Dangote To FG: Sell NLNG, Beef Up Reserves, And Recession Will Go By December

Aliko Dangote has prescribed ways through which Nigeria can get out of recession before the end of 2016.
In an interview with CNBC Africa, the billionaire said: “The only way for us to get out of this recession is to make sure we move into action quickly; action by diversifying the economy quickly.
Here are the details of Dangote’s prescription:
“If I had challenges in my company, I would not hesitate to sell assets, to remain afloat, to get to the better times, because it doesn’t make any sense for me to keep any assets and then suffocate the whole organisation.
“What we need to do now in my own thinking… we have a lot of assets to sell. We can sell part of the joint venture; part of the shares. You know government normally owns 60 percent.
“We can sell in an open tender be it Chinese. We can change the term and make it an operating one, just like what we have in NLNG. We also have another asset I think we don’t really need.
“The African finance corporation; it can fetch them $800million easily. My own suggestion before was that they should even sell 100 percent of NLNG. I don’t think government should be in any business of investing in sectors of LNG.
“A company like that, with earnings of $1.5 billion on the average, they should get anywhere between $12 billion and $15 billion.”
“You will not believe that the crisis that we have today, if we have $15 billion, adding it to our $25 billion, that is $40 billion reserves. That will give confidence, confidence will come back, then government will back it up with proper economic policy, where people can see the roadmap.
“Latest by fourth quarter we will be out of recession. It should be a partnership between government and private sector. We have all the answers, Nigeria falling into recession does not really scare me, if we take action.”
The businessman said if the government boosts reserves as suggested, the naira may fall to 250 to the dollar and help the economy.
“Once we can sell assets, and put $15 billion together, you’d be very shocked at how much the dollar will actually drop, you can easily see 250. What is happening today is mere speculation.
“To currency, everybody will speculate, banks will speculate, companies will speculate, individuals will speculate, because if you have money you want to send in from abroad you will keep sending in trickles.
“If you know that CBN has $40 billion in reserves today, if you have $100,000, you might even sell it forward because you know that this rate is going to crash and you must quickly sell it.”
•India has no oil, yet has over 2 billion tonnes in refining capacity
•Nigeria imports poverty and export jobs
•We do not produce up to five percent of the clothes we wear
•Government should not be in the business of building factories, but just collecting taxes
•China has more than 500 billionaires on the Forbes list and over three million millionaires
•If I have to build a road of 1,000 kilometres in Nigeria, I don’t have to waste years talking about it. I raise money and build it, and hand over to government after 20 to 25 years.
•If not for Dangote Cement, government will have to put down $2.5 billion dollars in 2016 to import cement.
•We need 65 million cubic metres of sand for Dangote refinery.
•Dangote Refinery mechanical completion will finish by 2018, but oil will flow into the refinery by first quarter of 2019.

JONATHAN Not BUHARI Responsible For Nigeria's Current Economic Woes - Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, on Thursday said the zero political will to save under former President Goodluck Jonathan is responsible for the challenges the country is facing.
Speaking on “inequality, growth and resilience,” at George Washington University, the two-time finance minister said the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) must seek means to embed savings in national constitutions devoid of political manipulations.
Okonjo-Iweala added that Nigeria was able to save $22 billion under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which saved the country in 2008, when there was global economic meltdown.
Speaking on the Chilean saving example, Okonjo-Iweala said: “We tried it in Nigeria, we put in an oil price based fiscal rule in 2004 and it worked very well.
“We saved $22 billion because the political will to do it was there. And when the 2008 /2009 crisis came, we were able to draw on those savings precisely to issue about a 5 percent of GDP fiscal stimulus to the economy and we never had to come to the bank or the fund.
“This time around and this is the key now, you need not only need to have the instrument but you also need the political will. In my second time as a finance minister, from 2011 to 2015, we had the instrument, we had the means, we had done it before, but zero political will.
“So we were not able to save when we should have. That is why you find that Nigeria is now in the situation it is in. Along with so many other countries.”
On solving the problem of political will and political manipulations, she said: “That is the question that I ask, what do we need to do to these countries to save over a period of long accelerated growth.
“We need to devise mechanisms not just that are good technically but find a way to either embed them in the constitution or find a way to separate them from the political manipulation so that these countries can survive over time.
“To build resilience, African countries need tools, mechanisms and it is doable and we need to interrogate ourselves why we have not done it.”
She added that manufacturing was also critical to growth in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, quoting manufacturing as just 11 percent of GDP in Africa, and nine percent in Nigeria.
“I do not believe that we can be resilient, except if we can encourage manufacturing even on the goods we consume, services, entertainment industry, agriculture.
“I think these are the kinds of questions that policy makers struggle with on a daily basis and that is what we are going to answer to get resilience.
“If we don’t get these mechanisms, we politicise them, find ways to transform the base of the economy and create jobs including in manufacturing, I believe we are going to go into this looming deceleration that is being talked about.”

6 Popular Nigerian Actresses Who Have Converted To Islam And Their Reasons For Switching

Lately, it has almost become a trend for Nigerian actresses to abandon the religion they grew up with and switch to another one. Islam seems to be the final destination for most of these thespians and they even organize trips for themselves as a group on pilgrimages to the Holy Land of Mecca.hajj
We bring you six of Nigeria’s finest actresses who have all sought refuge under the umbrella of Islam:

1. Moji OlaiyaMoji-Olaiya-2-650x400

Moji was born to Christian parents, her father being the legendary Nigerian singer Victor Olaiya. She was brought up in Christian ways although her mother was a Muslim before converting to Christianity. She ended converting to Islam after suffering a few marital woes. Moji has been married twice and both marriages came to a halt. The single mother of one states that Islam gives her more power and inner calm.
In one of her interviews, she confessed,“Honestly, Islam is a peaceful religion. The aspect I love most is that you don’t need any pastor to get closer to God. You don’t really need anybody to pray for you. You can always pray on your own and Almighty Allah will answer your prayer without any intermediary. I have been doing that since I became a Muslim and it has always worked for me.” 

2. Vivian Metchievivian metchie

Nollywood star, Vivian was born to Catholic father and a Deeper Life Mother. She married a man who was a member of the Redeemed Church but the marriage eventually failed leaving her with four children.
According to her, she switched religions because at a point in time, she got confused as various Christian churches had something bad to say about one another. Explaining her actions, the screen diva said, “It is a personal decision. I understand the Koran more than the Bible… I was probably looking for peace. Yeah! That was what I was looking for and I found it in the Koran.” Vivian adopted the name Fareedah as her muslim name and according to her, her parents were supportive of her decision to switch religions.

3. Liz Da Silvaliz dasilva stargist

Popular actress, Liz Da Silva was known to be a Christian up until the time she allegedly had a child for former NURTW Oshodi boss, Musiliu Akinsanya better known as MC Oluomo. When things did not work out between them, she married a Muslim man named Olaoye. Because of the birth of her son, Roheem and her new family, Liz became a Muslim and adopted the name Aishat.
“In case you want to know I have a good relationship with my baby’s father and that is why I had to convert to Muslim and got a new name Aishat before the baby was named. I am a Christian, but I had to convert to Islam because of my baby,” Liz Da Silva revealed in an interview.

4. Lizzy Anjorinlizzy anjorin

Lizzy, real name Elizabeth Anjorin is a household name as far as Nollywood is concerned. She was brought up in a Christian family however she found solace in Islam. In 2013, she came out to state categorically that she is a Muslim and soon after her revelation, she jetted off to Mecca for Hajj.
Addressing her faith to critics, Lizzy explained that she has always had ties to the Muslim world judging from the fact that her mother is a Muslim. She once said in an interview, “Although my name is Elizabeth, which is the Christian name my dad gave me because he was a Christian.  Then, I also have a Muslim name, Aishat, given to me by my mother, who was a Muslim.  Also, some from my mother’s family members also named me Sekinat.  Even my daughter’s name is Rufaidat.  So, I grew with the two religions.”
She added, “Islam has been in me for long.  I only kept it to myself.  It is my private life.”
However, certain unconfirmed sources suggest that her conversion happened after a relationship with a certain Alhaji in Lagos.

5. Laide Bakarelaide bakare55

Super actress, Laide Bakare was Christian up until the time she left her Christian husband and started dating an alleged money bag in Lagos named Alhaji Tunde Orilowo fondly referred to as ATM. Laide had to convert to Islam after marrying him and becoming another one of his wives.

6. Lola Alaolola alao

Light complexioned Lola Alao is the newest convert in town. Her switch to the tent of Islam was broken by an Islamic scholar on Facebook and she will now be known as Rohdiat. A perusal of her Instagram page shows that she now sends out greetings in the name of Allah.
In 2013, Alao wedded Wale Ajibola, her second husband, in the United States after her marriage to Dare Ogunlana came to an end in 2008. According to sources, her first marriage crashed after accusations of infidelity and fetish acts surfaced.

Sister & Brother Running Biggest Drug Cartel In Florida Busted

When a family decides to live on the fast lane! A lady and her brother have been arrested after police seized $ 24m in cash and drugs from a Miami home. Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, and Salma Hernandez, 32, were both taken into custody after police found the huge haul of cash in their Florida property.
The money, that was believed to have been made peddling marijuana, was divided into $ 100 bills and stashed in orange heat-sealed buckets with Home Depot labels.
The secret room where the drugs and cash were stashed was guarded by a statuette of St. Lazarus, a Catholic saint popular in Cuba. Police say it is their biggest drug bust in history.

They also found marijuana, seeds and $ 180,000 in cash a safe. Sister and brother going to jail.

Popular Actress Ini Edo Reveals The Craziest Thing she has Ever Done!


The popular  Nollywood actress,  Ini Edo

Ini Edo’s life in Nollywood started with a school strike, when she went with a friend to
an audition for a role in the movie “Child of Destiny”.

 However, her breakout role came when she acted in the film, ‘World Apart’(2004) and since then she has not looked back, going on to act in more than 100 films such as ‘Games women Play’, ‘Games Men Play’ and the sequel ‘Reloaded’.

Ini Edo has gone ahead to become a household name in the Nigerian movie industry and one of the top paid female actresses. She became a producer in 2010 when she co-produced and starred in a film, ‘Memories of my Heart’ with Emem Isong.

Ini Edo has been recognised by top brands in the Nigerian Industry and is currently an Ambassador to a couple of well known Beauty, Telecom and Food industries. She is a Noble Hair Brand Ambassador, Glo Ambassador, Face of Chivita [the fruit juice company] and in 2011 she was appointed United Nations Habitat Youth Envoy.
Married to her husband, Phillip Ehiagwina over five years ago and the union is yet to be blessed with children.

Sharing the craziest thing she had ever done in life, this amiable actress said on an entertainment programme, Village Square on ON tv ‘’I was on movie location at Magodo, Lagos State few years back and I had to take a risk and dashed to Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja on a bike in mini-skirt to welcome a relation who just returned from abroad. I decided to take the risk of taking bike to avoid traffic and getting there late in the car’’.

Born in Calabar, Cross River State in 1982, to her parents Mr & Mrs, Ekim. She is a native of Akwa Ibom State.
She had diploma in Theatre Arts from University of Uyo and B.A in English Language from University of Calabar.
Her hobbies include reading novels, watching films and dancing.
Culled from Global Excellence

source: pulsevibes.com

Nwakali Promoted To Play For Arsenal Senior Team

This is a very big achievement to Kelechi Nwakali and of course to the Nigeria Football Federation as our junior team players are being drafted into senior teams at club level. Kelechi Nwakali, who is now the captain of the Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, has added to the list of the fast improving Nigerian starlets like his namesake, Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac success, Musa Muhammed, Alexandra Iwobi, among others who have all been playing topflight football in Europe at the age below 20.Kelechi was 17 when he was voted and awarded the Most Valuable Player in the last concluded World FIFA U17 tournament that was held in Chile last year, although he was equally presented with a bronze medal as the third highest goal scorer for the tournament but was later retrieved from him and given to his teammate, Chukwueze Samuel who also had the same number of 3 goals but was the first to reach 3 goals.

It is a clear fact to football fans that Arsenal FC and Arsene Wenger do give young talented players the opportunity to prove themselves, and as such, Kelechi who just turned 18 yesterday has been promoted to the senior team, age of 18 and above is the prerequisite for any young player to feature in the Premiership.

The 18-year-old posed with Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger and the former Arsenal and Super Eagles skilful striker, Kanu Nwakwo , Arsenal Legend, Thiery Henry, Arsenal's pass-maestro, Mesut Ozil and Emmanuel Emenike as he prepares to start matches at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Kelechi wrote:

"Can't wait to start! @arsenal"
photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/p/BGtm_NEtTpy

Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced on July 6

ITS A PITY: Oscar Pistorius Breaks Down in tears & Walks Without Prosthetic limbs in Courtroom as he Pleads for Lighter Sentence

In today's court hearing at Pretoria High Court, athlete Oscar Pistorius stunned everyone when he removed his prosthetic limbs and walked round the courtroom in a desperate emotional bid by him and his defense team to prove to the Judge that he didn't intentionally murder ex-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
The South African runner was asked to take off his artificial legs by his defence attorney Barry Roux who said it will be “embarrassing” for his client.

The weeping athlete removed his prostheses and began to walk in court where he appeared to be in pain and struggled to maintain his balance. He held onto a desk for support as Mr Roux pointed at him and said this was a man who was frightened by a noise at 3am.
His t-shirt wet with sweat and his red eyes filled with tears, Pistorius paused at the side of the court to remove his prosthetic limbs in the full view of the packed court as his defense counsel argued that he was too weak emotionally to serve a prison sentence .
''We don’t have to be psychologists” to see Pistorius is a broken man,Defense lawyer Roux tells the Judge.
Roux points out that Pistorius’ original planned release from prison – approved by the parole board – was delayed after a government minister intervened. This has not happened to anyone else, he says. Why wait until that last minute to intervene? That decision could have been made weeks earlier.
'No other accused has ever had to endure this level of publicity, misinformation and character assassination.' Defence counsel Roux said in quotes gotten from Guardian UK.
'This case has nothing to do with gender violence.'
Roux THEN calls Pistorius forward. He tells the court this will be embarrassing for his client.
He asks a weeping Pistorius to remove his prostheses and stand on his stumps in front of the court. He does so slowly, then walks haltingly. He appears to be in pain and struggles to retain his balance. He holds on to a desk for support.
His doctor moves forward to support him as he stumbles.
Roux points to him, saying 'this is the man who was frightened by a noise at 3am. This is who is being sentenced.'
'I don’t want to overplay vulnerability, that’s not what I want to do. I don’t want to overplay disability. But the time has come that we must just look with different eyes, at least with unbiased eyes.'
'It doesn’t mean because he’s vulnerable that he can do what he likes. That’s not what we say.
'But when we’re entering the field of sentencing, look at that man’s conduct … Please let’s understand … who is this man that you must sentence?'
'He desperately does not want to hide behind fame … He wants to be treated like someone unknown, someone who has done wrong and must be punished.'
'Punishment is not meant to break the defendant … The accused does not fall into the category of offender who should be removed from society.'
'There is no purpose served.'
'The sentence needs to be appropriate to the individual,' defence counsel says. 
'The court needs to look for opportunities for rehabilitation. An excessive punishment could have the opposite effect'
source: http://www.steadygist.com/2016/06/its-pity-oscar-pistorius-breaks-down-in.html


Guy Dancing In Church Chased By Ushers (Hilarious Video)

This is so funny! grin grin grin This guy was too turnt up during Church service but ushers at his church were having none of it. lol


Panic over militants’ missile threat

Threat by a militant group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), to launch six missiles in the Niger Delta from Tuesday has sparked panic in the geo-political zone.
Residents of Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa states in particular are apprehensive of the likely effects of the missile launch on an area that is already in turmoil over the spate of attacks on oil installations in Bayelsa and Delta states by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
They want the Federal Government and the security agencies to step in immediately and stop the situation from degenerating.
Some of the people who spoke to The Nation on the matter fear that the militants usually carry out their threats, adding that those that were issued by NDA had come to pass without anyone preventing them.
Others berated the militants and queried their motive for wanting to cause grieve among the people they claim to be defending.
Comrade Ben Tari, leader of Eye of Niger Delta (END), said in Port Harcourt that no true son of the Niger Delta would threaten the people the way the JNDLF and the NDA are going about their business.
He queried: “Are you sure that these people are from the Niger Delta? They say they are new but they are not new. They are still the same people that broke away from earlier groups because they refused to be controlled.

“They are complaining about government and the oil companies, killing the means of livelihood of the Niger Delta people, such as the aquatic system.
“Now they want to launch missiles to kill us and our soil.
“If they want to fight our cause, they should make use of the International Court.”
The President of Aggrieved Niger Delta, Mr. Prince Amatari Bipeledei, described the missile launch threat as a needless venture and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to have a rethink about military action to confront the Niger Delta militants.
He called for dialogue instead.
Bipeledei said: “Nobody has ever achieved anything with violence. I want the Avengers to apply dialogue and a sense of maturity, understanding and wisdom.
“I am for peace, and to be frank, agitation may not be meaningful because it has put the region in a tight situation.
“I am not happy about the inability of the government to take things seriously until they have gone out of hand.
“These youths would not have gone this far if the previous government had considered our challenges.”
The Secretary General of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Mr. Bristol Alagbariya Emmanuel, attributed the fresh wave of violence to alleged neglect of the zone by successive governments.
He said there would always be crises in the region for as long as it remains underdeveloped and neglected.
A former military administrator of Bayelsa State, Colonel Edor Obi (rtd) advised the Federal Government to exercise caution in handling the problem, noting that the challenge cannot be solved militarily.
He said: “The killing of soldiers and civilians and bombing of oil facilities are condemnable, but the Federal Government would have to thread with caution in handling the matter.
“It will require a lot of tact to address the problem. But one thing the government must do is open up communication channels because the problem cannot be solved militarily.
“If we are not careful in handling the problem, it could become a more complex national security challenge than terrorism.”
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Ladi Williams, also advised the Federal Government against using only force to address the problem. Instead, he said, the government should use the carrot and stick approach to resolve the challenge.
“The government should talk to them a little and fight them a little,” he said.
“The present development portends doom and sodomy for the country. It is bad for the investment drive of the country and not helping the image of the country internationally.
“The President must constitute a war and peace council that should not consist of officials of the government alone but everybody who genuinely wants an end to this problem.
“The young men making up the group should also toe the part of peace and avoid wasting their lives.”
The president, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Comrade Shetima Yerima, who doubles as the Chairman, Coalition of Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders, described the JNDLF threat as disappointing, saying: “It is unfortunate that they are sabotaging the efforts of the government and setting the country back for no good reasons.
“It is very wrong of them to have put us in this mess. If they have issues with the Federal Government or any individual in the government, they should employ a peaceful way of resolving it.
“We all gave the region our support for them to get 13 per cent derivation and other benefits without using violence. Why should they now take to violence if there is anything that they want the government to do?
“We would not advise the Federal Government to use force against them. The use of force does not lead to anything good. Rather, the government should employ dialogue to resolve the problem. “They should engage all the stakeholders to come up with a roadmap to resolving the problem.”
Debunking the rumour that the Igbo are working in conjunction with the militants, the President of the youth wing of the pan-Igbo socio- political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said: “The Niger Delta militants don’t have the support of Ndigbo. We totally condemn their activities because they are causing untold setback for the good plans that President Buhari has for the country.
“They don’t have our support, and in the interest of the whole nation, we urge them to put an end to the attacks.
“The militants, Boko Haram groups and the agitators in the South East should bring their grievances to the table for dialogue.”
His Ijaw Youth Congress counterpart, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, said: “The attacks are senseless but the government must be responsible to its duties.”
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Mr. Christopher Abarowei, appealed to security agencies to expand their intelligence and investigate the threats with all seriousness.
“We recall that the militants said they were going to carry out an attack that would shock the world.
“In this dangerous times we live in, security operatives must close ranks to pursue all intelligence and identify all threats before dismissing them.
“Anything can happen.”
Abarowei also urged the youths in the region to change their tactics of agitation, adding that violent protest was out of vogue.
He said the action of the militants had deepened the hardship in the region and resulted in the inability of states in the area to pay salaries.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide pleaded with all militant groups in the zone to give peace a chance.
The IYC in a statement by its spokesman, Eric Omare, said the present situation “requires the direct involvement of President Buhari,” because, as he put it, “the events of the last few days have clearly shown that those mandated to lead the peace process have failed to produce the desired result.”
He also advised the governors of the Niger Delta states to “collaborate and galvanise stakeholders in the region to quickly start the process to return peace to the Niger Delta region.
“This is a call to save the Niger Delta region and Nigeria; hence political considerations must be set aside.
“The events that are happening in the region pose serious economic, environmental and security challenges to the entire nation.”
The group told the NDA and other groups threatening the peace that “violence has never solved problems anywhere in the world.
“The federal, state governments and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region should be given the opportunity to look at the issues at stake. We strongly feel that the continuous bombing of oil facilities and killings is not in the interest of the Niger Delta region and people. Aggrieved groups must give peace a chance!”
It condemned Wednesday’s killing of soldiers and civilians in a houseboat in Delta State, saying: “In the last 72 hours, there have been reported cases of attacks and killing of soldiers, civilians working in house boats and attacks on oil facilities in Ogbeinbiri, Bayelsa State and Forcados export line, Delta State.
“The civilians killed at the boat house were mainly Ijaw youths, including Tombra David Iwoubebi, Anita Demedongha from Odimodi Community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State and Miss Flora Gbenekama from Azama in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area.
“We in strong words condemn this senseless killing of soldiers and civilians that were working in the houseboat. This act of wickedness would only complicate an already delicate security situation.”
Ex-President-General, Ndokwa Neku Union (NNU) in Delta State, Paul Enebeli urged the Federal Government and the militant group Joint Niger-Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) to tread the path of peace.
He said the threat to launch six missiles from June 7, if carried out, would jeopadise the unity of the nation.
He advised the federal government to employ proxies to negotiate with the militants, stressing that the militants might be afraid to come out to the negotiating table for fear of being arrested.
He said many patriotic Niger-Deltans will be willing to engage the militants and persuade them to drop their arms.
He said two wrongs cannot make a right, noting that “the destruction of our commonwealth and the threat by the federal government to deal decisively with the militants as counterproductive.”
According to him, the risk and benefit in the military option was more risk prone than posing any benefit to the nation.
He warned that the Nigerian State cannot afford to three theatres of war, adding that the war in the North-East is still raging, while the IPOB protests is gaining momentum, and urged caution in tackling the insurgency in the Niger-Delta.
He said: “If we are not careful, the various wars could ‘derail the delivery of the electoral promise of the ruling party.”
Some stakeholders in Anambra State said there was no cause for panic.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Rita Maduagwu; the Vice Chancellor of Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof Fidelis Okafor and the traditional ruler of Amanuke in Awka North, lgwe Denis Ezebuilo, said Nigeria needs peace at this point in time and nothing should be done to harm its unity.
“What we need is peace and unity in this country and we will not allow anything to separate us,” Maduagwu said.
Prof. Okafor asked Nigerians not to panic and said God was in control in Nigeria.
“God is protecting this country, there is no cause for alarm. Such a threat would eventually turn out an empty one,” he said.
lgwe Ezebuilo told The Nation yesterday that only God’s grace could stop the  plan.
He said the Almighty God would surely destabilize any evil plan by anybody or group in the country.
To Akure lawyer and activist, Mr. Charles Titiloye, the JNDLF threat is nothing short of a declaration of war on Nigeria.
He asked the federal government to immediately proceed to take a decisive action on the threat to the nation’s security.
Titiloye who is a former Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Akure Branch urged Niger Delta elders not to allow militants to turn the creeks into another Sambisa Forest.
“The time to check the activities of these militants is now. It is very unfortunate that despite the amnesty programme which is sustained by the Buhari government, militants are still threatening the Nigerian state.”
The National President of theYoruba Youth Congress (YYC), Prince Dapo Adepoju also condemned the threat to launch missiles. The YYC leader pleaded with the group to lay down its arms in the interest of peace.
The Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) on Thursday threatened to launch six missiles in the Niger Delta region from Tuesday.
It did not disclose the nature of the missiles but  warned that no airplanes should fly in and out of the country within the period claiming that the weapons were capable of hitting any object despite its size.
It said its fighters trained for that purpose had already arrived the region with its foreign partners through what it described as the country’s porous borders.
The group in an electronic statement said it took the decision to further wreck havoc in the region at  a meeting attended in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State by its commanders.
It said that the launching of the missiles would signal its readiness for the final breakup of the country.
The statement was signed by people who identified  themselves as ‘General’ Torunanaowei Latei (Creek Network Coordinator); ‘General’ Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro (Pipeline Bleeding Expert); ‘General’ Akotebe Darikoro (Commander, General Duties) and ‘General’ Pulokiri Ebikade (Intelligence Bureau).

8,300 Petition UK To Return Nigeria’s Stolen Assets

Over 8,300 people have signed a petition asking the United Kingdom to openly investigate stolen funds from Nigeria kept in the country.

If the petition, available on petition.parliament.uk, reaches 10,000 signatures by the November 19, 2016 deadline, the UK government will respond to it.
Meanwhile, if it reaches 100,000 signatures by the November deadline, it will be considered for debate in the UK parliament.

The creator of the petition, Siji Otenigbagbe, lamented that the UK had served as a haven for stolen funds for corrupt Nigerian politicians and their associates since the 1960s.

“These funds are kept as pseudo assets, bank accounts and properties. In law, the receiver of stolen goods is as guilty as the thief. It is about time the UK did something,” he said.

The petition, which can only be signed by British citizens and UK residents, had gathered 8,303 signatures as of Friday, June 3, 2016.

President Muhammadu Buhari had at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit in London, demanded the UK to return assets in the country which were stolen by corrupt Nigerian politicians.

This was after the UK Prime Minister David Cameron tagged Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country.

Responding to Cameron’s statement, Buhari had said, “I am not going to be demanding any apology from anybody. What I will be demanding is the return of assets.

source: http://www.buzorpages.com

Pastor Sunday Adelaja's Church In Adultery Scandal

Bayo Akinloye

Popular Nigerian pastor, Sunday Adelaja’s church is currently enmeshed in an adultery scandal following allegations that he had extramarital affairs with at least 20 women in his church.

Adelaja, founder of one of Europe’s largest churches, Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations Church in Kiev, Ukraine, is now under fire to step down as the spiritual head of the church.

The pastor however denied all allegations levelled against him, saying it is an attempt by some people to take over the church from him.

“That is not true at all; I have read what people are saying about me. The funny thing is that nobody asked me for any information; no interview was granted to anyone,” he told SUNDAY PUNCH in an email.

In a statement on its website, the Russian Union of Christians Evangelical Faith stated that Adelaja, at a meeting of pastors and board of elders of the church, confessed to having committed adultery with his female parishioners and that he had repented.

According to a letter posted on the website of the Spiritual Council Russian Union of Christians Evangelical Faith (Pentecostals), written by one Apostle Toff Ulissis, a clergyman said to be providing spiritual care to the Nigerian pastor, Adelaja was urged to “seek psychiatric help in Kiev and the United States.”

Ulissis said, “Pastor Sunday mentioned that he had a relationship with 20 or 30 women; probably, the number was more than he could remember. Also, I talked with many women (married and unmarried), as well as with their husbands, and they shared with me their pain and described how the pastor manipulates people, who work for him. All the stories were equally horrific, disgusting and depressing. People are very sorry about the current situation with the pastor and wanted him to have psychiatric help.

“I made it clear that my aim is not to destroy either the Embassy of God, because many people have found help in the church or Pastor Sunday as a person. I wanted to make sure that everything has been done to these women and the couples have received care, reconciliation and redeeming restoration.”

Also, a bishop in Adelaja’s church, Anatoly Belonozhko, has resigned from the church, saying the embattled pastor was not willing to seek help.

“We, as church elders, began to create new projects and exercises to heal and restore the church, a new structure, and of course, help our pastor. But Pastor Sunday in writing categorically rejected our help, humiliating us and saying that we have no power to tell him what to do and how to do it and that he knows how and what to do.

“For 22 years in the Church of the Embassy of God, of which 14 years in the rank of bishop, I have always been faithful and responsible before God and people for their service. Taking this opportunity, I want to refute the lie that I knew of pastor’s sin for a long time. I found out about the moral fall of Pastor Sunday in the middle of December 2015 through the pastors of the Apostolic Council. After I learned about it, I talked to Pastor Sunday, trying to help. Remaining in the church in the most difficult time for all of us to save and restore the church and souls of men. But as I understand it, the pastor does not need my help,” Belonozhko said.

Debunking all allegations against him, Adelaja stated, “It is actually an old story that was cooked up by some disgruntled members of my leadership team when they knew of my decision to hand over the church because of my plan to return to Africa.

“So, it’s a leadership tussle from those whose desires for church leadership were not granted. I’m happy with my wife. The church here in Ukraine is doing well. So I thank God that their stories though believed by some without confirmation is still false nevertheless.”

source: punch.com

Kate Henshaw And Deji Adeyanju At A Chinese Restaurant (photos)

Star actress Kate Henshaw is really having the best of fun tonight.Her fans are spoiling her at a Chinese restaurant.She was also pictured with PDP New Media Deji Adeyanju.Of recent both are getting a kinda of intimate.What's cooking between the two?Hope say them never start to date.

Re: Kate Henshaw And Deji Adeyanju At A Chinese Restaurant (photos) by jonhemma11: 9:48pm On May 21

source: trezzyblog

Ronke Shonde Autopsy Report: "She Was Not Killed From Marks Of Violence"

A preliminary autopsy directory late Ronke Shonde has stated the victim had not been killed because of the marks of violence on the.

PUNCH Metro learnt which the result, which had been still sketchy, showed the cause from the death is more complex than earlier thought.

Our correspondent had reported how Lekan, 51, allegedly beat his wife, Ronke, to death at their apartment in the Egbeda-Idimu part of the state last Thursday.

Lekan, a dock worker inside Apapa area, who spoke with our correspondent when it is in hiding, had denied complicity from the death, saying he only slapped her that night.

He instead accused Ronke of sleeping with one Kayode, the manager of your publishing company where she worked since the human resources manager.

After 72 hours in hiding, the suspect gave himself as much as the poilce.

A source on Tuesday said the report had been compiled, adding that simply a phase ended up completed.

He said, “As of now, the report showed that this marks of violence within the victim do not have anything to do with her death. Other areas are still being explored. The actual thing that killed her is not stated.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said police officers had yet to find the report.

She said, “I just spoke with the individuals in charge now plus they said it makes sense not complete yet. I will advise we exercise patience and caution. The police can also be monitoring the way it is and we intend to obtain the report soon. This will be disclosed to your public.”

Meanwhile, the treatments for Learn Africa, the publishing firm where Ronke and Kayode worked, said on Tuesday which the duo left the firm in March.

A statement through the company on Tuesday, said both Ronke and Kayode left the employ in the organisation for the 8th and 10th of March 2016, respectively.

The statement read to some extent, “Late Mrs. Ronke Shonde and Mr. Kayode Oluokun were former employees of Learn Africa Plc. However, as in the time of Mrs. Shonde’s death, that they ceased to get workers of Learn Africa Plc since 8th and 10th of March 2016, respectively.

“During the time scale of their employment, the management will not be in a position to confirm or deny the existence of any relationship between these former employees in different other capacity besides as colleagues.”

Fred Ekata Dies Of Kidney Disease (Pictures)

In the wee hours of today, Ibinabo Fiberesima’s faction of AGN announced the death of seasonal actor Fred Ekata.He died of kidney disease which has been suffering from since last year.

Known for his elderly roles in many movies,Fred Ekata was a member of Ibinabo’s faction of Actors Guild of Nigeria until his death but sadly the troubled organization couldn’t help him.Emeka Ike’s faction of AGN is yet to release an official statement on his death.
See photos of frail-looking Fred Eketa few days before his death above

source: trezzyblog.com

Diezani Extends Plea-bargain To Buhari, Opts To Refund $2b, Expose Loots Of Other Oil Cabals

The embattled former untouchable Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has reportedly sent some allies of President Muhammadu Buhari to plea-bargain on her behalf  in the wake of new revelations of graft against her, Abuja Inquirer reported

The former minister has reached out to "some close, personal friends" of the President to beg him to reign in the security agencies and give her a soft landing, says Abuja inquirer

According to Abuja Inquirer, the Minister, In return, is offering to refund Two Billion US Dollars and to cooperate with federal officials in tracing looted funds that have been siphoned abroad by her various cronies.

We gathered that the President would hear none of that and is insisting that justice must take its course, Abuja Inquirer reported

Last week, the Nation newspaper reported that The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) has seized properties and very expensive jewelry belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke. The report says the EFFCC confiscated several posh houses in choice parts of Nigeria and a very expensive wrist watch worth £600, 000 and other gold and diamonds from the shamed minister and the wife of one of her business partners, Mr Jide Omokore.

The Nation, quoting an unnamed EFCC source, said: "We have seized many houses belonging to Diezani and Omokore on Banana Island and other places. Also, a wristwatch of about £1.4million was seized from Omokore’s wife. From the former minister, we have retrieved a choice wrist watch worth £600,000 and jewelry in gold and diamond. We will soon show Nigerians all these items for them to appreciate what we have done and to learn some lessons.”

Mrs. Diezani is being tried for money laundering in a London court. Her son is also reported to be wanted by EFCC.

Diezani Alison-Madueke was one of the closest ministers to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, both of whom are from Bayelsa state. She has been fingered in many dubious deals, particularly in the oil industry.

This is not the first time Diezani is offering to refund money to the Federal government. Premium Times reported a while ago that when President Buhari was to meet with US officials including the US Attorney General, Ms Loretta Lynch, to discuss how the US government can facilitate the investigation, arrest and prosecution of some officials of the Jonathan administration implicated in the theft of billions of dollars, she reportedly spoke to the Kaduna state governor, MALLAM Nasir el-Rufai to intercede on her behalf with the President but was rebuffed by the Governor.

source: newspunch.org

Jonathan Declares 2019 Presidential Ambition

Jonathan Declares 2019 Presidential Ambition
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has declared his interest to run for the presidency in 2019 in Bayelsa State today. A jubilant crowd erupted as news leaked that the former president would be holding a press briefing this afternoon. In a statement released by his media secretary, the former president said, he has been inundated with calls from famous Nigerians to reconsider and salvage the economy from the current decay under the APC led government.
The statement reads in part: “A while ago I stood at the stood Eagle Square, to offer myself for election as the President of our beloved country on the platform of our great party; the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I decided to run for office because of the many troubles our dear country faced. In a hotly contested election, we ‘lost’ the election to the opposition. We would have rejected the election results but decided my personal ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
“I made it clear then that when I leave office, Nigerians will understand the freedom they enjoyed under my administration. Are my I saint? Certainly not. Were my Ministers saints? Certainly not. But the opposition have unleashed untold hardship on Nigerians. I read from the news how power generation dropped to zero for a few hours. I read how the minister of State petroleum told Nigerians that he is not a magician to fix Nigerian oil problems. As we speak, subsidy regime has returned. As we speak the current government have reverted pump price to where we left it.
“Over the years, the Almighty God has made it possible for me to develop a bond with you and I am grateful for your support and understanding in the difficult periods we have journeyed through. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, as I stand here this day being April 1, I declare to you that our stewardship has not been without challenges. We dealt with waves of insurgencies, vandalization of our nation’s pipelines and armed banditry. Let me crave the indulgence of all present here to stand up to observe a minutes silence in honor of fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers who lost their lives in Agatu. The situation in Agatu and elsewhere has cast a dark cloud on our Nation but we will surely win. A number of young men and women have been kidnapped by these criminal elements including our daughters from Enugu and Kanu States.
“During my tenure, we established a Presidential Initiative for the North East, the Victim Support Fund and the Safe School Initiative. These programs built Almajiri schools and opened brand new universities across all regions in this country. I read how the APC led government dissolved the governing board of universities and sacked the vice chancellors. We did what we did to better the lots of less privileged among us. Today, those dreams are but a mirage.
“I am grateful to all Nigerians for standing with me and my ministers despite the persecution we have so far face by the current administration. Let me also thank the leaders and elders of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party, for the opportunity reposed on all PDP governors and House of Assembly members. I am overwhelmed by the trust, confidence and support of the various organs of our party, the Board of Trustees, the National Caucus, the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee, the PDP Governors Forum, members of the PDP Caucuses of the National Assembly, and others. This trust showed itself in the just concluded Rivers state re-run elections. This day affords me the opportunity to continue the conversation of development we started together. We must develop our country.

Bride Kidnapped Days After Surviving Acid Attack By Rejected Suitor

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned, so goes a popular saying. But in the case of 19-year-old Fatima Audu, a trader, who recently got married in Lagos, the fury of a man rejected can equally be lethal.

Audu’s case brings to the fore the rarely reported cases of violence suffered by young women in the hand of men whose marriage proposal they reject.

With a narrative that bears some resemblance to the case of 30-year-old Oluwatosin Ashinwo, who Saturday PUNCH reported last week to have been murdered in Ilorin, Kwara State by a rejected lover, Audu has been extremely lucky.

In an unnamed street in a suburb of Lagos on Thursday, our correspondent paid a visit to Audu in a house that has come to be her hideout. She pleaded with our correspondent not to mention the name of the street of her current abode.

Fearing for her life, the young lady is lying low, away from the violent man who made one attempt on her life and also kidnapped her in the last one month. Speaking in fluent English that has little traces of her Hausa tongue, Audu, a Kano State indigene who was born and bred in Lagos, told our correspondent that a young man named Mohammed, whose age she put between 23 and 25 once professed love to her and asked for her hand in marriage.

“I know Mohammed but I did not know much about his personal life. He is from Maiduguri in Borno State. We were friends and he always told me he wanted to marry me. But I always turned him down. We parted ways and I did not see him for a while. I had even forgotten about him,” Audu told our correspondent.

But if Audu had forgotten about Mohammed, obviously the flame of rejection still burn with excruciating pain in the heart of the young man who is said to live in either Lekki or Ikoyi. On Wednesday, March 30, three days to Audu’s wedding, which was to take place on April 2, the unexpected happened.

Audu said, “I went down the street to buy something around 9pm (around her mother’s house) that day and while standing there, I saw a motorcycle approach with a passenger at the back. I saw one of the two young men on the motorcycle holding a cup as they stopped beside me. I did not think much of it. I just thought he was holding a cup of tea.

“One of them then asked me if I was Fatima, I turned and said yes. He said, ‘Someone sent me to you.’ I asked him who and he did not answer, he just poured the content of the cup on me. “But as he raised the cup to pour it, I quickly turned my face and the content poured on my arm. I thought he had poured hot tea on me. The worst I could think of was hot water.”

As Audu’s attackers fled on the bike, the young woman’s arm began to burn. Her first instinct was to race to the hospital. “I did not know what it was but I started feeling the burns. It was when I got to the hospital that I realised that the man on the motorcycle had poured acid on me,” she said.

Despite Audu’s lucky escape from the attack that could have disfigured her forever, she still sustained some nasty burn injuries on her right arm. After the attack, then some calls started coming in. Audu said she started getting calls from someone who had sounded exactly like the young man who poured the acid on her.

Audu’s sister-in-law, who was holding her phone the day after the attack, told our correspondent that when she picked the call, the caller said, “Do you know who attacked you last night?” thinking that he was addressing Audu, the owner of the phone. Audu who later heard the voice of the caller confirmed that it sounded the same with that of the young man who had attacked her.

“The caller said that the attack was just the beginning. I got married as scheduled but after the wedding, the calls continued. The same caller continued to call with anonymous numbers, threatening me for marrying my husband. “He said he would come for me and kill me.

Then on Monday April 25, I got a call from another anonymous caller, this time it was not from the voice I recognised. The person said he was my husband’s relation; he said he had been trying to call my husband but his number was not going through. The caller said two of them were on their way to our house to visit us.

“I called my husband who was away at work at the time but his number did not go through truly. I then called my own family and they said if the callers actually said they were my husband’s relations, I should welcome them and entertain them.”

Unfortunately for Audu, she let the strangers in into her new home and as she set water and refreshment before them, one of them brought out a knife and a lighter and told her to cooperate. They then informed her that someone had sent them to bring her. The strangers said they had been instructed to kill her if she raised the alarm.

Shaking with fright, Audu followed the men into a waiting white Golf car they parked outside. Audu said, “They took me to Ikeja. I remember seeing the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. We went past it and turned left into a street, where they kept me in an uncompleted building around 7pm that day. “They said they would kill me there and I began to beg them. But they said the man who sent them would come soon. About one hour later, the man came. It was Mohammed.”

According to the young woman, she could not believe her eyes that Mohammed had been the one behind the attack all along. She said she began to beg him but he said the only thing that could save her from death was to leave her husband. “He gave me my phone that they had collected earlier. I was told to call my family and apologise for my intention to leave my husband. I called my brother but while I was speaking with him and he was asking where I was, Mohammed snatched the phone. I began to beg him again and finally pleaded with him that I would do as he wished. I told him I would leave my husband,” she said. Audu said Mohammed and his goons later left her alone in the room and told her they were watching her. They then dared her to raise the alarm, threatening to cut her throat. She said they left her to sleep till morning. The following day, with assurance that she would actually leave her husband, Audu got her phone back and was released. Mohammed told her he would come after her if she told anybody his identity or if she failed to leave her husband. She would later call one of her siblings who came to pick her at Ikeja bus stop. She said she still remembered the uncompleted building but not the name of the street. According to her description, it is likely Audu was taken to an uncompleted building in GRA Ikeja. The police at the Abbatoir Division, Agege, where the case was reported said they would be visiting the location described by Audu on Friday as part of the investigation to track down Mohammed and his cohorts. Nobody could really tell our correspondent what the suspect does for a living. All Audu could offer was his description as a slim, dark young man of about five feet eight inches height. She said he has no tribal marks. At the moment, she is living in fear of the unknown, unable to go back to her husband’s house in Oko-Oba Agege, where she was kidnapped.

16 Bizarre Things Your Body Does While You Sleep

Most of us don’t know what’s happening to our bodies while we’re sleeping, because we are asleep! Sleep evokes images of closed eyes, slow breathing, dreams and relaxation. But while you're dozing, your body's systems are doing lots of crazy things that will blow your mind.

Some of these crazy mind blowing things are listed below:

1. Your body temperature drops.

Just before you fall asleep, your core body temperature begins to decrease. This drop signals to your brain to release melatonin, which affects your circadian rhythm (or sleep/wake cycle) and tells your body it's time for bed. Your temperature is lowest around 2:30 A.M., so if you're able to, program your thermostat to rise one degree at that time for an hour or two. Otherwise, you may find yourself stealing your spouse’s covers for extra warmth.

2. You lose weight.

One reason you should always step on a scale in the morning, not in the evening is that you lose water through perspiring and breathing out humid air during the night. This happens during the day too, but eating and drinking while you're awake negates any weight loss. If you're sleeping just four or five hours per night, you could be canceling out whatever smart diet and exercise choices you're making during the day. To whittle your waistline, get at least seven hours of sleep per night.

3. You get taller.

You do gain height while you sleep. The discs in your spine that act as cushions between the bones rehydrate and get bigger because the weight of your body isn't pressing down on them, like it is when you're standing. If you have a firm mattress, sleeping on your side in the fetal position may be best for getting taller because it decreases the load on your back.

Your body produces a hormone known as the human growth hormone (hgH) while you are in the deepest stages of sleep. This hormone is necessary for the growth of your muscles, bones and tissues when you are young, and then for repair and restoration once you stop growing. It is also the reason for the term ‘beauty sleep’ – sleep considered to be sufficient to keep one looking young and beautiful.

4. Your blood pressure and heart rate decrease.

When you're resting, your body doesn't need to work as hard or pump as much blood, so these systems slow down. Blood pressure needs to dip at night so your cardiac muscle and circulatory system have time to relax and repair.

It's especially important for people with high blood pressure to get at least seven hours of sleep to experience that temporary drop—it reduces the risk for heart disease.

5. Your muscles are temporarily paralyzed.

Sounds scary, but it's actually what keeps you from acting out your dreams.

That "can't...move...another...muscle" feeling comes from the fact that all sorts of normal physiological processes slow way down at bedtime, like how many breaths you take per minute and how quickly your heart beats. Even your muscles and organs chill out. The intestines quiet down in the nighttime, and the liver goes from trying to detoxify during wakefulness to trying to build and synthesize when you're sleeping. There's also less adrenaline pumping through your veins, since you won't be needing your fight-or-flight response between the sheets.

When you sleep, your throat muscles relax, causing your throat to get narrower and your breathing to change. Some people’s throats get too narrow though, which is why they tend to snore.

6. Your eyes twitch.

During REM (aka rapid eye movement) sleep, your eyes dart from side to side, not that scientists know why exactly. Dreams occur during REM sleep, so it can be disconcerting to wake up during this deep—not light—sleep stage. You might feel most refreshed if you wake up right after you cycle through all the sleep stages, with REM occurring toward the end. Though it varies from person to person, one sleep cycle usually lasts 90 minutes, so try sleeping in intervals of 90 minutes. For example, you may find it easier to awaken after sleeping for 7.5 hours (five cycles) than after 8 hours (5⅓ cycles).

7. You get sexually aroused.

Just as men get erections during REM sleep, women become sexually stimulated then, too. Your brain is more active during REM sleep (since you're dreaming), so it requires more oxygen—as a result, blood flow all over the body increases. There is natural clitoral engorgement because blood rushes to that area and causes swelling, according to research.

8. You're more likely to have gas.

You won't be happy to hear this, but during the night, your anal sphincter muscles loosen slightly, making it easier to let out a toot or two. Luckily, your sense of smell (and your spouse's) are reduced while you sleep—that's why fire alarms were invented, because it's hard to smell smoke while you're snoozing. So even if you experience flatulence, rest assured: Nobody is likely to notice.

9. You may have a full-body spasm.

As people fall asleep, many of them experience a full-body jerk, and it's totally normal. As many as 70% of people experience this phenomenon in which muscles suddenly contract. Some experts think that these spasms may have to do with anxiety and/or an irregular sleep schedule, while others think they're unavoidable. So if you like to snuggle with your spouse as you wind down in bed, be sure to pry yourselves apart before you're both out cold, or else you may accidentally shake each other awake.

10. Collagen production in your skin increases.

Collagen is a protein that strengthens blood vessels and gives skin its elasticity. When you're asleep, you're in a fasting state, so growth hormone is released to tell your fat cells to release energy stores—as it turns out, growth hormone also stimulates collagen growth. "Since collagen production spikes while you sleep, moisturizing facial creams that contain retinols and retinoids are best to use before bed because these products boost collagen turnover, combat pigment problems and fight fine lines and wrinkles," says Melanie Palm, MD, a dermatologist in Solana Beach, CA, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a staff physician at Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital.

11. You aren't sleeping deeply most of the time.

Not all sleep was created equal: When you first drift off, you get only very light sleep, then progress deeper and deeper into dreamland. The sleep cycle starts in what's called non–rapid eye movement or NREM stage 1 (the kind of sleep you might nab if you were the type to doze off during your college lectures). Then you move into a deeper NREM 2 and then to the deepest, NREM 3, also called slow-wave sleep. Finally, you land in rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep, the wild part of the ride when most of our dreams occur. The whole cycle usually takes somewhere between 90 and 120 minutes, so on a typical night you'll cycle through four or five times, waking up for just a sec (even if you don't realize you're awake) after REM sleep before starting over in stage 1.

As the night goes on, you spend less time in that deliciously deep stage 3 and more time in REM sleep, which explains why your alarm so often wakes you up in the middle of a totally bizarre dream. REM sleep may somehow prepare you to get your butt out of bed.

12. Your brain cleans house.

Our brains are "on" throughout the night, especially in that dream-heavy REM sleep when they're actually almost as active as they are when we're wide awake.

Among other things, they may be taking out the trash. That's one of the more exciting new ideas about the purpose of sleep: A 2013 study in mice found that waste removal systems in the brain are more active during sleep.

Your brain's also busy cementing new memories while you sleep. The brain is processing the information we gained throughout the day and filtering out the information we don't need, which may be one of the reasons we dream. The theory goes that maybe connections between brain cells are strengthened or weakened during sleep, depending on how much we used them during the day. The important stuff gets reinforced while the factoids we just don't need get trashed.

13. Sleep regulates your hunger hormones

If a frosted donut has ever looked particularly tasty after a night spent tossing and turning, at least it's not just you: Most people reach for higher-calorie foods (and more of 'em) when they've logged too few hours of sleep, which can in turn, of course, lead to weight gain. Researchers believe that the hunger-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin get out of whack when we don't sleep well.

14. You might walk, talk, or even drive.

There's no good reason for these so-called parasomnias, or weird behaviors known to happen during sleep, but luckily they're mostly harmless. Sleepwalking and similar midslumber activities occur during stage 3 sleep, making it tough to rouse a sleepwalker from deep sleep but not dangerous to do so. (In fact, it can be dangerous not to wake them, considering their next move could be to try to get behind the wheel.) Sleepwalking, talking, or driving is usually due to sleep deprivation or is a side effect of certain medications and occurs in anywhere from 1 to 15% of us, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While it's definitely most common in kids, you probably don't have to worry if you find your spouse has migrated to the living room.

15. Dream

Some people cannot remember their dreams in the morning, while others wake up remembering a bizarre sequence of events that often seem real. Many dreams are based in reality, with elements of the person’s thoughts or the events of the previous day featuring prominently in what they dream about. Psychologists have offered several theories to explain why we dream, but so far there is no consensus. Some people even have recurring dreams, where they experience they same dream either in a short period of time or over several years.

16. You May Grind Your Teeth

Many people grind their teeth together or clench them while they are asleep, a condition that is known as bruxism. If you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth at night, you should go to your dentist and get fitted for a mouth guard immediately, because the habit could leave you with cracked teeth and sore jaw muscles.

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