Nigerians Love Their Fanta And Sprite + Other Top Stories In The NEWS Today!

In Case You Missed It: Omojuwa.Com brings you a recap of top stories in the NEWS today 31st of March, 2017.


CNN Poll Reveals Nigerians Still Drinking Fanta, Sprite Despite Court Ruling

Despite being in the eye of the storm lately over the controversy surrounding benzoate preservatives, favourite beverage brands, Fanta and Sprite, appear to still enjoy the confidence and trust of Nigerian consumers, according to a CNN Poll.

No Legislative House Has The Power To Suspend A Member – Femi Falana

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has stated that no legislative House has the power to suspend a member even for a single day.

23 Nigerians deported from Britain arrive Lagos

The Government of the United Kingdom has deported 23 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.a.m on Friday.

President Buhari deploys newly approved ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has deployed four of the newly approved ambassadors to some critical foreign missions.

‘Stop telling lies about roads construction ‘ – Governor Ortom blasts Governor Wike

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has dismissed claims by his Rivers State counterpart, Mr. Nyesom, to the effect that he was constructing the Aliade-Onu-Obarike-Ito-Otukpo and Makurdi-Naka-Adoka roads, describing it as a tissue of lies.

UNILORIN Prof’s ex-driver, Two Others to die by Hanging

A High Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, presided over by Justice H. Saleeman on Thursday sentenced three persons to death by hanging for armed robbery and attempting to commit culpable homicide against a professor with the University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdullahi Onimisi.

CBN increases forex sales to BDCs after IMF commendation

The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced that it would increase the amount of forex apportioned to Bureau de Change operators (BDCs) to $10,000 weekly from $8,000.

Ghanaian Actor, John Dumelo Faces Prosecution For Stealing State Vehicle

Ghanaian Actor, John Dumolo is set to face prosecution for allegedly stealing state vehicle, local report says.

Sacked senator, Bassey Akpan loses stay of execution bid

The Federal High Court, Uyo, on Friday struck out the application for stay of execution filed by Bassey Akpan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Akwa Ibom North.

Group gives senate 48 hours to rescind Ali Ndume’s suspension

Some constituents of Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, have protested against the decision of the upper legislative chamber to suspend him.

President Buhari will return to London for his medical check-ups – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, says President Muhammadu Buhari will return to London for his medical check-ups.

EFCC declares Johnson Olusegun Salako wanted over alleged fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a recent publication has declared a certain Johnson Olusegun Salako wanted over fraud allegations.

Indian police make sixth arrest over attack on Nigerians

Police have made a sixth arrest in connection with a brutal mob attack on Nigerian students in northern India that rights groups labelled a hate crime, an officer said Friday.

Fraudsters impersonate Tinubu, Saraki, dupe job seekers of N20m

Some suspected fraudsters, who specialised in cloning phone numbers of ministers, politicians and aides to President Muhammadu Buhari, have been apprehended by the police.

EFCC drags PDP lawmaker Nse Bassey Ekpenyong to court over certificate forgery

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned a member of the House of Representatives, Nse Bassey Ekpenyong for alleged certificate forgery and alteration of his West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result.

Fire guts accounts section of Ebonyi Government House

The accounts section of the Ebonyi Government House was on Friday gutted by fire which disrupted activities within the complex.

VIDEO: Abuja airport runway is 57.5% completed, says aviation minister Hadi Sirika

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, says the rehabilitation of runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is more than halfway completed.

MFM pastor defrauds widow of N850,000

The police have arrested a minister with the Mountain of Fire Ministries, Mr Franklin Chinedu for allegedly defrauding a widow of her husband’s gratuity.

Co-Creation Hub (CC-Hub) launches the re:learn Educators’ Network

Co-Creation Hub announces the launch of the re:learn Educators’ Network, a network of trained facilitators, capable of leveraging technology to enhance the learning experience in classrooms.

CNN reporter faces massive backlash after eating human brain on TV

An American writer and presenter has come under fire for eating a human brain in his new TV documentary.

In the first episode of CNN’s new series Believer, presenter Reza Aslan met with the Aghori, a nomadic religious sect based in India. The Aghori worship the Hindu deity Shiva, but reject many of the tenets of Hinduism and practice a range of unusual ceremonies, including cannibalism.

While staying with the Aghori, Aslan drank alcohol from a human skull, and ate a cooked piece of brain. He later wrote on Facebook: “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!”

Critics have attacked the programme, claiming its focus on the Aghori sect misrepresents Hinduism as a whole.

A statement from Washington lobby group US India Political Action Committees (USINPAC) said: “With multiple reports of hate-fueled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the U.S., the show characterizes Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world.”

Vamsee Juluri, a media studies professor from the University of California, has also attacked the show as “racist” in a article for The Huffington Post.

It is unbelievably callous and reckless of CNN to be pushing sensational and grotesque images of bearded brown men and their morbid and deathly religion at a time when the United States is living through a period of unprecedented concern and fear,” Juluri wrote.

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has called the episode “sensationalist and absurd”.

On Twitter, Gabbard said: “CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals—as if touring a zoo—but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly.”

In a press release, CNN praised the new show’s viewing figures, pointing to its place as the as the top-rated programme among in its time-slot among 18 to 34-year-olds.

Aslan is the author of three books on religion, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of California. Although he has given no formal statement on the latest controversy, he has retweeted a comment from Believer’s producer Ben Selkow, defending the programme. “The episode is a celebration of the modern Aghor and look at casteism,” Selkow wrote, adding: “Peace.”

President Trump criticizes media, labels CNN Clinton News Network

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attack on what he called “fake news”, accusing the media of false reports and polls.

The American leader spoke at the Conservative Conference at the National Harbor in Maryland.

Mr. Trump called out “Clinton News Network”, when urged by his audience to mention some media he claimed published fake polls.

He also spoke on other issues like immigration, healthcare, and trade, saying he likes left-leaning American senator, Bernie Sanders, for his stance on trade.

Mr. Sanders lost the Democratic ticket to Hilary Clinton who lost the presidential election to Mr. Trump.

On healthcare, Mr. Trump restated his stance that “we’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare.”


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JUST IN: White House confirm Trump’s conversation with Buhari.

CNN has confirmed that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to President Donald Trump from London on Monday.

It was also confirmed that the American President also spoke with President Jacob Zuma about strengthening ties with South Africa.

The Nigerian presidency had on Monday said Mr. Buhari had a telephone conversation with Mr. Trump at the request of the American President.

Some Nigerians expressed doubts about the conversation especially as the president has not spoken directly to Nigerians since he left the country on January 19.

According to Mr. Buhari’s aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement to CNN, Mr. Trump assured the Nigerian president that the U.S. is ready to help obtain “a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.”

Mr. Adesina also said, “President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.”

President Donald Trump has been increasingly conversing with world leaders during his first weeks in office.

On Monday he turned his attention to Africa.

Mr. Trump called two of the continent’s most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating terrorism, trade relations and other issues.

The White House press Secretary and Communication Director, Sean Spicer, in his introduction of Tuesday’s White House Press Briefing, also mentioned that Mr. Trump spoke with Messrs. Buhari and Zuma.

CNN accidentally broadcasts 30 minutes of hardcore porn.

We all mess up every now and then — and that’s totally okay. But someone is probably getting fired for this mistake.


Last night at 11PM EST, some unsuspecting viewers getting ready for a brand new episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN were surprised to see that scheduled programming had been replaced by 30 minutes of adult entertainment.


The mess-up only affected viewers in Boston, as CNN’s broadcasting in the city is provided by RCN, a local television provider. Despite the channel sending through the correct video signal, but somehow RCN managed to press the wrong buttons and provide viewers with something quite different.


Twitter user @solikearose couldn’t wait for the latest episode of the popular travel show, but was shocked to find explicit material on her screen when she tuned in.



It’s likely there’s a simple explanation for the mix-up, but until we know what happened it’s hard to see how someone could mess up this badly – and not notice for a full half an hour. Luckily it was past bedtime for potential underage viewers, but that probably won’t save someone at RCN from getting yelled at today.

TB Joshua: The line between watching CNN & hearing from God – Emmanuel Ekaji Ibe

I don’t know what to make of the US election as I still cannot understand and figure out properly what happened. Till then I would address other surrounding issues.

Prophet T.B Joshua is my focus here and for a long time, I have observed keenly how this man has moved from one dirty controversy to the other; how sometime ago his church was involved in a building collapse as a result of the clear disregard of warnings not to add more storey buildings on the existing one.

Still on that issue, there were incidents were he was involved in bribing Journalists so as not to publish evidence that could cause further damage to him. I have watched all these but never for once did I comment on it as I really try to avoid criticizing religious leaders but I have long since changed my stand.

T.B Joshua is one of the major problems of the Nigerian society and he represents the large number of other so called religious leaders who take advantage of the gullibility and mental decay in Nigeria to enrich themselves and brainwash the multitudes in buying whatever crap they sell to them, every Sunday.

T.B Joshua is not just dull and unintelligent, he is a major fool and unfortunate soul. He goes to church every Sunday preaching his own version of Christianity and God, using God to make money off innocent worshippers.

He was preaching at what he calls church on Sunday and all of a sudden he said the Lord revealed to him who was gonna win the US Election, he said it would be a lady, obviously Hillary Clinton and that she was going to have problems with the US congress and his church members were so excited and were applauding the prophesy.

He talked about some other things, confidently spitting nonsense and a very large audience believing everything. Wow!

The US election is over now. If you call T.B Joshua a fool, an idiot, a stupid man, and all sorts you are right and no one has the right to question you.

Even if you desire not to speak, you are right, res ipsa loquitur, the fact speaks for itself and his folly is so glaring for his Sunday audience to see and the world to conclude finally that he was a filthy piece of shit all along.

Donald trump won. Now the offering being paid in his church definitely he’d use part to subscribe for DSTV, there is every possibility that his watching of CNN for too long might have influenced his decision.

There really cannot be anything wrong with a religious leader airing his political views as we have seen father Mbaka of the Catholic Church do several times but when you hide under God and religion to defraud people, you are a good for nothing soul and amongst the worst humans in this world.

Nigerians React To CNN’s ‘Zuckerberg Visits Sub-Sahara Africa’ Headline

International broadcaster, the Cable News Network (CNN), has angered Nigerians for omitting the country’s name in the headline of a report announcing the visit of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to Africa’s most populous country.

The headline mentioned Sub-Sahara Africa as Mr. Zuckerberg’s destination.

That headline promptly sparked anger in one of the world’s largest oil producers, with citizens taking to Facebook and Twitter to attack the broadcaster for omitting ‘Nigeria’ and creating the impression that Africa was a country.

Nigerians who commented on the matter expressed strong views, and sought to salvage their national pride.

“CNN it’s NIGERIA!!!” Facebook user, Iloh Andrew, said. “I know you are shy to say it is Nigeria…safe, sound and happy to be here…not the Nigeria you propagate as a drop bomb zone.”

Another Facebook user, Bola Aduwo, said, “CNN please what is Sub-Sahara Africa? An area of over 20 countries. Why can’t you be specific? What will it cost to say Nigeria?”

Mr. Aduwo said Nigeria had the largest Facebook community in Africa with over 16 million users, and, therefore, deserved respect.

“We can no longer be ignored,” he added. “Receive sense please.”

“If Mr. Mark had gone to a European country, will you tweet this way: ‘Mark makes first ever visit to Europe’ — CNN Africa?”Twitter user @oluwatimilehino asked.

“Ewo ni Sub-Sahara Africa (which one is Sub-Sahara Africa)?” Twitter user @fireofola queried. “Nigeria is too much to mention?”

And again on Facebook, there was one user questioning the news organisation’s understanding of maps.

“Just say he came to Nigeria. If you don’t know where that one is, check your map, don’t be shy,” said a user, Winnie Coco.”

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Buhari Responds To CNN’s Amanpour On Cameron’s “Fantastically Corrupt” Statement (WATCH)

President Buhari who has arrived London to participate at the Anti Corruption Summit was briefly drilled by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. What can be more awkward than having to face a Prime Minister that called your country leaders “Fantastically Corrupt”?

Watch Buhari’s epic respond below:


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Pregnant CNN Anchor Poppy Harlow Faints on Live Television

CNN viewers were thrown into a moment of shock after news anchor Poppy Harlow passed out live on TV on Monday.

The 33-year-old, who is six months pregnant, passed out whilst narrating a breaking news story.

The good news after the scary moment is that she is doing perfectly well with her pregnant baby.

“For all of you on Twitter, who are asking if I’m OK, thank you so much. I got a little hot and I passed out for a moment,” the award winning anchor explained when she reappeared on air minutes later. “I am fine.”

“Our little girl due this spring is doing just fine,” she tweeted to update her followers on her condition. “Was a scare but we are both ok.”

Harlow was named a New York-based CNN correspondent in April 2012. She joined CNN in 2008 and served as the anchor for and reported for CNN, CNN International and HLN.

Harlow has won the Gracie Award for best online investigative program or feature and SABEW’s Best in Business award.

Harlow replaced Richard Quest on CNN International.

Watch the video below:

Istifanus Yaro :On Europe And An Unprecedented Refugee Crises, My Take

Hordes and hordes of men, women and children are knocking on the doors of Europe in a manner never before experienced. These are adjudged to be people running away from war thorn Syria,   Saudi-shelled Yemen and the overall uneasiness characterising the Middle East at this very moment. This is even more so with ISIS expanding the frontiers of a new, resurgent Islamic state.

The policy of the West had a triggering effect, resulting in to the kind of humanitarian crises being witnessed today. The arming of rebels in Syria, the divided stance on the part of the permanent membership of the UN Security Council where one country supports the beleaguered Assad Regime while others support the rebels is a recipe for a protracted war.

One of the legacies of the Libyan war is an internal instability that has created a breeding ground for terrorists and lunching pad to the rest of the world. Libya now provides a window into Europe from an anarchical environment that is now the state of Libya.

With a policy that has consistently shown Africa as a jungle of disease, starvation, conflicts and failed states, it is little wonder that Africans increasingly become drawn to Europe. We have been inundated with stories of Africans ready to undertake the deadly journey across the Sahara desert into Europe. These dogged journeymen considered it far more dignifying to die in the desert or drown in the Mediterranean than to live in the throes of abject poverty. The allures of Europe is that attractive.

At the height of the Ebola scourge, ‘Ebola diplomacy’ was used to further undermine Africa. CNN ascribed numbers constituting those who lost their lives to the Ebola pandemic. Those numbers, affixed to west African countries, depicted a dehumanizing situation that was only expected to get worse, and the numbers bound to increase.

America was depicted as the great nation, whose citizens cannot be allowed to  die in the disease-infested jungles of Africa. An SOS mission was launched and the American doctor who was cured of the ailment read a pre-scripted note while proclaiming his recovery ‘a historic moment’ for America and for himself. When Nigeria, with lesser drama and showmanship, surmounted the scourge, America ate the humble pie and sent emissaries to understudy the methods employed by the most populous black country in the world. The Ebola diplomacy failed woefully. But in the minds of those fixated with thoughts of the West as eldorado, the systematic diplomacy of persistently downgrading Africa has resulted into an inferiority complex that even a feat such as Nigeria’s defeat  of Ebola cannot warrant any re-valuation.

Those that undertake the journey-of-no-return to Europe have lost every sense of rational thought that they wouldn’t bother to know that Europe today is dithering under great economic uncertainty. Just recently, David Cameron has embarked on foreign diplomatic shuttles to woo investors to the UK! By the year 2050, according to a recent PWC report, the UK would ease out of the World’s Top 10 Economies while Nigeria as one of the foremost world economy. It is really not surprising as close observers have since noticed the recurrent indices of an economy that is loosing steam on a number of fronts. This probably is the reason why Fareed Zacharia in an article in the Washington Post recently acclaimed that ‘the Great Britain has resigned as a World Power’. But our brothers and sisters that commit all they have including their lives to making it into Europe do not realise that it is far easier to be free on the shores of their ancestors than it would be elsewhere.

On the whole, the blame for the unprecedented scramble to European shores rests substantially on the West. Western policy often cast the rest of the world as either Third rate or Third World. Those who now want to make it at all cost into Europe are orphans of western policies. But it must be said that terrorist could also hide under cover of seeking political asylum to make to Europe thereby extending the frontiers of the Islamic State.

There is a scar on the conscience of the West, which ought to lead to a realization that the sooner a solution to the humanitarian crisis is found, the better it would be for the security of Europe and the world.

By Istifanus Yaro (public servant, researcher, writer and poet)

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Gen. Buhari Reveals Secret Behind Presidential Race Success + Proposed First Assignment

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour yesterday, April 1, 2015, the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari,says he is not surprised that he defeated President Goodluck Jonathan at the just concluded polls.
Buhari, who had over two million votes above Jonathan attributed his victory to the successful merger of the All Progressives Congress in 2013. He said the merger had signalled the beginning of the end of Jonathan’s administration.
In his words, , “I am not surprised because of how we came into the merger. The main opposition parties in Nigeria decided to come together to face the ruling party. That means we had an additional spread and politicians across the length and breadth of the country; so, I was not surprised.”
Buhari also said that as soon as he gets sworn in, he would start a process of national reconciliation in Nigeria, especially in the violence-prone areas of the Niger Delta and the North-East.
He said, “The actual division that is worth bothering about in terms of social instability and insecurity are in the North-East and the in the Niger Delta, which I think have been with this country long enough that we know how they started and what stage they are in now and we are confident that we will rapidly give attention to the insecurity in the country and I believe that we will deal with them within a few months in office.”

Sanusi Says Issues Around Missing $20bn Unresolved

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, said there are still a lot of questions yet to be answered concerning the missing $20bn oil money. Sanusi, who is currently the Emir of Kano, said the federal government is yet to adequately address the issues surrounding the missing oil money.

He said during an interview with Christiane Amanpour on the CNN on Wednesday, that the level of corruption in the oil sector was still high. Sanusi had last year raised the alarm about missing $20bn but was removed shortly after as CBN governor by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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“No Part of our Country is Under Boko Haram’s Control” – Maj. Gen. Olukolade to CNN

Major General Chris Olukolade has dismissed all assertions that Boko Haram is in absolute control of any portion of the country’s territory. The country’s top military spokesman stated this in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday on the heels of what is being described at the terrorist group’s deadliest attack.

He countered the assertion, saying, “Yes, the activities of terrorism – they are prevalent in certain isolated communities, here and there. It is part of the reality of the moment, we recognize such as a thing to be addressed, but we have never considered that any portion of Nigeria is under their control,” Major General Chris Olukolade said.

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CNN Report On Nigerian Soldiers Satanic- Defence HQ

The Defence Headquarters have expressed outrage against recent reports by the CNN on the activities of Boko Haram in the north-east zone of Nigeria (Click to Watch Report), describing the reports as satanic and crafted to destroy the Nigerian Army.

A statement posted on the website of the Nigerian Military took umbrage on the idea of CNN making reports on Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east, while quoting supposed Nigerian soldiers, stating that no soldier would speak to a foreign news medium without authorization. Read Defence Headquarters’ statement below:




Watch How 5 Bill Cosby’s Accusers Speak Out on CNN

CNN brought five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and rape to its studios on Monday where Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota interviewed them on a special titled “The Cosby Show: A Legend Under Fire.”

The five women included Joan Tarshis, Barbara Bowman, Kristina Ruehli, Patty Mastin and Victoria Valentino.

“He’s a fake. He’s a pretender, and behind that he’s a sociopath,” said Kristina Ruehli, who claimed the comedian drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 1965.


Piers Morgan Quits CNN

Ace Tv presenter and staunch Arsenal fan Mr piers Morgan has resigned his job at  CNN he just announced. Piers morgan who said  he was offered a two year deal from CNN to host 41 interviews and shows said he took the decision not to accept the two year deal as he has  decided to go try his hand on another job. 

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Morgan’s first major position in national media was as de facto editor of The Suns show business column, Bizarre, under the editorship of Kelvin MacKenzie. In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of News of the World by Rupert Murdoch, becoming the youngest national newspaper editor in more than half a century.He quickly gained notoriety for his invasive, thrusting style and lack of concern for celebrities’ privacy, claiming that they could not manipulate the media to further their own ends without accepting the consequences of a two-way deal.

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Morgan left this post in 1995 shortly after publishing photographs of Catherine Victoria Lockwood, then wife of Charles, Earl Spencer leaving an addictive disorders clinic in Surrey. This action ran against the editors’ code of conduct,a misdemeanor for which the Press Complaints Commission upheld a complaint against Morgan. Murdoch was reported as having said that “the boy went too far and publicly distanced himself from the story. Fearful of a privacy law action if he had not criticized one of his employees, Murdoch is said to have apologized to Morgan in private.

The incident was reported to have contributed to Morgan’s decision to leave for the Daily Mirror  editorship.Morgan’s autobiography The Insider states that he left the News of the World of his own choice and somewhat against owner Rupert Murdoch’s wishes when he was offered the job of Editor at the Daily Mirror.

We would keep up with more developing stories from Piers Morgans camp on this new development after many years with CNN .