Female teacher spared jail for having sex with 16-year-old student after prom party because she wrote letter of apology to his mom

Authorities were tipped off to the relationship after Scherwitz left an after prom party with the boy

Nikki Scherwitz, 25, pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
She was sentenced to 10 years probation, fined $5,000 and will never teach again
Scherwitz resigned from her job at Brazosport High School last year when she was questioned about the relationship.
Nikki Scherwitz, who taught 10th Grade English at Brazosport High School, Houston, was charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student. She pleaded guilty and has been placed on 10 years probation. She will never teach again

Scherwitz wrote letters of apologies to the boy’s mother and the district, admitting her guilt
According to KHOU.com, authorities were tipped off after Scherwitz turned up to an after-prom party on April 20 at a student’s house.

One of the students who was at the party told the TV station: ‘She was wearing no shoes when she showed up…like a cut up, cut off shirt and everything.’

She is also believed to have been drinking.

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Woman disowns her homosexual cat

Bull the Cat

Bull the Cat

A Nasarawa state, resident North central Nigeria, has publicly disowned her feline companion of 7 years.

She is convinced that the cat may be a homosexual, after she noticed his “unnatuaral advances” to cats of his same gender.

Bull, the shamed cat, was apparently witnessed showing gay tendencies not only by his owner, but by the neighbours as well, who attested that regardless of the presence of several female cats, Bull preffered acts that were “a contradiction to the laws of nature.”

Leadership reported, “The cat owner who expressed a strong belief in the divine purpose of creating male and female of every creature to fulfil an ordained purpose of procreation said, “anybody interested in this gay cat can have it because I have no further use of it.””

Bull is the first cat ever outed by it’s owner.

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A Perfect Example of Leadership Worth Emulating

It was in the year 1963 and Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took his annual leave and was off to his village to spend it. Then a British photojournalist came along but they told him the that the PM had gone on vacation.

The photojournalist then asked to which country but he was shocked when they told him the PM went to spend the vacation in his own village. To satisfy his curiosity, he decided to travel to the village. But on getting to the village, there was no sign that a big man was in town. Everyone went on their normal business and the village was peacefully quiet.

Then he met a farmer along the way with his donkey carrying bales of sugarcane, and he asked from the farmer the house of the PM. The photojournalist was again left speechless when the farmer told him that he had just left the PM and that if he gets to the PM’s house, which he described, he would meet him sitting on the bare floor with his kids enjoying the sugarcane that he gave them.

The British photojournalist was dazed when he reached the PM’s home. This is the picture that he took. May the labours of our heroes past never be in vain.

Today, we have vagabonds and thieves in power. Those who disturb an entire city with sirens and their empty noises of vanity. Those who loot the treasury of an entire nation and still insult our common intelligence with their embarrassing incompetence. Nigeria has all it takes to become the greatest nation on earth. All we need are visionary, dedicated and inspiring leaders and not the shameless rogues and incorrigibly kleptomaniac bandits who lie, rob, cheat, rig and kill their way to power.

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Islam believes Jesus will come again — Imam Saheed Salmon

By ADERONKE ADEYERI
The Imam of Federal College of Technology, Yaba Mosque, Imam Saeed Salmon has said that Islam also believes in the second coming of Jesus Christ, emphasising that any Muslim who does not believe in it is not a true follower of Prophet Muhammed.

Salmon who made this known at a special lecture held at the Lagos Central Mosque, Tinubu, said,  Jesus is a messenger of God and would still return to a mosque in Damascus.
“The second coming of Jesus Christ is a doctrine that every Muslim must believe. The teachings of prophet Muhammed talks extensively about this.
The Qua’ ran Chapter 4:157-159 teaches this but the teachings of Islam does not support that Jesus was killed or resurrected, rather, he was raised by Almighty Allah to his majesty.”
“Jesus is coming again to refute the claim of the Jews that he was crucified and to correct the doctrine of the Christians that he is the son of God.
Again, the second coming of Jesus is to establish that there is a close relationship between Prophet Muhammed and Jesus himself.”
The Chief host and organiser of the lecture, Amir Ajala Kamardeen noted that he is under the obligation as a true Muslim to educate the public and to correct any  misconception about Islam.
“Jesus is a prophet and messenger of Allah and as a true Muslim, we are bound to believe all prophets of Allah.
The holy book ,Qur’an points to the fact that the second coming of Jesus Christ is a sign of end time but there are some group of Muslims in Harvard University and in Cairo known as the fatimists and also Ahmadists who are saying otherwise, so, I have put it upon myself to correct them.”

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Lagos House Of Assembly Bans Public Smoking

The Lagos State House of Assembly, western Nigeria on Monday evening passed a bill that now places fine of N10,000, three months imprisonment or both for first offenders. The law for a law to prohibit smoking in designated places and vehicles, which was sponsored by Gbolahan Yishawu, the lawmaker representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2 at the House, had lingered since last year.

The law, which scaled the third reading on Monday, prohibits residents of the state from smoking in public places such as libraries, museum, public toilets, schools, hospital, day-care centres, public transportation, restaurants among others. Section 12 of the 16-section law that has now been passed to the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for assent also instructs owners of public places to place signs with the inscription; ‘No Smoking’ or symbols as part of enlightenment for smokers and would-be violators of the law. Section 4 of the passed bill says that it shall be the duty of those who own or occupy public places to ensure that approved signs are displayed conspicuously at each entrance and in prominent locations throughout the premises to inform smokers about the prohibition.

In such public places, the owners are mandated by the law to create areas where people could smoke but that it should not be close to the vicinity. Any person who repeatedly violates the provisions of the law, according to the bill, shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N50,000:00 or six months imprisonment or both. For non-compliance by owners of public places, the law states that such offenders shall be fined N100,000 or six months imprisonment or other non custodial punishment that the judge may deem fit.
The law further states that any person who smokes in the presence of a child commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N15,000 or one month imprisonment term.

Where the offence of refusal to place the sign or symbol is committed by a corporate body, the director, manager, company secretary or any person concerned in the management of the affairs of the corporate body would be liable. In this case, he would be fined the sum of N250,000 upon conviction. The law states that it is an offence to obstruct a duly authorized officers from carrying out their duties under the provision of this law. It also give authorised commissioners of the state the opportunity to designate more places as non-smoking areas for the sake of effective implementation of the law. The law gives the state Environmental Protection Agency the powers to implement it while giving aggrieved residents who have complaints against officials of the state saddled with implementing it the opportunity to report to the state Ministry of the Environment.

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Men Who Poured Pepper Into Woman, Daughter’s Private Part Arrested At Oba’s Palace In Lagos!

Saharareporters has learned of the arrest of all the perpetrators of a bestial torture and sodomy of three women in Ejigbo which happened February last year.
 The arrest of the sodomy gang, Saharareporters was reliably informed, happened at the palace of Oba Moruf Adisa Ojoola of Ejigbo earlier today.
 The arrest was possible due to immense pressure on Oba Moruf himself, he reportedly got all the men assembled at his palace around 11pm Saturday night. The gathering of the gang by Oba Moruf followed a closure of the market yesterday, which prevented the market men and women from carrying out their trading activities until the perpetrators were identified and brought to book.
 The gang’s torture and sodomizing of a lady by thrusting of a bottle of ground pepper and sticks in her genital had resulted in her death, two months after. She was later identified as “Juliana” by her father, a palm wine tapper, who revealed that he also lost a toddler in the incidence as his wife, mother of the baby while being tortured by the gang was not allowed to attend to the baby.
 In addition to torture, the gang also destroyed the palm wine tapper’s house and banished him from the community, after he was made to pay N50,000 as fine to secure the release of his wife and two daughters.
 On Thursday, last week, Oba Moruf was invited by the Lagos Assembly Committee regarding the investigation into the crime. A source familiar with the meeting of the Oba with the committee told our correspondent that the Oba’s demeanor at the meeting was cooperative, and he did not spend much time. The previous day, Wednesday, the Iyaloja (Ejigbo Market women leader) also visited the committee on invitation. She was accompanied by her husband, who pledged support toward the investigation.
 The Babaloja, who allegedly received a fine from the palm wine tapper and also supervised his banishment, did not honor an invitation by the committee. He gave the excuse that he had injury on his leg. But sources in the market said the Babaloja may have had the injury when he scaled a fence to escape arrest by a police team that visited the market for investigation last week.
 At a public hearing upon constitution of the Lagos Assembly committee, the police, the local government chairman, market women and other members of the Ejigbo community had denied knowledge of the crime, even as sources from the community insisted the crime happened in the public glare.
 As efforts progressed into finding the perpetrators, the police, through its DPO in Ejigbo, CSP Oliver Abbey had clearly shown complicity and laxity by claiming it doubted the event happened at all, evidently by doing nothing about it. CSP Abbey was later deployed out of the area after his compromised position became clear to his superiors.
 It is expected that the arrested gang would be tried for the crime of murder, and the illegal sum collected from Mr. Freeman, the palm wine tapper to secure his wife and daughters recovered.
 Mr. Freeman’s family is also expected to be rehabilitated.

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Supersports Employee Shot Dead While Withdrawing From ATM

An employee of Supersports, Kunle Fajugbabe, has been killed by armed robbers in the Bariga area of Lagos State. Kunle had gone to withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine at a Wema Bank branch located on Jagunmolu Street around 11.30pm when he was attacked by the robbers. The robbers shot him, snatched his Mazda salon car and fled, leaving him in a pool of blood. policemen attached to the Bariga Division, who were on night patrol, saw Kunle’s body and took him to the station before his family members were contacted. He died two hours later at the Gbagada General Hospital. His car was recovered three days later in the Ogudu area of the state. He was survived by a wife and three children. The police are still looking for the assailants. *Culled from heleneventsblog*

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Nigerian Gay Group To Protest In Abuja

Nigerian gays and lesbians, under the aegis of ‘The Right Defense’, are daring President Goodluck Jonathan, and would soon stage a demonstration in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, they said in a statement on Saturday.

The protest is against the anti-gay law signed by the president on January, 7.

They added to the statement the masked pictures of themselves noting they were protesting against an “undemocratic and unlawful discrimination” of gays and lesbians and trans-genders in the country.

The demonstration in Abuja, they said, has become necessary to condemn what they call “an increase in threats against fundamental human rights of certain persons including LGBT in the country.”

According to the group, they also want to challenge the existence of the Nigeria human rights body, the National Human Right Commission “for its lack of integrity and principle in the fight against discrimination and violation of individual rights.”

The group said many Nigerians have in the past fled the country due to threats to life and harassment in their communities. Those who have fled include Alimi Bisi, Philip Temidayo Adabayo, Desmond Patric, Nkechi Ugo, Lara Abiodun Akinniyi, Simeon Demola Adesanmi, Penu K. Z.

“The planning for the unviolent rally is to avert the continuous attacking of the unarmed citizens and the unlawful and arbitrary arrest of wanted individuals,” the group said. However, no date was announced when the protest rally will hold.

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ANTI-GAY LAW FALLOUT: PASTOR OF GAY CHURCH DISAPPEARS IN LAGOS

A couple of years back, several news media reported the activities of Reverend Rowland who was running a gay Church underground in Lagos, Nigeria. The Church called House of Rainbow was situated at No 36/38 Yakoyo Street, Ojodu Berger, Lagos. Reverend Roland sometime ago reportedly appeared on Cable Network News, CNN, where he proudly talked about his Church of gays.
The initial reaction about his exposure was that such a Church could not exist within Nigeria as such things are common in abroad.
But an uproar in the Anglican communion in Europe on gay bishops brought up the case of Reverend Rowland, a Nigerian who was residing in Lagos. He was also operating his gay Church in Lagos.
In his plot 145 flat 1, Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos, where Rev. Rowland Olajide Macaulay, the gay Pastor lived, the apartment was locked. It was learnt that the Reverend left his house on Saturday, September 13, immediately after a national newspaper carried the story of his homosexual Church and ever since, he had not been seen.
According to his neighbours, the Sunday service could not hold both at the Jakande Estate branch and the Ojodu headquarters of House of Rainbow Ministries after that publication.
Right now, Rev. Rowland has relocated abroad where he is presently running his gay Church,”House Of Rainbow Fellowship”.
According to the gay Pastor,  “any negative effect on the anti-gay bill will have detrimental effect on the work and mission of House Of Rainbow in Nigeria. The lives of LGBTI people and their friends, families and allies will be further frustrated with fear and prejudice. We need to pray and stand up against injustice”.
According to him, “My Church is a voice of the younger generation of citizens, activists, and diaspora, and our collective belief in a more progressive Nigeria. They are afraid of our growing influence as we gather allies not just from the West, but from people that are not afraid but powerful and resilient.
“Right now, we are spreading their tentacles to every village, town and city around the world. The Church is also calling on faithful and dedicated local leaders who believe in homosexuality and lesbianism. Ten House Of Rainbow Fellowship local leaders are in Ghana, Nigeria, UK, Burundi, and Lesotho.
“Religion is a backbone to life in Nigeria, so, we all want to go to Church,” he said.
“But we don’t want to lie to God about who we are.”
Macaulay first set up House of Rainbow in 2006 and openly held Sunday services in a Lagos hotel hall decorated in rainbow colours. A public backlash culminated in members being beaten as they left the Church. Macaulay fled to the UK after receiving death threats.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International and gay rights activists and groups have also condemned the law, calling it discriminatory and incompatible with international human rights laws to which Nigeria is a signatory.
In all, homosexuality is illegal in 78 countries worldwide and punishable by death in seven, according to the UNAIDS organisation.
“It (the law) is a license to violence,” said the gay Nigerian man spoken to by AFP.
“In this country, we have people being lynched because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. I am afraid for people who can’t even speak for themselves and who are going to end up in jail without anyone knowing about it.”
Meanwhile, some gay activists recently vowed to fight the Nigerian government after the country outlawed same-sex unions, warning the act legitimised homophobic violence and increased fears of persecution.
A gay man in Lagos, whom AFP did not identify in case of reprisals, said he was “devastated” by Jonathan’s actions and terrified at the consequences.
“I am concerned especially for LGBT people up north, in the (southern) Niger Delta… and for LGBT people in the whole of the country actually,” he added.
“They (the government) have just legalised violence, stigma and discrimination. Our situation has gone from bad to worse.”
Nigeria is a highly religious country, with evangelism popular in the Christian-majority South, while the North’s Muslim and Islamic law runs alongside state and federal justice systems.
Speaking with some religious leaders on the issue, Reverend Ayo Olawuyi said, “Same sex marriage is satanic. The word of God on it is clear. This is not an issue of human rights. Anybody that supports such is fighting against God. It is a fearful thing to oppose God.
So, there is need for everybody to shout it out that gay, lesbianism, and all what not, is just the beginning of the destroying of the fabric of our heritage. It is not our heritage. If you don’t want to marry, don’t marry, if you are a man, marry your opposite sex. It is morally wrong, criminalised in the Nigerian legal system, in the criminal code and every code of the country. It is spiritually unpardonable. That was why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone.
“There is no way they can continue in such sins and want brethren to accept them as fellow believers. No sinner is part of God’s kingdom. Here in Nigeria, we cannot, we will not, we must not allow this decadence to see the light of day. We have enough sins we are asking God to forgive us and renew us about rather than, adding these vices,” Olawuyi said.

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Gay Law: Nigeria damns US, others prosecutes 12 homosexuals

By CLIFFORD NDUJIHE (With agency reports)
INSPITE of international outrage and imminent sanctions, Nigeria, has indicated clearly that she is serious with her anti-gay law.
An Islamic court in Bauchi State has put on trial 11 Muslim men accused of being homosexuals in violation of their religion. A 12th person arrested, a Christian, according to agency report would be tried under secular law.
If convicted of homosexuality, the 11 Muslim men may be sentenced to death by stoning according to Islamic law.
President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law on January 7. The new legislation applies across Nigeria, affecting all citizens.
The law prohibits homosexuals from even meeting in groups of two or more, bans marriage or civil unions between people of the same sex, and criminalises gay clubs, events and shows of same-sex public affection. Those convicted may be imprisoned for 14 years.
The Commissioner, Bauchi State Sharia Commission, Jibrin Danlami Hassan, said the alleged homosexuals were arrested by residents of Bauchi city and handed to the Islamic police force, which interrogated them. “They accept that they are doing that dirty game,” Mr. Hassan told the BBC.
Before the law became national, Bauchi State had been arresting homosexuals. Dorothy Aken’Ova, a rights activist with the Nigeria-based International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights, said that she was aware of 38 people being arrested in Bauchi State last month.
Ms Aken’Ova said some of those arrested had been beaten up and tortured, but Mr Hassan denied this and said he was “happy” that President Jonathan had signed it into law, despite threats by Western powers to cut aid to Nigeria.
“The threat they are doing cannot make us change our religion,” he said.
However, Nigerian lawyers have endorsed the move and urged the government not to buckle under international pressure.
President Jonathan’s assent to the bill attracted immediate condemnation from the international community such as United States of America, European Union and United Nations.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday condemned Nigeria’s ban on same-sex unions as discriminatory and in contravention of fundamental human rights.
The United Nations also attacked the law, accusing President Jonathan of trampling on basic human rights and threatening vital healthcare plans.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has pledged to cut British aid to countries that enacted new laws targeting homosexuals. In relation to the Nigerian law, a Foreign Office spokesman said: “The U.K. opposes any form of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.”
Lawyers back govt
Following the international outrage, the law has generated, some lawyers yesterday urged the Federal Government not to succumb to foreign pressure to decriminalise same-sex relationships in the country.
The lawyers, in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), lauded President Jonathan for signing the bill into law.
Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Mr. Onyekachi Ubani, said that majority of Nigerians were very happy with the law.
“Nigerians have the right to determine what we want in our country because we are a sovereign nation. Our culture supports sexual purity and natural means of conception. If you carry out a plebiscite today, you will see that majority of Nigerians are very happy with the law,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Lagos State chapter, Mr. Mussodiq Sanni, said that the law was a welcome development.
“We commend the president for what he has done and we all support it. The international community cannot sanction Nigeria because they need our resources. So it is just a mere threat,” Sanni said.
Another lawyer, Mr. Wale Ogunade, said it was hypocritical that the same international community, which could not sanction some countries with gross human rights abuses, was threatening Nigeria.

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Unable To Attract A Single Girl, Fraustrated Man Sues makers of Close-Up Toothpaste

In what could prove to be a major marketing and legal embarrassment for Unilever Nigeria Limited (UNL), a 26-year-old man has filed a case against the company, which owns the Close Up toothpaste brand, for ‘cheating’ and causing him ‘mental suffering’.
The plaintiff has cited his failure to attract any girl at all even though he’s been using Close-Up toothpaste for over seven years now. Close-Up advertisements suggest that the product helps men in instantly attracting women by letting their breaths out.

Anthony Olatunfe, the petitioner, also surrendered all his used, unused and half-used Close-Up tubes to the court, and demanded a laboratory test of the products. Anthony was pushed to take this step when his female boss slapped his face when he tried to kiss her after brushing his teeth with the Close-Up toothpaste.

“Where is the Close-Up effect? I’ve been waiting for it for over seven years. Right from my college to now in my office, no girl ever agreed to even go out for a tea or coffee with me, even though I’m sure they could smell my breath. I always brush my teeth with so much close up gel to make sure the girls get turned on by my fresh breath as they usually show on TV. “

Anthony claims that he had been using the toothpaste as per the company’s instructions even since he first bought them. He argued that if he couldn’t experience the Close-Up effect despite using the product as directed, either the company was making false claims or selling fake products.

“I had always stored them in cool and dry place, and kept them away from direct light or heat. I brushed my teeth morning and night. I did everything they instructed. I even beat up my 5-year-old nephew for coming near my toothpaste, as they had instructed to keep away from children’s reach. And yet, all I get is a slap from my boss.” Anthony expressed his frustration.

Unilever has officially declined to comment on the case citing the subject to be sub judice, but our sources inform that the company is worried over the possible outcomes of the case. The company might argue that Anthony was hopelessly unattractive and unintelligent and didn’t possess the bare minimum requirements for the Close-Up effect to take place. Officially Unilever has not issued any statement, but legal experts believe that they could have tough time convincing the court.

“Unilever might be tempted to argue that Anthony is too ugly to attract a girl, but it is very risky. There is no data to substantiate the supposition that unattractive and unintelligent men don’t attract women. In fact some of the best looking women have been known to marry and date absolutely unattractive guys. I’d suggest that the company settles this issue out of court.” Barrister Festus Keyamo said.

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Centenary: 100 Interesting Facts About Nigeria

File: CENTENARY—Nigeria's Former Heads of State to the present

File: CENTENARY—Nigeria’s Former Heads of State to the present

1. Nigeria, with a 2013 estimated population of 174,507,539 is the most populous Black nation and the 7th most populated nation in the entire world, trailing after—from least to most—Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, USA, India and China (1.3bn).
2. Nigerians are 1/5th the total population of Black Africa.
3. Nigeria, with 521 languages has the fourth most in the world. This includes 510 living languages, two second languages without native speakers and 9 extinct languages.
4. The Portuguese reached Nigeria in 1472. In 1880 the British began conquering Nigeria’s south. The north was conquered by 1903.
5. Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian Nobel laureate. He wrote ‘Telephone Conversation!’
6. With a net worth of $16.1bn, Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is the richest Black person in the world.
7. Yoruba and their bloodlines worldwide have the highest rate of twinning (having twins) in the world.
8. The 2006 Census found Nigerians to be the highest educated ethnic or racial group in America.
9. The Northern knot, Arewa insignia has Christian origins, investigation by Ibraheem A. Waziri revealed. It is adapted from the Church Celtic knot.
10. Pre-tribalism: Malam Umaru Altine, a northern Fulani man was the first elected Mayor of Enugu, in the east, and was even re-elected for a second term.
11. Pre-tribalism: John Umoru, from Etsako in today’s Edo State (Western region) was elected for the House of Assembly to represent Port Harcourt in the Eastern Nigerian House of Assembly.
12. The Colonial Cantonments Proclamation of 1914 established ‘foreign quarters,’ ‘Sabon Gari,’ institutionalizing the Sabon Garuruwa system of ‘foreigner’ residential segregation in Nigeria.
13. Crispin Curtis Adeniyi-Jones (1876-1957) who the street in Ikeja, ‘Adeniyi-Jones’ was named after, was a medical director from Sierra Leone (a Saro). As a co-founder of NNDP, he won one of the Lagos 3 legislative council seats in 1923 and represented Nigerians for 15 yrs.
14. Saros was the name given to 19th and 20th century ‘Creole’ African literati migrants from Sierra Leone.
15. Amaros was the name for repatriated Brazilian and Cuban slaves; the ‘Aguda’ people of Lagos today. This Brazilian community includes deportees of the brave “Malê Revolt” in Portugal.
16. British colonization was not all voluntary ‘happy slave trade,’ but involved brutal terror against non-cooperation and stiff opposition. Captain Lord Esme Gordon Lenox, ‘With The West African Frontier Force,’ describes: “…we stormed down to Amassana, which was a town supposed to be friendly and fined them 25 goats and 20 chickens for non-assistance, then returned to Agbeni and burned half…October 1st was spent in continuance of yesterdays incendiraism by burning every town or farm we could see. I shudder to think of how many houses we have destroyed in these two days. On our way back to Egbbeddi in the afternoon we passed by Sabagreia and told our old friend Chief Ijor that most likely we should burn down Sabagreia the next day…”
17. Nigeria’s population was just 16 million in 1911. It is projected to hit 444 million by 2050, surpassing the US and becoming the 4th largest in the world.
18. The population of Lagos today is about more than the total population of all Eastern states combined.
19. Lagos’ population in 1872 was 60,000. By 2015 it will be the third largest city in the entire world.
20. Nigeria’s north (719,000 sq. km), occupies 80% of Nigeria’s land mass. In size it is four times the South.
21. 1st republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi hid former South African President, Nelson Mandela, for six months in Nigeria to evade his arrest by the apartheid regime.
22. Gangsta: In 1984 under the disciplinary Buhari/Idiagbon government, there was a sophisticated attempt to kidnap and repatriate ex-civilian regime minister of transport, Umaru Dikko from the UK, anesthetized in a freight crate, for the embezzlement of $1bn under the Shagari regime.
23. Valor: Part of the ‘Forgotten Army,’ Nigerians volunteered to fight with the allied forces among the 81st and 82nd West African Divisions, in the Second World War.
24. The Adubi war in 1918 was a major uprising by 30,000 Abeokuta Ebga warriors against the colonial government for colonization, taxation and slave labor. One British was killed and rail and telegraph lines destroyed. The British rewarded their soldiers with medals for quelling the uprising. Awape Adediran a Molashin/ Kingmaker was imprisoned for his active involvement.
25. Activist Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti travelled widely, including to the Eastern bloc (Hungary, USSR and China where she met Mao Zedong). These interactions angered Nigeria, Britain and America. America called her a communist and refused her a U.S. Visa.
26. Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti, legendary Fela’s mother, was one of the delegates that negotiated Nigeria’s independence in Britain.
27. Once upon a time, the north was the more literate part of Nigeria. According to Lord Luggard, there were 25,000 Qur’anic Arabic schools with about 250,000 pupils in the north.
28. Sardauna of Sokoto said he preferred foreign workers to Igbo’s because he felt Igbo’s are domineering. This was while Nigeria existed as regions with regional administrations.
29. Kaduna Nzeogwu killed Sardauna in Nigeria’s first military coup.
30. In 1966, a mischievous Igbo owned bakery allegedly made a loaf of bread with a label that depicted Nzeogwu as the Saint in the ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ medieval tale, killing Sardauna, the ‘dragon,’ this labeled bread provoked deadly anti-Igbo riots.
31. Idrîs Aloma (1571-1603) King of Kanem-Bornu went on pilgrimage and came across firearms. He brought some guns back, along with Turks to train his army on how to use them.
32. Travel Visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom till 1984.
33. A brand new car sold for N2000 in 1975. A ticket to London was less than N100 in 1975.
34. In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for one British Pound and 60 kobo for one US dollar.
35. A dollar was 90 kobo at the beginning of Babangida’s tenure in 1985.
36. Nigeria took its first loan from the World Bank in 1977.
37. Obasanjo’s first term and Babangida’s regime oversaw the weakening of the naira.
38. General Buhari and Idiagbon rejected IMF demands that Nigeria devalue its currency.
39. Babangida’s coup in 1985 was invaluable to the colonialists suspected to have been in support as it led to Nigeria accepting SAP restrictions, loans and crippling foreign monetary conditions.
40. Nigeria has 5 of the 10 richest pastors in the entire world, with net worth’s according to Forbes, from $10-150 million. They are Pastors, David Oyedepo, E. A. Adeboye, Chris Oyakhilome, Mathew Ashimolowo and Temitope Joshua.
41. Nigeria has the 4th highest number of poor, living under a dollar a day in the entire world. 100 million are ‘destitute’ according to figures from the NBS (National Bureau of Statistics).
42. Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa is 160th out of 177 countries in HDI (Human Development Index).
43. Nigeria has the highest paid legislators in the entire world.
44. Based on amount squandered, of an income of $81 billion per year, Nigeria is the most corrupt nation in the world.
45. The nation with the most defrauded people, aka ‘mugus,’ in history, is Nigeria. Successive administrations continue to loot a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth, running in hundreds of billions of dollars.
46. Nigeria in 2013 was rated the worst country to be born based on welfare and prosperity projection.
47. Aliko Dangote funded Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan’s 4th republic campaigns. Buhari rejected funding from Dangote.
48. Usman dan Fodio (1754–1817) was trained in classical Islamic science, philosophy and theology and wrote over 100 books on society, culture, religion, governance and politics. He could only declare Jihad when he was made leader in Gudu {In Islam you can only declare Jihad if you are an official Muslim leader}.
49. The Borno Empire rejected Dan Fodio’s colonization jihad. Al-Hajj Muhammad al-Amîn ibn Muhammad al-Kânemî not only militarily defended his Empire, but also did so by religious, theological, legal and political debates, challenging why a Muslim Empire should colonize another.
50. Kano history has it that a great warrior princess Magajiya Maimuna led her cavalry from Zaria to conquer Kumbwada.
51. Kumbwada in Kano today is ruled by Queen Hajiya Haidzatu Ahmed, who presides over up to half a million subjects. A throne curse which makes men sick and die, keeps males off the throne. {Sadly, the woman ruled Kumbwada is the least funded chiefdom in Nigeria}.
52. The Igbo ethnic group are the ‘Jews’ of Nigeria. Eager for a home state and highly entrepreneurial; during the Biafra secession attempt in the 60’s, this industrious people were already constructing indigenous tanks and other weaponry.
53. There are several Nigerian officials in the government of English speaking The Gambia.
54. There is a Nigerian origin, Yoruba chief in Accra. Chief Brimah is the only foreign Chief with a seat in the Ghanaian traditional council.
55. Cross River State: The Ejagham (Ekoi) people in the Southeast are believed to have originated the Nsibidi (Nsibiri) writing system which later spread to the Efik, Igbo, Ibibio, Efut, Banyang and Annag peoples.
56. Discovered in 1928, Nigeria’s North and North Central region hosts West Africa’s oldest civilization; the Nok civilization which flourished between 1000 BC and 300 BC. {Nok sculptures recently went on display disappointingly in Germany (not Africa).}
57. Finished in 1460 the Benin Iya or moat is a historic world defense wonder. Spanning 1,200 kilometers with walls as high as 18 metres, it is the world’s largest archeological structure.
58. Sungbo’s Eredo in Ogun state (6°49′N, 3°56′E) is a 100 mile system of up to 70 ft trenches and walls around Ijebu-Ode. It’s Queen, Bilkisu Sungbo has been attributed to the Biblical Queen Sheeba (Queen Bilkis in Quran).
59. Lord Luggard estimated in 1904 that there were 170 walled towns still in existence in the whole of just the Kano province of northern Nigeria. He described Kano: ‘Commercial emporium of the western Sudan.’ Of its wall, he said, ‘I have never seen, nor even imagined, anything like it in Africa.’
60. Osun: Queen Luwo, the twenty-first Ooni (ruler) of Ile-Ife paved the streets with quartz pebbles—and broken pottery, in 1000AD. The architecture had decorations that originated from Ancient America.
61. Borno: The capital city of Kanem-Borno, Ngazargamu, was one of the largest cities in 1658 AD; the metropolis housed “about quarter of a million people” and had 660 well planned, wide and unbending streets.
62. In 1246 AD the Kanemi of Borno created a sensation in Tunisia when he sent a gift of a giraffe to Al-Mustapha, king of Tunis.
63. Sokoto: Two-story buildings with constructions glazed with tsoluwa, (laterite gravel), 10 mile circumference city walls, some as high as 20 feet, is how 16th century Surame, a Sokoto metropolis created by empire ruler, Muhammadu Kanta Sarkin Kebbi, was. UNESCO describes Surame as “one of the wonders of human history, creativity and ingenuity.”
64. Kano: In 1851, this city, one of the largest in Africa, made 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for export every year.
65. Kebbi: Nigeria’s Sorko Sea lords of Kebbi state, made ships (Kanta) which were used for far away expeditions, including the 1311 AD, 2000 ship, famous voyage of Songhai Empire’s Mansa Abubakari II to the America’s, decades before Columbus.
66. Yobe: The oldest discovered boat in Africa, and 3rd oldest on the world, the 8500 yr old Dufuna canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in 1987 in Dufuna village, Fune LGA.
67. Ondo: Confusing evolution scientists, the 13,000 yr old Iwo-Eleru cave skull, the oldest human fossil remains found in West Africa, has ‘ancient’ (140,000 yr old Laetoli) features, yet lived in more modern times.
68. Benin Kingdom: The high quality and highly sophisticated bronze work of the Benin Kingdom dating as far back as the 13th century is a world wonder. Great works in iron, wood, ivory, and terra cotta products also highlight the empire’s history.
69. Benin Kingdom: Lourenco Pinto, captain of a ship that carried missionaries to Warri in 1619, described Benin kingdom, ‘Great Benin where the king resides is larger than Lisbon, all the streets run straight and as far as the eyes can see….’
70. Rivers/Akwa Ibom: King Jaja of Opobo, (1821–1891) Jubo Jubogha, an Igbo from Imo state founded Opobo city-state in 1867 and shipped palm oil to Britain independently of British middle men.
71. Ancient Greeks appear to have Nigerian roots as supported by the Benin Haplogroup or Haplogroup 19. According to Jide Uwechia, ‘The Benin Haplotype (which originates from Nigeria, West Africa) accounts for HbS associated chromosomes in Sicily Northern Greece.’
72. Ilorin’s ‘Oba’ Afonja utilized Fulani warriors to help rebel against the Oyo Empire. The warriors after defeating Oyo took over Ilorin and Sheikh Alimi, their leader became the first Emir.
73. Much of north Nigeria was part of the Songhai Empire. Muhammad Kanta annexed Kebbi and other states between 1512 and 1517.
74. The Obasanjo military regime converted Nigeria from a Parliamentary system to a Presidential system of government.
75. Much of traditional pre-colonial Nigeria operated a parliamentary form of government. The council of elders could make or impeach the King.
76. General Johnson Thomas Umurakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi on 24 May 1966, with Decree No. 34, dissolved Nigeria’s regions, creating provinces. He unified Regional Public Services under a single Commission. Riots were provoked in Kano and mutiny in Abeokuta; eventually there was a coup.
77. In 1967 Gowon split the four regions into 12 states.
78. Gowon’s Decree No. 8 of 1967 after the Aburi conference restored Nigeria as a confederacy.
79. Late President Murtala Muhammed’s dad, Pam Azatus Iyok was from Dogon-Gaba, near Vom in Plateau state, Nigeria’s Middle Belt. Pam became a Muslim and married Ramat from Kano. Murtala Muhammed’s wife, Hafsat Ajoke was a Yoruba lady.
80. Ex- President Yakubu Gowon from Jos state (Middle Belt) is a Christian. General Obasanjo was his Army chief who helped him defeat the Biafra attempted secession from 1967-1970.
81. Nigeria has been ruled for 30 years by Christians (25 years if Azikiwe is excluded).
82. Mujahid Asari Dokubo, the leader of the southern Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and the most vocal enemy of the north, is a Muslim.
83. Nigeria is not roughly divided between a Muslim north and a Christian South. The far north, east and far south do have concentrations, but the rest of the nation defies such demarcations.
84. In the Southwest, Osun, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo have a higher population of Muslims than Christians according to counts. Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau in the north have Christian majorities.
85. According to the Senate joint committee, Nigeria’s chief terrorist leader, Abubakar Shekau is not a Nigerian; he hails from Niger republic. {Shekau is believed by security services to be deceased.}
86. According to current demographics, after Hausa-Fulani (29%), Yoruba (21%), Igbo (18%) and Ijaw (10%) comes Kanuri (4%) and then Ibibio (3.5%) and Tiv (2.5%).
87. Not really a northern caucus, but it was late M. K. O. Abiola that orchestrated and sponsored the Buhari /Idiagbon coup and then again the Babangida coup overthrow of Buhari. –Shagari memoir, “Beckoned to Serve;” Babangida, “Karl Maier – Midnight in Nigeria.” (Max Siollun)
88. The leading caucus is basically a childhood friendship: President Obasanjo was childhood friends with President Babangida, President Abacha and Commander Danjuma.
89. President Babangida was childhood friends with President Abdulsalam.
90. President Obasanjo graduated Abdulsalam who later became President and went on to hand over power to democratically arranged President Obasanjo.
91. Under the Presidential system, Nigerians have had 7 years total Northern rule and 11+ years Southern rule.
92. Total civilian rule, Parliamentary and Presidential, Nigeria has had 12 years Northern and 11+ years Southern rule.
93. 6 coups is the highest number of any nation in Africa. Nigeria along with Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda and Mauritania are the nations with 6 coups.
94. The Biafra war included a ‘Mid West invasion.’ The Midwest was either a battle field or in Biafra’s sights—Dr. Nowamagbe A. Omoigui relays.
95. The Biafra 12th battalion headed by Lt Col Victor Adebukunola Banjo captured Benin and set out to capture Ibadan and Lagos.
96. The Biafra 13th battalion, led by Ivenso entered Kwara, now Kogi and captured Okene, Atanai and Iloshi.
97. Cameroon was an administrative part of Nigeria in 1945, hence the NCNC party (National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons). Towards independence the UN mandated British held former German territory, south Cameroon opted to join French Cameroon and not Nigeria.
98. J.C. Vaughn, Ernest Ikoli, H.O. Davies, Obafemi Awolowo and Samuel Akinsanya founded the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM) in 1934 to promote national unity particularly between Yoruba and Igbo.
99. Azikiwe left Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM) because he claimed the organization had been seized by Yoruba’s and it discriminated against Igbo’s including himself.
100. Oyo defeats Ashanti: In 1764 the Ashanti army marched on Dahomey, Togo. At Atakpamé, the Ashanti army was ambushed and sacked by Dahomean infantry and female elite soldiers allied with forces from the Oyo Empire. Ashanti King Kusi Obodum was destooled after the defeat.
Nigeria’s century compilation was created as a historical snapshot of peculiar events, for our benefit and that of Nigeria’s younger generations. It was compiled to the best of our ability and influenced by our learning, recollection and prejudices.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah is on drbrimah@ends.ng and @EveryNigerian on Twitter.

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80 Police and Firefighters Charged as Social Media Pictures Help Unravel Sept. 11th Disability Fraud

A New York City police officer pays his respects at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial.

A New York City police officer pays his respects at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial.

By Elliot Hannon
On Tuesday, 80 retired New York City police officers and firefighters were charged with one of the largest disability frauds ever perpetrated, the New York Times reports. Many of the false claims for mental disability were based on the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, with the first responders citing conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. The result, as the Times describes it, is “a sprawling decades-long scheme in which false mental disability claims by as many as 1,000 people cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to court papers.”

Court documents show that individuals were collecting between $30,000 and $50,000 a year based on their false claims with some of the accused amassing as much as $500,000. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the suspects “cynically manufactured claims of mental illness as a result of Sept 11th… dishonoring the first responders,” according to ABC News.
The indictment also accuses four men of masterminding the scheme and coaching applicants to the Social Security Disability Insurance program how “to lie about their psychiatric conditions and feign certain symptoms in order to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled,” according to the Times. The accused masterminds went so far as to coach “the officers how to dress and behave and how to muff questions to show they lacked concentration,” according to ABC News.

In a perhaps unsurprising twist the Internet, particularly Facebook, helped uncover the deception. Here’s what investigators found, via the Times:

The bail letter includes photographs culled from the Internet that show one riding a jet ski and others working at jobs ranging from helicopter pilot to martial arts instructor. One is shown fishing off the coast of Costa Rica and another sitting astride a motorcycle, while another appeared in a television news story selling cannoli at the Feast of San Gennaro on Mulberry Street in Manhattan.

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ALL RELIGIONS ARE TRUE, ADAM AND EVE A FABLE, HELL IS A MERE METAPHOR – says Pope Francis

For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962. Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.” While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world.

The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”

“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God” Pope Francis declared.

In a speech that shocked many, the Pope claimed “All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”

One statement in the Pope’s speech has sent traditionalists into a fit of confusion and hysteria. “God is changing and evolving as we are, For God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it. The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgement. The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture. In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests. In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!”

In addition to the Pope’s sweeping calls for tolerance and a new progressive understanding of Catholicism, he condemned racism, raising his voice and pounding the podium in front of him. Pope Francis spent over an hour castigating anti-immigrant politicians, parties and individuals. Wagging his finger sternly with righteous indignation, the Pope shouted “Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world. When Italians, Spanish or French turn back the boats of African migrants seeking a better life, are they not like the inn keeper who told Mary and Joseph that there was no room for them and the infant Christ? These migrants are children of God and we are commanded to love them!”

His voice loudly echoing through St. Peter’s basilica, the Pope stated “those who would dare to turn immigrants away, be they legal or undocumented, turn their backs on Christ himself! A racist is not a true Christian. A racist casts aside his humanity to become a beast, a demon! He is the embodiment and personification of evil, a Satan!”

To a chorus of thunderous applause, Pope Francis stated “because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!”

In a announcement that shocked many people, Pope Francis warned that “those who seek to deny a home to the migrant, to the African and the Muslim, risk their membership in the church. We will consider excommunication for those whose souls willingly dwell in the darkness and evil of intolerance and racism. Satan himself is a metaphor or a personification, for the collective evils of mankind. Today, these evils manifest foremost as racism, intolerance, religious persecution and bigotries of all kinds.”

A couple of prominent Catholic cardinals have responded to Pope Francis’ declarations by leaving the church. Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria asked, “what do we stand for if we declare that truth is relative? On the contrary, truth exists independently of our personal feelings. All of this talk of love and tolerance is hollow if we have no identity of our own, if we stand for nothing. I charge that Francis has become a heretic, and that he is not a valid Pope. Indeed, Francis is no longer even a Catholic. The seat of Saint Peter is vacant. I am now a Sedevacantist. I should have become one long ago. The Vatican has embraced ecumenism in the past, but worse than that, it has now embraced moral relativism on abortion and homosexuality. At the same time it is embracing moral absolutism in favour of illegal immigration and cultural genocide against Europe.”

In his most controversial statement, Cardinal Arinze said “Islam has overrun my own country, and now it threatens to overrun Europe. Some parts of Nigeria now live under Islamic Sharia law. Catholics there are no longer free to practice their faith publicly. Francis is a fool if he thinks that his liberal immigration policy will end well. He has betrayed western civilization. Vatican City will one day become a giant mosque if things continue in Europe along their present course. Those in the West who ignore this truth, do so at their own peril.”

In an angry and vitriolic rant revealing deep self-hating tendencies, the African Cardinal Arinze stated “There is nothing wrong with Europeans who want to protect their borders. The problem is that there is not enough border control and the immigration policies are far too lenient in Europe. Is it racist to desire to preserve one’s own home? Why is it racist to want to preserve your own culture and a future for your people and your children? Have white people gone stupid today?”

This much is clear, the Catholic Church has made a decision to rejoin humanity and to reject intolerance and extremism. The church has lost a few narrow-minded bigots, with reports of some small parishes and a few cardinals and bishops defecting, but Pope Francis has gained the friendship of the world. Pope Francis deserves praise for taking a humane stand in defence of human rights and against bigotry.

Credit to diversity Chronicle

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Jim Iyke Again! -Arrested in Ghana After Fight over $10,000

Nollywood actor Jim Iyke became the headliner of various Ghanaian newspapers in the morning of December 18, 2013, Wednesday.

The local media alleged the actor has been involved in a fight at a café over monetary dealings. Reportedly he was arrested by Ghana police, but released shortly.

According to The Ghanaian Times, Jim Iyke was involved in a brawl at the Crave Cafe at Adjiringanor, East Legon in Accra, on December 17.

An eyewitness narrated that people were eating at the cafe at about 5 p.m., when a stout gentleman in a black Range Rover with a Nigerian number plate parked by the cafe.

Jim Iyke showed up about 20 minutes later, driving his Sports Chevy with a Nigerian number plate.

The actor got engaged the man in a heated argument over $10,000 which later turned into a nasty brawl on the street.

The eyewitness further explained that it became difficult for those around to separate the two, and at a point, Jim Iyke wanted to get into his car to pull out something which was suspected to be gun, but he was prevented by those at the cafe.

Two policemen, one in mufti and the other in uniform, appeared at the scene of the conflict shortly, and apprehended Jim Iyke, took him away.

According to the Ghanaian Times, the arrest lasted about 20 minutes later. The actor was came back at the café quite quickly, which created the impression the case had been “settled” by the two policemen.

The Legon Police Commander in a telephone conversation with the local newsmen said, the men he dispatched to the scene after receiving information found that people around were reluctant to give the police in-depth account of what actually transpired and so they were unable to bring the two men to the police station.

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“I wrote the Open Letter”- Iyabo Obasanjo Insists

Following the hoopla over her letter,Iyabo spoke severally to Vanguard, yesterday. Asked to respond to claims that she had denied the authorship of the letter written to her father, Iyabo, who holds a doctorate in epidemology and now resident in the United States, said:
“No, no, no, that is not true. How can you live by social media? That is part of the problem with Nigeria, people want to be flying rumours. I have not told anybody o! It is early morning here and I just woke up and if I were you I would just ignore them,” Senator Obasanjo said.
“People are calling me and telling me that they called Baba but if I say I am not talking to someone (her father), how can you say you called the person and the person will tell you what is on my mind?” she asked.
Giving reasons on why she broke off, she said that after a break from relating with Obasanjo, she found out days ago that her father would not change from the manipulative person she had known all along.
“The whole of last year I didn’t speak to him and I just started speaking to him recently, and the last time he was trying to manipulate me to say, this, say that. I can’t be saying no when you say no.
“The last time I spoke to him was three days ago and I decided that I was not going to speak to him again after that. That was the communication through which I realized that this man would never change from manipulations for himself.”
Dismissing her unsolicited canvassers on social media, she said:
“I was surprised that they would say that they called Baba, and I said to myself, are these people mad? How can you call the person that I said I am not talking to, to ask him whether I wrote a letter or not and he is going to speak for me?
“Nobody can say that I told him that I didn’t write it. I am not a liar. I will not back away from what I wrote and there is nothing that is there that is a lie. In the last four years how many of them have spoken to me? They are all mad people,” she said.
Details later…
– Vanguard News with Famakin Damilola Christianah

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UNBELIEVABLE!!! A Colombian Woman Suffering from Stomach Pain was Found to Have a 40-year-old Foetus inside Her

By Anna Hodgekiss
A Colombian woman suffering from stomach pain was found to have a 40-year-old foetus inside her.
The 82-year-old, from Bogota, had what is known as ‘lithopedion’
Also called a ‘stone baby’, it’s when the foetus develops outside the womb
The woman will now will undergo surgery to have the foetus – mostly comprised of dead tissue – removed
The woman was originally thought to be suffering from a stomach bug, NTD TV reports.
But scans revealed lithopedion, where the foetus becomes classified. There are fewer than 300 cases reported in medical literature. 

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Kim Jong Un’s Uncle Executed for Being a ‘Traitor’ – North Korean state media describe him as ‘worse than a dog’

Jang Song Thaek was a mentor to Kim Jong Un and married to his aunt

Jang Song Thaek was a mentor to Kim Jong Un and married to his aunt

Kim Jong Un’s uncle has been executed, with North Korean state media calling the leader’s former mentor ‘worse than a dog’.

It comes days after Pyongyang announced that Jang Song Thaek had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanising and generally leading a ‘dissolute and depraved life’.
The state news agency KCNA said a tribunal examined Mr Jang’s crimes, including ‘attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.’

The report called him ‘a traitor to the nation’. Mr Jang was considered the second most powerful official in the North. He was seen as helping Kim Jong Un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago.

Some analysts see the purge as a sign of Kim Jong Un’s growing confidence, but there has also been fear in Seoul that the removal of such an important part of the North’s government – seen by outsiders as the leading supporter of Chinese-style economic reforms – could create dangerous instability or lead to a miscalculation or attack on the South.

Tensions are still high on the Korean Peninsula following a torrent of threats in March and April by Kim Jong Un’s government against Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, including vows of missile and nuclear strikes and warnings that Pyongyang would restart nuclear bomb fuel production.

Mr Jang was married to Kim Jong Un’s aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, the younger sister of Kim Jong Il.

He was earlier described by state media as ‘abusing his power’, being ‘engrossed in irregularities and corruption’, and taking drugs and squandering money at casinos while undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country. -By Mark Duell

Together: Kim Jong Un (front centre) is followed by Jang Song Thaek (left) during father's burial

Together: Kim Jong Un (front centre) is followed by Jang Song Thaek (left) during father’s burial

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Nigerian Quadruplets Graduate With Masters Degrees From UK University Same Day

The 23 year-old set of Nigerian-born quadruplets, Tolu, Tokunbo, Tobi, and Temi, of the Ogunsanyas have all graduated from Warwick University in the United Kingdom on the same day with Master Degrees.
The quads, two identical brothers and two identical sisters, donned their robes and collected their degrees from Warwick University yesterday and are now all set for top jobs in London.
‘The fact we all chose to study at the University of Warwick was a natural decision,’ says Tobi, who thinks a bit of sibling rivalry is essential for success.
Toks graduated with an MEng in manufacturing and engineering and Temi, Tobi and Tolu all gained an MSC in management from Warwick Business School.

Sisters Toks and Temi Ogunsanya – who were also leading lights in the university’s lacrosse club – are the oldest of the four siblings by a matter of minutes.
Toks graduated with an MEng in manufacturing and engineering and has a job in banking lined up in the capital.
Temi, who gained an MSc in management, is already working at a major bank in London after she was offered a job at the end of a summer internship there last year.
Their brothers, Tobi and Tolu Ogunsanya, also received their MSc in management at the Warwick Business School.
Tolu, the youngest of the four, will soon start working at one of the UK’s biggest accountancy firms, while Tobi is currently mulling over two job offers.
Tobi, said the foursome were not above a bit of sibling rivalry when it comes to their academic prowess.
He said: “The fact we all chose to study at the University of Warwick was a natural decision as we are a close-knit family and we were all attracted by the strength of the courses on offer.
“But of course, as with any family, there can be a bit of competition between us when it comes to our studies.
“We like to think of it as a healthy rivalry – and we all supported each other through the course.
“And now we’ve all graduated together, it means that our mum is four times as proud of us.”
The quads, who are originally from Lagos, Nigeria, now all live in Hempstead, London.
Three of them also graduated in their undergraduate courses at Warwick in summer 2010 while the fourth went to university in Leeds.
Although Toks studied for her masters in a different faculty, the university had arranged for all four of them to graduate at the same ceremony yesterday.
A spokeswoman for the university said: “It was certainly novel to have quadruplets at the university.
“Their lecturers say they have been great to teach and they have all contributed to the life of the university both in and outside of the classroom.
“It’s a delight to see them graduate and know that they are on their way to promising careers.”
The quads, originally from Lagos, Nigeria, have been living in the UK since the age of seven when they began boarding schools. Since leaving university they have all landed top city jobs.
Toks is due to start working for RBS in London later this year, Temi, who interned at Santander over the summer, has been offered a permanent position with the bank, and Tolu is due to start working for one of the ‘Big 4′ accountancy firms in the City.
‘Our parents are four times as proud of us,’ added Tobi, who is mulling over two offers from two major City firms.
‘They’ve supported us financially and have encouraged us all the way – without their help we wouldn’t be here today.’
Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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“There is no business like church business” – Nigerian Pastor

London – A Nigerian entrepreneur has appeared on Dragon’s Den, a reality television programme in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own cash.
The eloquent young man who introduced himself as Pastor Jonah, wanted two hundred and fifty thousand pounds to start a new Pentecostal church, and promised returns of 500% within the first three years.
Producers of the series described the recently filmed episode as featuring the most incredible idea ever brought to the show.
They said of the Nigerian entrepreneur, “He was very confident and very smartly dressed in an Armani suit. He was charismatic and extremely knowledgeable of the Bible, and he appeared to have really done his research.”
His opening line was, “Brothers and sister, the Lord has brought me here today to tell you that there is no business like church business.”
In the episode which will air next season, the entrepreneur defends his business case by presenting data gathered from churches in Nigeria where he plans to setup his own church.
In a tense moment when he is being grilled by Theo Paphitis, he asks the Dragons a rhetorical question, “How many of you own private jets? You don’t want to miss this one,” a member of the production crew told us. She however declined to comment on the outcome of the pitch, saying instead, “Let’s just say, the Dragons know a good investment when they see one.”

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‘Cocaine smuggling’ Nigerian politician held in Lagos

A Nigerian politician has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine at Lagos airport.
Nigerian drug enforcement officials say Eme Zuru Ayortor swallowed nearly two kilograms of cocaine (4.4 lbs) in order to fund his election campaign.
Police say body scanners revealed the contents of his stomach as he attempted to board a flight to Frankfurt.
Mr Ayortor, 52, is running in the Edo state House of Assembly election but it is not clear for which party.
‘Wider network’
Officers from Nigeria’s drug law enforcement agency say they recovered 100 parcels of cocaine from the politician’s stomach at Lagos’ Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

The quantity of cocaine we recovered is large. We believe it may not be his first attempt to smuggle drugs
Nigerian police officer
It is understood that Mr Ayortor told officers he needed the money – because his last election campaign, in 2007, bankrupted him.
He was arrested two weeks ago – police are now at the end of their investigation.
They believe Mr Ayortor is part of a wider network.
“The quantity of cocaine we recovered is large,” one officer told the BBC. “We believe it may not be his first attempt to smuggle drugs.”
Mr Ayortor, a qualified pharmacist, studied at the University of Wisconsin in the US.
The BBC’s Caroline Duffield in Lagos says politicians in Nigeria raise large amounts of money at election time – much of it goes on bribing election officials and paying gangs of young men to intimidate voters.
Last month, customs officers at the same airport seized a consignment of military uniforms which they linked to politicians preparing for elections next year.
Nigeria is a major transit route for drugs – from South America and Asia – to the US and Europe. More than 300 tonnes of narcotics were seized in the country last year.
Drugs law enforcement officers in Lagos have only four police sniffer dogs to monitor the airports, land borders and a massive seaport. They privately complain they need many more sniffer dogs to do their work properly.

Eme Zuru Ayortor says he needed the money to stand for election

Eme Zuru Ayortor says he needed the money to stand for election

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Beware of Cheap Goods:Man Docked for Buying Stolen Brand New 32-inch Plasma Tv at N7,500

Chinweike Onah, a 33-year-old man was on Monday arraigned before an FCT Senior Magistrates’ Court, Karu,for allegedly purchasing a stolen 32-inch plasma television set at N7,500.

Onah who was arraigned on a one-count charge of receiving stolen property, pleaded not guilty claiming he didn’t know the television was stolen.

According to police prosecutor, Cpl Emmanuel Nnamani, Onah bought the set from one, Elijah Onu at the cost of N7,500. The prosecutor insisted that Onah should have known the that the television was a stolen because its market price is N156,000.

The magistrate, however, granted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum who he said must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court. The case was adjourned to January 20 for further hearing. (NAN)

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Cheating Husband Orders Estranged Wife To Return Home Or Risk Replacement Posted on November 25 2013

Rift Valley, Kenya: A teacher in Nakuru County has given his estranged wife — with whom they differed over his ex-girlfriend’s attempt to be a second wife — a December 31, ultimatum to return home or else he remarries.

The teacher, who works at a private secondary school in Bahati, had been at loggerheads with his wife over infidelity allegations. He resorted to issuing her with threats after reconciliation efforts hit a snag.

This was a fortnight ago after the two scandalised each other before they parted ways in a free-for-all drama incident that attracted the attention of local residents.

Second wife It all began when the teacher’s former girlfriend began making inroads to his heart.

The ex-had briefly been married to a Tanzanian man before her marriage failed, forcing her to relocate back to Kenya. She tried to have the teacher make her his second wife, but the teacher’s wife would hear none of it.

Immediately the teacher’s wife got wind of her intentions, she put her on notice and declared her persona non grata at the teacher’s home.

But this didn’t dissuade the former lovebirds from rekindling their old flame and meeting privately.

Revelations that the two had continued with their hanky panky angered the teacher’s wife leading to a separation.

The teacher’s wife paid her husband’s parents an impromptu visit and reported his wayward ways.

She made wild allegations and backed them up by tabling incriminating evidence, which included the teacher’s sexual impropriety with his house help who she had to fire to save their marriage.

However, she was astounded when her in-laws stood by their son who was absent to defend himself. They counselled her to instead, give him time to change.

The displeased wife stormed back to their house the next evening and began packing her possessions. It wasn’t without drama.

The couple began tussling over some household items — jointly owned — with both claiming ownership. In the process, some fragile items were smashed to bits.

After the incident, the teacher accompanied by his parents visited his in-laws in an attempt to reconcile the two. Problems arose during negotiations in which the teacher emerged as a villain with no peace deal reached.

Some of demands put to him, as part of reconciliation, was his immediate ceasing from associating with womenfolk be it work mates out of working place.

Rage This didn’t please the teacher who stormed out in a fit of rage. He denied allegations leveled against him. He instead, cited jealousy as the reason behind his wife’s demands.

He gave her until the end of this year to voluntarily return to him with no demands on her part. Failure to which he’d be free to remarry whomever he wishes.

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Mystery Floating Fortune: Large Catche of British Pound Notes Found In a River

Police have appealed for information to help trace the owner of hundreds of thousands of pounds in banknotes found floating down a river.

A dog walker alerted police to the cash in the South Drove Drain near Spalding town centre, Lincolnshire, on October 25.

Officers said a large amount of the money was water damaged but a good quantity was still in good condition.

“It isn’t every day that an amount of money like this is found and somebody must have information that will help the police trace the lawful owner,” said Detective Constable Steve Hull of Spalding CID.

“I would be grateful to hear from people who have genuine information to pass on to me.”

A forensic examination has been carried out on the notes and police have been granted a seizure order by the Magistrates Court to investigate its origin.

It is understood the Bank of England will assist in the investigation and final money count.

If no owner is found, the money will become the subject of a further court forfeiture order.

Anyone with information should contact the Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 154.

Police said any claimant must have evidence of ownership.

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Spiritualist Nabbed for Obtaining Sex and N2M Under False Pretense

An herbalist, Ifatade Elegbeleye has been arrested and charged before an Ojokoro Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, western Nigeria for allegedly defrauding a woman seeking husband.
He allegedly swindled her of N2m and raped her at his shrine.
The 31-year old businesswoman, Temidayo Akinwale, who is now pregnant, suffered the fate when she contacted the herbalist to deliver her from strange spirits that prevented her from getting a husband.
The incident happened at Elegbeyele’s shrine located at Ayobo Road in Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area.
The accused was arraigned on a six-count charge of fraud, stealing and obtaining sex under false pretense.
Elegbeleye who is cooling his heels in prison custody, according to the police, lured his victim to a shrine and told her that he needed to perform some rituals to deliver her from spiritual husband that prevented her from getting a husband.
The 65-year old victim’s mother, Mrs. Mary Akinwale, while testifying before the court, narrated how the accused lured her daughter to his shrine, raped and impregnated her.
The worried mother told the court that Elegbeleye prophesied to her daughter that she was possessed with spiritual husband that would prevent her from getting married and asked her to pay some amount of money for spiritual cleansing.
She said that her daughter who was afraid of the prophesy, paid the money and was taking to a river in the midnight at Ipaja area, where she was bathed with spiritual soap, adding that after the bath, she still could not get a husband.
She testified that the accused invited her daughter again to his shrine and raped her, adding that she is now pregnant.
In his response, Elegeleye told the court that he actually delivered her of a spiritual husband, adding that he did not collect the money she accused him of collecting.
He said he has been doing spiritual deliverance for years and have liberated many people.
When asked to comment on the allegations of rape and pregnancy, he declined to talk.

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The Assam Rape Festival in India begins this week

by Michael Prempeh in Weird & Wonderful

Men in India are already beginning to celebrate as the annual Assam Rape Festival is just days away. Every non-married girl age 7-16 will have the chance to flee to safety or get raped.

Madhuban Ahluwalia who heads up the annual festival told reporters why the event is so important. “This is a long time tradition in Assam dating back thousands of years,” says Ahluwalia. “We rape the evil demons out of the girls, otherwise they will cheat on us and we will be forced to kill them. So it is necessary for everyone.”

The Assam Festival began in 43 BC when Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu raped everyone in his village of Doomdooma. Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu is remembered every year at this event, in fact the trophy given to the man with the most rapes is called “The Baalkrishan”.

24-year-old Harikrishna Majumdar told reporters that he has been training all year for this event. “I’m going to get the most rapes this year. I’ve been practicing all year. I rape my sister and her friends every day. I will be rape superstar number one! I will get the Baalkrishan prize this year for sure!”

12-year-old Jaitashri Majumdar told reporters she almost made it through last year’s festival without getting raped. “I came so close to not getting raped. I almost got to the ‘rape-free-zone’ at the edge of town, but at the last minute 9 men jumped on me and raped me. Luckily I am just recovering now so I can participate in this year’s events, otherwise I would be put to death by stoning.”

34-year-old Brian Barnett from Toronto who is visiting Assam on business told reporters he will be missing the festivities this year. “My company did not tell me anything about a rape festival happening while I was here. Are you serious, a rape festival? I’m getting the f*ck out of this backwards country tonight.”

India is second in reported rapes in the world only behind the United States, though critics are quick to point out that is only because most rapes in India go unreported.

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Deceived Woman Exacts Revenge on Her Married Lover by Slipping His Wedding Ring onto His Manhood

A man went to Houston Medical Center to have his wedding ring cut off from his penis.

According to the Nurse attending, the patient’s girlfriend found the ring in his pants pocket and she got so mad at him, she used petroleum jelly to slip the ring on his penis while he was asleep.

I don’t know what’s worse:

1) Having your girl friend find out you’re married.

2) Explaining to your wife how your wedding ring got on your penis.

3) Or finding out your penis fits through your wedding ring.

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N5bn pension scam: Ex-director begs court to reduce bail bond to N100m

ABUJA—The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, fixed November 28 to decide the merit of an application that was filed before it by former Director of Pension Accounts in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, Dr. Sani Teidi Shaibu, seeking a variation of his bail conditions.
Teidi was specifically alleged to have connived with a former manager with the defunct Oceanic Bank Plc, Mr. Udusegbe Omoefe Eric, and diverted about N5 billion meant for pensioners across the federation. He is praying the court to collect N100 million and order his release from Kuje Maximum Prison.
22-count charge
The duo are answering to a 22-count criminal charge that was preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
EFCC alleged that the accused persons used nine companies and siphoned pension funds.
It gave names of the companies accused of complicity in the scam as Gozinda Enterprises, Bashinta Nig. Ltd, Haleath Enterprises, Uthatak Nigeria Ltd, Krasiva Nig. Ltd, Badawulu Ventures Limited, Ebunu Attah Investment, Muha Millennium Motors Ltd and Ribaile Petroleum Ltd.
Meantime, it will be recalled that the ex-pension boss was on July 12 granted bail by the high court after he had spent thirty-nine days in detention.
The court had ordered him to deposit the sum of N500 million as well as produce two sureties in like sum.
Ruling
Trial Justice Ademola Adeniyi had in his ruling, maintained that the sureties must be owners of landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, adding that the title deeds of the property be kept with the deputy chief registrar of the court.
The court equally directed that the accused persons should deposit their travelling documents.
However, four months after, the accused persons are yet to regain their freedom, saying it has been difficult for them to secure a surety capable of fulfilling the bail terms.
Consequently, the accused persons, through their lawyers, Mr. S.I Ameh, SAN, and Mr. Adewale  Adewoke, respectively, yesterday, urged the court to have pity on them and okay their release.
Whereas Teidi is begging the court to reduce his bail bond to N100 million, his co-accused, Eric, on the other hand, told the court that he could only afford N10 million and one surety in like sum.
Conditions
Though the counsel to the EFCC, Chief Godwin Oblah, SAN, did not oppose their application for variation, he, however, urged the court to impose such conditions that will secure the attendance of the alleged pension thieves to court for their trial.
Justice Adeniyi had on October 23, narrated how associates of the ex-pension director, attempted to secure his release with bogus documents.
According to the Judge, “I suspected that all the documents they brought before me, including the Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, and letter from the Federal Ministry of Land, were forged. Even the valuation report was equally forged.
“Consequently, I promptly directed our investigative research team to go and ascertain the authenticity of the documents only for it to be confirmed that they were all forged. A court bailiff involved in the racket was equally arrested.
“The 2nd accused in the forgery case is directly related to the 1st accused person before me, Teidi. In fact, the car of the man is still in the custody of this court.
“Both the indicted court official and his accomplice have since been arraigned before an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court answering to an allegation of forgery. Even the D.P.O in charge of the court was also implicated in the matter.
“They have all appeared before the Magistrate Court twice. If I hadn’t been a bit cautious, I don’t need to tell you what has happened with some of my colleagues in the past. In the absence of such precaution, the judge will be the first to be queried.
“I don’t have any perfected bail document before me. If he sent an S.O.S to the Chief Judge, he has a right to do so, and I will gladly wait the decision of the CJ. It is not like I have particular interest in this case. I have so many matters to handle and I don’t want anyone to come back and talk or do nonsense.
“I won’t allow anybody to come and stain my name. This is not the only case I have, so what is the big deal about it!
“They had already done everything and presented before the court until I had a hunch and told them to go and cross check the documents. Luckily, the passports were there. At the Ministry of Land, the Minister, confirmed that no such document emanated from there and that nobody by that name was in the Ministry.
“I try to be very careful because I don’t want trouble, but if you give me trouble, I will give you double trouble.  I will do my work as it is supposed to be done. Once the court is satisfied that the bail conditions have been met, the accused persons will be released,” Justice Adeniyi added.
The court, earlier heard how a 12-man panel of investigators of the EFCC were able to unearth how pension funds were being diverted by the accused persons.
A lead investigative officer and accountant with the anti-graft agency, Mr Mustapha Gadanya, in his testimony on the last adjourned date, told the court that it was the office of the Head of Service that sometime in 2010, invited the commission to assist in pensioners’ verification exercise being conducted by the federal government.
He told the court that in the course of the exercise several ghost pensioners were discovered.
Following an observation by counsel to the 1st accused, Mr S.I Ameh, SAN, that the name of the witness was not among those listed by the prosecution, he requested that a copy of his statement be served on the defence counsel to enable an effective cross-examination of the witness.
Sequel to his agitation, the court, ordered the prosecuting counsel, Chief Oblah, SAN, to furnish the accused persons with statements of all the witnesses that will testify in the matter, just as he also directed the defence lawyers to file their statements of defence.
EFCC had earlier revealed how the accused persons used seven Bureau De Change operators and stole pension funds, adding that during the investigation process, one Mohammed Muhamud, owner of Muha Motors, who it said volunteered statements on 16/2/2011 and 31/5/2011, confessed that Dr Shaibu, at various times, used his bank accounts to transfer huge sums of money to another account operated by one Chief Anthony Azewaputa, who EFCC said facilitated the purchase of “Brifina Hotel”, for the 1st accused person.
The agency told the court that the offence which it said ran contrary to sections 1(1) (a), 7(1) (b) (i), 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under sections  1(3), 7(2) (b) (i) of the same Act, was committed between 2009 and 15 March 2010.
More so,  EFCC, alleged that the remanded pension boss, siphoned money from the pensions department and purchased plot B59 Dawaki Extension Layout in Abuja from one Stanley Obioma Iwu, with the intent to disguise the ownership of the proceeds of the illegal transaction, as well as, looted monies and purchased 100 units of Lifetime 32-LCD Television, 100 units of Samsung Refrigerators, 70 units of Samsung 1.5 HP Air-Conditioners, 30 units of Samsung Split unit 1.5 HP Air Conditioners, 15 units of 3HP Package unit Air-Conditioners from Iwu, Chikwado Ezenwoye and Essential Gadgets Ventures. -By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

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4 Prostitutes Sentence to 200 Hours of Sweeping

A Tinubu Magistrates’ court has sentenced four prostitutes to 200 hours of community service after they agreed to the charge levelled against them by the police on Tuesday (yesterday).
The four women are Blessing Esu 28, Nancy Brownson 35, Patricia Timba 34 and Josephine Idoga 21 were ordered by the judge to sweep and clean the Magistrate’s Court and its surroundings for the period of the punishment.
According to the police, the women were arrested on different streets soliciting for customers on the 11th of November.
The police conducted a raid at about 2.25am on Victoria Island area and they were arrested and detained before being charged to court.
The count read, “ That you, Blessing Esu, Nancy Brownson, Patricia Timba, and Josephine Idoga, on November 11, 2013, at about 2.25am within different streets of Victoria Island, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District were found loitering for purpose of prostitution within banks’ vicinity.”
The prosecutor, Inspector Chidi Okoye, said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 166(a)(ii) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

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SPANISH POLICE ARRESTS 25 IN NIGERIAN SEX-TRAFFICKING RING

Spanish police say they have arrested 25 people in a sex-trafficking ring that brought women from Nigeria to work as prostitutes.

The women, allegedly lured with the promise of good jobs in Europe, were first flown to Mexico or Brazil, travelling with false documents.From there, they were flown to Paris, then smuggled into Spain to work in the sex trade, police say.

Five women who were victims of the sex ring were freed in the raids.

Police found one member of the gang performing an abortion on one of the five women, the BBC reported.

The arrests, apparently coordinated,  were made across Spain – in Madrid, Toledo, Cantabria and Palma de Mallorca.

More than 100 vans concealing luxury goods were also seized.

The gang used the vans to launder their profits and send them back to Lagos, police say.

The vans, with dark-tinted windows and welded doors, were stocked full of beer but had luxury items hidden deeper inside.

Police say the gang was formed more than 20 years ago in Nigerian universities and was also known for sending scam  letters by email, asking recipients to send money.

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Nadia Buari & Jim Iyke in HOT fight over Forthcoming Wedding.

As it stands, there seems to be fire on the mountain between Ghanaian sweetheart, Nadia Buari and her lover, Nollywood ‘bad boy’ Jim Iyke over their forthcoming wedding which was said to be in December 2013.

Before now, there have been flying rumours of the two getting married, but this may NOT come on unless there is another ‘deliverance’.

According to our source, the bad blood started after the issue of Jim Iyke’s affair with a certain Nancy Alofinaka who is currently pregnant for him surfaced.

With this situation on ground, Jim Iyke has come out to vehemently deny that the marriage between Nadia and himself is unfounded. And Nadia has retaliated out of bitterness by deleting all his pictures from her Instagram page.

Our source also said that that Jim was only ‘using’ Nadia to shoot his reality show just as he did with Kenturah. This has made Nadia who sees Jim’s gimmicks as detrimental, opting for a back out.

Whatever happens between the two love birds, we shall keep you posted but for now, we can confirm that the issue of a possible wedding between Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari is far-fetched to be a reality.

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BREAKING: Taraba Speaker, Haruna Tsokwa, is dead

The Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, is dead.
Mr. Tsokwa’s age is unknown at this time.
He died of an undisclosed ailment this morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Mr. Tsokwa took ill last Thursday and was rushed to hospital.
Kefas Sule, spokesperson Acting Governor Garba Umar confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Tsokwa had passed on.
“He died this morning, after just a brief illness,” he said.
Mr. Sule however declined to provide further details, saying the government would await the outcome of reports from the speakers’ doctors before making any further pronouncement on the matter.
There were speculations by some of the late speaker’s supporters that Mr. Tsokwa was poisoned, but they could not substantiate the claim. PREMIUM TIMES could also not independently verify the claim.
The late speaker had been a staunch supporter of Acting Governor Garba in the ongoing battle for the control of the state.
Mr. Tsokwa had escaped death by the whiskers on September 19 when suspected gunmen attacked his convoy along the Jos – Abuja road.
He escaped unhurt but some policemen in his convoy sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds during an exchange of fire between them and their attackers.
Mr. Tsokwa attended Federal University of Technology, Yola, and Government Secondary School, Ibbi, for his university and secondary education respectively.
He is survived by a wife and four children.
More details later…

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Study: Smoking Makes You Look Older Using twins to determine effect

By Laura Stampler
A study of 79 pairs of twins — each with one smoker and one non-smoker — indicates that cigarette users are likely to get wrinkles and bags under their eyes at a more accelerated pace than their genetically identical counterparts.

Unbiased judges, who had no prior knowledge of the twins’ smoking status, said that the smoker looked older more than 50 percent of the time.

The twins were primarily female and in their late 40s.

“Smoking makes you look old,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi told Reuters. “That’s all there is to it.”

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EXPLOSIVE: What Obasanjo Told Me About Third Term — Atiku

By Sani Tukur

Atiku Abubakar can conveniently be regarded as the proverbial cat with nine lives because the story of his life offers a lot of lessons; starting from a humble background to becoming the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Atiku was the only child of his parents; he neither had a brother nor sister. His father died when he was still in primary school, after he was imprisoned for not allowing his son to go back to school after he visited them. Atiku began feeding his mother since he was a primary school pupil out of his proceeds from cattle rearing. That was how he started his life. He joined the Customs service, was made the Turaki of Adamawa, and was also elected the Governor of Adamawa state.
He could not however assume the mantle of leadership as governor because he was eventually chosen to be the running mate to Olusegun Obasanjo in the 1999 election. He later had a serious political fight with Obasanjo, ran for the office of the president twice and is also a prolific businessman.
In this interview held in his Abuja home with a team of journalists from RARIYA, a Hausa newspaper based in Abuja, Turaki, as he is fondly called, revealed a lot about himself, including his widely publicised ‘feud’ with Obasanjo and the situation of things in the ‘new PDP’. 
Excerpts of the interview was translated by PREMIUM TIMES‘ Sani Tukur, with permission from RARIYA.
Q. Can you give us a brief history of your life?
 A. Let me first begin by welcoming you all. And secondly, since this is the first time we are sitting together, let me use this opportunity to commend you for setting up RARIYA Hausa newspaper which will enable a lot of our people especially in the north to know what is going on in the land and our relationships with the outside world. We commend you very well, and pray that God grant you success. I know about media business very well, it is not a business in which you even make even, not to talk of making profits. So, only God can reward those of you that have decided to put in your time and resources in this venture. May God reward you abundantly.
My history is well known by most people, but briefly speaking; I am from Adamawa state. I was born in Jada about sixty-six years ago. I started my primary education in Jada before I proceeded to Yola Province College. From there, I went to the School for Hygiene Kano and then finally to the Ahmadu Bello university Zaria, where I studied law. I then joined the Customs in 1969.
I held several positions in the Customs. In fact, at a point I was the youngest Customs Comptroller for the Southwest including Ibadan and Kwara. I gained lot of promotions within a short space of time until I attained the highest rank. I left the customs service on 20th April, 1989. From there I ventured into business where I later on met with General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, and we went into politics and set up a political organisation known as the PFM with a view to getting registration as a political party.
But as you all know, no political party or organisation was registered at the time. Instead, two parties; namely; SDP and NRC were registered. Those of us with General Yar’Adua joined the SDP. We struggled very well in the party where I had wanted to become the governor of Gongola state then. I won the election, but the government of Babangida cancelled the elections. Nine of us were eventually banned from participating in the subsequent election.
We did not stop politicking up till the time Babangida left power. Our first major political battle with the late Gen. Yar’adua was fighting the military to leave power and restore democracy to Nigeria. That was the reason we were in politics. We did not get into politics to get into positions of power.
Honestly, we really suffered in the course of the struggles. Late Yar’Adua once called us together and informed us that ‘what you people are doing is not a minor thing; it may take us up to ten, thirty or forty years without success. So any of us that was in hurry was advised to stay aside. Incidentally, we succeeded in sending the military away, but God did not allow him to see democracy take root in the land.
After that came the government of General Abacha. He invited our organisation to join his government, I remember we met with them at Ikoyi in Lagos at the time; we told them we would only join the government if they showed us the plans put in place to return the country to democratic rule. They did not like it.
Q. Was General Shehu Yar’Adua alive then?
A. Yes, he was alive. That was why no one from our organisation joined the government. He subsequently said there would be a constitutional conference for Nigeria. We also met over that and debated whether to join or stay away. We eventually resolved to participate, because we can use that to force him out of power. About 70% of members of the conference which held here in Abuja, were our people.
The conference thereafter gave Abacha up to January 1st 1996, to leave office. He was so angry with that decision and that was the reason why Yar’adua was arrested and jailed. As for me, they followed me to my house in Kaduna and tried to kill me, but they were unsuccessful. They however killed eight people, six of them policemen, while the other two were security guards. I eventually escaped to the USA.
I don’t know what happened afterwards, and Abacha suddenly asked me to come back to Nigeria. He was planning to run for election at the time. But I asked him to give me the guarantee that I would not be killed or arrested. When I returned, I went to see him and he asked me to work for him because he said he understood I had acceptance in both the North and Southern part of the country. He therefore wanted me to help him campaign to win election.
I told him that I needed to go back to my state and consult with my people. He then asked me what I wanted; minister or governor; but I insisted that I needed to go and consult with my supporters. He told me that he had already discussed with my father-in-law, the Lamido Adamawa, and the Lamido really wanted me to go back and be the governor.  But, I told him that there was no way for me to go and become the governor because primaries had already been held and they have even started campaigning.
They told me not to worry about that; all they needed was for me to go back to my state. Upon my return, I saw that all the party’s executive were sacked, that’s for UNCP, the governorship candidate was also sacked, and an interim chairman of the party was already appointed. I met him at the airport waiting for me, and I told him ‘Yes I am the candidate’. I then immediately went into consultations; my supporters said ‘this government attempted to kill you in the past, and it is the same government that is now inviting you to run for office, we your supporters have agreed’. As God would have it, Abacha died the very day we started our campaigns. Abdulsalami became the head of state and when he announced the time table for return to democratic rule; we set up the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. I was one of the few people from my state who set up the party.
I again ran for governor and won the primaries, and then the general election followed. Later on, General Obasanjo asked me to come and run with his as his running mate. That was how I became the Vice president and worked with Obasanjo up to the time God said we should go our separate ways.
After that, sometime in the past, I was forcefully kicked out of the PDP, and we went to set up the AC. After that, I went back to the PDP, before we are now engaged in fresh controversy of the new and old PDP
Q. What is going on now?
A. You know the PDP is not being run on its initial philosophy. There is no internal democracy in the party at the moment. Secondly, since the time of Obasanjo, the party has been used dictatorially; no rules, no truth, no righteousness. What we have now is just selfishness. That is the situation we are in now.
Q. Many people view you as someone born with a silver spoon, or did you also face challenges growing up in the village?
A. The truth is, I was an only child. I had no sibling. My father died even before I completed primary school, and I was raised by my mother; and you know women were not engaged in any serious commercial venture at the time. I was therefore responsible for fending for her, at a very young age..
Q. How old were you?
A. I was around 9 or 10 years then. We had a very wealthy neighbour. At times, I take his cattle for grazing when I return from school. He then used to pay me with either wheat or something and that was what I would take to my mother and grand mother for them to cook for us. We sometimes eat twice or once a day. This started even before I enrolled into school. At the time, they used to go round and pick children and enroll them by force. When they came for me, my father took me and ran away with me up to Cameroun republic. They hid me in a particular village, but we also met the same situation there; children were being forced to school by the government.
So he took me back to my grandmother. I was concealed behind a door the day the people came back for me, but my mother’s younger brother brought me out, and took me to the residence of the village head where I was registered. That was how I got enrolled into formal education. After I started schooling and I was even in class three, I decided to visit my father and see how he was doing. However, immediately I arrived, he told me that I was not going back because he never wanted me to enroll. He said he preferred that I commence Quoranic school and there was cattle rearing and farming to do.
Our headmaster in Jada then reported my father to the Judge. A police guard was then given a summons for my father. They used to come along with a particular stick, which was serving as the writ of summons at the time. He took it to the ward head that also promptly summoned my father. My father was informed that we were being arrested. The guard took us to Jada; we were taken to the court, and the judge told my father you have broken the law by refusing to allow your son go back to school. He therefore sentenced him to either go to prison or pay a fine of ten shillings. My father said he had no ten shillings, and he was taken to prison. My grandmother eventually hustled and got the ten shillings and paid the fine. My father was eventually released and he went back to the village. Unfortunately, I did not get to see him again until I received the sad news of his death.
That was how I continued with my studies and completed primary school. At the time, there was only one examination, that’s common entrance exams that was written; those who came first, second or third are taken to either Zaria or Keffi colleges. The rest up to 10th position went to Provincial College. The others are then taken to various vocational schools. After graduating, they were then given a start up capital. Honestly, I prefer this method of education, not what we have now.
Q. You have set up a form of reunion with your children, why did you adopt this measure?
A. Honestly, there were many reasons why I started the reunion. It is not popular in this part of the world. God has blessed me with wealth and many children; more than twenty, including those I adopted. And as you know, as Islam permits, I have more than one wife, so my children have different mothers. So the essence of the reunion is to entrench unity in the family. Secondly, it affords them to know and understand each other, and thirdly to pity each other. Fourthly not to tarnish the image of the descendants of the family, and fifthly, I am engaged in a lot of commercial activities. So I take the time to explain the details of my business engagements to them.
And I always advised them not to look at what I have, but each of them should go and fend for himself. I also advise them to pay attention to their studies.
I have companies in countries such as Turkey and many others, so I don’t want these companies to fold up after I am dead. I wanted these companies to continue to exist, until their children also take over from them. I also tell them to know that most global companies were started by one person, but those who came after them such as their wives and children did not allow them to die. That is why things are still developing.
In fact, I even brought in a professor from Europe who specialised in family matters to come in and deliver lecture for us.
I also let them know that I am a Muslim, so after my death, they will have to share inheritance based on Islamic injunction. However, I advised them that everyone must allow whatever they are given in a company to continue to exist. They should just get whatever is due to them at the end of each year. I don’t want what I build to be destroyed. That is the reason for our meeting, and it is very important. Now we have a family assembly and rules and regulations for my whole family. We set up the Assembly by picking one male and one female from each ‘room’.
Q. In spite of the fact that the Lamido Adamawa was just your father-in-law; you appeared to be much closer. Since when did he start treating you like his own son?
A. Our relationship started a long time ago, I think around 1980. But you know I was made Turaki of Adamawa in 1982, and my marriage to his daughter also took place on the same day.
Q. Adamawa state has a lot of educated people; but God has elevated you from that state, how did you survive the struggles in the state?
A. Honestly, these struggles are not good; because many felt why should it be me, who is far younger than them that will overtake them and be elevated. You know relationships among the Fulani is difficult. Honestly, they struggle against almost every prominent person in the state. As for me I never harbour any ill feeling towards anyone; I believe that is why God protected me and gave me victory; that is why up to now, no one has succeeded against me.
Q. You are indeed successful in politics and commerce; how did you venture into business?
A. When I joined the Customs Service, I spent most of my time in the South, and if you look critically, you will realise that Customs work is just like business. The European that thought us the job did not teach us how to arrest people; they told us that the duty of the Customs is promote economic development of the country. So if one is found to illegally import materials into the country; you are to be fined either once or twice or even three times, but not to confiscate the goods.
That was why I was getting a lot of revenue for the government wherever I worked. I never regard Customs work as that of confiscating people’s goods or mistreating them. You know whoever pays a heavy fine would not want to import goods illegally again. That was actually how I cut my teeth in business.
Q. you have set up many companies. Which of them do you like the most and is also benefitting you most?
A There is a company called Intels; which we set up with a European partner of mine when we realised that oil and gas business is the main economic activity in Nigeria for a long time. We actually started the company from a container, but it is over 25 years old now. We just celebrated our Silver jubilee anniversary. It has expanded very well. We now have branches in Angola and Mozambique, and we will soon get into South Africa. We are also going to build the biggest port in Nigeria, Badagry, Lagos state, very soon.
Q. You are the first northerner to set up a university, can you briefly tell us some of the challenges you are facing?
A. Well as you know, education is the most important thing in the life of any individual. I attended the meeting of former students of Unity Colleges two days ago, and I told them education is the most important sector in our life today. Whoever thinks that he has arrived simply because he has oil or gold and other mineral resources, should realize those resources will finish one day. In fact, even farming, if we are not careful, in twenty or thirty years, one can look for a land to farm and would not get. Nothing will get us out of poverty and the rest other than education.
I even gave example of many countries that have no farmlands, no oil, and no any form of natural resources, yet they are ahead in terms of development. Look at Japan, look at Singapore; they just concentrated on education. Imagine if my father had succeeded in stopping me from going to school, I would still have been engaged in cattle rearing or still at the village; but look at what education has done for me.
Q. Like how many people are working in your companies?
A. Actually they are many, because even between Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos, we have over fifty thousand employees. Not to talk of those in Faro, University and Gotel Communications. In fact we are the only producers of recharge cards in the north. Very soon, we are going to commission a company that will produce animal feeds, the first in the north. We will build three in different parts of the north.
Q. Considering the number of companies you own, how comes your name was never mention in the list of richest Africans?
A. It is because I am not among the richest people in Africa and my companies are not quoted on the stock exchange, like the way Aliko did. That is why not many people know what I have.
Q. Can you tell us the estimate of how much you spend to run the University each month?
A. I have already mentioned it; I said around four hundred million each month
Q. Is it profitable?
A. It is not, may be after until after ten or fifteen years, then one can sit down and cross check. Yet, people are still criticizing us saying the tuition fee is high. But if you look at the students there and the vehicles their parents bought for them; you realise that it is ten times higher than the tuition fee.
Q. Why do you allow them to buy the cars for them?
A. What can we do to them? It’s a university, most of them are grown ups; between 18 to 20 years. His father bought a car for him and we say he cannot drive? You know it is an American School, and they have their own ways of doing things.
Q. You have earlier explained that you got into politics not necessarily to get into positions of authority, and you said late Shehu Yar’adua drafted you into politics, or did you already have plans to be a politician?
A. I think both because, when I was at ABU, I was into student politics. I stood for election and even won. I started work and he saw how I was relating with the people and the rest; that was why he called me one day and said ‘I see that you relate well with people, can we do politics together’?
Q. What did you run for at ABU?
A. Deputy Secretary General. Late Dahiru Mohammed Deba, the former governor of Bauchi state was the secretary general, and I was his vice.
Q. We would like to know how former President Obasanjo asked you to be his running mate, seeing that there were many prominent persons angling for the slot.
A. After the primary in Jos, and I was preparing to go back to Adamawa and run for governor, I was told that he wanted to see me in Abuja. So instead of going back to Yola, I went back to Abuja, and on reaching Abuja, he told me he wanted me to be his running mate, and asked if I was willing to? I thought over it and said ‘I am willing’. He then said we should go back to Jos, and inform Solomon Lar. But I said we should go with some other persons, otherwise Solomon Lar would think that I asked to be nominated. At the time, he wanted late Abubakar Rimi to be the running mate. At the same time, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Ango Abdullahi and Bamanga Tukur and Professor Jibril Aminu, all wanted to be the running mate. Obasanjo then asked some people to follow me to Jos to inform Solomon Lar, and that was what we did.
Q. You said, you thought a little over it, why did you chose to be VP instead of governor?
A. I was convinced because he showed me that he was not a politician and I was a politician and he needed my help. That was what convinced me. Even now people keep telling me you have done this and that, what did you regret being unable to do, and my response is always that I regret not being the governor of Adamawa state.
Q. Have you ever regretted being Vice President?
A. No. I never regretted being vice president
Q. In other climes, one can become a Vice president and still go back and be a governor. What were those things you had wanted to achieve in Adamawa that has not been achieved up to now?
A. Honestly, if I had served as a governor in Adamawa, I would have used it as a model for development. Many states would have come to us and learn how to achieve what we have done. Even as a private citizen my investments in the state is drawing people from South Africa, Cameroun and Rwanda, their students are in Adamawa.
Q. But it can be argued that you were like a governor since Boni was the governor?
A. You know the Fulani tradition when it comes to governance is such that when you get your son into position of authority, you are not expected to interfere in his affairs. If he looked for you, you can come, but if he doesn’t; you just have to keep your distance. Boni has never aksed me to nominate even a Commissioner; He is alive; and I have never opened my mouth to ask him to give me a commissioner slot.  In fact there was a time my party wrote a letter to him and copied me, in which they were requesting for a slot for a sole administrator for my local government.  I called him and told him that my party had written to him and copied me requesting for a nomination for my local government; and he reacted angrily asking what my business was with local government that I would even talk to him. I begged for his forgiveness. So in terms of governance, one cannot be confident of getting his way simply because he had helped a person to office.
Q. And your younger brother became the President, that’s Umaru Yar’adua, was it also like that with him?
A. It was like that. After he was confirmed as the presidential candidate, he came to my house and saw me. I was the vice president, and he told me that now that I have been nominated, I need your help sir. I told him that we came from the same house, but in terms of running for office of the president, we can all run, whoever is successful among us, glory be to Allah. But I told him to know that if not because I fought Obasanjo’s third term ambition, he (Umaru) would not have been a presidential candidate. He acknowledged that, and I said best of luck to us all.
Q. But did he seek for your advice when he became the president?
A. God bless his soul, but when he became the president, I even tried to rejoin the PDP, but I was denied on the assumption that I would clash with him. He was advised to only allow me return if he wins reelection.
Q. You spoke about your disagreement with former President Obasanjo, but at the end of the day, you agreed to support his second term bid, and there were reports he knelt down and begged you. Did he really bend down to beg you or just spoke the words?
A, Honestly, he did not kneel down for me. But he did come to my house and I refused to see him. And he knocked my door continuously and asked me in the name of God to come out, so I came out, and we went downstairs, and he asked me to join him in his car and I said, no, because of security reasons, but he insisted. So when we entered his car, I never knew that he had gone round states pavilions and asking for the support of governors and delegates and they refused to listen to him because they have not seen us together. So that was why he came and picked me up so that we would go round together. There is something that many people did not know before, which I will tell you now.
We sat with party elders and discussed the issue of Presidency and there was debate as to whether the South will have 8 or 4 years? If the South had 8 years, so the north too should have 8 years subsequently. After lots of debates, it was finally agreed that the South should have 8 years. And when power returns to the north, they should also have it for 8 years. However, governors objected to this arrangement. I was then in a dilemma; is the governors’ objection genuine or just a political gimmick. What if I followed them to run against the president and they later on turn their back on me and align with the president? At the end of the day, one would neither be a vice president or a president because politics is a slippery game.
Q. During your second term in office, a top government official at the presidency reportedly ‘lock you and president Obasanjo’ in a room and asked you to settle your differences before you come out? Is it true? What did you discuss in the room?
A. At first we started arguing, and then he opened his drawer and brought out a copy of the Quran and asked me to swear that I will not be disloyal to him. There was nothing I did not tell him in that room. The first thing I told him was that I swore with the Quran to defend the Constitution of Nigeria. Why are you now giving me the Quran to swear for you again?  What if I swear for you and you went against the constitution?
Secondly, I looked at him and told him that if I don’t like you or don’t support you, would I have called 19 northern governors to meet for three days in my House in Kaduna only for us to turn our back on you?
Thirdly, I asked him, what are you even doing with the Quran? Are you a Muslim that you would even administer an oath on me with the Quran? I was angry, and I really blasted him. He asked me to forgive him and he returned the Quran back to the drawer, and we came out.  In fact we had the same kind of altercation when he was gunning for third term, he informed me that “ I left power twenty years ago, I left Mubarak in office, I left Mugabe in office, I left Eyadema in office, I left Umar Bongo, and even Paul Biya and I came back and they are still in power; and I just did 8 years and you are asking me to go; why?” And I responded to him by telling him that Nigeria is not Libya, not Egypt, not Cameroun, and not Togo; I said you must leave; even if it means both of us lose out, but you cannot stay.
Q. You were the most powerful Vice president compared to others who held the office in the past, what was responsible for that?
A. He allowed me, and he understood some things because he was not a politician, and he needed the support of politicians.
Q. Are you relating seriously with General Buhari, do you call him on phone?
A. We speak a lot, and whenever the need arises for me to go and see him, I do go and see him. I do go to pay condolences and the like.
Q. And politically?
A. If you have not forgotten, during the 2011 election, after they said me and General Babangida have lost out, myself, Mallam Adamu Ciroma and General Aliyu Gusau, under the leadership of General Babangida, held a special meeting in which we invited General Buhari, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and Nuhu Ribadu and advised them to form an alliance so that we would help them win election, but they failed to form the alliance, and after they failed, I sent my contribution to General Buhari. So I don’t have any problem with General Buhari at all.
Q. Something happened recently, which confused a lot of people, in which you led a withdrawal of a number of governors from the venue of the PDP convention, which was live on TV. Was it pre planned? Or it was just arranged at the convention venue?
A. We have been planning for some time because we have spent almost four months planning how to split the PDP.
Q. Who is the arrowhead?
A. At first I don’t know the arrowhead, but they eventually came and met me and I joined them because their reasons are the same with the ones I have been fighting against within the party; lack of fairness, honesty and tyranny. If I can fight the military to restore democracy, why can’t I fight fellow politicians?
Q. But the president did not come out to say he will run.
A. He did since he said he has the right to run. What else is remaining?
Q. On the other hand, Buhari also has supporters just like you do; and he has not come out to say whether he is running or not. Are you planning to run in 2015?
A. Why are you in hurry, don’t worry, now is not yet the time for you to know.
Q. What measures are you planning next, since the courts have declared your faction illegal?
A. We have appealed; and we are planning seriously, you will see what will happen
Q. Is the PDM part of your plans or not
A. I don’t know what the plans of the PDM are because I am not a member.

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Former LG boss murdered by homosexual partner for failing to fulfill his promises

By Godwin Comrade Ameh
The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed that the late Samaila Magaji, former chairman of Ingawa Local Government area of the state, was murdered by his estranged homosexual partner, a 17-year-old Abba Lawal, a native of Daura community.

According to police report, the late former LG boss was gruesomely murdered in his residence at the Barhim Quarters, Katsina, recently.

Speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Kastina, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Hurdi said the suspect had confessed killing Magaji, whom he said was his late “boy friend”.

The police boss said that Lawal had confessed to the police that he murdered Magaji, because he had made a lot of promises to him  (Lawal), which he failed to redeem.

Hurdi also stated that the suspect told police that after he was expelled from school due to his involvement in homosexuality, the late Magaji had promised to get him back to school, but failed to fulfill his promise.

The suspect, Hurdi was said to have revealed that the late council boss was his boyfriend who had visited him severally in Kano and other places.

The police said, Lawal was allegedly invited to the house of the deceased, where he reportedly murdered him.

“We recovered knives and blood-stained clothes at the scene of the incident. Upon sighting the knife, the suspect fainted and after recovering, he made all these confessions,” Hurdi stated.

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Petrol station worker’s mobile phone stops bullet in robbery

This mobile phone saved the life of a US petrol station worker shot during a robbery. Source-AP

This mobile phone saved the life of a US petrol station worker shot during a robbery. Source-AP

A PETROL station worker’s habit of keeping his mobile phone in his shirt pocket saved his life after he was shot in the chest during a robbery, US police say.
Florida police say the worker’s mobile phone stopped the bullet that a robber had fired at his abdomen.
The service station worker suffered only minor injuries in the shooting, which took place in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.
The suspect entered the petrol station around 4.45am and asked the worker clerk for help, say police.
Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.
When the clerk couldn’t open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.
The suspect fired a round at one of the workers and fled.
Police say the worker had no idea the bullet had hit his mobile phone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.

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Britney Spears songs used to scare off Somali pirates

Britney Spears has become the new weapon in fight against Somali pirates.
The singer’s hits are being blasted out by tanker crews to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens has told Metro UK.
Spears’s chart-toppers Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay.
Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most.
“These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”

The pirates are easily scared off by Britney’s music, says one crew member.
Ships in the region are in constant danger from gun-toting pirates boarding and kidnapping crews for million-dollar ransoms.
Britney Spears: Bbaby One More Time

Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.
“It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,” she said.
Britney may be one reason pirate attacks in the region have fallen this year.
In the first half of 2013, there have been just eight oirate attacks off Somalian, according to figured from the International Maritime Bureau.
THE PIRATE MENACE ON OUR DOORSTEP
Meanwhile, Indonesia has experienced a more than 50 per cent surge in pirate attacks in the same period.
Of the 48 attacks reported, 43 involved pirates boarding vessels and assaulting the crew, the IMB said.
There also has been a surge in piracy off west Africa, with a series of violent attacks this year.
In the latest incident, pirates attacked a commercial ship near the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two US mariners last week.
The captain and an engineer were taken away from the offshore supply vessel C-Retriever during an attack in international waters off the Gulf of Guinea.

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32-yr-old man butchers uncle over destiny manipulation

BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI— A man identified as Chinweoru Ugbo, 32, was weekend arrested by the Onueke Divisional Police Command, Ebonyi State, Nigeria for allegedly butchering his uncle, Mr. Ogbuleji Nwite, 78, with an axe.
The crime was allegedly committed at Nsokkara Community in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state over claims that the deceased was diabolically manipulating Ugbo’s destiny.
The suspect allegedly lured his victim to a lonely farmland near a neighbouring community in Amagu, under the guise of showing him (the victim) a piece of land he wanted to purchase.
He reportedly inflicted 27 cuts on late Mr. Nwite in the early hours of Saturday, unaware that some people saw him.
Vanguard gathered that the suspect was caught by the villagers at Igweledoha Nsokkara community, when he was packing his luggage to flee the community.
It was also learnt that the suspect, a trader resident at Owerri in Imo State, was said to have returned home on Friday night with the intention of killing his uncle.
Eyewitnesses’ story
An eyewitness, Nweke Nwankwo, alleged that the act took place in a vegetable farmland.
The witness said: “I was on top of a palm tree harvesting fruits and saw both of them conversing. I never suspected anything because they were relatives.
“But I felt cold to the spine when the boy started brutalising the old man, who recently returned from the hospital after an eye surgery.”
Another witness, a woman who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that she was weeding in her farm, some distance from the scene, when she heard a cry.
She said: “I did not know that an abomination was being committed because the loud shout was just once.
“I continued with my job until passers-by, who first sighted the dead body, raised alarm.”
It was learnt that a white T-shirt, which an eyewitness claimed the suspect wore that morning, was brought out from his room with blood stains.

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‘Jonathan, main target of attack on Oduah’ -Niger Delta Good Governance Forum

National President of Niger Delta Good Governance Forum, Lt.-Col. Satchie Etoromi (rtd), yesterday, said that President Goodluck Jonathan was the main target of those attacking the Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, over the controversial N255 million bullet proof cars, ahead of the 2015 general elections.
He urged the President to ignore calls for the removal of the minister over the controversy, adding what she did was legal.
Speaking in Warri, Delta State, Etoromi said: “You know very well that the Aviation Minister is behind the effective Neighbour-to-Neighbour.
“Now that the 2015 general elections are around the corner, some unpatriotic elements in the country are trying to rubbish the hardworking minister, who has upgraded our airports to international standard.
“President Jonathan should know that he is the main target of those raising issue over the purchase of the operational vehicles.
“They want to rubbish the Aviation Minister to get at the President and I want to appeal to the President to ignore these calls for her removal. President Jonathan should not sack her.
“What those calling for her removal are doing is against national interest. No law was breached as a result of the purchase of the cars. Her action was borne out of her passion for the Aviation Ministry. Her good measure should not be condemned. Those attacking her have hidden agenda.
“What they are doing is wrong. They should not destroy the reputation that Nigeria has gained in the international world. The Nigeria airspace is one of the safest airspace in the world, according to Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA.
“If regulations are there and people are not complying and the effects are now showing, it is not the minister’s fault. Is it the minister that flies these planes? The regulations that are there have helped to develop the air space and they are better.”

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Boko Haram members armed bandits, says captured suspect

Bukar Modu, a detained Boko Haram member, said that the sect had nothing to do with Islam, as it was mainly involved in armed banditry, looting and killing of innocent people.
Modu, who was captured on Oct. 6 after the sect’s early morning attack on Muslim worshippers in Damboa, Borno, said this in Maiduguri on Saturday.
He told reporters that the sect succeeded in attacking innocent people during their operations.
“We went on a mission to attack people in Damboa on Oct. 6, a few days to the last Sallah celebration.
“We shot many people but I was also shot in the leg during the operation; I later became unconscious.
“My people took me away at the end of the operation but they decided to dump me in a nearby bush because they thought I was dead.
“I regained my consciousness in the morning before I was apprehended by security agents, who provided food for me and took care of my bullet wounds,” he said.
Modu said that he was recruited into the sect by his cousin about a year ago.
“He used to keep his gun in our compound in Maiduguri. One day, he said that he was not comfortable with me being outside the sect because I knew all his secrets.
“He gave me two options: to either join the sect or be killed; so, I had no other option than to join the sect,” he said.
Modu said that he was given an “express training” on the handling of AK 47 rifle as soon as he joined the sect.
“We were always given orders to attack individuals without questioning until we finally relocated to Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno during the middle of this year,” he said.
Modu said that his group comprised about 150 militants, who took refuge in a nearby bush after the military invasion of Marte camp.
“We were kept in the bush by our commanders; sometimes, we survived on filthy water because we did not have access to safe water and we barely had something to eat,” he said.
Modu said that most of the “foot soldiers” of the Boko Haram sect had wanted to abscond but they could not do so because of the fear of being caught and executed.
“Our commanders usually conduct roll-calls on a daily basis to prevent anybody from running away; once you are caught, the penalty is death,” he said.
Modu said that many “foot soldiers”, who tried to escape at the camp, were summarily executed.
“Any time we carry out an attack in a place, we steal food, drugs, money and everything we need.
“Sometimes, I feel guilty of committing crimes against God but our commanders always tell us that it is God’s work that we are doing.
“It is a terrible thing to be a member of the sect but many foot soldiers like me cannot leave for fear of being killed,” Modu added. (NAN)

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Metro Islamic police in Kano launch immorality crackdown, arrests 150 for Indecent Dressing, Funky Hairstyles & ‘Sagging’

Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso

Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso

KANO, (Nigeria): Police who enforce Islamic law in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano have arrested 150 people in the last week, including for indecent dress, as part of a crackdown on immorality, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Some people in Nigeria’s second city have been picked up for sporting hair styles inspired by prominent international football players, said Mohammed Yusuf Yola, spokesman for Kano’s sharia police, or Hisbah.

Others were thrown in jail and fined for wearing their trousers too low on their waists, mimicking a style that became prominent in the 1990s, partly through the influence of some American hip hop artists.

The arrests have followed an order by Kano state Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to cleanse the city of immoral practices and the trend is set to continue in the weeks ahead, said Hisbah Director-General Abba Sufi.

The Times of India

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BRUNEI’S SULTAN ANNOUNCES STRICT ISLAMIC PENALTIES THAT INCLUDE AMPUTATION FOR THEFTS AND STONING FOR ADULTERY

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

The Brunei’s sultan has announced that a new Islamic criminal law that could include penalties like amputation for thefts and stoning for adultery will be enforced in six months.
Brunei’s Shariah Islamic court had previously handled mainly family-related disputes. The sultan has been hoping to implement the new law for years to bolster the influence of Islam in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy on Southeast Asia’s Borneo island.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said the Shariah Penal Code should be regarded as a form of “special guidance” from God and would be “part of the great history” of Brunei.
“By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation, our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled,” the sultan said at a legal conference in Brunei’s capital.

The law would apply only to Muslims, who comprise about two-thirds of the population of nearly 420,000 people. The others follow mainly Buddhist, Christianity and indigenous beliefs.

Brunei’s Mufti Awang Abdul Aziz, the country’s top Islamic scholar, told Tuesday’s conference that the Shariah law “guarantees justice for everyone and safeguards their well-being.”

“Let us not just look at the hand-cutting or the stoning or the caning per se, but let us also look at the conditions governing them,” Awang said. “It is not indiscriminate cutting or stoning or caning. There are conditions and there are methods that are just and fair.”

Under secular laws, Brunei already prescribes caning as a penalty for crimes including immigration offences, for which convicts can be flogged with a rattan cane.

Awang said there should be no concerns that foreign travellers might end up avoiding Brunei after the law is implemented.

“Please listen to our answer. Sir, do all potential tourists to Brunei plan to steal? If they do not, then what do they need to fear,” he said. “Believe me when I say that with our Shariah criminal law, everyone, including tourists, will receive proper protection.”

The implementation of Shariah criminal law is not expected to face vocal opposition in Brunei, which has long been known for conservative policies such as banning the public sale of liquor.

Sultan Hassanal, who has reigned since 1967, is Brunei’s head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in Brunei.

Associated Press writer Sean Yoong in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.

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Yayo Submarine: Life and Death on a Cocaine-Smuggling Submersible

One of the tiny drug smuggling subs.
Smugglers' Blues

One of the tiny drug smuggling subs.
Smugglers’ Blues

High Times
By Craig Stephens

Does the idea of a cocaine submarine conjure up pictures of Scarface-style opulence in a nautical setting? The truth is, these boats would make Captain Bligh’s vessel seem like a luxury cruise ship. Journalist Craig Stephens introduces us to the scallywags of the yayo seas. We All Live in a Yayo Submarine

Illegal drugs and their means of transport are constantly evolving. Cocaine and weed shipments have been entering the United States from Central and South America via a range of methods, with seagoing craft being one of the most popular. First there were fishing boats, then “go-fasts” (speedboats mounted with multiple engines). Once these started succumbing to improved detection, drug cartels developed the semi-submersible “narco sub” — which is now making way for the full-scale submarine.

In 2010, authorities in Ecuador announced that they had seized an actual submarine designed for smuggling drugs. “It is the first fully functional, completely submersible submarine for transoceanic voyages that we have ever found,” said Jay Bergman, the Andean regional director for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, speaking to the Associated Press.

According to reports, the captured sub was 33 meters long, could accommodate a crew of five or six, and was equipped with twin-screw diesel-electric propulsion, periscopes and even air conditioning. The DEA said the vessel could have carried up to 10 tons of coke.

The sub was found at a secret “shipyard” facility on a jungle river in Ecuador not far from the Colombian border. The shipyard boasted accommodations for more than 50 people, yet only one person was arrested by Ecuadoran soldiers and police, who were acting on intelligence provided by the DEA.

These days, cartels and drug runners are reportedly shelling out millions of dollars to build these types of complex vessels, recruiting highly skilled engineers who are usually ex-military. Still, the hefty price tag and lengthy construction time remain a drawback — so while the relentless ingenuity and innovation of the drug cartels suggest that full-scale submarines are already in use (or will be soon), the good old semi-submersible still dominates the trade. Costing less than half the price of a real sub, these vessels can be abandoned or sunk with ease if caught. In use since the late 1990s, the first-generation narco sub is simply a semi-submersible boat with an all-enclosing cap on top. Fitted with ordinary marine engines, it is able to avoid radar detection because only a small part of the boat’s structure rides above the surface. Air intakes and a periscope fitted with simple cameras for below-deck navigation are the only parts of these vessels exposed above the waterline. As a result, aerial surveillance is generally the sole means to detect them.

Assorted DEA reports claim that Colombian drug cartels have at least 40 of these custom-built subs, while Mexican cartels have even more. Usually made of fiberglass and powered by a 300- to 350-horsepower diesel engine, these narco subs are manned by a crew of three or four and can transport thousands of pounds of cargo; indeed, it’s been estimated that the average 60-foot (18-meter) sub can carry several tons of cocaine.

The idea that there are cocaine smugglers out there operating radar-eluding submarines full of contraband might lead one to believe that the drug trade has entered a new era of James Bond-like technological proficiency, but there is nothing romantic (or even high-tech) about the job. In fact, the poor souls manning these vessels are often little more than virtual slaves who have been sent on a suicide mission by the crime syndicate in question in order to work off a debt or some other grievance. The crew members also have to deal with the risk of malfunctioning machinery, toxic fumes and the possibility of sinking, in addition to the obvious danger of being caught by the authorities.

On the upside, should their journey be successful, crew members can settle their beef with the crime gang and make as much as $1,500 for two days’ work. That may seem like a paltry amount considering the dangers involved, but for the average Central American with few prospects and an average wage of $10 a day (at the high end), it’s a princely sum.

These subs have a range of approximately 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers), but a typical voyage takes around 20 to 30 hours due to the relatively slow speed of the craft (11 miles or 18 km per hour). Further delays are common due to frequent stops to let the engines cool and the diesel fumes dissipate, and also to evade pursuit. The average sub has a tiny internal area, and the conditions inside are poor. Since they’re generally little more than enclosed cigarette boats, the crew members must remain seated throughout the trip, crawling from one end of the sub to the other to check the engines or use the toilet. They usually strip down to their underwear to endure the heat inside these vessels, which can exceed 100°F. The overpowering smell of diesel fuel and overflowing bucket toilets are also a constant presence.

Perched on the ramshackle floor of the sub, the captain usually has no view of the seas he’s navigating apart from the crude periscope that utilizes store-bought video cameras and plastic piping, with the resulting images visible on screens inside the sub. As a result, the captain and crew communicate constantly by radio or satellite phone with their guides on land, and must remain vigilant throughout the entire nerve-wracking journey to avoid the kinds of mistakes that can lead to being detected.

So what’s it like to risk one’s life as the crew member of a narco sub? HIGH TIMES interviewed three such individuals working for a Colombia-based gang that sends subs to various points in Central America on a weekly basis. (Their names have been changed to protect these persons and their families.)

A crew captain with nearly a dozen runs under his belt, Jean Paul, 42, a French-born former naval officer, is a rare veteran of the narco-sub trade. He left the military more than six years ago and entered into several real-estate developments in Costa Rica. When his multimillion-dollar investments tanked due to the recession, some acquaintances hooked him up with the sub operators, giving him a way to dig himself out from a mountain of debt by applying his nautical experience.

Jean Paul says he is now debt-free and actually considering further property investments after just two years in the business. He says that nowadays he’s more valuable to his employers recruiting crew members and engineers than he is piloting the vessels, which means he can avoid the most serious risks.

“It’s a very dangerous game and generally the domain of the desperate,” Jean Paul relates. “I was on two runs where we had to jettison the craft and sink it. One occasion saw the vessel taking on water, and another was put down after the Coast Guard began closing in.”

Sinking a sub involves opening a number of portholes to let the water in. “Then it’s a matter of offloading as many bales of cargo as possible and getting out.” On this particular occasion, Jean Paul and his two crewmates managed to swim ashore on the Guatemalan coast without further incident. They had started the journey in Colombia.

Needless to say, getting murdered by your employer is often the reward for losing a load or bungling a trip. Jean Paul says he’s witnessed at least 10 people being killed, usually crew members or cartel employees who were shot due to incompetence or betrayal. “Funny, I’ve never seen anyone drown,” he adds. “It’s always man-on-man stuff.”

Despite this, Jean Paul says he’s more concerned by the other unpleasant aspects of the job. “Diesel fumes can kill you too, and the stench of another guy’s shit for two days isn’t nice either. Both are usually worse than the prospect of a boat sinking.”

Another person I spoke with is 33-year-old José, who was introduced via a mutual friend in El Salvador. A fisherman by trade, José was born in Guatemala and started his narco career after several bad fishing seasons forced him to find work as a runner for a cartel. His first job was collecting bales of weed or coke dumped by subs and boats offshore.

José reveals: “Many fishing boats in the region haven’t fished in years. They just collect bales, but keep their nets on deck to look legitimate.” He says he would like to return to fishing one day, but for now the money is very good, and he’s got an ailing mother and four children to care for. “There is no way I could make $1,500 for two days’ work any other way,” he says regarding his current employment as a narco sub crew member.

The third person I spoke with, 22-year-old Manuel, was recruited to the narco business at an early age in his Salvadoran village. Since the age of 13, he has worked a variety of jobs, but much like José, he never dreamed he would earn the kind of money that he does now for a two-day sub run.

Typical of the businesslike attitude shared by his colleagues, Manuel insists that smuggling narcotics is not necessarily an evil trade. “Gringos have a huge hunger for the cargo, and they always will,” he says. “This business is very important for my people; many of them would not have food or shelter without it. It’s been a savior.” This piece, by Craig Stephens, first appeared on HighTimes.com.

This small periscope is all the captain has to guide the sub.

This small periscope is all the captain has to guide the sub.

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NYSC is set to pay Virgins 50,000 Naira As Monthly Allowance.

Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye wrote:
It’s good news for Virgins who are currently partaking in this year’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program as President Goodluck Jonathan through the NYSC Director General, Brig. Gen. Nnamdi Okorie-Affia has just announced that, instead of N19,800, Virgin Corps Members will be receiving N50,000 as monthly allowance…

The President said it was an incentive for “Girls to keep themselves for their husbands” and also as a way of congratulating girls who “managed to keep their hymens intact in such a trying times as we have today”.

So far, only 28 girls nation-wide have been confirmed as virgins and have recieved their 1st N50,000 allowance. Pharmacies have also reported a 234% increase in demand for Alum, Vagina tighteners and Hymen Reforming creams and drugs.

Boys have also protested, saying Male Virgin Corps Members also deserve N50k, but the NYSC says there’s no way to confirm that. Some girls also protested at NYSC Headquarters this morning, claiming they were virgins up until Camp Fire night, so they should qualify to receive the N50k. Their pleas have fallen on deaf ears so far. *Is this true and how will the confirmation of virginity be established, if true? Facebook news feed post by: Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye* (If you believe this, you’ll believe anything!)

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UNIABUJA Student Attempts to Hang Herself

The ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU took a different turn on Saturday at the Dutse-Alhaji area of Abuja when a female student of the University of Abuja attempted to hang herself in protest of the nearly four months old strike, according to DAILY POST.

The student, Jane Okoro had already hanged herself, but fell off the ceiling while struggling, apparently because the rope she used was not strong enough.

Jane had sent her two younger brothers on an errand, just a way of sending them out of the house to be able to carry out the abominable act, but one of the brothers returned after 15 minutes and saw her on the floor with a rope tied round her neck while another rope dangled from the ceiling fan. The 15 year old boy raised the alarm, thinking that his sister was dead, attracting neighbours and onlookers. However, it was discovered by those who got there first, that Jane was alive as it was only a suicide attempt.

Jane’s mom, returning back home from the market immediately she got the news told DAILY POST in tears that her daughter must have attempted to commit suicide because of the ongoing ASUU strike.

“She has been complaining to me about this ASUU strike. She said, at her age, she should have been done with school, and begin to take care of the children and I. Her father is late. I know that only this week, she had complained to me up to 6 times on how frustrating this strike has been. I know other things may have contributed, but ASUU strike may have contributed the most; but for whatever reason, it was devilish for my daughter to have attempted suicide.” She said.

”I will take her to my Pastor this evening. She needs prayers. We need somebody to talk to her. God will do the miracle for me. I didn’t do anything to anybody. I must not suffer for nothing. She is already in her third year in school. What would I have done if this had happened?”

Attempt to speak with Jane failed as she could not respond to questions. The only statement she muttered was ” It was a better option”

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Director’s son who leads robbery syndicate declared wanted, gang members nabbed

The son of a director in the civil service of a South West state, Tosin George a.k.a. Olorunwa, a robbery gang kingpin, is currently on the wanted list of the Oyo State Police Command after about seven vehicles snatched from different victims were recovered from different parts of the country by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ibadan. Also arrested were five of his gang members.

George, a polytechnic dropout turned driver, had once been arrested by SARS operatives in Ibadan for robbery but had to have his charge changed to stealing when his father allegedly threatened to sue the police for defaming the character of his son. It was learnt, however, that the father himself had been faced with realities of his son’s activities when it was discovered that he even registered one of the snatched vehicles in his father’s name. The vehicle was discovered in his father’s compound.
This was revealed recently when the suspects were paraded before journalists at the police
headquarters in Ibadan. The robbery suspects’ names were given as Saheed Awoniyi, Adewale Kazeem, Olakunle Olabimtan while the suspected gang leader, Tosin George a.k.a. Olorunwa and another member popularly known as Morning Star are still at large. Tosin was said to have special interest in unregistered vehicles.

Also arrested was one Anthony Ugbedi a.k.a. Biggie Port who was accused of receiving stolen cars from George’s gang, and from whom the Toyota Camry car snatched at Ashi area of Ibadan was recovered in Port Harcourt. The fifth suspect, Raphael Amuta, was also accused of being a receiver of stolen vehicle.

During the press briefing, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, who spoke through the command’s image maker, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, told journalists that the gang went to a man’s house at Ashi area in June, 2013 and dispossessed him of an unregistered Toyota Camry valued at N1.2million.

The police commissioner revealed that detailed investigation by SARS operatives led to the arrest of one of the suspects, Olabimtan, at Iyana Offa area of Ibadan. A red Volkswagen car with registration number LSR 63 BG was also recovered from him. The suspect reportedly confessed that he and four others, led by George, were responsible for the car robbery at Ashi, and that their leader took the vehicle to one Raphael Amuta at Bodija Oju-irin area.

“The arrest of Amuta led to the recovery of three other vehicles, including a Mercedes Benz 4matic with registration number KSF 936 BH. Kazeem and Awoniyi were arrested at Iyana Offa and Ile-Ife respectively and they also confirmed George as their leader. Through the efforts of the SARS operatives, one Chikodi Anyanwu Henry of Kirikiri, Lagos, who specialised in the forgery of Customs duty papers for robbed vehicles and Anthony Ugbedi, a receiver of stolen goods, were also arrested. Two more robbed vehicles were recovered from Ugbedi,” he stated.

The police commissioner said that the vehicles were recovered in Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abakaliki. Other recovered vehicles are: Mazda bus with registration number APP 943 XD; Toyota Camry with registration number CH 500 JJJ; unregistered Toyota Camry; Toyota Dyna truck with registration number MNY 252 XA and Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle with registration number AA 722 AKD.

It was gathered that the 4matic Benz had two bullet holes on it which were cleverly covered with a plaster by Amuta who bought it from Tosin.
Saturday Tribune held an interview with the suspects. Below are their confessions:
Saheed Awoniyi, Ibadan, (27)
I am a driver. I joined Tosin Olorunwa George in March 2013. We lived in the same area at Iyana Offa. He said he would give me a bus to drive along Ibadan-Abuja route. When I had an accident with the bus, he gave me a Toyota Dyna truck he was using to supply bricks to his customers because he had a block-making firm. He also told me he was into importation of Tokunbo vehicles and we used to see him with many vehicles.

One day, Tosin called us to follow him to the junction of our area. We saw an unregistered Mazda where it was parked at Olodo area. He told us it belonged to his friend and we took it.
The day we went to take the Camry, he told me he was going to his girlfriend’s house at Ashi axis. We went in one of his buses and arrived in a place at about 9.30p.m. We parked and he and Kazeem got down. After quite some time, at about 12midnight, we saw him come out of a compound with the Toyota Camry. Unfortunately, my phone which he seized from me fell down in the house and we were traced through it. He took the Camry to his house that night and took it away very early the next day before we woke up.

The day we went to snatch a 4matic Mercedes Benz, one of our gang members called Morning Star held a gun under the flowing Agbada he was putting on. One Lanre brought guns to Tosin and he kept them under the stairs. There was a day Tosin saw an unregistered Mazda bus whose driver was making a u-turn. Tosin and Morning Star got down while I went to make a u-turn. Before I got back to them, they had already taken the bus along with the driver. They later dropped the driver somewhere.

We also picked an unregistered black Golf car parked somewhere. We met Lanre beside the car and it was later brought to the house. He was not giving us anything except that we were living with him. He was also giving me N20,000 salary for working in his block firm. The hope we had was his promise that he would give us concrete blocks to build our own houses.

Olakunle Olabimtan(24) from Ikirun, Osun State
I knew Tosin in the neighbourhood where I lived. When my mother died, Tosin bought a motorcycle for me. He told me he used to travel to buy Tokunbo vehicles. At a point, I started living with him in his parents’ house. When he was arrested in 2011, I left his father’s house after the man collected the okada Tosin gave me.
When he was released, he gave me another okada. He later collected it and gave me a commercial bus which he put in a motor park at Iwo Road. I was plying Lagos-Ibadan route.  He moved into his personal and I was living with him.

One day, Tosin called me to make sure I get to Ibadan unfailingly from Lagos. I didn’t meet him but Saheed was at home. We were sleeping when I received his call that I should pick his Golf car and come with Saheed and meet him in Oyo.  What Tosin said was that he wanted to receive a vehicle he brought in from Cotonou. At 11.30p.m., we were almost in Ogbomoso when he called again that I should turn back and come back to Oyo.

We met him, Kazeem and Morning Star, at Ilora trailer park along the expressway. I saw the commercial bus he left home with and a Mercedes 4matic car with him. Saheed got down and came back to tell me that he saw Tosin cleaning blood from his nose and when he asked why, Tosin replied him that he had an encounter with Customs men and they shot at him.
Saheed and I came back to Ibadan around 3.30a.m., and shortly after, Tosin also came in with others. The Benz car was with him.

At another time, he told me to meet at Iwo road and I took him Mokola hill in front of Cultural Centre where there is a drink joint. A friend of his, Raphael, joined us and they started discussing after he asked me to excuse him. After the discussion, he joined me in the bus and told me that it was Raphael he sold the car to and he was owing him some money.

 Also, one day, Tosin asked me to take him, Saheed and Kazeem to Ashi area to Amuta’s house. Before we got there, he asked me to park and he got down with Kazeem while I remained in the vehicle with Saheed. He went into a building while I remained behind the steering. After about five minutes, he came out with an unregistered Camry car and beckoned at me to move. That was almost 11p.m. As we moved, I heard shouts of ole! Ole!! (thief! thief!!). He later came home with the car but took it to Amuta at day break.

I knew Amuta and Biggie with Tosin. There was a time Tosin invited me to Ogere toll gate in Ogun State and I met Raphael and Biggie with him. The Toyota Camry was with them that day.
I knew he was into robbery when he went to take that Camry but no one was bold enough to ask him questions. When I asked him about the Camry, he got angry and withdrew his bus from me. I don’t know how he got the red Golf car removed from park at Mokola area, I only got home to see it. I was arrested while trying to help Tosin repair the red Golf car which broke down somewhere.

Ifeanyi Ugbedi (Port-Harcourt)
Biggie, whose real name is Ifeanyi Ugbedi and based in Port Harcourt, told Saturday Tribune that he was into car business.
“About five months ago, I met a ‘crosser’ who usually brought in my cars from Cotonou. He was the one who introduced Tosin to me and gave me his number. I called Tosin and he said he had a Toyota Camry 2000 model and Ipsum. I asked for his car stand but he said he did not have. He took me to Raphael’s house where I saw the Camry but there were no customs papers. He told me he had misplaced the documents. We agreed on N700,000. I sold the car to a pastor in Port Harcourt for N1.080million. I did not know he was an armed robber, I would not have bought it. I bought the Toyota Ipsum from him for N650,000.
Raphael Amuta (44), Anambra State (Trader in electrical materials at Salvation Army road, Ibadan.)
Tosin told me that he brought a Tokunbo vehicle, Toyota Ipsum, from Cotonou and did not have a good place to keep it. He brought it to my house for safekeeping, saying that someone was coming to pick it. Biggie came and because we were both Igbo, we spoke and he later took the car away after arranging documents.
Tosin also told me that he got a 4matic Benz and I told him I would like to buy it. He sold it to me for N1.4million. I have paid him N700,000 and Biggie helped me to get some documents for it.
I saw the holes on the car but he told me that they came with the vehicle. He used labels to cover them. I removed the labels and replaced with plaster that matched the colour of the car. I didn’t know they were bullet perforations.
Biggie also came for the Camry car. Tosin delivered it to him at Ogere, Ogun State. I was the one who took Biggie to Tosin at Ogere. I was given N10,000 by Biggie.

Adewale Kazeem, generator repairer
I knew Tosin when he used to come and repair generator in my shop. I knew him as someone who deals in importation of Tokunbo vehicles. When I had nothing to do after my shop was demolished by Yes-O officials in Ibadan, he told me to come and be working with him at his block firm at Lalupon. I was also living in his house.

I met all the vehicles recovered by the police with him, except the Toyota Camry and Benz 4matic. Though I was with him the day he got the 4matic benz, he only told me he was going to receive his vehicle being brought into Nigeria through Saki. We got to Oyo at about 8.30p.m. and went to a drink joint. In the process, I got drunk and could not remember anything that happened afterwards. I only saw the Benz after he woke me up. Morning Star drove the bus we went with. I saw a gun with Morning Star under the Agbada he put on.

On the day we went for the Camry, we were asleep when Tosin came to wake us up. One thing about him was that he wielded so much power that no one dared refuse him anytime he gave an order.  There were four of us – Tosin, Saheed, Kunle and I. We parked and Tosin went into a house. He came out with the Camry car and asked me to join him. It was when we got back home that Tosin discovered that Saheed’s phone dropped from him in the house where he took the Camry from. He sold the 4matic to Amuta. I asked him what he was going to give us from the 4matic car, he replied that he was going to build each of us a house after he must have completed his own.
We also picked an unregistered Mazda bus by the roadside at Olodo. He just came to wake up one night and told us to follow him. When we got to where the vehicle was, he went into it, kick-started it and drove it back home.

 A police source told Saturday Tribune that the structure being built by Tosin would be a big one at completion. He was said to have designed the house in a way that he could see anyone coming from afar. Though the father claimed that he bought the land for his son and his sister, he did not know how he was able to raise the structure to that level.

The director also said that he was the one who handed the block firm, which Tosin was using as a cover-up, to him. The man was reported to have told the police that he thought his son bought the Mazda bus he registered in his (father’s) name with proceeds from the block industry.

From all indications, Tosin came from a responsible family but decided to be a deviant despite efforts of his parents at preventing this. In an interview with 25-year-old Tosin in 2011 when he was first detained at SARS, he had revealed to Saturday Tribune that  “I was a student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Saki campus, but dropped out in 2006 while still in ND1. I was advised to withdraw because I didn’t do some exams. Instead of going back home, I decided to join a friend of mine at Iwo Road motor park and I became a driver on Lagos-Ibadan route.

“I stopped living at home and went to rent a room at Oje area of Ibadan. When my parents got to know about my whereabouts, they came to the park to warn the union leaders against giving me vehicles to drive because it was education they wanted me to pursue. At a time, I had an accident. My parents took care of me and I returned home after treatment in UCH. After some months, I went back to the park to see some friends and that was how I was given a vehicle to drive again. I was also a member of a faction of the NURTW.

“I joined a robbery gang in April 2001 through one Baba Ibeji who was living at Popoyeosa area. I knew Baba Ibeji through  one Tunde, a fellow okada rider who was living at Olodo area. It was Baba Ibeji who introduced me to car battery theft. We started stealing from abandoned/broken-down vehicles. Our other gang members were John Bolaji and Jamiu but John did not follow us during our last operation. We had operated before at Alakia, Academy, Moniya in Ibadan and Oyo areas before our last operation at Moniya which eventually led to my arrest.”

Police sources informed Saturday Tribune then that Tosin was traced through his phone. He was reported to have gone with his gang members to Moniya area at about 12.30 a.m. on October 30, 2011 to vandalise a broken-down Mercedes Benz car. They however fled when they sighted policemen who were on patrol of the area. Unfortunately for the gang, one of their handsets fell and this helped to trace Tosin. Initially, Tosin had reportedly denied being a robber but claimed that he lost the handset in another area of the city. He opened up when his case was transferred to SARS and mentioned other gang members, who he said were petty thieves. He was charged to court and released on bail.. That was in 2011.

In the current case, The police commissioner said that Tosin’s gang members would soon be charged to court while there is a serious manhunt for the fleeing suspect. -Burgate

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Gaddafi’s compound to serve as public park

Minister says former leader’s Bab al-Azizya complex is being revamped to be “enjoyed by people of Tripoli and guests”.
Muammar Gaddafi’s former military barracks and compound in Tripoli will be converted into a public park, the Libyan government has announced.

Ikram Bash Imam, the country’s tourism minister, said on Saturday that the government has embarked on “preliminary works” in the development of the park in the infamous complex of Bab al-Azizya, or Spledid Gate, in the southern suburbs of the capital.

“[Before Gaddafi’s rule] most of the area was already a park and it had been divided and a lot of trees had been removed as well,” Imam said.

“We are now trying to return this area to what it was before, especially because it’s in the middle of Tripoli city, so it will be a green area to be enjoyed by the people of Tripoli and guests,” she said.

The 6-square-kilometre base was originally built by King Idris, Libya’s ruler before Gaddafi, and boasted trappings of wealth well beyond the means of ordinary Libyans.

In the 1980s, Gaddafi reinforced and expanded the compound with the help of foreign contractors by installing an extensive network of underground tunnels that stretched into several districts of Tripoli.

The sprawling complex, which was a defining symbol of Gaddafi’s 40-year rule, was heavily damaged by NATO air strikes, and destroyed buildings and other debris from the fighting now occupy large areas of it.

Radioactive material

Last month, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan said the area contains a large amount of explosives.

“We found some buried rockets and we found some radioactive material that needed treatment. We brought in a group of military specialists for scanning and cleaning,” he said.

Some of the houses in the compound are now occupied by Tripoli residents whose homes were destroyed during the fighting. Many have repaired the damaged buildings by installing new doors and windows.

However, they do not officially own the buildings and many are now demanding that the state recognise their rights and help them to clear up the area, which has become a dumping ground for rubbish.

Zidan said that the government is trying to find homes for the people living in the destroyed compound.

“We are trying to find homes for them or give them rent allowance so they can leave the place. We have taken the decision to allocate a budget for this matter,” he said.

Aum Adam Mohamed, a resident of Bab al-Azizya, said on Saturday that the Libyan government had not helped them.

“In the February 17 revolution people gave their blood and lives to liberate this place that we are occupying now, may God bless them. During the rule of the tyrant [Gaddafi] we did not have anything and in this revolution we do not have anything either,” she lamented.

Al-Jazeera News

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Desperate Housewives Africa to be filmed in Nigeria

Popular American television comedy-drama-mystery series, Desperate Housewives is to get an African remake.

According to Nigerian network EbonyLife, they have joined forces with Disney to give the award winning show an African adaptation.

The show is reportedly still in the development stages and is scheduled for a 2014 debut on the channel which reaches 44 countries on the African continent.

According to ebonylifetv.com, the show will feature a pan-African cast and will be set in Lagos, Nigeria, where it will also be shot.

“We are going to give the stories an African flavor. We will localize it, because there’s nothing that the West has that Africa doesn’t have: we love, we fight, we kiss, we make up. We like all the good things in life. There’s good and there’s evil globally,” Mo Abudu, CEO and Executive Chairman of EbonyLife TV was quoted saying.

The original US show, which starred big names such as Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria aired  for 8 seasons between 2004 and 2012 and managed to win numerous industry awards.

The Disney Desperate Housewives remakes have reportedly proved very popular in countries like Turkey, Colombia, and Brazil and Nigeria hopes to follow suit.

EBONY LIFE

Ogbeni Walor

Teenager Jailed for Selling Cassava-Stuffed Nokia Phone

Emeka Chukwumuata, 19-year- old street trader,was on Friday sentenced to two months imprisonment by the Special offences Court, Alausa, Ikeja, for selling a cassava-stuffed Nokia phone, popularly referred to as ‘FUFU’ by the numerous tricksters on the “floor” of the computer village in Ikeja.

Prior to the sentencing, presiding Magistrate, Mrs O. Kushanu said, “I am usually lenient to young people but you have to go in for inflicting pain on people,’’ the Magistrate, Mrs O. Kushanu said.

“It is unfortunate that it is the young people who are being brought to the court, the manufacturer should be raided and brought to court”.

The accused was sentenced after he had pleaded guilty to the charge.(NAN)

Ogbeni Walor