Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brit-Born Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi, Pictured For The First Time, Chanted Islamic Prayers In The Street & Was Known To MI5 After Terrorism Training In Libya ¦ Theresa May Raises Terror Threat Rating To 'Critical' (Video)

The suicide bomber responsible for the worst UK terror attack since the 7/7 atrocity 12 years ago was a British-born jihadi from a family of Libyan refugees, it emerged last night.

Salman Abedi, 22, was known to the security services before he walked into Manchester Arena on Monday night and detonated a bomb packed with nails, nuts and bolts, killing 22 people including children as young as eight. He is also being probed over alleged ties to an 'ISIS recruiter' in Manchester.
There were claims that Abedi may have spent time in a Middle East conflict zone, where he may have received terrorist training, while it was also said he had only recently returned from a three-week trip to Libya days before the bombing.

Abedi was described as growing up in his neighbourhood with a 'face of hate', but others said he was football mad and a passionate Manchester United fan.

Yesterday, police carried out a controlled explosion at his home in the Fallowfield area of south Manchester following a dramatic raid by dozens of officers on the red-brick semi.

This is the moment armed police raided the south Manchester red brick semi home of concert suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22

Forensic teams were seen going in and out of the house and found a pamphlet on chemicals

The pamphlet, pictured, was dated 2011 and fears were raised Abedi may have obtained radioactive material

Handcuffed: Abedi’s brother Ismail is taken into custody by police yesterday.

Chemical experts were seen outside with specialist instruments amid fears that he could have obtained radioactive material.

It was also claimed last night that he had travelled by train from London to Manchester on Monday in advance of the attacks.

It raised suspicions that he may have met co-conspirators or been supplied with his explosive device by an as-yet-unidentified bombmaker.

According to the Mirror, Abedi was friends with Raphael Hostey, also known as Abu Qaqa al-Britani, who served as an ISIS recruiter until he was killed in 2016 in Syria by a drone strike.

They were said to be family friends and it is feared Hostey may have helped radicalise Abedi.

Police yesterday recovered CCTV of Abedi striding into the Manchester Arena with what officers believe was a home-made bomb

Amid a series of other revelations, it was claimed that his father – an airport security officer – had left the UK to fight in Libya.

Sources also said his mother had raised concerns about her son’s radical views before she herself left for Libya.

In addition, police were quizzing his brother Ismail, 23, on suspicion of involvement in the bombing.

Although Abedi was known to the security services, he was not under surveillance and officers had no inkling he was building a bomb.

Last night a chilling picture emerged of the terrorist who wore a ‘face of hate’ as he grew up in an anonymous suburb of Manchester.

Born in Manchester in 1994, the third of four children, his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime and his father is a suspected fighter who left the UK in 2011 to try to overthrow the Libyan leader.

Ramadan Abedi, an airport security officer who is thought to have worked at Manchester Airport, emigrated to London with his wife Samia Tabbal, 50, before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they settled in a housing association-owned home about two miles from the scene of Monday night’s terror attack.

Police swoop in on suspect as part of Manchester investigation.

Neighbours said they believe Abedi was of Libyan origin as officers raided his house

A huge number of police - including armed officers - carried out a raid on a house in the Fallowfield area of the city today

Friends and neighbours said Abedi appeared to be a normal football-mad teenager who was a massive Manchester United fan and spent hours playing computer games on the PS4

But everything changed in 2011 when his father abruptly left his job and home in the anonymous suburb to fight in Libya, leaving his family to fend for themselves, according to a local imam.

Abedi and his brothers appear to have followed in his footsteps by sharing stories of British jihadis fighting in Syria on social networks and even praying in the street.

Within hours of the attack carried out by Abedi, police arrested his brother Ismail, 23, outside a Morrison’s in Chorlton, Manchester and last night they were quizzing him on suspicion of involvement in the bombing.

The IT manager, who is married to a maths teacher, worked for Park Cake Bakeries in Oldham until January. It is believed that Ismail, who worked as a teaching assistant giving Arabic classes and IT support at Didsbury mosque Quran school, was once reported to a counter- terrorism unit after concerns were raised by members of the Muslim community.

Abedi and his family were well known at their Didsbury Mosque just a few minutes’ drive away from their modest £150,000 home.

Last night a source suggested anti-terror officers also tried to engage with Abedi, but he refused to co-operate. ‘Salman Abedi is a troublemaker, that is the understanding we have from the community,’ he said. ‘He is a loose cannon, someone who is troubled.’

The imam of Didsbury Mosque, Mohammed Saeed revealed Salman stopped going to the mosque in 2015 as he objected to anti- IS comments.

He said: ‘Salman used to come to the mosque occasionally, he wasn’t particularly friendly towards me because he didn’t like my anti-IS sermons.

‘He didn’t like what I was saying and showed me the face of hate. He came to the mosque less and less after that.’

One neighbour claimed they heard Abedi chanting Islamic prayers at the home just weeks before the concert hall atrocity.

At least two properties in the south of the city have been raided and a 23-year-old man was arrested in Chorlton

Officers carried out a controlled explosion at the house before forensics officers moved in and carried out a thorough search

Abedi is thought to have attended multiple schools in Manchester Claremont Primary School including Burnage Academy, William Hulme and Stretford Grammar School.

Leon Hall, who went to school with Abedi, told Mail Online he saw the killer last year and said he had grown a beard. He also said the jihadist was a keen Manchester United fan.

Mr Hall said: ‘I saw him last year and he had a beard thing going on. We didn’t speak but just nodded to each other. I don’t remember seeing him with beard before.

‘He always had a bit of an attitude problem. I can’t say I really liked the man.’

He added: ‘I saw him last year and he had a beard thing going on. We didn’t speak but just nodded to each other. I don’t remember seeing him with beard before.’

Mr Hall said they grew up playing together on the street around their home.

'He and I had a tussle many years ago when we were kids. It was over nothing, but he always had a bit of an attitude problem. I can’t say I really liked the man.’

He went on to study at Salford University. A spokesman said: ‘He was completely off the radar. He turned up for lectures for two years and then just stopped coming.

‘He was living at home, so he was very much not living the student experience.

‘He was not known to the university Islamic society.’

The source said Abedi began his business and management course in 2014 and attended lectures for two years but then stopped going.

He would have graduated this summer.

Last night one friend of Abedi’s said it was ‘crazy’ to consider what he had done.

Few suspected that Abedi, a slightly withdrawn, devout young man, always respectful to his elders, would become a mass murderer.

One friend said: ‘His parents are in Libya at the moment, they seem to go backwards and forwards a lot. I’m shocked.

'It’s crazy to think he could do this, he didn’t show any outward signs of being radicalised.

'I had noticed him being a bit more religious perhaps of late, going to the mosque more to pray and walking his little brother to school, being a bit more responsible.

'But nothing to suggest he could do something so terrible.’
Manchester attack: Theresa May raises terror threat rating to 'critical'

Separate pictures show raids at what is believed to have been Abedi's home in Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place, and his brother Ismail's address

Officers descended on a street in the south of Manchester today to search a house where the bomber is believed to have lived

A 16-year-old cousin of Abedi’s who lives near the family house said: ‘He went to Libya two months ago. We go every summer.

‘I don’t really believe it [that he carried out the attack]. I know him and I know what type of person he is. He’s a nice guy, we play [war videogame] Battlefield on the PS4.’

Last night neighbours described their shock as police carried out a controlled explosion.

Neville Edwards, who lives near the house where the controlled explosion was carried out, said his mother’s house in the next street was shaken by the blast.

‘She felt the ground beneath her shake. She was absolutely terrified.’

Debbie Smith, 53, a chef who lives opposite the Abedi house, said: ‘I was here when the police blew the door, it was loud.

'I had just turned a television programme on, it was about 12pm. It sounded like they were blowing my own door in.

‘It went boom! It was frightening after what happened last night, it frightened the life out of my dog.

‘The Abedi family have lived here a long time. At one point when Gaddafi got killed they put a massive flag on the roof of their house, the police had to come to tell them to take it down. I think they were glad he was dead.

‘We never had any problems with the family. They seemed quite Western, they wore Western clothes.

'The men sometimes wore those long shirts on holidays, the women didn’t wear veils, just headscarves. It’s frightening to think that we have been living opposite a suicide bomber.’

Forensics officer were seen emerging from the killer’s property carrying a booklet called Know Your Chemicals.

Neighbour Lina Ahmed, 21, said Abedi had been seen in the street chanting.

‘They are a Libyan family and he has been acting strangely. A couple of months ago he [Abedi] was chanting the first kalma [Islamic prayer] really loudly in the street. He was chanting in Arabic.

‘He was saying “There is only one God and the prophet Mohammed is his messenger”.’

'As a father, I cannot imagine how anyone could do it'

This pic shows the aftermath of the suicide bomb which ripped through the foyer of the venue killing parents and children

A man is pictured wrapped in foil and bleeding from a head wound after being caught up in the explosion at the Manchester gig

A policewoman comforted a young girl following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night

Abedi’s younger brother Hashim, now 20, has posted comments on IS- supporting sites.

He showed an interest in Reyaad Khan, the Welsh jihadi killed in a drone strike, and commented on a newspaper article when Khan’s mother appealed for her son to come home in 2014 before he was killed.

Hisham wrote: ‘Inshallah we go together ,man.’

Abedi’s sister Jomana, 18, attended the school in Whalley Range that hit the headlines in 2015 when twin pupils, aspiring medical students Zahra and Salma Halane, left their homes and moved to IS-controlled Syria.

Last night counter-terror police, assisted by MI5, were urgently piecing together the bomber’s background to see whether he had any help in planning the outrage.

Police are understood to have recovered CCTV video of the attacker walking into Manchester Arena where he detonated a bomb.

It shows the explosion was deliberate and caused by a device that may have been contained in a bag, a source said.

The device is described as homemade and crude, but stable enough to be transported and explode with devastating effect. It is believed to have been constructed in Britain.

The attacker, who struck on the fourth anniversary of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, was carrying an identity document on him, sources said.


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Manchester Terror Attack: More Than 24 Hours On, Families Still Searching For Missing Mothers, Sons & Daughters

Desperate families were still searching last night for loved ones who disappeared in the chaos of the Manchester bomb blast, including teenagers and schoolchildren. 

Some of their parents were at the lobby where the suicide bomb was detonated and have also been using social media to look for their loved ones.

Pictured are: (top row from left) Olivia Campbell, who has since been confirmed dead, Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford, Laura MacIntyre and Eilidh Macleod; (middle row from left) Wendy Fawell, Nell Jones, Marcin and Angelika Klis, Martyn Hett; (bottom row from left) Courtney Boyle, Martyn Hett, Philip Tron.
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Nigerian Customs Seizes Container With 440 Guns Imported From Turkey (Pics)

The Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Command, on Tuesday, intercepted a container laden with 440 arms and ammunition of various sizes and designs.

Speaking about the seizure, the zonal Commander, Tin Can Island command, Monday Abue, who represented the Comptroller-General, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), said that the cargo was shipped from Turkey.

He said that the consignment was declared as Plaster of Paris by the importer.

Abue explained that the container with registration number PONU 210024/1, was picked up based on intelligence report, adding that investigations were ongoing to unmask the importer.

According to him, the pump-action rifles were manufactured in the United States of America and Italy.

He said, “They are pump-action rifles of various designs and also the single-barrelled devices that you are familiar with.
“We discovered that they used POP to conceal the importation. We have arrested one defendant but due to security reasons, we don’t want to make it public for now because such information could hamper investigations which are still ongoing.”

According to Abue, the nation had been saved from another round of problem that the rifles would have caused.

The PRO of the Command, Uche Eiesieme, in a statement issued after the press briefing, listed the rifles seized as 100 pieces of Black Tornado single-barrelled rifles, 75 pieces of Silver Magnum single-barrelled rifles, 50 pieces of Altar pump-action rifles, 215 pieces of Black single-barrelled rifles, among other accessories.

The development is coming after a similar seizure of 661 pump-action rifles early in the year by the NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Ikeja, along the Mile Two-Apapa Road in Lagos.

The rifles, according to the Comptroller-General of the NCS, were imported from Turkey and routed through the Apapa port.

Meanwhile, Sifax Group, owners of Ports and Cargoes Handling Services limited, has refuted the report carried by several online news media that the seizure was made inside the ports and cargo terminal.

The rebuttal was communicated to our correspondent on the telephone by the Corporate Affairs Manager, Sifax Group, Olumuyiwa Akande, on Tuesday.


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Katsina State Police Nabs Two Suspected Serial Killers, Umar Sada And Ahmed Adamu (Pic)

Two suspected serial killers, Umar Sada and Ahmed Adamu – both 22 years old – are currently being interrogated by the police in Katsina State for allegedly killing three commercial motorcyclists in the state.

The two suspects were also accused of always snatching motorcycles from their victims, which they later resold to unsuspecting members of the public.

The state Commissioner of Police, Usman Abdullahi, who confirmed the development, said Umar and Ahmed would be arraigned in court after the completion of investigation.

It was learnt that the two suspects had in recent times allegedly murdered no fewer than three commercial motorcyclists within Katsina town.

The police commissioner said the suspects always lured their victims with big money, after begging them to take them to a location in the town.

Abdullahi said, “Along the way, the suspects would use a cable to strangle their victims and later dumped their dead bodies somewhere, before getting away with the motorcycles. They would then go and sell the motorcycles at very ridiculous prices.”

The police boss further revealed that a team he recently set up, CP Surveillance Squad, arrested Umar and Ahmed on Monday .

He appealed to members of the public, especially those who patronised commercial motorcyclists, to be security conscious and to always be on the alert.

Umar and Ahmed, who both resided at the Kofar Sauri area of the state, confessed to killing the three commercial motorcyclists.
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Oh No! US Based Nigerian Pastor, Oluwadayomisi Epenusi, Shot Dead!

A Nigerian pastor was at the weekend shot to death in his apartment complex near 10th Street and I-465 in Indianapolis, US.

The pastor who has been identified as Oluwadayomisi Epenusi, a 66-year-old, had just relocated to the US from Nigeria where he worked as a pastor.

Authorities in Indianapolis are currently on a manhunt for the killer to bring his assailants to justice.

Describing the sad event, his neighbor who identified herself as Kristina Teagu, said she heard multiple gunshots from his apartment.

'I heard about 15 gunshots. It was nuts,' said the neighbour. Teague said she immediately called 911. However, before the arrival of the police, a neighbor had driven him to the hospital where he died.

Another neighbor identified as Moshood Kafaru, also said attempts were made by his roommate to ascertain fact when he was being rushed to the hospital but he couldn't say a word.

'The roommate said when he was on the way he asked him what happened and why he got shot, but the man couldn't say anything because he was still in pain.'

Kafaru described Epenusi as a nice person who never bothered anyone in the neighborhood.

“He was just a nice person who would go to work and come home and go to church. He didn't talk to nobody. He never bothered nobody.'

According to Kafaru, he believes the violence started as a robbery.

'He was holding a purse. He refused to let it go. They thought he had money in the purse, but he didn’t want to let it go.'

According to Fox News, a large group of Nigerians live in the apartment complex and those that knew Epenusi say he had been working hard to help his kids to move to the United States.

'They just got a visa. That is why he was working so hard, so his family can come over here,' said Kafaru, 'He was just an innocent man and it just upsets me that he’s gone just like that.”

'It’s really sad because he was here sending money to his family,” said Teague.

However, Police have asked people with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
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Anambra State Police Kill Kidnappers In A Failed Operation (Graphic Pics)

Two armed kidnappers were reportedly gunned down in Anambra state by the Police. According to the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, the kidnappers stormed Lounge 24 Night Club and kidnapped the manager, Chidi Ojukwu.
Security Operatives were alerted and they trailed the suspects to a lonely area in Urum where they engaged in a shoot out, killing two of them, while the third ran into the bush seriously injured. And the victim rescued unhurt.
The Police are said to have discovered their arms cache and are on the search to pick the wounded gang member believed to be lying dead somewhere in the bush.
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Lagos Based Blogger Arrested For Allegedly Defrauding UK-Based Activist (Pic)

A Nigerian blogger, Apeh Peterhot, has been arrested by the Nigerian Police in Lagos.

The Benue born Blogger had allegedly opened a Facebook pseudo account in the name of Queen Ann Ochoga and used it to defraud Mr. Philip Agbese, to the tune of N2.2m.

It could also be recalled that, an innocent pregnant woman, Ann Johnson, was implicated in the said transaction, as the blogger cunningly used her bank account details, under the pretence that he had issues with his BVN.

Luck, however, ran out of him, when the pregnant woman turned herself in at the police station and made confessional statement.

The culprit, who has been on the run for days, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, following a coordinated operation of civilians and undercover Policemen, following a tip off.

He is currently being held at the Idimu Police Station, Area M, Alimoso Division of Lagos Command, pending a signal from the FCT Command, where the matter is being handled.
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Heavily Pregnant Lagos Beautician Beats 8-Year Old Maid To Death!!

A beautician, identified only as HEARTLESS Oby, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly beating her maid, Miracle, to death on Lateef Aregbe Street, Ago Palace Way, Okota, in the Isolo area of the state.

It was learnt that the mother of two had descended on the eight-year-old on Saturday and beaten her till she collapsed and gave up the ghost.

She was allegedly plotting with some persons to dispose of the corpse when some neighbours raised the alarm and reported the case to the police.

The suspect was subsequently detained at the Isolo Police Division.

A resident of the area, who did not want to be identified, said the suspect had been beating Miracle for months.

He explained that anytime Oby, who hailed from Anambra State, was confronted by neighbours, she would shun and insult them.

He said, “She is a beautician and has two children and she is heavily pregnant with her third child. Her husband was deported from Libya before he travelled again to Angola, where he is now based.

   ''She brought the victim and another girl by name Chinacherem, from their village in Anambra State some years ago. They were formerly going to school before she stopped them.

   ''However, anytime I visit their house, she was always beating this particular girl. Whenever people intervened, she would tell them to go away because she brought the girl from the village and it was none of their business.

   ''She usually maltreated the two girls and would wake them up as early as 4.30am to start working. She beat them for the least provocation.

   ''Early Saturday, she descended on Miracle again and beat her till she gave up. She called some people to help her in disposing of her corpse. They were about taking the body out when people challenged them. The people she brought quickly ran away.''

The police from the Isolo division were said to have arrested the suspect.

Punch Metro was told that the case was also reported to officials of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

An official of the agency, who did not want to be identified, said 12-year-old Chinacherem had been taken away from the community by some family members who didn’t want her to testify against the suspect.

She said, ''We gathered that Oby told Chinacherem that when she is queried, she should tell people that she (Chinacherem) and the victim fought and she collapsed and died.

   ''After the girl told the crowd that, she quickly added that it was what her madam asked her to say.

   ''But the woman has confessed to the police that she killed the girl. When we went to the station, we were prevented from talking to her, but they confirmed it was a case of homicide. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.''

The Director of OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, called for an end to child abuse in Lagos State, urging residents to quickly report such cases before it was too late.

She said the agency would follow the case to ensure justice was served.

She said, “The girl’s life could have been saved if people raised the alarm early enough and that is why we always say if you see something, say something. There is no room for child abuse in Lagos State and we will ensure due diligence is done in this matter.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s corpse had been deposited in the Isolo General Hospital for autopsy.

He said, “The suspect, Obiageli, beat her housemaid, Miracle Edegwu, to death. She was arrested and transferred to the SCIID. The matter is under investigation.''
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Zuma Rock In Abuja On Fire (Pics)

A portion of Zuma Rock in Abuja has been engulfed in flames as shown by a pic taken by Tumo Fotografix and sent to Vanguard.

As at the time of filling this report, the cause of the fire could not be ascertained.. See pics of the fire of Zuma Rock below:


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fayose's Aide Explains Why The State Government Didn't Fund The Repatriation Of Actress Moji Olaiya's Remains To Nigeria

Ekiti State Government has explained why it has yet to respond to requests to help fund the repatriation of the remains of Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya from Canada to Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Monday,  Special Assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the claim that Ekiti State refused to assist with the flying of  Olaiya’s corpse to Nigeria for burial was totally false. While maintaining that there was no official communication between the governor and Moji Olaiya’s family on the issue of assistance, Olayinka disclosed that:

   ''On Thursday, last week, I was contacted by phone by a journalist friend, Yomi Fabiyi on the need for the Ekiti State Government to assist in raising a sum of $15,000 needed to bring Moji Olaiya’s corpse to Nigeria.

   ''My immediate response was that an official request, via a letter, should be made and that the letter will be presented to the governor. I gave him my email address to which I said the letter should be sent.

   ''On Friday, I informed the Chief of Staff to the governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, of my telephone conversation with Yomi Fabiyi, and my response that official letter should be written to the governor.

   ''Up till today, the letter has not been sent and as such, no official request has been made to the State Government.

   ''When my attention was drawn to online publications that Governor Fayose had elected to fund the flying of the deceased corpse to Nigeria, I called the journalist who did the report and told him pointedly that no such decision was taken by the governor.

   ''It was on the strength of this that Mr Yomi Fabiyi issued a press statement on behalf of the Burial Committee, stating that no request had been made to the government of Ekiti State and the official letter requested was yet to be sent.

   ''It, therefore, beats our imagination that certain character like Olukayode Salako could take to the online media to make derogatory comments on the governor, purportedly on behalf of the family.

   ''While we condole with the Olaiya family of Ijesha Isu Ekiti, Moji Olaiya’s friends, fans and colleagues in the movie industry, we wish to advise that the family should saddle only responsible people with the task of according their daughter a befitting burial.''
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Jilted Port Harcourt Lover Bathes Ex-Girlfriend With Acid In Bayelsa State

A 26-year-old lady, identified as Miss Deborah Eteh, was bathed with substance suspected to be acid on Tombia Road by Edepie, Bayelsa State, by her ex-boyfriend, who came in from Rivers State.

It was gathered that both of them were in a relationship in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, before the victim, Deborah, pulled out of the relationship and relocated to Yenagoa.

The suspect is said to have traced his victim from Port Harcourt to Yenagoa, where he bathed the victim with substance suspected to be acid.

Following the alarm raised by the victim’s neighbours, residents of the area apprehended the suspect, who is currently being detained at a police station in the state capital.

The victim was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where she is receiving treatment.

Contacted, spokesman of the state Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who could not confirm the incident, sent an SMS, saying “I cannot talk right now, I will get back to you.”

He had not done so at press time.

…murder in Bayelsa

In another development, it was yet another gory weekend in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as gunmen shot dead one Jackson Olali at the popular Tombia-Amassoma Road at 10:30p.m.

A relative of the victim said Jackson Olali had returned from his home town of Nembe that evening, before he went out to charge his mobile phone where he met his untimely death, as the gunmen suspected to be assassin shot him on the head.


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Pics: Nigerian Woman Thrown Out Of The House By Her Abusive Husband #SayNoToDomesticViolence

Here we go AGAIN! When will this madness stop? SAD!! SAD!! SAD!!! A victim of Domestic violence has cried out to human right activist and lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye, for help, after her abusive husband threw her out of the house.
The Nigerian woman alleged that he husband destroyed her properties and threw her out of the house!! See more pics below..
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Nollywood Actress, Rachel Oniga, Marks 60Th Birthday (Pics)

Yaay.. The pretty veteran actress, Rachel Oniga, is 60 today and has marked it by releasing a pic with the caption below:
   "A new day, new dawn. Gods mercies never cease to amaze me...happy birthday to me and everyone else celebrating ..God over all..."

Fromm us at TTB, happy birthday ma'am.. May God bless your new age.
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Yaay.. Nollywood Actor, Daniel .K. Daniel, Proposes To His Sweetheart As He Clocks 31

It's double celebration for Nollywood actor and Meme creator, Daniel .K. Daniel,  who is set to drop his Bachelor badge, as he proposed to his long time girlfriend on his 31st birthday!!

The handsome actor who posted the news on Instagram couldn’t hide his joy as he tells the world that the woman whom he loves so much has said yes to him.

We are happy for the new couple and we say congratulations.. Way to go!!
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The Sons Of Perdition And The Lamentation Of The Blind By Femi Fani-Kayode

Instead of responding to the words of Eric Joyce, the former British MP who told the world via his twitter handle on 19th May that President Muhammadu Buhari had died in a London hospital, Deacon Femi Adesina, the Special Advisor to the President on Media, in an essay titled “They Learnt Nothing and They Forgot Nothing”, wrote like a true corpsocrat, refused to clarify the matter and instead said that he was ready to follow Buhari “into battle blindfolded”.

Clearly my good friend Adesina has much to learn from an essay that yours truly wrote last week titled “The Language of Slaves”. I urge him to read it.

He also has a lot to learn from President J. Trump’s words when he said,

“In America we worship God and not Government. We are a nation of true believers”.

My advice to Adesina (and it is from the heart because he knows that I really do like him) is to firstly stop worshipping Government and secondly to seek the face of God on this matter.

I also advise him to forget Buhari because it is all over for him. He will never be the same again. This is because the blood of the innocents and the souls of the wounded and tortured are speaking against him before the Lord of Hosts and the God of Heaven.

Our President did not just kill thousands before, during and after our civil war but he also committed the crudest and most primitive form of hideous gang rape and violent armed robbery against the Nigerian nation-state by toppling a democratically-elected government in 1983 before he himself was toppled two years later.

In his essay, Adesina claimed that Buhari is “not corrupt” yet what greater act of corruption, betrayal and treachery can there possibly be than the murderous, barefaced, brazen sacking, robbing, stealing and pillaging of a nations ENTIRE government and the violent imposition of one man’s will over 100 million people with the barrel of a gun. That is precisely what General Muhammadu Buhari did to Nigeria in 1983.

Not only that but he also placed a dark and evil veil over our nation, unleashed hell and mayhem on thousands of innocent people, locked them up for no just cause, unjustly applied retroactive laws, destroyed many great men and prominent families, increased the suffering of the poor and sent thousands of people to an early grave.

Sadly 30 years later and since his return to power in 2015 our country has seen more division, bloodshed, strife, stagnation, abuse of power, governmental impunity, economic decline, state-sponsored genocide, carnage and butchery, ethnic cleansing, extreme poverty, Fulani hegemony, islamic domination, humiliation of the Church, murder of Christians, ethnic and religious tensions, slaughter of Shiite Muslims, butchering of northern minorities, marginalisation of southerners, humiliation of Middle Belters and reckless corruption in government than at ANY other time in our history since the civil war.

My advice to Adesina is to stop attempting to sell his repugnant “Buhari is the Messiah” gospel, rid himself of what Dr. Reuben Abati, the former Special Advisor on Media to President Goodluck Jonathan, recently described as “the Villa curse”, move on with his life and let the dead bury the dead.

He should stop behaving like the stubborn fly that insists on following the corpse into the grave.

He should spend far more time seeking the face and counsel of the Lord and in deep introspection.

He should consider the sheer evil that his principal has unleashed on the Nigerian people and the injustice, wickedness and barbarity that he has soiled his hands with over the last two years.

He should learn from the powerful words of Donald Trump’s inspiring speech which he delivered to Muslim leaders from all over the world in Saudi Arabia just two days ago when he told them that they must 'drive out' the radical extremists and terrorists from their midst and warned them that “terrorists do not worship God, they worship death”.

And in the last two years our nation has witnessed plenty of death amd destruction. Many have been killled by the agents, friends, security forces and kinsmen of our President and their blood is speaking.

It is an act of folly to publicly profess and declare love for a man that is clearly under God’s judgement.

It is an act of deceit, deception, delusion and desperation to boast and claim that “millions of Nigerians love him” and that they are “bombarding heaven with prayers for him”.

It is an act of stupidity and possibly insanity to declare loyalty to a man that hates the God you claim to serve, that seeks to rubbish the Church you claim to love and that seeks to desecrate the very foundation, values and essence of the Christian faith that you profess.

The blood of thousands that have been slaughtered by his principal’s security forces and his Fulani militia friends over the last two years is speaking.

The Holy Bible says “he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword”.

It says “God is faithful to His own” and that He “cannot be mocked”.

808 Christians were butchered on Christmas day in Southern Kaduna by Fulani militias and yet NOT ONE arrest was made and no one has been detained or prosecuted.

Thousands of others have been murdered all over the country and particularly in the south and the Middle Belt and yet no arrests have been made.

1000 Shiite Muslims (yes 1000 and NOT 347!) were slaughtered and buried in mass graves by the military in one crazy afternoon over a year ago yet no-one has been brought to justice and instead their leader, Sheik El Zak Zaky, has been shot in the eye and detained, together with his wife, for over one year.

Such was the anger and disgust that this particular episode provoked that Aliyu Smith Almusawi, a Shiite Muslim commentator, wrote the following:

“You massacred hundreds of his followers and three of his biological children. You shot him and his wife several times and denied him rights despite court orders to travel abroad for medical attention. Then Allah with his infinite mercy saved his life and punished you with confusion and dyslexic inability to even fulfill your campaign promises. And he worsened your health to the extent that despite routine foreign trips to treat your mysterious infection, you are sicker than Zakzaky”.

This is a profound observation yet few in the corridors of power are listening and sadly the evil continues.

1000 people were butchered in Agatu in one afternoon some time ago by Fulani militias yet no arrests have been made.

Dozens of innocent men, women and children were butchered in Takum in Taraba state by the same monsters a few days ago and four more were killed in Southern Kaduna just six days ago yet no arrests have been made.

Hundreds of opposition members, activists, bloggers, journalists and innocent citizens have been locked up and illegally detained for no just cause and against court orders.

Thousands of pro-Biafra IPOB members have been butchered and detained by security forces simply for saying that they want their own nation and that they wish to exercise their right of self-determination.

Worst of all our tyrant President has espoused and encouraged a radical form of Islam, an openly and unashamedly ethnic agenda and a virulent and repugnant brand of Islamic fundamentalism.

Remember when he said “an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north” and when he asserted that it was his “intention to spread sharia to EVERY state of the Federation?”

Remember when he said “Muslims should only vote for Muslims” and when he asked “why should Christians be concerned with sharia when it is Muslim hands and legs that are being cut off?”

Remember when he asked Lam Adeshina, the Governor of Oyo state, why the Governor’s Yoruba people were killing HIS OWN Fulani people?

Remember the carnage that was unleashed by the Presidents Fulani kinsmen in Osun, Abia, Enugu, Imo, Rivers, Plateau, Taraba, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Kwara, Kogi, Edo, Cross Rivers, Nassarawa and countless other states in the last few days, months and two years and yet no condemnations or arrests have been made by the Buhari administration?

Remember when he locked up judges and raided their homes in the middle of the night?

Remember when he sought to intimidate and criminalise the leadership of the Senate by charging them to court for spurrious and bogus offences?

Remember how he employed the services of a shady, bloodthirsty, psychotic and compromised meglomaniac and age-old government informant, collaborator and professional mole who was the original founder of Boko Haram to infiltrate, highjack and destroy the leading opposition party in a desperate attempt to create a one party state?

Remember that though we are meant to be multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural plural state of over 170 million people, every single one of our security agencies and Armed Forces, except for the Navy, is headed by a northern Muslim.

Remember that Middle Belt and southern Nigerians are now effectively slaves and second class citizens in their own country.

Remember that millions of people, including women and children, in the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the north-east are suffering from starvation whilst millions of others all over the country are suffering from hunger.

The nightmare just goes on and on.

Adesina would do well to remember that every soul is precious to God and that every life matters to Him.

He is free to pray for his principal but one thing remains clear: the arrow of infirmity has hit home and the sword of the Lord has struck: God’s judgement is irreversiblle.

The blood of the slaughtered innocents is speaking and God is not mocked.

The truth is that I don’t think anyone wants the President dead: they just want him to resign, to go back to Daura, to take care of his health and to properly hand over full power to his younger, stronger, far brighter and more able second in command.

Whichever way you look at it the bottom line is that we have no respect for anybody that does not respect the Living God and that attaches no value to human life.

And neither does God honor or respect such cruel, debased and beastly and creatures.

The Holy Bible describes them as the “children of perdition”: men and women of blood who are destined for hell and who delight in inflicting pain, hardship, wickedness and suffering on the weak, the innocent, the vulnerable, the defenceless and the helpless.

Buhari is one of such men and consequently he is suffering God’s judgement. If he had known that he would end up in the condition that he has found himself in today two years ago he may have done things differently or not run for the Presidency at all.

Unfortunately for him the Lord hid what lay ahead from both him and his stargazers and instead hardened his heart.

Today, like Pharaoh, he weeps alone in the barren desert as he approaches his Red Sea and prepares for destruction.

Like Cain, he has been despatched and banished to the dry places and the lonely wilderness: a place that is known as the biblical land of Nod which lies far east of Eden.

And just as He once asked the murderous Cain, the Ancient of Days is asking Buhari today “where is thy brother Abel?” and He is reminding him that “his blood cries to me in heaven for vengeance”.

As he once did with Cain, the Lord has marked and rejected the merciless tyrant and promised him suffering eternal, both in the land of the living and the dead.

The Holy Bible says there is no peace for the wicked. How true this is!

I pray that my friend and brother Femi Adesina learns from this and spares us his inelegent lamentations and rancid rantings.

I also pray that he and his inglorious partners in perfidy, confusion and delusion, the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed and Buhari’s Luciferean cabal, spend less time sponsoring core northern groups to threaten my life and urging non-existent Yoruba groups to publicly accuse me of plotting a coup and more time praying for their ailing boss.

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SERAP Gives Fashola 7-Day Ultimatum, Says, 'Order DISCOs To Provide Pre-Paid Meters To Nigerians Or Get Ready For ...'

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, SAN, requesting him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently enforce your directives to electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) to provide free pre-paid meters to Nigerians, and end the use of patently illegal and inordinate estimated billing across the country.”

The organization asked Mr Fashola to “take this step within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, failing which SERAP will institute appropriate legal proceedings to compel the discharge of your ministerial and statutory duty in this matter in order to ensure completion of metering of unmetered customers and total abolition of estimated billing in the country.”

In the letter dated 22 May 2017 and signed by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization expressed “concern that while countries like Zambia are subsidising electricity payments to enable consumption by socially and economically vulnerable groups, this government is implicitly promoting the use of unjustifiable estimated billing, and increasing consumer costs. The use of estimated billing is marginalizing Nigerians living in extreme poverty, disproportionately affecting women, children and the elderly, and increasing their vulnerability to discrimination.”

According to the organization, “Excessive billing of customers is arbitrary, unfair, unjust, unreasonable and exploitative of millions of socially and economically vulnerable groups. SERAP is concerned that the apparent failure of your office to exercise due diligence and effective regulatory oversight on DISCOs to ensure full compliance with your directives to provide free pre-paid meters to Nigerians has denied millions of customers regular and uninterrupted access to electricity.”

The letter read in part: “It’s the responsibility of this government and your ministry to ensure that the privatisation of the power sector does not impair in any way, shape, or form access of Nigerians to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply by among others actively promoting the provision of pre-paid meters to all Nigerians particularly the socially and economically vulnerable groups. Nigerians should not be penalized by disconnection or denial of access to electricity because they cannot pay unwarranted estimated bills.”

“It’s unlawful for DISCOs to disconnect electricity supplies on the basis of unpaid estimated bills. This government and your ministry bear responsibility for the failure and/or refusal of DISCOs to provide free pre-paid meters to millions of Nigerians.

“Several years after the country’s power sector was privatized, millions of Nigerian households particularly the socially and economically vulnerable sectors of the population continue to complain about outrageous bills for electricity not consumed, and poor power supply from distribution firms. Despite several directives and deadlines by both your office and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission for DISCOs to provide free pre-paid meters to customers, our information reveals that millions of electricity users across the country remain unmetered.”

“SERAP is concerned that diminished power infrastructure and your ministry’s inability to enforce your directives and regulations on provision of pre-paid meters to Nigerians means that millions of customers continue to be exploited through the use of patently illegal estimated billing by DISCOs.”

“SERAP continues to receive complaints through our helpline against corruption in the electricity sector that majority of consumers still get estimated bills. While electricity supply is for the most part declining, estimated bills continue to go up. In several parts of the country, consumers pay more for electricity than they pay for house rent. The feedbacks we have regularly received suggest that unreliable, inefficient and poor quality of electricity in several parts of the country is majorly responsible for the deplorable living conditions of millions of Nigerians.”

“SERAP argues that access to regular electricity supply is a prerequisite for satisfying basic human needs, improving living standards, maintaining good human health, alleviating poverty and facilitating sustainable development. SERAP notes that Article 14(2)(h) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to which Nigeria is a state party explicitly recognises electricity as a human right.”

“Similarly, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development has argued that sustainable development is attainable through universal access to cost-effective energy sources. Moreover, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has adjudged the failure of States to provide basic services such as electricity as violating the right to health.”

“SERAP believes that electricity provides a safe means of cooking (through electric stoves) and food preservation (refrigeration). Electricity is therefore essential to agriculture and a prerequisite for food security. Electricity can also be employed to realise the human right to access clean water. Electric power operates pumps and sanitation systems so that drinking water is within the safe physical reach of all individuals and accessible by households, educational institutions and workplaces.”

“SERAP therefore urges you to act diligently and swiftly to enforce your directives, deadlines and regulations on the provision of free pre-paid meters to Nigerians and end the use of patently illegal estimated billing across the country. We also urge to establish independent monitoring teams to regularly monitor the proportion of households across the country with pre-paid meters.”

“Should you fail and/or neglect to act as requested within seven days after the receipt and/or publication of this letter, SERAP will be compelled to pursue appropriate legal action against your ministry to ensure strict enforcement of your directives, deadlines and regulations on provision of free pre-paid meters to Nigerians and an end to estimated billing across the country.”


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TV Girl, Princess Dolapo Sijuwade, Jets Out Of The Country To Have Her Baby (Pics)

The media personnel, Princess Dolapo Sijuwade, who recently had her baby shower in Nigeria, has jetted out of the country to have her baby! She is expected to have her patter of tiny feet soon.. See another pic below..
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President Buhari And The Marabouts By Reuben Abati

Article by Reuben Abati.. Read below..

“Have you read Lauretta Onochie’s latest post?”
“Lauretta. Lauretta. Who is she?”
“She is a social media assistant at the Presidency. She shoots straight and direct. She defends President Muhammadu Buhari with the passion of someone the President treats like a daughter.”
“Not a son, this time, a daughter! Interesting. Of power, fathers, wives, sons and daughters….”
“She spits fire, particularly if the person involved is in any way related to either the People’s Democratic Party or former President Goodluck Jonathan.”

“I see…”
“I try to pay attention to the many battles of the spin community in Nigerian politics.”
“Well, I have tried to tune off for a while. Now that the social media is dominated by all kinds of ghosts and malcontents, I just don’t always take everything that I read there seriously.  I should pay attention to this your Lauretta though. She is likely to provide a lot of comic relief.” 
“You call it comic relief?”
“You never know. What is she saying?”

“I have just read a piece she wrote saying some politicians are now hiring marabouts, pastors and Bishops to pray for President Buhari’s death.”
“Pastors? Praying for someone to die? Contrary to the miracle of Lazarus and the fact of Resurrection?”
“Yes, some pastors are shamanists. Fact.”
“Some journalists are pastors”
“So?”
“Wrong syllogism. Not all pastors are shamanists.”
“I said some…”
“You sounded as if…”

“We are not talking logic. It is not everything that happens in society or in the corridors of power that is logical. If Lauretta says politicians are hiring marabouts and pastors to pray for the President’s death, she must know what she is talking about.  Have you not seen how the Buhari Media Centre has been very busy raining curses on anybody who wishes the President dead? They have even chosen a song: Baba oh Baba oh, Baba o, oluwa da Baba si fun wa.”

“I see there is a singing competition in Abuja now between the Senate and the Villa. It is good to sing.”
“She says certain politicians are attacking President Buhari because he is still alive, despite their prayers. She insists they just don’t want him in power. They robbed him of victory in three past elections, and now that he has won, and is in charge, they are recruiting marabouts and soothsayers to pray for his death.”
“Hmm, these demons and principalities…”

“She even pointed out that those who wish the President dead travel to Niger and as far as India to recruit evil spiritualists.”
“She should name the persons involved so they can be charged immediately for high treason, or at worst attempted murder, or spiritual assault with intent to kill.”
 “How do you prove spiritual assault?”

“The security agencies can start with the investigation of anybody who has travelled to Niger and India in the last six months to determine if such persons had any contact with a marabout, a pastor or a bishop in those countries.”

“You think this is a joke? I know these things. The only thing I don’t understand is why Niger and India. There are more marabouts, pastors and bishops in Nigeria.”
“I think the President’s enemies travel abroad because walls have ears. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should summon the ambassadors of Niger and India and any other country that may be identified to shed light on the relationship between the Nigerian political elite and the marabouts in their countries.  This is a matter for the Foreign Affairs Ministry.”

“But under what law will the Federal Government try the marabouts and their clients? Or prove that they are praying for the President’s death?”
“They’d create one. That is easy.  And they can start with social media. There is a website for example that announced what did not happen. Then there is a British politician who is already sending condolence messages, and writing opinions about what does not concern him.”

“Are there marabouts on social media?”
“Ha. Plenty”
 “And that Oyinbo man, is he a marabout too, hired by Nigerian politicians? You see, then, Lauretta knows what she is talking about. Too many things in this country are remote-controlled by remote forces and marabouts. The most dangerous ones are the marabouts who call themselves clerics, with big titles.”

“But I really don’t know why anyone would wish the President dead. That is wicked. It is a much better business to pray for the President to get well soon. We can organize prayer rallies and receive sponsorship from the private sector, government at all levels and their contractors. I am even surprised that holidays have not yet been declared for prayers yet.”

“You are right. Government can neutralize the wickedness of the marabouts by recruiting prayer warriors. Pastors and Bishops who can preserve, protect and promote with the sacred power of the Word.  Imams who can talk directly to God and make things happen.”

“And the people who pray will smile and receive praise.”
“Candidly, I would love to recommend some Pastors and Bishops who will counter the marabouts and the other pastors with prayers that will destroy demons and principalities, fire-for-fire, back to sender!”    

“We can even do a book, you know?. Powers, Demons and Principalities: A History of Nigerian Politics.”
“Where will you find the empirical evidence for that? Sounds somehow.”
“Don’t worry. Someone once got a Ph.D with a dissertation titled “A History of the Penis.”

“What? Strange things happen in this world.”
“Like what happened in Ibadan yesterday.  That’s what I wanted to discuss with you before you brought up this matter about marabouts.”
“What happened?”

“First, let me ask you, how is that your Made-in-Oyo-state cousin?  Where is she? She stands the chance of making a fortune before next week”
“How? She is fine.  She is in Lagos.”

“Very good. I think she should just start going to Ibadan right now and get ready for a beauty pageant. I know her. She is beautiful and I am sure she will win the top prize.”
“I am lost. Free me.”

“The Oyo State Government is organizing a beauty pageant for ladies with tribal marks to celebrate the 2017 World Culture Day and to promote cultural tourism. The lady with the most beautiful tribal marks will go home with good prizes. In fact the state government declared that on Monday, May 22, civil servants and other persons in the state should wear traditional attires to work, play traditional games and eat traditional food.”

“Amala and gbegiri day.”
“You should ask why the pageant is only for beautiful ladies with tribal marks. Where are the men?”
“My cousin is over 40. She can’t go for a beauty pageant.”
“There is no age barrier. And your cousin is hot.  She has the best tribal marks I have seen although I don’t understand why your Uncle, who is educated, should subject her to such violence.”

“Identity. Tribal marks indicate your place of origin. It was used in the age of slave trade and inter-tribal wars to properly identify persons who were sold into captivity or captured as prisoners of war. With their tribal marks, they could easily trace their way back home.”

“And that is what Oyo state is promoting in the name of cultural tourism in 2017? Nonsense. Who needs tribal marks in the age of the millennials? There are modern means of identification: your passport, driver’s license, national identity card, even your fingerprint and iris.  So, what is Oyo state planning to celebrate - that tribal marks are good?”

“I just hope they will not insist on female genital mutilation or leviration as part of culture.” 
“Certain aspects of our culture have been overtaken by modernity, science and technology. You can promote local fashion, but tribal marks? Made-in-Oyo state? Oh no. I hope they don’t end up at that beauty pageant with fake tribal marks, straight from Nollywood. Make-up artists are so good these days, they can inflict fake tribal marks on a face, the person wins and she walks away.”

“I hope that happens. As for my cousin, no, I am not even sure she is proud of the bold scars on her face. Not even the United Nations which declared a World Culture Day will be happy.”
“Tell them in Ibadan. If they want to promote culture, they owe the people good governance. That’s all. Culture is about the way we live, and the way we see the world as a people, community, group, society and government. It is a broad, dynamic, living organism. The Constituted Authority in charge of Oyo State should know that.”
“Yes. Yes. Yes oh. I was surprised though to see that they also have culture in Saudi Arabia.”

“There is culture everywhere.”
“Apart from Islam, I mean. I was surprised to see dancing, drumming and sword-waving at the reception for US President Donald Trump. The Americans seemed happy with Arabian culture.”

“You really believe that? I don’t think President Trump and his team give a damn about Saudi Arabian culture. The Secretary of Commerce danced, the President swayed awkwardly, and bowed to the king because the Americans were able to secure good business deals. Natural resources, construction contracts and sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion which Trump described as tremendous investments.  The State Department celebrated how this could create tens of thousands of new jobs in the US.”

“I get your point.  I saw Trump’s son-in-law high-fiving the National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster.”
 “And did you hear Trump talk about radical Islamic terrorism, human rights, or openly disparage Muslims the way he did during the campaigns? He didn’t. ”
“He mentioned something about radicalization and fanatical violence but he was obviously careful with words, and he played the politics of the region in a pragmatic manner.”

“You get it. Business is far more important than ideology or campaign rhetoric. In fact, Trump was practically sucking up to the Saudi Sunnis. That is a man who came to power condemning Muslims. That was sheer hypocrisy and opportunism at work. He played the same politics in Israel.”

“It is a fake world we live in. Fake Trump. Fake speech.  It is sad though. While other countries are going round the world, looking for investments, Nigerian leaders are travelling here and there looking for marabouts and beautiful ladies with tribal marks!”

“And to think the social media is used to promote the fakery?”
“Social media?”
“Yes. It is a positive vehicle for democracy.”
“It is also a veritable vehicle for fake news. I am uncomfortable for example with the rise of twitter ghosts and masquerades.”

“I know what you mean. But there are remedies when people overdo things and violate other people’s rights. Twitter just sacked one twitter account called @SubDeliveryMan. The account has been used we are told, to invade people’s privacy, malign them and expose them to ridicule and yet the person behind the handle is totally anonymous.”

“Social media anonymity does not enhance democracy or free speech, it promotes mischief and the politics of hate. I am glad Twitter is doing something about it.” 
“You know sometimes when I read what some people post on twitter. I wonder about their upbringing. I cringe. They just set out to hurt other people’s feelings.”
“Twitter has a responsibility to ensure that its platform is not abused by persons who have indecent motives.”

“The next account they should delete is @PObahiagbon. It is a fake account and Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon himself has said so. Identity theft is a crime.”
“You are sure it is not a parody account?”

“No. I also don’t like the idea of a parody account. It is easily abused. Free speech must be backed by a sense of decency and responsibility”
“The whole thing sounds like this marabout matter.”
“I think the real marabout matter in Nigeria is the on-going fake, auto-suggestive coup talk.”
 “It shall be well with Nigeria.”
“A-a-a-a-men”.
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Broken Ariana Grande Sends Emotional Tweet After 22 Killed In Terrorist Attack At Her Manchester Concert, Saying, 'I'm So So Sorry'

Ariana Grande said she's 'broken' in a tweet after 22 people died and 59 were injured amid a suspected terrorist attack at her Monday evening concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, adding, 'from the bottom of my heart, [I] am so so sorry. [I] don't have words.'

Her manager Scooter Braun said, 'Our hearts are broken' as they mourned 'the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act,' thanking authorities in Manchester for their rapid response to the disastrous occurrence. He added: 'We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.'

The 23-year-old singer has suspended her The Dangerous Woman Tour, TMZ reported, adding that the singer was 'in no condition to perform,' and organizers take another look at security conditions for the remaining dates.

Calm before the storm: Ariana Grande, 23, was photographed at her concert at the Manchester Arena Monday in Manchester, England

Tragic incident: The explosion occurred at about 10:35 p.m. local time, after Grande walked off the stage

Speechless: The devastated singer posted a short and emotional message on her Twitter account

Concertgoers who witnessed the carnage said that at about 10:35 p.m., a pair of loud explosions were heard in the building.

Majid Khan, 22, said that 'a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone, and we were all trying to flee the arena.'

Father-of-two Shaun Hunter, who brought his daughters, ages 12 and 10 to the show, said there was a 'a stampede' of attendees toward the exits after the explosion. He noted, 'I saw one bloke carrying his daughter - she was bleeding.'

Robert Tempkin, 22, described the situation that unfolded amid the disaster: 'Everyone was screaming and running ... there were coats and people's phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.'

Ariana Grande performs at Manchester Arena moments before blast.

Kind words: Grande's manager Scooter Braun posted this poignant message

Sending prayers: Both Scooter Braun and Ariana Grande spoke out about the deadly explosion late Monday. The two were snapped in Phoenix as the tour kicked off in February.

The awful moment the 'nail bomb' explodes at Ariana Grande concert

Help on the way: Emergency vehicles headed toward the area amid the deadly incident

Horrifying: Concertgoers, many of them children, walked in bunches as they vacated the area

He said that after the initial explosion, 'essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.'

Manchester Victoria train station was evacuated, with all train rides canceled following the incident.

The explosion would mark Britain's deadliest attack since 52 people died in the July 7, 2005 suicide on trains in London Underground stations.

Ambulances rush to treat injured after Ariana concert 'explosion'

The latest: The venue addressed the incident in a solemn tweet Monday evening

Questions remain: Officers had the area cleared and patrolled amid the carnage earlier in the evening

Ongoing probe: Law enforcement and emergency responders descended upon the area after the suspected terrorist attack


Symbolic: A ribbon symbol adorned with Grande's bunny ears was making the rounds on social media Monday

In the U.S., authorities with the Department of Homeland Security said they were monitoring ongoing events in the U.K., adding that there was no immediate, credible threats against any stateside venues. Americans could expect more security guards at events and in public locations, according to the department.

Responses were flooding in from international leaders.

Police seen amongst panicking fans at Ariana Grande concert.




Sad sirens: Grande's pop peers such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Harry Styles and Selena Gomez chimed in with thoughts and prayers on the catastrophic evening

'This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers,' Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. 'This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.'

Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said, 'I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and families of the deceased and my prayers to a swift recovery for the wounded. Japan stands in solidarity with the people of the U.K.,' while addressing the possible connection to terrorism. 'If this is a terrorist attack, such abhorrent acts of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism.'

Grande's tour, her third time hitting the international concert circuit, kicked off with a February show in Phoenix. Further stops on her immediate concert trail included scheduled dates in Antwerp, Belgium; Lodz, Poland and Frankfurt, Germany. The tour was slated to extend through fall, wrapping up September 21 at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld–Arena.

The aftermath: Law enforcement descended upon the area, which was cordoned off amid the ongoing probe

United in love: Concertgoers Vikki Baker and her 13-year-old daughter Charlotte on Tuesday emerged from a Park Inn they were given shelter at amid the chaos of Monday's events


The day after: Roads leading to the arena were blocked off as the investigation continued on Tuesday

Probe continues: Forensic investigators worked at the scene of the explosion early Tuesday.


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