Monday, September 15, 2014

War on Terror: Boko Haram ambushes soldiers in Kogi

About 850 soldiers shortlisted for a counter-terrorism course at the Nigerian Army Training Centre in Kontagora, Niger State narrowly escaped death when they were ambushed by suspected members of the outlawed Boko Haram islamist sect.

 Four of them were however seriously injured in the incident which took place at a location between Okene and Lokoja, Kogi State on Sunday night. A security source said on Monday that the soldiers were men of the 322 Artillery Battalion, and the Fourth Brigade Garrison, Ekeunwa, Benin in Edo State. The PUNCH learnt that the 850 soldiers were expected to give fillip to the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in Borno and Adamawa states on completion of the counter- insurgency course.

12 soldiers who attacked GOC sentenced to death

A military court sitting in Abuja on Monday found 13 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for mutiny and other offences guilty. Twelve of the convicted soldiers were sentenced to death, five were discharged and acquitted while the remaining one was jailed for 28 days with hard labour. The soldiers had on May 14, 2014 fired shots at the General Officer Commanding the newly created 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mohammmed, in Maiduguri.

The act is viewed in the military as mutiny. Those discharged are David Robert, Mohammed Sani, Iseh Ubong, Sebastine Gwaba and Naaman Samuel. Jeremiah Echocho was sentenced to 28 days with hard labour. Those who were sentenced to death are Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onuh, Yusuf Shuaibu, Igonmu Emmanuel, Andrew Ugbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukagba, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwuma, Alan Linus, and Stephen Clement.

Arms Smuggling Jet Caught With $10million In South Africa Linked To CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor

An investigation by SaharaReporters has revealed that a Nigerian private jet caught in Johannesburg with $10 million belongs to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Mr. Oritsejafor is also a close confidant of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The CAN leader’s private plane with US registration number N808HG was one of two jets cited by South African officials on September 5 Mr. Oritsejafor's jet arrived South Africa with $9.3 million cash loaded in several suitcases. News of the seizure of the cash broke over the weekend, triggering questions about the ownership of the jets and weapons they intended to purchase.

Boko Haram Sponsor: Hide your face in shame, Wole Soyinka Under Attack

Hide your face in shame; you should know CBN rules – Asu

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday came under attack for alleging that President Goodluck Jonathan knows the financier of Boko Haram in the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

A prominent human rights crusader and Niger Delta leader, Chief Asu Beks, who took up Prof Soyinka on the matter, asked him to hide his face in shame as he declared that more Nigerians are getting disappointed in the way the university teacher comments on critical national issues.
In an interview with Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the public affairs commentator said Nigeria does not need the ranting that emanate from sections of the country, especially as they affect President Jonathan.

Nigeria Police to Deploy sniffer dogs to help discover stuck victims at Synagogue Church crashed site.

 The Nigeria police say they'll be sending sniffer dogs to the collapsed Synagogue building site to greatly help seek out victims who're believed to be trapped beneath the rubble. By today, the death toll has risen up to 45 with 130 survivors.

Mayor of London: Fighting IS 'Overwhelmingly in Interest' of Muslims

Ekaterina Blinova - It is 'overwhelmingly in the interest' of Muslim states to organize a coalition aimed at destroying Islamic State (IS), while the US and Britain should avoid sending boots on the ground, claims Boris Johnson, a British Conservative Party politician and Mayor of London.

"As soon as we had Western troops in the theatre, there would be Western captives – and more beheadings, more horror on YouTube.

Simultaneous Strikes of Major Airlines to Cause Travel Chaos in Europe

Simultaneous pilot strikes of the two biggest European airlines, Air France and Lufthansa, may cause severe travel disruptions across Europe, as according to a statement, published on the Air France website, the company expects to operate less than half of its flights on Tuesday.


Prime Minister: Donetsk Republic Authorities to Consider Donbas Status Bill

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will study a bill on the special status of the eastern Ukrainian regions proposed by the country’s government and hopes that the measure will lead to peaceful settlement of the conflict, the DPR Deputy Prime Minister, Andrei Purgin said Monday. “We are waiting for the bill, will study it. Hope for peaceful settlement,” Purgin said. Earlier on Monday, the bill proposed by President Petro Poroshenko was submitted to the country’s parliament. The document in particular envisages holding local elections on November 9 and granting amnesty to independence fighters.

Prime Minister: Finland to Continue Nuclear Cooperation With Russia Despite Sanctions

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has stated that EU sanctions against Russia will not affect Finland's cooperation with Russia's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom on the building of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear plant, Finnish broadcaster Yle reports.

"I think nuclear power is still such a serious thing that it is not advisable to mix it with power politics," Stubb was quoted as saying by Yle on Sunday.

US-Led Army Exercise ‘Rapid Trident 2014’ Underway in Ukraine

Military personnel from 15 countries are participating in the annual US-led army exercises in Ukraine, which commenced Monday in the Lviv region, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry stated in a press release. 

“In the next two weeks, soldiers will have to deal with explosive packages, fuses, mines and other simulation explosives. Servicemen should be able to practice how to act during blasting, safe distances during mine clearance, which signals should be given,”

Avoid campaigns until 90days to election, INEC tells parties

Head, Voter Education and Publicity of INEC, FCT, Abuja, Mr Okezie Nwankwo, on Monday warned political parties to avoid campaigns until 90 days to the general elections. Nwankwo gave the warning during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. “Basically no political party is allowed to campaign publicly until it is 90 days to election,” he said.

300 drug addicts escape from rehab in Vietnam

Over 300 drug addicts escaped from a rehab centre in Vietnam, Hai Phong Provincial People’s Committee, said on Monday. The spokesman for Hai Phong Provincial People’s Committee, Pham Thu, said inmates broke out of the Social and Labour Rehabilitation Camp in Hai Phong City. However, hundreds of police were mobilised to maintain order.

Euronews Responds to Unfair Coverage Claims Over Putin Video

The Euronews editorial staff in a statement obtained by RIA Novosti Monday denied recent allegations of unfair coverage following a controversial video showing Ukrainian security forces firing at a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Euronews is constantly and vigorously providing facts without any judgment and in any case with respect. It was not our intention to offend any of the parties involved, but to serve our audiences everywhere with the bare facts of this report," the channel's editorial staff said.

Man Alleges Wrongful Deportation to Nigeria

A 35-year-old deportee from the United States of America, David Copperfield, has approached a Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking a declaration that he is not a Nigerian.

Copperfield who claimed to have no Nigerian affiliation whatsover said he was wrongly deported to Nigeria after being charged for burglary in America. He has approached the court seeking a declaration that the Nigerian Immigration Service erred when it received him into the country as a repatriated citizen on September 18, 2013. He is also demanding a sum of N10m as special and general damages against the defendants in his suit.

2 Nigerians & an Isreali arrested for smuggling $9.3m into South Africa

South African police are currently investigating two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen who tried to smuggle $9.3 million in cash into the country on September 5th.

According to South Africa's City Press newspaper, the money which was in bundles of unused $100 bills packed in three suitcase were transported in a small business jet, a bombadier Challenger 600 with a Nigerian crew and piloted by Captain Tunde Ojongbede.

Man arraigned in court for allegedly raping foreigner

A 34-year-old man, Fabian Anyanwu, who allegedly assaulted and raped a 22-year-old Cameroonian lady, on Monday appeared before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos today.

Anyanwu, a resident of 721 Road, D Close, Block 2, Festac Town, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge of assault and rape. The prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offences on August 15 at his residence. Continue...

Photo: Robber Meets his death while trying to steal from a transformer at Iju

This is a dead pic of a robber who got electrocuted while attempting to steal cable from the transformer just beside a home on Iju road by Lonlo bus stop. He apparently tried to steal the cable in the early hours of today when he got electrocuted and remained for this reason in that position until residents woke up this morning. Residents say they're looking forward to Government officials to come over and carry his dead body.

Nigerian man passes on after jumping off 3rd floor during drug raid in India

 A 35 year old Nigerian person known as Obyeka Anwanbukwa suspected to be involved in drugs peddling died on Saturday September 13th after jumping from the window of a 3rd floor flat from a higher rise (pictured above) during a drug raid in Akash Bhavan in the Bhaunagar section of Pimple Gurav in India

In accordance with reports, a shared team of India's Narcotic Control Bureau, NCB, and some police officers, stormed the apartment where in fact the deceased and his other Nigerian friends were staying around 8 on Saturday night and while being interrogated, Obyeka allegedly ran off and jumped from third floor of the building. He died of his injuries a couple of hours later.



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