Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Afenifere, Igbo Groups Warn Against Crackdown On Pro-Biafra Organisations By Buhari, Insists IPOB Members Are Not Terrorists

Pan-Yoruba social-political organisation, Afenifere and some Igbo groups have insisted that IPOB is not a terrorist organisation.

The groups were reacting to a recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari to security agencies to crack down on members of the group and other dissidents in the country.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, told the Vanguard: “I do not think the president should deal with Boko Haram and IPOB in the same breath. Boko Haram and IPOB are not the same.

“While Boko Haram is a terrorist organization that goes about bombing people and places, IPOB is an open organization. What IPOB has done is to call for a sit-at-home but Boko Haram is a terrorist group, except you want IPOB to go underground like Boko Haram.

“It is a wrong approach. You cannot treat Boko Haram and an open organization like IPOB in the same manner.”

In its reaction, the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA), through its secretary, Evangelist Elliot Ugochuchukwu-Uko, said the move is a confirmation of the hatred against Igbos.
His words: “We are not surprised; it is part of the hatred. He can lump IPOB together with ISIS. We even expect him to change the name of Enugu to Islamabad.

“We are asking that Nigeria be restructured. Those killed before were not armed and did not commit any known offence.

“What we are saying is that Nigeria must be restructured, nothing more and nothing less. It is part of Buhari’s hatred for Ndigbo but we are resolute that Nigeria must be restructured. IPOB is not a terrorist organization and we are not surprised with this horrifying decision.”


The groups insist that IPOB is a peaceful organisation and does not carry arms.

On its part, the Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), said it would rather watch than comment on the situation.

It's secretary, Professor Elochukwu Amucheazi, said: “We won’t talk now; let’s watch the development. Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 in Bible tells us that there is time for everything. It says that to everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”

In the meantime, the leadership of the IPOB in Ebonyi state said the president’s order was divisive and did not address issues necessary for national unity and development.

Deputy coordinator of the group in in the state, Mr. Ugochukwu Nweke, said: “What IPOB is doing is legal and we are not afraid. The president should address Boko Haram in the North-east, the unfortunate quit notice by the Arewa youths, how to boost the economy and the welfare of citizens in Nigeria. He doesn’t have the right to threaten IPOB or any group.”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General SK Usman, has said the recent viral video of the Biafra Secret Service is being addressed by the military.

The army spokesperson made the statement on Tuesday, August 22, in a tweet after a Twitter user demanded to know what the army was doing about the issue.


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President Buhari Gives Service Chiefs Marching Order To Deal With All Security Threats

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, directed all the Service Chiefs and heads of security operatives to arrest all security threats against the unity of the country.

The marching order on security threats came after a closed-door meeting the service chiefs and other security agencies had with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, which lasted over three hours, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Lt. General Gabriel Olonishakin, said the directive was to protect the unity of the country as well as lives and property of the citizenry.

He said the security chiefs were told to enhance their operations and ensure that troops that were outside carry out their assignments effectively.

He said: “We have been meeting with Mr. President for the last three hours. All we have done is to update him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country where our troops are.

“Of course, we have just updated him because he is aware of what’s been happening. He has been receiving regular briefings from the acting president and he has also been going through the print and electronic media to follow the happenings within the country.
“After the meeting also, he has directed on some areas we should look at so as to enhance our operations in the country.

“In his address, he talked about the unity of the nation, which is non-negotiable and the military has been fully instructed to ensure that the directive is carried out to the letter.”

IPOB continuous agitation..

On whether there was a directive from President Buhari on the allegation composition of secret service by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, he said: “The issues of security, every security threat, all security threats were treated one after the other.

“Ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash, to the IPOB issue, all were treated. Comments were made as to what to do regarding those issues.”

When asked whether the military was mobilising forces to the South-East as a result of IPOB continuous agitation for self determination of State of Biafra, he said: “Every security, like I said, has been treated and we are going to enhance our operations in all the areas we need to do that.

On Boko Haram..

On the renewed onslaught of Boko Haram sect in the North East, he said: “On the Boko Haram issue, you all know it is an asymmetric warfare. It is not that the Boko Haram has stepped up it game, it is just the issue of suicide bombing that has been the problem.

“And of course, we are also working with the security agencies and the intelligence agencies to make sure that we address that menace.”

Buhari’s return, sign of God’s plan for Nigeria—Nweke..

Meantime, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  in Enugu, Chief Gbazuoagu Nweke, yesterday, stated that the healing and return of President Muhammadu Buhari is for Nigerians to know that “God still has a good plan for them and for the President to continue his good leadership in the country.”

Chief Nweke, who made this known during a welcome cum solidarity rally for President Buhari in Enugu, said 80 per cent of Nigerians are still doubtful of Buhari’s miraculous recovery.

The party stalwart said life and leadership are in God’s hands, and further warned Nigerians, who wished the President dead on social media, to desist from such act as God is the sole determinant of who should live and who should not.

“Today is a remarkable day in the history of this country as we celebrate the good health of our president and his coming back from London. The sickness and recovery of Mr President was just for him to appreciate that God still has a good plan for his good governance in Nigeria.

Also speaking at the rally, former APC governorship aspirant in Enugu State, Chief Okey Ezea, urged Ndigbo to be strategic in their actions and embrace the Federal Government to get a chance at the 2023 presidency.

He equally condemned the actions of some people in the South East during the 2015 general election who campaigned against the President on the basis that he was going to Islamize the country once he became president.

He said: “Those of us supporting Buhari were called Boko Haram. They said Buhari was coming to Islamize Nigeria. I did not agree with them because Nigeria is a secular country and since 2015, we have seen that there is no effort to do that.”


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Ibadan Man To Pay N200K For Alleged Unlawful Possession Of Human Skull (Pic)

A 30-year-old man, Shehu Gidado, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, over alleged unlawful possession of human skull and ribs.

Gidado, who resides at Iba New Site, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, is facing a charge of unlawful possession of human skull.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Fatola, told the court that Gidado on Aug. 7, at about 2;30 p.m., along Ogbomoso – Ilorin road, had in his possession a human skull.

He alleged that the accused was also in possession of two different human ribs without lawful authority. Fatola told the court that police operatives at a check point stopped the commercial bus, and found the accused with the items wrapped in a black polythene bag.

''Materials suspected to be human parts were found in a polythene bag owned by Gidado which he cannot give a satisfactory explanation on how he got the human skull,” he told the court.

Fatola said the offense contravened the provisions of Section 329 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State 2000.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Abdulateef Adebisi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Nov.20, for hearing.


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6,455 Nigerian Police Officers To Be Promoted As Commission Announces Approval (Details)

On Tuesday, August 22, the Police Service Commission (PSC) announced its approval of the promotion of 6,455 senior police officers.

The promotion came as a result of the recommendation from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim.

Below is a list of some of those promoted:

1. Police Commissioner, Hilda Ibifuro–Harrison, was promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG.

2. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ajani Babatunde was promoted to Commissioner of Police.

3. Olukola Taira Shina was also promoted from Deputy to Commissioner of Police.

4. 47 Superintendents of Police elevated to Chief Superintendents of Police

5. 498 Deputy Superintendents of Police promoted to the next rank of Superintendents of Police.

6. About 5,907 Inspectors were also promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police, ASP11.

7. Mohimi Edgal and Aji Janga, Deputy Commissioners of Police were appointed acting Commissioners of Police.

According to NAN, the head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, made this disclosure in a statement in Abuja.

He also said that promotions and other decisions of the commission would be conveyed to the Inspector-General of Police for implementation.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Wednesday, August 16, condemned a survey by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that police is on top of the corruption index.

According to the report NBS revealed that bribes were paid 82.3 million times by Nigerians between 2015 and 2016, police officers were said to have asked directly for bribes most times.
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Pics: Lagos Court Orders Diezani Alison To Surrender 56 Houses Allegedly Worth N2.6 Billion To Nigerian Government

The immediate past Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison Madueke, has temporarily surrendered properties located in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, valued at about N2.6 billion to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos gave the forfeiture order in Lagos today, ruling that the houses were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

The houses seized included; 21 mixed housing units of eight four bedroom penthouse apartment; six buildings of three bedroom apartments; two buildings of three bedrooms apartment and one building of four bedrooms apartment, all ensuite, located at 7 Thurnburn Street and 5 Raymond Street, Yaba. They were all valued at N937 million.
16-four bedrooms terrace buildings, located at Heritage Court Estate, Omerelu street, Diobu GRA, Port-Harcourt, River state, valued at N928 million.

Also forfeited were; 13 three-bedroom with one room maid’s quarter situated at Mabushi Gardens Estate, Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi, Abuja, valued at N650 million; and six flats of three bedrooms and one boys quarter, located at Plot 808 (135) Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, valued at N805 million.

The order of the court was sequel to an ex-parte application filed and argued before the court by the lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Anselm Ozioko.

Named as respondents in the suit are: Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke; Mr. Donald Chidi Amamgbo; Chapel Properties Limited; Blue Nile Estate Limited; Azinga Meadows Limited and Vistapoints Property Development Limited.
He also ordered the EFCC to notify the respondents to appear before the court and show cause within 14 days why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal government of Nigeria.

Justice Anka also directed the EFCC to make publication of the interim order in a national newspaper for the respondents and anyone who is interested in the properties to appear before the court to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the properties should not be made in favour of the Federal government of Nigeria.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the properties were purchased by the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani and her cohort, Mr. Donald Chidi Amamgbo, through four companies; namely; Chapel Properties Limited; Blue Nile Estate Limited; Azinga Meadows Nigeria Limited; and Vistapoint Property Development Limited.

In an affidavit attached with the ex-parte application, sworn to by Sambo Muazu Mayana, an investigator with the agency,he averred that sometimes in 2016, an intelligence report was received against both Diezani and Amamgbo, and upon analysing the intelligence report, a search warrant was executed at the office and premises of Amamgbo.
Mr Mayana averred further that among the documents recovered from Amamgbo was an undated report tltled “Highly Confidential Attorney Work Product- August Report”.

The said ‘highly confidential report contained 18 companies and several properties located in United Kingdom (UK), Nigeria and United States of America (USA).

Amamgbo, told the EFCC that he registered the 18 companies to assist the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, in holding title of the temporarily forfeited properties.

Mayana stated that investigation into the ownership of the said Properties revealed that FBN Mortgage Limited was the last owner of three of the properties.

He also stated that payment for the properties were received by FBN Mortgage Limited at various times from 2011 to June 16, 2015.

According to him, First Bank of Nigeria Plc stated in a letter that the source of the money was Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, and that the bank picked up United States Dollars from her house located at 10, Frederick Chiluba Close, off Jose Martins street, Asokoro, Abuja.

Of the dollars picked up from Diezani’s house, $3,342,307 USD, was credited into FBN Mortgage Limited account number 2008133531.

Mayana also stated that First Bank of Nigeria Plc, in its extra judicial statement made by its Head of Public Sector Group, also confirmed that the sum of N840 million, equivalent of $5,540, 318, transferred to Skye Bank by one Adeyemi Edun, was picked up on May 23, 2011, from Mrs. Diezani’s house in Asokoro, Abuja, and same was transferred on Diezani’s instruction to Skye Bank in favour of Adeyemi Edun on the same day.

Diezani Alison-Madueke has however continued to deny any financial misdeed. She insisted she is being severely maligned and persecuted by the EFCC.
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Pics: In 2017 Buhari Was Driven Off His Office By Patriotic & Courageous Rats - FFK

The outspoken former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the news by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, that the reason why President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to resume work in his office is because it was undergoing renovation due to the damages caused by rodents during his absence.
FFK reacted by posting the pictures on Instagram with the quote:
   ''In 1985 Buhari was evicted from his office by patriotic and courageous soldiers. In 2017 he was driven from his office by patriotic and courageous rats.'' FFK.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Los Angeles Jury Awards $417M To Single Plaintiff In Lawsuit Linking Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder To Woman's Ovarian Cancer

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417million to a terminally ill woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

The lawsuit was brought by Eva Echeverria, of California, who alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential cancer risks of talcum powder.

Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a 'proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,' Echeverria said in her lawsuit.

Echeverria's attorney, Mark Robinson, said his client hoped the verdict would lead Johnson & Johnson to include additional warnings on its products.

'Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years,' Robinson said.

'She really didn't want sympathy,' he added. 'She just wanted to get a message out to help these other women.'

Echeverria, 63, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. During the four-week trial, she testified via video that she had used the powder for more than 40 years, beginning at age 11, and would have stopped using it earlier had the product come with a warning label, reported Morningstar.

Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, Carol Goodrich, said in a statement that the company will appeal the jury's verdict.

She says while the company sympathizes with those impacted by ovarian cancer, she says science supports the safety of Johnson's baby powder.
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Pics: Woman Kills Husband In Lagos.. And Man Kills Wife In Benue State #SayNoToDomesticViolence

Two homes met fatal ends in the Gboko area of Benue State, and Oto-Awori area of Lagos State, on Sunday, after two spouses took the law into their own hands to protest against their partners’ alleged acts of infidelity.

In the Adekaa community, Gboko, 33-year-old Joshua Terkaa-Uhir, allegedly stabbed his wife, Lucy, to death with an axe after accusing the mother of two of extramarital affairs.

In a similar incident, a woman, Folashade Idoko, stabbed her husband, Lawrence, to death with a knife after the latter allegedly received a telephone call from a suspected female lover at their home in Ayetoro, Oto-Awori.

While Joshua has been declared wanted by the Benue State Police Command, Folashade has been arrested and detained by the Lagos State Police Command. In the first incident, Punch Metro gathered that Joshua and Lucy had been married for about six years and their marriage was blessed with two children.

However, the union was reported to be fraught with disagreements over some petty issues which always resulted in fisticuffs.

It was learnt that matters took a turn for the worse last week when Joshua suddenly collapsed after claiming he saw two mysterious cats in their home.
The wife was alleged to have separated from him after the suspect started hallucinating and claiming some people were demanding blood from him.

Their two children were also said to have been relocated to a relative’s house over safety concerns.

The mother of two, however, on Sunday went back to the house to take some clothes when the husband shut the door against her and beat her up after a heated argument.

He was alleged to have used an axe to stab her in the neck and immediately fled through the window.

The victim was rushed to the Gboko General Hospital where she was confirmed dead by a doctor.

It was gathered that Joshua was working as a commercial bus driver before he was sacked three months ago by the bus owner. He later became a motorboy to a tanker driver.

The wife, Lucy, a hairdresser, had a salon. A neighbour of the couple at their house on Joseph Tyagh Street, Adekaa, Gboko, Aga-Samuel Barti, said that, the couple argued for about three hours on the day of the incident.
He said, “Before this incident, the family had been going through some issues. Last week Thursday, around 2am, I got a call to bring my car to pick the man. I was told he was dead.

Barti told Punch Metro that the younger brother of the suspect, who was visiting, was asked to wait outside pending when the matter would be resolved.

The source said after sometime, the argument degenerated into a fight, adding that no one could access the apartment because the door had been locked.

He explained that the noise later stopped as neighbours thought that the issues had been resolved.

“When nobody came out of the room, we had suspicions and broke the door. That was when we saw the woman in a pool of blood with a gash in her neck. The window at the back of the room was wide open and the man had disappeared,” he added.

Barti said before the incident, Joshua had been accusing the wife of maintaining an extramarital affair, adding that it was the reason for their argument.

He noted that the victim’s father, Daniel Akighir, later arrived at the scene and took the daughter’s body to a hospital.

 Akighir recalled that his daughter had left Joshua three years ago after he assaulted her publicly.

He noted that the suspect had prostrated and promised not to touch his wife again before the matter was resolved.

While calling for justice for Lucy, Akighir urged the police to hasten investigation and release her corpse to the family for burial.

The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Detectives who visited the scene recovered a bloodstained axe, which is suspected to be the murder weapon. We cannot say categorically the reason for their fight since the suspect is on the run. But the matter is under investigation and efforts are on to apprehend the man.”

Meanwhile, Kosoko Street, Ayetoro, in the Oto-Awori area of Lagos State, was solemn on Monday, after Folashade stabbed her husband, Lawrence, to death.

It was learnt that the couple, who had been married for four years, had been involved in intense fights before the incident happened around 11pm on Sunday.

The couple have two kids – a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl – together.

It was gathered that, Lawrence, an engineer with Greater Inspection and Industrial Services, at Sango Ota, Ogun State, returned home that day after a week-long official duty in the Ikorodu area.

The wife reportedly accused him of engaging in extra-marital affair and an argument ensued.

In a fit of anger, Folashade reportedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her husband in the leg.

It was gathered that the deceased had lost a lot of blood by the time neighbours responded to the cries of the couple’s three-year old son.

The Benue State indigene was rushed to a hospital, New Ayetoro Medical Centre, where he died.

It was learnt that the police from the Ijanikin division were alerted to the incident and Folashade was arrested.

A neighbour of the couple, who did not identify herself, said they always fought and reconciled.

She said, “I heard her calling for help late Sunday night. Their son was also crying. When I got there, I saw the man in a pool of blood. My husband and I took the man to a hospital. While he was there, I went back to their house to check what really happened. Their apartment was filled with blood. I later saw a bloodstained knife, which I supposed she used in stabbing him.

“They usually fight and settle and that is why people don’t interfere in their disagreements. Their fights always bothered on infidelity. The fight of yesterday (Sunday) was caused by the issue of girlfriend. She said the man was calling his girlfriend.

“She collected the phone from him and started abusing the person on the phone without even checking who she was talking to. They started abusing each other and went physical.”

Another neighbour, Mrs. Blessing Olokpobri, said Folashade, an auxiliary nurse, was aggressive and violent, adding that people always tried to avoid having issues with her.

She said, “There was hardly a day they didn’t fight if the husband was at home. On January 1st this year when everybody was celebrating the New Year, they fought.

''There was a time she went to meet him at a beer parlour. She dragged and stripped him. There was even a time she sliced his ear lobes with a broken bottle and it had to be stitched.”

The landlord, Chief Gani Akanni, the Balogun of Ayetoro, said he served the couple a notice to quit in December 2016, after he tried in vain to stop their incessant fights.

“I was begged by the other tenants to withdraw the notice. There was a time I also took the woman to the police station because she vandalised my property after I locked up the tenants’ rooms for defaulting in payment of LAWMA bills. It was unfortunate because the husband was such a quiet and peaceful man,” he added.

An aunt of the deceased and human rights activist, Betty Abah, said it was unfortunate that spousal abuse continued to take a toll on partners.

She said the family would have intervened in the troubled marriage, but Lawrence hid his marital crisis from them.

“My nephew, like many men and women who die daily in violent relationships, would have been alive if had fled such a deadly marriage. We will ensure that justice is done. This is another young and promising life deliberately cut short. Persons suffering domestic violence should always call out for help. It is indeed a big tragedy for us,” Abah added.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed that the suspect was in custody, adding that the case was under investigation.

While stressing that the command was looking at a murder charge, he said the suspect would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
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Tiger Woods, Katharine McPhee Declare Legal War Over Nude Pic Hacks, Vows To Destroy Anyone Who Posts Them

Tiger Woods and Katharine McPhee have been hacked! Private nude pics have surfaced - and their lawyers are vowing to destroy anyone who posts them.

The website, Celeb Jihad, posted graphic selfies of various naked stars, including Tiger, Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell.

It's said Woods has already unleashed attorney Michael Holtz, who's threatening to sue the website if it doesn't remove the Woods pic stat.

Sources say it wasn't Tiger's phone that was hacked, it was Vonn's. Tiger had sent Vonn the naked pic while they were dating.
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36Years Old Son Stabs Mom Who Told Him 'I Love You', Also Stabs Sister To Death

A  son repeatedly stabbed his mother as she told him she loved him, an inquest has heard.

Melvin James, 36, launched the assault on Lynette James after fatally wounding his sister, Anne-Marie, at their flat in Wolverhampton.

Police were called and officers initially attempted to Taser the attacker before fleeing the high-rise, 'terrified' for their lives.

Giving a harrowing account, Mrs James said she was about to have a shower when she heard Anne-Marie call out to her.

Her evidence, read by Black Country senior coroner Zafar Siddique, said: 'I sensed and felt something was seriously wrong.

'I decided to run into the lounge and call the concierge from the phone. I saw Melvin by the kitchen and he ripped the phone off the wall.'

She added: 'His eyes were red, fixed and he was staring at me. He plunged the knife into me, again and again.

'I said, "I love you, son".'
She fled to the bathroom, locking the door and ringing 999 to tell police she had been stabbed and feared she was 'slipping away'.

The mother-of-four added: 'I said "I'm going to die, my son has stabbed me and my daughter is on the floor".'
Mrs James, then 59, described how the weekend before, her son and daughter were 'happy and laughing'.

But the night before the incident, unemployed Mr James was in a 'strange mood'.

The next morning, Mrs James noticed her son had opened all the windows and appeared 'hot and sweating'.

She and her daughter 'agreed something was wrong with Melvin... and I said we'll go see my doctor and get some advice'.

Police were initially called after a neighbour reported 'horrific sounds' from the flat, with Mrs James's panicked call coming soon after.

The response officers first on the scene Tasered and then batoned Mr James but were forced to retreat.

Specialist armed units rushed to the tower block, and smashed a hole in the door large enough to squeeze through - throwing two stun grenades through the opening.

But as one officer managed to step inside, he recoiled as a blood-spattered Mr James came along the flat's hallway towards them carrying a knife.

PC Panter, of West Midlands Police, told the inquest: 'I put my (weapon) selector to 'fire', my finger on the trigger. I was almost certain I would have to take a shot.'

But the officer said he then decided to take the less-lethal option.

'So, I dropped my carbine, drew my Taser, and took the shot.'

While Mr James was down, other armed officers rushed in to disarm and then handcuff him.

As police turned him over, they noticed his 'serious abdominal injuries' and handed him over to medics.

The inquest, in Oldbury, West Midlands, also heard from younger brother Leon James.

In February 2017 he collected his older brother from hospital in Scotland, after an admission for a 'medical episode', and brought him back to live at Mrs James' home.

Mr Siddique said: 'He was taken to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, initially as a voluntary patient.

'He made some progress and was discharged on February 10, with a diagnosis of drug-induced psychosis.'

The inquest continues. Just sad.
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President Muhammadu Buhari To Work From Home..

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 21, resumed official duties from his official residence after a three-month medical vacation.

It was gathered that the President resumed working from home not as a result of his health, but due to ongoing renovations at the president’s office.

Bashir Ahmad, the President’s Special Assistant on New Media, confirmed this on Twitter, in reaction to speculations that the president was working from home.
He said: “Some renovations are ongoing at the office. He’s a fully equipped office in his residence, he’ll be back to the main office after the works.”

TariTaribo'sBlog had previously reported that President Buhari had written to the National Assembly on his readiness to resume his duties after spending 104 days in the UK on medical vacation.

President Buhari started his week by addressing the nation in an early morning broadcast which was followed by a briefing from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

In a related development Nigeria's Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Monday, confirmed the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari informing the Senate on his resumption.
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Buhari's First Day Back On Duty, A Loud Disappointment, Speech Addressing The Nation Was Allegedly Pre-Recorded- Aso Rock Sources

Buhari wore three different hats today, literarily..
President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to work on Monday got off to a limp start despite the celebrations which accompanied his return to Nigeria on Saturday, his health clearly not much improved despite the best spin efforts of the cabal in the presidency.

Aso Rock insiders who had been made to believe a rejuvenated and energized President would kick-start governance with energy and commitment became disillusioned as they came to terms with the fact that President Buhari is still reeling in poor health condition.

Several Presidency sources told SR that the manipulative cabal managing the president made a number of moves in the 24 hours preceding Mr. Buhari’s return aimed at consolidating the fictional story of his having fully recovered from whatever ails him. 

Since arriving in Abuja however, it has become clear he is in no better shape than before he traveled, characterized by incoherence and inability to stay composed and alert for more than 10 minutes at a time before lapsing into some form of health crisis and serious coughing.

The first assignment of the day, the sources said, was the 7 AM speech which he supposedly gave to announce his return to the country. But the villa sources said the speech was pre-recorded, with no one being sure when it was recorded.

But if the managers thought the Monday breakfast speech would make the president look good to Nigerians, it seems to have achieved the opposite, many Nigerians condemning him for failing to speak about his prolonged absence from work and the nature of his illness.

Instead, the President addressed perceived division caused by Biafran agitators and the insecurity caused by Boko Haram. He also vaguely addressed Arewa youths concerning their ultimatum to the Igbos to leave the north.

While that effort clearly rubbed concerned and nervous Nigerians the wrong way, Buhari’s media managers followed up with photos of him signing his resumption letter, with a very short video clip on Twitter showing him and his controversial Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and another voice in the background giving directives as to which letter would go to Senate or the House of Representatives.

Later in the day, the office of the President released more pics showing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visiting him for a “briefing”. Presidency sources disclosed that although the VP was around for close to two hours, there was nothing plausible to write home about as the President was only “present” for a few minutes, making the meeting very brief and unproductive.

President @MBuhari this morning signed a letter to the National Assembly notifying of his return to work from medical vacation.

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— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) August 21, 2017

One clear strategy by the cabal, our sources stated, was to keep the President from making offhand comments that could reveal his true health status. That trend started when President Buhari’s cabal began letting visitors see him in London after he regained a semblance of normalcy following intense treatment that lasted for months. The practice has been to release very short clips of him joking or saying a few words.

In today’s media game, three different sets of photographs were released to the public with President Buhari donning three different hats in one day. In some pics, he looked quite robust, while in other pics he looked decidedly emaciated.

Meanwhile, President Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media has revealed that Mr. Buhari could be heading back to the United Kingdom for medical treatment, a decision many Nigerians have criticized, especially in the light of his failure to disclose his diagnosis.

SR had revealed that President Buhari’s doctors asked that he remain in London for another month but his handlers insisted that he come home for the Sallah so as to maintain his appeal to his base.

Of all the persons in high office who have talked about President Buhari’s health situation, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal interestingly stated that that Mr. Buhari needs more prayers, which is contrary to the impression created by his inner circle that he is completely “recovered”, in effect, available fully to resume his office.

Analysts point out that contrary to that impression, it is instructive that it has now been announced that a leader who is supposedly fully recovered from an illness will now again work from his residence.

Some aides have said in that regard that his main office is under some renovation, a claim our sources dismiss as false.

Source: SR
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Benue State Man Escapes Through The Window After Allegedly Beating His Wife To Death (Graphic Pics)

An ugly incident that occurred at No 1.3 Joseph tyagh Street Adekaa, Gboko area of Benue State, yesterday, has left a wife dead, as her killer husband, who reportedly committed the crime after which, he locked the door, escaped through the window.
Here’s what Facebook user, Ocholi Ugbede-ojo Hassan, wrote;

   ''Man locks door and beat wife to death and escaped through the wisdom. At no13 Joseph tyagh Street Adekaa gbk .just now”

I say #NoToDomesticViolence.

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35Years Old Graduate, Gladys Assah-Assor, Defrauds Business Partners, Lavishes Proceeds On Car (Pic)

A graduate, Gladys Assah-Assor, is under investigation by Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding her business partners of over N5m.

The suspect, who has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, was alleged to have opened a catering shop, bought a car, and travelled to different places with the proceeds.

It was learnt that the 35-year-old Cross River State indigene worked as a network marketer for a company in Ikeja, Lagos State.

She was said to have introduced one of the company’s products to her friend, Nkiruka Okon. The duo reportedly agreed to buy the product, Healthy Halogen Oven, for N12,000 per unit, and sell at N20,000.

Okon was alleged to have invested N4.5m into the business, with an expectation of N7.5m, including profit.

However, the suspect was alleged to have fled with the money and was untraceable for over one year.

She was apprehended by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad who got a complaint from Okon.

During interrogation by a decoy team of the RRS, the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime.

She was quoted to have said, “‘I met Okon in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, in 2008 while she worked with a commercial bank. We were just friends then.

“But later in 2015, I marketed Healthy Halogen Oven, a product imported into Nigeria by a network marketing company.

“As a network marketer, my duty is to bring potential customers and partners into the business for a win-win profit-making both for the customer and myself.

“I told Okon about the oven, which was one of the products of the company, sold for N12,000 at company price.

“We agreed to partner in buying large quantities of the product. We agreed to put together the financial capital. I would also do the marketing and transportation of the product to the customers.”

The Police said the victim, in her statement, said after she paid the money, Assah-Assor absconded.

She said “I made a deposit of N4.5m into Gladys Assah-Assor's account based on the agreement that after sales, I would collect N7.5m. But she refused to stick to the plan.

“After I contacted her for my share, she refused to pick my calls and absconded for over one year. That was when I realised that I had been duped by the person I thought was my business partner.

“All effort to persuade her to pay my money proved abortive, as she gave me different excuses.

“During one of our confrontations in 2016, Gladys issued me dud cheques of N3m, N2m and N2m, making N7m in total. But the bank told me the cheques were not payable.”

The Police said in the course of investigation, it was discovered that it was not the first time that the suspect would be involved in fraud.

She was alleged to have confessed to duping another woman of N1.8m in a car purchase deal she brokered.

The suspect allegedly confessed to have connected the lady to an auto dealer and the victim paid N1.8m to her for transfer to the dealer.

She allegedly made away with the money. “She disclosed to investigators that she used proceeds from the fraud to open a catering shop, bought a car, travelled out on vacations and got a suitable apartment for her family,” the RRS said.

The Police spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the case had been transferred to the SCIID, Yaba, for further investigation.
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New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation To Determine If He Is Stable Enough To Stay In Office

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the bill on Friday. Should the results of the said exam be unfavorable, the bill calls for Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.

The move would invoke the 25th Amendment, a rarely-used constitutional provision that allows the Vice President and a majority of Cabinet members to jointly remove the President from office and replace him with the vice president.

“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia,” Lofgren asked in a statement announcing the bill.

“Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties,” she continued. “Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”

Lofgren pointed out that Trump has not yet released a “serious” medical evaluation to the public.

Lofgren, who represents California’s 19th district, is not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, according to Mercury News.

She doesn’t expect the bill to pass, but she told the newspaper “it will stimulate conversation,” adding that Trump would get the evaluation if “he cares about the country.”

Lofgren has often criticized Trump’s remarks and policies throughout his presidency.

The representative suggested on Tuesday that “something is seriously wrong with President Trump,” responding to his off-the-cuff remarks on the Charlottesville white supremacist riot made during an impromptu Q&A with reporters in New York.

“Why can’t he just condemn Nazis,” she asked on Twitter. “Unscripted words today show who he really is. Shameful!”
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Lagos 'Lunatic' Caught With A Sack Containing A 9-Year-Old Boy (Pic)

A man who disguised as a lunatic, abducted a nine-year-old boy and put him in a sack, but thankfully, he was caught and arrested and the boy rescued in Orile area of Lagos, weekend.

The exact location where the boy was abducted was unknown, but report had it that the kidnapper was taking his victim to an unknown destination when he was accosted by curious passers-by at Oshodi Street.

 He was reportedly asked to reveal the content of the sack, a request he initially declined until the bag was forcefully taken from him. The passers-by were taken aback when they discovered a boy inside.

Eyewitnesses disclosed that a black toy gun, different identity cards, a tuber of yam and a loaf of bread were found inside a black polythene bag with the suspect. He was said to have also worn three clothes.

 A mob descended on him and was on the verge of lynching him when a politician, identified as Otunba Obanla, intervened.

 An eyewitness said: “Everyone was angry when Obalan arrived and interevened. They hauled stones at the kidnapper. We did not get response of where he got the child, as everyone was asking him questions at the same time. He spoke in Yoruba.''

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Blac Chyna Allegedly Tried Jacking Rob Kardashian's Range Rover During Custody Negotiations

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna tried resolving their custody war Friday in a lawyer's office building, but there were clearly hard feelings at the end of the day because Chyna tried hightailing it out in Rob's whip so claim 2 eyewitnesses.

Chyna and her team of 5 lawyers, including Lisa Bloom, showed up at the Century City law offices of Laura Wasser, who reps Rob. They spent hours inside but, according to Bloom, nothing has been resolved.

Rob had someone call ahead to have his car pulled up to the valet stand, but he wanted to wait until Chyna left. According to witnesses, a visibly agitated Chyna came along, saw the Range Rover, got inside and prepared to hightail it away from the building.

One of her lawyers told her, "That's not a good idea," and with the help of a valet, they got Chyna out of Rob's whip.

 Chyna did not try to drive away in the Range Rover and did not get inside. Chyna was "agitated" when she saw the Ranger Rover because she had given it to Rob as a gift. Rob gave Chyna a Ferrari and a Lambo, both of which she returned to him when they broke up, but Rob kept the Rover.

 Chyna had some "choice words" when she saw the Range Rover, but that was it.

The custody hearing is full steam ahead for next month and she plans to raise allegations that Rob committed domestic violence.
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Rapper Jay-Z Finally Talks About That Infamous Elevator Fight With Solange Knowles

Jay-Z insists he's only ever had one argument with Solange Knowles. The 47-year-old rapper was famously caught on camera rowing with his sister-in-law in an elevator after the Met Gala in 2014 but the 99 Problems hit-maker - who has daughter Blue Ivy, five, and twins Rumi and Sir, two months, with wife Beyoncé - insists the incident was not typical of their relationship.

He said: 'We've always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing.

'We've had one disagreement ever,' he claimed in the new interview, recorded before his headlining gig at the V Festival in Chelmsford, England, on Sunday.

And Jay insists things are still 'cool' between himself and the 31-year-old singer and he regards her as his 'sister.' Speaking on the Rap Radar podcast, he added: 'Before and after, we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister. Not my sister-in-law. My sister.'
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How My Daughter Was Killed For Ritual By My Cousin - Rivers State Father Narrates

A 200-level student of the University of Port Harcourt, Ifeanyi Dike, has been arrested for allegedly abducting and killing an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, for ritual purposes.

Speaking with newsmen at the State Police Command on Saturday, the father of the slain 8years old girl, Ernest Nmezuwuba, said he was filled with grief after seeing the mutilated body of his daughter.

He expressed shock that Dike could contemplate killing his daughter. “My name is Ernest Nmezuwuba, I am from Ochiogwa in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

''The man who killed my daughter is like my brother, someone very close to me, I can call him my cousin. He is a 200 level student of the University of Port Harcourt here and he resides at Eliozu,” the father of the slain girl said.

Narrating how his daughter got missing and eventually killed, Nmezuwuba recalled that Chikamso had requested bread for breakfast, which the father bought for her before he left for work on Friday (the day she was abducted).

Nmezuwuba said when he returned home around 3pm and learnt that his daughter was missing, he immediately began a search.

He added that after the search became fruitless, he decided to report the matter to the Police.

“I moved immediately with my wife to where our daughter usually went, but we could not find her. Then I ran to the police and they advised me to call back after 24 hours.

“This Ifeanyi (suspect) we are talking about is a habitual criminal. He committed a crime in a bank and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad caught him. Then the in-law went and bailed him.

“So, around 1.30am, the security men ran to me and said that they had seen my daughter and that I should come and see the man that kidnapped my daughter. I was in my shorts and I rushed to the place with the security agents.

“I was told that the person that killed my daughter was caught while carrying a load around 1.10am. The load was in a sack. The policemen said when they confronted him, he said he wanted to take it to the dustbin,” he added.

Nmezuwuba explained that he could not control himself when he saw the body of his daughter with her finger, private part, and eyes removed.

He added, “When I got there, I asked: where is my daughter? They showed me a sack. As I opened it, I saw my daughter; I peeped and watched very well, the two eyes were off, the tongue was gone, one of the breasts was off, one of the fingers, the smaller one, was off. I watched at the centre here, he had carved it (vagina) out.

“This boy decided to use my child for ritual. As I turned back and saw him, he (Dike) was looking at the ground. Immediately I saw him, I shouted, Ifeanyi, you killed by daughter. But he said it was not only him.”

The father thanked the police and the local vigilante for fishing out the person behind the kidnap and murder of his daughter.

“Honestly, if the police are working like this, people will not complain. The vigilante men did well,” Nmezuwuba said.

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35Years Old Dangote Driver Arraigned For Stealing N25M Truck In Lagos

The police have arraigned a 35-year-old driver with Dangote Group Plc, Haruna Bello, before an lkeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a truck belonging to the company.

The police said Haruna worked with the Dangote Sugar Factory in the Apapa area of Lagos and absconded with the truck on May 18, 2017.

It was learnt that the suspect was driving the truck to Cotonu, Benin Republic, when he was arrested by Customs Officers in Badagry.

He was arraigned on two counts of stealing.

The charges read in part, “That you, Haruna Bello, and others now at large, on May 18, 2017 at about 1.45pm at Apapa, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal a truck with number plate, XC 449 GML, valued at N25m, property of Dangote Group Plc, thereby committing an offence.”

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Donjor Perezi, said the offence was punishable under Section 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Olayinka, granted him bail in the sum of N1.5m, with two sureties each in like sum.

The case was adjourned till September 25, 2017.
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