Carlo Ancelotti sacked by Napoli despite Champions League Qualification

Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Napoli after their Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Genk which confirmed their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

“Napoli has decided to revoke the position of first-team coach from Carlo Ancelotti,” the club said in a statement.

“The relationship of friendship, esteem and mutual respect between the club, its president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.”

The former Chelsea coach is expected to be replaced by Gennaro Gattuso, who was fired by AC Milan at the end of last season.  Arsenal are also considering Ancelotti, to succeed Unai Emery, according to Sky in Italy.

Ancelotti began his managerial career at Reggiana in 1995 before moving to Parma a year later. 

The Italian who is considered as one of the top coaches in the World also coached Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. 

Rivers State University final year law student allegedly stabbed to death

Matilda Itonyo Mark, a final year Law student of Rivers State University was allegedly stabbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday December 10. 

The 24-year-old student was reportedly found lying in the pool of her blood after allegedly being stabbed inside her room at main gate in Port Harcourt. It is also suspected that she was allegedly raped by her assailants. 

Rivers State University final year law student allegedly stabbed to death

Matilda’s corpse has reportedly been evacuated to a morgue. Friends of the deceased have already taken to social media to pen down tributes to her. 

Rivers State University final year law student allegedly stabbed to death

36-year old man born with no testicles gets one donated to him by his identical twin brother so he can have children with same DNA

Surgeons have transplanted a single testicle from a 36-year-old Serbian man to his identical twin brother, who was born with none.  

According to The New York Times, the six-hour operation was only the third of its kind, performed by an international team of surgeons, including an expert from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.  

With the newly-transplanted testicle, the recipient will be able to have children of his own and, because the twins are identical, the DNA he passes to his offspring will be a nearly exact match for his own.  

The historic procedure could offer hope that men with catastrophic groin injuries could have children too, but the ethics become murky outside of the (exceedingly unique) case of identical twin brothers who are donor and recipient.

Babies born missing both testicles are extremely rare. There are few statistics to come by that estimate just how rare, but one 1974 study suggests that about one in every 5,000 male babies are born missing one testicle. Just one in every 20,000 are estimated to be born with neither testicle, according to the University of Southern California research paper.  

The causes of absent testicles are unclear. Some scientists have speculated that it might be a genetic condition, though identical twin brothers in Serbia cast some doubt over that theory.   Without either testicle, a man’s body cannot produce testosterone.  

In the absence of testosterone, men may not go through puberty, they may grow too little hair, or too much in certain areas, develop breast tissue and, lack sex drive and energy and are more prone to muscle loss, and depression. 

Nigerian senate probes CBN over N20trn un-remitted stamp duties

The Senate has mandated its Committee on Finance to investigate the non-remittance of over N20 trillion into the Federation Account by Central Bank of Nigeria, an amount collected as stamp duties from Banks and Financial Institutions in the country.  

The decision to probe the non-remittance of stamp duties was reached sequel to the consideration of a motion on “The need to improve Internally Generated Revenue of the Federal Government of Nigeria through non-oil revenue”.  

Sponsor of the motion, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP, Ondo Central), said that the Central Bank had in January 2016, issued a circular directing all banks and financial institutions to charge stamp duty of N50 on lodgments into current accounts against revenue projections by the Federal Government of N2.5 trillion annually.  

He noted that after the issuance of the said circular by the CBN, all deposit money banks and financial institutions effected N50 per eligible transaction in accordance with the provisions of the Stamp Duty Act 2004 and Federal government Financial Regulations 2009.  

According to him, despite efforts by the Federal Government to recover over N20 trillion from Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems (NIBBS) to the Federation Account, “the Central Bank of Nigeria and NIBBS have technically refused to comply with the Presidential directives for the recovery of over N20 trillion revenue into the coffers of government.”  

Akinyelure added, “The CBN and NIBSS deliberately failed to cooperate and comply with the directives of Mr. President for the realization of over N20 trillion revenue due from stamp duties collected for 2013 to 2016 and subsequently over N5 trillion minimum revenue due to be collected annually to the Federation account to be shared among States of the Federation for infrastructural and economic development.” 

Jordyn Woods takes 2-hour lie detector test to prove she didn’t sleep with Khloe Kardashian’s ex, Tristan Thompson (video)

Kylier Jenner’s ex-BFF, Jordyn Woods underwent a 2-hour lie detector test to prove that she didn’t sleep with Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Tristan Thompson. 

In a short clip which was shared on the Red Table Talk show, Jada Pinkett Smith confirmed that Jordyn did take a lie detector test during her appearance on the show earlier this year.

Jada said; 

“Jordyn did take a lie detector test … it was Jordyn’s request.  It was her request to be here, and it was her request to take the lie detector test. We had a forensic polygraphist with more than 25 years of experience in criminal and civil investigations.

“It wasn’t for this show — it was for [Woods] and for people that she loves.”

Jordyn Woods takes 2-hour lie detector test to prove she didn

Before taking the test, the 22-year-old business woman said she was doing it to prove her innocence. During the test, Jordyn was asked right off the bat if she had sexual intercourse with Thompson, but she replied “NO”. 

At the end of the 2-hour test, Shon Thurman who is a certified polygraphist said; 

“Jordyn, I thought you did a fantastic job, and you definitely passed and I believe you’re being truthful on the test.”

Jordyn Woods takes 2-hour lie detector test to prove she didn

Though Jordyn Woods and Kylie Jenner are yet to fully reconcile as friends after reports of her tryst with Thompson first surfaced in February, she has continously denied having sex with the NBA star. 

Governor Ganduje stopped from constituting Council of Chiefs and usurping powers of Kano kingmakers by court

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has been stopped from constituting the Kano State Council of Chiefs and appointment of its members, days after he appointed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammad Sanusi II as Chairman of the Council of Chiefs.

Justice Ahmed T. Badamosi of Kano High Court presided over the case which had the Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly (first respondent), Kano State House of Assembly (second respondent), Governor Ganduje (third respondent), Attorney General of Kano State (fourth respondent), Tafida Abubakar Ila (fifth respondent), Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya (sixth respondent), Ibrahim Abubakar (seventh respondent) and Aminu Ado Bayero (eight respondent) as defendants. 

The suit’s plantiffs are Kano Emirate kingmakers which includes Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makama Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta) and Muktar Adnan (Sarkin Ban Kano).

Ganduje was restrained from taking away the functions and powers of the applicants under the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019.

Justice Badamosi said as he issued the order; 

“That an order of interim injunction, is hereby made restraining the third respondent, from taking away the functions and powers of the applicants under the Kano state emirates council law, 2019, or taking any steps whatsoever under the Law without consultation with the applicants pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.” 

The case was adjourned till December 17, 2019, for hearing of the motion on notice.

UK government speaks on Sowore’s rearrest, asks FG to respect rule of law

he UK government has reacted to the drama which played out at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday December 6, just before Omoyele Sowore was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) while his trial was in session. 

The British High Commission in Nigeria in its tweet disclosed that it is following Sowore’s detention closely. The commission also stated that respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech is fundamental for democracy.

It added that the UK government is committed to defending and strengthening human rights worldwide. 

The tweet reads; 

“As we celebrate #HumanRightsDay, we encourage all political, state and non-state actors to uphold the ideals set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 71 years ago today.

“We are following closely the continued detention of #Sowore. Respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech is fundamental for #democracy.

“The UK is committed to defending and strengthening human rights worldwide and, as we conclude #16DaysofActivism2019, working to end gender-based violence.”

UK government speaks on Sowore

Tuface Idibia shares photo taken with his daughter Isabella and she’s almost as tall as he is

Tuface Idibia shared a new photo he took with daughter Isabella Idibia to mark her 11th birthday.

In the photo, Tuface mentioned that she “is all grown” and followers agreed. Some were impressed by how tall she has grown.

Tuface captioned the photo: “Wow wow wow. Like play like play. My beautiful little princess just now now is all grown.”

Tuface Idibia shares photo taken with his daughter Isabella and she

Isabella’s mum, Annie Idibia also wished her daughter a happy birthday.

Tuface Idibia shares photo taken with his daughter Isabella and she

Punch Newspaper says it will henceforth address Buhari with his rank as a military dictator, to refer to his administration as a regime over alleged lawlessness

A Nigerian National Daily, Punch has shared a notice which gave off its stand on the alleged lawlessness witnessed in President Buhari’s administration. 

In a notice titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.”

The national daily reiterated that it will not adopt the self-defeating attitude of many Nigerians looking the other way after each violation of rights and attacks on the citizens, the courts, the press and civic society, including self-determination groups lawfully exercising their inalienable rights to peaceful dissent.

It alleged that this administration’s actions and assaults on the courts, disobedience of court orders and arbitrary detention of citizens reflect its true character of the martial culture. The SSS and Police were called out by Punch who also accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed of vigorously pressing for anti-hate speech laws to restrict social media even after being harassed by the SSS and accused of “loitering” in 2014. 

The notice reads in full; 

“As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy and military-style repression, PUNCH (all our print newspapers, The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, PUNCH Sports Extra, and digital platforms, most especially Punchng.com) will henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.”

The entire country and a global audience are rightly scandalised by the unfolding saga over Omoyele Sowore and the unruliness of the SSS and the government; but it is only a pattern, a reflection of the serial disregard of the Buhari regime for human rights and its battering of other arms of government and our democratic institutions. PUNCH views this tendency and its recent escalation with serious concern, knowing as the great thinker, Edmund Burke, said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Nigeria had trod a path, a veritable obstacle course, where repression, especially under military jackboots, was a malignant presence and this attracted heroic resistance by ordinary people, civil society groups and the press. But Nigerians have lately become lethargic, divided by ethnic and sectarian sentiments and weakened by widespread poverty brought on by a rapacious political class and bad governance.

PUNCH will not adopt the self-defeating attitude of many Nigerians looking the other way after each violation of rights and attacks on the citizens, the courts, the press and civic society, including self-determination groups lawfully exercising their inalienable rights to peaceful dissent. This regime’s actions and assaults on the courts, disobedience of court orders and arbitrary detention of citizens reflect its true character of the martial culture. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) ran a ham-fisted military junta in 1984/85 and old habits obviously run deep.  Until he and his repressive regime purge themselves of their martial tendency therefore, PUNCH will not be a party to falsely adorning it with a democratic robe, hence our decision to label it for what it is – an autocratic military-style regime run by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

Sowore’s travails are symptomatic: having ignored court orders granting him bail, the SSS, after much pressure following 125 days in captivity, released him only to stage a GESTAPO-style raid on the court where the journalist was standing trial. The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzakky and his wife have spent over three years in detention in violation of court orders granting them bail and ordering their release. A former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been held in detention since 2015 in defiance of several court orders, including one by the ECOWAS appellate court that declared his continued incarceration illegal. Under Buhari, the SSS has become a monstrous and repressive secret police, acting often with impunity. Buhari bears responsibility for the state of repression because, as president, he can stop it today.

But the SSS is not alone. The Nigeria Police, whose notoriety predates Buhari’s second coming, has continued its serial abuse of human rights and is ever available to officials who routinely deploy police officers from the mundane abuse of sirens in traffic to arbitrary arrest and torture of victims. The police and military fail to understand that peaceful agitation and the right to associate are fundamental rights.

This situation is eerily familiar: as military head of state, Buhari’s appointee who headed the National Security Organisation, as the SSS was then known, Lawal Rafindadi, unleashed a reign of terror on Nigerians, featuring arbitrary arrests and torture in cells described by inmates as chambers of horror. Under the infamous Decree 2, agents had pre-signed detention papers, court orders were ignored and ouster clauses were inserted in decrees, while the press was specifically targeted with the infamous Decree 4 under which Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor were jailed.

Returning as an elected president, Buhari has followed the same template, appointing Lawal Daura as Director-General of the SSS, who re-enacted the Rafindadi playbook by his treatment of Dasuki and el-Zakzakky, among others, raided the homes of judges and twice deployed armed SSS heavies to foil the arrest of two former security chiefs by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Nigerian Navy authorities similarly ignored court orders to release Navy Captain Dada Labinjo, who they detained for over a year until his recent release on bail; Nigerian Army too detains suspects interminably on the grounds of being terrorism suspects.

Some governors have borrowed from this nefarious model, deploying security agents and perverting the law to punish critics and journalists. Critics, Dadiyata Idris and Stephen Kefas, have been arrested and arraigned. Agba Jalingo is facing a treason charge for offending the Cross River State Government. Jones Abiri, a local publisher in Bayelsa State, has been charged with terrorism while, in Delta State, two journalists are facing criminal defamation charges.

The regime’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, forgetting how, as opposition spokesman in 2014, he was harassed by the SSS and accused of “loitering,” has been vigorously pressing for anti-hate speech laws to restrict the social media. Abdullahi Sabi, a senator, along with others, has re-presented a hate-speech bill: their sole purpose is to insulate officials from criticism and compel unquestioned acceptance of Buhari’s draconian misrule. 

Under the law, suspects cannot be held beyond 48 hours except by a court order. But the regime observes this in the breach. Yet, Nigeria is a signatory to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and other treaties guaranteeing fundamental rights. The 1999 Constitution also spells out basic rights. But the regime chooses which rights or court orders to respect or obey. This is unacceptable. Critical segments of the society have been assaulted, silenced or compromised. It is time, as a Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has strongly advocated, for civil society to rejuvenate itself and send the message to Buhari to “rein in his wild dogs of disobedience.” From the United States has come a message from the Department of State, two senators and Congress telling the Buhari regime to stop its shocking affront to the rule of law, reminding the General that “respect for the rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom, and due process are key tenets of democracy.” 

Nigeria has had more than its fair share of draconian rulers, whether in military or civil garb, but none has succeeded in breaking our resilience and irrepressible spirit. This regime will not prove to be an exception. Nigeria, and Nigerians, will overcome. The strong desire of our people to enjoy the unfettered freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and the rule of law, including the freedom to speak freely and assemble peacefully, will again outlive, outlast and crush the spirit of despotism.

Buhari can still redeem himself and his out-of-control security agents and reclaim his past facade of tolerance. When Daura brazenly inserted himself in politics by recklessly sending armed masked SSS enforcers to besiege the National Assembly, as acting President, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo promptly sacked him and had him arrested. Buhari should similarly distance himself and his regime from the lawlessness and impunity of the current SSS DG, Yusuf Bichi, by dismissing him, ordering the release of all victims of illegal detention and compelling obedience to court orders. The SSS has not been efficient in the war against terror; it should perform its primary duty to safeguard the country. As a product of statute, its loyalty should be to the country, not to temporary occupiers of public office.

The regime’s repression cannot succeed but will further polarise the society and weaken national cohesion.  The Nigerian Bar Association has vowed to defend the sanctity of judicial authority, while Soyinka has warned that disregard for court orders could beget desperation and civil disobedience. Nigerians need to stop their supine acquiescence to oppression and learn to stand up for their rights as many are doing around the world, using all peaceful and legal means, including the right to protest and of peaceful assembly. It is Dasuki, el-Zakzakky, Sowore and others today, who knows who is next if repression is not resisted?

Jacob Payne confirms split from Natalie Nunn after alleged threesome with her celebrity Big Brother co-stars

American football player, Jacob Payne has confirmed he has separated from his wife of seven years, Natalie Nunn, after her alleged threesome with her celebrity Big Brother co-stars, Dan Osborne with Chloe Ayling.

This comes days after The Sun published an explosive article, where it was claimed by Chloe Ayling that she enjoyed a sex session with Dan Osborne and Natalie in a hotel room following a drunken night out in London in 2018. 

Jacob Payne confirms split from Natalie Nunn after alleged threesome with her celebrity Big Brother co-stars

Natalie Nunn had taken to Instagram few days ago, to praise her husband of seven years in a post which appeared to reference the news that she had a threesome with her celebrity Big Brother co-stars. Read previous reports here and here. 

Jacob Payne confirms split from Natalie Nunn after alleged threesome with her celebrity Big Brother co-stars

Confirming his split from Natalie Nunn, Jacob Payne told Baller Alert that they are no longer together and he is heading to London to speak with the two other reality stars involved in the threesome scandal. 

“The only way this is going to work is if I speak directly to the sources cause this he say she say shit ain’t gone work, so I’m on my way to London. “As of right now, we are not together until I speak to everybody involved.”

Natalie Nunn and Jacob Payne, who both got married in May 2012, welcomed their first child, daughter Journey Ruth Payne in April 2017.

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