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Thursday, 22 June 2017

01:25

Watch: 47-year-old pastor rapes and impregnates 13-year-old girl in Rivers State

The Rivers State Police Command have arrested a 47-year-old pastor who raped and impregnated a 13-year-old girl in Rumuorlumeni, Port Harcourt. The yet-to-be named pastor was arrested by SP Kingsley Chukwueggu, the DPO of Rumuorlumeni Division. The suspect was paraded at the state command by the Commissioner Of Police Rivers State, CP Zaki Ahmed. Listen to the victim narrate her ordeal in the video below...

More details later..


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01:15

Parole hearing for O.J. Simpson's robbery sentence to hold on July 20

The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners  has just announced that O.J. Simpson who is currently serving time in a Nevada prison for a 2008 Las Vegas robbery and kidnapping conviction will be eligible for a parole hearing on July 20 in Carson City,  announced on Tuesday, June 20.
The proceeding will be the second hearing held for the former football star since he was sentenced to as much as 33 years for his role in a bungled attempt to recover memorabilia from his storied sports career.

If he's granted parole at the hearing, he will not be eligible for release on October 1, state parole officials have said.  Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1994, murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman in the “Trial of the Century” that divided Americans sharply along racial lines


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01:10

Meet the 87-year-old Zimbabwean man who fathered 108 children with 25 women & 10 wives, says he is a bedroom machine

87-year old Sekuru Tauzen Mujaji from Chipinge South in Zimbabwe holds the record of having fathered 108 children with 25 women and 10 wives in a space of 43 years.
Zim News reported that Mujaji, a Shangani tribe was born in 1930 but had traditional challenges which resulted in him being able to have his first born in 1974 when he was 44.
According to him, it has always been his desire to have many children despite the challenges he is having in raising them.
Mujaji, the only child in his family with a record 108 children says he does not use any enhancements to help him with his fertility, adding he still feels strong to have more children if only he finds people to help him support his family.
His wives also confessed he has such charming powers and is still irresistible to this day.
Mujaji currently has 10 wives and 35 children going to school, while others have since left for South Africa in search of greener pastures.
A local member of parliament, Enock Porusingazi, who donated an assortment of food staffs to the family, with the help of the Manicaland Minister of State Mandi Chimene, says the family needs financial support as well as land for farming.
One of his children has a disability, which doctors, however, say is a condition that can be corrected with physiotherapy.


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01:10

Over 789 commercial sex workers, destitute repatriated to states of origin - FCT Minister

The FCT Administration has revealed that over 789 prostitutes and other destitute, have been repatriated to their various states of origin.
Minister of FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen at a media parley, said:

"789 beggars, mentally-ill and other social miscreants have so far been evacuated from the streets of the FCT. Majority of these numbers were repatriated back to their respective neighbouring states after proper profiling and rehabilitation”, pledging that government was determined to ensuring that “women, youths, children and vulnerable in FCT are adequately catered for."
Acting Secretary of Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Mrs. Irene Adebola Elegbede, who spoke on behalf of the Minister, ‎said it was almost impossible to eradicate prostitution from the territory.
"You cannot eradicate the profession; you can only try to contain it. It is the oldest profession. We are trying to discourage commercial sex workers in FCT, but they are smarter than us, they work as cartels.
“When you dislodge or arrest them in a particular place, they migrate to another place. We arrested some in Apo, within a twinkle of an eye, able bodied men were begging us to release them. We need to cooperate; if everyman decides to be discipline, we won’t see them.
“We should collaborate to reduce their numbers on our streets. If there is no demand, there won’t be supply. We even trained some of them in ‎different vocations as a better alternative to prostitution and gave them start off kits but after some months, and gave them a startup capital, but surprisingly, we saw them on the streets again.”
Mrs Elegbede also urged members of the National Assembly to expedite action on a stiffer legal framework that would help in addressing the daunting challenge of miscreants and commercial sex workers.
"We have a mobile Court where we take them to; to serve as deterrent to others but you will see human rights activists coming to pay for them. Initially the fine was N200 but it was increased to N2,000. And after they are released,"


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01:10

Kogi state University lecturers suspend 5-month old strike

The Joint Action Committee, JAC, of tertiary institutions has just called off the five months strike by lecturers of tertiary institutions in Kogi State after signing Memorandum of Understanding with the state government on Wednesday June 21, 2017.
Announcing the decision at the Ministry of Education, Lokoja, spokesperson of JAC, Moses Balogun, said the strike was called off due to the intervention of the governing councils of the tertiary institutions.
 Balogun also said the move was to enable the state government address all the issues that led to the strike, saying “in view of the agreement, JAC shall suspend its strike for four weeks from the midnight of June 21 to create a window for government to act on the agreement reached.” 
Speaking on behalf of state government, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Tolorunleke Sunday, said Governor Yahaya Bello had mapped out modalities to ensure that schools programmes run uninterrupted during his tenure, promising that such industrial action by the lecturers will not occur again


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01:10

He will probably be sacked in Nigeria but in India a Traffic Police officer who stopped President of India's convoy to let ambulance pass through, to be rewarded

A brave traffic police sub-inspector, ML Nijalingappa, who was deployed to the busy Bengaluru’s Trinity Circle on Saturday won the heart of many when he stopped the convoy of the President of India to make way for an ambulance.
The convoy was leading President Pranab Mukherjee to the inauguration of Metro’s Green Line in the City when the sub-inspector directed his colleagues to help the ambulance make its way towards a private hospital near HAL through the traffic-heavy road. 
According to an ANI report, the Bengaluru Police later announced a reward for the policeman for making way for an ambulance during the convoy movement of President Pranab Mukherjee.
Praveen Sood, the Com


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

12:55

Access Bank, others take over Etisalat Nigeria over $1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion) debt

A group of Nigerian and foreign banks led by Access Bank PLC have taken over the management of Etisalat Nigeria following a collapse of efforts to reach an agreement with the banks on debt restructuring plan in the protracted $1,72 billion debt impasse.

The takeover became effective as at June 15th. Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services, EMTS, promoted by a former Chairman of United Bank for Africa, UBA, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, had been making efforts to arrive at an agreement on debt restructuring plan but the failure of that led to the takeover by the consortium of banks.

However, EMTS Holding B.V. has up to June 23 to complete the transfer of 100 percent of the company’s shares in Etisalat to the legal representative of the consortium of banks, United Capital Trustees Limited.

Etisalat Group made this known on Tuesday in a filing to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate. The filing, with reference number Ho/GCFO/152/85, and dated June 20, 2017, signed by Etisalat Group Chief Financial Officer, Serkan Okandan, said efforts by EMTS to restructure the repayment of the syndicated loan by a consortium of banks to Etisalat Nigeria collapsed, Premium Times reports.

The filing read: “Further to our announcement dated 12 February, 2017, Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, “Etisalat Group” would like to inform you that Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited “EMTS” (“the company), established in Nigeria and an associate of Etisalat Group with effective ownership of 45% and 25% ordinary and preference shares respectively, defaulted on a facility agreement with a syndicate of Nigerian banks (“EMTS Lenders”).

“Subsequently, discussions between EMTS and the EMTS Lenders did not produce an agreement on a debt restructuring plan.

“Accordingly, the Company received a default and security Enforcement Notice on 9 June 2017 requesting EMTS Holding BV (EMTS BV) established in the Netherlands, and through which Etisalat Group holds its interest in the company) requiring EMTS BV to transfer 100% of its shares in the company to the United Capital Trustees Limited (the Security Trustee”) of the EMTS Lenders by 15 June 2017. Subsequently, the EMTS Lenders extended the deadline for the share transfer to 5.00 pm Lagos time on 23 June 2017."

In 2016, Etisalat was served a demand notice for the recovery of a $1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion) loan facility it obtained from a consortium of banks in 2015. The loan, which involved a foreign-backed guaranty bond, was for the telecoms company to finance a major network rehabilitation and expansion of its operational base in Nigeria. However, when they were unable to meet the debt servicing obligations, the consortium of banks threatened to take over the company and its assets across Nigeria.
However, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, intervened, persuading the banks to give Etisalat a chance to renegotiate the loan’s repayment schedule. But Etisalat only got into more trouble with Mubadala, its majority shareholder, representing Etisalat of UAE, was reportedly on the verge of pulling out following irreconcilable differences concerning the loan issue.


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12:55

Man allegedly caught stealing from a church receives prayers from the members of the church

According to reports on Facebook posted by Innocent Tino, the man covered in the above photo is a thief. He had gone to rob a Baptist Church in Warri, Delta State but got caught. Rather than report him to the police or lynch him as is becoming the common practice, the congregants lay hands on him and prayed for him. Another photo after the cut.




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12:55

"I married my sister because you cant control love" man who married his sister says as they expect their first child

A man who lives in Los Angeles in California with his wife, who also happens to be his sister, has taken to Twitter to explain why he tied the knot with her. Sharing a photo of him cradling his sister/wife's baby bump, he said love cannot be controlled and as such he chose the one he loved even though they are blood relatives.


"I married my sister because you can't control love Im sure some of you have thought about marrying ur sister/brother so you can relate," Garvin wrote. 
Gavin is proud of his choice and his Twitter account info shows that. It reads: “R.I.P GMA stay golden yes I’m the guy who married his sister f**k off.'





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12:55

Beyonce's twins were born premature and are being kept "under the light" to normalize

Beyonce gave birth since last week Monday at a hospital in Los Angeles but has not been discharged since then reportedly due to a problem with the twins.
It has now been revealed by TMZ that the "minor issue" is that the twins were born prematurely and as such, they need to be monitored and kept "under the lights" for them to normalise.

Usually, when babies are born with jaundice, they are kept under a phototherapy light or under a sun lamp. Babies with jaundice have elevated bilirubin levels and the lights under which these babies are kept are designed to lower bilirubin in the blood to eliminate the jaundice. Exposing the baby to sunlight through a window also helps in lowering the bilirubin level as is done in most cases in Nigeria.

Since the source from Beyonce's camp told TMZ that the babies are being kept "under the light", there's a possibility that asides being born premature, they also have jaundice. This is a common issue among premature babies and is usually not serious.


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12:55

Wike doesn’t know how to speak English, he is poorly dressed and he is a thug- Rotimi Amaechi

The cold war between Minister of Transport and former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi and his successor, Nyesom Wike, has taken a new twist as both men are about to attack their wives verbally. It all started with Wike who yesterday alleged that each commissioner and local government chairman in Rivers State paid Amaechi's wife, Judith, the sum of N3m and N2m monthly while he was in office.

Amaechi who is in Kaduna state for the commissioning of the state's Inland dry port, spoke with newsmen and stated that the allegations were false.
According to him, Wike doesn’t know how to speak English, he is poorly dressed and is a thug

"By accident of Goodluck Jonathan, I don’t want to attribute it to God but by the accident of Jonathan, the man takes office and talks rubbish. My wife and family including my younger brothers and sisters, no one had access to government when I was governor. Even as minister, nobody will have such because it is not a family business. It is government business. But the problem with Nyesom Wike, and I want you to state this if he doesn’t shut up his mouth and do his work, I will bring his wife to the focus. You see I’ve been very matured not to talk about his wife. But if Wike does not close his mouth and talk about my wife anymore, I will bring out his wife. My wife will never do such. We don’t do family business. I care about transparency. My wife is a trader. She buys and sells and Wike knows that.”
Amaechi faulted claims by Wike that he squandered over N30bn belonging to Rivers State

“The man who says he has about $50m in Lagos and could no prove it is the same man you believe. The man who said I didn’t pay salaries until I left office and now he is saying no, it is pensioners that I didn’t pay. Do you believe such a man? Do you think such a man is well? You believe Nyesom Wike is well? First, he doesn’t know how to speak English, he is poorly dressed, he is a thug, and you bring me to focus with that kind of a man?"he said


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12:55

Woman stabs 4-year-old daughter to death

A mother has been charged to court for stabbing her 4-year-old daughter to death in west Harris County, Houston, Texas.
Laquita Lewis, 34, reportedly stabbed little Fredricka Allen several times in the chest and left her in the bedroom to die.

Laquita was charged with capital murder after the girl was found fatally stabbed late Sunday at Lewis’ apartment complex in Houston. It is not clear why she killed her daughter but there are reports that she had argued with Fredricka’s father, Fredrick Allen, before allegedly stabbing their daughter, a relative said. After stabbing her child, Lewis left the apartment and was involved in a car accident. She was at a hospital when she texted her family to apologize for what had happened.

"She texted that the baby had gone to heaven, that she had killed the baby," Randy Sample, a relative of the deceased said. “It's insane, to take a 4-year-old’s life like that."

“It’s the worst news you’d want to hear about a family member -- especially someone of that age. It’s devastating," Sample added.

Neighbors were having a tough time dealing with the news and said it was really heartbreaking and not something you'll expect from a mother. The deceased was described by neighbours who knew her as a happy child.

“Yeah, she was always happy. She would always tell me that my dog was cute and everything,” said Melody Medina.
According to the Harris County DA's office, Lewis was charged in November for making a terroristic threat during a Thanksgiving incident in which she threatened her 16-year-old son, Lewis, with a knife. She was sentenced in February to 15 months of deferred adjudication in that case. She was still serving her past sentence when she killed her daughter.

The DA's office says that as part of her probation requirements, she was required to take a Texas Risk Assessment System evaluation, which ranked her with a score of zero (the lowest score) for her risk for recidivism.

CPS in Houston said they were also familiar with the family and issued the following statement:
"Child Protective Services is investigating this terrible tragedy and we grieve with their family for their loss. We are working with law enforcement to figure out what happened. CPS had previous involvement with this family, but we cannot discuss details because of confidentiality. It is important to learn everything we can about this tragedy and what may have led to it, so our Office of Child Safety will conduct an independent and comprehensive review of how CPS handled any prior allegations involving the Lewis family. Those reports take time, but it will be made available to the public."


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

15:39

Man jailed for sharing photo of dead London fire victim on Facebook

A 43 year old man named Omega Mwaikambo who posted pictures on Facebook of the body of someone believed to have leapt to his death from the Grenfell Tower fire in London has been jailed for three months.  
According to the Telegraph, Mwaikambo who lives just yards away from the tower posted one video and two pictures of the body bag with the man inside and then later five pictures of the victim's face and body after opening it to look inside, all on Facebook.
He pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court to two counts of sending by a public communications network an offending, indecent or obscene matter.
After his arrest he provided the police with the pin to his iPad and phone and the images were taken down from the web.


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15:39

Girl is murdered by her female cousin over a man they are both romantically interested in

A 22-year-old woman from New Orleans is dead after she was murdered and it turns out her cousin is the person responsible for her death. Brittany Seymour and the suspect Dannisha Green are blood cousins but they became embroiled in a long-simmering feud because of Brittany's ex-boyfriend.
Brittany’s sister, Bria Seymour,  said she had gone to a club with the deceased, unaware that their cousin will be there. At about 1 a.m. on Thursday, Brittany, her sister and her friend left the club but outside, an argument broke out between Brittany and Daniisha.
 The ladies were surrounded by Dannisha's friends and onlookers. All of a sudden, Dannisha stabbed Brittany. 
“We were getting ready to leave and somehow those two got to each other and started fighting,” Bria Seymour said to Nola.com. “And in the midst of it my sister was stabbed two times.”
The cousin, Dannisha Green will be charged with murder.


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15:39

Aww, Matt Jordan cries over losing ex-girlfriend Kenya Moore, who married another guy last week

For those who don't know, Real Housewives of Atlanta star and former Miss USA Kenya Moore got secretly married last week to a guy named Marc Daly, just months after ending her relationship with her co-star, Matt Jordan. Matt took to his IG yesterday to pour his heart out at his immense heartbreak at learning Kenya is married. See what he wrote after the cut...



Photo from the secret wedding below...


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Kidnap victim narrates how he escaped the night before Evans and his men planned to kill him after holding him for three months

This is such an incredible, sad and heart rending story shared by Vanguard newspaper. A man named Chief Donatus (as he preferred to be identified in story for security reasons), is one of Evan's kidnap victims and he was abducted near his office on February 14, 2017. He was held for three whole months and miraculously escaped from their hideout. In this exclusive interview with Vanguard, the man gave a vivid account of the hair-raising ugly encounter. Read it after the cut...



 (Chief Donatus would not want his pictures published as police have not offered him any protection and he is still afraid of the Evans gang)
Excerpts;
On the 14th February, 2017, at about 7:30pm, while I was going home from my office at Ilupeju, I suddenly saw an SUV opposite me. I wanted to reverse but somebody in the front came down with a long gun and dragged me out from my car. He pushed me inside the SUV. Immediately they moved away from the street, they transferred me to the back of the SUV and covered me with a car mat while one of them sat on top of me. They drove me to an unknown place but before we got there, the one at the back with me now put iron (chain) on my hands. There were about five of them in the SUV. I was carried away and didn't know what to say. I was afraid for my life and was thinking whether they were assassins or kidnappers because I have some cases in the court. So, I thought maybe those people are the ones after me.
Trip to hideout
When we got there, they asked me to come down but remain faced down, which I did. The house was a bungalow with a parlour and their generator was on. They asked me; are you Chief Donatus, I said yes, what's your wife's name? I told them. They now told me that they were not going to harm me, that what they wanted was their own share and that I should corporate. After that, they brought out one AK-47 and a pistol with live ammunitions and showed me that this is not a child's play. They now brought out a locally made iron like chain and put on my legs, blindfolded me, then pushed me into one dark room. It was a self-contained room with bathroom and toilet inside. There was a standing fan, one high rise foam with bed spread and curtains on the widow but throughout my stay there, it was not opened even for one day. I was there till the following day. There was no food for me through out that night, but in the morning, they brought Indomie for me after brushing. I took my bath and ate. They asked me not to look at them any time I wanted to bath so when the time comes; I raised the blindfold up a bit, making sure that they did not see me.
Familiar voice echoes
After about two days, I heard a voice that sounds like my pharmacist, Emeke and it was while I was eating, normally while eating, I used to raise the blindfold up small to enable me to see. He asked them where they kept me. As he was talking, ours eyes met and he shuddered. He now withdrew, but before he left, he asked them whether they have contacted my brothers and they said no. I was hearing everything they were discussing. They even asked how they could get to my wife but he told them that my wife doesn't usually come to the office. What I noticed was that, in the first one week, they were not harsh but that changed all of a sudden. I used to brush every morning but it became once in a week. I noticed that, any time they wanted me to bathe, they would come to my room early morning with one small bucket of water and asked me to get up and take my bath. Then after that, everywhere would be so quiet as if nobody lived in that compound. So, in the night before they put on their generator, it used to be around 8:30pm so that the neighbourhood would now think that they have come back from their home while they were inside the house all through without any music and no television. I noticed also that, whenever their boss called them, they would put on one small radio so that neighbours would not hear whatever they were discussing. After five days there, I started getting weak and I asked them how much I have to pay. Their manager now called their chairman and they discussed. Their chairman, as they called him, was not discussing with anybody except the manager, they were three. The manager now came to me and said his boss said my bill was two million dollars. I asked where I would get that kind of money. We don't usually keep money at home; we do borrow from banks to do business. After much pleading, he reduced it to one million dollar. But after two days, he said, he has gotten more information about me and it's no more dollars again, it's one million Euros. At exactly two weeks of my hostage, they contacted my brother through the phone number I gave them. When he called my brother, he asked his manager to connect me, I think it was a conference call because he was hearing the conversation but whenever he wanted to talk to me, he would put it on pause and would tell me what to tell my family.
 
Negotiation starts
Initially, I was telling my brother that, they said it was one million Euros but he said, "No, that I'm a mad person, that I should tell my brother that I have agreed with them that it is one million Euros" and I did so. My brothers were crying because where would they get such an amount of money. There were times they would be beating me so that my brothers would hear and know that I was suffering. That iron was on my leg throughout my stay in the place except when I was going to bath. They used to serve me indomie twice a day or some times, Semovita with one meat. They used to cook in the house. There was a lady that used to come and cook for them. The lady used to come with a small girl. My brother called and said that there was no money but they managed to gather fifty million and he said my brothers were all mad, that if they did not complete the money, he was prepared to keep me for the next one year and that they were not paying rent and that they were the owners of the house.
For one month, I was there because gathering that money was not easy. I did not know whether I was the only victim there or not because throughout my 90 days incarceration, I was only in that one room. He vowed to collect the ransom complete. My brothers went to collect a lot of money from our relatives. I know when it was one hundred million, but he still insisted. I knew there was a time the exchange dropped, so, he now asked them not to change the money. When he said one million Euros, the Euro was about five hundred and thirty naira per Euro. So, when the rate was dropping, he asked them not to change, that it was now naira they wanted because he thought naira was gaining value, which would have been five hundred million. When my brother now told them that he was not able to get one hundred million, they said he was talking rubbish. It was Tuesday before Easter; my brothers were doing everything to get me out to celebrate Easter with them. He now called my brother and said he should bring whatsoever they had; my brother now told them what he had.
He told my elder brother that he was going to be the one that would deliver the money and that he would shoot his two legs if he tried to joke with them. They were all quarrelling. The manger now took the phone from me and started insulting my brother that, he was very stupid, and very wicked, that he wanted me to die so that he could go and inherit my property. On Thursday, before Easter, I asked the manager about their chairman. I used to chat with them, and I was trying to be friendly with them. Then the manager told me that the chairman travelled to America. He came back the next Sunday after Easter. I now asked; can I talk to my brothers? Because it was like I have already been cut off from the real world.
Effect of Vanguard publication
So, the first publication about my abduction in Vanguard newspapers was on Saturday, then, the chairman (Evans) called his manager and was speaking with anger saying that my brother wanted to kill me. After the call, his manager now came to me to say that, "your brother doesn't want you alive. He went to do a newspaper publication while he has been begging that he doesn't have money. Now, where did he get the money to do the publication?" On Sunday, the chairman called to say that I should thank my God, that if they had published that story in Vanguard before now, there was no way he wouldn't have collected one billion naira from me. Then on Tuesday, the story was everywhere on Facebook. The chairman now called the manager again complaining bitterly about the publication on Facebook. But again, I pleaded with them that my brother didn't have Facebook account just like me. He doesn't have time for all these things, maybe it could be women that did that. They were very angry about that newspaper publication. After that, there was no communication from the chairman even my brothers again.
Calls for change of negotiator
Exactly one month after Easter, he now called again that he didn't want to discuss anything with my brothers again, that I should call another person. I now called my cousin and the manager asked me to tell chairman whenever he called that, my brother wanted to kill me so he should hands off this case. One day after that discussion with the chairman, I heard Emeka, my pharmacist discussing with them. Normally, he did come there every day. Sometimes, he stayed till late night. And I was overhearing his voice. At a point I thought, he was no longer living with his wife because he stayed late there.
Decision to kill me
I heard Emeka discussing with manager but what drew my attention was when the manager said "... .ehh... for that reason, we don't have choice than to kill him, we would kill him. We don't have alternative than to kill him. I overheard Emeka calling my staff from there. He was complaining that I was very wicked, that this was what I have done to some persons. He was complaining that one of my pharmacists was not cooperating. When I now heard that they would kill me, I now encouraged myself that, maybe it's not me. There was a day Emeka came again and said, "If you want to kill him, kill him, in fact, kill him" until that week that I escaped from them on Wednesday, Emeka came again and asked them whether they have killed me. They said no... that it is going to be on Friday night. I said to God, that it has been said that nobody knows when he is going to die but it is like I know when I'm going to die. Even the first day that they made up their mind to kill me, the manager now called the one that travelled to come back so I thought it was going to be that night. I was counting the days because I did not know when my end would come. I didn't even know that this was even almost two months after collecting ransom from my brothers. I didn't know that they collected it. I was told this when I came out. When their Chairman travelled, I thought he travelled to America like his people said or South Africa maybe; he went to save the money. Throughout that Wednesday, I wasn't myself even when they brought the Indomie, I couldn't eat.
Mysterious escape from the dark room
It was on Friday night that my miracle happened. Way back, for the 90 days period of my captivity, I was trying to remove that iron from my leg without success, but that night around 2:00 am to 3:00 am, something asked me to get up and I got up and prayed. After that, the voice said to me that I should try opening that padlock which I did. I squeezed small size of the bed spread and passed it through the padlock and pulled it with little effort once, and the padlock opened. I said to myself, God, if I go and these people catch me, I will die, and if I remain here till daybreak, I would also die. So, the best thing is that, let me go and try it. It was God that opened this padlock, because I know that it wasn't my personal power. That God will lead me out. Before then, I had begged them to be leaving the door linking my room to the parlour open so that I will be getting fresh air from there. Luckily, there was light that night and there was curtain and linen, so I made sure that the inside of my room was darker than the palour so that, even if they opened the curtain and look inside, they would not see me. There were two of them sleeping at the palour and because there was light that night, I couldn't step on anyone of them. I said to my God, I will go; I will go. I left for the palour, from there to the kitchen.
There, I saw another burglary at the kitchen door and I concluded that I could not open it and had to go back through the palour to my dark room again while those people were still sleeping. I carried the iron and put it back on my legs but didn't lock it again. One mind said I should go again, I should go and try, I got up again went through the palour yet, they did not notice, then I closed the back door. Luckily, the wooden door that leads outside was not locked while the burglary was locked at the middle. The upper bolt and the down ones were just held down. When I pushed the upper bolt and the down one, the burglary opened and I now went outside their compound. I saw their gate, I turned the other side and I saw something like ladder resting on the fence. Their fence had broken bottles on top of it but at that point where the ladder was, the broken bottles were not there. That was where I climbed the fence, stepped my foot and jumped to the other compound.
Escape route.
While inside that compound, I knocked at the door of a flat, one man and a woman came out. I told them that, I was a kidnap victim being kept in the other compound; I just managed to escape now, please help me. The man said, "Mr. Man get away from this compound before I call the police or vigilante for you" and I responded, please call the police. The man and his wife went back to sleep leaving me there alone. All of a sudden, everywhere became quiet again. One mind told me that I should go somewhere and hide till day break which I did.
Not up to ten minutes that I left to hide, my abductors now opened their gate looking for me everywhere with their motorcycles. I was in my hideout praying to God to save my life. I was there till day break. I was looking like a mad person. For three months, I had not shaved, everywhere was white, and I was only putting up a dirty boxer that I had worn for the past 90 days without washing. When those couple woke up and saw me, they were surprised and as he wanted to raise alarm, I said no, these people there don't let them know I am here. I said to him, "please sir; can you just put me inside your booth and drive me away from here?" He said no ... he was not going to do that, that I should wait here. He now said he was going to call the chairman of the estate. After about 45 minutes, they came back.
 
Rescue at last
One young boy that should be above 20 years came with something like a plastic conduit wiring and started chasing me away that, I should go out of the compound and he continued calling me a thief. There was this uniformed security personnel there, he hit me on the leg and I fell down. I was injured while jumping down from the fence. I now walked out of the compound to one school very close to my abductor's gate. I was there as people gathered. I told them that, if these people come and see me here, they would kill me, this is how much I have offered them, that I'm not a thief but they insisted that I should wait until the estate chairman came. I asked what if they come with gun and all of you will run away and they will kill me.
Luckily, one young guy came and listened to me and asked if I could give him my wife's number? I gave it to him, he called and the number did not go through. I then gave him my cousin's number and he got him on phone. So, my cousin told him my story and he was now convinced. From there, we took a bike to the express from where we entered a bus. While inside the bus, people were just staring at me. What they used to blind fold me was a singlet, for ninety days, there was nothing like seeing the sun, so my body turned white. When we got to Idimu police division, we did not spend up to 20 minutes when my brother came.
They now contacted Ilupeju police division where they first made the report. From there, we went to command headquarters where we wasted a lot of time before going to Anti-Kidnapping unit at Surulere. After that, we went to Igando. While going there, I could not recognize the road but the young man that took me out of that place led us to the place. So, when we got to the estate, I was able to recognize the school where they asked me to sit down which was not too far from the place where I was kept for 90 days. I recognized the house by the coconut tree there and I told the security operatives, that this was the house. When we came to the gate, it was locked with a padlock and they have all run away. They had to break it and go inside where their cars, motorcycles and all their properties left behind were there. The security operatives went inside and collected all the weapons they left behind.
Reminiscences
When I heard that they were going to kill me, I said is this how my life was going to end? I was calling my wife, my son and my daughter in my mind, thinking that was the end. Emeka joined me in 2013; he joined me as a sales representative but later became a superintendent. I used to give him goods to sell and return the money. After sometime he stopped retuning the money and I asked them not to give him goods again. I never expected to hear his voice there. Before then, something happened. They started telling me things that I did, it's like they had a lot of information about me. I was told that I gave 40 Toyota Corolla cars to my staff and I said yes, I had 40 marketers and I gave them cars. Everything including my warehouses, they knew. One Sunday in April, I heard Emeka telling them they should go and start working, and that they shouldn't talk about money which I suspected they were transferring goods from my stores to where they would take them out of Lagos. I heard him requesting for form M which could help him out in case of police.
My plea
Now that they have arrested their king pin, Evans, I plead with the police that did this good job to ensure that justice was done in this case. It is obvious that many of his gang members are still on the loose. They should all be rounded up because although I have been freed, I am still not only traumatized but also afraid of my life. It is unfortunate that since I came out of this ugly experience, the police did not deem fit to provide security for me. I have since relocated with members of my family to an unknown place. It is worse even now that I have no means of livelihood. I have been wrecked after borrowing money from banks to pay the ransom. What we are trying to do now is to start paying debt to the bank.


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15:39

Apapa road to be closed for one-year as FG begins reconstruction

A section of the Apapa Wharf road will be shut down for a year to allow engineers carry out reconstruction of the road that has been in a deplorable state for many years.
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this at the signing of a N4.34 Billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dangote Group and other stakeholders for the reconstruction of the road in Lagos today June 17th.


The reconstruction according to Fashola, will be funded by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, an arm of the Dangote Group, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria. He said the use of AG Dangote for the construction of the 2 kilometer road was to give the very important road a better outlook with the use of concrete. Fashola added that the reconstruction kicks off today June 17th. He appealed to residents of the state to persevere as the reconstruction exercise goes on.
“We are embarking on what will be the final solution to the massive inconvenience. Businesses and residents in Apapa and its environment have had to endure for a couple of years. I like to acknowledge the leadership role of Dangote and Flour Mills who are operators and have also contributed to make this reality. They are doing this as a total Corporate Responsibility without asking for tax holiday or reduction. We are also working on how to ensure free access to Tin Can Island. From today that we are handing over the project, the road will take one year to be completed. We need the cooperation of all the stakeholders. There will be some discomfort on the way but we appeal for tolerance and perseverance. It will continue to get better, people should please ensure more to solve the challenge.”


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Friday, 16 June 2017

02:39

Ghanaian Refugee who lost fingers while crossing the border finally wins bid to stay in Canada

Talk about resilience and determination! Razak Iyal, a refugee who lost all his fingers to frostbite after walking into Canada on Christmas Eve, has now won his bid to stay in Canada. In December, Iyal and his friend, Seidu Mohammed (a bisexual Ghanaian man), walked through snowy farmers' fields to get to Manitoba, fearing deportation in the United States, where they had been living.

"I'm happy because if I go back to Ghana, I might lose all my life. But here I am, I just lost my fingers, but I'm still part of the society. I can do a lot of things that the people who have the fingers can do," Iyal said.
Iyal also revealed that he feared death at the hands of his own siblings, who he says are trying to kill him over a dispute regarding his late father's estate.
He also says he was facing threats of jail, torture and possibly death from a powerful member of Parliament representing his region, and expressed further concern after Ghanaian media falsely identified him as a gay man for being friends with Mohammed.Iyal and Mohammed's harrowing story of survival attracted international attention and shone a light on the wave of asylum seekers fleeing the United States.


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02:39

Indian man jailed for 15 years for raping a 13 year old girl in London

The Southwark Crown Court in England has found 37-year old Indian, Brijeshkumar Barot guilty for  the rape and sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and consequently jailed him for 15 years on Wednesday June 14, 2017.
According to the UK Metropolitan Police, the victim who was 12 at the time of the offence was raped and sexually assaulted by Barot at his address in Harrow between December 2014 and February 2015.  He was a friend of the victim's family, who had been entrusted with looking after her for short periods of time. 
Barot was arrested after the girl and her family reported the abuse to police he was arrested in July 2015.  As part of the investigation, Barot's phone was seized and on examination extreme pornographic material was discovered. He was subsequently charged with these offences, along with the rape and sexual assault of the girl.  
He pleaded guilty in January of this year to possession of extreme pornographic material relating to animals. On Monday, May 8, he pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children.  Detective Constable Janine Stevenson of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said:
"Barot is a predatory sex offender who manipulated his time with a child to carry out a horrific reign of abuse. I cannot speak highly enough of the victim and her family who have shown immense bravery in coming to police and supporting this prosecution. I would also like to thank the network of professionals who are on hand to support victims and their families through such ordeals."


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02:05

Pastor Ashimolowo of KICC asks his members to donate $1000 or N1000 for every year they have lived on earth

A video of Pastor Ashimolowo  founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC).asking his church members to donate $1,000 or N1,000 for every year they have lived on earth has gone viral.
In the video, the pastor could be heard asking his church members to sow seeds. First, a seed of $1,000 and the second, a seed of Glorious Expectation which was N1,000 for every year you have lived on earth.
“For every year you have lived on earth, I want you to give a N100… No sorry, a N1000 naira. If you have lived on earth for 35 years, you give N35,000. You have lived 60 years, you give N60,000. Those who are paying one thousand dollars to the left while those paying in naira to the right. Thousand dollars to the left, thousand naira to the right, those that are doing the both, to the middle.“Get out of your seats.”
The video was reposted by OAP, Freeze and he captioned it;
"Nigerians, their IQ of 67 and their men of God. Come and give a thousand dollars for every year you have lived??😳 Can you show me anywhere in the Bible where Jesus used this 'fund raising' approach? I remember 5 loaves and 2 fishes but 1000 dollars??????? ~FRZ"


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