Saturday, 13 July 2013

7 Crushed To Death As Petrol Tanker, Trailers Crash In Onitsha (PHOTO)

Seven persons were crushed to death at the Upper Iweka axis in the commercial city of Onitsha when a petrol tanker, a truck belonging to Dangote Group and another carrying 40 feet container crashed in the city.
Saturday Sun gathered that the first tanker lorry with registration number, XG 613 AKR had failed brake opposite the Toronto hospital along Onitsha-Asaba Expressway, crushing people especially motorists along the ever busy Upper Iweka area.
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However as the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC were still busy evacuating the bodies, a trailer lorry carrying a 40 feet container with registration number XA353 GGU and another trailer carrying Dangote Cement also had failed brakes and crushed other road users.
The first incident claimed the lives of two men and a woman who were on their way home after the day’s job while the second and third incidents claimed the lives of a commercial motorcyclist and his passengers whose bodies were mauled beyond recognition.
Narrating his experience, a survivor of the second accident in a vehicle with registration number DL486ENU who pleaded anonymity said his escape was miraculous since the trailers lost brakes and were busy crushing their victims from the Toronto hospital to the foot of the Upper Iweka fly-over.
“I was coming back from my office, am a lawyer, when I got to Upper Iweka, I saw a terrible traffic gridlock, I was told that a tanker lorry failed brake and crushed people at the area. I also noticed that vehicles were parked along the road, suddenly as I was still at the traffic gridlock, I heard frightening sound, before I could know what was happening, two trailers carrying container and cement had lost brakes and started crushing people”
He further stated “I could not jump out of my car because I was like a person glued until I heard a great bang and I thought I was dead, it was people that came and brought me out, but up till now, I can’t really say what happened to me but everybody that saw me come out of the car told me to thank my God”
Another eyewitness who gave his name as Dozie Okonkwo, a bus conductor said that the only woman that died in the incident was a daily money collector who had closed for the day and was on her way back to her home at Old Road, Onitsha.
“She came to enter our bus, I told her that the price was N70, she jumped out because she wanted a cheaper one, not quite long, the incident happened, when we rushed there, she was already crushed, her body was already crushed, it was only her cloth that some people used to recognize her, her flesh was scattered all over the place”
However the first tanker lorry was said to be coming from a filling station where it had dispensed its product in the commercial city of Onitsha and was on its way to Port Harcourt when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, skidded off the road and crushed people.
The Onitsha Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Anthony Meta could not comment on the incident as he refused to pick his calls. An officer who did not want his name in print confirmed the incident and said he personally led his team to deposit the bodies of the victims in the mortuary and took the injured persons to Toronto Hospital for medical attention.

"Patience Jonathan Is My Jesus Christ" - Anti-Ameachi Lawmaker‬ Says

The leader of the the anti-Rotimi Amaechi camp of lawmakers in River state, Evans Bipi, has explained the reasons he led an onslaught on the state’s House of assembly on Tuesday.‬
‪Mr. Bipi, who led a team of five lawmakers, allegedly backed by thugs, to trigger violence in the State’s House of Assembly, gave three reasons for his action.‬
‪In a video, shot immediately after the fracas, Mr. Bipi offered reasons that gave credence to the belief that the primary reason for the ongoing crisis in the state is all about President Goodluck Jonathan. None of the reasons bothered on governance or lack of it.‬
‪“Why must he be insulting the president,” Mr. Bipi asked an unidentified fellow restraining him from a second onslaught on the his colleagues on the opposite side of the divide.‬
In another astonishing explanation that might inflame Christians in Nigeria and around the world, Mr. Bipi said he was fighting to remove the Rivers State governor because the governor “insulted” the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, who he said is his Jesus Christ on earth.‬
‪“Why must he be insulting my mother, my Jesus Christ on earth?” Mr. Bipi angrily asked the fellow who apparently hugged him to restrain him from further violence.‬
‪When contacted on the comment, Mr. Bipi said that the first lady is indeed his Jesus Christ on earth.‬
‪“I have no mother, I have no father. She (Mrs. Jonathan) is my mother,” he said.‬
‪Mr. Bipi, believed to be a cousin of the first lady, explained that he “lived” with her for several years.‬
‪He said he could not bear the governor insulting the president and the most important woman in his life.‬
The Rivers State Information Commissioner, Ibim Semenitari, denied the governor ever insulted President Jonathan and his wife, Patience.‬
‪“The governor of River State holds the president in very high regards, as well as the First Lady, and therefore cannot insult any of them,” she said. “She is a daughter of the state and is accorded the highest respect.”‬
‪A larger part of Mr. Bipi’s rapid rise in politics is credited to the mentorship of the First Lady.‬

Man Sentenced To Death For Killing Pastor's Baby

The supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence passed on Akinola Olatunbosun, for killing a three-month-old baby in 2003 at the All Christian Fellowship Church, Ode Ekiti, Ekiti.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who delivered the judgment in Abuja, held that the decisions of the lower and appellate court on the matter were right.
The murdered baby was popularly called “baby Joy Olubodun’’ was the daughter of Mr Mathew Olubodun, the resident pastor of the Church.
Rhodes-Vivour declared: “if ever there was a criminal appeal completely devoid of any merit whatsoever this one scores very high marks.
“From the commencement of the matter, right from the arrest and commencement of trial, the appellant made open confessional statement that he was responsible for the brutal murder of the victim.
“The appellant confessed to be a member of the Church and have known the baby from birth.
“He also confessed to the fact that he took away the baby from the church after the Church’s vigil to unknown destination to dismember her body for ritual purposes.
“The lower courts have used this testimonies and police statement to arrive at their decisions. An Appeal Court would only interfere when there is substantial miscarriage of justice.
“In this case there was no miscarriage of justice. The evidence against the appellant is one way, and he agrees with it.
“It justifies the death sentence passed on him by Jegede J of an Ekiti High Court, affirmed by the Court of Appeal, and finally affirmed by this court. This appeal is dismissed,’’ he said.
The appellant, as the accused person, was charged before an Omuo Ekiti High Court on one- count-charge of murder contrary to section 319(1) of the Criminal Code.
It was alleged that Olatunbosun, on or about June 28, 2003 at All Christian Fellowship Church, Ode-Ekiti, in the Omuo Judicial Division, murdered Joy Olubodun.
In a judgment delivered on Sept. 27, 2007, Jegede found the appellant guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Dissatisfied by the decision, the appellant approached the llorin Division of the Court of Appeal, which delivered a split judgment.
The appellant sought the Supreme Court to determine whether the Court of Appeal was not in error in holding sentence.
He urged the court to hold that the appellate court erred in trying and convicting him of murder under section 319(1) of the criminal code instead of under 316 of the Code.
The appellant further sought the apex court’s determination on whether the Court of Appeal was right in affirming his conviction when his guilt was not proved beyond reasonable doubt.
However, the prosecution had sought the court to determine whether it did not prove the offence of murder against the appellant beyond reasonable doubt.
The prosecution further sought the determination of whether charging the appellant for the offence of murder under section 319(1) of the criminal code was wrong.
On June 28, 2003, a vigil was held at the All Christian Fellowship Church, Ode-Ekiti.
In attendance were several people, including the appellant, the pastor’s wife and her children.
At the end of the vigil at about 3 a.m. some members of the congregation went home while others slept in the Church.
The pastor’s wife, Mrs Olubodun, the mother of the victim, the children, the appellant and several other people slept in the Church.
The police report explained that a few hours after everyone went to sleep, the mother of the victim woke up to find that her three-month-old baby and the appellant were missing.
According to the report, a search party went to the appellant’s house and found it locked up, thereby, raising suspicion.
A report was, therefore, made at a nearby police station leading to the arrest and confession of the appellant.
The report said that the appellant first confessed to the father of the deceased, who was the pastor of the church.
He, therefore, took the Oluboduns and the police to the location where he killed and buried the child in a shallow grave.
The body was exhumed and it was found that the child’s eyes were removed and the throat slashed

Man Sentenced To Death For Killing Pastor's Baby

The supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence passed on Akinola Olatunbosun, for killing a three-month-old baby in 2003 at the All Christian Fellowship Church, Ode Ekiti, Ekiti.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who delivered the judgment in Abuja, held that the decisions of the lower and appellate court on the matter were right.
The murdered baby was popularly called “baby Joy Olubodun’’ was the daughter of Mr Mathew Olubodun, the resident pastor of the Church.
Rhodes-Vivour declared: “if ever there was a criminal appeal completely devoid of any merit whatsoever this one scores very high marks.
“From the commencement of the matter, right from the arrest and commencement of trial, the appellant made open confessional statement that he was responsible for the brutal murder of the victim.
“The appellant confessed to be a member of the Church and have known the baby from birth.
“He also confessed to the fact that he took away the baby from the church after the Church’s vigil to unknown destination to dismember her body for ritual purposes.
“The lower courts have used this testimonies and police statement to arrive at their decisions. An Appeal Court would only interfere when there is substantial miscarriage of justice.
“In this case there was no miscarriage of justice. The evidence against the appellant is one way, and he agrees with it.
“It justifies the death sentence passed on him by Jegede J of an Ekiti High Court, affirmed by the Court of Appeal, and finally affirmed by this court. This appeal is dismissed,’’ he said.
The appellant, as the accused person, was charged before an Omuo Ekiti High Court on one- count-charge of murder contrary to section 319(1) of the Criminal Code.
It was alleged that Olatunbosun, on or about June 28, 2003 at All Christian Fellowship Church, Ode-Ekiti, in the Omuo Judicial Division, murdered Joy Olubodun.
In a judgment delivered on Sept. 27, 2007, Jegede found the appellant guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Dissatisfied by the decision, the appellant approached the llorin Division of the Court of Appeal, which delivered a split judgment.
The appellant sought the Supreme Court to determine whether the Court of Appeal was not in error in holding sentence.
He urged the court to hold that the appellate court erred in trying and convicting him of murder under section 319(1) of the criminal code instead of under 316 of the Code.
The appellant further sought the apex court’s determination on whether the Court of Appeal was right in affirming his conviction when his guilt was not proved beyond reasonable doubt.
However, the prosecution had sought the court to determine whether it did not prove the offence of murder against the appellant beyond reasonable doubt.
The prosecution further sought the determination of whether charging the appellant for the offence of murder under section 319(1) of the criminal code was wrong.
On June 28, 2003, a vigil was held at the All Christian Fellowship Church, Ode-Ekiti.
In attendance were several people, including the appellant, the pastor’s wife and her children.
At the end of the vigil at about 3 a.m. some members of the congregation went home while others slept in the Church.
The pastor’s wife, Mrs Olubodun, the mother of the victim, the children, the appellant and several other people slept in the Church.
The police report explained that a few hours after everyone went to sleep, the mother of the victim woke up to find that her three-month-old baby and the appellant were missing.
According to the report, a search party went to the appellant’s house and found it locked up, thereby, raising suspicion.
A report was, therefore, made at a nearby police station leading to the arrest and confession of the appellant.
The report said that the appellant first confessed to the father of the deceased, who was the pastor of the church.
He, therefore, took the Oluboduns and the police to the location where he killed and buried the child in a shallow grave.
The body was exhumed and it was found that the child’s eyes were removed and the throat slashed

SHOCKING: "My Husband Got Our Teenage Daughter Pregnant"

Mrs. Janet, a 40 year-old trader who is also a mother of two, is always ready to tell the story of her husband who threw caution to the wind and slept with their only daughter, putting her in the family way against tradition.
But she would always have herself to blame as she narrated that her prolonged absence from home created the gap that not only ruined her marriage but destroyed what was left of her daughter’s life.
“I  was not always around.  At a time when my daughter needed motherly care and advice, I was not around.  At the time she had her first menstrual period, my husband was at home with her and gave her the necessary care.  But it turned out to be a sordid experience as the man took advantage of his growing daughter.
He began to sleep with her afterwards, telling her if he didn’t do that, the menstrual blood would continue. That continued without my knowledge until I discovered the girl was ill. I got the shock of my life when I was told my daughter was pregnant.  More devastating was the fact  that her father had been sleeping with her,” she lamented.
According to her, the husband initially denied responsibility.  But after the intervention of their village head, he confessed to the crime. “He was interrogated by the police, but he denied.  Our king intervened and also interrogated him and he later confessed to the crime,” she stated.
On the punishment meted out to him, Janet said as is customary in the African culture, he  was banished by the king from the community.  “He has been banished from the village, leaving me  to take care of the 13 children,” she said.
Lamenting how she has been taking care of the children, she said the punishment should also have included taking care of the 13 children she has from the marriage.  “It has been very excruciating, a more severe punishment should have been given to him to take care of the children rather than leaving me all alone to care for the 13 children. Although the man was not really doing anything serious before the incident, he supported from the little pension he collected from his former employer,” she disclosed.

OJB Jezreel Sues Blogger For N100m Over Fake Story

The OJB Jezreel fundraising committee has sued an online news website, Aproko247 for N100million over a story published on its platform alleging that some members of the committee ripped the ailing singer off through donations made by kind-hearted Nigerians to save OJB Jezreel.

The website posted the story on Monday, while the committee members called a press conference on Tuesday evening at OJB Jezreel's residence in Surulere, Lagos, where they made the announcement of the N100million lawsuit against the website.

The committee members are aggrieved that such allegations could be made against them, which they termed 'malicious and character assassination'.

Members of the committee sworn to press charges to clear their names of the allegations made by the website.
When contacted on phone on the matter, the Editor-in-Chief of the news website, who simply identified himself as Dapo, said, "we are aware of the rumour that we have been sued for N100million over a story posted on our platform on the OJB Jezreel committee, but we have not received any letter from their lawyers or any court. We are waiting for them. But for now, we take it as a mere rumour until we are officially served."

Popular Actress, Shan George Opens Up, Talks About Her Sex And Prostitution Scandals

Like every other Nollywood actress, Shan George has had her fair share of scandals.
She has been accused of going into marriage and coming out of it over  three times, dating younger men and decorating her body with countless tattoos. What’s true and what’s not?
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In this interview, the half caste actress shares her  painful story with Showtime Celebrity. This is Shan George beyond the scandals.
On her challenges
One major challenge I have always faced as an actress has to do with not being at home all the time and playing roles in movies that are opposed to my character.
Let’s assume you were born in a Christian home and you imbibe what you were taught from when you were a kid. All of a sudden, because of your profession, you are called to be a Buddhist or a mermaid. You are talking about being something you have never experienced. I have never seen a mermaid or transformed into a mermaid before, but I’ve acted as one.  You have to try and figure out how they talk, walk, smile and so on.
Another challenge is when you go to the extent of interpreting  whatever role you’re given to play in movies. People who watch the movie tend to associate you with that character.  I’ll never forget an experience I had at Alade market, in Lagos, a few years ago. I went there to buy some things like every other person, but  suddenly, some people started throwing rotten tomatoes at me.
Many others were calling me unprintable names; a loose woman, husband snatcher. All because  I  played such roles in movies. I’m not like that in real life.   I remember I acted a prostitute in the movie, Outcast. After the film was released into the market, I got a call from a guy based in Italy who told me that he just watched the movie, and he thought I was really hot. He said he would want to enjoy  such a gesture like the guys in the movies any time he storms Nigeria.
There are so many other challenges. You are seen playing roles where you are really rich with several big cars and houses at your disposal. People assume you’re like that in real life, but it’s not always true. Everywhere you go, people expect you to settle ‘agberos’ and drop something, but it doesn’t work like that. That is the reason some practitioners tend to spend money they don’t have just to meet the expectations of their fans.
Her Scandals
It is really crazy.  A lot of these things are not true. For example, I have two grown up sons. Anytime people see me pose for shots with younger men, they conclude that as old as I am, I like young boys and that’s not true at all.  It is very depressing sometimes. You need the grace of God to hear things about yourself that are not true and still be strong and get going.
How scandals affect her
It happened many years ago when I was still a toddler in the industry. I remember driving some years back and I saw vendors selling a particular magazine with my photograph and a caption that read: “Even Pastors love my boobs.”  That day was so sad for me. I couldn’t even believe that I was the one they were writing about.
On the multiple marriage scandals
There was a time someone called to congratulate me on my new marriage. I was shocked. My first marriage was when I was 16, and I don’t count that because I was a child and I had no say in the matter. The ideal thing is that as an adult, you meet someone you like and you get married to him.  What happens most times is that I act a movie where I get married, the pictures go  viral online and everyone says I am married again.
And I am amazed because I wonder, people who read this, don’t they calculate the years? I married once and my two kids are for my first husband. I read on some blogs that I had a child out of wedlock and I have been hiding it. But  I wonder if I got married at the age of 16, at what age did I have that child?  I was so young when I walked out of my first marriage to pursue my education. Later on, as an adult, I got married again, but we aren’t really together anymore. Marriage can be complicated.
Current relationship status
I have someone who is very nice and important to me. So, I guess you can call that a romantic relationship. I have always known this guy and he has  been there for me.
Tattoos
Tattoos are a way for me to express myself. People wear clothes, fix their hair or nails; but for me, I love tattoos, that’s who I am. I have just two permanent tattoos, but sometimes I wear artificial tattoos depending on my mood.

Popular Actress, Shan George Opens Up, Talks About Her Sex And Prostitution Scandals

Like every other Nollywood actress, Shan George has had her fair share of scandals.
She has been accused of going into marriage and coming out of it over  three times, dating younger men and decorating her body with countless tattoos. What’s true and what’s not?
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In this interview, the half caste actress shares her  painful story with Showtime Celebrity. This is Shan George beyond the scandals.
On her challenges
One major challenge I have always faced as an actress has to do with not being at home all the time and playing roles in movies that are opposed to my character.
Let’s assume you were born in a Christian home and you imbibe what you were taught from when you were a kid. All of a sudden, because of your profession, you are called to be a Buddhist or a mermaid. You are talking about being something you have never experienced. I have never seen a mermaid or transformed into a mermaid before, but I’ve acted as one.  You have to try and figure out how they talk, walk, smile and so on.
Another challenge is when you go to the extent of interpreting  whatever role you’re given to play in movies. People who watch the movie tend to associate you with that character.  I’ll never forget an experience I had at Alade market, in Lagos, a few years ago. I went there to buy some things like every other person, but  suddenly, some people started throwing rotten tomatoes at me.
Many others were calling me unprintable names; a loose woman, husband snatcher. All because  I  played such roles in movies. I’m not like that in real life.   I remember I acted a prostitute in the movie, Outcast. After the film was released into the market, I got a call from a guy based in Italy who told me that he just watched the movie, and he thought I was really hot. He said he would want to enjoy  such a gesture like the guys in the movies any time he storms Nigeria.
There are so many other challenges. You are seen playing roles where you are really rich with several big cars and houses at your disposal. People assume you’re like that in real life, but it’s not always true. Everywhere you go, people expect you to settle ‘agberos’ and drop something, but it doesn’t work like that. That is the reason some practitioners tend to spend money they don’t have just to meet the expectations of their fans.
Her Scandals
It is really crazy.  A lot of these things are not true. For example, I have two grown up sons. Anytime people see me pose for shots with younger men, they conclude that as old as I am, I like young boys and that’s not true at all.  It is very depressing sometimes. You need the grace of God to hear things about yourself that are not true and still be strong and get going.
How scandals affect her
It happened many years ago when I was still a toddler in the industry. I remember driving some years back and I saw vendors selling a particular magazine with my photograph and a caption that read: “Even Pastors love my boobs.”  That day was so sad for me. I couldn’t even believe that I was the one they were writing about.
On the multiple marriage scandals
There was a time someone called to congratulate me on my new marriage. I was shocked. My first marriage was when I was 16, and I don’t count that because I was a child and I had no say in the matter. The ideal thing is that as an adult, you meet someone you like and you get married to him.  What happens most times is that I act a movie where I get married, the pictures go  viral online and everyone says I am married again.
And I am amazed because I wonder, people who read this, don’t they calculate the years? I married once and my two kids are for my first husband. I read on some blogs that I had a child out of wedlock and I have been hiding it. But  I wonder if I got married at the age of 16, at what age did I have that child?  I was so young when I walked out of my first marriage to pursue my education. Later on, as an adult, I got married again, but we aren’t really together anymore. Marriage can be complicated.
Current relationship status
I have someone who is very nice and important to me. So, I guess you can call that a romantic relationship. I have always known this guy and he has  been there for me.
Tattoos
Tattoos are a way for me to express myself. People wear clothes, fix their hair or nails; but for me, I love tattoos, that’s who I am. I have just two permanent tattoos, but sometimes I wear artificial tattoos depending on my mood.

Popular Actress, Shan George Opens Up, Talks About Her Sex And Prostitution Scandals


Like every other Nollywood actress, Shan George has had her fair share of scandals.
She has been accused of going into marriage and coming out of it over  three times, dating younger men and decorating her body with countless tattoos. What’s true and what’s not?
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In this interview, the half caste actress shares her  painful story with Showtime Celebrity. This is Shan George beyond the scandals.
On her challenges
One major challenge I have always faced as an actress has to do with not being at home all the time and playing roles in movies that are opposed to my character.
Let’s assume you were born in a Christian home and you imbibe what you were taught from when you were a kid. All of a sudden, because of your profession, you are called to be a Buddhist or a mermaid. You are talking about being something you have never experienced. I have never seen a mermaid or transformed into a mermaid before, but I’ve acted as one.  You have to try and figure out how they talk, walk, smile and so on.
Another challenge is when you go to the extent of interpreting  whatever role you’re given to play in movies. People who watch the movie tend to associate you with that character.  I’ll never forget an experience I had at Alade market, in Lagos, a few years ago. I went there to buy some things like every other person, but  suddenly, some people started throwing rotten tomatoes at me.
Many others were calling me unprintable names; a loose woman, husband snatcher. All because  I  played such roles in movies. I’m not like that in real life.   I remember I acted a prostitute in the movie, Outcast. After the film was released into the market, I got a call from a guy based in Italy who told me that he just watched the movie, and he thought I was really hot. He said he would want to enjoy  such a gesture like the guys in the movies any time he storms Nigeria.
There are so many other challenges. You are seen playing roles where you are really rich with several big cars and houses at your disposal. People assume you’re like that in real life, but it’s not always true. Everywhere you go, people expect you to settle ‘agberos’ and drop something, but it doesn’t work like that. That is the reason some practitioners tend to spend money they don’t have just to meet the expectations of their fans.
Her Scandals
It is really crazy.  A lot of these things are not true. For example, I have two grown up sons. Anytime people see me pose for shots with younger men, they conclude that as old as I am, I like young boys and that’s not true at all.  It is very depressing sometimes. You need the grace of God to hear things about yourself that are not true and still be strong and get going.
How scandals affect her
It happened many years ago when I was still a toddler in the industry. I remember driving some years back and I saw vendors selling a particular magazine with my photograph and a caption that read: “Even Pastors love my boobs.”  That day was so sad for me. I couldn’t even believe that I was the one they were writing about.
On the multiple marriage scandals
There was a time someone called to congratulate me on my new marriage. I was shocked. My first marriage was when I was 16, and I don’t count that because I was a child and I had no say in the matter. The ideal thing is that as an adult, you meet someone you like and you get married to him.  What happens most times is that I act a movie where I get married, the pictures go  viral online and everyone says I am married again.
And I am amazed because I wonder, people who read this, don’t they calculate the years? I married once and my two kids are for my first husband. I read on some blogs that I had a child out of wedlock and I have been hiding it. But  I wonder if I got married at the age of 16, at what age did I have that child?  I was so young when I walked out of my first marriage to pursue my education. Later on, as an adult, I got married again, but we aren’t really together anymore. Marriage can be complicated.
Current relationship status
I have someone who is very nice and important to me. So, I guess you can call that a romantic relationship. I have always known this guy and he has  been there for me.
Tattoos
Tattoos are a way for me to express myself. People wear clothes, fix their hair or nails; but for me, I love tattoos, that’s who I am. I have just two permanent tattoos, but sometimes I wear artificial tattoos depending on my mood.

Nigerian Activists Protest Visit By Sudan President



Nigerian Activists Protest Visit By Sudan President
Lagos, Nigeria -- Human rights activists are threatening to go to court to demand that Nigeria arrest Sudan President Omar al-Bashir if he makes a planned visit.
It would be al-Bashir's first visit to Nigeria since the International Criminal court indicted him in 2009 for genocide and war crimes in Darfur.
Chino Obiagwu of the Nigerian Coalition for the ICC said they would go to court to force officials to fulfill Nigeria's commitment as an ICC member.
Sudan's official radio said al-Bashir will visit Nigeria Sunday to attend an African Union summit. The 53-nation organization has urged members not to arrest al-Bashir. Some Africans accuse the ICC of racism in targeting Africans.
Nigerian officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Several African countries have avoided visits by al-Bashir because of the controversy.

PHOTO: P-Square's Elder Brother Flaunts His Dollars As He Shops For New Car


It's all in the family.
The popular music duo P Square's big brother, Jude Okoye is certainly proud to show off his dough.
In a recent picture, he flaunts his dollars on the bed while he seems to be going online shopping for cars.
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Policemen Shoot Innocent Man In Bed


A man was recently shot dead while he was in bed.
Dustin Theoharis was asleep when Department of Corrections officer, and King County Sherriff’s deputy rushed into his house, busted into his bedroom and began to unload their pistols on the sleeping man.
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Reports has it that two officers fired over 20 rounds of which 16 landed in Mr. Theoharis who suffered a broken shoulder, 2 broken arms, broken legs. He also had a compression fracture to his spine, damage to his liver and spleen.
According to reports, Theoharis was not the guy the police were after. The King County Sheriff’s deputy and Washington Department of Corrections officer who shot him were at the house to arrest a man who’d violated his parole.  But in a search of the house after the shooting, they surprised Theoharis in the basement room he was renting.
A neighbour had this to say about the incident:  “They (the officers) rushed into that room like they were going to get somebody.  I mean they rushed down there and then all of a sudden. Boom, boom, boom, boom.”
Dustin Theoharis has undergone 12 surgeries.

Hamza al-Mustapha: A Tortuous, Long Walk to Freedom


Hamza al-Mustapha: A Tortuous, Long Walk to Freedom
During the days of the infamous Nigerian military dictator, late General Sani Abacha, from November 1993 to June 1998, Hamza al-Mustapha, his Chief Security Officer, was as dreaded as he was revered.
Trained in intelligence operative, he was involved in not less than two investigations of coup attempts in Nigeria, on account of which he wormed himself into the heart of Sani Abacha, first, when the later was Chief of Army Staff (August 1985–August 1990), with al-Mustapha becoming his Aide-de-Camp.
When he was appointed the Chief Security Officer to the Head of State (CSOHS), al-Mustapha headed a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (17 November 1993–8 June 1998), accused of engaging in extrajudicial killings of people seen as threats to the regime.
Both the previous regime of General Ibrahim Babangida and later Sani Abacha gave Captain (later Major) Hamza al-Mustapha exceptional power, considerably greater than other officers who were nominally his superior, on account of his efficiency in his designated undertakings.
Sequel to his appointment as the Chief Security Officer, al-Mustapha established a number of small security outfits recruited from the military and other security organizations, and trained in Israel and Korea. They were alleged to be responsible for much of the torture, killing and wanton looting during Abacha’s rule.
The sudden death of Abacha in 1988 cost al-Mustapha his prime job, as he was quickly removed from his job by the transitional regime established by General Abdulsalam Abubakar after Abacha’s sudden death in June 1998. That was the genesis of his trials. A Pandora’s box was opened.
In October 1998, he appeared in court with Abacha’s son, Mohammed, charged with the murder, in June 4, 1996, of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presidential candidate, M.K.O. Abiola, who died in jail July, 1998, along the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.
At the trial the killer, Sergeant Barnabas Jabila, admitted that he was merely obeying orders from his superior, al-Mustapha. Al Mustapha and four others were also charged with a 1996 attempt to murder Alex Ibru, publisher of The Guardian and Abacha’s Minister of Internal Affairs. Another charge was laid against al-Mustapha for the attempted murder of former Chief of Naval Staff, Isaac Porbeni.
While the trials proceeded, al Mustapha was detained at the Kirikiri maximum security prisons. While imprisoned, he was charged, on April 1, 2004, with being involved in a plot to overthrow the government. He was alleged to have conspired with others to shoot down the helicopter carrying the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, using a surface-to-air missile that had been smuggled into the country from Benin Republic.
There was, however, a twist to the al-Mustapha saga, in 2007, following appeals for him to be released by four Nigerian dailies and former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.
From 1988, it took 12 years in detention, trials and retrials, of al-Mustapha and his co-defendants before they were acquitted of most charges on December 21, 2010 (the co-defendants were former Lagos State Police Commissioner, James Danbaba; former Zamfara State military administrator, Jibril Bala Yakubu, and former head of the Aso Rock Anti-Riot Police, Rabo Lawal).
But it wasn’t yet uhuru for the perceived military smart-alec: he wasn’t still cleared of the alleged murder of Kudirat Abiola, for which he was being tried separately. It was becoming something of a roller-coaster. In May, 2011, it was rumoured that al-Mustapha had been murdered at Kirikiri, where he was being held, but it turned out to be just hoarse. In May 2011, a judge deliberated whether to re-open the trial against al-Mustapha. Subsequently, the case was reopened in July, 2011.

Hamza al-Mustapha: A Tortuous, Long Walk to Freedom


Hamza al-Mustapha: A Tortuous, Long Walk to Freedom
During the days of the infamous Nigerian military dictator, late General Sani Abacha, from November 1993 to June 1998, Hamza al-Mustapha, his Chief Security Officer, was as dreaded as he was revered.
Trained in intelligence operative, he was involved in not less than two investigations of coup attempts in Nigeria, on account of which he wormed himself into the heart of Sani Abacha, first, when the later was Chief of Army Staff (August 1985–August 1990), with al-Mustapha becoming his Aide-de-Camp.
When he was appointed the Chief Security Officer to the Head of State (CSOHS), al-Mustapha headed a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (17 November 1993–8 June 1998), accused of engaging in extrajudicial killings of people seen as threats to the regime.
Both the previous regime of General Ibrahim Babangida and later Sani Abacha gave Captain (later Major) Hamza al-Mustapha exceptional power, considerably greater than other officers who were nominally his superior, on account of his efficiency in his designated undertakings.
Sequel to his appointment as the Chief Security Officer, al-Mustapha established a number of small security outfits recruited from the military and other security organizations, and trained in Israel and Korea. They were alleged to be responsible for much of the torture, killing and wanton looting during Abacha’s rule.
The sudden death of Abacha in 1988 cost al-Mustapha his prime job, as he was quickly removed from his job by the transitional regime established by General Abdulsalam Abubakar after Abacha’s sudden death in June 1998. That was the genesis of his trials. A Pandora’s box was opened.
In October 1998, he appeared in court with Abacha’s son, Mohammed, charged with the murder, in June 4, 1996, of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presidential candidate, M.K.O. Abiola, who died in jail July, 1998, along the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.
At the trial the killer, Sergeant Barnabas Jabila, admitted that he was merely obeying orders from his superior, al-Mustapha. Al Mustapha and four others were also charged with a 1996 attempt to murder Alex Ibru, publisher of The Guardian and Abacha’s Minister of Internal Affairs. Another charge was laid against al-Mustapha for the attempted murder of former Chief of Naval Staff, Isaac Porbeni.
While the trials proceeded, al Mustapha was detained at the Kirikiri maximum security prisons. While imprisoned, he was charged, on April 1, 2004, with being involved in a plot to overthrow the government. He was alleged to have conspired with others to shoot down the helicopter carrying the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, using a surface-to-air missile that had been smuggled into the country from Benin Republic.
There was, however, a twist to the al-Mustapha saga, in 2007, following appeals for him to be released by four Nigerian dailies and former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.
From 1988, it took 12 years in detention, trials and retrials, of al-Mustapha and his co-defendants before they were acquitted of most charges on December 21, 2010 (the co-defendants were former Lagos State Police Commissioner, James Danbaba; former Zamfara State military administrator, Jibril Bala Yakubu, and former head of the Aso Rock Anti-Riot Police, Rabo Lawal).
But it wasn’t yet uhuru for the perceived military smart-alec: he wasn’t still cleared of the alleged murder of Kudirat Abiola, for which he was being tried separately. It was becoming something of a roller-coaster. In May, 2011, it was rumoured that al-Mustapha had been murdered at Kirikiri, where he was being held, but it turned out to be just hoarse. In May 2011, a judge deliberated whether to re-open the trial against al-Mustapha. Subsequently, the case was reopened in July, 2011.

Hamza al-Mustapha: A Tortuous, Long Walk to Freedom


Hamza al-Mustapha: A Tortuous, Long Walk to Freedom
During the days of the infamous Nigerian military dictator, late General Sani Abacha, from November 1993 to June 1998, Hamza al-Mustapha, his Chief Security Officer, was as dreaded as he was revered.
Trained in intelligence operative, he was involved in not less than two investigations of coup attempts in Nigeria, on account of which he wormed himself into the heart of Sani Abacha, first, when the later was Chief of Army Staff (August 1985–August 1990), with al-Mustapha becoming his Aide-de-Camp.
When he was appointed the Chief Security Officer to the Head of State (CSOHS), al-Mustapha headed a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (17 November 1993–8 June 1998), accused of engaging in extrajudicial killings of people seen as threats to the regime.
Both the previous regime of General Ibrahim Babangida and later Sani Abacha gave Captain (later Major) Hamza al-Mustapha exceptional power, considerably greater than other officers who were nominally his superior, on account of his efficiency in his designated undertakings.
Sequel to his appointment as the Chief Security Officer, al-Mustapha established a number of small security outfits recruited from the military and other security organizations, and trained in Israel and Korea. They were alleged to be responsible for much of the torture, killing and wanton looting during Abacha’s rule.
The sudden death of Abacha in 1988 cost al-Mustapha his prime job, as he was quickly removed from his job by the transitional regime established by General Abdulsalam Abubakar after Abacha’s sudden death in June 1998. That was the genesis of his trials. A Pandora’s box was opened.
In October 1998, he appeared in court with Abacha’s son, Mohammed, charged with the murder, in June 4, 1996, of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presidential candidate, M.K.O. Abiola, who died in jail July, 1998, along the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.
At the trial the killer, Sergeant Barnabas Jabila, admitted that he was merely obeying orders from his superior, al-Mustapha. Al Mustapha and four others were also charged with a 1996 attempt to murder Alex Ibru, publisher of The Guardian and Abacha’s Minister of Internal Affairs. Another charge was laid against al-Mustapha for the attempted murder of former Chief of Naval Staff, Isaac Porbeni.
While the trials proceeded, al Mustapha was detained at the Kirikiri maximum security prisons. While imprisoned, he was charged, on April 1, 2004, with being involved in a plot to overthrow the government. He was alleged to have conspired with others to shoot down the helicopter carrying the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, using a surface-to-air missile that had been smuggled into the country from Benin Republic.
There was, however, a twist to the al-Mustapha saga, in 2007, following appeals for him to be released by four Nigerian dailies and former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.
From 1988, it took 12 years in detention, trials and retrials, of al-Mustapha and his co-defendants before they were acquitted of most charges on December 21, 2010 (the co-defendants were former Lagos State Police Commissioner, James Danbaba; former Zamfara State military administrator, Jibril Bala Yakubu, and former head of the Aso Rock Anti-Riot Police, Rabo Lawal).
But it wasn’t yet uhuru for the perceived military smart-alec: he wasn’t still cleared of the alleged murder of Kudirat Abiola, for which he was being tried separately. It was becoming something of a roller-coaster. In May, 2011, it was rumoured that al-Mustapha had been murdered at Kirikiri, where he was being held, but it turned out to be just hoarse. In May 2011, a judge deliberated whether to re-open the trial against al-Mustapha. Subsequently, the case was reopened in July, 2011.

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Family Of 5 Set Themselves On Fire In Protest

A family of five set themselves on fire in an act of desperation against a threat to demolish their home.
Four of the Nepalese victims - a mother, her two sons and their wives - died after the shocking protest inside the grounds of government offices in Rajkot, in Gujarat, western India.
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Hasumati Dalvani, 62, her sons Bharat Mansingh, 40, and Girish Mansingh, 38, and their wives Asha, 35, and Rekha, 33, had poured kerosene over their bodies before setting themselves ablaze.
The family has been battling the government's attempt to demolish their house - their shelter for 35 years - after residents complained its construction was unsafe.
Witnesses tried to extinguish the fires with pieces of curtain material, but were too late.
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Both sons and their wives died of their injuries at Rajkot Civil Hospital.
Dr Sanjay Shah said: ‘They had sustained 90 to 95 per cent burns to their bodies. They were in a critical condition. We tried to save them but in the end we couldn’t do enough.  The mother is still with us but in a very critical condition.’
However, the mayor of Rajkot city, Janak Kotak, said the municipality had no plans to demolish the house and their grievances were with the residents.
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Police arrested four other people who assisted the family in their suicides.
The Rajkot Municipality has confirmed a compensation figure of £27,700 to the family.

NIGERIAN BEAUTIES: Check Out Photos Of The 2013 MBGN Contestants And Let Us Know What You Think

The contestants for the upcoming Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria ( MBGN) 2013 have been revealed.
See pictures of the young ladies who hope to wear the crown below.
Don't forget to share your views in the comments section below. These ladies would like to know what you think.
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"My Wife Brutally Beats Me Up" - What Happens When Men Become Victims Of Domestic Violence


Nothing could be more cruel than a splash of pepper sauce on the face, but the ensuing drama was even more gruesome than his worst nightmares.
He tried running out of the house while crying for help but his beastly wife descended heavily on him with a knife, stabbing him with all the power she could muster.  He managed to shove her off and ran out of his house screaming for help.
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As if that was not enough, she defied all entreaties by on-lookers, ran back into the house and returned with a bowl of petrol.  Bystanders ran for their dear lives paving the way for her heinous  act.  She poured the contents on him and set him ablaze.  On the throes of death, Johnson staggered to a nearby gutter to put out the fire on his body, but that made no difference. She came after him yet again to complete the act with a knife. Even after Johnson was rescued from his murderer and rushed to the hospital, he could not live to tell the story of what transpired. That was the fate of Johnson for having a vampire as a wife.
The dastardly act occurred in Udu Road, Warri, Delta State last October.   As the law was allowed to run its course,  Rukvwe, a petty trader in her early thirties, is currently serving a life sentence in jail handed down by the court a couple of months ago.
According to our source, her late husband was a young footballer and pastor in the area.  Saturday Vanguard gathered that trouble ensued after Rukvwe learnt that her husband had been going out with a young girl in Ughelli, Delta State and a marriage between both of them was in the offing.  Sources said the wife, who was in her second trimester, got angry and decided to be brutal with her husband.
“The man (Johnson) had gone for a programme in Ughelli and stayed several days, perhaps longer than he had planned. He returned home to Warri to his pregnant wife;  but the naive wife thought he had gone to visit his girlfriend.”
Sources added that the woman pretended nothing was wrong as they both went out for dinner that fateful day before the gruesome act.  “She didn’t act as though anything was amiss. The man had taken  his wife our for dinner that evening.  They returned home that night and it was like all was well. But few minutes after they returned, she threw caution to the wind and killed her husband.”
For Mary Anozie, a resident of Ago Palace Way, Lagos State, what started as a huge joke between Romeo and Juliet snowballed into the death of her husband.
Apart from the fact that she currently battles with the psychological and emotional trauma that may permanently live with her, she carries the stigma of being a murderess.  According to her, “It was a union of unending battle.” The couple quarreled over trivial issues until she accidentally ended her husband’s life, thereby making herself a widow.  Narrating her trauma, she revealed to Saturday Vanguard that she could not explain what came upon her that fateful day.
“People refused to come to our aid as they thought it was just one of the usual quarrels we used to have. They thought it was the normal prelude to lovemaking  between couples. So, they didn’t bother to intervene.”
The widow remorsefully said that “it was like that until that fateful day; after I had had my baby and my husband claimed he wasn’t buoyant enough to buy baby food for the new baby.  That degenerated into another fight.
“Although my husband could not be called a man of means, I didn’t believe he hadn’t the money I asked for to buy the baby’s food.  We had quarreled over that and he had beaten me up like he was wont to severally.  It was painful, and I decided to avenge the beating.  So, I picked up a stone to hit him but it accidentally hit him on the head. I watched him bleed to death.”
According to a police source, the case has been charged to court, adding that Mary is awaiting trial.
Our source also disclosed that the two children were in the custody of the husband’s family pending court judgment on the issue.

Patience Jonathan Parries Soyinka's Blow


Patience Jonathan Parries Soyinka's Blow
Nigeria's First Lady has, via the statement delivered by her special assistant on media, Mr. Ayo Osinlu, responded to the accusations of the Nobel prize laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.
The statement read that Soyinka had betrayed his moral duty in his recent tirade on her linking her to the ongoing crisis rocking her home state of Rivers -- out of sheer "self-righteously indignant lecterns".
It would be recalled that Soyinka, at a press conference on Thursday, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to call his wife to order, as, according to him, the First Lady's influence is overbearing and heating the Rivers' polity.
The retaliatory statement my Mrs Jonathan contained accusations of Soyinka for taking sides with Amaechi because "they are friends": "Prof Soyinka's friendship with Amaechi is no secret. There is no attempt by the two to hide it, anyway. On the premise of that, the cerebral prodigy should encourage his younger friend to retrace his steps, make peace with his party and the people of his state, as well as smoothen the feathers he has ruffled."

RIVERS CRISIS: Bashir Tofa Warns Jonathan to Be Careful


RIVERS CRISIS: Bashir Tofa Warns Jonathan to Be Careful
A former presidential candidate, Bashir Tofa, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to learn from history over the ongoing feud between him and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Various incidents of violence have occurred in Rivers with many linking them to the political feud between the president and the Rivers governor. The presidency has insisted Mr. Jonathan is not a party to the crisis.

Port Harcourt Residents Groan as PDP Crisis Paralyses Business Activities



Port Harcourt Residents Groan as PDP Crisis Paralyses Business Activities
A middle-aged lady, Uche Okechukwu, sells recharge cards near the yet-to-be-rebuilt secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The roof of the building was destroyed by storm about two years ago and later demolished when it became an eyesore.
The NUJ secretariat, named Ernest Ikoli Press Centre to honour a renowned journalist, is adjacent the Rivers State House of Assembly, which has now been turned to a theatre of war.
Another petty trader, Joy Kalu, also sells biscuits, sachet and bottled water as well as writing materials and other items near the zonal office of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Moscow Road -- and she is not currently happy.
A seller of roast plantain, yam and fish, beside the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre, also on Moscow Road, Madam Ekaette from Calabar in Cross Rivers State, wondered why the 32 members of the Rivers House of Assembly could not resolve their differences and have to cause untold hardship for her and her family.
Youthful vulcaniser, Nnamdi, who operates near the Rivers State secretariat, overlooking Moscow Road and back gate of the Government House, Port Harcourt, also expressed displeasure over the face-off among politicians in the crude oil and gas-rich state.
A senior member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, who preferred to simply be identified as Barr. Ben, said the Rivers political crisis was taking a toll on his cases in courts near the House of Assembly (Court of Appeal and Rivers High Courts).
Customers of some commercial banks near the Rivers House of Assembly, while responding, lamented that the deepening crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was greatly affecting them as banks are always shut whenever supporters of political leaders are protesting.
Persons with offices and business outfits on Moscow Road and adjourning areas are also not left out of the groaning as a result of low patronage, considering the incessant violent protests by politicians and use of teargas by soldiers and policemen, thereby causing stampede, health hazards and confusion.
Residents of Moscow Road, workers at the Rivers State secretariat and occupants of the nearby Government House, Port Harcourt, are also not finding the heavy dose of teargas and political crisis easy, with tension heightened in the hitherto peaceful state.
A senior Rivers civil servant, Mr. Longjohn, from Bonny Island, who declined to give his first name, was at a loss over the siege in the state and why politicians were becoming very desperate for power and political offices, especially as we move towards 2015.
Longjohn wondered why President Goodluck Jonathan from Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, his wife, Dame Patience, who hails from Okrika, the headquarters of Okrika LGA of Rivers State and the Rivers Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, an indigene of Cross Rivers State, could take sides in the crisis.
The president has, however, continued to deny his alleged involvement in the crisis over which Governor Amaechi has already written Mr. President, the Police Service Commission and others.
In order not to take chances, the Rivers Police Headquarters, which is adjacent the Rivers House of Assembly, is now being highly fortified, especially with Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s supporters deeply angry with Mbu, for allegedly turning to a politician, which he keeps denying, while insisting that he remains a professional police officer.
Prior to the March this year’s posting of Mbu, an alumnus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), from Oyo State Police Command to Rivers State and when his predecessor, Mohammed Indabawa, who swapped with him and now in Oyo Command, was Rivers police chief, security at Rivers police headquarters was not so tight.
Preparing for what might happen some weeks after resumption, Mbu ensured that his office was highly fortified with many battle-ready riot policemen on standby with sophisticated arms and the renovated buildings heavily protected, in case of any eventuality and visitors well frisked.
The Rivers police commissioner later described Amaechi as a tyrant and a dictator, while the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) insists that Mbu is regularly holding meetings with his political backers and acting unprofessionally.
The attendants working at a filling station directly opposite the Rivers House of Assembly have tales of woe to tell, especially with the baptism of fire from thugs, supporters of politicians and security operatives who regularly harass them, losing valuable property in the process.
Drivers of taxis and intra-city buses who load from Abali Park and in front of Isaac Boro Park in Mile One or Mile Three, Port Harcourt, moving to William Jumbo Street near Government House; Moscow Road and the old Port Harcourt Township, popularly called Town, have been having it rough.
A taxi driver, Sam Chukwu, who regularly plies Mile One/Moscow Road/Town, complained of low patronage and disruption of business on the route, considering the activities of politicians and security personnel, while urging the stakeholders to quickly resolve their differences.
Port Harcourt-based lawyer, Richard Anthony, stated that the Rivers political crisis was capable of discouraging investors from moving into the state, stressing that no right hinking person would want to invest in a volatile area.
Anthony stressed that alternative dispute resolution strategies should be embraced, while also calling on elders to quickly intervene for the warriors to sheathe their swords.
The Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL), Anyakwee Nsirimovu, said it was obvious that President Jonathan and his wife were behind the Rivers crisis, but simply pretending.
Nsirimovu declared that Amaechi was being persecuted for resisting the federal might and insisting on due process, while protecting the interests of Rivers people, especially on the issue of Kalabari oil wells being ceded to President Jonathan’s Bayelsa state.
A renowned human rights activist, Ken Atsuwete, also a lawyer, said President Jonathan, Dame Patience, Wike and other alleged enemies of progress should leave Amaechi alone and not distract him on his transformation agenda, insisting that power belongs to God and that the ‘Abuja forces’ should stop intimidating the home-based politicians.

7 Crushed To Death As Petrol Tanker, Trailers Crash In Onitsha (PHOTO)

Seven persons were crushed to death at the Upper Iweka axis in the commercial city of Onitsha when a petrol tanker, a truck belonging to Dangote Group and another carrying 40 feet container crashed in the city.
Saturday Sun gathered that the first tanker lorry with registration number, XG 613 AKR had failed brake opposite the Toronto hospital along Onitsha-Asaba Expressway, crushing people especially motorists along the ever busy Upper Iweka area.
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However as the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC were still busy evacuating the bodies, a trailer lorry carrying a 40 feet container with registration number XA353 GGU and another trailer carrying Dangote Cement also had failed brakes and crushed other road users.
The first incident claimed the lives of two men and a woman who were on their way home after the day’s job while the second and third incidents claimed the lives of a commercial motorcyclist and his passengers whose bodies were mauled beyond recognition.
Narrating his experience, a survivor of the second accident in a vehicle with registration number DL486ENU who pleaded anonymity said his escape was miraculous since the trailers lost brakes and were busy crushing their victims from the Toronto hospital to the foot of the Upper Iweka fly-over.
“I was coming back from my office, am a lawyer, when I got to Upper Iweka, I saw a terrible traffic gridlock, I was told that a tanker lorry failed brake and crushed people at the area. I also noticed that vehicles were parked along the road, suddenly as I was still at the traffic gridlock, I heard frightening sound, before I could know what was happening, two trailers carrying container and cement had lost brakes and started crushing people”
He further stated “I could not jump out of my car because I was like a person glued until I heard a great bang and I thought I was dead, it was people that came and brought me out, but up till now, I can’t really say what happened to me but everybody that saw me come out of the car told me to thank my God”
Another eyewitness who gave his name as Dozie Okonkwo, a bus conductor said that the only woman that died in the incident was a daily money collector who had closed for the day and was on her way back to her home at Old Road, Onitsha.
“She came to enter our bus, I told her that the price was N70, she jumped out because she wanted a cheaper one, not quite long, the incident happened, when we rushed there, she was already crushed, her body was already crushed, it was only her cloth that some people used to recognize her, her flesh was scattered all over the place”
However the first tanker lorry was said to be coming from a filling station where it had dispensed its product in the commercial city of Onitsha and was on its way to Port Harcourt when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, skidded off the road and crushed people.
The Onitsha Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Anthony Meta could not comment on the incident as he refused to pick his calls. An officer who did not want his name in print confirmed the incident and said he personally led his team to deposit the bodies of the victims in the mortuary and took the injured persons to Toronto Hospital for medical attention.

7 Crushed To Death As Petrol Tanker, Trailers Crash In Onitsha (PHOTO)

Seven persons were crushed to death at the Upper Iweka axis in the commercial city of Onitsha when a petrol tanker, a truck belonging to Dangote Group and another carrying 40 feet container crashed in the city.
Saturday Sun gathered that the first tanker lorry with registration number, XG 613 AKR had failed brake opposite the Toronto hospital along Onitsha-Asaba Expressway, crushing people especially motorists along the ever busy Upper Iweka area.
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However as the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC were still busy evacuating the bodies, a trailer lorry carrying a 40 feet container with registration number XA353 GGU and another trailer carrying Dangote Cement also had failed brakes and crushed other road users.
The first incident claimed the lives of two men and a woman who were on their way home after the day’s job while the second and third incidents claimed the lives of a commercial motorcyclist and his passengers whose bodies were mauled beyond recognition.
Narrating his experience, a survivor of the second accident in a vehicle with registration number DL486ENU who pleaded anonymity said his escape was miraculous since the trailers lost brakes and were busy crushing their victims from the Toronto hospital to the foot of the Upper Iweka fly-over.
“I was coming back from my office, am a lawyer, when I got to Upper Iweka, I saw a terrible traffic gridlock, I was told that a tanker lorry failed brake and crushed people at the area. I also noticed that vehicles were parked along the road, suddenly as I was still at the traffic gridlock, I heard frightening sound, before I could know what was happening, two trailers carrying container and cement had lost brakes and started crushing people”
He further stated “I could not jump out of my car because I was like a person glued until I heard a great bang and I thought I was dead, it was people that came and brought me out, but up till now, I can’t really say what happened to me but everybody that saw me come out of the car told me to thank my God”
Another eyewitness who gave his name as Dozie Okonkwo, a bus conductor said that the only woman that died in the incident was a daily money collector who had closed for the day and was on her way back to her home at Old Road, Onitsha.
“She came to enter our bus, I told her that the price was N70, she jumped out because she wanted a cheaper one, not quite long, the incident happened, when we rushed there, she was already crushed, her body was already crushed, it was only her cloth that some people used to recognize her, her flesh was scattered all over the place”
However the first tanker lorry was said to be coming from a filling station where it had dispensed its product in the commercial city of Onitsha and was on its way to Port Harcourt when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, skidded off the road and crushed people.
The Onitsha Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Anthony Meta could not comment on the incident as he refused to pick his calls. An officer who did not want his name in print confirmed the incident and said he personally led his team to deposit the bodies of the victims in the mortuary and took the injured persons to Toronto Hospital for medical attention.

T.B. Joshua: "Why I Was the First Person Al-Mustapha Came to See After Kirikiri"

T.B. Joshua: "Why I Am the First Person Al-Mustapha Came to See After Kirikiri"
He didn't even bother to change his clothes after being released from the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, spending over ten years behind its walls. No, Hamza Al-Mustapha rushed to see the famous Lagos prophet, leader of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, T.B. Joshua. The Prophet gave this interview in his ministry in Ikotun Egbe.
Can you tell us the purpose of Mustapha's visit to you?
I got to know him many years ago when a petition was addressed to General Bamaiyi who was the then Chairman of the NDLEA.
As you know, several efforts had been made by my detractors to bring me and my ministry down. One of those efforts was that petition. I was arrested for investigation and it was later discovered that it was a tissue of lies. I spent nine days with them for investigation and they found the whole thing to be a fabrication. From there, I was taken to Aso Rock (City of Power) to see the president. It was there that I met Mustapha.
I was able to reveal to them who I am by telling them what was to come as a prophet. One of those things I mentioned to them and to Mustapha in particular, was what he went through, though he did not believe me then. That was why when it came to pass, I was the first person he remembered. I told him that he would spend several years in prison and would be finally released which no one else had ever told him.
That is why you see him coming here as his first port of call. Where there is no vision, people perish.
I am surprised you are asking me why he is coming here first. When you look into your archives as journalists, you will find many stories in the past about my visit to Aso Rock (City of Power), while Bamaiyi was Chairman of NDLEA. Many magazines and newspapers published my visions and prophecies on the government and the presidency.
When you know your picture of tomorrow, it will impart a strength to endure your present difficulty. When you know what you are passing through now will not last long, you will endure it. This is vision; this is prophecy. This can only come by revelation. This is what the Bible means by, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18).

PHOTOS: SEE SHOCKING Moment When Pro-Jonathan Lawmaker In Rivers Tried To Snatch Police Weapon

Several photos have emerged showing Rivers State lawmaker Evans Bipi attacking a police officer during a fracas precipitated by President.
Goodluck Jonathan and his wife to unseat the governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Some of the of the photos show an enraged Bipi going for the AK 47 automatic gun of one of the policemen at the house of assembly.
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"Patience Jonathan Is My Jesus Christ" - Anti-Ameachi Lawmaker‬ Says


The leader of the the anti-Rotimi Amaechi camp of lawmakers in River state, Evans Bipi, has explained the reasons he led an onslaught on the state’s House of assembly on Tuesday.‬
‪Mr. Bipi, who led a team of five lawmakers, allegedly backed by thugs, to trigger violence in the State’s House of Assembly, gave three reasons for his action.‬
‪In a video, shot immediately after the fracas, Mr. Bipi offered reasons that gave credence to the belief that the primary reason for the ongoing crisis in the state is all about President Goodluck Jonathan. None of the reasons bothered on governance or lack of it.‬
‪“Why must he be insulting the president,” Mr. Bipi asked an unidentified fellow restraining him from a second onslaught on the his colleagues on the opposite side of the divide.‬
In another astonishing explanation that might inflame Christians in Nigeria and around the world, Mr. Bipi said he was fighting to remove the Rivers State governor because the governor “insulted” the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, who he said is his Jesus Christ on earth.‬
‪“Why must he be insulting my mother, my Jesus Christ on earth?” Mr. Bipi angrily asked the fellow who apparently hugged him to restrain him from further violence.‬
‪When contacted on the comment, Mr. Bipi said that the first lady is indeed his Jesus Christ on earth.‬
‪“I have no mother, I have no father. She (Mrs. Jonathan) is my mother,” he said.‬
‪Mr. Bipi, believed to be a cousin of the first lady, explained that he “lived” with her for several years.‬
‪He said he could not bear the governor insulting the president and the most important woman in his life.‬
The Rivers State Information Commissioner, Ibim Semenitari, denied the governor ever insulted President Jonathan and his wife, Patience.‬
‪“The governor of River State holds the president in very high regards, as well as the First Lady, and therefore cannot insult any of them,” she said. “She is a daughter of the state and is accorded the highest respect.”‬
‪A larger part of Mr. Bipi’s rapid rise in politics is credited to the mentorship of the First Lady.‬

Boko Haram Leader 'Supports' Yobe School Massacre



Boko Haram Leader 'Supports' Yobe School Massacre
Kano, Nigeria - The head of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists said he supported a July 6 attack on a school that killed 42 people, but did not claim responsibility for the massacre, in a video obtained by AFP on Saturday.
"We fully support the attack on this Western education school in Mamudo," in northern Yobe state, Abubakar Shekau said in the 10-minute video message.
The video was delivered to AFP in a manner consistent with previous statements from the Islamist leader, who has been declared a global terrorist by the United States.
The early morning gun and bomb attack at a boarding school in the Mamudo district of Yobe saw assailants round up students and staff in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and opening fire, according to witnesses.
Most of those killed were students.
In the video, Shekau described all "Western education schools" as a "plot against Islam".
He however stopped short of claiming to have ordered the attack.
"We don't attack students," he said in the Hausa language message.
Yobe state was one of three areas placed under a state of emergency in May ahead of a sweeping military offensive against Boko Haram.

SHOCKING REVELATIONS: Victims Reveals Shocking Details Of Yobe School Massacre


photoLast week’s massacre of students at a government secondary school in Yobe State sent many families into mourning.
Weekly Trust visited some of the survivors of the gory incident and some parents of the deceased students to hear their stories.
A week after suspected insurgents violently attacked, slaughtered and burnt both students and teachers at Government Secondary School (GSS) Mamudo district in Yobe state, survivors of the ugly  incident and the entire community are   yet to recover from the shock, much as the atmosphere of fear still pervades the land.

Scores of students and teachers were killed in the early hours of Sunday, when a boarding school was attacked by the insurgents.  Accounts of the incident by survivors overwhelmingly revealed that the assailants gathered students and teachers into one dormitory, where they opened gunfire,  hauled explosive devices at them and set the place ablaze. 
Yobe State government reacted by ordering the immediate closure of all secondary schools in the state, till the next academic session.  Governor Ibrahim Geidam said the schools would remain closed till next September when a new session would commence.
Since the incident, survivors who are witnessing the second such dastardly insurgents attack on secondary school students, have been scared stiff to even talk about the incident.  The fear stems from the realization that the insurgents actually carried out their threat to launch a second attack after the first incident. 
A widow, Amina Nuhu, whose husband,  Nuhu Datam was killed a  month back,  by gunmen during the first attack,  told Weekly Trust that the insurgents  warned them of further attacks on  schools soon.
She said “my husband arrived from a journey when the gunmen stormed our house. We were chatting when they suddenly broke in, rounded us up and shot him twice on the chest.  I knelt before them, pleading for mercy on my husband,   but none of them listened. They confidently and freely walked away uninterrupted by any security agent.”
“They also threatened coming back to burn down the school. So, it was not a surprise to me when I heard sporadic gunshots and explosions that Sunday morning around 3:45am. We went into the school the next morning and saw corpses littered everywhere and the administrative block torched,” she said.
A mournful parent,  Malam Ahmed Sani who lost one of his two children to the incident  at GSS Mamudo initially refused to talk to newsmen, but said  “these people know what they did and God will surely handle them. But I would like to assure you that, I will not stop taking me children to boarding schools.”
A junior student, Sani Mohammed, who sustained bullet wound on his arm, but survived relived his experience thus;  “we were sleeping in UBE hostel, when some gunmen broke into the room and poured petrol on our bodies; I woke up and discovered that they have surrounded all of us. One of them asked us to lie down on the floor, we all complied. They separated the younger ones among us and asked them to stay behind.
“They opened fire on about 20 of us, the next thing I knew was seeing myself on the hospital bed,” he said.

TOM INCE STAYING WHERE HE IS AT BLACKPOOL

ABOVE: New dad Tom Ince will be staying at Blackpool

NEW dad Tom Ince has snubbed a move to Cardiff following the birth of his first child.

The England Under-21 midfielder became a father on Thursday with the birth of daughter Halle Rae.
And that has prompted him to reject an £8m transfer to the Premier League new boys.
It comes as a major blow for Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, who met Ince on Monday having had an offer accepted by Blackpool.
A Cardiff statement said that both Tom and his dad Paul – who is Blackpool’s manager – felt it was the wrong time to make the move, even though personal terms had been agreed.
The statement read: “Paul confirmed that, due to the recent birth of Thomas’ first child this week, the player didn’t want to leave his family or the ­Seasiders at this stage of his life.”
Mackay will take his squad to Switzerland on Sunday for a week-long training camp.
He said: “You are constantly spinning 10 plates at once in the transfer window with players and agents. We will move on.”

JOSE MOURINHO IS MORE OF A BOSS NOW FOR CHEALSEA

ABOVE: Jose Mourinho sharing a joke with his players
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I have had two years in Italy and three in Spain. It makes me a better coach. I am in a better condition than I was last time
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Jose Mourinho
13th July 2013

By Scott Coleman

Euro roaming was just the job for Jose! Jose Mourinho believes he is better prepared to succeed as Chelsea boss second time around.

Mourinho won five trophies – ­including two Premier League titles – in his first stint at ­Stamford Bridge, between 2004 and 2007.
However, his fiery nature upset the Chelsea ­hierarchy – and ­eventually he left.
Mourinho went on to win the Treble with Inter Milan in 2010 and the Spanish league title with Real Madrid in 2012. And he seems much calmer than the ­Portuguese firebrand who burst on to the English scene with a dance down the Old Trafford touchline as his Porto side knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League in 2004.
Mourinho, who has just arrived in Bangkok at the start of Chelsea’s three-match tour of the Far East, ­believes he is a better boss now.
“My job is a job where experience means a lot,” said Mourinho.
“I have had two years in Italy and three in Spain. It makes me a better coach. I am in a better condition than I was last time.
“I have some white hairs but in my case that’s a good sign. It means I am better now than before.
“But I am still very sad and ­unhappy when my team doesn’t win. It’s up to the players to help me get the results I want.”
Mourinho has worked fast since ­returning to Stamford Bridge, ­rubber-stamping the previously agreed transfer of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, swooping for keeper Mark Schwarzer and bringing in Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem.
“Marco is one of the best prospects in European football right now,” said Mourinho.
“I have been following him for a long time. He has great potential.
“Chelsea is investing in the long term and this kid has a great ­future.”

SUNDERLAND TO LAUNCH £4M BID FOR GERMAN DEFENDER BASTIAN OCZIPKA


ABOVE: Di Canio is looking to bring in some fresh faces before the season gets underway

PAOLO DI CANIO wants £4m defender Bastian Oczipka to join his foreign revolution at Sunderland.

The Black Cats have made an inquiry for the Eintracht Frankfurt full-back, 24.
Busy boss Di Canio is scouring the market for a left-back to fill the spot vacated by Danny Rose.
Rose has returned to Tottenham after a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season.
Former German youth star Oczipka is expected to be in contention for a senior international call-up this season.
Oczipka is one left-back option on Di Canio’s list of targets along with Argentinian Lucas Orban.
The Atletico Tigre defender has not decided between the Black Cats, Villarreal or River Plate.
Di Canio is expected to wrap up deals for Juventus’ £7m Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini and Velez Sarsfield’s Argentinian right-back Gino Peruzzi next week.
Their arrivals would take Sunderland’s tally of summer signings to 10. And seven of Di Canio’s eight new additions so far are foreign.
Meanwhile, Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has warned Di Canio not to fall into the same trap which cost Roy Keane his job.
The Italian is bringing in an entire team as he looks to change the Black Cats’ fortunes.
But ex-chairman Quinn reckons his revolution is fraught with dangers.
“He’s making massive changes on and off the pitch. The club’s pretty much unrecognisable from the one I left not too long ago,” said Quinn.
“It’s a high-risk strategy, not unlike what Roy did during my time at the club which was to try to make a positive impact.
“That worked for Roy. It helped get us up from the bottom of the Championship, get us promoted and helped keep us there.
“But it had gone wrong by the end and Paolo has to avoid that.”

PAUL LAMBERT TO OFFER SURVIVIAL STARLETS NEW DEALS


ABOVE: Lambert pushed his youthful squad to the limits last season

ASHLEY WESTWOOD and Ciaran Clark are set to get their rewards for helping Aston Villa avoid relegation.

Both are close to putting pen to paper on bumper new four-year deals.
Centre-back Clark, 23, had 12 months of his deal to run and delayed talks until Villa were safe.
Westwood, 23, a £2m signing from Crewe just 12 months ago, has been one of Villa’s stand-out stars.
Boss Paul Lambert has already signed up Nathan Baker, Andreas Weimann and Brad Guzan.
Christian Benteke, who slapped in a transfer request this week, has been told he can leave if a club meets his £25m price tag.

MILLWALL AND WOLVES LEAD BATTLE TO SIGN MARTYN WAGHORN FROM LEICESTER


ABOVE: Waghorn is wanted by a few clubs

MILLWALL and Wolves are going head-to-head to sign Leicester striker Martyn Waghorn for £750,000.

DARREN BENT’S IN TOON


ABOVE: In demand: Darren Bent
NEWCASTLE have stepped up their interest in Aston Villa striker Darren Bent

Toon chief Alan Pardew meets newly appointed Director of Football Joe Kinnear on Monday when they will run the rule over transfer targets.
And Pardew will tell him to move in for Bent, 29, who he has earmarked to play alongside Papiss Cisse next season.
The Villa outcast would jump at the chance of a return to the North East where he enjoyed a successful spell at arch-rivals Sunderland.
The Midlands club want £6m for Bent, who still has hopes of making England’s World Cup squad, but Newcastle believe they can land him for less.
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