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The YNaija Ticker
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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe has died.
He died in the early hours of Saturday, after suffering cardiac arrest while asleep.
Sofoluwe was 62-years-old at the time of his death.
- Daily Times
Three explosions and gunshots rocked Nigeria’s restive city of Maiduguri, the hotbed of deadly Islamist insurgency, but it was unclear if anyone was hurt, security sources said Friday.
“In the late hours we had two explosions followed by sporadic gunshots. I don’t have any further information now on casualties,” a security official, who did not want to be named, told AFP of the incident on Thursday night.
He said the attack happened near a church in an area where a mosque owned by Boko Haram was razed during a 2009 crackdown on the Islamist group.
AFP saw truckloads of soldiers deployed to the area of the attack on Friday morning.
The military and residents reported a third blast on Thursday at a different area of the city.
“There was a blast in an open field by the riverside. We still don’t know who the target was but nobody was hurt,” military spokesman Sagir Musa told AFP.
Residents said it happened near a football field where a match was being played and caused people to flee.
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the home base of Boko Haram, has seen some of the worst violence blamed on the extremist sect, which has focused its attacks on the mainly Muslim north.
The NMA says that federal hospitals might join Lagos State doctors on a solidarity strike
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Friday said that doctors in federal hospitals may join the dismissed Lagos state doctors “on a solidarity strike in support of their colleagues”.
Osahon Enabulele, the national president, told journalists at the NMA secretariat in Lagos that the state chapter of the association has been directed to “explore all options it deems fit”.
“NMA will be convening an emergency meeting soon to review the health crisis in the state, and take a national position,” Mr. Enabulele said.
The body called on the Lagos state government to reverse the sack notices and queries issued to doctors and open themselves up for “sincere and genuine dialogue” with the doctors.
“Nobody forced them to enter into an agreement reached with the doctors on March 24, 2011 to implement Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) in full,” he said.
“They should honestly take responsibility for all that has happened because what has generated the crisis is their inability to keep faithfully to the agreement,” he added.
- Premium Times
As dumb-founding and unbelievable as this may seem a woman has managed to stay a virgin up to her 70th birthday.
That could be about to change. “Now’s the time. I’m ready to take the plunge for the right bloke,” Pam Shaw tells the Sun.”My standards are still very high, though. I’m hoping to bag a tall, dark and handsome millionaire.”
Shaw says she doesn’t believe in sex before marriage and has been too busy with her career as a cabaret dance to settle down. “I feel I am ready to give marriage a go and maybe go to bed with a man,” she said. “You are never too old for anything. Just look at Joan Collins.”
According to worldwide statistics, the average person retains his or her virginity until 17.3 years of age. A 2010 Yahoo! reader survey found similar numbers, with readers giving an average age of 17.5 before having sex for the first time.
The paper notes that despite her voluntary lifelong abstinence, Shaw goes by the stage name “The Sexational Pam,” and once fraternized with male sex symbols like “It’s Not Unusual” singer Tom Jones and James Bond actor Roger Moore.
“Tom Jones was very good looking and we used to chat occasionally before I went on stage as the opening act,” she said. “In the late 60s we performed together. There was only a curtain separating our dressing areas.”
Shaw says she lived with her mother until she passed away at the age of 97 in 1995. Ironically, Shaw says men have often made incorrect assumptions about her sex life, or lack thereof, because of her career in the entertainment industry.
“I’ve never really been intimate with a man, just a bit of kissing. I had a sexy stage name and dressed sexy but that was all for my career,” she said.
- UK Sun
World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt has dumped his girlfriend to concentrate on winning gold at the summer Olympics.
The Jamaican sprinted split from fashion designer Lubica Slovak so that she won’t distract him in the build-up to The Games.
News of the split follows a race row in his homeland after the 25-year-old was criticised for going out with a white woman but the relationship was defended by friends close to Bolt who described the couple as being very much in love.
But it was reported in Jamaica that the relationship was over after the two had mutually decided to split.
Bolt goes into the London Games looking to defend his 100m and 200m crowns and is also hoping to beat his own world records in both races.
Lubica, 28, emigrated to Canada when she was 14 and studied fashion design in Toronto.
- Nigerian Eye
Last September, the name Adewunmi Oyekanmi became quite popular in the news after the infamous assault incident with BEAT FM exec Olisa Adibua. Eight months later, Adewumni has been fired from the company.
Sources say the management was prompted to sack Adewunmi after he had another misunderstanding with a Naija FM staff - this time over an item which was missing in the office. Adewunmi was accused of stealing another staff’s meal – a pack of Jollof rice.
Sources say, Adewunmi denied the accusation but a CCTV camera which recorded the whole incident proved him wrong.
Insiders at the Beat insist Oyekanmi was not victimised, but only unfortunate to have been the one caught. ‘Management had been trying to stop the issue of stealing. That’s part of the reason they installed CCTV everywhere, and encouraged all staff to report cases of missing items, so these can be tracked using the CCTV recordings. It’s just unfortunate that he’s the one that was caught. If it had been anyone else, the same fate would have befallen that person’
We could not immediately reach Oyekanmi.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today laid out his 2012 goals to about 200 investors who showed up at one of the company’s initial public offering (IPO) presentations in Palo Alto, California. He declared his first priority was to improve the social network’s mobile app, according to Reuters.
While this is not something you would typically hear Zuckerberg say, the young man is learning to be a bit more transparent as his company moves to go public next week. Facebook’s mobile strategy will be key to its performance on the stock market (see also: “We’re going to become a mobile company”).
Facebook this week updated its IPO filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the sixth time. The only major change was a reemphasis that monetizing mobile won’t be easy.
Facebook is experiencing a shift of its user base from the Web to mobile, but this means fewer ads per -user. While Facebook announced mobile ads three months ago and even has Sponsored Stories in the mobile version of the News Feed (such as Offers), it doesn’t yet have any numbers to show off.
Since Facebook essentially makes no money in mobile right now, and hasn’t yet been able to prove it can do so, mobile is a threat that could hurt revenue in the long term. Mobile ads aren’t an easy solution; in addition to the usual potential privacy issues, Facebook has to figure out how to work around the problems every advertiser faces in mobile: small screens, slower connections, and the much more personalized relationship users have with their mobile devices.
The suspected Boko Haram member who drove a bomb-laden car into the Kaduna office of Thisday today was arrested by vigilant bystanders, before he could flee the scene.
P.M.NEWS gathered that after the suspected bomber parked a Honda Civic car in the newspaper’s compound located at Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, he quickly came out of the car and tried to get away from the area. But some youths ran after him and asked him why he left his car there when he does not have an office in the building.
P.M.NEWS gathered that as they were beating him and dragging him towards the main road, he kept warning them that the car would explode. Suddenly the car exploded, killing 3 persons in its vicinity.
The suspect who was wearing a blue kaftan and reportedly spoke impeccable English was handed over to soldiers and policemen who drove him to the police headquarters in Kaduna.
When the car was searched two gas cylinders were found in its booth. As at the time of going to press, the man whose identity had not been released was still being interrogated.
The state Police Commissioner is expected to brief the press anytime from now on the police findings.
- PM News
A late night effort by the former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, to elude police interrogation has failed.
Yesterday, the Senator tried to dupe a Federal High Court judgeinto granting a temporary court injunction against police investigators by filing an exparte motion to prevent the police from arresting him to respond to charges that he directly benefited from a N21 billion bank loan fraud but the judge declined to grant an order of restraint.
However, Senator Saraki issued a statement claiming that an temporary injunction had been granted preventing the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigerian police from arresting and interrogating him over the bank loan fraud involving some of his aides and companies.
Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Lawal Rabana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja with an exparte motion application to obtain an interim injunction against the Nigerian police, the application sought to enforce the senator’s constitutional rights.
But the judge Justice Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, refused to accept the ex-parte application and advised that the police be served with the motion on notice which was filed alongside the ex-parte application to enable the court hear both parties on the substantive motion slated for Thursday April 26th 2012.
A dubious press statement issued by Akin Fatogun, a media assistant to Mr. Saraki sought to mislead the public. The press statement read: “As a law-abiding citizen, Senator Saraki has decided to seek legal redress to put a end to what appears to be an orchestrated frenzy calculated at smearing his name, assaulting his dignity and intimidating his person through deliberately garbled accounts and serial leaks concerning loans granted to a company that he has no connection with.
“Senator Saraki is indeed in receipt of a letter from the Police Special Anti-Fraud Unit, Lagos, inviting him to assist its investigations of a case of conspiracy, forgery and stealing the sum of N21 billion belonging to Joy Petroleum Ltd.’
” Saraki has made it clear on many occasions that he has no relations with Joy Petroleum and wishes to so restate.
“While taking note of and displeased with the tendentious attempts to prosecute and persecute him on the pages of the media, Senator Saraki has asked the court to determine whether he could be invited by the police to assist in investigating a matter in which he is not linked and for which no specific allegation has been made against him.”
As soon as SaharaReporters received the press release we requested a scanned copy of court order but Mr. Saraki could provide any.
Last night, Mr. Saraki reportedly met the Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar at his Maitama residence to plead with the police chief to stop the charges but sources said the SFU might press ahead with the charges as it briefed fiery Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, to handle the case of prosecuting Saraki and deconstructing all the legal hurdles that may stand in the course of his prosecution.
- Sahara Reporters
The House of Representatives will hold a session today to debate the fuel subsidy probe report even as there were speculations on Monday that lawmakers were under pressure to water it down. Findings by The PUNCH on Monday showed that the allegation that oil marketers and other forces outside the House were attempting to bribe lawmakers in order to discredit the report had unsettled the leadership of the House.
Our correspondents had gathered that a lobby made up of some of the indicted oil firms had dangled a bribe of N10m each at lawmakers to get them to discredit the report during the debate. The report, which was prepared by an ad hoc committee of the house that probed government’s fuel subsidy administration, recommends that some oil marketing firms refund billions in illegal earnings. In a bid to dispel rumours that members might compromise on the report, the House, on Monday, restated its decision to transmit today’s proceedings live on television.
- The Punch