Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nigeria, Brazil Sign Agreement to Boost Trade, Investment

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4) expects to expand oil production in Nigeria as the Rio de Janeiro-based company looks to strengthen its presence in Africa’s top oil producer.
“Petrobras has been producing oil in Nigeria for 14 years, and expects to increase production,” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said today during a speech in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. “Petrobras expects to establish an ever-stronger presence here in Nigeria.”

Oscar Pistorius' older brother also accused of killing a woman

Carl Pistorius (left), the older brother of the Blade Runner, accused of killing his girlfriend, is also facing a manslaughter charge. Carl is charged with culpable homicide over the accidental death of a woman in a car crash in 2010.
His lawyer Kenny Oldwage, who also represents Oscar Pistorius, confirmed the charges today. Carl Pistorius appeared in court just two days before his brother's bail hearing last week, according to the Daily Mail.

According to the BBC, police conducted tests on Carl Pistorius' blood at the time of the accident, and he was found not to have been drinking alcohol. 
Carl was initially accused of reckless or negligent driving, but the matter was later provisionally withdrawn. However, the charges were reinstated after the victim's family said they believed it was more than an accident. Carl Pistorius' trial is set to begin at the end of March. 

Oshiomhole Bans Edo Farmers From Paying Dubious Royalty To Igbinedion

Governor Adams Oshiomhole has stopped farmers currently farming in government reserved forest at Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State from paying N40m annual royalty to Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin kingdom.
It was gathered that the land was leased to Chief Igbinedion who later sublet to individual farmers for a certain amount of money.
Chief Igbinedion, father of the former Governor of the state, Lucky Igbinedion, is widely known for his flamboyance.
Locals say he actually regards himself as an authority in the ancient state.

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Mother Sentenced To 6 Years In Jail For Burying Her Only Child Alive

A Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, on Wednesday, sentenced an 18-year-old mother of one, Mrs Adeola Joseph, to six years imprisonment with hard labour for burying her only child alive for three days.

 Presiding Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, held that the convict did not deserve to be in the midst of human beings and looked unperturbed by her criminal action, saying that “the convict is callous and may not change from her devilish act.”

Share MC Hammer Arrested

Rapper MC Hammer launched a string of tweets Saturday with his side of the story two days after he was arrested in northern California for allegedly obstructing an officer.
Among his tweets, Hammer said, apparently referring to the arresting officer that he was asked whether he was on parole or probation before the man tried to pull him out of his vehicle Thursday night.
Police in Dublin, east of Oakland, said Hammer was in a vehicle with expired registration and he was not the registered owner.
"After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer's questions," police spokesman Herb Walters wrote Saturday evening in an e-mail to CNN.  Hammer -- a rap and dance icon in the late 1980s and 1990s -- was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer and obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties, according to police spokesman Herb Walters.

The incident occurred at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center. Hammer began his tweets Saturday with "chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said 'Are you on parole or probation?'"

"While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet," Hammer continued. "It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (MallCop) !!! But make no mistake he's dangerous."
Hammer, 50, was booked and released on bail from Santa Rita Jail, Walters said. A court date is next month, and police have until that time to decide on any charges.
No drugs or alcohol were suspected in the incident, police said.
In another tweet, Hammer, born Stanley Kirk Burrell, said, "only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge."
"I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!," wrote Hammer, later adding he thought of his arrest as "a teachable moment" and an "eye opener."
Hammer, who had a hit single in 1990 with "U Can't Touch This," has been enjoying a resurgence in his career and took the stage with "Gangnam Style" Korean performer Psy during the American Music Awards last November.
Hammer performed "Too Legit to Quit," which was released more than 20 years ago.

Niger Delta university student killed during cult initiation

The Bayelsa State police command yesterday announced the killing of a 200- level student of petro-chemical engineering of Niger Delta University, Amasoma, Mr. Tariebi Tyger, during a forceful initiation exercise by some unidentified cult group...

 According to the police, the 21 years old undergraduate was wooed by the cultists but he turned them down. He was later forcefully taken from his hostel and an initiation exercise done. The police public relations officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, told Edification sources that though the police had arrested persons suspected to have taken part in the murder, it gathered that the victim passed out during the heavy beating meted out during the initiation and died.

Most Nigerian billionaires are corrupt – Akinyemi

A former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, on Saturday said it was not possible for any Nigerian to be a billionaire without being corrupt. Akinyemi stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital while delivering the second term inauguration lecture of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The professor of International Relations and Diplomacy spoke on the topic, ‘Leadership, Democracy, and Development.’ He said at the event chaired by  a former Nigerian High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, that “being a billionaire in Nigeria today without corruption is impossible.”
Akinyemi said, “No one can be a billionaire in Nigeria today without being corrupt. If you are a businessman, you would have evaded tax or other levies like import duties with the active connivance of those in charge.

24 Year Old Woman Stabbed By Mother In Law In Nassarawa

Just because of photographs??? If your son loves a woman enough to marry her, you have to accept her.  Why does it seem like there is a reported case of domestic violence, often leading to death every day in the news? The trend is really disturbing. In the past week, there have been several reported cases of violence among couples, both married and unmarried. But this one has a different twist. 
A 24 year-old mother of two was was allegedly stabbed to death by her mother in-law on Wednesday evening at Angwar Baba area of New Nyanya, Nassarawa State. Daily Trust reports that the deceased, Esther Opara was stabbed by her mother-in-law after arguments over photographs. 


LONDON (AP) -- Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry and have children, Britain's most senior Catholic cleric said Friday.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who heads the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said the requirement for priestly celibacy is "not of divine origin" and could be reconsidered.
He told BBC Scotland that "the celibacy of the clergy, whether priests should marry - Jesus didn't say that."
He said that "many priests have found it very difficult to cope with celibacy," and while he had never considered marriage himself, "I would be very happy if others had the opportunity of considering whether or not they could or should get married."

School Teacher Slashes Throats Of Her 2 Children While They Slept

In rather mysterious circumstances, a middle aged woman in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Wednesday, slashed the throats of her four-year-old daughter, Nneoma and her two-year-old son, Godswill, with a machete, while the kids were asleep.
Narrating the incident, the elder brother to the father of the slain children, Mr. John Uchaji, described the incident as incredible, saying that it was a mystery why the woman who is a school teacher, could have killed her children without provocation.
He added that the father of the kids came to him midnight on the day of the incident to report what happened.

School Teacher Slashes Throats Of Her 2 Children While They Slept

In rather mysterious circumstances, a middle aged woman in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Wednesday, slashed the throats of her four-year-old daughter, Nneoma and her two-year-old son, Godswill, with a machete, while the kids were asleep.
Narrating the incident, the elder brother to the father of the slain children, Mr. John Uchaji, described the incident as incredible, saying that it was a mystery why the woman who is a school teacher, could have killed her children without provocation.
He added that the father of the kids came to him midnight on the day of the incident to report what happened.


JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The brother of Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge for a 2008 road death, compounding problems for the family after the double-amputee runner was charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Lawyer Kenny Oldwage said in a statement that Carl had been involved in a car accident `'in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life." He said that `'there is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be challenged in court."
Carl Pistorius was already in court last Thursday, as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing, and will appear again at the end of next month.

When Business Goes Awry: Woman Sells Niece For N250, 000

Certainly, Mrs Nkemdilim Ilomuanya is currently having sleepless nights as the business she did with her niece has gone awry.
Mrs. Ilumuanya allegedly sold her niece, Onyinyechi when she was just two years old to her friend, one Mrs Chinyere Nwangwu who lives at 279 Aba-Owerri road, Osisioma, Aba, Abia State at the sum of N250, 000.
Onyinyechi’s mother, 32-year-old Onuabuchi Omata, was said have a mental problem. She is an orphan though she has two male siblings, but they were too young to take care of Onyinyechi. Nkemdilim is their step sister.

Malawi Records 1000 HIV Infections Weekly

In Malawi, over ten percent of the population is HIV positive. The AIDS-ravaged country records an average of 1,000 new cases weekly, a top government official said on Saturday.
“It’s a great concern to us that despite efforts by government to prevent HIV and AIDS, the country continues to register about 1,000 new cases of HIV every week,” Edith Mkawa, a senior health ministry secretary in charge of nutrition, HIV and AIDS, told reporters.
“The number is very high. It is frustrating the fight against HIV pandemic,” she said.

pregnant mother killed by lightning on the day her child is supposed to be born

A 36-year-old pregnant Amish woman was picking berries in the woods near her home in Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children, in the morning.  All of a sudden the sky darkened and it started raining. Mary H. Yoder, who was nine months pregnant, took shelter under a pine tree while her husband and the children ducked under another tree.  Lightning struck her after a few minutes, killing Mary and her unborn child.

Police officer Steven Limani said that the tragedy happened to have been Mary’s due date.  This was supposed to be a very happy day for the Yoder family instead it turned into a very tragic day.

3 Nigerians Arrested In India For Possession Of White

Three Nigerians have been arrested in Mumbai, India by agents of the country’s Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC), after they recovered 100gms of cocaine on one of the Nigerians. On the streets, the drug is worth about $11,000.
During interrogation, the men identified themselves as Okoye Chukwansonso Emmanuel (32), Oddile Ezike Syril (31) and Wisdom Nwankwo (32).
The three stocky Nigerians did not easily surrender themselves to the police outside the Reay Road Rail Station, where they were arrested on suspicions of drug peddling.

Goodbye: Relocation of Ikeja Computer Village

As a follow up to the story on the relocation of Ikeja Computer Village, our correspondent, during a visit to Katangowa Market, along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, gathered that Katangowa is the proposed site where the Ikeja traders may be resettled. In terms of size, Katangowa is bigger than the Computer Village, as the market covers about 26 hectares of land with most of the traders dealing in second-hand clothes.
Katangowa shows a vivid picture of a disorganised setting. While the major entrance to the market from Lagos-Abeokuta expressway is almost taken over by street traders, a large portion of the market has been overtaken by refuse. During the visit, some of the items seen on display in the market in large quantities were clothes, bags, shoes, curtains, belts and other textile materials.

Photos: President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil's visit to Nigeria

Madam Dilma Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, paid a State visit to Nigeria from 22 - 23 February, 2013. See more photos after the Break...


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