Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Political Tussles: The Deputy Governor Of Akwa Ibom Resigns

The Akwa Ibom State deputy governor Mr. Nsima Ekere has resigned from office.
The Deputy governor, hurriedly resigned to the members of the State House of Assembly to the planned  impeach of the deputy. He announced his resignation about 6 p.m. Wednesday 31st October, 2012, after he had reliably confirmed the moves to impeach him was at the final stage.

Some Teachers In Edo State Will Nolonger Go To Heaven For Reward

Some tearchers in Edo State will nolonger wait to reach heaven to receive the reward of their good jobs. That is why, recently, in continuation of his unscheduled visits to educational institutions in Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has ordered the immediate promotion of three school teachers and also reward them with cash gift.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Why Our Educational System Will Continue To Die As Mrs Florence Ajimobi Denies Arrest

The wife of the Oyo State governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, who was allegedly arrested by London Metropolitan Police for money laundry, described the report as a rumour sponsored by people playing dirty politics.

P.M.NEWS had reported on October 30, 2012 that the Met confirmed to them the arrest of Mrs. Ajimobi in London, with the sum of 400,000 pounds and thousands of US dollars, valued at N500million.

A Man Arraigned For Critisizing Governor of Bauchi State For Using State Money To Fund Son's Wedding

Abbas Faggo, a 30-year old civil servant, who has been detained by Bauchi State Government for allegedly posting a Facebook account of alleged monumental corruption in the state, was yesterday arraigned before a magistrate court over alleged injurious falsehood and defamation.

The prosecution accused Faggo of using his mobile telephone number to posting   a message on his Facebook profile on September 4, alleging that the state funded the wedding of the state governor’s son, which took place at the Azare area of the state on September 8.

Natural Disasters: Superstorm Sandy Drives US Citizens from Pillars To Poles, 26 Dead and More Disasters Prawling

The destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy mounted Tuesday morning as electrical fires and record power outages added to the misery of devastating flooding in the Northeast.
More than 7.5 million customers shivered without electricity in 15 states and the District of Columbia in Sandy's chilly wake.

Sandy also claimed at least 26 lives across the United States, bringing the total number of deaths to at least 94 after the storm wreaked havoc in the Caribbean.

Dirty Lovers: Man Killed For Loving Another's Fiancee

Hell was let loose recently in Abayawo, Ilorin, Kwara State capital, Southwest Nigeria after a middle aged man’s corpse was recovered from a well at Ile Alowo-Eru in the area.
A mob, suspected to be kinsmen of the victim, identified as Kabiru Yellow of Oju Ekun area in Ilorin, went on the rampage in Ile Alowo-Eru, vandalising properties to evenge the death of their kinsman, whom they believed did not accidentally fall into the well but was murdered because of a woman.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

At Least, We Still Have Honest Men In Nigeria

The World has not completely gone banana. At least, in Nigeria, we still have honest people. I am not talking about politicians, but the very ordinary man on the street who is struggling to meet daily needs.

I met a young man yesterday, a taxi driver, who actually beats my imagination. He was looking really disturbed because somebody left a bag containing money in his cab. Dollars at that matter.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Man Arraigned For Stealing Holy Book

If the word of good is meant to save mankind from eternal damnation , it only means that it should touch every nook and cranny of the world. However, there are people who have never  seen a copy of the bible or the koran. Some of these people, either for their love for the word or for fear of hell, will go to any lenght to see or obtain a copy of the holy book.
If it thus happen that for the love of God or fear of hell or just for mere curiousity, one steals a copy of the bible, is it proper such a person is prosecuted by the law?

Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State Survives Plane Crash, Not Dead Afterall

Contrary to the earlier report that Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State was dead, a report from ThisDay Newspaper online just said the governor actually survived the plane crash.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oil Industry: Dirty Deals In Nuhu Ribadu's Report

Nigeria lost out on tens of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenues over the last decade from cut price deals struck between some multinational oil companies and government officials, a confidential report says.
A team headed by the former head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, produced the 146-page study on an oil ministry request. It covers the year 2002 to 2011.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest crude oil exporter, shipping more than two million barrels per day (bpd), and is also home to the world’s ninth biggest gas reserves and one of the largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals.

Fraud Mars Recruitment Of Teachers In Edo State

ALLEGATION of fraud is trailing the recruitment of 500 teachers in Edo State by the State Post-Primary Education Board, following reports that applicants were asked to pay N200,000 to be recruited.
It was learnt that in order to engage the services of enough teachers in secondary schools in the state, Governor Adams Oshiomhole directed the Board to recruit 500 teachers who would teach science subjects, English and Mathematics.

Consequently, the subjects were advertised and over 11,000 persons were said to have applied for employment.

Vanguard learnt, however, that after conducting interviews, a list of successful applicants was posted on the notice board, but it was gathered that officials of the Board hurriedly removed the list when members of the public started raising questions about the credentials of some successful candidates.

Boko Haram: SSS Investigates Vice President, Sambo And AG Federation

  Chief investigator of the State Security Service, SSS, Mr James Ene Izih, yesterday, explained before a Federal High Court in Abuja, why the duo of Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, were not interrogated with a view to ascertaining their level of involvement with the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
Izih who, yesterday, testified as the second prosecution witness, PW-2, in the ongoing trial of the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mohammed Ali Ndume, also told the court that Ndume gave the telephone number of the Attorney-General of the Federation to the Islamic sect.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teacher flogs Pupil To Death

Miss Chidimma Ukachukwu. a 12-year-old pupil of a secondary school in Awka, Anambra State, died after she was allegedly flogged by her teacher for failing to do her homework.

The source explained that the girl fainted after being flogged severally by a female teacher and was subsequently rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where she died.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Uju Okeke, then ordered the closure of the school as a result of the incident.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Final Debate: President Obama Rattles Gov. Romney

President Barack Obama portrayed rival Gov. Mitt Romney as "all over the map" and inexperienced on key national security issues in the third and final debate of the presidential election Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. Each candidate attempted to paint the other as an untrustworthy commander in chief, but Romney's performance was less aggressive than Obama's, and the governor was often on defense in the 90-minute exchange.
"I know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy—but every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong," Obama said, referencing Romney's initial support for the Iraq war.
The president in general was harshly critical of Romney, and landed a few well-placed zingers. "The Cold War's been over for 20 years," he said in response to Romney's comment from several months ago that Russia is America's primary geopolitical foe.

Health: NMA Says 5,000 Nigerians seek overseas treatment monthly

OVER 5,000 Nigerians travel to India and other countries monthly for medical treatment, the Nigeria Medical Association said on Monday.
As a result, Nigeria loses over $500m annually, with $260m going to India.
The President of NMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, WHO said this at a press briefing to herald the Physicians’ Week with the theme: ‘Prescription Rights—its Abuse and implications for the Health of Nigerians’, regretted the situation.

Ritual Killing: Okada Man Sells A Nurse For N10,000.

A commercial motorcyclist, identified simply as Ifeanyi, has been arrested for allegedly handing over a nurse, Mrs. Helen Ilonge, to ritual killers after collecting N10, 000.
On Tuesday last week took Ifeanyi’s motorcycle on her way to Igoli along the Ogoja-Ikom Highway in Ogoja LGA.
Ilonge, the coordinator of Primary Health Care in Bekwarra Local Government Area of Cross River State, was coming from a programme at the Assemblies of God Church, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, and had alighted from a vehicle at Okpongrinya junction before taking the bike.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NJC Disolved Tribunal Sitting Over Oshiomole's Re-election On Allegation of Corruption

The Justice Suleman Ambrusa-led three-man Edo State Election Petitions panel hearing the petition of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14, 2012 governorship election, Major General Charles Airhiavbere (retd), against the declaration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole as winner, has been reportedly dissolved.
Other members of the panel, which news of its dissolution came on Sunday, two days to the commencement of hearing on the remaining aspect of the petition scheduled for tomorrow, following the end of pre-hearing proceedings two weeks ago, were Justices Esor Teetito and Danlami Senchi.
It was gathered that the dissolution came on the heels a petition by some lawyers, acting for Airhiavbere, to the National Judicial Commission (NJC), alleging that the panel had been compromised and had, therefore, lost confidence in it.

Court Jails Baale of Igbo-Owe

Baale of Igbo-Owe, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Chief Olaniyi Gbadamosi, was on Friday sentenced to three months imprisonment on an allegation of fraud which borders on sale of land.

At the Magistrates’ Court 13, on charge number MI/798C2012, Chief Gbadamosi was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour or an option of fine of N20,000.

SSS Summons Senator Almed Zanna Over Boko Haram Commander

The State Security Service has summoned a serving Senator, Ahmed Zanna, over his alleged involvement with the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The summons is in connection with the arrest last week of a suspected member of the group, Shuaibu Bama, in a house believed to be the senator’s.

4 Nigeria youth bag awards

The Nigerian flag systematically went up to the rooftop of the Birchwood Hotel and Conference centre in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, last week, when some Nigerian secondary school students drawn from Rivers, Benue and Akwa Ibom held their own and won four awards at the Eskom Expo for Young scientists.

Jake Finkbonner's miracle cure makes 'Lily of the Mohawks' first Native American saint

Jake Finkbonner was so close to death after flesh-eating bacteria infected him through a cut on his lip that his parents had last rites performed and were discussing donating the 5-year-old's tiny organs.
Jake's 2006 cure from the infection was deemed medically inexplicable by the Vatican, the "miracle" needed to propel a 17th century Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha, on to sainthood. Kateri will be canonized on Sunday along with six other people, the first Native American to receive the honor.
Jake is fully convinced, as is the church, that the prayers his family and community offered to Kateri, including the placement of a relic of the soon-to-be saint on Jake's leg, were responsible for his survival.

Stolen Van full of Reptiles Recovered

 Report reaching us from ENGLEWOOD - "Wildman Phil" stolen Suburban has been recovered and all the animals inside it were found safe.


Thief steals Van full of reptiles

He's known as "Wildman Phil" and makes his living traveling to schools and parties, educating kids on creepy, crawly reptiles and animals. But at a stop outside a Walmart in Englewood, Colorado, someone stole everything he had and - likely a little more than they expected.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A woman Arraigned for bathing her boy friend with Hot Indomie

 Ejima Okwusindi, a 35-year-old Nigerian woman has been charged to Asaba Chief Magistrates’court for assaulting her boy friend with hot ‘indomie’ noodle   

Thursday, October 18, 2012

some of the accused persons in the Murder of the 4 Uniport students narrates his Story

The 13 suspects arrested in connection with the murder of four UNIPORT students have been charged before a Port Harcourt Magistrate on a five-count charge of conspiracy and murder and were yesterday remanded in prison till the case comes up again in December. The Nigeria Police Force has also dismissed the policeman who was part of the mob that killed the students. The policeman has been identified as Lucky Orji

Now continue to read three suspects' account of what happened that day...

David Ugbaje's recount
“Around 7 am, I left my house. I dressed up to go to work. On my street, I saw a crowd of people with four unclad boys, who were being led into my compound, No. 9, Royal Villa in Omuokiri-Aluu. I said what was the problem and they said the boys were armed robbers. I said that is my compound, let us go and see the person, if he is their member or let them point the particular person, who is their member they were going to look for”.

“I opened the gate, they entered. A crowd of people that I could not control. They entered the compound. They pointed to the room of one of our co-tenants, whose name is Bright. They said one of the boys was staying with Bright. When they got there, Bright’s door was locked. Some people wanted to break the door. They started beating the boys. Very serious. Along the line, two policemen came around. One of the policemen was pleading. The other policeman joined in beating the boys and later said the crowd should hand over the boys to them, but the crowd said ‘no’. ‘We no go gree, we no go gree’.

“As the policemen were leaving, they said whatever this thing was going to bring, you would bear the result. Since I live in the yard, I said if I stayed there and the people were killed, automatically, the house would be in trouble. We are now in trouble. I brought out my belt; I started flogging people and asked them to leave the yard. I was beating the people (crowd) very seriously”.

“One Ikwerre man in the crowd asked why I was beating the crowd for the boys to be moved from our yard. I continued to beat the crowd to carry the boys to where they brought them from. I drove them out of our compound and gate. They injured me in my hand, when I was trying to open the gate”.

“I started flogging for them to leave. There is water in our (house’s) frontage. They went there and soaked the boys (four) inside the water. I discovered that one of the boys was my customer on campus, at the University of Port Harcourt, where I work. He was an Igbo student. I asked the boy: are you a student?
“If you watch the video, you will see me where I held a belt, asking the boy. The boy told me ‘no’, that he was not a student (of UNIPORT). Quite all right, I knew him very well. He once bought slippers from me and used to repair slippers from me. I am a shoemaker at UNIPORT”.

Maybe the boy was afraid to tell me he was a student. There was nothing I could do because of the crowd. If I talked more than that, they could join me with them.

“The beating was going on, here and there. At the end, they finally moved the boys out of my street. I then went out. My wife has just been delivered of a baby.”

On his role in the lynching of the four students, Ugbaje said: “I flogged the boys twice.”

Amadi's account of what happened
“I live at No. 9. Royal Villa in Omuokiri-Aluu. I am from Ikwerre. I work at UNIPORT. I am a printer. I do photocopying and binding. In the morning on that day, I dressed up, as usual, so that I could go to my work. When I came out at the junction, so that I could pick a bike, I saw a crowd of people, with four boys. They were unclad, with tyres on their necks”.

“I shifted a bit, but to verify what was happening, they told me the four boys came to rob. I asked where they were taking them to. They said they were taking them to No. 9, where I live”.

They said they mentioned one of our neighbours. That they came to look for him as well.
“I followed the crowd. Before I reached my estate, they had already reached the house with the four boys in front of my neighbour, Bright, from Ogoni. They said they were looking for one of the boys. Before they came, the back door was locked. Some of the people in the crowd said they were going to break the back door. Others said no, they should leave the door, since Bright was not around. At the end, they started beating the boys”.

“They started beating the boys. In the process of beating the boys, policemen came, but they said no, they were not going to leave the four boys. I called this my neighbour (David Chinasa Ugbaje), with other neighbours, that we were not going to allow that kind of thing to take place in our estate that we would be in trouble.

“This my neighbour (Ugbaje) collected his belt. I collected a small stick, and we started chasing people, flogging everybody, to take the boys out of our yard. We started pushing everybody out, including the four students. They left their tyres, I said they should take their tyres out of the yard and we locked our gate.
“I flogged everybody, including the four boys, for everybody to go out. I beat one of the four boys twice and the other one, I beat once.
Segun Lawal
“My name is Segun Lawal. I am from Osun State. I live in Omuokiri-Aluu. I was in the house, around 6:30 am to 7 am. I am a taxi driver. I saw a crowd and I parked my car outside. I saw a police vehicle coming and I followed the police. I saw four policemen. I saw the policemen enter the gate”.
“As I reached the gate, they were beating the boys. I had to raise my hands up, to defend the boys. If you watch the video, you will see it. I wore blue polo shirt. I started pleading for the crowd not to kill the four boys. They did not listen”.

“The Policemen left immediately. I had to leave. As I left, I went to GRA (Port Harcourt); one of my customers called that I should take him to Obudu Cattle Ranch (in Cross River State).
“I came back on Saturday night (October 6). I was in my house. Policemen came to arrest me. I never had this type of experience. I told the police that I was not around. That I traveled to Obudu. I did not beat the four boys.”


Police arrest three monkeys for theft in Lagos

The popular Ikotun roundabout, a suburb of Lagos was besieged by onlookers over the weekend following the dramatic apprehension of three monkeys and their handlers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who were allegedly using the monkeys to cause affray and to steal.
Still shocked and baffled on why they should be arrested, the monkeys we learnt resisted being apprehended by the police who tried forcing them into the station.
Angered by their refusal to enter the station, the police threatened to shoot the monkeys who stood at the entrance; entertaining the already bewildered crowd with acrobatic displays.
It was the Ikotun Police Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Akika, a Chief Superintendent of Police who later came out of his office to calm the situation.
The police boss later freed the moneys to their minders and disbanded the already overwhelmed crowd.
It was further gathered that criminal would always use the opportunity to steal from onlookers whenever the monkeys and their minders come out to thrill crowd at the Ikotun roundabout.
Earlier, a resident simply identified as Nurudeen Idowu complained to the police that when he passed through a crowd watching the monkeys, his N5,700 was stolen from his pocket, noting that that the monkeys’ minders were collaborating with criminals to steal from onlookers during the displays.

Another Case Of Lynching: Man Burnt Alive In Warri For Stealing A Neck Chain

This man was alleged to have stolen a neck chain in one of the popular markets and the people who caught him felt the best way to go about the issue was by burning him to death. The faces of the murderers are shown in the video (which we won’t upload and Youtube has even pulled it down). We are hoping the police would swiftly make some arrests as they did in the Aluu4 case.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Death on The Prowl: Policeman kills printer in Kaduna

In Kaduna on Saturday,  a policeman was alleged to have  killed a printer.
The victim, Elisha Joseph, 40, according to an eyewitness, was said to be making peace between a policeman and a prisons official (their identities could not be ascertained at press time) involved in a traffic offence.

Murder: Police Kill sales girl dead, injure 3 others

Shot girl 

 What is actually wrong with our country? Taking of human life is now daily occurrence. |It's either hoodlums are burning innocent student alive or policemen are busy shooting innocent people.Is it a crime to be just human being and live in Nigeria?
What has this innocent girl done to be killed in this manner?

Westminster Police Officially Identified Jessica Ridgeway's body

Jessica Ridgeway Body Officially Identified 
Police in Westminster, Colo., today officially confirmed that a body found Wednesday belongs to missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway

"We recognize there is a predator at large in our community," said Westminster, Colo., Police Chief Lee Birk.
The girl had been missing since Oct. 5.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Policeman and three others arrested for armed robbery in Ilorin

 Corporal Salami Adesina  a policeman serving in Ilorin, Kwara State, was alleged to have conspired with three other persons to commit armed robbery. The Suspects who were charged to court, were ordered to be remanded in prison custody by the presiding magistrate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mother of Twins Plunged Into Osun River After Giving Birth

One  Mrs Shekinat Abdurazaq, 27 years old,  from Ede town, headquarters of Ede North Local Government Area of Osun State, committed suicide on Wednesday for no apparent reason.
About eleven days before the incident, the deceased gave birth to a set of twin. Her husband and all her well wishers rejoiced and were still in the spirit of that merriment when she plunged into Rive Osun.

Innocent Corper Spent 9 days in Cell On Robbery Allegation

A member of the National Youth Service Corps, Alli Bello, has threatened to sue the State Security Service for allegedly detaining him for nine days.
Alli, who is observing his one year national service in Lagos State, also said he would sue Mr. Kolawole James, for causing his detention after he accused him of robbing him.
The corps member said he was quizzed by the operatives of the SSS on September 17 and detained at the Lagos office of the agency for five days and at the Abuja office for four days.

Nobel Prize: Mo Yan of China wins literature prize

Chinese writer Mo Yan has won the 2012 Nobel prize for literature for works which combine "hallucinatory realism" with folk tales, history and contemporary life in China.
Mo, who was once so destitute he ate tree bark and weeds to survive, is the first Chinese national to win the $US1.2 million ($1.4m) literature prize, awarded by the Swedish Academy.
He said the award made him "overjoyed and terrified".
Some of his books have been banned as "provocative and vulgar" by Chinese authorities but he has also been criticised as being too close to the Communist Party.

Four Nigerian Farmers Drag Shell To Dutch court over Oil spills

Shell broke the law by not repairing leaks that destroyed the lands of Niger Delta farmers, a Dutch court heard in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility.
The four Nigerian farmers, backed by lobby group Friends of the Earth, have brought the Anglo-Dutch oil giant into court thousands of miles away from their homes with a civil suit that could open the door for hundreds of similar cases.
"Shell knew for a long time that the pipeline was damaged but didn't do anything: they could have stopped the leaks," lawyer Channa Samkalden told the court on Thursday, accusing Shell of having "violated its legal obligations".
The case relates to damage caused in 2005 and was initially filed in 2008, demanding that Royal Dutch Shell clean up the mess, repair and maintain defective pipelines to prevent further damage and pay out compensation.
In a landmark ruling, the Dutch judiciary in 2009 declared itself competent to try the case despite protests from Shell that its Nigerian subsidiary was solely legally responsible for any damage.

Aluu 4, Death Sentence For Killers?

So there are many more mad people in this country than I thought? So the outlaws in prisons are just a small fraction of those lurking around? So an alleged theft of laptops and phones (sic) has become adequate justification to dispatch fellow human beings to early grave – even in the most despicable manner? So you and I can stroll into a community with friends and be lynched within minutes?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Cry For Justice: The Unlawfull Killing Of 4 UNIPORT Students In Aluu Community

The whole Section 36 of Nigeria Constitution dwelt on human dignity, the right to life of every Nigerian, provided that if any life must be taken, it must be upon sentence or conviction by a competent court of law.
In the same vein, the relevant chapter of the United Nation  also respect the right of person to life.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Python, Allegators and Crocodile Take Over Homes of Flood Victims

Victims of  Rivers Niger and Benue flood who were in relief camp  are now faced with danger of wild reptiles washed in by the flood.

NDLEA's Sniffer Dogs Detected Heroin Worth N351m drugs hidden in balls and Carpet at Lagos airport

On the 5th day of October, 2012, sniffer dogs of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)'s  detected  hard drugs weighing a total of 29.260 kilogrammes.The heroin  in three consignments were hidden inside balls and woolen carpets.

The NDLA impounded the hard drugs worth the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), 
The consignments of drug, imported were Pakistan.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Achebe under fire over attack on Awo, Gowon

Literary giant Prof. Chinua Achebe has stirred the hornets’ nest, with his claim that war-time Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo formulated policies that promoted genocide against the Igbo.
In his newly released civil war memoirs, There was a country, Achebe said: “Almost 30 years before Rwanda, before Darfur, more than 2 million people-mothers, children, babies, civilians-lost their lives as a result of the blatantly callous and unnecessary policies enacted by the leaders of the federal government of Nigeria.”

Okah gave instructions for Oct 1, bombing – WITNESS

Another prosecution witness yesterday said Henry Okah gave instructions for the October 1, 2010, twin car bombings in Abuja.
The witness said he was a member of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, having joined the group in 2006.
The third prosecution witness, who simply introduced himself as Stanley at the ongoing trial of Okah at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, said Okah gave instruction for the attacks in Abuja during the independence anniversary celebrations.

Atuche’s counsel dismisses alleged threat to life of EFCC witness

Lawyers to a former Bank PHB boss, Francis Atuche, on Thursday dismissed allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that one of its witnesses received threats to his life.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Atuche, the bank’s former Managing Director, is being prosecuted before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of a Lagos High Court in Ikeja.
He was charged to court alongside his wife, Elizabeth and a former Chief Financial Officer of the bank, Ugo Anyanwu, for alleged stealing.

ACN Leaders Sold Out Ribadu’s Presidential Ambition For N16bn — ACN Chieftain

The Kaduna State chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Barr Mohammed Musa Soba, has claimed that his party sold its Presidential Candidate in 2011, Mal. NuhuRibadu, to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for One hundred million dollars (N16 Billion).
The ACN chairman, in a statement, said he told his party leadership to stop being hypocritical and rather address the crisis within the party.  
He demanded for an explanation from the national leadership on why the Party sold out its presidential election to the PDP in the South-West in 2011.
He said, “A rogue leadership is one that collected one hundred million dollars (N16 Billion) from the PDP, delivered the south-west to the PDP in the 2011 presidential election and shamelessly turn round to accuse the PDP of corruption and stealing of public funds.”

Jonathan sets up committee to review judgment on Bakassi

President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to look into the option of appealing the judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Bakassi peninsula.
The decision was reached at a meeting of the president, the leadership of the National Assembly and other stakeholders at the State House in Abuja.
Checks indicate that the meeting which started late Wednesday night ended in the early hours of yesterday.

2 EFCC staff jailed fot taking bribe

Two officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Douglas William and Abba Ishaku, who were arraigned on October 17, 2010, before an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Abubakar Umar on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence were today sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.
William and Ishaku were sentenced to two years each on counts one and two; and six months each on counts three and four.
The sentences are however to run concurrently.
The two officers were arrested in 2010 in a ‘sting operation’.
Until their arrest, the duo were stationed at the reception of the EFCC headquarters in Wuse, Abuja .
Trouble started for the officers when they allegedly demanded for N100, 000 from Kullima Kachalla, a former Chairman of Bama Local Government in Borno state in 2010, by posing as investigators of the EFCC.
They were alleged to have asked Mr. Kachalla to send them the money in order to bribe other investigators of the Commission to destroy a petition written to the EFCC, which indicted him (the former chairman) for alleged mismanagement of public funds.
During trial, the court was told that Mr. Kachalla had alerted the EFCC of the action of the two accused persons, necessitating an undercover operation, where an EFCC officer, posing as Mr. Kachalla’s representative, arranged a meeting with the accused.
Ishaku, second accused, allegedly called Mr. Kachalla by telephone, asking him to bring the money to the Commission’s office in Wuse, Abuja .
It was in the course of the receipt of the money that the two staff were arrested and subsequently arraigned.
In his ruling, Justice Umar said because the convicts have suffered enough humiliation, their sentence should start from the date of their arraignment being October 18, 2010.

4 Nigerian peace-keepers killed in Darfur

An ambush in Sudan’s western Darfur region killed four Nigerian peacekeepers and wounded eight, the UN-African Union Mission (UNAMID) said on Wednesday.
The attackers struck late Tuesday in the West Darfur state capital El-Geneina, the peacekeeping force said.
“The incident, which involved a Nigerian military patrol, occurred approximately two kilometres (just over a mile) from the mission’s regional headquarters,” the force said.
“UNAMID personnel, who were heavily fired upon from several directions, returned fire. UNAMID and local authorities are working at the scene of the incident.”
UNAMID Force Commander Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba called on the Khartoum authorities to hunt down those responsible.
“The mission condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack on our peacekeepers who are here in the service of Darfur’s people. I call on the government of Sudan to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.
Ethnic minority rebels rose against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government in 2003. In response, the government unleashed state-backed Janjaweed Arab militia in a conflict that shocked the world and led to allegations of genocide.


Romney Crushes Obama in First Presidential Debate

Republican challenger Mitt Romney performed strongly Wednesday in his first presidential debate, putting Barack Obama on the back foot as he reignited hope in his flagging campaign.
Needing a good showing to turn around some poor poll numbers, the former Massachusetts governor went on the offensive from the get-go, hammering the president for economic policies he said had “crushed” America’s middle class.
Romney played the aggressor throughout the 90-minute encounter and appeared far more at ease in the cut-and-thrust of the debate format, which left Obama seeming at times nervous and irritated, even under-prepared.
Obama jumped on Romney’s lack of specifics as the rivals clashed fiercely on taxes and health care reform, but the president stuttered into several of his more detailed answers, while the Republican was crisper and clearer.
“I’m concerned that the path we’re on has just been unsuccessful,” said Romney, fighting for his political life as he trails in the opinion polls with less than five weeks to go before election day.
“The president has a view very similar to the view he had when he ran four years ago, that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more — if you will trickle-down government — would work,” Romney said.
“That’s not the right answer for America. I’ll restore the vitality that gets America working again,” he vowed. “Middle-income families are being crushed, and the question is, how to get them going again.”
Obama hit back by suggesting that Romney would bring in $5.4 trillion in tax cuts, particularly geared towards the wealthy, and said Romney hadn’t been clear about what loopholes in the tax system he would close.
“Governor Romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes skewed toward the wealthy and cut back regulations, we’ll be better off. I have a different view,” Obama said, calling for “economic patriotism.”
Romney hit back hard against Obama’s claims as the tax issue sparked the fiercest clashes of the night.
“Virtually everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate,” the challenger said. “If the tax plan he described were a tax plan I was asked to support, I would say absolutely not.”
Obama clings to a narrow lead in his bid to defy the omens of a stubbornly sluggish economic recovery and to become only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second term.
Romney, down in almost all the key battleground states that will decide who wins the 270 electoral votes needed to win on November 6, sought a sharp change of momentum in a race that seems to be slipping away from him.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Romney won,” Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, told AFP.
“He was more aggressive without being pugnacious or provocative or combative. The president seemed a bit flat. He seemed, I wouldn’t say annoyed at times, but almost disconnected, almost not comfortable.”
Despite the unrest in the Middle East, the debate focused strictly on economic issues. Foreign policy gets its turn in the final of the three presidential debates at the end of the month.
Romney, a multi-millionaire former venture capitalist, was expected to come under scrutiny over his complex offshore tax arrangements, which Democrats have highlighted to press the case that he is indifferent to middle class struggles.
But Obama did not mention these, nor Bain Capital, the controversial Boston firm that Romney co-founded on his way to amassing his huge wealth, nor the most obvious of recent slip-ups by his gaffe-plagued opponent.
The 65-year-old Romney badly needed to reset the election narrative, after a video emerged of him branding 47 percent of Americans as people who pay no taxes and see themselves as “victims” who depend on government handouts.
The 51-year-old president was marking his 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday and began the debate with a shout-out to First Lady Michelle Obama, apologizing for the unromantic setting.
“Congratulations to you, Mr. President, on your anniversary. I’m sure this is the most romantic place you could imagine, here with me,” joked his adversary in a rare moment of levity as the duel began.
Summing up, Romney said that if Obama was re-elected it would usher in an era of falling household incomes and chronic joblessness.
“If the president is re-elected will you see a middle-class squeeze,” Romney said. “You will see chronic unemployment — 43 straight months with unemployment above eight percent.”
Obama had countered with accusations that Romney has no specific plans to create jobs or move the country forward other than the failed Republican policies that he said got the country in trouble in the first place.
“You know, four years ago, I said that I’m not a perfect man, and I wouldn’t be a perfect president, and that’s probably a promise Governor Romney probably thinks I’ve kept,” Obama said in his conclusion.
“I also promised I would fight every single day on behalf of the American people, the middle class and all of those striving. I’ve kept that promise, and if you will vote for me, then I promise I’ll fight as hard in a second term.”
Several national polls released before the debate showed a tight race, with Obama ahead by a few points. Polls of the key swing states that will decide the election give the president a clearer advantage.
Here are some of the key quotes of the night.
Obama: “You know, four years ago, I said that I’m not a perfect man, and I wouldn’t be a perfect president, and that’s probably a promise Governor Romney probably thinks I’ve kept.”
Romney: “No question in my mind, if the president is re-elected you will see a middle class squeeze … You will see chronic unemployment — 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent.”
Moderator: “We’ve barely got three minutes left. I’m not going to grade the two of you and say your answers have been too long or I’ve done a poor job.”
Obama: “You’ve done a great job, Jim.”
Romney: “Mr. President, you are entitled to your own airplane, your own house as president, but not to your own facts.”
Romney: “That statement says we are endowed by our creator to pursue happiness as we choose … We are a nation that believes we’re children of the same God and we care for those with difficulties.”
Obama: “He now says he’ll replace Obamacare and ensure all the good things in it will be in there … Is the reason that Governor Romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they are too good?”
Obama: “Now, the last point I would make, before …”
Moderator: “Two minutes is up, sir.”
Obama: “No, I think — I had five seconds before you interrupted me.”
Obama: “So the question is, does anybody out there think that the big problem we had is that there was too much oversight and regulation of Wall Street (prior to the 2008 financial crisis)? Because, if you do, then Governor Romney is your candidate.”
Obama: “My grandmother died three days before I was elected president. She was fiercely independent. Only with a high school education, started as a secretary and ended up being vice president of a local bank.”
Romney: “Look, I have five boys, I’m used to people saying something that isn’t always true and keep on saying it hoping ultimately I will believe it. That is not the case.”
Obama: “Now, does anybody think that ExxonMobil needs some extra money, when they are making money every time you go to the pump? Why wouldn’t we want to eliminate that? Why wouldn’t we eliminate tax cuts for corporate jets?”
Romney: “Spain spends 42 percent of their total economy on government. We’re now spending 42 percent of our economy on government. I don’t want to go down the path of Spain. I want to put more Americans to work.”
Romney: “It’s frankly not moral for my generation to keep spending massively more than we take in, knowing burdens will be passed on to the next generation and paying interest and principal all their lives.”
Romney: “The president said he would cut the deficit in half. Unfortunately, he doubled it. Trillion dollar deficits for the last four years.”
Obama: “Well, for 18 months he’s been running on this tax plan, and now five weeks before the election, he says his big bold idea is ‘never mind’.”
Obama: “We do have a difference when it comes to definitions of small businesses … Donald Trump is a small business. Donald Trump doesn’t like to think of himself as small anything.”
Romney: “I’m sorry Jim. I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m gonna stop other things. I like PBS. I like Big Bird. I actually like you too.”

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Seme-Border Customs Arrests Couple With Drugs Concealed In Their Car Bonnet

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service at Seme Border have arrested a couple (names withheld) with 30 compressed blocks of weed suspected to be cannabis valued at N3.2 million, the Customs has said.
The Customs said the couple was arrested while attempting to bring the drugs into the country from the Republic of Benin through Seme Border.
Comptroller Othman Abdu Saleh, the Customs Area Controller of Seme Border was quoted as saying that Customs operatives were able to detect the prohibited substance concealed in the bonnet and beneath the rear seat of the car where the driver’s wife and a baby were seated through intelligence and uncompromising enforcement.
Othman said the suspects were arrested while in a Kia Sephia car with Lagos registration number KSF160AG.
He said the car used to convey the drug was intercepted at Gbaji check point where the concealed blocks of compressed weeds were discovered.
He said the arrest and seizure is in furtherance of his resolve to strengthen the existing inter service tie between the customs at the border and other government agencies.
The suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
On resumption, Othman had visited sister agencies and assured them of increasing customs co-operation in preventing government revenue loss and importation or exportation of any item or commodity in the import and export prohibition list.
He has warned persons involved in any form of illegality at the border to desist from doing so.

Live Mites and Eggs found inside a Man's ear.

A man whose ear had itched for two months turned out to have mites crawling in his ear canal, a new case report says.

The 70-year-old man in Taiwan also reported feeling a sense of fullness in the right ear, but had no hearing impairment, ringing in his ears or discharge.

Upon looking into the man's ear canal, doctors discovered mites and mite eggs, belonging to a species identified as the house-dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, according to a report of the man's case

published Thursday (Oct. 4) in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Having mites in one's ear, a condition formally called otoacariasis, is pretty rare, said Dr. Ian Storper, director of otology at the New York Head. & Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. The video

the Taiwan doctors captured of the mites crawling in the man's ear shows the typical swelling of the ear tissue, and debris in the ear canal that is found in such infections, he said.

"It's much more common to see a cockroach in the ear," Storper said, estimating that he's seen a few dozen cases of cockroaches, but only two cases involving mites. Most of the time, the cockroach is dead

inside the ear canal when the patient comes in — the difficulty that insects have in walking backward may account for their inability to get out. If it's alive, the patient is likely to report hearing a buzzing sound, along with their pain, he said. Dr. Richard Nelson, vice chair of emergency medicine at Ohio State University WexnerMedical Center, said that he's learned — after seeing cases of

mosquitos, gnats, and at least a dozen cockroaches in ears

over his three decades in medicine — that sometimes it's better to tell the patient about

the bug after it has been extracted.

In the first cockroach-in-the-ear case he saw as a medical resident, the female patient became so agitated that he thought he might have to sedate her in order to remove the insect.

"She was really freaked out," Nelson said, and he's had other patients who, upon being told

about the creature lurking in their ear canals, start screaming or running around —

which makes them very hard to treat.

"Now, I just say, I think I see the problem, I'm going to put some stuff in your ear," and tell

them about it after the cockroach is out, he said. Some patients are surprisingly calm upon hearing the news, and one patient even told him he'd had a cockroach in his ear

before, he said. Nelson also said he now sometimes knows, before he looks in the ear, what he's likely to see. "Patients with cockroaches in their ear always show up at 2 a.m. — they wake up with sudden onset of ear pain," because the bug crawled in while they were sleeping, he


Typically, treatment involves irrigating the ear canal — oil, alcohol, or an anesthetic might

be used. The irrigation may flush out the bug, or tiny forceps might be used to pull out the critter.

"It's very important to pull out the whole thing," Storper said.

Sometimes, he said, a bug's legs may get stuck or fall apart, eaving leggy bits behind. "If you leave legs, you can get a bacterial infection. They're dirty, they've been crawling everywhere," he said.

In the Taiwan case, the doctors reported treating the patient with eardrops containing an antifungal agent, an

antibacterial agent, an anti- inflammatory medicine and an anti-mite medication. The typical treatment for mites in the ear is an anti-mite drug, Storper said, and the other drugs likely helped reduce the

risk of other infections.

Two months after treating the Taiwan man, the doctors

followed up with him and reported that his symptoms had completely resolved. In

most cases, pain and other symptoms go away within a few days of treatment, Storper



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