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Saturday, December 4, 2010

"We wear same outfits without planning it" Aki and PawPaw

"Sometimes I would be alone dressing in my room and Osita would come out with the same outfit, not knowing what I planned to put on. That was exactly what happened on the day I received the MFR in Abuja, we didn't plan it but turned out wearing the same thing" - Chinedu Ikedieze

Outside Squareville, the P-Square Mansion

Bishop Oyedepo splashes N60m on creation of centres and repairs of roads for Shiloh 2010

Bishop Oyedepo is leaving no stone unturned getting things ready for Shiloh 2010. Shiloh is the annual gathering of members of Winners Chapel from the local and international branches at the Ota Cathedral in Ogun State for the end of the year prayer, fasting and thanksgiving. Information gathered say that he has allegedly splashed about N60m on the creation of new house fellowship centres and reconstruction of roads in and around Sango Ota, Ogun State, the location of the venue.

If you attend this church, make sure you go for this event. It's a great way to end the year!

Beauty of the day - Cynthia Omorodion

Black beauty - Top Model, Cynthia Omorodion

"I don't do drugs" Majek Fashek

"No, I don’t do drugs. I use spiritualism. I’m spiritually filled. I smoke Igbo and I drink. I drink a lot. But I'm trying to cut down" Majek Fashek said when asked he's on drugs.

150 people killed as army raids Niger Delta

Several civilians have been killed and scores displaced during raids by the Nigerian military against armed gangs in the creeks of the oil-producing Niger Delta, local residents said on Friday.

A military taskforce (JTF) comprising the army, navy and air force began raiding three camps which are believed to belong to a notorious gang leader in Delta state on Thursday, close to the Ayakoroma and Okrika communities.

The military had warned weeks ago that it would launch strikes against suspected militant gangs in the Niger Delta, where they have in recent years severely disrupted Africa's biggest oil and gas industry, and urged civilians living in the vicinity of their camps to leave.

"My husband is dead, also my two brothers are dead. There is nowhere to go now," said Aunty Polobiri, one of scores of women sheltering in a warehouse outside the city of Warri who said they had fled the fighting around Ayakoroma.

The camps lie deep in the creeks and it was not immediately possible to confirm independently whether civilians had been killed. The security forces have a tense relationship with some local communities and in the past there have been claims of high death tolls which could not subsequently be verified.

Preye Onduku, a member of the Ayakoroma community development committee, told Reuters at least five people had been killed and about 100 had fled in dug-out canoes.

"Some of them have gunshot wounds and one of them is now receiving treatment at the general hospital in Warri," he said.

The Red Cross said it had received reports of casualties but was not immediately able to reach the scene of the fighting because of its remoteness. It said the military had since given it access and a team was traveling to the camps.

"We've seen about 30 evacuated made up of mainly women, children and new born babies in the barracks. Six are receiving treatment in the military hospital. (Their) immediate needs are food and water," a Red Cross official said.


The military has said it wants to flush out gang leader John Togo from Delta state, who security sources say is one of the more dangerous criminals in the Niger Delta, responsible for violent armed robberies, ambushes and attacks.

"These are professional soldiers who are conversant with the rules of engagement. No such thing happened and cannot be allowed during my tenure in office. We are not in a war situation," JTF Commander Charles Omorege told Reuters, when asked about reports that scores of civilians had been killed.

"A visit to the community and interaction with these people will suffice. You have my word," he said.

Resurgent unrest in the Niger Delta risks undermining the credibility of President Goodluck Jonathan in the run-up to elections next April and his administration is keen to show he has a grip on criminality there.

He is the first head of state from the oil region and brokered an amnesty with militants last August, which saw thousands of gunmen lay down their weapons and brought more than a year without significant attacks on the oil industry.

The militants say they are fighting for a fairer share of the natural wealth for the Niger Delta, whose villages are mired in poverty despite sitting amid a 2-million- barrel-per-day oil industry, the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa.

The line between criminality and militancy is blurred.

Gang leaders have grown rich on the spoils of kidnapping for ransom and the theft of industrial quantities of oil.
The JTF freed 19 hostages from a camp run by a gang leader known as "Obese" further east in Rivers state two weeks ago, including seven foreigners taken from an Afren oil rig and eight Nigerians seized from an Exxon Mobil platform.