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His father was a gambler who never really had time to train him on the right path and he ended up on the wrong path, as one of the most deadly armed robbers in the history of Nigeria – his name is Godogodo!

Sunday, September 9, 2012, will remain indelible in the minds of many families in Lagos State, who lost loved ones to the brazen attack of a gang of heavily armed robbers, who laid siege to strategic points in the state, killing at least three policemen and several other citizens, while scores sustained injuries.

But the arrest of the members of the gang that operated that day, including the notorious robbery czar, Abiodun Ogunjobi, aka, Godogodo, would bring relief to relatives and friends of those killed or injured that day.

Meanwhile, Godogodo, who was arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, led by SP Abba Kyari, on August 1, 2013, has revealed how he coordinated the bloody operation.

Bureau de Change robbery
He gave chilling details of how he led members of the gang to cart away millions of dollars from bureau de change operators in Agege and Gbagada areas of Lagos. According to Godogodo, “On that fateful day, I called one of my boys, Sayeed Omolopa, to meet me at AlfaBeach in Ajah, and some other boys led by Kasali and Ejike. “They were about seven and my boys were five. Yemi Boss, who came with Ejike, said we should go to Agege and rob some bureau de change operators.

The agreement was that everyone will get what he lays his hands on. “We used two vehicles and over nine AK-47 rifles. When we got to Agege, some bureau de change operators that saw us ran to us thinking we wanted to change money and we opened fire on them and ran into their shops to pack all the money we found. “In fact, we robbed from shop to shop and we also shot sporadically to scare people. We shot at people who tried to block the road and prevent us from moving.

I can’t count the number of people killed in that operation. “Wherever people tried to block the road, we opened fire on them. The boys that went with me for that job were notorious, they were difficult to control but they all feared me. We made a lot of money from the operation “While we were trying to escape, we met a team of policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and we thought they were after us.

On approaching them, we opened fire on the van and killed all the police in it and collected their rifles and escaped through Lagos-Abekuta road. “Money was not shared after the operation because everyone took whatever he was able to grab. When I got home I realised that I made over N500,000, but some days later, I was informed that one of my boys, Tosin, made over N6 million from the operation.

“Everybody made a lot of money from the operation. I didn’t border to read the newspapers the next day to know the extent of damage but I knew many people lost their lives in that operation. You know, as robbers, we do not go for operations to kill but we kill when we don’t have option.” Why we killed policemen Godogodo also narrated how he and members of his gang killed four policemen at Ajah, in February 2013, snatching three AK-47 rifles from them.

According to Vanguard report, he said he killed the policemen because he wanted to recover his nine rifles seized by the SARS operatives from one of his boys, Tosin. Narrating the incident, Godogodo said: “After SARS operatives collected nine of my rifles, I was left with only two AK-47 rifles and a pump action rifle. “On that fateful day, we went to rob residents of Awoyaya area in Ajah. I was with Odun, Oluwole,Yinusa and Sayeed Omolopa.

“We robbed house-to-house and on our way home, we saw a police van and a policeman behind the van was sleeping, Odun suggested that we attack them and collect their rifles and I obliged. “We drove a Sports Utility Van and approached them, opened fire on the patrol van and it veered off the road. We went after it and killed all the policemen in the van and collected their rifles. After that operation, we went to AlfaBeach to cool off.” The Abule Egba killings Godogodo also narrated how he killed a Police Inspector and a corporal at Abule Egba area of Lagos.

According to him, “Ife and Oleh brought the job, they told me that we should go and rob a man who had just returned from London with huge sums of money and some drugs. “We went to his house and discovered that he was not at home and we left in annoyance and went on to rob some people from house-to-house.

“On our way out, we spotted some policemen at Oko-Oba police station, they didn’t know that we were robbers. We killed them before collecting their rifles. “Some few months later, we snatched a white Range Rover Sport in Ikeja and two of the occupants escaped with their phones.

“We suspected that they were going to call the police. On arriving Agidingbi Road, we spotted two RRS men on a motorbike and we thought they were coming after us. We slowed down, by the time they got very close to us, I opened the window and fired rapid shots at them, they fell into the gutter with their motorbike and I sent my boys to get their rifles before we drove off. “When we got to Coca-Cola junction, there was serious traffic and we decided to make a turn. When we got to the spot where the policemen fell, we saw some people who were trying to help them and my boys opened fire on them again.

“We managed to make our way to Medical Road, close to ComputerVillage, but by then, the policemen there had received message of our operations and the moment they sighted us, they opened fire and damaged our tyres. “We managed the tyres up to Capitol Road. There was traffic and I came out of my vehicle to clear the traffic and there was this Toyota Camry following us.

I didn’t know that there was an armed mobile policeman in it. When I returned I discovered that Kasali was struggling with the mobile policeman who was carrying a rifle. “I fired some shots at the policeman. He attempted to run away, I chased him and killed him on the spot before picking his rifle. We snatched another vehicle and abandoned the Range Rover Sport before we escaped.”

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First Royal Events has announced Nigeria as the host of the 2013 Exquisite Face Of The Universe beauty pageant finale. The highly anticipated event will hold at the prestigious Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday December 19, 2013 by 6pm.
It’s the first time the global pageant is coming to Nigeria, with past editions mainly in Ghana.
Exquisite Face Of the Universe is a unique international beauty and modeling contest born to showcase the advancements of Africa’s Eco Tourism.  Since the first edition in 2008, it has been held in Ghana for four consecutive years and hosted by former Ghanaian President, His Excellency John Osei Kuffor.
Some of the world’s most beautiful women from over 60 countries across all the continents are expected to converge in Lagos for a series of activities leading up to the finale event; including talent auditions, swimsuit contest, fashion show and charity ball amongst other activities.
Contestants are from Canada, Germany, England and Italy. Others include Miss Namibia, Miss Phillipines, Miss Scotland and Miss Sweden. Miss Switzerland, Miss Uganda, Miss Venezuela and Miss South Africa will also be contesting, alongside many others from various countries. Meet them below..
Project Director, Ethel Okosun says Exquisite Face Of The Universe is a powerful vehicle to effectively showcase Nigeria to the world, “ It’s evident that Nigeria has grown in tremendous leaps and bounds, in all spheres, during the past few years. This makes it an ideal platform to enhance the global appeal of the Exquisite Face Of The Universe pageant which is a powerful tool in selling Nigeria effectively to both participating and non-participating countries around the world.”
The Exquisite Face of the Universe pageant has become one of the biggest beauty pageants to reckon with in Africa and will see Nigeria hosting 60 international ambassadors all contesting for the Exquisite Face of The Universe crown on December 19, 2013.
Organisers say details of judges, performers and prizes will be announced soon.see other contestants below
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Genevieve Nnaji[born may 3 1979] is a versatile person; she is many ladies in one. She is a very popular Nollywood actress whose fame goes beyond Nigeria, as she has fans all over the world . She’s an actress, model, musician, businessperson and mother. Now, let’s take a peep into the life of this lady to know more about her.
Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera “Ripples” at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted.” As an upcoming actress, trying to create a niche for herself, she went through various minor roles seeking for that opportunity for a breakthrough…………………….
 
Her name became a household name and her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002, she starred in the movie Sharon Stone (2002) (V), and her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to the rest of Africa and several European countries. One can say that through the buzz, Genevieve reinvented the Nigerian film Industry, introducing Nollywood to the rest of the world.
 
Genevieve appeals just as warmly to Kenyans, Liberians, South Africans, Tanzanian Gambia and Ghanaians, who avidly watch Nigerian home videos at home and abroad. Genevieve has led the market into new territories today.
 
She took the extra step of projecting herself beyond Nigeria by having a Web site constructed back in 2003, and it was arguably the most-visited Nigerian site on the Internet. Its fame spread like wildfire, a jolly virus: 3549 hits on 355 pages in two weeks.
 
Genevieve Nnaji was born on May 3, 1979, in Mbaise, Imo state of Nigeria, to an engineer father and a teacher mother. Being the fourth of the family’s eight children,she grew up in Lagos and was brought up in a middle class environment. After her primary education, she proceeded to the Methodist Girls College, Yaba, Lagos, for her secondary education.
Genevieve studied at the University of Lagos, where she first attempted to venture into professional acting as an adult, by auditioning for acting roles available.
 
Genevieve Nnaji has a daughter. The question now is “is Genevieve Nnaji married?” No, she’s not. She was once pregnant when she was much younger. Some accounts hold that this happened during her secondary school days. Genevieve Nnaji daughter’s name is Chimebuka. Presently, she’s still single. So far, her response to the question, “who is Genevieve Nnaji boyfriend?” has been “that’s private for now.”
 
 
Nnaji received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2005 African Movie Academy Awards. In 2004, she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album, “One Logologo Line,” a mix of various styles of so-called urban music.
In 2008, Nnaji launched a clothing line called St. Genevieve, which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity. Shei is one of the best-paid actresses in Nollywood.
Career
Genevieve Nnaji started acting at the tender age of eight, when she featured in Ripples, a very popular television soap opera. However, she formally entered Nollywood in 1998, when she was just 19, featuring in a movie titled “Most wanted”. She later featured in many films subsequently. In fact, Genevieve has featured in more than 80 Nollywood movies to date, and she is currently one of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood.
Trivia
 
Won Best Actress at the inaugural AMAA.
Was voted for and officially became face of Lux beauty soap for sub-Saharan Africa in 2004.
 
Appeared in Maria Claire Magazine alongside Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in an article about who is the most beautiful woman in your world, in which she came fourth.
 
The first woman to host the Gulder Ultimate Search and the first host of “Gulder Ultimate Search–Celebrity Showdown.”.
 
Loves Angelina Jolie for her humanitarian work.
 
Voted as the sexiest Nollywood actress in poll conducted by Vanguard Newspaper in 2008.
 
Has been dubbed as the ‘Julia Roberts of Africa’ by Oprah Winfrey and Cable News Network (CNN).
 
In its 20 years of publishing, News/Politics magazine, TELL has never put a Nigerian entertainer on it’s cover until Genevieve Nnaji graced one of its June 2011 editions.
 
Ranked #19 in Forbes “40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” [2011].
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Genevieve’s home
genny’s range rover evoque
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This is a very sorrowful news. A nursing mother mistakenly killed her abusive husband over an argument that started because of fried rice. Men, don’t get married or live with a woman if you cannot control your anger or if you have the intention of making the woman your punching bag and women, don’t marry a man who has signs of violence in him. If you unknowningly marry a violent man, learn how to respond to him when he his angry and if you can’t deal with the situation, pack your load and leave his house. Just as a broken relationship is better than a broken marriage, so is a broken marriage better than a wasted life. The inability to control one’s anger has led to the death of a husband, 3-months-old baby becomes fatherless and the woman becomes a widow and single mother. Sometimes, love is not enough if common sense is not added to it.
According to Punch,
The police in Lagos have arrested a 33-year-old woman, Biola Gbadamosi, for allegedly murdering her husband, Jamiu, in the Ikorodu area of the state. According to the police, the suspect, who is a nursing mother, stabbed her husband with a knife during an argument over rice. PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect and her husband, who is a Vehicle Inspection Officer, had a history of domestic violence prior to the incident. Biola, who spoke to our correspondent while fighting back tears, said she had no intention of killing her husband, adding that she only stabbed him once on the thigh.She said, “Jamiu and I dated for four years, but when I got pregnant this year, we did introduction and I started living with him in Idi Iroko, Ikorodu. However, when I was three months pregnant, he started beating me. “Most times, he takes alcoholic drink and he comes back home drunk and starts beating me for flimsy reasons. He even had a kidney ailment.
“One day, he came home drunk, accused me of infidelity and started beating me. He said he had been told that I was going to poison his food, but I continued to endure. I, however, reported the beatings to his mother and siblings.”
The suspect said after being delivered of a baby in August, she usually went to her family’s house in Somolu from where she would take her baby for post-natal.
She said on September 7, 2013, she returned home with her baby only to have a fight with her husband hours later.
She said, “While I was about leaving my parents’ home, my husband called to say that he was broke and I should make money available for the weekend. When I got home, I started cooking fried rice but my husband, who was drunk, said he did not like it. I jokingly called him a bush man and an argument ensued.
“While we were arguing, a neighbour, who sells drinks, came into our flat to collect money that we owed her. I was grating carrots with a knife when my husband slapped me and said I must leave his house that night.
“I used the knife I was holding to strike him on the thigh and he started bleeding profusely. The neigbours and I took him to a hospital. At the hospital, I was told that my husband’s injury was not deep, so neighbours said I should take my baby home.”
The suspect told PUNCH Metro that the next morning; the landlord informed her that her husband died at midnight.
“The matter was reported at the Owutu Police Division and I was arrested,” she said.
The suspect, who claimed to be an Ordinary National Diploma degree holder from Ibadan Polytechnic, insisted that her husband’s killing was not deliberate.
While pleading with the police to show her mercy, she said, “My little baby, Oluwaseyifunmi, is with my husband’s family and I fear that my child will never get to know me if I am sent to prison. My breasts are still filled with milk and no baby to suckle them.”
When our correspondent visited the scene of the incident, the landlord, Theophilus Kalejaiye, said the couple had a history of violence.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone, said the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for further investigation.
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The Goodluck Jonathan administration has given the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, one week ultimatum to call off the ongoing strike or risk mass sack. The directive was given on Thursday on behalf of the government, in Abuja, by the acting Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike.

But in a swift reaction, ASUU rubbished the threat by the Jonathan Government to sack any lecturer who fails to report back to school on December 4, 2013. While condemning the threat, ASUU said:

“It is a pity if the federal government is not willing to perfect the resolutions reached with union. This is why we find it difficult to trust our leaders by their words. How can someone be threatening to sack lecturers when universities are already short-staffed by almost 60,000? We are not in Military era. The Military tried it and failed. This one will fail again.”

The union added that the threat latest will not only fail but worsen the situation and “make the strike linger more than necessary.”
With this threat, ASUU said it is now very clear that the Federal government was not ready to implement any  of the resolutions it reached with the union.
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Here are some photos from the All Progressives Congress (APC) congress march taking place at INEC HQ, Abuja. The APC says the protest to INEC headquarters is to register its disapproval of the Commission’s string of failures in conducting recent elections, including the ‘inconclusive’ Anambra Governorship poll. They are demanding the cancellation of Anambra gubernatorial poll.

The protesters were stopped by a detachment heavily armed policemen who prevented them from reaching the INEC offices. Protesters include former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, former military head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, and Chief Bisi Akande. See photos below

 

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Popular comedian, Julius Agwu is currently suing telcoms giant Etisalat to court over alleged blocking of his business line.
He is reportedly demanding for N100million as compensation for jobs lost, contact lost, for the inconveniences, and for being mistreated by Etisalat staff.
Read the statement from his lawyer below:

We are solicitors to Mr. Julius Agwu, one of Nigeria’s most sought after entertainers (hereinafter referred to as “our client”) and on whose behalf we write.
Our client is the owner of the Etisalat GSM phone number 08189555555, which he uses as his business line. On the 8th of October, 2013, our client travelled out of the country and returned on the 17th of the same month. Upon his return, he tried severally to make calls from the aforestated GSM line but same could not connect. Not only could he not make calls, he also could not receive calls on the said GSM line. This continued for some days until he got a message that his line had been blocked by the network provider.

Sequel to the above message, our client promptly visited your Abuja office at Hilton to report the matter. He was attended to by one Miss Joan, who informed him that somebody swapped his line. After our client successfully answered the security questions put to him, he was informed that his line had been restored, but the credit balance on the line was not returned.
 
Surprisingly, our client’s aforestated line was blocked again after he left your said Abuja office. Once again our client visited your office at the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos to lodge a complaint, but painfully, nothing was done about it.

However, after sometime, our client was invited for a meeting at your head office in Lagos on the 14th of November, 2013 which he duly honoured. Present at the meeting (in addition to the officials of your organization) was Mr. Mobolaji Okusaga, the Managing Director of The Quadrant Company, in his capacity as media agents/managers for Etisalat Nigeria.
At the end of the meeting, our client was told for the umpteenth time that they would get back to him, which they again failed to do.

LOSS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
It cannot be over emphasized that your actions of unlawfully blocking and/or swapping our client’s line occasioned loss of business opportunities to him. As you are aware, our client as one of the most sought after Nigerian entertainers needs his phone line to be easily accessible to keep his business going. It therefore goes without saying that our client has lost some business opportunities as a result of your actions.
TAKE NOTICE that we have our client’s firm instruction to demand and hereby demand the sum of N100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million Naira) as compensation for the loss of business opportunities and the inconvenience caused our client by reason of your unlawful and unjustified blocking and/or swapping of our client’s Etisalat GSM phone line.
TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that in the event that you fail, refuse or neglect to accede to our above stated demand within seven (7) days from the receipt of this letter, we shall be compelled to set in motion against you, all legal machineries necessary to obtain legal remedy for our client.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

FESTUS KEYAMO, ESQ.
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The leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic has been released.

Mr. Dokubo was released after President Goodluck Jonathan personally intervened on his behalf with the Beninoise President Yayi Boni. His release was confirmed by Festus Keyamo, a civil rights activist and personal attorney to Mr. Dokubo.

It will be recalled that Dokubo, who once bragged openly that his arrest will lead to the demise of Nigeria spent 36 hours with the Beninoise gendarmes before his release around 1 AM Nigerian time today.
According to the information available, Goodluck Jonathan deployed a jet to ferry Mr. Asari to Abuja a few hours after his release.

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wpid 1110 DEATHS, DAMAGE: Brazil 2014 World Cup Stadium Collapses

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Three deaths have been reported since part of the stadium that will host the World Cup opener next year has collapsed on Wednesday, November 27. The accident also caused significant damage.
This could also mean a delay in delivering all 12 venues of the Itaquerao Stadium, which was 94 percent completed, by FIFA’s December deadline.
A huge metal structure appears to be buckled atop the stadium. It reportedly destroyed part of the stands in the east side of the venue, and a LED panel installed outside the venue also was hit.
wpid 45 DEATHS, DAMAGE: Brazil 2014 World Cup Stadium Collapses
wpid 54 DEATHS, DAMAGE: Brazil 2014 World Cup Stadium Collapses
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