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. … If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’ ”

At the heart of Mayweather’s discontent with Pacquiao is his right shoulder injury, which was reported by Yahoo Sports immediately after the megafight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao talked about the injury in the post-fight news conference and said it limited him in the bout but that he didn’t want to use it as a reason for the loss.

“Excuses, excuses, excuses,” Mayweather said. “I’m not going to buy into the [expletive] and I don’t want the public to buy into the [expletive]. He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”

Pacquiao underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff and is expected to be out nine-to-12 months.

Mayweather improved to 48-0 in the richest and most financially successful fight in boxing history and is slated to fight again in September, but whom he will face remains a topic of discussion.
In the meantime, we’ll wait and see if the champ also changes his mind about giving up all of those title belts.

NigerianEye

To steal sperm, 3 women rape South African man at gun point

A man was kidnapped at gunpoint and raped by three women who collected his semen in a cool box and stealing it before abandoning their victim – and the method is part of a growing trend.

South Africa . 3 women rape man to steal his sperm

The 33-year-old man gave the women directions when they pulled up in a black BMW. Suddenly, one of the women armed with a gun got out and forced him into the back of the car at gunpoint.

The trio then drove him 500km away and fondled him in the back of the car but he did not become aroused, so they forced him to drink an ‘unknown substance’ from a bottle to aid him.

The women raped the man repeatedly and collected his semen in plastic bags, placing them in a cooler box

The man was picked up in the Kwazakhele township, Port Elizabeth, and dropped off later, 500km away

The man was then kicked out of the car, 500 km away from where they picked him up in the Kwazakhele township, Port Elizabeth, and made off with the stolen sperm.

The exact same method is being used by women in Gauteng, who are also forcing men to drink from a bottle and stealing their semen but no arrests have been made.

Constable Mncedi Mbombo said: ‘As he was busy pointing out the directions, one lady came out and pointed a gun at him and forced him into the car,’ reports Sowetan Live.

‘They drove into a thoroughfare 500km away. They parked the car and fondled him to get an erection but his penis could not get erect.

‘They then forced him to drink an unknown substance from a bottle. This got him aroused quickly even though he was still scared and didn’t want to have sex.

‘This is really confusing to us because we have never heard of such a thing before. The man was fully conscious throughout his ordeal and he is still traumatised.’

Police have now opened a rape investigation.

NigerianEye

4 Nigerians Win British Parliament Seats

Meet the 4 British Nigerians who won seats in the British Parliament – seating in Westminster House in London.

Britain . 4 Nigerians, Chuka Umunna, Chi Onwurah , Kate Osamor & Helen Grant win parliamentary seats in the UK

Photo: 4 Nigerians, Chuka Umunna, Chi Onwurah , Kate Osamor & Helen Grant win parliamentary seats in the UK.

The just concluded general election in Britain has been good to some Nigerian participants, four of who won seats in the British parliament to represent their constituencies. They are;

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Harrison Umunna is a British Labour Party politician who has served Streatham as Member of Parliament(MP) since 2010. Umunna is the current Shadow Business Secretary since 2011. Chuka Umunna’s father Bennett, of the Nigerian Igbo ethnic group, died in a road accident in Nigeria in 1992.
 
His mother, Patricia, is a solicitor and daughter of Sir Helenus Milmo QC, the Anglo-Irish High Court judge. Umunna was educated at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, South London, and the Christ Church Primary School in Brixton Hill. He says his parents felt that the local state school had “given up on him” and so moved him to the boys’ independent senior school St Dunstan’s College, in Catford in southeast London, where he played the cello, and became Deputy Head Boy. During this period he was also a chorister at Southwark Cathedral.
He was awarded an upper second class LLB in English and French Law from the University of Manchester; after graduating he studied for one term at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, before studying for an MA at Nottingham Law School. He has said that his politics and moral values come from Christianity, but that he is “not majorly religious”
Helen Grant

Helen Grant

Born 28 September 1961, Helen Grant is a British Conservative Party politician and solicitor. She is the current Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald in Kent and the current Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities. She was elected at the 2010 general election, replacing the constituency’s previous incumbent, Ann Widdecombe, who had decided to step down as an MP. Grant was the first black woman to be selected to defend a Tory seat and her election made her the Conservatives’ first female black MP.
 
Grant received her first government appointment in September 2012, when she received the dual roles of Under-Secretary of State for Justice and Under-Secretary for Women and Equalities. Grant was born in Willesden, north London to an English mother and Nigerian father, but grew up in a single parent family after her parents separated and her father emigrated to the United States. She was raised in Carlisle where she lived on the city’s Raffles council estate with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Chi Onwurah

UK Labour Party's Nigeria born Chi Onwurah

Chi Onwurah (born 12 April 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, replacing the previous Labour MP Jim Cousins, who decided to step down and left the seat. She is Newcastle’s first black MP. During the depression of the 1930s, Onwurah’s maternal grandfather was a sheet metal worker in Tyneside shipyards. Her mother grew up in poverty in Garth Heads on Newcastle’s quayside. Her father, from Nigeria, was working as a dentist while he studied at Newcastle Medical School when they met and married in the 1950s.
After Chi was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1965, her family moved to Awka, Nigeria when she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Newcastle, whilst her father stayed on in the Biafran army.
Kate Osamor

Kate Osamor

National Health Service (NHS) manager Kate Osamor is the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Edmonton constituency in London after stiff contest with fellow diasporan Kate Anolue. Ms Osamor, who has worked for the NHS for 15 years, is a trade union activist, a women’s charity trustee and a member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. She made funding the NHS, opposing its fragmentation and standing up to government cuts the centrepiece of her campaign.
 
In a related development, a 20-year-old Scottish student has become Britain’s youngest lawmaker since 1667 — ousting one of Labour’s top figures in the process. Politics student Mhairi Black represents the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), and took Paisley and Renfrewshire South, a constituency outside Glasgow, from Douglas Alexander, Labour’s election chief and a former Cabinet minister.
NigerianEye

PDP denies APC claims of lack of cooperation in transition

APC should be worried over Buhari’s nervousness and inconsistencies — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has denied the claims by the All Progressives Congress that the PDP has refused to co-operate to ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the other.

APC & PDP. Lai Mohamed & Olisa Metuh

The APC had made the accusation through its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday:

“As we write, the transition committee of the FG has yet to hold a single meeting with our own transition committee, neither have they given us a line of handover note,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Reacting on Friday, the PDP spokesperson, Olisah Metuh, said the APC’s claim was as “unnecessary and diversionary” as it was “false and tendentious.”

Mr. Metuh stated that the meetings of the transition and inauguration committees of both parties have been going on fruitfully and wondered where the “false alarm” was coming from, “if not a measure of confusion in the APC camp”.

“We can confirm that the APC Transition Committee led by Mallam Ahmed Joda has met at least twice with the Presidency team led by Vice President Namadi Sambo while the Timipre Sylva-led APC Inauguration Committee has been meeting almost on daily basis with the PDP team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim,” Mr. Metuh said.

“It is therefore most uncharitable for the APC to attempt to mislead the people by claiming that the PDP-led Presidency was not cooperating in the process.

“Although the ruling party suffered some electoral setback, Nigerians are witness to the fact that the PDP has remained humble in defeat while focusing on rebuilding and reinventing itself. Such should not in any way warrant the unnecessary attacks, vituperations and insults from the APC.”

He added that the PDP is at the moment committed to a process of rebuilding and reinventing itself, following its dismal performance in the last elections.

The APC must therefore learn to be decent and cease to be arrogant as that would amount to taking the goodwill of the people for granted, he said.

Mr. Metuh said the incoming APC Government of Muhammadu Buhari should be more concerned about “negative signals and the rising worries by Nigerians over its flip-flops and apparent nervousness of its President-elect who has started reneging on his campaign promises”.

He said, “Nigerians were bewildered when they heard General Buhari renege on his messianic posture and told them in clear terms not to expect him to rapidly fix the problems of the nation as he had promised during the campaign.

“The same President-elect who boldly stated in his campaign manifesto that ‘I, Muhammadu Buhari have resolved that the task ahead of me is that of securing our nation and prospering our people, not looking backward to the failed policies and promises’ had on May 5, 2015 in a meeting with APC governor-elects reneged and announced that he has “started nervously to explain to people that Rome was not built in a day.

“Furthermore while the APC in a statement on April 3, 2015 denied that the President-elect pledged to end insurgency in two months of being sworn in, the video clip of his interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN on April 2, 2015 is clear on the promise made by Buhari.

“Nigerians are not in a hurry to forget that the APC promised to rapidly fix the economy, generate, transmit and distribute electricity on a 24/7 basis, pay N5,000 monthly to 25 million poor Nigerians; provide allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months, create additional 4 million new homes, provide free education and meals for school children and bring naira to the same value with the dollar.”

Noting that Nigerians would not accept failure from the APC, Mr. Metuh insisted PDP advanced Nigeria’s democracy to a globally acknowledged level.

“It would even do more by offering the most constructive and credible opposition as it repositions to regain power in 2019,” he said.

NigerianEye

Boko Haram: Nigerian army recovers evidence of crimes against humanity

Nigeria Military recovers video recordings of Boko Haram

The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, has confirmed that troops of the Nigerian Army have recovered video recordings of the heinous acts perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Military . Director of Defence Info Maj Gen. Chris Olukolade

However, Olukolade (photo) refused to disclose further information about the crimes against humanity captured in the videos in possession of the military.

He said, “It is true that troops have captured some video recordings of the terrorists but I would not want to say anything on that for now.”

Olukolade also confirmed to an Abuja based media consultancy firm to security agencies, the PR Nigeria, that the videos recovered from the sect were being analysed by the military.

“A number of vital materials, apart from arms and ammunition, have been recovered which are being subjected to intelligent analyses. We don’t want to say much about that now,” Olukolade was quoted as having said.

Investigation revealed that the videos have scenes of trials, stoning of condemned people to death, amputations, beheading of victims with knives, and summary execution through shooting.

It was learnt that the Joint Investigating Panel of the security agencies had commenced investigation into the activities of the terrorists and would soon present those found to be culpable of these heinous acts for trial.

It was stated that the military was taking the issue of the videos serious because they were being prepared for posting on You Tube to create fear in the civil populace.

“Some of the video were meant for release through their normal channels to the public before they were dislodged from their camps. They also show the barbaric life in their so-called caliphate.

“The media and the public are advised to be careful in handling or sharing sensitive and offensive videos depicting atrocities that some viewers may find disturbing.” PR Nigeria quoted a military as having said.

NigerianEye

Nigeria is having trouble paying workers’ salaries

Nigeria–Africa’s largest economy–is having trouble paying its workers.

Earlier this week, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, revealed the Nigerian government had already used over half of the amount set aside for borrowing in its 2015 budget, to pay salaries and overheads of its workers.

Demonstrators gather during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol, in Nigeria's capital Abuja, January 11, 2012. Nigerian oil workers threatened on Wednesday to shut down output in Africa's top crude producer, deepening a national strike over a more than doubling of petrol prices. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS BUSINESS ENERGY) - RTR2W5DO

Demonstrators gather during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol, in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, January 11, 2012. Nigerian oil workers threatened on Wednesday to shut down output in Africa’s top crude producer, deepening a national strike over a more than doubling of petrol prices. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS BUSINESS ENERGY) – RTR2W5DO

Nigeria is dependent on crude oil for most of its revenues meaning the country’s finances have been hit by a slump in crude oil prices since last June.  Although prices have inched up slightly since then to around $65 for now, they are nowhere near the $100-plus mark it averaged for the 3 years previously.

This all means paying workers, rather than dealing with security problems or fighting corruption, will move swiftly near the top of incoming president Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda when he takes office on May 29.

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By Joachim MacEbong | QUARTZ

Liberia is free of Ebola – WHO

WHO has confirmed that Liberia is free of the deadly Ebola virus which ravaged the small African country . . .

Ebola . Microscopic view of Ebola virus EBOV. Getty Images

Liberia is free of Ebola, says World Health Organization

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days — twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease — without any new cases, the World Health Organization announced Saturday.

Photo: FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, gives American ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, left, what is know as the ‘Ebola hand shake’ during a press conference in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days — twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease — without any new cases, the World Health Organization announced on Saturday, May 9, 2015. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured health centers in Monrovia on Saturday, embracing and taking group photos with health workers. She was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh, File)

While celebrating the milestone, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told The Associated Press the damage wrought by the worst Ebola outbreak in history is “a scar on the conscience of the world.”

For some survivors, she said, “the pain and grief will take a generation to heal.”

Photo: Monrovia (Liberia), 09/05/2015.- Liberia women celebrates in Monrovia, Liberia, 09 May 2015, the news of the end of deadly ebola outbreak in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) on 09 May 2015 officially declared Liberia free from Ebola after no new cases were reported for 42 days, twice the virus’ incubation period. EFE/EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Meanwhile, new cases were reported this week in neighboring Sierra Leone and in Guinea, the other two countries hit hardest by Ebola. Officials said they are cautious about openly celebrating the end of Ebola in Liberia, as the continued presence of the disease in the region means just one sick patient slipping over the border into Liberia could spark a resurgence of cases.

A White House statement congratulated Liberia but urged vigilance to keep Ebola from coming back. “We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases,” the statement said.

On Saturday Sirleaf toured health centers in Monrovia, taking group photos with doctors and nurses. Nearly 200 health workers died fighting Ebola in Liberia.

She lamented the damage done to her country, which was only about a decade removed from a devastating civil conflict when the outbreak struck.

“Young Liberians who only months before strode confidently to school with dreams of a future as an engineer, a teacher or a doctor — all of which Liberia desperately needs — had their lives mercilessly cut short,” she told AP earlier at her Monrovia home.

The international response to Ebola has been roundly criticized as too slow and ineffective. While praising the international partners for helping to get Liberia to zero cases, Sirleaf said the fight “got off to slow start.”

“Therefore, let today’s announcement be a call to arms that we will build a better world for those Ebola could not reach,” she said. “It is the least the memories of our dearly departed deserve.”

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By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH | AP

Jay Z & Beyonce buy $2.6m church

Beyonce and Jay Z Buy $2.6 Million New Orleans Church: See the Gorgeous Pics!

“Take me to church!” No, we’re not just singing a Hozier song.

Beyonce and Jay Z have a new place to call their home in the Garden District of New Orleans, and it was once a place of worship.

The power couple purchased the $2.6 million property under the name of Sugarcane Park LLC, which shares the same mailing address as Beyonce’s management company. The former Presbyterian church was built in 1925 and also served as a ballet school.

Music . Jay Z & Beyonce buy $2.6m church in New Orleans. ZillowZillow

The 13,292 square-foot home has three 1,000-square-foot apartments, according to Zillow. As for the master suite, where the Carters would presumably live, the three-story space features 22 rooms in total — seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

Music . Jay Z & Beyonce buy $2.6m church in New Orleans. The church interior. ZillowZillow

Complete with 26- foot ceilings, 1527 Harmony St. looks like it will make a gorgeous home for the music power couple and their little one, Blue Ivy, 2.

The home has hardwood floors and chandeliers, and one of the seven bedrooms is a red room (and we’re not talking Fifty Shades of Grey here).

Music . Jay Z & Beyonce buy $2.6m church in New Orleans. Church interior, bedroom quarters. ZillowZillow

The place looks fit for a king and queen, and for $2.6 million, you can also get a view like this!

By Rosalyn Oshmyansky | ET

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