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How we kidnapped 4 US and Canadian expatriates and killed their orderlies- Suspects

How we abducted 4 U.S and Canadian expatriates in Kaduna SuspectsTwo members of a notorious kidnapping gang who took part in the 2018 abduction of four American and Canadian expatriates, working in Kaduna State have given details on how they were able to successfully abduct the foreigners during their attack in January 2018.  The suspects identified as Abdulmumin Adamu and Usman Abdulahi, alongside their other fleeing members, had in January 2018, abducted four expatriates along Kwoi-Jere Road in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.  They were two Canadians identified as Nate Vangeest and a woman, Rachel Kelly while the other two who are Americans were identified as John Kirlin and Dean Slocum. The victims had visited Kafanchan and Kaura to inspect an ongoing project, but were ambushed on their way back. The kidnappers killed their military escorts and abducted them. They reportedly demanded a ransom of N100 million from the government before the victims were released. After much investigations, the Nigeria Police located and stormed the gang’s hideout situated inside a deep forest in Kuiere near Kagarko Local Government area of Kaduna State. When interrogated, the suspects recounted how they were able to successfully carry out the attack with the aid of an informant that knew the itinery of the victims. The suspects told the police that they were nice to the victims during their stay in their hideout. One of the suspects, 20-year-old Adamu said he was a farmer before joining the kidnapping business of his former boss, Dogo. Adamu said he abandoned farming and cattle rearing because of the Fulani herdsmen that were forcefully collecting their cows from them. The married father of one, said he turned to kidnapping just to make some money that will enable him take care of his wife and child.  On the kidnap of the expatriates, Adamu alleged that the plan was to kill anyone who dared to stop them.“Dogo assembled us to get ready that ‘oyibo’ people are coming. We attacked the expatriates along Jere Road at the Southern Kaduna area of the state and an informant gave us the job. We were nine persons that took part in the attack; five of us were armed with Ak-47 rifles, while four of us were holding sticks. I was holding a stick, while the people who had guns were in front and when the vehicle got to where we were those with guns started firing and they forced the vehicle conveying the expatriates to a stop.“We killed two policemen, took away their rifles and kidnapped four white people, two of them were Americans, but I don’t know the nationality of the other two. We took them into the bush and trekked all through the night until we got to the camp in Kuiere.  The expatriates spent three days with us in the camp and we fed them with rice and beans and they ate three times daily.“We also gave them bottled water to drink because they were white people. One of our gang members who understood and speaks English language correctly contacted the people that paid the ransom. I don’t know the amount he demanded, but I suspected the amount was around N100 million, but I don’t know the exact amount that was paid.  I got N5million as my share after the ransom was paid. I bought some cows with my share of the ransom and they are presently with my brother in my village.“I was arrested after the police burst our camp and I fled to Kano State. I was in Kano State to visit my friend and I didn’t know that the police were on my trail and I was shocked they caught me in my friend’s house.”He denied killing the police orderlies.“I was carrying a stick that day. It was God that saved me that day because those policemen refused to hand over the Oyibo people. They were shooting at us seriously but we were many and heavily armed.  If they were wise, as soon as they saw us, they will abandon the vehicle and run. I was very nice to the Oyibo people and even gave them water to bath. Normally we rape the women but nobody touched her. You can ask her about Adamu, I know she will tell you that I was nice to her'' he said The post How we kidnapped 4 US and Canadian expatriates and killed their orderlies- Suspects appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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At least 13 people are dead and and six more hospitalized after disgruntled employee opens fire at Virginia Beach municipal center

A longtime city employee shot and killed 13 people and injured six others after opening fire on Friday afternoon in the public works building, making it the United State's deadliest mass shooting this year.   Police said officers killed the man, whom they did not name, after he fired at them.  One officer was shot during the exchange but was saved by his bulletproof vest, Police Chief James Cervera said during a news conference a couple of hours after the incident in the city's Municipal Center in Princess Anne. "This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach. The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues"  Mayor Bobby Dyer said at a news conference. The gunfire in Virginia Beach began shortly after 4 p.m. as workers were preparing to leave for the weekend. The shooting occurred in building 2, next to City Hall near the intersection of Nimmo Parkway and Princess Anne Boulevard. The planning, public utilities, public works departments and others are located there.  The shooter on Friday was a current employee of the public utilities department. Megan Banton, an administrative assistant in the public utilities office where the man worked, said her supervisor heard a noise then shouted for everyone to get down.  The supervisor then pulled Banton and others into her office and shoved a desk against the door while Banton called 911. Friday’s rampage is believed to be the worst mass killing in Virginia Beach’s history. Prior to this week, a shooting on June 30, 1994, at the Witchduck Inn held that distinction: Four people the business owner, two employees and a patron were shot to death at the restaurant. In the U.S., it is the deadliest attack since the November shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in California, when 12 people were killed.The post At least 13 people are dead and and six more hospitalized after disgruntled employee opens fire at Virginia Beach municipal center appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Graphic Photo: Laspotech student commits suicide by drinking 'Sniper' after his girlfriend of 9 years dumped him 

Graphic Photo: Laspotech studentcommits suicide by drinking Sniperafter his girlfriend of 9 years dumped himA Nigerian man identified on Facebook as King Ezekiel Joseph Mayowa has committed suicide by drinking sniper after his girlfriend of 9 years abandoned him. Mayowa during a live video on his Facebook page two nights ago in his room recorded himself crying while holding a bottle of sniper. According to what he said, he ‘lost his girlfriend’ when she went for NYSC. He says since his girlfriend got into the NYSC camp, she changed. He said the lady took advantage of a mistake that is 3 year old, as an advantage to break up with him. He advised the Federal government to scrap NYSC and also advise ‘men’ to make money before dating any woman. He reiterated that he’s tried his best, but it looked as though his girlfriend wanted someone who is financially buoyant. He said he had dated the said girl for 9 years, 3 months and 9 days. He also said he pleaded and pleaded with the said girl, but she refused. Mayowa who is a student of Lagos State Polytechnic apologized to his mother for treading this path. He then made mention of some names, saying he’d miss them all.His body was found on Friday morning! The post Graphic Photo: Laspotech studentcommits suicide by drinking 'Sniper'after his girlfriend of 9 years dumped him appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Asisat Oshoala joins Barcelona ladies on permanent basis, pens three-year contract till 2022

 Asisat Oshoala joins Barcelona ladies on permanent basis, pens three-year contract till 2022 Asisat Oshoala has signed up with Barcelona Ladies from Chinese club Dalian Quanjian on a three-year parmanent contract, Completesports.com reports. Oshoala, 24, spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan with Barcelona Ladies from Dalian Quanjian. The Nigeria international scored eight goals in 11 games in all competitions for the Blaugrana. She also scored the only goal in Barcelona Ladies’ 4-1 defeat to Olympic Lyon in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Budapest this month. The forward won the Chinese Women’s Super League title with Dalian Quanjian in 2017. Oshoala was also part of the Arsenal Ladies side that won the the English FA Cup crown in the 2015/2016 season. On the international scene, she has won three Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Cup with the Super Falcons. The former Rivers Angels star is expected to feature for Nigeria at the next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.The post Asisat Oshoala joins Barcelona ladies on permanent basis, pens three-year contract till 2022 appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality - President Trump tweets in celebration of LGBT pride month

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. In celebration of this year's LGBT pride month, US President Donald Trump states that his administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effor. See his Tweet below.As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation.My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!The post My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality - President Trump tweets in celebration of LGBT pride month appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Sir Philip Green charged with misdemeanour assault in US over claims he 'vigorously spanked and groped' a Pilates instructor

 Sir Philip Green charged with misdemeanour assault in US over claims he 'vigorously spanked and groped' a Pilates instructorBritish Billionaire and Topshop tycoon, Sir Philip Green,67, has been charged with assault in the US after a pilates instructor alleged he repeatedly touched her inappropriately.Prosecutors in Arizona on Friday announced that the Billionaire would be charged with four misdemeanour assault counts over allegations made by 37-year-old Katie Surridge. “These are class three misdemeanours. Each count has a potential sentence of up to 30 days in the Pima county jail, a fine of not more than $500, and up to one year of probation,” deputy county attorney Deakin said. Ms. Surridge claimed he spanked and grabbed her backside during classes in the Canyon Ranch luxury resort in Tucson in 2016 and 2018. The mother-of-three said in a police interview that the 'creepy old man' had 'vigorously' slapped her bottom up to 10 times in January 2016. Ms. Surridge said she was worried about frustrating a “high roller” at the resort following the 2016 incident, but decided to speak to management who said they spoke to Green and reassured her it would not happen again. But Surridge told police that Green assaulted her a second time in January 2018. “This time, instead of slapping my butt, he puts his hands, like, he wraps his hands around my waist and then grabs my butt cheek and just puts his hand there and just holds it there as he’s hugging me,” she said.He went on to make uncomfortable comments and pat her exposed stomach as she demonstrated an exercise, Surridge alleged. “And then the session ended and I immediately went upstairs to [management’s] office and I was in tears and I said: ‘He was told never to touch me again and here he is touching me again’,” Surridge told police.Kimberly Khoury, a homeowner at the resort, who police described as an independent witness also gave an account of what she claims to have seen in 2016. 'I see his hand go reach out and, like, pat her buttocks,' Ms Khoury told the officer. 'And then pat it again and like, grab her buttocks. And then she kind of moved, like, startled a little bit. And took like a step away. And then he removed his hand and brought it back.'I can't tell you what we talked about because I was so focused on what was happening with his ... uh, his octopus-like hand.'They continued talking before he grabbed Ms. Surridge's bottom again, Ms Khoury alleged.She continued: 'And like, slaps, you know, spanks it, whatever, so like, taps it. And then grabs again and this happened in the course of like a minute-and-a-half, or two minutes. 'He did that three or four times. It was pretty clear that, to me, that she wasn't welcoming the behaviour.' A spokesman for Sir Philip, issued by Arcadia, said: 'Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence and they are minor categories of misdemeanour in the United States. 'Sir Philip is not personally required to attend before the court at the forthcoming hearing and will be represented by his lawyer. 'Contrary to previous suggestions in the media there is no allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution.' Deputy county attorney Lauren Deakin said this evening: 'Philip Green has been formally charged with four misdemeanour assault counts (ARS 13-1203 (A) (3) knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult, or provoke). 'These are class three misdemeanours. Each count has a potential sentence of up to 30 days in the Pima County jail, a fine of not more than 500 dollars, and up to one year of probation.' The case will return to court in Tucson on 19 June, according to the court filings. The post Sir Philip Green charged with misdemeanour assault in US over claims he 'vigorously spanked and groped' a Pilates instructor appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Former Chairman, Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic sentenced to 12 years in prison with hard labour for collecting and giving bribe

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has secured 12 years jail term for both Dr. Saad Alanamu, a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, and Salman Sulaiman, the Chief Executive Director of Namylas Nig. Ltd, for collecting and giving a bribe respectively. The convicts had earlier been arraigned before Honourable Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of Kwara State High Court 9 sitting in Ilorin on an 8-count charge for bribery. The offences contravened sections 8 (1) (a), 9 (1) (a), 10 (a) (i), 18 (b), 19 and 22 (1) (a) (i) and punishable under sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), 9 (1) (b), 10 (a) (ii), 18 (d), 19, and 22 (6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 respectively. They had pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought against them. Dr. Alanamu who was nominated into the Board of ICPC in 2017 but was later dropped on an allegation of corruption which the Commission was investigating, was charged for collecting N5,000,000:0 million bribe from a contractor friend of his as kickback for the award of a contract. Sulaiman, on the other hand, was accused of bribing a government official when he paid the said sum of money into Alanamu’s Guaranty Trust Bank account as a reward for the award of contract to his company. Counsel to ICPC had averred that Namylas Nig. Ltd had submitted falsified and doctored documents during the bidding process. The court was also informed of how Alanamu ensured that the contract for the construction and furnishing of an auditorium in Kwara State Polytechnic, at the cost of N182,369,625:00, was awarded to a company belonging to his friend when it was not qualified to execute the contract. The prosecution, having established very strong evidence of collusion, bid rigging and corrupt practices against the accused, urged the court to mete out appropriate sanctions to them. Having considered the totality of evidence adduced by the prosecution in the course of the trial, and recognizing that it had discharged the burden of proof placed upon it by law beyond reasonable doubt, the trial judge in his ruling, found Dr. Alanamu guilty and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on counts 2 and 3, and five years with hard labour on counts 1, 4, and 5, without an option of fine. He was also ordered to pay the sum of N25 million pursuant to Section 20 of the ICPC law which states: “Without prejudice to any sentence of imprisonment imposed under this Act, a Public Officer or other person found guilty of soliciting, offering or receiving gratification shall forfeit the gratification and pay a fine of not less than five times the sum of the value of the gratification which is the subject-matter of the offence…” Justice Abdulgafar further found Sulaiman guilty on counts 5 and 6, and sentenced him to five and seven years imprisonment respectively. The third defendant which is the company has been ordered to pay a fine of N1 million.All the sentences are to run concurrentlyThe post Former Chairman, Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic sentenced to 12 years in prison with hard labour for collecting and giving bribe appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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American gangster and drug kingpin, Frank Lucas dies at 88

American gangster and drug kingpin, Frank Lucas dies at 88Frank Lucas, one of the most famous drug kingpins in American history has died. The Harlem drug kingpin whose life was portrayed in the hit movie “American Gangster” died on Thursday night at the age of 88 in New Jersey. His death was confirmed by his nephew Aldwan Lassiter, who said his uncle died of natural causes. Lucas was a popular drug trafficker who operated in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was particularly known for cutting out middlemen in the drug trade and buying heroin directly from his source in the Golden Triangle. He used to smuggle heroin using the coffins of dead American servicemen According to TMZ, he was busted in the mid-1970s and all of his enormous assets and wealth were seized. Lucas owned property across the country in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and even Puerto Rico.  When the DEA raided his Jersey home in 1975, agents found more than $584,000 in cash.  Frank was convicted of federal and state drug violations and sentenced to 70 years in prison.  After 5 years in custody, he had his sentence reduced to time served plus lifetime parole. He was later busted for drug dealing again and spent another 7 years behind bars before being released in 1991.  Frank is survived by his 7 children.The post American gangster and drug kingpin, Frank Lucas dies at 88 appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Stepdad of missing 4-year-old girl ‘confesses to killing her by accident’

Stepdad of missing 4-year-old girl confesses to killing her by accidentThe stepfather of a four-year-old girl who went missing one month ago has confessed to accidentally killing her. The suspect, Derion Vence allegedly made his confession on Friday to Quanell X, a community activist who was representing the victim, Maleah Davis' mother. He confessed he killed Maleah before dumping her body in Arkansas. Quanell X also revealed that a plane will fly from Houston, Texas, where Maleah vanished, to the spot in Arkansas where Vence allegedly said he dumped her body.  'What happened to Maleah was an accident. He says it was an accident. And he confessed to me where he dumped her body. 'He was very specific with the amount of distance and time. When I was able to leave and look it up on my phone, he was to the point on the distance and time.  He said that he pulled over in Arkansas, got out of the car, walked to the side of the road, and dumped the body off the road,' Quanell told The Houston Chronicle.   He said he had met with the directorate of Equusearch, which works with the police in missing persons cases, to find her.  'I think it's true enough that I have an airplane lined up at 3 p.m. to fly a detective, and several officers to go up there and go ahead and start the search.'  The alleged confession comes nearly a month after Vence reported Maleah missing on May 4. The little girl was last seen alive following Vence into their home in Houston on April 30. He reported her missing on May 4, and said she had been abducted by three men the day before while he drove to pick up Maleah's mother Brittany Bowens'  from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Bowens claims to have been attending her father’s funeral in Massachusetts around the time her daughter vanished.  Vence claimed he was knocked out by Maleah’s abductors, and woke up 24 hours later in a field. He also claimed that his family’s silver Nissan Maxima was stolen.  Police later found traces of blood linked to Maleah in his home, sparking fears he killed and dismembered the youngster. The forensic evidence was used to arrest Vence and hold him in jail on suspicion of tampering with a corpse.  Quanell X, also speculated that Vence may have killed Maleah to get revenge on Bowens for ending their engagement.The post Stepdad of missing 4-year-old girl confesses to killing her by accident appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Video: Regina Daniels and her Billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko hold hands as they head to Abuja after their traditional wedding in Delta State

Regina Daniels and her Billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko have returned to Abuja after their traditional wedding in Delta State. They were spotted on Friday holding hands at the Asaba airport while heading towards  a private jet as they depart Delta State. See videos below...      View this post on Instagram         Regina Daniels and her Billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko hold hands as they head to Abuja after their traditional wedding in Delta StateA post shared by Lindaikejiblog (@lindaikejiblogofficial) on May 31, 2019 at 12:18pm PDTThe post Video: Regina Daniels and her Billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko hold hands as they head to Abuja after their traditional wedding in Delta State appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Trending video of a prophetess telling members they can't make heaven if they take Vitamin C or eat Titus fish

A video of a prophet making some outrageous claims is currently trending online. In the video, the prophetess is seen telling members that consuming certain things can cause them to lose heaven. Among the things she mentioned are Vitamin C and Titus fish. The prophetess claimed "Ascorbic acid is not produced anywhere on earth. Ascorbic acid came directly from the deep sea." therefore anyone who consumes Vitamin C, which contains Ascorbic acid, is consuming something that comes from the devil. She said the only way such persons can make heaven is if they quit consuming it and go for deliverance. She added that people who eat Titus fish can also not make heaven unless they stop eating it and go for deliverance. Watch the video below.      View this post on Instagram         Trending video of a prophetess telling members they can't make heaven if they take Vitamin C or eat Titus fishA post shared by Lindaikejiblog (@lindaikejiblogofficial) on May 31, 2019 at 3:20am PDTThe post Trending video of a prophetess telling members they can't make heaven if they take Vitamin C or eat Titus fish appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Man gets really creative as he asks a girl out on a date

Twitter users are highly impressed by the creative message a man sent to ask a woman he likes out on a date. You like?    The post Man gets really creative as he asks a girl out on a date appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Kim Jong-un executes his envoy to the U.S. and four others for 'betraying' him over failed Trump summit

Kim Jong-un has executed his envoy to the U.S. and four others as part of a purge of officials after Jong-un's failed summit with Donald Trump. The North Korean dictator executed Kim Hyok Chol by firing squad for "betraying the supreme leader". Chol was killed in March at Mirim Airport for being "won over to the US," during nuclear negotiations with Trump. Chol and the four other senior foreign ministry officials executed at the airfield were accused of becoming U.S. "spies" after the failed second negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong-un ended abruptly in February.  Kim Hyok Chol was the North's counterpart of U.S. nuclear envoy Stephen Biegun in the run-up to the Hanoi summit in February. "He was accused of spying for the United States for poorly reporting on the negotiations without properly grasping U.S. intentions," a source told South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports that Kim Jong Un's interpreter Shin Hye Yong was sent to a prison camp for a botched translation to Trump at the summit. She failed to translate Kim's new proposal when Trump declared 'no deal' and walked away from the table, the paper reported. Shin was charged with making critical interpretation mistakes, including missing an unspecified "last-minute offer" Kim Jong-un supposedly made as Trump was about to walk out, Chosun reported. Another senior official, Kim Yong Chol, who had been in nuclear discussions with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was sent to a forced labour camp for ideological re-education. Kim Song Hye, a woman who worked with Hyok Chol in talks with Pompeo was reportedly sent to another prison camp.   News of the purge came as North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the ruling party, warned that officials who committed anti-party or anti-revolutionary acts would face the "stern judgement of the revolution".  North Korea has previously executed citizens to atone for high-profile political flops but both South Korean media and the South Korean government have a history of reporting about the inner workings of North Korea that turn out to be wrong. Supposedly executed officials have been seen later walking alongside Kim on state TV after their reported demise.The post Kim Jong-un executes his envoy to the U.S. and four others for 'betraying' him over failed Trump summit appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Lagosians beg Sanwo-Olu to impose a ban on Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) on Lagos roads

Lagosians beg Sanwo-Olu to impose a ban on Vehicle InspectionOfficers (VIO) on Lagos roadsBack in 2017, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) were banned from Lagos roads by Governor Ambode but they returned early this year. Now, Lagosians have taken to Twitter to call on newly sworn-in Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to impose a permanent ban on them. See the tweets below...@jidesanwoolu Sir, kindly continue the ban of VIO on Lagos roads. They are out in full force causing traffic as usual.— Michael Abimboye (@mmakesense) May 31, 2019 VIO's are back on lagos road....... please His Excellenecy @jidesanwoolu let them star with comercical buses and not innocent private car owners.....— N.I. Peter..... (@iamnipeter) May 31, 2019Good Morning Uncle Jimi and Buki ,the Governor of LAGOS has started well.However, the VIO officials must be monitored or else private car owners will sufer.If they are ready for business they should start comerical busses. @ClassicFM973 #paperview— N.I. Peter..... (@iamnipeter) May 31, 2019@jimidisu new lagosVIO out at 8am LASTMA looking sharp and bright.Everybody looking serious....hmm— Taiwo Temitope (@taiwo7228) May 31, 2019To be honest VIO is a plague on Lagos roads. Please let them stay in their offices abeg. Even when all your paper are complete...they will still find something to charge you with. And the least amount is 40k, after which you have to go and beg for a reduction. 15k at least.— Patrick Silhouette (@silhouette_see) May 30, 2019The prayer in the bus was for VIO not to be returned to Lagos Roads— Cubytee (@Cubytee) May 30, 2019The post Lagosians beg Sanwo-Olu to impose a ban on Vehicle InspectionOfficers (VIO) on Lagos roads appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Steward Africa launches monthly contribution (AJO) app for salary earners in Nigeria to connect & help them save more

Steward Africa launches monthly contribution (AJO) app for salary earners in Nigeria to connect and help them save moreSteward Africa is a FINTECH company that offers DIRECT DEBIT MANDATE services to its subscribers. We also have a registered E-GROUP created to connect strictly verified staff of different blue-chip companies (Multi-Organizational Group) within a defined geographic location for us to sell our bespoke financial services. Steward Africa as an APPLICATION, is designed to recreate the centuries old offline concept of monthly contribution (AJO) used in most part of the world as an alternative to high cost loans and an avenue that encourages participants to save more through discipline and commitment to the scheme. The scheme has been reproduced into an online application thereby creating an ecosystem for all interested participants increasing the chances of having an open pool and taking out pitfalls in areas of administration, payment, insurance, connectivity, distance and diversity of all kinds.  Subscribers are expected to sign up, create a team of choice or join an existing team created by another user, download the direct debit mandate form, complete the form and upload under pending team of choice to complete the pool process. The mandate goes to the bank for approval and becomes active afterwards. Once the vacant spaces are filled up, the team goes active and every participant gets debited monthly during the contribution period with bulk sum paid in a predetermined order. Teams can always start another cycle upon completion of the former going through the process stated above. Employees interested in monthly contribution (AJO) which is usually a cheaper alternative to bank loans as regards bulk credit in attending to financial needs like rent, car, land, school fees, vacation etc. or with desire to save more than they do currently are no longer restricted by the walls of their offices or the staff strength of where they work. They can now connect with family, friends and colleagues remotely regardless of the distance or the business brand they work for. Teams can either be Intra i.e. with people you are familiar with (friends, colleagues and family) or Inter i.e. connecting with verified staff of other reputable organizations. It’s a socio-economic app with social tools like group chat to aid communication and collaboration In practical, you can run a monthly contribution scheme with your relatives, friends, colleagues, ex-school mates or strangers from other reputable companies, thoroughly vetted through stringent background checks, even when you do not work in the same organization, live in the same location or maintain banking relationship with same bank. Steward Africa manages the administration and repayment is automated. Each participant sets up a debit mandate on his or her account as a pass to join the preferred group which goes to the respective bank for approval. Once we get approval for all participating accounts, the group will be active. All participants get debited monthly with bulk sum paid in a predetermined order. Example: Our first focus group had 3 participant for that contribution cycle; A staff of a multinational food and beverage company with his office in Ibadan, Oyo State, his pledged account was Fidelity Bank Plc; a staff of a pharmaceutical company in Ilupeju, Lagos State, her pledged account was a Guarantee Trust Bank account and the last participant of the cycle was a banker, his pledged account was a Zenith bank account. They worked in 3 different sectors of the economy, lived in different states, pledged accounts domiciled in three different banks but had one thing in common, they were committed to SAVE. Also, we had another group of 5; 4 bankers and a staff of another food and beverage company whose plant is situated at Owerri, Imo state. The bankers were at 3 different locations within Lagos; Victoria Island, Festac and Apapa. They had one thing in common; the commitment to Save MORE and live more enriched lives. This speaks more on the power of synergy and the saying that 'There is strength in numbers". Same applies to the finance world where people form groups to task one another to do and achieve a little more than their individual selves. Steward Africa has changed the idea of saving because you are now saving as a team not as individuals and we have created an alternative for our users to lending institutions. We have changed the desire to save from a want to a need. Now, people think, I must put some money aside because my group is counting on me. To some, they are Savings warriors while to some others, they call them savings champions. Most importantly, they come together to achieve more. Research has shown that saving money in groups triples the success rate because the discipline and commitment towards the scheme prevent members from spending the money on other avoidable expenses  Value Added Products Asides our main objective to create an ecosystem for monthly contributors, we equally leverage on the numbers to create some other valuable group and individual products. 1)Steward Africa Bailout- Steward Africa advance verified salary earners 60% of their monthly salary as loan payable over two months.Unique Value Preposition- You don’t need any further documentation other than information supplied during sign up neither do you need a guarantor to access it. 2)Steward Africa Shared Cost Housing Scheme- This product allows salary earners from different blue-chip companies to come together and pull resources to own apartment (s) each in a building with what it could cost to buy just land in such areas. This initiative equally allows people with land in choice areas to pledge it as equity while they connect with others with financial resources to develop it with each person taking an apartment(s).Unique Value Preposition- This affords you the opportunity to own an apartment with about what it will cost to own a plot of land in accessible areas where proximity to workstation is never an issue. 3)Steward Africa Next Vacation- This product allows users to save towards their next vacation and travel on a group package with professionals from other reputable companies. This serves as a good networking tool and an avenue to renew the mind and take off stress.Unique Value Preposition- Here you can buy into middle term travel plans which allows users to save between 4-6 months unlike the short-term travel plans sold by most travel agencies currently. Also, you have the opportunity of visiting beautiful destinations with other business professionals from other reputable companies. This is a good networking platform. 4)Steward Africa Save4Rent- This product allows users to save towards their next rent. Here, users get free credit life insurance cover against job loss, disability or death in the course of saving and in situations where we don’t have any of these eventualities, users get 5% interest on average balance payable upon completion of target savings.Unique Value Preposition- You have an insured savings product targeted at rent where your savings is insured against Job loss, disability or death at no extra cost with guaranteed interest payment of 5% on average balance in the event of no eventuality. 5)Steward Africa Lifestyle Discounts – This product allows users to have 2% discount on all land purchased from Merit Abode Limited. Also, users get discount when they buy their air tickets using the search engine on our homepage.Unique Value Preposition- Users save some money when they patronize any of our partners  Our objective is to build holistic digital finance solutions leveraging on numbers to reduce cost so as to help Africans live richer, more fulfilling lives through savings, investment and easy access to credit. Our vision is to connect employees of different blue-chip companies within economically active cities in Africa as ONE COMMUNITY using the STEWARD AFRICA application Competitive Advantage of Steward Africa's Debit Mandate over Similar Banks' Products S/NOBANKS' SI/DEBIT MANDATESTEWARD AFRICA DEBIT MANDATE1 Banks charge N300 to set up standing instruction while you pay N52.50 NIP charge on all inter-bank transfersFor our savings products, debit mandate set up is FREE regardless of the bank while our credit products attract charges which are reasonable compared to fees Charged on bank loans2You need to visit some of the banks' branches to set up standing instruction/debit mandate and activate it You can start to finish debit mandate set up on your phone or laptop without visiting the bank branches and the application can interact with all commercial bank accounts in Nigeria3For group savings, all participants are expected to have a banking relationship with the same bankFor group savings, participants are not restricted by banking relationship, distance or place of work4Products are basically of economic benefitsOur products are of socioeconomic benefits as we focus more on group products and games bonding sessions that help users build relationships and friendship while keeping an eye on economic gains Benefits of Using Steward Africa Application 1-It allows you to save MORE money using our cooperative savings approach system which gives the needed discipline and commitment to save more than you do currently. Research has shown over the years that saving money in groups triples the success rate 2- It gives you access to secure and automated PEER to PEER credit which gives credit at ZERO percent unlike bank loans that could be as high as 60% PA 3-Our insured target savings product offers free credit life insurance cover against job loss, disability or death over the savings period with guaranteed savings interest on average balance. 4- Through our shared cost housing plan, you can own an apartment with what it will cost to buy a plot of land in such areas. 5- You can start to finish setting up a standing instruction/debit mandate on your account from your laptop or mobile phone without physically visiting any of your bank branches and the app can interacts with all commercial bank accounts in Nigeria. Hence, you are not restricted to any particular banking relationship. 6- It allows users to save towards visiting new places around the world yearly. Unlike most travel packages with short notice, Steward Africa organized travel packages are medium and long term which allows users to save towards it. Also, our professional group travel packages are good networking tools for business executives. Also, we organize yearly games bonding sessions to bring together virtual users to bond and build lasting relationships. 7- In addition, you can equally enjoy negotiated discounts from our lifestyle partners through our lifestyle discount offerings Steward Africa Unique Value Proposition 1) Steward Africa offers a secure Peer to Peer Credit platform that gives BULK CREDIT at ZERO interest rate unlike bank loan that is between 22%-60%PA 2) Steward Africa offers a holistic approach to finance. It offers savings, credit, insurance as well as investment options 3) The application interacts with all commercial bank account in Nigeria. Hence you are not restricted to any banking relationship. All that’s required is to download mandate form, complete it, scan/snap with a scanner or mobile phone and upload on the app 4) The application is strictly for salary earners. In other words, we can say its demographic specific i.e. we pull together people with similar social and economic beliefs. 5)Guaranteed target savings. With our credit life insurance option on monthly contribution and our Save4Rent products, users are guaranteed to have their target savings in the event of job loss, disability or death In conclusion, form a formidable group today with relatives, friends and colleagues and you all should sign up on Steward Africa or you sign up independently for us to connect you to other verified salary earners and we promise you all the best financial group administration and management Currently, the application is web based and you can access Steward Africa via the URL below; http://bit.ly/2YXzA4S post Steward Africa launches monthly contribution (AJO) app for salary earners in Nigeria to connect & help them save more appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Breaking: PENGASSAN President, Francis Johnson Is dead 

Breaking:PENGASSAN President, Francis Johnson Is deadThe President, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Francis Johnson, has died in the early hours of Friday morning, May 31st. The deceased, who became President of the union in 2014, was said to have passed on after a brief ailment. The General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Okugbawa Lumumba, confirmed the development saying members of the union were on their way to pay a condolence visit to the family, adding that a statement would be issued later.The post Breaking:PENGASSAN President, Francis Johnson Is dead appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Nigerians became poorer in Buhari’s first term – The Economist

The Economist reviewed the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari and concluded that Nigerians became poorer during his first four years in office. The London magazine, in the publication, which was posted on its website on Thursday, said while the Nigerian economy was “stuck like a stranded truck,” average incomes fell during the four-year period covering 2015 to 2019. The Economist in its report said based on the thinking of the International Monetary Fund, the average income of Nigerians “will not rise for at least another six (years).”The report partly reads; “The Nigerian economy is stuck like a stranded truck. Average incomes have been falling for four years; the IMF thinks they will not rise for at least another six (years). The latest figures put unemployment at 23 per cent, after growing for 15 consecutive quarters.  “Some 94 million people live on less than $1.90 a day, more than in any other country, and the number is swelling. By 2030, a quarter of very poor people will be Nigerians, predicts the World Data Lab, which counts such things.” The report said the naira was overvalued, adding that this was because the government had spent decades neglecting basic public goods such as roads, schools and electricity.  It said, “Where urgency is needed, Mr Buhari offers only caution. Few are holding their breath for any more drive in his second term, which began on May 29th. Yet officials are postponing a crisis, not averting one. Consider borrowing. The debt-to-GDP ratio is 28 per cent, but Nigeria collects so little in tax that interest payments swallow about 60 per cent of federal revenues.” The Economist said that public finances would be healthier if the government raised the price of fuel, which is imported by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and sold on at a loss. It said last year, subsidy was worth at least 0.5 per cent of the GDP, noting that this was almost what the government spent on health care.“Politicians are scared to end the subsidy. An attempt to do so in 2012 led to massive protests.Although the government has expanded the school-feeding programme and is working on a safety net for the poor, most citizens get few benefits from the state,” it added.For Nigeria to prosper, it said the government should harness the potential of its 200 million citizens.  It said currently, the citizens were ignored except when politicians needed votes.The post Nigerians became poorer in Buharis first term The Economist appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appointed as new Inter Milan boss after Luciano Spalletti's sacking 

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appointed as new Inter Milan boss after Luciano Spalletti's sackingFormer Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has been appointed head coach at Inter Milan. The 49-year-old returns to management having been sacked by the Blues at the end of the 2017-18 season. The Italian replaces the sacked Luciano Spalletti at the San Siro after the Nerazzurri finished fourth in Serie A this season. 'A new chapter in my life is beginning, I'm really excited,' said Conte on Inter's official website.Through my work, I'll try to repay all of the trust that the president and directors have placed in me.'I have chosen Inter because of the club it is, because of the project's sound basis and how ambitious it is. Because of Inter's history.'I was struck by the club's transparency and the desire to bring Inter back to where it belongs.'On Conte's appointment, Inter president Steven Zhang said: 'I'm sure that Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches out there,''I'm certain that he'll help us achieve our objective and fulfil our mission, one which has always remained the same: to make this club one of the best in the world again.'Conte is expected to sign Nigerian footballer Victor Moses, 28 to the club. The post Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte appointed as new Inter Milan boss after Luciano Spalletti's sacking appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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"Imam of Peace" criticizes people who go to the West and try to "impose their ideology on society"

Imam Tawhidi, an Iranian-Australian Muslim religious leader who refers to himself as the Imam of Peace, has addressed people from other countries who go to the West and expect their host country to change for them. Tawhidi said diversity and "multiculturalism at all costs" is the fastest way to destroy a country, therefore, it is wrong for people from other countries with different cultures to come to the West and try to force "the host nation to accommodate your beliefs".  He wrote on Facebook: "Diversity does not bring unity and it does not bring strength. Diversity brings and has already brought less tolerant people into a tolerant society, expecting them to tolerate their intolerance. Multiculturalism *at all costs* is the fastest way to destroy a country. If you move to the West then you are expected to behave like the rest of the West. You can eat and wear whatever you like, but you cannot impose your ideology on society, and expect the host nation to accomodate your beliefs. There is no room for diversity in a Conservative Government. I am a temporary migrant. Once it’s safe for me to return to Iran, I will. We are all guests in the West. Watching the West change for me, permanently, is ridiculous. What the hell is wrong with you?" The post "Imam of Peace" criticizes people who go to the West and try to "impose their ideology on society" appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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How to spot a Nigerian man with sense on social media - Media Personality, Ajike

 How to spot a Nigerian man with sense on social media -Media Personality, AjikeMedia personality, Ajike has just shared an interesting article on how to spot a Nigerian man with sense on social media with particular reference to popular dating app, Tinder. According to her, 'If you’re like me, who is always single but in need of male company yet won’t go out cos humans suck, and you need a guide on how to maneuver through the riffraffs of Tinder - then this is for you. The rest of you can stop reading at this point'. Ok ladies, I’ve been on Tinder on and off for 5 years now and I’ve noticed a few things that can help you navigate right when swiping left or right. So, Tinder is generally filled with horny Nigerian men who have no money or weak stroke game. (No, I’ve never met a dude off Tinder and fucked him, it’s just something about the way they act and talk that says so).Anyways, before I get sidetracked, I’m gonna breakdown certain things you need to be on the lookout for before swiping right on that guy just ‘cos he looks so cute. Seriously, you sef, have sense!His profile pic - Please don’t get carried away by the first cute pic you see when swiping! Make sure you go through ALL his pics before concluding that heart cute. I’ve noticed that the really fugly ones try to take selfies from odd angles so you can’t see their third chin or lazy eye properly. A confident man would “own” each pic, not look like he was forced to take each one. It’s very painful to look at unno.His bio - So, you’ve spotted a cutie and you’re about swiping right.... Wait!!! Have you checked his bio? Does it include any of the words ‘cool’ ‘calm’ ‘collected’? Please, abort mission! Or is his bio bare yet his photos lack any presence? Must mean the individual lacks sense too. The worst ones are those that actually include “sapiosexual” in their bio. Like, yo! If you were truly sapiosexual your bio would be filled with smart witty quips! If his bio doesn’t seem well thought out but rather has a generic feel to it, please swipe left with immediate effect.His sense - Now you’ve swiped right and it matches with the cutie you’ve been purring over and it’s time to determine whether or not he is an avid user of common sense. If he already swiped right for you beforehand you did, then you should initiate the convo. Depending on what his response is, you’d know within 10mins of chatting if he has sense or not. Fun thing I like about Tinder is that you can “unmatch” with someone if the person was an ‘error’ swipe.NOTE - Don’t be too eager to add them on WhatsApp. Chat for a few days on the app with them, get a sense of what they want from you (this mostly depends on what you want too tho), don’t be afraid to let them know if they are being inappropriate or disrespectful. Most importantly, if it’s marriage you’re looking for directly - Tinder is NOT for you! Try “Christian Mingle” or “Facebook”.I must mention that there are certain accounts you just HAVE TO swipe left for. The ones with no shirt on in almost all their pics, the ones always chilling in the clubs, the ones always taking selfies in cars or by cars, the ones that look like obvious Yahoo Bois, the ones with their wives included in their picture slide, your exes of course, and most importantly any profile of a white military man issa trap! You’d be shocked at how many fraudsters you’d meet on Tinder. Some are there to defraud you of money while most just wanna defraud you of pussy! Stay sharp ladies, because most of these men are moving mad unno. I do sincerely hope I’ve been able to be of some help to those who have been thinking of joining Tinder. I’ve made some cool friends via there but I’m yet to meet any guy off there that’s worth the risk for a sexual adventure. As I said earlier, this is a Tinder guide for Nigerian women like me. If you know you’re only aspiring to be like me, mbok Twitter is your dating app for now.The post How to spot a Nigerian man with sense on social media -Media Personality, Ajike appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Photo: Obama meets football legend, Pele in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photo: Obama meets football legend, Pele inSao Paulo, BrazilFootball legend Pele met with former US president Barack Obama in Sao Paulo on Thursday where the pair discussed how “to make the world better”. Making his first major public appearance weeks after a surgery to remove a kidney stone, a healthy-looking Pele smiled and clutched Obama’s hand as they posed for a photo. Pele shared the photo on social media saying, “met with President Obama while he was in town. We spoke about how to work together to make the world better. Happy we are on the same team.”The post Photo: Obama meets football legend, Pele inSao Paulo, Brazil appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Timi Dakolo quotes Bible verses to justify calling out a pastor who sexually abuses women

Timi Dakolo is not done with the popular Nigerian pastor who he claim goes about sexually abusing women while his team covers it up (read here). The singer was called out by some Christians for openly criticizing the unnamed pastor (read here). Some began speculating on who the pastor is and the church he heads and this trended on Twitter (read here). This morning Timi tweeted Bible verses to justify him publicly pointing out the pastor's wrongs. Below are his recent posts. The post Timi Dakolo quotes Bible verses to justify calling out a pastor who sexually abuses women appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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70-year-old man accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl

70-year-old man accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girlA 70-year-old man from Florida was arrested for allegedly impregnating a 13-year-old girl. According to a Boca Raton police report, Renaud Jerome of Boca Raton was arrested on Friday after the girl showed up to a hospital complaining of pain symptoms associated with constipation. That's when doctors discovered she was 14 weeks pregnant. The Miami Herald reports that the victim told police that Jerome “would touch her and have sex with her” and was the father of the child she is carrying. Jerome, who only speaks Creole, admitted to police that he had consensual sex with the victim three times over the past couple of months. “Jerome stated that within the last couple of months he has had consensual vaginal intercourse with [redacted] three times,” police said. “Jerome stated that [redacted] was interested in him more than he was interested in her and never forced her to do anything.” Jerome is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail and he’s required not to have any contact with the teen or anyone under 18.The post 70-year-old man accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Nollywood actress, Tayo Sobola loses mum

Nollywood actress, Tayo Sobola otherwise called Sotayo-Gaga has lost her mum who she mostly refers to as 'Alhaja'. Her mum died yesterday May 30th 2019 and she has since been buried according to Islamic rites. May Her Soul Rest in Peace.The post Nollywood actress, Tayo Sobola loses mum appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Photo: Nigerian police arrest Enugu pastor for allegedly impregnating 20 church members

 Photo:Nigerian police arrest Enugu pastor for impregnating 20 church membersThe Nigeria Police have confirmed the arrest of a pastor for allegedly impregnating 20 members of his church in Enugu State.   Pastor Timothy Ngwu who is the General Overseer of the Vineyard Ministry of the Holy Trinity was arrested by officers of the Enugu State Police Command. According to reports by church members, Ngwu claimed that the Holy Spirit commanded him to impregnate as many female members of the church as possible.   Speaking on the incident, the Enugu state Police spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu said the pastor had been charged for sexual abuse. Sources privy to the incident said Ngwu said the Holy spirit had given him the mandate to impregnate women in his ministry irrespective of their marital status.   The source also said that the child delivered by every woman impregnated by the pastor is expected to remain in the ministry with the mother for life. Trouble started for Ngwu after his wife reported his randy behaviour to the police after the pastor was alleged to have impregnated her (his wife’s) young niece all in the name of obeying a ‘divine instruction’.   Ngwu who is said to have five wives with 13 children along with other concubines said he never had carnal knowledge of the young girl.  He also said that he never had intercourse with any of the married women except their husbands concurred to the request of the ‘Holy Ghost’.The post Photo:Nigerian police arrest Enugu pastor for allegedly impregnating 20 church members appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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U.N. receives 37 sexual abuse allegations against its personnel in the first quarter of 2019

U.N. receives 37 sexual abuse allegations against its personnel in the first quarter of 2019A spokesperson of the United Nations has revealed that the international body received 37 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its personnel in the first quarter of 2019. Mr Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the organisation, disclosed this at a news conference in New York on Thursday. The alleged offenders, according to Haq, include civilian and uniformed personnel from peacekeeping as well as personnel of agencies, funds and programmes.   He also noted that not all the allegations reported had been fully substantiated, and that many were in the preliminary stage of assessment.“Of the 37 allegations, there are 49 victims: 28 women and 11 girls, one boy, seven females of unknown age, one unknown adult and one unknown child. Sixteen of these allegations are categorised as sexual abuse, 27 as sexual exploitation, four are of an unknown nature, and two have been categorised as “other”, of which one was closed. Of these 37 allegations, one has been substantiated through an investigation and has been referred to the Member State,’’ the spokesperson said. He added that four of the allegations were not substantiated; 26 at various stages of investigation, and six under preliminary assessment to determine if there is sufficient information to investigate. Haq stated that the world body also received 33 allegations, involving 37 victims and 38 perpetrators, against non-UN personnel working as implementing partners.The post U.N. receives 37 sexual abuse allegations against its personnel in the first quarter of 2019 appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Blended family goals! Alex Rodriguez, his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, his fiancee Jennifer Lopez and their kids pictured together

Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, and their exes are proving to be the models for how to co-parent amicably. Just hours ago, Jennifer Lopez, her fiance A-Rod, and her ex Mar Anthony were filmed goofing around at Marc and J.Lo's son's school performance. Now A-Rod has shared a photo of him, his fiancee J.Lo, his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, and their kids at his daughter's graduation from middle school. There was also a man pictured with them who social media users claim is Cynthia's new husband. The couple were pictured with their kids. Natasha, 14, and Ella, 11, are A-Rod and Cynthia's kids. Lopez’s 11-year-old twins with ex Marc Anthony, Emme Maribel and Maximilian David, were also present. "How is my beautiful angel going to be a freshman in High School?! Congrats Tashi, we love you! " A-Rod captioned the photo.  Web users were impressed by how well the adults are co-parenting and they mentioned this in their replies. See below. The post Blended family goals! Alex Rodriguez, his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, his fiancee Jennifer Lopez and their kids pictured together appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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BBN star, Nina releases stunning birthday photos as she clocks 23 today

BBN star, Nina releases stunning birthday photos as she clocks 23 today.Big Brother Naiija star, Nina has released stunning new photos pf herself in celebration of her 23rd birthday, which is today, May 31, 2019.Continue to see more photos.  The post BBN star, Nina releases stunning birthday photos as she clocks 23 today appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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