Nigerian Muslims under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III, have accused the country’s military of persecuting Muslims and carrying out indiscriminate killings without adhering to rules of engagement.
The allegation was contained in a statement distributed by the Islamic body, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). The Sultan of Sokoto chairs the body. The JNI demanded that the Federal Government and others concerned must urgently address the issue, adding that the mistreatment of Muslims was getting out of hand.
In a statement signed titled ‘MILITARY OPERATION AND THE PERSECUTION OF INNOCENT MUSLIMS; THE KILLING OF 15 MUSLIMS IN KEANA AND THE MASSACRE IN ZAMFARA STATE’ and signed by the group’s scribe, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the JNI stated:
“The dimension of extra judicial killing of Muslims by the military on a mere whim of unsubstantiated suspicion leaves much to be desired, which clearly depicts that Muslims have become endangered species, murdered and maimed indiscriminately in the guise of fighting terrorism. The sad incident of Keana 15 is another scenario where the settlements of innocent Muslims were mercilessly massacred. These are people who have been exonerated by the State Governor as being peace loving people and law abiding. It is questionable that an operation of this magnitude would be carried-out without the knowledge of the Chief Security Officer of the State, nor other relevant security bodies. JNI is concerned that the perpetrators of these genocidal acts against Muslims may go scot-free as it was the case with Apo Killings and other similar heinous acts.
“The Benue state governor and his deputy have recently exonerated the Fulani of Benue for the long outstanding relationship and social cohesion between them. The social joke between them lives for almost a century. How can all this suddenly change and the next neighbor is accused because of his simplicity and unsophistication?
“The various reports of human rights abuses and massacre of hundreds of Muslims in Maiduguri by the military, as reported by human rights groups, [are] painful and unacceptable. [There are] criminals on [the] one hand and the supposed protectors of the innocent on the other, in front is a lion and behind are wolves.
“We have found the usage of the term Fulani herdsmen, hiding their religious identity, an attempt to wipe out Muslims in the guise of fighting terrorism, as it suits the situation, and using Muslim terrorist as it suits the other situation as absurd. Why is it when a Christian commits a crime it is not called a Christian crime or terrorism? The fact remains, [a] crime is [a] crime[:] it is colorless, tribeless and religiousless.
“It is sad to note that a Muslim milk maid, a mother of five, was defiled and killed by a military man around Dei-Dei area of the Federal Capital Territory. We are not aware of any step taken by the military authority on the matter. As usual they will buy time and the case will die naturally.
“We can say without any fear of contradiction that there is a grand agenda to destabilize the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria. If any Nigerian is in doubt regarding the hidden grand agenda to destabilize Muslims in Nigeria, and cautiously reduce their rising human capital, then the Zamfara State incidence should have removed this doubt. An event where vigilante personnel working to restore peace would be the subject of a grand massacre, tells much about the chaos and insecurity some enemies want to push our states into. We call on all our Governors, politicians and indeed every well-meaning citizen to do something before it gets out of hand.
“Where is the human rights compliance and rule of engagement by the military personnel involved in maintaining peace and security? Why are the defaulting military personnel not brought to book for [deterrence] and forestalling future occurrence? The military should know that it is extremely dangerous to polarize security agencies along religious line. It will have far reaching negative effect in the country, especially at this material time, where the efforts of all are required to cushion the effect of the pains we are passing through.
“JNI unequivocally condemns the extra judicial killing of 15 Fulani Muslims in Keana, the defiling and subsequent killing of Binta Usman, the milk maid and all the human rights abuses on innocent Muslims in Maiduguri. We strongly call for bringing to justice the perpetrators of transgression against innocent citizens who have the right to practice the religion they choose.” [SR]
The government of Delta State has denied paying the sum of N500 million to secure the release of Edwin Clark’s son, Ebikeme Clark from his abductors.
In a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, the government said it did not part with such amount of money.
“The attention of the Delta State Government has been drawn to a release by a group called MEND, alleging that the Delta State Government parted with the sum of N500 million as ransom for the release of Mr. Ebikeme Clarke, son of Chief E. K. Clarke, who was kidnapped and released a few days ago.
“In the said statement, it was also alleged that the kidnap was stage managed by Ebikeme Clarke and the police to swindle the State Government of such an amount.
“The Delta State Government wishes to State categorically that it did not part with any money as ransom for the release of Mr. Ebikeme Clarke. It is the policy of the Government not to pay or encourage the payment of ransom by families as this encourages more kidnappings. The state government has had previous cases of high profile kidnappings where the victims had been kept much longer than Ebikeme. The government did not pay any ransom.
“What then is so special about Mr. Ebikeme Clarke that will make the State Government pay ransom?” asked the statement.
“Secondly the volume of money being mentioned, N500 million, makes the allegation very foolish for anyone who knows how government runs and the logistics of that volume of fund movement, considering the fact that there were only two working days during the period.
“From the statement by the so called MEND, it is obvious that they are out not just to blackmail the State Government but also Chief E. K. Clarke and the amnesty programme of the Federal Government.
“The Delta State Government wishes to advise the people of the Niger Delta especially those still hiding under the umbrella of MEND, that the tactics of blackmail, falsehood, rumour mongering and intimidation in the region are gone. The region is in a phase of infrastructure and human capital development catch up which will ultimately ensure peace in the region. Let all hands be on deck,” the statement read.
Banky W, one of the passengers on the Arik Air Lagos to New York flight on March 31st shares his thoughts on the incident that left passengers protesting on board. Find it below…
Recently, footage from a camera phone has surfaced online about the dire circumstances that passengers suffered prior to take-off, on board an Arik Air flight from Lagos to New York; I was one of the passengers. For anyone who has not seen the footage, it’s available on Youtube and various News Websites and Blogs. However, for purposes of this write-up, I will recount what happened.
The flight was scheduled to take off at about 1150pm on March 31st, 2014. Boarding was completed on time, and all the passengers settled in their seats and prepared for the flight to begin. However, there seemed to be a delay in operations because although the ground crew had exited the aircraft and the cabin doors were shut, we weren’t moving. The pilot announced that there was a small delay in the ground crew operations on the plane, and that we should be patient as the flight would depart “in a few minutes”.
A North Korean official has been executed with a flame-thrower, South Korean media has reported.
He is one of up to 11 senior party officials with close ties to Jang Song-taek — Kim Jong-un’s recently purged uncle — who have been apparently executed or sent to political prison camps.
Jang was publicly tried and executed in December after being found guilty of corruption and activities that ran counter to the policies of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The regime has shut down the department within the Workers’ Party that Jang previously headed. O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the ministry of public security, was “executed by flame-thrower”, a source told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
O was executed because he had followed Jang’s instructions to turn the ministry into a personal security division to help safeguard his business dealings, the paper reported.
The report could not be confirmed, although previous executions have suggested that the North Korean leadership can be inventive when it comes to disposing of anyone who has fallen out of favour.
In 2012, a vice-minister of the army was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death in December of the previous year.
On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair”, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been targeted for a mortar round and “obliterated”, South Korean media reported.
With the purges apparently continuing, there is concern in Seoul at further possible instability in Pyongyang, coupled with a renewed belligerence being demonstrated by the North.
The South Korean military has launched an intensive search across large areas of the country after a third unmanned reconnaissance drone was handed into authorities over the weekend.
The aircraft was more than 80 miles south of the heavily fortified border.
West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is among the “most challenging” ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago, the WHO said, as the suspected death toll from the virus hit 111.
“This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced,” said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organisation.
WHO said on Tuesday that it expected to have to confront an outbreak of the deadly virus Ebola in West Africa for the next two to four months, the Reuters news agency reported.
But the United Nations agency said it was not recommending any travel restrictions to Guinea, which has a total of 157 suspected and confirmed cases including 101 deaths, or Liberia which has 21 suspected and confirmed cases including 10 deaths.
“We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak the next two to three to four months before we are comfortable that we are through it,” Fukuda told a Geneva news briefing.
WHO medical officer Stephane Hugonnet, just back from Guinea, said: “In Guinea Forestiere, the outbreak is not over, this is the epicentre. As long as it is not over there, there will be cases exported to the rest of the country.”
Some 50 foreign experts have been deployed to help with infection control measures at hospitals and to trace 600 known contacts of infected patients, he said.
Most new cases were linked to known transmission chains, which he said was “reassuring”.
A fight has broken out in the Ukraine parliament with rivals from the far-right nationalist party and communists exchanging punches.
Luckily for the brawlers the fight didn’t involve Vitali Klitschko, the former world heavyweight champion-turned politician.
Klitschko had just delivered a speech at the parliament in Kiev saying that the country risked a “real war” after recent upheaval in eastern Ukraine, Fox News reported.
His comments were followed shortly after by a speech from Petro Symonenko, the head of the Communist Party, accusing lawmakers of provoking the current unrest through their actions in bringing down the government of President Viktor Yanukovych.
The remarks caused a reaction among radical nationalists who rushed the podium and seized Symonenko. As Symonenko supporters came to his defence a fistfight ensued.
Symonenko wasn’t hurt in the fight though one of his deputies was seen later with scratches on his face, Reuters reported.
The flare-up comes after increasing tension in eastern Ukraine between government forces and militants who want to follow the example of Crimea and secede to Russia.
On Sunday militants stormed a series of strategic government buildings across a swathe of heavily Russified eastern regions and demanded that Moscow send its troops for support. Ukraine mounted a counteroffensive on Tuesday by vowing to treat the separatists as “terrorists” and making 70 arrests in a night-time security sweep aimed at proving the Kremlin’s involvement in the secessionist movement.
A food vendor, who allegedly inserted 685 grammes of cocaine in her private part, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, as she attempted to beat security operatives.
The suspect identified as Chinelo Okorom Lynnette, 36, was arrested during an inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nigeria.
NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mitchell Ofoyeju, who made the disclosure, yesterday, said the suspect concealed the drugs in a cellophane bag before inserting it into her private part and ingested some.
“The suspect tested positive for drug ingestion and vaginal insertion. She, however, expelled a total of 685 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine while under observation at the airport.”
However, the suspect, reportedly told NDLEA officials at the Airport Command headed by Mr Hamza Umar that she was deceived into the illicit business out of frustration by her landlord, following her in ability to pay her rent.
“My husband abandoned me with four children two years ago. Since then, I have been working hard to pay their school fees and also ensure their proper upkeep. I sell food at Ajagbandi to take care of my children.
“When my rent expired, I had no money to renew it. My landlord ejected us and I had nowhere to go with the children or who to talk to. I was crying like a baby when a man came to console me.
“He told me to wipe my tears and promised to introduce me to importation business. I felt he was God-sent when he sponsored my trip to Addis Ababa. Before leaving, he said I was to go into importation of female hand bags.
“But when I got to Ethiopia, he told me to take cocaine to Nigeria. Initially, I disagreed but he threatened to recover his investment at all cost. I am just a victim of man’s cruelty to man.”
NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, said the arrest was made by the eagle-eye operatives at the airport, who are familiar with different antics used by drug traffickers.
“Going to Addis Ababa to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria is one of the tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicates. Cocaine is not known to come from Addis but we were able to detect it because of our vigilance.
“We are prepared to counter activities of drug kingpins and bring them to justice. We look forward to fruitful progress in our investigation.”
He described the suspect’s action as shameful.
Members of the House of Representatives, yesterday mandated its committee on security to invite the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, rtd, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before the House to explain what led to last week’s killings of Nigerians in Zamfara State.
In a motion sponsored by Representative Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, PDP, Zamfara, the House also appealed to the defence ministry to “consider locating an army barracks in the affected local governments to forestal the recurrences of such killings.”
The House in plenary also passed another motion sponsored by Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo ,PDP, Nasarawa, urging relevant authorities to hasten the construction of a military barracks in Doma Local Government of the state in view of last week’s killings of Fulani herdsmen allegedly by soldiers in the state.
On the Zamfara killings, the House directed security agencies in the country to “fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice to serve as deterrence to others.”
It also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to deliver relief materials to the distressed citizens of the affected villages, just as it resolved “to send a committee to sympathise, see first-hand, the damage done and report back to the House.”
Gusau in his motion said that the said killings in Zamfara were carried out by “suspected Fulani herdsmen” who “operated freely for about four hours, shooting at children, traders, vigilante, community leaders and clerics. [Vanguard]
Three oil marketers: Adamu Maula, George Ogbonna and Emmanuel Morah, were yesterday re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N789.6 million fuel subsidy fraud.
The marketers appeared alongside their companies — Downstream Energy Sources Ltd and Rocky Energy Ltd — before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.
They face a 26-count amended charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and altering.
Earlier arraigned on Feb.26, 2013 on an eight-count charge, the defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted N50 million bail each, with two sureties in like sum.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), alleged that the defendants had committed the offences between March 2011 and January 2012 in Lagos.
Jacobs alleged that the accused fraudulently obtained N789.6 million from the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF) for a purported importation of 14.2 million litres of petrol from Europe to Nigeria.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has blamed the 35 percent drop in the number of students who registered for the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, on the activities of Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said this in Abuja, yesteray, while briefing journalists on the board’s preparation for 2014 UTME, stating that registration for 2014 UTME is 129,139 less than the 1,735,892 recorded in 2013.
According to him, the board had started investigation on reasons Nigerian universities admitted fewer applicants to their carrying capacities.
“We will not reveal our strategies to the public but we know there are security challenges in some parts of the country but of course we have made adequate arrangement to conduct examinations in such States and in everywhere in Nigeria.
“There are some areas full of insecurities and we have made adequate security arrangement and if the worse come to the worse we will result to CBT to such candidates.
“From the Northeast which is one of the troubled areas, the number of candidates coming from there is relatively lower than last year and therefore we had a shortfall and that is the reason why there were lesser candidates this year compared to last year. And you know why it is not only education that is being troubled even the economy of that areas are affected. So therefore not many people are coming out to do the exams.”
On the capacity of Nigerian universities to absorb applicants, Ojerinde said: “Recently, I setup a committee to find out why Nigerian universities admit less figures to their carrying capacities. Spaces are there, the federal government has created a huge access but no admission. Most of Nigerian institutions are not responsive to their carrying capacities”.
Speaking further on the 2014 UTME, he said: “This year’s examination will be in three modes: Computer based test, CBT, Dual Based Test, DBT, and Paper Pencil Test, PPT. This desire to go full-blown CBT has been the resolve of the of the Board, owing to the need to curb examination hitches of result ‘black-outs’ and other forms of malpractice that have been norm in the PPT.
Gunmen, Tuesday killed 10 people in Jibu village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, State Police Command has confirmed.
ASP Joseph Kwaji, police spokesman, told newsmen in Jalingo, the state capital, that the suspected assailants also burnt more than 20 houses.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that at about 5a.m. today, a group of Jukun youths stormed Jibu village, opened fire at the inhabitants and killed 10 people,” he said.
According to him, the suspected gunmen killed everyone they saw in the area irrespective of the person’s ethnicity and religion, including Jukuns.
“I can also confirm to you that 15 people are badly injured and about 20 houses were set ablaze,” he added.
Kwaji said a joint patrol of Mobile Police and military had since been deployed to intensify security in the area.
He therefore appealed to people in the area to stay calm, saying security personnel were on top of the situation.
How has life been with you since the death of your husband?
We thank God for His kindness and love for us. We also thank those that have been around us in these moments of grief. We are still waiting for those that have distanced themselves from us to reconcile and come back. We are not angry with anybody. We are still friends to everybody. We look forward to the Almighty Allah to provide us the fortitude to bear this loss. So life has been quiet and peaceful with us. We are one and a happy family. Continue…
My husband’s death was like a coup. It was sudden and shrouded in confusion. General Abdulasalami [Abubakar] just called me, telling me to come and collect the dead body. We buried him like any other ordinary Nigerian. It was quite unfortunate the way he died. Allah knows best and unto Him we shall all return. May his soul rest in peace. I’m yet to fully recover from the shock of his death.
And how did you both meet?
Like any other would-be couple. He was a charming, handsome and likeable personality; a loving father who liked his children and loved ones. We became friends and got married. Here are pictures in the family album; before, during and after our wedding day. He was a caring husband, a dedicated father and an affectionate grandfather.
President Goodluck Jonathan awarded your late husband a centenary award. How did you feel receiving the award?
We felt happy. Maybe this is the beginning of good things to happen to Nigeria; maybe reconciliation… President Jonathan is a young man, he is using his time and energy to bring peace and reconciliation. I think it is high time we all come together to lift the country and stabilise ourselves. I hope it is the beginning of good things to come.
Do you still continue with the pet projects you embarked on when you were first lady?
I did those projects on government basis. They are still on there. Obasanjo did not change the names, neither did subsequent [Presidents]. The African First Ladies Peace Mission is still there, the Poverty Alleviation Programme, the National Programme on Immunisation, the Family Support Programme, the Family Support Basic Education Programme and the Family Economic Advancement Programme are all there. These are projects and programmes that touched the lives of the people, particularly women.
The National Hospital is there and so are the other hospitals around the country. I never did any programme for my personnal benefit, but for the government and the people of the country. So today, in my personnal capacity, on whether I’m still embarking on these projects, I’m no longer in government so I’m not embarking on such projects. I tried my best as the then first lady to bring about all-round development, particularly for women in the rural areas. We did extensive reach-out to the rural populace and touched lives in the remote areas of the country.
Do you have any political ambition?
No, I don’t have any political ambition.
For the presidency, at least; the first woman President of Nigeria?
Not at all. I was a first lady. I just want peace for the country. Stability and development are not achieved by one person. There are governors, ministers, local chairmen, civil servants and the like. It is a cluster of people. The President alone does not make a government.
What is your assessment of General Muhammadu Buhari, and by extension, the All Progressives Congress, APC?
I brought General Buhari into politics; It’s not that I want to expose him. We did everything to support and encourage him. He called my son Mohammed to join Congress for Progressive Change, CPC. They rejected Mohammed by force during the governorship race. This was the trend, not only in Kano, but also in Katsina, Bauchi and other states. I think it is not healthy for democracy; not just because of Mohammed but for the smooth play of democratic norms and values. Democracy is the choice of the people. But when people put their own personal interest first and they interfere [in the process], then it is no longer democracy. It is unfortunate that elders like them could come belittle themselves in the race.
For the APC I cannot comment. It is not yet time for me to do so. However, it is good for democracy to have competition and opposition. It enhances democratic values, norms and stabilises the country’s image, and will eventually uplift our democratic credentials in the international comity of nations.
Your son, Mohammed, wanted to be governor of Kano State.
It is the people of Kano that wanted my son to be governor. They still want him to be governor. They’ve been calling us to come and intensify his campaign. In fact, they are even campaigning on his behalf. So it is people of Kano that want him as governor because they appreciate his father’s contribution to various fields of endeavour.
They also appreciate the little projects and programmes I did in Kano and in the country. They say he should come and continue the projects and programmes in Kano.
The late General Sani Abacha contributed to the restoration of democracy in Sierra Leone. Could you comment on the role he played in the process.
I cannot tell you exactly how he played this role as I was not a soldier, I was just a housewife. But he tried his best for Sierra Leone and thank God it was a success and indeed, peace returned to Sierra Leone. The late Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was restored to power. It was indeed a tragedy to hear about his death recently. He was an African statesman of international repute.
I remember one of his visits [to Nigeria] after he was restored to office; he was so calm, amiable and indeed, supportive of a just pan-African solution to African crises. He was indeed, a true democrat of continental proportion. My late husband honoured him and appreciated him.
What message do you have for the people of Sierra Leone on the death of Kabbah?
I send my sympathy, my condolence and my prayers. May God give them peace, may God give them the fortitude to bear the great loss of the father of democracy in that country. May God give the present president, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the power to emulate what the previous president had done, particularly entrenching stability, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. I wish President Koroma all the best. He is a young man.
I wish the people of Sierra Leone all the best. I have never been there but I hope to be there in my lifetime. I learnt it is a small and beautiful country with about six million people, with lots of natural resources including diamond and oil. May God Almighty grant the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah eternal rest. May Allah also grant my late husband eternal rest. Nigeria and Sierra Leone have a long, historical relationship.
We look forward to building on the strong ties that have cemented us for so long a period. That was why my late husband stood by Sierra Leone in the time of her crisis; to restore democracy, sanity and stability in the country. We couldn’t stand by and watch Sierra Leone fall into anarchy, because the entire West African region would have been affected. So we moved in to bring back normalcy and sanity to the country.
So my wish for Sierra Leoneans is that they maintain peace and stability, especially the peaceful democratic course we’ve seen in past elections. We want this to continue so that other countries will emulate it.
…Published in TheNEWS magazine
IMO HOUSE OF CORRUPTION
In Singapore , September 16 2006 , a tumultuous events rocked Taiwan.. About 300,000 people literally took over the Capital, Taipei, to press their demand for Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to step down over allegation of corruption involving him, wife and relations. The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu will one day face such nightmarish experience in Imo State as his House of Assembly is stinking to high heavens.
Uwajumogu and his former Media Aide Mr Samuelson Iwuoha in their mudslinging, have been able to force open the can of worms of corruption in the Imo House of Assembly , the Imo legislative power house . The newspapers are awash with shocking revelations of how the Speaker with much celebrated “anti-corruption posture” during the Agbaso –Japros saga has been looting public resources to fund private concerns of Speaker and aides, satisfy the greed of his friends, relations and even concubines, and award inflated contracts to his companies and cronies.
For instance, Rt Hon Uwajumogu , whose House of Assembly , in line with its neo-liberal laws has literally supported the abandon of public education and the sale of government owned hospitals in the State has been diverting public resources through his proxies to purchase eye popping mansions like 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, bought Imo State liaison office in Abuja for 70 million naira and converted it to his own private hotel.
The Rt Hon Uwajumogu’s buying of Imo Liaison Office in Abuja and converting it to his private hotel is the mother of all corruption. For him to abandon his responsibilities as Speaker to award road contracts to himself via his friends and to inexperienced contractors in Imo State is another corruption. For him to award contracts worth billions of naira without due process to the extent that some of his aides were equally awarded road contracts is corruption. The Uwajumogu led house is neck deep in corruption and I am bold to speak out. Four other members of the Imo House of Assembly are also involved in road contract scam. The members are Hon Stan Dara, Hon Ikechukwu Amuka ,Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo (OZ-B) and The Speaker’s Chief of Staff Kodichi Anamekwe.
Hon Stan Dara, Member Representing Osu Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly And House Chairman of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee with his own loot from road contract scam has built a multi million naira Massive Farm at Irete in Owerri West LGA. Dara is also presently from his loot building a multi million naira Asphalt plant in Owerri and also owns several duplexes at Egbeada Housing Estate in Owerri. Dara’s duplexes at Egbeada are painted dark green.
Hon Ikechukwu Amuka ,Member representing Ideato South Constituency and House member of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee with his own loot from road contract scam has built a multi million naira hotel (Eastern Emirate Hotel) located at World Bank Housing Estate in Owerri. Amuka is also building a second multi million naira hotel. Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo (OZ-B) of Nwangele LGA has from his loot in the contract scam turned his Kelvic Hotels Owerri of 12 rooms into a multi million naira Hotel while the Chief of Staff to the Speaker Kodichi Anamekwe has with his own loot from contract scam bought 30 plots of land in Owerri and has built a multi million naira mansion at Achike Udenwa Estate near Concord Hotel. Anamekwe’s landed properties can be verified at the ministry of land and survey in Owerri.He is presently building a Hotel in Owerri. All the road contract papers of road contractors in Imo State were signed by him. I have taken pains to show pictures of some of the mansions and mentioned some roads that Uwajumogu’s company Werdis Limited poorly executed in the state.
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 privatisation, 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.
Why must we 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. What would it take to get Imolites hopping mad about this treachery and idiocy of its representative in the house? In fact, for all the attention this revelation of corruption in the Imo House has elicited, Uwajumogu might as well say it was mere three naira that he looted, not three billion naira, that went puff into thin air.
For Speaking against corruption in the State the Imo State House of Assembly has labeled me an enemy of the state that must be jailed at all costs. The Speaker had earlier sent police after me. The House has also set up a kangaroo probe panel to investigate himself with the Speaker’s bosom friend as chairman of the panel. The house know I will not honour invitation from such comedy probe panel. No amount of blackmail and hate campaign will make me to appear before the already compromised Probe Panel of Ben Uwajumogu, which obviously has pre-determined purposes. The plan of the panel is to give the Speaker a clean bill of health and declare me wanted in the State and use the court to harass me. But I am not afraid. After all Nelson Mandela went to jail and came out to emerge president of South Africa. If saying the truth will send me to jail so be it.
We have today in Imo State a legislative house that supports corruption , incites hatred against activists and media men, threatens free media and is viciously opposed to the articulation of viewpoints contrary to its beliefs and actions – openly and with total impunity.My proof are verifiable,concrete,with wonderful clues to guide and assist any unbiased inquirer and investigator. Even two Aides of Ben Uwajumogu, namely Anamekwe, and Orji have been detained by the Security Agencies on the Orders of Governor Rochas over scams in Roads Contract Awards in Imo State.
I will like Imolites to note that I stand by my story that the Speaker and his cohorts have looted Imo dry.You can not cover the truth with state might and force. My activity is completely legitimate in a democratic society. Everywhere in the world, activists and columnists use the method of campaign which includes articles,distribution of leaflets, symposia, public meetings, boycotts and protests to fight against any form of injustice and corruption. It is therefore a misnomer that a House of assembly where the best democratic ideals are supposed to be cherished is carrying out a vindictive action which has the implication of completely criminalizing my democratic rights to campaign against acts of injustice and corruption.Ndi-Imo now is the time to stand against corruption . This is to make our leaders to use our money in implementation of adequate provision of basic needs like education, health care, water, electricity, food, housing, jobs, roads, public transport etc for the vast majority of the people. Aluta Continua.
-Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria
Last week, the blogosphere was bubbling with the news of the death of the mother of popular Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke. The 67 years old woman died on Monday, March 24, 2014.
In a press statement made available to Nigeriafilms.com by the actor’s publicist, Mitch Ngaman, it was stated that Jim Iyke’s mother, “Mrs Ngozi Gladys Okelue Esomugha, was born on May 3, 1947, and succumbed to a long battle with illness.”
The statement also quoted Jim Iyke to have said, “she (her late mum) was a force of nature. My big sis, my 1st wife, my confidante, my rock, my critique, my greatest fan and regal leader.
“She was a radiant, gorgeous woman with a smile bigger than the sun and always ready to embrace anyone for all the good and even wrong reasons.
“My sun is gone. The dull numbing ache in my heart will never be pacified by any woman alive. Not my lover, sisters nor even a daughter I may one day bear.
“The relationship of a mother and an only son is uniquely eternal and spiritual, transcending human comprehension. Mine with Gladys is even far strangely beyond that.
“They say it’s a blessing if a son buries his mother and not the other way around. I’m not sure they’re entirely right.
“They also said one never recovers from the loss of their mother. I hope they are right! May I never recover from the memories of your celestial love, sacrifices, warmth, your contagious laughter and merciless wit.
“Your enthusiasm for life and service of others was infectious. I’ll miss you each and every waking moment of my life. I know you’re in a better place now.
“I’ll carry on everything you stood for ‘til my last days.
“You came and saw and conquered.
“Adieu Gladys from your boy Jim.
“I love you till the last breathe I take.”
Meanwhile, the family is yet to announce the funeral rites.
Former Ex VP Atiku Abubakar was on ground in far away Dubai to see another son of his get hitched!.Abba got married to his American Beau in Dubai on saturday..
More photos when you continue..
Ebube Nwagbo is one of the few actresses with banging and curvy bodies.
Check out some of her pictures obviously depicting her lovely curves.
Exclusive pictures of Nuella Njudigbo and Tchidi Chikere’s traditional marriage which took place on March 30th in Anambra State, the bride’s hometown.
Yesterday, Sahara Reporters TV released a video of passengers stuck on an Arik Air plane bound for New York.
The air conditioning wasn’t turned on (or wasn’t functional – we’re unable to determine from the video) and as a result the passengers went berserk! People were fainting from the ensuing heat, others were taking off their clothes, It was really a messy sight.
The situation itself is really worrisome, as there have been several complaints on the issue of customer care with that particular airline.
However,there are some chuckle worthy moments in the video.
The cocktail of accents as well as the whipping off of clothing; and then of course there’s the look on Banky’s face when he realizes there’s a camera!
If you were on that plane, what would you have done?
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Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Leon Balogun says his recovery from a foot injury he sustained on international duty with Nigeria has been swift, but stressed he has been warned against any hasty return to training.
Balogun’s dream debut for the Super Eagles was cut short by injury when he collided with an advertising board within five minutes of coming on for the injured Efe Ambrose during the friendly encounter against Mexico on March 5th.
Speaking on his rehabilitation on Sunday, the 25-year-old said he will drop the Plaster Of Paris (POP) on the injured foot by the end of this week, adding he does not feel any pain on the broken metatarsal anymore.
“The recovery rate is perfect and by the end of the week I should drop the boot on the toe but I don’t want to make the mistake of many players who immediately rush back to training even when at the moment I feel no pain. I should be able to tell you my next move by the end of the week, but I will be ready when the Eagles are getting back to camp”, he said.
Balogun again praised the NFF leadership headed by Alhaji Aminu Maigari for the concern they have shown towards his recovery and promised to rededicate himself to the Nigerian cause when he recovers fully. “From the NFF, to the coach and all Nigerians, I am very grateful for all the concern they have shown me and I pray that I can repay them when I recover fully”, he declared.
Famous Nollywood actress — Funke Akindele has found love again after parting her bitter divorce with her former husband, Almaroof.
According to reports, Funke met this new man late last year through a mutual friend and everything seems to be working very well and fast for them.
Though the man lives outside the country, he moved Funke to his duplex at Chevron Estate to ensure everything is fine with her; at least so I hear.
Nollywood actress — Daniella Okeke had these photos taken a few months ago for Ovation International Magazine but just released some of the behind the scene photos.
She looks quite stunning i must admit.
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President Goodluck Jonathan’s one-day campaign visit to Ekiti State, which was earlier slated for tomorrow has been postponed.
The President was billed to inaugurate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose’s campaign for the June 21 polls in the state.
The Director-General of Ayo Fayose Campaign team, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, and the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Pastor Kola Oluwole disclosed this at a news conference on Sunday.
They said the postponement was occasioned by the refusal of Ekiti State government to approve usage of the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado-Ekiti.
They also said the leadership of the party in the state had earlier written a letter of request to the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is seeking a second term in office, intimating him of the president’s visit.
However, they said the party was shocked to read a reply, dated April 2, 2014 with Reference No SS2 Vol. IV/08 and signed by one Mr P.O Dada, detailing the refusal of the State to allow use of the state Stadium.
“This action of the State government clearly shows the level of intolerance and unwarranted hatred for the opposition which is condemnable.
“The Ekiti State Stadium belongs to the Ekiti people and not APC, the public utility is being funded with Ekiti people’s money, it is, therefore, surprising that the people of Ekiti, who are members of the opposition party are being denied the use of the public utilities”, they said.
The party said the new turn of events had been communicated to President Jonathan, who would in due course set a new date.
What looks like a significant boost to the ambition of the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, to succeed his arch-political rival, Governor Rotimi Amaechi in 2015, came his way on Monday when the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan declared that she was solidly behind him.
Wike, who was once Amaechi’s Chief of Staff, but soon turned around to be his Achilles heel when the governor started having a running battle with President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, has been tipped as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for the state in the 2015 general elections.
But a report in a national daily today suggested that the First Lady had dumped Wike and has instead set her sights on getting the governorship candidate of the PDP from one of the riverine local government areas of the state, possibly Okrika, where she originally hails from.
The report also suggested that the president’s wife was scheming to install her favorites as the next governors of her husband’s state, Bayelsa, and Bauchi State in the North.
But Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, affirmed the supervising minister’s position as the leader of PDP in Rivers State even as she declared that people of the state are solidly behind him and are prepared to follow him anywhere he leads.
Though she claimed that she does not meddle in the process of selecting candidates for the ruling PDP, the First Lady, however, described Wike’s ambition as fait accompli.
The statement read, “While we consider this a figment of the imagination of the writers of the spurious story, it is also expedient to state clearly that the First Lady does not meddle in the affairs and selection process of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Consequently, there is no way she can dictate or install anybody into political offices.
“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 that 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”.
She described the report that she has abandoned the minister as the handiwork of those she called mischief makers, who are bent on promoting bickering and animosity among people who have always being together working for the improvement of Rivers State, saying such should be discountenanced.
On her role in the selection of governorship candidates for PDP in Bayelsa and Bauchi states, Mrs. Jonathan described the report as an attempt to pitch the purported aspirants against their state governors.
“Dr. Waripomowei Dudafa is not only a son to the President but his staff and very close to the family. Dr. Dudafa is not ready to quit his job to contest governorship election. Similarly, the FCT Minister has been a competent and loyal appointee of Mr. President.
“Both of them are loyal to Mr. President and their governors. They are sons of the First Lady as the mother of the nation, who also has very cordial relationships with the governors in question and will never interfere in any process that will lead to the emergence of governorship candidates in the states.
“Mrs. Jonathan appeals to the governors of Bayelsa and Bauchi States to ignore the mischief makers who are bent on disrupting the peace prevailing in those states.
“The First Lady is a mother of peace who believes in the supremacy of the party and democratic principles at all levels and does not dump her friends because of politics, whether they are contesting or not.
“She therefore, urges all Nigerians to uphold the truth at all times, and not be swayed by actions of mischief makers”, the statement added.
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Monday described as unfair, unhealthy and dangerous to the continued unity and well being of the nation to link the military to the deadly Boko Haram sect.
The governor said to argue or claim that some elements in the military hierarchy were supporting Boko Haram will only add to undermine every Nigerian that supposedly should be in arms against the insurgents.
“Of all theories being alleged in connection with the Boko Haram, the most dangerous as far as I am concerned is to raise such grievous suspicion around our security forces,” said Shettima in apparent reaction to recent media reports quoting an unknown soldier that top military leaders were working in tandem with Boko Haram elements.
He said: “When citizens grow such suspicion and believe in it, I am afraid, Boko Haram can light fire works to celebrate a grand victory of setting up citizens against the security agencies.”
Son of Chief E.K Clark, Mr Ebikeme Clark, has been accused by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) of orchestrating his own kidnapping in order to defraud the state government.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, the group said it “was actually a clever orchestrated fraud masterminded by Ebikeme who stage-managed his own abduction.”
It said that “the ransom of 500Million Naira was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote and was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.
No word yet from Mr Clark denying MEND’s allegation.
The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) on Monday claimed that Mr. Ebikeme, the son of frontline Ijaw leader, Chief E.K. Clark, masterminded his well-publicised abduction.
Curiously, the militant group in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, alleged that ransom of N500million was shared by persons involved in the purported kidnap, which it labelled a scam.
It was widely reported that the kidnappers had demanded ransom of N60 million to secure the release of the elder statesman’s son even though the police claimed no money was paid.
But MEND noted that the ransom was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote, insisting that Ebikeme stage-managed his abduction and went further to accuse the Delta Police Command of misleading the public on its claim that no ransom was paid.
The statement said: “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has confirmed that the kidnap of Mr Ebikeme Clark, the son of Chief E.K Clark, was actually a clever orchestrated fraud masterminded by Ebikeme who stage-managed his own abduction.
“A ransom of 500Million Naira was paid by the Delta State Government from its security vote and was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.
“Mr Ebikeme is following in the footsteps of his father where the Senior Clark is amongst those that hatched the fraudulent Niger Delta Amnesty Programme which has only made billionaires of a few thugs and him, at the detriment of millions of impoverished indigenes and the peace and security in the region.
“It is rather unfortunate that in a desperate bid for relevance and extra funds to maintain a private jet, certain unscrupulous persons, including the Delta State Police will conspire to deceive Nigerians with a phantom abduction, release of the so-called hostage, influence over kidnapers and arrest of suspects and denying the payment of a ransom which has already been shared”, MEND said.
Two women running from the recent Boko Haram attack on Buni Gari town, Yobe State, in which no fewer than 20 worshippers were killed in a Mosque on Saturday, have reportedly delivered their babies in the bush, an eyewitness has said.
An aged woman, who identified herself as Falmata, disclosed that they were running inside the bush when the pregnant women went into labour and later delivered.
“It was terrible my son. The sounds of the gunshots were just too much to bear. As if it was in front of our house. We started running to the bush when we observed that the boys were burning houses. As we were running, other women joined us. Two of them even delivered inside the bush”, Falmata disclosed.
Falmata and her sister Lubabatu, who was holding a three weeks old baby were trying to move out of the town when The NATION correspondent caught up with them.
Lubabatu under the scorching sun with her baby, stated that she has not drank water nor taken food since the attack occurred.
Falmata lamented that moving away from Buni Gari was also a problem because they have no means of getting out.
A 29 year-old housewife, Memunat Wahab, on Monday, begged an Ilorin Area Court to dissolve her three-year-old marriage to Yusuf, for being a troublemaker.
Memunat, who resides at Baboko area of the state, explained to the court that her husband was in the habit of causing trouble.
She alleged her husband had fought every member of their neighbourhood, adding that at times he get involved in street fights.
“My husband behaves like a thug and fond of constituting a threat to every member of our environment,” Memunat said.
The petitioner also accused her husband of keeping bad companies who influenced his behaviour in a negative way.
Memunat, who revealed that their marriage was contracted in 2011 and was yet to produce any child, further cited an instance when Yusuf was attacked and stabbed by thugs in March 2013 because of his hooliganism.
“My lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot afford seeing him implicating me with his thuggery behaviour,” she said.
The defendant did not object to his wife’s request, but prayed the court to grant it without any claim.
“My wife always complains, I need not to force myself on her since there is nothing to show for in our union,” Yusuf said.
The Presiding Judge, Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved their marriage and gave the plaintiff a certificate of divorce.
Ghana’s health authorities have announced the first suspected case of the deadly Ebola disease at the country’s second biggest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), in Kumasi.
The Deputy Director of Public Health in the Ashanti region, Dr. Joseph Oduro, said on Sunday evening that the case resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl.He said the health officials in the Ashanti Region held an emergency meeting over the case.
Oduro said the victim, who was admitted at the paediatric unit of the Teaching Hospital with symptoms of fever and bleeding, died and during a postmortem it was detected she had internal bleeding.
He said the development was alarming since neighbouring countries like Guinea and Liberia had recorded cases of the viral infection.
Oduro said blood samples of the victim had already been sent for Medical Research in Accra, for testing, and the result was being expected within 72 hours.
The disease has already killed dozens of people in neighbouring Guinea, with reported cases in Liberia and Mali. [PANA/NAN]
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the August 9 governorship election in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, against violence in the build up to the poll.
The warning was contained in a statement issued by the Osun APC Director of Media and Research, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, on Sunday.
The ruling party urged the people of the state to be wary of Omisore, who they claimed, had told all who care to listen that he would reverse all the works done by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The statement partly reads, “The emergence of Iyiola Omisore from a kangaroo primary of the PDP over the weekend is typical of a party whose hallmark for political engagement is gangsterism.
“We all expected it, even his co-aspirant has had to withdraw from the race because the candidate and his gang will stop at nothing including violence to pick his party’s ticket. And he already has it.
“However, that development makes things easier for the APC because with an Omisore, the PDP has a candidate that lacks pedigree, credibility, responsibility and focus.
“The APC welcomes Omisore to the race and expects him to be a lot less violent about political engagement this time around because he is unlikely to get away with it”.
Senator Iyiola Omisore, a former deputy governor of Osun State, who emerged the PDP flag bearer on Saturday, in his reaction to the APC’s statement, said that he would not join the party in trading abuses and character assassination, preferring instead to focus on the job at hand.
Speaking through his media aide, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the PDP guber candidate said that his emergence at a transparent primary had obviously unsettled the ruling APC in Osun State.
The decision of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution to modify sections 68 and 109 in the proposed amendments is currently causing disquiet in the Red chamber.
The committee, led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, last week submitted additional provisions which sought to alter certain sections of the constitution.
Specifically, the proposal seeks to alter sections 68 and 109 to empower the Clerk of the National Assembly and their counterparts in the states Houses of Assembly to notify the Independent National Electoral Commission in writing, within seven days of a vacancy in any of the chambers arising from resignation, death or defection.
However, members of the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, have vowed to block the passage of the bill, which they see as a clever attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to foreclose any attempt by some aggrieved senators in the upper chamber to dump the party.
The opposition senators argued that the proposed bill was a back door way of initiating the process of declaring vacant, the seats of defecting senators.
Senators Ganiyu Solomon and Kabiru Marafa urged their members to reject the bill because it was unnecessary since the Senate had passed an earlier proposal.
But Senators Ita Enang, Abdul Ningi, James Manager and Ike Ekweremadu, all of the PDP, however, said the passage of the bill was crucial to the strengthening of democracy in the country.
Enang said, “The constitution is not made for a person and could not be deemed to have been made for a person. This amendment is not being made with any person in mind.
“I am in agreement with the proposal and it is not in any manner restrictive and I pray that we adopt it. Secondly, there are lots of amendments proposed by the committee in this bill and they do not seem to attract enough attention as the first amendment”.
However, Senate President, David Mark, ruled that voting on the bill will take place on Wednesday.
Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said on Monday in Abuja that the commission would monitor campaign funds of political parties in the 2015 general election.
Jega, who said this at an interactive session with Editors and News Directors, said the commission would also monitor funds of candidates.
He said the commission would partner with non-governmental organisations to achieve this objective.
“We are setting a mechanism in place to monitor campaign funds of political parties and candidates”, he said.
On the call for conduct of elections in one day, Jega said the commission was not disposed to conducting elections in one day.
“We are hesitant to conduct election in one day in 2015, but we are thinking about it for the future. We in INEC do not believe we can do it in 2015”, he said.
The chairman said the logistics involved in holding elections in one day were enormous.
Jega said the country’s terrain could not be compared to countries like Kenya and Ghana where elections were held in one day.
He said that the 2015 elections timetable was not designed to favour any group of persons or political parties contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
The chairman said adequate planning and timing was critical to credible elections. (NAN)
It’s so obvious the end time is near. The photo you are looking at, is of a boy who was arrested for beheading his friend. Reason for his action is yet to be uncovered. However, it’s so obvious it’s for ritual or been send by the politicians.The boy was arrested by the police and his picture was taken with the evidence…Your comment(s) people….
Dele Momodu (Bob Dee) With the Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere at Tinubu’s birthday celebration…
Stars, celebrities, entertainment industry leaders and prominent officials were out in full force for the first night of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) on Friday 4 April, 2014 to honor the 20 Years of Freedom theme of the 8th Annual SAFTAs.
Check out the list of winners of the night below
Golden Horn Documentary Winners
The 2014 judges unanimously decided that in the categories for Best Documentary Short and Best Director of a Documentary Short, no awards would be given.
Best Cinematographer of a Documentary Short
Ingmar Buchner and Alexander Melck for Waterborne
Best Editor of a Documentary Short
Alexander Melck for Waterborne
Best Documentary Feature
The Devil’s Lair directed by Riaan Hendricks (Fireworx Media)
Best Director of a Documentary Feature
Paulene Abrey for Chickens Can Fly
Best Cinematographer of a Documentary Feature
Paul Kruger for Light and Dark
Best Editor of a Documentary Feature
Riaan Hendricks for The Devil’s Lair
Golden Horn Wildlife Winners
Best Wildlife Programme
Touching the Dragon by NHU Africa
Best Editor of a Wildlife Programme
Keith Fraser for Speed Kills: Savannah
Best Cinematographer of a Wildlife Programme
DOP Team for Speed Kills: Savannah
Best Director of a Wildlife Programme
Craig Foster and Damon Foster for Touching the Dragon
The 2014 SAFTA Judges unanimously decided that there wouldn’t be an award in the Best Game Show category this year.
Best Youth and Children’s Programme
Big Up by Eclipse Television
Best Factual Educational Entertainment Programme
Centrum Guardian Project 2012 by Time Frame Productions
Best News & Actuality Programme
Carte Blanche 21/10/12
Best Magazine Programme
Bravo by Homebrew Films
Best Variety Show
Bitten by Okuhle Media
Best Music Show
Jam Sandwich by Meerkat Media
Best Talk Show
Life with Thami by Thamzin Media
Best Reality Show
Around Iceland on Inspiration by Cooked In Africa Films
Best International Format Show
Taboo Africa by Clive Morris Productions
Golden Horn TV Drama Winners
The 2014 judges unanimously decided that in the categories for Best Music Composition in a TV Drama and Best Sound Design of a TV Drama, no awards would be given.
Best DOP / Cinematographer of a TV Drama Series
Tom Marais for Intersexions: Season 2
Best Production Design of a TV Drama Series
Anneri Gericke for Rockville
Best Costume Design of a TV Drama Series
Martha Sibanyoni for High Rollers
Best Make-up and Hair Stylist of a TV Drama Series
Jenny Sprawson for High Rollers
Best Editor of a TV Drama Series
Jack Esterhuizen and Lindi Goosen for Room 9
Golden Horn TV Soap Winners
Best Editor of a TV Soap
Editing Team from The Wild
Best DOP / Cinematographer of a TV Soap
DOP Team from The Wild
Best Art Direction of a TV Soap
Annerie Gericke for The Wild
Golden Horn TV Comedy Winners
The 2014 Judges unanimously decided that in the categories for Best Editor of a TV Comedy and Best DOP / Cinematographer of a TV Comedy, no awards would be given.
Best Art Direction of a TV Comedy Series
Amanda Scholtz for Those Who Can’t
Best Student Film
Kanyekanye by AFDA
Best Short Film
Armed Response by Atomic Squid Productions
Golden Horn Feature Film Winners
Best Editor of a Feature Film
Che Amaru Tunstead and Cobus Rossouw for Of Good Report
Best DOP/ Cinematographer of a Feature Film
Willie Nel for Sleeper’s Wake
Best Production Designer of a Feature Film
Johnny Breedt for Long Walk to Freedom
Best Music Composition of a Feature Film
Bruce Retief for Khumba
Best Sound Designer of a Feature Film
Jim Petrak for Nothing for Mahala
Best Costume Designer
Diana Cilliers and Ruy Filipe for Long Walk to Freedom
Best Make up / Hair Stylist
Meg Tanner for Long Walk to Freedom
Some female teenagers came out before the priest at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Umushene, Umuida, Enugu Ezike in Enugu State to make shocking confessions of how they have used their spiritual powers to destroy the lives of men through s*x.
They made these confessions during a vigil organised by the Okunerere Catholic Adoration Ministries (OCAM) between Friday and last Saturday.
Teenage girls own up
She walked up to the stage accompanied by her mother. Her name is Nwafor Linda Ogochukwu from Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. Clad in a sleeveless gown, she looked every inch pretty. With the microphone in her hands, she confessed that she was a member of the Oceaner occultic group, a dreaded Ogbanje (mermaid) cult.
She claimed members of the group meet once every six months in Nsukka for strategizing and review of operations. She said she has used the power given her in the occult world to destroy many young men, adding that any man that kisses her or had a s*xual affair with her either dies afterwards or loses his manhood. The 15-year-old girl added that she had killed seven men so far.
“I am the princess of the kingdom who gives orders that must be obeyed. We live in the water and anyone that disobeys us must be punished with the same water we live in but this time the water will be turned to hot ashes which we pour on the offender. Water is our happiness and our doom also. We command our members to go and cause accident, destroy unborn children and destinies.
“I was earlier born to Imo State parents but I died after six years and later came back to the world to another family in Nsukka. We are five in number existing in planet earth and have wreaked untold havoc. I was supposed to have died again in May 2013 but I kept postponing my death at a great risk because of the love I have for mummy and my boyfriend,” she confessed.
Another teenager, Chizoba Ossai from Umuopu community, Enugu Ezike, also stepped forward to recount how he has been having s*x with fellow men through evil powers and collected their manhood in the process.
Chizoba, who had bruises all over his face, injuries inflicted on him by angry mob that caught him recently in his unholy act, confessed that he uses evil powers to hypnotize his victims after preaching the word of God to them.
“Our cult family operates from Nkisi River in Onitsha and I got initiated through swimming. If the spirit enters me, I will lose control of myself and will walk straight to any man around me, preach to him the word of God and the man will lose his senses, thereby allowing me to have my way. I will use him and collect his manhood in the process and has so far collected from eight men.
The confession of a small boy, aged about six, shocked the gathering. According to the boy identified as Kingsley who hails from Imilike Ani in Enugu State and a pupil at Imilike Ani Primary School, he had killed nine persons, including his mother, and also made his father perpetually poor.
“We are about 22 but our leader is dead. We have killed nine, including my mother, whom I was directed to bring. I killed her when I gave her the biscuit given to us by our leader”, he added.
When Fr. Obayi asked him how he made his step mother’s six children not to marry, the little boy brought out six pieces of stick which he tied together with a rope and told the shocked worshippers that after tying them together, he took it to their leader and they performed rituals on it and since then, nobody has ever come forward to seek the girls’ hands in marriage.
He equally admitted making his own brother a dwarf, adding: “I brought out a lizard and placed a block on it which means that the boy cannot grow up.”
His step mother in tears narrated to the bewildered audience how nothing moves in their home since the boy came to live with them following his mother’s death.
Fr. Obayi later prayed for all of them and warned them of the consequences of returning to their old wicked ways.
Efforts to speak with Fr Obayi after the service and days later failed until one of his personal assistants, Macson Justice Nwasike was contacted to help. When he eventually granted Saturday Sun audience, the cleric was confronted with the issue of proliferation of miracle centres and staged-managed deliverance in some churches. He simply dismissed such people and declared: “By their fruits, we shall know them”.
“Anything that is not real cannot last and will be exposed in the future. Something that is real will always be real for ever. I have heard cases like that but I know that where there is real, there is also fake but I urge people never to forge or stage-manage miracles because it doesn’t give God glory. Man does not compel God to do miracles and He is angry about those who use His name to manipulate things”, he added.
In a brief remark, Macson Justice advised Christians to pray for ministers of God engaged in deliverance activities because they are often the targets of the devil. He noted that God has used Fr. Obayi to liberate strongholds in the area but it has not been easy. He gave an instance on how four deadly snakes suddenly invaded the adoration ground on a Tuesday afternoon during consultation.
Asides the female teenagers, another young boy who also sought forgiveness from God told how he killed his own mother along with eight others, turned his brother to a dwarf and prevented his elder sister from getting a man to marry her through the power of witchcraft.
Source: The Sun
Nikki Laoye and BBA’s Vina at Zara Gretti’s funeral service which held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at The Catholic Cathedral Church, Lagos Island
Since Zara Gretti passed away a week ago, fans and the media have wondered why her ‘industry friends’ and other Nigerian celebrities did not help raise awareness for the singer’s condition and fund raising before she passed away.
Zara, 28, suffered from a medical condition called Multiple Sclerosis; she needed N3.7M to help with her condition – closely monitored hospital care, pills, painkillers. Before her death, she was able to raise N2.4M (in the space of nine months).
What has surprised many is the way and manner many celebrities and all the other industry ‘Mr Me toos’ totally ignored Zara’s cry when she was alive, only to ‘wake up’ when she passed away conveniently using social media to mourn her.
Up till when she was buried, nobody visited her home or reached out to her family. Her funeral service which held on Friday morning, April 4, 2014 and was attended by a handful of industry personalities – none of the so called ‘BIG’ names.
Two days earlier at Industry Nite, a one-minute silence was held for Zara; that was just about it. Show host Jimmie implored guests (comprised of some of your favourite celebs) to attend the funeral service on Friday. Out of those present that night, only Vina, Emma Nyra and Jimmie himself attended the service.
‘What makes the scenario pitiable is that Zara was an industry babe, she knew them all, they knew her well well’, a publicist who attended the service said as undertakers lowered Zara’s body into the ground.
President Goodluck Jonathan will never support any attempt to divide Nigeria, Vice-President Nnamadi Sambo has said.
Sambo made this known on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the traditional wedding ceremony of Jonathan’s foster daughter, Faith Sakwe and Prince of Osimotu Kingdom in Abi, Cross River State, Godswill Osim.
The vice president, who was chairman of the occasion, said he and President Jonathan were committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
He also restated their commitment to the transformation of the country.
Sambo said he was greatly honoured to be part of the ceremony, adding that it was ordained by God.
The Vice-President stated, “Our partnership in transparent and focused government has been our strength. President Jonathan and I are committed to the unity, indivisibility and total transformation of the socio-economic status of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“We have been encouraged by the support and cooperation of our people who have been patient with us in nation-building”.
In his advice to the couple, Sambo urged them to embrace the secret of a successful marriage which he identified as faithfulness, tolerance and honesty.
He commended the president and First Lady, Dame Patience, for Faith’s upbringing.
He further commended all the invited guests for honouring President Jonathan with their presence.
He added, “The secret behind a successful marriage is for both the bride and the bridegroom to be faithful to each other, to be tolerant and honest. When you do this, God will manifest in your life and good luck will be your portion”.
Following the Borno-Yobe People’s Forum opposition to any attempt by the Federal Government to extend the emergency rule in the North-East due to terminate on April 19, the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako and his Borno State counterpart, Kashim Shettima, have called for a review of the security strategy in the region.
Nyako argued that extending the emergency rule would be counterproductive as records have shown that Boko Haram carried out more daring attacks that resulted in higher number of casualties during the period than when it was not in place.
Speaking through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmad Sajoh, Nyako said what was required was a change of strategy, not an extension of the emergency rule.
He explained that those carrying out acts of terror against the citizens hide under the guise of emergency rule to perpetrate their dastardly acts, which had led to the loss of many lives and destruction of property worth billions of naira.
According to Sajoh: “Our position is that we do not support the renewal of the state of emergency in the North-East in general and in Adamawa State in particular.
“It is under the state of emergency that more people were killed in our state when compared to the period when there was no state of emergency.
“It is under the guise of the state of emergency that those who have unleashed violence on our people have carried out the most daring attacks”.
On his part, Shettima, who also spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Isa Gusau, said he had no desire of joining issues with the Federal Government.
He said “We believe that the Federal Government will continue to do its best to ensure the end of the insurgency and we on our part are prepared to partner with it. A review of strategy will not be out of place”.
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahi Gaidam could not be reached for comments. Calls put through to his Director of Press, Mr. Abdullahi Bego, were successful as at the time of filing this report.
Residents of Soka, Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, where scores of decomposing human bodies and captives were discovered in a forest about a fortnight ago, have called on the security agencies to beam their search light on the Fulani herdsmen, who were seen grazing their cattle side-by-side the horror camp.
Police Commissioner in the state, Mohammed Ndabawa, on Tuesday said that a team of forensic pathologists from Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja visited the crime scene a day earlier and that investigation must be completed before the camp would be demolished.
Some of the residents said that the police must not ignore a crucial connection in their investigation and wondered why it had yet to speak on the activities of the herdsmen or invite anyone of them for questioning, whom they described as possible accomplices.
“The herdsmen lived there and made a camp just outside the building where the captives were chained and maltreated. They grazed their cattle over the decomposing bodies every day and they shared the same environment with the alleged kidnappers.
“Why did they feel comfortable with the sight of these bodies and why is the police quiet about this possible link to all the activities and murder at the site?” asked Mr. Olabimtan Isaiah, one of the residents.
“We saw more of the herdsmen in the area and especially along the Ogunpa River bank where they rear their cattle. Most of the bodies and the building were found along that river”, added Isaiah.
Also raising eyebrows on the possible involvement of the herdsmen was a member of a church opposite the river, Supo Olawumi, who said the police should involve the residents in their investigation.
“It is necessary for the police to listen to the people living here. They have been saying a lot of things that could help the investigation but I doubt if they are being taken seriously. Instead, they have arrested many youths and charged them to court for public disturbance”.