Sunday, June 30, 2013

Father gets 40 years jail after allowing other men to rap-ё his boy




A man was arrested charged, and convicted after allowing numerous men to rap-e his little boy, according to court proceedings in Indiana. Jail cell illustration Now, the man has been sentenced to 40 years in jail after pleading guilty to child rap-e charges. The man, who was identified by police as an Australian native, was accused of using his little son for publishing online pornography. He has been sentenced in a U.S. court after authorities discovered child porn video streams being downloaded from his computer in Indiana. The 42-year-old, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges related to child exploitation. The Indiana judge said he accepted the plea agreement Friday because the crime was too horrible for a jury trial.

 Federal prosecutor Steve DeBrota said the defendant and his companion took the child to different countries and allowed other men to sexually abuse him. Prosecutors said that the crimes occurred in Australia, the U.S., France and Germany. During Friday’s hearing, the man told the judge he was sorry, and that he loved his son. The man has purchased the child for $8,000 in a foreign country and has used false adoption documents to adopt the child in the U.S. The sexual abuse occurred when the child was as young as 2-years-old. The judge also ordered the man to pay $400,000 in restitution to the abused boy.

I Have A Man I'm Enjoying But Marriage May Not Be For Me ––Actress Funke Adesiyan



Singer Waje is known for her daring outfits but it seems she revé-aled too much in a recently photo that was used on the cover of a magazine. See the photo below and decide if she é-xposed too much or not:


Jonathan Not A Weak President —Allison-Madueke



External factors and local impediments tried to scuttle President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition of repositioning the country in the first two years of his administration, a book edited by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke has stated.
In the book titled, “Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: Champion of Women,” the minister also said Jonathan was neither a weak nor indecisive president.
It said the psyche of Nigerians who held that view had been affected by long years of military rule that made them believe that leaders must be aggressive.
It added that with his consuming passion for the progress of the country, there was no doubt that the President was leading Nigeria to a good place.
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''I Have Had $-éx With 5 Different Men Since I Got Married 3 Years Ago, My Husband Has No Idea''



I know my story will lead people to attack me but I will appreciate any help I can get.

I got married to my loving husband in April 2010. Although at first, I was not really in love with him, but because I was growing older, and I could not find worthwhile man from my religion and tribe, my parents introduced me to him and pressured us into marriage.

Initially I had an affair, it absolutely was a mistake. I ran into my ex and we exchanged Blackberry pins. We chat all the time and at that time, I was not really happy in my marriage so I encouraged him. Right after, we started to hang out and started sleéping together. He eventually moved from Lagos to Abuja so that ended our affair.

Since that time, I experienced several flings with four more men including my friend's husband. I currently have two children with my husband but Personally i think unsatisfied.

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Just In: Former Super Eagles star, Thompson Oliha, Is dead ( R.I.P.)



Former Super Eagles midfielder, Thompson Oliha, is dead. Oliha who was born in October 1968 in Benin City, Nigeria, died in the early hours of Sunday.
Until his death, Oliha was one of the coaches at the Kwara State Football Academy in Ilorin. Sam Elijah, former teammate and colleague at Kwara Academy, confirmed Oliha’s death to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone chat.
A retired Nigerian midfielder, Oliha played for clubs in Africa and Europe during a career marred by injury. He played for Bendel Insurance (1985-1987), Iwuanyanwu Nationale (1988-1991), Africa Sports (1992-1993), Maccabi Ironi Ashdod F.C. (1993-1994) and Antalyaspor (1994-1995).
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tragedy: Masquerade 'Accidentally' Stabs Innocent Man To Death



Enugu Police Arrest Masquerade for Alleged Murder
The police in Enugu on Friday arrested a masquerade for allegedly stabbing a 60-year-old man, Emma Nnamani, to death.

The Public Relations Officer of the state command, Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that the masquerade allegedly stabbed the man on Thursday.

He said investigations had shown that the masquerade was worn by one Chinedu Iyioke of Umuofiagu Ukehe in Igboetiti Local Government Area.

“Emma Nnamani was stabbed in his lower abdomen for a yet to be identified reason,” Mr. Amaraizu said.

5 Habits That Produce Extraordinary Relationships




Some may be questioning whether or not it is actually possible to experience an extraordinary relationship. I believe it is. We already know good ones exist and there are even some really great partnerships. But, how many of us strive for extraordinary? I would never deceive anyone into believing it’s a breeze to obtain. I will, however, challenge everyone reading this to understand whatever we put time, energy and effort into will eventually become remarkable.
If an exceptional marriage or relationship is what you’re after, explore these 5 habits to assist you in getting there:
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Snowden’s revelations just tip of NSA spy scandal iceberg



Like Julian Assange, Edward Snowden is a media-trumpeted whistleblower hero. Like Assange, Snowden has striking, TV-star good looks. Like Assange, Snowden is involved in a dramatic TV-style chase across countries and continents.


It's almost like Assange and Snowden are starring in their own reality-TV shows. 

With all the hoopla about Snowden (and before him, Assange), it's easy to forget all of the other whistleblowers who have revealed even more explosive information. 

Consider two other NSA whistleblowers: Russ Tice and James Bamford. 

Russ Tice is a former NSA intelligence analyst who has also worked for the US Air Force, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was a real US intelligence insider, many pay grades above rookie contractor Edward Snowden. 
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Bloomberg plays hoax against Obama




A bizarre Bloomberg story, citing what was represented to be one of the biggest intelligence leaks in US history, hit during the G8 conference and the critical meetings between US President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.


The purpose of the story by Bloomberg News, now exposed as a hoax, was to hamstring and humiliate President Obama in his meetings with Putin and show American weakness and indecision on Syria, not just that but demonstrate American recklessness and disregard for international law.

US intelligence officials tell us they see a strong pattern of “planted” news stories, and phony “leaks,” all meant to sell a “war of deception” they say is part of an hostile operation against the US by a foreign intelligence agency. 

Lavrov responds 

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Brzezinski: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, their western allies orchestrated Syria crisis - former US national security adviser



The former US national security adviser says the ongoing crisis in Syria has been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and their western allies.

“In late 2011 there are outbreaks in Syria produced by a drought and abetted by two well-known autocracies in the Middle East: Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” Zbigniew Brzezinski said in an interview withThe National Interest on June 24.

He added that US President Barack Obama also supported the unrest in Syria and suddenly announced that President Bashar al-Assad “has to go -- without, apparently, any real preparation for making that happen.” 

“Then in the spring of 2012, the election year here, the CIA under General Petraeus, according to The New York Times of March 24th of this year, a very revealing article, mounts a large-scale effort to assist the Qataris and the Saudis and link them somehow with the Turks in that effort,” said Brzezinski, who was former White House national security adviser under Jimmy Carter and now a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior research professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. 
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£3000 Visa Bond: UK Will Be The Bigger Loser - Abike Dabiri




The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has claimed that the United Kingdom will pay dearly if its conservative government goes ahead with the planned 3,000 Pounds visa bond that will be required by some travelers from Nigeria.


Mrs Dabiri-Erewa while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily demanded that a policy of reciprocity by the federal government on all British travelers to Nigeria, adding that they should “even be made to pay a lot more.”

According to the lawmaker, some level of politics is involved in this policy as she claimed the ruling Tory party which seeks re-election, might be using the immigration policy to drive up sentiments ahead of the polls to help, “but it’s probably going to hurt them more” she warned.

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OMG!! Benin Criminals: Man Rap-éd Housewife, Inserted Bottle In Her Priva-té Part



Last Monday June 24, 2013, Benin City residents woke up without knowing that a hang man was in town to snuff life out of four death row prisoners: Chima Ejiofor, Daniel Nsofor, Osarerenmwenda Aigbonkhan and Richard Igagu.

Their journey to death began on 26th September 2012, when Governor Adams Oshiomhole signed the death warrants of two of the convicted criminals, Daniel Nsofor and Aigbonkhia; while former Governor Lucky Igbinedion signed that of two others.
The prison where in actuality the gallows was situated is along the busy Sapele Road and while the environmental surroundings may look peaceful, on that fateful day, the prison wardens and the hang man were busy organizing the execution of the convicts.
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22 million sign anti-Morsi petition - Egypt opposition



More than 22 million people have signed a petition in Egypt demanding the departure of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a snap election, the opposition Tamarod (Arabic for rebellion) group said on Saturday.

"Our petition has gathered 22,134,465 signatures," Tamarod spokesman Mahmud Badr told journalists on the eve of Sunday's first anniversary of Morsi's inauguration when it has called for nationwide protests.
This figure is higher than the number of people who voted for Morsi in last year's presidential election -- 13.23 million, or 51.7 percent of the ballots cast.
Previously, Tamarod said 15 million people in Egypt had signed the petition demanding that the president step aside.

Several killed at rival rallies across Egypt





Egyptian opposition supporters shout slogans during a demonstration against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's landmark Liberation Square on June 29, 2013.


Several people, including one US citizen, have been killed in the ongoing violent clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi across Egypt.


The casualties come as both pro-and anti-Morsi demonstrators staged mass rallies across the North African country on Friday evening. 

Local security officials say the American was stabbed to death in Egypt's second city of Alexandria. 

The United States is warning its citizens against travels to Egypt and has also asked its non-emergency diplomatic staff to leave the volatile country. 

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Obama arrives in Pretoria, protesters burn US flags





Hundreds of people have held a demonstration in the South African executive capital Pretoria to protest against Washington’s “oppressive” policies on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama to the African country.


On Friday, about 1,000 trade unionists, Muslim activists and South African Communist Party members gathered just few blocks away from the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela is critically ill. 

The protesters marched towards the US Embassy, shouting slogans denouncing Obama’s foreign policy as "arrogant and oppressive". They also burnt US flags. 

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U.S. NSA & British GCHQ: George Galloway warns viewers against UK-US spy operations



British MP and founder of the Respect party George Galloway has warned public viewers against the illegal UK-US spy operations.


On Press TV’s weekly political program Comment, Galloway informed viewers that many of them are unaware of their emails, phones and text messages being bugged, adding that even those who don’t express any political views could be snooped by the government agencies. 

“The National Security Agency (NSA) in the US and the British security service based at the GCHQ in Cheltenham have a record of everything, and I mean everything that you have ever looked at, ever searched for, ever read on the internet”, Galloway said. 

He then compared the UK and United states’ illegal spy operations to having a state television camera in every room of people’s homes, cars and offices. 

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South African police fire stun grenades at anti-Obama protesters



Police fired stun grenades on Saturday at hundreds of protesters rallying against President Barack Obama's visit to South Africa, an AFP correspondent said.

At least three bangs were heard as police tried to move the demonstrators away from a university campus where Obama is expected to hold a town hall event later in the day.


Do This One Thing To Improve Your $-éx Life



Experts have claimed that a good laugh can boost your s-éx life and help you live longer. 
Psychologist Stephanie Davies said that it's also the key to looking young and losing weight. 

Her book 'Laughology: Improve Your Life With The Science Of Laughter' is out on June 27 and reveals the many ways in which laughter can improve your life, the Sun reported. 

There is nothing s-éxier than someone who can make you laugh. Why do you think Russell Brand has ladies queuing up to become his next conquest? 

But laughter and humour are much more than aphrodisiacs. Studies have shown that they have a profound effect on our brains and bodies. 

They can make us healthier, they can help us make better decisions and they can help us cope with challenges. 

No self-respecting govt will allow new UK visa policy – Onyeka



EDDIE ONYEKA Esq., is the founding Partner of  HARVARD CHAMBERS, with offices in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and the United Kingdom. He is reputed to be the pioneer and foremost immigration attorney in Nigeria.
HARVARD CHAMBERS has been involved in the practice of immigration for over 15 years and has a long line of clients for whom it handles immigration appeals and applications, particularly before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal in the UK.

What is your take on the United Kingdom 3000- pound visa bond?

I want to say that over the years the entire immigration policy of the UK has been undergoing a lot of changes in such ways that even those who are abreast of the UK immigration laws and rules find it difficult to keep pace with the changes that come out all the time. Now, this proposal to charge 3000 pounds is a continuation of the process the present government introduced since they assumed office. Before now there were a lot of changes and some were worse than this. My take is that it is illegal and discriminatory.
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Fitch downgrades BRICS: An attempt to discredit the emerging markets and scare investors away from BRICS countries.



Firtch has cut its outlook on all BRICS countries and predicts a downturn for the emerging economies. At once, the agency's analysts feel that American and European economies have recovered from recession and will become growing.
In a study note sent to the press, Fitch explained the rationale behind the outlook cut:
“Many of the biggest emerging markets are experiencing strains from spillovers from advanced economies and China, difficult policy tradeoffs, a declining impact from credit growth and structural bottlenecks.”
There are several problems with this forecast.

First and foremost, Fitch has lost its credibility following a big amount of securities rated “triple A” by this agency went to zero throughout the financial crisis. Therefore, any rating distributed by Fitch should be taken with a grain of salt. 
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Politicians Deepen Ties Through Marriage

28 June, 2013

Politics

Marriage, to numerous people, stands for different things. Just as some still find it the union of man and woman in wedlock, others believe it goes beyond joining two consenting adults together. This is why such people, when it comes to celebrating the joint union, always wish to leave a record to prove that their celebration was the most effective ever.

But in spite of the fact that “the best-ever wedding in town” doesn't exist, most are falling over one another to make sure theirs is the talk of the town. On such occasions, friends, families, relatives and, quite often, strangers arrive at wish the couple well and get refreshed with whatever the couples have the ability to provide. It requires people years, months or days to prepare for their wedding, each with respect to the circumstance.
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WSNE in Osun State: Another Mother Abandons Infant in Hospital again!!!



Mother Abandons Infant in HospitalHealth workers and patients at the Osun State General Hospital, Osogbo were left confused on Friday each time a nursing mother, Mrs. Grace Adipe, allegedly abandoned her three-day-old baby in the hospital.

A medical facility community was astonished as the news headlines of the abandonment spread.

A woman, Adijat Bamijoko, told NAN that she was in a healthcare facility to aid an individual when the incident occurred on Thursday, and wondered “how a nursing mother could abandon her child.

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Couple Fall To Their Death After Window They Were Having S-ex Against Broke





A couple in China fell to their deaths when a window they were having s-ex against gave way, say reports. Eyewitnesses said the glass pane, made of poor quality, shattered and the couple fell out of the building, holding each other tight.
 Shocking photos in China show the couple on the ground under sheets. 
Blood is splattered near their bodies on the pavement while medical staff and police officers can also be seen examining the scene.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lagos Threatens To Impose Similar Barriers To Britons Entering Nigeria





Lagos has threatened to impose similar barriers to Britons entering Nigeria, should it be enforced, according to the Financial Times of London. Britain’s proposal for a migrant bond has been dismissed by Nigeria as a “blunt instrument” that will damage commercial ties.

A pilot scheme, announced over the weekend by Theresa May, the UK home secretary, would levy a £3,000 bond on short-term visitors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ghana, as part of Conservative efforts to bring down UK net migration to 100,000 by the next election.

Beautiful Girl Dies After Sleeping With Alhaji And His Monkey



Cynthia, as we gathered, was picked up by an Alhaji, and after they had fun, he took her to his guest house, and gave her $2000 to suck and sleep with his monkey. She refused at first but after looking at the money again, she concurred.  After the ordeal the alhaji went to drop her and drove off and few hours later she started complaining of stomach ache, she thought it was a normal thing, but from the few things we gathered from the source, fews hours later, maggots started coming out from her private parts; her friend tried to rush her to the hospital but it was too late.She died before they could do anything.
‘It is true the poverty level of the country is driving everyone mad, but Nigerian ladies need to be careful with some extremities in their search for a means of livelihood’.  So much information wasn’t released concerning the lady, and it’s very understandable judging by the circumstances surrounding her death. Prayer is for her to find rest, even in death

Nigeria not apologetic on same s-ex marriage stance, to defend execution of Edo four before UN




WorldStage Newsonline--  The Federal Government of Nigeria on Friday defended the recent execution of four convicts in Edo State, the first since 2006, and indicated that it would not be apologetic on its stance on same s-ex marriage. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru said at a Consultative Forum on the forthcoming review of human rights in Nigeria under the UN Universal Period Review (UPR) in Abuja, that executions in Edo would likely come up when the country appears before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in October for a periodic review of its human rights.

Condemnations had trailed the June 24 execution of four convicts in Edo State as the UK Government, UN and the EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton among others said it negated recent commitment repeatedly made by Nigerian officials  to maintain the de facto moratorium on executions. However, Ashiru told journalists that the execution would not act as an impediment to “’tremendous improvements” by government on human rights issues in the country, saying those accusing Nigeria of human rights violations should remember that the criminal code was inherited from the ‘colonial powers. He noted that in Nigeria, State Governments are autonomous and for the execution in Edo, Gov. Adams Oshiomole acted within the confines of the law.
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Political Critic Junaid Muhammad Blasts Illiterate Patience Jonathan over the recent crisis in PDP



Popular political critic, Junaid Mohammad has shown concern over the recent crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) warning that they are soon going to cause a major security crisis in Rivers State. In a today’s press release in Kano, Dr. Muhammad said Rivers “coming to the limelight because of the irresponsible, unconstitutional and bizarre, illiterate actions, of the so called first lady Mrs. Patience Jonathan, who hails from the island village of Okrika in Rivers State and who sees not only Okrika but the whole of Rivers States, as her personal domain to exploit, abuse and destabilize as she sees fit because her husband Jonathan happens to be the president.” 

He also noted that the constitution has no place for the post of the First Lady and confers no rights, privileges or responsibilities on the wife of our leaders “It is therefore illegal and completely ultra vires the constitution for any citizen, president or his spouse to usurp executive powers, and go about throwing their weight, as if they were legally recognized holders of such offices according to the law,” he warned. “ As at the time of writing, the commissioner of police in Rivers, his command structure and other security services are at the command of Patience Jonathan, and by her and presidential orders, most security facilities due governor, the speaker and others so entitled, have been withdrawn. Mean-while professional thugs and all manner of criminals are being recruited and pressed into service to destabilize the elected government of Rivers State.”

Traders Grumble as Tinubu’s Daughter Succeeds Grandmother. #What Do You Think?



It was a shock they never prepared for. Gathering at the home of their late leader, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, who until her death on June 14 at the age of 97, was the President-General, Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men, majority of them had only come to mourn their leader, for whom the family was holding the eighth-day fidau, a religious ritual for departed Muslims.

Like so many dignitaries and others from different spectrums of the society, who had converged on the late Mogaji’s Alausa, Ikeja home to take part in the eighth-day remembrance prayers for the deceased, the least the traders had expected was that on that Sunday, they would get a new leader.
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Full Update: The US Army restricted access to parts of The Guardian newspaper’s website



The US Army confirmed on Thursday that access to The Guardian newspaper’s website has been filtered and restricted. Gordon Van Vleet, spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email to the Monterey Herald that the Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks."

The Guardian's website has posted classified information regarding the NSA's surveillance activities, including PRISM, the massive domestic spying program that has Internet companies collude with military intelligence to keep tabs on Americans' online habits.
According to staff at the Presidio of Monterey, a military installation in California, employees told the Herald that they were able to access the paper’s US site, www.guardiannews.com, but were prevented from accessing articles on the NSA that redirected to the British site.
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Lawlessness: Provision of weapons to Syrian opposition by West contradicts Geneva 2 policies - Lavrov



The Western activities aimed at providing weapons to the Syrian opposition means that the West supports opposition activists' condition that the balance of power should be restored in the world before Geneva 2 is held.

"The activities aimed at providing weapons to the opposition, which have recently intensified, only means that the precondition [set by the opposition to restore the balance of power on the battle ground] is supported by the West and other countries which are going to supply such weapons, this contradicting the very concept of the conference, which is to begin without any preconditions," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference following his negotiations with his Moroccan counterpart.

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US lawmaker calls on FBI to take down ‘racist’ anti-terrorism ads



After numerous complaints the FBI has decided to hals its anti-terrorism ads campaign in Seattle. Critics say the FBI’s “Faces of Global Terrorism” ads on billboards and buses people have to observe every day create the stereotype that terrorists are exclusively people with brown skin or Muslims.

The “Faces of Global Terrorism” ads featured 16 men wanted around the globe for terrorist activities.
Rep. Jim McDermott, a Washington Democrat, called the ads “racist” and demanded they should be pulled. “You look at the pictures, they’re all one color of folks,” he said as cited by The Washington Times.
According to the lawmaker, “terrorist come in all shapes and skin”. In McDermott’s opinion, it is wrong that an image of a person with brown skin pops up in one’s mind, whenever one speaks about terrorists.

Inhuman: Baby Girl dumped Inside Public Waste Tank In Lagos





Wonders shall never seize to take place in our dear
Nigeria. As a blogger and news aficionado i won't
visit a crowd gathered without trying to understand
WHY?
Moving closer to the scene, only to have reports
that it was a case of an abandoned baby. Quickly
i introduced my iPhone hoping to have firsthand
images of a live baby, and then i realized the
baby was shot-putted in to the huge road side
public waste tank along Ace Bentley on (Lagos-
Badagry Expressway)

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Robbers Strike 5 Days After Informing Residents



Armed robbers who wrote residents of New Oko Oba last Friday telling them to prepare for their visit carried out their threat five days later when they struck early on Wednesday morning 26 June, 2013, at Church Street, off Olaniyi Street, New Oko-Oba Lagos state, southwest Nigeria.


In the said letter, the robbers allegedly told the residents to prepare for their visit as they were coming for money, gold or blood.

After receiving the letter, the residents alerted the police and the Divisional Police Officer  (DPO), Adeyemi Adebowale, summoned an emergency meeting with members of the  Community Development Association (CDA) in his office to assure the residents of adequate security protection in the area.
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Detained Boko Haram Suspects Plead For Second Chance, Say They Were Brainwashed



Over 50 detained members of the Boko Haram sect have appealed to Federal Government to offer them another chance as these were ‘brain washed'into picking up arms contrary to the Nigerian state and its citizens.
The sect members made the appeal once the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the North visited one of many detention centres in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Tuesday.
According to one of many detainees Adam Konto, who introduced himself to the chairman of the committee, Kabir Turaki since the Amir (Commander) of the Bayan quarters, among Boko Haram's strongholds in Maiduguri, the detained members if released, is going to be law abiding and assist the FG in bringing the deadly insurgence to an end.
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Why Governor Amaechi Was Stopped By Jonathan's Bodyguard From Greeting Him



The Presidency on Thursday defended the prevention of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State from exchanging pleasantries with President Goodluck Jonathan by a security operative during dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
It said the  incident was purely a security issue that should not be politicised,especially by opposition political parties.
The governor, who was sitting two tables away from the President, had risen to greet him but the security  operative attached to the President stopped him halfway.
 In order not to create a scene at the event that had nearly all his colleagues and two  heads of government (Joyce Banda of Malawi and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia) in attendance, Amaechi quietly returned to his seat and waited for  about five minutes before leaving the venue.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Snowden, Obama, Ecuador Updates: Russia did not invite Snowden, Obama will not intercept plane



Russia did not invite Edward Snowden onto Russian territory. This was announced on Thursday by the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. Former CIA officer and NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the details of secret U.S. intelligence spying programs, fled from the U.S. to Hong Kong, and on June 23, flew to Moscow intending to move onward to Havana.

Currently he is in the transit area of Sheremetyevo international airport, pending a decision by Ecuador from which he has asked for political asylum.
Kislyak does not believe that the problem of Snowden, who did not cross the border into Russia, could complicate relations between Moscow and Washington.
Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama said he "would not use fighter jets to intercept the plane with Snowden, wherever he was going."
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U.S. Senate passes immigration bill, 11 million foreigners on a path to American citizenship.




The U.S. Senate, after a decade of trying and failing, on Thursday passed a wide-ranging immigration bill that would put 11 million foreigners now living illegally in the United States on a path to American citizenship.

The U.S. Senate's vote passing a broad immigration reform bill fell two votes short of what some of its main backers had said was necessary to pressure the House of Representatives to act.
The Senate voted 68-32 for the bill, giving more than two-thirds support in the 100-member chamber. Earlier, backers said they were pushing to get 70 votes to help sway the more conservative House to consider it.

Nelson Mandela is on life support Machine



Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is on life support, unable to breathe on his own, an elder in the South African icon’s clan said Wednesday, all but extinguishing hopes for his recovery.

“Yes, he is using machines to breathe,” Napilisi Mandela told AFP after visiting the much-loved 94 year old’s bedside in Pretoria. “It is bad, but what can we do.”

Just how bad becomes clearer by the hour. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a visit planned to neighbouring Mozambique after visting Mandela’s Pretoria hospital.
 
It is the first time Zuma has scrapped an engagement since Mandela was hospitalised nearly three weeks ago.

Tsarnaev indicted on 30 counts, including using weapon of mass destruction



A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday. Tsarnaev was charged with using weapons of mass destruction, among other charges.

The double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 killed three people and injured at least 264.  Police took Tsarnaev into custody on April 19 after finding him hiding in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home.  The other bombing suspect, his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died after a gunfight with authorities hours before his brother's arrest. After much secrecy and protest, Tamerlan was buried in a rural Virginia cemetery.

FG recovers £22.5m stolen assets abroad – Adoke




Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, said on Thursday that his ministry had recovered more than twenty million pounds allegedly stolen from Nigeria’s coffers.
Adoke, who said this at the 2013 Ministerial Platform in Abuja, noted that the money was recovered from one Raj Arjandes Bhojwani, an Indian national and associate of late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
He said that the assets were recovered in 2011, adding that the ministry was able to recover and repatriate the money following its negotiations with the Island of Jersey.

“During the period under review, the ministry intensified its efforts to trace and repatriate Nigeria’s stolen assets abroad.  “In this connection, we have maintained effective liaison and communication with targeted jurisdictions to keep pace with assets recovery proceedings in those jurisdictions.
“In 2011, our close liaison and negotiation with the Island of Jersey led to the recovery and repatriation of the sum of £22.5 million confiscated by the Royal Court of Jersey from Raj Arjandes Bhojwani, an Indian national and associate of General Sani Abacha on account of his money laundering transactions from Nigeria.“

UK visa bond: Nigeria’ll reciprocate – Sen Nwagwu



Senator Matthew Nwagwu (PDP Imo North), chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, is not happy with the proposed UK visa bond policy which seeks to compel visitors from some countries, including Nigeria to deposit to UK immigration authority, the sum of 3,000 pounds which they would forfeit if they overstay their visits. In this interview, he said Nigeria would pay UK in her own coins at the appropriate time.  What is the position of the Senate on the proposed United Kingdom policy that seeks to force visitors to UK to deposit 3,000 pounds to their immigration authority?

But as a Nigerian, I have to say that any government including the UK government has the right to make a law that will protect its interest. So it’s left to Nigeria also to make the law that will protect Nigerian citizens’ interests also. When they inform us officially on this policy, we will sit down to study it and then respond to them officially. We will not accept it if Nigeria is branded among the countries they are targeting and we will respond to them in that order. That is what we call reciprocity. If the policy comes into effect, it’s left to Nigerians also to begin to find alternative travel destinations.

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