Monday, May 9, 2016

Jungle Justice: Suspected "Emma-B" Burnt Alive In Warri (Graphic Photos, Video)

It was also gathered that the accused confessed to various heinous crimes including stabbing 9 people and killing 7 others. All efforts by our correspondents to speak to observers proved futile as they feared that one of Emma’s gang members might be watching secretly around and unleash a personal vendetta on them. Objectively speaking, it is evident that the current terrible economic conditions of the country could be a major determinant for the increase in crime rate, especially among the Nigerian youths. What is the government doing to salvage the situation? This remains yet another big question among the many questions unanswered.

Army Storms Oporoza As Militants Plan To Bomb Abuja, Lagos, PH, Calabar b


SOLDIERS invaded Oporoza community, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State and home base of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, at the early hours of Monday, in two gunboats in search of members of Niger Delta Avengers, the militant group bombing oil installations in the state.

The military men, who came at about 12.30 am while the people were asleep laid siege at the community until about 5.00 am when they departed. A source said the army reportedly acted on intelligence information that the militants had secretly converged on the community.

Fake Town Planner Arrested In Lagos

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on Monday apprehended a middle-aged man, Adeyemi Adebayo who specialized in serving fake demolition notices and stop-work orders on buildings under construction in exchange for inducement.

Adebayo, who claimed to hail from Osun State and reside in Anuoluwapo area of Ilogbo in Ogun State, was said to have been apprehended after serving demolition notice on a building under construction in Lagos State.

Four Power Plants Shut After Militants’ Attacks

No fewer than four power plants became idle on Sunday as a result of the attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta, bringing the total number of plants not generating any megawatts of electricity to 12.

There was significant reduction in generation from virtually all the other plants producing electricity, including Egbin in Lagos State and Alaoji in Abia State.

Photo: Criminal gangs kill 9-year-old boy after his parents delayed in paying ransom

The body of a nine-year-old boy was found dumped on the road on Sunday morning, May 8 in Al-Nasiriya town in Wirshiffana district, Libya. Ehab Al-Maedani had been abducted by Wirshiffana criminal gangs for about 10 days before the kidnappers decided to kill him and throw him on the road as his family failed to pay the LYD2,000 ransom they demanded.

China Punishes US via Port Call Snub for 'Menacing Military Deployment

China’s refusal to grant the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis a stop over in Hong Kong was “done to punish the US” for being a “provocative vanguard” in the region, according to the US-based website The Epoch Times, which focuses on China news and reviews the Chinese media.

Chinese officials have not provided any explanation for their refusal to allow the USS John C. Stennis to berth in Hong Kong on April 28.

The Epoch Times however reviewed the Chinese media and said that it was a “punishment” to the US for being a provocative vanguard’ in the region.

Middle East Leaders Give Up on Obama, Turn to Putin - US Diplomat

Russia has demonstrated to Middle East leaders that it is a country willing to act, which had completely changed the region’s perception of the US, according to former top Obama White House aide on Middle East issues, Dennis Ross.

America may seem strong regarding its military capability in the region, but for some reason local leaders are becoming frequent visitors in Moscow, not Washington DC, Ross wrote in a piece for Politico. The diplomat noted that the Arabs as well as Israelis gave up on Obama because of his indecisiveness.

Taste of His Own Medicine: Erdogan Accuses Europe of Dictatorship, Cruelty

Just days after taking a hard line on the EU-Turkey deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the EU of “dictatorship” and “cruelty” for closing their borders to migrants.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the short film festival "Mercy and Justice", organized by Çekmeköy Istanbul Municipality, accused the EU countries for "dictatorship" and "cruelty" for closing their borders for asylum seekers from Middle East, noting that the EU has no "mercy" and no "justice".

Victory Day Parade Kicks Off at Syria's Hmeymim Airbase

The Victory Day parade marking the 71st anniversary in World War II victory has started at Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Syria.

HMEYMIM (Syria) — The Victory Day parade marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II has started at Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Syria, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Monday.

Thanks for Nothing: Archeologists Turn on Russia Despite Palmyra Liberation

The liberation of the ancient city of Palmyra by Syrian and Russian forces has become arguably one of the most important victories in the war against global terrorism in the last several years. Unfortunately, some Western archeologists have joined their countries' political and media elites in trying to turn the victory into a political sideshow.

The victory, Russian online news and analysis journal PolitRussia recalls, "was particularly symbolic because the [Syrian and Russian] military were able to rescue one of the greatest cultural monuments in the world from the [Daesh] barbarians."
Unfortunately, the publication adds, some groups have now attempted to put a damper even on this victory.

WWII Clip Featuring Crimea's 'Cute' Prosecutor Poklonskaya Goes Viral

Natalia Poklonskaya appeared in a Second World War-related Internet video clip; it has already attracted more than 1.5 million views.

Crimea's young, fresh-faced General Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya stars in a new Internet video tribute to those who served during World War II; it has already been seen by 1.5 million viewers, RIA Novosti reported.

We Need Ali-Modu Sheriff To Recapture North – PDP Lawmaker Tells Members

A lawmaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Jude Idimogu has appealed to chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support the National Chairman, Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff to stabilise the party.
Idimogu, (PDP-Oshodi/Isolo II) made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.
The lawmaker said that there was the need for the elders in the party to shelve their personal and sectional interests.
According to him, all hands must be on deck to ensure the success of the party in the 2019 general elections.

Abacha Never Stole: “Nigeria is awaiting receipt from Swiss Govt. of $320 million, identified as illegally taken from Nigeria under Abacha” – Buhari

WHEN Twitter-addicted Nigerians stumbled on this posting on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Twitter handle last week, the whole Internet went abuzz, with most people expressing their dismay at Buhari’s refusal to call a spade by its correct name. Before we go on, let us try to reason out the meaning of this statement, especially against the backdrop of its nexus to our history where Abacha and Buhari’s paths crossed.

How Ex-NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi, Approved Looted Funds-Witness

A prosecution witness, Olamide Odusanya,  in the on-going trial of a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi,  and six others, has told a Lagos State High Court that the former DG approved the disbursement of all funds from the accounts of the agency.

Corruption: Again, Lamido’s Trial Stalled Over Defence’s Absence

Again, the trial of a former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and his cohorts before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja could not continue on Monday, May 9, 2016, due to the absence of the counsels to the defendants.

Three Bag 12 Years Jail Term for N160m Fraud

Justice J.J. Majebi of the Kogi State High Court sitting in Okene, Kogi State has convicted and sentenced three former officials of Bassa Local Government Council, Kogi State to 12 years imprisonment over a N160, 000,000.00million( One Hundred and Sixty Million Naira) fraud.

My Wife Was Dating Her GM, Says Wife-Killer Shonde

Depot worker, Lekan Shonde, who allegedly killed his wife in the Egbeda, Lagos area, and vanished thereafter has spoken from his hideout, revealing what may have provoked the tragic incident.
Shonde told PUNCH Metro that his wife, Ronke provoked him by describing vividly how her lover slept with her in a hotel in Abuja.
He said his wife of eight years changed after she allegedly started dating the general manager of a publishing company.

FG To Concession 2nd Niger Bridge, Four Airports

The Federal Government has listed six strategic intervention areas to be covered by the 2016 budget signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.
According to a series of tweets from Aso Rock twitter handle, on Sunday, the intervention areas include Governance, Transparency and Security; Diversification (Industrialisation, Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Tourism, Entertainment); Critical Infrastructure (Power, Rail, Roads and Housing); Oil and Gas Reforms; Ease of Doing Business and Social Investment.
Under Governance, Transparency and Security, the Federal Government intends to put in place what it called appropriate forex regime that would lead to a stable and predictable forex exchange rate.
The government also targets 25 per cent reduction in the cost of procurement by the Bureau of Public Procurement.

Jonathan Declares 2019 Presidential Ambition. (May Fool?)

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has declared his interest to run for the presidency in 2019 in Bayelsa State today. A jubilant crowd erupted as news leaked that the former president would be holding a press briefing this afternoon. In a statement released by his media secretary, the former president said, he has been inundated with calls from famous Nigerians to reconsider and salvage the economy from the current decay under the APC led government.

Pipeline Bombings: FG Deploys Team To Unmask N’Delta Avengers

The Federal Government has set machinery in motion to uncover those behind the recent bombings of oil installations in the Niger Delta apart from the express directive to the military to halt the return of militancy in the region.

As part of the efforts in security and government circles to identify the masterminds of the attacks on the oil facilities, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), has dispatched a team of investigators to the Niger Delta.

Civil Service Commission Hires 4,916 Illegally

The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) recruited 4, 916 workers in the last three years without following due process, Daily Trust investigations have shown.
An analysis of official documents revealed that over 90 percent of the recruitment, which favoured the southern part of the country was done from 2013 to 2015.
The vacancies were neither declared nor advertised for qualified and interested persons to compete for the positions.

Ignore Inciting Pictures, Videos On Social Media — DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday advised the public to ignore inciting pictures, videos and statements posted on some social media platforms to cause disharmony and division among Nigerians.
A statement from defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar warned that the military would not condone any unwholesome act by persons or groups seeking to engage in acts capable of causing break down of law and order in any part of the country.
Daily Trust.

We’ll Try Our Best To Fix Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledges greetings from palace guards during his visit to the Emir of Daura Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk in Katsina State at the weekend.
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he would do his best to turn around the fortunes of the country through the effective utilisation of available resources.
Speaking in an exclusive interview in Katsina monitored on radio and television, Buhari said he would do his best to implement the 2016 budget.

Group Asks EFCC To Probe Contract Awards Under Oduah

The Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe alleged gross abuse of contract award processes under former aviation minister, Stella Oduah.
The group, in a petition to the EFCC on behalf of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), also called for investigation into alleged financial recklessness and theft in the ministry.

Buhari To Probe $16b Power Investment By OBJ, Jonathan

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to investigate the $16 billion spent by the Olusegun Obasanjo and the Goodluck Jonathan administrations in the power over the years.
Despite the huge investment in the sector by the previous administrations, Nigerians are still grappling with poor power supply and most companies have closed down or relocated to other countries, due to non availability of electricity for production.

Why I Won’t Contest 2019 Presidency —Okorocha

Governor of Imo State and the chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has said he will not contest the 2019 presidential election because of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the President had so far displayed leadership and should be encouraged.

Looted Funds: Malami Denies Secret Pact With Banks In Reply To Buhari’s Query

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami has denied frustrating moves by the Federal Government to recover looted public funds.
Malami said this in his response to a query issued to him in relation to a petition written against him to President Muhammadu Buhari by a security expert, George Uboh, of Panic Alert Security System (PASS).
Uboh was engaged by the AGF on February 9 to recover public funds stashed away by individuals in different Nigerian banks and some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
But Malami revoked Uboh’s appointment through a letter dated March 24 on the grounds that he exceeded his brief.

I’ll Support, Encourage Buhari For 2nd term- Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has promised to encourage and support President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office.  Okorocha who made this promise while inspecting projects in Owerrri, also assured that he would not contest against President Buhari in the 2019 election.

Okorocha said since assumption of office, Buhari had exhibited unparalleled leadership qualities.
“What the president therefore needs in the circumstance is to be supported and encouraged to continue the good work even after 2019. For that reason, I have decided to keep my presidential ambition aside,” the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum said.

Buhari’s Plan To Import Grass From Brazil Gets Senate Backing

The Senate Committee on Agriculture has thrown its weight behind the proposed plan of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to import grasses for grazing from Brazil.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Abdullahi Adamu yesterday said the move to support the plan of the current government became imperative as the importation of grazing pastures for cattle at designated places across the country will bring an end to the lingering crises between herdsmen and their host communities.
Adamu, however, berated some professors of agriculture for criticising the move by the Federal Government.

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Is Our True Leader – IPOB Replies Ojukwu’s Son, Debe

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has berated Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s son, Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu over comment that its embattled leader, Nnamdi Kanu is not the leader of the group.
In a statement by IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group said Debe’s statements showed he was not properly informed about the movement and restoration of Biafra.

South East: Ekweremadu, Govs Demand Rehabilitation Of Roads

Commend Buhari on 2016 budget
DEPUTY Senate Presi­dent, Ike Ekweremadu and South-East gover­nors rose from a meeting and demanded the Fed­eral Government reha­bilitate federal roads in the South East.
Besides, they com­mended President Mu­hammadu Buhari for signing the 2016 budget into law.
Ekweremadu and the governors met with some of their predeces­sors in Enugu, largely considered to be the capital of the South East.
The meeting, which was held at the Enugu Government House, had in attendance the host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for­mer Imo governor Ikedi Ohakim, former Anam­bra governor, Peter Obi and Ekweremadu who briefed the newsmen.

Photos: Jealous Hubby poured acid on his wife, claims he found out she was HIV+

Justine Aisha Kyomugisha died of her injuries  at Mulago hospital late last month, after her husband of eight years, Imran Kaliisa poured acid on her. She left behind a seven-year-old daughter. He has been on the run since then until his arrest recently.

Police occupy over Edo state House of Assembly complex

Officers from the Edo state Police Command this morning took over the Edo state House of Assembly complex. 10 Hilux patrol vans and an armoured tank have been positioned around the complex. This comes six days after 16 members of the state assembly impeached their speaker, Victor Edoro and replaced him with Elizabeth Ativie. Workers at the state assembly have also been denied access into their offices. The state command says the presence of the security officers is to avert any break down of law and order that may arise following the impeachment.

Edo governorship aspirant, Godwin Obaseki, escapes alleged assasination attempt

Just a week after the deputy governor of Edo state, Pius Odubu, escaped an alleged assassination attempt in Auchi, Etsako West local government area of the state, one of the state governorship aspirants, Godwin Obaseki, escaped an attempt on his life yesterday May 8th as gunman opened fire at him at an APC event which held at Sobe, Owan West local government area of Edo State.

Foster mum sentenced to life in prison for brutally battering 18-month-old toddler to death

 Evil foster mum Kandyce Downer has been jailed for life for battering 18-month-old toddler Keegan Downer to death after offering her a supposed loving home.

The 35-year-old was convicted on Tuesday, May 3 after a trial at Birmingham crown court of killing Keegan, formerly Shi-Anne at the family home on September 5, 2015.

Local Govt Administrators Inaugurated in Kogi State (Photos)

Newly appointed administrators of local government councils in Kogi State have been Inaugurated. The State Governor, Yahaya Bello who was present at the inauguration, advised them that their administration is committed to empower people. The funds that come to the local government councils belong to the people and should be used to improve education, health, agriculture and rural infrastructure, rather than be embezzled and stashed in local & foreign accounts. The Governor also said that his administration had granted full financial autonomy to local government areas in the state and warned the newly Inaugurated administrators to avoid being deceived by other officials of his government.

Butchers & hoolums stab taskforce officials over raids on their illegal abbattoirs

Some officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) were attacked by alleged miscreants during a raid on illegal abattoirs at Oshodi & Idi-Araba, during the weekend. The illegal abattoirs that were supposed to be sealed were considered not to be in line with the statutory standards as contained in the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws.
Miscreants and operators of the illegal abattoirs attacked them in order attempt to prevent them from doing any work at Idi Araba. They were roughly stabbed with cutlasses & broken bottles while their official vehicles: two Toyota Hilux vans and a Black Maria were severely vandalized.

Shell evacuates staff from major facilities following attacks on Chevron oil platform

Following last week's attack on Chevron oil platform in Delta state by The Avengers Niger Delta militants, Royal Dutch Shell corporation evacuated 98 key personnel staff from its production facility, Eja OML 79 this past weekend. Shell evacuation was carried out by three helicopters. The Eja OML 79 produced 90,000 barrels of oil per day.

Photo: Man narrates how he was robbed of his car in Lagos this morning

Facebook user, Damilola Ayinde, narrates how he was robbed of his car at gunpoint at Anthony, Lagos in the early hours of this morning. He wrote;
"Hello, my name is Oluwadamilola Ayinde Oluwaseyi and I want to first of all thank God for giving me a second chance to live. At 12.15 am on Sunday the 8th of May, 2016, I was attacked by four (4) armed men in two (2) different vehicles in front of Theodolite building on Anthony Village Road junction, off Ikorodu road, Lagos.

'Everything Lekan said in the interview is a lie' - Ronke Shonde's family

Alleged wife killer Lekan Shonde granted an interview with Punch yesterday claiming that he only pushed his wife and didn't beat her to death. He also alleged that the late wife was cheating on him and described to him vividly how her lover slept with her in a hotel in Abuja. He also claimed she was abusive. Ronke Shonde's family say this is not true. A family source who spoke Nigerian Property said;

"I think what he's trying to do is put up a defence mechanism to make him feel like he's the victim here. Everything he said in the interview is a lie. The family will tell their own side of the story when the time is right. All we want him to do now is show up"

Army reads riot act to social media abusers

The Nigerian Army has released a statement warning some mischief makers using social media to incite violence in the country. The statement which was signed by the spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said recent posts of videos, pictures and info on social media are mostly photoshopped and are designed to cause disharmony and division in the country. Read the statement below..

Court strikes out AMCON's action against Capital Oil and Gas

The Federal High Court, Lagos Division on Friday, struck out the suit commenced by AMCON against Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited on the ground that the suit is premature and seeks to circumvent existing suits in different courts on issues relating to the alleged indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas which is currently under dispute.

 This was the basis of an order by the judge, Justice Idris striking out a petition filed in the court by AMCON for the freezing of Capital Oil and Gas' accounts and winding up of Capital Oil and Gas for alleged inability to pay the disputed debt.

Waiting for Yalta – 2, or What the Kerry-Lavrov pact brings to the table, by Scott

I have been getting questions about Ukraine, and what’s next… Either people don’t read my posts, or they ignore everything I write. I could keep writing the same thing, but it’s gets boring and I want to finish writing a very interesting book. A month ago I mentioned that Washingtonian neo cons’ Ukro project is done, and that the US and EU abandoned it and returned it to Russia, warts and all. It doesn’t matter anymore how this fascist cesspool is getting fermented, what bubbles up and what startling noises it produces. It’s going to continue its contained fermentation for some time until Russia decides that time is up and starts clearing it all out. Mutants in Kiev have lost their big sponsors in Washington, and the EU tries to distant itself. The war that Junta’s military have forced on Donbass will change nothing, but the fate of those war criminals involved .