Thursday, August 25, 2016

EKiti State House of Assembly passes bill to ban free grazing

Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill to ban free grazing in the state.

The bill also prescribed six months imprisonment without an option of fine for any offender of the bill that also ban movement of cattle after 6pm in the state.

The passage of the bill followed the submission of a report of Joint Committees on Agriculture and Environment by its Chairman, Mr Ayodele Fajemilehin, to the House.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Kola Oluwawole, who presided over the plenary, said the bill would now reduce the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

If the bill is eventually accented to by the governor, it will now become a crime for any cattle, sheep and goat to graze on undesignated land for ranches in Ekiti.

According to the new bill tagged,” Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016″, anyone found violating the bill upon conviction shall be sentenced to six months in prison without the option of fine.

Others included, “The Governor shall by an order designates land in each of 16 Local Government Areas in the state in respect of which Cattle or Ruminants may be permitted to graze.

The rest are,” No person shall cause or permit any cow, oxen, sheep as well as goat under his or her control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches” among others.

“No cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move in the night, movement shall be between 7 a.m and 6p.m”

Source: The Guardian

Ronaldo crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds his trophy of Best Men’s player in Europe at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 25, 2016 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

“I’m obviously delighted to receive this award, it’s been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well,” said Ronaldo, who also won the prize in 2013-14.

Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed a record 11th European Cup title, beating city rivals Atletico on penalties in May, before leading his country to Euro 2016 glory.

Ronaldo scored three goals en route to the final of the tournament to equal France’s Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championship finals.

The award was voted for by journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations.

Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the women’s award, ahead of France’s Amandine Henry and Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany, after helping Lyon lift the Women’s Champions League trophy in addition to the French league and cup double.

Source: AFPb

US election: Trump calls Hillary Clinton a 'bigot'



Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being a "bigot" in his latest appeal to minority voters.

Speaking at a Mississippi rally, he said his opponent "sees people of colour only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future".

Mr Trump added that Mrs Clinton and the Democratic party had taken advantage of the African-American community.

Mrs Clinton fired back, saying "he is taking a hate movement mainstream".

The Democratic presidential nominee called out Mr Trump for questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama and for failing to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, adding that he was "peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia".

Mr Trump took aim at Mrs Clinton during a campaign stop in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday, where he was joined by Britain's outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Farage, who is viewed as a major force behind the UK's exit from the EU, told Trump supporters to "get your walking boots on" and begin campaigning.

In recent days, Mr Trump has attempted to court African-Americans after failing to gain support among this key voting bloc.

Only about 2% of black voters say they will vote for the New York businessman, according to current polls.

Source: BBC

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

AP*The texts had been sent to human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor

Flaws in Apple's iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target's device merely by getting them to click on a link.

The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted security researchers to unsolicited text messages he had received.

They discovered three previously unknown flaws within Apple's code.

Apple has since released a software update that addresses the problem.

The two security firms involved, Citizen Lab and Lookout, said they had held back details of the discovery until the fix had been issued.

AP*The text promised to reveal details about torture

The lawyer, Ahmed Mansoor, received the text messages on 10 and 11 August.

The texts promised to reveal "secrets" about people allegedly being tortured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s jails if he tapped the links.

Had he done so, Citizen Lab says, his iPhone 6 would have been "jailbroken", meaning unauthorised software could have been installed.

"Once infected, Mansoor's phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his iPhone's camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements," said Citizen Lab.

"We are not aware of any previous instance of an iPhone remote jailbreak used in the wild as part of a targeted attack campaign, making this a rare find."

The researchers say they believe the spyware involved was created by NSO Group, an Israeli "cyber-war" company.

CITIZENLAB*The spyware would have been installed if Mansoor had tapped on the links

"[It is] the most sophisticated spyware package we've seen," said Lookout.

"It takes advantage of how integrated mobile devices are in our lives and the combination of features only available on mobile - always connected (wi-fi, 3G/4G), voice communications, camera, email, messaging, GPS, passwords, and contact lists."

NSO has issued a statement acknowledging that it makes technology used to "combat terror and crime" but said it had no knowledge of any particular incidents and made no reference to the specific spyware involved.

"These are rather rare zero-day flaws," commented security expert Prof Alan Woodward, referring to the technical name for previously unknown vulnerabilities.

"To have several found at once is even rarer. As can be seen from how these have been exploited to date, it represents a serious threat to the security and privacy of iOS users.

"Apple has been remarkably responsive in providing fixes for these issues, so I would encourage any iOS users to update to the latest version of the operating system."

Source: BBC

WhatsApp users to receive adverts


WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users.

It is the first time the company has changed its privacy policy since the firm was bought by Facebook in 2014.

WhatsApp will now share users' phone numbers with the social network, which it will use to provide "more relevant" friend suggestions and advertisements.

One analyst said some people might feel "betrayed" by the move.

WhatsApp said sharing users' phone numbers with Facebook would help tackle spam and abuse, as well as offer people "better friend suggestions and more relevant ads".

Using the data, Facebook will be able to match people who have exchanged phone numbers, but have not added one another as "friends" on the social network.

WhatsApp will also share information about when people last used the service, but said it would not share the contents of messages, which are encrypted.

"Your encrypted messages stay private and no-one else can read them. Not WhatsApp, not Facebook, nor anyone else," the company said in a blogpost.

The company said users would be able to opt out of sharing information with Facebook by following the steps outlined on its website.

How can I opt out of data sharing?

WHATSAPP*The box to opt out of data sharing is tucked away in the app's terms and conditionsWhen prompted to accept the updated terms and conditions, tap Read to expand the full textA check box at the bottom of the new privacy policy will let you opt out of the data sharingWhatsApp states Facebook will still receive data in some situations

"When WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook it was able to reassure users that it would remain independent," said Pamela Clark-Dickson, principal analyst at Ovum.

"Now it's giving Facebook phone numbers - some might say that's a betrayal of trust. In a small way, it has gone back on what it said it wouldn't do."

The updated privacy policy also paves the way for businesses to send messages to WhatsApp users.

The company suggested messages typically sent via SMS text message - such as airline flight alerts or bank balance updates - could be sent via WhatsApp instead.

It said that in addition to appointment information and delivery notifications, it would also allow "marketing" messages.

"Messages you may receive containing marketing could include an offer for something that might interest you," the company said.

Ms Clark-Dickson said users may not mind the service "if they can opt in and the messages are useful".

"It will help them generate revenue if they charge businesses a fee to send messages," she told the BBC.

"But WhatsApp needs to be careful, a lot of people use it because they don't get advertising there."

The company said it would test such messaging features in the coming months, but promised to avoid a "spammy experience" where people are inundated with ads, and said it would not display so-called banner ads in its app.

Other messaging apps such as China's WeChat have already enabled business-to-consumer communication to great success, but Ms Clark-Dickson suggested WhatsApp would take a different approach.

"WeChat is a content-driven platform," she told the BBC.

"It opened up its platform to third parties, letting people make payments, book taxis. That seems to be the direction Facebook is taking Messenger.

"WhatsApp has the potential to be a great communication facility, if it concentrates on a solid user experience as its differential."

Source: BBC

Retrace your steps, Emir of Kano Sanusi warns President Muhammadu Buhari


Muhammadu Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammadu Sanusi, says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration may end up like the immediate past President Jonathan’s administration if it fails to retrace its steps on some policies.

Buhari had defeated Jonathan at the 2015 presidential poll in what was described as a total rejection of the Jonathan-led administration by Nigerians.

Sanusi, who was the chairman of the 15th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning in Kano State on Wednesday, argued that the failure of the Buhari-led government to create employment opportunities for “the over 80 million youths in the country,” made terrorism attractive to the unemployed.

The session was organised by the Kano State Government and the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning.

The monarch, who titled his speech, ‘‘Nigeria in search of new growth model,’’ said some policies of the government were bad for the economy, adding that Buhari must retrace his steps.

He noted that there were times when the Federal Government tried to get it right, adding that it failed to follow up, which contributed to  the ongoing economic downturn.

He said, ‘‘I will neither change nor be political by telling people what they want to hear. The truth is that there is nothing we are facing today that we did not know would happen. We made mistakes, many of them deliberate; we ignored every single warning.

“If you take a brand-new car and hand it over to a driver who doesn’t have a licence to drive it and you are involved in an accident, you can’t say you are surprised, unless you are some kind of an idiot.

“We should not just keep blaming the previous administration; we also made some mistakes in the current administration.

“They must retrace their steps. They have to retrace those steps all the way. We should not fall into the same trap we fell the last time when the government was always right. The bottom line is that if your policy is wrong, it means you must change it and nothing will make it right as it has to be changed.

“If this government continues to behave the way the last government behaved, it will end up where Jonathan ended.”

The monarch tasked the ministry of budget and planning with returning to the drawing board to expand the economy through wise investment for the “economic growth and development of the country.”

He said, “The Ministry of Budget and Planning is the most important ministry. The ministry needs to think beyond the Federal Government plans on the way forward.

“The country has not been able to attract investment. We need to move from our present mode of investment.

“Lagos is the story of what Nigeria can do with itself. The country should not be obsessed with oil.

‘‘Those who want to break up the country because of oil should stop. Oil will soon be nothing. The world is already developing alternative sources of power.”

While admitting that no system was perfect, Sanusi urged the incumbent administration to take the initiative to retrace its steps.

‘’The funny thing is that you did not stop borrowing; all you have to do is borrow the right amount and apply them to the right purposes. It doesn’t matter whether it is consumption spending or investment demand, the GDP will grow.

‘’Countries like Nigeria and Angola are among the lowest growing countries of the world, growing with the rate of Europe and Latin America. We are the worst performers in terms of investment.’’

‘’We can always talk of the policies of the previous administration and we talk of oil subsidy and how it turned people into oil millionaires. But we have created another set of millionaires since 2015 from foreign exchange.

‘‘The people telling the government that if you devalue people will suffer are the ones benefiting presently. They bought the dollar at N179 and price their goods at N300.The poor pay the price of a devalued currency, the rich take the profit.

 “You may not like it, but that is the truth. Any system that allows you, with one telephone call, to make N1bn without investing one kobo; the system is wrong,” Sanusi added.

Source: The Punch

Italy quake death toll nears 250

A rescuer holds a dog in Amatrice in central Italy on August 25, 2016 after a strong eartquake that claimed at least 247 lives.
Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours of August 24, that shook central Italy and the death toll rose to 247 on August 25, as rescuers desperately searched for survivors in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Hundreds of others were injured, some critically, and an unknown number were trapped under the ruins of collapsed buildings after Wednesday’s pre-dawn quake. / AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses would be found in the rubble of devastated mountain villages.

Rescuers sifted through collapsed masonry in the search for survivors, but their grim mission was clouded by uncertainty about exactly how many people had been staying in communities closest to the epicentre of Wednesday’s quake.

Hundreds of people spent the night sleeping in their cars, in hastily-assembled tents or as guests of families in nearby areas less affected by the quake.

Monica, a survivor from the tourist town of Amatrice, told of her numbed response when a 4.5-magnitude aftershock rattled the area just after 5.00 a.m. (0300 GMT).

“We are sleeping in the car and there were shocks all night. When the biggest one came, the car started moving and shaking.

“But what have we got to lose now? We have lost our house. So many friends and family are dead. We have lost everything, even our fear,” she told AGI news agency.

– Ghost villages –
The damage to smaller, more remote hamlets has left their very existence in doubt in an area that has suffered decades of depopulation and already has numerous “ghost” villages.

“If we don’t get help, l’Arquata is finished,” said Aleandro Petrucci, the mayor of Arquata del Tronto, which accounted for 57 of the confirmed deaths to date.

Petrucci said it was impossible to say exactly how many people were in the 13 hamlets comprising his community when the disaster struck.

“Here in the winter, the village is practically uninhabited but the population doubles or triples when people come back to their family houses in the summer,” he said.

In Pescara del Tronto, which was virtually razed by the quake, there only four permanently resident families.

But Petrucci said there could have been up to 300 people there on Wednesday.

Some may have fled back to Rome, the mayor said, appealing for them to get in touch. “Otherwise we could be trying to dig out ruins where there is no-one,” he said.

– Rebuild and start again –
Measuring 6.0-6.2 magnitude, the quake’s epicentre was near the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice, occurring at the shallow depth of four kilometres (2.5 miles), according to monitors.

But it was only the latest in a long string of killer quakes in the central Apennines, part of the mountainous “spine” that runs down Italy. Records dating back seven centuries attest to tens of thousands of deaths.

The Civil Protection agency which is coordinating the rescue effort said that in addition to the dead, 264 people had suffered injuries serious enough to be hospitalised. Several of them are in a critical state.

Although firemen and volunteers on the ground were pessimistic about the chance of finding any more survivors, several of them recalled that the last survivor of a 2009 in nearby L’Aquila was pulled from the rubble some 72 hours after it struck.

“The operation continued throughout the night and obviously there will be no let-up until it is absolutely clear that there is no possibility of finding any more people in the ruins,” said Immacolata Postiglione, the head of the Civil Protection agency’s emergency unit.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was chairing an emergency cabinet meeting which he said would put in place the first plans for reconstruction.

“The objective is to rebuild and start again,” he said.

An inquest was also underway into how such a thinly-populated area could have suffered such heavy casualties, given the lessons of recent history.

Seven years ago, the L’Aquila disaster, in which 300 people died, exposed how ill-equipped many of Italy’s centuries-old buildings are to cope with an earthquake.

– 13th-century tower intact –
“As geologists we have been saying for years that we are very far away in Italy from having a culture of prevention,” said Francesco Peduto, president of the Council of Italian Geologists.

After the L’Aquila quake, the Civil Protection agency made almost a billion euros available for upgrading buildings in seismically-vulnerable areas.

But the take-up of grants has been low, largely because of the cumbersome application process, according to critics.

One building which was supposed to have been quake-proofed was the Romolo Capranica school in Amatrice, which completely collapsed on Wednesday just four years after a 700,000-euro upgrade.

That was in sharp contrast to the oldest building in the town, the 13th-century Civic Tower, which was still standing Thursday, despite having been shaken sufficiently to detach its bell from its fastenings.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two Contestants exit Project Fame Season 9 Academy

Two more contestants have exited the ongoing Project Fame Season 9 Academy which kicked started recently.



The show is usually all sweet and pleasant until the dreaded moment of elimination when contestant(s) have to say a hard goodbye.


The third Elimination show was no exception as two contestants ended their journeys in the competition.


It will be recalled that all 14 contestants were placed on probation last week hence it was revealed that Oluchi, Gabriel, Eli, Benjamin and Blessing had the least number of viewers’ votes and so they were required to perform again in a bid to escape elimination.


Although the Judges and Faculty spoke highly of how the contestants put up a good fight as they performed, only 3 of them were able to escape elimination.


The Judges saved Gabriel, the Faculty saved Oluchi, while the contestants saved Eli leaving Blessing and Benjamin as the eliminated contestants.


In their parting words, they both spoke of how much they appreciated the learning experience the platform provided them and promised to put the lessons learnt to a good use.


Blessing and Benjamin left the audience asking for more as they performed for the last time on the stage before they took a bow.


Another performance that gave the audience this same feeling was the contestants’ group performance which featured a medley of some Naija’s most loved songs.


This musical Show that airs at 4pm daily, and at 4:30pm every Sunday on HIP TV promises many twists and surprises to its teeming followership in the next couple of weeks. 

Source: Daily Trust

Naira tumbles to 402 against the dollar 


The naira tumbled to 402 against the dollar at the parallel market on Wednesday, a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria banned nine banks from the foreign exchange market for failing to remit $2.334bn to the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The local currency had closed at 397/dollar on Tuesday.

At the interbank market, the naira closed at 315.93/dollar, lower than 305.5 it recorded on Tuesday.

The slide being witnessed by the naira has caused costs to soar with the inflation rate hitting an 11-year high at 16.5% in June.

Source: The Punch

World’s largest aircraft damaged in crash landing

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 17, 2016 shows the Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304 Airlander 10 hybrid airship in the air over a road on its maiden flight from Cardington Airfield near Bedford, north of London.
The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test-flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

The world’s largest aircraft suffered cockpit damage on Wednesday after nosediving while landing on its second test flight, but there were no injuries, according to the craft’s manufacturer.

The 92-metre-long Airlander 10, part helicopter and part airship, came down at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, south east England.

“Airlander sustained damage on landing during today’s flight,” said Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV). “All crew are safe and well and there are no injuries.”

Amateur footage of the landing showed the craft suddenly pitching forward and landing on its cockpit, which was visibly damaged.

An eyewitness quoted by the BBC said that a line hanging down from the plane “hit the telegraph pole about two fields away,” but Hybrid Air Vehicles later said that “no damage was sustained mid-air or as a result of a telegraph pole as reported.”

The aircraft was initially developed by the US government as a surveillance vehicle, but production was shelved as part of government cutbacks.

HAV launched a campaign to get the aircraft in the skies, and the Airlander 10 made its first test flight from the airfield on August 17 following a £25 million ($33 million, 29.4 million euros) overhaul.

HAV hopes to have the craft in production by 2021, saying that it could be used for surveillance, communications and potentially passenger travel.

Source: AFP

$10.3b probe: EFCC to seize ex-Nigerian Petroleum Minister, Diezani’s assets in America

Former Petroleum Resources Minister  Diezani Alison-Madueke is likely to lose some United States properties traced to her.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is  probing Mrs Alison-Madueke for over $10 billion slush funds. It has initiated a process for the seizure of the assets – in line with United States laws.

EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu has just returned from the United States where he discussed  with the authorities how to attach the properties, The Nation learnt yesterday.

In the last one year, the EFCC has traced assets and items worth about $10billion to Mrs. Alison-Madueke and her business associates, Mr. Kola Aluko and Chief Jide Omokore.

Some of the assets include an $18million peoperty (over N6.3billion at N350 exchange rate) in Abuja.

A top EFCC source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have located some assets allegedly owned by Diezani and some of her business associates in the United States. We are already collaborating with the US Government to attach these assets.

“In fact, the EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, spent about one and a half weeks in the US to work with the relevant agencies to trace Diezani’s properties, some of which are believed to have been secured through business fronts like Kola Aluko.

“We have submitted relevant documents to the US authorities in order to facilitate the seizure of the assets.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “Some of these properties were acquired through some business fronts like Aluko and Omokore.

“We even have a in which houses on a street in Switzerland have been traced to an associate of Diezani.”

The EFCC is working with anti-graft agencies in Britain and the United States.

“Don’t forget that the EFCC initially secured a Mareva Injunction from Justice O.O. Oguntoyinbo to freeze some foreign accounts and seize some assets linked with Diezani’s associates in the United Kingdom,” the source said.

Accounts have been frozen in some of overseas financial institutions. They include BNP Paribas (Switzerland), LGT Bank (Switzerland), Standard Chartered Bank (London),Barclays Bank (London), Standard Energy (Voduz, Switzerland), HSBC (London), Corner Bank (Lugano, Switzerland) and Deutsche Bank (Geneva).

Section 34 (1) of the EFCC Act 2004 empowers the Commission to freeze any account suspected of being used for financial crimes.

The section stipulates that “the chairman of the commission or any officer authorised by him may, if satisfied that the money in the account of a person is made through the commission of an offence under this Act or any enactment specified under Section 6(2) (a)-(f) of this Act, apply to the court ex parte for power to issue or instruct a bank examiner or such other appropriate authority to freeze the account.”

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK arrested and quizzed Mrs Alison-Madueke and four others on October 2, 2015 for alleged bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Also the EFCC has interrogated five more suspects since her interrogation.

The NCA last year obtained permission from a Westminster Magistrate’s Court to seize 27,000 pounds from Alison-Madueke and two other women.

Although NCA detectives have visited the country this year in line with the probe, it was unclear as at press time when she will be formally arraigned in court in the UK.

While the UK investigation was in progress, the EFCC uncovered another $115million poll bribery scam in which the ex-minister was implicated.

But Mrs Alison-Madueke has described allegations against her as “cold-hearted” and inhuman because she is ill.

Her statement said in part: “Coming at such a critical time in my life when I am battling cancer, this poorly executed propaganda bares on its face like tribal marks, a clearly malicious attempt to victimise an innocent woman in what appears an exaggerated plot to validate and give credibility to the anti-corruption crusade under Nigeria’s new regime.

“People who are battling cancer or those who have lost their loved ones to this medical condition understand what I am going through at this time.

“This is what makes me ponder at the cold-heartedness of those who will go any length to defame and destroy in the name of propaganda. What happened to our shared humanity?

”I have absolute regard for the law and believe that people who have breached the laws that govern societies should be made to face the wrath of the law.

“But in a civilized society, a responsible government owes its citizens absolute commitment to the principles of rule of law, equity, fairness and justice. I have been wrongfully and maliciously maligned and those behind this reckless action know it.

“I leave them to posterity, their conscience and above all the Almighty God who is the final judge of all.”

Source: The Nation

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Muslim Frenchwoman 'fined for veil on Cannes beach'

EPA*Islamic swimsuits or burkinis were banned in a ruling by the Cannes mayor following a series of attacks in France, including one in nearby Nice

A Muslim Frenchwoman says she was fined and faced racial abuse for wearing a hair-covering veil on a Cannes beach.

The woman, a Toulouse native named only as Siam, was strolling on the beach while on holiday with her two children.

She said she was told by three police officers that her clothing was "not correct". Meanwhile, she says, a crowd gathered, some shouting: "Go home!"

The Cannes mayor earlier this monthbanned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" from the beach.

David Lisnard said they were a "symbol of Islamic extremism" and might spark scuffles, as France is the target of Islamist attacks.

The working of his ruling suggests it could be applied to any "beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation".

In this case, Siam, 34, says she was wearing not a burkini but a hijab covering only her hair, along with leggings and a tunic.

"I wasn't intending on bathing, just dipping my feet in the water," Siam told L'Obs news website (in French).

Approached by the police officers, Siam says they asked her whether she was aware of the order in force in Cannes, and she said she had not followed it closely.

She says she was then told that beach users had to wear "proper dress". The officers suggested she could remain on the beach if she rearranged her scarf as a headband around the head.

She refused, and was fined €11 (£9.45; $12.45) - a fine which, reports suggest, she will contest.

AP*A 'burkini'"Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism."Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order."The infringement is punishable with a fine of €38 (£33)The ban remains in place until 31 August 2016

Siam says that by this point a crowd had gathered, and although some defended her, others began applauding the police, telling her to "go home" and saying "Here, we are Catholic!"

This account was confirmed by a journalist who also came across the scene.

"Racist speech was completely unleashed," Siam said. "I was stunned."

"Because of people who have nothing to do with my religion have killed, I no longer have the right to go to the beach!"

Siam said she thought hard before going public about the incident, which happened on 16 August, but "could not let it go in our country".

"Today we are forbidden from the beach. Tomorrow, the street?"

Approached for comment by AFP news agency, Mayor Lisnard insisted women wearing a "simple veil" should not be booked by police, but said he had no reason to believe the fine had been imposed improperly.

"If this woman believes she has been unjustly booked, which unfortunately can still happen, she must contest it," he said.

Source: BBC

Japanese father stabbed his 12-year-old son to death for failing to study for exam 


A Japanese father stabbed his 12-year-old son to death after complaining the boy was failing to study for a school entrance exam, media said Tuesday.

Kengo Satake, the boy’s 48-year-old father, told police that he “argued with his son for not studying” before a test to enter a private junior high school, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Competition for entry to the best schools in Japan is intense. Admission to a prestigious one is seen as having a decisive impact on a child’s future prospects.

The son, named Ryota, was taken to hospital Sunday after the stabbing but died from loss of blood, Aichi prefectural police in the central city of Nagoya told AFP.

“The father stabbed his son in the chest with a kitchen knife,” a police spokesman said, declining to provide details of the motive.

The father was arrested after police got a call from hospital staff, he said.

Satake reportedly told police he had stabbed his son “by mistake.”

The boy was aiming to enter one of the leading private schools in Aichi prefecture and his father had regularly scolded him over his studies, NHK said, citing people with knowledge of the family.

The boy’s mother was at work when the incident occurred, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported.

Source: AFP

Monday, August 22, 2016

8 killed in Zamfara State,North-West Nigeria over alleged blasphemy against Islam

No fewer than eight persons were killed on Monday in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara State  after violence erupted over alleged blasphemy against Islam by a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara.

Governor Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari joined hundreds of people to bury the deceased who were killed when an angry mob set fire on the house of a man who tried to rescue the student.

The student was alleged to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad and was consequently attacked by a mob.

The boy was said to have been beaten to pulp by the mob. The man, whose name was simply given as Tajudeen, took him in his car and rushed him to a hospital.

A witness said the mob, angered by Tajudeen’s act, moved to his house, set it on fire and killed eight persons.

The governor, who called for an emergency Security Council meeting over the incident, expressed sadness and vowed that “no stone will be left unturned until all those behind this act are brought to book”.

The police have imposed a 12-hour curfew in the community, from 7p.m. to 7a.m. daily until further notice, with warning that anyone caught violating the order would be prosecuted.

Source: NAN

Don't Give Up

Learn how to find solutions to your problems rather than abandoning them and runaway. Nothing in life is permanent;
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Drones carrying drugs and mobile phones to a London jail intercepted by police

MET POLICE*The drones were being flown around HMP Pentonville over the weekend of 12-14 August

Drones carrying large amounts of drugs and mobile phones have been intercepted by police as they were being flown near a north London jail.

One device crashed after it was tracked flying over HMP Pentonville on 14 August, while another drone was seized mid-flight later the same day.

On 13 August, a man was spotted by officers acting suspiciously near the prison. He fled but dropped two bags of class B drugs and phones.

No arrests have been made.

MET POLICE*Drugs and mobile phones were found being carried by the devices

Det Ch Insp Steve Heatley said the drones "carried a substantial amount of class B drugs, legal highs and a large quantity of mobile phones".

"We are able to intercept them thanks to the vigilance of officers and the public," he said.

The devices were recovered as part of Operation Airborne, which involved officers investigating attempts to smuggle contraband into the all-male prison over the weekend of 12-14 August.

Two other drones got away during the operation, police said.

*MET POLICE*One drone crash-landed after it was seen flying over the prison

Earlier this year it was revealed that drones were increasingly being used tosmuggle items into prisons in England and Wales.

Figures showed there were 33 incidents involving devices in 2015, compared to two in 2014 and none in 2013.

Drugs, phones, mobile chargers and USB cards were among the items discovered.

The use of drones is a particular problem at older jails like HMP Pentonville, according to officers.

"They've worked out they can drop drones into the prison yard... because the fences aren't as high and they're built near houses", Det Supt Stuart Ryan said.

In April, a drone carrying contraband was captured on CCTV being flown into Wandsworth Prison, a jail built in the 1850s.

Andy Darken of the Prison Officers' Association said the prison service "doesn't really have the resources, means or indeed the know how yet of how to deal with the problem".

In February the Met said it was "looking at the work of the Dutch police use of eagles" as a method to intercept devices.

The Ministry of Justice said it was "doing more" to tackle the issue.

PA*The drones carried a "substantial amount of Class B drugs and legal highs", police said


Ethiopia 'hero' runner gets asylum donations after Oromo protest sign


EPA*The "x" symbol is used by in protests against the Ethiopian government attempts to reallocate land

A crowd-funding campaign has raised more than $40,000 (£30,000) to help Ethiopia's Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa seek asylum.

He crossed his hands above his head as he finished the race - a gesture made by Ethiopia's Oromo people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.

He says he may be killed if he goes home but Ethiopia's government says he will be welcomed as a hero.

However, state media is not showing photos of him crossing the line.

There has been a wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months over a series of frustrations, including attempts by the governments to reallocate land in the Oromo and Amhara regions.

US-based Human Rights Watch says security forces have killed more than 400 Oromo protesters, a figure the government disputes.

Rule 50 of the Olympic charter bans political displays or protests and the IOC say they are gathering information about the case.


The BBC reported that Mr Feyisa is being described by some as the bravest Olympian at the Rio Games for his anti-government protest, but he now faces the prospect of a life in exile.

Within hours of his protest, a crowd-funding page was set up, saying the runner had displayed "extraordinary heroism" and that he had become an "international symbol" for the Oromo protests.

The California-based organiser had initially set a target of $10,000 but it was exceeded within an hour.

"We raised the bar to $25,000 and that too was exceeded in a few hours," Solomon Ungashe wrote on Facebook.

*GETTY IMAGES*The "x" symbol is used by people across the world, including in New York in January, demonstrating against deaths at Oromo protests...AFP*......and in Johannesburg four days ago

After the race, Mr Feyisa explained why, as an Oromo, he supported the protests about land and resources.

"The Ethiopian government is killing my people so I stand with all protests anywhere as Oromo is my tribe. My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed," he said.

A legal team hired by Ethiopians in US is headed to Rio to try and help Mr Feyisa, who has a wife and two children in Ethiopia, with a request to seek asylum in the US.

But Information Minister Getachew Reda told the BBC the government had no reason to arrest him and it respected his political opinion.

He also said none of Mr Feyisa's relatives had been jailed over the Oromo protests.

Ethiopian state-owned television station EBC Channel 3 covered the race live, including the finish, but did not repeat the clip in subsequent bulletins - focussing instead on the winner Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge.

Source: BBC

Malaysian rapper remanded for ‘insulting Islam’

Word ‘Allah’ and sounds of the Islamic call to prayer are said to be used in Namewee’s four-minute Mandarin music video, titled ‘Oh My God’. PHOTO: AFP

A Malaysian court Monday remanded a rap artist in custody for a music video entitled “Oh my God” which allegedly insults Islam because it was partly filmed in a mosque.

Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, will be held for four days, a Penang district police chief, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, told AFP.

He said the rapper was being investigated for defiling a place of worship with the intention of insulting a religion.

The rapper, who is also a film director, could face up to two years in jail, a fine, or both penalties if convicted, according to local media.

The word “Allah” and sounds of the Islamic call to prayer were said to have been used in the four-minute Mandarin-language music video.

The video featured footage of Namewee and other singers, dressed in outfits representing various cultures and religions, performing inside a Penang mosque and a church as well as Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist temples.

Namewee was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport while returning from overseas late Sunday.

Amnesty International on Monday criticised the arrest, calling it a “another sign of the increasing repression by the Malaysian authorities against government critics including artists”.

“Amnesty International calls for Namewee to be released immediately and unconditionally if he is being detained purely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression,” said a regional deputy director Josef Roy Benedict.

“The organisation also calls on the government to repeal or review all laws that unduly restrict the right to freedom of expression.”

Malaysia generally practises a moderate brand of Islam. But Muslim moderates and followers of other religions have expressed concern at a steady rise in conservative Islamic attitudes.

Earlier this year cinema posters and a billboard advertisement for a Hong Kong blockbuster film were modified to erase a half-man, half-pig character. Pork and its by-products are forbidden under the religion.

In July several groups filed police reports claiming Namewee’s music video had insulted Islam.

In response he posted a YouTube video explaining that he had no intention of insulting any religion and that the song was written to “promote harmony”.

The original music video is no longer available online but an edited version without footage of the mosque scenes was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend.

Namewee has ruffled political and religious feathers several times over the years.

He first hit the headlines in 2007 when he posted a video that featured him rapping to Malaysia’s national anthem using allegedly seditious lyrics.

Source: AFP

PHOTO: Pastor, church member arrested for robbery in Ogun State, South-West Nigeria


Olude and Raheem

The Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos State, has arrested a 45-year-old pastor, Joseph Olude, and his church member, Rasak Raheem, for allegedly robbing in the Idiroko-Oke Odan area, a border community between Ogun State, Nigeria, and the Benin Republic.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Olude and Raheem were arrested by the operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad, after a tip-off.

It was learnt that while the police arrested the two suspects, other members of the gang fled.
The Punch reported that on Thursday, August 11, the police received information that a robbery gang was operating in the Idiroko-Oke Odan area, and dispossessing motorists of their valuables.

A businessman, who was moving money from Nigeria to the Benin Republic, was said to have put a distress call across to the police.

The two suspects were thereafter arrested.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, Olude, a father of five children, said he owned a church, Elohim Cherubim and Seraphim Church, in the Hunbe, Ajegunle area of Ogun State.

The pastor, who added that Raheem came to his church for a special prayer, explained that he did not know that Raheem and his friend, one Bidemi, were armed robbers and kept guns on the church premises.

He said, “I have five children. I was arrested when the police found five guns on my premises.  It was my church member, Bidemi, who invited Raheem.

“Raheem was brought into my church in February 2016, after he was infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease. He also owed a house rent. So, he came to live in the church. I did not suspect that he was bringing in stolen goods into the church’s premises.

“I knew the time when someone came to collect a gun from him. Bidemi usually dressed like a policeman. I did not know that he was a robber. Now, Bidemi has fled.”

Raheem, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, said the pastor was aware that some robbers brought guns to keep with him in the church.

He added that the gang gave him (Raheem) N20,000.

He said, “The pastor and I are friends. I went to his church and a man called Bode from Cotonou brought the guns. I told the pastor that the guns were for safekeeping in the church and he said there was no problem.

“About two weeks ago, Bidemi called me that he wanted to use the guns around the border area. I said he should bring N10,000 when coming and he agreed.

“The robbers collected the guns and when they were done with the use, they paid another N10,000. I knew they used the guns to rob. It was a five-man gang.”

The Zone 2 police spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, had ordered a thorough investigation into the case.

He said, “The suspects operated along border areas of Ogun State, Benin Republic and even Togo. The ZIS operatives were detailed to the scene and they arrested the two suspects along Madoga Road between Nigeria and the Benin Republic.

“The police recovered one AK-47 rifle fully loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition, and 15 extra AK-47 ammunition. Effort is on to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.”

Source: The Punch

PHOTO: Arrested members of a syndicate hired by some Nigerian pastors to confirm fake prophecies and miracles


The syndicate

Members of a syndicate, which specialised in confirming fake prophecies for pastors, have been arrested by the police in Enugu State.

The Punch reported that the group also faked healings for some men of God, who contracted and paid them for their services.

The suspected fraudsters were identified as Obi Ejike from Ubaho Okija in Anambra State; Mary Kuku from Ijebu Ode, Ogun State; Joy Oluwakemi from Ojo, Lagos State; Nwosu Chizoba from Umunze, Anambra State; and Peter Uchechi from Ebonyi State.

They were reportedly apprehended while on their way to Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, where they were contracted to stage phoney miracles and healings for an unnamed pastor in the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects were apprehended on Friday during an argument while waiting to board a vehicle at Holy Ghost Park, Enugu.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development on Sunday, explained that the argument among the fraudsters drew the attention of some policemen within the premises of the park, who interrogated them.

Amaraizu said two members of the syndicate, Ejike and Oluwakemi, opened up on the group’s activities.

Revelations made by the duo led to the arrest of other members of the group at P and T bus stop, Enugu, on Saturday, where they had assembled to board a bus to Abakiliki, the venue of a church service.

A member of the group, Uchechi, said they were usually recruited in large numbers and kept in a house from where they would shuttle to confirm fake prophecies and stage-manage miracles for pastors.

Uchechi said they were usually paid through a coordinator, who acted as a middleman between the syndicate and the pastors.

Upon their arrival in the church, a man, who works for the pastor, would instruct the syndicate on the nature of the assignment.

Uchechi explained that before the scheduled church service, they would list their names and the fake ailments they had, which would be given to the pastor while  ministering to the congregation.

During the ‘prophetic hour’ session of the service, members of the syndicate, who were already known to the pastor, would come out when people who had problems were summoned to the altar.

Subsequently, members of the syndicate would announce before the congregation that they had received healing following the pastor’s ministrations.

In other cases, according to Uchechi, members of the syndicate would come out to ‘confirm’ a prophecy, which would be made by the pastor in the course of the service, based on the information they provided before the session.

She added that the members of their group usually fell under the ‘influence’ of the pastor’s anointing, during worship sessions.

“Some pastors use us to grow their churches and ministries and we are paid later through our coordinator, depending on our roles,” Uchechi said.

Ejike, who explained that he worked with the coordinator, admitted that he was in charge of the Abakiliki job, which the group was going for when they were apprehended.

He said he decided to go into the fake prophecy business after his business collapsed in Lagos.

Ejike added that he was mostly involved in the recruitment of personnel for various assignments.

Another member of the group, Chizoba, said she started the ‘business’ in Abuja, after finding it difficult to fend for her baby, who she had out of wedlock.

According to her, she eventually relocated to Onitsha, Anambra State, to team up with the syndicate.

Two other members of the syndicate, Oluwakemi and Kuku, claimed to be widows with four children each, adding that hardship pushed them into the crime.

The police spokesperson, Amaraizu, said investigations were ongoing.

Source: The Punch