The first cadet to enroll in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Col. Paul Ogbebor (Retd) is dead.

Col. Paul Ogbebor (Retd) died at the age of 80 after pursuing an illustrious military career, during which he emerged a hero of the Nigerian Civil War.

President Buhari in a statement released by his media aide Femi Adesina, mourned Ogbebor demise and also stated that his footprints are indelibly printed in the sands of time. 

The statement reads; 

It’s the end of a life well spent, with footprints indelibly printed in the sands of time, says President Muhammadu Buhari of Col. Paul Ogbebor (Retd), who passed on at 80.

The President recalls that Col Ogbebor was the first cadet to enroll at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), and pursued an illustrious military career, during which he emerged a hero of the Nigerian Civil War.

President Buhari salutes the community spirit of the departed, who was in the vanguard of the socio-cultural group, Edo Leaders of Thought, and chieftain of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF). The late Col Ogbebor had documented his professional life through a book, Nigerian Defence Academy: A Pioneer Cadet’s Memoir, which the President says is one of the vital resource materials on the pioneer military training institution in the country.

He commiserates with the family, friends and professional colleagues of the departed, urging them to take solace in the fact that Col Ogbebor lived a distinguished life, signposted by many achievements.


Adesua Etomi-Wellington turns a year older today February 22 and her hubby, Banky W is not letting the day go by without professing his undying love for her.

In a post shared on his Instagram page,  Banky wrote
The only thing in this entire world that is more beautiful than her face, is her heart. Happy birthday to my best friend, my sunshine and my lady... the love of my life, my Queen and my destiny @adesuaetomi.
May God bless and protect you. May His favour and grace continually surround you, and may He fulfill His purpose in your life. May He grant the desires of your heart, and keep you in perfect peace. May this be your best year thus far, and may the rest of your years be the best of your years in Jesus name. Love you Scatter. Love you forever.


Whitencious boss and singer, Dencia has shared her thoughts on the beautiful turnaround 9-year-old suicidal kid, Quaden Bayles got after a video of him crying about being bullied in school for being a dwarf went viral on social media. 

Dencia alleged that Quaden Bayles who she claimed is being used by his mother to make money from compassionate people, only said rehearsed lines in the video which went viral on social media. 

She added that "any mom who is a loving mom will be hugging their child and telling them not to say or think what he was thinking" in the video. Dencia further stated that instead of the boy's mother making sure her son goes through therapy and comes out better, she is raising money for him to go to Disneyland. 

Read her tweets below; 


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9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia

9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia

9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia

9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia

9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia

9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia

9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia
9-year-old dwarf, Quaden Bayles is being used by his mum to make money - Dencia




A young Australian boy named Quaden Bayles went viral when his mum shared a video showing him crying and threatening to commit suicide as a result of incessant bullying he's suffered over his dwarfism.

Yarraka Bayles shared the video to raise awareness about bullying and its effect on children.

After her video went viral, Quaden, who his mum says is 9 years old, received an outpouring of love from all over the world. American actor Brad Williams, who was born with the same condition as Quaden, raised over 250,000 Dollars for Quaden. Also, Quaden was invited to lead an All-Star Rugby team onto the field for their next match.

As the support poured in for Quaden, some social users began claiming Quaden is actually 18 and not a 9-year-old schoolboy as his mother claims. They shared old photos from his Instagram account apparently showing Quaden holding up wads of cash and wearing expensive clothes. They also added that his now-deleted captions on Instagram allegedly stated his age was 18.



This led to confusion as some wondered if they have been scammed.

However, supporters of Quaden took to Twitter to trend the hashtag #HeIs9 and  #IStandWithQuaden. Some shared photos and videos to prove Quaden is actually 9. Others pointed out that his mother never said they were suffering and in need of money but only said he was a victim of bullying, and as such couldn't have been trying to scam people of their money.

Following the scam allegations, Brad Williams who raised money for Quaden tweeted: "The love you have shown is unbelievable. Thank you! Money donated will not be wasted! We have a team of people making sure everything is completely legitimate. We thank you for your generosity and patience while we make sure all this is done the right way."



Below are some Twitter reactions.


Nkechi Blessing Sunday has reacted to Big Brother 2018 housemate, Nina using a screenshot of report of the rumoured crash of her relationship with US-based actor Mike Adeyemi, to serve relationship advice via her Instastory. 

Recall Mike's Instagram post, led to speculation of his relationship with Nkechi Blessing packing up. 

He wrote; 


Single is no longer a lack of options – but a choice. A choice to refuse to let your life be defined by your relationship status but to live every day Happily and let your Ever After work itself out


Nkechi Blessing denied claims of her relationship packing up by sharing a cryptic post about one being careful around unhappy people.

She wrote; 


Nina however reacted to the rumoured breakup by using a screenshot of the report to serve relationship advice via her Instastory. She stated that any relationship built on social media doesn't last. 

Nina wrote; 


Nkechi Blessing who reacted to Nina's post, promised to serve her an official response when she is back from her trip to Atlanta. 



Socialite, Diane Egbueje who dragged Nollywood actress Dorcas Fapson for assaulting her sister has also shared screenshots of chats revealing why the incident occurred. 

The chats shared by the socialite revealed that Dorcas had a heated argument with Sophia for failing to attend her birthday party. There was also a chat in which the socialite asked for the money she supposedly borrowed the actress. 

Here are the chats below; 


Socialite, Diane Egbueje shares screenshots of chats revealing why Actress Dorcas Fapson assaulted her sister Sophia Egbueje

Socialite, Diane Egbueje shares screenshots of chats revealing why Actress Dorcas Fapson assaulted her sister Sophia Egbueje

Socialite, Diane Egbueje shares screenshots of chats revealing why Actress Dorcas Fapson assaulted her sister Sophia Egbueje

Socialite, Diane Egbueje shares screenshots of chats revealing why Actress Dorcas Fapson assaulted her sister Sophia Egbueje
Socialite, Diane Egbueje shares screenshots of chats revealing why Actress Dorcas Fapson assaulted her sister Sophia Egbueje


The Kaduna State Government has vowed to appeal the court judgement which freed 91 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, many of whom have been detained in prison since 2015. 

Recall BBNG reported that the IMN members who were charged with culpable homicide punishable with death, criminal conspiracy and disturbance of peace were acquitted on Friday February 21, by a Kaduna High Court which said the Kaduna State Government failed  to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt. 

However reacting to the court ruling, Kaduna State's attorney-general and Commissioner of Justice, Aisha Dikko said they are dissatisfied with the ruling of the court which she claimed is erroneous. 

The statement reads in full; 

The Kaduna State Government will appeal the discharge of the defendants in the State versus Mahdi Munkaila and 91 others.
This is one the cases arising from the Zaria clashes of December 2015. After calling 36 witnesses and tendering 106 exhibits, the prosecution is surprised that the court concluded that a legally admissible case had not been made.
The state is dissatisfied with the ruling of the court which is, in our view, erroneous in law, perverse and cannot be supported having regards to the evidence led before the court by the prosecution. As such, the state will be lodging an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Kaduna, as soon as the full text of the ruling of the high court and other records are compiled.
The case in KDH/KAD/40C/2016 began as a fallout of the events that began in Zaria from 12th December 2015 when members of a now proscribed group attempted to prevent the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff from passing through a public highway.
After the clashes, 90 of those arrested at the scene were handed over to the police. At the conclusion of investigations, a five count charge of Criminal Conspiracy, Culpable Homicide, Unlawful Assembly, Disturbance of Public Peace and Wrongful Restraint, under Sections 97, 221, 102, 106 and 256 of the Penal Code, was preferred against them. The matter was assigned to Hon. Justice H.T.D Gwadah of the Kaduna State High Court for trial.
A total of 36 witnesses were called by the prosecuting counsel from the office of the Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice of Kaduna State. Witnesses included senior military officers who were with the Chief of Army Staff at the scene of the crime, Senior Police Officers, a Consultant Pathologist, Ballisticians and Victims of the crime.
In the same vein, 106 exhibits were tendered by the prosecution during the trial. At the close of the prosecution case, the defence team made a no case submission, arguing that the prosecution had not made out a case to warrant the accused persons to defend themselves.
It is a matter of utmost surprise that in its ruling today, 21st February 2020, the court held that the evidence the prosecution led is not legally admissible and discharged the defendants.This is notwithstanding the fact that Senior Military Officers and Senior Police Officers testified, and that exhibits were tendered and legally admitted by the court.
Obeisance to the rule of law compels us to challenge this conclusion at the Court of Appeal.
Signed
Aisha Dikko
Attorney-General & Commissioner of Justice




The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has predicted the end of Boko Haram, which he said might come very soon. 

In a letter written to the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the COAS said the renewed zeal shown by Nigerian troops battling Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) in the North-east, as well as the menace of the terrorists and their criminalities reignited his hope of insurgency ending soon.

He praised the commanders “for their gallantry, patriotism and commitment to the war effort by decimating the leadership and rank and file of the insurgents", and also urged the troops to never allow the terrorists have any breathing space or freedom of action anywhere as they continue to discharge their legitimate duties.

The statement released on Friday by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa reads in full; 

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF CONGRATULATES GALLANT TROOPS OF OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, SAYS HE IS NOW MORE CONFIDENT OF THE TROOPS THAN EVER BEFORE TO ENDING BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS/ISLAMIC STATE's WEST AFRICA PROVINCE MENACE
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has congratulated the Theatre Commander, Sector Commanders, Super Camps Commanders, Commanding Officers, as well as the gallant Officers and soldiers serving in OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, for their gallantry that manifested in the unprecedented successes recorded in the Theatre recently.
The congratulatory message and commendations were contained in a letter to the Theatre Commander, OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, personally signed by the COAS himself.
In the letter, the COAS showered encomiums on the troops and their commanders for the rare display of courage, gallantry and patriotism that led to the decimation of the leadership and ranks of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their affiliate ISWAP in various parts of the Theatre.
An obviously elated Lieutenant General TY Buratai, said that he has never been so happy and proud of the gallant troops in their concerted efforts of ending the menace of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists’ group and ISWAP. He urged them to continue to dominate the Theatre and maintain high standard of professionalism. He also implored them never to allow the terrorists any breathing space or freedom of action anywhere as they continued to discharge their legitimate duties.
The COAS further thanked them for the renewed efforts that brought more confidence and hope in the troops by Nigerians. He also stated that he has foreseen that with the renewed zeal, it is just matter of days to end the menace of Boko Haram terrorists and contain their criminality. He stated that his confidence in total victory has further been rekindled by the dogged determination of the troops on the ground.
"I am more confident now than ever before with your current robust posture that you will end the BHT/ISWAP menace in no distance time." He also reminded the troops that they have done it before, and they will do it again without any foreign troops around.
Lieutenant General Buratai further assured the troops of his continued support and stated that the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari is proud of their accomplishments and would continue to provide the needed support for the troops to enable them to do more.


A 29-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly stabbed a 70-year-old Muslim prayer leader inside a London mosque. 

The suspect, Daniel Horton was charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm, GBH, and possession of a bladed article on Friday.  He is due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.  

The stabbed victim, Raafat Maglad, 70, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and he was discharged following treatment. 

On Friday the Muslim leader returned to the mosque after being treated and said he has forgiven his attacker.

Update: Man, 29, is charged with stabbing Muslim prayer leader at a London mosque?

 'I forgive him. I feel no hatred for him, he's a human being and what happened to me is my fate.
'However, the law must be implemented. All I can remember is someone approaching me from behind and then feeling great pain in my neck.
'He did not say anything to me. It was a really deep cut. I rushed myself out of the room and someone rushed me to hospital.
'I'm still in pain but I wanted to come here today and pray. I felt it was important to do that but now I'm returning to hospital. I don't know the man. I have seen him in the mosque before but I don't know much about him.'
 
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