Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A catholic priest, Father Francois Murad has been beheaded by Syrian terrorists in a shocking public execution that was captured on video.



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The Vatican confirmed his death on Monday and ather Murad he was taken from the convent for the Custody of the Holy Land, where he was hiding.
Reports have it that the Catholic priest was attacked by militant Syrans linked to a jihadi group called Jabhat al-Nusra.
A recording of the priest’s beheading was posted to the internet on Monday, showing a crowd of spectators that included two other people recording the execution with smartphones. The video showed a man identified as Murad sitting on the grass with his hands tied together. A gathers, shouting at him in Arabic.
After the Catholic priest was beheaded, onlookers moved in close to view the aftermath.
Watch Below ( WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
 

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Fuji Musician, Saheed Osupa Opens Beauty Home And Spa


Fuji musician and Yoruba actor, Saheed Osupa has opened an ultra modern beauty home and spa inside shoprite at Adeniran Ogunsanya street in Surulere,Lagos.

Although the place is yet to be fully operational, the equipment needed for the business have all arrived from the US and technicians are all over the place trying to set them up.

The official launch party will hold after the Muslim Ramadan fasting.

Photo- Couple fall to their death while having s*x by the window

A couple reportedly fell to their deaths after the window they were having s*x against gave way.

The tragic pair are believed to have been making love in an apartment block in China when the window shattered in the throes of passion.The man and woman then plunged to their deaths on the pavement below.
Horrified witnesses told China media that the couple held onto each other tightly as they fell.
Shocking pictures emerged which claimed to show the couple lying on the pavement.
Chinese officials can be seen covering the bodies with sheets.

One report suggested the lovers chose to have sex by the window to keep cool during the hot weather in the city of Wuhan.Others suggested the windows in the apartment block were of poor quality.

Chinedu Ikedieze Exposes His Father's Murderers? [LOOK]

 

Nollywood actor, Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as Aki lost his father on the 19th of May this year.
According to reports, his father Pa Michael Ikedieze Ogbonnaya Okoronkwo,aged 73 died after a brief illness.

But recent reports have added a twist to the story. Apparently, family members, including Aki believes that the man might have died of some other causes. Perhaps murdered by "wicked" people.
The actor reportedly said this during his father's funeral service;
"Papa, I know you as a peaceful man who never looked for anyone's trouble.

"You never hurt anyone and so diligently you trained us that we may train you in return. After suffering that we may become better people in life, the wicked people came and took you away from us. Now, we've made fame and wealth, which you craved for, but you are nowhere around to enjoy it with us."

FINALLY!!! Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Daughter, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo Succeeds Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Mother As Iyaloja General

The late Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji 
Controversies over the successor of the late Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji have been laid to rest as the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has installed Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, as the new President-General, Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men.
Tinubu-Ojo is the daughter of former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ANC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
However, mixed reactions have continued to trail Tinubu- Ojo’s installation as some marketers argued that the title bestowed on Tinubu’s daughter could only be limited to Lagos and not the entire country.
It was gathered that Tinubu- Ojo’s installation as the new Iyaloja General which took place on Wednesday evening at the residence of the late Abibatu Mogaji’s house at Sunday Adigun, Alausa in Ikeja, was attended by many white chap chiefs.
The white cap chiefs also brought Akiolu’s staff to the installation to symbolise the authority and the authenticity of the title conferred on Tinubu-Ojo, who also doubles as the leader of the Lagos State Market Development Board.
The traditional rulers, who represented the Oba of Lagos, were the Ojon of Lagos, Chief Olubiyi Agoro; Obanikoro of Lagos, Soji Bembe; the Onisemo of Lagos and Kosoko of Lagos, among others.
Necessary traditional prayers were offered shortly before she was installed as the new Iyaloja General.
Speaking after her inauguration, Tinubu-Ojo said her academic background and the experience she garnered from the late Mogaji would assist her in managing the affairs of the markets across the country.
She said:
Managing the elderly women older than me will not be a problem since I have been working closely with Mama (the late Mogaji) and I have picked one or two things from her. I believe God will give me the enablement and the grace to discharge my duty accordingly.
Tinubu-Ojo added that she was passionate about creating and sustaining an enabling environment for the traders to sell their products legally and profitably, adding that every member of the association would be given a sense of belonging.
She said: “In general, I will advise all market men and women to make sure they quickly adapt themselves to the rules and regulations regarding the management of the markets.
“Their leaders must ensure that the environment is clean and more organised and they should play their role as they look unto government to create the enabling environment for them.

Govt officials withdraw support for OJB due to misinformation on funds raised


There have been speculations that some celebrities have been to see OJB and made some donations. While it's true that the likes of Don Jazzy, P-Square, Ruggedman, Mercy Johnson, Iyanya, Julius Aguw have contributed, the other names on the list that circulated today are 100% false. For instance, D'banj didn't give N7m, Wizkid didn't give N3m and 2face didn't give N1.5m.

Head of fund raising committee for #SaveOJB, singer Nomoreloss, says the hype and misinformation is affecting efforts to raise the complete money OJB needs for his treatment. See more tweets after the cut...

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Why Obama won’t visit Nigeria – US


The United States on Tuesday hinted on the reasons why President Barack Obama won’t visit Nigeria during his upcoming three-nation trip to Africa.

According to US officials, the ongoing insecurity appeared to be responsible for the exclusion of Nigeria in Obama’s second visit to the continent.

Obama is scheduled to visit Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa.

The US government said the trip would focus on trade and investment, democratic institution-building, young people, and enhancing economic growth.

American Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, made this clarifications at a briefing on Tuesday.

The briefing was addressed jointly with the Senior Director for African Affairs Grant Harris and Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith, on Obama’s upcoming visit.

The text of the briefing was made available to journalists in Abuja by the Information Office of the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy.

Rhodes said, “With respect to Nigeria, we certainly believe that Nigeria is a fundamentally important country to the future of Africa. We’ve put a lot of investment in the relationship with Nigeria through their leadership of ECOWAS, through the significant US business investment in Nigeria and through our security cooperation.

“Obviously, Nigeria is working through some very challenging security issues right now. And in that process, they’re going to be a partner of the United States. We certainly believe we’ll have an opportunity to further engage the Nigerian government through bilateral meetings going forward. But at this point, we just were not able to make it to Nigeria on this particular itinerary.

“I will say that we purposefully designed the itineraries to be able to reach West Africa, South Africa and East Africa, and in West Africa, to visit Senegal, a French-speaking, Muslim-majority democracy that is an important partner of the United States and also provides a platform for the President to speak to the broader region.

“We are also looking at ways, at the President’s town hall in South Africa with young African leaders, to draw in through technology young people in Nigeria and in Kenya, among other places, so that the President is using this trip to speak to the broader African audience. We recognize we’d like to go to as many countries as possible.’

Woman Beater: See what Chris Brown has done to a lady again


 R&B singer Chris Brown seems to be in the news for the wrong reasons all the time. This time, the ‘fallen angel’ singer has been accused of assaulting a young lady inside a night club and resulting to her been sent to the hospital.
According to very reliable sources, the  24-year-old lady named Deanna Gines claims she was in VIP with Chris Brown in an Orange County nightclub after his show in Anaheim when the bar was about to close; Deanna claims Chris Brown roughly pushed her to the ground. She further revealed that the shove was deliberate and she fell hard on her knees.
The lady, Deanna was taken to the hospital and treated for torn ligaments in her right knee that may even lead to her undergoing surgery to treat the knee wound.
The matter was taken to the local precinct and a police report has been filed and an investigation has been opened.
Chris Brown came out on Twitter to claim innocence, denying he did nothing; tweeting “I didn’t do anything”.
You would remember that the singer is still battling the Drake incident where both singers exchanged punches and also Chris Brown already has priors of assaulting women after he beat up former girlfriend Rihanna
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Toyin Aimakhu & Niyi Johnson pick July 8th for their court wedding


Actress Toyin Aimakhu and her beau, actor Adeniyi Johnson will have their court wedding on Monday July 8th at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry.Congrats to them!

Busted! Secret of Magician who floated inthe air revealed


Lol yesterday, i published a post about a renowned magician, Dynamo who was floating across Westministerter bridge in London.Many of us were stunned by this and tried to comprehend it...
Another artiste Johan Lebeer  has done it in the past using a pole to support his weight .

Australian website, news.com.au claims the illusionist was using a  fake right arm for his trick with his real arm tucked inside his coat. The police also cleared the road to avoid traffic so the only people who saw the magician upclose were those inthe bus

Read more below...


According to news.com.au
The arm is infact a metal pole that has been fastened to the bus and is supporting Dynamo's weight while he holds on.
Dynamo's real arm is in tucked inside his chest.
A few signs from our social media sleuths include the fact that his fingers don't move in the clip and there are no people around when he hovers up and down the bus.
In fact, at second glance the arm attached to the bus looks pretty phony.
Dynamo isn't the first to accomplish this "phenomena of perception".

52 Nigerians Arrested in Malaysia, awaiting Deportation (Photo)


2 Nigerians were arrested last Sunday 23rd June during a midnight house to house raiding by Malaysian immigration.

They raided all houses occupied by Nigerians, they destroyed doors and arrested both unclothed residents.

Some guys were not at home at the time of the raiding, but their doors were also destroyed and left open till now.

So, sisters please call that your Malay BF now if, incase the number no dey go, Go wait for am for M.M airport

Sunday, 23 June 2013

2face Idibia Donates 1.5Million For OJB Kidney Transplant

Nigeria Hot Star 2Face has shown what the brother hood is all about, by donating The sum of 1.5 Million for the Kidney Transplant OJB.
It was also revealed that some Group of Nigerian Musician are Organizing a Fund Raiser Show for OJB

Kelly Hansome puts MI on blast..calls him "F**king retarded black Pygmy"

Loool Kelly Hansome is back again. After squashing his beef with MI last year, it seems they are back as enemies if Kelly's tweets are anything to go by. He thinks MI is still dissing him and says he is fake..
Will MI the "Chairman reply? Fingers crossed..




13 Teenage Chinese Prostitutés Arrested In An Apartment In Ikeja, Lagos


On Emina Crescent, off Toyin Street, Ikeja, 13 teenage Chinese prostitutés have been arrested and detained by the Nigerian Immigration Service following a raid of their base.
The young girls were said to have been brought in for the sake of Politicians, business executives and expatriates to hire for séx at the cost of between $1,000 and $2,500. The dirty business was said to have been run by Sun and Yin Li.
The couple running the business, alongside the other girls are said to be in hiding now as only 13 girls were successfully picked up from the scene.
The arrest was confirmed by the NIS spokesman, Joachim Olumba, who said the girls are in their custody. He also said they are on the trail of the kingpin of the séx ring. And after investigations, they will either deport the girls or hand them over to their embassy here in Nigeria for appropriate action
 

Beamer, Benz And BENTLEY – More Photos Of M.I’s New Bentley

Hot blazing 9ja Rapper M.I. has just released more photos of his expensive clean newly acquired Bentley.
The car’s plate number sports the letters ‘CHM’, an acronym for Abaga’s new nickname, Chairman.
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Africa’s youngest billionaire to invest in Cross River

Given the conducive business environment put in place by the Cross River State Government, Africa’s youngest billionaire, Ashish J. Thakkar has made known his intention to invest in Calabar.


Thakkar, who is president, Mara Group stated this while delivering a key note address at the 2013 edition of the Africa CEO Roundtable and Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CSR) at Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Calabar.

According to the Ugandan, the decision to establish his presence in Calabar was based on what he has seen and heard of Cross River, which remains a veritable place to invest.
He explained that his investment in the state will be part of his effort to encourage young entrepreneurs to improve their capacity.

The billionaire said he was prepared to bring his wealth of experience to develop Nigeria, adding that “it is only when you give that you can have more, especially when giving to a group or society”
Thakkar disclosed that he professes Nigeria anywhere he goes as the best country and Cross River has  further convinced him about that because of its available human and natural resources couple with the conducive economic environment put in place by government to attract investments and investors.

Rihanna Shares Tópless Picture As She Gets Ready For Performance (Photo)

She has spent the last few days chilling poolside but it was back to work with a bang for Rihanna as she got all made up to perform in Atlanta.
Diamonds singer Rihanna shared a tópless snap of her getting made up, only covering her módesty with a white towel.
With her hair primly curled the star looked amazing and showed off her rather demure yellow únderwear.
The 25-year-old wrote on her Twitter account: 'Show time!! #DWT," she wrote. "#ATL is all miiiiiinnneee!!!! I want you on your WORST behavior!!! Tonight is all about you!!! #DiamondsWorldTour'
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Immigration Arrests 400 Suspected Illegal Immigrants In Kano

The Kano State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service on Saturday arrested more than 400 suspected illegal immigrants in Kano metropolis.
The Controller of Immigration in the state, Hamisu Maishanu, told journalists at a briefing in Kano that all those arrested would be screened and those without relevant documents would be repatriated to their countries.
He said the exercise would continue to ensure that all illegal immigrants were flushed out of the country. “This is a mop up exercise of illegal immigrants to complement what the Federal Government is doing in the states currently under emergency rule.
‘’We will take the photographs and biometric data of all those arrested so that we can identify them if they return into the country again,’’ he said.
Mr. Maishanu said, however, that any repatriated person, who returned without proper documents, would be arrested and prosecuted.
He said the exercise would be extended to the 44 local government areas of the state. He advised the people not to panic on seeing security men on patrol as the exercise was meant to ensure security of lives and property.

Lam Adesina Refused To Be Taken Abroad For Treatment — Son

Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dapo Lam-Adesina, who is son of the former governor of the state, Lamidi Adesina, revisits his father’s journey from the classroom to the state house in this interview with Olufemi Atoyebi
Could you describe your dad?
My father was a reliable human being who stood by his words until he died. He was a disciplinarian in all respects and a man of integrity. If my father had an agreement with someone, he would contact the person before he changed his mind. Throughout his life, he stood on the side of the masses.
His political ideology was based on the campaign for an egalitarian society in Nigeria. As a progressive-minded politician, he believed in the core values of the late Obafemi Awolowo.
Would you say that your father died a fulfilled man?
Many people use wealth acquisition to value human success and fulfilment in life. We cannot use that parameter to value my father’s success in life. In term of financial accumulation, he was not a rich man. He did not believe in amassing wealth because he held on to the fact that no man will leave the world with all the wealth he acquires. He believed so much in fighting for the masses and if that is used to judge fulfilment, then I will score him high.
When was the last time you spoke to him, and what did he tell you?
I was with him at the hospital before he passed on. Though we were not able to talk much, he kept on asking me about his people at home and the governor, Abiola Ajimobi. He was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos and we were planning to take him abroad for further treatment but he insisted that he would rather die at home
I have learnt a lot from his life and final wish not to be taken abroad for treatment. He said whatever was going to happen would still happen even if he was taken to a hospital abroad. He believed in the Nigerian system and hoped that it would get better
He never believed that he could be treated out of the country. He even insisted that he was not going to leave the University College Hospital in Ibadan until we found out that there was an imminent strike at the hospital. It was after we told him that he agreed to be transferred to Lagos.
Your father was a teacher before he became a governor. Did he ever teach you in a class?

I was never in his class of Education but when I wanted to write my General Certificate examination, he gave me lessons in English Language at home.
How would you rate his teaching style?
He would not take nonsense from anyone. As much as he was very tough, he was also kind and caring. That is why most of his children are tough. We would rather die than give up what we believe in. That was the kind of training he gave us.
How did your family react to his transformation from being a teacher to a governor?
There was no time we ever saw it as anything spectacular. Politics in Oyo State is not a jamboree so we had no reason to start a party. We knew the huge sacrifice and work involved. The family did not lose its humble background.
But it was rumoured that you and your siblings spent so much money hosting friends and driving expensive cars…
That was part of the rumours at the time. People said a lot about my mother and his children. They said we held parties at popular eateries in Ibadan and spent money lavishly. None of these things ever happened. There was a time when they said that I bought an expensive car at Sabo area of Ibadan. But people should try and find out where the cars were hidden. At least I did not drive any of such cars after my father lost the re-election bid. I do not like attending parties. I don’t go to clubs or keep late nights. I have never taken alcohol or smoked cigarette in my life. So where did people get what they said about me and my family? These were plots used by the opposition to discredit my father and ensure that he did not return in 2003.
How did he handle the loss?
He was a politician who was not desperate to remain in power. He respected the people and went back to his house in Felele area of Ibadan. The family remained as one because we did not lose focus.
Did your father have a social life as governor?
My father did not have a social life but he related well with his political associates. He did not like attending parties.
Can you remember how often he scolded you?
He scolded me several times because I was tough and he was also tough. Most of the time, we had a lot of arguments over issues but he always saw reasons why I held on to my youthful position. He would sit me down and explain things to me from his position as a father.
Do you see yourself stepping into his shoes?
I can’t step into his shoes, because his shoes are too big. I am stepping into my own small-sized shoes which God has given me.
Being one of the youngest holders of political positions in Nigeria, how would you assess the responsibility?
It is a big burden to me because if you succeed, you are opening doors to a lot of young people and if you fail, you are shutting the door against so many of them. I hardly sleep. I work hard so that by the time I leave office, young people will continue to have a say in the way they are governed.
What were your father’s last wishes?
One of his last wishes was that there should be a new Oyo State. He wanted to see some of the things he was unable to do as the state governor because of the paucity of fund at the time.
He also wanted to witness the jinx of the second term being broken in the state by the progressives. He also wanted to see his children, both biological and political, succeed in their callings. I am sure he was proud of his children before he died.
How much influence did he have on your political career?
My father didn’t even know that I was entering politics when I made a decision to contest in the 2011 elections. I actually started politics in 1998 when I was studying at The Polytechnic, Ibadan. I was the secretary of youth wing of the Alliance for Democracy, Ibarapa East Local Government area of Oyo State. We won the council’s chairmanship position and by 2007, I became an active young politician.
I had a lot of problems with many politicians at the time because I stood against rigging and manipulation. I was almost shot and killed at Felele area of Ibadan by supporters of a famous politician who thought I was standing in his way to victory because I mobilised people against his fraudulent practices during the election.
I witnessed a lot of things that were wrong during the elections. I thought that the only way to stop it was to be actively involved. After the 2007 elections, I decided to contest for a position in the House of Representatives. People might say that it was easy for me to join politics at the top level because I rode on my father’s name but the truth is that he did not know that I was joining politics, until his friends called his attention to my political activities. Even after he was told, he did not call me or approach his friends to lobby on my behalf.
I was attending political meetings and rallies, and contacting notable politicians, telling them of my decision. I was also delivering speeches at public gatherings, reminding them of the need to move for positive changes.
At a point when the election was close in 2011, I wrote a letter to my father telling him of my decision to contest for a position. In the evening of the same day, I went to him and told him that I was not in any way being disrespectful by not coming to him earlier. He prayed for me and told me that he had no money to support my ambition.
After you lost the election, did you hold any meeting with him on the way forward?
I am glad that I lost the election the way I did. It made me what I am today. My father did not cry over my loss, he was a politician and he was never desperate for anything. He believed that events must be allowed to happen naturally
Rather than mulling over the loss, I felt fulfilled and for the first time in a while, I slept well. I saw life in a different way afterwards. The loss had nothing to do with my relationship with my father because all Action Congress of Nigeria candidates lost in that area, including the present governor of Oyo State, Ajimobi.
But beyond the loss, I was able to prove a point that the youth can take part in the way the country is governed. I had started a struggle and today you see a lot of young people like Saheed Fijabi and Olumide Osoba being voted to represent their people.
Is it true that your father used his position in ACN to ensure that you were compensated for the loss, by being chosen as a commissioner in the state?
My relationship with the governor is like that of a father and son and that was what he said when he picked me as the commissioner. A lot of people would have said I was picked because of my father. When the first list of commissioners was released by the governor, my name was not there and I didn’t say anything. But I think when the governor was making some amendments to the list, he thought of the boy who contested and lost. He called me and told me to bring my curriculum vitae. He told me that he would like me to work with him because of my effort.
He was amazed when I produced my degree certificate from the University of Ibadan. He said he was told that I had a diploma certificate from the polytechnic. That was how he gave me the position of sports commissioner.
How would you describe the relationship between your father and the late Lamidi Adedibu?
They were two smart politicians who knew how to handle themselves. It was very interesting at a point, but it was two parallel lines. One was violent and the other wasn’t violent. One was educated and the other was not educated. For some of us who were still growing up at that time, we learnt a lot of lessons and understood the tricks of politics from both of them. We learnt that we must not bring violence into politics. My father hated violence and his children imbibed that trait from him.
How have you been able to strike a balance between your life as a student and being a commissioner?
A lot of friends believe that since he is a commissioner now, we can go to him and collect money or get a contract. This is not possible because I am a public servant desperate to leave a positive mark behind and create further opportunity for the youths. If you are my friend and you have an idea of how we can move the nation forward through my office, you are welcome, but you must go through the proper procedure.

Nigerian Leaders Have Failed The Nation — Danjuma

Former Minister of Defence, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), said on Saturday in Zaria, Kaduna State, that Nigerian leaders had failed the nation.

 Nigerian Leaders Have Failed The Nation — Danjuma

Danjuma, who said this at his conferment with a traditional title of Jarma Zazzau by Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, also lamented that the Nigerian nation and its economy were now in tatters.
He added that the nation was in need of patriotic elders that would use their wisdom to give the country the much needed direction.
According to him, the confused nature of Nigerians is a clear indication of failure on the part of the leaders.
Danjuma also took a swipe on the North, saying that in a highly competitive world, northern children were missing out in qualitative and functional education, adding that poverty had become the lots of northerners.
He urged northern leaders to talk less as according to him, they are “talking too much and doing less for the development of the North. We urgently need to put our house in order so we can overcome our various challenges.”
He added, “This is the time for elders to be circumspect and temperate in their utterances. It is not in our character as northerners to talk too much. We need to think more, pray more, plan more, work harder, relate better, but talk less. Battles are fought and won through wisdom and strategy than through inflammable pronouncement and political tantrums.
“It is most appropriate and gratifying that I am receiving this honour in Zaria where I spent some of my formative years. Zaria was one of the few northern cities that first opened her gates to pioneer missionaries in Northern Nigeria, which is why Wusasa has become the second home of many northern Christian leaders.
“Zaria has therefore distinguished itself as a beacon of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence and educational advancement. Nigeria and especially Northern Nigeria urgently need to recapture the spirit of Zaria, the spirit of knowledge, tolerance, harmony, peace and prosperity.
“In spite of the many years of mismanaged opportunities and resources, I still believe that Nigeria can be reawakened and rebuilt to achieve greatness. If we renew our minds and reconcile with one another, if we coordinate our determined efforts, we can make Northern Nigeria self-reliant and self-sufficient, while enhancing the unity and prosperity of all Nigerians. But we must first have peace.”
Danjuma, a former army chief, noted that there could be no peace and harmonious coexistence where there was wide disparity between the rich and the poor.

Nine Tourists Die In Pakistan Attack

 Nine Tourists Die In Pakistan Attack

Gunmen have killed 10 people, including nine foreign tourists after storming a hotel in far northern Pakistan, BBC reports.
Officials say five are from Ukraine, one from Russia and three from China. A Pakistani guide also died in the attack. It happened at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain, in Gilgit-Baltistan.
It is the first such attack on tourists in the region. A Sunni militant group, Jundullah, said it was responsible. Police had at first said 10 foreign tourists had died.
The motive for the killings is not yet clear. One person, said to be Chinese, has survived the attack. Part of the Himalayan Range, Nanga Parbat, standing at 8,126m (26,660ft), is popular with trekkers and mountaineers, especially during June and July.
The assault is seen as a significant blow for Pakistan’s already struggling tourist industry, the BBC says. Gilgit-Baltistan, which borders China, had so far been considered one of the more secure areas under Pakistani control.
The attackers, reportedly dressed in police uniforms, stormed the hotel at the base camp in the foothills of Nanga Parbat shortly after midnight.

Boko Haram Regroups, Invades Borno Towns

Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, dislodged by security forces in the wake of the emergency rule by President Goodluck Jonathan from their Sambisa Game Reserve camps, appear to be fighting back.
Sunday Vanguard was made to understand, yesterday, that they have not only regrouped, they have also sacked at least two major towns in the state.
One of the towns is Bama, where the insurgents struck in the weeks before Jonathan imposed the emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, killing 40 policemen, 13 prison warders, three soldiers and several civilians.
The other is Gwoza.
Bama and Gwoza, located along the Sambisa offshore, are said to be the strongholds of Boko Haram, the Islamist group fighting to impose Islamic values on Nigeria, a secular state, and campaigns against Western education.
Military forces, who launched a campaign against the insurgents, including air raids by the air force, following the emergency rule imposed in Borno, had claimed that the Boko Haram members had relocated to Mandara and Gwoza hills among others desert areas of Borno State.
But tales from fleeing Bama and Gwoza residents arriving Maiduguri, the state capital, yesterday, showed that the insurgents had regrouped and launched fresh attacks on Bama and Gwoza.
Boko haram “The insurgents are moving from house to house, issuing threat letters that civil servants and Christians must leave Bama within seven days or risk their lives,” one of the Bama residents who arrived Maiduguri, yesterday, told Sunday Vanguard.
‘How we escaped’
Another resident, who claimed he escaped through Dikwa via Muna Road, said, “We paid N7,000 each to be transported to Maiduguri instead of the N300 normal fare, since the Maiduguri- Bama -Gwoza Road has been rendered impassable as it was blocked by the JTF since the emergency rule”.
A civil servant, Alhaji Fannami Abba , a Bama resident who claimed to have taken all six members of his family with him to Maiduguri, said, ” I paid N50,000 for the taxi cab which I hired to transport my family. Bama has become something else as the Boko Haram insurgents carry arms openly to intimidate law-abiding citizens in the town, especially civil servants”.
Abba added, “Most residents, who could afford to pay their transport out through Dikwa have left Bama while others who could not afford had to trek through the desert/bush.”
Those who escaped from Gwoza said the town had been taken over by Boko Haram insurgents while villagers at the hilly areas had crossed over to Cameroun Republic to escape the insurgents.
Mr. James John, a retired civil servant, whose brother in-law was said to have been shot dead by Boko Haram in Bama, on Thursday, told our correspondent: “When we took the body of my late in-law for burial to Gwoza, we were advised to leave town immediately after the burial to avoid any contact with the insurgents if we valued our lives.
“Gwoza has fallen to Boko Haram and unless there is military reinforcement in the area, I am afraid the insurgents will remain there indefinitely.” Sunday Vanguard efforts to reach the military authorities to comment on the twist in the emergency rule in Borno State, yesterday, were unsuccessful.
The youth manhunt for Islamists
Meanwhile a volunteer youth group, tagged, ” Civilian JTF”, assisting the men of the Joint Task Force, ‘Operation Restore Order’, to subdue the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, yesterday, embarked on “Operation Stop and Search” of vehicles in Maiduguri, a situation which led to the arrest of several sect members.
The youth, who carried cutlasses, knives and sticks, positioned in different locations, searching all vehicles including their engines, while the JTF personnel watched.
This came barely five days after one Abu Zinnira, who claimed to be spokesman for Boko Haram, said, in a statement emailed to newsmen, that they will launch a manhunt for the youth.
“We have established that youth in Borno and Yobe states are now against our cause. They have connived with security operatives and are actively supporting the government of Nigeria in its war against us. We have also resolved to fight back, ” Zinnira said.
However, some of the youth promised to fight Boko Haram, saying they were not deterred from carrying out their mission.
One of the leaders of the youth group said, “What the Boko Haram said is an empty threat because terror, war of attrition and killing of innocent people with impunity is over. We have resolved to take our destiny in our hands and will continue hunting the insurgents.”

2015 Campaign: APC Wants INEC To Sanction Jonathan’s Wife

The All Progressives Congress, the umbrella of major opposition political parties, on Friday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to investigate media reports that stated that the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, campaigned for her husband’s re-election during her visit to Rivers State, and sanction her appropriately.
Several media reports on Tuesday, quoted the President’s wife as asking the people of Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state to support President Goodluck Jonathan when he seeks re-election in 2015.
This, APC noted, occurred less than two weeks after INEC warned politicians against starting campaign ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The spokesmen for the Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change, the two leading parties in APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed and Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, respectively told SUNDAY PUNCH that INEC had no moral right to sanction any other person, if it failed to sanction Mrs. Jonathan, and others who had started drumming up support for the President.
Mohammed said, “If it is true that Mrs. Patience Jonathan has started campaigning for her husband, then INEC’s attention should be drawn to that because just two weeks ago, INEC warned against campaigning of any kind. If INEC does not sanction her for campaigning, then it will lose every moral right to sanction any other person who starts campaigning.”
Similarly, Fashakin said the action of the President’s wife was a display of the culture of impunity, which he said had characterised the Jonathan administration.
He said, “The bane of our society is the culture of impunity that has become very pervasive. It has become even worse under Jonathan than any other time in the country’s history. That is the kind of thing you would see. The fact is that Jonathan has brought down the level of leadership in the country. We have not had it this low.
“Past Nigerian leaders, both military and civilian, were able to keep their spouses in check, but we have not seen that under President Jonathan. If the Jonathan administration prodded INEC to give the warning against campaign, and the same administration has gone on to flout the warning; then there is a problem.”
Fashakin said the APC expected INEC to analyse Mrs. Jonathan’s comments and if found to be open campaign, appropriate sanction should be applied.
He said, “We believe INEC should have monitors. INEC is the regulator of the political parties. It is to regulate the conduct of political parties. If it does not have a mechanism to monitor this kind of thing and give sanctions appropriately, then it should close shop. It is not for us to tell the regulator its job.
“The President’s wife’s speech was well reported. So, if anything in that speech constitutes open campaign for the President, and since it’s not yet time for politicking, then it’s an infraction of a subsisting regulation and it is anctionable. INEC should know what to do.”
Also, a former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, on Monday said he and some groups decided to start campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 despite his directive to the contrary because of the disposition of those opposed to the President’s second coming.
Clark said the position of his group, which was formed in August 2010, was that all Nigerians were equal, irrespective of which side of the country they hailed from.
In its reaction, the Presidency on Friday said it was wrong to describe the mobilisation of support currently being done by wife of the President as campaign ahead of the 2015 elections.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, made the Presidency’s position known in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents.
Gulak said what Mrs. Jonathan was doing was to mobilise support for President Goodluck Jonathan in order for him to continue to deliver on his agenda for national transformation.
This, he explained, did not translate into campaigning for the 2015 elections.
He said, “What the woman is doing is to ask citizens of Nigeria to support the President because he actually needs their support.
“The President is revamping the railway; he is tackling insecurity; he is tackling power problem; he is constructing roads and bridges. In all these, he needs the support of the citizens to succeed. He cannot do it alone.
“What we have been saying and what the First Lady is saying is that Nigerians should give the President their support. That does not mean we are campaigning.”
Apparently concerned with the campaigns that had started for his reelection, Jonathan, during the 61st National Executive Council meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Thursday, advised his party leaders against defying the INEC’s ban on any form of politicking for now
Section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended) states that, “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day.”
When contacted the spokesman for the chairman of INEC, Mr. Kayode Idowu, told one of our correspondents to give him some time to confirm the media reports before responding.
However, he did not answer subsequent phone calls and did not reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone as of press time.

Nigerian Girls Sold Into Séx Slavery & Trapped In Italy's Séx-slave Trade


Naples mafiosi were convicted last week of forcing a Nigerian cancer patient, Lilian Solomon, into prostitution. The situation is worse that we think.
Read a report from Daily Beast about how Nigerian girls, as young as 13, are sold and forced into séx slavery in Italy...
Across Italy, Nigerian women are forced into the séx trade, essentially kept as slaves who are bought and sold and moved according to a moribund supply and demand. Some of the prostitutes are young girls, just 13 or 14 years old. Others are in their 20s or 30s. Many have children. Some are still married to men in Nigeria. They usually sit on white plastic chairs under umbrellas to protect them from the rain in the winter and the harsh sun in the summer. 
The highest concentration of Nigerian forced séx workers is in and around Naples, but they are not limited to the southern reaches. On Thursday, in the central region of Abruzzo, four Nigerian gang members and an Italian taxi driver who allegedly procured prostitutes across the country were sentenced to between nine and 15 years in prison for making 23-year-old Nigerian Lilian Solomon prostitute herself even though she was in the late stages of lymphoma cancer.

The court in Teramo ruled that the Nigerian band prohibited the young woman from seeking treatment and should be held responsible for her death. She was represented in court by members of “On the Road” association against séx trafficking, which alerted authorities about her plight. Solomon testified under oath against the band before she died in 2009. The sentence, four years after her death, won’t bring her back, but it is one small step toward holding the séx traffickers accountable.
According to Renato Natale, a local Neapolitan doctor who is a former anti-mafia mayor of Casal di Principe, the majority of the Nigerian girls and women who are séx slaves were sold for around $50,000 by their parents or husbands in Nigeria, often to pay loan sharks or to get families out of debt. Some women paid sums of more than $13,000 out of their own pockets in exchange for the promise to find legitimate work in Italy with the goal of sending money home or even eventually bringing their entire families over. Natale says when they arrive in Italy, they are often raped into submission and plied with drugs and turned into prostitutes.
Many of the women have scars on their bodies from a voodoo-style initiation ritual where they pledge allegiance to their pimps out of fear of torture. “Frida,” 26, is a former prostitute who now works at a shelter for abused women in Rome. She says her initiation included vaginal penetration with a hot candle. She has scars on her inner thighs from the hot wax. She worked on the Via Domitiana for three years before she ran away with one of her clients who she befriended. She said many of the women on the Neapolitan highway try to convince the clients to take them away, but they often get caught and the men are threatened never to return. “Even the police sometimes pay for séx,” she told The Daily Beast. “There is no protection there from anyone. There is no one you can trust.”
She says she was required to pay the Nigerian mafia dons $400 a month for one-square-meter of highway to work off the $50,000 investment. Natale says the Nigerians, in turn, pay a fee to the Casalesi clan of the Camorra organized-crime syndicate, who run the séx trade around Naples. Natale says the women are not allowed to charge more than $13 a trick—the market rate for street séx in the impoverished south—and they are not allowed to refuse customers. Frida says they were afraid to charge more. “They watched us all the time,” she says. “They would drive by or send spies to make sure we stayed in line.”
Prostitution is not illegal in Italy as long as the séx workers are over 18, but it is illegal to pick up a prostitute on the street. Recently, police have been enforcing the client crackdown on roadside prostitution by fining the clients, so the mob has started buying up apartment blocks along the Via Domitiana and in other parts of the country. They have started moving the women off the streets and into the villas where drugs are sold in the basement and séx is sold upstairs. Natale used to visit the women on the streets and give them medications for STDs. He says the move to put the women in the houses is far more dangerous and life-threatening. “These people are treated like merchandise,” he says. “Now they are being kept in these houses that are protected by armed guards. They were somewhat safer on the streets because at least there we could check on them.”
There is little hope to stop the illegal séx-trafficking racket, says Natale, because most of the women are illegal immigrants and do not have documents and are not in the Italian state system and therefore “nonexistent” in the eyes of the authorities. But there is also a bigger problem in that there is no authoritative government entity currently involved in stopping séx trafficking in Italy. All the work is done by non-governmental organizations with limited funds and virtually no power. “We are like ghosts,” says Frida, who recently legalized her living status in Italy and wants to help other Nigerians get off the street. “We are literally shadows on the highway.”

We May Drop Out Of School Soon – Rolling Dollar’s Children

Though death has stopped the beat of highlife singer, Fatai Olagunju, popularly known as Rolling Dollar, his family wants his fans to keep the tempo going, writes GBENGA ADENIJI
The location was the Millennium Estate, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos residence of deceased highlife singer, Fatai Olagunju, otherwise called Rolling Dollar. His two wives, Zainab and Serifat, some of his children including Sikiru-who is the singer’s 50-year-old first son, wore a pensive mood as our correspondent walked into their home.
It was evident from their faces that they were yet to come to terms with the reality of the death of the 86-year-old songbird, Rolling Dollar, who breathed his last on June 12, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed “fairest and freest” election in Nigeria. The musician shot to stardom a few years back via a successful album, Won Kere si Number Wa. But despite his fame, the family is worried about the education of his younger children.
One of the children, Jamiu, told our correspondent that he was still saddened by the death of his father, expressing uncertainty over his future. He explained that he and his other siblings would miss their father’s pieces of advice.
The young Olagunju regretted that his late father was unable to fulfil the promise he made to him concerning his education.
Jamiu stated, “Anytime he was around, he used to advise us on things we should do and the ones we should avoid. He promised me that he would make sure I studied up to university level. It is unfortunate that when my father was making the promise, he did not know that he would die this year.”
He added that when the news of his father’s death was broken to him, the first thing he remembered was the promise he made to him, regarding his university education.
“When I was told about his death, I remembered what he promised me. I also thought about my education. It is my desire to ba singer like my father but I want to go to school first. To honour my father, I will take to music someday. He became popular as a highlife singer but I want to be a hip-hop artiste,” he added.
Rolling Dollar might have arrived on the big stage late in life but his works were recognised by highlife lovers, music buffs and fellow musicians. After his death, President Goodluck Jonathan was one of many notable individuals who praised the good work of the late singer. Zainab, who had just finished saying her prayers, told SUNDAY PUNCH that she was yet to believe that her husband had left her forever. She recalled that she married the musician after her first marriage failed, adding that Rolling Dollar was yet to hit the stardom when he married her.
She said, “I was staying with an aunt at Olorunsogo, Mushin area of Lagos about 13 years ago when I met him. I used to see him pass by but I did not know that he had interest in me. I was a bit sick when he called me on a Sunday. He jokingly asked me if I would not mind preparing Ramadan food for him because it was the fasting period. He later noticed some patches at both corners of my mouth, indicating that I had been sick. I told him I had used some drugs but he insisted on buying some more for me.”
Zainab said the musician did not even stop at that. According to her, he also prepared rice and asked one of his children to take some to her house.
She added, “I later learnt that the year he met me was exactly three years after the death of his wife, who left three children behind. We got married in 2001 and I promised to take care of the children for him. His caring and honest nature drew me to him.”
She further stated that the family was apprehensive of how to cater for the children of the late artiste, who she said, did not leave anything behind. Zainab appealed to his fans to stand by them at their moment of grief.
Rolling Dollar’s younger wife, Serifat, who said she bore a boy and a girl for the deceased singer, also reiterated that their husband did not leave any money to train their children.
When the highlife maestro was alive, Serifat said he cared so much for the children and would do anything to make them happy. But his death seemed to have caught her and the rest of the family unawares.
“Our husband did not leave any money. We hope his fans and government will stand by us. The major challenge we are facing right now is how to ensure that our children continue their education. I am a businesswoman and I only survive on the little profit I make,” she stated.
Rolling Dollar’s eldest child, Sikiru, who said he left the Nigerian Educational and Development Council in 1996, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he left his father at seven.
He stated that he was unhappy because of the inability to see his father before he died, adding that he was also sick when he was informed about his ill-health.
Sikiru said, “My father is one man that I like so much. I live at Ikenne in Ogun State. I was so sad when I was told that he was ill because I was also indisposed at the time. I thought that his sickness was not something serious because he was a strong man until I was told of the urgent need to see him. Apart from my sickness, I was also broke but I pleaded that those around him, especially his wives, should take good care of him. Immediately I was strong enough to move around, I set out for Lagos to see him but it was unfortunate that he died before I could reach him. I was on the road when I received the call about his death.”
Sikiru however eulogised his father’s virtues, saying he was happy that God gave the family a wonderful father who never maltreated his children
“My father taught us never to misbehave, steal or look down on anybody. These are some of the virtues I imbibed from him and I am happy to say that the lessons are of great value to me. They have assisted my journey in life.”
Although 50-year-old Sikiru left his father a long time ago, he said that he once followed him to a music show in Port Novo, Benin Republic. He also said he visited him at regular intervals and that during some of the visits, he watched his rehearsals.
“He was a great performer. He was lively on the stage despite his age and his sense of humour during performances drew a large followership to him,” said Sikiru.
Folk singer, Segun Akinlolu, otherwise known as Beautiful Nubia, described the late entertainer as a colourful and youthful character who was always full of joy and life. Nubia said each time he met the deceased artiste, he would give him a big hug and pray for him.
“He was full of appreciation for our music and called himself my ‘Number One Fan.’ He loved playing music and each time he climbed the stage, he thrilled fans in a special way. Nobody wanted Rolling Dollar to leave the stage. The last time I spoke with him was a couple of months back. He appeared more subdued than usual but we discussed his participation in this year’s Eniobanke Music Festival. It’s sad the he will not be there but we shall celebrate him at the festival,” Nubia said.
The Oh! What A Feeling singer added that as Rolling Dollar was being remembered by friends and fans, it was crucial for his legacy to be protected and sustained. He stated that every artist is a blessing to the society and their passing should always be met with positive reflection and honest effort to continue their works and times in the collective memory of all.
On Thursday, the eight-day Fidau prayer was held for Rolling Dollar who was buried in his house located in Imaya, Ikorodu area of Lagos State. As sympathisers continue to call on the family to commiserate with them, how to secure the future of the children the artiste left behind is now the major concern.
The late singer was said to have been wrongly diagnosed of malaria at the first hospital where he was taken to. Another hospital in Surulere initially reportedly diagnosed him with pneumonia. But after looking into his medical history, especially the record from a US hospital where he was first treated before returning home from his last trip a few weeks ago, further diagnoses revealed he had cancer of the lungs.
Pa Dollar’s many wives and final wish
The musician married five wives and had nine children. Two women who were with him until his death gave birth to four of the children. The eldest of the four children is aged 12 and he is in primary five. His first son said the late singer pampered his children.
“My father would go to any length to ensure the comfort of his children,” he said, recalling how he showered him with gifts as the only child of his mother.
He added that the late entertainer used to buy gifts from Domino stores in Lagos whenever he was returning from a show a long time ago. He also created time to take his children to his hometown in Ede, Osun State, before his death. Sikiru said his father would fight any of his wives that beat his children.
One of the wives, Zainab, said she could not fulfil the final wish of the late singer. Narrating Rolling Dollar’s frantic effort to see his children before his death, Zainab said he begged her to bring the children to him when he was at a hospital in Surulere, Lagos. She said she was taking the children to him the next day when she was told that he had passed on.
SUNDAY PUNCH also learnt that the late singer never allowed women to cook his food till he died. One of his wives said he took that decision to avoid being served a meal that didn’t have the taste he wanted.
His two wives said he was not a rich man in terms of monetary value, but he was wealthy when one considers the name he left behind, his prestige and character. They said he had no money in the bank but he was always happy when he began to sing.
Two weeks before his death, our correspondent was at his Oko-Oba residence to interview him. It was exactly three days after his return from the music tour of the US and as he slept on a mat in his sitting room, he told our correspondent that he was too sick to grant the interview that was earlier scheduled for that day.

South Africa Now Visa-Free For Nigerian Passport Holders


Nigeria and South Africa on Tuesday signed an agreement aimed at ending visa acquisition by holders of official and diplomatic passports.
Ministers from both countries have been charged to ensure the effective implementation of the newly signed instruments and the conclusion of outstanding agreements.

Both Presidents, Jacob Zuma and Goodluck Jonathan met in Cape Town, South Africa where various issues were discussed on how to improve on relationship between both countries as they agreed on so many issues aimed at boosting development in the continent.
Beside the visas waiver agreement both countries also signed eight other bilateral agreements which include, cooperation in legal field, oil and gas sectors, power sector development, environment,defence cooperation, women development and empowerment as well as child development.

The bilateral agreements also cover geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy and fields of information and communication technology.

For both presidents, stronger ties between both countries is necessary if the continent’s fortune is to be improved.

In his view, President Zuma said, ”we have a duty to take this historic relationship further. Our two countries have already grown very warm bilateral relations structured through the bi-national commission that was officially inaugurated in 1999,”.

The meeting also afforded President Zuma the opportunity to express his joy also the number of South African companies doing businesses in Nigeria, the biggest investment being in the telecommunication sector.

He further noted that it is the intention of South Africa to expand to other sectors such as engineering, construction, banking, oil and the media.

He also advocated for both countries to promote people to people relationship especially through tourism which he said has generated huge Foreign Direct Investment for the country.

“Last year alone, South Africa received a total of 73,282 Nigerian tourists which is an 13.8percent increase from 2011 contributing about 720million Rands to the South African economy within the period.”

In his responding, President Jonathan, described the signing of nine bilateral agreements between the two countries is a major achievement that would enhance the critical role of Nigeria and South Africa in transforming the continent,

The President later addressed joined session of the South African parliament where he re-echoed the need for the two countries to strengthen partnership in growing the continent’s economy.

Photos: A witch Caught collecting The Remains Of Accident Victims

Photos: A witch Caught collecting The Remains Of Accident Victims


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On Thursday a ghastly motor accident occurred along Owerri, Port Harcourt express road after the Army Barracks in Obinze, just a few meters after the entrance of Arab Contractors Nig Ltd, involving a petrol tanker and a bus carrying full load of passengers.
Three passengers died on the spot including the driver, two died later at the hospital. As if that was not enough, on Friday a Sienna coming from Owerri and heading to Imo state Polytechnic Ohaji somersaulted severally on the same spot. The car was seriously damaged but thankfully the three occupants came out alive with praises to God.
Today Tuesday, a man was caught on that same spot with charms doing what was best known to him in a language most people didn’t understand. He was promptly surrounded by the youths of Ohaji. The man was taken to the Eze who handed him over to the police.
Before this, the man who could only speaks hausa language mentioned that he had links in the community
and named a man well known to the youths. The youths swung into action and went in search of the man and found him hiding in the ceiling of his house.
They beat him up, but as soon as he had a little chance, he escaped into a nearby bushes. The hausa speaking juju man also mentioned that he had customers that visited him at night, dressed in suits and were carrying a briefcase.
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Give Us Back Our Countrymen!! Kenya Appeals!!!

Seven Kenyan officials and five airline crew have been detained in Nigeria for the past two weeks after they travelled to deport Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu and others who were flown into the country on a private chartered jet (East Africa Safari Express Airline). The Kenyans and one Swedish national are said to be held at the Park View Astoria in Ikoyi.
According to the detainees, Nigerian authorities have insisted the Kenyans will not be allowed to fly out without the three men Kenya kicked out on drug trafficking claims.
Anthony Chinedu has lived in Kenya as a businessman for the past 18 years. he has been embroiled in a tussle over control of property with his estranged Kenyan wife Joyce Akinyi. The Kenyan government deported him on the grounds that he was involved in “dirty business”
Attempts by Kenyan embassy officials in Nigeria and owners of the plane to get the Kenyans released has been brushed off by Nigerian authorities.
Chinedu has claimed to be behind their detention saying they will only be released after he is paid the value of the investments he has in Kenya. Chinedu said from Lagos, “when you catch a mad man is when you know a mad man has a mother,a mad man has a father.”
The detention of the Kenyan officials and crew of the plane used for Chinedu’s deportation is a huge blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that all foreign drug dealers be removed from Kenya with immediate effect.
The saddest thing is, the state has ruled out talks with Chinedu but will however intensify diplomatic talks with Nigerian authorities.
According to Chinedu, over 20 Nigerians have been deported shortly after President Uhuru’s Kenyatta’s directive and more are still waiting deportation in their detention camps. These are people that own huge properties and strong assets running into millions of dollars.

N710, 000 Fraud: Christ Embassy’s Choir Director To Face Charges


An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday struck out an application for the withdrawal of a N710, 000 fraud charge against a Choir Director of the Christ Embassy Church, Lagos.

The police had on May 15 arraigned the director, Sunday Eboh, who allegedly defrauded another member of the church, David Egaifa, under false pretences of helping him to purchase a Toyota bus.
Chief Magistrate Omolade Awope struck out the application when Egaifa exhibited ignorance of implications of the withdrawal. The complainant, who had earlier agreed with the accused to withdraw the suit, told court on Friday that he was not properly enlightened on the implications of withdrawing the case.
Mr. Egaife made this known after the prosecutor, Corporal Adekemi Adeniran, told him that he would not be able to bring back the case once withdrawn. “Madam, it is during this section that I learnt I can’t come back for the same case after withdrawal, but I was told that l can re-arrest Eboh if he refuses to pay my money.
“My Lord, l don’t want withdrawal again. I withdraw my application,” Mr. Egaifa said. The choir director, who lives at No. 11, Church St., Ketu, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of false pretence and stealing. He had pleaded not guilty on arraignment, and was granted bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The prosecutor said that he committed the offences in February, 2012 at 12:30 p.m., at the Christ Embassy Church, Ketu, Lagos. “The accused told the complainant that his relatives are living in United Kingdom and that they frequently sent cars home for sale. “The complainant was not totally convinced, so he asked the accused to deposit his B.Sc certificate and his NYSC discharge certificate, to be turned to him when he brings the bus.
After collecting the money, the accused ran away until last week when he turned up to demand for the certificates,” Ms. Adeniran said. She said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 285 prescribes three years imprisonment for stealing while Section 312 provides for 15 years imprisonment for obtaining by false pretences.

A Sad Love Story You Should Learn From!


Its a long one, but take your time to read it.
A Sad Love Story telling us not to be afraid of expressing our Feelings.
I have a boyfriend who grew up with me. His name is Vin. I always thought of him as a friend until last year when we went to a trip from a club. I found that I fell in love with him. Before that trip was over, I took a step and confessed my love for him. And soon, we became a pair of lovers, but we loved each other in different ways. I always concentrated on him only, but by his side, there were so many other girls. To me, he was the only one, but to him, maybe I was just another girl…
“Vin, do you want to go watch a movie?” I asked.
“I can’t”
“Why? You need to study at home?” I felt disappointment grabbing me.
“No… I am going to meet a friend…”
He was always like that. He met girls in front of me, like it was nothing. To him, I was just a girlfriend. The word ‘love’ only came out from my mouth. Since I knew him, I had never heard him say ‘I love you’ before. To us, there weren’t any anniversaries at all. He didn’t say anything from the first day and it continued till 100 days…200days… Everyday, before we say goodbye, he would just hand me a doll, everyday, without fail. I don’t know why…
Then one day…
Me: Um, Vin, I …
Vin: What…don’t drag, just say..
Me: I love you.
Vin: ……you….um, just take this doll and go home.
That was how he ignored my ‘three words’ and handed me the doll. Then he disappeared, like he was running away. The dolls I received from him everyday filled my room, one by one. There were many…
Then one day came, my 18th year old birthday. When I got up in the morning, I pictured a party with him, and stranded myself in my room, waiting for his call. But… lunch passed, dinner passed… and soon the sky was dark… he still didn’t call. It was already tiring to look at the phone anymore. Then around 2am in the morning, he suddenly called me and woke me from my sleep. He told me to come out of the house. Still, I felt joy and I ran out happily.
Me: Vin…
Vin: Here…take this…
Again, he handed me a little doll.
Me: What’s this?
Vin: I didn’t give it to you yesterday, so I am giving it to you now. I’m going home now, bye.
Me: Wait, wait! Do you know what today is?
Vin: Today? Huh?
I felt so sad, I thought he would remember my birthday. He turned around and walked away like nothing had happen. Then I shouted… “Wait…”
Vin: You have something to say?
Me: Tell me, tell me you love me…
Vin: What?!
Me: Tell me
I put my pathetic self behind and clung on to him. But he just said simple cold words and left.
“I don’t want to say…that I love someone so easily, if you are desperate to hear it, then find someone else.”
That was what he said. Then he ran off. My legs felt numb… and I collapsed to the ground. He didn’t want to say it easily… How could he…. I felt that… Maybe he is not the right guy for me…
After that day, I stranded myself at home crying, just crying. He didn’t call me, although I was waiting. He just continued handing me a little doll every morning outside my house. That’s how those dolls piled up in my room… everyday !
After a month, I got myself together and went to school. But what made the pain resurfaced was that… I saw him on a street… with another girl… He had a smile on his face, one that he never showed me…as he touched the doll… I ran straight back home and looked at the dolls in my room, and tears fell… Why did he gave these to me… Those dolls are probably picked out by some other girls…In a fit of anger, I threw the dolls around. Then suddenly, the phone rang. It was him. He told me to come out to the bus stop outside my house. I tried to calm myself down and walked to the bus stop. I kept reminding myself that I am going to forget him, that… it’s going to end. Then he came into my sight, holding a big doll
Vin: Jo, I thought you were pissed, you really came?
I couldn’t help hating him, acting like nothing had happen and joking around. Soon, he held out the doll as usual…
Me: I don’t need it.
Vin: What….why…
I grabbed the doll from his hands and threw it on the road.
Me: I don’t need this doll, I don’t need it anymore!! I don’t want to see a person like you again!
I spitted out all the words that were inside me. But unlike other days, his eyes very shaking.
“I’m sorry” He apologized in a tiny voice. He then walked over to the road to pick up the doll…
Me: You stupid! Why are you picking up the doll?! Just throw it away!!!
But he ignored me and just went to pick the doll. Then…
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With a loud honk, a big truck was heading towards him.
“Vin! Move! Move away!” I shouted… But he didn’t hear me, he squatted down and picked up the doll.
“Vin, move!” ~!! “Boom!” That sound, so terrifying.
That’s how he went away from me. That’s how he went away without even opening his eyes to say one word to me.
After that day, I had to go through everyday with guilt and the sadness of losing him… And after spending two months like a crazy person… I took out the dolls.
Those were the only gifts he left me since the day we started going out. I remembered the days I spent with him and started to count the days… when we were in love…
“One…two… three…” That was how… I started to count the dolls…
“Four hundred and eighty four… four hundred and eighty five…” It all ended with 485 dolls.
I then started to cry again, with a doll in my arms. I hugged it tightly, then suddenly…
“I love you~, I love you~” I dropped the dolls, shocked.
“I….lo..ve…you??” I picked up the dolls and pressed its stomach.
“I love you~ I love you~” It can’t be! I pressed all the dolls’ stomach as it piled on the side.
“I love you~”
“I love you~”
“I love you~”
Those words came out non-stop. I…love you… Why didn’t I realize that….That his heart was always by my side, protecting me. Why didn’t I realize that he love me this much… I took out the doll under the bed and pressed it’s stomach, that was the last doll, the one that fell on the road. It had his blood stain on it. The voice came out, the one that I was missing so much…
“Jo…Do you know what today is? We’ve been loving each other for 486 days. Do you know what 486 is? I couldn’t say I love you…. Um… since I was too shy… If you forgive me and take this doll, I will say that I love you… everyday… till I die… Jo… I love you…”
The tears came flowing out of me. Why? Why? Why do I only know about all this now? He can’t be by my side, but he loved me until his last minute…
For that… and for that reason… to me… it became courage… to live a beautiful life…
I advise every one reading this story to always be courageous to tell their feelings to the ones they love. Never hold back, never keep your love in a box. Love as if this is all there is. Never let the one you love go without letting them know how you feel.