As 2017 wraps up today, one can say it came with good, bad and ugly experiences judging by the events that made headlines and trended on social media. Each year comes with its defining moments and events that make it memorable. 2017 was not exception.

As Nigerians usher in new year 2018, The Regular News reviewed the year and presents the major events that shaped 2017 for Nigeria.

Buhari receives Boko Haram’s flag

The Nigerian Army on early January hosted President Muhammadu Buhari to a Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner and presented the captured Boko Haram flag to him in Abuja.

Reports say the flag was handed over to the President by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. -Gen. Lucky Irabor.

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole operating in the North-East said they had successfully captured “Camp Zero,” the strongest enclave of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest.

Irabor had said about 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists were arrested during a mop-up operation by troops inside the Sambisa forest.

Meanwhile, the dreaded terrorist group is still carrying out attacks in the Eastern part of the country.

Nigerian-Turkish pupils, workers kidnapped

Gunmen had invaded the Nigerian Turkish International College premises in Isheri, Ogun State, l on Friday, January 13, after digging a hole under the school fence.

They shot indiscriminately and headed for the female hostel, where three pupils were seized.

A Turkish teacher, a matron, a supervisor and two intending candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, who worked in the school, were also abducted by the assailants.

After 11 days in the den of kidnappers, pupils and staff members of the school regained their freedom.

While there are claims in some quarters that the school and families of the victims parted with millions of naira as ransom, the police insisted that their freedom was due to pressure mounted on the kidnappers.

Controversy trails Buhari’s absence from Nigeria

One of the major stories in the polity was the subject of President Buhari’s health that started dominating the national discuss, when during his third trip, on January 19, Mr. Buhari extended his medical vacation, after an initial announcement that his trip would last ten work days.

In the letter regarding his travel, dated January 18 Mr. Buhari had indicated that he would be away for 10 days on a medical vacation to attend to his health.

The leave was supposed to last between January 23 and February 6, according to the letter transmitted to both chambers of the National Assembly.

On March 10, exactly 50 days after his departure, Mr. Buhari returned but was not able to adequately discharge his duties.

About 58 days later, on May 7, the president embarked on another journey for his medical check-up, without any specific date for his return.

Various individuals and groups reacted to the president’s medical vacation, giving divergent opinions on the matter.

Apostle Suleman, Stephanie Otobo and Daniela Okeke sex scandal

The overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman, became the butt of Internet jokes in March after he was embroiled in an alleged sex scandal with a Canada-based lady, Stephanie Otobo. Internet users poked fun at Mr. Suleman after Stephanie revealed to the media that her affair with the cleric involved a lot of sex. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, she said that she had a nice time with Mr. Suleman in Naples, New York, and Lagos.

“I refused to have a threesome with him because I’m not a lesbian and I don’t like women touching me. He told me he did that with all his past girlfriends, that I was the only one (who refused), that it’s very rude that I can do that to him.”

A popular Nollywood big girl, Daniella Okeke, was also alleged as having benefitted from the cleric’s benevolence.

It was alleged that Mr. Suleman acquired a N160 million duplex located in Mende Maryland, Lagos and a $76,000 brand-new Mercedes-Benz 450 GL for the actress and that they had been neck deep in a relationship.

EFCC chairman saga

The Nigerian Senate refused to confirm Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Magu’s fate is yet unknown up till now . He might be replaced by the president though the presidency has debunked the rumour.

The Senate, in December, called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to remove Acting Chairman.
The Red Chamber said the time has come for the Executive arm of government to obey its resolutions.

It also suspended all confirmation of appointments until compliance with its resolution.

EFCC recovers looted N13bn in Ikoyi building

The commission after investigation named Mrs. Folashade Oke as the owner of Flat 7B, No. 13, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers.

Mrs. Oke is the wife of the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayo Oke, whose agency had laid claim to the money. According to the EFCC, Mrs. Oke made a cash payment of $1.658m for the purchase of the flat between August 25 and September 3, 2015.

She was said to have purchased the property in the name of a company, Chobe Ventures Limited, to which she and her son, Master Ayodele Oke Junior, were directors. Payment for the purchase of the flat was said to have been made to one Fine and Country Limited.

The EFCC stated that Mrs. Oke made the cash payment in tranches of $700,000, $650,000 and $353,700 to a Bureau de Change company, Sulah Petroleum and Gas Limited, which later converted the sums into N360,000,000 and subsequently paid it to Fine and Country Limited for the purchase of the property.

The discovery caused a lot of uproar from individuals and groups asking President Buhari to sack the NIA boss. 

Buhari later approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke, and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations.

Ikoyi Whistleblower gets N421m, leaves country
The battle for the payment of 5 percent entitlements to the original whistleblowers of the Ikoyi loot has continued as the petitioners have headed to the Federal High Court, Abuja Division to seek for justice as both the Finance Minister and the Attorney General of the Federation(AGF), who had earlier received petitions and appeals had remained silent in this era of fighting corruption by the present administration.

Evans the billionaire kidnap kingpin arrested

In Nigerian history, The ‘most notorious kidnapper in the country’, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, aka Evans, arrested at his residence in Magodo Estate, in Lagos.

Evans was apprehended by the inspector-general of police intelligence response team led by Abba Kyari, an assistant commissioner of police.
Efe wins #BBNaija

Efe Ejeba emerged the winner of Big Brother Nigeria House, #BBNaija.

He beat the multi-talented Bisola to win the N25 million star prize, a brand new Kia Sorento SUV, amongst other mouth-watering prizes.

Efe, an upcoming rap artiste, appeared to be the favourite of so many Nigerian celebrities. The Big Brother Nigeria 2017 began in January.

It had seen the eviction of nine housemates, Bally, Bassey, CocoIce, Gifty, Kemen, Miyonse, Soma, ThintallTony and Uriel, Mavis, Debbie Rise and TBoss.
2face backed out of nationwide protest

In January, popular Nigerian artiste, Innocent Idibia, better known as 2Baba, solicited the support of well-meaning Nigerians as he planned a nationwide protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

2Baba took to his Instagram page to confirm that the protest will hold on February 5 thus; “A call for good governance. A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide. A call for nationwide protests as we say no to the executive, no to legislature, no to judiciary… You have all failed us”.
Dammy Krane in credit card scandal

In June this year, Nigerian afro-pop singer and former Hypertek Records act, Dammy Krane was embroiled in a controversial credit card scam which eventually led to his arrest in Miami, U.S.

He was charged with grand theft, credit card, and identity fraud.

The news of his arrest quickly filtered through the social media space with mixed reactions from music lovers, critics and industry colleagues.

#BAAD2017: Banky W and Adesua Utomi’s glamorous wedding

Nigerian singer, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, and his wife, Adesua Etomi, broke the internet this year with the announcement of their engagement and subsequently their wedding.

Their traditional wedding which was the talk of social media trended with the hashtag #BAAD2017. It had in attendance friends, associates and celebrities including Bovi, Basket Mouth, Kemi Adetiba, Tunde Demuren, Chigul, Lynxx, Juliet Ibrahim, M.I Abaga,Dotun Kayode, Toolz, Tolu Oniru, Linda Ejiofor, Sola Sobowale, among others.

The nuptial tie came shortly after Banky W successfully had a third surgery for skin cancer. Their engagement which was initially perceived as a publicity stunt was officially announced by Banky W in February. The couple then proceeded to Cape Town, South Africa for a high-profile ceremony.

Banky W however sparked social media outrage over a video he erroneously uploaded on the Internet which showed his new wife, Adesua, in a compromising situation.The video Banky W posted on the Internet revealed the buttocks of his wife. As usual,social media went into an instant frenzy.

Davido and the mysterious death of friends Tagbo, DJ Olu and Chima

DMW boss, Davido, remains one of the most talked about artistes in 2017. His blooming career was met by a major obstacle when actress Caroline Danjuma, accused the artiste and his crew of having a hand in Tagbo’s death.

The Lagos police commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, told reporters that Close Circuit Television footages from the hospital proved that Tagbo was brought in dead by Davido’s escort driver, Tunde Usutu, and two of his (Davido) friends, Agbeje Olaoye and Idris Busari.

After staying mute for some time, the embattled singer finally spoke up in a statement to exonerate himself.

Davido reconciles with Dele Momodu, Wizkid and reunites MO Hits

Multiple award winning Nigerian act, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido finally settled a longstanding rift with publisher of Ovation, Otunba Dele Momodu after months of rift between the duo.

This comes as a result of Davido having a child with Dele Momodu’s niece, Sophia which led to their long term beef.

Davido in the course of the rift called out Dele Momodu in some of his songs.

They finally buried their differences during this year’s Ovation Red Carol event that took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday 17th December when Davido graced the stage.

In a similar development, the rivalry between Nigerian top artistes, Davido and Wizkid, ended as both artistes reconciled during Wizkid’s concert which held at the Eko Convention Center in Lagos on Sunday night.

Wizkid made the first move by inviting Davido to share the stage and spotlight with him to the delight of the audience.
Both stars performed Davido’s hit track, Fia and it was such a beautiful sight.

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence”- Eddie Robinson

To those who had ever met Hajia Latifat Abiodun Giwa, the Honourable Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs in Osun, will no doubt unanimously agree that she is not only a very humble and caring mother of all, but she is also an industrious political office holder who so much believes in excellence, achievable vision, good governance and effective leadership skills. Her principles coupled with her academic, professional and political precedents are attestations to these significant qualities of the Honourable Commissioner. In fact, she is a woman worthy of emulation in all aspects of life.
Academically, Hajia Latifat Giwa is a guru! She displayed her intellectual prowess in 1988 when she became the Best World Student in Property and Pecuniary Examination. Her interest in quality education made her study Insurance at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Marketing (MBA) at Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso. She continued to pursue knowledge at College of Insurance, Kent, the United Kingdom. Throughout her academic years, Hajia Latifat Giwa had clean and excellent academic records.
The Honourable Commissioner has excelled in her chosen profession, no doubt! Before she became the Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs about six months ago, Hajia Giwa had worked in different companies and held various leadership positions. It should not be forgotten in a jiffy that she was the former Amirah of FOMWAN in the State of Osun. Her good leadership skills distinguished her as a woman per excellence and visionary leader.
In other to ensure her professional relevance, Hajia Latifat Giwa became a Chartered Insurer, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Nigeria (ACII), a Fellow and Member of the Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers(NCRIB), among other professional bodies. She has also won many awards in the course of her duty.
As today (December 29) marks the 62nd year of our dear mother, leader, role model, mentor and commissioner, we pray the Almighty Allaah continue to grant you sound health, long and prosperous life. The charming people of Osun love you; the good people of Ede appreciate your constant kind gestures. Iwájú iwájú lę ó ma a lo ooooo!? Igba odún, odún kan ni ooo! ìpínlè Òsun tó tí ń dára ò ní bàjé ooo….

Posted by :
Monsur Aro,

Personal Assistant to the Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs,

State of Osun.

The  International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) have evacuated 134 more Nigerians from Libya.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-West Zone, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

Farinloye said the new batch of returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Friday at 10.20 p.m.

He said the Nigerians returned aboard a BURAQ Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Registration Number 5A-DMG.

According to him, the returnees comprise 10 adult females, 123 adult males and one infant, including a medical case.

He said they were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Police.

Farinloye said their return had brought the number of Nigerians repatriated from Libya in 2017 to 6,806.

“The project of the repatriation is the programme of IOM with the funding for reintegration at the local level provided by EU.

“IOM paid for their accommodation to stay overnight before proceeding to their various destinations,” he added.

Shade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja of Lagos and first daughter of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has welcomed her first baby, a boy, through surrogacy.

Surrogacy is a method or agreement whereby a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or persons, who will become the newborn child’s parent after birth.

There are two kinds:
Traditional surrogate. It’s a woman who gets artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm. She then carries the baby and delivers it for you and your partner to raise.

A traditional surrogate is the baby’s biological mother. That’s because it was her egg that was fertilized by the father’s sperm. Donor sperm can also be used.

Gestational surrogates. A technique called “in vitro fertilization” (IVF) now makes it possible to gather eggs from the mother, fertilize them with sperm from the father, and place the embryo into the uterus of a gestational surrogate.

The surrogate then carries the baby until birth. She doesn’t have any genetic ties to the child because it wasn’t her egg that was used.

Tinubu-Ojo family have been expecting a baby several years after marriage before the baby was born on 25 December, 2017 through surrogacy.

Tinubu-Ojo was cited without pregnancy at the commissioning of the Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu, JJT Park projects in the presence of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Despite fact that the baby was born through surrogacy, there is joy in the Tinubu-Ojo’s family that at last the Iya-Oloja General is now a proud mother.

The naming ceremony of the baby has been fixed for Monday, January 1, 2018.

Micheal Oladejo, Ibadan
Veteran gospel singer, Tope Alabi is rounding off 2017 on a big note, as she moves into her newly completed mansion in Fagba, Lagos.

The talented singer, dedicated the house and the house warming ceremony on December 28, 2017.

According to reports, the house project which was embarked upon 2 years ago, sitatop 2 plots of land in Fagba, Iju Ishaga, Lagos.

Tope Alabi invested most of the proceedings from her shows on this property and her musical career.

Tope and her family moved out of her current apartment which she bought years ago.

Friends and well wishers were present to celebrate with the singer.

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted chairmen and board members to various government parastatals and agencies.
The list was released to Nigerian Television Authority on Friday.

Three dead people made it to the governing boards of agencies and parastatals positions.

Senator Francis Okpozo, who died at 81, in 2016, has been named Chairman, Nigerian Press Council (NPC).

Also on the list is that late retired Deputy Inspector General of Police and elder statesman, Donald Ugbaja.

Ugbaja is one of the newly appointed member of Consumer Protection Council.

The founder of Fidei Polytechnic Very Rev Fr Christopher Utov is among the 209 chairmen and 1,258 members appointed to fill the governing boards of agencies and parastatals positions.

He died on March 18th, 2017 after battling with an undisclosed disease.

Micheal Oladejo, Ibadan

Nigeria’s Victor Moses has been named Goal Africa Player of the Year for 2017.

Moses bagged a remarkable transformation during the 2016-17 season, winning over the doubters and earning his place at Chelsea despite appearing destined for the exit door.

He was introduced into the starting lineup in late 2016 in an unfamiliar wing-back role after Antonio Conte saw in the former Crystal Palace attacker a key solution to a problem position.

Throughout early 2017, Moses was a key figure for the Pensioners as they won the Premier League title, with the wideman only losing twice—against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United—before the FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.

He’s had to contend with injuries this term, but excellent displays against Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle United have reaffirmed Moses’s importance at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea wideman has won the award ahead of the likes of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah.

Award winning Nigerian music act, Wande Coal has revealed his plans to headline concert will hold in 2018.

The singer also announced his dropping a new song titled ‘Turkey Nla’.

​Black Diamond Entertainment front man made the announcement on his Instagram tagging it ‘Wande Coal Live In Concert 2018.
Although, the singer is yet to disclose a specific date for the event.

Wizkid, Falz, Davido, Olamide, AdekunleGold were among various top Nigerian artistes that headlined their own concerts in December.

Wande Coal was also on stage when MoHits reunited for the first time in years during the just concluded Davido #30BillionConcert.

By Olansile Ajetunmobi Umar (OAU)

With my little experience, learning and different encounters with different people offline and online, I have got to know that the challenges that face the 21st century youths are in layers like a masquerade ‘s cloth. Out of these stratified challenges, I identify four most important and relevant ones. Then, I put forth some recommendations that I think will be helpful to anyone interested in this piece. Now, here are some of the challenges facing us today 👉👉👉👇👇👇
👉 Unemployment, unemployability and underemployment
👉 Ignorance (despite being literates)
👉 Time mismanagement
👉 Spending money on frivolities.

ONE : Unemployment, unemployability and underemployment
👉 Let passion and interest be your driving forces before you go for that course in any higher institution of learning.

👉 Learn skills that can fetch you money aside your monthly pay (if there is any).

👉 Identify your strength and work more on how to be better or the best in it. From there, learn how to turn opportunities into financial dependence.

👉 Know that employability goes beyond the “four-walls-of-the-class” mentality! Yes, your academic record should be superb ; however, many employers now yearn for those special skills you can offer them when employed. Start growing now!

👉 Humility opens many doors of / to success. Why are you now feeling too proud? Oh, you now have B.Sc., B.A., Msc. or M.A.? And so what? Your employers don’t have interest in hiring someone who is always full of himself or herself. Pride should never be mistaken for excellence ooo!

👉 If you have not been building network of friends and acquaintances, please start now. Keep contacts! I have got a lot of opportunities from both friends and acquaintances. A time will come when we will all need one another, note that!

TWO : Ignorance (despite being literates)
👉  Seek knowledge and continue seeking! Knowledge comes first before money making. A tailor makes money because he or she has the knowledge of tailoring. So, you also need knowledge before you can make cool cash.

👉 Leave your comfort zones for places where people challenge your intellectual prowess! When people challenge your shallow knowledge, it’s a signal for you to go learn and prepare more. Knowledge is like a sea ; the more you go, the farther you see.

THREE :Time mismanagement
👉 Stop wasting that limited time on irrelevances. Have you forgotten that time nah money? Let your 24 hours count, dear!

👉 If you have no plan for someone or something in a day, learn to always say YES or NO to fire brigade approaches. However, don’t turn a deaf ear to some necessary fire brigade approaches!

👉 Don’t remain idle for a long time in a day! Psychologically, it’s been proven that the more you are idle, the more you think about old memories (negative or positive).

👉 Don’t waste too much time ‘gisting’ and hanging out ; before the twinkling of an eye, you have spent hours gaining nothing.

👉 Develop a time schedule for your activities in a day! Mmmmm?

FOUR : Spending money on frivolities
👉 If a mobile phone of #35,000 will do a perfect job you need, you don’t need to go for a phone of #135,000. You don’t need to “be among” or prove a point to someone who doesn’t even care about you. You don’t need any class rivalry, I tell you! Learn to save ahead of raining days!

👉 Oh boy, you collect 10k pocket money every month (if at all it’s even constant), yet, one artificially packaged crush demands close to 15k in a month, have you become a good Samaritan? Have sense (sorry for bring harsh)!

👉 Start investing no matter how small! Starting with a penny might one day give you a pound. Think twice before you join the group of the spendthrift!

Òrò mi ò lópin ooooo….
Anyways, thanks for READING!

Port Harcourt born and Nigerian singer and songwriter, kechukwu Eric Ahiauzu, better known as Ric Hassani, has been involved in an accident that left the bonnet of his car mangled.

The artiste sustained minor injuries on his shoulder, knee and arm but says he’s fine.

Confirming the incident to on Thursday, Hassani said the accident happened when he was returning from a show around 5:30am in Lekki.

Hassani released his debut album, The African Gentleman, in August 2017.

In September 2015, he headlined the Lake of Stars festival in Lilongwe, Malawi with co-headliners, Uhuru and Toya Delazy. His popular emotive music video titled ‘Gentleman’ is about domestic violence in a relationship.