11 Nov 2016

House of Reps member & former Kogi state deputy governorship candidate, James Faleke, reportedly survives assassination attempt ...photo

A member of the House of Representatives and former deputy governorship candidate of the APC, James Faleke, has reportedly survived an assassination attempt. 
A statement released today by the Director, Media and Publicity of the Audu/Faleke Political Organisation, Duro Meseko, states that Faleke was attacked by suspected assassins on Sunday Nov. 6th. Meseko said the suspected assassins rained bullets on Faleke's SUV at the overhead bridge at Gwagwalada, Abuja around 7 p.m.

The statement in part reads
"The news of the assassination attempt on our leader, Hon James Faleke came to us as a big shock. How could any sane mind contemplate such evil on an innocent soul who though shamelessly robbed of his governorship mandate has remained humble, calm, peaceful, and law abiding. What else could those wicked masterminds want? His political foes had resorted to this dastardly plan to assassinate him. We thank the almighty God for sparing his life. Some desperate and wicked people would want to cause more pain and misery to an already pained citizenry who aside having lost the creme of its political class to both natural and unnatural causes like Barrister James Ocholi, Prince Abubakar Audu, Senator Ohize and even Senator Ohiare who narrowly escaped death recently, are also undergoing the most unprecedented socio-economic crisis ever.”

Ben Murray-Bruce shares a photo of his adopted son...

He shared the lovely photos with his adopted son named Goodluck. See more photos which he shared on his twitter handle below. 

Another Nigerian Big Boy, Chijioke Obioha, to be executed for drugs ...photo

The level of greed pushing guys into drug trafficking mess at the expense of their life is worrisome...

A Nigerian big boy, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, is set to be executed in Singapore on November 18, Amnesty International has reported.
Chijioke was found with over 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, an offense which, under Singapore law, mandates the death penalty.
It would be recalled that Chijioke was sentenced to death on December 30, 2008 after being arrested on April 9, 2007 for the possession of cannabis.

He appealed his sentence in August 2010, saying he is innocent, but the court refused to commute his death penalty down to a prison sentence. According to Amnesty International, in Singapore, the burden of proof lies on the defendant rather than the prosecutor. The human rights organization explained that this is a violation of the right to a fair trial.

He has since filed an appeal to clemency. Amnesty International is urging human rights activists to petition the Singapore government to grant Chijioke clemency.

But it is unlikely the government would listen since the drugs were found on him.

The Court of Appeal has already lifted the stay of execution with effect from 24 October, resulting in Chijioke's execution date to be set for November 18. 

Chijioke is still appealing to the country's President, who has power to commute his death sentence to a prison term.

See 72-year-old man working out shirtless in China...photo

Photos of a 72-year-old man working out shirtless in the winter in southwest China, has gone viral on Chinese social media. 
The man named Zheng attributes his physique to years of regular exercise. 
More photos below...

Photo of Terminally ill woman and her daughter spotted at Oshodi bridge, Lagos

A sick woman and her daughter were spotted under Oshodi bridge, Lagos. According to Twitter user Janie Walkie, who posted the photo, the little girl had been fanning her mother all day. 
See her tweets after the cut.

Former Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi arraigned by EFCC over N136m fraud ....photo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today arraigned Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi (rtd) pictured above, alongside his company, Huzee Nigerian Company, before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 3-count charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N136.325.000.00 (one hundred and thirty six million, three hundred and twenty five thousand naira).

Omenyi is being charged for his alleged role in the diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms by the military. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him. Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, M. S. Abubakar, expressed his readiness, subject to the convenience of the court, to commenced trial immediately.

“My Lord, in view of the plea of the defendant and in the light of the provisions of Section 273, 300 (2) of the ACJA, I humbly apply to proceed immediately for trial”, Abubakar said.

Omenyi’s counsel, Wahab Olatunji, urged the court to dismiss the immediate commencement of trial claiming that, they had not been furnished with the statements of both the accused and the witnesses as recommended by the ‘Practice Direction Act, 2013’.
Olatunji’s motion was however overruled by the judge, who held that all the documents required by the ‘Practice Direction’ had already been furnished in three volumes in the charge filed and dated October 11, 2016 by the prosecution.
Olatunji further urged the court to admit his client to bail adding that the law presumed the accused innocent until otherwise proven guilty.
In response, Abubakar kicked, urging the court to refuse the application by the defence.
“My Lord, the punishment should not only be considered, the impact of the crime on the society should be considered too bearing in mind the fact that this case borders on the alleged diversion of funds for the purchase of arms by some members of the military. I urge the court to grant bail judiciously”, he submitted.
Justice Dimgba, after listening to the submissions of both counsels adjourned to November 14, 2016 for the hearing of the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in Kuje prison.

Amnesty Int'l pleads for clemency as Nigerian man is set to be executed in Singapore for drug trafficking on Nov.18th

The Singapore government has fixed November 18th as the date for the execution of Nigerian man, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, who was arrested for drug trafficking on April 9th 2007.

Chijioke was arraigned in a court in Singapore on December 30th 2008 and was sentenced to death for the crime which attracts capital punishment in Singapore. Chijioke was found with over 2.6 kilograms of cannabis when he was arrested.

Amnesty International in a statement released yesterday, urged Human Rights groups to petition the Singapore government to grant Chijioke clemency. Read the Amnesty International full press release below:
NIGERIAN TO BE EXECUTED for drug trafficking
The execution of Nigerian national Chijioke Stephen Obioha has been set for 18 November. He was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore and was given the mandatory death sentence. A new clemency application is pending before the President.
The family of Chijioke Stephen Obioha, a Nigerian national convicted of and given the mandatory death sentence for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking on 30 December 2008, have been informed that 18 November is Chijoke’s new execution date. On 9 April 2007 Chijoke was found in possession of more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, surpassing the statutory amount of 500 grams that under Singapore law triggers the automatic presumption of trafficking. Also in his possession were keys to a room containing additional prohibited substances, leading the authorities to presume him guilty of possession and knowledge of the drugs. 
Chijioke Stephen Obioha’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in August 2010. Maintaining his innocence of the crime, Chijoke initially refused to make use of his right to resentencing which amendments to Singapore mandatory’s death penalty laws made in 2013 allowed for. In Singapore, when there is a presumption of drug possession and trafficking, the burden of proof shifts to the defendant. This is a violation of fair trial rights, specifically the presumption of innocence.
After the rejection of his clemency appeal in April 2015, his execution was set for 15 May 2015. It was stayed a day earlier to allow him to apply for re-sentencing. His family were only informed on 25 October 2016 that he had resolved to withdraw his application for re-sentencing earlier in the year, following legal advice that he would not qualify as “courier” under the amended laws. 
Consequently, the Court of Appeal lifted the stay of execution with effect from 24th October, resulting in the execution date to be set for 18th November. Chijioke Stephen Obioha appealed once again for clemency for the President, who has the power to commute his death sentence. 
Please write immediately in English or your own language:
  •     Urging the President to immediately halt Chijioke Stephen Obioha’s execution and grant him clemency;
  •     Calling on the authorities to immediately re-impose an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, and commute all existing death sentences;
  •     Reminding the authorities that drug-related offences do not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes” to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law, and that the imposition of the death penalty as a mandatory punishment is also prohibited.
President of Singapore 
His Excellency Tony Tan Keng Yam Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore Orchard Road, Singapore 238823 
Fax: +65 6735 3135 
Email: istana_feedback@istana.gov.sg Salutation: Your Excellency
Prime Minister of Singapore His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister's Office Istana Annexe, Orchard Road Singapore 238823 
Fax: +65 6332 8983 
Email: lee_hsien_loong@pmo.gov.sg Salutation: Your Excellency    
And copies to:
Officer-in-charge Registry    
Superintendent Cheong KumFoong
Changi Prison Complex
Singapore Prison Service
982 Upper Changi Road North
Singapore 507709    
Fax: +65420425
Email: cheong_kum_foong@pris.gov.sgAlso send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:
NameAddress 1Address 2Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address Salutation Salutation    
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. 

Meet 21-year-old student who becomes the youngest State Representative in Michigan ...photo

21-year-old Jewell Jones, a double major student of Political science and Finance at University of Michigan has become the youngest person to be elected as State Representative in Michigan, USA.

Last year at 20,  he made history as the youngest member of the Inkstar City Council. He will be replacing former state rep, Late Julie Plawecki who passed on suddenly earlier this year.
 He defeated his opponent, Robert Pope in the election gaining 66 votes against Robert's 33 votes.

Sharing the happy news on his Facebook page he wrote " WE WON THE ELECTION - YOU AND I MADE HISTORY, YET AGAIN. I'm looking forward to serving you all in a greater capacity. Please continue to pray for me, the team, and my colleagues as we move forward, together. Keep the faith my brothers and sisters."

Jewell is currently a member of the Black Student Union and Student Veteran Association. He is also in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

Omg! Watch shocking moment UFC champion Conor McGregor tries to throw a chair at his rival's head during press conference...video/photo

UFC fighter and defending champion of the Featherweight division, Conor McGregor had a heated exchange with rival Eddie Alvarez early Friday morning and has been fined $150k after he took rival, Eddie Alvarez's belt and tried to throw a chair at Alvarez’ ahead of their mega UFC fight on Saturday in New York.

McGregor arrived ten minutes late for the press conference which forced his rival Alvarez to taunt at McGregor's fans in the press room.
 “I don’t even have an opponent, where’s your boy, i'll see you guys tomorrow, when he comes give me a call!”
Alvarez then left his own belt on the table and walked out of the press conference. Moments later, McGregor, wearing a fur coat danced to the press conference table and took Alvarez' belt, placing it on his own side of the table.
An angry Alvarez came back to the press conference, and upon seeing McGregor had taken his belt, dragged his belt off McGregor's table and then threw a chair towards McGregor's area.

McGregor, angered by Alvarez's action then picked up the chair and almost threw it at Alvarez's head but had to be held back by UFC organizer Dana White as Alvarez continued to taunt him.
 The Nevada State Athletic Commission has fined McGregor $150,000  for the fracas.

Billionaire Femi Otedola's daughter, DJ Cuppy receives brand new G Wagon from boyfriend...photo

DJ Cuppy, who turned 24 years today, got a G-Wagon from her boyfriend, Victor Anichebe. Her sister, Temi Otedola posted the photos on snapchat and captioned it "boyfriend of the century"

CAN President Rev. Ayokunle reveals Donald Trump is endorsed by God to fight immorality in the US

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Rev Samson Ayokunle says President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, was positioned by God to fight immorality in the US.

Rev Ayokunle said this at the 29th General Assembly of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) held at First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja.

The three-day programme is tagged: “God of Life: Lead Nigeria to Justice, Peace and Dignity.’’
He called on Americans to watch very closely as the new administration would not tolerate the issues of immorality in the country any more.

According to him, “God has now positioned him to fight the immoral life in the American society; the nation that was once known as God’s own country is vastly becoming Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Ayokunle said that there was an extent to which a nation would emphasize secular and individual liberty to the neglect of God’s absolute reign in the affairs of men.

He called on Nigerians to be on guard as Boko Haram had not been fully defeated, following recent killing of Lt. Col. Abu Ali and some soldiers in Maiduguri.

“It is not over until it is over; the fact that a top army officer was killed is a signal to the fact that we have not defeated them. It was also an attestation to the commitment of the Federal Government to fight this demon called Boko Haram. So, everybody should be more committed so that the souls of those who died might not be in vain,” he said.

He called on Christians to be united and not to make their doctrinal beliefs to overwhelm them because Jesus Christ prayed for the church to be one.

“We are diverse because of our doctrinal beliefs but we must be one because Jesus says the church must be one; He prayed for the church. I think the problem with us is the placing of much emphasis on autonomy where it becomes its petals when we lack respect for one another. There should be collective recognition of leadership, desire to put up the things of the world and eternity-centered in such a way that occupying position does not matter to anybody,’’ he said.

He said that corruption in the country was endemic and called on the government to keep fighting it so that the country would not be crippled.

Na wa o! Woman who gives fake prophecies to defraud bank customers caught by police...photo

A woman, Biola Simon, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly defrauding bank customers after giving them fake prophecies in the Dopemu area.

It was learnt that Simon, who came from Ibadan, Oyo State, was arrested on Thursday by the Dopemu Police Division, after one of her victims reported her to the police.

While the suspect was arrested, it was learnt that other suspected accomplices fled.

A sum of N150,000, which the woman had allegedly swindled out from her victim, was recovered by the policemen after the arrest.

A police source at the Dopemu division said Simon belonged to a four-member syndicate that specialised in defrauding unsuspecting bank customers in the area through fake prophecies.

He said, “In her statement, she confessed that the syndicate’s mode of operation was to lurk around bank premises, while her role was to accost a bank customer suspected to be with money.

“The suspect explained that she would pretend that she was new in Lagos and asked for direction from the victim. Simon would subsequently make shocking spiritual revelations about her victim, after which she would advise that a special prayer must be offered for the victim.

“The next move was to take the victim to a nearby place where the three other accomplices were waiting and they would replace the money withdrawn by the victim with disposable papers, covered with a few naira notes.

“A man who the suspect tried to swindle on Thursday of N150,000 raised the alarm, and a police patrol team in the area apprehended Simon.”

A witness, Rafiu Jimoh, said the policemen had returned the money to the victim.

He said, “The woman dressed responsibly, but she usually begged targeted customers coming out of the bank to direct her to an address. She is believed to use magical powers, as she will thereafter start giving revelations about her victim, luring the person to go for prayers with her.

“While the purported prayer is going on by the syndicate, the contents of the victim’s bag or purse will be replaced with papers covered with a few real notes. They will thereafter disappear with the money.

“The woman was arrested on Thursday by a police patrol team, but the three others escaped in a car. The stolen N150,000 was recovered and returned to the victim.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Simon’s arrest.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the suspect be charged to court,” she added.

Donald Trump makes a list of priorities, Health Care, Border, Jobs

US President-elect Donald Trump visited Congress on Thursday and proclaimed that health care, border security and jobs will be his top three priorities when he moves to the White House next January.

Continuing a Washington victory tour of sorts after his presidential election shocked the world, Trump and Vice president-elect Mike Pence sat down with House Speaker Paul Ryan and then with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss the Republican priorities in Congress.

Ryan and Trump had a testy relationship during the campaign, with the House speaker last month saying he would not defend the nominee after Trump's lewd comments about women were made public.

Now that Trump is the president-elect, Ryan appeared friendly and gracious as they met, first over lunch and then in his Capitol office.

"We had a very detailed meeting," Trump told reporters at a brief photo spray.

"As you know, health care -- we're going to make it affordable. We are going to do a real job on health care," he said.

Trump made repealing Obamacare, and building a border wall between the United States and Mexico, pillars of his presidential campaign.

Trump said he and the Republican majority in Congress were going to accomplish "absolutely spectacular things for the American people," adding he was eager to get started.

Afterwards, following an hour-long meeting with McConnell on the other side of the Capitol, Trump stood at the Senate majority leader's side and stressed that "we have a lot to do."

"We're going to look very strongly at immigration," he said.

"We're going to look very strongly at health care, and we're looking at jobs -- big league jobs."

Muslim students targeted in California campus attacked over Donald Trump win

Authorities at two universities in California said Thursday police were investigating attacks against female Muslim students, one of which was described as a hate crime.

Both attacks came on Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected president at the end of a campaign during which the Republican was criticised for divisive and inflammatory language against Muslims.

In one of the incidents, two assailants confronted their victim at San Diego State University and “made comments about President-elect Trump and the Muslim community,” according to campus police.

The woman had her purse, backpack and car keys stolen. She went to get help and returned to the scene with police officers, only to find her car had been stolen, police spokesperson Ronald Broussard said.

The case was being investigated as a suspected hate crime as well as a strong-arm robbery and auto theft, Broussard said.

“Comments made to the student indicate she was targeted because of her Muslim faith, including her wearing of a traditional garment and hijab,” university president Elliot Hirshman and interim police chief Josh Mays said in a joint statement.

San Jose State University police said in a statement they were investigating a similar attack against a female student at a campus parking garage.

A male assailant approached the victim from behind, pulling at the victim’s head scarf, choking and throwing her off balance, according to the statement circulated to students on Wednesday.

“Campus officials are closely monitoring the situation as the investigation continues. No arrests have been made,” university spokeswoman Pat Harris said in an emailed statement to AFP.

“We are, of course, very concerned that this has occurred on our campus. No one should experience this kind of behavior at San Jose State,” she added.

New York University’s Muslim Students Association issued a statement on Wednesday saying engineering undergraduates had arrived that morning to find “Trump” scrawled on the door of their prayer room.

The organisation said members were “realising that our campus is not immune to the bigotry that grips America.”

A Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette told police on Wednesday that she was attacked by two men, one of whom was wearing a white hat emblazoned with “Trump.”

Two suspects caught for cloning Enugu Deputy Governor's Facebook account ..photo

The Enugu State Police Command, yesterday said it has arrested two suspected Internet fraudsters who created a fake Facebook account using the profile of the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, a superintendent of police, who disclosed this in a statement gave the names of the suspects as  Richard Onyema, 36, a native of Amokohia in Imo State who resides at No 20 Mbano Camp, Obigbo Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Richard Odinaka Amadi, 40, a native of Mbaitoli in Imo State who also resides at Omagwa, Rivers State.

He said the suspects specialised in the use of prominent persons’ profile to open Facebook accounts with a view to defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

Amaraizu disclosed that the suspects, who created the fake Facebook account of the deputy governor allegedly used it to dupe unsuspecting members of the public to the tune of N635,000, as they promised to help their victims get contract awards.

He said the two “have been in the business of creating fake Facebook accounts of any identified prominent /eminent persons and use same to lure unsuspecting members of the  public  into believing that they are the person that they are impersonating and present a contract scenario in which, through the process, their victims are duped.

Amaraizu disclosed that the suspects were nabbed on October 2 in Rivers State through intelligence by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnap Unit of the Enugu State Police Command.

He said the suspects who are now helping the operatives in their investigations have regretted their action, blaming it on their continual quest to get rich quick.

“They further revealed that what they do is to create a Facebook account of prominent government/eminent persons and pretend to be that person and use same to defraud people by asking them to pay some amount of money for jobs and contracts through  a certain bank account that they will provide,” the PPRO said.

Photo of Michelle Obama and Melania Trump meeting for the first time...

The US First Lady Michelle Obama met her successor, Melania Trump at the White House's Oval Office, Thursday afternoon. They greeted and Mrs. Obama served her guest with tea.
Press were barred from covering the visit. A photo of the women chatting in the Yellow Oval Room was posted by the current administration hours later but no video of them interacting was released.

Governor Fayose pays N200m compensation to property owners in Ado-Ekiti ...photo

Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on Thursday in Okesa, Ado Ekiti distributed cheques worth N200m to the second bash of landlords whose properties are to give way for the construction of 1.2km Fajuyi/Ojumose flyover.

Governor Fayose in his address thanked the chiefs and residents for their understanding and cooperation with the assurance that his government's action is in Ekiti's best interest.
The  High Chief Asa of Okesa, Ado Ekiti, Chief Kayode Ogunleye who spoke on behalf of the residents appreciated governor Fayose for living up to his promise of paying compensation to property owners before demolishing their properties also pleaded with the governor on behalf of the residents to allow them exhume the remains of their buried ones before the commencement of demolition, a request governor Fayose granted expressly.
Governor Fayose who said he's giving affected residents two weeks to exhume the remains of their buried ones as requested urged the gathering to support him in his campaign against open defecation in the state.

Lobatan! Father of two caught stealing 12 wraps of fufu and pot of soup in Bayelsa ...photo

A 35 year old father of two was nabbed for allegedly stealing 12 wraps of fufu and a pot of soup from a restaurant in Igbogene, Bayelsa State. According to Guardian newspaper, the Igbogene vigilante group said they apprehended Kaduna Eradiri at about 2am on Thursday while sneaking into the restaurant to steal the food.

‘We were on patrol around 2:00am when we got to the Timida School area, we saw a man at a local food joint eating, we questioned the culprit and he confessed to have stolen’ a pot of soup, some wraps of fufu and half basin of garri. He claimed it was the economic hardship that led him to the heinous act.’
He was presented before the paramount ruler of the area, the Obenibe XI of Epie Kingdom, Hope Green Adike for intervention. Hope Green ordered that the father of two who claims he only committed the act to feed his children, parade the stolen items around the community, after which he was forced to eat it.

After the owner of the restaurant was contacted she simply said she had no money to take up the case to the Police, and will therefore allow him to go freely.