Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pastor who invaded shrine in Ogun State and became unconscious to be prosecuted


The Ogun State Police Command says it will prosecute a Pentecostal pastor, Wale Fagbere, who allegedly invaded a traditional shrine in the Ketu area of Ayetoro.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Monday that the cleric would be charged with malicious damage and conduct likely to cause a breach of the public peace.

“What he did was wrong and so he must be charged to court. If it was the other way round too, they would also be charged to court.

“Everyone has a right to worship whatever deity one chooses to worship without fear,” he said.

Oyeyemi, however, added that he could not tell in which court the accused would be arraigned  as of press time.

NAN had reported that Fagbere on Saturday attempted to pull down a traditional shrine in Ketu, in the Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.

But he was reported to have gone numb upon entering the shrine, attracting a crowd to the scene.

He, however, regained consciousness after the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Abdulaziz Adelakun, intervened and directed that some traditional rites be performed on him.

Source: The Punch

Monday, September 26, 2016

6 People wounded as gunman opens fire at a shopping centre in Houston,US

NBC*Police say several people have been taken to hospital

Six people have been wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Houston in the US state of Texas.

The suspect was shot, and the Associated Press is quoting Houston police as saying he is dead, but there are no details about his identity.

Police said they did not believe any other people were involved in the shooting.

Residents have been asked to avoid the area, and police say a bomb squad is checking the suspect's vehicle.

"At this time, the shooting scene is believed to be contained," the city of Houston said on its emergency page.

On its Twitter account, Houston police said they did not know the "exact number or severity of injuries".


But Houston Fire Department spokesman Richard Mann was reported as saying the injuries were of varying gravity with some victims suffering gunshot wounds and others cut by broken glass.

The shooting comes three days after a shooting at a shopping mall in Washington state, in which five people were killed.

The gunman in that attack, Arcan Cetin, 20, was born in Turkey and is a legal US permanent resident, officials say.

The FBI have said there was no evidence that the shooting there was linked to terrorism.

Ten days ago, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota shopping centre before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

Source: BBC

Miami Marlins baseball star Jose Fernandez dies in boat crash at the age of 24

AP*Officials said the boat had a "severe impact" with a rocky jetty

Jose Fernandez, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins baseball team, has died in a boat crash at the age of 24.

The US Coast Guard said Fernandez was one of three people killed in the crash on Sunday, off Miami Beach, Florida.

A scheduled Marlins home game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday has been cancelled.

The club said it was "devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time".

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo told local news station WSVN: "They found a boat that was up against the jetties. They did do an initial search and they found three victims - two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away."

REUTERS*Fernandez was the Miami Marlins' first-round draft pick in 2011

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 32-foot vessel had a "severe impact" with large rocks that form part of the jetty.

The names of the other two individuals are being withheld until their relatives can be informed, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez shared a picture on Instagram five days ago which appears to show his girlfriend Carla Mendoza pregnant.

The caption reads: "I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst."

Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, shared on Twitter a picture of he and Fernandez and wrote: "I had the opportunity to meet Jose Fernandez in 2014. Our prayers are with his family and the Miami Marlins."

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price said: "Hands down one of my favourite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion."

The Major League Baseball organisation released a statement saying it was "stunned and devastated" by the news.

Fernandez was the club's first-round draft pick in 2011 and was finishing up on his finest season in the major league, the Miami Herald reported.

He was born in Santa Clara in Cuba and attempted to defect to the US three times - once ending up in jail - before making it to Florida when he was 16. He made his debut for the Marlins in 2013.

Source: BBC

@iamnenejohnson down with Apollo, postpones upcoming club tour targeted at promoting her new single "African Boy"

The singer who just released her new single "African Boy" confirms her club tour which was meant to commence this week has been shifted so she can attend to more pressing health issues. She posted a pic of her swollen Apollo eyes, making a joke out of it on her Instagram page yesterday. @iamnenejohnson

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Photo of christian Jordanian writer shot dead outside a court where he was facing charges over anti-Islam cartoon

A gunman on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported.

Hattar was struck by three bullets before the assailant was arrested, said Petra. Witnesses told AFP that a man had opened fire in front of the court in Amman’s Abdali district.

The 56-year-old Christian was arrested on August 13 after posting a cartoon mocking jihadists on his Facebook account.

He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September.

Jordan’s attorney general had imposed a blackout on media coverage of the case.

Hattar removed the cartoon from his Facebook page after it triggered outrage on social media.

The cartoon features an illustration of God under the title “God of Daesh”, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

He explained on Facebook that the cartoon made fun of “terrorists and how they imagine God and heaven, and does not insult God in any way”.

Jordan is a leading member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, and was the target of a June 21 suicide bombing that killed seven border guards.

The kingdom has carried out air strikes targeting IS jihadists and hosts coalition troops on its territory.

Source: AFP

PHOTO: Passenger from Brazil arrested with cocaine in jacket at Lagos Airport

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have discovered wraps of narcotics in the collar of a passenger’s jacket at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The arrest was made shortly after the suspect disembarked from the aircraft on his way from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 31-year old suspect, Agwu  Samuel, confidently wore the jacket containing the drugs but through experience and insight, the drugs were discovered by officers. This is the first discovery of cocaine inside the collar of a jacket by the NDLEA.

In his reaction, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, described the suspect’s action as desperately crafty and cunning. According to Abdallah, “the cocaine was detected by officers notwithstanding the crafty and cunning mode of concealment. The agency has taken some strategic measures aimed at disappointing the tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicates. We remain committed to exposing criminal plots through superior counter-narcotic intelligence. This operational success is commendable and a demonstration of our alertness to detect drugs.”

He said that the agency will continue to invest in capacity building programmes for officers.

The NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said that the suspect was arrested during routine check on passengers. “Ten wraps of cocaine weighing 110 grammes were found inside the collar of his jacket during screening of passengers on a South Africa Airline flight from Brazil through Johannesburg. The drug which was carefully hidden inside his jacket tested positive for cocaine and investigation is ongoing.”

Agwu Samuel, the suspect who sells shoes in Togo, said in his statement that he went to Brazil in search of greener pastures but resorted to drug trafficking due to frustration. According to the suspect, “I use to sell shoes in Togo until I lost goods worth N3 million. This negatively affected my business and made me to travel to Brazil in a desperate search for greener pastures. After a fruitless search for job in Brazil for four months, I decided to smuggle drugs to get some money to start my shoe business. I thought the drugs will not be detected inside my jacket but I was caught and I am very sad.” He attended Technical Secondary School in Ohafia, Abia State.

He will soon be charged to court.

Source: The Nation

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera

SNAP*Snap's Spectacles, as seen on a promotional video found on YouTube

Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget - sunglasses with a built-in camera.

The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100).

The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at at time.

As part of the announcement, Snapchat is renaming itself to Snap, Inc.

The renaming decision underlined the company’s apparent ambition to go beyond the ephemeral messaging app, a product which is highly popular with young people.

An article published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday showed Snap’s 26-year-old creator Evan Spiegel in a series of pictures taken by legendary fashion photographer Karl Lagerfeld.

In an interview, Mr Spiegel explained his rational for creating Spectacles.

*SNAP*The glasses will have a limited release at first, Snap said

"It was our first vacation, and we went to [Californian state park] Big Sur for a day or two. We were walking through the woods, stepping over logs, looking up at the beautiful trees.

"And when I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes - it was unbelievable.

"It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again."

On Saturday, Snap released some limited information about how the glasses will work.

Footage will be recorded in a new, circular format which can be viewed in any orientation, the company said. The battery on the device will last around a day.

A light on the front of the device will indicate to people nearby when the glasses are recording.

Prior to confirmation from Snap about the product, news website Business Insider published a promotional video it found on YouTube showing the product. The video has since been taken down.

Broken Glass

Spectacles will remind many of Google Glass, an ill-fated attempt by the search giant to create smart glasses.

While Google Glass did get into the hands of developers around the world - at a cost of $1,500 each - the device never came close to being a consumer product. The company eventually halted development, but insisted the idea was not dead.

Though Glass was beset by hardware issues, perhaps its main flaw was the public perception. At worst, many saw it as troubling, privacy-invading technology. At best, others just considered it ridiculous-looking.

GETTY IMAGES*Google Glass was an ill-fated project that many felt made the wearer look foolish

However, with a far lower price point, and likely adoption by influential celebrities, Snap’s Spectacles stand a solid chance of being seen as cooler than Google’s attempt.

"If you look at the kinds of glasses millennials wear, the design is very ‘in’," suggested Carolina Milanesi, a consumer technology analyst from Creative Strategies.

"Making them sunglasses helps hide the camera better, but it also limits the usage somewhat - you’ll need to be outside in daylight.

She added: "The name change is interesting as it would indicate a change in focus away from messaging, which with Spectacles makes sense. Snap is perhaps becoming more about life-logging, content generation and story-telling."

According to the WSJ, Snap is not treating the device as a major hardware launch, rather a fun toy that will have limited distribution.

"We’re going to take a slow approach to rolling them out,” Mr Spiegel told the newspaper.

“It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it."

Source: BBC

At least 4 dead in shooting at Washington state mall: police

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 23: Police attend the Cascade Mall after three women were reportedly shot dead and a man critically injured following a shooting at the shopping center on September 23, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. The suspect is believed to still be at large. Karen Ducey/Getty Images/AFP

A manhunt was under way after a gunman killed at least four people and wounded one other late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington.

Police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said authorities believed there was only one shooter in the attack at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a “Hispanic male wearing gray.”

Police released a closely cropped still from video surveillance of the young-looking suspect showing only his head and torso, though the full picture, published by local media, showed him holding what appears to be a rifle while walking in a clothing retail store.

Four women were killed and one man who suffered life-threatening injuries was taken to hospital, police said in an updated toll.

Police received calls around 6:58 pm (0058 GMT) that shots were fired at the mall, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Seattle in the US Pacific Northwest state, Trooper Rick Johnson, another spokesman, told CNN.

“Right now, we can’t assume anything. So they’re still interviewing witnesses and trying to get a good idea of exactly what action to take next. We’re just asking people to, obviously, stay away from the area,” he said.

“Stay inside and obviously report anything suspicious that they may see.”

The suspect was last seen walking toward a local highway from the mall before police arrived, Francis said on Twitter.

The mall was evacuated, police swarmed the area and medics rushed to the scene after the mall was initially placed on lockdown.

– ‘Shot after shot after shot’ –
Witnesses told KOMO News that a shooter walked into Macy’s department store and opened fire. Nearby businesses were evacuated, the television station added.

“I hear one shot and then stand kinda still and like two, three other people start running out saying ‘gun’ and then shot after shot after shot,” said Armando Patino, who was working at a cell phone store.

“I turn around and run to the store. Some people didn’t know where to go. I just moved them into the store,” he added. “We went in the back where we have a door and everything and we just stayed there until they told us to evacuate.”

Multiple law enforcement agencies and sniffer dogs were searching for the suspect.

The FBI’s Seattle field office said it was assisting local authorities in reviewing intelligence and was providing additional manpower.

“At this time, #FBI has no information to suggest additional attacks planned in WA state,” it said.

Police took hours to clear the sprawling building, with Francis explaining that there were “a lot” of locked rooms and doors.

At 11:11 pm (0611 GMT), Francis said the building search, led by 11 search teams and two canine teams, was 90 percent complete.

“Still actively searching for suspect throughout the area,” he wrote.

Francis said survivors were being transported by bus to a nearby church.

The mall said it would stay closed on Saturday as a mark of respect for the victims.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred this evening. Our prayers and condolences are with the victims and their families,” a Facebook message read.

Source: AFP

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bayelsa Stste Governor Seriake Dickson’s wife gives birth to quadruplet


Dr. Rachael Dickson, wife of Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has been delivered of  quadruplets in the United States of America.

A statement on Friday by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the wife of the governor had three girls and a boy.

The set of quadruplets came after Rachael’s many years of marriage without any child of her own.

The 43-year-old Rachael,  a holder of PhD in Management from the University of Nigeria,  Nsukka, according to the statement, is doing well with the newborns.

The statement said, “The season of celebrations continues in the family of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State as his wife, the First Lady, Dr. Rachael Dickson, was delivered of a quadruplet: a bouncing baby boy and three beautiful baby girls.

“She gave birth in the United States. Mother and children are doing well.

” This is particularly good news for the family and Bayelsans because this bundle of joy is coming after many years of praying and waiting upon the Lord.”

Governor Dickson was quoted in the statement as thanking friends, family members and Bayelsans for their prayers and support, urging them to continue to pray for the family.

Source: The Nation

13 witnesses set to testify against Nigerian ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan’s wife’s $19.8m accounts

A Banker, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and 11 others are to testify on how four slush accounts were opened for former First Lady Patience Jonathan, The Nation reported.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has tightened security around the 13 witnesses ahead of the trial’s resumption on September 27.

The accounts were opened by  the ex-First Lady’s  former Senior Special Assistant (Domestic / Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel.

Dudafa and six others were last Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Others are a lawyer Amajuoyi Briggs, a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku;  Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited;  Trans Ocean  Property and Investment Company Limited;  Globus Integrated Service Limited; and Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited.

A document attached to the charge sheet  indicates that 12 witnesses, including an account officer, will tell the court how the current and VISA Platinum Credit Card ( USD) accounts  were opened.

The document lists the accounts in Skye Bank Plc as follows: 1771420773 and 2110002238 ( Pluto Property and Investment and Company Limited); 1771420797 and 2110002245(Trans Ocean Property and Investment and Company Limited); 1771421299 0and 2110002269 (Globus Integrated Services Limited) and 1771420780and 2110002207 (Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited).

The identities of the13 witnesses are being shielded for security reasons.

It was learnt that some of them have been under pressure, especially the key Account Officer,  in the past few days.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We are set for the trial on how the slush accounts were opened for the former First Lady. We have filed a list of  13 witnesses along with  our Proof of Evidence to show that we conducted due diligence.

“The Account Officer, who managed the slush funds, will tell the court the remittances into the accounts and how the ex-First Lady operated them.  I think Nigerians have not heard the last on these slush accounts. This is not a case of witchhunt.

“We have also taken adequate measures to protect all the witnesses in order to enable them to testify against encumbrances. We know some of the witnesses have been under pressure but we will ensure their safety.

“It is imperative to protect these witnesses because we have availed the defence their names in line with  the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. This may expose the witnesses to some risks which are being taking care of.”

The former First Lady is said to have sued the EFCC, demanding that her accounts be defrozen.

But the EFCC said:  “We are still investigating her and she cannot operate all these accounts until she is able to give the details of the sources of funds remitted into the accounts,” the source said, adding:

“Our findings showed that the remittances were products of gratification. It is left for her to prove otherwise.

“Already, the team which investigated the case has declared that she has a case to answer. But we need to dig more before determining her fate.”

The report of the investigative team said in part: “Investigation so far carried out has revealed that the four VISA Platinum USD Card accounts used by Mrs. Patience Jonathan  has a cumulative balance of $14,029.881.79 which has been swept Post No Debit Card category.

“Again, her personal account, different from the four VISA Platinum USD card accounts, bears the balance of $5,841,426.17.

“Considering the above stated findings, we can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering, contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act,  Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”

The EFCC claimed that all the funds traced to Mrs. Jonathan’s accounts were proceeds of gratification.

The report said: “The intelligence revealed that Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel fraudulently received various sums of money, being proceeds of gratification, and retained same on behalf of the then First Family and for himself .”

Source: The Nation

Kylie Jenner wows onlookers in sexy outfit

KYLIE Jenner has wowed onlookers again.


SKINTIGHT: Kylie steps out in a faux leather dress

The newly blonde star turned more than a few heads as she stepped out in West Hollywood last night.

The reality star looked super sexy as she walked along the street in a figure-hugging faux leather dress.


HOT: The star wowed onlookers in the sexy outfit

She teamed the outfit with a tan leather bag and nude sandals.

It was rare to see actually wearing some clothes, considering she has been pretty much in her underwear all week.

The star has been posing of various social media channels in an array of underwear sets.


STRIPPED: Kylie has been posing a lot in her underwear all week

This has sparked rumours that she is about to create her now lingerie line as she has told fans she has some “secret projects” coming up.

However, that won’t be possible if another rumour is true – that the star is pregnant.

The 19-year-old sparked talk after she told her bestie Jordyn Woods on her app that she “keeps a list” of names she wants for her future kids.

However, she claimed that the names are secret for the time being.

We wonder if boyfriend Tyga knows about this.

Source: UK Daily Star

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PHOTO : Fake female beggar who uses her son to beg for alms arrested in Lagos

40 year old fake female street beggar, Mrs Chinagoro Uwenke who uses her son to beg for alms have been arrested by operatives of Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) at Oshodi. 

Speaking to newsmen after her arrest, the Chairman of the Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, said Chinagoro after she was interrogated, said she bandaged her son’s leg with two rolls of white bandage and poured GV blue ink on the leg every day in order to deceive members of the public to give alms to him. 

Uwenke who resides at Oloko-danna near Ijora-Olopa area at Oyingbo said she stopped her son schooling at Oworebiri Secondary School at Ata Town in Abia State for street begging when she realized that beggar was a lucrative business where she made N3,500 to N5,000 on daily basis.

“I brought my son, Sunny Uwenke, 11 years old to Lagos five years ago to beg for arms while the remaining five children are at Ata Town in Abia State with their father” She said

The chairman of the taskforce says she would be immediately charged to court.

State of emergency declared in US city of Charlotte over police killing of a Black man

North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, after violence erupted during a second night of protests over the police killing of a black man.

Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday.

One protester remains in a critical condition after a "civilian on civilian" shooting, police said.

Mr Scott was the third black man killed by US police in a week. Such shootings have sparked nationwide protests.

Riot police in Charlotte used tear gas as they faced hundreds of protesters. The local police department said four officers were injured.

Earlier North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said he had "initiated efforts" to deploy the national guard and highway patrol to help deal with the protests.

"Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated," he said.

The demonstrators are angry that Mr Scott, 43, was killed by police on Tuesday afternoon at a block of flats in disputed circumstances.

GETTY IMAGES*The protest began peacefully but turned violent afterwards

Media caption"We are better than this," says mayor of Charlotte, Jennifer Roberts

Police were serving an arrest warrant on another person when they say they saw Mr Scott get out of a car with a handgun.

Officers say he was repeatedly told to drop his handgun before he was shot but his family say he was reading a book, as he waited for his son to be dropped off by the school bus.

Police video of the incident will be viewed by Charlotte's mayor but will not be released to the public "at that time", the city said.

City leader Jennifer Roberts said Mr Scott's family will also be allowed to watch the footage, local television station WBTV reported.

It is legal to openly carry a handgun in North Carolina, but a special permit is required to carry a concealed weapon.

Keith Lamont Scott (L) was shot by Officer Brentley Vinson (R)GETTY IMAGES*Four police officers were injured in the latest protestsREUTERS*Police used tear gas and stun grenades

Governor McCrory declared the state of emergency as rioters clashed with police, breaking windows and setting small fires.

The second night of protests had begun peacefully but the demonstration was interrupted by gunfire and a man in the crowd was injured. The city initially said he had been killed but then issued a clarification.

Protesters then threw bottles and fireworks at the officers, who were lined up in riot gear. Police fired flash grenades and tear gas to repel the crowds.

Several journalists were also reportedly attacked. A reporter and cameraman for Charlotte's WCNC-TV were taken to hospital and a CNN journalist was tackled on live TV, local media report.

REUTERS*Relatives say Mr Scott was reading a book when shot, but police say he was holding a weaponREUTERS*Journalists were attacked by some protesters in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Source: BBC

Lawyer sues President Muhammadu Buhari over Kogi ministerial slot


President Muhammadu Buhari

A lawyer, Daniel Makolo, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly failing to appoint a minister to represent Kogi in his cabinet.

Makolo said his suit – FHC\L\CS\44\2016, filed at the Federal High Court, Lokoja on Thursday – was pursuant to Order 34 Rule (1) and Order 5 Rule (1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009.

He faulted Buhari for failing to appoint a replacement for the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, who was from the state.

Ocholi, his wife and son, died in an auto crash on Abuja-Kaduna Road on March 6.

Makolo, among other things, urged the court to order that the failure of Buhari to appoint a qualified indigene of Kogi as a Minister after Ocholi’s death was “wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional.”

He said that failure to appoint a minister from Kogi “has denied the people of Kogi state representation at the statutory mandatory regular meetings held by the president with his vice and ministers”.

The lawyer asked the court to issue an order compelling the president to appoint a minister representing the people of Kogi.

Makolo also asked the court to declare every decision or resolution reached at statutory meeting(s) held as void to the extent of its effect on the life and property of the people of Kogi.

He further asked the court to void the resolution reached at subsequent meeting to be held by the president and his cabinet without a representative of Kogi People,

He also asked for an order compelling the president to respect and apply Section 14 (3) of the Constitution in all his appointments.

This, according to him, is inclusive of the heads of coercive forces of the sovereignty of Nigeria, the paramilitary agencies, and all arm-bearing institutions of Nigeria.

In addition, the applicant sought an order directing the Attorney-General of the Federation to initiate and carry out a corona inquest into the Sunday, March 6, death of Ocholi on Kaduna-Abuja road to uncover and make public the actual and remote causes of the accident.

Makolo said that he based his action on 14 grounds in the Motion on Notice, supported by a 24-paragraph affidavit.

He said that appointment of a minister to represent each of the 36 federating states was not optional but also the responsibility of the president.

“This is not an optional responsibility; it is mandatory which our beloved President has deliberately failed, neglected or refused to do in respect of Kogi State and her people.”

Joined in the suit were the President of the Senate and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Source: NAN

EFCC freezes Patience Jonathan’s personal $5m account


Patience Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen Patience Jonathan’s personal account, titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.

The PUNCH reported that the move had become necessary due to the prima facie case established against the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.

As part of investigations into alleged diversion against a former Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, the anti-graft agency had frozen four companies’ accounts in Skye Bank with a balance of $15,591,700.

However, before the EFCC could arraign the four companies in court, Jonathan’s wife deposed to an affidavit, claiming that the money belonged to her.

Despite Patience’s claims, however, the EFCC arraigned the four companies –Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Globus Integrated Service Limited.

The companies pleaded guilty and the EFCC had already begun moves to ensure that the money is forfeited permanently to the Federal Government.

A detective at the EFCC told The PUNCH,“Recall that we had frozen the four companies’ accounts, which Patience Jonathan later laid claim to. We have been able to establish that the money was part of proceeds of crime.

“She had no evidence that the money in the four accounts belonged to her. All she had were platinum debit cards, which she was using to withdraw money and the cards are not evidence of ownership.

“Initially, we had traced $5m to her personal account, which we did not touch but I can confirm to you now that the $5m account, bearing Patience Jonathan’s name, has also been seized since she claimed that the monies in the company accounts and the one in her personal name all emanated from the same source.

“We are tracing other accounts belonging to Patience. It will interest you to know that despite all the letters she has written, she has never stated where she got the money from. She claimed to be a housewife and yet she has $20m.”

Patience had recently written a letter to the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, where she claimed that she needed the money for her medical treatment abroad.

She had also sued Skye Bank for N200m, accusing the bank of freezing her accounts unjustly.

In a letter written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co, Patience said, “It is noteworthy to emphasise that the said accounts, which were in US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts and our client is the sole signatory of these accounts.

“The said bank officials also assured our client that they will change the account names accordingly and issue to our client new credit cards for the said accounts which was not done despite repeated demands.

“However, our client has been operating the said accounts using the cards for her medical bill payments and purchases for her private purposes without any let or hindrance.

“Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stopped functioning on July 7, 2016 or thereabout. Our client immediately thereupon contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors. It was only then that the bank officials informed our client that the said accounts were placed on a ‘No Debit Order’ following investigations and instructions from your commission and this is without notice to our client by either the bank or the commission.

“It is in the light of the foregoing that we urge you to use your good offices to vacate the ‘No Debit/Freezing Order’ placed on the said accounts.”

Source: The Punch

HARDSHIP IN NIGERIA :Hungry youths snatch food packs from trekking pupils in Minna, Niger State

PHOTOS: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba

If you are one of the parents whose children trek to school from home, a new development in Minna, Niger State capital will get you worried.

A new dimension has recently been introduced to hunger-induced crime in Minna, as hungry youths now go about snatching food packs from nursery and primary school children on their way to school.

One Fati Sanusi, a nursery two pupil of Mega Stars Academy, located in Kpakungu, Minna, was said to have cried to school, alleging that her food pack, prepared by her mother was snatched from her by a grown up boy, who ran away even as she cried.

Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Cecilia Bunmi Koseemani, who confirmed the incident exclusively to The Guardian, said she and other teachers had hectic time pleading with the little girl to stop crying.

“We had to send for her mother who prevailed on the four-year-old girl before she stopped crying. The mother later rushed back home to prepare Indomie for her instead of the rice meal that was initially snatched from her.”

Koseemani appealed to parents to try and put their little school children in the care of grown up schoolmates, so as to avoid such things in the future, describing the incident as a reflection of the prevailing hardship in the country.

Several instances of hunger-induced crimes have been reported in Niger State in recent times.

It was reported that a housewife stabbed her rival to death over the modalities for sharing a measure of Gaari (Cassava flour) brought home by their husband. There were other cases of people stealing food still on fire, as well as women collecting food items from sellers in the market and deliberately taking to their heels instead of paying.

When caught, it has always been pleading for leniency and understanding, citing hunger, occasioned by the economic situation in the country as reasons for their actions.

Source: The Guardian

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

US Rapper Shawty Lo, a father of 11 kids from 10 Babymamas , killed in car accident

Atlanta rapper Carlos Walker, also known as Shawty Lo, died in a car crash in Atlanta early today WednesdaySeptember 21. The 40 year old rapper is survived by 11 kids from different mothers, and is also a D4L member. 

According to CBC reports, Shawty Lo's 2016 Audi car hit a tree after it collided with another car, which caused it to flip over and catch fire. He was then ejected from the car and died on the scene. He is best known for his 2008 hit single "Dey Know"

 PHOTO: 2 men who inserted cocaine in their canals arrested at Lagos Airport on arrival from Brazil

As suspects insert cocaine in alimentary canals

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have made a twin arrest on Nigeria-Brazil route.

The Agency recovered 700 grammes of powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine from two suspects during the inward screening of passengers on a Royal Air Maroc flight  from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Casablanca, Morocco. The suspects inserted seven wraps of cocaine each weighing 350 grammes into their alimentary canals to evade arrest.

NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba gave the names of the suspects as Okonkwo Francis Okechukwu, 44, and Ifedigbo Chinedu Lucky, 37. “Preliminary investigation revealed that both suspects planned and executed the unlawful act together. They inserted seven wraps of cocaine each into their bodies weighing 350 grammes” the commander stated.

Okonkwo Francis Okechukwu said that accepting to smuggle drugs due to frustration and as a means of returning from Brazil.

According to Okonkwo, “I was stranded in Brazil, where I worked as a waiter in a restaurant for two years. Life was awful as I was struggling daily just to feed myself. When I was contacted to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria, I was very happy because it was an opportunity to return home. My sponsor also promised to pay me half a million Naira with which I had planned to start a business”. He is married with two children and hails from Enugu State.

Ifedigbo Chinedu Lucky who had also spent two years in Brazil described his arrest as ill-luck. “I am a business man. I import female shoes from Brazil since 2014. This arrest is just bad luck for me because I was already calculating my profit from the deal” the 37 year-old suspect stated. He is single and hails from Anambra State.

Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah said that the Agency will not relent in the fight against drug trafficking. “NDLEA is committed to the fight against narcotic production and trafficking. Brazil is a source country for cocaine and I am glad with the high level of vigilance on the route resulting in several arrests and seizures. It is however sad that the suspects could insert narcotics into their alimentary canals in utter disregard of the health consequences. The suspects will be arraigned soon” Abdallah stated.

Source: The Nation

SCAM ALERT: New University students in UK warn of online fraudsters claim of offering "educational grant" 

THINKSTOCK*Students are warned to be aware of an email offering them an educational grant and asking them for their bank details

New students are being alerted to a scam where fraudsters claim to offer a "educational grant" in a bid to con them into divulging bank details.

The personal finance site Money Saving Expert says it is aware of students at major universities being targeted in a new wave of "phishing emails".

At Queen Mary University London, one student was tricked out of £300.

University of Glasgow said it was also aware of the scam and had advised students to ignore the email.

Fake grants

The mother of the QMUL student said her daughter had received the scam email last week.

It looked as if it had come from the university's finance department, complete with the logo, and invited the young woman to claim a government bursary.

An online form asked her for personal and banking details and took her to a bank verification page, which was when she became suspicious.

But, MSE says, the student found the fraudsters had already taken £300 from her bank account.

In a statement QMUL said: "We were made aware late last week that a number of QMUL students had received these phishing emails.

"QMUL proactively monitors its systems to prevent and detect breaches, and there is no evidence to suggest any system has been compromised in this instance.

"A message was sent to all students warning them about the scam and providing them with advice on how they can protect themselves online, including details of our cybersecurity training courses."

The university said it did not believe the scam had affected many students and said it was confident its own systems had not been breached.

The University of Glasgow said it would never ask for banking information in this way.

In an email to all students, the university said it had become aware of a scam email headed: "Educational Grant Information".

"This is an email message that appears as if it has come from the University of Glasgow's finance department. It has not," the university said.

Earlier this year, the police site Action Fraud warned of a similar "phishing" campaign at universities.

BRIANAJACKSON*One student lost £300 after falling for the scam

The Student Loans Company said students were particularly vulnerable to "phishing" attempts around the main payment dates, in September, January and April.

"Phishing emails are sent in batches so there will be more in circulation," it said.

"We want to remind students to stay vigilant with the details they provide online," said Paul Mason, the SLC director responsible for combating fraud.

He advised students receiving unsolicited emails to be alert to poor spelling and grammar and to demands for a rapid response.

They are also advised not to reply and not to click on any links.

Suspected attempts should be reported to phishing@slc.co.uk or to Action Fraud.

Source: BBC

PHOTO : Nigerian First Lady Aisha Buhari meets with Melinda Gates in New York

Wife of the President Mrs Aisha Buhari met with American businesswoman, philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates, earlier today in New York. Mrs Buhrai described the meeting as an 'insightful' one

"It's interesting to know that Mrs Melinda Gates is also as passionate as I am about improving the lives of women and girls. Very insightful meeting earlier today" she said. 

Mrs Buhari is also pictured with with other African First Ladies at the OAFLA ( Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV & Aids ) High Level UNGA meeting on improving the sexual and reproductive health of the adolescent girl. See another photo of Mrs Buhari and President Muhammadu Buhari at UNGA.