Baby Mama Saga: Wande Coal Reveals His Side Of The Story

Singer, Wande Coal was recently accused of taking a child away from the mother after he had rejected the pregnancy years ago. The mother of the child Temitope, had revealed in an interview that she was only 16 at the time she got pregnant for Wande. She also stated that Wande Coal gave his parents the child to take care of and that they prevented her from seeing the 10-year-old boy.

Wande has however come out to defend himself saying Temitope told lies and that nothing was even close to the truth. He then shot himself in the foot by agreeing that she was indeed the mother of his child, but didn’t say the age of the lady when he got her pregnant.

He said;

“I want to start by saying that the only truth that has been said so far, is that the child is my son. Everything else is a lie. I honestly do not want to say much because at the end of the day, this is family and Temitope is the mother of the child but I must clarify a few things that she has failed to mention to blogs and websites who have refused to fact-check this story. Things that she has used to attack my character and the reputation of my family.

Temitope has failed to mention to the public that she did not tell me she was pregnant with my son. I didn’t even know she was pregnant. She married another man and claimed that the child was his and she never told me. We (my family) only knew about the child after her husband and other people, including her aunty, found out the child looked like me.

She was returned to her family with the child. The child was taken to D’banj’s mother who then reached out to my mother and asked for a paternity test to be done. This is why the paternity test was done in 2010 and not 2008. The house the Mo’Hits Crew stayed in at the time was owned by Dbanj’s mother and as Mo’Hits grew, everyone moved to the Maryland house. I did not leave the neighbourhood. Everyone knew where we moved to.

After we confirmed that the child was mine, my mother visited Temitope and everyone agreed that the child needed a cleaner and better environment. My mother took the child, Temitope and her sister to our house for a week. After that week, Temitope left and has not returned since to check on the child. Not even on his birthdays. In 2011, my mother reached out to Temitope and told her that she was disappointed in her. Temitope promised to come visit the child. She never did.

Temitope was in a “fashion school” which she left for reasons best known to her. Not because of the baby as she was married to someone else. My mother paid for a full session in another fashion school to make sure she had something to support herself. Temitope stopped attending three months after she started. If my mother didn’t want to see her, or allow her near the child, why would she do that for her?

The claim that she was refused entry to the house is also a lie. My parents have not changed phone numbers, neither have they moved from the house since the child was given to us. Why hasn’t she taken her family to my parents’ house if she was refused entry? She has both my father and mother’s numbers.

I have read things that blogs have stated that my mother said and I can say confidently that my mother would never say such a thing. I must also clarify that when I knew Temitope, she was 20 years old and the name “Joseph” is not my son’s name. That was the name she and her husband named him.

My parents are respectable and God fearing people, and it is disrespectful for anyone to portray them as Temitope, or blogs and media platforms have portrayed them.

The only reason I will not press charges is because she is the mother of the child. Temitope, stop telling lies. You have a chance to correct this error. No one has stopped you from seeing the child. No one will. I am focused on my career and building a future for my family and if you truly care about the child as you claim, you and your family should reach out to my family.

I love my son and this is the kind of madness I work hard to protect him from. I have said enough as these issues are family matters and I want to keep the rest of it that way.

For the record, the woman in that picture is not my mother and I do not know who she is.

Thank you.”

 

Meagan Good Finally Gets Eyebrow

Beautiful actress Meagan Good who has been known for having almost nothing for eye brows has announced to the world that her story has changed.

She revealed to fans that she indeed had an eyebrow transplant surgery and yes if you’re wondering, it worked.

She took to IG to say;

My eyebrows are finally coming along after my #EyebrowTransplant! This has been such an eyebrow evolution journey lol, but finally starting to come full circle ?? Eyebrows like a real little girl ????. No, but seriously after destroying my eyebrows at age 19, I’m over the moon with these results thus far. Special thanks to my guy, eyebrow specialist  @DrJasonChampagne ?. And thank you to @DrJasonDiamond ?#Salute !

Eyebrow transplant surgery involves taking hair from another part of the body and transplanting it to the brow area. Healthy follicles are harvested from the donor site, typically the back of the head, and transferred to create the desired brow shape. Hair transplanted to this area will begin to grow like it did in its original location, so regular trimming will be needed (NO WAXING OR TWEEZING)

 

Senate Working To Grow Digital Financial Technology In Nigeria – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that the Senate is working to ensure the growth of digital Financial Technology (FinTech) popularly known as digital financing in Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, he gave the assurance while speaking before the Africa Finance Forum, organized by the Corporate Council on Africa, at this year’s Spring Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) holding in Washington D.C.

He said the Senate is desirous to see Nigerian banks expand with capacities to create opportunities for financial services penetration as well as support for enterprises, adding that the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions is engaged in legislative interventions to ensure financial inclusion for all, “especially in the rural areas where a large percentage still remains unbanked by bridging services between the banking and telecommunications sectors.”

“The net impact of our legislative interventions; through the relevant Committee’s oversight and engagement will be to expand the ability of our banking sector to facilitate digital financing, expand the opportunity for financial services penetration and reach with the SMEs, and for enterprise support.

“We believe that these will give a fillip to the development of innovation and private sector capacity across the country. You will agree with me that innovation is the engine that powers financial inclusion. We are therefore working assiduously to encourage innovation in the FinTech space in Nigeria, and we shall continue to do so,” he said.

The lawmaker noted that challenges militating against the growth of FinTech in Nigeria include (but not limited to) issues about consumer protection, intellectual property, concerns about money laundering and fraudulent activity.

“FinTech growth requires us to pay attention to all of these, and to come up with regulatory frameworks that will safeguard our people.

“Therefore, as we seek to improve the business environment for SMEs and tech entrepreneurs in Nigeria, we are also committed to passing legislation that strikes a balance between facilitating the sector and maintaining a secure financial system.

“We are continuously working to reframe our payment systems, strengthen mechanisms for electronic commerce, reduce non-performing loans and strengthen the credit market for SMEs through a broad range of legislative interventions,” he said.

Mr Saraki announced that the Senate has continued its legislative interventions by passing the Electronic Transactions Act; the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill; the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act.

He said while the Consumer Protection Commission Act creates a Consumer Protection Commission to safeguard consumers from fraud and price manipulation; the Consumer Credit Agency Act allows lenders to better assess the credit worthiness of loan applicants.

“The Credit Reporting Act, which has been signed into law, will enable the market reduce credit delinquencies, serve as a behaviour change and institutional framework that brings sanity into the credit community which will inspire confidence in the Nigerian market by drawing in more participants.

“The Secure Transactions in Movable Assets is the signature bill in our support of SMEs,” Mr Saraki stated. “It frees up capital and creates opportunity for the funding of SME ventures as never seen before in Nigeria.”

“With this law, we have created a new stream of opportunity for SMEs to access capital by using movable goods including small machinery, cell phones and even household items as collateral. The implication of this is enormous in terms of dealing with capital formation and poverty eradication.

“Our work is not exhaustive and will continue to adapt to changes that innovation in technology brings.

“We are confident in the signals we are sending to the world, that Nigeria fully intends to key into the astronomical growth of the FinTech industry – and to harness its full potential for the benefit of the largest economy in Africa; and we welcome any partnerships that ensure that this happens.

He commended the Corporate Council on Africa for convening the event and its inspired focus on the FinTech environment on the African continent, and emphasized that the Senate will continue to encourage innovation in the Financial Technology (FinTech) space in Nigeria.

Many Low Income Countries Will Face Unsustainable Debt – IMF

As global debt profile continues to shoot upward, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, predicts that many low-income countries will have unsustainable debt burdens.

Speaking to the media at the sidelines of the World Bank group spring meetings in Washington, Lagarde said financial vulnerabilities are increasing with the rise in debt.

“In low income countries, if recent trends continue, many, not all, wll face unsustainable debt burdens.

“Third cloud, financial vulnerabilities have increased due to high debt, rising financial market volatility, and elevated asset prices. A sudden tightening of financial conditions could lead to market corrections, unsustainable debt, and capital flow reversals.”

Lagarde warned that public debt in advanced countries have risen to figures not seen since the 2nd World war.

She stated that the world’s debt profile has soared to $164 trillion, which is 225% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP): “global debt is at all time high. It stands at $164 trillion, which is 225 percent of gross domestic products, GDP, of which the private sector accounts for two-third. Public debt in advanced economies is at levels not seen since Second World War.”

The IMF boss said the short-term prospect for the global economy remains positive. It is times like this, when the sun is shining ‘that you fix the roof,’ she observed.

According to her, several governments have not maximized this window of sunshine and more clouds are gathering than those seen in 2017.

“So overall, the near-term prospect for the global economy continues to be bright. At the same time, while the sun is shining we are seeing more clouds accumulating on the horizon than we did back in October 2017.

“Some of you will remember that back in October, we said it is when the sun is shining that you fix the roof. So first thing, have some governments taken measures to fix the roof? Well, some have, but certainly not all; and more needs to be done to sustain this upswing and foster long-term growth. IMF expects the sunshine to persist. It has pushed up its growth projection from 3,7% in 2017 to 3.9% for the year.

Lagarde says the momentum is driven by the U.s, Europe, Japan, China and many emerging economies.

“It is clearly a pickup in our projections, and we maintain it this year and next.”

The momentum has been driven by stronger investment and a rebound in trade. It is broad-based, and it involves the USA, Europe, Japan, China, as well as many other emerging and developing countries, yet not all.”

At the unveiling of the world economic outlook, the chief economist in IMF Maurice Obstfeld, said on Monday that Nigeria and other commodity based markets might not get it so lucky if prices tumble down again.

He advised these countries to diversify their economies in order to avoid shocks from a fall in commodity prices.

 

INEC To Redistribute 1.4m Unclaimed PVCs In Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Friday said that it was making plans to redistribute the unclaimed 1.4 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state.

Mr Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, disclosed this in a telephone interview with our reporter in Lagos.

“We are actually working out a new strategy,” the INEC boss told NAN, as he explained the commission’s plan to redistribute the permanent voter cards.

Olumekun, who expressed concerned over the number of uncollected PVCs in Lagos state, urged the owners to go to INEC offices in their local government areas for collection.

NAN reports that Lagos state has the highest number of unclaimed PVCs in the country.

INEC had said that it was still in possession of 7,920,129 permanent voter cards yet to be collected from its offices across the nation.

A breakdown of the uncollected PVCs as at March revealed that Lagos had the highest number of 1,401,390 followed by Oyo with 647,586 and Edo which had 449,001 while Kano had 195,941.

The figure also showed Bauchi State as having the least number of uncollected PVCs, 15,542, followed by Bayelsa and Plateau which had 28,533 and 25,300 cards respectively.

NAN

Expert Expresses Concern Over Rate Of Male Infertility

The high rate of infertility amongst men of child bearing age is becoming a major source of concern to reproductive experts.

Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER on this issue, a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Dr. Ayodele Caleb Onigbinde stated that the primary cause of male infertility is the lack of production of healthy sperm.

He stated that for the production of healthy sperm, it involves the growth and formation of the male reproductive organs during puberty.

“At least, one of the testicles must be functioning correctly, and the body must produce testosterone and other hormones to trigger and maintain sperm production.

“Sperm have to be carried into the semen. Once sperm are produced in the testicles, delicate tubes transport them until they mix with semen and are ejaculated out of the penis”.

Onigbinde also hinted that there is need for sperm to be enough in the semen.

“If the number of sperm in the semen (sperm count) is low, it decreases the odds that one of the sperm will fertilize your partner’s egg. A low sperm count is fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen or fewer than 39 million per ejaculation”.

He also added that, sperm must be functional and able to move and if the movement (motility) or function of the sperm is abnormal, the sperm may not be able to reach or penetrate the egg in a female ovum.

Other reasons for male infertility as adduced by Onigbinde include a number of health issues and medical treatments, environmental, health and lifestyle.

These according to him, include Varicocele, which is a swelling of the veins that drain the testicle and is the most common reversible cause of male infertility.

Others include infections, ejaculation issues, antibodies that attack sperm, tumors, undescended testicles, hormone imbalances, defects of tubules that transport sperm, chromosome defects, problem with sexual intercourse, celiac disease, medications, past surgeries.

Others, according to him, are industrial chemicals, heavy metal exposure, overheating the testicles (wearing of tight undergarments), illicit drug and alcoholic use, tobacco smoking, emotional stress and obesity.

South Sudan’s Army Chief Dies In Egypt – Spokesman

South Sudan’s army chief Gen. James Ajongo died in Cairo on Friday after a brief illness, government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of Gen. James Ajongo Madut, SPLA army’s chief of defense force,” Lueth said.

Ajongo joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the formal name of the South Sudanese military, in 1983,
when the SPLA was still a rebel group fighting for independence from Sudan.

He was appointed to the position after his predecessor Paul Malong was sacked early last year amid resignations
by some generals who alleged abuses by the military and tribal bias in the army ranks.

Malong has since formed his own organisation to challenge President Salva Kiir, accusing him of looting the
country’s resources and turning it into a failed state.

South Sudan, which obtained independence from Sudan in 2011 and is the world’s youngest nation, has been mired in civil war since 2013 when Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in war that has often been fought along ethnic lines and much of the nation has faced dire food shortages. (Reuters/NAN)

UPDATE: Witness Testifies To Maryam Sanda Killing Husband

One of the prosecuting witnesses in the case against Maryam Sanda who was accused of stabbing her husband Bilyaminu Bello, son of ex-PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, to death in November last year has revealed to the court how Maryam stabbed the deceased multiple times leading to his death.

While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, Ibrahim Mohammed a businessman and a friend of the deceased, told the court how the incident occurred on the night of November 18, 2017 while he was paying the couple a visit. He said Maryam had on the night of the incident, threatened to cut off the manhood of the deceased unless she was divorced that night.

He said himself and Bilyaminu were smoking ‘Shisha’ and watching TV when Maryam came down to call Bil who answered her call and while they were upstairs, he heard noise from upstairs before Maryam sent Sadiya (the fourth defendant) to call him.

“When I got there, I saw both Maryam and Bilyaminu holding each other’s cloth on the neck. I asked what was happening and pleaded that they stop this.  Maryam told me to tell Bilyaminu to divorce her. I told her they should exercise patience and stop fighting. She said she was not going anywhere until he divorced her.”

Mohammed said Maryam picked a bottle by the side of the door and broke it on the wall.

“She came straight to Bilyaminu to stab him. I held her hands and Bilyaminu went behind her and collected the broken bottle from her hands and went downstairs. I closed the door and continued to advise Maryam that they should stop fighting. She said she would not stop until Bilyaminu divorced her that night; that either he divorced her or she would cut his private part. While pleading with her, Bilyamin entered the bedroom and Maryam followed him, insisting that he should divorce her that night but Bilyamin kept silent.”

Muhammed said Maryam thereafter took one of the containers of scent and broke it on the table and approached Bilyamin to stab him but the deceased held her hand and collected the container and they started hitting each other, before Bilyamin pushed her to the bed and went downstairs but Maryam followed him downstairs. While he was sitting in their living room, Maryam entered the kitchen and took a knife, which he said he collected from her hand, adding that she later took up a table knife, which he also collected from her hands.

“She attempted picking the knife for about three or four times,” he added.

Mohammed said he left the couple’s home at about 1am but was later called by Abbah, the brother of the deceased to come to the Hospital.

“Abbah Bello (a brother to the deceased) called me about 1 hour later that I should come to Maitama Hospital because Bilyaminu was dead. I went there and met Bilyaminu lying on a bed in front of the hospital. There was a hole in his chest near the heart, bite on his stomach. There was a cut on his thigh and there was a sign of stitching on him,” he said.

Mohammed said both families of the couple were at the hospital, adding that they left from there to the police station after the corpse was taken to the mortuary. He added that while going to the station, Maryam’s mother and brother (Maimuna Aliyu and Aliyu Sanda) with a policeman in their car diverted to the couple’s house. He added that Usman Aliyu told him that they should follow them to the house to see what was happening there, adding that Maimuna and Aliyu went upstairs, while the policeman was in front of the car.

“Usman Aliyu and I entered the sitting room and observed that everything was normal as we left it. When we looked at where Bilyaminu prayed, there was a pair of slippers and praying mat. On a closer look, we discovered that the window blind had come down.”

Under cross-examination by counsels for the defendants: Joseph Daudu (SAN); Rotimi Ogunesan (SAN); A .T. Kehinde (SAN) and Olusegun Jolaawo, the witness told the court that he left the deceased performing ablution when he was leaving his house that night. When he was asked if Maryam threatened to kill the deceased all through the fights, Mohammed  said she did not state so, adding, however, that, “Maryam said she would cut his private part.”

The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, adjourned the case to May 15 and 16 for continuation of hearing.

 

Army Explains Why Benue Community Was Razed

 

The Nigerian Army has explained what led to the burning down of a Benue community by its troops on Wednesday, saying the attack followed the killing of one soldier by some residents.

The soldier was allegedly buried in a shallow grave a day before, but the apparent reprisal by the army resulted in the death of one elderly citizen who was killed in the blaze.

Pictures of his charred body covered in soot was sent to newsmen.

There were reports of the attack by irate soldiers who stormed Naka, the headquarters of Gwer West Local Government Area, burning down residential buildings and commercial stores. Properties and goods, especially cash crops, estimated in millions were destroyed during the incident.

Francis Ayagah, chairman of the local government, had told journalists on Thursday afternoon that Nigerian soldiers were responsible for the arson.

He acknowledged that a soldier was killed in the community on Wednesday, but said he had been in touch with the commander of the troops, who were stationed near the town to check ongoing killings linked to herdsmen across Benue State.

The soldier was said to have been alone when he was killed in unclear circumstances Wednesday afternoon.

One account said he was roaming on a farmland near the community and was lynched by hoodlums who mistook him for an attack. There have been reports that some killers were sighted in military fatigues in the state over the past week.

Another account said the slain soldier went to buy bread in large quantity in the community and when asked to identity himself by curious residents, he declined to do so and was subsequently assumed to be an attacker and mobbed to death.

Mr Ayagah said five suspects had been arrested based on information received from the Army, expressing his dismay that the soldiers could still embark on a rampage across the town despite his cooperation.

SHOCKING: One Nigerian Dies Every 2 Minutes From Stroke

A shocking discovery has been revealed that at least one person dies every two minutes in Nigeria from stroke.

Nigeria’s first female neurologist, Prof. Njideka Okubadejo, disclosed this at her Inaugural Lecture at the University in Lagos.

The lecture was titled “Strokes of Movement and Trips: Strategic Opportunism as An Approach to Improve Neurological Care in Africa”. According to her, the estimated stroke mortality rate in Nigeria is between 120 and 240 per 100,000 population.

“Extrapolated to our current estimated population of approximately 184 million, according to www.population.gov.ng, this translates to about 281,520 deaths annually,” she said.

Okubadejo said “a stroke is a medical emergency in which the flow of blood to a portion of the brain stops suddenly.

“Brain cells are dependent on oxygen within the blood and without this, start to die after a few minutes, hence the maxim, ‘Time is Brain.

“Stroke symptoms reflect the area of the brain that has been injured and although recovery is possible, particularly with early intervention.

“Strokes can result in lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death,’’ she said.

She explained that there were two types of strokes; the Ischaemic, which the blood flow is blocked, and the Haemorrhagic, which the blood vessel breaks open or ruptures, leaking blood and damaging brain cells, due to pressure effect.

The neurologist explained on the sidelines of the lecture that addressing risk factors that cause stroke was the best way of preventing it.

“The important thing to note is that some strokes will not give you the opportunity to get to the hospital.

“But addressing the risk factors, particularly the strongest factor, hypertension, will reduce the number of people that die from stroke everyday.

“If you have hypertension, pay attention to ensuring that your hypertension is treated and that your blood pressure is well controlled,” she advised.

The don said that other factors that causes stroke included diabetes mellitus, heart disease and social factors like smoking, drug abuse and heavy alcohol consumption.