Confab: North’s Laziness Responsible For Dependence On Oil Proceeds, Says Lamido Adamawa


Confab-Lamido AdamawaA delegate at the ongoing National Conference and the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, has said that the North can survive economically without depending on proceeds from petroleum resources.

The controversial monarch noted that but for the laziness on the part of the people of the region, the proceeds from agricultural produce would have made the region less dependent on oil.

It would be recalled that prior to Nigeria’s discovery of oil in commercial quantity, the North was solely dependent on agriculture with groundnuts and cotton from the region being a major source of income.

The economic potential of agriculture was highlighted when the traditional ruler noted that while a litre of palm oil is sold for N300, petrol of the same measurement is sold for N97.

He said if the North could harness its natural resources (agriculture), the region would have survived oil (petroleum), which had turned people of the North to parasites in the eyes of those from the oil-producing states.

Mustapha, who spoke on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, monitored in Kaduna weekend, also noted with sadness, how those from the oil producing states speak with impunity. He called on the people of the region to shake off their laziness and return to agriculture.

He explained that some notable countries of the world, such as Japan and Germany, had no oil (petrol) but they were able to harness their God-given resources to make their nations great.

He said, “Just as I have said earlier, these people who come from oil producing states are looking at us (northerners) as if we are beggars and gold diggers, who have nothing to do.

“That is why I said the non-oil producing states are not cowards. They don’t fear anybody. Everybody is contributing his quota to make Nigeria great. But these people from oil producing states think that if what they want is not given to them, they have been wronged and they would even prefer to stay out of Nigeria.

“Japan and Germany have no oil. But we have lazy people here (in the North). These advanced countries utilised what they were naturally endowed with to develop; they don’t envy each other, they don’t have such thing. Whatever you want in this world, you get it in these countries.

“A litre of palm oil is sold for N300, while one litre of petrol is sold for N97. If not because we are a lazy people and we hold on to agriculture, who knows the quantity of groundnuts and cotton that we can produce in the North?

“I am saying this so that our people could wake up from their slumber: they should stand up”.

He also stressed the need for delegates to discuss frankly on the challenges confronting the country, rather than politicising issues.

“Since they brought me here (to the confab), I will tell the truth.  I will say the fact anywhere and in front of anybody. It is sad that the people of Nigeria don’t like the truth: once you are saying the truth, they brand you in English ‘controversial’.  Okay, we must say the truth. They brought me here and I will talk because of my people, to protect their integrity and make sure that they get what they are supposed to get”.

Ekiti: I Won’t Take Up Issues With APC, Fayemi, Says Fayose


Ayo FayoseThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, ex-Governor Ayo Fayose, has said he will not take up issues with Governor Kayode Fayemi and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the build-up to the June 21 election.

Fayose, who was speaking with reporters in Abuja yesterday said that: “This is not a sign of weakness on my part, but a sign of maturity, which I have gained over the years. I have vowed not to join issues with anyone on any matter between now and June 21.

“This is to show that Ayo Fayose is now more mature than he was when he was the governor of Ekiti State. I am going to focus on issues. My intention is to concentrate on our campaigns to ensure that we do not only win, but have landslide victory”.

According to the former governor, he would, henceforth, focus on his strategies to ensure that the PDP reclaims the state, adding that the strength of the APC at present is based on media propaganda.

Fayose also challenged his critics, who accused him of corruption and other sundry vices during his first tenure, to come up with fresh allegations.

Why APC Must Zone Presidency To N/Delta


APC-Logo1The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress has demanded that the position of the president, the vice president or the national chairman of the party should be zoned to the Niger Delta region.

The state APC explained that the call for the people of Niger Delta to get one of the three major positions became necessary in order to encourage the region to continue to fight for the victory of the party.

Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Interim State Chairman of the party, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, who made this known in a telephone interview with The PUNCH yesterday, said one of the three positions must come to the oil-rich region.

Eze stressed that the national leadership of APC would be unfair to the people of the region if it decided not to zone any of the three positions to the Niger Delta.

“The sacrifices those of us in Niger Delta have made to make the APC popular in this area; if the party does not consider all these sacrifices and let us assume that President Goodluck Jonathan gets the ticket (of the Peoples Democratic Party), what would we depend on to ask Niger Delta people to vote for APC when there is no responsible or reasonable position given to us (Niger Delta)?

“So, if the position of the presidency, vice presidency or the chairman of the party is not ceded to this place, in other words, they are asking us to slow down.

“Therefore, any calculation, they (national APC) without putting this factor into consideration, they are not fair to the people from this area”, Eze said.

He also spoke on the presence of Governor Rotimi Amaechi at the wedding ceremony of President Jonathan’s daughter in Abuja, saying his attendance was not an indication that he (Amaechi) was planning a return to the PDP.

Eze said Amaechi’s presence at the wedding in Abuja showed that the Rivers State governor had a forgiving spirit.

Explaining that Amaechi was still a member of APC, Eze, who was the spokesperson of the faction of PDP known as new PDP, added that the governor would not return to the PDP without first consulting APC members.

Power Minister Says Nigeria Is Undergoing Spiritual Warfare


Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, yesterday said Nigeria was undergoing a spiritual warfare but assured that the country would triumph at the end.

Nebo said this in a sermon, titled “Jehovah, the omnipotent is our refuge and strength” which he delivered at Aso Villa chapel during a special thanksgiving on the wedding of President Goodluck Jonathan’s foster daughter, Faith, and her husband, Godswill.

According to the minister, despite the challenges plaguing the country, it was on the threshold of a new dawn.

“We are in spiritual warfare and many do not realise this. Our military will continue to do their work and God will help them, intelligent agencies will continue to do their work and God will help them.”

”But those of us that are vast in spiritual warfare should be able to know that there is more to these things that meets the eye,” said Nebo.

Laptop Thief Busted After Calling Apple Customer Support for Help


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A New Hampshire man was arrested on burglary charges after police were able to track him down for stealing a laptop when he called technical support for help with the device.

The computer’s rightful owner, Mike Witonis, received an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about the laptop even though he hadn’t had it for a year.

Casey Wentworth, 24, was arrested at his home after police were able to use the computer’s serial number, which he had provided during the tech support call, to locate him.

“It then took us a while to track down the individual who made the phone call, but we were able to put that together and ultimately come up with enough evidence to charge him with the original burglary and recover the computer,” Lt. Brant Dolleman told WMUR.

Wentworth is accused of taking the laptop from Witonis’s home in Dover in February 2013.

“It was sort of shocking,” Witonis said. “I guess luck was on our side that the guy who took it didn’t try to get rid of it, which was sort of strange. Then, all of a sudden, he decides in his infinite wisdom, ‘Well, I’ll just call Apple and see if they can help me unlock this thing.’”

Witonis hasn’t gotten his MacBook Air back yet because the police are still keeping it as evidence.

Breaking News: Blast Hits Abuja


A loud explosion was heard this morning in Abuja as a blast hit the Federal Capital Territory moments ago.

The blast was reported around Nyanya axis of Abuja, beside El-rufai bus stop, near Nyanya bridge, Abuja. Some residents of the FCT said the blast occurred at Nyanya motor park.

Casualties have been reported, with injured persons being rushed to the nearby Nyanya General hospital.

Details soon…

Indian Men Risk Death For Love With Roadside Tattoos Bearing Girlfriends’ Names


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Young men in India are risking their lives for love – by paying roadside tattooists to ink their girlfriends’ names on their bodies.

Scores of artists line the streets of Delhi’s old quarter, where professionally sterilised equipment is in short supply.

A basic design can cost as little as 50p but customers run the risk of contracting blood-borne viruses such as HIV or bacterial infections from unsterilised needles.

Many hard-up youngsters are willing to run the risk to save going to a tattoo parlour where they can end up paying hundreds of pounds.

Ramesh Kumar, who has been a street tattoo artist for four years, says most of his clients are young people and students who want to get the names of their girlfriend or boyfriend inked on their body.

Others want images of gods or will pick a design from the tattooist’s own creations.

He says he never gets any complaints from customers regarding infections.

Some of the so-called “artists” are actually just amateurs who draw wonky designs or misspell names.

Some use acrylic paints which can harm the skin, rather than the specialist ink utilised by professionals.

The tattoo artists line the streets of Delhi’s Old Quarter day after day enticing customers with their cheap prices.

But the practice is illegal and they make sure their equipment is easily portable for when the police arrive and give chase.

Asari-Dokubo To Patience Jonathan: You Cannot Impose Wike On Rivers People


Asari-dokubo-478x300Ex-militant and leader of the defunct Niger-Delta People’s Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahedeen Asari Dokubo has flayed the recent statement attributed to the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan that she is solidly behind Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike’s quest to govern Rivers State come 2015.

Asari-Dokubo warned that any attempt to impose Wike on the people of Rivers State would adversely affect the political fortunes of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party.

“To make Wike a governor in Rivers State in 2015 is not morally right. All the fellows endorsing him for whatever reason should know that it will injure PDP, it will injure Goodluck Jonathan. If Goodluck’s name is brought into it, that he is in support of the perpetuation of an Ikwere hegemony in Rivers State, which is not right by population, which is not right under any calculation, it will injure him and PDP”. Dokubo warned in a recent chat with Leadership.

The First Lady had in reaction to a media report that she had withdrawn her support for the minister as well as planning to install three governors in the 2015 general elections, declared her total support for Wike and reaffirmed his position as leader of PDP in Rivers.

Mrs. Jonathan in a statement through her media aide, Ayo Adewuyi said, “In the case of Rivers State, the First Lady wishes to state categorically that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, is the leader of PDP in Rivers State and he enjoys the followership of the people of the State. The First Lady is solidly behind Chief Wike.

“The people of Rivers State are also solidly behind Chief Wike and are prepared to follow him. It is therefore mischievous to insinuate that Mrs Jonathan is working to ensure that the governorship candidate comes from one of the riverine areas of Rivers State which may not be where the people are going.

“It is also imperative to state that the First Lady is always with the people and will continue to go with the wish and expectations of the people. Mrs Jonathan has not withdrawn her support for Chief Wike at any time and will always work for the interest and the good of Rivers people. As far as the First Lady is concerned, there is NO SHAKING in Rivers State”.

But Dokubo countered the first lady, saying Wike cannot become the next governor of the state.

According to him, an Ikwerre man has no business in Rivers Government House in 2015, adding that it would amount to political suicide for PDP to field Wike, an Ikwerre man, in the next polls.

“As far as we all know, there are three ethnic clusters in Rivers State: the Ijaws, the Igbos (Ikwerre is part of the Igbo cluster) and the Ogonis. After Bayelsa was excised from Rivers State, the Igbos have ruled for many years. Odili was an Idoni Igbo; he ruled for eight years. Omehia/Amaechi, who are also Ikwerres, by 2015 would have ruled for more than eight years, making over 16 years”, he explained.

Asari-Dokubo insisted that it is impossible for an Ikwerre man to succeed Governor Rotimi Amaechi who is also of that ethnic stock.

His words: “It is morally wrong for any anybody to say that Igbo cluster should produce the next governor in 2015. I am an Igbo man also, by virtue of my origin, and so I am not against the Ikwerre people or against the Igbo. I repeat, I am an Igbo man; I can narrow it down: I have Ikwerre blood flowing in my veins.

“Having said that, the next cluster are the Ijaws, made up of the Kalabaris, the Obolo and Ibani people, the Wakrike; Okirika is just one town in Wakrike, Ukoro and others. These people have produced a governor. In terms of local government spread, they are in 11 local government areas out of the 23 local government areas; the Igbos are spread in eight and the Ogonis in four local government areas.

“In terms of population, when you remove the cosmopolitan population of Port Harcourt and Obiakpor, which is about 80 per cent of the population, is non-indigenous of those local governments. That is old non-Rivers indigenes and Rivers indigenes, who are not indigenes of Port Harcourt and Obiakpor local governments. If you remove those populations, the Ijaws are the majority as a single block.

“When you look at that, for somebody to say another Ikwerre man should become governor is wrong. Yes, constitutionally, he has a right to aspire, everybody is free to aspire, but it is not moral, it is not right. Something can be legally right but it might not be morally right”, he added.

Abuja Court Rules ‘Online’ Terrorist Must Face Terrorism Charge


ebute_metta_magistrate_courtA suspected ‘online’ terrorist, Muktar Ibrahim [aka Abu Sabaya], who sympathizes with activities of the Boko Haram sect, must answer charges of terrorism brought against him by the Federal Government, an Abuja Federal High Court has ruled.

The presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, while dismissing a no-case submission filed by the accused, ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of his case.

Ibrahim was described by the prosecution as an online personality, who was celebrating the bombing campaigns of the Boko Haram sect on a jihadist website while also soliciting funds from international terrorists groups to fund the activities of the sect in Nigeria.

The accused, who is a First Class graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was said to have registered his email address – banatsuad1@yahoo.com – on a jihadist website to post messages on the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the country, in contravention of the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011.

Some of the messages said to have been posted by the accused on the website in February 2012 read “…is there any way we can help the muhahhidin in Nigeria by AMEF projects? We are ready to release videos, statement and other material to support our brothers in Nigeria”.

This, the Federal Government said was a message preparatory to an act of terrorism, an offence contrary to section 1[1] [a] of the Terrorism [Prevention] Act, 2011 and punishable under section 33 [1] [a] of the same Act.

On or about June 16 2011, Ibrahim was also said to have posted a message that read, “The wind of rage has been unleashed upon the battalion of the tawaghit and all their allies in Nigeria. In a successful attack, a severe attack and damage at the heart of the security apparatus of the Nigerian government, the Muwahhidin, with the assistance of Allah, were able to deal a great blow to the government and also to prove to their masters in the White House that our call is based upon actions rather than speech.

“Many Nigerians were very happy about the blast because they are frustrated by the tyranny of the tawaghit and their hijacking of the country’s resources for their selfish interests.

“This attack is indeed a success because prior to the attack the Nigerian Police Force on behalf of the Inspector General of Police Hafiz Ringim, boasted and he vowed that the days of the Muhahhidin in Nigeria are numbered.  Little did he know that the Muhahhidin are on their way to his palace in Abuja”.

EFCC Secures 773 Convictions Since 2003 – Lamorde


EFCC-Chairman-Ibrahim-Lamorde1The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday said it had secured more than 773 convictions and recovered billions of naira since its inception in 2003.

Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, Chairman of the commission, disclosed this on Friday in Sokoto while inaugurating the Usman Danfodiyo University chapter of ‘Zero Tolerance Club’, an anti-corruption club.

Lamorde, represented by Mr Osita Nwajah, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Department of the commission, had also delivered a paper entitled: ”Students should lead the fight against economic and financial crimes”.

He said the war against corruption and financial crimes would only be won through collective efforts.

“Economic and financial crimes constitute a great challenge to the Nigerian economy and our nation’s image, both at home and abroad.

”The commission has been reorienting Nigerians not only to see the devastating effects of corruption, economic and financial crimes in all facets of our lives, but also to rise and do something about it”, he said.

Lamorde expressed concern on the involvement of students in cybercrime, and warned them to desist from using the Internet to defraud innocent people.

”On a daily basis, the commission arrests, detains and prosecutes offenders in various cases of Internet scams”, adding that 65 per cent of those arrested were undergraduates.

According to him, it hurts so much to see the future leaders of Nigeria languishing in jail, but added that the law must take its course.

In her contribution, Hajiya Aisha Larai-Musa, Head of Public Enlightenment and Re-Orientation Unit of the commission, also decried the high rate of criminal activities among students of tertiary institutions.

She enumerated some of the crimes perpetrated by the students to include examination malpractice, advance fee fraud, cybercrime, extortion, bribery, cultism, identity theft, among others.

She said the inauguration of the club, instituted in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), was part of efforts to find lasting solution to the problems.

“The club, which is non-partisan and non-profit making, was conceived to promote awareness on corruption among students in tertiary institutions”, Larai-Musa said.

In a remark, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Riskuwa Shehu, represented
by his Deputy, Prof. Abubakar Bagudo, urged Nigerians to “collectively and frontally fight corruption”.

“Unless this is done, the dream of achieving sustainable growth and development in Nigeria would continue to elude the nation”, Shehu warned.

The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, commended the commission for introducing the club, saying corruption has become ”a hydra-headed monster thwarting the socioeconomic development of Nigeria”. (NAN)

I Was Chased Out Of Sudan When I Raised The Alarm About Boko Haram – Ambassador Bola Dada


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Are you saying what was being practised in Sudan was exported into Nigeria?

When Sudan came under pressure during the US Bill Clinton era, they sent Bin Laden away. Osama Bin Laden had established himself there. In fact, one of his wives was the daughter of the Speaker. So when Sudan was under pressure to send Osama Bin Laden away, he decided to divide his Al-Qaeda army into three; he took the first team to Afghanistan and kept the second team in Sudan; the third group he sent out to be disturbing the whole world, including Magreb which is close to Mali, Chad and Niger. I raised an alarm in 2001 that Al-Qaeda was in Nigeria – that Al-Qaeda had penetrated Nigeria through Chad. You know Chad has a border with Borno State. We have about eight million Nigerians in Sudan: people who settled there after pilgrimage. Many who couldn’t reach Saudi Arabia just settled there. And Al-Bashir (Sudanese president) was a descendant of Borno State. I reported all these, including the fact that Yerima was there at that time but I was ignored. Yerima got back to Nigeria and the following day, he declared Sharia. And from then, they were sending students for Jihadist training. Then when I got wind of the distribution of Osama Bin Laden Al-Qaeda groups, I reported. I told them to check our borders between Mali, Niger, and Chad – that Al-Qaeda was on the move. It got to a stage that it became evident that my report was becoming a concern to our permanent secretary then who incidentally had intelligence security background as a former director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency. His name is Ambassador Heart. He brought in his NIA background into the Foreign Service. He knew what was sensitive and newsworthy. So he took the case seriously and played his part. But instead of our government sending inspectors were to check the veracity of my reports, they didn’t do that; they would just call the NIA man there who was also a Borno man who would refute anything I said. He would tell them not to mind me because I was a Christian and a religious bigot. In fact, he said Obasanjo deliberately sent me there to spy on the ambassador. That was how they usually dismissed my reports.

What did Obasanjo do when he got wind of your reports?

I wouldn’t know what he did but I guess some of the reports did not get to him. One of such was about a Sudanese consulate in Kano who spent 50 years as a consul-general in Nigeria. That is not allowed, but in the case of Sudan, because of the close relationship with Ahmadu Bello and Muhammadu Ribadu, they allowed Sudan to open a honorary consulate in Kano and instead of putting a Nigerian there, they put a Sudanese. I drew attention to this anomaly and by the time I left the place in December 2001 before I was sent out to Uganda, the Sudanese man was spending his 50th year there as a consul-general in Nigeria. Where does that happen? I knew of it from a Sudanese official himself at one party at the Ghanaian embassy. I sent a report asking why they would allow a consul-general to spend 50 years in Nigeria. Meanwhile, his activities had nothing to do with consular job; it was mainly for Islamic purposes. That is why Sudan is being kept on the US watch list as a terrorist country. And this is a country that our country is romancing.

Do you see a link between the Boko Haram insurgency and what happened then?

There is a lot. As far as I am concerned, Boko Haram is an offshoot of Sharia. Meanwhile, in 2001, I learnt from a Southern Sudanese while I was there that at Khartoum sometime in 1994, some Sudanese officials were lamenting that the then presidents of Nigeria were not radical Muslims; they were lamenting that the golden days of Islam had gone. They were not happy that General Ibrahim Babangida and Muhammadu Buhari did not follow in the footsteps of Ahmadu Bello. So they planned on strategising again. They went to Kano to do that. Whatever the strategy they made that time, there is a link to what is happening now. Meanwhile, Babangida compensated them by dragging Nigeria to the Organisation of Islamic Countries, still they were not satisfied. Also, there was a kind of covenant between Sudan and Libya to destabilise Nigeria to promote Islamisation. So, what is happening to President Goodluck Jonathan now may have something to do with that pact. They call it Afikaya, a doctrine that all African states must be governed by Muslims only. Gaddafi fought for it rigorously before he died – that all African presidents must be Muslims and in any African country where by error a Christian is there, they should make life difficult for that person until he is deposed. I got wind of it in one document. I read it with my eyes that all African countries must be governed by Muslims and any country that is mistakenly being ruled by a Christian, they should make life difficult for him. They said it’s the injunction of the Quran. I read it. Boko Haram insurgency may have stemmed from such injunctions and as a result of the faulty policy of ambassadorial appointment and deployment. According to the Nigerian Constitution, ambassadorial appointment must be 75 per cent career-oriented and 25 per cent political. Ambassadorial jobs should be given to people who have experiences related to such jobs, not just anybody. That’s the constitution which was violated many times. In fact, the greatest violator was Babangida.

How?

He made a level 10 officer an ambassador at that time when we had level 15, 16, 17 officers. How could you make a level 10 or 12 officer an ambassador? It’s wrong. He made Ladan Baki, a level 12 officer an ambassador simply because it was the man that saved his life. Baki was an NIA man who leaked out to Babangida the plan of Buhari to sack him. That’s why he compensated him. Otherwise, Babangida would have been sacked and forgotten today. Another violation is that he appointed a Muslim as an ambassador to the Vatican. How could you make an Alhaji to be an ambassador to the Vatican? He also appointed late Saka Fagbo to Saudi Arabia because the man had terminal ailment and as a Muslim, he believed that once he died in Saudi Arabia, it’s Aljanastraight; and he gave directive that he must be buried in Saudi. Is that the purpose of ambassadorial appointment? So, many of these people go there for something else rather than performing ambassadorial duties. That’s why we have all these problems today.

Did you choose to go to Iran?

I never chose to go there. I don’t know why they deliberately posted me to Iran, after serving in three Arab/Islamic countries. I am a Christian but I was sent to Islamic countries to serve.

Was there any religious affinity between Northern Nigeria and Iran like what you observed with Sudan?

Actually, I did not stay long there. I did not really have the time to find out. But I think there is a bond between Nigeria and Iran too because exactly one year after I made my concern known, that was the time when the security operatives arrested some men smuggling containers of arms into the country from Iran.

What do you think Nigeria can do about the Boko Haram issue?

It has its roots in Sudan and has connections with Libya. So, let’s start to tackle it from the root. I think the government is already doing something about it through the help of France, because most of these countries are Francophone countries. If they would not listen to us, they would listen to France. By the time France talks to countries like Cameroon, something good will come out. Let’s deal with the problem from the root. We need France’s assistance. Our traditional and political rulers should also change their bullish mindsets about Nigeria. Also, no part of the country should think they can bully the other parts or that it’s their right to rule the other parts.

Source: Punch Nigeria

APC Not Yet Decided On Presidential Candidate, Says Ogbeh


audu-ogbehAgainst the media speculation that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari and  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu  as its presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2015 general elections, a chieftain of the party and former Minister of Steel Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said nobody has been endorsed by the party as its presidential flag bearer.

Ogbeh, who spoke with Daily Trust in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said those flying the kite of a Buhari/Tinubu candidacy were out to cause disaffection in the party.

“We have not discussed it. But I am open to every religion. I want to tell you that we have not discussed that issue. I am a Christian. It is purely a speculation. It may be somebody’s idea. No serious decision on this matter has been reached on this matter without a serious debate to weigh the merit and demerits of this particular matter. So there is no reason for anybody to be worried or pull out from the party. When we take a decision on such matter Nigerians would realise the sensibility of our reasons”, he said.

On the fate of 37 members of the House of Representatives that defected to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but which a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja declared unconstitutional, the former PDP National Chairman said: “the judge did not give any reason for that verdict. He only gave advice. We have every reason to believe the advice was partisan to favour PDP. The judge has been accused of doing favour to PDP. Other party members who have left their party to join PDP what do you say about them? These are some of the court verdict that brings the judiciary to disrepute. But there are some judges that are open minded. No arm of government has the right to interfere in the internal workings of any other arm”.

He, however, expressed the hope that the lower chamber would intervene in the matter.

Corruption: Mugabe Did Not Denigrate Nigeria More Than Jonathan And His Cohorts – CNPP


GEJ-MugabeDespite the protest by the Federal Government to sweeping allegations of corruption leveled against Nigerians by Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to look inward and address the message rather than castigating the messenger.

The National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr. Osita Okechukwu said in a statement issued Fiday in Abuja that, whereas, President Mugabe is not the moral compass or the credible messenger, however, President Jonathan should not throw away the baby with the bath water.

The CNPP recalled that, “penultimate week Mugabe while addressing his people said, ‘Are we now like Nigeria where you have to reach into your pocket to get anything done. You see, we used to go to Nigeria and every time we went there, we had to carry extra cash in our pockets to corruptly pay for everything. You get in a plane in Nigeria and you sit there and the crew keep dilly dallying without taking off as they wait for you to pay them to fly the plane’.

Mr. Okechukwu said “the CNPP is at a loss why Jonathan instead of introspection and deep reflection on the statement made by Mugabe, directed the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhomoihbi to issue a vitriolic query via Head of Zimbabwean Chancery, Ambassador Stanley Kunjeku to Mugabe”.

According to the CNPP spokesperson, “it is our considered view that Mugabe did not denigrate Nigeria more than Jonathan and his cohorts who have scant regard to transparency and accountability. Jonathan did not start corruption in Nigeria, but we are horrified to observe the shoeless boy dinning with robber barons and hence abandoning his core constituency of millions of shoeless Nigerian youths.

“On the last count of monumental corruption under Jonathan’s watch is the astronomical rise of fuel subsidy from less than N1 trillion in 2010 to N2.6 trillionin 2011, the purchase of two bullet proof cars at N255 million, the daily expenditure of N700 million on Kerosene subsidy, the missing $20 billion crude oil revenue and bare extortion of unemployed youths of over N700 million.

“As long as Jonathan’s regime continues with the inchoate and nebulous economic policy that government has no business in business, share the money and wait for the Chinese, Dangote and the private sector to invest in critical infrastructure, so long will the world view Nigeria with Mugabe’s mirror.

“In sum, we cannot in all honesty throw away the messenger and the message, as it is also height of corruption for Jonathan’s regime to shamelessly boast of economic growth in the midst of extreme poverty and gross unemployment”.

Okah Brothers: We Didn’t Mastermind The Abduction Of Clark’s Son


Clarks-sonThe Okah brothers have denied the allegation by Ijaw national leader,Chief Edwin Clark, that they were behind the recent abduction of his son, Ebikeme, in Delta State recently.

While the elder Okah, Henry, is currently serving a jail term in South Africa for masterminding the October 1, 2010 bombings in Abuja and gun-running, his younger brother, Charles is in prison custody at the Kuje Prison, Abuja.

The brothers in a statement released by their counsel, Festus Keyamo (Esq), described the allegations as logically untenable since they are both behind bars.

The statement read in part: “The accusation is factually wrong and logically untenable.

“Our clients are in prison custody both in South Africa prisons and Kuje prisons, Abuja. They are under the watchful guidance of security agencies.

“It is therefore unthinkable that such a complex plot as a kidnap will be hatched and executed from such distance and confinement. That will be a scathing indictment of security agencies and prison officials.

“Secondly, it is curious that Chief Clark never mentioned any other fact to back his accusation. His accusation is hanging in the air and is, at best, a figment of his imagination”.

The Okah brothers wondered why Clark “seeks to apply the sledge hammer on their sons that have already been wrongly accused and oppressed as a result of hire-wired politics”.

Keyamo warned that the Okah brothers would “seek legal redress if Chief Clark continues his diatribe against them”.

S/East PDP Rally: Jonathan Has Lost The Moral Authority To Lead – APC


jona-apcThe All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday said President Goodluck Jonathan had lost the moral authority to lead the nation by violating all electoral laws and campaigning ahead of time.

The opposition party was reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-East zonal rally, which held in Enugu State yesterday, where the president declared that APC lacked internal democracy.

Jonathan was quoted to have said in a veiled reference to APC: “One party tags itself as progressives but where are they progressing to. It is only in such progressive party that you find an ex-governor determining who gets what and how. Is that what you mean by progressives?”

But Interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed disappointment that the president would attack personalities rather than focus on issues.

Mohammed said: “When a President who is the number one citizen violates all electoral rules by campaigning well ahead of time, that President has lost the moral authority to lead a country.

“It is sad that the President cannot speak about issues but personalities.

“We would have been interested if he talks about the jobs he has created, how many roads he has built, how he is tackling health care and the insecurity in the nation and above all, how he is tackling corruption.

“He is doing none of these, we are not surprised because no one can rise above his capacity”.

Afro Candy Finally Reveals Why She Sources For Funds On Facebook For Her Daughter


Few days back, soft porn star Afrocandy took to facebook to solicit for funds to send her daughter to college. A lot of people actually didn’t believe her. In a recent chat with the Nigerian Tribune she revealed what led to her act…..
Read what she said below
“Actually, my daughter got a scholarship from the Ivy League universities that accepted her, but we were preparing, her school mates that were supposed to go to the same school opted out because they said the school is too expensive and didn’t get scholarship. So, because of that, my daughter said she did not want to go there alone because it’s far from where we live and more of a white neighbourhood.

That was when it dawned on me.Yes, we opted for one of the schools that also accepted her, but the only thing is I have to foot the bills before I am able to get my money – that’s if I will ever get it. The whole thing crushed my plans.
I know most people will abuse me, but I count on the support from my fans. Lots of them have been calling in, sending messages, telling me they are worried about my situation. Even though some of them cannot afford to help me, it brings tears to my eyes to see that I’m still loved by so many. That means the world to me. Some of them have even been sending in money through Paypal and bank account. Is that not something? So, I don’t bother about the people laughing at me.”

How My Sister Sold Me With Pregnancy For N100,000 — Victim


A 23-year-old pregnant woman, Jennifer Ogbonna, raised the emotion of people recently at Zone 2, Police Headquarters, Abeokuta, Ogun State, when she narrated how her sister tricked her into slavery and sold her off with her 7-month old pregnancy.

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She was then transported from Aba to Abeokuta after a couple who allegedly specialized in buying human beings from all parts of the country paid N100,000 to her sister.

My story

The lady who hails from Ebonyi State but lived and worked in Aba narrated her ugly experiences shortly after she was rescued by the Police. She said: “I was brought to Abeokuta by the woman’s husband. I don’t know that they had already paid money on my head. I only got to know in Abeokuta when I overheard the woman and her husband talking about child trafficking and I felt bad. I decided not to eat any of their food. There is one lady in that building, they call her Adeola, she would bring food for me and I would not touch it to the extent that the woman’s husband pleaded with me to eat and still I refused and said I am going back to Aba where she brought me from.

“When I said I was going to Aba, the man was angry and said before he would allow me to go back, I must pay back the N100,000 he paid my sister for myself and my pregnancy and the expenses he incurred so far on me. After that, his wife took me to one shrine and asked me to swear to an oath not to go back to Aba or tell anybody what happened, that if I try to go back or tell anybody, she will make me mad; she would make me deaf and dumb. “But, I discussed my plan to escape with another victim who I met there, she is Oluchi and she said that if I try it I will become mad, but, I insisted and I escaped. I ran away to the next street. When I ran to the street, I met some people and I narrated my experience to them. They advised me to report to the Police, that was how police got to know everything, she stated.

Division of labour

Investigations revealed that the notorious couple who lives in Abeokuta where they operate their illegal and nefarious business, usually travels to many parts of the country in search of their ‘commodity’. It was further gathered that the husband, identified as Ismail Yusuf, is in charge of scouting for pregnant women as he reportedly went as far as Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and other states in the Eastern part of the country. The wife, Muyiba, was saddled with the task of nurturing the pregnant women till they deliver of their babies for onward sale. Crime Guard learnt also that Muyiba who is cooling her feet at the Police station after she was arrested was reported to had come to Abeokuta from Kwara State disguised like a herbalist and rented an apartment at Adigbe where they use as their operational base.

According to the findings, the husband, having bought their preys (pregnant women), would charm them on the spot and take them to their operational base in Abeokuta where they would nurture the victims and their pregnancies until they give birth, which they allegedly usually sell to couples that need children or for ritual purposes. It was also gathered that when these victims were bought, the couple would force them to swear to an oath not to escape. They would charm them so that they would not escape from them and people living around and security agencies would not have any clues of what they were doing in their den.

Suspect opens up

Recalling her journey in the human trafficking business, 38-year-old Muyiba said, “ I came to Abeokuta in January this year from Offa, Kwara State. I used to sell baby clothes before my shop got burnt during the crisis between Offa and Erin-Ile. I know how to prepare herbs for diabetic patients. I am a trado-medical doctor, I registered in Kwara State but not in Ogun State. I have treated three patients in Abeokuta since I have been here.” When asked what she was doing with the pregnant women she camped in her house, Muyiba claimed that “ it was their husbands that brought them to my place, to keep them in my place. I knew them through one Joy. Arrest How were you arrested, she said “ It all happened when I saw police on Wednesday night banging that we should open the door.

They came to arrest all of us. I thought my husband has run away because I was asleep when the police came. My husband is Ismail Yusuf, our children are in Kwara State. The police also arrested Muyiba’s younger sister —Seun and when she was asked her role in the incident, she passed the ball to her elder sister. According to her , I was staying with her. I just graduated last year from School of Health in Ilorin, Kwara state. I came to Abeokuta last month. I don’t have anything to say, she (Muyinba) is the one that can say anything about it.

Raid at Akute

Two weeks ago, the operatives of Nigeria Police, Ogun State Command uncovered a baby-making factory in Akute and rescued eight pregnant women, including a 16-year-old girl, arresting the proprietor of the factory, Angela Chigoeze, and her brother-in-law, Obinna Ndunaga during the raid. It was gathered that at the baby -making factory operational base which is located at No 9, Sebanjo Crescent, Off Fabolude Bus-Stop in Akute, a baby was often sold at N300,000 each, while the young girls were usually offered pittance after delivery and their babies taken from them and sold to unknown people.

Some of the victims who were rescued included three teenage pregnant women; a-16-year-old Precious Steven, Miracle Eze and Blessing Saviour who are both 17 years old. Also rescued were Jeremiah Gift, 25, Joy Okoro, 20, Stella Samuel, 19; Agnes Igbo, 22 and Vivian Princewill, 20. The proprietress of the baby factory, Angela, 39, who hails from Abia state said that she started the business last year as a traditional healing home, claiming that her husband, now at large, rented the building from where the illicit business was transacted. Angela, however, denied that the young girls were usually impregnated inside the house, adding that the pregnant women were either brought by their husbands or traced her address themselves.

Government reacts

Speaking on the incident, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development , Elizabeth Sonubi, promised that government would continue to put in place the necessary security measures that would continue to nip girl child trafficking and other crimes targeted at children and women, in the bud.

The Commissioner disclosed that two of the victims had delivered two babies – male and female at the Rehabilitation Center where the State government takes care of them. She admonished the residents and people of the state to be vigilant and prevent such incident across the state, adding that people should report such incident promptly to the necessary quarters.

Source: Vanguard

Photos From Actress Uche Nnanna’s Bridal Shower


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The actress who got married traditionally last year is about to have her white wedding.

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The wedding will hold in Port Harcourt in few days’ time, 21st of April, 2014 and she had her bridal shower during the week.

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Boko Haram kills Scores Of UTME Candidates In Borno


Scores of students travelling to write JAMB exam in Borno State have been reportedly killed by the dreaded Boko Haram sect. They were among several persons that lost their lives in multiple attacks that were unleashed by the sect in four communities.

A senator from the area said: “What happened in Borno was beyond understanding. It is a must for me to speak since the people lives are involved and they are my people. All these are happening in my constituency and it will be wrong to keep quiet. I feel so much pained and would not have spoken but definitely my conscience will not let me do that.”

 

The Senator who is representing Borno Central in the Senate, Zannah Ahmed, on Friday accused the military of complicity in the latest attack where he said that 210 people were killed in attacks on four towns.
The towns included Dikwa, Kala Balge, Gambulga and Gwoza.

The senator claimed that the attackers were all dressed in military uniforms and spoke English language. This was a departure from the Hausa and Kanuri language spoken by the Boko Haram insurgents.

He even lamented that authorities of the military post in Gamboru, which purportedly received a distressed call from the people of Kala Balge avoided the town, claiming that it was not in its area of command.

Nollywood Actress Uche Ogbodo Dazzles At Uche Nnanna’s Bridal Shower


The beautiful pregnant actress was at her friend’s bridal shower yesterday. she is really glowing.
see more photos below

Photos:- Actress Chika Ike Gets A Diamond Ring From Her Boo


An excited Chika Ike shared this picture with the caption ‘I feel so sick today #flu . Thanks boo for lunch and the surprise 🙊🍴…just made my day!❤️💋😍 #diamond#saturdaylunch#love#hastag’
Though she didn’t let us know if its just a gift or an engagement ring, well which ever one it is we all know it costs a fortune. Congrats Chika!!!

More Photos from President Jonathan Daughter’s Wedding


 

Comedian AY’s younger brother Yomi Casuals acquires Multi-Million Naira Chrysler Ride



The Award winning fashion designer, Omoniyi Olorunyomi Makun popularly known as Yomi Casuals showed off his latest machine–.a chrysler with a customized plate number YC. Congrats to him!!!

Checkout President Jonathan’s Daughter, Faith Sakwe’s Beautiful Wedding Dress + Live Photos Of Wedding


The wedding is taking place right now in Abuja and currently aired live on NTA. More photos of the bride and groom

 

 

Dayo Adeneye And Wife Holiday In Dubai


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Co-owner of Kennis Music — D1 Dayo Adeneye, who is rumored to have a love child with a certain lady abroad still knows how to show his real wife a good time.
The millionaire and his wife, took a vacation together to the exotic country — Dubai.
Mrs Adeneye still looks very hot.
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Married NURTW Official Sets Ex-lover Ablaze For Rejecting Him


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The man, 43 year-old Adesanmoye Kehinde is married with three kids but has been sneaking out with Janet for sometime and was planning to marry her but she decided to end the affair because of his trouble ways.

Janet testified today that Kehinde had threatened her life but she ignored these threats but one day at Ikotun Roundabout her deepest fears came to pass as Kehinde set her ablaze with petrol on her way to her friends house.

Kehinde had allegedly stalked her as she left her home at Olaoluwa Street in Abaranje, Ikotun.

The victim suffered severe burns and is still in critical condition.

Kehinde was arrested and charged under Sections 243 and 244 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011 and he plead not guilty.

The case will continue on May 15 2015.

Source: LIB

HIS NAME IS WONDERFUL


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son

is given: and the government shall be upon

his shoulder: and his name shall be called

WONDERFUL, Counsellor, The mighty

God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of

Peace.

—Isaiah 9:6

In this text, Isaiah, by the Spirit of God,

is prophesying concerning the birth of

Jesus, the coming Messiah.

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We could preach a sermon or two on the

phrase “his name shall be called Wonderful,”

then preach several on “Counsellor” and

“The mighty God.” In fact, we could almost

preach forever on these phrases.

Thank God, Jesus is all of them and even

more! In this message we will consider the

phrase “his name shall be called Wonderful.”

At Christmastime, we acknowledge the

birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, if

His birth is all there were to it—if He was

born and it ended there—there would be no

plan of salvation.

Let’s look at God’s plan from beginning

to end:

Certainly He is Wonderful.

Certainly His conception was Wonderful.

His childhood was Wonderful.

He was Wonderful in ministry.

He was Wonderful in His death.

He was Wonderful in His Resurrection.

And, thank God, He’s going to be

Wonderful in His coming again.

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All of this can be seen in connection with

the Christmas story. We’ll let the Scriptures

speak for themselves.

First, He was Wonderful in conception

and the announcing of His birth. All of the

writers of the Gospel cover the story, but

because Luke goes into a little more detail,

I like his account best:

LUKE 1:26–37

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel

was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,

named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name

was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s

name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said,

Hail, thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with

thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at

his saying, and cast in her mind what manner

of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:

for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy

womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his

name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the

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Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give

unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of David

for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be

no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall

this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her,

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the

power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:

therefore also that holy thing which shall be

born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath

also conceived a son in her old age: and this

is the sixth month with her, who was called

barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

The announcement that Jesus was to be

born was Wonderful—an angel came down

to announce it!

Furthermore, His conception was Wonderful.

Mary was questioning how it could

be possible that a virgin could conceive

and bear a son. The angel replied, “The

Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the

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power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:

therefore also that holy thing which shall be

born of thee shall be called the Son of God”

(v. 35).

LUKE 1:38–40

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the

Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And

the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went

into the hill country with haste, into a city of

Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias,

and saluted Elisabeth.

As Luke notes in chapter 2, Mary didn’t

tell anybody about the angel’s visit; she just

pondered his sayings in her heart. Therefore,

her cousin Elisabeth didn’t know what

had happened to Mary at the time she began

to prophesy. Elisabeth was speaking by

the Holy Spirit:

LUKE 1:41–56

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth

heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped

in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the

Holy Ghost:

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42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and

said, Blessed art thou among women, and

blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother

of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation

sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in

my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there

shall be a performance of those things which

were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify

the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my

Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his

handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all

generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great

things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him

from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he

hath scattered the proud in the imagination of

their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their

seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things;

and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance

of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and

to his seed for ever.

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56 And Mary abode with her about three

months, and returned to her own house.

We can readily see how the word Wonderful

applies to the announcement that

Jesus was to be born and how He would be

conceived.

We’ll let the Word of God tell the story of

the announcement of His birth as we reminisce

on these Scriptures.

LUKE 2:1–20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there

went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that

all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius

was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his

own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of

the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city

of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because

he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being

great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there,

the days were accomplished that she should be

delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and

wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid

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him in a manger; because there was no room

for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds

abiding in the field, keeping watch over

their flock by night. [Now notice:]

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon

them, and the glory of the Lord shone round

about them: and they were sore afraid.

Not only did the angel appear to them,

but it says the glory of the Lord shone

’round about them. That same glory of God

was manifested all through the Old Testament:

many times as a cloud; sometimes as

a bright, shining light.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for,

behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of

David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall

find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,

lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a

multitude of the heavenly host praising God,

and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth

peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone

away from them into heaven, the shepherds

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said one to another, Let us now go even unto

Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come

to pass, which the Lord hath made known

unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary,

and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made

known abroad the saying which was told them

concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at

those things which were told them by the

shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered

them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and

praising God for all things that they had heard

and seen, as it was told unto them.

 

Weird Mc Expresses Her Love For Shoes Online


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Man-looking female singer — Weird MC has been away from the music scene for a while and  is back, but no with new music.

The singer expressed her love for shoes this morning online flaunting her newly acquired shoes.

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NEW REVELATION: Co-pilot of missing plane tried to make call from his phone after plane vanished but ‘was abruptly cut off’


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The Malaysian plane has not been found 35 days after it went missing and according to new reports, the co-pilot of the missing flight tried to make a desperate call from his mobile phone after the aircraft went missing but was abruptly cut off…

UK Daily Mail reports

Investigators have learned the call was made from a mobile phone which belonged to Fariq Abdul Hamid (left) as the Boeing 777 flew low near the island of Penang, on the north of Malaysia’s west coast. It was understood the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was flying low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower to pick up Fariq’s signal. The call ended abruptly. However, contact was definitely established with a telecommunications sub-station in Penang state. Experts have said it is possible for a mobile phone to be connected to a telecommunications tower at an altitude of 7,000 feet – which is low for a large jet like the Boeing 777 unless it was flying at high speed to maintain height. Yesterday it looked like the black box may had been located deep in the Indian Ocean.

Power Outage Forces Nigerian Judges, Lawyers Work In Terrible Conditions


Inside a dark court room at the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo focused the beam from his torchlight on his notes. Protracted power cuts had stalled proceedings in his court for most of the last week of February and the case files had continued to pile up.

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Opposite the judge, dozens of lawyers, their wigs removed and their faces clouded with perspiration, squinted into their case files with lights from their mobile phones. Fifteen minutes later, and with no sign of restoration of electricity, the judge rose from his seat.

Moments later, lawyers crowded before the court registrar’s desk to decide new dates for their cases. Frequent power outages in both the federal and state high courts in Lagos have become an embarrassment for the judiciary, several lawyers said.

In some cases, the outage lasts for days shutting down judicial activities in the courts and leaving lawyers scrambling for excuses to angry clients why their cases have stalled. “The regular power outage in our courts is assuming a dangerous dimension,” said Victor Opara, a Lagos based legal practitioner.

JUSTICE DELAYED

Last month, the trial of Francis Atuche, a former Managing Director of the defunct Bank PHB, at the state high court in Ikeja was stalled due to poor power supply. Mr. Atuche and his wife, Elizabeth, are facing trial for allegedly stealing N25.7 billion belonging to the bank. In the same week, the epileptic power supply forced the adjournment of the trial of Wale Babalakin, the billionaire lawyer and chairman of Bi-Courtney Limited, accused of N4.7 billion fraud. “Just last week, we were in court, the light went off and the judge said he was not sitting again,” said Jamilu Bashir, another Lagos based lawyer. “It is getting worse in the Lagos Division.

Once there is no light, some judges will say they cannot sit in this kind of condition. It is a very serious problem and something has to be done about it,” Mr. Bashir added. But the frequent power outages is not peculiar to the state high courts, in fact, it appears worse at the federal high courts with their tiny court rooms.

Unlike the relatively spacious courtrooms at the Lagos State high courts, a typical courtroom at the Federal High Court accommodates about 20 lawyers, a couple of court registrars, and the judge. Parties involved in suits, journalists, and other lawyers squeeze against one another at the door of courtrooms as they strain their necks to get a glimpse of the activities within.

UNBEARABLE COURTROOMS

During the criminal trial of Adeyemi Ikuforiji, in November last year, before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court; there was a power outage in the 42-seater court room which has only two functional ceiling fans and a non-functional split unit air-conditioner. Minutes later, the temperature in the crowded courtroom had risen to an unbearable level.

“I suggest we come back when the atmosphere is more conducive,” Godwin Obla, the prosecution counsel, pleaded with the judge. Without hesitation, the judge, who was sweating profusely in the poorly ventilated courtroom, granted the counsel’s request. “There is no light and the court is unbearable,” said the judge as he adjourned proceedings to a later date.

Sitting on the floor above Justice Buba and defying the odds, Justice Mohammed Idris was peering into his written judgment with the aid of a torchlight, to the appreciation of the lawyers present. Robert Igbinedion, a human rights lawyer, said that the frequent power cuts have added to the long list of reasons why the court has failed to sit. “Most times we hear that the judge is attending seminar, judges’ training, illness, official assignments and several other reasons. This is also another added one,” Mr. Igbinedion said.

“It is very bad and it is causing a lot of embarrassment to lawyers,” he added. Last week, Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had issued a preservatory order restraining the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria from continuing investigations against Lamido Sanusi, the suspended Central Bank Governor, pending the determination of the suit.

The judge had adjourned till April 11. However, on Friday, the next adjourned date, the courtroom was in semi-darkness due to absence of electricity, forcing the judge to adjourn to April 17. The court complex, situated in highbrow Ikoyi, is powered by about seven giant generators, due to the abysmally poor supply of electricity from the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, the private successor to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, in the area. None of the generators were able to supply electricity on Friday.

At least, four judges conducted proceedings in near-dark rooms with no air conditioning units as counsels were permitted to remove their wigs if they wished – several lawyers improvised their court papers into hand fans in the unbearably hot court rooms. Other judges who sat without electricity include Mohammed Idris, Mohammed Yunusa and Okon Abang. Monday Ubani, Chairman of the Ikeja Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, said that the frequent outages have contributed in the delay of the judicial system.

“Something is fundamentally wrong if we allow things as common at light to delay our judicial system,” said Mr. Ubani. On Friday’s power outage at the Federal High Court in Lagos which stalled the suit involving Mr. Sanusi and the Nigerian government, Mr. Ubani stated that it was politically motivated. “It is a politically-induced power outage. It is not ordinary for seven generators to fail to work in one day,” he added.

Congolese Business Man And His Girlfriend SexTape In A Hotel Leaked


see  this shameless man oh

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ALLEGATION AGAINST ESHI OF NKWERRE: YOUTHS OF NKWERRE DEMAND APOLOGY FROM IMO SPEAKER


Nkwerre youths under the auspices of NKWERRE YOUTHS INITIATIVE has
demanded an unreserved apology from the Speaker of Imo State House of
Assembly, Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu for falsely accusing their revered
Traditional Ruler, His Royal Highness Eze (Dr) Chijoke Jakay Okwara
(ESHI) of placing a curse on their illustrious son, Citizen Ikenna
Samuelson Iwuoha.
The Youth body led by their coordinator, Comrade Uchechukwu Chilaka
made the call while reacting to the crisis at the Imo State House of
Assembly. Comrade Chilaka wondered why Speaker Uwajumogu and his aides
would through their media organ be propagating falsehood against the
respected Traditional Ruler, Eze okwara and their Son, Samuelson,
instead of defending itself of the allegations of fraud and corruption
ravaging the office of the Speaker, the Assembly and the State vis-vis
road contract Scams, employment racketeering, stipends for
correspondents scams, Financial Assistance Scams etc. “Uwajumogu has
only diverted attention instead of explaining his role in the
multi-Billion naira fraud scandal revolving around him and his
office.” Comrade Chilaka stated.
The youth body equally frowned at the attack on the person and
personality of Sir Samuel N. Iwuoha (JP) by Speaker Uwajumogu through
his media assistant (Emeka Ahaneku, alias Fast-fast or OHIO) that the
respected retired Senior Citizen  and world class writer is an Indian
Hemp Smoker who killed his wife, Lady Egondu Rosebud Iwuoha (a retired
headmistress). “This is the height of reckless leadership by Benjamin
Uwajumogu. We are giving the Imo Speaker up till Friday the 18th of
April 2014 (96 hours from today) to apologize to our traditional ruler
and the patriarch of Iwuoha dynasty. Failure to do so will surely be
the vista to torrential rain of events”.
The youth body threatened that failure to apologize to the people
mentioned, will lead to making public the profiles of Sir and Lady
Samuel N. Iwuoha and that of Late Chief and Chief (Mrs.) B.O.
Uwajumogu so that the public can assess their contributions and
genuine patriotism towards the development of the state. According to
the youth body, they will also make public the profile and political
activities of the Chief of Staff Late foster Father, Engr. Francis
Anamekwe and how his adopted son, Kodichi Anamekwe came into the
Anamekwe’s family. “Kodichi is not a true son of Late Chief Engr.
Francis Anamekwe, his mother (Monica) had him outside wedlock but
imposed him on Late Francis Anamekwe”. The release stated.
The youth body while throwing its weight behind Citizen Ikenna
Samuelson Iwuoha in his effort in fighting and exposing fraud and
corruption in the State promised to put the whole record straight for
the world to know.
They equally blamed the Leadership of the Assembly for insistently
refusing to sack their mis-fit media Assistant (Emeka Ahaneku) who has
only brought shame, disgrace, dishonor, inefficiency, madness,
laziness, pomposity, enmity, foolishness and stupidity on the job in
the last 9 (nine) months. “ The Contributions and achievements of our
beloved son Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha towards stabilizing the
government of His Excellency Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha is not in
doubt and has been noted vis-avis, the way and manner he used his
dexterity and ingenuity to manage and control the machinery of the Imo
State House of Assembly between June 2011 and July 2013, how he ran
the Special Duties department between August 2013 and December 2013,
before  resigning his appointment on the 17th of December 2013. Ever
since Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha resigned, the Assembly has
refused to function, and has practically collapsed”

IMO INITIATIVE REPORTING
14TH APRIL 2014

ADDENDUM: NKWERRE YOUTHS INITIATIVE has also promised to make public
through serialization the activities of all Imo Speaker’s Senior Aides
beginning with Mr. Kingsley Nkemka, the Special Adviser on
Administration who actually ganged up with the Chief of Staff and the
misfit acting media aide to bring dishonor and shame to the Speaker’s
office.

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IMPEACH IMO SPEAKER RT HON BEN UWAJUMOGU ONLINE PETITION


IMPEACH IMO SPEAKER RT HON BEN UWAJUMOGU ONLINE PETITION

The Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP) has opened an online impeach Imo Speaker petition. Sign the “Impeach Uwajumogu ” petition now at http://famouspeoplenews.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/impeach-imo-speaker-rt-hon-ben-uwajumogu-online-petition/ and make your voice heard .

YAHVCP is calling on the Imo House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker of the House Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu immediately due to the plethora of scandals and long train of abuses of legislative power which has made him unfit both to lead the  House and serve as the number 3 citizen of Imo State. Since his election as Speaker in 2011, Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu has embarked on a mission to undermine the Constitution of Nigeria while attacking the freedoms and liberties of the people of Imo State. The evidence of Uwajumogu’s failed policies and leadership are impossible to ignore. So we are demanding that the duly elected members of the Imo House of Assembly should take immediate action to remove Uwajumogu from office in order to  prevent him from doing further harm to Imo State with the following reasons :

  1. In line with his neo-liberal laws in the House he literally supported the abandon of public education in Imo State
  2. He supported the sack of 10,000 Imo Youths from the Imo Civil Service
  3. He supported the sale of government owned hospitals and properties in the State .
  4. He abandoned his responsibilities as Speaker to award road contracts to himself via his friends and to inexperienced contractors in Imo State.
  5. He also delved into road construction in Imo State while retaining his position as Speaker with his company Werdis Limited
  6. The abnormal legislative function of the office of the Speaker has led to the award of road contracts to inexperienced, ill equipped and  non-challant  emergency contractors. The resultant effect is the execution of shoddy road jobs in our state Imo
  7. Aides of the Speaker were equally awarded road contracts, namely; (1) Mr. Dan Orji (special Adviser on inter-governmental matters) (2) Mr. Emeka Ahaneku 3.Mr Kodichi Anamekwe (using fronts)
  8. Also, friends of the leadership of the office of the Speaker who were residing abroad were asked to return home, which they did and road contract jobs were given to them as fronts even though they never had any experience in road contract assignment
  9. Road contracts were awarded to these inexperienced contractors on the condition that  asphalt materials are procured from a particular plant located along Onitsha road Owerri and owned by the Speaker of Imo state House of Assembly which was established few months after he emerged Speaker
  10. Through various manipulations in award of road contracts, state funds running into Billions of naira were diverted and used by the Rt. Honourable Speaker to acquire eye popping properties scattered across the country and abroad such as 750 million naira private hotel in Lagos, 500 million naira private hotel in Abuja, Jasmin Hotel Owerri,15 mansions in Owerri, mansions at Aba, Umuahia and Ihitte –Uboma, 200 plots of land in Owerri, Built an Asphalt factory in Owerri, Built a 760 Million naira crush rock industry in Ebonyi State
  11. Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu is fighting against activists who have condemned his massive looting of the State and has labeled them blackmailers and never do wells including using police to harass them
  12. Used Imo House of Assembly money to fund private businesses and NGOs of his sister, Dr. (Mrs.) Chidinma Uwajumogu.
  13. Converted the Imo State Liaison Office Abuja into his personal property. The Imo State government reportedly “leased” out the five floor state liaison office for 20 years to him at the sum of N70,000,000 million
  14. the same Imo Speaker who could not fund his House of Assembly election in April 2011 to the extent that he allegedly sold some of his father’s property and even borrowed some money to fund his election is building eye popping mansions all over.
  15. He set up a Kangaroo Panel to investigate allegations against him with his bossom friend Hon Ikenna Emeh as Chairman
  16. One of the kangaroo  panelists Hon (Dr) Acho Ihim was indicted on the 23rd of January 2006 for gross misconduct resulting to the misappropriation and embezzlement of N48,269,274.29k when he was Executive Chairman of Okigwe Local Government Area. He was indicted by a six man panel set up then
  17. The  kangaroo panelist are allegedly involved in road contract scams in the state as have been published in many Newspapers and on the Internet.
  18. The Governor of Imo State confirmed that Speakers Aides Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe (Speakers Chief of Staff) and Mr. Dan Orji (Speakers Special Adviser on inter-governmental matters) stole and pocketed the sum of N18,000,000.00 and over N50,000,000.00 respectively being funds meant for construction of roads at Ehime Mbano and Ihitte/Uboma LGAs. The Governor has already ordered for their arrest
  19. Speaker  did not step aside before setting up a panel to investigate him thereby acting as a judge over  his own matter.
  20. Sponsored  facebook boys (Who were mobilized on Friday 28/03/2014 at the BAR – section of ROCKVIEW HOTELS OWERRI) by Speakers Media Aide, Emeka Ahameku) to cast aspersion on anti corruption  activists who condemned his looting of Imo State.
  21. Threatened Activists who condemned his looting. He threatened that if they refuse to refute the allegations they will face the consequences.
  22. YAHVCP has shown pictures of some of the mansions bought by the Speaker and his cohorts and mentioned some roads that Uwajumogu’s company Werdis Limited poorly executed in the state via the  below link http://famouspeoplenews.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/pictures-of-some-properties-fraudulently-acquired-by-imo-speaker-and-some-other-house-members-part-one/
  23. We say that this congenital corruption endemic in the Imo House of Assembly along with its anti-poor, capitalist neo-liberal laws explains why the poor masses in Imo State suffer in the midst of abundance. Perhaps, more than any other periods in the annals of Imo , the state has received fabulous amounts from FG from sales of crude oil alone due to its increasing price. But the very neo-liberal economic policies and laws that entail privatization, commercialization, cuts in social spending as championed by Uwajumogu provided enabling condition for him and his rapacious ruling cabals to loot the huge but loose resources accrued to the state and transfer Imo public properties to themselves at give-away prices to the detriment of the poor working masses of the State.
  24. YAHVCP will not keep silent and watch one percent Imo thieving elite accumulates 80 percent of the state oil money leaving the 99 percent of Imolites to scramble for share out of the remaining 20 percent. One man is making 3 billion naira to go puff into thin air. We are talking about 3 billion naira loot here and not 3 naira
  25. Our proof are verifiable, concrete, with wonderful clues to guide and assist any unbiased inquirer and investigator.. We stand by our story that the Speaker has looted Imo dry and we are calling for his impeachment for corruption, high crimes and misdemeanors against the people of Imo State

     

    Follow the link http://famouspeoplenews.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/impeach-imo-speaker-rt-hon-ben-uwajumogu-online-petition/ Simply complete the comment form below and click

 

Kenneth Uwadi

National Coordinator

Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP)

 

 

Maurice Greene to Take Charge of Team Nigeria Relay


The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) announces the appointment of former Olympics and World sprint champion, Maurice Greene, as the relay coordinator of Team Nigeria track and field athlete.

The AFN Secretary General, Olumide Bamiduro, on Thursday revealed in a statement, Greene’s contract is expected to begin at the Mt. Sac Relay in California later this month through to the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Marrakesh, Morocco in August.

The 39-year-old former 100m world record holder with a time of 9.79 seconds will also be in charge of Nigerian athletes at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Maurice Greene Won Four Olympic Medals and Five World Championships Medals in His Hay Days. Getty Images.

The retired American athlete, now a TV personality and host of the monthly show ‘Greene Light’ on Eurosport, is said to be excited at the new challenge, stating in his acceptance that he relishes the prospect of working for Team Nigeria and that it is his own way to giving back to Africa.

Actor Femi Adebayo Hospitalized Due To Injuries Sustained From Hoodlums’ Attack On Movie Set


Yoruba actor Femi Adebayo and son of veteran yoruba actor, Adebayo Salami was reportedly hospitalized after having been attacked by unknown hoodlums in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Photo: Femi Adebayo reportedly injured during film shooting

The actor was at the movie shoot in Tanke area of the state capital, when the thugs demanded money and threatened shooting. However, their demand was not fulfilled by the film crew.

A local told journalists that following their refusal the hoodlums attacked Adebayo and other members of the crew. While the police upon arriving tried to stop the shooting, one person was shot dead.

According to the fresh information provided, Femi Adebayo, popularly known as ‘Jelili’, was among those injured and rushed to the hospital for medical assistance.

Well, as it is, there’ s no particular occupation that is free of accidents and injuries…GOD is our protector all the way…..

 

Actress Tonto Dikeh Says Her House Maid Is Better Than Her Siblings


Tonto Dikeh & Her maid ‘Oyinye’
From Tonto Dikeh’s messages today we can confidently say that there is war between herself and her siblings. After tweeting that she doesn’t have siblings earlier this morning, the actress also shared a picture of the breakfast that was prepared by her maid ‘Onyinye’ and tagged it best maid ever, No best siblings’
So sad, i kind of feel for her because family love is the greatest but what ever it is between herself and her siblings its better for her to iron it out amicably instead of talking about it on social media. What do you think?
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Sarah Ofili Shows Off Her Sexy Bod


On Loan Thibault Courtois Free to Face Chelsea in Champions League Semis


Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, who is on loan from Chelsea FC, will be eligible to face his parent club in the Champions League semi-finals, according to an Uefa statement released on Friday.

Premier League club Chelsea and current La Liga leaders Atletico were pitted against each other in the draw for the last-4 of the ongoing tournament conducted in Nyon on Friday noon.

Media reports had earlier speculated that the Belgium goalie- under the terms of the deal that allowed him play for the Spanish club- was doubtful for any potential tie between the ‘Los Roji Blancos’ and the ‘Blues’, be it a semi-finals or final fixture.

Thibault Courtois has Been Passed Free to Play Against Parent Club Chelsea in the Champions League Semi-Finals.

The club president, Enrique Cerezo, had reportedly ruled out fielding Courtois in any prospective meeting between both clubs, sighting the payment of a sizeable fee to the London club as a deterrent.

“It’s a number we can’t afford to pay”, Cerezo said.

Reports in Spain had suggested it could cost Atletico £4.9m for the 21-year-old goalkeeper to line up against Chelsea.

But Uefa have now rejected that idea, stressing it contradicts the integrity of sporting competition as clubs cannot influence others’ team sheet.

The Uefa statement read: “Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match.

“It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.”

The statement further warned the consigned clubs to desist from employing such terms of contract in an Uefa competition.

“Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly”, the statement added.

Meanwhile, Chelsea chief executive, Ron Gourlay, has confirmed that the club will allow Courtois play against them in the Champions League semi-finals.

“The loan was arranged back in the start of the season. He can play against Chelsea, that’s never in doubt,” Gourlay said.

“Regarding the Uefa statement we’ll evaluate that in due course. As far as we are concerned we will comply with loan rules. He can play in both ties against Chelsea if selected. That is fact.”

Courtois is in his third season on loan at Atletico, after failing to make an appearance for his parent club since penning down a five-year deal from Genk in 2011.

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Singer Waje & Daugther Turn Up Swag In New Photo


Romantic President: Barack Obama Prevents Michelle’s Skirt From Exposing Her Undergarments – Photos


The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES used his powerful hand to stop the First Lady’s striped satin skirt from being blown up by the wind.

And he smiled the whole time!

Barack Obama and Michelle were getting off Air Force One on the way to the LBJ Presidential Library for a Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas today when the strong gust of wind threatened to embarrass his wife.

More photos:

 

Lagos Babes Expose Their Dirty Secrets Online All In The Name Of KCee’s Fine Face Contest


Kachi, the first winner of the contest
Different day, different stories. So, all in the name of fineface contest by Kcee some girls have exposed their dirty secret online. To apply for the contest, girls with pretty face send in their photos with the hash tag #fineface# and the photo with the most like gets to win $5000 dollar, 20,000 shopping voucher, a dinner and a Samsung phone. But the first picture to get 2000 likes gets a Samsung s4 and other goodies.
A lot of ladies sent in their pictures and luckily for Kachi(former vixen) her picture was the first to get above 2000 likes and got her new phone and other goodies from Kcee at MTN Office in Lagos. its no news that Nigerians love mago mago lol (cunning) , so all in the name of being the winner some babes are buying fake ‘likes’ on instagram. a lady who was so angry took it upon herself to expose these babes buying fake likes and she also exposed some runz girls (Girls that sleep with men to make money) who she felt were not suppose to be a part of  this kind of promo.
Enough said, below are snap shots of some of their messages below

 

Below are pictures of the ladies she exposed

Tiwa Savage’s Wedding Yacht Crashes Into Rocks During Storm In Dubai, Unavailable For April Wedding


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According to new reports, the luxury party boat, Superyacht Jasmin, owned by Epic Luxury Yachts in Dubai which was slated to host Tiwa Savage’s wedding ceremony on the 26th of April, 2014 has crashed. The yacht crashed last week Friday, 4th of April, 2014 during a storm.
It was hosting a private event with 95 passengers on board when the incident occurred around 3.30am.
The yacht is presently been repaired and will not be ready for use until June; two months’ time. Tiwa Savage and other individuals who have paid to make use of it have been contacted and their money returned back to them.

Champions League Semi-Finals Draw: Bayern Gets Real; Atletico Hosts Chelsea


Real Madrid will host Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid hosts Chelsea in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 European Champions League.

Uefa Secretary General Gianni Infantino and former Portugal winger Luis Figo conducted the draw in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday noon.

The Champions League semi-finals games comes up on 22/23 April and 29/30 April with the last surviving Spanish representatives Real and Atletico playing at home in the first leg fixtures.

The Uefa Champions League Draw Took Place in Nyon, Switzerland.

Bayern progressed to the last-4 of this year’s tournament with a 4-2 aggregate win over Manchester United, while Real Madrid were 3-2 aggregate winners against Borussia Dortmund over two legs.

Atletico Madrid knocked out fellow La Liga side Barcelona 2-1 on aggregate, and Chelsea progressed on away goal rule, after following up their 3-1 loss at Paris St-Germain with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

This year’s final comes up in Lisbon at the Estadio Da Luz on 24 May.

Bayern have met Real at this stage of the competition of five previous occasions with the Bavarians coming out on top in 1976, 1987, 2001 and 2012,and Madrid’s sole last-four victory being 2000.

The last time Chelsea played against Atletico, the Spanish club coasted to a 4-1 win in the 2012 Uefa Super Cup, Radamel Falcao scoring a hat-trick in Monaco. They also met in the 2009-10 Champions League groups stage. Chelsea beat Atletico 4-0 at Stamford Bridge and drew 2-2 in the return fixture in the Spanish capital.

Europa League semi-finals:

Sevilla v Valencia

Benfica v Juventus

The semi-finals will take place on 24 April and 1 May.

Jada Pinkett (Will Smith’s Wife) In EXPLICIT SEX Scene – PHOTOS


 
 
 

You Are Invited to a Spiritual Gathering


Eckankar seminars are an opportunity to join with other spiritual seekers and students of

Eckankar for one to three days of workshops, small group discussion, inspiring creative arts,

programs for youth and families, and outstanding speakers. Sri Harold Klemp is the featured speaker

at the two major Eckankar seminars (spring and fall) each year.

Coming in April:

2014 ECK Springtime Seminar

Spiritual Adventure in

The Year of Light and Sound

April 18–20, 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

For more information or to preregister for this seminar,

go to http://www.ECKseminars.org.

You can also see a short excerpt of a seminar talk by

Sri Harold Klemp.

 

 

The Gift of Awareness


By Karen Candito

When I was fourteen years old, my father arranged a family

outing. My sister and I spent one Saturday cruising with him on a

naval aircraft carrier. There were hundreds of other civilians like us

on board, but the ship was so massive that no one felt crowded.

For a large portion of the day I wandered around the ship

alone. I felt confident and wonderfully free. Being an awkward

teenage girl, it surprised me to find that the order and precision

(which is so much a part of military life) gave me a familiar sense

of stability and security.

That entire day, I also felt unusually connected to my father, as

if we were two sailors sharing a sacred moment. I wanted to stay

forever.

Twenty years later, at the age of thirty-four, I found myself

facing problems in my family life. I noticed myself getting unreasonably

impatient with my children, who were eight and ten years

old at the time, for small things like not cleaning their rooms in the

exact way I’d insisted upon or not setting the table exactly right. If

my husband didn’t put the newspaper away where it belonged just

after reading it, I became irritated and let him know it.

It suddenly became obvious

that life didn’t flow for me unless

my family followed my

demanding and inflexible rules.

What was this rigidity that I

was trying to impose on my

family? How much longer could

they live with my need to

control everything they did?

Why did I have such an inner

need to discipline life in every

tiny detail? I knew I had to

release myself from something,

but I was afraid to face what

that something was.

Whenever I encounter a

spiritual stumbling block like

this, I like to do one of the

Spiritual Exercises of ECK. I sit

quietly, close my eyes, and sing

HU, an ancient name for God.

This particular evening I asked

Wah Z (the spiritual name of

Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta,

the Living ECK Master) for help

and insight into my problem.

Shortly after, I had a dream.

In the dream I was back on

the deck of an aircraft carrier,

with the brisk sea air caressing

my face. I felt the same peace

and contentment I had felt that

wonderful day on the ship when

I was fourteen.

Then I looked down at myself

and discovered that I was a

man. A Japanese man standing

on the deck of a Japanese ship!

I realized that in a previous

lifetime, I had been a sailor in

the Japanese navy.

I had the memory of loving

that life. I loved the freedom,

the travel, and my distinguished

military career. In that lifetime,

I felt successful and was content

with myself. The love that I experienced

in that life explained

why I had felt so strong, free, and connected on

the aircraft carrier in this lifetime.

I also saw in the dream that I had carried

some habits and attitudes from that incarnation

into this one—characteristics that were not

helpful now.

I was trying to impose the rules and regulations,

which had made my past military life

comfortable, on my present family. How could I

expect my loved ones to live life on a military

schedule or to make beds so tight a dime could

bounce off them?

Somehow I had connected my memories of

freedom and contentment with regimentation and

discipline. I had been afraid to trust that I could

be free and content without my inflexible rules.

We so often hold on to past-life habits and

ideas no longer useful to us in our present state

of consciousness. With the help of the Mahanta, I

am learning to work with the rhythm of life. I am

learning that letting go of old, worn-out ideas

doesn’t mean losing other things, like security or

happiness. I have everything I need right here

and now.

Stories of Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel,

Harold Klemp, Series Editor

 

 

 

Murder Rate Very High In Africa – UN


Global murder rates have declined slightly but remain very high in the Americas and parts of Africa, according to a new United Nations study.

Homicide rates in southern Africa and Central America are more than four times higher than the global average of 6.2 victims per 100,000 people, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime report released on Thursday says.

The figures chronicle murder rates in 2012. The global average was 6.9 in 2010, the year of the last previous study.

That comes as no news to the city of San Pedro Sula, long considered the most violent city in Honduras, the country with the highest murder rate in the world: 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the study.
Someone in Honduras is almost 15 times more likely to be murdered than an average human being, and people run an even greater risk in San Pedro Sula, where death comes so quickly victims often don’t see it coming.

Wilmer Alvarado, 11, was heading in the front door of his school on Thursday when a gunfight between rival gangs broke out nearby. Alvarado died after being hit by a stray bullet; the bullet-ridden bodies of three gang members lay on the street nearby.

Antonio Mazzitelli, the Mexico representative for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said the region suffers because “unfortunately there is a history of violence, and secondly the strong presence of criminals and organised crime, and these are factors that surely encourage the use of violence.”

UN policy analyst Jean-Luc Lemahieu said the figures show that while Canada and the US remain below the global average – the US homicide rate was 4.7 per 100,000 inhabitants – some countries in Central and South America are making little progress.

“The Americas remain a very violent part of the world,” Lemahieu said, citing high murder rates in Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico.

He said violence between rival drug cartels has been a contributing factor to the troubles in Mexico, where the homicide rate has roughly doubled since 2007.

“With other parts of Central America, you have to look at the gang issue,” he said.

“The gangs are often created for people who are marginalised, who are looking for an identity. They need competition against other gangs, against society. They want to be seen, to be violent, to establish territory.”

Arabeska Sanchez, an analyst at Honduras’ University Institute for Democracy, Peace and Safety, said “nothing at all has changed here regarding the effects of violence.”

“The types of violence we are seeing are getting more and more brutal, with bodies put in bags and chopped up.”

South Africa still has a murder rate of about 31 per 100,000 people but has seen a steady reduction in the last five years.

“It’s still very violent compared to the global average, but the trend is in a positive direction,” he said.

Homicide rates are lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, according to the report, which was released in London. It estimates that only about 43 per cent of murders end with a conviction of the person responsible.

Even countries with stubborn problems of violence, like Venezuela, with a murder rate of 53.7 per 100,000, came in far behind Honduras.

China Puts Anti-corruption Activist On Trial


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A Chinese anti-corruption campaigner has gone on trial in Beijing, according to his lawyer, joining two others who appeared in court this week as China’s government cracks down on activists.

Zhao Changqing, 45, faces a possible five-year prison sentence for supporting activists who unveiled banners in Beijing calling for government officials to disclose their assets – despite not being present, Zhang Peihong, his lawyer, said on Thursday.

Zhao is associated with the New Citizens Movement, a loose-knit network of campaigners against corruption, among other issues. China jailed a founder of the movement in January, and more than 10 other members have been tried.

Zhao pleaded not guilty to a charge of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order” for his alleged involvement in three small-scale protests in Beijing, which saw activists unfurl banners, Zhang said.

“[Zhao] didn’t disturb public order in any way, he didn’t even appear on the scene of the protests, because he was worried about his family,” he said, adding that the hearing lasted around three hours.

Fellow anti-corruption activists Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei were also put on trial this week over the protests.

China’s ruling Communist Party is in the midst of a highly-publicised anti-corruption campaign, which President Xi Jinping has pledged will target both high-ranking “tigers” and low-level “flies” in the face of public anger over the issue.

But the party has cracked down harshly on independent activists who have the same goals, viewing independently organised anti-corruption protests as a challenge to its rule.

Zhao was previously jailed for his role as a leader during the 1989 pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and has served more than eight years in jail for his continued political campaigning.

A court in Beijing sentenced Xu Zhiyong, a legal campaigner and a founder of the New Citizens Movement, to four years in prison in January for his role in the protests.

The verdict was condemned by the US and the European Union. Xu’s lawyers said the trial was subject to political interference, and appealed, with a court set to announce its decision on Friday. [AFP]

Pregnant Woman, 3 Others Electrocuted In Lagos


A pregnant woman and four other persons were Thursday electrocuted in Lagos after a PHCN high-tension cable fell, causing fire and explosion, reports have said.

An eyewitness who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the incident happened around 2.00 a.m. at Oworonshoki, Lagos.

The source told NAN that fire broke out when the cable fell on a Toyota Camry car loaded with petroleum products, which brought about an explosion.

The victims, according to the source rushed out of their homes when they heard the explosion only to run into the live cable.

“As they rushed out, they all embraced the cable in front of their house and they were electrocuted.

“The corpses were taken to Yaba General Hospital by policemen from Oworonshoki and some residents of the area.

“The husband of the pregnant woman, who also lost a son, attempted to commit suicide by drinking a poisonous substance but was however, prevented by neighbours.

“The youths in the area prevented PHCN workers from coming to the scene because they blamed the electricity company for the deaths,’’ the source told NAN.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, confirmed the incident, saying that the victims included three teenagers, a pregnant woman and another woman.

Fadipe said that the high-tension cable fell on the car parked on the street with jerrycans of petroleum products, noting that he got the information at about 2.50 a.m.

The director said that his men were able to contain the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

Efforts to speak with the PHCN Ikeja Distribution Zone’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Pekun Adeyanju, proved abortive as he did not respond to calls.

However, NAN correspondent saw policemen from the Oworonshoki Division deployed to the scene to prevent breakdown of law and order. [NAN]

Two Babies Rescued From Baby Factory In Ogun Named After Governor


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The Ogun State Government, yesterday, initiated moves to reconcile victims of the Akute baby-making factory with their families, just as two babies delivered after their mothers were rescued have been named after Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

The state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is interfacing with Abia, Imo and Akwa Ibom state governments on how the victims could be re-united with their families.

Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi, while speaking with news men at the Stella Obasanjo Children Home, Ibara, Abeokuta said her office had been exchanging correspondences with the Ministries of Women Affairs in the states where the victims hailed from, noting that one of them had actually signified readiness to receive its indigenes among them.

“We have sent correspondences to their respective state governments and some of them have responded and they are now willing to have them and ready for repatriation,” she said.

The commissioner disclosed that all the nine victims were actually hale and hearty, revealing that already, two of them had been delivered of babies named King David Etimbuk Omotoyosi Amosun and Queen Elizabeth Morayoninuoluwa Onyinyechukwu Amosun.

Sonubi enjoined the young ladies not to despair or be demoralised about living, but should rather see their present situation as the beginning of a new life. She advised them to cultivate good morals that would distinguish them among their peers.

She said: “Our mandate is to see to the survival and protection of the children and that is what we are doing currently. We are very caring in Ogun State. We are not taking you as criminals, but rather, as victims of circumstance.

“So I want you all to see your present situation as the beginning of a new life. Plan your next step of action by returning to school or endeavour to learn a skill so that you would be useful to yourself, people and your state in the nearest future.” [Vanguard]