27 Oct 2016

Omg! 35 yr old arrested with 62 parcels of Marijuana ...photo

Operatives attached to the Police Border Patrol in Ogun State Thursday arrested a 35-year-old man with 62 parcels of Marijuana.

Olamilekan Taiwo was said to have compressed the parcels such that each weighing 10kg, which he was allegedly smuggling out of the country.

He was said to have concealed the illegal drugs in bags of clothes to deceive security agents, but was apprehended when policemen insisted on searching his luggage.

According to a source, the suspect was taken to the police station, where he confessed to have smuggled several kilograms using the same method.

“He claimed to be running errand for the big boys. He also confessed that he has contacts within and outside the country. At first he claimed it was clothes he was selling that were in the bags but our men insisted on searching and it was discovered that over 90 percent of the contacts were Indian hemp.

“It is no longer business as usual on our borders because the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has redeployed newly trained officers to assist other agencies.

“These special officers were sent to United Kingdom (UK) and United States (U.S.) to learn how best to protect our borders from criminal activities. Criminals are warned to seek other alternatives as any attempt to take advantage of our borders would not be tolerated,” said the source.

Watch video of President Zuma fall asleep during Finance Minister's mid-term budget speech

South African President Jacob Zuma was caught sleeping on the parliament camera for an hour and 14 minutes into Finance Minister Pravin Gorhan's mid-term budget speech on Wednesday, October 26th. Watch below...

See the 29 yr old man who changed his name to "Sister Julia Imoke" to defraud unsuspecting persons is arraigned

This man identified as Okunmwendia Victor was also arraigned today before Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Benin City on a three count charge bordering on fraud and obtaining by false pretense. Okunmwendia 29, a graduate of Delta State university is alleged to have presented himself as Sister Julia Imoke, founder and coordinator of Happy Home Orphanage in his attempt to extort money from unsuspecting persons.

One of the counts reads, “that you Okunmwendia O. Victor " m" (alias Sister Julia Imoke of Happy Home Orphanage) and others now at large on or about the 24th of January 2016 in Benin city, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of 900 US Dollars from one Ada k. "F" through Western union money transfer under the false pretence that you are sister Julia Imoke, the founder and coordinator of a non existing Happy Home Orphanage, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act,2006 and punishable under Section 1(3)of the same Act”.

The accused person pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him. Counsel to the Commission, M T Iko asked the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the defendants in prison custody. Attempt by the defense counsel, Osman Idehen to move for bail was refused by the court. Justice Ajoku adjourned the matter to November 16 for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

Photo of Former sole administrator of Kaura LG, Kaduna state who gets 7 years imprisonment for fraud

Justice Tukur Mu'azu of the Kaduna State High Court has convicted and sentenced the immediate past sole administrator of Kaura Local Government, Kaduna State, Ibrahim Akut Baba to seven years imprisonment for offences bordering on obtaining money by false pretense.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Akut Baba was arraigned before Justice Mu'azu on January 7, 2016 for allegedly defrauding one Alhaji Auwal Ibrahim of Rahusa Investment Limited, over a phony gas supply contract sometime in 2011.  

The victim allegedly paid the convict N1m for the supply of five trucks of gas at the rate of N.2million per truck. However, after the payment was made, the victim neither received the product nor got a refund.

Bukola Saraki loses bid to stop his CCT trial

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to entertain the charges of false asset declaration leveled against him by the Federal government.

Delivering judgment on Saraki's application today, Justice Abdul Aboki who led the five-man panel ruled that the appeal is unmeritorious and was then entirely dismissed. The judges unanimously ruled that the tribunal was constitutionally empowered to entertain and try him for the 16-charges of corruption and false asset declaration brought against him.

Photo of three men arraigned by EFCC over $250,000 fraud

The EFCC, on Wednesday, October 26, arraigned the quartet of Tamuno Tonye Ogolo, Donald Ndifreke Dickson, Godspower Chukwudi Okoro and TamGold Energy Services before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on a 5-count charge of criminal conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.

It was alleged that Okoro, in connivance with other accused persons sometime in September 2015, contacted one Bloom Faith Petroleum Limited, and promised to supply the company with crude oil through a vessel, MT OCEAN LILY.

After series of negotiations, the complainant, Bloom Faith, allegedly paid the sum of $250,000 to TamGold Energy Services’ account – a company allegedly owned by Ogolo, the first accused person. The accused persons afterwards reneged on their promise as they could neither deliver the vessel nor make a refund of the money collected.

Hence, the complainant decided to petition the EFCC. The offence is a breach of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act"

Photo of Bishop jailed for raping and impregnating 17-year-old girl

A self-proclaimed Zimbabwean Bishop, who with his brother raped and impregnated a 17-year-old congregant at their church has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

41-year-old Bishop Andrew Mnkandla and his brother Lovemore, 34, a pastor at the church, held the victim hostage at his house and raped her on different occassions. They threatened that if she told anyone, "the demons they had exorcised from her would return with scores of others to haunt her.
The court heard he went to the teen's mother with his wife and tried to bribe her so that she convinces her daughter to change her statement in court. Mnkandla had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of rape before magistrate Chrispen Mberewere.

The court was shocked when Mnkandla failed to recite four common Bible verses. Mr Mberewere asked Mnkandla to recite Genesis 1 verse 1, Psalms 23 verse 1, John 3 verse 16 and John 14 verse 1.

He drew laughter from the gallery when he said John 3 verse 16 reads: 
"Let your hearts not be troubled," but it actually reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." 
'Oh well bishop, it looks like the Bible is giving you a hard time," said Mr Mberewere. "You can't even recite very common verses familiar to many people. Let's just get back to the business that brings you here, that of bedroom issues, because you seem to be better in that department."
The magistrate convicted Mnkandla and sentenced him to 20 years in jail. In her testimony, the teen had said Lovemore raped her at Khami Mountains and Mnkandla raped her at his house.
"We went to the mountains for seven days with my father and Lovemore. My father was called back to work on the fourth day, leaving me with Lovemore. On our way home he dragged me into a nearby bush and raped me. He told me if I told anyone, all the demons would return," she said. 
"Mnkandla came to our house and asked me to go to his house where he raped me twice. The first time he wore a condom. On another occassion he held me hostage in his house the whole night. My mother came to look for me at his house while I was in his bedroom but he denied knowledge of my whereabouta. He told me to escape through the back door and wait for him at a football pitch close by. He came to get me later and instructed me to tell my father that I had spent the night at a school gate." she added.
Source:The Chronicle

Delta State Director General jailed without optionoOf fine

Justice U.N Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, has convicted and sentenced to one and half years imprisonment, a former Director General of Delta State's Direct Labour Agency, Mr. Emmanuel Odafe Igbini. The sentence is without an option of fine.

Mr Igbini’s journey to prison began when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned him on a three-count charge in November 2014, for failing to make full disclosure of assets comprising his Naira account with Stanbic IBTC Bank, US Dollar Account and his daughter’s account with same bank.

He pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge and the matter went into full trial. Justice Agumoh found Mr Igbini guilty of the charges and sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each of the three counts without an option of fine.
One of the charge reads "that you Emmanuel Odafe Igbini on or about 13th November, 2013 at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, South-South Zonal Office, No 6A olumeni street, Old GRA Off Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly failed to make full disclosure of your Assets to wit: your Stanbic IBTC Bank US Dollar Account number 0006441862 in the Asset Declaration Form you filled at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and thereby violated provisions of the Establishment Act 2004 and punishable under section 27 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (3) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act 2004".

Lobatan! Big Girl Onaioye Kiipoye sentenced to 10 Yrs in Prison ...photo

Justice Agomoh of Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has also convicted and sentenced a big girl in oil business, Onaioye Kiipoye, to ten years imprisonment without an option of fine.

Her crime? For dealing in petroleum products without requisite license.

Onaioye was first arraigned on 10 February, 2011 on a two-count amended charge bordering on dealing in petroleum products without license. She pleaded not guilty and the matter went into trial.

After few years of trial, Justice Agumoh found her guilty of the charges and consequently convicted and sentenced her to 5 years imprisonment on each of the 2 counts without an option of fine.

The Judge ordered that the Man Diesel Caravan Truck used in conveying the proceeds of crime should be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The big girl's journey to prison started when the Joint Task Force 'Operation Flush Out III' of the Army arrested her on 15 April, 2008 with a Truck that contained about 64 drums of petroleum products suspected to be condensate and handed them over to EFCC for investigation.

No option of fine, she would serve her prison term.

Ooni of Ife says, "Some of the deities we worship have roots in the holy books"

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has cautioned people to stop misrepresenting the importance of festivals and deities celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa.

Speaking at the 2016 celebration of Oranfe the god of fire in Ile Ife, Osun state yesterday Oct. 26th, the Ooni said that some of the deities being worshiped in Africa have their roots in holy books like the Bible and Quran. 

He lamented that many people failed to promote the positive aspects of the yoruba and African festivals due to slavish mentality and over-Westernization. According to him, no human being can survive without what the deities represent.‎

"Our people really need to be enlightened. A lot of these festivals have been misconstrued, misrepresented and demonized as if we are idol worshippers. We are not idol worshippers. We are rather believers in nature. ‎I am not saying the commandments of God should not be adhered to, but we must know that all these deities are messengers of God. 
They represent nature. Nothing can be done without nature regardless of our religion be it Islam or Christianity or even traditional. We only honour nature because we are all integra part of it, and not worship idols. Some of the deities we worship have roots in the holy books. We are also following the instructions of God needed for the sustenance of mankind as everybody, including powerful leaders rely on nature to survive." Ooni Ogunwusi said
He faulted the influence of westernization on the cultural belief of Africans, adding that it is a major factor responsible for the increasing poverty facing the immeasurably blessed continent. 
"Those who keep sensitising people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to history. I am proud to be associated with nature. Ife has 201 out the 401 deities and they are all relevant.‎ These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is ORANFE the god of fire being celebrated here today. 
It is a pity that all powers in the possession of blackmen are being used for battles and power tussles. It is from this unique powers that the west sourced technology and development from and they are now using it against us. We will continue to experience poverty all over the place if we don't celebrate the good side of our culture. Some of these deities also show the mysteries of God. God wouldn't have made mistake in the creation of the deities
They are representatives of sciences being taught in schools. It is very sad that the western world has messed up our psyche and inflicted slavish mentality on us making us to believe we are idol worshipers as our pitiable neglect of our own culture and traditions a major factor responsible for the poverty in the land. We left the positive sides and allow the west to implant the negative side in our brain."

Fraudsters den discovered in Ogun State by police...photo

The Nigerian Police force on Wednesday uncovered a den of fraudsters located inside the bush in Abule Ifa area of Siun, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the Ogun state. 
Led by the commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu, the team uncovered the den which has a bunker well sealed with cement where unsuspecting members of the public have been swindled of money and other valuables.

Speaking with newsmen after inspecting the hideout, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajid Ali said
“I think you have gone around yourself and see some funny stuffs they put in place. This is not a theatre place. This is a place for organised crime, where fraudsters use to deceive innocent citizens and part with large sums of money. I have gotten a lot of report about them and we have been monitoring them and we have successfully arrested two of them,” During the raid, two members of the group were arrested.
Narrating his experience in the hands of the fraudsters, one of the victim said:
“When I got inside, they were in the dark and they were talking to me saying that they wanted to make me the richest person in this country. In this wise, I asked them what my next action should be. They said that they will cut down and Iroko tree, calve a box for me and that I will have to look for a house where nobody will enter and put it there. They said I will have to put 40 million Naira there and that it will be converted to dollars”.
Photo credit: Channels TV

Graphic photo of body of 2 yr old girl found in a River

This is according to Facebook user Lanre Adredenu, the body of the 2 year old girl was found in Gbodofon bridge Ogo Oluwa area, Osogbo, Osun state. See  graphic photo below..

Nigerian woman confesses how she was trafficked into sex work from Nigeria to Italy ..photo

A Nigerian lady , Victoria, who was told she was going to Italy to study and work afterwards tells her story of how was forced into prostitution and how she suffered in the hands of her traffickers 
''They promised me an education. They promised me if I came with them I could go to school and get a good job" 18-year-old Victoria tells ITV her story from a small cafe house in Turin, a shelter for rescued Nigerian prostitutes.
The promise was the slick patter of a modern slave master, who saw Victoria in her native Lagos back in Nigeria, and realised she was rich pickings. Her trafficker, whom she trusted, said he could get her to Italy.
With little to live for in Nigeria, Victoria found the money to pay and with her head full of teenage dreams of a better life, she went for it. She is one of thousands of Nigerian women who take the gamble every year - the numbers have shot up in the past two years as the traffickers hide their victims in the endless flow of migrants heading to Europe.

Victoria's 2,500 mile journey became an epic of exploitation and abuse. By the time they'd got her to Libya, Victoria had been beaten and forced into prostitution: making money for her trafficker to pay off her now endless debt to him. Her eyes widen as she tells ITV presenter she had no choice. Her dismay is heartbreaking.

"I had no choice, I had no choice! I had to pay him... I was like a prisoner", she said.

But thankfully the shelter we're chatting in is a place of safety. Just a few weeks ago she arrived in Italy by boat via the now well worn route of thousands of Nigerian women. Before the traffickers awaiting her in Italy could pluck her from the crowd, she was spotted by a charity run by Princess Inyang Okokon, who was herself trafficked from Italy to Nigeria, via London, nearly 20 years ago.

Her husband Alberto is happy to admit he was once one of her paying clients.
But when he met Princess, his eyes were opened to the phenomenon of modern slavery: she was trapped in a life of prostitution in Italy, her documents kept by her female trafficker - and with massive debts to pay. He helped her get out. For Princess, Victoria's story is her story.

She and Alberto now run shelters for women just like her, but are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer numbers they are dealing with. The couple took the reporters onto the streets of Turin late at night: in one suburb there is a sex worker on almost every corner - nearly all of them we are told, will have been trafficked from Nigeria.

Wearing barely any clothes, they stoke fires they've made in small oil drums to keep warm whilst they wait for the next car to pull up (see video in the link) Rescuing them is dangerous work: the traffickers watch their every move.

ITV spoke to many of the women Princess and Alberto care for. All of them had tales of rape, beatings, enforced servitude. Two of them had babies with them - thrown onto the boats from Libya to Italy because their trade value went down when they got pregnant in Libya. Every single one of them had been bought, sold, used, and resold. They were treated as goods in transit.

Source: Itv News

Nigerian activist and asylum seeker held in solitary at a detention centre in Tokyo, Japan

A Nigerian asylum seeker and activist, Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza is being held in solitary confinement at a Tokyo detention center, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release. 
Reuters reports that Obueza was detained two weeks ago after authorities turned down an appeal against her asylum rejection.The 48-year-old woman campaigns for asylum seekers and the 4,700 people on "provisional release" from immigration detention - a status that lets foreigners out from detention but bars them from working and traveling freely.

Obueza's arrest is part of a wider campaign by the Justice Ministry, which in September 2015 said it would take steps to reduce the 60,000 foreigners living in Japan without visas. People on provisional release, many of whom have lived in Japan for decades, have been among those targeted, activists and lawyers say.

"Elizabeth was targeted and detained for being an activist," said immigration lawyer Shoichi Ibusuki. "I want her released immediately."

The crackdown on people like Obueza comes even as people on provisional release, despite being legally unable to work, power Japan's construction and manufacturing sectors as companies scramble to find workers in the worst labor shortage in decades.

"Elizabeth is held in solitary because she's an activist and immigration officials don't want her causing trouble," said Mitsuru Miyasako, head of the Provisional Release Association in Japan, a group representing refugees and immigrants.

"Locking someone up alone in a tiny room is to ruin them psychologically."

Naoaki Torisu, a senior Justice Ministry official overseeing immigration detention, declined to comment on Obueza's situation, saying he could not discuss individual cases.

Obueza, an evangelical Christian, said she fled Nigeria for Japan in 1991 to escape female genital mutilation and applied for asylum in 2011. She told Reuters she was locked up for more than 22 hours a day. Typically, detainees at the Tokyo Immigration Bureau, where she is held, are locked up for 18 hours a day, according to the Justice Ministry.

"I want to help people," Obueza told Reuters from across a security divide in a small meeting room at the detention center. "Give me the right to help people - don't put me in here."

During her previous 10-month arrest in 2011 at a different center, Obueza organized detainees to write a petition to immigration authorities calling for better medical care, Miyasako said. For more than a decade, Obueza has visited immigration detention centers across Japan, helping detainees navigate the asylum system and find legal help, said rights groups, lawyers and former detainees.

"She has supported so many people as an activist and that's a nuisance for the immigration authorities," said Miyasako, who has worked with Obueza, adding that she had helped hundreds. Former detainees and people on provisional release visit her in detention every day, sometimes waiting for hours, he said.

Solitary cells, usually for detainees who are ill, unruly or have tried to harm themselves, are about five square meters, detainees say. In 2014, a Sri Lankan man died in a solitary cell at the same center, highlighting problems with medical care.
Isolation has not stopped Obueza from fighting for detainees' rights.

"When I go outside my room, I go around the windows and talk to the others," Obueza said. "I advise them."

Obueza said of the immigration officials who locked her up: "You might think you arrested me, but I think God wants me here to help some other people."

Source: Reuters

29 African migrants found dead in aboard boat in the Mediterranean - MSF ...photo

French aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that 29 African migrants had been found dead aboard an inflatable rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, October 26th.

MSF said its chartered rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos, picked up 107 people aboard the boat 26 nautical miles off Libya on Tuesday.

Its crew initially counted 11 corpses on the dinghy's floor, which was flooded with a mixture of fuel and seawater.

The Bourbon Argos was then called away to another rescue operation nearby, saving 139 people aboard another vessel.

The crew returned to the first vessel and found on closer examination that in fact 29 people had died, probably from suffocation, burns or drowning.

The bodies were retrieved from the toxic mixture over a period of hours, with the help of a team from the German NGO Sea-Watch.
"The mixture of water and fuel was so foul that we could not stay on the boat for long periods. It was horrible," MSF project leader Michele Telaro said in a statement.
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Photo of 12 yr old battered by woman for stealing meat...

A 12-year-old girl, Mmesoma Ani, has been admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Surulere, after she was allegedly tortured by her aunt, Mrs. Ogechi Iruwane.

It was learnt that the mother of three allegedly used her bare hands to pinch off the victim’s chest, and inflicted injuries on her back.

 Ani was also said to have been starved for two days for allegedly stealing a piece of meat.

 A Punch correspondent learnt that a trader on Nurudeen Street, Orile Iganmu, Lagos State, where the incident happened, raised the alarm on Tuesday.

The case was said to have been reported to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

Officials of the agency reportedly apprehended the suspect and subsequently handed her over to the police at the Orile Iganmu division.

The victim was afterwards taken to LUTH.

The trader, who discovered the incident, said Ani returned an empty bottle of soft drink to her when she saw her injuries.

She said, “I observed that she was not walking well. I drew closer to her and that was when I saw that her hands were also swollen. She said her aunt flogged her. She showed me her chest and I saw that the skin covering one of her maturing breasts had been pinched off. She removed her clothes and I was alarmed when I saw serious injuries on her back.”

The trader, whose name is protected for security reason, explained that she called the attention of passersby to the injuries.

“I wanted to take her back to the aunt to ask why she battered the girl so badly without taking her to a hospital, but her neighbours told me it was not the first time she would beat her. I decided to report the matter to the OPD,” she added.

A source at the OPD said the residents prevented the suspect from escaping when she went to find out why Ani had not returned home from the errand she sent her.

He said, “The girl claimed she was 12 years old, even though she looked younger. She also looked malnourished. There were different scars on her back. The irony is that the suspect has three children and they look well-fed.

“The girl claimed that she is the 11th of 12 children. She said the woman came to take her from her parents in Enugu State in December 2015. She said she was in primary three before she was brought to Lagos, but since her arrival, she had not been going to school. She said the woman accused her of stealing a piece of meat and for about two days, she was not given food to eat.”

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Salami Olubukola, commended the trader that reported the case, urging residents of the state to always be on the watch for child abuse cases.

“The girl is now in our care. We will not relent in our efforts to stem the tide of child abuse in Lagos State,” she added.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the matter would soon be charged to court.

Actor Nyakeh Kpaka, jailed for 8 years for sexually assaulting women as they slept at house parties ...photo

Actor Nyakeh Kpaka, 26, who appeared in hit TV show Broadchurch has been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and described in court by the judge as a 'dangerous predator' after it's found he sexually assaulted women who slept off at house parties.

Kpaka - who uses the acting name Nakay Kpaka from Wood Green, North London made his first attack in December 2014 and May 2015 and in both cases lept onto the bed of his victims who didn't know him and assaulted them twice.

He was only arrested after the second attack victim of May 2015- ran out of the house and was screaming when she woke up to find Kpaka seriously 'pounding' her.
He's been found guilty by Woolwich Crown Court of three counts of sexual assault by penetration and handed five years in jail for the two offences in 2015 and three years for the 2014 offence.

Detective Constable Peter Thompson, from the Met's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said on Tuesday after his court sentence: "Kpaka is a dangerous sexual predator who has attacked vulnerable lone women whilst they were sleeping in bed at two different house parties.

"Thankfully  he has now been caught and convicted and is serving a prison sentence.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank those present at the parties who came to the assistance of the victims and the victims themselves who showed a great degree of courage to report these offences and give evidence against Kpaka."
Source : DailyMail

Shocking! Singer Mariah Carey dumped by Billionaire boyfriend, James Packer over frivolous spending

James Packer, Billionaire businessman, has ended his engagement with singer Mariah Carey. According to Woman's Day, a family friend confirmed to the magazine that James Packer ended the relationship over her 'extragvagent spending' as well as a falling out over her new reality TV show, Mariah's World. 

The family friend also said Mariah Carey could keep the $10 million engagement ring he gave to her.