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.
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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.
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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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