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41  Forum / Politics / Senate confirms ambassador who failed anthem test on: 17-03-2011 10:05 AM
The Senate has confirmed the ambassadorial appointment of Ijeoma Bristol, who could not recite the national anthem when she appeared before it a fortnight ago, on compassionate grounds.

Mrs Bristol, from Anambra State, had failed to impress the senate committee on foreign affairs at a screening of ambassadorial nominees. She was not able to recite both the national anthem and the pledge. She could also not say the capital of Jigawa State.

“She demonstrated fair knowledge of the job and what is required of her as an ambassador... but was not knowledgeable on specific and general issues concerning the diplomatic concerns of Nigeria,” Jubril Aminu (PDP Adamawa State), head of the senate committee on foreign affairs, said in his report to the senate.

“She was nervous during the interview,” Grace Bent, another member of the foreign affairs committee added.

Despite her shortcomings, the senate’s foreign affairs committee recommended that she should be approved for the job “so that she will retire as an ambassador”.

Mr. Aminu told the senate that even though he was personally against Mrs Bristol’s approval for the job and had advised that she go and learn about Nigeria first, majority of the committee members were lobbied to approve her.

“I was in the minority,” he said.

He said that in solidarity with the wish of his committee members the nominee should be approved with “benefit of the doubt” because she is a career diplomat and next in line for the position.

The stance of the committee divided the senate with many arguing that Mrs Bristol should be dropped. The opposing senators argued that competence, intelligence and courage should not be sacrificed for age or affection.

“We cannot continue to allow mediocrity,” Olorunmibe Mamora (ACN Lagos State) leader of the opposition said. “It is not helping us; we cannot allow this lady pass.”

“Temper justice with mercy”

The leadership of the senate, however, pleaded with their colleagues to “temper justice with mercy”.

“Her case is a case of what we call poor pass,” the senate president, David Mark, said.

The senate president however was optimistic that if given the opportunity, Mrs Bristol would learn about Nigeria. He added that the resentment expressed by senators would deter President Goodluck Jonathan from sending incompetent nominees to the senate in the future.

Mrs Bristol was confirmed alongside 25 others.
42  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Sister stabs brother to death over banana on: 17-03-2011 10:05 AM
The police  in Lagos State have arrested a  25-year-old lady, Queen Nnenna Eneguwe, who allegedly stabbed her 18-year-old brother to death over a disagreement that ensued over   some pieces of banana.

The police are also ascertaining  the circumstances surrounding the death of the 18-year-old boy, identified as,  Thankgod Eneguwa,  who died on Tuesday  night.

The deceased and his sister were, until the incidence, residents of 24 Bankole Street, Idi Oro at Mushin area of the state,  and had, reportedly, in the past, had disagreements.

Thankgod  reportedly died  around 10.00 p.m on Tuesday night, having suffered from excessive loss of blood from the wound inflicted on him by his sister.

Queen had reportedly returned  in the night to discover that some pieces of the banana had been eaten  and it was clear that her younger brother had eaten them.

The suspect  had demanded from the deceased, why he ate from the banana, which she claimed was given to her by somebody to keep.

The argument  over the banana degenerated into a serious clash between the siblings and attempts by neighbours to pacify them  were futile.

The sister reportedly went for a kitchen knife with which she stabbed her younger brother ,  in the upper part of the body , resulting  in the  18 years old boy ’s death.

A police source , who pleaded anonymity, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune stated that  the deceased had lost alot of blood, before he rushed to a hospiatl for treatment.

The image maker in charge of the State Police command, Samuel Jinadu, confirmed the incident  to the Nigerian Tribune and added that the police had arrested the suspect.

The Lagos State police spokesperson also stated that  remains  of the deceased had been deposited  at a public mortuary for autopsy.

43  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Yahoo Plus: The New Face Of 419 in Naija! on: 14-03-2011 04:17 AM
Yahoo Plus, an improvement on former cyber crime methods, is the latest fad among unscrupulous Nigerian youths

To Adeolu Alabi, a 28-year-old university dropout, crime pays–and in hard currency, too. The young man, who abandoned his studies–for reasons he was reluctant to disclose–at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State, seems to have everything he needs. He owns an apartment in FESTAC Town in Lagos, owns three cars, dresses trendily and he is widely admired by youths in his neighbourhood. Members of his family treat him like a king. He is, indeed, the king because he is the breadwinner of his family. Among his friends, Alabi is affectionately called Chairman. In his church, Alabi, who is taken for a banker, is often approached for financial assistance and does not disappoint.

Alabi believes that his generosity is working well for him and he plans to remain generous because “God has been good to me in my business”. He also disclosed that he pays his tithes regularly and has been blessed accordingly.

But business to Alabi, this medium learnt, means swindling unsuspecting victims of their money through the Internet. This is made easier, said sources, through the use of charms.

Alabi typifies the latest trend in cyber fraud, known variously on the streets as Oracle Plus Plus or Yahoo Plus Plus.

Yahoo Plus is an elevated form of Yahoo Yahoo, one of the traditional modes of cyber fraud. It involves performing various rituals, including sleeping in a cemetery and bathing in a river to brighten the swindler’s chances of getting his victims hypnotised. Once this is successfully done, the victim is guaranteed to keep remitting money from wherever he or she is in the world.

This, according to Nkechi Obioha, Alabi’s former lover and accomplice, is what he did before he made it big. She claimed that since he returned from a ritual session in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, last year, he has not stopped receiving money. “He has a small tortoise he keeps under his feet whenever he is chatting on his laptop with a maga (a potential victim). His fingertips also bear incisions and he has a charm-filled animal horn prepared for him by one of the numerous fetish priests he visits. His wish is their command. I became scared of him. It is for this reason that we went our separate ways,” she said.

Alabi, however, denied Nkechi’s claims. He swore that he has never involved himself in fetish practices even when his friends were doing such. “I am a very good Christian,” he said. He added that Nkechi is only out to destroy him because he stopped giving her money after she betrayed him. Nkechi, admitted Alabi, had helped in defrauding an American male who was in need of a female partner.

Alabi met the American online. For the scheme, he posed as a beautiful companionship-seeking female, using Nkechi’s pictures to deceive the American. Nkechi was the perfect foil. She frequently posed Nood for the American on web camera and was in charge of speaking with him on phone. All Alabi did was to direct her.

But midway through the scheme, Nkechi began chatting with the American without Alabi’s knowledge and was said to have revealed to the American that Alabi was a fraudster. The American stopped replying Alabi’s mails and taking his calls. Alabi claimed to have investigated the cessation of communication between him and the American and discovered Nkechi had taken his victim over. But he could do nothing to Nkechi because she threatened to report him to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. That marked the end of the buisness and romantic liaision.

Alabi moved out of the house they both shared to live with friends at Okota in Lagos. It was while he was living in Okota that he was introduced to another fetish priest, who prescribed another round of rituals for him. He performed them. A month after, he got a control (the information required to collect money from Western Union) to pick up $20,000. Since then, Alabi has not lacked.

Early last January, he collected another $50,000 through Moneygram. He bought a three-bedroom flat for his father and a two-bedroom flat for himself. He also bought a Honda Baby Boy, a Toyota Camry and a Volkswagen Golf for himself. He immediately became a star and every youth in the neighbourhood aspired to be like him. But he did not reveal his ayaj (mode of operation) to them.

To many, Yahoo Plus is just another term for money ritual. It is common among youth in Festac Town, Shomolu, Opebi, Allen Avenue, Ojodu, Oke-Ira, Akiode, Bariga and the Akoka areas of Lagos. Shagamu and Akute in Ogun State are also said to be hotbeds. The new fad is thought to have started in 2006, when the regular Yahoo boys began experiencing a lull in their business. This was largely as a result of the wariness of victims, leading to their refusal to accept cheques from the Yahoo boys, since most of the cheques coming from Nigeria were found to be fake.

But since they had been used to living large, they had to find a way back into the boomtime once more. They then resorted to consulting spiritualists on how to fleece their victims. A source told this magazine that these spiritualists are based mainly in Shagamu, Ijebu-Igbo and Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State as well as Ilorin in Kwara State and Shaki in Oyo State.

“After taking them through the rituals, the spiritualists ask them to bring the particulars of their victims,” said the source. Sometimes, he added, spiritualists tell the fraudsters to buy tie-and-dye fabrics (adire). These are made into apparels, worked on and sent to prospective victims as gifts. Once a victim puts on the apparel, explained the source, he is under a spell and begins to send money.

Some fraudsters are also said to use their female companions or even friends for such rituals. Sometimes, said a source, the rituals backfire. According to him, a fraudster in Ojodu, Ogun State, was said to have almost run mad when he could not come up with enough cash to complete the required rites. While he was making it big, he consulted a spiritualist who told him to bury two live cows monthly. He complied and money was rolling in. For some strange reasons, he stopped and the money dried up. Worse was to follow when he started manifesting signs of insanity. A few of his friends came to his aid by raising money to provide him with the cows. He quickly performed the ritual and regained his sanity.

Yahoo boys are also known to gratify policemen who offer them protection and turn their gaze away from them. TheNEWS gathered Yahoo boys in a particular area–as an occupational group–normally befriend Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, in their respective areas. The friendship is oiled with money. That way, protection is guaranteed. Often, DPOs give them their complimentary cards. These are then shown to policemen who arrest them. The cards are expected to announce to zealous cops that the bearers are friends to their bosses and are therefore insulated.

It is not only policemen who abet Yahoo boys. Apart from using female friends or lovers to withdraw the proceeds of their scams from banks, many Yahoo boys are said to have bank staff as agents who, rather than alert law enforcement agents when suspicion arises, help the fraudsters to collect their money for a certain percentage.

Alabi may be the toast of his neighbourhood, but elsewhere, he is small fry. In such places, those involved in Yahoo Finale or Yahoo Extra are kings. Those involved in this strain are said not to think anything of providing a child for sacrifice to boost their chances of success. Recently, an undergraduate was caught in Akute, Ogun State, while attempting excise the tongue of a child who was sent on an errand. He was later identified as an Internet fraudster.

In April 2008, four undergraduates of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife in Osun State were apprehended while performing rituals in a cemetery. They were later released on bail. The quartet was known to live big on campus, and which many attributed to Yahoo Extra. But Olaolu Adegbite, Head of the Advance Fee Fraud Unit of the EFCC, said claims that fraud is assisted by fetish means are frivolous and unscientific.

He said the commission has been able to stem the tide of cyber crime. According to him, out of the 460 cases of cyber crimes in Lagos alone, 220 convictions were achieved and none was linked to fetish. The success of the commission, he said, has forced many Internet fraudsters out of the country. “Accra, South Africa, Dubai, London and the United States of America, USA, are some of their preferred hubs,” he said.

He added that university towns, especially in the southern part of the country have high populations of Yahoo boys. Adegbite blames the society for the rise in cyber fraud. He wondered why parents will refuse to confront their children who come home with expensive cars and other materials, even when they know such children are unemployed. “That means anyone can just go and rob and claim he did Yahoo scam,” he said.

Adegbite noted that though fraud did not begin in Nigeria, once it was introduced into the country in the 1980s, it assumed a dangerous dimension. This, according to him, is so much that genuine Nigerian businessmen are beginning to be fleeced in what he described as “reversal scam”.

He told a story of how a Nigerian businessman interested in an online transaction, paid for goods and never got such goods in return. The EFCC official noted that unlike in 2003, when Nigerian scams were prevalent and all eyes were on Nigerians, the frequency of cyber crime has dipped, largely due the efforts of the EFCC.

He warned that cyber criminals and their dubious art should not be glamourised and thinks Nigerian cyber criminals are still not as computer savvy as the public presents them. For example, he argued, they are still incapable of skills required to hack into a computer, using materials such as key loggers that are capable of stealing identities of victims. “What they do is to go to the social networking sites, particularly the free dating sites, to look for victims,” he said.

Adegbite explained that rather than e-mailing millions of spam messages in hope of luring and trapping a fraction of targeted recipients, web criminals are getting more personal in their attacks, using social networking sites like Facebook and other databases to make their story lines or format much more believable.

Once a communication line is established and both parties have begun chatting, Adegbite reckons, it is likely that the victim will part with some money. Stanley Akpeki, an Internet fraudster is a firm believer in this hypothesis. Since graduating from secondary school in June 2002, Akpeki has successfully swindled more than 20 victims, using the chat rooms.

Akpeki’s success is based on the plausibility of his pitches–and, according to him, the use of fetish aids. He claims that a ring he wears on his right index finger and a black powdery substance, which he mixes with honey and licks before speaking with his victim on phone, have worked like magic. “When you lick this substance, whatever you tell the maga is what they do. He or she will be passionate about you and will start having good feelings towards you right from that moment. If you are smart, you can immediately commit him or her to send some money,” he said.

Yet, there are other ways to perpetrate cyber fraud. They include phishing and the use of malicious tools. Phishing is the criminal process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.

For instance, a victim gets an e-mail purporting to be from his bank. The message warns that the victim’s Automated Teller Machine, ATM, card is having problems. To solve the problems, the victim is asked to give full details of the ATM card. Through a link, the phishing e-mail leads the victim to a fake website of the bank, which almost mirrors the original official site. Once the information has been used to steal the victim’s identity, the victim’s account is drained.

In using malicious tools, malicious programmes such as trojans, worms and viruses are used to tamper with the security of a victim’s computer data. Once this is done, the victim’s identity is stolen. The entries on the victim’s network page is then changed at will. The login password is changed so that the true owner of the account cannot get in to resolve or dispute it.

The fraudster then fabricates and posts a dire financial problem, like being robbed or needing help to pay for an emergency surgical operation. The posting begs for money to be sent. The con artist also copies friends of the true account holder, thanking them in advance for their help and promising to pay the money back.

It was this method that was recently used to change the Facebook account of Linda Ikeji, a Nigerian model. Ikeji was said to be stranded outside the country and needed money to return to Nigeria. Many had already parted with some money before finding out that the model was not even aware of the message. She had to warn her friends to ignore such messages.

Some observers, however, argue that the EFCC is way behind the fraudsters because the frequency of occurrence, rather than abate, has risen, as fraudsters take advantage of new technologies to evade scrutiny of law enforcement agents.

Unlike before, cyber cafes are considerably less patronised.

The availability of Internet modems, Blackberry technology and smart phones has ensured that fraudsters, like scrupulous members of the society, can have Internet access in the privacy of their homes or on the go.

The result has been a boom in their illicit activity. “You find these boys moving about in cars like Infiniti, Murano and Armada with chrome alloy wheels, unhindered. They hang out in upscale pubs and drink choice champagne. Some spend as much as N150,000 every night,” one of them said.

He added that if indeed the EFCC is capable of clamping down on cyber criminals, many youths would have been deterred. He reckoned that the boys are rather getting bolder and gave an example of a fraudster who, after obtaining money from his victim, changed his identity and appeared to her as a law enforcement officer.

He told her how she was swindled and offered to help her recover her money. To nab the purported perpertrators, he suggested that she should send some money to the fraudster.

This, the fraudster suggested, would make the arrest of the purported fraudster easy at the point at which he would receive the money. She sent about $5,000, but was told that the con man picked up the money before they could reach him. She had to send some more money. By the time she realised that a game was being run on her, she had lost about $18,500.

The tremendous success rate of the Yahoo Boys is the reason why more and more young men are joining the fray. And this is despite the fact that the country is already ill-reputed for cyber crimes and people all over the world are often alerted to the fact that if they are not careful they could fall victim of scamsters in Nigeria.

But boys as young as 14 are known to hit jackpot in the ignoble business. This only serves to encourage others. Some of these boys after hitting it big build impressive homes for their parents. This is one reason why many parents do not discourage their wards from taking to cyber crime. There is a particular 14-year-old boy in Ojodu, Ikeja area of Lagos State, who after ‘‘winning big,’’ bought a home for his parents and in place of his mom’s former job of grinding pepper, he opened a superstore for her.

EFCC is evidently losing the war because, in Lagos alone, it is estimated that there are at least five million scamsters with an impressive success rate. And they are reluctant to give up the ignoble pastime. Compare this figure with the EFCC’s rate of arrest and conviction of these con artists and it will be clear that the EFCC is losing the war.

With cyber crime on the ascendancy, more and more students of tertiary institutions are taking to it. Schools like Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, University of Lagos, Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, and LEAD City University, Ibadan come to mind. It is said that the fact that LEAD City University allows off-campus hostels is reason why its students get easily influenced to take to cyber crime. The students would definitely find it difficult to indulge in it without detection by their minders if they were kept in dormitories like some top-notch private universities.

On campus, the Yahoo Boys live like kings, riding the best automobiles that cost millions of naira. Every semester, some of them are known to change their “rides” to the envy of all.

But Adegbite thinks that most Nigerians, especially the affluent ones, are careless with personal information. “The e-mail account take over is caused mainly by these so-called big men. They give their e-mail addresses to their secretaries to help check their mails. While doing that in a cyber café, a criminal may get hold of the password and use it to fleece the big man,” he said.

Cyber crimes are also perpetrated through fake financial instruments, for which Nigerians have become adept manufacturers. These include counterfeit cheques, bank statements and money orders. These are then exported for use abroad. “They smuggle the financial materials through the land borders into neighbouring West African countries where they are eventually posted,” he said. On 20 February, Sharon Denis Thorpe, a 25-year-old American lady, was arrested at the check-in section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport by EFCC officials, while attempting to export fake financial instruments worth $760,668 to the US.

Sharon was said to have come to Nigeria to visit her fiancé, Musediku Akorede Kehinde. She claimed that one Femi Atoms, her fiance’s friend, requested her to assist him convey the materials to another friend in the USA. But the EFCC could not locate Atoms. Sharon was charged to court and convicted on a 12-count charge of conspiracy to steal. She pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years, while her fiancé, who was with her at the airport, is in detention awaiting trial.

Also successfully prosecuted by the EFCC is the case of Dauda Jamiu Abayomi. On 23 September 2008, Abayomi, a 27-year-old who claimed to be Nikky Smith, was arrested at Ijoko in Ogun State, while attempting to receive proceeds of fraud from Ralph Tomason, an Australian. Abayomi met Tomason on a dating site. He posed as a single female looking for a male partner and claimed to hail from Melbourne, but was living in Nigeria.

As time went on, they started chatting. Abayomi, posing as a woman, then sent photos of a white lady and a little girl, her child. He discussed the possibility of returning to Australia and demanded for flight tickets, insurance, hospital bills and treatment for the little girl who was purportedly hit by a car. His demand amounted to $23,300.

Tomason made the money available, but the persons he paid for never came to Australia. Suspecting foul play, Tomason petitioned the EFCC. The agency advised Tomason to play along by sending Abayomi a gift through a courier service. The gift was sent and the EFCC agents posed as the courier service men. As Abayomi made to collect his gift, he was nabbed.

Like Abayomi, Lawal Adekunle Nurudeen, a final-year student of Survey and Geo-Informatics Engineering at the University of Lagos, was in November, 2009, sentenced to 19 years in jail for obtaining $47,900 from Pee Loo Rosalind Summer, an Australian lady. Nurudeen met Summer on a dating site in 2007 and introduced himself as Benson Lawson, a Briton working with a multinational in Nigeria.

They began chatting and Summer, 56, told Nurudeen she needed a husband and that all the men she had met disappointed her. In return, Nurudeen claimed to be a 57-year-old widower, who lost his wife and only child in a car crash. A few weeks later, he called the woman and introduced himself as Dr. Saheed Bakare, informing her that her fiancé, Lawson, had an accident and needed money for treatment. She obliged.

Two weeks after, Nurudeen called Summer to thank her for the assistance. He then told her he would like to visit her in Australia so that they could get married. He demanded money for flight ticket, police and customs clearances. As he got the money, he bought a Honda car and two plots of land in Ikorodu. All have since been impounded by the EFCC.

Wasiu Ogunbadejo, aka Donald Lawrence, a 40-year-old scammer. Using love mails, he was able to fleece one Carmen Santiago of Carmen Island of $4,650, for the purchase of ticket and accommodation. He collected another $58,000 from Dory Curan, an Australian. By the time he was apprehended by the EFCC, he had collected about $365,000.

Out of his proceeds, he bought a Honda Baby Boy, a Toyota Camry and a Sienna. He is also building two houses in Ikorodu. When his house was raided, the EFCC found incriminating materials on his laptop. His case is similar to that of Etim Akpan, Titi Dada and Ferdinand Iheasirim. Iheasirim had claimed to Reverend Robert McArdle, an Australian, that he was Ben Agwu, security adviser to Nigeria’s president. McArdle was told that $2.5 million was about to be sent to his account. He was asked to send $300,000 to take care of clearance fees and tax. He quickly did. But when he discovered that it was a hoax, he alerted the EFCC, which found that Ben Agwu is Iheasirim, a 1993 graduate of Accountancy of Abia State University.

In his house, a Nigerian passport, with the name Ferdinand Dede, was found. On the passport, he claimed to have been born in 1958. Even though he claimed he got just $1,000 from the deal, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Adegbite reckons  some cyber criminals prefer to go outside the country because of the fear of the EFCC.

Despite the arrests and prosecutions, Adegbite believes that the agency could do better if certain measures are put in place. They include the enforcement of the recent Central Bank of Nigeria policy that bars individuals from just picking up money at Western Union Money Transfer points, except through an account and compulsory registration of SIM cards.

Adegbite added that enforcement agents need to be highly advanced in the application of technology to catch up with the scammers, who increasingly get more sophisticated in their approach, especially with the availability of new technologies. “How do you expect an enforcement agent that can’t operate a computer to catch a cyber criminal?” he wondered.

He advised that a separate cyber crime legislation be established to dissuade perpetrators. “The Evidence Act of 1945 is old. It needs to be reviewed along with the 419 legislation to help the agency,” he said, inferring that the crime is becoming more rampant because the laws are not rigid enough to rein in scammers. “It is getting widespread. Those who cannot do it move into kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices,” he said.

Adegbite revealed that many cyber fraudsters who have since relocated to Accra and South Africa now lure their victims to join them. Some of the victims are reported to end up being kidnapped. “My fear is that this generation of young men would one day hold positions of authority in our churches, mosques and even government,” he said.

Adegbite averred that some Yahoo boys are not clever. To him, what they have done is to employ the old method of posting scam letters, using the Internet. The stories are usually similar, but the format could be different. He agrees that the better the format, the more likely a victim will fall for the prank.

But that was not the case for Collins Akapojotor, 23, and his accomplice, Onos Igbudu, 25. Both unemployed Nigerians who live in Nungua, Accra, had thought they had the perfect format to swindle a Swede. In one of their e-mails to the Swede, they claimed that under their supervision as the Inspector-General of Police and a senior police officer respectively, they arrested five men at the Kotoka International Airport trying to illegally export a box containing $5 million and 50 kilogrammes of gold.

They added that following investigation, it was discovered that the gold and money belonged to the Swede. They then advised the Swede to send some money so they could reward the arresting police officers in Ghana and ship the consignment from Ghana to Sweden.

Suspecting foul play, the Swede asked them to send copies of their identity cards and passport to show that they were real. They then sent copies of forged police identity card with number GPS 2216 H and biometric data page of passport number H 1527864, all bearing the pictures of the Inspector-General. The Swede alerted his friend, a retired police officer in Ghana, to his ordeal and the Ghanaian police swung into action.

Akapojotor and Igbudu were lured and arrested at Osu, a highbrow area in Accra, while waiting in a car. On 2 July, they were charged to the Circuit Court in Accra on four counts of conspiracy and forgery of official documents. The court, headed by DEK Daketse, adjourned the case till 16 July, while the scammers remained in detention.

In spite of the notoriety of cyber crime, wash-wash is said to be more prevalent and profitable. In this case, the victim is shown a machine that washes counterfeit currencies, making them genuine. Once the victim swallows the bait, the victim is told to provide money for the chemicals with which the currencies are washed. The victim keeps paying until there is no more money to pay.

Adegbite cited the case of a gang of international fraudsters, including Harrison Odiawa, a Nigerian, based in the USA. They were said to have taken their victim to Spain, through London, where he was shown the money mill. He fell for the ploy and lost $2.1 million, but Odiawa was arrested and extradited to the USA for prosecution.

But the arrests and convictions seem incapable of reining the fraudsters in. What will?
44  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / New Plot to Poison Goodluck Jonathan on: 14-03-2011 04:09 AM
SECURITY agents are probing what they have called a plot to poison the President, it was learnt yesterday.

A Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) official has told of how he was grilled over the allegation.

Mallam Bibi Farouk was arrested last Thursday along with NPLF Secretary Abdulkadir Bello for what the State Security Services (SS) described as personal invitation on some "security issues".

But, Farouk, a former National Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was freed on Saturday. He relived his experience yesterday.

In a two-page statement he signed, Farouk said he was questioned over a secret meeting in Kaduna by a group on how to poison Jonathan after winning the April general elections.

He said the SSS claimed that it had uncovered plans to give Jonathan what might be described as the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s treatment so that he would not complete his tenure in 2015 before a Northerner takes over.

He said: "I wish to state that I was politely invited through a phone call by a senior Operative of the State Security Service(SSS) to their "Yellow House" offices in the early evening of Thursday the 10th day of march 2011.
45  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Dog Dies From Broken Heart on: 11-03-2011 07:02 AM

Liam and Theo were a team, fast friends doing a dangerous job -- searching out roadside bombs laid by insurgents in Afghanistan.

The jovial British soldier and his irrepressible dog worked and played together for months, and died on the same day. On Thursday they came home, flown back to Britain in a somber repatriation ceremony for the soldier remembered for his empathy with animals and the companion he loved.

Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province on March 1 as he searched for explosives with Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel mix. The dog suffered a fatal seizure hours later at a British army base, likely brought about by stress.

Military officials won't go so far as to say Theo died of a broken heart -- but that may not be far from the truth.

"I think we often underestimate the grieving process in dogs," said Elaine Pendlebury, a senior veterinarian with animal charity PDSA. "Some dogs react very severely to their partner's loss."

She said it was not uncommon for pets to respond to an owner's death by refusing food and becoming sick -- and the bond between working dogs and their handlers is especially close.

"The bonding that I have seen between soldiers or police and their dogs is fantastic. When you see them working together, it's really one unit."

A military Hercules plane carrying Tasker's body and Theo's ashes touched down Thursday at a Royal Air Force base in southwest England. As the funeral cortege of black vehicles drove slowly away, it was saluted by a long line of military dog handlers, their dogs at their sides. A black Labrador retriever sat quietly beside its handler as the hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin disappeared from view.

At the nearby town of Wootton Bassett, where people line the streets in a mark of respect each time a dead solder is repatriated, dozens stood silently -- some with dogs at their feet -- as Tasker's friends and family laid roses atop the hearse.

The Ministry of Defense said Theo's ashes would be presented to Tasker's family later at a private ceremony.

Tasker, 26, from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, spent six years as an army mechanic before joining the military working dog unit in 2007. He felt he had found his calling.

"I love my job and working together with Theo," Tasker said in a profile of the pair released by the Ministry of Defense before his death. "He has a great character and never tires. He can't wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing."

The soldier and the 22-month-old dog had been in Afghanistan for almost six months, uncovering roadside bombs and weapons in a dangerous daily routine.

Theo became a bit of a military celebrity last month after the defense ministry released photos and video of him and Tasker to highlight the lifesaving work of military dogs. The footage, now deeply poignant, shows Theo -- energetic, ears cocked, tail wagging -- alongside Tasker searching a compound for explosives.

The ministry said then that Theo had been so successful -- finding 14 hidden bombs and weapons caches, a record for a team in Afghanistan -- that the dog's tour of duty had been extended by a month.

Tasker was the 358th British soldier to die in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. Theo was the sixth British military dog killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001.

There are calls for Theo to receive the Dickin medal, which since 1943 has recognized wartime bravery by animals, from carrier pigeons to a World War II commando collie.

The loyalty of some dogs is legendary, from Greyfriars Bobby, a 19th-century Skye terrier who guarded his master's Edinburgh grave for 14 years, to Hachiko, a Japanese dog who awaited his owner's return at a train station every day for years after the man's death. Both are commemorated with statues.

Tasker's father, Ian, said Theo would have been devastated by Liam's death.

"I truly believe when Theo went back to the kennel, that that would have a big, big impact because Liam wasn't there to comfort him," he told ITV news.

Tasker's mother, Jane Duffy agreed. "I'm not nurse or a vet (but) I would like to believe (Theo) died of a broken heart to be with Liam," she told the broadcaster.

Tasker's colleague's recalled the soldier's bond with his dog and zealous attention to duty in tributes released by the defense ministry.

"A natural with animals, he had an affection for his dog that truly was a window to his soul," said Maj. Alexander Turner, a commander of Tasker's unit.

He "was here to save life, finding explosive devices that kill more farmers than combatants in our area," Turner said. "His fortitude and zeal for that perilous task was humbling; it imbued us all with confidence. He used to joke that Theo was impossible to restrain but I would say the same about Lance Corporal Tasker."

Tasker's uncle, Billy McCord, said the soldier had been due to leave Afghanistan soon and worried about being separated from Theo.

"He actually said at one point that when he finished his tour he was not sure what would happen to his dog and that he could be separated from his dog," McCord told the local Courier newspaper in Scotland. "That was preying on his mind, but they are not separated now."
46  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / My father is useless, teenage girl tells court on: 11-03-2011 06:58 AM
My father is useless, teenage girl tells court

Ado Ekiti -A 15-year old girl, yesterday,  stunned an Ado-Ekiti Grade 1 Customary Court, when she described her father as a useless man.

The girl and her parents were in court following the failure of the father to comply with an earlier directive that he should take care of his children’s education and provide feeding allowances.

The court had in 2010 dissolved the 16-year old marriage between Ojo Ogidan and his former wife, Moji, who has remarried, and directed the man to take custody of three children from the union.

The eldest child (name withheld) told the court that her father was a “useless person” who had abandoned all the three children for the mother, who now bears Mrs Moji Ajibola.

The incident happened when the father was explaining to the court the reasons for his non-compliance with the court orders.

Ogidan said that he refused to comply with the directives because his eldest child and her two siblings were spoilt children with the aid of their mother.

“The girl and the two other children are spoilt and I totally blame their mother for what has happened to them because they were not like this before, most especially my daughter.

“She goes to night parties at will and regularly at her age,” he said.

According to him, there was a time “she came to my shop to tell me that she wanted to go to a party but her mother did not allow her to go.”

It was at this point the teenage girl stood up and yelled at her father, saying “you cannot blame me for going to parties. It is because you are a very useless father who abandoned his children without care.”
47  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / NIgeria Young Engineer launches home made rocket in Kaduna on: 2-03-2011 06:00 AM
A 28-year-old graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Shehu Saleh Balami has launched a solid-fuel rocket in Kaduna.

Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday in Kaduna, Balami said he took interest in rockets when he was a kid.

He said he was able to invent the solid-fuel rocket with support from friends under the aegis of Movement for the Propagation of Science and Technology in Nigeria, adding that he has also started research on how to make a remote controlled aircraft, a project he intends to embark on shortly.

According to him, he produced the two rockets with 100 per cent local content at an approximate cost of N30, 000 each.

He lamented that Nigeria after 50 years of independence still relies on advanced countries for satellite due to lack of conducive atmosphere for indigenous talented inventors to strive. Balami said there was a need for the Federal Government to provide an enabling environment for science and technology inventors in the country if it wishes to attain the desired Vision 20:2020.

“If the government pays attention to local science and technology inventors and support them financially, I believe very strongly that one day, we will be able to build our own satellite or the engine that will take the satellite into space,” he said.

48  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Man killed in cinema for eating his Popcorn too loud on: 28-02-2011 12:39 AM

A young lawyer has been arrested for killing a man in a cinema after he was confronted for eating popcorn too loudly, Latvian State Police confirmed.

Nikolajs Zikovs fired three gun shots at the 43-year-old banker, Aigers Egle, at the end of the psychological thriller 'Black Swan'. The shots came after a dispute in which the father-of-four reportedly warned Mr Zikovs, who was sitting next to him, of his noisy eating habits at one of Latvian capital Riga's largest movie complexes.

Eyewitnesses claim that during the movie, screened on Saturday, Mr Zikovs was eating popcorn loudly and commenting on the movie while ignoring other audience members' objections, The Baltic Course newspaper reports. As the movie ended, Mr Zikovs pulled out a firearm and shot Mr Egle dead.

According to Toms Sadovskis, a spokesman for Riga Region Administration, witnesses held the killer - a Police Academy graduate - until the police arrived at the Forum Cinemas multiplex and arrested him.

Mr Zikov's solicitors released a statement yesterday that he had acted in self-defence.

Police told Yahoo! News that they are currently investigating the murder case.
49  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Malawi to barn Farting in Public on: 28-02-2011 12:36 AM

Residents in Malawi's financial capital Blantyre have reacted angrily at government attempts to criminalise farting in public.

The Local Courts Bill, to be introduced next week, reads: "Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour."

The bill will also attempt to deal with citizens who hinder the burial of dead bodies as well as people who pretend to be fortune tellers.

Many feel that there are better issues that the government needs to discuss. Local Topsi Ganzalesi said: "We can't allow that. We all fart. Where do they think we could go and fart? That is no issue to debate upon."

College student, Matthews Phiri, was not alone in saying he could not understand how the government hoped to enforce the new law - adding to widespread criticism that the new law is a giant waste of public funds.

"We all fart in public and it will be difficult to tell who has done it. Some do it silently. It some cases it is like teargas which goes like shhhh! Our legislators need to concentrate on discussing development projects. They should not waste our time and money on childish issues. It would make sense if they talked about defecating and urinating anyhow but not farting. This will not work. We will keep on farting." he said.
50  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Oyo police gun down goat robber, recover 40 animals on: 13-02-2011 12:20 AM

A member of a notorious robbery syndicate terrorising the people of Oyo town and its neighbourhood in Oyo State, has paid the supreme price with his life in an encounter with the men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Oyo Zone.

CRIME DIGEST learnt that the gang, which specialised in stealing goats, ran into trouble in the ancient town in the wee hours of February 1, 2011.

According to the police, the gang had a network of members within Oyo town and outside. The officer-in-charge of the Oyo SARS, Mr. Olusola Aremu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, explained that the suspects moved from house to house to lure local goats with corn and beans that had been soaked in salt and water solution.

The corn with salt solution, CRIME DIGEST was told, weaken the goats and prevent them from bleating while they were being taken away.

But things turned awry for the gang when they ran into a police patrol team in Oyo town around 2 am.

Aremu said, “The police saw three men in the vehicle all appearing very rough. The police followed their vehicle to track them down. At first, when the police waved them down, the robbers did not obey but tried to escape by increasing their speed. They were, however, given a chase.

“They bumped into a deep pothole and lost one of their tyres. But before the police got to the vehicle, the syndicate abandoned their vehicle and fled into a nearby bush.”

CRIME DIGEST gathered that some goats were recovered from the grey Nissan Primera marked BG 372 RSH. The patrol team was said to have taken the vehicle to the station, while some of the detectives laid in an ambush.

“The patrol team came back to the scene in an unmarked vehicle. Shortly after they returned, they noticed another Nissan Primera saloon car (blue colour) with three occupants also looking very rough in it. Immediately the suspects noticed that the police were approaching, they sped off. The police gave them a chase up to Sasa area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital. Unfortunately, the robbers also bumped into a ditch and lost one of their tyres,” a police source said.

In the encounter, they reportedly opened fire on the police patrol team. In the shoot-out between the suspects and the police, one of the robbers fell to police bullets, while the other gang members fled before the police got to the vehicle.

Aremu said items recovered from the vehicle included 40 goats (all of them were she-goats) with six of them dead, while 34 goats were still alive.

He added that the goats, most of which were pregnant, had their mouths tied with masking tape.

Also recovered from the vehicle, with registration number Lagos DL 135 GGE, were a locally-made pistol, live cartridges and some Indian hemp.

The police said they noticed that the bandits on board the vehicle were strangers because it appeared that they were not conversant with the terrain.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Commend, Mr. Olatunji Ajimuda, who confirmed the incident, said some of the owners of the goats had started coming forward with evidence to claim them.
51  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / SS2 Student Has 2 Wives, 7 Kids, Says I Endure Insults Daily on: 11-02-2011 09:34 PM
Life has been challenging for 31-year old Islamic cleric, Yekini  Akeem, an SS-2 Student of Itabo  Community High School, Itabo, Lanlate, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria. This is because he is attending  secondary school at that age and he has two wives and seven children.

Alfa, as he is popularly referred to by his colleagues, said one of the  greatest challenges facing him has been the difficulty of interacting with his classmates who are far  younger than him.
Some of them, he claimed, heap lots of insults on him daily because of his age and they know that back  home he has two wives and seven children.
Alfa said: “I disregard every insult because I know what I want.  Often, I serve punishment together  with my classmates even when it is receiving strokes of the cane.”
Yekini blamed the delay in his secondary education on an illness that affected his father in 1995 when  he was preparing for his Junior Secondary School Certificate exam, JSCE. This later truncated his  education.
“ After staying for six years at home, Alfa said he later enrolled in a Qu’ranic school. He graduated  in Arabic studies in 2004 and became a qualified Islamic teacher (Alfa).
After many years of staying away from school, Alfa said he attended a public lecture by Mallam Surakat  Abdul Rofiu which ignited his desire to return to school.
After the lecture, Yekini approached a community leader, Chief Saraki who assisted him to enrol as a  JS1 student in 2006. He was later promoted to JS2 and he wrote his junior WAEC.
Commenting on Yekini’s attitude and performance in school, his Vice Principal, Mr. Gbenga Adeshina  Babatunde said he has been of good conduct, therefore, he had always been interested in his education.
After his secondary education, Alfa is said to be interested in studying Arabic at tertiary level.
•His wives: Rofiat (l) and senior wife Sadiat
But his ambition may be thwarted by two factors. One, his poor financial background. His two wives are  petty traders. One sells banana while the second wife sells food. Yet he has seven children to cater  for. One of them is already a JS 2 student. Alfa relies on his meagre earning as an Islamic cleric and  farming to cater for his family.
Two, obviously because of his age and distractions at home, Yekini is not a particularly brilliant  student.
His principal at Itabo Community High School, Mr. Ayo Opaderin, described Alfa as a humble student but  entertains fears about his ability to go further in education.
He said his poor English might hinder his understanding of other subjects. But he admitted his  education will assist him a lot in his chosen field as an Islamic cleric.
Another daunting task for Yekini who was made Senior Prefect because of his age is that of relating  with relatively younger classmates.
For example, the Senior Prefect Girls, Suliat Aderoju, 19, is one of the oldest of his classmates.  Others in SS 2 with him include Miss Olayinola Jumoke, 18, and 16-year old Toheed Aderinto.
Suliat said of Alfa: “whenever we are playing in the class, he cautions us. He is a nice person who  always encourages us to take our studies seriously. He is very disciplined. He may not be good in  English Language, but he is good in Yoruba and Accounting.”
Alfa disclosed that he went back to school so that he could be a better Islamic preacher because he  needed to master English to be able to evanglise Islamic doctorines, adding “Education is very  important and I feel I should be educated to be a teacher. I am not ashamed.”

52  Forum / Religion / Church approves iPhone confessions on: 8-02-2011 08:37 PM
The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession.

The Confession program has gone on sale through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99).

Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament.

Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first.

The app takes users through the sacrament - in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings - and allows them to keep track of their sins.

It also allows them to examine their conscience based on personalised factors such as age, sex and marital status - but it is not intended to replace traditional confession entirely.

Instead, it encourages users to understand their actions and then visit their priest for absolution.

"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," Patrick Leinen of developer Little iApps told Reuters.

The launch comes shortly after Pope Benedict XVI gave urging to Christians to embrace digital communication and make their presence felt online.

In his World Communications Address on 24 January, he said it was not a sin to use social networking sites - and particularly encouraged young Catholics to share important information with each other online.

"I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world," he said.

He warned them to keep in mind that digital communication was part of a bigger picture, however.

"It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."
The app guides users through different elements of the sacrament

Confession's developers, who are based in Indiana, said they took the Pope's words to heart when they were preparing the application for public consumption.

"Our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly 'new media at the service of the word'," said the company.

The firm said the app was developed with assistance from several priests and had been given the church's imprimatur by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana.

A spokesperson from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales told BBC News the app was a "useful tool to help people prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation".

"The Church believes in embracing new technology and this creative app will hopefully help people to make a good confession."

It is thought to be the first time the church has approved a mobile phone application, although it is not entirely unfamiliar with the digital world.

In 2007, the Vatican launched its own YouTube channel.

Two years later created a Facebook application that lets users send virtual postcards featuring the pontiff.
53  Forum / Sports / BENNI McCarthy fined £200,000 for been too fat in Premier League on: 7-02-2011 05:18 AM
BENNI McCarthy has been fined almost £200,000 by West Ham for failing to meet fitness targets in his bizarre battle of the bulge.

But having finally slimmed down as Avram Grant finalised his 25-man Premier League squad for the second round of the season, he was left out because his slimming regime made him too slow.

Hammers boss, Grant believes the weight loss has slowed the former Blackburn striker down.

"He reached the targets but I think that affected his movement. He's a very good player and one of the best finishers in training that I have ever seen, and I have had some good players.

“But now we need players with movement and the advantage of being quick, and we have others,”Grant said.

McCarthy was challenged at the beginning of the season to lose 2.2lb in weight for five or six weeks or face a fine of one week's wages each time he failed.

The South African international earns £38,000 a week and appears to have been fined five times in his long-term weight battle.
54  Forum / Relationships & Romance / Medical doctor baths ex-lover with acid on: 7-02-2011 05:12 AM
The Benue State Police Command has arrested a medical doctor, Aondona Terdo, for allegedly bathing his ex-girlfriend with acid.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Opaluwa Aku, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi on Sunday that the suspect, who works at the Saviour Medical Centre, Makurdi, was alleged to have poured acid on Deborah Tsee.

Mr Aku said that Eunice Tsee, a sister to the victim, reported at the ‘B' Division Police Station, Makurdi on January 15, 2011, that an unknown attacker poured acid on her sister and ran away. "It was in the course of investigation that the medical doctor was identified as the suspect" he said. He said that Dr Terdo, who had been released on bail, denied knowledge of the allegation against him.

According to the police boss,the accused claimed to have parted ways with the victim a year ago and had no reason to harm her. Deborah, revealed on her hospital bed at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, that the person who poured acid on her was dark in complexion while her former lover was light in complexion.

She, however, maintained that she suspected Dr Terdo to have sent the attacker because he had earlier sent the same person to her. According to her, the unnamed attacker came in company of one lady named Joy. Deborah appealed to the government to come to her aid as she will need a plastic surgery to reduce the damage on her face and back.
55  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / FBI Links Al-Qaeda to Abuja Blasts on: 8-01-2011 08:08 AM
America disclosed on Tuesday that Al-Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist network, was the financier, the planner, and the executor of the bomb blasts that killed and maimed in Abuja on New Year's eve.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) probing the explosions said in its preliminary report that local affiliated terrorist cells provided support on the ground.

FBI agents made the connection after they "conclusively found that the signature of the bomb matched other blasts by the terror network."

According to counter-terrorism experts, every bomb - like art - has the signature of its maker or group-based on funding, sophistication, and objective.

"Some bombs are made to serve as warning with little damage while others are made to achieve as much collateral damage and deaths as possible, which is the hallmark of Al-Qaeda," an official stated.

Homeland Security Department officials and Pentagon sources added that based on the FBI findings, President Barack Obama has approved a request by Nigeria for a permanent FBI counter-terrorism unit in the country.

"These agents normally do investigations after a blast but their job in Abuja may now include preventing these blasts through better security coordination and surveillance."

They will also train Nigerians on how to detect and deal with local terror groups.

Based on the FBI recommendations, Abuja has awarded a contract for the installation of close circuit security cameras at sensitive locations countrywide, including airports, bridges, roads, hotels and other places determined by officials.

The cameras are emerging as an important tool in detection and prosecution of terror suspects.

The government has agreed to also keep an eye on Islamic scholars visiting Nigeria from the Middle East whose teachings are deemed inflammatory. "Groups like Boko Haram are being influenced and financed by extremist foreign religious leaders and groups with the intention of overthrowing the Nigerian Government.

"It is the responsibility of the government to cut such ties and funding in the interest of national security," Homeland Department officials warned.

The prodding of the Americans also led to the directive given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that all banks should tell their customers to update their data.

"It was discovered that thousands of fictitious accounts are being used by suspected terror groups to move vast amounts of money to finance their training and operation. Hopefully the policy will close that window and cut off the funds."

Besides, the FBI recommended the setting up of a new terror unit, independent of existing security agencies, because of fears dozens of officials may have been compromised by bribes.

Back in Lagos, daily activities were disrupted in Alausa on Thursday as a result of another bomb scare through an anonymous note dropped in the toilet of a company.

It claimed that a bomb would detonate in about six hours' time.

The note, signed by a group called Concerned Nigerians, urged the evacuation of workers and visitors to the premises.

News of the impending explosion, which started mid-day, spread like wide fire and soon attracted the police Anti-bomb Squad.

Lagos State Government secretariat workers also panicked at the news that another bomb was planted in the secretariat.

Governor Babatunde Fashola got to hear about it at about 3:30 p.m. during the commissioning of phase two of the modern taxi cab scheme in Ikeja, where he was represented by his Deputy, Sarah Sosan.

The state government allayed the fears by saying that the security operatives are on top of the situation and urged residents of the mega city to go about their businesses without panic.

But elsewhere, the police also had to dismiss as a mere threat, report of the presence of a bomb in Motorways building in the Ikosi area, which anti-terrorists officers cordoned off.

Police Commissioner, Marvel Akpoyibo, said it was the handiwork of trouble makers to create fear in the minds of residents.

He appealed to Lagosians to ignore the rumour.

On Wednesday, police anti-bomb squad began the screening of cars at the Lagos Airport, sequel to the bombings in Jos on Christmas eve and in Abuja on New Year's eve that killed several people, and heightened tension over insecurity.

Officers used metal and mine detectors to search cars at the general aviation terminal, on the directive of Airport Police Commissioner, Moses Onireti.

It was learnt that the exercise was supposed to be a 24-hour affair but did not last that long, probably because of lack of manpower in the anti-bomb unit.

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Managing Director, Richard Aisuebeogun, said security at the airports is being taken seriously, and that the FAAN has met with security agencies on the new procedure.

He reiterated that, "Every airport where you have the conglomeration of people means a lot to us, lives and properties are involved. Therefore, we are taking seriously the security of airports. Just yesterday, we had a meeting with (Onireti) and I also met with the Chief Security Officer (CSO).

"As we speak, in another few minutes an airport security committee meeting would hold. We have also directed that a similar meeting, which usually is monthly, should hold on urgent basis."

"We have put in place security procedures that we are currently implementing, so as to ensure we do not have any breaches within the airport environment."

Aisuebeogun added that the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Harold Demuren, who is currently out of the country, is very concerned about security at the airports - and this will necessitate a larger security meeting to review the step taken.

He said efforts will be made to see that Nigerian airports comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security regulations.

"We believe that we can put in our best and God will surely bless the efforts. That is what we are doing right now and I want to tell you that (Demuren) is very concerned.

"He is currently abroad, and as soon as he comes back, we will hold a larger airport security meeting again to quickly review what our officers and men on the field have done, so as to ensure strict compliance with ICAO security regulations and procedures."

Daily Independent (Lagos)
56  Forum / Politics / 2011 Presidency: Witches warn Atiku NOT to CONTEST on: 7-01-2011 06:49 AM

Witches and wizards in the country have advised former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to withdraw from presidential race or risk being humiliated at the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) primaries. The National Co-ordinator, Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria (WITZAN), Dr Okhue Iboi, told Daily Sun in Lagos that Atiku would be disgraced during the PDP national congress.

“Atiku should withdraw now if he loves himself. He would be humbled by President Goodluck Jonathan. If he withdraws now, it will be a saving grace for him, but if he insists on going ahead with the primaries, that will be the end of his political career.
“During our emergency meeting to deliberate on the state of affairs in Nigeria, it was clearly revealed to us that the days of Atiku’s relevance in Nigeria’s politics are over.

He is just wasting his money, energy and resources. His campaign is in vain. His fate is already sealed. He is going nowhere. The era of his relevance in Nigerian politics is over. He should forget the idea of becoming Nigeria’s number one citizen, either now or in the future.

“About six months ago, long before General Ibrahim Babangida decided to enter the race for PDP’s presidential ticket, witches and wizards told him that he was wasting his time. We told him in clear terms that he would never secure PDP ticket, and that he would drop by the wayside. This was reported by some national dailies. What eventually happened to IBB? He was humiliated. He who has ears, let him hear very well, witches and wizards do not double-speak. We are messengers from the spiritual world, and anybody that disobeys us, is doing so at his own risk.

“When we warned Babangida to stay away, that he was going nowhere, some of his agents told us that we are fake witches. That Babangida has other witches praying for him to win PDP’s ticket. From what happened to Babangida later, we now know who are genuine and fake witches.
“Witches and wizards are also stakeholders in the project called Nigeria. This is why we held this emergency meeting to look at the state of our nation, Jonathan will win. All other candidates will be defeated. But Jonathan should be very careful. He should also look for ways to address the present state of insecurity.

“Jonathan’s victory is assured and sealed in the spiritual world, but he will face many challenges. He should not be afraid. He will conquer his opponents. Witches and wizards are praying for this nation. We wish Nigeria well, but what has been revealed to us in the spiritual world is alarming. As Chief Tony Anenih said recently, there is no vacancy in Aso Rock, Jonathan will win, but there will be bloodshed in some states.

“Oyo State will be on fire. Governor Adabayo Alao-Akala will face serious challenges. The state will be too hot for him. If Akala is not careful, the situation in Oyo State will be so volatile that he might run away. Enugu, Benue, Kano, Katsina, Akwa Ibom states will also be hot. There will be an increase in political assassinations. Nigerians need to pray fervently to avert bloodshed that will rock this nation to its foundation.

“The way some people look at witches and wizards is as if we are evil-minded people. Not all witches are bad. Our own type of witchcraft which we practise is a progressive one. The day government and other stakeholders invite us to intervene in the affairs of Nigeria, we will gladly do so. We have the antidote to bring lasting peace to this nation. Nigeria is a great country, witches and wizards can help restore its lost glory.

“We saw June 12 crisis long before it happened, and we warned the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, but he ignored us. Abiola would have been Nigeria’s president, but some of us decided to punish him over the role he played in scuttling the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s presidential ambition. We warned him in the same national dailies not to waste his time and life, he ignored us, look at what happened to him. Witches and wizards also dealt with Sani Abacha for ordering the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa.
“We sealed Obasanjo’s fate in our coven.

We not only sent emissaries to him at Ota not to toy with the idea, we also warned him that the plot would fail if he failed to heed our advice. Many newspapers carried our message, warning him, he ignored, but everybody knew what happened later.”
57  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Why does bad news spread faster than goodnews? on: 6-01-2011 07:26 PM
I have come to wonder why the most popular news in the whole world are the bad ones, often times than none good news are only celebrated by few people and do not get much views on news media and social networks.

If you think am wrong about my opinion or you have some citations to support my position please respond so I can know if am right or wrong.

58  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Ritualists Pluck Out University Student Eyes [Vey Graphical] on: 5-01-2011 12:50 AM
Ritualists Pluck Out University Student Eyes
The late Churchill Omoruyi

The family of Churchill Omoruyi, a 300-level student of the University of Benin, Edo State began the new year on a sad note when they received news of the  death of their son, whose eyes were allegedly plucked out by ritualists.
P.M.NEWS investigation revealed that Churchill, a student of Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, University of Benin, UNIBEN, left home on  30 December, 2010  to attend a vigil at Christ Foundation Church, off Ewah Road, Benin City, but he never returned home.

The following day, Churchill brother, Paul Omoruyi, his father, Pa Omoruyi and his father brother, Mr. John Igbinadolor were shocked when police informed  them that the deceased had  drowned  in Ikpoba River, Benin City when he was being baptised.
The family disputed the claim, saying that the late Churchill had been baptised before and he did not go to the church with a change of clothes in  preparation for the baptism.
The family, therefore, went with the police to search for the corpse of the late Churchill. But when it was found on 1 January, 2011, the family discovered  the deceased eyes had been plucked out and his tongue removed. This gave rise to their suspicion that he might have been a victim of ritual killers.
At the Esiegie Police Station, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mrs. Carol Onyeka Afegbai, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP confirmed the story.
She added that the late Churchill body has been sent to the hospital for autopsy and the result will determine the police next line of action.
Mrs. Afegbai confirmed the arrest of Pastor Ojo because the deceased was said to have attended his church for the vigil before his death.
The DPO directed further enquiries on the incident to the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi, but he could not be reached as at press  time.

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59  Forum / Politics / From Senator To Prisoner : Senator Teslim Folarin on: 5-01-2011 12:41 AM
Senator Teslim Folarin: From Senator To Prisoner

THE Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, and three others were, on Tuesday, remanded in Agodi Prisons by a Magistrates’ Court, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State, over the alleged murder

of the factional leader of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Abdul Lateef Salako, a.k.a. Eleweomo, last Thursday.

Others arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder were suspected supporters of the senator. They were Jaiyeola Bankole, Olaide Raji and Kazeem Ismaila.

The charges read that the four suspects and others, still at large, had, on December 30, 2010 conspired to commit felony and that the suspects had, on the same date at Ogbere area under jurisdiction of the court, committed murder by shooting the victim, Eleweomo, to death, thereby committing murder.

After the charge was read, counsel for the accused, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who led nine other lawyers, had informed the court that it (the court) lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

He said as a result of the charges against the suspects, it ought to have been handled by the state High Court.

He, therefore, urged the court to remand the suspects at the Agodi Prisons till further hearing in the case,
The Magistrate, Alhaja F.A. Badrudeen, having agreed with the defence counsel, therefore ruled that the suspect be remanded in prison custody and adjourned hearing in the case till January 14, 2011.

The Senate Leader, dressed in white brocade Buba and Sokoto, was driven to the court premises amidst tight security in a green Peugeot 406  saloon car.

He was cheered into the court by hundreds of his supporters, who had been keeping vigil at the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, since Monday, when he was arrested.

Prominent among his supporters who were at the court were the leader of the coalition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Lekan Balogun; former Coordinator of the Akala/Yar’Adua Campaign Organisation,  Yemi Aderibigbe; former chairman of Ibadan South-West Local Government Area, Honourable Ademola Ige; former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Sharafa Alli; Alhaji Yekini Adeojo and all the suspended lawmakers in the state House of Assembly.

Speaking with newsmen after the court sitting, defence counsel, Akeredolu, who claimed that he was not part of the arraignment, disclosed that the accused might not stay till January 14, as they would have to approach the High Court for alleged abuse of withholding charges.

He said the defence could not object to the suspects being arraigned at the magistrates’ court, adding that they would prefer the suspects being detained at the Agodi Prisons instead of staying at the police cell.

The former coordinator of the Akala/Yar’Adua Campaign Organisation, Aderibigbe, also said that the Senate leader would soon be vindicated, as he described the trial as political intimidation.

Also, addressing newsmen, Senator Balogun, who described the trial of the Senate leader as a political vendetta, said there were many crimes in the state that were yet to be investigated by the state police command.

Balogun, who disclosed that Senator Folarin did not see the victim, wondered how a charge could  be brought against him when he was not there when the incident happened.

He identified an alleged assassination attempt on his life by unknown persons and the attack on members of the state House of Assembly as some of the cases the state Commissioner of Police, Baba Adisa Bolanta, was yet to investigate.

He disclosed that the people of Ibadan would, on January 15, hold a rally that would call for the removal of the police boss from the state, saying “Bolanta should leave the state and allow the people to live in peace.”
60  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Drunken policeman kills two brothers cos of N20, then mob kills him! on: 2-01-2011 11:42 AM
The sleepy community of Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun local government area of Osun State, was yesterday thrown into pandemonium following killing of two brothers by policemen at a checkpoint.

Following a reprisal attack by the mob, the police constable who fired the shot over a demand of N20 which the motorcyclist refused to part with, was also murdered while some policemen, including the Divisioanl Police Officer (DPO) in the area were seriously injured.

In the attack, a policeman was  killed while the two police stations located in the town were  torched.

The DPO for Ikirun police division, Abiodun Alabi, who was injured during the attack, was, at press time, on danger list at the state General Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo.

Police commissioner, Olusegun Solomon, confirmed the incident.
It was gathered that the two brothers, Lukman Adesina and Taiwo Adesina,  were shot dead by a police corporal at a checkpoint along Osogbo road following their refusal to part with N20 bribe.

It was gathered that the police were mounting road block on Ikirun-Osogbo road when  motorcyclists carrying two other passengers was waved down and his refusal to stop  made the policeman to fire the motorcyclist which killed killed him instantly and wounded the  two passengers.

It was gathered that the three men on the motor bike were children of the same parents. Those killed by the police were identified as  Likman Adesina and Taiwo Adesina. Following the killing, the people around gathered and attacked  the Motor Traffic Department (MTD) in Ikirun and the police station.

The mob also killed the police constable while the station was razed.
It was gathered that while the mob attacked  the police station, some of the officers at the station took to their heels.
Some of them were not all as  lucky  as they were wounded by the mob. The divisional police officer (DPO), whose name was given as Abiodun Alabi, was rushed to the State General Hospital, Asubiaro where he was receiving treatment.

The state commissioner of police  confirmed the incident but said that two people, a civilian and a police officer, died in the incident.

He said that though he did not have the details  of the incident, the policeman shot the motorcyclist while the mob killed the police constable in return.
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