8 Dec 2016

Edinburgh West MP shares story of how she was raped at 14

UK politician, Michelle Thompson, moved colleagues to tears when she told them that she was raped at the age of 14 by a man she knew.

She made this revelation in the House of Commons, telling them that the man who raped her was someone she knew and trusted and the incident occurred one evening when he offered to walk her home.
"He told me he wanted to show me something in a wooded area and at that point, I must admit, I was alarmed. I did have a warning bell - but I overrode that warning bell because I knew him and therefore there was a level of trust in place.” The former professional musician recounted. She recalled walking home afterwards crying and in shock.

As with most rape cases, Ms. Thompson said she told no one about it but kept it bottled up and she blamed herself for what had happened.
 "I felt I was spoiled and impure and really felt revulsion towards myself.”
She has now come to terms with the incident and bravely stated;
 “I am not a victim, I’m a survivor.”

Photo of woman caught trying to sell her three children

Odinaka Ali, a 25 year old woman from Ezilo, in Ishielu Local Goverment of Area of Ebonyi state has been arrested for trying to sell her three children.

According to Desk officer of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP) in Ebonyi State, Florence Onwa, the lady was arrested by the police after they received a tip-off from a waitress whom she had contacted to look for a trafficker who could buy her children because she could no longer take care of them after her husband abandoned them eight months ago.

 The woman has however denied trying to sell her children stating that her arrest was a total frame up and that all she did was to ask the waitress for assistance in paying her house rent. Narrating what happened, she said, “My husband is from Amaekpo Ohafia, Abia State. I and my husband had issues before and we later reconciled. We did not have any problem when he abandoned us in April this year”. When I stayed few weeks I did not see him, I started doing menial jobs with my little children to enable me feed them. I kept doing this till it became so difficult for me to continue it and I decided to return to my village”. I didn’t want to sell my children at the initial time because I passed through caesarian operation before giving birth to all of them. I met a girl who sells food in a restaurant and narrated my problem to her and she promised to assist me. l met the girl before, so she asked me to come to her and wait for a woman who will enter into discussion with me. I waited for the woman and she did not come. I did this three times and I told the girl that I will not come again”. She persuaded me to continue coming and I changed my heart. Before I could notice it, Policemen stormed the place and started asking me what I was doing there and the whereabouts of the three kids I wanted to sell”. I told the policemen that I didn’t want to sell my babies because I gave birth to them through operations. The policemen asked me to follow them to their station and I refused. They immediately invited a policewoman who came and asked me to follow them to the station, that I should obey before complain and I followed them to the station. While in the station, the girl who asked me to come to her said I told her to start looking for who will buy my children.”

Godwin Igwe, head of Child Development Department, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has called on well meaning  individuals to assist the woman take care of the children.

 "The three children and their mother just repatriated from the Enugu Ministry of Gender and Women Affairs to Ebonyi. The woman is from Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State. When we interviewed her, she said she is finding it very difficult to survive let alone feed her children. She said her purported husband abandoned her and the children in April. She said it was very difficult for her to be carrying the third child of eight months old for menial jobs and she became a wanderer. So, the Enugu state government repatriated her. Her mother is late and the father is very old and has nothing doing. Her major problem is how to eke a living. She said if the government or public spirited individual can assist her, she is ready to take care of her children. If she is allowed to continue to wander in the streets, the children are at risk and if anybody approaches her for the children, she can easily release the children to the person and they will become victims of child trafficking. So, the Enugu government did not repatriate her out of malice or hatred but for safety of the children.” Mr Godwn said

Three Lagos pilgrims abscond in Jerusalem ...photo

Three pilgrims from Lagos State who went for this year’s pilgrimage in Jerusalem, Israel have absconded, PM News investigation reveals. The absconded pilgrims include one female and two male.

Sources in Jerusalem confided in their reporter that the female pilgrim was the first to abscond few days after arriving the holy land for the 10 days spiritual exercise.

One other male pilgrim also absconded few days after the female pilgrim was declared missing, while the last one ran away shortly after the thanksgiving service to mark the departure of the pilgrims from Jerusalem back to Nigeria two days ago.


A source said immediately after the thanksgiving service, it was discovered that the pilgrim, a middle-age man was missing and he never returned.

Cases of pilgrims absconding after getting to Jerusalem have been on the rampant in recent time as they see the exercise as the easiest means of getting to Europe.

In 2013, two Lagos pilgrims absconded during the exercise. One was caught while the other was never seen again until the remaining pilgrims left Jerusalem. The same scenario played out in subsequent years.

Investigation reveals that Jerusalem is a place where immigrants could easily escape to Europe to seek greener pasture, thus, some pilgrims hide under religious ritual to escape to Europe during pilgrimage.

INTERPOL border security operation across West Africa leads to arrest of Nigerian human trafficker and others

A suspected Nigerian human trafficker was among members of criminal organizations arrested during INTERPOL-led border security operation across West Africa.

Operation Adwenpa II resulted in the arrest of human traffickers, migrant smugglers and the seizure of drugs, stolen vehicles, cash and counterfeit goods.

During the eight-day (14 - 21 November) operation, more than 100 frontline officers used INTERPOL global policing capabilities to identify criminals, victims and illicit goods at 28 key border control points across 14 countries.

With several of the involved countries part of key people smuggling routes to Europe, at the Kourémalé checkpoint on the Mali/Guinea border, seven Guinean nationals were arrested on suspicion of facilitating the illegal immigration of seven men and women aged between 16 and 22, heading towards Italy.

At the same checkpoint, 10 men being trafficked to Europe via Libya and to gold mines in Guinea were rescued and two men arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

At Dakola on the Burkina Faso/Ghana border, seven children from Cote d’Ivoire aged between 11 and 16 were taken into protective custody and two men from Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

Other key results include:
  • The seizure of more than 20 vehicles – including luxury cars from Belgium, France and Italy – recorded as stolen via INTERPOL databases;
  • Multiple seizures of drugs including cocaine, cannabis, heroine and 90 kg of methamphetamine;
  • The identification, arrest and extradition from Dakar’s Léopold-Sédar-Senghor airport of a Central African Republic national wanted by France for armed robbery;
  • The recovery of USD 332,000 in cash concealed in luggage and vehicles;
  • The seizure of counterfeit goods including cigarettes, pharmaceuticals and food products. Fake military badges and uniforms were also seized.
"INTERPOL clearly recognizes the severity of the transnational organized crime problem in this region, and has made it a priority to provide a wide range of tools and services to help member countries reinforce their border security procedures and coordinate police action with their neighbours," said Commissaire Divisionnaire Kambile Pale Elie of the Cote d’Ivoire National Police.

INTERPOL National Central Bureaus coordinated activities on the ground, exchanging real-time data via INTERPOL’s global policing network supported by specialized officers from the General Secretariat and the Regional Bureau in Cote d’Ivoire.
Checks of airline passengers and crew were also made against INTERPOL’s databases to determine if any individuals were attempting to illegally enter countries using a passport reported lost or stolen to INTERPOL, or were wanted internationally.

"Operation Adwenpa II demonstrates what can be achieved when law enforcement officers on the ground are given the INTERPOL training and tools needed to detect crime and criminals effectively," said Tim Morris, INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services.

"West Africa’s border management capacity has been boosted in a sustainable manner, demonstrating the importance of INTERPOL’s global capabilities and support services in strengthening national and regional security," added Mr Morris.
Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, Adwenpa II builds on the success of the first operation conducted in February as part of a two-year Capacity Building Programme to Strengthen Border Management in West Africa.

With sustainability an integral part of the programme, a series of capacity building training sessions including a train-the-trainer session were held throughout West Africa prior to the operation.
Operation Adwenpa II partners include WCO, UNODC, and INTERPOL’s FormaTrain network which deployed vehicle identification experts to key land borders.

Countries which participated in Operation Adwenpa II: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

More photos below...






Update! Chapecoense footballer Neto, who survived the Colombian plane tragedy was reading Bible before the crash

Chapecoense centre back, Helio Neto, one of only six people who survived the Colombian plane crash which killed 71, was reading a Bible passage about 'being safe in the shadow of your wings' before the crash. The footballer’s bible was found at the scene of the crash by journalist Roberto Cabrini.

In a video footage Cabrini notices the Bible with a note inside saying it belongs to the defender.

A bookmark had been inserted next to Psalm 63. It reads;
 'On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night; Because you have been my help; Then I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. My soul follows you closely; Your right hand upholds me."
The bible was handed to the footballer’s wife, who said that Neto is deeply religious and takes religious scriptures with him everywhere.

A total of 71 people lost their lives when the British-made Avro RJ85 aircraft came down en route to Medellin, where Brazilian side Chapecoense were due to play in the Copa Sudamericana final.

More photos below... 




Source: DailyMail UK

FG declares Dec 12th public holiday for Eid-El-Maulud

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The Federal Government has declared Monday Dec 12th as public holiday to mark the Eid-El-Maulud celebration.‎ This was contained in a statement released today by the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau. He wished all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Eid-El-Maulud celebration.

Omg! Watch video of policeman in UK punching suspect multiple times while 3 other officers hold him down

If you think it's only in the third world that civilians suffer assaults at the hands of law enforcement, think again. Disturbing footage believed to have been taken earlier this year in West London has emerged of a policeman repeatedly punching a suspect in the back as other officers hold him down.

The video shows the shirtless suspect pinned to the ground by three policemen and yelling in pain as a fourth rains blows on him.

The man, who calls out in a foreign language at one point in the footage, shouts 'please, please, please' as the officers hold him down.

An officer is heard shouting; 'You spit and I'll f****** hurt you', as the man is pinned to the ground.

Police officers in the UK are allowed to use force in carrying out their duties, as long as it is 'absolutely necessary' and 'reasonable and proportionate' in the circumstances.

The witness who filmed the incident said:
 'It looked like he wasn't going anywhere, they already had him face down on the ground. I thought "can they do that? It went on for quite a while and the man was obviously in pain. He was saying: "I can't breathe". One of them then put his knee in his back. I don't know what had happened before I started filming but someone said the man had stolen something from a shop.'
 More photos and the video, below...



Federal Judge halts Michigan US Election recount


After a lawyer urged him not to stick taxpayers with a $5 million recount tab, a federal judge on Wednesday dissolved his earlier decision and halted the hand recount of 4.8 million ballots that were cast for president in Michigan.

The issue, however, is far from over, as an appeal will follow.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his written opinion late Wednesday, several hours after hearing arguments about whether a recount in Michigan is warranted or not.

The Michigan Republican Party and Michigan Attorney General's Office argued it was not, stressing a state appellate court had already decided the issue and that Goldsmith should respect that 3-0 decision and halt the recount, which started Monday under an order from Goldsmith. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that Green Party candidate Jill Stein has no standing to seek a recount because she has no chance of winning. She came in fourth place, with 1% of the vote.

But attorneys for Stein argued the recount must continue, stressing that thus far it has shown numerous voting problems across the state, particularly in Detroit, where more than half of the precincts' ballots cannot be recounted due to problems that have not been disclosed. They also argued that Stein is an aggrieved party if she participated in an election that was plagued with mistakes or fraud. And the voters of Michigan have a right to know that, too, they said.

"There is no way of knowing whether fraud occurred without conducting the recount," Stein's attorney, Hayley Horowitz, told Goldsmith during the hearing, arguing it is "way to early" to know if fraud was an issue.

After the hearing, Stein told the Detroit Free Press that so far, the recount appears to be exposing problems with Michigan's election process, particularly in low-income, minority communities.

"It is revealing some really troubling aspects of how elections are run here," Horowitz said of the recount. "We think that's part of the reason the recount should continue — to continue revealing those problems so that the people of Michigan can see how their election operates."

Recount opponents argue that that's not what Michigan's recount law was intended for. Rather, it was meant to help an aggrieved candidate change the outcome of an election, not to see if there is a problem, they argue.

"Her entire purpose is to audit the Michigan system," John Bursh, of the Michigan Attorney General's Office, said of Stein in court. He urged the judge numerous times to halt the recount and not stick Michigan taxpayers with a potentially $5 million recount tab for a candidate who has no chance of winning.

"Don't become the first federal court in the country to order a recount ... for a candidate who lost by 2 million votes," Bursh said.

Attorney Gary Gordon, who represents the Michigan Republican Party, also urged Goldsmith to stop the recount.

"This candidate is not aggrieved in any sense of the word," Gordon said of Stein, stressing: "It's very unlikely that 2 million mistakes have been made."

See a Young financial accounting graduates who becomes a carpenter after no luck in finding a job ...photo

South African young graduate shared the photos online with the caption: ''I did financial accounting, I graduated this year May, I swallowed my pride, wear my overalls since well I can't find a job... My daily bread.''

Watch video of Rapper, Young Thug abuse Black American airport workers

Rapper, Jefferey Lamar best known as Young Thug lived up to his stage name after he recorded himself abusing female, Black American airport attendants and posted the whole thing to Instagram.

He was trying to get to Seattle to perform a show, but had to cancel it after he arrived to Atlanta Airport late.

 He said: 'These two ants are so rude. They're peasants. Your manager is a peasant, y'all are ants.'

'Look at, get their hair, sync in on their hair... their hair is nappy as a motherf*cker. They look like Africans that done got deported .'
'I'll give y'all bums 15,000 apiece to quit your job,' he said waving around a pile of cash. I'm giving you bums one more chance.'
The 25yr old carried on his verbal assault while an airport police officer stood by and did nothing. He later deleted the video from Instagram. He has since apologised. 

More photos and the video below..




Senate postpones screening of EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to Dec 15th

The Senate was scheduled to screen and probably confirm Ibrahim Magu, the acting EFCC chairman today. 
The screening has now been postponed to December 15th. Magu has been serving in acting capacity since November 2015.

Trial of former NSA, Dasuki adjourned till January 25, 2017

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The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, which was supposed to begin yesterday, has been put off till January 25th, 2017

The embattled retired Colonel is charged with alleged misappropriation of $2.1 billion which was meant for the purchase of arms for the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

The adjournment of the trial followed the absence of one of the defendants in the trial, Mr Salisu Shuaibu, a former Director of Finance and Account in the office of the National Security Adviser, who was said to be sick.

The he prosecution counsel, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, informed Justice Baba Yusuf that he had been served with the medical report of the defendant confirming that he had been hospitalised.

Mr Atolagbe told the court that the trial could not proceed in the absence of the defendant and therefore applied for a short adjournment pending the recovery of the defendant.

Counsel to Shuaibu, apologised for the absence of his client. Lawyers to other defendants in the suit did not object to the application for adjournment on the ground that Mr Salisu had always been present in court since the charge was filed against them.

Justice Yusuf in his brief ruling, agreed that since the charge was filed, the second defendant had never been absent in court and that for that reason, the court is obliged to grant the request for the adjournment and subsequently adjourned to January 25, 2017.

Due to Shuabu's illness, Justice Yusuf also adjourned a second case against the defendants which was transferred from Justice Peter Affen to January 24, 2017 for mention.

Update! Judge earns N24m annually, spent N500m in 10 months secretly

The Federal Government had said investigations had shown that a top Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, spent over N500m between just January and October 2016 despite his total annual legitimate earnings, including his allowances being N24million.

How is the judge making Hundreds of Millions without any other job?

This was disclosed in a document prepared by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Charles Adeogun-Philips, summarising the case of the prosecution against the Justice of the Supreme Court, who was on November 21, 2016, arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

During his arraignment, Ngwuta pleaded not guilty to 16 counts, including money laundering and others relating to fraudulent obtainment of multiple passports.

The document stated that the case brought against the judge, “chronicles corrupt enrichment, violations of the money laundering laws of our land, passport fraud, and an attempt to obstruct justice by a judicial officer.”

The prosecution alleged that from the N500m, the apex court justice transferred dollar equivalent of N313m cash in $100 bills to a building contractor within the period of nine months between January and September, 2016, to “develop several landed properties” for him.

It explained that earlier in 2015, the defendant, within a period of one month, made various cash payments totalling $180,000 to the building contractor.

It also alleged that during the raid on the defendant’s Abuja house by the operatives of the Department of State Services on October 7, 2016, total sums of N38.358m, $319,596 and £25,915 were found in his possession.

According to the prosecution, the Justice of the apex court gave no satisfactory explanation for the huge sums of money found in his possession.

Prosecutor’s documentThe document partly read, “Another witness will testify before this court that the defendant’s total annual income, including allowances in 2016 amounted to approximately N24,000,000.

It beggars belief how a serving public servant could have under his direct control, in a 10-month period spanning between January and October alone, cash sums in excess of N500,000,000.”

Adeogun-Philips said proposed prosecution witnesses would also appear in court to testify over the huge funds found in possession of the defendant, among other allegations.

The document stated, “In the course of this trial, the Federal Republic of Nigeria will adduce evidence from a building contractor engaged by the defendant, as to how in a period of nine months, spanning between January and September 2016, he received the total sum of N313,000,000 from the defendant in cash, which was paid to him mostly in $100 bills to develop landed properties for the defendant.

“This court will also hear from another witness, how in his capacity as an architect engaged by the defendant in 2015, he received from the defendant within a period of one month, various cash payments totalling $180,000.

“Investigators will further tell this honourable court how during a search at his residence on October 7, 2016, cash totalling: (1) N35,358,000 (2) $319,956 and £25,915 were found in the defendant’s possession.”

The prosecution alleged that the defendant had betrayed “the judicial oath of allegiance to discharge his duties as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, faithfully, with honesty, and to the best of his abilities”, which he swore to on June 23, 2011 when he was promoted to the Supreme Court bench.

The trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, adjourned till January 16, 2017, for the prosecution to start calling its witnesses.

Lawyer Adeogun-Philips added, “The court will, in the course of this trial, hear how the defendant, having been confronted with the maze of evidence against him, following the search of his official residence in Abuja and his subsequent arrest on October 7, 2016, and oblivious of being under DSS surveillance, prevailed on a potential prosecution witness following his release on administrative bail on October 9, 2016, to remove from his bathroom at his private residence in Ebonyi State several bags containing several land title documents and the sum of N27m cash.

“The evidence will also reveal how the defendant ordered the same witness to remove three luxury vehicles from his residence following which the said vehicles were subsequently concealed at various locations in Ebonyi State in an attempt to obstruct ongoing investigations in this case.”

Police arrests man for stealing over 1,000 Bags of Rice worth N6.5m

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A 35-year-old Olatubosun Soyelu, who allegedly stole 1,089 bags of rice was Wednesday arraigned before a Lagos magistrate’s court in Igbosere.

The rice valued at N6.5 million belonged to Christlieb Plc and Brands Capital Ltd. The defendant is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

The prosecutor, SP Eshiet Eshiet, told the court that he committed the offence between February and June, 2016 at Block G, Sura shopping complex, Sampson Street, Lagos.

According to him, the offence was punishable under Sections 285 and 267 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, O. Martins granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be blood relation and gainfully employed and also show two years evidence of tax payment clearance to Lagos state.



Woman leaves her kids, age 2 &1 alone to elope with lover for nine days and one dies...photo

A mother has left her one-year-old son to starve to death and his two-year-old sister alone with the body for nine days while she went out with her lover.

Vladislava Podchapko's youngest, Daniil, a boy aged 23 months, died from hunger after six days.

Her daughter, Anna, two months short of her third birthday, remained alone in the flat with her brother's body for another three days.

The 20-year-old mother left them only candles when she locked them in her flat in central Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, before vanishing for nine days.

The girl was rushed to hospital on the point of death from starvation.

Miraculously, she is expected to survive.

"The girl was exhausted, she was very weak," said a doctor involved in her treatment.

"She was immediately taken into hospital where we started intravenous feeding.

"She is better now and we can say that she will live. We have started her on tiny amounts of solid food."

The mother has been detained and faces up to eight years in prison for child neglect.
Confronted by police, she replied: "I didn't know that children could die."

The frightened and confused children had tried to escape from the locked flat, pulling and tearing the linoleum by the front door.

Neighbours heard the children crying in the morning and evening, and there were unconfirmed claims they had called the police, who failed to respond.

In any event, the stranded children received no help, and are believed to have been found when their mother finally returned.

Police were then called.

Vladislava's social media account is full of pictures of her children from before the incident, and messages of love to them.

Ukrainian children rights envoy, Nikolay Kuleba, said the mother had taken her children out of a kindergarten.

But social services were reported to have failed to follow-up on any problems.

She had an iPhone 6 so did not seem short of money.

The children are from her previous marriage, and she since found a new boyfriend, and became pregnant by him.

Anna's future will be decided by social care workers.

"Perhaps she will be sent to an orphanage, or given for adoption, or if her father can look after her, she may go to him," said a source.

Social media comments on her page demand that Vladislava should face the death penalty for neglecting her children.

They express "disgust" at her actions in leaving her son and daughter alone.

See the world's fattest woman booked for a surgery in India ...photo

A woman believed to be the world's fattest,a 78 stone woman is leaving her home for the first time in 25 years to have life-saving weight reduction surgery.

Iman Ahmad Abdulati, 26 - who tips the scales at over half a tonne (over 78.7 stone) - is to fly to India from her home in Alexandria, Egypt, after one of the world's leading bariatric surgeons volunteered to treat her.

But Iman's op was almost grounded before it began after immigration officials at India's embassy in Cairo refused to believe she was too big to visit to make her visa application.

Indian law requires visa applicants allow immigration police to take their fingerprints.

They only backed down when surgeon Dr Muffazzal Lakdawala used Twitter to contact India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to ask for help.

His tweet read: "Ma'am, Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process @SushmaSwaraj"

He explained later: "Iman can't move because of her condition, and due to her weight, it is near impossible to move her."

He added: "But the Indian Embassy in Cairo wasn't ready to accept it.

"The officers thought that the family was bluffing and kept asking the family members to bring Iman to the embassy to scan her fingerprint.

"They didn't pay any heed to the family's requests and, as a result, Iman's visa was rejected."

The Minister replied to the doctor's tweet immediately and the visa request was granted and everything could go forward. She said: "Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her."

Now, however, the medic is struggling with the mammoth problem of getting Iman to Mumbai this week for a series of ops that could last a year.

He told local media he plans to - at first - use a bariatric balloon to fill up part of Iman's digestive tract.

The doctor reckons she could lose as much as 62 stone in two years.

He said: "Due to her heavy weight, we can't bring her in a normal plane, so we are trying to arrange a private chartered flight instead."

The plane will have to be refitted with a reinforced bed because Iman's weight makes it impossible for her to sit upright in a chair.

At home, she relies on her mother and sister Chaymaa Abdulati to help her with everyday tasks like eating, getting dressed, washing and going to the bathroom.

Nolllywood Actor Kenneth Okonkwo AND wife testify at Shiloh

Kenneth Okonkwo and his wife, Ifeoma Okonkwo tonight testified at the ongoing 2016 Shiloh at Canaan land. Recall the couple had waited for 9 years without a child before finally having a son in May.

Check out Comedian Seyi Law's cute daughter ...photo

Seyi Law shared the beautiful photo on Instagram, she's so cute...
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