Saturday, May 18, 2013

Te-rrorists (Re-bels) of the USA Execute 11 Syrian Soldiers (video)

VIDEO: Islamist Rebels Executing 11 Syrian Soldiers

A video published on Thursday showed fighters of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Syria executing 11 men they accused of taking part in massacres by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The film is believed to be from eastern Deir al-Zor province and dates from some time in 2012, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group.

The Observatory’s head, Rami Abdelrahman, said the Nusra Front has recently been releasing several videos of their past operations. He said the man seen executing the prisoners in the video – a Nusra commander – had been killed in March 2013 in battles with local tribes in the province.

Time for youths in Nigerian Leadership – Ifeanyi Fortune

The time is near for a change of leadership in Nigeria. A new era of fresh ideas eager the redesign the political landscape of our country. We cannot hide our appreciation to our fathers who set the foundation for our freedom. Which implies we owe them much in service and contributing our own quota in our own time. But to be realistic, their time is thinning to vacate the leadership of our country, Nigeria.

 Because every father prays for his son(s) to be greater than him and took over the baton of power when mature. You’ll agree with me that our fathers know that we have write our own destiny having watched them build till now. Yet I refuse to speculate that they’ve refuse to relinguish position of authority or have we not demanded our rightful responsibility to prove to them that we are now ready to lead.

Japan To Provide $2 Billion To Africa Resources Projects

Japan will provide $2 billion worth of financial support over five years to back Japanese firms’ resources development projects in Africa, media reported on Saturday. Japan’s Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi made the announcement at the Africa-Japan Ministerial Meeting for Resources Development held in Tokyo on Saturday, Japanese news agencies Kyodo and Jiji said. The financial support is to be channeled through state-run Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC), reports said.

A number of Japanese firms have been participating in resources projects in Africa, including Mitsui & Co’s (8031.T) LNG project in Mozambique and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp’s (5401.T) coking coal project also in Mozambique.

Ibinabo Fiberesima sets up foundation for families of accident victims

The actress and Actors Guild of Nigeria president was involved in a car accident in 2006 which led to the death of a medical doctor. She hit his car along the Lekki/Epe Expressway in Lagos. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment for manslaughter in 2009 but only spent a few months there. She came out of prison a completely changed woman, bidding farewell to alcohol, cigarettes and partying. The single mother of three who is now a born again Christian is setting up a foundation to cater for the welfare of families of accident victims. Ibinabo explains
“I do have a foundation which I’m setting up. In 2006, I had an accident and a medical doctor, Mr. Suraj Giwa died in the process. A lot of things went wrong, I was sent to jail because of the accident. It is quite painful, it’s taking me this long because I needed to find myself again. The foundation is going to be for the families of accident victims. I’m going to get people to talk to them and to heal their wounds. What I went through, I was healed by the grace of God.”

Ancient tree falls in Imo State, kills over 50 People

An ancient tree (believed by some to be a tree of the gods) fell on Thursday May 16th, killing over 50 people at Umudagu Mbieri, Mbaitoli in Imo State. The Osisi Ukwu Uko, which has been in existence for over 200 years, fell during heavy rainstorm around 8pm Thursday night, collapsing on buildings, people selling their wares and customers buying good in a market under the tree. Those who didn't die lost body parts and are being treated at the hospital.

People in the community had for many years called for the removal of the tree over safety concerns but the community elders refused to chop the tree down arguing that it was an  ancestral landmark.  Some people in the village are speculating that the gods occupying the tree were angry with the villages over something and decided to strike. Urm, OK! See more photos after the Break.

Jonathan approves appointment of 12 new judges for Industrial Court

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of 12 new Judges for the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NIC).
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Mr John Tergema, the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.  They judges are; Justices Edith Agbakoba, Anthonia Ubaka, Olufunke Anuwe, John Peters, Oyejoju Oyewumi, Kenneth Amadi, Peter Lifu, Rakiya Haastrup, Waziri Abali, Rabi Gwadu, Lawal Mani and Ebeye Isele.
The statement said the appointment was sequel to the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Police confirm attack on Katsina police station

Daura – Katsina State Police Command on Friday confirmed the death of five suspected gunmen who attacked two police stations and four banks on Thursday in Daura.
The Nigerian Army had earlier announced the death of three soldiers during the shooting.
Briefing newsmen in Daura, the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji, said one of the suspects was killed on Thursday night while the other four were trailed and killed on Mani-Dutsi road around 9.30 a.m. on Friday.

Army condemns use of fake military camouflage by Boko Haram members

The Nigerian Army on Friday in Abuja decried the rate at which the Boko Haram insurgents have been using fake military camouflage to attack civilians.  Maj.-Gen. Mobolaji Koleoso, the Chief of Civil Military Affairs of the Nigerian Army, said this while briefing newsmen on the security situation in the country.  He said the Army had observed with dismay the illegal possession and abuse of military camouflage by the Boko Haram insurgents.

 “This trend is indeed worrisome, hence the need to enlighten the public to be cautious and report suspicious persons using illegal camouflage, to relevant security agencies.  “A recent exchange of gun fire with the insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country which resulted in a large number of causalities on their side showed that the insurgents were dressed in fake military camouflage.
 “For the unsuspecting populace, these insurgents would have been misconstrued as soldiers of the Nigerian Army,’’ he added.

Anambra plans to shut down markets, companies over tax

The Anambra Government on Friday warned that it would shut down more markets and corporate organisations if their nonchalant attitude toward payment of their taxes did not change.
 The state’s Chairman, Internal Revenue Services, Mr Nwanne Ejikeme, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Awka.  Ejikeme said, “We are also in the process of charging those who have refused to pay their taxes.

 “Very soon you will see that it is not just markets that will be closed, but also business centres, chambers, banks and corporate organisations.   “Even residents, who refuse to pay their taxes will not be spared.”
 According to him, the public ought to know that governance is not free of charge.
 He said that many people were yet to realise that they had a contribution to make to the development of their states.

Court disbands My Pikin company, jails employees 28 years

A Federal High Court, Lagos has wound up Barewa Pharmaceutical Ltd, the manufacturer of My Pikin Baby Teething Mixture, which allegedly killed about 80 babies in 2008.
Justice Okechukwu Okeke, in his judgment on Friday, also sentenced two of company’s employees to a total of 28 years imprisonment.

Jonathan’s Aide Wants Dialogue With Boko Haram Sustained

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku has called for a continuation of dialogue with members of the Boko Haram sect despite the declaration of a State of Emergency in three northern states.
Mr Kuku said this while addressing past and present leaders of the National Association of Nigerians Students.
Recently, President Jonathan said the growing insecurity in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states had compelled him to declare a state of emergence, exercising his powers as enshrined in Section 305 Subsection 1 of the Nigerian Constitution.

3 soldiers, several gunmen killed in Daura attack – Army

Kaduna – The Nigerian Army on Friday confirmed that three soldiers were killed in an attack by gunmen in Daura, Katsina State.
Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, who disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna, said several of the attackers were also killed.
He said that the army and other security personnel had cordoned off three areas in the city and were conducting a house-to-house search “to fish out some of the wounded gunmen who forced their way into peoples’ homes’’’.
He also said that the army was coordinating with security agencies in Niger Republic as “80 to 90 per cent of these gun men are not Nigerians’’.

Mother Held Over ’5-Year-Old’ Frozen Babies

The mother of two baby boys whose bodies were found after five years in a freezer in the basement of the supermarket where she worked, has been detained Russian police detained, investigators said on Thursday. The Investigative Committee said the boys were born alive, but died shortly afterwards from exposure. Their mother had kept the bodies in her refrigerator before moving them to the supermarket where she worked in western Russia.
Local police said that the owners of the supermarket were being questioned. “It should be clarified why over the course of five years no one in the management of the shop did anything regarding the contents of the freezer,” Itar Tass quoted a police source as saying.

Lagos State Introduces ''MERRIMENT TAX'' For Every Party Celebration ( What Do You Think?)

Have you ever heard of merriment tax? Lagos State Government says residents of Lagos spend more than N1 billion on merriment and entertainment monthly.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, MrAdemorin Kuye, gave the figure at a news conference organised to mark Gov.Babatunde Fashola`s sixth year in office.

He said the figure was derived from a research recently conducted by the Ministry of Budgeting and Planning, which showed that the residents spent a lot of money on entertainment. Kuye lamented that the benefits of entertainment had not been fully tapped to boost revenue generation in terms of taxes. "There is merriment tax in the constitution, it is part of the rates local governments can collect. We have not fully utilised the benefit of the entertainment industry in this state. "Over N1 billion is spent monthly in Lagos state on entertainment, we have the records to confirm this and these people, how many of them pay tax?


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