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Monday, March 31, 2014

Man allowed hyena to eat his genitals because a witch doctor told him it would make him rich

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A MAN with a big heart for wealth has lost his manhood and three toes to a hyena that attacked him as he carried out a witchdoctor’s instructions in a bush in Chipata.

Chamangeni Zulu  of Njenjewa Village in Chief Mulonyeni’s area in Malawi is admitted to Chipata General Hospital after a hyena bit off his manhood and three toes on his left foot in bizarre circumstances.

The money crazed man aged between 20 and 24, who was admitted to Ward B at Chipata General Hospital, said he lost his body parts in his quest to become rich.

The incident happened on March 24, 2014 in Makungwa Lufu area in Chipata District in Eastern Province.
Mr Zulu narrated from his hospital bed yesterday that he was told to sacrifice parts of his body in order to become rich.

“I came from Malawi and when I arrived in Chipata I met some business persons who told me that the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body.

“On 24th March, 2014 around 04:00 hours, I went to a bush where I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten,” he said in his Chewa dialect.

He said the witchdoctor had not indicated the body parts that would be ‘lost’ and how, although he was told he would encounter a hyena.

Mr Zulu said after the incident, he crawled to a nearby road where some Police officers picked him and took him to the hospital.

“Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich,” he said.

He said he had stayed in Zambia for four months as he was doing ‘piecework’ to earn a living.

Chipata General Hospital acting medical superintendent Humphrey Chanda described Mr Zulu’s condition as stable.

Dr Chanda said the patient was brought to the hospital on Monday by some uniformed Police officers.

“Yes, it is true that he lost his manhood and three toes after being bitten by a hyena, but his condition is stable,” he said.

Eastern Police Division criminal investigations officer Patrick Bili said Police had received a report on Mr Zulu’s matter.

Time of Zambia

FG Accuses Dangote Cement of Anti-Competitive Behaviour

Dangote 
The Federal Government has accused Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote of making frantic efforts to frustrate his competitors in the cement manufacturing industry in Nigeria out of business.

The government, in a counter-affidavit to a suit filed by Dangote before the Federal High Court in Lagos, accused the business mogul of indulging in anti-competition act designed to control the entire cement industry and leave Nigerians at the mercy of his price whims and caprices.

Dangote, through his company, Dangote Cement Limited, had sued the Federal Government over a waiver granted to one of his major competitors in the cement manufacturing industry, Ibeto Cement Company.

16-year-old Girl Stabs her Best Friend 65 Times After She Posted Their N*ked Photos On Facebook

Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez (right) ruthlessly murdered her friend Anel Baez after a dispute over some Facebook photos (Picture: CEN)  
A 16-year-old girl was so outraged after a Facebook dispute with her best friend that she murdered the young girl by stabbing her in the back 65 times.

MetroNewsUK reports that Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez was furious after she received messages that alerted her to the fact that her friend had uploaded n*ked pictures of the pair to the social network.

She told her friend, Anel Baez, also 16, that she would be lucky to survive until the end of the year.

‘It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times,’ Gutierrez wrote to Baez via Twitter.

Laughing off Gutierrez’s threat that she would ‘bury’ her ’before the end of the year’, the unwitting Baez
invited her friend to her home in Guamuchil, Mexico to patch things up.

According to local police, Gutierrez asked to use the bathroom but instead went into the kitchen where she found the knife she used to stab her friend over 60 times.

A police spokesman explained that after the murder Gutierrez tried to clean the blood from her clothes and the weapon but was unsuccessful. Gutierrez tried to hide her role in the murder after fleeing the scene and even pretended to grieve alongside her other friends.

But following police investigations she was eventually arrested at her best friend’s funeral – keeping the sinister promise she made to see her buried before the end of the year.

SSS accuses CBN Governor, Sanusi, of financing terrorism

SSS accuses CBN Governor, Sanusi, of financing terrorism
“The allegation against the applicant as to funding of terrorism is an afterthought by the respondents which is not backed by facts.”

A new twist has been added to the ongoing travails of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Lamido Sanusi, as the Department of State Security Service, SSS, has accused him of financing terrorism.

The SSS stated this at the Federal High Court, Lagos, while defending its decision to seize Mr. Sanusi’s international passport.

Mr. Sanusi’s passport was seized on February 20, as he arrived the Lagos international airport, hours after he was suspended as Central Bank Governor by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The new charge, which Mr. Sanusi’s lawyers described as false and baseless, tallies with a similar surreptitious but baseless allegation thrown at the bank chief by a presidential aide.

Reno Omokri, the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, had, on February 26, used a pseudonym, Wendell Simlin, to circulate an article that tried to link the recent spike in Boko Haram attack to the suspension of the CBN governor.

The embattled CBN chief was controversially suspended by the president based on allegations of ‘financial recklessness’ by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN.

Several investigative reports by PREMIUM TIMES had shown that Mr. Sanusi indeed approved some interventionist spendings from CBN funds, but he did so with adequate approval from the board of his bank and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Sanusi, in separate suits, challenged his suspension, and asked for an enforcement of his fundamental rights as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

During hearing of the rights’ suit, which continued on Monday, the respondents – the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF; the Police; and the SSS – made different claims.

Sanusi sponsors terrorism
The fresh terrorism-related allegation against Mr. Sanusi came from the SSS.

The agency said it was investigating Mr. Sanusi for allegedly financing terrorism.

The SSS counsel, Moses Idakwo, said Mr. Sanusi’s interaction with SSS officials did not last for up to an hour and did not constitute a violation of his rights.

He said the provisions of Section 6 of the National Security Agencies’ Act empowered the Service to impound the international passport of suspects pending the conclusion of investigations.

It is not clear how this fresh allegation by the SSS is related to the dubious claims by Mr. Omokri.

PREMIUM TIMES and a few citizen journalists had exposed how Mr. Omokri, using a non-existent alias, Wendell Simlin, created a document linking Mr. Sanusi with financing the terrorist Boko Haram group.

The document was later shown to have been created by Mr. Omokri, with several Nigerians calling for his sack. The presidency has kept mum since the scandal was exposed.

On Monday, however, Mr. Sanusi’s counsel, Kola Awodehin, accused the SSS of falsehood in its new claim against the bank chief, saying the agency had no shred of evidence.

Dismiss Sanusi’s suit
The counsel to the AGF, Fabian Ajogwu, had objected to the suit, urging the court to strike it out for want of jurisdiction.

Mr. Ajogwu argued that the provisions of Section 254 (c) 1 (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) ousted the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

He noted that the case before the court borders on the applicant’s employment, saying that labour -related cases are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court, NIC.

“Section 254 (c) 1 (d) of the Constitution vests exclusive jurisdiction on the National Industrial Court, with respect to civil causes or matters touching on employment, labour or industrial relations.

“We respectfully urge the court to hold that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the reliefs sought by the applicant,” he said.

The counsel urged the court to strike out the suit.

Mr. Ajogwu also argued that the applicant should not, by the suit, seek to restrain the respondents from performing their constitutional duties.

He argued that Mr. Sanusi was being investigated based on the FRCN’s claims. He said the suspended bank chief was being investigated in accordance with the provisions of the law, which the respondents had a statutory duty to perform.

Citing the dictum of retired Justice Niki Tobi of the Supreme Court in the case of Adeniran vs Alao, Mr. Ajogwu submitted that a perpetual injunction would be everlasting and could not be granted by
a court of law.

“The applicant’s suit is basically an action to shield him from the machinery of administration of justice, which has been kick-started by the respondents,” Mr. Ajogwu submitted.

Nobody reported Sanusi to us
While the AGF said Mr. Sanusi was being investigated based on the FRCN investigations, the police said it was not investigating the CBN boss.

The counsel to the police, David Abuo, said nobody ever reported Mr. Sanusi to the police.

He, however aligned with Mr. Ajogwu, saying the case should be struck out as it seeks to bar government agencies from performing their duties.

Sanusi reacts
Responding to the respondents’ preliminary objection, Mr. Awodehin submitted that the court was vested with the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

He argued that the suit had nothing to do with the terms of employment of the applicant or industrial relations, since it was not a case of the applicant against the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He argued that the applicant never sought an order of perpetual injunction, adding that the reliefs he sought were qualified.

“It cannot be suggested that the applicant is restraining the respondents from performing their duties, but they must be restrained from doing so without due process of the law.

“The seizure of the applicant’s international passport by the third respondent is a derogation of his freedom of movement,” he said.

Mr. Awodehin also argued that the different submissions by the three respondents showed that laws were being violated in Mr. Sanusi’s treatment.

“The first to third respondents give conflicting reasons as to the complaint made against the applicant.
“This conflict goes to show that they acted without due process of the law,” he said.

The counsel also argued that the SSS’ claim of financing terrorism was bogus.

“The allegation against the applicant as to funding of terrorism is an afterthought by the respondents which is not backed by facts, as there is no reasonable suspicion that the applicant committed any crime,” he said.
He urged the court to dismiss the preliminary objection and uphold the case of the applicant.

The court had on February 21 granted an interim order, restraining the respondents from arresting, detaining, or harassing the applicant pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The interim order was sequel to an affidavit of urgency filed by the applicant on the same date. On Monday, the court adjourned ruling on the preliminary objection to April 4.

Oscar Pistorius trial is on a break but some shocking new photos have emerges from the crime scene

Oscar Pistorius and girlfriend.
These shocking new pictures reveal the bloodied scene which greeted police as they arrived to find Oscar Pistorius had shot his girlfriend.

The runner denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp when he shot her through the bathroom door of his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.


He says it was a tragic accident when he mistook her for an intruder.

Prosecutors argue the double amputee Olympian - known as the Blade Runner - is lying and he killed Reeva intentionally following a blazing argument.

 

These police photos show how officers arrived in the early hours of the morning to a gruesome scene.

Blood is spattered all over the toilet and bathroom floor as Pistorius' gun lies on towel.


The cricket bat he used to bash down the locked bathroom door also lies on the floor, covered in blood.

Police marked where bullets went through the bathroom door with arrows.

At the bottom of the stairs, other markers indicate where a distraught Pistorius was found cradling Reeva's body.

The athlete's trial has been adjourned after one of the judge's legal assessors fell ill but is due to resume next week.

Pistorius' legal team will begin his defence case and the 27-year-old is expected to take to the stand and give evidence himself.

Man bags 51 years imprison for stealing N14million

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An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced one Taiwo Ojo to 51 years imprison for stealing N14 million belonging to the Traditional Council of Obas.

The state counsel, Mr Akintayo Arogundade, told the court that the accused committed the offence in Sept. 2008 and April 2009 at Ilawe-Ekiti.

He said that the accused was facing a 12 count-charge bordering on stealing, cheating, forgery and fraud.
Arogundade said that the accused forged the signature of His Royal Majesty, Oba Oladapo Oyebade, the Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, by signing his signature on payment vouchers.

The prosecutor alleged that the accused also forged the signature of Oni Joseph, the Secretary of the Traditional Council of Ekiti South-west Local Government Area.

According to him, the accused used the signatures to withdrew N14 million from the Traditional Council account of the Ekiti South-west Local Government.

In his plea, the counsel to the accused, Mr Kayode Akinwumi, urged the court to tamper justice with mercy and be lenient with his client.

Chief Magistrate Ropo Adegboye said in his judgement that the accused was guilty of the offence as charged, following evidence of the prosecutors including Oba Oyebade.

He sentenced the accused person to two years imprison on count one to three, and five years on count four to twelve, saying the sentence would run concurrently.

(NAN)

Photos : 8 year old Bodybuilder, Brandon, Becomes Online Sensation, thanks to his Bulging Muscles

An eight-year-old bodybuilder
 An eight-year-old bodybuilder has become an internet sensation after pictures of his incredible physique, showing off his rippling six-pack went viral.

Brandon and his role model Frank Medrano
Thanks to renowned fitness guru Frank Medrano who shared the little boy's picture on his Facebook page after seeing them on Instagram and learning that Brandon looked up to him as his mentor.


Brandon Blake from County Kildare in Ireland, who actually is in infant school, has the body of a weightlifter three times his age. And instead of playing with toys, the little boy prefers spending his spare time doing chin-ups or bouncing on his trampoline.


Recounting the experience, Brandon’s dad Mark said:
 ‘It went viral and people were talking about Brandon in Hong Kong and Australia. It was crazy. He’s developed (his shape) over the past year – it is crazy looking at him. Brandon is happy and healthy and his core strength is amazing, he is an inspiration,’ he added.


Although many have remarked that strenuous exercise for such a young person is unhealthy, his dad is adamant that Brandon has never lifted weights in his life.

Defection To APC : Court Orders 37 PDP Reps To Resign Seats

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered 37 former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to resign their seats at the House of Representatives for defecting to the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

Delivering judgment, Justice Adeniyi Ademola held that the defected lawmakers no longer had any business, morally and legally, to stay in the House of Reps.

He said they should honourably resign from their seats as members of the House of Representative , having moved to another political party, while their tenure had yet to expire.

“Having perused the arguments of counsel and the constitutional provisions, it is clear and unambiguous that the defendants were sponsored by the PDP and won the election on its platform.

“It is also the court’s opinion that their tenure has not expired and there is no division in the PDP.

“The defendants are, therefore, not competent to vote or contribute to any proceedings in the House of Representatives.

“An order of perpetual injunction is, hereby, ordered, restraining them from altering or attempting to change the leadership of the House of Reps,’’ Ademola said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PDP had on Jan. 7 instituted a suit seeking to restrain the House of Representatives from altering the composition of its leadership.

The party had commenced the action following the defection of 37 lawmakers, who won election on its platform, to the opposition APC.

Mr Yunus Usman (SAN), PDP’s counsel had, while arguing his originating summons, faulted the cross-carpeting of the lawmakers, saying that the legislators did so during the dependency of a judgment.

He argued that by virtue of the Oct. 2013 judgment of Justice Evoh Chukwu, which said there was no division in PDP, the matter had been laid to rest.

Usman had further submitted that by virtue of the provision of Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Nigerian constitution, as amended, the  lawmakers ought to have vacated their seats immediately.

Mr Mamoud Magaji (SAN), counsel to the defendants, had in his submission, argued that it was wrong for the PDP to have sought to restrain its former members from House activities for defecting.

Other defence counsel, Mr Niyi Akintola, SAN, Mr Sebastian Hon, SAN, Mr James Ocholi,SAN, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko,SAN, and Jibril Okutepa,SAN, had prayed the court to dismiss the suit.

(NAN)

Fred Ajudua denied bail again!

Fred Ajudua
Embattled fraudster, Fred Ajudua has been slammed again with a cold hand in court after presiding Justice Kudirat Jose, Monday turned down his bail application.

Ajudua, Who is currently on trial for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen of $1.69 million is also embroiled in another case for defrauding former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, of about $8.395m.

Justice kudirat revealed from the medical reports attached to the bail application, which were issued by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), it was evident that Ajudua was not a very healthy man.

The judge said Ajudua was admitted at LUTH on 3 August 3, 2013 and was treated for hypertension, traumatic haematuria and enlarged prostrate gland which arose from having only one kidney.

The Dangerous Ajudua will be re-arraigned 28 April 2014 for commencement of trial but for now he will still be at the kirikiri maximum prisons.

Photo : Dillish Finally Admits she's got a Crush on Flavour

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Dillish Openly confesses her crush for Flavour...The BBA winner said she is a fan of all Flavour's selfies because they are too hot.

MCM means man crush Monday

See her tweets below:


New Michael Jackson album XSCAPE to be released

XSCAPE 
A new Michael Jackson album featuring EIGHT previously unheard tracks will be released next month.

The album - titled XSCAPE - is in conjunction with the singer's estate and will be available for fans on May 13.

As well as the standard version, a Deluxe Edition will include a selection of recordings in their original form. Both can be pre-ordered on iTunes tomorrow [April 1].

The announcement was made on Michael Jackson's official website.

2014 World Cup : U.S. hire former Nigerian coach as special adviser

Berti Vogts
Berlin – The U.S. have hired former Germany coach and World Cup winner Berti Vogts as a special adviser until the World Cup in Brazil.

The move was described as one that would boost their chances of getting through the group stage, the team said on Monday.

The U.S. has been drawn with Germany, Ghana and Portugal for the preliminaries at the June 12 to July 13 finals.

Vogts, who won the trophy as a player in 1974 and coached Germany and current U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann to their last international title at Euro 1996, has also coached Nigeria.

He is currently the Azerbaijan national team coach.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an adviser,” Klinsmann said in a statement.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level.”

Vogts will help development of training plans, prepare scouting reports and will travel to watch opponents in the run-up to the tournament.

Nicknamed ‘the terrier’ for his tough defending, Vogts was a stalwart at Borussia Moenchengladbach FC for 15 years, and earned 96 caps for Germany before going into coaching.

He coached Germany from 1990-1998 before taking on other national teams with mixed success. (NAN)

Justin Bieber booed at Canada's Juno Awards

Justin Bieber 
Pop singer Justin Bieber received a chorus of boos as he won the fans' choice prize at Canada's Juno Awards.

The 20-year-old was not present to collect his award - or hear the reaction - after beating the likes of Celine Dion, Drake and Michael Buble.

The crowd were later scolded by Serena Ryder, who won songwriter of the year.

"Justin Bieber is an amazing musician and he deserved every bit of that award because he's been working his ass off his entire life," she said.

"We need to support how awesome he is. He's great. He's amazing."

Bieber's award was collected on his behalf by members of Canada's Olympic women's curling team.

Presidency to probe attempted Boko Haram SSS jail break

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Reports filtering in indicate that the Presidency is set to probe the attempted jail break at the Headquarters of Department of Security Service (DSS), which has shocked many in security and intelligence circles.

Sources told New Telegraph that many security officials are shocked that such an attempt could have taken place in a place which is supposed to be one of the most secure facilities in the country.

The early Sunday action has left many wondering if perhaps it was only possible because the Boko Haram suspects had help from within the SSS headquarters.

Incidentally, last year President Goodluck Jonathan himself had raised alarm that there were sympathisers of the violent Islamic sect within his government.

“The membership of the Board of Enquiry is still being worked out and would be made available as soon as possible. However, we were very shocked and surprised that people can attempt such daring act because everywhere was well guarded, fortified and with sophisticated monitoring and surveillance gadgets.

“The place through, which they attempted to escape, is even like trying to escape from a hut, because it’s well secured. That is why we don’t rule out insider’s network,” the source noted.

It was also learnt that that on a positive note, the automatic alert system connecting all security agencies together, did kick in promptly notifying members of the armed forces, who responded swiftly as sporadic gunshots erupted at the DSS headquarters, and arrived the facility with armed soldiers backed up with armoured personnel carrier (APC) to confront the detainees attempting to break out.

New Telegraph also learnt that as many as 18 of the Boko Haram members may have been killed in the fire fight while the security outfit may have lost three members.

Commenting on the Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS Ms Marilyn Ogar, while confirming the issue, said the incident began around 7.15am when one of the terror suspects tried to disarm a SSS officer.

“Attempted jail break 0715 hours, the Service suspect handler went to the detention facility within the Headquarters to feed the suspects.

“One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuffs.”

Explaining further she said that the suspect’s attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others from also trying to escape.

According to her: “The gun shots attracted the attention of the military with whom we have an understanding of mutual assistance in the event of any threat.

“The Army immediately deployed a team to reinforce our perimeter guards to forestall any external collaborators.”

Ogar said that the situation has since been brought under control and promised to provide more information later.

Photo : 300L LASU student killed, dumped in Ijeshatedo

 300L LASU student killed, dumped in Ijeshatedo
When Miss Rita Onwuli, a 300 level Economics student of the Lagos State University (LASU), left home last Tuesday, probably for school, she had no inkling of what cruel fate had in stock for her. For three days, her friends, colleagues and family members searched for her to no avail. On the third day, Thursday, they received urgent calls to come and see her. But it was shock that awaited them.

They were not alone that Thursday morning. The residents and business owners at Odo Olowu Street, Ijeshatedo, on the Apapa – Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, woke up to a horrendous sight. The body of a lady, later identified to be that of Onwuli, was lying near a popular church in the area. People, terrified by the sight of the body, gathered in clusters, wondering what was responsible for her death. A team of policemen, which had responded to the call by members of the Neighbourhood Watch, had a hectic time dispersing passers-by from taking snap shots of the body. The people claimed not to have any clue on what happened.

The policemen from the Ijeshatedo Police Station also declined comment on the incident. But a member of the Neighbourhood Watch, Mr Badmus Azeez Adeniyi, said a lady informed him about the incident.

He said: “I was alerted by one of my younger sisters who was going out very early this morning (Thursday) to buy goods from Seme. “She rushed to call me, panting heavily, trying to inform me that there is somebody that is lying on the road near Odo Olowu bus stop on Apapa – Oshodi Expressway. “We rushed down to the scene and found out this lifeless body lying over there. Immediately we alerted the police and they came.

“There is no clue yet on what could have happened to the lady. But it is like a case of murder that took place somewhere. Apparently, the perpetrators had waited for the cover of the dark to drop her corpse here. “Nobody can say exactly when they did this but it surely cannot be anything around 10pm and 11pm last night because we still passed through this area when we were on surveillance watch last night.”

However, it was learnt that the lady’s bag which was found by her side had some personal effects and the GSM phone which was used to reach out to some people who disclosed her identity, and promised to come to the scene immediately. Soon, some of those earlier contacted through her phone started arriving at the venue. The first of them to arrive is a young man who identified himself as Ogugbua Godwin Anabor.

By the time Anabor moved closer to where the body was lying, he lost his composure and broke down in tears. The man, who claimed they are from Illah, Delta State, identified the body as that of Rita Onwuli, a 300 level Economics student of LASU. He said: “It was quite a while when we saw her. I visited her the last time we saw at her residence at No 44, Adigun Street, in Idi-Araba, Mushin.” When contacted, the LASU Public Relations Officer, Mr Sutton Kayode, said he was going to check if Onwuli was a student of the institution. But at press time, he was yet to confirm.

Another relative, who identified himself as Ogbuefi Paul Onyelum, was too distraught to respond to enquiries. Yet another relative, who was weeping inconsolably and refused to identify himself, disclosed that they had been looking for the lady for three days. He said: “We have been looking for her since three days ago. We were surprised to receive the call this morning that Rita has been found but was involved in an accident. They said we should come to Ijesha Police Station. On getting here, what we are seeing is just unbelievable.” When the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, was contacted to confirm the story, she said she would call back. But she did not call at press time.

Source : Newtelegraph

‘MS didn’t kill Zara, ignorance did’, Yemisi Ilo blames Zara’s family for her death

Yemisi Ilo
Yemisi Ilo, a creative consultant and project manager, says she's been living with Multiple Sclerosis for nearly 10 years and feels that Zara Gretti’s situation shouldn’t have deteriorated to the point of death.

She feels ignorance and not MS killed the singer, who passed away on Friday March 28th about a year after making her illness public.

Read what Yemisi wrote below:

I also have MS and I am currently in Singapore – where by His grace I will finally halt the progression and hopefully and prayerfully reverse some if not all disability. I spoke to Zara on Tuesday. She said she was being given ‘Agbo’ to drink by her family and that it was killing her. Those were her exact words. I told her to not drink it. With an already compromised immune system – Agbo is bullshit. It is poison. MS is not malaria. I gave Zara clear details of exactly what she needed to do to try to get well. It isn’t easy at all - I should know but unfortunately for her, she was surrounded by very ignorant people at the end who felt that they knew best. I first heard of Zara when I read about her on Linda Ikeji‘s blog a year ago. I got in touch with her immediately and started a Skype friendship. I was in London and she was in the States (US). We spoke regularly.

When I went back to Lagos, we would WhatsApp and I would call her. When she came to Nigeria in October last year, I went to see her and she was surprised that she could move better than me! I organized the Battabox interview (which we did at my parents house). She said she didn’t want to live with her mum in the States – yet she had no one to look after her there apart from her mum. She needed someone. She even wanted to come and stay with me, but I am married with small children and my own MS issues were already enough for one house.

Zara
I am so pissed off, so angry, so fucking sad, teary and frustrated. If I had been in Nigeria, I would have gone to pick her up on Tuesday when I spoke to her. She was so desperate to leave Ogba. She said she had a return ticket to America and would try to leave ASAP. I gave her my neurologist’s number so she could get some steroids to help her get over the horrible relapse she was having. Also to get her to explain the condition to Zara’s family so they would realize that this was not an ‘Agbo’ matter. I have had MS for nearly 10 years. My walking has deteriorated and I am currently alternating between a walker and a wheelchair.

Zara was worried that she wouldn’t get married and have kids – I told her that I had 4 kids and was happily married and continued to work and that there was hope. I have always been vocal about MS and even appeared on a ‘Moments with Mo’ episode talking about it. There are many Nigerians with MS – I know a few but they want to keep quiet. Their families are embarrassed. Why? I don’t know? It can happen to anyone at any time.

Granted, I am extremely fortunate to have the strength of character and a loving and supportive and enlightened family to deal with this HORRIBLE condition that has led to this opportunity for me to undergo Hemapioetic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) – Google it. It has taken donations from over 100 people to do this. It costs over $150k (N24,727,501). I told Zara that since she was a US citizen, she could get on a trial at the University of Chicago under Dr. Burt for free. I just want people to know that MS didn’t kill Zara – ignorance did. As well as our fatalistic attitude in Nigeria where everyone prays and no one takes action.

Thanks
Yemisi. 

'I am working on my divorce' - Actor Joseph Benjamin

Actor Joseph Benjamin
Actor Joseph Benjamin was a guest on Rubbin Minds yesterday Sunday March 30th where he opened up about his divorce.

When the host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, asked him if he was finally divorced, the father of two said he was 'working on it.'

Ebuka also took him up on rumours of violence and infidelity being the reason for his separation, Benjamin said it wasn't true.

What the Actor said below:
"A lot was misconstrued and I will not hold anyone responsible for it because everyone is entitled to their opinion and for me I believe that when you embark on a journey like that, it is something that, it requires the two people involved to have a certain form of understanding. Let me go a bit spiritual with you here, the Bible says can two work if they do not agree? So there should be some form of agreement. You guys should have this certain joint that kind of links you up together and if to an extent its not there and one feels that there is a need for you to like maybe, move on, lets be matured about this, let things go in a very calm and subtle manner. So that's basically it. I would say that (this is on a bid to being very particular of what I say) because that is how it was misconstrued. So for me that is what informed the decision and I would say because I am on national television that there was no form of violence. There was no report of infidelity. She is an amazing person, I give her that credit, I would always say that because I am not one who would talk down any human being" he said.

SSS confirms 21 deaths after failed jailbreak by Boko Haram men

SSS confirms 21 deaths after failed jailbreak by Boko Haram men
Marilyn Ogar, the spokesperson for the Department of State Security Services (SSS) said yesterday that 21 detained terrorists died during the attempted jailbreak at the Service's headquarters in Abuja on Sunday morning.

"Following our earlier releases, it has been established that eighteen (18) casualties were recorded, while two (2) Service personnel sustained serious injuries. Three (3) other detainees who sustained gunshot injuries during the incident have also died.

"Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the immediate and remote causes.

"We wish to state that the roads leading to the office were cordoned-off to prevent possible assistance from external collaborators. During this period, the precinct of the office and adjoining neighborhoods were thoroughly searched.

"We wish to restate our commitment to the safety of the people and the Nigerian nation at large.” Marilyn Ogar said in a further statement released yesterday.

Photos Of Charly Boy And President Jonathan On A Motorbike

Photos Of Charly Boy And President Jonathan On A Motorbike
 Pictures Of Charlie Boy Carrying GEJ On A Bike.

the pictures are not very clear. It was captured from a screen.

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Nigeria Forces West Africa to Decline Endorsement of EU Trade Deal

European Union
As the European Union at the weekend made another spirited effort to close the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with West Africa, Nigeria again threw a clog in the wheel and prevented its smaller West African neighbours from accepting  EU's terms of the agreement.

In a meeting that lasted for hours on yesterday, West African leaders failed to agree to open their economies to free trade with the EU as Nigeria forcefully voiced concerns and again making the decade-long talks end in deadlock.

Negotiations over the EPA stalled two years ago after countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) resisted lifting tariff barriers over fears they could crush nascent industries unable to cope with European imports.

However, an agreement in October to gradually implement a long-delayed West African customs union put a possible deal back on track as ECOWAS agreed to bring their rules into line with countries like Ghana and Ivory Coast which have EU free trade deals.

Quoting the final communiqué, Reuters  said while the summit endorsed an agreement in principle, some member states  particularly Nigeria, voiced concerns over technical issues.

The bloc set a two-month deadline to eliminate lingering areas of disagreement.

"We need to negotiate an EPA that is beneficial to our sub-region and will contribute to the prosperity of our people,"  Ghana's President John Mahama,  said.

who assumed the bloc's rotating chairmanship at the two-day summit.

"We can only do that united as a sub-region," he said.

Under the EPA, the European Union would immediately offer the 15-member ECOWAS and non-member state Mauritania full access to its markets. In return, ECOWAS would gradually open up 75 per cent of its markets - with their 300 million consumers - to Europe over a 20-year period.

Technical negotiations wrapped up last month with the European Union offering a 6.5 billion euro (5.37 billion pounds) package over the next five years to help ECOWAS shoulder the costs of integrating into the global economy.

ECOWAS includes members Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Niger and Togo.

Regional leaders were to finalise the deal at the meeting in the Ivorian capital of Yamoussoukro days before a summit between African nations and the EU in Brussels.

However, according to one official who was party to the talks, Nigeria voiced lingering concern over the potential negative impact of the deal on its industrial sector if certain products were allowed tariff-free entry into its market.

Failure to finalise a deal would have only a limited impact on most ECOWAS countries, which already benefit from full access to the E.U. market as low-income countries.

But Ivory Coast and Ghana, which send the bulk of their exports - including most of the world's cocoa - to Europe risk being hit hard as their interim bilateral deals expire.

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Woman gangR*ped by doctor, aide


A 40 year-old woman who was gang r*ped  three years ago finally steps forward file a complaint. The woman revealed that she was r*ped by the Doctor and some other men in Hauz Khas Area of South Delhi, India.

Via FirstPost:

Police have so far arrested one person, Vikas (40) who had allegedly r*ped her three years ago. As per the complaint, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon when Raj Narayan (40), whom the woman knew, took her to the Sai Temple area in Lodhi Colony to meet 75-year-old Relia, a doctor, for a security guard's job at a dispensary. "Then, the three left for Hauz Khas to meet 80-year-old Kishore Chand Narang at his residence, where Reila and Narayan allegedly took turns to rape her. Narang was present at the house at that time," said a police officer.

After the assault, they left her in front of AIIMS Trauma Centre around 5.30 pm, following which the woman approached the police. "We have registered a case after medical test confirmed rape," the officer added. The woman told police that Narayan, Reila, Narang and Vikas had gang-r*ped her about three years.

Police said efforts were on to nab the three other accused.

Why I got a 700k tattoo - Kelly Handsome

Kelly Handsome
When asked by the Nigerian Tribune why he got his first tattoo for $4000..He said:

"Well, obviously; but the tattoo is not really for fashion. What I have written on my body is an inspirational message.The one I got on my arm means ‘Work Hard Stay Humble’. I have another one on my chest which means ‘We built America"

Obesere Releases VCD Showcasing His R*pe Allegation, Puts Victim’s Photo On Cover

Obesere Releases VCD
Alleged r*pist Abass Akande, AKA Obesere has decided to exploit the r*pe allegation against him.

He has released a VCD  presenting his side of the story.

Papa Tosibe also featured a photograph of his accuser on the cover.

Photo : Nigerian lesbian asylum seeker says she faces death sentence if deported

Adejumoke Apata
46 year old Nigerian lesbian asylum seeker in the UK, Adejumoke Apata (pictured above), says she risks a death sentence if she is deported to Nigeria.

Ms Apata says she fled Nigeria in 2004 and claims that her girlfriend who refused to go with her, was brutally murdered by vigilantes in 2012.

Before she left Nigeria, Adejumoke said she was subjected to homophobic torture, persecution and a brutal arrest after she was exposed as a gay woman.

She claims she was also sentenced to death by stoning for being a lesbian.

Adejumoke, who is facing deportation, doesn't want to be deported and has started a campaign aimed at persuading people to sign a petition against her deportation.

"Returning to Nigeria is not an option for me, because as well as a death sentence hanging over me, I will face 14 years in prison due to the anti-gay law that was passed by the Nigerian Government in January 2014.

I want to remain in the UK in order to contribute positively to the society and support my girlfriend, who I am now engaged to," Adejumoke said in a YouTube video.

“Your Government Responsible For Rising Terrorism In North” – Adamawa Gov Murtala Nyako Replies President Jonathan

President Jonathan
The governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, yesterday, slammed President Goodluck Jonathan over his claim that the failure of Northern governors to provide basic education for their people was responsible for the spread of insurgency in the region.

Nyako, who described the President’s claim as unfortunate, insisted that it was the poor leadership exhibited by the Jonathan administration that had aided and abetted the rising spate of terrorism in the North.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on his part was more reserved, saying that the president may have been misquoted based on what he said were clear indications that the administration in Borno inherited the insurgency and had tackled it within the resources available to it.

Adamawa Gov Murtala Nyako
Jonathan had at a Peoples Democratic Party rally in Bauchi on Saturday spit fire, accusing the governors of not doing enough for their people and always blaming their misfortune on bad leadership exhibited by the centre. He noted that the failure on the part of the governors to cater for the basic education needs if the citizens was responsible for the insurgency that had engulfed the area.

Stoke boss Mark Hhughes praises Peter Odemwingie

Stoke boss Mark Hhughes praises Peter Odemwingie
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has praised Osaze Odemwingie after he scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

Odemwingie intercepted a cross field pass from Hull's Ahmed Elmohamady, before dashing forward and firing past the opponent's goalie to grab he only goal of the game.

"We have needed the threat in behind and Peter Odemwingie gives us that," Hughes said after the game.

"He ran through the middle and capitalised on the errant pass. He has hit the ground running and done well for us. Our intention was to get into the top half and we are in a good position now. We are going to try and go for it."

Hughes however gave credit to Hull for keeping his side at bay in the first half, but maintained that his team were the better side, and thus deserved the result on the day, having created better chances.

"We deserved the results, made the better chances but we didn't have the spark in the first half. That was a credit to Hull because they came and defended well.

"When we got the goal lead, we were quite comfortable. We have won four in five which is good at Premier League level."

North Korea exchanges artillery fire with South Korea across countries' disputed maritime border

Fire exchanged: South Korean army tanks (file picture)
North Korea has exchanged artillery fire with South Korea across the countries' disputed western maritime border.

Official in Seoul say South Korea returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.

YTN news television said shells appeared to have landed in the water north of one of the populated South Korean islands off the west coast of the peninsula.

Earlier today, North Korea announced it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area.

The area has previously been a flashpoint between the two countries.

In 2010, North Korean artillery fire killed four South Koreans on a border island.

Earlier that year, a South Korean warship sank near the disputed border with the loss of 46 lives.

Qatar accused of working 1,200 Nepalese to death in £39billion building bonanza for 2022 World Cup

Squalid: Workers in Qatar
 Qatar is accused of working 1,200 people to death in its £39billion building bonanza for the 2022 World Cup.

An investigation by the Mirror into the oil-rich Emirate revealed horrific and deadly exploitation of migrant workers, who are forced to live in squalor, drink salt water and get paid just 57p an hour.

Campaigners fear the death toll could reach 4,000 before the Finals kick off. One worker told us: “We are treated like slaves and our deaths are cheap.”

FIFA faces renewed pressure to show Qatar a World Cup red card following the exposure of mass deaths and vile exploitation of construction workers in the region.

A team of British trade union leaders and MPs warned that the 2022 tournament is being built “on the blood and misery of an army of slave labour”, after uncovering appalling abuse during a visit to the Gulf monarchy.

Qatar is accused of working 1,200 migrants to death since being awarded the World Cup in 2010 and campaigners have insisted the shocking death toll could reach 4,000 before a ball is even kicked in the Finals.

Speaking out: Nepalese former migrant worker Purna Bahadur Budathoki
 On a mission organised by Geneva-based Building and Woodworkers’ International, a global federation of construction unions, I witnessed and heard distressing evidence of systematic mistreatment on an industrial scale. Sneaking into squalid labour camp slums under the cover of darkness, frightened workers lured to Qatar with false promises of high salaries complained of persecution.

One Nepalese carpenter, paid the equivalent of just 95p an hour, said: “We’re treated like slaves. They don’t see us as human and our deaths are cheap. They have our passports so we cannot go home. We are trapped.”

Huge natural gas deposits fuel a £39billion building bonanza with the World Cup set to be the crowning glory of the desert nation’s development dash.

But the award of the tournament is wreathed in accusations of corruption and fears footballers will collapse in temperatures hitting as high as 50C in the summer. This led to calls that the Finals should be moved to winter but when one FIFA official hinted at this , the footballing body moved quickly to quash the rumour.

Gruelling: A worker uses a wheelbarrow to move cinder blocks on a construction site
For the neglected migrant workers, the scorching heat is just one of the crippling conditions they battle day in day out. Their pleas for midday breaks away from the blazing sun are widely ignored.

The Mirror investigation uncovered poor safety conditions resulting in high death rates. Workers, from countries like India and Nepal, are paid as little as 57p an hour – sometimes these wages go unpaid for months. They are physically beaten and have their passports confiscated by gangmasters.

In one camp in downtown Doha, the capital, I saw nine workers crammed into a tiny, cockroach-infested room. Just a few miles away I later watched the elite of Qatar – the richest country per head on earth – pull up outside a Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Ferraris and Rolls-Royces.

In the sprawling Al Khor labour camp about 35 miles North of Doha the workers, who asked not to be named, said they were herded onto buses for two-hour journeys to work.

In what is known as China Camp, the migrants – who have to use disgusting communal toilets – said they were also forced to drink salty water.

Steve Murphy, general secretary of Britain’s Ucatt construction union, told me: “I could cry for these lads. I’ll never forget what I saw in the labour camps.

“The RSPCA would be on to you if you kept dogs in the conditions these workers are forced to endure. They live in squalor and risk being killed or maimed at work. This slaughter will continue unless conditions improve and they are allowed freedom of association.”

Under the feudal kafala system of control operated in Qatar the imported 1.2 million migrant workers are effectively bonded labour, unable to leave jobs or the Emirate without permission of employers. Trade unions are banned while laws are routinely flouted.

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Update : Not less than 22 killed during gun battle at SSS headquarters

SSS
About 22 insurgents were feared killed during a the Sunday morning fierce shootout at the headquarters of the State Security Service, SSS, located less than 30 meters from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The insurgents were said to have been shot after they escaped from their cells and engaged the operatives in a fierce gun battle.

An authoritative security source told PREMIUM TIMES that trouble started when an operative went to feed one of the suspected insurgents in one of the cells in the maximum security facility.

Apparently careless, the source said, the operative failed to observe laid down security caution while trying to feed the inmate.

Ordinarily, he said operatives are not expected to enter cells to feed inmates, adding that the operative, who was caught off-guard, not only entered the cell, but also went in with his service pistol.

He said, “When he got into the cell, the suspected insurgent immediately disarmed the operative and shot him at point-blank range.

“From there, he started shooting other armed operatives inside the premises and freeing his fellow detainees, who also joined in fighting for their escape.”

The source said an alert was triggered within the highly fortified security facility and a full-scale hunt was declared to ensure that none of the insurgents running around free could make out to safety.

While the skirmishes lasted, the source said the insurgents, who had seized guns from some of the operatives within the premises put up a fierce resistance.

They were, however, crushed by the superior firepower of the military who were hurriedly deployed and surrounded the entire facility.

The source also said a number of operatives were killed and others injured during the early-morning gun battle.

In an earlier statement, the SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, confirmed that the gun battle began after a detainee disarmed an operative and tried to effect a jailbreak.

She stated, “At 0715 hours, the Service suspect handler went to the detention facility within the Headquarters to feed the suspects.

“One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff. His attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others.

“The gun shots attracted the attention of the military with which we have an understanding of mutual assistance in the event of any threat.

“The Army immediately deployed a team to reinforce our perimeter guards to forestall any external collaborators. The situation has since been brought under control.”

However, in a recent statement, Ms. Ogar confirmed that 18 insurgents were killed while three others sustained gunshot wounds.

Ms. Ogar did not disclose the number of SSS operatives who were either killed or injured during the attack.
But knowledgeable security sources told PREMIUM TIMES that the SSS narrative begs further questions because they seem “untrue and misleading”.

The sources frame their doubts around the presumed impenetrability of the DSS facility and headquarters; the unusually huge military intervention force; the quality of ordinance deployed; and the prolonged period of gun exchange.

“The truth is that a jailbreak is impossible in the SSS headquarters,” one of our sources said.”It has two fences and is highly fortified. And there is no way a man on handcuff could launch an attack vicious enough to disarm an operative.

“Also our people need to tell the world whether it was only one gun taken from the disarmed operative that the detainees used in engaging soldiers and SSS operatives in sustained gun battle for about three hours.

“If it is about subduing one man who attempted a jailbreak, why did we need truckloads of fully armed soldiers and deployment of Armoured Personnel Carriers, RPGs and other sophisticated weapons?

“Also, why did the exchange of fire last for so long? Why did we have to deploy helicopter gunships to hover around the villa and Yellow House (SSS headquarters).

“Nigerians should demand the truth. I can tell you that a more serious incident happened than our people are willing to admit and there is a serious attempt at cover-up.”

Some residents of the area also believe what happened could not have been just an attempted jailbreak.

“Whatever this is, it appears more serious than an attempted jailbreak claimed by the SSS,” former Minister Nasir El-Rufai, who live a few meters away from the SSS headquarters said. “May God Protect the innocent and destroy the murderers, kidnappers and planners of genocide, Amen.”

Another former minister, whose home neighboured the SSS headquarters, Femi Fani-Kayode said,”I live 50 metres away from the SSS headquarters and the Villa and what I witnessed with my eyes and heard this morning was a full scale battle.”

The entire vicinity of the presidential palace and the SSS headquarters has been cordoned off, making it impossible for journalists to do area assessment with a view to determining what actually happened.