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Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his squad partied with 22 Italian Instagram models after he gave them permission following their 6-1 win against Aston Villa last weekend.

This comes days after the Sun reported that Manchester City stars including married footballers flew 22 Italian Instagram models out to Cheshire for team bonding night at £150-a-night Mere Golf Resort in Knutsford

The team bonding session was organized by fixers close to the club and Guardiola confirmed he was aware of the party and even disclosed that he encourages his players to spend time together away from training.

I knew it. When they have time, they make a lot of times dinners together, with the staff,’ Guardiola said.

‘They did it many times anyway. And I like it when they are together outside here, the do it sometimes at home, sometimes in a restaurant, as was the case. It was nice.’

Some of the models including famous stars Amira Paula, Marta Tejada Italian TV presenter, and Chriara Giuffrida among many others took to Instagram to document their Cheshire stay with videos in the spa and other photos that showed them relaxing, dressed in skimpy bikinis.




The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed on Thursday January 16 announced that the increased Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 to 7.5 percent will take effect from February 1, 2020.

Zainab who disclosed this at the inauguration of the Chairman and Board members of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in Abuja, said the Finance Act which President Buhari signed into law made provisions to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and soften the effect of the VAT rate increase on companies in a bid to increase employment and boost the economy.

She said; 
“I want to state that one of the key provisions in the finance act 2019 that have elicited a lot of interest is the increase in the VAT from 5% to 7.5%, and to remind us all, the finance bill has made copious provisions to improve the ease of doing business; so we have a category of companies that have turnover of 25% and below that will be paying no taxes at all, and also we have reduced tax rates for companies that have turnover from 25 million to 100 million from 30% to 30%.
“The essence of this is to encourage formalization of businesses from the informal sector and also to encourage businesses to grow and become more productive, thereby increasing employment and also meeting the commitment of Mr. President to remove 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.
“The effective date for the VAT increase from 5-7.5% will be the 1st of February 2020."




Barack Obama never disappoints each time it's his wife Michelle Obama's birthday.

Michelle Obama turns 56 today and Barack celebrated her on Instagram by sharing cute and goofy photos of them together.

He accompanied the photos with words that have melted the hearts of his followers.

"In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby!" the former US president wrote.

Barack Obama melts hearts with his birthday message to Michelle Obama shared alongside goofy photos of the couple
Barack Obama melts hearts with his birthday message to Michelle Obama shared alongside goofy photos of the couple


Victoria Oshioke, a victim of human trafficking has narrated how her boyfriend sold her into prostitution for 500,000 cefa (N350,000).

Speaking to Daily Trust, the 18-year-old girl who was rescued alongside three other girls identified as Joy Aloaye, Amaka Eze and Anuoluwapo Mustapha by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said she was first sold to the syndicate when she was 16-years-old and taken to Cotonou, Republic of Benin and later to Mali to engage in prostitution.

Oshioke said she found a way to return back to Nigeria because she couldn't cope with sleeping with different men every day. 

She said; 

 “The syndicate took me to Mali where I was made to sleep with different men. I came back two years ago and later got a call from my boyfriend, Maxwell, that I should come to Benin. I was living in Auchi then.
“When I got to Benin along with my elder sister, my boyfriend asked me to go back to Mali.
“I refused. in the midnight, he threw us out of his apartment. For fear of being attacked, we agreed to go.
“The next day, which was Tuesday, he put us in a bus coming to Lagos after calling his contact, who resides at Iyana-Ipaja.”

The NSCDC on Thursday January 16, revealed that they have arrested a 30-year-old suspected member of the syndicate identified as Omowunmi Michael, at her residence in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos. 

Omowunmi reportedly got into a heated exchange with the girls and threatened to send them back to Edo State after they refused paying an upfront payment of N1 million before she will hand them over to the syndicate’s leader in Cotonou.

 
The girls who stormed out of the room in anger, shared their ordeal with the NSCDC officials after being spotted in a truck whose driver they begged for a lift. Omowunmi was then arrested on Wednesday January 15, while trying to traffick four ladies to Mali for prostitution.

Commandant of NSCDC Lagos State Command, Cyprian Ehi Otiobhi said; 

“Two of the victims, Victoria Oshioke and Joy Aloaye, were transported from Benin, Edo State, by one Favour, who is currently on the run, while Amaka Eze, who hails from Onitsha, Anambra State, was linked to the suspect by one Lekan."




Slim Case went down the memory lane as he recounted how he drew face paint for kids for N50 before his big break in music. 

According to the singer, he was only trying to earn a living at that time. Slim Case further revealed that he took all his life savings to the studio before "grace found him". 

He wrote; 
I face paint kids for 50N back in days to make a living in a very hot sun under an umbrella, pack all my life savings go studio Before Grace found me
Slim Case recounts how he drew face paint for N50 to earn a living




Nigerian students schooling in Ternopil State Medical University in Ukraine have planned a protest after a 6th-year Nigerian medical student committed suicide because she was allegedly frustrated by the school.

Badmus Ololade Rafiat, a final year medical student, felt she had no choice but to take her life after she was expelled from her school for failing to pass the mock exam ahead of the final MBBS.

According to reports, she made attempts to transfer to another school to take the MBBS as other students do, but the school allegedly kept frustrating her and refused to provide the transcript needed for the process. 

They allegedly only gave her the option of returning to Nigeria to reapply for a student's visa to start all over again.

After her pleas yielded no result and her dean refused to reconsider her case, she wrote a suicide note and took her life on Thursday, January 16th.

Nigerian 6th year medical student schooling in Ukraine commits suicide after school expelled her

Following her death, the school mourned her and put up a notice on a wall in the school with her photo. They expressed their condolences to her friends and family. The school added that she killed herself because she was depressed and suicidal. 

Nigerian 6th year medical student schooling in Ukraine commits suicide after school expelled her

But friends of Ololade, better known as Pemisire, said she wasn't suicidal or depressed as the school claim. They said she was only frustrated at having to start all over again after studying up to her 6th year in medical school.

Friends of Pemisire blame the school authorities and they have planned a meeting to protest the alleged unfair treatment that caused her to take her life.

"Lets meet in Centre @ 12pm," a notice sent out by Nigerian students in the school reads.


Peter and Paul Okoye's sister, Mary Joy Okoye has confirmed the end of her marriage to Nollywood actor Emma Emordi after publicly recounting all that happened while they were together. 

Reacting to a Facebook post which asked users "what their ex was good at", Mary alleged that Emma was sleeping around and also stealing. She wrote; 

"Sleeping around and stealing, so hes good for nothing and usrless to his family and the world".

He was sleeping around and stealing - Peter and Paul Okoye

In a rejoinder comment after being queried on why she will publicly paint her ex dirty, Mary alleged that she was infected with STDs by the actor and also caught him in bed with another woman. 

She wrote;

"My dear, don't take it personal ok... It is I of experience. Wait until you get married to a man who will once you with STDs, steal all you ever worked for. You catch him in bed with another woman. And then he will tell you he gained nothing from the marriage even after giving him a son, then you will know where I'm comi g from. I pray you never meet such".




An obese ISIS "mufti" has been arrested in Iraq and had to be loaded onto the back of a truck to be transported due to his weight.

Shifa al-Nima, considered one of the biggest captures in recent months, was hauled from his Mosul bolthole by Iraqi security forces after he was discovered.

Shifa al-Nima is dubbed the terror group's Jabba the Hutt. The so-called religious leader issued fatwas, or religious rulings, that led to the execution of scholars and clerics, and the bombing of a mosque.

After his arrest, he could not be transported in a police car due to his weight, so he had to be transported at the back of a vehicle, wedged against a mounted machine gun.

Obese ISIS "mufti" is arrested in Iraq and is so heavy he had to be loaded onto the back of a truck

Iraqi police said the "mufti" is considered one of ISIS's foremost leaders. As well as ordering executions, he is also accused of ordering the destruction of ancient cultural site, the tomb of the Prophet Jonah, along with other acts of cultural vandalism.

A Briton who fought against ISIS in Syria, Macer Gifford, tweeted: "I'm delighted to say that the Islamic State's very own Jabba the Hutt has been captured in Mosul. Responsible for the execution of men, women and children. This animal raped and murdered."

British activist and counter-extremist think-tank founder, Maajid Nawaz, said of the arrest, "It is good that Syrians, Iraqis and others witness the debasement of this s***.

"That he is obese, this immobile and this humiliated is yet another blow to ISIS imbeciles who thought God was with them.

"Cue: Jabba the Hutt jokes. It was a good day for the Force and a bad day for evil."

Obese ISIS "mufti" is arrested in Iraq and is so heavy he had to be loaded onto the back of a truck


Undefeated Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has lashed out at IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO world champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua, who beat Andy Ruiz Jr in December to reclaim the world heavyweight titles, made a public offer to assist Fury as a sparring partner so as to prepare him for his upcoming rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder which takes place on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Fury upon hearing Joshua's offer of training with him, quickly accepted it publicly- but since then there has been no word from Joshua or his managers.

Seeing that both fighters haven't fought each other before, and that they are both British and could make a lot of cash from fighting each other in the UK, the sparring proposal from Joshua seemed very strange, as fans would rather want to see a real fight than see both fighters train. But Fury accepted the offer and has now come out to criticize the British-Nigerian boxer.

"They offered hot air as usual. I accepted, they haven’t turned up, take what you want from it, that’s it.
'Joshua’s nothing like Wilder but I’d like to bring him over and give him a good hiding anyway. But they’re not going to come, let’s face it," Fury told BoxingScene.com.
"They’re not going to come over and get beat up in sparring. It was just a stupid offer at a stupid time - wasn’t thinking, I accepted straight away, me being me, and that was it. I don’t read into it too much, he ain’t coming, simple as. He ain’t got the bollocks to turn up and spar, end of."

Fury also criticized for the first time, Joshua's win over Andy Ruiz in their Saudi Arabia rematch.
"I don’t think it was a great performance. I thought it was a hit and run, sh-thouse style, coward. Every time he stood still Andy rocked him to his boots. But it was what it was. He got the decision, fair play. On to the next one," Fury said.
      
 Undefeated Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has lashed out at IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO world champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua, who beat Andy Ruiz Jr in December to reclaim the world heavyweight titles, made a public offer to assist Fury as a sparring partner so as to prepare him for his upcoming rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder which takes place on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Fury upon hearing Joshua's offer of training with him, quickly accepted it publicly- but since then there has been no word from Joshua or his managers.

Seeing that both fighters haven't fought each other before, and that they are both British and could make a lot of cash from fighting each other in the UK, the sparring proposal from Joshua seemed very strange, as fans would rather want to see a real fight than see both fighters train. But Fury accepted the offer and has now come out to criticize the British-Nigerian boxer.

"They offered hot air as usual. I accepted, they haven’t turned up, take what you want from it, that’s it.
'Joshua’s nothing like Wilder but I’d like to bring him over and give him a good hiding anyway. But they’re not going to come, let’s face it," Fury told BoxingScene.com.
"They’re not going to come over and get beat up in sparring. It was just a stupid offer at a stupid time - wasn’t thinking, I accepted straight away, me being me, and that was it. I don’t read into it too much, he ain’t coming, simple as. He ain’t got the bollocks to turn up and spar, end of."

Fury also criticized for the first time, Joshua's win over Andy Ruiz in their Saudi Arabia rematch.
"I don’t think it was a great performance. I thought it was a hit and run, sh-thouse style, coward. Every time he stood still Andy rocked him to his boots. But it was what it was. He got the decision, fair play. On to the next one," Fury said.
      


Pornhub has been sued by a deaf man who accused them of violating a federal law in their videos. 

Yaroslav Suris who accused the porn company of denying the deaf and hearing-impaired access to its videos that others can easily enjoy, alleged that it was a violation of his and others’ rights under the American’s with Disabilities Act. 

The deaf man disclosed that he pays for Pornhub’s premium subscription but couldn't understand the audio portion of videos on the site. He further revealed that he was completely lost in the dialogue of several videos he attempted to enjoy. He also listed a few titles to prove his point of the videos coming without closed captioning.

TMZ reported that asides suing to get Pornhub to be inclusive and to add closed captioning, he also wants damages. 

Pornhub VP Corey Price who reacted to the lawsuit, said; 

"We understand that Yaroslav Suris is suing Pornhub for claiming we’ve denied the deaf and hearing impaired access to our videos. 
"While we do not generally comment on active lawsuits, we’d like to take this opportunity to point out that we do have a closed captions category."


A three storey-building collapsed in Ago palace way in Lagos state today January 17th.

The three-storey building which was under construction, gave way while some artisans were working inside. Thankfully men of the Lagos state Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, arrived the scene in time and were able to rescue the only person trapped in the debris.




Rapper/Fashion entrepreneur, Kanye West has been heavily criticized on Twitter after reports online emerged saying he will take part in a mass prayer rally starring multiple anti- gay/transgender  preachers this Saturday.

                      
                  

Kanye, who recently turned to a  born again Christian, released a gospel album-Jesus is King, and has been going on his weekly Sunday Service program preaching about the gospel of Jesus using music announced that's will be attending 'Awaken2020' a huge evangelical prayer rally taking place in a Tempe, Arizona, football stadium which accommodates 50,000 people.

Kanye's decision to feature alongside the high profile anti-gay pastors comes a month after Kanye paid tribute to the American restaurant chain 'Chick- fil- a' (infamously known for being anti- gay)in his new song/video, 'closed on sunday'. 

The event’s website says it will be “time for you to be part of the Jesus awakening that is shifting HISTORY. Open the door and enter into a new era, a new decade, of revival that is bringing a movement of signs and wonders, healing of the sick, and preaching of the gospel.”

One of the pastors headlining the event, Ché Ahn, is the leader of H Rock Church and once said 'The church believes that marriage is between one man and one woman”, and runs a ministry for healing “sexual and relational issues that ensnare Christians into unhealthy living” like “gender identity issues” and “same-sex attraction”.

Another speaker at the event, Lou Engle, once protested same-sex marriage and abortion saying he had dreams about America being destroyed because of it.
'We received a dream in which twin tornadoes had come to destroy America.
“Each tornado had the letters ‘HA HA’ written across it. We knew that the ‘H’ stood for homosexuality and the ‘A’ for abortion. These principalities were mocking spirits that had to be overcome in order to turn the nation.”

Twitter users, even fans of Kanye didn't take the news likely, with some suggesting they will boycott him while some said his career was dead.

Some even went as far as digging out old pictures of Kane wearing skinny jeans and pink polo, while also posting an old video where he criticized anti-gay people.

See Tweets below.


Chelsea youngster Reece James has tied his future to the London club after signing a new five-year deal worth £25million on Thursday.

After enjoying a loan spell at Wigan, James returned to Chelsea this season buoyed by the Chelsea ban on signing players, and made 18 appearances for Chelsea this season establishing himself as a first team player.

James will earn a basic of £80,000-per-week and guaranteed £20m over the course of the deal. But with bonuses, his weekly wage will rise to around £100,000-a-week and there are plans to make him one of the best paid young defenders in world football.

The player who joined Chelsea aged eight, said: 'It has been my dream to be here at Chelsea and play week in week out and to have a contract for another five-and-a-half years is living the dream again.

                Chelsea defender Reece James signs new five-year deal worth ?25million

'I have always wanted to be here and another five-and-a-half years means a lot to me and a lot to my family.
'There are a few of us playing in Chelsea's first team now who have all come through the academy at the same time and that's great.
'It shows how well the academy brought us through and how well we are doing.'




Nigerian singer, Abolore Adegbola Akande popularly known as 9ice is 40 today. 

In celebration of his day, the 'Living Things' singer took to Instagram to share these lovely photos of himself and wrote in one of his posts: 

'Thanks to my mum for giving birth to me. Never regretted coming to the world through her! Thanks to my dad for just not the sperm but the advice, the time, the commitment and the prayers. Thanks to my wife for always waking me up with prayers not for her but for me. We all need more prayers.' 

See more photos below. 

Nigerian singer 9ice celebrates 40th birthday in style (Photos)Nigerian singer 9ice celebrates 40th birthday in style (Photos)

 


Residents of Onitsha, Anambra State were yet again on Friday awoken to the rude shock of a burning petrol tanker in the city.

The tanker which was said to be conveying about 15,000 litres of petroleum products suddenly went up in flames at about 2am.

Petroleum tanker fire has remained a recurring disaster in Anambra State, since 2019, leading to a ban on the movement of tankers conveying petroleum products during the day by the state government.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed who confirmed the incident said the truck was loaded with premium motor spirit (PMS) and parked by the road side along Onitsha/Awka Expressway by Vin Oil Filling Station, Onitsha when it went up in flames.

“Following the distress call, Police patrol teams led by DPO Awada Division, CSP Tony Adeyi rushed to the scene and immediately contacted Anambra State Fire Service who responded promptly.

“The scene was condoned off and the situation was brought under control and obstruction cleared to enable free flow of traffic in the area after the fire was put off at about 03:30am.

“Cause of fire is yet to be ascertained but the truck’s over charged battery is suspected. No loss of life or injury was recorded during the incident.

It was gathered that the incident had caused a huge confusion among residents of the area, as they woke up in the middle of the night, upon the news and scampered in many directions.

A source said that even though the head of the truck had been completely gutted by fire, the truck’s tank with its product remained intact and did not explode.

“A new tanker has been ordered for trans-loading of the 15,000 litres of fuel being conveyed by the ill-fated tanker,” the source said.

Meanwhile, just Thursday, another Cross River State bound Man Diesel Truck with Registration Number XB 425 DTR conveying Cosmetics, perfumes, Air condition gas cylinders and plywoods from Onitsha market was gutted by fire close to UNIZIK main gate along Enugu-Onisha expressway,Awka.

The truck and entire goods were consumed in the inferno but the driver, Chimilezie Aneke, aged 45years of Osile quarters Ogbunike and other occupants escaped unhurt.


A 35-year-old woman, Stella Olowofoyekun, was, on Friday, remanded in a correctional centre by a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stabbing her neighbour to death with a broken bottle.

The defendant, who is a petty trader, is facing a count charge of murder, but her plea was not taken.

Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere, ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Correctional Center, Lagos, pending legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Oghere, thereafter, adjourned the case till March 24.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 11.30 pm. at Mati Community, Snake Island, Apapa area of Lagos.

She said that the defendant had stabbed her neighbour, Mr Monday Bella, to death with a broken bottle because he was playfully touching her.

According to Olaluwoye, the deceased was touching the defendant on her waist, but she kept telling him to stop but he refused.

She told the court that the situation escalated into a serious banter, which led to the defendant picking up a broken bottle and stabbing him in the neck.

She said that other neighbours rushed the deceased to a hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 222 and punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 223 stipulates death penalty for the offence of murder
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