British finance minister Philip Hammond has said he would make a point of resigning before Boris Johnson became prime minister, saying he could never agree to his Brexit strategy.  

Johnson is widely expected to win the governing, centre-right Conservative Party’s leadership contest on Tuesday and be named as prime minister once Theresa May resigns the premiership on Wednesday.  

Hammond has become an increasingly fierce critic of Johnson’s Brexit strategy leaving the European Union with or without a deal on October 31 and would never have expected to remain as chancellor of the Exchequer in a Johnson government. But the fact that the second-most senior figure in the government is making a point of resigning rather than wait to be moved on in the incoming prime minister’s reshuffle is a significant gesture and an indicator of the opposition Johnson could face in pursuing his Brexit strategy.
“I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point,” Hammond told BBC television. Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on the 31st of October.  
“That is not something that I could ever sign up to. It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of the policy, and I, therefore, intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.”  
May will head to Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday to see Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, and relinquish her office. Johnson’s rival for the premiership is Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has said that Britain should prepare for a no-deal Brexit if a deal seems unlikely by the end of September. 

Alhaja Monsurat Ashabi Oluwatoyin Oyemade Rufai Abraham, widely known as Toyin Igbira in social circles, has died at the age of 56.

She died yesterday July 19th after losing the battle to a protracted illness she had been nursing for over 5 years. Late Toyin Igbira, who hit big headlines several times for controversial reasons was born on the 18th of February, 1963.

She was arrested many times for drug trafficking offences. She's been ill for over 5 years now, but about 2 years ago, there were reports that she had survived the life-threatening illness and that she had returned to Nigeria after receiving medical treatment abroad.  

In her 'hay' days, popular musicians sang her praise to high heavens. Igbira owns comfortable houses in Abuja, Lagos and the United States.

Petra Ecclestone, heiress to the fortune of Formula 1 billionaire, Bernie Ecclestone is weeks away from tying the knot with her car salesman boyfriend in a lavish £15million ceremony in Mexico. 

The mum-of-three was formerly married to billionaire playboy James Stunt with ceremony costing her about £12million. 

Petra said "I do" to James in a fairytale wedding held at the Odescalchi Castle in Italy in 2011, which saw the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys perform.

 Daughter of Formula 1 billionaire set to splash ?15million on second wedding to her car salesman boyfriend

James and Petra split six years later, and she got engaged to former car salesman Sam on December 31, 2018.

A source close to Petra told Mirror UK the wedding will see “no expense spared” with the bride hoping that her second marriage would be her last.

Main opposition Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to explain the whereabouts of an allegedly missing $1bn from the Excess Crude Account security fund.
The PDP in a statement today said, “the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria draws the attention of Nigerians to the shocking confession by the National Security Adviser, Gen. Babagana Mongunu (rtd), that he is not aware of the whereabouts or disbursement of the $1bn drawn from the Excess Crude Account by the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency in 2017 for security purposes.
“This confession by the NSA, who coordinates the security architecture of the nation, directly places a huge burden on President Buhari’s doorsteps over reported stealing and diversion of funds meant for security, while insurgency, banditry, killings and kidnapping fester in the land under his watch.  
“The revelation by NSA further vindicates our initial alarm that the APC-led administration is overtly corrupt, deceptive and unreliable in the handling of the affairs of our nation. It further validates the stance of the PDP that agents of the Buhari Presidency and the APC were hiding under the guise of security to siphon $1bn from the ECA.  
“This, perhaps, informed the desperation by the cabal to draw from the account without recourse to statutory due process of appropriation by the National Assembly. From Gen. Mongunu’s confession, Nigerians can further see why our nation is daily confronted with disturbing videos and reports of our fighting troops protesting their neglect and inadequate equipping, leading to their vulnerability in the fronts.  
“Now that the National Security Adviser has declared that he is not aware of the whereabouts of funds, the burden, straightaway, lies squarely on President Buhari to immediately address the nation on how the money was handled. This is especially as there are already allegations in the public space that certain funds meant for security were diverted for 2019 campaign activities of the All Progressives Congress, while our troops languished in the (war) front.  
“Our party had always alerted Nigerians that the APC administration was insincere in the handling of the ECA fund, leading to our demand in 2017 for the National Assembly to investigate the handling of the $1bn. The Peoples Democratic Party hereby restates our demand that President Buhari allows for a system-wide investigation into the whereabouts of the $1bn, as well as the handling of other funds meant for security purposes under his watch.”

23-year-old Nigerian model, Blessing Williams just bought her second house in Lagos and she shared photos of her new property alongside story of the challenges she overcomed in the past on Instagram. 

Narrating how she went from hawking pure water at 15, being a sales girl, a Taxi driver, a waitress in Lagos/Dubai and living in her mum's house where they sold frozen chicken to becoming an owner of 2 properties in Lagos, Blessing Williams stated that she cried, prayed and worked for it. 

She wrote; 

BOUGHT My (2nd)second home in Lagos Nigeria ??this year has been so good to me and I am so Greatful to God "Every good/perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights James 1:17 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Phil 4:6

This request I made known to God since 2012 I cried,Prayed and worked for it many jobs since 15 from hawking pure water,sale girl,ogaTaxi driver,waitress in Lagos/Dubai restaurant etc........As a child my Mum struggle in her store day and night just to feed my family,I barely even saw my Dad he had a job as a Driver faraway from our home in Ajegunle so he leaves home before I wake up.Being raised this way i do say we were fortunate we had a home until we couldn’t pay rent my mothers store in the market became our home where she sells frozen Chicken!

I would sleep in the fridge as my bed and assist my mum until I left Ajegunle to ikoyi and started working as a waitress in Ember creek Lagos I rented a face me I face you room for my family in 2014 I was too happy  I didn’t know God just started!! February 2019 I bought my mum a home in Ajegunle in a location she choosed I remember telling some people in Dubai were I live in excitement and they roll their eyes i can feel the dissapointment in their eyes common Ajegunle you bought house you this happy  because they didn’t know what it meant to me !!!
Fast forward to July 16th 2019 I Bought my second home in Lekki phase 2 Signed,certified and paid for my new 4bedroom Duplex. A big thank you to all my friends,family and my husband for their support throughout the search and selection process too many beautiful houses to choose from but God directed me to mine !! Finally thank you to everyone who have supported my modelling career. God bless you all for your support !!TEAM BW we did this !!
Second home @ 23years old
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)
23-year-old model, Blessing Williams narrates challenges she faced in Ajegunle as she buys her second house in Lagos (photos)

Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control along with some policemen escaped getting lynched during an enforcement exercise at the Head Bridge Drug Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.  

NAFDAC in a statement by its Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said that the combined team of officials and policemen had visited the market sequel to credible intelligence obtained from concerned members of the public.

The agency said it received information regarding the connivance of drug counterfeiters from the market and the executive members of the Plumbing Material Market Association, Onitsha over the diversion, concealment and storage of substandard and falsified medical products at the plumbing material market.  

However, an attempt to apprehend those found culpable as well as seize the items led to NAFDAC officials getting stoned. The statement read in part, “Officials of NAFDAC visited the offending warehouse for immediate evacuation of the substandard and counterfeit products and packaging materials.
“The contingent of NAFDAC officials and police officers were attacked and pelted with stones, bottles, packaged water and plumbing items by a mob under the watch of the executive members of the Plumbing Material Market Association, Head Bridge, Onitsha. However, the NAFDAC team were able to evacuate limited quantity of the counterfeit anti-malarial, anti-biotics, Sildenafil Citrate, including Tetanus Toxoid stored in a warehouse with temperature of over 40oC.”
The agency noted that storing cold chain drugs such as vaccines or injections that are supposed to be stored at below 4oC at a temperature as high as 40oC would have damaged the drug and subjected the person that would take it to danger that could result in death. It said similarly, other drugs stored at such high temperature would compromise the health of the population and result in fatalities.  

The statement read further, “counterfeiting of drugs subjects the population to treatment failure and early death. Members of the families of the counterfeiters are included in the population, that is, no one is exempted from the consequences of substandard, falsified and counterfeited medicines. Therefore, protect your family from dangers of falsified medicines by reporting any suspicion of fake medicines to 08001NAFDAC or to the nearest NAFDAC office to you.” 

Femi Otedola has promised to take care of the medical bills of ailing veteran actor, Sadiq Daba.

Otedola disclosed this in a statement released today July 21st. 

Recall that Daba travelled to the United Kingdom in 2017 for the treatment of Leukaemia and Prostate cancer. He returned to Nigeria a few weeks after with reports that his situation was not as bad as feared. The 'Cock Crow at Dawn' star was recently admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for what those close to him said was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Otedola's statement reads 

“I heard about Mr. Sadiq Daba’s health condition when it was brought to my attention through an online news story I read two days ago.  I was saddened to hear that he had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer just two years ago.
“From the news report, I gathered that he was rushed to the Emergency unit of LUTH after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). I must say that even though I don’t know Mr. Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up.
“I was moved by a sense of nostalgia and concern when I read of his medical situation recently and decided to take over his medical bills. He has been visited and arrangements are being made to support him.
In other climes, the likes of Sadiq Daba and other such actors who more or less paved the way for the entertainment industry and the Nollywood industry in Nigeria (which is touted as the 3rd largest movie industry in the world) would be celebrated as Icons and due recognition would be accorded to them.
“For me, taking care of Sadiq’s medical expenses is my little way of showing appreciation and gratitude for the good memories he created for me and others in the past.”

Recall that in April this year, the billionaire picked up the medical bills of former Super Eagles’ coach, Christian Chukwu, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Chukwu returned to the country after his treatment in the UK which reportedly cost Otedola N36,635,000 on Friday July 12th.

Bashir Umar, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel who returned a missing €37,000 to its owner, will now be rewarded by the air branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. 

In a statement released on Sunday, spokesperson for NAF, Ibikunle Daramola, revealed that its personnel found a parcel containing the lost money at the Hajj Camp Market in Kano on Tuesday and returned it to its owner after calling the number on it. 

The statement read in parts  “The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Chief of Administration at the Headquarters NAF, Air Marshal Kingsley Lar, to immediately come up with modalities to reward the airman so as to encourage other personnel of the Service to continue to embody attitudes and behaviours that reflect NAF’s core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery.” 

Domestic workers and relatives of Goodluck Jonathan are currently under investigation over stolen valuables including jewelries worth over N300m belonging to the former President. 

One of the suspects and management staff of Mrs. Jonathan’s Aridolf Resort, Hotel and Spa illegally duplicated the keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept. The Nation reported that the suspects broke into the palatial home of Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area thereafter, and allegedly stole the valuables including customised walking sticks.

“It was not done by outsiders. The suspects have been working for the former first family. They decided to help themselves. One of them is a domestic servant, who is responsible in keeping the key to the room where the treasure was kept.
“The other ones share some relationship with former President Jonathan. I know that the police arrested some of them. I don’t know the monetary value of the stolen items . Only Patience Jonathan can say the value.
“They are already making useful confession to the police and some monies from the proceeds are being recovered”, a source said. 

It was further learnt that Patience Jonathan was quite shocked over the theft as she wondered why the arrested suspects stole her husband's properties instead of hers. 

Yewande Oyediran, the daughter of Venerable Oyetunde Oyediran, allegedly received a state pardon, barely 2 years into serving her 7 year jail sentence for killing her husband. 

The convict had stabbed her husband, Lowo Oyediran, in the neck on February 2, 2016 at their 30, Adeniyi Layout, Abidi-odan, Akobo, Ibadan home, following a misunderstanding. She was arraigned on a one- count charge of killing her man with a knife, found guilty of the crime and sentenced to 7 years in prison in November 2017. 

Giving an update on the lady's imprisonment, @Dondekojo alleged that she got support for her release from her father and family. It was also claimed that the former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi granted her clemency. 

Woman who stabbed her husband to death while he slept in Oyo state has allegedly received state pardon after serving only 2 years in prisonWoman who stabbed her husband to death while he slept in Oyo state has allegedly received state pardon after serving only 2 years in prisonWoman who stabbed her husband to death while he slept in Oyo state has allegedly received state pardon after serving only 2 years in prison

Femi Fani-Kayode clashed with Dele Momodu over his comment of President Buhari being the 'father of the nation'. 

The Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, in a tweet which was a response to the 'explosion' in different parts of the country, stated that only President Buhari can stop the killings because he is 'the father of the nation'. 

 “Only one man can stop the imminent explosion and that is the father of the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari" he tweeted. 

The former Aviation Minister and PDP Chieftain however countered the claim, alleging that Presiden Buhari cannot stop the 'explosion' because he started it. He also addressed President Buhari as the 'father of the fulanis'. 

 “Buhari cannot stop the imminent explosion because he is the cause of it!
“Buhari is not the father of the nation: he is the father of the Fulani!”

Femi Fani-Kayode clashes with Dele Momodu over President Buhari being the

Tuoyo, the physiotherapist and stripper, became the only evicted housemate in the third week of the Big Brother Naija reality show. 

This Sunday's eviction show had two fake evicted housemates and they were Seyi and Tacha. Tuoyo on the other hand was the unlucky one after being nominated for eviction alongside Mike, Tacha, Seyi and Frodd. 

At the stage when being shown those who nominated him for eviction, Tuoyo, the fifth housemate to leave the reality show expressed surprise when Frodd popped up because according to him, they've been bonding in the last few days. 

There was pandemonium in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, when the people of Jimrawa village in the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of the state took the body of one of their people killed by bandits to the Government House to let the government know that the peace dialogue initiated to end banditry was not working.  

The sight of the villagers, who took several motorbikes to the Government House, made many people in Gusau to run for their lives, thinking there was a breakdown of security.    

The people were received at the Government House by the state police commissioner, Usman Nagogo, as both the governor and his deputy were not in the state. According to the villagers, despite the peace accord reached by the government, the bandits and the volunteer groups, innocent people were still being killed in the state.

They said over 30 people from the village had been killed by suspected Fulani bandits within the last few days, with the peace accord in place. They said unless urgent action was taken, they would be left with no option but to flee from the village to avoid becoming victims of such attacks.
Nagogo, who attended the funeral of the murdered person, expressed disgust over the incident. He assured the villagers that something would be done as soon as possible to end the problem.

A columnist with Punch newspaper, Abimbola Adelakun, has been released after she was briefly held up for questioning by security men at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja.

Adelakun attended the church's service this morning as she continued her research on the senior pastor of the church, Biodun Fatoyinbo, who is currently enmeshed in a rape scandal. However the church security men identified her as a journalist and took her to a holding room for questionning.

She had published a column at the back page of Punch newspapers on July 4th with the title “What Does Mrs. Fatoyinbo Know”. The article, which examined the rape allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, was illustrated with the cartoon of a man desecrating the bible with urine. The cartoon was greeted with backlash from readers, ultimately leading to the firing of the editor of the paper’s daily title, Martin Ayankola.

In a tweet she posted this afternoon, Adelakun said the security agents refused her demand to leave after identifying her. She disclosed that she has since reported the incident to a police station in Abuja.

Her tweet reads

“I’m aware of the info abt my arrest at COZA today. I wasn’t arrested. Earlier, I sent out an image bcos I was concerned when pulled aside by the protocol dept for questioning. Thanks to everyone who has been concerned about me. I am sorry for all the misinformation out there.”
 Punch columnist released after COZA arrest ordeal

Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola, this afternoon held a press conference in Lagos. 

Speaking at the press conference, Timi revealed Busola told him about the rape incident last year. According to him, she had made several attempts to tell him but she would stop until last year when she summoned the courage and openned up to him. He said after his wife said her truth to him, he was saddened that such a thing could happen to her in church. According to him, he encouraged her to tell her story to the world no matter the circumstance. He vowed to be by his wife's side all through this journey. 

The singer raised concerns on the manner in which the letter of summons was delivered to him and his wife yesterday Saturday July 19th by the police. Timi maintained that what happened at his house yesterday was nothing but intimidation. He wondered why the policemen will send armed men to come invite him and his wife for questioning.

He alleged threat to his life and family since Busola spoke out her truth. According to him, strange people have shown up at his place unnannounced at several times. He also said that some persons have also trailed himself and his wife whenever they go out.

He said his wife filed a petition against Fatoyinbo at the police station on June 27th, a day before the interview where she made the allegation was released.

He refuted claims that he is seeking financial gains with the rape saga. According to Timi, he is a singer who makes money from performances as well as collect royalties from some of his works. He also added that he writes songs for some foreign artistes. 

Timi said there is a difference between a sin and a crime and that anyone who commits a crime must pay for it. He added that Nigerians have encourage dthe culture where victims of abuse are forced to keep quiet and carry the bargage to their matrimonial homes where they cannot even reveal such to their spouses.

Responding to the allegation that he had stated in a previous interview that he met Busola a virgin, Timi said he never had any interview where he said such a thing. According to him, he found it abnormal for him to sit with someone to discuss his wife's sexuality.

Addressing a question on how Busola was doing, the father of three said no one can say exactly how she is feeling but that she is currently seeing a pschologist who she can bare her mind to. 

Also speaking at the press conference, the Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria, Yemi Adamolekun, revealed that Timi's lawyers, Falana and Falana, will be sending a letter to the police tomorrow Monday July 22nd for clarity on the summons delivered on Saturday. According to her, the summon delievered yesterday had some inconsistency that needs to be cleared before Timi and Busola can respond to it. 

Photos: Timi Dakolo and wife Busola hold press conference in Lagos, reveals Busola told him about the rape incident for the first time last yearPhotos: Timi Dakolo and wife Busola hold press conference in Lagos, reveals Busola told him about the rape incident for the first time last yearPhotos: Timi Dakolo and wife Busola hold press conference in Lagos, reveals Busola told him about the rape incident for the first time last year

A man shocked onlookers, after he scaled a 19-storey building in the suburb of West Powelton, Philadelphia, to save his bedridden mother from fire. 

The dramatic scene came, after a fire which is thought to have started in a rubbish chute, broke out at around 9.30pm on Thursday. The blaze was however under control by 10.56pm.

“SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) buses were on location and we put some of the evacuees on the buses where the air conditioning was on in the buses so SEPTA helped us out,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
“There was a recreation centre in a nearby building that had air conditioning to house individuals that were temporarily evacuated.”

Speaking to ABC News after showing off his bravery, 35-year-old Jermaine narrated how he got a call from his sister who told him that their mother, 65-year-old Sheila, who is bed-ridden, couldn’t get out of her 15th floor apartment. The roofer and construction worker alleged that after he got to the apartment, the police didn't allow him to pass through the front door. 

"They said the elevators are not working. I said, 'No problem. I'll take the steps. I just want to make sure my mother- my mother is sick, she's bed-ridden. So I need to get up there. They were like, 'We can't let you in.' I took it upon myself because that's my mother. There's no limits. That's my mother."

Jermaine was actually using a pair of crutches as he’d cracked his hip when he fell on a set of stairs earlier that day, but according to him, his adrenaline took over after he took the decision of climbing the building to save his mother. 

"All for my mom's safety, period. I wasn't worried about mine at all. She can't get out of the bed or walk around so if there's a fire she needs help out," he said.

Former National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has urged his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, to desist from interfering in the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

Odigie-Oyegun gave the advice in a statement signed by his Public Affairs Adviser, Ray Morphy, on Sunday in Abuja.
“I appeal to him (Oshiomhole) to stop disgracing the governing party APC and Edo State. He should give the governor a breathing space to concentrate in doing the job of serving the people of Edo.
“I wonder how he could easily forget that I never interfered or bothered about how he ran the government as the then governor of Edo, all the while I occupied the position of the party’s National chairman.
I am yet to come to terms with why it has become difficult for Oshiomhole to realise that Obaseki is the only APC governor in the entire South-south. And he should be allowed to concentrate in giving the people of Edo the dividends of democracy,’’ Odigie-Oyegun said.
He urged the Progressives Governors Forum not to stand aside and watch their fellow governor being hampered by a party chairman whose actions might lead to political misfortune of the party.  

“I also appeal to the Progressives Governors not to stand aside and watch their fellow governor hampered by a party chairman whose actions may lead to political misfortune of the party in the state,’’ Odigie-Oyegun added.

Garba Shehu mocked BBOG Convener and former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, in reaction to a question about her recent "attacks" directed at President Buhari. 

Recall that in the last few days, Oby Ezekwesili has lashed out at President Buhari over the killings witnessed in different parts of the country and also the implementation of RUGA settlement for Fulani herdsmen. 

Reacting to Oby Ezekwesili's statements, a Twitter user had asked the Presidential spokesperson why he's been silent about. However in response to the question, Garba Shehu mocked the former Presidential candidate in the 2019 general election by asking "what is Oby". 

Here is the exchange below; 

Garba Shehu mocks Ezekwesili, asks

A Nigerian judge, Charles Omole, took to his Twitter handle today to give his analysis on the Busola Dakolo/Biodun Fatoyinbo rape scandal.

According to Omole, Fatoyinbo will most likely not be convicted because the Dakolos have no substantial evidence against him. Continue to read his tweets and tell us what you think

Rape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predictsRape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predictsRape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predictsRape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predictsRape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predictsRape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predictsRape:  Biodun Fatoyinbo will not be convicted because Busola Dakolo has no evidence against him- Nigerian judge Charles Omole predicts

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu on Saturday confirmed the attack on Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Ilo by Fulani herdsmen along Numeh- Nenwe road in the Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.  

Father Ilo, a priest in charge of St. Patrick Church at Numeh, was reportedly attacked alongside one Mrs Chika Egbo on Wednesday evening. They were said to have sustained gunshot wounds.

Confirming the attack on the priest, the Director of Communication, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, told Punchng that the attack was carried out by Fulani herdsmen. The Catholic Church spokesman said Fr. Ilo was driving to his parish when suddenly two Fulani herdsmen carrying AK 47 rifles appeared from the bush.  

They reportedly tried to stop him, but when they could not, they opened fire on his vehicle. He was said to have been shot in the leg and the other person sustained gunshot wounds.  He quoted Fr Ilo as saying;
“As we drove towards the village, the Fulani killer herdsmen, who spoke both in English and Fulani languages, opened fire, trying to force us to stop. Seeing that we were not ready to cave in to their intimidation, they started raining bullets on our vehicle at close range and in the process, shot me at my ankle and shoulder while the other victim was shot in her leg and waist.”
He expressed gratitude to God that the priest was not killed, saying he was immediately rushed to Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene for treatment. The police also confirmed the attack on the clergyman, adding that investigations into the matter had commenced to ascertain those behind the attack and their motive.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, on Friday, which confirmed the report, however, denied that the attack was by Fulani herdsmen. Amaraizu said, “the Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force through its operatives are investigating the attack by robbers on a priest identified as Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Ilo of St. Patrick Parish, Numeh on Wednesday July 18, 2019, along Numeh axis of Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State by unidentified persons, contrary to speculations of attack by a terrorist group.”

Perri Shakes-Drayton, the wife of Big Brother Naija housemate, Mike has reacted after he was insulted and pushed by his fellow housemate, Tacha.

The drama occurred just after the Saturday night party in the Big Brother House. 

While they were in the changing room, Tacha picked on Mike and other guys for getting drunk at the party.  During the altercation, Tacha insulted Mike, pushed him and then threw tissue at him before dragging Omashola into it.

Addressing the issue on Instagram, Mike's wife, who is a British track and field athlete praised her husband for how he handled the situation, despite the 'obvious hate and being wrongly treated and rudely spoken too by certain individual housemates.'

Read what she wrote below.

That one time when you’re not tuned into the show and you return to see all kinds of drama involving Mike inside the house.
REGARDLESS of the OBVIOUS hate, being wrongly treated & being rudely spoken too by certain individual housemates. We all know alcohol can bring out different sides of a persons personality. I admire and love how Mike can handle himself in certain situations. I think if it were someone else the outcome could have been worse.
Life is a teacher and there are people that will always test you just to get the reaction they’re looking for. Thing is it’s how you react that shows true CHARACTER & what makes you the BIGGER person.
In my husband's defence which I had no doubts about, he handled himself well with composure as always because he was raised to be a true gentleman!! #teammike #bbnaija
Here is what wife of BBNaija housemate, Mike had to say after Tacha insulted and pushed him?
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