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What hope for Abia?

•ACN governorship aspirant calls for emergency rule The Abia State government may soon arraign the impeached deputy governor of the state, Comrade Chris Akomas, for terrorism and kidnapping..

Akomas was invited to the Police headquarters in Umuahia, the state capital, last Friday, for questioning. He was interrogated for about four hours before he was allowed to leave. He was also invited on Monday.

It was gathered that he arrived the police headquarters about 4 p.m. on Monday and stayed till 10 p.m. before he was allowed to go and asked to return yesterday at 8 a.m.

A close source to Akomas told the Nigerian Compass in a telephone interview that he (Akomas) was advised not to report early to the police station yesterday because of the fear that he may be charged to court. He was rather advised to report late in the afternoon.

It was gathered that the government is alleging that Akomas have recruited hoodlums and kidnappers allegedly to destabilise the state.

It would be recalled that Akomas declared his intention to contest the governorship election in 2011 on the platform of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA).

Meanwhile, an Action Congress of Nigerian (ACN) governorship aspirant, Prince Paul Ikonne, has called on the Federal Government to declare an energency rule in the state over the incessant killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, assault and despoiling of women in Aba and its environs.

Residents of Aba, the commercial nerve of the state, have been living under fear of insecurity and neglect of government. Business activities in the city have dwindled, as a result of the broad-day attack of kidnappers and hoodlums who operate in the full glare of the public and security operatives sent to the city.
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1.Thousands wounded while scrambling for Jonathan’s 2m free rice in Abuja

2.Abia may charge ex-deputy governor, Akomas, for kidnapping

3.Canada Planning to legalise Prostitiution Completely

4.Possible biblical clue seen in computer worm hitting Iran

5.2011: IBB ‘Boys’ want him to withdraw •banned from Yoruba-speaking states

6.Angry robber kills shopkeeper

7.Nigerian builds biggest hospital in Brooklyn New York

8.Lagos:4 Brothers 22-30yrs Rape 2 Sisters aged six & seven

9.Kidnapped School kids Ransom now fluctuating 40million to 20million to 350,000

10.50 Years New Fifty Naira note I think GJ should have invited Fifty Cent to complete it

11.Nigerian Biophysicist wins $500,000Dollars John Dabiri . Chinamanda adichie won in 2008

12.Abia State declare State of emergency ?

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Some experts say program's code might include reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimedat slowing Iran's race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be afleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale inwhich the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

That use of the word "Myrtus" — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — toname a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that haveemerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of therogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind of command modulefor industrial equipment.

There are many competing explanations for myrtus, which could simply signify myrtle, a plant important to manycultures in the region. But some security experts see the reference asan allusion to the Hebrew word for Esther, and as a warning in amounting technological and psychological battle as Israel and its alliestry to breach Iran's nuclear project. Others doubt the Israelis wereinvolved and say the word could have been inserted as deliberatemisinformation to implicate Israel.

Carol Newsom, an Old Testament scholar at Emory University, confirmed the linguistic connection,noting that Queen Esther's original name in Hebrew was Hadassah, whichis similar to the Hebrew word for myrtle. Perhaps, she said, "someonewas making a learned cross-linguistic wordplay."

"The Iranians are already paranoid about the fact that some of their scientists havedefected and several of their secret nuclear sites have been revealed,"one former intelligence official who still works on Iran issues saidrecently. "Whatever the origin and purpose of Stuxnet, it ramps up thepsychological pressure."

New U.S. sanctions.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration stepped up pressure against Iran's governmentWednesday, slapping financial and travel sanctions on eight Iranianofficials and accusing them of taking part in rampant human rightsabuses.

Under an executive order signed this week by President Barack Obama, the State and Treasury departments jointly announced thesanctions that target Iranians who "share responsibility for thesustained and severe violation of human rights in Iran," notably afterlast year's disputed presidential elections.

The move bars the eight Iranians from entering the United States, blocks any of their U.S.assets and prohibits Americans from doing business with them..

Additional material from The Associated Press.

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s-BROTHEL-large.jpgTORONTO — Canada's justice minister says the federal government will appeal an Ontario court ruling that struck down key provisions in Canada's prostitution laws in a case that could set a precedent for the country if the provincial ruling is upheld.

Rob Nicholson said Wednesday prostitution harms individuals, and the government will appeal an Ontario Superior Court's order to decriminalize many aspects of prostitution earlier this week.

Prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada, but communicating for the purposes of prostitution, pimping and operating a brothel were considered criminal acts. An Ontario Superior Court judge said Tuesday these prostitution-related laws are unconstitutional and said laws set up to protect prostitutes actually harm them..

The Ontario court judgment is subject to a 30-day stay during which the law remains in place.

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An official of the dreaded Lagos State Traffic Management Agency was forced to act in a tragic drama on Thursday. The setting of the drama is the Third Mainland Bridge while the playwright is an expatriate whose appearance suggested he was an Asian. Photo:Recent Unfortunate lastma official battered by Navy .

At the Obalende end of the bridge, some LASTMA officials were stopping and passing some vehicles. That was how the one in question waved the Asian – some people actually believed he was a Chinese – to stop. But as soon as the chap stopped, he produced a long knife from his car and challenged the traffic officer to move closer to him.

Perhaps because the traffic guy did not wear a knife-proof - or the kind of charm that Yorubas call okigbe – he decided to, borrowing a statement from Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, hold a rapid dialogue with his legs. But as if it was a scene from a Chinese or an Indian film, the knife-wielding expatriate began to chase him, while he continued to run for dear life. What happened after? Honestly, one can’t say yet.

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But loyalists of the First Lady claimed that the rice was meant for distribution to widows under the Food Outreach Programme Initiative.

According to checks, the 2m Brazilian Premium Parboiled rice was shipped into the country by the First Lady.

The Outreach Programme, which was held at the International Conference Centre, was also attended by some wives of some state governors.The programme had gone far without hitch until it was time to distribute the 2m bags of rice which were brought to the venue in many trucks from Aso Rock.Upon sighting free rice, many hungry residents besieged the International Conference Centre to scramble for the free food.

Some of the residents scaled through barbed wires to get the ‘golden meal’ and in the ensuing melee, many of the scramblers were wounded.The most amusing was the case of policemen and Road Safety Corps members that abandoned their beats to join the fray for rice.

A woman at the ceremony, Mrs. Florence Daku, said: “It is really sad that our politics is turning into a different thing with our psyche being abused.“The show of shame at the Conference Centre has indicated that our leaders have nothing for us in 2011. They now find it convenient to throw rice at us.”Another Abuja resident, Milam Ahmadu Baba, said: “You can see my swollen eyes but I succeeded in getting a bag of rice. But my wife was not too lucky. We had to resuscitate her after fainting.”.

A highly-placed source said: “The Outreach Programme is designed to mobilize Nigerians, especially women, nationwide but it has backfired on the first day.“This is a challenge to us to go back to the drawing board to fine-tune the scheme.”

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I think he should have built the biggest hospital in America .As if they dont have enough hospitals in America.
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has commissioned one of the biggest hospitals in Brooklyn built by a Nigerian, Photo Dr Ifeanyi Obiakor. and Peter Obi
He called on other Nigerians in Diaspora to think home and help in the development of the country.

A statement by Obi’s Special Adviser on Media, Val Obienyi, made available to Sunday Sun said the commissioning was part of his one-day visit to America as he accompanied President Goodluck Jonathan to the United Nations Session.

Obi who met with various investors in America while on the working visit according to Obienyi also turned the sword of the Sleep Centre under construction by the same Nigerian doctor, Ifeakor, an indigene of Anambra State.

According to him, on hand to help the governor was the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwuma and other dignitaries from Nigeria and America. Obi who was accompanied by his wife, Margaret, expressed surprise at the magnificence of the hospital and how well equipped it was..

He said he strived to attend the function because he felt delighted in seeing Nigerians especially Anambrarians do well in their various fields. “Already, he is building a hospital and university in Abuja, but I will subtly remind him to remember Anambra State especially. I am particularly proud that he has employed many Nigerian doctors as well as whites in the hospital.

“I am proud of him and as an evidence that he is not afraid of his roots, he named all his businesses in America, including the Hospital and pharmacy after Igbo names”, he said. The Minister of health commended Obiakor for his bold strides and told him that now was the time for him to partner with the Government.

The climax of the event was the inspection of the hospital and its many departments led by Obiakor.

He explained that the hospital started with the department of Gynecologist and Obstetrics before expanding to community Medicine, Pharmacy and other departments. He said that he was already talking with the New York State University for conversion into a health institute and highlighted the planned establishment of HIV training and management department.
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Maybe they should have invited Fifty Cent to make it all fifty correct

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday launched the redesigned N50 commemorative note and non-circulating coins to mark the 50 years of Nigeria as an independent state.

The ceremony took place during the Federal Executive Council's special session at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The President commended the Central Bank of Nigeria for its efforts at repositioning the banking sector and the economy.

He also thanked the apex bank for the initiative of producing the N50 commemorative note together with non-circulating coins to mark the unique occasion in the history of the nation.

Jonathan also appreciated CBN's sponsorship of the gold medals to be presented to the 50 distinguished Nigerians to be honoured as well as that to be presented to the 150 selected talented youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the new note has the same design as the circulating N50, but bears slight modifications.

The modifications are in the form of an addition of the 50th Independence anniversary logo, a gold iridescent band and a goodwill message written in varnish.

Meanwhile, Governor of the Central Bank Lamido Sanusi has said that the note will circulate side-by-side with existing N50 polymer and paper notes.

He said that some of the commemorative non-circulating coins are produced in 22 carats gold while others are gold plated.

Sanusi took the audience down the memory lane of currency development in the country since the first Nigerian currency denominated in One Pound, Ten Shillings and Five Shillings, issued on July 1, 1959.
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Next NewsPapers Say it is now 350,000Naira Daily Sun says It is now 40million all Accounts are from the ever efficient and buck passing Nigerian Police .who now say the Kidnappers are Actually Robbers ! nice to know our Criminals now have choice of vocation

Kidnappers of the 15 pupils of Abayi International School, Aba, had reduced their ransom to N350,000, an indication that they are willing to release the toddlers from a tortuous ordeal which has drawn worldwide condemnation.

It was further gathered that the failure to release the kids on Wednesday was as a result of multiple negotiations which the criminals were taking advantage of, possibly to make more money.
Photo:Policemen looking for the kidnappers what about the Corpers kidnapped last week ?
According to our source, a hamonised negotiation has been adopted, which may lead to the early release of the school children.

The Abia State commissioner of police, Jonathan Johnson, also said yesterday in Umuahia that final negotiations were going on with the abductors of the children to effect their release and save them from further mental and emotional torture that they have been subjected to since Monday, when they were snatched on their way to school.

He confirmed that the children would have been released yesterday, but for some minor hitches in the negotiations with the kidnappers, even as he appealed to Abia residents to remain calm as the children would be released soon..

The police boss said the kidnapping of the kids was his greatest challenge and one which has given him sleepless nights.

Police sources said their non confrontational negotiation with the kidnappers was the best option, so as to save the children from possible harm hurt during a shoot out, adding that if the victims were grown ups, the police would have adopted a confrontational stand.

Robbers turned kidnappers

The commissioner, who said it was difficult for him to understand why anybody could abduct kids of between three and 10 years, added that the police and the government were working together to ensure the early release of the children.

Throwing more light on how the children were kidnapped, another source said the kidnappers were not initially out to abduct them, but had used them to escape from the police who had attacked them as they were trying to rob a jeep.

According to the source, when the police swooped on them, they ran into the bush and when they saw the school bus conveying the children to school, they hijacked it to make good their escape, but might have changed their mind later after escaping with the kids.

The Abia State government has condemned the abduction and called on the kidnappers to release the kids forthwith.

The commissioner for information and strategy, ACB Agbazuere, said in Umuahia that the action was condemnable, and appealed to the hoodlums to embrace the amnesty programme and quit criminality.

Daily Sun

Kidnapped school kids: Ransom now N40m ...Parents besiege school
From OKEY SAMPSON, Aba, Taiwo Amodu, Abuja

Outrage trailed the abduction of 15 pupils of Abayi International School in Aba, Abia State yesterday, but the kidnappers upped the ante by increasing the ransom demanded on the school children to N40 million from N20 million. Contrary to the speculation on Monday evening that the school kids were abandoned in a bush path near a village in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area few hours after their kidnap on the way to school on Monday, investigations showed that they were still held captive.

When Daily Sun visited the school at about 2.45 p.m yesterday, none of the principal officers was around. They were said to have gone out with some policemen in search of the pupils, aged between three and 10.

A staff member who preferred anonymity confided in Daily Sun that the kids had not been freed and that frantic efforts were being made towards their release.

Some parents of the kidnapped school children were seen trooping into the compound perhaps to discuss with the school officials on the way forward.

When contacted, the spokesman, Abia State Police, ASP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the command had been unable to establish contact with the school authorities. However, a senior police officer in Aba, on condition of anonymity, claimed they visited the school yesterday morning but could not get any concrete information.

According to him, “we went to the school this morning (Tuesday) to get information about the children from the authorities, but all they told us was that God was in control. Please, my brother, if you have information concerning the whereabouts of the children, give us so that we can work on it,” he said.

There were, however, moves yesterday indicating the children would be freed as the authorities of the school, with the parents, intensified moves towards this direction but how soon that could be remained unknown.

In a related development, the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, yesterday, reacted angrily to the kidnap of the 15 pupils by unknown gunmen in Osisioma near Aba in Abia State describing it as callous and unacceptable.

Nwodo, in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, described the action of the hijackers of the children, most of them in nursery and primary level, as wicked and challenged relevant security agencies to fish them out and save the children, their families and the nation the trauma.

The PDP national chairman said such wicked action by anybody at a time the nation was in the celebration mood and many foreign dignitaries already in the country for the nation’s golden jubilee was not only callous but distracting.

He said the issue of kidnapping in the South-east, especially Abia, had become a huge embarrassment to the nation and should be condemned by all reasonable persons.

The last high profile kidnap in the same area involved three Lagos-based journalists returning to Lagos after attending a conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

In addition, the UN Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) has joined the array of those crying out against the kidnap of the 15 school children in Abia on Monday describing it as craven.

“Under no circumstances should children be the target of violence,’’ said the Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Dr. Suomi Sakai, in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

“Kidnapping children for financial gain is simply heinous,’’ the statement noted.

The children’s fund, which advocates everywhere for the inviolability of schools, hoped the law enforcement agencies would be able to find and bring the children to safety quickly.

“In all its work, UNICEF stresses the need for families, communities and civil society to work in partnership to protect the rights and well-being of children,” the statement added.

“Communities in which children are safe and well, are communities in which everyone is safe and well,” the statement added.
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In a parlance known as Gang Rape in the English dictionary or as warri boys call it "Gather Do" .
Four brothers of the same parents have been charged to Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court for allegedly raping two sisters of the same parents and infecting them with venereal disease.

The brothers, Peter Eboka, 30, Chuks Eboka, 28, Emeka Eboka 26 and 22-year-old Ejike Eboka were alleged to have raped the victims (names withheld) aged six and seven years. The are the daughters of their neighbour. The Four Brothers in Court

They knew that all of them were involved in the same act when the matter blew open. They were alleged to have had sex with the victims at various times and warned them not to tell anyone about it.

The incident happened at Olorunfemi area of Igando, Lagos, South-West Nigeria where both the defendants and the family of the victims reside.

The matter, however came to the open when the mother of the victims discovered that her daughters were no more walking properly and on checking their private parts, she discovered that they had wounds and bruises.

It was then that the mother asked them who had been assaulting them sexually. They told her it was the defendants that usually took them into their apartments and had sex with them.

According to their mother, Blessing (surname withheld) she went to report the matter at Igando Police Station and the police advised her to take the little girls to the Alimosho General Hospital at Igando for check up. Photo Ducks & cats Gangraping themselves

The checks conducted on them showed that they had contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the rape.

The four brothers were arrested and charged to court on a four-count charge of defilement, unlawful carnal knowledge and threat to lives of the victims.

The offences, the police said, were contrary to Section 516, 218 and 86 of the Criminal Code Cap 17 Vol. 2 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Magistrate, Mrs. S. O. Solebo granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 with one responsible surety.

The court also ordered that the surety must deposit N225,000 into the Chief Registrar’s account each and must be gainfully employed.

The matter has been adjourned till 25 October, 2010 while the defendants were remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Apapa, pending when they meet their bail conditions.
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John Dabiri, a 30-year-old Nigerian biophysicist and Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering Division of Engineering and Applied Science with the California Institute of Technology has being named among 23 new Fellows of MacArthur foundation for 2010, with each receiving a $500,000 "genius" grant.

The funds will be provided as a "no strings attached" support for the next five years. The MacArthur fellowship offers an unusual level of independence without stipulations and reporting requirements and unprecedented freedom on how to use the fund, thereby allowing recipients to "reflect, create, and explore" to underscore the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavours. Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, was a 2008 recipient of the MacArthur grant.

His work

Mr Dabiri works on a wide range of fields, including theoretical fluid dynamics, evolutionary biology, and biomechanics to unravel the secrets of one of the earliest means of animal locomotion. His biography, according to the foundation, reveals that "he studies some of the simplest multicellular organisms, jellyfish, which propel themselves by contracting cells in their bell-shaped outer skin and generating jet forces in the tail end, with tentacles trailing behind..

"His research has invented a method that allows divers to use tiny reflective particles to visualize, with high speed and fine spatial resolution (the fluid dynamics of propulsion by jellyfish in their native habitats). The research is believed to have profound implications not only for understanding the evolution and biophysics of locomotion in jellyfish and other aquatic animals, but also for a host of distantly related questions and applications in fluid dynamics, from blood flow in the human heart to the design of wind power generators."

Mr Dabiri received a B.S.E. (2001) from Princeton University and an M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2005) from the California Institute of Technology, where he is currently an associate professor of aeronautics and bioengineering. His scientific articles have appeared in journals such as Nature, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, the Journal of Experimental Biology, and PNAS.

John Dabiri is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering Division of Engineering and Applied Science at California Institute of Technology. He recently won the prestigious $500,000 MacArthur fellowship!! Up Naija!
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Ayo_akinyelure.jpgDr. Ayo Akinyelure, a chartered accountant, is aspiring to represent the people of Ondo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly. In this interview, the Labour Party (LP) chieftain speaks about his ambition, lessons from past elections and politics of the Sunshine State. ESTHER BAKARE met him.

AS a chartered accountant, what informed your interest in politics?
As a matter of fact, I have succeeded in my career as a Chartered Accountant. Over the years, I have used the little I made from my practice to empower the people of my constituency and beyond. Moreover, when you have passion for something and if you have a vision that has not been fulfilled, you are not a complete person. As politicians and professionals, the passion and vision we have of developing our people cannot be fulfilled except we’re in power. So, that is what spurred me to go into politics.

How long have you been in politics?

I joined politics nine years ago in Ondo State. As a matter of fact, I am a progressive politician to the core. I

have been in politics in Lagos where I have also been President Olusegun Obasanjo who see elections were a do or die affair and gave instruction to his party men couldn’t have done better. Iwu was given instruction by the man who appointed him and he had to follow the bidding of his boss. We just pray President Goodluck Jonathan would see reasons why this country must move forward. Even if it is a saint that is appointed to be the chairman of INEC, he would only do the wish of he whoever appoints him.

So, we are still praying for a truly independent INEC that will be able to stand out to conduct elections that are free and fair that even if the chairman does not listen to the dictates of the president nobody can sack him. It is only independent INEC that can operate like a professional accountant in public practice.

Do you believe in the electoral reform?

Yes, absolutely. For 2011 elections to be free and fair the Justice Mohammad Uwais’ recommendations on the electoral reform must first be implemented and the right calibre of candidate be made to head INEC to conduct credible election.

Are you saying that Prof. Attahiru Jega is not the right person for the INEC chairman?

I am not saying he is not the right person, I only believe his appointment should be independent and not by the president who is also contesting because he will only listen to the dictates of the person who appointed him.

What do you think will be the fate of the Labour Party in Ondo State in the coming elections?

Labour Party is the largest political party in the state. There is no state without Labour leaders. We have started educating the people that it is not carrying placards that make them Labour leaders but their readiness to get to power. That is what our convention has sold to many labour leaders across the country, to support good representation in government. Mimiko is loved by the people, not only in Ondo state but across the globe.

You can see his landmark achievements within one year and I must state here that the popularity of the Labour Party does not revolve around him alone but around the implemented programmes of the party in the state. All his achievements are not done by him alone but by the party as a whole. The Labour Party has a dynamic and visionary governor who is working with young professionals and dedicated cabinet members who know what is good for our Sunshine state.

You mentioned that one of the visions of the LP is to clinch power at the Federal level. How possible is this for there seems not to be any concerted efforts from any of the opposition parties to wrest power from the ruling party?

Labour Party was only three months old when it seized power in Ondo State. It was like a dream to the PDP. They have all the instruments of power, the army, the police, money and political god-fathers across the country. But with God and the support of the masses we chased the PDP out of Ondo State.Yes, people will be wondering how a party that is controlling only one state out of 36 states will capture power at the federal. It is a gradual process, watch 2011 and you will see that LP will capture not less than seven states. That is how it will continue till we get to the federal level. Governor Mimiko’s achievements in less than two years is a testimonial.

In year 2007 you contested for the senate in Ondo Central District which you lost to the PDP candidate at the Appeal Court. You are aspiring to vie for the same position next year, what are your programmes for your people?

Basically, I have a 4-point programme tagged SEED”: Service to the people, Education, Enterprise and Development. In my private endeavour, I singularly got a licence to establish a private tertiary institution known as Allover polytechnic in Ogun state but I know this dream has not been fully manifested. By enterprise, I mean people should be able to go to universities and polytechnics, graduate to create jobs and not to be applicants.

That is my dream. Education for what? Education for responsibility, for self reliance and for job creation. When I graduated from YABATECH with an Upper Division in HND, I was already a chartered banker. When I could not get a job I decided to use the skills I had acquired as a professional accountant to create jobs for others. I took that bold step to rent a 2-room apartment for N40:00 in a shopping centre in Ogun State in 1985.

I started training students as chartered accountants, it is that 2-room apartment that metamorphosed into Allover Central Polytechnic today where I employed over 200 workers. Through this, I have been able to solve the problem of unemployment for those people. I believe when I get to the Senate I shall make a big difference.

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Angry robber kills shopkeeper

One suspected member of a fleeing three-man robbery gang has been shot dead in Kano State by a police Corporal, Abba Hussaini.

Hussaini shot and killed the robber shortly after the gang attacked and killed a shopkeeper.

The gang was said to have invaded a shop, belonging to Tasiu Kura on Bello Dadago Road, Kano, during which they killed the shop keeper, identified as Saidu Salisu. The suspected robbers were said to have opened fire on the victim, after they ransacked his shop, but found no cash as expected.

The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Gana, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that on the fateful day, the three robbers gained entry into the shop, met the Shop attendant performing ablution and demanded for cash.

According to Gana, the shop attendant told the bandits that the shop owner had earlier in the day collected and gone home with the day’s proceeds. Not satisfied, they dragged him into the shop, and ransacked all the drawers but failed to find any cash.

Apparently angry, one of the robbers shot and killed the shopkeeper at close range, before fleeing the scene in their get-away motorbikes.

Moments after the robbers fled, the police were immediately alerted, during which they promptly mounted Stop-and-Search road blocks within the vicinity and closed in on the robbers.

Gana explained that one of the police officers in the ‘Stop-and-Search’ squad, after accosting the robbers, demanded to search a bag, which one of them was holding.

When the robbers resisted a search, the policeman quickly smelt a rat.

Seeing the determination on the face of the policeman, the robbers decided to do something fast before they all sink.

One of the robbers attempted to bring out a gun and open fire, but unfortunately for him, the eagle eyed policeman, noticed the movement of his hand and instantly gunned him down. The pistol was recovered from the slain robber, while others fled.

Gana recalled that the gallant police officer, sometime in July recovered two pistols, while on a Stop-and-Search operation within the Kano metropolis, a feat that earned him a commendation letter from the Command for his gallantry.

The slain robber had been identified as Isah Sani of Rijiyar-lemo quarters, while Auwalu and Surajo, his partners in crime are presently at large.

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THERE has been palpable tension in Umoru, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, over insinuations that the government plans to pardon a convicted murderer, Akinyele Okiki.

An Owo High Court, presided by Justice Bode Adegbehingbe, had in 2007 found Okiki guilty of killing Olugboyega Ojo on July 30, 2004 and ordered that he be hanged until pronounced dead.

The convict had since been on the death row, while the appeal against the judgement is pending in the appellate court.

The family of the deceased, however, raised the alarm yesterday that some people in government were planning to give official pardon to the convict.

Specifically, the Olugboyega family said some people had concluded plan to release the convict on October 1 as part of activities marking the country’s independence anniversary.

The danger of the government’s planned action, the family said, is that it could lead to intra-community crisis, which may disrupt the peace in the community and the state.

They appealed to the government to exercise restraint in granting prerogative of mercy to the convict in order not to cause mayhem in the area.

The family said the events leading to the death of Ojo was still fresh in mind, warning that any attempt to release Okiki would make the Olugboyega family seek revenge.

In a letter to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the family said “the judgement made it clear that Okiki premeditated and brazenly killed Ojo in a most callous expression of inhuman savagery.

“It is, therefore, naturally expected that his loss is a huge vacuum our family has not been adequately able to fill. Ojo was only 19 years old when he was brutally murdered.”

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NO leader, no matter how passionate, can develop a country, without successfully tackling corruption.

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola, said this in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the opening of the second edition of the National Conference of Anti-Corruption Committees in Nigerian Legislatures and Heads of Anti-Corruption Units in Government Establishments, he said that ICPC was poised more than ever to fight corruption in all ramifications in the country.

“We are starting with corruption because however passionate a leader is to develop our nation, to lead us to progress, to provide welfare, however passionate a leader maybe, if he doesn't tackle corruption he will fail,” the ICPC boss said.

Ayoola regretted that government has embarked on many beautiful programmes and invested huge sums of money in such programmes for the development of the country but they were destroyed by corruption.

According to him, the ICPC is mobilising other institutions including the media to fight corruption.
He said that the fight against corruption was not the responsibility of the commission alone, but the responsibility of all Nigerians.

But speaking on the trend in politics where many politicians defect from one party to the other, Ayoola said it was not a corrupt act for any politician to dump one political party for the other.
But such politicians, according to him, lack integrity.

The ICPC boss argued that defecting from one political party to another is a matter of individual choice and does not in any way amount to corruption.

Ayoola, however, said that ICPC was building a new culture whereby political parties would tell the electorate what they stand for.

He regretted that the ICPC or the electorate did not know what the political parties in the country stand for, maintaining that the current scenario does not augur well for a democratic setting.
When asked how many persons ICPC has prosecuted in Nasarawa State so far, the chairman said he could not give accurate.

He, however, disclosed that ICPC is currently investigating cases of corruption against a few government officials in the state.

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what is Governor Orji Doing ? Any semblance of decent society left in Aba, the hitherto commercial nerve centre of South-Eastern Nigeria is gone, as Abia state of Nigeria speedily heads down the road to anarchy.
There is no longer gain-saying the fact that criminals and outlaws now have a comfortable run of the city of Aba. The crime-busters have repeatedly been busted by these hoodlums. While innocent residents of the city are now snapped up at will for ransom, policemen are being freely slain alongside, for fun.

Even the hunters, have now become the hunted in the Enyimba city of Aba. The city has totally gone out of control. And as the audacity of the crime lords of the city increase, they resort to more heart-rending atrocities which as usual go unchallenged.

Photo:Abia State kidnapping Governor Thoedore Orji ? Any realtion of Clifford Orji ?

Nigeria as a nation, on Monday took a nasty shock as fifteen pupils of Abayi International School, Aba, were on Monday morning abducted in their school bus in Aba, Abia State.

The driver of the school bus had picked the children at designated points and was on the way to school when the suspected kidnappers struck. A Toyota Camry saloon car overtook and blocked the bus and men brandishing guns alighted and ordered it to stop. gathered that as soon as the driver came down, the hoodlums collected his cell phone and ordered him to lie face down while they drove off with the pupils towards Etche in neighboring Rivers state of Nigeria. The abducted pupil are said to be within the nursery and primary school age.

Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Abia State Police Command spokesperson had earlier told newsmen that he was yet to get any official report on the incident while it was learnt that the kidnappers had already demanded a N20m ransom.

This sordid assault on decent society is unfortunately coming at a time the Abia State Government just issued a two-week ultimatum to kidnappers and other violent criminals in the state to surrender their weapons and be rehabilitated in an amnesty programme.

This not withstanding, not a few people are of the view that the Abia state government has failed. They argue that a government that cannot give any measure of protection to its tax-payers even its children population has irredeemably failed. One of such groups is the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN).

The group is alarmed at the dimension that kidnapping and other violent crimes have taken in Abia State and maintains that the police and other security forces have, not just lost control, but have themselves become targets of unrelenting attacks by the hoodlums they are expected to checkmate. This, NOPRIN said is illustrated by daily reports about police officers being gunned down by hoodlums in Aba.

They gave instances with the incident of September 18, 2010 where two policemen were reported to have been shot dead by unknown gunmen at Umuafor Ukwu in Obingwa local government Area, the same area where four journalists and their driver were kidnapped on July 11, 2010.

Recently, also unknown gunmen were reported to have besieged a family in Aba, and ordered two little boys under gun point to have sex with their mother. The first boy, for refusing to comply, was shot dead in the presence of his mother. The poor woman had to prevail on her second son to do the bidding of the hoodlums to save his son’s and her own life. This the group described as sacrilege.

According to a statement signed by Okechukwu Nwanguma, the Program Coordinator of NOPRIN, what is happening in Abia State, is merely a reflection of the quality of leadership in the state. Hear him: “No doubt, criminals have taken over the political space in the Southeast. Some State governors in the Southeast who came to power through a fraudulent electoral process have also hijacked the traditional institution by installing their fellow criminals as traditional rulers. These are the so-called traditional rulers who sponsor kidnapping and shield kidnappers in their communities. There is no political legitimacy. There is no governance. There is no morality. This explains why grown men could kidnap innocent minors for money. This is unconscionable!”

NOPRIN believes that the Abia state governor has completely lost control, either because he is complicit or he is incompetent. The group insists that the purpose of every legitimate government is the welfare and security of the people that any government that cannot protect lives and property is not worth the name.

“What is happening in Abia also portends a serious threat to the forthcoming 2011 general elections. This calls for the immediate and decisive intervention of the federal Government. NOPRIN hereby calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in Abia State. A special security force must be deployed without further delay to smoke out these criminals and their sponsors, and restore public order and safety in Abia State”, Nwanguma said.

In a swift reaction to the kidnap of the children, President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned as utterly callous and cruel, the kidnapping of the 15 nursery and primary school pupils in Aba, the Abia state capital. In a statement signed by Ima Niboro, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, President Jonathan has ordered the Inspector-General of Police and heads of other security agencies to take all necessary steps to rescue the abducted children and return them safely to their parents.

The President urged the parents and relatives of the children to remain calm and assured them that Government will do everything possible to apprehend the kidnappers and bring an end to the lawlessness in Aba, Abia state.

Meanwhile, banks in Aba had shut down since Monday following the security situation in the city and this is the fourth occasion banks in Aba have had to close down within the last two months for fear of armed attacks.

As the feeling of insecurity swells in the state, proprietors of nursery, primary and post-primary schools in the city are gearing up for a protest strike on Thursday with the intention of shutting down all the schools until reasonable measure of security returns to the city.

In a rel.ated development, medical doctors in Aba, under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Aba branch, last week shut down both private and public health institutions in the city to protest the murder of one of their colleagues, Dr. Stanley Uche who was allegedly murdered by suspected kidnappers. This came on heel of the kidnap of two medical doctors last Wednesday. gathered that Dr. Uche of Christian Victory Hospital was killed last Monday while he was travelling to his village in Imo state for the burial of his sister.

In a communiqué signed by Dr. Godwin Uwaoma and Dr. Chris Mmachi, Chairman and Secretary of NMA respectively, they observed that no fewer than 20 medical doctors have been kidnapped in recent times regardless of the October 7 Amnesty deadline for kidnappers and other armed criminals in the state.
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After What he did with Tonto on Stage looks like the 6th is on the way lol !
Photos From his Recent Sunday Show below

Multiple award-winning musician, Innocent ‘Tuface’ Idibia, has said despite undue criticisms from some quarters, he will not abandon his five kids and their moms.

2face Idibia.
The African Queen crooner currently has five kids from three ladies but he said even though he is not yet married to any of the ladies, he will not shy away from his responsibilities as a father to the kids and their mothers.

In an interview with P.M.NEWS, Tuface said: “I have five kids from three lovely ladies. Abi na women I go call them? I try as much as possible to see them because I have little or no time.”

On the reasons why he decided to be a polygamist, he said: “I did not plan to have kids from different women but at a point in my life, it happened and I said I will not run away from it. I will stand and face the responsibility.”
The Benue State-born singer has refused to comment on whether he will settle down with one of the ladies that bore him kids or not.

“I never know oh! It might be one of them and it may not be,” he said.

Tonto Dike ACT on Stage on Sunday

For those who were at Tuface's show last night, did y'all see what Tuface and Nollywood
actress Tonto Dike did on stage? Mehn that was the highpoint of theshow...for me! O bad baje baje mehn! Someone took off top, took off bra,
another one took off belt, there was touchy-touchy, kissy-kissy, but it
.s a
ll play-play for the show !
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Hafiz_ringim.jpgPresident Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, to immediately deploy his men to apprehend those who abducted 15 nursery and primary school pupils near Aba, Abia State, on Monday.

The President, who strongly condemned the kidnap, also described it as callous and cruel, promising that the ugly trend of kidnappings would soon become a thing of the past.

This was contained in a three-paragraph statement issued yesterday and made available to newsmen by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro.

It says: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan condemns the utterly callous and cruel kidnapping of 15 nursery and primary pupils near Aba yesterday (today).

“President Jonathan has ordered the Inspector-General of Police and heads of other security agencies to take all necessary steps to rescue the abducted children and return them safely to their parents.

“The President urges the parents and relatives of the children to remain calm and assures them that the government will do everything possible to apprehend the kidnappers and bring closure to these ugly incidents as soon as possible”.

On Monday, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers hijacked a school bus conveying 15 pupils and diverted it to an unknown destination.

The kidnappers are said to be demanding for N20 million ransom for the release of the kids who have been identified as pupils of Abayi International School, Osisioma, near Aba.

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Nigeria: I Am Being Blackmailed - IBB

Abuja — One of the key contenders for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential ticket, former military president Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has alleged attempts by unidentified persons to blackmail him and perhaps frustrate his bid for the presidency.

Making this revelation in a release signed by one of his aides and made available to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, IBB described the attempted blackmail as not only wicked and ill-conceived but could have been the handiwork of politicians desperate to destroy him.

According to the release, the presidential aspirant was accused, through a GSM text message being circulated among Nigerians, of being behind a purported plan by Muslims to attack their Christian neighbours resident in the northern part of the country.

Excerpts of the release signed by the IBB campaign's director of press, Prince Kassim Afegbua, and entitled 'Count IBB out of any planned attack on Christians and Muslims', read: "Our attention has been drawn to a very damaging, spurious, untrue ill-motivated and orchestrated text messages being circulated by people who are desperate to blackmail our presidential aspirant Gen. IBB, linking him to a purported attempt by Muslims to attack Christians in the north.

"To all intents and purposes, this latest blackmail is not only wicked and ill-conceived, but further goes to show how desperate politicians could go to blackmail people. No matter the motive, it is conceived in bad taste and should be condemned in all its ramifications. Gen. IBB has been in the forefront of those crusaders who believe in religious harmony in the country. As a president, he was able to reopen bilateral relations with Israel which paved the way for our Christian brothers and sisters to go on Holy Pilgrimage. He neither discriminates against Christians nor does he engage in anything that tends to undermine the unity of the nation.

"For anybody for whatever motivation to link him with such dastardly intention of creating bad blood among Muslims and Christians is a clear-cut attempt to blackmail him to dim his soaring popularity in the build-up to the 2011 election. We abhor this ill-conceived intention in all its entirety. We condemn wholly the motive. We say tufiakwa to anyone who nurtures such devilish intention. Nigeria's secular status has come to stay and anyone who tries to undermine such recognition might just be inviting crisis to the country.

"We therefore call on all to disregard the ill-conceived text message and join hands with IBB in his quest to provide sound and purposeful leadership to the country through the ballot box. We call on everyone to be more vigilant in order to arrest this ugly situation and those behind the purported text message".

Gen. Babangida's chief campaigner Chief Raymond Dokpesi recently alleged plans by government agents to assassinate him, drawing a stern denial by the presidency. Only penultimate week, IBB publicly declared his intention to seek the PDP ticket in the 2011 presidential election.

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THE widely acclaimed group of loyalists of former military ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida who were known in his days in office as Babangida Boys, have joined the push of the influential figures moving to see the former military leader out of the 2011 presidential race.

Sources in the political circles disclosed at the weekend that the former military top brass who displayed their unflinching support for General Babangida while in office had reached out to their former boss and declared the need for him to serve as a bridge builder in the 2011 presidential race rather than being a loser.

It was gathered that while the former military governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Umar, had written to Babangida, asking him to withdraw from the race, others had chosen different means to inform the Minna General to quit the race.

Sources also confirmed that the President of the Senate, Mr David Mark, had asked to be counted out of IBB’s political moves long ago. He is said to be of the belief that the time has come for IBB to play the role of a statesman, who could be consulted on issues rather than being an active participant that would hold an executive position.

It was further learnt that most of the acclaimed IBB Boys had distanced themselves from his repeated bid to return to Aso Rock because they believed that such a move would rake up old wounds.

A source close to a number of the generals who are known as IBB Boys said that with the manner in which Babangida left office in 1993, there would always be controversy whenever he attempted to regain the presidency.

“We cannot deceive ourselves, there was commotion leading to IBB’s stepping aside in 1993. Those who felt aggrieved by his actions leading to the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election would wish themselves dead rather than see IBB return to office. It is a potential issue that could further polarise the country,” a source who has been monitoring the exchanges between IBB and his former boys said.

The source said that former military officers who served under Babangida had not been enthusiastic about his possible return to office because of the larger effects such a development would have on the country.

Another source also said that rather than live the life of a statesman, Babangida had decided to throw himself into the race where younger figures like President Goodluck Jonathan and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu were already making waves.

“Many of us were also not happy that while a lot was expected from IBB during the crisis that engulfed the nation as a result of the prolonged illness of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, he remained in the dark and only declared interest in the presidency after Yar’Adua’s death.

“The period of Yar’Adua’s illness would have provided the best opportunity for Babangida to bounce back into positive reckoning of Nigerians when they would easily have forgotten his past errors. But because he was not seen as having played a stabilising role at that time, his past has continued to make the headlines,” the source said, adding that rather than being seen as one of those who stabilised the nation, IBB was mentioned as one of those who allegedly masterminded the secret return of President Yar’Adua to Nigeria on February 24, even when his health had not improved.

Sources said that while key former IBB Boys, including Senate President Mark, Senator Tunde Ogbeha and former military governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Raji Rasaki, had identified with President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 race, others who were not that visible politically had told Babangida to avoid being humiliated in the race.

“It would have been better for his political image if he was defeated by somebody like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was his senior in the force. But for him to be defeated by younger elements, that would diminish his political standing and rubbish his ego. The well-known IBB would be demystified and that is not good for him, that is why many of his close associates are advising him to withdraw from the race,” a source close to many IBB Boys said.

It was gathered that many of his military loyalists were already advising IBB to utilise the opportunity of the consensus option by the North to disqualify himself from the race and then start playing the role of a statesman.

Another option said to have been suggested to IBB was that he could capitalise on the so-called ambiguity in the zoning formula of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to withdraw.

“When these guys were serving in the military, nobody talked of North or South. It remained a united Nigeria. But you can see that IBB is now reducing himself to fighting a sectional cause. It is painful to those you refer to as his boys,” a source said on Sunday.

However, General Babangida, has described the report as a campaign of calumny aimed at discrediting his image before Nigerians in the build up to the election.

Reacting through Prince Kasim Afegbua, the Director of Communications, IBB Campaign Organisation, the former military president said that it was far from the truth that his loyalists in the Army were mounting pressure on him to withdraw from the presidential race.

“There is nothing like that. We took a decision and we will pursue it to a logical conclusion. Why are they afraid of IBB?,” Afegbua said.

Meanwhile, 51 members of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) in the country have warned General Babangida not to campaign in any of the Yoruba-speaking states, including part of Kwara and Kogi states, as he prepares for the 2011 presidential election.

Chairman, Kwara State chapter and National Executive member of the YCE, Senator Suleiman Salawu, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, at the weekend.

According to him, General Babangida should forget the race, to Aso Rock for now because the people of Nigeria, particularly the Yoruba-speaking race would never forgive him for his role in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, the death of Dele Giwa, Chief MKO Abiola and other prominent people in the country during his rule as military president.

He said: “If Babangida wants to come to Yoruba-speaking states to campaign for his presidential ambition, then the only ticket that can enable him to come is to bring along Dele Giwa and Chief MKO Abiola alive.”

Senator Salawu, who is the national chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), also alleged that it was the period of the Babangida regime that the naira depreciated drastically.

He said it was a pity that the man, who allegedly devalued the Naira and encouraged corruption, would want to come back and rule the country again.

“What does he want again, he was there for eight years and could not save the country; all he did was to devalue our currency, while our economy suffered seriously. Corruption was everywhere, he should forget his ambition, we don’t want him,” he said.

The senator said that his party, AA, was solidly behind President Good-luck Jonathan in the 2011 presidential race.

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