Sunday, July 13, 2014

Emmanuel Ifeajuna: Commonwealth Games gold to facing a firing squad

The Nigerian high jumper was the first black African to win a gold medal but his remarkable story had a tragic end. He was tied to a stake and executed for treason. Read the story below written by former Sports Editor of the Observer, Brian Oliver... 
The first time Emmanuel Ifeajuna appeared before a crowd of thousands he did something no black African had ever done. He won a gold medal at an international sporting event. “Nigeria Creates World Sensation,” ran the headline in the
 West African Pilot after Ifeajuna’s record-breaking victory in the high jump at the 1954 Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. He was the pride not just of Nigeria but of a whole continent. 

An editorial asked: “Who among our people did not weep for sheer joy when Nigeria came uppermost, beating all whites and blacks together?” 

Harry Potter actor David Legeno found dead in California aged 50

Hikers found British actor, who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter films, in a remote area of Death Valley

British actor David Legeno, who appeared as a werewolf in the Harry Potter films, was found dead by hikers in a remote area of Death Valley, California police said on Friday.

The Inyo County sheriff’s office said the body of Legeno, 50, was found early on Sunday morning and a helicopter was used to transport it from the area.

Photos: Man allegedly nabbed with explosives at Awo Hall in OAU

Based on eyewitnesses, the person pictured above identified as Rasaki Adebayo was on Wednesday July 9th caught in the Awo Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in Osun state, trying to create explosives. He was caught using what appeared to be petrol combined with chemical. The students said he was attempting to blow up a block in the hall. The person was immediately arrested and remains in police custody. 

Death toll from Ukrainian shelling of miners' village near Donetsk rises to 12

The death toll from a Ukrainian attack on a miners’ village near the Trudovskaya coal mine in a suburb of Donetsk has risen to 12, the Donetsk city administration reports.

Earlier reports said that six people had been killed in the attack, which occurred on Saturday.
The Donetsk administration offered condolences to the victims’ families

Obanikoro To Aregbosola: Start Packing Your Bags Now

Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro at the weekend said the People's Democratic Party (PDP) would win back the South-west from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obanikoro, who made the declaration at a thank-you rally of the PDP's governor-elect in Ekiti State, Dr. Ayodele Fayose held at the Freedom Park, Ojota.

US ready to 'intensify' efforts to reach peaceful settlement in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko held telephone consultations with US Vice President Joseph Biden, Interfax cites the Ukrainian president's press service as saying.

"The talks dealt with intensive coordination between Ukraine and the United States, and with the European partners. Biden assured the Ukrainian president that the United States was prepared to intensify international efforts to forge a peaceful settlement," it said.
The US vice president conveyed his condolences to the Ukrainian people over combat losses, according to the press service

Amid spy scandal Kerry remains unfazed, calls US, Germany 'great friends'

US Secretary of State John Kerry, standing alongside Germany's foreign minister on Sunday, stressed the strategic importance of relations between the two countries, which have been battered by new allegations of US spying on Berlin.

"Let me emphasize the relationship between the United States and Germany is a strategic one," Kerry said in Vienna on the sidelines of nuclear talks with Iran. "We have enormous political cooperation and we are great friends."

Israel mobilizes 20,000 troops for possible ground attack along Gaza border

Israeli forces take up positions along the Gaza border, waiting for the green light for a possible ground offensive after six days of air strikes, reports Reuters. Israeli army tanks line up on the Gaza border Sunday. A ground war seems likely - especially in the wake of reports that Israeli commandos conducted an overnight raid on Gaza.

So far, at least 20,000 reservists have been mobilized.
But despite intensified Israeli military action, Islamist Hamas continued to launch rockets on Israeli cities. In the Israeli city of Ashkelon, one teenager was seriously wounded after being hit with shrapnel in the head and chest, reports Reuters.

Nigeria loses ₦376bn to pipeline vandalism

The Managing Director of Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), Prince Haruna Momoh, said Nigeria lost N376 billion between 2008 and 2013 to pipeline vandalism.
Momoh stated this on Saturday in Uyo at a capacity building workshop for energy correspondents.

'We are Ready to Expose all Northern Sponsors of Boko Haram' – Ex-Militant Leaders

Some Ex-militant leaders in #Ondo state under the third phase of Amnesty programme has pointed accussing fingers as some Northern leaders for being behind the spate of bombing and abduction perpetrated by the deadly terrorists group, Boko haram since 2011,

Speaking at the end of a state of the nation meeting by ex-warlords in the Niger-Delta struggle in Ore town, Odigbo council area of Ondo state at the weekend, the ex-agitators said they were ready to expose every Northern leader behind the Boko Haram sect.

APC calls for inquiry to unravel Boko Haram sponsors, modus operandi

by Vanguard
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into the activities of the terror group Boko Haram in order to unravel its modus operandi and sponsors as well as any individual or group that may have links with the insurgents, with a view to ending, once and for all, the debate over who is behind the insurgency and also to facilitate efforts to tackle it decisively
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the inquiry should include intelligence experts from the US, UK, France and Canada, as well as representatives of the UN and Nigeria’s neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Ukrainian army uses about 70 tanks in offensive on Lugansk - Donbass self-defense.

Ukrainian law enforcement units have assumed a large-scale offensive on Lugansk, the militia said.

"Fierce fighting is underway on the limits of Lugansk. The situation is not clear yet, but reports that the enemy deployed two compact armored groups of about 70 tanks in all, are being confirmed. Immediate unverified reports indicate that a special police task force was dropped on the city from helicopters," Vladislav Brig, spokesman for the Donbass militia, wrote on Facebook.
The offensive on Lugansk was launched from the southern and western directions, he said, Interfax reports.

Liberia: Nigeria Donates U.S.$500,000 to Liberia's Fight Against Ebola.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan has announced his country's donation of US$ 500,000 to the Government of Liberia to aid with the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.

Tinubu will relegate Yorubas to the ground with his greed.

Seyi Etaje wrote:
"After Ekiti elections I just started seeing Yorubas as very malicious people. Kilode. The abuse people from Ondo got is not as bad as what the people from Ekiti are getting. Contrary to what people are saying. It is not rice that made them change. It wasn't even Fayemi that was the problem. Fayemi is a good man in a wrong party. Apc lost their bearing a long time ago. Thanks to Tinubu. He has made nonsense of awolowos policies. Installing people here and there. Joining Gambari and the worst of all denying south west the number four position in Nigeria. what kind of bad belle politics is that. Then the southwest started shouting that they are marginalised. Who caused it? I loved Tinubu so much before. In my house I would argue with my dad who is biased because Jonathan is from south- south like him.

Happy Birthday To Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka Who Clocks 80years Today.

Eightieth birthday is a special occasion and ideal opportunity to tell Wole Soyinka the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, how much he means to us.

When people think of Wole Soyinka, it’s probably as the author of the powerful autobiographical work, The Man Died (1971), a collection of notes from prison.  But more than that, W.S. as fondly known in literary circles, is identified around the world as the recusant specialist who refused to submit to madmen that run and ruin Nigeria since independence in 1960. The rest of the story need not delay us.

Video Post: Dead young girl Wakes Up at Her Own Funeral

How I eliminated , Drained Teenager’s Blood For Money Ritual – Suspect

Muyideen Salaam, a 35 year-old apprentice at Aketegbo community in Seme, Badagry area of Lagos, gave this chilling confession of how he killed a 13 year-old boy, Rilwan Amuda, in his crave for materialism. 

The Ibadan-born suspect claimed he was tempted to opt for money ritual after his wife left with their two children when feeding became an uphill task for him.

Photos: Charms Found In Boko Haram Underground Arm Storage Facility In Balmo

 Nigerian army today claimed they have uncovered an underground arm storage facility during a take-over raid on Boko Haram camp inside Balmo forest in Borno state. The military also confirmed the arrest of a suspect. Other items recovered from the armory included charms, foodstuff, military uniforms. This was made known on Twitter today by Reuben Abati.
See more pics bellow..

Viewers discretion advised: Massive 110Kg Tumour Eliminated From Man Who Could Not Move For 2 decades

The world’s largest tumour have been removed from a body of a Chinese man in Beijing.

(Viewers discretion advised)

It took 9 doctors and 960 minutes (16 hours) of painstaking work to remove 110kg of unnecessary flesh. During the operation the unusual patient, Yang Jianbin, received 5000ml of blood, which is more than the entire amount an adult’s body holds.

Strong quake, minor tsunami hit Japan

A minor tsunami has hit large swaths of northeastern Japan, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s Pacific coast

There were no immediate reports of damage following the quake and tsunami early on Saturday, however, with authorities lifting all advisories roughly two hours later.

Much of the coastline covered by the advisories is still recovering from the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster that killed more than 18,000 people and triggered a meltdown at Fukushima.


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